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Apr 26 2012

Open Thread


Via Strange Politics, on a tip from TED.

46 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. nobody says:

    Thanks Dave! Not what I wanted to lay my head down to as a visual.

    Love you ‘Long Time’.

  2. nobody says:

    I forgot to add.

    A picture of two Jack Asses!

  3. Festivus says:

    All I can think of is chopsticks.

  4. AC says:

    Senate Votes for $11 Billion Bailout of U.S. Post Office

    The vote was 62-37.

    What’s the point of electing RINOs?

  5. Festivus says:

    AC says: April 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    You forgot to add, “unexpected.” lol

  6. Festivus says:

    Soon, the USPS is going down for good. Quite remarkable, actually.

    They have to figure out a transition strategy as many rural communities don’t have good options.

    This is simply a stop-gap measure. This is not a RINO demonstration.

    Oh, it will bleed much more than it should, but the end is near for the USPS as we know it.

  7. AC says:

    It’s an $11 billion bailout which rewards bureaucracy, inefficiency, and failure.

    There are plenty of low-impact cuts which can be made as a stopgap measure. Those cuts won’t bleed taxpayers.

    The cost of this bailout is several hundred dollars to every taxpaying household.

  8. Festivus says:

    I don’t disagree with you, AC, but there is a massive infrastructure that has to be dismantled while attending to the rural areas that will be most adversely affected.

    The handwriting is on the wall for the USPS. It’s just a matter of time.

    Like I said, it will bleed much more than it should, but market forces will eventually put them out of business for the most part.

    This should be exhaulted by every conservative out there as an example of how technology and innovation makes a bloated ineffective bureaucracy obsolete. I can’t think of any better modern day example.

    It’ll be a much slower demise than need be, but an obsolescence in the long run nontheless.

  9. Sam Adams says:

    AC says:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm Terrific: Senate Dems offset cost of student loan bill with higher taxes on small business


    One must ask “what is the federal government doing in the student loan business?” I apparently missed that as one of the enumerated powers.

  10. Sam Adams says:

    Festivus says:
    April 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm I don’t disagree with you, AC, but there is a massive infrastructure that has to be dismantled while attending to the rural areas that will be most adversely affected.


    Actually the problem is worse than that since congress must approave all changes made by the USPS. Stop Saturday delivery? Congress must take up the matter. Close some rural offices? Congress must decide the matter.

    Congress is one of the few entities that can take a poor situation and make it worse….in many cases, much worse.

    I give you the Dodd Frank Bill, and ObamaCare as two shining examples.

  11. Alxandro says:

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  12. berlet98 says:

    Who Is the Real George Zimmerman?

    Amid all the twisted, biased reporting, mindless demonstrations and inflammatory rhetoric and the virtual national hysteria over George Zimmerman’s shooting Trayvon Martin, one very relevant factor has been largely overlooked: Who is George Zimmerman?

    It’s said that appearances are often deceiving and that adage applies in spades to Zimmerman.

    We know for a certainty that he is a killer because he shot and killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin on February 26th, 2012 on a dark, rainy street in a gated, Sanford, Florida community.

    Zimmerman freely confessed to killing Martin in self-defense with a single shot from his legally registered Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, a weapon obtained at a cop’s suggestion, while on his rounds as captain in a neighborhood watch group.

    Since that evening, Zimmerman has been demonized by the local and national media, persecuted by racial agitators, and threatened with execution by various radicals. He has had a price put on his head, his family has been forced to relocate, and their lives have devolved into a living hell.

    Even with new information trickling out proving the details in the case have been wildly distorted by the MSM which still chooses to feature photos of Martin as a child rather than as a 6 foot 2 inch teenager with a murky background, even as new evidence has emerged supporting Zimmerman’s contention that he was viciously beaten and bloodied, even though it appears his prosecution has been politically motivated in order to bring racial peace to Florida, the demonization and threats persist and the bounty has not been lifted.

    George Zimmmerman may have killed another human being but he is anything but a murderer.

    With all the attention lavished on the unarmed Martin over the past two months, short shrift has been accorded the other victim in this tragedy, Zimmerman.

    Surprisingly, the international news agency Reuters, long known for its liberal slant, has finally provided what has been largely and starkly missing from the tragedy’s picture, the humanization of the shooter.

    According to Reuters’ “George Zimmerman: Prelude to a Shooting,”, the prologue to the events of that February night as it relates to Zimmerman stands in marked contrast against his portrayal in much of the MSM as well as by black politicians and by those more interested in dissension than in justice.

    Rather than a racist vigilante who stalked and murdered Trayvon Martin in cold blood ”like a rabid dog,” George Zimmerman is shown to be a caring, sensitive, community-minded individual from a very religious and socially-involved family. He had been studying criminal justice and hoped to be a judge down the road.

