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Joe’s Bar: Night Falling

Welcome to Joe's

This is administration week at work.  Lots of paperwork.  I hate paperwork.  There are all kinds of forms and surveys and performance goals to fill out.  Shoot me now.  I’ve got to get away so I thought I’d head out to Joe’s Bar as night is falling.  This bar is one of a kind.  You can only find it on Battlestar Galactica where it is always night.  Hey, if you’ve been cooped up in a disintegrating tin can for 6 years, you’d need a drink too.

Joe’s has a decidedly industrial look with the soft gleam of overhead ductwork.  His bar is stainless, not wood, but he still polishes it every night. The crowd is friendly and by the end of the night, everyone looks like a cylon.  So, bring your beer and let’s find a fourtop to kick back and listen to the music.

Tonight we have the Elton Jones Quintet playing a little Ellington/Coltrane tune called In a Sentimental Mood:

Set’em up, Joe.  Make mine a Macallan’s OTR.

This is an open thread.

190 Responses

  1. No hotlinks?

    I like hotlinks and beer.

  2. Okay, that’s better

  3. Ahhhhhh, smooth. The whole world could be falling apart but scotch makes you almost not care for the evening.

    • “It takes the edge off” – Stiffler’s mom

      • Hey, I wonder if they would mind if I brought a bottle with me for the seventh grade camping trip I volunteered to chaperone on Thursday. “You got a blister from that ridge hike? Too bad, kid. Here have a swig of this. It’ll take the edge off.”

  4. I think I’ll get one of those Manhattan’s. ummm.

    Riverdaughter, I’m glad to see you here. Thanks for opening up the bar.

    • It’s just like old times, eh? Before we grew too big for our britches {{snort!}}
      BTW, I’m in a fitness competition at work. Our team is called the Quantum Leapers. Brooke came up with the name. It’s 12 weeks with lots of data collection and stuff. Points for exercising. If I do 45 visits to the fitness center between now and June 5, I’m eleigible for a $500 gift certificate. So, really, I’m just imagining a scotch. I’m off alcohol for at least 4 weeks until I start to lose weight.
      Should be 20 lbs thinner by June. That’s one advantage I have over an Obot. I can lose the weight. But for them, it’s so much harder to lose the stupid.

      • “You can’t fix stupid” – Ron White

      • My drink’s pretty virtual too. I still haven’t picked up the stuff to make a Manhattan. But, your cocktail parties are the best — virtual booze or not.

        I’ve been posting again at Eat4Today (I’m aiming for a 30 pound loss) if you want to talk about it sometimes.

        Could you share some of the data points that you’re collecting? That’s my favorite part of dieting.

        • They are measuring pre and post BMI, BP, glucose, cholesterol and weight. Weekly weigh ins. I never look at the scale. I figure that when my favorite jeans fit me again and feel a little loose, I’m done! Should take about 25 lbs.

  5. Ellington, my favorite. Thanks, RD.

  6. Nice music. It’s great to see you, RD. I’ll have a cup of hot cocoa, please.

  7. Before we grew too big for our britches

    Didja know that another anti-PUMA site opened just this month?

    There’s like 5-6 of them now, which is really ironic because they claim there’s only 5-6 of us.

    (reading their stuff is a guilty pleasure of mine, kinda like watching Beavis and Butthead)

    • Oooo, we must be on someone’s radar. Pretty funny. What could they *possibly* do to us now? Call us anti-Semitic?

      • i’m on their radar for not using caps and if you think that’s a joke, i kid you not

        • Oh, lordy, I’m really screwed then. I write my morning post just before I jump in the shower. There is no time to edit or make the sentences flow melifluously. Fuck it! It’s a first draft. Take it or leave it.

