The Watering Hole: October 14, 2011 — Jade

Photos by Zooey

After the sun came out yesterday, the waves were crashing and gorgeous, so I stopped at Boiler Bay to enjoy the show on the ocean side.  I noticed this amazing jade color in the water, and I had to capture it.

This is our daily open thread — TGIF!

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117 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: October 14, 2011 — Jade

  1. oooo, ahhh – they look like beautiful oil paintings, especially the bottom photo!

    I’d love to have an amulet or talisman made from that color jade in the top photo!

    • Ebb, I have a lovely piece of ocean agate that is that color that I shall wear in your honor today ~ my jade pieces are a bit darker/moss green; I gave my only nephritic jade bracelet, in the color of the photo above, to my niece who shares the stone’s name :)

      • You’ve got a niece named Nephritic?

        (I know, it’s too early in the a.m. for bad jokes….

        TGIF all!

  2. Speaker Boner: “And the American people are telling us, here’s what you need to do. Stop the regulatory onslaught coming out of Washington. Fix this tax code so that American companies can be more competitive in a worldwide economy. And then thirdly, stop the overspending that’s serving as a wet blanket over our economy.”

    Keep in mind, the quotation is from this week, not a year ago. And yet, no one in the mainstream media is laughing derisively in response.

    • Ed Schultz ripped Boner a new one on the matter just last night, but I understand the reality that since some on MSNBC are genuine liberals (and hence are not ‘Fair and Balanced’ like those on Faux News), they’re only viewed as minor players and not parcel to (ironically, it would seem) the MSM, the so-called “librul media.” Funny (and a bit sad) how wordplay can be and is so often used these days to invariably confuse the public discourse, always in service of redefining black as white upon instruction from those in charge.

    • Of course, it should be remembered that when Boehner says “people”, he means “corporations.” They’re the only ones who would be telling him that these are the most important issues. Why he continues to try to pass bill after bill assaulting women’s reproductive rigths is beyond me.

  3. A History of Conservative Panic

    . . . From the anti-American Revolution Tories of the 1770s to the Glenn Beck/Eric Cantor conservatives of today, conservatives always have been on the side of the wealthiest and most powerful in society, and always have been absolutely panic stricken when people get out in the streets to protest the abuses of the rest of us by the economic elites. Conservatives don’t like democracy; they don’t want the poor or the young or people of color to vote; they don’t like demonstrators raising hell about the powers that be. The panic by these conservatives is, as I said at the beginning of this post, as funny as can be: you can’t make up stuff as genuinely unhinged as Glenn Beck’s reaction to Occupy, he is far funnier than any satire of him could be. More importantly, though, the reactions of these conservatives — so like the reactions of conservatives throughout American history who have been on the wrong side of every big issue — give reassurance that the folks at Occupy Wall Street are on the right side of history.

  4. Beautiful pictures, Zooey! (And If I turn on my dishwasher, I can almost pretend I am there…)

  5. Quote of the Day:

    “Many of our rich men have not been content with equal protection and equal benefits, but have besought us to make them richer by act of Congress. By attempting to gratify their desires we have in the results of our legislation arrayed section against section, interest against interest, and man against man, in a fearful commotion which threatens to shake the foundations of our Union. It is time to pause in our career to review our principles, and if possible revive that devoted patriotism and spirit of compromise which distinguished the sages of the Revolution and the fathers of our Union,” – Andrew Jackson, Veto of the Second Bank of the United States, 1832.

    • It’s always interesting how viewed through history we use a lens based on our moral values from today and not yesterday. I see Andrew Jackson as a nasty piece of work from his support of slavery, to his vicious military campaign against the Seminoles to his ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the South of the Cherokee resulting in the Trail of Tears. But here is one of his principles we find more appealing – his defence of personal liberty against growing influence of commercial interests in government.

      Maybe someone should play some Lonnie Donnegan this afternoon in reference to the Andy Jackson quote…:)

    • “‘The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.” ~FDR in a letter to Col. E.M.House, 1933

  6. Republican Ray Lahood, Transportation Secretary, on Brunch With Bernie: “We’re 13 months away from President Obama’s re-election…”

    Freudian slip of resigned inevitability? Or real support?

    • Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican in the Obama administration, slams his former colleagues:
      The prominent Republican is accusing GOP House members of blocking efforts to resolve the nation’s problems, partly because they don’t want the president to be successful.
      Secretary LaHood was asked at a transportation conference Friday why it was so difficult to get big infrastructure projects built right now.
      He responded that “some people don’t want Obama to be successful.”
      He said “a big percentage of the Republicans that were elected this time came here to do zero, and that’s what they’ve done.”
      LaHood says those lawmakers have obstructed other people who want to get things done.

