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    God Bless Email... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:49:18 AM EST
    Some marmaluke tried to pin a 20 grand f*ck-up on my arse...after a harrowing few moments scouring the old sent file, I've been vindicated by the written record.  Whew!

    Lucky it wasn't a phone call he said/he said deal, customer always wins those.

    Now the "gag me with a spoon" part, trying to lessen the hit for the customer, a regular Mitt Romney "trust me" impersonator.  

    Is it 5:00 yet? ;)

    It's (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by CoralGables on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:02:47 PM EST
    Makings of a lawyer (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:24:05 PM EST
    I don't know brother... (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 01:36:50 PM EST
    The law makes me sicker than the plumbing bidness;)

    Good for you! (none / 0) (#15)
    by ruffian on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:04:44 PM EST
    I have learned the hard way at work to get all commitments expressed in email, and save all my email!

    If I can get away with it... (none / 0) (#20)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 01:43:52 PM EST
    I refuse to give out prices over the phone...email or fax only.  Buncha snakes out there, I tell ya sister.

    But of course some people insist "I need it right now, can't wait 30 seconds!"...then the best I can do is make 'em read the number back to me.

    Not that I haven't made my share of doozies over the years, everybody does...but never 20 large!  A double/triple/quadruple-check for every digit in the price;)


    Don't look at me. (none / 0) (#21)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:00:16 PM EST
    It's not even 9:00 a.m. in Honolulu. We're just starting the day here, while practically everyone on the east coast is probably already thinking about the traffic on the drive home.

    Well, while we all (5.00 / 1) (#49)
    by Zorba on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:21:13 PM EST
    Contemplate the lies of political ads, the increasing surveillance-state,  and the possibility of our taxes going up while the super-rich get lower taxes, I have just canned a bunch of pickled okra and pickled green tomatoes.  At least we'll eat well.

    Booman on Kevin Drum (none / 0) (#1)
    by lilburro on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:02:18 AM EST
    But Drum just thinks the story is made of whole cloth. He's telling us that it is a transparent lie that has no credibility. Isn't he engaging in an even worse libel than the one he's imputing to Reid? Mr. Drum, after all, doesn't even say that he has a credible source alleging that Reid is lying. He's just attacking Reid with nothing but his opinion to back him up.

    Lordy I agree with Booman...

    Kevin Drum is an Orange Co. Democrat. (none / 0) (#22)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:07:16 PM EST
    An Orange County (CA) Democrat is defined as someone who will bend over so far in an effort to appear fair and impartial that he winds up blowing smoke up his own a$$.

    Me three (none / 0) (#68)
    by Repack Rider on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:57:36 PM EST
    I found a very interesting possible tax scenario outlined on the Great Orange Satan that would not only vindicate Reid, especially as far as whether a Bain investor might have such information, as well as explain why it would end the campaign.

    I am not a tax lawyer, and I can't vouch for the writer.


    Did anyone (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:22:51 AM EST
    know that the new conspiracy theory with conservatives is Agency 21? I just found this out yesterday. Apparently it's another UN plot to control the world.

    I believe you mean (none / 0) (#10)
    by Zorba on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:29:43 AM EST
    "Agenda 21."
    Whatever happened to the black helicopters?   ;-)

    Thank you. (none / 0) (#18)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 01:24:42 PM EST
    Glad to know where this conspiracy theory comes from. It comes from the same people that think flouridated water is a communist conspiracy.

    Flouridated Water...it gets worse... (none / 0) (#25)
    by shoephone on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:24:24 PM EST
    I live in a tiny "city" 3.5 miles in circumference that has proudly-like-a-peacock (read: stupidly) banished flouridation from the water district--a water system built on wells, so the stuff always stinks like sulfur--and refuses to be incorporated into the much larger city next door. I mean, gosh, why would anybody want to be part of a larger city system that forces flouridation on our unsuspecting kids?? Or costs its customers 50% less in sewage rates? That would be communistic!! And we've been perfectly happy to pay a company 1000 miles away in Arizona for our yard waste and recycling pick up! Leave us alone, we're mountain men and can take care of our own, you socialist cabal of the Northwest! We'll just stick with our little selves and resist those flouridation liberals...we like the 19th century just fine the way it is.

    Hey know... (none / 0) (#29)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:15:41 PM EST
    easy on my tin foil buddies on the fringe, the peeps who go so far left or right they meet at anarchy. Hopefully in another couple thousand years we'll have evolved far enough to handle the great responsibility that comes with great freedom and the upmost control over one's existence.  No Tsar, No President, No King!

    sh*t check out J's new NYPD post, if you're not paranoid you're not paying attention;)


    Here's the catch (none / 0) (#37)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:56:51 PM EST
    though Kdog, they don't really want less government interference they want more from our own government but are convinced that the UN who can't pour a cup of coffee straight most of the time is somehow going to "control" them.

    They're outta their minds... (none / 0) (#70)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:10:55 PM EST
    but they're disturbed by some of the same things I am, and most have their hearts in the right place.  Well, I hope most.

    No doubt the real threat to liberty is the very Tennessee government addressing the "issue", local and state government...the federal government...the banks...corporations.  


    Actually (none / 0) (#74)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:55:16 PM EST
    they aren't disturbed by the same things you are. If they were I might find a little common ground with them. No, they want the government to establish a religion to the exclusion of all others. They don't want to participate in the UN because apparently non binding resolutions are scarier to them than legislation like Real ID.

    Key word "some"... (none / 0) (#85)
    by kdog on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:53:39 AM EST
    some of the same things, a few...at least one or two! ;)

    Such as the Federal Reserve, corporate welfare and bankster bailouts, the debt, the nanny state, the police state.  


    Maybe the federal (none / 0) (#88)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 02:35:32 PM EST
    reserve but most of them support corporate welfare and banker bailouts. They talk about the debt but really don't care about it. It's just something to bang Obama over the head with. And they embrace the police state. The police state is one of their most desired authoritarian dreams.

    BasicTea Partiers... (none / 0) (#89)
    by kdog on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 02:42:13 PM EST
    I can't argue with ya, but Alex Jones listeners, libertarians and anarchists who journeyed from the right, most of them know the score with the police state and corporate power.

    It's the problems with labels...people get lumped together despite differences.


    The surveillance is creepy and scary (none / 0) (#38)
    by shoephone on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:58:27 PM EST
    and, to my mind, mostly unconstitutional. I can't say the same for the U.N. I just happen to think it's bloated and ineffectual in a lot of ways. But that other breed--the people who think the U.N. is headquarters of the One World-New World Order Conspiracy--have always been out to lunch.

    Hey Kdog, it's 5 o'clock!


    For sure... (none / 0) (#71)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:14:48 PM EST
    at worst, the UN would pass a non-binding resolution establishing an ineffectual one world government with no army.  Good luck with that;)

    'In the end they are all Pawlenta' - BTD (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:25:45 AM EST
    Great line!

    But Jesse makes a great point (none / 0) (#4)
    by ruffian on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:27:24 AM EST
    about the possibility of a GOP ticket with no military/defense experience. Hard to imagine.

    Ah (none / 0) (#5)
    by jbindc on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:34:01 AM EST
    But the very dark horse being (probably not-so-seriously) bandied about - David Patraeus as the VP nominee.

    That would send the lapdog media into a tailspin!


    Hard to imagine-- (none / 0) (#9)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:28:15 AM EST
    why? Bush/Cheney had no military experience. Reagan had none though Bush Sr. did.

    that's why I said 'defense' (none / 0) (#13)
    by ruffian on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:02:39 PM EST
    Cheney was at least Sec of Defense for Bush I.  I'm not saying he was good at it...just that he had some credentials on paper.

    Actually... (none / 0) (#16)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:18:36 PM EST
    ...he was SoD during one of the most successful US military operations, Desert Storm.

    Not sure what this has to do with anything.


    Just that Romney is in all liklihood (none / 0) (#36)
    by ruffian on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:56:38 PM EST
    going to nominate a VP with no such credentials, and he himself has none. I just think that is a bit odd for the GOP when they have tried to brand themselves as the party of national defense for at least the last 20 years. Jesse La Greca on the podcast made the point that it shows just how toxic GWB legacy is.

