Apr 172014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and am feeling quite tired.  Store to Door delivered groceries, and I’m still not recovered from my schedule.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:45 (average 5:14).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Special Events:

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Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: TeaParty Militia Leader, Richard Mack has been pretending he’s a bad ass for years. But when he and his TeaParty brethren went to help millionare rancher, Cliven Bundy violently violate a Court order, they proved they are nothing but a bunch of gun-toting, wimpy-ass loud mouths who planned to use women as human shields against any potential gun battle they initiated with the Federal government.

 

What craven cowards these seditious Republicans are to hide behind the skirts of their women.

From MoveOn: Check out this Tax Day message from Robert Reich:

 

As usual, the Reich on the left is right, and the Reich on the right is Republican. Sign the petition to tax the bastards!!

From Crooks and Liars: The next frontier in corrupt election politics: Is it permissible for candidates to run ads that are outright lies?

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in another election law case. This one concerns an ad run by Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-birth organization, against Rep. Steven Driehaus. In the ad, SBA List accuses Driehaus of voting to allow taxpayer funds to be used to fund abortions, despite the last-minute protections built in to ensure that didn’t happen.

 

Sadly, I’m pretty sure about how the fascist five Injustices at SCROTUS (Republican Constitutional VD) will rule: IOKIYAR

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  22 Responses to “Open Thread–4/17/2014”

  1. 4:17 I'm ashamed to even post my slow time today.

  2. Happy Birthday, Lynn!!!

    Daily Kos ~ Richard Mack & his cohorts are typical bullies. First they spout off and throw their chests out and shoulders back. They threaten and tote weapons (even if only a stick). Then when trouble threatens to bite them in the derriere, they hide behind Mommy's skirt. They disgust me and should all be prosecuted for interferin with a Government operation. I'm sure he wouldn't have hesitated to fire upon anyone who did something like this to him while he was in Law Enforcement for 11 years. At the very least he would have arrested them.

    MoveOn ~ Bravo, Robert Reich! I remember when I worked for the IRS in the 1970s that foreign earned income was taxed at a much higher rate than US earned income. Thank you so very much, St. Ronnie RayGun for starting the landslide which has ruined so many hard working Americans. ( I quit my job there in 1979 for obvious reasons.)

    Crooks & Liars ~ I'm positive that all of us will be surprised if  SCROTUS decides For Driehaus and against the List's ad.

    Cartoon ~ I was only 11 but remember the fear of a possible nuclear war back then. Remember the drills?

     

     

     

     

  3. Happy Birthday, Lynn

    3:15 – Applause to you TC for managing that puzzle so quickly.

    Robert Reich has done a service with these short but excellent little videos.  One need not be an expert to fully understand the single topic.  

    Rouge Federal Officers?  I think the rouges are clearly defined by their defiance of of the laws of the land.  Have your wives shot?  You cowardly bastards.
    The BLM has in the past allowed some ranchers to use Federal land for grazing.  When the BLM retracts that courtesy, remove your live stock. There are no squatters rights.  Arrest Bundy and should Mack and his rag-tag gang of thugs want to show up in arms again, the National Guard an the FBI know what to do.  

    News Flash – abortion is legal.  These hypocrites using the abortion issue, but what about that child after they are no longer in the womb.  Easy – then the child becomes a taker and is fodder for the right wing crazy machine.   Pro-life is not how to label an issue, if these people were pro-life that implies that they would also be against war, they are not.  Abortion is a deeply personal decision that should not be manipulated and used as a political tool.  Learn to mind your own business.  

    The Bay of Pigs, what a disaster and a major turning point for JFK and how he saw those who were suppose to be well informed advisors.

    Thanks TC – great combination of articles.

  4. Hey, Lynn – Happy B-Day!

  5. 5:55  Am I seeing it wrong or did someone actually paint wrought iron light caramel?

    Daily Kos – and children.  Kind of gives a new connotation to the term "Women and children first,"  doesn't it?  (What kind of women would blithely run out in front of their "men" in a situation like this?  It boggles the mind.)  It also boggles the mind that Fox admitted this.  What kind of spin did they put on tnis?  The clip isn't long enough to show.