  7. In biology, when a portion (or set of cells) of a body grows astronomically compared to the growth of the rest of that body, in an unrestricted and continuous growth, stealing resources from the rest of the body, invading other areas of the body until it takes over the whole system…that particular phenomenon is medically called a cancer…

    One might say that the richest 1% are a cancer on the health of America…

  8. Bill0 and friends make baseless claims, from public sex to Soros funding, about OWS protestors. What the heck does it matter if George Soros funds anything? There’s only one George Soros while we see the Kochs, assorted oil/energy tycoons, evangelical snake oil salesmen, hedge fund managers, sports team owners, traders, speculators,the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, banksters, insurance executives, assorted owners and CEOs and chairmen of countless corporations, and even Bill0′s boss at Newscorp that are all busily buying GOP politicians. None of them bother Bill0 in the least. In fact, he licks their boots every single chance he gets because they are aligned against the black guy in the White House.

    http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/bill-oreilly-says-wall-street-occupiers

    • There are reports that there are only 3 people that have contributed MILLIONS to KKKarl Rove’s secret super-PAC fund. Maybe Billo could investigate who those people are, I mean out of the thousands that are gathering for the OWS.

    • What the heck does it matter if George Soros funds anything?
      _____

      I’d reckon that he’s trying to delegitimize the OWS protestors…

      If he can convince his weak-minded followers that it’s really just another scheme by the FOREIGN-BORN devil Soros, as opposed to a genuine grass-roots movement, it’s easier to write them off and ignore them…

      Nice pix of the ocean, btw… really, really pretty…

      • Nice to read you, TRoS.

        I also like the way that they think expressing admiration for Canada and Denmark, countries that are doing better than us in some pretty glaring areas, makes one some kind of traitor. I guess that they just can’t see the irony when they spend their lives whining about our country going down the tubes but refuse to look at successful examples of other countries for answers. We can’t chant “we’re number one” when we are, in fact, number 37 and we should look at “number one” for solutions. I guess that’s where their bigotry kicks in.

    • The funny part is that, if the only thing different about George Soros was a history of giving to conservative causes, he would be a freakin’ right-wing hero. Same with Warren Buffet.

      The rich and powerful and greedy hate to see one of their own show any compassion, much less support, for the common folk. I don’t know if it’s because they fear they might lose a few dollars, if it just forces them to look into their black souls, or a bit of both. Either way; they freak out.

    • ah, cut him some slack – rough childhood and all.. oh wait he was an adult during his car theft/fraud outing!/

  9. I heard a clip this morning of Mittens addressing a “town hall” at Microsoft yesterday. According to Willard, “some people” don’t like the private sector and don’t like businessmen but he LOVES them. Either the clip was cut short or there was absolutely no applause to this lying fathead.

    Fuck you, Mittens.

  10. From DKos:

    What follows is a disturbing video of a legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild being run over by a police scooter at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City this morning. The observer was arrested and hospitalized.

    • One, that isn’t a scooter, that’s a motorcycle.. And it sure does appear that not only was the poor bastard run over with the front wheel but then the officer moved the rear wheel forward onto his leg and then parked it there.

      • It wasn’t my text, Hooda. I used the text from DKos.

        I just wonder why he was arrested? Interfering with a policeman on a motor bike — by having his leg trapped under the wheel?

        • Verbal assault of an officer in the line of duty? Disturbing the Peace from screaming “Get your fucking motorcycle of my leg!” ???

    • Didn’t mean to sound contradictory or argumentative, just that the video makes the blood boil.

    • I’m willing to concede that the initial contact may have been an accident but any cop that leaves a police vehicle parked on a citizen’s leg should be off the force by sundown.

  11. Another Christo-nutcase. This time it’s Rick Perry’s wife, out to play the ‘religious persecution card’ right after her husband punched Mitt Romney in his golden tablets… – the irony seem to be lost on this bubble head.

    Apparently lots of people in Texas have been seeing burning bushes everywhere (no way – isn’t half the state toasted now?) and saying that this means Perry must be Moses

    I think the Texas Rangers now have a suspect in their Texas wildfire arson investigation – David Koch.

    • I would dearly love an opportunity to tell her: “Hey, lady. If your husband is the Governor of Texas and a leading candidate for president he’s not being persecuted!”

      When they’re arguing for taking away peoples rights based on their religion they boast of being 80% of the country but, if someone tells them “no”, they are a persecuted minority.

    • And Anita Perry suggested that her husband’s current difficulties were a “test.”

