Late Evening Open Thread: The Country’s in the Very Best of Hands…

I mentioned a while back, when cornered in comments by a certain unnamed musical fanatic, that other than the Batman: the Brave and the Bold animated episode The MusicMeister, the only musical I actually like is Lil Abner. Largely because it was the only thing to watch one night while I was stuck on the couch in my house in Scotland with a sinus and respiratory infection. We only had three channels and at least one of the other ones was showing snooker… So Lil Abner it was. Given the events of today, I think these two numbers from the Lil Abner movie are appropriate.


Have at it…

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Encourage Dissent


A note from commentor Lizzy L:

For those worried about ACA coverage for themselves and their families…. After hearing about the midnight repeal of the pre-existing conditions clause, a friend of mine called Senator Warren’s office. The woman she spoke to said they are being flooded with calls, as are the offices of Speakers Ryan and McConnell.

Senator Warren’s staff member told her that what would help the most would be to call the five Republican senators who have broken away from the GOP to demand a slow down of the repeal. Tell them how much you appreciate their efforts to stop this train wreck! If this issue affects you or someone you love, share your story with the staffer who answers the phone. (Remember the time difference when you call.)

The senators are:
Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824

if you call the number and get VM, one approach would be to leave an appreciative and encouraging message. I know people who prefer to do that, since calling a Representative’s office often means waiting on hold for a loooong time.

Apart from encouragement — and resistance — what’s on the agenda for the day?

Lyrics from songs

What are your all-time favorite lyrics from songs? For me, I’d go with this from Shane MacGowan because it’s the code that I try to live by everyday:

And in the Euston tavern you screamed it was your shout
But they wouldn’t give you service so you kicked the windows out
They took you out into the street and kicked you in the brains
So you walked back in through a bolted door and did it all again

I also like this from Bob Dylan, though I’m not as big a fan of Bob as some:

Life is sad
Life is a bust
All you can do is do what you must
You do what you must do and you do it well

And I’ve always like this from Robert Johnson:

When the train, it left the station, there was two lights on behind,
When the train, it left the station, there was two lights on behind,
Well, the blue light was my baby, and the red light was my mind.

What are your favorites?

Saturday Morning Open Thread: Merry Orthodox Xmas!


Which gets, by my weak google-fu, very little attention; but here’s the Evening Standard:

While many western countries hold their celebrations on December 25, in much of the Soviet Union and the Middle East, Christmas falls 13 days later.

The reason for getting festive in early January is that some countries still celebrate feast days according to the old Julian Calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar…

Some of the countries that will be celebrating Christmas today include Belarus, Montenegro, Russia, Greece and Serbia.

Some Christmas traditions are shared between the countries that celebrate the Julian calendar. Advent season is a time of fasting and performing deeds of charity, and meat is cut out of the diet for 40 days.

Christmas Eve is celebrated with a special dinner, which often features 12 dishes to represent the 12 apostles – although some do not eat on Christmas Eve at all, until the first star appears in the sky. Christmas Day sees most countries tuck into a hearty Christmas feast, with local delicacies eaten from that particular country…


Apart from marking the official end of the (religious) Christmas season, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Late Night Music Open Thread – (Dis)United States of Pop: Into Pieces

Something about DJ Earworm’s artistry — the best annual collaborations seem to be during years of heightened political tensions. No doubt in part because the musicians are just as embedded in the culture as the rest of us…

Late Night Open Thread: Shine


Unsaintly, but probably irresistable (at least to David Axelrod:

“I’m confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Mr. Obama said on Mr. Axelrod’s podcast, “The Axe Files,” referring to his message of inclusion and helping middle-class Americans.

“I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say the vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one,” he said…

Evening Open Thread

We are clearly overdue for an open thread and since I can’t be bothered doing anything on major international incidents, here’s me and a bunch of my relatives.

Also, berserker Baby Groot at the 1:07 mark…

Which has put this earworm in my head since the trailer debuted. You’re welcome!

And from what I can tell none of their instruments and gear is even plugged in. The 1970s, what are you gonna do.