Sunday Night Open Thread

I was looking for a Bob Seger version, but this was just too good.

On TV tonight: New episodes of The Killing (AMC); Celebrity Apprentice, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, and The Next Iron Chef.

Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Trump (5.00 / 0) (#6)
    by Lil on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 07:17:18 PM EST
    is such a character that he is like a caricature in and of himself. I hope he doesn't run. He does make me nervous though because he sounds compelling and I could just see him winning over a large swath of the electorate. If he does run, I too hope it is an Indy.

    Bartlett & Steele are back, laying it all out (5.00 / 5) (#9)
    by Peter G on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 07:43:34 PM EST
    so clearly and elegantly, how Congress has developed one system for the rich and another for everyone else -- and how the Republican leadership lies about it -- in a new series beginning Sunday in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Got my taxes done! (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by desertswine on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 08:47:37 PM EST
    Under the wire...  and I get a whopping $20 refund from the feds.  Lookout Wendy's, here I come.

    My taxes are also done. (none / 0) (#45)
    by MO Blue on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 08:11:05 AM EST
    It is comforting to know that on my very limited retirement income I paid more Federal taxes than GE. :-(

    BTW, I'm still waiting for my pony and for Obama to pass the promised legislation that will eliminate Federal taxes on seniors with less than $50,000 annual income. To the best of my knowledge, that legislation hasn't even been introduced.    


    That was then, ... (none / 0) (#50)
    by Yman on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 08:49:47 AM EST
    BTW, I also didn't get a tax break (none / 0) (#54)
    by MO Blue on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 09:13:01 AM EST
    for destroying the gulf.

    (CBS/AP)  While BP took a $17 billion loss in the second quarter, the financial news isn't all bad for the beleaguered oil giant.

    That's because the amount the oil company set aside to cover the costs of the oil spill will end up saving the oil giant $10 billion in U.S taxes, according to an msnbc.com report.

    BP set aside $32.2 billion for the cost of the spill, a charge that led to the $17 billion quarterly loss. But according to the msnbc.com report, BP plans to offset the entire cost of the spill against its tax bill, which will slash its U.S. taxes by $10 billion. link

    Meanwhile, ordinary citizen attempt to be heard?

    This week, I've come to Washington, D.C. from the Gulf Coast. Thirty-four days and 1,243 miles ago, I set off on foot from New Orleans, Louisiana. I've faced tornadoes, rainstorms, heat exhaustion and countless blisters. But here I am, and I walked the whole way.

    Why walk? Because it was clear that the reality of the BP disaster was not reaching our leaders in Washington, the mainstream media, or the rest of the country. So I decided to break this truth barrier in the simplest way I know how -- by walking right through it and talking to average American citizens along the way. link

    "I really just want to be heard, and then I want to go back to my kids," said the 38-year-old mother of six and wife of an unemployed oil rig worker from Rayne, standing in front of the black iron White House fence, which is as close as you can get to the Oval Office without an invitation.

    "So if anybody hearing my voice has a way to get me in with the president to help me protect my homeland, that's all I'm asking for is 15 minutes and then I'll go home."

    Her plea fell on deaf ears, even as Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairmen of Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, passed on the pavement, with precisely the kind of access Foytlin walked more than a thousand miles to gain. link

    Procrastinator... (none / 0) (#77)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 02:19:57 PM EST
    but at that pittance I see why.

    I long ago filed in Jan., got my refund in Feb., and spent that sh*t in March.  

    See that DC...give a broked*ck a couple bucks they can't spend it fast enough...in Mexico, but still:), its the best economic stimulus there is.  Give a rich-d*ck a couple bucks it sits in the bank keeping all their other bucks company...no stimulus effect.


    Of Gods and Men (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by ruffian on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 10:13:24 PM EST
    I saw that film today. It is the story of the last few months in a monastery in Algeria where Trappist monks were kidnapped and killed by terrorists in 1996.  Anything I can say about it sounds trite, but it is so moving and oddly peaceful in the way that they held to their faith and love for humanity. Highly recommend it.

