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Re: “Patton Oswalt: Mike Huckabee still not funny

Twitter wag noted, in response to Huckabee's ha-ha tweet about the Gorsuch hearings grinding Dems up into pork sausage:

"Mike has lots of experience stuffing gobs of pig meat into something that's usually full of s***."

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Posted by JennOfArk on 03/25/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Asa and other Repubs in coordinated attack on Obama on gun safety effort

This "trampling the 2nd amendment" talking point is precious. The gun lovers are fond of citing the 2nd word-for-word; when words get left out, they're the ones about "a well-regulated militia." I'm pretty confident all of them have it memorized, so they should have no problem pointing out to all of us where the rights of gun sellers to sell to anyone without being registered or holding a permit to sell, or to sell to anyone without performing a background check, are addressed in the amendment. Because I've looked and looked, and I can't find it there.

They're also fond of saying "we don't need more laws - we need to enforce the ones we have!" Nothing the president plans to do constitutes a "new law;" a few points of the plan merely do what wingnuts have been saying, forever, needs to be done. He's enforcing the laws we have, closing up loopholes that leave them toothless. That's what you said should be done, wingnuts.

Ball's in your court, guys.

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Posted by JennOfArk on 01/05/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Bart Hester covering madly for his anti-gay allies, the Duggars

Because of what was already known (that there were 5 victims, 4 of whom are Duggar's sisters), all the request to the judge to destroy the record to protect a minor victim's identity accomplished confirm the identity of the victim. Out of the 5 Duggar sisters who were alive at the time, only one is still a minor. So it's pretty clear that whoever ultimately wanted the record destroyed and was behind encouraging the victim to request it wasn't all that concerned about protecting the victim's identity.

Aside from confirming the identity of the victim, the request to destroy the record also confirmed that one of Duggar's victims was only 5 years old at the time he molested her. Not very helpful to the Duggar cause.

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Posted by JennOfArk on 05/24/2015 at 12:42 PM

Re: “The private option is not dead but it's in real jeopardy

What needs to happen is for proponents to get the numbers together to illustrate that Medicaid expansion/private option states are more effectively controlling cost increases. If it can be demonstrated - and I think it's likely - that states which expanded access experienced lower premium rate increases for ALL citizens than states like Texas, where some 25% remain uninsured, you've given cover to most opponents. Of course there will still be holdouts with wild-eyed ideological bias against anything that helps anyone. But for most, just being able to show that the private option yields a monetary benefit to everyone would be enough.

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Posted by JennOfArk on 11/05/2014 at 5:19 PM

Re: “The postoffice fight

"Universal service — whether of mail or health care — isn't."

Actually, universal postal service IS remarkably inexpensive. I can physically send something anywhere else in the country for as little as $.44 and have it arrive in 5 days or less? I challenge you to find a bargain to beat that, or a private business - or any government agency - that does its job with better efficiency.

The current cost of mailing is, adjusted for inflation, no higher than it was in the 1920s, despite higher inflation-adjusted costs for fuel & etc. DeathbyInches is wrong - we don't need to cut deliveries or close offices to "save" the post office - all we need to do is drop the ridiculous pre-funding requirement for employee benefits and allow them to raise prices when fuel costs skyrocket as they have recently - for which their proposed increase was turned down by those fical savants in our Republican House. Because if we allowed the post office to actually function like a business, as these charlatans claim they want, they wouldn't have to ask permission to charge another penny when the cost of fuel doubles. Of course if they were allowed to operate in a fiscally sane manner, it would completely cut the legs out from under the Randian's privatization wet dream, so we can't have that.

Posted by JennOfArk on 11/14/2011 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Occupy Wall Street from home

If it was Bill Clinton and Congress' fault, I wonder why we weren't having all these foreclosures until 2003 or so. Perhaps it's because Freddie and Fannie weren't the leaders on the subprime mortgages, and only bought any of them because they had a mandate to buy mortgages and were getting shut out by all the private lenders feasting at the subprime trough. This has been well documented by even such "liberal" sources as Bloomberg media. Also curious: why, if Fannie and Freddie were the loss leaders, is the rate of foreclosure on Fannie and Freddie loans less than half that of private loans? Eh...maybe because they AREN'T the loss leaders? At the highest point, in 2004, Fannie/Freddie accounted for at most 15% of the subprime market. In all other years, their portion of subprime was much smaller. But genius boy here wants to insist that it was that small slice of the market that sent it all to hell in a handbasket - the much larger role played by private mortgage companies had NOTHING, I tell you NOTHING to do with it!

Document that, Batman.

Posted by JennOfArk on 11/01/2011 at 2:15 PM

Re: “LR's Noelle Nikpour in Daily Show skit

"Hot" may carry you for 30, 35 years...but stupid is forever.

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Posted by JennOfArk on 10/27/2011 at 3:40 PM

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