Saturday Night Open Thread

Tonight is the final night of the X Games . ESPN will have live coverage at 7pm MT (as soon as the basketball game ends.) The schedule:

  • 7:00 pm: Snowboard Big Air Elimination
  • 7:30 pm: Snowboard SuperPipe Women's Final
  • 8:30 pm: Snowboard Big Air Final

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Per NPR this afternoon, many critically (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 08:43:57 PM EST
    ill patients in Haiti are awaiting airlift to medical care in U.S. but Miami will not accept these flights as Gov. Crist wants U.S. to help pay for the medical care provided.  Some of these patients will die if they do not immediately receive the necessary in-hospital care.

    So why can't the US take some of the (none / 0) (#2)
    by nycstray on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 09:21:52 PM EST
    money they pledged and pay for the care? I heard there were around 100 who will die in the next 48. Also, evening news said Obama admin stopped the airlifts?

    Take them to Havana? Crist sure knows (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 09:32:17 PM EST
    how to bargain!

    U.S. Terror in Afghanistan (none / 0) (#3)
    by Dadler on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 09:30:36 PM EST
    thanks, I wrote (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 11:16:19 PM EST
    I wrote a long post on this here.

    Sorry, J (none / 0) (#12)
    by Dadler on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 08:35:24 PM EST
    Didn't mean to duplicate.

    How long will we be (none / 0) (#11)
    by jondee on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 01:03:56 PM EST
    cleaning up the results of the cure-much-worse-than-the-disease of the Cold War, a hundred years?

    We did EXACTLY what Adams warned against: we went abroad in search of monsters and, to an untenable extent, became monsters -- who continually manufacture more monsters. And now the whole enterprise is too big to fail.


    Sigh (none / 0) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 09:52:33 AM EST
    Booman has a piece of work up about how there are no brave journalists willing to experience combat in U.S. theaters in order to bring the story to the people.  Another one for the Sweet Jesus files....  The number of Journalists killed in Iraq is enough to make you lose your hair.  Here's a list of journalists killed in Iraq since 1992.....only one of them was killed before 2003 so all but one was killed in the Iraq War theater.  Booman laments something about braving the London Blitz completely forgetting that we had dueling networks and dueling rooftops bringing us all Dubyas Shock and Awe and dropping Bunker Busters.  They didn't have any Bunker Busters in the London Blitz. And the number of journalists killed doesn't even touch the number of journalists arrested.  In 2002 I did a very unhealthy thing, I slept with CNN on.  At 4:00 am I woke immediately to the report of an Apache being shot down on the outskirts of Fallujah.  That was where my husband was.  I lept onto the computer and Rueters actually had a photo up which was blazingly fast.  I struggled to read the unit insignia on it and I could not, I'm not that familiar with such things.  My husband's best friend who was also serving with him and just happened to be home for 2 weeks R&R got my 4:00am phone call.  I told him what had happened and explained the edge of the insignia I could see.  There were two Apache troops and the copter down was sadly from Quicksilver and not Renegade so there was no chance my husband was hurt.  I spent the rest of the day in relative personal peace, then months later the report came out the three journalists who caught the snap and film footage so unbelievably quick were arrested after making their initial report.  The problem is that at that time coalition forces had experienced journalists being tipped off by insurgents and being in the exact location of a planned attack to film it.  They spent three days being interrogated to make sure they were not such journalists before being released.  In a reversal of fortune, they had brought some peace to my day.  When my spouse was flying in Iraq though press marked vehicles were all over, shots were not taken by coilition forces at times because press would be endangered. The terrain of Afghanistan is extreme where we have most of our problems, if someone wasn't in extremely good physical shape I don't know how you could hope to keep up if you were embedded.  And some journalists have still braved it and done it.  And if Booman is looking for a standard white guy journalist that he can better relate to and who is doing a really amazing stellar unbelieveable job, I don't know what is so less than about Michael Ware and Michael Yon.  In 2006 the number of journalists killed in the Iraq War surpassed the number of journalists killed in the Vietnam war by a number of 10, and that was almost four years ago now. Perhaps he wants an American lefty looking for the lefty view to brave Afghanistan specifically for his lefty pleasure.....I guess he hasn't read TomDispatch's latest.

    All the brave journalists in the world (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by ruffian on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 10:56:01 AM EST
    can't make up for a populace too lazy or disinterested to read what they are writing. Can't imagine what would make Booman commit an idea like that to type and I'm too disinterested in Booman to look.

    A British journalist (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 10:07:52 AM EST
    Tony Perry is head of San Diego (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 10:49:27 AM EST
    bureau of Los Angeles Times.  He has repeatedly reported from Iraq and now Afghanistan for the newspaper and repeatedly been interviewed on KPBS.  He is probably in his 50s now, not in particularly good shape physically, very bright and very funny.  He keeps doing this becuase of all the military deployed from Camp Pendleton.  

    Isn't it really amazing when (none / 0) (#13)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 08:36:38 AM EST
    local journalists are this dedicated to those they serve?  The Rocky Mountain had embedded journalists in the early times of the Iraq fiasco who at least made weekly but often daily reports. And the Gazette in Colorado Springs specifically did so too to report on the 3rd ACR in Iraq who were homed at Fort Carson back then but have been moved to Fort Hood since.  Huge move, I'm glad to have missed it....we were PCSing to Fort Rucker when the 3rd ACR had to move.

    Scott Brown supports abortion rights (none / 0) (#10)
    by jbindc on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 11:57:19 AM EST
    Just not for federal funding.Hmmm.... already he's better than Nelson.


    Brown says the abortion question is one that's best handled by a woman, her family and her doctor. He also says more effort needs to go into reducing the number of abortions in the U.S.

    Brown has said the GOP shouldn't take his vote for granted on every issue. He says he's fiscally conservative but more moderate on social issues.

    the man's not an idiot (none / 0) (#14)
    by CST on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 09:10:38 AM EST
    he knows where his bread is buttered and it sure isn't Nebraska.

    Hopefully he learned a thing from Mitt Romney about how NOT to be a politician from MA. He is up for re-election in 2012.  If he wants to keep his seat, he's gonna have to break republican ranks a lot.  Especially on social issues.