Dec 232013
 

Yesterday was a slow day for news, and I took advantage of it to continue to catch up the tremendous sleep deficit from the move.  However, I could find enough for this article.  I’m also beginning to recover from the flu.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:04 (average 4:52).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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The Broncos clinched AFC West and the privilege of honoring the LGBT community with a first round bi week.  Peyton Manning broke Tom Brady’s record with his 51st touchdown pass this season.  From a political perspective, it’d great when the horse rides the  Texan. :-)

Short Takes:

From Raw Story: The libertarian leader of one of the largest online retailers in the world has decided to step into the bitcoin fray.

Overstock.com’s CEO Patrick Byrne told bitcoin news site NewsBTC.com [TEAbagger fraud delinked] on Wednesday that the decision isn’t completely decided yet, because the logistics — and the law — of accepting the virtual currency have to be worked out.

Byrne’s target is the second half of 2014, but Overstock.com may be able to implement bitcoin sales as soon as April, he said.

Add Overstock to your "never patronize" list.  They were already on mine, because they fund Republicans.

From Huffington Post: In a bizarre pronouncement by ever-colorful Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera, the veteran commentator has defended Alec Baldwin’s recent homophobic outburst toward a paparazzo, claiming "cocksucking faggot" isn’t necessarily a gay slur.

"I don’t think are insults are equal," Rivera said during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show December 19. Rivera was chiming in to a heated discussion between Hannity and panelists Rachel Sklar and about whether or not A&E made a mistake by suspending “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for recent anti-LGBT and racist statements.

Claiming that Alec Baldwin had been "drummed off MSNBC by fundamentalist gay activists," Rivera tried to argue that the actor had merely been using ingrained neighborhood lingo when he allegedly hurled the "cocksucking faggot" epithet at a photographer on November 14.

The included video was broken, but I found it on YouTube.

RepubliSpeak DictionaryFundamentalist Gay Activist: Anyone who objects to homophobic hate speech by Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians.

From Blue Oregon: Officially, no one is saying anything. But, according to Politico, retiring Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) told colleagues that President Barack Obama intends to nominate him as Ambassador to China. And as a result, he’ll be giving up his Senate seat – and his chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee – a year ahead of schedule.

Update, 8:30 a.m.: President Obama has officially announced the Baucus nomination.

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is next in line, but he’s also retiring in a year. And as a result, according to Politico, Rockefeller declined the chairmanship and our own Senator Ron Wyden has accepted. Wyden had previously been expected to ascend to the seat after the 2014 elections (assuming Democrats retain control.)

While I’m not as strongly pro Ron Wyden as I am pro Jeff Merkley, having Wyden atop Finance would be an infinite improvement over BARF Baucus (DINO-BIG Insurance).

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  15 Responses to “Open Thread–12/23/2013”

  1. 3:02 I didn't get blue because of my time but will I be green with envy later?

  2. Raw Story ~ I knew there had to be a reason I didn't do any shopping at Overstock.com.

    HuffPo ~ As much as I hate to say it, I have to agree with Geraldo about growing up in a different time and the language we used back then. It was not meant as a derogatory remark about anyone who was LGBT. It was a general put-down. We were rude and crude. BUT, most of us have grown up and stopped using language like that. Grow up, Alec!

    Blue Oregon & Politico ~ I would rather have Jeff Merkley too.  

    Cartoon ~ Caramel Santa!

     

    • There had to be.

      Where Geraldo is wrong is that a slur's popularity does not justify it.  I used the same one when I was young, but I was wrong to haved never condidered how it must have tp be a young gay kid, whose friends were putting each other down that way.

      Thanks!

      Well. it sure isn't GOP Santa!! ;-)

  3. 4:23  Much better looking than Harry Reid's.

    I do think that anyone who thinks that "c***sucking" or "c***sucker" is an acceptable insult in ANY circumstances needs to realize that he can forget about getting any head for the rest of his life.  Right, ladies?

    Happy Holidays to all from me, Saint Nicholas, Sinter Klaas and Black Peter, Christkind, Kris Kringle, Saint Lucy, La Befana, the Three Kings, all our dead relatives, and anyone I left out.

  4. 5:22 – Fuck Duck Dynasty, Rivera and Fox too… :twisted:

  5. I am glad to hear you are recovering from the flu.  I hope you get everything you ordered for your Christmas dinner.

    I have never ordered from Overstock, now I definitely won't.

    Huff post:  I have never been a fan of Geraldo.  Although I have never personally used the language, Patty is right, it used to be common, just as it was for Paula Deen in the 50's in the south and she was certainly pilloried for admitting it.

    Cartoon"  That would kill the Repubs!

  6. I am glad to hear you are recovering from the flu.  I hope you get everything you ordered for your Christmas dinner.

    I have never ordered from Overstock, now I definitely won't.

    Huff post:  I have never been a fan of Geraldo.  Although I have never personally used the language, Patty is right, it used to be common, just as it was for Paula Deen in the 50's in the south and she was certainly pilloried for admitting it.

    Cartoon"  That would kill the Repubs!

    I hope my comments show, the web site is telling me I am duplicating.