Claycord – Talk About Politics

May 16, 2014 22:39 pm · 529 comments


This post is “Talk About Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other!

401 Yhe Phantom May 21, 2014 at 8:51 PM

“All 33 votes in opposition came from Democrats …… wonder why?

“Republicans and Democrats normally agree on the need to enhance benefits for the nation’s 22 million veterans and their families, but Republican senators wanted to lower the amount of spending in the bill. The GOP senators also wanted to include a measure that would have imposed new sanctions against Iran, which President Obama has warned against doing at this time. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked the amendments from being considered.

“Shame on the Republicans for bringing base politics into a bill to help the veterans,” Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday morning.

“The bill would have improved benefits for veterans, including better health care and dental services provided by the VA. It also would have guaranteed post-9/11 veterans access to in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities in any state.

– Redliner #393 answered your question.

402 Elwood May 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

@ anonymous #387

Not me.

Never do.

I wonder who the hell he thinks he’s cutting and pasting all that **** for, other than himself and the monkey.

403 The Dog Ate my ...... May 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM

” Has there ever been a president in the history of America who knew less than President Obama? ”

404 Evie May 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM
405 Yhe Phantom May 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM


What matters is:

Veterans Affairs Bill was frustrated in the Democratic controlled Senate because the REPUBLICANS amended the clean bill, with ADDED SANCTIONS ON IRAN, which would have mangled and fumbled the American foreign policy negotiations in process with Sec. of State John Kerry.

On top of this, REPUBLICANS DEMANDED CUTS TO “MEANS TESTED” POVERTY PROGRAMS to reallocate the $2.1B cost per year, of a $3.8T budget. The ten year benefit was $21M.


406 Suzie May 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

a true leader…

407 furian May 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Poor wingies!

Smile, it’s not that bad.


408 et-al May 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

@ 401 –
Republicans opposed the bill because, as usual, the democrats front load with fat for their pet projects and payoffs for favored friends. And as usual, you’re a damn liar.

409 Dennis May 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

“President Obama’s new national monument in New Mexico, which he announced Wednesday, thrilled environmentalists, who said it preserves nearly 500,000 acres of spectacular and pristine lands, but it could also doom his hopes of getting Congress to pass an immigration bill this year.”

Note that he bypassed Congress, designating it a Historic Landmark, instead of a National Park, which needs Congressional approval.

Note that this area sits astride a major human and drug trafficking “highway”, and part of the provisions are NO VEHICLES ALLOWED … including those of police, Border Patrol, or National Guard.

Of course the bad guys are gonna ignore that … what is Obama gonna do, chase them with a camel corps?

410 Dennis May 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Want to see what the Socialist power structure in charge of the Democratic Party has planned for the USA? Look at Chicago.
Want to see what the Socialist power structure in charge of the Democratic Party has planned for managing health care? Look at VA.

Change is not a synonym for progress.

411 furian May 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Looks like Phantom is under et-al’s thin skin.



That’s a hissy fit HOOT!

412 furian May 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Drones Dennis, no pesky vehicles needed!

Obama is good with them.

413 furian May 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Obama, the ultimate conservative!

Sharply falling deficits, low income taxes that are no longer “temporary”, permanent fixes to the AMT and expansion of the estate tax exemption, surging stock markets, ability to buy private-issue individual health insurance at any age not linked to work or Medicare and much more restrained foreign policy with respect to invading stone-aged countries filled with ignorant people that hate us. OBL shot in the face and dumped in the ocean isn’t a bad outcome either.

These aren’t exactly long-held liberal dream achievements….

414 Anonymous May 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Once again the phantom display solidarity with his “brothers and sisters in arms. ”

Only problem was he never served. He has written enough phony vet stuff to prove it to several people who did serve.

Stolen Valor

415 Dennis May 22, 2014 at 3:31 AM

“Drones Dennis, no pesky vehicles needed!”

using armed Predator drones maybe? In the USA? He refused to use them in Benghazi, but he’d use them in New Mexico

wow, that’s scary. Armed EPA and IRS agents, and armed drones above us? And what a cost!

416 Connie Dobbs May 22, 2014 at 7:38 AM

#405 In. In arms.
I didn’t even serve; I just have that Dire Straits album.

417 Connie Dobbs May 22, 2014 at 7:40 AM

As a fully-paid up union man, I can tell you your brother at arms isn’t there to protect you. Wait, maybe that is what you meant to say…

418 Connie Dobbs May 22, 2014 at 7:45 AM

#415 It will be interesting to see what happens when our predator drones kill American citizens in America. If we’re allowed to know, that is.

419 et-al May 22, 2014 at 8:35 AM

furian –
I heard your sugar daddy came by last night. I guess you’re mostly standing today, huh.

420 furian May 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM

You wingies have no sense of humor.

Obviously the drones comment was sarcasm but I forget, you wingnuts will believe anyone and anything.

Just see post @415 for proof!

Kind of sad.

Nope, really sad.

421 et-al May 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM

The two paths for our country are now clearer than ever.
On one end, there is the path that springs from the uniquely American principles of individual freedom protected by a constitutionally limited government under which people are free to make their own choices, enjoy the fruits of their own labors, and take responsibility for their own decisions.

