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    Advice for my TL friends/family (5.00 / 4) (#15)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:06:07 PM EST
    If you wake up peckish at two in the morning, don't eat a can of chili con carne with beans and a quart of milk.

    Just sayin'...

    But if you do make that mistake, don't (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by observed on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:07:07 PM EST
    compound it by drinking orange juice, too!

    that could be fatal! (none / 0) (#17)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:08:10 PM EST

    A friend of mine tried frozen (none / 0) (#18)
    by observed on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:13:16 PM EST
    pizza and orange juice as a hangover cure once. The results were.. unfortunate.

    A (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by CoralGables on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:19:04 PM EST
    veal parmesan sandwich and a Dr Pepper from Burger King was always my go to hangover fix after too much wild mountain grape

    Mexican food (5.00 / 2) (#43)
    by robotalk on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:38:39 PM EST
    after a night of drinking is good for a hangover.

    That's totally inexplicable, but true.


    but colorful, (none / 0) (#19)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:14:32 PM EST
    no doubt...

    while we're on this topic (none / 0) (#27)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:21:57 PM EST
    nothing works better for a hangover/funky stomach than saltines and water.

    Just a little bit of water at a time to wash down the saltines.  Too much water is a bad thing, starts sloshing around in there.  Saltines are perfect because they help absorb the water, but there's no butter or anything greasy to rile things up again.

    I hate saltines, but I always have them on hand just in case.  

    Course not drinking too much usually works too... but that's not nearly as much fun :)


    I got a cure... (none / 0) (#30)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:00:35 PM EST
    some Gatorade and a bowl and you're ready to start the party right up again.

    Or... (none / 0) (#31)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:02:35 PM EST
    it should go with out saying, the old classic...a pitcher of Bloody Marys, heavy on the horseradish ( & vodka:), don't forget the celery.

    true (none / 0) (#32)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:18:04 PM EST
    nothing quite like more booze to let your body get back to "normal".

    Although personally I prefer a mamosa or irish coffee to a bloody mary.  Not big on tomato juice, or vodka really.

    Saltines and water is for the really dire situations.  Or pre-sleep if you want to avoid a morning situation entirely.


    Oddly... (none / 0) (#36)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:25:55 PM EST
    I'm not big on tomato juice either...I haven't had a sip in my life without the other BM ingredients...the spice just clears out all the cobwebs for me.

    Irish Coffee is another goodie...momosa ain't my bag, I don't get down with champagne at all...instant headache, even juiced down.

    I've learned to mix in the waters during a night of hardcore boozing...great preventive technique.  Others swear by the 2 Advils before bed, but I try to never waste any kidney life on anything less than a perc or din....I rarely ever take aspririn or ibuprofen, that stuff is for kids.


    Yep, my technique as well. (5.00 / 1) (#55)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:21:12 PM EST
    Alternate a glass/bottle of water with each alc drink. Keeps you better hydrated and you don't drink as much. Have just as much fun and don't wake up feeling so "pretty" in the AM...

    Added bonus... (none / 0) (#65)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:37:16 PM EST
    nobody notices you mixin' in the water cuz they're boxed, and you look like a champion when you're the last one standing!

    You funny. (none / 0) (#75)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 04:09:20 PM EST
    Did that for years at (none / 0) (#87)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:20:15 PM EST
    conventions... two vodka tonics and then tonic water for the remainder of the night..

    I am (none / 0) (#44)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:39:22 PM EST
    anti-pain killer for some reason.  I almost never take that stuff unless it's really dire.  I don't really take cold medicine either.

    I've had dr.s prescribe me ibuprofen for severe pain, because i have no tolerance for it so it works.  My friends were not too pleased with me...


    lol... (none / 0) (#48)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:58:49 PM EST
    you'd never hear the end of it from me in such an instance, thats for sure:)

    All my friends and fam have the script I wrote handy when pain meds become available..."Prescription strength Tylenol just doesn't work for me doc, I'm dying over here!"

    Though with how the co-pays keep going up, they're not that much cheaper from CVS than from the guy on the corner...that game may soon be obsolete unless you're on the cadillac plan.


    Look at us (none / 0) (#58)
    by lilburro on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:28:13 PM EST
    BTD leaves for a week and Jeralyn's gone all afternoon, and we all turn into degenerate alcoholics...

