Wednesday Photobomb Open Thread

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No insomnia means no late night post writing. Until my health deteriorates or I start drinking again you’ll just have to settle for a pot-luck approach to blogging.

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126 Responses to Wednesday Photobomb Open Thread

  1. driguana says:

    Definitely tired of all of the scandal topics. Let’s discuss “economics”.
    What needs to happen in the community you live in to either keep it stable, if that’s the case, or to move in a different direction?

    Having just come from Santa Fe NM to Delray Beach FL as a retired city planner, my interests were specifically in economic development. Santa Fe County took a very strong position to support the film industry. We created only the second Media District in the country (outside of Burbank CA) to specifically allow for the construction of a major film production studio, Santa Fe Studios (sound stages have to be about 80′ in height and that’s a difficult problem in historic Santa Fe…so we did this several miles out of town where there was no opposition). Albuquerque recently built several major studios where such films/series as Terminator and Breaking Bad were filmed. Santa Fe County’s efforts have already resulted in the filming of Longmire and The Lone Ranger. Film production in northern New Mexico is really a “no-brainer” but the goal was, and still is, I assume, to make Santa Fe the Independent Film Capital of the country….much like Austin did with music….Seattle, too, I guess. It’s moving forward although, generally speaking, local conservatives hate Hollywood and liberals love them. While there, I dubbed Santa Fe County Holywood, not Hollywood, after the City of Holy Faith.

    Delray Beach is a community of a different nature for me and I am still learning about it. One noticeable problem though is parking….if you want to be a tourist spot with a strong local scene, you have to allow people to get in and out readily. They have a new downtown trolley and a jitney service that works well for locals. Parking is a tough problem. But for locals, if you can walk, you don’t have to park and Delray Beach has that going for it. Also, creating a “scene” is another complicated evolvement. If it doesn’t work for locals, it won’t work for anyone else.

    • Danger Dog says:

      ,I live in an old New England mill town. It’s small- about 2 square miles. The fortunes of the town has risen and fallen with the success of the building that was once the woolen mill. At one point the mill was home to Digital Equipment. When DEC divested of itself to HP, Compaq, and Intel, a lot the properties were sold, but the mill and the property on the other side of town fell vacant. For a few years our downtown (and our tax base) was devastated. Then a couple of locals appealed to the town for some tax incentives to help them kick start redevelopment of the mill. This is New England where the town meeting runs the show, and the town is small enough that everyone gets to vote. Fortunately, it was a miserable night, and the people who showed up at the meeting voted “yes”. Now the mill is home to hundreds of small businesses and home to Monster.com. But the Digital property on the other side of town remains vacant more than a decade later.

      At some point that other property was purchased by a development group. Part of it has been ‘re-zoned for retail use, but not enough for a small mall. Wal-Mart has shown some interest, but more of the property would have to be ‘re-zoned for them to get enough parking. Knowing that the townspeople, in general, do not favor being home to Wal-Mart, the developer sought to have the entire plot ‘re-zoned. He wanted to build a mid-sized strip mall, with a grocery store and a small department store, restaurant, etc. and 200 apartment units. Rental units are scarce around here. Citing “the ripoff” the town got over the tax breaks to the mill and funded by the downtown merchants, a group was formed to stop the ‘re-zoning. The developer wasn’t prepared for what hit him. The day of the vote was bright and sunny and the shopping area went down with a giant thud.

      I spoke to the developer after the town meeting. The apartments are probably still coming. He’ll go to the state with a plan for low income units. In that case, the state can override the town’s vote because the area doesn’t meet the state’s bar for affordable units. What happens to the rest of the property is still up in th air. A vote to re-zone just enough to get Wal-Mart its parking lot might pass unnoticed on a dark and stormy night.

      I’m always amazed when I listen to the people around me at these meetings. Town meeting is direct democracy at its core. Usually, it works pretty well. But crying over giving a 25% tax cut to a business that brought thousands of jobs to your town and revitalized the other businesses is silly. Not voting to let a grocery store into town because the one that wants to build isn’t a store you want to shop in is silly. Hoping a company like DEC is going to come back and want the property is OK, but then you have to be prepared to have very little revenue while you wait. You don’t get to complain about your taxes.

      • driguana says:

        Awesome. Yes, local government is a real trip. The challenge is to really understand why “nimbys” get upset about something and then for the community to understand how things really work. It goes way beyond “not in my backyard” to really understanding governance and economic development on a more sophisticated level… most communities are not prepared for that, as you point out. But my personal hope still remains….let’s work more diligently on that level. When you think about how murky everything gets as you move up the state/federal level, don’t we still stand a better chance of positive change at the local level?

        • Klown Danger says:

          You shoulda seen the fit hit the shan when Walmart wanted to build a distribution center outside of town.

          We already have a Walmart. This was not a store, it was a regional distribution center. It would provide jobs and not compete with any local businesses.

          But the nimbys and environmentalists and Bay Area progs fought it anyway.

        • DandyTIger says:

          The nimbys and environmentalists are hard to argue with since they don’t use facts or logic. They’re like rich teenagers. Money magically comes from daddy or daddy government, and making money is evil.

    • Somebody says:

      Very interesting driguana about Santa Fe and the film industry. I am still saddened every single time I go to Orlando. At one point there were two active studios there, now one is just a shell with very, very little activity. The other (Nickelodeon Studios @ Universal) is completely abandoned. That huge facility just sits empty it’s really sad.

      I keep hoping one day some of the Hollywood types will figure out that those facilities are there and that filming in Florida can be much less expensive.

      Speaking of Florida, once again welcome to the Sunshine State!

      • driguana says:

        Good points that also illustrate how development sometimes works in the wrong ways…just throw up buildings. However, building a community development project like film production or tourism or music or anything else requires a whole different set of thinking skills. I am somewhat familiar with the Orlando situation as my father worked for Universal for many years and eventually retired there. Not sure that they had all of the required film production skills and settings there which seems odd. I still think South Florida has huge film potential but should probably be perceived in a more regional way…needs state involvement, too…..those pesky tax incentives are really critical to smaller, independent film companies.

        Thanks for the welcome! Having come from the high desert where it hardly rains at all, I’m enjoying the rain even though my neighbors tell it might not be a good thing to be walking around naked in it!

  2. Up early because I have an interview. Saw this first thing after my walk. LOL!

  3. Elliott says:

    Will someone who loves them and wants the best for them sit the Weiner’s down and tell them they need to enter into private life? Is our culture so saturated with narcissism that fools like this can continue to delude themselves and self-harm and no one will do them a big favor and tell BOTH of them “Stop it”. There is something wrong with Anthony Weiner. Something big. And Huma’s ambition, ability to ignore the obvious, and allow her most private life to be a joke is horrifying to watch. Go away. Get a private life. Do you still want to be married if neither of you has a political position now nor in the future? Act like adults with a sense of shame for the sake of your child(ren) and find something else to do instead of continually dragging your shit out for the public.

  4. DandyTIger says:

    Snowden is still at the airport. And today’s polls show Weiners numbers getting better. Probably still polling before.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Dang, another ill-informed celebrity to cross off my list.

  6. yttik says:

    “Until my health deteriorates or I start drinking again you’ll just have to settle for a pot-luck approach to blogging.”

    Please don’t do either of these things because some of us are quite fond of you 🙂

    Pot luck is just fine, in fact, it’s preferable to some people’s cooking. Just don’t invite Anthony Weiner because I’m afraid he might bring something and we all know where his hands have been.

  7. Klown Danger says:
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    • leslie says:

      Bronco is not a truthful person. He’s a fraud and whatever comes out of his mouth is dishonest. Isn’t this what we call cognitive dissonance?

  9. Klown Danger says:
  10. Klown Danger says:
    • Lulu says:

      He has pivoted so much he is back in Chicago. By 2014 He will be in Honolulu.

      • votermom says:

        Pivot. Rinse. Repeat.

        • Lulu says:

          He climbed the job ladder and changed jobs before he could be held to account for accomplishing nothing in any of them. Now he is still doing it but with “issues”. After Obamacare passed he “pivoted” away from how the fuck it could be implemented. Same with “jobs”, “a conversation about race”, and every other “issue”. He used to climb but he can’t go any higher so he “pivots”.

        • helenk3 says:

          he pivots more than a whirling dervish

      • leslie says:

        Please don’t let him come back to Chicago permanently. His “peeps” are already intolerable. I can’t imagine what they’d be like if he were here after the debacle known as the Obama administration.

        • Klown Danger says:

          How many vacations to Chicago has he taken since he was first sworn in?

        • leslie says:

          I think he and the fam have been here a couple of times for a couple of days each time. Those were “while enroute to other more exotic destinations”. I wonder if the girls knew, when they went to DC, that they would never have the same friends again. How sad for them.
          We moved when I was a teen, and I only got to see my friends one time after the move. I was really sad. Social networking was long distance calls and my family had limited means. Letter writing took time and finally the enthusiasm for writin waned.

        • Klown says:

          They’ll be losing most of the friends they made the last 8 years too, cuz they won’t be staying in DC either.

        • Klown says:

          I’m guessing they’ll move to Martha’s Vineyard with a winter home in Hawaii. His presidential library will be in Chicago but all the files will be classified.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Lets hope. 🙂

  11. Klown Danger says:
  12. yttik says:

    Huma Weiner is almost more annoying than her husband. She says that after a lot of work and a lot of therapy, she has forgiven her husband. Forgiven him for what? He’s proven to be a sleezy pervert. It’s not a single act or an incident, it’s who he is. It’s the content of his character. She’s not forgiving him for a mistake, she’s accepting him for who he is, based apparently on the pay off she receives from being married to him.

    Was it Klown who asked if perhaps she is participating with him in his sexting? I’m starting to wonder myself.

    • yttik says:

      Also, she’s not “forgiving” him so she can work on her marriage, she’s forgiving him so she can lend legitimacy and respectability to his behavior, so he’s more marketable to the people of NY.

      It’s kind of slapping a coat of paint on a used car so you can deceive people and sell if for more than it’s worth. That’s what Huma is, a sleezy used car salesman.

      • Lulu says:

        She is trying to rehabilitate him so she can be the First Lady of NYC. She has already spent X years with the idiot and she is not obviously not very good with cost/benefit analysis. If she really cares about him she will get his dumb self out of the public eye. If she doesn’t she needs to wave bye-bye to any career in politics or public service for either of them. Only others with similar problems with impulse control with support him. Can you imagine going around campaigning with him? “Heh Anthony! Show us your wiener!” This is horrible and they are in denial. I don’t find this funny because they are so delusional. Well maybe a little funny.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Honk Lulu, 🙂

    • votermom says:

    • driguana says:

      Good thing here name is not Ima! Or Yuma!

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  14. helenk3 says:

    you have to give backtrack credit for one thing. job sharing has really increased under his watch. people used to have 1 job with benefits. now that is pretty well gone. now we have 2 people working part time with no benefits not really making enough to live on doing the same job.
    cheaper for employer, job rate looks good for backtrack

    • elliesmom says:

      I can remember when it was hard to talk an employer into job sharing. When I first returned to professional work, I shared a job with another young mother. I worked Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, and she worked Wednesday,Thursday, Friday. Since neither one of us got benefits and were probably not paid as big salary since we had to twist our bosses arm to let us do it, he probably saved money. We covered for each other if we had a sick kid and worked full weeks when the other one of us wanted a vacation, all worked out between us without his help. When I left for a full-time position in another company, I helped my partner find another mom. It was a great way to get back to work in a professional field, and the arrangement took away his fears of young moms being away from work too much because of ‘family issues”. When it’s something you want to do, it’s great, but not so much when it’s all you can get.

      • R. D. Dingleberry says:

        A true feminist would say fuck SAHMs and work full time.

        • helenk3 says:

          a true feminist would look at the difference in expenses working full time or part time.
          after my son was born, I got a part time job. My former employer want ed me to come back full time. the difference between 5 days and 2 days after expenses was $7 a week.
          A true feminist might decide to work odd hours so that either she or her husband would be home with the kids.
          a true feminist would believe in a woman having a choice on whether to work or stay home and respect either decision.
          those stay at home moms help many working moms with their kids and should be respected for that

        • Danger Dog says:

          You mean feminism is about having choices about more things than killing your unborn child, Helen? Who would have thunk.it?

