• Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Discipline and Punish Dissidents

    2014-08-24 13:06:01View | Delete

    Masaccio–

    You, sir, are one hell of a good writer. My Irish mother would say of you, “he has the gift.”

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: August 24, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-08-24 11:57:36View | Delete

    The NYT ought to turn Douthat’s column over to “Gemli.” He or she is an order of magnitude better as a writer.

  • “Family-friendly” Florida is the home of medical practices that dole out addictive pain medication by the metric ton, scam artists who bill Medicare for millions of dollars worth of phantom equipment and therapy, and crooked nursing-home operators who neglect and abuse elderly residents.

    Jeb! is a hypocrite of the first magnitude.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post A Few Reasons Why Evan Bayh Needs to Stay Out of Indiana by Doug Martin.

    2014-07-31 10:35:49View | Delete

    Evan Bayh : Birch Bayh :: Andrew Cuomo : Mario Cuomo.

  • Love the analogy you made, and it’s good to know there are other IPA fans here at the Lake. I’ve got a Sculpin in the fridge for later this evening.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post No Labels Document Shows Politics As Usual Strategy

    2014-07-29 14:11:31View | Delete

    That, and ignoring the two biggest contributors to the national debt: the Iraq war and the Bush tax cuts.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post No Labels Document Shows Politics As Usual Strategy

    2014-07-29 14:00:37View | Delete

    No Labels. No principles. No conscience.

  • A year ago, I remember being told that shopping for insurance would be as easy as buying plane tickets on Kayak or books on Amazon.

    Then again, Mrs. Tiger and I never expected to be forced to shop on the exchange. Obama assured us that if we liked our coverage, we could keep it. Then Blue Cross canceled our existing plan, blaming the health care law.

    Everything about this Rube Goldberg contraption of a law has been a nightmare.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Jonathan Gruber Has an Honesty Problem

    2014-07-25 14:18:50View | Delete

    As Flounder said to Otter in Animal House, “You fucked up… you trusted us!”

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Jonathan Gruber Has an Honesty Problem

    2014-07-25 14:12:24View | Delete

    Gruber is not an attorney and doesn’t have a law degree. I hope those who relied on his legal advice were aware of his lack of credentials.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Under Obamacare, the Hen House Guards Morph Into Foxes

    2014-07-25 12:18:12View | Delete

    Amazingly, Democrats still seemed shocked that the law hasn’t become more popular.

    They live in a bubble so thick it could survive the water pressure at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

    When Obama took office, the public’s top complaints about health care were price-gouging and abusive practices by insurance companies. The Rube Goldberg Act essentially gave a green light to price-gougers, and curbed a few of the insurance companies’ worst abuses–until they figure out ways around the law–in exchange for giving them a vast new captive audience.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Under Obamacare, the Hen House Guards Morph Into Foxes

    2014-07-25 12:14:03View | Delete

    Ms. Fonteneau is simply following the example of Liz Fowler, who went from Wellpoint to Senator Mac Baucus’s staff to the White House to Johnson & Johnson.

    Another reason why we have the best health care system in the world.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Why the Legal Marijuana Age Has to Be 21

    2014-07-24 16:11:46View | Delete

    It gets worse. Once the drinking age went to 21, legislators in most states raised the legal gambling age to 21. (The legal age for buying cigarettes is now 21 in NYC, and NJ is considering doing the same). Many states also give hotel owners the right to refuse to rent rooms to adults younger than 21–because they might have an underage booze party.

    Unfortunately, I don’t see public opinion toward the age of majority changing during my lifetime.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Why the Legal Marijuana Age Has to Be 21

    2014-07-24 16:08:55View | Delete

    Congress passed The National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1984, and the Supreme Court held it constitutional in South Dakota v. Dole. The law penalizes states with a legal age lower than 21 by withholding 10 percent of the allocation of their highway funds. This mechanism was used because there were serious questions as to whether a federal drinking age would be constitutional in light of the 21st Amendment, and because lawmakers didn’t want the federal court dockets clogged with minor-in-possession cases.

    What makes the U.S. drinking age law especially Draconian is that in most states, underage drinking is not only a misdemeanor-level crime but an offender is subject to the suspension of his or her driver’s license (whether or not the offense had anything to do with a vehicle). Those penalties usually kick in with a second offense–as Jenna Bush found out during her father’s presidency.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Democrats Suffer From Significant Enthusiasm Gap

    2014-07-24 09:40:30View | Delete

    To paraphrase a local sports radio guy, the Democrats need an organizational enema. Everyone, from Debbie Wishy-Washy Schultz down to the person who delivers the bagels to DNC headquarters, needs to be replaced.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Democrats Suffer From Significant Enthusiasm Gap

    2014-07-24 09:37:29View | Delete

    Especially when said signature legislative achievement is incomprehensible to most voters–except for the individual mandate, which they hate–and the party has done a criminally bad job of advocacy for it.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 22nd, 2014

    2014-07-23 11:03:12View | Delete

    Hillary the Inevitable versus Joe Biden. That’s like having to choose between indigestion and flatulence.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post The Undying Filibuster Myth

    2014-07-22 15:47:08View | Delete

    Pre-emptive concessions are to the Democrats’ playbook what “Run to daylight” was to Vince Lombardi’s playbook.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post The Undying Filibuster Myth

    2014-07-22 15:45:32View | Delete

    Gerrymandering and the filibuster were Convenient Excuses #1 and #2 for the Democrats’ failure to pass anything besides a weak stimulus and a Rube Goldberg contraption of a health-care law.

  • When I was in law school 40 years ago, the kind of legal thinking we’re seeing from today’s conservative judges wouldn’t have passed the giggle test in a campus pub–even after the fifth pitcher of beer.

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