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In a win for the conservative element of his party, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner will resign from Congress on October 30, giving up both his House seat and one of the most powerful positions in government.

In recent weeks, Boehner had been frequently challenged by the far-right wing of the Republican Party over whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood, even if it meant shutting down the federal government.

Boehner had originally planned to only stay in his seat through the end of last year, according to a statement from his aides. Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss in his local primary election last year, and his subsequent resignation, “changed that calculation.”

“The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution,” the statement continued. “He is proud of what this Majority has accomplished.”

“My mission every day is to fight for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government,” Boehner said in a statement, in which he touted his party’s success in advancing “conservative reforms that will help our children and their children.”

“The first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution that we all love,” he said. “Today, my heart is full with gratitude for my family, my colleagues, and the people of Ohio’s Eighth District.  God bless this great country that has given me — the son of a bar owner from Cincinnati — the chance to serve.”

At a press conference, a characteristically emotional Boehner said he had planned to stay in office until the end of the year, and announce his resignation on his birthday, November 14. Repeating his claim that protracting his resignation would only harm the institution, he said that he woke up this morning, said his daily prayers, “and I decided, you know, today’s the day I’m gonna do this. Simple as that.” He even briefly sang a bar of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” to indicate that he was really quite cheerfully unambivalent about his decision.

He praised his staff, expressed gratitude for his family for putting up with his career in politics for over three decades, and thanked his constituents who voted him into office 13 times.

Boehner said he did not feel as though he had been pushed out by the far right, although he had been under enormous pressure from the Tea Party wing to pass a bill that would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

Shortly before announcing his resignation, Boehner disclosed a plan to pass a stopgap funding measure to keep the federal government running past September 30. The measure would allow the women’s health care organization to continue receiving federal support while Congress sorts out its fiscal responsibilities. He did this in defiance of conservatives who are vehement about punishing Planned Parenthood.

According to Reuters: “Some Tea Party conservatives had said recently that Boehner’s reluctance to defund the group would jeopardize his position.”

Presumably, his imminent departure could allow Boehner to act with more latitude during his final month in office when confronting the far-right factions in Congress. Republicans vying for his seat, on the other hand, may be inclined to turn up the volume on their conservative views, particularly as it pertains to defunding Planned Parenthood.

Boehner acknowledged that he would not be on hand to vote for his successor, but that the frontrunner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), would make a great Speaker. “I’ll tell Kevin [McCarthy], if he’s the next Speaker, his number-one priority is to protect the institution.”

In a statement, McCarthy said: “Now is the time for our conference to focus on healing and unifying to face the challenges ahead and always do what is best for the American people.”

But the deep divisions that have wracked the Republican majority for most of Boehner’s five-year tenure as Speaker will outlast him. Representative Steve Womack (R-AK) told reporters: “You can change the faces and the names in the leadership chairs, but the pressures are going to remain the same.”

Photo: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

This post has been updated.

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Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

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  1. amf1932 September 25, 2015

    No great loss!

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  2. John Murchison September 25, 2015

    Boehner says he is proud of what this majority has achieved. One would wonder just what they did achieve besides profound gridlock.

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    1. Carolyn1520 September 25, 2015

      Profound gridlock is all they could manage after they failed to make Obama a one term president.

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      1. John Murchison September 25, 2015

        Since this is like a negative achievement, shouldn’t they owe us a rebate or something!?

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        1. Carolyn1520 September 25, 2015

          LOL Seems only fair but they’ll have on vote on it. Good luck with that!

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          1. John Murchison September 25, 2015

            Oh well, it would probably just be some free Kim Davis t shirts or something. You know one size fits all.

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          2. Carolyn1520 September 25, 2015

            😀 I’m for skipping that shirt and waiting for the speciality toilet paper.

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          3. John Murchison September 25, 2015

            ooo, hoidy-toidy toilet paper. I’m sure its holey-er than thou though.

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          4. Carolyn1520 September 25, 2015

            I’m not sure one would call it hoidy-toidy but it does have the faces of the prominent in the GOP and the wannabes. I think there’s a place for Davis among them. The holey-er than thou
            issue and all. 🙂

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          5. plc97477 September 26, 2015

            A different repugg on each sheet. I want a couple of cases.

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          6. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

            I’ve only been able to find individual rolls. It would be great if someone would make a variety roll with the entire republican party . I wouldn’t mind duplicates though. Some are more worthy than others.
            They could use the already established Charmin slogan:

            Life is full of little pleasures.
            Enjoy the go. 😀

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  3. Leovinius September 25, 2015

    Good. The ship should be run by the craziest thugs they have. Let them be torn apart by internal strife. Sadly, evil always wins in the end…

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    1. John Murchison September 25, 2015

      Crazier the better. Evil, though, most always falters under its own weight. Watch as they fall all over themselves this fall. It looks to be amusing.

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  4. Goldbug12 September 25, 2015

    It’s about time the crybaby loser conservative traitor leaves!

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  5. Independent1 September 25, 2015

    “He is proud of what this Majority has accomplished.”

    Wow!! Proud of 6 plus years of obstructing any real kind of progress in America?? including issues like immigration reform!! Creating a budget that would have created jobs, that would have even helped millions of Republican voters??? Creating budgets that cut spending critical to programs for the poor and even our veterans!! (And he’s supposed to be a Catholic???) Being willing to let his rabid party vote more than 50 times to defund Obamacare which did nothing but waste over 75 million dollars. Appointed a nincompoop like Darrel Issa, a known felon and supported him while he made a clown show of Congress by running fake scandal after fake scandal, wasting another 100 million dollars!!! With his tenure as speaker being recognized as being the time of the most DO NOTHING Congress in American history!!! And John Boehner IS PROUD OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DISASTER HE HAS BEEN PART OF??? WOW!!!!

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    1. Irishgrammy September 25, 2015

      BRAVO, Independent1….Boehner has been an absolute coward of a Speaker. But if he had the courage to do the right thing for his “beloved” Republican Party, and wants to take the hot air out of the xenophobic bigot, Donald Trump along with those that mimic his extremism, The Donald who is committing the most destructive political campaign that can be played, which is one based on racism, hate and nativism, and the very worst, scapegoating those unable to defend themselves…….then Boehner needs to put up the Senate Bill on Immigration for a vote NOW, before he leaves in 5 weeks, ……it will pass with Democratic votes and that will be that. It is the moral thing to do, it is the right thing to do, it is the Christian thing to do and it will drive the hateful bigoted Tea Party’s heads to explode which will be a big plus!!!!!!……Boehner has let 40 to 50 radical far right wing Representatives, agitated and led by demagogue Ted Cruz, to hold this country hostage for 6 years now and I have had more than enough and am tired of watching these creatures sick, selfish ideology destroy what this country should stand, and work for and what it’s values should represent!!! And it is nothing, absolutely nothing the far right is trying to force on the majority of this country. These little “Caesar’s” were elected in small districts with maybe 3 to 7 thousand votes, maybe more maybe less. THE PRESIDENT was elected TWICE in two of the largest elections with 53% and 52% of the vote REPRESENTING THE ENTIRE COUNTRY and he has had to fight for everything he wanted to do for this country while being attacked with lies, insults, and constant, unrelenting disrespect….

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      1. 1standlastword September 26, 2015

        Especially, for Obama as the first black POTUS, every republican of ill-repute will have his/ her name fused to posterity for the dastardly deeds they committed to undermine our government and reputation as a first world country.

        Recorded history will start with a picture of American Government at the turn of the century up to 2016 so the introduction will be all about the Bush Wars; including all the calamitous events caused by that (the total destabilization of the middle east to the refugee crisis), the Great recession, the Wall Street bailouts, income inequality, the lost American middle class and the transition to the Obama years, starting with the republican plot during his inauguration to undermine the US government.

        These people have besmirched their family names well into the future; their children and their children’s children

        Imagine Liz Chaney’ campaign for government office….

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        1. Irishgrammy September 26, 2015

          What a wonderful statement of truth! I have to hope, if for no other reason, one of the idiots that was at that dinner on Jan.20, 2009 with McConnell et al, will ultimately for history’s sake, describe that little coup the Republicans cynically plotted for only one reason, to ensure the failure of the new President. Even while this country was teetering on the brink of another Great Depression these dishonorable men’s only care was for their own power and position. ……..Well President Obama is having the last laugh…..he succeeded in spite of these contemptible Republican failures and their all consuming hatred of the first Black President, and that hatred has destroyed the Republican Party with the advent of the Tea Party and it’s insanity……..I shudder at the thought of Liz Cheney in any position of power, absolutely detest the woman!

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          1. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

            ‘Go, Girl, Go”

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      2. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

        “Right on Time IrishGranny” I’m with you 1000% “,the truth hurt some people, they rather be in denial than face the truth”

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      3. Bill September 27, 2015

        He cannot pass immigration reform, that expired with the last congress, it would have to start from scratch. He could possibly pass a clean budget but I don’t see him having the courage for that, the best I think we could hope for is an extension to December and then this will all start over again.

