Tuesday Night Open Thread

I'm blogged out. And the season premiere of The Biggest Loser is on. One of the contestants is 526 pounds.

Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Anybody got a line on N. Dakota (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by caseyOR on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:53:03 PM EST
    and who the Dems are likely to run for Byron Dorgan's senate seat?

    Something tells that "magic" 60 seat majority will be gone next year.

    Use it lose it :) (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 10:01:37 PM EST
    Given that an actual Democrat bringing forth a bill that Democrats would be proud of ten years ago is getting shot down in flames, is this actually a year a Dem wants to fight the good fight in a race?  Would your constituency be best served by and receive more consideration via your Democrat butt or Olympia Snowes.

    this am (wed) on MSNB, Ed Schultz revealed that he (none / 0) (#24)
    by DFLer on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 09:39:21 AM EST
    had been asked to run by NoDak dems. Link

    He's a native of Fargo.


    Dog help us! (none / 0) (#25)
    by jbindc on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 09:42:47 AM EST
    All we need - another blowhard hack!

    I like Ed (none / 0) (#27)
    by DFLer on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 11:21:34 AM EST
    He's a committed progressive, union supporter, and has been hammering all on his show for the past two months re the failures in the health care bill.

    He is not a hack, imo. He's a hunyack perhaps, and doesn't fit the coastal elite model, but then there you go then.


    I like him (none / 0) (#30)
    by Wile ECoyote on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 10:04:47 AM EST
    because he is a hunter.

    I only wound up with one female pup (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 10:06:28 PM EST
    in my litter this year.  And it was an important litter that I was not planning on repeating.  It was a really rough time to only have UNO baby girl.  But wow is she shaping up and not even quite six weeks old yet.  Gorgeous little face, nice earset, can't tell about the rest of her conformation but it is her mommma who has the goods in that department and the genes are extremely dominant.  She loves people....I want to take her with me everywhere I go right now but she's really too little yet, not even weaned or had her first shot.

    Go Hawks (5.00 / 2) (#19)
    by cal1942 on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 11:02:54 PM EST
    Final Score

    Iowa 24 - Georgia Tech 14

    As the post Rose Bowl headline on ESPN's website said:

    No Match For A Big Ten Proven Defense

    Great game! (none / 0) (#22)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 09:08:24 AM EST
    Great season.  Way to make us proud, Hawkeyes!  

    Can't wait for next year...


    How many (none / 0) (#28)
    by cal1942 on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 03:31:10 PM EST
    people come back?

    Well... (none / 0) (#29)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 03:47:02 PM EST
    Tonight was the final game for 17 Hawkeye seniors (Pat Angerer, Kyle Calloway, Joe Conklin, Dan Doering, AJ Edds, Rafael Eubanks, Chad Geary, Bryce Griswold, Taylor Herbst, Andy Kuempel, Travis Meade, Tony Moeaki, Jayme Murphy, Dace Richardson, Chris Rowell, Kyle Spading and Trey Stross).


    Of the starters, a couple of LB's, the TE, a WR and a a few offensive linemen will be gone.  But, having so many injuries this year, the back-ups are game tested and ready to go.  Coach Kirk is an O-line wizard, so no worries there.  Plus, we get Jewell Hampton back at RB, so we'll be well stocked there.  


    garrison Keillor just sd. on NPR (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:34:54 PM EST
    "op ed" stands for opposite the editorial page.  Did I know and forget this factoid?

    I thought everyone knew that... (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Anne on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:50:28 PM EST
    well, everyone who reads them, anyway.

    Editorials are the paper's opinion - the page opposite has the "outsiders'" opinions.


    Ouch. (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 10:28:49 PM EST
    Well, I cannot speak for you... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Tony on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:37:47 PM EST
    but I certainly did not.  Is that true?  Just assumed it was Opinions/Editorials or something like that.

    Garrison is right. (none / 0) (#5)
    by caseyOR on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:44:03 PM EST
    I only know this because my dad was a newspaper reporter who was chockful of this kind of trivia info and loved to share.

    Here is wikipeida entry.


    Read a story earlier today... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Tony on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:39:36 PM EST
    that Tim Tebow and Focus on the Family may be teaming up for an anti-choice commercial during the Super Bowl.

    Can't say BTD didn't warn us on his politics!

    Wish he wouldn't do that (none / 0) (#18)
    by cal1942 on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 10:59:17 PM EST
    I know these people believe they're using their celebrity in a cause they believe in, BUT, it soils our discourse by politicizing people and institutions that are better left outside the political realm.

    But tearing into the social fabric never seems to occur to anyone anymore.

    IMO the same goes for any celebrity in any mode of entertainment.


    Harold Ford (none / 0) (#4)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:42:50 PM EST
    apparently thinks he's going to run for Senate in NY.

    Um. . .

    The Ford supporters (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by caseyOR on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:59:05 PM EST
    mentioned in that article are an interesting group. Sounds like Gillibrand is turning out to be too liberal for the corporate wing NY's Democratic Party.

    I actually feel a little bit better about Gillibrand after reading that story.


    Not to mention, Chuck Schumer had his hands (none / 0) (#12)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 10:03:10 PM EST
    in Ford's 2006 run. He'll tell him to forget it. (I'm also pretty sure Paterson chose Gillibrand on Schumer's advice).

    Spit it out NY boy (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:58:43 PM EST
    I can't read between your ummmmm

    Nothing special, it's just a joke. (none / 0) (#13)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 10:03:35 PM EST
    Gov Ritter (none / 0) (#6)
    by dissenter on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 09:48:35 PM EST
    Is withdrawing from the Gov race? What's up with that?

    I just started a new thread on Gov. Ritter (none / 0) (#17)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 10:33:08 PM EST
    I'm not sure what's going on, it sure is a surprise.

    Just saw Richard Linklater's (none / 0) (#15)
    by oculus on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 10:10:51 PM EST
    "Me and Orson Welles."  Big change from "Slacker" and "Dazed and Confused."  Good movie.  

    Dodd resigning manyana (none / 0) (#20)
    by jedimom on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 12:07:51 AM EST
    chris cilliza breaks it

    Too bad a bankster isn't one of the losers (none / 0) (#21)
    by lambert on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 07:26:07 AM EST
    Yeah, 526 pounds. But (a) if you're poor, subsidies for HFCS and lack of your basic Whole Foods infrastructure make "bad" eating habits a rational calorie-maximizing strategy and (b) I'm getting powerfully tired of opinion makers shoving the systemic problems with our health system off onto "the other," especially the poor, who do (see point (a)), tend to be fat, and therefore easy to demonize.

    Now, if these guys wanted a real loser, they'd be putting up Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs CEO, whose gang of thieves sold $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities to the rubes while secretly betting their value would collapse (McClatchy)

    So why isn't Blankfein getting pilloried on the teebee, instead of some schlub? I wonder why...

    What a night! (none / 0) (#23)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 09:12:57 AM EST
    Hawkeyes dominate the Orange Bowl, Shanahan signs on to coach the Redskins (can two ego-centric, control freaks get along together?), Randy Johnson finally retires and Ritter shocks everyone by withdrawing for the Gov race.

    I'm worn out all over again just thinking about it.

    Update on Las Vegas shooter (none / 0) (#26)
    by jbindc on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 10:42:54 AM EST
    Had a lengthy criminal record, and should have been in prison for killing his brother, but his sentence was reduced on appeal.

    But for that darn corrupt government who actually wanted him locked up!