If you disagree, please feel free to leave a comment…

Actually, feel free to write about whatever you like. I won’t stop you. I just don’t have anything left to offer tonight. Having spent my day in back-to-back meetings, I’m even more of a depleted husk than usual.

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44 Comments

  1. Mike G!
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    This is more like a night off for the rest of us. Thank you.

  2. dragon
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    “The Sink”
    Mr. Clay lives in a cheap hotel
    room and he pees in the sink
    Mr. Clay has no family or friends
    If Mr. Clay dies tomorrow he’ll stop
    peeing in the sink.

  3. Edward
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    I’m fascinated by your choice of imagery here. I feel like you’re trying to tell us something. Is that what it feels like to blog, perhaps? Do you feel like an alternate version of yourself, made from plaster, spit and hair clippings? I want to go back to college, take some psychology classes, and return to this thread.

  4. Dave Thompson
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Ann Arbor is getting another franchise downtown!

    It’s been announced that Five Guys will be opening a second location.

    Success breeds success. Congratulations to everyone involved.

    By my count, that will give us 4 Starbucks, 3 7-Elevens, and 2 Five Guys. Hopefully some day Ypsi will know true prosperity, as its locally owned stores give way to national chains.

    http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/five-guys-burgers-and-fries-opening-second-ann-arbor-location-hiring-staff-of-40/

  5. anonymous
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    So, what’s everyone doing for Memorial Day?

  6. Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Dave, don’t forget the CVS on State Street.

  7. Knox
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    You know, for a fact, that the man in this picture killed people. I think I can even see blood on the puppet.

    I’m so glad that I didn’t look at this last night, before going to sleep.

    As for what I’ll be doing over Memorial Day, I’ll be working on my bunker.

  8. Mr. Y
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Yes, there’s a ground war between CVS and 7 Eleven being waged in downtown Ann Arbor.

    Also, let’s not forget the Tim Hortons that is moving in to replace Lab, next to the Michigan Theater.

    This would make for a good subject one day: “What’s your favorite downtown Ann Arbor chain?” Mine would be Panera.

  9. Mr. Y
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Another good subject for a future thread: “Are ventriloquists creepier than clowns?”

  10. Meta
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    There’s an Ypsi Symphony Orchestra concert tomorrow at 2:00 in Riverside Park:

    ring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy our annual concert and picnic in the park sponsored by the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission and Ypsilanti COPAC!

    The program will include some Memorial Day favorites, some tunes from Broadway and Hollywood as well as a look back at some of the great music we’ve played this season.

    What’s the best part of this event? It’s FREE! So bring your friends and family and listen to the music and catch some sunshine too!

  11. Star Child
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Since it’s and open topic I thought I would let folks know about a Kickstarter that supports Ann Arbor area bassist Dave Sharp and his jazz/world band Secret 7. Only 5 days left.

    “This Kickstarter Project’s goal is to raise funds for the recording, production and promotion of the new Dave Sharp Secret 7 CD, entitled ‘WORLDS.” Dave Sharp, Chris Kaercher and Chucho Wilhelm, the three core composers of Secret Seven, have written and recorded demos for the new compositions, and are ready for the recording studio. The success of our first record “7” as well as live festival performances and concert presentations of the “JOURNEY” Concert Series has led Secret Seven to traverse the musical worlds of Africa (Pt1), India (Pt2), New Orleans (Pt3) and the Middle East (pt4 on 5/11/2011.)”

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1984780422/dave-sharps-secret-7-recording-project-new-cd-worl

  12. Jessica
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    @Edward, why is Mark the dummy? How come he can’t be the murderer *working* the dummy? Which would make his blog the thing of – how did you call it – plaster, spit and hair clippings.

    Mark: nice image. Very Rorschachian. Can we play this again sometime? We’ll be your totally quotable little monsters.

  13. Eel
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    What you don’t realize is that this is a an actual photo of Mark, before he killed the ventriloquist who made him, and struck out on his own.

  14. K2
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I was not aware that there was a time in American history when ventriloquists made their figures from the severed heads of children. This is fascinating.

    As for this weekend, I will be drinking and cleaning house.

  15. Brainless
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I hate that fuckin’ CVS. Before it was there, I always used to buy the things I buy there from the uh…. um…. to the…. errrrr…….

    Well, that’s a pickle.

  16. Alice Krum
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    From the Village Apothecary maybe, or the old Village Corner? There were places to buy that condoms and cough drops before CVS.

    And don’t let them make fun of you and your family. I think that Alro is lovely in this photo.

  17. Anon
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Either you stole that base image from Gizmodo, or they stole it from you.

  18. Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    As I don’t know what gizmodo is, I doubt I stole it from them. I did get it from somewhere though. I thought it was obvious that I didn’t take the image myself. If that’s what you thought, though, I apologize.

  19. Posted May 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I believe that photo is from the 1870s, which, even with our complicated copyright laws, makes it public domain.

    I’ve met many ventriloquists and clowns; they’re usually pretty nice people. Jugglers and magicians, though, tend to be asshats. I don’t know why. Stay away from them.

  20. Watching Laughing.
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yesyhQkYrQM&feature=related

    WL.

  21. EOS
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    When the Supreme Court strikes down ObamaCare later this month, it will save our country $1.4 trillion in new spending. It will also cancel $400 billion in new tax increases. Declaring the law unconstitutional, and rejecting its entirety due to the lack of a severability clause, is the only possible way for most Americans to keep their current health benefit plans. The tide has turned. Even the very blue state of Wisconsin has rejected high taxation and record deficit spending. There is hope for us yet!

  22. Posted June 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    EOS, thanks for wanting to take my 22 year old daughters health insurance away. If you have your way, I won’t be able to add her to my wife’s policy after this month (lost my policy when I lost my job). Since she has pre-existing conditions I doubt I will be able to purchase insurance for her at anything like a reasonable rate—thanks for wanting to throw some one else under the bus.

  23. Mr. X
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    In EOS’s defence, Wobblie, he doesn’t believe we should have buses.

  24. Dan
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    lol

  25. EOS
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    wobblie,

    Who cares if the economy is destroyed. The important thing is that your daughter gets insurance, right?

  26. Posted June 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    EOS, not just mine, your too.

  27. EOS
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Why doesn’t a 22 year old get a job with health benefits? Why haven’t you taught her to work for what she needs in life? If she is unable to work, then SSI provides the necessary safety net. Why is it your expectation that a 22 year old is dependent on you or the government for essential needs? My family isn’t looking for a government handout. When I was 22 I had already supported myself for nearly 5 years, and yes, I had my own health insurance. What makes your daughter a special case?

  28. dragon
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Ezekiel 33:31

    Darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable,
    and lightness has a call that’s hard to hear.
    I wrap my fear around me like a blanket.
    I sailed my ship of safety till I sank it.

  29. John Galt
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    The answer to this problem is easy, Wobblie. All you need to do is buy your daughter a pair of bootstraps, and tell her to pull herself up by them.

  30. Watching Laughing.
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    EOS,
    The Wisconsin Senate flipped. That’s 6 Republican State Senators that got recalled and tossed out to date, I believe?. Dems took control and Walker and his Koch Brother financiers outspent 32 million to 3 million and exit polling showed people over 50% plan on voting for Obama and 41 percent Romney.
    The recall voter, who kept Walker in didn’t feel they could just toss out a Gov on non corruption. This would make it easy to just toss a Gov anytime. They’re thinking was found based on exit polling.
    Interestingly , Walker is under federal Investigation and an indictment is apparently coming, possibly days. His number 1 adviser has flipped against Walker. More to come with that in the coming days.
    Republicans shoved through a bill that would require all registration to vote be in your new residence for at least 28 days. All universities had let out and all the students that headed home where under the 28 days and couldn’t even register, nice dry run trick.
    Your conclusion wasn’t that cut and dry and simple.

    Why I’m even responding to you? I Freaking don’t know?

    WL.

  31. Posted June 7, 2012 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    I don’t get it. EOS is saying that the dude’s daughter should turn to government assistance for help but then says that turning to the government for help is wrong.

    Which is it?

    EOS has obviously not looked at the unemployment numbers for 22 year olds. In Michigan, I can barely get a job at 43 that provides insurance, even with my formidable skill set (not to sound obnoxious but..).

    Dude, you’re way out of touch.

  32. Posted June 7, 2012 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    EOS, You are just so much smarter and better than the rest of us. Clearly since you have had company (I don’t believe for a minute you purchased your own health plan at age 17-tell me another lie instead) provided health insurance since 17, you live a healthy wealthy life. My daughter has a job, been working since she was 16. I had a job–and we all had health insurance. I ofter wonder what you do for a living. You seem to be able to be online almost any time of day or night. Though I no longer have a “job”. I try to find some work for money every day. EOS–what makes you a special case, is your superior work ethic, smarts, and philosophical outlook on life. Maybe my daughter can move in with you, and you can teach her all the things that I am clearly inadequate to do. But what would you expect from the likes of an inferior being like myself. Because I am a stupid lout, does that mean my daughter should be condemned because of my inadequacies?

