A lot of chances for upsets this week .
Kc @ Buff
NO @ Jets
Atlanta @ Car
Indy @ Houston
13 – 3
__________= 13 – 3 = 81%
10 – 6
__________= 23 – 9 = 71%
8 – 8
__________=31 – 17 = 64%
8 – 7
__________=39 – 24 = 61%
9 – 5
__________=48 – 29 = 62%
9 – 6
__________=57 – 35 = 61%
9 – 6
__________=66 – 41 = 61%
10 – 3
__________=76 – 44 = 63%
THU, OCT 31
Cincinnati at Miami – Pick – Cinci
SUN, NOV 3
Kansas City at Buffalo – Pick – Kansas City
Minnesota at Dallas – Pick – Dallas
Tennessee at St. Louis – Pick – Tennessee
New Orleans at NY Jets – Pick – New Orleans
San Diego at Washington – Pick – Washington
Atlanta at Carolina – Pick – Carolina
Philadelphia at Oakland – Pick – Oakland
Tampa Bay at Seattle – Pick – Seattle
Baltimore at Cleveland – Pick – Baltimore
Pittsburgh at New England – Pick – New England
Indianapolis at Houston – Pick – Indy
MON, NOV 4
Chicago at Green Bay – Pick – Green Bay
·Bye: Denver, Detroit, NY Giants, Arizona, San Francisco, Jacksonville
As I’ve said before, I have rocks in my backyard
that are smarter then her.
Pass a ‘farm bill’ in July w/o SNAP and wait until
October (after Republicans refused to have a
conference) to finally HAve a conference to add
SNAP back into the farm bill.
Yeah. That really speeds up the legislative process doesn’t it Cathy?
‘July 19, 2013’
‘A farm bill approved last week in the U.S. House
of Representatives divorcing agriculture subsidies
from food aid to the poor was designed to speed up
the legislative process, Rep. Cathy McMorris
Rodgers said Thursday’.
‘By DAVID ROGERS | 10/29/13 7:04 PM EDT Updated:
10/30/13 6:52 PM EDT’
‘As formal talks open Wednesday, farm bill
negotiators are looking at new alternatives to
better align the House and Senate commodity titles
and reduce the cost of rival revenue insurance
plans to protect against shallow losses’.
A great piece by David Denby over at the New Yorker.
‘In Cruz’s rhetoric, the American people are always being wronged’.
‘When Ted Cruz lies, he appears to be praying. His lips narrow, almost disappearing into his face, and his eyebrows shift abruptly, rising like a drawbridge on his forehead into matching acute angles. He attains an appearance of supplication, an earnest desire that men and women need to listen, as God surely listens’.
‘If, as Orwell said, everyone has the face he deserves at fifty, Cruz, who is only forty-two, has got a serious head start’.
‘For months, I sensed vaguely that he reminded me of someone but I couldn’t place who it was. Revelation has arrived’:
“Ted Cruz resembles the Bill Murray of a quarter-century ago, when he played fishy, mock-sincere fakers. No one looked more untrustworthy than Bill Murray. The difference between the two men is that the actor was a satirist”.
‘Yet Cruz is amazingly sure-footed verbally. When confronted with a hostile question, he has his answer prepared well before the questioner stops talking’.
‘There are no unguarded moments, no slips or inadvertent admissions’.
‘He speaks swiftly, in the tones of sweet, sincere reason. How could anyone possibly disagree with him’?
‘His father is a Baptist, and Cruz himself has an evangelical cast to his language, but he’s an evangelical without consciousness of his own sins or vulnerability’.
‘He is conscious only of other people’s sins, which are boundless, and a threat to the republic; and of other people’s vulnerabilities and wounds, which he salts’.
‘If they have a shortage of vulnerabilities, he might make some up’.
‘When the Senate Armed Services Committee was discussing Chuck Hagel’s fitness to be Secretary of Defense, last February, Cruz, who had been in the Senate for about a month, said that Hagel was weak on Iran, adding’.
“It is at a minimum relevant to know if that two hundred thousand dollars that he deposited in his bank account came directly from Saudi Arabia, came directly from North Korea.”
‘His strategy is universal aggression, aimed at everyone. Well, not quite everyone—lately, his popularity with the Tea Party cohort has increased. And at a recent rally at the convention of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, he was greeted with heated adoration’.
‘When things go wrong, he only sharpens the blades’.
‘From the Senate, he urged House Republicans into a government shutdown and a sustained threat not to extend the debt ceiling’.
‘When the President held firm and the Republican leadership backed down, the fallout included collapsing poll numbers for the Republican Party and the possibility, mentioned by nonpartisan political analysts, that the Democrats could pick up a serious number of seats in the House in 2014’.
‘But, rather than acknowledge any responsibility, Cruz told Dana Bash, from CNN, that’.
