It’s that time – Open Thread.

Okee dokee, then. Open thread until Ta-Nehisi should get around to it!

PS And if you only read one other thing here today, make it my little essay about being a papergirl, ok? I feel a certain responsibility to that one, and it’s not at all headdesk inducing.

Standard FYI clause: My rule of thumb is that I wait for 2 hours after Ta-Nehisi would usually open a thread (roughly noon, EST), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here.

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  1. My series on Paris Fashion Week Couture just finished up yesterday. I invite all and sundry to go read it.

    ed note – I’ll just put this here: http://anibundel.wordpress.com/

  2. Bookwoman

     /  January 31, 2012

    Investing tip of the day: buy stock in Kimberly-Clark. I have a bad cold, went through a box of Kleenex yesterday, and am working on another one today. Blargh.

  3. Captain Button

     /  January 31, 2012

    Today’s song stuck in my head:

    Megurine Luka – Secret

  4. MightBeLying

     /  January 31, 2012

    Graaaah.
    Can’t share too many details since much of the content of my stress is not mine to share. Suffice it to say that there are adults in my life to whom I am bound by biology and who sometimes act in ways that are not conducive to their mental health or my own. And who have a talent for trying to make their problems into my problems, so successfully that I sometimes do not even notice that what I am stressing about is – in fact! – NOT actually my problem unless I choose to make it so. They then get very angry and indignant when I (appropriately! appropriately!) choose not to take on their own problems for my very own. Which can then feel like my problem. But it’s not. Because it’s their problem. But godDAMN is this continual dance annoying.

    Boundaries. They are hard.

    • Captain Button

       /  January 31, 2012

      “Do not confuse duty with what other people expect of you.”

    • Bookwoman

       /  January 31, 2012

      Sympathy liked.

    • Oh good lord yes, boundaries are just about the hardest.

      And what Captain Button said.

      Good luck, sweetie…!

    • mythopoeia

       /  January 31, 2012

      They are hard indeed. Sending calm vibes your way.

      Also, on a completely unrelated topic, and sometime when you are not stressing, might I trouble you to email me? I have a question you’re the best person I know to answer. starflier06 at yahoo dot com.

      • MightBeLying

         /  January 31, 2012

        I emailed a few hours ago but haven’t heard from you … am I in spam? Just checking ;)

        • mythopoeia

           /  January 31, 2012

          Nope, you’re not in spam. I’m just at work and not free to write more than a line or two at a time. Thanks so much! I’ll write you back later tonight.

    • These same people are masquerading as my relatives. Oh wait, they actually are my relatives! This explains why I am hiding behind my answering machine on most days. Then, God help me, my mother learned to text SMH. She texts like most people TALK. I have begun to practice the art of disengagement and they now refer to me as some kind of hermit. I deem when it’s necessary to come out of the woods, otherwise I would be subsumed beneath the combined weight of our worries. Save yourself! Good luck :)

    • BJonthegrid

       /  January 31, 2012

      Parents are weird. When kids are teens and below they tell you nothing about their lives but as soon as you are adult and trying to get your own stuff in gear they unload all their crap on you. If I do this to my kids I will be severely disappointed in me.

      • SWNC

         /  January 31, 2012

        Oh my Lord, that is so, so true. (I spent 2 hours at the endocrinologist’s with my mom today. A lot of unloading happened.)

      • I suppose they want to wait until the kids are sentient before the complaining begins? I had a parent who unloaded on me before I was anywhere old enough to realize those troubles were not actually my fault.

        Actually not using one’s offspring as confidantes is probably the only way to go, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that done successfully….

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  January 31, 2012

      Best of luck. My only advice is to remember and enforce those boundaries when invited for private social events, especially if you are distant and rarely available. Personal experience was that such private events risk becoming entrapment into full enmeshment in the Saga, with recaps of everything one missed and no socially appropriate means of escape.

