Dec 282012

Unfortunately, I’m still not out of the woods from a health perspective.  I’m current with replies.  Maybe tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:38 (average 5:12).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From NY Times: Despite clear public support for women’s reproductive rights, Michigan’s Republican-controlled Legislature used the just-ended lame-duck session to ram through harmful measures eliminating insurance coverage of abortions and imposing medically unnecessary regulations on providers of safe and legal abortion care.

The state’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, can show real leadership and demonstrate respect for women in his state by refusing to sign these ideologically driven bills into law.

Click through for the details. His insistence on continuing the Republican War on Women demonstrates that Snyder, like his Republican cronies, has no respect for women.

From MSNBC: Ezra Klein and EJ Dione discuss the media tendency to blame both sides for the current impasse.


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The notion that both sides are to blame is a media lie. One side has given much more trying to come together, while the other side, if anything has moved further away. This misinformation is deceiving the American people, and enabling the Republican Party to insist that, as losers, they should get even more than the winners’ share.

From Huffington Post: Users of the White House’s "We the People" digital petition platform have flooded the site in support of an effort to officially designate the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

The most popular petition was submitted on Dec. 14, the same day as the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., an incident that Westboro responded to by announcing its intent to picket the funerals of the 26 victims, including 20 young children.,

This group of Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians is arguably the most extreme example of the Republican love affair with hate.




  10 Responses to “Open Thread–12/28/2012”

  1. 3:53 It lloks like a picture of one of my trees out back. It has tenacious leaves that refuse to let go.

  2. Puzzle — 4:44 Talk about being leafed behind . . . I'm still working on last winter!

    NY Times — What is it with these GOP ideologues?  Are they 'hen pecked' and want revenge on the entire female gender?  It surely looks that way.  How else could anyone explain the war on women that seems to go on, and on, and on, and. . .   Or maybe it is just because, in their far rightwing fanatical evangelical psuedo Christian minds, women were 'created' from man's rib and therefore must be subservient.  What a bunch elephant shit in the GOP pen!

    MSNBC — Just looking at Ezra's points, confirms for me my initial belief that Democrats are giving far more than the Republican?Teabaggers, despite the rhetoric that is in the news.  The Democrats need to hold the line.  And of course, after this comes the debt ceiling debate.  If Republican/Teabaggers keep this up, they should see, and rightly so, a big negative reaction in the 2014 mid terms.  Unfortunately, that is a long way off.

    Huffington Post — Westboro Baptist Church in existence since 1955 and with 40 members only and no affiliation with any other church..  The most popular petition has 295,141 signatories, just a little over the 25,000 needed for a WH look at the request.  Not only do I think they should be officially declred a hate organisation, I think they should lose their tax exempt status (if they have one) without further delay.

    Cartoon — From Wikipedia:

    Franklin began publishing Poor Richard's Almanack on December 28, 1732, and would go on to publish it for 25 years, bringing him much economic success and popularity. The almanack sold as many as 10,000 copies a year.  In 1735, upon the death of Franklin's brother, James, Franklin sent 500 copies of Poor Richard's to his widow for free, so that she could make money selling them.

  3. NY Times ~ These stupid men will continue being the idealogues they are as long as there are even stupider women who vote for them.


    MSNBC ~ Not me! I don"t know! It must have been the other guy!


    HuffPo ~ The "church" should not be designated as a "Church" at all.


    Cartoon ~ Thanks, Tom.


  4. I cannot believe the idiocy that is coming out of Michigan!  HOpefully, the people will throw all these bums out.  Westboro Church is yet another fine example of why churches should no longer be tax exempt.

    • Edie, I have no trouble with churches being tax exempt as long as they observe the restrictions to which they agreed when they applies for 501(c)(3) exempt status.

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