Open all day.

Due to the government shutdown and events beyond my control last night (i.e., television, wine), we’re having an open thread today.

Question to start things off: Is Ted Cruz wearing fake eyelashes?

Back tomorrow.


Posted at 8:10 am in Current events |

36 responses to “Open all day.”

  1. alex said on October 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Nah, those are just the shadows cast by an exceedingly low brow.

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  2. coozledad said on October 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Ted Cruz is fanboy jerkoff fodder for perennial fourteen year old boys who have to pay for the kind of sex they enjoy. Randian masturbators, crypto Nazis, neo-confederates, McCarthyite wife beaters, Ag subsidy sluts, pussy-lipped readers of Forbes, bathroom goblins, poo fetishists, urine scented state senate inbreds, and babbling dementeds tottering at the edge of their graves just begging to be tipped in by someone swinging a heavy shovel.

    This shit? Beyond pathetic:

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  3. brian stouder said on October 1, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I think it’s too soon (and therefore anti-climactic) to call Cooz’s post the thread winner, but damn!

    Anyway, from now on – in addition to Oxy-Rush and Shit-for-brains-Sean, I intend to refer to Senator Cruz as Raphael Eduardo (his given name).

    He looks like an earnest funeral director

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  4. Jeff Borden said on October 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I don’t know, Brian, but your statement is just about as funny –and true– as Cooz’s. There is something very off-putting about the junior asshole from Texas. Is it the Brylcreem look of his mid-1950s haircut? Or the voice that doesn’t seem to fit with the body? The weak chin and generally soft, fleshy look that bespeaks a man who never worked a day of hard and/or frustrating labor? Whatever it is, he truly gives me the creeps.

    We’ve entered the age of nihilism as politics. A segment of our fellow citizens think it’s a swell idea to send anti-government mopes to run the government. And these teabagging fools are protected by the gerrymandering, so they really suffer no political price for acting like assholes.

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  5. coozledad said on October 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

    That Daily News photo of Boehner is just wrong. He’d never get his hands bloody. They should have shown old Whiskey Dick puking a hot stream of Johnny Walker on his wingtips while he was on another crying jag.

    The best thing you can say about that wreck of a being is he actually imbibes the pharmaceuticals he uses his office to sell.

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    • nancy said on October 1, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I dunno, Cooz. I compared the photo to the original, and they definitely color-corrected the hands. That’s brown sauce they’re accusing Boehner of playing in.

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  6. brian stouder said on October 1, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Cooz – I was thinking they had his hands bleeding, too, at first.

    But on second look, I’m thinking that it’s fecal matter on the feckless fiscal flounderer’s fingers

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  7. coozledad said on October 1, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Thanks. I see it now. Adding the whiskey would have toppled the thing into unsubtlety.

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  8. Suzanne said on October 1, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I love the New York Daily News. Trash but in a classier sort of way.

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  9. susan said on October 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Boner’s first-date video. (Warning: Not for the faint-of-heart.) Or maybe that’s Rafael Eduardo Cruz. Yes, perhaps the latter.

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  10. Sherri said on October 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

    When I see Ted Cruz, I think of the John Rogers quote:

    There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

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  11. Jolene said on October 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Great quote, Sherri. Exactly right for Cruz. Lord, what a creep he is.

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  12. coozledad said on October 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Old “Corndog Michele” Bachmann and Louis Gohmert are out whorin’ at the WWII memorial, trying to cash in on a shutdown she helped to engineer at a memorial to vets who toppled a dictator Republicans openly embraced.

    Meanwhile, the lines for the healthcare exchanges are overwhelmed. Wanna bet whose girldick Wolf Blitzer will be gently stroking with his little yellow teeth today?

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  13. Dexter said on October 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I muffled a grunt as I recalled how “Obama will end these asinine US wars…” campaign comments a few years ago. Obama went out of his way to make sure America knows his military will be OK during this shutdown, fully supported, fully funded, all the while civilian post and base workers are locked out of paycheck-based work. They matter little or not at all. I didn’t know who Cruz was a few weeks ago and now he’s some sort of media poster boy, and like Boy George did, Cruz is burning out quickly. I think. I know there is talk of 2016 for him, but that bores me so I never expanded an research on that topic.

    I am still in shock that Saul threw Carrie under the bus. “Homeland” is now officially off the rails.

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  14. Dexter said on October 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Click and Clack’s ugly car contest…is this a winner or WHAT?

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  15. Dexter said on October 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

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  16. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Mr. Stouder, I’ve been up to my eyebrows in funeral directors the last two days, and let me assure you that are not, nowadays, anywhere so unctuous and Heepish as all that.

    As with Iraq, what I don’t understand is how they could get this far in and still have no exit strategy other than stalling until the Rapture.

