Living Leaving my desk for a bit so just in case: Open Thread.

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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.

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  1. koolaide

     /  October 18, 2012

    I would like to not be so scared about the outcome of this election. But I am. I wasn’t W’s biggest fan to say the least but I wasn’t feeling the same fear about what would happen if W won in 2004. But I am legit scared and my heart hurts at the prospect of Romney winning.

    • BJonthegrid

       /  October 18, 2012

      Wait until Wednesday to freak. If the polls don’t change by then, then maybe it’s time to worry. But remember this election comes down to a few states, so if you’re not in those states it may seem like nothing is happening. AND STOP WATCHING CABLE NEWS!

      • koolaide

         /  October 18, 2012

        I am in one of those states. I’m also in a state that has been hit now by the redistricting. NC Dems get beat in one election (2010) and that year is a redistricting year so they re-draw the lines and now it is going to be even harder to for Dems to win. sigh.

        • BJonthegrid

           /  October 18, 2012

          I’m in Virginia. I’m working the polls this year. It was my way of making sure my state isn’t part of the suppression shenanigans this year. I’m glad to know to say there are about 16 different acceptable forms of ID here. (I feel you, you’ll get it worst here because you’re more competitive- I think Obama will keep Va.)

    • I am with you. Part of me knows that this election shouldn’t be this close (seriously voters, ROMNEY LIES. Why are you even considering him?) but yet it is thanks to the two-party nature of presidential elections and thanks to the massive willful ignorance and anger of the Far Right. Not to mention the open contemptuous efforts by state-level Republicans to throw the votes of hundreds of thousands of minority and college-age voters just so they could steal the election results in FL OH AZ PA and elsewhere. The last time I felt like this was 2000. And being right in the middle of South Florida recount made that dread worse.

      • BJonthegrid

         /  October 18, 2012

        I am worried about Florida! A lot of shenanigans down there!

    • socioprof

       /  October 18, 2012

      I was literally having heart palpitations this morning at the thought of a Romney presidency. I think stories of Maricopa County Spanish language voting materials that were printed with the election date of Wednesday, November 7 had something to do with that.

      • koolaide

         /  October 18, 2012

        lord have mercy. I posted the news story on my fb wall w/ the “no matter what party, can’t we all agree that every voter should be able to cast their ballot” and someone replied with a version of ‘the story didn’t say it was done on purpose. people do make mistakes’ sigh.

      • I had a similar moment the other day. Hence my comment that the very idea made me feel like shattering into tiny pieces…. Will you come to Canada with me?

  2. BJonthegrid

     /  October 18, 2012

    DOMA unconstitutional – Yeah! Woman’s Health & Equal Pay are still campaign issues – Boo! I think the bitter spirit of Susan B. Anthony is occupying me. At this rate I have a feeling that gay men are ahead of women in equality and although I am glad for that, I am depressed. Tell me I’m wrong.

    • chingona

       /  October 18, 2012

      Don’t make it a competition. “Ahead in equality” depends on what you’re measuring, and the DOMA decision, while important, isn’t even final.

      I’m taking a different lesson from women’s health and equal pay being campaign issues. Women are telling pollsters it’s an important issue to them. The ones saying that are mostly going for Obama. They’re in swing states. I really think this is a bad issue for the Republicans, and that we’re going to see some progress in establishing that we DO have these rights.

      • BJonthegrid

         /  October 18, 2012

        I see things differently. A good 40% of woman will vote against their own interest. And it seems to me that men are simply indifferent to women issues, even when the directly affect them. Every working woman has a male relative, some a male spouse you’d think men would understand when your wife gets paid less, that’s less money in your house.

  3. Blog flogging! I just posted a review of Kilchoman’s Machir Bay – a young single malt with fiery peat undimmed by oak, but surprisingly refined for its age.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/10/whisky-review-kilchoman-machir-bay-2012.html

  4. XFactor Got Screwed Hard By Baseball last night: http://wp.me/p10bqa-3eZ

  5. Beyonce is staging her comeback on one of the biggest stages she can find. The SuperBowl: http://wp.me/p10bqa-3eI

    • BJonthegrid

       /  October 18, 2012

      Why does she need a comeback, It doesn’t feel like she left.

      • She spawned. It’s not that her career suffered, but she went away to be pregnant and maternal and whatnot, so now she gets a comeback.

        • BJonthegrid

           /  October 18, 2012

          Oh. She’ll do fine at the Super Bowl. Prince is still my favorite.

          • aaron singer

             /  October 18, 2012

            Mine, too, but that isn’t saying much. I thought Springsteen was good, too.

            • BJonthegrid

               /  October 18, 2012

              oh! He was!

