Open Thread by Tim F| April 7, 200911:05 am| 73 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailWhat does Michelle think will happen on the tenth day?
I think they’re planning a big tea party for April 15 – tax day.
After which, we all point and laugh.
ten Lords a-Leaping with AK-47s will jump out of a giant teapot and put the liberals in their place.
Michelle Malkin is long overdue for some R & R at a psych ward.
On the tenth day, Reagan created pom poms. Michelle was pleased.
Somewhere out there is a straitjacket with Michelle Malkin’s name on it.
Glenn Beck will probably have a bif 9/12 announcement or something.
Vermont has just recognized gay marriage by having both the state Senate and the state House override the Republican governor’s veto.
She’ll probably go out and rent the movie ‘Carrie’ to recharge her revenge fantasies.
a different phil
I’m puzzled how anybody thinks Malkin has an attention span that is capable of running that long. The far-right wing has been dashing from one perceived outrage to the next on an hourly basis ever since the November election, like a cat trying to play with a dozen laser pointers at once. Do you actually think they’re going to be able to sustain one topic for 9 days?
YAY!! Wow, that’s fantastic!
Wow, anyone reading the comments to the news reports of that airplane hijacked and flown into the US? They are chock full of paranoid wingnuts screaming "TERRORIST TEST RUN! WE ARE DOOOOMED!!ONE!"
Ten lords a-leaping?
EDIT: Damn, cleek beat me to it. I should go figure out what y’all are talking about.
OT: Vermont FTW.
Veto overridden. I’m flabbergasted. I didn’t think it would happen as the original vote wasn’t veto-overriding numbers. They went out and got more votes than they lost in trying to overturn the veto.
I am literally crying for joy. A legislative victory. Guess it’s time to go read Sully.
Oh, friggin’ idjits.
They wouldn’t test run, they’d just do it.
Question on Amazon ads:
I need to buy some books as a gift. If I click on the Amazon ads here and then go buy the books, does the site get some ad revenue? Or do I have to buy the advertised items. I have no need for a furminator, unless it works on people. :P But would be happy to support the site if that kind of thing helps, since I’d be buying from Amazon anyway.
How does that ad thing work anyway? Does John Cole fine out what I’ve purchased off Amazon? Does Balloon Juice get a portion of my purchases?
Wow, and Iowa! What a nice week.
@Violet: If you click through, John gets credit for whatever you buy. I think it’s only valid for that session, though.
He does get to see what was purchased, if he’s interested, but he can’t see who bought what.
Do you mean the single-engine Cessna that was stolen by a guy who was hoping to be shot down because he didn’t have the nerve to just kill himself?
I guess that this is proof positive that Dick Cheney was right: Obama had made us more vulnerable to terrorist attacks by hordes of stolen light planes from Canada.
Meanwhile, in a large cave somewhere along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border:
Instructor: You; when applying flaps for a takeoff do you apply one-third or one-fourth?
Jihaddi: Um, martyrdom is the duty of every one of us?
Second Jihaddi: We’ll be eternally rewarded for destroying the Great Satan?
Third Jihaddi: Our cause is just?
Instructor: Oh, shit.
Jim Douglas can suck it.
I’m just going to keep saying that, because it makes me happy.
It’s snowing outside and it does not make me happy. It’s unfortunate that the tea baggers aren’t in town today. Just the sight of flurries can close roads in this area.
Cris, thanks for the info. Hmmmm…..should I buy something if John Cole, et al can see what I bought? That might raise some eyebrows.
Mister Colorful Analogy
Yay, open thread. Was just on the Costco site looking for USB flash drive pricing, and noticed that the front page had a link to a fire/gun safe. Costco sells these things normally, and it is on sale, so the fact that it was there is no big deal. However, the ad copy has changed a wee bit since the last time I was looking at safes. Let’s let the opening paragraph tell the story, shall we?
Lovely, just lovely. Glenn Beck and Chuck Norris would be proud. I particularly like the wingnutty use of capital letters for important terms like "Security" and "Peace of Mind". Anyone else shocked that "stability" didn’t rate Capital Letter Status? I didn’t think so.
Disquieting post about the gun convention happening in KY.
That’s basically how the one guy got busted at a Mpls flight school before 9/11 (the local fbi was desperate to get into his computer but the feds wouldn’t let them). People got suspicious when he only wanted to learn how to take off and fly but didn’t give a shit about learning how to land (sorry I can’t remember his name but I don’t want to go searching for it on my work computer).
J. Michael Neal
Since no one responded when I posted this last night, I’m going to be a jackass and do it again.
Dirk grooming Eddie.
I’m sure on the tenth day the Fifth Seal is opened and one fourth of the oceans turn to blood and the Angel of Death will smite the first born of the Demoncrat Party. Unless it was the Rainbow Acid, in which case, swap Angel of Death for Unicorn of Death.
Tim beat me to it :)
Today is the day that voters down the street from me (literally) elect Rahm Emanuel’s House replacement. The general consensus is that it will be Mike Quigley over raving fucking lunatic Rosanna Pulido in a walk. Three cheers for sanity.
