by Carl, 01/03/2014, 7:42 AM

Because we need another open thread.

- I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot

- What the fuck, Border Patrol?

- Run Goldy.

- Hey, schools and other public institutions. Handle rape allegations better.

- Many of the people advocating this theory are religious leaders — church people who criticize government for not “allowing” the churches room to care for the poor and the jobless through private charity. Here’s their chance to put their money where their mouth is. Here’s their chance to prove they’ve been speaking truth and not just spouting hateful anti-poor garbage.

- The gun show loophole will almost certainly be on the ballot in November.

- I will have to stop using American idioms.

- OK, I’m going to be back to normal next week. I think it’ll still be Monday-Tuesday-Thursday open threads, but if you’d prefer Monday-Wednesday-Friday threads, let me know and I’ll consider it.

21 Responses to “Open Thread 1/3”

1. Gman spews:

I never would have thought that I’d say that Glenn Beck was sane, but the world is full of surprises. I can only hope the rest of the world wakes up.

I wonder if Puffy would disagree with the guy?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/glenn-beck-russia_n_4531744.html

The conservative talking head opened his comments by openly criticizing the media’s attention to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly’s statement about Santa Claus’ race, as well as “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments in his GQ profile. His logic? The media should be focusing their attention elsewhere, such as the extreme climate of fear and violence plaguing LGBT Russians.

“Do you know what happened last week in Russia?” asked Beck. “One of their biggest stars on television said that homosexuals should be put into the ovens alive. I didn’t think you could make the Holocaust worse but he’s like ‘Why the gas chamber? That seems a little too humane. Let’s put them alive in the ovens.’”

…the most interesting tidbit from this interview stems from Beck’s use of the term “hetero-fascism” — and his statement of solidarity with LGBT advocacy group GLAAD.

“I said on the air this week, I will stand with GLAAD,” continued Beck. “I will stand with anybody who will stand up and say that’s crazy. That’s dangerous. That’s hetero-fascism. That’s what that is. And we’re talking about Duck Dynasty. Really? Really?”

2. Roger Rabbit spews:

I think Goldy should run. He needs a second job. Journalism doesn’t pay well. Unless, of course, you’re a big-titted, pea-brained, know-nothing with a gig on Fascist TV Network.

http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/sarahpalin/ig/Sarah-Palin-Pictures/Palin-Armed.htm

3. Roger Rabbit spews:

This blog needs daily open threads.

4. Ekim spews:

And how about a weekly TROLL thread
where GOATBOY can post and be ignored.

5. Ekim spews:

Hey Border Patrol! I’m sure GOATBOY is an Illegal Alien.
Please detain him for a month or two until you can verify his status. I think he is a Kenyon because I saw his Kenyon birth certificate online.

6. Roger Rabbit spews:

Paying Off Mobsters

Detroit’s state-appointed (i.e., GOP-appointed) emergency manager admitted today banks will get 86 cents on the dollar while pensioners get only 16 cents because of derivative deals he called “illegal” and “fraudulent” and even asked the SEC to investigate. In other words, paying gangsters takes precedence because, well, they can mess you up if you don’t pay them. So far, the judge in the case isn’t buying this reasoning.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101308991

7. Roger Rabbit spews:

President Obama tightened federal gun possession rules today. By executive action, he barred people involuntarily committed to mental institutions and defendants acquitted by reason of insanity from having guns. Incredibly, some states allow such people to have guns.

8. Roger Rabbit spews:

Facebook Sued For Invasion Of Privacy

the Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that Facebook admitted filtering private messages for spam and criminal activity, but denied reading users’ private messages.

A class action lawsuit was filed against Facebook today alleges the social media company does just that, and sells the information to advertisers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/03/facebook-lawsuit-private-messages_n_4536154.html

Roger Rabbit Commentary: I don’t use Facebook. Period. At all. So I guess this isn’t my concern.

9. Roger Rabbit spews:

Sen. Bernie Sanders today asked the NSA point-blank if it is spying on Congress, and the ACLU expressed concerns that if it is, which NSA has done in the past, the agency could use intercepted information to blackmail congressmen and senators. We already know some NSA staffers have used the government’s staggering monitoring resources to spy on their spouses and girlfriends, so why wouldn’t they go after elected officials, too?

10. Roger Rabbit spews:

While conservatives throw a fit over the California Supreme Court’s decision to issue a license to practice law to an illegal immigrant, an American-born attorney (i.e., citizen in good standing) got into a fatal shootout with cops in Dallas.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-Police-Fatally-Shoot-Armed-Man-in-Condominium-Lobby-238431761.html

11. Roger Rabbit spews:

Roger Rabbit Quiz

Which of the following individuals is the lawbreaker less deserving of a license to practice law? Note, there is only ONE correct answer!

[ ] A. A Mexican kid who broke the law by allowing his parents to sneak him into the U.S. when he was 2 years old.

[ ] B. An American citizen who broke the law by shooting at cops.

I’ll bet every wingnut in the country would flunk this quiz.

12. Roger Rabbit spews:

‘Bertha’ Mystery Solved

The geniuses at WSDOT have figured out what’s blocking the tunnel boring machine: A steel pipe they put there in 2002, which is on their maps, and was listed in the bid specifications.

13. Ekim spews:

Gotta be B since the dumb shit was done kilt by the cops shooting back at him.

On the other hand I could see that wingnuts like GOATBOY would prefer a dead gun totin’ lawyer over a live Mexican lawyer.

14. don spews:

@12

WSDOT is not building the tunnel, it is the responsibility of the contractor to fulfill all specifications. The contractor was supposed to remove or avoid the pipe, which wasn’t put there by WSDOT, but by another contractor. Note that these contractors are in the private sector, which we keep hearing can do anything better than government.

15. Deathfrogg spews:

So, the first of several racketeering lawsuits against Mittens and his little private bucket house operation has now been filed. He spent the better part of the last 20 years running a series of various scams, including this one, where he pretty much used a law firm in which he had a controlling interest to oversee the liquidation of a company under contract through a third party. What this did was enable him to manipulate the prices from both sides and hide the real costs from the company being liquidated, thus screwing over the stockholders.

This is how these crooks do business. They blame the law for the crime, but the law didn’t prevent them from committing that crime. This is a Felony, and should be a criminal investigation rather than a civil lawsuit.

Why is it again, that they want to get rid of all those pesky “government regulations”?

Oh yeah, they don’t think stock manipulation, price fixing, misprision of felony or insider trading to be real crimes at all. It’s just how they do business.

16. Roger Rabbit spews:

@13 Looks like we have a winner!

17. Roger Rabbit spews:

@15 I want to know what’s in Mittster’s 2009 tax return. I want to know if he got an IRS amnesty for hiding money in Swiss bank accounts. The public has a right to know whether the GOP nominated a tax dodger for president in 2012.

18. MikeBoyScout spews:

Probably one of the most important political/economical issues of the year is the Boeing negotiations regarding the 777x.

I am asking the front pagers here at HA to give it the attention the other bought & sold media won’t.

If you want my help, ask.

Whatever the outcome of today’s IAM vote, the issue is not near decided.

19. YLB spews:

Couple of items..

First:

Awwwwww. He admits he was wrong..

http://www.businessinsider.com/arthur-laffer-interview-2014-1

Imagine that. Glaciers are crawling micrometers per hour in hell. An architect of the Raygun delusion admits he’s wrong..

I guess it’ll take 10 years give or take a demographic crash for some other idiots to admit they were wrong too.

Second:

Imagine.. Just imagine. A federal budget in surplus..

Our universal single-payer health-care plan for older Americans, Medicare, has lower costs and lower overhead than the system serving those under age 65. If everyone in the U.S. was on Medicare, the savings would move the federal budget from deficit to surplus.

http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/01/03/myth-health-cares-free-market.html

Sigh.. Some fools are just too vested in the status quo.. It’s keeps them hanging on every excretion of bullshit they swallow while camped in front of Faux Snooze Channel.

20. Roger Rabbit spews:

Union Accepts Boeing’s Revised Terms

By a 51%-49% vote, Boeing workers agreed to the company’s revised contract extension offer, ensuring the 777X will be built here.

The contract extension means the union will not strike for at least 10 years. It also means Boeing will phase out its defined-benefit pension in favor of a defined-contribution plan.

However, a company scheme to require 16 years to reach the top pay scale, instead of the current 6 years, that was in the first contract extension proposal that was voted down by union members was dropped from the revised proposal, and the 6-year pay scale will be retained in the new contract.

21. EvergreenRailfan spews:

They were in a tough spot, but it was too much of a risk to vote no twice.