The Watering Hole: September 21 — Happy Friday!

Timelapse Montage, by Mike Flores

I totally spaced doing my Friday post, and it’s almost midnight, so here’s a cool video!

I’m off to help my dad’s wife with a ginormous yard sale, for which she’s going to owe me a ginormous bottle of wine.  I’ll see ya for music night!

This is our daily open thread — TGIF!!

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134 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: September 21 — Happy Friday!

  1. “Let’s be blunt and acknowledge the biggest threat to the world’s biggest economy are the cranks and crazies that have taken over the Republican Party,” Swan said in a speech in Sydney.

    Wayne Swan, ranking finance minister of Australia.

    • This isn’t uncommon.
      I wrote for a Great Lakes 100 ton Masters (captains) license, and passed the first time, but only with a 75. (70 was minimum) Navigation is the most difficult area.
      Out of the 14 who also took that exam, 8 did not pass, a couple were on their second try already.

      • Celestial navigation is a bitch when you’re first learning it.
        They didn’t have GPS, it was all dead reckoning for the most part.
        Time, speed, distance, with correction for a vector is relatively simple.

        • It’s the corrections that are the most challenging. Wind, waves, tides, currents; then try to figure out what a large object under the same influences is doing.
          In the dark…

  2. And in breaking news:
    Scott Brown runs screaming from….the Republican Party
    during the debate with Ms Warren
    I gotta find a video of that debate to watch her shred this smarmy prick.
    Key excerpt from above link…
    “Brown kept trying to suggest that a handful of reasonably moderate votes made him a paragon of bipartisan virtue who should not be seen as a Republican.”

  3. Willard’s edging to 50 percent in unfavorable numbers – 3 percent more than the unfavorable opinion he has of 47 percent of Americans. The feeling, apparently, is mutual.

    • Rmoney has to also win N.Carolina and Iowa, on top of VA, FL, OH to get to 270. Or, of course, Diebold wins the election, even when all the exit polls indicate an Obama landslide.

  4. Zooey, the latest project to emerge from the quilt ladies madhouse of sewing.
    Toaster snuggies.
    Tastefully appointed and decorative, they protect your toaster from whatever it is that harms toasters.

    • I’m looking forward to the LA fly-over when motorists slowdown, stop and maybe pull over on the freeway to snap photos. That should turn out well.

      • So the 110, 5, 405 and 210 freeways will be at a complete standstill. How is that different than normal?

        • House, it is amazing.
          Many people have been at strategic viewing spots since about 6a – just make sure they’d not miss seeing!
          The fog was kind enough to stay away.

          • The aerial scenery is worth watching as well. I wish I knew the landmarks better. I have no idea where they are.

            Ed Schultz beat O’Reilly last night in the 25-54 demo. He’s really thrilled. I can’t wait to see the ratings today! Lawrence O’Donnell beat Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday night in the demo.

        • It’s expected be as low as 500′ when it approaches NASA/AMES Moffett Field in MountainView. That’s where a great deal of work was done for the shuttles.
          It is low…wow.

          • I was lucky enough to see Enterprise on top of the 747 when it was making a stop at Dayton (the air base there has a runway long enough for them to land).

            A 747 in flight in impressive enough, but with the shuttle strapped on top there’s just no sight quite like it.

  5. QOTD:

    “Watching George Romney run for the presidency was like watching a duck try to make love to a football,” – former Governor Jim Rhodes of Ohio.

  6. An overview of US history according to Republicans:

    1500s: The American Revolutionary War begins: “The reason we fought the revolution in the sixteenth century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown.”—Rick Perry

    1607: First welfare state collapses: “Jamestown colony, when it was first founded as a socialist venture, dang near failed with everybody dead and dying in the snow.”—Dick Armey

    1619-1808: Africans set sail for America in search of freedom: “Other than Native Americans, who were here, all of us have the same story.”—Michele Bachmann

    And lots more…

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/2012/09/a-conservative-history-of-the-united-states.html

    • My fave:
      1775: Paul Revere “warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms, by ringing those bells and making sure as he was riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.”—Sarah Palin.

