Open Thread for Monday, September 12, 2016


Poor Hillary Clinton. Not only did she have her spell on a Sunday, when no one else in this country is making news, but nothing much happened today, either. But here are some topics:

  1. Clinton To Release More Details About Her Health — Yeah, that might be a good idea. At least, now that this is out in the open, she can take a couple of days to rest and recuperate. And anything that gets you out of a trip to California can’t be all bad. But I sincerely doubt she’ll be able to truly relax, under the circumstances.
  2. Syrian cease-fire takes effect amid questions over ability to fully quell violence — We’ll see. I’m not terribly optimistic, but we’ll see.
  3. Here’s What Trump Was Up To Amid News Of ‘Deplorables’ And Pneumonia — Yeah, what happened to that guy? For once, the focus was off him. And did you notice something? For once, he’s lying back and just letting this pneumonia thing play out and damage Hillary without his remarking on it. In other words, acting like a politician who knows what he’s doing. Which is scary. I prefer to see him flailing, making himself the issue.

And you know what? That’s about it. Maybe y’all can find something more interesting…

17 thoughts on “Open Thread for Monday, September 12, 2016

    1. Doug Ross

      Not that $5 million “free” dollars would help the poorest schools in Richland 1. You can’t fix schools with more money. You need better parents and fewer kids without two parents in the home. Fix that and the schools will magically improve. Having a kid while you’re poor and uneducated is the root cause.

        1. Kathryn Fenner

          I do not understand how this could happen in the absence of extreme negligence, or Mark Sanford, who, last I checked, was not on the school board!

          1. Bryan Caskey

            Yeah, I think we can cross “Richland One declined the money in order to make a principled statement about the excesses of federal spending at the Dept. of Education” off the list of possible motives.


      1. Bryan Caskey

        Try and stay focused on the incompetence, Doug.

        Yes, personal accountability would be nice. Yes, it would be nice if everyone was responsible. I’m not arguing against that. That’s a whole different conversation. The main point is that the Richland One School District can’t manage to file the paperwork to get money that the federal government is offering them.

        1. Doug Ross

          I don’t need to focus on the incompetence. The incompetence is obvious and expected. I have enough experience with people in those positions to know that competence is not a competency. Job protection and laziness are core skills.

    2. Brad Warthen Post author

      Y’all see what Bryan did just then?

      You remember in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” when the sheriff was trying in vain to raise a posse, and the bicycle salesman steps up and, as long as the sheriff had assembled a crowd, begins his sales pitch? “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… meet… the future!” (And he was successful because Butch, we see later, bought one of the bikes.)

      Bryan just did that. I was offering y’all some topics you were utterly uninterested in, so Bryan saw a chance to sell a bicycle over on his blog.

      Well, more power to him. I was hoping someone would come up with something interesting…

      1. Doug Ross

        Should have pointed out that the source of this information is once again Ron Aiken and Quorum.

        Imagine if he had a staff the size of The State’s.

        1. Bryan Caskey

          Yeah, I checked the State’s online site and Doesn’t look like they have this piece yet.

          Once again, Quorum scoops ’em. I just added a link on my blogroll to Quorum.

  1. Jim Cross

    How about this?

    The Arctic Research Foundation believes it has found the HMS Terror, one of the two ships that made up Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage. The remarkably preserved wreck was found in Terror Bay, north of the site of the wreck of the other vessel in the expedition–the HMS Erebus–which was found in 2014. See

    Fun fact: The HMS Terror was originally a bomb (mortar) vessel and as such participated in the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1912.

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