Open thread for the Fighting Hippies, and all their Golden Commie pals.

It’s yours….

(And yes, I’ve changed the layout, because I was really bored with the old one. I’m not crazy about the typeface, but it would cost me money to change that and I’m not sure I want to spend money to change the typeface! Let me know how you find the comments. I think it’s mostly better, unless a subthread gets too busy. Any hoo, let me know).

Never mind.


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.



  1. It’s red white and blue.
    But the election is over.
    I am confused.

  2. oh and the new layout is so distracting I forgot to blog flog.
    Kevin Clash just broke my heart.
    Karl Rove’s meltdown honored by the Simpsons
    recap: The Next Iron Chef Redemption
    Oz poster, hobbit trolls, Star Wars Mickey Mouse Club and other stuff. All on my blog:

  3. doginajacket

     /  November 12, 2012

    Ahhh! You’ve startled me! (I’ll be okay, I just need a minute.) 🙂

  4. Bookwoman

     /  November 12, 2012

    The new look is cleaner, but it doesn’t really suit you, somehow.

    • caoil

       /  November 12, 2012

      That bold, blocky font is not as cozy and friendly as the italics were.

    • That’s my thought. It feels un-Emily.
      I went digging through layouts trying to help and now I want to re do my blog. Someone tell me no.

    • doginajacket

       /  November 12, 2012

      I think I like the nesting. I’m putting this here partly to see how it looks.

      • The nesting is the only thing this layout has going for it.

        • doginajacket

           /  November 12, 2012

          Can just the colors be changed to ones that would better suit Emily? Or are you stuck with these?

          • efgoldman

             /  November 12, 2012

            Can just the colors be changed to ones that would better suit Emily?
            How do we know which colors would suit Emily? And whatever she changes, someone will complain.
            Non-scrolling comment box might be a problem, however.
            And whatever she

          • Also, colors seems to be one of the ways that WordPress most likes to make money. The chance to fiddle with the blog is what gets people like me to cough up dough, and I really don’t feel like coughing up dough. So I’ll keep complaining about this thing that I get ENTIRELY FOR FREE. Cause I’m fly like that.

        • Well I actually like the way that everything stands out on the front page, but I so thoroughly don’t like the typeface, and I actually do NOT like the nesting, it turns out… that I’m about to go back to the old theme. Having found nothing better.

          Stand by!

  5. The Rumpus Book Club selection for this month is T Cooper’s Real Man Adventures out soon from McSweeney’s, and it is (so far) intense and wonderful. You have to pick up a copy of it. T writes about transitioning from female to male and his life as a man. He interviews the parents of some of his T friends and includes excerpts from unsent letters to his parents. I’m only halfway through it and the reason I’m not done is that I had to teach my classes today. Seriously, get a copy when you can.

  6. I’m OK with change. I like change.

    That’s how I roll. Flexible.

  7. efgoldman

     /  November 12, 2012

    Very smart, actually. Nothing gathers tone of comments which you can then ignore, like a layout change.

  8. Cornel West: Obama a ‘Republican in Blackface’
    Someone isn’t going to get an invite to the Inaugural.

  9. efgoldman

     /  November 12, 2012

    ….and still no edit. *tons* of comments, not “tone.”

  10. Did you have to change it *now*? At the same time the Atlantic and Esquire change their layouts and fonts? I don’t mind change as a rule, but this is just too much at once. I am overwhelmed. I am half-blind. Augh!

    • Hahaha! I actually thought of you when I idly started doing this Saturday night and thought “Gonzai’s going to kill me!” : )

      I hope you feel better now that it’s mostly back to how it was.

    • Bookwoman

       /  November 12, 2012

      And speaking of the Atlantic re-do: I don’t like it. Too cluttered, IMO.

      • I like it for my ipad and iphone. On the desktop/laptop it doesn’t do much for me.
        What really bugs is when you go to any article, the old layout is still all over the place. The flip is incomplete.

    • The font on the Esquire site is making my eyes bleed. WT-Everlovin’-F is up with that?

      • efgoldman

         /  November 12, 2012

        The font on the Esquire site is making my eyes bleed.
        Well Charly is taking the week off, so you can rest.

  11. Alrighty Horde, having completely confused you all, I’m now off to return to my very full work day!

    It’s feast or famine, I tell you what.

  12. chingona

     /  November 12, 2012

    Got a not-so-great hair cut this weekend. Too short. Going to the dentist in a few minutes. Hope that goes a little better.

