Oscar Pool Open Thread

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It’s that time of year again! Here’s the memo from our Recreation Director, the one and only Angienc:

Only 2 weeks until the Academy Awards, which means it’s time for the annual The Crawdad Hole Oscar Pick ‘Em Game. This game is free & open to everyone who posts here but you need the pool name & password to register & make your picks at link below:

Pool Name is: TCH2014
Password is: crawdad
Link is: http://www.funofficepools.com/joinpool.php?Passed_Pool_Key=ad6f8f4c00b

Go to the link, join & make your Oscar picks.

Person who gets the most picks right/highest points will receive a fabulous prize.*


We will of course be hosting a live blog with free drinks and popcorn on March 2nd. Admission is only $5 per pound. As always it will be clothing-optional.

See Angie for tickets.

This is an open thread.


*That’s not true.


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107 Responses to Oscar Pool Open Thread

  1. Lulu says:

    I will pretend to be an average US voter and vote on stuff that I have absolutely no idea what it is since I have not seen a single nominated movie this year. But I will watch TV news and vote for what “feels” right and who I think is cool. Do you think Hollyweird would object? Hey, I got an opinion too! I like Cate Blanchett’s clothes. /S/

    • votermom says:

      Lol. You inspire me.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m voting for Bradley Cooper because he gives me tingles up my leg 😀 Though Jared Leto does too. Voting is hard.

      • leslie says:

        Jared Leto was utterly amazing! He’s got my vote as well.
        And I hope Cate Blanchet wins for “Blue Jasmine” even though it is a Woody Allen movie.
        She is another Meryl. (imho)

        • lyn says:

          “Dallas Buyers Club” is the only Oscar-nominated movie that I’ve seen. Leto and McConaughey have my vote. I also want Amy Adams to win. She’s been great in so many movies.

  2. votermom says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Sounds like our flip-flopper in Chief. Say anything to get elected, promises of rainbows and unicorns, then do the opposite. Point that out and you’re a racist 😉

    • The Klown says:

      Let’s send them some John Wayne toilet paper. It’s rough and tough, but it won’t take shit off any two-bit commie dictator.

  3. piper says:

    what you do mean I can’t keep my gift?

  4. votermom says:

    Admission is only $5 per pound.

    Do I look like a millionaire?

  5. The Klown says:
    • wmcb says:

      First part sounds interesting. I don’t have an hour right now, but later.

    • cynic says:

      Listened to the whole thing. Very interesting, and took notes! Looks like I have more reading to do. Never heard of the literary historian Vernon Parrington. He had quite the liberal views!

      Also never heard of the H.G. Wells book ‘Anticipations’, which Siegel calls a short, fascinating book that undermined monogamy, faith in God, and respectability. Anyone here read that one? Was that their take-away?

  6. votermom says:

    VDH
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/371300/lessons-world-war-i-victor-davis-hanson/page/0/1

    Lessons of World War I
    Much of what we think we know is false; what really happened matters desperately to us today.
    By Victor Davis Hanson

    We can still learn lots from World War I, if only in the sense of how to avoid disasters of this nature — especially given the present age of gathering war clouds not unlike those in 1914 and 1939.

    China, like the Westernized Japan of the 1930s, wants influence and power commensurate with its economic clout, and perhaps believes its growing military can obtain both at the expense of its democratic neighbors without starting a wider war. North Korea is not convinced that demanding concessions from South Korea — or simply humiliating it and the U.S. — by threats of war would not work. Iran trusts that the age of the U.S. mare nostrum in the Mediterranean is over, that the Sunni Persian Gulf oil sheikdoms are spent, that once-unquestioned Western guarantees to Israel are now negotiable, that nuclear acquisition is an agreed wink-and-nod obtainable enterprise, and that terrorist appendages can achieve political objectives in the Middle East just as effectively as carrier groups.

