Saturday Night Open Thread

Cleaning out my holiday cache, and waiting for the Blogmaster to post proof-of-life. The NYTimes decided to do a year-end interview with every Purity Patroller’s target-of-the-moment:

As people have brought these things up to you over the last year, has it changed your personal thinking about race?

No, I never let that change me. My grandma, who is alive, was living in a time where there was no way in hell that she would’ve ever thought there would’ve been a black president. I mean, never. And my grandma’s like, not even 80, so this is in a short period of time that things have changed so much. I really thought about it a lot when Nelson Mandela passed away, because I couldn’t even imagine living this life and seeing how much it’s changed. So, you know, I look forward to when I’m older, my kids being like, “What do you mean people ever even talked about what color your dancers were?”

You obviously know that the primary visual imprint of you from the last six months is either the V.M.A.s or your videos.

I went from people just thinking I was, like, a baby to people thinking I’m this, like, sex freak that really just pops molly and does lines all day. It’s like, “Has anyone ever heard of rock ’n’ roll?” There’s a sex scene in pretty much every single movie, and they go, “Well, that’s a character.” Well, that’s a character. I don’t really dress as a teddy bear and, like, twerk on Robin Thicke, you know?

Last night, I was talking about some Madonna performances, and I said, “At some point, everything becomes irrelevant.” Like, no one even thinks about when she did “Like a Virgin” at the V.M.A.s. That just becomes a standard, where it’s just like, “Oh, that’s her thing.” …

Every generation has its moral panic, and it happens to be you this year, and two years from now, it’ll be someone else.

Exactly. Even when I hear that — that someone, two years from now, is going to be the next kind of provocateur — like, I can’t wait to collab with whoever the hell that is, you know? I’m like, whoever that is, I’m going to ride that wave.

Guess there weren’t even any sporting events that deserved blogging, so… What’s on the agenda for the evening?






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    raven says:

    Guess there weren’t even any sporting events that deserved blogging

    Not since the Eers suck and Cole bailed.

    Anyway I’m glad cuz we went to a little party and now I’m on the DVR of the earlier game.

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    chopper says:

    like, totally.

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    I got another pic of the new guy here. As great as he is, I’ve been missing my Harley so much and really trying not to blame the vet clinic. But I am in search of a new vet for the critters.

    ETA: He has the pinkest tongue I’ve ever seen on a cat and when he’s relaxed, he sticks it out and rolls it. Adorable.

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    Guess there weren’t even any sporting events that deserved blogging, so… What’s on the agenda for the evening?

    Well in the world outside the US, we had Piers Morgan being pummeled by a cricket ball during the tea break at the fourth Ashes Test. Surely that was worth noting.

    God it’s hot today. It’s too hot to have an agenda.

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    Ruckus says:

    @TaMara (BHF):
    That is one fine looking kitty.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Viva BrisVegas:
    That actually is good news. Any damage or couldn’t we be that lucky?

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    Cassidy says:

    Ahhhhh! Tim Waits, Nick Cave, some obscure chick with a lute no one has heard of….

    Did I miss any?

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    srv says:

    Fox News goes after the Snowman.

    “You want to look who’s spying on us? Who’s really cheating? Who’s really creepy? Look at GOOGLE!”

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    Cassidy says:

    @Cassidy: Tom, not Tim. What kind of asshole thought putting three vowels next to each other was a good idea.

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    Baud says:

    Cole hasn’t stomped on AL tonight. Now I’m worried. Hope he’s ok.

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    cckids says:

    I’m trying to help my sister help her kids deal with their dog dying this afternoon. He was running around outside, she called him in, he came trotting toward the house & just . . . dropped. He was gone when he hit the ground. A 6-year old boxer, seemingly in perfect health.

    They got him when their now 7-year-old turned 1, and they have a 4 year old who’s never known a life without Charlie. It is a very, very tough night for all.

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    raven says:

    @cckids: Aw, what a lousy situation. I thought I remembered that Boxers were pre-disposed to Cardiomyopathy and the American Boxer Club site confirmed it.
    http://www.americanboxerclub.o.....eases.html

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    Schlemizel says:

    went to the US/Canada hockey game this afternoon. The last two games ended in brawls so there was some expectation of bad behavior. Instead both teams looked tired, even the chippy crap was more perfunctory. I don’t mind the lack of unnecessary junk but the passion seemed missing today. It ended 2-2 so there was probably a shoot out after that one side or the other ‘won’. They will play again in a couple of month & it will matter a lot more, should be a much better game.

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    @cckids: Oh, that’s awful. Poor things.

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    Helen says:

    @Viva BrisVegas: Can we make a deal? We will take back Madonna if you take back Piers Morgan. PLEASE?

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @Ruckus: He survived with bruises worse luck. The incident arose as a result of taunting Brett Lee, now retired, but formerly one of the fastest bowlers in the game.

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    cckids says:

    @raven: Thanks, everyone. Here’s a pic of the day he came home to them. I’m sure it was his heart, or an aneurysm, but it doesn’t really matter, does it?

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @Helen:

    if you take back Piers Morgan. PLEASE?

    Don’t look at me, he’s not one of ours.

    And before it comes up, no we are not taking back Rupert Murdoch either.

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    raven says:

    @cckids: I don’t know, maybe down the road it might help to know it was a condition that is common to the breed. Maybe they already knew.

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    lamh36 says:

    Just saw Saving Mr Banks. If you are a Mary Poppins fan or if you never saw the film, like my sister you will still love this movie. I highly recommend it. @Mnemosyne (iPhone) was right, now I just need to go buy the movie cause this movie makes you want to watch Mary Poppins all over again.

    Can’t recommend it enough.

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    Helen says:

    @Viva BrisVegas: Sorry my bad. When you said “we” I thought you meant Piers was “yours” You say it is “hot” there’ Are you an Aussie? Cuz Rupert is kinda yours. Except we stupid Americans let his ass in. Also. lets gossip. Really Rebecca? Everyone PLUS father and son?

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    marcopolo says:

    Just wanted to report in that I received my health insurance card in the mail today! I am starting to think this ACA thing might just work out. I had initially created my account at healthcaredotgov in mid-November, and then pulled the trigger and picked out my plan, enrolled, and made my first payment on December 13th. Certainly hoping as many people as possible are having the kind of experience I’ve had.

    Also too, January 1 will be the first time for me to have health insurance since Spring 2003 so I think it is a big effing deal.

    Happy New Years and best wishes for an excellent 2014 to everyone a little in advance.

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    Helen says:

    @marcopolo: YAY YOU Please go scream it on the mountains. Really – scream loud and proud. It will keep us (the good people) on top forever.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Morgan continued to trash-tweet England today. He may need a few more in the ribs at 90 mph.

    That was a bowling performance for the ages by Johnson and Lyon yesterday.

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    Robert says:

    The entire Annie Lennox Christmas album is a joy because she clearly doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. She turned God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen into a Pagan anthem and screamed out Lullay Lullay because it’s a song about the slaughter of the innocents. The interpretations are clever because Lennox knows history, knows music, and isn’t afraid to spin expectations to make a more memorable song.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @cckids: Condolences for what your sister’s family is dealing with.

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    cckids says:

    @raven: I think they did, my brother-in-law has had boxers most of his life.

    Charlie remains the only pup I’ve ever seen whose boy bit him – they were wrestling, as small kids & puppies do, and an ear got into my nephew’s mouth & he bit – didn’t draw blood, but there was lots of yelping. And the puppy, rather than snapping or growling, ran crying & told Mom. It was adorable.

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    gelfling545 says:

    @lamh36: I saw it on Thursday and thought it very good though sad.

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    Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader says:

    My favorite Annie Lennox:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf052uxFF58

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    Gravenstone says:

    On a more positive pet related note, the new cats are adapting quickly to their new digs. They’re finding lots of room to roam, especially compared to the cage they were in at the shelter. and are taking full advantage. Hopefully it will help them work off their little paunches.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @marcopolo:

    Wonderful news. Glad to hear it.

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    lamh36 says:

    @gelfling545: yeah, if the backstory is remotely close to the truth, it def was a sad story from the authors perspective.

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    catclub says:

    @🎉 Martin: So what was the AP or whatever article they were all reading.
    It looked like State House reps from all the different states reading off the ALEC playbook … independently.

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    mb says:

    @AnneLaurie

    I’ve tried to send you that document several times — the last in 4 parts. Let me know if you’ve received it.

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    NotMax says:

    @lamh36

    Glad you enjoyed it. However, shall refrain.

    1) Have never seen Mary Poppins (and have no desire to ever see it)

    2) Visceral dislike of Unca Walt as a person (probably more on display in the new movie than is his producer/business side, but even those latter had occasions of tipping over into Simon Legree land to crush competition.).

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    Elizabelle says:

    @🎉 Martin:

    Whoa. Make it stop.

    @cckids: Very sorry to hear that. Shocking to lose a pet at any age, but especially young.

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    Glocksman says:

    Every generation has its moral panic, and it happens to be you this year, and two years from now, it’ll be someone else.

    Exactly. Even when I hear that — that someone, two years from now, is going to be the next kind of provocateur — like, I can’t wait to collab with whoever the hell that is, you know? I’m like, whoever that is, I’m going to ride that wave.

    Moral panic???
    To me she’s just yet another in a line of child stars who resort to sex in order to stay famous/relevant/etc.

    She’s merely this year’s Britney Spears, or Drew Barrymore when she posed for Playboy

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    ruemara says:

    Happy Birthday to Soonerdaughter, Congratulations to Gravenstone. Yay, to marcopolo. Now go tell Ezra Klein to shut up.

    Holy COW, cckids. I got no words. That’s awful. My condolences, especially to the little kids.

    I’ve been enjoying the refresher on coding, since I’m finding out I retain and know more than I think; plus, I like to code because it’s like fitting puzzle pieces into correct order. I’m looking forward to the PA bootcamp, but I’ fairly nervous about the whole couchsurfing website thing. It seems odd to ask people if I can snore on their couch for a bit. but since time is ticking down, I better get on asking, since I need a place to snooze for the weekend. It seems I’m starting the new year with a bang.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Glocksman: She doesn’t really need to remain relevant. She sold a couple of million tunes.

    The poutrage over Miley is identical to Ed Sullivan shooting Elvis from the waist up. The olds are doing what they’ve always done, and even back in the Elvis era there were plenty of young people who would gladly tell you that Mitch Miller was much better than the stupid attention whoring flash in the pan Presley.

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    Little Boots says:

    @MikeJ:

    true. I’m one of the olds who doesn’t care about miley cyrus, but this is true. every generation freaks out about every previous generation, and we should all stop.

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    Yatsuno says:

    So the stay in the rehab nit might be a few days longer than anticipated. There are really good things happening, but there is also a rather uncooperative quad muscle that isn’t deciding to behave yet. That and I think my keyboard’s dying.

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    Little Boots says:

    and “previous” really should be “new”.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Yatsuno:

    Hey there dude. Guess the keyboard will be more easily replaced.

    Hope you are muy comfortable.

    My nephew tore up a ligament and his ACS (?); had surgery and is gimping around on crutches. Suspect he’s beyond bored with his couch by now.

    What are the holidays without rehab?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Miley’s dance was only a big deal because outrage attracts eyeballs, and our corrupt whore media will do fucking anything for ratings points.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    and cause people love being outraged. it’s a silly thing, but it happens constantly.

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    Dead Ernest (Thought Wrangler) says:

    @Yatsuno:

    You sound good. You likely know, rehab rarely goes from Start to Finish without some days feeling like ‘a step backwards’ (in your case though, when you actually can take steps going backwards, you’ll have made Great Strides forward).
    So, you sound good, and your rehab sounds like it is going well. Good news. Congratulations.

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    Helen says:

    @Yatsuno: Tell us where you are. We’ll send you the BITCHENIST keyboard EVA.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @Viva BrisVegas:

    Well in the world outside the US, we had Piers Morgan being pummeled by a cricket ball during the tea break at the fourth Ashes Test. Surely that was worth noting.

    One thing that English cricket fans can celebrate this month. The only thing. Praise Brett Lee.

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    max says:

    @Yatsuno: So the stay in the rehab nit might be a few days longer than anticipated.

    It’s your hip, man. They split you open in places entirely too close to your crotch and split you open in way you never really want to be split open. And then replaced your goddamned bones. (Yay! Science! Because this is going to work!) So if it takes a couple of extra days, no big deal really. Just boring.

    Glad you’re doing better.

    Concrete Blonde – Mexican Moon

    max
    [‘Seemed appropriate.’]

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    mclaren says:

    Why on earth are people down on Miley Cyrus? She’s a singer with very limited talent who has learnt that the way to climb to the top in puritanical America involves play-acting the part of a wanton wench whilst simultaneously expressing the utmost bafflement that anyone would imagine her impure.

    Let us congratulate her for her marketing savvy. She knows how the system works. And at least she’s not ordering the murder of innocent children and women in wedding parties.

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    mclaren says:

    Meanwhile:

    “Academics who defend Wall Street reap reward,” The New York Times, 28 December 2013. Grifters gotta grift, and whores will sell themselves.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Helen:

    Oh no you don’t! No takebacks on Madonna, never, ever, ever!

    Went to Napa for the afternoon-evening and it hit 77 on the drive over. Sounds like a nutty question but “will winter ever arrive?” Sheesh, we need rain.

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    trollhattan says:

    @marcopolo:

    Good on ya!

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    KG says:

    Not sure if there are any MMA fans here. But we may have just seen Anderson Silva’s career end. Because of one of the nastiest injuries I’ve ever seen

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    different-church-lady says:

    @mclaren:

    Why on earth are people down on Miley Cyrus? She’s a singer with very limited talent

    Well there you go.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @KG: Oh goody, sex and violence in the same thread!

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    Ruckus says:

    @different-church-lady:
    Yes. mc seems to be one that fairly often misses the obvious. By several miles usually.

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    KG says:

    @different-church-lady: well, it is Saturday night

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    srv says:

    I have consistently sung the praises of Jamie Dimon and I didn’t even get a damned Christmas card from him.

    He is a busy man anyhow, perhaps next year.

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    Keith P. says:

    : @KG: Gruesome. I saw the other Octagon leg break a few years back as well as Sid Vicious’ one in WcW. All hard to watch. Tough way to go out

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    KG says:

    @Keith P.: oh, I forgot about Sid’s, that was really bad. My first though on this one was Thiesmanesque.

    If he wasn’t 38, I’d say he’d be back. But my guess us he’d be on the other side of 40 before he’s cleared

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    danielx says:

    @Little Boots:

    and cause people love being outraged. it’s a silly thing, but it happens constantly.

    Especially with wingnuts, who I am convinced are outrage vampires. They need a daily ration of outrage to maintain their energy levels. If there’s nothing substantive to be outraged about, they’ll invent something.

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    Helen says:

    @trollhattan: Dude. Have you seen Piers Morgan? One would think; CNN could not possibly find someone who is stupider, less engaged and less prepared than Larry King. Well, ONE would be wrong. CNN found him.

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    @KG: Man, the video of that is wicked. Not for the squeamish.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @KG: How did it happen?

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    Glocksman says:

    @Helen:

    Is he really that bad?
    Personally I consider both Larry King and Barbara Walters to be the nadir of American TV journalism.
    In the porno industry Larry and Barbara would be called ‘fluffers’.
    The closest either of them have come to hard-hitting journalism is when they watched Dan Rather on ’60 Minutes’.

    If Piers Morgan is that bad, I’m not missing a thing by not watching CNN.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    OK, off-topic (well, even if it’s an open thread), but some ad on this site just started a musical track audio out of the blue. I closed the pop-up box which seemed to the source of the audio, but the damn song kept going and going till I closed the browser tab.

    Though I’m mostly a lurker, I’m happy to support this site (I don’t buy anything at Amazon without coming here and clicking the Amazon ad), and I don’t begrudge any of the visual ads here, but that pop-up audio stuff is generally a deal-breaker for me, as in, I will always, always close out of the site and will never, never go back to it.

    I can’t support that shit. I hope it’s appearance here is a one-off.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Glocksman: Piers Morgan is more like the ‘fluffee’.

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    Helen says:

    @Glocksman: Yes. He is really that bad. He has Anne Coulter on regularly. Also? He was running one of Rupert Murdoch’s papers in London when they were listening in on the voice mail of celebrities. So what, celebrities are idiots, you say? I agree.Now go google Milly Dowler.

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    JordanRules says:

    @🎉 Martin: Holy shit! Tried to avoid it but saw just enough of a gif on another site. Dayum! And the accounts of his screaming on the stretcher backstage are heartwrenching.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: I think that name’s been taken by David Gregory.

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    JordanRules says:

    @Helen: Well, celebrities deserve privacy too but the Dowler case is beyond messed up. He probably figured our lax media laws and big paydays here suit him better.

    CNN wasn’t worth watching before they got him. With him, it’s just even more pathetic.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @mb: Just sent you an email — now I’ve got your message, but FYWP is being uncooperative!

    Still hoping for *next* Sunday, though…

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    @lamh36:

    Glad you liked it! I know a lot of people are worried that it’s somehow a whitewash of Walt Disney, but it really isn’t. There is a certain amount of reconstruction and rearranging of facts but, as far as I know, the facts are all true (her mother did try to kill herself, though not at that specific time; Walt didn’t have that final meeting with her, but the story he tells her about his father is factual).

    I know some people want to turn it into, Boo-hoo, mean old Walt Disney bullied PL Travers and forced her to sell out but you know what? She got 5 percent of the gross.  Not only did the movie make her a millionaire, but it revived interest in the books and allowed her to write several more sequels and participate in the Broadway version that’s still running today. So basically she cried all the way to the frickin’ bank. Boo-frickin’-hoo. :-)

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    Tommy says:

    @Mnemosyne (iPhone): I am kind of interested in this movie. Now generally speaking I can’t stand Disney. Hate everything about him. But alas I don’t have a four year old girl. My brother and his wife just got back from Disney World. I sat through countless video the other day and I don’t know if I have ever seen a little girl so happy. There is something to be said for that.

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    Tommy says:

    Oh I am of the age to recall how pissed off Madonna made folks.

    Or Sinead O’Connor tearing up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live.

    I look at somebody like Miley Cyrus and I just think she is crazy like a fox. She does something I don’t really think is that over-the-top and next thing you know she is on every show and every web site.

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    Hal says:

    Last night, I was talking about some Madonna performances, and I said, “At some point, everything becomes irrelevant.” Like, no one even thinks about when she did “Like a Virgin” at the V.M.A.s. That just becomes a standard, where it’s just like, “Oh, that’s her thing.” …

    After hearing the millionth bit on Miley Cyrus the other day my very first thought was Madonna writhing around on stage in a wedding dress. Not to mention the cone bra, burning cross, black Jesus, kissing Britney (and Christina) etc. I look at Miley and just think meh, good for you dear.

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    Tommy says:

    @Hal: I am right with you. I mean I saw the most recent Miley video and it seemed folks were upset, cause she appears to be “playing with herself.” Heck is that really that bad. I don’t really know any healthy adult that doesn’t pleasure themselves from time to time.

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    raven says:

    This was it last night? Sheesh.

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    Tommy says:

    @raven: I guess not a lot going on :).

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    Tommy says:

    @wasabi gasp: I just find it unhealthy those on the far right seem to think talking about sex in an open manner is a bad thing. I mean I am 43 and my parents still have not had the “birds and the bees” talk with me.

    If I didn’t have a great sex education class in like 7th grade I don’t know what I would have done.

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    Cassidy says:

    @KG: last night was a great night of fights.

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    Aaron says:

    ” I’m this, like, sex freak that really just pops molly and does lines all day.”
    Urban dictionary has a couple of definitions for Molly Pops including: doing ecstasy and “Slang term for penis when pleasured orally,”
    Hey the more you know…

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    Kiko says:

    @Tommy: Exactly, she’s just having fun and trolling the spongeheads.Honestly, I don’t even know if anyone actually really cares except opinion writers desperate for copy.

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    J R in WV says:

    I think Miley is a smart person, talented, good voice and musical talent, which are not the same thing. I think she will go on to have a long and successful career, I just hope she doesn’t go the way Amy Winehouse went! (have I got that name right, Brit star, drank herself to death at 24 or something like that?)

    People who don’t know much about musical talent dissing young performers piss me off. I have friends who are fabulously talented musicians, but too shy to perform in front of people they don’t already know well… a shame they can’t share their skill and talent with everyone!

    On a completely different subject, my alma mater, Marshall University, won their first real bowl game yesterday, beat Maryland Terps 31-20 — Whooo-Hoooo!!!

    Go HERD!

    I am also a WVU fan, as every member of my family went there. I was taken to WVU football games before I knew what a football was! But they didn’t earn a bowl this year, so Go Herd!! They played a good game and deserved to win.

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    karen says:

    Is it just me or does Miley Cyrus sound more coherent and intelligent than the media and the GOP?

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    karen says:

    @Tommy:

    If I didn’t have a great sex education class in like 7th grade I don’t know what I would have done.

    Knocked a girl up?

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    Citizen Alan says:

    Honestly, that interview actually made me like Miley Cyrus a bit. Not that I ever actually disliked her so much as not care about her at all. My main objection to her VMA appearance was that, for an act that was supposed to be over-sexualized, she really didn’t seem very sexy at all. It was more like what a somewhat demented child might think sexy was: masturbating while surrounded by stuffed animals. Madonna did things just as shocking, but somehow she brought an artistry to her vulgarity, which was good because Madonna, like Miley, never really had much artistry to begin with.

    There was a segment on the Big Fat Quiz of 2013 where Dara O Braian made fun of her for sticking her tongue out which he thought was incredibly unsexy, but overall the panel offered much more loathing for Robin Thinke (“You’d have to wash him with a wire brush!”)

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    Citizen Alan says:

    Link doesn’t work so try this: http://youtu.be/pedWSC9WXaA?t=36m10s

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    Paul in KY says:

    @TaMara (BHF): Glad you got another one. Looks like a fine animal.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @cckids: It was quick. No pain, etc. Boxers don’t live particularily long (I think).

    Best of luck. Wait a couple of weeks & then get a new little puppy.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Aaron: I think she meant the MDA form of Molly.

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