Evening Open Thread: Horse Ballet is Frou-Frou

Good Evening

The word is Gold for the USA...so as I sit here tonight watching the events, of which I know the results…we will take a look at a few items making headlines tonight.

First some things that are upsetting to say the least. Warning, graphic images. GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting | ThinkProgress

If you believe that the United States should legalize dogfighting because we allow humans to fight, fear not. You’ve got an ally in the United States Congress.

During a tele-townhall late last week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) fielded a question about his opposition to animal rights and recently introduced legislation that would undermine local standards preventing animal torture. “It’s wrong to rate animals above human beings,” he told the questioner. To make his point, King argued that “there’s something wrong” for society to make it a “federal crime to watch animals fight” but “it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting.”

KING: When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.

I mentioned this in the comments earlier but I want to put it up front. Florida Man Charged With Hate Crime Says He ‘Only Shot a N*gger’ | Video Cafe

Authorities in Port St. Joe, Florida say a man charged with a hate crime felt inconvenienced by his arrest because he had “only shot a n*gger.”

Walton Henry Butler, 59, was arrested by Gulf County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday night for shooting 32-year-old Everett Gant, who is black, in the head with a .22 caliber rifle.

According to a charging affidavit obtained by The Star, Butler had referred to Pamela Rogers’ child and other children at his apartment complex with racial slurs.

Gant was shot between the eyes when he went to Butler’s apartment to confront him over the remarks, the documents said. Butler allegedly closed his sliding glass door and left Gant bleeding on ground outside.

The suspect contacted 911 and had finished his dinner before Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent arrived.

Nugent recalled that Butler appeared “inconvenienced” by the arrest, saying that “he had only shot a n*gger.”

I am glad they got him and he is being charged with a hate crime.

This is something BB has written about all day, but it is still trending…

Mitt Romney aide’s gaffe exposes rift – Dylan Byers – POLITICO.com

Romney on Gaffes: It’s the Media’s Fault – Matthew Shelley – NationalJournal.com

Romney says press focusing on overseas stumbles to aid Obama – The Hill’s Video

Romney now seeking to introduce himself to voters – News – Boston.com

Drew Peterson trial is on, and today was the first day, and in opening statements Drew Peterson Lawyer Attacks Dead Wife Kathleen Savio – ABC News

Drew Peterson’s lawyer told the jury in his murder trial today that the woman he is accused of killing was bossy, lied, had a furious temper and went to therapy.

Lawyer Joel Brodsky, Peterson’s lead defense attorney, attacked the character of Kathleen Savio, Peterson’s third wife, in his opening statement. Brodsky’s opening argument was interrupted by objections from prosecutors, just as the prosecutor’s opening statement was marked by objections from Brodsky.

The contentious start to the trial foreshadows what is expected to be a battle over the prosecutor’s key evidence: comments that Savio made to others before she died in 2004, and comments that Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy Peterson made to people. Stacy Peterson has been missing since 2007.

Well, things are still flying on the moon…flags that is. Apollo Flags on the Moon Still Standing : Discovery News


Flags at the Olympics may come and go, but there’s one U.S. record that remains unchallenged. New images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show all but one of the U.S. flags planted during the six Apollo missions to the lunar surface are still standing.

Lro flag

“I was a bit surprised that the flags survived the harsh ultraviolet light and temperatures of the lunar surface, but they did,” LRO researcher Mark Robinson posted on the project’s website.

“What they look like is another question,” he added.

Colbert Corrects Krauthammer’s Dressage Diss: It’s Not Hoity-Toity; It’s Frou-Frou! | Mediaite

Stephen Colbert — long cable television’s most ardent defender of the sport, neigh, the art of dressage — found himself once again defending the Olympic event.

This time, he found himself up against criticism by conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer.

I know tonight’s post is a little lame, but I am very distracted at the moment…this is an open post.

16 Comments on “Evening Open Thread: Horse Ballet is Frou-Frou”

  1. HT says:

    Geez, the world’s vocal people are regressing. The world’s non-vocal people (who are the majority) are equally implicit by not speaking out via vote, via boycott, via any action that rejects what is happening. Perhaps I’m stuck in the 60’s, but quite honestly I’d rather be back there. At least we had a chance.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Holy sh&t! Have you seen this?

    Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me That Mitt Romney ‘Didn’t Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years’

    • HT says:

      And I bet Rmoney was proud of it (if it is true), until he decided once again to throw his hat into the ring (that is really what the presidency has become). Now he wants to keep it quite – a slight problem with the constitution, the voting laws and all those pesky voters perhaps?

      • HT says:

        Darn, I’m suffering a lack of spelling skills once again – Miss Emory would have my knuckles bruised. “keep it quite” should be keep it quiet.
        Perhaps I am descending into the depths of inability to spell, to reason – oh noes, I’m becoming a right winger – save me.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      No taxes in 10 years? Well that sure explains a lot.

  3. This was updated 6 min ago:

    Romney campaign attacks media after fumbling overseas trip – US politics live | World news | guardian.co.uk

    Republican stalwart David Dewhurst in a run-off in the GOP primary for a US Senate seat against Tea Party-backed Ted Cruz:

    Dewhurst, 66, who presides over the state senate, has put $19m of his own money into the race, his campaign said. He also has the backing of top Texas Republicans including Governor Rick Perry. Dewhurst is a former state land commissioner who has served in the U.S. Air Force and with the Central Intelligence Agency.

    He has dismissed Cruz as not having enough experience and running a campaign that depends on “Washington insiders.”

    In Cruz’s corner are national conservative stars such as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and national groups such as the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks that have funneled money and volunteers to his campaign.

    If Cruz wins – and the polls suggest he might – then it will be the biggest upset for the Tea Party to date – and a reminder that it hasn’t gone away by any means.

    Texas being Texas, the winner tonight is almost certain to win the Senate seat in November.

    21:43 BST
    Is the Romney campaign getting its vice presidential roll-out tour ready? It seems that way, based on a nugget from CNN about a new, high profile bus tour planned by Romney next month:

    But beginning August 10th, Romney will ramp up his campaign operation with a splashy four-day bus tour targeting the largest media markets in several of the states that will decide the November election, CNN has learned.

    And in a show of force and party unity, Romney will be joined at each stop by prominent Republican officials and campaign surrogates.

    Some details are still murky, and Republicans cautioned that they are subject to change, but on August 11th, Romney will hit three of Virginia’s biggest population hubs along I-95 – the Washington, DC metro area, Richmond and Norfolk – before heading down to North Carolina the following day.

    On August 13, the Monday after the Olympic Summer Games finish in London, Romney will arrive in Florida for campaign stops in Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami.

    So let’s see: VP announcement on 9 August? That’s a Wednesday – and also the last day that Romney’s dressage horse could be competing at the Olympics. Or maybe 13 August itself, to avoid the Olympics.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Olympic weightlifter responds to sexist tweets:

    [We] don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive? What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence.

    Oh but wait, you aren’t. This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren’t closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.

    She deserves a standing ovation!

    • dakinikat says:

      Is she the one that was pictured holding FLOTUS? That was a cute picture. FLOTUS looks like she’s the national soccer mom to all those athletes. She hugged the entire US basketball team and coaching staff.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I don’t know if she’s the one who picked up Michelle, but I think she’s great!

    • HT says:

      Hooray – standing ovation here. What an incredibly self confident woman. Can it get better than this – well yes it can, if only the rest of my gender finally finds a spine and stands up just like you folks at Sky Dancing and my other favorite place.