July 30, 2014

Thursday Afternoon Thread: UPHELD

  • rikyrah

    REMEMBER,

    Willard tried the duck and dodge with immigration, because they were gonna go ‘ all in’ with the healthcare ruling, hoping that the immigration case would get lost in the shuffle. So, anyone go ask Team Willard their opinion on this?

    BWA HA HA HAA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    • Miranda

      The wingnuts calling this “an activist court”………mad as hell with Chief Justice Roberts. LOL

      • Tafr

        LoL Chief Justice Roberts just had his conservative credentials revoked. The wing nuts will never forgive him for this.

        • Daltex82

          You know he got the “stank eye” from Scalia and Thomas!

          • TyrenM

            Imma have to watch faux news and see if they diss Roberts tonite. I was just BSing. and u know this, man!

      • gc

        Think I’LL write him a love letter :)

    • conlakappa

      Says it’s a bad ruling and he’ll repeal the law. When he’s elected.

      • gc

        Emetic by blog.

        • conlakappa

          Po’ little Mittens. I can see him running around all blinky-eyed and confused. That human emotion chip never has been fixed!

          • gc

            Bots can’t blink. This is an amazing day, conlappa. We knew this was the Real Deal back in our DKOS days. Speaking of: KOSHEADS who hate everything that is positive for Obama: BITE ME

          • conlakappa

            No, he blinks. Rapidly and weirdly. Saw it in a clip of him addressing a crowd [cough; term used loosely]. His head got all tilty and the blinking commenced. I think he was trying to appear St. Ronnie-esque but it looked like an Animatron Gone Wild.

          • gc

            Needed a circuit repaired? I’m glad it’s Thursday – TDS and TCR should be fun, especially with CNN in the crosshairs. My guys are probably salivating. And then for smudging my TV screen with high fives, switch to Rev Al…and champagne served sangfrois
            icey.

          • AxelFoley

            Romneytron1900 is like the original Terminator. Skynet gave it all the physical traits of human beings–body odor, bad breath, sweat, etc. Only thing Skynet couldn’t program was emotions. Same with the Romneytron1900 and it’s creators at GOPnet.

  • rikyrah

    SCOTUS Opinion

    By mistermix June 28th, 2012

    Here’s the guts of it from SCOTUSBLOG:

    In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/06/28/scotus-opinion/#comment-3391140

  • rikyrah

    SCOTUS Opinion

    By mistermix June 28th, 2012

    Here’s the guts of it from SCOTUSBLOG:

    In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/06/28/scotus-opinion/#comment-3391140

  • isonprize

    DISQUS was INSANE the better part of this morning. Whatever, DISQUS, whatever!! SHEEEEEEESHHHHH!!!

    Anyway!!! Oh HAPPY DAY!!!

    • crazycanuck

      It’s still insane for me.

      • conlakappa

        Me too. I could only see comments once gc responded to one of mine. And it’s not letting me “like” any comments. Or at least not showing up for me.

        ::whispers::

        It’s Teh Evol!

        • Aquagranny911

          I figging hate Disqus & I won’t whisper! It’s been screwing with me for the last couple of days. Disqus, you suck!!!

          • conlakappa

            And guess what happened after I wrote that? I couldn’t comment from my desktop! I whisper to not disturb the spirits. Gnomes, AG, gnomes!

  • Alma98

    Bringing this over from the other thread.

  • lamh35

    So since the ruling didn’t go the way that majority of the village and GOP thought, now the meme is going to cling to the SCOTUS calling this a “tax” on the middle class and all the tweets and statements of the GOP are all including this line almost verbatim.

    What I think is funny is that last night Romney was talking all tough he went so far as to say he bet it was gonna be a tough night in the WH. My bet, tonight is gonna be a tough night for Romney.

    HA. Even FoxNews has to show POTUS speech and he’s listing every thing the ACA does and is explaining exactly how the ACA will help everyone…and Fox can’t turn it off…BAM!!!

    • Miranda

      Damn, PBO drank every single drop of Romney’s milkshake this week….every damn drop.

      • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

        And stuck him with the check.

        • AxelFoley

          ROFL

  • Miranda

    *SO DEAD!!!*

    Patrick Gaspard‏@patrickgaspard
    it’s constitutional. Bitches.

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

      That would make a great t-shirt!

      • PBomb

        And bumper sticker…

    • goldenstar

      I. cannot. believe. he. tweeted. this.

      LOL!

    • rikyrah

      REALLY?

      he tweeted this?

      FABULOUS.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAm- —Hadta step away — -CRISIS. Back soon.

    • Alma98

      I hope your mom is ok GLH.

    • MsKitty

      Take care

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

      Hope everything is OK GLH.

    • dannie22

      praying for you

    • isonprize

      prayers, good thoughts, positive vibes coming your way. GLH.

