Late Night Open Thread by John Cole| October 29, 201011:50 pm| 100 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailEllie is staying the night tonight and breaking out the uber cute: That dog is so damned cute.
I like that single ear lift. and she is a doll.
Was anybody else annoyed last night when Stewart was showing “mean” campaign commercials and included one that said David Vitter called hookers while on the clock as a congressman? Isn’t that a fair charge with him?
That is an extremely cute dog. I am a fool for the one ear up thing.
He’s a republican from La and loves his wife and baby jeevus. He can’t help it, the hookers won’t leave him alone.
@General Stuck: Someday the taxpayers will be as Pampered as he was.
Oh my god. Ellie is so damn cute. That one ear up, one ear down thing is killing me.
@General Stuck: Don’t hate the playa, man!
LOL< nice rim shot, man sized pampers.
A Christian gentleman had no choice but to fuck them, otherwise their feelings would have been wounded.
Darling Ellie! You are adorable with that ear thang goin’ on!
Just ordered my BJ Pet Calendar! Hope Ellie is in it! She makes me smile.
@General Stuck: I was wondering if anyone would notice caps. I should not have doubted this audience.
Dave looks remarkably
diaperdapper for a man of his age.
That dog needs her own tv show.
I’m in love.
Is anyone else having trouble with the front page? It’s only showing me the five most recent posts.
Damn it, Stuck! Beware the lone less than sign.
@Luthe: That’s how it appears for me as well.
@Mark S.: Yeah. All the new one can talk about is how much s/he loves pie.
Are the comments in this thread nesting for anyone else?
The new troll is annoying. I prefer the trolls like Sanka and myiqis2 who leave one or two comments and go back to their wood alcohol.
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@MikeJ: That all depends…
The one ear move is good, but the pose needs a bit more head tilt.
@Mark S.: Another troll that can’t argue its way out of a wet paper bag and changes the subject to avoid defending itself. You act like you’re surprised at this.
@Martin: WOOT!! Tell him to earn it in honor of me getting old. The look of cornfuzzlement alone will make great picture fodder at his wedding.
My son earns his black belt tomorrow. Big day.
Things We Never Expected To See:
Bob Barr has apparently endorsed Russ Feingold, and denounced Buck in Colorado.
@Martin: Was it you who posted the Obama kicking ass picture the other day?
Ellie is sweet. What has become of Boghan? The last pic was in August.
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I donated $10 to Barbara Boxer. I’m glad, even if it’s miniscule.
Wonderful. You must be a proud pappa about now.
@MikeJ: Yes, that was me.
Congrats go to the boy. He’s the one that’s spent 2 years training. He gets to train with a sword starting next week.
He’ll be good backup for when my daughter starts dating.
@General Stuck: Yeah, I really am. He was really struggling with self-confidence when he started. He’s come a long way in 2 years.
@Martin: Congrats to you and the boy! That’s awesome–though, I am sure your daughter will be less than pleased if her bro shows up to meet her date with sword in hand.
Bring on the blonde douchebags in skelaton garb!
They’re gonna need a bodybag, YEAH!
So cute! The one ear up thing is just too much. What a doll.
@asiangrrlMN: I, on the other hand, will be exceptionally pleased.
I was really relaxed after my son was born. After my daughter was born, I kept having dreams of clobbering teenage boys with a shovel.
I finally decided to give in one weekend. Got my favorite shove out of the shed, cleaned it up really well, sharpened it up, moved it into the garage, and started sleeping better.
I’m not going to have an easy time with this.
ABC hires the guy who willingly and knowingly bullshitted myriad news orgs.
Yup. Add Brietbart to Charles Toddler next Tuesday.
My son earns his black belt tomorrow. Big day.
That’s a big accomplishment. In which discipline? I didn’t take Aikido until after I left college and wish I had done some form of martial arts (besides American boxing) in my youth.
@Martin: A wee little tune just for you then. Not that I’m trying to give you ideas or anything. :)
@Martin: You ever need a rusty pitchfork, I’m your gal!
