Morning Free Association: November 10

Sitting on my couch around 10:30pm, I complained to IW that I had nothing for the MFA. Typically, there is some scrap of news that can be used to start off the morning thread but on Wednesday, well, other things were happening. As I sat watching “Stan Against Evil” on IFC, the inspiration was served to me: the episode’s MacGuffin was a Bobby Orr stick.

On Scrubs, John C McGinley would often wear his buddy Chris Chelios’ Red Wings jersey,

and I knew that he was indeed a Red Wings fan, but I had never heard nor seen him reference Bobby Orr, so it came as a surprise.

Stan

Basically, he decides that he needs to pack up the “sewing room” of his deceased wife to convert the room into his own hockey museum with his prized possession of a Bobby Orr stick. His oblivious(to everything) daughter tells him that his stick and other hockey things have been donated to the church. Wackiness with demons ensues!

I could go on but my brain has decided it’s time to stop. Check it out if you can.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Julien confirmed that Noel Acciari is out with injury; he does not yet know how long Acciari will be out.

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 10, 2016

The London Bear
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Dammit, I hope that doesn’t compromise that fabulous fourth line too much

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Don't worry Hayes is there to help

phonymahoney
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He was actually OK on the fourth in Montreal.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

DONT YOU SAS!

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Fantasy league question: Do I start Budaj against the Hated Habs or Bobrovsky versus the Bs?

I’m having trouble getting started today. Perhaps another mug of bourbon with a tad of coffee will get me going.

The London Bear
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Here’s a very in depth analysis:

https://m.fantasysp.com/mstart/nhl/277468/sergei-bobrovsky-or-peter-budaj

Budaj is from Mrs Bear’s hometown smile

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Thanks. I went with “don’t bet against your own team” like Pete Rose.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

morning all..im too tired and unmotivated to read all the posts….can we make this thread a picture book with less words today?

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

me at work today

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Satan 81's Sister
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Here’s me summed up today:

carvinbass18
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The BOB
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The BOB

For anyone still mourning or confused by the election, might I recommend:
http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-about/
http://www.cracked.com/blog/dont-panic/

Fear not, I have no intent of discussing politics otherwise. I just thought both were really informative and worthwhile reading.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Jo and I spend a lot of time driving the back roads over the eastern part of this country. I can tell you that things look bad out there. We’ve been noticing it for several years. This year we did see predominantly Trump signs displayed in rural areas. People are struggling out there.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Yeah, it seems that people in rural areas are so desperate for change that they don’t really care if that change burns everything to the ground. They see themselves as having nothing left to lose.

The BOB
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The BOB

I buy it. You see it anytime you go more than an hour or so into NH or Maine and leave the main roads. It’s a different world compared to eastern MA. It’s only reasonable to assume the same carries over to other cities across the country.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good reads, thanks.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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In the episode discussed above, Bobby’s stick was used as a talisman to fight a demon — is there anything Bobby Orr can’t do?

If only we could use this to fight off racist bullies in our government. Alas, I think they may be immune to BobbyOrr magic — he’s still a Canadian citizen. Gretzky however is an American now…

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

If only we could use this to fight off racist bullies in our government.

You can change the world with your hockey stick.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Thanks for this!!!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Could it at least keep players and pucks away from Tuukka?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I think a cross-check from it would make Max Pacioretti burst into flames

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

^ This I would pay to see! ^

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Is it Sunday yet? Is it Sunday yet? Is it Sunday yet?

carvinbass18
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Sunday?

Satan 81's Sister
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My day off.

carvinbass18
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oooh fun

carvinbass18
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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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My back is slightly better today. I am hoping for a full recover Saturday. I’m diving ten hours to Lansing, Michigan. It will be my first time visiting the state. Years ago I had a layover in Detroit, but that doesn’t count.

carvinbass18
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Woof that’s a long drive. Looking for housing?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Yup. Kathleen’s future employer is also taking us out for dinner. While I am in Michigan, I am going to get my skates sharpened too.

phonymahoney
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Good morning, pals!

A few things:

  • Happy Thursday. I can’t figure out if this week has been exceptionally long, or short.
  • I’m still reliving the Habs game. I’m not disappointed by the effort at all; I’m disappointed that we still fucking lost. WTF?
  • After my computer crashed for the second time yesterday, I told my boss that I’m not a fan of stuff, or people. If you are people or stuff, I hate you. And thus, he pointed out that I have declared war. I have begun The War On Nouns. Join me in combat, would you?
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  • Have to get my shit together. I’ve been doing a whole lot of nothing lately.
  • I keep thinking about this election and I really wish everyone would shut up and try to work together. Both gloating and whining are unproductive. Suck it up and move the fuck on.
  • I need to hire two people and am having a hell of a time getting resumes that aren’t garbage. Ugh.
  • Should our team play sixty minutes tonight, I’d like to think they’d win. Maybe we can go on another mini streak,
  • Satan 81's Sister
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    I keep thinking about this election and I really wish everyone would shut up and try to work together. Both gloating and whining are unproductive. Suck it up and move the fuck on.

    I keep thinking about half of registered voters did not vote. Perhaps it’s time we stop with the Shout At Each Other thing and try the Talk To Each Other Like Grownups thing. Maybe that would get more people involved.

    phonymahoney
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    Shutting people out who disagree with you is pretty fucked up as well.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    That’s part of why I think facebook will be the downfall of civilization.

    phonymahoney
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    Twitter is completely terrible as well.

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    It’s worse than Facebook I’d say.

    However, both are just enablers. They allow for attacks across the frontier which make them seem horrible. The real problem is the presence of a frontier in the first place and that has nothing to do with social media.

    For you NE/MA people, think about it… how many friends do you have that are far on the right? How many acquaintances?

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Some of my in-laws could be described in that way.

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    I have a few not particularly close and a couple closer friends who would fit in that category. The problem is that at some point it became so de riguer for conservatives to regularly insult liberal ideals such that even the most moderate among them started to play along. This has really put a damper on my enthusiasm to relate to them. It’s very hard to have a meaningful conversation with someone who constantly speaks in terms ranging from dismissive to actively antagonistic.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    The problem that i have with talking to conservatives in my life is really just one thing. They are smart. I am not surrounded in my personal life or work life by the uninformed. You can have a discussion with them and the problem they have is that they feel like what they feel the “sensible approach is” is actually sensible…but they don’t take the time to think that just because what they think is the “correct course of action” does not mean those in power will think with the same sensible logic.

    I hope they do…i hope trump is going to fuck over every congress persons golden cloud, i hope trump takes the loopholes hes used his entire life and says “no more”. I hope the democrats reduce spending and help grow our economy and fix our infrastructure. I hope they make healthcare competitive across state lines to stop inflation of health care dividends. I hope they increase funding to mental wellness to focus on the people that are causing violent crimes. I hope they increase funding to vet. care and wellbeing.

    I am going to give trump the benefit of the doubt to fix whats broken. I am going to do so till he takes one of those things and instead of fixing them uses the money and power to line the pockets of his peers. And then we have a real issue. And then the riots and protests turn from “i’m upset because i can be” to “im upset because i should be”. And that’s when i stop viewing the riots by those that didn’t get their way as immature dysfunctional chaos to something that is warranted.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Definitely. That gets us absolutely nowhere.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    It blows me away that half of the eligible voters don’t participate in the elections.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    This is why I think voting should be made mandatory. To appease those who say “I don’t vote because there’s no one worth voting for”, I say we add a few options to the ballot:

    – The ability to vote against the candidate you least want in office
    – a box for “no opinion”
    – another box for “none of the above”

    An “against” vote subtracts one from a candidate’s vote total. If “no opinion” or “none of the above” wins, a new election is held in which none of the previous candidates are allowed to run. As with current elections, voters would be limited to selecting one option (for one candidate, against one candidate, no opinion or none of the above), unless the election was to fill multiple seats (town council, school board, etc.).

    I also favor the elimination of the electoral college, super-PACs & political parties.

    I think we should have one national primary, where all candidates compete together & all states vote at the same time. The top 2 vote-getters would then move on to the final run-off election.

    Campaigns should be allowed to accept donations only from individual citizens & strict spending caps should be imposed on campaigns.

    Instead of election day, we should have election week (primary week, too). No campaign-type activities (rallies, fundraising, ads, etc.) should be allowed prior to 3 months before primary week, which would be held 3 months before election week. (This perpetual campaigning has to stop.)

    Term lengths should be adjusted to eliminate the mid-term election. President, VP & Rep would serve for 4 years, Senators for 8 & would all be up for election together. Term limits should be imposed on all offices – – no more than 2 consecutive terms in the same role. After 4 years out of office (or in a different office), someone could run for a position they previously held.

    Just my $0.02.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    We’d have more fancy stats than hockey! Fantasy elections!

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    Disagree with mandatory and doubly disagree with ‘against’ votes. If something needs to change, it should be to move towards ranked ballots rather than the current first-past-the-post.

    As for your new election approach, it is incredibly unreasonable to the point of being impossible. These things have to be finished in a set time frame. Or would we just have the sitting president stay in office forever?

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    The system needs to change but personally i only see this by creating a general populous vote on matters that will change congressional benefits. Our gvmnt should not be allowed to vote on matters that pertain to their duties. Term limits, campaign financing, pay increases, removing pension…all these things need to be brought to the general populous vote.

    Congress’s benefits should be 401K and us bonds so their interest is in the welfare of our country and not their own. They should have the same healthcare as the one they vote into law for the federal plan. If they don’t work, they don’t get paid. None of these things are going to be fixes unless someone finally forces their hand.

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    Bringing those out to the general populous certainly does make sense… congress is at least reasonable enough to make payraises only effect the next cycle (not that it matters since incumbents are so favored).

    Agree with term limits as well, though I like the idea of staggered senate. Allows for some level of continuity.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    I disagree with this. Voting is a right, not a mandate. I do not want people mandatorily voting who is not informed and just choose a name they recognise. In its stead i would argue that there be mandatory poly sci classes in high-school history.

    Every politician running should be mandated to fill out a questionnaire that asks them their stances on policies and if they can not specifically give a stance without vague wording they can not run. If they fail the test they cant win the job. That questionnaire is then distributed to the general public.

    People need to know who is working for them and if they have actually been doing anything. they need to be informed, educated, and brought up to view voting as a responsibility that they hold truly dear to themselves.

    People take our voting lightly because we are getting to the age where he havn’t been in a government that doesn’t allow us to vote. People don’t care about local or state vote and it matters a hell a lot more than presidential.

    This system needs to be fixed and it isn’t going to fix itself. But no….mandated voting is useless if the people aren’t educated properly on what they are voting for.

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    This makes more sense and is even more important at the lower levels. How do you effectively vote for local and state candidates when you don’t have the first clue as to their actual platform? A simple, informative flyer could make all the difference.

    For local races, have the candidates sit down together and craft the list of issues of importance (since it is so different from state/federal where they are clearer)

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    That’s standard though. Even high turnout elections like ’08 only got 60%. Some of it is apathy, some of it is knowing your vote doesn’t matter (MA or CA for instance) but it isn’t really tied to the adversarial tone of modern politics. Quick look online indicates US has hovered between 45-60% ever since the 30s when they kept that record.

    The BOB
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    The BOB

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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Interesting that the percentage rises dramatically once women get the right to vote. I suppose transportation was improving and that’s probably a factor, too, but…

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    Well note this was percentage of total population, not registered/possible voters so women were counted all along, despite not having suffrage. So a 25% turnout pre-19th amendment is equivalent to 50% post.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    So no difference really, just lots of indifference.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Ah, thanks for the info.

    carvinbass18
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  • Holy hell do I understand this on a deep level
  • meh. I’ve over it
  • Absolutely. First task, destroy all printers!
  • It’s hard, especially when you’re stuck dealing with other dumb shit (see, stupid lady & hr stuff)
  • Will you hire someone who has 9 years of manufacturing experience and 2 years of customer service prior to that? Asking for a friend…
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  • phonymahoney
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    Hahahaha well I’ve been trying to stay away from anyone north of Boston. But, you’re so far north, you might be considered south! Hahaha

    carvinbass18
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    I don’t know what many of those words are in that sequence, but scrubs was a good show, so plus 1 my friend.

    Morning all.

  • Bouncing back and forth between two printers all day today. Not my favorite thing to do in here. Just let me work on 1 at a time please. Nope, I’ve gotta train. #Carlshrug.
  • the “it was 10-0″ bluejackets are in town tonight. Let’s reverse that score huh!”
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