WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Is Ted Cruz the future of the national Republican Party?

Sooner or later he had to stop. He did, around Noon.

And now the United States Senate is proceeding with a procedural step toward passing a short-term funding resolution this (Wednesday) afternoon. Whether that averts a government shutdown is an open question.

But Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) continued his quioxtic speechifying against the Affordable Care Act through the night, with assists from a handful of like-minded senators.

(Technically, Senator Cruz's marathon speechifying doesn't constitute a filibuster under Senate rules. He's merely addressing a procedural vote slated to take place around Noon today. His marathon remarks merely keep the Senate in session, but do not affect the overall legislative schedule. Senate colleagues could come in - and give Cruz a rest - under Senate rules allowing lengthy questioning, more like mini-speeches rather than questions. So Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), David Vitter (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) offered assists.)

But it may be more about a tug-of-war for the future of the Republican party than about stopping the President's health-care overhaul.

See this analysis from NATIONAL JOURNAL's Michael Hirsh...

"Why the G.O.P. Is on Cruz Control"...


Also in NATIONAL JOURNAL, CBS News Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett writes how President Obama's U.N. speech could've been directed inwardly towards Congress. Garrett argues this new autumn dance at the precipice of a government shutdown and a U.S. Government default cannot - should not -- become the new normal...


Listen to these interviews from the Noon hour, just after Ted Cruz concluded his speakathon, with CBS News Congressional correspondent Bob Fuss and Wayne Slater, Senior Political Writer for The DALLAS MORNING NEWS...

Audio Here

Posted at 8:23am on September 25, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 9:09am
I sincerely hope Cruz and the other vibrant "Young Guns" are the future...no more Chris Christie-types. CC may be fine for New Jersey or even Delaware, but not the nation.

I do not like ObamaCare.
I do not want it here nor there.
I do not want socialized health-care.
Not here, not there, not anywhere (in the United States).

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 9:42am
Allan.. The answer to your posed theoretical question was answered above in your choice of the adjective... "handful"

As for Earl's poem.

I do not like the Insurance Wares!
Too Much Money! Too Little Care!
We Need Something Better, SO we shall Dare.
Let us try this new ... Obamacare.

(If insurance executives were not the despicable scum of the lower elements of outdoor pit toilets, we would not now be even considering Obamacare. If they had remained with the coverages and profits incurred in the 70's, we'd be happy and all Republican now. But they were greedy, extremely greedy, stole the peoples' money, and now, have to pay.)

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 9:46am
btw, I was hysterical listening to Rick Jensen yesterday. He opened the lines to talk about Obamacare and they lit up, by people phoning in horror stories about their PRIVATE health-cares jerking them around.

Lol.. What better endorsement of change and Obamacare could one get? Did you hear premiums in New York are half as much this year, because of Obamacare?

If you weren't in favor of Obamacare before that show... you certainly were after having your blood boil over those scummy insurance executives raking those individual Americans over the coals...

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:21am
The monorhyme quatrain:
Simple, predictable, gets old fast.
Most common in Arabic poetry.
Arabic, Earl? Hmmmm.

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:40am
"Let us try this new ... Obamacare."

You mean the same "Care" that is going to raise my insurance four-fold? Yeah sounds great...especially when Congress (and their minions) are exempt; big biz & other special groups can opt out of this train-wreck.

I think we all can agree that health-care insurance is screwed up, but why not FIX IT rather than jumping to the government, taking over our health & lives? The "evil Rs" actually have a solution that keeps some of the good parts in O-Care such as pre-existing health conditions but adds state/state insurance competition, personal insurance that isn't tied to one's job, and customized health choices for your own family so that individuals are not forced to pay for other people's choices (good and bad). For example: If I choose to smoke 10 packs a day then I will pay the cost for my own poor choices; however, O-care forces ALL taxpayers to pay for everyone's lifestyle choices.

btw, of course New York (and probably NJ) will have lower costs... There is a reason for that, and now the rest of the nation gets to foot the bill.

kavips: I don't really like or trust the insurance executives (that's where the government should be involved to prosecute their abuses), but do you honestly believe that an even larger faceless entity (government bureaucracy) is going to make health-care more user-friendly? Competition would force the private sector to provide better services; a monopoly like the Affordable Care Act rids any incentive to provide better services to those unfortunate enough not to opt out.

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:43am
"Arabic, Earl? Hmmmm."

No bill...Seuss.

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:49am
Interesting: kavips apparently believes that insurance companies are to be indicted for dramatically raising premium costs when Obamacare law... Law... requires insurance companies to increase their rates and bill smith infers Dr. Seuss is a Sunni warrior. ;) By the way, Bill, a somewhat more serious question: Isn't the style of most Seuss poetry didactic? I always enjoyed The Sneetches, which I was taught is in anapestic tetrameter and legend has it that Green Eggs and Ham, delightfully mimicked by Earl Gray, was the result of a bet in which Bennett Cerf wagered Seuss could not write an entire book using just 50 words. I, for one, have never bored of that rhyme... or that of Adbul Abulbul Amir.
In fact quite the cream of the Muscovite team
Was Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.
One day this bold Russian, he shouldered his gun
And donned his most truculent sneer,
Downtown he did go where he trod on the toe
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.


- Rick jensen

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:59am
Interesting...I never knew Seuss was a jihadi ;) I will never be able to view Yertle the Turtle the same way again #snark snark

back to O-Care "...think about how this number translates to a typical American family—the very family candidate Obama promised would see $2,500 in annual savings as far as the eye could see. So I have taken the latest year-by-year projections, divided by the projected U.S. population to determine the added amount per person and multiplied the result by 4."


Wed, Sep 25, 2013 11:35am
OK, you wing-nuts embrace the poetry style of a guy who wrote books for eight-year-olds. Since that is the intellectual level at which you TPs operate, I guess that's appropriate.

Jensen: You lie. You are an unprincipled media ho pandering to the ignorant and bigoted and stirring up the crazies.

The Affordable Care Act - you ignorant toads can't even use the correct name - will actually lower most premiums...


Stop lying!

Fortunately, right-wing talk radio will be dead soon and scum like you will end up on welfare. Ironic, isn't it?

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:04pm
bill smith: Which lie? That Sneetches is anapestic tetrameter or the genesis of Green Eggs and Ham? The lie couldn't possibly be about the actual true stories of peoples' health-insurance premiums doubling or tripling. By the way, Earl, as I understand it, Congress is not going to be exempt. They are going to fund all their personal health insurance increases with federal taxes. So, technically, they're not exempt. They're just taking more of the money you, bill smith, and I pay to cover their increased costs.

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:16pm
"They are going to fund all their personal health-insurance increases with federal taxes. So, technically, they're not exempt. They're just taking more of the money you, bill smith and I pay to cover their increased costs."

So Rick, Can the rest of "us" get in on that deal? Sounds pretty sweet.

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:17pm
Um bill: You may want to read your own linked articles before calling others bigots, liars, wing-nuts or any other various demeaning term. This administration and HHS are lying, not Jensen.

And why should we be forced to call the ACA out by it's given name? Since it's nothing close to Affordable and is a trainwreck waiting to happen in health-care. Reminds me of the Ministries of Peace/Plenty/Truth/Love in Orwell's 1984 (each title actually meant the opposite).

Laszewski says that for people who are currently uninsured, these more limited network plans will probably be just fine. But for people who have been buying their own insurance, or if they've had employer-provided insurance, they're likely used to having a freer choice of doctors and hospitals. And they're going to find that comes with a price.

"You're going to have to pay $100, $150 a month more than that to be able to get access to those kinds of networks," he said.