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

      Sending prayers for you to the man upstairs. Much love to you GLH.

    • gc

      My prayers and love…gc

    • Town

      Prayers…

    • Miranda

      Be safe, sending prayers….

    • TyrenM

      Thinking of u and yours.

    • PBomb

      Keeping you and the family in my thoughts.

    • MonieTalks

      Praying for you and your entire family GLH!

    • Daltex82

      Be safe. Sending good thoughts in your directon.

    • edp4bho

      Oh my. Blessings to you all.

    • Rhoda

      Praying for you, good luck.

    • vulcan_girl

      You are all in my thoughts.

    • rikyrah

      PRAYERS for you and the family, GLH

    • Aquagranny911

      GLH, my heart to yours ♥

    • AxelFoley

      Hope everything is ok, GLH.

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

    PBO is in the Oval Office singing:

    Ye ain’t ridin (ye ain’t ridin)
    Ye ain’t bumpin like I’m bumpin
    Ye ain’t sayin nuttin homie
    Ye ain’t fresh azimiz
    Ye ain’t got it (ye ain’t got it)
    You don’t keep it dougie like I keep it dougie
    Lil Mitty you ain’t fresh azimiz

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

  • dannie22

    Scalia is somewhere crying

    • conlakappa

      Smooshing cupcakes in the faces of kittens… loosening the screws off playground swing sets… Angrily calling into CSPAN…

  • conlakappa

    Oops. I guess fools will run into trouble when they pre-write the headline instead of, you know, waiting for the news to actually break:
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/health-care-ruling-scotus-cnn-gaffe-fox-news-154347515.html

    • Aquagranny911

      TOO TRUE!!!

      If ever we needed any more evidence that our media sucks naked baby rats this proves it. They are basically useless for actually reporting…News.

  • Alma98

    We need that PBO pic that says “you mad”. LOL

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
      • Alma98

        Thanks lol.

      • Daltex82

        I love that pic!

        • conlakappa

          Perfect time to get that made into a t-shirt.

  • isonprize

    Look at the video and tweets of the major “media” outlets that GOT THIS STRAIGHT WRONG!!!

    In A Rush To Be First, CNN, Fox, Huffington Post and TIME Get Supreme Court Story Exactly Wrong

    CNNPolitcs
    FoxNews
    Huffington Post
    TIME
    NPR Politics

    ALL BOUGHT AND PAID FOR!!!

    http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1211836/306707_10151068485986800_1386664810_n.jpg

    • Alma98

      They just showed the whole world how biased and trifling they really are.

    • MsKitty

      I love that that pic has gone completely viral in less than 2 hours.

      Everybody was straight clowning CNN on twitter this morning with parodies of incorrect headlines.

    • MonieTalks

      Punk-ass media.

      They have finally found a gaffe that they don’t want to repeat.

      Sucka ass frat girls and boys…all of ‘em.

      • itgurl_29

        Oh, none of them want to talk about this. They just want it to go away. Thank the lord for Twitter because we will talk about this forever.

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

          Yep. Look at Don Lemon trying to spin CNN’s gaffe. Bless his Uncle Tom heart:

          Don Lemon ‏@DonLemonCNN
          .@mplsk Nah, no one’s even mentioned it. Only people on twitter. But that’s always the way. Most people are busy living their lives.

          Don Lemon ‏@DonLemonCNN
          .@iteachoneofu @mplsk @TPM Not really a fail now that I understand it. But honestly I was confused watching in airport like everyone else.

          • edp4bho

            “Most people are busy living their lives.”

            Seems at this point, he would wish that people weren’t so busy living their lives – too busy to watch him.

          • AxelFoley

            SMH at this self-hatin’ clown.

          • Admiral_Komack

            “THIS IS CNN…oh, we’re not…oops, my bad…”

    • Aquagranny911

      Oh, they will be eating this one for days! Goatfiggers were so convinced that ACA would be going down that they had already written their news releases so their naked butts were waving in the air.

      I LOVE IT!!! BITE THE BIG CACTUS you slime suckers!!!

    • AxelFoley

      Beat me to that pic. That picture is epic, hahahahaha

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

    Looks like CNN and Fox News effed up…

    The national news media mostly got it right on Thursday, but the cable news channels CNN and Fox News got it wrong when they mistakenly reported at first that the Supreme Court had struck down the individual mandate at the heart of President Obama’s health care law. In fact, in a 5-4 vote, the court had upheld the mandate as a tax.

    “The mandate is gone,” the Fox correspondent Shannon Bream announced at 10:08 a.m. as a graphic on the screen called it unconstitutional. A moment later, the Fox anchor Megyn Kelly cautioned that Ms. Bream might be wrong. “We’re getting conflicting information,” Ms. Kelly said, while reading from SCOTUS Blog, the definitive Web site about the court. Citing the blog, she accurately told viewers, “the individual mandate is surviving as a tax.”

    MORE: http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/live-coverage/scotus-healthcare#sha=62cf44259

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

    I hope this is true!

    Kelly O’Donnell ‏@KellyO

    .@NancyPelosi suggests all the Dems might “walk off” during Holder contempt vote today but she wants to be there long enough to say her part

    • gc

      Do you know when it’s scheduled – would love to see it!

      • goldenstar

        The debate is going on NOW.

        • gc

          THX!

    • Aquagranny911

      OH Please, I so hope this is true! It might be even better if every Dem in the chamber stood up & turned their backs on this piece of ignorant caca.

  • Alma98

    I just made donation to the Obama/Biden campaign.

    • Aquagranny911

      Me too!

  • Alma98

    What is up with disqus today?I can’t like comments.

    • Miranda

      Disqus is acting up cuz so many folks leaving comments on every site with disqus commenting right now. LOL

      • Alma98

        Oh ok. LOL

    • Aquagranny911

      I have the same problem. Disqus always seems to have issues at the end of the month.

    • AxelFoley

      Disqus stay mad because PBO coming out on top again.

  • Miranda

    These mofos are sick as hell!

    Former GOP Spokesman: ‘Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?’
    Lansing attorney does not like Supreme Court Obamacare ruling

    The former spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party sent out an email that said armed rebellion was justified over the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare.

    Matthew Davis, an attorney in Lansing, sent the email moments after the Supreme Court ruling to numerous new media outlets and limited government activists with the headline: “Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?”

    more here
    http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/17151

    • Alma98

      Try it bitch and this country would go up in flames.

      • AxelFoley

        Nah, they the ones gonna go up in flames. There’s more of us, people of color and white people of common sense, than there are of them.

        We would fuck them up. Hell, I might be in favor of them trying something so we can finally finish the shit they started in 1861.

        • Alma98

          LOL That’s what I’m saying, they’re in the minority now.

    • gc

      ACA>Obamacare>Obama>communist>anti-American>Kenyan>BLACK

      Black>Armed Rebellion Justified *

      * see Trayvon Martin case

    • Admiral_Komack

      Bring it, motherfucker.

  • edp4bho

    I got this from Yahoo’s comments:

    “An alarming number of Twitter users, Buzzfeed noted, declared their intent to move to Canada.”
    People are threatening to move to a country that has a SINGLE-PAYER healthcare system in order to protest the SCOTUS decision? If you’re against government involvement in healthcare then why move to a country that has universal health coverage? Are people really that dumb? ”

    And this in reply:

    “Shh. Dont tell em.”

    • gc

      Stupid is as stupid does. Just took an online poll. People want Reps and Romnney in charge. They also do not want Medicare to be gutted.

      I read years ago that the biggest online presence for communicating in the political arena was Rep. That was somewhat reassuring when I read poll results like these.

    • Aquagranny911

      Why not Mexico? The climate is much better. Living is cheap & health care costs way less.

      • AxelFoley

        We all KNOW why they won’t go to Mexico.

        • Aquagranny911

          Too true! Too much of that melanin, the natural kind not the stuff out of a jar or tanning booth.

          Their loss. Mexico is beautiful this time of year, especially along the coast of Baja.

      • Admiral_Komack

        …and they can stay with Willard’s relatives…

  • Miranda

    A look back at what Romney and the 2012 GOP field said about the now controversial Chief Justice who wrote to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act

    Mitt Romney may have had to mince words over the last year when explaining his support for his Massachusetts health care plan and his opposition to “Obamacare.”

    However, the Republican 2012 presidential nominee has been quite clear of his support and respect for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts who wrote the decision upholding most of the president’s health care plan on Thursday.

    First, consider Romney’s campaign website.

    From the Courts & The Constitution section the campaign says:
    “As president, Mitt will nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. These justices hold dear what the great Chief Justice John Marshall called “the basis on which the whole American fabric has been erected”: a written Constitution, with real and determinate meaning.”

    http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/smartpolitics/2012/06/what_does_mitt_romney_think_ab.php

  • rikyrah

    to the frontpager,

    maybe you’d think about updating this post with that wonderful Dewey Defeats Truman remake with the President holding the IPAD with the CNN Wrong Headline. it’s over at TOD.

  • Miranda

    Oh…all those emoprogs and so-called experts that talked shit about the Solicitor General, calling his argument “horrible”, “incompetent”…..well, the Solicitor General just has one question for y’all:

    • Alma98

      HAHAHAHAHA!

    • dannie22

      hell naw!! I was just watching that!

    • Ebogan63

      The Solicitor General should tweet that to Jeffrey Toobin, and all those mofos.

    • vulcan_girl

      Shaq can’t rap for shit, but that clip never gets old!

