Monday Night Open Thread

I'm off to see Bruce Springsteen at the Pepsi Center -- tickets courtesy of Big Tent Democrat -- Thanks, BTD!

Update: Awesome seats, awesome concert. Reviews (with setlist) and pictures here and here.

Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Hillary (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by CoralGables on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 08:00:16 AM EST
    heads to Jerusalem and the West Bank.

    President Obama sent Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East on Tuesday to try to defuse the conflict in Gaza, the White House announced...she will stop first in Jerusalem to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, then head to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian leaders and finally to Cairo to consult with Egyptian officials.


    More unrest in (none / 0) (#17)
    by Tamta on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:40:44 PM EST
    The Tampa local news (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:00:26 AM EST
    Is now saying that they know that Kelley took multiple flights from MacDill on the taxpayer dime. They are also saying though that the military is telling them they can't find flight records, as they have requested to see flight records several times.

    The military not being able to find flight records is like Santa not being able to find his reindeer or a priest not being able to find his Bible.  This really cannot stand.  The taxpayers have a right to know what Generals did with their money and with who.  The game is up with you Tampa Generals.  I hope a larger news network lights this up.

    I suppose the administration would like to save Allen too and maybe that has something to do with it.  They probably think losing Petraeus and Allen in one stroke is too much. But if he's dirty and they save him, they only destroy soldier morale.  You can't do it, unless you want your troops to lose respect for you and your authority.

    Yes because the average soldier (none / 0) (#15)
    by Slayersrezo on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:17:53 PM EST
    That is on extended deployment for the second or third time really gives a gosh darn crap about what some goofy CIA director and General are doing in Washington with their Mistresses.

    Why you might almost forget there's a male suicide epidemic in the armed forces! We have to focus on the IMPORTANT issues you know?  

    Here's some more commentary for you:
    Disgusting that the Onion is covering this better than most of the press


    Like you care about any of them (none / 0) (#16)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:25:41 PM EST
    And this is an apples and oranges comment from you.  Isn't it always you wingers arguing about how many aspects must be covered in order to have the army you must have?  Well, this is one of them.  And soldiers do care when their bosses are pompous, shagging, and sort of whorific.  Soldiers also care when one crazy civilian woman with huge boobs and a fake bank account can get amazing consideration from their bosses that they can never hope for.  It's broken, it needs to be fixed too.

    lol (none / 0) (#18)
    by Slayersrezo on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:59:57 PM EST
    I don't self identify as a Neocon. While I supported both our initial wars against um..."terrorism" or whatever, the fact is I felt I was lied to by Bush on Iraq - but by then it was too late.

    I do care when soldiers lives are at stake and all you want to talk about is two stupid cheating bimbo wives, two old fool cheaters (well maybe just one cheater, the General might have just sent flirty emails, JFC), and a bunch of tabloid headlines. I was only interested in the two bimbos to the extent that I thought they might be spies, though CIA/FBI investigations seem to have taken care of that. In this whole thing:
    A. I'm sorry Petreaus's loyal wife, and his adult children
    B. I'm sorry for Broadwell's hubby (who has to be humiliated) and her minor children (who might get crap at school if they are old enough).
    C. I'm sorry for Kelly's family.
    D. I'm sorry for the poor guy whose family court case these idiotic "white knight" generals tried to get involved in.

    Other than that, I really don't care.


    very cool... (none / 0) (#1)
    by fishcamp on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:35:46 PM EST
    I'm staying up late to read your reports...have fun.

    Say Hi to my sister (none / 0) (#2)
    by rdandrea on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:13:35 PM EST
    She flew in from SLC for the concert.

    I had to buy my (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:29:45 PM EST
    own ticket---to hear Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" in Costa Mesa.

    He's been dead for 185 years (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by CoralGables on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:44:42 PM EST
    You'd think he'd be free by now. It's not like he has any new stuff.

    Not only that, his material ... (none / 0) (#10)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 03:22:35 AM EST
    ... seems to have been pretty much covered by practically everybody. And let's face it, when you've heard one Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp minor, you've heard them all.

    If I ever win the lottery :) (none / 0) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 10:03:16 PM EST
    You'll treat us all to a trip to Paris? (none / 0) (#11)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 03:30:11 AM EST

    Yeah...why not (none / 0) (#13)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 08:45:44 AM EST
    It isn't like I'm gelling with my Southerners :). Oculus probably wants to go to Italy though.

    You gel just fine. (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Amiss on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:18:30 PM EST
    They are the ones with the jiggy problem. I realize that because of your husband's career that you can't always say or do what you would like.  
    This is one tried and true southerner you gel with.
    Take care!

    I can only imagine (none / 0) (#6)
    by Redbrow on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 11:42:02 PM EST
    the wonderful aroma emanating from the audience. "Smells like victory!"

    Or it could be smelling ... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:17:33 AM EST
    ... like someone had rolled up some really good herb, and was passing it around.

    I didn't see you there Jeralyn :-) (none / 0) (#7)
    by ruffian on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:08:40 AM EST
    Sure was a great show though! I loved that he pulled out old gems like 'Savin Up' based on audience requests. That's what makes each show special.  
    Here was the set list:

    2. I'm a Rocker
    3. The Promised Land
    4. Hungry Heart
    5. We Take Care of Our Own
    6. Wrecking Ball
    7. Death to My Hometown
    8. My City of Ruins
    9. Spirit In The Night
    10. The E Street Shuffle
    11. Bishop Danced
    12. Human Touch
    13. Savin' Up
    14. Working on the Highway
    15. Shackled & Drawn
    16. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
    17. Raise Your Hand
    18. Lonesome Day
    19. Badlands
    20. Land Of Hope & Dreams


    2. Born To Run
    3. Bobby Jean
    4. Dancing In the Dark
    5. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
    6. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

    *Tour Premiere

    30 years after ... (none / 0) (#9)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 03:12:52 AM EST
    ... they shocked No. 1 Virginia and the college basketball world in what Sports Illustrated called "the upset of the ages," the Div. II Chaminade University Silverswords of Honolulu added another chapter today in its giant-killing reputation, handily dispatching the Texas Longhorns with surprising ease, 86-73, at the EA Sports Maui Invitational over in Lahaina.

    For their effort, the 'Swords will play Illinois in the semifinals. North Carolina will face Butler in the other semifinal matchup.

    Despite its supposedly formidable reputation, Chaminade actually doesn't fare too well against the big boys. The Silverswords now sport an all-time record of 7-76 in the 28 years it has hosted the prestigious early season tournament, which annually attracts a "Who's Who" of NCAA Div. 1 teams. In fact, the last time the 'Swords won a game here before today was back in 2003, when they upset Villanova.

    Further, two of Chaminade's seven victories came in the Maui Invitational's very first year in 1984, when they knocked off nationally ranked SMU and Louisville on successive nights -- both of which were appropriately decided by buzzer beaters -- to win that inaugural tournament. Coming only two years after the Virginia upset, that was what initially secured the program its admittedly overstated legendary reputation as giant-killers.