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    Open fighting....mean discourse (5.00 / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 11:53:45 AM EST
    I'm tired.

    In the threads? (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:07:43 PM EST
    Doesn't seem too bad to me...certainly been worse.

    Regardless, let's spread some love like Otis...if that don't shake the tired from your bones, nuthin' will!  


    I love you :) (none / 0) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:12:23 PM EST
    Free Cuba

    Free Tibet


    Free us all... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:36:12 PM EST
    kid, free us all..

    Saw a really cool quote recently, can't remember where, or who coined it, but here it is...

    "Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future."

    Don Knotts (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by jondee on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:00:52 PM EST
    or Albertus Magnus, one of the two..

    I always liked that one myself..It cheers me up. :)


    please offer support (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:56:13 PM EST
    for your unsubstantiated claim.

    good dancing (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:55:30 PM EST
    bad dancing

    Scientists identify moves that make men irresistible on the dancefloor

    ok, like, scientists would know.

    Too funny (5.00 / 3) (#18)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:05:47 PM EST
    When we first started dating my spouse invited me to his bday at a club.  I got there about an hour and a half after the party started and he was ripped.  He is the worst dancer I've ever seen, I'm not kidding.  Everyone else was dancing and he looked like he was in a mosh pit.  I kept telling myself that I can't have everything, and this guys is wicked intelligent.  

    fyi (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by CST on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:07:12 PM EST
    this gets a 5 rating for using the word wicked appropriately :)

    Still can't spell though (none / 0) (#20)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:09:30 PM EST
    grammar not so good :)

    It takes liquid courage... (none / 0) (#22)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:20:34 PM EST
    to get me to cut a rug too...though I like to think I'm not half bad dancing to r&b and reggae...my hips are too gringo for latin dancing...total trainwreck.

    Los pies pobres de mi amor!


    You have to admit (none / 0) (#12)
    by Socraticsilence on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:58:35 PM EST
    if they used actual tests with rigid protocols and everything that would have been hilarious to watch: "Okay now do the worm we're going to measure arousal levels." "hmm... okay 'Soulja boy' it" etc.

    tempted to link (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:00:15 PM EST
    to Spikes dance instruction but I will spare you.

    however googling is, as always, encouraged.


    I have heard (none / 0) (#23)
    by jbindc on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:24:16 PM EST
    That the way a man dances is the way he makes love, so if he's bad on the dance floor......

    Just sayin'.....


    Urban legend lol (none / 0) (#43)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:07:52 PM EST
    personal research (none / 0) (#56)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:30:11 PM EST
    says it is not.  actually.

    over on the Right (none / 0) (#58)
    by jondee on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:34:07 PM EST
    they like to say it's how well a man stands up to water boarding..

    Isn't this the same group (none / 0) (#37)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:55:16 PM EST
    who gave us man made global warming?


    (OK, OK so it is a snark)


    Man (none / 0) (#50)
    by Socraticsilence on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:20:52 PM EST
    nothing like pointless information free GOP talking points. Heh... "Al Gore invented the internet" heh... heh...

    What you probably don't know (none / 0) (#100)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:47:01 PM EST
    is that Gore was very instrumental in funding the early efforts, especially with the North Carolina network developed by Fujitsu, installed by GTE of the SE and Southern Bell and operated by various NC agencies.

    So the "Gore invented" had just enough truth in it to make it credible.

    No good deed goes unpunished!

    No charge for the education.


    I actually did know that (5.00 / 2) (#110)
    by Socraticsilence on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 05:46:30 PM EST
    just as I know the memo scandal stuff about Global Warming ended up being a meaningless kerfuffle which only served to cloud the basic reality of AGW in the eyes of those who wanted to be decieved.

    More importantly, what YOU probably ... (5.00 / 2) (#120)
    by Yman on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 09:23:34 PM EST
    ... don't know is that Al Gore never claimed he invented the internet - it's a wingnut myth.  In reality, what Gore actually said (accurately) was "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

    The false claim that Gore said he "invented the internet" only had "credibility" among the wingnuts, the ignorant, and a few talking heads who either hated Gore or were too stupid to do the most basic research.

    "No charge for the education".


    *Gasp!* (5.00 / 1) (#59)
    by Zorba on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:35:55 PM EST
    Couldn't be, Donald.  Why, that money coming to them would be.......that would be......Socialism!

    So, as far as you're concerned, (5.00 / 1) (#67)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:18:43 PM EST
    he's the one that's wrong. Right?

    I'm not sure (none / 0) (#72)
    by CST on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:38:36 PM EST
    how someone who has two completely conflicting views on the same exact subject could be "right" both times.

    It's the whole NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) thing.  I see it at work all the time.  People are all for something until it happens to them, then they get outraged.


    It was meant to be a broad statement (none / 0) (#76)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:47:08 PM EST
    to our humble Don.

    not everyone (none / 0) (#85)
    by CST on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:04:21 PM EST
    can be a libra.

    I have a sneaking suspician you are about as humble as Don is.  You just wear the mask of diplomacy.  I recognized your commenting style immediately upon seeing your birthday.

    Life would be boring if we were all the same.  Rabble-rousers have an important role as well.


    Fair enough. (none / 0) (#87)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:14:25 PM EST
    haha (none / 0) (#96)
    by CST on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:34:42 PM EST
    always the diplomat.

    I do the same exact thing.  And I wouldn't call myself humble either :)


    Ha! (none / 0) (#105)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:59:29 PM EST
    It might be that I was a middle child, or that I was born with it. Probably born with it, if my own two polar-opposite boys are the examples that prove the rule.

    How very evangelical of you.

    Ha! Booman feels sorry for Rahm though (none / 0) (#4)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:15:47 PM EST
    and Larry and Timmeh too :)

    Are you still (none / 0) (#6)
    by Zorba on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:42:24 PM EST
    reading Booman?  I gave that up a long, long time ago.   ;-)  

    I had to see what he had to say (none / 0) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:53:41 PM EST
    about the tax cuts, nothing for days.  That sympathy for poor Rahm though, I had to bring it up.  I don't have sympathy for anyone who made 16 million in his two years as a banker :)

    Isn't sympathy for Rahm (5.00 / 3) (#13)
    by Zorba on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:59:34 PM EST
    a bit like the old Rolling Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil"?          ;-)

    I could totally see (none / 0) (#57)
    by Zorba on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:33:53 PM EST
    Rahm as the M.C.  As for the second song {{shudder}}......weren't some of the same people at the Glenn Beck rally?  

    Time for Plan C... (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:52:18 PM EST
    my local nation, the Poospatucks, is collecting NY State taxes on smokes eff. today, direct from the horse's mouth on the rez last night...f*ck me!  At least I just beat the deadline for one last run on the Smoker's Trail of Tears.

    Some other nations have a reprieve pending court appeals.

    Oh well...we had a nice run together Poospatucks, sorry on behalf of my elected officials...treaties don't mean sh*t to them, what else is new eh?  

    I guess you could call it job stimulus, if you're in a glass half-full mood...a guy with wheels and no job now has a way to make a nice living for a couple hundo down...opportunity resides on I-95.  

    Since its an open thread (none / 0) (#11)
    by Socraticsilence on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 12:56:17 PM EST
    and we always seem to have a pretty fricking educated commenter base I have a question:
    Anyone have any advice on prepping for the LSATs and/or the GRE(general), I'm a college senior and planning on taking one or both this winter before leaving for the peace corps next summer, I did pretty well on the SATs (national merit scholar, yadda, yadda, no one cares but I figured a bit of background was necessary in order to clarify what kind of advice I need) but its been 8 years (I had to take some time off/ part-time it in college due to a major knee injury I rehabbed and then worked a while) and I'm a bit worried about being ready- Are prep courses and/or books worth it, etc?  

    Socratic: (none / 0) (#16)
    by Dr Molly on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:03:50 PM EST
    First, there are free practice GRE tests online that you can take, get your score, and identify whether you need formal GRE prep or not.

    Second, are you planning to take just the general section or also a subject test? The former typically does not benefit much from formal prep courses, but the data says that they do help for the specific subject tests.

    Third, if you take the test and feel that you've really bombed it, you can cancel it and take it again.

    Fourth, what is your graduate school focus? Different programs place different weights on the GRE test scores vs. other things like GPA etc.


