Thursday Evening Open Thread by Anne Laurie| July 14, 20116:14 pm| 135 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmail (Mike Thompsom via GoComics.com) Since it’s never a wise idea to go off-topic during the Ten Minutes’ Hate Du Jour… What’s going on in your neighborhood tonight?
I highly recommend Hangar 1 vodka.
Best infused vodkas on the market, period.
The squirrels did their bestest Langolier imitation on my sunflowers.
Also, I am told Obama is stealing my retirement, bedding my wife and making my kid shine his shoes.
I am one dumb motherfucker.
I’m going to go outside and scream insults at my neighbors.
I’m also going to watch the papers to see if the MN state shutdown is coming to an end. The papers make it sound like Dayton blinked. I hope it’s not as bad as that.
If the legislation seems baffling to people, you need to realize that it exists to serve as a firewall against the Texas textbook standards, who will never, ever go for such a thing. I will truly relish the wingnut freakout in my neighborhood over this.
Apparently Eric Cantor just called Obama an “amateur”. God, I’d like to punch that smug, smarmy little prick in the neck.
shorter AL: it sucks that my posts generate at best a miniscule fraction of the comments that ABL’s do.
dr bloor #2
Why yes, I am. :-)
Just Some Fuckhead
Meh, I’ll prolly check in on the blog periodically to see if a drunken ABL bans a few folks before doing another GBCW, followed by a few precious days of peace and quiet before coming back and acting like nothing ever happened.
Best day of the summer so far right here in New England. Being from New England though, I can’t figure out if we earned this one glorious day with the multiple miserable snow storms and cold gray wet spring, or whether we’re going to pay for it with a longer colder harsher winter. Our Puritan history does not allow me to simply enjoy this day without feeling retribution awaits.
Cantor is a professional asshole. Does that make him better?
Just Some Fuckhead
Remember you can ban eemom, AL, according to their rules.
Don’t have a clue as to how this particular episode will turn out, but Eric’s going to have to hire himself a food taster.
I’m not going to even acknowledge the shit minion’s post above, Anne Laurie; I just want to tell you directly that I think you are a fantastic writer, and one of the reasons I still visit this site.
Please keep on doing what you’re doing- some of us appreciate the refreshing breeze.
Rosamunde + Toronado – Paradise on earth.
Just Some Fuckhead
I’ve been worried about you since I heard there may be beer shortages.
Raw kale salad.
oooh, fuckie’s going all nukular on my ass!
WHOSE rules are you referring to there, fuckeleh?
In other news, irony meters across the country have just exploded from excessive input.
@Just Some Fuckhead
I don’t have to worry about shortages until it gets around to Diet Coke.
We’re going to run out of state-stamped cigarettes pretty soon too.
At Bennett’s BBQ in Gatlinburg, where they just brought me my Sam Adams in a quart jar. After we eat, we’re going to the Moonshine store for a tasting.
Millerpie filter time.
So Cantor called POTUS an “amateur” huh? An amateur what? If he means politician then he better check his fucking history books and look up the last time a skinny black dude got elected POTUS. What a fucking tool Cantor is, I look forward to the day when he is caught in the wetsuit with a boxfull of dildos, cause every time I look at him that is what I imagine he is up to behind closed doors.
Q: How much money do you save when you ask a House Republican to say what they would cut from the federal budget, and then ask them to explain in detail what exactly would be cut, and so on..?
A: A Cantor Set.
Your summer must be a reward for 2009–I was staying in Cambridge that June and July and basically just brought summer clothes and a light jacket–and I ended up wearing that jacket every day.
In happier news, Jonathan Chait says that it looks like
Paul Ryan’s starting to cave. Thank god for that $350 bottle of wine, I suppose?
I will be watching the ensuing battle of trills as Takkun attempts to play with his new kitty and JC attempts to take nap like a self-respecting kitteh and avoids the giant mountain bear cat that keeps bugging him for playtime. Then, JC jumps on Takkun when he gives up and goes-you guessed it-for a nap. I forgot what the thunder of little kitty hooves in crazy chase mode sounded like. Everytime I look up, tho, all I see are 2 pairs of glow in the dark eyes with the best innocent expression ever.
Trill! Squeak! Mrrrow! TRRRRilllll! Thump, bash, tumble, trill, thump thumpthummuppp, crash!
But if you turn around, “Hey monkey lady, nothing going on here, how you?”
Too bad Cantor wasn’t this guy.
Obama calls Can’tor a liar:
Anybody have a link to Cantor calling Obama an amateur? I’ve been looking for it but don’t see it at any of my regular haunts.
Already posted this before, not sure if anyone noticed.
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 is already playing here, a day ahead of the US release. I saw it today. You don’t want to miss it, I’m telling you.
It’s really all about The Battle of Hogwarts, so it’s more of a war movie. It has a majestic scale yet never loses sight of its characters as people. Julie Walters gets to say that line, and with gusto. (I punched the air and said “Yes!”)
As for Alan Rickman as Snape, I guarantee asiangrrlmn will want to see this one ten times before she gets the DVD. He’s that prominent, and he’s so damn good here. Snape’s memories of Lily Potter actually moved me to tears.
I just offered my asshole neighbor $4 trillion to get him to quit parking in my spot…
I don’t think he took me seriously…
Haha. He must think I’m one dumb motherfucker!
Set theory jokes! (those are my favourites)
an article, blog post, or statement with no basis in fact that attempts to belittle or smear an opponent.
usage: The George Will column today was a complete pile of murdoch.
More good news about the economy which John Galt Cole will of course ignore or is simply too dumb to figure out. I think his brain is permanently wired to filter out all good news.
Seriously? Because after watching part 1, I marked my calendar to remind me to go out and NOT watch part 2 when it got released.
Part 1 looked like a movie where they couldn’t decide whether to go with 3D or not. Honestly, that was the most memorable part of it … all the scenes where you say to yourself “whoever blocked that scene thought the were going to have 3D.”
I think there was a wizard or something in the movie too, but it just didn’t leave as much of an impression.
Jobless claim numbers are upwardly revised every time like clockwork. They mean nothing. Those numbers will almost certainly be revised up beyond the consensus expectation, just like they were last time (and if you weren’t a fucking retard talking out your ass you’d know that to be the case).
Cantor’s comment doesn’t even merit or dignify any response. He’s making himself look like a miserable, rotten little shithead and making Obama look better and better to those swing voters (and independents) by injuring their transient, delicate feelings. (h/t to mistermix for nailing that demographic).
Interesting Tweety’s head is asploding and asking viewers to call their congress-person.
The Krauthammer column was an even bigger pile of murdoch, and was seasoned with the usual generous dollop of completely mental.
ThatLeftTurnInABQ: Nice math geek joke. Bonus points for being completely accurate, too.
AnneL-Book chat next Wednesday??
Just Some Fuckhead
@Derf: You’ve got a really crazy idea of what constitutes good news. Less worse does not equal good.
That’s your point of view, and I respect that. Bless your heart.
@gbear. Can’t remember where I first saw it, but also saw it via Jay Newton-Small on Time.
Cantor’s office put this in a press release? Major tools.
@eemom #6- Wow!! Zing!! Burn! You really got her. Victory is yours!
Amir – Let me guess “GET AWAY FROM MY DAUGHTER!”
Am I right?
I have to say, today is a good day. These budget deal negotiations made me very nervous, but watching the republican leadership drop their custard and piss all over themselves is almost worth it
Obama and Can’tor, what really happened – a reenactment:
I think all right thinking people can, should, and would agree that Cole is a bad bad man.
But all these monthly unemployment figures are little statistical blips that wander around inside the band of unacceptably high unemployment rates, unacceptably low employment to population ratios, and the continued existence of a mass of desperate long term unemployed people until long after the next election.
It would be best to wait for at least three or four monthly data points showing a clear trend for better or worse. But I predict that such a thing will not be seen. It will be sideways and 1939 forever over the next few years.
Thanks for providing links, to both Derf/Fred, and the vile communist and crytoglib Cole, both of whom seem to read too much into each monthly blip.
Cole overinterprets with more manic and dramatic flair, though.
That is a sincere thanks, since I am too disorganized to get them myself, and nice to have others point them out.
The hatred I feel for Eric Cantor cannot be contained by a ten minute time slot. My apologies to George Orwell.
Took the pups for a run through downtown Athens in my hot rod pickup, it’s cooled down to 85 so it’s great for a cruise.
Just the usual, mowing and cooking. Some pretty decent stir fried green beans.
oh black boogeyman scaring and stealing from little old ladies, republicans are aghast at such fearmongering from the president!
Officially pissed off at work, so my vengeance has been to read BJ while waiting for my computer to do something. I may do something really radical and buy a soda. HFCSFTw!
jeffrey with your food pr0n, always making me salivate
i just looked at the picture, you have no mercy :D
everyone who is as bad a cook as I am, do not look at the picture – guy who is eating raw kale tonite, don’t go there
It’s the line you’re thinking of, but that’s not quite how it goes. (I would have been so disappointed if that line wasn’t in the movie.) Julie Walters says it exactly as J.K. Rowling wrote it in the book. You can look it up now, or wait to see the movie and savor the venom in Walters’ reading.
minnpost.com had a couple of pieces on this today. Dayton, Koch & Zellers were supposed to meet late in the afternoon.