          • well, evidently, i’m being subjected to a grammar check, a spelling check, and a minutia check now because we proclaimed Obama NOT an intellectual

            hey, this ain’t academia, and i ain’t figgerin that this stuff is going into a journal for the benefit of anything any where …

            maybe all of my posts need to come with a disclaimer that i’m talking off the cuff and as far as I know my peers aren’t going to review all of it


      • Wait until my post on Chas Freeman, then they will

    • did you notice it’s the same people though? sheesh, i’d call that an obsession worthy of a calvin klein ad

  8. I connected with a childhood friend last week on Facebook. And a friend of hers posted something about her and pumas (lower case) AND she’s said a couple of PUMA-ish things. But, nothing specific. I don’t want to rock the boat but, why would someone call her a puma?

  9. Shiraz from South Australia and a big ol’ Cuban cigar for me please!

  10. (Waving at BostonBoomer)

  11. Riverdaughter, I give your performance an A+.

    • Not really. I’m one of those people who have flashes of insight at work and then long periods of dormancy in between. I suspect the people who pay my salary want more of the flashes, a veritable lightening storm, for example. But my synapses do not always cooperate. One thing I know for sure though: The busier I am, the better I work.

      • Well, your performance here is A+. I can’t start my morning without reading your post. I hope your review goes well. We’ve slowed down at my office and are implementing a new ERP system. I have a feeling that this would be the perfect time for them to eliminate my position. I’m in my 10th year here and they love to get rid of the senior managers. Times are truly tough all the way around but having everyone here really makes a difference. I’ve got some good footage of you from Denver.

        • I already had my review back in December. This week, I have to set my goals. Different procedure.

  12. Do you know you can get the entire James Burke Connection and The Day the Universe Changed series on YouTube? Fantastic stuff for the History and Philosophy of Science junky.

  13. fuzzy is having club soda and lime splash of cranberry it is my official “Lenten Mocktail”….

    but Jebus Pampers makes me want to drink….

    If I aint an alcoholic by 2012 …….

  14. How about a bar game:


    I especially like the fact that it is on MSNBC.

    “If you were grading Barack Obama on his performance as president, what would he get? ”

    80581 responses

    He gets an A

    He gets a B

    He gets a C

    He gets a D

    He gets an F

    • the craig’s list ad must not be pulling in enough paid botz bloggers 😉

    • That’s so funny. I voted 3 times.

    • Wow! That’s pretty harsh. I’d give him a C. Unfortunately, the times call for one of those know-it-all girls who studies all of the times and has all of the answers. You know, Ms. Perfect? Too bad no one like that ran for president last year cos bitches like that get stuff done.

      • he’s at least done some typical dem things like get rid of a few of the worst bush signing orders … but heck, my guess is even lieberman would’ve done that

        • Lieberman! {{snort!}} Hey, can I have some of that Shiraz?
          What is Lieberman up to these days? He seems to be keeping a very low profile these days. Are his 15 minutes of fame up now that he’s no longer the spoiler?

    • who would have thought MSNBO would make my day but the paid proffesional Obots have not started polling yet?

  15. Oh, and Dewars neat.

  16. I can’t belieive I made it while the bar is open!

    Hello Everybody! Did someone say, “Stiffler’s Mom”?
    thank, God–I’m in the right place.

  17. Hey Joaniebone!

  18. Oh, and Dewars neat.

    That’s my drink too-with a soda back.

  19. perhaps she meant cougar

    I’ve been called that. (gulp…)

  20. Hi BB!

    I would like to go to lower case too. It might improve things.

  21. What’s “Stiffler’s Mom”?

    (Waving at Joanie)

  22. Is it just me or has Obama disappeared the last few days?

    I think that “he’s tired” story must have struck a nerve cuz he hasn’t been out partying and speechifying for nearly a week now.

  23. where did everyone go? or is the time stamp not yet on daylight savings time?

  24. My Paternal Grandmother told me:

    1st time you marry for love (get him drunk first)

    2nd time you marry for money(sign prenup in pencil/get him drunk first)

    3rd time you marry someone YOUNGER! (make him sign the prenup in ink/get him drunk first)

    Oh did I tell you she liked to drink hardcore martinis…

    1) Take a martini glass fill chopped ice pour in vermouth

    2) Swirl veromouth and ice in glass 3 rotations throw vermouth and ice in sink

    3) Pour in Vodka and plop in 3 olives

    4) serve repeat 4 times before dinner 8 times for the husband

    5) eat dinner get good nights sleep unless you are on husband # 3…

  25. Hi Joaniebone!!

  26. Have you all heard that Obama is set to announce tomorrow the formation of a White House Women’s Council to be headed by . . . . Valerie Jarrett!

  27. OMG! Hot lesbian scene on Star Trek Enterprise. This ain’t your Mama’s Star Trek

  28. some good lipsyncing and good cocktail music:

  29. Don’t forget — tomorrow 8:00 p.m. EST The View from Under the Bus special “Women’s HERstory” game show!

  30. I hope someone is gonna do a post on this new “White House Council on Gender” and the appointment of Valerie Jarret.

    I suspect it will be nothing more than a dog and pony show.

    • myiq2xu,

      You are uniquely qualified to do that post. I can’t wait.

    • Great, can’t wait. What will they be allowed to do–roll bandages? Make coffee? Learn to pole dance? Gender issues obamacrat style

    • Maybe she can teach other women to take advantage of poor people who live in subsidized housing…..or how to advance professionally by supporting unscrupulous political candidates who have no regard for their constituents….or how to help create millions for slum lords who bilk taxpayers and provide unsafe housing for the needy…wow, I can’t wait to see what Jarret has in mind now that she’s a big wig in B0’s administration!

      • What a great post. I appreciate your uniquely American enthusiasm EricaLeigh, and I heartily share in the sentiment. Maybe if I have a daughter, one day she too can aspire to be a slum lord, ah, lord-ess.

      • I wonder why he is so determined to offer her a position in his administration. Isn’t this the third offer she has gotten?

  31. angie banangie! did you get your mail?

  32. Brooke must be playing with the DVR. She’s recording some weird wrestling thing on W. Lots of guys with biceps the size of hams and six pack abs posturing and looking like complete idiots. And why the heck are they wearing their championship belts on their shoulders? Why not go the Miss America route and turn them into sashes if you’re not going to wear them at the waist?
    The sound is off. Should I turn it on?

  33. Australian Shiraz

  34. SOD Bsod! No — I’ll go check now!

  35. Council meeting interrupted:

    • LOL! Sometimes meetings like those need a shot of the unexpected. It keeps everyone awake.

  36. Sorry for asking this question.
    The cable guys apparently (I don’t watch TV anymore) are praising MO for baring her arms, since they are so nicely toned and all. What if she had nice big boobs? What would she be showing at the SOTU and what would they be saying?

    • Except for the arms, is there really anything else to “praise” her for? (and I’m not being mean; just honest).

      • I’m pretty sure she was a better attorney than her husband.

        • I rarely disagree with you myiq … but I seriously doubt that …

        • Without question. She’s got the brains, he has the br…???

        • Besides the fact that the msm would never dare to even think that anyone is smarter than Obama, I’m talking superficially — can they praise her beautiful smile,her warm eyes? No– they can’t. They are making lemon out of lemonade when they praise her alleged “fashionista” status & her man-like arms. They’re her “best” feature in comparison to the rest of her. Because as much as she tries to hid it — her meanness, pettiness & spite come shining through.

          • d’oh — that should be lemonade out of lemons.

          • Oh, I don’t know Ange. I saw a friend this week who I only see occasionally, and she doesn’t know my political positions. Catching up on our lives, she came out with: “I love Obama, and I love HER.” Then she bemoaned the fact that no one would be able to handle the awful situation he “inherited.” I never ceased to be amazed by how uninformed and impressionable most people are.

          • fif — your friend is a sheep who the msm is playing too — they are selling MO & she is buying it. I didn’t mean to imply the tactics don’t work — people actually think Obama “won” the primary. No shortage of stupid (or intellectually lazy) in the world — and they have elected their god.

          • Eek — I’m in moderation!

    • Nowadays I don’t think they’d hesitate at all to make sneering comments about her breasts. We’re going backward, not forward. There’s an article in the times about her arms as a virtuous symbol of healthy living. All female body part scrutiny is now newsworthyp

      • Arms or breasts, they’re still evaluating her on her body and not her mind.

