Tuesday Night Open Thread

Congress has passed a stop-gap budget bill. The new census reports are out and the U.S. has 308 million people. The power in Congress has shifted to the West and South. That may prove to help Democrats, notwithstanding recent Republican electoral gains:

[P]opulation gains in the South and West were driven overwhelmingly by minorities, particularly Hispanics, and the new districts, according to the rules of redistricting, will need to be drawn in places where they live, opening potential advantages for Democrats, who tend to be more popular among minorities.

TV seems dead for the next few weeks. It will be On Demand and Netflix till January. Not bad: Ben Affleck's "The Town." It's no "The Departed", but it's okay. Next up: Wall St. II. Not worth the time or money: Eat, Pray, Love. I'm still thinking about how good Intelligence was. If you get Netflix streaming, I highly recommend it. Here's a review. Caution: It's very addictive.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    you need to see this (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 09:15:13 AM EST

    thats a great site (none / 0) (#22)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 09:34:03 AM EST
    I check it a lot

    The shift in electoral votes is such that (none / 0) (#1)
    by tigercourse on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 07:56:26 PM EST
    if the 2000 Presidential elections were held now, Bush would get some 30 more electoral votes then Gore, rather then the 4 or so he did then.

    And Obama (none / 0) (#14)
    by jbindc on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 08:46:35 AM EST
    Would have lost 6 electoral votes in 2008 based on this census.

    And since Republicans are redrawing the electoral maps in most of the states, I'd say this is very good news for the Republicans.  That trend may change, but not for a decade or two.


    depends (none / 0) (#25)
    by CST on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 10:03:44 AM EST
    this is certainly worse for presidential elections, for now.

    But if the new population is large enough and "bunched" than there is nothing they can do about it, republicans will have to give up some house seats.

    And given demographic trends, I'd give it one decade till texas flips on a state level.  Which is not really very long at all.


    Since we've had (none / 0) (#29)
    by jbindc on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 10:25:18 AM EST
    The slowest growth since the Great Depression, and with Republicans coming in power and getting tougher with immigration, I don't necessarily see the population exploding in the next ten years.

    Looks to me like this will have at least a 20 year effect.


    I was thinking more along the lines (none / 0) (#35)
    by CST on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 02:12:06 PM EST
    of the "youth" of America today coming of age.  Which means in 10 years a whole lot more hispanics will be able to vote in texas, even if no one else moves there.

    I admit, I might be slightly optimistic in those trends, I'm not sure how quickly it will impact.  But even the current republicans admit that one or two of those new texas seats will probably have to go dem.  If they do get 2, that's a 50/50 split - which is a lot better than most of texas.

    And texas redistricting is automatically under federal review.

    In the meantime, here in MA we lost a seat.  One of 10, all of which are Democrats.  The infighting has already started.  Although it's possible that one of them steps down to run against Scotty Brown.


    Interesting Freakonomics (NYT) on MLB/ (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 08:16:42 PM EST
    academics/NFL/Mets/Adrian Gonzalez:  link

    I think Adrian... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Dadler on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 08:24:25 PM EST
    ...is going to have a tougher time than people think adjusting to the AL, and especially to a media market where he'll be under exponentially more pressure to perform every at bat than he ever was here in SoCal. But I'm sure he'll be just fine in the end.

    All that really matters... (none / 0) (#4)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 08:36:33 PM EST
    ...is that he's out of the NL West--and that the Sawhks beat the Yanquees on a regular basis.

    'tis true (none / 0) (#6)
    by Dadler on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 08:45:26 PM EST
    get those earmuffs ready, Adrian, for the early season games in the snow.

    Congrats to UConn women bballers. (none / 0) (#5)
    by caseyOR on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 08:36:41 PM EST
    Their win over Florida State tonight gives them the longest winning streak in college basketball, 89 straight wins.

    Way to go, Huskies.

    Division I... (none / 0) (#7)
    by desertswine on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 10:22:44 PM EST
    The overall college record is held by the women's team at Wayland Baptist University of Plainview, Tex., which won 131 consecutive games from 1953 to 1958. But that was decades before the N.C.A.A. began sponsoring women's basketball in 1982. It was a different game, played under different rules, at a different speed and a different level of athleticism.

