For the masses of hordes of Golden Black Republicans and Commies ™ – open thread.

Here’s a thread. It’s open! Whooo hooo! (BTW: All are welcome, whether you hang out at Ta-Nehisi Coates’s blog at The Atlantic or not. We’re nice, I promise. We just have weird names for ourselves).

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. I probably should watch the SOTU address tonight, but I’m just so fatigued with … all this stuff. Primary season just wears me down and gets me all lathered up with people scurrying as far right and/or left as they can and outrage and incredulity just give way to exhaustion and apathy, at least until the general election looms.

    • This is precisely why I’m going to watch. I am so gorram sick of the utter disdain that the GOP candidates are showing for our system and for us — I’m hungry for some solid statesman like behavior. This I believe my President can deliver.

      • Bookwoman

         /  January 24, 2012

        Yes, this. I will watch, while also reading Sully’s live-blogging, which is always fun.

    • BJonthegrid

       /  January 24, 2012

      My son is watching the SOTU for extra credit for his Civics class. He also has to do a report. I am tempted in letting him tweet blog it and then print out his remarks as a report. Social media is the wave of the future.

    • SWNC

       /  January 24, 2012

      I hear you. I’ll read the text of the speech tomorrow, but tonight it’s “Justified” on DVD.

    • David L

       /  January 24, 2012

      I’m mostly watching so I’ll have a clue what all the web-snark I’m reading is about. Considering the way the Republican leadership is poo-pooing it as a campaign speech already, I’m darn sure that the policy proposals aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

      • Is there a point where the SOTU speech isn’t about campaigning? The double standards are pretty hilarious.

        • taylor16

           /  January 24, 2012

          Or any speech, for that matter.

          I love how the GOP nominees are free to campaign out the wazoo for the nomination, but if the person they’re running against dares to give a campaign-y style speech, they are some kind of frivolous person who cares only about winning elections. It’s just stupid. Of course your opponent is going to campaign too, you moron.

    • I’m only sick of one side so far, but that’s mostly because they’re campaigning in a world where truth need not even be a basis for statements of “fact”.

      On the other hand, because NPR invariably covers some ridiculous statement from some ridiculous candidate just when I would prefer to lie in bed just a little while longer, I’ve been early to work for at least a couple of weeks now.

      (On the other other hand, I’ve had about eight years’ too much of what Daniels has had to say. If I do watch, it’ll only be what Obama says. I don’t have the stomach to hear the response.)

      • The response?

        No one in their right minds listens to the response.

        Indeed, step away from all internets once its over, because otherwise you’ll be forced to find out just how many people are not in their right minds.

        • I might be tempted to listen if I thought there were a chance that he’d announce that he was resigning from office, effective immediately, so that he could focus on running for President.

          In fact, I’d drive downtown to the governor’s mansion and help him pack his bags …

        • But then you would have missed the glorious few seconds at the beginning of this:

          (If I had been managing Bobby Jindal, I would have said to him, Bobby, I have three words for you. Two coffee cups.)

          • I can’t tell you how happy I was last year that I only saw that after the fact. The best thing about it, though, was Kenny’s cover of it.

          • BJonthegrid

             /  January 24, 2012

            Oh man, this brings back fond memories. Volcano monitoring

          • helensprogeny

             /  January 24, 2012

            A classic.

    • Yeah, funk that. I’m watching Switched at Birth and Justified.

    • David L

       /  January 24, 2012

      Looks like it’s not going to be a barn-burner. Sully just blogged: “I just got briefed a little…. [B]eing briefed about the contents is not the same as listening Obama deliver the case. But sheesh. Get some caffeine ready.”

  2. So tomorrow I have a very important post going live at 12noon…but I cannot promise to be around to pimp it, as it is my birthday, and I’m taking the day off to go to spaworld.

    This is a huge dilemma.

  3. Captain Button

     /  January 24, 2012

    Golden Black Republicans? Those would be the African-American Ron Paul supporters?

