Monday Open Thread

"The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow."

–H. G. Wells

25 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Ralphie says:

    Here's a link to the Kansas City shooter's web site.  He's a real piece of work.:

    Here's one of his campaign ads from 2010 when he ran as a write-in for Senator against Kit Bond.

    More ads here:

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      Good sleuthing, Ralphie. Southern Poverty Law Center does great work keeping track of these racist scum, who will unfortunately always be with us.

      • Ralphie says:

        I'd like to take credit, but I was listening to KFI radio (LA) this morning.  Bill Handel, morning drive-time personality, has used pieces of one of those ads as an audio drop for years.  They sleuthed Frazier Glenn Cross (shooter's alias) = Frazier Glenn Miller.

    • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

      Just wanted to let you all know that Randy Corporon's (host of 560 AM morning show) cousins were two of three killed. 

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      From website at

      In only a few years, the jews and their mongrel puppets will be in control of all aspects of American life – the government, the media, the courts, law enforcement, and the military. You’ll be outnumbered by mongrels everywhere you go, and there’ll be no place to hide.

      Sounds good to me. Now I've got to go find a Christian child to slaughter for blood to mark my door or make Matzo with. Can't remember which so maybe I should do both. Good Passover to my homies and a shout out to our mongrel allies.wink

      • Ralphie says:

        Slaughter a lamb instead.  Easter dinner at Ralphie Manor this year is braised lamb shanks.

        • BlueCatBlueCat says:

          Since it will still be Passover at Easter, we're just having a small family affair tonight and will be attending a major combo Easter/Passover do with friends on Easter. We will indeed be a "mongrel" bunch of folks from various religious and cultural backgrounds and of various colors. Lamb will indeed be served. It's fine for those who don't eat ham and for those who don't eat beef. Also fish for the inevitable no red meat at all contingent. After dinner we can continue to plot takeover and mongrelization. 

  2. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Most days I feel like we're winning a battle here and there, yet losing the war on our environment.  Then, this happens.  JP Morgan, nearly the 'last man standing', calls it quits.

    JPMorgan Chase has been funding six of the top eight coal mining companies responsible for mountaintop removal coal mining in the United States. Recently, its investment bank underwrote more than $1 billion in new financing to Massey Energy, the largest mountaintop removal coal mining company.

    JPMorgan Chase states that its “environmental goal is to make a positive contribution to sustainable business practices by integrating environmental practices into our business model.” Yet, Massey Energy has a deplorable environmental record, having violated the Clean Water Act no fewer than 4,500 times.


    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      That's encouraging news- somehow, the "arithmetic", as you call it, must have made further investment in mountaintop removal untenable for JPMorgan.

      I'm a big believer in appealing to enlightened self interest, as opposed to appealing to the altruistic side of corporations.

    • (((JADodd)))James Dodd says:

      Did I miss something? I read the article 3 times. It says that JPMorgan is still financing mountain top removal. I saw nothing in the article that suggested that JPMorgan has quit doing this. In fact, the thrust of the article is how the continued financing of Massey violates JPMorgan's "business model" – that is, they are hypocrites.

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      Boy – it's Monday morning!  Here's the article that should have been linked. (the linked Reuters article was from 2010; my goal was to show you how far we've come since then.) 

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      Willie Nelson is joining the fight in Congress to protect Appalachian communities from the impacts of the devastating mining practice of mountaintop removal. In a new music video that depicts mountaintop removal operations in Appalachia and their ruinous consequences, the American icon sings "America the Beautiful" to highlight opposition to giving coal companies free rein to blast the tops off mountains and dump dangerous pollution into surrounding streams and creeks.

  3. HappyWarrior says:

    Another success story — I saved $200 a month via the health care exchange and got a better plan

  4. HappyWarrior says:

    The spurious ethics complaint against the Governor was dismissed by the Ethics Commission.  Even, Bill Leone a former US Attorney under President Bush voted in favor of the Governor.  

  5. BlueCatBlueCat says:

    OK. It's still too expensive to get anything but high deductible private insurance and there's really no excuse not to have decent universal single payer coverage for all  as we could  by simply making medicare universal and leaving private insurers to serve those who want extra coverage or extra bells and whistles. But it's an improvement over where we were before. According to the CBO….

    WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office has released updated estimates on the Affordable Care Act's impact on both the budget and the health insurance industry. The findings show that the president's signature health care law is actually growing cheaper to implement, costing the government $5 billion less in 2014 than was previously projected. The law also is projected to cover more individuals than previously believed, owing, in part, to some broader workforce trends.

    But a significant portion of the population will remain uninsured even with the law fully implemented. And the costs to individuals and employers, while lower than previous estimates, still provide critics of the law with ample fodder.

    Below are some additional highlights from the CBO report:

    Twelve million more non-elderly people will have health insurance in 2014 than if Obamacare had not become law. CBO's projections on this crucial measure of the law's success are higher than recent surveys from the Rand Corp., which estimated a 9.3 million reduction, and from Gallup, which shows a 3.5 million decline.

  6. BlueCatBlueCat says:

    PS. Still sucks. Sucks less than it did before.  But, with no public option,  we can't get any farther. I'm sure a good chunk of negatives on ACA comes from people who recognize it doesn't go nearly far enough but would certainly not want it repealed and have to go backward to caps, getting kicked off for being sick or prevented from getting insurance because of preexisting conditions such as being born imperfect.  

    Dem pols should keep that in mind before they run and hide and leave the GOTP with messaging carte blanche as our recalled state legislators did on sensible gun control legislation. 

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      BC, you're right on that. Every poll where a majority disapproves of the ACA has had around 8-10% who want it to go further, go to single payer, be "Medicare for all", or something similar. Our rightie trolls never take that into account.

      Speaking of which, where is Always Carnelian? Did someone turn the AC off? Did the assignment end when it became obvious that the ACA is here to stay?

  7. DavieDavie says:

    Guvs, you need to update the Big Line!  Our very own Nancy Cronk is running for HD37 🙂

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