Wed, Sep 25, 2013 1:09pm
Wow billsmith, you linked to an article from NPR! You DO realize that would be equivalent to one of us wingnuts (your term, certainly not mine) posting a link to, I don't know, a Fox News story?! Or worse, Wikipedia! Good on Earl for finding the parts of the article that were not all lollipops and unicorns about the ACA, too, as I expected it would have been a fluff piece...

And where is your umbrage at the Congress (both Ds and Rs) exempting themselves and some big Companies (code word donors) from the Act?! I find it ironic that at least for the time-being, the unions have been shut out by the POTUS. But I have faith that he will change his mind and let them keep their Cadillac plans and not subject them to the ACA. They're too big of a Democrat voting bloc to ignore for too long.

We will be stuck with this law, and if through some miracle, the ACA is better than my current employer provided health-care, I will be very pleasantly surprised and will admit it. I hope you will be man enough in a year to do the same. However, there is nothing that I have seen that will be helping me...or any other taxpayers.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 1:29pm
Here's a question for all those here who hate Obamacare [EarlGrey, Mrpizza, Rick Jensen, and many others]. First, considering Obamacare was a G.O.P. plan that goes back to Richard Tricky Dick Nixon, then the Heritage Foundation during the era of "Hillarycare", so it IS a Republican program that Obama and company chose to use as their vehicle to get some sort of national health-care, so why do you all hate it so much?

Second question, since you folks do hate this plan so much, I've NOT heard anywhere the G.O.P. offering the New G.O.P. health-care Plan other than get rid of Obamacare, in other words, leave the status-quo.

For those of us who are blessed to have insurance coverage via our employers, that works, but what about those who are working for employers who do not provide health-care insurance for their folks? Their wages are such that they truly cannot afford to buy health-care coverage on their own. So it seems to my ear that the G.O.P. is saying to these folks: That's just too bad for you; I've got mine. Again, I'm NOT referring to welfare bums sitting home getting free health-care, but folks who actually go to work every day, the working poor.

If there's a real plan, what is it, and why aren't the best and brightest of the G.O.P. touting it as a realistic replacement for the "Evil Obamacare" that they are fighting not to fund? My guess is, because there isn't a new plan.

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 1:42pm
Oh god, are we REALLY still having the "Congress is exempt from Obamacare" debate? Good grief, people, that has been shot down so many times, it's not even funny anymore. Here's a great link about many of the myths of Obamacare. PLEASE, before you post any further factless claims, do a little research...


That said, while this 8,659th iteration of the great Obamacare debate is assuredly fascinating </sarcasm>, I'd like to get back to Allan's original theme of this post: Ted Cruz. My question is, is anyone actually fooled by his grandstanding for the past day? It accomplished NOTHING. It stopped NOTHING. It wasn't a filibuster - he gave up the floor when it was time... even an hour earlier than he had to. And the plan for this SPEECH was even approved by HARRY REID! That's right, the head of the Democratic Party in the Senate ALLOWED IN ADVANCE Cruz to perform this stageshow.

This whole thing was nothing but a P.R. ploy, an attention-grab, by a U.S. Senator vying for the presidency. And a TAXPAYER-FUNDED ploy at that, since it was done on the floor of the Capitol. No wonder no one has any faith in Washington anymore!

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 3:15pm
EarlGrey: Here is the answer to your question about tax dollars paying for Congress' Obamacare coverage, taken from the link Shawn posted above.

"On Aug. 7, the Office of Personnel Management, which administers the FEHB Program, issued a proposed rule saying that the federal government could continue to make contributions toward the premiums of lawmakers and their staffs on the exchanges. The federal government has long made such premium contributions, as other employers do for their employees. OPM said the contribution couldn’t be more than what it is under the FEHB Program. "

Hope that is helpful.

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 7:53pm
Hey Bill, when Rick Jensen and all the other "right-wing nuts" (of which I proudly proclaim myself as a member) lose their jobs and go on welfare, who do you think is going to pay for that welfare?

