Feb 082013

Something must have been going on downtown yesterday, because there were helicopters low over my building for the early part of my sleep time, so I’m pretty pooped.  I’m current with replies and should be OK tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:45 (average 5:26).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: BREAKING: MoveOn Makes A Bet That A Million Progressive Leaders Are Yet To Be Sparked


Kudos to MoveOn. They have done a spectacular job in the past and their future appears most promising.

From Think Progress: Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), a key player in the ongoing House negotiations to advance comprehensive immigration reform, has come out against providing a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, echoing a growing consensus among conservative members. The position is in stark contrast to the framework put forward by a bipartisan group of Senators and President Obama — which would allow the unauthorized to earn citizenship.

“The people that came here illegally knowingly – I don’t think they should have a path to citizenship,” Labrador said during an interview with NPR on Thursday morning. “If you knowingly violated our law, you violated our sovereignty, I think we should normalize your status but we should not give you a pathway to citizenship.”

The Republican intent here is crystal clear. They are willing to let undocumented workers stay, but only as long as they can be used as serf labor.

From Media Matters: On Fox News, Republican strategist Brad Blakeman denied the scientific consensus on manmade climate change, saying "For every one scientist that says there is, I’ll give you 10 scientists that said it’s not manmade":

But in fact, credible surveys have repeatedly found that the vast majority of climate scientists agree humans are changing the climate. For instance, a 2009 survey published by the American Geophysical Union found that 97 percent of those who specialize in climate science said human activity is contributing to rising global temperatures:


The Republican Reichsministry of propaganda, Faux Noise, deals with facts in a thoroughly Republican way. They make them up.



And Republicans want it back!


  15 Responses to “Open Thread–2/8/2013”

  1. 2:59 I'm on fire!

  2. MoveOn ~ Great things may come from small beginnings.


    Think Progress ~ Is this another RepublicanT who ran on a family values platform who wants to do the morallly wrong thing by creating an inferior class of workers commonly known as "slaves"?

    Didn't we outlaw slavery in the 19th century in this country?


    Media Matters ~ Their mantra continues to be "We don't need no stinking facts!"


    Cartoon ~ They can have it as far as I'm concerned. But, would that mean I would need a passport to visit my sister in Florida?



  3. Nice to see Robert Reich again on the Move On/Sign On video.  

    I daresay that if Mr Blakeman wanted he could get ten deniers of climate change to his one scientist who believes in it – but only for that one occasion totally eleven people(!) – as you say TC, at least 97% of scientists believe we have a LOT to do with climate change.  As for those who say the earth has heated up before – yes it has, and the dinosaurs became the dominant life form as most of it was desert!

  4. Puzzle — 4:32 Hot I'm not!

    MoveOn — I wonder if they have a Canadian arm?

    Think Progress — "As the Washington Post observes, “it makes no sense, nor is it morally right, for the United States to create a permanent underclass of workers, numbering in the millions, who have no prospect of citizenship even as we expect them to continue mowing our lawns, caring for our children, painting our houses and manning our processing plants — as many have done for a decade or more already.”"

    Wasn't slavery effectively abolished in the south with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and then in 1865, all remaining slaves in the US were freed with the ratification of the 13th amendment?

    Media Matters — Pardon my language, but what an asshole!  More Republican/Teabagger screed.  Stupid is as stupid does!

    Cartoon — And they are still trying to secede!  And they are most definitely still trying to win the Civil War that they lost.

  5. At least there's some good news WRT Faux News: their trustworthiness is now plummeting just like their ratings:


    Just like its actual ratings, Fox News has hit a record low in the four years that we've been doing this poll. 41% of voters trust it to 46% who do not.


    The conclusion one reaches from the data is that Republicans are the ONLY group that ONLY trust their OWN tailored message.

    So this to the studies documenting Faux to be a major source of misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies, you come to the inevitable conclusion that pretty much anyone who describes themselves as a Republican is an undereducated, gullible twit.

    • "…the inevitable conclusion that pretty much anyone who describes themselves as a Republican is an undereducated, gullible twit."


      LMAO Nameless!  You are so  right … er … correct!

    • Amen!  Bad news for Faux Noise is good news for us.

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