Open Thread by $8 blue check mistermix| December 17, 20117:33 am| 59 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailHere’s an early morning open thread.
Through the week, I drag myself out of bed at O Dark-Thirty.
Saturday comes, and I’m wide awake at the same time.
Here’s a fun thing to see first thing in the morning (fsvo “fun”=”headdesk”): Allen West says yet another thing that’s crazy, offensive, and projective.
The “Florida Family Association” that targeted the TLC “All American Muslim” show’s advertisers is one guy.
One guy with a website.
Who used to be addicted to pornography, before he was born again. David Caton pays himself $55,000 to lead the FFA, its only employee. Out of FFA 2010 donations of $172,000.
He honed his skills working against gays, then switched to Muslims.
Good morning, everyone. God I wish Christmas would fucking get here already so I can get my house back.
Here’s my not-comprehensive list of Good News from the past week. I know I missed a bunch of stuff.
Yay for blazing fast Verizon 4G LTE! Boo for shitty coverage!
@Elizabelle: well done, lowe’s, you cowardly assholes.
Good of the gray lady for doing real journalism for once.
The republican senate majority leader in Minnesota just announced that she would not be running for reelection, and stepped down as majority leader. The next day the other shoe dropped, as rumors of an inappropriate relationship with a staffer started circulating.
Turns out she was snagging Michael broadcorb, Minnesota’s version of kkkarl rove.
The fact that Republicans are blocking the appointment of two people to the National Labor Relations Board, thus denying it a quorum to act, is the fault of Obama for not nominating people that Republicans want to approve. Worst of all, Obama has nominated pro-labor types, thus terrible extreme partisanship:
water seeks its own level.
via He Who Shall Not Be Named
@Samara Morgan: Indeedy. Looks like sully too has become a paulite. Wasn’t he peddling willard just a few weeks back ?
ED Kain doesn’t blog here anymore. Go argue with him at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen. If you can present logical, factual arguments while remaining civil, I’m sure Kain will be happy to engage with you.
Oh, wait …
yup, pimping Ryan turned to pimping willard and now hes flirting with Paul.
Paul is unelectable because he is a crank.
Sully is a conservative elite.
Hes gunna be a Romney man in the end. I predict a future diatribe against the “christianists” for screwing Romney’s chances.
I think I’d like to see every principled conservative libertarian small gubmit type voting for Ron Paul.
@Amir Khalid: nah, he banned me again during his Jennifer Rubin phase, when ipointed out that movement conservatives were largely white christian nativists like Anders Breivik.
so touchy he is.
@El Cid: i do not know a lot about Ron Paul i confess– is he a freed market worshipper like Kain?
How about immigration?
Is he a white christian nativist?
Gin & Tonic
@Samara Morgan: Paul is unelectable because he is older than dirt, too.
lol! was Ross Perot a libertarian?
@Gin & Tonic: how old is he?
Gin & Tonic
@Samara Morgan: 76. He’ll be 77 before election day 2012, about 7 years older than Reagan, the oldest President so far.
@Gin & Tonic: maybe sarah palin will want to be his VP.
my new hvac system is now installed
no more freezing in the winter, roasting in the summer
oh, and Newt Gingrich is sexist
republicans love libertarians because republicans want to destroy the country and libertarians want to destroy all remaining impediments to the rape and pillage of whatever little is left to rape and pillage
i swear these people get hard-ons over impoverishment and despair
@Gin & Tonic:
lol! and Reagan was an Alzheimers zombie the last two years of his presidency, and everyone knew it.
But Democrats were too
spinelesspolite to push for his removal.
ahhh more webby goodness.
wat i say.
The concept of mufassir is simply impossible for westerners to understand.
i don’t mean to be an asshole, but can’t this woman afford a better bra?
Rudy was such an inspirational movie but alas it was just a movie. UGH
I woke up to snow. I am now able to go Christmas shopping.
it’s much easier to stalk a dude on a blog that isn’t his.
as i’ve mentioned before, it’s like when homer simpson called up a sports talk radio show to ask guest sandy koufax if he thinks flanders is ‘a big jerk’.
Good morning, Samara. You have mentioned that the Republicans have to win 65% of the white vote in 2012 to win the presidential election. I realize that you have moved on to other topics now but I found the idea interesting. I looked into that idea and did some basic research.
I found out:
1. Minorities make up about a third of the population in the US, 35% actually.
This is not the primary source, which is the census bureau but the official statistical layout confused me. So I used this predigested source.
2. Minority voters participate in elections at close to the rate that white voters get involved, at least in California. Some ethnic groups vote at higher rates and some at lower rates but it all seems to average out close to the White Anglo rate. I chose to assume that Californians are much like the rest of us and so I will not bother with that variable. The California numbers:
3. In 2008, apparently Obama got 43% of the white vote. So that would leave 57% for McCain.
[I know this isn’t a primary source. Shut up.]
4. There is a mathematical method for taking all of these numbers and grinding out the proportion of voters the Republicans need to get in order to win the presidency. I could do this [mumble, mumble] years ago but now I have no idea how to do it. Maybe someone else can do it.
Does all of this make that 65% figure reasonable? I’m not sure. But it might.
@chopper: Stupid sexy Flanders.
oh, and for those of you who keep forgetting that democrats in congress don’t have obama’s back, the senate just passed a 2-month extension of unemployment and payroll tax cuts, with the stupid FU Obama oil pipeline shit in it. 89-10. goes to the GOP house next week. 2 months more of payroll tax cuts and unemployment for their magical pipeline that won’t do shit for our energy crisis.
Obama ‘teh Facilitator’ surrenders, again.
The only jobs the Republicans care about.
The bill doesn’t require the pipeline be approved, it just requires a decision up or down. It would have been hard for Dems to make a stand against the payroll tax cut because they didn’t want Obama to make a decision.
I’m not sure how this will play out. Obama punted on the decision because (IMO) the pipeline pitted labor and environmentalists against each other. Now, it’s possible that Obama can use the deadline as the excuse for denying approval of the pipeline, and deflect the blame to the GOP. I guess we’ll see in a couple of months.
@El Cid: I have to laugh a little. He could nominate DeMint’s cookie-baking grandma to the board and the appointment wouldn’t go through. Our appointment system is completely broken and it isn’t broken because the appointments are too partisan.
@Benjamin Franklin: Obama is still in the Senate?
@Benjamin Franklin: You need some school level civics educayshun.
Just a kneejerk reaction/
Which woman specifically? The link it to a gallery of photographs.
the GOP has been making a deal over the pipeline and trying to get it put in to unrelated legislature as a rider for two reasons, first because it’s good for the oil industry, and second because it’s a finger in the eye of the president. you’d think a democratic senate would be able to slice out something that’s clearly put in there out of spite for obama (even if it doesn’t carry a lot of weight), but congressional dems don’t give a shit about their president.
@Samara Morgan: Shorter ED Kain – if I look past Paul’s paleoconservative goldbuggery, I can define him as the anti-war candidate I want him to be.
Personally, I think the poleoconservative goldbuggery is the most important part of the definition of Ron Paul.
@Suffern ACE: Kain has a romantic vision of how the world should be; he wants to live in the Shire. As a result, he views everything through hobbit-colored glasses.
@Omnes Omnibus: Enjoy yourself!
@Omnes Omnibus: Yeah. I suppose. He’s tired of having to make that trade off for social welfare in a warfare state. Or something like that. Sure a lot of people are helped, but what’s the point of that? (he seems genuinely confused by that).
Sullivan, however is just being an fool. Someone needs to tell him that Harold Wilson is dead and he won’t be coming back to lead the Labor party. Only Ron Paul can save us from the specter of Harold Wilson’s Labor Party!
@Suffern ACE: I like Harold Wilson.
@El Cid quoting the NYT:
Oh, the Times and their shit-stained both-sides-do-it hands.
Hmmm. Maybe Obama could appoint Christine O’Donnell? Or some similarly suitable Tea Party moran.
They’d have a quorum, and a 3-1 vote on all matters before them.
If the GOP won’t approve a member of their own party, then Holder files a case post-haste in Federal court that the Senate is attempting nullification and the President uses his unitary executive authority (per Bush, Rove, Cheney & Co) to make the appointment of someone of actual caliber and standing.
If the roles were reversed, you know the Republifvcks would try some such maneuver or another.
But it’ll do wonders for our climate change crisis!
Why to Senators hate Miami? Charleston? Their own damnable Washington D.C.?
I suspect Harlana’s winner is #19, an Australian tycoon named Georgina Rinehart.
I’d say her anti-environmental activities are a great deal more reprehensible than her ill-fitting undergarments, but that’s just me.
@Lojasmo: And here’s the TPMCD post about our latest Minnesota GOP scandal.
So Koch suddenly resigned Thursday, Brodkorb was fired or resigned just as suddenly Friday.
Two weeks ago, the State GOP Party chair set the trend:
Under his watch, the party was at least $500,000 in debt (possibly up to $1M, depending on how one adds in the Governor’s recount work). And while Sutton was in charge, the FEC fined the MN GOP $170,000 for violations ($100,000 of the fine is yet to be paid months later…).
Brodkorb had been angling for the GOP Chair job, but his abrupt departure seems to end that idea. Meanwhile, the leading contender for MN GOP Chair, hearing aid company executive Brandon Sawalich, dropped out of the race late this past week when there were indications he had had a Cain-like moment some years ago.
With the MN lege headed back into session in mid-January, it’s looking like disarray and chaos may be the watch-words!
I’m welling up.
The gays made them do it. Looks what happens without a marriage between a man and woman in MN amendment!
Two key people in the MNGOP Senate are out. Doing a happy dance.
The State Dept. warned Republicans, before this was ever put in the bill, that if they demanded an immediate answer, it would be ‘no’. I suspect/hope Obama will use the same rationale to kill it.
yes, because he just banns people that disagree with him on his blog.
Exactly like a conservative blog.
@Linda Featheringill: That is a very decent job and i think you got approximately the same results as Medveds 2010 article– No Political Future for an All White GOP.
McCain actually got 55%. 2% went to “other.”
@Suffern ACE: haha, warfare state. im stealin’ that.
I have known Kain and de Bore 2 years longer than anyone here, i think. Kain never changed a hair. He is a “freed” market libertarian no matter what trendy liberal-friendly buzzword du jour he calls himself.
I was mortally offended that Cole let him post his scammer bulshytt here and engaged in the reality show fakery of Kain supposedly discovering his liberal tendencies.
It was purely disgusting to see how the cudlips lapped up the drench.
Freddie OTOH actually did change– from a liberal to a civil glibertarian.
so i have to answer my own questions…sigh.
Paul is apparently a White Baptist Nativist. That should get him some points
Paul is another free market fantasist.
That is prolly the greater part of his appeal to Hobbit Kain, not his anti-war position. Paul is perfect for Hobbit Kain. He’s another free market fucktard.