It must be about time for an Open Thread…. by Sarah, Proud and Tall| May 23, 20118:32 pm| 88 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailRobyn – Hang with me
The US legal is perfectly egalitarian and treats all comers equally, no matter their economic class. In it’s infinite wisdom, both the rich and the poor are given the option of house arrest instead of prison as long as they can pay the $200,000/month cost.
I finally got a chance to catch up on some blog reading and news recording from today, and just watching the “Morning Joke” lineup today, I see the active fellatio of Jon Huntsman has begun. I’m seriously surprised that Joe Scar, Mark Helperin, Mika and nem could even talk with there mouths full.
Amazingly, the ONLY media hound who did not participate in the new MSM mouth orgy was Tweety, and that’s seems mainly because of Huntsman betrayal of Obama.
Ughh. Is there no doubt that Huntsman is running or does anyone else think he may STILL say no?
I’m listening to CNN’s coverage of the tornado and I hear some guy talking about the fiah depahtments and the first respondahs, and survivahs in the arear, and sure enough it’s Richard Serino from FEMA, by way of Dorchester. The opposite of Drownie.
Reuters via TPM:
No no no no! Don’t say that! It’s like saying “What could possibly go wrong?”
Suddenly I feel like the oblivious sidekick, right before he gets eviscerated by the giant alien claw.
DougJ will kill me, I bought a Kaplan GRE prep book. It was on sale, I swear!
My regular computer has gone batshit insane today. Trying to debug it but nothing’s working.
did anyone else see Newt on Face the Nation this Sunday? When Bob Schaiffer asked him “who buys 1/2 million worth of jewelry…on credit?” just made me LMAO.
Based solely on Gingrich’s reaction to Schaffer’s innocent enough question got me to thinking ..what the hell did they spend 1/2 million dollars on??
With Newt’s history, I just have this idea that it’s probably some sort of “I’m sorry, I fucked up” type of “gift”
That only counts if it was remaindered. Otherwise, Kaplan is still getting full profit.
Just learned the finance director will be out tomorrow, so another day of twiddling my thumbs. I can’t finish my fiscal year 2012 projects until she gets me the finance stuff. Good thing my kindle fits in my purse and I have a back office.
Over 25% of the performers from Wrestlemania VII are dead. “None of the 44 starters from the Super Bowl played in 1991 have passed away and only two of 44 boxers who held a championship belt that year are gone.”
This has been your fascinating factoid of the day.
I like this version better than the ‘main’ version. the regular version has too much of european/80’s beat and background music.
What is it with synth and europop?
Thread needs more little birdies.
Programming announcement: Too Big To Fail is about to start on HBO.
But they all sounded so hopeful this morning on the Diane Rehm show….!
Oops. Well the Kaplan one was 20 and Princeton Review was 35, can’t blame me there.
@JGabriel: Change out of your red shirt.
Words of wisdom from Chairwoman Sarah:
Never trust anyone who’s knowledgeable of anything.
Villago Delenda Est
I believe the short form of that is “bribe.”
Who’s watching Too Big To Fail? I’m not angry yet. Actually, strangely compelled.
I thought she was from Oz.
eta: but on looking it up, she’s from Sweden. huh. Having an ipod has cut into my picking up local culcha.
@Southern Beale: thanks for the head’s up, DVRing it
Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason
@Mark S.: IIRC, the designer of the Ark was more or less omnipotent. Sorry Sarah, the most knowledgeable one won out in this case.
I love me some Robyn. I saw her at Coachella and it was surreal seeing the guy who plays the vampire Eric on the show True Blood dancing along to her brand of eurotrashy pop.
I mean, I was also pretty drunk, so that may have had something to do with it.
I was blissfuly unaware of any Robyns not surnamed Hitchcock until just now.
Why, Sarah? Why do you hate us?
Why do I get the feeling you’re gonna catch that thing and cook it?
Duncan Dönitz (formerly Otto Graf von Pfmidtnöchtler-Pízsmőgy, Mumphrey, et al.)
I’ve seen Mary Poppins 3 times a day for the last 3 weeks until today. We were in the car all day, so 4 year old daughter couldn’t watch it. I’m really glad Mary Poppins in the kind of movie you can watch over and over, since it looks like it’ll be playing all summer at least. I almost feel like I’m going through Mary Poppins withdrawal right now. I might have to get a fix before bed…
@Mark S.: Honestly, even her attempt at faith is shallow and uneducated.
