August 31, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (8-31-2014)
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

"A moral response to this behavior might involve those officials, among others, hanging from lampposts. The legal system is, ultimately, an ancient bargain: Renounce your mob violence and blood feuds and we will provide you with justice. It could be argued that such a default as this calls the whole bargain into question, and justifies self-help along ancient lines."

-- Glenn Reynolds on the official cover-up of 16 years of systematic sexual abuse of children by Pakistani men in Rotherham, England

Quote of the Day II

"The scale of the sexual exploitation revealed in the Jay inquiry is shocking, but let's avoid racial stereotyping."

-- The Guardian attempting to ignore the central fact behind the Rotherham sexual abuse and the driving force behind its cover-up by officials.

The Price of Beef Hits an A New High

The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

...Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $2.147, according to the BLS. In those five years, the average price has climbed by $1.737 per pound--or almost 81 percent.

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Labor Day Edition of the Travel Thread [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

I was going to do the Sunday Travel Thread on ice cream shops, per the request of a moron last week, but I decided to shelve that in favor of a Labor Day Weekend themed thread.

A brief history of Labor Day:

When did Labor Day begin?

The modern holiday is widely traced back to an organized parade in New York City in 1882. Union leaders had called for what they had labelled a "monster labor festival" on Tuesday, Sept. 5, according to Linda Stinson, a former historian for the Department of Labor (the idea for a general labor festival may have originated in Canada, which today also celebrates "Labour Day" on the first Monday in September). Initially that morning, few people showed up, and organizers worried that workers had been reluctant to surrender a day's pay to join the rally. But soon the crowds began flowing in from across the city, and by the end of the day some 10,000 people had marched in the parade and joined festivities afterward in what the press dubbed "a day of the people."

When did it become an official holiday?

The practice of holding annual festivities to celebrate workers spread across the country, but Labor Day didn't become a national holiday for more than a decade. Oregon became the first state to declare it a holiday in 1887, and states like New York, Massachusetts and Colorado soon followed suit. Under President Grover Cleveland, and amid growing awareness of the labor movement, the first Monday in September became a national holiday in 1896.

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Food Thread: Fire Is Our Friend Edition [CBD]
— Open Blogger

Many thanks to Y-not for covering for me last Sunday!

One of the advantages of knowing an excellent bartender is that occasionally he will let his hair down (that's just an expression...the dude is as bald as a ping-pong ball) and pull out the silly stuff he did in his youth.

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Saturday Car Thread 08/31/14 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse & KBDaBear]
— Open Blogger

Welcome to the Sunday edition of the Saturday Car Thread.

I blame Comcast.


The Brooklyn Bridge, under construction.



I don't see any handrails there.


Co-blogger, RD Brewer, sends along this terrific article from Supercompressor which ranks all of the Bond cars:

Sure, you know all about James Bond's enduring affinity for Aston Martins and Lotuses that are just as lovely under water as they are on the road. And if you're a hardcore aficionado, you likely know that 007's first cars were actually old Bentleys, back in the days before Sean Connery gave a face to MI6's top man.

It should go without saying that a scientific ranking of all of Bond's cars is absolutely impossibl -- and besides that, it's boring -- so what follows is a thoroughly subjective list of every significant car that Bond drove, rode in, chased, or was chased by.

And, as all our rankings tend to be on this site, it is correct.

Smokin'!

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Open Thread: Feel-good Story of the Day [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

With all of the bad news these days, it's nice to find a news item that can restore our faith in humanity and make us feel good to be alive.

This is just such a story:

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-31-2014: Shake, Rattle, and Roll [OregonMuse]
— Open Blogger


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Napa County Library After Earthquake


Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required.


Ah, Thread of Book
Peacefully great
With mood subdued
With pace sedate

Participate
Or lurkly look
Leisure learning
Thread of Book

Thanks to moron "mindful webworker" for posting this fun poem in last week's comments.

Another thing I like about the book thread is that I can come back to it after 8 or 12 hours and there may be new comments posted. On last week's thread, for instance, the comments extended into the evening, even to the next day. It takes a long time for the book thread to die.


Quake Damage

Last Sunday's earthquake in Northern California really did a number on the libraries in Napa, my old stomping ground:

"There is lots of work to be done -- lots of shelving to do! We are closed, but we hope to get back with you as soon as possible with the doors open," says director of Napa County Library Services Danis Kreimeier in a video posted on the system's Facebook page. "Be safe, take care of yourself, and we'll see you real soon."

