Dec 292012

I’m sorry to report that I’m still down.  I’m current with replies. Hopefully tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:57 (average 4:54).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From NY Times: The Democratic ranks are closing behind Representative Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts in the race to succeed Senator John Kerry, who hopes to become secretary of state.

The race is shaping up with unusual speed, considering that Mr. Kerry has not yet vacated the seat, and Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has yet to set a date for a special election.

But several big guns in the Democratic Party began on Friday to line up behind Mr. Markey, who declared his candidacy on Thursday in a race that was expected to be crowded with high-profile possibilities.

They need to hit the ground running, because defeating Scott "Bought Bagger" Brown is imperative.

From MSNBC: Ezra Klein interviewed Jeff Merkley (D-OR) regarding filibuster reform.

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Alexander Hamilton was certainly prophetic. Call your Senators and tell them the McConjob/Levin plan is not enough. Tell them you want Jeff Merkley’s plan as a bare minimum.

From Tucson Sentinel: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has chimed in with an idea to prevent school shootings like the recent attack on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

The controversial sheriff, who’s raised his national profile by aggressively enforcing immigration laws and embracing tough-on-prisoners measures like chain gangs, wants to organize groups of armed volunteers to patrol the perimeters of schools in his county, which includes the city of Phoenix, the Associated Press reported.

"No cost to taxpayers, they furnish their own equipment, they do not receive any salary," Arpaio explained in an interview with KTVK-TV on Thursday, Fox News reported [Faux Noise delinked].

Crazy Joe has done Jan Brewer, the Arizona death angel, proud. Surrounding schools with armed gangs of George Zimmerman clones is a completely Republican solution.  Therefor it’s no surprise that the Republican Ministry of propaganda got right behind it.




  12 Responses to “Open Thread–12/29/2012”

  1. 2:54 Was it smooth sailing for me this good morning?

  2. NY Times ~ We definitely do not that prostitute Brown back in the Senate again. I don't think the liberals in Massachusetts would vote for him again no matter when the special election is held.


    MSNBC ~ If we have any hopes of getting anything done during the next term, filibuster reform must happen and Jeff merkley's proposal seems best. McConjob and Levin don't want to reform anything.


    Tucson Sentinel ~ WOW! The Wicked Witch of the West must be very proud of that old flying monkey.


    Cartoon ~ And the shame continues…

  3. Puzzle — 3:53 I sure felt like the sea was against me!

    NY Times — I'd support almost any Democrat as long as Brown, or any other Republican/Teabagger , does not gain the seat.  I hope the Massachsetts electorate has the sense to see just how big an idiot Brown is.

    MSNBC — If you want to filibuster something, then fine, but have the courage of your convictions to actually speak to it and try to convince others.  McCain's and Levins's proposal is nothing but the status quo in a fancy new wrapping.  Jeff Merkley's proposal is very reasonable, more reasonable than I would be having to deal with a bunch of petulant children like the Senate Republican/Teabaggers.

    Tucson Sentinel — Good plan Sheriff Joe — keep the crazies out and the truants in.  Create a climate of fear.  What an asshat!

    Cartoon — 122 years later and the injustice still burns.  One of my favourite movies is 'Thunderheart' starring Val Kilmer, Graham Greene, and John Trudel among others.  If you strip away the Hollywood veneer, you see the travesty of Wounded Knee, but you also see the hope for justice that must eventually come.

  4. Excellent Maddow video – and I LOVED the popularity chart showing how 'popular' Congress is now – quite shocking!  God bless Senator Merckley, Senator Udall and everyone (like Elizabeth Warren) who are trying to reform the filibuster – then start on everything else!  (McCain is continuing to talk out of his ear on this subject – or possibly somewhere else).

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