Rant Thread On The BackChannel Blog



Ok peeps, let it rip, let it all out.  One rule, no cross talk ! 




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84 responses to “Rant Thread On The BackChannel Blog

  1. Good to see Rachel keeping the focus on who the real enemy is here!

  2. A thought occurred to me while I watching Rachel just now, the reason the left has had to give more is because we want it more.

  3. TempeBev

    Too bad McCain didn’t understand the specifics of what Dr. Dean was saying about the health care bill.

    It’s really sad that the people that are elected to represent the people seem to only be interested in who gives them the most money and what else they can get for themselves while in office. The whole year has been disgusting mainly on the repug side, but also some jerk dems. I’m at a loss for understanding how some people can be so selfish and only interested in what they can get for themselves.

  4. AmericanInSURGEnt

    “I’d feel a lot better about Bernie Sanders if he didn’t hate Ben Bernanke so much. If it wasn’t for Bernanke, a lot of Sanders’ constituents would be standing in bread lines right now.”

    Are you serious? You act like Bernanke “fixed” the economy. What reality are you living in? Please shower us with more of your wisdom. Explain exactly how Bernanke has “saved” us. Please save the bandwidth if your going to consider the banking industry as the backbone of our economy.If thats the case,your more fluoridated than I originally thought. Ill bet you ANYTHING things will continue to nosedive,cmon..bet me.

    “It’s really sad that the people that are elected to represent the people seem to only be interested in who gives them the most money and what else they can get for themselves while in office.”

    Oh the naivety runneth over..Ummm its called being a CAREER politician,get it? The fact that you are “at a loss” over this is the sad thing. Cmon WAKE UP people!

  5. nannymm

    I feel like ranting about the weather. It was -27 degrees when I woke up this morning. Now it’s a balmy -15. This sucks!!!!

  6. AmericanInSURGEnt

    Freezing here also nanny,good excuse for a fire in the fire place,a hot cup of green tea n honey,and ranting!

  7. nannymm

    I’m having an early Christmas today. My son and his family can’t make it home next week so they arrived last night for an early celebration. The pies and homemade eggnog are made; so is the lasagna. The fire is lit, the presents are all wrapped and under the tree. So, thank heavens, I have no reason to go outside today. I’m making that tea you suggested, AI. Then I’m going to start breakfast and sit back and enjoy the day. Have fun ranting everyone. I’ll check in with you all later. 🙂

  8. AmericanInSURGEnt

    Well it seems as if the currant administrations regulatory policies are in full swing. Good thing they reeled in those out of control credit card companies in the name of “protecting the consumer”. I mean 79.9% on a c.c. isnt that bad compared to a bread line. Until it has you standing in one.


    If our governments idea of “regulation” is this? Im sure Goldman Sachs is shaking in their boots with all of the “tough talk” about the banking industry coming out of the WH. Go get ’em killer!

  9. dooty

    had Dog and her dog Tippy over to the casa dooty last night and fed her dinner. Just finished having a late breakfast at the Dixie House Cafe this AM. She is heading out for Amarillo and then on westward as she makes her transition from an east coast person to a west coast person.

  10. dooty

    Jim Inhofe is getting “global cooling?”

  11. Maine state legislator leaves GOP over health care reform obstructionism.


  12. tonyb39


    “Left/Right Populist Outrage Will Defeat Senate Health Care Bill”

    “Because blogs/Dean have been needling the White House’s health care shell game, they’ve turned their attention toward discrediting those messengers and trying to use it to their advantage. I understand the impulse — when you go into a comment thread of a blog post, the person who disagrees with you is the one who is going to get the emotional rise out of you. But it’s a huge mistake to overweight that, because you wind up doing what the White House is doing right now: standing with their backs to a tsunami rising over their heads, of which Howard Dean and the blogs are only a small symbol.

    And the media, who are eagerly lapping up attacks on Dean and the crumbs being tossed out of the White House press office, only reinforce that blindness.

    There is an enormous, rising tide of populism that crosses party lines in objection to the Senate bill. We opposed the bank bailouts, the AIG bonuses, the lack of transparency about the Federal Reserve, “bailout” Ben Bernanke, and the way the Democrats have used their power to sell the country’s resources to secure their own personal advantage, just as the libertarians have. In fact, we’ve worked together with them to oppose these things. What we agree on: both parties are working against the interests of the public, the only difference is in the messaging.

    Harry Reid and Dick Durbin put on a nice show for the credulous. As Durbin said when he was trying to build his email list, “The question is no longer if we will have some sort of public option in the final health care reform bill, but instead what form it will take.” But the very same day, he was also warning about “60 votes” on MSNBC, and it was Durbin who whipped Lieberman’s vote for PhRMA to kill Dorgan’s drug reimportation bill (after Harry Reid kept it off the floor for 7 days until PhRMA could twist enough arms to defeat it).”

  13. dog's eye view

    Hello from Amarillo. Love driving through Texas. The open space, rolling fields, cattle, light traffic, small old towns. It’s restorative. (And sunny.)

    Sr. Doots’ address shall not be disclosed, because Sra Doots makes a mean homemade pot roast with all the trimmings. Worth every mile!

    Merry early Christmas (shopping) to all.

    Sounds like Brian and Nanny will be getting another winter wonderland.

  14. Just started to snow here dog, I was hoping to wake up to a winter wonderland.

  15. dog's eye view

    No one’s ranting. Maybe save that for after the holidays.

    Myself, am avoiding most blogs and most news. Cannot stand the constant negativity.

    Am hoping we can get a workable deal that’s a start toward true universal healthcare availability.

    And hoping even more that the blog world channels all this rage toward electing more responsive politicians. Restoring our political system and squeezing out the undue influence of big money and big corporatism is going to pale healthcare in comparison.

    Watching with interest what is done with knocking the fillibuster (or its threat) back to size, and gerrymandering.

  16. dog's eye view

    NYT breaking news banner:

    Democrats Say They Clinch Deal on Health Care Overhaul

    Wonder what’s in it.

  17. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Sat, December 19, 2009 — 9:38 AM ET

    Democrats Say They Clinch Deal on Health Care Overhaul

    Senate Democrats said they had neared agreement Saturday on a
    major overhaul of the nation’s health care system, putting
    them within reach of approving legislation by Christmas.

    As the Senate convened in a driving snowstorm, Democratic
    lawmakers and senior officials said a breakthrough came when
    Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, agreed after hours
    of negotiation Friday to back the legislation, making him the
    pivotal 60th vote.

  18. Nelson announcing right now on TV he’s supporting the bill. The next voices I suspect we’ll hear are shrill near hysterical ones coming from the GOP leadership.

  19. dog's eye view

    Are we safe from Sen. Lieberman, though? It’s the Sabbath, and he’s quiet.

  20. nannymm

    Good morning, BCer’s. No snow here; it’s way too cold for the white stuff. Brian gets this storm all to himself.

  21. dog's eye view

    Oh. I was wondering if your visiting family members would find the snow atmospheric, or maybe they’re from a cold climate too and it’s business as usual. However, a moot point, apparently!

    I have snow envy, missing a big one in Virginia (and that’s atypical).

  22. dooty

    here is a Christmas song for all you cross dressers out there in the b/c land

  23. dooty

    one last one for all the folks that might come from a white trash family.

    Feliz Navidad a todo.

    • dnd

      I’m not sure if I like Keene’s version or Montgomery Gentry’s version better. Like ’em both. Since Keene wrote it, I give the nod to him.

      I’m waiting for Kinky Friedman to pen something similar about Hanukkah.

      • dnd

        Mitch McConnell looks like someone just shot his dog. First he begins his comments by saying that nobody, including he, knows what’s in the bill, then proceeds to tick off all the horrible things that are in it. Which is it?

  24. dog's eye view

    Too funny about dressing like Madonna.

  25. All Mitch did was stand there and tell one lie after another!

  26. Memo to Mitch if you don’t want to be at the senate at 1:00 AM don’t insist the bill be read on the floor, duh!

  27. CBO: Senate health bill costs $871 billion

    The Senate’s healthcare bill would cost $871 billion and cover 31 million more Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the bill.


  28. Manager’s Amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


  29. finally the snow has started!

  30. nannymm

    Please don’t tell my Canyon; he’s very upset that we don’t have a snowflake in sight. Poor baby!

  31. Well don’t tell Canyon but the rate is picking up!

  32. nannymm

    Do your dogs like snow? Mine love to romp in it.

  33. Tucker loves it, a true retriever at heart, the colder and wetter he is the happier he is. Ralphie, not so much, he ‘s a real pain in the ass when it’s raining or snowing. Eventually Tucker will bully him into playing in the snow. It’s good to be the alpha!

  34. So my nephew graduated college today, BS in Pol Sci!

    • dnd

      “So my nephew graduated college today, BS in Pol Sci!”

      I’d be interested to hear what he has to say about the current political climate. Would he be willing to comment here?

  35. nannymm

    Next year’s census will not only count people, it will also put money in millions of pockets and potentially create a well-timed economic spark.

  36. dog's eye view

    Hello from Santa Rosa, NM. Just finished up some delish chile verde; having some coffee now. Soon to walk the pup about a bit.

    Chile dinner: $9.47.

    Missing Mitch McConnell’s mug because you were driving and listening to Spanish language stations:


    PS: re the dog: are we sure it was not suicide?

  37. nannymm

    Chile verde? OMG! That is really good stuff! Have another bowl fro me, dog’s eye. Please???

  38. dog's eye view

    Would love to, Nanny and dnd. However, pressing on to see what next delicacy lies ahead.

    This was some seriously good stuff, though.

    Friendly cafe. People are enjoying the quiet dry climate and were astonished to hear of LATimes report that Virginia state troopers responded to 4,000 accidents and disabled vehicles today. Oy vey.

  39. nannymm

    She sure is, dnd. Kicks and good eats. Ya can’t beat it.

  40. FYI pees, due to a server issue the group email list is down and probably won’t be back up till tomorrow, so in case you feel tempted to send an email to the group, don’t. Also I’m officially having a really bad night, screw technology!

  41. dog's eye view

    You called it! Have been checking out the “Mother Road”, although not in detail. Saving that for another trip. Got to love vintage neon, though.

    Tippy was walking around Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo this morning. People bring their own spray paint to add graffiti. They could build another installation with the empty cans laying about in the fields. Looks like an ungodly crop.

  42. dog's eye view

    PS: congrats to Brian’s nephew. An accomplishment, and hope he does visit here sometimes.

  43. tonyb39


    “Mr. President, where is the passion?”

    “But there is one big thing that the administration lacks: passion. It is hard to remember a presidency that was as passionless as this one is – a presidency that puts down no markers, draws no lines in the sand, makes no stand. That, even more than the compromises themselves, may be what really riles Obama’s old supporters. It is that he doesn’t seem tortured by the compromise. Simply put, Obama seems to be missing the passion gene.

    Other presidents compromised without incurring wrath. Think of Kennedy. But Obama acts as if he were a Solomon who always chooses to cut the baby in half. He was adamant about a public option in any health care bill, but if there wasn’t one, no big deal. He was devoted to closing the prison at Guantanamo, but if there is a ruckus about it, no big deal in keeping it open a while longer. He was firm that America had to take a more realistic approach to the efficacy of its military power, but if General McChrystal wants more troops in Afghanistan, no big deal. It is no wonder that Obama’s old supporters don’t see this as change you can believe in. It is change you can believe will always be compromised.”