    Grad school (none / 0) (#24)
    by Socraticsilence on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:27:39 PM EST
    I'm looking at IR and development specifically the Masters International program (specifically U of Denver and UW in Seattle right now) offered in conjunction with Peace Corps service (every program I've examined is one year of grad school- with course hours and a development of a project, then two years of Peace Corp service, then a final two-three years of grad school upon return-depending on the program and whether or not a person is planning on working on the Phd or Masters portion of the program in question).

    Sounds like you might (none / 0) (#35)
    by Dr Molly on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:54:47 PM EST
    only need to take the general part of the test then...

    Keep in mind... (none / 0) (#91)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:27:18 PM EST
    ...that while DU's IR program is very well respected and offers a small, private school environment, on the whole its student body (and to some degree, its facility) tends to lean towards tends to lean toward the right wing and the privileged.  

    Kind of the polar opposite of UDub.  


    I haven't taken either (none / 0) (#17)
    by CST on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:04:34 PM EST
    so take this with a grain of salt.  But my dad recently took the GREs, and did very well, and he's in his 60s so waaaaaaay out of school.

    He used the Princeton Review textbook, no class.  Personally I find reading material to be better than prep courses cuz they're cheaper and you can go at your own pace.

    Usually prep books like the princeton review that are designed for a specific test are pretty good.  I used it for my SATs as well to practice my english while I was living abroad and did better than expected.

    Then again the last test I took was an 8-hour science exam.  For that I spent about 2 days reviewing material and practiced solving math problems just to get back into the habit of thinking that way.

    I hear the real sticky part of the GRE is English though.


    Son's (none / 0) (#21)
    by the capstan on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:15:11 PM EST
    scores on SAT, GRE almost identical.  He was not really a good test taker, but I figured that the GRE was score was correct as far as it went.

    The easiest route (none / 0) (#121)
    by CoralGables on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 11:18:31 PM EST
    to a much improved GRE score is to aim to ace the math portion.

    The verbal is a result of your life's body of work in reading. Prepping by studying vocabulary is a hit and miss proposition whereby you could spend hours on end and never see a single word you studied. The quantitative portion of the test can be mastered in just a few weeks time as there are a finite number of math formulas that are in play on the test.


    Weird Weather in a Warming World (none / 0) (#25)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:33:55 PM EST
    New York City just had its hottest June-to-August stretch on record. Moscow, suffering from a once-in-a-millennium heat wave, tallied thousands of deaths, a toll that included hundreds of inebriated, overheated citizens who stumbled into rivers and lakes and didn't come out. Pakistan is reeling from flooding that inundated close to a fifth of the country.

    For decades, scientists have predicted that disastrous weather, including heat, drought and deluges, would occur with increasing frequency in a world heated by the rising concentrations of greenhouse gases. While some may be tempted to label this summer's extremes the manifestation of our climate meddling, there's just not a clear-cut link -- yet.

    In the end, there are two climate threats: one created by increasing human vulnerability to calamitous weather, the other by human actions, particularly emissions of warming gases, that relentlessly shift the odds toward making today's weather extremes tomorrow's norm. Without addressing both dangers, there'll be lots of regrets. But conflating them is likely to add to confusion, not produce solutions.

    According to Ras..after Jan Brewer's debate (none / 0) (#26)
    by steviez314 on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:39:31 PM EST
    fiasco, her numbers....wait for it.....went up.

    We are a nation of idiots.

    Why are so many voters (5.00 / 1) (#75)
    by jondee on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:45:06 PM EST
    these days seemingly going for the "he-she's just like us" candidate (the secret of the dubya mystique), rather than the "hmmm, I never looked at THAT way before.." candidate..

    Is this what happens when pols become overly-reliant on focus group researchers, polsters, image consultants etc?


    That's disingenuous (5.00 / 1) (#108)
    by BTAL on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 05:33:55 PM EST
    there are whack jobs on both sides of the aisle.

    Unless, you were intending on posting a red meat comment.  


    does that mean (none / 0) (#109)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 05:36:44 PM EST
    its time for the scary black guy outside the polling place again?

    trying to think of any others.


    wait wait (none / 0) (#27)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:41:26 PM EST
    we may well be a nation of idiots but I wont be blamed for Arizona.

    clearly her senior admirers saw her as "one of us"


    did you see (none / 0) (#30)
    by CST on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:50:33 PM EST
    the daily show last night?

    he had a bit on this called "why the democrats are f*cked"

    because someone like Jan Brewer is still winning

    the clips of the debate were painfull.  I almost felt bad for her.  Almost.