Minnesota blogger Tildology created a great logo for the MNGOP. Hilarious. tildology.com
Maybe it’s time for another Rally for Sanity. OK, maybe not.
Getting ready for the Thursday night Time Trials. I’ve got a month to fine-tune my setup before State Championships and then it’s on to the National Championships a 2 weeks after that.
Crybaby Eric Bolling: ‘I’ll Never Forget 9/11, But Thank You, Liberals, For Reminding Me How Petty You Can Be’
Tweety’s head asploding is making me positively giddy
I just got a cold robocall from Organizing for America. If I didn’t loathe the phone I might have stayed on the line to see what they’re up to. Best of luck, but not on my landline.
ETA, SYTYCD is on in a half hour. I’ll be hiding out on the second floor with Charles Stross’ new novel. I hate the TV more than the phone.
@harlana: Why, thank you, Ma’am. Alas, the fried dumplings were from frozen.
So what do you do, take pictures of everything you cook? Those dumplings looked awesome, too bad I don’t eat such things.
Sigh, Dayton did give in to the thugs. He’s not even pretending the deal doesn’t suck. Not that there was any real choice, the MN ledge is ruled by sociopaths, there’s no John Boehner here.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
What’s he asploding about? I just tuned in to catch him say Eric Cantor has no chance of statewide office, which I thought was pretty funny.
OMG, it must be time for a Cole “you are all a bunch of fucking assholes” post to flush out the commentariat. Then maybe the Balloon-Juice ship can right itself after capsizing under the weight of all the crazy here lately. The hysteria and hand-ringing has become a joke. The nastiness, well that’s just made much past the (wonderful whether I agree with them or not) front pagers unreadable. There was a time when the blog comments were about intelligent people giving each other shit and discussing the political events of the day. Now it seems the trolls, much like the tea-baggers, are driving the car off the cliff. /climbs back under rock to hide while people continue to fling stuff at each other
jeff, damn sight better than I can do, frozen or not =B
Today I drove past a construction site that was being picketed by a union and honked in support. That really seemed meager so later I drove by and honked again.
My contribution to society for the day.
If only ABC hadn’t cancelled MacGyver after season 8, maybe then we could have finally seen the end of Murdoch as Mac finally cuts off his nutsack and duck tapes the contents over his mouth as he shoves him out of a plane traveling over the Indian Ocean.
so why are you here if it’s such a bummer?
omigawd, the Jon Stewart/Seinfeld clip – watching Marcus and Michele dance is just pure joy, finally, republicans are giving back, because i haven’t laughed this much in years
@ruemara: I’m glad that you get to experience the little chirps and trills, the pouncing and the prancing. The motor boat in your lap is pretty adorable too.
Ruemara: THIS IS EXCELLENT NEWS!
So… ‘little black mao-cat homeless norphin‘ has successfully transitioned to ‘fierce pesterer of sleeping housemates Takkun‘?
When was this golden age you speak of? I’ve only been here for a few years so I must have missed it.
Jim, Foolish Literalist: Tweety’s head appears to be sploding (and that’s a big asplosion) over the debt ceiling negotiations
Chuck Todd doubles down on stupid: Why Is What TMZ Does Legal, But What Rupert Murdoch Does Illegal?
Local teaparty, Woodinville area, are freaking the hell out over the rights of rural landowners and how the UN Agenda 21 will fuck them up, even though the US has apparently not signed onto the agenda.
The next meeting is at the library.
Dunno about Athens, but we’re supposed to have a high in the
low 80shigh 70s tomorrow over here in metro ‘Lanna.
ruemara, you got the kitty? Yay!
@50: looks good. but what’s the difference between fried dumplings and fritters?
More healthful, right? I hope so cause I want some.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
I guess, as with Jake Tapper, you never know when Roger and Uncle Rupert might offer you a shitload of cash.
There is essentially no difference between the two as far as weather.
His head also exploded over Fox News airhead Eric Bolling claiming that there were no terrorist attacks in the US between 2000-2008
@75: thanks. US media grows total slimeballs, does it not?
Or, there is evidence that National Enquirer and TMZ hacked phones, altered phone records, and interfered with a murder investigation and bribed the police?
But to toxic morons like Todd its all the same?
