Open Thread by John Cole| November 16, 201111:58 pm| 48 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailHad some stuff to take care of. Now it is too late to do anything. Such is life.
So, Cole, how is OccupyBFE going?
Rick Perry challenges Nancy Pelosi to a debate. Because presidential challengers always debate the minority leader of the House, right?
This week prior to the Holiday, I’m giving thanks for the pathetically weak Republican field of candidates…
…as I expect the word “lazy” to be placed around Obama’s neck, just as malaise was placed around Carter’s.
Yes, it’s taken out of context; doesn’t matter. They have the money and the mouthpieces.
Swinging dicks in the Pacific. Methinks this Australia deployment announcement deserves more attention than it’s getting.
Also, too, zinfandel es muy bueno.
[Edit: sometimes I love the intertrons. Right after I post this, I get a rotating ad with Wilma Flintstone selling Fruity Pebbles…in Spanish.]
@hamletta: I was literally speechless for a minute after reading that. Couldn’t get anything out of my mouth but sputtering. Does Rick Perry know what office he’s running for?
The prophet Nostradumbass
If you haven’t seen it, you should watch this week’s episode of Nature, My Life as a Turkey. It is awesome.
@hamletta: Next Perry will challenge Nancy Sinatra to a deboot.
Night shift checking in. Just got home from work, after closing with the slowest of the slow managers. Excruciatingly, painfully slow. I will be up for at least two or three hours as I decompress.
ESPN is on in the background. I found myself wondering today what they are going to do to fill up the time if they don’t have the NBA for the next six months. Makes you think.
We have a winnah!
Sweet jeebuz deliver us from hockey and subtropical golf. Amen
The prophet Nostradumbass
See a man ’bout a mule?
Oh wait — wrong thread.
I suspect he, or at least someone working for him, knows it’s stupid, so when Pelosi says “What kind of moron are you?”, the wingnuts can run screaming “COWARDLY LIB PELOSI REFUSES TO DEBATE PERRY” headlines. It’s like the equivalent of 3rd graders daring each other to eat dog poo.
@The prophet Nostradumbass:
psst: maybe this is the good Lord’s way of telling all you sports freaks to get a life. Jussayinzall. kthxbai.
Well, they might have to do something ridiculous like televise card games or spelling bees or cup-stacking championships but OH WAIT.
Cole has a life?
Film at 11!!!
@The Dangerman: I suspect they’ll try and hang “lazy” around Obama’s neck, but Romney said something nearly identical in his book(which Politico pointed out), and Perry the half wit is largely ignored.
Moreover, it will give Obama to explain the context, which was Us businesses not selling America hard enough.
The prophet Nostradumbass
@eemom: Me? I couldn’t care less about the NBA. Anyway, ESPN don’t show the NHL, so it’s not like they’re going to show more of it.
Stunning amount of police force- Video- NYPD raiding Occupy Wall Street / Zuccotti Park, set to “New York, New York” Music
How the F do they pay for all those cops?
@Spaghetti Lee: You are very wise.
You also seem to have gotten all the way to junior high school, unlike Perry’s campaign advisors.
Also, too, unlike Governor of Texas, Minority Leader is a real job.
fo yo sorrows
@hamletta: Not while Boner, The Orange holds it!
Fie, woman! We are sophisticated men of the world who can interest ourselves in the full panoply of life’s rich tapestry, not just professional sports. Why, we even read and comment at cutting-edge intellectual blogs such as this one.
Jay in Oregon
He can’t even punch in his own weight class with the jokers in the GOP primary race, and he’s going to try to debate someone with real policy experience?
As George Takei would say, “Oh, my.”
@Spaghetti Lee: It’s clearly designed to appeal to the Rush demographic, for whom Pelosi is the evil puppetmaster even though the Republicans control Congress. Unfortunately, it comes at the cost of making him look like an idiot to everyone else.
Personally, I hope she accepts, because it would be a prime opportunity to explain what Congress could be accomplishing if we didn’t have a broken Republican “status quo” and almost certainly either make Perry look like a dumbass again, or further alienate women from Republicans if he acts like a bully (or more likely make him look like a gutless coward as he finds a way to weasel out of it.)
@Steeplejack: Is it a bad sign when you have to get coffee just to get you through the night? Even though my day tomorrow will be hella longer and more exhausting?
@trollhattan: The Chinese and Indonesians are a bit iffy on the idea.
