August 29, 2014

Sunday Afternoon Thread: Watch President Obama Talk To An Idiot on Meet The Press

David Gregory continues to be a complete and utter disgrace.

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  • goldenstar

    The headline does not lie.

  • Miranda

    Got my parachute….ready to jump, F the GOP

    Slate ‏@Slate
    Obama: Blame Republicans if There’s No Fiscal Cliff Deal http://slate.me/TzzZnF

  • rikyrah

    GO, MR. PRESIDENT!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda/POU FAM♥. – — ***BIG – –KWANZAA –HUG** :>)

    – -The ONLY thang GOOD about this – -INTERVIEW –is MR. pRESIDENT!! :>)

    He IS STR8 BRILLIANT!! —He is ABLE 2 turn the STOOPID -IL-LOGICAL

    QUESTIONS[?] – –into – -COGENT RESPONSES annnd ONES WHICH ADVANCE – -HIS AGENDA!! – -

    ACTUALLY – -HE – -WERKED –that – -numNUT!! –LOL – -WERKED HIM!! – –HAH!!

    – - – -GR8 JOB – -MR. PRESIDENT!! — -Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • Miranda

    Ezra Klein ‏@ezraklein
    So House R’s didn’t stand behind Boehner’s Plan B and Senate R’s didn’t stand behind McConnell’s chained-CPI push.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -LOL – -COMEDIC TRUTH!!——

  • Worldwatcher7

    Honestly, watching the Prez handle David Gregory gives me a sense of what it would be like if Serena and I played a tennis match. I’d take all my best shots, and she’d lazily bat them away, using less than 1/20th of her skills and knowledge. At the end of the match she’d look fresh and unruffled and I’d look absurd.

    The difference is that I’ve got the sense to know when I’m outclassed. Gregory probably thinks he was straight ballin’ today.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Worldwatcher7. ***BIG — KWANZAA –HUG*** :>)

      – –***fist bump** – - –DID he have — ARROGANT ATTITUDE!??? – –

      Like HE WON – –WHAT?? —MR. PRESIDENT –RIGHTEOUSLY DISMISSED ANY QUESTION which he CHOSE annnnd

      PROCEEDED 2 ADVANCE HIS AGENDA!! – — HAH!

      Annnd –da “”magazine-tottin’” PHOOL — -die-nt even REALIZE that

      he – –GOT – - -GOT!! — -HAH!! – –

      Loved YOUR ANALOGY!! :>) – -Good 2 C U – -Ww7. :>)

      — -P.S. – -GAME! – –SET! – — MATCH! —4 MR. PRESIDENT!! – - –Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • Miranda

    Joshua Green ‏@JoshuaGreen
    CPI off table. Guess Obama must’ve said, “This is my counter offer: nothing.” And stabbed out his cigarette, just like in the movies.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — HMMmm. . .DI-ENT KNOW THIS. :>) – - – -

    - — -The Strange 46-Year History Of The Term “Fiscal Cliff” – - -

    - – - - The phrase isn’t new. Here’s how it traveled from speculation about a western movie in 1966 to become shorthand for Washington’s current budget crisis. posted Dec 29, 2012 6:51pm EST

    The “fiscal cliff” was born in 1966, in an article about the classic western, “Mackenna’s Gold.”

    In a 1966 Film Daily article discussing where MacKenna’s Gold would be filmed — the United States or Spain — the term “fiscal cliff” first appeared in print, and it had nothing to do with the United States budget.

    “To runaway or not to runaway,” read the article. “That was the question yesterday as writer-producer Carl Foreman presented Hollywood with a fiscal cliff-hanger awaiting [a] final decision next week on whether Foreman’s projected $5,000,000 Western epic, ‘Mackenna’s Gold,’ shall be filmed in the United States or in Spain.”

    A version of the term next appeared a year later in 1967, this time referring to the federal budget.
    – - -SNIP – –
    – - -But by the end of the year, everyone knew it. “Fiscal cliff” was hitting Twitter at an average of 234,000 tweets per week by December.
    – - -SNIP – –
    The phrase has been tweeted about 1,786,000 times, according to the Twitter analytics site, Topsy.