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

    We’ve alerted Disqus about the problems in the comment section. Here’s their response:

    DISQUS Help ‏@disqushelp
    @PragObots Thanks, we were able to confirm this. We are seeing some intermittent issues with functions in the comment thread and we’re…

    DISQUS Help ‏@disqushelp
    @PragObots …working to resolve them now. Kindly keep an eye on our status page for updates: http://status.disqus.com -Amanda

    • Aquagranny911

      Disqus, you jerks! Feed the damn guinea pigs that row this boat!!!

      • Alma98

        LOL!

      • AxelFoley

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • TyrenM

      Somebody above said it was fixed. Not quite.

  • rikyrah

    Rand Paul’s situational principle

    By Editorial Board, Published: June 27

    SEN. RAND PAUL (R-Ky.) came to Washington on the wave of the tea party movement to limit big government. “I think a lot of things could be handled locally . . . the more local the better, and the more common sense the decisions are, rather than having a federal government make those decisions,” he said during his 2010 campaign. So how to explain his spoiling a move to give the District autonomy over its own tax dollars by — and this is really rich — injecting the federal government into local affairs?

    We thought we could no longer be surprised by congressional hypocrisy when it comes to the nation’s capital, but Mr. Paul’s willingness to turn his back on his supposed libertarian principles and devotion to local rule is truly stunning.

    A bill that would give D.C. officials the ability to spend local dollars — we repeat, locally collected, locally paid tax dollars — without congressional approval was pulled from consideration this week after Mr. Paul introduced a set of amendments that would dictate to the city policies on guns, abortions and unions. “The last senator I would expect it from,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), telling us that she has never seen so many amendments offered at one time by a single member to restrict D.C. rights. Ironically, Ilir Zherka, head of the advocacy group DC Vote, said that Mr. Paul initially had been seen as a potential ally for the District because of his views on small government.

    Mr. Paul told The Post’s Ben Pershing, “I think it’s a good way to call attention to some issues that have national implications. We don’t have [control] over the states, but we do for D.C.” In other words, “I am doing this because I can” — not exactly the argument one expects to hear from someone who has railed about federal intrusion. As Mr. Zherka pointed out, Mr. Paul’s brief for small government is not whether the federal government has the power but whether it should use it.

    A spokesman for Mr. Paul e-mailed us a reminder that the District is not a state but a federal jurisdiction: “Efforts to change that have failed, and until it is changed it is not only the prerogative but the duty of Congress to have jurisdiction over the Federal District.” What we don’t get is how someone who raises the banner of a movement inspired by a time when Americans were ruled without representation could be so unsympathetic to the rights of D.C. citizens who are in the same position.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rand-paul-grabs-the-chance-to-dictate-to-local-government/2012/06/27/gJQAmRqi7V_story.html?tid=pm_opinions_pop

    • Miranda

      Its past time for the residents of DC to really rise up and take control of themselves. This goon in KY has no business trying to dictate like that.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 06/28/2012
    SCOTUS sides with federal power

    By Greg Sargent

    The Supreme Court’s landmark decision upholding the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare may be the start of a third great period in which the court has grappled with a question that continues to divide us as deeply as ever: What are the proper limits on federal power, and how far can the government go in protecting citizens from the depredations of the free market and social and technological change?

    The court ruled that the mandate is defensible as a “tax.” In so doing, it supported the administration’s argument that it’s within the proper scope of federal authority to incentivize the purchase of health insurance, in order to expand coverage to millions of Americans who have been left behind by the private market.

    In the broadest possible sense, this can be seen as the start of a third era in which the Court wrestles with questions surrounding the expansion of federal power — each era different from the other, says James O’Hara, a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

    During the New Deal, Franklin Delano Roosevelt sought to expand the federal government’s management of the economy to cope with the Great Depression. While the court initially dealt Roosevelt plenty of setbacks, the era as a whole can be seen as a ratification of Roosevelt’s broad contention that the crisis merited expansive federal intervension.

    During the Warren Court, a liberal era, questions surrounding federal authority were different — and were more directly concerned with the battle between federal power and states’ rights. The Court frequently upheld the federal government’s authority over states on matters ranging from civil rights to voting to education.

    Today’s decision can be seen as the start of a third such era, O’Hara says.The decision also concerns the battle between federal and state’s rights, as did many of the Warren era battles. But this is the most far reaching decision the court has made to date to reckon with the complexities of today’s economy, of which health care is an increasingly dominant part.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/scotus-sides-with-federal-power/2012/06/28/gJQAkEpB9V_blog.html

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

    I just love how the media is trying to deflect from them effin’ up the SCOTUS decision by tweeting/reporting that POTUS believed the initial false reports.

    • Miranda

      I wonder why they think that’s a good thing to emphasize?

    • Rhoda

      They should realize, this makes CNN/FOX look WORST. And it’s really bad for CNN, they’ve been outed as being just like FOX. MSNBC should be so glad they did this right and REPORTED the story. Today makes them look better, IMO.

