Open Thread Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On this date in 1915, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Brooklyn Heights resident Arthur Miller was born (d: Feb. 10, 2005). He is best known for “Death of a Salesman” (1949), “The Crucible” (1953), and “A View from the Bridge” (1955/1956). As BHB readers well know, in June 1956, Miller left his first wife Mary Slattery and married Marilyn Monroe—who insisted the couple set up house in Manhattan. He probably should have stayed in Brooklyn Heights: The pair divorced in 1961.

So on this Open Thread Wednesday, what prize-winning ideas are on your agenda? Comment away! (Photo: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Joe

    Excellent debate tonight. Both candidates did well but I’d give the edge to Obama.

    Romney does have the uncanny ability to create twitter sound bites. Binders Full of Women is trending on Twitter now just like Big Bird did at the last debate.

  • Bloomy

    Romeny is used to binders of women since it was the only way his people could keep track of all their wives back in the day.

    I thought Obama did well, the best line of the night being “Could you say that a little louder, Candy?” concerning the Libya attack.

  • HenryLoL

    Barry is a both a good orator and terrible president. What a waste of 4 years. So very looking forward to waving goodbye!

  • Lisa Moore

    Bam has been a calm and dedicated leader in a stormy time and kept our ship afloat.

  • Scrambler

    I’m glad we all moved our cars last night before 10pm as the streets are completely deserted with no sign of a film crew anywhere.

  • stuart

    Obama gives the impression of being a calm, level-headed, really decent person. Romney seems like a Robber Baron who will say and do anything to get his prize. If he is elected to the White House one of his first messages will be from the Tea Party saying: you owe us. pay up!
    What comes out the man’s mouth should be ignored, it means nothing. He has shown time and again he does not mean what he says. Ever.

  • Anna B

    Any further news on all of the break-ins and tire slashings that were happening last week? Did the police find/catch anyone?

  • Gerry

    @ HenryLoL – I agree that Barry had been a lacluster President.

    Last night at Hofstra he was not much more than lackluster threw no knockout punch that he needed.

    At this point the polls say its a dead heat Obama/Romney which means the GOP canidate has a much larger lead.

    Barry is a nice guy but not a great president.

    The best thing President Obama did was knock Hillary Clinton OUT of the White House for that he is a great guy I can not thank Obama enough for getting rid of Hillary.

    We hope that President Romney can turn our economy around create jobs.

  • Hicks St Guy

    HenryLoL & Gerry, keep drinkin’ that Fox kool-aid boys.

  • HenryLoL

    All Barry wants to do is make a bigger government and tax everyone to the hilt. This does not grow an economy… We move in cycles… This is not the time for O.

  • AmyinBH

    Can there be a separate thread for policitical posts?

    Any good Autumn leaf color sightings?

  • stuart

    government services and programs are very important to most Americans. Crucial in fact. tax advantages for the wealthy? Not so crucial.

  • HenryLoL

    Amy — I agree. That is a good idea — a weekly open thread dedicated to politics (local and national).

  • GHB

    Amy and Henry, that would be boring 3 weeks from now. It would just be “The Bloomie & Marty Show”

  • Remsen

    O was dealt a tough hand, but his policies have actually hindered job creation and extended the recession. Time for him to go.

  • X

    Whats with ALL those emergency vehicles on Atlantic ave between henry and hicks around 8pm last night?

    Anyone know?

  • Still Here

    Does anyone have any new information on the Grimaldi’s pizza wars on Old Fulton st?

    I understand that owners of the new Grimaldis in the old Ferry Bank building on Front and Old Fulton is suing the old Patsy Grimaldi for attempting to open up a new restaurant in the old Grimaldis space which shall sell the old Grimadi pizza that we all remember when the old Patsy ran it, which shall probably be remarkably similar to the old pizza recipe used in the new Grimaldis.

  • berkeley grosvenor

    @X Fire on the top floor of 151 Atlantic (the building next to Pete’s Waterfront, where Mezcal’s used to be and Red Gravy is supposedly going to be).

  • WillowtownCop

    As much as I love the Yankees, I picked watching them self-destruct over watching the debate. I can’t honestly say I believe my life would be any better or worse or different if McCain had won four years ago. I don’t think the President has the power to create private sector jobs or do much to effect the global economy. I think he/she is just a spokesperson for the political mood of the country. I don’t like either party, I don’t like either candidate, and whoever wins will be doing so without my vote, which is usually for my uncle, who has promised me an ambassadorship to a country of my choice if he wins. Debates are a waste of time at this point because the only people who care enough about politics to watch them have made up their minds long ago.

  • X

    President is only 1 person. We have to change all the fat cats in Congress

  • hoppy

    @WillowtownCop,

    To quote The Who,

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

  • willowtowncop

    I’m just so sick of screaming people on both sides who think you’re an idiot if you don’t agree with them. I don’t agree with any of them.

  • Jorale-man

    What does anyone think of the new checkout system at Trader Joe’s? I gotta say, having two lines funnel into three, with 2 separate employees trying to direct traffic is all a bit much. The extra cashier stations are great but they only use about half of them at any one time it seems. And the traffic cop staffers seem a bit overwhelmed by it. Hopefully they can iron out the kinks over time.

  • Wiley E.

    The talking heads are just doing what they are paid to do. Yack, yack, yack.

  • Mr. Crusty

    Ahhhh such cynicism Willowtowncop. No wonder our democracy is in such shambles with viewpoints like that. A President has great power over people’s lives. Ask any family member of a serviceman or woman that has been killed in a war started by one of our Presidents. This cynical attitude where up you don’t agree with anyone, and you won’t vote for either candidate is a complete abdication of your duty as a citizen in my opinion. Democracy can’t work if we just conveniently opt out and say it doesn’t matter who wins. Pure BS.

    @HenryLoL. I immediately discount anyone that calls our President, Barry as it just shows you to be a Fox loving Dittohead. In other words, a brainwashed moron which was confirmed by your next statement, ” All Barry wants to do is make a bigger government and tax everyone to the hilt”

    Reality is of course that Obama has REDUCED taxes and there are FEWER government workers now than during the Bush administration. But facts never matter to ditto heads right Henry? Bet you don’t believe in global warming, evolution, or the validity of Obama’s birth certificate. Right?

  • willowtowncop

    Which war, Mr. Crusty? WW2 or Vietnam? Do you think those wouldn’t have happened with a republican in the White House? Or Korea or Iraq? Do you think those wouldn’t have happened with a democrat in the White House?

    If being a bad citizen means that out of more than 300 million people in this country I don’t think it matters which of the two choices those in power have told us we can choose from wins, I guess I’m a horrible citizen. I guess the 46.9% of my paycheck that I paid in taxes last week doesn’t count for anything if I don’t pick between two lousy choices.

  • Teddy

    Does anyone have a problem with their Time-Warner Internet service? I just called and was told there’s a problem in our area and TW engineers are working on it. I first noticed it on Monday, 10/15 (low download speeds, almost no upload preventing my Vonage telephone service from connecting at times, high pings).

  • Knight

    @Teddy: you are not alone! Although it has not hindered me much, there have been a few periods this week when I have had no internet access. At no point has it lasted for more than a couple of minutes and I have never had to reboot my laptop or reset my router because of the temporary outage.

  • Boerum Bill

    My Kool-Aid doesn’t possess the ever-changing flavors of Mittard’s political stances.

  • jdf

    @Teddy and Knight

    We’ve ahd teh same problem. DVR’s shows not taping. That seems resolved now, but where our DVR used to be 28% full, its now 96% full. Anyone else had similar problems?