            • socioprof

               /  October 18, 2012

              PRINCE IS A GOD!!! EVERYTHING HE DOES, SAYS, AND TOUCHES IS COVERED WITH PURPLE PRINCE FAIRY DUST! HE WAS AMAZING AT THE SUPER BOWL AND THAT IS SAYING VERY MUCH!!!

    • DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK, SHE’S BEEN HERE FOR YEARS… oh wait, is LL Cool J opening for her?

    • efgoldman

       /  October 18, 2012

      I only watch halftime shows which have marching bands. Which means I haven’t watched a Super Bowl halftime since approximately whatever year it was that Hank Stram’s Chiefs won.

  6. So Emily is living her desk. As long as she’s not living IN her desk…

    • She’s using her desk as an Avatar in Sims IV

    • All I can say in my defense is that I saw it before I saw this.

      But that is a very poor defense. So.

      • caoil

         /  October 18, 2012

        Eh, typos happen. Sometimes they’re just funnier than other times! 😉

      • scone

         /  October 18, 2012

        I only saw it after correction, so I assumed it was meant to be all deep, as in “I’m leaving my desk because I am out LIVING!”

  7. Did this just crash for everyone else for a minute? That was scary.

  8. The boss came to work today in a 1967 Good Humor truck with no roof, a questionable transmission and stickers lauding Mayor Schaefer. We’re hoping to get the male members of the staff to stop playing with the truck and come back inside the office at some point today.

  9. koolaide

     /  October 18, 2012

    I will say watching this video helped me feel a little better:

  10. Sigh.

    “Living,” “Leaving” – whatevs.

    Editing nao b/c it’s my damn blog and I say I can.

  11. WHAT IN THE EVER LOVING HISTORY OF FUCKATUDE IS THIS?
    http://www.ta-nehisi.com/

    • koolaide

       /  October 18, 2012

      I’m afraid to click the link…

      • IT’S WHACKITY WHACK AND IT’S WHACK Y’ALL.

        • koolaide

           /  October 18, 2012

          Yeah, your use of ALL CAPS in both posts about it make my aversion to clicking the link EVEN STRONGER.

          • The going theory over on FB is that this was a troll TNC banned early on who grabbed the domain and squatted on it.

            • JHarper2

               /  October 18, 2012

              I think it was 2008 election related as that seems to be the dates on the posts. Not much update, except in comments, since Nov 2008.

  12. ….and Raven was just banned by TNC.😦

    • koolaide

       /  October 18, 2012

      I gave up on the comments of those two articles an hour or so ago. Looked like it could go nowhere good.

    • Raven?!? THAT Raven?!?

      • She was always a bit judgmental, and she responded to a JJMac post by his history rather than the actual substance of what he said.

        http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/12/10/the-weight-of-a-black-president/263775/#comment-686306389

        It is thought because they were having a flame war over in the Ball thread, this was emotional spillage from that. But Still. This doesn’t fly in TNC’s house and we all know it.

        • koolaide

           /  October 18, 2012

          Ah. I did see that post & I responded that I thought it was a OTT given the specific post it was replying to. Must have given up on the comments right after b/c I didn’t see the TNC ban notice.

        • I think TheRaven misread the comment in their disqus as literally coming up in Ball’s thread and not Ta-Nehisi’s, because despite anger, it has never (from what I’ve seen), resulted in a post like that on Ta-Nehisi’s page. It was clearly out of sorts with Coates’ thread, so I think that’s what happened.

          Separately, I was surprised by Ball’s thread, because that is really some major league trolling and obfuscation on display there.

          • Ball needs a mod. Bad. The sexist comments that she gets alone are terrible.

            • koolaide

               /  October 18, 2012

              most of the blogs need a moderator bad.

              • taylor16

                 /  October 18, 2012

                Yep. I’m starting to like some of the other bloggers they have over there. But it’ll be a cold day in hell before I wade into any of those comment sections…

        • I bailed on those threads early, so I didn’t see it. Now that I’ve looked – great, TheRaven is banned and TransomWillie trolls on merrily. There’s something wrong with this picture.

          • koolaide

             /  October 18, 2012

            The Raven clearly crossed the line. You just can’t post like that at TNC’s place.

            • socioprof

               /  October 18, 2012

              I was surprised at the talking bird’s vehemence and ad hominem there.

          • I think TheRaven is banned because TNC expects the regulars to know better.
            Is it wrong that I picture TransomeWillie like the TrashCanMan from Stephen King?

          • socioprof

             /  October 18, 2012

            Agreed.

        • FWIW, TheRaven’s a dude.

    • watson42

       /  October 18, 2012

      Whoa, what?!?! It’s been incredibly frustrating that I can’t read (much less participate) in the comments over at TNC’s place, but things must have really gotten out of hand over there today.

    • efgoldman

       /  October 18, 2012

      Raven? World of Tanks Raven?? What the hell did he do?

      • Darth Thulhu

         /  October 18, 2012

        Keep trying to reply. Elves keep eating. Short version: second offense of blistering partisan ad hominem behavior.

  13. JHarper2

     /  October 18, 2012

    So Samsung wins and loses. The British Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s Tablet patents. Part of the reason was that Samsung’s patents were not as cool

    Britain’s Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld the country’s High Court judgment that, despite some similarities, Samsung’s Galaxy tablet did not infringe Apple’s designs, in part because its products were “not as cool”.

    That has to sting. When a bunch of old British Appeal Judges rule officially that you are not cool.

  14. JHarper2

     /  October 18, 2012

    Declining fortunes watch. Two weeks ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tellallsome autobiography (sic) was all over the news. It was to be a great blockbuster of the fall season.

    Monday I saw it in the discount bin at Safeway.

    • carlosthedwarf

       /  October 18, 2012

      Your Safeways sell books? In DC, we’re lucky if our Safeways are selling apples.

      • I have a rockin’ Safeway out here in Fairfax. It has to–it’s competing with two Whole Foods and a Weggies.

        • carlosthedwarf

           /  October 18, 2012

          Every Safeway I’ve visited in DC was worse than the last. (Supposedly the one in Southwest is decent?)

          • carlosthedwarf

             /  October 18, 2012

            That includes the one in Chevy Chase, which competes with the Whole Foods in Tenleytown and in Friendship Heights, as well as the Friendship Heights Giant.

      • JHarper2

         /  October 18, 2012

        Books, bestselling mass market paperbacks, some hardcovers in the discount bins, magazines, apples, motor oil, prescription drugs, in-store Starbucks.

        It also has a food section.

  15. watson42

     /  October 18, 2012

    WTF was up with the rain-delay-when-it-isn’t-even-raining thing that happened yesterday?

    • WTF was up with FOX completely screwing XFactor over it? DEATH TO BASEBALL.

      • watson42

         /  October 18, 2012

        My personal take is more “death to the Yankees” than “death to baseball.” 🙂 And I wouldn’t even be caring about baseball if there was hockey. DEATH TO BETTMAN!!

        Yesterday’s “rain delay” reminded me of Formula 1 and Ferrari back when a race could be called if it looked like Ferrari might lose so that they could win on a technicality.

    • taylor16

       /  October 18, 2012

      Last year, there was a big brouhaha because they started playing a playoff game that had Verlander v. Sabathia (the two aces) pitching, when they knew that it was about to rain. End result was that we got two innings of baseball and the two aces both wasted a start.

      Methinks the powers that be didn’t want to revisit that particular disaster in a potentially pennant-deciding playoff game.

      • aaron singer

         /  October 18, 2012

        Anyways, it ended up being the right decision, as I think it poured all night after the game was called.

        • taylor16

           /  October 18, 2012

          Yep, for sure. One quick look at the Detroit-area radar showed it was the right call. The weather that was coming wasn’t some tiny little patch of showers.

          It looked weird, but I’d rather them be overly cautious when it comes to a playoff game. Especially this series. (Signed, Detroit Tigers fan).

          • watson42

             /  October 18, 2012

            I guess it’s my weather cynicism from living in N England where we can go from torrential downpour to bright sunshine and soft breezes in a matter of minutes. Actually calling a game before it even starts raining seems really premature, whatever the forecast. 🙂

  16. koolaide

     /  October 18, 2012

    WNBA playoffs: All tied w/ one win apeice. Though Indiana players seem to be falling like flies. First leading scorer Katie Douglas is out (don’t watch the replay of her injury vs Conn unless you can stomach an ankle/foot be 90 degrees.). Then in the game last night Pohlen goes out w/ a knee injury. And the refs lost control in game 2, imo.

    And college bball season is (almost) upon us. ESPN even featured Griner, Del Donne, and Diggins.

    Yay for my opiate of the masses…

  17. caoil

     /  October 18, 2012

    For anyone having a growly day:

    http://cheezburger.com/3870543360

  18. Shit. I hit 2000 posts today at 10am and missed it.

    • Congrats! I can only imagine having that much traffic. You only have to go back to January to find a point where I was getting that many hits in a month and feeling pretty good about it.

      • That’s not traffic. That’s how many posts I put up.
        My traffic is up currently due to a combo of TNC’s front paging me last week, the fact that I’m recapping several shows, and that I’m xposting to ABLC. But it’s nowhere near 2000hits

        • That is also a major milestone. I’ll probably hit 200 in a few more months, but it’s somewhat slow going. But that is the downside of posts costing (sometimes significant amounts of) money to put together.

  19. koolaide

     /  October 18, 2012

    TNC just opened an OT.

  20. caoil

     /  October 18, 2012

    *kicks at a tumbleweed*