The Watering Hole; Friday July 11 2014; Headlines

Ran across a pair of headlines yesterday that caught my eye

UN Protection Officer: ‘This Is Not A Migration Story. This Is A Humanitarian Crisis.’

Monsanto’s Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

My first thoughts were simple. I do sincerely hope that the UN takes appropriate ACTION on behalf of the refugee children, and that the imbecilic maladroit hatemongers in this country find themselves globally censured (at least!) for their despicable actions and non-actions — punishments including, of course, the imprisonment of our disgusting Congressional putrefaction aka its Wingnut contingent, followed immediately by YES! FAIL, MONSANTO! COLLAPSE IN AN INGLORIOUS HEAP OF YOUR OWN PUTRIDITY, AND STAY THERE!

Ok, I feel a little better now. I only wish I could find the proper words . . . epithetical verbiages that might come closer to adequately defining the sleazoid undercurrents in this country that are well along in the process of destroying . . . of destroying everything? Everyone? — simply to sate their own greediness, their own irrational hatreds and fears.

Seeking those “proper (epithetical) words.” Recommendations appreciated.


44 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday July 11 2014; Headlines

    • Haskins says he knows his criminal record works against him, but he’s undeterred.

      Update: Saginaw Republican Party isn’t for or against felon seeking state House seat on GOP ticket

      that’s a typical RepugnantParty non-response.

  1. Monsanto’s Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

    The short answer to that is no.

    Nature abhors a vacuum and Monsanto would simply declare bankruptcy of some form or another and emerge again under a new name.
    Much like the Exxon Valdez, they would find a fall guy and continue with business as usual.

  2. Analysis: Over Half of All Statements Made on Fox News Are False

    A new analysis by PunditFact found that of every statement made by a Fox News host or guest, over half of them were flat-out false. What’s more, only a measly 8% could be considered completely “true.”

    In other words, a fancy review of hundreds of hours of video confirmed what many who watch Fox News with any regularity already know: Fox News lies. A lot. Like all the time.

    • “”When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.”

      – George Carlin

      Back in the front row after two weeks out of the country, where everyone is just less uptight.

  3. World Cup comes to an end this week….. here’s one statistic that sums it up really…. the corruption, the corporatism, the cronyism, the colosseums built for billions by clearing poor people’s houses for sporting events they will never be able to attend….

    A FIFA WC Football Cost Twice A Much As A Pakistani Worker Making It Makes A Month? Report from Morgane Thimel:— changeFIFA (@changeFIFA) July 11, 2014

  4. Paul Ryan, we hardly knew ye…

    “The reformicons’ retreat from Ryan-style apocalypticism is not only a shrewd tonal shift, but also a welcome — albeit unacknowledged — recognition that the party’s doomsaying has not come to pass, and that the American way of life will indeed survive Obama’s reforms. Indeed, the success of Obama’s domestic agenda may create more space for a conservative counteroffensive, in the way that Reaganism opened political room for Bill Clinton. Whether or not the reformicons ever compose a workable domestic agenda, they have come to recognize that they cannot run a presidential campaign promising to rescue America from fire and rubble visible only to themselves.”

    Ed Kilgore (Washington Monthly) adds:

    “[F]or the moment, it’s refreshing to see that Ryan looks more and more like a standard GOP business hack with an unhealthy addiction to Ayn Rand novels, and less and less like the Brains of the GOP.”


    Oh that’s ok then, everyone can go back to sleep…. S&P raised their outlook. The economy is still shrinking drastically (in real terms and in personal terms – my friend has been out of work coming up on a year now 😦 ).

    Meanwhile the fighting continues, ‘pro-Russian’ NO *Russian* rebels and mercenaries…. are still importing Russian heavy weapons, tanks and anti-aircraft and ground rockets across the border with impunity….

    And the west… does…. nothing continues plans to sell Putin his advanced helicopter carriers….

    But its OK, the IMF thinks it will get its money back from Ukraine…. everything is fine.

  6. I’m no LeBron fan but the insufferable Miami Heat dickwads can go back to their irrelevance and melanomas on South Beach.

    • Gotta wonder if that was the one that infected the Virgin Mary, and if so, what was it like for her? OTOH, compress a cloud to its total substance and I can believe she might have missed the event.

  7. Kevin Drum picks apart Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama:

    “Boehner is suing over a provision of the law that’s been delayed until 2016. But a lawsuit like this takes a while.

    It’ll take a while to file the documents, and then a while longer to get on the calendar of a district court. Then another while for a hearing and a ruling, and then yet another while for an appeal. Then yet another while if the White House asks for an en banc review. And then finally yet another while as it goes up to the Supreme Court.

    How long altogether? I’d guess a minimum of a year and a half, and probably more like two years. So the best case for conservatives is that the Supreme Court takes it up in late 2015. By the time they’re ready to rule, it’s moot because the mandate has taken effect and Obama is out of office.

    Boehner is smart enough to know all this perfectly well. In other words, he knows that this is purely a symbolic gesture. Not only does Obama not really care much about it, but it’s vanishingly unlikely that the Supreme Court will ever hear the case. That makes it an almost perfect piece of theater. Neither side cares much, and it will never be decided. Boehner gets to say he’s doing something, Obama gets some mileage out of mocking him, and that’s it. The real-world impact is literally zero.”

    SO Republican.

    • If only one of those 50-plus ACA-repeal votes that Boner gavel’d in the House had succeeded . . . wonder what his lawsuit would have been about then?

      Is there a line in the sand that separates stupid political behavior from seditious political behavior?

  8. well….a great vacation, and now back to the grind. i certainly missed all the fun reading everyone’s posts!

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