How About Some Salsa?

Open thread.

ETA: I will be visiting NYC this summer for my sister’s big fat gay wedding, and even though I’ll be hideously pressed for time throughout my trip, I’m going to try to find time to swing by a cemetery in the Bronx to leave flowers for La Lupe. Always been a big fan.

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45 replies
  1. 1
    RaflW says:

    Weather must be really nice. No one’s around.

    Hello? (echo echo echo)

  2. 2
    Betty Cracker says:

    @RaflW: It’s hotter than hell here. Sensible people are indoors and will remain so until September, at least during daylight hours.

  3. 3
    Dee Loralei says:

    BJ meetup in NYC with Betty Cracker! Woot!

    I’m gonna be in DC June 11 and 12 and want to do a BJ meetup next week. Ellizabelle said she’s in, anyone else? Come on, DC BJ denizens, it’ll be fun! And I’m mostly harmless.

  4. 4

    Its seems I have brought the muggy weather back with me. It is hot and humid in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts.

  5. 5
    gogol's wife says:

    A fox just ran through my backyard. Weird.

  6. 6
    gogol's wife says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Welcome back — I’m glad you survived.

  7. 7
    RaflW says:

    @Betty Cracker: I am clearly not sensible, as we depart tomorrow (from mid-70s Minnesota) for Nashville, Montgomery/Selma, Atlanta. By car.

    Yes we’re nuts. Thank you for asking.

  8. 8
    Suffern ACE says:

    @gogol’s wife: Was it a quick brown fox? Did it by any chance jump over your lazy dog?

  9. 9
    RaflW says:

    Oh, and this is the best tweet I think I’ve seen from the already arch and snarky Economist magazine:

    @EconUS
    The industry response to environmental regulation can best be described as mendacious, homicidal, greedy whingeing http://ow.ly/xCXfA

    And, I love the word whingeing, though I daren’t say it conversationally as it would make this American look a right prat.

  10. 10
    Mandalay says:

    The Taliban released a video of the Bergdahl handover.

    One of the Special Forces guys shakes hands using his left hand – WTF?

    Also, they waited until they were right next to the helicopter before they patted Bergdahl down for explosives. That seems like a pretty basic error. Surely if you suspect he has explosives you keep him well away from your only means of escape to check?

  11. 11
    Yatsuno says:

    Now I miss Selena all over again…

  12. 12
    Betty Cracker says:

    @RaflW: Nothing crazy about a road trip. Just keep your A/C on and stop only to swim or enter an air-conditioned building. Nashville is a fun town!

  13. 13

    TNC jumped on the twitters for a while and patiently educated “history buffs” like Aaron Worthing who predictably wanted to know how the mechanics of reparations would work and not discuss the underlying causes. Assist to Dr. Levenson. Good times.

  14. 14
    raven says:

    Just back from a 3 day conference at Stone Mountain. Here’ that sunrise from the top of the moutnain.

  15. 15
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Just saw a clip of Gampy McBitters saying that the “Taliban 5” are not just Taliban but Al Qaeda. Is there even a shred of evidence of this, or is this just everybody he doesn’t like is al Qaeda?

  16. 16
    raven says:

    And here’s that big, sad, Lion of the Confederacy in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.

  17. 17
    Just One More Canuck says:

    @gogol’s wife: look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn

  18. 18
    scav says:

    scusi, need a rant.
    link one (links innocent)

    The archbishop of Tuam and the head of the Irish Bon Secours sisters will soon meet to discuss the memorial and service planned at the site. The Bon Secours sisters have donated what the Irish TV station RTÉ describes as “a small sum” to the children’s graveyard committee.

    Father Fintan Monaghan, secretary of the Tuam archediocese, says: “I suppose we can’t really judge the past from our point of view, from our lens. All we can do is mark it appropriately and make sure there is a suitable place here where people can come and remember the babies that died.”

    Because that’s what missing, a quick highly symbolic memorial to the credo of the institutional perpetrators / enablers of the deaths! And let’s not judge the past by our standards says the guy flogging supposedly 2,000 year old revelations of truths for all times. Whose celibate boss is finger-wagging behind him about pets selfish, babies a necessary ingredient for a fulfilled non-lonely married life.

    CBC to spread links around, and this one might be getting some on-site, not just reported elsewhere evidence later on. Has some overlays now.

    ok, need to find some cheerful stuff now. thanks.

  19. 19

    @gogol’s wife: Thanks! Except for the showdown with she who must not be named and the relentless heat, I had a good time. The best part was eating the Haapus (Alphonso) mangoes which are available only in late April and May.

  20. 20
    RaflW says:

    @Betty Cracker: It is, but we will barely make a dent. A friend is being ordained on Sunday in UU ministry, and we’re attending (partner is speaking in the ceremony even).
    I don’t think our friend realized she’d picked the Country Music Awards blowout concert weekend. We’re at a Hampton Inn about 30 miles from nothing to avoid paying $250-300 a night. YeeeeeeHaww.

  21. 21
    RaflW says:

    @scav: “come and remember the babies that died”

    Wow. Points for effective (despicable) use of the passive construction. “Those babies just up and died on us. Whocouldaknowed?”

  22. 22
    Betty Cracker says:

    @raven: That is a very sad lion!

  23. 23
    scav says:

    Working on the happy stuff, adding to the animal clutter.

    Missing the Beached Whale in the Painting.”

    Tom L?! Tom L?! Over here!

  24. 24
    gogol's wife says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Who won the showdown? I missed this.

  25. 25
    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @raven: Your photos always make my day a little happier. No pressure.