      • nathkatun7

        I am glad I don’t watch cable news.They are not good for my BP. But from what I’ve been reading, it appears that the Media not only believed that Court would strike ACA but they really wanted the Court to do so.

    • Aquagranny911

      Me too!!! Like PBO did not know the results way before our “newstainers” PULEEZE!!!

    • MsKitty

      You saw that too, huh? Nice try, but it won’t work. They’ve been exposed as the empty suits they are.

  • Rhoda

    Love the interview Rahm gave LA Times saying Thank God POTUS didn’t listen to me; it was good for the country.

    SEE DEMS; that’s how you support and protect your quarterback.

    • AxelFoley

      Hear that, Dems?

      *crickets*

    • nathkatun7

      Exactly! Rahm is real Dem.

  • rikyrah

    Four Reasons Why The Court’s Decision To Uphold Obamacare Is Good News For The Economy

    By Travis Waldron on Jun 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

    The Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law signed by President Obama in 2010, ruling 5-4 that the law was constitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts joined Justices Sonya Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan on the opinion. The individual mandate, the requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance or pay a fine, was upheld as legal under Congress’ taxing ability.

    Health care reform isn’t important just because it expands access to quality, affordable care, but also because rapidly rising costs and the fact that 30 million Americans don’t have insurance are weighing down the American economy. Here are four reasons why the Court’s decision is good news for the still-struggling economy:

    1) Obamacare will reduce the deficit. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2011 that Obamacare will reduce the federal deficit by $210 billion over the next decade. The law is expected to save about $1 trillion over its second decade, according to other CBO analyses. The CBO found that repealing the law, as Republicans attempted to do in 2011, would increase the deficit by $230 billion over the next 10 years.

    2) Health care costs for young Americans won’t skyrocket. More than 3.1 million young Americans have insurance thanks to Obamacare. Without the law, the cost of acquiring an equivalent health care plan would have risen dramatically at a time when young people are still struggling with the effects of the Great Recession.

    3) Millions of jobs will be created. Health reform will help create roughly 4 million jobs over the next decade, according to a 2010 Center for American Progress report, by reducing the cost of health care and making it cheaper for businesses to hire. The law will create between 250,000 and 400,000 jobs a year, and they will be spread across sectors: according to the study, the law will help create more than 200,000 manufacturing and 900,000 in the service sector by 2016.

    4) It will be cheaper for employers to provide health care. American businesses are under tremendous pressure thanks to rising health care costs, and these costs are often passed on to customers (one study estimates that each car sold by General Motors contains $1,200 in built-in health costs). The ACA, however, will make it cheaper for businesses to provide care, and not just by reducing the cost of care. Small businesses are already receiving tax credits contained in the law to help insure their employees, and it has already offered more than $4.7 billion in reinsurance payments to companies that are providing health care to retirees who aren’t yet eligible for Medicare.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/28/505510/four-reasons-why-the-courts-decision-to-uphold-obamacare-is-good-news-for-the-economy/

  • creolechild

    President Barack Hussein Obama is a CLASS ACT!

    President Obama rode the same emotional rollercoaster as millions of Americans as the first reports to reach him via CNN and FOX erroneously declared that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate had been struck down. The president remained calm in the face of what would have been devastating news for his signature legislation. Obama’s first response was confusion but the initial shock quickly turned to smiles and hugs,

    The president’s first phone call was to Solicitor General Don Verrilli, who was widely criticized for his performance defending the law before the Supreme Court, to congratulate him. A former constitutional law professor who had carefully reviewed the court proceedings, Obama was well aware that it was one of Verilli’s arguments, that the mandate could also be considered a tax penalty instead of an imperative to purchase insurance, that had ultimately swayed Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined the majority opinion.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/president-obama-first-heard-mandate-had-been-overturned.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    H/T Benjy Sarlin

    • Aquagranny911

      F this!!! PBO was not “confused” Anyone monitoring SCOTUS web site knew the results exactly. FUCK MSM!!!

      • creolechild

        Aqua, I know the Republicans are losing their *ish* over this ruling and acting ugly, but I don’t believe THIS article is trying to take anything away from POTUS or insinuate anything negative.

        First, because there’s NO QUESTION about his level of intelligence. And second, according to the article, POTUS was told by White House staff that the mandate had been overturned before returning to tell him that it had been upheld. Apparently, the staff was monitoring four TVs outside the Oval Office and repeated what CNN and Fox reported. There was a lot of people who were momentarily confused because of conflicting reports.

  • rikyrah

    People Hate Romney’s Medicare Plan

    by BooMan
    Thu Jun 28th, 2012 at 02:05:31 PM EST

    Here’s some more good news for Mitt Romney on health care:

    Democracy for America commissioned a poll late last week asking 900 registered voters from across the country their views on healthcare and the Republican voucher program. The poll responses are listed below [the margin of error is +- 3.5%.]
    Do you support or oppose turning Medicare into a voucher program?

