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Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 24, 2012 - 09:04am PT
Alice Walton looks like Jethro's mom

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Dec 24, 2012 - 09:12am PT
I wonder what she was being arrested for? Any one know the back story?

WALMART the American food stamp corporation.

Dec 24, 2012 - 10:07am PT
The election that never happened.

While the focus now is on a possible agreement in coming days or weeks, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist told CNN on Monday that the nation should gird for long-range battle.
"This is a long fight. It's four years of a fight. It's not one week of a fight," said Norquist, who has threatened to mount primary challenges against Republicans who violate a pledge they signed at his behest against ever voting for a tax increase.



Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Dec 24, 2012 - 10:09am PT
Go Go Grover Gadget.
Please continue the internal GOP feeding frenzy.

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Dec 24, 2012 - 10:25am PT
Re: Alice Walton...

Looks like that mugshot was probably a DUI arrest. Or perhaps it was when she struck and killed Oleta Hardin. She probably couldn't afford cab fare.

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Dec 24, 2012 - 10:34am PT
Yea she's one classy broad.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Dec 24, 2012 - 11:37am PT
Dr. F, the Krugman article is spot on. It seems the more they lose, the deeper entrenched they become in supporting their position, regardless of the weight of any and all evidence that contradicts their positions.

Compound that with the personality disorder shown by many CEO's as being more akin to a psychopath then an empathetic member of a modern/advanced society and you have a small but loud segment of our society that exists solely for their own ends.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
Dec 24, 2012 - 12:43pm PT
Posted by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) released the following holiday letter to the American people:

Dear American People:

It’s Speaker Boehner here, writing my first and last ever holiday letter to you. Why am I doing this after all of these years, you might ask? Well, I won’t mince words. I’ve started drinking a little early this Christmas.

Yes, I’m sitting here in my man-cave, panelled in mahogany the color of me, doing a rack of Canadian Club shooters and smoking my way through a carton of Lucky Strikes as if they were the last Twinkies in creation. If my chief of staff knew that I was writing to you while I was this polluted, he’d sh#t a phone book. But guess what? I don’t f*#king care anymore.

You see, this will be my last Christmas as Speaker of the House, all because a cabal of Tea Party miscreants in the House of Representatives doesn’t think I’m a ginormous enough as#@&%e for their taste. Who’s more to their liking? Virginia’s own Eric Cantor. As a waiter might say at an all-you-can-eat sh#t buffet, “Excellent choice.” How odious is Eric Cantor? Let me put it this way: when we have to speak to the press, I actually prefer to stand next to Mitch McConnell.

What will life be like under Speaker of the House Eric Cantor? Well, he’s the guy who recommended cuts in disaster funding just hours after tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri. Nice. And it was his “never met a dick-measuring contest I didn’t like” pathology that helped create last year’s debt-ceiling crisis. You can’t put a price tag on a performance like that. Well, actually you can: it cost the country nineteen billion dollars. Starting to miss me already, aren’t you? F*#k you.

So have a very Eric Cantor Christmas, America, and as that smug four-eyed sociopath drives the entire nation off the cliff, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Now leave me alone, God damn you. Damn you all to hell.

Happy Holidays,

Speaker Boehner

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/12/a-holiday-letter-from-john-boehner.html#ixzz2G0JzNMnV

By the way, that Krugman article could just as easily have been written about the NRA.

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Dec 24, 2012 - 08:05pm PT

INCREDULOUS! Refusing to allow the raising of taxes to anyone so they will force tax increases on everyone

2012 Fiscal Cliff: Anti-Tax Conservatives Say No To Tax-Increase Deal
By STEVE PEOPLES 12/24/12 04:12 AM ET EST

BOSTON -- In the city where a protest over tax policy sparked a revolution, modern day tea party activists are cheering the recent Republican revolt in Washington that embarrassed House Speaker John Boehner and pushed the country closer to a "fiscal cliff" that forces tax increases and massive spending cuts on virtually every American.

"I want conservatives to stay strong," says Christine Morabito, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party. "Sometimes things have to get a lot worse before they get better."

Anti-tax conservatives from every corner of the nation echo her sentiment.

In more than a dozen interviews with The Associated Press, activists said they would rather the nation fall off the cliff than agree to a compromise that includes tax increases for any Americans, no matter how high their income. They dismiss economists' warnings that the automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 could trigger a fresh recession, and they overlook the fact that most people would see their taxes increase if President Barack Obama and Boehner, R-Ohio, fail to reach a year-end agreement.

