67 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Thread

  1. So, in today’s mixed up world, anyone who gets into some sort of trouble just goes off to Re-Hab and all is forgiven, forgotten?
    Harvey Weinstein Flying to Europe Tonight For Sex Addiction Rehab.

    Harvey Weinstein is boarding a private jet Tuesday night, bound for a rehab center in Europe for sex addiction … sources connected with the former mogul tell TMZ.

    We’re told Harvey has decided to take the advice of the people around him and leave immediately. We’re told he will enter a live-in facility and will deal both with sex and other behavioral issues.

    Our sources say Weinstein is surprisingly calm, considering the PR nightmare engulfing him. As one source put it, “He has his moments where there are bursts, but for the most part he’s pretty calm.”

    We’re told Weinstein still believes he can get help, come back and make a fresh start. As a source close to Weinstein put it, “He wants to come back with fresh, new ideas.” As we reported, he and his team are in settlement discussions with The Weinstein Co. and the idea of him serving in some outside capacity is still on the table.

  2. As, usual the NAALCP doesn’t have a clue.
    NAALCP: Jerry Jones’ anthem comments are ‘tone-deaf,’ violate Cowboys’ constitutional rights.

    “This is not an issue about our flag, this is an issue about police brutality, racism, and the ability of members of the NFL whose communities are disproportionately impacted by police misconduct to peacefully say enough,” said NAACP interim President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “This is not simply a Black issue due to the number of white people also killed by police, but we know historically that when justice occurs for African Americans, all other members of our society benefit as well.”

  3. Did I mention that there is a touch of Fall in the air. 65 degrees, dry, and breezy down here by the Bay.

  4. Good morning Hamsters. Got down to 61 here on the moors of the Brazos, and it is wonderful. So why can’t it hang on until the next cold front appears?

    Somebody who knows workplace law needs to drill it into the NFL Players Ass’n brass that the private workplace is entirely apart from the First Amendment’s “Congress shall make no law….” freedom of speech.

    If’n the players really want to protest where they might actually do some good, they can go to Chicago and camp out in Rahm’s outer office until he does something constructive to stop the black on black daily carnage. But that would require considerable effort, whereas taking a knee or whatever signal of disapproval they come up with is effortless. It’s also mindless and useless on its face and more importantly disrespectful. And it angers many more fans than are neutral or agree with them.

    On your own time and on your own dimes, people.

  5. Only in a completely failed state, like say CALIFORNIA, could the penalty for using the wrong pronoun when addressing a mentally ill transmission be greater (1 YEAR) than intentionally infecting someone with the incurable disease HIV
    – 6 months.
    Knowingly and intentionally infecting someone with HIV should be a death penalty offense!

  6. Wow. Powerful stuff from an old Hollywood insider on Twitchy:

    This is a must read tweetstorm from author and former music journalist Thomas Wictor on how everyone in Hollywood knew about Harvey Weinstein, yet tolerated it. It’s 39-tweets long, but well worth it…

    Thomas Wictor @ThomasWictor
    Replying to @ThomasWictor

    (38) Every one of these leftist actresses who hate Trump?

    They’re ALL covering up for the pig-men.

    Thomas Wictor @ThomasWictor

    (39) Electoral extermination is the only thing that these people will understand.

    In 2018 and 2020, remember the pig-men.

    12:54 AM – Oct 10, 2017
    70 70 Replies 454 454 Retweets 1,128 1,128 likes

  7. Super Dave

    Jerry Jones’ anthem comments are ‘tone-deaf,’ violate Cowboys’ constitutional rights.

    That argument just drives me nuts. As you know………
    That is a bogus straw man. The Constitution says CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW. Jones is fully within his rights to govern their speech and behavior in his facility.

    Hope everyone is doing well.

  8. Roger L. Simon, screenwriter and author, at PJMedia:

    If conservative investors had any courage, this would be the time to make a hostile takeover of the movie business. Unfortunately, they don’t. I know this from bitter personal experience. Wealthy conservatives are delighted to support the Philharmonic, but when it comes to popular culture they turn away, as if afraid to get their hands dirty.

    That this is a huge mistake should be obvious. They have abandoned the culture — and our children — to the creepiest people imaginable. What is going on in Hollywood is far from being just about Harvey. It’s approaching a pandemic. So many previously silent assaulted or raped women are coming out of the woodwork, it seems like a long-belated remake of “Cheaper by the Dozen.” No one knows who will be next or if it will stop at Harvey.

    Andrew Breitbart said, “Politics is downstream from the culture”, but nobody listened, at least not the conservative investors with the money to do anything about it.

  9. Woke up this morning to high 50’s temp. During the night I got up to take care of my old man duties and had to shake out that light blanket that has been folded at the foot of the bed all summer and place it on top of the sheet. I’m considering mowing the yard, but I’m also thinking of leaving it a little longer as it should be going dormant as the temps subside. Tough decisions to make as always. I’ve had 3 fawns to watch since they were born around May (one set of twins and one solo), and they all came by yesterday with shiny coats and no spots remaining. They are still pretty stupid though, but their mothers were letting the go on their own. The three bucks that I’ve watched grow antlers all summer also passed by. The antlers are fully developed and they look good (I think two them were born twins). I’d almost pay money to watch them stage a fight where I could see them, but that probably won’t happen. OK, time to get out and about.

  10. It’s a gorgeous day outside.

    Unfortunately we just found out that our dear sweet adarha dog of 13 years has kidney failure. She does not have pain now but when she starts to throw from it up she will. “The decision” is not what but when. She’s been such a good dog for us.

  11. Darren, so sorry to hear your beloved pet won’t be with you much longer. They leave their pawprints on our hearts.

    In my case, it’s barf piles on the floor, along with the paw prints. I can still feel her little paw on my arm, as she ever……………….soooooooooooooooo……..slowly………………made her way into my lap, looking cautiously up at me to see if I noticed. That glacier move of hers always cracked me up.

    Those memories will always be with you.

  12. Went to see Mom Sunday. I don’t know how much longer she’ll be with us. At least during my visit, she seemed so weak, and talking seemed like so much of an effort. She did share that went to dialysis via airboat one day, so I guess she’s not too old to still have an adventure!

    She kept repeating things, probably because she has little to discuss. The Harpies have not replaced nor repaired her TV “ears,” so Mom can’t listen to the news, nor her beloved golf. She has been totally cut off from the outside world, other than her dialysis or what the Harpies tell her. I am LIVID over that failure of theirs. Mom really enjoyed what little TV she could get, and I cannot understand why it’s been months and still no replacement. I don’t see much of a coincidence that the serious decline in her condition that I’ve seen parallels her being cut off from her TV access. All she does now is lay in bed, with periodic diaper changes and food being shoved in her face.

    And I won’t even go into that cut on her arm….. /placing hands firmly over mouth

  13. I did good in the back yard. That seems likely to be the last mow it will need this year. Due to all my convalescent restrictions for the first part of the summer, I had not done anything to the area behind the garage, and my mows were limited by how much heat I could stand. So with a cool breeze encouraging me, I took my loppers behind the garage and cut at ground level about 20 trash trees that had reached 2 to 8 feet since I last looked for volunteers back there. I have not tried to establish grass behind the garage because it is much too shady under the mislabeled “Bradford” pear I planted back there 15 years ago. It’s a fruitless pear, but unlike the ornamental Bradford, it seems to be unlimited growth. Shades that whole area and possibly the neighbor’s pool next door.

    Once I had the new unwanted trees removed, I found I could mow the ruellia that has resurged behind the garage. I think that plant would thrive on mine tailings.

  14. I think that plant would thrive on mine tailings.

    So, we can add ruella to the list of nuclear blast survivors, along with cockaroaches?

  15. I just received one of those fund raising questionnaires from the RNC along with a cover letter expalining how much the RNC needs my help to make sure the eReps in congress can beat back the evil Dems and get Trump’s agenda moved through. Apparently time is of the essence and they need the form and the money back within 7 days of the undated letter. There is no room on the form for me to express anything other than their pre-approved responses to stupid questions. I’d consider sending it back, but the postage is not prepaid, so in the trash it goes. The RNC and the DNC are both in the same boat as far as I’m concerned, and the funds are managed by leadership, so if there is a candidate out there that I like, I’ll make a direct donation. Otherwise, the RNC can KMA. (Ask Phil what KMA means if you don’t already know).

  16. Ruellia: pretty flowers, butterflies love it, spreads like the plague. This is NOT my yard — when I had it so bad several years ago, it was much thicker than this.

  17. 24 Tedtam

    The pharmacy mostly serves the staffers, lobbyists, and families who make their home in the quiet, leafy neighborhood just to the east of the Capitol building, though Grubb’s five drivers will deliver prescriptions across the entire city. Some 800 prescriptions leave its doors every day, filled by some three dozen pharmacists, technicians, and support staff.

    That is an amazing daily volume of prescriptions for any independent drugstore, especially one in a building that size. When my mother was still working, if she filled 80 scripts in a day, it was a very long and late ordeal. And several of her colleagues over the years, including my father, told me she was the best pharmacist they had ever worked with.

