Open Thread 8-29

- Free abortions on demand without apology is a laudable goal. How we get from here to there, especially in states where activists are on the defensive, is a question.

- SDOT’s bridge operations crew would like to remind bicyclists that bypassing a gate can have serious consequences.

- My yacht doesn’t have any helicopter landing pads; It’s barely a yacht. In fact it’s a bike.

- Donald Rumsfeld is complaining about Obama’s war planning (h/t MikeBoyScout in the comments). I mean, there are legit criticisms, but Rumsfeld ain’t really the one to make them.

- The Facebook page for the demonstration in Seattle against the Russian anti-LGBT law.

- Anyone going to Bumbershoot? I haven’t bought my ticket yet, but this is the thing I’d most want to see if I do go.

- Put a panel on it

Comments

  1. 1

    Troll spews:

    If you do go to Bumbershoot, you are a hypocrite. Why? Because, you people on HA claim to be liberals, and as liberals, you support minimum wager workers making at least $15/hours. But there are people who work at the Seattle Center who make less than $15/hour. If you really supported poorly paid workers, you would boycott any company, event, or organization that paid workers less than $15.

  2. 2

    Deathfrogg spews:

    This Donald Rumsfeld?

    Frankly the man is pretty much permanently prohibited from ever leaving the country. If he steps one foot into Europe, he stands a pretty good chance of being arrested for War Crimes.

  3. 3

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    @1 Troll,

    Boycotts are not the only way to bring economic change. And boycotts are not always the most effective way to communicate the need for change.

  4. 4

    Ekim spews:

    Hey TROLL DUNG,

    I support the minimum wage as of 1980 when RAYGUN was elected president.

    Which was $3.10/hr.
    Adjusted for inflation: $22.50/hr.

    I wonder what percentage of people in this country today earn less than the 1980 equivalent minimum wage…

  5. 5

    Ekim spews:

    Any asshole corporation who pays their employees shit wages so that those same employees have to seek public assistance to survive should be taxed to cover those costs.

    Such corporation are UNAMERICAN and should be treated as such. And if such a corporation can’t survive without paying shit wages, then our nation would be better off without them.

  6. 6

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    via Atrios

    To our teabagging Republican friends, Happy Palin Anniversary!

    It was 5 years ago today that John McCain brought you Sarah Palin.
    I hope if feels as good for you as it does for every Democrat and comedy writer.

  7. 7

    Ekim spews:

    If you are an AMERICAN CITIZEN and believe in the CONSTITUTION you should read and remember the preamble:

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    Especially that “We the People” part. That means all of us. Not just some select group of rich fat cats the RETHUGS like to pander to.

  8. 8

    Ekim spews:

    I would point out that any of you RETHUG TROLLS out there are invited to voluntarily live on today’s minimum wage if you want to and to stay away from public assistance while doing so.

    The rest of us would like a decent day’s pay for a day’s work.

  9. 9

    Deathfrogg spews:

    @ 7

    The only “people” the conservatives recognize are multinational corporations, especially the Banks and the arms manufacturers. Humans are not “people”.

    The only citizens the conservatives recognize are humans who have inherited hundreds of millions of dollars successfully through 5 or 6 generations.

    On another note, Jerome Corsi, that TeaFascist superprophet is going to chime in on how sex is evil and dangerous and nobody should ever have sex unless they’re going to make a babby.

  10. 12

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    10)Definitely is. With Alcohol prohibition, didn’t some states try to beat the Federal government on repeal as well.

  11. 14

    Troll spews:

    I love reading all you liberals trying to make excuses why it’s okay to go to Bumbershoot. You remind me of people who hate illegal immigrants, but hire them to clean your house because they are cheap. They are hypocrites, and YOU are hypocrites. You can’t say you support raising the minimum wage, then patronize businesses who, either directly or indirectly, underpay workers.

  12. 15

    Czechsaaz spews:

    I get it. According to trolls, one can’t fight for higher wages without removing oneself from society.

  13. 17

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @14 “You remind me of people who hate illegal immigrants, but hire them to clean your house because they are cheap.”

    That’s YOUR crowd.

  14. 18

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Second Amendment Report

    President Obama announced two executive actions today to curb gun violence:

    1. Surplus military weapons sold by the U.S. to foreign countries can’t be reimported to the U.S. for sale to private buyers.

