Monday, September 29, 2014




He has always been with us...

Monday Night

Rock on

Flu Begone

Think I'm basically better. Went from not being able to eat, to being able to eat, to actually thinking food sounded pretty good. Usually blessed that my bugs, when I get them, are of the 24-48 hour variety.

Just making excuses for my sucky blogging, of course.

Happy Hour

Or should we skip Happy Hour and go straight to evening. Nah, that's not a good idea.

Afternoon Thread


It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Well, not quite, but all you lovely people who are generous enough to click on the various amazon links that appear here (anything directly linked in a post, search box down to the left, banner ads down to the right) before buying your gifts contribute to my Christmas bonus and also, too, take money from Jeff Bezos.

Not endorsing Amazon. Don't like them, don't shop there! But if you do choose to shop there...

Miserable Failure

American Dream will never open, or if it does it'll be bankrupt in 2-5 years, depending on how much taxpayer money Christie shovels at it.
American Dream, the vacant East Rutherford megamall that Christie once called “the ugliest damn building in New Jersey, and maybe America,” hasn’t signed investors almost a year after his administration agreed to public financing and a $390 million tax break, the biggest of its kind in state history.

The Republican governor had planned for the $3.8 billion mall to open in 2013. Instead, it will be at least two years before the first of an expected 35,000 employees clock in. The jobs will come too late to offset this year’s loss of as many as 10,000 positions in a wave of Atlantic City casino closings, including Revel, which closed this month. Without those projects, the state’s recovery continues to trail the nation’s.

Obviously Revel closing doesn't help the local Atlantic City job market, and a giant ugly empty building in East Rutherford isn't helping, but the idea that "those projects" would somehow turn around the economy is nuts.

But they're what he bet on, nonetheless. Double 0.

Taking Both Sides In A Civil War (Which Has Many More Sides)

I suppose this Diehl column is valuable for what it doesn't express - compassion for the victims in the region. Yes, sure, it has the obligatory charge that Assad "appears to be stepping up its own bombing raids against the non­extremist opposition" but even that is just part of the chess game. It isn't that Assad is hurting people, it's that he's hurting the opposition.

The true hole in Obama's Syrian policy, if we actually give a shit about anything except our endless futile attempt to rig the risk board, is failing to take in refugees or even spend the money so other countries can. That's the true hole in the souls of all of the pundits who claim to care about the poor civilian populations (which, to his credit in some sense, Diehl barely does).

We will help with our love bombs. And when that doesn't work, we'll love bomb some more.

Run Mittens Run

Republicans didn't like him the first time he won the nomination and they won't like him if he wins it again, and yet...

I can't quite explain how I think it's actually possible, aside from the rest of them being horrible, and yet...

Good Guys And Bad Guys

If I ran a restaurant I'm pretty sure the thing which would signal "bad guy" and make me reach for the alarm button or call 911 would be, you know, a gun. But, hey, it's their world and I just live in it.

"I just need to see a weapon. I need you to be carrying a gun," says Bergeron's owner Kevin Cox.

That's right. The restaurant began offering a 10% discount a couple of weeks ago, for bringing in both your appetite and your gun.

"As long as everybody has a gun we're all the same size," says Cox.

And what happens when a "good guy with a gun" decides he spots a "bad guy with a gun."

I blame lead.

Morning Thread

Long, but interesting look at how the Koch Brothers made their fortune.

Since Koch Industries aggressively expanded into high finance, the net worth of each brother has also exploded – from roughly $4 billion in 2002 to more than $40 billion today.

That money came from someplace. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Not One Person Raised Their Hand And Said, "Uh...Maybe We Should Rethink This?"

Do not understand people.
The panel for that discussion will include the following people: Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Adam Schefter, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Jon Gruden, Mike Tirico, Stuart Scott, Steve Young and Ray Lewis.

Up to 11 men, all between the ages of 39 and 74 will sit at the table for a domestic violence discussion on ESPN. Zero women. Victims of domestic violence in America are most likely to be women aged 20-24.

Sunday Night

Slept all afternoon. I suppose that's good. Tomorrow is...Monday!


Late with happy hour.

Enjoy anyway.


What I found interesting is just how fast we go through the "who are the scariest Hitlers of them all" cycle. It's like down to 3 days now.

Lunch Thread

Fortunately the flu didn't turn out to be the plague so I should recover in a reasonable amount of time, but probably best if I mostly spend the day on the couch watching crappy teevee.


I'm no Denver expect, but they still have a ways to go..
Holland Residential is building Platform at Union Station, a 287-unit project touching the nexus of rail, light rail and bus lines. It will provide only 263 parking spaces, which works out to a ratio of 0.92.

Cars take up a lot of space, and parking drives up the cost of construction a lot.