Open Thread - Indulge Me Edition

I will be out for much of the day, so thought I'd leave a clean, fresh open thread for everyone. We will have a debate open thread set up tonight and I'll tend it while I'm watching Carolina and Boston College go at it. Speaking of Carolina.....did anyone read the piece in the Charlotte Observer titled, " Hard foul not easy to forget"? (paper edition)

Oh.My.God. Mike Krzyzewski has to be the whiniest man put on this earth. You can argue he's a good basketball coach, but please, somebody tell the guy he needs to learn when to stfu. No way. No way this was unintentional. Billy Packer also needs to learn when to quit yammering. Right, Henderson was going for a ball that wasn't even there. Sure. Right. I gotcha.

/basketball rant.....but I'm sure I'll have something fresh to rant about later today that's more political. Like I said....indulge me.

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Does this seem like the longest week ever?

I feel like Saturday will never get here. Argh.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Funny...I feel exactly the same way

I can't believe this is only Thursday. Katie's friend/beau? is coming over tonight to watch the game. This is the nicest kid and he's over every weekend, but she says they're just friends. We like "just friends" at this house. :)

I will be leaving in about an hour and will be back around 3pm. I'd rather be sitting here chatting.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Coach K bans Republicans?

Oh.My.God. Mike Krzyzewski has to be the whiniest man put on this earth. You can argue he's a good basketball coach, but please, somebody tell the guy he needs to learn when to stfu. No way. No way this was unintentional. Billy Packer also needs to learn when to quit yammering. Right, Henderson was going for a ball that wasn't even there. Sure. Right. I gotcha.*BM

Stick to politics! You know nothing about College sports and Coach K politics. In 2004, he ban the College Republicans from Canmmon Arena for holding up "Bush for President" signs during time outs on TV...And leave Billy Packer alone. He supported OJ during his trial. Who do you think you are Dr Frank? He is the only fool at this site that really believes Davidson is still the National Champs in Basketball for the past 20 years?

But..

Duke is such a "classy" program...

I have a wingnut co-worker that WAS a big Duke

B-Ball fan until all the wingnut uproar over the Lacrosse team, etc.
It's pretty funny this season listening to the glaring silence from his corner regarding NCAA basketball. ;-)

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

I'm surprised at how many Carolina fans

there are living here in Union County. It's refreshing.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Duke

I know of lot of really good people who went to Duke.

On the other hand, every Duke alum I have ever known from the workplace has reinforced every reason I hate Duke.

I think Billy Packer....

should have been banned from the press box after this.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Lifetime ban



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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This is why...

Not sure if this is as funny to folks who may not understand the parody, but here's a video from one of my favorite DJs, Peter Rosenberg:

(The not-so-safe-for-work version: here)

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time

That is awesome. I guess since I'm at home I can listen to the not-so-safe-for-work version.



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OMG.

How have I never seen that before?

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The remix of this was banned....

But, this makes me happy.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

He learned how to win from Dean Smith

but he learned how to whine from some 2-yr-old. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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That's what I said

Learned from 2 year old "Dean"

i blame it on bobby

Bobby Knight really is the destroyer of basketball goodness.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Mitt needs to catch the Super Tues. ball...

In the spirit of open threaded-ness...

Even though I had a splitting headache (lesson: don't skip both breakfast and lunch whilst experiencing high levels of stress), I watched the Rep. debate last night. As usual the media talked about how much Mitt and John were "slugging it out," but while they certainly exchanged/defended attacks, it wasn't that bad.

Though my favorite line from Mitt was that his biggest regret in life was ... that he never served in the military. Really, Mitt? Biggest regret? I don't like anyone having big regrets hanging over them ... I'm sure we can find a remedy for this so you don't remain haunted by that anymore. I served in the Army as an officer and deployed to Iraq, so I'd be more than happy to tell him what it's like. And I'm sure, since its his largest regret, he's counseled his children that going into the military is something they should go for, so they won't be saddled w/ a lifetime of regret like him.

I'm "kidding on the square," of course. I don't think an elected official's children have to be held to their parent's stupid sayings. But it was just a hollow line ... like Mitt's candidacy. Which is why I HOPE he is the nominee. I would contribute to help out his "cause," but I think he has enough $$ of his own. There are some vet friends of mine who are aching for McCain to be the nominee so they can attack him for wanting to stay in Iraq for another 100 years and carry on the neo-con plan ... but I think it's one of those "be careful what you wish for."

For a variety of (perhaps crass) political reasons, I want, nay, NEED Romney to be the nominee to help out our Democratic chances in NC.

In other news...is anyone fantasizing about a brokered Dem. convention? Certainly unlikely (and wouldn't be pretty), though not out of the realm of possibility. I think it's time to re-watch the season 6 finale of The West Wing...

West Wing Finale

I have it saved on the DVR, and watch it a few times a year. That was the best television show ever, and if I were a Democratic politician, I'd hire Aaron Sorkin to write for me.

