Thursday Late Evening Extras- *Send In The Clowns* & Other Musings

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27 Responses to Thursday Late Evening Extras- *Send In The Clowns* & Other Musings

  1. Ametia says:

    Thank you rikyrah!

    All they have is a clown show…

    by Dennis G.

    Two news story waves popped up today about the competition to be the 2012 Republican Nominee for President. One concerned the latest Gallup poll about the horse race—you could just feel the panic as Republicans contemplated their choices.

    Underwhelmed, would be an understatement.

    And then the other news wave broke that the Quitta from Wassila might join the fray. She is number two in the poll and the base is just crazy enough to make her a viable—and yet laughable—GOP standard bearer.

    And the BoBo Republicans are so hurt by the Daniels rejection that they can barely lift their heads off the floor. It sad to to watch them bravely type on and try to articulate some reason to support Mittens or Huntsman. Their courage in the face of such sadness, is all the more remarkable because the astroturf TeaBaggers have marked the last two BoBo-ready dudes as future road kill. Meanwhile, old T-Paw has decided to compete with Gingrich to see who can be the biggest liar in the race. And all the candidates are working overtime to “out-crazy” each other.

    What a clown show.

    As this fail parade marches over every cliff, it strike me that it is the polar opposite of the Democratic Primary race in 2007-2008. That race inspired the base and was exciting from day one. “Exciting” will never be a word used to describe the 2012 GOP race for the White House.

    Think back to May 2007. It was already one hell of a race for the Democratic Nomination—and it would last for more than another year before it was decided. It was passionate and interesting. Even if you didn’t follow politics it was news you followed. The stars were Clinton, Edwards and Obama. Biden, Dodd, Richardson, Kucinich and even Gravel had their supporters and they all made the race more competitive—and interesting.

    By this time in 2007 I had already seen all the candidates speak at events in DC. I was undecided but leaning towards Obama, but it was a great feeling to be undecided. I knew the bench of possible candidates was deep and felt that any of my top choices would be just fine. It was exciting to know that your vote—and your support—mattered.

    In August all the candidate, except Biden (who needed to stay behind for a vote) showed up at Yearly Kos for a debate in front of progressive bloggers. We were mobilized and passionate about the race. It played out over the next year with lots of ups and downs and twists and turns and it was never dull.

    OTOH, the current GOP race just screams dull. The only fun is watching the endless series of mistakes the candidates make like clockwork. It is one train wreck after another. And when Queen Palin and Countessa Bachmann jump in the crazy train will never stop.

    This race will get the attention of the 27 percenters of wingnutopia and they will decide it, because they make the most noise. Then the rest of the Republicans will follow them over the edge and to their doom. BoBo will weep, but that’s not a bad thing.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Countrywide, Saxon To Pay Over $22M For Foreclosing On Members Of Military

    Two lenders who wrongfully foreclosed upon active duty members of the military without obtaining court orders will provide more than $22 million in million in monetary relief under settlement agreements with the federal government.

    BAC Home Loans Servicing LP — formerly known as Countrywide — will pay at least $20 million in the agreement to resolve allegations they foreclosed upon about 160 servicemembers between January 2006 and May 2009 without seeking court orders, said DOJ. They also agreed to pay any servicemember wrongfully foreclosed upon during that period.

    Saxon Mortgage Services Inc. will pay $2.35 million to resolve allegations they foreclosed upon about 17 servicemembers between January 2006 and June 2009 without court orders, according to DOJ. They also agreed to pay any servicemember who was wrongfully foreclosed upon from July 2009 through 2010.

    “The men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces deserve, at the very least, to know that they will not have their homes taken from them wrongfully while they are bravely putting their lives on the line on behalf of their country,” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, said in a statement.

    “The Civil Rights Division is committed to aggressively enforcing those laws that protect the rights of servicemembers,” Perez said. “All lenders have an obligation to do their part to work with servicemembers while these brave men and women focus on keeping us safe.

    Countrywide knew, or should have known, about the military status of many of the people they foreclosed upon, according to DOJ. Some of the victims of Countrywide were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan at the time of the foreclosure. The investigation started after the U.S. Marine Corps referred a case of an active duty service member facing foreclosure.

    Saxon foreclosed on at least 10 servicemembers when they knew of or should have known about their military status, including members who served in Iraq who were injured or suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. DOJ initiated its investigation after Sergeant James Hurley resolved his claims against Saxon in a confidential settlement earlier this year.

  3. Ametia says:

    Judge strikes down Walker’s collective bargaining law
    Source: Wisconsin State Journal

    A judge has struck down Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial new collective bargaining law.

    Dane County Judge MaryAnn Sumi issued a permanent injunction against the law Thursday morning. This means the law is effectively dead until the Wisconsin Supreme Court acts on the law.

    Sumi’s decision said there was “clear and convincing evidence” that Republicans who control the Legislature violated the state’s open meetings laws. And she said that means the law is void.

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  4. Ametia says:

    Sarah Palin’sthe new Trump in town

    MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains why the former governor of Alaska is running for the spotlight, not the White House.


  5. Ametia says:


  6. @ Ametia: The clown pics are hilarious!

  7. Ametia says:

    SYTYCAD is auditioning in Atlanta, GA. tonight. Here’s a clip from season 7 with Twitch and Alex. It’s slammin.’

  8. Ametia says:

    Good Evening Everyone!

    My favorite show is on. “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox. That’s right, Fox. I reserve my one show to watch on that channel. I enjoy dance that much.

    • Aquagranny911 says:

      I’ve watched that show. I love dance and really enjoyed “Dancing With The Stars” until it got to be more about costumes and half naked women instead of real dancing. I’m old so I remember Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and others who danced the old ballroom stuff with such grace. My parents were beautiful dancers. We children used to beg them to do that jitter bug and other dances from their youth. They could do a tango that was positively X-rated! It was such fun and my Mama was excellent at the old “hat dance” She was 70 the last time she showed us how it was done.

    • Ametia says:

      Here ya go, Aquagranny!

      • Aquagranny911 says:

        Thanks that did make me laugh and for a couple of old people, those two could really dance. That’s WWII stuff and I actually have a pic of my Dad in a uniform just like that with my Mom, at some dance when he was home on his last leave before he shipped out. When my parents were young dances were the totally important social parts of their lives.

        Just in, my very humble opinion, and I wrote this all out because it seems important to me, dance is one of the closest ways we connect with true joy and touch the face of God.

        • Ametia says:

          ICAM, Aquagranny! It is spirit that moves the body, not the body that moves spirit. It takes a complete trust to let go and let the dance of life happen.; there’s freedom with dance.

      • @ Aquagranny: Yes indeed! The Bible says David danced before the Lord with all his might!

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