Oh, God, it’s another Open Thread


[So, what’s on your mind tonight, my invisible friends?]

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  1. Posted May 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    And I know it looks kind of sexy, but it’s a parasitic flatworm.

  2. Posted May 11, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    I want to put eyes on it and make it my mascot.

  3. Steve
    Posted May 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    It looks like it could be the distant ancestor of The Shocker!


  4. Aardvark
    Posted May 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    So the absolutely hilarious Mark Maynard “Hitler” paraody (from the film Downfall) has been removed due to copyright infringement. Gee, can’t anyone take a joke.

  5. dp in ypsi
    Posted May 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    great program:


  6. Chip Tater
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    For years, I’ve been an aficionado of the “burnt” potato chip. Anyone who loved me in the least would graciously pass me the darkest, full-flavored chips from any bag.

    It is with unfettered joy that I announce our regional roaster of locally grown potatoes, Better Maid, has recently released its line of classic, dark roasted Rainbow Chips.

    I invite all true starch connoisseurs to join me in stockpiling these precious rarities before banal market demands return us to the bland, tasteless stockpile of tiresome tubers.

    Until then, I pledge my eternal gratitude to Better Maid for offering the last century’s best bag of chips!

  7. Knox
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Hitler is a copyright Nazi.

  8. Oliva
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    So we have a pansy thief in town and a red wagon thief–maybe one and the same. Two neighbors had these things taken from their yards, and it’s just wrong! (The pansies were a gorgeous stunning purple, in a pot, on a porch. The wagon belonged to two children.)

    Also, there’s a good piece in NY Review of Books about the Tea Party and American populism: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/may/27/tea-party-jacobins/

  9. Tyrle
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    How did you get a photo of my penis enhancement?

  10. Edward
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Any merit to this legislation being proposed by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet?

    With the U.S. Senate paralyzed by partisan gridlock that has all but upended efforts to make real progress for the American people, Michael Bennet today unveiled a sweeping set of legislative reforms that will help fix the worst parts of a broken Washington.

    Bennet’s Plan for Washington Reform will limit increases in salaries of Members of Congress; end Federal health insurance benefits for Members of Congress until they have passed health insurance reform; usher in sweeping changes that will limit Members of Congress and their staffs from becoming lobbyists; institute reform that will provide more transparency and accountability in the earmarking process; reform the filibuster rule in a responsible and practical way; and implement new rules for campaign finance.

    “Before going to the Senate just a year ago, I’d spent my life in the real world — the world of business, of local government, of public schools, and most important, family,” said Bennet. “But since going to Washington I’ve discovered that career politicians learn to live in an entirely different world, an echo chamber shut off from the reality of life in America that defies common sense at every turn, and uses the Senate’s rules to defy the rule of reason.”

    Bennet continued, “The United States Senate needs a big dose of Colorado common sense. But Washington can’t get out of its own way, much less our way. That is why I’m introducing a bill that will end lobbyist abuses, reform the ways of the Senate, stop the influence of special interests, and put Washington to work for the American people.”


  11. Kim
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    From the Ypsi Citizen:

    UPDATE No Ypsilanti firefighter layoffs for two years: City Council adopts contract to reduce wages, maintain staffing


  12. Robert
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I agree with the Ann Arbor Schools. White kids shouldn’t be allowed to see successful black people.

  13. Robert
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    And ignore Arizona. You know they are just trying to get attention.

    And it doesn’t bother me if Arizona goes back to the stone age. The middle of the desert is no place for civilization anyway.

    I mean, I know that civilization began in the middle of the desert and all that, but they moved it as soon as they discovered trees.

  14. Posted May 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Thank you all for your links. I will now make my way through them.

  15. Kingpin
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Permalink


  16. Knox
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Sometimes I wish that the S1Ws had real guns.

  17. T Whale
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    You can’t tell, but this is a photo of a gay parasitic flatworm playing softball.

  18. Posted May 13, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    My next band is going to be Gay Parasitic Flatworm Playing Softball.

  19. Michael
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Rainbow chips? Soooo gay.

  20. Michael
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    The black student underachieving lunch group just seems like, I dunno, a bad idea.

    The fact that they were heckled upon returning from their field trip seems to support this.

  21. Felix The Clock
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Here is a question for the young ladies.
    When you wear those sweatpants that say PINK across the ass cheeks, do you really think you are fooling anybody? We know the pink part is in the front.
    The ass cheeks should say BROWN.

  22. Posted May 14, 2010 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I think that those girls aren’t pink at all, but more like purple-ish. Kind of like roast beef, all stringy and hanging. I hate those pants. They make me say “Ugg”. If they wanted to advertise something a little closer to the truth, they should say “Hep-C”, or “Little Miss Nasty Pants”, but for sure not pink, or princess, or anything like that. Not cute girls, just gross…like skinny leg jeans on dudes, or skinny leg jeans on anyone. You can tell that none of the people that wear those jeans lived in the 80’s, because if they did, they would know that they were left there for a reason.

  23. Ted
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    At least they didn’t get all the middle eastern kids together to talk about building rockets.

  24. Robert
    Posted May 16, 2010 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    A Detroit cop shot a 7 year old girl to death this morning:


  25. Posted May 16, 2010 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Officers were executing search warrant for homicide suspect

    By Mark W. Smith
    Free Press Web Editor

    A 7-year-old Detroit girl was shot and killed this morning after a Detroit Police officer’s weapon discharged while executing a search warrant for a homicide suspect on the city’s east side, Detroit Police said this morning.

    Officers from the police department’s Special Response Team were looking for a suspect from a Friday homicide at about 12:45 a.m. today, Detroit Police Spokesman John Roach said this morning.