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    2. Daniel Jones September 26, 2015

      Actually, yeah.

      You see, as others here have noted, the lunatics are in charge of the Asylum of Representatives and have been for years. He’s a self-serving shyster Shylock, but John Boehner has managed to prevent his idiot cohort from utterly disgracing America in the world’s view for over a decade.

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    3. 1standlastword September 26, 2015

      The laugh is on them! They destroyed their party trying to destroy the first black POTUS! That is the way history will interpret this epoch of how republicans ALONE broken the American government starting in 2000 up to 2016

      I wonder if he’ll drink more since he’s unemployed…ROFLMAO!!!!!

      Stay tuned America: Resigned Weeper of the House John Boehner checks into Betty Ford Hospital Substance Abuse Clinic

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    4. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

      ‘Amazing isn’t it I wonder when he is being driven home by his limo driver that he’s listening to Amazing Grace,or Back in Black by AC/DC? Now he has time to cut his grass,and slosh around in his Whiskey Bottle”

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  6. Paragryne September 25, 2015

    Now he can go back to Margaritaville and waste away.

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    1. paulyz October 1, 2015

      That is funny. No love lost by me for Boner.

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  7. Dominick Vila September 25, 2015

    It may not be long before we learn how effective Speaker Boehner was in moderating the ambitions or goals of the far right. We better brace ourselves if someone like Ted Cruz replaces him as Speaker of the House.

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    1. Carolyn1520 September 25, 2015

      I think you’re right. Many times, he worked behind the scenes to contain the party hijackers.

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      1. Independent1 September 25, 2015

        I’m not so sure in the overall balance that he was helpful. His refusal to bring many issues to a vote which would have helped our country which would have actually passed the House had it been brought up, like the Senate’s immigration reform bill – claiming the House had to do its own thing in appeasement to a minority group within the House, – and that’s only one example, has done enormous damage to America.

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        1. Carolyn1520 September 25, 2015

          He wasn’t speaking on his own. To keep his job of corralling the insane clowns he had to go with the wishes of the majority. I don’t feel sorry for any of the old guard though, they invited these freaks in.

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        2. paulyz September 25, 2015

          Kinda like Harry Reid, huh?

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          1. Independent1 September 25, 2015

            Harry didn’t bring a lot of legislation up for a vote because Emperor Mitch who thought he was really the kingpin in Washington took it upon himself to let Harry know that he’d use is fake filibuster to ensure nothing worthwhile for America would ever see the light of day – it’s over 430 times now that he’s used that fake filibuster.

            And keep in mind, that Mitch even did that on a number of bills that had bipartisan support in the House. Harry never held back any bills that would have gotten enough Dem support to pass – only bills that were clearly destructive to some sector of the American population, like veterans, the poor and needy, the elderly for which there were enough Dem votes to kill.

            Unlike Boehner, Harry doesn’t see wasting money, whether you know it or not every vote Congress takes cost money – about 1.2 million per vote in the House, So Harry would refuse to bring up a bill he knew was a dead issue and would only waste money bringing it to a vote.

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          2. paulyz September 25, 2015

            Always an excuse, just the the excuse-meister, Barack O’Blamer. His nuclear option was especially “compromising”, as his not even allowing bills to be voted on.

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          3. Independent1 September 25, 2015

            Let’s see you identify one piece of legislation that Harry held up which would have passed the Senate which was controlled by the Dems or that wasn’t a piece of legislation that Emperor Mitch threatened to filibuster!! Come on lowlife – let’s see you list just one piece of legislation that Harry held up which would have gotten enough bipartisan support to get enough Senate votes to be enacted!!!

            Harry WAS NOT like Boehner who deliberately held up legislation in the House that HE KNEW would have gotten enough support in the House to have been enacted although it was not to Boehner’s liking!!!!!!

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          4. paulyz September 28, 2015

            Oh, I see, since Harry Reid wouldn’t allow House bipartisan Legislation to even be allowed for a Senate vote because it went against the radical Left, then you consider that ok, & not obstruction. Did you not read my comment on the “nuclear option”? Reid blocked quite a few bipartisan bills from the House, labeling them Dead on Arrival. He knew that if they were allowed a vote in the Senate they would pass, against the “decrees” of your uncompromising “leader” Obama. Even majorities of Democrats supported some of these bills such as new sanctions on Iran, as well as the Keystone Pipeline, medical tax, & many others. This is NOT compromise but “my way or the highway”, not representation for the People.

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          5. BillP September 26, 2015

            You are just a pathetic angry man who has nothing positive to offer.

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          6. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

            “Amen, Get em”

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          7. paulyz September 30, 2015

            All opposition to Democrat/Socialist, Big Federal Government control is positive.

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          8. BillP September 30, 2015

            You sound like an old parrot, “Polly want a cracker”?

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          9. Mr Corrections September 25, 2015

            Exactly nothing like Harry Reid.

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          10. johninPCFL September 26, 2015

            No reason to pass a bill that gets vetoed.

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        3. Bob Eddy September 25, 2015

          And don’t forget that he had the votes to pass a budget and avert the shutdown, but refused to bring it to a vote. He clearly had no leadership qualities.

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        4. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

          “Right on time Dude”

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      2. Independent1 September 25, 2015

        By the way, I wasn’t disagreeing with your comment – I see the dangers we face now with Boehner gone, but I don’t want anyone here thinking that Boehner wasn’t a big part of the GOP’s destructive efforts in working to destroy America as we had known it.

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        1. Carolyn1520 September 25, 2015

          Oh I didn’t take it that way. I look at some of them as the lesser of the evils , but evil is still evil. When the old guard sold out their principles(to keep their jobs) they were all in the same pot as far as I’m concerned. Boehner was no less a sellout.

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          1. Independent1 September 25, 2015

            Yeah! But don’t forget, he was second in line behind Biden to become president should anything happen to Obama and Biden. And with that, I think Speaker carries a lot more responsibility to do what’s best for the nation as a whole which may mean sometimes going against your own party’s ideologies. I’m not sure I can ever think of a time that John Boehner did not put party ideology above country.

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          2. Carolyn1520 September 25, 2015

            I agree!

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          3. Bob Eddy September 25, 2015

            No, they sold out their principles to shore up membership in their rapidly disintegrating party. Without the Teabaggers and the segregationists taken in after the Civil Rights movement what is left? When the top 20% controlled 80% of the wealth they had to attract a few delusionals to the party to remain viable — and they could control them. Now with the top 1% controlling 90% of the wealth there are few natural Republicans left and the delutionals are the party.

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          4. Dominick Vila September 25, 2015

            Considering the number of far right Republicans that are likely to be considered to replace Speaker Boehner, it may not be long before we miss his stewardship and his efforts to contain the excesses of the most radical ideologues in his party.

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          5. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

            “I agree”sold out and sucking wind”

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      3. Dominick Vila September 27, 2015

        What a lot of people are not taking into consideration is that the only way a Speaker of the House can seek compromise with the opposition is when they have the backing of their own party. Boehner didn’t, and in that context, the only thing he could do was mitigate the effects or consequences of Republican intransigence and totalitarian tendencies.

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    2. Galetyler September 25, 2015

      someone like Cruz will replace him that I’m all but sure of, The majority of house republicans are insane, They’ll drive the party and the country off a cliff to prevent woman from getting an abortion, Someone like Cruz would honestly be a blessing at this point because odds are we’ll get someone worse than him

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    3. BOC September 25, 2015

      Wake-up!

      Never effective. Obstructionists and absentee’s. the whole lot. They dedicated their time and effort toward shutting down our way of government and constantly trying to disrupt the President (44) and his administration, to no avail.

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    4. elw September 25, 2015

      I agree, Boehner is likely has done a better job of taming the beast then anyone else currently in the House. It will get worse, but I doubt it will be Cruz who replaces him, most of the people in the party don’t like the man. Perhaps if things do spiral down it will be motivating for turning out the Democratic vote. Got my fingers crossed.

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    5. Bob Eddy September 25, 2015

      And that may happen. Though Cruz is in the Senate, remember he was actually the driving force behind the disastrous shutdown vote in the house. What kind of rule change does it take to make a Senator Speaker of the House?

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      1. plc97477 September 26, 2015

        There is no rule that says the speaker needs to be in the house. Senate will do.

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    6. bcarreiro September 25, 2015

      That’s why we should vote for it.

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    7. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

      “Regardless according to their actions thus far they still would of been chasing their tail, and still not getting what they think they want according to their stale agenda”

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  8. Lord_Reaper September 25, 2015

    “He is proud of what this Majority has accomplished.”What have they accomplished? He and the whole right wing establishment is in complete denial. They have never did anything that was any good for the people of this country! The only thing they did do is obstruct progress!

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    1. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

      “Amen”

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  9. Galetyler September 25, 2015

    So let me get this straight, now the crazies will really run the republican party? He was through all his faults and issues and they are numerous keeping the party from committing political suicide.

    If the republicans shut down the government over abortion they are done, they will never win another election cycle for the foreseeable future, their base will love it, but every sensible, rational human in America will despise them for it.