    Support 15%
    Oppose 57%
    Not sure 28%

    Do you support or oppose Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare for seniors?

    Support 26%
    Oppose 33%
    Not sure 41%

    Do you support or oppose privatizing Medicare?

    Support 25%
    Oppose 53%
    Not sure 22%

    If Mitt Romney endorsed a plan that turned Medicare into a voucher program, would you be more or less likely to vote for him, or would it not make a difference?

    More likely 13%
    Less likely 42%
    No difference 42%
    Not sure 2%

    The only one winning more than Charlie Sheen is Mitt Romney.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/

  • rikyrah

    it’s utterly ridiculous to see how DISAPPOINTED they are that they won’t have the meme of ‘ THIS IS HORRIBLE FOR THE PRESIDENT’ to run with today.

    the fact that MILLIONS of Americans Can now breathe easier, matters not to the jackals in the press.

    • Rhoda

      Rikyrah, they had this planned out. The conservatives would strike down the law and they would say President Obama was a failure who wasted his time passing a law that was clearly unconstitutional.

      All there weapons have been taken away from them with the mandate still in place; and saying states don’t have to extend Medicare isn’t sexy as an attack. So, they’re running the 2010 playbook of lies and the MSM is ignoring the lies and talking about small govt and repeal can only happen w/Republicans.

      BUT on the plus side, there are some actual reports about what the law DOES for people and not the politics of it all. Because, this is a singular achievement on par w/ FDR and LBJ and Truman. That fact cuts against their Obama is a failure meme.

      Also, it justifies POTUS hitting hard against the Supreme Court on Citzens and then constantly saying this was constitutional. He really did get in Roberts’ head who was worried about his legacy; that is the only reason he voted to uphold on such a pretext as the tax IMO.

      • rikyrah

        With this accomplishment, he has done something no President since Theodore Roosevelt has been able to do: start us on the road to universal healthcare.

        It’s been absolutely stunning to watch the snippets that I can from work: these mofos really didn’t prepare for the possibility of it being upheld. And they’re madder than a mutha.

        Took away their meme. Took away what they thought they were going to use to beat over the President and prop up Willard with. They ain’t got shyt to say, and have no way of helping out Willard, who looked like an absolute fool standing in front of the Capitol.

        Now, the President has the wind at his back; the CONSTITUTIONALITY question has been settled; he can run on Obamacare, bringing up everyday, who is helped by it. Now, it’s time for every other Democrat to MAN THE FUCK UP AND RUN ON IT TOO!!!

        • Camille

          God is truly working His purpose out!

          Republicans, the complicit media and their PL cohorts will be defeated. They can keep plotting and obstructing – but in the end President Obama still wins. And he by God’s grace wins BIG!

    • MsKitty

      And don’t forget the added bonus of the press botching the announcement. Instead of trying to shape the news, the jackals are the news…and not in a good way. They will be the subject of widespread ridicule for some time to come.

      Karma is a bitch, and remains undefeated.

    • MonieTalks

      yep. It is so unreal. They are so sad because they FAILED after building an entire campaign against Obamacare, reiterating at every turn that PBO used up all his capital and the American people still don’t like this bad law (according to who, btw?)

      I know I say it so many times, but my Grandmother warned me that folks would lose their minds when the PBO was elected. And she lived in Jim Crow era rural Virginia, so she knows how contemptuous folks can be. She felt that people of all stripes would somehow or another ridicule, criticize and demonize this man because so much of America has an internal, subconscious problem withe someone like him as the head of this nation.

      That is why recent research shows it was a CONCERTED effort for the media to discuss Obamacare in the context of partisan political fighting and viewpoints as opposed to discussing the POLICY of the legislation..

      But I expect NOTHING from the same media who once covered the woes of Britney Spears and Paris Hiltonoin nightly news segments while America was lied into war and troops were dying by the thousands.

      Today’s bungled headlines just revisited their ineptness.

      • goldenstar

        I agree with your grandmother with one exception: many have no mind to lose.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Comment Of The Week.

      • isonprize

        OKAY, Disqus, since clicking the “LIKE” button is useless….

        I LIKE THIS COMMENT!!

        • Alma98

          I know I was just clicking and clicking the like button a fool. Then I realized disqus was cutting up again.

        • AxelFoley

          This rightchere.

      • AxelFoley

        Your grandmother is a wise woman.

      • nathkatun7

        Excellent, excellent comment, MonieTalks! Your grandmother is fountain of wisdom.

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

      These media jackasses have health care so of course they don’t care about the rest of us. They’re working from a “I Got Mine, You Get Yours” mindset.

