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14

Night owl chat – Time for some Monty Python

It’s been a hell of a few days. So, as always, I wallow in Monty Python.

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Argument Clinic

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What have the Romans ever done for us?

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Accountants

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Silly Job Interview

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Stoning

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Spam

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Laugh on, night owls!


84 Responses to “Night owl chat – Time for some Monty Python”


  1. 1 LDS
    May 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Good night, TOD.
    Sweet sleep

  2. May 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Where would #TzarPutin be without his mercenaries ….

  3. 16 LDS
    May 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Wallow LL, just wallow……
    Too tired to wallow. A long beauty day ends with Monty Python.
    Thank you.

  4. 17 yardarm756
    May 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I love British comedy.

  5. May 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm

  6. 20 MightyPamela
    May 27, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Before I sign off: New Moon tomorrow – 28 May 2014. Sun conjunct Moon, 7 Gemini 21, at 2:40pmEDT. There will be a quiz! Nite y’all, frustrating evening uploading a couple thousand photos from iPad to MacBook, with only moderate success. For some weird reason. Nite!

  7. 21 Dudette
    May 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    A gift for our librarian emeritus

    • May 27, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Hah! But really, our pollution is WAY improved. I remember when I first moved out here that I couldn’t see the mountains for most of the summer. Now it’s rare that our smog is so bad that the mountains are blocked.

  8. May 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    This 91 year-old Texas Repub Rep Ralph Hall was defeated by a Tea Party guy. What a choice.

    • 25 99ts
      May 28, 2014 at 2:08 am

      And how does someone like this ever represent anyone in congress? No wonder the place rates lower than the underground rats.

  9. May 27, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Brilliant ‘tongue in cheek’ ….

    “China has gently offered to settle Siberia.

    Vice President [Ed. Note–previously called the Vice Chairman] of China Li Yuanchao, with a kind and gentle squint said that Russia had a boatload of land, but Russian women couldn’t give birth to the right amount of people. And in China, on the contrary, there are a lot of hard-working people but the territories are problematic. So, let’s arrange a mutually beneficial Geschäft [business transaction].

    Mr. Yuanchao, here’s my suggestion: Putin showed the whole word the recipe for a solution to a similar problem himself. You send a small group of very polite people armed to their teeth into Siberia–to start, 30 million are enough. Then, you declare them local peaceful civilians and hold a referendum. It’s “a piece of cake.””

  10. May 27, 2014 at 11:07 pm

  11. 28 Dudette
    May 27, 2014 at 11:10 pm

  12. May 27, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    There’s irony, and then there’s IRONY ….

    Ukraine: The Antidote to Europe’s Fascists?
    Timothy Snyder

    “Europe has a problem, and Ukraine might be the solution.

    In the elections that took place across Europe on Sunday for the European Parliament, turnout was low (43 percent), and the anti-European far right made substantial gains, most notably in France, where the National Front took 25 percent. In the election that took place the same day for the Ukrainian presidency, turnout was high (61 percent), the victorious candidate ran on a pro-EU platform, and the far-right candidates (2 percent) were beaten by everyone, including the Jewish candidate. If Europeans voted the way Ukrainians did, Europe could count on a far more secure and prosperous future.

    One reason for this debacle is the alternative reality where many Europeans have been living in 2014. On the European left, especially the German left (in particular the party Die Linke), criticism of the purported fascism of the post-revolutionary government in Ukraine has been de rigeur. No amount of information and argumentation was able to change this fixation. It can only be hoped that these electoral results—which bring to the European Parliament a Greek party that is openly neo-Nazi and a Hungarian party that is unambiguously anti-Semitic—will open some eyes. The European left has a real problem, and it is not the Ukrainian far right. It is the European far right, which happens to be popular, and is supported by the Russian far right, which happens to be in power in Moscow.

    Meanwhile, the fantasy on offer from the European far right this year has been the nation-state. If only Scotland, or England, or France, or Austria, or Greece, or Bulgaria could finally be free of pushy European bureaucrats, then life would return to normal and all would be well. All would not be well. It is natural to complain about distant bureaucrats who do not understand the local realities. But it is another thing entirely to mistake the normal frustrations of any large polity for a program. The nation-state is a utopia. There is no way back to it. Europeans who believe that disintegration is a good idea should consult the history of the 1920s and 1930s. Or ask Ukrainians confronting a Russian annexation of Crimea and Russian-backed aggression in their southeastern provinces.

    The leaders of the European far right, helped by the recent woolly-headedness of much of the European left, are moving their peoples not back toward the nation-state (which is impossible) but toward Russian domination of Europe. Despite various disagreements, this is one point on which the European populists, fascists, and neo-Nazis agree: Putin is an admirable leader whose ideas on Europe are sound. Parties like the National Front, Britain’s UKIP, Italy’s Northern League, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang, and Hungary’s Jobbik pose as nationalists while supporting the policies of a foreigner who makes no secret of his goal of dominating their lands.”

    Much more at the link: http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/may/27/ukraine-antidote-europes-fascists/

  13. 32 Dudette
    May 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    • May 27, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Speaking of science, from Wikipedia:

      585 BC – A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of Halys, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.

  14. May 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    This is beyond sickening. Beyond.

  15. 36 jacquelineoboomer
    May 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    • 37 amk for obama
      May 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Aren’t the gop voting seniors who use and need the post office most?

      • 38 jacquelineoboomer
        May 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        Lots of Dem voting seniors, too. Also people with disabilities, people in inner cities where there’s not space on the block for mail center, etc.

        Think the whole thing is shut down post office, then give mail delivery to independent carriers. Of course, both UPS and FEDEX (may be others) charge their rates for “delivery,” but if package qualifies, they turn it over to USPS who actually delivers it … to you freakin’ door.

        As usual, GOP wants everything privatized. Well, everything that begins with a “p”: prisons, post office …

        • 39 amk for obama
          May 27, 2014 at 11:51 pm

          aka, delivery tax.

          btw, the past voting records show clearly gop voting seniors >>>> dem voting seniors.

          • 40 jacquelineoboomer
            May 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm

            Of course, but there are still seniors who are Dems! Especially the new crowd aka baby boomers!

    • 41 99ts
      May 28, 2014 at 2:14 am

      In my world the main people who use snail mail are …. politicians! And how about all those pacs that charge $$$ to “postage” – they’ll have to find a new way to explain their expenditure – or have lots of “return to sender”. I wouldn’t walk 100 feet to collect political mail.

  16. 42 desertflower
    May 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    I’m off to bed, but thought I’d post this first. Was in my Inbox. Just DO IT

    I was just on MSNBC following Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was shot and killed at UC Santa Barbara. Earlier today, Mr. Martinez inspired Americans with this idea:

    “Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not One More. People are looking for something to do. I’m asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough.”

    Everytown for Gun Safety celebrates Mr. Martinez’s courage, and we want to make his idea a reality.

    Click here to automatically sign a postcard, and we’ll mail one in your name to each of your members of Congress and your governor to tell them that Not One More person should die from our broken gun laws.

    Here’s what the postcards will look like:

    Mr. Martinez is right. Not one more person should die because of our broken gun laws. Not one more father should lose his child to gun violence. And not one more politician should put the gun lobby ahead of the lives of Americans.

    Our elected officers need to know that we will no longer tolerate inaction. Not one more person should die needlessly. Not one more.

    Click here and we’ll send a postcard to your members of Congress and your governor telling them that not one more person should die because of our broken gun laws.

    Thanks for standing with us,

    John Feinblatt
    President
    Everytown for Gun Safety

    Go to the site. Click and sign the post cards. It will take every single one of us screaming at the top of our lungs. Not One More. Then follow those congresspeople and see what they do…then VOTE!

    • 43 carolyn
      May 27, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      Just checked my inbox, and I have one of those too. I will sign so they can send. I had already emailed my three Congresscritters….my Rep…a far right religious nut, and my two Senators….Coburn and Inhofe……they need to hear!!!!!

      • 44 desertflower
        May 27, 2014 at 11:46 pm

        Oh good, carolyn! Send it along anyway and share with your friends and family…..I’m (mostly) home this summer. Plenty of time to call my congresspeople and be a pointed with them.

  17. May 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Ok fine people, off to wind down. See everyone on the flip.

  18. May 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    It only took 74′ for the USMNT to score against Azerbaijan…..1-0

  19. 47 desertflower
    May 27, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Off to nod…see all you good people tomorrow.

  20. 48 vcprezofan2
    May 27, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Ta-ta, y’all. Until tomorrow (if it’s to be).

  21. May 28, 2014 at 12:04 am

    My intent was to repost some items from last night’s overnight thread (I think my post was the last before the Early Bird chat today, and I think I erred in posting the tweets), but when I got home I promptly sprayed some sparkling water on my laptop — thought it was a goner, but letting it rest upside down for a couple hours and giving the keyboard a good blow dried seemed to make it feel better).

    So here goes, despite the fact its after midnight on the east coast.

    President Obama is indeed indefatigable.

    No complaints in TODville about how tired you are. (Just kidding, only one in a million could do what PBO does and be awake for it all.)