    THERE IS MORE

    —-Never-the-less – —the RE-THUCKERS don’t care iff — da PEOPLE –

    SUFFER!! — -as the WORKIN’ ECONOMY –GOES OVA!! –

    DEY – - —EVIL/VILE –DISGUSTIN’!! —RACISTS!!! —

  • Miranda

    OMG, I’m crying too! ROFLMAO

    LiberalPhenom ‏@LiberalPhenom
    Oh, Jesus I’m crying! RT @EddieLove44 Boehner; “I’m smart! Not like people say #obamacorelone

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Aww dayum! *tears*

  • qosine

    What a bunch of %^*holes.
    David Brooks:: used car salesman
    PBO comes off “morally superior.” Well, he is. He cares about US.
    “People just want to spend all the money on themselves . . . instead of
    their children, grandchildren blah blah”

    Brokaw: 250K is not rich in some URBAN areas of the country; 400K is really, really more reasonable

    So, common sense is, lowering taxes 400K and under + cut Medicare/Medicaid/SS benefits for all “those people who just want to
    spend money on themselves”

    They haven’t had an original idea in 40 years.
    God, they are beneath contempt.

    • Miranda

      I listened for about 5 minutes of that panel and had to just stop it. They were insufferable.

    • conlakappa

      Some urban neighborhoods? Brokaw, the moment you use some, you have shown your hand. It is not a good look and speaks to a laziness that signals you should step away from emeritus status and just be retired.

      • jds09

        I just watched that Brokaw clip. Stunning. He’s has to be shilling for his friends. I googled the average American family income and its under $50,000. It took me 2 seconds and I don’t have a journalism degree. lol

        • crazycanuck

          Did you have to pay google, you know that investigative shit is expensive.

          • jds09

            LOL!

    • GreenLadyHere

      hEEY qosine. ***BIG – HAPPY KWANZAA- -HUG*** :>) – - -

      – -THIS PHOOL: – - -Brokaw: 250K is not rich in some URBAN areas of the country; 400K is really, really more reasonable – -

      OBVIOUSLY – —OBVIOUSLY —”OUT of TOUCH with REALITY!!”

      “BROKE-down” – - – -soooo – — CLOSELY RESEMBLES the – –RE-tHUCKERS! — -Ya THINK – - -He –LEANS –that way?- -HAH! –

      Good 2 C U qosine. :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      qosine – - – — Uhhh – - -BTW – - – -WHERE da BLAHs/Latinos/ BLAH WOMEN/Asian/etc — -FOLKS??? – - —

      — -NO ACCOUNTABILITY –HERE! —- ***click*** — -NEXT!! — geesh!!

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Hol’ up! So, after Reid told McConnell to kick rocks, McConnell runteldat to VP Biden thinking he would help him???

    BWA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Oh, how I would’ve LOVED to hear that conversation!

    • jds09

      McConnell: “Obama is being mean to me.”

    • Miranda

      Tattletale ass got pimpslapped right back outta there too. LOL

      • conlakappa

        To continue the Godfather theme, “Joe? Joe? Can you help me out? For old times’ sake?”

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – —C’MON JOE — –WE – - – — YT!! – - -Let’s – –do dis -2-gether!!” – -

      - –Ju’s sayin’. . . . . LOL

  • Miranda

    pourmecoffee ‏@pourmecoffee
    GOP has no idea what it wants. Chained CPI now off the table and new demand is that California be renamed to Reaganland.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - -VILSACK WEIGHS IN on da —”GOT – - –EXPENSIVE MILK” –BILL–[issue:] – -

    —– –Vilsack sounds alarm on farm bill – -

    – - – -While much of the nation is transfixed by the tax hikes and spending cuts that will kick in if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warns that there are other cliff issues being overlooked: the farm bill.

    Vilsack said that unless Congress can pass a farm bill, the agricultural sector of the economy will be devastated, and that will have ripple effects felt by almost every American.

    THIS —->”Consumers, when they go in the grocery store, are going to be a bit shocked when instead of seeing $3.60 a gallon for milk, they see $7 a gallon for milk,” he said during an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And that’s going to ripple throughout all of the commodities if this thing goes on for an extended period of time.”

    The farm bill is set to expire on Jan. 1, and Congress has yet to agree on an extension or replacement. Vilsack said the impacts will also affect renewable energy, such as biofuels, agricultural exports, conservation programs and farmers’ markets. And he said efforts to slash funding for the food stamp program are misguided.

    Vilsack said 92 percent of food stamp recipients are seniors, the disabled or children of working families.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – — –They Don’t Care About Us – — – TRUTH!! — -SADLY!!