      • AxelFoley

        That’s what gets me. I understand those assholes having that mentality. Rich muhfuckas like them have always been that way since the beginning of civilization.

        It’s the idiots who are not rich who follow their lead that kills me. These fools are against something that benefits them because their rich masters tell them it’s bad.

        Story of this country from Day One.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Why should the media care?

      They got theirs.

    • Camille

      It has been incredible to watch the media so disappointed but still trying to find ways to cast this victory in unfavorable light.

      Wow, wow, wow.

      America is in trouble if we let today’s excuse for a media continue to drive our news and conversation. They are not only evil, but callous in their self-serving and destructive wish to eviscerate our Democracy and Union.

      • nathkatun7

        Very well said Camille.

  • MonieTalks

    Mr “Axis of Evil” himself, David Frum warned the Republicans to pick their battles wisely, especially on healthcare. Check this:

    Repeal Is a Fantasy
    David Frum

    The Republican Plan B is to repeal Obamacare on Day 1 of a Romney presidency.

    Good luck with that.

    First, today’s Supreme Court decision will make it a lot harder to elect Mitt Romney. President Obama has just been handed a fearsome election weapon. 2012 is no longer exclusively a referendum on the president’s economic management. 2012 is now also a referendum on Mitt Romney’s healthcare plans. The president can now plausibly say that a vote for the Republicans is a vote to raise prescription drug costs on senior citizens and to empower insurance companies to deny coverage to children for pre-existing conditions. Those charges will hurt—and maybe hurt enough to sway the election.

    ….Fifth, the clock is ticking. President Obama passed the ACA in the second year of his administration. A President Romney will have to pass repeal in the first year of his, because the law goes into effect in 2014. By then, states will have to have their exchanges up and working. And states that have put themselves through that work will not be very eager to see Washington undo it. If replacement does not happen in the first 100 days, it won’t happen at all—that is, it won’t happen as a single measure, but rather will take the form of dozens of small incremental changes adopted episodically over the next 20 years.

    The outlook then: Even if Republicans win big in 2012, they will have to fight inch by bloody inch for changes they could have had for the asking in 2010. Truly, this is Waterloo—a Waterloo brought about by a dangerous combination of ideological frenzy, poor risk calculation, and a self-annihilating indifference to the real work of government.

    read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/28/repeal-is-a-fantasy.html

    • isonprize

      Truly, this is Waterloo—a Waterloo brought about by a dangerous combination of ideological frenzy, poor risk calculation, and a self-annihilating indifference to the real work of government.

      Welp…David Frum is making sense here…

  • crazycanuck

    What is going on with that fool Issa and this assinine comptempt vote?

    • conlakappa

      Distraction to this. Trying to grab the news cycle.

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

    Pelosi just said that she’s chucking up the deuces and will join the CBC’s boycott of the contempt vote>

    • crazycanuck

      So the CBC is actually boycotting? Well wonders… Good for Nancy

  • Admiral_Komack

    Ummm…how is The Professional Left taking the news about ObamaCare?

    • crazycanuck

      I don’t think they can answer you right now, they are all having coronaries

      • isonprize

        That they will soon has the health insurance to recover from…

    • Aquagranny911

      Can’t say. They are too busy chocking on the BIG CACTUS & it will take a while to extract the spines.

    • aleth

      Developing their next talking point in a secret meeting with GG, KOS and GOP.. .We will find out by tomorrow morning

  • crazycanuck

    Names of every Democrat who does not walk out should be plastered on every blog, on facebook, twitter and every other social media.

  • Miranda

    Quote of the Day

    Posted on 06/28/2012 at 3:00 pm by JM Ashby

    I told him up front. If you go back 60 years what every president tried to do, including my own battle scars from President Clinton and the amount of time and political cost . . . If you’re doing this, you can’t do this, this and this. And you’ve got to weigh that and can you still achieve something on health care vs. also still trying to get other things done.

    I told him many times the political cost of doing this and, thank God for the rest of the country he didn’t listen to me. -former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanual on the Supreme Court ruling

    The president didn’t listen, and he accomplished much more than conventional wisdom would allow.

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

    The Repubs need to stop. I hope DWS ignores this bs.

    Reince Priebus ‏@Reince
    .@Dwstweets do you condone frm White House political director and DNC Exec Director @patrickgaspard comments today?

    • Miranda

      Everyone should tweet his dumb ass back and ask does he condone the death threats and insults from GOP senators and reps that happen all the time, not just today.

      • Camille

        Exactly!

    • Aquagranny911

      F&U Reebus Peebus! Take a hike down the middle of your nearest highway!

      AND: Way to kick some ass Mr. Gaspard! I could not have done that better myself ♥

  • Bri

    Is the cotempt vote over? Did the CBC walk out of the vote?

    • Bri

      contempt

      • goldenstar

        right now is procedural vote on contempt resolution.

        final vote is next.

        mofos.

