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In the news: drones, Saturday mail, Bloomberg's British empire, GOP's upper hand on sequestration, unfortunate tweets

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  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and CIA chief David Petraeus all told Obama to send the military in to fight with the Syrian rebels.
  • Krauthammer outlines why the Republicans have an upper-hand on the sequester talks. He could be right.
  • David Rogers (no relation) shows that a 1% increase in revenues and a 1% cut in spending has the same effect as the sequester.
  • The Atlantic disagrees with Krauthammer’s defense of drones as he compares the War on Terror to WWII.
  • Washington Post editorial board rallies to keep Saturday mail service alive.
  • Stephen Colbert talks to House Dems during their retreat today
  • NYC Mayor Bloomberg is constructing his own “British Empire.”  Good for the Brits, who are undergoing deep spending cuts.
  • Peggy Noonan calls Obama-Clinton 60 Minutes interview “scandalous,” lauds “So God Made a Farmer” Super Bowl ad.
  • Rep. Raul Labrador’s staffer tweets “Me Likey Broke Girls” during Super Bowl from boss’ account, gets fired.
367 comments
Diecash1
Diecash1

The stupidity of republicans is simply boundless:

"As Republican leaders insist that the debate over gun violence in America should also address the role of violent entertainment, the latest findings from Democratic-leaningPublic Policy Polling released Thursday showed that the vast majority of GOP voters nationwide believe video games are a bigger threat than guns.

Given the choice between the two, 67 percent of Republican voters said violent video games represent a bigger threat to safety than guns. Fourteen percent said guns are the bigger safety threat. "

Simply ridiculous.

Arimathean
Arimathean

"Republicans should explain — message No. 1 — that in the fiscal-cliff deal the president already got major tax hikes..."


No, no, Charley -- Republicans don't get to claim (to Norquist) that they didn't raise taxes and then tell Obama that they agreed to a "major tax hike".  

MrObvious
MrObvious

I see that paulejb is pissing all over the place again, generalizing about the imaginary hive in his head, all capping and all bolding. Combine them both and he's just another nut screaming int he corner of the park.

Of course now paulejb is on the Brennan thing. Ironically LIBERALS asked the tough question about our drone policies. and LIBERALS seems upset about the vague authority given to our current white house. Just as LIBERALS are upset about torture and find it ironic that when the Democrats were in opposition to Bush then transparency of our torture program was a must, but they're now entirely fine with the non existent justification of imminent threat through drone strikes.

Note that GOPers aren't. They're fine with vague reasoning for blowing citizens up. Just as they're fine with vague reasoning for torturing people.

So what paulejb is upset about is the pretense that Obama = hive agree. When it's quite the opposite. Although paulejb does not object to drone strikes and torture. And he wholly agree with the might is right theory that GOP seems to believe is fine.

So I wonder who really is the hive? Of course Mr Oblivious (paulejb) is completely unaware of the projective force of the mirror he's staring into. 

It's a community service. Think of the puppies and stuff we save by having him here. He believes he's winning. I just wished he pulled his pants up since the monkey act of drinking his own urine is disturbing.

outsider
outsider

This is fun guys! I haven't seen Paulie so soundly trounced in a long time; and the best part is, he's providing the fodder!! 


Damn, i didn't realize how much i missed the MMR's.

bobell
bobell

@sacredh Watch it, sacred. The tax man reads Swampland.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Diecash1 Yes because the rest of the civilized world doesn't have access to the same video games. In fact last time I checked many of them are made in Japan, which has a fraction of the gun violence we do.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Diecash1 

It truly is; because IF a violent video gamer decides to go loco, he'd use available guns to do so. I'm not saying that video games make people violent, I'm just saying that according to their 'logic' the end instrument is still the very thing they want as free and as available as possible.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MementoMori 

Paule is against the Violence Against Women Act due to considerations and support it offers to the LGBT community.  He's said as much himself. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@MementoMori 

1. Give all women a gun and no training at birth

2. Are they really the right kind of skin tone of women?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Being a Repulbical means having it both ways, don't you know!