    Putin dreams that the Russian imperial world of the 1950s can live again, through coercion, Machiavellian diplomacy, and the combined lethargy of the EU and the U.S. — and he often is willing to take some risks to refashion current realities. Failed socialist and Communist states in Latin America nonetheless believe that a distracted or uninterested U.S. no longer cares to make the argument that transparent democratic capitalism is the region’s only hope for the future. The miseries of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela are apparently no reason for them to feel that they should not extend them to other countries.

  7. The Klown says:

    Hot Air:

    Count Charles Krauthammer out of the Hillary-inevitability caucus. While the Washington Post columnist and Fox analyst concedes that Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner, he argues that the 2016 primary won’t be a coronation, despite the media’s assumption that she’ll waltz to the nomination. If any Democrat who wants to challenge her asks just one question, that status may change quickly, Krauthammer told Hugh Hewitt last night — just one: What did you accomplish in four years as Secretary of State?

    • The Klown says:

      Hillary’s policy positions and her record are fair game, just as with any candidate.

      I DO NOT want 2016 to be about Bill’s penis.

      • wmcb says:

        Her character is fair game as well. Thus the Watergate and Whitewater stuff is fair (though stupid and tired). But where her husband put his dick 20 or 30 years ago is really not relevant.

        Buzz me when Bill is schtupping someone new. That might be a story.

        *yawn*

        • DeniseVB says:

          Neither Obama or Hillary were deeply vetted in 2008 by the media. Just the mudslinging between the two camps I recall. Truly a media circus between Lady Parts and Black Guy. I think bringing Bill back into the discussion is merely an early warning shot the conservative media is going to play hardball next time with the Dems.

  8. The Klown says:

    Johnny Carson’s Head Writer: Late Night Comics Protect Obama

    This week The Tonight Show with new host Jimmy Fallon returned to its storied birthplace in New York’s 30 Rockefeller Center. Jimmy is talented and likable and closest to my old boss, Johnny Carson, doing characters and sketches.

    Once again NBC ditched Jay Leno for a trophy comic. This despite Jay’s consistent ratings dominance. NBC hopes Fallon will hold Leno’s audience and not become Conan 2. The current late night landscape is populated by 19 comedy/talk shows. Leno was the Everyman, the flyover fave. He was middle of the road, less ironic than David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. The Caesar salad to their kale. And the only one willing to launch comedic drones over the current West Wing.

    His competitors haven’t exactly hammered President Barack Obama, hardly a smidgen. The paucity of Obama jokes is the dog that didn’t bark. Like their news anchor counterparts, our hosts go gentle into that late night, despite the target-rich environment of this administration. With his pen and phone, our selfie-absorbed president is one whacked uncle away from appointing himself Supreme Leader.

    It isn’t that they’ve abstained from attacking Democrats. Bill Clinton got savaged during his eight-year run and we can expect torrential yuks if and when Hillary declares. But they’re tongue-tied when it comes to roughing up the present POTUS.

    The only plausible explanation for their timidity is a fear of being labeled racist. That’s unfortunate. What rankles some Obama critics isn’t the color of his skin. It’s the thinness. Fox News and Rush Limbaugh get under it.

    Leno mocked both sides of the political divide, but like Johnny Carson never exposed his personal politics. Carson felt his mission was to entertain, not proselytize. It may have been Johnny’s Midwest roots that considered any mention of politics or religion impolite. It also made business sense not to offend a large chunk of his viewers.

    Though they later became friends, Johnny initially declined an invitation to play tennis at the White House with then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. He told me he didn’t like to be photographed with politicians, that he once posed for a photo with Vice President Hubert Humphrey and later regretted it.

    The networks salivate for the precious 18 – 49 age viewer but weirdly ignore the political demo. Gallup’s numbers show that 38 percent of Americans identify as conservatives, 23 percent as liberals, and 34 percent as moderates. In other words, 72 percent of Americans aren’t liberal. Yet network news anchors list to the left.

