The Watering Hole, Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Now What?

Now what?!? Some headlines & news stories that ended up on the cutting room floor:

Syria wants to give up its chemical weapons, but Halliburton has a strict “No Returns” policy.

Putin will ease up on Russia’s anti-gay policy during the Olympics, if all male athletes agree to forego wearing shirts.

The Napa California Hot Air Balloon Contest sported a hot air balloon that looked like Rush Limbaugh. No one could tell the difference.

Now that Gay marriages are legal, Gay divorces are on the upswing.

With recreational marijuana now legal in some states, pot sales hit new highs.

Koch-BlockBusters deal falls through.

Netpics picks hit flix.

Ted Cruz picks up endorsement from Sarah Palin, goes down in polls.

Congress shut down for two weeks last summer. No one noticed the difference.

Republicans want to shut down the government if they don’t get their way. Oh, wait. That’s not news.

OPINE THREAD TIME.

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101 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Now What?

  1. Someone at DU found this on Face book

    I DO NOT Like the GOP!! “Green Eggs & Ham” Remix
    By Edward Z…..

    Do you like the GOP?
    I do not like them. No siree!

    I do not like them in the House,
    where endlessly they whine and grouse.
    And in the Senate, maddening,
    they filibuster everything.

    Don’t like them on the internet,
    or lying on my TV set.
    I do not like them so far right,
    I do not like that they’re ALL white.

    I do not like them when they wink.
    It scares me when they try to think.
    I do not like their budget cuts.
    I do not like that they are nuts!

    If they’re the face of Uncle Sam,
    then Uncle Sam don’t give a damn!
    They like Tea, and green money,
    but why, oh why, don’t they like me?

    They will not help me keep my house.
    They do not like my same-sex spouse.
    They don’t like any news but FOX,
    or black folks at the ballot box.
    They don’t believe in warming air.
    They REALLY hate Obamacare!

    They sham and slam and send out spam.
    So sure I am, it’s all a scam.
    It’s all for them, but none for me.
    I do NOT like the GOP.

    • The green eggs and ham are obviously a stand-in for Obamacare. What’s interesting is how the story ends. “Thank you, thank you, Sam I am,” the story ends, with America thanking the government for something it was sure it wasn’t going to like.

      • Which makes Crudzu reading the book last night even more ironic. He got the message of the book backwards. America hasn’t tried Obamacare yet, but he said we have.

        It’s still about the tax increases for the wealthy that are inside the bill.

        • And today the White House unveils its pricing structure for the 36 states where it is managing the health care insurance exchanges
          Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

          Of significant note is that Texas, home of the fumbduckiest Senator in recent memory, will have lower than the average premium…
          “In the three states with the highest uninsured population, the benchmark plan will average $373 in California, $305 in Texas, and $328 in Florida. Differences between states can be due to the number of insurers competing and other factors.”…
          “One surprise is Texas,” said Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “That is a state that has put up roadblocks to implementation, but the premiums there are below average.”

        • I was just reading about Cruz’s remarks and that jumped out at me too. How can we not like something we haven’t tried? Of course, children do it all the time with vegetables. And the GOP does it all the time with everything.

          • That bit still amazes me. How many times have we heard Cruz and the other GOoPers bewailing the fact that “no one has even read this”? Well, in that case, why can’t someone in the “librul media” ask the obvious question? “Why are you fighting a law that you admit you haven’t even read?” Heck! The second he admitted that he hasn’t read the ACA Reid, or whoever was holding the gavel at the moment, should have stopped him right there and told him to go and read the damned thing and then come back.

            Of course, that would lead one to ask them how a law could be written without anyone knowing what’s in it. Trying to wrap their heads around that bit of logic should be good for some priceless looks of abject stupidity. It would probably kill the likes of Batscat Bachmann and her apparent successors as the craziest creep in Congress; King and Gohmer.

            • Congress didn’t read the Patriot Act. Our former Congressman admitted to our face that he didn’t read it. He just voted “yea” when it came time to vote. He was surprised when we told him what he voted for.

        • He did make reference to Americans not liking something that hasn’t happened, yet. Rafael Edward Cruz or REC for short, was grandstanding. He believes that he is presidential material. Well, he wasn’t born in the United States or in a US territory so I don’t think he qualifies.

  2. This early AM as I was perusing news on my phone, I saw an ad asking me to “Prepare for your next Walmart shopping trip”.
    Is there an app that tells you exactly when Hell is going to freeze over?
    I need that app, so I can figure out when to download the MalWart app.

    • Check out Rapture Ready, sure they have one…. you get a ringtone like a band of angels that fires up, so you can pull your Land Cruiser off the freeway and open the sunroof to prepare for naked flying time!

      • OMG! So you’d get like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” ringing through!
        That would be our old pal Darryl’s group! I’d forgotten about them. Wonder how the whole Trish thing is working out for our DOD contractor pal with the CIS degree from (**chortle**) ORAL Roberts.

        • ” A band of angels who wer coming after me….. coming for to carry me home…..” – all together now.. with the actions….

    • We need to sell the fundies lots on that island. Since they don’t believe in science, they’ll never read about how the island is likely to sink again.

      • Call it a tax haven, give them the property for free. Just don’t allow them to leave the island.

  3. An excellent article by Lee Fang on Nation this AM
    Sabotaging Obamacare is a Lucrative Endeavor for Some

    Looks like the Health Care Insurance Brokers are complaining that they won’t be able to keep their beaks as wet after the exchanges make it easier to afford health care coverage. Reminiscent of the old Don in NYC portrayed in “The Godfather” They are trying (and succeeding) to pass legislation to limit ‘navigators’ and their ability to inform consumers about the new system,

    • As they say: “Follow the money” – I for one am fed up with the phrase ‘and the President’s critics on Obamacare’ – no! how about ‘those corporations vested in bombing Obamacare and are spending millions to do so’

  4. And another Gem from Greg Sargent’s Plum line this morning.
    Ted Cruz’s stance on Obamacare is the GOP’s stance on Obamacare
    Salient Quotes:
    * Eighty percent of Americans, including 83 percent of independents and 75 percent of Republicans, say threatening a government shutdown is not an acceptable way to negotiate.

    * Americans say overwhelmingly that Republicans are not trying to work with Obama by 70-23. By contrast, 51 percent say Obama is trying to work with Republicans.

    Keep digging Ted. You’ll find a septic tank at about 15 feet down.

  5. So this Cruz cretin flapped his jaw for 21 hours on the Senate floor — with A LOT of help from his nutty friends — to rail against the horrors of health care for American.

    What the hell do Green Eggs & Ham and a Darth Vader voice have to do with his very important topic?

    He’s definitely no Wendy Davis.

    McCain will be up any time now, and this is the first time I’ve ever looked forward to that particular event.

  6. ‘Obamacare’ costs get worse for Republicans. Kaiser Health News notes that many red states will have relatively low premiums:

    ‘One of the report’s most striking findings is that states like Texas and Florida, where the law has faced fierce opposition despite high rates of uninsured residents, will see rates at or below the national average.

    “There is no clear political pattern to these premiums,” said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization. …“Some conservative, anti-Obamacare states have lower-than-average premiums, and some pro-Obamacare states have higher-than-average premiums.”’

  7. QOTD:

    “We’d be hard-pressed to explain why we were opposed to a bill we’re in favor of,” – Sen. Mitch McConnell, in response to Senator Ted Cruz’s long journey into night.

  8. The speech, which was not technically a filibuster because it did not delay any votes, was labeled an “extended oratory” by John McCain.

    I don’t even think of it as that so much as “preaching to a relatively small choir.”

  9. Golden eagle attacks, kills sika deer

    There’s just three photos covering two-seconds, but they are very rare since they capture an event not seen before: A golden eagle swoops onto the back of a sika deer, drives it to the ground and (not photographed) kills it.

    There’s just three photos covering two-seconds, but they are very rare since they capture an event not seen before: A golden eagle swoops onto the back of a sika deer, drives it to the ground and (not photographed) kills it.

    • I saw pictures of this yesterday but I viewed them via my phone which made them look tiny. Thanks for posting this as it truly captures the look on the prey’s face and the viciousness of the golden eagle. It’s amazing that the eagle was strong enough to carry off its prey.

      • I once saw a Bald Eagle grab a carp that must have been at least 15 pounds. She dropped it once and circled back to get it again. An amazing feat of strength and maneuverability.

  10. Birthday by Shel Silverstein (25 Sept. 1930 – 08 May 1999

    The party clown was away at the lake,
    The toy-store man was not awake,
    The bakery man was out of cake-
    I hope you like this birthday snake.

  11. Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying constant bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves “has driven me to this,” the FBI said in a disclosure that explains the phrase he etched on his shotgun: “My ELF Weapon!”

    Alexis did not target particular individuals during the September 16 attack in which he killed 12 people, and there is no indication the shooting stemmed from any workplace dispute, said Valerie Parlave, head of the FBI’s Washington field office.

    • “…that explains the phrase he etched on his shotgun: “My ELF Weapon!”

      I assumed he was a big Will Farrell fan.

    • Now Larry can say he’s the King of America. I wonder when he’ll enact an edict requiring us to buy open source software.

      • Bless the poor man, he needed a pick-me-up after seeing his income drop to a mere $78 million.

    • Frankly, I’d love it if they just played Jimi Hendrix Woodstock version of the Star Spangled Banner at 150 decibels as he prattles on…

  12. ‘Testicle-Eating’ Pacu Fish Found In New Jersey

    A fish known as a Pacu — with strange human-looking teeth and known for reports that they eat testicles — has turned up about 10 miles from New York City, according to NorthJersey.com.

    His first question was: ‘Where can I find Chris Christie? I hear he’s the biggest testicle there is!’

  13. Wal-Mart Cutting Orders as Unsold Merchandise Piles Up

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) is cutting orders it places with suppliers this quarter and next to address rising inventory the company flagged in last month’s earnings report.
    Last week, an ordering manager at the company’s Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters described the pullback in an e-mail to a supplier, who said others got similar messages. “We are looking at reducing inventory for Q3 and Q4,” said the Sept. 17 e-mail, which was reviewed by Bloomberg News.

  14. Just finished making Anise (black licorice) soap. I know some people really like the scent, so I make it — but I’m gagging here. 😛

    The best part is that it turned out gorgeous. 🙂

  15. “Leave a brick at your boyfriends…” Poo-Pourri, gawddamn that’s funny. Of course I’m an anal Virgo, soooooo

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