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Liberal heckling sparks stream of one-liners from Ted Cruz

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Alex Pappas


After his recent 21-hour filibuster-style marathon speech on Obamacare, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz found himself heckled over and over again by liberal activists during remarks at a conservative conference in Washington D.C. on Friday.

The constant interrupting by hecklers throughout his speech at the Values Voter Summit led the Republican lawmaker to throw out a number of crowd-pleasing one-liners:

  • In response to one heckler, Cruz said: “Thank you, sir, for being here. You know, look, it is a great thing that people can express their First Amendment rights. And I only wish the Obama administration respected First Amendment rights that much.”
  • To another heckler, Cruz responded: “Ma’am, thank you for being here. I wish you would participate in the democratic process through speaking respectfully. … It seems that President Obama’s paid political operatives are out in force today. And you know why? Because the men and women in this room scare the living daylights out of them.”
  • Interrupted again, Cruz took aim at the president: “You know what? I’m curious. Is anybody left at the Organizing for America headquarters? I’m actually glad that the president’s whole political staff is here instead of actually doing mischief in the country.”
  • When another heckler yelled out a question, Cruz responded: “You know what’s striking, actually? In the course of this brief speech, we’ve heard more questions than President Obama has allowed in the last year.”
  • The heckling then led Cruz to “make an offer” to Obama. “I would welcome the president, if he wants to get a hundred of his most rabid political operatives in a room, I’ll answer their questions on television as long as he likes. And in exchange, all that I would ask, Mr. President, is you take not a hundred, but ten of the men and women in this room, and spend 30 minutes answering their questions for the American people.”
  • To another liberal activist, Cruz responded: “Oh, they don’t want the truth to be heard. They definitely don’t want the truth to be heard.”
  • After the crowd broke into chants of “USA, USA” in response to another interruption, Cruz said: “You know the nice thing? The nice thing is the left will always always tell you who they fear. You. They fear the American people.”

Cruz received a rock-star-like reception from the conservatives in attendance. “I receive that blessing. And let me say to each and everyone of you, I am inspired by you. I am invigorated by your passion for this great country,” he said.

“These are extraordinary times,” Cruz said at the beginning of this remarks. “These are not typical times. The challenges facing this country are unlike any we have ever seen. You look at our Constitution, you look at our Bill of Rights. This is an administration that seems bound and determined to violate every single one our Bill of Rights.”

Cruz got laughs by saying, “I don’t know that they’ve yet violated the Third Amendment, but I expect them to start quartering soldiers in people’s homes soon.”

To the social conservatives in the crowd, Cruz said of the Obama White House: “This is an administration that has told service men and women that they cannot share their faith or risk discipline.”

“No administration in the history of this country has ever come after guns like this administration,” Cruz added.

He made a joking reference to his marathon speech last month, which included reading Dr. Seuss from the Senate floor: “Now as inspired as I am, I will do my very best to speak for less than 21 hours. But you will know I’m near wrapping up when I begin to read the Cat and the Hat,” Cruz said.

He also took a swipe at Joe Biden. The crowd broke into laughter when Cruz mentioned the vice president’s name. “You know the nice thing? You don’t need a punch line. You just say his name, people laugh.”

As the president and Congress still work to find a solution to the government shutdown, Cruz told the crowd he is going to the White House for a meeting on Friday.

“This afternoon, President Obama has invited the Senate Republicans to the White House. So after leaving here, I am going to be going to the White House,” he said.

“I will make a request,” Cruz added to loud applause. “If I’m never seen again, please send a search-and-rescue team.”

by on Oct. 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM
Replies (31-40):
Pema_Jampa
by Celeste on Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Yep that is what I had said. Bugs and they are working to fix them. It happens on all sites. Even CafeMom. Remember the shutdown for a few days? They went to make some changes on the site and it completely messed it up causing CM to be down several days.