  33. Posted June 7, 2012 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    The larger problem is this assumption of employer sponsored health care. This old and outdated model stifles innovation, the creation of new businesses and is ultimately unsustainable.

    What could possibly be American about being forced into servitude for an established corporate entity merely to obtain the most basic of health insurance plans?

    Sweden provides care to all of its residents though a public system. The result is that anyone can start a business. I would argue that the Swedish economy is vastly more vibrant that the US economy, which is a creaking rust-bucket, pining for some ancient model of corporate manufacturing benevolence which simply doesn’t exist anymore.

    Japan uses a different strategy, controlling prices so that anyone can afford care. Again, small businesses and mom and pops flourish. Every establishment I ate at all last week would collapse in the US, simply because people can’t access health care.

    We would do well to adopt either model.

    EOS gets far too much airtime. Her claims of having employer sponsored insurance at 17 are dubious at best. She may have obtained said job through her parents, or even a parental connection. Unfortunately, not all of us come from such elite connections.

  34. EOS
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I wrote that I had health insurance at 22. I joined the military at 17 and had free health care. I made about $350 a month and it was the most money I had ever seen in my life. I saved my money and when I got out of the military, I got a part-time job with benefits and used the GI Bill to get a college degree. I would never have considered that my single parent would pay my way once I became an adult. Hardly elitist.

  35. Posted June 7, 2012 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    You relied on government to solve your problems rather than solve them yourself.

    Pathetic.

  36. Watching Laughing.
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    funny,,, not ha ha funny,,,

    WL.

  37. Dan
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    thats pretty disingenuous Peter. Serving in the military earns one a right to college and health coverage. I think thats a more than fair trade. Personally, I’d rather pay out of my pocket or even go without health care, then to serve in the military.

    Thats hardly relying on the government.

    that being said, I do agree that we need a single payer system. No matter how much so called “ObamaCare” tries to make insurance more affordable and accessible, it will ultimately fail, because the private insurance companies will just pass along their risk and costs to everyone else. We’ve lost a significant amount of coverage at my work, while premium prices have still continued to rise. Meanwhile, the tax payers are still on the hook for the trillion or so it has/will cost. The current system is a joke, and ObamaCare has made it worse for those of us that already had insurance.

  38. Posted June 7, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Hardly disingenuous. Fortunately, unlike you, I am free from the taboo of speaking ill of our intensely bloated and fiscally parasitic military.

    EOS, assuming that we are to believe her free market street cred, could have just started a lemonade stand and worked herself up from nothing. Certainly, Jesus would be on her side, magically pulling the strings to insure long term success.

    Instead, she took the easy way out: beg for help from the government, then happily take tax payer money after her time was up, while giving little to those who buttered her bread.

    Now, she suggests that a 22 year old with a chronic condition turn to SSI.

    I support government provided health care or initiatives to force the private sector to make care affordable, welfare and food assistance for the poor, public education (all levels) and social security for retirees.

    It is EOS who is disingenuous; happily taking tax money to improve her own lot, while advocating the denial of services and benefits to everyone else.

    Of course, one can make a half-hearted argument that the military benefits everyone, but I have yet to see the evidence. In its current form, it appears to cause more problems than it is truly worth.

  39. EOS
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    The G.I. Bill isn’t a government handout. It’s delayed compensation for service for those lucky enough to have survived. I worked 24/7 for a portion of that time with my freedoms restricted in a foreign country. I didn’t beg anyone for help.

  40. Dan
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    I dont disagree that the military is “intensely bloated” but I still respect those that fight terrorists and dictators, risking their lives so that I don’t have to, all the while leaving their families and hoping to come home safe and be able to provide a better life for said family.

    It’s hardly begging for govt help.

  41. EOS
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I spoke too soon in my last post. I do beg. I beg God for His mercy and forgiveness, for His grace, and for His presence.

  42. Posted June 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Beg for what? Stating an opinion?

    You talk of freedoms, but you worship a despot!

  43. Posted June 8, 2012 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Open letter to the Supreme Court concerning the Affordable Care Act.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/07/1098222/-An-open-letter-to-the-Supreme-Court-about-health-insurance?showAll=yes

  44. Erke
    Posted February 27, 2014 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    My husk desperately needs depleting.

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