Jan 242013
 

Yesterday was a zoo.  I had my computer corner broken down by 8:00 AM, and the repairman arrived at around 9:00 AM.  He started in the other apartment with a bad radiator, on the floor above mine and on the other side of the building.  I guess that apartment is badly infested with bugs, and the repairman freaked out.  He refused to do any work in the building and left.  I wish he had started with me, because the radiator is still not fixed, and I have no idea when a repairman will be coming to do it.  My computer corner is shaped like an L, and the radiator was at the intersection of the two tables.  When I put it back together, I changed it. so the radiator is at the end of the short table, so I can now provide access to it in ten minutes, without having to tear it down.  Needless to say, I am pooped, and this mess will likely set back my return for a few days.  I’m current with replies.

Jig-Zone Puzzles:

Yesterday’s took me 3:37 (average 4:36).  To do it, click here.  Today’s took me 4:44 (average 5:34).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From NY Times: Senate Democratic and Republican leaders are nearing an agreement on new limits to the filibuster, an effort to speed action in the often-clogged chamber by prohibiting senators from using a common tactic to slow the legislative process. ..

…The changes will surely disappoint reformers who were pushing for more sweeping revisions to rein in the filibuster, once a rarely used legislative tool. It will not include, for instance, a requirement that senators be present on the Senate floor when they want to block a bill from coming to a vote, continuing the practice of allowing them to filibuster in absentia. And opponents would still have the opportunity to filibuster a final vote on any legislation, thwarting its passage without 60 votes.

If that damn leg-hound caves-in, I’m going to scream!

From MSNBC: Projection on Spending

 

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As always, wastrel Republicans are projecting their own spending problem onto responsible Democrats. The lies and the blackmail come down to the Republican agenda to give our earned Social Security benefits to Wall Street, give our earned Medicare Benefits to Big Insurance, and convert Medicaid to a GOP governors’ slush fund for millionaires. How then, would they pay for their excessive spending on billionaires? Their plan is to raise the taxes paid by the poor and middle classes.

From YouTube: Full Clinton-Paul Exchange from the Benghazi Hearing

 

The absurd conspiracy theory that Democrats are shipping arms from Libya to Turkey to give guns to Syrian terrorists, comes from serial liar, Andrew Breitfart. If idiot, son of idiot, were President, ice hockey would be the national sport in hell.

Cartoon:

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With his words, none of mine are needed. 

The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights.  On your freedom.  Just the other night, President Obama urged them to act. And then he went one step further, spelling out the 23 different Executive Orders he will take to get your guns.  My friend  our freedom is under direct assault.  From those who want take your guns. From those who want to shred our Constitution, and as our good in friend Rand Paul from Kentucky says, from those who want to be King.

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  14 Responses to “Open Thread–1/24/2013”

  1. Depressing day. Didn't get rid of the silent filibuster and state level Republicans continue to shamelessly cheat the voters out of their right to decide who they want in office. Last time Dems did this kind of thing was when they were Republicans.

    Your landlord is probably breaking about fifteen laws. Even if it's rent-controlled, low income, or whatever, heat, lights, water are pretty basic.

    • You have that right.

      Marva, on this building, it has not been remodelled since Noah did it, shortly after the ark came to rest on the slopes od Mt. Hood. :-)

  2. 3:07 Its the same as looking out my living room windows. after a fresh snowfall.

     

    3:36   I saw that archway and just had to go through it.

    • 3:42 — I think I have been frozen out on this puzzle.

       

      4:22 — I saw those archways and tried to go between them.

    • 3:41 — I hear you Jerry!  Icicles on my butt kept me from moving very fast!

      3:43 — I stopped long enough to swing on the vines, but I wasn't about to wait for the guys who look like they tried to play Tarzan too long!

    • Dang  I was Monster Mashed, Critter Crunched, abd size 9'd.

  3. I hope the "bug problem" does not mean that in the near future you will have to move out for a few days while the whole building is tented, although in the long run that is probably the best solution.

    • Jerry, I can guarantee that won't happen.  Because of Portland's underground, they would need a tent big enough to cover most of downtown.

  4. I'm glad you worked out a new solution to the computer dis- and re-assembling.

     

    NY Times~ Start screaming with me. Reid seems to be MIA on the filbuster suddenly.

     

    MSNBC ~ There they go again displaying evidence of their mental deficiencies,

     

    YouTube ~ Rand has delusions of grandeur – "If I"d been President at the time…").

    I only missed about 15 minutes of the hearings yesterday. If I was out of the room, the TV was turned up loudly so I could hear it. There were quite a few laughable moments but my favorite was when Hillary got angry at Se. Johnson and verbally put him in his place.

    There were afew subtle eye rolls too.

     

    Cartoon ~ His first campaign speech for the 2014 election???

     

    • Thanks Patty.  Me too!

      See today's article.

      And their mental deficienbcies are the best they have to offer.

      Amen.

      I saw that too. :-)

      Probably!

  5. Puzzles — 3:41 — I hear you Jerry! Icicles on my butt kept me from moving very fast!

    3:43 — I stopped long enough to swing on the vines, but I wasn't about to wait for the guys who look like they tried to play Tarzan too long!

    NY Times — Maybe that is why Harry Reid looked like he was having trouble with the stairs at the inauguration — he'd just been castrated by his own hand!  I signed a couple of petitions yesterday or tueday telling Harry to grow a couple of brass ones and not cave on the filibuster.  We really must talk to Mrs Reid because it appears he isn't getting enough.  He is so willing to get screwed by the Republican/Teabaggers. . . . again!

    MSNBC — If ever there was a case to be made for the Republican/Teabaggers being called petulant, obstructive little children, this is it.  When even the Chamber of Commerce is saying to the GOP that their actions are bad for the country, the GOP is still charging ahead.  They are nothing but ideologues with no sense of national needs or urgency.

    YouTube — Of the approximately 8 minutes of tape, 4 were used by Paul to do some political grandstanding.  He was repetetive and then came the conspiracy theory about arms to Turkey.  Other than they supposedly came from Libya, what did they have to do with Benghazi?  Paul looked like a dufus and Mrs Clinton stood her ground.  In some ways it was even worse with another Republican/Teabagger senator that constantly interrupted.  Also Paul mentioned this as being the worst tragedy since 9/11.  Has he conveniently  forgotten the illegal war in Iraq started by Baby Bush and Cheney that cost over 4,000 lives?  I must be rusty on my math — which number is greater — 4 or 4,000?  And if I recall correctly, isn't that a major component of the deficit — a war paid for on the national credit card?  Oh my, oh my, these Republican/Teabaggers are opening up cans of worms that they can't deal with legitimately.

    Cartoon — McTurtle is at it again with the same old chestnut that administration is after their guns.  What a pile of bull pucky!

    • I hope they weren't BIG icicles. ;-)

      See today's artice.

      Amen.

      And they thought it was fine, when Potomac Pinocchio made a joke about looking for WMD diring the Correspondents' Dinner.

      Bingo!

  6. Some good  news, a Lexington paper reported this week that the Tea Party was sick of McConnell and are looking for someone to run against him.  Does this mean there will be some splintering?  I surely hope so.