  26. 26
    SarahT says:

    Betty, not sure when you’ll be in NYC but we have loads of free summer outdoor shows that (almost) make hanging around the sweltering city worthwhile:

    http://blogs.villagevoice.com/.....ts_nyc.php

    I’m most excited about these –

    6/27 – Valerie June @ Prospect Park

    8/2 – Dr. John @ Summerstage

    8/7 – Spires @ Pier 84

    8/10 – Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Bobby Patterson, Music Maker Blues Revue/Lincoln Center

  27. 27

    @gogol’s wife: I used to comment on the late night threads because of the time difference between India and the US, when I was in India.
    My godbothering MIL wanted me to perform some religious rituals. I was going to agree but stopped short when she blamed me for all the ills that have befallen her family because I did not perform some rituals she wanted and defended my thesis instead, many moons ago. Conveniently, she had scheduled the ritual so it clashed with my thesis defense.

    P.S. The version of Hinduism she practices is closer to the harsh Puritanical version of Christianity than the feel good touchy feely new agey version popular here.

  28. 28

    @gogol’s wife: I used to comment on the late night threads because of the time difference between India and the US, when I was in India.
    My godbothering MIL wanted me to perform some religious rituals. I was going to agree but stopped short when she blamed me for all the ills that have befallen her family because I did not perform some rituals she wanted and defended my thesis instead, many moons ago. Conveniently, she had scheduled the ritual so it clashed with my thesis defense.

    I also don’t understand much Tamil, so I would have no idea about what I was actually doing. So I told her that we should wait when I came back to India with my husband and then we would all sit together and decide what rituals to perform and so on.
    P.S. The version of Hinduism she practices is closer to the harsh Puritanical version of Christianity than the feel good touchy feely new agey version popular here.

  29. 29
    gogol's wife says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Sounds hairy!

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  31. 31
    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    I know I’m already a veritable font of negativity, pessimism, and cynicism these days, but when I see shit like this, with every indication that it’s meant to be a legit product and not some elaborate Onion hoax, then I lose just a little more of my will to give a shit about anything anymore.

    Fucking bulletproof blankets for kids. As a solution for school shootings. The fuck is wrong with this fucking country.

  32. 32
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    The last of the WWII Navajo Code Talkers has died, age 93. Well done, sir. RIP.

  33. 33
    gogol's wife says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    HaHa — where’s the sari?

  34. 34
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:
    @gogol’s wife:

    Who’s sari now?

  35. 35
    SarahT says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: they were so amazing – thanks for posting

  36. 36
    Hal says:

    Very funny. Obama’s really is taking peoples guns but replacing them with something much better:

    http://explosm.net/comics/3059/

  37. 37
    AliceBlue says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik:
    I’m the same way. The bugfuck crazy over Bowe Bergdahl hasn’t helped any. As for the bulletproof blanket, I just…WORDS.

  38. 38
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @SarahT:

    Apparently neither I nor the reporter of that story can do simple math. Chester Nez was born in 1912; therefore, he was 101 or 102 when he died today, not 93.

  39. 39
    RaflW says:

    This shit makes me fucking furious.

    @markfelsenthal
    Bergdahl’s home town in Idaho has canceled plans for a celebration, city administrator says

    Reuters has the story.

    Fuck the GOP and their evil minions. Bergdahl may face serious issues with the Army. But he’s home dammit, and his parents and all the supporters who stood by him for 5 years have all been shat upon by egotistical maniacs in the Republican movement.

    Bollocks.

  40. 40
    AliceBlue says:

    @RaflW:
    I saw this coming. Christ, this just makes me want to scream and throw things.

  41. 41
    PurpleGirl says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Indeed, RIP Chester Nez.

    For anyone who wants a definition or example of patriotism, look at the Native Americans (or AAs or Japanese) who have become members of the armed services and served with distinction. With all that their tribes and people have endured, they still joined up to protect and defend their homes and communities.

  42. 42
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I can’t cut and paste the tweets, but this Gawker post on ‘wingers who were saying OBama abandoned Burghdal and now want them both tried for treason contains at least one famous name, if this is The Charlie Daniels (for you younglings, a once hippie-ish country singer who had some crossover successes in the Southern Rock moment of the late seventies, early eighties, found Jeebus and is now a hard core right-winger and IIRC Birther)

  43. 43
    RaflW says:

    Well, number one is, how dare we as a community support someone who in their mind they’re thinking of as a ‘deserter,’ a traitor. That they had plans to come here on their vacation, they’re no longer coming, they’re cancelling their reservations.”

    “I just find that shocking,” [Jane Drussel, the president of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce] said. “You know, we’re Americans, and we need to act like Americans, and to me that’s un-American. Let things play out, and if there needs to be action taken, I’m sure it will be taken. But that’s not the city of Hailey’s responsibility.”

    She said the staffers at the Chamber of Commerce, and at a store she runs, don’t know how to deal with the vitriol.

    This is how Fox, Glenn Beck, the “modern” GOP and the Murdoch worldview are, once again, fucking ruining America. I don’t have some bullshit rosy picture of the past. We’ve been through McCarthyism, southern lynchings, etc. But we don’t have to be this awful going forward. But there’s a buck to be made in creating human suffering. And right wingers are the folks to do it.

  44. 44
    celiadexter says:

    Thanks for the tune! I looked up La Lupe to find out if she’s buried at Woodlawn, where Celia Cruz is, but found out she’s at St. Raymond’s, where one of her neighbors is Hector Lavoe. Please leave Hector some flowers too.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @SarahT: Saw St. Paul & the Broken Bones at Hangout Festival. Really good soul band. Lead singer has a great voice. Highly recommend.

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