Monday Evening Open Thread: May the Farce Be With You

Happy Stars Wars Day, I guess?

Besides the weird conflation of popcult and politics — just like every night, Pinky! — what’s on the agenda for the evening?

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    HinTN says:

    Tin soldiers and Nixon coming
    We’re finally on our own
    This summer I hear the drumming
    Four dead in Ohio
    Four dead in Ohio

    Pfuch the farce

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    Corner Stone says:

    I can’t stand Gov S. Walker but I still think that’s the most clever thing we’re going to hear from him this election cycle.

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    Renie says:

    More indictments of corrupt NYS reps. N.Y. State Senate Leader Dean Skelos(R) indicted today and we already had Sheldon Silver (D) NYS Assembly Speaker indicted earlier this year. Here in NYS we spread around our corruption for all parties.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @raven: Nice.

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    Baud says:

    @raven: Damn.

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    raven says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Yea, coulda been worse. Just tryin to keep up with Calamity Cole!

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    Baud says:

    @Corner Stone: This is real?

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    Brachiator says:

    Not much on the agenda. Took the day off to take care of some business, and finished early. Got home and watched part of a James Bond marathon. “From Russia, With Love” and “Goldfinger” gotta be among the best Bond films ever. This helped wash away the latest Avengers movie, which is an OK summer movie, but not very satisfying. And too long.

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    dmsilev says:

    So, um, is “that boy” supposed to be Obama? Or are we supposed to take the Star Wars reference very literally and start looking around for a GOP savior-candidate who is the son of a gone-to-the-dark-side former GOP savior and who might have a long-lost twin “sister”? Jeb Bush?

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    GregB says:

    These aren’t the fascists you’re looking for….

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    I was accepted to Climate Leadership Training with Al Gore. In Sept. I’m kind of excited.

    Trying to ignore politics for now because Carly Fibber was all over the news today. Not once did I hear a talking head ask her what the hell her actual qualifications are…it seemed clear she was only do this to pimp her book and they let her.

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    Schlemazel says:

    what the hell did you do?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Baud: Do you mean my comment being non-sarcastic, or that Walker actually photoshopped the above picture and quote?
    I think, if The Hill is correct, or if I’m reading them correctly that the picture is really from Walker.

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    Tree With Water says:

    That photo was taken at a beer hall in Milwaukee, where Walker often harangues the crowds.

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    Baud says:

    @dmsilev: Exactly. Very confusing.

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    Baud says:

    @Corner Stone: The latter. If Walker put this out, I don’t understand what he’s trying to say at all.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @TaMara (BHF):

    I was accepted to Climate Leadership Training with Al Gore. In Sept. I’m kind of excited.

    I’ve heard he’s fat and lives in a large footprint domicile. When he’s not traveling in a large private jet.

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    raven says:

    @Schlemazel: Fell off the top of 3 steps carrying a plate of chicken to the grill. I must have turned my hands to brace the fall and the shattered plate slashed the finger joint. All in all I was pretty lucky. Full moon yesterday and the ER was packed!

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    Schlemazel says:

    @TaMara (BHF):
    Maybe she can do for the US what she did for HP!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Tree With Water: Beer halls in Milwaukee would not be very friendly to Walker. Beer halls in the Milwaukee suburbs, otoh…


    If Walker put this out, I don’t understand what he’s trying to say at all.

    He wants to be Princess Leia, obvs. Let’s not judge him for this.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Baud: I actually just gave him credit for tying in the “Walker” part with May the 4th.
    I didn’t think he was smart enough to think it past that. I still say it’s the most clever thing we’re going to hear from him for the next few months he’s hanging around and blathering at people about shopping at Kohls.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Baud: I’m sure Obama is somehow to blame for this. Let’s see. Obama is planning on building his library on the South Side of Chicago. George Lucas, who created Star Wars, is trying to build _his_ museum on the South Side of Chicago. Further, Lucas got married in Obama’s home neighborhood.

    Therefore, Obama is responsible for Jar Jar Binks. Impeach!