    2. Ex-felons prohibited from owning or possessing firearms can no longer use dummy corporations and trusts as straw purchasers to acquire machineguns and sawed-off shotguns.

    Needless to say, the NRA came out against both proposals, which makes me wonder why the NRA wants to arm criminals with machineguns.

  15. 21

    ArtFart spews:

    “It was 5 years ago today that John McCain brought you Sarah Palin.”

    Something he’s doubtless regretted ever since.

  16. 23

    spews:

    I support the minimum wage as of 1980 when RAYGUN was elected president.

    Which was $3.10/hr.
    Adjusted for inflation: $22.50/hr.

    You’re giving the paultards and other inflation paranoiacs on the right too much credit.

    $3.10 adjusted for inflation is $8.79 today according to the BLS inflation calculator.. Give or take. You’d have to go back to mid 1965 for $22.50 being the case.

  17. 24

    spews:

    Wow.. Bless Ross and Margot Perot’s heart..

    “For nearly 100 years Planned Parenthood has helped to educate men and women regarding family planning and general family health,” said Margot Perot. “Our family has supported this nonprofit for many years because we are impressed with the work they do—providing birth control; scientifically based education; breast health exams; and basic, life-saving healthcare for women who cannot afford services otherwise. The Perot Foundation announces a gift of $1 million to Planned Parenthood to directly support this vital mission of providing preventive health care to Texas women. We also recognize the need to further inform the public of the mission of this great organization and the need to support it at this critical time.”

    http://northdallasgazette.com/.....oundation/

    A kick in the teeth to ignorant batshit insane right wing haters.

  18. 26

    Puddybud spews:

    Eric Holder sues Louisiana stopping black children from using LA school vouchers sending the children back to rotten schools.

    State Education Superintendent John White took issue with the suit’s primary argument and its characterization of the program. Almost all the students using vouchers are black, he said. Given that framework, “it’s a little ridiculous” to argue that students’ departure to voucher schools makes their home school systems less white, he said. He also thought it ironic that rules set up to combat racism were being called on to keep black students in failing schools.

    Waytogo Libtardos!

  19. 27

    Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

    Waytogo Libtardos!

    ‘Libtard’….where have I heard that before?

    Oh, yeah.

    The puddybigot is angry, ANGRY!! that Eric Holder is preventing Jindal from using public money for religious schools.

    Religious schools that not only make you stupid, but nasty and racist and Christainist, too.

    Dinosaurs and humans probably hung out

    God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ

    The KKK was A-OK

    SCOTUS enslaved fetuses

    A biology textbook used by a Christian school in Louisiana that will be accepting students with publicly funded vouchers in the fall says that the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland is real. And it isn’t just any monster but a dinosaur — an effort to debunk evolution and bolster creationist theory.

    Nasty and stupid – the modern Conservative movement.

  20. 28

    Puddybud spews:

    The puddybigot is angry, ANGRY!! that Eric Holder is preventing Jindal from using public money for religious schools.

    Where is “religion” or “religious” in the PuddyLink or the horse manure you delivered SCHMUCKO?

    Going off the deep end again! So what is left… Another PuddyAttack!

    So sad!

  21. 29

    Puddybud spews:

    Why does SCHMUCKO hate black children? Why does SCHMUCKO hate black children getting a chance at a good education? Where is the lawsuit about Christian education?

  22. 30

    Ekim spews:

    @23

    Does that calculator include the increases in rent and health care since 1980?

    In 1980 I was renting a 2 bedroom house in Wallingford for $350/mo and the owner offered to sell it for 65K. Hmmm. Zillow shows the same house valued now at 450K – roughly a 7 fold increase in price. And Zillow shows the cheapest 2 br house in the area for rent at 1600/mo.

  23. 31

    Michael spews:

    Greatings from the great state of Iowa. Holy fuck it was hot here today.

    Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, have done a fantastic job of creating networks of off street bike paths so I thought I’d spend this years vacation out here riding the trails and camping out. Wussed out tonight and camped out at a motel as it has A/C.

    Now if they could just find a way to privatize the trails and cover up the fact that the free market is screaming “Bicycles!”

  24. 34

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Great timing to launch a bike share program, when a major transportation node is down for maintenance. Although with the delays the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge East Span replacement has had, probably did not expect it to be ready to open this weekend.
    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/sto.....id=9223867

    At least the final Raiders pre-season game was not their problem, that was ours. The Seahawks beat them tonight.

  25. 35

    spews:

    Does that calculator include the increases in rent and health care since 1980?

    Probably not and it probably doesn’t include the increases in the cost of a college education either..

    Seattle has done better than other places like the rust belt over the years.

  26. 36

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Meanwhile, BART reported it’s 10th highest ridership day as a result of the Bay Bridge closure. Over 427,000 riders, and they are preparing for mote, just in case. The extra trains that are running in the early morning hours, are replacing the night owl buses that would normally be running on the Bay Bridge.
    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.c.....e-closure/

  27. 37

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    California National Guard Predator drones are assisting the Incident Commander in fighting the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park. Since National Guard units are also state assets, this is a good use for such a vehicle at the state level. It can stay on scene above the fire

    http://www.kgoradio.com/common.....;is_corp=0

    Meanwhile, with the USFS Air Tanker fleet stretched thin, migh be a new plane available for use, Coulson Air Tankers is finishing certification of a converted C-130. http://fireaviation.com/2013/0.....ompletion/

  28. 38

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    In Salt Lake City, the Utah Transit Authority will begin testing on the Sugar House streetcar, next week. If all goes well, it should be opening in September. Something interesting, is the choice of vehicle, the Siemens S-70, which is based on the Light Rail vehicles used on the UTA’s TRAX light rail system. Might as well go for a little commonality.
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/p.....s.html.csp

    In El Paso, the city is going forward with a streetcar study, despite the TxDot not coming through with people promised funding. Too bad they can’t bring back the line that shut down in 1973-74, as it crossed the Rio Grande into Ciudad Juarez. Immigration and Customs checks would be time consuming.
    http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/fea.....-835.shtml

  29. 39

    wharfrat spews:

    @33….Those of us who live on [the] reservation would prefer that the white guys don’t send you here, let alone keep you here. We have enough troubles of our own without a whole bunch of poorly-educated, parental disrespecting, trouser-sagging, crack-dealing super violent black guys killing each other and us added in…at least that’s what your chosen messengers, Rush, Glen Beck, Hannity, Laura, et. al., tell us about you on a daily basis.

  30. 42

    Ekim spews:

    You ever notice it is RETHUGS like Uncle Tom BUTTPUTTY who talk about putting people on reservations.

  31. 44

    Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

    And why does Uncle Tom BUTTPUTTY hate black people so much?

    Well, that’s the rub, isn’t it?

    I. It could be that he’s a self-loathing closet-case equivalent, and worships the white-privilege that he’ll never have – the ‘House Slave’ of Malcolm X’s parlance.

    II. It could be that he’ s primarily motivated as a Bibul-thumping scold, and he hates people who actually, you know, think. Since most thinking people vote for Democrats, he hates Democrats. Since most Black people vote for Democrats, he hates most Black people as well – they’re the folks he describes as ‘on the reservation’.
    It’s kind of a transitive thingy.

    III. It could be that he has carved out a passably comfortable life-style with that electronics technician job he brags about. He might have been convinced that his taxes are too high, and that he could have an even higher standard of living with lower taxes. (This is an illusion, of course, for anyone but the 0.5%, and likely not even for them in the long term). He therefore resents and loathes government, and has drunk the modern Republican Kool-Aid, and sees the safety net as an abomination to free labor (not realizing that he is just another plebe from the point of view of the people pulling the strings).
    This is the sort-of suburban “I got mine” prosperity gospel anti-union bullshit you run into with the unconscious cubicle dwellers complicit in their own exploitation.

    Likely a nasty stew of I+II+III, truth be told.

  32. 47

    Czechsaaz spews:

    @26

    Piddles doesn’t read.

    All over the article the suit is SPECIFICALLY aimed at schools that are under federal desegregation orders. You know, districts that historically had white and black schools. Separate but equal might ring a bell.

    The suit argues that white flight through voucher use is pulling the white students out of those specific schools at a higher levels returning those schools to separate but equal status.

    Piddles reads this as the government keeping black students from using vouchers because he’s A) stupid B) race baiting.

