Saturday Open Thread

Republicans are convening in Burlingame, CA this weekend. Updates here. There were Trump protests and a few arrests. Trump and Kasich spoke (Kasich is staying in.) Cruz and Fiorini will speak tomorrow.

Trump said it would be nice for Republicans to unify, but if they don't, he will still win and he doesn't much care:

Could I win without it? I think so, to be honest, I think so," he said. High-profile Republicans such as Jeb Bush, he continued, may not support him in the general, but he brushed that off as a minor issue. "Big deal, like I care. OK?"

"Again, ideally, we're going to be together," Trump said. "I think I will win even if we're not together. I mean there are some people, I honestly don't want their endorsement. I just don't want it ... It's not going to have any impact on whether or not we beat Hillary Clinton. It's not going to have any impact. But most of the party has to come together."


Remember the woman whose fetus was cut out from her womb by a woman who had posted an ad for free maternity clothes on Craig's List? She was sentenced yesterday to 100 years in prison. Her defense was not based on insanity, but lack of intent to kill the pregnant woman. The defense argued she acted spontaneously. (There was no murder charge because the prosecution didn't prove the fetus was born alive.)

Hopefully, someone has something happier to comment on. This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Jazz at the White House on TV tonight. (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by caseyOR on Sat Apr 30, 2016 at 04:10:49 PM EST
    The Obamas hosted a Jazz at the White House performance last night. ABC will broadcast parts of that performance tonight at 7 pm (CDT).

    UPDATE: ABC-TV is broadcasting "Jazz at the White House" tonight (Saturday, 8pm ET). The one-hour prime time special features highlights from an event taped Friday night, hosted by President and Michelle Obama. Billed as an "all-star global concert",  artists include Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Diana Krall, Trombone Shorty, Pat Metheny, Al Jarreau, Wayne Shorter and more. How cool is that?

    It looks like a good show.

    'something happier to comment on." (none / 0) (#1)
    by desertswine on Sat Apr 30, 2016 at 11:30:39 AM EST
    Here's something new of a rather neither here nor there nature.  The House passes a resolution naming the bison the "national mammal"  Who said that they couldn't do anything?  
    I'm not sure what this means for the future of the bison.  Maybe something good.

    I think the official GOP mammal ... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Apr 30, 2016 at 02:55:14 PM EST
    ... should be the weasel. At first glance many people think weasels are cute, but they're actually mean and bloodthirsty, fearless to the point of foolhardy, and can be prone to bite off more than they can chew.

    And, for the 2nd time, a weasel (none / 0) (#5)
    by ExPatObserver on Sat Apr 30, 2016 at 02:59:15 PM EST
    shut down a particle accelerator (first time was in Waxahachie).
    The weasel is a nice idea, but I have to say that the GOP reminds me more of the last opossum I saw.

    It should be good news for Bison (none / 0) (#2)
    by fishcamp on Sat Apr 30, 2016 at 12:22:41 PM EST
    Hopefully there will be more funds available to monitor their health and welfare.  Buffalo are very susceptible to the disease Brucellosis, as are pigs, elk, wild goats, dogs, and even people.  It comes from tainted meat and infected mother's milk.  It can wipe out a herd of Buffalo rapidly.  Buffalo eat anything.

    On the drive from Denver to Aspen there is a pull off place to view a big herd of Bison.  You just stand  and stare at them while they stare back.  Since the possession of only one eagle feather is a federal offense,  I wonder what will happen to all the Buffalo head and horn mounts in many bars, hotels, and other locations throughout the West?

    How did (none / 0) (#3)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Apr 30, 2016 at 01:53:40 PM EST
    the shirt go over with the guys at the gym?