    “It appears the officer had an encounter with one of the occupants of the house as he was making entry, and the officer’s weapon discharged,” Roach said.

    The bullet struck and killed Aiyanna Jones at the home on Lillibridge.

    The details of the situation as officers entered the home were not immediately clear this morning, Roach said.

    The homicide suspect was also in the home and was taken into custody.

    A news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. for more on the shooting.

    Stay with freep.com as this story develops.

    (see link above)

  26. kjc
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    anyone catch Tea Party candidate Rand Paul on Maddow last night?


  27. LT
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    You mean Rand “Back to Segregation” Paul?

  28. kjc
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    no, he’s against discrimination. he said that many times. and that he would have been at the March on Washington, alongside Dr. King, if he hadn’t been one year old.

  29. LT
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    But he thinks that it should be up to business people as to who they serve at their lunch counters. He may not be pro-segregation, but he’s in favor of making ti legal.

  30. kjc
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    i was being facetious. yes, he thinks segregation is a right of private ownership and should not be illegal. this is just one of those unfortunate accommodations we have to make for freedom (according to him) and won’t you feel more free when some of those restaurants/skating rinks/pools/bowling alleys go back to exercising their prerogative to exclude? Don’t you miss a “whites only” sign? You should actually savor the abhorrence of a sign like that; it means you’re free.

    I’m glad RP so fully claims to represent the Tea Party. I learned a lot about how they’d govern. Not a world I want to live in.

  31. Brackinald Achery
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Meh. Nobody gives a shit about progressives’ crazy bitching anymore, least of all your own party.

  32. kjc
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    whatever that means

  33. Brackinald Achery
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    It means “you lose.”

  34. EOS
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Paul’s response is appropriate in regards to the latest proposed Federal ENDA legislation. Requiring churches to employ atheistic cross dressers as receptionists or support personnel is beyond the pale. November can’t come soon enough.

  35. kjc
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    yeah, i don’t know what “you lose” means either. i can’t parse whatever projecting you’re doing.

  36. applejack
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Permalink


    nice article about how detroit can turn things around.

  37. Edward
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I hope all of his favorite places turn Black Only.

  38. Peter Larson
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad that the fleabaggers finally have someone to show the world what their politics are really about.

    Bigots of the world, unite.

  39. Brackinald Achery
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    My point, kjc, is that demonizing your opposition by calling them racists/sexists/homophobes has reached the point of backfiring. Thanks to reality falling down around us all, nobody cares what you think. Demonization used to intimidate commonsensical people, but now it just makes you look bad. It makes the general American populace side more with the tea-partiers than with you, and without the general populace on your side, you lose.

    And where else would you turn? The Democratic Party? You finally got your progressive messiah elected, and he’s — like I said before — Bush on steroids, if you ignore his rhetoric and judge him by his fruits.

    Where’s the end to the Iraq War? Where’s the repeal of the Patriot Act? Where’s the restoration of civil liberties? Where are your big government programs going to get funded when governments local-, state-, nation-, and worldwide are bankrupt, and the economy can’t support the necessary taxation to save them? You have nowhere to turn.

    Your best bet is to side with the tea-partiers who are genuinely pro-liberty and against tyranny, but you can’t do it. You’ve been trained to respond to small government philosophy with untrue accusations of racism and sexism and homophobia and whatnot. You can’t help it. Now, even though demonizing the general populace is to your detriment, you can’t stop doing it. The seeds of progressivism’s self-destruction are sprouting and growing like weeds, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it without abandoning your philosophy. It’s a philosophy, when boiled down, that’s based on demonizing people who don’t deserve it.

    So demonize away, progressives — it’s only going to hurt you from here on out. Glory be.

  40. Posted May 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I started a new thread on Rand Paul. Check out the front page.

  41. kjc
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    BA, I don’t know who the “you” you’re talking to is, but it’s not me. I can’t even respond to all this projecting about who I am based on your caricatures of progressives. I didn’t demonize anybody. I haven’t kept up with Rand Paul at all. I never even watch Maddow cuz her style bugs me (bet that shocks you right? she should be my lesbian messiah). I just channel flipped, saw he was on there, decided to see what he was about. Now today the DNC and others may be jumping on this political opportunity—who cares, i hate the DNC. i’m also hugely disappointed in Obama, but not reall, cuz I knew what kind of pragmatist crap he’d pull. I never saw him as a messiah, you fucking asshole bullshitter. Talk straight to your straw man. Or stfu.

  42. Peter Larson
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    I can only speak for myself, but I find libertarianism to be nothing more than protecting the rights of property owning white people to do whatever the fuck they want.

    And I would never, ever call myself a “progressive”.

  43. Kim
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    White men have it so hard, don’t they?

  44. dragon
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    The Libertarian Constitution:

    “I, the people of the United States, is all that matters”

  45. Robert
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    The videos which are circulating over the Internet of two year olds smoking cigarettes are authentic.


    Now you know how I feel pretty much all of the time.

  46. Edward
    Posted May 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Maybe Matt Lauer thought, when she introduced herself as a “tranny”, that it meant she worked in the transportation industry.


  47. 2 Cents
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    What’s the deal with Kluck’s? I thought maybe they were just opening late this year…I’m thinking that isn’t the case.

  48. Kim
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Someone told me that they’d closed. I don’t have details, though.

    So, here’s the tally for those following along.

    RIP 2010

    Kluck’s (closed)
    Materials Unlimited (for sale, but still open)
    Bombadil’s (reopening under new management)
    The Ypsi Citizen (closed)
    Elbow Rom (maybe reopening)

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