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‘God’s in his heaven — All’s right with the world!
‘God’s in his heaven — All’s right with the world!

on Apr 25, 2014

This is a piece of verse that I have used much in my life. It’s from Robert Browning’s Pippa Passes, published in 1841 — it’s a very small passage of a larger work. Pippa’s Song The year’s at the spring, And day’s at the morn; Morning’s at seven; The hill-side’s dew-pearled; The lark’s on the wing; The snail’s on the thorn; God’s in His heaven— All’s right with the world! It describes (to me) a perfect day or moment. When things are going well and everything is about as perfect as things can be, or if I’ve been worried about something and received the news that all is OK, I say “God’s in his heaven, All’s right with the world!” It’s comforting, no? The exclamation point in that passage is wonderful, because it wasn’t used as often in the 1800’s as it is now. The message that Browning probably meant to convey in that passage is interesting. The wonderful thing about it is that even if things really suck, one moment can be right. In the middle of a sucky day, there can be a moment when “all’s right with the world.” Perhaps I’ll stumble upon a beautiful flower unexpectedly, or...

A 5-Minute Guide to Fonts and Typefaces

on Apr 24, 2014

  This is awesome. I found it at The Muse. It shows all that the average person needs to know about fonts and typefaces....

Some years are better than others
Some years are better than others

on Mar 31, 2014

It’s March 31st again. Some years are better than others, but no March 31st is ever without pain. He died on March 31st in 1991. It also happened to be Easter Sunday, so we usually have two of these painful days every spring. Sometimes on March 31st, I quietly observe with minimal incident. Some years, the pain is as intense as it was on that first March 31st. This year? It’s a quiet, dull ache. This year, because of other recent events and other losses, I feel his loss in a different kind of way than I have before. Very quiet and very resigned. Resignation. That’s it. I’ve never been able to replace him. Not because I didn’t want to. I know that I have a right to happiness. I’m not in love with a ghost. Love him? Yes, always. But I’ve not let life stand still since he died. What I can’t seem to replicate is the person that I was with him. I’ve loved weak men. Men who couldn’t hold their crap together without me being the strong one. I’ve never since known a man (besides my father) who was a solid rock for me. I’ve never since...

The evolution of the species

on Mar 17, 2014

I recently shared a personal story that I’ve not shared with anyone before. A few of my closest friends and family knew that I had experienced some abuse in my last relationship, but it took me nearly two years to tell the whole story — I ended my relationship in June, 2012. My friends were shocked by the story. Gobsmacked. One of the things that people keep asking me (and that I ask myself) is: Do you think you’ll want to date or have a relationship again? I think so. Probably. Maybe. Maybe not. I’d love to have a wonderful relationship again. I think. But here is how that negative relationship — and perhaps most importantly, my long period of self-imposed solitude and celibacy (needed to get back to “me”) following it — changed me. I will not tolerate one moment of confusion, one flicker of anxiety, one worry, one moment of doubt , fear…nothing. Is this normal? Have I become too guarded, too impatient? Or is this what healthy, strong women do? In the past, I’ve approached relationships much as I always have my work with at-risk youth. I’m very adept at identifying the good in people and...

My beloved Black feral cat is gone

on Mar 10, 2014

“Never love a wild thing.” (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) It’s a myth. I loved a wild thing and she loved me back. Now, she never cuddled and she never really became less wild, just a little less feral. But she loved me nonetheless. My old wild black feral cat is gone. She lived a good cat’s life. Roaming the forest when she was young, and God only knows where all she went. She just showed up here a few times a year when she was tired. We didn’t even bother giving her a name. She didn’t belong to us, she belonged to the wild. We just called her “Black” and that became her name. “He’s all right! Aren’t you, cat? Poor cat! Poor slob! Poor slob without a name! The way I see it I haven’t got the right to give him one. We don’t belong to each other. We just took up one day by the river. I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I’m not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It’s like Tiffany’s.” (also Breakfast at Tiffany’s) I guess I finally found...