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    Schlemazel says:

    @raven: cheeses! that could have been a lot worse though. Given our blog host we should put together a list of odd injuries, or injuries collected in odd ways. A plate of chicken is a good start

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Corner Stone: Ah, he’ll make a GoT White Walker reference at some point.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Finishing off a nice bottle of Malbec here in a micro winery in Maipu, Argentina. Crisp, clear autumn night, but clouds to the south (and a bright moon) so I can’t see the Southern Cross.

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    I spent Saturday at a mountain dulcimer workshop at a church. Afterwards we were treated to a mini concert by the instructors. Very strange seeing a dreadlocked California guy with a nose ring wailing on Sympathy for the Devil on an Appalachian moumtain dulcimer in a rural Georgia church. Then again, it was strange that I was in a church for any reason, so there’s that.

    Heading to Blairsville on Sunday to check out a used dulcimer. If it’s what the seller says it is, it’ll be a nice instrument for a decent price.

    It’s a simple little instrument, but I love the sound.

    @TaMara (BHF): Congratulations!

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    MazeDancer says:

    Didn’t think it was possible for Scott Walker to get more repellant. Yet, all the braggidosio about how he will crush what’s left of Unions. Plus, using May the Fourth to tweet he is the “another” – as in Yoda saying, “there is another” – of Star Wars. Disgusting.

    The Koch Brothers are not unaware of marketing. That is why they give such staggering sums to all NYC well-regarded charities and cultural venues. Yes, they like their candidates “wholly owned” by them. But it is a bit of disconnect that they would back someone that is not even a little bit likeable. Maybe there aren’t any charming right wingers available for purchase. But seems like that wouldn’t be so hard to manufacture.

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    Baud says:


    Obama is responsible for Jar Jar Binks. Impeach!

    Ha! I actually made that joke on Twitter a long time ago.

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    @Corner Stone: Now you know why I’m excited. ;-)

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    Mike J says:

    That’s no moon!
    It’s Chris Christie!

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    Baud says:

    @Mike J: Damn!

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    Corner Stone says:


    Therefore, Obama is responsible for Jar Jar Binks. Impeach!

    I’m not even that big of a SW nut but if we can in any way link Obama to JarJar, then I will be leading the Ken Starr Investigations II: The GOP Strikes Back

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @raven: Owwww!

    Didn’t get a chance to say this earlier: Condolences, and I hope you heal swiftly & without complications.

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    cckids says:

    My big cat Gryffindor does his best Jabba the Hutt impression, complete with the rectangular metal-bikini Princess Leia from a Lego set.

    Happy Star Wars Day, indeed.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @cckids: I shan’t sleep again.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Mike J:
    Don’t pick on him! After all he went through the lap band surgery for nothing now. Of course that is not as sad as Rev. Huckleberry who had the staples & ate his way through it anyway.

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    raven says:

    @Anne Laurie: Thanks, it’s ok. Just couldn’t pass up the “pinky”!

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    @raven: Owww. What happened. Did a fish get you?

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    @Omnes Omnibus:

    If he starts prancing around in her metallic bikini, I will never stop throwing up.

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    Baud says:

    I can’t wait to see what movie Bush tries to parody.

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    cckids says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: When my son got that Lego, years ago, we were all hysterical about the Leia minifig. I’m not sure why we found it soooo funny, but it is very weird looking.

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    Mike J says:

    @Baud: Probably something that’s hep with the kidz. Beverly Hills Cop 2?

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    raven says:

    @TaMara (BHF): Nah but we are going on the 16th so this sucker better be healed. The bitch is that I have a trip on a bottom fishing boat booked and, for some reason, the bottom fishing reels are mostly set up to crank with the right and pull with the left. This paw may not be ready for that.

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    Schlemazel says:

    “Fredo, you broke my heart!” [kiss]

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    Zinsky says:

    Went to the new Avengers movie – like many have commented; lt left me cold. I did find the Scarlet Witch intriguing in an unexpected, erotic way. Didn’t see that coming. Anyway, trying to NOT think politics for a while. Thinking about douchebags like Scott Walker just makes me crabby and think we haven’t evolved much in the past 10,000 years.

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    Anne Laurie says:


    Given our blog host we should put together a list of odd injuries, or injuries collected in odd ways.

