The Watering Hole: August 5 -The GOP gives troubled small businesses a “break”

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43 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: August 5 -The GOP gives troubled small businesses a “break”

  1. Wow, talk about coincidences. I’m working on a parody of Barenaked Ladies’ “One Week”, and I was watching the Bathroom Sessions video of it. And just today, C&L posted this:

    http://lnmc.crooksandliars.com/bluegal/late-night-music-club-barenaked-ladies-and

    I hope to have the song finished soon. It’s going to be about the Tea Partiers. I just have a few more lines to go and it will be ready. The best way to know when it’s posted is to subscribe to my blog. Any time I post something, you’ll get an e-mail letting you know.

    BTW, check out the C&L link. There’s also a short video of a Morgan Freeman impersonation of him reading (not singing) some of the lyrics to the song. The original song, of course. He hasn’t seen my parody. Yet. ;)

  2. So why doesn’t the Dem spin machine just take this and run all over the media with it?

    Pelosi: Bush gift-for-wealthy should expire – it adds massively to the deficit

    GOP sack-of-shit: Oh we need tax cuts for small business?

    Pelosi: If you really meant that, you’d ahve supported small business lending relief from the banks

    GOP Sack-of-shit: OH that’s right, i guess I am a sack-of-shit after all.

    Then Terry wakes up and the media and the Democrats are still spineless, brain dead with the memory retention of a goldfish and the raping and pillaging goes on…. unchecked.

  3. Question: How certain is it that the Gubernator will appeal yesterday’s prop 8 ruling? He’s not running for office, is he? And it is not as though California is rolling in cash at the moment for extended court battles.

  4. Gary,

    I may be wrong, but I don’t think Gov Arnold is going to appeal. In fact, I think I heard rachel say last night that they didn;t even defend the law in court. They let that other group give the challenge in court. They called two witnesses whose testimony the judge said was “not credible”.

    I think if Gov Arnold decided to appeal the ruling, he’d catch hell from his wife.

  5. Good morning everyone.

    It’s been quite entertaining watching the right wingers, foaming at the mouth. They can’t spew out their venom fast enough today.

  6. The GOP does not care one whit for anything small. They support the interests of large contributors and dress it up as support for the little guy in much the same way that the National Cattleman’s Beff Association supports the interests of large packers no matter the effect on the small producers. The small business, like the family farm, is the window dressing they need in order to enact policies that promote the interests of the large corporations they really represent.

  7. Morning! (Or afternoon, as the case might be)

    I knew that decision yesterday would drive the wingnuts into a frenzy. And yes, neither Arnold nor our Attorney General Jerry Brown even defended the case at trial. I have no doubt this will end up at the SC…what happens there is anyone’s guess, considering all the conservative Catholics there. I would hope that in this case, we could at least get a bare majority against hate and bigotry.

  8. Interesting write-up about an organized conservative “bury” ring on Digg by a group that called themselves the “Digg Patriots.”

    Why do extremists always think of themselves as patriots?

    • Facts, schmacts. Ah wear Amurkan flag boxer shorts and fly a confederate flag on mah rig — uberpatriot, dat’s me.

  9. Why do extremists always think of themselves as patriots?

    Quite aside from Samuel Johnson’s observation (“Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels”) wrapping themselves in the flag (an iconic symbol devoid of any cognitive content, that operates purely through emotional histrionics) enables them to justify themselves without any pesky appeals to logic, prinicples, evidence or facts.

  10. Missile Harmony – isn’t that what st. ron-the-ray-gun touted? Oxymoronic – or just moronic – maybe just reaganomics.

    • UPDATE FROM 5TH ESTATE:

      Six weeks ago, when I was already technically homeless, I was signed-up for a “Workforce Activity Program”—this was supposedly a necessary step to get Rental Assistance.
      Well that was denied but the program also offered the chance to get a bus pass.
      Yesterday was day 1 of this Activity Program, which looks like it will be as I feared—redundant and pathetic.
      Given an “appointment” of 1 pm, with no clue as to what was supposed to happen.
      At 1:20 the process finally got started—names being called for some kind of interview or consultation?
      2:05 was my turn.
      There’s a computer on the desk but not being used. Whoever the official is, he fills out some paper form, has me sign, gives me the form and tells me to give it to my caseworker ( in another building about a quarter mile away.
      He also gives me the schedule for the Activity Program for the next month.
      I leave to go to the case workers building ASAP, knowing I could be there an hour.
      The idiot receptionist ( reminds me of ‘the Doorman’ from Jerry Seinfield in the episode with the couch and the pee) can’t tell whether my first name is Waugh or Simon ( ?!!), asks me what my case number is ( it’s on the form. shit head, and I gave you my caseworkers name anyway!) but by my attitude ( quiet but radiating barely controlled violence) he nervously ends up doing his very simple job, finally!
      So I get my caseworker in about 10 minutes—unusually fast. She photocopies my form and says thanks, the end.
      Why the fuck do I have to be the unpaid courier for an internal document?
      Then I notice that the Activity Program schedule doesn’t say which building it is in—Cornelison Avenue or Summit Avenue? !!!
      I go up to the 6th floor ( where I’d got the program authorization 6 weeks ago) to find out. The staff agree that knowing the correct location would be a good idea, (it’s the Summit Ave address) but hey ho la la la etc.
      As I start to leave in disgust at their general incompetence, the young secretary says “hey. what about your bus pass?”.
      I had not been told to go to the 6th floor to get my bus pass—it was an accident of my own irritation.

      His brother has started work on a 2 week trial basis, so that’s something.

  11. Tell 5th that according to the Peter Principle, most Americans have achieved their final level of incompetence in an entry level job, unless, of course, they have very rich parents or go into politics.

  12. Twitter’s been overcapacity for about an hour now. I’m sure, on top of everything else, the Kagan vote pushed the righties over the edge, and they’ve brought it down with all their whining about libruls.

  13. Ha! If you’ve got 30 minutes to waste, follow the link from Little Green Footballs to a Media Matters article about some nutball who found favor with Breitbart. Hysterical.

    In two posts on Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment website, Dr. Kevin Pezzi smears Shirley Sherrod as a racist, claiming that “if someone deserves to be put on a pedestal for overcoming racism, it isn’t Sherrod.” The racism criticism is ironic coming from Pezzi, who has repeatedly used racial epithets like “Japs” and “Chinks,” and claimed Native and African Americans should have been grateful for their subjugation by whites.

    Pezzi, who says that “Breitbart asked me to write for BigGovernment.com,” has a peculiar self-described history. Pezzi claims to be responsible for “over 850 inventions” and schemes such as a “magic bullet” for cancer, a “robotic chef,” and sexual inventions like “penile enlargement techniques” and “ways to tighten the vagina” (because “men like women with tight vaginas”). Pezzi has started multiple websites, from term paper helpers to a sexual help site that answers “your questions about sexual attraction, pleasure, performance, and libido” (Pezzi is qualified to do so because “No doctor in the world knows more about sexual pleasure than I do”).

    Pezzi also claims to have “beaten Bill Gates” on a math aptitude test, turned down a blind date with Katie Couric, and says he’s “bigger than some porno stars.”

  14. Totally empathize with 5th and send positive energy that his and his brother’s plight will be very short lived before the upswing of improvement kicks in.

    As of last Sunday I have ‘no fixed address’ as the saying goes so my empathy abounds with the 5ths!

    (stop-gap measure I’m staying for a few weeks with a relative).

    Three months – three months playing paper chase with the low-income senior (55+) housing people to see if I qualified. One has to be poor but not totally impoverished. paper work, paper work.
    Financial – proving you’re using the last dime in the account for survival is in a virtual world.
    The gvm’t wants to see paper – not a computer print out. Every few weeks – it was ‘after we receive ‘this’ piece of paper we’ll render a decision…
    no we also need ‘this’ piece of paper.
    All the while 01 Aug (the time to vacate where I was living) was fast approaching…
    so at the moment I have ‘no fixed address’.

    Three months dicking around with the ‘free government hand outs’ (as the parasitic nematodes/trolls would have us believe) – (spit).
    And still no decision.

  15. What a complete whore Pezzi is – and to think he was an ER physician.
    The man is a true professional/s here’s his message from 2001

    Note to radio, television, newspaper, and other publishing professionals: I am always willing to do media interviews, and I will gladly assist you in providing information for stories you’re developing. If you send me an e-mail and you don’t hear from me, please contact me again. I’ve had a few computer crashes (thanks, Bill Gates) that wiped out my e-mail inbox.

  16. For the record, my cats could beat Bill Gates on the math aptitude test. The one thing Gates knew how to do well was screw IBM, and having made a fortune doing that, hire people that could continue the screwing and enlarge his fortune further.

    Too bad Pezzi’s penile enlargement technique only works on his own cranium.

  17. The Zooey, Wayne and Jane show on the Anti-choice thread at TP.

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

    Laughter is truly the best medicine.

  18. Gary,

    The Prop 8 appeal will likely be filed by the supporters of Prop 8:

    Defendants

    DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GAIL J
    KNIGHT, MARTIN F GUTIERREZ, HAKSHING
    WILLIAM TAM, MARK A
    JANSSON and PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM –
    YES ON 8, A PROJECT OF CALIFORNIA
    RENEWAL, as official proponents
    of Proposition 8

  19. Speaking of long…

    You were terrific tonight, Zooey. Thank you for a wonderful, fun-filled evening. With tongues. I hope we can do it again some time. Jane doesn’t seem to mind. :lol:

    Good night, my love. :)

  20. Kotb says:
    ElBruce says:

    Kotb says:

    when you get hit in the head with a lightening bolt from our Lord you pretty much begin to see the light.

    The belief in a sky god who enacts his will by hurling lightning bolts to earth isn’t Christianity, it’s paganism. You’re a Zeus-worshipper, Kotb. A heathen.

    August 5th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I’m not a heathen and I don’t worship Zeus.

    Prepare to meet the new Zooey.

    ugh…

  21. Bill Haslam won the Tennessee Republican Governor nomination, with 47.5% of the vote, ahead of Zack Wamp’s 29% and Ron Ramsey’s 22%.

    Comedy candidate Basil Marceaux received 3,526 votes for a half percent.

  22. Anyone reading this little note today, please send out a well wish or Blessings for a right win in our favor..I am going before a judge to get emergency relief and restraining order against our land lords..They are in all violations of land lord tenent act laws…garbage pick up, septic pumped, and no water at all in 3 weeks and 3 days..The only service we have left that they could take in a moment is the rest of our power to our units….I hope our year long night mare is fixed and righted this morning…Blessings to you all

  23. Witch1,
    I just hope you’re going in front of a decent judge. Good luck!

  24. Positive thoughts and energy your way witch1.

    If the judge has one ounce of humanity – then justice will be done and relief on its way to all who now suffer at the hand of the landlord.

  25. witch1
    August 6, 2010 at 7:37 am
    Anyone reading this little note today, please send out a well wish or Blessings for a right win in our favor..I am going before a judge to get emergency relief and restraining order against our land lords..They are in all violations of land lord tenent act laws…garbage pick up, septic pumped, and no water at all in 3 weeks and 3 days..The only service we have left that they could take in a moment is the rest of our power to our units….I hope our year long night mare is fixed and righted this morning…Blessings to you all

    Yeah I hope that he slams the book at the landlord. There are rights that every tenant is entitled to and I hope you get them.

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