Sunday Roast: Syzygy

The supermoon rises over the Cascade Mountains on Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Seattle. (Photo by Joshua Trujillo,

Syzygy:  The nearly straight line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system.

The term supermoon is not widely accepted or used within the astronomy or scientific community, who prefer the term perigee-syzygy. Perigee is the point at which the moon is closest in its orbit to the Earth, and syzygy is full or new moon, when the Earth, the moon and the sun are aligned. Hence, supermoon can be regarded as a combination of the two, although they do not perfectly coincide each time.

Last night, according to those who saw it, the Moon was absolutely huge and gorgeous!  Did you see it?  I finally saw it when it rose above the clouds.  By then it was only slightly larger than usual, but incredibly bright.

I look forward to seeing the next Super Moon on November 14, 2016.  I’ve already ordered clear skies for the event.

This is our daily open thread — Super Moon stories!  Share ’em if you’ve got ’em!

113 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: Syzygy

  1. I saw that Super Moon last night . . . It still effects me. When I think of how the gravitational forces work with the tides and that power … and how our bodies are made up of mostly water and how I was, and still am, being “moved”. One of the most intense experiences occurred for me last night when I saw a friend’s sidewalk chalk artwork glow beneath that Super Moon … amazing … 🙂

  2. Clouds moved in here around six PM yesterday and we got only the briefest glimpse of the rising moon. Hoping the dawn sky is clear (eternal optimist speaking) — a full moon dropping behind yon mountains can be as memorable as the rising moon. Camera is handy, just in case.

  3. Hat tip to Mugsy at the Bobblehead Thread at C & L. He saw this on his local news in Houston.

    Oil Spill Reported Near Deepwater Horizon Site in Gulf

    The Coast Guard is investigating reports of a potentially large oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico not far from the Deepwater Horizon site. According to a knowledgeable source, the slick was sighted by a helicopter pilot on Friday and is about 100 miles long. A fishing boat captain said he went through the slick yesterday and it was strong enough to make his eyes burn.

    Hoodathunk said the other day that bad things come in threes. Japan, Libya and now oil in the Gulf again makes three.

    The morning shows are going to be all Libya and (maybe) Japan.

  4. The morning shows are going to be all Libya and (maybe) Japan.

    ANYTHING to keep them from talking about the citizens’ protests in Wisconsin, Michigan, etc. It’s not that I don’t care about other people int he world, it’s just that whenever something, anything, happens in another country, it becomes an excuse for the media to ignore what is happening in this country.

    I’m curious about something – what roll did electronic voting machines play in the surprising rise of Republican legislators and governors across the country? Several states turned red that shouldn’t have (based on past history), or shouldn’t have gone so far to the right. Wisconsin? Michigan? Each with both a Republican governor and nearly super majority Republican Houses? Does anyone really think this can be chalked up simply to the Tea Party?

    I’ve tried applying Occam’s Razor to the problem. Which is the more likely scenario? That a bunch of ill-informed citizens decided to vote against their best interests and elect obvious corporate stooges to their state government? Or the Republican Party stole elections they didn’t think anyone would be paying attention to in order to put their corporate-friendly people in positions of power by taking advantage of well-documented flaws in the electronic voting systems in those states?

    I think they stole the state election results. People would have been paying close attention to the federal races and if Republicans suddenly won all those, it would have been very suspicious. But who was watching the state results closely? Nobody. So it was easy to blame the surprising Republican victories on voter turnout from the Tea Party. Except we know that they only represent about 20% of the populace, so how could so many Republicans have won state offices?

    Maybe I’m just paranoid.

  5. On This Week, it’s Dueling Conservatives! On the attack on Libya:

    Christine Amanpour: George, do you think that this was the right thing to do?

    George Will: I do not. We have intervened in a tribal society, in a civil war, and we have taken sides in that civil war on behalf of people we do not know or understand, for the purpose, not avowed, but inexorably for a purpose of creating a political vacuum by decapitating the government. Into that vacuum what will flow, we do not know, and can not know.

    CA: Paul Wolfowitz, you disagree with George.

    Paul Wolfowitz: I do. I think that what we have prevented for one thing is a bloodbath, in Benghazi, which would have stained our reputation throughout the Arab world at a time when our reputation really matters. I understand George’s hesitations, but it would seem to me if you follow those hesitations, you say ‘it’s better to keep this devil that we know than the unknown, and I don’t see how any unknown can be worse than the devil who’s in Tripoli right now.

    OK! So our reputation really matters now, when dealing with the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns of the Arab world! As long as somebody is getting a bloodbath these two are happy, they just disagree about which side should get the bloodbath!

    At least we have a UN Security Council Resolution to back us up now. A clear one. And we are not going to put troops on the ground, if Hillary is to be believed.

  6. Wayne, it’s pretty clear to me that Jim DeMint rigged the South Carolina Senate race so he could face an unelectable candidate in an anti-incumbent election. I have heard that Democrat turnout was down, but how do we verify that if we don’t trust the vote totals? With the wide disparity in pre-election polling depending on who is doing the polling, in some cases I believe polls are being rigged to support outcomes that aren’t really true. Then after the election. they point to the poll that matched the outcome as proof.

  7. Ever wonder who watches these Sunday political talk shows? I finally found a source for the ratings of the network talk shows. These shows are highly susceptible to ratings variation depending on who they have for a guest on a given weekend. Fox does seem to always be last, but that could be attributed to more of their regular audience being in church (or on the golf course).

    March 6th Ratings
    Network——Program———Total Viewers—-A25-54
    NBC———-Meet the Press——3.46M———-1.13M
    CBS———–Face the Nation—-2.75M———-950K
    ABC———-This Week————2.42M———-730K
    FOX———Fox News Sunday—1.30M———-488K

    On cable replays, MtP added 1.20 million total viewers, while FNS added 2.42 million total viewers. Meet the Press replays on MSNBC and Fox News replays the Fox News Sunday program that is initially run on almost all the regular Fox affiliates.

    March 13th Ratings
    Network——Program———Total Viewers—-A25-54
    CBS———–Face the Nation—-3.41M———-1.29M
    ABC———-This Week————3.12M———-1.08M
    NBC———-Meet the Press——3.08M———-970K
    FOX———Fox News Sunday—1.26M———-560K

    On cable replays “Fox News Sunday” added 3.07M total viewers. (They didn’t mention MtP.)

  8. One striking news item today:

    Japan nuke plant says 2 of 6 units under control.

    That would seem to mean that:

    Japan nuke plant didn’t admit 4 of 6 units not under control.

  9. I just think it’s a reflection of the fact that those in power are getting better at using psyops against their opponents and in manipulating the message to influence people to vote against their own best interests.

    Citizens United opened the floodgates of using Corporate Cash to influence elections, and Corporations obliged. With enough money one can flood the airwaves and con the masses by telling them what they want to hear. Tell the voters you’re “pro-life” and “pro guns” and you’ll automatically get 30% of the voters. If the turnout is less than 60% – you win without having to win over anyone but your base.

  10. House,

    I agree that DeMint helped get Alvin Greene the nomination for the Democrats so he (DeMint) could win easily. Unfortunately, no matter how trivial his involvement in his own nomination was, if Greene were to come forward and tell the truth about how he got there, he would probably be the only one ending up in jail. DeMint would deny everything, including fingerprints on official forms, and claim he had nothing to do with it, knowing that the Senate would do nothing to him and he would suffer no penalty for his actions.

    Sen Jim DeMint is a man without honor, and a man without honor should not be representing the great state of South Carolina. Not if honor means as much as they say it does to them.

  11. Prior to the Citizens United decision, what the corps and rich folks did in 2008 would probably have resulted in prison terms for a whole lot of shysters. But with that one stroke, shysterism was mainstreamed into American politics.

    “Not true,” whispered Sam Alito. “Not true.” Bullshit.

  12. By the bye, did anyone notice that the world did not end last night?

    I mention this because the cheap carneys, hucksterss and cons who keep pushing the various disaster scenarios of “The Great Lineup,” where planetary &/or galactic tidal forces tear the Earth apart, always neglect to mention that the tidal forces we experienced last night exceed by many, many orders of magnitude any other possible combination of such that could possibly be exerted on the Earth from all other sources in the universe combined.

    The mass of the moon might not be much compared to, say, a black hole at the center of the galaxy. But the moon’s proximity entirely trumps any other tidal forces in existence, other than the sun itself which does manage to add a barely detectable addition to the lunar tides.

