Tuesday Open Thread

“In the lack of judgment great harm arises, but one vote cast can set right a house.”

–Aeschylus

25 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Albert J. Nock says:

    Walter Williams is one of my favorite political commentators. Read what he has to say about modern Democracy.

    http://lewrockwell.com/william

  2. AristotleAristotle says:

    It makes me understand why that woman in Arizona ran over her non-voting husband.

  3. CaninesCanines says:

    And I would have been obliged to post this article link — “Vulture capitalism – not unions – killed Twinkies” — to counter that notion:

    http://www.salon.com/2012/11/2

    But the story is far more complicated than that – and in some ways, the exact opposite of the tale pushed by those on the right. It’s the story of two bankruptcies, hundreds of millions of givebacks from Hostess unions and hundreds of millions of debt piled onto the company by venture capitalists. It’s a story of management that boosted its own salaries, while failing to make agreed payments into workers’ pension funds. And it’s a story of changing tastes and diets.

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  5. BlueCat says:

    has finally conceded. So the final count is 201 D to 234 R in the House. An eight seat gain for Ds fighting against the gerrymandered tide of safe districts. Of course if you’re a Republican, that and a larger Dem Senate majority and a re-elected Dem President, who won in spite of their billionaires money and the right’s control of the most popular cable “news’ network and talk radio, means the voters handed you, the Republicans, a mandate. You also get the mandate if you actually win more seats and the White House. In their world it’s always heads Rs win, tails Ds lose.

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    falls drop by drop upon the heart

    until, in our own despair, against our will,

    comes wisdom through the awful grace of God

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  8. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    from licking my nose. Rough tongue! And fish breath.

  9. VanDammerVanDammer says:

    not me, I just get “… It’s your turn” and then the Missus rolls back over to sleep and I’m stumbling outta bed to let the dog go pee

  10. BlueCat says:

    He must be a moron.

  11. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Ugly.

    Verdana is the wrong font to use for headings as the capital I is hideous.

    The Your Home section is full of SEO crap and no locally produced content.

    Not impressed.

    http://insiderealestatenews.com/ is better

  12. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    I’ve never had a defined benefit retirement program, and have always worked under the 401(k) system, so I don’t know much about pensions.

    Still, it seems like pension funds are a constant source of tension, whether it is what happens to them in a bankruptcy, or who owns them when a company is bought or sold.  It seems to me like they belong to the employees who are entitled to them as deferred compensation.  How the money can belong to vulture capitalists who buy the company is beyond me.  It would seem that this is an area of opportunity for some very worker-friendly legislation at either the national or state level.

    Obviously there is something I’m ignorant of in this area, as otherwise this money would already have been locked away for the workers who earned it, and shenanigans like the Hostess owners not funding the pension to their commitments wouldn’t happen all the time.

  13. Sir RobinSir Robin says:

    Evolution, i.e., the survival of the fittest, just may have the R’s going the way of the dinosaur very quickly.

    Did you know that the femur of a turkey is almost indistinguishable from the femur of a velociraptor? (A little Thanksgiving trivia)….don’t tell anyone!

  14. There’s a North Carolina seat that’s going to head to recount (655 vote total separation, with the Dem in the lead). But it’s likely to wind up an 8 seat pickup, and this in a year when it’s estimated that redistricting should have given the GOP +3 seats.

    Mandates are strictly for Republicans. They know what the people want, just as surely as they know that they’re going to win the Presidency in 2012. Oh, wait…

  15. parsingreality says:

    Too simple, too logical, no way for the vultures to feast on the carcass.  Ergo, it will (probably) never happen.

  16. … management never pays in to the pension fund and the health care retirement fund they way they should. It’s kind of like the Social Security lockbox – you know, the one we don’t have and that all the nice Congressmen have been raiding for years in order to make the general budget look rosier than it is…

    And, conversely, the fact that Republicans under Bush forced the US Postal Service to pay 100% of all pension and medical benefits plans in a 50-year advance payment – which no private company is required to do – is why the USPS is one of the reasons why the postal service is in the financial situation it’s in…

  17. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    Did you know that the femur of a turkey is almost indistinguishable from the femur of a velociraptor?

    who is doing the eating…

  18. parsingreality says:

    Despite the Republican favored gerrymandering from the 2010 census.

    Despite Pulled-Outta-Their-Asses, complete fabrications in ads.

    Despite the presidential candidate having funny ears and dark skin.

    Despite being outspent by the 1%’ers and corporations, people voted D in numbers hoped for, but not expected.

    Despite forty years of right wing propaganda, forty years of “think tanks,” forty years of right wing radio, the nation listened to their own experiences and those of their neighbors.

    Despite willful cognitive dissonance about Rmoney’s vulture capitalism, his Mormonism, his Etch A Sketch mastering, almost half the population voting for the unstable, greedy asshole.  

    2012. “It was a very good year.” Even with a House majority, I expect a number of R’s will cross over or compromise more readily on some matters now that they’ve seen what Americans are wanting.  Except, of course, those convinced that the elections were lost because the candidates were not conservative enough.  

    Oh well, there’s 2014 around the corner.  

  19. BlueCat says:

    Of course the velociraptor bone may have been nothing more than a turkey bone planted by the devil to fool us about the earth’s real age. Just sayin’.  I’m no scientist after all.   NPR left that possibility out of their lefty biased story, didn’t they?  

  20. allyncooper says:

    I’ll be sure to change that font to your liking. Please let me know what style you want.

    You home section is a syndicated  add on that comes with the publishing platform, simply weekend feature stuff.

    No locally produced content? On front page.

    Colo. AG announces 1.8M settlement with LPS

    CO housing date on upswing.

    Homeowner’s vent frustrations at Aurora TH neeting on HOA’s (local original source reporting)

    insiderealestatenews by that’s bankrolled by a mortgage company and title company? Ask John Rebchook about the coverup article he wrote in the RMN for his corporate masters a few years ago when I blew the whistle on corrupt developers doing an $800 million project in Erie.

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