Oct 192013

I’m writing for tomorrow and am quite worn out.  I was so bleary eyed in the wee hours this morning that I fell asleep on my keyboard.  I have a new neighbor to help Stuck on Stupid and Guitar man.  He’s directly above me and has hardwood floors.  I call him Tap Dancer.  ARGH!!!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:22 (average 4:19).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: And here I thought it was Reid he was telling Obama to hold firm:

White House officials rushed Friday to squash an emerging bipartisan deal crafted by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) because they viewed it as a worse than proposals from Boehner.

It would have locked in next year’s even-deeper government spending levels and suspended the medical device tax, a key funding stream for Obamacare that’s unpopular with both parties.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors called Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). The president didn’t want Democrats anywhere near that deal, and the Senate leaders, in turn, warned the rank and file to hold back and avoid committing to the deal. The president reiterated his concerns in a Saturday meeting with Democratic leaders, and they made clear that they couldn’t accept the proposal.

… [emphasis original]

Kudos to Barack Obama for attaching Leg Hound Harry’s Obamaballs! No wonder they stayed on so long!!

From The New Yorker: Residents of the District of Columbia were roused from their sleep by a massive fireworks display over the White House just after midnight, as President Obama declared what he called “a national day of gloating.”

“It would not be productive for this nation, going forward, to crow about our victory over political adversaries,” he said in a nationally televised address. “So let’s get it all out of our systems today.”

Immediately after the President’s speech, loudspeakers outside the White House blasted “We Are the Champions,” and the national day of gloating began.

Ironically, it has surprised me how little gloating Obama has done, despite being forthright about Republican culpability.

From MSNBC: Cuccinelli’s attempt at election theft.

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Republicans have a valid reason for stealing elections. Otherwise, they lose. America needs a different purge: a giant flush that sweeps all Republicans from office.




  26 Responses to “Open Thread–10/19/2013”

  1. Thanks TC – so very sorry that you have what seems to be half a dozen unbearably noisy and apparently lunatically inconsiderate neighbours!  To be constantly woken is utterly hellish – you have my deepest sympathies, I wish there was something I could do to help!

  2. 2:46 Buzz, buzz, little bee.

  3. Tom, please give us an update on your possible move to a sane place to live.

  4. I'm sorry that you have a neighbor as stupid and inconsiderate as one that I have.

    Daily Kos ~ That deal would have been worse than allowing the ShutStorm to continue.

    New Yorker ~ He has too much class to gloat.

    MSNBC ~ President Obama told them if they wanted to change things to win elections. I guess this is the only way they can win.

    Cartoon ~ Agent Orange's fist pump!


  5. Sometimes I really wish Andy's satire was real.  A national day of gloating was in order, sure we would have lots of whining and squealing from the right, but hey – we here that daily.

    TomCat, get yourself some ear protection from a gun store and give your neighbors some of their own medicine.  Turn your own electronics up very loud as soon as theirs are off.   It is true that fighting fire with fire can just result in a huge blaze, but you need to teach them a wee lesson. 

    • I agree.  I had one anyway.

      Kitty, as good as that sounds, I have other neighbors that are innocent of any wrongdoing.  I won't be so inconsiderate of them.  I can't wear earplugs becaude I sleep with Oxygen.

  6. Two months ago I started doing the jig-saw.  I was soooo slow in the beginning.  Today I did it in 3:02!!!  I beat you for the first time!!!

  7. Puzzle — 2:58  My "buzz" buzzed off!

    Daily Kos — As a manager, my preferred management style was collegial.  But I learned too that there were times when I had to be a "dictator" because the situation demanded it.  It seems that Mr Obama has learned this lesson now.  Has Harry Reid grown a pair?  I doubt it.  So Mr Obama will have to continue to monitor the situation more closely that he is want to do, but the American people will benefit.

    The New Yorker — My guess is that there is no time for gloating because the obstructionists are onto their next project while keeping January 15 and February 7, 2014 in mind.  There is a lot going on, not the least of which are 2014 midterm elections.

    MSNBC — Every time I hear the name 'Cuccinelli' I think of the entertainer Charo and her little 'dance' to cuchi-cuchi!  Those two could not be further removed from each other.  Very telling that the gender gap is so large, but not surprising.  And how very Republicanus/Teabagger of him to do a purge so close to election time.  It is so obvious what he is doing — disenfranchising 40,000 people with the expressed purpose of voter fraud prevention. His real purpose is not voter fraud prevention but election fraud enabling for the Republicanus/Teabagger party. And then there's at least one conflict of interest in the handling of the Democrat party law suit.  This is absolutely shameful and why, even at state levels, election administration has to be taken out of the hands of partisan politics.

    Cartoon — . . . only the booby prize!

  8. lol Tom love the cartoon

  9. 4:18.  TC PLEASE take care of yourself.  You are obviously not at the top of your form today.

    Re Andy – Agree with Patty too much class.  But also, he is working hard – and it must take a lot of effort – not to display any human reaction that the Rethugs could criticize.  This is why they have to make stuff up. I don't always agree with him, but I always admire his keeping it rational.

    Cartoon says it all, doesn't it?

    TC, not every day, but about half the time lately, I am having trouble posting to your site.  I put it in and submit, everything is there, but it doesn't post.  I'm not ignoring you.

  10. ~ 4:43

    I wish I could help you with your neighbor problem TC, 😡

    Republicans have a valid reason for stealing elections. Otherwise, they lose.

    I pin my hopes on Virginia Women… 😉

    Cuccinelli’s attempt at election theft.


  11. Daily Kos:  So glad the White House intervened. So sorry that Susan Collins has gone down in my previous appreciation of her.

    The New Yorker:  He did have cause to gloat, but gladly, he didnt.  That, too, would have been used against him.

    MSNBC:   Cuccinelli is a thief, as the scandals associated with him have shown.  NOt stepping down as Attorney General while running for governor should have been the red flag for Va voters.   He can't possibly win the election honestly.

    Cartoon"  Is that TEd Cruz on the mat? 

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