Apparently three would be TOO MUCH – an open thread.

Two days in a row, there were OTANs at the mothershipReal OTANs!! The kind that are AN and everything!

Alas, today you’re stuck with me.

Standard FYI clause: I generally wait about 2 hours after Ta-Nehisi would typically open a thread (roughly noon, EST, back when such a thing was typical…!), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here.

184 Comments

  1. baiskeli

     /  August 30, 2012

    Newsroom totally nails it!!

    I wish there was someone who calls themselves conservative and in a position of influence who would be brave enough to say this.

    • Newsroom would be a decent show if a) they had a decent female character and b) even more importantly, knock it off with the love triangle/quadrangle/however many sides it has now crap.

      • Bookwoman

         /  August 30, 2012

        Preach it. Jeff Daniels is terrific, but the women are written so poorly that I cringe while I watch. But I do watch, despite the love triangle nonsense.

      • Is it wrong that, as an Internet Girl, I hate the show on principle?

      • CitizenE

         /  August 30, 2012

        The real prob with Newsroom is that the show does not believe in itself. It’s main message, a powerful one, concerning how the news is being presented, an issue Fallows at the Atlantic is right now ruminating, is constantly undercut by:

        screwball comedy, ridiculous romantic imbroglios, and serious, intelligent, and seriously attractive women being presented comically in order to up the show’s entertainment value to get people to the harder message. He sells out on himself, and when Olivia Munn’s character–who besides being drop dead gorgeous, has a doctorate in Economics and speaks fluent Japanese, behaves seriously insecure about her personal attractiveness and the size of her rather delicious butt, or Emily Mortimer’s character quizzes a member of her crew, a man who served her while being a correspondent in a war zone, about the poem beginning “Gather ye rosebuds” as bit of romantic advice, this attempt is not only a sell out to his fundamental premise but cringe worthy.

        Daniels is great. The scenes of actual broadcast news great, but Neil Sampat’s (Dev Patel) obsession with Sasquatch so ridiculous, that it cuts the knees out of it.

    • stephen matlock

       /  August 30, 2012

      Yes. This was good.

      It IS too bad that this very sane analysis is beyond the speech capacity of the right.

      It is simply WRONG to deny voting rights to Americans. Wrong in intent, wrong in purpose, wrong in implementation, wrong in policy.

      I do not get this as a policy of the Right except that it is a blatant effort to suppress the vote of known and likely Democratic voters based nearly entirely on one fact: that they don’t look like white Republicans.

      Call me naive, but I believe the way to win elections is to present attractive candidates and ideas.

      • David L

         /  August 30, 2012

        They know they can’t win that way anymore.

        “The demographics race we’re losing badly. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term” — Lindsay Graham, as quoted by Sully

        • baiskeli

           /  August 30, 2012

          It surprises me that he was stupid enough to say that out loud.

          • watson42

             /  August 30, 2012

            I only with it were true. My experiences while job hunting and taking public transit around Boston would seem to indicate there are plenty of angry white guys around.

            • baiskeli

               /  August 30, 2012

              Oh no, we live in the same area, there are plenty of them, and it doesn’t take much to bring it to the surface.

              • watson42

                 /  August 30, 2012

                Yah. Like anibundel, I have been in the *worst mood ever* for the last few days. Consequently I have been feeling the futility of life, even though I know the country isn’t really filled with angry white men who are out to freaking destroy everything just to line their pockets or prove that they think no one else is fully human. Times like these I wish I could find more effective ways to make a difference….

              • efgoldman

                 /  August 30, 2012

                In fairness, anger is the natural state of Bostonians.

      • Okee dokee. You’re naive.

        Or, you know: Believe in the American Idea. ‘Cause that’s the way it’s supposed to work. And all.

        • stephen matlock

           /  August 30, 2012

          See, you need to work on my cynicism and world-weariness. As much as I snark around, I’m like someone else who said “I believe people are good at heart.”

