Friday Night Music Open Thread

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36 Responses to Friday Night Music Open Thread

  1. 49erDweet says:

    Not to ruin a well-deserved musical interlude, but the following speculative quandaries have been occupying my nucleus amygdalae all day:
    1. Does or did the Tsarnaev father and/or mother continue to receive welfare whilst in Mother Russia?
    2. If so, how many other current US welfare recipients are no longer residing in-ountry?
    3. Did the older Tsarnaev brother receive public travel assistance or welfare while sojourning for an extended spell in Roooosha?
    4. If so, how many other US welfare recipients are receiving out-of-country travel assistance and/or welfare while taking a similar break from US residency?
    5. Is anyone else curious enough about these things to ask questions of our betters?

    And now for a different speculative topic – (calling into question the assumption my brain is capable of considering only one thought at a time).
    6. Could some of the questions raised regarding travel and ease of evading notice by the older Tsarnaev brother be resolved if it were to be suddenly discovered he had been “recruited” by a federal agency, for example, as an informant, operative or “source” of some type and the recruitment itself simply “didn’t take”?
    7. Why did “authorities wait 8 days before filing on the Rutgers alum IDE case which occurred two weeks ago, before #Boston, but whose public acknowledgement was only announced today, 19 days after he was arrested?
    And now, for the grand finale and two points:
    8. How many of those eights days did the Rutgers guy undergo interrogation before given HIS Miranda warning?
    Please pass the Kool-Aid. We are returning now to regular programming.

    • Somebody says:

      All very good questions 49er

      How is that they apparently both drove a mercedes? Don’t tell me used, even used I don’t own a mercedes.

      Does welfare pay enough for their lifestyles?

      How about their friends that were detained, what is happening with them? Did they detain the person with the black BMW with the vanity plate Terrorista#1?

      What is going on with the Saudi? The original one or the supposed other one that was the “real” one that was possibly being deported?

      If the Saudi was supposed to be at a school in Ohio, why was he living in Boston? Has anyone asked him?

      Since mom was also on the watch list, is there a minimum number of suspected terrorists that have to live at a residence to require a visit from the feds? If so what is that number??

      • myiq2xu says:

        The number should be “1” for a visit and “2” for a stakeout. Maybe they should pull some cops off of raiding pot clubs, music pirates and guitar makers.

    • Karma says:

      And sadly, the only possible chance any of this will be answered is if the Daily Mail has these questions too.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Sadly, most of George Jones’ music career took place before the invention of the music video.

  3. 49erDweet says:

    This is not the John Nolte <a href="

    Most beautiful rendition of National Anthem I ever heard was George Jones at a heavyweight title bout in Nashville. Simple & perfect.— John Nolte(@NolteNC) tweeted about today, but it’s simple, corny and tugs at the heart. Pretty much perfect for the end of a couple of rough weeks, I’d say.

  4. Somebody says:

    49er you started this, but I’m going to harsh some mellows too.

    So in a grand gesture last night the Senate voted to end the furloughs of ATC’s, House followed up today. POTUS expected to sign it.

    1. Is his hand broken? Did they run out of pens at the WH? Is he too busy partying??? He doesn’t work on weekends?? What???

    2. The house put in the bill that the administrator of the FAA has to consult with and inform the chairs of the house and senate appropriations committee before he tranfers funds to cover operations………the house and senate are on vaycay for a week.

    3. The muckity mucks at the FAA have gone home and won’t return until Monday. No word at the facility level that furloughs are called off.

    4. The FAA’s website has detailed “sequester” related delays. Hell they’ve been tweeting them. They have an aviation newsfeed on their site with important aviation news……not one peep about the bill passed today, nothing. The tweets and the sequester delay updates stopped last night, not updates today on it.

    What a bunch of grandstanding aholes. I bet the media won’t ask any of these questions, nor will they breathlessly equate every delay to sequester.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Obama’s sequester policy: “This is going to hurt you a lot more than it hurts me”.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Possibly that was what he was meditating about… to put off dealing with these jerks and liars who think they can make bills I’ll sign.

