Monday Open Thread

If you enjoy really long crappy movies, watch White House Down. It has the trifecta of bad plot, Hollywood propaganda, and an over-reliance on special effects. I would tell you how it ends but I quit watching about 1/3 of the way thru, and I only stuck with it that long cuz I was really, really bored.

I’m going back to bed. I’ll see you all in a couple hours when I wake up again.

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43 Responses to Monday Open Thread

  1. angienc says:

    It has the trifecta of bad plot, Hollywood propaganda, and an over-reliance on special effects.

    You forgot bad acting — it’s got plenty of that too. Jamie Fox can’t act his way out of a paper bag (he didn’t win an Oscar — Ray Charles won an Oscar); and Channing Tatum — well, at least he’s good looking.

    Yes, I watched the whole, long, stupid thing. That’s how bored I was.

  2. votermom says:

  3. votermom says:

    There are no words.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Greg Gutfeld was outraged, called it “Soylent Energy”. The Five panel had a good discussion on this is what happens when your government makes choices for you for the greater good, you then have no choice anymore. Even raging lib Beckel agreed.

  4. votermom says:

    Klown, I keep trying to update the twitter name on the blog button but it won’t “take.”

    Can you try? Go to Dashboard / Settings / Sharing and scroll down to where it says
    “Twitter username to include in tweets when people share using the Twitter button.” and put your id in there.

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    I agree about that movie.
    I cannot believe people paid good money to see that mess. 🙂
    I watched it for free on my dish.

  6. The Klown says:

    The Malaysian govt. is saying Flight 370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.

    • Lulu says:

      So Occam’s razor was basically correct and the 24/7 news theorizing was wrong? Unfortunately some not great third world pilots and maintenance crew f’ed up a very complicated plane and it crashed in the area of the world that it was flying in. And possibly Malaysia was told to stop lollygagging around and fess up. Who thinks the Australians told them to knock it off dragging this out?

      • 49erDweet says:

        Add to that someone with a lot more huevos than they has “shared” enough secret stuff to tip the scales Occam’s way. I don’t think it was the kiwis. They are using this as valuable training, and will keep doing so until a substantial debris field (or it’s aftermath) is identified, IMO. The comments on “Plane Talking” blog on “Crikey” are superb, as is the frequently updated blog itself. Example: Other than the extra travel to be geographically on site, the search components are already expensed out on a budget, so the “costs” on this are not truly as high as they seem. For now, at least.

  7. The Klown says:
  8. The Klown says:


    Putin, as the entire administration keeps reminding us, is premodern. He should be, but is not, shamed when John Kerry, Joe Biden, Susan Rice, and Barack Obama variously proclaim that he is a 19th century dinosaur, or has lost the good will of the enlightened West. Again, we are told Putin worries about this; but I think he is about as concerned as were Norsemen like Eric Bloodaxe, who lost all the respect of the monks along the English coast that he so freely raided.

    While Putin was making a premodern fool out of himself, blustering and bullying, and lying on the global stage, Barack Obama confirmed most of the Russian stereotypes that he was a postmodern metrosexual. Putin gets up every morning to annoy Barack Obama, piqued not just that he is weak, but that he is sanctimonious and weak. Obama tries to ignore Putin, who grates on him like some Russian version of the folks who tailgate with their Winnebagos at a NASCAR race.

    Putin lives to break Western rules. But Obama’s Western rules — deadlines, red lines, step-over lines, leading but from behind — are hard to either break or follow because they are not really rules as much as rhetorical constructs that come and go.

    To reflect Obama’s cool, the president did not do photo-ops with European leaders. He did not fly to meetings with Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Korea and Australia to shore them all up in these uncertain times. Obama certainly did not call in the Persian Gulf monarchs to have no fear, given that Iran better not try the Putin method of appealing to Shiite oppressed minorities in the Gulf petro-kingdoms.

    Instead, as if out of central casting, Obama did his now ritually televised basketball-pick shtick, where he sets up a board and draws out winners and losers in the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament. No worry here that his Marks-A-Lot might go rogue on his plastic chalkboard and instead give the nation a primer on international boundaries. No worry here that the president has invested hundreds of hours in watching and following basketball teams rather than in boring stuff like finding the killers of Benghazi, the status of Syrian WMD, Iranian compliance with his promises, or calling some obscure Baltic foreign minister.

    To quell international tensions, no-drama Obama did a canned hip interview with the smart-ass and cynical comic Zach Galifianakis to peddle Obamacare to now wiser young people who see its deadlines the way the Iranians saw America’s. For insurance, he also chatted with an obsequious Ellen DeGeneres and reminded Ryan Seacrest that Sarah Palin was wrong: he does not wear mommy jeans but, in fact, looks great in his various designer pants.

    Rarely on the world stage have we suffered through two such extremes as an erstwhile community organizer theorizing against a former KGB agent. If only Putin were a run-of-the-mill college president, then Obama might order a takeover of the faculty lounge. Or if Putin were a local bank president, Obama, the SEIU, and Acorn might yell on his lawn about lending more money to the inner city. Alas, even Chicago is not Russia.