The competing vision is that of a compulsory society where our fundamental rights are subordinated to the mandates of government bureaucrats and where innocent taxpayers are forced to bail out the bad decisions of others.

Fortunately, there are still principled Conservatives in Congress fighting to restore the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our country. With your help, we can ensure that the ranks of real conservatives in Washington. D.C grow.

Our actions and votes will determine the type of country we leave our children and grandchildren.

Please join our campaign to ensure that it is a free and prosperous one.


Tom McClintock

422 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM


“Anyone who’s ever seen the Organ Mountains that overlook Las Cruces, New Mexico will tell you that they are a spectacular sight. Secretary Jewell told me as much after her visit there. You got massive rocks that jut up 9,000 feet in the air and stretch for 20 miles, like the organ pipes of a giant. And they’re home to many of God’s smaller creatures, as well — deer and antelope roam; falcons, mountain lions. There are even plant species that don’t grow anywhere else in the world.

“But it’s not just the natural beauty of this region that makes it invaluable to future generations. Its caves and peaks and cliffs bear the marks of millennia of history. From the rock art of some of the first Native peoples living on the land to the trail traveled by some of the first overland mail carriers. Some of the most notorious adventures of the Wild West were written in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region.

“More than 130 years ago, Billy the Kid took cover in the Robledo Mountains and literally left his mark –- inscribing his name into what we now know as “Outlaw Rock.” You can see it today, and I want to make sure that future generations can see it as well. Legend has it that Apache chief Geronimo hid in these same mountains and staged a miraculous escape from what is now called “Geronimo’s Cave.”

“Every year, tens of thousands of Americans visit the region to discover what still remains of these landmarks, and to explore what lies along its beautiful trails. Families go on vacation. Tribes return to uphold rich traditions. Archeologists dig for ancient artifacts. Scientists study a thriving environment. And all of it supports the local economy and jobs in the region.

“So, we’re not just preserving history. Outdoor recreation at parks and forests and other public lands brings in tourism dollars — attracting new businesses and encouraging spending at lodgings and food establishments and, of course, park souvenirs. One recent study says that the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks designation alone could double the number of visitors to the area and help grow the local economy by more than 70 percent.”

– Republicans are opposed because they think this opens the area to increased drug trafficking and illegal immigration movement.

“As I said in my State of the Union address, I’m searching for more opportunities to preserve federal lands where communities are speaking up. Because wherever I see an opening to get things done for the American people, I’m going to take it. I’ve said before: I want to work with anyone in Congress who is ready to get to work and shares those goals, but recently they haven’t gotten the job done.

Congress is sitting on dozens of bills that would help protect our precious land and wildlife. And by one count, there’s a set of 10 land conservation bills that have been introduced a combined 52 times over the past 30 years, and they are still stuck. So I’m here to pick up a little bit of the slack. (Laughter and applause.) Because there is no time to waste to preserve our precious resources and give a shot in the arm to local economies, like Las Cruces.” ~ President Barack Hussein Obama…twice.

423 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

“LITTLE ROCK — A day after the first statewide election with a voter identification requirement, the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it is investigating reports of some polling places being too strident in enforcing the rule.

“ACLU legal director Holly Dickson said Wednesday that she’d gotten reports that some poll workers used barcode readers to scan in driver licenses, a step that’s not part of the voter-ID law. She says some other workers quizzed voters about information on their driver licenses; something else that she says isn’t stated in the law.

“The voter-ID law was declared unconstitutional by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox before the election but he postponed imposition of his ruling, so the law was enforced Tuesday and during early voting.

– Only if you looked kinda Blue or Black

Why are there not Blue workers at the polls to stop this crap?

424 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 1:16 PM

“Sergeant at Arms” from 1,100’s, England; Richard 1st

“Men at Arms” from 1300’s, France

“Brothers at Arms: Derived from “Band of Brothers” Henry V, Shakespeare 1,600’s

“Band of Brothers” also with Adm. Nelson in 1798, Nile Campaign

Actually notions 5,500 years old

“But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.” ~ Bill Shakespeare, Henry V

Dire Straits, a British Rock Band of non-combatants, singing a song in 1985, does not form the memes of battle.

425 Anonymous May 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

It occurs to me the the phantom may be in an institution. They give him a computer to keep him quiet.

426 Elwood May 22, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Phandum is causing my scroll down button to wear out prematurely.

427 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Moe, Curly, and Larry

428 There may be something to the institution May 22, 2014 at 4:01 PM

He has all the time in the word, makes little sense and is not socialized. Makes up big stories about himself and has multiple names..

429 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Major FOX Headline; Not Benghazi any more

“A hog-riding former lawmaker from Wisconsin claims that Harley-Davidson voided his motorcycle’s repair warranty because of the patriotic flags he let fly from the back of his chopper.

“However, Harley-Davidson says the warranty is still in effect and just his warranty claim has been denied.

“David Zien, who served in the State Senate from 1993 to 2006, said he was told by the motorcycle behemoth it would not honor the warranty after the clutch and transmission failed on a recent ride to Dallas, claiming that that the American flag– as well as other banners– caused unneeded wind resistance, according to the Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee.

“All they said was, because I fly flags on the bike, there’s no warranty on the powertrain,” Zien told the newspaper.

