The Watering Hole: January 7 – Boris Godunov

On January 7, 1598 Boris Godunov. became the the first non-Rurikid tsar of Russia:

His evil twin is perhaps more famous.

This is our Open Thread. Please feel free to add your thoughts on this, or any other topic that comes to mind.

Boris Badenov and his compatriots kept a flying squirrel and his moose companion pretty busy:

64 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: January 7 – Boris Godunov

  1. “Gee Mr. Peabody democracy has come to Iraq “- “that’s just biggest load of dog shit I’ve ever heard in my life. And I’m a dog.”

  2. Vinyl, I have similar images of “de wabbit” massaging hair tonic when I hear “Barber of Seville” .

    Thanks for the smiles this am with those fun memories – preparing for a little snow here later this afternoon; If I don’t make it back for Music Night, could someone offer up some
    Hot Chocolate tunes? Sending out huskies optional ~

  3. Me too, vinyl … I really enjoyed Pink Panther, the Jetsons, and Josie and the Pussycats. It was a special treat to watch Scooby Doo, as it meant we were visiting my grandparents’ in Philly (we had lousy TV reception on the farm and only got CBS and PBS at their houses!). I was also a huge Sid and Marty Kroft/Hanna Barbara fan … Don’t get me started on PuffnStuff !

  4. Hanna Barbera had some good stuff and also turned out some crud too. The golden years of Wacky Races and Scooby Doo were followed by some rubbish which I don’t have the energy to go research 😦

    What I want to know is whatever happened to Ren and Stimpy?

    • Woo! Our high today is supposed to be 37 degrees, which is pretty damn nice, but it’s 37 degrees NOW. So that means we might just get into the low 40s, and a bunch more snow will melt off. Yay!

      • A couple of things to throw out there..
        Here is a Google map with markings and links to news reports for all the ‘mass animal deaths’ over the last week around the globe:
        http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=201817256339889828327.0004991bca25af104a22b

        I watched a couple of videos this morning with Hannity (blecchhh….) interviewing Michele Bachmann and Anthony Weiner over Social Security and the debt ceiling vote that is coming up. Painful to watch.. How in the heck do you answer questions that are leading (misleading), filled with distortions and misinformation? If I had been Weiner, I would have answered the questions with some ridiculous answers totally unrelated to the question, and when Hannity asked him “huh??”, I’d tell him “If you want an honest, factual answer, ask me an honest, factual question”.. I just can’t bear to hear Hannity OR Bachmann talk (almost too painful to watch). They are both idiots and compulsive liars. I give Weiner credit for going on his show, because I have always thought of Republicans as a bunch of chickens refusing to be interviewed on MSNBC, that they were only comfortable being on FOX talking to those who agreed with and shared their talking points, but they tried to make him look like a fool instead of debating honestly. (Honestly is the key word here..)

        I’ve decided that the real reason that Bachmann is planning on running for President is to make Sarah Palin look SANE or SMART when Sarah jumps into the ring. That woman (Bachmann) is just flipping nuts… She is like an angelfood cake that is all air that has WAY too much frosting on it.. There’s nothing there, covered in sugar..

        • So the mass animal deaths occur in the mid-latitudes. That’s something to consider.

          Poison form the Gulf?
          Unusually cold temps?
          Other pollution?
          Combination?

          I’m not buying the “blackbirds got scared by the fireworks” conclusion I heard a day or so ago. Are they trying to say that town in Arkansas never had loud fireworks before? Or they never had blackbirds in the trees before? Please.

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    That was our early morning weather: fog

    • Living where I live in northern Idaho, wind is a fact of life. By now, it’s weird to me when there isn’t a breeze of some sort.

      Frugal, I bet you get some wicked winds off those mountains!

  6. That’s a very interesting map of the ‘die offs. We need a perspective: on any given day, around the world, are the die-offs more or less? Do they correspond with weather or other activities.

    The current die-offs are bringing much needed attention to ‘what is happening in the environment causing this? or is it a natural part of the ‘life cycle’ that we’ve not been paying close attention.

    Thanks for posting that, muse.

  7. There’s more to the bird deaths than meets the eye, most likely. Yesterday I watched something someplace where some sort of ‘scientist’ explained how at night, birds can fly into high wires and poles, towers, etc., break their bones and fall to the ground. So simple. Oh, and it happens hundreds of times each year.

    Uh huh.

    Think military, think black ops, think weapons tests; more likely than not, something’s going down.

  8. “…meaningless vote for political theater.”

    At least 歌舞伎 (kabuki), although lengthy, is entertaining. The repugnant ones – repiggies- goopers are downright insulting to ones intelligence. Unfortunately this ‘play’ will last two f’g years.

  9. KPOJ started doing that. I listen on the player on ThomHartmann.com, now. It’s the lower of the two players, the top one does the RT show, The Big Picture. You also get different news during the breaks.

  10. Apologies if this has been discussed here but OMFFSM:

    Bill O’Reilly thinks the tides are proof of God’s existence: ‘You can’t explain that’

    O’REILLY: I’ll tell you why [religion’s] not a scam, in my opinion: tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that.

    SILVERMAN: Tide goes in, tide goes out?

    O’REILLY: See, the water, the tide comes in and it goes out, Mr. Silverman. It always comes in, and always goes out. You can’t explain that.

    Seriously? I mean, we knew that Bill O’Reilly was fond of pushing around his right-wing prejudices as conventional wisdom, and he’s displayed ignorant buffoonery on many an occasion. But this is epic ignorance, the kind you really don’t expect from a major TV news anchor. Hell, I bet even Glenn Beck knows that the tides are created by lunar cycles.

    So, yes, Bill, we can explain that. Quite scientifically and quite precisely, in fact.

    • ebb, keith had that on his “Worst Person in the World” segment last night. It’s frickin’ hilarious!!

      I love the look on the guy’s face. πŸ˜€

  11. Has O’Reilly ever looked more stupid?

    Ep 2 is good. I’ve been watching them four at a time in the morning, once every two weeks, on BBC America. This week, they started having one a day at 2pm Central, followed by the X-Files, and Doctor Who. So today is ep 5, of the first season. I’ve only seen the first two seasons. I think they are trying to sell the DVD for the later seasons.

  12. Zooey. Winds: yep, we get those fierce downslope Chinooks here. I’ve already “donated” two nice tents and a roof full of shingles to them. Still trying to figure out what use they have and haven’t come up with anything. Breezes are nice, true, but gale force wind? USELESS! Damn gods and their screw ups.

  13. They scour the sky, frugal! Sweep away the cobwebs.

    Whisk away seeds – when bees are not pollinating we need the wind ~^~

  14. You can’t explain that… If you’re dumber than a second grader.
    Amber could explain it to him, she’s got an excellent grasp of gravity, and how the lunar pull causes tides. Praise the FSM!

  15. Ebb: True enough, the winds ‘scour the sky.’ But why did they scour my roof and my tents too? I would think that a truly gifted god would be able to do the math on that stuff. Of course, ‘gifted god’ may also be an oxy…. hmmm.

  16. I’m odd- you already knew that but the wind is my friend! Always wish it could ‘talk’? tell where it has been; what words, from the other side of the world, would it impart?
    Imparting those secrets/wishes/words of wisdom whispered into by inhabitants of this earth.

  17. What’s going on – now there’s an

    Envelope Ignites At DC Postal Facility

    Police are saying a package has ignited at a Washington, D.C. postal facility, a day after two fiery packages were opened in Maryland.
    D.C. Officer Hugh Carew does not know if the package is similar to the two that ignited at Maryland state government buildings Thursday.
    Carew said the package ignited about 2:45 p.m. Friday.
    The building has been evacuated and no injuries have been reported.

  18. Ebb, I think if a gale force wind could talk, it could tell tales about blowing shingles off of roofs and of ripping tents to shreds. But not much else. Now, a breeze, that’s a different story. Breezes stop to look around, dontcha know. Wind is nothing other than a breeze with a really crappy attitude. Like the difference between a Progressive and a Republican, sort of.

  19. When I lived in Northern Arizona the wind would howl through the pines.
    I loved it.
    My room mate hated it.
    He went back to the city to listen to buses and car alarms going off.

  20. I used to live along the Hudson River (A bit upriver from WAS) and the wind was the least of my worries. It was the thunderstorms and the sound of cracking ice on the river (in February) that got me. We had a transmission line about 100 yards from our house that got hit often and the lightning clap would seem to come simultaneously with the flash.

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