    Let the republicans drive off the cliff and take Cruz and his ilk with you.

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  10. bob shipp September 25, 2015

    I’d like to see a list of those “accomplishments” he referred to.
    This guy couldn’t lead blind biddies down a ditch!

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    1. Jinmichigan September 25, 2015

      Just reach into the air, you will have the list.

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    2. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

      “Extremely True”

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  11. BOC September 25, 2015

    How will the tea party try to hold GOP leaderships ‘feet-to-the-fire’ now, without Boehner? No one else made the kind of deal with them that ‘his orangeness’ made to gain his majority seat from the on-set.

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  12. elw September 25, 2015

    Well any hope of compromise on anthing is now off the table, not that there was much hope of it to begin with. The immature, name calling response to the announcement by the GOP Conservatives tells it all. Any pretense of dignity or honesty is out the window and the next year and a half will nothing more than a circus with little to nothing done that will actually help anyone, including the middle class.

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  13. Lynda Groom September 25, 2015

    Lets see, what do we have here? When the going gets tough, the tough…just quit? Lead, follow or get the out of the way? Its clear what the Speaker chose to do.

    His legacy is now complete. In the span of just a few years we’ve gone from one the most productive and accomplished Speakers in the countries history to this mess. Boehner has just informed a sleeping nation that the crazies are now in charge, which has been obvious to those paying attention the last few years.

    The republcan party sold its soul to the baggers to gain power. Well they’ve got the power and look what they managed to accomplish. BTW, besides taking down their own party just what have they accomplished?

    I’ve never had much use for Boehner, but it is clear that the situation in the House is just going to get worse. McCarthy may indeed by the next speaker and it won’t take long for folks to be looking back at Boehner speakership as the good old days.

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  14. Andra Wise September 25, 2015

    “He has done his job, which was to obstruct every piece of legislation that revolved around reconstructing this country, that would help the Middle Class, and poor and handicapped, and Veterans, and Social Security Retirees, and Disabled,

    I believe according to his actions, he was voted in the Tea Party to do just that, with the contractual agreement through the Tea Party, to get essential compensation, for his initial act’s against the White House.If you look at the pattern of his efforts in the fundraising area, of creating money for the Tea Party’s evil initiatives, against the lesser rich or poor it is pretty clear that this has been the

    Tea Party’s plan all along when they couldn’t get a Republican back in office, that would continue Bushes continued destruction,,of our once great nation.Ya’ll need to wake up America, the rich love to create chaos to make money off of it, they could care less about,helping the American People as a whole.

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    1. Independent1 September 25, 2015

      I agree completely. I don’t think Boehner did one thing to keep the Tea Party down – he may have stalled it on occasion but overall he incited the craziness.

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      1. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

        “He was the leader of the Baboon Barrage Monkey Clan, the one with the most Coconuts”

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    2. paulyz September 25, 2015

      Completely wrong, Boehner publicly criticized Conservatives & the Tea Party, as they went against the Establishment & RINOS.

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      1. Mr Corrections September 25, 2015

        What is the weather like in your dimension?

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        1. paulyz September 28, 2015

          Clear, bright & sunny.

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      2. Andra Wise September 25, 2015

        “The proof is in the pudding,and actions speak louder than words,and his actions done him in, he cannot control his party and that is why he cannot have his cake and eat it too”

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        1. Polana September 26, 2015

          Andra, don’t carry conversation with Paulyz – he is an IDIO/Troll, can’t see trees as a forest he see it as a fire wood. U say black he see it gray even if it’s truly black. He is one of those that will freeze his nose to spite his face. Reagan (the Clown)Bush/Cheney and TP are his GOD. Ignore his posts, he probably gets paid to defend them. 10 or more baboons is called Congress, its what we have now. The real baboons have more brains and get along better with other monkeys that US Congress w/each other.

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          1. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

            “Yea, I see what you mean there are a lot of people with that old tired theology,and they don’t see what we see, although is is all around them. i appreciate your honest and insightful concerns, it is too bad that when people are crippled blind and crazy,”

            ” so to speak mentally and psychologically, they seem to think when they open their mouth everybody should fall into place, just because that is what they believe.”

            “Instead of realizing actions speak louder than words.” In this Republican takeover in the House and Senate, they have already proven to me by their actions that they are only supporting the 1% to them the rest of us can suffer and die and struggle,It is a slow process of Genocide, or a snails mode of putting so much stress and strain on the lesser, that aren’t rich, so they are on a suicide mission.”

            “so while they can profit off of our pain, and govt forced unethical lifestyle that they are determined to make us accept, regardless of the seeing the struggles and unfairness, that the working class and poor American People have to live with.I already see that dude won’t get it,even if it is sitting on his face smothering him”,Peace my Friend…

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          2. paulyz September 28, 2015

            Still falling for & blaming the wealth of other for all of your failures & problems I see.

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          3. paulyz September 28, 2015

            Wrong again dummy, a Troll is someone that deceives by acting like they are Liberal in this media, not those that openly show you Liberals the complete fallacy, anger, & intolerance of your comments with intelligent, differing views & facts.

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  15. Otto Greif September 25, 2015

    The tide is turning.

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    1. paulyz September 25, 2015

      I believe so. Hard to believe it took Americans this long to see the light!

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      1. Daniel Jones September 26, 2015

        I am sure as Hell I disagree with both of you on where it’s turning *to*, but things are changing.

        It’s not a matter of Americans seeing the light, however. The Rigid Right has been pushing hard at the Republican Party for decades now, and Boehner was the admittedly callow voice of moderation. He said anything to stay in power and barely parry the disasters before they struck, but that effort paid off in a big way as it kept the Republican Party from self-destructing.

        With recent developments, John Boehner has come to realize there’s no way to stop the Monkey House Republicans from truly poisoning their own brand, so he’s bailing while he still has the chance.

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        1. paulyz September 28, 2015

          You must be refering to the Right Republicans that will do what the large majority of Americans want them to do, instead of RINOS that allow Obama to do what they don’t want. In other words, politicians that represent “us”, as opposed to Boehner & Obama.

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  16. Jose Rodriguez September 25, 2015

    G O O D R I D D A N C E !

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  17. Kenneth D. Franks September 25, 2015

    When the tiger is not on the mountain the monkeys are king

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    1. Bob Eddy September 25, 2015

      And when the monkeys are not on the mountain, apparently the cockroaches are king.

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  18. Bob Eddy September 25, 2015

    A great Speaker works across the aisle to find compromise and get things done. Thus guy couldn’t even do that in his own party. He is proud of what was accomplished?!! Voted to destroy Obamacare fifty times — accomplished nothing. “Sued” the president twice — accomplished nothing. Shut down the government to kill Obamacare — accomplished nothing. Endless partisan “investigations” that went nowhere — accomplished nothing, but if his resignation leads to a Louie Gohmert Speakership and the subsequent destruction of the Teabagger-infested GOP, it’s worth it.

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  19. rednekokie September 25, 2015

    This guy has been one of the worst, if not the worst, house speakers in my memory, and I am 79 years old. I cannot remember, even in some of the worst Bush years, when absolutely nothing came out of the house of representatives. How he justified his salary will always remain a mystery.

    I say — good riddance — and my only regret is that his successor will probably be worse.

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    1. Andra Wise September 25, 2015

      ‘I agree he was an idiot, and they cannot get enough of putting uncaring people in office,they don’t care about the elderly or handicapped or the Americans who are struggling, this is a form of genocide, for the poor and indigent it is too bad that the America cannot see the truth it is in front of their face”

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      1. Independent1 September 25, 2015

        Glad to see I’m not the only one who see’s that the GOP has become the party of Premature Death. The states governed by the GOP By Far lead the nation in every form of dying prematurely. People living in GOP governed states live 2-6 year shorter lives than people living in Blue States.

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        1. Andra Wise September 25, 2015

          “I agree with you stress levels are higher than the minimum wage dude no doubt”, especially here in Kansass”,we have the privilege here of experiencing more destitute responsibility, from Hell here”

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    2. anothertoothpick September 25, 2015

      He is gone, and I am glad of it.

      But it is going to get worse, and I blame the democrats that did not vote in 2014.

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    3. oldtack September 26, 2015

      Boehner was an establishment Congressman. He could cast his vote, Orate pro or con and influence his constituents to keep him in office. But he was not capable of being a leader. He would have failed on either side of the aisle. He was in a job for which he should never have been elected. There are followers and then there are Leaders. He was not a leader.

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  20. Andra Wise September 25, 2015

    “All of the money that was wasted since Boehner’s tenure, we could of infuse our infrastructure and improved America, in so many different ways, but all the Republican Party has done is set us back for their selfish profits, and create ways of the blame game to shut down necessary programs that the American People need,”

    “so they can get a cut from the corporations, to infuse a more dictatorship across the board so, they can have more supreme power and control, that has been their focus and point of progress according to their idea of Govt. for 35 years or so. “Now the damage is done, and it has gone to far for the American People to realize the facts of what has taken place,America is in psychological denial.”

