Thursday Open Comments

As bonus addenda for today’s theme, we have this ridiculous article from the “dignified” New York Times about militant feminists expecting the men of the houses to handle all the garbage chores.

Taking Out the Trash? That’s Still a Man’s Job, Even for the Liberal Coastal Elite

This is our weekly ritual. There’s no acknowledgment of the obvious inequity. No you-do-it-next-time admonishment. He accepts his role without a hint of bitterness. (In a way I do not when it comes to, say, driving car pool or coordinating play dates.) Every Monday around 9 p.m., I feel a tinge of guilt, except … not really.

Almost every woman I know who lives with a man shirks this chore. It’s as if all hard-won equality in the home is tossed on trash night. It may be the last bastion of accepted 1950s behavior. And in this case — and this case alone — women are fine with that.

As one friend pointed out: “Women deal with the rest of the garbage.”

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48 thoughts on “Thursday Open Comments

  1. 21 F. with 13 F. windchill. Frozen snow blowing sideways. It looks like snow fog out there with very low visibility. Not a lot of volume – maybe 4 to 5 inches max, but wicked cold.

  2. My sweet wife handled garbage duties last Friday cause I was sick. Can was stuffed due to holidays so she set a bag of raw trash next to the can for the garbage truck. About an hour later it is all over the driveway, which I ended up cleaning up anyway. I’ll take care of garbage from now on thank you.

  3. It’s a nice cold winter day here, 35 degrees, first time in days that I could walk out to the truck in shirt sleeves without freezing.
    Oh and 35 cold and dry is much warmer than 40 and wet rainy.

  4. I was going out to the bank, Lowes and Home Depot, but I changed my mind.

    It’s coming down at 2″ an hour now and the winds howling around 30 mph.

  5. So, what y’all think of the Trump/Otis kerfuffle?

    When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
    And the white knight is talking backwards
    And the red queen’s off with her head
    Remember what the dormouse said
    Feed your head, feed your head

  6. At Chez Harp, da Hubs routinely handles putting the trash and the recycling into their respective wheeled bins on schedule. We really don’t generate a lot of trash. If he happens to be sick, I do it, of course. Except I roll them out on the evening before, while he does it at the cra-a-a-ck of dawn. In Houston, no extra bag would be picked up anyway, so no reason to put one out. On the flip side, if the bin(s) are emptied earlier than 6 pm, he rolls them back to their out-of-sight locations near the end of the driveway. If he forgets, or lately the solid waste dept is often running late — then I roll them in. No big deal.

    Morning. 38 degrees here now. When it makes it to 50, I’ll go out and uncover my plants to see how they did. I had 12 big pots of elephant ear alongside the garage — no way to cover them, and they have all collapsed. I think they will come back from their big root bulbs.

    Heard on the radio around 6 a.m. that a water main had burst at Tidwell and Hollister, and the flooded intersection was iced over and had to be closed.

  7. 5 SD

    So, what y’all think of the Trump/Otis kerfuffle?

    Michael Wolff is a scummy, bottom feeding opportunist. Every president attracts these kinds of hucksters, successful Republican administrations attract more. I’m surprised the New York slander & libel publishing industry hasn’t cranked out 10 of these already.

    For the record, I’m skeptical of all these “inside scandal” books no matter who they are about, Republican or Democrat.

    As Axios’ Jonathan Swan noted, “The book’s quotes and claims are so sensational that barely any attention has been paid to some eye-popping quotes that Wolff attributes to former deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh [in the New York Magazine excerpt he quoted her saying managing Trump is ‘like trying to figure out what a child wants.’] Katie told me she never said those things; and when I told that to Wolff’s spokeswoman she said he stands by his reporting.”

    Yes, pure Wolff. Provocative, discomfiting and a bit ambiguous. Engrossing, yes. But true? Even folks inclined to lap it up struck obvious cautionary notes, as CNN “New Day” co-host Alisyn Camerota did this morning: “We should mention that it sounds like Michael Wolff’s modus operandi was to let the people he interviewed spin yarns. And then he didn’t necessarily fact-check them. He didn’t necessarily need two sources. This isn’t really journalism. This is a very interesting read but in terms of the way he processed them, he admits in the author’s note that he let people tell their own stories and he printed them.”

  8. “We should mention that it sounds like Michael Wolff’s modus operandi was to let the people he interviewed spin yarns.

    Or in standard English: Michael Wolff is really dog $#!t.

  9. While driving back from Colorado yesterday, we went through this little town named San Saba. I didn’t see El Gordo unless he was eating lunch at the Stripes gas station.

    I noticed one odd thing about that town and I really hope our on the scene couch denizen will get right on this. Right on the main drag is an establishment called Commies Tacos. I think Gordo needs to get on the horn to Trump and demand action! I know Gordo is all about keeping things local but I fear this local communist threat may have festered and grown deep roots which will require bigger guns.

  10. If this is true, I really think this is absolutely the wrong fight to pick right now.

    HEADLINE: US to end lenient policy that let legal pot flourish
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California.

    President Donald Trump’s top law enforcement official was to announce the change Thursday, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Instead of the previous lenient-federal-enforcement policy, Sessions’ new stance will instead let federal prosecutors where marijuana is legal decide how aggressively to enforce longstanding federal law prohibiting it, the people said.

    Sessions’ plan drew immediate strong objection from Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, one of eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

    Gardner said in a tweet that the Justice Department “has trampled on the will of the voters” in Colorado and other states. He said the action would contradict what Sessions had told him before the attorney general was confirmed and that he was prepared “to take all steps necessary” to fight the step including holding up the confirmation of Justice Department nominees.

    Sessions is rescinding the policy by president Barack Obama’s Justice Department that has generally barred federal law enforcement officials from interfering with marijuana sales in states where the drug is legal.

    The people familiar with the plan spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it before the announcement.

    He darned sure won’t get any help on the border wall if this takes greater priority.

  11. This is a great example of an unintended consequence when tinkering with the food supply. In this particular case it is a sugar additive that is causing major problems.

    HEADLINE: A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of not one but two superbugs
    Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food products, scientists say. Trehalose, a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new study finds.

    The results, described in the journal Nature, highlight the unintended consequences of introducing otherwise harmless additives to the food supply.

    C. difficile is a nasty bacterium — infection can result in severe diarrhea and death — and numbers among the most prevalent hospital-acquired infections in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half a million people were sickened by the bug in 2011. Some 29,000 of those patients died within 30 days of being diagnosed with C. difficile, and about 15,000 of those deaths were directly linked to the infection.

    The disease wasn’t always such a scourge of the sick and hospitalized, and scientists have long been trying to figure out why certain strains have become so successful in recent years. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics has long been thought to be responsible for the rise of many kinds of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

    To probe the mystery, a team of scientists led out of Baylor College of Medicine in Texas examined two particularly successful lineages of C. difficile, RT027 and RT078, examining what kind of carbon-rich molecules they ate. Both types, they noticed, seemed very good at using low concentrations of the sugar trehalose as a sole carbon source.

    The researchers analyzed the genomes of both RT027 and RT078. While both had RNA sequences that allowed each type to take advantage of trehalose in low doses, they did so in very different ways.

    C. difficile bacteria have genes that can break trehalose into glucose (a simpler, more useful sugar) and its derivatives. But a special protein called TreR blocks the microbes from metabolizing trehalose unless the concentration of trehalose in the environment is very high.

    In RT027, the TreR protein is modified in a way that lowers the bar, allowing the bacteria to metabolize trehalose even in quite low concentrations.

    The article never mentions why the additive is used, what possible benefits its use confers or what are other possible side effects.

  12. Paulie K., call your office ! Sumthin’ jus’ happened !

    The Dow Jones industrial average broke above 25,000 for the first time on Thursday, tying the fastest 1,000-point move in its history, following the release of stronger-than-expected jobs data.

    The 30-stock index climbed 154 points, with DowDuPont, IBM and American Express rising more than 2 percent.