    Just kidding.  I heartily recommend Vitamin Water for hangovers...looks a little less shady than a huge thing of Gatorade at work.  :P


    Don't forget Oprah. (none / 0) (#60)
    by oculus on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:31:42 PM EST
    nice assumption (none / 0) (#61)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:31:52 PM EST
    about weeknight drinking.  Nothing wrong with that.

    I bet it looks better than a bowl at work too :)


    Hehe (none / 0) (#112)
    by lilburro on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 12:37:04 PM EST
    not an assumption, more a projection of my own habits!  :P

    I've tweaked that (none / 0) (#94)
    by canuck eh on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:30:25 PM EST
    Changed the drink to purple 'Restore' flavour Vitamin Water. Mix it with a couple ibuprofen on work days or the aforementioned bowl on a free day and the stuff is like magic

    You're a trip Jeff... (5.00 / 2) (#21)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:16:55 PM EST
    as Ron Burgundy once said, "milk was a bad choice".

    Wow (5.00 / 2) (#35)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:25:32 PM EST
    Republican's are @ssholes.

    "Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks"

    and they're not even shy about it.

    Front page material... (5.00 / 0) (#37)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:28:09 PM EST
    all week in the local papers...Mr. 911 Guiliani has been mum about it, towing his crooked party's line.  Wicked cruel arseholes.

    Love that framing (5.00 / 5) (#38)
    by ruffian on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:29:01 PM EST
    "Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win ..."  not "Senate Republicans blocked..."

    Oh that liberal media.


    I noticed that too (none / 0) (#41)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:31:14 PM EST
    it's like they can't help themselves

    See Digby on Fox news e-mails. (5.00 / 1) (#62)
    by oculus on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:33:06 PM EST
    "Government option" not single-payer or public option.  This is an order.  

    Elections have consequences (5.00 / 1) (#39)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:30:03 PM EST
    high-speed rail edition.  Link

    "The Obama administration is pulling back $1.2 billion in funding for high-speed rail projects in Ohio and Wisconsin after the governors-elect in both states vowed to kill the proposed train lines.

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that he would re-direct the funds to other states, with California set to receive the largest sum."

    "Scott Walker, Wisconsin's governor-elect, had expressed hope that the $810 million in federal funds for a passenger rail link between Madison and Milwaukee could be shifted to other projects."

    Sorry Scott, you can't just take federal money for trains and spend it on roads, that kind of defeats the purpose.  I wonder how many jobs that money would have funded...

    We'll take them here in CA! (5.00 / 3) (#42)
    by nycstray on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:35:15 PM EST
    we could use the rail and the jobs . . .

    FL pols smart enough to keep our rail funding (none / 0) (#52)
    by ruffian on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:10:01 PM EST
    So far anyway. I honestly don't remember gov-elect Rick Scott's position on the subject. I had so many other reasons to vote against him it just didn't matter. But it will be hard enough creating those 700k new jobs he promised without turning down federal money.

    Go Bernie (5.00 / 2) (#50)
    by tworivers on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:06:49 PM EST
    Perhaps there's a theater aspect to it, but I still give him credit for the filibuster he's got going.

    Hat tip (none / 0) (#70)
    by dead dancer on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:50:14 PM EST
    to Bernie

    Wow, he can't just say he wants to block (none / 0) (#79)
    by ruffian on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 05:03:22 PM EST
    it, like a Republican can? All of a sudden they are making people speak to filibuster?

    talk about (5.00 / 2) (#51)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:07:16 PM EST
    short sighted

    'it was about linking economic centers throughout the Midwest so that they can better compete in a global economy.'

    No kidding.

    1.2 billion dollars isn't chump change either.

    From my understanding, the midwest could use all the help it can get.  You can lead a horse to water...

    ...but you can't take him on a train (none / 0) (#53)
    by ruffian on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:10:44 PM EST
    Thought it was interesting (none / 0) (#54)
    by jbindc on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:19:17 PM EST
    That only a third of voters considered it a priority.

    priority (5.00 / 2) (#56)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:21:20 PM EST
    is different from approval though.

    I'm willing to be "jobs" was a priority.  And 1.2 billion can fund a lot of jobs.


