Open Thread Wednesday: August 15, 2012

It appears that our Brooklyn Heights neighbor on Sidney Place who has dedicatedly maintained an “Obama 08″ bumper sticker in his or her front window for five years is still a believer. Recently, the rez demonstrated ongoing support for the Prez with a 2012 sign placed beside the original. Obama, meanwhile, just celebrated his 51st birthday on August 4. On this Open Thread Wednesday, what’s your vote for topic of the day? (Photo: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Mr. Crusty

    Happy Birthday Mr. President. I certainly hope you will be able to celebrate your 52nd birthday in the White House.

  • Rick

    I’ll second that!

  • Livingston

    I don’t.

  • Bloomy

    Thankfully NY will go with Obama again, so I will be able to vote for the candidate I really want Gary Johnson. Though I hope one day this nation can realize there are more than just people viewpoints out there.

  • AEB

    Armadillo viewpoints, Bloomy?

  • Livingston

    Oops! Robert Pattinson mentioned that Paul Giamatti lives in Brooklyn Heights on national television (Good Morning America). Time to start griping….

    “A calmer, cooler Pattinson scored one good zinger in his “GMA” sit down after directors played a clip of his “Cosmopolis” co-star Paul Giamatti comically boasting that he’s the real chick magnet of the flick.

    “If you go to Brooklyn Heights, Paul Giamatti is like the biggest,” Pattinson quipped of his indie co-star.” (from today’s NY Post Page Six)

  • HenryLoL

    Goodbye Obama! Woo-hoo!

  • Mr. Crusty

    If you thought the hot dog vendor thread got heated it’s best if we stay out of Presidential politics. Well, we can stay out of it right after I say, GO OBAMA !

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    I miss seeing Gabriel Byrne in the neighborhood. He was a class act. If someone recognized him he would stop to speak to them. I literally bumped into him rounding a corner one day and had to tell him how much I enjoyed him on HBO’s “In Treatment”. He replied “good to know”.

  • Bloomy

    Oops, meant to say “Though I hope one day this nation can realize there are more than just two viewpoints out there.”

  • GHB

    I wonder if Landmarks approved that Sidney Place Obama bumper sticker?

  • Hicks St Guy

    I think August is wonderful in BH, as the place is so much quieter and less crowded during the weekdays. Driving is a piece of cake too!

  • Knight

    Yes, now if we could only do something about parking!

  • HenryLoL

    @Hicks St Guy — I agree! The summer here is wonderful. It’s amazing how the hood empies out in Auguest — especially this week end next…

  • Joe

    @Hicks St Guy I agree and parking is plentiful so it makes having guest visit for dinner from out of town less painful.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Mr. Crusty,
    If you wanted to stay out of presidential politics why did you open the discussion with “Happy Birthday Mr. President”.

  • Hicks St Guy

    agree with Joe, @Knight, there seems to be parking available all over!

  • None

    My prediction: Obama in a landslide

    Romney really was stellar as gov of Massachusetts but I just don’t seem him at the national level, especially with the current tack

  • Mr. Crusty

    WillowSt.Neighbor “If you wanted to stay out of presidential politics why did you open the discussion with “Happy Birthday Mr. President”. Seriously?”

    a) the article was about an Obama sticker

    b) the article mentioned it was Obama’s birthday

    c) I am a patriotic American that wanted to wish our President a happy birthday

    d) I was being somewhat humorous, in suggesting how contentious politics can be.

    e) and I wanted to tweak the anti-Obama people out there.

    Was I successful WSN?

  • Mr. Crusty

    @None: “My prediction: Obama in a landslide”

    one can only hope

  • Livingston

    @ None:

    A landslide loss.

  • David on Middagh

    Just as with Palin, the party bosses seem to be shooting themselves in the foot by choosing Ryan. Am I wrong?

  • Livingston


    Yes, you are.

  • HenryLoL

    We need a fundamental change in how we operate as a nation — fiscally especially! Obama and his team cannot — and will not — even attempt it. Let’s at least try.

  • Mr. Crusty

    Romney and Ruyan would be a fundamental change?

    The are proposing big tax cuts for the wealthy and the removal of governmental regulations. Let me see…. Where have I heard that before…..?

    Oh yeah, the Bush administration. How’d that work out!

    If you think these guys would do anything different than the hugely unsucessful Bush administration please inform me.

  • Mr. Crusty

    @David on Middagh you are right on the money. Ryan has already caused the discussion to revolve around Medicare which can not be what the Repuplicans wanted. The Obama camp can’t believe their luck that Romney picked someone who’s budget is (or will be) deeply unpopular.

    The first law of picking a VP should be “Do no harm”. With both Palin and Ryan they violated that rule and picked someone that will be an anchor in November

  • Neighbor Hood

    You mean Ayn Ryan? Only in the Republican say anything enough and it will become true platform is Ryan a “fiscal conservative”. He voted , literally, for EVERY Bush item that made this deficit:
    2 unfunded wars, bank & Wall street bailout (yes that WAS Bush), the Bush tax cuts, which every economist agrees was the single biggest contributor to the debt. Now he hawks his fiscal plan which cuts 4plus TRILLION from the fed coffers by giving huge tax cuts to the wealthiest and increased Pentagon spending and offers NO way to pay for them. Yes NO WAY, the non partisan groups have studied his plan and it is quite literally impossible to make up that revenue in his plan. Even by HIS cooked figures we are in deficit until 2030. If he had his way we all would have our SS contributions in private plans which would have been all but wiped out in the Bush crash and he wants to take about the same 700 billion out of Medicare that Obama SAVED while INCREASING seniors benefits, only in his plan the seniors pay MORE for LESS. Do your homework.

  • maestro

    Rock and RollBAMA! Stopped the madness from rolling over a cliff after eight years of insanity. INSANITY. That’s enough for most of us.

  • Livingston

    i had a steady, well-paying job during the “Bush years” that many of you complain about. Nothing like that since Obama took over. And I know quite a few people who were similarly affected, if not worse. I’d vote for Mickey Mouse right now over the incumbent.

  • HenryLoL

    THEY ARE NOT PROPOSING BIG TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY. This is a complete fabrication carried by the liberal press. They are actually seeking to cut taxes for ALL and get rid of some of the loopoles used by the ultra-wealthy.