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WATCH: Obama Challenges Republicans To Block His Judicial Nominees

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WATCH: Obama Challenges Republicans To Block His Judicial Nominees


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President Obama announced his nomination of three judges to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Tuesday morning in the Rose Garden, and included a brief history lesson.

“Time and again, congressional Republicans cynically used Senate rules and procedures to delay and even block qualified nominees from coming to a full vote,” the president said. “As a result, my judicial nominees have waited three times longer to receive confirmation votes than those of my Republican predecessor.  Let me repeat that: My nominees have taken three times longer to receive confirmation votes than those of my Republican predecessor. ”

Obama’s first nomination to fill a vacant seat on the D.C. Circuit, Caitlin Halligan, waited 2-1/2 years and endured the Republicans blocking a vote on her confirmation before she ultimately asked that her nomination be withdrawn.

With his nominations of Patricia A. Millett, a veteran appellate lawyer, Cornelia T.L. Pillard, a Georgetown University law professor, and Robert L. Wilkins, the president hopes to leave his mark on the D.C. Circuit – something that nearly all presidents before him — including George W. Bush — successfully achieved.

If confirmed, these nominations would fill the three remaining vacant seats in the second highest court in the nation, which is known for its influence over a variety of domestic policies.

Republican willingness to block the president’s nominations have led Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to threaten to go “nuclear” by changing the rules of the Senate and allowing nominees to be approved by a simple majority. The “nuclear” threat is often made and never acted upon. But rejection of all three of the president’s nominees could force a nearly unprecedented crisis.

Since a White House official leaked the nominees’ identities, Republicans have argued that Obama’s simultaneous nominations are an attempt at “court-packing,” though that term is used to describe adding judges to a court in order to circumvent opposition.

“It’s hard to imagine the rationale for nominating three judges at once for this court, given the many vacant emergency seats across the country, unless your goal is to pack the court to advance a certain policy agenda,” Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said.

Republicans are pushing to reduce the size of the appeals court in Washington by shifting three of its judges to circuit courts in other parts of the country, their argument being that other circuit courts around the nation are overworked and in need of additional judges. Of course, Republicans fully supported all of former president Bush’s efforts to fill D.C. Circuit vacancies.

Some experts are predicting that at least one of the nominees will get through with Reid — who has long been reluctant to change the rules of the Senate — reaching some sort of deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“One of the picks will get through fairly easily,” writes political scientist Jonathan Bernstein. “One will be killed by filibuster. And the third will be a close call, but probably get through, perhaps with a few Republicans voting yes on cloture but against confirmation.”

With unprecedented Republican obstruction a given, even this would be a small victory.


  1. docb June 4, 2013

    Good, I want my President to call out these short, obdurate, obstructionist basta repub ignoramuses out daily! On every issue..do not give them one day not to be in the limelight of the Despicable behavior and lies!

    1. Fern Woodfork June 6, 2013

      Yes I Totally Agree With You My Friend Let The American People Know Each And Everyone Of These No Good Lying Thugs By Name!!!

  2. ObozoMustGo June 4, 2013

    Since when does Obozo give a damn about Congress? He doesn’t, except to attempt to make every issue political in anticipation of 2014 elections. This is why he’s screaming about it now. He HOPES they will not approve his selections. In fact, I’ll bet you he will nominate the most wild leftist freak nuts to those posts in HOPES that they are blocked and turned down. Just like he wanted gun control to pass the Senate so he could blame House Republicans. Just like he wants illegal DemonRAT… errr…. immigration reform to pass the Senate because he knows it will die in the House. He doesn’t give a damn about judges or legislation. He only cares about strategizing to take the House back so he can have 1 party rule again like he did from Jan. 09 to 11. That’s what he really cares about. He’s so easy to figure out. And you morons on the left lick up his crap like it’s manna from Heaven.

    Have a nice day!

    “In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made Obozo supporters.” ― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

    1. DurdyDawg June 4, 2013

      Sorry Boz but we’re not Pub dense .. unlike your neo-ilk, we won’t fall for your self-serving rhetoric. You truly must feel content, your so full of yourself. Have a??…. whatever.

