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Not again! I’m sick of it OPEN THREAD

This is me...tomorrow. And I'm not looking forward to it.

OK, I’m screaming UNCLE!!  I’ve had enough of the white stuff; and now they’re calling for up to 12″ with 60mph winds here in the Eastern areas of PA. I mean really, did mother nature *have* to add that last component?  I’ll be out and about tomorrow in this mess.  Now, what is it I’m supposed to make sure I have in my car?

Ugh…It’s a slow news day but there’s plenty to talk about so this is an OPEN THREAD.  What are you sick of?

170 Responses

  1. And since my internet went kaflooey last night we LOST fans didn’t get to discuss the latest episode… As I shared with my co-blogger, co-LOST fan KB, I’m starting to get annoyed at the black smoke, Jacob story lines. As KB noted, there better be a payoff on all these bizarre goings-on.

    • Instead of wasting your time obsessing over a television show you could get a useful hobby, like smoking crack.

    • The Smoke Monster is really Goldman-Sachs.

      In the final episode, it will travel back in time to Kenya. I don’t need to tell you what happens after that.

    • I thought it was a pretty good episode. Hurley is adorable and I loved how Jacob used Jack’s predictable inability to learn from his mistakes against him.

      • Hey. NO dissing Jack. Jack’s about the only one there who has always been selfless.

        I actually don’t mind the storyline so far. Yet, I did observe last night in passing that I’ve just given up on trying to figure out where they are going.
        Did you notice that Jack Shepard is # 23, as in Psalm 23. I’m not up on the B book, but isn’t that about the Lord being my shepherd?

        • The writers have so much philosophy and mythology ties sprinkled throughout, especially with the names.

        • You think? I think he’s been pretty selfish. He dragged everyone back because his life was screwed up. He didn’t think about how it would affect anyone else. Plus, even though he’s usually wrong, he always pushes everyone to follow him on his latest harebrained schemes because he wants to redeem himself and finally be proved right, despite the fact that it affects everyone else, too. He’s really annoying me lately, he reminds me of the self-defined Obot leaders who always want to lead us over the next cliff without acknowledging their role in the current disaster, I guess. Lol

          Yeah, Kristen from E! Seems to think the numbers are extremely significant.

          • Remember when LOST started and everyone was playing Hugo’s lottery numbers that were also the computer numbers?

          • That would have been the funniest thing ever if they hit! Lol Cheech would be showing up to take pictures with them, the local ABC news would be asking about bad luck…..lol

          • I think the exact opposite. He is always trying to help. He’s about the only one who ever considers anyone other than himself and it was easy enough to convince them to follow him home because that has been the objective for all of them other than Locke, Rose and Bernard.

            Jack’s been working to get everyone home. Come on, the man negotiated the release of Kate and Sawyer from Ben’s crew, even if he saw them having sex. Are you kidding me?

            Every time I see Sawyer, I see the Con man, smooth talker that cares about no one but himself, but every female LOST fan just lurves him because he is sexy. HE reminds me of Obama, with psyco fans that love him because women sleep with him.

          • I think at the bottom of every story is the redemption theme; but all this black smoke and eternally young figures and Jacob and sideways universes is really messing up my original theories.

          • Oh – I don’t mean O is sexy. He’s NOT, but I don’t think the Big Dawg is sexy either. I’m just comparing the reactions.

          • I don’t even remember my original theories. I just want Sayid, Jack and Hurley to survive.

            I hope they are going somewhere with bat sheeeeet Claire. That storyline is disturbing me.

            BTW – I thought that the boy who played Jack’s son looked a lot like him.

          • but I don’t think the Big Dawg is sexy either.

            What? the man oozes sexual charisma.