  33. 48

    Czechsaaz spews:

    Hmmm… since it’s a slow day.

    Louisiana State Superintendent of Schools John White got his start in Teach for America, you know, “You don’t actually need to know anything about teaching. Just have a BA in Something and we’ll find you a class.”

    White’s other bright idea is letting students take onLine courses, which the state will pay private companies to develop, naturally, and cut funding to public schools to pay for those courses by up to $1300/student.

    Public education. Hand it to for profit companies. It’s working great if you’re a shareholder of University of Phoenix or if you really want to be $50000 in debt. Not so great if you want a job.

  34. 49

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    Republican congresscritter appears to blame G.W. Bush for Syrian use of chemical weapons

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) said on Thursday that he is against military intervention in Syria, even though his “gut feeling” is that the Syrian government now possesses chemical weapons that came from fallen Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain.
    “The theory then and the evidence was that Iraq was an enemy of the United States and had direct plans in either support of al Qaeda and/or with other weapons that we found out weren’t there — which I still think they were moved to Syria,” said Terry. “And it wouldn’t surprise me if some of the chemical weapons that have been used by Syria actually came from Iraq.”

    The stoopid party indeed

  35. 50

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    Since it’s a slow day, I though this comment from Huffington post about science funding was insightful.

    HUFFPOST PUNDIT
    dizmo4
    12:38 PM on 08/29/2013
    The United States became a superpower largely due to scientific innovation. American scientists created the first atomic bomb. American engineers created the first aircraft to break the sound barrier. American scientists and Engineers built the vehicles that took us to the moon. American computer scientists built the internet.

    Each of these discoveries created whole industries. Miniaturization of computer systems during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs laid the foundation for the revolution in the computer industry during the 1970s and 80s. Were it not for ARPA’s work and work by the NSF, the internet would exist.

    As the US continues to cut back on scientific investment, more basic research will move over seas. It may not impact the US right away, but soon the big discoveries will be in places like China and India. That will lead to bold innovations that will create whole industries that dont’ exist today full of good paying jobs. Already, China is investing hundreds of billions in R&D and education. They understand that so much of the United State’s success was due to it’s advantage in science and technology.

    Instead of understanding this, the GOP continues to see investments in the future as wasteful. And while I agree the private sector should play a larger role, the fact is they do not. Corporations used to support pure scientific research, AT&T had Bell labs, Xerox had PARC; today those are no more. They’ve been spun off into independent profit centers so their ability to do the pure scientific research is vastly diminished. More broadly, corporations have come to view R&D as a cost and something that takes away from shareholder value. They invest just enough to stay competitive but no more. They take the same strategy with people, treating employees as costs they have to live with as opposed to vital assets to the company.

  36. 51

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    I saw that the UK didn’t authorize a rush to bomb Syria. I think being suckered by fake intel reports that lead to the Iraq war, they are especially leary of doing it again.

  37. 52

    rhp6033 spews:

    # 50: I agree in principle, but I’d have to add a caveat to the specific examples.

    When it came to rocket and aerospace technology in the “Space Race”, it began as our German scientists against their German scientists.

  38. 53

    Meme1 spews:

    @33,

    Why does puddybigot refuse to tell us how much shit he sucked out of Rmoney’s ass and whose ass he currently sucks shit out of?

  39. 54

    spews:

    whose ass he currently sucks shit out of?

    One theory posits that HA’s klownservative bullshit debilitated ZERO sucks shit from one or both of two sources:

    The Groundswellers..

    The Jedi Council..

    Much shit from those two and our goto klownservative dope for laughs around here is an enthusiasiastic human toilet for those diarrhea fountains.

    Of course there are many, many other possible sources..

  40. 55

    Puddybud spews:

    When meme tells everyone who’s ASS he’s plugging every night Puddy will answer. Does he douche first like gleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeman?

    Name and address!

    We’ll wait.

  41. 56

    Puddybud spews:

    Notice HA’s unemployed ASSHole moron arschloch was there to answer meme.

    Very telling.

  42. 57

    Puddybud spews:

    Meanwhile this is sooooooooooooo funny.

    Down right amazing the same mouths that were cheered by DUMBOCRATES (DUMMOCRAPTS) when Bush was in the white house are now despised and hated now that Obummer is in de whitey house!

    Tooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnny

  43. 58

    Puddybud spews:

    Look a NY Times sighting in a PuddyPost. Ahhh yes the Free Republic peeps are catching up with Puddy!

    Since the time he announced his candidacy for President, Barack Obama has been talking out of both sides of his mouth. He has made promises he has not kept. He has said one thing and done another. His words have been loud, but his actions have spoken, and continue to speak, louder than his words. He has made it very clear. If things do not go to suit him, if he feels Congress is getting in his way, he will act on his own. That is another recorded statement from Obama, with the idea thrown in that he will only do so under his Constitutional authority. Trouble is, he either doesn’t know, or he doesn’t care, where his authority ends.

    NAILED it!

  44. 59

    Meme1 spews:

    @55

    Stop projecting. Just because you suck shit out of peoples asses does not mean the rest of us do it.

  45. 60

    Puddybud spews:

    Remember when Nancy Pelosi was making friends?

    HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR

  46. 61

    Puddybud spews:

    Stop projecting. Just because you suck shit out of peoples asses does not mean the rest of us do it.

    Apparently you can’t read!

    Try again!

    Still waiting.

  47. 62

    Puddybud spews:

    Now if GW Bush did this HA idiots would be screaming to the high heavens. Must be some really nefarious dealings being hidden! Puddy remembers the screams over Cheney and his “visitors”!

    Administration spokesmen have often pointed to the partial release of the logs to support the president’s claim that his is “the most transparent administration in history.”

    Partial release…

    HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR

    Amazing the two-faced actions of HA libtards!

  48. 63

    Meme1 spews:

    @61,

    Apparently you’re not only a racist hate monger, you’re also too stupid to know what projecting means.

    Now come clean about your shit sucking (pun intended).

  49. 64

    czechsaaz spews:

    @58

    That was funny. Mention the New York Times, provide a blockquote insinuating that the quote is from the times. Hope no one notices that the quote is from link #2, FREE REPUBLIC.

    Cute.

  50. 65

    Puddybud spews:

    That was funny. Mention the New York Times, provide a blockquote insinuating that the quote is from the times. Hope no one notices that the quote is from link #2, FREE REPUBLIC.

    checkmate again… Let’s see if OWS Racist Fraggy gets it…

    Ahhh yes the Free Republic peeps are catching up with Puddy!

    Two separate sentences. Two different links. One ties into the other! Now what part of English is lost on checkmate…

    All parts your honor!

  51. 66

    Puddybud spews:

    a racist hate monger

    Hmmm…, Puddy wants poor black kids to get a great education while white HA leftists cheer sending poor black kids back to DUMMOCRAPT inspired sucky schools and Puddy is called a “racist hate monger”. Wow twisted sickness with meme. Puddy guesses plugging too many dirty arschlochs has clouded his mind

    you’re also too stupid to know what projecting means.

    Well at least meme looks in the mirror while typing! It’s so sad to see what shit fer brains really is!

    HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR

  52. 68

    spews:

    was there to answer meme.

    24 minutes later.. Wow what powers of delusion there genius..

    You can’t tell if I’m Meme1 or not?

    Heh. That’s “telling”..

    You seem confused.. Good. Now go back to pasting your worthless right wing bullshit.. We all need a laugh around here with all the damage your fellow klownservatives are doing to this country.

  53. 69

    Meme1 spews:

    No, puddybigot wants poor black kids to go to bible indoctrination centers that teach creationism in a science class. And he wants the government to give said bible indoctrination camps money for doing this.

    Still not coming clean about your shit sucking ways, how sad. For you that is.

  54. 71

    Puddybud spews:

    No, puddybigot wants poor black kids to go to bible indoctrination centers that teach creationism in a science class.

    Did you see those schools qualified TO BE CONSIDERED! If the parents CHOOSE NOT TO USE THEM what’s your beef ya moron?

    Still not coming clean about your shit sucking ways, how sad. For you that is.

    Now who offered this as an argument? Puddy suggests someone who plows the hershey highway then cleans up after itself with his tongue using that Perot sucking sound!

    See ya later arschloch lover!

  55. 72

    Puddybud spews:

    O wow it’s ZERO days since Puddy has been to free republic..

    Glad to see HA’s unemployed ASSHole moron arschloch has another “job” tracking Puddy.

    Puddy owns this moron 24×7.

    1) Tells everyone where Puddy is at in the world.
    2) Tells everyone Puddy used a MAC to post.
    3) Tracks Puddy’s total posts for a day.
    4) Tracks Puddy’s total posts for a week.
    5) Tracks Puddy’s total posts for a month.
    6) Tracks Puddy’s total posts for a year.
    7) Tracks Puddy’s posts totals to date.

    Totally infatuated with Puddy! Great to be loved! It must have really sucked to be stuck in Seattle as HA’s unemployed ASSHole moron arschloch to view each Asian city Puddy was at with the family as Puddy posted on HA a few weeks back!

    HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR

  56. 73

    Puddybud spews:

    meme1 using “puddybigot”. Hmmm… Gotta be SCHMUCKO’s other ego! Is this a left side or right side event?

  57. 74

    Puddybud spews:

    You can’t tell if I’m Meme1 or not?

    Well since you brought it up?

    What a self addicted to seeing hisself in pixels idiot!

  58. 75

    Puddybud spews:

    Kerry looks more presidential the Obummer! Imagine if he acted like this in 2004 instead of being a libtard buffoon!

    Well…?

  59. 76

    Ekim spews:

    UNCLE TOM BUTTBOY plows the hershey highway then cleans up after itself with his tongue using that Perot sucking sound!

    Whatever makes you happy.

  60. 77

    Puddybud spews:

    Whatever makes you happy.

    Not what Puddy wrote so twist in the wind ya moron! You are now into happiness? Got laid with your goat?

    Not about Puddy goatman. It’s about meme and/or SCHMUCKO!

  61. 78

    Ekim spews:

    Not one RETHUG politico showed up for the MLK celebration.
    Why is that? Maybe the HA UNCLE TOM can explain…

  62. 79

    Ekim spews:

    Puddy goatman got laid with his goat?

    Goats, pigs, chickens. Go for if you like, you sick UNCLE TOM. Just stop bragging about it.

  63. 80

    Puddybud spews:

    Poor ekim,

    Nuthin to say worthwhile so attack Puddy!

    Explains a lot these days about ekimgoatman!

  64. 81

    Puddybud spews:

    Yes ekim Republican Black Senator Tim Scott was “invited” by committee form letter calling him Representative but wasn’t asked to speak by the committee. Representative… not Senator… So he declined and went to his cousin’s church to speak instead. You don’t think the committee knew who Tim Scott was? So why the diss ekim? Did you read some of the commentary by libtards at the event?

  65. 82

    Ekim spews:

    No UNCLE TOM, I read the article in Rollcall.

    That same form letter went out to all of the Senators and Representatives. And he declined the invite, like all the other RETHUGs.

    And why wasn’t he asked to speak? Because he wasn’t coming. Are you stupid or what?

  66. 83

    Puddybud spews:

    At the King event

    Somewhere along the way white sheets were traded for button-down white shirts. Attack dogs and water hoses were traded for tasers and widespread implementation of stop-and-frisk policies. Nooses were traded for handcuffs. Somewhere along the way we gained new enemies, cynicism and complacency. Murders from urban America to suburban America. The pursuit of power for power’s sake. We stand here today to say it is time to wake up.

    National Urban League President Marc Morial

    Now we read wimens being tasered in Queens. So is the attacker one of those “button-down white shirts taser carrying peeps” Marc is thinking about!

  67. 84

    Puddybud spews:

    And why wasn’t he asked to speak? Because he wasn’t coming. Are you stupid or what?

    No you are stoooooooooooooopid ekimgoatmaster. You just don’t get it. He’s the only BLACK senator in CONGRESS. The committee sends out a form letter. Why not directly reach out to Tim Scott? One simple letter, direct to him. This is why brains passed you by!

    Keep calling Puddy whatever goatmaster. Seems to make you feel good cuz Puddy not on the reservation and you hate that! You can’t keep Puddy down becuz Puddy made it without the help of libtards like NoSoShaprton or HiJack-son!

    See ya moron!

  68. 86

    Ekim spews:

    You notice GOATBOY’s theme here?

    Black Senator Tim Scott got his feelings hurt. And it is our fault he got dissed.