    “The ones that got rich off of the Republican Initiative over 30 years and the ones, that have been born into it, cannot see what a poor or working blue collar man or woman sees,with their born with a silver spoon in their mouth and in some cases their butts, when it comes to suffering and struggling from paycheck to paycheck,most think they are better than us, because we actually have to be more constructive in our thinking to survive day to day.”

    “The rich have people do for them,and they think we are under their power so we should basically kiss their butts to live a normal life.With power comes responsibility, the more power the more responsibility, but the people that are in the House don’t care,they are in Power for their own agenda, they work for the Corporations and rich,not the working mans,”

    “They don’t realise that the French Revolution was initiated by the Power structures greed, and they ignored the poor and eventually the people came together and eliminated the Queen and her Power structure and the people back then decapitated the ones that were in power with the guillotine.And they say History repeats itself,if not being aware of the actions that the power structure forges forward with.”

    “Well, it is happening again only in a different timezone and format,but in its own way it is happening.Why are Americans so stuck on thinking it cannot happen again? Is beyond me, it is shame that nobody is paying attention and is smart enough to read in between the Republican Party’s actions, their words mean nothing, the Indians had it right when they said they speak with forked tongue.”

    “It is too bad americans cannot see the truth that has been laid out in the initial destruction of our economy and american way of life. As, American hard working tax paying individuals.In america there is no reward just humiliation and limitations”

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    1. DAlnB41 September 26, 2015

      Well stated.
      I find it refreshing that Trump has not given a story about how his family had nothing, and he had to go out and work to help the family make ends meet, and he worked his way through school while spending every waking moment taking care of the rest of the family who has a long, long family of immigrants who too came here and only through hard and challenging efforts managed to survive – BUT – now I am the best and etc.- etc. – – -!
      The man refuses to follow the pattern of the other candidates (Thank goodness) and he is telling us what we have longed to hear for years and years – – someone is ready to stand up against the establishment and get American VALUES back in line!

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      1. 1standlastword September 26, 2015

        The line of American values zigs and zags across the spectrum of right and wrong since the start of our republic.

        Trump is not putting us on a right footing at all. The whole purpose of Trump’s campaign is to destroy the modern republican party: and I’ll take it!

        The Democrats don’t have an equivalent to Trump–bent on destruction of a major party that happens to be stuck on broken since 2000.

        The democrats have their establishment tied to wall Street for sure but what did Trump say that gets little air play: “the economics in the country seems to do better under democratic administrations”….

        He said that…I was shocked he told the truth…I was shocked!!!

        So, I asked myself…why didn’t he run as a democrat. The only reason I can conclude is he wants to demolish republican opportunities….so you see my friend Trump is here to destroy republicans so democrats can profit the country…including him:

        This is the Art of the Deal!

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  21. Otto Greif September 25, 2015

    Thanks, Donald Trump.

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    1. DAlnB41 September 25, 2015

      Right on; I have never liked the man but he certainly has my support. He has brought the evils of our government to the surface and forced the “wimpy” candidates to confront the real problems of this country.
      SADLY though, if Trump does not win, – NONE of the issues will ever be corrected as Washington continues doing what Washington has done for the past 14 years!
      How many of the candidates have truly addressed the Trump line?; how many have continues pushing the same issues we (constituents) have addressed for years and years and as a part of those in Washington who “MIGHT HAVE” been able to push change have done nothing but TALK (and solicit political money) and now want to keep talking; think if they were elected they would do then what they should have been doing in the past? ?

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      1. anothertoothpick September 25, 2015

        Donald trump …. the billionare that has your best intersts in mind.

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        1. DAlnB41 September 26, 2015

          Better yet – Has The Best Interests Of The Country In Mind!

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      2. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

        Again. Thanks Trump! 😀

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    2. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

      That’s what I say. Thanks Trump. He’s pulling the biggest troll on the republican party they’ve ever seen. Wait until they realize it. 😀

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      1. paulyz September 28, 2015

        If that is so, I would imagine you support Trump then.

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        1. Carolyn1520 September 28, 2015

          Sigh. You take things too literally Paulyzzzz.
          Trump serves a purpose. He’s shining the light on the azzholery in the republican party. That so many of it’s constituency are serious supporters of Trump is hysterical but at the same time, sad.

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          1. paulyz September 30, 2015

            Uhh, I believe you just took it literally. So credulous are you. But if you believe what you said, you should be glad to see Trump successful.

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          2. Carolyn1520 September 30, 2015

            You originally said you would imagine I support Trump.
            No I do not “support” Trump.
            His success is both entertaining and a thorn in the side of the good portion of his party who didn’t count on his popularity among their bottom dwellers. Anything that disrupts their day, I applaud. Thats much different than supporting someone.

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          3. paulyz October 1, 2015

            Yes, but if he is “pulling the biggest troll on the Republican Party, you should support his rising in the polls, or winning the nomination.

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          4. Carolyn1520 October 2, 2015

            His rise in the polls is a source of amusement. It doesn’t really matter who gets the nomination on the right, none will win the election.

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  22. DAlnB41 September 25, 2015

    One DOWN; now lets get rid of Obama, Mitch McConnell, Hillary and Pelosii!

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    1. itsfun September 25, 2015

      Add dirty Harry Reid to this group of professional politicians.

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      1. DAlnB41 September 25, 2015

        I think the people in Nevada has told old Harry they don’t want him. Has said he will not run again; ridiculous as it is he said he would be reelected if he ran again. Surly the voters in Nevada have see through his crooked ways. He is no longer wanted by Nevada voters or his party; he can take his dark glasses off and watch the dessert sun set on his lazy, worthless, lying —–!

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        1. anothertoothpick September 25, 2015

          Nevada will loose the best senator they ever had.

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          1. itsfun September 25, 2015

            Washington will lose it biggest crook

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          2. anothertoothpick September 25, 2015

            Without Ried Nevada would be the nuclear waste dump of the world.

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          3. DAlnB41 September 26, 2015

            Now to lose McConnell and Pelosi – AND – see that none of those in political office in Washington now are returned to ANY office again; they have done nothing but draw tax payers money and the country is worse because they have been a part of the political circus of Washington D.C

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          4. itsfun September 26, 2015

            agree

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          5. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

            No, there’s still the republican party to pick from.

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          6. DAlnB41 September 26, 2015

            If that is the best Nevada can, or has ever come up with, they have a real problem. From what I have heard the majority wanted him out last election but the Tea Party put some half-wit woman up against him and even the Nevada democratic leaders voted for him instead of their own. What ever he had good for Nevada it certainly is not good for America!

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          7. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

            Wrong again.

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          8. DAlnB41 September 28, 2015

            That is okay; I am sure you will get right soon !

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          9. Carolyn1520 September 28, 2015

            Home schooled? If you practice I’m sure your ability to comprehend will improve.

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          10. DAlnB41 September 28, 2015

            – ? –

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          11. paulyz October 1, 2015

            Excuse me while I barf!

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        2. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

          You obviously don’t know of what you speak. Harry is beloved in Nevada. I know personally how hard he worked his entire career for his constituents. If he chose to run again he’d win. Leaving is entirely his choice.
          Okay, next spin.

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          1. DAlnB41 September 28, 2015

            Carol1520; you need to find a good solid wall, lean against it, take some deep breaths and relax a little; you seem to be wondering around in a daze and loosing your grasp on reality; even old Harry has seen the light!
            A few years back Itook a swing trough seve western states inkling Neada. Thoughout thestat gning, “Anyone But Harry Reid!” They were all over the place.
            We drove across I-80 to Reno, down through Carson City, over to a Navy Air Station then south to Las Vegas. We went back up to Wendover through Ely. The signs were seen throughout he entire state. If he was ever really liked he has sure changed a lot of peoples minds in Nevada – I can not see why they ever sent him back to Washington – he must have been dealing from the offt of the deck!

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          2. Carolyn1520 September 28, 2015

            You drove through Nevada and therefore are an authority on what Harry Reid did for the state.
            That explains your misinformed opinions.

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          3. paulyz September 29, 2015

            I wonder who the hell beat the crap out of Dingy Harry.

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          4. Carolyn1520 September 30, 2015

            Yawn.

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  23. itsfun September 25, 2015

    I have to wonder if this a move by the establishment to bring the party back. They are losing control because of the outsiders and because they didn’t even attempt to do what they promised to gain control of the house and senate. They want Jeb and the donor money he creates. It won’t work. People of sick of both the Republican and Democratic establishments.

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    1. anothertoothpick September 25, 2015

      The only thing this means is that binner, the good fellow well met drunk, has run his course with the donnar class billionaires.

      It has nothing to do with the democratic establishment (?).

      But I will tell you this.He will soon be replaced by another billionare puppet of facism.

      And then you will be happy again.

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      1. itsfun September 25, 2015

        Where did say I want another establishment politician as the new speaker? Both parties are ruled by the party establishment. This needs to change. We have lost of the people by the people and for the people. We now have by the party leaders, for he party leaders and of the party leaders

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        1. anothertoothpick September 25, 2015

          Do the dems want more scripture written into the law?