All Napa County libraries were closed Monday for cleanup.


More On Superman

Last week, I mentioned that a pristine copy of Action Comics #1 was put up for auction on eBay. Guess how much it sold for:

An original Superman comic, sold for 10 cents at a West Virginia newsstand in 1938, was purchased at auction Sunday night for $3.2 million, making it the most expensive comic book ever sold.

I wondered how it survived for so long in such good shape:

Purchased off a newsstand by a man from West Virginia in 1938, the comic book was stored in a cedar chest “at high altitude” for four decades. When the man died, a collector purchased it from his estate.

The 3.2 million auction price far exceeding earlier purchases:

The previous record for a comic book was $2.1 million, for another Action Comics No. 1, sold by the actor Nicolas Cage in 2011.

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Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Good morning.

The original Morons?


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August 30, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (30 Aug 2014)
— CDR M

Happy International Bacon Day!

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Open Thread for Your Scrolling Pleasure [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

That one was getting hard to scroll.

Here's a new one I call "Serenity Now."

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Heading south on I-15 in Utah

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Saturday Politics Thread: Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Perry [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

College football season is fully underway this week. (Yes, there were some games last week, but this is the weekend the Big Dogs started playing.)

Tonight, the Wisconsin Badgers (14) will be meeting the LSU Tigers (13) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (I have no idea why they're playing in Houston.)

Coincidentally enough, this game involves three states whose Republican Governors should be considered amongst the top contenders for 2016. So let's use that as an excuse to talk about them.

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Weekend Headlines [CBD}
— Open Blogger

Austin brewery rolls out ultimate 99-pack of beer

Texas school district arms teachers for upcoming year

Why Israel Defeated -- But Didn't Crush -- Hamas
This is interesting, but there are some assumptions made that are illogical.

United Nations peacekeepers reportedly fleeing across border into Israel
Why do they bother giving them weapons?

Reason #43,949 why government is bad
First they came for our vacuums.....

Ferguson isn't about black rage against cops. It's white rage against progress.
[Multiple Trigger Warning: stupidity, racism, vile patronizing, reflexive leftism....]

Prof dresses as robot to protest Iowa's 'sexist,' 'homophobic' pink locker room

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Writer's Block Edition [Y-not and WeirdDave]
— Open Blogger

Good afternoon and welcome to your Saturday Gardening Thread!

Today's thread is brought to you by Billboard's Top 100 Songs of 1962, which happens to be the year I was born. Here's Number 69, "Cindy's Birthday:"


Take it away, WeirdDave:

OK, got no clue what to write about today. None. Zero, Zip, Nada. I tell ya, I got nothing. So I plugged "Garden" into DuckDuckGo and scrolled way down, then started to look for interesting stuff.

What garden is complete without a geodesic dome? Not yours, I'm sure, and at the link you can buy one for only 499 €, whatever the hell a "€" is. I'd be worried that Pauly Shore would show up.

Here's a site called The Gay Gardener. There's lots of helpful tips there, but I haven't found yet how being gay affects your garden, unless you're doing in your garden what you should be doing in your bedroom, in which case I'd suggest investing in a geodesic dome with an opaque cover (see first link) if you have neighbors.

Moving on, since we're getting close to Halloween, perhaps a nice, creepy scarecrow is in order. At the link you can get ones with faces on them, although the fact that they feature a picture of one of their products with crows sitting on it makes me question how effective they are. The faces are a nice touch, if you put one out front instead of in the garden I'm sure you'll give one or two trick-or-treaters nightmares. Still not sure about crow nightmares.

If you find yourself in Iceland, you should definitely visit The Elf Garden. Why? Well, their webpage has a picture of a cat looking at a rainbow sign captioned "We are here". Isn't that enough? We are here. Much better than "How to cook forty humans" I suppose. These people seem to have the intersection of elves and gardens nailed, AND they featured a performance by "the extremely funny Teenagers, Arnor and Oli." Book your tickets now before their voices change, their "Elves and faeries and goblins, oh my" routine won't be nearly as funny in a bass voice.

I got quite excited when I noticed a link to Eden's Garden, I thought God had barred mankind from that place for eternity. Turns out it's an aromatherapy store. I looked, but couldn't find any ValuRite scented oils or essence of Ewok, so it might not be our kind of place.