    Move On – Already signed the petition.  I used to be in favor of the mortgage interest deduction, which was designed to help the middle class achieve the American Dream.  However, in order to deduct mortgage interest, one must file Schedule A, which means forfeiting the standard deduction.  Between that, and not being able to deduct medical expenses unless they exceed a certain percentage of your income, and a few other hoops, you would have to be buying a very pricey home indeed and/or paying a very high interest rate to benefit from the mortgage interest deduction.  Sure, it makes filing easier to just take the standard deduction, but then how are we helping the middle class?  Lots of reforms needed, not just tax brackets.  I wish we could get Reich back into the Cabinet.  Krugman would also be a shining asset to the Cabinet.

    Crooks and Liars – Hey, if Fox News can legally lie in news reporting, which is supposed to be factual, why shouldn't SCROTUS allow lying in political ads, which anyone in their right mind doesn't believe anyway?  Caveat emptor!  (Note: some sarcasm may be present in this paragraph.)

    Cartoon – I am five years older than Patty, and I remember the drills, though not in 1961 – I remember from grade school.

    • Yes, in grade school. We did it in high school too until 1966. Then I really don't know why it just stopped. I wasn't into politics as much then.

  6. MoveOn PETITION – The 1% Should Pay Their Fair Share in Taxes 
    Petition by Robert B. Reich 

    To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama 

    It's time for higher taxes on the super-rich to pay for what America needs. 

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-1-should-pay-their

    • Daily Kos:  I read the article, couldn't get sound on the video.  these people are insane.  They are nothing more than terrorists.  Why is Mack still allowed to walk freely in this country, he seems to be an imminent threat to me.

      Move On:  I signed the petition and shared it on FAcebook.

      Crooks and Liars:  I think we all know that SCROTUS will side with the liars, they are the ones with the money.

      Hope you are rested, TC.

      Lynn, I hope you had a great day.

    • Thanks Jim.  Petition signed

      • Happy Birthday, Dear Lynn…. By the way, if I may ask, politely, how old are you now… or is it a forever "39" as the women used to say at my former workplace… lol.

        • Jim, I freely admit to being 62!  I can't change that nor do I want to.  My 30's sucked.  I am like a fine wine, getting better with age!  Besides, you should see the faces of people when I say I am the mother of fraternal twins, age 6, and a little girl who is 5.5 years.  BTW, they are cats!

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    Daily Kos:  I read the article, couldn't get sound on the video.  these people are insane.  They are nothing more than terrorists.  Why is Mack still allowed to walk freely in this country, he seems to be an imminent threat to me.

    Move On:  I signed the petition and shared it on FAcebook.

    Crooks and Liars:  I think we all know that SCROTUS will side with the liars, they are the ones with the money.

    Hope you are rested, TC.

    Lynn, I hope you had a great day.

     

  8. Thank you everybody for the birthday wishes.

    My niece, grand niece and grand nephew have been sicker than dogs with a stomache flu that shows as diharhea (?) so keeping kids etc calm has been impossible.  I hope I, my brother and SIL don't catch it.

    On another note, it seems I am to be a grand auntie again!  My nephew and his wife announced today that they are expecting in October!

    We are back to double digit temps, no snow and all clear for a week at least.

    Life here  is too hectic to get much computer time . . . so much hugging of grand niece and grand nephew!  Thinking of you all and hoping the days go well!

  9. Lynn – as Dr Hammond said years ago (helping me more than any other doctor as I was so sick with untreated hypothyroid that I couldn't think straight) – to avoid most bugs never ever touch your eyes, nose or mouth unless you have just washed your hands – ditto for eating of course.  That way contagious viruses don't come near you – he saved me from so many bugs, God bless him!  On the other hand you may have to view it that this nasty virus does at least have the effect that you will be more resistant to its cousins in future – so your immune systems should be more robust! 

  10. Love Lynn's birthday card at the top – well done TC!

    Daily Kos – can that horrible apology for a man not realise that putting women (and why not children too – he seems deranged enough!) in front of armed men to be shot at (as he predicts most gleefully) is using them as a human shield – and is cowardly, evil and so despicable he should have realised it himself, the pathetic paramecium!

    Move on – Robert Reich is a marvel, may blessings be heaped upon him!  A clear explanation that anyone could understand – well, you'd hope the Right Wingers could understand it and vote against the Repuglicans wanting to reduce taxes on the obscenely rich – I can dream!

  11. THAnks everyone.  Overslept and am runnng way late.

  12. Happy Birthday Lynn… :lol:

  13. What craven cowards these seditious Republicans are to hide behind the skirts of their women.

    Welfare Ranchers…. :mrgreen: