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  1. socioprof

     /  September 20, 2012

    I see you as Oprah on the great-car-give-away-show as I read this title.

  2. Only recap today is XFactor.
    London fashion week continues.
    But my favorite thing is the video of all the different ending to yesterday’s Hobbit Trailer.
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com

  3. Please read my earlier post about death row inmate Reggie Clemons, who’s fate is likely to be decided in the next few days, and sign the Amnesty petition calling to stop the execution from going forward.

    https://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/reggie-clemons-sentenced-to-die/

    Troy Davis was killed a year ago tomorrow….

    • taylor16

       /  September 20, 2012

      Done. Thanks for drawing attention to this, Emily. There are just so many cases out there … it’s almost impossible to keep up, or to keep from feeling hopeless. But we can’t.

      • Thank you, and you’re right. I can’t believe we’re discussing this again, literally a year to the day after Troy Davis’s last full day on earth.

  4. Emily: When calling other Americans to get them involved in our democracy, to ask them to participate, to engage, to volunteer, all I hear is “I’m too busy”. What can possibly be more important than the health of our country, our democracy, our society? Your insights would be appreciated.

    • You know, this question absolutely plagues me. How we raise children who don’t understand how important it is to vote is just beyond me.

      I think all we can do is continue to advocate and raise our voices and talk and talk and talk about it (and volunteer with get out the vote efforts) and hope to win a few more people over as we go. Our voter turn out numbers are mystifying to me, and deeply frustrating.

    • See the jharper2 thread below: people are self absorbed, you’re lucky if they worry about the other fellow on the highway, much less the other 300 million Americans in the country, and never the 7billion fellow humans in the world.

      • Well, JH2 is Canadian, and I think he wouldn’t agree with your read of his comment! And I must say I think you’re being too harsh, here — there are certainly a lot of good folks out there, too!

        But I will agree that people (not just Americans, believe you me) do too often think of themselves above all others, and are sometimes just straight up lazy, and that both are a real problem when you’re trying to encourage civic engagement.

    • SWNC

       /  September 20, 2012

      What are you asking them to do specifically? The fact is that most Americans are busy with earning a living and raising their families. I work full-time, have a 3-year-old and elderly parents with health issues, and a spouse that I like to spend time with. I have very little time that is not spent at work or with my family. I don’t give up that little bit of free time or family time very easily. I did volunteer with a group working to defeat Amendment One (the anti-gay marriage amendment in NC) earlier this year, but they made it easy for me: “Are you available to phone bank for two hours on these specific evenings?” And even then, I didn’t spend as much time doing that as I would have liked to.

      • (Voting would be a start).

        • SWNC

           /  September 20, 2012

          Yes, absolutely voting, but Andrew mentioned “to participate, to engage, to volunteer,” which seems to suggest that what he’s asking people to do goes beyond just voting. And there are very real reasons beyond laziness why it’s hard for people to be engaged.

          • I do agree with the latter, but the sad truth is that for somewhere in the neighborhood of 40% of eligible voters, just voting would be a step up on the participation front.

            • koolaide

               /  September 20, 2012

              The thing I learned via twitter today is that “studies show” ™ that if a person makes a promise/pledge to vote, their likelihood of actually going to vote increases dramatically.

  5. So Nate silver has started the WORST PUN THREAD EVER on Twitter.
    “If Obama wins both Ohio and Virginia, the election is OHVA”

    • Ok, but that cracked me up, so I’ll take it.

    • socioprof

       /  September 20, 2012

      That inspired me to posy my newest (and seventh) tweet.
      The funniest response I saw was one that said that this was OHVA was posted by a dyslexic Jay-Z.

    • You know, I just got that. /self-induced Gibbs slap

      • koolaide

         /  September 20, 2012

        I don’t want to admit it but I think NCIS has jumped the shark…

        • Shush.

          For the record, cliffhangers don’t work on me. Never have. But I have been semi-obsessed all summer with this cliffhanger (specifically, McGee’s fate) and I’ll be pretty crazed by Tuesday.

          • koolaide

             /  September 20, 2012

            Even after the whole last part of Jenny Shepard’s arc, I was willing to give them a pass when McGee & Tony were integral parts of a rescue Ziva mission though that was a stretch. I was (mostly) willing to give them a pass on the drug cartel folks going after Gibbs & all that were Gibbs’ friends. I was (mostly but less so) willing to go along with the long-term rogue/double agent that ended up w/ the explosion that almost killed Vance. But this plot w/ yet another coming after the team and might kill one thing? sigh.

