The Watering Hole: Wednesday, December 18, 2013: Breaking Gnus:

Republicans in House Vote to Delay Christmas For One Week.

House Republicans held a late-night vote to delay Christmas until January 1, 2014. Citing lagging retail sales, even with stores pushing Black Friday into Thanksgiving, House Republicans banded together to add another week to the Christmas Shopping Season.

Major retailers lauded the move, and the Stock Market looks to open higher on the news. Fox News is lining up segments announcing a major victory in the War on Christmas.

Sarah Palin issued a press release:

This just gets us closer to the traditional twelve days of Christmas, where the Blessed Virgin Mary spent those long days and even longer nights in labor pushing out our Lord and Savior from her virgin womb. So God Bless the Virgin Mary, and God Bless our proud patriots in Congress for standing up to the liberal agenda and giving us back the true meaning of Christmas which is to give gifts to our loved ones just like the Wise Men wanted us to do when they gave presents to our Lord Baby Jesus the night he was born.

Open Thread
Shop Until You Drop
or
Post Until You’re Toast

Whatever.

83 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: Wednesday, December 18, 2013: Breaking Gnus:

  1. Perhaps the GoOPers could extend the capitalism even longer to 7 January – that’s when Greek Orthodox celebrate Christmas (Gregorian calendar).

  2. I had to go look for a toy my daughter in law could not find in her town. I was surprised to find the stores still overflowing with pallets of toys and not picked over this close to Christmas.

  3. How America Created a Low-Wage Work Swamp

    McDonald’s workers alone receive $1.2 billion in public aid, the study found. This is an industry, by the way, that last year earned $7.44 billion in profits, paid their top execs $52.7 million and distributed $7.7 billion in dividends and stock buyback. Still, “public benefits receipt is the rule, rather than the exception, for this workforce,” the study concluded.

    Then there’s Wal-Mart, which as Salon’s Josh Eidelson recently reported, boasted to a Goldman Sachs conference that “over 475K” of its 1.3 million workers make more than $25,000 a year – which lets us infer that almost 60 percent make less.

    http://www.alternet.org/food/how-america-created-low-wage-work-swamp

  4. Oh, the drama. 17 cases, in a swing state no less. Whatever shall we do?

    Non-citizens caught voting in 2012 presidential election in key swing state | Fox News

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday that his office found 17 non-citizens illegally cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election — and has referred the case for possible prosecution. 

    The alleged crime would be a notable case of voter fraud in a key swing state. By law, only American citizens are allowed the privilege of casting ballots for the nation’s leaders. 

    • If it weren’t for all the other Republican efforts to suppress as many votes as possible, those 17 votes would have mattered even less. The only reason the election was close in Ohio is because Republicans maliciously and immorally did all they could to keep people who would have voted for Democrats from voting at all.

  5. “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.” — Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.

    I’m gonna make a wild guess and say he votes Republican.

    http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson?currentPage=1

  6. QOTD:

    “When God meets us he tells us two things. The first thing he says is: have hope. God always opens doors, he never closes them. He is the father who opens doors for us. The second thing he says is: don’t be afraid of tenderness. When Christians forget about hope and tenderness they become a cold Church, that loses its sense of direction and is held back by ideologies and worldly attitudes, whereas God’s simplicity tells you: go forward, I am a Father who caresses you” – Pope Francis, from his most recent interview.

    “Go forward.” Obviously wingnuts think he’s a shill for MSNBC and their ilk.

  7. “U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to the Future” is at the top of Amazon’s Children’s Coloring Books Best Seller list.

    I’m sure many sales were to people buying it as a joke, but even so, I wouldn’t put a penny in this guy’s hand, even to make a joke at his expense.

  8. The Czar of All the Russias buys Ukraine for $15bn and some natural gas….. not sure what will happen next, the pro EU protestors are continuing the protest, people are spending as much time as they can there – but without a way to force the government into an election (not due until 2015), I don’t know what will happen. My source tells me there are continuing reports of arrests taking place of activists.

    • Problem is, burning algae oil still poofs out CO2. Pollution is pollution, no matter who profits from it. Wind and Solar as primary, secondary, and tertiary (at least) are, so far, the only solution(s) to the human-orchestrated redux of the Permian Mass Extinction.

      That plus, of course, the bankrupting and destruction of each and every fossil fuel outfit on the planet. Don’t hold your breath.

      • That’s true but at least using algae or other biofuels consumes some CO2 right now instead of unlocking CO2 that was taken out of the environment over millions of years.

        • Problem is, though, if global warming is not somehow HALTED in its current track, the Arctic thaw and subsequent ocean warming will release methane in amounts that will, at the very least, nix any carbon fuel ‘improvement’, and accelerate global warming in the process.

          We have to cease and desist using carbon for energy. Now.

          • I agree that we have to act NOW but the problem is finding that first action that we can actually implement. We have reduced lead emissions from gasoline, we have reduced sulfur and particulate emissions per ton of coal we burn, and we need to do more things like that. We need success stories that will finally convince the deniers that moving to new fuels will make money for the world’s economy, just like every energy revolution in human history, to get the big money on our side. At this point the best we can accomplish out of the gate is to reduce the increase.

      • There isn’t enough wind in Eugene, Oregon to move a child’s pinwheel let alone a windmill and steady sunhine is only around for about 7 months out of 12. Colorado is prime real estate for wind turbines.

  9. Well, I finally found out that, because Idaho refused the Medicaid expansion, I am in that group of people left out in the cold for healthcare.

    Fuck this state.

        • “You can still choose, but are not required, to buy health coverage through the Health
          Insurance Marketplace, but unfortunately you do not qualify for help in paying for health coverage
          through the Marketplace.”

          My income is about ZERO, so I don’t understand why I can’t get a subsidy.

            • Idaho has a state exchange yourhealthidaho.org. Do you have to go though the state exchange to get the subsidies? Anyone here know?

            • Do you have to go though the state exchange to get the subsidies? Anyone here know?

              I only know California (we did accept the Feds help/assistance) – we have MediCal that fortunate for me covers medical.

              I’m feeing sad about Z’s situation – perhaps the damn Mor(m)ons running ID state government are willing to help those that aren’t of the Mor(m)on faith…
              (yes, I am a dreamer).
              Hope you are able to delve further, Zooey, and find affordable coverage.

    • Lots of folks in VA are in the same boat. If you’re not too far below the, I think, about 12K/yr income level, is there anyway you can raise, or appear to raise, your income? Is your income situation likely to improve in 2014?

      • For some at least, things in Colorado are no better. Someone near and dear to me was paying $335 per month for horseshit Aetna non-coverage. Aetna has cancelled that policy because it didn’t meet the “standards” of ACA (in other words, the insurer would be expected to pay for at least SOMETHING in a given year), so now, via ACA, the rate for horseshit coverage shot up to $475 per month. That’s for one whose income is just a few bucks short of the 4X Poverty, or whatever the hell it’s called.

        The Republicans blame it all on Obamacare; problem is, had it not been for those R-fuckers, there would be in place at LEAST a public option, or AT BEST the total destruction and bankruptcy of each and all insurance company ripoff bastards, with universal single payer taking their place once and for all and for good. Problem is, for THIEVES there ain’t no money in anything that might help out ordinary people, so Bah Humbug!

        • Vermont will be starting single payer I believe in 2017. It will be the first state with this health care plan. The Canadian single payer health care began in one province and then eventually became national. The same could happen here. It takes one state to get the ball rolling.

  10. I called the healthcare help line, and got a woman here in Idaho. She said that Idaho not only refused the Medicaid expansion, but they also lowered the number of people eligible for Medicaid (somehow), and a lot of people are hurting in this state.

    I don’t qualify for tax credits, because I have virtually no income, and you can’t get a tax credit on no income.

    Fed subsidies are available for individuals with income between $11,490 to $45,960, but I don’t meet that requirement either.

    I’m left in the no man’s land in-between, where I can’t get help paying the premium amount, which I cannot afford.

    The bright spot is that I won’t be charged a penalty for not having health insurance.

    Joy.

      • I like the part “Any other condition on board which may lead to the spread of disease?”, and the answer “TO BE DETERMINED.”

        Because, seriously, they really weren’t sure if the astronauts would bring back something that could mutate and kill us all.

    • Actually, this gifting was a nice thing to do. People need to reach out to each other more often. The problem with the teabaggers and many Republicans, they take their politics personally. It seems like they don’t have the ability to separate themselves from their political and/or religious views.

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