          Wasn’t citzens united against the dems? Hillary (?)

          Do the dems want more tax cuts for the filthy rich?

          Did the dems try to pass a law to tax corporations for sending jobs over seas?

          Did most of the Congressional dems vote against the Iraq war?

          Are the dems in favor of womens rights?

          Are the dems out there suppresing votes?

          Are the dems in favor of unions.

          I could go on and on, but nobody can ever say both parties are the same

          I think you are so asshamed of YOUR PARTY after what dubya did you are just looking for cover.

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          1. itsfun September 25, 2015

            Why would I be ashamed of any party? No one is suppressing votes, both parties voted for the Iraq war, no one is waging any made up war on women. The dems want to raise all taxes. I could go on and on. I said both parties are controlled by their party leaders, not the people you and I voted for.

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          2. anothertoothpick September 25, 2015

            Ok. So let me try it this way. Do you remember that law that the republicans actually passed and thankfully was veteoed in Arizona that invoked descrimination against anyone for religious reasons? Could you envision the dems ever brining up such an egregious law?

            Now forget about whether or not you favored the law, the question is do you think dems would ever bring up a law like that?

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          3. itsfun September 25, 2015

            I don’t know what laws Arizona Republicans passed or didn’t pass. I don’t live in Arizona. Yes, I can imagine any politician bringing up just about anything.

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          4. anothertoothpick September 25, 2015

            I don’t know what would make me think I could have an honest conversation with you. I should have known better. It won’t happen again.

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          5. Independent1 September 26, 2015

            Good decision, you’ve been trying to carry on a conversation with the NM’s leading moron.

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          6. anothertoothpick September 26, 2015

            It was a waste of time. Much like beating a dead horse. Or trying to teach a pig how to dance.

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          7. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

            Try not deflecting once in awhile.

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          8. itsfun September 26, 2015

            Deflecting what I don’t know what Arizona law was talking about.

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          9. Carolyn1520 September 27, 2015

            No would you bother to find out if it doesn’t serve your purposes.

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          10. itsfun September 27, 2015

            Why should I if I don’t care about it?

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          11. Carolyn1520 September 27, 2015

            You shouldn’t
            Knowledge is power and your party wouldn’t want you going out on your own and learning anything.

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          12. itsfun September 27, 2015

            And what would you know about knowledge?

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          13. Carolyn1520 September 28, 2015

            Enough to know when someone doesn’t possess it nor cares to improve upon that deficiency.
            At first I thought you might be on the spectrum, now I know its not chemical, its choice.
            Stay uninformed , your party depends on it.

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          14. paulyz September 29, 2015

            You are an expert at preverication, just like Obama & all Liberals when asked anything directly. Cheers.

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          15. Carolyn1520 September 30, 2015

            Examples of my prevarication Paulyzzzzz?
            Because you don’t agree does not make it a lie.
            Besides, you ask such stupid questions usually as a method of deflection, and you aren’t looking for facts or correct answers. I long ago stopped trying to have intelligent conversations with those on the right. Simply because those on the right, capable of intelligent conversation fled that party long ago.

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          16. paulyz October 1, 2015

            Talk about deflection, haa, haa. Yes, typical Liberal dodge when inconvienenced with facts, say questions are stupid, refuse to have an intelligent conversation. Elitist, know-better-than-anyone attitude. LMAO.

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          17. Carolyn1520 October 1, 2015

            You present no facts, only your misguided opinions.
            Again you can offer no examples. Proves my point.

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        2. oldtack September 26, 2015

          Sorry itsfun. You don’t want it and I don’t want it nor do I think the masses want it. But, the replacement will be another puppet bought by the Billionaire backers. That is how bad the establishment has become – both sides of the aisle.
          For all his pomposity and bluster Trump made the charge in the first debate when he stated that everyone on stage were bought and paid for or could easily be bought.and finished by saying he had bought politicians.
          The next 14 months will be very interesting.

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          1. itsfun September 26, 2015

            I think you are 100% right. The hard liners in the establishments won’t give up any power easily. Donald Trump has some of them on the run. The popularity of the “outsiders” may have some incumbents worried. I hope so anyway.

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          2. oldtack September 26, 2015

            We had an artist here in town that called himself the Lithuanian Con man. My friend B G was struggling in a newly formed business and thing looked very dark. Con painted a picture for B G. It showed B G staring out from the bars of a Cell looking across the plaza at a gallows and a hangman noose.

            The Caption underneath read “No Matter How Dark it looks Never Give up Hope” B G is now a very successful businessman and in the “Finery” of his Office this painting has center stage.

            I guess thats what we all should do, we need to keep working and remember that mantra. “Never Give up Hope.

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          3. Polana September 26, 2015

            Name ONE??Worthy of that. JUST one that is for the people, by the people ans about the country as a whole. NAME JUST ONE!. He/she wasn’t born YET

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          4. oldtack September 26, 2015

            I don’t think offhand that, right now. anyone could, with certainty, name one. But No Matter How Dark Things seem to Appear – Never Give up Hope. There is one somewhere.

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          5. Landsende September 26, 2015

            Elizabeth Warren!

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          6. rozyredtoes September 28, 2015

            Mike Huckaby, He can get everything straighten out. First he starts with an inquisition but no burning at the stake that is just environmentally wrong . Crucifixion but only with recyclable crosses. Preferably concrete.

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  24. paulyz September 25, 2015

    The Memo is censoring perfectly reasonable discussions again.

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    1. Mr Corrections September 25, 2015

      In what way? There don’t appear to be any deleted posts in this forum, and usually they would still be visible.

      Anyway, I read through the other posts you wrote here, and I’m fairly sure I could recreate all the relevant content in a couple of sentences, opening with “DEMOCRATS ARE BAD TOO SOMEHOW”

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      1. paulyz September 26, 2015

        Sometimes a post of mine isn’t deleted, it won’t be even posted! Unless there is something wrong with the site, several posts that are not objectionable in any way, just don’t show up.

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        1. Independent1 September 26, 2015

          Actually, Mr. Corrections gave your post more credit than they’re worth. Your post could actually be sumarized by – DUH!!!

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          1. paulyz September 28, 2015

            Another dumb comment from the DUMMY! Maybe you could copy & paste a giant list of phony stats again, very amusing.

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          2. Independent1 September 28, 2015

            Yeah! I know!! All those groups I post facts from including the medical departments of red states are all ‘phony’ it’s only the facts you post from one RWNJ website and source after another that has been proven to LIE like more than 50% of the time that are real facts huh????

            Yeah right!! And here’s proof from two of the biggest lying fake fact sources in the fantasy right-wing nut job world: Faux News and the Heritage Foundation – both nothing but proganda sources not facts:

            Busted! Heritage Foundation economist can only defend Kansas tax cuts by fabricating data

            http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/25/1316618/-Busted-Heritage-Foundation-economist-can-only-defend-Kansas-tax-cuts-by-fabricating-data?detail=email

            (And even liberals can fact check and use reliable sources to prove you RWNJ propaganda is just that propaganda!!!)

            And this about Faux News:

            ‘Pants On Fire’: Analysis Shows 60% Of Fox News ‘Facts’ Are Really Lies

            http://www.mintpressnews.com/pants-on-fire-analysis-shows-60-of-fox-news-facts-are-really-lies/205563/

            And those are just examples – I could post a number more fact check articles that show virtually every RWNJ website is nothing but a site for BLATANT LIARS!!!!!!!! (AND THAT INCLUDES THE CIS TOO!!! WHICH LIES AND LIES AND LIES ABOUT IMMIGRANTS!!!!!!! And why?? BECAUSE IT WAS FOUNDED BY A RWNJ IMMIGRANT HATER!!!!!)

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          3. paulyz September 29, 2015

            hee-hee, the daily kos, a purely Leftist publication. Perhaps you should join the real world like Millions of others that learned the fair & balanced truth. What are your other news sources, MSNBC, Bill Maher, Move-on.org, Mother Jones, or Michael Moore? snicker.

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          4. Independent1 September 30, 2015

            Hee-hee!! Yeah I know. You RWNJs live in your own fantasy world of lies and propaganda. You wouldn’t know what the truth was if it slapped you in the face. Let’s see you bring up a bona -fide website (a nonRWNJ website) that can prove that ONE THING the Daily Kos publishes is not factual. You make all these innuendos and accusations, well let’s see you prove it!!

            Numerous study groups have proven TIME AND TIME AGAIN that what Faux News and the Heritage Foundation publish ARE LIES MORE THAN 50% OF THE TIME!!!!!

            And I’ve published a number of those studies that prove YOU AND YOUR ILK ARE PATHOLOGICAL LIARS!!!!!!

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          5. paulyz September 30, 2015

            ALL your “studies”, “facts” & stats come from the Leftist sites you only rely on, why you say the dumb things that you do.

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          6. Independent1 September 30, 2015

            Really? Why then haven’t you been able to disprove any of my ‘facts’ by publishing something different from a non RWNJ website?

