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MSNBC's Thomas Roberts on Iraq: "How do you invade the willing?"



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Yes, you read that right, MSNBC's Way Too Early (and of late some disturbing pageant hosting fame) host and Morning Schmoe Scarborough and Mugging Mika regular, Thomas Roberts, was sarcastically thrown a "What is your next move in Iraq" question by King of the Asshats, Joe himself - and killed it.

Which proves a lot about liberal journalists. If you aren't familiar with him, Thomas Roberts is as openly gay as he is tall, dark, handsome and provenly erudite. He answered the sarcastic shot handily, then tossed it to David Ignatius of The Washington Post (he of yesterday's Meet the 'Press' Mitt Romney-thon Father's Day Roundtable, link here).

Mark Halperin, the smug 'Game Change' and 'Double Down' jerk, tried to Bogart the convo with his conservative drivel, but Thomas masterfully took it right back … "we cannot enter every conflict in the world any longer. We can't afford it, in blood, treasure or national will." {Paraphrasey.}

Roberts made the ultimate moral point. Who are we to invade the willing and lay our democratic will firmly on the "Iraqi" people like Neo-Con Papa G.W. Bush41 would have done in his sleep?

Thomas Roberts gets it - the appetite for war, Iraq or Iran invasions and flexing our Juiced Up musculature is no longer the will of most Americans … and the locals battling out their centuries-old issues in the Persian deserts simply don't need more of our boots on the ground.


Or to, as (Laffy's term) Grampy McBombBombs would prefer, finally get a shot at neighboring Iran through our little Persian proxy, Iraq. The Military Industrial Complex must be getting pretty hungry by now, and it needs some new prey to soothe that voracious rumbling tummy.

Scarborough lives to denigrate President Barack Obama for 'leading from behind', stated not just pithily, but with scorn and enough derision that I know I'm not the only one reaching for the nearest shoe to wing at the tee vee machine. [Happily our bedroom set is a behemoth Panasonic antique and can take a lot of size 7 1/2 hits.]


Discover your own inner liberal rage, here's the footage. Is it a wonder those of us on the East Coast don't require much actual caffeine when Joe and Mika and NeoCon Cohorts babbling about Iraq are in bed with you??!

And damned if Thomas Roberts didn't then get a fantastic Round Two punch in when former Ambassador and conservative defender Paul Bremer showed up at the set to declare we never tried to impose Democracy in Iraq. Roberts quickly queried, repeatedly because of a supposed audio glitch, the question "We took Saddam Hussein OUT, didn't we?"

Bremer visibly recoiled, got enraged, and spit out a typically insulting GOPper reply. Defended by Scarborough all the way, he scampered off the set with some lost indignity, trailing the mic pack behind him.

We have got to vote these BushCo Legacy asshats out of Congress, out of American politics, and apparently keep a firm eye cast on the really egotistical ones that took their slime to television.


Remember How We Forgot?


Shane Koyczan and Hannah Epperson

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Dare you carve six minutes of your life to be amazed? Don your technicolor dream coat.



Fed Up: Special Comment by my 76-year-old friend


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My impassioned “72-year-old”  friend (who is now 76, but who’s counting?), who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings of frustration about the state of politics and our dysfunctional Congress. I am more than happy to oblige, especially because I feel the same way.

This rant reminds me of one I did awhile ago: We have no choice. It might be time to revive that one.

Now on to "Fed Up." But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:


Like most Americans, I'm FED UP with the dysfunctional government we have.

I'm FED UP that there is a segment within the Republican caucus that refuses to compromise.

I'm FED UP that Republicans have more loyalty to a pledge they signed with Grover Norquist, to never raise taxes, forgetting the oath they took when sworn into office.

I'm FED UP that Republicans in Congress would rather spend government funds on phony investigations than pass a jobs and infrastructure bill, that would create jobs for millions of people, which would move our economy forward.

I'm FED UP with all the hate and racism that exists in our country.

I'm FED UP that the leaders of the Republican Tea Party don't denounce the use of racist remarks, hateful signs and pictures, displays of the Confederate Flag at rallies they attend in Washington D.C. and in their home states.

I'm FED UP with the disrespect shown President Obama and the office he holds. This has been going on since Joe Wilson yelled "You lie!" during a speech President Obama was giving to a joint session of Congress.

I'm FED UP that, after five years, there are still Americans who don't consider President Obama an American citizen or a Christian.

I'm FED UP with a party that lost a national election in 2012, that tries to use a government shut down and threat of default on national debt to force their ideology on Americans-- which the people had rejected-- and in the process, cost the country $24 billion.

I'm FED UP that a political party felt shutting down the government was a good thing, and brags about it and is threatening to try it again in 2014.

I'm FED UP that there are members in Congress who got elected with the sole intent of destroying the government.

I'm FED UP that the Republican Party is trying to defund and kill the Affordable Care Act, knowing full well it can't be done, in the process wasting more government funds.

