Happy Abe’s Birthday!


I know, his birthday isn’t actually until the 24th, but I couldn’t think of anything else to post about.

This is an open thread.


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204 Responses to Happy Abe’s Birthday!

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    • taw46 says:

      Let me get this straight. If you don’t vote for Hillary, you are sexist, racist, going to hell, and thwarting history. Got it.

      • DeniseVB says:

        If I were a Sanders supporter I’d be begging him to leave the Dem party and run as the Independent he is. Special bonus, with Jim Webb as his VP. I could almost vote for that ticket but Webb is far from a socialist and so am I 😉

        • elliesmom says:

          It’s probably a good bet at 77 Sanders might not be in a position to run for a second term. It would position Webb for a good shot in 2020. I doubt Bernie could do much damage as an independent in one term. Neither party would feel any obligation to support him. Webb could run on whichever party’s ticket wanted him in 2020.

    • Constance says:

      In 2008 a lot of stupid liberal women supported Obama with the delusion that in 2016 it would be “women’s turn” to be President and they figured the first woman President would of course be Hillary. How stupid can a person get?? We will have a first male Jewish President, male Muslim President, male Asian President, male Openly Gay President, male Blind President, male Deaf President, male Amputee President, etc, etc, etc, before we have a first woman President. The Obots are not going to nominate Hillary or any other woman.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    John Cole:

    Gloria Borger puzzles me, though, insisting Obama took on the banks. Yes, we passed Dodd/Frank and as someone reminded me, the CFPB, but when people say aggressively took on the banks, I think they are talking about prosecutions for misconduct and clawbacks. Obama and Holder didn’t do that, and I don’t hold it against them one bit. I wish they had, but they made the calculation, much like prosecuting the Bush war crimes, that it would get nowhere, grind the entire country to a halt (moreso even than what happened) and that it would be a disaster in at time where there needed to be action. There were far more pressing matters- the stimulus, ACA, and so on. And I think in the end, that was right.

    Obama can do no wrong. Praise be to Obama!

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  4. Dora says:

    Wow! I’d better hurry up and make my reservations. 🙂

    A retreat fit for a president? Donald Trump’s new $200 million hotel in Washington, D.C., boasts a 6,300 square foot luxury suite bearing his name (and it will open two months before the election)


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  6. Myiq2xu says:

    She played the race card.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      • insanelysane says:

        So, let me see if I get the whole picture. The prof is saying that what happened to her was directly a result of her having brown skin. OK. Let’s go with that to start.
        Therefore, I think she is admitting that people with black skin tend to drive around with expired licenses and with outstanding warrants? Isn’t that what she is admitting?
        So, she is saying all blacks are naturally law breakers?
        Cause, that’s what I am hearing from her essay.

        • leslie says:

          And she must also be saying that they all drive at 157% the posted speed limit as well. Hmmmmm.

        • taw46 says:

          In her “short version” of what happened, she neglected to mention he had clocked her driving at 67 miles per hour in a 45-m.p.h. zone, she had a suspended license, and an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She writes as if this is all over a 3 yr old parking ticket.

    • leslie says:

      OK. I just read the times article and watched the video. Let me say, FTR, that many years ago, I was ticketed for driving the wrong way down a one way street. (I did not do that. I had pulled into a driveway during a snowstorm, and was proceeding to back out into the street. A cop, in a squad car a block away, decided that I had actually driven the wrong way and threatened me with arrest when I verbally and respectfully, protested that I had not done what he had accused me of. He wrote me a ticket and then followed me down the unplowed street to make certain I did not “go back the wrong way”. when I got stuck in a snow mound, he not only did not help me, he turned his car around and went back the way we had driven (the wrong way on a one-way street). My daughter and her friend, whom we had picked up were so late for their final exam because of this traffic “incident”, they had to sit for a make-up exam on a Saturday. I went to court to fight the ticket and was found NG. The cop who had stopped me said he was going to “follow (me) to monitor (my) driving behavior”. Hand to G-d, He could not have seen me do what he said, because I had not anything wrong.
      And because he had my address from the citation, I used to see him sitting outside my house many times during the next year.
      I am not black. I am a woman. He was not black. He was a cop. (not an officer) I think he was fired from the PD a few years later due to complaints of for harassment.
      Too bad we didn’t have social media at the time.

