Bits & Pieces (Thursday Night Open Mic)

I linked to this song before, but now the actual music video is available. “Man or Muppet”, from The Muppets, one of my favorite movies this year. Of course, I love the Muppets.

Love it.

Um. How about the Angry Video Game Nerd reviews Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker for Sega Genesis? Profanity abounds.


Yeah, I’m low on content tonight. Feel free to add.

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  1. I have been listening to a lot of Alice in Chains again lately. Would and Nutshell are simply great songs. What a shame about Layne Staley never being able to shake the drug abuse.

    On the other hand, have you ever heard a worse rendition of the National Anthem than Steven Tyler last Sunday?

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  2. Also Seven Mary Three, especially Water’s Edge and My, My, My.

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  3. On the other hand, have you ever heard a worse rendition of the National Anthem than Steven Tyler last Sunday?

    NO. It was so painful, I had to resort to the mute button. But then, it seems to me that others have forgotten the words, etc. etc. etc., so maybe he was not actually the worst.

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  4. And I like not having nested replies, FWIW.

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  5. FWIW I’m with okie on nested replies. I found that they worked until the threads become too cumbersome, or the next too full, whatever, but then it was easy to always pick up and start with a new top post.

    BTW don’t know if you noticed earlier, but lmsinca and me identified ourselves as being older than you and Mark is as well, so we figure you still get to be a young person.

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  6. The Roseanne Barr one was worse, but she wasn’t actually trying.

    The only thing worse than a rocker singing acapella is an aged rocker singing acapella.

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  7. Madonna in this year’s SB. Thank God that will be taped audio.

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  8. john/banned

    But will she have a “wardrobe malfunction”..IMO the only legitimate reason to watch a SB halftime show…well that and the commercials of course!

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  9. OMG, there’s another R debate tonight, what are we gonna do? I’m still doing paper work, dammit.

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  10. lms:

    Listen to rock instead.

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  11. The truly great thing about youtube is that I only listen to “live” music anymore. Amazing that so many people saved these performances long before the internet.

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  12. A quick observation on the FL race. It’s pretty clear that Mitt has a money and organizational advantage over Newt. I just got a couple of new Romney mailers today, blasting Newt for being “Unethical. Erratic. Reckless” and “can’t be trusted.”. OTOH, I have yet to receive a mailer from Newt, or any other campaign for that matter.

    Unless Romney really steps in it tonight, he’s going to end up winning here.

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  13. Mike

    Who are you going to vote for though? Ron Paul won your poll and only one more person voted for Romney than I predicted, which was zero.

    John

    I was being facetious, I’d rather do paper work, and listen to music.

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  14. Lms,

    Looks like I’m voting for Paul, unless Gingrich comes up with a late surge.

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  15. Mike

    Only about half of us have voted, maybe you can generate some polling enthusiasm still. We’ll work on it tomorrow. It’s next week right?

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  16. You should move the poll into a new post tomorrow, if you can.

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  17. Wait a second. The plot for the Michael Jackson video game is him rescuing kids using fairy dust? I can’t decide if that is one of the creepier things I have heard or one of the best examples of unintentional comedy I have heard.

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  18. Mike,
    Plum Line today had a scan of one of the Unethical. Erratic. Reckless flyers prominently featuring a quote from Jennifer Rubin. I wonder if she is getting royalties on it.

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  19. I prefer nested comments (although I suspect I’m in the minority). But I can also tell that several of you haven’t ever checked out the FAQ page. . . just sayin’!

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    • Mich:

      But I can also tell that several of you haven’t ever checked out the FAQ page. . . just sayin’!

      I have, and I noticed that while everyone else seems to have recognized that I have a trademark on Scott’s Bolding Method ®, your FAQ does not.

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  20. Yello, I have to give you major, major points for this comment on yesterday’s Morning Plum:

    I’ve already negotiated the terms of my open marriage. I just have to talk either George Clooney or Brad Pitt into going along.

    If only Newt had thought of that first!

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  21. When those guys sign on, I’m giving you a call, Michigoose.

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  22. everyone else seems to have recognized that I have a trademark on Scott’s Bolding Method ®, your FAQ does not.

    I’ve italicized this quote for fear of running afoul of Scott’s trademark. I also don’t want to be accused of promoting a conservative policy.