    Seriously puncturing the racist charge, the 28 year old Zimmerman is in fact half Latino with ”black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather” and his maternal grandmother babysat two African-American kids who for years took their meals with the Zimmermans and attended school with young George.

    At 18, while studying to be a realtor, he worked in Sanford for Lee Ann Benjamin and her husband John Donnelly who said, “George impressed me right off the bat as just a real go-getter. He was working days and taking all these classes at night.” Zimmerman later “partnered with an African-American friend and opened up an Allstate satellite office,” which went bust.

    Still, anymore than Trayvon Martin was a saint, George Zimmerman wasn’t saintly either.

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  13. Archonix says:

    You know, I’ve been posting at this site for years, since long before Dave revealed his real name, and agreeing with just about everything he posted… in the past, in various debates with lefties, I’ve been called a hippie libertarian, a warmonger, hater, racist, ultracapitalist (which is apparently an insult), tool of the corporate masters, a jew (again, apparently this is an insult) and all because I stood up for three things: the right for individual self-determination and the idea that we are not mere tools of the state and my support for the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    I am a christian. I consider myself a fundamentalist. With the help of my rather linguistically adept wife (who speaks seven languages by now) I’ve been learning to have ever greater understanding of the scriptures as they were originally written and my faith has grown stronger and stronger in the process.

    I did technically oriented degrees at university. I have a BSc and an MSc in sound and visual technology related fields. I work in the building trade, installing and testing electrical installations and I am damn proud of the quality and speed of what I do.

    I don’t own a gun only because I live in a country where they do everything short of executing you if you even talk about guns to the wrong person. I do, however, own an axe, a decent sturdy knife and a lump hammer that would take are of anyone who came in through the door without my permission – the window is unlikely as I’m three stories up.

    That’s just to establish my standing here so, when I say you people have turned into everything you once claimed to be fighting, I should hope there’s a little impact behind the words.

    Political correctness is not merely an affliction of the left. I’ve noticed, here, that stepping even slightly outside the bounds of what is considered to be the acceptable opinion results in an avalanche of abuse. You all turn on long-time posters simply because they disagree with you on one or two issues even slightly.

    You have become the ravening mob. You hate. You attack, without mercy or love. You never push the alternative to big government-funded depravity, you never suggest the possibility of other ways to do things. You never show any sort of compassion. You mindlessly assault anyone who steps even slightly off the path you’ve declared is the only righteous way.

    Our lord got down in the gutter with sinners and pulled them up out of it. He talked to them, ate with them, loved them. You would stand as far away as possible and throw rotten food at them, call them names and then pat yourselves on the back at how fucking good you are.

    To hell with you all. I’m sure you’ll be happy to know I’m not coming back here. I expect there’ll even be some snarky variation of don’t let the door hit you on the way out as you celebrate your increased purification. You hypocrites can celebrate all you want. You are as hateful and deceptive as the devil himself as far as I’m concerned, clothing yourself in light but spreading only darkness, only your own brand of wannabe state-oppression and dictatorship. You are truly no better.

  14. FrankW says:

    In the theme of the departure notice I would like a petition to keep lao to be started. He is entertaining (if somewhat vague on his opinion of things, kinda like nailing down warm jello). Kinda like a cut on the sole of my foot he does force one to watch their step or risk a bwahhhwhah (I have never actually met someone who laughs like that).
    Sorry to see archy go. I agree that some posters have no excrement filter and let the fecal matter hit the rotary impeller without regard. I also agree that some posters are more anti-liberal than conservative (and fond of using the same tactics and strategy as liberals, I see the hypocrisy). But I also know it is their (my) right to say it (pesky amendment).
    I never claimed to be the lord. I applied, still have not heard back, but the hours suck and evidently I have to hang out in gutters with sinners, ewwww. Ironic because I recognize I am the biggest sinner I know. (I knew that 12 step program would help someday)
    Anyway I muse not because I am joining archy, but it is kinda a lesson learned thing. He has a point, some people post just to do a “¿quien es mas macho?” thing. “Who is more ‘macho’.” for those who refuse to learn the language of our new overlords.

  15. FrankW says:

    I don’t have a “one size fits all solution” to the USPS problem.
    For me elimination of the service works. If companies/utilities/my city hall expand the ability to send a payment online for all things.
    For my mom she would be good with 2-3 per week delivery.
    My grandmother would be good with weekly.
    I have little clue how the vertical dwellers in the cities would fare on reduced delivery dates. I suspect they do not have mailboxes of adequate size to handle 1 time per week deliveries. And I get that the older generations don’t embrace email and websites for bill payment.
    I would like to see what would happen if mail was completely privatized though.

  16. Archonix says:

    I was pissed off. I still am pissed off, but this:

    “But I also know it is their (my) right to say it (pesky amendment).”

    … is exactly right. And why I’m leaving. I can’t stop you doing and saying what you want, I just don’t want to hear it any more, so I’m off to find somewhere quiet, smoke a cigar, drink some whisky and contemplate the rain.

  17. GoY says:

    Illegal Immigrants committing the tax fraud Americans won’t:

  18. whotothewhat says:

    OK? this is really progressive step for the 14th century clingers.

    Outrage as Egypt plans ‘farewell intercourse law’ so husbands can have sex with DEAD wives up to six hours after their death

  19. freebird says:

    Lookie here Archonix,if you see hypocrisy it’s your obligation to post and point it out.
    If not you,then who?If not now,then when?

    The only thing in Afghanistan is oil and poppies…
    Now there is capitalism in action.
    (Yes, I am baiting you)

  20. freebird says:


  21. Sam says:

    More bullshit from Ray LaHood, who doesn’t think you should use a cellphone while driving because there were 3,000 fatalities last year.

    3,000/300,000,000 = .001%

  22. ED357 says:

    This was predicted in 2006…..

    “Idiocracy” starring Luke Wilson….

  23. Reiuxcat says:

    Sam Adams says:
    April 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm AC says:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm Terrific: Senate Dems offset cost of student loan bill with higher taxes on small business


    One must ask “what is the federal government doing in the student loan business?” I apparently missed that as one of the enumerated powers.


    The govt took over the student loan program to apply “profits” made to reduce (aka massage) the financial impact of Obamacare.

    I an currently paying 9.75% on my daughters loan I cosigned. There was no deferment of payments until graduation.

  24. Bob Roberts says:

    For those of you who were wondering how we managed to get Osama under Obama’s watch, it’s most likely because Obama was kept largely out of the loop!

    Obama’s Chicago style strong arm tactics. Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Romney’s campaign.

    Michelle Obama’s $500,000 shopping trip: Huge taxpayer bill for First Lady’s Spanish beach getaway revealed

    It’s hard to steal an election when more and more of your base hates you – but if anyone can do it, OBAMA CAN!

    Time for Michelle Obama to get a dream come true! ‘Fantasy’ is to walk out WH ‘and just keep walking’.

    Your fantasy will become reality in January!

    Apparently our troll is vacationing on a hunting trip in Florida. “Just look at her! She looks just like one! Anyone could have made that mistake!”

    Our “favorite” troll is in legal trouble, AGAIN! Jurors in a New York court will see surveillance footage today of a man who allegedly dressed up as his dead mother for six years.


    Obama’s efforts to destroy the U.S. economy are working.

    Hawk Flies Off With PLAYBOY Playmate’s Puppy. This is not that unusual out here – owls and hawks make off with pets all the time.


    Obama spiking the Bin Laden football again. Too bad he wasn’t really “in the loop” on this one and can’t take credit honestly.

  25. FrankW says:
    Entitlement generation tip.
    Announcer rips apart couple who not aware young kid was throwing temper tantrum over not getting a foul ball at game. Evidently the couple caught a foul ball. The kid was next to them and was upset he did not get it instead of them. So the announcer that notices decides the couple were greedy and evil because they did not immediately gratify the kid. The baseball team eventually gave the kid a ball. So the only lesson learned by the kid was that whining gets your wish fulfilled. And the lesson trying to be taught by the announcer is that when a kid whines give them what they want. This is how the ows’ers work.

  26. J says:

    Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

  27. J says:

    MoveOn: Saying Word “Illegal” Immigrants “Fits Definition Of A Hate Crime,” Could Lead To Murder…

  28. J says:

    Milwaukee Red Cross Told to Prepare For Chicago Evacuation During NATO Summit – Fears of Leftist Violence

  29. Festivus says:

    I actually saw a car with a “NOMOBAMA” bumper sticker on it in Seattle today and it hadn’t been keyed.

    Just sayin’.

  30. lao says:

    I can’t help but wonder. Has it driven blunt to despair that the My Little Pony thread has gotten more moonbattery parrot comments than anything else currently on the page?

  31. BuffaloChips says:

    For those speaking of the USPS earlier. My brother had an issue with them a few years back in St Marys, GA. The postal carrier got him/herself a Jeep Cherokee to deliver in and decided that some people’s mailboxes were too low to deliver to. The carrier’s answer to the dilemma was to demand that the boxholders raise their mailboxes, which included my brother’s, or they would no longer get their mail. (message was a note left in the “offending” boxes) My brother said that his mailbox was actually a minimum of 2″ above the USPS required height. He took the issue to the locat postmaster who told him to raise his mailbox or don’t get his mail that he didn’t care! No wonder they are going under. With customer service like that, who wants to use them for any more than absolutely necessary?

  32. AC says:

    I can’t help but wonder. Has it driven blunt to despair that the My Little Pony thread has gotten more moonbattery parrot comments than anything else currently on the page?

    You should know the answer to that.

    The threads hit by outside trolls always get the most responses.

    That thread was hit by some drive-by “bronies” apparently upset when men living in the real world took exception to their juvenile subculture.

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