I'm FED UP with members of Congress willing to cut funds that help those Americans in need while continuing to provide subsidies to farmers and oil companies, plus they refuse to close tax loop holes that benefit the rich.

I'm FED UP that states have or will enact laws to suppress the voting rights of Americans, when voter fraud doesn't exist in the country.

I'm FED UP that states have passed laws that don't allow women to control their own bodies.

I'm FED UP that the Evangelical Christians wanting to impose their religious ideology on all Americans and want to bring down the wall separating church and state.

I will continue to be FED UP, until these issues are addressed, or we will remain an extremely divided country pulling in different directions.

It's sad thing to say, but we are becoming a government, that unless one party controls Congress and the presidency, the chances of any important legislation getting done is almost nil.

That why it is extremely important for Democrats to vote in 2014 if we want to retain control of the Senate and possibly gain control of the House. Americans better begin to wake up and learn; the foundation of our democracy is being threatened by the radical right and it must be addressed.

Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, @42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.


Video- Fox & Friends Hosts Ask If Ranting House Stenographer Targeted Because of Her Religious Beliefs


Yeah, THAT'S IT!!! The CommieFascistPinko House of Representatives (they've all been replaced by NoBummer's Pod People) heard the word "JESUS", and their skin sizzling from the sacred notes, bodily removed the sainted woman and transported her to the re-education camps.


Original stand alone vid of the tantrum here-


Rant Time: GOP humiliated; Cruz delusional; temporary fix; Americans suffer. In other words, business as usual.


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Rant commences:

Today I tweeted, "Anybody who votes Republican in 2014 should have their head examined after what GOP put us through. Destroying this country." Of course in 140 or less I had no space to add that nobody should have or should be voting for these self-serving, willfully ignorant fools ever, but hey, Twitter has its limitations.

On MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell asked, "What have we learned?" Answer:

GOP: Nothing.

The rest of us: Vote Progressive.

Speaking of Twitter:

"Good fight"? That's what it was, "Mr. Speaker, a "good fight," a big game? No. Wrong. It wasn't a good fight nor was it a game. Not at all. It was a terrible fight, a futile fight, a destructive, sado-masochistic fight that should never have happened.

But that's what these contemptible, irresponsible Republicans do: block, obstruct, project, whine, lie, and create conflict where there is none, especially the most conservative wing of the GOP to whom others defer, all in the name of more power and money.

They have no principles.

Back to The Boehner:

Blocking "will not be a tactic for us" ... today. But there's always tomorrow, right Boehner? His next statement pretty much suggests that very thing: The fight to kill Obamacare "will continue." In fact, I just got an email alert from the New York Times that begins with:

Coming out of a closed-door meeting Wednesday afternoon, Republican lawmakers are already regrouping for the next fight.

They actually want deeper cuts than have already been inflicted by the sequester.

Are we having a good time yet? Enough wasn't enough? They're actually planning to inflict more pain and damage on this country, they thrive on that. This is who they are, these are the radicals who Republican voters continue to support with gusto.

Speaking of damaged, did I mention Raffy Cruz continues to be utterly delusional?

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Yes, he actually declared victory over Obamacare. Wonkette:

Asked what had been accomplished by the shutdown, since the Affordable Care Act was not repealed, defunded, delayed, or even modified, Cruz rejected the question’s premise and declared the House of Representatives’ shutdown a “remarkable victory” and a “profile in courage,” since the House listened to the American people (who overwhelmingly opposed a shutdown, and over the course of the shutdown have actually increased their support of the ACA).

Not nauseous yet? Ted Cruz Admits Budget Standoff Was All About Building Fundraising Lists.

And guess what? Come February, we get to do this all over again. No long term solutions here, America, just another postponement and yet another round of unnecessary fighting, angst, manufactured crises, and excruciating impasses:

(CNN) -- Reid said the Senate deal under discussion would reopen the government by funding it until January 15. It also would raise the debt limit until February 7 to avert a possible default on U.S. debt obligations for the first time.

So what was the point of all the extortion again? I can tell you what it wasn't: "The real fight under way isn't primarily about the size of government but rather who benefits from it."

If all this isn't painful enough, you and I both know that Republicans will do all they can to make it appear as if they were the good guys, and look at this go-nowhere economy, exclamation point! and, hey we tried to compromise, exclamation point! and-- say it with me-- blame Obama, many exclamation points!!!!

Memories are short, red state voters are notorious for not paying attention or remaining stubbornly, self-defeatingly loyal to their right wing extremist base, there are too many gerrymandered districts, and the media is GOP-compliant.

On the other hand, President Obama handled this well, Cruz is despised, Dems are pissed off and ready to Get Out The Vote, and many more Americans have noticed what infantile jerks congressional Republicans are, and how they once again brought us to the brink of economic disaster.

Did I say brink? We're already seeing the effects of their stupid "showdowns." The Government is Already Defaulting. And the Shutdown Has Cost The Economy $24 Billion. Oh, and the Perpetual Budget Crises Have Already Cost 900,000 Jobs.