      • Michelle Obama is a lawyer. She had a career. We should be evaluating her on her thesis at school. We should look at what she did when she practiced law. I don’t care what she wears. I certainly don’t care about her arms or her workout. That’s not a meaningful discussion about what her impact may be as anything, let alone a first lady. The press needs to focus on her work and her priorities with her celebrity at this point. She has the ability to move something forward … what will it be?

        If I was her, I’d focus on making a better world for her girls since they are right at that age when girls start losing self esteem. She could focus on girl’s sports, girls education abroad, and girl’s body image.

        No first lady is elected to office. I really hate the way women of men seeking and finding political office are treated, and for me, Michelle Obama is NO exception.

        • you are right dakinikat but this is a highly controlled WH — the press is talking about her clothes & her arms because that is what she & Obama want them to talk about. She is selling herself as the fashionista with the great arms. If that is how she wants herself presented, I’m not going to argue.

          • I’m in moderation again.

          • BTW – we could use some more front-page posters – would you be interested in doing some stuff on BK and cram down?

            (or whatever suits you)

          • I’ll agree to do it if you (or bb or someone else here) agree to proof read it before I post it — I’m a lousy proof-reader of my own writing.

          • Nope – you’ll be on your own

            We don’t tell tell anyone what to write or edit their work.

            But we need more voices.

            (WP has a spell-check function)

          • come talk to me down thread! I can’t stand this side of the page b.s.

        • What she said

    • My arms are my trouble spot. Always have been. I finally found a tricep exercise today that makes me think it might actually work. But to be honest, her arms are huge. Not bulky, just incredibly long. She makes me think of an amazon.
      BTW, what does she do all day?

  37. Ah, this reminds me of the good ol’ days, back when Hillary would win
    another primary, and I had no idea that the Democratic Party would rig the nomination, or that its standards were so low that the “leadership” would think that a novice would be a good choice for President of the country, or the future of my now former party.

    Finally, having an extraordinary president seemed possible, but I guess Jefferson was right, “A country gets the government it deserves,” and this country confuses trumped up “celebrity” with political competence.

    Axelrod reviews everything his creation is to say each day. Words, just words, and recycled ones at that.

    • all printed on left teleprompter and right teleprompter

      • In about 5 to 10 years, TV screens will be on eye glasses, they say. Aren’t you glad that technology isn’t here today? He would be wearing cool glasses for his speeches.

    • I just heard tonight (on Fox) that the White House wants to pipe stuff onto BHO’s teleprompter while he responds to questions, for “background”, or some such thing. Now we know Axelrod is the man behind the curtain.

      And remember when they said Bush had a device planted (box on the neck?) to respond during Press Conferences? Believe that was pretty thoroughly disproved. Bush seems real smart and articulate in comparison.

      CB, as each anniversary tolls since the primaries Hillary won last year, I get a bit nostalgic, too. (And recall all the volunteer calling I did, too.) By May, I suspected something was rotten at the DNC, and with Pelosi and Reid, MSM conspiracy to declare it was over, “get the B#%ch to Quit” on the blogosphere, BHO ready to say he had enough Super Delegates, etc., etc. Perhaps it’s not good to recall too much…

      • It’s important to remember. I remember a cable guy asking her early in the summer, can you seriously be thinking of denying Obama the nomination in Denver on the 45th anniversary of the I Have A Dream speech. It was the only time I remember Hillary at a loss for words. I remember that.

      • Shrub did have some box of a transmitter on his back when he “debated” Kerry the second and third times. Remember how he fell on his face the first time? Even Chris Matthews had a hard time pretending he “won,” which he claimed after every debate Alfred E. Newman (“What Me Worry?”) had with Al Gore.

        But, second debate, Bush actually cited numbers, and after a pause, he kind of knew the answers to questions. Once he responded oddly to no question, and the moderator was stunned. He was answering his “voice” (KKKKarl?). James Baker had a stipulation in the hundreds of pages of “debate” rules that no video was to be taken of the candidate’s backs, but I watched C-SPAN and saw the square bulge myself.

        One of the NASA space analyzers studied it and came up with the exact type of trans-receiver it was. Watergate Bob Woodward (the “sellout”) was informed, but the Post and the Times didn’t want to cover it since they were selling Bu$h big time. The Times ran a front-page story about how Kerry had married money the Sunday before the Tuesday election. Not as big a hit job as the one on Cindy McCain, but in the same league.

        Hosannahs to Obama, the media’s darling!

    • Boy, CB, did you bring a lot of memories flooding back–yes, you did.

  38. RD …. have a song for you called
    Conversations with a River by Leslie Satcher no video but just hit the little green button and it will play in a pop up player ….


  39. well heck that link did not work
    try this one


  40. I’ve been trapped under paperwork tonight, but just found this. Has it been posted yet? Even Howard Fineman has to admit the honeymoon is over…but he can’t resist WORMing for BO.

    A Turning Tide?

    Obama still has the approval of the people, but the establishment is beginning to mumble that the president may not have what it takes.
    Howard Fineman
    Newsweek Web Exclusive

    Luckily for Obama, the public still likes and trusts him, at least judging by the latest polls, including NEWSWEEK’s. But, in ways both large and small, what’s left of the American establishment is taking his measure and, with surprising swiftness, they are finding him lacking.

    [Beware media gagging lines like: Obama may be mistaking motion for progress, calling signals for a game plan. A busy, industrious overachiever, he likes to check off boxes on a long to-do list. A genial, amenable guy, he likes to appeal to every constituency, or at least not write off any. A beau ideal of Harvard Law, he can’t wait to tackle extra-credit answers on the exam.] Does any of that even slightly resemble Obama?


    • He likes to appeal to every constituency except us Simo-Peruvian Lesbians who believe in fairness & one person, one vote.

      • A “busy, industrious overachiever…he can’t wait to tackle extra-credit answers on the exam?”

        First, we all know he doesn’t like to work very hard, and second, he doesn’t even write his own answers.

      • Yeah, he likes to appeal to everyone, except those who believe in “one person, one vote”–you know, those folks who bitterly cling to democracy.

    • Camile Paglia at Salon.com wrote this and I will sleep smiling tonight thinking about this She actually says

      Heads should roll
      President Obama’s clumsy, smirky staff is sinking him — and resurrecting a deflated GOP! Plus: Lay off Rush! And a Brazilian diva, up close and electric

      By Camille Paglia

      she blames everyone but HIM

      Hahahahahahahahaha someone throw a bucket of ice water on her and wake her up please??

  41. I’m in moderation upthread.

  42. I’m in moderation (again) upthread.

  43. myiq — are you thinking something about what “cram down” means?

    • That’s one possibility – but it’s up to you to decide what you want to write about.

      • I think I should do a post on why that ‘Oooh, I’m going to buy a $500k house and file bk so the judge can write the mortgage down to $200k ” meme that NH was spreading today is a bunch of horsesh!t, what cram down means & why it is a good thing.
        But do I need to be all “law review” on this with cites & stuff?

  44. I could probably have someone at the office proof it for me.

  45. what about having pictures & stuff for the post? I’m not good at that stuff.

  46. myiq — are you still here?

  47. I guess I should do a post – but we need writers who share our values and ideals – and who want to write.

    One time only, daily or somewhere in between, it’s up to you.

    If you’re interested let us know

    • Ok — I’ll do one post & see how it goes from there (i.e., how y’all like it). Thanks for asking me to try this.

      I’m going to bed now.

      bon soir mon amour.

      Good night all.

  48. Wahoo! Cheers!

  49. (Dancing with excitement) I’m excited about Angie!

  50. Angie,

    Go For It!!

  51. New thread up, for all you nite owls.

  52. Just as it’s nice to have SM doing her unemployment diaries/marketing, it will be nice to have Angie explaining bankruptcy ins and outs.

    How about asking fuzzy to do a few energy issues?

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