Caturday Open Thread


Cannot brain today. I have teh dumb.

Maybe later.


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    • leslie says:

      Heck! Half the time my kids were growing up I was deemed “non-essential” until they wanted something from me or their father said “no”. Get used to it sweetie.

    • Lulu says:

      I read that they are trying to shut down scenic overlooks on highways. I am not sure how they do that. Blindfolds or something?
      As for the essential or non-essential, I think it is statutory and the Obamacrats are ignoring it. Color me not surprised as this is a very pissy spiteful administration. Obamacare is turning into a joke, a non-funny black humor sort of joke, but it is so bad it is sort of funny, and the administration is facing enormous humiliation for being such lazy incompetents. This is going to set the standard for failure.

      • Lulu says:

        Yesterday on Fox that mouthpiece from the Daily Beast said that privately the WH admits that the fight to pass Obamacare (cheating, dirty tricks, lying, rule changes in Congress, passing in the middle of the night with ZERO Republican votes) was so tiring and onerous that they didn’t want to think about for a while and just let Obamacare implementation slide. When the implementation date was staring at them (after the election I’m sure) they realized they had fucked off too long (my terminology) and had to half ass it to get it going. This stupid woman said this like they were cramming for an exam-no biggie man-and everyone does this kind of shit with trillions of dollars, one sixth of the largest economy on earth, and people’s ability to live on the line. I cannot tell you the level of disgust and hatred I feel for these entitled, stupid, worthless little shits.

      • The Klown says:

        They blocked them off so you can’t pull off the highway.

      • wmcb says:

  1. DeniseVB says:

    On to the Vietnam Memorial …..

    I read elsewhere there’s a group going to DC today to politely ask the NPS to take down the barrycades, if they don’t by 2pm, they’ll do it themselves. Are we having fun yet? 😉

  2. mothy67 says:

    Curious as to how the state run media is “reporting” this juvenile behavior. I don’t have the stomach to watch myself. Find it hard to believe though that even tingles could deny this absurdity.

    • leslie says:

      I think tingles could easily do that. Last night Bill Moyers made statements on his commentary that completely ignored everything bronco and his gang were doing and referred to everything happening – no he did not mention the shutting down of anything – as the result of the R’s shutting down government (as if no one could have stopped it/them).

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Now he’s done it, Obama’s closing the Ocean ! When I saw the title, I thought it was a satire …. NOPE, Mr. Barrycade is serious….

  4. 1539days says:

    Ironically, if Obamacare were a success, the administration would be shutting it down for the budget fight.

    • Lulu says:

      I am not sure about that. The whole shebang seems to basically an enormous site architecture error. I bet they have to scrap it and start over. 404errorcare is not working out.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Commenter at NQ said. 🙂

      I went to an exchange yesterday and since they have suspended any background checks…..Donald Duck and his 3 kids, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, will be pleased to know they are now signed up on the Gold system..

      I call it “The Duck Dynasty Plan”.

  5. The Klown says:


    Charlie Cooke had a very good column and follow up post this week on progressive disdain for our system of separated powers. What liberals want, according to Charlie, is an “elected king” who can do whatever he wants. I agree with him almost entirely. For instance, he doesn’t say it, but this is exactly what Thomas Friedman wants. It’s what all the pseudo-eggheady-jagoff technocrats always want. The desire to simply impose “optimal policies” heedless of democratic or legal impediments lies behind virtually every technocratic fad of the last couple of centuries. We know what to do, and the problem with democracy is that the rubes won’t let us do it! Stuart Chase, one of the architects of the New Deal (who some say coined the term), openly pleaded for an “economic dictatorship.” After all, he asked, “why should the Russians have all the fun remaking the world?”

    But here’s where I disagree a bit with Charlie. The key issue for progressives has never been the form power takes, but power itself. You want my five-second lesson in progressive history? No? Sucks for you, because I’m going to tell you anyway: They always go where the field is open.

    That’s it.

