Open thread

You can't stop the open thread, you can only hope to contain it.

It's customary to toss out a subject for these, if only for the delight provided by seeing how quickly that subject is abandoned and in how many different directions. So, OK, here's a topic: If, as President Bush said Monday, "There's no wrongdoing" behind the Justice Department's firing of at least eight U.S. Attorneys for insufficient voter intimidation, then why did Monica Goodling take the fifth? Was she claiming a constitutional protection against self-exoneration?

Corollary: Were President Bush's remarks intended to sound the way they came across, i.e., "You know we're guilty, and we know you know we're guilty — but you can't prove it, neener neener"?

(Regular blogging will resume once I've slept off the corporate-training-is-during-the-day-so-there's-no-need-to-skip-your-nightshift jetlag.)

  • cjmr

    85% Duane: However, this year I decided not to plant food so I could spend more time with the kids.
    Jeff: How do you keep the birds off them? :-)
    I’ve found that if you don’t coat the children in peanut butter and birdseed, the birds don’t bother them.

  • Nenya

    LOLcode is awesome and hilarious. :D

  • pecunium

    85% Duane (and just what makes up the rest of you?):
    I miss the rambles of my childhood, where the season was marked by what I could collect. We had cherries, and crabapples, and grapes (european, and american) raspberries, black cherries, and pears.
    Blackberries, and apples, currants and gooseberries were near to hand.
    You had to know where the wild grapes were, and which path led to the clearing with the black cherries, but we were kids, and the woods were full of secret places, but no mysteries. When I read “The Wind in the Willows, and Ratty is chasing after Mole, who has gone haring off to find Badger, those are the woods I think of.
    But my part of California doesn’t have the weather for pears, cherries or apples.
    We have pecans (at her mother’s) and apricots, nectarines and peaches, but they aren’t mine.
    I understand about the time. I probably spend not less than an hour a day messing about with the plants. It would be less, if I didn’t have so many of them in pots, I wouldn’t need to spend so much time on them, but the potted plants lose water more than the ones in the ground.
    It’s soothing, almost meditative, to work them, pruning, and watering and shaping. I also use them as subjects for photography (I do a lot of macro work) and have littered them with praying mantids, so that I might have some more dramatic subjects.

  • 85% Duane

    85% Duane (and just what makes up the rest of you?):
    Snips and snails and puppy dog tails!

  • Jeff

    I’ve found that if you don’t coat the children in peanut butter and birdseed, the birds don’t bother them.
    Peanut butter is easy, but how do you keep kids away from the birdseed? [Ans: Snakes!]
    (This thread and the LB thread are made of awesome (as teh kidz say!).

  • slartibartfast

    LOLbots anyone?

  • Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little

    If you want to kill/keep away birds, get cats.
    Undoubtedly. But if the cats are anything like mine, they’re worse for the garden than the birds. Kitteh can has own persnul salad bar lolz. This is why our spaths now hang from the ceiling, the lettuce never got past the “hey, that’s a leaf!” stage, and half the snap pea seedlings ended up a half-chewed mess on the floor. I even found teeth marks in the orchid blossoms.
    Re: Doctor Who – so, for other USians like m’self, if you’re torrent-savvy, there’s a gal who shares a name with the current Companion who posts each week’s episode and accompanying Doctor Who Confidential to demonoid.com regular like clockwork. TorrentPortal.com picks them up soon after, and doesn’t impose a 3-torrent-downloads-per-week limitation either.
    Which is how I came to just finish watching Episode 11. Wheeeeeee that was good… *boingy-boingy-boingy*

  • Jesurgislac

    Which is how I came to just finish watching Episode 11. Wheeeeeee that was good… *boingy-boingy-boingy*
    Tes, it was, wasn’t it! *squeeble*

  • Jesurgislac

    The funniest piece of political reporter dialogue I’ve seen in a long time:
    Helen Thomas: Are there any members of the Bush family or this administration in this war?
    Tony Snow: Yeah, the president. The president is in the war every day.
    Helen Thomas: Come on, that isn’t my question –
    Tony Snow: Well, no, if you ask any president who is a commander in chief –
    Helen Thomas: On the frontlines, you jackass.
    Tony Snow: The president.
    Helen Thomas: Jesus Christ, Tony, you’re pathetic.

  • Jeff

    I posted this on the Late Night Phone Call thread and got ZERO response [cries], so I thought I’d try it here:
    Robb: The “hero on quest for revenge of father’s death discovers his father’s killer is. . . his father!” is pretty damn cool, but still doesn’t quite top the Word in flesh.
    I think the story of Ed, who on a quest to find his dad’s killer, battles brainy behomoths and beds bodaceious babes, only to find that the killer is … dun dun DUN … himself!!! is pretty cool too!
    Orlando Bloom as Ed, Stockard Channing as Jo, Haley Berry as CatWoman and special guest appearance of John Mahoney as Dad.

  • Jeff

    Jesu, you added the last line (but she sure was thinking it!), but that is GREAT.
    I sent that exchange out to all my (non-Slacktivist) friends.

  • McJulie

    If you want to kill/keep away birds, get cats.
    Hah, I wish. We have alley cats that have been spayed and returned to their dominion, now we feed them on the back porch.
    The birds chase them away to get to the cat food.

  • Andrew Farrell

    (shakes his television set) SCI-FI CHANNEL! I’M READY FOR IT! HOW LONG MUST YOU DENY ME?! NO, DAMMIT! I DON’T WANT TO SEE ANOTHER “GALACTICA” RERUN! I WANT MY DA-A-A-A-A-A-A-ALE-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-EKS!
    While most of the current series has been good-to-excellent(-to-completely-hairraisingly-fantastic), trust me, these aren’t the Daleks you’re wanting.

  • Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little

    The Confidential about the Daleks two-parter was pretty cool, though. All about how they managed to set the story in Manhattan but film it in Cardiff. Ain’t CG great?

  • damnedyankee

    While most of the current series has been good-to-excellent(-to-completely-hairraisingly-fantastic), trust me, these aren’t the Daleks you’re wanting.
    I’m very lax in my standards when it comes to Daleks. I’ll watch a Dalek episode written by LaJenkins, even. In fact, I’d invite friends over and make hors d’oeuvres for a LaJenkins-written Dalek episode.
    It’s a MSTie thing.

  • damnedyankee

    Oh, and speaking of all things LOL and just to throw in the obligatory H. P. Lovecraft reference, I give you the LOLcats of Ulthar.

  • pecunium

    To keep cats out of the garden, plant some rue.
    It’s the anti-catnip. We have one who digs as if he were a small dog.
    I put some rue in the barrel he was doing the most damage in, and voila no more digging.
    I cut some, every so often, and strew it where I want him not to be, and it works.
    I did just try propogating some (cutting) and it seemed to take, almost at once.
    But the smell is harder to remove from the hands than tomato.

  • cjmr

    Why would you want to remove the smell from a tomato?

  • Bugmaster

    You will rue the day you tried removing smell from a tomato ! :-/

  • 85% Duane

    My daughter wanted a kitten about a year ago so we got her one. The kitten is now about a year old and a very proficient killer. Yesterday, he was in the theatre room going round and round a chair robotically and I actually wondered if he’d come down with rabies or something, he was acting so strange.
    A few hours later, my wife told the family she had seen a small black mouse running from one of the recliners to the other recliners. I told my daughter to make sure she kept her cat in the house so he could do his job. Her eyes got big and I informed her that the other day he had killed a little bunny rabbit in the side yard. Aghast, my daughter yelled “That cat is a monster!”
    And I replied, “Yes, but he is YOUR monster.”

  • Jeff

    Almost a week old, but new to me:
    Mildred Loving, 40 years later:
    Loving for All (pdf)
    Beautiful essay!

  • 85% Duane

    The dog caught the mouse a few minutes ago and took it outside. The cat watched it all happen, rather disinterestedly.
    Cats have no concept of service.

  • Tonio

    http://www.ethicsdaily.com/article_detail.cfm?AID=9065
    What the Southern Baptists advocate sounds uncomfortably like Sharia law. Not as severe as requiring Baptist women to wear burqas when they leave the house, but definitely in the same spirit. This stuff concerns me because I have daughters – I dread the thought of them living in a Republic of Gilead, and I wonder if that is part of the agenda of Regent University and Patrick Henry College.

  • Jeff Weskamp

    “I dread the thought of them living in a Republic of Gilead, and I wonder if that is part of the agenda of Regent University and Patrick Henry College.”
    I’m afraid that the Republic of Gilead is a chillingly accurate portrayal of the Dominionists’ ultimate goal, Tonio. Check out http://www.theocracywatch.org for more info.

  • Jeff Weskamp

    “I dread the thought of them living in a Republic of Gilead, and I wonder if that is part of the agenda of Regent University and Patrick Henry College.”
    I’m afraid that the Republic of Gilead is a chillingly accurate portrayal of the Dominionists’ ultimate goal, Tonio. Check out http://www.theocracywatch.org for more info.

  • Jeff Weskamp

    Hey, Tonio, here’s an article that REALLY makes me believe that the Dominionist theocrats have read Handmaid’s Tale (and are using it as a playbook):
    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2007/3/27/15114/8086

  • Gus tool
  • Jeff

    I wish I was going to be in or near DC on July 7!
    From xoverboard (Scroll down to “Some Guy With a Slideshow”):
    The Cartoonists With Attitude gang storms the capital on July 7 with an edgy satirical cartoon slideshow and book signing!
    When: Saturday, July 7, 2 p.m.
    Where: Borders 18th & L Streets NW Washington, DC 20006 ( 202.466.4999)
    Price: Free!
    Woot!

  • damnedyankee

    Cats have no concept of service.
    And rightly so:
    Of all God’s creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat. – Mark Twain


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