Wednesday Morning Open Thread

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A cartoon especially for John Cole’s mom.

Speaking of women who tick Cole off (although I’m sure the two have nothing else in common), NYMag has a news update from World Salad Sarah:

And here, we thought today’s award for the most ridiculous Clinton theory would go to Lynne Cheney for suggesting that Vanity Fair would only agree to print Monica Lewinsky’s essay as part of some Clinton-orchestrated plot. In an Extra interview on Tuesday night, Mario Lopez asked Sarah Palin to weigh in on whether becoming a grandmother will make Hillary Clinton more electable in 2016. “I think it will kind of broaden her world view,” Palin replied, rambling for a bit about the national debt. Then, she found the perfect attention- grabbing remark: Perhaps Chelsea’s baby will make Hillary change her views on abortion, though it appears being pregnant herself didn’t do the trick…

Also, if Hillary keeps bogarting all the media attention, Sarah may just have to run for President her own self, so there. But Palin’s really annoyed that Chelsea didn’t surprise her mom with an “oopsie” pregnancy annoucement during the 2008 primaries. Waiting until ya finish fancy advanced college and have a big expensive wedding before gettin’ knocked up — what a snob!

Speaking of GOP candidates who hate ‘snobs’, Paul Constant has a Fox News video of Rick Sanctorum talking up his new ‘economic solution‘ — marriage, the traditional kind, between a man and a woman — with Neil Cavuto:

Santorum’s major problem as a candidate is that his hate comes shining through at every opportunity. When Republican voters start to cozy up to him, and when he begins to get comfortable, he says terrible things. Santorum’s hate problem is only getting worse as he gets older. He’s trying to be the genteel, friendly candidate here, but hate keeps crawling up his throat. He forces it down. He’s uncomfortable — you can watch his mouth slide around his face as he talks, like he’s got a bad case of acid reflux—and he wants to let it out. But he doesn’t. Not just yet. Soon, though. This is a man who is composed of about 95% hatred. He’ll say something terrible soon. He just can’t help himself…

Because it’s breakfast time, I spared you the actual videos. You can thank me later.
Apart from holding down the bile, what’s on the agenda for the day?

36 replies
  1. 1
    tybee says:

    tis hump day and that means a morn spent in meetings. yay?

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    raven says:

    My sister-in-law posted this on her facebook:

    Shout out once again for Obamacare. It saved the Johnson family about $500 a couple weeks ago for my daughters’ annual exams which weren’t covered before and now is saving us $700 a day for my hospital stay over what our prior policy wd have paid. And that’s on top of the hundreds of dollars per month it is saving us on our premiums. I’ve heard it hasn’t worked so well for some others and then there are other people who just want to talk shit about it because they don’t like Obama. $700 a day is a lot of money. I will take all the good news I can get these days!

  3. 3
    Central Planning says:

    In election news, from USAToday:

    Thom Tillis won the GOP Senate nomination in North Carolina on Tuesday, delivering a big win to establishment Republicans over Tea Party insurgents.

    The NC TP reaction should be interesting.

  4. 4
    Randy P says:

    @raven: Now she knows how Holocaust victims felt!

  5. 5
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: Hope your SIL gets better soon. Long stints in the hospital suck donkey eggs.

  6. 6
    raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: She has diverticulitis, apparently it runs in her family.

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    raven says:

    Apologies from Thomas and Lewis for their dumb Cinco d Mayo bit.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    So according to Mrs. Palin, since I don’t have children (although married for 13 years), it makes sense for me to be pro-choice? But if I had a child, that experience alone would make me anti-choice?

    Thank you, John McCain.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @raven: Did you SIL have to get her ObumerCare number tat to save the cash?


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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @raven: Nice! The GOP’s nightmares about the ACA’s success are coming true.

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    raven says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: They are out there with you so I dunno. Valley Pres Hospital.

  12. 12
    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @raven: Wait who’s out here? Never been to Valley Pres, Hollywood Pres. on the other hand, was there about 54 years and change ago.

  13. 13
    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    The President is supposed to land at LAX this afternoon and the complaints from the westside will immediately commence.

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    raven says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: My entire family. Sis in Hawthorne, brother in Sherman Oaks. Nieces scattered in “The Southland”. My family moved from Chicago to Whittier in 57. I left in 62 but everyone else but me and my old man stayed.

