No Pants Friday Open Thread


A little of this and that:

Jon Stewart Asks When Fox Is Going To Hold Themselves Accountable For Their Anger And Divisiveness

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took a whack at Fox “news” for the double standard when it comes to their screaming for accountability on Ferguson while refusing to hold themselves accountable for their Benghazi witch hunt.

Yeah, because Benghazi and Ferguson were sooooooo much alike. Except that Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty were not thugs who were killed by the Benghazi cops in a case of justifiable homicides. And Fox News did not falsely blame a YouTube video for the riot in Benghazi and put the man who made the video in prison. Nor did the Ferguson cops withhold evidence and lie. Last but not least, Fox News reporting did not cause any rioting or looting.

But other than that the similarities are eerie.

Money Drove Criminal Justice System In Ferguson, DOJ Report Says

The Justice Department says police and courts in Ferguson, Mo., violated black residents’ civil rights because officials saw them as a source of revenue. They were given excessive fines and fees.

This is a couple weeks old but I never got around to talking about it. What was going on in the Ferguson criminal justice system wasn’t racism, it was all about the Benjamins. This is a problem in big cities and small towns across the nation.

Government is expensive, especially when it starts growing like Topsy. But local governments are handcuffed by limited tax revenues and balanced budget laws. Unlike the federal government they aren’t allowed to spend more than they collect.

Parking and traffic enforcement are big money-makers for many local governments. How bad is it? In some places if you fight a ticket the case will get dismissed because the city/county prefers to have their officers writing tickets rather than sitting in court. If the cop writes five tickets an hour and sending them to court takes an average of two hours of their time, the city/county makes more revenue by keeping them on the street.

But their favorite targets aren’t poor people who have no money or rich people who have political influence. The ideal target for generating revenue are working stiffs who can’t afford to miss work or lose their licenses so they pay the fines without fighting.

That’s why local governments love red-light cameras. They don’t even have to put a cop out there to write the tickets, they just send them out in the mail. Just ask Rahm Emanuel.

Tyler McNally is shocked and offended by Chris Sabo:

The three most overused and misused words in the English language the past 7 years are racism, sexism, and homophobia. Chris Sabo is an artist who is deliberately rude, offensive and inappropriate. But rude, offensive and inappropriate is not ipso facto racism.

As Helen likes to say, “my give-a-damn is busted.”


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111 Responses to No Pants Friday Open Thread

  1. 1539days says:

    Fox News makes editorial decisions. Some people want them to cover immigration more. Some want them to leave Obama alone. I still consider them more legitimate than the alternatives. I also wouldn’t watch Fox more than an hour at a time.

    If I recall correctly, the witch trials were about punishing women for being witches with little to no evidence. With Benghazi, no one has been punished even though many people in the government are basically withholding evidence.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I still don’t know where Hillary and Obama were that night ? I think Gowdy going after her emails was to find out, but that opened a whole new can of worms which distracted from that goal. The private server used for government business. So what got deleted?

      What Stewart doesn’t seem to grasp, it’s not the crime it’s the cover-up. Of course he’d be screaming that if it were a Republican adminstration 🙂

  2. Dora says:

    Monica’s return being covered by the NY Slimes. Oops – I mean Times.

    Monica Lewinsky Is Back, but This Time It’s on Her Terms

  3. Lulu says:

    The “Look! Squirrel!” will be thick since a fed judge in Brownsville, Texas inferred that Bronco is a liar. ““You said it’s not happening,” U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen said, referring to the program. “And like an idiot I believed that.”
    ““I can trust what the president says?” Hanen pointedly asked a department lawyer. “That’s a yes-or-no question.”
    ““In light of the complexity of this entire program, we need some time and not just the word of a few attorneys from the Department of Justice,” said Angela Colmenero, assistant attorney general for Texas, speaking for the plaintiff states.”
    “In a possible glimpse of how the judge ultimately may rule on Obama’s policies, Hanen questioned why the government’s deferred deportation program had to include benefits, such as driver licenses and work permits for undocumented immigrants.
    “Why can’t you have people come forward without giving them the benefits? We’re basically bribing people to stay in the country illegally,” he said.
    Holder’s Dept of Lying did not do well yesterday in fed court. And they are not getting an appeal to the Fifth Circuit until they stop saying stupid shit.