Hey, here's a website about bugs. They tell you which bugs are good bugs that fight bad bugs that are bugging your garden. Garden Insects. They promise that their bugs can beat up your bugs, and even provide a link to where you can order bugs online. Shopping for AtC has never been easier. Buy now, Christmas is just around the corner.

Finally, we find a link to Michelle Obama's garden. "Today, the garden is planted, tended and harvested by Mrs. Obama, White House staff, the National Park Service and visitors." Sure. I'm willing to bet that one of those listed does just a teensy bit less work in the garden than the others. Call it a hunch. There's more: "Inspired by the First Lady's passion for healthy living and healthy eating, people across the country have revisited the American tradition of starting a vegetable garden at home." Actually Madam First Lady, Americans are "revisiting" the "tradition" of starting a veggie garden because WE CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY FOOD DUE TO YOUR HUSBAND'S LOUSY ECONOMIC POLICIES.

* mic drop *

Weirddave is out.


And now from your co-hostess, Y-not:
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College Football Thread
— Dave in Texas

Or as I like to think of it, sharp cheerleader elbows.

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Texas A&M (21) kicked the snot out of South Carolina (9, for now) on Thursday, 52-28 at SC. I giggle now that the whole SEC gets to hate A&M as much as I used to. Enjoy all that, SEC! They're yours now.

Also this is kind of funny, a South Carolina furniture store offers to pay off furniture loans if A&M beats the Gamecocks by more than 10 points.

I just put this in here so I could say "Gamecocks"

They use insurance for this kind of thing, kind of like win a car with a hole in one at a golf tournament. Still, heh.

Boise State didn't do well at Ole Miss (1 , a 35-13 loss. Arizona St also beat somebody.

Top Ten action today (and tomorrow, Baylor (10) plays SMU on Sunday in their brand spanking new McLane Stadium and I will be there, yo), all times EDT:

UCLA (7) and Virginia at noon

Ohio St. (5) and Navy, noon

Alabama (2) and West VA, 3:30pm

Arkansas and Auburn (6), 4pm

Oklahoma (4) and Louisiana Tech, 7pm

FSU (1) and Oklahoma St. (33), 8pm

Oregon (3) and South Dakota, 10:30pm

Also Michigan St. ( beat Jacksonville St. last night, 45-7

That's all.

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Southwest Ohio Moron Meet-up Trial Balloon/Open Thread(CBD)
— Open Blogger

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I had a mini-meet planned for SW Ohio last week as a reward to myself for moving a brat into her new house, but had to abort because 20-year-old college juniors are horrid, lazy, stupid, ungrateful difficult.

Intrepid Southwest Ohio Moron speedster1 has created an e-mail address for those in the area:
swohmome at mail dot com

Obviously this includes Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky. So shoot him an e-mail if you have any interest in meeting like-minded folk.

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OT Thread-Clearing Out The Browser Tabs Edition [WeirdDave]
— Open Blogger

I don't really feel like doing politics today, so I'm going to feature some links and memes from back in the day. I know in internet terms that means last Tuesday, but I've been online for a long time. When I first wandered online, using my Atari ST series computer, the internet wasn't a superhighway, it was a cow path. In 20-plus years of browsing, I've bookmarked and saved a lot of crap, call it a potpourri of poop, or maybe a cavalcade of crap. Now, if I can just get this 5 1/4" floppy drive to interface with Windows 7....

Here's one of the first RPGs I remember playing. It's not quite the grandaddy of them all, but it knew the granddaddy when he was still in school. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...
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Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Good morning.



Oh, and then there's this:


Yes. That is paparazzi taking photos of..... a puppet. I suspect from the audio that there might be drugs involved.

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August 29, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (29 Aug 2014) - Under The Influence Edition
— CDR M

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Music Thread
— Ace

So y'all's can write about whatever you like, musically. I'll just write a little bit up here because I wanted to write something about this anyway.

Lately -- I think because it's the 25th anniversary of Kick, or something -- I've been fascinated by INXS.

One of the cable channels has on a two-part docudrama about INXS' rise and fall. The first half is all rise -- formation to Kick -- the second is all fall, from Michael Hutchence being sucker-punched and knocked out cold in Hong Kong (did you know that?) which gave him a nasty change of personality (prone to rages) and robbed him of his sense of smell and taste, to his ultimate suicide in Sydney.

