Jun 202014

I’m writing for tomorrow and am feeling sufficiently improved to have spent around seven hours doing research for it, which I hope reflects in the quality of today’s articles.  Day 60.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:51 (average 4:45).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: We have got to stop calling activities and mannerisms "boy things" or "girl things." Can I get a witness?!

Also: Wow, private school … way to fear a child who may be on the gender spectrum.


By the time I was in 1st grade, I didn’t understand exactly what a "queer" was, but I knew they must be awful, because nobody wanted to be called one. I also quickly learn that not joining in the abuse was a sure-fire way to be on the receiving end of it.  It took me decades to overcome the bigotry taught me and to accept and love LGBT people. Watching how Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians tried to program this child reminded me of those days and to regret the hateful way I acted to children like this one.

From Daily Kos: Last night [Mon], Jon Stewart blasted those Iraq War cheerleaders who got it so, so wrong.

It’s amazing how he can be so funny and so accurate at the same time. Those of you, for whom the video is blocked, can click through and read the transcript in the article.

From TPM: The news that U.S. Special Forces captured a Libyan militant accused of leading the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi in 2012 was clearly meant to distract from the real scandal at hand, whatever that is.

Almost immediately following the reports that Ahmed Abu Khattala was in U.S. custody, conservatives furthered their distraction meme, questioning the motives and timing behind Khattala’s capture.

Fox News’ Kennedy suggested that the the news was timed to boost Hillary Clinton’s book tour and distract from her role in the administration’s response to the Benghazi attack…

…Fox News’ "Happening Now" host Jon Scott also questioned the timing of Khattala’s capture, criticizing the administration for taking so long to bring a suspect who was "out sitting in sidewalk cafes meeting with reporters."

Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) charged that the Benghazi news, typically the scandal everything else is meant to distract from, was planned to distract from Obama’s other scandals…

If Barack Obama finds that corn is an ingredient of his corn flakes, Republicans will proclaim, and Faux Noise will broadcast that it’s a socialist Kenyan conspiracy designed to undermine their rahts and freedumbs.



Kudos to the Unions!!  We owe them!


  17 Responses to “Open Thread–6/20/2014”

  1. I am particularly fond of Jon Stewart's depiction of Johnny Rotten Judgement (McC) – he has done so much harm and must bear the blame of history for bringing $$arah Palin to the fore and helping the TP – I for one will never forgive him for that.  Either he has an even greater dose of the Right Wing's denial of their own deeds, as he keeps criticising the President and others for things he has called on them to do, or he is slowly dwindling into Altzheimers…. sorry to say it, but I can't think of any other reasons for his constant switches when the record shows him to be frequently contradicting himself.


  2. Wow!  60 days, 2 months.  Way to go, TomCat. Before you know it, it will be 600 days, 20 months.

  3. 4:18 Unusually straightforward for JigZone.

    Upworthy – Unfortunately there will always be people who choose to believe that people choose to be LGBT, just as there will always be people who choose to believe that people choose to be alcoholic.  Yes, I am saying that Rick Perry's comparison would have been a good one if he had known what he was talking about.  A sober alcoholic is still an alcoholic.  A celibate LGBT is still an LGBT, even though he or she may or may not choose to conform to societal standards of dress.  I think it's a pity that people who think LGBT is a choice are allowed to breed, myself. 

    Daily Kos – Jon was very accurate.  But that was predictable.  Accuracy is what he does.  What wasn't predictable was that Megyn Kelly an Glenn Beck would as much as come within a stone's throw of accuracy.
    Apparently pigs do fly.

    TPM – It is getting to that point, isn't it?  (Your example would also constitute a savage attack on American agriculture and business, such as Monstersanto, designed to destroy our economy and starve all of us.)

    Cartoon – We do indeed owe to unions everything we have.  So, naturally, Republicans are doing their best to destroy them, with way too much success.


  4. Upworthy – I was a tomboy and wasn't ridiculed until around eighth grade. There were no other girls my age living near me,  so I always played with the boys. Later on the girls were jealous because I got along so well with the guys.  I still get along better with them than the girls.  I'm heterosexual too. 

    Daily Kos – Too bad this is over the Iraq cheerleaders' heads. They could learn something from watching Jon Stewart. 

    TPM – I'm a bit surprised that any of them are even mentioning Benghazi anymore. 

    Cartoon – Now the unions are struggling because people have forgotten what it was like before they existed. 


  5. 2:59 Can't beat the TomCat when he's feelin' good.

  6. 3:16  I got sidetracked trying to clean the stains off the glass.

  7. JON STEWART:  For those of you who cannot get the video from The Daily Show or Daily Kos link, try this link from Hulu, free:  http://www.hulu.com/watch/649920#i0,p9,d0

  8. Jon as usual "GETS IT" Also last night 6/19 so did Colbert.  My early morning viewing. BBC World News. (integrity

    shines) Daily Show and Colbert. I can then go about my business. (Care of Dogs,cats and horses., most adopted.)

    Have a good day TC.

  9. Puzzle — 3:09  Don't worry about cleaning the glass . . . I busted it!

    Upworthy — Patty, were we twins?  I was a tomboy all the way, short hair and all except when my mother decided to make me look more like a girl . . . with a perm!  I played hockey, softball, soccer, football etc all with boys.  I was teased once by Gordie Prouse who tackled me in football and damn near broke my foot (he was about 250 pounds in grade 8 and not tall at all).  He said girls did not belong playing football.  Now in my 60s, I am not a ball player at all.  Let kids be kids.  This girl seems well adjusted.  Some school . . . a faux Christian school.

    Daily Kos — Canucks can pick up the programme on http://www.thecomedynetwork.ca

    Stewart is always a hoot!  I think my favourite part was when McCain was showing just how inane he is with the following: "SEN. JOHN McCAIN, R-AZ (4/19/2007): You know that old Beach Boys song "Bomb Iran"?  Hehe.  "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb…" hehehe.  Anyway."  If I were McCain, I'd be very embarrassed.  Recommendation to McCain:  Crawl back under your rock and stay there!

    TPM — You know, it is sad to say but nothing these Republlicanus/Teabaggers say surprises me anymore.  They are masters of distraction and inanity.  I don't think there is an honest bone amongst them all.

    Cartoon — Founded in 1955 to give workers a voice.  I have said before that IMO unions were no longer needed.  With the industrial revolution, unions brought so many things including safety, benefits, reasonable working hours and conditions and more.  However I was wrong. After seeing what is going on with the McDonald's, the WalFarts, etc etc, unions are needed more than ever.

  10. Thanks all.  Rushing!

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