  4. caoil

     /  January 24, 2012

    Fellow Canadians (and concerned American friends) – this just hit my Facebook page via a friend, and while I’ve shared it there, I’m signal-boosting elsewhere. Am I surprised by what’s happened? Nope. Dismayed? Absolutely. Is my completely-rubbish MP going to get an earful? You bet.
    Anyone external to our borders want to say something to the PMO? pm@pm.gc.ca

    • BJonthegrid

       /  January 24, 2012

      Does this have anything to do with the Keystone pipeline too?

      • caoil

         /  January 24, 2012

        As I understand it, Keystone would be built to flow oil south (to the US), and Enbridge to flow oil west (to the BC coast, for export to Asia). Probably many of the same players, though, all tidily in bed with the Prime Minister.

        • BJonthegrid

           /  January 24, 2012

          Sounds so American! You better check the PM’s birth certificate

          • caoil

             /  January 24, 2012

            Ha! I think he’d love nothing more, honestly*. Not sure why he never emigrated.

            *but I think you have enough problems with the politicians/lobbyists/businessmen you have…

            • BJonthegrid

               /  January 24, 2012

              That was smooth how you turned your oil corruption into “You Americans are more corrupt”. Smooth! (and true)

              • caoil

                 /  January 24, 2012

                I didn’t mean to, though! *hangs head* *apologizes*

            • Yes really. Thanks ever so, but you can keep Harper. We don’t need any help.

      • corkingiron

         /  January 24, 2012

        The Northern Pipeline will take Oil Sands Crude from Alberta across Northern BC to Kitimat on the Coast – where a tanker facility will be built to load the crude on tankers for shipment to China where it will be refined. It is backed by some of the biggest Energy Companies in the world, who are part of a consortium put together by Enbridge Energy.
        The pipeline will transit sensitive ecological areas, and tribal lands. Some of the tribal elders were originally supportive, but have since withdrawn their support. To gain approval, the Pipeline must go through an extensive review by our National Energy Board. The Conservative Government has already signalled that they will ignore a bad review and authorize it via “Order-in-Council” ( a kind of Executive Order, by-passing Parliament).
        The waters around Kitimat are rocky, narrow, and have some of the strongest currents in the world. The tankers will be roughly six times as big as the Exxon Valdez. It is a horror show of significant proportions – beginning to end.
        So – true to their corporatist roots, the Harper Government has already begun – before the hearings have even begun – slandering all the opponents as “enemies of Canada” being manipulated by “foreign money” and “billionaire American environmentalists”. (I truly suspect they have hired American consultants to advise with this).Ham-handed and stupid hardly begins to describe it.
        It has been a monstrous miscalculation on their part – and has galvanized a number of Canadians who might otherwise have ignored it. It is just the beginning of a long fight that will make Clayoquot Sound look like a dress rehearsal. Stay tuned.

    • wearyvoter

       /  January 24, 2012

      Did I hear correctly that they’re cutting researchers at EnvironmentCanada?

  5. BJonthegrid

     /  January 24, 2012

    Got nothing to say. I’m just going to sit in the corner and watch you marvelous people.

    • Thanks for helping me figure out the Twitter weirdness.

      • What Twitter Weirdness? Is this code for something?

        • Someone I was very friendly with on the Twitters got bafflingly mad at me the other day (baffling to me, at any rate), & wouldn’t let me walk away. He since appears to have deleted a whole series of DMs between us, including the one in which I said “I’m sorry if I misread you,” & I couldn’t figure out if that was even possible (that is – if he could delete something I had sent, and I would not longer be able to see it). BJ and I messed around in the DMs for a little, and lo! It seems he might have done just that.

          It’s weird. It feels very Soviet.

        • BJonthegrid

           /  January 24, 2012

          Emily needed me to figure out a computer techy thingy. Psst, don’t tell her I haven’t learned to highlight on my ipad yet. and Emily don’t tell anibundel I was absolutely no help.

