Happy Groundhog Day!


CNN reports that Newt Gingrich saw his shadow this morning, guaranteeing at least six more weeks of campaigning.



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    • 1539days says:

      I think I made the analogy that Bush could have used similar logic to authorize a drone attack on the Dixie Chicks because they were attacking the US government on foreign soil.

    • r u reddy says:

      The stench from Digby’s new secret banning and secret censoring thread-control methods is spreading and people on other places are beginning to mention the smell from time to time.
      Semi-recently there was a discussion of it in a thread following Matt Stoller’s second guest-post on Ron Paul specifically . . . on Naked Capitalism. No unwanted thought is going to find its way into Hullabaloo. Hullabaloo readers will either find their way out on their own, or maybe they won’t. But Digby will permit no ropes to be lowered
      into the pit.
      And the issue is not the banning and censoring as-such. The issue is Digby’s pretense that no such banning exists, maintained through such dirty tricks as the “ghosting” of comments, the complete absence of any posted rules about what gets you banned, etc.
      And it is Digby who is behind it. Atkins is just her eager little footstool.

  1. Pips says:

    Where I come from we call it “Kyndelmisse” – from latin “Missa Candelarum” – and lots of predictions and traditions were attached to the date, now mostly forgotten. I especially like the menu of days of yore: Pancakes and “flæsk” (thick chunks of bacon) downed with plenty of beer and snaps … and/or coffee. 🙂

    • We’ve got la chandeleur here today — everybody eats crepes to celebrate. BEST. HOLIDAY. EVER.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Were they hand-rolled by Dominicans?

        • Jadzia says:

          I take back everything I said about the greatness of this holiday. Boy #3 puked up all three of his crepes at about 4 in the morning. However, the person I REALLY feel sorry for is Boy #2–the occupant of the bottom bunk.

          Everything in the house smells like puke and it’s about 15 degrees outside so I can’t even open the windows. Moral of the story: next year find out how many crepes they had at school before letting them gorge on too many more during the evening.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Sorry, I know I shouldn’t be but I’m LMAO

        • 1539days says:

          15 Fahrenheit or Centigrade?

        • Jadzia says:

          Fahrenheit. Approximately. It’s something like 10 below Centigrade (not counting the wind chill factor) and I was too lazy to do the math.

          myiq, i am now laughing about it too. At 4am, not so much. : )

      • Pips says:

        Interesting, about the pancakes I mean, as Danish pancakes are very similar to French crepes. We Northern heathens – well ok, Protestants – are apparently more influenced by Catholicism (also re the name of the day) than we’re aware of in our daily life. 🙂

  2. votermom says:

    This should go on the Rewriting Herstory thread but more people will see it here.

    A comment last night on C4P from very occasional poster Chuck Heath Jr (Sarah Palin’s brother):
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/02/open-thread-202.html#comment-427469023

    Hi guys (and gals),
    I thought I’d share something with you that you might enjoy. A friend of mine in Alabama told me to check out the trailer for the new HBO show, Game Change. Now as I recall, that book was written about the race between McCain and Obama, but somehow, HBO decided to make it into a Sarah story. Anyway, I watched the trailer tonight with my two sons (eleven and eight years old). When the trailer gets to the end, the actress portraying Sarah says something like, “We have to win this thing; I so don’t want to go back to Alaska”. Both of my kids burst out laughing and the oldest said, “dad, that’s crazy! That doesn’t even sound like Sarah, and you know how much she loves Alaska”.

    I know all of you Sarah supporters know that this movie is full of bull; just thought you might like to hear the perspectives of two of her nephews here in Alaska that know her just a little bit better than some Hollywood writer.

    Chuck

    • myiq2xu says:

      The Palins built a special studio behind their house so Sarah can perform her duties at FOX from Alaska. If she really wanted to get out of the Frozen state she had all the excuse she needed.

    • yttik says:

      LOL! That is funny. You have to really love Alaska to live there. As hard as it is for some people to understand, people don’t dream of leaving Alaska, like people dream of leaving the small town I live in.

      My BIL went to spend a week in Alaska. We didn’t see him again for nine years. People who decide to live there have it in their blood and nothing can pull them away.

    • DandyTiger says:

      That’s a great example of how they didn’t even lift a finger to understand the character. That’s one of the most basic things about Palin and incredibly easy to know just from casually listening to her most any time. And in this case even laugh out loud stupidly wrong too.

  3. votermom says:

    What do you guys think of this:

    According to the FDA, Your Stem Cells Are Now Drugs
    http://gizmodo.com/5881492/according-to-the-fda-your-stem-cells-are-now-drugs

  4. myiq2xu says:

    AofS:

    One of the great blessings of the United States is that in the large politics really doesn’t matter all that much. Sure we care – a lot- and have plenty of strong opinions about national politics. But the reality is that for most people whoever controls the White House has little discernible effect on their daily lives and that of their friends and families.

    But in other countries politics matters: who has political power determines whether you keep your job, can get enough food, whether your family can stay in the country, or even whether you live or die. By contrast we have the luxury of not having to care about politics and still leading a happy, pleasant life. And that’s no small thing.

    So before you condemn the independents for their general lack of interest in the ins and out of politics, consider that maybe that’s really just a sign of how robust and generally self-running the US system is. And when non-political geeks really do start caring about and following politics, well then start worrying.

    • votermom says:

      Doesn’t it feel like we are losing that luxury though? I am guessing a lot of regular people (whether they lean Tea Party or Occupy) feel that who wins in 2012 will impact whether they will find, or keep, a job, or keep their business open, or yes, keep getting food stamps.

      • yttik says:

        Where I live we’ve really felt the impact of national politics. We have small business owners committing suicide and empty storefronts offering six months free rent. We went from 5.2% unemployment to a whopping 12 %. We had 8 foreclosures in 2007. Last year we had 121.

        So maybe in the past people felt like national politics didn’t impact them much, but nobody is feeling that way now.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Yes, I do think they will think that, but what AoS is referring to is a larger framework. It’s like this conversation I had with a friend circa 2004. He kept insisting that there had been a liberal paradigm shift owing to the last 50 years. I was shocked, because the story I knew was that there’d been conservative political dominance for some 30 years. I missed his point, and I realized it only later, after my own conversion to independent though. Yes, there had been conservative political domination, but he was talking the ideas that our culture accepts, and he was right. In the 1950s sexual freedom & abortion were anathema, Civil Rights was too, marital status, job and professional choices, females in the workforce, etc. all different, and the consensus at the time was in fitting into specific molds, rising to those characteristics. It wasn’t a golden age, but it was different.

        When you look at it this way, there has been a liberal cultural dominance for decades. Since the boomers began to mature, specifically.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Shoot, hit reply too soon. Anyway, what AoS is referring to is similar. The baseline political success compared to other countries is currently in tact. It doesn’t tend to shift below or above a certain level. In that way it is stable and independents are one measure of that.

    • honora says:

      While l don’t disagree with the basic premise of the quote, I don’t agree that ‘Independents’ are people that care less about politics than Rs and Ds Rather, as is evidenced here, Independents are often people that know how the sausage is made and decide that they don’t want to be a part of it anymore. As an Independent, I no longer have to root for my team and accept what they do as ‘right’ , I can look at the situation objectively and decide on a candidate and a position regardless of party label. It is very liberating.

  5. votermom says:

    Re Groundhog day:

  6. votermom says:

    Livefeed of Holder (fast & Furious) hearing here. Starts 9 am EST)

    http://issues.oversight.house.gov/fastandfurious/hearing2.html

  7. DeniseVB says:

    That Denise(space)VB in moderation is me, logged in the lazy way this morning. Computer problems, new one on the way!

  8. votermom says:

    Trump is gonna endorse somebody in Vegas today. CNN says it will be Mitt. AP says Newt.
    The Donald sure knows how to stir things up.

  9. yttik says:

    “CNN reports that Newt Gingrich saw his shadow this morning, guaranteeing at least six more weeks of campaigning.”

    I’m pretty sure the undead don’t cast shadows.

    • In a related story, Catholic school boys projected to reach puberty later than they used to.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Studies show that Catholic school boys’ number 1 sexual fantasy is nun of the above.

        • 1539days says:

          Yeah. It’s like the guys who are into spanking who were never actually spanked as kids.

          In my experience, the school girl uniforms were a hindrance to a pubescent Catholic school boy. They were really unflattering. My Catholic high school only had a dress code, so trousers were the norm. Except for the girls who wore their cheerleader uniforms in class. but that’s a whole other situation.

  10. votermom says:

    Ew!

  11. votermom says:

    Komen’s website got hacked, apparently by angry pro-choicers.

    I don’t trust Komen myself, but hacking a webseite because they won’t give you money sounds like extortion to me.

    • votermom says:

      For the record I am pro-choice politically (legal, safe, RARE) but the PP supporters are acting like thugs.

      • lisadawn82 says:

        Some PP supporters may be acting like thugs but most of us aren’t. Though I do not support hacking the message was apt. Wish they could have gotten their message across in a better manner though.

      • JeanLouise says:

        The money has already been replaced by donations from people who are outraged that the Komen Foundation, which many of us have contributed to heavily, have politicized – even further – women’s health. PP is not trying to shake anyone down. They’re trying to preserve the right of women to preventative health care in the face of a political assassination attempt.

        • votermom says:

          Raising money to offset the “pink” money is the right thing to do.

          Whoever hacked the website was doing shakedown tactics. Pretty much Anonymous tactics – do what we want (in this case resume paying) or we disrupt your site/business.

          What PP should do, if they haven’t yet, is denounce the hackers and make it clear that they don’t want their supporters doing this kind of thing.

    • votermom says:

      While I’m on a Komen rant, an org I dislike because they are in my opinion profiteering and exploiting rather than actually furthering breast cancer research – why were they supporting PP anyway?

      I think PP does address reproductive health, which is part of overall health, and I highly approve of contraception and the right to choose. I am glad people support this.

      But if Komen is really about breast cancer, they should be aware that breastfeeding/lactation is a proven way to minimize the risk of breast cancer, and it’s the La Leche League they should be throwing money at in terms of prevention.

      And let’s be honest, many researchers have seen links between almost all kinds of hormonal supplementation (including contraceptives) and increased risk of breast cancer.

      So logically it does not mesh at all with Komen’s supposed aims. In health terms, if a woman has a lot of babies and breastfeeds them, she is more likely to die of something other than breast cancer.

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  13. Lulu says:

    This article is probably my favorite of the week. http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/02/what-does-obama-do-all-day/ Obama is given memos with tic boxes! The WH released some of the memos to a writer with the New Yorker to show how hard he works and how smart he is. He tics and writes sentence fragments to show how engaged he is. From what this article says I am not sure if he is lazy, stupid or just doesn’t give a rat’s ass.

  14. foxyladi14 says:

    all of the above.. 🙂

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Well….I turned Fox off when I saw the BIG Trump Announcement staged with Romney posters. D’oh.

    My new laptop arrived about the same time, no dried blood on the keyboard from Trumpka’s Global employees. But she’s sitting next to my 5 year old laptop, who’s surprisingly behaving herself! I may get another few weeks out of the old girl 😀

    • 1539days says:

      New laptops are fun. But I’m getting used to having my first laptop of any kind. Thank God for KVM switches.

    • votermom says:

      He probably got a good deal out of it, and Trump does have to protect his empire and back who he thinks is the winner. But it’s a bad fit for both of them.
      Trump was a TP darling for being a possible not-Mitt who would go after Obama. He’s going to lose most of his fan base.
      Mitt is already the uber-rich dude OWS loves to hate. Now he’s paired with Mr You’re Fired.
      It’s like the opposite of synergy.

  16. DandyTiger says:

    BTW, love the “I got you babe” reference to the Groundhog Day movie. Extra points for that. 🙂

  17. HELENK says:

    http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3295.htm

    Ruth Bader Ginsberg talks about an Egyptian Constitution.
    I do not agree with her about our Constitution, It works pretty well when it is followed

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    • Pips says:

      Heh! Yes our minds sure are amazing:

      Aoccdring to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny imprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae.

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      Amzanig huh?

      😀

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