    Of course, we prefer our postmodern president to Putin’s Neanderthal world, given that Obama’s platitudes and serial fibbing — from keeping our doctors, period, to hounding a video maker for the terrorist attack on Benghazi — do not lead to knocking off his opponents, Russian style. The Obama administration is correct to remind us that the premodern world just can’t work in the present age according to Putin’s rules — in the way unchecked naked aggression always destroys the world around it.

    So what does our Eloi in Chief want from Putin the Morlock? He seeks to school Putin to be as sophisticated as we are, in the sense of analyzing the art of annexation and thus concluding that going Viking leads the world nowhere.

    Putin stubbornly begs to differ. True, he implicitly understands that every head of state cannot act like Putin. But then again Putin assumes that everyone is not going to act like Putin.

    The Western world’s notion of transparent trading of stocks and bonds, of common banking protocols in selling and buying oil, of shipping lanes free of pirates, and of flying according to standardized rules is all predicated on a system. But every system has built into it a margin of error.

    Putin is that error. He says to Obama that the world should keep playing by Western rules so that on occasion it can afford him not doing so. Putin is our graffiti vandal, whose antisocial behavior depends on others to ensure most of the walls are not cleaned and repainted.

    Putin, in other words, wants a world with one Putin, but not too many more.

    Why should Putin stop when he is already the most popular Russian strongman since Stalin, with a good decade to cement his reputation among his flock as the restorer of Greater Russia, with the clout of the Soviet Union, but now energized by oil-fed capitalism? And why should Obama do anything about those dreams when the Final Four is far more important than are either far away Crimeans or Georgians. Ellen is cooler than worrying about Kiev, and joshing with Ryan Seacrest about tight jeans beats talking to some heavily accented Ukrainian. Surely Putin’s next melodramatic theft can at least wait until the Sweet Sixteen.

    The final irony? A united Western world very easily could embargo, squeeze, and make things very difficult for Putin with only a modicum of sacrifice. But then, we might not be so postmodern, so hip, so cool. In other words, for Obama, stopping the bully Putin would be a sort of a drag, boring, or a downer in a way Ellen, Ryan, and LeBron are not.

  9. foxyladi14 says:


    • The Klown says:

      What was Terry McAsswipe before he was a bag man for the Clintons?

        • DandyTIger says:

          Sadly the VA Repub party put up the wrong person to battle him. They could have won handily if they put up someone reasonable. Now just watching with popcorn.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Any thoughts as to why?

          • DeniseVB says:

            Timing. The Nailing of the popular McDonnell’s for their crony, er, pay for play, er, whatev came about just in time for McDonnell to stay off the campaign trail for Cuccinelli. Team McA had a field day pointing to the corrupt Republicans —> See, Bob won’t even support him.

            Just wondering DT, who would have been better ? Cucc was the first AG in the nation to slam Obamadontcare. Yes, he wasn’t perfect, but he had to die, by media 😦

          • DandyTIger says:

            Good question of who would be better. i’m not familiar with enough of the other potential candidates. Absolutely the Gov. Bob stuff was bad. And would have made it harder for many. But Cucc had a lot of baggage about gay issues (keeping sodomy laws because think of the children). Same problem Repubs will have going forward, go with the religious/conservative right and you die as a party, go libertarian and win. They chose poorly.

  10. The Klown says:
  11. Lulu says:

    The current movement to “look at me, look at me, look at me” then ask for money to be donated to something to make the endlessly emotional needy feel better about themselves has hit a snag. Taking selfies (the epitome of self absorption) without makeup (how daring and brave) and posting to twitter to support Cancer Research UK has hit a snag. It seems they cannot even type in the correct thing to promise a donation of money. “Almost £20,000 has been donated to Unicef in error, instead of Cancer Research UK, after people pledging money via text wrote “donate” rather than “beat” in the message.” Smartphones (of course they were using something that also is named to assuage their fragile egos), auto-corrected “beat” to “bear” for the polar bears because one cannot allow smartphone users to type on their own.

  12. Lulu says:

    Obama is trying to drum up sanctions against Russia. The Europeans are resisting as an energy embargo against Putin would essentially turn Europe’s economy into an energy depression economically overnight. To the manor born greenies think it is a swell idea since it would make alternate forms of energy more attractive even if it is not cost effective and much of it doesn’t work. It would also force consumption of fossil fuels down with price spikes which would benefit the very producers that Obama wants to punish including US domestic producers in the energy belts. He is doing this right before an election! Russia is not Iran, and Russia is not North Korea. Russia is already more integrated into the world economy than it has been in the past century. It appears that this administration is starting an “Arab Spring” in the energy markets which they do not understand.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Sounds like a Mean Girls club he’s organizing in a high school cafeteria. Oh and you can’t come to our Cliquey little meeting either (G8?), I think it was Ron Fournier who said that’s like not inviting a vegan to a steakhouse. Big whoop 😉

  13. DeniseVB says:

    That awful “satire” site, The Daily Currant, has done it again … stirred up PDS because the haters believed it 😀

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