    In 1996, TV executive Roger Ailes saw an opening and created the wildly successful Fox News Channel. In January’s cable news ratings, FNC came out on top with its shows taking the top 14 spots in total viewers. CNN had its third worst ratings month in its history. CNN lost 39 percent of its total primetime audience from the same month in 2013 and 35 percent of its primetime audience in the 25 – 54 age demo.

    The CNN and MSNBC talking heads are reliable Obama hackolytes whose ratings tank because they’re in the tank for Obama. They just can’t help themselves. Ideology trumps business acumen. Ailes also foresaw the potential for satirical humor that tilts right. Seven years ago, FNC unleashed the zany Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. Its format is a rotating panel of hip young comics, mostly conservative or libertarian, coupled with FNC reporters and media figures willing to bare their inner goofball. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton is a regular. Despite its 3 a.m. time slot, in January Red Eye beat every CNN show in total viewers.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I just read Seth Meyers is going to have Joe Biden on his first night in Fallon’s old spot. Meyers, rabid lefty and protector of Obama on SNL these past years. Good luck with that Seth.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    How did Obama get the college vote again ? Oh yeah, he cares about their financial aid burden, now these kids are in deeper debt than ever while schools burn their money on stupid stuff…..yeeesh….

    http://www.intercollegiatereview.com/?p=7952

    • Constance says:

      My little Obama voter is totally pissed over the $15. minimum wage demands that are the current fashion here in Seattle. She is outraged that people with no real skill should make $15/hr when she makes $14. as a half time engineer who has passed her exam and there is no full time with benefits work available except in Alaska and the Dakotas. “those people didn’t have to take differential equations why should they make so much?!

      Maybe there is some hope for the future. She is still on my insurance, wait until the Obamacare reality bites her in the butt.

  10. wmcb says:

    One of my favorite female sci fi writers goes all eye-rolly over the PC wars at Science Fiction Writers of America. And she’s hilarious. Maybe growing up poor in Portugal instead of America gives her some distance or something, but she nails it.

    http://accordingtohoyt.com/2014/02/18/my-last-post-on-sfwa-pinky-swear/

    • wmcb says:

      I really do hope that progs keep putting authors/actors/artists etc on “unclean” lists. It’s handy to know who might be interesting to read/watch. Am I going to buy into everything “forbidden”? Nope. But at least I’ll have a shot at seeing some original thought, not the same old regurgitated pap.

    • Constance says:

      That was great! I really like this quote…
      “I mean, it’s an article about female editors and writers. Perhaps they’d prefer they’d used Bitch and Hoes Editors and Writers? Or People of Vaginitude Writers and Editors”

      I think I’m going to work the “People of Vaginitude” comment into my conversation often.

      • wmcb says:

        Yeah, that whole kerfluffle was over an ancient, well-respected, widely-known-as-kindly male writer who was talking about a female editor in the 50’s. And describing the reaction to her. at the time PURGE HISTORY! HISTORY OFFENDS ME! Dumbasses.

    • votermom says:

      OMG that was awesome. LOL.

    • 49erDweet says:

      That was the classiest AND funniest put-down I’ve read in a decade. Kudos to the author.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I am now officially old, I always thought PC Police often the subject of Science Fiction. Not the gate keepers. Great take on all the craziness. I also followed a couple of the links and was entertained by the continuing saga of Glittery Hoo Haa-induced madness.

  11. The Klown says:
  12. votermom says:

    Klown, Yuna Kim (Korea) just skated an amazingly beautiful short program.
    Her music was “Send In The Clowns” 🙂

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Figure Skating and Politics, this is why I read People Magazine, probably old news, I just discovered this juicy tidbit ….

