90 thoughts on “Thursday Open Comments

  1. Good back to winter morning Hamsters. Well, we’re down to 43 out here on the moors of the Brazos as sunrise colors the sky in gold. Much better than yesterday’s unseasonable heat.

    Texpat, are you in blizzard conditions this morning?

  2. How nice to at last have Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed. There’s gonna be lots of housecleaning at Justice done pronto. Throw the bums out or transfer them to undesirable slots where they can’t do any damage so they resign.

  3. 2 Adee

    Close to it. Roads are still navigable in NE New Jersey, but visibility is getting worse as the winds increase. So far, we have about 6 inches on the ground. It is the small dense flake, wet and very heavy. Not your ski resort fluff.

    Long Island and areas north of NYC are in complete blizzard conditions.

    If it snows like this until 3 PM, we’ll probably have over 12″ of snow.

  4. El Gordo came up with the root of the derogatory slur for the Lyndon LaRouche types:

    They are LaDouchers and LaDouchettes

  5. Texpat
    Here yaggo something to watch as you continue to be snowed in. I know Brother Phil would.

    KISS Meets the Phantom of The Park

    Hamous and I have a running contest for the worst music video ever. I think this qualifies for the longest.

    Things I Learned From This Movie:

    Old Jack Daniel’s barrels are normally recycled as amusement park rides.
    Voguing was invented by the Spanish Inquisition.
    Amusement parks normally employ twenty-three security guards. Three for the inside of the park, and another twenty for the parking lot.
    KISS got their magic powers from Spencer’s Gifts.
    It is possible to do back flips while wearing boots with six-inch platform heels.
    Teleportation is the better part of valor.
    KISS’ outfits are ballistic armor.
    Gene Simmons is unable to turn his head without sticking out his tongue.

  6. I think a good choice for a transfer of dedicated lefties at Justice would be a project at the American scientific headquarters in Antarctica counting penguins in the American sector. When that’s done, they can be loaned to the British scientists to do the same. And to the rest of the NATO encampments. Maybe the Russians would be interested.

    Then start all over with the American headquarters because there are bound to be more penguins by the time the Justice types return to base. Kinda like counting votes, so they should be comfortable with the technique by now. 😉

  7. First thing I would like to hear from Jeff Session’s mouth before anyone can ask

    Yes, Hillary we coming for you.

    That single act would restore (somewhat) my faith in the judicial system.

  8. Looks like we gots ourselves a feud going on here on the Couch this morning.

    Well, leave me out of it, I overslept and I’m still groggy.

  9. Things I Learned From This Movie:

    Old Jack Daniel’s barrels are normally recycled as amusement park rides.
    Voguing was invented by the Spanish Inquisition.
    Amusement parks normally employ twenty-three security guards. Three for the inside of the park, and another twenty for the parking lot.
    KISS got their magic powers from Spencer’s Gifts.
    It is possible to do back flips while wearing boots with six-inch platform heels.
    Teleportation is the better part of valor.
    KISS’ outfits are ballistic armor.
    Gene Simmons is unable to turn his head without sticking out his tongue.

    Dang Brother Squawk, I’m impressed.–You’ve been doing your homework. Gonna have to make you an honorary member of The Kiss Army.

    The only thing you missed was Gene’s growling like a Lion.

    The one thing that disappointed me about the Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park movie is it didn’t get lampooned on MST3K.

    Other than that, best Rock-n-Roll fantasy movie since, well….

    Great acting too.

    P.S.–I thought only my mother had that baby pic of me in your #7.:!)

  10. Netflix is offering a good Robert Ludlum type drama called “The Night Manager.” It’s only 6 one hour shows, set in Europe, and I found quite engaging. As Joe Bob Briggs would say “check it out.” Especially if you are snowed in somewhere and wishing you were fishing the Texas coast.

  11. But given the CIA and the U.S. intelligence community’s role in funding and marketing the “moderate Muslim Brotherhood” narrative from its inception, to have this new CIA analysis fall into the lap of D.C. reporters at the very moment that the White House is debating the move raises serious questions about the intelligence community’s continued interference in domestic and foreign policy discussions.

    https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/02/08/cia-that-funded-the-moderate-muslim-brotherhood-narrative-opposed-to-the-groups-terror-designation/

  12. 12 Squawk

    What you have to understand is just looking at KISS gives a headache.

    I always assumed KISS was the original reason someone invented that “X” up there in the upper right hand corner.

  13. 22 El Gordo

    Especially if you are snowed in somewhere and wishing you were fishing the Texas coast.

