Open Thread 8-4-2014

- Did your bus survive the first round of Metro cuts?

– Why does Ted Cruz hate the Special Olympics?

In the last few months, Seattle’s chattering class has become enamored of the idea of “regressive taxation,” which they are now tossing off in argument as often as possible, regardless of whether or not it actually applies.

– Corporations are people. The type of people who don’t have to be held accountable for environmental or workers rights violations. Or for paying off death squads.

What to do if you see a hit-and-run


  1. 1

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Why does Ted Cruz hate the Special Olympics? Did Ted say that Carl or is it another of your daily gutter swims?

    Butt, Obummer did say this in 2009

    “No, no. I have been practicing…I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.”

    Did she apologize for her mistake?

    Oh wait… she’s conservative so her apology don’t count!

    Sux to be the moronic, forgetful, and ever spiteful carl!

  2. 2

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Gonna visit the Petronas Twin Towers tomorrow clueless visa stamp cretin freakshow. Yeah another hot place around the equator! What you visiting today… the toilet? the couch? the kitchen table?

    Hear that Perot based sucking sound?

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    Why I’m a Liberal

    “If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

    ― John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

  4. 4

    Better spews:

    I would love to know what the ratio is between the number of crappy jobs being worked by illegals, and the number of jobs that have been automated and outsourced.

  5. 6

    Ekim spews:

    So what’s a GOATSEBOY to do?
    House panel: No administration wrongdoing in Benghazi attack

    (08-01) 11:42 PDT WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, said Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, the second-ranking Democrat on the committee.

    That conflicts with accusations of administration wrongdoing voiced by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista (San Diego County), whose House Government Oversight and Reform Committee has held hearings on the Benghazi attack.

  6. 7

    Ekim spews:

    When I read this I thought of our one and only GOATSEBOY:

    Picture a bucket full of angry rattlesnakes prepared to strike at anything, and you have the most accurate image of the modern GOP, a party of mindless reptilian reactionaries looking to sink their fangs in anything, even each other.

  7. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @2 You’re spending money today. I’m making money today. I’d rather be me than you, Petronas Towers and all. Besides, it really sucks to be you, even on your good days.

  8. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @7 If only we could count on a bucket of angry rattlesnakes leading to a bucket of dead rattlesnakes, and then apply the same principle to Republicans, life would be much more tranquil around here.

  9. 11

    Ekim spews:

    For those of you who have not been following the local news one of the oil trains passing through the Seattle train tunnel derailed derailed under the Magnolia Bridge. It could have blown up. Worse yet it could have derailed/blown up in the Seattle rail tunnel.

    There is a petition to Ban deadly oil trains from Seattle’s railways and underground tunnel if you are interested.

    China gets the oil and the oil companies get the profits.
    But who pays if Seattle burns down?

  10. 12

    Very Severe Conservative spews:

    @11 Only the down town and or urban parts. And a big hole would help us get to Bertha and fix her. Win Win.

  11. 13

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration

    No deliberate wrongdoing… just stooooooooopidity by not reacting in a timely manner… Just like August 2013 when Iraq asked Obummer to attack ISIS. Yes, no deliberate wrong doing just another in the annals of Obummer fecklessness!

    Why are HA DUMMOCRETINS so idiotic? Wait Puddy knows, because they have ekimgoatsuckas in their midst!

  12. 14

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit…

    Puddy spending planned money not credit card purchases! BIG DIFF NoBalls.

    You see NoBalls, when God is in your life you can do things most atheist never get to do. You give back the tithe God demands and give a great offering and God stretches your money to make up for that which is already His! He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He knows the number of hairs on that neanderthal cranial orifice you own!

    He created the universe. Sux to be you!

  13. 15

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    rujaxoffallthetime claims to be a JFK liberal? Today JFK would be considered a conservative based on where y’all have taken liberalism past the left field wall!

  14. 17

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    This is a BIG win for pro-choice …

    “A federal judge says an Alabama law restricting abortion doctors is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Monday that state lawmakers exceeded their authority when they passed a law last year requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges.”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Passing this type of law has become a major weapon of the anti-abortion forces. If courts (ultimately the Supreme Court) reject this tactic, it will take away their best means (short of firebombs) of closing down abortion clinics.

  15. 18

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Recently NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit threw up a web site that discussed how DUMMOCRETINS grow the economy while Republicans don’t. What was missing from the analysis was Reagan had to deal with Carter’s Recession. Reagan grew the economy back.
    GW Bush had to deal with Clinton’s recession when the dot com bubble burst.

