“Just because you say it doesn't make it true. The overall enrollment number is meaningless. What matters is the ratio of healthy young people to those with expensive ailments/too poor to afford ins... and this article can't even provide that number.”
“I clearly remember being dropped off at the bus stop on the corner of South and Green Streets. The walk from there to the house I grew up in was brief, even for a five-year-old. I distinctly remember that in Goshen, New York on November 22nd, 1963, it was an unseasonably warm day. I had just gotten home from Mrs. Peavey's kindergarten class at Scotchtown Elementary School. My father, thirty-three at the time, had only pulled into the driveway moments before, He was returning from upstate near Binghamton where he had that morning put in an estimate for a metal restoration job on a piece of property that was owned by Joseph P. Kennedy. How's that for irony? I can remember what he was wearing when he told me, "The president's been shot."
“GOOD NEWS: Chris Christie could save the GOP from themselves!
BAD NEWS: Governor Christie will not be nominated as standard bearer at the Republican National Convention in the summer of 2016. If that happens the Tea Party crazies will bolt and start a hot-and-heavy, third party uprising, fatally splitting the right-of-center vote. The Great National Political Realignment is right around the corner - in fact it's already started - and the scenario doesn't look particularly bright for the conservatives. That's the reason they are now moving heaven and earth to try to keep the traditional progressive constituency from voting on Election Day 2016. What do you think those so-called "Voter ID" laws are all about? They're about keeping the ballot out of the hands of WEEDA PEEPLE, BABY! Expect the Republicans to attempt an electoral coup d'tat in the next three years. This should get interesting.
“Nice blog, Tom. It's now on my list of sites to visit regularly. : )
Fanned and Faved.”
mavpay on Nov 15, 2013 at 11:52:20
“The corporate propaganda media told the public that Christie was a shoo-in, so why was he allowed to spend 25 million in New Jersey taxpayers' dollars to hold a special election for the senate race that Corey Booker won 20 days prior to the gubernatorial contest? The turnout for Christie's "election" was the LOWEST in gubernatorial history since 1920.
The biggest scandal in election history, which will go well beyond the right wing supremes' selected king coup, is going to land some prominent members of the cultic seditious theocratic fascist party in federal prison. The addiction is too strong; some of the GOP are in trouble and can't stop.”
drkazmd65 on Nov 15, 2013 at 11:48:21
“Exactly! Chris Christie may indeed be the best bet for Republicans to win a National election for POTUS in 2016.
But the probability he makes to through the Republican Primary elections and Cacuses as frontrunner, and without having to cowtow to the Rabid Teaparty guys so much that he suffers from the same problem as Romney did - having to try to force his way back toward the Center after being dragged off to the Right to win the nomination- that probability is pretty darned low.
And if you remove the moderates like Christie and Huntsman or Pawlenty from the running - who's left that the moderate center of the country might vote for?
Rand Paul? Ted Cruz? Paul Ryan? They and others are horribly flawed candidates.”
dachsy2 on Nov 15, 2013 at 11:47:20
“If they don't get out of their pretend universe, I see nothing but repeats of 2012 for the foreseeable future. At least on the national stage. You have stated it well.
The picture in my mind of Rove wandering down the Fox "news" halls as if he'd been hit by a truck the night of President Obama's reelection is stark. We shall be watching it again since they have done nothing to change tack. And that Fox has continued to pay this man to keep pretending says volumes about the party's direction.
I believe we are seeing the effects of having moved the center so far to the right over the past 30 years that it has created a progressive backlash they never considered. Combined with the near depression this rightward lurch created, you have a pendulum ready to swing so far the other way they won't even be able to see where it lands.
However, I have zero hope that it will serve to change any of their cynical ploys of deception, suppression, and alienating policies. The country is just about done with that, as a whole.”