    Just storing the inventory to fill 800 scripts a day takes a lot of space and I don’t know where they put it there unless he’s got a big basement under that little building. One thing I do appreciate is the fact Congress at least sends their business to a local, independent businessman.

  18. Bonecrusher;

    I did what tou instructed me to do. Now, how do I get the Sharpie check mark off my phone? 🙂

  19. #22 Mharper

    TT, can’t your mother at least have a Walkman-type radio with a headset that she could listen to?

    In the past, I’ve gotten her a variety of devices: Walkman, radio, etc., with headsets. She never took to any of them. I even encouraged her to listen to the oldies stations and offered to get her a tablet where I could load up access to music from her youth. She rejected all of those. The only thing she enjoyed was listening to the TV, using earbuds for a long time, and then the radio headset device. Not having a cord between her and the TV was a blessing!

    Also, she has almost no use of her body. I think she can lift her arms and she can move her head, but other than that, not much. Trying to use a device with her blindness and lack of mobility would be quite a challenge. With her “ears” she could listen for hours; and they were designed for the elderly so that she could turn them on merely by pulling the arms of the device apart. She liked Channel 11, and get her set up with that channel or to one of her golf tournaments, and she’d be happy for hours. Managing a radio or other device would be beyond her, I believe.

    Now, she has nothing except her nurses and the Harpies. Maybe she’s more animated with them, but her condition the last time I saw her almost brought me to tears.

  20. #31 Tedtam

    Dear Lady, this is the most difficult stage of your Mom’s decline for you to endure.

    Prayers for both of you on the journey that she will complete in Our Lord’s loving arms. Strength for you and peace at last for her.

  21. Hubby told me something funny last night…I’ve mentioned before that Handsome Son is now teaching an a/c class at a local community college. From what Hubby told me, he’s cracking a serious whip in class. For example, they are working on an exercise where they have to hook up a certain type of motor, and a student brings over a 220 motor instead of a 110. This is a third hand, paraphrased idea of what happened:

    HS: “What do you have there?”
    Student: “Motor?”
    HS: “What kind of motor were you supposed to use?”
    Student: (deer in headlights look)
    HS: “You were supposed to get a 110 motor. Is that a 110?”
    Student: “…no…….”
    HS: “You were supposed to read your chapter and study those pictures. You are supposed to know this stuff before you come into class! You can’t make these mistakes when you leave here! I’ve had the instructor you’re supposed to have next year, and trust me, he won’t put up with this. Now, go get the right equipment!”
    Student: /turns to get proper motor

    I never thought HS would end up being a teacher, but Hubby says he’s really enjoying it. He’s serious about it, too. All those years I was afraid he’d end up in a shack in my back yard, unable to hold a decent job, and here he is an A/C tech and teaching others as well.

    M’boy makes me proud. And grateful.

  22. In Hurricane Harvey’s wake, Houston residents get a monthly reminder that flood control is just a few dollars away.

    Elizabeth Perez has paid roughly $800 per year since 2011 for the city’s monthly drainage fee, a levy of 0.032 cents per square foot of a homeowner’s property.

    Now she wants her money back. In a lawsuit winding its way through the courts, Perez is seeking a return of the fee, alleging the city has collected it illegally. If she wins, the city would be on the hook for close to $840 million in repayments to Perez and other taxpayers.

    https://texasmonitor.org/houston-drainage-840m-owed-back/

  23. ” If there is ever a contest for words that substitute for thought, “diversity” should be recognized as the undisputed world champion. You don’t need a speck of evidence, or a single step of logic, when you rhapsodize about the supposed benefits of diversity. The very idea of testing this wonderful, magical word against something as ugly as reality seems almost sordid.” – Thomas Sowell

  24. I always wondered where the “our strength comes from our diversity” started.

    If you hitch up four horses and they don’t think alike or understand what is expected of them, and/or are not willing to do the work because one used to be a race horse, another pulled a pony cart, one was a cutting horse, and one was recently broke to saddle – how are they supposed to work together?

    I prefer four horses who were all raised or at least taught – and accepted the teaching – that the work ahead involved pulling a large wagon and that pulling that wagon meant they had to think as one.

  25. Where does Hubby’s remote reside up until now? Does he lose it? My remotes are laying on the side table beside my TV chair.

  26. He likes to lay it on the table to his left. Then he falls asleep. If I want it, I have to lean over him or try to lean over the table.

    With my back, that can be a little tricky sometimes.

