Open Mic

Open Mic May 17

If you think this is the Biggest Scandal in American History, then this map is for you.

If you think this is the Biggest Scan­dal in Amer­i­can His­tory, then this map is for you.

The Exec­u­tive Cab­ins in the Ship of State sprung mul­ti­ple leaks, and O Cap­tain, My Cap­tain got around to plug­ging them Wednes­day, but not before Wide­spread Panic broke out.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dar­rell Issa (R-​​Vista, CA) and Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder (D-on’t Get All Up in My Grillexchanged words. Whether or not you think Holder is right that Issa’s snarky ques­tion­ing of the Attor­ney Gen­eral is “too con­sis­tent with the way [he] conduct[s him]self as a mem­ber of Con­gress[, and that it] is unac­cept­able and it is shame­ful” prob­a­bly depends on which side of the aisle you call home.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michele Bach­mann (R-​​Stillwater, MN) kicked off her 2014 cam­paign, but the 2016 cam­paign is already under­way. Con­fused? So is she.

Are Repub­li­cans going to Wide­spread Panic also? Can they get Bach­mann and Issa to shut up?

Not when 41 per­cent of Repub­li­cans think that Beng­hazi is the Biggest Scan­dal in Amer­i­can His­tory. Of course, if you feel that way, you should be able to find it on a map, don’t you think?

Don’t see an arti­cle on a par­tic­u­lar topic, but want to talk about it some­where? This is Open Mic. Talk about what­ever you want, but stay respectful.

We cre­ate a new Open Mic every week to give a clean slate, but feel free to add to this topic at any time.

Open Mic May 10

Science Exam

A real sci­ence quiz. Click to zoom in and see just how scary it is.

Is our chil­dren learn­ing?” We received con­fir­ma­tion this week of exactly what some of them are learn­ing.

Three women, miss­ing for a decade, were found alive and rel­a­tively healthy (at least phys­i­cally) in a house in Cleve­land, Ohio. Charles Ram­sey, a man with his own check­ered past, got tagged as a hero for res­cu­ing them, though it appears he played more of a bit part than did Angel Cordero. Ram­sey, how­ever, made a far bet­ter impact in tele­vi­sion inter­views and has become an Inter­net phe­nom­e­non…prob­a­bly for some of the wrong rea­sons. Ariel Cas­tro, who is sus­pected of kid­nap­ping the women and hold­ing them hostage, report­edly left a sui­cide note con­tain­ing a detailed con­fes­sion.

Mean­while, House Repub­li­cans con­tin­ued to blow smoke and declare that it proves there’s fire.

And today is Fri­day, which means you have the floor. Maybe you could sweep it…I see a lot of debris around.

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Open Mic May 3

This shouldn’t be the story. The fact that this was a story should be the story.

Today’s Open Mic car­ries a sin­gle story of the week. Last week­end, Wilcox County High School in Geor­gia held its first racially inte­grated prom. Nearly a half-​​century after the pas­sage of the Civil Rights Act. Sure, all of those seg­re­gated proms were legal, sim­ply because the school refused to hold one since the Act was passed…and left it to “pri­vate enti­ties” to hold “pri­vate par­ties” that just hap­pened to look exactly like high school proms. There are so many metas­to­ries here. Why is this dog-​​bites-​​man story a story? Is it because the dog finally bit back, after a half-​​century of the man bit­ing the dog? Is that why we didn’t see any­thing in the press about the 2012 “pri­vate par­ties”, which were merely seg­re­gated proms? What was wrong with the 2012 class’s stu­dents? Or 2011’s? Or 2010’s? We had a bira­cial Pres­i­dent, but bira­cial stu­dents couldn’t attend the “white pri­vate party”…in 2012!

In related news, in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama, A. H. Parker High School’s class of 1963 held its prom this week. Only 50 years late. You see, the prom was can­celed in 1963 after stu­dents protested seg­re­ga­tion. And the stu­dents are still wait­ing for their grad­u­a­tion ceremony.

Of course, it’s Fri­day, so you get to decide what to dis­cuss. But this is at least food for thought.

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Open Mic April 26

She takes a better picture when she's not being pursued by a pack of hounds.

She takes a bet­ter pic­ture when she’s not being pur­sued by a pack of hounds.

The sur­viv­ing Boston Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect was read his Miranda rights while the Out­rage Machine blamed the Bill of Rights. How could we have known that the framers meant what they said? His silence may have been a shrewd move by an inter­na­tional crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind, or it might have been that he suf­fered mul­ti­ple throat wounds. We report, you decide. Inves­ti­ga­tors and the mas­sive media have now turned to his mother, father and sister-​​in-​​law for answers.

They thought they knew who over­cooked the ricin, but the case just got weirder when the Fed­erales released their sus­pect: a search of his house revealed no weapons of mass destruc­tion. Sus­pi­cion now falls on his rival.

Just east of America’s Ricin Bowl, we learn that not all tree-​​huggers are in blue states.

Sen­a­tor Bau­cus decided no longer to cau­cus — with the Democ­rats. He’s sit­ting out the 2014 election.

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Open Mic April 19

Sonic Boom: the explo­sion at the fer­til­izer plant in West, Texas.

The week started off with a dis­as­ter in Boston, as some­one exploded a pair of bombs at the fin­ish line of the Boston Marathon. Wednes­day night, there was a dis­as­ter in Texas as a fer­til­izer plant exploded, killing at least fif­teen peo­ple. The Sen­ate had its own dis­as­ter, as a minor­ity of Sen­a­tors fil­i­bus­tered a bill with pro­vi­sions sup­ported by nine out of ten Amer­i­cans. Harry Reid promised to come back to it — the fight is not over. Dis­as­ters were averted when two let­ters con­tain­ing the deadly poi­son ricin were dis­cov­ered, one addressed to a Sen­a­tor, he other to the Pres­i­dent. A sus­pect is in cus­tody. Another sus­pect is in cus­tody — a mar­ried cou­ple, actu­ally — in a dis­as­ter that hap­pened, the mur­der of a pair of Texas pros­e­cu­tors (and the wife of one of them). The dis­as­ter that was America’s response to the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks had more light shed upon it, as a bipar­ti­san com­mis­sion con­cluded that the Bush Admin­is­tra­tion tor­tured many of the peo­ple it ille­gally detained. In what might be an inter­est­ing twist on the ori­gin of the word “dis­as­ter” — a “bad star” — NASA announced dis­cov­ery of two or three plan­ets that might har­bor life, thus per­haps orbit­ing good stars.

But we don’t have to talk about dis­as­ters. It’s Fri­day, and that means the floor is yours. What do you want to discuss?

Don’t see an arti­cle on a par­tic­u­lar topic, but want to talk about it some­where? This is Open Mic. Talk about what­ever you want, but stay respectful.

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Open Mic April 12

John Boehner - Caricature

Bud­get reactions

It’s now been a year since the arrest of George Zim­mer­man, the guy accused of killing Trayvon Mar­tin. The U.S. Sen­ate, with a bipar­ti­san 68–31 vote, defeated an attempt to fil­i­buster a new gun con­trol bill. Immi­gra­tion reform con­tin­ues to move for­ward, with 64 per­cent of Amer­i­cans want­ing it to include a path to cit­i­zen­ship for undoc­u­mented immi­grants. Pres­i­dent Obama pre­sented his pro­posed 2014 bud­get; Speaker Boehner had harsh words to say about it, though he liked the parts about Social Secu­rity. He even stepped away from a colleague’s crit­i­cism. Mean­while, Kim Jong Un con­tin­ues to flaunt his nut­ti­ness.

It’s Fri­day, and that means the floor is yours. What do you want to discuss?

Don’t see an arti­cle on a par­tic­u­lar topic, but want to talk about it some­where? This is Open Mic. Talk about what­ever you want, but stay respectful.

We cre­ate a new Open Mic every week to give a clean slate, but feel free to add to this topic at any time.

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