    If traveling to Afghanistan to meet our troops and Karsai (the corrupt coward who declined to meet with PBO) and then spending yesterday honoring our fallen troops were not enough, he will reverse 20 years of inaction by previous Presidents today:

    Tomorrow, PBO kicks off a very hectic schedule with a commencement address at West Point focusing on Foreign Policy before he embarks to Europe to pay tribute to the masses of military heroes who launched and engaged in the turning point of WWII, D-Day at Omaha Beach 70 years ago.

    A reminder from the article:
    “‘The United States and I don’t have the luxury of choosing just one problem at a time,’ he said during a recent swing through Asia.

    On that same trip, Obama hit back at the “weak president” charges, accusing Republicans who hurl that epithet at him of seeing “the use of force as the definitive answer” to many problems.

    ‘You would think, given that we’ve just gone through a decade of war, that that assumption would be subject to some questioning,’ the president said.”

    And he’s appearing on @KellyAndMichael this week?

  22. May 28, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Did this happen today as @NYTimes wrote yesterday? Jovie posted here last night:

    After traveling to Afghanistan to meet our troops and Karsai (the corrupt coward who declined to meet with PBO) and then spending yesterday honoring our fallen troops were not enough, PBO will reverse 20 years of inaction by previous Presidents today (according the NYTimes):

    WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to announce on Monday an Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of 600 coal-fired power plants, in a speech that government analysts in Beijing, Brussels and beyond will scrutinize to determine how serious the president is about fighting global warming.

    Jovie posted @NYTimes tweet about today’s EPA announcement by President Obama regarding the operation of coal-fired power plants on yesterday’s overnight thread, and Mighty Pamela’s responded with an illuminating YouTube video.

    This video by @SolarRoadways’ Scott Brusaw has been up a week, and has over 5 million views.

    It’s a bit too corny for my taste, but I love the idea of burying Koch Industries with an explosion of solar construction. The video says that if every road in the US were converted to #SolarRoadways, we’d generate three times as much energy than we currently consume. Plus, no more shoveling snow, and no more ice-storm created power line hazards.

    From Wikipedia:
    FHWA’s [Federal Highway Administration’s] role in the Federal-aid Highway Program is to oversee federal funds used for constructing and maintaining the National Highway System (primarily Interstate Highways, U.S. Routes and most State Routes). This funding mostly comes from the federal gasoline tax and mostly goes to state departments of transportation FHWA oversees projects using these funds to ensure that federal requirements for project eligibility, contract administration and construction standards are adhered to.

    Go, Anthony Foxx!

  23. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    May 28, 2014 at 1:24 am

  24. 60 Dudette
    May 28, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Hey guys, I thought you might like to hear about this:

    Remember Scott Van Duzer, the pizza shop owner in Florida, who gave the President a bear hug during the 2012 campaign (Republican who said he voted for PBO in 2008 and said he was voting for him again in 2012), had to endure death threats because of it [link: http://politi.co/1mCQxcS ], then was later invited to one of the presidential debates and got to introduce the President and sat next to FLOTUS? [link: http://bit.ly/1mCPFoK ]

    You might recall that the campaign originally chose to visit Scott’s restaurant because his work, organizing and participating in an almost 1150-mile bike ride Florida to D.C. to raise awareness of blood donation shortages, caught the attention of campaign staff, since as we well know our President promotes community service among citizens whenever he can.

    Anyway, I happened to run across a tweet from Scott’s foundation today — The Van Duzer Foundation ( @Tweet_VanDuzer ). It turns out they’re still doing some pretty wonderful things for kids in their local community – St Lucia County, FL – From establishing a boy scout troop of teenaged boys as an answer to gang violence, to raising funds for kids suffering from cancer and their families, to arranging for major baseball player Derek Jeter to present a signed jersey to the grieving mom of a young Jeter fan who was killed in a car accident.

    Here’s a link to their blog

    http://www.vanduzerfoundation.org/

    Here’s background from when they started up the scout troop:

    http://bit.ly/1jsiU8Q

    Recently a local news outlet did a profile on the troop and one of the scouts in particular. Check out the video: http://bit.ly/1jsjweR

  25. 64 Dudette
    May 28, 2014 at 1:55 am

  26. 65 Bill R.
    May 28, 2014 at 2:02 am

    It’s not too late for you to enter the 2014 annual Naked Bike Ride in Portland, Oregon on Sat. June 7. It’s the sporting event of the year in Portlandia: -:)

    • 66 Bill R.
      May 28, 2014 at 2:10 am

      My apologies, I just wanted to show you how eccentric Portland, Oregon can be. But I’m reminded that most of us should never, ever, be in a state of undress in public. Honestly, this is a real event. Fortunately it takes place at night.

