Wednesday Evening Open Thread by WaterGirl| February 23, 20115:59 pm| 96 CommentsThis post is in: Open Threads, Fools! Overton Window!FacebookTweetEmail (Mike Lukovich via gocomics.com) __ Busy week out there, eh?
This does not make me a happy camper (or breather of atmosphere in a non-attainment city).
I’m going to take the afternoon off tomorrow and watch the final launch of Discovery with my four-year-old. Huzzah NASA TV!
Is anybody else getting this weird behavior: when I pull up https://balloon-juice.com/ (no www.) I see what appears to be a cached version of the home page. The top post, right now, is “Paging Conor Friedersdorf” which is at least four posts down on https://balloon-juice.com/
gosh; how’d lukovich miss obama in this federation??
Yeah, where are the nigrahs? You know, those folks who caused the housing crisis and thus the financial crisis by forcing those delicate yet feckless (white) bankers to loan them money for houses which said cunning nigrahs really spent on Caddies and T-bones while selling their food stamps to single mothers who then used them to buy drugs! ! ! (This is pretty much what my wingnut brother AND my broker told me, anyway.)
Otherwise, excellent cartoon.
Hey, they only exempted 187,000 small (Whatever “small” means) incinerators and boilers from meaningful regulation. What’s wrong with that?
Who the hell is Wilkinson and why is Sully quoting this tripe?
Yeah, other than one being funded and scripted to the smallest detail and the other being a shocked reaction to a surprise govenmmental overreach, they’re exactly alike.
You’re probably right, a small rounding error and they disappear completely!
@Svensker: My thought exactly. Before they were hating on Muslims, gays, the jobless, etc., they were hating on the [email protected]trollhattan: Wouldn’t collective bargaining be a “foundational value” of labor?
Hey, since it’s an open thread, can I put in a bleg for my former foster son? He’s doing a St. Baldrick fundraiser and could use a few donations. I’m really proud of him, he’s unemployed and selling plasma to make ends met to support his family, and still managing to do something to try to help others. His goal is really modest, and I’d love to surprise him with donations from folks he doesn’t know. Thanks!
left out jews and hippies. and some others.
It’s a naughty bit doing a naughty thing.
OMG, I love that! A uterus (more specifically, a Fallopian tube) flipping people off.
Not sure how I’ll watch the hearings, or even when. Two of my streaming services are NBC and CBS, and I think I can watch the hearings on those.
But I agreed to go out to dinner with a friend, without thinking about the time difference (I’m on the West Coast). I may ask her if we can reschedule.
It suggest an important bit of female anatomy to me. And it’s expressing a rude comment.
Looks like that symbol Prince used for a while.
Made me laugh. Bravo! to whomever had that stroke of genius.
Not sure I even want to watch the hearings tomorrow. To Hell with the GOP!
haha, my friend Pam has this as her FB avatar, only hers is throwing a double bird.
it looks like a flipping fallopian to me.
Really excited to watch the hearings tomorrow. I’ll have to figure out how to watch it on my Apple TV. I suspect the CBC News app will have full coverage
@Ken: “The uterus formerly known as Prince”, as it likes to be called.
@CaseyL: How are you going out to dinner together in different time zones?
I would credit the person who sent this to me, except that I only have a name and not a nym, and I don’t want to out anyone.
Like others, I knew exactly what that was. Plan to watch on MSNBC.
Well done image. I haven’t seen that around here (yet). Here’s hoping it gets more visibility.
In other news, a catchy tune:
eta WaterGirl got there 1st, tufkaP
Some very politically aware and well-organized eggs?
Hah! My friend also wants to watch the hearings. We came up with a perfect plan: Pizza at her place, where she has an actual TV.
I really do like that uterus graphic. I may want to get it as a tattoo.
ETA: @mrmoshpotato: We FaceTime, of course! … I used to know someone whose first year’s relationship with her boyfriend – they lived in different countries – was done almost entirely by FaceTime. One of them would go out, with the other one on the phone, tucked into a shirt pocket, looking out.