            {{sigh}}

          • Here’s a link for diehard LOSTIES.

            http://boards.msn.com/TVboards/board.aspx?BoardID=938

          • But he considers everyone else as an afterthought. In the sense of, this is what I want, and I’m sure it will work out for everyone else too. I have no idea why anyone follows him except Matthew Fox has to be the star of the show, because he’s always wrong, the consequences are horrible, no one ever stops to consider how poor Jack’s judgment seems to be, and then on to the next disaster. Kate follows him because of the stupid triangle, either to be supportive or show spite to someone else, but why anyone else would…

            They left the island in the first place because he got upset and jealous and went off half cocked knowing the consequences could be dire, they had to return because he wanted a do-over on his latest screwup, oy. What’s good for Jack at that moment without any consideration of the consequences or anyone else’s imput is automatically
            assumed to work for everyone else, and if it doesn’t, tough. He always has to be the leader despite having no aptitude for it. And big deal springing his romantic rival, anyone else would have done the same, he’s not a psychopath, just selfish and arrogant.

          • I just don’t see it the sexy. I just don’t get it.

          • I’m in the spam filter.

          • Seriously, You are watching a different show.

            They ALL wanted off the island except for Locke, Bernard and Rose. None of those that got off wanted to come back. Jack is about the only one who has never gone off in anger or even a little snit.

          • They all wanted to go because he convinced them despite dire warnings that they were making a huge mistake to go at that moment under those circumstances. No one wanted to come back, but Jack was unhappy with his life and that’s what was important. He makes these rash decisions that make no sense because he can’t control his emotions and goes off half-cocked.

          • I’m in the spam filter again, but by going off half cocked I mean something happens and he gets upset and makes foolish snap decisions that haven’t been thought through that affect everyone’s lives, not that he starts having hysterical screaming fits or anything like that.

          • I’m still in the spam filter, but anyway, they all wanted to leave because he persuaded them despite the fact that every power in the universe was aligning to warn of dire consequences, no one wanted to return to a dangerous, risky environment but Jack’s life didn’t turn out the way he wanted it and that’s all that mattered, he was willing to detonate an atom bomb on the off chance that it would open up a rip in the time space continuum that might just end up making his life a little better or give him a chance to reunite with Kate if it didn’t kill hundreds of people or otherwise screw up their lives, he smashed up the lighthouse apparatus in a fit of piqué despite the fact that for all he knew it could be the one thing that could save everyone else–he does what he wants, doesn’t think things through and tries to wrap his self-centeredness in some moral gloss. They’re all selfish, but he’s so in denial about it.

        • Anybody wanna place bets on David being Kate’s son? They’re being awfully coy about his mother.

          • OMG. That could be. And then it means they are still incorporating forward flashes of the “island” group. Jeebuschrips ona cracker. My head is going to explode.

          • Lol No! You and katiebird’s heads must remain intact!

          • I don’t see how they will explain it as Kate’s son, because Kate and Jack were on the same plane, appearing to not know each other. And Jack also said that David’s mom was out of town for the weekend.

            In the re-runs prior to every new episode, they clearly point out that the Alternate Universe stuff, are not flash forwards or Flash backs but Flash sideways to see what would have happened had the plane landed without interference from the island. I think this is what Juliette was referring to when she said that “it worked” – the island is now at the bottom of the ocean in the other timeline, so none of them ever went to the island.

            However, TPTB also said that the two timelines would converge somehow by the end of the series.

            Also, has anyone noticed that in the flash sideways, almost everyone’s life is better except may be Kate. Almost like, without Jacob’s interference they would have all been alright. Jack refused the drink his mother offered him and has a son, with whom he has a better relationship than he did with his father. It is redemption.

            And Seriously, you have some major Jack issues. No one left because Jack said to leave. That has been their only objective. Not to mention that the choice between being picked off like hanging fruit on an island is not much of a meaningful life, when you can get back to the real world, where there are no Others, No judgmental black smoke, no polar bears, no psycho head games, no time warps, etc.

            Boone, Shannon, Ana Lucia, Libby, Mr. Echo, Charlie, Rousseau, Alex, Locke, all died without any assistance from Jack. About the only death caused by Jack’s actions, and he DID NOT ask them to come to his assistance, was Juliette. Please point to the death that Jack caused.

          • I know I’m obsessed, but I LOVE this show.

    • I liked Jack last night. I wasn’t so impressed with the sideways bit last night. But, today I thought about sideways-Jack’s memory issues. The appendicitis, his son’s piano playing.

      I’ve always been interested in parallel-universe & fate plots and it really sounds like they’re leading to something interesting.

      • But now they all interact in the sideways universe, even though Rose and Bernard weren’t from LA. I guess it’s just overwhelming with substories at this point

        • That’s the perpetual downfall of television. It’s hard to create a cohesive narrative when you’re writing as you go and your bosses just love money.

        • I am watching the HOT English dude ‘Surving the elements or some such thing on Discovery’. 😉

        • SOD,

          Don’t look, the English guy is busy eating anything with little legs…scorpions no problema…chump, crunch…lunch… Can’t look!

          • That would be Bear Grills. If you look long enough, he’ll get nekkid and swim across a river.

            They have a fantastic episode where they talk to the guys who work on the series with him, they have amazing the stories.

  2. It’s a frigid 58 degrees here in central Big Smoggy.

    A real weenie-shrinker.

  3. Ryan Lizza has a portrait of Sheila Bair in the New Yorker:

    The Contrarian

    (So take that, Vogue!)

    • Wow. That was a great profile story.

      • I consider myself a conservative, but I really hate party labels and especially since I want both the Republicans and Democrats to fade into the pages of history. They have outlived their usefulness. Even so, everyone calls me a Republican.

  4. Last Monday, there was snow on the ground AGAIN, and there was this oppressive gray cloud blanketing the sky from horizon to horizon. I had wanted to search for a job, and I kept thinking “To Hell With the The Weather”

    By the way…

    http://thenewagenda.net/2010/02/24/what-glenn-beck-and-chris-matthews-have-in-common-and-heres-some-sponsors/

    Please comment to the post there and prepare for protests!

  5. All we are getting here is rain. But that’s OK, because it was supposed to be snow.

    • I saw that. Apparently the whale has a violent history yet they kept on as if everything was ok.

    • When I was a fourth-grader, my parents volunteered me to be kissed by Kandu, a killer whale on display at a Seattle marine show. I puckered my lips and the whale’s tongue hit half my face. (Saltiest kiss I ever had!) Kandu easily could have bitten my head off.

  6. I’m sick and tired of working. I haven’t had much time to goof of for the past several days.

  7. If you think you’re procrastinating and just vegging out out instead of being productive:

    Go here

  8. I’m pooped. (waving)

  9. Anybody read Jane Hamsher’s book? I thought I’d give it a try, but so far her prose is distractingly purplish IMO. Does it get better?

    • Maybe the Senate will get around to looking at it. Or maybe it will end up in teh pile with the other 290.

    • SOD: I am sure the Senate can find some way to turn it into a donnybrook. However, it does underline the basic point that clean, clear reform can work. But then reform and making things work is off message—it’s re-election, election, election.

    • I watched the debate on the floor. I’m surprised even 19 had the courage to vote against that bill. Those who did coldly admitted they could care less about the people of this country with their votes.

  10. The Republicans are inviting Stupak to the healthcare summit tomorrow and BO has said ok. Can that be right.

    Republicans got an extra spot because Ron Wyden got a late invitation. In addition, Olympia Snowe was asked to the summit, but she declined because her leadership didn’t ask her to attend. Instead, they asked Stupak.

    (snip)

    A White House official said Obama would welcome Stupak at the table..

  11. As a teacher, this is what caught my attention today. http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/24/rhode.island.teachers/index.html?hpt=T2 This is a good way to bust a union. No one can convince me that all of these teachers deserved this kind of treatment. These students deserve much better than this from the superintendent and school board.

  12. I’m with you on this weather SOD! I’ve been stuck in a freezing house with no power since 9 am. Thousands are without power in the Hudson Valley, so our little house (& the neighbor) are last on the priority list for the NYSEG crew. I am by a gas fire with the cat on my lap, texting by iPhone to a flashlight. Worse, I am supposed to catch a flight tomorrow out of Albany & the are predicting Round 2 as a “Snowicane.” nothing like Mother Nature to make you feel powerless.

