Watering Hole – Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sequestration only becomes a problem for Congress when it inconveniences them.

This is a last minute attempt to put up an Open Thread.  Speak Up!

Posted by Cats r Flyfishn.  Now, I have to get back to my packing.

All cartoons are posted with the artists’ express permission to TPZoo.
Paul Jamiol
Jamiol’s World

91 thoughts on “Watering Hole – Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  1. I still don’t understand why they did that. And I understand even less why Obama signed it into law. If the American people had to vote on this, it would not have passed. Only a small minority of the country uses air travel.

    • And only a tiny fraction doesn’t have the patience to wait a few hours delay….. ooh maybe 1%?

      They hate socialism until they need it…… its good when its for them but not when its for all.

  2. Virginia’s GOP: Winguttistan Personified?

    Virginia Republicans nominated hyperconservative Christian minister E.W. Jackson as their candidate for lieutenant governor . . . Jackson loves hateful rhetoric and has never, ever thought to restrain himself when speaking publicly. Right Wing Watch has been all over it. Here’s a small sample:

    • Referred to gays and lesbians as “perverted,” “degenerate,” “spiritually darkened” and “frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.”

    • Said regarding homosexuality: “it poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies; it brings the judgment of God unlike very few things that we can think of.”

    • Argued that gays seek to “sexualize [children] at the earliest possible age” and use “totalitarian” tactics.

    • Argued that “liberalism and their ideas have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did, now that’s a fact.”

    • Maintained that Obama “seems to have a lot of sympathy for even radical Islam” and argued that Obama “certainly does have a lot of affection and favor for Islam, that seems to be his priority…Christianity, I don’t really think about that with him, I really don’t, that’s a joke.”

    • Compared Democratic leaders to “slave masters” who make sure that black people who disagree with them are “punished.”

    Wow. Jackson is either the coolest of the cool or the Nuttiest of the Nutty! I suspect the latter, but hey, I’m an Atheist-Socialist, so . . . well, you know. 😯

    • Despite his denials to the contrary, George HW Bush was hip-deep in the Iran Contra scandal, so I think his choice of Dan Quayle as his VP was insurance against impeachment. After all, if you prosecute him and send him to jail, you get Quayle as president. Did anybody want that?

      I think Jackson will serve as Kooch’s insurance against removal from office. But we better hope a Democrat gets elected president in 2016, because if a republican is in the WH, I could see them picking Kooch to be the AG, and then Jackson becomes Governor. It doesn’t end well.

      • I think I’ve reached the point where I figure we’d better hope we NEVER elect a Republican President, ever again — or at least until the party dumps its wingnut faction (which is most of it these days, apparently) and becomes at least centrist in its philosophy. Years ago, I’d vote for Republicans every now and then because there didn’t seem to be a lot of philosophical difference between them and Democrats (at least in AZ), but then something happened. Today, I suspect even Barry Goldwater would be considered a leftist-socialist by Wingnuttistanians. I mean, he wasn’t (a) a hyper-Christer, or (b) anti-abortion, or even (c) a racist (he saw to the integration of both the AZ Air National Guard and the Phoenix Union School District back in the fifties). He even said he liked Clinton during Bubba’s first term, and that comment alone was sufficient for AZ’s “Goldwater Institute” to disavow any further association with its namesake.

        Times appear to have changed to the point where the emergent wingnut philosophy has become more than a little worrisome.

    • And then you have the R nominee for AG who introduced a bill that would have required women to report an unattended miscarriage to the police within 24 hours. I hope the teanuts sink Kooch.

    • From Zooey: “Oh yes, absolutely fine. We’ve had high winds and a little rain the last 2 days, but nothing major. May get some wind and rain here as fallout from the tornado weather.”

      She and her friend are safe.

    • Helllllllooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! 😉

      Very safe, Wayne! Thanks for giving the update, Cats. 🙂

      There seems to be some sort of big ol’ conference going on in Louisville, so we ended up having to get 2 rooms, which means I’ve got a room all my own for 2 nights! *happy dance*

      • Did I tell you to go to Bluegrass Brewing? Because you really should. I believe the head brewer is still David Pierce, who is one of the best although largely unsung. I spent several days shoveling and hosing in that brewhouse under his watchful eye to get first hand experience with the equipment. I know you’re not a beer drinker but the food is also very good.

  3. QOTD:

    So, I want this future: I want a Republican Party that has returned to its senses and is strong and a worthy adversary in a strong America that has done right by its people and the world. That’s what I want. I don’t want this future. I don’t want a Republican Party disgraced, that let its extremists run off the cliff, and an America suffering from grave economic and environmental and diplomatic damage because we failed, because we didn’t wake up and do our duty to our people, and because we didn’t lead the world. I do not want that future. But that’s where we’re headed. So I will keep reaching out and calling out, ever hopeful that you will wake up before it is too late.”
    — Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island)

  4. Hi, everyone!! We’ve safely arrived in Louisville, KY. 🙂

    I’m off again for now, but will spend time here this evening.

    That’s fair warning!! 😆

  5. Oh, so this is like guns. After a disaster we’re no longer allowed to talk about doing things to prevent this in the future.

