Just Another Monday Open Thread

Gateway drug

Walter Russell Mead:

Asia’s Game of Thrones turned in to a Game of Ports this week, after China attempted to hijack an Indian port development project in Iran. Tensions on the Korean peninsula could be easing, as North and South Korea agreed to sit down at the negotiating table. China had a couple of energy setbacks this week: first, one of its biggest wind turbine manufacturers announced the closing of four of its international subsidiaries, and then it was reported that China will likely fall woefully short of its self-imposed shale energy extraction targets.

There wasn’t much in the way of good news in Europe this week. Two high-profile Portugese ministers resigned in protest of austerity measures the country has been forced to endure for the past two years as a result its €78 billion bailout. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was booted from France’s most important constitutional body for overspending in the 2012 campaign, though allegations that Sarkozy accepted money from former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in his 2007 campaign are the more serious (though still unproven) of his campaign finance indiscretions. The EU finally voted to go ahead with a plan to “fix” its broken carbon market, but even if this new strategy is successful, the continent will lose. A governing party leader in Turkey blamed domestic unrest on the Jews, and though he denied the initial report, a video was released seeming to confirm that he spouted this ugly, delusional nonsense.

Thanks in part to cheap shale gas, Mexico is on the cusp of a manufacturing boom that could have it replacing China as the go-to maker-of-things. But shale isn’t just fueling North American economies, it’s displacing dirty-burning coal, and though many environmentalists might cringe to hear it, fracking ought to be considered “green.” But to keep up with our newfound glut of shale energy, the US needs to expand pipeline infrastructure; in the meantime, companies are getting creativity in bringing their product to market, and the oil shipping business is booming in the Gulf of Mexico.

Now that he is back from his vacation diplomatic trip to Africa and has solved the crisis in Egypt, the hardest working president in history will be taking a well-earned rest at the Motel 6 in some out-of-the-way place called Martha’s Vineyard. While there he’ll be able to mix and mingle with normal, every day, middle class folks like you and me.

Needless to say whenever I wake up (which has been noonish for the past week) I will be watching the Zimmerman train-wreck trial. The persecution rested on Friday so we get to see the defense try to poke holes in what seems like an air-tight case to the people at MSNBC.

What else is happening today?

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63 Responses to Just Another Monday Open Thread

  1. myiq2xu says:
  2. 49erDweet says:

    After a terrible week of 68° weather just got word it will cool off to 66°-ish for a spell. Couldn’t come at a better time since the green, turgid tomatoes are apparently never gonna ripen, so might as well freeze them. Those lower temps should save money and speed that process. Living in CA by the ocean can be rough. OTH, have van loads of relatives driving all the way from the desert for the Olallieberries.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Still no word on what caused Theresa Kerry’s acute “critical but stable” condition? I find that odd. She’s in a Boston hospital. A stroke? Heart Attack? Alcohol poisoning? <—– See, dammit, there goes the tinfoil. I hate these secretive people.

    Well, best wishes and a speedy recovery anyhow :/

  4. Lulu says:

    Thanks to everyone who mentioned great reads on the last thread. I have bookmarked it to use on my next trek to my cheapo used huge book store. I too am hooked on the apparently kangaroo court of the Zimmerman trial. I’ve known of prosecutors who were considered dumb asses but nothing close to that. I’ve never heard of not being able to use self defense with what ever you have if someone is beating your head. People have closed head injuries from one bump in car wrecks for crying out loud. These prosecutors by-passed the grand jury for this? Shame on them.

    • leslie says:

      Didn’t Natasha Richardson die from a bump on the head when she was skiing a couple of years ago?
      I agree —> kangaroo

      • Lulu says:

        Yes. I know two people with closed head injuries. One fell in her home and one in a car accident. No wounds but bruising and little swellings on the head. All of the damage was inside the head. One was treated quickly at the hospital and one wasn’t. Both have impairments from the accidents and these were one bump head injuries. It is crazy for the state prosecutors to go this route as it is more than false.

    • leslie says:

      Also agree about last night. I have a little folder where I stored the entire thread. It was great. And I’m grateful for all the suggestions – reading and kitchen ideas as well.
      I don’t know how to upload photos to internet sites so I can’t send photos of this project unless someone gives me directions.