Also, the Marines that get posted to Tindal will probably by a bit pissed at being stuck in such a shithole (Google maps: Tindal, NT). Oh well, at least they won’t be getting shot at… much (it is the Northern Territory).
@Yutsano: I’m trying to decide if I can take a nap and wake up for a two am skype or just stay up, and I’m already tired from getting up at 0 dark thirty today.
@Atticus Dogsbody: I understand that Tojo never made it to Darwin.
Succinct summary of the Obama administration.
How does the coffee help? Do you have to stay up tonight? Or does coffee somehow calm you down and help you get to sleep?
My pathology is that I get home between 11:00 and 12:00, can’t go to sleep before about 2:00, then have to monitor myself carefully to make sure I don’t overshoot into full night-owl mode and stay up until 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. Then, no matter what time I go to bed, I wake up between 7:00 and 8:00 and can’t go back to sleep. So I get up, putter around, do some chores and then, if I’m lucky, grab a short or long nap around noon before going back to work at 3:00 or 4:00 p.m.
And then my circadian rhythms get really screwy when they change up my schedule without much rhyme or reason: e.g., I opened yesterday (Tuesday)–7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.–but now I’m closing the rest of the week. And often my schedule is screwier than that.
One good metric I have read, which seems to be true for me, is that the human sleep micro-cycle is about 90 minutes, so if you are going to sleep for less than your usual full time you should do it in 90-minute increments. E.g., you will feel better after sleeping for 4½ hours than after 5 or 5½ hours.
I dunno, is it really that much worse than some of the American shitholes they could end up in?
@MikeJ: Very true, although his bombs did. I made it to Darwin and in two years managed to do probably as much damage. I could never understand how the boys and I never drew the ire of the coppers until a few years later when I found out that my boss (a former cop and a Darwin bigwig) had told them to let us be, bless him. Heady days.
You could try a caffeine nap.
@Mnemosyne: Fort Irwin has Vegas and LA 2 1/2 hours drive away, no crocodiles and no wet season.
@Atticus Dogsbody: It’s interesting to me that the Marines aren’t going back to the old NCS site (Harold Holt) at the Northwest Cape (Exmouth, I think). The mission dictates where they go, but there are already facilities that were once US-used. One of the guys I worked with at NCS Japan had been stationed there; met and married his Aussie wife there, too.
@Mnemosyne: *That* is handy advice. Of course I need to be alert for my call and then be able to sleep after so I don’t screw my schedule.
Who had the bright idea of making the earth round and fucking us up with time zones any way?
@Linkmeister: At Tindal they’re closer to, and have a nice straight highway leading to, the U.S’s most important base in Oz – Pine Gap.
It fixed my headache, so now I can get stuffing done (accomplished!) and settle in for the night.
Nope. But I do have to get up early and do some more cooking before work. It’s my fault: I overbooked myself tomorrow.
It dilated the blood vessels around my cranium, so I could actually concentrate enough to cook. After that burst of productiviteh, I can calm down for the night. Caffeine never has kept me awake. But I don’t get sugar rushes either. I r an odd duck.
Probably some judicial activist.
You could have ADHD. We has strange brains that don’t react to stimulants like most people’s brains do.
@Mnemosyne: That might explain why Vic odin does virtually nothing for me. Whereas Perco cet definitely gets me feeling next to nothing. The funny thing is I’ve never been diagnosed because psychologists are cat toys to me.
Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason
You can blame Physics for a round earth: maximum volume with minimum surface area. Time zones are the fault of the railroads, who had to keep a schedule but couldn’t make it work when every midwestern town and city was on its own solar-based time.
The only thing Vic odin did for me was make me violently ill after a couple of days — didn’t do much for the pain. I had to seek out the ADHD diagnosis after suspecting it for years. G was skeptical until he read this thread on Ask Metafilter and was like, “Holy crap, that’s what I married.”
Are all the site add-ins refreshing themselves in the dark of night? They’re breaking my balls right now, taking forever to load. I’m looking at you, e.change.org and something something sitemeter.
ETA: Also pts.lockerz.com. WTF?!
@Spaghetti Lee: . Figure Skating. Professional Ski Events. Soccer. Just a few suggestions.
Loving WP department: I read this on an iPad. The change.org ads on the left sidebar (the ones that use Flash) overflow the column and block whatever perspicacious commentary might be that far down the page.