Nov 262012

This is today’s only article, because I have routine minor surgery on my foot this morning.  I’m current with replies.  Tomorrow is a prison volunteer day, but I hope to post articles before I leave.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:41 (average 6:15).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:


Short Takes:

From MoveOn: The Photo That Speaks A Thousand Words About Israel And Palestine


As I have said before, we need to support the people working for peace on both sides.

From NY Times: These are difficult times for the deficit scolds who have dominated policy discussion for almost three years. One could almost feel sorry for them, if it weren’t for their role in diverting attention from the ongoing problem of inadequate recovery, and thereby helping to perpetuate catastrophically high unemployment.What has changed? For one thing, the crisis they predicted keeps not happening. Far from fleeing U.S. debt, investors have continued to pile in, driving interest rates to historical lows. Beyond that, suddenly the clear and present danger to the American economy isn’t that we’ll fail to reduce the deficit enough; it is, instead, that we’ll reduce the deficit too much. For that’s what the “fiscal cliff” — better described as the austerity bomb — is all about: the tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to kick in at the end of this year are precisely not what we want to see happen in a still-depressed economy.

Paul Krugman has done it again. Click through to read the rest of this fine editorial.

From The Daily Beast: Sensible Republicans seeking to renew the viability of a conservative party that seems out of touch after a stinging defeat at the polls are being denounced as ‘heretics.’

In the GOP, refusing to goose step without question is a mortal sin.



Republican elected officials/appointees have suggested similar solutions for AIDS Victims, LGBT people, and undocumented workers.


  25 Responses to “Open Thread–11/26/2012”

  1. 4:02  A tied up leg and sand did not slow me down.

  2. People can get along.  The problem is the governments and the radicals.  Both groups stir up hatred which they transform into power.  People need to have control of the government and ignore or marginalize the radicals.

  3. Football — CFL (Canada) finals yesterday — the 100th Grey Cup — in Toronto with the Toronto Argonauts, the eastern conference finalists, meeting the Calgary Stampeders, western conference finalists.  Toronto won 35 – 22.  The BC Lions, who won the Grey Cup last year, were sent to the locker room last week when they met lost to Calgary in the western conference final.
    Puzzle — 3:35 That camel was never going to get away from me!  Those puppies run extremely fast but really look funny doing so.  Third try 3:20.  I actually taught people how to draw stylised camels so that they could make their own Christmas cards.
    MoveOn — Imagine . . . AMEN!  I certainly recommend the book "I Shall Not Hate – A Gaza Doctor's Journey" by Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish.  We could all learn a lot from Dr Abuelaish, and not just about the Israel/Palestine situation.
    NY Times — It never ceases to amaze me that these stupid "little boys in short pants" are willing to tank the country just to get their own way, a way so filled with self interest that there is no room for anything else.  They are implacable and full of their own self importance!  Too bad they don't understand the basics of a stronger middle class providing the essential consumption of products.  Not only are these "little boys" wearing short pants, they are short on vision too.
    Daily Beast — Well, if the Republican/Teabaggers want to even seriously  try to win the White House, there 2 big things they will have to do:
    1) divorce the Teabaggers and become the Republican Party again; and
    2) do a lot of "mortal sinning".
    Cartoon — 01 September 1939 Germany attacked Poland, and just over one year later the Warsaw Ghetto was created.  I wonder, had Romney won, how long before the Republican/Teabaggers and their psycho evangelical "preachers" would be creating the camps the preachers talked about during the election?  I am glad that we don't have to find out!

  4. I loved that first picture – their leaders should do the same.

  5. Note to republicans Who Think They Still Have a Mandate:
    Oh, the ignominy of Rmoney losing to Pres. Obama by the sweet irony margin of
    51% to 47%
    And you lost the total Senate vote by TEN MILLION votes
    And has been mentioned in the past, even though you control the House, you even lost the Total Vote count there, by now up to ONE MILLIOIN votes according to Bloomberg

  6. I hope that your minor surgery comes out well. I'll be thinking of you and sending healing thoughts your way.
    MoveOn ~ The media loves to play up conflict because happy stories don't sell papers.
    NY Times ~ There really is no fiscal cliff. It's more of a gentle slope. I watched Warren Buffett today on a few different shows and here is an interview with him. I like his proposal.,0,2170543.story
    The Daily Beast ~ Great article! Bob Shrum laid it all out precisely.
    Cartoon ~ A sad day for the world.

  7. One could almost feel sorry for them, if it weren’t for their role in diverting attention from the ongoing problem of inadequate recovery, and thereby helping to perpetuate catastrophically high unemployment.

    Outrageous the behavior of Republicans/Tea-Bag the expense of unemployed and working poor Americans.

  8. Thanks for the photo of the two men who find it easy to get along – and I thank God for them!   Good to hear Warren Buffett is still talking common sense (though that will NEVER get through to the Right Wing!).

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