Morning Must Reads: October 23

In the news: Obamacare troubles; Nancy Pelosi; drone warriors; iPad Air

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • “While the debut of the Affordable Care Act this month has been marred by widespread computer problems, the difficulties the co-ops face have been less obvious to consumers. One co-op, however, has closed, another is struggling, and at least nine more have been projected to have financial problems…” [WashPost]
    • “Ms. Sebelius, the former Kansas governor who is the public face of Mr. Obama’s health care overhaul, is facing a barrage of criticism over the problem-plagued rollout of its online insurance exchange.” [NYT]
    • Why Kathleen Sebelius is Safe [Politico]
    • Ezekiel Emanuel’s “How to Fix the Glitches” [NYT]
  • Obama’s Uncertain Path Amid Syria Bloodshed [NYT]
  • “While many thought the California Democrat would step down as House minority leader after this Congress, Pelosi confidants now believe she will remain atop House leadership through 2016 and maybe even longer.” [Politico]
  • “Confessions of a Drone Warrior” [GQ]
  • “Investors are seeking at least $5.75 billion from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in a bid to recover losses from mortgage-backed securities sold to them before the financial crisis, said people familiar with the talks.” [WSJ]
  • “A White House national security official was fired last week after being caught as the mystery Tweeter who has been tormenting the foreign policy community with insulting comments and revealing internal Obama administration information for over two years.” [Daily Beast]
  • The Economic Outlook Looks Good, Politics Aside [Weekly Standard]
  • “Meet the New Hillary” [Atlantic]
  • “Apple just rolled out its fifth-generation iPad, and with it a new name: the iPad Air…” [Wired]
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sacredh
sacredh

OT, but it's 37 here and we're getting a few snowflakes. They're melting as soon as they hit the ground, but still.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm getting ready to go to work and suck the government teat. My mouth is already watering.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Top Ten Obamacare Disasters to Come (according to Paulie and National Review):

1. Deductible shock:

2. Will people pay?

3. Attracting the sickest:

4. Less expensive plans vanish:

5. Families lose out:

6. Repaying subsidies:

7. Public health-care costs are going to explode.

8. More jobs lost:

9. Identity theft and fraud will explode:

10. Federal-exchange subsidies eliminated?

Some more (according to me):

11. Republicals lose another battle on Obamacare

12. And another

13. ...and another

14. Majority of web site issues are fixed before Thanksgiving

15. People realize Republical talking points are just Republicals MSU

16. Obamacare rises over 60% in popularity

17. Deductible shock...it's actually gone down by half!

18. Republicals lose more seats in '14

19. Republicals lose more seats in '16

20. Paulie will continue to lie to his last breath.  Ann Coulter delivers the eulogy.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Hey, Openminded. I don't know what happened between the glorious shut down and today but your turn from slightly amused 'independent' to rabid butthurt groaner is quite amusing.

No one said p!ssing off 800k public workers and behave like a bunch of crybabies would be received very well. And if you were dumb enough to fall for the Media narrative of equal blame you deserve the outcome.

On a good note, the teabillies are promising a repeat and to ensure the party gets even purer and more batshiat by primary anyone that try to reach across the isles to earn their paycheck.

In this day and age of youtube this will be historical gold. When you have this moronic caucus behaving like some 3rd rate eastern European 'democracy' I can safely claim that GOP is toast. And to think these 'winger dumb fudges could've won in 2012 if they only ran some real conservatives and threw out the teabillie caucus and acted like adults. But going after minorities and women not only before and during the 2012 but also sure hasn't helped much.

There's just about no one with a semi functional brain that thought the shut down would go any other way. And to bank on the president to bend over when he got nothing to lose finishing his last term is about as smart as smearing yourself with honey and jump on a fire ant hive for shiats and giggles.

Just look at paulejb and handy. The more idiotic the behave and the more unraveled their regular stitch work of stupid sounds, the better the indication that the reality fabric of the teabillie hordes are coming unglued.

But hey - if it makes you and the other 'wingers happy to blame liberals for your own stupidity, go ahead. Just don't expect anyone including the apolitical folks to take it serious.

The spectacular blow out of 'winger stupid is just the beginning. When you're cradling historic low popularity and when Media is even hard pushing a narrative it's time to go back under the rock.

I can't offer you and your kind much, but I do believe a golf clap and a slight nod will do just nicely. Well done sir.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Leave it to Pauline to wax nostalgic for the 1850s as he searches for recruits in his Unreported Race War.

Seems to me that he's done a fine job of admitting he's a bigot.

Yes! A very fine job....

sacredh
sacredh

The movie was OK. "Nothing Left To Fear". A minister and his family move to Kansas and his new parish is comprised of satanists. Old Yeller, it wasn't. Goodnight again.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MrObvious Mr o what the f--- are you talking about/ i do not care about the shut down the wingers, the TP morons. i just do not like bs out of dumb ass holes. 53 kissing ass , the black panthers were patriots what a bowl of crap. One of the most racist ass wipes in the country at time. Their slogan was kill whitey. I was on the streets then and came face to face with them. To them i was just the man servant to the white establishment , they did not care if i was black I was a cop . 53 is abs kiss ass liar. I am on vacation have an early flight for london. kiss my black ass you lib morons so full of bs.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MementoMori real smart stupid that is how blacks get killed, by the police because the dummys are caring a gun and reach for it and die. more the half the blacks i arrested for CCW were felons, and thugs. most decent black folks do not have guns.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MementoMori If that happened, we'd have gun control in this country in 30 minutes.

