I guess we need another open thread open thread

He's not much for conversation but he's hung like a horse

He’s not much for conversation but he’s hung like a horse

Breaking News: Chris Christie works out!

I expected the media to eventually turn on Governor Soprano and tear him to pieces, but not until he won the GOP nomination.

I feel cranky. I need a nap.

Here’s a fresh thread to play with.

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Unless President Donald J. Trump pulls a hat out of a rabbit real soon, on 1/21/21 I will wake up in a socialist banana republic.
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75 Responses to I guess we need another open thread open thread

  1. Lulu says:

    Gov Soprano was handy for a “pivot” away from the Gates book. It was especially handy since most of the media live in NYC or northern NJ. And even the putzes in DC have been on that bridge at least once. I don’t think they intended on handing Gov Soprano eleventy zillion dollars worth of free air time to hotdog it though. I don’t like him, I think he is an asshole, but I do admire anyone who takes a bad situation and runs with it. LOL.

  2. helenk3 says:


    backtrack’s approval rate 38%. lower then Bush’s after Katrina

  3. helenk3 says:


    most Americans think backtrack not competent to run governmnent

    • 49erDweet says:

      He frequently seems surprised to discover it’s his job, so he might just share that opinion.

    • Constance says:

      I agree Obama isn’t competent to run anything especially government, but if either McCain or Romney were President we would still be in Iraq and Afghanistan and also probably Syria and Libya as well as heavily involved in Egypt. So at least he kept us out of more military adventure. Now if he could just reduce the troops in Europe and Korea that would be great. People are also fed up with the liberal agenda due to Obama’s bad management.

      • Well that would just be terrible, because then this would never have happened, and it’s such a good thing. / s


        From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites.

        Indeed, al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history.

    • DandyTIger says:

      They desperately want the GOP house to not sign on. They could give a rats ass about the unemployed. Clearly.

      • The Klown says:

        Yep – they just want an issue they can club the GOP with.

      • The main amendment was a fair deal. It prevented people from claiming both disability and unemployment insurance after 9 months, and almost covered the cost of the extension.

        The cost of the extension is pegged at 6 billion + for 3 months, which seemed extreme to me, so I did the math. That’s 6 thousand per person for the million effected for three months. $2,000 a month, which is more than I make after taxes, and a little under before taxes. That’s a lot of vote buying power if the Dems can jack the Reps around all year with it while they sing the income equality song.

    • 49erDweet says:

      That can actually be quite destructive. Ice dams back water up until pressure overwhelms and violence ensues – – – somewhere!!

    • helenk3 says:


      per sen boxer, dems to start climate change study to give info on global warming. maybe they should start at Niagara Falls now

    • Ann says:

      I just took pics there on Saturday. I guess frozen as a headline is for shock-sake, and then the “partially” in the caption because you can see in the pics the water is flowing. (It isn’t frozen)

      Of all the pictures I took, I have two favorites: one where there is no one on any of the overlook platforms because it was really cold out (I doubt I will ever see that again), and one of all those quarter viewers that they have for close ups… no idea what the official name is – all completely frozen. The spray of the Falls combined with the freezing cold made for some really cool pictures!

  4. The Klown says:

    Major logic fail:

    On one hand, this fact of human nature is part of the reason communism fails. No matter how much we have, we tend to always want more, even if it’s more than we need or can even use. And we usually want to have more than our neighbor.

    But the flip side of that conservative capitalist coin is that if people are provided a universal basic income, they’re still going to want to do sometimes unpleasant work in order to accumulate more than their neighbor. It also puts a dent in the myth that government largesse creates dependency. Fundamentally, people want to have more things even if it means pointless work.

    We’re materialistic creatures with a decent work ethic. We don’t need to be made miserable by conservative economics in order to reinforce that.

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  7. helenk3 says:

    question of the day

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  9. DeniseVB says:

    Of course …. Media feeding frenzy over Christie a brazillion times more than the IRSgate.