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:25pm
"If there's a real plan, what is it, and why aren't the best and brightest of the G.O.P. touting it as a realistic replacement for the "Evil Obamacare" that they are fighting not to fund? My guess is, because there isn't a new plan."

Mike: I posted the answer to your question here last week and will re-post the link to answer...yes the Republicans do have an alternative to the ACA.


Mike from Delaware
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:40pm
Well it appears that my guess is correct. I asked for anyone who supports the repeal of Obamacare to tell us about the GOP's new medical plan that simply isn't just to allow the old status-quo to be the plan. Even Rick Jensen doesn't have an answer; the silence from you guys is deafening. So the G.O.P.'s plan is no plan. The Republicans' attitude is those who get health-care insurance via their employers are the only folks who should get that benefit. In other words, too bad for you if you don't work for an employer that provides health-care insurance. What a lousy & selfish attitude! The gang in Congress might be singing a different tune if they didn't get coverage via the government already.

What surprises me is you guys, including Jensen, are middle-class guys who do get medical benefits via your employer, but should be able to see that if you lost your job & ended up with a new job, the new employer might not offer medical benefits. Would you STILL be able to provide medical insurance for you & your family?

I've asked myself the apt question & I find myself thinking the old expression: But for the grace of God go I.

Sure Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity are rich enough to be able to pay any hospital bills they incur without insurance. I know I sure can't & guess you guys would all be in a similar situation if you lost your health-care benefit. Thus the reason I can't understand why you are so against any health-care benefit that isn't from the employer.

The social-safety net is something I don't need, and hopefully I won't ever need, but I am thankful it is there. The Republicans want to eliminate that & you guys support that, amazing.

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:57pm
I think the main reason Cruz "grandstanded" was to let it be known that most Republicans (like a majority of Americans) are opposed to the ACA. So, when the ACA implodes, he wants all to know that it was Democrats who fully supported and pushed the trainwreck upon our country...and voters will remember in 2014 & 2016.

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 11:01pm
Mike, did you read my post? There is a plan.


Wed, Sep 25, 2013 11:53pm
You can wordsmith it as much as you like, but Congress and special groups are not receiving the same health-care as the rest of America...doesn't quite seem fair, as usual.

"For veteran Capitol Hill watchers, shenanigans behind closed doors to enable Congress and its staffers to escape Obamacare come as no surprise. After all, the national health care law was fashioned through repulsive backroom dealing (the “Cornhusker Kickback,” the “Louisiana Purchase,” etc.) that set a record for arrogance and contempt of popular opinion. Favored businesses and unions got special exemptions (more than 1,200 waivers) from Obamacare’s insurance rules...one set of rules for Congress and another set of rules for the rest of us."


Thu, Sep 26, 2013 3:20am
EarlGrey: The problem with this is that it may not implode all that soon. It could take 5 to 10 years before the full effects on society are realized. By that time, Obama will be conveniently gone.

Mike From Delaware: The Republicans have presented their plan many times and the left-wing-nut tabloid press has suppressed the information. The left doesn't want anybody to know about any alternatives as any real solutions would cost them their absolute power. As I've been saying for the last two years on this blog, this is all about bringing America under authoritarian dictatorship.

You have the same internet access that I do. You can easily research for yourself the alternatives the G.O.P. has presented. To give you an example, Paul Ryan clearly articulated a plan during the Romney campaign. Another way you can find out the facts is tune into Sean Hannity and on any given day he'll explain to you these alternatives that you so claim to be elusive.

Thu, Sep 26, 2013 7:02am
Just a friendly reminder from the wisest president in modern history, Ronald Reagan: Government is not the solution to our problems. Government IS the problem.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 8:40am
EarlGrey: I was on my IPod last night and couldn't access the web site and was hoping you'd just mention the key points.

I just looked at the article. It's an interesting idea, apparently only released yesterday [according to the article] due to criticism from the White House that the GOP has no alternative solution on Sept 16th].

So essentially it is a tax deduction of $20,000 per family [$7500] for an individual so they can go and buy healthcare insurance from various healthcare providers in their state. If we actually get a straight deduction of $20K along with the other deductions already in the tax code for the average citizen, many will owe no tax and might get some money back. That isn't revenue neutral.

The other question is will that savings in what you end up paying Uncle Sam be enough for you to buy the healthcare coverage you desire? It's not helpful if you save a few bucks on your tax bill, but still can't afford healthcare coverage.

The article said that you could keep the rest of the money that you didn't spend for health insurance to encourage folks to pick a lesser expensive coverage. Again, I'd have to see real numbers, because it doesn't add up as far as I can see, based only on that article.

I didn't notice in the article [could have missed it as I was reading quickly] anything about insurance companies NOT being able to denigh a person coverage for pre-exisiting conditions, a major benefit of Obamacare.

So what this really is, is a tax deduction to all Americans [rich and poor] of $20K for a family so you can take the money you didn't pay Uncle Sam and use it to buy some insurance. For those of us in the middle class, my guess is we'll not get much money, but the wealthy will probably actually end up getting a nice chunk of change. Again I need to see real numbers. Lowering how much I owe Uncle Sam is nice, but that probably isn't going to be enough money actually put into my pocket to pay for the healthcare insurance coverage in this new plan. So I'll end up paying out of pocket for the rest. So that doesn't sound like a better plan to me than Obamacare.

They called this revenue neutral. That's a load of non-sense, if all of us get our taxes lowered in any amount by the deduction [which is the idea] that is less money going into the Fed Coffers [THAT's the real plan]. This is a tax break that will benefit the wealthy the most [as usual] and us in the working class [middle class] the least, based on my limited understanding of this plan from reading that short article.

Nice try, but I don't think this will benefit the folks who really need the help [it sure ain't the rich].

Mrpizza: I'd rather listen to Rap "Music", Heavy Metal, or Polkas than listen to Sean Hannity. Talk about a self righteous, thinks he excretes Hagan Daus, self promoting blow hard, that's Sean Hannity for my ear. I'd listen to elRushbo, Beck, and Jensen before I'd tune into Hannity. He's just plan obnoxious and rude. If he were the only thing on the radio, I'd no longer need a radio.

Thu, Sep 26, 2013 8:51am
Wow, if I were completely new to this issue and just read this thread, I would thing all those against Obamacare were crazy. That is how you come across.

They should be crazy. They are going to lose, and lose big. Obamacare as of October 1st, is going to be the law of the land.

Why this is good:

Because of Obamacare no one will lose their house due to excessive medical bills.

Because of Obamacare all those with pre-existing conditions will now be insured.

Because of Obamacare, at no cost to you, you can be screened early on against life threatening illnesses.

Because of Obamacare, those who were stuck in a monopoly of paying one price for insurance, can now get cheaper insurance elsewhere.

Because of Obamacare, those who are medically uninsured will become a thing of the past.

Because of Obamacare, our federal outlays towards Medicare will decrease, lowering our deficits and debt, and help diffuse our nations large debt load.

Because of Obamacare, millions of Americans who have been putting off going to the doctor, will now be able to start taking care of themselves.

And the best part... Because of Obamacare, insurers will have to cover claims...

Against this... the opposition has only this one detraction....

We hate Obama because he is____________, so Obamacare is bad. Boo Obama.

Rest assured. The rest of America sees you for what you are, especially after all the hype you are giving about Obamacare turns out so be like the hype your predecessors gave about Medicare (Reagan) and Social Security (the Republicans who were then never heard from again for 60 years.

They were wrong then. As of October 1st, America will see they are very wrong again.

Thu, Sep 26, 2013 8:58am
As Shawn suggested, back to the thread. An interesting note. Whereas Rand Paul's long speech hit a national chord, Ted Cruz came across as dumb as Rubio was for drinking water. That's two immigrants down.