It’s either the pictoral representation of the slogan “Keep your laws out of my ladyparts” or it’s part of the construction plans for Doctor Evil’s Base of Doom.
@CaseyL: Peacock is streaming the hearings with Mehdi Hasan anchoring.
I plan to listen on NPR.
I can’t anymore, it would make me insurrection-y.
I’m not sure whether Balloon Juice will be as quiet as a mouse or whether it will be a nonstop flurry of posts and comments.
Mingobat (f/k/a Karen in GA)
In Milwaukee for work, flying home tomorrow. I’ll try to catch up when I get home, but I don’t know if my blood pressure will want to cooperate.
I certainly hope we’ll be live blogging in the comments if not among the front pagers.
@WaterGirl: Some of each, I would guess, depending on individual moods. And BAC levels.
I am sad that every news aggregator I might use has no mention, at all, of the Jan 6 hearings. Not a good sign.
I had this great idea for a Bingo game for the first Jan 6 hearing, but then thought holy fuck this is going to be a somber event where we are going to learn horrifying information so I don’t think we can play until a few days afterwards. Then I guess we can “win” if we correctly predicted any 5 items in a line.
edit: answered below.
@Baud: Oooh, good point. WHICH drugs? Prescription? Recreational? The one as the other? And in what combination and/or sequence?
Hey WaterGirl, can we do a poll? “I am watching the hearings on (click all that apply) …” (ok never mind, lawyers will probably object)
@WaterGirl: Blood Alcohol Content
BAC = blood alcohol content (or concentration).
@bbleh: Ah, thank you.
So the mission is to develop a drinking game to play while watching “Insurrection – The Series.” Hmm. Maybe I’ll get the liquor first and figure out the game later.
Sounds like a plan.
@WaterGirl: It would seem like something that calls for Irish whiskey, but that’s probably just me.
@Ken: that was what I thought
@bbleh: Illinois here: legal cannabis. Yay !
Is it one of the symbols Jimmy Page tried out before settling on Zoso to embroider on his stage suit?
I’ll be at work. Daren’t watch in case I get too angry
@Another Scott: With English subtitles! As I suspected, it’s basically “Russian War Machine, go fuck yourself”
I have the DVR set to record CNN. It is listed as four hours.
I’m not sure can handle the whole thing live, but I will definitely make an attempt. Mr. Scout requested the DVR and I thought that was a good idea.
I haven’t noticed any commenters having open edit boxes today. I guess that got fixed?
@Alison Rose : Funny, I had no idea what they were saying but I almost came back here after watching to to say my take away from the video is that it was along way of “fuck you!’
Sounds like I wasn’t wrong.
I will go watch with subtitles now.
I was just assuming my full-service blog was showing the hearings but I am guessing, based on this post, that is not possible. Oh dear, I’ll have to see what my laptop can get.
There are very few moments I miss having a TV, this is one of them.
Four hours starting at 8pm? Until midnight? Holy cow.
That’s 7-11 pm here, and 5-9 on the west cost.
I wonder if they went with “8-5 people will be off work no matter where they live”.
edit: okay, that’s 4 hours, including their blah-blah-blah pre and post commentary. 2 hours is more like it.
@Ohio Mom: I don’t have a tv either, but I’m sure we can find it.
@Ohio Mom: Oh, I’m sure we’ll have embedded video in posts, if that’s what you mean.
@WaterGirl: Aw go ahead. It’s already horrifying. The market has priced it in.
Yen Lo had it right: https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/243f860a-750a-4bf0-b863-6706a3cb82d0
@Scout211: Nothing in particular got “fixed” but I think whatever was wonky yesterday is no longer wonky. There were obviously network issues and I am guessing that the weird edit window was one way that was playing out.
@Ohio Mom: try streaming with C-Span. That’s what I’m going to do. No TV here either. Although might miss the first hour, because it’s dogs at the botanical garden night. Priorities.
That is a stubby armed, hammer head, space alien using it’s psychokinetic aura to hold up a cigarette lighter it just unearthed from an archeological dig.