The strong opposition among tea party activists and Republican leaders from New Hampshire to Wyoming and South Carolina highlights divisions within the GOP as well as the challenge that Obama and Boehner face in trying to get a deal done.

On Capitol Hill, some Republicans worry about the practical and political implications should the GOP block a compromise designed to avoid tax increases for most Americans and cut the nation's deficit.

"It weakens the entire Republican Party, the Republican majority," Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, said Thursday night shortly after rank-and-file Republicans rejected Boehner's "Plan B" – a measure that would have prevented tax increases on all Americans but million-dollar earners.

"I mean it's the continuing dumbing down of the Republican Party and we are going to be seen more and more as a bunch of extremists that can't even get a majority of our own people to support policies that we're putting forward," LaTourette said. "If you're not a governing majority, you're not going to be a majority very long."

It's a concern that does not seem to resonate with conservatives such as tea party activist Frank Smith of Cheyenne, Wyo. He cheered Boehner's failure as a victory for anti-tax conservatives and a setback for Obama, just six weeks after the president won re-election on a promise to cut the deficit in part by raising taxes on incomes exceeding $250,000.

Smith said his "hat's off" to those Republicans in Congress who rejected their own leader's plan.

"Let's go over the cliff and see what's on the other side," the blacksmith said. "On the other side" are tax increases for most Americans, not just the top earners, though that point seemed lost on Smith, who added: "We have a day of reckoning coming, whether it's next week or next year. Sooner or later the chickens are coming home to roost. Let's let them roost next week."

It's not just tea party activists who want Republicans in Washington to stand firm.

In conservative states such as South Carolina and Louisiana, party leaders are encouraging members of their congressional delegations to oppose any deal that includes tax increases. Elected officials from those states have little political incentive to cooperate with the Democratic president, given that most of their constituents voted for Obama's Republican opponent, Mitt Romney.

"If it takes us going off a cliff to convince people we're in a mess, then so be it," South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly said. "We have a president who is a whiner. He has done nothing but blame President Bush. It's time to make President Obama own this economy."

In Louisiana, state GOP Chairman Roger Villere said that "people are frustrated with Speaker Boehner. They hear people run as conservatives, run against tax hikes. They want them to keep their word."

Jack Kimball, a former New Hampshire GOP chairman, said he was "elated" that conservatives thwarted Boehner. He called the looming deadline a political creation. "The Republicans really need to stand on their principles. They have to hold firm."

Conservative opposition to compromise with Obama does not reflect the view of most Americans, according to recent public opinion polls.

A CBS News survey conducted this month found that 81 percent of adults wanted Republicans in Congress to compromise in the current budget negotiations to get a deal done rather than "stick to their positions even if it means not coming to an agreement." The vast majority of Republicans and independent voters agreed.

Overall, 47 percent in the poll said they blamed Republicans in Congress more than Obama and Democrats for recent "difficulties in reaching agreements and passing legislation in Congress." About one-quarter placed more blame on the Democrats and 21 percent said both were responsible.

Although negotiations broke down last week, Obama still hopes to broker a larger debt-reduction deal that includes tax increases on high earners and Republican-favored cuts to entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security. If a compromise continues to prove elusive, lawmakers could pass a temporary extension that delays the cliff's most onerous provisions and gives Congress more time to work out a longer-term solution.

That's becoming the favored path by some Republicans leery of going over the cliff.

Mississippi Republican Chairman Joe Nosef shares his Southern colleagues' disdain for tax increases. But he stopped short of taking an absolute position.

"I really, really feel like the only way that Republicans can mess up badly is if they come away with nothing on spending or something that's the same old thing where they hope a Congress in 10 years will have the intestinal fortitude to do it," he said.

Matt Kibbe, president of the national organization and tea party ally, FreedomWorks, says that going over the cliff would be "a fiscal disaster." He says "the only rational thing to do" is approve a temporary extension that prevents widespread tax increases.

But his message doesn't seem to resonate with conservative activists in the states.

"If we have to endure the pain of the cliff then so be it," said Mark Anders, a Republican committeeman for Washington state's Lewis County. "While it may spell the end of the Republican Party ... at least we will force the government to cut and cut deep into actual spending."

Back where the Boston Tea Party protest took place in 1773, Morabito wonders whether Boehner will survive the internal political upheaval and says Republicans need to unite against Obama.

"It looked like from the very beginning they were just going to cave to what President Obama wanted," she said of the GOP. "I didn't want that to happen. Now I'm hopeful that they're standing up for tax-paying Americans."


Associated Press writers Bill Barrow in Atlanta, Rachel La Corte and Michael Baker in Washington state, Thomas Beaumont in Iowa, and AP Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta in Washington contributed to this report.

Somewhere out there
Dec 24, 2012 - 08:06pm PT
"A Day in the Life of Joe Republican"

 Dirtbag - Any chance there's a Day in the Life of a Democrat" out there"

Me think no because….. how do you enumerate so clearly the rights and liberties that have been taken away (by republigoons) through the eye's of a democrat?

Good look into the world of denial of the conservative republicon.

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Dec 24, 2012 - 11:37pm PT
^^^ In 1850 a guy wrote critics of Liberty would spill such pathetic tales....

Merry Christmas.

Lets give this cesspool a break and pick it up on the 26th.


Dec 25, 2012 - 06:17am PT
Merry Christmas to you too Nohea.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 25, 2012 - 07:18pm PT
60 Ridiculously Stupid Republican Quotes

By Tiffany Willis

Conservatives. You’ve gotta love them! Who would entertain us if we lost all of the Republicans? The things that so many of them say are stupid, out-of-touch, and sometimes, downright crazy. Here is a list of some of the dumbest comments Republicans have ever made.

1.“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” ~ George W. Bush
2.”We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.” ~ Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
3.“When the President does it that means that it’s not illegal.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
4.“Exercise freaks … are the ones putting stress on the health care system.” ~ Rush Limbaugh
5.”Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.” ~ Rush Limbaugh
6.“Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?” (sic) ~ George W. Bush
7.“Good Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.” ~ Jerry Falwell
8.“As yesterday’s positive report card shows, childrens (sic) do learn when standards are high and results are measured.” ~ George W. Bush
9.“Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them.” ~ Jerry Falwell
10.“Facts are stupid things.” ~ Ronald Reagan
11.“How did [the Holocaust] happen? Because God allowed it to happen… because God said, ‘My top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.’” ~ Rev. John Hage
12.“Our gays are more macho than their straights.” ~ Ann Coulter, commenting in 2005 on Jeff Gannon, the conservative plant in the White House press corps who turned out to be a male escort
13.“This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.” ~ George W. Bush
14.“Trees cause more pollution than automobiles.” ~ Ronald Reagan
15.“[America has to import so many workers because] for the last 35 years we have aborted more than a million people who would have been in our workforce.” ~ Mike Huckabee
16.”I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.” ~ Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
17.“I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld
18.“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so… what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.” ~ Andre Bauer
19. ”Well, I learned a lot….I went down to (Latin America) to find out from them and (learn) their views. You’d be surprised. They’re all individual countries.” ~ Ronald Reagan
20.“We have a lot of work to do. It’s a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq-Pakistan border.” ~ John McCain (the countries share no common border)
21.“The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.” ~ Rush Limbaugh
22.”Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on you.” ~ Rep. Virginia Foxx
23.“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” ~ George W. Bush
24.What I don’t know is what the unexpected might be.” ~ John McCain
25.I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman” — Arnold Schwarzenegger
26.”The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” ~ Pat Robertson
27.“President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.”~ Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, testifying before Congress
28.“Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.” ~ Rick Perry
29.“You can always follow me on Tweeter.” ~ Rick Perry
30.“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” ~ Herman Cain
31.“From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.” ~ Rick Perry, on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010
32.“I had other priorities in the sixties than military service.” ~ Dick Cheney on his five draft deferments
33.“The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But I didn’t live in this century.” ~ Vice President Dan Quayle
34.“The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is. A manly man don’t want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza.” ~ Herman Cain
35.“I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Florida, after the debate. She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter.” ~ Michele Bachmann on the HPV vaccine. (It doesn’t cause mental retardation.)
36.“These are not bad people. All they are concerned about is to see that their sweet little girls are not required to sit in school alongside some big overgrown Negroes.” ~ President Eisenhower commenting on racial segregation after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision.
37.“This president, I think, has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture….I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.” ~ Glenn Beck
38.“I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.” ~ George W.Bush
39.“I feel the best way to ensure Americans’ freedom is to tighten restrictions on that freedom in any way possible. Only through wiretaps, illegal searches and seizures, unfettered government intrusion, a controlled media and a complete crackdown on free speech can we ensure the liberties of all people.” ~ Attorney General John Ashcroft
40.“What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is.” ~ Vice President Dan Quayle
41.“Michele Bachmann… I’m not going to say it. I’m not going to say it…. Tutti-frutti. I know I’m going to get in trouble!” ~ Herman Cain on the different flavors of ice cream to which he’d compare his primary competitors.
42.“When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.” ~ Glenn Beck
43.”I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” ~ Rep. Michele Bachmann
44.“I love California; I practically grew up in Phoenix.” ~ Dan Quayle
45.“He is purple – the gay-pride color, and his antenna is shaped like a triangle – the gay pride symbol.” ~ Jerry Falwell’s warning to parents that “Tinky Winky of Teletubbies, may be gay
46.“The greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack. The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias.” ~ Rep. Lamar Smith
47.“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” ~ Rep. Michele Bachmann
48.“If Lincoln were alive today, he’d be turning over in his grave. ~ Gerald Ford (on Nixon and Watergate)
49.“Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?” ~ Rick Santorum
50.“I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” ~ Mitt Romney
51.“I saw the young man over there with eggs Benedict, with hollandaise sauce. And I was going to suggest to you that you serve your eggs with hollandaise sauce in hubcaps. Because there’s no plates like chrome for the hollandaise.” ~ Mitt Romney
52.“I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know?” ~ Herman Cain
53.“They [China] have indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.” ~ Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, warning that China could develop nuclear weapons. (They developed them in 1964.)
54.“If you’ve seen one city slum, you’ve seen them all.” ~ Spiro Agnew
55.“Capital punishment is our way of demonstrating the sanctity of life.”” ~ Orrin Hatch
56.“I went to a number of women’s groups and said: ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.” ~ Mitt Romney
57.“We have a president, who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps.” ~ Mitt Romney
58.“We need a leader, not a reader.” ~ Herman Cain
59.“How do you say ‘delicious’ in Cuban?” ~ Herman Cain
60. ”A poet once said, ‘Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.’” ~ Herman Cain, using the theme song of the Pokemon movie in the closing statement of the first GOP debate in 2012

