May 122012

Yesterday evening my COPD flared up, and I coughed all night, unable to sleep.  Therefore, I’m limiting today’s blogging to catching up on replies and posting this Open Thread.  Tomorrow I should be back to normal, but it depends on the day.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:45 (average 4:53).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: 6 Cut-Through-The-Bullsh_t Reasons To Support The 99%


These are the epitome of what the occupy movement has been about from the beginning.  Sadly some others have promoted some rather extreme ideas, falsely claiming to represent the occupy movement and the 99%.

From Click Orlando: An unidentified entrepreneur admits he is trying to profit off Trayvon Martin’s death by selling gun range targets featuring the teen who’s death has sparked a nationwide controversy.

Although Martin’s face does not appear on the paper targets, they feature a hoodie with crosshairs aimed at the chest.

This is best described by the three Rs: Revolting, Racist, Republican.

From NY Times: It was nearly 10 p.m. on Wednesday when Paul Broun, a Republican congressman from Georgia, rose on the House floor to propose that no more money be spent enforcing a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The act is one of the most momentous laws ever passed by Congress, removing the discriminatory barriers that had blocked generations of African-Americans from the polls. Yet a Southern representative tried to slip in an amendment to an appropriations bill that would prevent the Justice Department from supervising election-law changes in his state and in 15 others where there has been a history of discrimination.

The Voting Rights Act needs to be expanded to include all states in which  Republicans, the party that is trying to bring back Jim Crow or worse,  control the state house and the legislature.




  13 Responses to “Open Thread–5/12/2012”

  1. Those targets sold out in 2 hours – sick.

    Jaime Dimon and his buddies should lose his job over this and be made to reimburse Chase for the full $2B.

  2. The general consensus WRT Rmoney’s not being able to recall his “Bullying Barbering” is that [1] He bullied others so often, it’s impossible for him to remember just one specific event; or [2]He’s lying.

    But as it turns out, I think he has a medical condition that easily explains his lack of recall:

    • Romnesia!  Very good!  I take it that Romnesia encompasses both #1 and #2!  After posting my comments yesterday, I thought, he’s probably bullied so often he can’t tell one from another, but I also think he is a liar, and a bad one at that.  I was once told that if you are going to lie, you have to keep to the lie with everyone or you will change the story and look like an ass.  I believe I hear a hee-haw from Rmoney!

    • And I repeat that the cure is a Romnectomy!

  3. MoveOn — So clear, even the 1%, corporations and Republican/Teabaggers should be able to understand it.  But do they have the will to understand it?

    Trayvon Martin — To profit off of a child’s murder is well past disgusting.  And I agree with O’Mara that this is hatemongering.  IMHO, the seller should be located and charged with hatemongering.  Sold out in 2 days?  That is so sick that others would see these targets in this way.  Revolting, Racist, Republican — Amen! TC.

    NY Times — Mr Broun and the Republican/Teabaggers, your racism is showing!

    Mr Lewis — “People died for the right to vote! Friends of mine, colleagues of mine! Speak out against this amendment — it doesn’t have a place.” 

    “…it [DOJ] has raised objections to a voter identification law in his state and several others. Those laws are the Republican Party’s modern attempt to disenfranchise minorities, the poor and older Americans for political gain.” — This is exactly why the DOJ needs to maintain their vigilance.  Mr Broun calls it unfair.  More Republican/Teabagger bear scat!

    “After being confronted by Mr. Lewis, he withdrew his amendment, condemned discrimination and apologized “for any hurt feelings anyone has.” The issue, however, is far bigger than hurt feelings. Mr. Broun owes an apology to history.” — I somehow doubt that the apology proffered was sincere.  And an apology to history?  The Republican/Teabaggers are trying to rewrite history at every turn!

    “The Voting Rights Act needs to be expanded to include all states in which  Republicans, the party that is trying to bring back Jim Crow or worse,  control the state house and the legislature.” — AMEN!!!!!  TC, AMEN!!!!!

    Cartoon — Too Big to exist!  When I read Lisa’s comments, I wondered who Jamie Dimon was.  Thank goodness for Wikipedia.  Some interesting information about him re Citigroup etc.  But one thing in particular caught this crazy Canuck and that was a statement about a dustup with the Bank of Canada’s Mark Carney over Basel III.  Considering that the whole Basel Accords were primarily a reaction to such things as the Enron debacle, Dimon was pretty nervey. 

    “On September 26, 2011, Dimon was involved in a high profile heated exchange with the Bank of Canada’s Mark Carney in which Dimon said provisions of the Basel III international financial regulations discriminate against U.S. banks and are “anti-american”.”


    • I’d say they have the will to not understand it.

      Thanks and amen.

      Apologizing for “any hurt feelings” anyone “may have”is never sincere.

      Banksters describe anything that interferes with criminal speculation as discrimination.

  4. 3:49  Close, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

  5. Romnesia — maybe that’s why he keeps changing position on everything.  He can’t remember his stance.

  6. OOOO! 5:14 I guess I shouldn’t try the puzzle after a few glasses of wine.

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