The docudrama is produced by INXS, so it gets very superficial about certain things they probably don't want to talk about. Like, Tim Farris, the band's leader, got married relatively early. Did he cheat? The movie does not say yes or no. It never shows him cheating; it just sort of shows him around semi-dressed girls during the band parties.

I'm not into these movies for such prurient stuff but the film has this tendency to set something up and make you curious, and then completely ignore the obvious questions you'd have about it.

Youngest member Jon Farriss, the drummer, got arrested for drugs at one point. There's an implication in the film he was actually dealing to help the band make rent. But... the film never says. He just gets out of jail because he's a minor, and no one ever mentions it again.

The most compelling character in the movie is... the manager, Chris Murphy, who comes across very well and very central to the band's success.

The other characters in the movie are Michael Hutchence.

Pretty much just Michael Hutchence. And his girlfriends.

Occasionally you see Tim Farris and Andy Farris and sometimes Jon Farris. Kirk Pengilly has a couple of lines, and Garry Gary Beers is almost entirely absent from the movie until the last ten minutes. When he confesses that he's begun seeing a woman besides his wife, in a scene that really showcases...

Michael Hutchence.

The film has almost no "how the song was written" material at all. There's one famous story that when Listen Like Thieves was about to go out to the record company, Chris Murphy listened and said, "I don't hear any hits."

So Andy Farris wrote a song in about a day, and Hutchence wrote the lyrics, and the band recorded it in like three takes, and it became their all-time greatest hit (at that time). That was "What You Need."

The movie just completely skips over that. I have no idea why. Especially because "What You Need" directly led to Kick -- the entire album of Kick is designed to sound like What You Need. What You Need was different from everything else on Listen Like Thieves, and everything they'd done before.

So this one song, written and recorded in a single day (or day and a half), changed their whole sound, made them superstars, and spawned, basically, an entire album.

But the movie ignores all of that.

It does reveal a few interesting things. Their first manager found God and decided that he could only manage Christian bands. He tried to convince INXS to become a Christian band. They briefly considered doing so.

Another interesting thing was when the label heard Kick for the first time, they hated it so much that they offered the band one million dollars to write and record an entirely new album. They said it was too black, and they couldn't sell INXS to black radio, being white and all.

It made no sense, either: Seriously, "Kick" was just "What You Need" in 12 different parts. "What You Need" was their biggest hit. Ergo, any executive who's interested in hits should have said, "Cool, it sounds like your biggest hit. Let's push this out there."

But they absolutely hated it.

The band had to go behind their back to release it.

So you probably know what happened next.

It's a decent docudrama, as far as these things go, just... superficial.

But diverting enough.

Anyway, here are a few of their better songs.

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Obama: The News Makes it Seem Like the World Is Falling Apart, But Actually It's Fine, It's Just That We Hear Too Much from Social Media
— Ace

Speaking to Democrat donors at, get this, a fundraiser:



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Above: Social Media makes it seem like an American journalist
was beheaded by a terrorist organization which has declared war on the US

For some time I have had concerns about Obama. And not all of these concerns are political.

I have wondered if he simply snapped.

He continues to make me wonder.

The less menacing possibility is that he is determined to create a happy, false reality for his LIV supporters.

The more frightening possibility is that he was so successful in creating that Happy Place, he decided to move in, and now lives in his own delusions as well.

Meanwhile, as the president fundraises and attends celebrity weddings, bear this in mind:


Meanwhile, Noah Rothman writes that before invading Ukraine, Putin began calling it by its old Tsarist name, and denying that it was really a state.

He's now doing the same thing with regard to Kazakhstan -- also, he avers, never really a state at all.

So, you know.

But this is just "Social Media" making us worried about the Soviet Union, and yes, it is time to call it by its proper name again.


Update: So when Obama says, in press conferences, that he's "deeply concerned" and "working tirelessly" on these "serious matters," I guess he just told us he's lying?

After all, if the world is fine, and everything will just work itself out, and we're only alarmed due to "Social Media," then he can't be "deeply concerned" about it all, can he?

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Media Ignores Obama's "We Don't Have a Strategy" Statement In Order to Focus on the Important Thing -- Obama Fashion
— Ace

A partisan Democrat media, hungry for an Obama victory, finds one in his sartorial choices.



Good photoshop about this, too:


Retracted: Commenter Andrew tells me I totally misread that piece and claimed it was making a completely different argument than the one it was actually making.

He's right; I'm sorry. Apologies to Vox, too, for misrepresenting them.

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