The on/off switch

on Dec 11, 2013

<rant> Not a rant, REALLY, I guess…just a musing. This is really impossible to explain to some people, but some of us don’t just work certain hours and go home and are “off.” I am dumbfounded by the people who leave work and don’t think about work or talk about work or do work until they go back the next day. How do you shut that on and off? I’m equally dumbfounded by people who become indignant when their “off time” is disturbed (although I recognize that this is a thing that most people seem to need, so I not only support it but advocate for it for my people). Define “off” for me. How do you take “off”? I’m trying to imagine someone, anyone, needing something from me and me saying “sorry I’m off.” Does “off” mean I’m away from a computer or other technology? Does it mean I leave my phone in another room and watch a movie or a reality show? I feel like I’m both “off” and “on” at the same time. It becomes a blur when what you do for money is also what you do for fun, doesn’t it? When people tell me...

Infographic Shows How To Hide From The NSA Online (HUMOR)

on Sep 22, 2013

There have been a few events in U.S. history that have united most Americans — on both sides of the political spectrum. One such recent event is the cringe-worthy (and worse) NSA (National Security Agency) scandal....

6 Ways To Make Sure Your Life Is Awesome – By Neil Gaiman

on May 25, 2013

I love Neil’s work. It’s magical. I listened to Stardust on audio-book while making a long commute. I think it took about a week. It was a week of wonder. I didn’t know that he never attended a day of college. His sharing of his practical approach to happiness and excellence is epic. This video should be required watching for high school seniors, college seniors, and well…anyone. It’s so inspiring. Here are his six magical tips for living as a creative. 1) “When you start out on a career in the arts, you have no idea what you’re doing. This is great. People who know what they’re doing know the rules, and they  know what is possible and what is impossible. You should not. If you don’t know it’s impossible, it’s easier to do.” 2) “If you know what you’ve been put here to do, go and do that. It’s harder and easier than you think.”  To become a writer, he took a journalist job. He said “I was paid to learn how to write.” BEST ADVICE EVER!!! I meet so many people who aren’t willing to write for pennies to get started. Most will fail at their dream...

Donate To The Prom Fund For The Georgia Kids Who Are Fighting Segration

on Apr 4, 2013

Here is a link to donate to the Georgia kids who are fighting segregation in their town. Yes, really, they’re fighting segregation. Wow. Let’s help them get a few hundred bucks so they can have their prom! Donate via Paypal. Let’s all try to give $5....

Lawmaker Returns Salary In Sequestration Solidarity

on Apr 4, 2013

Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) announced Wednesday that she is returning 8.4 percent of her salary in a symbolic show of support for the federal employees in her district who are being furloughed. She will continue to return this portion of her salary to the Treasury Department until Congress reaches a solution on the national deficit and budget. This really needs to happen across the board in Congress. Yes, I know it’s symbolic to THEM, but if they give their 5 percent to charity as Chuck Hagel is doing, that is NOT symbolic to the people who are recipients. I deeply resent the attitudes of people like Nancy Pelosi who said this: “I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do,” Pelosi told reporters in February. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.” Really???? She really believes that? Disgust. Tammy Duckworth is an American hero. May she never change....

9 Reasons The GOP Will Never Have The Hispanic Vote

on Mar 31, 2013

I don’t watch a lot of TV, and I generally prefer to watch recorded shows so that I don’t have to endure commercials, but Friday night, I happened to turn on the TV just as Rachel Maddow was beginning her show. And wow, I am so happy that I did. Maddow was dissecting the GOP’s efforts to try to win over the Hispanic demographic because if they don’t get them their “stupid party” is dead connect with minority voters. Predictably, their efforts are not going well. At all. Did anyone really think they would? In November 2012, they were tossing about words like “electric fence” and “self-deport,” and NOW they’re wanting to get cozy? Hispanic immigrants aren’t stupid. In fact, decades of discrimination have made them quite adept at recognizing false attempts at ingratiation. To be honest, I was optimistic when I saw Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) making a concerted effort to shift the paradigms of the doofuses in his party. Rubio knows why the GOP can’t capture the Hispanic vote, and it’s become his mantra. When he and the rest of the “Gang of 8” began working on immigration reform, I was delighted. The thing is, I love the...

Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur?

on Mar 30, 2013

The Experience Of Visiting The Gutenberg Bible (VIDEO)

on Mar 30, 2013

In the summer of 2011, the kids and I took an educational vacation to Austin, Texas. There are so many amazing things to do there. The highlights of our trip were spending an entire day at the LBJ Library and visiting the Gutenberg Bible at the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center. A year before the trip, my little guy did a school paper about Gutenberg’s Bible, and I asked my Facebook friends if they were aware of any Bibles near me. My friend Marty mentioned that he believed one to be housed at UT. Sure enough, a quick web search netted results. See video: You can order a CD-ROM edition of the Ransom Center’s Gutenberg Bible that permits viewing of small details such as the paper-maker’s hair embedded in the fibers of a page. Do you know how very fortunate we are to be near one? There are only 48 copies remaining in the world and a copy rarely changes hands. Furthermore, the book comes in two huge volumes, Old Testament and New Testament. Only 21 collections actually have a complete set that is in good condition. Many fragments have survived and that seems to be ONLY because they...

The Truth About Marriage Equality

on Mar 29, 2013

Here is the thing about the  marriage equality movement that is being played out in the Supreme Court this week.  This is not a Biblical doomsday scenario at all. We’re not fighting for their rights of gay people to “descend into wickedness.” (although, if they do that, they’d be no different from many heterosexuals and it’s, frankly, their own business) We are fighting for the right for LGBT people to enter the sanctity of marriage; to live a life of love and dignity with the person they choose as a life partner; to be able to insure their families through health insurance that THEY PAY FOR; to have the right to leave their estates to their life partners without their partners/spouses being required to pay estate taxes that heterosexual surviving spouses are not required to pay. Why is that confusing? Why would conservatives want to oppose this? What would it hurt them in ANY way? How could it damage society? Make us more promiscuous perhaps? Make our divorce rate go up, and cheating go up, and broken homes go up? Oh wait….we’ve already done that, haven’t we? I can not wrap my mind around why anyone would not be...

The Gun Control Debate In My Facebook Discussions

on Mar 28, 2013

Have you gotten that image in your mind? Different gun, I think…but imagine that in a school with kindergarden kids. Sandy Hook and the Adam Lanza massacre. 5 minutes…154 rounds. Yes, I so could have done this with my single shot rifle. NOT. This was actually reported last week by Rachel Maddow, but the official reports were released today.  I posted the above statement on my Facebook and it naturally sparked a heated debate with 86 comments. The highlights of my friends and subscribers responses listed via their initials only. JJ: 154 round in 300 seconds. CP: No you can’t do that with a single shot, but The Flash can. CA: so if just one life could have been saved with a ban on large clips or non automatic weapons… would it have been worth it??? RG: So how did Oswald pull off his shooting fest with a wobbly, what was it, Austrian? single shot rifle? Answer. He didn’t. He was not alone. MB: There are parts available for AR-15s that allow them to fire up to 100 rounds in about 7-9 seconds. It is called “bump fire”. Show this video to folks who try to say “An AR-15 is just a...

60 Ridiculously Stupid Republican Quotes

on Mar 28, 2013

For THE most entertaining stupid quotes of all time, there is NOTHING to beat stupid Republican quotes!  Who would entertain us if we lost all of the GOP politicians? The things that so many of them say are stupid, out-of-touch, and sometimes, downright crazy. Here is a list of some of the dumbest comments Republicans have ever made. “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” ~ George W. Bush <br><br> ”We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.” ~ Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.<br><br> “When the President does it that means that it’s not illegal.” ~ Richard M. Nixon<br><br> “Exercise freaks … are the ones putting stress on the health care system.” ~ Rush Limbaugh<br><br> ”Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.” ~ Rush Limbaugh<br><br> “Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?” (sic) ~ George W. Bush “Good Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.” ~ Jerry Falwell “As yesterday’s positive report card shows, childrens (sic) do learn when standards are high and results are measured.” ~ George W. Bush “Grown...

Limbaugh Compares ‘Gay Marriage’ To ‘Animal Marriage’ (AUDIO)

on Mar 27, 2013

Always a delight, Rush Limbaugh took to his platform on Wednesday to discuss marriage equality. Sometimes I wonder why I continue to give this butt-clown attention, but alas, it’s good to ensure that people know that, yes, these idiots are still out there, running loose. It’s like he’s deliberately raising the bar on crudeness. Every article I write about him, it seems that I say “Limbaugh sinks to a new low.” But, no. When you’re Rush Limbaugh, there are always “lower lows.”   Obsessed with the sex lives of gay people (and…well…anyone), Limbaugh is in hog heaven this week. Marriage equality is having its day in the highest court of the land, and he is leveraging it to his full advantage as he entertains and feeds the paranoia of his low-information voter audience: “Yeah, same-sex marriage is so ingrained in the culture now that when you’re talking about regular, good old-fashioned marriage, you have to say “opposite-sex marriage” to let people know what you’re talking about.” He went on to say that the term “marriage” has officially become unclear. “Just describing, just talking about “marriage” doesn’t let anybody know what you mean anymore. You have to specify opposite-sex marriage.”...