  15. helenk3 says:

    http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2013/07/23/pack-of-monkeys-threaten-joe-biden/

    well here is my first laugh of the day.

    jimmy carter had killer rabbits

    joe biden has mango throwing monkeys

  16. helenk3 says:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/07/wuthering-weiners.php

    good article
    are the anthony weiners and elliot spitzers the future in politics

  17. votermom says:

    Btw, doesn’t photobomb cubicle guy in the 2nd pic remind you of Ziggy? LOL

  18. Klown Danger says:
  19. votermom says:

  20. helenk3 says:

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/56743

    an interesting an brave man died. tried to tell us about ayres and backtrack

  21. Anthony says:

    Ahem…

  22. Anthony says:

    in moderation again?!

  23. votermom says:

    Touche

  24. helenk3 says:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/07/nice-michelle-obama-scolds-hispanic-kids-for-being-fat-video/

    meeeshele spews again/
    the greediest first lady in this country’s history lectures people on food

  25. Mary says:

    “The President is not focused on scandals, Joe. He’s focused on jobs and the economy and the Middle class.”

    Oh , for God’s sake, Jake.

  26. helenk3 says:

    http://suckersonparade.blogspot.com/2013/07/marthas-vineyard-residents-liken-obama.html

    I do not think the people of the vineyard are too happy with the backtrack invasion . they compare it to herpes

  27. helenk3 says:

    http://www.localnews8.com/lifestyle/money/watchdog-borrowers-in-obama-housing-program-redefaulting/-/461672/21137896/-/y77kcz/-/index.html

    borrowers in backtrack’s housing program redefaulting

    another solanydra.
    wonder if the msm will talk about this?

  28. votermom says:

    Heh

  29. Somebody says:

    My goodness you all just have such interesting links……is there no good news of any kind out there???

    Sheesh, I’ve been through a royal screwing this past week, nail in the coffin a ridiculously inflated bill in the mail today. I come here to get my mind off everything and there is nothing but bad news and crap sandwiches. Argh!

    • mcnorman says:

      Okay Somebody…we should all be happy that we don’t need surgery in Moldova. 😀

      Surgeons in Moldova have resorted to operating with construction drills, it’s claimed.

      A YouTube clip claiming to show a doctor using such an instrument, along with a set of “rusty” pliers, on a patient’s leg sparked outrage in the country’s media. Doctors from the Chisinau-based Ignatenco children’s hospital then told news channel Publika TV they used “construction tools” while operating. One, Nicolae Curca, told the reporter: “We informed relevant bodies that we work with construction drills and that we carry out osteotomy [a bone-cutting procedure] with hammer and chisel.”

      Health Minister Andrei Usatii denied this was the case, claiming the video clip was aimed at “discrediting” the hospital, reports the Publika TV. However, Prime Minister Iuriu Leanca issued a statement demanding that Usatii immediately inspect medical equipment in clinics and find funds to buy new equipment.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-23420022

      • Somebody says:

        Very true McNorman we should be happy about that. Hell we should all be happy we’re in the USA. We have so many advantages just living in this country that so many of us take for granted.

        Point well taken, McNorman! I remember when little somebody was in treatment some of the families from other countries would ask questions and post threads on the LLS support page……OMG! I remember one lady in the Phillipines that had to take her son and literally camp outside the hospital for her son’s chemo. It was like people camping out for a black Friday special, except they were hoping to score life saving medicine.

        So yes, despite some of the current issues going on we should still be very thankful that we’re Americans.

        • mcnorman says:

          Somebody, I share your pain on the crappiness of the week’s news. I know it will end sometime, I just wish it were really soon. 😀

    • 49erDweet says:

      …and then it get’s worse.

  30. votermom says:

  31. lyn says:

    His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge aka. George Alexander Louis.

  32. Somebody says:

    Royal baby name is out……GEORGE!

    MHP must be crushed! Not a Trayvon in the mix.

    George Alexander Louis

  33. Anthony says:

    oh, fuck me and this “your comment is awaiting moderation” bullshit

  34. Klown says:

    New Baby Prince thread up.

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