by Carl, 11/21/2012, 8:03 AM

- Happy Thanksgiving.

- Nobody drive on 520.

- Bob Schieffer, Dana Milbank, and needless to say MoDo are trying to sell the pseudo-scandal. I rest my case.

- Good logic from Glenn Reynolds.

- Alan West really doesn’t want to give up being in Congress.

- Trail maps on a bike rack is a great idea.

- Please! Not in the voting booth!

24 Responses to “Open Thread 11/21”

1. Michael spews:

- Trail maps on a bike rack is a great idea.

I like it. Some of the comments are hilarious. Apparently it’s difficult to lock a bike to a bike rack and the you can’t see though the middle of a bicycle frame. I did not know these things.

2. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Allen West ‘conceded‘, Carl.

And he continued to be a nasty, crazy-ass prick when he did.

Puddl hero down.

3. Gman spews:

Free Stuff – YEAAHHHHHHH!

4. rhp6033 spews:

It looks like the Republicans have settled on who’s at fault for the party’s losses in November. According to the Republicans, t’s not the fault of Romney, the one-percenters, or his economic/social elites. Nor is it the fault of the pro-military, strong-defense side of the Republican Party. Nor is it, they say, the evangelical/social conservative wing of the party.

No, according to the Republicans, and especially the Tea Party folks, the problem was “changing democraphics”, which is the approved term for media consumption. In private conversations, that means “who really knew how many Mexicans could vote?”

The take-away of course, is that the evangelican/social conservative wing, and it’s Tea Party allieance, are insisting that it’s not their fault. They deserve a “seat at the table”, and a hand in guiding the party’s future.

“>Social Conservatives demand a seat a the table

5. Gman spews:

@4 – let them stay with their heads buried in the sand, they’ll never win another election.

6. Roger Rabbit spews:

“A former inspector says the quality of the first pontoons built in Aberdeen was so shoddy that it’s a ‘disaster waiting to happen.’ At the same time, a scathing internal audit shows the state failed to hold contractor Kiewit accountable.”

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/WSDOT-audit-reveals-failure-and-pattern-of-noncompliance-on-520-project-179856901.html#ixzz2CtAi8Kxf

Roger Rabbit Commentary: After Kiewit walked away from the half-completed Kingdome, why would any government around here hire Kiewit for any construction job ever again?

7. Roger Rabbit spews:

Looks like Allen West is banking on Florida’s GOP governor and SoS to game the election system in order to “solve” the “problem” that voters in his district elected someone else.

8. rhp6033 spews:

The Republicans, in general, haven’t stacked anything on a West recount victory. I think they’s already resigned it to their internet minions as an opportunity to stir up outrage and an excuse for November’s defeats. I see lots of Facebook posts claiming the totals don’t add up and more people were counted than registered, etc.

Just more attempt to keep their mob stirred up.

9. ArtFart spews:

@6 Actually, Kiewit stepped in and finished the Kingdome after the Donald Drake Co. was fired in a bitter dispute with NBBJ, the architecture firm that designed it. (Drake claimed the design was impossible to build.)

That said, it might be noted that Kingdome’s infamous “falling ceiling” incident was largely due to water seepage through the cast-concrete roof segments when someone decided to pressure-wash the roof.

10. N in Seattle spews:

Instapundit still exists? It’s been years and years since I heard that name.

Good to see that Glenn is still as strong a thinker as ever. If all lawyers who graduate from the University of Tennessee are inspired by him, I’d suggest staying away from any Vol attorney.

11. Steve spews:

“Kiewit stepped in and finished the Kingdome”

I worked with Kiewit on the WSCTC expansion project and wasn’t impressed.

12. YLB gloats "Paul Ryan is Shocked.. Shocked.." spews:

This impeachment fantasy of the right wing dopes is just hilarious.

“fleeced”, “exploited” and “lied to” by the right wing bullshit complex..

13. herzog spews:

Mad Dog McCain today admits on his website that he was wrong about Susan Rice. Another right wing fantasy bites the dust

14. rhp6033 spews:

# 13: Well, I’ll give him credit for admitting he was wrong. Although he was a far cry from presidential material, at least that sets him apart from other Republicans.

Expect the other Republicans to say things like “we will never know the whole truth…”, etc.

15. ArtFart spews:

@9, @11 Of course, since the Kingdome was blown up long before the end of its originally intended service lifetime (not to mention that we’re still paying off the bonds on the damn thing), we’ll never know how well it would have held up overall.

16. YLB gloats "Paul Ryan is Shocked.. Shocked.." spews:

Mad Dog McCain today admits on his website that he was wrong about Susan Rice.

LOL! Puddymoron will claim he was a “dupe” of the “slobbering” emmessemm…

It just keeps getting better and better…

17. Ekim spews:

@16

Mad Dog blamed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for his faux pas.

“I am somewhat surprised and frustrated to read reports that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was responsible for removing references to Al-Qaeda from the unclassified talking points about the Benghazi attack that Ambassador Susan Rice and other officials used in the early days after September 11, 2012.”

In other words, it is not his fault he was doing his best to destroy Susan Rice’s reputation. Oh my, he was using censored information to attack Rice over reporting (wait for it) censored information.

But there is a difference. Rice qualified her statements by saying she was giving a preliminary report that was subject to change as new information was released. Mad Dog just frothed at the mouth demanding a pound of flesh from Rice.

Mad Dog and ButtPutty sound alot alike, other than grammar. They could be one and the same person. Does not speak well for either one of them.

18. YLB gloats "Paul Ryan is Shocked.. Shocked.." spews:

17 – Puddystupid’s been dancing for over a month over this attack.. Dance, dance, dance goes puddysilly on the orders of the inspid Faux Snooze..

Which he calls “real news”… Pfffft.. It’s all a load of right wing crap!

Only an idiot would swallow that bullshit.

19. ArtFart spews:

@18 I, for one, really don’t want to know what Puddy swallows.

20. Serial Conservative spews:

Happy Thanksgiving from Wall Street Journal.

These two items appear annually on this day, and have for more than 50 years.

The Desolate Wilderness

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324352004578130663811470222.html?mod=hp_opinion

21. Serial Conservative spews:

@ 21

Second item from WSJ. One of the final paragraphs could have been written by Elizabeth Warren:

And the Fair Land

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324352004578130672017120276.html?mod=hp_opinion

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

22. Serial Conservative spews:

And then, of course, there’s

Happy Thanksgiving from

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http://www.kewego.com/video/iLyROoafYtDe.html

23. MikeBoyScout spews:

U.S. Deficit Shrinking At Fastest Pace Since WWII, Before Fiscal Cliff

Believe it or not, the federal deficit has fallen faster over the past three years than it has in any such stretch since demobilization from World War II.

In fact, outside of that post-WWII era, the only time the deficit has fallen faster was when the economy relapsed in 1937, turning the Great Depression into a decade-long affair.

In other words, all the bullshit from Slick Willard & Paul Lyin Ryan and the Republican noise machine about GREECE! and out of control federal spending is now understood to be what it always was, a crock-o-shit.

24. Serial conservative spews:

@ 23

U.S. Deficit Shrinking At Fastest Pace Since WWII, Before Fiscal Cliff

Er, no. It’s not.

Recall the TARP bailouts in fiscal 2009. That boosted the deficit that year by about $200M.

TARP and the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also make the deficit improvement look better, boosting the fiscal ’09 deficit by about $200 billion more than in fiscal ’12 .

Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/blogs-capital-hill/112012-634082-federal-deficit-falling-fastest-since-world-war-ii.htm#ixzz2CzmPgiEU

Following that outlay and artificially HIGHER fiscal 2009 deficit, the money was paid back in subsequent years, which artificially DECREASED the deficit in those years.

Here, the CBO tells you that the government benefitted from the sale of AIG stock, and that a calendar effect also made 2012 look significantly better than 2011.

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/43698-Nov-MBR.pdf

Look at the outlays for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Each year is between $3.45 and 3.6 trillion.

It’s sleight-of-hand, MBS. Don’t be fooled into thinking we’re not spending money at an unsustainable pace.