Wednesday Night Open Thread

We don't really need another open thread yet, but American Idol is on and the Denver Nuggets are in the playoffs. 47 million people voted last night in AI. My prediction: Allison or Matt goes home tonight. I hope it's Matt.

Update: Adam is in the bottom two with Matt. Really a surprise. Next, Matt goes home, not a surprise.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    The senate (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CST on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 09:23:10 PM EST
    passed the budget with 53 votes.

    Arlen Spector voted no along with 4 other Dems.

    But it passed.

    In most parliamentary democracies (5.00 / 4) (#8)
    by andgarden on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 09:50:20 PM EST
    voting against your party's budget gets you punished. You'd think that as the newest Dem in the Senate, Specter would play ball and vote for this one.

    He's going to need to feel some heat.


    Primary opponent (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by CST on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:17:21 PM EST
    Sounds like a great idea.

    Joe Torsella is actually a family friend (none / 0) (#18)
    by andgarden on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:20:08 PM EST
    But I have no expectation that he's going to stay in for very long.

    How about Sestak? (none / 0) (#25)
    by gyrfalcon on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 11:47:24 PM EST
    Hothead, and he won't risk it (none / 0) (#26)
    by andgarden on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 11:49:27 PM EST
    Now, Patrick Murphy would be an interesting choice. Allyson Schwartz could win, but she's not running.

    Sean Hannity opened his (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by gyrfalcon on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:11:19 PM EST
    show tonight with FOUR MINUTES of sound bites of Obama and others from the last 100 days with that scary, ominous opening music from Carmina Burana ("O, Fortuna") at increasing volume underneath.

    Wayyy over the top, even for Hannity.  These people are absolutely scared s**tless they're never, ever going to get back in the game.

    Reminds me of Mike Barnicle's line in the Globe years ago about a failed former Mass. governor, "Like the Titanic, he's so far under water it isn't worth the dive to find out if there's anything of value left."

    I would like nothing more (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by CST on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:33:33 PM EST
    than for the republican party to become completely irrelevant, and for the Dems to break into two parties, with one being truly left.

    But that might just be the wine talking.


    Karl Rove (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by gyrfalcon on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 11:57:59 PM EST
    was up on Hannity (don't ask me why I had to watch this crap, long story) first and talked increasingly hysterically for the whole segment, not even making an attempt to make his lies plausible.  For the first time I've heard him post-Bush, he actually sounded panicky.

    After that came Michael Steele, who just sounded incoherent and pointless, as usual.

    That was followed by a "where are they now" bit on Obama's "disgraced" nominees, but Hannity had to throw Judd Gregg in, too, since he didn't have enough "disgraces" to make up a segment.

    To wrap up the first half hour, there was a string of Joe Biden's "greatest hits," sound bites of various silly gaffes and awkwardnesses, to which Hannity snickered that maybe Obama should lend him one of his teleprompters.

    Hannity now closes each half hour of his show by looking sadly and sincerely into the camera and saying, "Let not your heart be troubled."

    Alan Colmes was a sock puppet (friend of mine used to refer to their show as "Blabbity and Moans"), but Hannity unrestrained is just outright pathetic.


    You can watch so that ... (none / 0) (#31)
    by cymro on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 02:43:50 AM EST
    ... we don't have to. Thanks for performing this public service.

    Happily, I don't (none / 0) (#37)
    by gyrfalcon on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 03:11:51 PM EST
    have to very often.  It is sort of fascinating in a horrible way, though, like visiting another planet.

    I think you're right (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by Mikeb302000 on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 05:35:30 AM EST
    these guys are scared to death, sore losers besides.

    RE: Idol (none / 0) (#1)
    by rdandrea on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 09:08:42 PM EST
    I agree.  I hope it's Matt.  But I fear it's going to be Allison.

    I won't be a spoiler (none / 0) (#2)
    by CoralGables on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 09:10:05 PM EST
    You'll get no east coast insight from me...but you're rooting against Allison who I think will go further in the long run than any of them.

    Not rooting against Allison at all (none / 0) (#3)
    by rdandrea on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 09:19:45 PM EST
    I think she sang her heart out last night.

    Not you (none / 0) (#6)
    by CoralGables on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 09:24:24 PM EST
    I'm taking exception with Jeralyn, which I don't do often (only on AI and her choices of summer drinks)

    Summer is for gin & tonic (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by rdandrea on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 09:29:00 PM EST
    I hope that's OK.

    gin & tonic (none / 0) (#12)
    by CST on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:05:54 PM EST
    good at any time of year :)

    Prefer (none / 0) (#34)
    by MO Blue on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 08:14:03 AM EST
    Vodka and tonic, myself. Good any time. Yet, especially good on a hot summer afternoon/evening. Vodka is not too shabby in Bloody Marys either.