      For my relevant Saga, on the first relevant visit I got chewed out for spending every single mealtime running errands and eating out and being fixated on cleaning up dishes and tidying when I got back. Nonetheless, being chewed out for being “antisocial” was much better than the alternative of being trapped in a boundary-free whirlpool.

      On subsequent visits, I made sure I was staying and sleeping somewhere else, and never regretted that decision.

    • MightBeLying

       /  January 31, 2012

      Thanks for the support, everyone. This is definitely one of those times when I am in need of no practical advice and just want someone to pet my head and say “there, there, I validate your worldview.”

      Also pictures/videos of kittens and sloths help a lot.

  5. Comments just closed over at TNC’s. I think he must have french class today.

  6. Hi,

    I just started following the blog and I don’t get this. Please elaborate :)

    • It’s an open thread. We can talk about whatever we like!

    • Hey there Coco! :: waves ::

      Most of the people who hang out in the Open Threads here are among the crowd that hangs out in the Open Threads at Ta-Nehisi Coates’s blog on The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/ta-nehisi-coates/ – when he has them. Which used to be every day, more or less at noon EST, but he’s been a lot less regular about it lately.

      Having said that, anyone and everyone who stops by is more than welcome to join in, and as ani says: We talk about whatever we like! It’s especially fun for me, though, because it’s like having a little party at my desk.

    • PS It should be noted that there are a lot more people over at his place than at mine. But sometimes mine gets pretty hoppin’!

  7. A tweet that I tweeted that has been re-tweeted 35 times already, mostly by women, but boy I wish some more men would leap into the fray as well:

    “Why do we continue to act as if a woman getting drunk robs men of their agency? Men who choose to #rape drunk women are making *a choice*.” https://twitter.com/#!/emilylhauser/status/164401225184456704

    All in response to Emily Yoffe victim-blaming a date rape survivor (which I will link to thusly http://stopvictimblaming.tumblr.com/post/16822523814/what-this-is-about because I don’t want to give her any direct traffic). And I quote: “Trying to ruin someone else’s life is a poor way to address one’s alcohol and self-control problems.”

    • Captain Button

       /  January 31, 2012

      Leap into the fray how? Just chime in and say “Me too!”, or to take up an opposing position?

      • Retweet, man, retweet! Tell the world that my 140 characters have summed up your position on the matter so spectacularly that you must share them with all who can but hear!

        Unless you’re not on Twitter. In which case, never mind.

    • taylor16

       /  January 31, 2012

      I hadn’t heard about this until I was checking out twitter this morning. You and whoever created that tumblr are doing wonderful work out there.

      This victim-blaming shit needs to stop.

      • Darth Thulhu

         /  January 31, 2012

        It is maddening. Just because 5-10% of men (and a smaller percentage of women) would take advantage and rape a drunk victim does not make the rape said victim’s fault.

        Many relevant percentages would likewise steal, or mug. Said victims are not shamed.

        Taking precautions to avoid bad people and bad effects is not the same thing as being responsible for those bad people. Why is that so hard to acknowledge?

        • I think I know the reason, and it’s just so sad: If we can blame the victim, that means we can control our own circumstances. We will not be a victim.

          Needless to say, that is not, actually, the truth.

    • God bless your pioneering, technological heart. I signed up on Tumblr bat have no clue what I am doing, why take time to read? So, I just follow it. Not yet ready to immerse myself in another application. Besides that, the post rocks.

      How stupid is that? I can’t believe she took that stance. You can be a teetotaler but that doesn’t give anyone, the right to take advantage of your state. There are nutjobs who hang around bars and clubs just waiting for their chance and the WOMEN are to blame for that?! I can’t go out and get shitfaced without being raped? What’s wrong with this picture?

      I’m all for personal responsibility but she’s wrong IMO and a disgrace to her gender. Jeezly crow people are stupid SMH. Taylor said it more succinctly, “The victim blaming shit needs to stop”.

