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November 13, 2011

Overnight Open Thread - A New Hope Edition

Rick Perry and the New GOP Litmus Test

Jonathon Last has some thoughts on Perry's debate vapor-lock and the race in general. But he also points out that even before this Perry may have run afoul of the GOP's new - but unspoken - litmus test:

Unless the conversation changes between now and the convention, it would seem that immigration has replaced abortion as the key ideological litmus test in the Republican party. Now, maybe thatís just a function of the candidates needing a club to beat Perry with and immigration being the best-available weapon. But maybe itís a more foundational shift. If the latter is the case, then this is a real tragedy for conservatism.
And here he gives some reasons why illegal immigration is different from abortion as an issue and why it would be a mistake to make it the new deal-breaker for GOP candidates. Whether you agree or disagree, if immigration orthodoxy is going to be the new differentiator between RINOs and True Conservatives, better that we get it all out in the open.

Also: Police Now Clearing #Occupy Portland
Now I can't guarantee there'll be any hippie punching, but the odds do seem better than usual. And popcorn is never really wasted. You can watch it live here.


Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Visits Occupy Wall Street
Up-twinkles all the way. And yes things do get pooped on humped.

11 Sounds That Your Kids Have Probably Never Heard
Well maybe in pre-80's movies but not in real life.

Just to make you feel guilty... Here Are 11 NaNoWriMo Books That Have Been Published

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Might this be another Water for Elephants-style success? Itís currently on the Barnes and Noble Top 100 List and the New York Times Bestseller list. She cheated a little and wrote it during two NaNos, but weíre not holding it against her. Has anyone read this? Iíve got a sample of it on my Nook right now but havenít gotten to it yet.

The Rise of Catvertizing?
There's advertising gold in them thar kittehs. (thanks to Barb the EG)

Russian President Medvedev Has His Own Cheerleading Squad?
Why yes he does. Hmm so why can't we have have official US government cheerleaders?


Stupid Shit People ACTUALLY Put On Their Resumes

1. I am very detail-oreinted.
2. My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable.
3. Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty!
4. Enclosed is a ruff draft of my resume.
5. Itís best for employers that I not work with people.
6. Here are my qualifications for you to overlook.
7. I am a quick leaner, dependable, and motivated.
8. If this resume doesnít blow your hat off, then please return it in the enclosed envelope.
9. My fortune cookie said, ďYour next interview will result in a job.Ē And I like your company in particular.

Like Manolo Blahniks and coke?
Then these shoes are for you - they're stylish AND snortable:

Spanish police recently busted a gang of dealers who figured out how to mold cocaine into replicas of Manolo Blahnik shoes. When arrested, the six dealers, five Colombians and one Spaniard, possessed $630,000 worth of cocaine that had been mixed with a liquid to form a paste that was carefully sculpted and painted to mimic luxury high heels. Each pair of coke shoes has an estimated worth of $70,000 ó while a real pair of Manolos can cost upwards of $500.

Weekly AoSHQ Commenter Standings
Top 10 commenters:
1 [539 comments] 'logprof' [75.66 posts/day]
2 [470 comments] 'What Now?!'
3 [425 comments] 'MissTammy'
4 [393 comments] 'AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) says 'No' to RINO Romney'
5 [362 comments] 'Soothsayer'
6 [344 comments] 'Joffen'
7 [323 comments] 'Y-not'
8 [306 comments] 'buzzion'
9 [286 comments] 'kbdabear'
10 [285 comments] 'toby928▒ Perrykrishna with tattooed knuckles'
Honorable Mention:
19 [252 comments] 'ace'

Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
1 [65 names] 'kbdabear' [9.12 unique names/day]
2 [56 names] 'al-Cicero, Tea Party Jihadist'
3 [52 names] 'logprof'
4 [48 names] 'toby928▒ Perrykrishna with tattooed knuckles'
5 [44 names] 'Doctor Fish'
6 [35 names] 'Soap MacTavish'
7 [34 names] 'Kansas Gman'
8 [33 names] 'Billy Bob, the guy who drinks in SC'
9 [31 names] 'Fa Cube Itches'
10 [28 names] 'Bob Saget'

The group. Yeah.

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