    How about deeply puncturing my bare foot by tripping over a rotary phone that had no business ringing in the middle of the night? Roommate left it sitting on the floor, I stumbled & somehow flipped the brass finger-stop out of position, then came down hard on the point with my other foot. Required a dawn trip to the ER and a tetanus shot, but no stitches (entertained the nurses, though). That was some thirty years ago — kids who were born at that time will have no idea how to visualize this!

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Anne Laurie:
    YOW! That makes the list.
    I tried to catch a dropped glass, didn’t get it before it hit the floor but did catch pieces bouncing back.
    Had a ladder come off the roof with me on it & fractured my pelvis but that was not the weird owie. I tore the ligaments in my thumb in the fall & had to have surgery to have them reattached.
    I could go on

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @cckids: Ever since the movie came out, I’ve had a theory about that metal bikini. For Jabba, that outfit wasn’t pr0n, it was a mistaken attempt at one-upmanship. He bought Leia as a trophy pet, the way a human would buy a prize-winning poodle. So he wanted to display his “prize” properly, and for reference, he used the pinup posters hanging in the Mos Eisley bar… the way people clip their poodles to resemble the show-ring champions.

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    A former coworker of mine cut her hand so badly while opening a can of coffee that we had to take her to the ER to get stitches.

    My own personal dumb injury was slicing my thumb open with a vegetable peeler on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day. I was trying to dig the eye out of a potato that was going into the crockpot and I missed. G had to take me to urgent care because I started panicking when the bleeding wouldn’t stop. Fortunately, stitches were not required, just cleanup, butterfly bandages, and a tetanus shot.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I love Josh Smith and I don’t care who knows it.

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    srv says:

    Louisiana’s public colleges are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst as they face a drop in state funding of up to 82 percent. As the state legislature fails to make headway covering a $608 million shortfall in higher education spending, its public colleges are bracing for the prospect of budget cuts so deep some institutions — including the state’s biggest public flagship — might have to declare financial exigency. That’s college funding-speak for something akin to bankruptcy

    Jindal Fucking Momentum.

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    Iowa Old Lady says:

    @TaMara (BHF): I was talking yesterday to a friend who’s doing that training in a week or two in Cedar Rapids. It sounds great.

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    Corner Stone says:


    including the state’s biggest public flagship — might have to declare financial exigency. That’s college funding-speak for something akin to bankruptcy

    Somehow I am quite sure that any funding issue with LSU will be properly assigned as a problem with black people. Thugs and missing daddies, looting, proper English, something something mumbles.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Mnemosyne (tablet):
    Can openers are killers.
    I was in the kitchen when one of the help was using one of those large commercial can openers, see:
    And ran the pointy bit through the webbing between her thumb and fingers. I bet that hurt like hell & it bled like hand wounds do. Took 8 stitches

    Never hurt myself badly in a work kitchen but have a few weird ones at home.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Red, white and blue. I feel like saluting.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @TaMara (BHF):

    Very, very cool! Well, warm. Um, changing.

    Seriously, congratulations, that’s very exciting and I hope you’ll share as much as you can with us.

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    Brachiator says:

    @srv: Wow. Wouldn’t this affect state college sports teams as well? I would think that the people of Louisiana would fund their colleges because of this, if nothing else.

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    Renie says:

    Here’s an injury story: Husband was trying to clean dirt off of a wood floor using Pledge polish, I came by, fell, fractured my shoulder in 3 spots and had to have a metal plate put in the shoulder to put everything back in place. He is now my slave forever.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Maybe he was hoping his mistake would make you tell him he was never allowed to clean ever again!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    My big cat Gryffindor does his best Jabba the Hutt impression, complete with the rectangular metal-bikini Princess Leia from a Lego set.

    Damn! That’s some heavy-duty nerdocity and geekitude going on there!

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    Renie says:

    @efgoldman: yes, he was my slave before but now he is a ‘feeling guilty’ slave; that’s even better.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Given our blog host we should put together a list of odd injuries, or injuries collected in odd ways.

    Can I go back a generation? Because my mother, who was, um, amply endowed, managed to staple her nipple to a porch door one summer afternoon while she was putting in new screening. I was standing next to her when she called the doctor; she was laughing so hard she could hardly describe what had happened.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: You folks make my injuries seem so mundane.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    In all fairness, you’d probably have to work pretty hard at getting your nipple affixed to a screen door via staple gun. It’s just easier for some.

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    Corner Stone says:


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    Corner Stone says:


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    Renie says:

    @Schlemazel: that ain’t gonna happen; he’s a Felix Unger!!!!

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    gogol's wife says:

    I don’t understand the post at all. Am I supposed to understand it? Everyone else seems to know what it’s talking about.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: True, but the best I can offer as far as color goes is smashing up my right elbow while walking a drunken Canadian girl back to her hotel on Mykonos. It was a cool night and I was wearing a jacket. I had my hand in my pocket, so when she stumbled into me and I fell, I could not get my hand out to break my fall. I came down on the point of my elbow. The girl disappeared and my arm swelled to twice its normal size. Only the international aspect makes it remotely interesting.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    This isn’t an injury story, in that no one was hurt, but my late ex-husband melted an entire refrigerator soon after we were married. (I’m sure I’ve told this story before. Feel free to skip to the next comment if this sounds familiar.)

    Long-short, old-fashioned freezer compartment with ice cube trays. I used the tried-and-true method of filling trays with hot water and allowing the ice crust to loosen enough that I could gently pry it loose. That’s how we defrosted freezer compartments back in the day.

    Ken–an Engineer from the University of Florida, just sayin’, Betty Cracker–decided that it would be far more efficient to put our wedding-present electric frying pan IN the freezer, turn the control up to 11, close the freezer door, and NOT FUCKING EVEN MENTION IT TO ME. And then leave for a few hours.

    It’s been 51 years, and I’m still not over it.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    a drunken Canadian girl

    Wait, what?

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    Corner Stone says:

    If you have your name on top of the title for the movie San Andreas?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Redundant?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:



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    cckids says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Indeed! If only he’d been sitting in the Tardis bookshelf, or on the Rivendell blanket, we’d have had a trifecta.

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    Tenar Darell says:

    There are game developers doing a support Baltimore fundraiser sale here. Sale ends at 11:59PM today.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Canadian girl

    I’ve met a number of Canadian girls, and not to overly broadly stereotype, but they have all brought a superior top shelf to the game.
    I had a friend of mine who was a pitcher in the minor leagues and each off season he came home with a different Canadian girl friend and each one was more in danger of an errant front door stapling than the last.
    Not too bright, but, yeah.

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    @Iowa Old Lady: Please have them relate how it was…I’m very curious and want to make sure it’s worth the plane fare and hotel (the training is paid for).

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    lamh36 says:

    OMG, the family still hasn’t been able to bury this baby yet.

    Tamir Rice’s Body Still Isn’t Buried Because the Criminal Investigation Keeps Dragging On via @tnr

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    Corner Stone says:

    @lamh36: I can’t.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Corner Stone: From the dimly remember past, this particular drunken Canadian lady was not particularly busty. Her most memorable feature was her inability to walk well.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Are any of you planning something special for Cinco de Mayo? I will probably at ;least make chile taco casserole (a chile beef lasagna with chips and Monteray Jack cheese. Maybe I’ll have one (1) Margarita (gotta keep the sugar in my diet down).

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


    Are any of you planning something special for Cinco de Mayo?


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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    That is awful. That poor family.

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    Corner Stone says:


    Are any of you planning something special for Cinco de Mayo?

    I made soup this weekend and plan to ride it til it breaks.
    So, no.

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    lamh36 says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I read somewhere that them mom also lost her home and is basically homeless..I mean. it’s just heartbreaking!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I don’t like mayo. Butter, EVOO, or nothin.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @lamh36: That is just absurd. I’m sure the Coroner could make charts, reports, take pictures, etc., needed by investigators and release the body for burial. That is disrespectful of the family and of Tamir Rice.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Her most memorable feature was her inability to walk well.

    Think how much worse she would have walked if she had been particularly busty.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    It is both heartbreaking and incredibly offensive. Come ON!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @PurpleGirl: If there are potential charges in the offing, any physical evidence must be preserved so the the defense can examine it. However horrible it is for the family, the body is physical evidence. How would one feel if charges were brought and then dismissed because the defense was not give an adequate opportunity to examine evidence?

    I know it sounds cold, but there are reasons for it.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: It literally took twenty years for me to be able to fully straighten my right arm following that night.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: it’s been almost 5 months…that doesn’t seem long to you?

    Mike Brown was buried about 2 weeks after being shot.

    Freddie Gray is already buried, a little over a month.

    how long for Trayvon Martin, or the young man who was killed in Walmart.

    how about Eric Garner…I don’t recall any of these bodies being unavailable for burial this long.

    btw, listing all of those really makes me sad…

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    Tommy says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I bet. I got hit by a car on my mountain bike about 20 years ago. Dislocated my shoulder. Broke my collar bone. Still working on this by the way. That part of my body is still messed up.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Man. Put the fucking ball in the fucking basket.
    Stop this damn, “We can beat these guys any time we feel like it.”
    And just freakin’ finish this shit!

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    Corner Stone says:

    Fucking sloppy. 20 turnovers by the Rockets.
    Give me a damn break.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lamh36: Like I said, if they are still investigating (and if they really are), it is necessary.

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    Tommy says:

    Here is some happy:

    Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Maryland, got up behind a podium today and put the death of Freddie Gray while in the custody of the Baltimore police right in the box where it belongs.

    In a news conference, the state’s attorney, Marilyn J. Mosby, described repeated mistreatment of Mr. Gray. She said that time and again police mistreated Mr. Gray, arresting him with no grounds, violating police procedure by putting him in cuffs and leg cuffs in the van without seat belting him and then repeatedly failing to get him medical attention. She said that when he was removed from the wagon, “Mr. Gray was no longer breathing at all.”

    That is the way that prosecutors talk when they think they have a case for homicide. Suddenly, all the evasions and denials and convenient press leaks from anonymous “other prisoners” in that death trap of a police vehicle disappear like smoke on the wind. Every police officer in Baltimore has heard a prosecutor talk this way about a perp they’ve collared. This is what it sounds like when the knife gets turned


    I could read the above one hundred times.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    That most definitely does not suck.

    Enjoy your travels!

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    danielx says:


    Thinking about douchebags like Scott Walker just makes me crabby and think we haven’t evolved much in the past 10,000 years.

    Last 10,000 years, hell. I’ve kind of started to rethink my position on evolution; every time I see a picture of Joe Arpaio or Paul LePage (or for that matter go into a Walmart) I think there’s no way these people can be the product of millions of years of evolutionary progress.

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    NotMax says:


    Sí, cómo no.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Well, that’s definitely an ouch, but, you know, drunken Canadian girl….

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    JustRuss says:

    @raven: I forgot yesterday was the full moon. Had to take mom to the ER, we were there until 2AM and they kept apologizing for how busy they were. I don’t know how anyone can work graveyard in an ER and manage to be not just polite but genuinely nice. I was impressed.

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    Corner Stone says:


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    If really necessary (after all this time), I wouldn’t think it would be that hard to get an exhumation order. Yes, that might be painful for the family, but surely not more painful than being denied the opportunity of laying him to rest.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Three point off the glass? Did you call that, friend?

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    lamh36 says:

    my understanding is that Tamir Rice’s mother has moved into a homeless shelter. cant afford a new home and doesn’t want to live right next to where Tamir was killed

    here is a gofundme for the family of Tamir Rice set up by their legal counsel…

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: She left me there in pain. Until a couple of years ago when I met a nice Quebecoise at a poutine stand, it affected my views.

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    Tommy says:

    @danielx: What is with the Canadian gals and the mean thoughts. Maybe I am just crazy but they were always nice people. Worse case they are a good looking group of folks!

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    Elmo says:

    This one is going to be hard to describe.

    Anyone ever driven T-posts with a post driver? It’s a capped steel tube, about two feet long, with handles on the sides. You fit the tube over the top of the T-post, and lift up, then slam down, lift up, then slam down, to drive the post into the ground.

    The trick is not to lift too high and pull the tube all the way off the post. Because if you do, when you slam it back down, you might miss.

    Picture a short, stocky woman going lift, slam! lift, slam! for all she’s worth. Now she goes lift, and it goes a bit too high; slam! and the far edge of the tube catches on top of the post; but the momentum of her arms continues, bending her elbows and bringing the full weight of the steel tube crashing down horizontally across the top of her skull.

    The post driver weighs 15 pounds.

    When I regained consciousness, my then-partner (now wife) was at that painful cusp of deep concern and hysterical laughter.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: If he is buried, stuff will be done to his body that will affect the trial. I think it is terrible that the family is waiting so long for the closure of a proper funeral. But I ask this, does anyone want to compromise a possible prosecution?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Tommy: Why are you going after danielx on this issue?

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    Tommy says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: @Omnes Omnibus: Not going after him in the least. Just found the conversation strange.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Tommy: I was asking because I think you may have mislinked. You may want to take a look.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Don’t know how you can play defense any better on Griffin.

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    satby says:

    So I was all excited that I might have a weasel living under my yard shed but my farmer neighbor told me it was a groundhog from the picture I put on FB. Do groundhogs have long tails?
    My neighbors think I’m a hopeless city girl. Because I am, I guess.

    And it’s midnight and they’re still plowing the fields around my house.

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    Tommy says:

    @Corner Stone: Griffin is such I think on most nights he decides how amazing he wants to be. He is that good. But sad, many nights he doesn’t seem to want to be “great.”

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    Keith G says:

    @Elmo: So you were doing this at a time before diesel powered, hand-held augers were readily available?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @satby: Weasels and groundhogs are very different. Have you seen a ferret? That’s what a weasel looks like. A groundhog is similar to a really big guinea pig. I hope this helps.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Tommy, I’m just having fun poking at Omnes a little bit. I worked for the Government of Canada for 25 years, and bow to no one in my admiration of the breed. Yes, they are nice and yes, they are good looking.

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    Tommy says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: NO worries and clearly I get it. Just like women.

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    Oh boy, I just turned on the news and it sounds like the river that runs through town (that flooded a year and half ago) is running high. No rain here at the moment, but a few miles upstream, I guess they are getting slammed. Keep a good thought.

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    Cervantes says:


    I think there’s no way these people can be the product of millions of years of evolutionary progress

    Evolution implies adaptive change but not “progress.”

    Perhaps this helps resolve your question.

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    Elmo says:

    @Keith G: Ha! No, you don’t use those for T posts; that would be overkill, and make really too big a hole. A T post has a blade at the bottom for stability, and they’re designed to be driven into the dirt. It isn’t hard if you’re moderately tall and strong. I’m strong for a woman, but I’m short and it affects my leverage.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Don’t even get me started on the Aussie girls….. Or, dear dog, the French. But then, we could talk about posh English girls if this weren’t a family blog.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Don’t even

    I just.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Exactly. I am coming off a weird weekend. There is a new soccer complex in my hometown – built as brownfield reclamation – but I got invited up because the niece and nephew want me to see them play. So I went up. My nephew cornered me to talk about music – he is 13. He is a potential insufferable hipster music snob. I just need to encourage him in the right way. Bit by bit.

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    Keith G says:

    @Elmo: Oh yeah. Somehow I missed the t-post info. I have been pouring over census tract forms for Toledo Ohio (1940 census) for the last three hours. My eyes are about to go on strike.

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    satby says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I thought for sure it looked and ran like a ferret, but bigger. And I have no tunnels in the yard, which I thought was a groundhog trademark. But whatever it is, I assume we can coexist. The yard shed is 1/2 an acre away from my house and dog and cat yards.

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    Mike G says:

    Carly Failurina neglected to register the domain

    You’d think a former tech CEO wouldn’t overlook something as technical and basic as URL registry; then you’d review what she did to HP and wouldn’t be surprised at all.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Still young enough for you to do some avuncular molding.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Mike G:

    I’ve been chuckling, giggling, chortling and guffawing about this all day long. LOL, LMFAO and ROFL don’t even begin to approach my level of mirth.

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    jl says:

    I see that Herman Cain and Carly Fiorina (demon sheep) set some trends in bizarre contentless GOP political ads.

    “That boy was out last hope”, what is that supposed to mean? Sounds like dogwhistle to me. I think a lot of people will interpret that way regardless of what hermetic code talking Walker may be trying to do. Another entry in the annals of GOP outreach.

    I don’t recall much film noir in Star Wars, so the ambiguous shady figure (har har, shady, Walker… get it?) is jarring next to the Star Wars schtick.

    Am i over reading this? Or is just some random stuff slapped together that would look cool and ‘hep cat’?

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Mike G: I’d forgotten just how many people she had laid off. I kept scrolling down down, and down; I really wanted to see what the site owner wrote at the bottom. My conclusion — She’s a dumb as a sack of hair, as are her advisers. Who doesn’t know at this point in the internet age that you have to protect any and all possible domain names.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @jl: Yes, they are going for Star Wars references. This bunch here at BJ, being nerds and geeks, made the requisite connections to the satire, parody, or whatever it was Walker people were going for. I guess a lot of people who are nerds and geeks won’t get it. And even some geeks, like myself who isn’t a fount of Star Wars dialogue, might not get it either. I finally got the ‘May the 4th” but initially thought someone was trying to go for a lisp. Another bunch of PR people who may be dumb as a sack of hair.

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    Fort Geek says:

    @Tommy: I messed up my knee back in high school getting hit by a car on my 10-speed.

    I was coasting around the turn at an intersection, riding the sidewalk…on the wrong side of the road. There was a line of cars waiting for the red light. One of them pulled right in front of me as the teen driver decided to try cutting through the gas station lot to get around the light.

    My front wheel hit his bumper right where the bumper guard mounted to it. Wheel stops, bike stops, turns into catapult. I did what had to be an amazing somersault over the hood (dented it with my knee), between the radio antenna and windshield, and flat on my back on the grass next to the sidewalk. Any other angle and I might have gotten neck, back or arm damage.

    So I’m lying there staring up at the sky, wondering WHY I was looking there. Took a few moments for memory to catch up to me. Then I sat up and looked in the passenger side of the car at the terrified, white-faced kid driver and asked him if HE was all right. heh.

    Bike was ruined. I had some scrapes and such, but the knee was the worst.

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    jl says:

    ” I finally got the ‘May the 4th” but initially thought someone was trying to go for a lisp. ” I got that right away. It was what made me wonder if people were being hoaxed at first.

    If ‘the boy”reference is a play on Star Wars dialogue, seems dumb and pointless to me, unless there is some angle I am not getting. The dogwhistle aspect is at leas slightly unexpected and maybe clever for dudes over brewskies, if also offensive.

    Maybe Herman Cain will get in again. His ads were poetic absurdist art of the highest order compared to this stuff.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Politics is pretty hard for Scott Walker isn’t it? Presenting himself as just some Star Wars fanboi who wants to be president as some kind of LARP, well done Walker.

    I can see why the Kotchs aren’t fully embracing their own creation.

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    boatboy_srq says:

    @jl: I don’t think you’re overanalyzing here: that was my response, too – especially after “hope and change” became synonymous with BHOs campaigns. One glance at that line and I thought “talk about racist uses of that line…”. Although for unsubtle dogwhistle it’s a neat piece of theft, and for a certain generation (X) the power of the source may cause the bigotry to go over more heads than usual.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Mike G:

    I’m quite surprised at how non-techy many of the CEOs are at big tech firms. You would think they would have an interview where their techy credentials would be reviewed.

    The woman who has taken over total control of Yahoo is destroying their technological base. Their email, which was for years a leader, frequently stops working at all. Often it seems to think my Linux laptop is running Chrome – NOT! But of course the email app written for Chrome won’t run at all on Ubuntu.

    She seems to be detail oriented, and willing to spend her time telling professionals how to do their jobs, as opposed to setting a strategic direction and seeing to it that that strategy is executed. I’m hating what they are doing – all the things I didn’t like about Yahoo are being made central to their presentation, and the things I liked about Yahoo are already gone.

    I always thought a CEO boss who gets too far into the details of their (giant) business were doomed to failure, and she seems to be proving it is so.

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