      • leslie says:

        You can see, with all the typos in what I wrote, that this incident still upsets me. I really thought I could write about it without getting distressed. But I guess not.

        • lyn says:

          When I was a small-town reporter, a sheriff’s deputy threatened me with arrest, because I parked behind a fire truck that wasn’t being used for the brush fire. I smiled at him as I drove off, but it was scary. The next day he stopped by the newspaper office to drop off softball scores, and I gave him the stink eye.

        • Jadzia says:

          I don’t blame you. Frankly, the whole story took a turn for the scary when he started camping outside your house.

          • leslie says:

            Yes it did. And I was scared every time I saw him.

          • leslie says:

            Scared and angry and intimidated. (I ought to have included those last 2)

          • Jadzia says:

            Angry and intimidated is my least favorite feelings-pairing. Well, maybe second to impotent and full of rage. Was this a small-town or a big-city situation?

          • leslie says:

            I live in a college town with about 80,000 population. So I don’t quite know how to categorize it. But it has a very small town feel to it most of the time. Certainly it did back then.

          • Jadzia says:

            Sounds like Eugene (my last town before moving here)–a college town of about that size. It felt small.

      • 49erDweet says:

        That really bums me out! In an earlier life I was a field training sergeant for a county agency and had to rule out a few newly trained officers who just couldn’t let things go. It’s a trait common to bullies, and should be easy to spot. Your experience fries me. I hope these days your local agency has higher integrity.

      • When my daughter was about 4 y.o. we were driving back from Virginia through West Virginia to Kentucky. It was the middle of the night. She was sleeping when I was pulled over at about 2 am by a very fat (we’re talking at least 300 lbs), black state trooper. I had been going about 8 miles over on a steep downgrade on one of the mountains in a rural area.

        He instructed me to leave my daughter in the car and placed me in the front seat of his car while he got into the driver’s side. He initiated a check of my license, and then spent about 15 minutes telling me how he was in a loveless marriage and how long it had been since he had gotten a blow job. He went on and on about missing blow jobs. It was very clear that that’s what he missed most.

        At the end of a very long wait wherein I worried that my daughter would wake and exit the vehicle on the highway, or that a car would clip my vehicle as it sat with the lights off, this asshole wrote me a ticket and finally let me leave. I was completely undone and balled in the car the rest of the way to the WV border. I hate WV and its state troopers to this day.

        Not all police intimidation/ brutality happens to black citizens by white cops.

        • elliesmom says:

          When I was in college, my dad drove out to get me to bring me home for the weekend. He was tired so he tossed me the keys and climbed in the backseat to sleep. I was pulled over by a state trooper, and as far I could tell, I wasn’t doing anything wrong. The state trooper opened the passenger side door and started to get into the car. My dad sat up in the back seat and asked him what was wrong. The trooper exited the car quickly and said he had a report someone in a car like ours was driving impaired, but it obviously wasn’t me. Dad tried to get his badge number, but it was too dark. He was parked behind us and had no front license plate. Any woman driving alone late at night is at risk.

        • leslie says:

          I tried to respond to this comment yesterday while I was babysitting, but I’m having problems with my iPad; it won’t let me respond any more.
          That was a terrible experience for you. I’m still having to catch my breath after reading this. And you are right about police intimidation and race. But what a sh*tty way to find that out.

    • Underwhelmed says:

      I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Today is Abe Lincoln’s birthday though 🙂

  8. Dora says:

    Another great rally! It had to be held up for over a half hour because so many people were still on line trying to get inside. About 4,000 or 5,000 never did get in.

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    • taw46 says:

      That was long, but I did read it. Next article will be Soros and the left-wing billionaires, amirite?

      • Jadzia says:

        As disgusted as I am by my rate of pay as a college instructor (if it wasn’t for my full-time second job, I would be far, far under the poverty line), I like our system better most of the time. (The American system has its advantages in terms of having better research funding and all that implies, but I am talking about the advantages for your average college student who just needs to learn without a political agenda or a mortgage-sized loan payment at the end.)

        • taw46 says:

          When I was in college many years ago, I could not tell you if my professors were republicans or democrats. No political agendas, at least not at my college. Of course, I wasn’t at an Ivy League college, I am sure those were different.

          • Jadzia says:

            I went in the late 1980s and early 1990s and had the same experience. Not an Ivy League school; University of Chicago. But by just a few years later (law school at a big public university) things had changed. A lot.

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    • votermom says:

      Best primary ever

    • taw46 says:

      But Rubio is the one who can beat Hillary, dontcha know.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Wait, doesn’t he have a ceiling of 20%… um, 25%, no 30%… 35%, definitely 40%? Why isn’t that narrative working? Whaaaaaaaa. But just remember, as others drop out of the race, Trump gets none of those votes. That’s the new fun narrative.

      • Somebody says:

        Actually that narrative is working on some, apparently about 20-25%. I know you might this shocking, but Fox found several of them in a bar in NH after the primary. They said they would never vote for Trump because he can’t beat the dems.

        My own sister is all in for teh Rubes because he’s the only one that can beat Hillary doncha know.

        If you think about it, that’s the only think Screwbio has going for him; his supposed electability. Take that away and you’re left with an inexperienced, first term senator who is a known liar and flip flopper who is wholly owned by Wall street, silicon valley and the COC. I suppose some might say he talks pretty, but Christie blew a hole in that theory.

        However, clearly somewhere around 20% of the electorate likes lying empty suits owned by big money.

  15. votermom says:

    Huma escapes attempted hug by donor after debate
    I wonder if she perfected that move on Carlos Danger?

  16. Dora says:

    He’s absolutely right. Unfortunately.

  17. votermom says:

    • leslie says:

      I tried to leave a comment at Book Horde, but was unable. I hate the email server that I have because once I access my password folder, it won’t allow me to access it again.
      But I love your movie suggestions for the weekend. Well done. ❤ ❤

      • votermom says:

        Thanks!!! I’m glad you like it!

        It’s not your fault about commenting -Google screwed it up for blogger so now you have to have 3rd party cookies on or something.
        But you can try leaving an anonymous comment next time – that usually works.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Love Book Horde too, but my only reply options seem to be on Disqus or WP. Trying not to sign up for any more since I’m too darn lazy. So I just retweet vm’s tweet thingy hoping that helps. I don’t think she minds if we shower her reviews with love here ❤

    • elliesmom says:

      How about “The Princess Bride”? A romantic comedy even 9 year old boys love?

    • Speaking of that, I saw Pride & Prejudice & Zombies last night. In a word, #AwesomeSauce.

  18. jennifer lyn says:

    Don’t believe the pundits. I call for Trump and I can tell you this he will win. Bet on it. Across the board black, white, hispanic, indian, woman, man, rich, poor they ALL want to talk about him and they are OPEN or already supporting him. And many have not voted in years and some are Democrats. Trump will win. And if they try to steal the nomination and lie and cheat as they did with Obama then he will run as an independent and win.

    Also, point about being electable. It is all BULLSHIT which is a Texas phrase for nonsense. What we have is a system where empty shirts can beat real honest do gooders because some people don’t f..king like them. STOP THE NONSENSE. He only needs to bat .500.01 to win. I don’t care how many people don’t like someone it doesn’t mean jack. People are stupid, people are weak, people don’t read, people are petty, etc., etc. Stop playing into the stupidity.

    Rubio is an empty shirt, a wanna-be, a weak on everything, lying piece of shit. I would vote for Hillary just to spite the Republicans if he gets the nod. He will be just as bad so nothing gained nothing lost.

    The world is crumbling as we play on the computers. Refugees are raping children, babies and women and using our money doing it. Europe is going down the toilet but we still have a chance. I went to England and France in the last 5 years and I can tell you it is bad (except for super rich or countryside). I refuse to go down without a fight and the only and best fighters we have are Trump and Cruz.

    This is not a fight that you can win by being nice. We have reached the point of no return and we have to play down and dirty, straight forward, no pulling punches. NO. NOW. End of Story. No more money, no more drama, just get back to basics. Border, Economy, Stop the Insurance Company stranglehold on this country, re-establish our place in the world order. If we don’t do these things NOTHING else matters.

