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Just Not Feeling It

Posted: August 16, 2014 by Marner in Blog Administration

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting much lately, and there’s a reason: I’m just not feeling it anymore.

I’m having a hard time getting motivated to write about anything when I know it’ll just be the same half-dozen people reading it. The vast majority of the people out there just don’t care. They believe they have no power to change anything, so why bother getting interested in it? I’m not a prolific writer and I have a hard time writing for self-enjoyment.

The other reason I’ve been dropping off is that every thread becomes an opportunity to point and laugh at B4V. I really don’t understand the obsession with them. They are not what anyone would consider thought leaders for the conservative movement and they have no influence outside their own little bubble. Krauthammer, Carlson, Hannity, etc. are worthy of discussion, but Noonan, Cluster, and tired? Who the fuck cares outside of this small group and their small group.

So, that being said, I don’t know when or if I’m going to be posting again. I have more important things to do right now. Football season is starting and I’m going to pretty busy at work for the next 6 months or so. If I find my motivation, I may start writing again at some point in the future.

Later.

Weekly B4V Sucks Open Thread

Posted: August 8, 2014 by Marner in Open Thread
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I’m putting it up early because you’re polluting the other threads.

Football!!!

Posted: August 7, 2014 by Marner in Open Thread
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Tonight is the start of preseason (the Hall of Fame game last Sunday doesn’t really count), so talk up your team. I will be rooting for the Broncos to beat the Seahawks before they meet again in the regular season

That’s really all you can say about these people. Just go read it.

(h/t Balloon Juice)

As mersault mentioned in another thread today, yet another investigation on BENGHAZI!!! has been concluded (This is the fourth completed investigation, BTW: State Accountability Review Board, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs). Shockingly (not), the House Intelligence Committee came to the same conclusions as the other three:

– Intelligence agencies were “warned about an increased threat environment, but did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened.”

– “A mixed group of individuals, including those associated with al Qaeda, (Moammar) Khadafy loyalists and other Libyan militias, participated in the attack.”

– “There was no ‘stand-down order’ given to American personnel attempting to offer assistance that evening, no illegal activity or illegal arms transfers occurring by U.S. personnel in Benghazi, and no American was left behind.”

– The administration’s process for developing “talking points” was “flawed, but the talking points reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”

The House Intelligence Committee is chaired by Rep. Mike Rogers, no friend to Obama or his administration. He has attacked Obama for trading five Guantanamo detainees for SGT Bergdal, says Obama has emboldened Putin, and claimed Obama is soft on terrorists and wouldn’t pursue the BENGHAZI!!! suspects. I think it’s safe to say the wingnuts will have a hard time painting Rogers as some lackey whitewashing BENGHAZI!!! away in order to protect Obama and Clinton.

This puts pressure on Rep. Gowdy’s show trial, but I’m sure he has plenty of forewarning on Roger’s Committee’s findings. Look for Gowdy to focus on Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State, with the intent being to pin the blame solely at her feet for not providing enough security. We’ve been through that before, but I’m sure he’ll still try. Otherwise he’ll end up looking like more of a fool than Darrel Issa, and that’s pretty hard to do.

UPDATE: This story has been out for a couple of days now and we can see what the right wing response is: Crickets. None of the conservative newspapers, Fox News, or blogs have said a single word about the report, hoping that if they ignore it long enough it will cease to exist. Good luck with that.

Weekly B4V Sucks Thread

Posted: August 1, 2014 by Marner in Open Thread
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Because you guys get unruly when you don’t have one.

Speaker Cruz dropped by the House this week just to let Boehner know who was really in charge. Boehner was all set to pass a limited border bill that would have provided a couple of months’ worth of funding, but Speaker Cruz wanted the bill to allow the government to send children from Central America back more quickly. Cruz rallied his acolytes in the House and denied Boehner enough Republican votes to pass his bill. Boehner called off the vote and Representatives started heading home for their long recess, but then Boehner called them back in case they tried to have the vote on Friday.

Besides the hilarity of Speaker Cruz once again letting Boehner know that he’s Cruz’s bitch, Boehner clearly showed in a Republican leadership statement why his lawsuit against Obama is nothing more than a political stunt:

“There are numerous steps the President can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries,” the statement said.

Good times. Maybe if Boehner gets on his knees and grovels on camera before Cruz, Cruz will let him have his balls back.

Eric Cantor announced in a newspaper interview yesterday that he is going to resign from the House on August 18th. He is calling on Governor McAuliffe to hold a special election at the same time as the general election to fill his seat, giving his successor seniority over every other new Congressman elected this November.

Don’t do it, Governor.

After losing his primary, Cantor said he was going to complete his term. Either he lied or someone explained to him that resigning would make the new, likely Republican, Representative from Virginia more likely to get plum Committee seats. Cantor says he wants to make sure that Virginia is represented in the lame duck session by having the new Representative start on November 5th. If Cantor truly wanted Virginia to be represented by a senior Congressmen during that session, he can stay where he is instead of going back on his word and pulling a Palin.

Weekly B4V Sucks Thread

Posted: July 25, 2014 by Marner in Open Thread
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I’m actually on time this week.

Earlier today, the wingnuts thought they had scored a victory in their battle to deny poor Americans affordable health insurance with a ruling from the DC Appeals Court. Even the mainstream news and liberal websites were using apocalyptic language to describe the ruling, but it turns out to mean just a little less than jack shit. Two Republican judges on a three-judge panel ruled that the federal government can’t provide subsidies to people who sign up for health insurance on the federal exchange. Their ruling is based on ignoring the precedent that an ambiguous law must be interpreted by looking at the legislative intent and that deference is given to the manner in which the regulatory agency interprets the law. The ruling isn’t surprising, since one of the Republican judges previously said the ACA was an “unmitigated disaster” and that premium cost have sky-rocketed. Both of these claims fly directly in the face of the facts, so we shouldn’t be shocked when this judge proves to not be an impartial trier of facts. The dissenting judge, however, plainly states what this case is all about, a “not-so-veiled attempt to gut” the ACA.

So when the story broke, the wingnuts began their celebration, going so far as to call it a “deathknell” for the ACA. Reports of the ACA’s demise have been greatly exaggerated for several reasons.

First, this ruling is by a three-judge panel of the DC Appeals Court. The government will file for a hearing before the full court, which will rule in the government’s favor since it isn’t dominated by conservative ideologues wanting to take away people’s health insurance. Second, another court, the 4th Circuit Court, also ruled today on ACA subsidies and found them to be legal. Third, there is a good chance the Supreme Court will not even hear an appeal. When the full DC Circuit Court rules in the government’s favor, the score will be 2-0 against the wingnuts. The Supreme Court will not have conflicting lower court opinions to resolve and could easily choose not to hear any appeals and let the lower courts’ rulings stand. At that point it is game over for those who want to force poor people out of their health insurance.

So, as is usually the case, don’t take the headlines and initial reports at face value. They generally turn out to be wrong, and in this case, much ado about nothing.

P.S. In other news that will depress the wingnuts, an estimated 20 million people have received health insurance through the ACA.

UPDATE: In the extreme unlikelihood that this purely partisan opinion is validated by the Supreme Court in the future, there is a rather simple way to negate it. A state only has to pass a one-line bill saying that for all purposes the federal exchange is the state’s exchange.