Rob Portman’s Shocking Reaction To Gay Son’s Coming Out

on Mar 26, 2013

Misleading headline much? Not at all. Senator Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) reaction to his son’s coming out WAS shocking. I mean…who knew that a Republican could show so much humanity? When Portman (R-Ohio) – out of love for his gay son, Will Portland –  “came out” in support of same-sex marriage earlier this month, it shook up the GOP and its stance on marriage equality. Because same-sex marriage and LGBT equality are front and center this week, Portman’s evolution can be compared to that of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s embracing of President Obama the week before the 2012 presidential election. I”m sure Republican leaders were thinking of Portman” “WTH??? Could his timing be ANY worse?” Well in our opinion, the timing couldn’t be better, and it’s likely that Senator Portman knows that. He’s not a fool, and he knows that his voice, and the public acceptance and love that he showed to his gay son, could be a strong influence in public opinion and within the GOP. Although he has faced crippling criticism and bigotry over his decision to take his support public, it will eventually help the cause of marriage equality; the more high-profile Republicans “come out” to support the rights of gay...

Homophobic Cardinal O’Brien Had A Long Term Boyfriend

on Mar 26, 2013

I’m posting a lot of gay related issues, including things like this, because the next couple of days will change everything for gay people in this country. For the better, or as a final judgement. These stories like this remind us that GAY is here to STAY. Always has been, always will be. What is decided in the next couple of days is whether or not they’ll be able to live with the same rights that heteros do. From the article: Already ousted and disgraced over the original accusations, O’Brien now faces a possible police investigation, as well as an official Vatican inquiry. The ironic thing about all of this is that O’Brien has always been one of the most homophobic men in the church, calling homosexuality a “grotesque perversion,” and equating marriage equality to child abuse and slavery. Father Peter says that he now considers the relationship abuse, and is currently in therapy to work through the issues. He says: “I was vulnerable and he knew that. He was very charismatic and I couldn’t believe his interest in me. I thought he was helping me.” (Addicting Info) Read my writing colleague Shannon Barber’s story about the hypocritical Cardinal O’Brien...

Chris Christie Visits With Shaq And Tweets EPIC Photo
Chris Christie Visits With Shaq And Tweets EPIC Photo

on Mar 24, 2013

    LOVE this photo of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. Apparently Shaq dropped by for a “short” visit with the governor and Christie tweeted the photo. You know it’s a fun day in Trenton when @shaq stops by for a visit. twitter.com/GovChristie/st… — Governor Christie (@GovChristie) March 22, 2013   The responses were hilarious! This one, for example: @govchristie @shaq C’mon gov. You’re doing us fat guys all an injustice by keeping your pants up to your nipples. Pull em down a bit. — Rocco Deserto (@RoccoDeserto) March 22, 2013   @jeffreyyoung_hc made a joke about the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito movie “Twins.”   Don’t know if @dannydevito would approve RT @jeffreyyoung_hc: Casting 4 the remake of “Twins” seems like a done deal twitter.com/GovChristie/st… — Governor Christie (@GovChristie) March 22, 2013   Danny DeVito is a staunch Democratic activist who works with the OneVoice Movement, an organization devoted to helping moderate Israelis and Palestinians take a more assertive role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.    And this was priceless: @govchristie You look as big as a leprechaun Governor. I need my photo taken with @shauq. — godwinkelly (@godwinkelly) March 22, 2013   Christie is a big dude, and I...

US Pacific Forces Chief: Climate Change Biggest Long-Term Security Threat

on Mar 20, 2013

With all of the worries and concerns that our top military brass has, it’s hard to believe that the man who is in charge of monitoring escalating tensions between China and Japan, hostility from North Korea, and Chinese-traced computer attacks adamantly claims that climate change is our biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region. But that’s exactly what Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III is saying. In early March, Admiral Locklear spent two days in New England to meet privately with security and foreign policy specialists at Harvard and Tufts universities and students at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island to discuss his concerns. “[Climate change] is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about,’’ he told  the Boston Globe. Included in the meetings were Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Asia specialist Joseph Nye Jr. He described the reaction that he gets when he shares his observations with people who are in denial about climate change concerns. “People are surprised sometimes,” he said. “You have the real potential here...

Films For Action

on Mar 20, 2013

I’ve discovered Films For Action, a website that: “[…] uses the power of film to raise awareness of important social, environmental, and media-related issues not covered by the mainstream news. Our goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society. Our website has cataloged over 900 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online. (FilmsForAction) As pointed out on their site, six multi-national corporations dominate 90 percent of the media that we see, read, and hear. This is kinda chilling, eh? Do we really think that News Corporation, Disney, Time Warner, Viacom, and the like are REALLY serving “the public’s interest and act as a watchdog for corporate and government abuse”? Hahahaha….no. In addition to videos, Films for Action has great articles like “The Top 10 Documentaries From 2011 That Could Change The World.” The site  lists documentaries, presentations, short films, trailers and videos by subject, and include a diverse list of topics: Activism, Animal Rights, Big Ideas, Globalization  Human Rights, Philosophy, Social Issues, and more and more and more! And guess what? Contributors can ADD content! Videos, articles, news, events, etc… I can’t wait...

Decency Has Never Been Cool

on Mar 13, 2013

  Facebook graphic shared. My friend’s comment: Michael Prieto: It’s not ‘cool’. It will never be ‘cool’. The hard things never are. “Working hard” isn’t considered “cool”. “Studying” isn’t “cool”. “Telling the truth” isn’t “cool”. Heroes don’t do ‘cool’ things. They do hard things, and rarely get thanked for it, and often no one even knows they’ve done it. Which is why it’s all the more important to thank them when you spot someone doing something TRULY “cool”....

A Priest Ridicules A Creationist

on Mar 11, 2013

I have these discussions way too often. I think many of my Christian friends are afraid to recognize science, as if it’s a challenge to God for them to believe that He and science can co-exist. In fact, I had the conversation just YESTERDAY with a man who’s not a Christian. I had to explain why science actually validates my spiritual beliefs. Good grief, I am at odds with everyone. I don’t mind explaining myself daily, but I’d have a lot more peace in my life if I could choose a certain path: 1) pretend to be ignorant of science, or 2) pretend to be ignorant of a higher power. I just really am going to have to keep explaining myself daily, I...

Eerie Underwater Art Gallery Brings New Life To Sunken Ship (PHOTO GALLERY)

on Mar 10, 2013

All images from CNN  This is amazing. Very eerie. Viennese artist Andreas Franke, 45, worked as an advertising photographer for 20+ years. He  used s; special underwater cameras to capture the ship before heading back to the studio to photograph models in 1940s and 1950s costumes. He then superimposed the images over the top of the ship (the Vandenberg) and created the underwater world. “It’s like bringing the Vandenberg back to life,” Franke said. “It’s a huge empty ship with fish swimming around — at 27 meters below the surface, the sunlight is this beautiful blue green color. I shot the models in the studio with the same lens, so the images matched.” (CNN) Approximately 10,000 divers visited the underwater art exhibit before the images, now worth 30,000 dollars were brought back ashore, where Franke discovered that they had been altered by seal life. “The sea life had created new images. It’s very cool, they almost look like Polaroids, he said, adding “The extra layer of growth tells the story of their voyage to the bottom of the seabed.” (CNN) Visit the entire gallery at CNN.com.          ...

