84 thoughts on “Friday Open Thread

  1. 33 degrees on the dashboard this am, so I lucked out by not covering my tender vegetation last night – tonight is a must cover.

    35 minutes to the office from Glorious Copperfield to Buffalo Speedway and Westheimer. That is a very pleasant ride in.

    Yom Tov Hamsteronianites

  2. TT: I hope the recovery process from losing your MIL goes smoothly, you and yours are not forgotten.

  3. #4 Bone:

    Day by day, things are getting better. BCS sent me yet another email, which I haven’t and don’t intend to open. Dang, she needs help! Anyway, my other siblings have sent gentle condolences; one brother bonded through his shared recollections of when he took care of a dying relative; even a niece shared some sweet recollections of my MIL. Those help. We had a nice dinner with BIL last night, and we are looking forward to a better day tomorrow.

    Hubby and I are making future plans, with the major changes that have happened.

    I am trying to recover my sleep and attempting to throw off all the stress of recent events. I had labs done yesterday, which was probably one of the worst days to do it, but there ya’ go. Not anticipating great news from the doctor next week.

    One day at a time. I’ll get through this, one day at a time.

    Thanks for the kind thoughts.

  4. Tedtam, With my busy work week and infrequent Drive-By’s, I missed the passing of your MIL. Although I did know that she was on her way home. Prayers to you and your family, and I hope that you’ll take time to remember all the good times.

  5. I had labs done yesterday, which was probably one of the worst days to do it, but there ya’ go. Not anticipating great news from the doctor next week.

    When you speak with the doc, make sure he knows what you have been and are continuing to deal with. Stress causes cholesterol to rise; if you see a spike in your numbers, that could be the cause.
    Sorry to hear that BCS continues to be the way she chooses to be. There is a family member of one of my employers who would likely make BCS seem sane and normal; yes, she’s that bad. Fortunately I rarely have to deal with her.
    Endeavor to persevere.

  6. When you speak with the doc, make sure he knows what you have been and are continuing to deal with.

    Fortunately, we have awesome doctor and practice who are almost like family. They are well aware.

    Love our doc.

  7. 26 degrees out here this morning, but the wind is gone and it’s CAVU. I’m still trying to avoid flue exposure as much as possible, but I have to get out sometimes. Due to the skunks and armadillos digging for grubs in my back yard, it looks like I won’t have to do any aeration back there this year. Yesterday’s winds also cleared out a few small dead braches out of the oaks and pecans, so I’ll make a pass around the yard picking those up – makes nice starter for the BBQ fire. OK, time to shake a leg. You all have a great day.

  8. Morning, y’all. I’ve been up since 7:30 but I would never check to see if I could be #1 even if I was accidentally up at 4 a.m. It is 36 degrees in broad daylight at Chez Harp.

    I see some mornings to worry about next week, Wed and Thu with low temps and precip predicted (for my zip code).

  9. I believe that’s a type of orchid.

    Doesn’t she look a hundred times better with a bit of a smile?

    Especially that type of smile.

  10. 15 Shannon

    Doesn’t she look a hundred times better with a bit of a smile?

    She’s just thinking about Squawk.

  11. 13 BC

    Good Grief !

    During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in August 2017, Glenn Simpson was questioned about whether he tried to “assess the credibility” of sources behind information uncovered by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent who compiled the dossier.

    “Yes, but I’m not going to get into sourcing information,” Simpson said.

    Asked again what “steps he took to verify their credibility,” Simpson declined to answer.

    His lawyer, Joshua Levy, then intervened and said Simpson was just trying to protect his sources.

    “Somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier and no harm should come to anybody related to this honest work,” Levy said.

    The interview didn’t pursue the line of questioning further.

    Well, maybe somebody should pursue this hand grenade tossed in the middle of the room. Whoa! Somebody’s already been killed as the result of the dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele from questionable Russian sources and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, and possibly used by the FBI to obtain FISA warrants to spy on the campaign of Hillary’s opponent, Donald J. Trump?

  12. #20 TP: A reasonable person could easily conclude that some serious investigations should arise from the death of Seth Rich, as it were – nothing but crickets. I wonder how many connections there are between Seth Rich’s murderer to the screeching hag, Cankles, 3 or 4 maybe?

    In the face of all of this, what does Snoozy McSnoozerson Jeff Sessions want to do? He wants to go after the states, whose citizens voted to legalize pot, and strengthen the DEA. This is the equivalent of stepping on hundred dollar bills to pick up pennies.

  13. Forrest Nabors at The Federalist via Instapundit:

    If different types of political regimes are plants that grow, the soil is the people, and different types of soil determine what kind of political regime is possible in a given nation. The rise, prosperity, or fall of a political regime depends upon the customs and temper of a people that have developed since time immemorial and are not easily changed.

    This important insight was once commonplace when the classical analysis of political regimes was the starting point in understanding nations’ politics, but political science in its modern form no longer teaches our young citizenry in this way. This is why you will not find many journalists or analysts in the media or government who can convincingly explain the prospects for democracy abroad.

    The cost of this change in education is apparent in the last 15 years of American foreign policy. The Bush administration expected Western-style democracy to immediately take hold in Iraq after it toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein. The Obama administration expected the same following popular unrest during the Arab Spring. Noble though the goals of those administrations were, an intelligent citizen informed by Bernard Lewis’s “What Went Wrong” and educated in regime analysis could have foreseen that efforts to establish stable democracies in place of removed Arab tyrannies would encounter profound difficulties.

    When your liberal arts higher education is all race, class, gender you don’t have a clue how the world actually works.

    This is how hollowed out schools and universities eventually get people killed and trillions of assets wasted.

