Jul 032014

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 73, and it’s late in the day, because the last two days tired me out.  I’m pleased to report that, in spite of yesterday’s 97° high here, I had to turn the A/C down a bit, as I was getting chilly. Smile

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:02 (average 5:08).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker:

By a 5–4 vote on Monday, the United States Supreme Court settled a dispute that Justice Samuel Alito said was “at its core about the rights of women versus the rights of people.”

Writing for the majority, Justice Alito wrote, “It is the duty of this Court, whenever it sees that the rights of people are being threatened, to do our best to safeguard those rights. In this case, it is clear that people’s rights were being threatened by women.”

Acknowledging that some women “might argue that they, too, have some claim to being people,” Justice Alito wrote, “That is an interesting question for another day.”

Brilliance in truth, Andy!

From Upworthy: It’s not exactly something you can learn in under five minutes, but this video will definitely give you a taste of what’s going on in Iraq right now.


This gives some excellent background information on what the Republican Party created in Bush Reich’s failed war for oil and conquest. The video should be more direct in giving them the credit they deserve.

From NY Times: …Failure to act in a few crucial cases could imperil the fragile economic recovery. If Congress cannot reach agreement on spending bills or stopgap funding by Oct. 1, another government shutdown could result. And if Congress and the White House do not quickly find money for the depleted Highway Trust Fund, states could be forced to suspend job-providing road and bridge projects at the height of the construction season in August.

The author goes on to say he thinks they will work it out. Given the current Republican fear of TEAbuggery in the wake of Cantor’s demise, I wouldn’t be too sure. When they wield absurd demands in return for keeping the government running, which they surely will, Obama and the Democrats must accept the damage they are willing to do to America, rather than cave-in.




  13 Responses to “Open Thread–7/3/2014”

  1. 5:45  Slow, slow.  Hey, I don't like to overwork animals.

    New Yorker – Wow.  I can'r add a thiung.  Except maybe the SCROTUS, and the entire Republican party, needs to come out of the closet and start openly referring to women as "wiggers."  (And I am not referring to hair.)

    Upworthy – Yeah.  What's the expression?  "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"?

    NY Times – I for one HOPE they Rethuglicans won't work it out.  And I hope their failure is very, very public.  I don't want to hurt anyone, but I am terrified lest they do something remotely reasonable.  That could cost the Democrats votes.

    Cartoon – OK, I'm confused.  I thought it woas supposed to come wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.  Instead, it seems to be carrying the-cross-wrapped-in-the-flag.  Is politics now commutative like math?

  2. 3:48  Somebody left the carriage break on.

  3. Glad you have good AC , sorry your temps are so high.  We had a lovely day in Kentucky, and will have another tomorrow, hope I get to work outside.

    The New Yorker:  Andy sums up the Republican opinion of women.  I still dont understand how ANY woman could follow the GOP.

    Upworthy:  I wonder how Dubya sleeps at night, probably because he still thinks he did a good thing by invading Iraq.  It is unfathonable that the Iraqi's had better lives under Sadaam than they do now.

    NY Times:  Surely, if the Repubs shut down the government again even the most avid Teapartier will realize the cost to our country by these obstructionists.

    Cartoon:  As long as the Bush five remain on duty, facism has a better chance of ruling us all.

  4. Glad the AC is working better than at the old place.  I could have done with some a few days ago when the temp hit 30 C, even hotter upstairs in my place.  The babes are like me, not fond of hot temps.

    Puzzle — 3:06  Puddy tat, would you speed up your horses so mine done crash into your carriage.

    The New Yorker — That the right wing sees women as chattels undeserving of rights and protections is very evident in their legislative approach to women's issues.  Just this whole debacle called "Hobby Lobby" is proof of their wanton disregard of women's rights.  Andy, you hit another homerun.

    Upworthy — You have to think that if the US and Iran are thinking of working together to counter ISIS, things are really, really, really bad.  Baby Bush and Cheney et al must be very proud of what they created that everyone else has to clean up.

    NY Times — "Failure to act in a few crucial cases could imperil the fragile economic recovery. " Now there's a news flash!  The congressional Republicanus/Teabaggers (heavy on the Teabaggers!) don't give a rat's ass about the economy.  They have proven before that they are prepared to willingly sacrifice the American economy and the welfare of the American people on the altar of ideology and greed.  Whether they will try to play chicken with the Obama administration in October when the election is so close is debatable.  I think the Teabaggers on the other hand would make the sacrifice.  The American people deserve better than this band of riff-raff!  Anyone who votes for the Republicanus/Teabaggers is delusional.  Obama and the Democrats have to stand their ground against this domestic terrorist group . . . the Republicanus/Teabaggers.

    Cartoon — I'm not sure that I totally understand the cartoon.  However, if the US becomes a pseudo Christian theocratic state (the right wing has no understanding of true Christianity), it is no different than other world theocracies that it denounces.  I have absolutely no confidence in freedom of religion if the US becomes a pseudo Christian state.  All atheists and all other religions would be mocked and abused.

    • As Joanne suggested I was playing off the statement that fascism will come carrying a cross and wrapped in the flag.

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  6. From Upworthy: It’s not exactly something you can learn in under five minutes, but this video will definitely give you a taste of what’s going on in Iraq right now.

    Excellent summary….

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