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  •  Anniversary (3+ / 0-)
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    johanus, Shockwave, howabout

    A personal post which I invite you to read.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:06:10 PM PST

  •  Looks like a thumping good read tomorrow (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, divineorder

    The new year can't come soon enough for me. I want the leap off the curb to be a major fiasco for the Republicans and the sooner the better.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:06:19 PM PST

  •  I, for one, am pleased to see the President (6+ / 0-)

    giving nothing to the GOP and letting them experience full butt pucker.  They so expected him to fold for them.  And he gave them so many outs.  Hell, if they'd only been proactive in accepting reality they could have marginalized their teabagger wing and by now they'd have their base rallying around a new bipartisan attitude.  But no, they chose to fuck themselves, as is their wont.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:07:44 PM PST

  •  deju vu? /nt (1+ / 0-)
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    annieli

    "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

    by kj in missouri on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:14:36 PM PST

  •  Butch and Sundance meet (3+ / 0-)
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    eeff, citizenx, Eric Nelson

    Corker and Alexander the Dull

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    GOP Senators Want To Take Debt Ceiling Hostage In Order To Raise Retirement Age

    Two Republican senators want to use the threat of an economic meltdown to raise the retirement age and cut Medicare. Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a plan today that would raise the federal debt limit by $1 trillion in exchange for $1 trillion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, as The Hill reported:

     

      The Corker-Alexander dollar-for-dollar plan has several components.

        It would structurally reform Medicare by creating competing private options giving seniors greater choice of healthcare plans. It would not, however, cap Medicare spending.

        The plan would also give states more flexibility to manage Medicaid programs and prevent states from “gaming the federal share of the program with state tax charges.”

        It would gradually raise the Social Security retirement age and use the “chained CPI” formula to calculate cost-of-living adjustments, curbing the growing cost of benefits.

        In exchange, it would direct the debt limit be increased by the same amount as the savings generated from entitlement reform.

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:26:09 PM PST

  •  Huge vote updates coming in from NY (8+ / 0-)

    Obama just shot past 51% and his margin is about to exceed 5 million.  See here.

    Trust-Fund Kids of America Unite... save the Bush tax cuts!

    by JCPOK on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:28:10 PM PST

  •  Good Evening (5+ / 0-)

    Hope your last Saturday Night of 2012 is what you want it to be !

    •  Not mine. (2+ / 0-)
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      howabout, gchaucer2

      I've been tending a sick spouse around the clock for weeks and hosting an unwanted houseguest.  This morning for my pains I got a laundry list of all the ways I could be a more pleasant companion; spouse is just recovered enough to be REALLY peevish.  Spent the vacation day at the cold empty office just to have someplace to go.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:38:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Looking forward to Scott's piece (2+ / 0-)
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    grrr, Eric Nelson

    as always.

    Assuming it might be LGBT-rights related (Hagel had some insulting words about Jim Hormel when Hormel was up for Ambassador to Luxembourg under Clinton; Hagel has allegedly walked those back but Hormel is not impressed), but my main concern is that it continues to feed the meme that Republicans are stronger on defense/national security.

    I've heard talk in some corners that Obama should move Shinseki from VA Affairs to Defense, but not sure if that's a non-starter.

    "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

    by Cali Scribe on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:35:33 PM PST

    •  Shinseki to Defense would be interesting (1+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson

      I think Ashton Carter or Michele Flournoy would be great at defense. Both well qualified, and  Flournoy would obviously be an historic choice. The sense I get reading articles on this is that Flournoy might not want the position at this time.

      •  I saw the diary by someone (0+ / 0-)

        but forgot who (CRSS strikes again) on Flournoy -- wonder if she'd be able to get through the confirmation process. Shinseki might be a little easier since he's been through it before with VA Affairs (I think). Not that familiar with Carter; I'll have to do some reading up on him. Got to admit Defense is not my strong suit; I regard the military the way I do fire insurance -- you have it and hope you don't need it but when you need it you're damn glad you have it.

        I was hoping that Kerry might get Defense before the Susan Rice thing blew up, though considering her reported investments in the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline we might be better off with her staying at the UN.

        "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

        by Cali Scribe on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 04:32:29 PM PST

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        •  I think Flournoy was confirmed (1+ / 0-)
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          Eric Nelson

          by the Senate in 2009. So I dont know if her confirmation would be too difficult.

          Carter has been confirmed by the Senate twice in the last four years, so I imagine he would have the easiest time winning confirmation as secretary.

          I think if not Hagel, Obama chooses Carter. Flournoy left in 2012 to spend time with her family, and for her that doesnt seem like a cliche.

  •  Apparently Markey will start out 18 points down... (0+ / 0-)

    ...to the rapacious asshole we just booted - Scott Brown.

    Of the 25 stupidest Democratic appointments since 1960, Obama must have something like 18 of them.

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

    by Minerva on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:57:30 PM PST

  •  Hook 'em Horns (0+ / 0-)

    beat those Oregon State thingies

  •  I predict that republicans will get (0+ / 0-)

    97% of what they want, instead of the 98% they got last time (during the 2010 lame duck, when we still had huge majorities). Sadly, part of this 97% will probably be SS and Medicare cuts (i.e. net result; just as bad or worse than last time).

  •  Give nothing to GOP (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    No more compromises on entitlement programs.  We compromised enough already.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 05:32:27 PM PST

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