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          7. Independent1 September 28, 2015

            And you and your ilk of pathological liars are nothing but pathetic human beings destined for the fire. Don’t forget to remember Revelations 21:8:

            But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

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          8. paulyz September 29, 2015

            My Bible has a Chapter called Revelation, didn’t see Revelations, but it’s pathetic to see secular Liberals preach about Biblical verses for political points, & judging others that disagree with your anti-Christian beliefs & policies. Dummy.

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          9. Independent1 September 30, 2015

            Pointing out my typo on Revelation isn’t going to make any points for you with God as long as your a Conservative. Conservative Christian is an oxymoron – no conservative can be a true Christian given that Jesus was clearly a Liberal.

            No Conservative could ever utter these words: Sell all that you have and GIVE TO THE POOR and come follow me.

            Sorry sucker, but only nonConservatives can ever be a True Christian. By definition, a Conservative thinks of himself 1st before being concerned about someone else; while Jesus clearly preached about thinking of others more highly than ourselves.

            And clearly, if Republicans did that, there’s no way that GOP legislators would always ask first, who’s going to pay for this? Before they even consider voting for a piece of legislation that is designed to assist disaster victims like those of Hurricane Sandy.

            You Conservatives are such fake Christians that it boggles the mind that you would even make the effort to try and hoodwink others into believing that you could ever be one.

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          10. paulyz September 30, 2015

            Have YOU “sold” ALL that YOU have Christian soldier hypocrite & judger of man. You falsely assume Christ was a Liberal & didn’t want people to obtain wealth. God said you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He that gives you tge power to obtain wealth. God loved & shown favor on many with vast weakth such as Solomon, Job, Jacob to name a few. It was NOT wealth God was displeased with, but the lover of wealth above all other things. God desires us to be prosperous, not poor! AGAIN the Dummy.

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          11. Independent1 September 30, 2015

            Wow!! Have you ever been sold a bill of goods!!

            You don’t remember these verses???

            Matthew 19:23

            Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

            Mark 10:25

            It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

            Luke 6:24

            But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

            James 1:10

            But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

            James 1:11

            For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

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          12. Independent1 September 30, 2015

            And if those verses I just posted don’t convince you about the rich, read through the 1st 6 verses of chapter 5 of the letter Jesus’ brother James wrote to the 12 Churches which even describes what the majority of GOP-loving rich Republicans are like today:

            James 5 (King James Version (KJV)

            1 Now listen you rich people, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

            2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

            3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh as it were with fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.

            4 The wages you failed to pay to the workmen who moved your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.

            5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of the slaughter.

            6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.

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          13. paulyz October 1, 2015

            Jesus also instructed his apostles to whoever has a money bag or cloak, to take it along, so they can sell it to buy a sword, (Luke). Jesus also instructed his apostles that if anyone is not willing to work, neither should he eat, & do not lead an undisiplined life, not doing your own work, but meddling in the work of others. He told them to work quietly & provide their own food to eat. (Paul to Thessolonians.)

            This is the OPPOSITE of redistributing wealth & welfare without working, sometimes generations. Jesus OPPOSED bearing children without wedlock, & OPPOSED homosexuality. Jesus LOVED Children especially, & wo to those that lead them astray, or Abort them.

            So you see, Jesus was much more Conservative, not Liberal. Liberal doesn’t mean compassion, it means dependency, which I just showed Christ didn’t like.

            Are you in the process of selling everything you have to give to the poor then, to “get through the eye of a needle?” I believe you Liberals WILL experience Climate Change, it is very hot in Hell, LMAO…..

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          14. Independent1 September 30, 2015

            My sense is that God learned that because of human failings, riches were too much of a temptation and most of the time corrupted the minds of the rich into being narcissistic like Trump. Therefore, when the Holy Ghost came upon the first true Christians, the Holy Ghost moved them to live in a pure communistic society where those that had wealth, sold what they had and shared it with everyone else. In TOTAL CONTRADICTION TO WHAT YOU JUST POSTED!!

            See this from Acts 4:

            31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

            32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

            33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

            34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

            35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

            36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,

            37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

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          15. paulyz October 1, 2015

            There you have it folks! Independent 1, as well as many other Liberals on the Memo, emboldened by Obama & the rapid Leftist, Socialist fall of the Democrat Party, openly admitting not only that they are & endorse Socialism, but states the Holy Spirit moved Christians into a pure Communistic society.

            Remember not very long ago when Liberals criticized normal Americans when we called them Liberals, then called us crazy, lying, conspirational, far Right morons for calling them Socialists? Now the Dummy believes that God sent his Holy Spirit, & I guess Jesus too, to transform us all into Communists. God help us, the Loony Lefties are getting much worse with their crazy beliefs. Even worse than previously thought! WOW! ! !

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          16. Independent1 October 1, 2015

            If there was ever an example today of a non-Jewish equivalent of a Pharisee from back in Jesus’ time; you sure are the classic example of one of those bigoted hypocrites of 2000 years ago.

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          17. paulyz October 1, 2015

            Hurry up & sell your house & worldly goods even though the housing market STILL sucks because of the Dodd-Frank subprime loan fiasco & Obama’s “recovery”. LMAO.

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          18. Independent1 October 2, 2015

            I’m not sure you have the guts there to listen to a speech by Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s chief of staff; and I know you don’t think much about the Daily Kos, but this article is really just a good way to get to Lawrence’s speech.

            Here’s the essence of the Daily Kos article. Take a shot at listening to the speech. Lawrence talks about the possibility of breaking up the nation, and the fact that without the monies from the blue states of CA and NY, that America’s South would be like Bangladesh.

            Here’s what’s in the Daily Kos article:

            Lawrence Wilkerson was invited to the Lone Star College System in the Houston metropolitan area. He made several appearances that drew substantial crowds at different campuses, speaking about the travails of the empire. Wilkerson was Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell’s chief of staff.

            He left many in the decidedly conservative audience shocked and with much to think about. Lawrence Wilkerson pointed out that a United States break-up is a possibility as we have historically been very stable. It is not necessarily a natural state of being. If one looks at what seems like insurmountable deadlocks in Congress, one must ask if that may be the path we are on.

            He had a prescient statement for those who thus far are the most eager to entertain that possibility. He said if it weren’t for money from New York and California, the South would be Bangladesh.

            Go here to listen to his speech and bring up some other interesting articles via the ‘blog’.

            http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/26/1425146/-Lawrence-Wilkerson-discussed-the-possibility-of-the-breakup-of-the-US?detail=email

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          19. Independent1 October 2, 2015

            Talk about cherry picking verses, even ones you know nothing about. That sword Jesus wanted the Apostles to buy was the one he wanted Peter to be carrying when he was arrested; so he could rebuke Peter for acting violently even at times of danger to oneself. Jesus was using it as a learning experience for the Apostles, certainly nothing he would ever use to defend himself with or expect an Apostle do do either. Wow!! Are you ever lost in the darkness!!!!!

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        2. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

          Maybe they have started fact checking content. If so, you’re screwed. 🙂

          Reply
          1. Andra Wise September 26, 2015

            “That was Funny right on time”,getem”

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          2. rozyredtoes September 28, 2015

            Is that all I have to do to get screwed?? No more candy and flowers from me.

            Reply
          3. Carolyn1520 September 28, 2015

            Ah, a droll troll. 🙂

            Reply
          4. rozyredtoes September 28, 2015

            You don’t quite understand that a computer is an electric trolling motor. The only thing out there to troll for are minnows.

            Reply
          5. Carolyn1520 September 28, 2015

            Not a fisherman, are you? For minnows, one casts a net.

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          6. rozyredtoes September 28, 2015

            Is that why they call it the interNET? No I am not a fisher-person but I still enjoy trolling.

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          7. Carolyn1520 September 28, 2015

            Touche’ 🙂

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          8. rozyredtoes September 29, 2015

            You are Okay for a liberal but being a girl and allowed internet access, Allah would never approve. You will probably get a reminder from ISIS.

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          9. Carolyn1520 September 29, 2015

            Thank you. So am I to assume you are from the unenlightened side? You have a sense of humor and are too clever to be a Republican. I’m guessing “Independent” if we are going with labels. I was once a Republican before idiocracy became their ideology so I still have my weapons. I just don’t keep them loaded and under my pillow and I’m less concerned about a visit from ISIS than I am their counterparts, the American Taliban.

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          10. hicusdicus October 20, 2015

            The American Tali ban will subdue you with a razor sharp bible.

            I am a libertarian that follows no man made deities.

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          11. Carolyn1520 October 21, 2015

            Hey Mr Hic,
            Hope all is well with you.
            I’ve yet to see a member of the American Taliban offer up anything that is remotely sharp.

            As far as subduing anyone with their misguided and bastardized versions of the tenets and doctrines of their Christianity, they fail miserably. In fact, they energize me to stand up to their evil intents with more vigor and determination than I would have otherwise.
            Libertarian huh. My sympathies. 🙂
            My religion is nature and the Universe’s ability to balance everything sooner or later.

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          12. paulyz September 28, 2015

            The facts are a bitch to Liberals, aren’t they?

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          13. Carolyn1520 September 28, 2015

            Now you’re projecting again Paulyzzzz.
            You’re not a Liberal and you’re also not a fan of facts.
            Obviously my comment went over your head like a low flying
            jet.

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          14. paulyz October 1, 2015

            Yes, thank God I am not a Loony Liberal like you.

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          15. Carolyn1520 October 1, 2015

            Stay clueless , your party depends on it.

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          16. paulyz October 1, 2015

            Ewww, good one.

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          17. Carolyn1520 October 2, 2015

            I dumb down my responses, just for you.
            Oh you forgot to add, he’s a self proclaimed conservative republican. He put that in writing too.

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        3. Mr Corrections September 26, 2015

          I’m sorry you can’t use Disqus correctly, but that is hardly the fault of the National Memo. I’d suggest looking in your post history – https://disqus.com/by/paulyz/ – to see if the posts appear there – no website moderator has the power to remove them from that, and if they were deleted, they will show as such. (Edit: corrected link)

          Regarding the supposed bias – my only real bias is against an infantile refusal to accept facts. Unfortunately, you appear to be a member of the most delusional faction of modern politics in living memory, so obviously everything you post is mistaken at best, and outrageously false at worst.

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          1. paulyz September 28, 2015

            Thanks for “very clearly” proving that my observation on your elitist attitude & biases are correct. I have been using Disqus correctly for years, it is ONLY the Memo that has some problems, just read some of the complaints about having a hard time posting on this post!

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          2. Mr Corrections September 28, 2015

            And yet, there are no deleted comments in your recent history. Probably it’s a conspiracy!

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          3. paulyz September 29, 2015

            Apparently your obvious biases & instant tendency to give a negative response led you to ignore any intelligent answer. I will talk s-l-o-w-l-y for you. I had said there were not any deleted posts, just posts that were written but never shown because of “pending, under review” . Conspiracy, what a sweinhundt. hee hee.

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          4. Mr Corrections September 29, 2015

            And I said both that you’re infantile and incapable of using Disqus – both being relevant in this case, as your posts are pending only because they contain childish swearing. This feature is automatic, and does not actually constitute censorship of political views. Perhaps you should try using Grown-Up words, like some kind of adult? You’d be amazed at how much you can insult people without swearing, or at least you would be if you weren’t so mentally feeble and ineffectual.

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          5. paulyz September 30, 2015

            You purposely lied on my using “childish swearings”. But like a typical Liberal you threw it out there. Nice try piker.

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          6. Mr Corrections September 30, 2015

            That is literally the only thing that puts posts into a “must be approved” state; it’s automatic, as I said, and has nothing to do with politics. I’m sorry that you have a potty-mouth and the intellect to match, but I cannot be held accountable for your furrow-browed inability to comprehend how this problem is of your own making.

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          7. paulyz September 30, 2015

            Might have to shut down the entire Memo due to all the hate, intolerance, & juvenile name calling from the Lefties as well.

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          8. Mr Corrections September 30, 2015

            No, we took a vote – we’re fine with only ridiculously ignorant cretins getting affected.

            I hope that helps!

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        4. rozyredtoes September 28, 2015

          You are the enemy what you say strikes fear in the hearts of liberals.

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    2. rozyredtoes September 28, 2015

      Not if they are right winged, only buffalo wings are allowed.

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  25. 1standlastword September 25, 2015

    Now I’m hearing the House is prepared to pass a clean spending bill. The terrorists threat to shutdown the government if Planned Parenthood is not de-funded has been abandoned with Boehner’s resignation.

    I don’t pretend to understand any of this but it is most certainly disconcerting!

    If these are the means by which the People’s business is done then the People’s fate is in the hands of a political party comprised of terrorist/ arsonist who seem to be gaining power by manufacturing the destruction of government.

    We may not know who they are until their power is total.

    Under these conditions, the Democratic Party might produce it’s own version of the Tea Party

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    1. dtgraham September 26, 2015

      That latter thing in your last paragraph is very much needed. The federal progressive caucus is not enough.

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      1. 1standlastword September 26, 2015

        I fear that for the consequences that would fall upon our nation!

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    2. paulyz September 30, 2015

      The Democrat Party had their version of the Tea Party several times but died out. They had the Occupy Wall Street & the Coffee Party, now tgey are trying Black Lives Matter.

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  26. Stuart September 25, 2015

    Seems like Boehner has outflanked them. Now he may get a 1-year spending bill that will leave the clown caucus with nothing to campaign on next year, nothing to shut down the government with — at least until October 2016, when the last thing a Republican nominee will want is a shutdown four weeks before the election, when it would guarantee a Democratic victory.

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    1. Bob Eddy September 26, 2015

      You would be surprised how many of these Republican candidates would actually think a shutdown right before the election would help them. This is not a particularly astute group!

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  27. Paragryne September 25, 2015

    How many miracles does a Pope have to perform to be a candidate for sainthood? Because getting Boehner out of there should count for at least two.

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    1. Bill September 26, 2015

      Will the next leader be even worse, probably, you can’t fix stupid.

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      1. Independent1 September 26, 2015

        There’s a number in the House who could be worse, let’s hope they don’t allow one of them to get the job. The name I’ve heard suggested as his successor is Kevin McCarthy.

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    2. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

      That was a great observation! Thank you!

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      1. Independent1 September 26, 2015

        Paragryne may well be right. The Pope did have a fairly long audience with Boehner. Maybe something the Pope said to him was enough to make Boehner realize he’s been treading outside of his Church’s teachings and it was time to throw in the towel or possibly be excommunicated.

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        1. Carolyn1520 September 27, 2015

          I think it’s more likely Boehner, knowing he was in the crosshairs of the hijackers, decided to leave earlier than he planned because there was no good reason to draw it out.
          We’ll never know.

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  28. Eleanore Whitaker September 26, 2015

    All rats jump ship when they know it’s sinking. Don’t be fooled that Boehner won’t become a CEO of a K-Street lobby group where he can do more damage than he did to the US as a SOTH.

    In the words of Edward R. Murrow, “All things as they were, except…you are there.”

    So..which of the GOP rat pack attack dogs will succeed Boner? You can be sure of one thing, having had their tushies smacked back to reality by the Pope, they’re guilty consciences for their greed and mindless austerity with no basis in fact has them running for cover.

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    1. Paul Anthony September 26, 2015

      The Pope also spoke about the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. He also spoke of the sanctity of life in the womb. Tell me again whose tushies got smacked.

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      1. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

        Please give the reference to what you claim. I didn’t listen to all his speeches so I may have missed it.
        Could you perhaps be doing the republican spin dance and reporting as though it’s a direct quote, something you wanted to hear?

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          1. Carolyn1520 September 26, 2015

            Thank you. I’ve read that one. He made vague references to differences between men and women and also to respect life and included the unborn in the list. There was no reference to the sanity of marriage or life in the womb. I’ll agree that it’s inferred but given that he is a Catholic and the Pope, it’s what he believes. No one would expect any less. When one speaks from their religious beliefs, it’s their opinion. He is entitled to his opinion, the same as everyone else is. However, his opinions do not override laws or the personal rights of individuals. His control extends to his parishioners, if they choose to give it to him.
            That does not override the rest of his message which applied to ALL people, not just those who agree with opinions and share his religious beliefs on specific issues.

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          2. Paul Anthony September 26, 2015

            So, when he disagrees with your philosophy it is just his opinion, but when he agrees with you…Isn’t EVERYTHING he says just his opinion?

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          3. Independent1 September 26, 2015

            Ahh!! Isn’t that what freedom of religion is all about?? Or are you even too clueless to realize that?? Sure there are many fundamental things about Christianity that everyone can agree wtih – and those are the basic things that many of us nonCatholic Christians can agree with the Pope on. But we’re clearly not going to agree with him on antiquated, no longer practical, obsolete beliefs like personhood at conception or something being wrong with contraceptives.

            If Catholics really cared about the sanctity of life, they’d do a little survey and discover that most of the abortions and babies dying childbirth, occur in the states run by Republicans which are supposed to stress fake family values. In addition, these are also the states where Republicans pass laws that refuse to allow corporations or even the federal government to cover the cost of contraceptive for women too poor to afford them. In addition, anyone who has read the New Testament, can see clearly that Jesus said nothing in his teachings about his apostles going forth preaching to people about having babies like rabbits – like seems to be the notion of Catholics and some other faiths. There’s absolutely nothing in the New Testament that supports that, in fact, there’s just the opposite.

            If any Christian sat down for a moment and thought about just that, they might just wonder why God chose when Jesus came to change the rule of Adultery and Marriage. Before Jesus came God said nothing to the old patriarchs about clearly committing adultery when they bore children with even their wife’s handmaiden – you’ll note that a number did: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and others. Yet, when Jesus came, he made one thing very clear – that God would only recognize one marriage in a person’s lifetime – and any other relationships would be considered adultery. He reversed what Moses had told the Hebrews about divorcing their wives by giving them a divorcement paper in writing.