“The government shutdown is over and the debt ceiling debacle has been worked out - for the time being anyway. The numbskulls - who today desecrate the same floors that were once walked upon by the likes of Henry Clay and William Seward - are looking worse than ever. Polls are now telling us that most registered Republicans can't wait for the day that the Democrats control Congress. That is a good news/bad news scenario. If I were a registered Democrat, I certainly wouldn't go around bragging about it. My only consolation is that there is some spark of hope for the Dems. The GOP is beyond redemption. Now you see them; soon you won't.
“I finally figured it out last evening. It came to me like a loud bell in the night. It is so obvious, how could I have missed the clues? What I am about to reveal might floor you so brace yourselves: The entire Tea Party phenomena is a left wing plot to destroy the Republican Party.
Ted Cruz if a Communist plant. His entire family are agents of Fidel Castro! Think about it: Papa Cruz (Teddy Boy's dear old dad) fought alongside Castro on the fifties and was instrumental in overthrowing the Batista regime. He says now that he had no idea that the Bearded One was a commie. YEAH RIGHT! NUDGE!NUDGE! WINK! WINK! After the deed was done and Batista was living in disgraced exile, Fidel sent him over here by way of Canada - CLEVER! He was even able to fix himself up with an American wife. The perfect front! Old Man Cruz has been Castro's dirty deeds ever since. He was even able to enlist his half-witted kid into the cause. There is no other other logical explanation - none.
“The one beautiful thing about this entire mess is that - for all the damage that's being done to the United States - it surely is an amusing spectacle to behold. I'm sure that watching Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned all around him must have been a funny thing to witness as well. You can say anything you want about the times in which we live, but you can't say the they're boring. Anything but. In fact I cannot recall an era more entertaining - in terms of pure ideological insanity - than this one. The ancient Chinese used to say, "May you live in interesting times". It was a blessing and a curse.
“I've heard the Nero story is false, although entertaining. But to your point, the only thing saving our current political scene from total farce is the amount of human suffering going on just below the surface. Interesting times indeed. It's like a car wreck--I can't help but turn on the news and watch with morbid fascination.”
“The sad (or happy) fact of the matter is that the GOP is running out of options. That ship is going down, baby!. When the Affordable Health Care Act turns out to be a huge success, the people are going to remember which party it was that tried to deny them this fundamental right - literally the right to life.
The Republican party is about to disappear from view forever. Isn't life grand?
“It really is an amusing thing to behold - watching the Republicans devour themselves. These really are interesting times to be alive. This is a party that is about to disappear forever. George W. Bush will be remembered for two things:
1. As the most corrupt, insanely incompetent chef-executive in the annals of human stupidity and....
2. As the last Republican president. There will never be another one. Mark my words, boys and girls. The "party of Abraham Lincoln" has morphed into the party of Uncle Fester. The GOP has become unelectable on a national level - and the moment they even think about moderating themselves - the crazies and halfwits in the so-called "Tea Party" will bolt.
“It would appear that my favorite senator is learning some hard lessons on what Washington is all about in the twenty-first century. The plutocracy makes the rules. It's ain't "government of the people, by the people, for the people."
That rumbling you ear in the distance is the sound of Abraham Lincoln doing somersaults in his grave.
“I have seen more-than-my-share of politicians in complete states of denial - but the case of Anthony Weiner is beyond the realm of pathos. That anyone could throw one career away (and sabotage the possibility of a second one) is too sad for words. Initially my reaction to his mayoral candidacy was, okay, he made a mistake, but there are indeed second acts in American life. Let him have another go at it.
It's all over. The man just simply lacks good judgement. We wouldn't accept this kind of behavior from a fifteen-year-old of below average intelligence. Why should we accept it in a man who wants to be the mayor of one of the most important cities in the world?