    – - – -COMMENT: – -Jeff Carlock
    Is the current session of Congress the most incompetent and least productive ever?
    And is that largely because Boehner can’t get his anti-government tea partiers to agree to anything at all?
    And when the farm belt discovers that the Republicans either can’t or won’t deliver for them anymore, is the GOP going to be reduced to nothing but the deep South (minus Virginia and Florida)?

    Stay tuned… – — – -RE-THUCKER -OBSTRUCTIONISTS —AGAIN!! –geesh!!

    • nellcote

      It’s not just that it’s the least productive. It’s that it’s actually destructive.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote. ***BIG — HAPPY KWANZAA –HUG*** :>)

        – - -***fist bump*** — –DESTRUCTIVE!! — -SPEAK TRUTH!! – -

        – - — Good 2 C U nellcote. :>) – - -

        [I put this with the post on the "least productive CONGRESS." --post :>)]

  • Ebogan63

    @NerdyWonka
    POTUS: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” McConnell walks in. BO: “Door 1: Take the deal. Door 2: U get nothing” #ObamaCorelone

  • rikyrah

    With 33 hours to go
    By Steve Benen
    Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:47 PM EST

    The plan, by the most optimistic of scenarios, was for the Senate leaders to reach some kind of fiscal agreement this afternoon, vote on it tonight, and send it to the House for a vote tomorrow. How’s that plan shaping up? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) spoke a few minutes ago on the floor and said the following

    “We have been negotiating now for 36 hours or thereabouts. We did have conversations last night that ended late in the evening between staffs. This morning, we have been trying to come up with some counteroffer to my friend’s proposal. We have been unable to do that. I have had a number of conversations with the President, and at this stage we’re unable to make a counteroffer.

    “The Republican leader has told me that — and he’s just said here — that he’s working with the Vice President, and he and the Vice President, I wish them well. In the meantime, I will continue to try to come up with something but at this stage, I don’t have a counteroffer to make. Perhaps as the day wears on, I will be able to. I will say this: I think that the Republican leader has shown absolutely good faith. It’s just that we are apart on some pretty big issues.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/30/16252721-with-33-hours-to-go?lite

    • jds09

      I’m loving this positioning, watch out when Harry says “my friend”. The democrats have put the spotlight on their obstruction, now its time to focus on “some pretty big issues”, like the republican desire to fuck the middle class and crush the vulnerable.

  • rikyrah

    The “Obama Corlone” hashtag is hilarious.

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
    Pres. Obama: “You get nothing.” McConnell: “But…but..but” Pres. Obama: “YOU GET NOTHING!” #ObamaCorelone

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
    POTUS: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” McConnell walks in. BO: “Door 1: Take the deal. Door 2: U get nothing” #ObamaCorelone

    secretcabdriver @secretcabdriver
    You have to go right up to McConnell and Boehner and “Badda Bing” #obamacorelone

    Arrogant Demon @ArrogantDemon
    “I don’t like violence, John. I’m the President. Blood is a big expense.” #obamacorelone

    Arrogant Demon @ArrogantDemon
    “Joe, how’s Grover? Oh, Grover? You wont see him no more” #obamacorelone

    • Ebogan63

      LOL!

    • Miranda

      John W. Ennis ‏@johnennis
      You come here to insult me, on this day, my daughter’s winter recess. #ObamaCorleone

    • rikyrah

      Arrogant Demon @ArrogantDemon
      “Tonight the Obama Administration settles its accounts” #ObamaCorleone

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — In other news —-HE 4-GOT?? – —

    – - –Donne Trotter cites gun charges in ending House race – –

    – — – – — -An Illinois state lawmaker who was a frontrunner to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he’s ending his candidacy because he doesn’t want the felony gun charges he faces to detract from the district’s important issues.

    Donne Trotter was arrested Dec. 5 when security screeners at O’Hare International Airport found an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta handgun in his bag.

    He told officers he has the gun for a job he works with a security firm and forgot it was in his bag before he went to the airport.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – — -Uhhhh. . . . .NaaaaaaaaH. – - – - -***shakin’ my head***

  • rikyrah

    This isn’t a normal negotiation

    Posted by Greg Sargent on December 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    So the fiscal cliff talks have hit a major snag, according to multiple reports, because Senate Republicans have now demanded that cuts to Social Security benefits — i.e., Chained CPI — be part of a temporary, short term solution, whereas the White House had only put them on the table as part of a long term one.

