Wednesday Afternoon Open Thread

Now its windy and getting colder. Yes, a winter wonderland.

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    Haitian survives 27 days under rubble. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 05:05:54 PM EST
    Snowverkill (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Jen M on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 05:37:34 PM EST
    (heard on the news)

    Snowpocalypse, (none / 0) (#22)
    by Zorba on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:30:34 PM EST
    Snowmaggedon- we've heard it all.  ;-)

    The weather in the DC area (none / 0) (#61)
    by Jen M on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 10:52:33 AM EST
    is normally less blizzardized!

    About a little Bill Nighy? (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:06:19 PM EST
    Here's the video ad for A Robin Hood Tax:
    An unprecedented coalition of domestic charities, aid agencies, unions, faith organisations and green groups is calling on the leaders of the UK's political parties to support a global tax on the banks to help repair the human damage caused by the global economic crisis, protect public services at home, fight poverty abroad and help foot the bill for climate change.

    A journalist once told Nighy that he's the "thinking woman's man" and he said he'd rather be thought of as the "drinking woman's man".

    Over on MYDD, the top post is claiming that (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by tigercourse on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:22:01 PM EST
    Republican chances of taking over the House in the midterms are overstated. As proof, they are citing the retirement of a 76 year old Republican.

    You see, we can win this seat because the Republican only got 61% in the heavily Democratic year of 08. We're sure to do much, much better in '10.

    Tea leaves (none / 0) (#21)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:28:29 PM EST
    We are at tea leaves over doing something real suicidal like representing your base.  It doesn't get much stupider or sadder.

    Cold rain all day perfect (none / 0) (#54)
    by oculus on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 03:29:11 AM EST
    For 4 hours of Noh theatre in an unheated old wooden building

    Jonathan Singer... (none / 0) (#46)
    by mikeel on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:56:23 PM EST
    ...needs to take off his rose-colored glasses.  All of the GOP retirements are in solidly Republican districts.  A 70-seat GOP pickup is possible in November.  I've never seen such bad leadership in Congress (and from Obama as well).

    Bloomie promises NYC public schools will open (none / 0) (#2)
    by andgarden on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 05:07:00 PM EST
    You really ought to be able to do that with so much public transportation. But I think the suburban dwellers are going to have another day of shut-in.

    Snowing 24 hrs now in Philadelphia (none / 0) (#3)
    by Peter G on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 05:28:42 PM EST
    w/accumulation here just west of city line of at least 12 inches so far on top of last weekend's 24.  I don't think I've seen so much snow since the week I spent in Minot, North Dakota, visiting cousins in January 1968.  And yes, it's beautiful.  Cardinals are roosting in the apple tree outside our kitchen window.

    aww (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by lilburro on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 05:38:17 PM EST
    you're making a Yankee nostalgic!  

    Down here in the South I've already seen the first robin of spring.


    It is still really damned cold though (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 05:54:29 PM EST
    down here for these rebels.  I've only seen one pair of flip flops in the last month around here.  I'm walking around with a pleased smile on my face and a lined windbreaker though chanting die mold die, die evil huge bugs die. I almost thought Born had stopped making shoes until I got to Colorado....Borns all over.  Ran and bought a pair.  Still don't know why the rural South tries to live in flip flops every day.  The underbrush and everything that lives in it around here is not flip flop friendly.

    Oh yeah (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by lilburro on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:12:49 PM EST
    I am so excited about the death of palmetto bugs.  It's been a great few months for that reason alone.  But just like the robins they are back too.  

    It has been on the whole pretty cold though.  One funny story about my Southern roommate...  I made an offhand comment that we wouldn't have to worry with a little snow coming, you could just scrape it off.  She said "I don't own an ice scraper."  And I said "AHA!  We Yankees can teach you a thing or two yet."  I have suffered many lessons on etiquette and whatnot from her.


    I need someone very dedicated (none / 0) (#17)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:19:30 PM EST
    to teach me how to say what I must say in the Southern tongue.  I have a job opening

    Thank you... (none / 0) (#25)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:41:42 PM EST
    ...for supporting our ailing economy!  Did you find a good deal on the Borns?  

    I did (none / 0) (#32)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:33:22 PM EST
    And they talked me into a pair of those shape up Sketchers for $99, which is a deal too.  I put them on and they are very comfy but reminding me of skate boarding.....which I was terrible at.  They allow your foot to roll all over and that challenges just about the core of everthing.  My Aunt thought it would be too fatiguing to wear them running through DIA and Atlanta but I decided to at least try.  Did great.  And I can't believe the service that Frontier provided us and other physically challenged people at both Atlanta and DIA. They've earned a new loyalty from me.  I originally chose to fly them because they were leaving Atlanta at a time that was good for us and it was one way to DIA landing at also a good time for us to make that drive.  I'm hooked now until they prove themselves unworthy of the loyalty.  Man they moved people at DIA who were challenged, radios going....large numbers of people employed to do nothing but that during peak arrivals and departures and you barely had to ask.

