Wednesday Open Thread

“Every complaint already contains revenge.”

–Friedrich Nietzsche  

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  1. davebarnes says:

    “Food containing fetuses targeted under new Oklahoma bill”

    Best sentence: “Freshman Sen. Ralph Shortey said his own Internet research led him to believe such a ban is necessary and prompted him to offer the bill aimed at raising “public awareness” and giving an “ultimatum to companies” that might consider such a policy.”

    • Aristotle says:

      He probably learned a few things about Obama’s citizenship and religious beliefes, the truth about 9/11, and the Kurt Cobain murder while he was conducting his “research.”

    • BlueCat says:

      even the author of the bill admits that there isn’t any evidence that what it’s so vital to protect the public from from is actually, you know, happening.  But there was something on those internets.  Hey I once saw an Enquirer headline in the checkout line that said Peewee Herman’s face had been found on the moon. They even had the picture! We need legislation to stop faces of D list celebrities showing up on the moon.  This was years ago so it’s way overdue. Call your state Rep. now!

      OKLAHOMA CITY — A Republican state senator from Oklahoma City introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, despite conceding that he’s unaware of any company using such a practice.

      Freshman Sen. Ralph Shortey said his own Internet research led him to believe such a ban is necessary and prompted him to offer the bill aimed at raising “public awareness” and giving an “ultimatum to companies” that might consider such a policy.

      See Barnes link.

      And aren’t you just sick of picking aborted fetuses out of your food?

    • Okay, maybe a few.

      What. A. Fucking. Idiot.

      Pardon my Socialist French.

    • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

      When you let pro-lifers stream Soylent Green on their laptops.

    • GalapagoLarry says:

      OK will get around to banning all cannibalism.

      Meanwhile, the only place I’ll stop for a bite is at the Jet Cafe. Great Peanut Cream Pie there–lightly browned, 3-inch high meringue. Comes out of the oven at 10 a.m.  

  2. allyncooper says:

    This was for a “consulting contract” in 2006 and was capped at $300,000. This was in addition to the $1.6 million Gingrich raked in from Freddie on another “consulting contract”.

    In an interview in 2006, Gingrich praises the business model of Freddie Mac and says they should continue what they are doing. This is directly at odds of recent statements he has made saying he warned Freddie their policies were headed for disaster.

    Full story at Housing Wire

    Gingrich still has not released the consulting agreement with Freddie that Freddie two weeks ago waived a confidentiality agreement OK’ing him to do so.

    Gingrich is the ultimate Washington insider, who raked in over $150 million through his various “consulting” entities doing business with government agencies after he left Congress.  

  3. Libertad 2.0 says:

    Anyone know the details?

  4. Say Hey Kid says:

    What is Senator Shaffer going to do?

    I bet he opts not to run for Congress in any district.

  5. BlueCat says:

    The first four or five or six comments today aren’t from DavidThi.  In fact, none are.  Dave, I hope you aren’t sick or something!

    Another blow to silly R complaints about Obama being weak:

    MOGADISHU, Somalia – The same U.S. Navy SEAL unit that killed Osama bin Laden parachuted into Somalia under cover of darkness early Wednesday and crept up to an outdoor camp where an American woman and Danish man were being held hostage. Soon, nine kidnappers were dead and both hostages were freed.

    President Barack Obama authorized the mission by SEAL Team 6 two days earlier, and minutes after he gave his State of the Union address to Congress he was on the phone with the American’s father to tell him his daughter was safe.

    I’m sure Repubs will point to this as a political stunt to boost his popularity but I bet the hostages and their families don’t have any complaints. Congrats again to Seal Team 6 and to the President for having the sense and guts to use them so brilliantly. I’m sure there must have been a Seal Team 6 back when Bush was doing nothing but bragging about getting Bin Laden dead or alive, then forgetting ( Bush himself claimed not to give it much thought) all about it.

  6. caroman says:

    Last night, President Obama noted that “a simple majority is no longer enough to get anything passed through the Senate.”