    At the same time, Republicans are not willing to raise the debt ceiling. They want to retain the leverage the debt ceiling gives them when the longer term “fiscal cliff” talks resume next year.

    And so the current Republican demand, as I understand it, is that Dems must agree to Social Security cuts and a higher income threshold for the lower tax rates (either $400,000 or $500,000, depending on the source), in exchange for an extension of middle class tax cuts (which Republicans also want) and an extension of unemployment benefits. If Dems don’t give up those things, while allowing Republicans to retain their debt ceiling leverage, taxes go up on everybody and unemployment benefits expire for over two million Americans.

    Why would Democrats agree to Social Security cuts and lower tax rates on many wealthy households even as Republicans hold on to their leverage to extract still more in spending cuts later? No wonder a Dem aide described this as a “serious setback.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2012/12/30/this-isnt-a-normal-negotiation/

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - -DANG-IT!! – - –I KNOW MANY PEOPLE AFFECTED!! – –

    — —Federal Unemployment Benefits Expire Due To Congressional Inaction

    - – - –Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged lawmakers to embrace a package that could avert the so-called fiscal cliff, noting that 2.1 million Americans have already lost federal unemployment benefits as a result of Congressional inaction. “From this point on, it is lose-lose,” Feinstein explained, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. “My big worry, is, a contraction of the economy. The loss of jobs, which could be well over 2 million in addition to the people already on unemployment.”

    Indeed, the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy group, projects that “more than 2 million Americans will stop receiving benefits after Dec. 29, when the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program will cease to exist.” The benefits have kept 2.3 million out of poverty last year alone, and the Congressional Budget Office projects that a full, year-long extension would lead to the creation of 300,000 new jobs.

    The initiative requires recipients to search for a job while receiving payments, and one study found that unemployment recipients search harder for jobs than those who are not receiving money from the program.
    THERE IS MORE.

    HOPE NONE of U WASTED YOUR VOTE on da TWITT! – - – -Look at his BASE!! – –geesh!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    MR. HARRY SAID: – –WE WILL MEET AGAIN on MONDAY @ –11:00am – - – –***sigh****

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —WHEW LAWD!! – — -***shakin’ with fear**** — – -Look at this —
    LETHAL WEAPONS!! - – —

    – - -Somali-born Olympic gold medalist detained by airport security on terror suspicion – -

    – - – -Maybe he should have showed them his medals … Olympic Gold Medalist Mohammed Farah, who took home two track and field medals for Great Britain in this summer’s Games, says he was ismayed at his treatment by U.S. airport security as he traveled to Oregon to visit his family for Christmas.

    And the champion runner says it wasn’t the first time he was detained because he is Somali.

    From Yahoo! Sports:

    B “I couldn’t believe it,” Farah said, according to the Sun. “Because of my Somali origin, I get detained every time I come through US Customs. This time I even got my medals out to show who I am, but they wouldn’t have it.” (Tricksy terrorists, using gold medals! What will they think of next?)
    – - – -SNIP – — -

    Apparently, this isn’t Farah’s first run-in with U.S. authorities. Apparently, he was detained previously by immigration officials and threatened with a 90-day ban from the country when he previously tried to obtain a residency visa.

    In the end, Farah was able to get home to see his twin daughters, who were born just after the Olympic Games, and whose names he had engraved on his medals, along with his wife and older daughter. It was his first Christmas with his family in four years, because of his training schedule.
    THERE IS MORE.

    —-UN-FLIPPIN’ – -BELIEVABLE!! —-Annnd his other WEAPON – -

    -MELANIN!!! – —It SCURRS — -’em – -ALL DA TIME!!! — -GEESH!!! – - –

    Happy 4 the – — HAPPY ENDING. :>) –BLESS HIM/FAMILY. :>)

  • Miranda

    SMH

    S.C. State Rep. introduces bill to exempt state’s firearms from all federal regulation

    Claiming that the federal government lacks the Constitutional authority to regulate firearms maintained within one state, a South Carolina State Senator has introduced a bill that would exempt the state’s guns, ammo and accessories from all federal regulation.