– Major Republican news.

430 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

“Presidential candidate-in-waiting Hillary Clinton already has backing from top politicians, influential celebrities — and from a famous former spy.
“Former CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson, were special guests of honor at a fundraising event Wednesday in Santa Fe, N.M., for the pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC Ready for Hillary. The couple supported Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary, and they’ve made their renewed endorsement for 2016 known early.

“Since being “outed” as a CIA operative in 2003, Plame and her family relocated to New Mexico. Over the past decade she’s written a best-selling memoir, which was adapted into a major Hollywood film, and has made multiple public appearances to speak about issues of nuclear proliferation and women’s role in intelligence. She’s currently the director of community outreach at the Santa Fe Institute, writing a second spy-thriller featuring a strong female CIA officer — and now, getting ready for Hillary.”

“We’re going to hear Benghazi only about a million more times between now and any sort of announcement. But I’d be really surprised if any more investigations on Benghazi sway anyone. Republicans clearly see her as the biggest threat to a Republican victory in 2016. They’re going to throw everything at her. And they’ve already started with Karl Rove’s vicious and vile attacks about her mental well-being.”

431 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

“I didn’t say Karl Rove didn’t get treated for syphilis, I said his divorce in 2009 was seriuos.”

432 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

“I didn’t say Karl Rove didn’t get treated for syphilis, I said his divorce in 2009 was serious.”

433 Dennis May 22, 2014 at 6:22 PM

“- Republicans are opposed because they think this opens the area to increased drug trafficking and illegal immigration movement. ”

yet another falsehood, trying to make the Republicans look bad. There is a phrase in the proclamation that specifically bans vehicles, and Obama had the opportunity to exempt law enforcement vehicles from that ban. He INTENTIONALLY included law enforcement vehicles in the ban on vehicles.

So Obama is sending serious messages to Mexico: we will not enforce our Sovereignty, or our border. We will exempt illegal immigrants from the Law applied to citizens (arrests, impounding vehicles, etc). We will not deport illegals, even if they are criminals. We will provide a “safe” corridor for use by Mexico to send thousands/millions of illegals to cross our borders.

By Executive order, Obama is repeatedly violating his oath of office.

You think Clinton’s last day pardons were outrageous? Wait until you see the names on Obama’s Pardon List. I bet #1 is Eric Holder.

434 shadowblade May 22, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Dennis #433

Still spreading lies, I see.

“Except for emergency or authorized administrative purposes, motorized vehicle use in the monument shall be permitted only on designated roads, and non-motorized mechanized vehicle use shall be permitted only on roads and trails designated for their use; provided, however, that nothing in this provision shall be construed to restrict the use of motorized vehicles in wilderness study areas beyond the requirements of section 603 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. No additional roads or trails shall be established for motorized vehicle or non-motorized mechanized vehicle use unless necessary for public safety or protection of the objects identified above.”

BTW…I’m still waiting for you to explain how your link to Confederate States proves #67 wrong.

435 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 6:59 PM

“…yet another falsehood, trying to make the Republicans look bad”?

…all shadowblade does is ask for information…and this always leads to an indefensible position.

…all I do is read and repost FOX articles…always makes Republicans look stupid and mean.

…all furian does is crack jokes…and roast Larry, Curly, and Moe.

…all JWB does is school the ignorant.

We need immigrants to replace the missing people that were terminated by abortion. This is about one million per year and we need another million people who want to work hard. Many Millennials want highly paid computer game testing jobs, or they just don’t work…medical marijuana cards active.

436 Drones May 22, 2014 at 7:39 PM

“Obama is good with them.” …… You brought it up skippy.

‘Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will’
“Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.”
“Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list,” poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war. When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises — but his family is with him — it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation.”
‘Obama Told Aides He’s ‘Really Good At Killing People,’ New Book ‘Double
Down’ Claims’

(obama) “insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list” “

437 Dennis May 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

“No vehicle ban. Only true in wilderness areas, and only Congress can create wilderness areas.”

which is why Obama declared a national monument by executive order, thus not involving Congress.

and BLM is not “Law Enforcement”. It excludes Border Patrol, FBI, National Guard, local and state police …

438 Spine May 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Creme Puff n Chief, would ring the bell within 20 minutes.

439 @438 May 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Makes perfect sense for a person that can lecture off a teleprompter for hours on end, but doesn’t like dealing with people. (doesn’t play well with others)

‘Dem lawmaker blasts ‘Professor Obama’ as arrogant, alienating’

440 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

The BLM Office of Law Enforcement & Security, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a federal law enforcement agency of the U.S. government. All Law Enforcement Rangers and Special Agents receive their training through Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Law Enforcement Rangers attend the Land Management Police Training (LMPT) academy at FLTEC, while BLM Special Agents attend the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at FLETC.[citation needed]

– Lucky for Cliven’s Malicious Militia…we could have taken these clowns to jail.

441 Frank F May 22, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Interesting theory that the Phantom-Furion is in an institution. It’s probably some sort of therapy to let him ramble on and on and.. Gives the attendants some free time.

442 Barack May 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Really? This is the first I’ve heard about it!

443 Gotta Have the "Look Good" May 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

HEY look at what terrorists get from obama administration for healthcare,
At Gitmo “Detainee/healthcare ratio: 1 medical staff for every 1.5 detainees.”

While ratio for our American veterans is about 35 to 1.

If a Gitmo detainee were to die it would affect obama’s worldwide look good.

444 he Sees Nothing ! he Knows Nothing ! May 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

“Twenty-three employees at a Department of Veterans Affairs center in Louisiana were placed on leave in 2010 as part of an investigation into document forgeries, a move revealed only in federal whistleblower lawsuits filed years later.”

445 Summer Of . . . . . . . . . May 22, 2014 at 8:59 PM

‘Hewlett-Packard to cut up to 16,000 more jobs’

446 Summer Of . . . . . . . . . May 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

‘Sears Posts Worst Report of a Bad Lot in Retailing’
“Other retailers also reported mostly disappointing earnings, reflecting a poor year’s start under prolonged inclement weather; the strains of stagnant incomes, especially among lower- and middle-income consumers; and a sagging consumer electronics market.”

447 Good Ideas Don't Need Government Help May 22, 2014 at 9:07 PM

” Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne has a request for potential buyers of the automaker’s Fiat 500e electric car: Don’t buy it. He’s tired of losing money.

Speaking at a conference in Washington on Wednesday, Marchionne said Tesla Motors Inc was the only company making money on electric cars and that was because of the higher price point for its Model S sedan. Decrying the federal and state mandates that push manufacturers to build electric cars, Marchionne said he hoped to sell the minimum number of 500e cars possible.

“I hope you don’t buy it because every time I sell one it costs me $14,000,” he said to the audience at the Brookings Institution about the 500e. “I’m honest enough to tell you that.” ”

448 .... May 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

‘Veterans Affairs whistleblowers face ‘long slog’ in fighting retaliation’

449 Gotta Have the "Look Good" May 22, 2014 at 9:13 PM

“While ratio for our American veterans is about 35 to 1.”
That’s 35 veterans to 1 VA medical staff member.

450 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 9:16 PM

“…in an institution”?

– Were that true, the dementia patient is brighter, clearer, and quicker than any of the Conservative think tank pundits, their candidates, and their handlers…to include the Snarks at the Bar and BBQ.

– That would be a revoltin’ development.

– Among liberals, he is just a sweet, beloved, old Grampa and normal fellow of no special intelligence or education…simply ordinary among well educated people.

451 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Does anybody want to know how I got my nickname?

452 Origination Clause May 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Blame harry reid for probable failure of obamacare.
“Twenty states have signed onto a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act on the grounds that it violated the Origination Clause by starting in the Senate instead of the House.”

For the self induced low information voters with severely limited cognitive ability, only capable of navigating and comprehending Wikipedia.

453 Administration's Desperation May 22, 2014 at 9:40 PM

“The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature healthcare law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money.
The move was buried in hundreds of pages of new regulations issued late last week. It comes as part of an intensive administration effort to hold down premium increases for next year, a top priority for the White House as the rates will be announced ahead of this fall’s congressional elections.”

454 Laura Zah May 22, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Let me guess, lunches disappearing from the break room refrigerator & nobody ever saw who was taking them?

455 Suzanne May 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Yhe Phantom, we are all curious as to how you got your name, meanwhile, on your head be it…

456 Gypsy May 22, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Does it have anything to do with a small peenie?

457 furian May 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Wow, you wing dings are really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Where did all the ‘smart’ wingers go?


That’s an oxymoron HOOT!


458 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Yhe Phantom’s sobriquet (nickname or street tag) was visited on a simple soldier by a Major who admired the soldiers ability to avoid work details.

Yhe Phantom noticed that Sergeants were attracted to any group of three men doing nothing in particular. Yhe Phantom generally left such gatherings before being noticed by NCOs and officers.

Yhe Phantom learned how to sleep in his wall locker, under the M-113 APC’s, and in the crawl space of any garrison barracks.

459 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM


460 Just Another LIE May 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

“A key cost-reducing aim of Obamacare was to reduce expensive emergency room visits by having taxpayers subsidize coverage for the uninsured. However, according to a forthcoming survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians, nearly half of ER doctors report they are seeing more, not fewer, people entering the emergency room.”

461 Yhe Phantom May 22, 2014 at 10:24 PM

JWB, shadowblade, anon, furian, and all our friends.

– I know. I’m going to go to Hell.

But I was bored…you know it gets dull sometimes.

462 Anon May 22, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Pretending to have been in the service (again) .


463 Laura Zah May 22, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Bet you were really scarce on the battlefield.

464 Anonymous May 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM

If anyone had read the phantoms war stories it’s pretty evident that he never was in the Army. He almost gets a lot of things right, probably from reading , but he’s a fake veteran , no doubt. This was noted and commented on by several veterans

465 Dr. Jellyfinger® May 23, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Oh, oh! My turn! Somebody guess how I got my nickname!

466 shadowblade May 23, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Origination Clause #453

HR 3590:

The law has already made its way to the USSC, and was found constitutional.