    Just my opinion…..

  19. jennifer lyn says:

    sorry, .501 is what I meant

  20. elliesmom says:

    I saw our first blue jay at our backyard buffet today. He tried to chase a squirrel out of the ground feeder, but Friday is shelled peanut day, and that squirrel wasn’t budging. The jay perched on a branch nearby and started squawking. Six more jays showed up, and the whole group of them dive-bombed the squirrel. The squirrel grabbed a peanut and headed for the hill. The jays took turns eating the rest of the seeds in the feeder. I think there’s a political metaphor there somewhere.

  21. Myiq2xu says:

    Friday Funnies:

    TAPPER: What do you tell voters who are new to the process who say this makes them feel like it’s all rigged?

    WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ: Let me just make sure I can clarify what was available during the primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire. The unpledged delegates are a separate category. The only thing available on the ballot in a primary and a caucus is the pledged delegates, those that are tied to the candidate that they are pledged to support and they receive a proportional number of delegates going into our convention.

    Unpledged delegates exist, really, to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists. We are, as a Democratic Party, really highlight and emphasize inclusiveness and diversity at our convention and we want to give every opportunity to grassroots activists and diverse committed Democrats to be able to participate, attend and be a delegate at the convention and so we separate out those unpledged delegates to make sure that there isn’t competition between them.

    TAPPER: I’m not sure that that answer would satisfy an anxious, young voter but let’s move on.

  22. jennifer lyn says:

    I think that this year there will be a revolt if the delegates vote against the electorate. I think people have had it. But then again when the OJ verdict was read I thought women would riot in the streets but we just cried. Wish I had burned down the world that day.

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  26. jennifer lyn says:

    Grassroots = BLM. Racist = Smart not voting for a..hole. Liberal = a.. kissing fool. I want to start a new world dictionary. Obama = enemy of all that is right and holy. Hillary = a.. kisser to Obama and enemy of all that is right and holy. Democrat = a.. kisser to Obama and Hillary.

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  28. taw46 says:

    Read about this last night, they finally released the name. Just another one practicing that peaceful religion.

  29. AFVet says:

    Here’s a Trump ad to consider.

  30. Dora says:

    Trumpsters are everywhere these days. 🙂

    Black Lives Matter tried to interrupt Breitbart Editor lecture; students respond with “TRUMP”; forcing them to leave


  31. Somebody says:

    Ah shucks it seems the Cruz attack ad on Rubio “Therapy Group” had to be pulled because it featured a porn actress, LMAO!

    I really want to know who figured that out. Who spoke up and said, gosh I think I’ve seen her in a porn movie.

  32. gumsnapper says:

    Did you guys see this? https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/dnc-allowing-donations-from-federal-lobbyists-and-pacs/2016/02/12/22b1c38c-d196-11e5-88cd-753e80cd29ad_story.html

    DNC rolls back Obama ban on contributions from federal lobbyists. (reading the WaPo article it states that this move benefits Hillary.)

    Drudge Report has the headline: DNC Dirty: Rule change boosts Clinton Cash

    • leslie says:

      Perhaps I should have posted the video here instead. Apropos of nothing and everything at the same time…. 😉

  33. Jadzia says:

    So since it’s an open thread, I can half-brag about hitting the halfway-done point on my doctoral thesis today.

    Can I have half a medal?

  34. Dora says:

    It’s so frustrating having to hear so many lies being repeated from the other campaigns, as well as from the dishonest media. I am grateful to Mr. Tucker for setting this one straight.

    No Senator Cruz, Donald Trump does NOT want Single Payer health care.