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/01/28/michelle-kwans-husband-clay-pell-running-for-governor-of-rhode-island/

  14. The Klown says:
  15. votermom says:

    This Dem is already doing tv ads in PA. Apparently his plan is taxes, more taxes, and raising the min wage. 🙄

    Early on, it’s explained that he will fund his policy plan through a five percent extraction tax on natural gas, a 30 percent tax on smokeless tobacco and cigars, closing tax loopholes (such as the infamous Delaware loophole), addressing special interest tax subsidies, reforming the Corporate Net Income Tax, improving and modernizing government operations and building private partnerships.

    Also an early note, Wolf mentions raising the minimum wage in a section entitled “Level the Playing Field,” something he called out Governor Tom Corbett for back in December 2013. This, along with setting the right to paid sick leave and making sure that all workers have equal access to employment, will help Pennsylvanians strengthen themselves and therefore their state.

    Oh wait, he also plans to run on the wonders of Obamacare

    One of the ways he states he can do this is through the expansion of Medicaid in the Affordable Care Act, which will not only provide these new jobs but will also provide over 500,000 currently uninsured, middle and low-income Pennsylvanians with healthcare.

    http://www.politicspa.com/pa-gov-wolf-releases-comprehensive-policy-plan/55148/

    • mothy67 says:

      He runs ads all the time in western PA. None very substantive. What a great guy themed. Peace Corp. Refused a government vehicle. Donated his salary to charity. Offers profit sharing to his employees. So you are a good guy. Congratulations. He’ll probably get traction out of the natural gas but that and legalizing marijuana are the only issues I’ve heard about from any of the D candidates so far.

  16. mothy67 says:

    Watched American Idol for the first time in 10 years last night and I was pleasantly surprised. Harry Connick Jr. Is a breath of fresh air. An 18 year old girl sang a song that included a line about shaving private areas and he responded by asking her if that’s really the artist she wants to be. Came across as genuinely caring and not preachy. Don’t usually have the stomach for reality competition shows. They maybe onto something with the concept have an adult act like an adult. Very novel.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Yep. We’ve been watching this year’s series, too. First time in a decade, it seems. Can’t believe just adding Connick brought up the other judges so much. Talent level this year is fantastic. Gimmick level seems gone. They are on to something.

  17. wmcb says:

    Gah. Arguing with some manosphere idiots about the difference between natural gender roles (which I favor) and strictly enforced bullshit. They are not the same thing.

  18. helenk3 says:

    FCC talking about putting people in newsrooms now. guess the backtrack bunch want MSNBC to be pitch perfect now. Make sure news stories are slanted a certain way and no real facts get out

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m guessing the end goal is to get rid of FNC and Rush. So we’ll all continue to leave broadcast television and go to social media for our news. Good business plan there FCC.

      • mothy67 says:

        Discussing the issue of minimum wage last night I asked my aunt how she thought it would effect prices across the board. Never occurred to hear that if the cashier gets a 120 raise per week the same percentage would need to be applied to shift supervisors, assistant managers, managers and what about the person who had proven themself to be worth 3 dollars more an hour who had been working his way up .couple that with increased costs of health care and the people taking the risk will have no choice but to raise prices or close. She is on a fixed income so prices go up but not her monthly check.

        • wmcb says:

          I’ve actually heard some progs whining about how businesses “ought” to just eat that cost, and not pass it on in prices. Yes, and the sun “ought” to rise in the west because my view would be prettier, but it ain’t happening.

          They’re one continuous rage against reality, 24/7.

          • mothy67 says:

            Love when people who have never run a business become so instructive. It is a big risk to open a small business. Life savings countless hours, regulations, taxes and more taxes. Ever time someone decides they are going to heal the world by the fruits of your Labour you need to have someone unravel the new regulation . Few grand there with tax pros and attorneys. They claim it’s only a little here and a little there but it adds up. Meanwhile if you go under its all on you. Not worth it. Most small business owners cannot take much more. And what about the areas that are already lacking in businesses. Shuttered vacant buildings. Why would anyone even attempt it.

        • foxyladi14 says:

          A lot of us in that boat.One can only stretch that dollar so far. 😡

  19. mothy67 says:

    Shouldn’t’ t have nested under DeniseVB.

  20. The Klown says:
  21. wmcb says:

    And this is why I love my family. My nephew Jon is on facebook. They’ve had a remarkably inconvenient week there in SC. Is he bitching and moaning and demanding the impossible? Nope. He just posted this:

    After 7 1/2 days we just got our power back. Thanks to the hard-working men and women at SCEG who have not been able to see their families for over a week because they’ve been working, eating and sleeping. Thanks to friends neighbors and family who allowed us hot showers.

  22. votermom says:

    Obama in Mexico, on Ukraine: “There will be consequences if people step over the line.”

    He needs to stop reading my tweets. My suggestion was a joke.

  23. mothy67 says:

    Any of your areas toyed with a sugar tax. Every once in awhile it surfaces here and no one I have talked to can explain how it would work. What would be included? Alcoholic beverages with a splash of juice? Coffee if you get mocha but. Not if you add sugar from the counter. Seems trivial but that kind of stuff gets annoying. You have to reprogram computers and retrain employees. You get something like that done and that you get a letter from the health department telling you that they are requesting that all ingredients and health info be posted including condiments. You also have to have enough food and utensils to supply enough food for every seat in the place plus 5 I asked why and the inspector asked me what if a school bus broke down in front of the place. Since kids are not permitted in a smoking bar I thought it a dumb question but kept my mouth shut. And if you seat 25 you can get away with 30 bags of chips as long as they are not expired. Get that public safety is important but do you honest think any employee has ever changed his mind after reading the employees must wash hands sign in the bathroom. The stupid stuff is so frustrating.

  24. The Klown says:

    This reminds me of the Great Alaska Panty-Sniffing Raid of 2008

    • Lulu says:

      Always vote for whoever they are most afraid of.

    • elliesmom says:

      Scott Walker and Sarah Palin my be the closest things we have to an honest politician. Can’t have that.

    • Somebody says:

      Maybe I’m dense but why was it a problem that the doctor had been a thong model? Was she running around the clinic in nothing but a thong? Was she forcing patients to wear thongs?? What was the issue? I read in the article there was concern that patients at the clinic might discover that she had once modeled thongs, so that was the entire issue? Did she sign some kind of morality clause? Did she lie on her application?

      Be honest who would you rather get rehab counseling from some boring old twit or a former thong model???

  25. wmcb says:

    • 49erDweet says:

      Yep. They are not strategic in any sense. Their members have been terminally hit and left standing, but are too stupid to know it. Their is no tomorrow. Really.

  26. mothy67 says:

    This is funniest quote I read today.
    “At a time of extreme wealth inequity, what could illustrate New York City’s economic and social divisions more than a subscription to a luxury ‘public’ restroom,” Murphy says.

    A company is building toilets in Manhattan where you pay 25 dollars for a three day pass. I think it’s a great idea. The people who would make use of it are tourists. Spent many long days running around the city playing tour guide. People living in the city wouldn’t be the target group. Visitors looking for clean and safe would be. Making it a progressive issue is absurd.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/flush-with-cash-posh-pay-toilets-in-the-big-apple-2014-02-19?link=MW_home_latest_news

  27. wmcb says:

    Here’s one of the things that bugs me: I have no dog in the Ukraine fight, other than interest in not wanting to see Europe in flames. But now I’m seeing calls (mostly from the right this time) to “support” the “protestors”.

    Why? Support WHAT, exactly? Venezuela I understand, but not one of these people saying “Yay protestors! Fight the Power!” have the slighest clue what the elected “Power” supposedly did wrong in this case, other than deciding not to join the EU. Have we reached a point where molotov tantrums are groovy just for tantrum’s sake, with no requirement that one be actually, um… protesting an actual harm or wrong done to the people? Is it just because Revolution is cool, man? Jeebus, even OWS had more of a beef than this.

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