    • socioprof

       /  January 31, 2012

      I used to read her column faithfully. Used to as of my reading that bull yesterday. I am feeling very stabby these days. Thank you for your well-thought out and powerful letter to Prudie.

  8. Sorn

     /  January 31, 2012

    So I have a question. The comments on the obama thread are closed, but people are still posting. Does that mean effectively I’ve been cut off? is it a moderator thing or a disqus issue? I’d really hate to have offended TNC.

    • Bookwoman

       /  January 31, 2012

      I’m not seeing any new comments there. I don’t think TNC hates you. ;)

      • Sorn

         /  January 31, 2012

        Maybe there’s a lag. between the closing of comments and people posting. thanks for the encouragement.

        • I’m really struggling to think of how you, of all people, could have pissed off TNC. Really not coming up with a thing, though.

    • BJonthegrid

       /  January 31, 2012

      Same happen to me. Everytime I’m approaching “thoughtful” I get closed out. If I didn’t l respect him so much, like his followers so much or had a another spot with intelligent conversation….I’d be out! *snark*

      • taylor16

         /  January 31, 2012

        Same here. I always need a little time to think (or to, like, answer phones at my job). Sometimes, by the time I formulate a thought and click “reply,” comments are closed.

        With that as well as my lack of knowledge re: the Civil War, I feel like all I do lately is chat on OTANs. Which makes me feel like a bad commenter.

        • Oh, I feel like that all the time. Like I’m not good for anything exact OTAN threads.

        • BJonthegrid

           /  January 31, 2012

          I know – I often read TNC, if it’s a thread that I’m curious but ignorant I’ll read remarks – sometimes after two or three times of the same topic, I feel like I have enough knowledge to comment. On the post about books he’s reading – I say nothing!

      • wearyvoter

         /  January 31, 2012

        All of the major discussion threads happen while I’m at work, so I have about enough time during lunch to come over and skim. Open thread’s about the only place where I chime in regularly.

    • efgoldman

       /  January 31, 2012

      If comments are closed, they’re closed for everybody.
      Between “Join the Discussion” on the comments page, and the first comment, there’s a yellow stripe which says:”Comments for this page are closed.”
      Sometimes TNC closes comments, re-opens them and closes them again. You can only tell if you refresh the page.

  9. 43 years I have lived on the planet and the selfishness of people still boggles my mind. I spent Sat. drinking with an old friend and her cronies and couldn’t help but notice how unaffected they are by the things that now obsess me: politics, the slathering spectre of the GOP, the economic crisis and life for those hanging on the fringe. They are nice people but the whole air of “that will never happen to me”, who is OWS, and my life is just fine “everyone is just whining” nearly curdled my rum.

    I’m glad they don’t understand privation but my mind rejects their isolationist, shallow, elitist attitudes. Three decades of friendship later. How time flies…and how it changes. More rum, anyone? :)

    • Man, story of my life some days. Part of why I love the Horde (as the folks at TNC’s place refer to ourselves) so much is that the obsessions and the worries are shared, and by people who often have wise and good things to say about them.

    • BJonthegrid

       /  January 31, 2012

      We must have friends in common. I am constantly amazed more people aren’t in the streets.

    • taylor16

       /  January 31, 2012

      I completely hear you. Suddenly something has shifted between myself and some friends. Because as long as everything is fine for them, nothing will ever change and no one else needs any help. And anyone who is struggling is a lazy whiner.

      The selfishness and shortsightedness of people who I used to love makes me so sad.

      • Hi Taylor,

        And it does make me sad. I was never that clueless but I could ignore it before. I realize, just as you said, the reality is I am the one who has changed SMH. I believe I have changed for the better though, although it is disheartening to lose step with people you love. On the good side, it opens the door to finding new people to love….

    • Captain Button

       /  January 31, 2012

      Wait, you are reading my FB friendslist?

