Early Morning Open Thread


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Happy Monday to all. Today is the astronomical Summer Solstice, but the traditional “Midsummer Eve” celebrations are usually held on the evening of June 23, so you still have time to find a beach where bonfires may be lit and intoxicants consumed. (Of course in America, we’ve repurposed the ancient group pyromaniacal urge to July 4th, but I say the more stuff lit up the better.) I thought about posting some traditional Midsummer bonfire videos, or a clip of a young Judi Dench doing Vulcan bikini cosplay, but no visual could outdo this shot of the aurora australis from space:
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(h/t Bad Astronomy via Gawker)

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15 replies
  1. 1
    bjacques says:

    I’m gonna go out and burn someone in a wicker man. It’s still a bit chilly when the sun ducks behind a cloud and the strawberry harvest was frankly disappointing.

    And that young Judi Dench brings out the Tex Avery wolf in me.

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    MikeJ says:

    But let’s not forget that a prostitute can be raped, church-going family men can commit rape, and you’re more likely to get away with rape if everyone thinks the victim deserves it. A corporate vandal can be shaken down, our saintly president can probably manage a pretty good shakedown, and he’s likely to get away with it if everyone thinks the victim deserves it.

    via

    BP just asked for the meeting at the White House to have Obama bust up a chiffarobe, and look what he did.

  3. 3
    Perfect Tommy says:

    The Gangue of Six, Bayh (D-IN), Landrieu (D-LA), Lincoln (D-AR), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), and Rockefeller (D-WV) joined the 41 Senate Republicans in voting for S.J.RES.26

    A resolution disapproving a rule submitted by the EPA relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act.

    Yet another attempt to keep EPA from regulating emissions of greenhouse gases.

    Resolution failed: 53-47

  4. 4
    Jack Canuck says:

    @Perfect Tommy:

    Kudos on the nick; gotta love a Buckaroo Banzai reference.

  5. 5
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @MikeJ #2: careful perusal of the site persuaded me this is a well-crafted spoof, but I swear it’s getting harder and harder to know any more. It may not have been written by Roger Ailes but I doubt there’s much in there he would disagree with.

  6. 6
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I made the horrible Monday-morning mistake of reading Chunky Bobo. Eew! Ugh! Why do I *do* this to myself when I know he’s just going to set me off? (OTOH, I have totally stopped watching even a smidgen of Morning Joke, even on a momentary whim, even on a drive-by with the remote. So there’s yet hope that one of these Mondays I’ll be able to see Douchehat’s name and not even think about clicking. Baby steps.)

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    Halteclere says:

    Fuck American Airlines. I woke up at 4:45am to be on a 7:00am flight (for work), and I was asked at the gate if I wanted to “volunteer” to take the next flight due to this one being overbooked.I have yet to be assigbed a seat, so I may get bumped anyway.

    When does Southwest start flying nonstop across the country?

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @MikeJ: Given that we’re currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of TKAM, I think you wins you a internets or something.

    @SiubhanDuinne: No, it really is another guy named Roger Ailes, but note that he’s quoting someone, giant Jabba-the-Hutt-sized turd by the name of James Picht, who describes himself as “an economist, a husband, and a father. He’s also a former music major and classically trained pianist, a church organist, and a part-time jewelry maker”. By having his bio picture be of himself holding some kind of shotgun with a cut-down stock, he obviates the need to append “and almost a perfect douche” to the foregoing.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Joey Maloney: Oh, thanks for that. A lot of the detail you described was missing from the version I saw on the BlackBerry. Not the first time I’ve found myself with less than complete information on the handheld.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    I’ve taken a walk around the block and stopped to swing at a near-by playground. I’ve made breakfast and now I’m taking it outside on the terrace to eat. I’ve got to start my day in positive manner. This will include not taking the netbook computer outside with me even though I have a wireless connection for it now. I stopped watching the morning talking heads and news a long time ago. Gotta watch the early morning blog reading now…open threads at Balloon Juice excepted, especially on mornings with things like the aurora australis from space.

    SiubhanDuinne: No, it really is another guy named Roger Ailes…
    Another blogger I read refers to him as the good Roger Ailes.

  11. 11

    Aurora australis?

    Sweet exploding butter Jesus, somebody’s chargin their lazor O_O

  12. 12
    Morbo says:

    I’ll take this as another invitation to post folk metal.

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    Alicia says:

    Aurora australis?

    Sweet exploding butter Jesus, somebody’s chargin their lazor O_O

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    JMC_in_the_ATL says:

    Hemlock the cat used to always do the ‘tail to the face’ thing in the morning. Luckily for me, I sleep w/ a CPAP, so the mask would cushion the blow.

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    Twisted_Colour says:

    Yep. Great Midwinter shot.

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