by Carl, 12/10/2013, 7:43 AM

- Today in No. Just no.

- Oh look, the GOP are going to demand more frivolous lawsuits, but it’s OK because it’ll be against abortion providers (h/t).

- John Kitzhaber is running for reelection

- Viva! SeaTac

- If you’re up in Shoreline, they need volunteers for Holiday Baskets food and gift distribution

- Tongue Twisters

26 Responses to “Open Thread 12/10”

1. No Time for Fascists spews:

The Christmas story as told by Ann Rynd or any teabagger conservative:
“Sorry Joesph and Mary, I’m not going to even give you the stable for the night, it would destroy your incentive to better yourself. “

2. czechsaaz spews:

Preemptive strike…

There are estimates that the Cuban embargo costs the U.S. from $1.2B to $4B (so probably somewhere in the middle) in lost trade on top of the $30m we spend in hard cash broadcasting radio and TV Marti into Cuba which the Cubans learned how to block decades ago but any hint of cutting that channel leads to screams of “Commie Sympathizers” or “Friends of Fidel” from the usual suspects.

How about we just stop pretending that a postage stamp of an island in the Caribbean is an existential threat to the American way of life.

Want to make some inroads on the deficit? there’s $30m in hard currency and maybe $2b in economic activity annually right there.

This has to be the longest political con still going. A small rabid voting block in a swing state still thinks that the embargo will bring about a change of government in Cuba even after 40 years of proof that it ain’t happening.

3. No Time for Fascists spews:

Eric Cantor’s Office Calls Police To Threaten Immigrant Children

An officer can be heard saying:

I heard what you’re doing, I appreciate what you’re doing. The congressman can’t do anything right now, they can’t meet with you. So, please, set [an appointment up] through email. Please don’t sing again, guys.

We have to ask you to leave. If you don’t want to leave… if you want to stay in, you’re subject to arrest.

Caught On Film: Eric Cantor Shuns 9-Year-Old Girl

Cause you know, elected representatives need to be insulated via email from people effected by their votes.

And the GOP wonders why they have an “image” problem?

4. czechsaaz spews:

Did I miss anything while I was at Candlestick watching “LeastMode” held down and Richard Sherman have his man catch four passes and get called for holding twice AND fail to seal the edge and have to spend 50 yards chasing Frank Gore?

5. No Time for Fascists spews:

Issa takes his show on the road

Only Republican congressional members took part in the hearing, titled “ObamaCare Implementation, the Broken Promise: If You Like Your Current Plan You Can Keep It.” The only four witnesses invited to testify were residents who said they have been negatively affected by the new federal health-care program.

Audience members were not permitted to speak.

Republican bubble, they only want to hear stories that confirm the agenda they want to push.

6. Roger Rabbit spews:

@2, @4 — Yeah, you missed President Obama shaking hands with Cuban leader Raoul Castro at the Mandela event in S. Africa. Now wait for the conservatives to start howling because Obama touched a Cuban commie.

7. Roger Rabbit spews:

@2, @4 — Yeah, you missed President Obama shaking hands with Cuban leader Raoul Castro at the Mandela memorial event in S. Africa. Now wait for conservatives to start howling because Obama was nice to a commie while honoring a terrorist.

8. Roger Rabbit spews:

Goldy, if you’re going to keep using this dysfunctional web host service, can you at least reset the “edit” function to stay open longer, say 15 minutes? The fucking thing times out before I can do any editing. Five minutes isn’t even long enough for the edit window to open.

9. Roger Rabbit spews:

I’m having major difficulties posting this morning again. HA’s web host is a POS.

10. Roger Rabbit spews:

@3 Cantor is afraid of kids? I’m not surprised. He didn’t serve in the military, either, nor has he ever had a real job. The only place this guy feels comfortable is in the cloistered halls of Congress. If he’d been born a girl he’d be living in a nunnery.

11. Roger Rabbit spews:

An Armed Society Is A Lethal Society Dep’t

Another pointless death caused by the marriage of Stupidity + Guns.

Roger Rabbit Commentary: The NRA was best man at that wedding.

13. Ekim spews:

Oh my! The RETHUG world is going to end!

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.

“We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens.”

15. Haganah spews:

Viva machines that don’t demand unreasonable starting pay!

16. czechsaaz spews:

Took only a few hours for McCain to go full Godwin. Reacting to Obama Shaking Raul Castro’s hand, “Well Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler.”

To make this analogy work, Chamberlain would have been shaking hands with half-brother Alios Hitler, JR. some 40 years after the war ended.

17. don spews:


Apparently McCain has never heard of YouTube, here’s McCain shaking hands with Col. Khadhafi. As an extra bonus, note Lindsey Graham’s deferential head bow while shaking hands.

18. No Time for Fascists spews:

@13. Conservatives will now attack and dismiss Colin Powell as not a real conservative, he’s just a RINO.
Oh wait, there’s the thread

Reagan and the first Bush put Colin on the map. He is a poster boy for ingratitude.

“Dirtbag RINO/Turncoat Political General plugs socialized medicine to support his racist Muslim Marxist Boss”

Just Nasty, all of them.

19. Roger Rabbit spews:

@12 Not only are they having a fit over the handshake, they’re also having a conniption over Obama “bowing” to Castro.

A more plausible interpretation of this body movement is that Obama, a tall guy, had to bend down to shake with Castro, a runt.

20. Roger Rabbit spews:

Crime Blotter

Shannon Richardson, 36, a bit-part actress from Texas, has agreed to a plea deal requiring her to serve 18 years in federal prison for mailing ricin to the White House, which she tried to blame on her husband when caught.

Roger Rabbit Commentary: As a wife, she’s not much of a team player, is she?

21. Ekim spews:

@17, GOATBOY would be proud of them.

22. ArtFart spews:

@16 Better yet, check out an old photo or two (heck, maybe there’s a video) of the last POTUS swapping spit with the king of a nation whose interests we sent our forces to defend in the early 1990′s and whose citizens at the time referred to American soldiers as “our white slaves”.

23. ArtFart spews:

I’m starting to see vehicles with bumper stickers saying “Guns Save Lives”–I suspect the NRA has presses churning ‘em out night and day. So “people kill people”, but “guns save lives”? Then apparently we’d have a much better world if we simply got rid of all the people and replaced them with guns.

24. Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

Frivolous lawsuits? No problem – simply have a loser-pay tort system like the Brits.

25. Liberal Scientist is the "Most vile leftist on this blog!" spews:

A black American President today eulogized Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, in a South African sports stadium, filled with citizens, black and white, who enjoy the vote and full political rights regardless of their skin color.

Good God, I never thought this would happen 28 years ago, when I was a small part of a student movement that raised consciousness of the issue of apartheid – in my case taking over the administration building – and renaming it “Biko Hall” – at Tufts University and demanding divestment.

An African-American US President.

Nelson Mandela is an international hero, and former President of South Africa.


26. Liberal Scientist is the "Most vile leftist on this blog!" spews:

In Obama’s remarks today – I heard this on NPR and am trying to remember – he listed the challenges that remain – and said (I paraphrase) that the people under attack are so because of…

“…how they pray, what they look like, and who they love.”

An American President advocated unequivocally for the rights of sexual minorities, as well as religious minorities and ethnic minorities, on an international stage in the full glare of the international press. Obama may be an infuriating middle-of-the-road Conservadem addicted to Wall Street, but man, sometimes he really makes me proud.