Weekend open thread


This weekend open thread is sponsored by our friends at Ypsi’s Tuesday downtown farmers market.

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  1. Joanne
    Posted May 9, 2009 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Swine flu in Washtenaw is up to 9 cases and 7 in Livingston. Anyone know anyone who has the H1 virus or how they got it? I’m cautious but not overly concerned that it will spread.

  2. Posted May 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    We’re playing at the Elbow Room tonight with flatfoot and the b sharps .

    I ran out of cheap plastic balls to throw at us, so b.y.o.balls (toys r us).

  3. Posted May 11, 2009 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I want to thank Growing Hope for this month’s offer. I’ve been to the Saturday farmers’ market in Depot Town several times, and each time I’ve been badly disappointed by vendors selling goods that they had obviously purchased at a grocery store: cabbage in May (still wrapped in plastic with the Dole logo), banannas (complete with Chiquita stickers), etc. This was my first time going to the Tuesday market, and I was pleasantly surprised. I just wish it went a little later — I was barely able to make it before the market closed.

  4. Posted May 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Strange…I commented yesterday “Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful moms” and then the comment got deleted.

  5. Brackinald Achery
    Posted May 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Enraging story about Abu Ghraib.

  6. Patrick
    Posted May 12, 2009 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Cousin Geoff, I second your “Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there”, and I extend mine even to the not so wonderful moms out there. It’s a tough job, even just surviving it is doing a great job.

  7. Posted May 12, 2009 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Let’s set the bar really low and just extend our appreciation to all the moms out there who didn’t purposely kill their children, sell them into slavery, use them for their organs, etc.

  8. Lisele
    Posted May 12, 2009 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Hey, that’s me! (But don’t confirm that with my offspring…)

  9. Paw
    Posted May 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think a mother is necessarily a bad mother just for having a baby to provide a needed kidney. My wife and I had our son because I needed three feet of colon. We’re still great parents though. The two things are not mutually exclusive.

  10. TeacherPatti
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    “I want to thank Growing Hope for this month’s offer. I’ve been to the Saturday farmers’ market in Depot Town several times, and each time I’ve been badly disappointed by vendors”

    I just wanted to echo what cmadler said…but I did see one vendor with apples with little stickers on them and tomatos that were “produced in Canada”. Otherwise though, it was great, and I got my “Mark Maynard Oregano Plant” which continues to thrive along with its siblings under my grow light. I hope the cheese people come back! (Zingermans is great, but I really like the colby cheese from the other cheese folks) :)

  11. Brackinald Achery
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of Abu Ghraib, Mr. Hope and Change looks more and more like Bush on Steroids (but more eloquent) every day, doesn’t he?

    Maybe he’s waiting for just the right moment for the change part.

  12. kjc
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    “Bush on steroids”

    Wow. Incredibly generous to Bush.

  13. Brackinald Achery
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    = it’s okay if a Democrat does it.

  14. kjc
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    is that to me? it equals nothing of the sort (should i go on a rant about how you don’t know my “character” if you think i’m this kind of partisan? hmm…nah). but that was 8 long years of bad shit. seems reckless to suggest obama is already worse. i’d feel uncomfortable being so anxious to tear obama down that i downplayed bush’s crimes. but that’s me.

  15. Brackinald Achery
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Can’t seem to recall anyone on this site but yours truly doing any kind of whistleblowing posts about Obama breaking his transparency promises, extending warrentless wiretapping, bombing pakistan, bombing civilians, refusing to prosecute torturers, refusing to release torture photos even with a court order, etc.

    Where’s the whistleblowing?

    Where’s the outrage?

    Where’s the speaking truth to power?

    If it’s not because of partisanship, why is it?

    Maybe everytime someone else wants to post something of the sort, a strong bowel movement comes on suddenly and it slips his/her mind.

    Consider this a reminder and a chance to show your impartial character (non-specific “you”).

  16. kjc
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    i can’t speak for others but i don’t get my whistleblowing from blog comments and i don’t judge the level of outrage by blog comments either. i follow all obama’s broken promises elsewhere–usually someplace that doesn’t annoy me by saying “he’s bush on steroids” (for example), since that seems a little far afield from “speaking truth to power.” for all i know, people are busy writing their congressional representatives. i wrote two congressmen last week. should i have gotten on here and trumpeted my outrage credentials? i can’t imagine why anyone would feel the need to prove their impartial character to you or anyone else.

  17. Brackinald Achery
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Still nothing but crickets on the subject here, though.

  18. Amanda
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    anyone been to that little island in ford lake? it’s techincally a park. what’s it like?

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