    Or do you mean (none / 0) (#11)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:30:13 AM EST
    someone who can't at least "fake" military experience. Certainly Romney would not be able to pass that test but neither would most of the people being considered.

    What's a "Pawlenta"? (none / 0) (#23)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:13:04 PM EST
    It sounds like an ingredient Bill O'Reilly would use when making his falafel for the shower.

    If a Pawlenta is an "a" (none / 0) (#27)
    by Towanda on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:34:34 PM EST
    then, oughtn't the phrase be "we are all Pawlentae"?

    Yes, I should have put the 'e' on the end! (none / 0) (#35)
    by ruffian on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:53:25 PM EST
    Actually, I think the plural is (none / 0) (#75)
    by Peter G on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 09:49:42 PM EST
    Pawlentera, or (in Yiddish) Pawlenterim.

    You mean a "loofah"?? (none / 0) (#30)
    by jbindc on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:36:10 PM EST
    No, I don't. (none / 0) (#53)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:47:44 PM EST
    I meant to say "falafel."

    But I bet Bill O'Reilly wished he had said "loofah" -- or better yet, not said anything at all.


    Good sound today (none / 0) (#6)
    by lilburro on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:50:39 AM EST
    after the early mishaps.

    If only I could understand Jesse. (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:00:57 AM EST
    Curiosity (none / 0) (#8)
    by Cylinder on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:19:40 AM EST
    MSL Sol 2 Images

    Mast is deployed and Navcams seem to be working fine. Here is a good image of the stowed robotic arm. The large, square cover is the drill and the cover directly to the right of that is the CHIMRA scoop.

    Please let us know when ... (none / 0) (#24)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:23:08 PM EST
    ... they find THIS.

    I'm hoping they find (none / 0) (#26)
    by shoephone on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:27:45 PM EST
    The Romney campaign just accidentally told the (none / 0) (#28)
    by Farmboy on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:09:03 PM EST
    truth about something.

    In response to the ad about the husband who lost his job after Bain parasitically destroyed the successful company at which he was working, which led to a loss of health insurance for his family, and which (allegedly) led to his wife's cancer not being diagnosed until it was too late to save her, Team Romney says...

    If that family had lived in Massachusetts, it [the wife's illness] would have been covered by the former governor's universal health care law. "To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney's health care plan, they would have had health care," Andrea Saul, Romney's campaign press secretary, said during an appearance on Fox News.

    Romneycare, the father of Obamacare, would have saved her life. Boom! goes the dynamite.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#31)
    by jbindc on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:37:25 PM EST
    Too bad the ad itself is full of untruths

    The ad isn't the point (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by Farmboy on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:44:27 PM EST
    Dude (1.00 / 1) (#40)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:03:31 PM EST
    You are getting the Romney talking points from JB, our resident Romneybot.

    Nope (none / 0) (#43)
    by jbindc on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:11:13 PM EST
    Just someone who hates to see Obama rah-rah talking points held up as gospel by people who should know better than to belive them,but for some reason are inhaling the fairy dust.

    Ha! (1.00 / 1) (#44)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:13:34 PM EST
    Farmboy was quite clear in what he was holding up.

    You came in to chime us the Romney talking points.

    Here's a question for you, which campaign do you think has been more truthful?

    As for this ad, I don;t know much about it, but I know you - your ability to be objective about Obama is nonexistent.

    You are a Romneybot. I think we all know this by now, even you.


    Answer: (none / 0) (#47)
    by jbindc on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:19:20 PM EST
    Here's a question for you, which campaign do you think has been more truthful?

    Neither.  The Republicans are liars - we all know that.  But the fact that the Dems and the Obama campaign have been caught in so many blatant lies should tell any rational thinking person, that neither can be trusted and that none of the ads put out should be believed.  Of course, when it comes to these kinds of things, you obviously have lost the "rational" and "thinking" parts of yoru brain, and we all know you will bend into a pretzel to continue to spout the party line - even in the face of things called "facts".  Instead of touting what a second Obama term would bring, you have to defend the sleazy lies that are campaign ads, and you know what happens when you lie down with dogs....

    Not sure how I am a "Romney-bot", since I am not voting for him, but if makes you feel better in your little fantasy world to think that, then go ahead.


    "Neither" (5.00 / 1) (#51)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:29:53 PM EST
    My case is now closed.

    No honest objective person could say that.

    They simply could not.


    "Neither" (none / 0) (#52)
    by lilburro on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:33:08 PM EST
    We need our false equivalencies from left, right, and center, you know.

    Ditto. (none / 0) (#41)
    by shoephone on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:06:44 PM EST
    It's amazing how Romney keeps stepping on his own feet! His flip-flopping has now become legendary. That link that Donald offered yesterday, from the McCain oppo research team, was very illuminating!

    So? (none / 0) (#42)
    by jbindc on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:10:08 PM EST
    Putting out an ad that basically accuses someone of homicide is pretty horrendous.  The fact your focus is on Romney supporting his own plan (evenwhen his party is smacking their heads) shows you're missing the bigger picture.

    I kind of know (5.00 / 1) (#73)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:38:45 PM EST
    the point you're trying to make but honestly, if this was a rah rah rah Obama 24/7 site probably me and many others would be banned. I would hardly think that someone like Anne is a 'bot'. The people here that are "for" Obama really are more anti-Republican or lesser of two evils people. I would say most of the people here really care about issues more than anything else and BTD writes about issues mostly is what I see.

    "accuses him of homicide" (4.00 / 4) (#46)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:15:06 PM EST
    My gawd, you really are a piece of work.

    Of course it does no such thing.


    No? (none / 0) (#48)
    by jbindc on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:20:33 PM EST
    It says because Romney is personally responsible for laying this man off, he lost insurance and his wife got cancer and died.

    Hmmm...it's Romney's fault his wife is dead!


    You are not this stupid (none / 0) (#50)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:29:11 PM EST
    The ad says he got laid off and lost his health insurance which obviously, affected his wife's cancer treatment.

    The ad did not accuse him of homicide.

    Do words mean nothing to you? As a Romneybot, I assume not.


    Hey... (none / 0) (#55)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:56:47 PM EST
    ...not getting this argument, but JB disses team Romney often, definitely not a Romneybot.  If anything, she is like me, and totally disguised with both parties.

    It's easy to dis Romney, or the republicans, they are pathetic, but IMO someone needs to kept certain folks remembering that Obama is no cherry either.


    Links to those disses? (none / 0) (#58)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:19:08 PM EST
    Never seen any of them ever.

    If you can provide me 3 during the GE, I'll apologize right now.


    Requesting links to 4 year old comments? (none / 0) (#61)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:25:37 PM EST

    Actually, I think that's true.

    Ah, so "GE" means "recently?" (none / 0) (#63)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:32:28 PM EST
    Odd phrasing...but carry on!

    Really? (none / 0) (#64)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:45:44 PM EST
    GE means General Election to me in an election season. To differentiate from the primaries.

    My point is JB's driving thought is hatred of Obama.


    GE v primaries. Makes sense. (none / 0) (#65)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:53:19 PM EST
    Caution, the person you are ragging (none / 0) (#66)
    by oculus on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:55:09 PM EST
    apparently works w/i sight of the WH.  

    Ask and You Shall... (none / 0) (#90)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 05:26:26 PM EST
    by jbindc on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 12:51:08 PM EST
    Not sure why Obama isn't touting his glorious accomplishments and talking about Romney's backing of the Ryan tax plan - which IS horrendous, but resorting to this kind of stuff is only going to make the Dems appear weak - when you have weak accomplishments and no plan, throw mud.

    by jbindc on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 08:52:10 AM EST

    I'm so, so tired of talking points and half truths - from both sides. Between the huge distortions both sides are telling about "outsourcing" and "offshoring", to the tax cut extension, to the healh "care" reform bill, to Hugo Chavez, to the battle over who's "lying" about the stimulus, to Ann Romney's horse and the supposed "huge" tax deduction, to Solyndra, etc.

    by jbindc on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:07:58 PM EST

    But I find this story more troubling.

