Open Thread

I’m really enjoying Torchwood. I’m up past my bedtime, but damnit, I need to see what happens in episode 3.






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    Allison W. says:

    didn’t know Major Garrett was leaving FOX. I have been losing interest in the news lately though so maybe I just missed it.

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    different church-lady says:

    I’ve been out living my life. Would someone please explain to me what all the screaming is about on DailyKos today? Did the horrible Obama decide to take all the Social Security money down to the track and put it on a 50-1 longshot or something?

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    Dave C says:

    I enjoy Torchwood as well, but at least I have the good sense to be embarrassed about it!

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    Comrade Mary says:

    I don’t believe this, except that, sadly, I do believe it.

    Thinking about running for eighth grade class president at Nettleton Middle School in Nettleton, Mississippi? Well… are you white? Because only white kids are allowed to run for president. Black kids can be vice-president, though! But only black kids….
    __
    When one Nettleton mother approached the school board, wondering—among other things, obviously—which “category” her mixed-race kids (Italian and Native American) fell under, she was told the following: “They told me that they ‘Go by the mother’s race b/c with minorities the father isn’t generally in the home.’ They also told me that ‘a city court order is the reason why it is this way.'”

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    The Face of Boe says:

    You GOTTA watch the new Doctor Who if you haven’t already. I think the thing I like the most about british series is that they have no allegiance to the characters as institutions. You really can’t be sure that something terrible isn’t going to happen them at any moment.

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    Corner Stone says:

    It’s an open thread, so I’m just wondering. What purpose did you think would be served by inviting EDK to post at BJ?
    What outcome would you be happy with?

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    Shinobi says:

    I’m desperately trying to log into my league of legends server. I NEED MY WIN OF THE DAY GODDAMNIT.

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    Fax Paladin says:

    An acquaintance of mine at a science-fiction convention was complaining that he couldn’t write slashfic about Torchwood — slash, in his view, has to be about transgressive relationships that the show writers didn’t imagine, and every possible matchup in Torchwood winds up being canonical at some point…

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    General Stuck says:

    @different church-lady:

    Poutrage fuel over the so called “Catfood Commission”. Not only at the GOS, but here as well, though likely to a lesser degree. But then he is a corporatist, or a marxist, depending.

    I think it’s funny as hell, the prospect of libtards entertaining the idea that Obama and dems dismantling SS. But prolly not that far fetched for folks who believe he is bad as or worse than Bush.

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    Annamal says:

    Torchwood-children of earth has possibly the most chilling board meeting the history of television.

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    Dave C says:

    @Fax Paladin:

    I guess that’s what happens when your lead character is a perpetually-horny pan-sexual being from the 51st century.

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    Juror #7 says:

    Bristol Palin is apparently going to compete on the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

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    Allison W. says:

    @different church-lady:

    they’ve uncovered that Obama’s secret plan all along was to dismantle Social Security. Once Alan Simpson gives the word, Obama will sign the commission report into law and we’ll all be eating cat food. And it was all Rahm’s idea.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    No matter what you think the series is turning into, make sure you watch the Children of Earth 5 parter. And watch it the way most of us did, one episode per day.

    ETA: See how many Doctor Who references you can find, and if you know the Doctor Who series from 2005, see if you can figure out how the timelines fit together.

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    MikeJ says:

    I hate to say the same thing two days in a row, but:

    If you want me to fix your computer, shut the fuck up. Go away. Don’t suggest anything to me. I know what I’m doing, and you don’t, or you wouldn’t have asked me to fix it, you dumb fuck.

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    Allison W. says:

    @Juror #7:

    Bristol Palin is apparently going to compete on the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

    GAG!!!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @MikeJ: I’ll just sit here and play with my iPhone then.

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    different church-lady says:

    @General Stuck: Thank you.

    Now what the hell is the Catfood Commission? I know it has something to do with the moron in the other party who can’t count tits on a cow, but how does this turn into “Obama wants to dismantle SS?” Or is that a dumb question?

    I mean, nowadays I have to turn to Balloon Juice to figure out what the DKos freakout is all about. It’s like they’re starting to live in an alternate reality over there.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: And only run software that Steve Jobs approves of. If that’s what you want, knock yourself out.

    And if you think that computers running apple OSs don’t have problems, I’d like to introduce you to a multi-hundred billion dollar industry devoted to fixing the crippled pieces of shit and then convincing the owners that a steaming pile of shit is the best thing to ever dribble down their chins.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @MikeJ: I meant I would stay out of the way and occupy myself rather than interfere with your work. Chill, dude.

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    Comrade Kevin says:

    @MikeJ: Did Steve Jobs run over your dog or something?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Corner Stone: Tongue severely in check: ‘Squid-clouds of butthurt‘ is one of my proudest additions to the Lexicon. I thought of making it a post category, but the post(er)s that need it most would never use it.

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    slag says:

    I’m really enjoying Torchwood. I’m up past my bedtime, but damnit, I need to see what happens in episode 3.

    I’m not even trying to keep up with your teevee shows anymore. How do you do it? I’d never have time to sleep!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @MikeJ: Mike, not sure if you saw my reply to your comment yesterday? I tried to cheer you with a very funny (I think) on-topic youtube video.

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    JR says:

    The series was filmed in Cardiff, and when my wife and I were there in June there was a makeshift memorial to one of the characters (won’t say which!) by the harbo(u)r. That town loves them some sci-fi.

    Incidentally, if you ever find yourself across the Pond, I highly recommend Cardiff. I’d gone once as a teen and was singularly unimpressed, but as an adult I kinda wanna live there.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @different church-lady:

    Now what the hell is the Catfood Commission?

    The entitlement reform commission, which has the awesome power to make recommendations to Congress. So, naturally, Obama’s goal is to make old people eat catfood. In a veal pen. With a shit sandwich for Christmas.

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    @Anne Laurie:

    There be Mutiny in these here waters!

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    different church-lady says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:Entitlement reform? When the hell is Obama going to start paying attention to the important stuff? Like impeaching Bush!

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    Violet says:

    @Juror #7:
    The only way this would be entertaining is if Levi Johnston was also on this season of DWTS. I’d love to see them try to outlast each other.

    But Bristol on her own? In what sense is she a “star”? I don’t believe the reality TV contestants they’ve had on as “stars” are stars either, but at least they’ve been on a TV show. Bristol has done nothing but have a famous mom and get pregnant as a teenager. It’s ridiculous that they’re having her on the show.

    I figure she’ll be gone quickly unless she’s paired with a fan fav partner or she turns out to be a good dancer (not holding my breath). But she doesn’t come with a built in fan base like athletes or actresses. She’s not particularly good looking so she won’t be kept around just for that. She might get teabaggers to vote for her, but really they’re more about Sarah.

    DWTS is hard work and we all know how hard the Palins work: they don’t. So her work ethic isn’t going to carry the day either. I just don’t see her sticking around unless she’s unexpectedly a good dancer.

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    slag says:

    @Juror #7: This is excellent news for John McCain.

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    suzanne says:

    @Comrade Mary: Oh, and, what’s that? This racist bullshit happened in Mississippi? One of the reddest states in the Union? (Though they wouldn’t be part of the Union, if they’d gotten their way.) Republicans are racist assholes? Color me shocked.

    In all seriousness, this surprised even my cynical, partisan ass.

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    soonergrunt says:

    @MikeJ:

    If you want me to fix your computer, shut the fuck up. Go away. Don’t suggest anything to me. I know what I’m doing, and you don’t, or you wouldn’t have asked me to fix it, you dumb fuck.

    I would put that on my business card, but I’m fairly certain no employer would allow that.

    BTW, I tend to despise Apple products for their hyper-expensive crippled-ness and the unwarranted smugness of the typical Apple user myself, but WTF, dude?

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    Nylund says:

    Are you watching the series from the beginning or the “Children of Earth” mini-series? The former isn’t very good, the latter has some merit.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Was that “Tech Support in the MIddle Ages”? Hilarious. I had seen it before, but it’s always good to see it again.

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    soonergrunt says:

    @Comrade Mary: Well why the hell shouldn’t they do it that way? It works so well for Lebanon, after all!
    /snark

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    leinie says:

    @Annamal:

    Agreed. Children of Earth is some of the best tee vee I’ve ever seen. Just chilling. The first 2 seasons of Torchwood are just plain fun. C of E is just plain powerful and gripping and amazing.

    I do lurves me some Doctor Who though. My husband’s crush on Eve Myles is offset by mine on David Tennant. Yummy.

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    Juror #7 says:

    @Violet: I hope you’re right…but I hear that her mother is planning to be right there to cheer her on. I think she’ll last a surprisingly long time…especially if she’s paired with Ballas or Hough.

    Gag and double gag.

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    soonergrunt says:

    @Juror #7: But Bristol is only interesting when she’s pregnant, so how are they going to swing that do you think?

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    @Anne Laurie:
    Squid-clouds of butt-hurt is making my evening. I can do without the Mac/PC hate cropping up all of the sudden, though.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @General Stuck:

    I think it’s funny as hell, the prospect of libtards entertaining the idea that Obama and dems dismantling SS. But prolly not that far fetched for folks who believe he is bad as or worse than Bush.

    As possibly one of the ‘funny libtards’ in question, I think it’s our responsibility to speak up before the conventional wisdom establishes that “everybody agrees” Simpson’s commission “needs” to cut Social Security for the people who need it most. You’re old enough to remember the “Only Nixon can go to China” meme — the CW that only a hard-right Republican could re-open trade relations with the Reds. A lot of would-be “privatizers” and other SS gutters are pushing the “Only a far-left DFH socialist sympathizer like B. Hussein Obama can cut back Social Security”. Whether he would or not, I can’t predict — but there is enough cheerleading for the idea of giving our last fragile lifebuoy over to Wall Street that the sane counter-argument needs to be made.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @soonergrunt:

    But Bristol is only interesting when she’s pregnant, so how are they going to swing that do you think?

    Well, when two unemployed high school drop-outs love each other very much are extremely horny and totally uneducated about birth control….

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    soonergrunt says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Daddy, how are snowbilly grifters born?

    Well, when two unemployed high school drop-outs are extremely horny and totally uneducated about birth control…

    And have a heavily primer’ed 85 Camaro and some free time…

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    Yutsano says:

    @soonergrunt: Just appropriate to nothing, I used to drive a 79 Camaro. But the 69 with the 428 a co-worker owned that I got to drive when he was drunk once, now THAT was sweet. He was so cute about it too, he thought I wouldn’t be able to handle the clutch because of how it was tuned. Didn’t stall once.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Anne Laurie: I agree, and Simpson is a mean-spirited partisan hack (in 2000, he suddenly remembered all kinds of horrible stories about Al Gore from their Senate days, and then, in 2004, dadgum if he didn’t suddenly remember a whole bunch more about John Kerry!). But I am so tired of little buzzwords that are kind of clever the first time Atrios uses them but quickly become shibboleths for the usual suspects. And given the disproportionate influence of older people in the electorate–sneaky corrupt old grayhairs actually show up to vote!!–I just have a hard time imagining this passing the House, much less getting sixty votes in the Senate, whatever TNR-type neo-libs say.

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    soonergrunt says:

    @Yutsano: LOL. I’m teaching the soonerteenager how to drive. Thank FSM for the automatic transmission.
    He’s doing pretty well actually, which is good because if he were doing like my nephew, I’m pretty sure my heart wouldn’t make it until September 8th.

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    Violet says:

    @Juror #7:

    I think she’ll last a surprisingly long time…especially if she’s paired with Ballas or Hough.

    If they give her Mark Ballas as a partner, that will be really funny to watch. He’s had little patience with partners who haven’t been really good dancers. He’s got a tremendous ego (he seems like a jerk to me) and it could be funny to watch him get really frustrated with her sucky dancing and whining.

    Derek Hough has had good partner after good partner. He’s due for a so-so partner, so they might pair her with him. No way they’ll put her with Maks. He’d crush her like a bug. He needs someone firey and strong-willed. She’s a whiny mean girl with the personality of a dishrag. Nightmare.

    I still think she’ll fail and go in the first three weeks. I could be wrong. I hope I’m not. It really bugs me they’re putting her on the show. It glorifies teenage single motherhood and that’s wrong of ABC to do. Most single teenage moms aren’t going to get a spot on a reality TV show.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: And speaking of 11th dimensional chess, it has to get through the Senate first. Which means it has to get past Bernie Sanders. Which means unless it matches up with his sociaIist ideals, it’s dead in the water. I think that has me less worried than anything.

    @soonergrunt: You and burnspbesq should compare notes, as you’re both going through similar heart attacks. I’ve learned one thing about a stick shift: it’s a pain in the ass to teach, but if you give a kid a gentle Japanese clutch they’ll get the swing of it pretty fast. I learned clutch on a Mazda truck. I still want one to this day.

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    Allison W. says:

    @different church-lady:

    I know it has something to do with the moron in the other party who can’t count tits on a cow, but how does this turn into “Obama wants to dismantle SS?”

    Simple. Obama’s views reflects those of the people on the commission. And since everyone on the commission wants to dismantle Social Security then Obama also wants to dismantle Social Security. Why would he appoint people to the commission who would disagree with him?

    p.s. just to be clear, these are not my views.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I can’t believe Obama made Elizabeth Warren, Shirley Sherrod, and Dawn Johnsen all eat cat food! And Blanche Lincoln was totally kissing Rahm Emanuel behind the Ground Zero mosque. I’m pretty sure that’s what I heard.

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    Allison W. says:

    @different church-lady:

    I mean, nowadays I have to turn to Balloon Juice to figure out what the DKos freakout is all about. It’s like they’re starting to live in an alternate reality over there.

    In defense of Dkos, it is not just them. Its a paranoia that’s been creeping slowly throughout the liberal blogosphere.

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    General Stuck says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    I am sorry, but the notion that Obama and dems would gut SS, the flagship of the dem platform for 70 plus years is beyond absurd, imo. You can make your arguments, and I will respond to them how I see fit. :)

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    Violet says:

    @soonergrunt:

    But Bristol is only interesting when she’s pregnant, so how are they going to swing that do you think?

    Rumors have been flying that she’s pregnant right now. Nothing a little non-pro-life procedure won’t cure, of course. Especially if a big paycheck from a reality TV show is on the table.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    also, too, Barack Obama, corporatist sell-out hack:

    CEOs’ Anti-Obama Slams: President Compared To Hitler, Mussolini & More (PHOTOS)
    At the Aspen Forum this week, Intel CEO Paul Otellini blasted the Obama administration for not understanding “what it takes to create jobs.”
    “I think this group does not understand what it takes to create jobs,” CNET reports the CEO as saying. “And I think they’re flummoxed by their experiment in Keynesian economics not working.”

    The CBO and most economists vehemently disagree, but they’re not CEOs of a company whose stock has steadily declined for a decade. Which is also Obama’s fault.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I am so tired of little buzzwords that are kind of clever the first time Atrios uses them but quickly become shibboleths for the usual suspects.

    I was riding the Supertrain and this guy EATED a catfood and shit sandwich while punching a hippie. Wheeee! Lucky Ducky. Someone should do something.

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    Spotweld says:

    Wait until you get to “Children of Earth”… you’re not ready for it

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    Violet says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    I can’t believe Obama made Elizabeth Warren, Shirley Sherrod, and Dawn Johnsen all eat cat food!

    If Tunch isn’t careful, Obama is going to make him eat cat food too!

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    soonergrunt says:

    @different church-lady:

    I mean, nowadays I have to turn to Balloon Juice to figure out what the DKos freakout is all about. It’s like they’re starting to live in an alternate reality over there.

    starting to live in an alternate reality? starting to live in an alternate reality?
    That faction took control of the GOS on 21 January, 2009. I hadn’t even sucked all the helium out of the balloons from the party and those idiots were going on about how he was going to stab them in the back.

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    gnomedad says:

    @Juror #7:

    Bristol Palin is apparently going to compete on the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

    A lesson for teens everywhere on the consequences of casual sex.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Violet: Over Cole’s dead body. Literally.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Violet:

    I figure she’ll be gone quickly unless she’s paired with a fan fav partner or she turns out to be a good dancer (not holding my breath). But she doesn’t come with a built in fan base like athletes or actresses. She’s not particularly good looking so she won’t be kept around just for that. She might get teabaggers to vote for her, but really they’re more about Sarah.

    I’m guessing the show-runners figured it’d draw lots of free publicity (hey, we’re talking about it, right?) and then count on Bristol being the first one voted off. I’m not sure the wrath of Sarah’s semi-unhinged fan base is really worth the trouble… they are hella noisy but they’ll turn ugly at the first sign of ‘disrespect’. Didn’t DWTS already have an “incident” where a contenstant had to drop out because she was being stalked? Or am I remembering the wrong details?

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    @Yutsano:

    Just appropriate to nothing, I used to drive a 79 Camaro.

    Was it a bitchin’ camero?

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    General Stuck says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Not to worry. O is going to raid SS to save his corporate pals, and buy his self a new caddie and some threads. He’s a CommieCorp Chimera.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: But he didn’t get arrested because his dad’s the mayor.

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    soonergrunt says:

    @Violet: But that’s just my point. Who the hell is interested in Bristol Palin not pregnant? Libs like us don’t care about her at all, and being a chick, she has no value to the conservatards, the teabaggers, and her mother unless she has a bun in the oven. So, no elective AB for Bristol.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    re: middle school class elections:

    They also told me that ” a city court order is the reason why it is this way.”

    This sounds like some Boss Hogg was trying to do an Oliver Wendell Holmes impersonation.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    During a private meeting, the topic of proposed hikes on tax rates for private equity managers came up, specifically the rates of so-called “carried interest.” Obama supports raising the the current rate at which private equity managers are taxed on certain income to 35 percent from the current 15 percent.
    “It’s a war,” Mr. Schwarzman said. “It’s like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939.”

    “Taxing income as income= starting WWII”
    ETA: Schwarzman is the head of Blackstone Group. which I believe is an uber-hedgefund

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    The Dangerman says:

    I’m really enjoying Torchwood.

    As opposed to Ken Mehlman, who really enjoys touching wood.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    /Seinfeld

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @General Stuck: If something happens it will be for the magical 55 and below folk like me who’ll have to work until 70.

    Remind me again what Obama was supposed to get from Bayh and Gregg by convening this thing? Wasn’t it supposed to allow him to run as a deficit hawk in Indiana, but then he chickened out at the last minute anyway leaving the Dems scrambling to find someone to run?

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    Little Boots says:

    Member when Hitler started taxing hedge funds in Poland? Yeah, that’s totally how shit starts. It’s a truthy fact.

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    @Suffern ACE:
    If something happens it will be for the magical 55 and below folk like me who’ll have to work until 70 we die on the job.

    I’ll be in favor of raising the retirement age when I see the dumb fucks in congress taking their retirement in SocSec instead of their cushy pension fund.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Violet:

    Rumors have been flying that she’s pregnant right now.

    Oh, hell — if the contestant-with-an-artificial-leg got DWTS enough non-infotainment air time that even I heard about Heather Mills, maybe they’re planning a “Can a pregnant dancer compete successfully?” campaign. And given the Notorious Trig Trek, it’s not like the mama grizzly is gonna complain if Bristol’s ‘unfortunate little slip-up’ gets miscarried under the spotlights, amirite? (Gods but I hope the rumor isn’t true, because talk about lose-lose scenarios… )

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    roshan says:

    Hey Cole, did you buy the stove yet?
    Check this out. It will blow your mind and maybe, just maybe, turn you homeless!

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    Violet says:

    @soonergrunt:
    Yeah, but she can’t have a bun in the oven without a ring on her finger because she’s a spokesmouth for the Candie’s abstinence foundation. So if she went and got herself knocked up again she couldn’t make all that sweet, sweet cash running around telling old white women how terrible it is for their granddaughters to use birth control. The Palins are grifters first. What’s a little fetus-removal procedure when there’s money on the table?

    @Anne Laurie:

    Didn’t DWTS already have an “incident” where a contenstant had to drop out because she was being stalked? Or am I remembering the wrong details?

    Shawn Johnson, the teenage Olympic gymnast, was stalked while she was on the show, but I think that didn’t leak until after the show was over. Last season they had Erin whasthername on the show, the sports reporter who had actually been stalked by some creepy guy who put a camera in her hotel room door’s peep hole and posted the video of her naked online. Those are the only two stalking cases I can think of involving contestants.

    Several people have left early due to injury. And there was that one female country singer who left the show early several seasons ago because, despite being a darling of the rightwing teabag types, her husband was found with child pr0n or banging the nanny or she beat him up or something. I don’t remember the details, but I remember it was scandalous and somewhat hypocritical given her supposed Xtian credentials.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Obama supports raising the the current rate at which private equity managers are taxed on certain income to 35 percent from the current 15 percent. “It’s a war,” Mr. Schwarzman said. “It’s like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939.”

    Further quoting Mr. Scwarzman:

    “Or like when Kennedy proposed a tax reform plan in 1963 designed to produce about $185,000,000 in additional revenues by changes in the highly favorable tax treatment until then accorded the gas-oil industry….

    …oh, shit, bad example.”

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    Little Boots says:

    What’s torchwood?

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    Yutsano says:

    @roshan: It’s just a concept. Boo.

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    Little Boots says:

    So what happened?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Nylund:

    Are you watching the series from the beginning or the “Children of Earth” mini-series? The former isn’t very good, the latter has some merit.

    Hater. “Children of Earth” is actually better if you know enough of the various characters’ back stories to understand how much they’re paying.

    Also, not going too far into spoiler territory, the Spousal Unit & I had a real problem with the total 1984-style acquiesence in ‘Children’. Real social control doesn’t work, literally, overnight — it took That Guy in Germany years and years to re-train enough people. And even then (a) he had to lie about it in public; and (b) a small but significant number of people resisted.

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    General Stuck says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    SS trust fund is good till 2037. And I don’t know exactly why Obama revived this thing other than for pol optics of being serious about the deficit. But I am quite certain this commission will amount to nothing more than that, optics.

    It is medicare that is the big problem with baby boomers getting ready to retire and medical costs continuing to soar. There will be some adjustments, but I doubt the retirement age will go to 70, but small benefit cuts, the raising of the fica cap, and possibly some means testing may be enacted at some point. But politicians historically have not been willing to do any fixes on SS until they absolutely have to. It scares them to death, but as far as privatizing, or gutting SS, if that happens, then the dem party will have committed political suicide and why would they do that?. I am guessing there are wranglings going on with wingnuts behind the scenes to feel them out on fixes at least with regard to medicare, that is going to need some attention pretty soon.

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    roshan says:

    Bloggers Must Purchase Business License in Philly

    Heh!

    The city of Philadelphia is going micro. The cash-strapped city has decided one way to increase revenues will be to require all bloggers to acquire a business license. All blogs with profit making potential via ads or other means must apply for the $50 a year ($300 for lifetime) licenses, no matter how micro the profits from the blog are.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @soonergrunt:

    Those goofballs knew Obama would stab them in the back long before he announced his candidacy – for the Illinois State Senate. Clairvoyant Cassandras, they are.

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    Violet says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    maybe they’re planning a “Can a pregnant dancer compete successfully?” campaign.

    Not gonna happen. It would be too embarrassing for Mama Grizzly. First Bristol’s supposed to be spokesmouthing for abstinence. Wouldn’t really look good if she turned up unwed and preggers again. It would show Bristol to be a liar (“I can promise I won’t have sex again until I’m married.”) and it wouldn’t reflect well on Caribou Barbie. One baby from a teenager daughter is bad enough, but that can be explained away: accidents happen, we’re all human, etc. But two from the same unwed teenage daughter? That smacks of Bad Parenting. The Quitta from Wasilla wouldn’t stand for that. Sarah’s got priorities and she can’t sell herself as a Family Values Role Model if her family keeps letting her down. And make no mistake, selling herself is Sarah’s number one priority.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Schwartzman already made his $10 billion – he should CTFO already.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: Oh, again. Poor wording. I don’t think the fact that we live longer means that we should work until we need to collect disability. I meant that the number 55 is magical, not the people. Always 55. Just like 100 is too long for unemployment insurance, so we’re stuck at 99. Our leaders believe in magic numbers and we wonder why we’re in a rut.

    CW talking points, by the way, is that at 5% of GDP, defense spending is too low…low by historic standards. We must maintain 5% of GDP to be safe. If it falls to 3%, we’re just going to need to spend more.

    This is why I sometimes cry myself to sleep ;-)

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    Violet says:

    @roshan:
    I don’t get how that is going to work. From the last paragraph:

    For now, Philly bloggers can choose not to have an revenue-generating ads on their sites if the blog is really just a hobby, or to pay the baseline $50 a year license fees. Or, they may choose to blog out in the wide world — beyond the Philly city limits.

    So what…they need to move so their address isn’t in Philly? Can they get a P.O. Box outside the city limits? What if their host server is not in Philly? What if they cover Philly but live in…Delaware or something? What are the parameters for who has to pay? Confusing.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Violet: For a fee of $25 per year, I will allow philly bloggers to come to my apartment when they type.

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    @Suffern ACE: Oh, I understood your point. I’m in the same age group, and I honestly haven’t believed SS was going to be there for me since 1980.

    Congress can rescue socsec and medicare by giving up their damned pensions and health care bennies, if they’re so concerned.

    Personal story: went to visit my mom this summer, and she’s 63. Recently retired from a hospital. I hadn’t been to visit in a couple of years (long story, don’t ask), but it was amazing how much she’d aged in just that short time. Thankfully, she has some retirement apart from SS, but this increasing the retirement age req. is just bullshit.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    “Taxing income as income= starting WWII”

    Hoekstroika! My favorite Balloon Juice lexicon entry. Haven’t had occasion to use it in a while. I haz a glad.

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    Comrade Luke says:

    Let’s see if I can make everyone throw up in their mouth a little, using one little phrase.

    This Just In From Montana
    by David Brooks and Gail Collins

    You’re welcome!

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Violet: True that.

    Oh, and the Atlantic did a roundup of Twitter reaction to Bristol’s new gig.

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    @MikeJ: OK, but can I at least tell you I use the Dvorak system so you don’t think my keyboard is broken when it isn’t? Is that allowed?

    @Comrade Luke: I hate you very much for this.

    @Steeplejack: Hiya. How you be? I’ve missed you.

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    torchwood’s OK, Dr. Who is better.

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    Harley says:

    Ahh Torchwood. Beware the end of season two. Exit Wounds will bury you. It’s that good.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Comrade Luke:

    Let’s see if I can make everyone throw up in their mouth a little, using one little phrase.
    __
    This Just In From Montana
    by David Brooks and Gail Collins
    __
    You’re welcome!

    There’s also the pr0n version, “This Just In From Mountin’ Ya.”

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    Billy K says:

    Torchwood is an amazing show. Well, the first series is just kinda silly fun. The second is amazing, and as Harley said, Exit Wounds is a killer.

    I guess I’m the only person on Earth who though Children of Earth was slow-paced, predictable and frankly, stuffed with filler. It wasn’t bad, just… slow. And it could’ve been made with any characters. It always seemed to me like a stand-alone story that the Torchwood characters were bolted onto.

    I’d kill for another series of Torchwood like Series 2.

    P.S. Eve Myles is the loveliest creature on the planet.

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    bloodstar says:

    @Billy K:

    And about half of Torchwood Season 4 is being filmed in the US and I believe the BBC is teaming with Starz for production of Season 4.

    If you’ve never watched Doctor Who or Torchwood, it’s a little confusing but here’s the basic sequence to watch the various series.

    Doctor Who 2005 (season 1) – it’s technically season 27, but they started from 1 after the hiatus.
    Doctor Who Season 2
    Torchwood Season 1
    Sarah Jane Adventures Season 1
    Doctor Who Season 3
    Torchwood Season 2
    Sarah Jane Adventures Season 2
    Doctor Who Season 4
    Torchwood Children of Earth (Season 3)
    Sarah Jane Adventures Season 3
    Doctor Who Year of Specials The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Waters of Mars, End of time (I and II).
    Doctor Who Season 5
    Sarah Jane Adventures Season 4

    Doctor Who was supposed to be a family show, but has some adult themes, Torchwood is meant to be a very adult show, and Sarah Jane Adventures really is a more a children’s show with some adultish themes.

    Yeah, I’m a geek.

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    Jado says:

    Wait until you see Torchwood:Children of Earth. You are gonna wanna board a plane and fly to England to beat Russel Davies to death…mostly for not making TV in the US, or not making enough.

    But yeah, Torchwood…wow.

    Dr. Who is similar, but a little lighter – people don’t tend to die in horrible ways quite so often with the Doctor around.

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    Royston Vasey says:

    @bloodstar:

    Geeks unite! I have all of the above on DVD.

    Didn’t quite watch them in order.
    Didn’t get SJA on DVD until earlier this year.

    Love me some Dr Who.

    Check out the Weeping Angels in the latest season with the new Doctor.

    Waiting for TW4. Still waiting…

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    Ab_Normal says:

    @Jado:

    Wait until you see Torchwood:Children of Earth. You are gonna wanna board a plane and fly to England to beat Russel Davies to death…mostly for not making TV in the US, or not making enough.

    He’s here, working with Starz on a new Torchwood series (don’t know if it’s going to be series 4, a reboot, or what…)

    I’ll just be over here, quietly perving over Gareth David-Lloyd… mmmm, Welsh vowels.

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    bloodstar says:

    @Royston Vasey:

    :) oh I loves me some Weeping Angels. There’s something in your eye.

    I’m stoked because Neil Gaiman is writing a script for Season 5 DW.

    @Ab_Normal:
    Torchwood is officially Season 4, so no reboot, they’ve still got John Barrowman, Eve Myles and the gang and picks up from after Children of Earth.

    so yay!

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    Twisted_Colour says:

    @Billy K: Eve Myles is the loveliest creature on the planet.

    Sorry, that award goes to Karen “Amelia Pond” Gillan.

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