New Year’s Eve Open Thread

“When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.”

–Napoleon Bonaparte

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. parsingreality says:

    ….made me think of Republican legislators, state and national.

  2. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    My calendar has run out of squares.

  3. sxp151 says:

    Yes, I put off my donations until the last minute. Taking suggestions now. Prefer Colorado-based, especially mental health stuff, but I’ll consider anyone doing good work.

  4. MADCO says:

    Not min- my calendar has millenia of pages to go.

    So, good luck tonight.

  5. It keeps going, and going, and going…

  6. Fidel's dirt nap says:

    in case you’re interested – Wounded Warriors helps our homecoming veterans re-integrate into society, find jobs, get counseling, you name it:


    Thats my favorite, it involves mental health stuff, and there is a huge need for what they do.

    One mans two cents. Have a very happy New Year.  

  7. sxp151 says:

    Another friend almost simultaneously recommended the same thing elsewhere, so there we go. I’m only vaguely familiar with them (I think SSG Dan wrote about them here). Thanks.

  8. rocco says:

    As an example, this morning after the President’s very smart, upbeat, commanding bully pulpit appearance at the Whitehouse, several pinko Legislators and aides sent out very smartass, pissy, childish, racist and defiant tweets.

    These tweets showed up on CSPAN 2, and were the very acknowledgement that the President’s description of the redleg portion of this Congress as incompetent was spot on accurate.

    Rand Paul, McCain, Scott, Thune, McConnell, and several others reacted in unison.

    True to parsing’s post, the copperhead reaction was as one……

    They made it perfectly clear that they don’t have any problem with being shit bags of the first order, anti-country, and incompetent. In fact, their only objection to is is being IDENTIFIED as shit bags, anti-country, and incompetent.

    And to prove the President’s description of them as innacurate, they vowed to be shit bags, anti-country and incompetent in voting NO on ANY measures adopted today, as a “punishment”.

    That’ll show us, ‘eh guys?


  9. rocco says:

    To prove the President wrong, Boehner has just announced there wiill be no vote in the House tonight.

    They hove zero compunction being shit bags. Just don’t “cotton” to being called shit bags.

    And Americans, here’s our punishment for calling them incompetent. They prove themselves to be incompetent.

  10. BlueCat says:

    would be so in your face about how incompetent the R congress is if he didn’t want them to react the way they did.  Pretty much everybody and their brother has been saying going over the cliff makes it easier to get a deal since, at the that point, Rs can vote for tax cuts without voting to allow anyone’s tax rate to rise. No broken vows. Changes made shortly after cliff day can be retroactive.

    Rs take the blame for any temporary ill consequences but get to tell their base they never voted to let anyone’s rates rise. Boehner doesn’t have to give anything away before being re-elected speaker which doesn’t happen until after the New Year.  Maybe all that Kabuki is what the off camera negotiations were really about.

    Besides, Boehner will eventually have to get anything, even post-cliff, through the house without the obligatory super majority of the majority.  Since Hastert the not so unwritten law has been nothing gets brought to floor for a vote that wouldn’t pass with just Republican votes.  If some Dems want to crawl along, fine but those Dem votes shouldn’t actually be needed.

    If Boehner has to break that rule and get something passed that requires some Dem votes, he sure as hell doesn’t want to have to stoop that low before the Speaker election. No deal until after saves face for Boehner.

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