          So the only way to get these good-hearted people to follow is to manipulate their hopes and dreams to the point they become fearful and angry and threatened. It pains me to see otherwise normal, sane people become contorted by hate over simply imaginary facts about Obama and his administration. I don’t think these people who are baying for Obama’s head are mostly evil. I think they’re being manipulated, cynically, methodically, and remorselessly, by largely older, rich, white males who care not a whit for values.

          I’m really not a conspiratorialist. It’s not like there’s a formal cabal, although it’s likely there is a loose confederation of people who interact–it’s like that for any organization.

          But it is evil to manipulate people by lying to them. Evil. And evil men are working to regain power.

          If the Republicans have a better way to govern or better policies, they should present it without resorting to lies and fears and stuff that is simply made up.

      • zenobiajo

         /  August 30, 2012

        Only in a “perfect world”.🙂

  2. David L

     /  August 30, 2012

    It’s a good week for the idea that the Republican Party of Texas might not in fact get to legislate minority (i.e., Democratic) voters out of existence. The districts drawn by the legislature last session were thrown out earlier in the week (but probably too late for any impact on the 2012 election) and the voter ID law was thrown out this morning.

  3. baiskeli

     /  August 30, 2012

    GOP Convention related (and some not related)

    about that big tent* Part 1 *May not apply for your Ethnicity.
    http://www.harpers.org/archive/2012/08/hbc-90008805

    There were energetic shouts of “Aye!” and “Nay!” as a Puerto Rican party functionary—Zoraida Fonalledas, the chairwoman of the Committee on Permanent Organization—took her turn at the main-stage lectern. As she began speaking in her accented English, some in the crowd started shouting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

    The chanting carried on for nearly a minute while most of the other delegates and the media stood by in stunned silence. The Puerto Rican correspondent turned to me and asked, “Is this happening?” I said I honestly didn’t know what was happening—it was astonishing to see all the brittle work of narrative construction that is a modern political convention suddenly crack before our eyes.

    About that big tent* Part 2 *May not apply for your Ethnicity.
    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/cnn-republican-convention-black-camerawoman.php

    An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to TPM.

    But it’s all good, because Anne Romney says that all Latinos have to do is Let go of their biases
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/ann-romney-switches-focus-from-wooing-women-to-hispanic-voters/

    “It really is a message that would resonate well if they could just get past some of their biases that have been there from the Democratic machines that have made us look like we don’t care about this community,”

    But at least she acknowledges they know how to party

    ” I had the most rocking time in Puerto Rico at a political rally than I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Romney said. “You people really know how to party. It was crazy!”

    And this one, which is just …
    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/romney-party-yacht-flies-cayman-islands-flag/story?id=17105028#.UD9ovEKb3Yd

    Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign toasted its top donors Wednesday aboard a 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.

    The floating party, hosted by a Florida developer on his yacht “Cracker Bay,” was one of a dozen exclusive events meant to nurture those who have raised more than $1 million for Romney’s bid.

    BUt I suppose, it’s logical to fly the flag of the country that you bank your money in.

    And from the John Thune we learn that President Obama hates achievement (Teresa Kopec has a great Tweet on this)

    Every time I hear anything from the GOP convention it is a play to white racial resentment or an outright lie. They should just do away with the speeches and do a remake of C. Lo. Green’s “F*ck you” (minorities, women, non-Christians etc) set to the tune of “Dixie”.

    And finally H/T Bob Cesca, the scariest chart of the week (this is why the GOP is pushing Voter ID laws)
    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/08/the-scariest-chart-of-the-week.html

  4. I have shared this with the Facebook Horde, but the Non-Facebook Horde needs it too.

    • AWE.SOME.SAUCE.

      Tweeted, and will be kicked upstairs in the fullness of time.

      THANK YOU.

    • Bookwoman

       /  August 30, 2012

      My 93-year-old stepmother sent this to me the other day. She is awesome.

    • baiskeli

       /  August 30, 2012

      I .. don’t … even …. know what to … say!!

      This is like a Freight Truck full of pure unadulterated win!!

    • zenobiajo

       /  August 30, 2012

      Thank–this made my day!

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  August 30, 2012

      The single word I enjoy most of this wonderful thing is “Renegade” … these aren’t just any Gaming Grannies, no, Dottie. These are loners. Rebels. Renegades.

      I keep envisioning them walking up to Republican speechmakers and immediately getting a Renegade override logo flashing in the lower corner. (Obviously, they take the opportunity, activate the override, and begin politely smacking the tar out of the relevant bloviators.)

  5. baiskeli

     /  August 30, 2012

    Boo!, my comment went into moderation. I shall go cry quietly in the corner.

    • I found it even before I saw this and released it unto freedom!

      (Six links, man. What do you think WordPress is, a machine?!)

      • baiskeli

         /  August 30, 2012

        Thanks!!

        Sorry, I just had a lot to say, the GOP Convention is like the poop gift that keeps on giving.

        • Well, if that isn’t the most apt metaphor I’ve ever heard, I don’t know what is.

        • stephen matlock

           /  August 30, 2012

          Emily,

          Make him stop.

          I can’t possibly compete. I’m 3 hours behind here. And I have work to do.

          • I can’t even control my own children, man.

            • baiskeli

               /  August 30, 2012

              I AM NOT A CHILD!

              Now where did you put my security blanket?

              • stephen matlock

                 /  August 30, 2012

                You’re killing me, man.

                And I am dying to tell you the latest DBA goat rodeo, but I can’t say in public.

  6. Sad sigh. Oh well
    Why you should be watching SYTYCD http://wp.me/p10bqa-2Ob
    Plus a new episode of Pond life and an XFactor promo.
    Over at ABLC: http://angryblackladychronicles.com/?p=77151

  7. I posted pretty late in the OTAN yesterday, so in case it was missed – I went to the Maryland State Fair yesterday. Many photos were taken. They are here: http://gonzai55.livejournal.com/454807.html

    • (The “We Are Alpacas” sign! The look on the face of the baby alpaca standing in front of it!)

    • Bookwoman

       /  August 30, 2012

      Great pictures! We used to take the kids to the Allentown (PA) State Fair. What I remember most is the astonishing variety of chickens. And the people carving animal statues out of large logs.

  8. David L

     /  August 30, 2012

    Just in case I missed something as I’m not in the FB group: Is the fantasy football league from last year really reactivating and if so, when/how is the draft being conducted?

  9. corkingiron

     /  August 30, 2012

    Posted at the FB Horde – but also too here.

    I am a Grandpa – again. Granddaughter Adeline, born at 12:30 AM. Mom and Dad made it to the hospital with 11 minutes to spare. All are well and I am once again over the moon.

    • Lizzou

       /  August 30, 2012

      Congrats!!! Pretty name for the little lady…

    • koolaide

       /  August 30, 2012

      11 whole minutes to spare?! Dang.

      Also, congrats to you & yours🙂

    • baiskeli

       /  August 30, 2012

      Congrats!! Great name too.

    • Awww! Mazel tov, man, to you and yours! (How many is that now, in the grandchild department?)

    • JHarper2

       /  August 30, 2012

      Welcome to the world baby Adeline. All the best to you, Mom, Dad, and Grandpa (oh the stories you’ll hear!)

    • Bookwoman

       /  August 30, 2012

      Many congratulations!

    • socioprof

       /  August 30, 2012

      Yay!!! Another lucky child and another lucky granddad.

    • efgoldman

       /  August 30, 2012

      Mom and Dad made it to the hospital with 11 minutes to spare.
      I thought they had to wait two days for an opening, under your soshumalistic system.

    • Awww, congrats Grandpa!

