Tuesday Night Open Thread

What's on tonight? American Idol (Adam Lambert is back to help advise the contestants, DWTS (someone will go home), the Biggest Loser and Justified.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    And Glee!!! (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 08:15:37 PM EST
    Glee then Justified for me. Opposite ends of the spectrum, but both great!

    Really enjoy Glee... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Anne on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 08:19:53 PM EST
    looking forward to it tonight.

    It really is just pure entertainment (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 08:28:58 PM EST
    I've been excited all day.

    Hysterical Fox News headline (none / 0) (#4)
    by gyrfalcon on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 09:16:30 PM EST
    running under an interview with faux economist "Club for Growth" founder Stephen Moore.

    "Are Americans giving up citizenship because of high taxes?"

    Think about that for a minute.  Where in the developed world could you possibly pay lower taxes than in the U.S.?

    Backward reels the mind...

    editor of The Guardian (none / 0) (#7)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 10:40:07 PM EST
    On NPR today said the London banking leaders are always threatening to leave too. Amazingly, they always stay...because its' London.

    BTW that Stephen Moore (none / 0) (#8)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 10:42:09 PM EST
    Might be the weirdest dude I've ever seen on Bill Maher's show, and that's saying something.

    He's an utter nutcase (none / 0) (#10)
    by gyrfalcon on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 11:20:11 PM EST
    Flat-out insane.  And half the time, he doesn't know jack about what he's talking about.  I happened to see him earnestly explaining to Greta Van Susteren on Fox a while back that the health care bill was going to take a huge chunk out of Medicare Advantage (true), and when she wasn't sure which part of Medicare that was....

    he explained in tones of aggrieved outrage that it was -- wait for it -- the part that pays for prescription drugs.

    He says complete and utter garbage like that all the time, and yet gets invited back on both Fox and CNN constantly and listened to respectfully.

    He's really a piece of work-- Arthur "Supply-Side Economics" Laffer's favorite co-author.


    It has really happened (none / 0) (#9)
    by andgarden on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 10:58:02 PM EST
    The U.S. is apparently unique in its expectation that you report your worldwide income to the IRS.

    I believe Terry Gilliam did it, for example.  But it's pretty rare, and for him it was probably as much about ideology as money.


    True enough, but (none / 0) (#11)
    by gyrfalcon on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 11:25:05 PM EST
    I listened to the segment and they never got around to explaining that part.

    OTOH, the U.S. tax rate on wealthy people is so minimal now, it's really pretty ridiculous.  Made some kind of sense back in the day when the top marginal rate was 90 percent.

    I'd actually be perfectly happy to swap the foreign-earned taxes for, oh, say, a nice middle-of-the-road 75 percent top marginal rate.

    But if keeping your excess billions is so important to you that you'll renounce your citizenship, I say good riddance.

    Turns out a whopping 508 people preferred the full measure of their lucre to citizenship.  Feh.


    Dinner table conversation when I was (none / 0) (#14)
    by andgarden on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 12:34:00 AM EST
    growing up.

    I know about the strangest things. . .


    Report, but (none / 0) (#18)
    by Inspector Gadget on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 08:55:26 AM EST
    we worked overseas for many years and we only paid taxes on the first $85,000 earned. Rules were tight, though....couldn't be in the US for more than 10 days a year, as an example.

    Glee- yes after putting (none / 0) (#5)
    by kenosharick on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 09:45:29 PM EST
    up with an hour of American Idol, you can watch some actual singing!

    Lol (none / 0) (#6)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 10:35:55 PM EST
    They tried to sucker me in to watching Idol with that scheduling...watched my tivo'd Nurse Jackie instead.  

    Quote of the Day (none / 0) (#12)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 11:45:19 PM EST
    "It's almost too obvious that the White House may not want a bipartisan agreement," he told reporters on Tuesday.

    "That's a step forward," suggested Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). link

    Can't believe the odious Phelps is still in biz (none / 0) (#13)
    by Ellie on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 12:05:59 AM EST
    This has always struck me as gratuitous harassment rather than protected speech.

    Court battle against anti-gay funeral protesters takes heavy toll on father of fallen Marine By BEN NUCKOLS , AP April 12, 2010

    YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

    "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."
    "You're Going to Hell."
    "Semper Fi F[@]gs."

    Hundreds of grieving families have been targeted by the Westboro Baptist Church, which believes military deaths are the work of a wrathful God who punishes the United States for tolerating homosexuality. ...

    Snyder couldn't let it go. He became the first to sue the church to halt the demonstrations, and he's pursued the group farther than anyone else.

    Now, more than four years after his son died in a Humvee accident in Iraq, Snyder's legal battle is headed to the Supreme Court. And his tireless efforts have drawn support from across the country, including a wave of donations after he was ordered to pay the church's court costs -- a $16,500 judgment that the congregation plans to use for more protests. Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, 20, was not gay. But for the Westboro church, any dead soldier is fair game. ...

    Snyder won the first round decisively, when a jury in federal court in Baltimore awarded him $10.9 million in damages in October 2007. A judge later reduced the award to $5 million.

    Last September, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the verdict, ruling Westboro's protest was constitutionally protected speech.

    The Supreme Court agreed last month to consider whether the protesters' actions, no matter how provocative and upsetting, are protected by the First Amendment. The case will be argued in the fall.

    If ever in the shoes of a family needing (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 09:14:09 AM EST
    to bury a soldier, I decided long ago to ask for help from the Patriot Guard Riders.  When Westboro began their deal, retired soldiers initially spoke about beating them up....not a good choice though, just a knee jerk hurt angry response.  It didn't take long for the Patriot Guard Riders to get their act together and provide a buffer if you will between Westboro and soldier loved ones.  They do our soldiers and their families the best of services, and Westboro can continue to "protest" however it is that they choose to exercise that American right.  I may have had a problem ignoring them during a service without a professional, dedicated, competent buffer.....but with such a thing they would not even be a factor for me during a time of grief.  I wish other grieving families didn't take their crap so hard......it isn't anything more significant than irrelevant solid crap.

    Just perused... (5.00 / 2) (#21)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 09:34:08 AM EST
    the Patriot Guard Riders website...looks like a wonderful organization doing wonderful work.

    Long may they ride.


    I keep coming back... (none / 0) (#15)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 08:10:36 AM EST
    to street justice to deal with the Phelps mafia...not the halls of justice.  protected speech is too important to f*ck with and possibly set a bad precedent.

    When they show up at a funeral, start knocking some teeth out...sometimes its the only way, the only language some mooks understand.  Even if the police lock ya up for assault, no jury would ever convict you in a million years.  


    A family of sleezy lawyers. (none / 0) (#16)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 08:30:37 AM EST
    That's exactly what they want.  That way they can file a civil suit and get more money to fund their traveling caravan of hate.  

    Better to outnumber them and drown out their message.  

    /Sorry about that old fashioned Coors Field whooping your boys took last night.


    Then I'll volunteer... (none / 0) (#19)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 08:59:19 AM EST
    to be the muscle...they can sue me, nothing to sue for:)  

    It's allright about the beatdown of the Mutts...nice to see what a real baseball team looks like, your boys should be there right till the end.


    Seems like Elizabeth Warren (none / 0) (#17)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 08:39:08 AM EST
    is getting some major air time right now.  Not the first time, but at least she keeps showing up as the recession wears on and is placed on the front burner from time to time in the mainstream.

    ugh (none / 0) (#22)
    by CST on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 09:38:17 AM EST
    apparently the "tea party express" is coming to Boston today with Palin and co.  Beautiful day today, but I guess I will not be going anywhere near the park.

    Scott Brown has declined his invitation.

    And tax return is now filed (none / 0) (#23)
    by CST on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 11:31:48 AM EST
    now before anyone calls me a procrastinator... It's almost a month early!

    People living in "disaster areas" from the flooding have until May 11th to file.  This was defined as Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties in MA - which includes the city of Boston, and pretty much the entire south-eastern part of the state.  Any resident living in those counties (and I assume some others in other states) or who has a business there has until May.

    Link for anyone wondering if they qualify.