Feb 172013
 

Yesterday my COPD was severe, and it kept me from getting the sleep I need.  Therefore I am limiting my blogging today to this Open Thread.  I’m current with replies.  I should be back in the saddle tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Yesterday’s took me 4:06 (average 5:06).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: The 4 Words Our President Spoke That Resonate Now More Than Ever

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Republicans do not want votes on gun control. They want to kill it by preventing it from coming to the floor, so that they do not create a record of their support for the gun industry and their stance against America.

From NECN: On Saturday, Congressman Ed Markey was at a packed event in Beverly, Mass., while Congressman Stephen Lynch was out in the central part of the state.

Both men are vying to win the Democratic primary leading up to the special election to fill Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate seat vacated by now Secretary of State John Kerry.

A recent poll by public radio station WBUR showed Markey beating Lynch by just seven points among likely Democratic voters – a closer margin than many might expect, since Markey has been in the Congress since 1975.

Markey has asked for a total of six Debates, but at deal has not been reached at this point.

The teachers union has endorsed Markey, and all agree that unions will be important voting blocks.

The primary will decide the seat, because every known Republican has said ‘Buk-buk-buk-buk!’. I like Markey and consider Lynch a likely DINO.

From Americans United: In his Republican response to the State of the Union this week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) touted “school choice,” a euphemism for vouchers.

“We need to give all parents, especially the parents of children with special needs, the opportunity to send their children to the school of their choice,” Rubio said.

The next day, the Florida senator rolled out his “Educational Opportunities Act,” a neo-voucher bill that lets corporations and individuals donate money to “scholarship granting organizations” that pay for tuition at private schools. The donors get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit – for corporations up to $100,000 and for individuals up to $4,500 – and private schools, most of them religious, get a windfall of new money.

Here’s how this would work. Parents make a donation to an organization who then issues a scholarship to their own kids. The parents then get a 100% tax credit for what amounts to their kids’ tuition. In short, taxpayers would finance their kids’ indoctrination in Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity. It’s funny that Rubio, hypocrite that he is,  isn’t concerned with the millions this program would add to the deficit. He probably plans to blame Obama.

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But Republicans seem to gave forgotten about this.

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  12 Responses to “Open Thread–2/17/2013”

  1. 3:48  I'm going to skate myself, or maybe slide, away from the computer and into bed.  Good night all!

  2. It's funny when a party sells itself as being for American values, but doesn't include one-man-one-vote as one of these values.   Not when the majority doesn't agree with it.

     

    Every day you ask how we do in the puzzle, but I have no idea how to respond – except to one of these threads that already has replies.    I will note, that by the time I get to that puzzle with my morning routine, the average time is always higher than when you post.    I beat that new time, but not yours – partially because for some reason, with my Magic Mouse, often I don't pick up what I'm clicking on (I think my thumb on the side does something).

    • Howard, Republicans oppose everything most Americans support.

      Because of when I get up, I'm one of the first to have done it, so the average increases as more people do.  I don't use a magic mouse, so I don't know.  With a regulat mouse, you haved to hold the left button down to pick up the piece.  If that doesn't work, go to your control panel and check your mouse settings.

  3. "Here’s how this would work. Parents make a donation to an organization who then issues a scholarship to their own kids. The parents then get a 100% tax credit for what amounts to their kids’ tuition. In short, taxpayers would finance their kids’ indoctrination in Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity. It’s funny that Rubio, hypocrite that he is,  isn’t concerned with the millions this program would add to the deficit. He probably plans to blame Obama."

    I'm sure you're right TC – that is the way they work every time, isn't it? 

    So sorry your COPD is still bad – you are having an awful time of it and I wish I could do something to help!

     

  4. Hey Tom.  So this is just a note to say I discovered your blog today randomly while searching and I am pleasantly surprised.  It is WONDERFUL.  Sorry to hear that you are dealing with COPD.  Take care. – blue

  5. Puzzle — 3:48 I'm going to skate myself, or maybe slide, away from the computer and into bed. Good night all!

    MoveOn — More poignant words have never been uttered!  In my opinion, the Republican/Teabaggers don't want to expose their soft underbelly, their unethical side, to the American people and risk being soundly trounced in 2014.

    NECN — So the Republican/Teabaggers are afraid of a little competition!  What a bunch of wussies!  On the other hand, at least Kerry's senate seat stays blue!  Given that Lynch is pro-life suggests he may be more conservative and more prone to be a DINO.  Normally I would say to these guys "quit squabbling between yourselves.  Save that for the Republican/Teabaggers." . . . but then they quit the race, so with whom else does one fight?

    Americans United — Now doesn't this plan smell like skunk cabbage!

    It’s more than a little ironic that Rubio, who spent a lot of time in his speech talking about the federal debt problem, told The Miami Herald that he doesn’t know how much his scheme will cost.

    How can this idiot think to put forth a bill like this when he doesn't have all the information such as costs!  What a doorknob!  And then to be hollering about Democratic spending . . . Rubio is worse that a stupid fool!

    Cartoon — From Wikipedia:

    Wesberry v. Sanders, 376 U.S. 1 (1964) was a U.S. Supreme Court case involving U.S. Congressional districts in the state of Georgia. The Court issued its ruling on February 17, 1964. This decision requires each state to draw its U.S. Congressional districts so that they are approximately equal in population.

    • Critter Crunched again.

      Exactly.

      Lynch is conservative in other areas too.

      You clearly understood that one,

      'Yes, but Republicans have made Democratic districts the most populous in their gerrymandering schemes.