@Ailuridae: Tai Kwon Do, just like Obama.
@asiangrrlMN: Yes, thank you. I suspect you would side with my daughter against her irrationally insane father, however. And you would be right to do so.
Could our sports news folks be learning? Nah.
I wouldn’t put money on that honestly. Wifey can be even more selective when it comes to future love interests.
This video of Sharron Angle refusing to answer questions about the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars is a sight to behold. I especially like the end, where the reporter points out that the policy statements for foreign policy and national security on Angle’s website are each only one sentence long.
Hopefully this will be enough to put Senator Reid over the top in this race.
I am in a slightly sentimental, not to say sloppy, mood tonight as I gird my loins to attend the Stewart/Colbert rally on the Mall tomorrow. Been drinking some good Cabernet and listening to some good music, including some tunes that got me through the campaign in ’08. Here’s my favorite: MC Yogi’s “Obama ’08: Vote for Hope.” (Much better than that Sam.I.Am joint.) It still affects me today, even after the messy reality of the last two years. Obama has not been perfect, by any means, and he has disappointed me sorely in some ways, but I have no doubt that we are much better off than we would be after two years of a McCain-Palin administration. Ngrr! So call me an Obot, I guess. But I digress.
I am really excited about the rally tomorrow. I don’t know why—I don’t usually have good political radar—but I think it will be a game-changing, watershed event. A few weeks ago I said here that it has the potential to be a post-modern, semi-ironic Woodstock for the Facebook/Twitter generation. And I think there is also a huge number of disaffected Americans of all ages and stations who don’t like the rightward tilt of the national narrative but haven’t been able to find a galvanizing moment or movement (similar to the Tea Party) through which to express themselves. This rally could be it.
Earlier this evening I talked with a friend that I’ve known since J-school way back in the day. She used to be a reporter at the Washington Post and is now a high-level player in the D.C. mediascape. I told her I thought there could be 50,000 people there tomorrow, and she said that from what she has been hearing it could be closer to 100,000. We’ll see.
The weather looks like it will be great–sunny, low 60s–so it’s a perfect day for whatever goes down. I’ll be there for sure, and I hope to report from the scene with the awesome Droid and maybe send some photos.
Logistical question to the front-pagers: who’s on blog-managing duty tomorrow and to whose e-mail address should I send photos?
Will work phone banking for Patty Murray tomorrow and sent her some dough too. Gosh, she has to win… she and Boxer are critical.
Gee what a time we are living in. The people who made the mess now want to come back in and pick up where they left off. I still have a hard time believing that Americans are really this stupid, but there it is. They ARE.
I still hope though…
Am still steaming about Jon Stewart’s treatment of Obama — disrespectfully pouring his coffee or whatever into the President’s cup. What was THAT about?
Anyway — Ellie is darling. I want to kiss her and hug her a lot. Great name too
@Martin: As long as she knows about effective methods of birth control. Most important thing anyone over the age of 11 can possibly know.
Congrats to your son–that’s pretty awesome. If he wants to practice cutting grass with the sword, send him over to my place. (oh, that’s a scythe. Never mind.)
@Yutsano: Heh. Never heard that song before.
That batshit crazy girl I dated in college with the chief of police dad picked me up at the train station first time I met him in uniform. Borrowed a marked cruiser rather than pick me up in an unmarked, so I could sit on the bench behind the lexan. At dinner that night the state forensics expert joined us for casual conversation about the various gruesome crimes he’s investigated and how clever some criminals have been about how to dispose of their victims.
Definitely got the message across and I’m very proud to have not peed myself at any point during the visit. I wasn’t kidding when I said I wanted to be out of jurisdiction when I dumped his daughter.
@Martin: Actually, you are right. I would side with her. So, if SHE ever needs a rusty pitchfork….
@Steeplejack: RSVPs are up over 250K, no?
Very funny sory from your past, Martin….
I am sure that your bite is not as bad as your bark though
I am to the point in this pregnancy where I am hungry, but cannot eat much, as there is relatively little room in my stomach and I get nauseous. And I now have to go for bio-physical profiles AND fetal non-stress tests every week from here on out. Nose is still bleeding often, so I have been referred to Bono’s ENT. No lie–I will be two degrees of separation from Bono, via the man who’s had his fingers in both of our noses.
I am trying to decide what to schedule for after she’s born–my IUD insertion or my husband’s snipping.
@Martin: Congratulations to you son! A grand achievement.
I saw this on TPM and thought to a gracious and thoughtful response to the Kentucky Stomper by his victim.
Ellie is tres cute. The cocked ear is just too cute.
@Yutsano: Well, yes, that’s true. Still, I was a teenage girl once. That tends to sway me to her side.
@Steeplejack: Steepman! Good to see ya. I’m about to toddle off for a nap. I hope you have a fabulous time tomorrow, and I expect a report from the front lines. ABL is going to be there. Maybe you can meet her!
@KDP: Wow. Now that’s class. I admire her response. I don’t think I would have been so graceful.
What happened to the edit feature?
Should have been funny story not sory… sigh
@Martin: Damn. Crazy is apparently genetic. Or at least contagious.
RSVPs and Facebook “registrations” were up over 300K last time I looked, but who knows how many of those will actually show up and are not just demonstrating solidarity by clicking a button. Even a hundred thousand would be a “big fucking deal.”
Latest word is that there will be musicians performing, including Sheryl Crowe, Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco).
Best wishes to you suzanne for a safe and easy delivery and a health baby
@suzanne: Snip snip! And, that line about the ENT with his fingers in both your and Bono’s noses? Priceless.
@suzanne: We’re actually very open about all of that stuff. I don’t know how scarred my son is by having his mother engaging in casual conversation about condoms at dinner. So yeah, I think we’ll be good on that front.
@Elie: Awwwww, thanks. Now, if you could warp the fabric of space-time and make it mid-December already, I’d be very much obliged.
@asiangrrlMN: LOL, that’s my vote, too. I just, uh, understand that that’s not the kind of decision best made when one is pissy and miserable. So we’ll see.
@Elie: I’m Irish. I’m a pretty calm guy until you reach. that. point. In middle school I had a pair of bullies. I was a very late bloomer – tiny. These guys were each twice my size. They used to knock me off my bike, throw it onto the highway, and then beat me up. One day I had enough and beat the hell out of the two of them with a pipe wrench. Put them both in the hospital.
I’ve got a pretty serious bite.
@suzanne: My warper is pretty random. Sometimes it moves forward, sometimes backwards, so I’d be afraid that I might send you back two months to August.
@suzanne: Yes. This is true. Good for you. And, I hope the last month and a half isn’t totally miserable.
@Martin: Oh my. Yeah. Have your daughter contact me when she’s ready to date. She may need more than a rusty pitchfork.
I was an OB-Gyn nurse for many years. I donot like IUDs — too many latent intrauterine infections and many are not well tolerated. However, if you have used one before and had good luck, well, that is a bit different. I just don’t like them
snip snip IS better but as you say, must be mutually and fairly decided upon
BOTH!! Why should you be the only one taking preventative measures here? Although the IUD is easier to reverse should you decide two isn’t enough.
I blame jubleys. Nothing messes with a man’s brain more than a good set of jubleys. Hell I’ve even seen guys marry for that alone.
@suzanne: Actually, he was quite cool. As was the forensics guy (famous, in fact). I didn’t really worry about it once I got to know them (they liked me too) but there are some things you just don’t take chances on – and a guy with a gun with a lifelong friend that can cover it up better than probably anyone on earth is one of those things.
Believe you but my bet is your daughter would not like a monkey wrench applied to her beau’s for the most part…
Of course, if they misbehave, they get what they get. I would not expect that for the most part though
@Yutsano: I get free drinks because of ’em! I don’t understand it (I mean, I like the jubleys very much myself, but come on!), but I am not above using ’em to my advantage.