I hesitate to put people on a master list of unreliable worthless schmucks who have said or done such idiotic or bad things that in order to get off it they have to beg forgiveness and explain in detail why they were wrong before one can trust anything they say, even relating the time of day. But this puts Todd on it, easily.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist
Chuck Todd and Jake Tapper are nothing more than a pair of bedwetting thumbsuckers.
I thought you lived in the People’s Democatic Socialist Republic of Irvine. You wanna see a real meltdown on this stuff, drive north on Jamboree until it ends. I predict that the OUSD Board of Trustees and the Orange City Council will seriously consider seceding from the State of California and forming their own country.
I think you might get more satisfaction if you punch that little neck in the dick.
I’m thinking that cartoon at top would be funnier if the side of the truck said “Fox News”.
You know, you do lots of things really well in America, but one thing that I think the UK beats you on is the vicious editorial cartoon. Somebody was singing the praises of Steve Bell (cartoonist for the Guardian) in another thread. Here’s his work of art from Wednesday:
Politifact debunks Palin’s clueless comments about Slim Jim price increase contained in Newsweek’s fawning mooseburger queen cover story
One other thing the English do much better than we do is fuck up penalty shootouts. ;-)
Someone beat them to it. Oddly enough, Orange County is one of the counties in the proposed 51st state.
Ok, I watched the Daily Show with Jerry Seinfeld clip and Bachmann certainly does sound like a gay man, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Some homosexual repression going on, maybe? He must be practicing what he’s preaching.
Try slashing his tires next.
hilts: that was just another splosion, his rather significant noggin exploding all over the place the last few days
Please, please, please, if there is a God, please have Rupert Murdock committing the same felonies in the US as is Great Britain.
Got a House of Ras robopoll on light bulbs tonight. They asked if I beleived the Government would repeal the ban on incandescent bulbs if the new ones were too expensive and didn’t last long enough.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
for those wondering how Republicans would play this
We’re having another damn thunderstorm. Apparently Colorado has turned into the Great Lakes. I pulled a mushroom out of my RAISED SQUASH BED yesterday. Seriously.
Plus: Eric Cantor is a total asshole. Yes, I’m cranky.
Well, it has begun. Burger King has done away with its dollar menu.
Here at McDonalds, things are relatively peaceful since the older lady on the anti-depressants who won’t shut up left. There are no gay guys in this town to my knowledge, so my attention was raised when two of them walked into the bathroom together. A walk around the perimeter of the parking lot confirmed my suspicions, they have California plates. My powers of prediction are really pretty good. These are the days when the rigid application of Reason is necessary to discern Truth.
Dennis, Riverside and San Berdoo are red counties now? I think things must have changed a bit since we moved away in the early 90s.
Do all of those counties touch each other or are some islands? I can’t remember.
@burnspbesq True, the England football team has the fucking-up of penalty shootouts down to a fine art. I was especially pleased on Saturday when the England ladies demonstrated that they are a true English team with a display of their mastery of that skill as well.
I got a rigid application for you.
Mike Kay (Team America)
Lawerence O’Donnell is cock slapping the Professional Left.
Mike Kay (Team America): Nice!
Mike Kay (Team America)
Are you listening Janey?
They can have San Diego county when they pry it from my cold dead hands.
But, it isn’t gonna happen in any case so … they can go on planning their new fiefdom. Keeping them busy with a hopeless pipe dream will probably reduce the actual damage they do.
watching Boner lately has also been a joy, the characters in this tragic farce or farcical tragedy, are becoming disturbingly comic (I intentionally left out “tragic” because these people deserve no sympathy). And I say disturbing because these people are seriously making me LOL whenever I see or hear them, so have I finally gone mad or they?
They have become a bunch of nattering reality show stars (they can’t shut up long enough to actually do anything) trying to drive the country off a cliff and smash it into a trillion billion pieces with Terminator levels of fire, smoke and destruction. Why am I not running around with my head on fire or something?
I’m getting revved up to take my kids to the midnight showing of the last Harry Potter movie. We started reading the books together when my son was in kindergarten, we’re seeing this movie one month before he leaves for college (sniff). Decent symmetry, that. Going out for breakfast/coffee/movie rehashing afterwards. I love having older teenagers.
Any other HP geeks here?
Edited to add: should have read comments first. Hi to all of you!
Did you see my comment #29?
If memory serves, they’re contiguous. Barely. It must have broken the hearts of these fools that Inyo County and Shasta County are out of reach.
We’re going tomorrow night at Cinerama in Seattle. Big group of friends going, mostly MS geeks.
Mike Kay (Team America)
Jane is a useful idiot.
She only inflames the base into making more and larger contributions.
If Jane didn’t exist, Axelrod would have to invent her.