Yeah, these are hilarious, I’ll admit. But what’s scary is that way too many people support and respect these idiots. Unbelievable!

Dec 25, 2012 - 09:20pm PT
On the demise of the republican party:

The end of a major political entity carries with it many unknowns. Grievous as is the republican history, we have no idea what will follow.

Be careful what you wish for. You may get it.

Nature generally chooses the incremental approach, something to which americans seem not drawn. In practical terms what should be expected is moderate republicans will increasingly feel empowered to separate themselves from the ideology and to work with the administration to produce changes needed for the country to prosper.

Beyond that I think we need to share with our founders the trust they had in the democratic process. Each of the coming elections should evolve, and directions should be adjusted, gradually.

Our own positions will evolve, I surely hope. The best support we may give this process is our increasing effort to take part in real dialog.

Invective is not productive.

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:34pm PT
Beyond that I think we need to share with our founders the trust they had in the democratic process.

Uh....you do realize they had zero trust in the "democratic process"

as do I


Just updated.....all hail democracy where in Egypt 21.12% just approved their constitution damn the 78.88%.......really what is about democracy that we would desire?
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:44pm PT
On the demise of the republican party:

Make no Mistake, Obama is ruling as conservatively as Nixon. This means both parties lost. The GOP Lost their power but their former policies have become the norm



Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 26, 2012 - 04:58am PT
Bab...Sad but true about Obama being Nixon-like...At least we didn't end up Romney-Schizo-like..
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Dec 26, 2012 - 05:54am PT
"...the two professions most attractive to sociopaths and psychopaths are politics and finance."


Dec 26, 2012 - 08:08am PT
HILARIOUS: Armey Attempted Armed Coup Of FreedomWorks


Richard K. Armey, the group’s chairman and a former House majority leader, walked into the group’s Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey’s enemies: The gun-wielding assistant escorted FreedomWorks’ top two employees off the premises, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the news.

“This was two weeks after there had been a shooting at the Family Research Council,” said one junior staff member who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. “So when a man with a gun who didn’t identify himself to me or other people on staff, and a woman I’d never seen before said there was an announcement, my first gut was, ‘Is FreedomWorks in danger?’ It was bizarre.’ ”

Armey appeared out of touch and unsure of how FreedomWorks operated when he took over that Tuesday morning, according to interviews with more than a dozen employees on both sides who witnessed the takeover. Sitting in a glass-walled conference room visible to much of the staff, he placed three young female employees on administrative leave, then reversed himself when they burst into tears; his wife lamented aloud that maybe they had “jumped the gun.”

According to a recording of a staff conference call provided to The Washington Post, Armey bewildered his audience by demanding more FreedomWorks support for Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican whose Senate campaign had already cratered after his comments about “legitimate rape.”


Repubs Have Failed.

The Warbler

the edge of America
Dec 26, 2012 - 09:18am PT
Hey that could be the name of the new conservative party - The Dick Army
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