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

You think you know him SO well....

paulejb
paulejb

@MrObvious ,

The terrorist dilemma: Waterboarding? Drone strike? What's a good jihadist to do?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MrObvious 

Paul is:

1) A loon that to a certain extent believes the drivel he posts

2) Easily manipulated and impressionable, and eager to get his "news" from things like pjmedia and breitbart

3) A troll that only wants to have meaningless arguments and seeks to get a rise out of people due to what we can only assume is his extreme insecurity issues and possibly had an abused past (as most habitual internet trolls typically do)

There's no reason to take him seriously and it can be pretty fun to jab at him.  I can't imagine how insufferable and miserable he must be offline.  If being a part of "the hive" means we're well adjusted normal people that can form rational and coherent arguments, then sure I'm glad to be part of the hive.  We're the busy and efficient worker bees, whereas Paul is the dung beetle that spend his days rolling a ball of shit to see how big he can make it.

notsacredh
notsacredh

"I haven't seen Paulie so soundly trounced in a long time"

You weren't here yesterday? Or the day before? Or the...

MementoMori
MementoMori

@paulejb "all guns would be registered "

Which 90% of the population support (see link below).

You say "popular", paulie says 'totalitarian". To-may-toe, to-mah-toe, right?

Arimathean
Arimathean

@paulejb "You heard what they say about Democrats, right?"

"No, what?"

"They've got big packages."

notsacredh
notsacredh

I'm an elitist now! A little OT, but if the sequester hits us, they're talking about giving us a day off without pay every 2-3 weeks. I have the most seniority. I run a shift. I'm deemed "essential". It would be voluntary on my part IF I agreed to take a day off without pay and rotate with some of the other guys to spread out the financial hit.  LOL. They're screwed. I told them that they could take the hit themselves for voting for candidates that are burning us. I'm not giving up a dime.

The way I look at it, votes have consequences. If they want to vote for the Baggers, they can pay for it. The guy with the next most seniority was going to join in the rotation, but after I said I wouldn't, he's probably not going to either. He voted for Obama too. We talked about it and now he's thinking that they cut their own throats so they should bear the brunt.



MementoMori
MementoMori

@mantisdragon91 @Diecash1 My favorite example is the UK. Same popular movies, same popular video games, same popular music.

The UK had 14 Firearm-related murders last year; the US, with a population only 5 times that of the UK, had 9,369.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@DonQuixotic @MrObvious I think Paule may actually be employed by the Democratic party since his posts invariably seem to cast Republicans in the worst light possible.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@DonQuixotic @MrObvious 

Anyone that takes paulejb seriously is either a well meaning family member or someone that just walked in from the wilderness hiding in the forest from the evil gubmint.

Other then those ( his family members do know right from wrong but they don't want to get on Damions wrong side - he might hurt stuffed animals) the rest of us is of the point and giggle variety.  It's kind of telling that other rightwingers outside 'you moron alert' Kevin only sporadically shows up.

Paulejb didn't get the meme yet; the world moved on. Crazy ain't cute anymore.

outsider
outsider

@sacredh  

no, honestly  - i was away on a trip. 

I saw the first MMR the morning i left, and just came back yesterday. 

So it's kind of brand new all over again. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh

paulejb is not some kind of rocket scientist. He can declare victory all he wants but he leave running around like a decapitated chicken every time. He's a legend in his own mind
.



notsacredh
notsacredh

Sarcasm. It's like pointing and laughing but a little less rude.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @DonQuixotic @MementoMori 

That's why 'wingers don't understand rights - to 'wingers it's not that everyone deserve rights, it's that some according to their moral phobias deserve them.

notsacredh
notsacredh

We had a "1000 Words" too. It was glorious.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Your turn is coming sweet cheeks.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 @MrObvious 

I'm tired - I just flubbed so much in my post that it reads like something paulejb would trot out but with brevity. I ain't fixing it until we have an edit function. Fark it.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@MrObvious Correction there are more dogs, cats and barnyard animals with more common sense than Paule and people like him.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @MementoMori 

So you call a majority of the people who want to have unrestricted access to guns nazis because you don't like the fact that there are more people then common sense then people such as yourself?