Good Evening Valentine: Open Thread

valentineHappy Valentine’s Day!

Evening everyone, hope your Valentine Day is going well. Usually I get a kick out of V-Day, but this year…meh.

The past two days have been a kind of fog for me, and other than the news that another athlete has shot and killed his girlfriend, I have no idea what is going on in the world. Heavy duty pain medication and a case of PAD is keeping me from reading and watching the news.

That is why today’s evening reads are going to be rather thin.

First this from “Pepe” LaPierre( I wish I could draw, if I could I’d do a caricature of LaPierre as a skunk, like Pepe Le Pew….kissing an AK15…saying, “Come wiz me to ze Casbah – we shall make beautiful musicks togezzer!”) from Huffington Post : Wayne LaPierre: More Guns Needed For ‘Hellish World’ Filled With Hurricanes, Kidnappers, Drug Gangs

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, adopted on Wednesday a significantly more ominous and expansive line of reasoning than he has before in order to make the case that newer, more dangerous threats require Americans to buy more guns, join the NRA and organize opposition to gun control measures.

“Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face — not just maybe,” LaPierre wrote in a commentary published by The Daily Caller, a conservative news site. “It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.”

“Tens of millions of Americans are already preparing to Stand And Fight to protect their families and homes,” LaPierre declared, but the threats are growing “during the second Obama term.”

Good Lawd, what horrors!

…LaPierre wrote that “the American people clearly see the daunting forces we will undoubtedly face: terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster. Gun owners are not buying firearms because they anticipate a confrontation with the government. Rather, we anticipate confrontations where the government isn’t there — or simply doesn’t show up in time.”


New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy was LaPierre’s prime example of just such a disaster: “After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.”

The facts, however, indicate the opposite was true. In the five days following Hurricane Sandy, there were no homicides at all in New York City — which is unusual, considering historical data.

You can click the link to that HuffPo article, which goes on to point out other facts LaPierre has twisted to his will.

I think this cartoon from Signe Wilkinson fits perfectly with this discussion.  NRA Shoppe

The Guardian has a cool interactive poking fun at the dumbing down of the US President’s State of the Union Address: The state of our union is … dumber: How the linguistic standard of the presidential address has declined

How the linguistic standard of the presidential address has declined. Using the Flesch-Kincaid readability test the Guardian has tracked the reading level of every state of the union.

Just go and check it out!

Also from The Guardian: Horsemeat scandal deepens as minister says bute may be in food chain

Eight horses slaughtered for food in the UK have tested positive for the veterinary painkiller phenylbutazone, known as bute, new tests from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revealed on Thursday.

The minister for food and agriculture, David Heath, told the Commons that 206 carcasses had been tested. Six of the carcasses that tested positive may have entered the food chain in France in the last few weeks, according to the FSA, and efforts were being made to recall them. Heath said the Findus lasagne found to contain horsemeat had tested negative for bute. The FSA confirmed that all tests on the food products analysed so far, including Tesco burgers, were negative.

Heath said: “It is unacceptable that bute at any level has been found in horsemeat. We are investigating and anyone found to have broken the law will be dealt with.”


In other horsemeat news, Oklahoma State Senate committee advances bill on commercial slaughter of horses

A state Senate committee unanimously passed a bill to allow the operation of horse slaughterhouses in the state.

Senate Bill 375 – written by Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro – passed the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on a 9-0 vote without debate or question.

Before the bill was considered, Allen announced that he had substituted new language in the bill that would ensure that meat produced at an equine slaughterhouse would be consumed only outside the state and that animals would be allowed to come to a facility only through a livestock auction and a livestock dealer, meaning horses couldn’t be sold directly to a slaughterhouse.

Cynthia Armstrong, state director of the Humane Society of the United States, said the changes to Allen’s bill didn’t make it any less horrible and unacceptable for the state.

“Oklahoma City has a reputation as the Horse Show Capital of the World,” Armstrong said. “We do not need to be known as the Dead Horse Capital of the U.S.”

Of course I have a cartoon for this story too:   Oklahoma Horse Slaugherhouses – Political Cartoon by Bruce Plante, Tulsa World – 02/14/2013

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - Oklahoma Horse Slaugherhouses

Lastly, this year’s Oscar poster is cool, check it out:  Oscar Poster Reveals Years Of Best Picture History, But Can You Guess The Movies? (PHOTOS)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a fun new poster on its website Tuesday. The Olly Moss and Gallery1988 project features 85 renderings of Oscar statuettes — one for each Best Picture winner from 1927 to 2012.

Go to the link to see a gallery of each statue. I like the ones that make references to the movie itself, and not just a costume. Like The Sting (finger to nose), The Apartment (tennis racquet and spaghetti), English Patient (melted head and shoulder) and All’s Quiet on the Western Front (butterfly).