    …on St. Charles Bay, Rockport

    Just removed 10″ of heavy, wet snow off the driveway and sidewalks. This stuff packs down once it hits the ground so it would probably be 12-14″ if it were the light, fluffy powder with the big flakes.

  14. Glenn Reynolds was published in the New York Times in 2005 with these five questions he suggested be asked by the Senate Judiciary Committee of Samuel Alito in his confirmation hearings.

    Reynolds would like to hear Neil Gorsuch’s answers as well. I would too.

    1. The Ninth Amendment provides that “the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” Do you believe that this language binds federal courts, or do you believe — as Robert Bork does — that it is an indecipherable “inkblot?” If the former, how are federal courts to determine what rights are retained by the people? On the other hand, if the Ninth Amendment does not create enforceable rights, what is it doing taking up one-tenth of the Bill of Rights?

    2. Justice Joseph Story wrote in 1833 that “since the American Revolution no state government can be presumed to possess the transcendental sovereignty to take away vested rights of property; to take the property of A and transfer it to B by a mere legislative act.” Was Story wrong? Or was the Supreme Court wrong this year when it ruled in Kelo v. the City of New London that a government had the right to take property for the use of private developers?

    3. Could a human-like artificial intelligence constitute a “person” for purposes of protection under the 14th Amendment, or is such protection limited, by the 14th Amendment’s language, to those who are “born or naturalized in the United States?”

    4. Does a declaration of war by Congress have the effect of suddenly making proper actions by the executive and Congress that would otherwise have been beyond their constitutional powers?

    5. Is scientific research among the expressive activities protected by the First Amendment? If not, is Congress free to bar research based solely on its decision that there are some things we’re better off not knowing?

  15. I decided for some reason that today would be a good day to have tuna for lunch. Now I don’t know about you all, but I personally prefer a dash of dolphin in my tuna. Do you realize how difficult it is today to find tuna with a little dolphin mixed in? Now I really don’t know what they are calling dolphin to begin with – is it the mammal porpoise, or is it the offshore fish we commonly refer to as dolphin. Or is it just any old trash fish that is not tuna? Some things are just destined to remain a mystery I guess. I mean, if you can’t believe the label on a can of food, what can you believe?

  16. On KISS…

    I’m not sure how, but I missed the whole KISS phenomenon. According to Wiki their first two albums (released in ’74) pretty much bombed. And I stand to be corrected, but it seems to me they never got any play on KLOL, even though shock rockers Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath (and some lessers) indeed did. It may be my imagination but I don’t think they got much support in the “snooty” Rock press, either.
    By the time the 80’s rolled around and Album Oriented Rock was on the wane, I had started listening to outlaw country, classic rock, and other stuff.

    And who are these AC/DC guys, anyway?

    🙂

  17. #31

    You’re too old. There were guys I knew a couple of years younger than me who were big KISS fans about 76. I looked at it as the metal equivalent of the popularity of David Cassidy, only with screaming adolescent boys instead of teenyboppers. Sorry Phil.

  18. I never could tolerate heavy metal and screaming as a “music” form. Ack Dack, Kiss, Ozzy Ozbourne, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, most Van Halen, most Aerosmith, most Nugent, etc are just no fun for me to hear, it is a form of punishment.

  19. You’re too old.

    Yeah, I guess so. I think it’s a crying shame Aretha has announced her retirement following the release of her new album later this year. If KISS retires, will anyone notice?
    I suppose so – they have more gold albums than anyone else.

  20. Regarding these KISS people. Never heard their music that I know of, or if I did I didn’t know it was theirs. Could never understand their costume or makeup as anything but pure disguise for aliens from Alpha Centauri’s outer limits.

  21. Shannon

    Van Halen is pretty good. They had a great lead guitarist – whatshisname?

    All you need to know is Van Halen’s best and greatest leadfrontmansinger was a guy named David Lee Roth. The other pretenders to throne were insignificance clowns.

  22. ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH I cannot stand D-n Hatrick
    /OUT ranting alone.

    /scumbag/idiot/loud mouth/hypocrite/self centered douche bag/has been radio shock jock who could not make it as a third rate sports caster on a 4th rate TV station.

  23. Kiss and Tom Jones.

    They’re not for everybody but then, they don’t try to be:)

    I also like pimento cheese on my tuna sandwiches while watching MST3K.

    And Grey Poupon mixed with French’s Mustard–And Red Wine–Cabs only.–While listening to Tom Jones and Kiss.