Mister Colorful Analogy
@a different phil:
Love the image; the win is strong with this comment.
@Violet: I don’t think that John will know who bought what. Pretty much he just gets a kickback from the total purchases. If he gets a list of items, he’ll just assume it was somebody else. No problem.
The Franken/Coleman count for absentee ballots is happening now. TPMDC has a link to a web site where you can watch the count. Franken appears to be increasing his lead.
jake 4 that 1
@Calouste: Awesome! I guess the shame of being less cool than Iowa was too much. Does Gov. "Too busy for equal rights" have any comment or is he too busy sulking?
JL, you must be in/near DC.
The "feds" in this case would be the Bush DOJ, eh? Well for pity’s sake it’s not like they were warned that BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE U.S. is it? And it’s not as though there is any historical reason (Cough, kamikaze, cough) for being suspicious of someone who only wants to learn to take off. I guess all of those Regent University grads at DOJ were too busy preventing gay marriage to pay attention to minor details.
@jake 4 that 1: Sometimes I wish. I live just north of Atlanta.
I believe that Colleen Rowley was the local FBI agent who was going nuts trying to get DC to cooperate. IIRC, DC was treading lightly because the guy (Mousaras??) was from Saudi Arabia and we didn’t want to upset the Saudis.
She’ll finally get stoned and laid and leave the rest of us the f*ck alone?
@Cris, some ads go multisession. Not sure if Amazon’s do or not. But the site definitely gets some credit for everything purchased off the click through.
Wait, John doesn’t get to see who bought what? Drat, I imagined my overlord, Lord Tunch, nodding approvingly at my purchase.
@J. Michael Neal: I watched it till about the 2:30 mark last night and found it adorable and very sweet but I didn’t see the plot changing much so didn’t stay for the whole thing.
Since I have been a jackass about this subject for a couple weeks now, I’m going to continue to be a jackass.
ATTN: Bad Horse’s Filly! (and they even fit, which was shocking.)
The box did not come with the black cat tail inside, but it did come all banged up and ripped open. I blame Customs, of course.
ATTN: The Moar You Know: I have already sustained my first injury without even standing up on them. I used scissors to rip the box open and in my usual manner, impaled myself and am now typing with a bloody left thumb. I really shouldn’t be allowed to have sharp objects in my home.
jake 4 that 1
Meet the newest member of Big Holywood.
I should add to my comments about Amazon: while I do have an Amazon Associates account (meaning I have some idea what I’m talking about) I haven’t really explored it in much depth (meaning I could very well be wrong on all counts).
@jake 4 that 1: There is stupid and there is stupid. Commenting on the enjoyable experience of watching your employer’s pirated merchandise is in a very special level of stupid indeed.
Breaking news!!! Franken wins again. Unofficially, it looks as though he increased his lead by another 80 plus votes.
She’ll run pics of all the crazy racists teabagging each other over the previous nine days and claim she was right all along.
But now that I’ve outed myself as needing to buy books as a gift, it’ll be a lot easier to narrow down the list. This could be a fun game for John. Which of his readers bought the following items….
Holy cow, that guy is an idiot. Who writes a review of stolen merchandise – when you work for the company from which it was stolen?! That’s a special level of stupid indeed.
Or like the big evil bug in Family Guy that sits on the couch with Stewie, rubs his antennae together slowly and says:
"Goood, goood." in an evil and menacing, yet approving way.
J. Michael Neal
@Laura W: No, there isn’t much change, until Eddie decides he’s had enough.
jake 4 that 1
@Persia: I won’t say this could only happen on Faux Snooze. I’ll just say I’m not at all surprised this happened on Faux Snooze.
On the tenth day, the wingnuts rested. And the rest of saw that it was very good, and hoped that they’d keep resting for a few more years.
@Violet: Yes, balloon Juice will get what is called a small referral fee. It will list that an item was purchased somewhere (I have to dig for it to find out), but it does not tell me who bought what. It just list the item so that they can tell you the price and give you the percentage cut. I think it is something like 1%.
And it does not have to be the item listed. Just click on to the amazon button on the left and shop.
@John Cole: If we link to an amazon product in our comments, I assume BJ gets the credit for the sale as well? A click thru from the comment url has the same result as going in thru the button?
Edit: I do not really mean assume. I am asking.
Well next time you see a listing for Cosequin for Cats, you can thank me and Josie’s arthritis for the contribution.
I don’t know what they do on the tenth day. I’m a little apprehensive, actually.
I feel as if that anti-tax message isn’t working.
Look at this number. It’s amazing. I knew (or felt I knew) that raising taxes on those who make 250 k a year had majority support. I would have said 60 per cent.
"Mr. Obama’s push to increase income taxes on people making over $250,000 a year was supported by 74 percent of respondents."
It’s NYTimes/CBS. Grover Norquist must be quietly weeping.
@Laura W: Dont think so.
The President must hate the troops because he stopped in Baghdad to see them unannounced. He was met with cheers & smiles.