I was trying to figure out if we could find someone with a huge TV who could point their zoom camera to the TV and some of us could watch together on zoom.
I would guess the Washington Post website might stream it live, too.
Weirdly, I thought it was a picture of an elephant with its tail flipping us off.
Dorothy A. Winsor
I’m hoping for a livestream of the hearing.
Love the image
On the one hand, I can kind of see why you saw that.
On the other hand: This is an excellent example of “How to say you’re not a woman without saying you’re not a woman.”
I was looking for who would cover this, and the two articles I found listed ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN and a few web variants of these. For some reason PBS doesn’t show up, but the local schedule has a two hour block at 5 and the same on the WORLD PBS subchannel.
PBS isn’t great at this stuff but they tend to have less annoying chatter.
I just saw that NBC, CBS and ABC have a 2 hour block for their coverage. I think I will switch my DVR to one of those. CNN must be adding in their reaction coverage into their block.
So the hearings are scheduled for two hours not four. That’s a relief. Most viewers couldn’t handle four hours. I sure couldn’t.
@Scout211: At least Thompson et al. had the sense to work with professional videographers. This is entertainment, first and foremost, because that, alas, is the current state of our politics.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
We will definitely have that.
C-Span has a section of their website devoted to January 6. I’ll probably watch/listen to the hearings there.
In related news, AlJazeera:
[ womp, womp ]
@Scout211: C-Span is best, I think, for no chatter. You just have to shut it off when they turn the phone lines on. Ugh.
quick on the mute button no matter where/how you watch
Thanks. DVR set to C-Span.
May 25, 2022 was the last day of the warranty on my dishwasher that broke this afternoon.
@Wakeshift: C-Span caller:
“Hi, I’m an Independent (liar) and a total dick, calling to ask (republican talking point)”
@Delk: Fuck. That’s just not fair. You might call them anyway, first thing in the morning.
I have had places honor the warranty if it’s just a few days out. Though 2 weeks might be pushing it.
C-Span is good for the hearings themselves but any breaks in the action means they go to the phones. I value the neurons I have left, so I will probably end up watching on MSNBC. Hopefully, Nicolle Wallace and Ari Melber will be a part of the coverage because they are the two most entertaining on the channel.
ahhh, that was close. now where’s my drink?
Is CSpan streaming these hearings? I can’t stand the giggle sisters of PBS. Also I will be on a train to Chicago tomorrow.
@Delk: You might check on how you bought it, some credit cards have extended warranties as well as some outlets like Costco.
@JaySinWA: I checked. No luck.
@Delk: How do THEY know it didn’t break the day before? I mean, spirit of the law and all ..
ETA: oh, but May 25, hmm, that would kinda be stretching it.
J R in WV
Our power dipped off for a few moments, and then the laptops wanted us to sign into Starlink, which is our new sat-based internet service. After we rebooted everything, good to go now. Starlink, while sadly affects astronomy, is a great connection, the best we’ve ever had from our rural outpost.
We will watch the hearing on MSNBC, depending upon the sats and the moon and the stars. And watch comments here, I hope. You all behave, now!!!
@geg6: This afternoon they said Nicolle, Rachel, Joy, Ari, and Lawrence. My reaction was yay, no Chuck Todd!
Because the dishwasher has been using its wifi to upload diagnostic reports every twelve hours since it was installed.
@Wakeshift: I laughed out loud. Close call!
That’s just about believable these days.
@Ken: Ahhh, so THAT explains why it broke when it did. (The link, presumably, is two-way.)
Reminds me, I’d been thinking for awhile that the Dodge Ram logo looks exceedingly gynecological. Mentioned this to my wife not too long ago, and she said, “oh yeah, definitely.”
So that’s why I’m not rich yet. Huh.
Gahh! I forgot to “sign” the email with my name and nym! Oh well. I am glad you liked it!
(I wouldn’t care if “outed”)
In all likelihood shall repeat this in the morning thread.
How To Watch The Primetime January 6 Hearings Online & On TV, Plus Schedule & Who’ll Be Testifying