Jan 202013

Today is a high holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  May the Almighty Orb bless your team.  Yesterday my antibiotic arrived.  It has me feeling somewhat groggy, so my replies to comments may be excessively brief.  I hope they take effect quickly.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:01 (average 4:41).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: Joe, Mika, And The Entire ‘Morning Joe’ Lineup Finally Agree On Something. This NRA Ad Is Sick.


I very seldom agree with Joe Scarborough about anything, but this time, he is spot on, except for one thing. The term "political pornography" needs to be equally applied to every Republican and DINO remains in thrall to the NRA.

From The New Yorker: Fox News Channel announced today that it would shut down for what it called “routine maintenance” Monday morning at 11:30 E.T.

Fox News president Roger Ailes explained the timing of the shutdown, which will be the first in the history of the network: “We wanted to pick a time when we were positive nothing would be happening that our viewers would want to see.”

I’m sure that the management of Faux Noise, the Republican Ministry of Propaganda, would not want their sheeple to know about Monday’s doings, considering how hard they worked trying to change the honoree.

From NY Times: The combination of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and President Obama creates a version of a physics problem: How can such smooth personalities create so much friction?

That conundrum was on display four years ago, when these two supremely capable men managed to botch the simple task of reciting the presidential oath at Mr. Obama’s first inauguration.

The moment was not an anomaly. It is hard to think of a major public encounter between the two that has not gone badly awry or been tinged with hard feelings.

Having Roberts officiate over a Presidential inauguration is the functional equivalent of having Satan officiate over a Christian (authentic Christian, not Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian) ordination.



This is another reason to prevent a one-party Republican regime.


  17 Responses to “Open Thread–1/20/2012”

  1. So glad you have your prescription now TC!  Hope it works soon – lots of prayers being said for you by me and my friends.

    As for the ad by the NRA about the President's children – oh good grief!  I bet they thought it would be a wonderful idea – and I expect opinion will be polarised again and the Far Right TPs saying how wonderful it is.  Then there's the app getting four year olds to shoot – oh Heaven help us – have they gone right round the bend?!


  2. These are not easy days. The recent ad aimed at Obama kids by the NRA was way, way out of line. An obvious hate ad. UGH! My jaw just about dropped on the floor when I first saw it. The ad reminds me of the palinsane crosshair target ads. The FBI must investigate NRA and the people who made this ad as a possible hate group.


  3. 3:08 What a cute little cuddle-kitty!

    • 3:31  That's not a happy looking kitty. She must have looked at my time.

    • 2:59  That is one cute and astute little cuddle-bunny kitty!  And yes Jerry, she did look at your time!  But on compassionate grounds, she's giving TC a bye!  I had one cat, Pookie, a female ginger which is very rare, that when it came to anti-biotics, she would rush to my side to take her medicine!  It was pediatric amoxicillin liquid which apparently tastes like, and certainly smells like, juicy fruit gum.  All I had to do is show her the bottle and in a flash she was there with mouth open!

    • My pussy cat was sleeping.

  4. So glad you have your proper perscription. It's a good thing you feel a little groggy. A really good, strong antibiotic will do that. Rest and let it perform its magic.

  5. MoveOn ~ One of the very few times I have agreed with Joe.


    The New Yorker ~ Talk about sticking your head up your butt!


    NY Times ~ I look forward to watching the Inauguration tomorrow to see if he makes another faux pas. Pres. Obama has already been sworn in though so it makes no difference.

    Do you think he did it on purpose las time?


    Cartoon ~ Did the Republi-thugs have any special summits set up for today?



    • Ditto.


      Me too, if I'm awake.  I can't say, but it would not surprise me.

      No but they just finished a three day "retreat" for House Republicans.

  6. The NRA does not represent hunters, it represents gun manufacturers, and they will stoop to any level to keep their influence alive.  They are disgusting. Scarborough seem to be moving slightly from the right wing, he sounded sensible on Meet the Press today.   Glad you finally got an antibiotic, hope you are well soon.

  7. Puzzle — 2:59 That is one cute and astute little cuddle-bunny kitty! And yes Jerry, she did look at your time! But on compassionate grounds, she's giving TC a bye!

    MoveOn — Is any more proof needed to show how out of touch and unAmerican the NRA is?  When I first saw this in an on-line article, I just shook my head.  The NRA has totally misrepresented the issue, comparing apples and oranges.  Not only that, POTUS is a father and relates to all parents on that level.  "Political Pornography" indeed.

    The New Yorker — I received this in my inbox too.  Very funny.  You know, the Faux Noise addicts could actually accidentally tune in to the Inauguration, but they wouldn't know what the hell was happening.
    I wonder, if Faux Noise is an addiction, does health insurance cover treatment?

    NY Times — I heard today's from the White House and it appeared to go smoothly.

    Another thing I heard on the news is that less than half as many people are expected in Washington for the Inauguration.  Schumer (D-NY) is in charge of the Inauguration Committee and called E-Bay and Craig's List to remove tickets to the Inauguration that were listed for sale.  Tickets were running several thousand dollars each.  It would be interesting to know who put them up for sale.  Tickets are free and are given out to members of Congress who may give them to constituents.  Is this how some Republican/Teabaggers make their money — selling Inauguration tickets on E-Bay?

    Cartoon — I had never heard of this so googled.  Very interesting, especially if you like history which I do.  From Wikipedia:

    The Wannsee Conference was a meeting of senior officials of the Nazi German regime, held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee on 20 January 1942. The purpose of the conference was to inform administrative leaders of Departments responsible for various policies relating to Jews that Reinhard Heydrich had been appointed as the chief executor of the "Final solution to the Jewish question". In the course of the meeting, Heydrich presented a plan, presumably approved by Adolf Hitler, for the deportation of the Jewish population of Europe and French North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia) to German-occupied areas in eastern Europe, and the use of the Jews fit for labour on road-building projects, in the course of which they would eventually die according to the text of the Wannsee Protocol, the surviving remnant to be annihilated after completion of the projects.

    PS Note the spelling of the place — Wannsee, not Wannasee

    • Did you catch Monsteritis from Patty?

      Sadly I have more proof in today's Open Thread.

      Hell, even the Republican pols are getting out of town today.  Probably because they "lost" their tickets. 😉

      OOPS!  Well I said I was groggy.


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