Aug 112013

As I write for tomorrow, day 58, it’s 82° at my desk.  Instead of getting a thunderstorm, the sun just hit the breezeway, so my continued comfort depends on whether it stays out long enough to superheat the air trapped there.  Yesterday a church group visited the building, including the Republican Mayor of a Portland suburb.  He is a nice guy, and unlike most Republicans, he will listen.  In discussing the applicability of the Old Testament to today.  I think I frustrated him, as he told me it would be wrong for me to stone my noisy next door neighbor to death for mixing meat and dairy.  He also said that, even if I move to his town, he will not allow me to own a Canadian, although the OT authorizes it. On the down side, I fell into the donut hole yesterday.  Major ARGH!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:57 (average 5:06).  To do it, click here.

Short Takes:

From TPM: These days it seems no gaffe will stay hidden for long.

The recording of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign manager that surfaced Thursday — you know, the “holding my nose” one — is just one among a collection of taped gaffes that have taken off in recent years.

From George Allen’s “macaca” incident to Mitt Romney’s infamous 47 percent comment, here’s a recap of some taped gaffes that the politicians themselves probably never thought would go public…

Click through for four wonderful videos of Republicans caught with a foot as deeply embedded in their mouths, as their heads are embedded up their asses.

From MSNBC: Move the Olympics to Vancouver!


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Beam those Olympics elsewhere, Mr. Sulu! Everyone, please sign the petition, I did.

From Newstimes: The still-raw emotions created by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and its aftermath, boiled over here Friday, as gun rights supporters poured into the local Starbucks, to the dismay of many.

The Church Hill Road store, normally open until 9:30 p.m. closed at 4:30 p.m. A sign posted on the front of the store said it did so "out of respect for Newtown and everything our community has been through.

For these hate-filled armed Republicans to pull an "open carry" event in Newtown demonstrates a total lack of respect for the suffering that town has undergone. Kudos to the local Starbucks there for kicking the bastards out!



Wow! Was putting them on camera a mistake or what. For a mind blowing experience, check out the 1924 election map.


  22 Responses to “Open Thread–8/11/2013”

  1. Goodness me – Sandy Hook Starbucks did the right thing – I only hope the manager who authorised its early closing will not be penalised by his/her management.  Thanks TC – already signed the petition in support.

    • Pat, I think it would be 'death' for Starbucks in Newtown if there were any repercussions against the manager.  Not only that, from what I have seen here in Canada, this is likely a franchise operation with the owner being a local businessman.

    • Lynn's take on this is mine too.


  2. 3:48  I am trying to get that door open and be the first one through it, but I feel the hot breath of two women on my back…or is that the breath of two hot women?

  3. TomCat, can't the owner put up some shades to keep the sun from beating down on the (non) breezeway?

  4. Puzzle — 3:33  Well Jerry, to answer you question for now, it's one hot woman!  Temperature is 17 C but feels like 22C according to the news.  That means where I live, the temperature is about 22 C but feels like 26C.  In the house, it is hotter!

    TPM — The first rule, if you want to be a politician, is to load brain, then fire mouth.  Not a difficult concept unless your discrimination, bigotry and self importance get in the way as they too often do with Republicanus/Teabaggers.

    MSNBC — Petition signed.  I agree there are just too many risks involved for an Olympics in Sochi right now. And looking at Rule 6 "Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement."  makes it very clear that something must be done.  I think Vancouver would like to do the Olympics but the costa are something that we are not prepared for.  Certainly the facilities are here, but the costs to get things going are a concern.  And the IOC needs to make any decision NOW and line up some help to make these games truly an Olympic event showcasing world coöperation.

    Newstimes — First there was the NRA canvassing for new members for the NRA in Newtown shortly after the mass murder.  Now this!  Kudos to Starbucks for showing respect for its community.  And kudos to the gun toting Republicanus/Teabaggers for demonstrating just how uncompassionate, thoughtless, and despicable they and their political party are.

    Cartoon — Haven't been able to get them to talk seriously about what matters ever since.  Now it is primping and preening and jabs at the other guy.

    • It was cooler here, but it stakes in the 80°s inside, because, once the building id heat soaked, it taked about three days of cool weather or a had rain to cool it.


      I hope you get to renjoy the games in person.




  5. I just have to brag a bit.  I never report my puzzle scores, because I am so bad, but today, just a few seconds over the average.

  6. I have a question for you Tom, DUH, what is the donut hole?  Maybe I have been there???

    • Hi Dotti, it's a Medicare Part D thing that makes prescriptions full price when you get to a certain spending level.  I have been really,really lucky not to have to deal with it myself.

    • Joanne is spot-on and lucky indeed.  It's a $2700 gap.

  7. I missed the McConnell debacle.  Thanks for posting it. I signed the petition.

  8. Jig Zone Puzzle: 6:00

    Move the olympics to Vancover.

    Everyone, please sign the petition, I did.

    Signed and Shared, thank you.

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