467 Connie Dobbs May 23, 2014 at 7:34 AM

“As the Veterans Affairs (VA) fiasco rages on, the House passed a piece of legislation that would make it easier to fire VA employees and make the department more accountable. It was passed with bipartisan support, with the vote being 390 in favor to 33 against.
There was only one problem. The bill (VA Management Accountability Act, H.R.4031) failed to pass the U.S. Senate. Senate Democrats decided mark this Memorial Day by blocking this bill.”

468 Dennis May 23, 2014 at 7:45 AM

“The law has already made its way to the USSC, and was found constitutional”

Nooooo, SCOTUS says it is Constitutional to levy a GENERAL TAX, regardless of what it is named. If, however, that tax was actually forced payment for a service … such as healthcare … then it would have been unconstitutional. That is why the Dems unlinked the CARE from the TAX collection. Whether or not they provide care is a seperrate issue; they can collect the tax, and put it in the general fund to spend on anything (or nothing) as the Congress sees fit.

Obamacare, the program, was not decided … just the ability of Congress to levy a tax.

469 Anon Redux May 23, 2014 at 8:19 AM

ObamaCare Promised to Reduce Emergency Room Visits: the reverse is happening

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), himself a former OB-GYN, says it’s yet another broken Obamacare promise. “It was a special argument” that the law would reduce ER visits, said Burgess.

Obamacare will cost U.S. taxpayers $2.6 trillion over the next 10 years.


“People are using the ER to avoid giant ObamaCare deductibles. Useless insurance.”

“As a retired ER physician I can attest that this started a long time ago. As fewer Doctors accepted Medicaid due to its dismal reimbursement rate, more people were forced to go the ER. As people realized that they could be seen quicker, and not have to pay their co-pay, the ER became an all hours convenience clinic. The insurance companies, and some of the states realized what was going on and cut reimbursement. That didn’t stop people from using the ER, it just cut reimbursement even further, and began to make ER’s a money loser. It will only get worse under ObamaCare.”

“Here in Nevada County, cardiologists are no longer accepting Medicaid patients. The closest heart doctor is 85 miles away. So, with no car, or or way to get to Oroville, I will eventually be going to ER for my medications. No one claims that Obamacare is at fault, but, face it, they are govt employees who can’t state the truth.”

“I have been an ER physician for more than 20 years. The American College of Emergency Physicians did not oppose ObamaCare. Their apathy got them into this mess and they don’t have a clue what to do. Anyone with half a brain could see what ObamaCare would do to already overcrowded ERs.”

470 Barack May 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM

The outcome in Benghazi was not “Optimal”
The IRS scandal “Outraged” me.
The VA scandal made me “Mad as Hell”

It’s just that none of that has upset me enough to actually “Do” anything about em.

471 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The bill VA Management Accountability Act, H.R.4031 was simply another attack piece against people providing services to Veterans.

It is another campaign fund raising event.

No solutions…just punitive measures…just Republican measures against veterans service providers.

H.R. 4031, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Management

“Accountability Act of 2014” would amend title 38 U.S.C., and give the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs authority to remove employees of the Senior Executive Service, whose performance the Secretary believes warrants removal, from the government service completely or transfer them to a General Schedule position within the current civil service system. The ability to remove such an employee is modeled after the same authority that Members of Congress have to remove their professional staff members who work for them.”

– All it does is fire people, no staff increases that would solve the problem.

472 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Does anyone know how many Kaiser patients died while waiting for an appointment last year? More than 400.

473 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Issa’s Democratic counterpart on the oversight committee and a newly chosen member of the select committee, blasted Issa for discussing the YouTube-related email.

“This latest document leak makes the strongest case yet for Democrats seeking procedures to protect against these kinds of abuses,” he said in a statement. “In what has become an irresponsible pattern, Chairman Issa unilaterally released a cherry-picked document excerpt – claiming it means one thing when in fact it means the opposite.”

– Issa is the Missa of Comedy…out of the loop now.

474 Connie Dobbs May 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

#471 You had the wife make herself look foolish on twitter, so it’s not like you’re completely disengaged.

475 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Nearly everybody dies while waiting for a Doctor’s appointment, or a lab test.

Republicans are stupid.

476 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM


That’s nuts…you don’t even believe the story.

It’s a maybe story, so popular on Breitbart.CON.

477 Connie Dobbs May 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

#476 When’s your next Dr’s appointment? Bet it’s not through the VA.

478 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

The Republican Mind Flip Trick doesn’t work anymore.

479 Pegasus May 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Hmmmmm, is it my imagination or is phantom telling even more lies that ever before?

480 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Another Republican hassling a Vietnam Era Veteran are you Connie?

Medicare Advantage. Not retired career military or service related injury or disease.

Another Union Pipefitter voting for Right to Work states but keeping their Union card?

Another paycheck received from a government contractor but fighting the poor over the leavings?

Nice person…basic FOX Republican.

481 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

What’s the difference between imagination and


482 @connie May 23, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Note that the phantom again claims veteran status. Repeat a lie long enough…

483 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM

#480 Pegasus

Do any of you people ever think about how stupid you look?

484 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM

When Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is completely installed, we can be proud we were involved in a great American project and it will continue long after we are gone…and that makes the goodness of our struggle worthwhile. – Yhe фантом

485 Pegasus May 23, 2014 at 1:53 PM

So now you’re a union pipefitter, eh phantom. Please impress us with some of your pipefitter knowledge.
Or are you still the same creepy liar?