  13. JHarper2

     /  November 12, 2012

    Trudeau has a Grover Norquist quote up at Doonesbury.
    “The president was elected on the basis that he was not Romney and that Romney was a poopy-head.”

    Seriously, you’ve had a week to think it out, and that is all ya got?

    • I heard Norquist on C-SPAN radio — briefly, I couldn’t stand more than 5 minutes — this weekend. He’s even more delusional than Rove in terms of his “take away” from the election. Everything is exactly the same as it was in 2008, so double-down mofo’s!!! What is wrong with these people?

      • There’s nothing wrong with them: Norquist and Rove are con artists trying to keep their game rigged their way. No, the people who have something wrong with them are the sad fools who KEEP BUYING their BS.

    • Given that he’s been preaching the same policy for the last 20 years, I’m not surprised. Originality obviously isn’t his strong suit.

  14. Bill Maher: “Mormon has broken.” “I won’t gloat over Republicans licking their wounds, also known as Romney’s health plan.” “Best money I ever spent.”

    • efgoldman

       /  November 12, 2012

      The greatest single takedown of Mittster, and the greatest individual phrase, that I saw over the weekend, was by the great Garry Wills at NYRB (emphasis added):\

      Many losing candidates became elder statesmen of their parties. What lessons will Romney have to teach his party? The art of crawling uselessly? How to contemn 47 percent of Americans less privileged and beautiful than his family? How to repudiate the past while damaging the future? It is said that he will write a book. Really? Does he want to relive a five-year-long experience of degradation? What can be worse than to sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it? His friends can only hope he is too morally obtuse to realize that crushing truth. Losing elections is one thing. But the greater loss, the real loss, is the loss of honor.

      That, my friends, is writing.

      • Captain Button

         /  November 12, 2012

        It profit not a man to sell his soul for the whole world. But for Wales?

  15. taylor16

     /  November 12, 2012

    Husband and I raked and mulched leaves for SIX HOURS yesterday. We aren’t within city limits, so the city won’t come to Hoover them up like they do for the rest of the city … but we aren’t in the boondocks either, so we would never burn them and risk lighting the whole neighborhood on fire and activating everyone’s asthma/allergies. So we always have to bag them all up and then take them to a composting site halfway across town.

    We filled up sixteen garbage bags of finely mulched leaves yesterday. Sixteen!!! And our yard isn’t even very big!

    My hamstrings hurt so bad that I look like a baby deer learning to walk every time I get up from my desk today. Owwwwwww!

    In other news, I think I am now officially old.

    • doginajacket

       /  November 12, 2012

      I needed to move leaves from one end of the yard (where She’d piled them) to the other end of the yard (where She wanted to compost them) but She’d already filled the big trash can with sticks (don’t ask) so I moved all the leaves using a large broken flower pot. It took many trips, but I was rewarded with garlic home fries.

  16. Since you’re all about putting things back the way they were, can we go back to about 6 p.m. EST on November 6th so I can watch FOX News all over again as they saw the tidal wave once again rolling over their candidates?


    • taylor16

       /  November 12, 2012

      I know, right? I’ve been feeling my giddy elation at the election results fizzling over the last 24 hours and I don’t like it!!!!

  17. The Repubs really aren’t taking this well:

    I love, love, LOVE the fourth paragraph, on the odds of any state actually seceding.

    • watson42

       /  November 12, 2012

      Secession? Really? Wtf is up with that? Also, could someone explain to me the intensity of fear and despair coming from the right? This whole idea that we’re now a socialist country, that it’s time to flee, etc seems extreme in light of the data. It’s not as if Obama or the left has advocated revoking bodily autonomy from half the population, or is insisting we start bombing various nations in the Middle East, or proposed denying/revoking citizenship of people who aren’t considered “real Americans.” As far as I can tell, thus far everything seems pretty business as usual, with all the good and bad that comes with that.

      • It’s the same old same old paranoia, “Obama is going to take our guns away even though he’s never said a word about it” thing. Mostly a bunch of old white guys terrified by the thought of having live side-by-side with brown people. They can’t deal.

        • watson42

           /  November 12, 2012

          I guess part of my nonplussedness (is that a word?) is cynicism. I forget which election it was, but back in the 90’s(?) we had a much-touted “Year of the Woman” before and Everything Was Going to Change and Be More Equal, etc. It takes a *long* time for hearts and minds to change, much less have actual political change that sticks. This election has given me hope, but to think we’re on some irreversible slippery slope to actual diversity and equality of opportunity seems a little misguided (though a girl can dream….). And even if one thinks that disverity and equality is a bad thing, this deep fear and despair seems outright delusional.

