Saturday Open Thread [1.12.13]

Filed in Open Thread by on January 12, 2013

The weekend! And it seems like the political news has slowed down some, or is that just me? Anyway, I do hope that you have plans to enjoy this warm weekend.

So the people who have been screaming about STOPPING SPENDING petitioned the White House to build a Death Star. Like a Star Wars, I am your father, Death Star. It got enough signatories for the White House to respond. And their response is: Uh, No. Staring with the very funny title — This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For — the official White House reasons for not building a Death Star include:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

No matter what you think of these people, when they turn on the wit and humor, they’re good.

Closer to home, NCCo Assistant Attorney Edward Danberg quits over the county changing its position vis the traffic study that wasn’t done before approving the re-zoning of Barley Mill Plaza. The traffic study *should* have been done, no question. But not telling one of your Attorneys of Record in a lawsuit defending the decision that the County is changing course is an unforced error.

If you haven’t been following the crisis over Jack Lew’s signature, this should get you up to speed on the controversy:

And the Department of Homeland Security follows the lead of many others sounding the alarm bell and advises users to disable Java 7 in your browsers due to a security flaw.

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  1. Jason330 says:

    “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”

    Lol. I l(heart) the Obama administration.

  2. cassandra_m says:

    Bet this isn’t the reaction they were looking for: Satanists Rally for Rick Scott

    A group of Florida-based Satanists will be holding a rally in support of the Sunshine State’s Republican Governor Rick Scott on January 25. According to a press release for the event, the Satanic Temple, which organized the rally, will be showing “solidarity” with the governor for his “unwavering fortitude and progressive resolve in his defense of religious liberty,” specifically his approval of a legislation that will allow students to vote on whether or not to include prayers in graduation ceremonies and other school assemblies.

    “The Satanic Temple embraces the free expression of religion, and Satanists are happy to show their support of Rick Scott who–particularly with [Senate Bill] 98–has reaffirmed our American freedom to practice our faith openly, allowing our Satanic children the freedom to pray in school,” the group said in a statement announcing the rally.

  3. Jason330 says:

    Politicker spoke with Satanic Temple spokesman Lucian Greaves….

    If your parents name yiu Lucian Graves, you are pretty much destiny to be a satanist .

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