    I like Allison (none / 0) (#21)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:40:35 PM EST
    and think she's a great singer. I have said I hope the final three are Adam, Danny and Allison. It's just that I think the final two will be Adam and Danny or Adam and Chris.

    At this stage, as they kept saying tonight, they are all winners and will have singing careers ahead of them.

    I wonder if Adam got less votes because too many people thought he's a shoo-in and didn't need their vote.


    You're not watching... (none / 0) (#10)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 09:53:00 PM EST
    ...the Heat game?  

    /looks at score

    Probably for the best.  Rough night, in more ways than one.  Your tetrapturus albidus did beat the Metropolitans today, I see.  


    I don't watch (none / 0) (#15)
    by CoralGables on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:12:43 PM EST
    the NBA until the Finals. Baseball on the other hand I can watch all the time. You sent me rushing to google for tetrapturus albidus. Well done.

    As for my beloved Pescado, I have canceled my doctor's appointment in Oregon. Euthanasia is no longer necessary. I only wish it wasn't at the expense of the Metropolitans...my next favorite team in the National League.


    but to be (none / 0) (#19)
    by CoralGables on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:23:15 PM EST
    technically correct, aren't they makaira nigricans? I have no idea but you sent me scurrying out of curiosity.

    One thing for sure, when Johan pitches against the Marlins the rest of his team plays less like Mighty Metropolitans and more like melted neopolitan.


    Technically... (none / 0) (#24)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:57:49 PM EST
    ...you are most likely correct judging from what I can find on the distribution of each.  But it is hard to tell if they're white or blue with that baseball hat on.  

    Either way, they're both pretty tasty on the grill.  A nice complement to a neopolitan dessert.  

    It is a shame when a good pitching performance gets wasted.


    Oculus and other opera mavens (none / 0) (#4)
    by gyrfalcon on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 09:20:28 PM EST
    The Metropolitan is having a free weekend starting 5:00 PM Friday for its Met Player, where you can play any of the dozens of archived TV and radio and HD full performances they have available.

    Thank you very much. (none / 0) (#22)
    by oculus on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:44:09 PM EST
    Especially since the Met radio broadcasts ended last Sat.

    Contracts exam this evening (none / 0) (#9)
    by andgarden on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 09:50:46 PM EST
    totally drained me. . .

    Weekend is almost here, (none / 0) (#11)
    by coast on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:05:49 PM EST
    sit back and have a frosty beverage.

    Oh, I made a stop at the bar afterwards! (none / 0) (#13)
    by andgarden on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:07:27 PM EST
    The flu continues to dominate the news in north (none / 0) (#17)
    by easilydistracted on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:18:30 PM EST
    Texas. Fort Worth ISD announced closure of all schools in the district, until May 8. Two confirmed cases and 11 probable in the county. They are also urging parents to not take their children to daycare.

    And in the true North, nearer Canada (none / 0) (#28)
    by Cream City on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 12:27:05 AM EST
    three cases in my border state of Wisconsin, two cases in my city -- just those confirmed, many more being tested, especially in several schools that now are closed until further notice.  One of the schools is about half a mile from us. . . .

    But I remain firmly convinced that this flu already hit our house -- as I noted here before, my incredibly energetic spouse was laid low about two weeks ago and even spent a day in bed, a sight never before seen on this good earth.  And he still is coming back from the nastiest bug ever.  

    Not that he has been to Mexico or anywhere south of here lately -- but many of his students went to Cancun and the like for spring break, and he came down with the bug a couple of weeks later.  My son also had it, a milder case.  I've been fighting off a cough and think I've got the bug beat, probably exposed to some form of it eons ago when I used to catch everything that came along.


    11 probable?! (none / 0) (#29)
    by nycstray on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 02:17:28 AM EST
    we have 51 confirmed, but they are only testing what could be new clusters etc. All the others are just being noted. We're in the hundreds at the few schools that are closed so far.

    Where are the wildfires there? To me, those sound just as pressing as the flu. But then again, I'm a CA gal and have a bit of experience with them . . .


    Heavy rains over the past week have put the (none / 0) (#35)
    by easilydistracted on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 08:23:19 AM EST
    wildfire issue on the back burner (no pun intended). That the one death so far attributable to this flu occurred in Texas has everyone on edge.

    I went to her Antdrei Codrescu (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:47:40 PM EST
    speak at the downtown library tonight.  Homeless were setting up their camps outside.  Lots of coughing in the audience inside.  But he was charming, witty, funny, and thought-provoking.  C'est la vie.

    The NRSC goes after Specter (none / 0) (#30)
    by andgarden on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 02:40:41 AM EST
    Because payback is you know what (none / 0) (#32)
    by andgarden on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 02:45:36 AM EST
    How handy (none / 0) (#36)
    by sj on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 09:43:30 AM EST
    to have all that stuff in one place.