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  August 30, 2012

      Congratulations, sir! May your Horde grow ever larger.

    • zenobiajo

       /  August 30, 2012

      The heartiest of congratulations to you and your lovely family!

    • watson42

       /  August 30, 2012

      Congrats! That’s wonderful!

    • wearyvoter

       /  August 30, 2012

      Huzzah!

  10. cofax

     /  August 30, 2012

    The New Inquiry (a site I need to investigate further) has a first-person tale from an investigator for the civilian agency that looks into complaints about New York City police behavior. It’s pretty depressing.

  11. JHarper2

     /  August 30, 2012

    Liam Clancy singing Michael Peter Smith’s The Dutchman, a heartbreaking song of love surviving memory loss in old age.

    • baiskeli

       /  August 30, 2012

      Did I ever tell you about the Glen Hansard concert where he paid tribute to the Clancy Brothers, especially Liam Clancy, who at that very moment lay dying in hospital. It was truly poignant.

      I went out and bought their “In Person at Carnegie Hall” album, and it is truly beautiful.

      • JHarper2

         /  August 30, 2012

        Liam Clancy, in one of his last concerts or interviews said, It is a strange thing to be the last one standing. He was the last of the group.
        Rest in Fiddler’s Green.

    • baiskeli

       /  August 30, 2012

      b.t.w, Thanks for posting this. It is so beautiful that I posted it to Facebook

    • That song always makes me cry…

    • I can’t listen to this today as I’m in an actual good, non-exhausted, non-furious-at-the-fucking-world, non-over-emotional-with-joy-or-I-don’t-even-know-what-the-hell-is-this-now?-stuff, and from your description, this’ll do me in.

      Tomorrow.

  12. The only question today is whether the fact that that mendacious little shit’s entire speech was a gigantic ball of lies will filter out to the Gen Pop. Call me optimistic.

    • FOX NEWS called him on them.

      see previous statement.

    • efgoldman

       /  August 30, 2012

      As always, Brother Pierce nails it. Paul>Nixon. Hah!

      More to the point, during the whole time Paul Ryan was on his own path, his own journey, the American journey where he could think for himself, decide for himself, and define happiness for himself, every rough road was made smooth by his reliance on Social Security survivor’s benefits that came to his family upon the death of his father. At least Chris Christie had the self-awareness to mention the G.I. Bill on Tuesday night, when he was talking about his father. The assistance that young Paul Ryan got from “the central planners” as he rose from Janesville, through Miami of Ohio, and to a career in which he never has had a job that wasn’t inside, or very close to, the national government was not even acknowledged. He knows, in his Randian soul, that he once was a moocher, that in many ways he remains a moocher, and perhaps it galls him just a bit. It eats at him, the way Richard Nixon’s childhood poverty was wormwood in his soul. That’s where the connection lies. Paul Ryan is the newest new Nixon and, don’t kid yourselves: He’s a lot better at it than the old one was.

      [emphasis added]
      http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/paul-ryan-convention-speech-12188956

    • koolaide

       /  August 30, 2012

      I wish I could be hopeful about this election. I can’t get past incredibly, incredibly worried.

  13. Captain_Button

     /  August 30, 2012

    My favorite typo in some time:

    “The wonton abuse of power started with …”

    Trying to picture that.

    • caoil

       /  August 30, 2012

      It can’t have gone on for very long, because *someone* would have eaten the wontons!

      • Captain_Button

         /  August 30, 2012

        So wonton abuse is just from hysterical overreactions to their justified fear of being eaten?

      • Laughed right out loud, and then laughed again.

    • mmmmm, was it filled with crabmeat and cream cheese? Those are my favorites.

    • David L

       /  August 30, 2012

      I have one that might actually be better than that.

      There is apparently an earthen structure in southern Mississippi which is holding back a lot of water from traveling down a river and may or may not fail imminently. The predictions about whether or not it holds keeps going back and forth. A reporter for a New Orleans TV station tweeted a few hours ago that the “McComb mayor gives damn 50% chance of breach.”

