Nov 172012
 

We have made it to another weekend, and I hope that you are enjoying yours.  I’m current with replies.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos are meditating with the Chargers is the afternoon, so I shall strive to finish in the morning.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:28 (average 4:29).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: This 83 Seconds Is To Remind President Obama What We Just Voted For

 

Tell your Senators and Reps why they are in office, too!

From PR Watch: Wisconsin’s effort to open the state to predatory lenders using American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) legislation has paid dividends for the ALEC legislators behind it.

In May of 2011, Rep. Robin Vos, the ALEC State Chair in Wisconsin and head of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, rolled a provision into the 2011-2012 budget bill resembling ALEC model legislation and that legalized auto title loans. Democrats voted against the provision, but it ultimately passed the Republican-led Finance Committee and state legislature.

Officials with Georgia-based title loan company LoanMax then gave over $24,000 in campaign contributions to Republican Assembly candidates, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Dan Bice reported this week.

I have no doubt that Scott Walker, Fartfuhrer of Fitzwalkerstan, heartily approved.

From TPM: Several prominent election lawyers on a panel here Friday predicted that the Supreme Court would ultimately strike down a part of the Voting Rights Act that requires states with a history of racial discrimination to have their election laws precleared [sic] by federal authorities.

If correct, and I think they are, the reason will be that the fascist five are working hard to help Republicans steal elections, by disenfranchising legitimate voters.

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  10 Responses to “Open Thread–11/17/2012”

  1. 3:19  There's nothing like the early morning on the beach.  This beach looks like the one I spent a lot of time on as a child.  Love me some Whidbey Island!

    • 3:25 I kept losing step in the stones!  Personally, I like a nice sand beach!  Unfortunately, half of New Jersey is a beach.  I saw video yesterday of an elderly woman's house that still has over a foot of sand through the main part of her house.  My heart aches for these people as they continue the long process of recovery.

  2. Puzzle — 3:25 I kept losing step in the stones!  Personally, I like a nice sand beach!  Unfortunately, half of New Jersey is a beach.  I saw video yesterday of an elderly woman's house that still has over a foot of sand through the main part of her house.  My heart aches for these people as they continue the long process of recovery.
     
    MoveOn — Amen!  Petition signed.
     
    PR Watch — So much for consumer protection!  Further proof, as if it was needed :roll: that the elephants in the room don't give a rip about the average American.  Government bought and paid for!
     
    TPM — If you ask me, given what I have seen in the past year or so, the legislation as it stands is needed more than ever.  In 1965, with the rightly rising profile for civil rights for Blacks predominately, the legislation was needed to meet fire with fire in states that had a proclivity for discrimination, openly or covertly.  In 2012, the legislation is needed in its entirety as discrimination extends to Blacks, Latinos, the poor, women, the elderly.  I completely disagree with Carvin, who must be a Republican/Teabagger legal hack!

    “Nobody could reasonably argue that the situation in the South or anywhere else today is remotely comparable to what it was in 1965, so it’s fundamentally irrational to put a tougher standard on people though 2032 than it was in 1965,” Carvin said…

    How can this idiot even say this given the voter suppression shenanigans of this past election?  There's an elephant in the china shop!
     
    Cartoon — I doubt the elephant can even get into the maze because it is too fat, let alone find its way through the maze to sanity, even though the path is relatively straight, as mazes go!  I also question whether the elephant has the political will to try.

    • Beat me.  I grew up in Atlantic City.  The beach used to be wonderful.

      Thanks!

      Amen!

      It isn't like 1963.  It's WORSE!

      That fat that prevents the elephant from solving the maze is between it's ears.

  3. Sorry I missed this, but the White House last year opened a "We The People" petition at their website where anyone can post suggestions via a petition.   Someone posted a "Punch Grover Norquist in His Nuts" petition.  It allowed everyone in America to punch Norquist in his dick – but once, and once only.
     
    It was quickly taken down (and rightly so) … but if I had come across it, I most assuredly would have signed it!

  4. MoveOn  ~ Signed the petition at aflcio.org
     
    PR Watch ~ ALEC has got to be stopped. The Company men on SCOTUS really opened Pandora's box with Citizens' United.
     
    TPM ~ I hope you're wrong with your prediction on this. We don't need to return to Jim Crow laws in any form!
     
    Cartoon ~ The insane elephant will keep on turning right and bounce off the walls as usual.