Legendary mayor Fiorello LaGuardia once said, "I don't often make a mistake but when I do, it's a beaut." Mike Bloomberg, Rudy Giuliani, David Dinkens, Ed Koch, Abe Beame, John Lindsay, Robert Wagner, LaGuardia - all of these New York mayors were capable at times of bad judgement. None of them made a career of it. It's time for Anthony Weiner to quietly fold up the tent and go home. He will still be able to have a very happy life - just not as a public servant. Goodbye and good luck to you, Mr. Weiner. You're a good guy and I know you mean well - but enough.
“All bet's are off for next year. Mitch is now less popular with his constituency than any politician in recent memory. Rotten mangoes and scarlet feaver are polling better these days. He has found himself in one of those unenviable, damned-if-he-does and damned-if-he-don't predicaments. If he moves too far to the right in order to appease the extremists, he only alienates people with an IQ above room temperature. His dilemma is that he doesn't dare nudge himself even an inch toward the center. Heaven help him if he even thinks of going in that direction. That is why Mitch McConnell - and the entire Republican party - are within a few short years of disappearing.
Jul 17, 2013 at 06:31:08
“Great letter! I really wasn't expecting George Zimmerman to be convicted of second degree murder; but I thought that they would at least convict him of manslaughter. I never thought - in my wildest and stupidest dreams - that the demented little killer-nerd/cop-wannabe would walk. What's with Florida anyway? As Lenny Bruce once said of that hideously overrated peninsula:
"Florida: Geographically a groove; politically a cancer."
Good old Lenny. The guy really had a way with words, didn't he? I I don't mean the four-letter variety.
“TomDegan why such vitriol for GZ and you completely ignore all the stuff that was scrubbed from TM's internet/facebook pages and his cell phone texts - all the exculpatory evidence withheld by Angela Corey? Sure GZ was a hotdog, but TM was no angel. We do not know what happened, I believe it is more than likely TM threw the first punch instead of going home. Murderers DO NOT call the police and tell them their location. Not guilty is not the same as innocent.”
“If Trayvon had really been the aggressor (a scenario of which I am not convinced by the way) all George had to do was brandish the gun, hold it to his head and say "One false move and you're dead, pardner!" - that's it. He didn't. When he told the police dispatcher that he was trailing the boy (lest we forget: he was only a boy) he was told - in no uncertain terms - "You shouldn't do that", George continued the pursuit in spite of the admonition. That's why he bought the gun with him. Georgie was looking for a little action. If Trayvon had shot and killed George Zimmerman - in the exact same circumstances - are you delusional enough to swallow the notion that he would have walked out of the police station that night with no charges filed against him? Do you honestly believe that Trayvon Martin - in the state of Florida - would have been acquitted of the murder of George Zimmerman? If that's the case, have another sip.
....does it make a sound if Mitch McConnell is not there to deny that a sound was made?
I have written before of my Kentucky heritage. Although I have never lived in the place, many of my maternal forebears called Kentucky home. My grandfather Walter L. Clements was a native of Hodgenville, Kentucky, the same small town where Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. That's me posing with him in the photograph on the left. It was taken in the summer of 1971 at his home in South Bend, Indiana, right around the time of my thirteenth birthday. This was the second to last time I ever saw him alive. Grandfather Clements passed away in 1975. He and my grandmother Loretta Doran, along with their daughter, my aunt Marietta Barras, today lie side by side in the little rural Catholic cemetery in Hodgenville.
I have spent enough time in Kentucky to know that it is chock full of good, decent, and honorable citizens. Knowing this as I do, another perplexing question forces itself on my consciousness: Why would such wonderful and lovely people consistently send a flaming twit like Mitch McConnell to represent them in Washington? It just doesn't make any sense!
“Tax cuts for a class of people who already have more money than they'll ever be able to spend in three lifetimes? No problemo! Easing the burden for college students struggling to live? They're outta luck, baby!
The GOP is destroying America - no doubt about it. But it should be noted that in the process of destroying America they are destroying themselves. America will somehow survive the Republican party. The Republican party will not survive themselves.
The very first piece I ever posted on my blog on June 2, 2006 was called, "George W. Bush: The Last Republican President".