      • taylor16

         /  January 31, 2012

        It won’t be long until I have no FB friends left who aren’t members of the Horde.

      • Hi Captain,

        No, LMAO but I guess this means it’s not so very uncommon. It’s those same folks waving and smiling guilelessly at the the GOP conventions :(. The hooligans are escapees, if you ask me.

    • I love my BFF, but she wants absolutely nothing to do with politics and is threatening not to vote this year. It makes me want to scream and shake her.

      • I have to opt out of political discussion about 98% of the time, offline, because otherwise I will get extraordinarily disagreeable and possibly mildly violent. It’s either “say nothing at all” or “shout everything all at once at the top of my lungs nonstop” and I just can’t live in society being That Guy who does the latter. Plus it’s exhausting. So I say nothing at all.

        • I had my first near-fight with a friend about politics in years over brunch in my own house on Sunday, when he started slamming the President for failing to be sufficiently left. I stopped myself after saying about three things, because: Brunch. My house.

          But yeah. If it’s in person, I mostly just leave the room.

  10. Emily,

    Sorry it wasn’t more cheery :). Didn’t mean to be a party poop lol.

  11. News on the Novel
    1. Latest revisions of the Novel – 85k words, vastly improved plot and development. Fewer POV switches mid paragraph. :/
    2. Cover art looks good – a stock photograph from a site that I can use as-is; just slap a few dozen fonts on it and I’m good.
    3. Not ready for submission to an agent yet, but I’m sending it out to a contest that wants to see only the first 25 pages. Those pages rock!

  12. Neocortex

     /  January 31, 2012

    Er, I tried to post this a minute ago, and it disappeared. Also I was using the wrong pseudonym for this blog. Oops.

    I am super-unhappy about the way the media has portrayed the events that happened at Occupy Oakland on Sunday, because the many raw videos that I have watched (warning: violence at all those links) don’t match the narrative of “Police were forced to respond with some force because protesters were so horribly violent.” Nor does the National Lawyers’ Guild (San Fran chapter) account (they send neutral observers to document police behavior at protests – if you’ve watched any Occupy footage and seen the folks in the hideous lime-green baseball caps, those are their observers). Yep, there were people who threw things at cops, and I heartily condemn that, but it seems pretty clear where the bulk of the violence was coming from. It would be nice if more reporters did something other than copy and paste OPD press releases. Also, as of this morning there were still about 40 people “missing” (reported arrested to the National Lawyers’ Guild but not booked/heard from).

    I’m sorry, I know that Occupy is practically all I ever post on in your and TNC’s open threads these days. I’ll lighten it up with this video of the Muppets mocking Fox News: http://gawker.com/5880588/who-will-stop-these-muppets-from-tarnishing-fox-news-good-name

    • ‘sok. We’re all a pretty passionate bunch. And you provided relief, too!

      I remember when I was participating in or reporting on protests in Israel, you could always tell how much violence there would be by taking note of how many armed, uniformed people were on the streets. Put people on the streets with arms — even if it’s “just” pepper spray or batons? — and they will use them.

      • Neocortex

         /  February 1, 2012

        I read a story this morning in the San Fransisco Bay Guardian in which I learned about a form of police arms, used on Occupy Oakland protesters (the reporter was arrested and one of his cellmates had been injured in this way) that was previously unknown to me! That would be pepper bombs. Which are, according to the reporter, cannisters of pepper spray that explode on impact. Which seems very dangerous, because quite aside from the pepper spray, where does the cannister material go? Is there any way in which that wouldn’t result in flying shrapnel?