    A fine antidote to Trump overexposure.

    Excellent film: espec. cinematography (none / 0) (#21)
    by oculus on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 12:32:58 AM EST
    and the chef de chant1

    Yes (none / 0) (#56)
    by ruffian on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 09:58:31 AM EST
    All just lovely.

    Has anybody (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 06:39:40 PM EST
    else been watching The Donald. Today he took down Romney on Romney's business experience. What a wild ride this is going to be through '12.

    And did Romney (none / 0) (#3)
    by Zorba on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 06:46:54 PM EST
    happen to mention Trump's bankruptcies and SEC problems?  Link.  I'm no Romney fan, but I'm also no Trump fan, either.  If it comes down to Romney and Trump, it certainly will be a wild ride, I agree.

    I'm sure (none / 0) (#37)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 05:43:36 AM EST
    Romney will come back with that. I was thinking about Trump's bankruptcy while he was saying that but thing about The Donald is that he's very brash so he makes it interesting.

    He's going to announce his (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 06:49:46 PM EST
    decision on the finale of Celebrity Apprentice. Has he decided if he's running as a third party candidate or seeking the GOP nomination? If he runs as a third party candidate, he'll take votes from the Republicans, which is a good thing. He has no chance of winning as a third party candidate, any more than Ross Perot or Ralph Nader did.

    I'm sure he knows (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 05:45:25 AM EST
    about the third party thing but he probably doesn't even care. Who knows? Anyway, I wouldn't guarantee that he'd only take votes from the GOP. He can take them from Obama do. He could be a protest vote for some.

    Oy, vey (none / 0) (#7)
    by Zorba on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 07:23:51 PM EST
    Reality TV has become real life.  Personally, I'd like to see Trump, and Bloomberg, for that matter, running as independents.  Then let's get the fringes of the Tea Party like Bachmann and Palin et al, and the pseudo-libertarians like the Pauls to also throw their hats in the rings.  Oh, boy.  Get the popcorn out, it should be interesting (as long as none of them actually wins).

    Yesterday I saw a preview for a movie. (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 07:53:05 PM EST
    Seemed to be based on the Loud family of Santa Barbara--a public television reality series from many yrs ago.  Turns out it is  Amazing.

    The show, IIRC, was called (none / 0) (#12)
    by Peter G on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 08:53:34 PM EST
    "An American Family" (1973). I remember liking it a lot.

    They re-ran that ... (none / 0) (#40)
    by Robot Porter on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 07:12:01 AM EST
    on Channel 31 here in NYC back in the nineties.  I found it riveting.  

    I must be really old because (none / 0) (#26)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 02:18:26 AM EST
    like Peter, I watched it during its first on-air season. I thought it was a disaster. But back in those days, my fave wof those types of shows was "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."

    Then I'm really old, too (none / 0) (#47)
    by Zorba on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 08:37:08 AM EST
    Because I remember it when it was first out.  I didn't like it much, either.  

    Announcing on Celebrity Apprentice (none / 0) (#8)
    by shoephone on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 07:31:17 PM EST
    What a truly weird and stupid culture we live in. Thomas Jefferson would probably be throwing up now; Sidney Lumet would have found it laughable, but then "Network" presaged exactly this kind of thing.

    Yep, Trump has even less chance than either Perot or Nader of being taken seriously. Not to mention, he's a business hack, in comparioson to Perot, and an ignoramus on policy and government, in comparison to Nader. And he's going to spend million$ of his own money on this vanity campaign.

    Hey, Donald: You're fired.


    I would bet (none / 0) (#13)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 08:56:29 PM EST
    actual money he's not going to.  He's had his fun with the media, but he's not going to spend his money.

    I don't think he is as rich as people believe (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 02:20:38 AM EST
    He's had a lot of ups and downs over the years. He's not one of those who I would describe as having a midas touch. I think he's great as a personality and a reality tv host, but President? It's a joke.

    Josh Marshall, of all people (none / 0) (#81)
    by gyrfalcon on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:58:40 PM EST
    actually had an actual insight on Matthews tonight.  He said Trump has seized on the birther stuff because he knows a really good product when he sees one.

    Josh Marshall has a lot of interesting insights (none / 0) (#82)
    by Harry Saxon on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:27:39 AM EST
    which you would be aware of if you read his column instead of being dismissive of him like a homecoming queen talking down to one of her ladies in waiting.

    I have a problem (none / 0) (#72)
    by ruffian on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 01:24:44 PM EST
    Who do I back in the Trump v Cantor fight?

    I hope for mutual destruction.


    Hiked up the Filbert Street steps yesterday... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 06:40:19 PM EST
    Coit Tower is great. (none / 0) (#17)
    by caseyOR on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 10:22:41 PM EST
    It's one of my favorite places to visit in SF. And it is so close to North Beach. There used to be a sweet little Italian restaurant on Columbus Ave. in North Beach. It might still be there. It's the Michelangelo Cafe, and it's a bit of a hole-in-the-wall. Simple and tasty Italian food. If it is still there, give it a try.

    The best view of the city, IMO, is the one from Twin Peaks. It is the highest point in SanFran. The city is laid out below you in all its glory.

    In the day time you look east all the way to the bay. At night, the city lights are just stunning. You can pick out Market St., the Embarcadero, City Hall, It's a glorious view. It is San Francisco, though, so be sure to take a jacket just in case the fog rolls in and the wind kicks up.


    Did you ever imagine hearing a Chinese (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 07:14:03 PM EST
    orhestra play Ravel's "Bolero"?  Tonight's my first opportunity.

    Did you ever imagine (5.00 / 1) (#44)
    by dead dancer on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 07:29:03 AM EST
    I still detest Ravel's "Bolero," (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 12:38:05 AM EST
    but, I must admit, the Chinese woodwinds played with great sensitivity and fluidity.  

    One would have to pay (none / 0) (#14)
    by Jjc2008 on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 09:37:34 PM EST
    me to even watch Celebrity Apprentice.  Seriously,  what's the appeal of these stupid reality shows???  I honestly do not get it. I enjoy the "dancing" part of DWTS.  I just happen to like dancing.  But these stupid "reality" shows are a joke and let's be honest...the corporatists way of getting  around using UNION writers, UNION actors.  Pay people with no talent to act like a bunch of ignorant bullies, and call it reality?   Seriously why are people feeding the plutocracy?

    I love when some say they "want bullying to stop".  Heck most "reality" television is about BULLIES and how using bullying tactics can give one 15 minutes of fame.  No wonder teachers have a hard time getting a handle on it.  I KNOW.  Forty years in education. KIDS imitate the popular culture....from K thru 12.  

    Sorry, this rant has been coming for a long time.
    As for what I am watching?  The Tudors and then I will watch the return of Upstairs/Downstairs on PBS.  I like drama...THE REAL KIND, not a bunch of wannabbees pretending to be famous.

    I watch TV for escapism and (none / 0) (#29)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 02:24:23 AM EST
    to know what potential jurors are watching.

    I could no more sit through a historian drama, be it Borgias or Tudors or Updstairs Downstairs than I would watch the paint dry.

    If you like foreign tv, Rent theseries "Intelligence", seasons 1 & 2 from Netrflix.

    If you want great TV, watch "The Killing", Breaking Bad, Weeds  and "Justified".

    For laughs, I like Jersey Shore.


    It's not just the stupidity of (none / 0) (#59)
    by Jjc2008 on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:30:27 AM EST
    reality televisions....(does anyone seriously consider any of that from Jersey shore to the Housewives nonsense reality?)

    It's the fact that corporatists have found a way around unions for writers and actors. It's no different that any other union busting.  Fire talent, pretend to being doing what the talent was doing, and make mega bucks.  

    I understand many folks don't go there and just want to escape.  But for me, it's a sad day when a real writer with talent is fired so some producers can just tell "wannabees" (who desire for fame is borderline insane) to "do something obnoxious to get attention."

    Whenever I hear the public b*tching and moaning  about all the bullying they hear about in schools, and want to blame educators, I shake my head.  Cheering for the Donald in his stupid show is cheering for a bully.  Finding Cowell's public insults to contestants a form of entertainment is different from cheering on the local bully making fun of a kid willing to do ANYTHING to be accepted how???

    It irritates me to no end, especially when I was teaching and I would hear kids imitate, using the exact same words as they hear on those shows, the favorite "reality stars" to put down other kids.


    And I have to add 2 other points (none / 0) (#69)
    by nyjets on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 12:55:19 PM EST
    1. Much of 'reality' television, like the Bachelor and the defunct Fear factory are incredible vulgar and/or disgusting.

    2. Something that you alluded to, 'reality' television is incredible pretentious. Take Surivior. They make it out like the contestants are in a like and death struggle. I would bet good money that doctors make sure that they are in good health the first day of the show to the day they leave the island.

    20-week abortion ban in Iowa (none / 0) (#16)
    by desmoinesdem on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 10:21:11 PM EST
    Only two or three more weeks are left in the Iowa legislature's 2011 session. Disputes over the state budget will take up most of the legislators' time; the Republican-controlled Iowa House and the Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate disagree on tons of spending issues.

    A proposal to legalize online poker in Iowa just got shelved until next year (the state Racing and Gaming Commission will prepare a report on the matter). This happened the day before Friday's indictments were announced.

    A few non-budget related items are still up in the air. One of the high-profile bills yet to be resolved would ban abortions under almost all circumstances after the 20th week of pregnancy. Fewer than 1 percent of all abortions are performed that late in pregnancy, but Iowa Republicans insist that we need this bill, modeled on a Nebraska law, to keep an Omaha doctor from relocating his clinic across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This doctor used to work in the Wichita clinic of Dr. George Tiller.

    There are so many problems with this bill. Democrats raised many of them during the debate on the Iowa House floor. It would allow abortion to save the life of the mother in a "medical emergency," but the way the bill defines "medical emergency," it's not clear whether a woman needing radiation or chemotherapy for cancer would qualify.

    The bill also states, "Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as creating or recognizing a right to an abortion. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as determining life to begin at twenty weeks' gestation. Instead, it is recognized that life begins at fertilization." I don't know how similar words have been interpreted in other state laws. This language seems similar to that in a separate "personhood bill" that would have banned almost all abortions at any stage of pregnancy (but didn't make it through the Iowa House).

    The Iowa House passed the 20-week abortion ban a couple of weeks ago. The chairwoman of the Iowa Senate committee that will consider this bill is pro-choice, and I am hoping she can keep it from getting out of committee. If it gets to the Senate floor, it will pass, because there are no pro-choice Republicans in the Iowa Senate, and several of the Democrats are anti-choice.

    Kind of a disconnect. Liberality re on-line (none / 0) (#22)
    by oculus on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 12:35:45 AM EST
    wagers.  Stifle woman's right to choose.

    Yglesias endorses Ryancare (ie Obamacare for senio (none / 0) (#18)
    by Dan the Man on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 11:41:01 PM EST


    "Yes, I think converting Medicare into a straight cash grant to seniors makes sense."

    The fascism of the progressives (none / 0) (#19)
    by shoephone on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 11:55:44 PM EST
    is now in full swing.

    I'm guessing he's snarking (none / 0) (#20)
    by lilburro on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 12:24:52 AM EST
    he's responding to a RWinger.  And I doubt he's totally lost his marbles.

    Have you spent any time with him? (none / 0) (#31)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 02:25:30 AM EST
    I have, and I can tell you he's none of those things. He's smart as a whip and a good kid. Like Ezra.

    So, was his tweet true or snark? (none / 0) (#32)
    by nycstray on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 02:34:09 AM EST
    I've never thought that Yglesias (none / 0) (#51)
    by Harry Saxon on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 08:53:17 AM EST
    never demonstrated much in the way of common sense, and this tweet, even if it's satirical, is Exhibit #1.

    Ever for the second never (none / 0) (#53)
    by Harry Saxon on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 08:56:15 AM EST
    We can only judge them by their (none / 0) (#64)
    by observed on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:54:18 AM EST
    writings. And, by the way, there are plenty of writers worth reading who are absolutely horrid in person. I am fairly sure that V. S. Naipaul is an awful human being, but his writing is among the best I have ever encountered.
    MY and Ezra are glib and shallow, based on their writings. Nothing else matters.

    From CNN today on birtherism (none / 0) (#24)
    by Harry Saxon on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 12:44:18 AM EST
    Mark McKinnon and Charles Crawford

    MCKINNON: Well, but I think that the fact is the president dismissed it. And it's an opportunity for the president to deflect it and show just how completely out of touch the Republican Party is. Because, right now, Donald Trump is representing the Republican Party.

    CRAWFORD: And there are about a fifth of the Republican primary voters who believe this. They are like a kid afraid of a monster under his bed. You can't use reason to change his mind.

    Click or Reliable Source Me

    But someone called Laura Bush (none / 0) (#52)
    by Harry Saxon on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 08:55:37 AM EST
    a murderer on Democratic Underground.com one time, so it's the Lefties who started the art of the unfounded rumor against a political opponent, of course.  

    Google Laura Bush accident (none / 0) (#66)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 11:23:13 AM EST
    and I got 265,000 hits, from Snopes to NYT to ABC to all points in between to USA Today running an AP piece:

    05/03/00- Updated 08:20 PM ET
     Error processing SSI file

    Mrs. Bush ran stop sign in fatal crash
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Details in a 1963 accident report say that Laura Bush, then 17, ran a stop sign in the Texas crash that killed a friend in another car. The report, adding information to previous reports of the crash, was released to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

    USA Today

    Of course if you want to call AP and USA Today a left wing organizations.... who am I to disagree?



    I don't see that it says (none / 0) (#67)
    by Harry Saxon on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 11:46:07 AM EST
    she committed or was charged for manslaughter.

    Was there anything inaccurate about the accident in the article you cited?


    Report Card on Obama's Political Challenges (none / 0) (#39)
    by Politalkix on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 06:20:03 AM EST

    From the article
    "At this point in 1995, more than 4 in 10 Democrats wanted a primary challenger for Bill Clinton; fewer than 2 in 10 do for Obama."

    Not surprised (none / 0) (#41)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 07:19:45 AM EST
    to see that since many people seem to think that he can't be primaried due to the fact that he's African American.

    Overall, that article is not very flattering to Obama. UE is going to be 8% at best according to that article and he's still undefined to the public and they don't know where he stands on issues. That leaves a huge opening for the opposition to define him.


    Wait (none / 0) (#60)
    by AngryBlackGuy on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:43:32 AM EST
    "many people seem to think that he can't be primaried due to the fact that he's African American."



    Yep (none / 0) (#62)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:52:05 AM EST
    anytime you bring up primarying him on the blogs that's the answer you get. The blogsters are saying that if Obama is primaried, that the African American vote will be lost forever. Perhaps it would be. You're better able to speak to that than I am.

    and ... (none / 0) (#43)
    by Yman on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 07:25:51 AM EST
    ... see below.

    But, but, BUT .... CLINTON!!!! (none / 0) (#42)
    by Yman on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 07:24:25 AM EST
    It's still 18 months out - heck, just a few months ago, Dems were evenly split about wanting a primary challenger for Obama.  But if we want to cite this poll:

    Political Identity: C

    Separate from the birther constellation is a cluster of beliefs with fairly high magnitude. Obama's style is conciliatory and concessional. Even liberals don't seem to know precisely where Obama wants to lead them. It's not a question of goals; it's a question of guts. Where will he fight?


    Leadership: C

    Americans are not sure about Obama's leadership skills. A small majority see him as a leader, a number that has been in steady decline since he was elected, according to a Gallup poll of 1027 adults that was conducted March 25-27. Fewer than half think he can manage the government.

    "Relations With Party Base: B." (none / 0) (#61)
    by AngryBlackGuy on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:45:18 AM EST
    Funny how you skipped that part.

    Like I have said, the view from outside of the bubble is different.


    I also skipped "Domestic Issues - C" (none / 0) (#76)
    by Yman on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 02:17:57 PM EST
    What's your point?  I was pointing out that Politalkix was selectively citing a single part of a larger poll.  if you're trying to confirm my point ... thanks.

    BTW - How would you have any idea of the world "outside the bubble"?


    For the record (none / 0) (#79)
    by christinep on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 04:18:52 PM EST
    <Even tho it is reflective only of Ambinder's personal observations> the grandes ranged from A to C. Three "A"s, Three "C"s, and the rest "B"s. Average: "B."  Not a bad grade, I would editorially add...given the circumstances.

    Meh ... (none / 0) (#80)
    by Yman on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 04:43:00 PM EST
    If we're speaking editorially about our personal observations, I would say it sounds like grade inflation.

    I thought Game of Thrones (none / 0) (#46)
    by lilburro on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 08:24:39 AM EST
    was pretty cool.  Never read the books.  I'd like to catch The Killing; the main actress was great on Big Love.

    I tried to watch it last night (none / 0) (#49)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 08:38:59 AM EST
    when I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep, and some of it was downright creepy as hell :)

    Trying not to get sucked into another series (none / 0) (#57)
    by ruffian on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:00:57 AM EST
    but if you say it is that good, I may have to reconsider!

    I'm definitely looking forward (none / 0) (#58)
    by lilburro on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:22:05 AM EST
    to the next episode.  I'm hoping it will have a lot of the things I liked about Deadwood in it (politics, gender, development of societies, etc.).  I think there is a fair chance it will.

    We went to see Hanna last night (none / 0) (#48)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 08:37:52 AM EST
    I thought the plot was pretty neat, her growing up scene seemed well set and interesting, but the ending was a big let down.  For a movie that seemed to have spent much time and talent laying a groundwork, the ending had an afterthought feel for some reason.

    I almost went to see that this weekend (none / 0) (#55)
    by republicratitarian on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 09:27:34 AM EST
    Instead I saw Limitless. It was pretty good. I couldn't figure out how it was going to end.

    I'll wait for Hanna to come out on DVD now. Thanks:)


    Limitless looks pretty good (none / 0) (#63)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:53:55 AM EST
    It was a hard decision.

    marathon Monday (none / 0) (#68)
    by CST on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 12:05:53 PM EST
    congrats to all those who run, just finishing it is a huge challenge, as it's one of the hardest marathons around.

    That being said, big shout out to my college friend Drea who ran a 2:54:56 and CRUSHED it today.

    Howard Dean (none / 0) (#70)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 01:00:26 PM EST
    now saying get out of Afghanistan:

    Well, it took Howard (none / 0) (#71)
    by Zorba on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 01:17:47 PM EST
    long enough to come to this conclusion, but good for him.  Better late than never, I guess.

    Me too. (none / 0) (#78)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 03:33:22 PM EST
    I was ambivalent about increasing the size of the troops but it's obvious that all we're doing is propping up a corrupt government now.

    I filed a tax extension (none / 0) (#73)
    by CST on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 01:36:58 PM EST
    for the first time today.  Score 1 for the lazy people.

    So if I owe the IRS money I will have to pay interest.  But if they owe me money... no interest.  I guess they're not the ones who are too slow to fill out the form.

    I know you can "estimate" how much you'll owe and pay that without accruing interest.  But I have no frikken clue if they're gonna owe me or if I'm gonna owe them, it's not as straightforward this year as it usually is, hence me filing late.