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  1. but will Joel come back? (1 Reply)

    At one point, the guys were doing live shows that were simulcast at theaters nationwide. I went to the one they considered the “worst” movie: Manos: The Hands of Fate. Quite enjoyable.

  2. FB (1 Reply)

    My FB feed is unreadable.

    So is mine, but literally, since I’m not on FB. :)

    I just find it dismaying here because some people who have shown their thoughtfulness and articulation previously become fierce partisans I’d love to see posts tempered by some honesty like, “X is my candidate, but I still respect Y because…”.

  3. not visiting much these days (1 Reply)

    I’ve learned that the signal-to-noise ratio goes into the crapper here during major primaries. It’s mostly “my candidate good; your candidate bad”, and, as you mention, that leads to some nastiness. It is even worse when it runs on for double-digit comments.

  4. what can he say that would hurt him? (0 Replies)

    By refusing to debate, Trump has succeeded in keeping himself in the headlines in the run-up to Iowa, while also removing the risk of saying something dumb that hurts him

    That hasn’t slowed him down to this point. As he said, he could shoot someone and it wouldn’t affect his standing.

    It all seems like some sort of performance art to me. At some point, I half expect him to just start laughing at everyone for taking him seriously. But the other half-expectation is that this is the real him.

  5. streets grouped alphabetically (0 Replies)

    A Globe reporter who was on WBUR this afternoon said her route had streets grouped alphabetically. Not entirely in alpha order, but “all the W streets were together, all the B streets were together…” etc. That’s just a complete fail in setting up the route. It would fail as badly in the grid-layout suburb of Detroit where I grew up (where all the street names are unique and even the house numbers are unique) as it would here.

  6. who is going to teach them how to make money that way (1 Reply)

    The Globe depends on paper ad revenue, particular all of the Sunday inserts. They’ll have to figure out another way to pay the bill if they are going the digital route.

    However, I wonder why they haven’t considered reducing the number of weekday delivery editions like many other papers have (Detroit Free Press, for one).

  7. I'm not a predictions person... (0 Replies)

    … but I’ll go out on a limb and predict that Trump will say something stupid and offensive, and that a non-trivial number of people won’t think it is a very big deal.

  8. another weather first (0 Replies)

    The first ever tornado recorded in December in Michigan hit the western suburbs of Detroit, not far from where I grew up.

    Luckily, it doesn’t sound like anyone was hurt and the damage wasn’t very widespread.

  9. access being restored (0 Replies)

    As someone who isn’t backing a horse in the primary, I just find this discouraging. Yet another reason for people who ordinarily vote Democratic to refuse to have that “D” put next to their name on the voter list. “Like most of the candidates. Can’t stand the ‘party’”.

    In any case, according to the NY Times, the access for the Sanders campaign is being restored. Some clearer thinking must have taken over.

    Late Friday night, the national committee and the Sanders campaign said they had come to an agreement to restore the campaign’s access to the voter file by Saturday morning. The D.N.C., however, will continue to investigate the breach, according to a statement from the chairwoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.

    DWS yesterday:

    Ms. Wasserman Schultz said it was indisputable that the Sanders campaign had gained access to information that it knew it was not entitled to. If the situation were reversed, she told CNN, the Sanders campaign would expect the same type of discipline of the Clinton campaign.

    Would expect? Maybe. Would it have happened? I can be pretty gullible sometimes, but if she’s trying to tell me that they would have held VAN data from the presumed nominee for any reason, I’m not going to swallow that.

    Glad I have sports to distract me all day (Michigan State is in town to kick Northeastern’s butt in three sports – women’s basketball already taken care of last night).

  10. No free passes for any GOPers (1 Reply)

    The Republicans have stoked the hatred behind this for years, but in more coded, “dog whistle” ways. They’ve allowed the likes of Rush Limbaugh and his types to feed the anger and took advantage of it at the polls. All was fine and well even recently, as so many of them took the President to task for not using the phrase “Islamic Extremists”.

    Now that someone is saying in clear, unfettered language what they’ve been inferring for years, they are “shocked, shocked” to find a racist candidate in their midst. Well, you reap what you sow.

    Denouncing this specific language from Trump is necessary, but not sufficient. They need to own up to their role in creating the environment where a Trump can do so well among their core. But I’m not holding my breath.

  11. well, exactly (1 Reply)

    Conversion is a simple process and one doesn’t even need to go to a mosque. All they have to go on is a person’s word.

  12. report (0 Replies)

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday his cancer is gone.

    Carter, 91, made the announcement near the beginning of the Sunday School class he was teaching at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, a close friend and fellow church member said.

    “He said he got a scan this week and the cancer was gone,” Jill Stuckey said by phone from Maranatha, where Carter was still in the midst of teaching to about 350 people, many of them visitors. “The church, everybody here, just erupted in applause.”

  13. reframing could be useful (0 Replies)

    I think this framing is worth looking into. The problem with “gun control” or even “gun regulation” is that there are no boundaries on what that means and those opposed to any curbs on guns can speculate wildly about what it might entail.

    “Regulate guns like cars” is a nice, short frame that puts boundaries on the argument. It puts it into a container that everyone is familiar with because most of us have gone through the drill of obtaining a drivers license and buying/leasing a car. Claiming that “Obama is out to get our cars” is just ludicrous. If one gets their drivers license suspended or revoked, it is because they have done something to justify that restriction. Everyone knows why the regulations exist – not to limit individual freedom, but because the operation of a car is dangerous to others.

  14. and that is exactly why is IS allowed (1 Reply)


    What I have never understood is using “sports” and “fantasy” in the same phrase.

  15. yet... (0 Replies)

    … he still voted yes, which he explained as promoting a “vehicle for discussion” about the issue. WTF. You can have the discussion regardless.

  16. other social media (0 Replies)

    Keating is not getting much love on Twitter either.

  17. should be required reading for governors, reps, Senators... (0 Replies)

    But I’m unsure it would make any difference. A snip of the article from today’s Globe, page A5 – wish it was A1, but I’ll take it.

    Yet Syrian refugees arriving in the United States are in a separate legal category from the migrants arriving in Europe, and they are processed under a more secure system. The migrants in Europe are seeking asylum, rather than applying for status as refugees.

    This is an important distinction. Syrian migrants to the United States largely come through the international system for settling refugees, the system from which US governors want their states to withdraw. In contrast to those seeking asylum in Europe, these refugees must submit to rigorous checks by federal investigators before they travel here.

    Syrian refugees — and potentially terrorists posing as refugees — would have to wait over two years for an application to be approved, and probably longer. The United Nations, which directs refugees to the United States and elsewhere for resettlement, gives priority to orphans and families headed by women. After the United Nations places a refugee with the United States, security protocols begin, including interviews with agents from the Department of Homeland Security.

    And although many refugees processed by the United Nations do come to the United States, there’s no guarantee they will. Terrorists posing as refugees wouldn’t necessarily know to which country they would ultimately be assigned.

    Coming here disguised as a refugee ‘‘would be quite difficult and would actually be a quite inefficient way to enter a country to commit an attack,’’ said Susan Fratzke, a Migration Policy Institute analyst.

  18. same reaction (0 Replies)

    Funny how particular character sequences are automatic triggers…

  19. need to listen to what vets want / need (1 Reply)

    There was a piece on NPR yesterday about how hollow most of the “thumbs-up” gestures feel to veterans. We all know about those who needs aren’t being met (mental/physical health, homelessness, etc.) but it was also interesting to hear from the more able-bodied veterans who are offended at the hand-outs. Rather than a free meal from a restaurant, they’d rather see a contribution in their name to someone who really needs the meal. Or rather than getting early seating on the plane, why not ask them to help those who really need the assistance? (In some cases, they just want to feel needed again).

  20. creepy Jeb (0 Replies)

    I’ll tell you, between the “hot” Supergirl comment and the thing he said in the debate about wanting to give a “warm kiss” to any Dem who supports a tax cut, I now identify Jeb as the “Creepy” Bush.

    Saw this on TRMS last night (embed help from editors, please).


    I really need to transcribe Bernie’s poem…