          • You were absolutely helpful! Pshaw.

          • Are you on your iPad now? Because I still can’t reply inside threads here at emily’s on mine.

            • BJonthegrid

               /  January 24, 2012

              You have to go to the bottom and hit standard view. I had a similar problem on your blog with that “stop censorship” banner in the corner. It’s right on the comment button

              • ….but I go to standard view…and there’s no reply buttons on the comments in the threads. I can only start threads. Am I missing something? (The answer is obviously yes, because I don’t know how my banner is blocking you either.)

                • BJonthegrid

                   /  January 24, 2012

                  Yes. Tap the avatar and then the reply button will appear and then you hit the reply button and the comment box appears. It’s like a secret handshake so don’t go blabbing the ipad secrets……..oh wait

    • SWNC

       /  January 24, 2012

      Are your boys wearing green today? Please tell me you sent them off to school in their newly-green attire.

      • St Patty’s day isn’t for another month at least….

      • BJonthegrid

         /  January 24, 2012

        Nope but the dye drippings in my bath tub looks very Jackson Pollack-ish

        • SWNC

           /  January 24, 2012

          Ha! Your posts have reminded me that I need to get rid of the ancient Rit dye in the laundry room NOW before the sprout gets any older.

  6. Some righteous anger from the Bruce,

    • Speaking of which, today’s T4T is all Bruce, all the time. Or at least all Bruce, three posts a day.

    • taylor16

       /  January 24, 2012

      I love Bruce.

      He just announced that he’s doing a show in Detroit in April. I will be setting my alarm for Saturday morning to get up early and buy tickets.

      • do you know if he’s coming any closer to Columbus that that?

        • taylor16

           /  January 24, 2012

          I was about to write a reply that he didn’t have the tour schedule on his website as of this morning … but now I see it is there!

          Looks like he’s playing Cleveland on the 17th. No Indy stop, so it looks like I’m definitely going to be visiting the parents around Easter this year after all…

          • Thanks! might try to talk my dad into going w me, I don’t think he’s ever seen bruce, and i haven’t either. dad does have me permanently one upped on the concerts though, he MET muddy waters after a show one time. I’ll never beat that.

            • taylor16

               /  January 24, 2012

              Wow.

              At least in Detroit, the tickets don’t look like they’re going to be amazingly expensive, based on what you’d expect for a major show like this (the Free Press gives a range of $35-95). I think the last time I saw him I paid a little over $100 for some crappy seats.

              And if you can swing it, definitely go see him. It was the best major concert I’ve ever seen, hands down.

  7. taylor16

     /  January 24, 2012

    For anyone who hasn’t seen this yet via sara_l_r .. the best tourism department outreach I’ve ever seen in my life.

    Iceland wants to be your friend.

    http://www.icelandwantstobeyourfriend.com/

    Read all of the text, and click on the links (especially their tumblr). Then, if you decide you want to go there, they have handy tips for getting there (hint: you have to take a flying machine):

    http://www.visiticelandinaflyingmachine.com/

    I’ve always wanted to go there someday, but now I want to go there TODAY. If only to see the horses with the emo hair.🙂

    • Captain Button

       /  January 24, 2012

      Never mind that volcano thing, My p-doc has gotten me past that.

    • I just love that she wrote Iceland, and Iceland wrote her back.

      • taylor16

         /  January 24, 2012

        Oh, I know. I am hoping she will show up to tell that story.

        I also might email Iceland tonight. I could use more friends.🙂

    • SWNC

       /  January 24, 2012

      Awww. Now I want to be Iceland’s friend, too.

      One of my favorite webcomics is Scandinavia and the World
      http://satwcomic.com/

      It’s cartoon personifications of all the Scandinavian countries and their various adventures. It’s fun to learn about Scandinavia from someone who lives there and to read stuff that’s utterly not about the US. (Although sometimes the USA does show up as a character. S/he’s both hilarious and mortifying.)