Coupled with Jindal's school-choice foibles, I guess we can write off any immigrant for the Republican lead position. Time to look for a "real" American... Rick Perry, you listening?

Or maybe Herman Cain will take up religion, take over the 700 club and change its name to 999 club, forswear his sexual prowling, and become the new face of the Republican Party...

Watch those shallow Republicans who switched from loving Republican-care to hating Obamacare, now switch from being racists to becoming "buckets" themselves... lol...
"Black Is The New Red, White, and Blue"

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:06am
Kavips: I understood everything you wrote, but one line,
"now switch from being racists to becoming "buckets" themselves..."

Becoming buckets? I have no idea what that means. Would you explain please.

Thu, Sep 26, 2013 7:10pm
MFD: You're the one who was complaining that the Republicans didn't have a plan to replace the fraudulent health-care insurance scam. I was only pointing you to some places where you could get those facts. I'm not surprised you think Sean Hannity is arrogant because you spoke evil of Joel Osteen. I suspect you don't like Joel because he has styled hair and always has a smile on his face, but all he's trying to do is lead the modern-day church out of bondage and into the fullness of God, much like Moses did with the Israelites. My mother-in-law used to speak that way of Steve Hare, but without him there would be no Reach Radio.

I would also suggest a little perspective here. Whatever arrogance these people have doesn't compare to the arrogance of the mole for the Muslim Brotherhood currently occupying the White House and his fascist friends Harry and Nancy who look down their noses at us and treat us like we're stupid. Well, my tax-dollars pay their salaries, and I resent their elitism.

Don't let personalities get in the way of seeking the truth.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:41pm
Mrpizza: I don't agree with Joel Olstein's message . It has nothing to do with his hair.

I was saved at Faith City in 1976, Steve's father (Bert) was pastor then (Steve was still in college at that time). Steve had a wonderful singing voice back then (haven't heard him sing since 1980).

I started the Faith City Orchestra (pastor really loved this idea). I wrote the arrangements of such early praise songs like "He's Everything to Me" & "Pass It On" , etc, (kind of like "Christian Glenn Miller". We played during the offering. Steve played trumpet & drums (there was a second drummer ), Steve's mom (Doris) played piano & was our vocalist. We had 3 Clarinets, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums. The pastor had a TV show on the old Heritage Cablevision (their studios were in Ogletown) in which we appeared. Bert really liked our band.

I left Faith City in 1980. Never was a big fan of Steve. He just rubbed me the wrong way. I'll just leave it at that.

I never cared much for the music on WXHL (Faith City's radio station - Reach FM). I do agree though that Steve's ministry has brought this area CCM music via Reach FM & hopefully many young folks (the target audience) have come to Christ.

As far as Sean Hannity goes, even if I agreed with his point-of-view, I don't care for his radio personality. It is what it is.

Thu, Sep 26, 2013 11:14pm
Ted Cruz has reignited the fight against this government's takeover of our health-care... Anyone reading this blog who opposes the unAffordable Care Act, please sign the petition attached below and contact your senator to let him know you are watching how they vote and will remember their vote in 2014 and 2016.

Fri, Sep 27, 2013 6:42am
MFD: So you're a musician too? Man, you ARE full of surprises!
Steve has recorded two CD's in the past five or so years. Not bad for an old guy. Here's the title song from his new recording:


I've bumped into Bert twice at the post office in the past couple of years, and though in his 80's, he hasn't changed much. He actually looks much healthier and energetic since he retired and still seems very enthusiastic about life.

Reach Radio is a mixed bag for me. I do like Switchfoot and Chris Sligh, but for the most part, I'm still stuck in the Phil Keaggy/Honeytree/Larry Norman 70's.

The Mrs. and I attended FC from 1981 to 1984.

As you seem to like big-band versions of Ralph Carmichael songs, let me recommend Ralph's CD "Strike Up The Band". You may already have it, but in case you don't, here's the Amazon link so you can order it.


Fri, Sep 27, 2013 9:29am
Some Republicans are listening to their constituents...Pat Toomey is now with Cruz.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:07am
Mrpizza: I played piano/keyboard, Clarinet and Sax [haven't played Clarinet or Sax for a number of years, still play piano/keyboards in church]. Had a wedding band for about 17 years, many years ago.

I ran into Bert Hare, at Christmas a couple of years ago while at the Mall. You're right, he essentially looked the same. We both recognized each other. Talked for a few moments. He was a tent evangelist back in the day. He asked me where I worship now and I told him I was a Lutheran and he said, that's good, we all serve God from where he places us. He hugged me and then we parted. That was the first time I've seen him since we left Faith City. I enjoyed seeing him again.

I really like Ralph Carmichael's records. My favorite is the one he did with Dino. They do a version of Pass It On that was magnificent. Dino, in my opinion, is the Peter Nero of Christian pianists [Michael W. Smith is another]. Both can really play.

I worked at WNNN-FM [101.7 Salem/Canton NJ] back in the 1980's before WXHL was around. Silverwind, Phil Keaggy, Honeytree, Sandi Patty, Carmen, David and the Giants, Phil Driscoll, Amy Grant, Scott Wesley Brown, etc, etc, where some of the big CCM artists. One of our liners were: WNNN-FM: We;re piercing the darkness for you - Wilmington [we'd insert a different city from Del/NJ/Pa each time we used that liner].

I had a Saturday afternoon show from 12noon to 6pm. That's a long air shift, but it was fun. I used Dino/Ralph Carmichael's "Pass it on " as my closing song each week as I'd leave the audience with my final devotional thought [we were supposed to offer stuff like that every now and again during our shows, which I liked doing]. A fun show to do. Folks would call in to ask me questions about the Bible and faith, etc,[I'd talk to them while the music was playing - so these were off air conversations] so it was more than just being a DJ, the opportunity to minister to folks seemed to be a part of that, at least for me. Lots of fond memories.

The show that aired at 6pm and ran to 12 midnight featured more "progressive" harder stuff like Stryper, White Heart, etc. As you might imagine, his show pulled in a younger demo than mine and was a very popular show at the station. So much for a trip down memory lane.

Getting us back on topic:

I hope the GOP doesn't listen to Cruz. Shutting down the government is not the way to do things. Apparently GOP pillar John McCain doesn't think Cruz and the TEA plan to shut down the government is the way to proceed. He remembers Newt and how badly that hurt the GOP that time they shut down the government. I think McCain, is correct. This will only hurt the Republicans and not achieve what the TEA folks want. It will only tick off more folks who will then support the DEMS as the only sane alternative left. That's not a smart thing for the GOP to do to itself or the nation, in my opinion.

Sat, Sep 28, 2013 1:02am
Earl, that petition still has 62 million to go before your side even comes close to having a chance at reversing Obamacare.

Right this minute, it shows that 1.4% (of Americans who voted) even cares enough to want to overturn Obamacare. it was probably just you with a phonebook! 1.4%! Ted Cruz filibustered 20 some hours to appease 1.4%... What a weirdo.

Sat, Sep 28, 2013 1:06am
Mike: A "bucket" is urban slang for someone who is white and tries to pretend they are black all the time...

So when Herman Cain becomes the Republican nominee, all those racists who hated Obama, start sayin" "Hey turkey, give me some jive..." (lingo from the seventies-eighties, simply because all Republicans know about black people came from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"... )

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 10:25pm
Kavips: thank you for the definition. So a bucket an urban term used by blacks to describe someone who is white, but who acts black; just as an Oreo is a black who acts white (black on the outside & white on the inside). I believe the term Wigger is what white suburban kids call someone white who acts black.

Tue, Oct 1, 2013 10:55pm
Just came back to this after the October 1st shutdown, and can confidently answer Allen's posed question (in the title) with a "No"

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