Feb 262014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, and I’m having a bad air day, as my COPD is severe, so pardon me for brevity.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:48 (average 4:25).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: Hey you guys! Guys! OK, I have a new idea. Kind of radical, but just hear me out: What if we don’t pay Walmart’s employees … but Walmart pays them instead?

 

Bernie, a national treasure, got only one straight answer. It was from the other national treasure, Robert Reich. Note that, if we raise the minimum wage to $10.10, Wal-fart could absorb the cost by raising the price about $1 per $2,000 in sales.

From The New Yorker: The state of Arizona found itself in the middle of a conundrum today as it awoke to the awkward realization that gay people have money and buy stuff.

Just days after the Arizona legislature passed a law that would enable businesses to discriminate against gays, it emerged that gays spend billions of dollars in Arizona each year—an unexpected development that seemed to take many legislators by surprise.

Carol Foyler, a Tea Party Republican who supported the anti-gay law, said that the startling bombshell that gays play a role in the state’s economy put her and her fellow lawmakers “in a tight spot.”

“Quite frankly, we were blindsided by this,” she said. “We had no idea that gays had money and bought things just like regular people do.”

LOL Andy! Arizona Republicans are running scared over the realization that their pseudo-Christian hate has earned them national attention in an election year.

From Alternet: The anti-gay atmosphere in Uganda is heating up.  On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law that toughened the already harsh laws against gays in the African country.

That law mandates life sentences in jail for those who have gay sex.  It also prohibits the “promotion” of homosexuality.  Being gay is already outlawed in the country.

The latest anti-gay news, as the Associated Press reports, is that a Ugandan newspaper published a list of the “top” 200 gay people in the country.  The list includes gay activists, a hip-hop star and a Catholic priest.  “The media witch hunt is back,” tweeted Jacqueline Kasha, an activist.

It echoes a 2011 list published that called for the execution of the alleged gay people listed.  One Ugandan gay activist named David Kato was killed after the 2011 list was released.

In case you are not aware, this hateful legislation was conceived, aided and abetted by pseudo-Christian Republicans in the US House and Senate. Many travelled to Uganda to help make this happen. I suspect they are using Uganda as a test case in the hope of establishing similar discrimination here in the US.

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  16 Responses to “Open Thread–2/26/3014”

  1. 3:30 And all is well. It's smooth sailin' out there today.

  2. It continues to amaze me how fast public opinion on gays has shifted.  It's now reached the point where an anti-gay law is a serious economic liability for a whole state (since not only gays but many others will object to it, and say so with their spending), and business interests are pressing Brewer to veto the law.

    Of course we'd prefer that politicians do the right thing for the right reasons, but if they do the right thing for the wrong reasons, I'll take it.

  3. Stay inside and rest yourself today.

    Upworthy ~ As usual, Bernie did his homework. Everyone on that panel exccept Robert Reich needs a new brain. The first guy couldn't wrap his mind around the word "welfare". DUH! The 2 women were exceptionally ignorant in their remarks. People "choose to work" at Wal-Fart and they create more jobs than anyone else so people are just flocking to apply for them. don't the idiots realize there are no other jobs? Their so-called "job creators" hoard their money in off-shore accounts like Scrooge McDuck and just sit around counting it. Three cheers for Bernie and Robert yet again.

    New Yorker ~ Too close to the truth for the RepubliCons. Now they're calling for the Angel of Death to veto the bill. Andy's other column was prophetic. She's just sitting on her hand because she doesn't quite know what to do now.

    Alternet ~ It should be against the law for our hate filled jackasses to go to other countries to fuel their hatred and discrimination. They have enough of their own.

    Cartoon ~ Ha ha ha!

     

  4. Since Bernie brought up corporate welfare and Wal-Fart in today's open thread, I thought I would share this from Daily Kos. How long before they start crying and asking for government aid? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/24/1279989/-No-one-wants-to-drive-out-to-Wal-Mart-stores-anymore?detail=email

  5. 4:56  Stranded at the top of the lighthouse with short hair and no prince.

    Upworthy – Wow!  What a concept!  Yeah, it takes Bernie and Robert to think of something so radical.

    New Yorker – Is Andy sure this is satire?  It sounds so real!

    Alternet – In the House and the Senate, and in the so-called church.  Boy, I sure wouldn't want to be them when they meet the real Jesus.  Anger is not his forte, but in the cases of them and other Pharisaic types, he does make exceptions.  However, I also wouldn't want to be gay in Uganda.  I find it so difficult to wrap my mind around how anyone can think that being what you were born to be can be a crime.

    Cartoon – So true it almost isn't funny.

  6. Why is it taking Jan Brewer so long to do "What is right for Arizona" and veto their anti-gay bill?

    It ain't an essay question, Jan.  It's True or False.

  7. When I tried to post my comment this is the message I received:

    Not Acceptable!

    An appropriate representation of the requested resource could not be found on this server. This error was generated by Mod_Security.

    I'll try to post later.

    • I did post my comment on Care2.

      I have tried 3 times since the original attempt and the response is the same.

      • I had the same problem yesterday, and emailed TC (you can find his email on any page w/ an "email" search.)

        Seems that his HSP server has been having hits w/ Malware, and if your ISP is close to the source of the Malware, your Comments get banned/monitored.

        Since they're now showing up, I guess you've been "white-flagged" – meaning the HSP has given you a "Gold Star"

        In all honesty, it's a little bit "NSA Creepy" to me.  Why are my Comments being monitored by some third party?

        Don't get me wrong – I realize TC probably has NO control over what they do, but still …

  8. ~~Hey you guys! Guys! OK, I have a new idea. Kind of radical, but just hear me out: What if we don’t pay Walmart’s employees … but Walmart pays them instead?

    Senator Bernie Sanders is my Main… :lol:

    4:58 -

  9. I hope you have some relief from your COPD by now.

    Upworthy:  I don't know whom I like best, Bernie or Reich!  Wal Mart is the biggest welfare queen in our country today.  I shared the UPworthy piece on Facebook.

    The New Yorker.  I always love Andy. By now you know the governor vetoed the bill.  I guess she knew where the money was. :-)

    Alternet:  The CBS Nightly News surprisingly enough, talked about this tonight, how a couple of our senators went to Uganda and had an opportunity to influence this horrid situation, but chose not to.  Of course, we still have too many anti gays in this country and sadly, many of them are in our congress.

    Cartoon"  Of course they love us when they need our vote.  After they are elected, we are the problems they need to rid the country of so they can properly support their masters.

  10. Thanks all.  Lynn, if it persists, email me.  I'll call tech support again. 

  11. Love Bernie!  Praying for you TC, you are heroic!

  12. Puzzle — 3:23 I caught a cross breeze today. 

    Upworthy — The ice was thin and cracking, especially for the 1st speaker. Reich, as usual, was spot on as was Bernie. Too bad he was cut-off by time restraints. 

    The New Yorker — They were blinded by their hate! 

    Alternet — Personally, I think that all those that had a hand in fashioning this law and inciting people to "kill the gays" ,regardless of nationality, should be charged with genocide or other appropriate charge. There was a man in New England I think (I wish I could remember his name) who was convicted of hate crimes, some of which were in Africa. Truly sick. What is even worse is that these people claim to be "Christians" but they are anything but . . . not even the fainst smell of Christianity in their actions. 

    Cartoon — Two faced, anything to win. Typical Republicanus/Teabagger! . . . and if they win the election, they will turn the other cheek permanently, but not in the biblical sense.