Our open thread is late this week. There is just need for some tidbit room today.

First off, did anyone catch the hearings regarding the oil leak? The families who spoke of the 11 who were killed on the was just heart breaking. Those 11 lives lost have been overshadowed because of the magnitude of the ecological disaster. Meanwhile these families and friends mourn the loss of their loved ones.

Speaking of rolling thunder, that storm last night was horrific. I got wind, lightning, and lots of hail. I thought the hail was going to break the windows.

There is a superior interactive section about those who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afganistan at CCN. Please check it out. Very worthwhile. I found the soldiers from Prince William County there also.

63 Thoughts to “Open Thread 5/28/10”

  1. Poor Richard

    Interesting idea in this Sunday’s WaPo Outlook section of fining
    people who don’t vote $25 to $50. The primary purpose would be
    to combat the growing political polarization in America caused
    by having cranky and angry rabid partisans voting in disproportionately
    high numbers. There is a need to motivate more moderates
    to join the process. Australia, who does this, has an average turnout rate
    of 95%. A good concept to explore?

  2. e

    i think it’s an obvious conclusion that the regime is printing/borrowing trillions of dollars that we don’t have. i think it’s inevitable that eventually paper money will lose most of its value. europe will fall first since the liberals have run that continent into the ground with unsustainable entitlements for half a century, and this might provide a temporary respite for the greenback, but unfortunately we are not far behind. gold has always been an object of value since the dawn of civilization.

  3. I am sure someone would start screaming that the fine wasn’t explicitely stated in the constitution. @ PR

    e- you are acting like we lived in the pre-Obama vacuum before 2009. I find that unbelievable. Do you think we had a balanced budget from 2001-2009?

    Gold is valuable but it isn’t if you buy in at $1200 per ounce and it drops to $900 per ounce.

  4. e

    i think a lot of the ponzi schemes concocted by liberals, e.g. social security, medicare, medicaid and other government handouts too numerous to mention, have been propelling our country to financial insolvency for a long time. but obamacare and his intentional squashing of the private sector will vastly hasten our day of reckoning to the very near future. hence, buy gold. i would not be surprised if gold is at 2k in the next few years

    1. e: are we to understand that when you will be turning your social security money back and and also not accept medicare? Liberal? It has been a life saver for many people.

      Most all of us who have worked have paid in to social security and medicare.

      If someone wants to buy gold at $1250 an ounce, do so at your own peril.

  5. Poor Richard

    “A gold mine,” wrote Mark Twain “is a hole in the ground with a liar standing
    next to it.”

    On the Slate site is an article by Dana Vachon “Golden Opportunities”
    about the Hard Assets Investment Conference this week in NY.

    “There is a large contingent of Military Channel insomniacs, wandering
    elderly and those who fill most deeply connected to society when
    planning for its demise.”

  6. punchak

    Speaking of gold.

    J. Gordon Liddy, yes THE J.Gordon Liddy, is pushing gold on Fox. There’s a guy you can trust.

  7. e

    i have of course contributed against my will to fica et al, i dont expect anything back when its my turn to collect; like all ponzi schemes, they will crash and burn

  8. e

    string theorists are exploring a possible scenario in which people and the world around us are actually a 3-D holographic projection of two-dimensional data that exists outside the accessible universe. (yahoo news)

  9. @e
    Well, that explains a lot.

    I don’t believe it, of course. I know I was a real gay black man in the Victorian Age and that I will come back in my next life as a purple lilac.

  10. e

    i’m trying to free your mind Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.

  11. Need to Know

    @Posting as Pinko

    Yes, Pinko, I agree that comment does explain a lot. String theory is fascinating. I’ve read books by Brain Greene, Steven Hawking and others. However, what in the world does that have to do with whether or not someone should buy gold at $1,200/ounce in a non-inflationary environment?

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