Feb 032013

By the time I had all my groceries unpacked and stowed yesterday, it was mid-afternoon.  I rested.  I’m current with replies.  Today I will be committed to religious pursuits in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  It is still my goal to go back to full time tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:18 (average 4:33).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: How Walmart Is In The Process Of Strangling Our Food System


I can attest to the fact that grocery prices have skyrocketed. This is especially true for staple foods, on which the poor survive. We pay more. Farmers get less. Workers get less. Billionaires get more. Republicans have a special word for such situations. They call it a win.

From The New Yorker: The White House’s attempt to portray President Obama as a gun user may have had unintended consequences today, as a newly released photo of Mr. Obama firing a rifle at Camp David set off a panic of gun buying across the US.

Right-wing opponents of Mr. Obama were behind the frenzied gun sales, saying that they were terrified by the image of an armed and shooting President.

“I don’t want to sound paranoid or anything, but now everything Obama has been doing makes sense,” said Harland Dorrinson, who was waiting on a blocks-long line outside a West Virginia Wal-Mart. “He wants to take away all our guns and then he’s going to come shoot us.”

Although this article is satire, the sight of Obama with a gun must be especially threatening to the many Republicans, who believe that the area in front of guns is for black folk, not the area behind guns.

From The Hill: Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

If Napolitano does not provide the green light for putting illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, the responsibility for judging whether the metrics for border security have been met will be given to her successor.

I see no chance for this to survive the House, where they will want the Arizona Death Angel, Jan “corpses in the desert” Brewer, and Crazy Joe Arpaio to have the final say.



The above graphic does not apply to billionaires.


  14 Responses to “Open Thread–2/3/2012”

  1. 3:36 I spent too much time smelling the flowers instead of fluttering-by Tom.

  2. Enjoy your high holy day!


    MoveOn ~ The greed of the Walton Family and others like them astonishes me. To them, too much is never quite enough.

    I am glad that I live in a rural area where I am lucky enough to get fresh dairy products, meat and produce directly from the farmers.

    BTW, if you have alleries to plants, pollen, etc, there is nothing like a spoonful of local honey to combat them.


    New Yorker ~ Not so funny when you think of al the people arming themselves to the teeth solely because we have a "black" President.

    No prejudice there. Right???


    The Hill ~ You can bet your booties that McCain and Cornyn will be leading the fight against it. McConJob has gotten more crotchety over the years and opposes almost everything good.


    Cartoon ~ Back in 1913, it mostly applied to taxation on corporations. Only about 1% of the population was actually liable to pay income taxes in 1913 because of deductions ans exemptions.







    • Thanks!

      They could not spend money fast enough to equal the interest income they receive, let alone all their corporate profit.

      Lucky you, indeed.

      No prejucice among Reopublicans and no Cathoilicicm among Popes.


      Good info!  Thanks!

  3. Puzzle — 2:57 I fluttered by both of you today. I'm too stuffed up this morning to smell anything. Ok Jerry, are you going to Critter crunch us all?

    MoveOn — I have a beef with this!  How is this being a good corporate citizen?  Or is that a term reserved for use in Canada only, whether it is true or not?  We regularly hear about corporate responsibility or social responsibility from corporations, including banks.  I may just check out the food area at the new Wal-Fart closest to me to see what prices are like here in Canada.  Don't worry, won't be buying.

    The New Yorker — I had this in my in box yesterday and had to laugh, but then isn't that what you're supposed to do with Borowitz and political humour/satire?  When I read it, I wondered why people were so concerned about this as it shows Mr Obama as a gun owner, and not one that is likely to take away guns.  I see a man with a gun, but I keep forgetting that Republican/Teabaggers see a BLACK man with a gun.  You know, the US really needs to get over the racism, bigotry, and gun control issues.

    The Hill — Does anything put forth by a Democrat survive the House?  Republican/Teabaggers are an anachronism, taking the country backwards and thoroughlyxenophobic and racist.

    Cartoon — "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."  Notice it says nothing about 'fair'?  Is that what Republican/Teabaggers use to justify not taxing the rich?

    • A win for you.

      Wal-Fart is the opposite of a good corporate citizen.

      Most of us aren't that way Lynn.


      Republicans consider whatever the do, no matter how evil, as justified.

      • "You know, the US really needs to get over the racism, bigotry, and gun control issues."

        I know everyone is not that way.  But unfortunately, it is a very vocal minority that creates an image that the whole country has to deal with.

        • Now, if we can make the Republican Party extinct, there will no longer be a national venue in which such hateful behavior is socially acceptable.  They will go back to hiding behind their sherets and hoods.


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