    "More than a decade has passed since Mitt Romney presided over the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but the archival records from those games that were donated to the University of Utah to provide an unprecedented level of transparency about the historic event, remain off limits to the public. And some of the documents that may have shed the most light on Romney's stewardship of the Games were likely destroyed by Salt Lake Olympic officials, ABC News has learned.

        The archivists involved in preparing the documents for public review told ABC News that financial documents, contracts, appointment calendars, emails and correspondence are likely not included in the 1,100 boxes of Olympic records, and will not be part of the collection that will ultimately be made public."

    Not the stuff of gold, but the search feature sucks at TL, they are disses and recent.  But they do back my original contention that she's not a Romneybot.

    And not sure if another comment was for me, but I am disgusted with both, but I would rather have Obama running the country.  But unlike many, that doesn't mean I have to sing his praises.  


    Also, too (none / 0) (#59)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:20:31 PM EST
    You think they are the same? Both in terms of veracity and policy?


    Well, you are wrong. But at least you will be honest.


    "Homicide"? There's a term used ... (none / 0) (#56)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:02:29 PM EST
    ... to describe your type of commentary -- "jumping the shark."

    Then that should have been the sum total (5.00 / 1) (#57)
    by Anne on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:09:17 PM EST
    of the Romney campaign's response to the ad, not that the real problem was that these people didn't live in Massachusetts where they could have had the benefit of Romneycare, don't you think?

    So, while the spokesperson did claim that the ad was more truthy than truth - the woman didn't die for a couple years after her husband lost his job, and she had her own insurance during part of that time - the only thing people took away from the response was the invocation of the benefits of Romneycare, which everyone and his grandmother knows was the precursor to Obamacare.

    I'm no Obama fan, but taken on his own, Romney is about as politically clumsy and clueless as any candidate I've seen for a while; I truly don't know how he expects to prevail when he can't even get out of his own way.

    Somewhere in here is probably a joke - in very poor taste - that has to do with special underwear and the condition of the anatomical part Romney keeps stepping on.


    It doesn't explain his staff, but generally Mitt (none / 0) (#60)
    by Farmboy on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:22:44 PM EST
    just says what his audience wants to hear. For example, when attacking administration commitments to clean energy that reduce U.S. dependence on oil and fight climate change:

    "In place of real energy, Obama has focused on an imaginary world where government-subsidized windmills and solar panels could power the economy."

    Then yesterday in Iowa, where over 200 businesses and 6700 jobs rely on government support of wind energy production:

    "We have got to take advantage of America's extraordinary energy resources: coal, oil, gas, nuclear, renewables, wind, solar, ethanol, you name it. We've gotta take advantage of all of them."

    As Ian Anderson might have described his act:

    But you balance your world on the tip of your nose
    You're a sea lion with a ball at the carnival.

    A political ad.... (none / 0) (#34)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:47:32 PM EST
    less than truthful?  I'm shocked jb, shocked!

    Gotta admit though, it's a damn good hit piece, if that's your cup of tea.  The spirit of the ad rings true...if not Mitt Romney, a Mitt Romney clone...the Mitt Romney way, if you will.  No disputing that.

    Citizens United may end up helping Brand D more than Brand R, who woulda thunk it?  Still very bad for the people and for representative democracy of course...but a homerun for media conglomerates, no discounts for airtime for super pac's. Cha-ching!


    I know (none / 0) (#39)
    by jbindc on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:58:35 PM EST
    Politicians who lie and the supporters who actually believe them and parrot their talking points. Can you believe it??

    Sez the Romneybot (3.00 / 2) (#45)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:14:09 PM EST

    It's a mystery (none / 0) (#32)
    by NYShooter on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:37:54 PM EST
    How do they keep their lies straight?

    Yes, "Boom! goes the dynamite" (none / 0) (#67)
    by KeysDan on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:34:00 PM EST
    Rush Limbaugh apparently did not warm to the Romney volley calling it "a goldmine for Obama." And, a guy named Erick Erickson, of Red State, was not so keen on the defense either, saying the campaign "sabotaged itself with a mind numbingly bit of spin that may mark the day the Romney campaign died." Clearly, this truth telling by campaign staff must be curtailed or the next thing we know some campaign staffer will state that Romney should release additional tax returns because it makes him look like he is hiding something. If telling the truth is too difficult for staff, they may just resort to that ethic of 'lying for the Lord.'