  6. JHarper2

     /  September 20, 2012

    To the high school aged young man wearing the cool sunglasses on a skateboard going to school yesterday as I was coming home from dialysis.
    The one who came around the blind corner into my lane.
    Yes, I recently had my steering and brakes serviced, and yes my tires are in good condition.
    BUT YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT.
    Yesterday, you and I were lucky.
    I don’t have to feel bad over your broken body.
    You don’t have to contemplate a life very different than the one you were looking forward to.
    Yesterday we were both lucky.

    • efgoldman

       /  September 20, 2012

      Most teenage boys do not contemplate mortality. To them, the possibility does not exist.
      Kind of like Republicans and a ni[clang] President.

    • Last week, I was driving 75 mph on a highway on which almost everyone was doing 80 mph, and realized the helmetless motorcycle rider in front of me actually had a helmet – strapped very securely behind him.

      I sped up to about 85 just to get past him. Let him ruin someone else’s life, I have too much to do.

      • efgoldman

         /  September 20, 2012

        Here in RI, there is essentially no helmet law for riders over 20, so guys (always guys) stop at the state line and take it off. Worse (or maybe almost as bad) I see guys one the highway riding at 70 or better with nothing on but jeans and t-shirt, which blows 2/3 of the way up their backs. The sunburn/windburn must be ferocious.

        • I want to make it official that helmets are mandatory… unless you’ve opted in to being an organ donor. Least you can do.

          • efgoldman

             /  September 20, 2012

            …unless you’ve opted in to being an organ donor.
            People we know in emergency medical services, in fact call helmet less riders “donorcycles”.

    • PS Speaking of dialysis, how’s it going, buddy?

      • JHarper2

         /  September 20, 2012

        It goes, 4 days a week it goes. Latest family health update going out shortly, I’ll copy you on it.
        Sometimes I come out okay, sometimes tired, sometimes a kid scares me on the way home.

        • Thank you, I appreciate it. One doesn’t want to push, and yet one wants to know!

          Also: Damn kids. I shake my cane at them! Or, at least, at that one.

          • JHarper2

             /  September 20, 2012

            You know, he was just full of life and the joy of life; and he was so in the moment that he was heedless.
            And that is part of what made it so scary, how quickly it could change.
            Hug your kids, hugs all those you love, all you hordites.

  7. There are days when I would like smack some people. Today is one of them. Some conservatives have decided that a new graphic for the Obama campaign is celebrating the death of Ambassador Stevens. Jesus wept.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-flag-reminds-some-of-blood-stained-walls-at-benghazi-consulate

  8. In response to that ‘sneeze shield’ thing in your tweets, that’s the clear plastic awning over salad bars and cafeteria displays. Theoretically, if you sneeze it will block the snot from landing on the food. (Personally, I think it only works if you’re over 6 feet tall.)

  9. koolaide

     /  September 20, 2012

    I know I said it at the mothership this morning but…

    Romney says he’ll cut federal funding for Legal Corporation Services which is what we normal people call Legal Aid. How did I not know this tidbit before and how are people not talking more about it?

    • Bob Jones' Neighbor

       /  September 20, 2012

      It’s just another “entitlement” for the undeserving leeches. If they need a lawyer, they should get a loan from their parents.

    • scone

       /  September 20, 2012

      Ugh, I didn’t know that either. (And I’ve applied to work for them in the past, so you think I’d pay attention). I also can’t imagine that LSC’s budget is that big at all*, in the grand scheme of the budget, so that makes it seem like this is just a spiteful “message” cut, like NPR. But much worse.

      *I checked: last year they were appropriated $404 million.

  10. Y’know, I’ve seen some rather unusual things in my morning commute. But today was the first time I hit a deer.

    You see, it’s 9am. It’s bright and sunshiny. It’s a busy road just yards from the city line. They were does, so presumably not completely crazy/sex-driven. WTF are a herd of deer doing crossing the bleeping road?

    Fortunately I know the rule about ‘see one deer, there’s more around’, so when I saw the lead doe trot across the street, I hit the brakes even though she was not in my way. I was going about 20mph when another one burst out of the brush. My side mirror and it’s face/neck had an unscheduled meeting and then both were redirected, the mirror against the car and the deer back whence it came, with the rest of its group. Only apparently damage to me or the deer was having the crap scared out of us. However, the numbnut behind me was too busy on the phone to notice and nearly rear-ended me. Moron.

    • koolaide

       /  September 20, 2012

      nearly rear-ended is better than actually rear-ended. very glad you are unhurt.

      • caoil

         /  September 20, 2012

        ^Agreeing with koolaide, here.

        Also, cell phones are definitely heading upwards on my list of pet peeves. It’s supposedly against the law to be phoning or texting and driving here, yet if I call the police when I see someone doing just that – especially on the freeway – they just tell me there’s nothing they can do. BOLLOCKS TO THAT.

        • koolaide

           /  September 20, 2012

          wait. you call the police when you see someone on the phone while driving?

          • caoil

             /  September 20, 2012

            nope – I’m the passenger at that point – okay for me to call. 🙂

    • The time I hit a deer, it ran into me.

  11. David L

     /  September 20, 2012

    For those of you who haven’t seen this yet, a reminder that there’s still a lot of Texas in Austin.

    Today, Burnt Orange Report received the photo at right, taken in front of a home in Northwest Austin. The resident, a Republican, lynched an empty chair from a tree in his yard, which one can easily interpret to represent a racially motivated act of violence against the President.

    • IKEA is filing charges against the man as a Hate Crime.

      Srsly, the guy’s follow-up interviews suggest that he’s not at all sorry about it, and I honestly hope the Secret Service shows up and puts him in a courtroom chair to receive sentence for threatening the President.

      • efgoldman

         /  September 20, 2012

        Srsly, the guy’s follow-up interviews suggest that he’s not at all sorry about it….

        Why should he be? He’s white!

  12. Couple of points to make:

    1) Today is my sister’s birthday! If everyone can shout in the general direction of Pennsylvania “HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEE” that would be swell of ya.
    2) The “My Vote My Power” t-shirt I designed on Cafepress went over well at the OFA voter registration drive outside the county courthouse this afternoon.
    3) Trying to run the Beta on MechWarrior Online but the menu screen is screwy and I can’t click some of the options to continue into the game itself. Anyone else Beta testing?

  13. koolaide

     /  September 20, 2012

    I’m enjoying reading the start-up nation posts Madrigal is doing at The Atlantic. I liked the ones done on the south last year, too. I’m totally not a business or tech person but it’s interesting.

    We Hordites should start our own start-up.

  14. I HATE THE DISH NETWORK SPAMMERS.
    They actually READ THE DAMN POSTS and worse they leave THOUGHTFUL SOUNDING COMMENTS where they manage to work in their stupid product.
    HATE THEM. HAAAAAAAAATE.

    • koolaide

       /  September 20, 2012

      NO. He did NOT.

      bwaaahahahahahahahahahaha

      • DUDE! Check the PIC.
        He’s darker than the fucking HOSTS.

        • koolaide

           /  September 20, 2012

          bwahahahahaha

          on the main univision site and the side by sides of obama & romney. romney is nice and pink. and then I click and scroll through the list of Romney vids and it is so obvious he’s bronzy-orange.

          bwahahahaha

          • efgoldman

             /  September 20, 2012

            Obviously he’s learned a trick or two from Boehner.

            • baiskeli

               /  September 20, 2012

              I actually thought Boehner’s joke about being the same color as Obama was pretty funny.

        • David L

           /  September 20, 2012

          To be fair, Jorge Ramos is reasonably fair-skinned, as latinos go.

          But Mitt looks ridiculously dark-skinned.

    • efgoldman

       /  September 20, 2012

      I think I need to go home before I break the company’s computer.

      • I just….I am…I…

        I am finally speechless.

        • koolaide

           /  September 20, 2012

          I am lmfao. The other campaign stuff is rage inducing and all. But this? This is hysterical. A very needed laugh. And I’m having far too much fun thinking of very wrong twitter hashtags.

    • koolaide

       /  September 20, 2012

      I can’t stop laughing about this. idk why. I just can’t.

    • baiskeli

       /  September 20, 2012

      I am sitting here utterly gob-smacked because I just don’t see how one man can be so stupid.

      I’m looking for alternative explanations (rogue make-up artist, weird lighting that only affected Mitt, sunburn from hanging out on his boat etc).

      If he did darken his face, and if we could mine stupidity, then Mitt just became the “Ghawar” field.

      Or maybe Mitt really is Latino, was born in Mexico and has finally tired of artifially lightening his face.

    • baiskeli

       /  September 20, 2012

      OK, I’m convinced (2 photos, one of him a few hours before the interview, and one during)

      http://www.upworthy.com/seriously-did-mitt-romney-get-a-bad-spray-tan-to-appeal-to-latino-voters

      I will now sit and ponder the fact that someone thought this would be a good idea. Thankfully he didn’t think of this before his appearance before the NAACP.

      • I thinking what probably happened was that someone messed up in makeup (and may lose a job). Everyone wears makeup on the teevee, even our beloved Barry (they pile it on a little thick when he does SOTU and East Wing announcements, if you ask me – he looks too smooth to be human), and I’m thinking someone just made a really bad call here.

        Poor Mitt. I only wish I could feel even a modicum of pity for him.

        • efgoldman

           /  September 20, 2012

          You, being you, always look for the kindest explanation. It is one of many reasons why we love you. But I don’t think there’s anything benign about anything he does, Clueless? Yeah, but not benign.

          • Not kind. I swear to you. Not kind in the least. Realistic.

            I promise you: The man was put in bad hands by his handlers, or, possibly, malicious hands. Everyone on TV has makeup (of some kind, fake tan or no) and no one important does it themselves. They have it done to them. Someone lost a job over that, probably.

            I’m hoping it was done on purpose by someone vengeful, because (despite what you think of me…!), I’m actually that petty. I would never be kind to Mitt. How dare you, sirrah?!

        • baiskeli

           /  September 20, 2012

          I don’t know. It’s pretty blatant.

          I think the bad call was Mitt’s, but then, I don’t have an ounce of pity for him because I find him a pretty scary person.

          It also ties into his “If I were Latino I’d have an easier time” line from the recent recording.

          If one is deluded enough that they can think in this age of ‘papers please!’, ‘birth certificate please!’ it would be easier for a Latino presidential candidate then one is deluded enough to think they can self-tan, get the subliminal benefit (cause as some Republicans think, all minorities vote based on skin color) and not have anyone notice it.

          It’s like he thinks he is campaigning in the 1800’s, before wonders of modern technology like audio-recorders, video cameras, color photography, the Intertubes etc.

          • You could maybe hire a local kid to come in and spray Glyphospate for you.

            See? I can be non-sequitorious in multiple places.

        • koolaide

           /  September 20, 2012

          the thing that makes me not think it is solely a bad tv makeup artist is the area around Mitt’s eyes that’s lighter than the rest of his face. In the 2nd pic from the upworthy link baiskeli provided, you can see where it looks like he was wearing sunglasses while the makeup or spray tan was applied.

          And yes, I’m still laughing at this.

      • efgoldman

         /  September 20, 2012

        Thankfully he didn’t think of this before his appearance before the NAACP.
        Made me giggle, instantly. Thank you.

  15. A new headline just popped up on Yahoo. “GA couple builds indoor gun range with full bar.” What could possibly go wrong with that?

  16. caoil

     /  September 20, 2012

    I just realized today that the horrible ‘bamboo’ plants that infest so much of our backyard are actually knotweed, one of the most invasive plants around. And that in order to kill it, I’m going to have to buy more Roundup or something very like it. So aggravating. I mean, on the one hand, not my yard so I don’t have to worry about this forever, but on the other hand, they can do off-the-charts levels of damage to house foundations and pipes, never mind the sheer irritation of having to continually chop them down all over the place.

    • You know, because people of color have a far easier time of it in America that poor oppressed rich white males.

      Sometimes I just don’t get it, I guess.

      • EMILY.

        I see you’ve installed the combination of the vagaries of Disqus with the easy-to-modify interface of WordPress.

        That reply wasn’t to caoil at all.

        • caoil

           /  September 20, 2012

          It’s still a bit funny, mind you. I was trying to figure out who you thought was the invasive weed requiring constant pruning.

        • Inadvertently hilarious. A non-sequitur talking about how everyone’s keeping the white man down – even better irony than you thought!

      • baiskeli

         /  September 20, 2012

        Funniest inadvertently placed comment FTW!

        Disqus does have a sense of humor

    • Bookwoman

       /  September 20, 2012

      Ah yes, the joy of knotweed! We found a small patch of it in one of our beds. If you cut it, it pops up from its extensive root system. Husband bought the full-strength liquid Roundup (not the dilute stuff in the spray bottle), chopped off the main canes and poured it down the hollow tubes. But that’s just round one. I expect we’ll be at this one patch for at least another year, if not more.

      • caoil

         /  September 20, 2012

        The about.com thread I found today recommended tarping the area to starve the rhizomes, glyphosate(?)-based herbicides like Roundup, either sprayed or injected, and digging up what you can. We couldn’t do that for AGES as there is so much junk in the backyard, but I’ve managed to detach two above-ground growths in the last few weeks.

        And I would get the injection system but it’s $250 or so. :-/