      • 67 Dudette
        May 28, 2014 at 2:21 am

        Yes I’ve heard quite a bit about the eccentricities of the good people of Portland.

        As my grandma would say “Bless their hearts!” :-)

        As you said, silver lining is the
        event is at night. :-)

        Amk will be along a little later to comment on how it appears to have been a bit “nippy” that night in Portland. :roll:

      • 68 MightyPamela
        May 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        I would have to agree.

    • 69 Dudette
      May 28, 2014 at 2:13 am

      Ok, I only looked to see if that was one of those Rick-Roll jokes. Ew! I was wrong. Man, I’m gonna need to go find some tweets of birds or landscapes to get those images off my brain cells before I go to sleep.

      You are soooo wrong for that. :-)
      Other TODers, consider yourselves warned. It’s exactly what he says it is.

  27. 71 Dudette
    May 28, 2014 at 2:30 am

  28. 73 Dudette
    May 28, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Good Night Family!
    Love ya!

  29. 74 HZ
    May 28, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Hi Dudette. I hope you are doing fine. Dudette, have you seen the video,”Barack Obama, The Road We’ve Traveled.” I was looking for something else after watching The Last Word where Ari had in a segment Mr. Martinez on. He kept mentioning the word “Leadership.” It hit me very hard because everyone want to put POB in a compartment of non leader, weak, etc., and I was very upset. So I went to another room and just meditated for a few minutes. I came back and found what my thought patterns were during those quiet moments. Then I just found this without even searching. I do not know how to bring videos here nor do I want to bring something that cannot be here. It is a great reminder for all of us.

    Well good night everyone. Prayers and meditations for our POTUS for tomorrow. Grace and wisdom be granted to him in all ways. Love you my TOD family.HZ

    • 75 99ts
      May 28, 2014 at 3:17 am

      Is this the one you mean HZ – how PBO brought us back from the financial collapse

      • 76 donna dem 4 obama
        May 28, 2014 at 7:14 am

        Good Morning TOD

        HZ thank you for the reminder of this video and 99ts for posting it.

        This should be mandatory viewing for every person running for office in the Democratic Party this November. I had forgotten how inspirational this video was. As I’ve said before that PBO will be defined in history as #BetterThanAllTheRest.

        • 77 HZ
          May 28, 2014 at 9:16 am

          Good Morning donna. How are the beautiful twins. Donna you are so amazing. What a beautiful joy your beautiful angels will having growing up with their grandmother with their parents sharing all of this wonderful work by their First President. What a joy to look forward to.

          Yes, this should be mandatory viewing for all of those running. Donna, as I was watching it over and over; I said the same thing through my tears. Just remembering all and even more that we have gone through with President Obama at the helm, just make you want to always be so grateful.

          “As I’ve said before that PBO will be defined in history as # BetterThanAllTheRest.” Amen, donna. I for one will never give up, give in, or give out Keeping His Back. It is too important just to allow people trying to say otherwise things that are not true about his leadership or “Where is the Leader.” I know better, but when I get in a quiet space and cry out in a prayer what I know to be true because we all have lived through these truths, then my space is pure and restful with all of the goodness we know.

          As Bobfr always reminds us: “#TrustBarack.” Trust and walk as true believers in what we have accomplished with him and all that we will continue to accomplish with him.

          Have a wonderful and beautiful day, donna. Thank you again 99ts!!!!!HZ

      • 78 HZ
        May 28, 2014 at 8:59 am

        Good Morning TOD family. Yes, Yes, 99ts! Thank you so much. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Loving TOD Hugs to you, 99ts}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

        • 79 99ts
          May 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

          We are most often like ships that pass in the night – but I love reading your posts HZ. You are part of the glorious calm that encompasses TOD. Stay safe & thank you for the reminder about that road we traveled – and are still following.

    • 80 99ts
      May 28, 2014 at 3:39 am

      A reminder of how much the world owes President Obama for the economic recovery – one has to avoid even imagining what it could have been like with John McCain in charge.

      • 81 HZ
        May 28, 2014 at 9:21 am

        Yes, indeed 99ts. Thank you so much for posting this for me. I had full assurance when I went on to sleep that, if not Dudette, some one would come in and help me. It was a sweet peace. We all here move with such a beautiful connection to PBO, and this keeps him going. I know that for a fact. Again, thank you, 99ts. Love you dearly.HZ

  30. 83 amk for obama
    May 28, 2014 at 6:41 am

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