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Happy Independence Day Open Thread

I should post something honoring the good ol' Declaration of Independence but after watching this next video I lost faith in the intelligence of the general public and became afraid some first time visitors to the site might not understand what I'm talking about:

Have a Happy 4th,

- SDiA


Trump Dumped by NBC Universal 

NBC has dumped Donald Trump for "derogatory statements" made about illegal immagrants from Mexico.   

Here's NBC's official statement:

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”

No, it's not a joke... NBC, parent of MSNBC, says they respect all cornerstones and values.

I bet she has a great personality(I know, I kid...)

Now the funny part is this comes right after Univision picked a fight with Trump over the same comments.  First they dropped his Miss USA pagaent, which led to Trump banning them from his golf courses and Univision telling their employees not to stay on Trump-owned properties.   The icing on the cake was when Univision's President of Programming and Content Alberto Ciurana compared Trump to the Charleston gunman (who's name shall not be named) before quickly deleting it (Yeah, that rarely makes it go away unnoticed).

The Univision exec tried to issue an apology to Trump, but the Donald has made it clear he wants no part of any apology acceptinng, and plans to sue Univision for "a tremendous amount of money."

Now comes NBC...  bring the beer and popcorn... there's certain to be fireworks.



I REALLY Hope This Is Just Somebody at Townhall's Idea of a Sick Joke

Okay, first off... call me a sucker.   I have a tendancy to complete online polls that pop up when scouring pages and pages of internet articles each day.   It's a bad habit, I know...

... but as Johnny Number Five used to say   ==>

Unfortunately it doesn't stop there.   I click on sidebar images (i.e. "click bait") that say "Check Out These Botched Prison Tattoos", "You Won't Believe What These Famous Hotties Look Like Now", "These Natural Medicines Could Be the Keys to the Fountain of Youth" or "You HAVE to See (insert whatever sexy, funny or bizarre time wasting fascination you might want to see)".  

I can't get enough... even though in back of my head I ponder what new computer virus each press of the button will invite in.  It doesn't matter, I keep clicking.  One distraction after the next.  I even get distracted by bright flashing lights.   If I die and get reincarnated as a mosquito it's almost a certainty that I'll die (again) by flying towards that bright, buzzing blue light of a bug zapper.

Sure, it'll shock me, but will it shock me as much as the wacked out poll results I saw tonight from a Townhall pop-poll question I decided to answer, after landing on Hot Air upon, get this, jumping all over even more click-bait: 


(as of Saturday night at 9:30pm when I took this poll)

Mitt Romney      <=  Wait... Seriously?  (SDiA)
Ben Carson
Scott Walker
Ted Cruz
Write-in        <=  Mickey Mouse still has a sporting chance (SDiA)
Rand Paul
Sarah Palin
Marco Rubio
Jeb Bush       <=  I wish he was much further down (SDiA)
Mike Huckabee
Allen West
Chris Christie  
Paul Ryan
John Kasich
Rick Perry
Bobby Jindal
Carly Fiorina
Rick Santorum
Donald Trump     <=  This is who the media will air nonstop until Iowa (SDiA)
Jim Demint
John Bolton
Lindsey Graham  <=  Heh  (SDiA)
John McCain       <=  Heh, just for seeing him mentioned (SDiA)
Michelle Bachmann  
George Pataki
Mike Pence
Susana Martinez
Total Votes: 64,212



An Overtly Offensive Weekend Open Thread

Thought you got rid of me, huh?   Nope... always time for zingers like this:

Hey... relax, it's just a battle flag chocked full of Democrat ideologies.   I'm trying to coexist here!  How about you haters just take a step back and conform already?  Sheesh.  You're acting like it's perverse.   We're just trying to have a good time.   Friggin' commies!  COMMIES!!

Of course, there's always gonna be some rabble-rousers.  

(that last link is for Red... i know how much he "loves" the Huckster)  /sarcasm

Feeling like all hope is lost yet?  Don't worry, there's always next week.  Maybe we'll find out what happened to Hillary's lost emails now that we're finally seeing what happened to Louis Lerner's hard drive...  apparently it failed due to impact... we have a lead... cue the video footage:

(good thing it was shredded afterwards)


That's about all I got at the moment...

Don't forget to watch, uh, women's soccer tonight, or something...

Drinking game for tonight:  

Take a swig every time you think a dirty thought that involves Hope Solo!


... and yes, I just started drinking.   -SDiA


Page 13... Since Some People Can't Take a Hint... :: points at you ::

Arguments.  Name calling.  Smears.  Phony accusations.   

The beauty of politics is that its so simple.   Almost TOO simple.   Simple enough that even at it's most complicated moments you can still sum it up into one universal statement and have it hold true for anybody who follows politics, regardless of party or beliefs, that THIS is what it's become:

"What do you mean... ALL Lives Matter?!"It's nothing spectacular. It's certainly no masterpiece.  It's pretty much on par with everything we see on a daily basis.  We look at it.  Maybe laugh it off.  Perhaps adamantly ridicule it.  Tweet it out to our followers with an insulting #hashtag to cutesy it up.  Copy and paste it to our Facebook friends so they can either be annoyed by you cluttering up their timeline (again) with more of your politics they can't stand... or decide to pile on in agreement and tell that same jackwagon how much bandwidth their opinions are wasting.