      • myiq2xu says:

        The simplest way is to use Twitter.

      • Lulu says:

        I have used Flickr. I think it is the one that you can do folders with specific content. I had one folder that was just owl photos I took. There are others that may be better. I and probably others would love to follow your remodel. I always forget to take the before pictures so I can never do the comparison. I did have a how-to on a friend’s decorating blog once for an upholstered headboard but that was a long time ago.

  5. votermom says:

    This does not seem right to me

    • DandyTiger says:

      Off with their heads.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I peeked at the linked Advocate article and the bakery owner has turned down other requests for gay events. Would it be so hard for the gay community in that area to find a supportive baker and only patronize him/her ?

      • votermom says:

        And seriously – would you buy any prepared food from a vendor that didn’t like you? #noteatingthat

        Edit to Add:
        Also this kind of crap is what makes the religious peeps suspect that the lgbt lobby is going to sue churches into performing gay marriages.

        • DandyTiger says:

          That would be a good guess.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I personally believe business owners are stupid for wearing their religious or political beliefs on their sleeves. Why would you want to lose any demographic ? I’m looking at you too Hollywood and your big mouth celebs……wonder why those movies are bombing ?

      • Blessyourheart says:

      • wmcb says:

        I think bigots are basically stupid. However, unless they are actively hurting someone (i.e your boss or something), in which case equality laws apply, the proper response to them is to ignore them.

        I believe gay people have every right to be as gay as they wanna be. I also believe (IMO) idiots have a right to be wrong in their thinking about gay people.

    • Blessyourheart says:

    • yttik says:

      This is what I have been concerned about and was told repeatedly by gay marriage advocates that it would never happen, but there is a certain amount of predictability to these things, so I knew it was coming. Add the flower shop in Oregon to the mix.

      Now, I support gay marriage, but I also support religious freedom and I am now in the awkward position of also supporting a person’s right to be a bigot. I’m sorry, but it’s true, bad business practices perhaps, offensive perhaps, but you still cannot force people with the threat of jail, to feel and think “properly,” whatever your version of proper thought is.

      • wmcb says:

        Yep. I too believe people have a right to be a bigot. Just like they have a right to be stupid in any other myriad number of ways.

        Sorry, but they do. Because while I may agree with today’s definition of “bigot”, I may not agree with tomorrow’s. Hell, I’ve been told for 6 years that I’m practically a KKK member for criticizing Obama.

        No thought/opinion/free association police. Period.

      • votermom says:

        In a free market, competition would soon make the owner regret rejecting good paying customers.
        The govt should not intervene.
        (Unless there is a cartel of bakers who effectively deny any cakes to all lgbt weddings, then they should step in to break that up.)

  6. DandyTiger says:

  7. votermom says:

  8. votermom says:

    I’ve been wondering the same thing

  9. votermom says:

    Prince Andrew’s on twitter. I guess this means it’s officially been taken over by the stodgies. j/k

  10. votermom says:

  11. HELENK says:


    liberal apartheid

    another victor davis hanson article and it really gives you something to think about

    • yttik says:

      “….Modern liberalism, among other things, is a psychological state, in which very-well-off Americans find ways through their income and privilege to be exempt from the ramifications of their own ideologies, while adopting causes and pets that exempt them from guilt over their own status and limitless opportunities….”

      Oh, Amen to that! Drives me nuts. Whenever I’ve tried to point out that working class people just can’t afford their ideologies they have called me a racist, bitter, clinger, stepford wife, white male, rabid right wing, thingymajigger. If I provide any evidence, I’m a jackbooted thug.

    • wmcb says:

      Yep. It’s all well and good for the elites to call me “racist” for opposing unlimited immigration of low-skilled labor: it’s the poorer working class who will bear the brunt of those policies, not them.

      Same thing with education policy. Their kids largely don’t go to public school. Or if they do, they are free to live whereever the very best ones are. They can social experiment to their heart’s content with the plebes – their children will never have to attend unsafe, crappy schools.

      Same thing with govt employees – their jobs are secure regardless of the economy.

  12. HELENK says:


    who will threaten her first the IRS, the FBI, bet the NSA listens in on every conversation and reads every e-mail

  13. t says:

    Wish I had a like button for that picture.

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