The Watering Hole, Wednesday, July 16, 2014: Knock Knock

Who’s there?

Open.

Open Who?

Open Thread.

(sorry, time and circumstances preclude political pontification presently)

49 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, July 16, 2014: Knock Knock

  1. Compassion is definitely lacking…

    Typical Repugnant:

    Arizona politician mistakes ‘Y’ campers for migrant children

    12 News reporter Will Pitts, who is at the protest scene, says he saw the children laughing and taking pictures of the media.

    I had to break it to Kwasman that those weren’t migrant children. Kwasman later deleted the tweet. He did back flips trying to take back the story he told me.

  2. 100,000 Palestinians told by Israel to move out.
    Our government must stop shoveling money to Israel to murder and displace rightful citizens in the Gaza Strip.
    The U.S. says Israel has a right to protect itself…
    well Kerry – so do the Palestinian…

  3. The 80’s gave us A Flock of Seagulls.
    I present to you, for 2014, A Flock of Hummingbirds.
    Yeah!

    • Now that is a ‘charm’!
      I’ve never seen so many, co-operatively feeding, hummingbirds in one spot!

  4. GOP Moderates Revolt in Kansas

    Moderate Republicans have been kicked around by the tea party for years in Congress and the states.

    Here in Kansas, they’re fighting back.

    A moderate GOP uprising is in full swing against Gov. Sam Brownback, the fierce fiscal and social conservative whose policies led to a purge of middle-of-the-road Republicans from the Legislature early in his tenure.

    In a rare and surprising act of political defiance on Tuesday, more than 100 Republicans, including current and former officeholders, endorsed Brownback’s opponent, statehouse Democratic leader Paul Davis. Polls show the challenger with a surprisingly strong shot at taking out Brownback in November.

  5. 2 Ex-Utah Attorneys General Charged With Bribery

    Two former Utah attorneys general were arrested on an array of bribery charges Tuesday stemming from cozy relationships with several businessmen, a stunning fall for a pair of politicians who built immense political clout in their years at the highest level of state law enforcement.

    John Swallow, 51, and Mark Shurtleff, 56, were arrested at their homes Tuesday morning, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said at a news conference at the FBI office in Salt Lake City in which he detailed payoffs involving gold coins, swanky resorts and other luxury gifts.

  6. Reverend Dr. William Barber’s speech at the American Federation of Teachers convention over the weekend. If you think 40 minutes is too long, start about the ten minute mark and listen until you think you’ve heard enough. (You’ll probably go back and start at the beginning.) Nicole Sandler played part of this yesterday on her show, and it was the first time I had heard Rev. Barber in more than a brief sound bite. He’s intense, to say the least!

  7. House Extends Highway Trust Fund By $10.9B

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a $10.9 billion extension of U.S. transportation funding through May 2015, a measure aimed at averting cutbacks in August in federal money for road, bridge and transit projects.

    The measure, paid for largely through revenue generated by pension accounting changes and higher customs user fees, passed on a 367-55 bipartisan vote, despite opposition from outside conservative groups.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that “as soon as I can get to it,” the Senate would begin considering a similar, $10.8 billion measure with some alternate funding provisions in the coming days.

    So, will they manage to agree on the pay-for, after all this hoop-la?

    • Let’s get on it Harry before any more bridges wash out… El Nino is coming again and I don’t mean Jesus…

    • Still over two years away, it’s to early for anyone to “let us know” if they’re running for Prez.
      I confess my vote has degenerated to simply choosing the lesser of the evils, and I can do that in the remaining second before casting my vote.

  8. The report about the Governor of Missouri vetoing a bill to arm teachers prompted an “I agree with that, guns don’t in teachers’ hands,” from my sister. Her reason however was not quite what I was expecting:

    “I know that if teachers had had guns when I was in school one of them would have shot me, I was that much of a problem,” she continued, “and that was before the problem with ADD in kids, I feel sorry for them if they let teachers carry.”

    • Ask her this: Had you known the teacher was packing heat, would you have made as much trouble?🙂

      • house, you don’t want to mess with this baby of the brood of seven that we were. She would have pushed any teacher to the limit is her answer!😯

      • Yep.
        My friend is having one made of his kid
        Me?
        I’d go for Godzilla.
        I can just imagine all of the NASCAR fans having Dale Earnhardt toasters.

    • I foresee an end to the times where someone can claim Jesus appeared on my toast!

  9. Texas lawmakers responsible for redistricting the state’s legislative boundaries discriminated against Hispanic voters and tried to protect Republican incumbents, the U.S. Justice Department argued in a federal court in San Antonio on Monday.

    “The state of Texas, as it has in redistricting cycles since 1970, adopted maps that discriminated against its citizens,” said Bryan Sells, a Justice Department attorney during opening statements, according to the Associated Press. Patrick Sweeten, an assistant Texas attorney general responded during his opening statements, saying, “No one in the Texas Legislature discriminated on the basis of race.”

    If Texas is found to have purposely excluded minorities in redistricting, it could have to seek approval from the U.S. attorney general or federal judges before it makes any changes to election or voting laws. Until a June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Texas was one of 16 states that were required to seek “pre-approval” of their redistricting plans under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. After the court’s ruling, the Justice Department said it would continue to examine redistricting plans and challenge those that it sees as violating the provisions of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/07/15/texas-legislative-districts-accused-of-discriminating-against-hispanics-and-protecting-republicans/

    • Of course they discriminated. They’re Repugnicants. That is what they do. They do, sometimes allow a token ni**er onto their golf course, but only as a caddy.

  10. Just got a call from a pollster for a Republican running for governor. She made the mistake of never asking me if I was a Republican.

    Are you going to vote in the primary for governor this year? “Yes” [She did not say Republican primary, just primary.]

    Of the following (names) which one are you most likely to vote for in the primary. “None of the above.” [I had never heard of any of them]

    Are you aware that (Scott somebody) is endorsed by (some foundation) and (job creator buzzwords here). Are you more or less likely to vote for him knowing this. “Less”

    Did you know that MNSURE [The Minnesota Exchange] is bankrupting the state (and more bogus talking points). Did you know that (Scott somebody) wants to fix that by rolling back MNSURE and (more bogus talking points)? Are you less to vote for (Scott somebody) knowing this? “Less”
    🙂

      • And as it got into it (there were more questions), it was clearly a push-poll to get the name of Scott Somebody out there.

        • Be sure to vote for Senor Somebody..Oh, wait, that’s probably not his name.
          Never Mind.

    • I got one of these that tried really hard to get me to say I hated Obamacare. “If it were predicted that your premium may rise by 100%, does that make you support repeal?” “No, I consider it a fair price to pay if it means everyone will have access to healthcare.”🙂
      By the end of the poll, the young lady hired to conduct the poll admitted she agreed with me.

  11. BREAKING…
    Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional

    Texas shakes its head.

    • I think the solution in Texas would be to execute the judge for ruling capital punishment unconstitutional. I’ve always been nervous about the phrase “Texas Justice,” because it clearly means a kind of Justice not seen elsewhere, where they follow the Constitution.

    • More Breaking Gnus:

      Colorado to approve Death by Cannibis death penalty.

    • Had the US been in the final and President Obama said that: “IMPEACH!”
      But, that wouldn’t be any different than any other day.

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