    Politifact (none / 0) (#57)
    by jbindc on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:24:20 PM EST
    considering the current economy (none / 0) (#59)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:30:14 PM EST
    "The state Department of Transportation estimates there are the 13,719 jobs involved in construction, engineering, design and train manufacturing tied to the project."

    Even if those are only temporary, that's still huge.  And that's not census-temporary either, it can take years to complete this kind of project.

    The big dig in Boston created thousands of "temporary" jobs.  By the time the project was done, half of them were ready to retire anyway - and everyone else had a pretty nice resume item in addition to the years of economic security already experienced.

    I'm willing to bet they would at least last long enough until the overall economy was out of the woods.


    Also (none / 0) (#63)
    by CST on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:33:34 PM EST
    I wonder how many "permanent jobs" a roadway project would create.  Which is what they wanted to use the money on instead...

    Obama and Clinton press (5.00 / 2) (#66)
    by suzieg on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:40:42 PM EST
    conference right now. How pathetic that the "great orator" has to resort to asking Clinton to sell his tax package which has now grown by $55 billion more to buy off the votes. I had to stop watching as my blood pressure was going through the roof!

    Wonderful combination of math and art (5.00 / 3) (#81)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 05:49:02 PM EST
    Alright Jeff (none / 0) (#97)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:47:54 PM EST
    I need you to splain something to me.  I bought Zoey an adorable black and white Houndstooth jumper and now I'm accused of trying to secret Roll Tide paraphernalia into their house.

    How does Alabama get to claim all Elephants, all Crimson, and all Tides, all white capital letter A's and now black and white houndstooth?  WTF, how can one fan base suffer from such an overreaching identity crisis? It is total crap and the world owes Edward VIII for houndstooth.....not Alabama football.  I'm really chapped, houndstooth is a well dressed woman staple!


    Not in Alabama (none / 0) (#99)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 07:16:56 PM EST
    unless you attended "The University." Houndstooth, even more than elephants, signifies Bama and Bear Bryant. He always wore a houndstooth hat, except when he played in domed stadiums. then he was 'inside,' and took off his hat.

    Blame the Bear. I still won't purchase a certain laundry detergent. But the oceans are the oceans, one school doesn't own them, just the toxic ones, hehehehe.


    One old angry man (none / 0) (#100)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 07:42:04 PM EST
    and one hat should not be able to destroy my dignified clothing options.

    Nobody calls them (none / 0) (#103)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 07:46:04 PM EST
    "Charlie Chaplin moustaches..."

    Bernie Sanders wraps up (5.00 / 1) (#83)
    by waldenpond on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:01:46 PM EST
    Watched many hours of this today.  Was inspiring that there is someone that actually cares about the people.  Lots of good facts, moving stories about people struggling, interesting.

    I had it on all day too (none / 0) (#85)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:13:19 PM EST
    And you know what happened? I started cleaning closets.  I took so much crap to the trash,  Friggin Amazing catharsis.

    Several people have asked me recently (none / 0) (#86)
    by oculus on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:14:41 PM EST
    if I've watched "Hoarder"  (is that the name of the show?  Ha.  

    That show is fascinating for me (none / 0) (#96)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:36:24 PM EST
    I've watched it a couple of times because my husband hoardes and sometimes it drives me absolutely crazy.  So I have this thing I do when he deploys, I throw it all away and hoarders really don't remember all the stuff they save because it is mostly about anxiety.  It was a bummer though when he was gone this last time because my asthma was so horrible I didn't get to shake down the whole house like I usually do.

    And then there are actually positive sides to hoarders.  They like stability A LOT so they seek out jobs that offer that.  And after Josh was born and we became one income, I have this spouse that hoardes job awards which is important in the military and being promoted.  It drives me a little crazy though too because he has a leg in this fire and this fire and this fire, but he wins some pretty serious military competitions.  He was runner up at the start of his career for soldier of the year....you know....of the whole Army.  He is competing right now for another really serious award that will allow him to make W5 fairly easily probably.  It took me awhile to realize though that he hoardes that stuff too, but he does because he has career anxiety too...and that part works.  And he hoardes military training and info, his brain is a giant file cabinet of the stuff.


    I've (none / 0) (#98)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 07:01:36 PM EST
    watched it and one of the things that I came away with was that there's something about hoarders and cats.

