Open Line Friday!

“What I think Obama is aiming for is, essentially, a confession from the Republicans that this is their fault. And in getting it, in getting that confession, Obama seeks to ensure that there will never, ever be tax cuts again. ‘Because look what they led to.’ And when or if the Republicans concede, that will be the story.”

–Rush Limbaugh, yesterday

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  1. parsingreality says:

    Obama’s ratings are going up since the election.

    You lost.

    Ha ha.

    Blow me.

    Paul  

  2. parsingreality says:

    The ususal suspects.  The US Chamber of Commerce and the Republicans, stonewalling effective legislation to protect our cyber infrastructure.

    Remember how Obamacare, during development, pretty much followed what the insurance companies wanted?  Until they got it?  ”We were for it until we were against it.”

    Same thing with the bill that was proposed. Highly watered down, pretty much what the CoC wanted, then they don’t want it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12

    BTW, today is the 53rd anniversary of my family moving into this house on Whitaker Bayou.  Never thought I’d be sitting here with gray hair waiting for Mom to die.  Life.  

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Must be, because Rush has finally said something that makes the tiniest bit of sense.

    This is their fault . . . and, taxes do need to increase . . . the clear evidence being looking at what those Bush tax cuts have led to.

    This brief lucidity make me wonder what drugs that fat kid is hooked on now?  ’Cause if it ain’t the drugs, well then . . .

    . . . sorry people, 14 days and counting, we’re fucked.

  4. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Reflecting attitudes held throughout his personal and political life, President Barack Obama restated Thursday his long-standing fear that the U.S. government is even now putting measures in place to take his guns away.

    Obama, an avid gun enthusiast with an extensive history of mistrusting the federal government, claimed Washington’s actions in recent years have been particularly egregious and described its “rabid anti-gun zealotry” as “some real sinister, Nazi-type shit.”

  5. NeonNurseNeonNurse says:

    Ecologist Steve Layman of Geosyntec Consultants and biologist Rick Mayden of Saint Louis University have discovered five new species of darters. They’ve decided to name them after five presidents and vice presidents who have “environmental cred”. This one is Etheostoma obama:

    I am mainly posting this so I can re-share my friend’s remark, “Mr Prez, you’ve got a lovely darter.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

  6. CaninesCanines says:

    It wasn’t all that long ago that I heard the phrase “sticky wicket” for the first time:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12

    Some law enforcement officials, alarmed at the prospect that marijuana users in both states could get used to flouting federal law openly, are said to be pushing for a stern response. But such a response would raise political complications for President Obama because marijuana legalization is popular among liberal Democrats who just turned out to re-elect him.

    “It’s a sticky wicket for Obama,” said Bruce Buchanan, a political science professor at the University of Texas at Austin, saying any aggressive move on such a high-profile question would be seen as “a slap in the face to his base right after they’ve just handed him a chance to realize his presidential dreams.”

     

  7. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Tea Party Gains Control Over Republican Policy Incubators

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/

    The Republicans’ anti-tax Tea Party wing, which failed in its goal to defeat President Barack Obama and the Senate Democratic majority, is rising to leadership positions in policy and activist groups that have guided the party’s direction for years.

  8. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    As the industry claims it is oh so safe. fracking is allowed as long as:

    1. The ingredients are fully disclosed in advanced.

    2. The local hazmat teams approves those ingredients as not hazardous.

    Yes there are arguments against fracking of any type. But this would be a significant improvement over what we have today. And it merely calls on the gas industry to prove what they’ve been claiming.

  9. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    No, I am not making a personal statement. I am quoting from a “NoiseBot T-Shirts” ad running along the left column of Coloradopols.com. The ad shows a comely, well-endowed female model wearing a brown t-shirt with that delightful expression.

    Does Coloradopols have no control over the ad content gracing its pages?

  10. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    Supreme Court will hear two gay marriage cases

    I’d love to see it:  The coup de grace for the straight supremacist movement.

  11. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    http://ir.smith-wesson.com/pho

    Net sales from continuing operations for the second quarter were a record $136.6 million, up 48.0% from the second quarter last year. The increase was led by continued strong sales across all of the company’s firearm product lines, including M&P branded products, such as pistols, modern sporting rifles, and the recently launched Shield pistol designed for concealed carry and personal protection.