        There have been some very nasty allegations made about the treatment of the jailed protesters (warning: descriptions of violence in the rest of this paragraph) by the Alameda Co. Sheriff’s Dept, which runs the relevant jail – that they’ve been beaten, denied medications, denied restrooms for over 24 hours, denied decontamination from chemical agents (which causes the rest of the people in cell to be affected too), held in stress positions, packed so tightly into cells that some were unable to sit down, and tear gassed in their cells or the hallway, and that female arrestees were forced to provide urine samples in front of male guards, ostensibly for pregnancy testing. My sources for the allegations are the SFBG article (which differentiates between confirmed and unconfirmed allegations), diarist AoT at DailyKos (allegations unconfirmed), and the website of the San Fransisco NLG chapter (the NLG is usually pretty reliable).

        The Alameda Co. Sheriff’s Dept, if I remember right, is the same agency with the cop who nearly killed Marine veteran Scott Olsen (and threw a flashbang grenade into the group that went to help him) at an Occupy Oakland protest back in October. They’re also the agency that Mythbusters always works with when they’re playing with things that go boom and need police supervision. As a Mythbusters fan, I’m considering writing a letter asking them to end their association with the ACSD, and explaining why.

    • cofax

       /  January 31, 2012

      Loved that Muppet video. When you’re pwned by the Divine Miss P, you’re pwned but good.

      As for Occupy Oakland, I’m thinking the only good thing likely to come out of this is the judicial takeover of the OPD. ::crosses fingers::

  13. Neocortex

     /  January 31, 2012

    Emily, the comment that I’m trying to post keeps getting eaten. It has several links, but I don’t even see it in moderation. Are you seeing it?

  14. David L

     /  January 31, 2012

    Via BoingBoing, a piece that takes on “booth babes” at electronics shows

    My complaint isn’t that attractive people are trying to get me to pay attention to their products. Rather, my point is that companies that rely on models whose various assets are stress-testing spandex or exposed to air are trying so hard that they fail.

    Personally, I tend to draw a not-always-clear line between the picture BoingBoing used, which I see as an example of “pretty girl*/handsome man stroking consumer goods” as a way to sell things, and the more openly flirtatious/sexual examples cited in the original post. On the other hand, as someone who’s pretty immune to the appeal of female T&A and usually aware enough of displays of the male equivalent to not let them get to me, I’m also fairly insulted by the assumption that the best way to get my attention is through my genitals and not my brain.

    * – I hate using the word “girl” here, but there’s a certain connotation that doesn’t quite work with any substitute terms I could think of.

    • I can see the writer’s point that a company relying heavily on sexy models to sell a product is NOT relying on the product’s own value.

      On the other hand, you need to catch people’s eyes first, and what better way than Kat Dennings in a full-latex catsuit? This is akin to a male peacock’s feathers: the most elaborate looking gets the most attention.

      • I’m firmly in the category of guys who would avoid a booth staffed in that fashion. It bothers me and I don’t want to support it. But then I am rarely representative of my gender, so I have no idea how the upside/downside balances out from a corporate/economic perspective. It’s just not something that I want to have anything to do with.

        • David L

           /  January 31, 2012

          Unfortunately, I think that the fact that they still exist means that the upside is at least perceived to be bigger than the downside.

    • The best take-down of the Booth Babe phenomenon I ever heard came from Alli Thrasher, a dev at Harmonix. She’s an attractive woman, and the existence of booth babes means she practically never gets taken seriously at conventions where she’s there to talk shop and promote her company’s work. Why? Con-goers (male and female both) see “attractive woman” and go straight to “ignorant hired model.”

      Makes it harder for women who do work in any field like that ever to get taken seriously. So frustrating.

  15. mythopoeia

     /  January 31, 2012

    Work is busy and I am currently imbibing MOAR COFFEE, so I cannot do the full-scale, epic writeup I would like to do. However: Let it be known that last night, sara_l_r, carlosthedwarf, and I, along with two other friends, took on The Big Quiz Thing’s trivia night, and it was epic and hilarious. I will try to post a full writeup in tomorrow’s OTAN!

  16. Captain Button

     /  January 31, 2012

    Regarding twitter, I have an account but I’ve only made a handful of tweets myself. I mostly got it to read cool twits from people I like, but have found it far to frustrating to use because I cannot figure out how to thread together tweets. Making makes most of them useless as they make no sense without context.

    • Bookwoman

       /  January 31, 2012

      Yes, exactly! You can’t follow other people’s conversations without endless clicking. I use my account (with 0 tweets) to sporadically read the tweets of my children and my niece, some of which make sense without context, and many of which do not.

    • BJonthegrid

       /  January 31, 2012

      Not know what app or device you’re using makes it kind of hard to help. You should be able to read a thread where A says something and B C and D reply. You should also be able to go to someone’s profile and read all the tweets they don’t clear.

      Part of the reason why Twitter doesn’t make sense is because people often just say stuff as it happens like my next tweet “about to put an ad on Craig’s List for personal Assistant for my 12 year old” – we reminded him this morning he had band practiced – but he forgot & walked all the way home – as soon as I saw him I said “Think, where are you supposed to be”.

      • Bookwoman

         /  January 31, 2012

        One issue is that some people (my son and many of his friends, for example) have protected accounts, so unless you have permission to follow them, you can’t read what they’re saying. Which is no doubt very smart of them, since they’re college students. :)

        • BJonthegrid

           /  January 31, 2012

          You can’t beat them over a holiday break until they ley you in?

          • Bookwoman

             /  January 31, 2012

            My son has graciously allowed me to follow him; as for the rest of his friends, I’d rather not know. ;)

      • Oh man, I do love your kid. He reminds me of me. I wasn’t really absent minded. Just thinking of other things all the time.

        And I was always getting yelled at for not thinking, when my response was BUT I AM THINKING! Just not about your stuff.

        Keep that kid safe. He’s gonna be a star.

    • taylor16

       /  January 31, 2012

      Yes, I agree. I look at twitter a few times a day, almost solely to find a ready-made list of links I will probably find interesting … or to look at the trending topics to see if there is some massive news story happening at that moment.

      For following conversations, I find it really frustrating. I really don’t even try anymore.

    • Captain Button

       /  January 31, 2012

      Firefox on a WinXP machine.

      Unless things have canged lately I can’t gpo to what is replied to. All I can do is go to the feed of the person being replied to and try to figure out which tweet is being replied to, with the only filter being that the source must be before the reply.

      I’m inclined to suspect that my problem may be that I am not constantly checking twitter every 10 seconds 24/7, and the assumption that of course everyone does that is implicit in the design.

      It may be there is a way to thread, but i can’t find it.

      • New New Twitter embeds conversations. It’s not perfect, but it’s something. If you see a tweet in your stream that looks like it might be part of a conversation, you can hover over the timestamp on it in the upper right corner (3m or however long ago the Tweet is from) and that turns into “Open.” When you click “open,” if the tweet is part of a conversation you can see (i.e., no party in it has their tweets protected, or if they do, you’re following them) then it’ll expand and you can read it.

  17. Apparently the nieclings are having a picnic in this 65 degree weather. SIL is a little worried that this is going to delay them understanding the concept of “seasons.”

    • BJonthegrid

       /  January 31, 2012

      We’re going to eat outside on the lawn in ten minutes when Band nerd gets out of practice. I made hoagies around two when I saw how nice it was outside. When the Ice Age comes, atleast we’ll have this memory.

    • efgoldman

       /  January 31, 2012

      Especially when it snows in April!

  18. I am told that the the public announcement about my new job is coming on Thursday, and suddenly I feel kind of like throwing up. AAAAAAAH REAL THING IS REAL *runs away through a wall*

    • {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    • Bookwoman

       /  January 31, 2012

      As an old movie once said, “You’re going out there a youngster, but you’re coming back a star!”

    • Wait–aren’t you supposed to be getting me a copy of your job description so I can tailor my cover letter? I’m not nearly as ragey at my job as I was on Friday/Saturday, but I shouldn’t let the impetus to not park my ass someplace just because they gave me a salary and call it good enough fade away.