      1. Fern Woodfork June 6, 2013

        LOL You Got That Right My Friend!!! LOL I’m Giving Bozo The Clown Mine Now!!! LOL

    2. maximillyun June 4, 2013

      And the prototype for that creation was you.
      Have a blessed day!

    3. Jim Myers June 4, 2013

      Actually, those of us on the left are hoping you are right. We hope he is baiting the House Republicans.

      After all, they are the ones who think government runs best when they obstruct everything offered to them. It will be nice to see the shoe on the other foot.

      just remember, the thing about politics is that nothing is static. The day will come when a Republican becomes President.

      Do you honestly think the voters will allow the Democrats to “play nice” when that happens?

      “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
      Unknown Author. However, there are a LOT of contenders.

      1. ObozoMustGo June 4, 2013

        Of course… that’s exactly what he’s doing. He doesn’t expect to get any leftist agenda items passed in the House. His only hopes of converting America into a completely socialist utopia is if he has complete control of the Congress like he did his first 2 years. Then he can shove anything down our throats without worry of reelection.

        You are correct, as well, that nothing in politics is static. The pendulum swings both ways. And in this matter of judicial nominees, the DemonRATS were the biggest obstructors of all with Bush nominees. Obozo’s statement about his nominees waiting 3 times longer is misleading, like everthing else he says. The truth is that Bush had literally thousands of nominees that never made it into the process because of DemonRATS. And they were regulars at threatening fillibusters on nominees. So you see, the pendulum is already making it’s round trip once again.

        Have a nice day, Jimbo!

        “Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.” ― Mark Twain.

        1. Michael Kollmorgen June 4, 2013

          Mark Twain was totally right!

          Only thing though, Republcons, stink a lot worse……..

          Contrary to your warped reality, Obama’s picks for high cabinet positions have been fillbustered more than any president’s pick, including bushy boys.

          Just wait and see what happenes IF a Republicon gets to be President again, if ever.

          Get out the Tissue Paper, you’re going to need it.

        2. Robert P. Robertson June 6, 2013

          Um, eh, I’d like to shove something down your throat— if its ok with you. Uh, I mean really.

          1. ObozoMustGo June 7, 2013

            It’s Retard Robbie, the sexual deviant. Hey pervert, I found a video of you on YouTube.


            Have a nice day, pervert!

            “The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken

          2. Robert P. Robertson June 8, 2013

            You’re a damned liar, Bozo! I’m not Big Daddy O! My porn name is Butt Naked, not Big Daddy O! I have the longest dong in porn! Don’t try to defame my reputation! Jeez, get your facts straight for once in your miserable life!

          3. ObozoMustGo June 8, 2013

            hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe…. ROFLMAO!!!!! Now THAT is funny! You crack me up! 🙂

            Have a nice weekend!

            “Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t they’d be married too.” — H. L. Mencken

    4. Porojo1 June 4, 2013

      I think you are simply full of hatred for Obama, the president of the United States of America. Why do you call him Obozo? You are not an idiot, are you?Then why do you spew such venom and filth on the president of the United States of America in the name of Obama?
      Even if you live in Colorado that does not give you reasons to behave erratically like that.

      1. ObozoMustGo June 5, 2013

        I have no qualms admitting that I hate Obozo. He hates American values of liberty and freedom. I hate him. He’s a compulsive liar and a treasonous corrupt thug. He’s a clown. ergo Obozo. And, although you leftist freaks do not agree with the concept, nor does Obozo as evidenced by using the IRS to harrass conservative groups and DOJ to intimidate journalists, we are supposed to have FREE SPEECH. I have a right to call Obozo the piece of sheet that he is. Chew on that, loser!

        And no, I don’t live anywhere near Colorado. Nor do I live in the south.

        Have a nice day!

        “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” ― George Orwell

        1. RobertCHastings June 6, 2013

          Interesting that you feel he hates American values of freedom and liberty and free speech, when pretty much EVERY power he is exercising was put in place by the previous administration. You think Bush’s IRS didn’t exercise some form of invasive or persecutory control? Do you REALLY think there were no incidents like Benghazi during the Bush administration? And do you REALLY think the Bush DOJ never exceeded its authority, or gave advice leading to the use of such techniques as waterboarding or wiretapping? Come on, meathead, give us a break. Either you are an historical revisionist, or just an outright liar, or possibly mentally deficient, or somewhat paranoid, or slightly schizophrenic, or a combination thereof, or all of the above.

          1. BillP June 6, 2013

            Bozo has nothing positive to offer just the usual right win blather. You know ,Obama is anti-American, he’s a socialist no he’s a Muslim, no he’s Hitler and on and on. Bozo calls this website a sewer but spends a great deal of time on it displaying his wisdom (sic). He is never constructive just parrots the usual trash and calls people names, the fact that he calls President Obama “Obozo” just shows his lack of class and decency. I tend to ignore his usual misinformed rantings.

          2. Robert P. Robertson June 6, 2013

            BillP, Bozo used to be on yahoo, but the posters on yahoo ganged up on her and ran her off. Bozo is an alpha-idiot, and nobody likes her, even on idiot sites. So, she posts on NM because posters here are more tolerant and informed. On NM, Bozo is the pesky fly that somehow gets into the house.

          3. BillP June 7, 2013

            Hi Robert
            I guess we need to bring out the fly swatter. He calls this site a sewer but spends most of his time on this site. Whenever challenged about his quotes he usually doesn’t reply.

          4. Robert P. Robertson June 7, 2013

            Our friend DirtyDawg has a can of whip-ass troll pesticide. Everytime Bozo shows up, break out a can of whip-ass.

          5. Michael Kollmorgen June 9, 2013

            I used to be on Yahoo. I found most of the people on it too easily flag your comments.

            It don’t take much to offend anyone on that blog, no matter what the subject matter is.

            Hell, if half of them people had their noses in the air, they’d drown.

          6. ObozoMustGo June 7, 2013

            Hasty, you are mistaking me for a Bush supporter. I will say that I believe he handled 9/11 and the aftermath along with national defense quite well, the fact is that he was a big government, big spending progressive like the DemonRATS. All told, I give Bush a C- as a president. What’s funny is that Obozo is 5x as bad as Bush. He’s Bush on steroids. Yet you guys worship at his feet like religious cult followers worship at the feet of their leader, unable to see any faults in him that are identical to the ones you freaked out about Bush.

            And no, Bush did NOT use the IRS to abuse leftist groups. There was never even a suggestion about it because it never happened. Did he use DoJ to intimidate journalists or whistleblowers? No. There was never even any accusations. Did he wiretap? Yes. In fact, he was wiretapping FOREIGN conversations of known terrorists and their web of connections. The problem now is that your messiah, Obozo, has taken that and turned it on EVERY American, not just selected potential bad guys. I think we all want the government to go after bad guys and don’t mind if they are wiretapping FOREIGN communications without a warrant. But domestic and against EVERY American, that’s a whole other realm.

            Get real, Hasty. The guy you love is worse than the guy you hated. It’s all becomming more and more clear. I’m sure it pisses you off. Here’s a quote from you messiah Obozo, the Hypocrite in Chief.

            Have a nice day!

            “This Administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand. I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our Constitution and our freedom.

            “That means no more illegal wire-tapping of American
            citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are. And it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists. The FISA court works. The separation of powers works. Our Constitution works. We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary.

            “This Administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security. It is not.” – Barack Hussein Obozo, August 2007

    5. Howard15 June 4, 2013

      You are absolutley correct . Obama will put the Republicans on record for not passing legislation that is wanted by an overwhelming majority.If they are on the record of being against gun control and immigration reform this will doom the Republican House in 2014 and will end the need for a supermajority in the Senate. The dems will have complete control and will resume and accelerate the progress we are making as a nation.. It will be the greatest thing for the American public. And the best thing is that your life will suck even worse than now.
      Have a nice day, Loser.

      1. Michael Kollmorgen June 4, 2013

        This is what I think Obama’s Plan really is, give the Republicans all the ammo they want to deny and obstruct everything he does.

        Eventually, the “people” might wake up and see what these people are really about and vote them out. HOPEFULLY!

        But, there is an old saying; ignorance is bliss. And, the American Voter is not all that smart either.

        1. Troy June 5, 2013

          I agree with some but not all you say here,Obama is not letting the GOP,block his plans strategically on purpose those assholes are doing that without his help. but he is definitely putting them on the record and notice as you say,and the American people are taking notice as well. Look how many have not decided too seek re-election and are leaving the House,on there own accord or risk the chance of loosing in the primary or general election.
          Enough of this crape with the GOP,and Tea party, scum bags like Rand Paul,I do not see how in the hell he got into office but he will be a one term er like Rubio,here in Florida,will be and that dead ass Mitch Weasel McConnell,definitely needs to go,Because we the people of this country who they work for,for our agenda,and not there’s in which they have forgotten that needs to go when they forget that and that is exactly why Obama is putting them on the record and notice including the three nominees he just announced for the court of Appeals in Washington,the second highest court in the nation,Lets see what the GOP does here!!

          1. Michael Kollmorgen June 5, 2013

            People like Paul and McConnell get into office because they preach doom and gloom to people who are at the bottom of the food chain. And, to these voters, it is enough food to get them through the day.

            Of course, I’m using anologies here, I really mean hate, not food. As if these voters didn’t hate enough, or didn’t like people enough already, these politicians feed them more.

            I don’t blame the Politican at all for doing what they do. I put full blame on the Voter for voting for them. I mean really now, look at the last election, nearly half of the voting public almost put in a Morman Bishop as our President, a possible President who supported Rape-Approving canidates and approved of old farts marrying young girls in the secrecy of their church.

            Warren Jeffs would have been proud to have Romeny as our President.

            And, not only this, but the bulk of so-called christians voted
            against their own self-interest, meaning voting for basically a anti-christ canidate like Romney.

            These examples are all good examples that show how easily voters can be swayed and manipulated by fear, hate and bigotry.

            Yes, we are a modern soceity with all the trappings of moderninity. However, our minds are still very primative. And, it don’t take much to bring out the Neanderthal in us.

      2. ObozoMustGo June 5, 2013

        Not going to happen, howie. Obozo, with any luck for America, will be impeached over the IRS, DOJ, Fast & Furious, and Benghazi scandals. Then he should be tried and hanged. I doubt the Republicans have the balls to do what is right, though. They are feckless, most of them that is.

        BTW… exactly what do you mean by “progress”?

        Have a nice day!

        “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.” ― Frédéric Bastiat

        1. Robert P. Robertson June 6, 2013

          See what I said?

        2. DurdyDawg June 11, 2013

          Dream on peckerhead.. Even if chance gets paid off and he does get an impeachment slip, it’ll go away just like it did with Clinton and you STILL will not be able to level out the corruption that tricky dickey performed. YOU LOSE!!

    6. RobertCHastings June 6, 2013

      Hello, moron, every IS political, that is why it is called “politics”, or has that not occurred to you? The “leftist freaks” you refer to are much more centrist than Supreme Court justices Scalia and Thomas, and, compared to former Chief Justice Rehnquist, they are almost moderate right. Once again, you just have to open your mouth before checking anything.
      And what is wrong with one-party rule? Washington and Jefferson, along with other founding fathers, abhorred the rise of the two party system, knowing it would lead to exactly the kind of gridlock Congress and the government face today. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was NOT a historian, although he was a very smart man. He was more of an observer of human quirks and frailty, somebody who today would be more like Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert.

  3. Michael Kollmorgen June 4, 2013

    Whatever Obama’s plan is, it will utimately keep making Republicans look worse and worse over time. 2014 will be the year when all this comes to a head and will show if what Obama is doing is correct.

    Obama and the Democatic side of the isle should have went totally nuclear a long time ago. The Republican Party has stated from the first day Obama got elected, they will do whatever it takes to try and make sure to make his entire administration look like a failed administration.

    Also, remember this, IF a Republican does get into the presidency, we the democrats, will call it “pay back time”. Tit for Tat, the shoe is on the other shoe. Whatever you want to call it, you’re going to get a royal screwin like your giving Obama now.

    Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold
    English Translation of a phrase in Eugene Sue’s novel; Memoirs of Matilda, “And then revenge is very good eaten cold, as the vulgar say” 1846.

    1. edwardw69 June 4, 2013

      No Sir, “IF” the Republicans get control of congress and the presidency, they will do away with the filibuster, and laugh all the way to the bank.

      1. Michael Kollmorgen June 4, 2013

        Yes, unfortunately, you might be right. It could work either way depending on which way the political winds blow.

        And, we know how THAT changes every few years.

        That’s why us Democrats need to have a solid majority if not a super majority and be able to maintan it, no matter what.

        But all to often, the Democrats are weak and don’t know how to maintain their power that the voters gave them.

        1. edwardw69 June 4, 2013

          Too bad our people are without the necessary fortitude. They could kill the filibuster now, but….but…but..

          1. Troy June 5, 2013


            You are correct I am a “independent Voter” and no one is going to sway me,or tell me how and who I should vote for.But as you stated and I certainly agree the Democratic party acts like they wear panties,at times they get so damn weak like they have no back bone to stand up to the GOP,and that angers the hell out of me.

            Do not get me wrong I said I am Independent I voted for Ronald Reagan,twice and I do not regret it. Look who was running against him are you kidding me his opponent was pathetic and weak and that did not cut it with me.They need as you said a super majority and maybe next year will be there year to get it.

  4. billbear1961 June 4, 2013

    Use the nuclear option: the filibuster was never meant to be used as a permanent veto–NEVER.

    It was meant to give the party in opposition a chance to bring to the public’s attention something that upset them, and perhaps change opinions in the process.

    But it was never meant to act as a COUP against majority government, which is what the neo-fascist obstructionists of the Big Money-controlled GOP have turned it into.

    A return to the old-fashioned filibuster, where senators have to get up on their feet and speak, holding the floor for a time limited by human endurance, as it was INTENDED to be, will hurt neither party–and will restore a FUNCTIONING SENATE to the nation.

    Gee, what a novel idea!

  5. Dominick Vila June 4, 2013

    In the past, a super majority was used, mostly, to avoid a presidential veto. Since President Obama was first elected it has been used to block the will of the majority. What is worse than the duplicitous tactics used by the GOP to control the agenda by blocking nominees and policy changes, is the fact that Democratic senators have allowed this to become the norm during the last 4.5 years.
    The ability of the minority party to control the agenda became evident when an attempt to expand Reagan’s gun control legislation passed by 54 and died because it did not have the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. The same goes for nominees to the Judiciary. When is Harry Reid’s going to have the courage to put an end to this travesty and allow the voice and wishes of most Americans to take precedent over what a short-sighted minority wants?

    1. Howard15 June 4, 2013

      Reid is a pussy. You cannot make a deal with McConnell. we should have went nuclear in 2010.

      1. Lynda Groom June 4, 2013

        What Reid may or may not be is not my concern. However, it is certainly clear that McConnel is a weasel and can never be trusted. His word is opaque at best.

        1. Troy June 5, 2013


          You are so right McConnell is a dirt bag REDNECK.from Kentucky,and I have not trust him as far as I can throw a stone,and I can still throw one pretty far OK!

          I know and can smell RACIST PEOPLE!! being African American,myself growing up in the era of the civil rights movement back in the 60s & 70s in New Jersey,he definitely fits the Weasel mentality of just that,but with him he carries a knife and stabs Obama,in the back every chance he gets.That is why next year he will lose his bid for re-election to the U.S.Senate,because this country is tired of REDNECK RACIST GOOD OLD BOYS LIKE HIM! enough is enough and I am fed up with seeing dead asses like him still in the Senate,he has been there since I was a kid and that is a along time it is time to kick him McCain,and others like him to the curb and off into the sunset simple as that.

      2. Troy June 5, 2013

        I definitely agree with you on that front Harry Reid,is a pussy a very weak majority leader. I do not see how he won re-election but he did what do you expect from Nevada.I would had gone Nuclear,a long time ago as well but that shows you just how much of a wimp ass Harry Reid is and he lets McConnell Touche Turtle,run all over him.