But don't stop there. Tell them again and again. Waste your whole night talking about much you don't want to waste any more time debating imbicilies like them, with all their closeminded rhetoric and absolute silliness.  Talking points.  Stupidity.  Hate speech.   You can't get enough.  You're absolutely LOVING hating this garbage. 

Now we're becoming a full-blown hypocrite.  Now we're fully embracing politics.

BUT WAIT... it only gets better.   In fact, it always gets better, even when it gets worse.  

Not only do we get fine moments where we can attack the other side with reckless keystokes stoked by animosity, but we are blessed with the good fortunes of finding faults with people we once thought were on OUR SIDE!  

Republicans siding with Obama for TPP without reading it? 

Democrats and Conservatives lashing out over it... together?

Both sides looking around and wondering if its some practical joke.

No... it's better than that...'s politics, you suckers!  

(I hope you're offended)



Thread's open (duh).  

You can stay all night, you just can't sleep here.


Say Goodbye Open

Well...this is it. Other than the Morning in the Museum on Sunday and tomorrow's music, the site is closed. I want to thank the editors who've helped me out over the years, and of course, those of you who visited regularly.

I'll be keeping the site up a couple weeks (but will not be updating) so that any of you who want to exhange email addresses can do so. There will be an E-Mail link over on the menu (to the left) tomorrow.

Thanks again to everyone.


Fourth of July Open

Have a great fourth of July celebration, enjoy the long weekend, and take a minute to listen to our National Anthem, quite beautifully performed by Catina Mack:

Have a great weekend and feel free to post what you like.


Reason to Move Home Open

After every winter snow or humid, hot summer day,  I tell myself I'm moving back to California. Of course, I never do, but this farmer's market has me seriously considering packing up and finally heading west.  I was a bit worried about my cat's reaction to moving,  but she seems receptive to the idea too...

By the way...I'm going to set up a semi-private page here to allow those of you who want to share email addresses a place to post it. I'll put it up late next week. I was going to continue the site as music-only but it appears youtube will be pulling its indie music videos, so now I'm thinking I'll just shut things down. I'll make a final decision in two weeks.


Have a nice weekend and post what you like.


Five Seconds of Stupidity Weekend

I have nothing to post this week, so rather than put up a silly image, I decided to put up some silly film clips instead, courtesy of 5Secondfilms:

Have a nice weekend and post what you like.



Friday the 13th Open

Friday the 13th is not really an unlucky day, but but I doubt the people shown in this video would agree:

Have a nice weekend and post what you like.


Workman's Comp Open

Odd jobs: this poor employee was recently asked by his boss to simulate an escape from his place of employment---a zoo on the island of Tenerife---while wearing a gorilla suit. Unfortunately for the employee, he slipped on his way out the gate, allowing a veterinarian on duty nearby to bring him down with a tranquilizer gun.

Now, this story appears to be turning into a cover-up as the zoo is now claiming the man was not wearing a gorilla suit at all...

Have a nice weekend and post what you like...


The Future

Okay...I've been thinking seriously about shutting down the site for the past year--mainly because I do not care to write political pieces,  and it is difficult to get content up here on the front page on a regular basis.

That said, we do have a group of regulars here, people I choose to consider as friends, both on the left and right. It isn't important to me personally to have a large user base,  and I do enjoy writing about miscellaneous topics and seeking out music to share, so rather than shut things down, I am going to try a compromise solution.

Sometime in the next couple of months  (i.e. once I get off my lazy ass),  I am hoping to make the site primarily a music site, with a little miscellanea thrown in here and there, and (as we currently have now) a weekly open thread.

Essentially, the site will be pretty much the same as it is now except that music will also be posted up front--and on Sundays,  I'll continue to showcase art in the Morning in the Museum.  I am also planning to stop the daily posting in the Miscellanea Section and instead put a few miscellaneous tidbits up here during the week.

If the editors who are currently here now have political pieces  (on non-political,  for that matter) they would like to post here, they will continue to be able to do so--music is simply going to take a more prominent role at the site.


Anyway,  that is the plan for now. I'm posting this mainly to give those of you who do visit the site the opportunity to give me some feedback.   I've known the regulars here a long time,   and I don't mind providing an online hangout of sorts, so this seems to be a reasonable compromise solution.

Finally, I'm not going to make any changes for a few weeks. I did want to share my thoughts first.


The floor is open, but if you would, let's keep the actual political discussions in the open thread I posted earlier, and reserve this thread for comments on the planned changes.

Have a nice weekend.



Easy Money Open

Thanks to some ugly deadlines, I have nothing to write about this week, so I may as well run an infomercial for the open thread this week...

Have a nice weekend and post what you like.



Vacation Day Open

You know,  I wanted to take a day off from work this week,  but to do so,  I simply had to fill out a request for a vacation day and that was that.  Maybe this fellow had already used up his leave,  and who knows? Perhaps he had an important appointment. Still, calling in bomb threats is not really the smartest way to get out of work. But I guess stupid people are everywhere. Take, for example, these guys:

Have a nice weekend and post what you like.



Why is This a Bad Thing? - Open

According to the American high priests of Global warming, Washington DC may be under water in the next few (thousand?) years...

...and earth will eventually look like this:

Stay dry, post what you like, and have a nice weekend.