    Could he have reached out to the organizers to let them know he REALLY wanted to participate? Make a speech even? Uh, yeah. He didn’t though.

    Consider this. Rollcall reported:

    The source connected with the event’s organizers told CQ Roll Call that invitations to attend were sent to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., but went unanswered, as did follow-up phone calls to their offices.

    So the real question is why did your precious RETHUGs diss MLK?

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    Ekim spews:

    DUMBSHIT says:
    The committee sends out a form letter. Why not directly reach out to Tim Scott? One simple letter, direct to him.

    Very simply he had already turned down the original invite:

    Within a day, Rachel Shelbourne, a staff assistant to Scott, had replied to the email with the following message:
    “Thank you for extending to Senator Tim Scott the invitation to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28th. Unfortunately, the Senator will be in South Carolina during this time, so he will be unable to attend the event. Please do, however, keep him in mind for future events you may be hosting.”

    Talk about stupid…

  70. 88

    Puddybud spews:

    Speaking of NotSoSharpton…

    Dr. King, and those that fought with him, they fought and they beat Jim Crow. We come today to not only celebrate and commemorate, but we come as the children of Dr. King. To say that we are going to face Jim Crow’s children. Because Jim Crow had a son called James Crow Jr. Esquire. He writes voting suppression laws and puts it in language that looks different but the results are the same. They come with laws that tell people to stand their ground. They come with laws to tell people to stop-and-frisk. But I come to tell you just like our mothers and fathers beat Jim Crow, we will beat James Crow Jr. Esquire.

    Since most lawyers vote and jackboot brownshirt goosestep to the DUMMOCRAPT side, what was NoSoSharpton really saying? Since older adult blacks in the stop-and-frisk neighborhoods support stop-and-frisk of the thugs, what is NoSoSharpton really saying? Seems the two thugs who killed the 88 year old WWII veteran didn’t elicit a comment from ekimgoatmaster. Strange. Or the three thugs killing the Australian college man didn’t elicit a comment from ekimgoatmaster. Strange.

    Sux to be you! And Puddy the Tom per ekimgoatmaster. Yes, Puddy don’t kowtow to the thug culture so have at it ekimgoatmaster!

  71. 89

    Puddybud spews:

    Very simply he had already turned down the original invite:

    Man this ekim is STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPID with CAPITAL STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPID.

    It was the form letter his staff rejected you moron! The same letter everyone got, including Pelosi and Reed who also chose not to attend. Yet no screaming from ekimgoatmaster on those two non attendees! There was no “Senator Scott, we’d like for you to speak at the event”. Man you are stooooooooooooopid!

    Keep digging, your hole is getting deeper and deeper.

    The DOPE is strong in that one!

  72. 90

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    What? Is the senator supposed to get special treatment? because he’s black? Are they supposed to beg to have him attend?

    Within a day, Rachel Shelbourne, a staff assistant to Scott, had replied to the email with the following message:

    “Thank you for extending to Senator Tim Scott the invitation to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28th. Unfortunately, the Senator will be in South Carolina during this time, so he will be unable to attend the event. Please do, however, keep him in mind for future events you may be hosting.”

    this was a great comment

    Typical behavior for Republicans!! “There was no effort to get the senator to speak,” added an aide with Scott’s office. Get down on your knees and beg us, we want everything done our way!!

  73. 91

    Puddybud spews:

    What? Is the senator supposed to get special treatment? because he’s black? Are they supposed to beg to have him attend?

    Who said beg except you? ABSOLUTELY otherwise! Why not? He’s the only one of 100 Fascist Pigsty! There was NO EFFORT to reach out, just a form letter!

    The DOPE is strong in this one too!

  74. 92

    Ekim spews:

    UNCLE TOM:

    Other than being a BLACK SENATOR, what had he done to merit special attention from the organizers?

    Exactly nothing.

  75. 94

    Puddybud spews:

    Other than being a BLACK SENATOR, what had he done to merit special attention from the organizers?

    ekimgoatmaster… still stoooooooooooooopid as ever! It’s a national black event!

  76. 95

    Ekim spews:

    UNCLE TOM:

    If he had already told the organizers via a staffer he had a prior commitment and could not attend, what more should the organizers do?

