Open thread

No horse play, please.

48 replies
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    JGabriel says:


    No horse play, please.


    [Turns around to lead the mare back to the stable.]


  2. 2
    S. cerevisiae says:

    Sorry, not into that kinky stuff.

    ETA: Damn, beaten by a better bestiality joke.

  3. 3
    lamh35 says:

    who’s been playing with horses?

  4. 4
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    3. How about reindeer games?

    ‘Tis the season, you know…

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    lamh35 says:

    If you’re looking for a sci-fi film with some great gun/hand-to-hand combat senquences and IMHO, so pretty good acting, then check out this movie from 2002 called “Equilibrium”. It stars Batman himself, Christian Bale and Taye Diggs. I’ve seen it before, and I watched it again recently and I enjoyed it the first time and still like it. It was a very underrated movie.


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    Jenny says:

    No horse play? What do you dislike basketball?

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    smintheus says:

    This newly passed Senate bill requiring the military to lock up all terrorist suspects, including Americans, beggars belief.

    The Senate on Tuesday voted to keep a controversial provision regarding military detainees in a Defense spending bill, setting up a showdown with President Obama.
    The controversial language in question would require the military to detain terrorist suspects, including U.S. citizens, allowing for their indefinite detention. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., led an effort to remove the language and provide more room for study on the issue, but his amendment was rejected by a vote of 37 in favor to 61 against.
    President Obama has promised to veto the Defense bill if it includes the controversial provision, with his administration arguing that applying the new rules within the U.S. would challenge the “fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets.”

    61 Senators in favor of shredding centuries of due process. It’s as if the Constitution nowadays were nothing more than some fancypants wish list.

    ETA: The bill permits indefinite (permanent) detention (imprisonment) without trial (subject to the President’s say so).

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    This would certainly change the game of rugby.

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    lamh35 says:

    Also, I saw “Moulin Rouge” for the first time from beginning to end. Ewan MacGregor was a better singer than I expected. Nicole Kidman was not so much a great singer, but she looked beautiful. The movie was ok, but I gotta say that as a Microbiologist, I was completely distracted by the fact that this hookah was coughing up blood one minute and kissing or breathing on somebody the next, spreading TB like it wasn’t nuthing! Ugh! Ruined the whole vibe of the movie for me…lol.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:


    Ironically, these asswipes think that 1984 is an instruction manual, not a dire warning.

  11. 11
    khead says:

    Open thread needs kittehs

  12. 12
    MikeJ says:

    I miss the Horse. At the time it was one of the best blogs out there.

  13. 13
    karen marie says:

    Anybody know anything about this group, Broadband for America?

    American Legislative Exchange Council (the infamous ALEC) is a member, so it makes me suspicious of what it’s really all about.

  14. 14
    smintheus says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Astounding isn’t it? Or is it actually? We should start calling this the Concentration Camp bill.

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    gil mann says:

    This is the laziest review of Equus I’ve ever seen

  16. 16
    Gin & Tonic says:

    Is that why the banner ad is for Stainmaster carpet?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Where is Bad Horse’s Filly when we need her?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lamh35: I couldn’t wait for Kidman’s character to die, so that the movie could end. That is, I really hated that movie. Sorry.

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    MikeJ says:

    @karen marie: “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” – Adam Smith

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Lovely kittehs! Are you sending their pix to the 2012 BJ calendar?

  21. 21
    Joseph Nobles says:

    No horse play? OK, I’ll leave my post about “Obama legalizing horse slaughter for human consumption” in the turkey/taco thread.

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    khead says:


    Definitely. SweetPea was in the top left corner of April last year (I think, gotta check). I’m currently taking as many photos as possible of the three of them. Bella and Gracie are chasing each other around in my office as I post this….

    SweetPea just wants to be left alone. On a lap, preferably.

  25. 25
    RossInDetroit says:

    I’ve been waiting all day for an O.T. so I could unload my grievances. But I don’t really care about them any more and you all probably won’t either.

    Short version:
    Meddling interloper
    dipstick end dropped in crank case
    Unnecessary engine teardown.
    Grief and consternation.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @smintheus: Huh. My Republican senator (Kirk) voted the right way on that. Good for him.

    Still, I can’t fucking believe 61 people voted for it. Or rather, I can, and I hate that I can.

  27. 27
    smintheus says:

    When’s the last time the Original Six teams of the NHL were this strong?

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    karen marie says:

    @MikeJ: Huh?

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    MikeJ says:

    @karen marie: Broadband for America. If people in the same business get together, you can be sure the purpose is screwing consumers.

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    paramedicx says:

    Duke down 22 to OSU…crazy…

  31. 31
    Suffern ACE says:

    @RossInDetroit: There, there.

  32. 32
    khead says:

    More open thread stuff…

    My wife and her brother are gonna be on “The Chew” tomorrow. It is her B-day gift to him.

    I hope getting up 3-4 hours before I even THINK of getting out of bed will be worth it.

  33. 33
    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    No horse play, please.

    You never let us have any fun.

  34. 34
    paramedicx says:

    2 folks in our county were forced into jail for 18 months so they would do their tuberculosis treatments…active TB in America in 2011…come to beautiful NC people, we rock!

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    karen marie says:

    @MikeJ: Oh. Yeah, well, I was hoping someone would tell me it was something else.

  36. 36
    daveX99 says:

    I forgot why I came in here…

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    MikeJ says:

    @karen marie: Yes, it’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after. – Giles from BtVS

  38. 38
    RossInDetroit says:


    I forgot why I came in here…

    If it was horseplay, just knock it off.

  39. 39
    RossInDetroit says:

    Oh, shit, man. My brother just emailed me really bad news. The guy I shared a locker with in high school just killed himself and his wife. Small town & everybody knows everybody.
    I gotta make phone calls….

  40. 40
    burnspbesq says:


    As if that weren’t bad enough, Manchester City won today.

  41. 41
    burnspbesq says:


    Good grief.

    Our condolences.

  42. 42
    paramedicx says:

    Bad enough? I’m a Watford supporter (tearing up)

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @RossInDetroit: Here’s my favorite awful car repair story. My brother rebuilds his Spitfire tranny. It’s done, it’s in the car, and we see a needle bearing on the floor.

    Sez I: “What the hell, you’ve already got a bunch of others in there, you don’t need this one.” Sez my dad: “Take the tranny back out, take it apart, and put it back together right!”

    He listened to my dad.

    ETA: wrote this before your other news. Horrible. My condolences.

  44. 44
    Villago Delenda Est says:


    That is just shocking news. Hang in there, condolences.

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    Cap'n Magic says:

    (1) FCC releases redacted AT&T/T-Mobile report. Does not look good for AT&T at all. DOJ gets the unredacted report. One point I saw mentioned in the report; Before the Cinglar/AT&T/Centenial/Dobson acquisitions, total employment was 70,000. Once the smoke cleared, 67,000. AT&T’s big argument was that the combined AT&T/T-Mobile would create new jobs.

    (2) Robo-signer in NV who was to be sentenced today found dead.

  46. 46
    Amir Khalid says:

    In rather better news, Liverpool had to play again two days after drawing at home to Manchester City when they could have won, and this time they beat Chelsea 2-0.

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    Samara Morgan says:

    Have you been following the egyptian elections DougJ?
    Sandmonkey’s twitter stream is great.
    He was right there taking pics of the seals on the ballot boxes.

    Media reports indicate the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party has secured more than 40 percent of the vote after counting so far. Ultra-conservative Salafist groups also are expected to score major gains in Egypt’s second city, Alexandria.

    i would say the US gov’s attempt to impose the Ataturk model on Egypt is another epic fail.
    That is the beauty of democracy– when you let those ungrateful brown people vote, they vote for islam instead of missionary democracy.
    bi la kayfah

  48. 48
    Samara Morgan says:

    AMG Newt’s a seecrut muslim– paging Pam Gellar stat!

    “You watch him in the debates,” Steyn said. “It’s all ‘profoundly, dramatically deeply compelling. All the action is in the adverbs. One of my problems again with Newt is like he’s bursting with ideas that sound all as if they are coming from a self-help manual. If you remember back in his hay day, he had something called ‘The Triangle of American Progress.’ And that evolved into the “Four Pillars of American Civilization,’ which in turn expanded into the ‘Five Pillars of the Twenty-First Century.’”

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