The Watering Hole, Saturday, October 26, 2013: Pick a Topic, Any Topic

As I sit here writing this, it’s Saturday morning, and this post is way overdue. It’s always difficult for me to pick a topic on which to write. I suppose I need to learn to discipline myself more, but that’s the problem with trying to learn to be disciplined – it takes discipline, and since I clearly lack it, I’m probably going to have a tough time learning it. Sure I was in the Air Force when I was young and wanted to put off paying back my college loans (Note: I’m one of the fourteen Americans who actually did pay back his student loans), and they did try to teach me discipline. But their method was to make me fold my t-shirts and underwear to six inches on each side. And it turns out that once I left Air Force Basic Training (as an Honor Graduate), nobody ever asked me to utilize, or even to show off by demonstrating, the skills I learned in underwear folding ever again. As a result, my self-discipline began to suffer. Then there’s the variety of topics about which to write.

So many things to say and only so much time to waste not picking one out. There’s the great Aasif Mandvi Daily Show interview of Don Yelton, a Republican North Carolina County Executive, that resulted in Mr. Yelton now being a former Republican North Carolina County Executive. At one point Aasif asks him, “But you’re not a racist, are you?”, and Mr. Yelton actually paused and had to think about it a moment before admitting he’s been called a bigot, but he doesn’t think he’s a racist. He then goes into an explanation that brings up two of my favorite parts: One is where Mr. Yelton begins to say, “As a matter of fact…one of my…best friends…(Aasif looks and nods knowingly to the camera, because we’ve all heard it before from racists who don’t know they’re racist, and we know what’s coming)…is…black.” (NOTE: Ellipses are pauses in his words, not things I edited out.) After going on with more examples that supposedly prove he isn’t a racist, Aasif finally utters one of the best responses I’ve heard someone say to a racist espousing his racism, “You do know that we can hear you, right?” After being fired/asked to resign (same diff, right?), Mr. Yelton said in a subsequent interview that his remarks were “taken out of context.” But unless he began his remarks with, “I’d have to be the biggest douchebag racist asshole in the country to say…”, I just don’t see in what context his remarks don’t look and sound racist. Racists simply do not understand why they’re racist, but they do understand why they’re Republicans. Because the Republicans treat them better than the Democrats.

Then there’s the charter school in Houston, TX, which takes taxpayer money and teaches this about the Theory of Evolution:

[Hitler] has written that the Aryan (German) race would be the leader in all human progress. To accomplish that goal, all “lower races” should either be enslaved or eliminated. Apparently the theory of evolution and its “survival of the fittest” philosophy had taken root in Hitler’s warped mind.

Yeah, here’s the thing. Just because an incredibly evil and maniacal person believes in something, it doesn’t automatically follow that whatever that person believes in is also evil. Hitler also believed in having a well-maintained highway infrastructure. Does that mean we have to do away with our Department of Transportation? On the other hand, he did also expand gun ownership rights, and that is pretty evil. Then there’s that whole genocide thing. That’s pretty hard to justify with sane, rational, fact-based arguments as not being evil. Still, it doesn’t mean that everything Hitler believed in was bad. He liked Volkswagens.

Finally, there’s Ken Cuccinelli, the ethics-challenged Virginia Attorney General who’s running for governor. In the final debate with Democratic frontrunner Terry McAuliffe, Cuccinelli said that he was proud of his ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association (or KKK for short). The problem here is that the debate was held at Virginia Tech, the site of a mass shooting six years ago that left 32 people (most of whom were probably not members of the KKK, I mean, the NRA) dead. If Cucinelli manages to somehow win this election, I would have to suspect massive voting machine fraud. The entire state of Virginia can’t be that stupid. The man wants to outlaw oral sex, for Christsakes! How much of a “man of the people” can he possibly be?

This is our daily open thread. Feel free to discuss Aasif Mandvi, Don Yelton, Ken Cuccinelli, oral sex, or anything else you wish to discuss.

39 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Saturday, October 26, 2013: Pick a Topic, Any Topic

  1. John Boehner speaks about rollout glitches:

    “The implementation has been horrendous. We’ve made it far more complicated than it should be. The good news is that the competition that’s being created has lowered premiums significantly below where Congress thought they’d be when we put the bill together, so the competition side is good. I think the implementation side continues to need to be improved.” –John Boehner (R-OH)

    “Boehner . . . was talking about the rollout of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit — known as Part D — enacted in 2003 by President George W. Bush. He discussed the implementation woes during a Feb. 6, 2006 appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” on his fifth day as House majority leader.”

  2. Topic for me today: the birth of my beautiful daughter. Thursday, October 26, 1967. Hartford (CT) Hospital 8:10AM EDT.
    The best day of my life!

  3. ‘GOP consultant: California Republicans are in trouble’

    The memo, written by GOP consultant Jeff Miller, is a bleak assessment of the state party. ‘The Republican label is anathema to younger voters, women and Latinos,’ Miller writes.

    Duh. Good.

    • Look who has the ‘magic’ to bring in the young folk:

      Reince Priebus on hiring 23-year-old to work at GOP HQ: ‘Today’s announcement is groundbreaking’

      The GOP wants to get its groove back with young people.
      It took a step toward that on Thursday by naming Elliott Echols as the party’s first national youth director, seven months after releasing a report that showed people perceive the Grand Old Party as, well, old and disconnected from pop culture.

      “Today’s announcement is groundbreaking,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “Bringing Elliot on board in an off-year will help us build relationships with young voters and mobilize students and young professionals to take our message to their peers.”

  4. I want to hear ‘Rocky Top’ played three times today. Before the game, at halftime, and at the end, and not one time more. 😀

      • Alabama almost scored on its first five possessions, but the second string RB fumbled at the goal line. Tennessee then moved the ball against Alabama’s prevent defense to the Ala.24 with 29 seconds in the half, then Alabama intercepted a pass and returned it for a TD. Ala.35 – Tenn.0.

    • Alabama head football coach Nick Saban demands that his players ‘play the full sixty minutes’, of every game. Now he says the students attending home games should too.

      “I’ve talked about players playing for 60 minutes in the game and competing for 60 minutes in the game,” Saban told “And, in some kind of way, everybody that choses to go to the game should stay there and support the team for the game.”

      And if you don’t want to stay for four full quarters? Well, Saban doesn’t want you there at all.

      “Maybe if you’re not interested in doing that, you should let someone else go who would really like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go,” Saban told the site.

      • I’m not a college football fan but I might have to change my mind. Minnesota beat Nebraska for the first time since 1960 and it was a fairly comfortable win, 34-23. Of course, if I actually start caring about the Gophers, they might loose all their remaining games. Still, I’ve know a few Huskers fans and I’m very tempted to call them up and gloat while they whine about the officials!

        • I saw some of that, then switched over to Wake Forest-Miami as Miami scored in the last minute to pull ahead. Nebraska had the ball at 27-23 but couldn’t move it.

        • I remember well that 1960 MN win. I was a college frosh at a small college in NE Iowa that year. MN also won the Big 10 title and went to the Rose Bowl in Jan 1961 where they lost to Washington and their ‘one-eyed quarterback’ Bob Schloredt. Watched the game at a motel in, iirc, Carlsbad NM, first stop on the drive back to Iowa from a holiday visit to Phoenix.

          Didn’t realize that was the last time the Gophers beat Nebraska. Wonder if, in 53 years, I’ll remember today? Probably not, but what the hell. 😉

    • Some Boeing friends of mine were TDY in Wichita a few years ago. They couldn’t wait to get back to ALABAMA. That’ll tell you just how bad Kansas is.

    • Sorry Andy, damning him by faint praise does not make him appear sane. Rand Paul is a few light years short of insane. 😀

    • Ooh. Follow-up Cruzanity!

      Ted Cruz Breaks Reagan’s 11th Commandment, At Iowa’s Ronald Reagan Dinner

      Just ask Terry Branstad. Iowa’s longest-serving governor issued a pointed reminder to attendees of the party’s annual Ronald Reagan dinner Friday night to get back to heeding the 40th president’s much revered commandment designed to foster unity and comity: Speak no ill of other Republicans.

      Minutes later, Ted Cruz — the gala’s guest of honor who is capping his ninth month as a senator — shamelessly did just that. And with vigor.

  5. Woman Carries Wounded Pit Bull Down Mountain

    Davis had walked about a half mile uphill last Friday, October 18, along a deserted trail in Phoenix when she found the black and white dog, suffering from bullet wounds, said Arizona Humane Society spokeswoman Bretta Nelson in an e-mail.

    She hesitated for a moment before approaching the pit bull, Nelson said. But when he lifted his head as she reached for her water bottle, Davis put her apprehension aside, gave him a drink and then lifted the 47-pound dog into her arms, Nelson said. Then, she began walking.

    • Dang, some people can be so cruel – leaving a dog to die a slow, agonizing death…
      Hurray for other people who give us a
      Happy ending!

  6. Well I reckon everyone has gone to bed. I had a long cold morning at market, a wallow through the sordid details of son’s ex’s last year in preparation for a custody case, and then sat down and read this shit on my facebook page. It’s just common RWNJ bullshit, but the best part is the comments. RWNJs ripping each other for not being pure enough RWNJs. I thought someone might find it entertaining in a weird sort of way. It is possible I only find it amusing because I spent several hours wallowing in the above mentioned sordid details and everything else seems more amusing.

        • Well OIMF I’m weird because I found the comments very entertaining, then found them to be disgusting, then strangely sad. I can accept that there are people who don’t agree with my values, political or personal, but those people commenting are beyond my ability to comprehend their inability to even come close to recognizing basic reality. They are lost, and nobody will ever find them.

  7. via TheMudflats:

    First, we head to Brazil, where a testicular cancer awareness group would like you to say hello to “Mr. Balls,” or as he’s known to the locals, “Senhor Testiculo.” The bug-eyed, buck-toothed, human-sized scrotum can be worn by an actual person, who can mingle with other actual people and then never, ever put it on his/her resume.
    Don’t you just want to pinch his rosy little cheeks, and muss his shock of dark curly hair?
    No, you do not.
    And neither, it appears, does the small confused child in the photo. Or anyone else.

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