    When the public was on their side the progressives relied on the public. That’s why we have the direct election of senators. That’s why women got the franchise. Etc. In his early years as an academic Woodrow Wilson wanted Congress to run the country — the way parliament runs England — and relegate the president to a glorified clerk. When the public became unreliable and Congress was no longer a viable vehicle, progressives suddenly fell in love with a Caesarian presidency. Indeed, Wilson himself, the former champion of Congress, became an unapologetic voluptuary of presidential power the moment it suited him — and nary a progressive complained (save poor Randolph Bourne, of course). The progressives rode the presidency like it was a horse they never expected to return to a stable. And when that started to hit the point of diminishing returns, they moved on to the courts (even as they bleated and caterwauled about Nixon’s “abuses” of powers that were created and exploited by Wilson, FDR, and Johnson). After the courts, they relied on the bureaucracy. Like water seeking the shortest path, progressives have always championed the shortest route to social-justice victories.

    My point is that I think Charlie is entirely right that progressives want to maximize their power. But the elected king scenario is just one of many they’d be perfectly happy with. If they could have a politburo instead of a unitary executive, they’d probably prefer that. But the point is that the instruments are, uh, instrumental. The core imperative is power. We see this in miniature when liberals don’t control the presidency but do control Congress. Suddenly, it’s vital that the “people’s house” exert its constitutional prerogatives! When the president is a Democrat he needs to rule unimpaired. When he’s a Republican, his dictatorial tendencies must be held in check. When liberals want to reinterpret the Constitution by judicial whim or fiat, it’s proof that the Constitution is living up to its nature as a “living, breathing, document.” When conservatives actually want to amend the Constitution — the only legitimate and constitutional means to change the meaning of the Constitution, I might add – it is a horrible affront to the vision of the Founders!

    Once you realize this it helps explain so many of the Left’s hypocrisies and alleged double standards. I say alleged, because they aren’t really double standards. You can only have a double standard when you actually believe something should be a standard. Ultimately, for progressives these procedural debates about how power is used in America are just that: procedural debates. The alleged standards at stake are evanescent and petty –for liberals. The only true standard is whatever advances the progressives’ ball downfield. That is the very heart of “social justice” — doing whatever “good” you can, when you can, however you can. As they say, behind every confessed double standard there is an unconfessed single standard. And for progressives, the single enduring standard is “whatever works for us.”

    A few years ago I would not have agreed with this. My eyes have been opened.

    • wmcb says:

      Yep. Once I figured this out: that my principles were actually principles, but theirs were handy “positions of the moment” to use as tools, I stopped being confused. I used to get confused at suddenly finding myself on the opposite side from them on something they’d been fighting WITH me on.

      Now it pretty much makes sense. There’s some kind of murky utopian vision of a dream society called “Progress”, and they can create it if only they can accumulate enough power for the “smart people” to implement enough control. They see no limits, really, to what govt can do, so long as it’s a “worthy” goal.

      I made the mistake for years of thinking that the things we were fighting for, the ones that I agreed with them on, were ever the point. Turns out they weren’t.

    • 1539days says:

      They’re the Willie Sutton of government.

  6. The Klown says:


    Obama’s Golf Gets the Axe

    This must be pure torture.

    Apparently, at least for now, President Obama has decided that golf is not an “essential” government function. Or, more likely, he’s decided he can’t get away with it as a PR matter during his current standoff with Republicans.

    The White House has informed the press that it should expect no further public presidential activity today. Obama’s weekly Saturday golf is off.

    Right now it’s in the upper 80s and sunny at Fort Belvioir, where Obama has been playing lately. None of the usual Washington humidity. That is, it’s a bad day not to be playing golf.


    • Lulu says:

      I bet he is chooming indoors today after reading the polling. Stress relief comes in many different forms.