    Exactly nothing.

  77. 97

    Ekim spews:

    UNCLE TOM: It’s a national black event!

    Uh, GOATBOY, it was a national event that was important for a lot of us. Call me color blind but I did not think of it as an exclusive black only event.

  78. 98

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    It’s probably just a coincidence that every single one of the 279 GOP senators and congressman had scheduling conflicts such that none were able to attend the MLK observances. I’m sure it has nothing to do with Republicans’ antigonism toward everything MLK stood and fought for.

  79. 99

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I’m old enough to remember how loudly conservatives howled when the not-yet-dead MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his civil rights work. One of the many reasons they hated him was because he opposed the Vietnam War. How can anyone with a conscience vote for conservatives?

  80. 101

    spews:

    Glad to see HA’s truth and reality empowered HERO laughs at the feckless antics of HA’s klownservative bullshit debilitated ZERO

    Indeed that’s the only thing you’re good for around here – entertainment..

    Now paste more of that right wing bullshit.. It’s as predictable as you coming here for your little blue pill helper on Saturday nights to get it up for salt mining duty..

  81. 103

    Puddybud spews:

    HA’s unemployed ASSHole moron arschloch calls itself “HA’s truth and reality empowered HERO”. Well one has to remove the self-induced stigma of not working for a living… So forgetting about HA’s unemployed ASSHole moron arschloch’s personal dance on Mike Webb’s grave, Puddy guesses being delusional is the “next best” thing.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  82. 104

    Puddybud spews:

    If he had already told the organizers via a staffer he had a prior commitment and could not attend, what more should the organizers do?

    What a chronological moron. You don’t think if a personal request to speak was offered, Tim would have said “no”? Maybe that ‘s why Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi didn’t show up either. No personal request to speak and we all know how those two hog camera face time!

  83. 105

    Ekim spews:

    There are 233 Republicans in the House of Representatives, 46 in the Senate and 30 in governor’s mansions across the country. Guess how many made the effort to appear at Wednesday’s giant rally commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Zero. Ed O’Keefe reports:

    Not a single Republican elected official stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday with activists, actors, lawmakers and former presidents invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — a notable absence for a party seeking to attract the support of minority voters.

    Event organizers said Wednesday that they invited top Republicans, all of whom declined to attend because of scheduling conflicts or ill health.

  84. 106

    Ekim spews:

    The Democratic party was well represented Wednesday by three presidents and a smattering of lawmakers, including civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

  85. 107

    Ekim spews:

    You don’t think if a personal request to speak was offered, Tim would have said “no”?

    Eh, UNCLE TOM, you said “It’s a national black event!” and your Tim Scott did not make any effort at all to participate, just like all the rest of the RETHUG politicos.

    You would think after his long career in the House and Senate he’d have been all over it. Oh wait, elected to the House in 2010 and appointed to the Senate 2013.

  86. 108

    Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

    He’s the only BLACK senator in CONGRESS. The committee sends out a form letter. Why not directly reach out to Tim Scott? One simple letter, direct to him. This is why brains passed you by!

    Perhaps he was being judged by the content of his character, rather than the color of his skin, as you propose.

    It seems that you feel Affirmative Action is horrible/scandalous/destructive when employed to help poor people, but A-OK when it comes to Teahaddist Senators.

  87. 110

    Ekim spews:

    You would think that if the RETHUG party had really wanted to be present they would have made some sort of effort to get onto the steps Lincoln Memorial. Think of all those votes.

    Instead the RETHUGs diss MLK.

  88. 111

    Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

    Tim Scott was invited like every other member of Congress.

    Why does he deserve special treatment, puddybigot?

    Simply because he is black? Please explain.

    Does he have some special significance for the Civil Rights movement, other than the color of his skin, as does John Lewis?

    Why is it only after the event that the RNC is complaining about Tim Scott and JC Watts not being single out for special treatment, to get extra-special please-please-please join us invitations?

    Why should they receive a better, more personal invitation than every other member of Congress?

  89. 112

    Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

    Oh wait, elected to the House in 2010 and appointed to the Senate 2013.

    Is this another case, as right-wingers like puddybigot like to point out, of unqualified black people being promoted to positions beyond their skills, to the detriment of better qualified white people?

    Eh, puddybigot?