“Internet Explorer was the most popular web browser in 2003” You may want to take a look at the most recent desktop browser share numbers. IE is still over 50%: Arstechnica
“The crowd included Occupy protesters, Ron Paul libertarians, and even strict constitutionalist Oathkeepers.” What a joke. Oathkeepers aren’t constitutionalists. They’re elected and appointed authority figures in our society who have essentially sworn an oath to a private militia that they will resist the rule of law, the rulings of our court system, and the legislation passed by our duly elected representatives, any time they personally disagree with them. Perhaps “consitituitional anarchists” would be a better description. For anyone who’s unfamiliar with the group see: “Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason”
“He should be widely applauded. Good for him.” Not on this issue. He’s only given in because he’s exhausted every possible way he could fight marriage equality in NJ. He still publicly argues against it. Folks should take him at his word and assume that if he ever became president, likely with GOP control of both houses from gerrymandering and the demographics of such a win, that he’d be A-OK with the regressives in his party reasserting themselves and fighting it tooth and nail.
“Christie chose to straddle the divide, fighting marriage equality — but not too hard — and maintaining his personal opposition — but not too loudly.” Apparently optics and rhetoric are more important than results. He shut down Marriage Equality through every practical avenue available to him and only finally gave in when the courts previewed that he was about to lose. Real commendable. /sarc
“While he didn’t get the policy outcome he was looking for, he was able to navigate this in a way that’s really thoughtful and respectful of the sentiments of a diverse community within New Jersey,” Cook-McCormac said. “I mean, he’s a rare guy who’s been able to appeal to people with sincerely held beliefs on both sides of this issue.” Wah? He vetoed Marriage Equality and fought it in the courts, and only gave up when he lost. If he’s managed to “appeal to people with sincerely held beliefs on” the equality “side of the issue” then those people are just not paying attention and consequently rewarding bad behavior.
“The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010.” Andrew, where does this disagree with the President’s statement?? First of all the individual insurance market makes up less than 8% of the overall market, but even in that case, people who had individual insurance policies prior to the law passing do get to keep their healthcare plan “if they like it” just as promised. Those folks all recently got letters telling them their old individual market insurance plans would be “grandfathered in” and they could pick between just keeping them and moving to the new Health Care Exchange products.
“When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 with all of its tentacles intersecting with those program …” “Tentacles”… really??
Discover what? This story is missing a larger claim or argument as to why a portfolio page being doing then back up again is supposed to be at all interesting.
Relevant: the Atlantic, “You’re Not Really Following @BarackObama on Twitter”
Before even reading the article, you can always tell what sort of reaction the BuzzFeed author is trying to provoke by their choice of photo (out of a pool of thousands).
Saw these guys set up at the center of my town a a few years ago. They were sporting the same sign back then too.
7. Politicians with extreme political differences……could still get along. This is just ridiculous with that picture of Clinton, Dole and Gingrich. They shut down the gov’t twice, for a much longer duration than the current shutdown, and then impeached Clinton. How exactly is that “getting along.” Nice job working in images of every hypocritical RW-meme from their pointless, manufactured shutdown though. You’d make an excellent propagandist.
Dems have attempted to follow regular order to go to conference committee and reconcile the house and senate budgets for months, which has been continually blocked by the GOP. If the republicans are now pretending that’s what they actually want, well they already had that option for free, so why isn’t the press asking them to account for shutting down the government and now planning to continue the shutdown for apparently no reason whatsoever?
This was actually a weird meta argument that some pro-Romney editorialists used during the election. That the Right had gone so over the edge they would never allow Obama to govern, but alternately Democrats would be responsible and not constantly throw sand in the gears w/ a GOP Pres, since they want government to actually function, so the argument went if you’re someone who wants a functioning government, you’re stuck with a Republican president from now on. It always struck me as argument for rewarding bad behavior and blackmail.
This is essentially identical to something Mitch McConnell proposed not long ago. He want to shift responsibility for raising the debt ceiling entirely to the president and democrats while still allowing it to pass and allowing the entire Republican party to pretend they voted against it.
If anyone’s curious, here’s what the barriers looked like for the same memorial during the ‘95-96 shutdown:
@John: Could you get some reaction statements from government employee unions in response to this plan? It just seems like a profound misunderstanding of union ethos on Boehner’s part if he thinks pitting some members of a union against the other will provide him any additional leverage. In reality it would likely have the opposite effect.