Open Thread

Sorry this is abbreviated today. The web interface is being funny so this is from my phone.


  1. 1

    happy spews:

    The foaming at the mouth conservatives and trolls will not handle the truth:

    “I think there’s a cultural problem within the Republican Party that’s beyond fixing. I think the leadership of the Republican Party is so out of touch with life in America today that I just decided that it’s not worth fixing. I don’t think they can win a national election again. Pull the plug on the patient, the party’s brain dead.”

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “DOJ accuses firm that vetted Snowden of faking 665,000 background checks”

    “As Edward Snowden prepares to defend himself in a worldwide webinar Thursday, the Justice Department is accusing the private contractor that vetted him and thousands of other intelligence workers of bilking U.S. taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars by conducting phony background checks.

    “USIS, the giant private contractor that conducted the background checks of both Snowden and Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, is accused in a Justice Department lawsuit filed Wednesday night of conducting 665,000 fake background checks between 2008 and 2012.”


    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Well, that’s Republican privatization for ya. They should’ve let the government to do it.

  3. 3

    Ekim spews:

    Creating Tastier and Healthier Fruits and Veggies with a Modern Alternative to GMOs

    If a particular habanero’s juices indicated that it was relatively mild, they bit into it like an apple. Some of the peppers were smoky; others astringent. Some tasted faintly of sausage; others had the foul funk of gym socks. But the most interesting peppers by far possessed all the complex aroma and flavor of a habanero, yet none of its heat.


  4. 4

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    Slammed by food stamp cuts, New York City soup kitchens ran out of food

    Private charity cannot fill in for the government; if you didn’t believe it before, you know it now. And yet Congress is considering more cuts.

    I hope the starving people vote the “I got mine, Fuck you” party out of office everywhere in the country.

  5. 5

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    @2. That a staggering level of incompetence.
    Where is the outrage? Will the goverment pull all funding from them.
    I assume they will now declare bankruptcy and be be bought out by their parent company free and clear of any lawsuits?

  6. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    This should give Tim Eyman some ammunition for his crusade against traffic cameras.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: What’s really interesting about this story is the city’s contract with the camera contractor basically says, “If our cameras are faulty and issue wrongful tickets to motorists, you can’t tell the public about it.” That’s what public-private cooperative ventures look like, circa 2014. If you ask me, government services like traffic enforcement work a lot better if you just let public employees do it, and kick the greedy and dishonest private contractors out of the picture entirely.

  7. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @5 This isn’t incompetence, it’s theft. And another privatization failure. They should have conducted these background checks with government employees. Do you see a pattern here? See @6.

  8. 8

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Owning The American Dream, Circa 2014

    You can buy a fixer home in San Francisco for only $1 million, as long as it’s not in a prime neighborhood, you offer $200,000 to $300,000 above the listing price, and pay cash.

  9. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Achieving The American Dream, Circa 2014

    A new Pew survey shows only one-third of Americans believe working hard will make you rich, while two-thirds believe the rich get that way through advantages the rest of us don’t have. “Most also feel the system unfairly benefits the wealthy.”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: This survey’s results clearly break along partisan lines. About one-third of Americans are hard-core Republicans — almost all of them younger white male wannabes plus a smattering of older white male I’ve-got-mines. Convincing themselves that people are poor because they’re lazy and immoral is essential to their belief system, because the key to their personal plan for getting rich is owning a business and paying shitty wages to their employees. They can’t achieve their goals by sharing the fruits of their employees’ labor with the employees, it’s as simple as that. To these people, sharing the wealth created by workers with the workers who create that wealth is “socialism.”

  10. 10

    ArtFart spews:

    @2, @5, @7 Or….it’s an after-the-fact ladling of plausible deniability on a lot of high-level butts. How many of us have considered the possiblity that Snowden isn’t what he purports to be? There are all sorts of entities with a vested interest in getting all of us common folks’ britches in a bunch over the NSA watching our every move…including the NSA itself.

  11. 11

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    I find this scary, but then I’m middle aged….

    Clever industrial robots can quickly “learn” a set of human actions. Services may be even more vulnerable. Computers can already detect intruders in a closed-circuit camera picture more reliably than a human can. By comparing reams of financial or biometric data, they can often diagnose fraud or illness more accurately than any number of accountants or doctors.
    One recent study by academics at Oxford University suggests that 47% of today’s jobs could be automated in the next two decades.

    Automation is going to continue to kill jobs.
    When it is cheaper to have a machine handling repetitive tasks, the jobs will go away. Machines are more reliable in repetitive tasks, complain less, and play no politics. They can also work around the clocks with minimal transition/break.

    In 10 years I wonder how the “I got mine, Fuck You” crowd is going handle being unemployed with the people they despised 10 years before.

    Do you think this comment is accurate?

