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Thurs-Friday, Oct 3-4, 2013    Vol 3132 - Russell's viper

In Today's Tequila Treehouse...

Arrow The Republican Shutdown
How to Silence the NRA
Rick Perry vs Maryland
Arrow The GOP's Constitutional Coup
Arrow Michael Jackson Verdict
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"The GOP shut the government down to make the Tea Party feel better.
  They just needed Shutdown Participation Trophies."
     -- LOLGop, in a Tweet

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The Republican Shutdown
Boner screwed in all directions


Boner has at his disposal the political tools to reopen the government at a moment’s notice.
But he would have to rely on an uneasy coalition of Democrats and a few moderate Republicans
to pass a bill to fund federal agencies and national parks for the next six weeks. Such a move could
provide a political escape hatch for Republicans who have been shouldering much of the public
blame for the shutdown.

But Boner is stuck.

A host of dynamics in the GOP have forced him to align himself with a camp of racist handjobs who,
for much of the past three years, have made his life miserable.   ha ha

Since Boehner became speaker in 2011, these lawmakers, most of them elected in 2010, have challenged
his leadership and questioned his conservatism. They have defied him on one big vote after another,
often throwing the House and sometimes the country into disarray.

Boehner’s unyielding position on the funding bill, which the Senate passed, is a testament to the
power of those racist handjobs and Boner's cowardice. The insurgents are now his palace guards.

Boner's allies say he cannot afford to defy those on his right flank by ending the shutdown.

I think it's time Boner stopped worrying about his precious job and do what's right for the country.

Boner's the opposite of a patriot - he'll let the country crumble to keep his crooked job.

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How to Silence the NRA
Written right after the Navy yard shootings

There’s one time, and only one time, you can count on the NRA to be more subdued than
your average gun obsessive, and it’s the 24 to 48 hours after a mass shooting.

As of this writing, it’s been over 36 hours since the NRA issued any pro-gun public communication,
and if past is prologue they’ll lay low until the jaded public accepts that nothing will become of the
killing spree at DC’s Navy Yard, then return to their regular program of advocating for an armed
society and stoking far-right paranoia.

Two entwined calculations motivate the temporary silence. The first is simple self-preservation.
The gun lobby is at its weakest when crazy people use the weapons it has made so easily obtainable
to slaughter innocents in public places. The second is more oblique. Mass shootings breathe new
life into arguments for gun control, and one way to suffocate them is to feign propriety and indignation
— to shame adherents into saying nothing until the public has moved on.

Thus, nothing is more offensive to a conservative after a mass shooting — with the exception,
perhaps, of the killer’s action itself — than any effort to tie it to arguments about gun control.


Wouldn't it be easier if every Democrat making more than $50K per year JOINED the NRA?
First order of business would be to fire Wayne LaPierre - let that bastard get a job and work
for a f-ing living instead of being America's Number One Death Merchant Asshole.

Second order of business would be to vote in
background checks and smaller gun magazines.
All the while, the new owners of the NRA could serve notice that there's a new sheriff in town
and that, from now on, the NRA believes is reasonable gun control - problem solved.

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 Subject: Charlie Daniels, Rock Icon? (or dumb as a Box of Rocks)

The Devil went down to Georgia, and all he came back with was Charlie Daniels? 
Charlie, why don’t you pen a jaunty little ditty about how wonderful it is to
deny entry into cancer trials for up to 30 children per week

Here’s another asshat, Rob Schneider:   
  Rob in Chicago

Rob Schneider should hook up with Victoria Jackson, another racist Teabagging handjob.

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Rick Perry vs Maryland
He wants to spread the Tejas "miracle"
When last you saw Rick Perry, he was on national TV, forgetting which three federal agencies
he would eliminate if he were president. Fortunately, voters eliminated him. But now he's back!
Rick's running ads saying, 'Maryland folks, come to Texas----It's Disney World for corporate CEOs!'

But Rick's a little forgetful. And here's what he forgot this time. In Rick Perry's Texas: 
One child in four lives in poverty. And thanks to Perry's bad budgeting, the highway
department has to convert some modern paved state roads back to gravel.

Texas ranks dead last in the percent of population that graduates from high school. But we're
Number One in the production of hazardous wastes, and a strong fourth in cancer causing  chemicals
released into the air. If that makes you sick, too bad. 28% of Texans have no health insurance at all
---nada, zilch, none---  ...and we're rated the worst in the nation in health care services.

The trouble is, Rick's failed leadership is making these problems worse.
The state of Perry will be great for business, all right, unless you like
paved roads, an educated work force and air you want to breathe.


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 Subject: Trump and New Jeresey

Why did NJ let him take over the whole skyline?
Simple.  He paid off the politicians. 
I am born and raised and lived in NJ for 54 years.  Corruption here is an art form. 
The Master Crooks of NYC and Philly are right next door, so they provide great cover
as well as lots of opportunities.
There is a boatload of money in this state.  A lot of stuff flies under the radar. 
Also, when Trump first started his act 30 years ago, he wasn't nearly as big of
an asshole as he is now.  He brought a lot of money into that town.  I hope his
first wife is doing OK.
Bizarre Statistic:  New Jersey has more horses per square mile than any other state.
The United States Equestrian Team is headquartered in Gladstone, NJ.  Big.  Old.  Money.
BTW, Atlantic City was mostly untouched by Sandy, but a few miles north of there is
where the damage really started.  Seaside Heights where all the video was shown is
40 miles from AC.  I live 40 miles NW and it was just a long, windy rainstorm here. 
Power only flickered a couple times and just a few big branches came down. 
I was lucky.
   Kevin in NJ


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The GOP's Constitutional Coup
  by Gene Lyons

Chances are that when the GOP inevitably capitulates, (and they will - soon) the vote to end the
government shutdown will be surprisingly one-sided.