      • doginajacket

         /  January 24, 2012

        I just lost an entire afternoon to satwcomic.com. I’m not sure if I should thank you or hate you.

  8. David L

     /  January 24, 2012

    Couple of random items:

    I’m finally back behind the wheel again, at least for short drives, but I don’t yet trust my right (bad) leg to move quickly enough to make sudden stops, so I’m avoiding heavy traffic and highways.

    If you listen to the soundtrack of an action movie while you’re nudging pixels around on a graphic, it really ups the stress level, but it feels epic when you finally get it right. (For those of you wondering, the film in question was Tron: Legacy.)

    • intangir

       /  January 24, 2012

      Music like that definitely helps the end of workouts – it’s a lot easier to pound out that last 1/4 mile or squat with the right soaring soundtrack.

    • Here’s hoping you get that leg working soon.

  9. I’ve been re-reading Lord of the Rings, which i do most every year. One thing i find interesting is that it’s a very different kind of story, very uninterested in the internal emotions and psychology of the characters. it’s remarkable what Tolkien left off the page as it were.

    • BJonthegrid

       /  January 24, 2012

      Love those books. I find it very religious without the religion. I love the complexities in each race.

    • I’ve enjoyed going through Mark Oshiro’s (markreads.net) LOTR recaps as he makes his way through it for the first time. I like getting a lens other than my own on it, and seeing what someone much newer to the text perceives.

      (Of course, I like reading his recaps for pretty much every favorite book or series of mine he’s read or watched.)

    • cofax

       /  January 24, 2012

      I really really recommend going over to Tor.com and finding Kate Nepveu’s chapter-by-chapter posts on the trilogy. They’re really very good, and a nice change from Mark Reads, because Kate assumes you’ve all read the book before, and gets to talk about theme and foreshadowing and all that.

  10. also still really love the Adele album from last year. It holds up and sounds wonderful on my big stereo. new old discovery this year was Talking Heads, don’t know how I’d missed out on them. one of my favs below.
    Stop Making Sense, (complete)
    http://vimeo.com/29335996

    • Do you realise she’s only on her THIRD single from that album?
      Katy Perry’s released six and is about to rerelease the whole damn album in the same time period.

      • don’t have to release more when everyone is still listening constantly to the first couple. kinda like metallica did with Black album singles back in the day.

  11. also I’ve found out that realplayer now lets you download online streaming videos, it’s suuuuuuuper awesome

  12. Do you love good movies? Because the Academy doesn’t, not particularly.

    (My rooting interest is pretty much limited to the two big Moneyball awards, neither of which it will win.)

    • Hello? How is The Muppets not nominated for Best Picture?

      • At least it got nominated for Best Song, which should be renamed the Jack Kevorkian Award this year because they seem like they are trying to doctor-assisted suicide it into oblivion.

        • Why are there not MORE Muppet songs nominated to fill out the category into a proper one?

          • Yeah, I don’t know. But let us all revel in the fact that Brett McKenzie is about to start his EGOT journey.

    • So you liked Moneyball.

      Why didn’t I? I just found it – you know: Not bad, by any stretch. A solid B of a movie. But to hear people talking about it…! What did I miss?

      • I had this conversation with my brother when I watched it in the theater back in the fall – it’s really hard for me, someone who had been following the sabermetric revolution since well before the events in the movie happened, to view it with an objective lens. It’s about sabermetrics, and stat nerds, and revolutions in thinking within stodgy institutions that resist them with every fiber of their being. It gets a lot of details wrong but mostly refuses to pander to the audience about the big stuff. I’m also a big fan of watching a big star give a Big Star Performance, holding a movie together not with tricks of makeup or accents or mannerisms but just with personal charisma, and I think that Pitt would deserve the Oscar if he won it, not because he channels Billy Beane but because he draws your eye whenever he’s on screen.

        • Well ok that all makes sense. Though for me, I couldn’t get out of my head that “OH LOOK IT’S BRAD PITT” – the curse of being a huge star and then playing a role that looks and sounds all but exactly like you is a real curse sometimes.