            Now why would you suppose that God would changed that rule? It couldn’t be that he knew 2000 years ago something that scientists on earth have discovered in the past 100 years or so – that the world’s population is getting a bit overcrowed, especially with respect for the earth to support man’s needs for clean, clear fresh water!! By making it clear that people shouldn’t be marrying and divorcing one another at the drop of a hat, just so they could run off and have babies with others, you don’t suppose he was trying to slow down procreation???
            While the Catholic Church is determined to keep people reproducing like rabbits if they could (just to make more Catholics).

            And if God felt that personhood began at conception, you don’t think he would have designed women better so that 25-35% of them have natural miscarriages such that out of the 4 million or so pregnancies that occur in America each year, 750,000 to 1 million of them are aborted as miscarriages. And do you really think given that failure rate of pregnancies, that God would be putting souls in fetuses that he new stood a 25-35% chance of never seeing the light of day – and then even more thousands of them dying during and after birth!!

            And do you realize, that it’s the supposedly most religious states in the country, the states with the most evangelicals and misguided souls who go around trying to ban abortions, that actually have BY FAR the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality. And then even those who are born in those states, have the highest rates of dying by their first birthday, because Republicans refuse to extend health insurance (Medicaid) to millions of women living in poverty. And people like you have the gall to claim that you believe IN FAMILY VALUES???

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          4. Max_ September 27, 2015

            Every-time I check in on you you’re more and more insane, and that Pope is just as much a commie RatBastard as you are, not to mention he’s a Luciferian Globalist, it’s really no wonder you like him so much, And McCarthy is a P O S RINO just like Boehner, I don’t see why you hated Boehner, he facilitated everyGodDamn thing that homosexual Muslim illegal alien lying P O S So called President of yours has wanted, Dumbshit… You’re just blinded by stupidity and hate… Hell Right now you have a majority of Republicrats working towards the same ends as the Demoncrats, the total ruin of the USA, and they are getting er done all right, congratulations, sure glad I don’t live there anymore.. Ha ha…

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          5. Independent1 September 27, 2015

            As I’ve said a number of times, you really need mental help.

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          6. Max_ September 27, 2015

            As I have said a number of times “It takes all kinds” but we sure could do without your kind…

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          7. Carolyn1520 September 27, 2015

            Not necessarily. When issues other than religious beliefs are on the table, there is some basis for facts. Religion in itself, all religion is a leap of faith. It’s not based on facts, it’s based on faith. When ANYTHING is not based on facts, it’s opinion.

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          8. Paul Anthony September 27, 2015

            Carolyn, I assume you are making reference to climate change as fact (as opposed to religion, which isn’t). Fact or fiction, the Pope is well-versed in religion. I have to assume he knows much less about climatology, therefore his speech on climate change is opinion.

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          9. Carolyn1520 September 27, 2015

            Not if he’s basing what he says on known facts.

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          10. Paul Anthony September 27, 2015

            “known facts”. I’m old enough to remember when the same scientists thought we were going to entire another ice age.
            Climate change is a fact. The climate changes every now and then. It was changing long before humans emerged.
            Man-made climate change is a theory.

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          11. Carolyn1520 September 27, 2015

            Whatever Paul. I know better than to get into a circular argument with someone who throws out vague statements about same scientists who were wrong before. Old enough doesn’t necessarily mean any wisdom was gained along the way as evidenced by the many on the right who refuse to accept scientific data and always have anecdotal evidence they fall back on. The same who are always looking backward and are satisfied with the way things have always been because it was good for them but not for others.
            Your party depends on that. But it’s the same reason they are imploding.

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          12. Paul Anthony September 27, 2015

            You think you’ve got me figured out. How very clever of you. And maybe you’re right. Except the part about “My Party”. I’m an Independent. By the way, there are more of us than there are D’s or R’s. Many people prefer to think for themselves rather than buy everything their Party tells them to believe.

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          13. Carolyn1520 September 27, 2015

            Not at all. Nor would I presume to do so from a few words on a political site. I’m only basing my observation on what you’ve said here.
            You can call yourself an Independent but rarely if ever do “Independents” not lean one or the other way about a number of issues. From what you’ve presented here, you definitely aren’t left leaning. You delude yourself if you think a political label affects one’s ability to think for themselves. The only privilege of doing so, is being able to vote in a primary. One aligns themselves when a party represents their beliefs and that of the greater good. Since the GOP no longer exists and it’s a shell occupied by the parasites they invited in, I am a dem by default. I did officially switch parties because the writing was on the wall.There is nothing the right has to offer me or the greater good. It certainly didn’t take a lot of soul searching or any one to tell me, to arrive at that conclusion.

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          14. Paul Anthony September 27, 2015

            If your decision was based upon rational thinking, fair enough. In Arizona, Independents are allowed to vote in primaries, so there is no reason to pledge either fraternity (Sorry, I meant political party). LOL

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          15. Carolyn1520 September 28, 2015

            I like to think all my opinions are based on rational thinking. 🙂 Being human means it’s impossible not to base a few thoughts on personal feelings but as a rule I don’t operate on feelings or fears. I genuinely fear what the hijacked republican party has in store for us given the opportunity, based on past performance and their inability to keep the bigger picture and the global impact of their decisions in mind. They don’t play well with others and they are lacking in manners/civility. Two of the very basics for success in everything. 🙂

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          16. Eleanore Whitaker September 27, 2015

            Paul Anthony has a guilty conscience. Men like Anthony are too superficial to admit when they are wrong. They think they have ALL the answers. So tell us Mr. Know it All, how many women did you bed without benefit of marriage?

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      2. Eleanore Whitaker September 27, 2015

        Men like you got your tushies smacked. While you boys were all sucking up tax subsidies, screwing up the economy and increasing your wealth, you thought no one would DARE confront you frauds.

        The Pope didn’t do a Joel Osteen, stamp his feet, pound his fist all while he passed the plate…did he?

        As for your idiot remark, the Pope must always speak from the original teachings of Christ. Something men like you take, take, taker money grubbers hate.

        A sick pathetic man like you will always try to tear down anything that’s right and good. Because that’s what evil is. I guess your idol is Dickhead Cheney…Satan on earth?

        The Pope spoke about the sanctity of marriage for men like Gingrich, Trump and the rest of your right wing jerks who think your penises are a tool for their own pleasure.

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  29. FT66 September 26, 2015

    He was there but didn’t produce anything constructive. Remarkable people are remembered for good stuff they did. Wake me up and tell me what this man did to benefit the entire nation. Thank you!

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    1. Bill September 26, 2015

      He did nothing, will do nothing on the way out, complete COWARD.

      Reply
  30. Savvory Champion September 26, 2015

    I personally believe that the speaker was the only barrier from complete legislative anarchy after the 2012 election cycle. Sadly this failure is not his alone and I actually applauded him for being able to keep the barbarians on the other side of the gate for as long as he’s been able to. Whatever his shortcomings are, he was still an old school republican who understood how the institutions of government are suppose to work – especially the legislative branch.

    In my opinion, this is a sad commentary of the national GOP mechanism failures for their complete desire to achieve political power over the necessity for purity at the expense of a functioning government for the people. Like the John Birch society, national GOP embraced the Tea Party as members of the larger institution assuming that they thought they could control them by allowing them to publicly hate Obama with unsuccessful efforts to thwart his presidency. They essentially played the appeasement card to satisfy that arm of the GOP – funny isn’t it. They played all the mechanism that have kept their southern strategy decisive and alive all those years since Nixon initial play on those levers of fear. And now that this cancer within the body GOP has metastasized, it’s power of destruction has grown to the point that the GOP leadership can no longer control the damage that it is doing not just to the GOP but the nation itself.

    The national party further contributed to this chaos when they supported and in some cases encouraged states under heavy GOPTP control to gerrymander and pass suppressive legislation targeting the opposition voting constituencies of their states. And now, that the snake has turned around and bit it’s most public handler, the damage is about to spread beyond the House at the federal level. This will intoxicate the GOPTP that they can accomplish anything now and sadly, the nation will have to tolerate this insurgency nationally for another 4 years after the 2016 election cycle because of the gerrymandering and voter suppression. I just hope that saner heads will challenge the efforts of the radicals for the benefit of the many and not the benefit of the few.

    It makes you wonder how the oligarchs are feeling right now. They’re meddling has put the institutions on a collision course with the American electorate … should be very interesting here soon …

    Good luck Mr. Speaker in your future endeavors …

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    1. DAlnB41 September 28, 2015

      Our entire political makeup in Washington has broken down as greed and out side power-sources have take over.
      Party leaders are challenged with keeping their own agendas on track as special interest groups and the Tea Party infiltrate their ranks disrupting the party leader agendas.
      Decisions in Congress and the White House are no longer made based on the best interest and concerns of constituents but on what the special interest groups and wealthy contributors want and can buy! On top of all that is a media that is growing wealthy talk show host with one sided narratives and unreliable news reporters marketing political agendas for money!

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