And what with 72 percent of voters in a Quinnipiac University poll saying they disapprove of the shutdown,
the retreat almost can’t happen soon enough to save the Republican Party from the charlatanism of Ted Cruz
and screwball allies like Michele Bachmann.

Conservative columnist Byron York estimates that as many as 175 of the 233 House Republicans are
prepared to support a “clean” budget resolution stripped of references to the Affordable Care Act.

Embarrassing? Definitely. Beaten by Harry Reid and President Obama, two weaklings they’d seen
as sure to back down. An object lesson in believing your own bull…, well, your own propaganda.  ha ha

However, there’s also safety in numbers.
The fewer diehards holed up in the Tea Party’s self-constructed Alamo, the hollower their accusations
of cowardice and treason will sound to sane GOP voters come the 2014 primary season.

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 Subject: National Security Compromised

The President needs to apply that Chicago maxim expressed in the 1987 The Untouchables;
"They send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue!

And here's why.

The U.S. Army's chief of staff said on Wednesday the government shutdown was significantly
harming the army's day-to-day operations and he urged a rapid resolution to the funding row.

General Ray Odierno said the shutdown "impacts significantly day-to-day operations",
forcing the military to cut training and travel and to focus on essential tasks.

"The longer it goes on, the worse it gets. Every day that goes by, we are losing manpower,
we are losing capability, so in my mind it is important we get this resolved," he told Reuters.

There it is. National security is compromised while we have military personnel still in forward combat areas.

It's time for the revolution, time to update the antiquated constitution and time to
completely dissolve the House of Representatives. It is no longer a functioning body.
 Steven B

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Teabaggers say "A (slim) majority doesn't like Obamacare and we work for them" as their excuse.
But when 85% said, "We want background checks on guns" the Teabaggers said,
 "GFY, we don't care what you want."

Can we get a Democrat to list that fact?
Of course not.

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 Subject: Politics of the Shutdown

Hey Bart,

I haven't emailed in awhile, but I read your page every day, & link to it when I can.
You're still one of the best progressive voices on the Internets.

Here's my personal screed on the shutdown mess, I gave you a shout-out in the list of news links.
Maybe it'll give you some ammo for hammering the knuckle-draggers...
Feel free to use parts of it or link to the post.

Keep up the great work.
 The Monkey Buddha

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Michael Jackson Verdict

A Los Angeles jury decided that
concert promoter AEG Live DID hire Dr. Conrad Murray,
but they also concluded that AEG was not liable for Michael Jackson's drug overdose death.

The verdict brings the five-month-long trial to a close.

They're saying AEG Live WAS responsible for hiring Conrad Murray but that Murray was NOT negligent.

So, Michael Jackson is still alive and Murray is NOT in prison for his murder?

I'll bet I know what happened:
The jury decided the Jacksons had "enough" money and didn't need any more.
Janet Jackson lying about being a billionaire probably didn't help.

Janet lied because she was about to marry a billionaire, so if the public thinks she had her own billion,
she'd seem like less of a golddigger and less likely to have tried to steal Michael's millions.

And before you agree with the jury, let me offer an analogy:
What if your Dad made great money, maybe $250K a year - and he was murdered.
Then the jurors who only make $30K a year decided your family had "enough" money.

Doesn't seem so fair now, does it.

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Name the Mystery Car


 Subject: last issue's Mystery Car    Link

Bart, that's a 1925-1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Coupe.

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Today's Wildlife Photo



Yesterday's Wildlife Photo  Link

Bart, that little windblown fella is a fennec, a small fox
that lives in the Sahara. Possibly the world's cutest wild dog.

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 Subject: Shutdown

Bart, Teabaggers hate America.
 Larry B

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Today's Mystery Celebrity Photo 


 Subject: last issue's Mystery Celebrity    Link

Bart, that's Laura Leighton, an original cast member of Melrose Place (her 1st acting job?)
 ~ Tony in Philly


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I saw something strange, thought I'd share.
As you may know, the character "Ziva" left N.C.I.S. Tuesday night.
You won't believe the emotions that epsiode stirred.

You can tell by the time signatures these were all consecutive, not cherry-picked.
Remember, too, these are adults, not teenagers weeping over something Beiber said.

There were, literally, hundreds of tweets like this.
I've never seen anything like it and I'm old

What is today's History Mystery?


Subject: last issue's History Mystery    Link 

Bart, it's Janis Joplin sitting on the hood of her Porsche in front
of the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, CA. 

As for when I would say 1967 or 68, when she sang
w/ Big Brother and the Holding Company.
  David in Truckee, CA

Bart, that's Janis Joplin!
1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet!
She bought it used in Beverly Hills for $3500.  It was oyster white, but not
for long--band roadie Dave Richards painted it with "the history of the universe."

ha ha

"My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends..."

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