Evening Comedy Open Thread

50129Good Evening

There is a whole lotta bad weather over Banjoville tonight. Already the power has been out once today, so this will be quick.

Joe Biden gave a fond farewell today to Sen. Frank Lautenberg, it looks as though it was one hell of a send off. Joe Biden Positively Slays Audience With Eulogy For Frank Lautenberg

America’s famously jovial Vice President Joe Biden knocked ‘em dead on Wednesday with a heartfelt eulogy for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in New York City. His touching, humorous tribute to the late senator, the last living World War II veteran to serve in the upper chamber of Congress, was warmly received by the audience.

“Well, if there is a definition of redundant, I’m it,” Biden began, his opening line cracking up the assembled mourners.

“By the way, Josh, I’m representing the Pope,” Biden added. “Frank used to call me the only Catholic Jew he knew.”


On a serious note, Biden addressed the grief that Lautenberg’s family is contending with. “I realize that it’s beyond my capacity to find the words to do justice to Frank Lautenberg,” Biden added. “Obviously, I can’t do justice to what he meant to all of you, or even what he meant to me and to this country.”

Video at the link…

Now for the real comedy, this is hilarious. All-male House subcommittee votes to restrict abortion nationwide

An all-male House Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday approved legislation that would impose a new nationwide restriction on abortion.

By a party line vote of 6-4, the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice approved a bill that would ban abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based on the belief that fetuses are capable of experiencing pain after 20 weeks gestation.

When Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) first proposed the legislation, it only would have covered the District of Columbia. But Franks successfully pushed for the bill to apply nationwide following the conviction of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell.

Ha, someone please give me some pins to stick into a Trent Franks voodoo doll…and let him feel some capable pain in a certain area of his former fetus body.

Opponents of the legislation argue that it is unconstitutional because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, which prohibits states from banning abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a similar law in Arizona’s last month.

“It is astonishing that the Subcommittee on the Constitution would support such a clear affront to the U.S. Constitution — especially when everywhere similar laws have been challenged in the courts, they have been immediately blocked,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

You can go and read the quote from Franks at the link above, but I just can’t bear to copy the shit down here.

Well, I know this is short, but it is what it is…and this is an open thread.


6 Comments on “Evening Comedy Open Thread”

  1. Y’all have a good evening…This is new over at the NY Times: Appeals Court Lifts Limit on Emergency Contraceptive – NYTimes.com

    • NW Luna says:

      Nice to see science win the day!

      Scientists have long argued against the need for any restrictions on the pill’s sale, saying that studies show it is safer than many common over-the-counter drugs, including acetaminophen.

  2. NW Luna says:

    Yet another story for us history buffs:

    In 1952, a young British architect, Michael Ventris, discovered the meaning of Linear B.

    …. But some experts now argue that Ventris would never have been able to crack the code, had it not been for an American classicist, Alice Kober. The importance of her contribution has only come to light now that her archives – held at the University of Texas at Austin – have been catalogued.

    “Alice Kober is the great unsung heroine of the Linear B decipherment,” says [Margalit] Fox [author of a new book on Linear B, The Riddle of the Labyrinth]. “She built the methodological bridge that Ventris triumphantly crossed. “As is so often the case in women’s history, behind this great achievement lay these hours and hours of unseen labour by this unheralded woman,” she says.

    • RalphB says:

      Good for Alice Kober, I’m glad to see her get some recognition at last.

      Those assholes in the House should STFU about women’s health. Maybe women should try running men’s health care for a while.

      • NW Luna says:

        Ralph, that’s cool that you know about Alice Kober and Linear B. I hadn’t known at all. It’s so fascinating how lost languages are translatable. And to think about how they gradually slipped into obscurity.