  12. gertie97 says:

    and cut Obama a large commission check. Seldom has one man done so much for an industry without actually doing anything.

  13. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    Except for, you know, the tax cuts he’s pushing for the first $250,000 of everyone’s income.  

  14. parsingreality says:

    Actually on my short playlist of beach walking songs.

    The eastern world, it is exploding

    Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’

    You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’

    You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’

    And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’

    But you tell me

    Over and over and over again, my friend

    Ah, you don’t believe

    We’re on the eve

    of destruction.

    Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say

    Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?

    If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away

    There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave

    [Take a look around ya boy, it's bound to scare ya boy]

    And you tell me

    Over and over and over again, my friend

    Ah, you don’t believe

    We’re on the eve

    of destruction.

    Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’

    I’m sitting here just contemplatin’

    I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation.

    Handful of senators don’t pass legislation

    And marches alone can’t bring integration

    When human respect is disintegratin’

    This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’

    And you tell me

    Over and over and over again, my friend

    Ah, you don’t believe

    We’re on the eve

    of destruction.

    Think of all the hate there is in Red China

    Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama

    You may leave here for 4 days in space

    But when you return, it’s the same old place

    The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace

    You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace

    Hate your next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace

    And, tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend

    You don’t believe

    We’re on the eve

    Of destruction

    Mm, no no, you don’t believe

    We’re on the eve

    of destruction.

  15. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    Because everyone agrees that at least taxes shouldn’t go up for those making under $250,000 a year – but the Republicans won’t even agree to that.

    That is the essence of reasonable compromise: agreeing to what you can all agree to, and at least getting that done.

    The Republicans are holding continued tax rates for everyone hostage to getting their way on the remaining 2% of the wealthiest Americans – instead of letting the issue of tax rates for those people be considered on their own merits.

    Obama can say: “If the Republicans get me a bill tomorrow a bill extending existing tax rates for those under $250K, I will sign it immediately.” The Republicans don’t have a rational response to that.

  16. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    But happy anniversary, and best wishes to you and your Mom. Yes: life.

  17. speedyexpress48 says:

    …Congress has shown, repeatedly, that any “cybersecurity” bill they try to pass generally endanger the people’s civil rights in one way or another (read; CISPA.)

    Yes, we need a cybersecurity bill…but goddammnit, if anything like CISPA comes up again, then no.

  18. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    kept, for 17 years, in a cage on my brothers’ back porch. I got to know the dove pretty well. One day, while commisserating with “Whisper”, I wrote this..

    “All alone in our cages,

    we are beginning to feel the ages,

    as we turn yet another page,

    is this all there is, white dove?”

    Cheer up though, parsing…

    remember…”with all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams…it is still a beautiful world”.  Max Ehrmann…1927 or so.

  19. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    the gas industry to prove what they’ve been claiming.

    will NEVER happen.

    I would be perfectly happy with your regs.

    I also know who would not…

  20. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    that these companies are able to keep secret what they’re pumping into the earth.

    It’s just completely, utterly bizarre and I can’t understand any rational reason as to why they should be allowed to keep that secret. Is there one?

  21. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    But I don’t know. Judging solely from its color, and ignoring any evidence to the contrary, I’d say it’s from someplace more exotic and foreign.

    (Gosh, naming it for Obama really does make sense.)

  22. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    But aren’t you happy for her?

  23. Diogenesdemar says:

    That’s the answer to all my remaining Christmas shopping needs.  Too bad I got adblock, care to post a link?

  24. Diogenesdemar says:

    look what Bush did for America’s duct tape manufacturers . . .  

  25. parsingreality says:

    ….as in that cyber friendship kind of thingy.

    There have been a number of Pols get togethers, but I think the one back in 2006? at Steve Y’s house was the first. AFAIC, it’s all family.

    What ever happened to Steve?

    Thanks for the congrats.  I also chuckle about computers in our lives now, and then.  And in one of those X degrees of separation, the associate of the woman who coined the term “a bug in the computer,” her husband lives a few doors away.

  26. NeonNurseNeonNurse says:

    …they should have named it Etheostoma Bronco Bama.

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