Tuesday Late Afternoon Open Thread

Via Susie Madrak via Lance Mannion, a great interview by Jesse Pearson of David Simon, ranting and raving about the issues of the day, talking about The Wire and his new show, Treme. Well worth the read.

This is an Open Thread.

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    David Levine passed away this morning (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Pol C on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 07:03:00 PM EST
    He was the great caricaturist for the New York Review of Books. His best known piece is probably the image of LBJ showing a surgical scar shaped like Vietnam.

    Click here for a gallery of his work.

    Some good news from Digby... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jackson Hunter on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 06:03:41 PM EST

    Of course, this will be overturned by the supremes, but I take whatever little victories that I can.


    Note to hotel operators: (none / 0) (#2)
    by andgarden on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 06:08:18 PM EST
    when your overpriced "high speed internet" is slower than AT&T's 3G, you need to invest in your connection. A T1 is generally insufficient these days.

    And, just rent ... (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 09:31:36 PM EST
    some porn on the Hotel's TV service.


    Seriously, I remember back in the day, when dreamed of being able afford a T1 line.  How times change.


    If anybody is ever up at 1:30 in the morning (none / 0) (#3)
    by tigercourse on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 06:09:11 PM EST
    on Monday, ABC airs what is basically the  Canadian version of the Wire. It's called Davinci's Inquest  and the final season is finishing up right now. I don't know if they'll keep airing it after that.

    The show actually started before the Wire and what I've seen of it is pretty great. It's centered around Dominic Davinci, a Vancouver coroner. It follows him and a host of other police. Unlike the Wire they don't really incorporate the POVs of the criminials, but it seems like a pretty realistic series.

    Well still . . (none / 0) (#4)
    by SOS on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 06:46:09 PM EST
    the MSM is no "watchdog" of government.

    Foley says Baucus was debating on the floor (none / 0) (#5)
    by Inspector Gadget on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 06:46:37 PM EST
    of the Senate drunk on Dec 22nd while debating the serious HCR bill.

    Baucus is going to become famous for all the wrong reasons.  Scroll down and watch the video. Decide for yourself.

    Oh, yeh. (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Cream City on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 08:02:15 PM EST
    Classic drunkspeak.

    However, former Rep. Mr. Foley is rather stretching it to equate that with pedophilia and predatory abuse of power in his case.


    True enough on (none / 0) (#12)
    by Inspector Gadget on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 08:09:23 PM EST
    no true comparison of actions.

    But, I think he's got a point that arguing for the entire population on an issue as costly and important as health care and insurance premiums while under the influence is egregious enough to warrant discipline on a severe level.


    At least Foley will be a great tattletale (none / 0) (#16)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 09:32:09 PM EST
    from here on out.  It can have its uses :)  Now we know how Baucus can live with himself, like so many of his kind he sauces the hole where is soul is supposed to be :)

    I dunno...if you watched his (none / 0) (#23)
    by oldpro on Wed Dec 30, 2009 at 12:25:15 AM EST
    committee hearings, it was clear that he's a garbletalker at the best of times...unless he was imbibing day AND night.  I couldn't follow anything he said and his patterns were so annoying I had to mute him.

    It appears the voters may mute him for good.

    Fine with me.


    If he isn't drug impaired (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 07:45:18 PM EST
    alcohol or otherwise he is having a stroke.

    We should have a law against spending under the influence.....


    Lovely (none / 0) (#18)
    by ruffian on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 09:34:48 PM EST
    What a jacka**. That's about all i can say about him.

    Vice Magazine? (none / 0) (#6)
    by SOS on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 06:49:38 PM EST
    Ho man will this country ever "grow up"

    Read the interview... (none / 0) (#25)
    by kdog on Wed Dec 30, 2009 at 10:26:54 AM EST
    I've seen grown-ups and I'll take Vice Magazine interviews like this...grown-ups wanna ignore such inconvenient truths.