  35. leslie says:

    I’ll be babysitting the rest of the day. My son had no school today so he took our little Calamity Jane (as we have taken to calling her) for the morning. It’s freezing cold and so I’m grateful I didn’t have to go first thing this morning. (Plus, I didn’t get to sleep until 4 a.m. because of my back problems and the pain r/t them) So getting up at 5 would have been completely insane.
    Later everyone… 😉

    • elliesmom says:

      Our nine year old grandson is coming for part of school vacation next week. He’s a picky eater so mealtimes won’t be as easy as they are with Crash. She eats almost anything. Wednesday when we went out to lunch, I ordered fajitas. She decided I should share- especially the “holey-moley”. But he doesn’t get up nearly as early as she does and goes to bed without a hassle. He’s jealous we took her to the beach so if we get a decent day, we’ll do that. I’m also thinking about taking him to the Natural History Museum and Planetarium in Providence. The rest of the time, Elliesdad has promised to teach him how to play chess. I’ll give him the password to our router, and that will entertain him the rest of the time. I’ll still be tired when he goes home, though.

  36. taw46 says:

    “Well, the fact is that, most of the time, if something reaches my desk, it means it’s really hard, which is why they bumped it up to me — ‘cause nobody could figure it out.”

    • lyn says:

      Obama is depressing.

    • AFVet says:

      Hey Barry,….no-one gives a shit what you say anymore, get it ?
      Oh I may be wrong about the lesbian tv star.

    • 49erDweet says:

      ………..said the guy who’s driven to make every decision for everybody in the whole wide world.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Rush played some sound bites of Obama blaming him for all the political discourse in Washington. Rush was LOL’ing, then he played sound bites of the Clintons in the 90’s blaming him too. Hey, I’m just some guy on the radio with all this power ! Actually, Rush is no fan of the establishment pol and donor class or the “drive by media”.

      • taw46 says:

        Yes, I know, I’ve listened to him sometimes. What is going on with him now? Several weeks ago, he was loving what Trump was doing to the establishment. Now I see on Twitter he’s against Trump, for Rubio. No, not Rubio, now it’s Cruz. I think he’s just playing with them all, pointing out the BS.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I only catch Rush for about an hour a day on my weekday walkies, probably more like 20 minutes of Rush and 40 minutes of commercials and Fox News updates. He’s a hoot and I really sympathize with his call screener. Rush is definitely anti-establishment political and media. He’s definitely a Devil’s Advocate and a closet Trump supporter. He gets the anger.

    • swanspirit says:

      He is such a crock. Thank the Goddess he is on his way out.

    • Underwhelmed says:

      Exactly how many more clues do we need that this guy is an out of control narcissist?

  37. taw46 says:

    Oh, so THAT’s the problem. She takes her policy ideas from movie stars.

  38. 49erDweet says:

    My 6 yo gd – who doesn’t wear glasses from the dentists 🙂 – this week discovered vowels. The next day she discovered her name contains all five of the common vowels. Blown away! She now thinks she’s even MORE special. And of course, she is.

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  40. Venus says:

    Former chair of the Black Caucus, Barbara Lee, isn’t endorsing Hillary.


    It’s deja vu all over again.

  41. Myiq2xu says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      Having briefly lost sight of the parachute, I’m not keen on re-acquiring it filling my windscreen. That would reflect poorly on my professionalism.

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  43. DeniseVB says:

    Working on a 7am EST Open Thread launch in the morning 🙂

  44. DandyTIger says:

    I love a good rant

  45. taw46 says:

    I just despise the man.

  46. Dora says:

    Another big rally just ended.


  47. Venus says:

    Dayum — Mike Huckabee took time in his weekly podcast to slam Cruz:

    “Ted Cruz apologized for his campaign spreading a false story that Ben Carson had dropped out of the race but he deflected blame to CNN. Dr. Carson, being a good Christian, accepted the apology on a personal level, but he didn’t buy Cruz’s claims of innocent intentions…I can attest to the fact that even in our campaign there were many efforts to try and say that people shouldn’t vote for me or Rick Santorum or Ben Carson. The Cruz people said it would be a wasted vote and they should vote for Cruz. It wouldn’t have made a difference for any of us, but it is the kind of low-life, sleazy politics people truly get sick of.”

    You know, I’m not a big fan of Huck’s positions on most political matters, but you can’t deny he’s a likable guy. For him to say this? I believe it 100%.

    Link (with audio) here:


  48. lyn says:

    If that’s the case, then Cruz and his minions are practicing pungently vulgar politics.

  49. 1539days says:

    Trump is such a pussy.

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