        1. Fern Woodfork June 6, 2013

          Like Ed Said On His Show Maybe A Koch Brothers Brink Truck Backup On Harry Reid Lawn While We Wasn’t Looking???

    2. Fern Woodfork June 6, 2013

      Maybe It’s Time To Get Rid Of Old Harry Reid Also Since It Seem Like He Lost His Will To Work For The Majority Of The American People!!!

  6. RobertCHastings June 4, 2013

    If there are three vacancies on the Court, why NOT nominate people to fill all three vacancies? Jesse Helms, deceased former senator from North Carolina, single-handedly held up dozens of judicial appointments during the Clinton Administration. During the Bush administration, Democrats found it in bad taste to reciprocate and held their fire. Now the Republicans are pulling the same tactics, again? There are vacancies on federal benches all around the country, and the Republicans don’t want to fill them. Why is that?

    1. DurdyDawg June 6, 2013

      Because their hope is to gain the WH in 2016 and do these things themselves.. Oh, what joy! Oh.. what a pipe dream, but that doesn’t mean it’s futile.. at the very least they’ll fulfill their promise to that sleaze bag Norquist and his butt sniffing minions to block Obama and the Dems at every turn regardless of the damage it does to this country and the people who live in it.

  7. Troy June 4, 2013

    Come lets get real here the Republican has been and always will be “RACIST” ,and Obama being a black President and “REDNECK MITCH TOUCH TURTLE McCONNELL” and the minority leader who will loose the election in getting re-elected to the Senate again what do you expect.McConnell,and all his RedNeck A..Holes in the Senate and House,and there are plenty in the House it is time for all those dirt bags to go.

  8. Lynda Groom June 4, 2013

    All during the Bush years we heard over and over again that their appointees deserved an up or down vote. Apparently such a view no longer applies when the shoe is on the other foot. Shame on obstructionist.

  9. montanabill June 5, 2013

    Oh, the complaining! He’s already had more judges approved than Bush did during his first term. These are probably not total ideologues, but hasn’t the President got more pressing business? In case he hasn’t noticed, he still has three serious scandals that he is stonewalling. He has an economy that is still tanking, which any day now, will drop over the cliff. Isn’t he supposed to be ‘laser focused’ on jobs? Isn’t he supposed to be in charge, running the most transparent administration in history? Or is he simply moving on, still voting ‘present’?

    1. Michael Kollmorgen June 5, 2013

      You and your party has been saying the same thing ever since Obama got first elected; The Economy is going to take a nose dive, the world is going to end!

      Maybe you haven’t noticed but the economy IS improving, not taking a nose dive and the world is still here. LMAO

      Blah Blah Blah, Sticks and Stones may hurt me, but BS just rolls right off my back.

      As far as scandals, boy, the Republicans have their hands full with them. Unfortunately, they usually involve sex of one sort or the other. Obama and his administration at least is steering clear of that crap.

      So, keep it up! The more you try to denigrate Obama, the better he looks:)

      If he isn’t careful, he could potentially get caught up in one scandal, but doesn’t nearly every 2nd term President.

      Anyway, the ONLY scandal I would consider important was with Reagan and the Iran/Contra Affair and of course Nixon with Watergate. There hasn’t been any SERIOUS scandals since Clinton was getting BJs.

      And, I wonder how many Republican Presidents were giving them instead of receiving them. They been sucking on the Cororate Tit all along, why not their dicks too.

      IF I were the Repubicans, I stop looking for scandals. They have more than enough in their own closets to worry about.

      1. montanabill June 5, 2013

        Wow, with that confidence, you should be invested to the hilt in the market. If not, welcome to the land of hypocrisy.

        1. Michael Kollmorgen June 5, 2013

          Well, as far as Hypocrisy goes, you’re no better.

          But, hey, thanks for inviting me to the Land of Hpocrisy. I do appreciate the thought. It was so kind of you. Evidently, you DO have a heart after all:)

          Sorry, I’ll have to decline the invite. I really have better things do and I doubt I’d fit in very well.

          By the way, it isn’t me who has the confidence, it’s Wall Street. You know, those ones that a few years ago stole most of our hard-earned 401ks, etc., etc., etc.

          1. montanabill June 7, 2013

            A long winded way of saying you don’t have enough confidence in the market to fully invest in it. Either that, or you are a typical Obama voter getting your support from government.

          2. Michael Kollmorgen June 7, 2013

            No, it’s not that I don’t have enough confidence in the market at all.

            I really don’t have enough funds to even think of doing it.
            I don’t have enough knowledge to know how to invest in it.

            Anyway, I’ve always felt if I didn’t have enough knowledge about it, I wasn’t going to take any chances on loosing a lot of money as a lot of people I know had.

            In general terms, I was nothing more than a general working stiff, working 40 hours a week since I was 18 years old, machinist by trade.

            In between layoffs, which my trade experiences a lot of, I went to college and almost got a Bachelors majoring in business management and a minor in Anthropology. I’m thinking of going back and finishing my degree. I really only have about 6 more courses to take and I’d have it.

            However, I’m retired, now 64 and only because I can’t work anymore due to severe arthritis in which case I am on Disability. Yep, I’m getting back what I put into it. And, I earned every dam cent of it too.

            I might go back to college just because I do like the college environment and I love to learn new things. I might follow two other interests of mine, Astronomy and Physics.

            Just for the hell of it:)

          3. montanabill June 7, 2013

            You’ve got me cheering for you! I hope you can do it. I had to work my way through school. It took 5 colleges and 12 years with a growing family along the way.

          4. Michael Kollmorgen June 7, 2013

            Thank you:)

            Yea, I went through 3 colleges in pursuit of that degree.

            Though I have to admit, I really don’t see myself working again. Heck, I’m even selling my machine shop I ran for 6 years or so.

            Naw, I’m out of the workforce. Let someone else beat their brains out. I plan on staying retired!

            If I did go back to college, I would only be going to enhance my knowledge involving astronomy and physics. I wouldn’t even want the credits. These two fields have been a major passion of mine for many years.

          5. montanabill June 7, 2013

            I have one degree in math/physics. If you tackle physics, you might want to brush up on your math too. It should be fun though.

      2. DurdyDawg June 6, 2013

        But that’s just it.. They are two up on the Dems in scandals and one serious presidential resignation and they must break even whatever it takes, even if it means the entire nation goes under.. they must get out from under these ‘ancient’ scandals by accusing any Dem president so that IF they get lucky and balance the corruption THEN with a new blank slate they will finally be free to create new ones.

        1. Michael Kollmorgen June 6, 2013

          If Republicans are trying to paint the Democrats as being the King of The Hill in the area of scandals, they have long way to go.

          The Republicans have so many scandals in the past 30 years or so, they’ll never even up the score.

          Even if Obama does get caught up in one of them, at least he didn’t cause the death of thousands of our soldiers in trumped-up wars.

          1. DurdyDawg June 11, 2013

            Thousands of soldiers.. yet they want to hang Obama for the death of four which I might add he never wanted to happen yet it did because the gasbags in congress wanted a raise but couldn’t do that AND pay for security in Benghazi.

          2. Troy June 11, 2013

            You are so correct Dawg,I mean if we look at all the Presidents that have been in office at the time of a major offensive that has cost Americans there lives in other countries than every damn U.S.President would be heading to the gallows,gas chamber,lethal injection you name it.I will gibe you and example in 1983 Ronald Reagan,was in his first term,and I was in the Navy,when in Beirut,Lebanon a suicide truck bomber came crashing through the American base there straight in the four story barracks were Marines,were sleeping,He blew himself up and killed 241 U,S.Marines,I was aboard the U.S.S.Nimitz CVN-68 at the time,did anyone threaten to hang Reagan.No!
            1979,I was aboard another Navy shit when the 52 Americans where taken hostage in Iran,and the helicopters HS-60 Sea King choppers crashed in the desert trying to conduct a covert rescue of those Americans. All those personnel were killed when the choppers crashed and the reason they crashed,is because no one realize how much the fine sand would get into the motors causing them to fail and loose power thus they crashed,Did anyone try to hand then President Carter,NO!
            As I see from these two examples this is a racial problem that only Obama,has been having to deal with and being African American,myself it really pisses me off the disrespect some redneck military personnel of today show him,which should land them in federal prison for doing that to there Commander In Chief.When they should had been directing all this anger at the last asshole who was in office and that was Bush 43mwith two wars because of his lying and wanting to avenge the assassination attempt on his father from Saddam Hussein,which everyone seems to have forgotten that is the real reason and oil,of course we went to war in Iraq,Iraq had nothing to do with 911.and the Bush administration knows that.
            But Obama,had to come into the office on the heels of his fuck ups and clean up his mess which still exist to this day true or not to anyone who wants to reply back honestly to those who do not do not even bother OK.
            I want real people to answer no lying people.

      3. RockyMissouri June 7, 2013

        Thank you for a great comment….!!

    2. Robert P. Robertson June 6, 2013

      When Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bags get their fat butts off of President Obama’s Jobs Bill, that “laser focus” will be on point.

      1. montanabill June 7, 2013

        You obviously haven’t done the slightest research into the so-called ‘jobs bill’, have you? Obama called it a ‘jobs bill’, so, therefore, it must be one. He always tells us the truth, doesn’t he?

        1. Robert P. Robertson June 8, 2013

          The Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bag Congress has been sitting on that Jobs Bill since 2010. Our president called them out on it in the 2012 campaigns, remember? Several times, everytime Romney opened his foul mouth about jobs. Remember that? “Tell Congress to vote on my Jobs Bill and I will sign it!” Remember that? They have been sitting their fat funky asses on that Jobs Bill for so long, it has skid marks on it by now! They have been sitting on it for so long, people have actually forgotten about it. So, TELL CONGRESS TO GET THEIR FAT ASSES OFF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S JOBS BILL AND GET AMERICA MOVING!!!!!

          1. montanabill June 9, 2013

            Since name calling is the best you can do, I really doubt you can understand that calling a spending bill a ‘jobs bill’ doesn’t make it so.

          2. Michael Kollmorgen June 9, 2013

            You could literally say that about any bill congress passes.

            Just because it’s called a Defense Bill doesn’t make that so either. You could call that a Military Complex’s Industrialized Bottom-Line Income Enhancement Bill and that would probably pretty much sum it up with it’s real intended purpose of it is.

            And, OH BOY, how about all these so-called Homeland “Security” bills. They are not protecting us in anyway.

            You’re right though, just because a bill is called one thing, don’t necessarily mean what its real intended purpose is.

          3. Robert P. Robertson June 9, 2013

            montanabill, if it smells like a snake, looks like a snake, and bites like a snake, its a snake. You Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bags have a well-known habit of saying its name-calling when anyone pinpoint factual information to you, then you proceed to do the name-calling to support some idiot opinion or empirical observation of yours. Case in point, you call President Obama’s Jobs Bill a “spending bill”, typical republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bag technique, but you never say how it is a spending bill. I call it what President Obama himself called it, a Jobs Bill, but technically, it is called the American Jobs Act. Go on http://www.gov.org and log it in. It’ll tell you everything you need to know aboiut it, plus how it was voted out by Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bags, and two Yellow Dog Democrats. President Obama rewrote the bill and sent it back to Congress who has done nothing with the bill except to sit on it since 2010. The bill would have given incentives, subsidies, and credit to small business owners to hire and create jobs for jobless Americans. The same thing being done with industries and corporations, except that industries and corporations are using their subsidies to outsource jobs away from America. The bill is aimed at businesses who are struggling from the Bush/Cheney attack on the American ecnomy, to help them stay in business and to hire Americans. Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bags see it as a “moocher” system, a “give away”, a “spending bill”. Yet, it would have been funded by tax payer’s money to create tax payers. But, Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bags have blocked any legislation on it because they want to see the president fail. If not, why not get off of their fat asses and push the bill through to get Americans working? That’s not name calling, montanabill, its fact.

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