    Democratic senator apologizes for citing Okla. tornadoes in climate change speech | Fox News

    Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has apologized for remarks Monday in which he linked Oklahoma “cyclones” to climate change while berating Republicans for their stance on the issue — around the time a massive tornado killed dozens in that state. 

    A Whitehouse spokesman said Tuesday the politically charged remarks were pre-written as part of the senator’s weekly Senate floor speech on climate change. 

      • Is it that same United Nations plot that was responsible for bicycles in Denver? I think they want to take over Amurka, something like that, so yes, I can sure see how ‘fraud and lies’ about climate change would . . . ummm . . . ??????

  6. Wants to make damn sure we all know it wasn’t his fault. It happened on his watch, but it wasn’t his fault.

    Former IRS commissioner: ‘Not personally responsible’ for creating the ‘Be On The Lookout’ list | The Ticket – Yahoo! News

    “I certainly am not personally responsible for creating a list that had inappropriate criteria on it. What I know, with the full facts that are out, is from the inspector general’s report, which doesn’t say I’m responsible for that,” Shulman said during a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday. “With that said, this happened on my watch and I very much regret that it happened on my watch.”

  7. The RWNJ’s are all incensed about this.

    They’re crying foul about the DOJ investigating a Fox News Reporter; crying that it’s destroying the constitution.

    What about the part that says a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty? They don’t seem to care about that part so much.

    Much as we may not like it, Hasan still has his rights under the constitution. Until his trial takes place, he’s considered innocent.

    Report: Fort Hood shooter has drawn $278G in salary since massacre | Fox News

    The Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others during a shooting at Fort Hood has reportedly been paid more than $278,000 since the 2009 incident.

    U.S. Department of Defense officials confirmed to NBCDFW.com that Maj. Nidal Hasan’s salary cannot be suspended unless he is proven guilty in the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting in Texas, citing the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Jury selection in his trial is scheduled to begin May 30.

  8. ‘This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives,’ wrote comedian and creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead, in a tweet, around 3:30 Monday afternoon.

    Lizzy, this is why having the Twitter is dicey. I luvs ya but geeze, that’s not clever or remotely funny — only cruel and incendiary, not to mention factually wrong.

  9. Guess who?

    “I think the President will ultimately be forced to repudiate his own signature piece of legislation because the American people will demand it,” she explained. “And I think before his second term is over, we’re going to see a miracle before our eyes, I believe God is going to answer our prayers and we’ll be freed from the yoke of Obamacare.”

    “I believe that’s going to happen and we saw step one last week with the repeal of Obamacare in the House. We have two more steps. We serve a mighty God and I believe it can happen.”

    Sounds like her god is spinning his wheels, given that the House has done this 37 times.

    • “Sounds like her god is spinning his wheels, given that the House has done this 37 times.”

      God works in mysterious ways — much like Congress.

    • Westboro could well be wrong, apparently. I am encouraged that the mentally ill can find gainful employment.

      Following a long tangent, Jones returned to the caller’s subject. While he explained that “natural tornadoes” do exist and that he’s not sure if a government “weather weapon” was involved in the Oklahoma disaster, Jones warned nonetheless that the government “can create and steer groups of tornadoes.”

  10. Gimme Shelter:

    “The two elementary schools leveled by the deadly tornado that swept through the Oklahoma City area Monday lacked designated safe rooms designed to protect children and teachers, despite state warnings that the absence of such facilities imperils lives.”

    “In Oklahoma and in bordering states, land-use regulations are often derided as unnecessary government intrusions. State building codes do not require that schools provide safe rooms, leaving the decision to individual school districts.”


  11. In other Batshiat news, Michele Bachmann is flying to Russia next week as part of a congressional delegation to investigate the Boston Marathon Bombings and why more wasn’t done to follow up on Russian officials’ warnings about the Tsarnaev brothers.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  12. The old 944 split a top radiator hose coming home from work. I made it into the yard, and was able to change the hose, with help from the ex-wife, who stopped by on her way home from working on what was supposed to be her day off. Then we hauled 2x4s to her house from Home Depot and I just got home.

    • That’s about as accurate as the % of Tea party groups that were ‘targeted’ by the IRS…… its 30% and dropping…

      • Early this morning I was watching the last Rachel repeat. They were saying 51. Then they broke in with a live report saying 91. After the live report it was back to Rachel’s repeat still saying 51. That’s all I know .

        • Okay. I hadn’t heard about the 91 figure. I usually don’t go out of my way to get too much news during the day. A little during my lunch break, but I usually take a nap during lunch.

    • @VanessaAKnox’s tweets are protected.
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      That doesn’t compute. Sorry.

  13. My theory on the Oklahoma tornado. Certain topography is more susceptible to the formation of tornadoes, combined with frequent potential tornado storm cells passing over it, explains why they form in the same places over and over. The global climate change is creating more potential tornado storm cells, and higher Fujita scale ratings than in the past. There have always been tornadoes, but they are more powerful by maybe one scale rating than thirty years ago. Thus F3s in the eighties are now F4s.

    • I agree. Just as with hurricanes and winter storms, it’s not that we’re getting more of them, it’s that the ones we are getting are more intense and have more energy because of the higher temps.

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