As for Romney and his biggest regret, I can't look at him without thinking about him travelling hours in the winter with his dog in a carrier strapped to the roof of the car. I'm glad he wasn't in the military - what kind of an idiot soldier, or god help us, officer, would he have made? He's a moron. And yes, I hope we face him in November, no matter who our nominee is.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Just don't hire him to watch your kids....

Also, I'm not sure you want him on the campaign trail.

If he manages to avoid drugs for 18 months - his progress will be monitored through a series of periodic court hearings - the drug charges will be wiped from his record. Sorkin was arrested in April at a security checkpoint at California's Burbank Airport, after guards found the magic mushrooms, marijuana and crack in his carry-on bag. He was later freed on $10,000 bail.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Oh, yeah, I know.

But he sure can write a speech.

Santos' Speech from the convention.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

That speech was written by John Wells

Nothing after Season 4 had anything to do with Sorkin as he left the show due to internal conflicts. That is also the time that the show took a slight rightward tack.

Good Speech...very Sorkinesque, but not Sorkin. Power is "Two Cathedrals" and that IS Sorkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

Yup, I know.

Wells did ok. But that speech inspired me, so I posted it. :)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

newsatnorman: What is Rep. McHenry Afraid Of?

newsatnorman.com posted this editorial challenging McHenry to debate his Republican rivals. It's heavy handed, but if McHenry said he would debate, he shouldn't back out now:

What is Rep. McHenry Afraid Of?

“Let’s have a debate on the issues,. . . I’m happy to match my record against anyone. I’m proud of the work I’ve done.”
- Rep. Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry can run, but he can’t hide.
And in this case he’s running for re-election and trying to hide from a debate with his GOP opponent, Lance Sigmon.
What is McHenry afraid of?
Is he afraid that he will have to answer some tough questions about his integrity?
Is he afraid that he will have to answer some tough questions about his personal life?
Is he afraid that he will have to answer some tough questions about his live-in buddies and how they managed in 2004 to vote in Cherryville while having legal residences elsewhere?
Is he afraid that he will have to answer some tough questions about his staunch support of disgraced House leader Tom Delay and another congressman who was run out of office for his sexual improprieties with a male page?
Is he afraid that he will have to answer some tough questions about McHenry Real Estate, the company McHenry claimed to own, but never had even a telephone number or a single listing?
Is he afraid that he will have to answer some tough questions about his tax returns, his quick rise to financial wealth and questions about the fat-cats who stuff huge sums of money into his campaign checkbook?
To his credit, challenger Sigmon has made “honesty, ethics and integrity” the centerpiece of his campaign against McHenry and has raised questions about McHenry’s ethics.
He is ready, willing and able to debate McHenry anywhere in the district and has asked party leaders in Catawba County to help get the debates arranged.
To make it easy on the busy little congressman, Sigmon says he will debate him anywhere in the district at any time.
So far, McHenry has not responded, and we doubt that he will ever take the stage with Sigmon and debate the issues.
McHenry may be a little Napolean-esque, but he may have met his Waterloo. Come out, come out, Mr. McHenry.

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The GOP will try to suppress the vote in 2008.

McHenry's hold on the district seems to be falling

apart at the seams.

Good thing Lisa Z at CharO still has his back.

Did anyone see this almost decent article in CharO yesterday?

In an otherwise acceptable profile of Democratic Challenger Daniel Johnson, McHenry spokesdisaster Wes Climer was quoted as saying criticism from the district is due to Patty's "traditional values" and that

Some Washington politicians don't like the fact that Congressman McHenry won't accept the broken status quo . . .

But "won't accept the status quo seems an odd way to refer to being in bed with Rove and Bush and Tom Delay.

As to "traditional values:" what about the value system he displayed while supporting Foley's sex with pages (the only thing he didn't like was what he called the Democratic timing near elections). And no mention of his pride at being the next Tom Delay. I'm not sure what traditional values appealed to him about old Tom. Not to mention this year's spewage against Democratic earmarks while secretly getting millions of dollars worth of them or complaining about Democrats not declaring the homes they live in on their financial reports while he failed to declare two (Hickory and Cherryville) as well as failing to report land he's owned for years in Lincoln County.

Yeah, seems like he's got a lot to hide. And Lisa Z keeps on helping him do so.
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

200,000 Floridians to be denied the vote in 2008

CNN is reporting that the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship is tein lling new citizens to never mind what you heard about this whole voting thing. While we can administer a vote in war torn Iraq, apparently getting folks the right to vote in Florida is just beyond our technical capacity.

The local Republican party chair is saying loudly that "We don't have voter suppression here," which I take to mean "We have voter suppression here and we like it that way."

Meanwhile the Bureau is saying, yeah we know these folks have a right to vote, and that that right will probably be denied, but we just really can't figure out how to do the paperwork.

Here is the shameful link.

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I lived in Mississippi

at the very end of Musgrove's tenure as Gov. He is still widely popular in the state. While he is not the most progressive in the world, he will make a great Senator for the state and will represent the people of the state of Mississippi far better then Lott ever did.

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin