Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon here, too nice to stay at the computer. What haven't we written about that you'd like to discuss? Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Good thing that street vendor (5.00 / 4) (#2)
    by Peter G on Sun May 02, 2010 at 01:48:42 PM EST
    who noticed the smoking car and flagged down a passing cop was an unemployed Vietnam Vet and not an immigrant of dubious status, and that the incident occurred in New York rather than in Phoenix, or the guy might have been rather reluctant to initiate his disaster-averting "encounter" with the authorities.  (Comment also posted on yesterday's Times Square thread.)

    I suppose it's also a good thing (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Rojas on Sun May 02, 2010 at 05:28:30 PM EST
    that he was not carrying a piece, or a couple buds in his pocket or maybe took a little bump from a bit of powder to make his day.... Jesus, damn good thing he did not have any outstanting tickets or, god forbid, was behind in child support...
    Lots of reasons to be persona non grata in this day in age.

    This quote reminds me (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by lentinel on Sun May 02, 2010 at 03:31:58 PM EST
    of what Colbert said at the correspondents dinner about Bush.
    He said that Bush believes the same thing on Wednesday that he believed on Monday - no matter what happened on Tuesday.

    Here is Gibbs on April 23 telling us about Obama's reaction to the unfolding environmental nightmare;

    Asked whether Obama had second thoughts on offshore drilling, Gibbs said, "No."

    Obama still believes that "we have to have a comprehensive solution to our energy problems," and the spill did not open up new questions about his drilling plan, he said.

    "We've taken swift action to ensure the safety of those that are there and to ensure the safety to the environment by capping the exploratory well," Gibbs said.

    "We need the increased production. The president still continues to believe the great majority of that can be done safely, securely and without any harm to the environment," he said.

    They capped the well? (none / 0) (#5)
    by nycstray on Sun May 02, 2010 at 03:45:17 PM EST
    They thought they had (none / 0) (#20)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:34:26 PM EST
    early on.  They were wrong.

    And, on April 28: (none / 0) (#9)
    by KeysDan on Sun May 02, 2010 at 04:22:10 PM EST
    The WH, on behalf of President Obama, said that it is sticking to its plan, "since its proposal was based on careful assessment of risks and spill response capabilities."    But, now it is on "hold."

    This afternoon, President Obama (none / 0) (#13)
    by KeysDan on Sun May 02, 2010 at 05:42:35 PM EST
    said that he asked Secretary Salazar to report back to him in 30 days on what, if any, additional safety devices are needed "going forward".   He also said that he still believes we need more drilling , but as "I have always said, it must be done responsibly".  So, now we can all relax, nothing unsafe and nothing irresponsible in our energy future.  No mention of his continued commitment to more nuke plants, but, similarly, we can rest assured that it will be done safely and responsibly, so what could go wrong?

    There is a safety device that (none / 0) (#21)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:36:00 PM EST
    would have stopped this quickly, but BP didn't want to pay for it and the U.S. does not require them to have it.

    Seems to me that's pretty easily changed.  Drunken morons running tankers into reefs and icebergs, OTOH, there's no way to prevent.


    You guys have so much self-restraint. (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by observed on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:24:59 PM EST
    I will follow suit, and NOT mention the top story on  TMZ, which now has nearly 900 comments.

    Oh good. Polanski has made a public (none / 0) (#3)
    by observed on Sun May 02, 2010 at 03:30:23 PM EST
    statement about his arrest. Keep talking, Roman.
    The world wants to hear exactly what happened, in your own words.

    I think you misunderstood my comment. (none / 0) (#10)
    by observed on Sun May 02, 2010 at 04:57:03 PM EST

    I think it would help justice be served (none / 0) (#15)
    by observed on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:00:20 PM EST
    if he kept on talking.
    If he's so arrogant that he can't keep his mouth shut (I doubt his attorney's approved of him saying ANYTHING), then let him hang himself.

    HUh? (1.00 / 0) (#25)
    by squeaky on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:43:29 PM EST
    If he's so arrogant that he can't keep his mouth shut...

    Did you pull that out of your butt?


    I also agree with Jeralyn, which is (none / 0) (#18)
    by observed on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:24:16 PM EST
    why I think self-incrimination is the only legitimate way to get Polanski, at this stage.

    I've got . . . (none / 0) (#6)
    by nycstray on Sun May 02, 2010 at 03:46:27 PM EST
    earthworms! Build a "pile" and they will come :)

    You betcha! (none / 0) (#23)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:37:50 PM EST
    Did you know, btw, that there are not and never have been any earthworms native to North America?  All those lovely critters aerating and feeding your garden soil came here from elsewhere.

    Unfortunately, they're apparently also totally destroying certain NA forest ecosystems that were never supposed to have them.


    Not to disagree with anything you wrote (none / 0) (#11)
    by tigercourse on Sun May 02, 2010 at 05:09:24 PM EST
    but even if the Republican wins the special election, he'll certainly lose the November election. It doesn't really matter in the long run.

    My favorite political quote will (none / 0) (#26)
    by tigercourse on Mon May 03, 2010 at 12:25:19 AM EST
    always be "The people have spoken. The bastards."

    Libertarian humor? (none / 0) (#22)
    by observed on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:36:35 PM EST
    Funny cartoon about libertarians?
    You be the judge.
    I would definitely be the

    in this panel.

    Oh, my (none / 0) (#24)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:39:54 PM EST
    Thanks for the (unwelcome) rundown.  Very sorry to hear all that about Inouye.