Quoting jcrew6:

And I'm telling you, I believe these actual experts over your hubby.


news.yahoo.com/analysis-experts-architecture-obamacare-website-154731693--sector.html

Five outside technology experts interviewed by Reuters, however, say they believe flaws in system architecture, not traffic alone, contributed to the problems.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57606633/obamacare-website-looks-like-nobody-tested-it-programmer-says/

Luke Chung, an online database programmer
According to CBS News, Chung said about the federal exchange website, “It wasn’t designed well, it wasn’t implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it.”

Nothing Short of a disaster
http://freebeacon.com/cbs-calls-obamacare-website-launch-nothing-short-of-disastrous/

Others
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/05/us-usa-healthcare-technology-analysis-idUSBRE99407T20131005
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/06/3673655/obamacare-computerglitches-resemblepolitical.html


Quoting Pema_Jampa:Links? I am just telling you what he said to me last night. I was watching crossfire and he asked why Republicans were complaining about the website. I told him cause it wasn't working properly. He laughed and told me the above. Quoting jcrew6:Well, quite a few EXPERTS contradict your husband.


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

My husband is a web developer he said websites go down or have errors all the time. Those including google, facebook, twitter etc. When you have many people trying to access a webpage at the same time it can cause problems. It doesn't matter if they had 3 years to get this thing running. Since they don't know how many will actually use the site they run on averages before launch. They work to make repairs to the page as they occur. 

My guy is working on a major deploy as I type. ;-)



jcrew6
by Jenney on Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Because you were the one comparing an over budget, poorly constructed and executed tax payer funded website to a private company. Remember? Lol

Quoting Friday:


Quoting jcrew6:

Obama and his admin PROMISED it would be ready and problem free... Let me guess their questionable, perhaps non tested URL being a failure is a pass.

California alone needs over 650,000 people from now till the deadline to meet the goal Obama and his admin need in order for ObamaCare to be even close to be considered financially stable.

Not too,mention this website is how many $$$$ over original estimates to get up and running?

Waste, Fraud, Failure. Way to go ObamaCare...




Quoting Friday:


Quoting jcrew6:

How many people are FORCED to purchase from a private company?





Quoting Friday:


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Links? I am just telling you what he said to me last night. I was watching crossfire and he asked why Republicans were complaining about the website. I told him cause it wasn't working properly. He laughed and told me the above. 

Quoting jcrew6:

Well, quite a few EXPERTS contradict your husband.







Quoting Pema_Jampa:

My husband is a web developer he said websites go down or have errors all the time. Those including google, facebook, twitter etc. When you have many people trying to access a webpage at the same time it can cause problems. It doesn't matter if they had 3 years to get this thing running. Since they don't know how many will actually use the site they run on averages before launch. They work to make repairs to the page as they occur. 

My guy is working on a major deploy as I type. ;-)


When a private company debuts a new site or product and it gets so much traffic that it's crashes...they call that a success 'look how popular it is'. Rules seem to change depending on who is involved.

Do they have to purchase it tonite?

Yes, it's fucked up, it will be fixed. Anyone who thinks a new, high traffic site will open w/o a glitch doesn't pay much attention.

Since I don't support the ACA, I'm not sure why you are bitching at me about it.

Friday
by Platinum Member on Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM


Quoting jcrew6:

Because you were the one comparing an over budget, poorly constructed and executed tax payer funded website to a private company. Remember? Lol

Quoting Friday:


Quoting jcrew6:

Obama and his admin PROMISED it would be ready and problem free... Let me guess their questionable, perhaps non tested URL being a failure is a pass.

California alone needs over 650,000 people from now till the deadline to meet the goal Obama and his admin need in order for ObamaCare to be even close to be considered financially stable.

Not too,mention this website is how many $$$$ over original estimates to get up and running?

Waste, Fraud, Failure. Way to go ObamaCare...




Quoting Friday:


Quoting jcrew6:

How many people are FORCED to purchase from a private company?





Quoting Friday:


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Links? I am just telling you what he said to me last night. I was watching crossfire and he asked why Republicans were complaining about the website. I told him cause it wasn't working properly. He laughed and told me the above. 

