Open Thread Jan. 17: No Tacos For You!

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on January 17, 2018

The folks who run the city of Dover have made a successful stand against the 21st century, killing plans to allow food trucks to park on downtown streets at lunchtime. Because nothing works to attract customers like the phrase, “You have no other choice.”

From the Self-Fulfilling Prophecies file, psychiatrists had to cancel a panel discussion about how Trump is inspiring violence because it got so many death threats. The link is included to prove I didn’t make that up, because it sounds exactly like something I would make up.

What worries you most? If you’re the average Delawarean, it’s choking, according to this state-by-state map of what worries us most. We share our overwhelming fear of choking with one other state, Oklahoma. Just be glad you don’t live in Nebraska, where forklifts are not to be trusted.

The Trump Show today features an embarrassing situation for Fox News, which apparently had the story about Trump’s affair with porn star Stormy Danielsbut spiked it shortly before the election. Like most things Trump, this will boost him with his base and hurt him with everybody else.

On a, um, lighter note, the White House had a “doctor” who calls himself Ronny lie about Trump’s health to the nation, claiming the 6’2″ president is actually 6’3″, which had the oh-so-coincidental effect of making the president overweight instead of obese. Dr. Ronny said Trump was in perfect health; the test results made public contradicted that. As TV doctor Dr. Sanjay Gupta pointed out, his blood calcium score indicated heart disease. “It was interesting when I spoke to Dr. Jackson,” Gupta said. “At first he said he passed all the tests with flying colors. When I asked him specifically about that test, he did then concede that, in fact, the president does have heart disease.” They would deny the noses on their faces.

If you’re interested in actual news, the building blue wave has emboldened even Congressional Democrats, who are searching for their vestigial spines when it comes to pushing back against the conservative takeover of the courts.

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  1. jason330 says:

    “At first he said he passed all the tests with flying colors. When I asked him specifically about that test, he did then concede that, in fact, the president does have heart disease.”

    This “Doctor” must be new to spin doctoring. An experienced lackey would not have conceded anything.

    “But these results show heart disease”
    “Dear leader is in perfect health.”

  2. Alby says:

    in case of nuclear attack, the survival plan for White House personnel involves sheltering in the blast shadow of Trump’s enormous ass.

  3. No wonder this guy has given presidents physicals dating back at least to Dubya.

    Never will be heard a discouraging word.

  4. Arthur says:

    How can they prove heart disease? Did they actually find a heart?

  5. Reminds me of something that Mario Procaccino, a long-ago candidate for NYC mayor in the tradition of Frank Rizzo, once said to an African-American audience:

    “My heart is as black as yours.” And it was. Blacker, even.

  6. Dana Garrett says:

    The doctor also claimed that Trump tested as having no cognitive impairments. Apparently the test doesn’t cover or consider sociopathy a cognitive impairment. In any case, the results arguably indicate that Trump isn’t the victim of some disease. Instead, he’s just a malicious asshole.

  7. Alby says:

    I agree, Dana, though it gave me a lot more pause before Gupta spoke up. Now I give Dr. Ronny the same regard I give anything said about Trump by someone who interacts with him.

    It could indeed mean that he’s just always been this way and will keep on being this way for years to come. We’ll see. I’m still skeptical.

  8. Alby says:

    For those interested in the sudsier aspects of the presidential soap opera, Stormy Daniels is spilling details about her affair with Trump in — I’m not joking — In Touch magazine. Daniels says that sex with Trump was “textbook generic.” She did not specify the textbook.

    To clarify, she gave the interview in 2011.

  9. Ben says:

    I think it’s good news he has an official stamp of cognitive approval. That’s one more defense down when he is tried for treason.

  10. jason330 says:

    “[The sex] was textbook generic,” while discussing the fling they had less than four months after Donald’s wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. “I actually don’t even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please, don’t try to pay me.’”

    A record 81% of white evangelicals vote for Donald Trump.

