Thursday, May 28, 2015

Morning Thread

A friend went to celebrate her 70th birthday at a casino in Connecticut. Not my choice, but whatever. She hadn’t been for many years and was kind of surprised at what things cost. The breakfast buffet was $24/person. For dinner, her friend ordered a pork chop, $47. And since she wanted some mashed to go with that pork chop, ka ching, another $9 added to the bill. Scooter rental, $35/day.

It seems the casinos have taken a page from the airline industry. If they can’t get increased profits from gambling alone, they’ll just keep adding fees and make their extra profit by charging for items that used to be free. How long before Holiday Inn starts charging for breakfast and/or internet service?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday Evening


Texas Floods


Did The Moops Invade Spain

We'll find out soon if the magic five Supremos are even hackier than we imagined.

America's Worst Humans

Joan Monroe.


I Wonder What Gave Them Away

Perhaps it was the cunning plan to hold a summer World Cup in Qatar.
ZURICH — Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.

But Everything Was Perfect In The 50s

It is "funny" if not quite "ha ha funny" watching how the press treats crazy Bernie Sanders and his crazy Eisenhower era ideas.

But those Iowa voters are SWOONING over Carly!!!

Morning Thread

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Evening Thread


The Most Amazing Movie Ever Made

I actually didn't love the Mad Max: Fury Road. It wasn't quite... I don't know, enjoyable? To me, anyway. But it was two solid hours of "holy crap I can't believe they actually made this movie." The narrative structure is inverted. Everything flows from the action, and there's almost no dialogue, but still the backstory is unveiled (slowly) and a world is created. I actually can't even comprehend what went into choreographing, filming, and editing what is mostly a 2 hour car chase, mostly without CGI. Someone dubbed it Steampunk Mario Kart. About right.

Afternoon Thread


There Are Some Gay People Here

Can't expose their beautiful minds to such things.
One thing missing from TLC Network Party at Penn's Landing on May 30 will be the Duggars of “19 Kids and Counting.” With Josh Duggar's child molestation accusations, the party goes on without them, but still featuring Kate Gosselin and the Cake Boss.

When Worlds Collide

I suppose the good news is that foreign corporations might be able to sue to declare the Ex-Im bank in violation of TPP conditions.


I don't know a damn thing about Libya. Don't claim to. I do know that there was a moment a few years ago when suddenly it became The Good Cause. We had to intervene, because reasons, and because this time we would intervene and it would all go well. Even people who opposed the Iraq war put on their Very Serious Person hats and started lecturing us hippies about Just War and Humanitarian Reasons and Supporting The Rebels or whatever the hell. I can't even remember at this point. I mostly just rolled my eyes because there was nothing to be done except write a few contradictory blog posts and wait for the inevitable "oh, that didn't quite work out as planned."

And it didn't. Don't hear much about Libya from those people anymore. Call me when Humanitarian Reasons involves something more than Bomb Bomb.

So Scary

Not sure how the precious dears get through the day.
“The world is a very scary place right now, especially for people of means; they feel cornered and threatened,” said Tom Gaffney, the president of Gaffco Ballistics, which has installed a number of safe rooms around New York City. “When you have so much to lose, and you can afford to, you put a premium on your safety.”

Morning Thread

Stay safe, Texas.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Holiday Over

Neighbors had a not typical (for them) very noisy party. Not complaining, people are allowed to do such things. And they brought it inside early, so yay good neighbors.

Evening Thread

I guess tomorrow is a real work day. :(