486 shadowblade May 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Dennis #469

At least TRY to follow the argument.

Let’s start again…Origination Clause #453

“Twenty states have signed onto a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act on the grounds that it violated the Origination Clause by starting in the Senate instead of the House.”

The law didn’t originate in the Senate. It originated in the House, hence the HR. The law had already made its way to the USSC. The USSC did NOT strike the law down, hence it is constitutional.

487 shadowblade May 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM


BTW…I’m still waiting for you to show how your link to Confederate States proves #67 wrong. While you’re at it, admit you were wrong about the restriction of vehicles in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monument.

488 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 2:48 PM

#486 “Another Union Pipefitter voting for Right to Work states but keeping their Union card?”

– Connie is in the Pipe Fitters Union…I thought you would know that.
But you do know that, and must have just forgotten.

Maybe I got it wrong, but isn’t she the Union welder…and aren’t you the Knight in Shining Paramour?

You guys have been twisting things for so long you can’t get a simple sentence processed without fouling the message. As I remarked last year, the inability to think straight is a consequence of twisting reality too often

It comes from having no respect for the truth…like Missa Issa.

– read the question marks…and think what they mean about the sentence.

489 Anonymous May 23, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Try to argue with an ayatollah about sharia law
Try to argue with the Phantom.

Reality is they are never listening ,just getting ready to talk again.

490 Blame harry May 23, 2014 at 2:56 PM

SCOTUS said in their 4-person, penalty or tax issue dissent, it specifically mentioned the Origination Clause as an issue that had not been addressed hence the lawsuit.

Justice Roberts ain’t done yet.

491 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Found my discharge papers and orders, and MOS Certificate.

51B Carpentry And Masonry Specialist; (40) non-commissioned officer Sergeant E-5 through E-7

40 = (Sergeant E-5, or Staff Sergeant E-6, or Sergeant First Class E-7)

I was Honorably discharged as a Spec5 [Specialist E-5].

– Republicans do not have much regard for any military that wasn’t in a forward combat area and consider all military veterans services to require cost justification. They feel benefits require reductions in other entitlement programs, like SNAP, to balance it out…revenue neutral.

I think they really don’t believe non-combatants, like the Navy, deserve veterans benefits…makes sense to them.

492 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Yhe фантом, a guntotin’, God fearin’, Bible readin’, Commie hatin’, woman lovin’, Democratic Vietnam Era Veteran Grampa, from Hell!

Not a legend, a demographic, and we have more money than the Republican old people.

493 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM

(40) comments and I got it all done…Republicans don’t care about Veterans, after “Thank you for your service…goodbye and Good Luck.

494 More Sand in the Face May 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM

“Putin Mocks Obama: If He Wants to Judge Russia,
‘Why Doesn’t He Get a Job on a Court?’ ”

495 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

My paper work shows I was a 51B30 not 40; Spec 5 was a 51B30, my error.

496 furian May 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Poor wing dings.

Only takes the Phantom to get you all twisted up in knots.



497 shadowblade May 23, 2014 at 4:39 PM

“Putin was asked to respond to Obama’s accusation that Putin had been telling “untruths” when he denies Russia’s involvement in instigating the bloody crisis in Ukraine. “Who is he to judge?” Putin asked. “He wants to judge people, why doesn’t he get a job on a court somewhere?””

Textbook deflection. I can see why so many conservatives are in love with Putin.

498 Anonymous May 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Well the phantom found someone’s discharge papers. He never had any

499 Open and Transparent May 23, 2014 at 5:12 PM

“Textbook deflection”
As opposed to flat out Lies and incompetence of obama.

500 Like That's News ? May 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) astronomers told US Congress ‘there’s alien life out there’

As evidence they have landed, ……. congress.

501 Dennis May 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

@PhanDumbAndDumber #492, #496

“51B Carpentry And Masonry Specialist; (40) non-commissioned officer Sergeant E-5 through E-7″
“40 = (Sergeant E-5, or Staff Sergeant E-6, or Sergeant First Class E-7) ”
“My paper work shows I was a 51B30 not 40; Spec 5 was a 51B30, my error”

absolutely false.
how can anyone mess up their own MOS designation, if they are telling the truth?

51B Carpentry And Masonry Specialist

“4” identifies a Sergeant First Class (Pay Grade E-7)
“3” identifies a Staff Sergeant (Pay Grade E-6)
“2” identifies a Sergeant (Pay Grade E-5)

Fifth character: A letter or number and a Special Qualification
identifier (SQI). It may be associated with any MOS unless
otherwise specified. Soldiers without any special SQI are
assigned the SQI “O” (oscar), often confused as a zero.

for example, an MOS ending in “2L16″, means E-5 with a Language specialty (16=Cambodian).

502 Dennis May 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

@PhandumbAndDumber #481

“Another Republican hassling a Vietnam Era Veteran”

anyone who did any active duty in the military, anywhere in the world, between 1961 and 1975 inclusive is a “Vietnam Era Veteran”

503 Connie Dobbs May 23, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I was a Piledriver. Look it up. According to some the VA are a heroic organization beset by a Congress That Doesn’t Care, until it turns out that they’re practicing phantom medicine, then everyone dies waiting for a doctor’s appointment, what’s the big deal? When one argues both sides one is always wrong.

