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  1. patd says:

    re boehner from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/shields-brooks-boehners-leadership-turmoil-pope-francis-uplifting-visit/
    DAVID BROOKS: Obviously, I think the papal visit had — on the timing, had an effect. ….And so there’s an element of uplift, and might as well do the right thing. And this specific act was the right thing. Paul Ryan called it a selfless act. And I think it really is a selfless act. It spares us from a potential government shutdown. It helps the institution. It helps his party from the fallout from a government shutdown.
    And so I think it’s a beautiful act. Now, over the long term, the downside of Boehner was that he wasn’t that imaginative and the Republicans weren’t that aggressive in putting together a lot of policies, an alternative to Obamacare, a health care, a tax plan, whatever.
    But he did know reality. He could see reality around him. He knew the craft of politics and how you craft a deal, especially these budget deals. Some of his critics don’t seem to see that reality, that they don’t control the White House or the supermajority in the Senate. And they don’t seem to respect the craft of politics. And if they ever get in actual power, they are going to be introduced it to rudely.
    [….]
    MARK SHIELDS: …..
    John Boehner was never really a good fit with this particular caucus of fire-eaters. John Boehner was a legislator. He liked politicians. He was good at his craft. Perhaps they became suspicious when John Boehner, in 2001, cooperated. He actually practiced what the pope preached to the Congress. He cooperated and compromised with Ted Kennedy and George Miller, two ranking Democrats, on George Bush, President George W. Bush’s signature proposal of Leave No Child Behind.
    And there were questions about him. He was willing to pass a highway bill. He was willing to pass an immigration bill. He was against closing down the government. He was willing to raise the debt ceiling. This raised suspicions within the true believer caucus, and which may be two dozen, it may be four dozen. And it’s not enough to pass anything.
    […]
    JUDY WOODRUFF: Mark, does more get done, does less get done? How do you see it?

    MARK SHIELDS: Less gets done, Judy, I believe.
    And could I be rude and just say that there are probably four dozen members of the House Republican Caucus who do not believe in government? And they are not — they have never accepted the responsibility of the governing party.
    I mean, John Boehner accepted the fact that the Republicans are the majority party in the House and the Senate. Therefore, we have a responsibility to keep government operating, not to close it down, to fund it, to compromise, to get the votes necessary to pass the legislation required. And there are four dozen who say, hell no, if it does close down, great, that’s good, that’s what we’re here about.
    And I don’t know how you govern with that

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  2. patd says:

    well, he should know… it takes one to know one:

    from http://www.inquisitr.com/2448939/martin-shkreli-called-spoiled-brat-by-donald-trump-and-should-be-ashamed-of-himself/
    In a report by Tech Times, business mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump called Shkreli a “spoiled brat” during a September 23 press conference in South Carolina. He continued by saying the 32-year-old hedge fund manager is a zero and should be ashamed of himself, adding that Shkreli’s actions were disgraceful and disgusting.
    Trump also voiced his dislike for the tactics hedge fund managers in general use to avoid paying taxes and hinted at what he would do should he became president.

    “And he’s a hedge-fund guy, who, as you know — the only one that I’m raising taxes on. They are going to be paying up.”

    Trump’s reaction may have been prompted when Fox News reporter Eric Bolling seemed to have defended Shkreli on an episode of The Five, implying he is just a sharp businessman.
    Per a recent article by the Inquisitr, this may be one of several reasons Trump will no longer appear on Fox.

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  3. patd says:

    is it a bird? is it a plane? it’s supermoon!!
    heads up, moonstruck sunday ahead!

    from http://www.idigitaltimes.com/supermoon-total-lunar-eclipse-2015-when-and-where-watch-rare-astronomical-event-477042
    September’s supermoon will be combined with a lunar eclipse, marking the first time in 30 years that the two events have combined. The next one will not come around until 2033. “Coming soon for the first time in more than 30 years: you’ll be able to witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse,” writes NASA.
    The supermoon will peak on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in the United States and in other parts of the world. Those in the Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean will be able to see. This event will show a total lunar eclipse covering the moon’s large appearance for over an hour.

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  4. tonyb39 says:

    Peter King: Boehner exit means ‘the crazies have taken over the party’
    By Nick Gass

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/john-boehner-resigns-peter-king-reaction-214083#ixzz3mrG1hArE

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  5. Flatus says:

    I’ve not dared to look at the weather radar. But, my 5-in rain gauge has overflowed with water and the electronic gauge says that we’ve had more than 6.3-inches since the rain started a couple of days ago.

    Papa, I know we asked for rain, but enough is enough already.

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  6. tonyb39 says:

    Jailed for a small traffic fine, Detroit-area man loses 50 pounds in 17 days, dies in police custody
    Shaun King
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/25/1424863/-Jailed-for-a-small-traffic-fine-Detroit-area-man-loses-50-pounds-in-17-days-dies-in-police-custody?showAll=yes
    I tell you, this is one of the most horrific stories i’ve ever seen.. After watching the video i had tears in my eyes.. Mans inhumanity to man, awful in this country or anywhere..

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  7. rebelliousrenee says:

    OMG, Flatus…
    we too need rain. Our foliage season is going to suck because of a lack of it. But over 6 inches in a couple days…. no thanks.

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  8. tonyb39 says:

    50 Headlines That Reveal Wash. Post Reporter Chris Cillizza’s Obsession With The Clinton Email Story
    Blog ››› September 25, 2015 8:59 AM EDT ››› HANNAH GROCH-BEGLEY
    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/09/25/50-headlines-that-reveal-wash-post-reporter-chr/205765

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    • tonyb39 says:

      Pat, thanks.. Best thing i’ve seen in awhile.. President Clinton, wow, the guy still has it!

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      • patd says:

        tony, here’s how the times covered the interview http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/09/26/bill-clinton-blames-g-o-p-news-media-for-wifes-email-woes/
        notice that their headline ls “Bill Clinton Blames G.O.P. and Press for Wife’s Email Woes” even tho’ he clearly said the opposite and they even printed what he said which was contrary to their title:
        Mr. Clinton pushed back when Mr. Zakaria asked if the questions about Mrs. Clinton’s emails were a “Republican plot.”
        “No, I’m not going there, because that’s what the – it’s not a – a plot makes it sound like it’s a secret,” he said. ”I think that – that there are lots of people who wanted there to be a race for different reasons.

        the times needs to do a better proofing job….in more ways than one.

        although he did seem to accuse the media’s horse race production:
        “Mr. Clinton also faulted the political press corps, which he said was determined to see a competitive contest. At the beginning of the year, he noted, Mrs. Clinton “was the most admired person in public life.”
        “What happened?” he added. “The presidential campaign happened. And the nature of the coverage shifted from issue-based to political.”

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      • tonyb39 says:

        Same ole same ole with the NYT’s..

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  9. patd says:

    from http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/09/26/443790659/congressman-steals-pope-francis-water-brags-about-it
    Some people do drink holy water, hoping for a little extra help from above.
    But no one steals the pope’s.
    That is, no one, except Rep. Bob Brady. The Pennsylvania Democrat, a Roman Catholic, apparently eyed the glass atop the lectern next to Pope Francis during his address to Congress. Once Francis was done, Brady nabbed it, sneaked it back to his office — and drank it.
    “How many people do you know that drank out of the same glass as the pope?” Brady said, per the Philadelphia Daily News.
    This is not the first time Brady has pulled off this kind of heist. He did the same thing after President Obama’s first inaugural address.

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  10. jacew2003 says:

    Sunday Serendipity.

    Pure unabashed,unapologetic Romanticism I Love it! Enjoy the music and enjoy the day.

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  11. jacew2003 says:

    Is it just me, or is it rather frightening to think that before long, we may look back at the Boehner era as a period of relative calm, reasonable,rational republican behavior? Yikes!!

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  12. Jamie says:

    There’s nothing on You Tube unless the Pope’s Mass shows up later, but the magnificent woman singing was Jacqueline Dunleavy, Cantor of Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral choir. http://www.delconewsnetwork.com/articles/2012/03/02/springfield_press/news/doc4f4ba512e8476108945456.txt

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  13. patd says:

    Jamie, how do I submit a suggested thread? Things have changed since the first successful submittal. When trying to paste in the form (found when clicking on the pencil icon at top right) instructions come up which I do not understand. What am I missing and should I just email the draft to you (and where)?

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    • Jamie says:

      Off to the side, see the word “posts”. Click on it and then the option comes up to “Add New”. Click on that and you get a completely fresh form to title, write, and then either hold as draft or publish immediately.

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  14. tonyb39 says:

    GIRL POWER: Hillary and Carly on “Meet the Press”
    Taylor Marsh
    http://www.taylormarsh.com/2015/09/girl-power-hillary-and-carly-on-meet-the-press/#comment-41347
    “In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton is the first choice of 42 percent of primary voters, Sanders is in second at 35 percent and Joe Biden third at 17 percent. No other Democrat gets more than 1 percent. [NBC/WSJ Poll]
    IF YOU want to see women in politics this morning was your champagne brunch on “Meet the Press.” Chuck Todd was tough on Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, but one thing really stood out. Clinton remains on defense, though her campaign had to be very happy about her performance today, because she was as good as she’s been all year. Fiorina is on offense, aggressively assertive, no matter the facts she was confronted with from Chuck Todd.