  4. Dora says:

    As Relations With Israel Plummet To New Low, Obama Cuts Video To Iranian People Praising Ayatollah Khamenei…

    • Constance says:


    • leslie says:

      I woke up to this story on the news this morning. I nearly exploded when I heard bronco saying to the Iranian people, “WE need to…” Whatever the f followed. When in the hell did bronco and the Iranian people become a “WE” ??????
      I was swearing at him before I got out of bed today!! (I need to set my alarm to a sports station I guess.)

  5. Myiq2xu says:

    • Lulu says:

      McAuliffe burned her! She wanted to crack down on rape. She gets the Rolling Stone imbroglio. She wants fake ID’s taken away and minors drinking to stop. She gets ABC beating up a drunk minority kid. Who could have seen this coming? Cause and effect is not Sullivan’s strong point.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Wasn’t it the ABC cops who terrorized that coed for buying …. water? They thought it was beer. I thought their job WAS to monitor and punish the bars and stores who do serve minors not actually go after underage drinkers. Virginia is still under ABC control, can’t buy booze (except for wine) in grocery or private stores like normal states where there’s a liquor store on every corner.

        • Constance says:

          We had only state liquor stores in Washington state a few years ago then there was a big push to let anyone sell booze and it was supposed to be good for consumers. Well prices are way higher. They post the price that you would expect to see in the old liquor stores but they don’t post the taxes which are very high. Then when you check out you get hit with tax. It’s a BS way of raising profits to the state and corporations.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Reminds me of when I visited friends in NH, they took me too the ginormous (bigger than a Costco) liquor store near the border with MA, then pointed out all the MA license plates in the parking lot. I think it was because MA was taxed much higher ?

    • DandyTIger says:

      The ABC agents have been doing this over the top crazy “enforcing” for a long time. And the same treatment for whites as blacks. I don’t know if the agents in this case happened to also be racist in some way, but their behavior is bad everywhere. The state should get rid of the ABC stores an the ABC agents now. The whole thing is embarrassing.

      And yes, the UVA president got what was the only possible outcome of increasing the nutcase ABC agent activities in and around the campus.

  6. Lulu says:

    This map of most “searched for goods and services” in each state is hilarious.
    Connecticut is for prostitute and North Carolina is nose job. New Jersey is funeral, Iowa is botox, and Arizona is vasectomy. Texas is nanny and Alaska is gallon of milk.

  7. votermom says:

    Hah! Sabo is getting under their skin. Awesome.

  8. votermom says:


    • Lulu says:

      That was on the DM yesterday. Tapper now has to look to the US edition of a UK newspaper for news to divert away from the US fed court in Brownsville exposing the DOJ and WH as frauds and liars.

    • swanspirit says:

      Someone is seriously sick, and needs to be locked up for life. I am glad the mother lived, I cannot imagine.

      • Lulu says:

        She had a baby drown several ago. She had her then five and three year old “watch” the baby outside while she was inside the house doing something else. Somehow that baby (toddler) drowned in a pond. She has been missing marbles for a loooong time. I feel sorry for her family and of course the victim and her husband. If she could think up the Craiglist ruse for a victim she is not criminally insane.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I think some police precincts are offering their offices for craigslist meetups, just for the safety, the list is used by so many crazies!

          • Somebody says:

            I think that’s a really good idea and a great community service. I did the Craig’s list thing once trying to score some decent furniture cheap for one of my older kids. It ended up being in a bad part of Jacksonville…….the cash only firm should have been a clue for me. Luckily my daughter and I got turned around and I asked a police officer for directions, he decided to escort us. When we got there, surprise, the furniture had just sold and boy were they none to happy I had a cop with me, LOL!

            That officer was so nice he then escorted us out of the neighborhood and all the way to the county line. He instructed me to pull over at the county line and then he lectured me about not falling for Craig’s list and classified ads, along with you should know if it’s too good to be true then it’s not, etc. He also threw in some horror stories for good measure. It was all enough for me to decide there won’t ever be anything I need that badly! Later that evening my husband doubled down when he found out where we’d been and why.