@Yutsano: Ha. I am a chest gal through and through. First thing I look at on both men and women. Mmmmm…..
@suzanne: Snipping. Tell him it’s not so bad. Make him pull his weight here.
@asiangrrlMN: The fact that you are a tit girl shocks me not in the slightest. I kinda like them on guys so I appreciate the sentiment, although the dynamic is a bit, umm, different. Yeah…considering the week I’ve been having I’ll just leave that right there.
Not that anyone wants to follow post 58 from Martin (although I have a similar Irish disposition) but I’m in a great mood so I figured I would share why:
1) My partner is down for the weekend
2) She brought me down some Surly Darkness from Minnesota the first bottle of which I just opened. She’s asleep in bed while I do my hand review and post here and drink an absolutely heavenly beer.
3) My two woeful NBA franchises I follow obsessively, the Timberwolves and Nets. are a combined 3-1 so far and their only loss was by one point. More importantly for someone who watches more than 150 of their games they are both more enjoyable to watch this year.
@Elie: Meh. Skip the fairly part and just grab the rusty pitchfork. If 2nd thoughts come up later, adopt.
@Elie: Yeah, I’m not saying it’s a rational thing. But I did start sleeping better knowing there was a well sharpened shovel in the garage.
@Ailuridae: YAY! Glad you’re in a great mood. I have to say, though, this bit:
brought an entirely inappropriate thought to mind.
Glad that the T’wolves are more enjoyable to watch this year. I may have to actually watch them.
@Martin: Congrats to your son! That’s a huge achievement.
@Elie: I’m not thrilled about the idea of an IUD, either, but I have epilepsy and most hormonal methods of birth control work on the same liver receptor as my anti-seizure med, which led to some wacky drug interactions in the past, or can render the BC ineffective. Which, yanno, FUCK THAT.
@Martin: He’s down with snipping as soon as we’re done. (I checked, oh, believe me.) We’re just not sure if we’re done. Right now, I would say I was done, but I would have said that at this point with the first one, too. He wants to adopt one someday, so maybe.
I just really hate being pregnant. Blar.
I don’t think there’s a single dynamic that could get me to watch NBA basketball. Not even if Seattle were to get a franchise again. Which we won’t, cause we’re not shelling out for one. Of any stripe. It still shocks me we have the Sounders honestly.
@Yutsano: Yeah. I used to really love it, but I’m very much eh about it now.
Really? Like big pecs or moobs?
(My iPhone wants to autocorrect “moobs” to “moons”. I have much to teach to the fine people in Cupertino.)
@Ailuridae: Yay! And glad to know there’s other people who love teams even when they suck. Makes the wins all the sweeter. But, uh, go Suns. ;)
Speaking of which, I suggested yesterday that the Suns try to get John Boehner to do some of their promos. Leader of Planet Orange and all that.
@suzanne: Uhh…no on the moobs. The Dawg got me spoiled on a really nice set of pecs though. Oh yeah baby.
And is it instinctual for a cat to interfere with typing? She’s four months old and already in my way.
Congrats on the upcoming baby, sympathies on the pregnancy.
@Yutsano: Okay, ’cause I was a little surprised. Pecs are nice, as long as they aren’t waxed. Man, do I hate the chest waxing trend. Can that end now?
@suzanne: Do. Not. Get. Me. Started. Don’t shave, don’t wax, don’t do a damn thing. Trim if your fur is that out of control, but that’s my limit.
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@morzer: Considering some of the stances Barr has taken, I don’t think he likes the crazy. I doubt he considers it conservative.
@Yutsano: Word. If I was into 12-year-old boys, I’d go teach junior high and seduce my students. God, do I hate pretty men.
Yes, all affectionate cats interfere with typing that I have ever encountered, I learned to type one handed while petting/holding my kitten on my lap/stomach.
