The Watering Hole: Wednesday, 3/13/13: Daylight Savings Time, Inc.

Buried in the fine print in Paul Ryan’s proposed budget is a heretofore unnoticed provision to privatize Daylight Savings Time. When asked about it, a spokesperson for the Senator, who asked to remain anonymous, said,

“Daylight Savings Time is another wasteful government program and an unconstitutional infringement of our freedoms. The government has no business regulating our clocks. People have the right to get up early or sleep in.”

“Job creators shouldn’t be hampered with unnecessary regulations governing what time people show up for work, and what time they leave. This governmental intrusion into the workplace makes international commerce all the less competitive for American Businesses.”

“Besides, this program is inherently wasteful. I can’t imagine a more useless government function than trying to save daylight, only to pay it back in full the next fall. The government doesn’t even get interest on all the daylight it saves. And don’t even get me started about solar energy.”

The budget provision would defund all government expenditures aimed at implementing or enforcing Daylight Savings Time. It would then set up a bidding process whereby private industry can bid for Daylight Savings Time, with naming rights going to the highest bidder.

Daylight Savings Time is just the government’s way of letting the common man experience
jet-lag twice a year.


168 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: Wednesday, 3/13/13: Daylight Savings Time, Inc.

  1. I was wishing Ryan had put it this way:

    “This to us is something that we’re not going to give up on, because we’re not going to give up on destroying the health care system Daylight Savings Time for the American people.”

  2. Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Resigns

    Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned.
    The resignation comes two days after Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers interviewed Carroll about her involvement with Allied Veterans of the World, a non-profit that operates internet cafes in Florida.
    Officials from Allied Veterans and Nelson Cuba, the president of the Jacksonville Florida Order of Police, were arrested on racketeering charges after an investigation by the IRS and Secret Service.

    Republican fuckery in Florida? Nah, can’t be! 😀

  3. NPR had a story this morning about the Koch Bros. may be interested in buying the Los Angeles Times. I’ve been a subscriber since 1981 but the day they buy that paper is when I cancel my subscription and I’ll be sure they know the reason.

    • I love that the man brought the camera with him in anticipation that Mitt would be as gracious to the staff as Bill Clinton. Diss the “little people” at your own peril.

  4. Keith Olbermann Settlement: $50 Million Current TV Lawsuit Comes To An End

    Keith Olbermann and his former employer reportedly settled a $50 million lawsuit out of court on Tuesday, multiple outlets reported.

    The broadcaster sued Current TV for $50 million after the progressive network fired him one year ago. Current TV countersued, calling Olbermann’s lawsuit “riddled with falsehoods.”

    Settlement specifics were not disclosed, however a source told Deadline that Olbermann will receive a “a significant payout from Current.”

    They probably had to settle this as part of the terms of sale to Al Jazeera. A lot of people think Keith was unreasonable at Current. They certainly didn’t live up to their end of the deal to provide a professional situation for Keith. I know. I watched every night while he was on. Video clips that didn’t match his teleprompter were a frequent problem, lighting issues, and failing to give him a better access on more cable systems so he could reach the people that would have watched him. Cenk Uygur and the other hosts still have problems from time to time.

    • “Video clips that didn’t match his teleprompter were a frequent problem, lighting issues, and failing to give him a better access on more cable systems so he could reach the people that would have watched him. Cenk Uygur and the other hosts still have problems from time to time.”

      And Cenk and the other hosts are working through the problems, something Diva Keith would not put up with, even though he knew the company’s shortcomings.

      K.O. is always on the lookout for his next ex-employer.

  5. QOTD:

    “He’s still a law professor. He’d rather lecture you and put a red mark on your paper than talk to you,” – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy on President Obama.

  6. Understatement of the Day:

    “We have to, as a Republican Party, get bigger, not smaller, and we’re a party that’s becoming more regionalized and I think a smaller, less significant national party. We’re a great red state party,” – Senator Rand Paul.

  7. Man’s NASCAR headstone banned by church; widow sues

    Jason Carr died in a 2009 car crash and his wife Shannon spent nearly $10,000 on a custom headstone in the shape of a couch featuring the NASCAR logo, the logo of the Indianapolis Colts and a deer and a dog. However, the couple’s church said it didn’t meet the specifications of its cemetery and therefore wouldn’t be allowed as his grave marker.

    The Rev. Jonathan Meyer, priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church, notified the monument maker that the headstone didn’t meet the cemetery’s standards and couldn’t be placed in the church’s century-old graveyard

    • It has also been reported that Ivan Cardinal Dias lives in a fancy 12-room apartment one floor above Europa Multiclub. Dias has said that homosexuality is “unnatural” and has made the argument that gays can be “cured.”

      Number one: 12 room apartment! What happened to the vow of ‘poverty’?

      Hypocrisy they name is religion’s ‘holier than thou’ attitude.

    • Tuned in to watch my local noon news…damn if it isn’t national fox take over of the airwaves to blather on about this new Dope as you so aptly wrote!

  8. i just got word that Rand Paul and Donald Trump want to see the new Dope’s confirmation certificate to see if he’s really a Catholic.

  9. So, the first Jesuit Pope, named after arguably the greatest saint, Francis, and from Latin America. Good goin,’ Catholics?

  10. Marriage equality will be a non-starter. Here’s what he recently wrote about it in Argentina:

    “Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

  11. So the last Pope was a German with Nazi ties and the new Pope is from Argentina, where lots of former Nazis hid after the war. The circle of life.

  12. “Bergoglio has supported the social justice ethos of Latin American Catholicism, including a robust defense of the poor. “We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least,” Bergoglio said during a gathering of Latin American bishops in 2007. “The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.” ‘

    “Social sin”. I cannot imagine what he’d say about Ryan’s budget proposal.

  13. Pope Francis has offered his blessing “to you and to the whole world.” This is known as the “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing…

    With all due respect, Frank, take your blessing and shove it.

  14. $200 Billion per year Google get fined a whopping $7 million for stealing access to home wireless router and password information:

    SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people’s privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up wi-fi passwords, e-mail and other personal information from unsuspecting computer users.

    • google is becoming a “control the world” sleazebag organization…when suddenly, browser information from the “google chrome” on my WORK PC showed up on my home laptop computer where i had also installed chrome, i got really pissed…

      now i have to decide what is a safe and versatile browser for both work and home applications.

      any suggestions?

  15. Well this is tittilating and unanswered….from 2005:

    “A human rights lawyer has filed a criminal complaint against an Argentine cardinal mentioned as a possible contender to become pope, accusing him of involvement in the 1976 kidnappings of two priests.
    Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s spokesman Saturday called the allegation “old slander.”

      • Reuters on the Pope’s alleged complicity with the military junta’s purge of leftists:

        “The most well-known episode relates to the abduction of two Jesuits whom the military government secretly jailed for their work in poor neighborhoods. According to “The Silence,” a book written by journalist Horacio Verbitsky, Bergoglio withdrew his order’s protection of the two men after they refused to quit visiting the slums, which ultimately paved the way for their capture.

        Verbitsky’s book is based on statements by Orlando Yorio, one of the kidnapped Jesuits, before he died of natural causes in 2000. Both of the abducted clergymen survived five months of imprisonment. “History condemns him. It shows him to be opposed to all innovation in the Church and above all, during the dictatorship, it shows he was very cozy with the military,” Fortunato Mallimacci, the former dean of social sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, once said. Those who defend Bergoglio say there is no proof behind these claims and, on the contrary, they say the priest helped many dissidents escape during the military junta’s rule.”

      • She’s doing pretty well, Ebb. She’s eating well, aside from the special food that she only eats if I season it a bit, but is still looking a little thin. I’ll be taking her in for another blood test next week and, hopefully, that will be the end of the crisis.

    • It would make much more sense to me to require married fundamentalists to use birth control and forbid them from rearing children. Being raised without religion I have come to the conclusion that indoctrinating children into a fundamentalist church is abuse that lasts a lifetime.

      BTW. They should take a look at the extramarital sex lives of the Founding Fathers they are so fond of. They were a pretty randy bunch and would have laughed off or shouted down any attempt by religious groups to rule their lives.

  16. I posted this on my FB:

    “So the last Pope was a German with Nazi ties and the new Pope is from Argentina, where lots of former Nazis hid after the war. Amen.”

    Apparently, some people had a problem with this. It was just a light-hearted comment, I didn’t intend to get into an imbergoglio over it.

  17. Here in Florida our Lt. Governor, Jennifer Carroll, has resigned after being interviewed by law enforcement officers from a federal task force that included IRS and Secret Service agents. There have been over 50 arrests in the state of people associated with an internet gambling operation operating under the name Allied Veterans of the World. Among those arrested was the head of Jacksonville’s Fraternal Order of Police. Allied Veterans of the World is located in another state and is part of an internet technology company that rents the software that makes a PC work like a slot machine.

    Carroll, a 20-year Navy veteran, had a consulting company based in Clay County, FL that was accused of falsifying documents they gave her a Duval County, FL address required to get minority preference for a marketing contract for the local AVW organization that began in Jacksonville (with funding from the City, I’m assuming). Carroll was subsequently selected to replace a representative who resigned. While in the state legislature she introduced a bill favorable to AVW.

    Reports are that AVW had revenues of $290 million in the last 5 years with less than 1% going to help veterans, but they did donate $40K for the Governor’s inaugural party.

    • I beat you by 5 minutes! I will reiterate. Even if the scandal doesn’t bring down Rick “Medicare fraud” Scott I would love to find out that Sean Hannity is involved. For those who don’t recall, there was once quite a flap about the distribution of funds from his, allegedly charitable, “freedom concerts” and he has Floridan ties.

      • I would love to see scammers like these raked over the coals in the media as if they were pedophiles. Same for Wall Street assholes that STILL get more bonus money than I will ever earn. Come to think about it, with the whole conclave thingy, I wish pedophiles would bet raked over the coals… Oye!

      • Florida’s politicians have been for sale for a long time. From recent research I learned that Henry Flagler, the Standard Oil millionaire responsible for St. Augustine’s and the State’s development in the 1880’s and 1890’s, paid off politicians to change state law in 1901 to allow a man to divorce his wife if she had incurable insanity . He had had his wife committed in NY 1895 and did divorce her and remarried again. The state repealed the law 4 years later. Flagler was the only person divorced under that law.

        Henry created a one million dollar trust fund for his 2nd wife’s care and when she died in 1930 the estate was worth $12 million that her heirs fought over.

    • I still simply can’t understand why the “librul media” is so loath to use the word “lie” or any of its derivations. Aside from Soledad O’Brien, who has been effectively silenced, and the evening hosts at MSNBC I can’t remember the last time a media figure dared to utter the word. I caught about 5 minutes of the NewsHour a few nights ago and lasted just long enough to hear Judy Woodruff say “we’ll have to leave it there” when she gave a climate change denier the last word after he claimed that “temperatures have been flat since 1995”. She has to know that’s a lie but one would think that “lie” has become the 8th word you can’t say on TV or radio.

  18. Ed is moving to weekend evenings 5-7pm EDT. Who’s going into his slot on weeknights? Ezra Klein? Chris Hayes?

      • A lot of people at DU would be happy if he did. The ruse of talking to ESPN is just his MO for bidding up his worth. I’d be fine with it if he came back.

      • I would love to see KO on Al Jezeera or even Chris Wallace just to see what Fox would do.

        I heard a minor discussion about whether the President would/should attend
        some ceremony for or officiated by the new Pope. It won’t matter whether he goes or not; if he goes its a $168K / hour travel cost vacation to Rome and if he doesn’t go he’ll be accused of disrespecting god, christians and catholics.

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