  13. Happy Vaginal Expulsion Day, Walt!

    It’s also my best friend’s and in his honor, a couple of musical clips featuring his son who’s pretty talented:

  14. Does Charlie have as much foreign policy cred as the weasel from Wasila?
    She has been to India (granted not really doing anything cultural) AND she’s scheduled to meet the Israeli Prime Minister. (How many handlers has she for that meeting? Wonder how long into the conversation she’ll be mentioning Jesus)

  15. Crocus and Robins – a great day indeed! Enjoy the beauty!

    It is very grey, rainy and the wind has kicked it all up a notch! This is the type of weather usually seen in January.

  16. Peter Bergen drank the Susan Rice Kool-Aid:

    “The Obama administration was handed a gift by the Arab League, which in its more than six-decade history has garnered a well-earned reputation as a feckless talking shop, but unusually took a stand one week ago by endorsing a no-fly zone over Libya. That endorsement put the Arab League way out in front of the Obama administration, which was then dithering about whether to do anything of substance to help the rebels fighting Gadhafi.

    The unexpected action by the Arab League gave the administration the impetus and diplomatic cover to then go to the United Nations Security Council to secure a broad resolution endorsing not only a no-fly zone, but also allowing member states to “take all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya.”

    And it took the Arab League less than 24 hours to abandon the operation. So there goes a central plank for justifying this action. What idiots we are.

  17. Already saying ‘we said no fly-zone, not attacking Gaddafi’s soldiers’….. but then Gaddafi never implemented his ‘cease-fire’….

    Arabs pulled their magic carpet out from under Obama, Sarko and Cameron

  18. Already saying ‘we said no fly-zone, not attacking Gaddafi’s soldiers’…..

    Arab League: “We authorized a two-hand touch below the waist, count-to-ten and you’re alive again approach be used. Real ammunition seems a bit extreme, no?”

  19. “And what we want is the protection of civilians and not the shelling of more civilians.”

    When the Arab League speaks U.S. better start listening.

  20. “There must be some way out of here” said the joker to the thief.
    “There’s too much confusion”, I can’t get no relief.

  21. What the?

    When did she become anything other than a toothless ‘mama bear’?

    Although the trip is private, she is to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

    “As the world confronts sweeping changes and new realities, I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the key issues facing his country, our ally Israel,” Palin said in a statement.

  22. The real problem here is, of course and as usual, Ronald Reagan. I mean he sent a fleet of F-111’s to bomb the shit out of Libya and Gadaffi (Khadaffi? Ghadaffi? Gaddaffi? GKhaddaffi?) way back in the eighties and all he managed to do was inflict some minor damage on Tripoli plus cause Muammar-the-fearless to need a change of shorts. After that, hey, all was well for thirty years. And now, here we go again.

    “The revulsion against war . . . will be an almost insuperable obstacle for us to overcome. For that reason, I am convinced that we must begin now to set the machinery in motion for a permanent wartime economy.” Charles E. Wilson, president of General Electric (1940-42, 1945-50), head of the Office of Defense Mobilization (1951), and US Secretary of Defense (1953-57); in an internal memo, 1944.

    War, American-style, has nothing to do with honor, or principle, or helping the downtrodden, or freedom the oppressed. Its only purpose, its only goal, is PROFIT. In fact, I’m thinking, wondering: does America have ANY purpose anymore, in any endeavor whatsoever, other than profit? Money and the power it purchases? (Other than to protect the unborn, of course, which we all know is number one).

    Sick of it. That be me.

  23. So utopianists from the right choose to invade Iraq, motivated by the ghosts of Vietnam and now utopianists from the left choose to invade Libya, motivated by the ghosts of Rwanda. Who do I vote for now? What are my options? I voted Obama for largely one reason — a sane foreign policy. But both parties are over the cliff, clutching copies of the Bush doctrine. I feel like a large, pragmatic section of the country is left without a voice and this country is irreparably uhhh, fucked.

    I lived with Obama’s disappointing performance on many issues simply because he wasn’t Bush. That distinction is now severely blurred. I never say never, so it’s possible I could vote for a Republican president some day but not with this current crop.

  24. The only Republicans I can think of that I could ever or WOULD ever have voted for are Lincoln and Eisenhower. The rest are bums, always have been, always will be.

    Our only hope for this country is rampant progressivism, but next time we have to actually ELECT a few of them. I voted for Obama, enthusiastically, in 2008. I would still vote for him before I’d vote for ANY Republican alive today. But basically, I think I’d rather move to Belize, or to someplace where I didn’t have to worry about it anymore.

  25. Quick note. Road trip done, mission accomplished. Kidlet home and in good shape (all things considered.) Too cloudy last night to see much of the supermoon but Friday night it was awesome for the whole trip.

    And a joke circulating in WI…

    The Pope and Gov Walker are on the same stage in Brewer Stadium in front of a huge crowd.

    The Pope leans towards Mr. Walker and said, “Do you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display, but will go deep into their hearts and they’ll forever speak of this day and rejoice!”

    Walker replied, “I seriously doubt that, not these people ~ with one little wave of your hand? Show me!”

    So the Pope backhanded him and knocked him off the stage.

  26. Photos from White House Rally in Support of Bradley Manning

    Daniel Ellsberg, Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, David Swanson, Medea Benjamin, Mike Malloy and over a hundred others were arrested in front of the White House today to protest President Obama’s torture of Bradley Manning.

    I knew Mike Malloy was going to the demonstration, but I didn’t know getting arrested was part of the plan! 😀

    His show tomorrow night will be worth hearing. It’s available at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific at Mike Replays are later on K-Talk (7pm Pacific) and KPOJ (9pm Pacific).

  27. Japan Nuclear Crisis: ‘Fukushima Fifty’ Cut Off From Family

    A family friend of one of the workers – the team battling to control the crisis at the power plant – said that email and phone access had been cut and one man had been unable to speak to his wife for days.
    The move comes after one of the Fifty texted his wife in Japan saying that drinking water at the plant was running low, adding: “I feel like I’m coming down with something.”

    This was the same game plan as the survivors of Deepwater Horizon, cut off media access to the workers, only in this case, these workers may be dead before anyone can hear the first-hand accounts of their ordeal. Wouldn’t that be convenient for the corporations?

    This is the first I heard of them being referred to as the ‘Fukushima Fifty’.

    • The “Fukushima Fifty” are almost certainly giving up their lives in their efforts to bring the plant back under control. Whomever has cut off access of these people to their families better think again in a fast hurry — the backlash will be EPIC.

  28. HoR — I’d not heard the phrase, but one of the critiques I remember reading of the way the crisis has been handled is that the majority of the workers/engineers trying to clamp down the emergency were pulled out with only a relative skeleton crew of 50 people trying to do the job. The main point of the critique (which I’m fairly sure was in a Dissent Magazine blog) was that, while this minimized the number of people exposed to radiation, it also substantially increased the odds that they would fail to contain the disaster.

  29. BREAKING: Gaddafi’s Tripoli Compound Hit By Missile, Destroyed

    CNN’s Nic Robertson is reporting on-air that what appears to be a missile has hit Gaddafi’s compound and it is completely destroyed. It is not clear whose missile hit the building. No one has been reported injured or killed in this hit.

    Robertson said that debris is strewn 150 yards from the compound.

    Wasn’t he supposed to have a lot of human shields close to him?

  30. Since the Arab League has their panties in a wad anyway over civilian deaths, can we please park a Tomahawk Missile up the ass of the Lockerbie bomber? Amirite?

  31. Hi gang.

    Well? I feel better today. My knee has recovered enough to take a brief walk out in the fog (I LOVE fog!) and I have most of my swagger back. So, for those who are interested and haven’t heard, Monday’s boycott of TP is back on. Here’s the message I have posted. Please feel free to make additional suggestions, disapprove of the whole thing, or even pass it along if you feel so inclined. In any case I would really appreciate it if all of those who are dissatisfied with TP’s product would contact them with your concerns. Thanks!

    It looks like the trolls have dominated, and are dominating, yet another weekend here at TP. I had a bad day yesterday and was ready to just chuck the whole thing and leave it to the trolls but, I still think we have a community worth saving so? Here’s what I propose.

    1. Send an email to TP explaining our displeasure with the lack of consistent moderation of comments.
    2. Refrain from giving TP any traffic between 11PM tonight, EDT, and 11PM tomorrow and/or until such time as they address the moderation issue.
    3. Request a statement from the administrators of this blog explaining their ability and intent to moderate comments.
    4. Refrain from direct replies to stupid trolls. This will serve the dual purpose of frustrating the trolls and demonstrate that the trolls, without our cooperation, don’t bring extra traffic to the blog.

    Here’s what I propose as a starting point, feel free to add to it or disagree:
    a. Assign someone to check the flagged posts every morning and just before the end of business hours.
    b. Cancel the account of those with a given number of flagged posts.
    c. Cancel the accounts of Pee and the serial namejacker based on being banned countless times in the past.

    (NOTE: Personally, I don’t expect TP to expend too much extra resources on moderation but I do expect them to use the resources in place.)

    Now I will leave this subject, unless TP posts a new story, and will leave any proposed action to your conscience. It really is just a suggestion for a way that may make TP a more pleasant place to comment and shine a somewhat better light on us “lefties”.

    • pete, I will respect your boycott of TP in the following manner: I will stay away from TP between 11 pm tonight & 11 pm tomorrow; and when I do visit TP, I will not reply directly to trolls.

      As a fellow blog administrator, I don’t feel it’s my place to contact TP about how they run the place.

      I do like your idea of having comments disappear after a certain number of flags, but the trolls would certainly catch onto that one and it would backfire quickly. Another consideration would be to allow commenters to earn “seniority.” For example, if a troll gets flagged by someone at the top of their seniority, it counts as 10 flags. Such seniority could be earned by being a consistently good commenter who doesn’t respond to trolls, or otherwise disrupt things.

      I’m glad your knee is feeling better!

  32. This is maybe a little lengthy, but I found it to be more than interesting. It’s a letter from an American in Sendai Japan, sent to family and friends back home. It was forwarded to me by a friend in North Carolina who received a c.c. from her friend in Sendai.

    This letter from a friend, an American living in Sendai, is a remarkable tale of humanity, strength and the character of the Japanese people.

    Subject: A letter from Sendai, Japan

    Hello My Lovely Family and Friends,
    First I want to thank you so very much for your concern for me. I am very touched. I also wish to apologize for a generic message to you all. But it seems the best way at the moment to get my message to you.

    Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend’s home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.
    During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out sign so people can come to fill up their jugs and buckets.

    Utterly amazingly where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines. People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes. People keep saying, “Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another.”
    Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens are constant and helicopters pass overhead often.

    We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for half a day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on. But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not.

    No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of non-essentials. Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group.

    There are strange parallel universes happening. Houses a mess in some places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun. People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking their dogs. All happening at the same time. Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two stars, but now the whole sky is filled. The mountains of Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them silhouetted against the sky magnificently.

    And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entrance way. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.

    They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for another month or more. And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is better off than others. Last night my friend’s husband came in from the country, bringing food and water. Blessed again.

    Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.

    Thank you again for your care and Love of me,
    With Love in return, to you all,


  33. What Would Jesus Destroy

    Rev. Franklin Graham thinks the tsunami that hit Japan might mean that Jesus is returning to earth soon.

    Graham said that Jesus told his followers that earthquakes were one of the signs of the second coming.

    “Maybe this is, I don’t know. But regardless, all of us need to be prepared to stand before almighty God,” Graham said.

    As he explained, an increase in natural disasters was just like how “as a woman gives birth to a child, those labor pains as they begin they start intensifying with more frequency.”


  34. Raven, it’s an excellent Scrabble word!!

    Not so much. Scrabble only has 2 “Y”s and that’s the newer version.

  35. petelngh, this weekend the trolls were ‘done away with’ in a ‘timely’ manner. At least their posts weren’t allowed to linger for hours as in weekends past.

  36. More oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.

    “Graham said that Jesus told his followers that earthquakes were one of the signs of the second coming.”
    Did Jesus really go into that much detail about his own second coming?
    Or is Graham just making things up?

  37. Apparently Graham is unaware that earthquakes have been occurring in the world since its inception. Of course, this is Franklin “President Obama was born a Muslim” Graham.

  38. badmoodman: (quoting Franklin Graham): “Jesus told his followers that earthquakes were one of the signs of the second coming.”

    Frankly Franklin, I’m still waiting to see confirming evidence of JC’s first coming. Some evidence of the supernatural’s existence would be nice too. Here’s the thing, Frank: there have been earthquakes and seismic events on this here tee-tiny planet for the better part of five billion years, and yet you focus on the most recent as if it had some significance beyond normal activity of and around subduction plates.

    Whatcha got, Frank?

  39. Thanks, everyone. Zooey, I definitely respect your position and would expect nothing less from you.

    Ebb, Pee has been dispensed with and that’s an encouraging sign. That’s actually part of the reason that I’ve had a change of heart.

  40. Frugal,

    Thanks for sharing that letter from the American in Sendei. I don’t profess to know too much about Japanese society, but as I understand it, it is a very ordered society, and a very conformist society. People of all walks of life, even the criminal element, are expected to act and behave a certain way and as long as they do, they are accepted and tolerated. Even the gangsters all dress alike (the Yakuza? sp?), and are known to not harm innocent civilians. So, even at night, the streets are safe in Tokyo, one of the most densely populated cities on the planet. But I also know that they are a resourceful and resilient people, and they will recover from this. They may, in fact, come away with a safer way to harness nuclear energy for power, if such a thing is possible.

  41. Hi Ebb! Yes, it was her first time at that track, and she was running pretty good until that wreck. It looked like she was drifting up coming off the corner just as Truex had a slight wiggle and his left rear hit her right front and she lost it. Her Indycar season starts next week at St. Petersburg. I’m hoping her team has better success on the road courses this year. She was good on the ovals, but couldn’t qualify well on the twisty bits.

    I hope those people in Sendai are far enough from the radiation, but I doubt it.

    • Frugal, thank you for sharing that excellent letter.

      I can only contrast such wonderful cooperation in Japan to the recent perception of some Americans that losing power on a cruise ship was an horrific disaster.

  42. the recent perception of some Americans that losing power on a cruise ship was an horrific disaster.

    Only if the cruise ship was named Poseidon.

  43. That is sad about Knut. It’ll be interesting to read the necropsy results.

    Did his mother know something was amiss when she rejected him just after birth?

  44. Tweet of the Day:

    Barack Obama has now fired more cruise missiles than all other Nobel Peace prize winners combined.

  45. “Publicity addicted psycho”

    Try not to think of Bristol Palin when you read this:

    ” Knut is a combination of abused child-soldier and abused child-star — treated as a useful spectacle, with too little regard for his long-term psychological well-being. In Knut we see soul-withering effects of early fame, and of exploitation of the weak by the powerful.”

  46. A “minor role” in Libya:

    Early in the briefing, Gortney said the attack involved “110 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from both U.S. and British ships and submarines.” Later, a reporter asked: “Can you specify how many British ships were involved compared to the U.S. ships?”

    “We had one British submarine,” Gortney said.

    “And the rest were all U.S.?”

    “Yes, ma’am.”

  47. Thanks, Wayne. Here’s a copy of my letter to Faiz. I’m heading to bed a bit early tonight. I’ll be around later tomorrow after some medical poking and prodding.

    Hello, Faiz.

    As always, I hope that you and yours are well. A number of us are dissatisfied with the way that comments are moderated and, out of deep frustration, I have recommended a 24 hour boycott of Think Progress in order to demonstrate that dissatisfaction and to make clear our complaints which, all too often, go unanswered. I haven’t received many specific ideas from others for ways to alleviate the problem but here are a few that I would like to see.

    A clear statement, posted as an article, regarding your available resources for moderating the blog. I don’t think that any of us want to see more important work be ignored but it would be gratifying to now that there is some concern. Another idea would be for someone employed by TP to have the duty of checking the “flagged” posts each morning, and possibly at the end of business hours, and to delete the accounts of repeat offenders. Knowing that the garbage posts will, eventually be removed would make them a lot easier to ignore. Those are the big ones.

    I think that what we find most frustrating is that it’s the same two or three people who manage to derail the discussion in virtually every thread. They give themselves away, within a comment or two, regardless of what identity they assume. I humbly request that these habitual offenders have their current account canceled as soon as they are brought to the attention of the administrators of the blog.

    I don’t take this action lightly and don’t really know how many people will join me. If you think that I, as someone who has been critical of the management and suggested putting a crimp in your traffic, should have my account canceled I will understand. I hope it doesn’t come to that because I like our community of casual bloggers. I, for one, will not be giving Think Progress my traffic between 11:00 PM on 3/20/11 and 11:00pm on 3/21/11.

    As always, I thank you for your good work and consideration. Following is a copy of my appeal to the community. Thanks again.

  48. Heh, Ebb… 😳
    (private joke amongst us about our little corner of New Mexico being a third world country)
    Celebrating the vernal equinox we were…

  49. Ebb, Pee has been dispensed with and that’s an encouraging sign. That’s actually part of the reason that I’ve had a change of heart.

    I read that about 2000 and looked — lo and behold, there is Pee.

  50. How are the knees gummitch?


    TP, however they are doing it, is attempting to keep a foot over, then squash the troll.
    It’s being done a bit quicker than in weeks past.
    From what those in the know have been saying there’s a way to rid the threads of his ilk – what reason does TP have for not implementing – who knows.

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