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January 26, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (1-26-2014)

What the US Olympic Team Will Be Wearing in Sochi


These uniforms were designed by Ralph Lauren who seemed to have been channeling stoner chic and the July 4th issue of Crocheting Monthly. No wonder the State Department has warned US athletes not to wear their uniforms outside the Olympic Village.

But it could be worse - here are the Norwegian Olympic uniforms. These apparently were inspired by dazzle camouflage and the best of modern gulag attire. I guess the oft-repeated factoid that Scandi languages have no word for shame really is true.


Quote of the Day - Inter-level Combat Edition

yup. The truth is that I'm a socon too.
We are arguing here basically in D&D terms about a 7th level socon versus a 14th ( "name" ) level socon.

Posted by: ace at January 24, 2014 01:00 AM (/FnUH)

i think most conservative-leaning people are probably at least 4th level socons.

Posted by: ace at January 24, 2014 01:03 AM (/FnUH)

Update on the Grantland-Dr. V Story

The AZ Republic titles the article "Friend blames timing of Gilbert inventor's suicide on fear of impending article" but when when you read it, it quotes Gerri Jordan (Dr. V's business partner and former girlfriend) as basically describing Essay Vanderbilt (Dr. V) as a walking suicide:

She blames the reporting of the story for "90 percent" of the timing of Vanderbilt's suicide - but not for the suicide itself. Vanderbilt had attempted to take her own life in 2007 and in 2008, Jordan said, and she lived believing that her friend might try again.

"I don't hold any grudge, really, since she's tried it before," Jordan said as her eyes filled with tears that did not spill over. "So how can I say it's all his fault, when it's not really all his fault?"

She paused for a long breath, "I mean, eventually she would have anyway. ... It just so happened to be the timing with the article."

The article also glosses over Dr. V's multiple fabrications calling them simply 'unverified claims'. 
And has this tidbit:

- 41 percent of trans-identifying respondents to a 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported attempting suicide. That compares to 1.6 percent of the general population.


Deep Thoughts by Charlie Crist

Quote from his recent book are almost haiku-esque.

Nobody's perfect.

Everyone makes mistakes.

Pencils have erasers.

People deserve a second chance.


Is It Even an Affair When They're Barely Married?

Or how the media covered up Bill Clinton's affair during Hillary's 2008 campaign. Well at this point if you vote for a Clinton, you should know exactly what you're getting with both of them and their media allies.


The 25 Most Dangerous Street Corners in the US

Are mostly in the mid-west - and contra Chris Rock not named Martin Luther King Blvd.

Detroit appears three times which isn't all that unexpected (maybe just list it as any street corner) but Chicago appears four times while NYC doesn't even make the list.


Swedish Marines Do Greased Lightning

They're stationed in Afghanistan and need a hot rod for the sock hop. Pretty good for shame-less scandis who are also apparently allowed to wield +2 beards of ferocity. At the 1:00 mark keep an eye out for the guy making a Robot Chicken homage.

Utterly Gratuitous Scantily-Clad Girls and Guns

Along with grilled meats and beer. From the 2014 Hot Shots Calendar shoot. NSFW due to hand bras, bum shot, and the fact that it just seems way too naughty to not be forbidden somehow. You have been warned. [Normally I wouldn't indulge in such pandering but that was before a certain ewok mentioned the phrase 'contractual monthly traffic quota'.]

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