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After reading both Gail Collins and Charles Blow in the NYT this came to mind.

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And their members found that list too restrictive. Behind-the-scenes discussion continued about more things the Republicans could demand. A ban on late-term abortions? A trillion-dollar budget cut? Bring back the gold standard? Bring back the bustle? It’s 2013 and anything is possible.

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  •  Tip Jar: The tantrums have become most taxing (10+ / 0-)

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 01:28:22 AM PDT

  •  hahahaha (3+ / 0-)
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    You mentioned both Collins & Blow so I had to see who wrote the linked column, but before doing so, I said to myself, said I, "It sounds like Collins." And sure enough!

    Now I'm off to read the whole thing. Thanks for the link, LaFeminista.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 01:46:07 AM PDT

    •  It's a good article (4+ / 0-)
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      Youffraita, skohayes, DRo, quill

      "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

      by LaFeminista on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 01:47:31 AM PDT

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      •  It's fabulous & (4+ / 0-)

        I'm only halfway through:

        Ah, last week. Giants strode the earth last week. Last week our nation was governed by men and women who were, as a matter of principle, willing to pay the nation’s creditors when the bills were due just as long as the president canceled his central domestic initiative and oil shippers got a new pipe.

         But that was then. This week the House Republican leaders were looking at a long, long list of must-haves that also included changes in regulations relating to coal ash, reduction in Civil Service pensions, restrictions on malpractice suits and an end to some greenhouse gas regulations.

        And their members found that list too restrictive.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 01:52:07 AM PDT

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      •  BTW, I agree with Gail: (2+ / 0-)
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        It's the Zombie Apocalypse.

        Only logical explanation.

        Someone has been dining on GOP brains.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 01:56:23 AM PDT

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        •  They must be starving not mush in the way of (1+ / 0-)
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          nutrition between a GOPers ears

          "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

          by LaFeminista on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 01:57:47 AM PDT

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          •  I think you can (1+ / 0-)
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            just barely survive on cornmeal mush for quite a while.

            My parents both grew up during the Depression and loved cornmeal mush (ugh).

            So I guess the mush of a GOPer's brain is an acquired taste...but you won't starve to death immediately.

            Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

            by Youffraita on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 02:01:14 AM PDT

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          •  If that was a typo (0+ / 0-)

            it's the best typo evar! Although I would say they have plenty of mush between their ears. :D

            ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

            by Kristina40 on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 05:22:20 AM PDT

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  •  I am reminded of the bank robber a few years (4+ / 0-)
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    ago who found himself surrounded by cops with weapons drawn.  He immediately placed his weapon to his head and threatened to shoot his hostage.  Yep, he tried to take himself hostage.  I seem to remember that the cops laughed and told him to go ahead and he surrendered.

    What will the GOP do w/o some sort of budget deal?  Tom DeLay, looking to regain his former glory, has advised them to go for it and close down the government.  In his view, shutting down the government worked so well for Newt and the GOP. OTOH he is a former exterminator and may have a different POV from your average pol.  On Hannity, he described shutting down the government as his greatest accomplishment as a legislator and says it was responsible for "bringing down Clinton".

    Rational folks may have a different memory of the debacle

  •  the administration is just using them as (2+ / 0-)
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    political cover for Obama's austerity program. By concentrating on how crazy the GOP is he obscures the fact that he's angling to slash the New Deal programs; by pretending to "reluctantly compromise" he diverts the blame for his austerity push onto them.

    Once he gives them 20% of their insane demands in exchange for nothing, he'll claim victory because he prevented them from  doing something they never had any chance of doing (defunding the ACA, which is mostly funded separately from the budget).

    Oh yes, and we'll probably have to do this all over again in a few months. Both sides are getting impatient for more cuts and that means they're going to have to "negotiate" more often so they can get them.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 02:08:15 AM PDT

  •  Negotiations are "among" Republicans, not (3+ / 0-)
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    "with" Republicans. The President made this clear in January when he refused to negotiate and he has repeated his position now.

    Further, affiant sayeth not. 53959

    by Gary Norton on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 02:32:53 AM PDT

  •  I am reminded of the Marx Bros (0+ / 0-)

    contract routine in Night at the Opera which ends with "There ain't no sanity clause."

    Harry and Nancy could take a lesson from that.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 03:51:14 AM PDT

  •  Social Security cuts are still in Obama's budget (1+ / 0-)
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    It will be interesting to see how voters react when their benefits are cut.

    "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

    by Betty Pinson on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 04:31:22 AM PDT

    •  Can you please provide a link that shows that. (0+ / 0-)

      I want to believe you but I'm not finding a lot of evidence.

      Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

      by poopdogcomedy on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 09:08:09 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, links here (1+ / 0-)
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        Link

        Link

        Excellent article here

        Obama included the Chained CPI in his 2014 budget.  

        The budget has been submitted to Congress, it hasn't changed.

        "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

        by Betty Pinson on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 09:46:37 AM PDT

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        •  that certainly is an 'excellent' article with (1+ / 0-)
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          great info graphics and I posted it on Facebook to get it more eyes.

          The focus on the the crazies on Team Red keeps attention, and blame off of Team Blue and it amounts to outrageous cuts proposed by the former while it opens the door for the latter Party to adopt the idea of cuts to everything.

          http://my.firedoglake.com/...

          Watch breathlessly as the ideological heirs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four, OOPS! Three Freedoms protect the traditional constituency of the blue clowns.

          But wait, what’s this? Ah, the blue clowns are happy to rob the audience, so long as the red clowns take the blame!

          House passes GOP plan for $39B cut in food stamps

          Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, told USA TODAY’s Capital Download on Thursday that Democrats are not opposed to food stamp cuts.

          I’m certain that we could embrace as House Democrats some measure of cuts,” she said. “I mean, every program can benefit from some savings.” But the first go-round the Republicans’ proposed cut was $20 billion. Then they passed an amendment that was $31.4 billion. And now that still isn’t good enough for the Tea Partiers. Now we’re at $40 billion. What they’re saying is that in America it’s OK for people to go hungry.

          (emphasis mine)

          without the ants the rainforest dies

          by aliasalias on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 11:05:18 AM PDT

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  •  I gotta wonder if Alexander is responsible for the (0+ / 0-)

    the name “Enterprise Knowledge System,”and what other Star Trek names are being used while he sits in his reproduced command center with the Capt. Picard chair (when showing it to members of Congress he says everyone wants to sit in it).

    (from the NYT's article)

    The overall volume of metadata collected by the N.S.A. is reflected in the agency’s secret 2013 budget request to Congress. The budget document, disclosed by Mr. Snowden, shows that the agency is pouring money and manpower into creating a metadata repository capable of taking in 20 billion “record events” daily and making them available to N.S.A. analysts within 60 minutes.

     The spending includes support for the “Enterprise Knowledge System,” which has a $394 million multiyear budget and is designed to “rapidly discover and correlate complex relationships and patterns across diverse data sources on a massive scale,” according to a 2008 document. The data is automatically computed to speed queries and discover new targets for surveillance.

    (emphasis mine)

    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 11:49:28 AM PDT

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