    It also makes you want to get a dumpster and unload your entire house.


    Ewwwwww....yes, I've noticed that (none / 0) (#105)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 09:15:12 PM EST
    too.  And untended litter boxes and cat poop all over....bleh

    Ha....and my husband's family IS (none / 0) (#106)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 09:18:17 PM EST
    a cat family.  The whole family does the hoarding thing except for my mother-in-law I guess.  Sadly though she had passed before we met and married.  It drives my brother-in-law crazy too....and sometimes you just have to vent a little.  I noticed in the show they tell the other family members to not let the hoarders get away with it, keep them in line because in the end they will end up harming themselves.

    My MIL (none / 0) (#109)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 07:41:06 AM EST
    is a hoarder and it is simply awful. You can't get into one bathroom because it is so full of junk. When I first met my husband and he took me over to his parents, she had only one usable bathroom because the shower in the master bath was filled to the brim with junk. When we moved her and my FIL, my SIL was in tears because she they had a yard sale trying to get rid of stuff and my MIL was literally taking out of the hands of people wanting to buy it and saying she had decided not to keep it. We took so much crap to goodwill behind her back it wasn't even funny and I dread what will happen if my FIL dies first and we are left to deal with her hoarding and trying to move that again.

    It is a difficult disorder (none / 0) (#110)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 08:47:10 AM EST
    I'm very glad that my spouse doesn't argue with me when I dejunk.  He knows that it isn't healthy and needs to be done.  It can make him feel out of sorts though, so sometimes he'll leave the house when it is going on.  But he says that when he comes home from being deployed it is so nice that all of his spaces aren't cluttered anymore and he feels a sense of relief.  How funny though huh, that it becomes a source of anxiety too for them when everything is so cluttered?  We haven't been to his father's house in years.  I'd probably flip out, I spent hours trying to clean the kitchen the last time I was there. His sister helped him move after the death of her mother and she cried the whole time because it is very hard for them to pack and move things too and she has the problem as well and she felt out of control and lost the whole time and her father was no help at all.

    I'm sorry (5.00 / 1) (#111)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 09:08:33 AM EST
    for your husband's family. It is really hard for everyone to deal with. You can't really do much in my MIL's kitchen because the counters are covered with stuff. I'm afraid my son has the same problem. I have to get rid of his stuff when he is on vacation with my mother but you know what? He NEVER misses the stuff when he gets back. He doesn't even want me to throw away old school papers!

    The only thing that did temporarily work for my MIL is that a neighbor of her's died and left so much clutter than the kids were in tears trying clean her apartment out. So for a short while she was getting rid of stuff. Every time I came there she wanted to "give" me something and I always took it because I knew that I could go through it and give the stuff that I didn't want to goodwill. I always tell myself that my junk can be put to good use by somebody else when I give it away but she just can't make that connection.


    Has he finally achieved his dream... (none / 0) (#1)
    by jbindc on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:17:15 PM EST
    Obama's is a "kindler, gentler" (5.00 / 0) (#3)
    by observed on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:23:43 PM EST
    form of the rapacious Reagan ideology.

    A (none / 0) (#4)
    by jbindc on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:28:47 PM EST
    "shining city" on a hill?

    Sure it is (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by MO Blue on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:15:10 PM EST
    A "shining city" on a hill for the top 2%.

    Only rich people (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by jbindc on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:44:33 PM EST
    Can afford the view.

    The rest of live in the valley.  You know what happens there?  You get lots of runoff from the people living on top of the hill.


    I see this as quite significant, given (5.00 / 3) (#5)
    by oculus on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:31:48 PM EST
    Jesse Jackson, Jr., was national co-chairman of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.  

    you beat me by a few seconds (none / 0) (#6)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:32:44 PM EST
    my thoughts exactly.

    I was surprised when I saw it was Jr (none / 0) (#7)
    by nycstray on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:34:30 PM EST
    not Sr. This could get interesting . . .

    Mr. Jackson, Jr.'s base must be (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:40:22 PM EST

    Check out c-span2 (none / 0) (#9)
    by nycstray on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:43:30 PM EST
    Go Bernie :)

    I hope someone joins him (none / 0) (#22)
    by waldenpond on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:17:20 PM EST
    I am saddened to think we have only one person on our side in this govt.

    Sherrod Brown and Landrieu too (none / 0) (#23)
    by MKS on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:18:18 PM EST
    Anyone else?

    Landrieu took a serious (none / 0) (#26)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:21:32 PM EST
    verbal beating over at Teh Orange earlier this week for taking this position.

    As far as I can tell... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:21:59 PM EST
    they just make silly names up for the latest tweak to the god damn fuedal system.

    I wonder what Wes Clark's doing in 2012? (none / 0) (#10)
    by BobTinKY on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:46:26 PM EST

    2012 will be interesting (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by Politalkix on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:20:31 PM EST
    as far as campaign politics is concerned. HRC lost in 2008 on the miscalculation that her left base was covered. The President's campaign advisors may be making the same mistake. They may be totally spooked by imagining a potential run from Bloomberg or Petraeus and thinking that they have the left bases covered, when it is not.

    There isn't going to be a primary (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by andgarden on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:39:19 PM EST
    Except for maybe Lyndon LaRouche.

    Maybe Mike Gravel will take a run at it. (none / 0) (#33)
    by tigercourse on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:19:16 PM EST
    He's thinking about it (none / 0) (#34)
    by jbindc on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:21:40 PM EST
    heh (none / 0) (#40)
    by andgarden on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:30:51 PM EST
    Ah, Mike Gravel- (none / 0) (#95)
    by brodie on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:32:00 PM EST
    the guy who hasn't held any elected office in the past 30 years, the 1% threat from 2008.

    Yeah, he would really put a scare into Team Obama.

    Pretty good job on getting out the Pentagon Papers though -- 40 years ago.  


    Top Petraeus aide says (none / 0) (#80)
    by oculus on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 05:23:11 PM EST
    current troops who don't want repeal of DADT should leave the military.  Is Petraeus solidifying his base for a 2012 run?  

    Why do I say this? Because in 2010 biography of Justice Brennan, the author states the Dems. wanted Ike to run as a Dem. and were disappointed when he decided to run as GOP.  


    2012 is shaping up (5.00 / 1) (#90)
    by brodie on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:23:13 PM EST
    to be an election based on the economy not nat'l security.  Besides, what would his basis be, that we need to double down further in Afghanistan?

    Ike handled it differently re Korea in 1952, and signaled that he would resolve the situation over there quickly, one way or the other.

    Re the fact about Ike running as a Dem from the Brennan book, I believe that one has been talked about for many years, including Truman at some point allegedly offering to step aside if Ike wanted to run as a Dem.


    Has Clark spoken (none / 0) (#13)
    by brodie on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:01:07 PM EST
    out on the Obama tax cut agreement?  If so, I haven't seen it.

    He strikes me as a spokesman for nat'l security issues and not much beyond that.


    WKC was always an economist first ... (none / 0) (#82)
    by RonK Seattle on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 05:50:49 PM EST
    ... and a national security intellectual second.

    Fine, but when he (none / 0) (#92)
    by brodie on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:27:34 PM EST
    makes public comments or is quoted in the media or makes a tv appearance, it tends to be overwhelmingly when there's a nat'l security/military issue at stake.

    But, again, if he's sounded off lately about O's controversial compromise with the Repubs on taxes, I haven't heard it.


    Now I get it... (none / 0) (#11)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:47:12 PM EST
    the Four Loko ban in NY?  It's a stimulus program...a black market stimulus program.

    Today is the last day to buy legally in NYC...and already cans are avialable for sale on Craigslist for 4 times the manufacturers suggested retail price.  It all makes sense to me now:)

    Watched an episdoe of a show last night... (none / 0) (#14)
    by Dadler on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:04:33 PM EST
    ...called "Auction Kings." Someone brought in a case of unopened (but not safe to drink at this point anyway) Billy Bear to be auctioned off, with the cardboard case incatct(always a biggie to have the box, i've come to learn from watching Roadshow and others). First, the auction house owner had the beer appraised by an expert, who placed the value at "Zero." Literally, he said it was worthless. But, lo and behold, it ended up selling for a hundred-plus bucks. What do the experts know?

    DADT (none / 0) (#12)
    by CoralGables on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 12:49:32 PM EST
    Coming up again. The measure introduced by Lieberman and Collins uses the same language authorizing an end to the ban that was included in an annual defense bill that failed a procedural vote on Thursday.