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  23. I just got a couple of new Romney mailers today, blasting Newt for being “Unethical. Erratic. Reckless” and “can’t be trusted.”

    I saw that. Appalling. I am so disgusted with both of these guys, but mostly Romney. Only the Republican Party could be so stupid as to self-destruct this way, and I can’t believe a leading candidate is willing to do this. I would still vote for my dog over Obama, but it looks like this stupid party is committed to giving the election away. Obama is the luckiest candidate in history.

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    • Only the Republican Party could be so stupid as to self-destruct this way

      I don’t know. I’ve seen Democrats do some pretty self-destructive things. Although in thinking about it, that seems happen less often during elections and more often after they’ve won an election.

      and I can’t believe a leading candidate is willing to do this.

      It certainly appears dirtier than Obama v. Hilary.

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  24. qb, did you catch Santorum on last night’s debate calling out both Romney and Gingrich for this and “suggesting” everybody return the discussion to the issues? Look out, lms, Santorum is the real Church Lady.

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    • okie,

      Yes, I did. I didn’t see the whole debate (can hardly stand them any more), but I thought Santorum let his little streak of stridency come out a bit too much there. It was a predictable position for him to stake out. I wouldn’t call it merely tactical, since I think he meant it and it is a point with merit, but he still needs to work on not sounding like the guy who is frustrated because people aren’t listening. I expect I’ll vote for him in the primary and will vote for Romney in the general, but I would like to give Romney a swift kick in the a** for his tactics. I suppose it is good to have a guy ready for the knife fight coming his way in the general, but enough already Mitt. You don’t have to trash the house.

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  25. Only the Republican Party could be so stupid as to self-destruct this way,

    Don’t we do this in most primaries? I was appalled by the primaries in 2000, and it too a while for me to warm back up to Bush. At least nobody is, like Bush was, characterizing conservatism as something that need to be qualified with “unlike normal conservatism, mine is a ‘compassionate’ conservatism'”. Ugh. Time to forget about Reagan (which Newt has said as well, but at least not during this election cycle).

    A recent episode of Ricochet had an interesting point about Santorum (and these are all conservatives): that Santorum simply isn’t interested in bringing people along. They feel he’s so convinced of his rightness on things, it makes it hard for him to convince anyone who disagrees because he views the rightness of his positions as self-evident. It’s a thought. I don’t find Santorum compelling, but he also abandoned Toomey to the dogs, so he hasn’t been my favorite for a long time.

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  26. Re: Open Marriages. If true, evidence that Newt is irrational.

    The last thing any man needs is more women.

    Ba-dum-dum! 😉

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  27. Scott:

    your FAQ does not.

    I believe you meant my FAQ©

    yello:

    I’m giving you a call, Michigoose.

    I think they’re in town for Sundance right now–should I see if I can get them in touch with you?

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  28. Wait a second. The plot for the Michael Jackson video game is him rescuing kids using fairy dust? I can’t decide if that is one of the creepier things I have heard or one of the best examples of unintentional comedy I have heard.

    He also has a signature crotch-grabbing move, entirely appropriate for a kids game. And it’s possible to orient Michael in relation to a child celebrating Michael freeing him from “the kidnappers” that would seem entirely inappropriate for a kids game, not to mention NSFW. 😉

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  29. Are we getting close to a consensus on the threading issue?

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  30. “Obama is the luckiest candidate in history.”

    I don’t know about all of history, but I won’t nitpick. He is certainly very, very fortunate.
    But of course some like Kevin believe “luck” is when preparation meets opportunity.
    Notice how I like to give credit where credit is due for the person generally believed responsible for creating a very well known aphorism. As I say..Kevin you da man!!!

    I think there is at least some of that involved here as well. I’ve expressed my feelings often enough about the only real training for the Presidency being the Oval Office itself. I think Romney would be a far better candidate today if he had spent the last three years as President. I’m not simply talking about the “power” of the incumbency, but the educational value.

    I have been a fairly strident Obama critic at times, but obviously my partisan filter is different from someone who is critical of Obama from the right.

    For me it’s a matter of the learning curve…has Obama utilized his education in the Oval Office the past three years? Has his curve been fast enough to be satisfactory.

    For me the answers are yes and yes. I realize we have a few no and HELL NO’S here.

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    • But of course some like Kevin believe “luck” is when preparation meets opportunity.

