Wow

Apr. 17th, 2015 06:00 am
thewayne: (Cyranose)
"150 years ago today, the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. America is forever indebted."
—tweet sent Tuesday by Senate Republicans

This just boggles me. Are they condoning assassination as a form of political protest? Are they saying killing presidents is good? I particularly don't understand their pointing out that it was a Republican president that was killed: is it now open season on the Bushes?

Lincoln's assassination was a world-shaking event. The world shakes because of the current Republicans in Congress, but for a different reason.
thewayne: (Cyranose)
With him leaving office at the start of next year when the new House will be sworn in, the House will be 100% Christian (assuming no big surprises in the November elections). Eric was the only Jew. And with the exception of one appointed black man, the House is 100% white. There are a few women, but for the most part, it's a sausage-fest.
thewayne: (Cyranose)
"[I]t has become apparent to me, the single thing that Republican politicians hate and fear the most, and that is when they are forced to tell the truth. It makes their heads explode."
--Ted Cruz, R-Texas

http://washingtonexaminer.com/ted-cruz-establishment-republican-heads-exploded-after-debt-ceiling-ruse-exposed/article/2544010

He said this on a conservative radio talk show, it was very amusing to hear it snippeted.

How true

Feb. 8th, 2014 11:14 am
thewayne: (Cyranose)
"Right now, Jesus himself couldn't be the Speaker and get 218 Republicans behind something."
—Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi

I read an interesting pair of articles on a recent debate between Bill Nye, Science Guy, and the guy who opened the Creationism Museum in Kentucky on evolution versus creationism. The part that I found to be the biggest takeaway was the line that religious fundamentalists aren't just cherry-picking the bible for the choicest bits to support their positions, but they are weaponizing the bible.
thewayne: (Cyranose)
You deserve better. I apologize. I'm accountable to you for fixing these problems..."
-- HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius testifying before House Energy and Commerce Committee

"...You're now blaming it on the contractors and saying it's Verizon's fault."
-- Rep. Marsha Blackburn

"Let me be clear. I'm not pointing fingers at Verizon. We own the site...Hold me accountable for the debacle. I'm responsible."
-- Sibelius

"...The president is ultimately responsible for the rollout."
-- Rep. Gregg Harper

"No, sir. We are responsible for the rollout."
-- Sibelius

Clearly Obama is responsible for the rollout, didn't you see his Amazon Wish List last year where he wanted books on PHP, Java, HTML, and MySQL? Clearly he single-handedly coded the entire system and totally blew it. He's probably running it on a Pentium 3.

The problem with Healthcare.gov is that they used over 50 contractor companies with no one explicitly directing them all. No integration testing. No significant stress testing. Everybody wrote their own little part with very little, if any, coordination. Apparently they didn't design to scale out if more servers were needed. They flubbed the deployment from the beginning and became a textbook case for how NOT to do a huge IT project.

The Massachusetts system, the one that Mitt Romney signed in to law, had the same teething problems. I'm sure they didn't have as many contractor companies working on it, but it took them a while to get their site working properly. Also, they learned that the people registering on the system early are researching and comparing plans, not signing up right away. The signups ramped up the closer it got to the deadline. So few registrations and purchases at this point are meaningless.

The thing that bothers me are the people getting kicked out of insurance plans or having their premiums increased. You've got Obama constantly saying 'You can keep your existing doctor, your rates won't go up', etc., and clearly that's not the case. Is he misinformed, are insurance companies breaking the law, what? I'm very curious what's going on.

Clearly the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is going to be shaking out for the next year or so.
thewayne: (Cyranose)
"They asked a long list of Republicans to come and to a man and woman they said 'no.'"
—Julian Bond on Wednesday's ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

Fox News got in a snit because there were no Republicans on the podium making speeches for the anniversary. George HW Bush and George W Bush had good excuses, the former is in very poor health and the latter just had health surgery, but all the rest? Jeb Bush declined to appear, so did the Republican Congressional leadership. They all declined. They were invited, they just had better things to do than to mark perhaps the seminal civil rights moment in the United States.