Did I mention that Republicans Shut Down the Government for Nothing?

So as they bellow about economic loss and slow growth, Republicans created more economic loss and slow growth.

Remember who voted enthusiastically for the unfunded Iraq War and Bush tax cuts? Me too.

They failed. They embarrassed themselves. Their party members are self-absorbed, hypocritical, frivolous, criminally negligent loons. America is suffering even more now because of their ineptitude, self interest, and calamitous policies.

But hey, at least the Dow is back up.

dow up 200

In other words, business as usual.

Rant over.

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If you're feeling especially wonky, here’s the bill that will end the government shutdown.


VIDEO-- Maher: CA not worried about "nonsense that keeps Fox up at night, " NRA = "Nuts, Racists, A-holes."


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On HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" last Friday, Maher capped the show with one of his best rants ever. This one was about my home state of California, a"moderate liberal nation" that the rest of the country should, and eventually will and actually does, emulate.

DKos provides the transcript. Here are some excerpts:

California is creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about.  And not only can't the rest of the country stop us — we're going to drag you with us.

But in 2010, when other states were busy electing whatever Tea Partier claimed to hate government the most, we elected a guy who actually liked it — Jerry Brown.  And without a Republican governor and without a legislature cock-blocked by Republicans,  a $27 billion deficit was turned into a surplus.

How?  Well it's amazing, really.  We did something economists call cutting spending and raising taxes.  (audience applause)  I know, it sounds like crazy science fiction, but you see, here in California, we're not just gluten-free and soy-free and peanut-free, we're Tea Party free!

I mean, Texas could do it too, but they love "freedom" too much. Like when that unregulated fertilizer plant blew up.

No, California is not perfect, but it is in our nature to try new things.  For example, now that it's clear Obamacare is going to be a success here, the movement to just go all the way to single payer is gathering steam.

You know, it's so ironic, the two things conservatives love the most — the free market and states rights — are the two things that are going to bend this country into California's image as a socialist fagtopia.

Maybe our constipated Congress in Washington can't pass gun control laws, but we just did.  Because we don't give a shit about the NRA.  Out here, that stands for "Nuts, Racists, and Assholes."

And while other state governments are working with Jesus to make abortion more miserable ... California is making it easier.  And while immigrants are demonized in Washington and elsewhere, in California we just OK'd driver's licenses for undocumented aliens.

That's right, we're letting them drive cars — just like white people!  Because we can't be worrying about all the nonsense that keeps Fox News viewers up at night...


I've had it


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As most of you know, I tweet our TPC posts on Twitter all day, so I am exposed to many, many wonderful people, but also a whole lot of truly deranged types. After awhile it adds up. Then I compound that by making the mistake of watching the Sunday Talkers, and bam! I occasionally gotta vent.

This is one of those times. So forgive me for this extended Moment of Negative, but my poor head is about to explode. Feel free to jump in any time with your own "had-its." I'm certain I forgot a few and may add more later. And with that...

I've had it with:

Stupid people.

Rape jokes.





Needless misunderstandings.

BP ads boasting about awesome Gulf coast vacation spots that are even better now that they've killed everything off with their deadly oil pollution.

Sunday talk show hosts.

Sunday talk show guests.

Sunday talk shows.

Conservative pundits.

Loud overtalking/constant interrupting.


Nasty trolls.

Nasty stupid trolls.

Rude, insecure putzes.

Stupid people.

Very stupid people.

Smart, seemingly highly educated, informed political people on the Tee Vee Machine with poor verbal skills saying knowingly stupid things.

Lack of foresight.

Lack of hindsight.

Gun zealots.

Religious zealots.

Right wing zealots.

Judgmental righties.

Judgmental lefties.


Self-righteous right wing nut jobs.

Self-righteous Dems.

Self-righteous know-it-alls.

Stupid self-righteous know-it-alls.

Did I mention stupid people?


War on Women.

War on Voters.

War on LGBT.





People who don't listen.

People who judge blog posts and articles solely by their titles without reading the post itself.

People who judge blog posts and articles solely by their titles without reading the post itself, then comment inappropriately.

People who comment on posts without having followed the links in the post that would answer any questions they have.

People on Twitter who assume all retweets are endorsements, as opposed to realizing that sometimes a retweet is simply to point out an interesting, different, or controversial p.o.v.

People on Twitter who consistently confuse "lose" and "loose," "it's" and "its," "your" and "you're" (not typos).


People on Twitter who don't provide context to their tweets-- sometimes threads are not traceable or visible-- who tweet things like, "Me too!" or "When?" or "How can you say that?!"

Republicans who can't see beyond their own donors.

Republicans who can't see beyond their own power grabs.

Republicans who can't see beyond their own ideology.

Climate change deniers.

People with no sense of humor.

People who think they have a sense of humor, but don't.

Condescending windbags.


Willful ignorance.


RyanCantorTrumpMcCainPalinBreitbartWestBachmannMcConnellRandPaul [insert more names here].


Whew! Thanks. I needed that.

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