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  17. brian stouder said on October 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Jeff – you’re right, of course; I actually have nothing against earnest funeral directors.

    But I WOULD if they first accepted all the arrangements, and then indefinitely prolonged the process and left Uncle Ferd moldering in the ante-room until they got whatever unrelated thing they decided they wanted from us…!

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  18. LAMary said on October 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    No false eyelashes, just a touch of Maybelline Big Lash on the top lashes only.

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  19. Julie Robinson said on October 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I dunno, I think Sherri’s quote wins the thread today.

    And speaking of people who are generally as popular as politicians and funeral directors, the most recent group of car salesmen we’ve been meeting have generally been a decent sort. This has been a pleasant surprise. Last night we met one who shares our last name (along with a certain school official), and I’m truly sorry that he doesn’t have a product I want to buy.

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  20. brian stouder said on October 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Julie, I absolutely think the world of that certain school official!

    She is superb

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  21. alex said on October 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    The dark cloud over the Republicans’ heads has a silver lining.

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  22. MarkH said on October 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Dexter @14 —

    That’s also highly offensive, as it was done to a Volvo.

    alex — not on board with the cheap shot @21. Although I’m sure KKK members smart enough to know politics would label themselves republicans, most aren’t that smart. While the party itself is smart enough to disavow those acitvities (outside of 1st amendment issues, of course), for their sake I hope they’re also smart enough to finally kick stereotypical teapartiers to the curb and embrace this guy for 2016:

    Watched him on CNN this AM on the shutdown and a breath of fresh air. He’s the anti-Romney as a presidential candidate, if you will. Certainly smart enough and moderate enough, he only lacks the fire in his belly to make a serious go. YVMV, of course.

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  23. brian stouder said on October 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Mark H – if Huntsman ends up seriously in the hunt, that would be a fine thing, indeed.

    My old fave of faves in the GOP was Jack Kemp; and I think if he was alive now they’d primary him right out of his congressional seat.

    Anyway, going forward, some (including former Speaker Pelosi)claim that if this political recklessness comes to the point of default, the 14th Amendment would empower the president to simply bypass congress and extend the debt ceiling.

    Section 4 of the 14th Amendment says

    The validity of the public debt of the United States , authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.

    It then goes on to disavow any debt run up in aid of insurrection. (it is from 1868)

    It would be best if it doesn’t come to that, but President Obama may well be keeping his powder entirely dry on this subject, until the moment arrives.

    In fact, I bet the tea-party congress really know this, and therefore shot off all their fireworks NOW, over the shutdown, rather than getting summarily smacked down over the debt ceiling.

    Otherwise, if the president lets an actual default go forward, I think Congress might actually have grounds for impeachment! (only kidding – but on the other hand, ridiculousness seems to reign, these days!)

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  24. Bitter Scribe said on October 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Brian – I don’t think the tea party Congress knows anything except how to throw tantrums.

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  25. Sherri said on October 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I think the tea party wants to blow everything up. They couldn’t win, so this is the equivalent of upsetting the chess board to force a do-over.

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  26. coozledad said on October 1, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Anyone here got any suggestions for a book on Grigori Potemkin/ Catherine the Great? Academic history is fine as long as it’s one of those rare souls who can write it.

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  27. Sherri said on October 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I’ve just started reading Catherine the Great by Robert Massie. Not sure what you’re looking for, but as popular biography goes, it seems pretty good so far. I haven’t gotten to Potemkin yet, so I can’t tell you how well he’s covered.

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  28. coozledad said on October 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks, Sherri. I’ll see if our sorry library has it.

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  29. Kirk said on October 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Y’ mean yoo want a book ’bout some Rooshin’ queen? Hmmm

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  30. coozledad said on October 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Kirk: I’m surprised Massie’s cranking books out at 84(?). It kills much younger people.

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  31. LAMary said on October 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Did he write Nicholas and Alexandra? I remember reading that when I was about 14.

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  32. Kirk said on October 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Probably what’s keeping him going.

    I just started 77-year-old Robert Caro’s biography of Robert Moses. Of course, he was only 39 when he wrote it, but he’s still writing about LBJ.

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  33. alex said on October 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    MarkH @ 22—

    Huntsman struck me as a very sane individual. He just happens to be aligned with the wrong party and has a snowball’s chance in hell of being nominated for anything greater at this point than postmaster.

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  34. Deborah said on October 1, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Robert Moses is anathema to many contemporary urban planners/designers, he did a lot of harm to NYC and by extension to other cities. He spurred Jane Jacobs and others to combat what he put into motion and thank goodness he was defeated.

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  35. Kirk said on October 1, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    What Moses did in New York infected many other parts of the country, and he was corrupt as hell. The mayors of NYC did what he told them.

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