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Open Thread……………………………………..Saturday, February 28

February 28th, 2015 12 comments

pregnant rabbit

Areas that get too much snow also produce people with too much time on their hands.  I thought this picture was one of the cuter snow sculptures that has hit the internet.

Are we just about finished with snow for the season?  I seriously doubt it.  Even though today is the last day of February and I have daffodils trying to come up in my front yard, I don’t think we have seen the last of Old Man Winter.

For the record, next Sunday, March 8, marks the beginning of  Day Light Saving Time.  Let my winter depression life!  More day light!

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Pre-election prognostications

February 25th, 2015 34 comments

This upcoming supervisors race is getting increasingly amusing.  Some of it is very predictable.  Some of it, not so much.

I hear things. I never tell names and tales in the same breath.  It cuts off your source of information.  Information is gold to a blogger.  You can use it wisely and prudently or you can shot-gun it all over the place and blow folks out of the water.  I have seen both.  I try to follow the former rather than the latter path.

I find it laughable that the same person ran his own strong-arm candidate acquisition scam.   I think about 20 people got strong armed.  Not many people have the stomach for this game so many just said no.

It appeared that there would be one Republican candidate and one Democratic candidate for the BOCS chair.  Then along came a rival, yapping at Corey heels.  I question the wisdom of  Candland support so early in the game.  That sends a clear message to the current chairman that Pete Candland is an adversary and doesn’t plan to work with Corey at all.  Candland might as well have declared war.  Why would you want to send that message, just out of curiosity?  Is that smart to show your cards that early in the game to someone of the same party, sitting on the same board?

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Rob Richards: Villian or Hero, Devil or Angel?

February 23rd, 2015 22 comments

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His three combat tours in Afghanistan had been boiled down to a 38-second video clip, played and replayed on YouTube more than a million times. In it, Rob Richards and three other Marine Corps snipers are seen urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters they had just killed.

“Total dismay” were the words then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used to describe the video when it surfaced on the Internet in January 2012. “Utterly deplorable,” agreed then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Richards’s career in the military was finished.

More than two years later — long after the rest of the country had moved on to other scandals — Richards, 28, died at home and alone from an accidental painkiller overdose.

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Rude Rudy: does it hurt the GOP?

February 20th, 2015 103 comments

Guilani went from bad to worse. According to

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) defended his accusation that Obama doesn’t love America by arguing that Obama’s upbringing by a white mother and attendance of a white school made his statement not racist.

“Some people thought it was racist — I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people,” Giuliani said in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday.

All the GOP candidates now will be asked if they agree or disagree. They need to throw Rude Rudy under the bus. He was always too big for his britches anyway.  How can anyone assess how much someone else loves their country?  Political tomfoolery.

His 9-11 big-shotting would gag a maggot.  He can’t claim to be more deeply affected than everyone else.

Giuliani keeps digging himself in deeper and deeper.  Let the comedy begin.

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President Obama on “radical Islam”

February 18th, 2015 38 comments

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he refuses to describe the Islamic State and al Qaeda as groups fueled by “radical Islam” because the term grants them a religious legitimacy they don’t deserve.

“They are not religious leaders; they are terrorists,” Obama said during remarks at a White House event on countering violent extremism. “We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

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Diane Rehm: the voice for death with dignity

February 15th, 2015 19 comments


Diane Rehm and her husband John had a pact: When the time came, they would help each other die.

John’s time came last year. He could not use his hands. He could not feed himself or bathe himself or even use the toilet. Parkinson’s had ravaged his body and exhausted his desire to live.

“I am ready to die,” he told his Maryland doctor. “Will you help me?”

The doctor said no, that assisting suicide is illegal in Maryland. Diane remembers him specifically warning her, because she is so well known as an NPR talk show host, not to help. No medication. No pillow over his head. John had only one option, the doctor said: Stop eating, stop drinking.

So that’s what he did. Ten days later, he died.

For Rehm, the inability of the dying to get legal medical help to end their lives has been a recurring topic on her show. But her husband’s slow death was a devastating episode that helped compel her to enter the contentious right-to-die debate. “I feel the way that John had to die was just totally inexcusable,” Rehm said in a long interview in her office. “It was not right.”

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Open Thread………………………………Friday, February 13

February 13th, 2015 109 comments

cold chixIs it cold enough for everybody yet?  It’s just perfectly dreadful, in my opinion and the wind makes it so much worse.

Does anyone have a plan to stay warm?  I just keep trying to sit close to dogs.

Last night was definitely a three dog night.  My faithful friend kept my feet warm all night.  Actually, I think he was using me.

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Federal judge orders local judges to issue marriage licenses

February 13th, 2015 50 comments

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MOBILE, Ala. — A federal judge here ruled on Thursday that the local probate judge cannot refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, potentially adding some clarity to a judicial quarrel that has roiled Alabama for most of a week.

The order by Judge Callie V. S. Granade of Federal District Court came after a brief hearing and prompted cheers and crying in the halls of the probate court here, where several couples obtained licenses and were married before the license office closed.

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The”cringeable” interview

February 10th, 2015 36 comments

I don’t usually agree with Megyn Kelly but that interview was dreadful. It was cringeable. I felt sorry for Eric Holder. I was embarrassed for both of them. Melissa Harris-Perry usually does better than that.

What am I missing here? It didn’t even make sense. Why would anyone call Eric Holder a duck? Asking him to quack was just mortifying. She needs to find another line of work.

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Judicial showdown: Alabama misbehavior….again

February 10th, 2015 46 comments

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s defiance of a federal court order on gay marriage is just the latest in a long line of bitter states’ rights fights on issues from school integration to the Confederate battle flag – and the latest potentially embarrassing political sideshow for the 2016 field of GOP presidential hopefuls.

In the end, some veteran Republican strategists suggest, Moore’s order barring county probate judges from issuing gay marriage licenses may serve mainly to harden the entrenched positions of supporters and opponents of a legal issue on which public opinion has been shifting with lightning speed, and which the Supreme Court seems likely to resolve by this summer.

Moore’s decision, however, increases the chances that Republican presidential candidates will be forced to discuss the issue — in the racially freighted framework of states’ rights, no less — before extremely conservative voters in the heat of a primary campaign.

If I were a GOP candidate, I would not want to discuss Judge Roy Moore under any circumstances.  He is political gasoline.

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