Dennis, I found a map and they are contiguous, and the whole thing is stupid/funny. Leaving out LA and Ventura counties makes it look really ridiculous.
@cathyx: Well, not everything. Much of it, yes.
@cckids: My daughter and I read all the books, but the movies hold no interest for me. Those movies don’t do the book series justice, IMHO.
Yeah, Irvine is slightly liberal, but we’ve got a LOT of Saddleback worshippers here and a surprising number of Mormons as well. They’ll go along with Obama and tax hikes and junk like that, but they really struggle with the ghey. And at the same time, we know quite a few out gay couples, kids with gay parents, etc. so it’s a city of some extremes. Prop 8 bloodied many neighborhoods in Irvine, including ours.
Oh, FYWP moderation!
Burnsey, there’s a comment for you at 116.
Yep. It’s an attempt to gerrymander a Republican 51st state. In ordinary times I’d just dismiss it. These aren’t ordinary times and any Californian can tell you that if you drive thirty miles inland it’s Children of the Corn territory.
@jeffreyw: I should figure out flicker and take a picture of my meals and post them too. They look at least as appetizing as yours. In fact, I could post my pictures of Cannon Beach, Oregon, where I was the last 4 days. We’re having freshly caught trout tonight.
Cathyx @ 115:
Well, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie, right? I’ve found that I have to keep them separate, then the movies are enjoyable. With the exception of the first two, I’ve liked them. Loved #3, and #7. God knows they could all be longer, with more of the humor of the books.
Breaking up California might be a good idea, but they’re not going far enough. If you’re going to break up the state, it probably ought to be broken up into at least 4 pieces: South California (Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside), West California (LA north to SLO), North California (Monterey north to Oregon, two counties wide), and East California (everything else). That way you’d solve some of the problems with the state being way too big relative to the rest of the country. You could even do something radical like split the new parts of the state into different Federal Appeals Court districts, so the 9th District wouldn’t be so fucking huge.
Please describe the water agreements that would allow that breakup.
San Bernardino and Kern counties would vote overwhelmingly to be part of South rather than East. They would want to be in Wingnut Heaven, and there’s too many brown people in the agricultural parts of the state.
And Jerry Brown’s reaction to the proposal of the new state of South California was, slightly paraphrased: “If you want to live in a fundamentalist redneck state bordering Mexico, just fuck off to Arizona, will you?”
I always felt that the Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince movies cut too much from their books. I missed seeingHarry bonding with Molly Weasley as well as Hermione’s political awakening in Goblet, and Dumbledore’s funeral in Prince. Order felt particularly rushed for no real reason to me.
Do I look like a muggle to you? Hmph!
Dennis, we have long referred to it as everything East of I-5, which isn’t entirely accurate at the bottom of the state.
We still own a cabin in the SBdo mountains and we’ve seen the nuttiness that exists there. I mean, extreme nuttiness. Had an inspector in to check on the plumbing we did, and the guy spent most of his time ranting at us about Public Employees and how they are soooo unnecessary. I did not point out that he is a public employee because I wanted the plumber’s work approved, but the irony is overwhelming.
burnspeq, have you BEEN to San Bernardino? Not a very white county as it stands right now.
Lawrence O’Donnell called Cantor an “amateur” probably two dozen times tonight on “The Last Word”.
Mr. O’Donnell also had film footage to prove his assertions. An interview with Cantor on Morning Joe. Where Cantor hemmed and hawed about his upcoming vote on Charlie Rangel’s proposed 90% tax on TARP takers’ bonus money.
Cantor voted for it later that day. Yes, Eric Cantor voted for a 90% tax increase on rich people.
O’Donnell beat up Cantor so fully tonight. Including a play-by-play explanation of why Boner now, quote, “owns” Eric Cantor.
Linda @ 125: We are all muggles now.
The recurrent ABL-Hamsher feud renders me feeling somewhat like this fellow:
Amir Khalid @ 124: Yes, those are the “shorted” ones. In Phoenix, especially, you miss so much of the school life, bonding, the growth of the kids as a group; that feeling of being part of a different world which is such a huge part of the appeal of the books.
And why they largely left out the battle at the end of Prince is beyond me.
Geek out :)
Those anti-Romney Kennedy ads are brutal, ghost of Teddy, indeed WOW
What I love about the split in CA? New State line would run right down the middle of the street I grew up on. Bastards put us on the wrong side though, so we’d have to fix that small matter. But, would have to because of the existing road networks and there’s now way those cheap gits would want to build new over the entire chain. Investing in infrastructure? Ha.
Just Some Fuckhead
Both sides have to be participating to make it a feud. Right now, it’s more like gramps yelling at the clouds.