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  11. driguana says:

    This is really awesome…

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  14. The Klown says:

    I had some leftover chicken breast (seasoned and baked) so I sliced it up and mixed it with some penne pasta, cream of mushroom soup, grated sharp cheddar and topped with some french-fried onion.

    Then I baked it in a casserole dish.


    I’ll have to do that again.

  15. The Klown says:

    Where is Helen?

    The first half of this commercial is the most honest ad EVER:

    • helenk3 says:

      carl’s jr is not a real cheese steak….. check out the roll.
      One reason you can not get good cheese steaks in California the roll.
      need a good Italian roll from Philly
      For a while there was a place here in Hemet that imported meat and rolls from Philly to make cheese steaks. I was one of their first customers

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  17. helenk3 says:


    DeBlasio appoints occupier as city council speaker.

    I love New York, but what the hell were they thinking when they elected him?

  18. The Klown says:

    Investors Business Daily:

    Under new federal guidelines for reforming “discriminatory” school discipline, the disruptive will learn quickly that their teachers must now tolerate even more disruptive behavior.

    This is about the only learning that will be going on, especially in inner-city schools, once this insane policy is fully implemented.

    This week the Education Department warned the nation’s school administrators it’s not a good idea to remove unruly kids from the classroom. What about the violent ones? Suspend them only as a “last resort.” Think twice about even sending them to the principal, and whatever you do, don’t call the cops.

    Obama’s educrats say minorities bear the brunt of these “draconian” practices. And based on statistics they’ve cooked up showing racial “disparities” in punishment, they smell school racism on a national scale.

    Principals who want to avoid lawsuits and hold on to their funding would be well advised to adopt a “non-punitive” approach to handling discipline problems called “restorative justice,” a remedy recommended in the guidance package the department released Wednesday.

    This is when irresponsible social policy-making turns dangerous.

    Restorative justice, also called reparative justice or distributive justice, is part of a fringe civil rights movement that demands the abolition of prisons. Under this approach to justice, there are no offenders. Just victims. It trivializes crime and has increased recidivism wherever it has been applied.

    Intimidated by federal investigations, hundreds of school districts across the country already have hired civil rights activists to train faculty in the finer points of restorative justice.

    White staffers are taught to check their “unconscious racial bias” — also known as their “whiteness” — when dealing with minority students who act out. They are told to open their eyes to “white privilege” and have more empathy for black kids who may be lashing out in frustration. They’re trained to identify “root causes” of black anger, such as America’s legacy of racism. Teachers are advised to avoid “trigger” words, and watch their “tone.”

    They’re also told to respect black “culture,” which is described as more “emotional.” (Talk about racism.) Restorative justice tells teachers to give disruptive students a pass when they curse and threaten them because “African-American boys are demonstrative” and that’s just how they “engage in learning.”

    In other words, if black students are acting out, it’s your fault. You didn’t validate their victimhood.

    Of course victims don’t deserve punishment. So troubled kids under this approach are allowed to negotiate the consequences for their bad behavior, which usually takes the form of rehabilitation through counseling and therapy. Often, teachers and students sit in “talking circles” and develop “empathy and respect” for one another. Talk invariably turns to racism and white privilege.

    • DandyTIger says:

      This isn’t going to end well. And by the way, in not too many years, “whites” will be a minority. When that happens, does all this change? Yeah, that was rhetorical.

      • Lulu says:

        This will accelerate the decline. It is also a rationalization for complete failure by these “elites”. It really is a continuation of Obama-ism which is fascist. It is their one trick pony modus operandi. Minority children as little brownshirts hectoring and beating the shit out of anyone who thwarts them led by elite “intellectuals” is the bottom of the barrel. It is criminality as government. I think the fascists are speeding up their programs because they are looking at a huge rejection of everything they do coming up shortly in elections. I hope this is the last hurrah for their idiocy.

        • Somebody says:

          Yes it will accelerate the decline and what a shame. I’m sure homeschool will start to accelerate too, as well as virtual schools. I’m sure there are plans to reign those alternatives in, can’t lose too much control.