  11. Mike Dinsmore says:

    That extra inch in Donny’s height is the buildup of shellac on his scalp, which keeps his hair in place. There’s no way in hell he weighs 239 pounds. Look at the fat roll around his waist, his lard arse, and those corpulent thighs. Has to be at least 279 pounds, if not more. Perhaps he’s trying to outdo Taft as the “greatest” president in U.S. history.

  12. Ben says:

    Mike, I agree. Im about 5’9″ and at one awful point, weighed 230. I did not look as fat as this ass hole looks.

  13. bamboozer says:

    “in case of nuclear attack, the survival plan for White House personnel involves sheltering in the blast shadow of Trump’s enormous ass.”

    Truly the living will envy the dead……..

  14. SussexAnon says:

    When it comes to food trucks, nothing beats “you’ve got no other choice” like “Pay more money for less food and the privilage to eat it sitting on the curb.”
    I don’t mind food trucks necessarily, but but down here in Sussex, it’s expensive. Like the mobile version of Rehoboth’s “fine dining” establishments. High on price, low on quality.

  15. Alby says:

    @SA: Where do they cluster in Sussex? And are they around all year long, or just in the summer?

  16. Food truck pods are great. Portland, which has a thriving restaurant scene, has food truck pods all over the place. I’ve even gotten great sushi at one.

    Dover’s putting the kibosh on them defines the term ‘short-sighted’. Along with ‘self-defeating’. Food trucks might bring more people downtown. From, say, Leg Hall. They might even stop into a nearby shop and buy something.


  17. RE Vanella says:

    This Quinnipiac poll is racist, sexist & probably the work of Russian spies.

    Please alert Blue Delaware.

  18. RE Vanella says:

    Question #9…

  19. Arthur says:

    “What you think we need the gaddammned oscar weiner mobile clogging up the streets of Dover? TGI Fridays is still open, aint it?”

  20. mouse says:

    I’ve been waiting a long time for a taco truck on my corner

  21. RE Vanella says:

    CNBC writes an Apple press release and this fucking taint sniffer bothers me with it.

    Tim Cook was on a cable show called Mad Money, it says. Looks like a thorough, sober analysis.

  22. Alby says:

    That $350 billion figure is pure fiction. The story says, “The headline from Apple is that it will make a $350 billion “contribution” to the U.S. economy over the next five years, although it’s unclear exactly how the company came to that number.”

    That’s polite journalese for “they made that up.”

  23. SussexAnon says:

    Epworth used to have a food truck Friday event in their parking lot. The food truck prices were the same as if you went to the food trucks’ restaurant. You know, tables, chairs, servers, atmosphere, air conditioning.

    Then there is the food truck that is a permanent fixture on Rte 1 that sells $5 tacos. They are good, but not $5 good. Seems kinda pricey for something coming from a converted UPS van. But, it’s Rehoboth, home of the $20+ shrimp basket.

  24. Value is/was one of the advantages of the Portland food trucks. Due to much lower overhead. Every imaginable kind of food and ethnic cuisine.

    It’s still a novelty in Delaware, there aren’t that many trucks, and there is no concerted movement to promote them.

    And, when some leaders in Dover try to facilitate such a thing, they get shot down.

    Hey, it’s Delaware.

  25. mouse says:

    Breakfast is above 10 bucks in Rehoboth in many places. I think Taco Reho has the best tacos around but 5 bucks is a bit high. You can take them into the Big Chill Surf Cantina though which is a cool place with good entertainment. I miss the Epworth thing

  26. mouse says:

    There’s some good winter specials. We went to Confucius for Sunday brunch of dim sum for 15 bucks and took food home. 10 Buck lobster on Sunday’s at Chesapeake and Maine and the Cultured Pearl Monday nights for a sushi bento box.

  27. Alby says:

    Hey Rusty, here’s what someone who actually knows the subject has to say about Apple polishing Trump’s knob: