Nov 012013

I’m writing for tomorrow, the beginning of the new month.  Since this building is all adults, I hopefully will have spent my Halloween as Rip van Winkle.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:06 (average 5:16).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: On Tuesday, Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) excoriated Congressman Tim Griffin (R-AR) and Republicans over their intransigence on Obamacare.  He reminded them that they did not like President Bush’s new drug program. They had valid objections. The donut hole and lack of negotiating on drug prices were serious flaws. Democrats in the end helped make the program work.

The following exchange was beautiful to watch.


Kudos to Bill Pascrell! That's telling the difference between governing and sedition like it is!!

From NY Times: State officials in Alabama have agreed to throw out major provisions of that state’s unjust immigration law. The agreement, which was announced Tuesday and awaits a federal judge’s approval, resolves lawsuits brought by civil-rights groups, churches and the Justice Department against the statute, H.B. 56, the most extreme attempt by any state to harass and expel immigrants.

Under the proposed settlement, the state acknowledges, among other things, that requiring public schools to determine students’ immigration status violates equal protection and that criminalizing efforts by day laborers to look for work violates the First Amendment. It further states that making it a crime for immigrants to fail to carry their papers, making it illegal for anyone to “conceal, harbor or shield” unauthorized immigrants, and invalidating any contracts that these immigrants sign are all unlawful intrusions into federal authority over immigration.

The settlement also includes an important check on racial profiling: an acknowledgment that state and local police cannot detain anyone merely on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

A win for the good guys over Republican racism!

From YouTube: Rachel Interviewed Leg Hound Harry

I disagree with him on two points. He said Cruz represents everything America is against. While that is true, I would extend that thought to the Republican Party politicians, propagandists and pundits as a whole.  Also, he let Coburn off far too easy.




  19 Responses to “Open Thread–11/1/2013”

  1. Good for Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) – an excellent speech!  I agree with you about Mr Reid – I couldn't hear what he said about the possibility of the  GOP doing it again though….

  2. Wish I had come across this yesterday, but it's still fun.

    A Google Maps glitch created a spooky town in New Baltimore, NY.  Either link will take you there (just a different section of Madison St.), and then you can move around just like you normally would in Gogol's Street View:,-73.788429&spn=0.001083,0.002642&sll=42.447857,-73.787895&layer=c&cbp=13,51.85,,0,4.66&cbll=42.438704,-73.788429&gl=us&t=h&panoid=qzRM5qBSKqHacjvX2gEJvQ&z=19,-73.787645&spn=0.001641,0.003484&sll=42.447857,-73.787895&layer=c&cbp=13,319.96,,0,7.48&cbll=42.447082,-73.787793&gl=us&t=m&panoid=2jSLfrk32njy5T7G0kr2wQ&z=19

    • I guess the Links are too long and got truncated.

      The second one will at least take you directly to Madison Ave., so then you can just drag your little Street View man over to it to view the Google view, and then move around.

      • If you cut and paste the links shown, including the part that isn't highlighted, they will take you to the spooks.

    • Nameless, links longer that 256 characters need to be run through TinyURL or something similar.  Joanne ios correct.  Cool stuff!

  3. 3:50  I read torotise shell and turned into a turtle.

  4. 6:46 – lol

    On Tuesday, Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) excoriated Congressman Tim Griffin (R-AR) and Republicans over their intransigence on Obamacare.

    I like this Bill Pascrell, he's got some chutzpah (pronounced like hootspa).

  5. 4:51  Squeaked in (like a mouse).

    Good for Bill Pascrell.  Do you think anyone listened?  Besides us, I mean.

    Good for Alabamans.

    Harry probably let Coburn off easily to keep the focus on Cruz.  I don't think Coburn is even thinking about running for President, is he?

  6. Daily KOs:  Bill Pascrell is right up there with Bernie Sanders for me now.

    NY Times:  Nice to hear something good from Alabama!

    RAchel Maddow:  Reid is much more forgiving than I, Coburn would get no easy pass from me.  Cruz is against everything I stand for, and I hope the majority of Americans.  

  7. Note — I know that this weekend is the "fall back" time as far as clocks go, but I thought it was only 1 hour, not 1 year! — “Open Thread–11/1/2012” ???

    Puzzle — 3:09  I'm right behind you TC.  Thanks for clearing the leaves for me.  Such a chivalrous move!

    Daily Kos — Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) has chutzpah while Griffin (R-AK) is a putz of the grandest order.  It is very apparent who truly understands the meaning of 'bipartisan', and it is NOT the Republicanus/Teabaggers!

    NY Times — We already know that the "Washington weenies", aka Republicanus/Teabagger Congress critters, don't have an elevator that goes all the way to the top, so seeing the light is damn near impossible for them. They are so caught up in blacktracking that they are headed down a one way street the wrong way.

    "If only Congress would see the light. House Republicans are still barreling down a dead-end road, with bills like the SAFE Act, which empowers state and local police to enforce immigration laws."

    YouTube — At the end of the clip when Rachel asked about Tom Coburn's comment, I think Harry was showing that side of himself that made gentlemen's agreements with McTurtle only to be blasted out of his socks when McTurtle reneged.  He'd better not lose those Obamaballs!  As to whether the Washington weenies will try to repeat the last fiasco in early 2014, I hope not, but I do not share Harry's confidence.  There is no doubt that this last fiasco hurt the Republicanus/Teabaggers significantly, but I have no confidence in their ability to learn from their mistakes.

    Cartoon — Eniwetok Atoll — the perfect place for all the secessionists and Republicanus/Teabaggers!  Their own island in the Pacific where they can 'govern' how they see fit!

    • If it worked, I would have taken us back top 2009 tomorrow night. πŸ˜‰  (Thanks!)

      I was protecting the leaves! πŸ˜‰


      That one won't pass the Senate.

      Excellent observation!

      Then renew testing! πŸ˜‰

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