Great! Now, Explain How Democrats Made You Trash Social Security

Our guest columnist explains how his awesome P90X workout not only leads to zero body fat, but extraordinary tap-dancing skills.

First of all, those [Medicare cuts] are in the baseline, [Obama] put those cuts in. Second of all, we voted to repeal Obamacare repeatedly, including those cuts. I voted that way before the budget, I voted that way after the budget. So when you repeal all of Obamacare what you end up doing is that repeals that as well. In our budget we’ve restored a lot of that. It gets a little wonky but it was already in the baseline. We would never have done it in the first place. We voted to repeal the whole bill. I just don’t think the president’s going to be able to get out of the fact that he took $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare.

Ryan On Medicare Cuts: “We Would Never Have Done It In The First Place” [BuzzFeed]

Well that makes no fucking sense at all.

@Dodgerblue: Ryan sounds like me trying to explain programming to civilians.

Also, “It’s already in the baseline” is my new catchphrase.

Wadsworth: The game’s up, Scarlet. There are no more bullets money left in that gun Medicare.
Miss Scarlet: Oh, come on, you don’t think I’m gonna fall for that old trick?
Wadsworth: It’s not a trick. There was one shot at Mr. Boddy in the Study; two for the chandelier; two at the Lounge door and one for the singing telegram. One plus two plus two plus one.
Miss Scarlet: Uh-uh, there was only one shot that got the chandelier. That’s one plus two plus *one* plus one.
Wadsworth: Even if you were right, that would be one plus one plus two plus one, not one plus *two* plus one plus one.
Miss Scarlet: Okay, fine. One plus two plus one… Shut up! The point is, there is one bullet left in this gun and guess who’s gonna get it!

Update on the FRC shooting yesterday: They’re not blaming the gays, they’re blaming the Southern Poverty Law Center.

@Mistress Cynica: They were, um, quick on the draw for that one. Also, they tried to nail HuffPo for running an anti-FRC piece soon after the shooting.

@Mistress Cynica:

Do they REALLY want to start playing the “creating an environment that led to X” game? Because there’s an awful lot of anti-LGBT hate crimes that wind up right in their laps by that logic…

@al2o3cr: Which, of course, is the point: Muddy the water. “No, you’re the Hate Group!” Plays to the wingnut crowd, and forces Balanced Transcribers Journalists to “cover both sides”.

I’d say the cynicism is breathtaking, but I’m thirty years beyond being shocked.

@al2o3cr: Of course they do. That plays right into the “Both sides do it” bullshit.

We could all probably use a little restoration of our faith in humanity today, so here’s an amazing story from my ‘hood, in which a woman lept out of her car to save someone’s little dog that had gotten loose on the bridge during the morning rush hour. Hugs and happiness all around.

@¡Andrew!: Dude, there’s this giant piece of dust. And it’s floating around my house. And it’s getting in my eye. Because I read the account from the puppeh-rescuer:

Bella is the Luckiest Dog in the world today.

I was driving eastbound this morning and traffic was almost at a standstill just past the Delridge onramp. I saw a brown blur running from the far right lanes through traffic. In a split second this tiny dog about the size of a chihuahua ran all the way over to the jersey barrier, one leap, and she was across the barrier running across westbound traffic. She was running so fast and leapt up onto the far jersey barrier and stopped, looked down and saw nowhere to go. Then she turned around ON TOP of the barrier and sat down, terrified.

I got out of my car and waved all of the westbound traffic to stop. One car honked at me, probably wondering why I was jumping over the barrier. All lanes stopped as this little dog was perched on the barrier.

I knelt down in the middle of the lanes and tried to call her off the barrier. A light breeze could have sent her over the edge. Then I heard a voice calling “Bella”. The dog jumped down off the barrier, but started to run in the westbound lanes. I ran back to my car and grabbed my peanut butter and jelly sandwich and handed it to her owner, hoping to entice her. There was another man trying to corral her and between us all calling her, she ran back to her owner’s arms.

As the owner ran back to her car with her, she said her dog had jumped out of the window.

Seattle TJ/

1. You are not allowed to live here unless you own a dog.
2. Said dog must sit next to you on the bus
3. The Seattle Freeze *does* exist
*4*. If any of you have leads on environmental/NDN law gigs in the area, please hit me up on FB? (I won’t sit until Feb, so I’m cool with any kind of work that gets me near that world.)
5. If I end up at Peet’s on 34th and Fremont, free coffee for all!

ETA: A sadist created the street/ave naming system.

@SanFranLefty: I got plenty teary, too. It’s incredible that she managed to stop six lanes of traffic to save that dog. These small acts of heroism balance the slow violence of everyday life.

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