It will be interesting to see if this affects them in the mid-term elections next year.
thewayne: (Cyranose)
"I think it's so unfair of the administration to hurt these families, to make them think this has something to do with them when, in fact, it doesn't...They'd been told that by the president."
—Sen. James Inhofe, on gun control debate and the families of Newtown victims

There's no words to sufficiently express the stupid, it BURNS!

I listen to the Real Time With Bill Maher podcast. Rachel Maddow was on a couple of weeks ago, and she admitted that she likes shooting guns recreationally, and that she met her girlfriend there. I think that's pretty cool. She doesn't own a gun, I guess she borrows or rents them.
thewayne: (Default)
"If another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue."
—former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes

Rachel Maddow started calling the Republican candidates who blew it talking about rape the Rape Caucus, and none of them were elected. Akin, the 'woman's body has a way to shut that down' was on the House Science Committee.

Uh, yeah.

Jul. 10th, 2012 12:57 pm
thewayne: (Default)
"Mitt Romney has to win for the sake of the very idea of America. Mitt Romney has to win for liberty and freedom."
—RNC chairman Reince Priebus

So what have we been living in for the last three years?

I think it would be more accurate to say 'Mitt Romney has to win for the sake of the very idea of the 1%. Mitt Romney has to win for capitalism and plunder.'

I loved the people who said they were going to move to Canada because the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Healthcare Act. A friend of mine who's spent a lot of time up there said it was always amusing to watch Americans in restaurants look at the higher prices because restaurants actually pay their staff a living wage up there.
thewayne: (Default)
"What she said was offensive...It was so offensive, I don't even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company."
-- Michigan state Rep. Mike Callton, on Rep. Lisa Brown being banned from speaking on the House floor for saying the word "vagina"

"It wasn't about body parts...It was the 'No means no' comment. A step too far...It's like giving a kid a time out for a day."
-- state Rep. Wayne Schmidt, defending the ban

Callton has a degree in biology, served in the Army, is the Vice Chair of the House Health Policy Committee, and is a practicing chiropractor. And he has problems with the proper anatomical reference to a woman's reproductive organ?
thewayne: (Default)
"Bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view."
—Senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock, winner of the Indiana GOP primary

I remember when the US invaded Iraq after 9/11 and everyone started screaming when people criticized Bush or questioned anything the government was doing "to keep us safe". We used to have conservative Republicans, moderate Republicans, and more liberal Republicans. Now it's all just hard-core ultraconservative Republicans. And they'd be insanely happy if the DNC joined the RNC, and the USA would fall in to a new dark age and drag a lot of the world down with it.

Idiots, all of 'em.
thewayne: (Default)
This is partial conjecture, but not unreasonable. A professor was asked to write an oped piece on what went on in Wisconsin with the attempt at union-busting by the governor, and as he researched this piece, he posted snippets of what he found on his blog. The Republican party filed a Freedom of Information Act request for his email with many key words, such as Scott Walker. The prof thinks that this is an attempt to silence people trying to reveal the machinations of the RNC, I think he might have a valid point.

And I didn't know you could FOIA a university, I guess you could if it's a public uni but not one that's privately funded (good luck funding that!).

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/opinion/28mon3.html?_r=4&pagewanted=print

http://politics.slashdot.org/story/11/03/27/0154213/Using-the-Open-Records-Law-To-Intimidate-Critics
thewayne: (Default)
"Trust me, after taxes, a million dollars is not a lot of money."
-- RNC chairman Michael Steele

Tell you what, dude: I'll take your million and you can take what I earn, and we'll see what you think then. For that matter, you might be able to find a couple of others in this country who'd take you up for that deal.
thewayne: (Default)
"Women sometimes need a little more handholding, or they need their friends to help them make a decision."
-- RNC co-chair Jan Larimer, on GOP efforts to recruit and train more women candidates

I think nothing more need be said.

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