The Watering Hole, Monday, October 12th, 2015: I’ve “Got A Case Of The Mondays”

"Office Space"

“Office Space”

Technically, it’s not quite Monday as I’m writing this, but I’ve already “got a case of the Mondays.” So to help brighten up the day, here’s a little gif of cute animals:

Awwwww...Squeeeee!

Awwwww…Squeeeee!

There, I feel a little better already.

This is our daily Open Thread–what’s on your minds?

43 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, October 12th, 2015: I’ve “Got A Case Of The Mondays”

  1. Ben Carson: Pledge of Allegiance and other ‘founding documents’ prove America is a Christian nation

    Carson told the gathering at the Free Chapel in Gainesville that, if elected president, he would place God at the center of American culture and politics.

    “The pledge of allegiance to our flag says we are one nation under God,” he said. “Many courtrooms in the land on the wall it says ‘In God We Trust.’ Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet says ‘In God We Trust.’”

    [. . .]

    “So if it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledges, in our courts and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that?” Carson said. “In medicine it’s called schizophrenia — and I, for one, am simply not willing to kick God to the curb.”

    I guess ignorance is more than just bliss! As the article duly notes,

    The U.S. Congress adopted “In God We Trust” as the official motto nearly 60 years ago, during the Cold War, to replace the original motto, “E pluribus unum,” which was adopted adopted in 1782.

    “In God We Trust” has been used on coins since 1864 and first appeared on paper currency in 1957.

    The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress in 1945, but “under God” was not added to the pledge until 1954.

    Jeebus. I mean really, Ben, are you THAT . . .

    Ah, hell with it. Yes, he truly is THAT ignorant. He is a Republican, after all.

      • What’s really weird to me is that I “learned” about the god additions to both the pledge and paper money well before I made it into 11th grade in 1958 (iirc).😉

    • Thank the stars there’s nothing more important going on in this country than for a presidential candidate to worry about one damn word – god!

      • I suppose one could say that that’s “nothing” to worry about (literally). If only those who so believe would do what their Jesus said and go into their closet to pray. That’s one part of Christianity I can go along with.

    • I’d like to get Bennie’s actual understanding of the principle of ‘separation of Church and State”.
      You know, the one Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton and the other founding fathers discussed in numerous letters like this one.
      “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.

      [Letter objecting to the use of government land for churches, 1803]”
      ― James Madison

  2. Tomorrow the final MH17 report comes out from the Dutch Safety Board. Following the Russian smear and propaganda attempts and culminating Russia’s veto at the UN for the setting up of a prosecuting tribunal, its pretty obvious what this is going to say….. Russian and Putinista trolls are like 9-11 Truthers, except a lot of them are paid, not all of them are useful idiots.

  3. And, in his latest episode of buffoonery, Ben Carson displays his lack of understanding of the term
    ‘hyperbole’
    Ben Carson: ‘It’s Not Hyperbole At All’ To Say Gun Control Will Cause Next Holocaust
    hy·per·bo·le /hīˈpərbəlē/
    noun: hyperbole; plural noun: hyperboles
    exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
    synonyms: exaggeration, overstatement, magnification, embroidery, embellishment, excess, overkill, rhetoric

    • Equating rational gun control with the Holocaust cause and effect pretty much defines ‘hyperbole.’ Benny got it backwards. Imagine that.

      Carson makes me really glad about one thing, though. When I had brain surgery back in 2001, I’m SO happy he wasn’t in the room!

    • Republicans don’t get it – they can only play Country music and Cat Scratch Fever – that’s it. And maybe the Horst Wessel Song

    • You see, only CK’s interests are special, he’s fighting against everybody else’s selfish interests like breathable air, drinkable water, livable climate.

      • The only reward implicit in that is for me to visualize the moment when Charles Koch kicks off because — no breathable air, no drinkable water, no livable climate. Unfortunately, he’ll end up just like the rest of us — ashes, star-stuff, etc. Makes me wish there really was a hell.

  4. What a relief! It’s 35 degrees colder right now than it was 24 hours ago so climate change is definitely a hoax and I can start burning gasoline, just to watch it burn, again.

  5. The BS is neck deep on the #mh17 tag tonight….. #Russia flinging as much poo as it can in the 12 hours before the DSB report is due.

    My guess as to points missed in the braindead media:
    1. That Russia put forward an easily discredited ‘Ukraine Su25 a-to-a attack’ with fake radar and a fake ATC guy and eye-witnesses who saw through 7/8 of cloud cover to 33,000 ft.
    2. ‘He said – she said’ – the braindead media will still call both sides and the words ‘pro-Russian’ will be used again and again when to fire a $50m SAM launcher takes the skills of the Russian regular army.
    3. The report will only name the weapon which did the deed, it may not say where it was fired from, but Occam’s razor is pretty obvious – the only side that has ever flown planes are the Ukrainians, so the Russians would be the ones shooting a-to-a missiles.
    4. The ‘Russian-backed militia’ the Russian media (Tass and Lifenews) all boasted and showed the MH17 downing on media, before they found out it was MH17 and not an AN26.
    5. The scum at the crash site posed for smiling selfies amongst the wreckage (I have those pictures) – some looted the belongings (one model in Donetsk showed off her Paris makeup she looted).

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