    • 49erDweet says:

      IF the House moved a comma or colon in the bill, or added or deleted a word, it has to go back to the senate for approval, before the WH. Sometimes one house will “approve” something but not really approve it, if you know what I mean.

      • Somebody says:

        Maybe that’s the issue 49er. I read both the senate and the house version and the house version was the only one that mentioned the chairs of the appropriations being dialed in.

        Maybe that change requires it to go back to the senate, but the senate has gone home for a week for some kind of vacation. Argh

    • leslie says:

      Well, this morning the news reported that Congress was going to pass the bill to allow FAA to re-allocate monies from the fund to improve airports in order to recall furloughed controllers and pay them. Then the report went on to blame Congress for designing and implementing the sequester. They are simply asshats who are mainlining kool-aid.

    • Karma says:

      Obama and his FAA toadies must be hoping for a weekend travel clusterfuck or a plane crash to lash Reps with.

      Pretty grim when catastrophic failure and death is the desired result from a president. Frankly, it should be an impeachable offense to instruct the govt to make the sequester painful or dangerous to the public.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) revealed he has gained access to a letter from an anonymous whistle blower inside the FAA Thursday on CNBC.

  5. HELENK says:

    it really is a new experience for me to have a president and a chief law enforcement officer have so little respect for my country. Do not think I will ever get used to it.

    civil rights for illegal alliens to get citizenship seems a little strange to me
    If I break a law the only civil rights I have are shut up until a lawyer gets there and the right to a speedy trial by a jury of my peers. I do not get a reward for it.

    • Somebody says:

      I agree with you Helenk. There have been Presidents I didn’t care for and cabinet members too……but this administration is just so vastly different. I might not have liked some of the others, I may have thought their ideas were screwed up or wrong headed…..but I never really thought they were out to destroy the country or that they didn’t love the USA.

      I know a lot of people absolutely hated Bush. I admit I wasn’t real fond of him myself, mostly on a more personal level. You all probably have no idea, but Bush did NOT like air traffic controllers. He came into office hell bent on privatizing the FAA. Before he was even announced the winner he had a committee set up to privatize. Things were moving at a very fast pace and then 9-11 happened. There was no way to sell privatizing ATC, when baggage handlers and crotch gropers were becoming government employees so it all died down.

      Bush went on to do some other things to ATC. Basically making up the rules as he went along. He cut the pay of the younger controllers in half, cut the older ones pay too, but only by about 10-15% depending on where you worked. He outsourced training (very bad move btw), implemented all sorts of stupid rules……..admittedly far too many of the controllers reacted to the rules by rebelling like little kids. My husband was never one of the rebellious ones, btw.

      So a lot of things with Bush for us were kind of personal. Then add the stupid “Patriot Act” and a lot of other stuff. But you know throughout everything I may not have agreed with him, but I never doubted that he loved this country. He may have changed a lot of rules for ATC, he may have been a jerk……but he didn’t play games like this furlough crap. I do think in years to come the outsourcing of training will prove more damaging, but I don’t think he outsourced with the intent of causing harm. I just think he believed through outsourcing you could train ATC’s for half the money and get twice the success rate. Contractors tout so much bs sometimes. The end results are less qualified ATC’s, hopefully in time their skills will get better.

      This administration is just different. I really don’t get a love of country vibe and it’s the first time in my life I ever remember feeling this way.

      • HELENK says:

        when i worked back in Philadelphia one of the ATC’s that Regan fired came to work with me. From what he told me their issue was with safety not money. I understand there were the same complaints later with the new ATCs. eventually the issues were addressed

        • Somebody says:

          Wow Helenk very few people know that. The PATCO controllers were offered a 16% pay increase that is very true, but what they really wanted was new equipment. The FAA at the time was the world’s largest consumer of vacuum tubes. Their equipment was really old and failing.

          Although it is true their main issue and the one that led to them striking was safety and wanting better equipment……the fact remains they didn’t have the right to strike and they knew that. I don’t fault Reagan for firing them, he really had no other choice.