  44. tonyb39


    “Under Obama, the Left feels left out”

    “Perhaps the first to complain were gays and lesbians, who found an administration living in the shadow of Bill Clinton’s disastrous attempt early in his first term to end a ban on gays in the military. Obama had promised on the campaign trail to be a “fierce advocate” on behalf of gay rights and to fight to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. But as a series of states legalized same-sex marriage in 2009, he offered minor gestures, such as naming a gay ambassador to New Zealand.

    “I don’t think anyone expected too much. He created those expectations,” said David Mixner, a gay activist who said the Obama letdown was worse than that of the early Clinton years, when Mixner, a major Clinton fundraiser, was arrested outside the White House in protest. Mixner said he’s even more disappointed by Obama.

    “He really came to the American people and said, ‘I’m going to represent powerful change — and I think people believed him’,” he said.”

  45. greetings from a snowy New York

  46. tonyb39

    Greeting’s from a cold Florida,55,but sunny…..

  47. Howard Dean just said on MTP he would let this bill go to conference committee.

  48. nannymm

    Good morning. Are you enjoying the snow, Brian? I hear you have 11″ in Central Park. That’s a nice snowfall for The City!
    tony, 55 is a heat wave. LOL It 2 here.

  49. yes, even walked took the dogs to the park around 2 this morning at the height of the storm. Did you get any nanny?

  50. tonyb39

    55 is a heat wave. LOL It 2 here.

    Oh, i remember,coming from Michigan as I do.I have gotten so used to the heat,anything below 70 feels cold..

  51. nannymm

    Not a single snowflake fell here, Brian. Our forecast is for snow starting Tuesday and ending next Saturday. Gonna be a white Christmas for sure.

  52. dooty

    I was in Fort Lauderdale for a company meeting about 20 years ago when walking across the company parking lot, we were met with snow flakes. There were headlines in the news that night that were in like 2 inch letters. “SNOW FIRST TIME IN 100 YEARS.” Now understand there were just a few flakes really. The locals had broken out the wool scarves and earmuffs and ski jackets. It was chilly but hardly cold. Just was you get used to I guess like Tony said.

  53. dooty

    here is a free download from a guy I sorta know. Mike Beck and the New Bohemians. They are from the Monterrey coast area of California. “Summer of Love”


    [audio src="http://mikebeck.com/audio/01_Summer_Of_Love_mp3_hifi.mp3" /]

    • dnd

      That Mike Beck piece was quite a flashback. I picked out the Rickenbacker 12-string, and thought I heard a Strat with a Twin Reverb. So I checked the picks on his web site and was surprised to see him playing a Tele. I guess my ears are getting old, just like the rest of me…

  54. tonyb39

    So true about what you get used too! My niece has moved down from Michigan and she thinks its hot in my house at 76.Ashley told me she has woken up so hot she can’t sleep.I never turn the A/C below 82,its just to cool for me.

  55. Anyone else watching the floor debate?

  56. No matter what you think of the bill watching repugs whine is sweet!

  57. nannymm

    I’ve been watching while I’ve been making sausage and peppers. Those repugs aren’t just whining; they’re lying through their teeth. Absolutely pathetic!

  58. making sausage, no pun intended aye nanny?

  59. Good for Durbin for calling Coburn on is disgusting prayer remark earlier, that caught my attention too.

  60. nannymm

    Agreed. These repugs are getting more and more vile with each passing day. Their bastardization of faith, religion, and prayer is revolting. Someday, they will pay for it.

    • dnd

      I’m watching the Broncos-Raiders game, but regarding the floor debate:

      “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Mahatma Gandhi

  61. Thanks d, I was trying to decide what to order for dinner, I’m going to get Indian.

  62. The schmuck repugs keep talking like the speaker ordered the snow storm just to fuck them over. IDIOTS!

  63. So every condition that Olympia Snow said was required for her to vote for the bill has been has met. So could someone explain to me why she isn’t just another lying repug scumbag?

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