    Apparently (none / 0) (#54)
    by Socraticsilence on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:25:34 PM EST
    prior to AZ 1070 she was well on her way to becoming a 1 term governor unable to pass a working budget etc, now though since she's able to smoke and mirrors it about the messicans shes going to be re-elected- she's literally a textbook case of distracting the public from poor performance with minor issues.

    and their off (none / 0) (#28)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:44:43 PM EST
    Seems high on both counts. n/t (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by coast on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:57:51 PM EST
    um (none / 0) (#36)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:55:07 PM EST
    they're off.

    I guess


    News for BTD... (none / 0) (#29)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:47:44 PM EST
    Don't know if you've heard, but a massive box-set reissue of "Darkness on the Edge of Town" is in the pipeline, just in time for Christmas...a buncha new unearthed tracks from the sessions, documentary dvd, concert footage, lots of goodies.  Very cool.

    I heard $125 for the set. (none / 0) (#32)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:53:09 PM EST
    I love Bruce, but not that much...

    It is pricey.... (none / 0) (#39)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:00:11 PM EST
    but for comparison, it's a months worth of a premium cable package...and it's a gift that keeps on giving.

    A fool and his money...

    Speaking of 57 Channels (none / 0) (#44)
    by jondee on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:08:31 PM EST
    and Nothins' On..:)

    $99 Bucks... (none / 0) (#46)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:14:12 PM EST
    for cable, internet, and phone...a couple pay per views and I'm there, split 4 ways though.

    Here's a better comparison shop...less than a carton of smokes in NYC!


    Not sure comparing the cost of anything (none / 0) (#53)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:23:35 PM EST
    to a carton of smokes is the best way to validate the cost of that thing. :)

    Van Morrison is playing at The Greek on my b-day, Oct 5. The wife and I are all excited to go see him...then I see the ticket prices. Almost $100 face for nose-bleed seats and almost $400 for the front section where we like to sit.

    Think I'll buy me a new surfboard instead...


    That is steep... (none / 0) (#60)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:37:01 PM EST
    but Van the Irishman might be one of the few worth it, if ya got that kinda fun money.  I mean it's Van Morrison.

    Buy the cheap seats and sneak on down!


    or better yet (none / 0) (#61)
    by CST on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:41:52 PM EST
    it's your birthday.  Convince someone else to buy them for you :)

    Hope Dad's reading this blog. :) (none / 0) (#63)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:48:22 PM EST
    Funny, that. (none / 0) (#62)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:45:34 PM EST
    I'm the same age as BTD which means I'm at the age where I probably could just walk on down front and no one would question me. Darnedest thing is, I'm at the age where I won't do it. Last thing I'm interested in is getting my wife and I rousted out of some seats and feeling the fool at a concert on my b-day. Just not worth it.

    Ah well, maybe I will settle for some nosebleeds...


    My trick is... (none / 0) (#64)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:00:13 PM EST
    not to occupy somebody else's seat, but to kinda just hover at the end of a row in the aisle...works best if you can make friends (aka share joints/buy a round) with those occupying the end seats, so if security or an usher comes by they'll let you slide in for a second.

    Doesn't work in every venue, or if it's a lame crowd of sitters...but I've had good sucess.


    So you're that guy! (none / 0) (#66)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:16:18 PM EST
    Saw Dr. John last week with some friends and a guy kinda tried to work that angle. Trouble was he smelled. Alot. We had to send him on his way...

    lol... (none / 0) (#69)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:31:22 PM EST
    He forgot the key element of the plan...make friends!  B.O. is no way to make a first impression...can't say I blame ya there...just be kind to the next guy without a stench who buys you and your lady a round...for your old buddy:)  

    Will do! (none / 0) (#77)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:51:09 PM EST
    thats the price range (none / 0) (#49)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:16:35 PM EST
    when stuff actually starts being on.  that is about my dish monthly bill.
    and there are hundreds of channels.  I dont even know how many.

    but my cable bill is my one monthly bill that I consider totally worth it.


    me too (none / 0) (#82)
    by ruffian on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:57:45 PM EST
    I don't watch nearly every channel of course, but I want what I want, and you have to pay at a certain level to get HBO and Showtime.

    If those two ever go to the Apple rental model, I will drop premium cable like a bad habit.


    its weird (none / 0) (#84)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:02:30 PM EST
    I mostly do it for what you said but also its great for the movies you never heard of.  I am constantly catching stuff that I never heard of.  or maybe I heard of and didnt think was worth renting or whatever.

    premium cable is great.  for that and simply for some of the best entertainment being made anywhere right now.

    also.  more and more movies are being premiered on things like HDNET and other places the same time the show up in theaters.


    I am really looking forward to that! (none / 0) (#34)
    by ruffian on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:54:45 PM EST
    I think it comes out in October. It is going on my Christmas list, if I can stand to wait that long and don't cave and get it mysekf first!

    I'll have to check that out... (none / 0) (#47)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:15:09 PM EST
    really like the Seeger sessions stuff.

    I was never THAT big (none / 0) (#48)
    by jondee on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:16:01 PM EST
    a Springsteen fan, other than a few songs, but that Youtube video of him playing The Promised Land in Barcelona kinda made me a "convert"..

    I don't think I've ever seen anyone connect with an audience like that. Plus, I'm pro-Barcelona to the extent that if they love it, I'm almost compelled to against my will..


    I went from casual fan... (none / 0) (#51)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:21:47 PM EST
    to hardcore disciple upon seeing him live at Shea...seeing him at the Meadowlands performing "Darkness" in it's entirety took it to yet another level.

    Ditto, exactly. Seeing the Boss live (none / 0) (#119)
    by Cream City on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 08:12:47 PM EST
    made me a mad fan for him, after just liking his stuff.  I so love to see someone who truly loves entertaining folks.

    There are singers, there are guitar players, there are guys who look hot in jeans . . . but a truly gifted entertainer is in a separate, special class.


    This may be blasphemy (none / 0) (#73)
    by CST on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:43:16 PM EST
    I have actually seen him in concert (free tickets at that - I don't know how, but I feel like this happens to me a lot, and no, I don't have "connections", I just get lucky).

    But while I like his music, I didn't fall in love.  And still like it just about the same as I did before.  Which is to say, it's fine, even good at times.


    same here (none / 0) (#79)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:53:59 PM EST
    I get it.  but I wouldnt play it in the car

    and I also (none / 0) (#80)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:54:35 PM EST
    caught him live once

    You are like a friend of mine (none / 0) (#81)
    by ruffian on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:55:18 PM EST
    I brought her to a live show fully expecting to get her hooked as much as I am...nothing. She enjoyed it fine, but still not a fan.

    Funny, she is one of my best friends, but our musical tastes have never clicked.


    crazy good shows. Saw a recent-ish concert on the teevee, him in London or somewhere over there, that left me kinda cold.

    But Darkness, wow. Came out when I was 16. He was singing right to my soul...


    I agree the Live in Dublin is great (none / 0) (#78)
    by ruffian on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 03:53:39 PM EST
    Darkness is one of those records I have in every format - vinyl, cassette (for the car pre-cd days), CD, mp3...still play it regularly too. It is probably my favorite album ever.

    I'll get the box set mostly for the video of the recording sessions. Can't wait to see that stuff!


    Michael Bennett (none / 0) (#31)
    by jbindc on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:52:29 PM EST
    Not supporting any additional stimulus plan

    Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) broke with President Obama on Wednesday, saying he would not support any additional stimulus spending.

    Bennet, who was endorsed by the president in Colorado but is facing a tough reelection fight, rejected the $50 billion public works program proposed by Obama earlier this week.

    "I will not support additional spending in a second stimulus package," Bennet said in a statement.

    The statement is a sharp pivot for Bennet, who voted for the initial $787 billion stimulus plan backed by Obama in February of 2009. The freshman senator sounded more like a Republican than a Democrat on Wednesday, calling for any new spending to be funded through unspent stimulus dollars.

    Going the Blue Dog Way (none / 0) (#42)
    by lilburro on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:07:41 PM EST
    because that always works...

    "We R Animals" (none / 0) (#33)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 01:54:25 PM EST
    this sounds awsum.

    Official Plot Synopsis:

    Snow White the rabbit is stuck in a sadistic man's pet store, she craves for love but nobody wants to take her home. But one day the animals wreck havoc and they all escape, including Snow White. She gets lost with her newfound freedom and almost dies, until the nice old lady Alice saves her. Snow White would've had a bright future if not for Alice's jealous and vindictive dogs, who call on their friend Flash, a shady and devious pimp cat. Together they plan to transform Alice's apartment into a brothel for animals, and force Snow White and even the human Alice into prostitution.

    We R Animals is a comic adventure, filled with drug using cats, horny dogs, cat-ninja assassins, vampire bats, cruelty and magic. In essence We R Animals is a love story told with warmth, where sometimes the laughter sits in the throat and forces us to question the morals and views of both animals and man.

    Obviously, his oppenent can't attack him (none / 0) (#52)
    by Socraticsilence on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 02:22:14 PM EST
    on those ground but man I'd love to see an Alaskan try that crap on the national stage- that state is by far the biggest welfare case by a huge margin.

    Kdog - do you secretly work on the Hill? (none / 0) (#86)
    by jbindc on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:13:49 PM EST
    From Politico:

    A senior aide for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was arrested Tuesday for attempting to bring marijuana into the Hart Senate Office Building, according to U.S. Capitol Police reports.

    Marcus Stanley, who served as a senior economic adviser and at one time worked on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee -- chaired by Boxer -- was stopped by a police officer Tuesday morning when he allegedly tried to "remove and conceal" a leafy green substance from his pocket during a security screening at the Constitution Avenue door of the Hart building around noon, according to a Capitol  Police report.

    Police confiscated the substance, which later tested positive for marijuana, and Stanley quickly resigned.

    "Marcus Stanley is no longer with this office," Boxer spokesman Zachary Coile told POLITICO. "He submitted his resignation, and Sen. Boxer accepted it because his actions yesterday were wrong and unacceptable."

    Stanley has worked on Capitol Hill since 2007, according to financial disclosure records from Legistorm, and draws a six-figure salary. He has also worked for the Joint Economic Committee.

    Marijuana possession has been an ongoing issue on the Capitol grounds, especially since the Capitol Visitor Center opened with additional screening facilities. In the past year and a half, more than a dozen people have been stopped for bringing marijuana into the Capitol complex, along with other drugs, including at least one instance involving cocaine, according to police records.

    The legalization of marijuana is a hot issue in Boxer's senatorial race as well as other California elections. California Democrats have been largely divided over Proposition 19, a ballot question that would legalize marijuana and allow the government to impose taxes on pot. Boxer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have been opposed to the measure.

    Poor guy... (none / 0) (#102)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:51:05 PM EST
    at least he didn't get locked up.

    I see wrong and unacceptable here, the same tired prohibitionist positions of Boxer and Feinstein...wrong and unacceptable.


    Boxer is in a tough fight for (none / 0) (#114)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 06:31:23 PM EST
    re-election.  Surprising though.

    Brings a whole new meaning to the term (none / 0) (#115)
    by BTAL on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 06:42:33 PM EST
    Joint Session of Congress  ;)

    Also, a later update of that article includes:

    This is not the first time in recent years that a senior Boxer aide has left in the face of criminal charges.

    In 2008 Jeffrey P. Rosato was fired from Boxer's office after he was charged with distributing and receiving child pornography in 2008. Six months later, the former counsel to Boxer and policy adviser with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, was found guilty of the charges and sentenced to five years in prison.

    These two items will be used against Babs in her tight race.  


    Gallups Generic Ballot is out again (none / 0) (#89)
    by Socraticsilence on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:18:43 PM EST
    Somehow I doubt this week's Generic Ballot gets the same amount of coverage as last week's (the one which said the GOP had the largest lead on record).


    Come election day... (5.00 / 1) (#97)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:43:56 PM EST
    ...the trends are going to be meaningless.  Races are going to be decided locally on individual match-ups/personalities.  On a micro level, voters still choose between two (or more) names on their ballot, not some nebulas macro trending.

    certainly true (none / 0) (#101)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:48:57 PM EST
    but they are damn sure going to try to nationalize it.  and it could work.

    Dem base told: Fear Tea Party

    they have a pretty good case to make.  I have been reading that staff has been sent out with cameras to get everything these people say on video.
    they say a lot.


    It is working here. (none / 0) (#106)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 05:07:19 PM EST
    The TP'ers are nothing more than reactionary Republicans with a shiny new rebranding.  Everytime TP'ers like Maes and Buck open their mouth and say something objectionable/crazy, it drives reasonable people away.  Not a good thing in a state evenly divided into thirds.  

    Heck, Maes is so far out in right field that the R bigwigs are withdrawing support in droves and have even filed suit to try and get him off the ballot.  Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.  


    I think they have (none / 0) (#107)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 05:11:35 PM EST
    an excellent case to make and its starting to look like they will actually be smart enough to make it.

    misleading (none / 0) (#92)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:27:28 PM EST
    we are up a point.

    and every point counts.


    if they had been up a point (none / 0) (#93)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:31:24 PM EST
    Gallup would have said so.  not that we are tied.

    goint to say exsqueeze me (none / 0) (#94)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:33:09 PM EST
    and a different (5.00 / 1) (#95)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:34:31 PM EST
    question. but what the hell.  a point is a point.

    right jbindc?


    Have no idea what you're talking about (none / 0) (#99)
    by jbindc on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:46:56 PM EST
    But the WaPo is reporting on it.

    this sounds like a really bad idea (none / 0) (#90)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:25:18 PM EST
    Al-Qaeda is the CIA (none / 0) (#98)
    by squeaky on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:44:53 PM EST
    Must be something in the air.... zeitgeist?

    A great painter is having a show of her political works and it is called Al-Qaeda is the CIA...

    Impressive... (none / 0) (#103)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:55:46 PM EST
    Yes (none / 0) (#118)
    by squeaky on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 07:28:55 PM EST
    She is a great artist, imo..  her early work is also really good,  hard core...

    this is frightening (none / 0) (#104)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 04:56:15 PM EST
    a Uwe Boll film on Auschwitz?

    I agree with all of this:

    It feels like everyone on the internet is collectively already piling onto this one, and why shouldn't they? Boll is responsible for execrable creations such as Alone in the Dark, Postal, and the Bloodrayne films. For many years, he's been unwittingly destroying videogames as a credible source of cinematic adaptations and appears to be delusional about the extent of his own directorial capabilities. How could Uwe Boll possibly make a respectable film detailing the atrocities of the Holocaust? Should he even be allowed to try? How WAS he allowed to try?

    The trailer itself is extremely disturbing and I'd dare say effective. Judged on its own merits, the teaser conveys the horrors of Auschwitz with some graphic imagery and quasi-decent editing. But attach Boll's name to it and the picture changes a bit.

    I always try to withhold judgment (even if I frequently fail to do so) until I see the finished product . I will, however, venture a guess that the likelihood that this film will handle the story of Auschwitz with skill and subtlety is probably pretty low. What do you guys think?

    My first thought was... (none / 0) (#113)
    by EL seattle on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 06:17:30 PM EST
    ... 'The Banality of Evil' - how un-original.  But it turns out that these days phrase 'Banality of Evil' is considered passe/improper/un-PC/whatever, at least by some folks.

    Last year, I expected "Inglorious Basterds" to cause a lot more controversy than it did, with its casual re-imagining of WW-II and all that.  Obviously, the cultural discussion of the Holocaust will be continuing for a long time, and I doubt if anyone will be able to control the forums and media that are involved in that discussion.  

    Between the success of Tarantino's "Basterds" and the possibility of Uwe Boll's "Auschwitz", maybe the recent documentary An Unfinished Film will have more impact.


    This isn't the director (none / 0) (#116)
    by jondee on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 06:49:55 PM EST
    who challenged some of his roughest critics to fight him one-by-one in the boxing ring a few years ago, is it?

    Just googled it (none / 0) (#117)
    by jondee on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 06:52:33 PM EST
    one and the same..lol

    Palin Romney denounce Qur'an burning (none / 0) (#111)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 06:03:17 PM EST
    And rightfully so (none / 0) (#112)
    by BTAL on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 06:09:57 PM EST
    The argument is the exact same as those against the NYC mosque. Legally/Constitutionally allowed but not the wisest course of action.

    Can't play both ends against the middle.