Glad Vermont got on the right side of history today.
We’re the silent majority. I wonder if I should go to a tea party with an "America: Love it or Leave it" sign.
I’m horning in, OT, to give a HAIR ON FIRE rant about the tobacco tax.
I’ve been smoking since I was 20 years old. Back in 1996, I quit cold turkey after one hypnotherapy session. It was easy and I was happy to be saving the money. I didn’t smoke for 3 years and during that time I gained 50 lbs (that’s a lot on my size frame) despite hiring a personal trainer and making dietary corrections.
I never experienced the widely touted benefits of better breathing, improved sense of taste and smell, and, I ran the Crescent City Classic 10 minutes slower than my "smoker" time.
In 2001 I spent 2 months down in Mexico. Lonely and bored, I took up smoking again. I could buy the cigarettes by the onesies and they tasted better that American Marlboros. I remembered how much I enjoy smoking.
Most of the weight has come off.
Since 2004, I’ve been making my own cigarettes with no additive tobacco at considerable savings. Plus, you can load as much or as little tobacco into the tube as you like.
I just returned from my tobacco store where I was expecting the tax increase–I’m thinking $5.00. Shocked I was to learn that the price of a can of tobacco had nearly DOUBLED. What had been $13.99 / can (about 8 packs worth) was now $24.99.
The store is owned by an Indian couple who showed me their purchase order and the new price. They told me stories of how they’ve been experiencing a severe drop in sales, a lot of shop lifting so they had to install mirrors in addition to being chewed out by flabbergasted customers for whom the double price makes their habit downright unaffordable.
If Congress is so fruit for the idea of a sin tax, I’d rather see a tax on fast food and junk food, at least the pain would be more evenly distributed.
Whether you’re sympathetic, empathetic or apathetic about this tax, I just want to declare that whatever government agents pushed this tax through are some blind, insensitive, and naive motha fuckas who are taking the wrong approach to raising tax revenues.
Thanks for listening.
End of rant.
This video from an Iowa lawmaker is awesome.
The right blogs seem to be pretty quiet on this whole same-sex marriage in Vermont thing. The Corner’s busy talking about Kal Penn’s new career, I guess so they can make Kumar jokes.
Fuckin’ Christ with a Pixie Stix…..4 more peeps shot dead
Just what the fuck is going on?
Looks like domestic violence to me.
@Laura W: The referring link needs to have John’s referral code in it. If you click on the Furmintor ad, you’ll see "tag=balloonjuice-20" in the url; that’s telling Amazon to give John credit.
I don’t know if you can build your own BJ-crediting link just by adding that to the url, though. There are so many tokens in those Amazon hrefs, it’s hard to tell what they’re all used for.
It’s a sea-change, to me, because it permits discussion of taxes. They used to be able to shut that down. We were against them, oh, yes we were, all of us, so there was no point debating the hows or whys. It was insane to start that debate, if you wanted to get elected.
There’s a lot of ways to tax. We can have a debate about that, if we’re past the initial hurdle, which is "no taxes".
"No" sort of takes it off the table, right? Now we could, imaginably, get to how and for what purpose?
More lulz from IL-05 — via Politico, an Air Force officer in Baghdad asks Rahm Emanuel about today’s election:
Thank you for clarifying how it works, John. I will use your site to clickthrough when I buy something from Amazon. Every little bit helps.
@J. Michael Neal:
Aw, so cute! I did not see that last night. I have two black cats myself, so I am particularly fond of Eddie.
That was a great video. Thank you for posting. It’s refreshing to see a congress person actually think about something and change his mind.
I agree with your rant. In addition, if we are going to tax sins, then we need to tax cars that pollute more, people who go bungy jumping, etc. It’s too easy to focus on smoking and say, ooooh, tax it! It’s the prohibition issue of the day. I say this as someone who smokes once a month (the same amount I drink), four or five cigarettes at a time. If we are going to tax cigarettes, then we need to have programs in place to help people break the addiction as well as have a social net that will keep them from falling back into despair.
In other words, it’s not that simple.
As for Michelle Malkin, it pains me to no end that she is the most prominent Asian female ‘political commentator’ out there. I think I may have to give her a run for her money. Who’s with me? I can be the Michelle Malkin of the left, tattoos and all.
I will add your blog to my Google homepage.
Excellent. I shall take over the blogosphere, one site at a time. I actually do have a blog, but it’s not completely political. It’s also personal, with posts about cats and such. Hm. Wait. So does this site….
P.S. (My editing time elapsed).
I think I could conceivably cause Michelle Malkin’s head to explode. I am an Asian American bisexual agnostic pro-sex for pleasure, unmarried liberal progressive (thanks, David Sirota, for explaining the difference) woman with no kids and four tats. For the sheer entertainment value, I should throw my hat into the ring.
OK. I moved the amazon stuff around. The generic link is up top on the right.
Based on that description, you should be able to get a few thousand readers without even trying.
Heh. Probably many of them rightwingers, frequenting my blog to profess how disgusted they are by it–and me.
Not to mention a lotta dates!