  27. Anybody hear about the “Senate blue slip” today? I saw nothing online about it today, but just heard the Seculows discussing it on their ACLJ radio show. Apparently McConnell as Senate leader just ended this practice that could let a single Senator kill a presidential nomination to some of the lower courts. They said it has been a “Senate rule” for 100 years. Can anyone think of anything else that McConnell has done this year that was praiseworthy?
    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/354955-senators-battle-over-trumps-court-nominees

  28. The war over the remote has nothing to do with the choice of programs around here.

    It’s all about the person who has the remote shirks their duty to turn it down during commercials so that the windows don’t get blown out of the wall.

    The woman is a world class shirker.

    I rarely am.

    Two deaf people hollering at each other while the windows get blown out of the house.

    Fun.

  29. 48 mh42

    Anybody hear about the “Senate blue slip” today? I saw nothing online about it today…

    Fred Barnes posted a column about it at 05:48 AM this morning, Powerline linked to it later in the morning, Instapundit at 12 noon, Washington Examiner, WAPO, Business Insider, US News, HuffPo, HotAir.com, etc.

  30. #48 – I first heard that McConnell was going to eliminate the blue slip requirement. Then Grassley, head of the Judiciary Committee, said that he was planning to keep it in place. So, if McConnell is serious, he’ll just fire Grassley and appoint a new committee head – which of course we all know that he would never do. So, probably just another “well I tried” from the hapless McConnell. What a worthless POS.
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/chuck-grassleys-office-says-hes-in-charge-of-judicial-nominee-blue-slip-tool-after-mitch-mcconnell-pledges-to-kill-it/article/2637190

  31. It’s all about the person who has the remote shirks their duty to turn it down during commercials so that the windows don’t get blown out of the wall.

    I finally realized my TV had a setting for that, works wonderfully. Not sure if the Motorola sets have that option.

  32. #51 Texpat
    None of those are my daily online fare, plus I mowed and cut trees this morning. 🙂

    After I heard it on ACLJ, I googled and saw 3 top hits, selected The Hill which I cited as a source for additional info. Because who ever heard of the blue slip rule???

  33. 52 El Gordo

    The real story…

    No Trump judicial nominee has been blocked through the blue slip tool, although Minnesota Sen. Al Franken decided to use the process as part of his effort to block David Stras’ nomination to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals last month.

    A Republican aide in the Senate told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday that the Senate guidelines requiring 30 hours of debate, which McConnell is refusing to change, have proven to be a big obstacle for Trump’s nominees.

    “The first six waves of the president’s judicial nominees will get through the committee by the end of the year,” the GOP aide said. “The issue is not the blue slip or the pace of the committee, the issue is the Senate leadership does not keep the Senate in session for more than three days a week and we go into recess like we are right now when 10 nominees are pending on the floor.”

    McConnell is under pressure from conservative groups and conservative legal experts regarding the Senate’s pace of judicial confirmations.

    McConnell won’t keep the Senate in session each week long enough to abide by the 30 hour debate rule so no conservative nominees get past the hurdle.

  34. Now I’m super confused. Looks like through noon today, outlets like HuffPo were reporting that McConnell would KEEP the blue slip rule. The Seculows said on their radio show aired at 8 pm CDT that McConnell killed it today.

  35. The blue slip rule is always subject to the soap slippin’, reach-around, The Cesspool Rules, which supersede any other rule on the planet and can be invoked 24/7/365 or whenever one of the swamp creatures fears their gravy train, power, perks and mayo-stained, crunchy underpants are at stake.

  36. I guess I musta spent too much of my time the last dozen years or so thinking about being an HOA nazi, planning midnight Deed Restriction raids and such, because I had never heard about blue slip shenanigans in the US Senate. Whether by mayo-stained, crunchy underwear wearers or anyone else with a certain resemblance to a turtle.

  37. The senators from the state of a federal judicial nominee are sent a blue slip from the majority leader via the judiciary committee chair. They can return it as an approval/disapproval, but if they don’t return it at all, it acts as a hold on the nominee, as Al Franken did on David Stras.

  38. Surely y’all must have read or heard over the years of presidents seeking approval from the home state senators for judicial appointees to the federal bench, particularly SCOTUS nominees.

  39. Typically in practice, the WH actually goes to the senator of the state where the judicial opening is and asks for recommendations. After vetting, and assuming some semblance of reasonableness, the WH will make a pick from that list. The blue slip has always been a trading card for a Senator to pick up a favor from someone along the way in return for endorsing the nominee. However, things have changed, and the old pharts who want the exclusive club to revert back to the gentlemanly ways of screwing the citizens without a lot of public scrutiny are having a hard time adapting to the newer cut throat form of politics, except when they are facing a primary opponent.

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