“The single most damaging thing that has happened to Republicans for 2014 is all of the Senate Republicans coming out attacking the House Republicans, attacking those pushing the effort to defund Obamacare, and lining themselves up opposite the American people.”
‘He has repeated this charge—the betrayal, the stab in the back—in many forms’.
‘He has been wronged, his cohort has been wronged, the American people have been wronged, traduced by weaklings and cowards in the ranks’.
‘In Cruz’s rhetoric, the American people are always being wronged’.
‘Cruz voted no on the bipartisan immigration bill, no on the farm bill, no on the continuing resolution; he voted against the confirmations of John Brennan, Chuck Hagel, John Kerry, and Jack Lew’.
‘He makes extreme demands, then accuses the other side of being unwilling to compromise, then calls his own party members cowards, and so on’.
‘Prior to the next election, Democrats can’t do much to deter him’.
‘They may hope that he continues his rampage, turning off big money and more and more of the electorate’.
‘His immediate threat, obviously, is to moderate Republicans. If he continues to blaze, they will be consumed. Then again, there is another side to the Joseph McCarthy story. After going too far—attacking the Army, in 1953 and 1954—McCarthy was censured by the Senate, in December, 1954’.
From : http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/10/ted-cruz-the-mask-of-sincerity.html?currentPage=all
“I believe we have a hunger crisis,” said Rep. Jim
McGovern, who sits on a House committee responsible
for the food stamp program. “When 50 million people
in the richest country on the planet are hungry,
that’s a crisis.”
‘In the 22 years that Swami Durga Das has managed
New York’s River Fund Food Pantry, he has never
seen hunger like this’.
‘Each Saturday, hundreds of
hungry people descend on the pantry’s headquarters,
an unassuming house on a residential block. The
first people arrive around 2 am, forming a line
that will wrap around the block before Das even
opens his doors’.
“Each week there’s new people,” Das told MSNBC.com.
“The numbers have just skyrocketed.”
‘The new clients are diverse—working people,
seniors, single mothers—but many of them share
something in common’:
‘They represent the millions of Americans who fell
victim to food insecurity when the Great Recession
hit in 2009, but didn’t benefit from the economic
‘And the worst may be yet to come’.
‘Food activists expect a “Hunger Cliff” on November
1, when automatic cuts to food stamp benefits will
send a deluge of new hungry people to places like
the River Fund Food Pantry, which are already
‘The 2009 stimulus bill raised the cap on food
stamp benefits and pumped an additional $45.2
billion into the program over the next several
years. But as provisions of the law expire, the
program is scheduled to receive a $5 billion cut
over the next year alone. Those cuts will reduce
monthly benefits for every single food stamp
recipient in the country; a family of four will
receive $36 less per month, on average’.
‘Billions more in cuts are scheduled to occur in
the following two years, despite the fact that food
insecurity in America has not even begun to return
to pre-recession levels’.
‘Fully 93 percent of Tea Party members subscribe to the false belief that government spending is skyrocketing out of control’.
‘Under President Obama, the federal budget deficit has been more than cut in half, from a FY 2009 high of $1.55 trillion (largely inherited from George W. Bush) to an estimated $642 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office’.
‘However, a recent Bloomberg News poll shows that only 10 percent of American voters are acquainted with this indisputable fact’.
’59 percent mistakenly believe that the deficit has risen under Obama’.
‘Another 26 percent think it’s remained approximately the same’.
‘It’s hard to run a democracy given such widespread public ignorance’.
From : http://www.nationalmemo.com/its-hard-to-run-a-democracy-with-an-ignorant-public/
‘Tea Party Leaders Decide Enough Is Enough.
Just watch this new video from the Tea Party
‘Any Republican who did their job is on that list,
labelled as traitors’.
‘The Tea Party Leadership Fund (who notably
bankrolled Louie Gohmert and Allen West according
to Opensecrets.org) has now decided to finance
*any* candidate who runs against any ‘traitor’ who
did their jobs’.
‘The Tea Party has decided that they hate the
United States enough that they just want to burn it
down, and they intend to play fiddle while it
Grover Norquist : “We will make it so that a Democrat cannot govern as a Democrat.”
@ : http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-06-30/news/35233959_1_tax-cuts-grover-norquist-republican-strategy
‘Former U.S. House Majority Leader Republican Tom
DeLay told a tea party group that God has told him
to lead a constitutional revival’.
“He believes that he is being led to encourage, or
promote, or participate in sort of a new a new
revolution for the country — not armed battles and
muskets and all that stuff, but in terms of
ideals,” said Barry Schlech, the vice-chairman for
the Texas Patriots PAC’.
‘DeLay said the best way to start this revolution
is for conservative tea party candidates to lay
claim to the U.S. House’.