    The bill, called the South Carolina Firearms Freedom Act, cites the Ninth and Tenth Amendments for legal support, in conjunction with the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The argument goes that the two Amendments give to states all powers not specifically given to Washington, and that since state’s regulate intrastate commerce—in this case, the sale and purchase of firearms—states have the sole authority to regulate firearms manufactured and used within their borders.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/30/s-c-state-rep-introduces-bill-to-exempt-states-firearms-from-all-federal-regulation/

    • conlakappa

      States righsting it on gun laws? Should b interesting.

    • nellcote

      Big hypothetical given the location of SC. But I wonder if surrounding states had semi-auto gun bans, if they could put up roadblocks and search every car coming out of SC.

      • conlakappa

        The border thing was what struck my eye too. Because they are acting all Concerned Citizens and being cute with the borders reference.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - — IN MEMORIAM – - – -2012 – —

    – - —Pols who left us in 2012- -

    - –RIHEP – - -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILIES/FRIENDS. –AMEN —

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Am I wrong for thinking David Gregory looks like King Louie from The Jungle Boo?

    • Ebogan63

      LOL, you are not far from the truth!

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    The Associated Press ‏@AP

    BREAKING: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot following concussion. -RD

    • Miranda

      Praying for her, that’s serious stuff.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – - – — – - -OFFERING PRAYERS. AMEN – - – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: SOS Hillary ADMITTED 2 HOSPITAL – - -WITH A BLOOD CLOT. – - –

    FROM the “concussion”.; In – NY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL

    Watchin’. . .

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      No prob! :-)

      Dr. Keith Black was just interviewed on CNN (I believe he was featured in one of our weekly series) and he said that because they’re treating her with anti-coagulants, it sounds like there isn’t bleeding/blood clot in the brain; that the blood clot could be in her leg.

      • rikyrah

        the scary thing about clots is that they can travel to places far more serious in the body.

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

          Yep. Dr. Black mentioned that. Remember NBC’s David Bloom? He passed away from DVT (deep vein thrombosis – blood clots in his leg).

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – - -YES. Sadly – –they can travel. Annnd most difficult part of THAT is iff they get into — SMALL VESSELS – -in the BRAIN. – — –
        – — –Transient ischemic attack – -

        ——A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time. A person will have stroke-like symptoms for up to 24 hours, but in most cases for 1 – 2 hours.

        A TIA is felt to be a warning sign that a true stroke may happen in the future if something is not done to prevent it.

        – - -The loss of blood flow to an area of the brain can be caused by:
        – A blood clot in an artery of the brain
        A blood clot that travels to the brain from somewhere else in the body (for example, from the heart)
        – - -

        VERY SERIOUS. – - –PRAYIN’ MUCH. AMEN. – — -

    • sagittarius

      The first thing they will do is limit her overseas travel for about 2-3 months.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY sagittarius, ***BIG — HAPPY KWANZAA – HUG*** :>)

        – — **fist bump*** – - -Oh ABSOLUTELY. – - -She will prolly B VERY RESTRICTED in her movement. — – THIS is serious. Annnd I’ON’T believe that we will hear errythang. —

        Typically –THAT is the protocol 4 high-level officials. –BLESS her. :>)

        [P.S - - -Can I say that some HATA will say that MR. PRESIDENT -"ran her 2 much." ---IMMA STOP here. - - --]

        Good 2 C U sagittarius. :>)

        • sagittarius

          Hi, GLH!

          Big Kwanzaa Hug rightbackatacha!

      • conlakappa

        One of the partners in my firm cannot fly at all and it was a couple years ago that his were detected. It is very serious stuff. Wasn’t it that that limited Serena’s activities a couple years back?

        • sagittarius

          Serena’s blood clot stemmed from her recuperation after foot surgery, which occurred after she stepped on a broken glass at a restaurant. It is scary stuff.

          Wow… the partner cannot fly after two years? They must have discovered some underlying condition which makes him susceptible to clotting.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/JamilaJP QOakaJP

            Flight/ major air pressure changes raises the risk of embolism. My dad has been battling blood clots since early 2011. The first one was treated for 6 months. After he had surgery in May/June of this year, new clots formed around the lungs. Thankfully, they were detected while he was still in the hospital, and they couldn’t move anywhere dangerous because of a special mesh that was put in to block big clots in the body. Even though the clots are probably dissolved by now, he is still prescribed blood thinners, and still advised not to fly, even on short trips.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -***BIG SIGH*** —peggy! – - peggy! –peggy! –
    -SAAAAAA-LAP!! — -

    — –Peggy Noonan: With This President ‘It’s Always Cliffs, Never Deals’ – - -

    – -Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said Sunday she believes President Obama is largely at fault for the stalemate of fiscal cliff negotiations, telling substitute host Norah O’Donnell, “with this president, it’s always cliffs, it’s never deals.”

    – - – -whisperin’ – –peggy – –look out — LOL – -

    • goldenstar

      WHAT is wrong with her???? Years ago, Oprah had me believing that this woman was actually significant.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOLDenstar. – —We watched her –”flip-flop” — -durin’ this ELECTION. — -IT was –”scarry”. –

        –I thought that she NEEDED –HELP! geesh. –

        Don’t know much about her past. sorry. I’ll look. :>)

      • conlakappa

        Her inability to successfully dive into St. Ronnie’s casket as it was lowered?

  • goldenstar

    deleted

  • rikyrah

    Senate showdown set for Monday
    By Steve Benen
    Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:02 PM EST.

    Fiscal talks took a step backwards earlier today when Republicans insisted on including chained CPI in the agreement. A Senate Democratic aide told me this afternoon, “We believed it was mutually understood that chained CPI was off the table for a smaller-scale agreement, and see Republicans’ continued insistence on including it as a major setback.”

    Democrats held firm, and soon after, GOP members backed off — at least on this one provision

    Negotiations over a last-ditch agreement to head off large tax increases and sweeping spending cuts in the new year appeared to resume on Sunday afternoon after Republican senators withdrew a demand that any deal must include a new way of calculating inflation that would lower payments to beneficiary programs like Social Security and slow their growth.

    Senate Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting to say they agreed with Democrats that the request — which had temporarily brought talks to a standstill — was not appropriate for a quick deal to avert the tax increases and spending cuts starting Jan. 1.

    To hold the line against raising taxes on high-income households while fighting for cuts to Social Security was “not a winning hand,” said Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/30/16255447-senate-showdown-set-for-monday?lite

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Am I the only one that gets my Diddy bop on to the iPod commercial? #Don’tJudgeMe

    • crazycanuck

      Is that the one where the ipod changes? If it is, you and my sis need therapy lol.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        :-( lol

  • Miranda

    Hillary illness doubters face wrath of Twitter

    Hillary Clinton’s admission to a New York hospital for a blood clot stemming from her recent concussion has much of the Twitter-sphere engaging in a round of public shaming.

    Some conservatives initially accused Clinton of faking her illness in order to avoid a scheduled date with a House committee holding hearings about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

    Now that her condition has apparently deteriorated, those conservatives are being called out.

    more here
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/12/30/hillary-illness-doubters-face-wrath-of-twitter/?wprss=rss_election-2012

    • QOakaJP

      They’re (cons) in too deep to back out now. Expect the crassness and insanity to be at 1000 for the time being.

      As for Hillary’s health, I never doubted she was injured, but have been very curious as to why the whole event has been so hush-hush. And now, I believe it’s because she has some serious health issues going on. I’ve been skeptical of the ‘inevitable’ Hillary 2016 push, and this just casts more doubt. She already said months back that she’s tired. At the very least, she won’t be doing any flying for the next several months…

      Untreated blood clots can be life-threatening. Life-ending, in fact. Good thing they caught this one in time.

  • isonprize

    How come David Gregory didnt wear the cheap squirrel fur jacket and tube top and 5 inch hooker shoes?

    DAMN

  • GN

    Still on the theme of top ten political stories of the year. This was a late-comer, but this is one of my favorites of the decade–h/t lamh, rikyrah, and TOD for this absolute delight.

    Love FLOTUS? Love kids? Then this is for you:

    MRS. OBAMA: Hi, Anthony, it’s Michelle Obama, the First Lady. How are you?

    ANTHONY: Good.

    MRS. OBAMA: How old are you, Anthony?

    ANTHONY: Eleven…..

    ANTHONY: Can you come visit me in Texas?

    MRS. OBAMA: Yeah, he’s (Santa) heading your way….

    ANTHONY: Yeah, I was talking about you trying to visit me.

    MRS. OBAMA: Oh, me come to visit you. (Laughter.) Well, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to come and visit before Christmas tomorrow, but if ever I find myself in Texas next year — and I know I’m going to be coming to Texas one time next year — hopefully we can see each other then. How does that sound?

    ANTHONY: Will you come to my house?

    MRS. OBAMA: Yeah, I don’t know if I can come to your house. I might not be able to do that. But I’ll be keeping an eye on you, though.

    ANTHONY: How about my school?

    MRS. OBAMA: Your school — maybe your school. What school do you go to?

    ANTHONY: (Inaudible).

    MRS. OBAMA: All right, well, I’m going to tell my assistant right now…..

    ANTHONY: Can I talk to your husband?

    MRS. OBAMA: He’s not here right now. (Laughter.) But you know what, I will tell him that you asked about him. Okay?

    ANTHONY: Okay.

    MRS. OBAMA: All right. You keep being a good kid. Work hard in school, okay?

    ANTHONY: Okay. Tell your daughters I said Merry Christmas.

    MRS. OBAMA: I sure will. Thank you so much. You give your family my best, okay? You give them all a Merry Christmas from all of the Obamas, okay?

    ANTHONY: Okay. Thank you.

    MRS. OBAMA: All right, bye-bye.

    ANTHONY: Bye-bye.

    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/12/24/santa-tracking/

    ****

    Shorter kid: forget Santa; First Lady Obama, when are YOU coming? lol lol lol!!.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -GR8 NEWS!! – - – -

    – –Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices

    – - -The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

    Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., indicated the House could vote on the bill soon, though House leaders have not yet agreed to put the bill on the floor. In addition to the one-year extension that has the backing of the committees, the House GOP is also considering two other extension bills: a one-month extension and an even smaller bill that would merely extend dairy policy that expires Jan. 1.

    Expiration of those dairy programs could mean higher prices at the grocery store within a few weeks. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Americans face the prospect of paying $7 for a gallon of milk if the current dairy program lapsed and the government returned to a 1948 formula for calculating milk price supports.

    A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that Republican leaders had not decided how they would proceed on the farm extension, though a vote could come as soon as Monday. Boehner has pushed back on passage of a new five-year farm bill for months, saying there were not enough votes to bring it to the House floor after the House Agriculture Committee approved it in July. The Senate passed its version of a farm bill in June.

    The prospect of higher milk prices has motivated some action. The bipartisan extension also includes disaster assistance to farmers affected by a lingering drought this year, along with extensions to other farm programs that expired in October.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - – -Woo! Hoo!! – - – -FINALLY!!! – - – -Some POSITIVE –LEGISLATION —AS In – - -DOIN’ THEIR JOB!! – - – -

  • TyrenM

    I hope somebody hella qualified shows up for 2016 election. It should be D’s to lose. Between Hillary (and Bill’s) past, fuckery during primary, PUMA bs, Rice, Benghazi, and now her health for real – If she gave a damn about anything but herself, she’d shut down all 2016 noise. But I know better than that, so I hope somebody else – a real Obama surrogate shows up for ’16 election. Good nite all.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - -ANOTHER LIST of REFLECTIONS: — – - [Some --NOT!]- — :>) –

    – — 2012′s social media moments in politics

    —- –Like never before, politics were social this year and the moments most shared, tweeted and liked tell the story of a tumultuous election year.

    This was the first presidential cycle in which the full complement of social media tools were mature enough to alter the canvas of American elections in ways that may not have seemed to matter at the time.

    In the process, politicos learned a lot about how these tools can be used well and badly, and what kind of impact they may have going forward.

    1. “Four More Years.” The first official indication from the Obama campaign that the president knew he’d won reelection came via Twitter, where @BarackObama posted a photo of himself in his wife’s embrace with the words “Four More Years.” To date, it has been retweeted more than 800,000 times, reportedly the most ever for a tweet. It was a groundbreaking decision and, quite likely, a standard-setting one for future triumphant moments.

    – - —- SNIP – - – -

    5. “47%.” Arguably the most important turn in the election was that infamous viral video of Mitt Romney defaming 47 percent of Americans at a private fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla. Yet as much as online purists — lookin’ at you, Buzzfeed — would like to declare the established media irrelevant, the dirty little secret is that the 47 percent video lingered in obscurity on YouTube for months before those trying to promulgate it realized they’d need to turn to an established-brand journalist in Mother Jones’s David Corn to confirm its authenticity and push it into the mainstream.
    ANND – –MORE. —– -ENJOY. :>)