    And ketchup on steak.
    And turkey burgers.
    And celery with peanut butter on it–sometimes.

    Did I leave anything out?

  24. Re: Brady jersey. I guess if someone on the team took it (including equipment managers, etc.) having it mysteriously turn up when the equipment truck arrives back home would be as good a way as any to cover up any mischief.

    Coffee on your ice cream?

  25. #41 Squawk, OK, now tell us how you REALLY FEEL, don’t hold back. 😀
    The OC Pix is great!
    Hi Gang, busy, busy, busy…..

  26. 35 Shannon

    Since Aretha has always refused to fly and limited her tours to bus travel and as she has become older her out of town dates have been confined to the East Coast for a number of years. She never did like the road and was always a homebody in Michigan, outside of Detroit.

    Aretha has come to New Jersey to a small venue (3,000) near me at least twice in the last three years. I know several people who went to see her and were very disappointed. Short sets and it seemed as if she were just mailing it in. Little to no rapport and almost hostile with the crowd.

    It’s time for her to quit and rest on her laurels. She can still record at her leisure, not have the pressure of the tour and avoid ruining her legacy by doing something she obviously doesn’t want to do anymore.

  27. Like, dude, on long trips do you sing along with Tom, full voice, with the family riding along?

    Of course–next time I make a long road trip, you can ride shotgun and join in.

  28. I never could tolerate heavy metal and screaming as a “music” form. Ack Dack, Kiss, Ozzy Ozbourne, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, most Van Halen, most Aerosmith, most Nugent, etc are just no fun for me to hear, it is a form of punishment.

    I’ve read and heard that separating too many liquids can distort one’s musical sense of taste.

  29. #43 EG

    Coffee on your ice cream?

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, Ice cream in my coffee… a teaspoon of Blue Bell home made vanilla instead of milk.

    I’ll let you know.

  30. I’ve read and heard that separating too many liquids can distort one’s musical sense of taste.

    It’s not the separating that does it, consuming that which you keep . . . . well now, that’s a horse of a different color.

  31. Punishment is being stuck in the car with someone that wants to play the band that will remain unnamed.

    I can sing the whole album for you – accapella.

  32. So Judge Gorsuch reportedly said he was disheartened and disillusioned by Trump’s “so-called judge” remark.

    Well, I’m disheartened and disillusioned by the fact we have so many activist judges ruling and creating laws from the bench as if once they don their penguin suits, it makes them omniscient and omnipresent.

    If the judicial branch and judges are the smartest people in the world, then why is the 9th psycho circus court having such a tough time ruling on the Trump EO travel ban?

    Whenever the President finds that the entry of any alien or any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary suspend the entry of all aliens.

    So simple even a cave judge could rule on it.

  33. Brother Phil

    So Judge Gorsuch reportedly said he was disheartened and disillusioned by Trump’s “so-called judge” remark.

    Take heart, you can confidently file that under false news.

  34. 66
    Thanks Brother Squawk.

    I read on SnoozeMax yesterday he had said that or something similar.

    Guess the story changed.

  35. #40 – Squwakster – you can dis MTB all ya want – BUT bragging on DLR-hey-look-at-me-poorly-imitating-a-gymnast-while-TRYING-to-disguise-my-horrendous-lack-of-singing-ability is simply heinous!

    What’s next? You gonna claim that Axl Rose and Brucey Springsteen are singers????
    *no smiley*

  36. #61 – Cmon Brutha! I can actually pick and sing a couple of those – let’s cut SquawkyTooter a CD and duct tape the headphones to his noggin! 🙂

  37. Brother Katfish
    If given the choice between the band that will remain unnamed and having one side of my headphones playing Axl Rose and the other Bruce Stringbean with Tom Jones back ground over both channels………
    Well strap them head phones on me brother. All day long.

    VAN ROTH FOREVER

  38. I asked my BSue if she mind me getting a David Lee Roth poster. She said no as long as I kept it out of her house. Okay i said. I will hang it with my Farrah Faucet poster in the man barn shop cave.

  39. 71 SQK

    my Farrah Faucet poster in the man barn shop cave.

    Heh.
    Finishing up the ChristyBrinkley vs. Cindy Crawford fight….

    The only pinup I ever had in my life was in the welding shop where I built industrial fans for eleven years. It wasn’t even a poster. It was a magazine cover.

    And it damn sure wasn’t Christy Brinkley.