    • *places mattresses in key spots on the floor*

      Also: Real thing is real good! You are not am impostor, I swearz it.

      • I KNOW it’s so exciting we’re going to have a Real Live [redacted] employee in our midst! Whose actually our friend! and we’ll get to say we knew her when!

        • AHHHHHHHHHHH you know you know you know!!!

          Phew, just a few more days ’til the rest of us can find out….

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  January 31, 2012

      And Then, This Thursday, the Crowning Moment of Western Civilization, Beside Which the Renaissance was Just Sad, as Our Own Kate Cox Becomes a God-Empress of All Media!

      Congratulations again :-)

    • cofax

       /  January 31, 2012

      Oh, good! I haven’t been able to follow the OTANs, and I was afraid I’d missed the announcement.

  19. To make everyone’s Tuesday better, I give you: Green Eggs and Wasteland: Dr. Seuss collides with T.S. Eliot. http://csecooney.livejournal.com/361511.html

  20. My impulse to snark is running roughshod as of late, particularly on threads in which the Hordemaster is attempting a serious topic. Must… self… regulate…

  21. wearyvoter

     /  January 31, 2012

    Taking some vacation time this afternoon before I max out. I guess I should thank the landline for acting up enough that I should come home in case there was a need for the techie to come in. (Testing the lines involved taking down the intertubz, so I had about an hour and a half of incommunicado.) Anyway, the techie who fixed the line–and didn’t need access, but needed to call to make sure the landline was all the way up–was a nice guy, and we commiserated about the joys of the customer service voice recognition system that recognizes nothing when the phone line is full of static. Sirius Cybernetics Corp. has to have designed part of their system.

    • wearyvoter

       /  January 31, 2012

      Also, at the time I needed to call, the DSL was balky, so hearing the recording tell me that it’s much faster to line up a trouble ticket over the internet made me want to heave the phone at something.

  22. BJonthegrid

     /  January 31, 2012

    Emily,
    I know you don’t want to compete with TNC’s OTAN but would you consider a general thread sometime in your week, everyday might be a bit much. I am not sure how much extra traffic it would bring you or how much work it is. I just know I’ve meet people here I’ve never seen at TNC.

    • “Compete with TNC’s OTAN” – bwahahahahaha /catches breath/ hahahaha Ha!

      Ahem.

      I mean: His traffic beats me to a pulp and then grinds me into dust.

      No, I fear looking like a leech, is what I fear. Like I am riding on his GINORMOUS coat-tails, which I am, but I want to at least be polite about it. “Do you mind if I sit on this little part of your coat-tails, Mr. Coates, sir? Here, I’ll clean it up when I’m done.” Quite genuinely, I just don’t want him to think I’m a pain in the ass.

      The truth is that nearly the instant he opens a thread, mine are given over to the crickets, which is fine (I like the larger crowd, too), but it just seems silly to have an OT that has 7 comments, or whatever, in it.

      Should I ever have a platform from which to launch an actual-factual paying-type blog mit open thread, with the traffic to match, I’ll be happy to give it a whirl. I promise! And I pinky swear.

      • BJonthegrid

         /  January 31, 2012

        (Sorry BJ, I just realized that I’d shared information I probably shouldn’t! So I’m behind the curtains messing with the facts, LIKE A SOVIET. But thank you for your kind thoughts! And I agree. But there it is).

  23. efgoldman

     /  January 31, 2012

    Emily Bait!

    [Background: mrs efgoldman is quite seriously computer/internet phobic. No joke. QED she remembers to check her email maybe every six weeks or so, whether she needs to or not. So this video is long, long out of date. Never mind - it is also hysterically funny. Apologies if its been around before, today is the first time I've seen it.]

    Ever wonder what haredim do on Christmas?

    • Bookwoman

       /  January 31, 2012

      Hee! This will be a big hit in my immediate family, which is a bit religiously unorthodox (in all senses of the word), being comprised of Jews and Episcopalian converts from Judaism.