    From the new NBC/WSJ poll

    Donald Trump and Ben Carson are running neck and neck in the national Republican presidential horserace, while Carly Fiorina is now tied for third place with Marco Rubio, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

    And on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has lost ground to Bernie Sanders — she leads him by just seven points with Joe Biden in the race, and 15 points without the vice president. That’s down from Clinton’s 34-point lead over Sanders in July and her whopping 60-point lead in June.
    The establishment money crowd, from Steve Rattner to Andrew Sorkin, decries Carly Fiorina’s record as a CEO. Her response matches perfectly the mood of the Republican base voter. Her approach to stay on offense on her failures is defy, distract and attack, which is working well with the Republican base. Todd pushed as hard as he could on the Planned Parenthood falsehoods that Fiorina tripled down on today.

    Strong and wrong beats weak and right, especially in a Republican primary.

    Hillary Clinton was open and communicative on the email/server issue, but she’s still faced with a reality that this event has changed her position in the race for the president, which would be part of the general election. That’s the damage she took responsibility for on “Meet the Press” today, which revealed that she knows she could lose this contest over it. Her interview was strongly defensive, though her answers were good. Clinton clearly understands what this year has cost her candidacy.

    What can hurt Carly in the general, her documented record as a failed CEO, is unlikely to damage her primary hopes. For Hillary, it’s a lot more complicated. Clinton’s handling of the server/email is a bigger issue now than the initial attacks for the private server. It has hurt her poll numbers, so that Sanders is a threat. It has also opened the conversation for Joe Biden to jump in. No one caught it, but I thought it was significant that Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden made an impromptu appearance at the Global Citizen Festival last night, broadcast on MSNBC. He may not run, but he looked very much like a presidential candidate to me.

    Fiorina’s biggest obstacle to winning the nomination is the reticence of Republicans to put a woman at the top of the ticket. However, any Republican (minus Donald Trump) looking on at this “Meet the Press” interview has to believe she’d be a fierce vice presidential pitbull against Democrats, especially if Hillary Clinton prevails.

    Hillary’s primary problem, even considering her southern wall, is that she doesn’t seem to fit the mood of this election cycle. It’s Bernie Sanders that perfectly represents the political mood of the country, but Democrats question his electability, though if he could win the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, all bets would be off. Joe Biden doesn’t see Sanders winning a general, and he clearly knows Clinton is vulnerable.

    As for Bill Clinton taking up her offense with Fareed Zakaria, it’s not like Hillary can control him. I know I’m in the minority here, but as much as I respect President Clinton, the candidate’s husband coming in to make the case against Republicans, and for his wife, is not what I want to see. It’s natural as spouses, but it’s not very modern. This is not 2008, contrary to too many Democratic allies of Clinton. Women want to hear Hillary make her case, not Bill, as much as we love the Big Dog. I think people will be surprised that President Clinton can make news, but won’t be able to help Hillary until she gets the nomination, which is still in question.

    It’s a first for our country to show girl power like this from both political parties. If you don’t like me referring to these two accomplished women in those terms, well, I’m old enough to embrace that fierce part of me at my core that is my unflinchingly courageous girl power. That undying, unflagging energy that is the foundation of my womanhood and reminds me that no matter my age it can be drawn upon to fight the best and most important battles of life.”

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  15. Jamie says:

    This may come under the heading of suspicions confirmed: 5 Scientific Studies prove Republicans are Stupid. http://reverbpress.com/politics/proof-republicans-are-stupid/

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  16. tonyb39 says:

    Hillary’s Campaign Set to Get Boost From Bill
    By Lisa Lerer
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/09/28/hillarys_campaign_set_to_get_boost_from_bill_128229.html
    “”He’s going to be very active,” said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton confidant. “He always intended to come out and support his wife. He’s now at the point that he’s ready to get out there.”

    Shortly after Tuesday’s close of the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, the crown jewel of the sprawling charitable network he established after leaving the White House, Bill Clinton is scheduled to embark upon a series of fundraisers and party events across the country.”

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  17. patd says:

    Jamie, I think I did it right this time. I think.
    not sure tho’ if i correctly preserved it for your preview/approval/editing or whether it’s already in the published format. so new thread?

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  18. patd says:

    jamie, one more question on posting new threads: is there an additional step to take to ensure that the newbie title shows up on the right of the old thread as next in line? I had to go to list of threads to see that the newest one published.

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