Watering Hole: October 15, 2013 – I like Tea

I enjoy drinking tea.  It can be black tea, green tea, or herbal tea.  That is how I like my tea.  Oh, I also enjoy a good cup of coffee, too.

There is another TEA (oh, yuck) that is not at all tasty…

tea-party-protest-3-11-2009Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
—Spike Milligan

The TEA Bag Party started out with this identity, T (taxed), E (enough), A (already). They walked around with tea bags attached to their silly hats and initially referred to themselves as “teabaggers”.  Once they discovered the meaning of “teabagger”, they dropped all reference to that term.  Taxes have gone down and yet these people continue to use the term TEA.  Sounds like a meaningless name considering they are so focused on women’s ovaries and vaginas, abortion and dismantling the ACA.  I don’t hear any of them complaining about taxes anymore.  They should change their name.  Any suggestions?

This is our Open Thread.  Go ahead, Speak Up!

Less I forget, some of us like Beer, too.

79 thoughts on “Watering Hole: October 15, 2013 – I like Tea

      • Something like that, Wayne.

        I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. We have been house hunting and finally found a place in Eugene, OR. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, I worried that the banks will withhold giving us a mortgage even though we qualify.

        It amazes me that people as stupid as the teatraitors got elected to Congress. I felt badly that all those cattle that died in South Dakota but I don’t feel sorry for the ranchers. They hate big government and they vote Republican and now their beloved Republican representatives in Congress have voted to shut down the government which means these ranchers won’t be getting any BIG government assistance. Too fucking bad, too fucking sad. Besides, they stole that land from the Lakotahs.

        • The picture on that idiot’s back- I see lots of that on bumper stickers here in east BUFU. then theres the “bend over and keep the change” and one I saw yesterday….Welcome to America. Now Speak English”

          • My town has had the flag the local militia carried in the revolution as part of the town seal, our flag bears a strong resemblance to the favorite flag of the teahadis. We had to change our symbol to a view of the mountains as the association with the tea was negatively affecting tourism.

  1. Funniest political thing I read yesterday:

    New York Republicans are trying to convince Donald Trump to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) next year, according to The New York Post’s Fredric Dicker.

    The Post reported on Monday that the effort is backed by state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, and that Republicans have been circulating a three-page memo detailing how Trump could beat Cuomo.

    “In many respects, Trump is not considered a Republican — he is his own brand, an almost iconic figure of Rockefellerian proportions,” the memo states.

    My comical italics.

    • In many respects, Trump is not considered politically intelligent, either. He seriously has no idea what he’s talking about. He’s one of the ignorant who thinks China is our biggest debt holder, and he rails against them constantly, which does nothing to improve our relations with them. OTOH, the Chinese do not completely understand our way of life and wonder why we don’t throw him in prison if he’s making life difficult for the president. That we haven’t done that makes them think we agree with what he’s saying.

      Of course, Trump can bitch about China all he wants, but he still gets his clothing line made there. Letterman called him on that to his face.

  2. First, the TEA Parties have to drop the idea that they are “taxed enough already.” If we were, we wouldn’t have a $17 trillion debt. I mentioned that on the Twitter and they just didn’t get it. It appears they are incapable of connecting borrowing and spending with going into debt. They talk about our national debt, but they never seem to understand that it’s as high as it is because Republicans keep cutting taxes but increasing spending.

    The TEA Party People now keep saying we have to rein in our spending. Actually, no, we don’t. What we have to do is stop letting Republicans borrow money so they can give their wealthy benefactors huge tax breaks (which create virtually zero jobs.) We also need to raise tax levels on the wealthiest Americans back to the Eisenhower era. The people that will bitch the loudest publicly are not the Koch Brothers or their ilk, but the TEA Party people who will never earn the kind of money we’re talking about taxing as long as they live.

    I’ll call them the SEA Party, for “Stupid Enough Already” Party.

    • Having personally been in that exact situation …. well not really, February in rural Cambridgeshire… I was in some serious risk of hypothermia…. anyhow…. getting into a situation where I might get attacked..? Nope, the last thing on my mind. Will someone go to prison? Florida… how will this be construed as stand-your-ground?

  3. Michael Tomasky warns that Ted Cruz, alone, could cause a default:

    “[W]ill Ted Cruz and/or Mike Lee let the deal move through the Senate quickly enough to avert default? The Senate will have to expedite its usual clock to do that, and that requires … dum da-dum … unanimous consent. Cruz was asked about yesterday and said, “We need to see what the details are.” Great. There’s our Senate. One man can totter the world economy.’

    Josh Green calculated that, even if a bill had been introduced last night, Cruz could delay it until Friday, a day after we hit the debt ceiling. What kind of demented ego lies behind this reckless, phony demagogue?


  4. Food for nauseating thought:

    According to a July Pew Research survey, Tea Party Republicans make up nearly half (49 percent) of the Republican primary electorate and fully 37 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners.

    • While Pew is supposedly one of the more reputable polling firms, I don’t believe those results for a microsecond. I am usually down on most opinion polling because opinions are not verifiable facts. You can’t use statistical analysis on survey results because there’s no reality to which they can be attached. Sure, you can analyze what people say, but you can’t treat those results as having any meaning whatsoever. Does it matter if 80% (I made that up) of Fox News Viewers say we should bomb Egypt if they can’t identify Egypt on a map of the Middle East and Africa? No, it doesn’t matter at all. And that’s why political polling is so stupid and pointless because the vast majority of the people responding are speaking out of ignorance.

      Does it matter if people say we need to reduce the deficit because it’s “out of control” if it is not, in fact, “out of control”? Most public opinion polls reveal such ignorance, which is why I tend to ignore them. All of them, no matter who’s conducting them (which is another reason they should be ignored.)

  5. 18-foot oarfish caught by Catalina marine science instructor

    …While snorkeling, Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute discovered the obscure fish, which had evidently died of natural causes…

  6. So, based on latest accounts (CNN article),
    “According to GOP sources and confirmed by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the House plan under consideration would include most of what is in the Senate proposal while adding a provision to suspend an Obamacare tax on medical devices for two years and remove federal health care subsidies for Obama and legislators when they obtain health coverage under the reforms.”

    let me get this straight. They want to remove SUBSIDIES for Obama and LEGISLATORS?
    Note to idiot repugnicant’s. YOU AREN’T EFFING ELIGIBLE, being well over the limits for income.
    GROW UP!

  7. When you’re running out of options, play the ACORN card.

    About as potent as showing the picture of Goldstein during the 2-Minutes Hate.

    Ex-ACORN operatives helping roll out ObamaCare | Fox News

    A group formed from the ruins of ACORN is hard at work signing people up for ObamaCare, and may be collecting taxpayer cash for their work despite Congress’ efforts to cut the organization and its affiliates off from government funding, a watchdog group charged.

  8. From a caption of the Orange one on the NYTimes:

    Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday “there are a lot of opinions.”

    Yes Orange man. And some opinions are just plain false. Here is an opinion that is false – “The Orange man is a leader of men of other colours”.

  9. A followup to yesterday’s post about China wanting a new fall-back currency for the world, other than the dollar. It was bound to happen at some point, when rivals of the US note that we have grotesquely violated the Geneva Conventions and held no one accountable:

    “In its commentary, Xinhua embellished its call for a new reserve currency with a scathing indictment of the United States’ broader role in the world, saying that the Obama administration claimed “the moral high ground” while covertly “torturing prisoners of war, slaying civilians in drone attacks and spying on world leaders.”

    An authoritarian police state is able to use that accusation against the US — because it’s true.

  10. Robert Costa seems to have a pipeline to the GOP deliberations. And Jeebus, check out this quote he just got:

    “The leaders are giving us one more chance to get something passed out of the House before the Senate does its thing,” says a veteran House Republican. “I think we’ll get it through, at least that’s my sense of things now. We want to do something that marks our position, so we don’t end up swallowing whatever terrible bait the Senate casts our way. Now, I know, and the majority of us know, that this is futile. But believe me, even getting to 218 on this plan will be an achievement.”

    “I know, and the majority of us know, that this is futile …” Just think about what that says about how this “veteran” of the House views the crazies now holding the country and the world hostage; and what it says about the sanity of the GOP House majority. This is why the world is watching the U.S. right now with a mixture of terror and resignation. This is the way a great world power dies.


  11. From the annals of “choot-spah”:

    “It’s time to put the partisan bickering aside and fund the vital services we all support, maintain our credit rating, and continue the debate about the damage Obamacare is doing to the economy. Sen. Cruz has fully supported individual measures to fund essential government services and to take responsible action to reduce our debt. The President and all members of Congress should send an unmistakable signal that the United States will not default on its debt. We should not put our credit ratings in jeopardy over our political disputes,” – Catherine Frazier, press secretary for Sen. Tailgunner Ted Cruz.

    • “. . . the determined gangster is always in a position to make political activity and efforts impossible for decent people. In the name of law and order, the state authority gives in to the gangster and requests the others please not to provoke him.” ~Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf

    • …and continue the debate about the damage Obamacare is doing to the economy

      As usual, a false premise tucked inside a lie. It presumes that Obamacare is damaging the economy (the false premise), and the lie is that they want to debate it. They want no such thing. They want the president to just withdraw and say, “You’re right. Bad idea. I won’t enforce it any more.”

  12. I’ve got a 2 day event this weekend, and since my computer went TU last Friday, I’m already a couple days behind. I’ve managed to get the soaps inventoried and printed up all the labels. If I can get half of the soaps wrapped tonight, then I might almost be caught up. Then I might be able to whip up the body butters by Thursday, and pack everything up on Friday.

    That’s if everything goes smoothly. FSM, please! 🙂

        • I have it printed out in color and posted in my cubicle at work. I’m debating about whether or not I should sneak over to my co-worker’s computer (he leaves it unattended all day) and make this his avatar for his e-mail account. Every time he sends a message out, it would be the picture telling everyone from whom the e-mail came. And it would fit perfectly. Well, the way people would pronounce it. He’s actually a very poor source of useful information when it comes to matters of work.

  13. Shutdown supporters…

    Dan Amira explains:

    ‘One of the ripple effects of the White House shutdown is that Michelle Obama’s White House garden is now rotting away as the staff that typically picks its fruits and vegetables is barred from doing so. … To us humans, this is a depressing metaphor for America’s wasted potential. To the White House squirrels, however, it’s Valhalla.’

    Eddie Gehman Kohan reports from the scene:

    ‘Right now, the many squirrels who live at the White House seem to have gotten even more aggressive with the low level of human intervention. The squirrels are always a problem in the garden, eating the berry crop in the summer months. But they’re now kids in a candy store, gorging themselves.’

    • So basically, they can’t resist bashing Michelle Obama — even during their government shutdown and looming default — as a lazy, entitled house n*gger, who can’t be arsed to pick vegetables in her own garden.

  14. Oh, and the clip of Java Jive by Manhattan Transfer is wonderful. Only group I’ve seen live more than once, and if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it. Very entertaining group.

    • Okay, you cat people have reached the point of no return. Wine without any alcohol is NOT wine. As a wino I’m insulted. Now you want to market sludge to felines and call it wine. It’s obvious we humanoids are next on your communist agenda. Have you no shame?

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