      • efgoldman

         /  January 31, 2012

        Jeez. mrs efgoldman is Episcopalian, but she’s a recovering Catholic.

        • Bookwoman

           /  January 31, 2012

          There are a lot of recovering Catholics in my church. I, however, am the only Jew, so I’m the go-to person when the lector wants to know how to pronounce Melchizedech or Naphtali. :)

  24. caoil

     /  January 31, 2012

    Much belatedly, I’m halfway through ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ and finding it extremely compelling. I feel horrible for her family, though.

  25. OMG I actually found time to write a blog entry!

    http://reformamendment.blogspot.com/2012/01/welcome-to-florida-2012-year-of.html

    It’s blogspot, but the Comments option should include Open ID or Google account to login… if it does not, please let me know.

  26. socioprof

     /  January 31, 2012

    Dear Democrats,

    Please stop aborting Black babies.

    Sincerely yours,

    A Black woman who is listening to a damned GOP fool from Florida who is lying through his mothereffin’ teeth and who can only point to Lincoln as a Republican who fought for civil rights.

    • socioprof

       /  January 31, 2012

      For fuller context, he is lying in that he is saying that the Dems do nothing but offer Blacks food stamps, public housing, and abortions while defending Newt’s efforts to get us off the Democratic plantation and into the Grand Old Party (perhaps on real plantations [makes me wonder what Newtie’s real plans are for Black unemployment and that moon colony).

    • Dear Black woman,

      I’m terribly sorry. We’ll get on that right away.

      A Democrat.

  27. socioprof

     /  January 31, 2012

    And now the damned fool is doubling down on Democrats aborting Black babies and saying that the only role models we have are in the movie Red Tails. I need an effin’ drink and I would like to buy Rev. Al one too after engaging that mothereffin’ fool.

    Happy Black History Month!!!

    • Halt! Go watch the clip I posted of our President delivering a Black History Minute when he was, like, 27 years old! You won’t be sorry!

      • socioprof

         /  January 31, 2012

        I am not sorry at all. There is such a beautiful (and long) thread here. The man that our President lauds some 20 years ago is Charles Hamilton Houston. Houston attends Harvard Law and is the first Black person named to the Harvard Law Review. He later trains Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP lawyer who (along with Houston and others from the NAACP) successfully argued before the Supreme Court, convincing Warren and his Court that separate was indeed unequal and is ultimately the first Black person appointed to the Supreme Court. Marshall has a young, female law clerk while serving on the high court. After Houston’s death, there was a named professorship at Harvard in his honor. Elena Kagan–Marshall’s young, female law clerk–held that professorship. In a parallel stream, a Harvard law professor, Charles Ogletree, teaches a Black woman from Chicago’s South Side named Michelle Robinson and then some skinny kid, also from Chicago–though by way of Hawaii and Indonesia-with a funny name, famously big ears, and a White Kansan mother and a Black Kenyan father. That kid with the name and ears goes on to become the first Black person to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review. Ogletree continues to mentor the kid and goes on to found the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law with the support of Harvard Law Dean, Elena Kagan. Five years later, that kid with the ears is President of these United States and appoints Kagan to the Supreme Court.

        Of course, some GOPer will read this and see this as proof of some conspiratorial goings-on. Damn! I was feeling better.

        • A) I think you’re safe from anyone in the GOP reading my blog.

          B) Thank you so much for all of that! I was just grinning and grinning all the way down, as it kept getting better and better. In fact, I may clip-n-paste it and make you a guest poster tomorrow or Thursday, if you don’t mind. Cause it’s lovely *and* it rocks.

  28. COULD YOU KILL YOUR OWN DAUGHTERS?

    I would value as many people as possible publicising this story …

    http://wellthisiswhatithink.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/honor-killings/

    Thanks muchly to anyone who can help :-)

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