Have a wonderful evening!

This is an open thread.

27 Comments on “Good Evening Valentine: Open Thread”

  1. ecocatwoman says:

    Why rely on facts when you can make shit up? That’s certainly what their “savior” did in his rebuttal to the SOTU. Isn’t that the motto of the New Republican Party?

    All of the horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. were shut down in GW’s reign. Of course, they were simply moved to Mexico and horses from around the country were trucked to Mexico. However, the liberal Obama ended that and made it once again legal to slaughter horses in the good ole US of A. And bute is used all the time in thoroughbred horse racing. The trainer of the last contender for the Triple Crown was under investigation before the final race of the three. He finally admitted his horse had an injury and wouldn’t race. Of course, that’s old news now & I haven’t heard whether or not he’s been tried yet or not. No surprise, I’m no fan of horse racing either. A former Derby winner was sold to Japan years ago and about two years ago it was reported that he (the horse) had been slaughtered for the horsemeat industry in Japan.

    Hope you are feeling better soon, jj. Same goes for Denny. Ya’ll take care.

  2. Fannie says:

    The speaker of house (as well as other republicans) couldn’t manage to stand up in honor of Desiline Victor, the 102 year old who waited hours in Fla. before casting her vote. I bet if she had a M-16 in her hands he would have stood up.

    Happy Valentine’s Day………….take good care JJ.

  3. ANonOMouse says:

    Just a personal anecdote about Valentines Day. My partner of 30 years and I always shop separately for the other’s Valentine treat. Generally we give each other things like chocolate, a book, Pj’s, a stuffed animal, Movie tickets, etc. This year we gave each other the exact same box of chocolates and the exact same Valentine’s day card. What was even more bizarre is we wrote sentiments to each other that were nearly identical. What are the odds of that happening? We both got a great laugh out of it and after we shared our freaky Valentine’s Day experience with friends and family we decided that we’ve been together for so long that we’re no longer two people. We also decided that next year only one of us is going to buy a Valentine’s Day gift that we both will share and we’re going to flip a coin to decide who does the buying.

  4. ANonOMouse says:

    JJ…..Sorry you had such a bad day. I hope you feel better soon.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Hi JJ,

    Sorry you’re still in so much pain. I found your post to be just pithy enough for me. I appreciate you doing it when you’re feeling poorly. I love your posts so much!

  6. bostonboomer says:

    I love the Guardian article on the level of sophistication of the SOTU’s down through history. How sad that Dubya and Ronnie Ray-gun’s speeches tested for higher reading levels than Obama’s. And Millard Fillmore–considered one of the worst presidents–tested at nearly double the reading level of Obama’s SOTU’s!

  7. List of X says:

    JJ, I am sorry to hear your Valentine’s day is not fun. Maybe this could help 🙂

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Lawrence O’Donnell just said that Hillary is running for president.

  9. Happy Valentines and have a great evening!

  10. RalphB says:

    Secret funding network pushed climate change denialism, opposed environmental regulations

    Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120m (£77m) to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change, the Guardian has learned.

    The funds, doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped build a vast network of thinktanks and activist groups working to a single purpose: to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarising “wedge issue” for hardcore conservatives.

    The millions were routed through two trusts, Donors Trust and the Donors Capital Fund, operating out of a generic town house in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Donors Capital caters to those making donations of $1m or more.

    We always knew it but it’s good to now have proof.

  11. RalphB says:

    John McCain Denies Delaying Hagel Nomination Over Letter Formatting

    McCain and Sens. Lindsay Graham and Kelly Ayotte wrote a letter to the White House on Tuesday demanding further information about the September attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, and warned that they would hold a vote on Hagel’s nomination pending a response. The White House responded Wednesday — but addressed the letter to Sen. Carl Levin, chair of the Armed Services Committee, and merely CC’ed McCain, Graham and Ayotte.

    The White House resent the letter — nearly identical to the first, but for the inverted subject and CC lines — Thursday.

    A Senate Democratic aide provided copies of the letters to BuzzFeed. “That is the level of unseriousness we are dealing with here,” the aide said.

    “I have not received the letter,” McCain told CNN Thursday morning. “They sent the letter to Sen. Levin. It was Sen Graham and I and Ayotte that asked for an answer. We haven’t received an answer.”

    “I have to receive a letter, I have to receive a letter…”

    The creepy old bastard is a nasty spoiled brat. Get this prick out of office!

    • bostonboomer says:

      Graham and McCain are acting like spoiled children. I can’t understand why Kelly Ayotte is letting herself be sucked into this. I don’t think it will do her any good in New Hampshire.

  12. gnstr says:

    the horsemeat .. what irony