Monday Night Open Thread

Long day, just getting home. I'm going to catch up with ISIS and other news.

DWTS has a new season tonight. Tommy Chong is one of the new contestants. This interview with him about the show and pot is pretty funny. (Added: I just saw Tommy dance, he was great. And Cheech driving the car was a great touch. The show is not shying away from his marijuana activism, which is great. He says in the interview he is going to dress in green most of the season. Medical marijuana couldn't have a better placed spokesman.) What happened to Julianne Hough? She's now a judge and looks like Harriet in Ozzie and Harriet. I don't know most of these contestants -- Some lady in red did her dance and then argued with the judges about her performance. She's going to be a pain. Betsy Johnson is a character, I wonder if they added her for comic value alone. She look s like a rag doll. On the other hand, being able to do a cartwheel and a twist at her age is no small feat. I'm surprised she got 5's. Her dancing was about a 2. The young dancer from Duck Dynasty talks like she has marbles in her mouth but what a great dancer.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Are we watching (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:27:17 PM EST
    The Roosevelts?  It pretty great.  Teddy was a character.  Quite the war monger.  Talking about San Juan Hill he sounds like Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore from Apocolypse Now.  Then turns around and does all this amazingly great stuff.   Quite a complicated character.

    I'm getting real tired of Peter (none / 0) (#10)
    by desertswine on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:53:02 PM EST
    Coyote's agitated voice.  He reads everything like its really, really important.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:54:15 PM EST
    Only about 12 more hours

    The Heartland Speaks (none / 0) (#2)
    by whitecap333 on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:30:40 PM EST
    The Post-Dispatch has just released a survey of the opinions of residents of St. Louis County about the Ferguson matter.  An astounding 62% of Whites say the shooting was justified.  The number of "undecided" Whites is not disclosed.  71% of Whites say that the officer shouldn't be arrested.  71% of Blacks say he should be.  77% of Whites say Brown wasn't targeted because of his race, 64% of Blacks say otherwise.  70% of Whites have confidence in McCulloch.  75% "overall" say the media has made matters worse.  

    This survey seems to represent a significant shift in opinion since the Rasmussen poll, conducted August 15-16.  At that time, 17% of Whites believed Wilson guilty, while only 2% were willing to say he acted properly.  The remaining 81% were "undecided."  As previously mentioned, St. Louis County is 23% Black.

    I do hope no one feels obliged to apologize for castigating me as some sort of right-wing bomb-thrower.  We all make mistakes.  Forget about it.

    Mother of god (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:35:09 PM EST
    Please make it stop

    Obviously, we should replace (none / 0) (#4)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:36:05 PM EST
    the entire Justice system with opinion surveys.  

    It will work out great.  Really.


    In other astounding news, dog bites man. (none / 0) (#12)
    by Anne on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:56:26 PM EST

    I feel confident no apologies are coming your way, with or without your releasing us from the obligation (really?) to provide one to you.


    The Book of Miracles (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:37:46 PM EST
    NYTimes review

    The manuscript is something of a prodigy in itself, it must be said: its existence was hitherto unknown, and silence wraps its discovery; apart from the attribution to Augsburg, little is certain about the possible workshop, or the patron for whom such a splendid sequence of pictures might have been created. The name of the Augsburg artist and printmaker Hans Burgkmair appears on folio 117r, on the page illustrating the birth of conjoined calves, and Borchert consequently proposes that, as Burgkmair the Elder died in the 1530s, the artist in question here must be his son, Hans Burgkmair the Younger, who is much less well attested by known works. But all in all, this Book of Miracles is a gorgeous unheralded surprise: a foundling of unknown parents, a virgin birth.

    I have a birthday coming up

    You should click the review link (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:39:35 PM EST
    Just to see the plates.  Incredible.  I must have this.

    New word of the day: (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by oculus on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:51:38 PM EST

    Wow (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by squeaky on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:50:39 PM EST
    A Renaissance Henry Darger.   pretty cool!

    A hither-to untried-in the U.S. DNA (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:50:04 PM EST
    test to distinguish between identical twins: