Mar 082012
 

Yesterday I returned home on time and had enough time to get in my afternoon sleep, but I slept late and am running a little behind.  I’m current with replies.  Today, my stack of mail still awaits and is growing.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:48 (average 5:50).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From USA Today: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pushed back on Wednesday against fresh demands for U.S. military involvement in Syria to end President Bashar Assad’s deadly crackdown on his people.

"What doesn’t make sense is to take unilateral action right now," Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee about advising President Obama to dispatch U.S. forces.

This an excellent response to even more Republican warmongering.  One reason the Republican Party loves war so much is that war is an ideal vehicle for transferring wealth from the poor and middle classes to the 1%.

From ABC: While the nation trained its attention on the top of the ticket in Ohio last night for the fierce and razor-thin battle between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, a similarly dramatic race played out two notches down the ballot.

Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, that working-class icon of the 2008 presidential campaign, swapped his double-ended wrenches for congressional campaign yard signs and snagged the GOP nomination in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District Tuesday night.

What a joke! Marcy Kaptor is a virtual shoe in.

From Think Progress: The Utah legislature passed a bill (HB 363) yesterday that makes teaching sex education optional for schools and prohibits any instruction about homosexuality or the use of contraception. Parents will now have to opt their children in to such classes as opposed to having the option to opt-out, and the classes can only teach abstinence.

This is just one more example in the ongoing parade of Republicans enforcing ignorance.

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  4 Responses to “Open Thread–3/8/2011”

  1. Puzzle — Well I’m crowing again — 5:22 — below the average!  Must be something about pussy cats!  I always do well with pictures of cats.

    Syria — There is absolutely no reason for US involvement in Syria, and there can be only two reasons why the Republican/Teabaggers would be warmongering (and make no mistake, it is the  GOP) — profits for the industrial military complex and to make Mr Obama look like a warmongerer when everything backfires, and it will.  There can also be only one outcome — the further US alienation in the Muslim world.  Let the Arab League take hold of this issue.

    While I agree that the people of Syria have and continue to suffer greatly, and that humanitarian aid and assistance against the Al-Assad regime is needed, that help must come from the Arab League.  Western intervention will only fuel the fires of hate and mistrust.

    Ohio — If Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher really is a plumber, he should go back to his day job, unless of course he’s out of work.  To that I’d say ‘If you’re out of work, why the hell are you running for the Republican/Teabagger party when they don’t give a rat’s ass about American workers?’

    Utah — TC “This is just one more example in the ongoing parade of Republicans enforcing ignorance.” — AMEN!

    Cartoon — And it’s an InsaniTea Party!  Great commentary on a bunch InsaniTea drinking losers!

  2. 4:40  Not even close!  That’s a great time, TomCat.