  40. If given the choice between the band that will remain unnamed and having one side of my headphones playing–/snip–/with Tom Jones back ground over both channels………
    Well strap them head phones on me brother. All day long.

    Lol–Brother!!

    I was going to ask …

    Can’t cha see
    Can’t cha see
    How great Tom Jones
    Can really be…

    But I do believe you’re almost healed of your TJ phobiaitis.-)

  41. Squawk #39

    Funniest comment to the WaPo story was this one:

    Roger Goodell, in the billiard room, with the lead pipe. LOL

  42. Shannon
    #76
    Sure do. Got her rolled up and in a tube. 🙂

    Brother Phil

    I think I will always be phobiated against TJ. That other band? I simply hate.

  43. Congress can redesign the 9th Circus to a much smaller area and create another circuit outside it in a civilized area. The circuits did not appear on stone tablets from on high, Congress created them.

    Congress can start impeachment proceedings against lefty “let’s make it up as it suits us” judges who violate their oaths of office to abide by the Constitution. A few of those moves would likely sink in on the rest of the lefties if they want to stay on the courts.

  44. Dang, phil snuck in while I wuz typing pecking. He’s been taking lessons from Bones

    Yup–It’s almost as bad as getting cut off by some yahoo in traffic, ain’t it?

  45. As for Trump’s disparagement of the judges, only someone ignorant of history can view that as frightening.

    Thomas Jefferson not only refused to enforce the Alien & Sedition Acts of President John Adams, his party impeached Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase, who had presided over one of the trials.

    Jackson defied Chief Justice John Marshall’s prohibition against moving the Cherokees out of Georgia to west of the Mississippi, where, according to the Harvard resume of Sen. Warren, one of them bundled fruitfully with one of her ancestors, making her part Cherokee.

    When Chief Justice Roger Taney declared that President Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus violated the Constitution, Lincoln considered sending U.S. troops to arrest the chief justice.

    FDR proposed adding six justices to emasculate a Supreme Court of the “nine old men” he reviled for having declared some New Deal schemes unconstitutional.

    President Eisenhower called his Supreme Court choices Earl Warren and William Brennan two of the “worst mistakes” he made as president. History bears Ike out. And here we come to the heart of the matter.

    Whether the roll-out of the president’s temporary travel ban was ill-prepared or not, and whether one agrees or not about which nations or people should be subjected to extreme vetting, the president’s authority in the matter of protecting the borders and keeping out those he sees as potentially dangerous is universally conceded.

    That a district judge would overrule the president of the United States on a matter of border security in wartime is absurd.

    http://mobile.wnd.com/2017/02/trump-must-break-judicial-power/

  46. Mark Levin is such a breath of fresh air, clear air when it gets all muddied up. It is not in the constitution that three judges have this power. That was my instinct, thanks Mr Levin.

  47. I really hope that AG Sessions decides to appeal to an en banc ruling. This will be 10 judges deciding the case. Even if the admin loses, they will appeal to the SCOTUS. This delay will give the Senate time to get the 5th vote in Gorsuch seated. That will put the absurd ruling by Robarts and the lame 3 judge panel in the garbage, where it belongs.

  48. 84

    That’s why Trump should ignore it and push forward.

    Then I see Houston Mayor Sylvester puddly cat is out there saying

    mi casa es su casa

    .

    Got that illegals? All of you can go and shack up with Mayor Tweety Bird Brain.

    Last I checked, Houston is a city and not a house.

    And this idiot wants to take the cap off property tax to fund this kind of insanity.

    Pluck him.

  49. 85 BC

    I really hope that AG Sessions decides to appeal to an en banc ruling. This will be 10 judges deciding the case. Even if the admin loses, they will appeal to the SCOTUS.

    There are 29 seats on the appellate bench of the Ninth Circuit, although 2 are vacant. It requires 14 votes in favor just for a case to be considered “en banc” by the court.

    I don’t know where you come up with 10 judges.

  50. An en banc in the ninth circuit would most likely yield the same result as there are only 6 or 7 judges out there that are not wild eyed activist liberals. Take it straight to the Supremes, hope for a tie vote there which would uphold the ninth’s ruling, then back to the district court for a hearing on the merits, which would most likely not occur prior to the original expiration date anyway. Try to remove the original district judge since he has stated in his opinion that the states would most likely prevail (a prejudical presumption) and then seek a change of venue.

    Or, best of all, just withdraw the order and reissue it with conforming language, while adding the names of the judges involved to your enemies list. There will always come a time when someone on the enemies list will want something important from you when you are President.

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