Quoting jcrew6:

Well, quite a few EXPERTS contradict your husband.







Quoting Pema_Jampa:

My husband is a web developer he said websites go down or have errors all the time. Those including google, facebook, twitter etc. When you have many people trying to access a webpage at the same time it can cause problems. It doesn't matter if they had 3 years to get this thing running. Since they don't know how many will actually use the site they run on averages before launch. They work to make repairs to the page as they occur. 

My guy is working on a major deploy as I type. ;-)


When a private company debuts a new site or product and it gets so much traffic that it's crashes...they call that a success 'look how popular it is'. Rules seem to change depending on who is involved.

Do they have to purchase it tonite?

Yes, it's fucked up, it will be fixed. Anyone who thinks a new, high traffic site will open w/o a glitch doesn't pay much attention.

Since I don't support the ACA, I'm not sure why you are bitching at me about it.

I didn't say one thing about the cost or construction, just made an observation that ALL new tech products come out with glitches. You are going off on other crap that I never said anything about.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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Interrupted again, Cruz took aim at the president: “You know what? I’m curious. Is anybody left at the Organizing for America headquarters? I’m actually glad that the president’s whole political staff is here instead of actually doing mischief in the country.

Love it..

dancing

jcrew6
by Jenney on Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Is CM dependent on taxpayer funds? Are people mandated to purchase a product on CM by law? Did CM execs go on a media blitz claiming it would be ready?
ObamaCare knew how many people need to sign up each day in each state to make this a success. All this is doing is adding to the case of when has the government EVER implemented something for the people (excluding military action) successfully?

Quoting Pema_Jampa:Yep that is what I had said. Bugs and they are working to fix them. It happens on all sites. Even CafeMom. Remember the shutdown for a few days? They went to make some changes on the site and it completely messed it up causing CM to be down several days.Quoting jcrew6:And I'm telling you, I believe these actual experts over your hubby.


news.yahoo.com/analysis-experts-architecture-obamacare-website-154731693--sector.html

Five outside technology experts interviewed by Reuters, however, say they believe flaws in system architecture, not traffic alone, contributed to the problems.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57606633/obamacare-website-looks-like-nobody-tested-it-programmer-says/

Luke Chung, an online database programmer
According to CBS News, Chung said about the federal exchange website, “It wasn’t designed well, it wasn’t implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it.”

Nothing Short of a disaster
http://freebeacon.com/cbs-calls-obamacare-website-launch-nothing-short-of-disastrous/

Others
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/05/us-usa-healthcare-technology-analysis-idUSBRE99407T20131005
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/06/3673655/obamacare-computerglitches-resemblepolitical.html


Quoting Pema_Jampa:Links? I am just telling you what he said to me last night. I was watching crossfire and he asked why Republicans were complaining about the website. I told him cause it wasn't working properly. He laughed and told me the above. Quoting jcrew6:Well, quite a few EXPERTS contradict your husband.



Quoting Pema_Jampa:

My husband is a web developer he said websites go down or have errors all the time. Those including google, facebook, twitter etc. When you have many people trying to access a webpage at the same time it can cause problems. It doesn't matter if they had 3 years to get this thing running. Since they don't know how many will actually use the site they run on averages before launch. They work to make repairs to the page as they occur. 

My guy is working on a major deploy as I type. ;-)



denise3680
by Gold Member on Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM



Quoting Pema_Jampa:

My husband is a web developer he said websites go down or have errors all the time. Those including google, facebook, twitter etc. When you have many people trying to access a webpage at the same time it can cause problems. It doesn't matter if they had 3 years to get this thing running. Since they don't know how many will actually use the site they run on averages before launch. They work to make repairs to the page as they occur. 

My guy is working on a major deploy as I type. ;-)

come on Pema, you know that type of talk is not welcome in this group:/  Your husband is a liberal Obama loving socialist who is only mooching off the government, there is no way he could know anything like that or hell have a job:)  Damn Obama:/


Pema_Jampa
by Celeste on Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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Actually he isn't political at all. He likes Ron Paul. Other than that he thinks I listen to too many political shows on the tv. He laughs at me. ;-) My guy is making some $$$$$$$ no complaints here. 

Quoting denise3680:



Quoting Pema_Jampa:

My husband is a web developer he said websites go down or have errors all the time. Those including google, facebook, twitter etc. When you have many people trying to access a webpage at the same time it can cause problems. It doesn't matter if they had 3 years to get this thing running. Since they don't know how many will actually use the site they run on averages before launch. They work to make repairs to the page as they occur. 

My guy is working on a major deploy as I type. ;-)

come on Pema, you know that type of talk is not welcome in this group:/  Your husband is a liberal Obama loving socialist who is only mooching off the government, there is no way he could know anything like that or hell have a job:)  Damn Obama:/



Pema_Jampa
by Celeste on Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

No. 

You mad about the mandate? You better contact your republican reps about that then. 

The website was ready. Did they promise no glitches? Think about it when MediCare and RomneyCare started there were problems in the beginning and now well people love those programs.

I say give it a chance. It will work it meant to be. If not it will fail and we can move on to better things. 

Quoting jcrew6:

Is CM dependent on taxpayer funds? Are people mandated to purchase a product on CM by law? Did CM execs go on a media blitz claiming it would be ready?
ObamaCare knew how many people need to sign up each day in each state to make this a success. All this is doing is adding to the case of when has the government EVER implemented something for the people (excluding military action) successfully?

jcrew6
by Jenney on Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Actually, Obama did promise it to be ready and problem free. LOL. Don't you remember?
Experts are already expecting lower than MIN. projected turnouts for ObamaCare enrollment...
The affordability factor has already been proven to be false. Easily accessible? So far? Not. Even. Close. Did you honestly think Obama could do something effective? Keep defending this horrible example of a leader. You have given him so many passes, it's actually quite predictable.


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

No. 

You mad about the mandate? You better contact your republican reps about that then. 

The website was ready. Did they promise no glitches? Think about it when MediCare and RomneyCare started there were problems in the beginning and now well people love those programs.

I say give it a chance. It will work it meant to be. If not it will fail and we can move on to better things. 

Quoting jcrew6:

Is CM dependent on taxpayer funds? Are people mandated to purchase a product on CM by law? Did CM execs go on a media blitz claiming it would be ready?

ObamaCare knew how many people need to sign up each day in each state to make this a success. All this is doing is adding to the case of when has the government EVER implemented something for the people (excluding military action) successfully?


Pema_Jampa
by Celeste on Oct. 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Well if he did he was wrong in doing so. I missed that comment from him.

They haven't realized the numbers yet how can we know for sure?

Affordable? Is that anything like the current system we have? Yeah real affordable.

Sure I think congress could do something effective if they actually started working together on real solutions. 

I'm not giving passes. I just don't see everything in the negative as it seems you do. 

Quoting jcrew6:

Actually, Obama did promise it to be ready and problem free. LOL. Don't you remember?
Experts are already expecting lower than MIN. projected turnouts for ObamaCare enrollment...
The affordability factor has already been proven to be false. Easily accessible? So far? Not. Even. Close. Did you honestly think Obama could do something effective? Keep defending this horrible example of a leader. You have given him so many passes, it's actually quite predictable.


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

No. 

You mad about the mandate? You better contact your republican reps about that then. 

The website was ready. Did they promise no glitches? Think about it when MediCare and RomneyCare started there were problems in the beginning and now well people love those programs.

I say give it a chance. It will work it meant to be. If not it will fail and we can move on to better things. 

Quoting jcrew6:

Is CM dependent on taxpayer funds? Are people mandated to purchase a product on CM by law? Did CM execs go on a media blitz claiming it would be ready?

ObamaCare knew how many people need to sign up each day in each state to make this a success. All this is doing is adding to the case of when has the government EVER implemented something for the people (excluding military action) successfully?



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