504 Connie Dobbs May 23, 2014 at 6:12 PM

It is darling, though, that you think someone agreeing with me on any level gives me some kind of unfair advantage over you. I had no idea we were competing.

505 Crisis May 23, 2014 at 6:18 PM

obama says he wants to wait for a full report on VA problems.
Translation, we have to drag this out until his term is up.
Just as clueless as with every other problem in his administration.

Where were pelosi, reid, feinstein, boxer and the rest for the last SIX Years?
How many dead at VA hospitals in CA?

506 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 6:19 PM

- The single greatest change wrought by President Obama’s administration was the Economic Recovery from the massive Recession of 2007-2009.

The beautiful solution avoided the traditional war solution, or the massive short-term public works projects of no enduring value, except for the contractor corporations.

Prudence called for credit financing until the economy returned to a strong but slow rational long-term growth function.

The hysterical need for wild expanding growth in various consumer markets was replaced by a mature, responsible, and consistent improvement curves that will support the long-term expansion of the greatest economy on Earth.

507 @473 May 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Wonder if Kaiser LEGAL might want to discuss your claim?

508 ... May 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Phantom says he was a specialist (E-5)?

Now we KNOW he’s lying!

509 Dennis May 23, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Judge in California orders serial rapist’s release

Christopher Evans Hubbart, who raped and assaulted at least 40 women, has been ordered to live in a remote California community, despite objections from residents there.

Hubbart, 63, will have to wear a GPS ankle bracelet when released on 7 July.

He admitted raping and assaulting about 40 women between 1971 and 1982, when he was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Police believe the number of victims to be closer to 100.

Released on parole in 1990, he was arrested two months later for a new attack and returned to prison until 1996, when he was transferred to a state mental hospital.

510 ... May 23, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Poor phantom….

Sitting in his rocking chair, locked away from interacting with people face to face.

All he can do is post his drivel and hope that someone responds with his meds.

511 @Dennis May 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Nice job. He makes it almost too easy to demonstrate his only knowledge of the Army comes from an X box.

Proven again to be a phony.

512 shadowblade May 23, 2014 at 6:53 PM

“As opposed to flat out Lies and incompetence of obama.”

You’re confusing Obama with Bush.

513 . May 23, 2014 at 6:56 PM
514 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 7:11 PM

US ARMY, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

The U.S. Army changed the MOS coding structure in the 1980s, so the MOS codes are different now. Back in the 1960’s it was different and you should know this.

In 51B30, the 51B was the MOS specialty and the trailing two digit numbers were the rank or pay grade.

In those days an infantry person was an 11B.

The 10 was for a Pvt. to Pvt. 1st Class, E-1 to E-3or 11B10
20 for Spc4, or 11B20
30 for Spc5, or 11B30
40 for Sergeants E-5, E-6, E-7 or 11B40
then NCO’s senior noncommissioned officer E-8 or E-9 was a 50.

An Infantry CSM was 11B50…OK?

A Parachutist was a 11B1P the “P” for special qualification identifier. The “0” was never a letter “O”. Oscar is in the new scheme…when were you in Vietnam?

I will save this because we will have to go over this at least a dozen times before the election.

This is all about 42 years ago and just thinking about it makes me feel young again.

My paper work shows I was a 51B30 Spec 5 was a 51B30.

515 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM

- Republicans do not have much regard for any military that wasn’t in a forward combat area and consider all military veterans services to require cost justification.

They feel benefits require reductions in other entitlement programs, like SNAP, to balance it out…revenue neutral.

I think they really don’t believe non-combatants, deserve veterans benefits…makes sense to them.

They want everybody to be willing to die for their country…saves money.

516 furian May 23, 2014 at 7:23 PM

How come wingers are in love Saudi Arabia and Putin?


That’s why!

They want the country to fail!

Stoopid wingers, stop being so anti-American!

And that’s no HOOT!

517 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 7:27 PM

They make a big deal about Free Speech, and Gun Rights, and dying for your country.

Anon, Anonymous, Connie Dobbs, Dennis, Laura Zah, Pegasus, and two nubies all at once, all clearly hate veterans but hide behind the Limbaughism remark: “Thank you for your service…Goodbye and Good Luck.

Took in 8 losers all at once, in the same ambush.

The old soldier smoked ‘em all out again…good hunting!

Last time we played this I scored 18 hits.

I even caught the General Discharge guy!

518 Phantom Busted Again Lying May 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Why don’t you just admit you were lying?

You look like an Idiot trying to prove you were a vet.

The closest you ever came to the soldiers, were when you and your Liberal Scumbag friends showed up with Baby Killer signs and were spitting on our returning troops.

519 Takes Time May 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM

In the perfect democrat world people are not allowed to disagree with the government or embarrass it. People would enjoy the luxury of uniform central control, eliminating confusion and strife so common today. Largest problem is any attempts to achieve these are blocked, by republicans who are always against them.

520 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Snagged three more than I thought, that’s eleven.

And they never spat on anybody except toward Reagan’s National Guard at People’s Park in Berkeley.

When you people make up stuff about the 60’s you needed to be there or people will figure out you are confused or just making stuff up.

