We haven’t had one of these in a while.

I thought this was incredibly classy.  The twitter exchange was fun too.

I love this website. Especially this feature.  If you are going to DC for anything political, it’s the go to spot for whats happening.

No, Rick you make us want to throw up.

I have very mixed feelings about the movie The Help, but was thrilled that Octavia Spencer won. She even thanked the State of Alabama. Pretty sure that’s never happened at the Oscars.

Sweet Baby Jesus on a Breadstick.


24 Responses to Monday Open Thread

  1. Jules says:

    I give a shit because wasted resources effects all those things you mentioned.

    By resources I mean, more than just money. Time, talent, in-kind donations like mine all summer are frustrating to see wasted on not moving forward.

    It’s really no matter to me on whose side we are on, we need to be on the side of the organization-which I think most reasonable people would agree is highly compromised.

    For far too long this organization has been dominated by strong personalities whose imprint was difficult to remove. At this point, what I don’t want to hear more of is why we can’t be talking about moving forward.

  2. Jules says:

    @Jakey.. I think Catherines post a minute ago cleared that up.

  3. Jules says:

    @SNDeak doesn’t that apply to the folks who have been leaking all our internal business to the press as well? I hope so, because I know the calls I’m taking on this issue and who ever though sending all that to Galloway was a grand idea doesn’t want to meet me in a dark alley.

    USA Today and AP have it now, so I think we will see more dirty laundry aired, and it really won’t matter where it came from.

    • Jakey says:

      Yeah, regardless of who you are behind, people need to quit leaking the story to the press.

      And GAProgress PAC had nothing to do with that email that went out this morning. In fact, I don’t agree with the things that were said, but I want to make sure it is known that no one over on our group said any of that.

    • Ed says:

      FWIW, AP probably has it because Shannon McCafferty got it from Galloway, and USAToday is likely using AP copy. Granted, I haven’t seen either but that’s my guess. Also, if this goes anywhere beyond the state political desk for either org (assuming both have picked it up which is really hard to believe) I’d be shocked, so it won’t be getting any legs. FWIW.

    • sndeak says:

      This is an internal issue and I don’t believe anybody should be leaking anything to the press.

      We’ve got the legislature in session, candidate recruitment going on and preparing for a Presidential race. That’s where my concern lies.

      This petty internal bullshit takes us away from what needs to be done.

      I make no bones about it, I stand firmly with Chairman Berlon here.

      There is a process for this, take it to the executive cmte and the state comte at the next meeting. Don’t send emails making demands or go to the press.

      At the end of the day, 99.997% of the people really don’t give a shit about any of this.

      • Catherine says:

        You know what, sndeak, the .003% (though I believe it’s more) include employees who have been wronged, party members who have been threatened, and membership that has been left in the dark.

        ByLaws were followed. Attempts were made to keep this “in the family”.

        I understand your loyalty and hold no ill will concerning it. I could no longer stand by and watch the mistreatment of people and the disrespect for the party.

  4. Ed says:

    FWIW, if you think someone is in a position to be taken down, don’t be anonymous.


    • sndeak says:

      And it only went to a selected group of SC members. I didn’t get it. Gee, I wonder why.

      Anonymous emails like this are cowardly. If you feel this way, own it.

  5. JMPrince says:

    Agreed, certainly. And just for you? A reprise of T.A. Edison’s own ‘dirty shorts’:
    ‘The Gay Shoe Clerk’:

    And improvements? You too could have been born to be, well furniture. No really:

    Cheers, JMP

  6. JMPrince says:

    Specifics: In all the back & forth recriminations & accusations in recent days, and the accompanying generally unedifying emails, one did stand out for clarity. That was the DPG’s Russell Edwards, who did indeed spell out more or less what we had as far as COH & expenses expected going forward. Me, I care little what you do on your own time, be it rescuing turtles on the Ga. Coast or neutering pets for free in your basement. If you’re doing useful things for the common good as generally understood by other Dems/Progressives & ‘decent thinking people’, it’s a good thing generally.

    More Unrelated:
    Moving forward we’d want to know that things are getting gradually better. Slowly but surely. Over 50 years perhaps even, (Engineering Policy Division):

    And sometimes, even the seemingly innocuous might seem, well somewhat tragically misbegotten for circumstances that are slightly beyond explanation. Your President, almost 100 years ago, reviewing the Fleet. The German Fleet:


    • Jules says:

      omg, how did you know that’s what I’m doing right now..

      “rescuing turtles on the Ga. Coast or neutering pets for free in your basement.”

      well clearly not at the same time.. but I get your drift.

      The problem is that I’m one of those truly cranky people who expects that if you say your going to do something you actually do it. I know, I should not be in politics.

  7. Jules says:

    RE: Baby Jesus

    I think the one thing we can all do is hold people accountable for their actions and promises.

    I know in the past we’ve given a folks more than the benefit of the doubt. No more. They’re taking advantage of that good will to behave unprofessionally and irresponsibly.

    It feels to me that I’m complicit in that behavior.

    From now on, if one of the leaders of an organization I’m a part of, makes a comment or commitment and fails to honor it, I intend to call them on it.

    If for no other reason than I won’t allow them the cover of implied agreement.

  8. Ed says:



  9. Ed says:

    I woke up today, and realized that goddammit I am awesome beyond belief.

  10. Gunner says:

    I’m glad you like the Cloture Club. It’s a great website run by a great group of folks.

  11. griftdrift says:

    Over the weekend, I saw a woman who sold for $100 on EBay a Chicken McNugget that looked vaguely like George Washington.

    I bet the baby Jesus on a breadstick would fetch a mighty fine price.