2015, half way there, we’ll make it I swear

My daughter was quite excited that the year 2014 was having its half-birthday this morning. She is arguing that we need to get cupcakes tonight to celebrate. 


Open thread.

24 replies
  1. 1
    FlipYrWhig says:

    Happy fiscal new year, Richard!

  2. 2
    Amir Khalid says:

    Upon taking another look at Luisito’s statement, I note that he says “Chiellini suffered the physical effect of a bite” but not “I bit Chiellini”. So I’m not sure this really deserves to be called an apology.

  3. 3
    D58826 says:

    She sounds like a genius in the making

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    RobertDSC-iPhone 4 says:

    @Amir Khalid: He needs to be banned for life, both from international and club competition.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Amir Khalid: “Mistakes were made.”

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    beth says:

    Cupcakes are always appropriate. Sometimes we have them because the sun came up today – we don’t celebrate that fact enough.

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    scav says:

    @Amir Khalid: That struck my from the first reading. And then he apparently promises to not be affected by gravity and become unbalanced and fall. Well, isn’t he magic!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Sweet that your daughter gets excited about the half-birthday.

    She may have your gift for numbers and benchmarks.

    Cupcakes for everyone.

  10. 10
    NotMax says:

    Frankly, this whole century got off on the wrong foot.

    In a just universe, we’d get a do-over.

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    soonergrunt says:

    There are worse reasons for cupcakes.

    EDIT: I just had to release my own comment from moderation.

  12. 12
    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Gorgon Zola: Thank you very much. Since you were nice enough to wish us a happy birthday, we’ll call off the invasion


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    SRW1 says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    “MIstakes were made.”

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    kindness says:

    One does not need excuses for tasty cupcakes. See, unlike certain Supreme Court decisions which require sleight of hand coupled with heaping helpings of bullshit….well cupcakes hold up under their own.

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    Tractarian says:

    Kids. Cupcakes is their answer to everything.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Tractarian: Are they wrong?

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    SuperHrefna says:

    She deserves cupcakes just for coming up with that rationale. Pretty ones, too!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Amir Khalid: Wait, someone else bit another player now? I can’t keep up.

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    rikyrah says:

    The IRS Is Coming For Your Offshore Bank Account
    By Alex Park Tue Jul. 1, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    It’s always been a pretty simple arrangement for America’s superrich: Park your money in a country whose banks know how to keep a secret and then underreport your assets to the IRS. Without a way to independently verify how much money you have abroad, the taxman had to take your word for how much money you had stashed in a Swiss vault or in a sunny haven like the Cayman Islands. But as of yesterday, the US government will require foreign banks to report their American clients’ assets, or face 30 percent tax penalties on some offshore deposits.

    The move is part of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which was introduced in 2010. Since then, more than 80 countries have agreed to open their ledger books to the feds. After some complicated last-minute negotiations, evenRussia and China have started to cooperate.

    Companies and individuals have long used offshore banking to keep their taxes low: Last year, American multinationals kept an estimated $2 trillion (yes, with a “t”) abroad, according to a Bloomberg analysis. In recent years, tech companies have become some of the most enthusiastic offshore depositors. Between 2010 and 2013, Microsoft more than doubled its foreign stockpile to $76.4 billion, while Apple increased its pot abroad more than fourfold to $54.4 billion.


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    rikyrah says:

    Illinois to allow same-day registration, expand early voting hours
    By Reid Wilson June 30

    Illinois will dramatically expand access to the ballot box this year by allowing voters to register on Election Day, and by significantly extending the hours early-vote locations will be open.

    Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has said he will sign the measure, passed by the legislature late last month. The bill expands both the number of days during which early voting locations are open and the number of hours each day they remain open. Voters who cast a ballot early will not have to show a photo identification.

    “Democracy works best when everyone has the opportunity to participate,” Quinn said in a statement. “By removing barriers to vote, we can ensure a government of the people and for the people.”

    Meanwhile, students at public universities will have an easier time casting a ballot under the new measure. The bill allows students attending public schools to change their residences from their hometowns to college campuses, giving them easier access to polling places on campus.

    Republicans in the legislature cried foul, accusing Democrats of pushing through the changes in the face of a difficult political atmosphere this fall. The measure passed in the waning hours of the legislative session, which ended in May.


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    Ash Can says:

    Your daughter is correct. Cupcakes are indeed in order.

  22. 22
    Mnemosyne says:

    It’s always a good time for cupcakes.

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    rikyrah says:

    My daughter was quite excited that the year 2014 was having its half-birthday this morning. She is arguing that we need to get cupcakes tonight to celebrate.

    Gotta admire that round-the-way reasoning for cupcakes.

    Girl after my own heart.

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    p.a. says:

    @RobertDSC-iPhone 4: perhaps biting is a sacrement to him, so he could play in MLS because we have freedumb of religion.

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