  14. 22 Bonecrusher

    I disagree. The proper way to resolve the marijuana issue is through the bicameral legislative branch of the federal government. If the DOJ is to live up to its commitment and obligation to enforce the laws passed by Congress, then following through with enforcement of drug laws is an integral part of their job. Playing see no evil, prosecute no evil is corrosive to the public respect the DOJ desperately needs.

    That’s the logic and ethics of it. The political strategy here flows directly from the White House and is another very shrewd move by Trump to force the House and Senate to confront a problem that is entirely their responsibility to resolve. Trump has had to drag Congress kicking and screaming through Obamacare, taxes, deregulation, immigration, etc. It’s really kind of pathetic when he appears to be the only grownup in the room.

  15. #20, 22 – My opinion is that DOJ should involve itself in enforcement of federal statutes and leave state crimes to local authorities. Murder is mostly a state matter although there are now some protected classes that might rise to the federal level. No doubt that immediately upon being sworn in to the AG spot that Sessions moved lock, stock, and barrel into the bunker and only occasionally pokes his head out. Trump cannot fire him because all the ladies in waiting to be named “Acting AG” are swamp dwellers, and it’s unlikely the Senate would approve a replacement since its members enjoy watching Trump twist in the wind. A “gentleman” AG was not what was needed at this juncture, but that’s what we got. And there is no solution in sight.

  16. Digging through the old cigar box of pictures. I found a picture of my wife’s, dad’s, old 60-61 GMC Pick Up. I didn’t see this truck before it was totaled, but judging form the “V” emblem, I’m guessing that it was a 351 CID, V6?

  17. Trump has had to drag Congress kicking and screaming /snip/ he appears to be the only grownup in the room.

    But Wait!
    Up in the sky!
    It’s a bowl of green eggs mixed with curds and whey
    No…It’s a crane…
    We’re Saved!! We’re Saved!!

  18. You’ll be surprised to hear I know who Matsuo Basho is. The young woman who adopted one of Gypsy’s kittens named him Matsuo.

  19. phil, what did Ted Cruz ever do to you that got you so rubbed in the wrong way?

    He does not like green eggs & ham. He does not like them, Harp-I-Am.

  20. Although I don’t drink Pinot Noir wines.

    Mainly Cabs but I did have a nice Merlot blend after Christmas dinner.

    Pretty good.

  21. All the Discount Tire stores closed at 10 AM this morning and will reopen at 2 PM, so that all the teams can watch Bruce Halle’s memorial on closed circuit T.V. The times were staggered, in each time zone, to coincide with the service in Scottsdale.
    The Houston VP and the manager of the year went to the service.

  22. #24 TP: I am not saying sweep it under the rug, for me it is a question of priorities – triage, if you will. To use the medical metaphor; going after the pot issue is akin to treating the hangnail when there are open chest wounds (Clinton/Uranium 1, email server of intelligence to the world, murder of Seth Rich, etc.) threatening the life of the patient. Yes, the hangnail needs to be treated eventually but that is not the best use of resources at this time.

  23. Montepulciano

    Have at it. Montepulciano is my wine of choice these days. It was Nino Scalia’s favorite wine.

    I’m off to the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan to see Morgan James in the flesh, baby.

  24. I’m actually finding it therapeutic to pay bills today. It means I’m finally getting my focus and stabilizing myself emotionally. Routine is good after a major emotional jolt.

    And no, I don’t need any of yours. I’ve got plenty of mine.

  25. Something else I did for my mental health today: I have an email message filter that immediately deletes BCS messages.

    Dang, that felt good.

  26. Pssst. While she’s gone, let’s run over to the done and turn loose a dozen chickens inside.

    No. Geese

    Number them 1-15, skipping #’s 5, 7, & 13.

    Also consider swans.

  27. I like a nice Zinfandel.

    Chianti, Cabernet, and some blends are also tasty.

    For white, I like Sauvignon Blanc.

  28. He does not like them with his sushi
    Or when ogling pictures of Monica Bellucci

    Nor does he like them with Pico de Gallo
    while pondering the statue Venus de Milo

  29. Is anyone surprised the Deep State1984 sh@#hole Media completely ignored the Twitter shadow banning story?

  30. If the Deep State 1984 Media were a country they would then be considered a….

    Someone? Anyone? Ferris?

  31. #49 –

    I’m off to the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan to see Morgan James in the flesh, baby.

    OMG be still my heart!

    We want a thorough review Brother!

  32. Obama quote. “If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you are listening to NPR.” Finally a comment I can agree with. Sort of. NPR listeners are in a different reality, unfortunately same planet.

  33. Saw Morgan James with PMJ. Where that petite gal comes up with the air to hold those notes is amazing. Is she performing as the main act?

  34. Yeah, can’t imagine why TT didn’t like them. alive. running around in the dome. not hurting anything.

  35. Phil
    That’s actually a splendid version.

    I had to Google HSAS. Never heard of them.

    And I’ve never been able to keep straight who on the Couch is pro/anti Hagar in the Van Halen controversy. I always thought that band was pretty good with either lead singer.

    But I always thought Sammy was kind of a muscle-bound sissy boy.

  36. Shannon says:
    JANUARY 12, 2018 AT 10:35 PM
    Eddie was what made Van Halen.

    Hell, I could have been the lead singer if I had one more higher octave.

    Bend over, I think I know how we can get you there—

  37. DLR was a great front man and singer in his prime and VH were more Rock Rough and Raw when he was the king.—Ground breaking guitar in that time and day. Still my favorite incarnation of the band.

    But..I also think they had some great tunes with Sammy.

    5150 live being my all time fave from that line up.

    Eddie was what made Van Halen.

    Hell, I could have been the lead singer if I had one more higher octave.

    Heh! Better talk to Gary Cherone.

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