    Whassup with BTD? (none / 0) (#45)
    by robotalk on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:39:46 PM EST

    He's (none / 0) (#47)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:50:05 PM EST
    in court all this week according to Jeralyn.

    Busy with a trial this week (none / 0) (#49)
    by ruffian on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:05:54 PM EST
    Calling all NYC and surrounds dwellers: (none / 0) (#64)
    by oculus on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:35:56 PM EST
    Just how cold is it?  Time to pack.  Thanks.

    Cold enough my dear... (5.00 / 2) (#68)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:43:34 PM EST
    It's been high 20's on my morning commutes the last few days.

    Still very excited!  But it's lookin' like the concert will be a no-go, I can't get off as they scheduled our yearly inventory, gotta be here so they have someone to blame if counts are off:)...but still very down for a drink and bull session afterwards!


    OK Boots, gloves, hat, scarves. (none / 0) (#69)
    by oculus on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:50:10 PM EST
    kdog, never fear, I will give you my review of the concert!  Looking forward to drinking and gabbing.  

    Yes, do listen to kdog. (5.00 / 1) (#89)
    by KeysDan on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:20:47 PM EST
    Just returned from NYC and can attest to the need for gloves, scarves and a down- or other very warm coat.  Walked from Rockefeller Center back to my hotel at 79th and Amsterdam and it was a cold experience, especially for a Key Wester.

    This may be the trip where I buy (none / 0) (#91)
    by oculus on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:23:20 PM EST
    a coat that is actually warm!  

    You are definitely going to need (none / 0) (#93)
    by vml68 on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:29:49 PM EST
    a very warm coat.

    Snoop Dogg reacts to Willie Nelson's arrest (none / 0) (#71)
    by Dadler on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 03:56:56 PM EST
    Hat tip (none / 0) (#77)
    by dead dancer on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 04:20:27 PM EST
    to Snoop.

    "I got a weed license"


    Clinton support tax deal (none / 0) (#72)
    by Rashomon66 on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 04:01:04 PM EST
    Bill Clinton has come out in favor of Obama and the GOP's tax deal. He says: "I don't believe they can get a better deal by waiting."

    Of COURSE he said that (5.00 / 2) (#73)
    by jbindc on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 04:04:16 PM EST
    If he came out of their much publicized meeting and didn't say that - can you IMAGINE what the storyline would be?

    And of course, he would just go back to being a racist who hates Obama and doesn't want to support him so his wife can step in and primary him in 2012.


    That... (none / 0) (#74)
    by Tony on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 04:07:25 PM EST
    was absolutely surreal to watch.  Bill Clinton holding court from the White House podium.  I felt like I had gone back in time to the 90s or something.

    The tax deal must be in real trouble.


    Bernie's on hour 7 and 4th on twitter (none / 0) (#76)
    by nycstray on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 04:14:11 PM EST
    according to his staff's update.

    Glad I missed the Bill show. Woulda ruined my nice bowl of homemade soup!

    Ah, the irony. . . .


    The Black Caucus (none / 0) (#78)
    by Politalkix on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 04:52:14 PM EST
    is against it  link  , Chuck Schumer does not like it, the House Democrats do not like it, the "sanctimonius", "latte left blogosphere" abhors it.....

    Uh oh Mitch (none / 0) (#84)
    by jbindc on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 06:04:29 PM EST
    That's no way to win a Republican primary.

    (Of course, it may win you lots of indies in a general election, but you have to get there first!)

    Navy fires electromagnetic railgun. (none / 0) (#101)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 07:42:21 PM EST
    When they finish with this research, it will be a quantum leap in weaponry. story here-fox. First I've read about this test. The article's light on details, science, etc.

    Another link, different (none / 0) (#102)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 07:45:10 PM EST
    source, more details here.

    If you need some laughs, (none / 0) (#104)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 08:45:26 PM EST
    check out some of the photos and comments here. it's a gut buster. Make sure to find the hall of fame photos.

    Just a reminder (none / 0) (#108)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 01:14:53 AM EST
    Please do not quote more than a short paragraph from mainstream media sites. Link to the article (using html and the link button in the comment box) and make your point. More than that raises copyright issues.