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OGIM!  I don’t have much going on today, but the fiscal cliff dominates political news, so a lot of research bore scant results.  I’m current with replies.  Tomorrow appears routine.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:45 (average 4:51).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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In the process, the Broncos clinched the AFC West.

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: A Message For President Obama From The Late President Kennedy

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I see he had his own trouble with InsaniTEA.

From NY Times: Mr. Obama, scarred by failed negotiations in his first term and emboldened by a clear if close election to a second, has emerged as a different kind of negotiator in the past week or two, sticking to the liberal line and frustrating Republicans on the other side of the bargaining table.

Disciplined and unyielding, he argues for raising taxes on the wealthy while offering nothing new to rein in spending and overhaul entitlement programs beyond what was on the table last year. Until Republicans offer their own new plan, Mr. Obama will not alter his.

In his first term he did offer plans heavy with compromise, and every time he did, Republicans came back with new demands even more unreasonable that what they had originally said they wanted. If they are frustrated that Obama has learned not to play that game, good.

From McClatchy DC: Egypt’s highest court indefinitely postponed a highly anticipated ruling Sunday, leaving the nation’s upcoming referendum on the new constitution in a state of uncertainty and putting off for now a direct confrontation with President Mohammed Morsi over his claim of judicial immunity.

The judges of the Supreme Constitutional Court claimed that they could not convene because pro-Morsi demonstrators who’d gathered in front of the court’s building had threatened them and blocked their entry.

Morsi has effectively locked the judges out of the court, while allocating more powers to himself than those abused by Mubarak. This does not bode well for the future of Egypt.

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  15 Responses to “Open Thread–12/3/2012”

  1. 3:26  Do I have some smooth sailing ahead, or is the Patty and Lynn storm going to make me stay in port?

  2. Puzzle — 3:26 I guess we are going sailing together Jerry.  Only question now is, will it be smooth or wind swept by Patty?  TC, we'll tow you behind us so we can all party!
     
    MoveOn — So true!  I wonder if he learned that from having to deal with Joe McCarthy?  McCarthy was a family friend even before JFK won his senate seat.  A wonderful Norman Rockwell painting of JFK.
     
    NY Times — Well I guess Mr Obama did learn something, but the Republican/Teabaggers don't like what he learned.  The Huffington Post reported that Boehner said there had been no progress.  I suspect what he really meant was that there had been no progress that the Republican/Teabaggers liked.  Life's a bitch eh John!
     
    McClatchy DC — Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!  This is not what the Egyptians fought for last year and earlier this year.  I have Egyptian friends, Coptic Christians, who have family in Egypt.  I pray for my friends and their family, and I pray for all Egyptians who want nothing more than to live in peace.
     
    Cartoon — There was a phrase a few years ago that was on bumper stickers and billboards.  It was everywhere.  "I found it!"  Well I do believe that Mr Obama found it too, or rather them! . . . a set of BRASS balls!  And Boehner doesn't like that.  I believe he may well end up officially being the Weeper of the House by the time that the fiscal speed bump negotiations are over.  I sure hope so!

    • I need it.

      Agree.

      RepubliSpeak Dictionary: Progress – When we get everything, and you get nothing.

      Amen!

      get out the brass polish!

  3.  MoveOn ~ I love it!
     
    NY Times ~ I  sincerely hope that President Obama does not give in to any compromise and lets the Sequestration happen. And, as he stated in the last debate :"The sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed."
    Barack Obama on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 in a presidential debate
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/24/barack-obama/obama-says-congress-owns-sequestration-cuts/
     
    McClatchy DC ~ This is so sad. I wish them all Peace.
     
    Cartoon ~ Will he be able to keep his leadership role as Weeper of the House?

  4. I hope he holds his position and lets them go over the cliff, hanging themselves.

  5. Disciplined and unyielding, he argues for raising taxes on the wealthy while offering nothing new to rein in spending and overhaul entitlement programs beyond what was on the table last year.

    I urge the President to allow the leap over the fiscal cliff… But I am crazier than a $hit house Rat… :smile: