The Watering Hole, Saturday, June 11th, 2016: Front Pages

While “news”papers in New York run the gamut of “journalism” from the gutter (New York Post) to the “elite” (New York Times), we’ve always had The New York Daily News somewhere in between. As a lifelong New Yorker, I grew up with the Daily News and the NYT in my house, as my dad would read both: the DN mainly for the sports, and the NYT for ‘real’ news. Back then, the Daily News didn’t usually use the kinds of front covers that the New York Post has been famous for, but the times they are a-changing, and “New York’s Hometown Paper” has lately been going all out on the 2016 Presidential election.

Last night I was reading a very interesting Daily News political opinion piece, written by conservative Tom Nichols, regarding Hillary Clinton’s recent “foreign policy” speech in which she focused on how dangerous Donald Trump’s so-called “foreign policy” could be. At one point in the article, a shot of one of the pertinent Daily News covers was included, which led to the Daily News 2016 campaign covers photo gallery that I’m offering for your entertainment today.

Some of them are priceless, including several referencing Ted Cruz’s idiotic “New York values” line, such as “Take the F-U Train, Ted!”, which includes a small inset that starts with “WE GOT your NY values right here, Ted!”, so very typical of New Yorkers.
Some are just plain groaners, such as the recent “Weak End at Bernie’s”, or (regarding Bernie Sanders’ ‘meeting’ with the Pope) “He Said, See Said”.

But the best ones are about NY’s own (to our eternal shame) Donald Trump. The Daily News and New Yorkers have known The Donald for a very long time, and, as the saying goes, “familiarity breeds contempt.” I won’t spoil it for you. Just enjoy the covers (and skip through the obnoxiously ubiquitous ads, sorry about those.)

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

The Watering Hole, Monday, April 11, 2016: I’d Vote For This One

This ad has no demonizing, no demon sheep, no end-of-days predictions if the other candidate wins, and it’s not set to “Il Fortuna.” What’s not to like? One thing’s for sure, I’d vote for the “Generic” candidate over Trump or Cruz any day!

 

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This is our daily Open Thread–go ahead, open up a discussion.

The Watering Hole, Monday, September 7th, 2015: Buzzwords

I ran across the following comment by “Lando Thig” on a recent ThinkProgress thread about Donald Trump. I thought it was a wonderful snarky compilation of Republican/conservative/TeaParty/racist talking points, lies, and general idiocy.

Lando Thig

I am a Black Republican because:

There is Legitimate Rape, California is a state sponsor of terror, Corporations are People, Ban gay marriage, Obama brought Ebola to kill whites, Jews control the liberal media, Evolution is a myth, End birth right citizenship, Obama will run for a 3rd term, The earth is only 6,000 years old, People are only poor because they are lazy, Illegals will self-deport, Hitler was a good man, School teachers need guns, Global Warming is a myth, Abstinence Only Education works, Blacks are the real racists, Harry Potter teaches Satanism, Al Qaeda has camps on Mexican border, Lower the minimum wage, Voter ID laws allow double voting, I can see Russia from my back porch, Benghazi was Hillary’s crime, Liberals declared war against Christianity, I listen to Rush Limbaugh, Reagan is God, Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, Homosexuality can be cured, Repeal and Replace ObamaCare, Mission Accomplished, Oops!, Birth Control coverage hurt religious freedom, Tax cuts pay for themselves, I’m against Affirmative Action, Welfare equals Communism, We love the NRA, Deport blacks back to Africa, I only watch Fox News, Obummer is a Muslim, Pro-Choice is Pro-Death, NSA spying started under NoBummer, No Pathway to Citizenship, God told me to run for president, US Army plans to invade Texas, Tea Party are patriots, Open Carry by Gun by God, Obama created ISIS, Food Stamps is Fascism, Michelle Obama is a man, ObamaCare will create Death Panels, We need prayer in school, Dems hate the military, Jesus is a Republican, Obummer wants to give Texas to Mexico, Eliminate the EPA, I demand more military spending, NObama was born in Kenya, Democrats are socialists, Obama didn’t kill Osama Bin Laden, We must privatize Public Education, Putin’s a better president than Obama, Stop pensions now, More tax subsidies for the job creators, 47% of Americans are takers, Money is free Speech, Saddam attacked us on 9/11, Reagan proved deficits don’t matter,  Ban citizenship for anchor-babies, Unions kill jobs, Bill Clinton caused 9/11, Companies cross-breed humans and animals, God will close the IRS, Shutdown the government, We need a flat tax, Government’s plotting to take your guns, The Confederate Flag is not racist, Build a border fence, Impeach Obama, Joe the Plummer’s one of us, Bailing out GM was wrong, I support Iraq’s invasion, Libturds hate Freedom, The South Shall Rise Again.

I’ll bet that we could add a few more lines/lies to that list!

This is our daily Open Thread–talk about anything you want.

The Watering Hole; Friday June 6 2014; Article II Illustration and Rewrite

Article II, the Second Amendment, reads as follows:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Thanks to the Great State of Texas we now know exactly and precisely what it was that James Madison had in mind when he penned those words way back in 1787. Illustrations follow:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State . . .

Article II a

. . . the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Article II b

I suspect that if Mr. Madison were around today, he would word the amendment a bit differently in order to capture more the essence of 21st century America. My guess is Madison’s rewrite would read (approximately, of course) as follows:

Well-regulated idiocy being necessary to the insecurity of normal people in every state, the right of Teh Stupid to keep and bear arms in restaurants and Home Depots everywhere shall not be infringed.

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

OPEN THREAD

The Watering Hole; Thursday March 27 2014; What’s in a Name?

With the news stories of the day being pretty much limited to the still unknown fate of MH370, to Hobby Lobby’s hoped-for love affair with SCOTUS, and of course to the remnants of the Chris Christie/GWBridgegate horse puckey, I thought maybe it was time for a break.

And up it popped: the Washington Redskins, and all the emergent fuss over the team’s insulting nickname. Now, as everyone who knows me is well aware, I have zero interest in professional sports no matter the genre. Be it football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey — name it — I don’t waste even a moment per decade on any of it. But, then once in awhile an aside of sorts pops up and . . . well, what the hell.

Here’s a brief summation courtesy of the Washington Post, where it’s noted that

In the past year [team owner Daniel] Snyder has faced stiff criticism over the team’s name, which some Native American tribes have called offensive. Several state and local officials have also spoken out against the name. Last season, the Redskins drew protests at many of their road games, with crowds of several hundred turning out to their matchups in Denver and Minnesota. Groups also have lobbied NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to take action.

Word on the street has it that Snyder’s ego won’t allow him to engage the potential humiliation implicit in knuckling under to popular opinion, to acknowledge the name “Redskins” is, more than anything else, a racial epithet that insults Native American Tribal entities all across the country. The owner of a professional football franchise valued at some $1.7 billion is, at least in Snyder’s own mind, far too important to pay attention to anything that non-billionaires might think. As the Washington Post puts it,

Snyder, who has owned the Redskins since 1999, maintains the team’s nickname represents the heritage of the 81-year-old franchise and is meant to honor Native Americans.

Right. I mean really, how better to honor Native Americans everywhere than via the well-worn epithet “Redskins”?

Well, anyway, I decided I would offer my services — at no charge, of course — by suggesting an appropriate alternative moniker for that 81-year-old Washington heritage, a nickname far more worthy of a $1.7 billion franchise than “Redskins.” Still, in keeping with the apparent thesis that a racist epithet is, to many, a somehow cool and honorable means of demeaning those of inferior blood, I’ve concluded that maybe both expanding that concept AND at the same time toning it down a bit might be something Snyder could live with, maybe even like?

OK. So. Rather than sticking with REDskins and insulting ONLY Native Americans, why not dig in and nail each and every skin color (other that white, of course) to that old familiar KKKross? Go for the Gold! as someone said once. Somewhere. I forget where. Anyway, there are, scattered across this land and around the globe, folks with RED skins, with BLACK skins, with YELLOW skins, and with BROWN skins. And true enough, it would only raise further ire amongst the masses if Snyder changed the name to accommodate any one of the others beyond RED. I mean think of it for a second: the Washington Blackskins? Yellowskins? Brownskins? Nah, no way. Gotta do better than any of THAT nonsense. So, it struck me all of a sudden. Why not combine those four possibilities into one, into one word that pays heed to each and all of our minority (so far at least) skin colors even as it celebrates the passions of bigots and billionaires everywhere? How about the WASHINGTON FOURSKINS!!

YEAH! And Yee Haw!

OPEN THREAD

The Watering Hole; Thursday October 31, 2013; Things I Never Knew

Today’s Halloween. OK, enough of THAT particular silliness; I mean, really, there’s far more nonsensical silliness waiting out there, thumbing a ride as it were. Yah, well, what the hell. OK. Noblesse oblige. I mean it is Halloween, after all . . .

So OK, yep, I did learn some really neat new stuff over the last day or two. Nothing big mind you, but then stupid seldom is ‘big’ — or so I’ve been told. Anyway, for all those who hunger for whatever it is that lies just beyond that ever-persistent Wingnut horizon, here it is: NEW STUFF! 

.• A Sangerite is a person or group gripped in the Culture of Death. A Sangerite places little or no value on human life, whether for relief from responsibility; vengeance; labor, racial, or ethnic domination; experimentation; or environmental purity. Killing, thinking one is doing one’s God a service, is also death worship.

• A Sorosian is an individual or group enticed and funded by a convicted felon (in France in 2002), international currency manipulator and hedge fund manager George Soros, whose goal through his Open Society Institute is creating a one-world government after destroying the American economy.

The original Sangerite — Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood — and the world’s first Sorosian — George Soros, Felon-Atheist-Jew-Commie-Fascist-Nazi-Socialist-Billionaire — they’re after me. Not sure why, but yep, I can sorta smell ’em, off there in the dark where they’re lurking, waiting to POUNCE!! I mean, hey, “ENVIRONMENTAL PURITY”?? “OPEN SOCIETY”?? “Oh, Ick!!” (also sprach Radar O’Reilly)

Yah, OK, yep, I know. Onward.

So: in other news, on Halloween here along the Front Range the sun is due to rise at 7:22 AM, to set at 6:02 PM; Shadow the cat will wake me at 5:00 AM. Then, on Sunday next, everything changes. I’m not sure how to help Shadow reset her bioclock when DST (a Sangerite/Sorosian plot???) goes bye-bye for a few months, but surely there’s a way. Right? I mean, I don’t mind getting up at five, but at four? Nah. Not THIS time of year. Summer maybe, but . . .

Bloody Sangerites! Sorosians!

So. Just who is in charge of this clock change BS? Anyone know? I suggest we find out who it is, then drop the bugger(s) a note and explain how easy it would be to fix the problem once and for all and for good, and by so doing to keep the Shadow off my back (sotospeak) for the foreseeable future! YAY!! I do hereby cast my vote for Daylight LOSING time!! YES and YAY!! Earlier sunrise, earlier sunset, twelve months per year. I mean hey, ‘Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.’ Right?

Margaret?? George?? Hello?

OPEN THREAD; Sangerites and Sorosians, YEEHAW! Etc.

The Watering Hole, Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Now What?

Now what?!? Some headlines & news stories that ended up on the cutting room floor:

Syria wants to give up its chemical weapons, but Halliburton has a strict “No Returns” policy.

Putin will ease up on Russia’s anti-gay policy during the Olympics, if all male athletes agree to forego wearing shirts.

The Napa California Hot Air Balloon Contest sported a hot air balloon that looked like Rush Limbaugh. No one could tell the difference.

Now that Gay marriages are legal, Gay divorces are on the upswing.

With recreational marijuana now legal in some states, pot sales hit new highs.

Koch-BlockBusters deal falls through.

Netpics picks hit flix.

Ted Cruz picks up endorsement from Sarah Palin, goes down in polls.

Congress shut down for two weeks last summer. No one noticed the difference.

Republicans want to shut down the government if they don’t get their way. Oh, wait. That’s not news.

OPINE THREAD TIME.

The Watering Hole; Thursday August 22 2013; Brevity

It’s been a long day. Brevity appeals. Ergo, an old shred of poetry penned a decade or so ago, but a shred which still sort of (graphically) sums up a lot of today’s ever downward-pointing darts and arrows; a shred dedicated this day to today’s ever effervescent Tea Party’s obviously excrescent evanescence.

There. I assume the NSA snoopers to be appropriately baffled to the point where it’s safe to add the following poetic tidbit, with subliminal implicit message forever dedicated to each and all who cannot comprehend the . . . ummm . . . embedded and subliminal but nevertheless implicit message. Stated another way and for Wingnuttistanians everywhere, In Hoc Signo! aka:

Divinity’s Dart

First came The Sin,
Original, it’s said;
Apple, snake, woman . . .
Knowledge.

Knowledge thus The Sin of Man
Became;
Now and forever more, Amen.
Knowledge IS The Sin,
The Dart of Divinity
Which points toward

Sin’s
Fiery
Hell!
It’s simple, yes it truly is;
A talking snake, an
Apple gnawed;
Then twitch of
Knowledge
savored:
Adam,
Naked,
Eve &
Eden.
Uh oh.
Mmm!

Conclusion:

Succoring hint of Knowledge, once obtained
Too oft bequeaths, to sin, an opened  door
Which, much to God’s divine disdain,
Makes Sin too simple to explore,
And even harder to explain!
Thus:
Whilst wise men rest
Whilst others seek,
New knowledge
Quests begin
Once more
Afresh
With:

“Psst! Hey Eve, buy you a drink??!”

Thus  route to Hell now paved in Wisdom’s  grand design,
And bulk of Mankind’s earthly works at last explained!

Open Thread — aka the evernascent (??) route to Hell!