      When the xtians blabber that line this pops into my mind:

      “This is just a test. For the next 60 seconds this station will conduct a test of EBS. This is only a test. [Beep. Buzzz. Horn Blast]”

      He’s failed – miserably!

    • What did this knot head think would happen when Perry decided to run for President? Were all the other candidates supposed to roll over and play dead? She’s got the Quitter whiny victim down pat — why is everybody picking on me? Waaaaaah.

  12. The Iranian plot that sounds like a Tom Sharpe novel plot is getting sillier by the day…. more about ‘Jack’ – Iran’s ‘Man in Corpus Christi’ (used car lots).

    Where is the media on this crap?

    It’s OK when the Americans bomb the sh*t out of brown people in other countries, it’s OK when South American fascists kill diplomats on the streets of Washington, but this joke of a fabricated plot is now a causus belli for Iran?

    • Well, you see, there were these Iranian types who were plotting to kill a Saudi so America should go to war with Pakistan! Oh crap, I mean Iran. Well, gawddammit, we should be bombing the crap out of somebody. Maybe Paraguay? Isn’t that close to Tehran?

  13. Tom Sharpe – Indecent Exposure is a farce about an apartheid South African police force which creates a terror cell in its own town to prove that there are terrorists in town…. it’d be funny if real life didn’t imitate.

  14. I hate to disappoint y’all. I know you’re just as crushed as I am.

    Jon Huntsman to Boycott Las Vegas Debate

    One candidate will be noticeably absent from Tuesday’s presidential debate in Las Vegas: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
    The GOP contender is ditching CNN’s Western Republican Presidential Debate, instead holding a “First-in-the-Nation” Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire.

    And then there were seven…dwarfs. (No offense meant to actual dwarfs.)

    Oh yeah, there’s another debate Tuesday night. No more then until Nov. 9th.

  15. I’m listening to Larry, Curly & Moe, who are on my roof doing repairs, I guess.

    They sure do a lot of laughing and trash talk, and, not surprisingly, one of them just cut the shit out of his hand.

    I hope they get done soon. My dog doesn’t like them.

  16. The weird thing about Republican debates. They don’t debate, obviously another word in the English language that didn’t make the cut. The ‘debates’ are more like who can promote the craziest talking point with a straight face and in the loudest voice.

    • This is what conservatives are trying to defund. In sum, they are doing all they can to ensure the birth of a child, but once it has exited the womb – starve it or let it die of some horrible sickness.

  17. These are the dooshbag Dems who voted with the repiggies on the “Let Women Die” bill yesterday:

    Rep. Jason Altmire [D, PA-4]
    Rep. Sanford Bishop [D, GA-2]
    Rep. Dan Boren [D, OK-2]
    Rep. Jerry Costello [D, IL-12]
    Rep. Mark Critz [D, PA-12]
    Rep. Henry Cuellar [D, TX-28]
    Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2]
    Rep. Tim Holden [D, PA-17]
    Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3]
    Rep. Jim Matheson [D, UT-2]
    Rep. Mike McIntyre [D, NC-7]
    Rep. Collin Peterson [D, MN-7]
    Rep. Nick Rahall [D, WV-3]
    Rep. Mike Ross [D, AR-4]
    Rep. Heath Shuler [D, NC-11]

    • “You sound like a left-wing nut ball.” says the pompous ass ‘interviewer’…nice/

      That’s no way to talk to my beloved Chris Hedges!

      Chris is intelligent and talks circles around that ‘interviewer’ who was taking a serious subject and attempting to make light of it…Chris doesn’t like that!

    • Yay. I love Friday nights Lawrence, Rachel, Bill and Keith. I have quite the glamorous life.

  18. Did that Polar Bear eat that cute little kid? Sure, they shoot wolves and let polar bears run around like lunatics eating everything that gets in their way.

  19. It is a known historical fact that every major collapse of empire was driven by the rich and privileged who felt their position in society was unfair. America and the world today can thank all those affluent people who rose up and stood for the rights of all members of society. Rich people are socialists, maybe even communists or even, doG forbid, Christians at heart.

    Right?

  20. News Corp.’s Murdoch heckled during SF speech
    Protesters associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement heckled News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch during a speech at an education forum in San Francisco.

    Murdoch was repeatedly interrupted on Friday as he talked about the role of technology in improving the country’s public education system at a downtown hotel.

    • I wouldn’t trust this man anywhere near the education propagandizing of children.

  21. On Countdown, Geithner is promising ‘very, very, dramatic enforcement action’ against Wall Street. I’ll believe that when they do this to a white guy!

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