      • There is a town in Pennsylvania located alongside a dam. There is a restaurant alongside the same dam. Their slogan? “Pennsylvania’s best restaurant by a dam site.”

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  August 30, 2012

      Well, elect a wonton and its cronies President, get laws egregiously biased toward those stuffed with delicious meats.

  14. Bookwoman

     /  August 30, 2012

    Shit. Just got a call from a dear friend’s husband that she has breast cancer…for the second time, after many years. It’s a new cancer, in the other breast. Mastectomy scheduled for next week. I have so many friends who have been through this and it’s so awful each time, even though everyone is doing ok so far. Fuck cancer.

    • Captain_Button

       /  August 30, 2012

      8~~-({

    • socioprof

       /  August 30, 2012

      Fuck cancer indeed. I hope your friend kick cancer’s ass.

      My 57 year-old cousin lost her seven year battle last week. It seems that she she held on just long enough to see her first grandchild enter the world. Her doctors and others at hospice were amazed that she had enough strength to hold and cuddle the baby but she did. And that was it.

      • Darth Thulhu

         /  August 30, 2012

        Condolences on your loss. Thanks for sharing her final grace note.

      • Bookwoman

         /  August 30, 2012

        I hope so too!

        I’m so sorry about your cousin, but so glad she got to see her grandchild. The human will is an amazing thing.

      • Oh, I’m so sorry. I’m so glad she got to meet and hold the baby.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  August 30, 2012

      Fuck cancer gently with a chainsaw. Sorry to hear of the new emergence.

    • Fuck cancer.

      I’m sorry, sweetheart.

    • COMFORT hug forwarded to your friend, and I hope the cancer isn’t too serious for her.

  15. caoil

     /  August 30, 2012

    Another pie chart for your amusement!

  16. socioprof

     /  August 30, 2012

    Yes it’s true…

  17. I am quite possibly in the worst mood ever. I don’t even know why anymore.
    If anyone needs me I will be curled up in a small ball inside my mind looking at the emergency cute stuff.

    /large

  18. David L

     /  August 30, 2012

    The other congressman who’s famous for his six pack speaks out on Paul Ryan:

    “We go to the gym [together] at 6:30, we shower, and go the Ways and Means Committtee…. On Wednesdays, we have lunch….”
    — Totally not gay Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)

  19. While making myself iced coffee, I remembered that I have chocolate ice cream in the freezer, and that the latter could be easily scooped into the former.

    As I drink the dregs from the bottom of my cup, I pose the question: Best idea of the day? Or best idea ever?

    • socioprof

       /  August 30, 2012

      I pose the question: Got anymore left?

    • caoil

       /  August 30, 2012

      Of the day, or perhaps of the week. But ‘ever’ leaves us with nowhere to go but down!

      • Ok, I really can’t argue with that. Indeed, it depresses me to even think about it. But as we are nearly at the end of the week, and the week has included the RNC, I’mma go with “of the week.”

        Cheers!

    • koolaide

       /  August 30, 2012

      mmm. I don’t think I can accurately answer your question unless you bring me some of your creation for testing purposes. All in the name of accurate science, you understand…

    • dave in texas

       /  August 30, 2012

      In the doppelganger of that, one of my favorite things is coffee ice cream (Haagen-Dasz is best, but Blue Bell certainly works, too) slathered with that Special Dark syrup that Hershey’s makes. MmmmMmmmMmmm.

  20. The mysterious speaker is in fact:
    CLINT EASTWOOD.

    Still not watching.

    • koolaide

       /  August 30, 2012

      I won’t watch, either. But I’m already upchucking at all the “make my day” related stuff the gop won’t be able to stop themselves from.

    • efgoldman

       /  August 30, 2012

      I’m not watching either convention. I don’t care for kabuki.
      Also, I’m actually old enough ti remember when the roll call meant something, when the nominations (either pres or VP) were a little in doubt.
      Also I’m old enough to remember when real news besides the nominations came out of the convention. The conservative takeover of the GOBP from ’64 to ’80; Chicago ’68; The fight over which Dem MS delegation would be seated in ’72….

  21. watson42

     /  August 30, 2012

    So I decided last minute to buy a ticket to Chicago for the long weekend to see my lovely sister (well, to be honest, all my sisters are exceedinly lovely) and her family. I can’t wait. Apparently my young neice has a list of activities for us, including museums, beaches, and possibly pancakes. My state of mind has taken a serious upturn. 🙂

    • koolaide

       /  August 30, 2012

      sounds super fun. hope it is all that and the bag of chips🙂

    • Bookwoman

       /  August 30, 2012

      Sounds lovely. Chicago is a such a terrific city. Have a great weekend!

    • I, on the other hand, am heading to the Wisconsin Dells for the first time in my life, because my kids deserve it. I feel better leaving the city in your hands! : )

      But if you’re going for pancakes, may I suggest Ann Sathers? Swedish pancakes with lingonberry sauce… mmmmmmm…. http://www.annsather.com/Restaraunts%20Pages/Index_Restaurants.html

      • caoil

         /  August 30, 2012

        You are going where? *tilty-headed puzzlement*

        • Heh! Oh, you Canuck, you.

          It’s a part of Wisconsin that is called The Dells, I know not why but it has something to do with the natural beauty created by the glaciers Back In The Day.

          In This Day, however, while I’m given to understand that it’s still beautiful, it’s mostly a hotbed of waterparks and general crowd-based frivolity. I grew up more or less in the same area I live in now and have never, ever been, because People Like Us didn’t go There.

          But dude: http://www.greatwolf.com/dells/waterpark

          The reason we’re going to this waterpark is because it has a MagiQuest, whereas the one nearest us sadly closed and the kids miss it. The boy had such an intense summer, and the intensity ended – BANG! – the very next day with the start of the school year, and when we suggested this for Labor Day weekend, you could have seen the joy on his face from where you sit right now (had you been looking south, of course).

          (There will also be a drive-in movie, horse riding, and other Things That Middle America Does. And we’re sure to have a blast).

  22. dave in texas

     /  August 30, 2012

    I’m with anibundel in worst mood ever territory.

    While I’m certainly grateful to have a job, I really do wish it didn’t suck beyond all reason. Courtesy and professionalism are demanded from me. However, it seems those two traits are, if not completely forbidden for the people for whom we do our work, at the very least highly discouraged.

    • May I recommend the spirit-raising thread above? There is much cuteness and quite a few lulz.

      And a hug, from the drought-stricken Midwest to the drought-stricken south:

      • dave in texas

         /  August 30, 2012

        Yeah, when I wrote that, there was noting below ani’s post, and as soon as I hit ‘post,’ there was all that lovely spirit-raising there for the taking. Which I did. And now, there are even more puppies. I suppose there actually could be a light at the end of the tunnel.

  23. R_Bargis

     /  August 30, 2012

    I won’t be able to make Madrigal Choir this semester but the first rehearsal of St John’s Chorus was last night and hopefully that’ll tide me over because I have really missed singing in groups. It’s hard work but worth it, and the more I do it the better I get, especially at sight reading. About a third of the tenors were female, which was pretty cool.

    We’re doing Mozart’s Requiem – highlights for the end-of-semester concert then the whole thing in the spring. Last night we started the Introitus and at the end of the practice sight-read the last two pages. It got a little shaky at times but WOW. I’m really excited to be a part of this.

    One thing I love about St John’s College is that they’re unabashedly in favor of doing things because they are beautiful and wonderful – playing sports and making music being some perennial favorites. Being an amateur is part of being a well-rounded human being instead of a threat to one’s professional dignity. There was a very high level of joy and enthusiasm in that room – and though everyone is encouraged to join, there are a lot of very, very talented musicians. I’ll be sorry if I ever have to move somewhere without a good community music group.