    • dave in texas

       /  November 12, 2012

      I’m sure this comes as a surprise to no one, but they’ve already found more than enough dumbasses in Texas to reach the threshold required to receive White House attention. I’m torn; part of me kind of wants the president to just say “Fine, fuck you, don’t let the door hit you on the way out”. On the other hand, I really, really, really like being a US citizen, especially after what happened last week. I suppose I could be satisfied if he just told Rick Perry to kiss his ass. In a completely Presidential manner, of course.

      • Gonzai55

         /  November 12, 2012

        Maybe we can cut a deal; any registered Democrats in Texas can move to somewhere in the rest of the US and Texas has to pay for it. Texas gets the people it wants and the people it doesn’t want get to move somewhere much nicer.

  18. If i die of boredom today, tell Purrbot I loved her.

    • watson42

       /  November 12, 2012

      I hear you. I feel like Sherlock Holmes: I’m BORED! If I had a gun, I’d be shooting smiley faces in the wall. (Since I’m not British, it wouldn’t be a patriotic VR.)

    • Purrbot has not given you permission to die. She demands that you return home and die there, so she can eat your liver. Cats are like that.

      • In the meantime, she’s grooming my arm. I’m not sure why she’s so obsessed with my cleanliness, but I’ll take it as a sign of love.

  19. Dagnabbit, I missed all the reformatting.

    One of these days I’m going to have time to write for my own blog again and be able to flog it.

  20. watson42

     /  November 12, 2012

    Anyone (I’m looking at you, Neocortex) have any suggestions for volunteering down NYC-way for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts? I am thinking about taking a weekend or two to go down to NYC to help out. I can crash with my sister in Queens. Can I just show up at one of the volunteering sites? I also have tools I could bring to help clean/gut houses, etc. With the issues re transportation there, does it make more sense to take the train down and then the subway or to drive? I own a hybrid, so if I fill my tank here in Boston, I shouldn’t need to get gas while I’m down there so I won’t be sucking up resources.

    • Bookwoman

       /  November 12, 2012

      I’m sure the locals will have more specific advice, but in the meantime here’s a link to get you started:

    • moveon was also organizing volunteers, especially in those places, mostly Long Island iirc, where there didn’t seem to be much help yet. This was Thursday/Friday of last week.

    • Lasker

       /  November 12, 2012

      I only went to help out one day, so I’m no expert, but yes, you really can just show up. Bookwoman’s link is good. St. Jacobi church in sunset park seems to be the main volunteer hub. Last week when much of the transportation grid was still non-functional, cars (and particularly cars with gas) were at a premium, so I would have said take your car, but I’m not sure to what extent that still applies. If it isn’t too much trouble I’d say you will still be more useful with a car – and your tools, definitely your tools. As far as I can tell (mostly from following along on twitter) cleaning supplies and expertise continue to be among the things that they have continual shortages of.

      Also, don’t be a moron like me and fail to take proper hygienic precautions when cleaning. I have been sick on and off for much of this week and I know one other volunteer who also got very sick after working for several days – I’m all but certain it was due to contact with toxic sludge. I’m glad I learned that lessons relatively cheaply but . . . still feeling pretty silly about being so careless.

      • watson42

         /  November 13, 2012

        Thanks for all the info! If I fill the car up north of Westchester, I should be good for driving a few hundred miles worth within the city to move stuff around without needing to fill up. I can also load up the car here to bring supplies and extra tools. My sister’s place has a visitor parking space, so I’d be able to park it at night so not a huge deal.

        I’m thinking about asking my company to donate things like nitrile gloves, N95 masks and the like – things we always have on hand in large supply that can be hard to obtain in serious bulk if you’re not a hospital or pharma company. The company is also doing matching donations to the Red Cross, which is cool, but if I’m going down to NYC anyway….

        • Laser

           /  November 13, 2012

          Sounds like you could be really helpful! From what I’ve heard masks and gloves are indeed among the most needed items. You should try contacting them directly – again, should be possible through Bookwoman’s link.

  21. I suppose I should flog the blog a bit, to keep traffic up 🙂

  22. I’m thinking of swtiching to wordpress for my political blogging. Anyone got any suggestions?