  13. Washington Political Battles Hurt U.S. Image and Obama Agenda, says Sec. Clinton.

    “People (other nations) don’t understand the way our system operates, they just don’t get it,” she said. “And their view does color whether the United States … is in a position going forward to demonstrate the kind of unity and strength and effectiveness that I think we have to in this very complex and dangerous world.”

  14. Jon Stewart just did a wrap up on the public option, the need for 50 v. 60 voytes, and Jay Rockefellers back track. One might call it “Condensed Confuence.” It was very humorous (yeah, I know—Stewart….but) and it captured all of the things we’ve been saying right here.

    Bottom line: you heard it first here, folks!

  15. I find this headline really funny:

    Anti-Bullying Activist Wants British Leader’s Office to Be a ‘Stress-Free Environment’

    The headline is not from the Onion.

    • No doubt re-assembling the Chicago crew – the commission.

    • This article is hilarious:

      President Barack Obama’s top advisers are quietly laying the groundwork for the 2012 reelection campaign [quietly? he’s been openly kissing bankster butt since day 1], which is likely to be run out of Chicago [natch] and managed by White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, according to Democrats familiar with the discussions.

      For now, the planning consists entirely of private conversations, with Obama aides at all levels indulging occasionally in closed-door 2012 discussions while focusing ferociously on the midterm elections and health care reform, the Democratic sources said. “The gathering storm is the 2010 elections,” one top official said. [ferociously? hahahahaha]

      But the sources said Obama has given every sign of planning to run again and wants the next campaign to resemble the highly successful 2008 effort. [um, yeah, good luck with that, I’m sure no one will notice that they don’t have jobs, health care or retirement security in 2012]

  16. Oh, to clarify, I take bullying seriously. I Just think that saying a Prime Minister’s Office should be a “stress-free Environment” is really ironic. Perhaps they should take their cues from the current WH in US.

    • Has Brown actually punched somebody on his staff. That would be stressful. Wonder if Rahm could take on Harry Reid in a ring. Harry is a trained boxer.

  17. I am sick of moving…this has been going on for a month now and hoping to be at an end soon…this weather is not fun to be moving in and the ice and snow is awful….Longest move in recorded history…

  18. Thanks Ralph…Nothing is worth having if not worth working for they claim…Therefore this must be worth a lot LOL…

  19. Sally Quinn is losing her column. The apocalypse is here.

    The column is killed from the print edition. That’s not to say that if Quinn gins up an incredible piece, it won’t appear in the dead-tree version. But at the Washington Post, at least, a move to online-only counts as a significant demotion.

    • Uh oh. What kinds of rumors will she plant on everyone involved in this decision?

    • Ben must have a new girlfriend.

    • Poor Sally! The Village is circling in on her.

      • Maybe MoDo will take her place, writing stupid gossip. Of course, she already does that, but at least she’d be off the Times editorial page.

        • Hmmm. Sally was fired over her dueling weddings column, and who brought Sally’s son together with her yoga instructor in the first place? That’s right, MoDo. The plot thickens. Watch out Sally. Never, ever go to Maureen for advice on appropriate subjects to write about, even in the Style section.

    • About time, for all the damage she has done, losing a column though is not enough. Maybe we could come up with something better suited for her. Any ideas?

      • How about, She has to wear one of those 80’s, shoulder pad, shiney, puffy dresses for the rest of her life.

  20. Hipster Obots slipping on ice, endless amusement. Ok a little mean, but I’ve got a grudge, what can I say.

  21. Obama capitulates on his support for a standalone Consumer Protection Agency. Another day, another broken promise. Sounds like that Business Rountable today was a success.

    The Obama administration is no longer insisting on the creation of a stand-alone consumer protection agency, once a central element of the plan to remake regulation of the financial system, in hopes of clearing away obstacles to quick congressional approval.

  22. More questions about the role of Goldman Sachs in the Greek financial meltdown. Another day, another con revealed.

    As Greece’s financial condition has worsened, undermining the euro, the role of Goldman Sachs and other major banks in masking the true extent of the country’s problems has drawn criticism from European leaders. But even before that issue became apparent, a little-known company backed by Goldman, JP Morgan Chase and about a dozen other banks had created an index that enabled market players to bet on whether Greece and other European nations would go bust.

  23. This is for the Obots as they lose their love affair with O. Tal is one heck of a good bass player:

  24. Just watched replays of Bernanke and Hillary from their respective visits to Congress today. Given the comic charade that Congress and the Admin have become, glad we at least have these two adults minding the store.

  25. Here they are at a different venue. Jeff has such a delicate touch.

  26. But when I think of bass, I always come back to Jaco. There was no one quite like him:

  27. And speaking of skuttle buttin… what?, here’s Stevie. I’m at a loss to explain the outfit though. I guess if you can play like that, you can put on what you want.

  28. While we’re on great guitar players:

  29. Can’t leave out Page:

  30. At the Brixton Academy.

  31. Apparently Lucy (of sky with diamonds fame) died of lupus recently, and Julian Lennon and a friend did a song about her (with proceeds going to lupus foundation):

  32. Another kid of a beatle, Dhani Harrison:

  33. Is it too late to add another one…

  34. For those who thought Obama was finally going to bat for his own plan, here comes plan B
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/healthcare-falling-back-from-the-fall-back/

  35. MTV president Van Toffler.

    “We’re pushing Generation X out.” Millennials are “less cynical.” They like “Jersey Shore.”

    • Uhm, which of those are the B0bots again? I am a bit behind on generation labels…

    • Give me the Boomers anytime. They staged a successful youth revolution and changed the world with their music. Pushed open the iron curtain and toppled over the Berlin Wall. It was a velvet revolution.

      And they truly did believe love could solve everything …. Lennon’s Imagine says it all.

      Here are two of the greats: The Girl from the North Country
      Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash

  36. @karentravers: VP Biden Says Health Care Summit “Could Be Pure Theater”

    • As opposed to all the genuine debate that has come before, Joe?

      • From the politico link:

        EXCLUSIVE — An e-mail from a House Dem. leadership aide gives a sense of the post-summit message: “The President walked into a room filled with the entire House Republican Conference. There were no pre-conditions, his only request was that it be open to the press so that the American people could see the exchange. He answered every question with a thoughtful, comprehensive response. He spoke for over an hour and discussed substantive policy issues. The President never once worried about it being a trap. He didn’t cry about the room set-up. His conduct reflected someone who was confident in his ideas, respectful of the other side, and not afraid to debate important issues. … Some Republicans have insulted the Summit by calling it a set-up or a taxpayer-funded infomercial. Now we learn they have spent several weeks organizing a rapid response operation. … [T]he pressure is on Republicans to show the same policy knowledge, substance, and respect for the other side’s ideas that the President displayed at their Retreat. They have already failed to match the President’s class, poise, and bipartisanship.”

        –EXCLUSIVE — House Rs’ post-summit message: “Americans want to scrap the Democrats’ massive bill and start over with clean sheet of paper to work on step-by-step, common-sense reforms that lower health care costs.”

    • @PressSec: Snow in the forecast (AGAIN) for DC – hoping it isn’t bad (or like this) http://bit.ly/d3KHqy

      Um..doesn’t Gibbs have a healthcare summit to attend, like in about an hour. Focusss.

      • This is what Gibbsies has been up to… (f/ the Politico story)

        FLOODING THE ZONE: Robert Gibbs did all the morning shows (on “GMA”: “Put aside this notion of kabuki theater. Put aside this notion of six-hour photo opps. And instead come and let’s discuss, in EARNEST, good ideas on health care.”)

  37. Where is everyone?
    Passed out from excessive pre-health care summit self medication?

  38. Well, self-medicating anyway. My favorite supplement is chocolate after lunch each day. Let the serotonin roll.

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