    Great to hear the airports came through for you (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by ruffian on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 09:38:13 PM EST
    DIA is a great airport, I don't care what anyone says!

    I have a pair of those shoes too. Took a few wearings to get used to them, but I really like them. My lower back does not get sore when I'm on my feet for a long time, and they don't hurt my horrible low arches and bunion.  Yes, my foot is as pretty as it sounds.


    Oh yeah (none / 0) (#34)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:37:15 PM EST
    And they helped us through TSA too.  I felt like my husband was home.  Taking off foot braces, gathering up buckets with our belongings in them and putting them on the conveyor while I was helping Josh walk through the detector. They totally ruled!!!

    I was a little sad... (none / 0) (#50)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 10:21:49 PM EST
    ...when they got sold to Republic and started moving jobs out of Colorado.  One nice thing is they use the A concourse at DIA which I like because it has its own security and you don't have to take the train.  Glad they treated you guys like VIP's!

    I'm excited because I got my new Cole Haan boots delivered today.  They are way cool!  And they started working on the water damage repair in earnest today.  Progress, YEAH!


    You know DIA in a scary sort of way (none / 0) (#57)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 07:25:37 AM EST
    You must be in and out of there a lot.

    About those Skechers (none / 0) (#51)
    by caseyOR on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 11:24:27 PM EST
    I've been looking at those shoes and wondering if they are really what the ads claim or if that is just marketing. So, please, both ruffian and MT, let me know how they work for you. If they could help with the back and knees I would be so happy and be willing to pay almost any price.

    My Aunt has been working out a lot (none / 0) (#58)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 07:31:56 AM EST
    she does not have them but is considering it. Many of her friends do and they are all around 60.  They had to start wearing them a few hours at a time at first because they can fatigue you.  I have been wearing them every other day but I can go the whole day and I forget that I have them on.  They feel really good, and they were challenging at first.  They seem to me to be very "core" strengthening because the sole does not steady you easily, you must balance yourself throughout all of your stride.  I did talk to a woman about them at DIA and she had a knee problem that it was causing to flare up and I could see how they could easily do that.  I have been very fortunate though and have never had any big knee or ankle problems so I haven't experienced any pains.  Wow does the sole ever have a ton of cushion though.

    You must be farther south than Old Dominion (none / 0) (#6)
    by cawaltz on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 05:42:46 PM EST
    we still got snow and wind going on here right on the cusp of NC, TN, and WV. My spouse called he's been at the train terminal in WV for 6 hours. The switches are frozen. He can only be on duty for 12 so we aren't even sure he'll make it back tonight.

    if I said (none / 0) (#7)
    by lilburro on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 05:50:01 PM EST
    I live 15 minutes from the beach, how would that make you feel.... :P

    Donald, you are not authorized (5.00 / 5) (#41)
    by Peter G on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:37:41 PM EST
    to participate in this discussion.  Go to the corner.

    I live 100 yards from the beach (none / 0) (#10)
    by observed on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 05:56:27 PM EST
    .. the waters a little chilly now though--might be below 80 degrees.

    I live an hour and 15 mins from the beach (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:16:58 PM EST
    that tells me that I have fewer trinket shops with flashing Jesus signs out front than lilburro does if she lives anywhere near the gulf panhandle.  Only one thing about global warming comforts me.  I will never be sitting on pins and needles ever again waiting for the Florida panhandle count to come in :)

    ooo (none / 0) (#20)
    by lilburro on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:28:14 PM EST
    no I'm in North Carolina, nowhere near the Gulf.  Thankfully the Jesus stuff is not too outrageous here (for the most part).  My favorite was the church sign I saw a while ago, "welcoming" the congregation:  "WHATS YOUR SIN  GREED ADULTERY HOMOSEXUALITY LYING."  Woaah.

    or actually (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by lilburro on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:31:47 PM EST
    I think it was PREMARITAL SEX or something.  It was kind of a kinky, rather Freudian type of sign.

    I'll say guilty of all the above. (none / 0) (#62)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 12:49:28 PM EST
    Is it just me?

    Right now...... (none / 0) (#37)
    by cawaltz on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:16:50 PM EST
    It would make me feel cold. I can't get past the wind gusts we are having here and imagining the feel of that wind if it were coming off the water. Brrrrrrrrr.

    It's nice though that some of us aren't freezing our tookuses off. :)


    It's tuchus (5.00 / 1) (#52)
    by gyrfalcon on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 01:23:15 AM EST

    You can't read the (none / 0) (#24)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:32:42 PM EST
    digital gas pumps down here.  We have no snow, but I can't see what the gas pump wants now...it just beeps a lot at me.  Whatever liquid crystal thing they have going on there it isn't for 32 degrees or less.  Stuff works fine in Colorado though.

    Two feet + of snow north of Baltimore, (5.00 / 0) (#31)
    by Anne on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:24:15 PM EST
    on top of the two feet we had Friday/Saturday, which was on top of the 5 to six inches we had on the 30th.

    And then there was the 26 inches we had the Saturday before Christmas.

    Maybe we could ship some to Vancouver, eh?

    No office again tomorrow (this will make three days this week); for a law firm that almost never closes, this is truly like the apocalypse.  No one but emergency responders are permitted on the roads, the building is closed, so not like we had any choice.

    Winds are howling, hoping the power stays on.

    Hope things don't get worse for you!


    Good luck, Anne (none / 0) (#33)
    by Peter G on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:37:01 PM EST
    Didn't realize it was that much worse in Balmer than in Fluffya.  

    I hear there may be a callup (none / 0) (#38)
    by Cream City on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:18:57 PM EST
    of your National Guard?

    Big mistake. What you need is our National Guard -- the fine women and men from the Northern states.  We just got more than another foot of snow and fluffed it off, business as usual.


    Cars still going by WPVI on City Line? (none / 0) (#13)
    by andgarden on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:06:50 PM EST
    Nope. Serious snow emergency, Andy (none / 0) (#28)
    by Peter G on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:08:27 PM EST
    The Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) is officially "closed," as are the "Blue Route" (I-476) and the Vine St. Expressway (I-676, across the center of Philadelphia).  Can't remember the last time I've heard of all the interstates' being shut down for safety reasons.

    This is (5.00 / 2) (#30)
    by Zorba on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:14:42 PM EST
    the second time in a week that we've had the USPS cancel mail service- in 25 years living in this area, this is the first time that this has ever happened.  We're okay, but I hope that no-one in the affected areas has any kind of emergency.  I also send my hopes and positive thoughts to all the emergency responders and medical professionals who are on duty and have to try to do their jobs in this kind of weather.

    Seems like I remember that happening in '96 (none / 0) (#42)
    by andgarden on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:40:34 PM EST
    I could be wrong, though.

    You're much younger than I am, Andy, (5.00 / 4) (#47)
    by Peter G on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 09:27:10 PM EST
    so you can still remember 1996. I can pretty much only remember 1960-1978.  

    Roar! (none / 0) (#53)
    by gyrfalcon on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 01:27:21 AM EST
    That may be the funniest thing I've read in a couple of months.  Thanks for a great laugh from another "oldie."

    Weren't those the headiest years ever? (none / 0) (#63)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 01:00:15 PM EST
    I have this fantasy for a make work project/amusement park/living museum, of sorts: restore 66 miles of Route 66 to resemble what it would have looked like in 1966. I'd take that ride! I think people would flock from all over the world to see it, I mean in droves.

    Fairway is still buzzing (none / 0) (#12)
    by andgarden on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:06:21 PM EST
    but there's slush everywhere.

    Went and had Mellow Mushroom (none / 0) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:10:33 PM EST
    pizza with Josh, and I'm not smarter than a fifth grader.  He is a fourth grader and I did not know that Thomas Edison had an assistant that invented the film industry, nor that he had a failed marriage because he couldn't quit working and ever go home, or that a feral street kid gave them all the great ideas about what to do with the invention of moving pictures....make stories  with it.  Nor did I know that we don't really know how many colors are out there because we can't see them all, if someone ever did tell me this fact I forgot it.  Perception is everything, the universe is all about me, and I am not smarter than a fifth grader.  Josh did say that the only being who knows what and how many colors are out there is God....HA to his dad....he got my God genes.  Mellow Mushroom is serving a beer though called Hebrew Messiah.  That's pretty progressive around here.  I looked at the list in full.  If you mix Guinness with Bass you get a Black and Tan, but if you mix a Hebrew Messiah with a Dixie Blackened Voodoo with Jeff Sessions explode?  And how about that Jeff Sessions talking down to Admiral Mullen about throwing Don't Ask Don't Tell away?

    Oops my beer is showing (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:25:55 PM EST
    Will Jeff Sessions explode?

    If you've discovered (5.00 / 2) (#26)
    by Zorba on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:41:59 PM EST
    a way for Jeff Sessions to explode, MilitaryTracy, I say- go for it, girl!

    if you don't want to make him explode, (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by jeffinalabama on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 06:45:02 PM EST
    let me, please! In case you havent't seen, Shelby had a democratic challenger finally.

    LOL! (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Zorba on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:09:16 PM EST
    Go for it, jeffinalabama!  And if you have a great explosion plan, I have a huge list I can give you...........

    I'm always reluctant to say (none / 0) (#36)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:55:17 PM EST
    anything about gossip I hear from where I am because it can be used for useless lefty rhetoric.  But I'm a big girl with big girl panties so I suppose I can deal with it.  I don't know what the heck went down in the last 24 hours but some people are really upset about the "rednecks" with them in the war zone.  The only clarification I got as well on what exactly the hell such a "redneck" was was this, "You know when you go to the fair and there is always a group there doing things that just make you want the police to come and immediately remove them?  Those kind of people."  Okay.....who knows what that means.  Maybe someday we will.

    I wish they wouldn't call them rednecks (none / 0) (#39)
    by cawaltz on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:31:09 PM EST
    call them disrespectful ignoramuses. Redneck used to mean that you were working class, not anything horrible like it seems to mean today.

    It can literally mean (none / 0) (#43)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:43:41 PM EST
    almost anything the user wants it to mean these days, that was why I needed clarification.  Which redneck do you mean, in fact, perhaps it would just be better if you told me exactly what these "rednecks" are doing so I know which "rednecks" you are talking about.

    When Josh finishes his (none / 0) (#44)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:53:03 PM EST
    homework he gets to watch DVRd Colbert Report.  I don't know what day this one is from but he has Peter Cove on.  Terribly funny episode overall.

    Is he the cave man diet guy? (none / 0) (#49)
    by ruffian on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 09:40:55 PM EST
    That was a good show. But then I think they are all good.

    I think it was the day after (none / 0) (#55)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 05:41:58 AM EST
    that episode, but he watched the one you are speaking of next.

    snow (none / 0) (#45)
    by mikeel on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:53:59 PM EST
    Yes, a lot of snow in the local mountains.  Julian, which is 40 miles from home, got a bunch more last night and early this morning--about the fifth or sixth time it's snowed there this winter.

    House Dems nervous about DADT? (none / 0) (#56)
    by jbindc on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 07:21:55 AM EST

    But House Democratic leadership aides tell POLITICO they are growing increasingly worried over the lack of a detailed White House road map for passing a repeal -- and that without such a road map, repeal will end up in the same kind of Senate gridlock that hobbled health reform.

    And hopes that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) would galvanize moderates in both parties to the cause by introducing the repeal bill have yet to materialize despite months of negotiations between Lieberman and the White House, according to people familiar with the situation.

    "Not only did Obama toss [`don't ask, don't tell'] to a Congress that's preoccupied with the economy and the midterms -- he tossed it to perhaps the most dysfunctional Congress in the history of the country," said a senior aide to a Senate Democrat who has been pushing for repeal.

    Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) cast the issue in the context of Obama's recent dual-track political approach of soothing liberals in his national messaging while stressing centrism inside the Beltway.

    "There's frustration, and `don't ask, don't tell' is one small part of it," says Weiner. "The frustration has been that while the president has said the right things when he's on the road, he's emphasized bipartisanship and not [moved] towards issues of importance to the Democratic base when he comes back to Washington."

    the new meme: Palin, secret genius! (none / 0) (#59)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 09:39:39 AM EST
    and this is from HuffPo:

    Addressing the Tea Party, Sarah Palin wrote three notes on her hand: "Energy, Taxes, Lift American Spirits." Why? She already had notes in front of her on the podium. Surely she could remember three simple themes. Why write notes on her hand?

    Here's my take on why: she knew that they would be visible when she gave the speech. And she knew that she would be made fun of -- as so stupid that she needs to write notes on her hand. And that's one of her most effective tactics -- to be made fun of. It's an integral part of her strategy of standing in for hardworking, Middle Americans, derided by the condescending, know-it-all liberal elites.

    the comments are funny

    you know (none / 0) (#60)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 09:43:30 AM EST
    the interesting thing about this is I stole the "secret genius" line from HotAir.  who has been making fun of her for a while.  her numbers continue to plummet in republican circles.  I am starting to sadly realize they really might be smarter than democrats when I see "porgressives" here turning themselves into pretzels pumping her up and stuff like that shows up on HuffPo.

    its a crazy world we live in.
    the good news is she will never be president.  or even vice president.