    • efgoldman

       /  August 30, 2012

      Drag K_Cox along, will you?

      • R_Bargis

         /  August 30, 2012

        Well it’s a bit of a schlep to Annapolis but she’d definitely be welcome…

    • Bookwoman

       /  August 30, 2012

      We’re doing Mozart’s Requiem

      The Dies Irae gives me goosebumps every time.

      • R_Bargis

         /  August 30, 2012

        Yeah, being a part of that sound is going to be awesome! Singing a piece is such a different pleasure from listening to music.

  24. ….my throat hurts where my tonsils used to be.

    I hate that.

  25. I need to rant.

    I need a job.

    I really seriously need a job. The stress is getting to my family, they can’t keep helping me out like this. I’ve been shipping resumes everywhere, getting interviews, getting rejected. The frustration is at DefCon 2. I am THISCLOSE to asking around if anyone needs a getaway driver for bank robbing. I am not joking.

    The only thing stopping me from crossing that line is that I want to be an honest law-abiding citizen. BUT I NEED A F-CKING JOB, YOU ONE-PERCENTERS! START TRICKLING DOWN THE DAMN MONEY YOU’RE ALL HOARDING!

    /fume

    • R_Bargis

       /  August 30, 2012

      This may not in fact help but the Folger has a bunch of positions open – http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=641

      Other than that, comfort button clicked. Wish I knew some better way to help. I’m rooting for you.

    • Oh honey, of course you do. I’m so sorry that I don’t have one to give you.

    • stephen matlock

       /  August 30, 2012

      Truly sorry, man, and I have no idea how to help you.

    • Bookwoman

       /  August 30, 2012

      Please don’t rob a bank. Many comfort clicks.

    • watson42

       /  August 30, 2012

      Comfort button clicked. I totally hear you on this. But don’t rob a bank; you’ll end up in jail. Unless you can find a way to own the bank first. That seems to be the accepted method of robbery without consequences.

      I was just telling my brother that it’s getting to the point that I’m going to end up dying on the barricades of class warfare, ’cause this just can’t go on.

  26. stephen matlock

     /  August 30, 2012

    Imma gonna go get lunch and take a walk, but seriously–

    I get it that people want their side to win. Yay team. I’m just about unable to think I’m so angry at my friends posting on FB how they “love” Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney. These are people I’ve gone to church with for years, who think lying is a sin, who have a bar of soap handy for their kids in case they use “that word.”

    But It’s their side that’s speaking, so technically it’s not a lie. He’s charming and forceful and he will take away their benefits in order to fund Mitt’s rich friends. And they’re OK with that.

    I have more, but I won’t post it publicly. I’m just — not fit to be around right now.

  27. caoil

     /  August 30, 2012

    In today’s Georgia Straight, two things I need to get: one, this book; two, this movie.

    Relatedly, I pine for the days when comment sections weren’t everywhere, so I didn’t have to simmer with rage when I make the mistake of reading a few.

  28. koolaide

     /  August 30, 2012

    Hey, computer knowledgeable peeps: My bff has that babylon adward thing that (apparently) completely takes over all your browsers forevers. She doesn’t know where it came from but discovered that it had put itself as her homepage w/o asking. She installed spybot & malware bytes, used those to remove it, and thought she had removed it. But Firefox upgraded and now babylon is back. Modzilla can’t be the infection source, can it? And what can she do to get rid of the thing completely?

    Many thanks (in advance) for help.

    • Byrk

       /  August 30, 2012

      Unfortunately, in my experience is that no program is good at getting rid of any type of virus program. Decent at prevention I guess, but I’ve never successfully gotten rid of a virus once infected. The only thing that seems to work is to re-format and re-install from scratch.