The Suns are an absolute joy to watch. I doubly enjoy watching them and the Mavericks as Nash and Kidd were in my HS graduating year and are still going immensely strong.
@suzanne: I realize this was not your intention, but all I can think about now is Mary Kay Letourneau. It could just be the mood I’m in tonight though. I needs my night shift back.
@Ailuridae: She’s very adorable, but we’re still getting used to each other. We’ll get to friendly soon enough.
@Ailuridae: I really dug watching the Nets when Richard Jefferson played for them. He went to UA at the same time I did, and he went to high school with a friend of mine. He was a horrible student–cheated off my friend all the time–but so much fun to watch play.
@Yutsano: You know she’s still married to that kid? So. Weird.
Nice to know there’s still hope for guys like me out there.
@Martin: Woo-hoo! My daughter is one step from her black belt-she’ll test early next year. What a great accomplishment, it is a tremendous amount of work. Congrats to him!
@cckids: Hey, congrats to her! She’s almost there! What discipline?
@Martin: Not that this applies to you per se, but not all gay men are shallow about looks either. A pretty guy who’s dumb as a stump is a waste of space IMHO. And I have a tendency to go for guys who aren’t total model sorts.
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She’d have to be really cute, love basketball beyond reason (i.e. derive any enjoyment from it at all) and have a reputation for putting out. That’s what it would take.
@J. Michael Neal: I won’t even go there for a guy. Hell a cop in LA I flirted with for awhile tried to get me into the Lakers. I offered to buy him tickets but he didn’t feel like going alone. He’s still quite the catch, although his current nurse BF is a bubblehead.
@Yutsano: LOL. Not a lot of shallowness among my gay friends, I can tell you that. They’re a pretty motley bunch that I fit into quite well, appearance-wise.
I’m just the most perfectly average person you’ll ever meet. People talk about what ‘type’ they’re looking for. I’m type-less. I’m Wonder Bread. My son is shaping up to be as well. I’m secretly hoping the cute Chinese girls find him exotic. Caucasian is thankfully something of a minority around here (keeps the idiot teabaggers to a minimum).
And yeah, I know that’s a total double-standard relative to my attitude about my daughter.
My immediate neighborhood is an ethnic/racial mishegas, for lack of a better term. There’s three Thai places, three Greek/Mediterranean restaurants, an Indonesian place, and two Indian restaurants. I’m just waiting for the Kiwis to start holding festivals on Northgate Way.
Heh. You and my mother. Although she’s all about teh grandbabies from any source she can get at this point.
anybody need a ride to go vote? I’m pretty open.
@Moses2317: I am pretty pessimistic about that race. Recent polling has consistently shown Angle up by about 4-5. Heck, one poll even had O’Donnell only down by 10. I think I may need copious amounts of scotch to deal with Tuesday night.
@Yutsano: Well, tell her you married a Taiwanese woman so she can hope, you big lug! And, I agree with you about pretty men (and women) for that matter. They leave me cold. Give me Alan Rickman (please) over Brad Pitt any day. Though, I will admit I lust after Johnny Depp who could be considered pretty.
Happy birthday, Yutsy!
@Ron: Yes, the polls are depressing. But I think they are underestimating the support for our side (many of them don’t account for younger voters who only use cell phones), and that GOTV efforts will close the gap.
Of course, once we do better on November 2 than expected, we are going to have to be ready to fight back against the fake allegations that we somehow “stole” the election.
No Rally For Sanity And/Or Fear thread?
When you open with a tuba, you’re already in “win” territory…
@suzanne: Caution. My sister had awful complications from an IUD. First, it did not work. Worst, her son was born with many health problems due to having to share space with a Device for the first nine months of his life. He has seldom felt well in his 36 years. From the time he was born the whole balance of the family was changed from his miserable health problems attributed to the IUD. My sister eventually had to have drastic surgery; it took her down badly and she has never been the same. They tried to sue the IUD maker, with no result.