    Will anything pass through the US Senate this year, or even in the next five years?

    • Aristotle says:

      God knows why we keep allowing the Senate to be a place where a supermajority is required to pass anything.

        • Aristotle says:

          but I’m far from a procedural expert. Wikipedia seems to say that that’s all it takes:

          The nuclear option is a potential response to a filibuster or other dilatory tactic. A senator makes a point of order calling for an immediate vote on the measure before the body, outlining what circumstances allow for this. The presiding officer of the Senate, usually the vice president of the United States or the president pro tempore, makes a parliamentary ruling upholding the senator’s point of order. The Constitution is cited at this point, since otherwise the presiding officer is bound by precedent. A supporter of the filibuster may challenge the ruling by asking, “Is the decision of the Chair to stand as the judgment of the Senate?” This is referred to as “appealing from the Chair.” An opponent of the filibuster will then move to table the appeal. As tabling is non-debatable, a vote is held immediately. A simple majority decides the issue. If the appeal is successfully tabled, then the presiding officer’s ruling that the filibuster is unconstitutional is thereby upheld. Thus a simple majority is able to cut off debate, and the Senate moves to a vote on the substantive issue under consideration. The effect of the nuclear option is not limited to the single question under consideration, as it would be in a cloture vote. Rather, the nuclear option effects a change in the operational rules of the Senate, so that the filibuster or dilatory tactic would thereafter be barred by the new precedent.

          • BlueCat says:

            Lets go nuclear!

            • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

              As stated in the SOTU last night, then no options should be off the table in the US Senate.

              A governing body that fails to in any way govern does not deserve the traditional right to filibuster.  

              • fatboy says:

                then these options will not be available for the Ds to stop stupid R stuff.  When ever you’re in charge and thinking of changing how things are done one of the first things you should consider is whether or not you trust the other side with this new power or tactic.  Majorities are not forever.

                • If a Republican majority in the next Senate finds it to their advantage to go “nuclear”, then I have little doubt that they’ll do so.  The Gang of 14 is gone, Republicans in the Senate have already proven they’re willing to renege on gentlemen’s agreements on Senate rules, and they’ve learned that without some additional “help”, an all-Republican government might not last forever as they dream.

                  • Diogenesdemar says:

                    The MAD GOP has moved  beyond the days of mutually assurred distraction, to a Strangeloveian 1st strike mentality.  Their Mullahs are far more ideologically hellbent on having their way at the expense of all else than those in the middle east.

                    It will be a sad day, and one I think that the Democrats would be wise to continue to shun (if for nothing more than posterity), but one that us nearly as inevitable as David’s flying 3-D printers in the Cloud.  

  7. In an interview for Bloomberg Televsion, Secretary of the Treasury Geithner says he won’t be serving in the next Obama administration.

    Most progressives won’t feel too much pain at this announcement – Geithner has long been seen as being too cozy with the banking industry.

      • And Cordray’s in as CFPB head, at least until next year when he has to be renominated (or re-recess-appointed).  And Obama I think is looking at Elizabeth Warren’s successful rise in MA and going “Hmm…”.  The creation of the Home Mortgage Crisis task force headed by NY AG Schneiderman also at least indicates a nod toward a more progressive tack.

        It hasn’t really crossed the border into real enforcement yet, but it’s beginning to look a whole lot different on the Obama financial front.

        • dukeco1 says:

          Summers was the fly in the White House ointment, with Geithner backing him up. The new found vigor you see in the oval office is a reflection of what happens when your team is working with you instead of against you.

  8. VanDammer says:

    Rick Santorum has decided to release his tax returns as well, reports The Hill. And he will release them when they are ready.  “Frankly, I’ve got to get home because everyone’s asking for my tax returns,” Santorum told CNN. “I got to get home and I got to get these tax returns so everybody gets what they’ve been asking for.”

    how sad … Sticky Ricky follow behind so as to feel relevant but really is anyone asking? Betcha we won’t have Ricky to kick around after FL.  

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