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

    Ass kiss much?

    Zerlina Maxwell ‏@ZerlinaMaxwell
    Not surprised that @megynkelly caught Fox’s error earlier and told them to fix the mistake….

    • Miranda

      I saw that…just….*sigh*… I gots nothing….she’s gone.

      • itgurl_29

        Her lips stay planted on some white conservative chick’s ass.

        • AxelFoley

          Can I get some pics of that?

          Oops, did I say that out loud?

          • Alma98

            HAHAHAHAHA!

        • Admiral_Komack

          You sure it’s her ass her lips are planted on?

          (marching defiantly to The Bad Lounge)

          • itgurl_29

            If her lips were planted anywhere else, they’d at least give her a retweet! Instead, they just ignore her.

          • Aquagranny911

            “LIKE!!!”

          • Miranda

            _____________________(u going to hell!)

  • goldenstar

    THEY ARE OUT! And, it’s a beautiful sight to see. Nancy Pelosi and a host of others.

  • AxelFoley
  • AxelFoley

    Congressional Black Caucus walks out on Holder contempt vote! Right now on CNN. They might have gotten something right today on the first try.

    • itgurl_29

      I can’t believe they did it.

      • crazycanuck

        me either.

    • Ebogan63

      I do give credit when it’s due: Bravo CBC!

      • BoomerGal

        Ditto!

    • Miranda

      I wish they had knocked over ish on the way out.

      Rep. Cummings should have done the Ray Lewis dance all the way down the aisle.

      • crazycanuck

        LOL

    • nathkatun7

      This is great! No need to be party to evil doers. Darrell Issa is a criminal masquerading as Congressman.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Very good for the CBC.
      They did it.

  • Miranda

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ Opponent Accidentally Shot Himself

    Conservative pro-gun U.S. Congress wannabe Joe Kaufman, who could become the GOP opponent to incumbent and DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz in November, may want to take an NRA gun-handling class.

    According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office report obtained by Gossip Extra, Kaufman shot himself accidentally in a finger while practicing his draw in front of a mirror at home in November in Tamarac.

    Ooopsie!

    more here
    http://gossipextra.com/2012/06/27/debbie-wasserman-schultz-opponent-shooting-1602/#more-14334

    • Alma98

      BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Aquagranny911

      Too much! I am LMAO!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Way to go, Quick Draw.

      • conlakappa

        Thanks, Babalooie!

    • isonprize

      Damn, KARMA, you ain’t have to shoot ol’ boy…. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

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

      *tears*

    • http://twitter.com/lochelle1 lochelle

      Oopsie daizie…should be careful on that quick draw (in front of the mirror) – really, you can’t make this stuff up.

  • Alma98

    YEAH! The like button works, now to go on like spree. LOL

    • Aquagranny911

      Really? Disqus is still completely fubar on a couple of other sites & I still can’t access my Dashboard. Maybe they started the repairs at POU first?

      The “like” button still won’t work for me but at least I can post here again.

      • Alma98

        Awww I jinxed it I can’t like any more. LOL

    • nathkatun7

      It’s not working for me.

      • Alma98

        Yeah it stopped working again.

  • Alma98

    Like button gone again. sigh

  • Camille

    Why does Michael Steele look like a corpse. Was his make up done by undertakers?

    • Camille

      Looks like the self-loathing Michael Steele has undergone either the lap band or some sort of weight-loss surgery.

      Still full of shit however.

  • Admiral_Komack

    …they’ll come out of the meeting calling someone a Nazi…

  • Guns3000

    YEEEEEEAH FOR HEALTHCARE……..GOOD STUFF OBOTS

    • Alma98

      Like!!

  • Guns3000

    Justice Roberts is brilliant and always has been brilliant. The conservatives can go stuff it.

    • BoomerGal

      From what I just heard he did it begrudgingly which I think is closer to the truth.

    • nellcote

      Roberts is a conservative asshole. He didn’t want his precious legacy to read that ‘his’ court overturned healthcare. But he didn’t want to vote for it so he gave the wingnuts the “OMG! IT’S A TAX!!!!” meme instead. Fuck him.

  • Admiral_Komack

    “Most people are busy living their lives.”

    -Yep…that’s why we’re too busy to watch…CNN.

  • Guns3000

    If you look at Mitt’s campaign website.
    As president, Mitt will nominate judges in the mold of CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS LOL and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. These justices hold dear what the great Chief Justice John Marshall called “the basis on which the whole American fabric has been erected”: a written Constitution, with real and determinate meaning.

    http://www.mittromney.com/issues/courts-constitution

    I think that will be changing soon lol

    • Alma98

      LOL

    • conlakappa

      You should get a screen shot while it’s up!

    • AxelFoley

      HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • GN

    Pic selections here today have been on point.