Early Morning Open Thread: Star Attraction


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There are people who will plan for weeks and wait patiently for hours today, hoping for five seconds of precious TV time. At least in New Orleans, someone might throw you beads. Per Margaret Hartman at NYMag:

Having the president greet dozens of lawmakers as he enters and exits the House chamber for the State of the Union already seems like a huge waste of time, and the situation is even worse than it appears. To secure an aisle seat, members of Congress have to claim the spot 10 to 12 hours in advance. According to the Washington Post, there’s a devoted group of State of the Union squatters, and scoring five seconds of inane conversation with the president involves a surprising amount of preparation….

Some lawmakers are convinced that the move will impress their constituents. “I will be in my district somewhere in December and someone will say to me, ‘I saw you on TV,'” Engel says. “I’ll think it was one of the many interviews I’ve done, but they’ll say ‘No. You were shaking the President’s hand.’ People remember me shaking the President’s hand.” …

Assuming you’re not squatting on a streetcorner or in the House, how go the Fat Tuesday preparations in your neighborhood?

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47 replies
  1. 1
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Remember when Michelle Bachmann made headlines by mugging the deserting coward at a SOTU?

    It was her opening splash in a long history of utter inanity that continues to this very day.

  2. 2
    arguingwithsignposts says:

    It really is Hollywood for ugly people, isn’t it?

  3. 3
    raven says:

    Blogger admits creating fake nude photo of Georgia legislator

    “No one has a right to make fun of anyone. You have a right to speak, but no one has a right to disparage another person. It’s not a First Amendment right,” he said.

  4. 4
    Schlemizel says:

    got about 3 hours sleep last night in 3 separate fits. Looking forward to a just friggin wonderful day at work.

    What are the odds of the motor city meathead doing something really stupid at the SOTU?

  5. 5
    Schlemizel says:


    Actually it IS a first amendment right to make fun of someone. It is not one to defame someone & there are laws about that already.

    Was this guys sheet not white enough for admittance in the GOP? Are GA Dems like those in TX?

  6. 6
    Baud says:


    Wait till that guy sees the photoshopped pics of the president the tea party types have been sending around. He’ll be livid.

  7. 7
    raven says:

    @Schlemizel: Some are. When I bitched to the head of the party about John Barrow a couple of years ago she said, “He’s the only white southern House member in the south and he votes with us 90% of the time”.

  8. 8
    raven says:

    @Baud: He’s a brother too.

  9. 9
    Baud says:


    Didn’t realize he was a Dem. Too bad his understanding of the First Amendment is a little off.

  10. 10
    raven says:

    @Baud: The Georgia State Legislature is NOT the Mensa Society Headquarters.

  11. 11
    raven says:

    @Baud: And in more news from the Peach State:

    ATLANTA – The national debate about gun control triggered by the mass shooting in a Connecticut elementary school took a new dimension Monday when a Georgia legislator announced that hammers and frying pans were involved in more murders than guns.

  12. 12
    Baud says:


    LOL. “Dubious.”


    After the Senate passed the bill with his support, he said he didn’t recall where he read the statistic about the use of implements other than guns in murders.

    “It might have even been twice as many,” he told a reporter. “I’ll try and come up with it.”

  13. 13
    WereBear says:

    @Baud: After the Senate passed the bill with his support, he said he didn’t recall where he read the statistic about the use of implements other than guns in murders.

    Mmmm, another “gut fact” if you ask me. They don’t have to look things up, it just seems right!

  14. 14
    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    I’ve just watched the first hour of Morning Ho, Joe really didn’t understand a word Professor Krugman said to him last week. Joe keeps saying that KThug thinks Medicare is OK, the good professor said that medical costs are the problem. Joe wants to give you an asprin for your headache when your problem is a brain tumor. ARRRGGGG.

    I’m going to go our tomorrow afternoon and have someone put some holes in me. Jesus on a cracker, JoeScar is a moron.

  15. 15
    Baud says:


    I don’t know. It wouldn’t surprise me if he did read it somewhere given the Fox News and the Bretbarts and god knows what else out there these days.

  16. 16
    Suffern ACE says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: well, he has a point. Why is medical care so damn expensive even when aspirin is now so cheap?

  17. 17
    Shortstop says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: I clearly remember Dennis Kucinich pumping Dubya’s hand and grinning like a fool. What a jackass.

  18. 18
    NotMax says:

    Presumably Speaker Boehner spent a goodly portion of the weekend practicing keeping a poker face.

  19. 19
    NotMax says:

    Presumably Speaker Boehner spent a goodly portion of the weekend practicing keeping a p-o-k-e-r face.

    (Hyphens to bypass FYWP)

  20. 20
    Baud says:


    I clearly remember Fox News contributor Dennis Kucinich pumping Dubya’s hand and grinning like a fool.


  21. 21
    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    I just got home from Cologne and then Amsterdam… it might as well ALREADY be Ash Wednesday for me.

  22. 22
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Well, I’m still in the hospital and haven’t a clue what’s going on. They keep coming in to do vitals and draw blood and all, but I have yet to see an actual doctor or hear any kind of theory as to what may have caused my symptoms. Bored.

  23. 23
    bemused says:


    More than 10,000 murders a year with hammers or frying pans…who knew!

  24. 24
    Suffern ACE says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: have they ruled out injuries from frying pans and hammers? And asked you about the whereabouts of your squiggly inside bits?

  25. 25
    NotMax says:


    What, no baseball bats?

  26. 26
    MikeJ says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Enzyme tests come back positive on heart attack? How’s the foot?

  27. 27
    Chyron HR says:


    More than 10,000 murders a year with hammers or frying pans…who knew!

    To be fair, that Maxwell kid was a statistical outlier.

  28. 28
    JPL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I’m sorry to hear that. Give me a call if you want company.

  29. 29
    Kay says:


    Gun nuts are still having trouble with the difference between their house and…everywhere else.
    We’ve pretty much given up on limiting the blood spilled in family shoot outs or negligent discharges or suicides. All we’re trying to do at this point is protect innocent bystanders who are out in public, minding their own business. Attending second grade, standing line at a restaurant, appearing in court, sitting in their car at a convenience store, walking thru an apartment complex. Public versus their house.
    Gun nuts themselves are on their own.
    I don’t know why they can’t get this crucial distinction.

  30. 30
    jibeaux says:

    Well, I read that there are more murders every year committed by bunnies than human beings. It might have even been twice as many. I read it somewhere. I’ll get back to you on that.

  31. 31
    shortstop says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Ugh, no fun. Hang in there.

  32. 32
    DelbertNiblet says:

    @Suffern ACE: Medical insurance. The more money there is in a system to accumulate, the higher the prices go for the goods contained within the system because those providing the goods or services want to cash in.
    A good example is my former doctor. He used to charge X amount for a visit but once the insurance companies started to cover his services, he charge X + the insurance pay out to all his patients who had insurance. Those without insurance still paid X. He said it was to cover the paperwork but when I offered to file it myself he declined. Greedy fucker lost two clients that day and I told everyone I knew what he had done.
    It’s the same reason college tuition is so much more expensive than it used to be. The more scholarships and federal money that is available, the more the colleges will try and cash in on it.

  33. 33
    Bobby Thomson says:

    I do hope that Nugent doesn’t try to flash his tits.

  34. 34
    PurpleGirl says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Get the phone number of the hospital’s patient advocate. You can complain to that person about not having spoken to a doctor yet and possibly even get the information from the patient advocate.

    (When I had the hemi-laminectomy, it seemed everyone but me knew I was being released and I hadn’t seen a doctor about after care. The patient advocate helped a lot.)

    The advocate is also someone to talk to regarding the foot incident.

    Thinking good thoughts for you.

  35. 35
    handsmile says:


    Just now learning about your recent illness. So sorry, and I certainly hope that a satisfactory diagnosis and treatment plan will be forthcoming soon. I wish there was some way for you to be listening to The Magic Flute or Tannhauser while you wait. :)

  36. 36
    RobertDSC says:

    Not super motivated to watch this SOTU. The domestic terrorists in the GOP have turned me off to any goings on. Bleh.

  37. 37
    peach flavored shampoo says:

    I think there’s no way the Nooge can keep his bong hole shut during the speech. Likely Obama will glance at him a few times, hopefully while advocating for gun safety measures, and that will likely set off Mr. Shit-My-Pants in either an obscene gesture or a verbal outburst.

    If I’m the RNC I’m freakin the hell out.

  38. 38
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:


    Bored? In a hospital? Shirley you jest! Sending good thoughts your way.

  39. 39
    Tongaroo says:

    Well…as the representative of one of the few liberals in Louisiana, allow me to wish everyone a Happy Mardi Gras! I’m about to leave for a friend’s house where I have 3 kegs of homebrew (Fiscal Cliffhanger IPA, Parade Route Porter, and Honey Badger Kolsch) and a case of bottles (Running Dog Imperial Stout) waiting for me.

    Laissez les bons temps rouler!

  40. 40
    Shalimar says:

    @Bobby Thomson: This is Ted Nugent you’re talking about. He will have a teenage girl there for the tit-flashing.

  41. 41
    mir13 says:

    What? Was Meat Loaf busy?

  42. 42
    Gin & Tonic says:

    So the IOC has voted to eliminate wrestling from the Olympics in 2020, yet keeps modern pentathlon. I’m sure the fact that Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. is a modern pentathlon bigwig and on the IOC board is purely coincidence.

    Wrestling, one of the oldest and “purest” of sports, IMO, eliminated in favor of something that was invented in 1912 and that costs a fortune to compete in. That tells you everything about the IOC.

  43. 43
    jibeaux says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Apparently there is a new story out from Atul Gawande in which the organizational structure of how a hospital operates is compared unfavorably to how the kitchen of a Cheesecake Factory operates.

  44. 44
    Joel says:

    @raven: Hopefully this law will prevent people from posting nudes, fake or real, of Chris Christie.

  45. 45
    CatHairEverywhere says:

    For Shrove Tuesday dinner, we are having pancakes (gluten-free for me, but the husband and daughter like them a lot, too) accompanied by scrambled eggs with spinach. Yay! Pancakes for dinner!

  46. 46
    Villago Delenda Est says:


    I don’t know why they can’t get this crucial distinction.

    Their rights trump yours and mine. Every single time.

  47. 47
    Mnemosyne says:


    No fun! Have they ruled out acid reflux? I have several friends and family members who had to go to the ER for that because the pain was so severe. People don’t realize how much that hurts until they actually experience it.

    ETA: Also, too, am I misremembering if I recall that you are a lady? If so, make sure you get a follow-up if you do get an acid reflux diagnosis, because it can be an early warning sign of heart troubles in women.

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