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Friday Open Thread

The USS Maine

The USS Maine

On this date in 1898, the U.S. declared war on Spain

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ZZ Top. That outlaw X is cutting thru the air…

Note to Sirius Radio ad copy writers, ZZ Top is not considered “Southern Rock” by anyone except ignorant heathens.

Thursday Open Thread


On this date on 1800, the Library of Congress was formed.



Hell freezing over soon. Whether it’s due to an ESPN columnist actually daring to stray, ever so slightly, from their (facts-deficient) corporate narrative, or me actually breaking my boycott, ever so briefly, I’ll let you decide.

You can argue about whether such a statue is appropriate, or what type of role Paterno played in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, but common ground in that argument is about as elusive as a national title. So let’s just deal with the facts here.

Fans here aren’t going to forget about Paterno in another two years, 20 years or 200 years. It’s about as difficult to separate Paterno from Penn State as it is to separate Penn State from Pennsylvania. Ignoring Paterno‚Äôs legacy doesn’t freeze the controversy; it just builds up.

There’s a growing divide between fans and university officials on this — and no matter what your feelings are on the issue, the university owes fans an explanation. The new statue has stirred up old questions and renewed others: Will Penn State ever honor Paterno? When? Why or why not? Transparency isn’t a negative in this case; the university would do well to fill in fans on its intentions.

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Wednesday Open Thread


On this date in 1985, the Coca Cola. Company unleashed “New Coke” on the world to near universal condemnation.

From the Trailer Park — The Captive

Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson; directed by Atom Egoyan

This looks good — and horrifying as a parent.

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Alice in Chains. So I made a big mistake…

Tuesday Open Thread


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Nine Inch Nails. Bow down before the one you serve, you’re going to get what you deserve…