521 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Ready or not here we go!

“Similar stories became quite popular during the Gulf War of 1991 which raised my curiosity about where they came from and why they were believed. There is nothing in the historical record — news or police reports, for example — suggesting they really happened. In fact, the Veterans Administration commissioned a Harris Poll in 1971 that found 94% of Vietnam veterans reporting friendly homecomings from their age-group peers who had not served in the military. Moreover, the historical record is rich with the details of solidarity and mutuality between the anti-war movement and Vietnam veterans. The real truth, in other words, is that anti-war activists reached out to Vietnam veterans and veterans joined the movement in large numbers.

“Stories of spat-upon Vietnam veterans are bogus. Born out of accusations made by the Nixon administration, they were enlivened in popular culture (recall Rambo saying he was spat on by those maggots at the airport) and enhanced in the imaginations of Vietnam-generation men — some veterans, some not. The stories besmirch the reputation of the anti-war movement and help construct an alibi for why we lost the war: had it not been for the betrayal by liberals in Washington and radicals in the street, we could have defeated the Vietnamese. The stories also erase from public memory the image, discomforting to some Americans, of Vietnam veterans who helped end the carnage they had been part of.”

– Pretty quick work for an old guy…no spitting!

522 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Go back and read #511

Phantom Busted Again Lying May 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Unless you want me to begin the reposting of the real information…read the truth.

The Missa Issa trick don’t work here…too many Hispanic readers.

523 . May 23, 2014 at 8:25 PM
524 Elwood May 23, 2014 at 8:25 PM

@ Yhe Phantom #473

Citations please.



525 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

these Republicans are getting completely crazy.

They read any statement and them declare it proves their point no matter what the statement says.

Funny effect on a serial blog like this…posting false headlines and other crap they make up out of whole cloth.

526 furian May 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Poor wingies.

Why did your god allow President Obama to destroy this country?


527 Question May 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

What would happen if a person with NO business or management experience were elected president.?

never mind

528 Yhe Phantom May 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

In his latest round of musical chairs in his cabinet, President Obama today tapped U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to run the White House budget office and named rising Democratic star San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be his next housing secretary.

“I’m absolutely confident that these two individuals are going to do a great job because they’ve done a great job in everything that they’ve done in the past,” the president said at a White House ceremony. “And most importantly, they’ve got huge heart. They’re involved in public service for the right reasons. And for that reason, I hope that the Senate confirms them both without games or without delay.”

– I hope that the Senate confirms them both without games or without delay.”

529 Connie Dobbs May 24, 2014 at 9:17 AM

“A ‘rock star’ economist who wrote a bestselling book about the growing wealth gap between the rich and poor appears to have got his sums wrong.
Thomas Piketty included a number of errors and spreadsheets in Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which has dominated book charts around the world in recent weeks.

The 577-page thesis, which claims wealth inequality has been soaring since the First World War, uses a huge amount of statistics as evidence.”

*B-b-b-but statistics! I was told they’re right all the time about everything!*

But an investigation found there were errors in transcripts from original sources and incorrect forumulaes
For example, his figures claim wealth became more concentrated in Britain during the 1980s, but his sources do not back it up.

He is also alleged to have cherry-picked some of the information.

When The Financial Times stripped down the data, they found that there was no evidence of rising wealth inequality from 1970.

*That does not make him any less morally right. Listen up, pigs:*

In the book, he urges that income taxes should be increased to 80pc on earnings in excess of either £300,000 or £500,000 a year.
He also suggests a global wealth tax, imposed at the rate of 1 per cent a year on fortunes of £600,000 to £3 million, up to as much as 10 per cent for those earning more than a billion.


Defending the claims, Professor Piketty said he has made it clear that some of the statistics need changing and has published his work online so it can be altered in the future.
He said: ‘As I make clear in the book, in the online appendix, and in the many technical papers I have published on this topic, one needs to make a number of adjustments to the raw data sources so as to make them more homogenous over time and across countries.

‘I have tried in the context of this book to make the most justified choices and arbitrages about data sources and adjustments.
‘I have no doubt that my historical data series can be improved and will be improved in the future.’

‘But I would be very surprised if any of the substantive conclusion about the long run evolution of wealth distributions was much affected by these improvements.

*Translation: I’m wrong, I know I’m wrong, but I’m also greedy and lazy, so I’ll publish my book online and let the white knights correct my work gratis. They’ll beaver away with autistic focus (for no credit!) to make certain the facts fit the theory. I know; I taught them. Then hit delete and wash all the troublesome bits down the memory hole. Anyone after that who takes issue just isn’t bright enough to understand my work.*

He also argues that the rise in top wealth shares in the US in recent decades has been even larger than what he shows in his book.

*Translation: Hey, look over there! [Yoink!]*

The work has received plaudits from economists and politicians around the world.
Ed Miliband told the Evening Standard: ‘I’m in the early stages of the book.
*The dustjacket*

In a way, he is symptomatic of what people are actually feeling’.

*The people I know, anyway.*

Nobel Prize-winner Paul Krugman from Princeton University said: ‘It will be the most important economics book of the year.’

*Or the only one; whatever. While it’s getting the wiki treatment, it’ll be the most important economics book of the next couple years. Global warming, however, is settled science.*

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