    The lesson is that when we hit one of these big transitions, there will be a big group of economic losers who will lose their economic usefulness and never regain it. Their children will be able to find useful work if they adapt well enough, but not the middle-aged. Their loss of economic usefulness will be reflected in lower median wages and wealth and a smaller share of profits going to labor. Governments will need to care for these angry and frustrated citizens, but they are likely to not regain their earning power. This suggests the need for a strong social safety net.

    The faster the transition happens, the shorter the pain. Do nothing to impede investment, even if it will result in job loss. Do nothing to impede trade. Whoever makes it through the transition first wins the next century, so open the economy. Speed and pain now will lead to prosperity later.

  12. 12

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    I worry about this concept.
    As time passes greater and greater percentage of the working population for one reason or another, principally automation of tasks formerly done by people, are not only unemployed but unemployable.

  13. 13

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    Maybe we should not be focused on “Productivity gains” but “Sustainability Gains” what ever that is.

  14. 15

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @11 No question about it. The Economist had a cover story on it last week. Tax software can replace accountants, and document search software can replace platoons of lawyers. It’s conceivable that someday the economy may not need human workers, except for a few technicians to maintain the robots. Who will get the robots’ economic output? Under capitalism, the owners of the robots. Under socialism, everyone. Not hard to figure out where automation will take us when a few people own everything and everyone else is starving.

  15. 18

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I used to know a middle-aged black guy who had a great IT job at WaMu. I wonder where he is and what he’s doing now? Maybe he’s one of the millions of people living on extended unemployment benefits whom Republicans want to chop off at the knees?

  16. 19

    czechsaaz spews:

    So how does Fox News spin Dinesh D’Souza’s indictment?

    “‘Selective’ charges? Feds indict filmmaker behind anti-Obama doc.”

    They knew, within a few short hours that this had nothing to do with a movie!

    (Voter fraud! Yaaaaaargh…Illegal money laundering to candidates, move along, nothing to see here.)

  17. 20

    czechsaaz spews:

    Lot of jump cuts in that O’Keefe video. Funny, the inflammatory statement about the wheelchair? The speaker isn’t on camera.

    Given O’Keefe is a convict and proven over and over again to doctor videos, raw tapes or it didn’t happen.

    Nice of you to stand by O’Keefe, Piddles. Isn’t lying a sin? Didn’t he get caught lying? Didn’t he plead guilty to lying to gain access to a Congresman’s office? Isn’t lying a sin?

    “Fooled me once, shame on me. Fooled me, uhm, er, won’t get fooled again.”

    Problem for O’Keefe and Veritas, they got caught so many times only brain challenged mouth frothers who won’t vote for Wendy Davis anyway believe him. So OF COURSE Piddles thinks it will matters, see brain challenged mouth frothers.

  18. 22

    Deathfrogg spews:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    The main problem with the current Corporation-friendly post-Citizens United political landscape, is now the average citizen, the real power behind the throne (constitutionally speaking) now is excluded entirely from the system. The average Joe can’t get a word in edgewise, and is often subjected to the violent forces that are usually directed at real lawbreakers. Outright flouting of the Law is now so commonplace, we’d have to build a thousand new prisons to house all the criminals on Wall Street and Washington D.C.

    They don’t give a damn about the law. Nothing is forbidden, nothing is truly unethical as far as they are concerned. They can commit every crime we have a law for, and they just don’t have to give a rats ass about any of it. The law has no effect whatsoever on their lifestyles or their ambitions to Power and wealth, even at the expense of everything this Nation was founded and built upon.

    I really hope he gets Prison time. Real Time. Like 10 years in Sing Sing or Coxsackie and forfeiture of every nickel he has.

    Fuck these guys. Time to stop coddling them and treating them like wayward children.

  19. 23

    Deathfrogg spews:

    I just had a thought about Ol’ Mike Huckabee. It occurres to me that, in the light of his opinion about Womens Libido, that perhaps it is because he’s never, ever met a woman who actually likes to fuck him. His primary reference in the matter of course, would be his wife. Perhaps she controls her libido so well that she won’t even let him touch her.

  20. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @22 In California, cop violence is so out of control that now cops are killing cops in that state. By accident, of course, just like they kill innocent citizens by accident. (You know, the senior citizen with the TV remote control …)

  21. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil USA from 2005 – 2008, describes the corporate political donation system as “extortion.”

    “I feel extorted,” John Hofmeister told CNN’s Drew Griffin. “Every time I wrote a check I felt that it was a form of extortion, the price of entry, because of the reception that you got when you contributed versus the reception when you did not contribute.”

  22. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @26 Is this place a resort, tourist attraction, or Bed & Breakfast? I don’t see how a buyer is willing to pay $3.5 million unless it’s a profitable business.

  23. 28

    Deathfrogg spews:

    @ 27 RR

    If one has a few tens of millions in cash, and an inclination to retire and spend the rest of ones days fucking around, smoking dope, drinking beer, barbecuing, playing with a private steam railroad and walking around in ones underwear, it’s perfect.

    Thats why they call it “fuck you” money.

  24. 32

    Puddybud spews:

    Lot of jump cuts in that O’Keefe video. Funny, the inflammatory statement about the wheelchair? The speaker isn’t on camera.

    So why did Wendy Davis run out so quickly to condemn the video checkmate? Maybe just maybe there is truth to it?

    Whatascumbag checkmate is. DUMMOCRETINS are scumbags!

  25. 34

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Business As Usual Dep’t

    J. P. Morgan Chase Bank, after paying over $20 billion of fines for criminal behavior, is punishing its CEO with a huge pay raise.

  26. 35

    Ekim spews:

    33. Roger Rabbit spews:

    @32 People usually call something a pack of lies because it’s a pack of lies.

    Kind of like calling GOATBOY the SPAWN OF SATAN because he is the SPAWN OF SATAN.

  27. 36

    Ekim spews:

    @34, probably because he managed to keep the fines so low and keep everyone (important) out of jail.

  28. 37

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    A student was shot on a South Carolina campus today. This is at least the fourth campus shooting this week.

  29. 38

    Ekim spews:

    Speaking of jail, anyone know the odds on ex governor McDonnell and wife going to jail? Last I heard there was something like 14 felony charges. Something about all sorts of corruption. No wonder McDonnell was an up and coming RETHUG super star of PAYGO. (You PAY me money and you GO do what you want.)

  30. 39

    Ekim spews:

    @38 You need a bar graph to keep proper count of the dead, dying and horribly handicapped. RETHUG politicians should have to look at graphic color images of the victims.

  31. 40

    Ekim spews:

    RETHUG senator Mitch McConnell has started his reelection campaign. And he is trying to tie it to how well he has helped Kentuckians with their health insurance. Good luck on that one…

  32. 41

    Ekim spews:

    And that RETHUG Governor in New Jersey.
    What are the odds of him becoming POTUS?
    I hear the big money has abandoned him.

  33. 43

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    Huckabee is a flip floper. what a surprise. I guess he was for it, until a black democrat got elected.

    Before Republican talk show host Mike Huckabee considered President Barack Obama’s contraception coverage mandate an insult to women, he had signed a very similar mandate into law while serving as governor of Arkansas.

    Huckabee signed state legislation in 2005 that required all health insurance plans providing prescription drug coverage to cover contraceptive drugs and devices as well. According to the Arkansas Times, Huckabee’s exemption for religious organizations was actually narrower than the exemption in the Affordable Care Act:

  34. 44

    Puddybud spews:

    Roger DUMBASS,

    Wendy Davis’ comment about the video…

    ‘The language used in this video about Greg Abbott is abhorrent.’”

    So much for the lie you MORON!

    ekim, you DUMMOCRETIN pond scum… this SATAN fixation you have is another of your Psych 101 projections… Puddy noticed your love of goats stopped the stupid goat projections.

    Sheesh… DUMMOCRETINS continue to compound the stoooooooooooooooopid comments with more stoooooooooooooooopid comments.

  35. 45

    Ekim spews:

    GOATBOY, you don’t like being called SPAWN OF SATAN?
    Too bad. You fit the label so wear it proudly.

  36. 46

    Ekim spews:

    GOATBOY, as to your goats, has the last batch died yet from all the sexual perversions?

  37. 48

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @44 Seems like a total non-story to me, putz. Explain how this is important enough to be worth 60 seconds of my time.

  38. 49

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @44 Also, not putting too fine a point on it, but you couldn’t be a Republican if truthfulness mattered to you.

  39. 50

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Now here’s an actual news story:

    ” …[T]his morning, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 800,000 people have signed up this month for private health plans though the Obamacare exchanges, bringing the total number to date up to 3 million. … [T]hese latest numbers … show that the number of people signing up is beginning to catch up to the projections made before the September 1 rollout …. [I]t no longer seems inconceivable that 7 million could sign up by March 31st, as the CBO had originally projected.” popular

  40. 51

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Work isn’t becoming obsolete. Plenty of work needs doing. Paying for work is becoming obsolete. All the pay is going to owners, not workers.

  41. 52

    Puddybud - Back to the Original! spews:

    @44 Seems like a total non-story to me, putz. Explain how this is important enough to be worth 60 seconds of my time.

    Boy Roger DUMBASS is a dumb ASS.

    It DUMMOCRETINS who claim to be compassionate in the conversations about others. Then you watch the video and you immediately note DUMMOCRETINS are really scumbags. These Wendy Davis jock straps ridicule her wheel chair opponent with other comments like “Stand with Wendy Davis”.

    Proves Puddy’s Point, Roger DUMBASS is a scumbag DUMMOCRETIN!