          • Ann says:

            Somebody, there are so many consignment stores in the St John’s area (since you said cross the county line, I am assuming you went south). That was were we went first for case goods for our condo (I couldn’t do it for soft goods… I just… couldn’t). We did visit some Jacksonville consignment stores too, but never did go the Craigslist route. Glad things turned out well for you.

          • Ann says:

            St John’s county… proof reading could be my friend!

          • DeniseVB says:

            There was an episode on Modern Family showing the scam when Phil was going after a rare sports card only to have the guy he met (in an alley) double the price then stole the Christmas turkey.

            I used to do eBay til I got scammed by a guy in England, I had just scored a rare vintage Star Wars toy, which got “lost in the mail” and because of the distance gave that creep time to disappear all together from eBay, so they couldn’t help me. I think now they have insurance, but I still won’t go back, I was getting too addicted to the WIN 😉

          • Somebody says:

            Nope Ann I went north to Nassau county, I’m up here in Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island. Although I could have also been crossing the county line into Clay county to Orange Park/Flemming Island area, LOL! The ad took me to an area off north main near 45th, between main and I-95……YIKES!

            Denise I swore off ebay a couple of years ago and stayed away for a good bit, but I do occasionally buy stuff on ebay now. I’ve gotten some really good deals, but I did get burned once when I bought homeschool curriculum that turned out to be a box full of fire ants. Oh the books were in there inside a container sealed and filled with fire ants and dirt.

            The seller was out of Orlando with a high rating and I had purchased from them successfully many times. In fact I purchased several things from them around the same time, but when one of the items arrived it was a torn and tattered empty box so we contacted the seller, the seller accused us of trying to scam them, so we contacted ebay and paypal and the post office, etc. We got our money back, but the bid closed on the other stuff while everything was disputed so the bitch fulfilled my order with a twist. She taped and sealed that box like nobody’s business and the books were definitely there, all I had to do was get through the ants.

            Craig’s list doesn’t have a lock on crazies!! I honestly never got the other books. I couldn’t believe she did that to me. Thankfully that’s the only problem I’ve ever had with ebay, in fact all in all I’ve gotten some really good deals through ebay.

          • mcnorman says:

            @ Somebody

            The crazies are everywhere. I had sent out a 12 place china setting with servers to a Ukranian nutjob in NJ. The set was OLD. It was mint. She found a fleck of gold discolored and she returned the entire 80+ lb box without packing materials. It was a VERY rare set that was from the 20s. Paypal told her that in order to get her money back she would have to send it back to me. She did…all broken. I did not lose my money, but I was shocked that she could get hers back too. Go figure.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I just saw that woman won’t be charged with the baby’s murder because he was still “not born” ? I thought the Laci Peterson case set a precedent, Connor’s Law, when her fetus died as a result of her murder, it was considered a double homicide? Or is this just a state-by-state law? I think a 7 month fetus has a viable chance of living, but the crazy lady accidentally killed him while trying to cut him out of the womb. Just sick this makes me 😦

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Sabo’s real name is Dennis Ray Lewis, if that’s his real name, lol. I’m a fan of his edginess and he thrives on pissing people off. Here’s his FB page:

    “fag…new n-word” was debated on Dkos as recently as 10 years ago! But Sabo is conservative so he can’t say or print it. You know the rules 🙂 Here’s that old post………

  10. HELENK3 says:

    stolen from No Quarter

  11. votermom says:

    My younger kid has been sick 4 days now ( fever cold cough). Fingers crossed today’s when she gets better.

    • Somebody says:

      My husband brought something home from work and now I have it, boo hiss!

      I hope your daughter does turn the corner today and is able to enjoy the weekend.

    • DeniseVB says:

      End of flu season can’t get here soon enough ! Hope your little boo-boo head kid is feeling better soon.

    • HELENK3 says:

      hope everyone feels better soon. just keep thinking it is only 66 days to Memorial Day

  12. Myiq2xu says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      Facts are mean. We can’t have facts in our schools. Think of the children.

    • Erin says:

      I could understand asking someone to leave a class if they disrupted the learning process by monopolizing the airtime or verbally or physical threatening someone. I just don’t see that described in the article.

      Way back when god was a child and I was in college, I really don’t remember anyone shutting people down for disagreeing with them. I may have thought you were an idiot but I came to that conclusion because I listened to what you said. If you are so fragile that you cannot handle being in classroom environment having a discussion about the validity of survey methods then pack it in sweetheart and find yourself an isolated island with no one else on it. Life only gets tougher from that protected environment.

  13. HELENK3 says:

    for those of us who did not see it

  14. HELENK3 says:

    US House Speaker Boehner announces plans to travel to Israel during Congress’ recess later this month – @AP
    End of alert

    this will drive backtrack nuts

  15. HELENK3 says:

    can you see every dog and cat in the neighborhood following the person who wears it?

  16. Dora says:

    Haitians Protest Outside Of Hillary Clinton’s Office In NYC Over ‘Billions Stolen’ By Clinton Foundation

    • DeniseVB says:

      Did you see the closeup of MO’s bare leg squished in those shiny, silver stilletto-kitten heel shoes? Crass in so many ways. Does she ever remember she represents the American Woman on the world stage?

      I won’t buy her bio, I’ll wait til some brave former handmaiden writes hers. It should be juicier than Reggie Love’s 😀

      • Myiq2xu says:

        What would MO be doing if she never met Obama?

        When they met she was an associate attorney at a large (for Chicago) law firm.

        • Lulu says:

          Still waiting for an arranged marriage with a black “up and comer”?

          • Myiq2xu says:

            I’m guessing she would either be an affirmative action partner at a law firm or working for the Chicago machine. Any black woman lawyer with an Ivy League degree would have to be a real fuck-up not to end up as a partner somewhere. She would fill TWO diversity slots.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            If you want to be on the express lane for partnership be a disabled black lesbian with an Hispanic surname. You could bite the heads off kittens in the job interview and still get hired.

          • mcnorman says:

            @ Myiq2xu

            True, she would fill 2 slots, but could she bring in the bacon to keep that corner office that she would demand to have?

          • Myiq2xu says:

            They would give her a sinecure with all the trappings. But they would never give MO any critical cases to work on. I bet she’d get all the pro bono stuff.

          • Lulu says:

            Both of them were fuck ups (and probably lazy as hell) as lawyers. They were awful. Good and successful lawyers don’t leave it. The strugglers say it isn’t their thing. It isn’t their thing because they are terrible and failures at it. It is a hard profession.

          • mcnorman says:

            You are right, any and all pro bono would be moo’s work. If you can call it work? I would feel sorry for those that got her as an attorney. Actually, I would be mega pissed if she were assigned to my case.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I don’t know myiq, I remember reading stories from her law firm peers she hated doing the grunt work, not real motivated, they kept moving her around and she still wasn’t happy. What a waste of education. Ok, Affirmative Action. Sounds like Buh-rack was pretty much the same, not an up and comer at the time, even lost his first election to Congress.

          I wonder when the “magic” happened. Dang, why weren’t they vetted ! I just wish the media were on our side…..of truth 😉

          • Myiq2xu says:

            Most new associates go wherever they are assigned and do LOTS of grunt work for years. They don’t complain about anything and work LONG hours. Getting moved around is unusual unless you are replacing someone who quit or got fired. Generally speaking you get ONE chance to prove yourself, maybe two if you are lucky.

            There is no shortage of young lawyers with that lean and hungry look.

            If you went to a third or fourth tier law school you can forget about ever making partner anywhere unless you form your own with some people from your alma mater.

          • Lulu says:

            One of my daughter’s classmates/friends from high school and college is graduating from UT law school in May. A brilliant and poor boy (his father died when he was in grade school) who has worked very hard for his education. He was one of the most vocal Obama/proggy kids in 2008. He starts work for an oil company legal department in June. He has gone through a complete metamorphosis. I asked my daughter what happened? She said he grew up and wants to make big bucks.

      • mcnorman says:

        You missed how she removed her large bottom from the car. I have never seen someone turn and push their bottom out first before. A first for me.

  17. Myiq2xu says:

  18. DeniseVB says:

    I think there’s more Haitians in NYC than in Haiti now, but they’re still not happy? (Wonder what right wing conspiracy is behind this “astroturf” org 😉 )

    • Somebody says:

      NYC? What about Miami?? Parts of Miami have become a third world country.

      • DeniseVB says:

        St. Trayvon of the Sidewalk was from Miami Gardens wasn’t he ? Last time I visited South Beach, I was definitely a minority straight white girl 🙂

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