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Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 09:03 PM PST

Cartoonist definition

by jec

car·toon  (kär-tn)
n.
1.
a. A drawing depicting a humorous situation, often accompanied by a caption.
b. A drawing representing current public figures or issues symbolically and often satirically: a political cartoon.
2. A preliminary sketch similar in size to the work, such as a fresco, that is to be copied from it.
3. An animated cartoon.
4. A comic strip.
5. A ridiculously oversimplified or stereotypical representation:

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Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 10:21 PM PST

Dear Hillary,

by jec

I've been a longtime supporter of you. I backed you in 2008 and have been getting excited about backing you in 2016.

Though you are considered the frontrunner here on Dkos, many have strong feelings against your candidacy. Most oppose you simply because of Bill's views and the rest oppose you because they supported Obama and can't accept a win.

I have always felt that you were your own person and quite frankly a benefit toward  Bill's popularity. But I must question something I read the other day where Bill is exhorting the return of the New Dems in a soon to be published book.

If this is being floated as a trial balloon for how you might position yourself in a run for President let me assure you it's a stone cold loser. In fact, if you don't distance yourself from the ridiculous notion that America wants "pragmatic" or "moderate' Dems then count me out as a supporter. We wanted change in 2008 and thought we voted for it only to get a "pragmatic" and "moderate" Dem. Enough.

I've always believed you to be a true progressive. It's fairly easy to see given the healthcare policies you tried to implement. Don't let me down. I've had enough of that for the past 5 years.

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Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 09:53 PM PDT

On being a Democrat

by jec

I'm a big fan of Bill Clinton which kind of puts me on the outs with most on this site.

The reason I'm such a fan of him is that given the time we could not have done better. It's the same reason that I'm not such a fan of Obama. Given the time we should have gotten much more.

As far as being Democratic the biggest motivator for me was the understanding that while the GOP was always looking out for the rich guy the Dems were looking out for the working man.

I still believe that though this administration has blown the golden opportunity to convince the public of the same. Instead, they have developed and proposed policies that enrich the fat cats. All in the name of appearing bipartisany.

I will always be a Dem and will fight to get them voted into office even though in many cases they disappoint me.

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I've been around for a long time and have never witnessed a political beating as bad as we just handed the GOP. And to think, it was masterminded by Democrats!?!?

I felt sure that the GOP was on their last legs after Obama won the Presidency in 2008. Then the President decided to play nice and make the irrelevant looney toons appear as equal partners. It was a big mistake. And I was angry with him for it. I truly felt that they were on their last legs and he threw them a life preserver.

Unexpected by me, the President learned from that fiasco. While I expected him to remain true to form he decided that he would no longer bargain with the terrorists.

My hope going forward is that he also learned lessons about offering up the safety net to get a deal with these morons. I haven't gotten a sense yet that he'll fight harder to do the right thing for the needy versus doing the right thing for what he perceives would be better for his legacy. I'm hopeful.

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Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM PDT

Lefties should be happy with this win.

by jec

You know who I'm talking about. DFH's, CT'ers, contrarions and all other liberals. No matter how disappointed we get with the Democrats on most occassions we all know they butter our bread better than the other team.

The reason I think we should be happy is that the Democrats unity and resolve during this fiasco has meant a tectonic shift in the overton window. When was the last time that the media didn't blame both sides? When was the last time the public didn't blame both sides based on media accounts?

That shift means we're moving leftward. Sure it was mainly a win for the party, nothing in the way of liberal policies, but that is a nice move in the right direction.

Pay no attention to the loudmouths in the fanclub yelling for you to eat crow. You had good reason to be circumspect and they would have been claiming victory even if the Dems had given up the moon to get this deal.

ps. For you folks that dread going through this again next year because we only got a short term extension, I for one hope that we do. It will insure a Democratic House.

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Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 09:04 PM PDT

ACA: Answer me everything.

by jec

So here's my questions:

1) If I'm currently on SSDI and Medicare do I still have the option to purchase a private insurers plan if I opt out of Medicare?

2) If I opt out of Medicare for a year to join a plan in ACA can I opt back into Medicare  without penalty?

3) When I look at the valuepenguin website to compare plans and it says .25 for specialty drugs is that 25%?

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Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 01:19 AM PDT

Be skeptical!

by jec

So we've had many diaries including a front page article proclaiming that ACA was open for applications. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I had a personal chat on the ACA website because it's impossible to apply and was told that the site would be functional at 8AM.

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After using every possible means to further executive power the President finally woke up to his constitutional learnings and decided to ask Congress for authorization to act in Syria. This is probably the biggest moment in his Presidency and surely shows more deference for the constitution than any other Presidents in the last century. That he finally had the balls to do the right thing given how many times he's fucked up by pushing the envelope makes me happy. Make no mistake, this guy has been worse than all other predecessors at pushing executive privilege.

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Prior to this site becoming a money whore, we discussed real issues and were more likely than not to be critical of the Dem Party. That was not because we wanted rid of them but wanted serious change initiated from within. At that time Gov. Dean was our voice.

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Sat Aug 10, 2013 at 09:16 PM PDT

So the Prez is cool because...

by jec

He wants to set up a cabal to quantify his NSA doings

He wants to take on the GOP for fighting against his Republican health care plan

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Yeah, I know(in your mind) that Snowden is a traitor.

And yes I know(in your mind) that Greenwald is a tool.

But what I'm curious about is why Obama condones and exacerbates these abuses of the constitution.

Sure, I'm an eyorite for being concerned but it sure would be nice to hear a legitimite excuse for his behavior.

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Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 07:45 PM PDT

Memories

by jec

I ask you, if you thought the government was spying on you would you give a shit?

If you thought the President was behind closed doors negotiating to Cut medicare and social security would you give a shit?

If you thought that reporters would be held in contempt of court for not divulging sources would you give a shit?

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