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori 

Nothing like an old fashioned cross burning to get Democrat juices flowing. All that was missing were the white robes and hoods.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@paulejb Truth hurts, eh?

Alan: I think so. I think that ordinary Americans are with the President. They’re appalled by the Tea Party’s tactics. They come to the President saying, “If you don’t let us steal your car, then, we are going to burn down your house.” They are appalled by the way the Tea Party cheered on the shutting down of the government, cheered at the fact that we put our credit at risk for a generation to come. And they’re appalled by the enormous expense - the fact that this temporary shutdown ended up costing America $24 billion. That’s almost $100 for every man, woman, and child in this country. Frankly, they want their money back, and the Tea Party out of their lives. At this point, the Tea Party is no more popular than the Kl*n. 

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

@paulejb Because everyone would correctly assume that they were in the FOR column.

Face it. YOUR racism is just a fine example of what permeates the Right Wing. You're so submerged in it that you don't even notice why your spewings are offensive.


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Actually if you count all the giveaways to corporate America the number is much higher than that. And yet I doubt this would be something that Conservative Nuts Speaking would bring up to your attention.

Sue_N
Sue_N

I'd think just moving to Kansas would be terrifying enough without adding satanists to the mix.

MementoMori
MementoMori

We went over this yesterday, your Photoshops skills are ..... lacking.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Openminded1

I was right.  About a month ago, I said you might have killed someone in vigilante action.

Now I feel a lot more secure in what I said.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Openminded1 @MrObvious 

It's alright bud.

Between the blowout the other day and yesterday it's been delightful.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, Miss Coulter had a bad experience with some drug addict Negroe pot smokers during her college years. She was at a pot party and they used her as a pipe cleaner. She has never recovered.

sacredh
sacredh

@paulejb,

"Liberals hate all eras in American history not just the 1850s."

Not true. I discovered sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll in the 1960's. It was a golden era. I think. I mean I think I remember. I mean I remember the 1st of June 1967 and Sgt. Pepper came out. I smoked my first joint. I was 11. The next thing i knew, it was 1980 and I was married and working for the government. It was magic. Or at least I think it was magic. I'm not sure.



 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @fitty_three 

Of course we do, and so would you if we had to drag crybabies like yourself around into the new century all the time. We love the founding but over 200 years later and the constant groan from your kind and even the nicest liberal would like nothing better then to smack you silly with a news paper.

But we don't, since we always end up having to clean up after you when you wet yourself.


paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori @paulejb 

Alan Grayson is a certified loon who represents the underbelly of the Democrat party.

Bobby Byrd must be looking up and smiling at Grayson's antics. They were sure to bring back fond memories for all Democrats.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, many years ago I made a copy of the Wizard of Oz for a friend. The tornado sucked up Dorothy's house, deposited it on the wicked witch of the east and when Dorothy opened the door, (B&W to color), I edited in a full-blown orgy scene. Dorothy looked at Toto and said "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore" before the rest of the movie resumed. Surprisingly, both he and his wife thought it was hilarious.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@fitty_three @MementoMori I made it to new York, now in a hotel room checking my e-mails and what do I see. 53 and his Bs kiss ass liberal crap. black panthers were true Patriots, are you nuts, they hated all whites and would kill one for looking at them the the wrong way. In 74 I had to shoot 2 of them as the were in a gun battle with police officers killing 1 and wounding 2. You dumb black loving kiss ass. I am black and know the truth about the panthers. I still have some of there hate flyers from 1968.We had black officers go under cover at some of their meetings and recorded their racist hatred towards whites and cops. You are bigger moron then I thought. You stupid bs artist Patriots my ass white hating killers. You also have been bragging about your so called accomplishments . You make it out like you built the hoover dam by yourself.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MementoMori

Back in the 60s and the 70s, the Black Panthers used to do school patrols to protect the kids from being attacked. They would patrol the halls with rifles strapped to their backs, sending the message to anyone who saw them that the 2nd Amendment applied to them, too.

Watching them was intimidating to a high school kid, but when I grew up, I began to appreciate just how calm, collected, and disciplined they were. It takes raw bravery to walk into a dangerous situation like that, but it takes uncommon steel to do it with a rifle on your back and be cool enough to not use it in a moment of panic and fear, which many of them probably felt.

Last year, I met my wife's cousin (excellent guy, too!) at a Starbucks in the CD here, and got to meet one of them. He was about 70. I shook his hand and complimented him on their stand.

Those guys really are patriots.

sacredh
sacredh

@paulejb, what was strange was that I remebered watching a lousy actor named Ronald Reagan when I was a kid and then I came to in 1980 and he was the President. My first thought was "Whoa! You've got to stop smoking this sh!t!".

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @MrObvious @fitty_three

You people are still pizzed of that Reagan caused the collapse of your spiritual homeland. 

Meh

It wasn't that clever the first time you mentioned it and the re-spanking of this dead horse isn't improving it. You sound like Dennis Miller. Promising a long time ago then the partisan hackery nailed your wit.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Its expensive to clean up after GOP screwups isn't it

MementoMori
MementoMori

@paulejb @MementoMori  Aaaaaaand we're back to no-talent crap again.

Stick with the editorial cartoonists. Best chance you got.

(And why do rightwingers hate their mailman? Is there some rampant breakdown in mail service that's only affected rightwingers? Did paulie's latest copy of VDARE's newsletter get wrinkled or something? Did he have to wait in line one day?)