Colorado Advances Ground-Breaking Gun Control Proposals (VIDEO)

on Mar 9, 2013

Who says gun control and change can’t happen? I live in Texas – a state that is depressingly Republican, and where our esteemed governor would like for guns to be anywhere and everywhere. But change is possible as evidenced by what’s going on in the Colorado state legislature right now. A state that boasts a heritage of gun ownership and Old West values, Colorado has had enough of senseless violence and massacre and we are seeing the state take a serious stance on gun control. For reasons that experts have been unable to identify, Colorado has seen more than an average number of mass shootings over the years. Whether it’s because of their history of mass killings; or because of the overall national tone of violence; or the growing roar of anger from Americans; or because Colorado Democrats have control of the state House and Senate, times they are a changin’ in Colorado. In a move that will be the most advanced gun control proposals in recent history, Colorado lawmakers began a day of marathon gun control debates Friday. The Colorado measures are being carefully watched by other states, Washington, gun control organizations, and very likely, the National Rifle Association (NRA). Vice President Joe Biden called in...

Four Magazines Open To Submissions

on Mar 8, 2013

Note: when I share these tips, I’ve usually not checked them out personally. If I have, I’ll say so and share my experience. Just passing on good information that I find or that someone has shared with me. If you check them out, please share your experience in the comments. Have a good “writing for money” source you’d like me to share? Email me at tiffany_willis (at) yahoo (dot) com (remove the parenthesis). I got a Writers Digest alert about four open to freelance submissions. You’ll need to Google the magazines to find the URLs. American Archaeology is a quarterly magazine published by the Archaeological Conservancy. This popular archaeology magazine pays $1,000-2,000 for nonfiction features. Writers should query with published clips. Bow & Arrow Hunting is published 9 times per year. This hunting enthusiast magazine pays $250-450 for nonfiction articles. Writers are encouraged to submit a complete manuscript or query first. Horticulture is the country’s oldest gardening magazine (and published by F+W Media, which owns WritersMarket.com). The bimonthly magazine pays $500 for nonfiction features and $250 for smaller pieces. Writers should query first. Skin Deep is the official trade publication of Associated Skin Care Professionals. The bimonthly magazine pays...

Has President Obama Kept His Promises?

on Mar 5, 2013

A friend (Republican, of course) recently expressed his “disappointment” about President Obama’s unbroken promises. He named one: the president promising to cut the deficit in half in my 1st four years or not run again. Well, first I asked him if there were any more broken promises that he could think of, or if that was his only example. I always give them a chance to wriggle away, though this particular friend never does. Then, I presented the facts. Here you go:     President Obama made 508 promises during his 2008 presidential campaign. Politifact has tracked them carefully. Of course, many of my righties reject anything Politifact does because…well, just because. They consider them liberal-biased. Never mind that these facts are easily enough checked. But no…anyhow. From Politifact via Tampa Bay Times: Top 10 Promises Kept (so far) 1 End the use of torture. What happened? Obama said he would stop the torture of terror suspects, and human rights experts say he did. 2 Seek verifiable reductions in nuclear stockpiles. What happened? In 2010, the Senate ratified a new START treaty for the United States and Russia to verify reductions in nuclear weapons. 3 Create new financial regulations. What happened? Obama signed...

National Grammar Day 3/4/2013

on Mar 4, 2013

Hey, it’s National Grammar Day! Who knew? Not me…until I looked at Twitter trending topics. But now we know, so let’s get this party started! Here’s a fabulous Tweet:   Tomorrow is National Grammar Day. You must learn the following or fight to death in Hunger Games style event: twitter.com/pourmecoffee/s… — pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) March 3, 2013...

Boehner Gets A Spanking From David Gregory – ‘Mr. Speaker, That’s Just Not True’ (VIDEOS)

on Mar 4, 2013

Original story on Addicting Info. Late Friday afternoon, Speaker of the House John Boehner paid a visit to President Obama at the White House to discuss sequester negotiations. When he returned to his office (sans an agreement), he sat down for an interview with David Gregory, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The interview aired Sunday morning. All direct quotes from this article are from the official NBC News transcript. Boehner reported that the interview with the president was “a very nice, polite discussion,” but he didn’t waste a lot of time on pleasantries. He got straight to the business at hand: spouting GOP talking points and trashing the President and Senate Democrats. “I had asked the president and Senator Reid to come with a plan to replace the sequester. Now listen, we’ve known about this for 16 months. And yet even today, there’s no plan from Senate Democrats or the White House to replace the sequester. And over the last 10 months, House Republicans have acted twice to replace the sequester. There are smarter ways to cut spending than these automatic across the board…” Gregory was having none of it, though. “But Mr. Speaker that’s just not true. They’ve made it very clearly,...