    NY Times


    That might have been (none / 0) (#11)
    by brodie on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 08:25:02 AM EST
    back when the women played in skirts, 7 a side, and weren't allowed to dribble, only pass and shoot.  I guess dribbling was seen as too fatiguing or unladylike.

    Congrats to an outstanding UConn women's team and their great coach Auriemma for breaking what was one of the most jaw-dropping records in all of sports.

    Now it's up to Stanford on the 30th to show there is some competition out there for the Huskies.  And it would be fitting since they were the last team to beat UConn, just as Notre Dame began and ended UCLA's famous streak back in the 70s.


    Best movie I've seen this year, hands down (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 08:06:09 AM EST

    Jeralyn, you got me hooked (none / 0) (#10)
    by ruffian on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 08:10:36 AM EST
    on Intelligence. I started watching over the weekend on your recommendation and have been up way too late every night since. It is soooo good, and you're right about it being very addictive! I love the characters. Matt Frewer plays such a great jerk. The acting and storytelling all around is just top notch.

    Waiting to see what happens with Francine. That actress really makes something special out of a character we think we have seen many times.

    Just read the review.... (none / 0) (#12)
    by ruffian on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 08:34:29 AM EST
    got me a little ahead of the story, but that's ok. I would have loved to see Klea Scott's Portia in The Merchant of Venice. I will definitely look for her other work.

    Yup (none / 0) (#39)
    by Raskolnikov on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 07:15:56 PM EST
    I finished the first season in a weekend, its a great show.  Not nearly as ambitious as The Wire but I was compelled to watch it with almost the same drive and they feel similar.  Thanks for the great recommendation Jeralyn, its a new one for me to hammer my friends to watch!

    so glad you liked it (none / 0) (#40)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 08:39:51 PM EST
    It may have topped even Breaking Bad as my favorite. Watch Season 2 as well. I tried to spread out watching Season 2 over more than a weekend but I couldn't. I was up until 4 am both nights, it's so addictive. And now I'm just sorry it's over.

    little Johnnie Fund is cranky (none / 0) (#13)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 08:42:55 AM EST

    The Federal Communications Commission's new "net neutrality" rules, passed on a partisan 3-2 vote yesterday, represent a huge win for a slick lobbying campaign run by liberal activist groups and foundations. The losers are likely to be consumers who will see innovation and investment chilled by regulations that treat the Internet like a public utility.

    nap time Johnnie

    ok (none / 0) (#15)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 08:56:10 AM EST
    came in to this email headline:

    READ THIS BEFORE EXPORTING (or you might destroy the world)

    I am sure you are all glad I always check my email first.

    I'm glad you use your powers for good (usually) (none / 0) (#16)
    by ruffian on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 09:06:45 AM EST
    DADT repeal (none / 0) (#17)
    by CoralGables on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 09:13:32 AM EST
    was signed this morning (Wednesday). Later today a vote on the New Start Treaty, and then very possibly another go at the 9/11 Responders Bill which looks good for a positive outcome after seeing the GOP reamed by everyone from John Stewart to Joe Scarborough for opposing it.

    I heard that (none / 0) (#20)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 09:16:29 AM EST
    9/11 vote was for sure today.

    The other day (none / 0) (#26)
    by CoralGables on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 10:04:58 AM EST
    some were giving derogatory names to this lame duck. It strikes me as a pretty high flying duck with getting things done, as opposed to do nothing which was the preference of some in the GOP.

    I have decided to call it (none / 0) (#27)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 10:08:32 AM EST
    the sissy duckling session

    lol (none / 0) (#34)
    by lilburro on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 01:44:08 PM EST
    I had never heard of that book before.  Looks great.  The reviews are funny in that some people are kind of uncomfortable...lawd.

    also an HBO (none / 0) (#36)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 02:23:35 PM EST
    heh (none / 0) (#37)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 02:27:49 PM EST
    like this one:

    I find the word sissy to be a negative word. I have been a teacher for 15 years and do not feel that cooking, building sand castles and putting on puppet shows is anything sissy at all. Every child is unique and that is something to celebrate but not sissy. People that throw the word sissy around are wrong. It is name calling. He dedicates that book to all the proud sissies. Anyone that wears something totally wild anywhere is setting themselves up to be mocked. We all have common sense. Wake up people and recognize the gay agenda. My daughter brought this book home from Kindergarten and if you could see how the other ducks look at this little guy Elmer. They have extremely mean faces. Very unrealistic. Harvey is proud to be gay and that is fine but don't go pushing a gay agenda to my child under the cover of a cute duck book.

    sorry Donald.  all sissies are not gay and all gays are not sissies.


    Niagara Falls ran dry, 1969 (none / 0) (#18)
    by republicratitarian on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 09:14:28 AM EST
    Pretty neat.

    I got the link from theagitator.com

    Use of night vision goggles by police (none / 0) (#23)
    by jbindc on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 09:51:53 AM EST
    Not a Fourth Amendment search.

    So says a California state court (citations omitted):

    First, night goggles are commonly used by the military, police and border patrol, and they are available to the general public via Internet sales. More economical night vision goggles are available at sporting goods stores.  Therefore, unlike thermal imaging devices, night vision goggles are available for general public use.

    Second, state and federal courts addressing the use of night vision goggles since Kyllo have discussed the significant technological differences between the thermal imaging device used in Kyllo, and night vision goggles. Night vision goggles do not penetrate walls, detect something that would otherwise be invisible, or provide information that would otherwise require physical intrusion. The goggles merely amplify ambient light to see something that is already exposed to public view. This type of technology is no more "intrusive" than binoculars or flashlights, and courts have routinely approved the use of flashlights and binoculars by law enforcement officials.

    Makes (none / 0) (#24)
    by CoralGables on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 10:00:28 AM EST
    perfect sense to me

    Makes sense to me too (none / 0) (#28)
    by republicratitarian on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 10:12:47 AM EST
    Of course, I had to look up the Kyllo case and how it was being referenced. That was some more government BS. Using a thermal imaging device to scan your home to show that parts of it are "hotter" than other parts and a judge actually granting a search warrant based on that.

    does their devilry know NO bounds? (none / 0) (#30)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 11:08:06 AM EST

    Former Inmate: Jews Used Witchcraft on Guantanamo Prisoners, Made Me Feel a Cat Was Trying to Penetrate Me

    be glad it wasnt a dog.

    where is my invite Bubba? (none / 0) (#31)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 11:17:02 AM EST
    According to Life & Style, Clinton's camp is already setting the groundwork for a massive 65th birthday party at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The magazine reports that "his camp is in talks with Paul McCartney, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen ... Apart from the main concert, which will be at Staples Center, Bill's going to have a ton of other events and parties surrounding his big day."

    Well, I know who McCartney (none / 0) (#32)
    by brodie on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 12:23:44 PM EST
    and Springsteen are, but not Mary J. Blige, though "Jay-Z" sounds like a rappa.

    Maybe Bill's 65th can be the inspiration to get Fleetwood Mac back together in their entirety for one last gig.

    Otherwise, given the current economic situation, I'd advise Bill et al not to overdo it with an overly extravagant birthday bash that the MSM would bash him over for days.  

    Though (naughty thought) I do think it would be amusing to have Lady Gaga -- in a surprise, unexpected appearance -- dress up like Marilyn and sing Happy Birthday to him "in a wholesome way" dressed in the obligatory skin-tight outfit.  Robin Williams or Kathy Griffin can provide the main comedy entertainment and/or emcee.  


    surprise! (none / 0) (#33)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 01:14:49 PM EST
    The Wall Street Journal reports that a compromise deal has been cut on the proposal to establish a health-care fund for 9/11 first responders.

    Great recommendations! (none / 0) (#38)
    by talesoftwokitties on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 03:04:50 PM EST
    Now I have 2 good things to watch.  I Netflixed Intelligence last night with a nice bowl of pennette pasta with TJ's turkey bolognese and glass or two of Imagery Petit Verdot.  The Pilot was very good.  The Winter's Bone is now at the top of my NF list.  I'm set for winter now!  Thanks!

    no but I just ordered it (none / 0) (#41)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 08:56:22 PM EST
    on your and Ruffian's recommendation. (It's not instant streaming.) It's not cop-oriented, is it?

    Added to my OD watchlist (none / 0) (#42)
    by nycstray on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 09:29:59 PM EST
    Thanks for the heads up!

    Since we're in a rain pattern here, I'll be curling up on the couch with this one very soon.