      It is, but opportunities are often a matter of pure luck. I think “lick = preparedness + opportunity” is from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, if I recollect. At the same time, there are plenty of “lucky” folks who win the lottery and are deeper in debt than they were before hand, just a few years later. Preparedness plays an important role.

      There are a lot of things I like about President Obama, most of them falling around the things where he’s disappointed the left. He’s very pragmatic and managerial, but his expansion of the unitary power of the executive goes a little far, even for me. And he could do more to draw down the troops, but I like how the war against terror, by and large, has been conducted under his administration. I think Romney would be much more to my taste on immigration than Obama, or Newt Gingrich, but beyond that I’m not sure how different he’ll be. I think he’s managerial in temperament, and certainly not a good standard bearer of conservative arguments for independents and moderates. We’ll see how it plays out. It’s hard to take out an incumbent, and Romney is no Reagan.

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  31. BTW Question for my conservative brethren.

    Was last night the end of the race? Are you guys ready to accept Romney now?

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  32. I said Romney was inevitable from near the beginning (since I’m not sure when the actual beginning was) and have always accepted that I’ll be voting for him against O.

    But I insist on declaring without proof that O is the luckiest candidate in all of human history. It just seems right and makes me feel better to say it that way.

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  33. “I have been listening to a lot of Alice in Chains again lately.” + “OMG, there’s another R debate tonight, what are we gonna do?” = Down in Hole.

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  34. Reading this thread oddly reminds me of Captains Courageous–the parts right after Harvey is rescued.

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  35. From Jim Geraghty’s “Morning Jolt” he quotes this tweet regarding Romney:

    “Josh Treviño goes all Kyle Reese on us: “Listen, and understand: Mitt is out there. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it will not stop, ever, until it is nominated.”

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    • nova:

      From Jim Geraghty’s “Morning Jolt” he quotes this tweet regarding Romney:

      That sounds strikingly familiar.

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  36. FWIW, I like what you’ve done here with the threading.

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  37. I haven’t read Captains Courageous, so yu might need to explain if you don’t mind, QB.

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  38. I haven’t read Captains Courageous, so yu might need to explain if you don’t mind, QB.

    Unnecessary, and probably imprudent.

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  39. Q.B.

    I’m an old dude, but not that old and so I’ll concede “the luckiest candidate in all of human history.” Especially if it makes you feel better. 🙂

    Kevin

    While I think you’re handicapping is correct at this point, and given this past week’s numbers and what’s happening in the R primary Obama is probably the favorite at this point. Having said that…the Dems will be exceedlingly stupid IMO if they think this race is anywhere near “in the bag”. 9 months is a lifetime in political terms and a lot of stuff can still happen.

    I make this point not to inform you, I know you are aware that’s it’s going to be a close race and if history holds form you are correct that the power of incumbency will probably be the edge that Obama needs to hang on in a squeaker. I think I’m just thinking out loud and addressing my fellow progressives.

    And so how many cliches can we dig up for the upcoming Presidential race which promises to be close, exciting, and unfortunately dirty with sleeze being slopped from both sides…I’ll start the collection

    When thinking of the 2012 Prez race remember..

    “It’s not over until the fat lady sings”

    She hasn’t even starting her vocalizing warmup yet.

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    • Ruk,

      While I agree that the race is not in the bag (and, should Troll McWingnut show up, I suspect he’ll back me up here), history has a lot of teach us. Serious 3rd party candidates are spoilers (Perot, Nader–even John Anderson could have impacted Carter with independents in 1980) as are primary challengers to incumbents (Ted Kennedy challenged Carter, Buchanan challenged H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan challenged Gerald Ford). Obama hasn’t had either of those in this cycle, and Gary Johnson is probably not going to have the finances to be a serious spoiler, unlike Perot.

      Additionally, the incumbent president is much less likely to lose when they defeated the incumbent party in the last election cycle. It’s very rare that party control switches for one term then switches right back. If Obama had one after two terms of Gore, he’d be statistically much more likely to lose in 2012. Incumbent Democrats, minus a 3rd party challenger or a primary challenge, haven’t lost the precedence in the last century-and-a-half.