    “The Dow hitting 25,000 was a pretty wild idea even a year ago. And while its symbolically important, the real story is never just a number. It’s the underlying strength that is pushing markets this high,” said Steve Claussen, vice president of trader strategy at E-Trade.

  13. I had four eggs fried covered in chili this morning for breakfast.

    I needed the protein for this Snow War Bomb Cyclone. As recently as 24 hours ago, the weather geeks were calling for 3-4 inches here in my part of the county. I have 10-11″ right now and it’s still coming down pretty hard.

    I was out for a while with the snowblower, but it was brutal in the wind. I’m cleared enough to be able to get the vehicles onto the street if need be.

  14. Given the OC subject today, I should give credit to Her Highness. She is one of three women on this little lane of 20 houses who get out and shovel snow with the best of them. And these are three of the, ahem, oldest ladies. It seems the GenX and Millennial females are too weak and helpless to do it.

  15. Drill baby drill!

    HEADLINE: Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling
    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States waters, it announced Thursday. The plan would give the energy industry broad access to drilling rights in most parts of the outer continental shelf, including Pacific waters near California, Atlantic waters near Maine and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

    The proposal lifts a ban on drilling, imposed by President Barack Obama in his final days in office, that protected more than 100 million offshore acres along the Arctic and Eastern Seaboard. Such a reversal deals a serious blow to Mr. Obama’s environmental legacy and signals that the Trump administration is nowhere near done unraveling the environmental restrictions of its predecessor in an effort to promote domestic energy production.

    SUCK BLACK TAR environazi scumbags!

  16. Well, this is sad; Bruce Halle passed away early this morning, 3 AM in his sleep. Not sure of the circumstances. He’ll be missed and not ever be replaced, he became a billionaire by sharing his wealth with his men, one of which was my son. He gave my boy a chance to have his own store, all he had to do was work his rear end off and prove he was worthy.
    R.I.P. 🙁

  17. Hey Super Dave: Your son and mine have the same first name.

    I have been a Discount Tire customer for 30 years or so. Its the only place I’ll go.

  18. #13 – Well, I just got back to SS from my holiday tour of north Texas, otherwise I would probably have seen you pass through since I live right next to the highway. I don’t have an explanation for Commie’s Tacos since it was a Sinclair gas station back when I was growing up here. It is probably a graduate of the local high school trying to spell Connie’s would be my best guess. If you didn’t stop at the Olive Oil place, you missed out on a nice treat. Anyway, glad to be back and can post a little more here in the new year.

  19. If this is true, I really think this is absolutely the wrong fight to pick right now.

    Like everyone here told Bronco for eight years, and rightly so, you don’t get to pick and choose which federal laws you want to enforce. The way to remedy this situation is for Cory Gardner, et al, to rescind the federal laws of which Colorado is in violation. Easy peasy.

  20. My first encounter with Discount Tire was in south Austin late on a dreary, icy Christmas Eve in a Ford pickup with just my 5 or 6 year old daughter and me on our way to the family gathering in north Austin.

    I realized something was wrong on 183, pulled off and aired up a bad tire. I started driving on Burleson Rd and saw a sign that said “Tires”. I pulled in just as the tire was going flat, but the guys inside were locking up and turning out the lights. It was in the 20s, sleeting and blowing hard out of the north. When I walked up and knocked on the locked door, they raised a bay door waved me in, jacked up the truck and fixed the tire. These guys were all tired and trying to go home to their families for Christmas.

    They wouldn’t let me pay them. They refused a tip. They made a lifetime customer out of me.

  21. #29, I agree with that. But Sessions is ignoring a lot of serious Hillary and cohorts breaking of Federal laws. Hard to give him credibility when he will do nothing about that and get concerned over States ignoring Federal laws over weed. He comes across as some Puritanical enforcer rather than some one truly interested in the law. imo.

  22. 31 EG

    That’s impressive.

    Winds are out of the NW right now at 25 to 30 mph steady. At least it stopped snowing.

  23. “In deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws with the department’s finite resources, prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions,” Sessions said in a memo to all federal prosecutors. “These principles require federal prosecutors deciding which cases to prosecute to weigh all relevant considerations of the crime, the deterrent effect of criminal prosecution, and the cumulative impact of particular crimes on the community.”

    He’s not siccing them on anyone. Looks to me like a reminder, “Hey, this is still illegal at the federal level.” Congress made it illegal at the federal level. Only they can rescind that.

  24. 32 gto

    I think you have a point, a good point. Sessions has appeared inconsistent and weak throughout his tenure, looking like he got rolled by Rosenstein, Comey and Mueller. Clinton, Abedin and clan getting a pass.

    No matter how technically correct he may be, Sessions looks as if he’s trying too hard now to be the tough guy.

    But Hamous has a good one too.

    What last shred of the rule of law do we have left ? The collision of politicians and the law ends up looking like a damned mess sometimes.

  25. Don’t get me wrong, it would be monumentally stupid to start suddenly enforcing those laws. But you can’t indefinitely pretend they don’t exist. Sooner or later some vindictive politician will begin selectively and vindictively enforcing them against their enemies.

  26. Then there’s the major problem of how to determine if someone is under the influence and not just an indication that they have smoked in the last 30 days. BIG issue in my industry.

  27. #26 #27 #30 Yup, I was a Discount Tire fan long before my boy went to work for them. Bruce Halle’s first store in Ann Harbor Michigan was next door to a Firestone Store and he couldn’t sell any name brand tire so he sold the off-brand tires made by the same big manufactures. As an extra service, to draw in customers, he’d remove/replace the snow tires on folks cars in the spring and fall.
    I talked to my Boy tonight and as you can imagine him and all his brothers are going through all the emotions but as my Boy said, from now on, he was going to try to be the man Bruce was, and it’ll be no easy task.

  28. But Sessions is ignoring a lot of serious Hillary and cohorts breaking of Federal laws. Hard to give him credibility when he will do nothing about that and get concerned over States ignoring Federal laws over weed.


    This is the worst ox to attempt to gore at this time. This is an issue where the voters of the states in question have said emphatically that the fed policy is flat out wrong and we are exercising our sovereign rights as a majority of voters in the states to ignore it. This is way different than Snoozy McSnoozerson Sessions refusing to indict the blatant, in your face treasonous crimes of Hillary and JugEars. There is no state that has held votes to ignore a violation of the espionage act (Cankles et al email scandal), or giving aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war (JugEars giving billions to the mullahs, the very same who make IEDs that maime and kill our solders). It is the worst possible fight to pick at this time. There are much bigger, far more dangerous and destructive rats to kill than the weed issue.

  29. #30 Texpat, I’ve heard many stories similar to yours, I don’t know how many tires that my son has given away so a customer doesn’t leave on May-Pops.

  30. #42 Goatman: I despise the gross violations of the 4th Amendment, the outrageous seizures of personal property (civil asset forfeiture ) based on a frigging whim of some jackass cop, the absurd banking regulations in place to catch drug dealers, etc. Decriminalize all of it and let Darwin have his way. I hate the loss of freedom and ever encroaching government all in the name of stopping people from doing what they want to themselves.

    Bob42 is a raging, stinking, stack of crap; always has been and always will be.

  31. Who knew watching cannibalism could be so entertaining?

    In a war of words between heavyweight names in the national Democratic establishment, a Kennedy running for governor has slammed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his alleged complicity in a gentrification plan that critics say is forcing African-Americans and other minorities out of the country’s third-largest city.

    “I believe that black people are being pushed out of Chicago intentionally by a strategy that involves disinvestment in communities being implemented by the city administration,” said Chris Kennedy, who is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination ahead of a March 20 primary. “I believe Rahm Emanuel is the head of the city administration and therefore needs to be held responsible for those outcomes,” Kennedy said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Kennedy, the son of late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, is hoping to appeal to African-American voters in a primary challenge against Chicago businessman J.B. Pritzker.

  32. In Sugar Land. Only place that has Trappey’s ‘Bull’ Louisiana hot sauce, and the only reason I go there.

  33. Is this all that happened on The Couch today? We had a po’ sick kitty so I wasn’t online much. Where is everyone?

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