Open Thread for Friday, September 8, 2017


Not much going on beyond weather:

  1. Irma likely to hit Florida as ‘a dangerous major hurricane’ — Yeah, I’ve been hearing that. Meanwhile, we may be out of the woods — or are we?
  2. USC cancels classes for Hurricane Irma — This surprised me a little, Here’s a story about other closings.
  3. House sends $15 billion Harvey aid package to Trump despite boos, hisses from Republicans — Well, just as long as they behaved like grownups, right? Anybody besides me had it with these absurd people?
  4. Spicer, Priebus, Hicks among six current and former top White House aides Mueller will likely seek to interview — Is it just me, or are headlines getting longer these days?
  5. Should they stay or should they go? Two Floridians on their choice — I only included this to set up the video below…

13 thoughts on “Open Thread for Friday, September 8, 2017

  1. clark surratt

    Speakng of out of the woods (or in this case maybe in the woods) even some of the normally backroads in lowstate South Carolina (let alone I-95 and I-26) are starting to clog up to flee Florida and seek gasoline.

  2. Doug Ross

    These quotes from New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio exemplifies the liberal mindset and, for me, is far worse than anything Trump has said since he took office.

    “That’s highlighted in its starkest terms in a New York piece out this week. Here is de Blasio’s response when asked about efforts to fight income inequality:

    What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development….

    Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents. That’s a world I’d love to see, and I think what we have, in this city at least, are people who would love to have the New Deal back, on one level. They’d love to have a very, very powerful government, including a federal government, involved in directly addressing their day-to-day reality.”

    No, Bill, it’s that attitude that lost the election for Democrats last fall.

    1. Mark Stewart


      De Blasio is an outlier – and a freak. After two terms of a stable, rational and benevolent Bloomberg administration New Yorkers lost their minds at the poles electing this knucklehead. As you say, elections have consequences – but don’t listen to a word this guy says, they are all groaners or worse.

      1. Doug Ross

        There is a very high correlation between DeBlasio voters and Hillary voters. So when people talk about Hillary’s overall vote counts, a large number of that margin comes from those geniuses.

      2. Chuckie

        Huhn? So now things like zoning, rent controls, community planning and other forms of regulation are totally beyond the pale – signs of government out of control?? Seems to me that’s the attitude that needs adjusting, not the things it’s criticizing.

        1. Mark Stewart

          I don’t think you know anything about me or how I conceive of social order. I would agree, however, that rent control is an inane response to real world issues.

          But as I said above, Bill DeBlasio is an outlier – and a freak. I don’t think that is a point you would want to argue against.

          1. Chuckie

            Yo, Mark,

            I can only judge a fella by what he says. So I stick with what I said and add that, yes, I am willing to come to DeBlasio’s defense. All we need do is look at the blights inflicted on many of our cities and towns by the excess leeway given private property rights. It takes the form of ugly strips of chain restaurants and chain stores as well as strips abandoned by those same chains when they move to bigger or better digs down the street or elsewhere.

            Oh and by the way, other countries practice rent control in some form — and it works.

  3. Richard

    Does anyone else notice that WIS is trying way too hard to make this a big deal? “Sustained winds of 10 mph and gusts up to 25 mph.” It’s as those these kids have never been in a rain storm before.


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