@9 lamh34: Surely Joe Teh Plumber will tell us 1/2 million dollar tabs at Tiffany’s is usual.
And you do remember the Newt going in hock for $300,000 to pay the penalty assessed him by the House Ethics Committee?
Cliff in NH
Thread needs more little Doggies.
Speaking of uneducated folks, I was very disappointed in Cain’s showing when asked about the right of return in regard to the Palestinians. Never heard of it.
That is not good. You might agree or disagree with the premise, but you need to know what it means.
Maybe he’s not as intelligent as I thought. Sigh.
I was sort of hoping he could demonstrate to the US that you can’t tell a person’s politics by looking at them.
@31 Linda Featheringill:
You probably missed Herman Cain demonstrating that he is certainly not a Constitutional Law scholar: Lecturing Americans To ‘Reread’ Constitution, Herman Cain Confuses It With Declaration of Independence
Washington State Department of Transportation agrees.
(Check the stream, more picks of the peregrine chicks.)
Huntsman is definitely running. But in a matter of days he has committed several lethal errors:
1.) Endorsing the Ryan plan without conditions or ambiguity
2.) Describing the border wall as “repulsive.”
3.) Trying to lie about his past positions on health care, the stimulus, the environment, and anything else he used to support that primary voters will hate.
So, in short, I think Huntsman is toast in the primary and would be beatable in the general.
Villago Delenda Est
This seems to be a fairly common problem on the right, as we saw last election season, in Delaware, where someone (no names, please) didn’t have the slightest clue as to the wording of the First Amendment, let alone the intent…
@Cliff in NH: Nice doggie! thanks for the links. Alas, streaming video is beyond my bandwidth supply.
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness:
I did see that. I guess the dude’s not a serious candidate.
Meh, like a shallow Kate Bush.
I thought that was hilarious. He said he was going to offer the Palestinians “nothing”, but when he was asked about the one thing Israel would never agree to, he’s all “sure, I’d be willing to negotiate that.” It was a very Palinesque performance. The man’s an idiot.
More a burrito gobbler, myself.
@35 Villago Delenda Est:
Alternatively, it is not what the Constitution says it is what one divines the Founding Fathers intended. And my Ouija board says the Founding Fathers only impart their wisdom from the great beyond to teabagging republicans.
The BBC videos of Obama in Ireland are priceless. Worth checking out.
Villago Delenda Est
Also, one should not look at their other writings that may illuminate and expand upon the basic stuff in the Constitution (like say, the Federalist Papers?), because as we know that interferes with the teabag readings…
I actually mean the flickr photostream. Sorry for the confusion.
I hadn’t heard Michael Steele had signed up with MSNBC.
He and Rachel seem to get along well enough.
Riddle: Why are the economies of Greece, Ireland, Spain and now Italy tanking in spite of good Austerian Economic policies while Iceland, which told the creditors of Iceland’s over leveraged banks to ‘F Off!, is getting by?
Answer: Paul Krugman is a witch.
There can be no rational explanation. Now, be a good citizen and give Paul Ryan your Medicare benefit.
@Cliff in NH:
Have you considered entering Miss Molly in a marathon? Heck, she may decide to join one herself if it passes by.
Man, the Republican candidate who comes out and defends Medicare and SS from Ryan and the Randriods will kick the shit of the rest of the field. But they’re all too stupid to do it.
Villago Delenda Est
I might point out that the Wikipedia article on the 2010 Delaware special senate election grants that the phrase “separation of church and state” itself does not appear in the First Amendment, but it’s hard to see how the pretty absolute denial of the very notion of a state religion doesn’t mean that state and church are separate (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..”). It’s pretty obvious that a wall was meant to be built, and Jefferson explicitly says that in his letter to the Danbury Baptists.
But, then again, I’m one of these people who understand just how adamant James Madison was about this sort of thing, what with the pretty explicit prohibition of religious tests for public office in Article VI…
@MikeJ: Oh! Very nice! LOL-little fluff balls.
Villago Delenda Est
Well, we’ll need to see if we can build a bridge out of him, or, if that doesn’t work, see if he floats. Or weighs the same as a duck.
@52 Villago Delenda Est:
With Paul Ryan Very Serious Budget math we can prove beyond all reasonable doubt that Dr. Krugman is a witch because he weighs the same as a duck. Observe.
