Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Evening Thread

Sometimes It's Hard

Good luck and best wishes to Kevin.

Happy Hour Thread

Friday edition!

The James O'Keefe Era

There was a moment...not a very long moment, but a moment... when "ZOMG JAMES O'KEEFE IS GOING TO RELEASE A VIDEO AND DEMOCRATS WILL ALL SUICIDE" was like a thing. Even after all his bullshit was revealed, it was still like that, because conservatives must always be attended to because bias. Or something.

The latest is pretty funny. At least no one pays much attention to it anymore, except to make fun of it.


I think this is one newspaper comments section I won't read.
If elected governor, Tom Wolf plans to end the asset test, a measure that ties federal food stamp benefits to people's bank accounts and car ownership.

Food stamps benefits are so tiny, and asset tests mean they aren't available to people for temporary help. One has to spend down everything before getting a bit of help which could, maybe, let you stay afloat.

Lunch Thread


First, We Clear Out All The Black People

The Detroit "revitalization" plan gets a bit more obvious every day.


It does make people crazy.
A man and woman from South Los Angeles have been arrested for stabbing a woman to death in front of her children over a parking space at a swap meet, authorities said.

And They Were Heroes

It's probably impossible to explain the fun house absurdity that was the whole Ken Starr nonsense, and the way his goons were treated by the press, to people who didn't live through it. It wasn't just Lewinsky, either. The undertold story just how much low level White House staffers were hounded (amid escalating legal bills).

According to the report, a prosecutor who confronted Lewinsky “exercised poor judgment and made mistakes in his analysis, planning and execution of the approach.” The report, written by two lawyers appointed to investigate the matter by Robert W. Ray, Starr’s successor as independent counsel, concluded that the “matter could have been handled better.”

The report also lays out the encounter in detail, suggesting that it quickly spun out of control as a shocked and hysterical Lewinsky asked to consult a lawyer or a parent — even as prosecutors grew increasingly determined to persuade her to agree on the spot to cooperate against the president.

Morning Thread

Are There No Workhouses?

Maybe buy two bags of candy. One expensive for the immediate neighborhood children and one cheap bag for the others. That'll show them. Or, yannow, just buy some candy for all the kids and count your blessings.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Own Goal

Fred Hiatt is not the median voter.

Evening Thread

Enjoy or argue

Happy Hour Thread

I am going to THE THEATRE this evening because that is what snooty educated adults do.

Heartland Traditions

Next they'll teach us about a little thing called "Christmas."

Afternoon Thread

Lived around the corner from the pizza shop in this ad for about 4 years.

Na Ga Ha Pen

I'm still pretty sure that real autonomous cars won't be a thing in my lifetime.


The "war on earmarks" was one of the stupidest things in recent years. Everybody in politics loves mostly pointless goo-goo process issues because they're all non-partisany and responsible, but earmarks are how shit gets done.

Woo Hoo!!!

Well that recession is over!!!

Spain’s unemployment rate fell to the lowest since the end of 2011 in the third quarter as its economy turned into one of the fastest-growing in the euro region.

Joblessness fell to 23.7 percent in the three months through September from 24.5 percent in the previous quarter, Spain’s national statistics institute INE said in Madrid today. The economy grew 0.5 percent in the period, the Bank of Spain predicts.

Time for more austerity because reasons!