          The bottom line though is it’s all about control, using the long arm of DOJ to control school systems across the country. Schools are inherently a local matter and as such typically are not controlled by a central federal government, but wait here’s yet another reason for said control. This isn’t the first time and I seriously doubt it will be the last time. Same goes for voting another inherently local matter. DOJ has many states and districts under their thumb and they plan to keep it that way. It’s all about control, but not many people see it that way. I’m sure they’ve managed to imbed a lot of bureaucrats to keep it all going long after they’re gone too.

    • Somebody says:

      Well, well, well I guess I was on the cutting edge of this BS back in the 90’s who knew? I’ve listened to all of this, hell I chaired a committee trying to work through “acceptable” discipline. Guess what? Any and all discipline is veiled slavery, a disguised attempt to keep young AA’s in chains.

      I laughed when I was reading that IBD article because I’ve heard it all before. OMG the black “culture” is more emotional, curse words are a natural and normal part of their culture…….so are pejoratives….memories light the corners of my mind.

      Desegregation is big business not just for the race hustlers either. School districts get extra federal money for various programs, the money trickles through the system with the purchase of materials and as far as desegregation also transportation. Consultants are paid huge sums, as are attorneys. Alas though many districts have obtained unitary status despite this. Some did so reluctantly but the parents/voters in their districts were pushing for it. Yep the whole thing, the money, the victimhood, the soap box, the lawyers, the programs, the consultants…….all starting to dry up…….so enter discipline equality. Sounds to me like this should be good for at least another 30 years or so.

      This is nothing more than a big hustle, brother Eric taking care of “his people” for decades to come. The shame of it is that in the end it will hurt a lot kids………but all the better for the race hustlers they like victims.

      • Lulu says:

        If this started in the ’90s is it not in the decline of the cycle? One of the things that I thought Obama would be really bad at is promoting the race hustlers when he was taking over the Dem party. This kind of stuff is most viable when it is just under the radar. The media has cloaked it in non-controversial language for a long time and it just slides by. But when it becomes national policy, touted by an un-popular president and his lackies, who is known as a complete fuck-up at everything his “elites” touch, then examination follows. Most people understand that this would condemn children to lifelong systemic failure. It almost appears that Obama is paying back his chits while he still can.

        • Somebody says:

          Well I certainly heard all of this in the 90’s. First through a “task force”, set up to look into all of this. Then a lot of “disparity” information was presented during the district’s various trials seeking unitary status.

          I kid you not they found “disparity” in the fact that there were more young AA girls in the unwed mother’s program than white! Seriously as if the district had control of how many teens got pregnant and what race they were.

          Back in the 90’s though the big push really had to do with housing patterns, basically trying to hold school districts accountable for housing patterns. The issue was argued before SCOTUS in the Jenkins case and somewhat again in Freeman V Pitts. Bottom line without a nexus the housing pattern issue wasn’t a player. The discipline stuff back then seemed more of an ancillary issue, but it was an issue as I said at least where I was.

          Discipline disparity would be much easier in that in many ways it’s in the eye of the beholder. You can’t prove that you don’t have racist teachers and administrators and that students aren’t being singled out for discipline because of their race if your discipline statistics don’t mirror your districts racial makeup.

  19. Somebody says:

    BTW just wanted to say that socioeconomic status is a much stronger predictor of performance and discipline issues than race. If you really cut through everything you’ll find socioeconomics plays a very large role. I have no data to back up why, I only know it’s a common denominator that cuts across all races…….I’m going to go out on a limb and say it has to do with parenting in lower socioeconomic homes.

    There are some interesting exceptions to that socioeconomic generality though particularly when it comes to gangs or gang wannabes.

    It could be different in different parts of the country, but in my area those were striking patterns.

    • Lulu says:

      I would think that is fairly obvious. Several decades ago a local industry imported a group of skilled workers from Mexico. These were solidly middle class people with a high skill set although they were technically laborers. Their children were spectacularly successful in school. They also rapidly intermarried with the local yokels and one of the boys is now the highly respected Republican sheriff. It has much much to do with social class and upward mobility.

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