Feb 242013
 

Yesterday some Immodium AD got half of my problem under control, but when it comes to anything solid,  my stomach is still reversing the old maxim, “What goes up must come down.”  It would be a great time to visit Rush Limbarf.  I’m going to stay down.  I’m current with replies’ and hope to be back tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:09 (average 5:49).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: Fox News Doesn’t Fact Check : Lesbian Wedding Edition

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LMAO!!!! Actually I disagree with the premise. I think Faux Noise, the Republican Ministry of propaganda, fact checks everything. Anything factually accurate ends up on the cutting room floor.

From NY Times: Major banks have quickly become behind-the-scenes allies of Internet-based payday lenders that offer short-term loans with interest rates sometimes exceeding 500 percent.

With 15 states banning payday loans, a growing number of the lenders have set up online operations in more hospitable states or far-flung locales like Belize, Malta and the West Indies to more easily evade statewide caps on interest rates.

While the banks, which include giants like JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, do not make the loans, they are a critical link for the lenders, enabling the lenders to withdraw payments automatically from borrowers’ bank accounts, even in states where the loans are banned entirely. In some cases, the banks allow lenders to tap checking accounts even after the customers have begged them to stop the withdrawals.

This is one of the reasons why the CFPB needs an Director, and why Republicans have said they will filibuster every appointee for this agency. Thank the Nevada Leg Hound, Harry Reid.

From Crooks and Liars: Watch: Paul Ryan on Sequester

 

This is the same Lyin’ Ryan that is now calling it Obama’s sequester.

Cartoon:

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Ironically, the Constitution does not explicitly give them this power.

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  20 Responses to “Open Thread–2/24/2013”

  1. 5:29 It was kind of like a game of Pick-Up-Sticks with tools. I still need some fine tuning.

  2. Puzzle — 4:16 It is very easy to get screwed on this one!

    MoveOn — While I tend to agree with you about checking stuff and disgarding anything that is true, I also think that they are so locked in their idiotology aka ideology that they are unable to see the truth here.  This picture looks like a "traditional marriage" because the one partner has a haircut much like mine and is tall and slender (unlike me).  I think that Faux Noise is so set that they never checked it out.  Best wishes to Lela McArthur and Stephanie Figarelle.  BTW, I think this is how a traditional marriage should be defined — the union of 2 people who love each other and have made a commitment to each other.

    NY Times — The bastard banks are always conniving!  With payday loans, or participating in the payday loan scenario, the banks are preying on the ones who can least afford it.  Harry Reid needs to be castrated so he doesn't hump any more Republican/Teabagger legs!

    Crooks and Liars — I wonder if Johnny boy has seen this?  Not that he has to because he and the Republican/Teabaggers know very well that they are the authors of the sequester.  Now, if only the sheeple would open their eyes and see it. :Sigh:

    Cartoon — And the two opposing parties are still sniping at eachother.  Nice to know that nothing has changrd in 211 years.

    • Tell me about it!

      I agree, in this case, but in many, if not most, others they KNOW they are discarding facts.

      I'll donate the knife.  You donate the microscope!

      Amen!

      What has changed is that neither the Federalists nor the Democratic Republicans were anti-American.

  3. Since it's Oscar Night – you know that little "Gift Bag" that are common at conventions/meetings/etc. (even if you have to walk the exhibits to pick items up)?

    Would you be surprised if you learned that the Academy Awards Gift Bag totals an astronomical value of $45,000+?

    Me too!

    http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2013/02/gift_bag_oscars_academy_awards.php

    And this year is actually a LOW VALUE amount:

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-21/at-47-803-oscar-swag-bag-value-hits-five-year-low

    • Disgusting when you think about the amount — there are lots of people who live an entire year on half of that, and even a third of that.  Yet this is considered chump change!

    • Thanks Nameless.  Ironically most of the attendees are quite rich already.

    • Nameless, the value of the 'goodie bag' at the Oscars this year wasn't a surprise to me – Stephen Fry (National Treasure over here) on QI (BBC) told us a year or so ago about one that valued somewhere around $100,000 – and that they are now being taxed – and a good thing too!

       

  4. It's high time a sequester qwew put on Ryan's lying mouth!

  5. TC – I couldn't watch the Lyin' Ryan clip – he makes me growl and grind my teeth – and I didn't want to disturb my beloved rescued animals!

    As to what the banks are up to – is there NOTHING they won't do to get more and more and more money?  Talk about bankrupted souls!  They are just appalling!!

  6. "From Crooks and Liars: Watch: Paul Ryan on Sequester"

    The above says all that needs to be said… :smile: