Friday Open Thread


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121 Responses to Friday Open Thread

  1. DandyTiger says:

    Someone kidnapped the klown I suspect. Here’s a new thread.

  2. yttik says:

    Maybe Scotty was able to beam the Klown to a more intelligent planet?

  3. wmcb says:

    So the kiosk owner who provided the newspaper every morning to the Cardinal gets a call from the new Pope to cancel his subscription. He thought it was a prank:

    “Seriously, it’s Jorge Bergoglio, I’m calling you from Rome,” the Pope insisted.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Reminds me, have been seeing articles about Chicago shutting down public schools and keep wondering if the *union* teachers will still get paid anyhow ?

  4. DeniseVB says:

    I believe this, my friend gave up her pediatric practice last year, now working shifts at a public ER to pay the bills. Another friend, a veterinarian, is raising prices to cover Obamacare taxes on his medical equipment ……. well, the Supreme Court warned us, elections have consequences and we still re-elected Obama 😦 The worst is coming in 2014 and with hopes we don’t give BO the House and Senate too !

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      DIL techs for a Vet practice and just got hit with $400 per mo health insurance bump – for less coverage. Reality sucks. Thanks a bunch, kool-aid-witted. Enjoy Obamacare while it lasts.

  5. driguana says:

    shocking March sadness….wolves brought down by intellectuals….
    the State of New Mexico is stunned this morning…

  6. wmcb says:

    I just don’t give a shit on my facebook page anymore. I’m full blast jeering at the proggies these days:

    We need to get a good rousing activist chant going for this article. How about:

    “Hey hey, ho hoo, let’s rain some death from Niger, too!!!”

    “But…. but…….he’s the Nobel Peace Prize winning “anti-war” president!” Yeah, I knew from the beginning that was a huge lie. And I’m still waiting for the massive demonstrations with blood-dripping HitlerObama posters to happen, but alas, they never will. Because it seems the Democratic party and the Left in this country is chock full of contemptible hypocrites.

    You do realize that our image and popularity in the middle east is now WORSE than it was under Bush, right? Shhhhhh! Keep that on the down low. Musn’t upset the Preferred Narrative of “It’s different when WE do it.” No, no it’s not.

    “Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has relied heavily on drones for operations, both declared and covert, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. U.S. drones also fly from allied bases in Turkey, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines.”

    Go back to sleep now cupcakes, while gazing lovingly at your HopenChange posters. Save up all that “Not in my name!” outrage for the next time your handlers need you to vent it at an *approved* target, like a Republican. In the meantime, sshhhhhhhhhh, sleeeep.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    When all else fails, lie:

  8. myiq2xu says:

  9. myiq2xu says:

    Journalist and political blogger Matthew Yglesias bought a three-

    bedroom, three-bath condo on Q Street in Logan Circle for $1.2 million. In a converted Victorian rowhouse, the unit has original exposed-brick walls and a private patio. Yglesias writes about business and the economy for Slate.

    I guess it’s okay because MattY inherited the money.

  10. wmcb says:

    So Ted Cruz is proposing some amendments to the budget that sound good, but I’m trying to get more info, as the press release has no link to the actual text of them. I’m particularly curious to see how the corporate welfare one is worded, and the “can sue the govt over regulations” one. The amendments are:

    Prohibiting drone killings of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil absent an imminent threat

    Eliminating corporate welfare

    Scholarships for school choice

    Limiting federal ownership of state lands to less than 50%

    Transferring foreign aid from Egypt to U.S. missile defense

    Creating a private right of action to challenge costly federal regulations

    Prohibiting millionaires from receiving welfare

    Restoring labor regulation to the states

    “Bloomberg Big Gulp Amendment” prohibiting federal regulation of food and beverage size and quantity

  11. HELENK says:

    good to teach kids history at home because they will not get it in schools

  12. catarina says:

    Massachusetts news, thanks to the Daily Mail:

    So far no local media has had the balls to air these details.
    How does the DM get these stories-do they have spies everywhere or what?

  13. yttik says:

    Oh boy, we’re having a strike in my dinky little town with 14% unemployment. It’s always a bad idea to strike during times of really high unemployment. Of course they are now hiring replacement workers and the whole thing is going to court to find out if any fair labor regs are being violated. Half the town is disgusted with the “scabs,” the other half hates the union. It’s an emotionally charged issue, since many people are hungry and willing to take any job that’s available. Others don’t understand that and believe you should support union workers no matter what.

  14. HELENK says:

    DC congressional staffers make slave wages can not afford a bowl of soup. Dippy Debbie

  15. wmcb says:

    Ha! Darius Rucker’s latest features the Duck Dynasty cast. Pretty good.

  16. HELENK says:

    At news conference with Pres Obama, Jordan’s King Abdullah says issue of asylum for Pres Assad “beyond my pay grade.”

  17. votermom says:

    I hope Colt moves to a bitter clinger state. Awesome if the red states have all the gun & ammo manufacturers.

    • votermom says:

      That’s one of the classic tactics authoritarians used to identify Christians when they were persecuted – have everyone commit an act of sacrilege and see who balks.

    • yttik says:

      It seems like tolerance always has to be taught by teaching people how to stomp on things. Seems to me we’re already pretty good at stomping on things. Maybe we should try respecting other people’s beliefs instead?

  18. votermom says:

  19. wmcb says:

    The world is full of stupid people quick to find offense over every little thing. Lou was on call last night, and he gets a call at 2:30 in the morning regarding a nursing home patient (who is elderly with dementia) and an aide.

    The nurse tells him she needs to let him know that the patient has “sexually assaulted” an aide. Levaing out the fact that if that’s the case, perhaps she should be calling the police, not a doc who can’t do anything about it, he asks her what happened. Did someone get injured?

    No, she says. The patient said to the aide: “You’re really pretty. I’d like to kiss you.” That’s it. That’s the “sexual assault” she’s all exercised over. From an old man in a nursing home bed who may well also think it’s 1935 and his dead Aunt Mabel visited him last week.

    Lou told her to get over it, WTF are you INSANE??? And to NEVER again call him emergently at 2:30 in the morning for such ridiculous crap. Click.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Jeebus christ on a cracker. WTF?

      • wmcb says:

        I know, that was my response too.

        • DandyTiger says:

          Sadly this level of stupid isn’t uncommon in nursing homes. Note to self: have gun handy when the mind starts going…

        • myiq2xu says:

          Cops wouldn’t do anything anyway. The guy is obviously non compos mentis. No DA would file charges, any judge would toss it out and no jail would accept him.

      • swanspirit says:

        “Facepalm” from a former Nursing rehab supervisor . ( one of my many incarnations as an R.N. , my resume is long )
        I would have lost my job calling the doc for something like that, or at least been written up But, truth be told ,I have worked with nurses that stupid , and not just in a rehab .
        I once worked with a nurse who charted that a patients labs were “out of whack” . She actually got mad and started a loud argument with me for telling her she couldn’t chart that .
        The correct documentation would be the actual lab values , with a note that they are not within normal limits and have been reported to the MD.
        Then again , I have had a Doc yell at me for calling them about a post op jaw surgery pt throat swelling up ; after the fourth call he came in , cussing me out , and then immediately took the pt back to surgery … soooooooooo I should write a book .

    • votermom says:

      good lord. I hope both nurse & aide get a good talking-to.

    • yttik says:


      But thank God for doctors who take those 3 AM phone calls from hysterical nurses 🙂 I had a great one last week that walked me though a mess. He was funny, he asked if we had any Benadryl and I was like, “do you think that would help?” And he’s like, “well if we take enough of it, it might help us get back to sleep!”

      • wmcb says:

        Lou has his favorite nurses, who he has lots of fun with. 😀 A whole bunch of them were in some interminable boring meeting with a patient care rep bureaucrat the other day, getting lectured on useless “rules” and “suggestions” on how to solve certain problems.

        Lou was in the room, because he needed to use the printer. He listened to this woman drone on and on… and inadvertently let out a little snicker. The bureaucrat got all huffy, and and asked “if the doctor would like to address the group and give his opinion on the matter.” I think she expected him to get embarrassed and go away. But he said, “Sure!” then proceed to tell the nurses, “Look, you and I both know the real solution to this problem is common sense and allowing you guys to use your nursing judgement, not tick off ticky boxes on endless QA forms…..” He went on for a few minutes.

        When he was done, 30 nurses cracked up laughing, then stood up and clapped. The administrative bureaucrat was apoplectic.

        He’s one of those docs that you either love him or hate him. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly, but will go to the mat for a patient, or for you if you are doing your damn job.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Hire good people and trust their judgment. No amount of rules will make stupid employees smart. Rigidly following rules always ends up backfiring.

          Here’s the only rule you need: “Always be reasonable.”

    • myiq2xu says:

      I used to date a woman who worked in a nursing home. She said the first day on the job the head nurse warned her that when working with male patients “Watch their hands. These guys are old, but they’re not dead.”

      • wmcb says:

        Yep. I worked nursing homes years ago. We had many an old demented lech. We viewed them with wry fondness, and learned to swing our asses out of range while changing a bed.

    • HELENK says:

      where will the silly twit be working next week?

      • wmcb says:

        I doubt he will file a formal complaint – just spread the word what a twit she is, and the other nurses will end up getting rid of her.

  20. Roberta says:

    Joe Biden’s one night stay at Paris hotel after Pope’s inaguration was $585,000 and one night at London hotel was $459,389. Almost 1 mill during Sequester. !!!!!!!

  21. votermom says:

    • Somebody says:

      OMG this isn’t too far from me. I hope they release some kind of artist drawings of the suspects or at least a description. I can’t believe they shot a baby in the face, those bastards.

  22. HELENK says:

    my neighbor was just telling my that her daughter and her husband are moving from San Francisco to South Carolina. This should be interesting to here stories about the culture shock. Both are beautiful places and good people but really different ideas of life

  23. wmcb says:

    No discussion, no debate, just ram it through.

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