    • underwhelmed says:

      Don’t worry. He’ll be playing it on the Wii, or with those little indoor putter set ups. NO way he’s going without his important things.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    For Caturday, the music is what makes it hysterical 😀

  8. helenk3 says:

    just returned from 5 days in San Francisco. Must say there are no fat people in San Fran. every day going to work with those hills is like walking to work on a stair stepper.
    My Daughter and her sister in law were unhappy that Alcatraz was closed but glad that we got to see Muir Woods on the last day it was open. What surprised me was the closing of the Cliff House. I understand that it is privately owned but something about federal inspectors. I do not know. Now my question, if my business is closed due to congress not doing their job can I sue each congress critter individually?
    Had a great time, awesome weather
    My daughter’s sister in law did the bike the bridge thing. over the Golden Gate Bridge and around Sausalito and Tibiron a 20 mile ride. Brave lady. My daughter and I took the ferry over to Tibiron and met her there.

    So what did I miss?

    • lyn says:

      We missed you!

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Welcome home Linda. 🙂

    • piper says:

      Glad you had a good time. Am planning to visit SF next year. But you were missed here.

    • Constance says:

      Glad you had a fun trip to SF. We missed you!

    • Somebody says:

      I win the prize! Everybody was worried about you and looking for you and I said early on you were in San Francisco.

      I’m glad you had a good time! Go back and read the threads over the past week you were definitely missed.

      BTW have you ever been to Big Basin? It’s just southeast of San Francisco, pretty redwoods, beautiful drive to get to it and a state park I believe. We went there as well as Muir Woods when we recently visited California. Apparently it hasn’t been a state park all that long, it used to belong to Hewlett Packard.

    • wmcb says:

      Welcome back! You missed lots of general dickery by Obama.

      • The Klown says:

        I don’t think she missed it. Not even a little.

        • helenk3 says:

          want to see a lot of POed tourists? Go to San Francisco. Want to see a lot of people blame the Republicans and get upset when you mention that it takes two sides in any disagreement? Go to San Francisco.
          A lot of Aussies there right now. I love them. Explained that when people get jobs in DC, they might be smart when they get there,but there is this swamp gas that affects the brain and makes them stupid once they are there. They have about as much liking for their new prime minister as we do for backtrack.

    • Glad you had a good time. While you were gone George Bush closed down the government, but that’s no big deal.

    • angienc says:

      Glad you’re back helenk! Sorry you didn’t get to go to Alcatraz — the view of SF from the rock is the best part of the tour though (inside it’s just a dingy grey prison).

  9. 1539days says:

    This would actually be a great time for libertarians to call for the elimination of “federal” land. I think Teddy Roosevelt started this trend because he didn’t want business to buy up all the pristine land, destroy it or block Americans access to it. 100 years later, another president is doing just what TR feared. He’s blocking land America owns because the federal government, and not the states, control it.

  10. The Klown says:

    NBC: Police Remove Vietnam War Veterans at Memorial Wall

    Via William Jacobson, NBC’s affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday.

    After one group of veterans went around the barricade, “the park ranger told them the wall was closed,” NBC’s Mark Seagraves reported. “Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That’s when police came and moved everyone out.”

    • Constance says:

      Now they need some protesters at the monuments with signs that read “Obama sign the house bill that restores funding to monuments and national parks!” “Do it now!”

  11. foxyladi14 says:

    All this is not helping little barrycakes at all. 🙄

  12. wmcb says:

    And this is why they can’t stand Sarah Palin. This. Confession: I actually don’t think Sarah was the most intelligent candidate ever. She’s not dumb, not at all. She’s of about average intelligence for a politician I’d say – smarter than many, less smart then a some. And? We have pols all over DC who run the gamut from dumb to very bright, so far as pure intelligence goes, in both parties.

    That’s never why I liked her. Her strength isn’t being a brainiac, it’s common sense, and a fearless disgust w/the status quo cozy game. Her strength is her very in-your-face ordinariness.

    • Yeah. It’s her finely tune BS meter and “take nothing from nobody” attitude I respect. Both traits, of course, are totally unnecessary in our nation’s capitol because everyone working there is totally awesome and above board with everything. /insert smiley for totally lying/

    • 1539days says:

      She’s definitely taking aim (pardon the violent imagry, :P) at Karl Rove. I think he may have believed in George Bush, but now he’s all about gaming people into voting Republican, and doing the worst possible job at it.

    • underwhelmed says:

      And that’s why the vile progs hate her. Because she achieves things without being a self-annointed speshul snowflake. She’s living proof that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. And that destroys their personal narratives, that only speshul snowflakes (like them) get to achieve anything of note. Because if ordinary people can do it, well, what does that make them?

  13. The Klown says:
  14. The Klown says:


    Newspaper’s Illegal Immigration “Cinderella Story” Arrested on Charges of Child Rape, Incest

    In a black eye for one of the state’s more liberal leaning newspapers, a Montana State University student who was profiled as an illegal immigration “Cinderella Story” has been arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a teen girl over a three-month period.

    Clemente Garcia Arciga, 33, who was profiled in a September 2012 series of Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports entitled, “The Immigrants Among Us,” is being held at the Gallatin County Detention center on multiple felony sex charges.

    According to Montana State University police, in July they were contacted by a woman alleging that Arciga had raped her teen daughter several times over a three month period. The women asserted that Arciga sexually assaulted the daughter in retaliation against the mother.

    While the Chronicle doesn’t mention the relationship of Arciga the accuser or her mother, Gallatin County Detention center public records list the charges against Arciga as both sexual intercourse without consent and incest. Arciga is being held on $50,000 bond in Bozeman and could face a sentence of more than 200 years behind bars.

    In September of 2012, staff writer Gail Schontzler wrote a piece on Arciga detailing his illegal crossing from Mexico as a child into California. Arciga goes on to detail his troubled youth and involvement in gang activity and fighting. He later moved to Montana with family after the birth of his first daughter. After working in construction, Arciga got his GED with the help of adult literacy programs and enrolled as a student at MSU in January of 2012 to study psychology. Arciga told the reporter he wanted to study psychology to become a counselor and help other troubled youths.

    In the profile, Arciga was painted in glowing terms by the newspaper and staff where he studied to receive his GED and at MSU. Ellen Guettler is a teacher and the coordinator of the Adult Basic and Literacy Education Coordinator for the Bozeman School District and had Arciga as a student.

    “He was a super hard worker, super bright. Dedicated to making a difference in the community,” She told the Chronicle.

    Arciga himself told the newspaper about his dedication to education was in part to help set an example for his children.

    “I’m teaching my kids through my actions,” he told Schontlzer.

  15. The Klown says:

    Since I’m banned from the place, will somebody tell RD that Peduto is a Democrat?

    • DandyTIger says:

      I don’t think facts have an impact over there.

    • wmcb says:

      The media rules are that all Lefty “heroes” that get trotted out are taken at face value. And R “heroes” are subjected to an extensive colonoscopy of their background, connections, and every utterance must be affadavit-worthy unassailably correct in every detail.

      Oh, you once sat on the next seat over on a plane that one of the Koch brothers had just flown in the previous flight? PARTISAN PROPAGANDIST!

      Oh, you said you were a plumber, and you do stuff wtih pipes and things for a living, but you are not officially licensed? BELIEVE NOTHING THIS LYING UNRELIABLE LIAR SAYS!

  16. foxyladi14 says:

    I am glad he is NOT teaching my kids. 😡

    • driguana says:

      Sure do agree with you on that one….he’s a despicable scum bag. He and Rachel Maddow really give me the creeps….well, and Bill O’Reilly is not far behind these days…

    • wmcb says:

      These days I feel like a civilized person watching the burning of the library at Alexandria. The people jeering at every good thing America ever was are fucking barbarians. They have no clue the value of what we have lost, and are losing. They think they can destroy the foundations but still have the all the benefits of the nice house.

      Seriously, this goes beyond politics for me. The progs hate and despise my culture, my heritage, and all it entails. They are looters and squatters, not builders. They want to kick out the great men and great minds who built the house, piss on the china and wipe their asses with the drapes, and imagine themselves Lords of the American Manor just as Jefferson and Madison were, while they bring it to squalor.

      *spit* They are fucking gibbering barbarians in nicer clothes.

  17. helenk3 says:

    backtrack threatens Catholic priests with arrest if the minister to troops.

    there has been an attack on religion except for islam every since backtrack was put into office

  18. helenk3 says:

    park service ranger ” we’ve been told to make like as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting

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