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    raven says:

    Mornin Joe “If she were my daughter. . . ” Suzy Chreamcheese

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    Baud says:

    I don’t get it. Is Cole’s mom the rich or the governing?

  17. 17
    bemused says:


    I just tuned in. What the heck is Joe Scold freaking about now? Clinton/Monica?

  18. 18
    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @bemused: Yup, Joe’s promising he’ll pass out. I’m waiting.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Baud: Cole’s mom is the person who has very strong opinions about the correct us of “whom”, as in “What the court gives to whom.”

  20. 20
    Baud says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    Ah. Thanks, AL.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: They thought a friend of mine had your average every day diverticulitis. Turned out they were wrong. She was on death’s door when a surgeon with balls went in and removed several feet of intestine/colon and saved her life. It ain’t nothing to mess with.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    Watching my wife go through pregnancy and childbirth made me way more extremely pro-choice than I had been before.

    Somebody did try the gotcha argument that people referred to the fetus as a baby when I posted the ultrasound picture online. Forget it, man. Having one of those growing inside you is serious business. No way should the law restrict your options because of an argument over semantics.

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    bemused says:


    Ha, ha. That I’d like to see.

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    Randy P says:

    @Patricia Kayden: People have raised the point before that Republicans lack empathy (I think somebody even did a scientific study) and there’s something to that. There was the recent story of the Congresswoman who, as I recall, was opposed to insurance paying for cancer treatment until she got cancer. Now she’s in favor.

    We think of empathy as an innate human characteristic, but apparently at least 27% of the population doesn’t know what empathy is and completely lacks that gene. A Republican is somebody who can watch me getting hit in the head with a hammer without cringing, without the thought even crossing their mind that I might be in pain or that my pain is something that should bother them.

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    raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Yea she’s hurtin for sure.

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    NotMax says:

    Glad I don’t live in the Eastern time zone any longer. Encountering both Palin and Santorum first thing in the morning would drive me right back to bed to try starting the day on a better footing later on.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Matt McIrvin: My hubby said the same thing when wingnut family members tried to use our impending parenthood to convert us to the forced birth camp. It made us realize just how risky and deeply personal a health issue pregnancy is. It’s unfathomable to me that anyone experiencing it would think, “Hey, the state should have a stake in this!”

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    A Humble Lurker says:

    @Randy P:
    I think it’s specifically that they don’t ever think something like that’ll happen to them. That whole ‘you get hurt ’cause the cosmos thinks you deserve it’ deal-io. They’re not troubled by somebody else in pain because that person must have deserved it to be in pain. It’s the same reason they’re for capital punishment; if you’re getting executed, even if you’re innocent of the crime you’ve been said to commit, you must have done something to deserve being in your current predicament. However when they get hurt they realize bad things can happen to someone (they consider) undeserving.

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    C.V. Danes says:

    You know what else might make someone change their views on abortion, Ms. Palin? A sixteen year old girl who is pregnant because she was raped.

    Oh, wait. She deserved it.


  30. 30
    Belafon says:

    OT: I have noticed that when I visit Balloon Juice, my browser is warning me about a popup from Is this supposed to be happening?

  31. 31
    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    During the recent tornado outbreak, someone told me that living in Florida makes you insular about weather. “Is it coming for us? No? Then I don’t really care.”

    Because I value the relationship for other reasons, I managed to choke back my immediate reaction of “No, that’s just part of being a Republican.”

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Belafon: What browser are you using? I haven’t seen that warning (using Chrome).

  33. 33
    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Belafon: It’s malware.

  34. 34
    gogol's wife says:

    I know this thread is dead, but I just had to say: Mario Lopez interviewing Sarah Palin? I’m glad I missed that show.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Randy P: So true. How many Repubs have embraced marriage equality ONLY after finding out that their beloved son/daughter is gay? See this phenomenon all the time on Joe.My.God.

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    lymie says:

    Patrick Lown is a nice white boy from SUNY, and the research and his study has nothing to do with eyes and emotions.
    “…… and my colleagues and I are conducting an online survey about people’s personal characteristics and beliefs, and how people are able to read emotions in other peoples’ eyes.”

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