    Paraphrasing Jeff Goldblum (none / 0) (#69)
    by Repack Rider on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:02:55 PM EST
    in Jurassic park:

    "You can surround incompetence with handlers, spokespeople, lawyers, electric fences, and foolproof safeguards.  But incompetence always finds a way."


    Reporting from Summerfest. Here's (none / 0) (#54)
    by oculus on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:48:23 PM EST
    what I got to enjoy this morning:

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012
    10:00-10:50am    Martin Beaver coaches the Newbury Trio on Schubert's Notturno
    11:00-11:50am    Kikuei Ikeda coaches the Amphion String Quartet on Shostakovich's String Quartet No.7 in F-sharp Minor

    Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda are members of the Tokyo String Quartet, which played Shubert's String Quartet in G Major, D.887, last night in the most sublime performance.  Tonight:  Wynton Marsalis playing chamber music follorwed by jazz.  

    Beaver & Ikeda.... (none / 0) (#72)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:25:41 PM EST
    performing Sublime?  Sounds pretty cool;)

    j/k...rock on Oc, rock on.


    Anybody have a link to a safe site (none / 0) (#76)
    by caseyOR on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:07:38 PM EST
    for watching the women's soccer final tomorrow? I don't have cable or satellite. So, I need a live stream I can get on my laptop.

    Also, anybody know what time the match starts? I need PDT, not GMT. :-)

    Thanking you in advance.

    Scheduled (none / 0) (#77)
    by CoralGables on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:17:35 PM EST
    to start at 11:45PT (although one site says 11:15)

    It will have the biggest Women's Olympic Soccer crowd of all time with over 83,000 tickets already sold.

    I can promise you I'll have you a link prior to start time. What language I can't guarantee but will find one in English within a few minutes of the start.


    Thanks, CG. I'll be here waiting (none / 0) (#78)
    by caseyOR on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:24:43 PM EST
    for your info.

    As you can imagine, we are pretty excited about the match here in my neck of the woods. Megan Rapinoe is a former University of Portland player.


    Megan (none / 0) (#79)
    by CoralGables on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:45:45 PM EST
    didn't get the headline from the semis, but she was undoubtedly the star that gave them the opportunity to win at the end.

    Megan's great. (none / 0) (#80)
    by caseyOR on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:29:46 PM EST
    She's had a couple of knee surgeries, both of which had me holding my breath. Thankfully, she recovered nicely and does not appear to have any lingering problems with her knees.

    She is a fierce player. I like that in an athlete.


    She's my favorite... (none / 0) (#86)
    by kdog on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 11:01:21 AM EST
    Rapinoe got mad game...fierce is the word, you said it.  Ball of hustle all over the pitch.  Great passer.

    If I was picking sides in the schoolyard she'd be my number one pick, she does it all.


    I just want to thank you! (none / 0) (#81)
    by nycstray on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:33:27 PM EST
    That first link you gave for the opening ceremony has served me quite well :D

    I really, really appreciate your links.

    Wow, 83,000 tickets sold?! WOOT! for women's soccer!!!!


    If that (none / 0) (#82)
    by CoralGables on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 12:03:40 AM EST
    BBC link has been working for soccer send it back to me. I've been all over the board finding soccer in English.

    best feed so far (none / 0) (#87)
    by CoralGables on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 01:57:12 PM EST
    has no announcer at all



    Hillary busts a move. SoS dances the night (none / 0) (#83)
    by caseyOR on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 03:59:00 AM EST
    away. Check out this short video of Hillary Clinton dancing at a reception in South Africa the other day.

    This video made me smile. Madame Secretary has some moves. And she is clearly having a very good time. Go, Hillz.

    Saw the Hillary dancing video at (none / 0) (#84)
    by caseyOR on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 04:01:40 AM EST
    the Madwoman With Laptop blog. I wanted to be sure and give a shout-out to that site.