  7. Willard’s Headline Problems…99 to be exact:

    A sample:

    52. “Mitt Romney’s class problem” – New York Post
    53. “Romney’s Jamie Dimon Problem” – Salon
    54. “Romney’s Wealth Problem” – The American Prospect
    55. “Mitt Romney’s People Problem” – The Washington Post
    56. “Mitt Romney has a personal problem” – The Washington Post
    57. “Mitt Romney’s Empathy Problem” – The New Yorker
    58. “Mitt Romney’s Likeability Problem” – Alaska Dispatch
    59. “Romney’s relatability problem …” – Los Angeles Times
    60. “Romney’s Commander-in-Chief Problem” – Political Wire

    http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com/boston_daily/2012/09/19/mitt-romneys-99-problems/

    • Notably absent was:
      Romney’s RyantieshisasstothehatedRepublicanCongress Problem.
      Unless that is covered in:
      Romney’s Seamus problem, or Romneys Weasel Problem.

    • Assuming the numbers being thrown around are accurate; Mittens gave more money, both, to his church and his overseas bank accounts than he paid for the general welfare of his own country.

  8. I’m no expert but it seems like Mitt Romney has some kind of undiagnosed emotional disorder. He uses odd language at times and says his favorite foods are peanut butter and chocolate milk. Like when he met that tall guy who he was shocked wasn’t into “sport”. Something is just not right.

  9. Here’s a great view, from Crissy Field, of the Endeavour being flown over the Golden Gate Bridge.

    [Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Photo by Mike Hsu]

  10. Calvin and Hobbes

    Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.

    (I’d like to think they are aware of us and will have nothing to do with the mess)

  11. Sarah Silverman – “Don’t let these assholes steal your vote” – not my fav comedian, but she’s got it ewrapped up here in 4mins or less.

    • Bit of a delayed reaction there druggieLimbaugh, is that it? They waited 16 months to react?
      Grasping at those straws must get tiring…

  12. Romney is providing a note from his accountant summarizing his tax returns. I don’t think that’s going to turn out well for Mitt.

        • I haven’t seen the entire interview because I can’t take more than a couple minutes of Bill0 in one dose but I wish that Koppel had said something like; “propaganda has always been a sound business model”.

    • It’s NOT impossible for your network to continually lie and offer a dishonest version of the news, Bill, as long as your audience is primarily composed of low information sheep who have no ability to think critically and evaluate multiple sources of information.
      Fox News – stoking teabagger misinformation daily.

  13. Watching Ana again on TYT…. she’s going into Monsanto and their agribusiness – it’ll be good …

  14. And who can afford it? The person who has to make a choice of buying medicine or food; or the person who has to make a choice of buying the 70-foot yacht or the house in Malibu?

    Poor Americans Pay Double The State, Local Tax Rates Of Top One Percent

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney may be almost right in claiming that 47 percent of Americans “pay no income tax,” but the poorest Americans pay a far higher state and local tax rate than those in the top 1 percent.

    In fact, 46 percent of U.S. households paid no federal income tax last year, and it is misleading to focus on just the federal income tax, one of the few progressive parts of the U.S. tax system. Rather, a look at often regressive state and local tax rates throws cold water on the idea that the poor don’t pay their fair share.

    Nearly every U.S. state taxes the poor more than the rich, according to a 2009 report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Overall, the poorest 20 percent of households paid an average 10.9 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes in 2007, while the top 1 percent on average paid just 5.2 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes, according to the study.

  15. BREAKING NEWS…

    Ann Romney’s plane made an emergency landing in Colorado, a spokeswoman from Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign tweeted.

    An exasperated Ann Romney shrieked upward to the sky, apparently to God, “Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring!”

  16. Math and I have a very casual relationship, so I’m asking anyone here, what is the difference in tax code lingo about owing and paying federal income tax. The summary provided by Mittwart, and notarized by Price-Waterhouse says in all 20 years provided he “owed” federal income taxes. Strange choice of a word to use. Why not use “paid” instead. HMMMMMMM..fish odors…

    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/09/21/890451/by-romneys-own-standard-his-tax-returns-would-disqualify-him-from-the-presidency/

    • Sounds like a game of semantics. Referring to taxes “owing” means they aren’t paid yet, but we all know very well that Mitt’s not leaving any potential tax bills out there. He’s running for office, for pete’s sake.

      BTW, no way in fucking hell would I believe a note from his damn accountant. Having Price-Waterhouse notarize something is no more secure than if the lady at the bank did it.

      You’re right. It stinks.

    • He also calculated his tax rate from his adjusted, it should be calculated from his gross.
      No, not Ann, his gross income.

  17. Get ready for tons, okay, maybe scores of pounds of cuteness!

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