          I have no dog in this Oscar match, and so I will throw my not inconsiderable wishing voodoo powers behind Moneyball. Because who doesn’t like to see Furious Giorge happy? And lord knows my powers have proved formidable in the past.

    • caoil

       /  January 24, 2012

      I’m not really sure what to make of that list at this point. I mean, how is Extremely Loud in here at all? Did it not have a January release date? Am I confused as to the cutoff point?

      But can I just say I’m tickled to see Bret in the nominee list for Original Song?

      • ELIC released in the last week of December in NY and LA. It’s an obnoxious Oscar bait trick that should be banned.

        • Eh. That’s been an accepted practice for too long for anyone to do anything about it. And it actually is probably beneficial in some ways, because it means you get Oscar-baity movies in January when usually all you’d get is studio dumps and cheap-ass horror flicks.

    • That neither X-Men First Class nor Captain America received Best Picture nods leaves me disinterested AGAIN in the Oscars.

      • If I did my own glitzy award show (and hopefully some day I will) I would make a category that was “best movie to fall into a beer coma to” and Captain America would have won the shit out of that award this year. So, take solace.

    • helensprogeny

       /  January 24, 2012

      And yet you provide no alternative list of nominees….

  13. I still haven’t gone back to yesterday’s open thread to map all the Canadians.

    I’m bad at this international-relations thing, aren’t I.

    • caoil

       /  January 24, 2012

      We promise not to tell. Especially if you get that Department of Foreign Affairs job.
      😉

  14. Just a reminder: crazy GOP voters live in Florida, so there are no guarantees how next week’s primary turns out…

  15. I’ve had a weird couple of days on the intertrons, w/ someone I thought of as a friend going off on me without (I think) anything like a good reason, and a handful of trolls on my “insults” post, one of whom wound up linking to me after I banned him and yesterday I had to force myself to not read whatever he posted, and someone just used that passive-aggressive app that announces to the world that “so-and-so unfollowed me” — just, you know, really stupid, little things.

    But it’s genuinely unpleasant — and I have a powerful notion that once I start posting on Daily Beast (fingers crossed! No jinxing!) this will all look very tiny and silly indeed.

    A fact which makes me more than a little nervous.

    • I had a mini viral post. The Gingrich one. Which led to my ADD boss (whom I love by the way, because he’s hilarious to work with) pulling me over to his desk to show me “the funniest picture ever” and the shock of seeing my own blog up on someone’s screen. With them having no idea they were looking at it.

      • I saw that yesterday and all I could think was: O_O!

        Did you say anything?

        • No. I told him I’d seen the picture though, and agreed it was very funny.

          • I would have just been left gumming the air I think. WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE.

            • For a hot horrible second I thought he was going to yell at me for blogging at work, but then I released the blog itself was actually faded, because he had reached it via google images, so the image was enlarged over top of it. And he was laughing so hard at it I think he missed my moment of “!!!!!!!!”

    • efgoldman

       /  January 24, 2012

      ….once I start posting on Daily Beast…
      FSM! You might have to share a cubicle with Sully!

  16. also HBO starts replaying Game of Thrones season 1 this thursday.

  17. Damn it! How are there 100 comments already? And why am I out of Chocolate?

  18. dmf

     /  January 24, 2012

    another overcast day in flyover country

  19. dmf

     /  January 24, 2012

    because it’s not yet friday but maybe it should be The Little Lives Of Earth And Form by Philip Larkin

    The little lives of earth and form,
    Of finding food, and keeping warm,
    Are not like ours, and yet
    A kinship lingers nonetheless:
    We hanker for the homeliness
    Of den, and hole, and set.

    And this identity we feel
    – Perhaps not right, perhaps not real –
    Will link us constantly;
    I see the rock, the clay, the chalk,
    The flattened grass, the swaying stalk,
    And it is you I see.

  20. Where is TNC’s open thread for today?