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Happy F**king Valentine’s Day Open Thread

Valentine’s Day is a bogus holiday made up by a conspiracy of the greeting card/florist/jewelry/lingerie/candy/personal lubricant cabal. Oh sure, they claim it’s a “holiday for lovers” named after some dead saint or whatever, but that’s bulls**t.

Today is the first time I’ve been completely unattached on Valentine’s Day since . . . uh . . . last year. I know, hard to believe, isn’t it? If you’re reading this on February 14th then it’s likely that you’re either unattached like I am or married. In other words you’re screwed, but not in a good way.

Married or single, I’m sure you’ll appreciate these special Valentine’s Day open thread songs for non-lovers:

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Dreams Come True? (a Valentine’s Day Open Thread)

I can’t say I’ve spent a lot of time dreaming of a white Valentine’s Day but, that’s what we’ve got this year! In fact at this rate, I’ll have a matched set of holiday photos for Christmas, New Years and now Valentines Day — PLEASE don’t let this happen on May Day too!!

And I echo what StateOfDisbelief said this morning,

….and finally, please share your “How I met my Valentine” stories.  I’d love to hear them!

(This is an Open Thread)

Valentines’ Day Wake-up

Good Sunday Morning Conflucians, and Happy Valentines Day.  I got home from a week-long business trip just in time to be with my sweetie!  Home is certainly where my heart is.  How about you?

In any event, I’m up to my eyeballs in work projects so this mornings’ news is going to be sparse from my side.  I’m sure the conversation will be lively anyhow and everyone finds the most interesting links to add!

….and finally, please share your “How I met my Valentine” stories.  I’d love to hear them!


I don’t know about you, but all this impersonal technology is beginning to get to me.  It’s bad enough that you have to “press 1…then, press 3….and then press 2…..and  press 1 (again).”  Now you may be operated on by C3PO.  It’s not like the population is dwindling and there aren’t enough people is it?  Results Unproven, Robotic Surgery Increases.


The Rattled State of Democrats.

Worried that they were going to be skewered for pushing a jobs bill that was stuffed with business tax breaks and pork, Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, pulled the plug Thursday on a rare bipartisan proposal, gambling both with the party’s best chance of posting a needed legislative win as well as with President Obama’s new push for cross-party cooperation.


To counter the appearance of Dick Cheney, the WH sends in their big guns…Biden.

Vice President Joe Biden’s appearances on two Sunday morning talk shows this week are part of a White House strategy to both pre-empt and potentially respond to former Vice President Dick Cheney’s interview on ABC’s “This Week,” where administration officials expect he’ll continue to advance his sharp critique of President Obama’s record on national security.

Bah…I think I’ll listen to music this morning instead.


Family Feud: Nancy Pelosi at odds with Obama.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s increasingly public disagreements with President Barack Obama are a reflection of something deeper: the seething resentment some Democrats feel over what they see as cavalier treatment from a wounded White House.

For months, the California lawmaker has been pushing Obama hard in private while praising him in public. But now she’s being more open in her criticism, in part because she feels the White House was wrong — in the wake of the Democrats’ loss in Massachusetts — to push the Senate health care bill on the House when she knew there was no way it would pass.


Wow! White House to post Healthcare Bill before February 25th meeting.

President Barack Obama has asked Republicans to bring their best healthcare ideas to the conference on revamping the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system. The issue, critical to his domestic agenda, has floundered since Democrats lost their crucial 60th Senate vote last month, in the face of united Republican opposition and public skepticism.

The meeting will be broadcast live, answering criticism that the Democratic president did not engage Republicans and instead negotiated backroom deals in an effort to get legislation passed.


and Scott McLarty takes on the recent SCOTUS decision on Citizen’s United: Democracy for Humans.

Corporations are not human. They are legal creations. They don’t eat, breathe the air, depend on health care, or do many of the other things that humans do. They exist to make a profit. Because of their wealth and size, corporations are far more powerful than humans.

The Citizens United ruling affirms the power of corporations to control the processes of regulation, taxation, and public policy, and to avoid accountability to the public.


What’s caught your eye this morning?

Be good.  Enjoy the day, and don’t forget the sweetheart tales!  Have a wonderful Valentines’ Sunday everyone!