          They did eventually upgrade the equipment, but not until it reached a critical point. They were cannibalizing scopes and at the very end combining sectors because there were no more to cannibalize. They got new equipment during the Clinton years. That equipment was the first phase in a complete overhaul of the ATC system, switching them from ground based radar to a satellite based system.

          When the talking heads bitch about the increase in the FAA budget over the past decade it really angers me. The increase is for equipment and modernization which needs to happen. However, like anything else in DC, plans change. There was plan laid out and then it was changed under W……I don’t know this, I’m just assuming Clinton’s buddies were raking in the dough and it had to switch to W’s. It could have nothing to do with them could be Newt and Nancy’s buddies???? All I know is that like any other government contract the whole thing is behind schedule and over budget. OK technically I know more and I might remember it in about six weeks!!

          Anyway during the period touted they never mention the pay cuts and pay freezes endured by controllers. They make it sound like it’s all the controllers fault. The talking heads also mention the increase in ATC’s. What they don’t mention is that it takes 3-5 years to become an air traffic control. During that time you go through a combination of classroom and on the job training. The reason they have more controllers right now is because 30% of the workforce will be forced out by the end of 2015……30% or more has already been forced out. It took a LOT of effort to explain to the higher ups that you can’t hire a replacement on the day an ATC retires……seems simple given the training requirements but trust me it wasn’t easy to get across.

          The equipment has a long and storied past within the FAA and the gentleman you knew was correct that equipment and safety were the reason the controllers chose to strike. The media prefers the narrative they walked out over money and the sheeple believe that, even though the information about the 16% pay increase is out there.

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Or not:

    SF Pride: ‘Bradley Manning will not be a grand marshal’

    Further to the outrage expressed at the announcement of Bradley Manning being a grand marshal at San Francisco Pride, a few minutes ago Lisa L. Williams, SF Pride board president issued the following statement:

    26 April 2013: Bradley Manning will not be a grand marshal in this year’s San Francisco Pride celebration. His nomination was a mistake and should never have been allowed to happen. A staff person at SF Pride, acting under his own initiative, prematurely contacted Bradley Manning based on internal conversations within the SF Pride organization. That was an error and that person has been disciplined. He does not now, nor did he at that time, speak for SF Pride.

    Bradley Manning is facing the military justice system of this country. We all await the decision of that system. However, until that time, even the hint of support for actions which placed in harms way the lives of our men and women in uniform — and countless others, military and civilian alike — will not be tolerated by the leadership of San Francisco Pride. It is, and would be, an insult to every one, gay and straight, who has ever served in the military of this country. There are many, gay and straight, military and non-military, who believe Bradley Manning to be innocent. There are many who feel differently. Under the US Constitution, they have a first amendment right to show up, participate and voice their opinions at Pride this year.

    Specifically, what these events have revealed is a system whereby a less-than-handful of people may decide who represents the LGBT community’s highest aspirations as grand marshals for SF Pride. This is a systemic failure that now has become apparent and will be rectified. In point of fact, less than 15 people actually cast votes for Bradley Manning. These 15 people are part of what is called the SF Pride Electoral College, comprised of former SF Pride Grand Marshals. However, as an organization with a responsibility to serve the broader community, SF Pride repudiates this vote. The Board of Directors for SF Pride never voted to support this nomination. Bradley Manning will have his day in court, but will not serve as an official participant in the SF Pride Parade.

  7. HELENK says:

    just heard of a drone being put to good use.
    at a south African music fest you order your beer by phone and a drone drops it to you.

    • Jadzia says:

      Oh, good Lord. How tone-deaf can this Obama possibly be? We have enough lowlifes in politics here already, thank you very much.

      On the other hand, I have only ever had to deal with the consular “outpost” in Bordeaux (not the embassy in Paris), and the guy who runs things there is incredibly efficient, patient (not a cross look when we had to bring four small and occasionally unruly children into what is a TINY office not once but twice), and blends right in here (i.e., he dresses the part and his French is impeccable). I don’t know how far down the ambassadorial chain the political appointments go, but I hope he gets to stay after that happy day when America gets a new presidential administration.

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