    Bush also had to deal with Clinton’s recession and 9-11. Bush grew the economy back. Then when DUMMOCRETINS got back into the House and Senate in 2007, all hell broke lose and DUMMCORETINS blame Nancy Pelosi’s oil and gas attacks which raised the price of gas from 1.87 to 3.40 a gallon with her stooooooooopid comments. She then went to Syria and claimed peace goes through Damascus! Yeah we saw that red line in the sand from Obummer erased too. FACTS already proven, PuddyLinks easily delivered by the crazed visa stamp cretin. The world started in a recession.

    Bush wanted to reign in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2004 and 2005. DUMMOCRETINS like Charles Rangel in Congress stopped that action. DUMMOCRETINS want to forget the Community Reinvestment Act was pushed by DUMMOCRETINS and signed by Jimmy Carter… DUMMOCRETIN! The housing bubble burst in 2007-2008. Thanks DUMMOCRETINS.

    DUMMOCRETINS when shown how their inaction caused it went to the slobbering libtard press to drop or bury stories about FM/FM. We saw the outcome. Now we see Obummer claiming he’s dealing with Bush recession, caused by Pelosi and Reid. Yet the Obummer “recovery” has caused the most number of people to leave the workforce. Over 11,472,000 and counting!

    So when Travis Bickle asked why are the number of illegal aliens coming over the border dropped during the Obummer economic plan vs. The Reagan economic plan… it’s so simple worser couldn’t get it. Reagan’s economics grew the economy, Obummer’s economics have killed the economy. Unemployment drops by people giving up looking for a job!

    FACTS, things DUMMOCRETINS hate.

  16. 19

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    NoBalls Puddy doesn’t do tiny urls. Who knows what garbage you spew especially when Puddy overseas!

  17. 20

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Yes NoBalls, Obummer apologized for his Special Olympics comment. Glad to see you pegged Obummer perfectly!

  18. 21

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Every single one of the DUMMOCRETIN senators continue to block House funding bills.

  19. 22

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    If businesses can raise prices because of inflation, why can’t workers ask for wage raises because of inflation?

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: For that matter, why do conservatives believe businesses are ALWAYS entitled to make a profit, but workers are NEVER entitled to make a living? More to the point, why would ANY worker ever vote for any conservative?

  20. 23

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @18 What “Clinton recession”? There was no recession while Clinton was president. The economy was doing fine until the dumbest president in American history tanked it.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Of course, nobody should be surprised that puddypissypants has his head up his ass again, because he’s never been right about anything.

  21. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    As a Vietnam veteran, I find it amusing to be called “No Balls” by an adolescent who has never worn a military uniform. I’m sure he has no clue how ridiculous he looks.

  22. 26


    In 1986 Saint Ronnie the Liar stopped enforcing regulations (that are still on the books) which imposed criminal penalties for US firms that employed undocumented workers..

    This was a two-fer for the cheap labor union-busters…it flooded the country with cheap labor and began to break unions.

    Fact, as always, matter.

    The nihilist puddypussypissypants, as always, does not.

  23. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @26 Puddypissypants “matters” in the same manner as a kid banging on a metal garbage can lid with a stick under your open window when you’re trying to read a serious book: You get up from your easy chair, yell at the kid, and slam the window shut.

  24. 28

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    As a Vietnam veteran, I find it amusing to be called “No Balls” by an adolescent who has never worn a military uniform.

    You are called NoBalls because you didn’t ask the clueless visa stamp crazed Hamas loving cretin arschloch what Nancy Pelosi said regarding Congressional Republican help on Obummercare. The links to her comments are in the crazed databaze. All you had to do is prove you had a set and ask the cretin for a replay! Once again senility is very apparent in NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit because you forgot about that! And it wasn’t that long ago! So calling Puddy an adolescent is



    Fuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnny coming from an old senile fart as you!

    Sad so sad a state!

    And once again NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit is wrong again. Puddy wore the military uniform proudly you jackASS! Did NoBalls qualify for a Navy Scholarship? Was NoBalls smart? Puddy doubts it because of the ludicrous comedy that flows from NoBalls fingers!

    All you had to do was ask ask the clueless visa stamp crazed Hamas loving cretin arschloch for a replay on that! When GBS and Puddy met for lunch (more than once) we discussed this along with other topics at length.

    The NoBalls fits you perfectly. Sux to be you!

  25. 29

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit matters as much as a fly being drawn to an outdoor bug zapper lamp.

    All that’s left are the ashes! You sweep them up and gone forever!

    Or a cockroach crawling across the floor. You step on it and you revel in the crunch sound!

    All that’s left is the husk! You sweep it up and gone forever!

    Or maybe as the mosquito in that old Tabasco sauce commercial.

    Puddy is the hot sauce and NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit is the mosquito!


    rujaxoffallthetime is totally insignificant in the scheme of life!

  26. 30

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Notice the lack of links from rujaxoffallthetime? And his word is fact?

    There is a phrase NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit would use…


    Ronald Reagan made a deal with Tip O’Neill on immigration. O’Neill never followed through on the Congressional part of border enforcement.

    Never trust a DUMMOCRETIN… EVAH!

  27. 32

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Oh noes… from the CNN article… And it’s just one paragraph…

    According to the Council of Economic Advisers, the median date of these five data series is October 2000 – at least three months before George W. Bush took office. We also know that the stock market started to decline in March of 2000, business investment began to fall in the third quarter of 2000, and initial jobless claims began to rise at the end of 2000 – more evidence that the U.S. economy in late 2000 was in fact “on the front end of a recession,” as Vice President-elect Dick Cheney observed on Meet the Press on December 3, 2000. Senator John Kerry and other Democratic party leaders ignore or gloss over these facts. However, even professor Joseph Stiglitz, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton, admits that “the economy was slipping into recession even before Bush took office, and the corporate scandals that are rocking America began much earlier.” To be sure, the Federal Reserve’s twelve-month tightening cycle that began in mid-1999 contributed to the economic slowdown. It is also true that cyclical forces in the economy led to the type of business retrenchment that we have seen in the past and that will likely always be seen to some extent in a market economy. But a significant contributing factor in the slowdown was the policy direction of the Clinton administration, which included an aggressive use of antitrust regulation in the high-tech marketplace, a lack of a national energy policy which resulted in energy-price spikes, and a high and rising federal tax burden. A key area in which presidents can have an impact on the economy is tax policy. President Clinton raised tax rates right after taking office in 1993, and presided over a massive “stealth tax hike” which ultimately hurt the economy.

    Tax and spend DUMMOCRETIN! Did Clinton deliver antitrust regulations? Oh noes… rujaxoffallthetime’s head explodes!

    It really sux to be an old senile lagomorph masquerading as a non-functioning human!

  28. 34

    czechsaaz spews:


    When the piddles character quotes “facts” he links to an article in the Opinion section (hint, a high school freshman knows that OpEd and Journalism aren’t the same) from USA today penned by the head of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

    Hey Piddles, how’s that right wing bubble. I hear the air is getting thin and might be affecting your ability to think….oh wait…that’s just your regular thoughts.

  29. 35

    Ekim spews:

    GOATSEBOY, THE SPAWN OF SATAN @19 complains:
    “Every single one of the Democratic senators continue to block the PSYCHOPATHIC HOUSE RETHUGS’ FUCK OVER AMERICA bills.”

    And your point is?

  30. 36

    Ekim spews:

    Interesting FACT about GOATSEBOY, THE SPAWN OF SATAN’S “proof” @31 is that on the left side of the page it says:

    About this iReport:
    Not verified by CNN

    So damn funny!!!

  31. 37

    Ekim spews:

    I bet you GOATSEBOY, THE SPAWN OF SATAN does not remember ENRON and friends jacking up the cost of electricity on the Western spot markets by 1000% or what that did to the economy.

  32. 38

    Ekim spews:

    You even wonder how the term WOP got applied to Italians?

    Back during the potato famine many Italians came to Ellis Island as illegal immigrants. Instead of being put back on the boats to be returned to Ireland they were allowed to stay, but their paperwork was stamped “Without Official Papers” which got shorted to WOP.

    Many of these immigrants were very young children whose parents put them on the boats with the hope they might not die from starvation.

    It is sad, really, to see history repeating itself.

  33. 39

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    checkmate once again attacks Puddy without any links to back up his “claims”.

    So Puddy announces checkmated again!

  34. 40

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Oh poor poor rujaxoffallthetime,

    It seems in the silly picoscopic mind of rujaxoffallthetime only DUMMOCRETINS are allowed to attack conservative veterans like those in this link.

    Well STFU sucka. Puddy wore his Navy uniform proudly because Puddy qualified for and won a Navy Scholarship rujaxoffallthetime! Scholarship winning takes a mind, something rujaxoffallthetime continually fails to demonstrate on this blog!

    What did you win besides being stooooooooooopid on a blog? Moron of the decade? Century?

    Another EPIC FAYLE by rujaxoffallthetime! Sux to be rujaxoffallthetime, reservation dweller!

  35. 41

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Here at KLIA, they thermally scan you as you leave the plane area looking to see if you arrived in the country with a high fever such as Ebola.

    Don’t worry empty tea bag with a puffy butt gleeeeeeeeeman. Puddy just fine! Sux to be you!

  36. 42



    Fuck the nihilist puddypussypissypants. A lying sack of shit like the nihilist puddypussypissypants can pretend to be anything when he comments on a blog.

    I’ve met Rabbit. He held a responsible position with Washington State Government and served in the Vietnam Disaster. He did both with distinction. He comments on this blog (and has done so for years) with reasoned and sound agreements and amusing comments.

    The nihilist puddypussypissypants is a disrespecting fuck. If the puddypussypissypants ever wore a uniform (which I doubt) the nihilist puddypussypissypants disgraces it.

  37. 43

    czechsaaz spews:

    It’s your own link Piddles. The evidence was right there before your eyes when you posted it but you didn’t see. It’s the right wing bubble in a nutshell.

    That’s how we know it’s an act. No one is actually as stupid as your character and still have the motor function to operate a keyboard.

  38. 44

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    I’ve met Rabbit. So has Puddy. We met at a mutual friends home!

    And your rant is rujaxoffallthetime… Oh wait there is nothing to your rant. It’s useless pixels on a blog page.

    Puddy calls out NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit for his incorrect commentary which you drink from the trough unquestioningly all the time. When FACTS are presented you go nutzo rujaxoffallthetime.

    Your reservation is calling you back leetle man:




    Get back there!

  39. 45

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Oh yes checkmate… Puddy should have captured this paragraph because as you said it’s right there in the link…

    Had he lived to see today’s failures that sprung from previous attempts to secure our country’s borders, it is difficult to imagine Reagan supporting immigration reform of any stripe that did not absolutely ensure border integrity first. “Trust, but verify,” in Reagan’s words.

    So checkmate where is the border verification? IT NEVER HAPPENED!

    Sux to be you! checkmated again!

  40. 46

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    You even wonder how the term WOP got applied to Italians?

    No Puddy hasn’t. Glad to see you are so worried about it. You went to the Urban Dictionary and found it searching for something else? Or was it on some libtard left wrong site making a silly comparison you ate up?

    BTW are you Italian? Did someone recently call you that? Was it a close friend? Where you from? Northern or Southern Italy?

  41. 48

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    When rujaxoffallthetime goes ad hominem, Puddy has won the argument. AGAIN!

    Sux to be rujaxoffallthetime!

    TPM is waiting for your next visit…
    Americasblogus is waiting for your next visit…
    Media Morons is waiting for your next visit…
    HuffingtonPost is waiting for your next visit…
    Digby is waiting for your next visit…

    Did Puddy miss any rujaxoffallthetime?

  42. 49

    czechsaaz spews:


    Said the Executive Director of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in an OpEd that you still think is a factual document rather than a man’s opinion.

    And, we come full circle.

  43. 50

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:


    You see to forget, most of the left wrong crap proffered by the head DUMMOCRETINS comes from left wrong sites. Apparently you don’t look at the Friday Night Comix! And Puddy still hasn’t seen any link from you to dispel his commentary.

    So yes you are going in circles and checkmated again!

  44. 51

    Sick of the name-calling moron spews:

    Well STFU sucka. Puddy wore his Navy uniform proudly because Puddy qualified for and won a Navy Scholarship rujaxoffallthetime! Scholarship winning takes a mind, something rujaxoffallthetime continually fails to demonstrate on this blog!

    So this whining fuck was an ‘affirmative action’ baby.


  45. 52

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @28 Just so we’re clear about this, I don’t give a flying fuck what you call me. Nor does anyone else. You have zero cred around here.

  46. 53

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @44 “I’ve met Rabbit. So has Puddy. We met at a mutual friends home!”

    For 20 seconds. You and your wife were leaving. On the way out the door. Our encounter was so brief I couldn’t remember later what your wife looked like, and I barely remembered what you looked like. (Tall and skinny, as I recall.) Our conversation in the foyer of our mutual friend’s home a few feet from the front door went approximately like this: “Hi, nice to meet you, goodbye.” You learned nothing about me from that “meeting.” My initial impression of you was that you are rational and coherent in person, which strongly suggests that your persona on this blog is a total put-on.