Sunday Morning Open Thread: “Life Is Short. Make Something.”

So, this happened…

… followed by the inevitable butwutabaud from a well-paid wingnut…

… which was not well received:

Yeah, John Rogers is the guy responsible for the Crazification Factor (also Leverage, and many other things):


Apart from that, what’s on the agenda as we plan for the upcoming week?

Some more Black Panther links, because why not:
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Kids these days

The kids will be alright.


My first presidential vote was for Al Gore.

My first presidential donation was for Howard Dean.

My first presidential win was for Obama.

I’ve been pretty happy with my choices and my votes.  And the losses have been clusterfucks.

I don’t think that I am too unusual for the people of my generation and the generation that is younger than me.


Everyone my age and younger has seen Republican presidents lead us into dumb wars, insult, bully and harass our friends and family members  of color and/or non-hetero-cis gender identity and loot our futures while exacerbating large, long term climate problems.  We’ve seen that.  We’ve also seen the opposite.

Kids who are entering high school will have their political memories formed by the contrast of Trump and Obama.  Just think about that for a while.

The kids are all right; it is our job as old and not so old fogies to give them the time and space to grow.

Late Night Olympics Open Thread: Dancing on Ice


As a devout animist, of course I was much interested in Yuzuru Hanyu’s Abe no Seimei themed performance. Found this Youtube fan short which might be enlightening for those of you who haven’t seen the movie he based it on…

(Theme is from Onmiyoji, which is entertaining in its own right.)

Late Evening Open Thread: A Corgi Riding A One Eyed Pony

And now for something completely different!

BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) – A dog riding a one-eyed pony into the night is a surely a spectacle that needs video proof. A Missouri woman made sure to get exactly that.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Callie Schenker pulled into her driveway Thursday to the sight of her neighbor’s Corgi sitting on her horse, Cricket. She recorded a 15-second video of the pony trotting away into the darkness as the canine sits atop, looking at the camera.

The 22-year-old posted the video on Facebook with the message, “I can’t make this stuff up!!! So we pull back in our driveway tonight and this is what we see. This is not our dog! But apparently him and Cricket the one-eyed wonder pony are best friends.” The video has received 5.3 million views as of Tuesday morning.

Schenker says the Corgi’s owners are Mennonites who avoid going online, so they likely don’t know their dog is gaining internet fame.

Open thread!

By Request: NANCY SMASH!


I was gonna wait to see how it turned out, but yeah, Pelosi deserves the spotlight…

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the rare step Wednesday of giving a marathon speech supporting Democrats’ attempts to legalize the status of young immigrant “dreamers,” in a bid to pressure Republicans to act.

Pelosi (D-Calif.) began talking shortly after 10 a.m., using her right as minority leader to speak for as long as she wants. She began by saying that she would lead opposition to a broad two-year budget agreement that includes several Democratic priorities but does not address immigration — the topic that has prolonged the spending debate for several months.

“I have no intention of yielding back,” Pelosi said at 3:41 p.m. Eastern as she neared the six-hour mark of her ongoing remarks.

The hope is that Pelosi and Democrats — whose support is often needed to pass spending bills in the face of opposition from fiscal conservatives — can pressure House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) to hold votes on immigration legislation, as the Senate is poised to begin doing next week.

“Why should we in the House be treated in such a humiliating way when the Republican Senate leader has given that opportunity in a bipartisan way to his membership? What’s wrong? There’s something wrong with this picture,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi, 77, peppered her speech with anecdotes about people protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and mentioned the biblical tale of the Good Samaritan…

At least six floor aides and 18 Democratic lawmakers sat around her, including Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.). But most sat skimming their phones or reading documents. One aide kept slipping her fresh pages with more stories to tell about dreamers affected by the ongoing impasse.

On the other side of the chamber sat only Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) and two aides, seemingly waiting to seize the floor and begin debate on a home mortgage bill scheduled to be voted on later Wednesday…

Of course (*sigh*) it wouldn’t be a Democratic landmark without some two-bit opportunist trying to grab some attention…

Falcon Heavy Live Stream

Space X’s Falcon Heavy rocket is now scheduled to test launch at 3:45 PM EST. The Falcon Heavy is three Falcon 9 rockets bundled together in a new configuration from the regular Falcon 9s. The main rocket has a payload attached with two Falcon 9s as boosters. The Falcon heavy has 27 engines and generates more than 5 million pounds of thrust at lift off.

Musk has given it just a 50% chance of actually lifting off for its test flight without blowing up.

Here’s a live feed to watch it.

Open thread!

Sunday Morning Open Thread: Profound Progress


Back in the sixth grade (so, 1966 or ’67), we had to write an essay about our future and read it out loud to the class. The girl in front of me planned to marry an insurance agent and be a stay-at-home suburban mom with three kids — she even had their names picked out. (In our working-class urban Catholic neighborhood, this was aspirational.)

Since the teacher and I had been undergoing one of our periodic “Your penmanship (with a fountain pen — no ballpoints in parochial school) could be perfectly legible if only you would make the effort jousts, I announced that I planned to be a writer. And it would be just fine, because I’d have a robot editor to correct my spelling and read my scrawls.

Mrs. Anderson told my parents they ought to consider counseling, since I didn’t seem to be able to tell the difference between probability and fantasy.

Of course, I spent my working life getting paid to use word processors, so I probably came closer to a true prediction than Diane as a stay-at-home mom…

Apart from scienterrific wonderments, what’s on the agenda for the day?