      Historical trends are true until they are not, but the only trend that doesn’t bode well for Obama’s re-election is the 2010 elections. And that’s not all that indicative. The race can be close, but Obama is much more likely to win than lose, unless we experience a historical realignment in election trends in this cycle. Which is possible, but it’s a lot of ask for. And I don’t see Mitt Romney as the guy to pull that off.

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  40. QB: Alice In Wonderland is a marvelous book to look at and see incidents that relate to debates.

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  41. See what I mean about homophones…”your” not you’re.

    Well if constantly misspelling homophones was the worst thing about growing old life would be sweet indeed..alas..there are some other “issues”.

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  42. Kevin,

    BTW I have read Napolean Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” at least a half dozen times over the past few decades.

    And so is ATIM a version of our “Master Mind group’?

    I do love that book btw.

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  43. Kevin..yeah I’m a sick, sick, homophonic!

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  44. lms:

    If you can find this response in the weeds …

    Yes, primary is Tuesday, if I don’t find the energy to vote early. I’ll link to the poll again for the Friday night Bits and Pieces.

    If we’re going to give ashot a new name without his consent, can we give Scott a new one too? I nominate Bolder, which has the added advantage of being a homonym for “Boulder” (to remind some among us of the Sisyphean feat it is debating with him).

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    • If we’re going to give ashot a new name without his consent, can we give Scott a new one too? I nominate Bolder,

      The name change may have been without my consent, but I have not protested the name and did comment on its applicability as I can trace my ancestory back to the Black Douglas clan in Scotland.

      I second the motion to call Scott Bolder henceforth.

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      • ashot/Mike:

        I second the motion to call Scott Bolder henceforth.

        I suppose I need to recuse myself.

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        • ashot:

          I second the motion to call Scott Bolder henceforth.

          Who is Scott Bolder, and why would we call him “henceforth”?

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        • ScottC-
          Who is Scott Bolder, and why would we call him “henceforth”?

          Yeah…that sentence was a grammatical nightmare. As QB pointed out, my youth makes me reckless.

          Also, I asked you this before, but do you listen to the “Men in Blazers” podcast via Grantland? It’s a magnificent soccer podcast.

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        • ashot:

          Also, I asked you this before, but do you listen to the “Men in Blazers” podcast via Grantland?

          Nope. I’ll have to look into it.

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  45. Thanks Mike, good idea btw……lol

    I believe it is actually a little easier to find a response this way with the un-nested comments, as your reply would have been lost to me up thread.

    My vote re the threading is leave it this way, I’ve changed from neutral to leaving it alone. Reading comments back over the last two weeks will be highly confusing but as Okie mentioned those will fade from memory very quickly as we move on to new and exciting discussions (a very loose descriptor).

    Hopefully, you’ll pick up a few more votes tonight for clarification.

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  46. I second the motion to call Scott Bolder henceforth.

    Could we possibly meet for a vegetarian meal somewhere to discuss our options?

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    • Could we possibly meet for a vegetarian meal somewhere to discuss our options?

      Hmmm…not sure a trip to California is in the family budget. And explaining the necessity for the trip to my wife would be difficult. Let me see if I can find a conference in California or between there and Detroit that I can get my firm to pay for. 😉

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  47. ashot/Scott (ascot/henceforth?):

    Everton-Fulham in less than an hour. Americans making a difference in the EPL? We’ve come a long way, baby.

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    • Mike:

      Americans making a difference in the EPL?

      Love to see it, especially at positions other than goalie.

      BTW, I’m very disappointed you haven’t remarked on my new gravatar.

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    • Americans making a difference in the EPL? We’ve come a long way, baby.

      Yep, it has been a good year for Americans in the EPL. I would like to see Dempsey get a chance at playing in a Champions League game, but I would hate to seem him sit on the bench for one of the big EPL clubs. I can’t see him getting much time on the pitch at Man U or Man City. He’s probably more likely to see time at Tottenham or Chelsea but I’m not sure either of those are a good fit. And I don’t want him to leave the EPL because I would be less likely to see him play.

      Unfortunately, today’s game seems destined for 0-0 or 1-0. I’m more interested in Liverpool v. Man U since it was Evra that got Suarez suspended for 8 games.

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  48. Bolder:

    BTW, I’m very disappointed you haven’t remarked on my new gravatar.

    An excellent gravatar indeed. My eyesight is getting so bad that have to mouse over the darn things to see what they actually are.

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