* Krugman weighs the same as a duck.
Once you understand how budgeting is Seriously done, you can do anything.
Buffalo Beast prankster Murphy strikes again, volunteering to work at a phone bank for Jane Corwin:
More funny stuff at the link. And the thing is, the instructions given out by the phone bank supervisor did as much (or more) damage than Murphy’s own creative pranking could have achieved.
I would like a front pager to address the ravaging of old folks, my “grandson is in jail, he is in trouble,”. My dad was recently hosed out of 3500 bucks. My son lives in LaJolla, and my dad lives in Minnesota. My son was nowhere near danger, it was a very detailed turn of lies. I am sending detailed letters to the rep from La Jolla, the rep from Folsom, the reps from MN, the senators from MN, the US attorney from MN (where the crime happened). I am My also sending a letter to Western Union, and copying that letter to Minnesota and North Dakota Sheriff departments. I will not let this go. My dad is 85 and was cheated out of his money, Western Union is on my list. I will not let it go. My dad is a WWII vet, lost his wife three years ago. He is one of the nice guys, his only crime is he is nice, and he is old. Sorry if this off topic. This does need to be addressed.
@jeffreyw: That’s gorgeous. Did you take the picture?
I love birds. I used to bird watch with my dad when I was a kid. Everywhere we traveled, we did major bird watching. I should download some of the pictures we took.
The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik
It really is amazing that, given the choice between standing president and the PM of another foreign country, more than half of the pols in Congress, including a not-small number of members of the president’s own party, decide to flip in the finger and declare the PM their hero.
It’s fucking ridiculous. And apparently, according to the original Yglesias article, total unconditional support for Israel is only RISING. It’s fucking ridiculous, and if this is actually what ends up sinking Obama, then fuck all, we deserve to lose, because apparently we don’t actually have a country anymore. We have a nation-sized lobby and mercenary force for Israel.
It’s absurd that it’s to the point that even Jews, American, Israeli, or otherwise, are that much more critical of Israel and its policy than anyone else in the US is allowed to be.
@Linda Featheringill: He’s not that intelligent. And on a shallow note, he’s not attractive and he wears suites that are twice his size. Also, too, he’s black which mean the nutty Republicans will never vote for him. He’s this election cycle’s Allen Keyes.
Left Coast Tom
How intelligent did you think he was? Because, for someone who finds themself qualified to discuss Palestinian issues, having the intelligence of plant life should have sufficed for knowing what the “right of return” refers to. And, I’m not really surprised that Cain couldn’t respond.
Wow. That looks awesome. Can I eat at your house?
@Anya: Thank you. Yes, I took it.
Cliff in NH
you can pause it and wait while it loads…
youtube isn’t streaming.
@sneezy: Sure, come on down.
@Cliff in NH:
Buddy likes to run, too.
I just watched the Season 7 finale of House. Talk about jumping the shark. No wonder Lisa Edelstein is leaving the show.
Gordon, The Big Express Engine
For anyone feeling a little blue out there, here is a little pick me up that is sure to put a spring in your step. I don’t know Spanish, but the translation below the fold is pretty cool.
Cliff in NH
OT: I made yummy pan pizza!
I love my parrish magic line! http://www.amazon.com/Parrish-Magic-Line-Round-Aluminum/dp/B000I1UM22/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306206450&sr=8-1
http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/525/Pizza_Hut_Original_Pan_Pizza41605.shtml (1oz/9″ not 3oz/9″)
@The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik:
Obviously you, and many here, are not aware of the fact that a majority of the Founding Fathers were actually descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel and always foresaw the addition of their ancestral homeland to the Union at some point. This is what is meant when conservatives point to “original intent” as the basis for understanding our Constitution.
This topic will be addressed in a future installment of the Huckabee “Learn Our History” videos and, boy, are some of you going to look foolish.
builtguided by the hand of profit loving Galtian overlords built the Titanic
I swear, I did not know that Allan and the Allan Brauer at ABL’s that John was getting into it with on Twitter were the same person. But I was still essentially making his point. Please do not let me kill another open thread.
(In fact, the same person who is supposed to be about civility has no right to mock John about his lack of sex life. I was livid. But the thread had been dead for a few days.)
Obama pardons some people who don’t need it:
I’m laughing out loud at this guy now. Seventeen people who’ve already served their sentences, apparently. Some of these crimes go back to the seventies. He’s become really pathetic. Maybe I never noticed it before.
When was that?
Also, Cole’s new twitter picture frightens me.
So long, Oklahoma City Thunder.
@Cliff in NH:
there ARE those amongst us who are twitter-challenged.
Links plz. Hand them over.
This was on the “Obama flip-flopped on signing statements” post. In other words, a hundred years ago in Twitter time.
@jeffreyw: Really cool photo of Buddy!
Well, I just did the dumbest thing possible. I tried to engage with someone opposed to SSM. It went like this:
Him: “Why? Why do you want SSM to be legalized.”
Me: (provides all kinds of constitutional and rule of law reasons)
Him: “But why? Why do you want SSM?”
Me: (various economic and contractual reasons)
Him: “So is it economic? Is it religious? Why do you want SSM?”
Me: (various examples of how separate but equal tends to work)
Him: “But God blah blah blah blah”
Me (thinking): “It would have been better to run head first full speed into a brick wall. It would have been less painful.”
It’s going to be a long 18 months.
Oh god. That show jumped the shark when Chase killed a guy and got away with it. Not euthanasia, not mercy killing, just straight out killed a guy.
Everyone in that show with the exception of Cuddy’s cute daughter are so unlikable it’s really, really hard to care. You can have a show focused on one misanthropic yet interesting character, but I don’t think it’s wise to surround that character with people who are more unlikable and assholish than him. A little dose of misanthropy goes a long way.
forgive them, for they knoweth not their ass from a hole in the ground.
@eemom: The worst part is realizing that this is a demographic thing, and that if that fucker would have been raptured or if he meets his maker before November 2012, he can’t vote for the amendment in MN. I really do not want to end up wishing people would die. I’m worried that 18 months of this will drive me to that point.
so this is like a Prop 8 thing? I did not know that.
I saw the video of that crazy-ass kill the gays “preacher” getting in some Obama-hate on the floor of y’all’s Senate the other day, how he was even too batshit crazy for the amendment SPONSORS.
Surreal times. We iz living in them.
@eemom: Come now. That preacher was the guy that the Target brouhaha was over. The House Republicans knew exactly who he was. Dog whistles. They sure felt bad though, didn’t they? The speaker felt so bad he wasn’t sure he’d bring the bill to the floor. The session was due to end on Monday, the budget isn’t done, and they will need a special session. But they managed to fit the vote in.
They are first and foremost greedy, unethical sociopaths.
…..also too, I live in Virginia, where we have a constitutional amendment prohibiting not only gay marriage, but anything APPROXIMATING gay marriage, i.e., civil unions. It passed in 2006 with appallingly little national attention.
And yet, right here on our street in this little NoVA burb, we have a nice lesbian couple on the corner, and a gay male couple two houses down, both of whom have been here for years and years.
Hell, we even got fucking Mary Cheney over in superrich Great Falls, with her partner and two kids.
The amendments suck. I anticipate years and years of “there are more important issues” arguments against changing them. There won’t be the same kind of money or drive to do anything about them.
I don’t get it though — what was the stratagery about having him speak? Wasn’t at least the dig at Obama part unexpected?
to tell you the truth, I was kind of pissed off that the one here got so little attention at the time. I mean it just seemed to make no sense, considering how explosive Prop 8 was, that something even worse would have slipped through under the radar 2 years earlier.
But Virginia ain’t California, of course. I guess no one expects any better.
Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason
@Duncan Dönitz (formerly Otto Graf von Pfmidtnöchtler-Pízsmőgy, Mumphrey, et al.): Like I’ve said before on these threads, when your kid gets hooked on a movie, better hope it’s watchable. I ended up seeing “League of Their Own” and “Man from Snowy River” daily. It could’ve been a lot worse.
OTOH, letting a 3-yr old listen to this still haunts me:
Madonna: “That’s some peein’!”
Tom Hanks: (written) Avoid the Clap. “That’s good advice!”
@efgoldman: AACK!! That’s my dad’s birthday weekend! What REALLY bites? I ALREADY TOOK MONDAY OFF!! RAWR!
“I know what’s on your mind, there’ll be time for that too,,”
Love that song and that’s the part of the song that hooked me. Sweetest, “you’re going to have to keep your pants on for a little while longer, pal” moment in the history of western music.