    Excellent interview... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 07:03:20 PM EST
    Simon breaks it down so concisely...smart dude.

    Like this gem regarding the "Just Say No" campaign...

    Right. Like, "What the f*ck was I supposed to say yes to, motherf*cker?"

    He sure does speak the kind of truth (none / 0) (#17)
    by ruffian on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 09:33:33 PM EST
    people would prefer to ignore. On politicians

    They sublimate any moral imperative to their own personal ambition. They wed themselves to the capitalist construct and they embrace the status quo at all costs.

    Looking forward to his new show.


    So many gems in there... (none / 0) (#24)
    by kdog on Wed Dec 30, 2009 at 10:19:37 AM EST
    how 'bout this one...

    These ignorant motherf*ckers. What do they think group insurance is, other than socialism? Just the idea of buying group insurance! If socialism is a taint that you cannot abide by, then, goddamn it, you shouldn't be in any group insurance policy

    You tell 'em David!  


    That is funny (none / 0) (#26)
    by Cream City on Wed Dec 30, 2009 at 09:20:44 PM EST
    and true.  I gotta use it with certain family members.

    Nothing goes better with leftovers (none / 0) (#11)
    by Ellie on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 08:05:52 PM EST
    While waiting for some holiday leftovers to warm, I surfed this lovely instance of product placement:

    Police: Young Fla. couple plotted to kill mother 32 mins ago
    CLEARWATER, Fla. - An 11-year-old Florida girl and her 15-year-old boyfriend are accused of plotting to kill the girl's mother by setting her bedroom on fire while the woman slept Tuesday, police said.

    Samantha Broadhead and Jack Ault have been charged with attempted murder and arson after the fire in Clearwater, about 20 miles west of Tampa on Florida's Gulf Coast.

    Clearwater Police Department detectives say the young couple poured gasoline on Nancy Broadhead's bedroom floor and bed, and then set the room aflame. Police say the pair escaped in the mother's 2007 Ford Focus

    Irrelevant drivel like the condition of the intended target and status of the would-be bed burners follow the product placement.

    Remember, at Ford, getting you the f*ck out of Dodge after you gas up and try to immolate your chain-smoking cigarette mom in her bed while she sleeps is Job One!

    Unexpected show fall. City grinding to halt. (none / 0) (#19)
    by caseyOR on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 09:43:23 PM EST
    About 3 PM this afternoon, as I was whiling away the time at the DMV, someone exclaimed "OMG! It's snowing." And so it was. And so it continued. Approx. 4 inches in just a couple of hours. Just in time for the evening commute.

    We were expecting cold and maybe rain. Not snow. Not a single local weatherperson found a hint of snow on their various computer/radar models.

    Snow is quite the weather event here. We don't get enough of it often enough to have the skills and the equipment needed to deal. There is panic in the air. For many the drive home is taking hours. It's really quite pretty, though. Huge, fat, wet snowflakes.

    Temps tomorrow up to the low 40s. Snow replaced by the expected rain.

    Recognize the symptoms! (none / 0) (#20)
    by oldpro on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 10:11:05 PM EST
    The very words "OMG It's snowing!" sends me to my car headed for home with a stop at the grocery store...ya never know how long it'll be!  And get me off the roads...too many inexperienced drivers endangering themselves and everyone else on the road...

    Is Seattle safe? (none / 0) (#21)
    by caseyOR on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 10:19:40 PM EST
    Did the Puget Sound area experience this delight of nature, too? Or was it limited to those of us closer to the Columbia?

    NWCN says SW Wa snow...dunno (none / 0) (#22)
    by oldpro on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 10:40:12 PM EST
    about Seattle yet (haven't heard from my kid in West Seattle) but nothing here on the Oly Peninsula yet.  Low 30s in Puget Sound, tho, not unlike Portland.  My neice emailed a couple hours ago from Portland to say she expected 1-3 inches.