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John ‘the Grim Weaper’ Boehner is defeated

Via: Huffington Post

The latest Republican push for a balanced budget amendment that would force massive spending cuts to the country’s social safety net died in the House of Representatives Friday, brought down by lawmakers who argued Congress can balance the budget on its own.

Requiring a two-thirds majority to pass under the Constitution, the measure failed 261-165, with several Republicans voting with the majority of Democrats against the amendment.

Analysts had warned that instituting the proposed balanced-budget requirements would likely force cuts of greater that 17 percent within seven years of the amendment’s ratification. Such cuts could mean slashing Social Security by $1.2 trillion and Medicare by $750 billion by 2022, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The Friday vote was held as part of the compromise to hike the nation’s debt limit this past summer — a deal that also produced the deficit-cutting super committee that now seems deadlocked.

With the nation’s debt surpassing $15 trillion this week and exceeding $1 trillion annually for several years, conservatives thought they had a chance to pass the amendment, but even some Republicans opposed it — most prominently, House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.), who said that Congress had proved it didn’t need to change the Constitution to even the books when it balanced budgets during the CLINTON administration.



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Abraham Lincoln

Via: Historic Indulgences

ca. 1857, [Portrait of Abraham Lincoln with tousled hair, ca. 1880-1890 copy by Max Platz], Alexander Hesler



Abraham Lincoln  (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in 1865.

He led the country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union, while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives, but failed in two attempts at a seat in the United States Senate.



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Cosmopolitan Magazine – September, 1956

And then the jerk added, “and then again, maybe not”


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House GOP classifies pizza as a vegtable

Via: Think Progress

Earlier this year, the USDA made an attempt to bolster the nutrition guidelines for the federal school lunch program. Under the new guidelines, for instance, school lunches would be limited to one cup of starchy vegetables a week and the ability of schools to count tomato sauce on pizza towards their fruit and vegetables requirement would be scaled back.

But House Republicans, in a new spending plan unveiled yesterday, have done away with those changes:

The spending bill also would allow tomato paste on pizzas to be counted as a vegetable, as it is now. The department’s proposed guidelines would have attempted to prevent that.

The changes had been requested by food companies that produce frozen pizzas, the salt industry and potato growers.

Some conservatives in Congress have called the push for healthier foods an overreach, saying the government shouldn’t be telling children what to eat.



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(2 of 2) Captain Ray Lewis (Ret) Philadephia PD – busted!

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‘(1 of 2) Captain Ray Lewis (Ret) Philadelphia PD – very cool!’



“just an opportunity for a bunch of unions to complain or to protest, or whatever they want to do.” – Mayor Smithers Bloomberg


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Josh Byrnes (R-IA) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

Conservatives have pounced on President Obama for the COMPLETELY FALSE STORY that he called Americans “lazy.”

But one Iowa Republican is publicly agreeing with the disparaging characterization Obama never made. State Rep. Josh Byrnes doesn’t think all Americans are lazy — just the 14 million who are unemployed. And he blames Obama for the problem, writing:

“I might have to partially agree with President Obama on this one. I don’t think Americans as a whole are lazy, but we have some pockets of Americans that appear lazy. Ironically, the president has helped enable some of these pockets by doing things like extending unemployment benefits.”

Byrnes also says people who are out of work could find jobs if they wanted to, but are simply too proud: “There are jobs out there and I think the problem is that some people think some of these jobs are beneath them.”



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“Quote of the Day”

Via: Think Progress

I don’t say this lightly, but the consumer is simply an income stream and exploiting that is the purpose of the banking organization.”

– David Mooney (see photo), chief executive officer of Alliant Credit Union in Chicago, one of the nation’s larger credit unions, used to work at a one of Wall Street’s top banks, JPMorgan Chase.



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Portland, Oregon

Via: The Oregonian’s Posterous



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