Kid President is so adorable, I just want to pinch his cheeks!
My favorites are numbers 3, 5 & 6. What are your favorites?
This is our daily open thread & it can be a music thread, too. ;)
First, here’s the Happy Pig:
Now, here’s the Shit: I received another pamphlet from our friendly neighborhood Jehovah’s Witnesses. Luckily for you, gentle readers, I have not had the chance (or inclination, yet) to read the whole thing, so I’m limiting this to a few excerpts based on the topic of the pamphlet’s blow-in:
“Can the dead really live again?”
‘WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS[**] “There is going to be a resurrection.” – Acts 24:15, New World Translation[**]
WHAT THAT CAN MEAN FOR YOU
-Comfort when loved ones die – 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4
-Freedom from a morbid fear of death – Hebrews 2:15
-A real hope of being reunited with your dead loved ones – John 5:28, 29
CAN WE REALLY BELIEVE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS? Yes, for at least three reasons:
-God is the Creator of life. The Bible calls Jehovah God “the source of life.” (Psalm 36:9, Acts 17:24, 25) The One who gave life to all living creatures is certainly capable of restoring life to someone who has died.
-God has resurrected humans in the past. The Bible reports eight instances of humans – young, old, male, and female – who were brought back to life on earth. Some had been dead for a short while, but one had been in a tomb for four days! –John 11:39-44
-God is eager to do it again. Jehovah hates death, he views it as an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26) He has “a yearning” to conquer that enemy, to undo death by means of the resurrection. He longs to bring back those who are in his memory and to see them live on earth again.–Job 14:14, 15.
Who will go to heaven, and why? Millions long for life in heaven. Jesus said that his faithful apostles would live there. Before he died, he promised to prepare a place for them with his heavenly Father.–Read John 14:2. Why will people from earth be resurrected to life in heaven? What will they do there? Jesus told his apostles that they would be kings. They will rule over the earth.–Read Luke 22:28-30; Revelation 5:10.
~~~ and the last one, I promise ~~~
Do all good people go to heaven? In most lands, only a few people are rulers. Since Jesus resurrects people to heavenly life so that they can rule over the earth, we would expect those chosen to be few. (Luke 12:32) The Bible says exactly how many will rule with Jesus.–Read Revelation 14:1. Those going to heaven will not be the only ones rewarded. Faithful subjects of Jesus’ Kingdom will enjoy life without end in a restored paradise on earth. (John 3:16 [or, as Wayne and I call it "Johnny on the Spot" - one so often sees cardboard signs with just "JOHN 3:16" held up toward the camera at televised baseball, football, and other sports competitions.]) Some will enter Paradise by surviving the destruction of the present wicked system of things. Others will enter by resurrection.–Read Psalm 37:29; John 5:28, 29
[**] Since the JWs use their own Bible “translation”, I suggest that, if you’re interested, go to biblegateway.com, you can choose which bible flavor you want to see each one’s translation of a particular quotation. Since the choices do NOT include the “New World Translation” indicated above, the links that I used were the American Standard Version. Just keep in mind that the JWs believe that every word in their re-written/re-translated version of the ‘original’ bible (both of which were likely written solely by enterprising males) is factually true, simply because the bible that they wrote says it is.
BTW, I copied (re-typed) the inconsistent all-caps, boldfaces, references, etc., exactly as they were printed in the ‘literature.’
Now you can go back and look at the cute pig again.
This is our daily open thread–please feel free to air your thoughts on pigs, Jehovah’s Witnesses (or any other religious group), etc.
Having been off for a week, listening to crashing Pacific waves, breathing salt air, reading, reading, more reading, and getting my head straight (kinda, sorta, pretty much), Mr Blow asked me, via facebook, to read his column for tomorrow. I agreed to do so, and, for me, this column is very powerful. What do you think?
I strongly reject the concept of respectability politics, which postulates that a style of dress or speech justifies injustice, and often violence, against particular groups of people or explains away the ravages of their inequality.
I take enormous exception to arguments about the “breakdown of the family,” particularly the black family, that don’t acknowledge that this country for centuries has endeavored, consciously and not, to break it down. Or that family can be defined only one way.
I don’t buy into the mythology that most poor people are willfully and contentedly poor, happy to live with the help of handouts from a benevolent big government that is equally happy to keep them dependent.
These are all arguments based on shame, meant to distance traditional power structures from emerging ones, to allow for draconian policy arguments from supposedly caring people. These arguments require faith in personal failure as justification for calling our fellow citizens feckless or doctrinally disfavored.
Those who espouse such arguments must root for failures so that they’re proved right. They need their worst convictions to be affirmed: that other people’s woes are due solely to their bad choices and bad behaviors; that there are no systematic suppressors at play; that the way to success is wide open to all those who would only choose it.
Any of us in the country who were born poor, or minority, or female, or otherwise different — particularly in terms of gender or sexual identity — know better.
Please read the rest of the article here.
This is our daily open thread — How is everyone?
Every once in a while I give in and check my Facebook notifications/updates/whatever. Here’s some odds and ends that I felt worth sharing:
A friend who used to work with us posted the first photo, from a Facebook site called Earth Porn. The second photo is from the same site. Check out the site, they have some awesome photos.
Winter Sunset – Alaska (USA) photo by Ron Perkins
This is our daily open thread–got any captions, thoughts, rants, etc.?
I had something all prepped up to play by the Dixie Chicks when I realized what a knucklehead I was. It’s 50 years today after the Kennedy assassination and one song came immediately to mind. I had completely forgotten that it was recorded by Dion (once of Dion & The Belmonts) and found it serendipitous that a YouTube video memorialized Dion on the Smother Brothers Comedy Hour.
Even though most of the people who need Obamacare have not yet taken advantage of it, other interests are poised to board the Obamacare money train. The Wall Street Journal’s Howard Gold is encouraging investment in the health care industry. A few snippets:
“This diverse sector, which includes red-hot biotechnology, Big Pharma, medical device makers, hospitals, health insurers, and other services, is profiting from structural shifts far beyond the changes brought in by the Affordable Care Act…In fact, health care stocks may have entered a new secular bull market, which is why you should take some profits on cyclicals and other market-sensitive stocks and reinvest the money into this group.”
“We’re clearly in a favorable environment,” said Andy Acker, manager of Janus Global Life Sciences fund since 2007. “I think this is a question of when this gets resolved, not if,” Acker said. “Millions of people will sign up for health care.”
In an earlier (March 2013) article from conservative moneynews.com, entitled “How Companies are Cashing in on Obamacare”, author Michael Kling wrote:
“Although its critics say Obamacare will increase business costs, some companies are cashing in on the healthcare reform law…CNNMoney reviewed six companies that might reap huge benefits from Obamacare.
Take, for instance, Health Recovery Solutions, a New York City-based start-up that helps hospitals avoid Medicare penalties for readmitting patients. To decrease preventable return visits by Medicare patients, Obamacare levies high cuts to Medicare reimbursements to hospitals that have a certain percentage of these return visits.
Health Recovery Solutions furnishes tablets full of educational videos and information patients can use to care for themselves. Using the tablet, patients send information, such as medications they are taking, to the hospital care team for review.
Eligible, another start-up, takes care of the complex wiring insurers need to quickly answer customer questions about coverage and eligibility, one of the many Obamacare requirements.
GoHealth offers an online tool that enables people to compare health care insurance plans. Consumers can use the platform to enroll in plans or just compare plans before contacting an insurance broker.
QuantiaMD offers a website where doctors can offer presentations, hold private discussions with each other and hold virtual consultations. Pharmaceutical and insurance companies and hospitals sponsor the content on the site.
Obamacare limits the proportion of premium revenue insurers can spend on salaries, overhead and marketing. That’s where Connecture comes in. The Brookfield, Wisc., company provides software that helps insurance companies cut costs through automation. It also helps states with technology needed to create insurance exchanges, another Obamacare requirement.
Another company getting involved with the state exchanges is hCentive, which has built a platform the exchanges can use.
Many of the companies saw their sales jump after the elections. Healthcare companies were not sure Obamacare would be enacted, and state officials were not sure they would still be required to create exchanges by this October…“Many states were waiting to decide to set up their own exchanges — they kept thinking maybe this wouldn’t happen,” Sanjay Singh, an hCentive partner, told CNNMoney.
“they kept thinking maybe this wouldn’t happen” No, they kept HOPING this wouldn’t happen. Because despite their hatred of all things Obama-related, despite all of the conservative hyperbole about “job-killing”, “bankrupting businesses”, “the end of freedom as we know it”, “it’s socialist Obama’s anti-capitalism agenda”, etc., ad nauseum; and despite the 40+ failed efforts by Congressional Republicans to kill Obamacare, every single one of those nay-sayers HAD to realize, deep down, that Obamacare is a boon to the private, capitalistic, for-profit healthcare “industry.” (spit!)
Okay, since you were all good enough to put up with the above drivel, here’s your justly-deserved palate-cleanser…
It’s that time of year again: the National Geographic Photo Contest is open, but only ’til the end of November. I know quite a few of our Critters and Zoosters who should submit a few entries! Here’s last year’s “Nature” category winner, photographed by Ashley Vincent:
Here’s two ways to view some or all of the current entries: The Atlantic picked 39 of the photos, and you can just scroll through them. Note that you can also switch from 1024 pixels to 1280 (I chose 1280.) Or you can go directly to the National Geographic 2013 Photo Contest webpage, where there are links to the photos entered to date, as well as links to 2012 winners and other photo galleries. Here’s one of the 2013 entries, by Sam Morris:
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Gummitch was reading my mail last week when he posted the Traveling Wilburys (a musical tree with lots of great roots) so I am, with some trepidation, going to respond to popular demand (at least on the testosterone side of the critters) and post sexy. Female and male performers, though I struggled on the male side, I must admit. Have at it Zoosters.
Just the other day I received something special, courtesy of my longtime friend and wildlife photographer, Denny Green. The only comments necessary are his own words: “I was lucky to be at the right place on Sunday to see this beautiful coyote calling to his friends . . . Quite a stimulating experience.”
Why do so many humans so often hate, detest, and fear such creatures? What is wrong with them? With us?
About a month ago, it struck me that early November of next year — 2014 — would be the perfect time for a new book to hit the shelves, with luck on the tenth anniversary of the second presidential election stolen by George W. Bush. So, here’s my plan: a book entitled “The Complete Wit and Wisdom of George W. Bush!” I’ve contacted a Publisher who loves the idea and says, “The two page pamphlet should retail for about a dollar.” So, here we go! Following are a handful of excerpts to give you an idea of what’s in the works.
[W]hen the nobility see that they are unable to resist the people, they unite in exalting one of their number and creating him prince, so as to be able to carry out their own designs under the shadow of his authority.”
~Machiavelli, The Prince, ch. IX
Note: The following quotes each and all belong to George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States of America from January 20 2001 through January 20 2009. The quotations are not listed in any particular order, but are dated whenever possible.
“God wants me to run for President. I can’t explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen… I know it won’t be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.”
“It’s clearly a budget, it’s got a lot of numbers in it.”
“I can do more than one thing at one time! That’s what — I hope you — by the time I’m finished president, I hope you’ll realize that the government can do more than one thing at one time, and individuals in the government can … And so if I’m focusing on the hurricane, I’ve got the capacity to focus on foreign policy, and vice versa. But I thank you for asking that question.” ~September 2005
“God told me to strike at al-Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.” ~June, 2003 (As spoken to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during their first meeting)
“I know some people are trying to unwind No Child Left Behind, and I know some states don’t like it. But I’ll tell you something. If you’re teaching children to read and write, you ought to measure it.” . . . “Congresses have made promises it cannot keep…” ~April 28, 2005
“There are some who feel like that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is bring ‘em on. We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.” ~July, 2003 (commenting on the apparent increase in Iraqi “insurgency”)
“I am the commander, see. I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they need to say something, but I don’t feel like I owe anybody an explanation.” ~As Quoted by Bob Woodward, Washington Post, author.
“We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of this great nation.”
“I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe—I believe what I believe is right.”
“In terms of, umm — you know, the — the detainees, we’ve had thousands of people detained. We’ve investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on, on the word of, uhh — and the allegations — by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble — that means not tell the truth. And so it was an absurd report. It just is. And, uhh, you know — yes, sir.” ~May 31, 2005 (Rose Garden Press Conference)
“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” ~December 18, 2000
“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” ~May 24, 2005
“Listen, the other day I was asked about the National Intelligence Estimate, which is a National Intelligence Estimate.” ~September 23, 2004
“There’s a lot of people in the world who don’t believe that people whose skin color may not be the same as ours can be free and self-govern. I reject that. I reject that strongly. I believe that people who practice the Muslim faith can self-govern. I believe that people whose skins aren’t necessarily — are a different color than white can self-govern.” ~April 30, 2004
“In order to keep the peace, there must be truth in the words of the president.” ~May 4, 2004
“. . . I truly believe that now that the war has changed, now that we’re a battlefield, this man [Saddam Hussein] poses a graver threat than anybody could possibly have imagined. Other countries, of course, bear the same risk. But there’s no doubt his hatred is mainly directed at us. There’s no doubt he can’t stand us. After all, this is a guy who tried to kill my dad at one time.” ~September 26, 2002
“Fuck Saddam, we’re taking him out. ~March 2002 (Spoken to three U.S. Senators)
“We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the 11 September attacks.” ~September 18, 2003
“The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda [is] because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.” ~June 17, 2004 (Response to the 9-11 Commission’s report)
“I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.” ~From a speech to Old Order Amish farmers in Lancaster County, PA
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people — and neither do we.” ~August 5, 2004
“The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the — the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.” ~October 27, 2003
“See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.” ~October 3, 2003
“I think we agree, the past is over.” ~May 10, 2000
“Those of us who spent time in the agricultural sector and in the heartland, we understand how unfair the death penalty is.” ~February 28, 2001
“I don’t think we need to be subliminable about the differences between our views…” ~September 12, 2000
“I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It’s pretty close to California. In more ways than Washington, D.C., is close to California.” ~April 8, 2000 (As quoted in the Los Angeles Times)
“I’m the master of low expectations.” ~June 4, 2003
“When I take action, I’m not going to fire a 2 million dollar missile at a 10 dollar empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.” ~September 24, 2001 (Quoted in Newsweek)
“In my sentences I go where no man has gone before.”
“One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.”
“Now, we talked to Joan Hanover. She and her husband, George, were visiting with us. They are near retirement – retiring – in the process of retiring, meaning they’re very smart, active, capable people who are retirement age and are retiring.” ~February 12, 2003.
“My pan plays down an unprecedented amount of our national debt.” ~February 27, 2001 (Spoken in budget address to Congress)
“You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
~February 21, 2001
“I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.” ~January 29, 2001
“They misunderestimated me.” ~Comment on the 2000 presidential campaign
“I want to thank my friend, Sen. Bill Frist, for joining us today. . . . He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me.” ~May 27, 2004
“I’m honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.” ~May 25, 2004
“This is historic times.” ~April 20, 2004
“See, one of the interesting things in the Oval Office—I love to bring people into the Oval Office—right around the corner from here—and say, this is where I office….” ~January 29, 2004
“Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling.” ~January 23, 2004
“Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN’s aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.” ~September 6, 2004
“We support the election process, we support democracy, but that doesn’t mean we have to support governments that get elected as a result of democracy.” ~March 29, 2006
“I hear the voices. And I read the front page. And I know the speculation. But I’m the decider and I decide what is best.” ~April 18, 2006
“I base a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true. One, I believe there’s an Almighty.” ~April 24, 2006
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones I have to concentrate on.”
”History? We don’t know. We’ll all be dead.” ~2003.
Yah, OK, so some ideas aren’t as great as they might have seemed on the front end. Oh well.
OPEN THREAD; WIT AND WISDOM ARE — ummm — ‘NEEDED’!
Veterans Day, which is noted in other countries as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, marks the end of World War I. More particularly, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. On this day, we remember those who died while serving their various countries.
As I have done in past years, I’m posting the final episode of the Blackadder Goes Forth series, entitled Goodbyeee.
The final episode of this series, “Goodbyeee“, although true to the series’ usual comedy style through most of the preceding scenes, is known for featuring a purely dramatic and extraordinarily poignant final scene, where the main characters (except [the General] himself) are finally sent over the top. To the sound of a slow, minimal and downbeat piano version of the title theme, the four are seen in slow-motion, charging into the fog and smoke of no man’s land, with gunfire and explosions all around, before the scene fades into footage of a sunny poppy field and the sound of birdsong. The fate of the four is left ambiguous. Blackadder’s final line before the charge is also underpinned with an unusually reflective and poignant tone, offered after Baldrick claims to have one last cunning plan to save them from the impending doom:
Well, I’m afraid it’ll have to wait. Whatever it was, I’m sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman around here? …Good luck, everyone.
As fantastic as this final Blackadder series is, I usually cry my way through Goodbyeee. Our amazing advances in technology, rather than being put toward the advancement of mankind, was instead used for unbelievable destruction and obscenely wasted lives of tens of millions of people, both military and civilian, but succeeded only in serving as an incubator for World War II.
I think humans could learn to live together peacefully, but there is money to be made from mayhem and war, and as long as that’s true, there will always be war; and there will always trenches of one kind or another, filled with honorable men and women, who are viewed as a means to an end — stacks and stacks of money — and used as cannon fodder, and if they survive, dismissed as a burden on society.
This is our daily open thread — Discuss.
I set out looking for a George Harrison video and found this instead: George and a bunch of other guys. I’ve somehow lost this album entirely and now I’ve got to buy it again. Brilliant.
After mulling over possible topics for today’s thread, I decided to dispense with the craziness out there (Rand Paul’s chickenshit non-challenge to a duel with Rachel Maddow was tempting, but…) and just start the week off with:
This is our daily open thread — I hope that so much cuteness will help to start Monday off in a cheerful way.
^^^Not my photo!^^^ I found it on weather.com :)
Over the last two days, it’s finally been acting like Fall around here. Sure, the temps were lower — thank FSM! — but while the leaves had turned color, the leaves were sticking in the trees as if they were glued.
Yesterday, the temps dropped just low enough overnight to get the leaves falling in the wind. Fall is not my favorite season, but there’s something relaxing about watching the leaves falling out of the English walnut trees outside my windows. Ahhhh….
Oh yeah, and it’s my birthday today. 54 years old! :)
This is our daily open thread — what does Fall look like in your world?
Around 1971 or 72 Elton John made his first American Tour. He was virtually unknown at the time except in alternative FM station circles and the gig in Philadelphia was in the now defunct Electric Factory at 22nd and Arch. Admission price was a dollar. A freakin’ dollar. I’ll bet the nosebleed seats for his concerts are now $75,
Elton’s association with songwriter Bernie Taupin paid off really big. I liked (and even bought) his first album, but in all honesty, I never bought another and never had interest in seeing him again. He was far from a one hit wonder, so the question before the Zoosters is, with whom in the music scene did you a a fleeting admiration, that wore off quickly (but a lot of the music fans maintained adoration)?
I won two tickets to see a Rising Star concert by calling in to a Bay Area radio station. The person I spoke with on the phone had no idea who this Pat Benatar person was. As long ago as this show took place, I was the oldest person in the audience except for Paul Kantner. Benatar killed it. This video was shot a few months later, when everyone knew who Pat Benatar was.
Great hair, Pat!
First, Foreign Policy Magazine got a little ‘spacy’ towards the end of the shutdown, with author Michael Peck penning a pair of fantasy articles titled “The Empire Shuts Down” and “One Starship to Rule Them All”
Next, this piece from moneynews.com, features the always-wild-looking “economist” Jim Cramer prognosticating – and perhaps precipitating, if anyone pays attention to him – the shakiness of the dollar. An excerpt:
As the world laughs at Washington’s antics, CNBC’s Jim Cramer says smart money should look for any possible means to flee the dollar.
The United States is “a laughing stock around the world, maybe worse than Italy in some ways when I look at benchmarks,” he said on Squawk Box. “We have obviously lost the faith of a lot of countries.”
If there is a way to take your money out of this country, Cramer suggests putting it in Germany. If he were in the shoes of China, Kuwait, Brazil or Japan, “I would do it immediately,” he claimed.
Third, from Newsmax.com, Amy Woods has a piece on another peanut gallery member: “Sen. Coburn: ‘We’re Drunk’ on Government Spending.” Here’s a bit:
“Special-interest groups, and not the tea party, caused the 17-day government shutdown, Sen. Tom Coburn said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“We didn’t do anything except create a big mess in Washington, and I’m not so inclined to think it was the tea party as much as it was outside interest groups and a few individuals within our party that took advantage of that situation,” Coburn said. All the bickering about the Affordable Care Act distracted Americans from the fact the government spends too much, he added.
Next, an October 19th article from Alternet brings us “Right-Wing Lunacy Never Sleeps: 10 Nutty, Vile and Absurd Utterances From the Fringe This Week.” In this round-up, Justice Antonin Scalia reaffirms his racism, Tony Perkins babbles some nonsense about Democrats wanting a theocracy, Glenn Beck and Pat Buchanan continue to howl in the wilderness, and more.
Finally, also courtesy of Newsmax, the other gum-flapping self-important Limbaugh, David, proves that he is just as delusional as his louder brother in “GOP Poised for Post-Shutdown Comeback”:
“Obamacare represented not only one of many policy setbacks under Obama but also the ever-acquisitive government’s consumption of another one-sixth of the formerly capitalist and robust American economy.”
[That's a load of horseshit, David, enough with the fake "government takeover of healthcare" bogeyman. Last I looked, the U.S. is still a capitalist nation, and the last time we had a "robust American economy" was under a Democrat, President Bill Clinton.]
“Then Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee ratcheted it up a notch, going to the Senate to call Obama out on his destructive agenda and promising to do everything they can to defund and derail Obamacare. Cruz’s 20-plus-hour floor speech was a seminar in the eloquent communication of conservative principles.”
["...eloquent communication of conservative principles"? 'Green Eggs and Ham'? I don't think that David Limbaugh (or his louder brother, for that matter) watched the entirety of Cruz's rambling and sometimes incoherent "seminar."]
“Just as my brother, Rush, gave millions of conservatives hope through his radio show by validating the legitimacy of their beliefs, Cruz, Paul, and Lee let us know that we have people in office fighting for us, as well.
“I reject the conventional wisdom that Cruz and his warriors hurt our cause by increasing the likelihood of our defeat in 2014. To the contrary, they enhanced our cause by energizing the base and fighting. And they laid serious gloves on Obama; his approval rating has never been lower. They also gave him an opportunity, which he fully embraced, to demonstrate his mean-spiritedness, his pettiness, and his dishonesty for all to see.
“The shutdown was not the disaster he promised any more than sequestration has been; he was hyper-partisan and gratuitously punitive during the ordeal; and his egregious misrepresentations about Obamacare were manifesting themselves throughout.”
[Sorry, but to Rush Limbaugh, the word "hope" is part of a punchline, certainly not something that Rush ever gave to his Rushbots. You can "reject conventional wisdom" all you want, but that doesn't mean that conventional wisdom, in this case, is wrong. Obama's approval rating is currently around 50%, according to a recent Rasmussen poll; on the other hand, according to the Gainesville Times, a new poll puts Congress's approval rating at an all-time low at 5%. I'm not sure exactly what planet David Limbaugh, along with the other mixed nuts listed above, inhabits, but it must be a particularly miserable place to dwell.]
This is our Open Thread. Go ahead, get cracking!
With age comes… forgetfulness.
Lissie’s new album launched on Tuesday (yes, of course I have it) and it’s been entirely too long since I’ve posted her music, so here you go. Bonus: this was recorded right here in the center of the universe, Portland, Oregon.
Yesterday my intention was to spend whatever time it might take to write something profound for today’s post, but the only topic that came to mind was the abject GOP/Teabagger idiotic stupidity currently on full display in the hallowed halls of Congress, and there ain’t much profundity in any of that nonsense, certainly nothing worth wasting, say, five minutes of otherwise useful time to scribble down what would surely be the world’s shortest essay. So instead of messing with that stuff, I did some bicycle repair and maintenance work . . . and in the process, sort of watched fall turn into winter. Seasons can change quickly here along the front range. It was just a few days ago that the afternoon temps were pushing 80 in the foothills even as the aspen groves on yon mountains turned from green to a brilliant yellow-gold in just a few short days.
Then, shortly after I installed, inflated, and took a quick test ride on my new rear tire, I noticed that there was a definite chill in the air rolling off the mountains and down into the foothills. A half-hour later came a genuinely brisk wind, then the rain; and then the chill got chillier and the mountains were shrouded in dense clouds. After an hour or two, the clouds lifted a little . . .
That white stuff atop the Greenhorn sort of suggests that yep, here we go, winter’s coming on. Whether it’s here to stay or if this is simply an interruption in the current Indian Summer we won’t know for another month, maybe six weeks. In that regard, it’s kinda like whether the Teabaggers are really going to go ahead and destroy the world’s economy next week, or whether they, too, will wait for another month, maybe six weeks, before they finish their political Seppuku (切腹, “stomach-cutting”) which is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. Seppuku was originally reserved only for samurai; in Amurka, it seems to be the current provenance of the Tea Party . . . or so we dare to hope, at least.
Anyway, forgive the political wander. Here, instead, is a view from last year of what’s soon to be in store this year.
Interesting thing about mountains: they don’t seem to give a tinker’s damn about any of the nonsensical drivel that drives the idiots some call politicians. And right now, at this moment, that’s something the mountains and I have full in common!
OPEN THREAD; MOUNTAINS, MOLEHILLS, POLITICS — YOUR CALL!
It’s been a while since I put on my hip waders and stepped into Newsmax, so here’s a few gems:
From “Rev. Billy Graham Prepares ‘Perhaps … My Last Message’” by David A. Patton:
“In an exclusive interview, the Rev. Billy Graham tells Newsmax that President Obama’s “hope and change” mantra is nothing more than a cliché and warns that the nation faces increasing threats to civil and religious liberties from its government.
Graham, who is preparing for possibly his last crusade, this time via video, said America is drenched in a “sea of immorality” and suggested that the second coming of Christ is “near.”
“Our early fathers led our nation according to biblical principles,” Graham wrote in response. “‘Hope and change’ has become a cliché in our nation, and it is daunting to think that any American could hope for change from what God has blessed,” he stated, an obvious reference to President Obama’s campaign motto.
“Our country is turning away from what has made it so great,” he continued, “but far greater than the government knowing our every move that could lead to losing our freedom to worship God publicly, is to know that God knows our every thought; he knows our hearts need transformation.” ~~~
Many believing Christians believe in a coming Armageddon, a final battle between good and evil prophesied in the book of Revelation.
Graham tells Newsmax it is not wise to “speculate” about the dates of such a battle, but he adds that the Bible says that there “will be signs pointing toward the return of the Lord.”
“I believe all of these signs are evident today,” Graham wrote, adding that “the return of Christ is near.
“Regardless of what society says, we cannot go on much longer in the sea of immorality without judgment coming,” he says.”
Next, from “Rove: Obama Wants to ‘Break the Republicans’” by Amy Woods:
“Republican strategist Karl Rove on Sunday described President Barack Obama’s behavior throughout the budget showdown as “stubborn obstructionism” whose goal is to “get more money and break the Republicans.”
“The stubborn obstructionism of the president … has a purpose, which is to try and get the Congress to agree to the Senate Democrats’ spending number, which is $91 billion bigger than the House, and bust the sequester, and end the 2011 spending agreements,” Rove said on “Fox News Sunday.” “He is attempting to put the responsibility for raising the debt ceiling and, in fact, naming the amount of the debt ceiling on the Congress and not on himself.”
Third, from “Rand Paul: Democrats’ Stubbornness Keeping Government Closed” by Sandy Fitzgerald:
“Paul denied that House Republicans led to the shutdown by refusing to fund the government.
“The House Republicans said they would fund all of government, and they did,” Paul said. “They funded all of government short of one program. So they really were never wanting to shut down government over this, they were wanting to fund government, and then have a debate.”
He further blamed Obama for his refusal to negotiate for the shutdown.
“When you say the president wants 100 percent of Obamacare or he will shut down the government, that’s exactly what happened,” said Paul. “If he [Obama] doesn’t get 100 percent of his way – his way or the highway – then they won’t do any spending bills that don’t include everything that he wants. That’s him unwilling to negotiate, that’s him being unwilling to compromise.”
Had enough? How about one more? From “Rep. Graves: Obama To Blame if Country Defaults” by Amy Woods:
“Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves said Sunday the party is “united” in its belief the government should re-open and negotiations with Democrats should continue to avoid a possible economic default over the debt ceiling.
“We have had a tremendous fight over keeping the government open and protecting Americans from Obamacare,” Graves said on “Fox News Sunday.” “There’s no reason to default. The president’s the only one demanding default right now.”
Sorry, but I have to throw this last link in, just for laughs: Another one by Bill Hoffman, “From Senate to Center Stage: Fred Thompson Makes Broadway Debut”. The author of the piece completely omits any mention of Thompson’s disastrous run for the Presidency, or the fact that Thompson’s most recent “acting” gig has been on ‘Reverse-Mortgage’ commercials.
This is our Open Thread. Have at it!
When I started listening to the blues a long time ago a piano style stood out called boogie woogie. You listen and then you just can’t stop moving. Memphis Slim, Otis Spann, Albert Ammons, and Pete Johnson are just some of the artist names in this sub genre. The style is being kept alive by a new generation, many of them European.
Here’s a little number with some dance routine thrown in: