Pouring for the weekend open thread:
• To beat the parched horse about Phoenix's unique and valuable oasis: the replacement for the Bethel Methodist Church at Osborn and Seventh Street is shown in this Republic article. The restaurant will be better than nothing and preserves much of the building. Lost amid the new concrete, rocks and cactus are the lovely — and cooling — grounds that once were there:
• A reporter tweeted that Scottsdale was holding a forum to ask for suggestions on "transportation options." I remember giving a speech in Scottsdale where my suggestion that light rail be considered was greeted with a death threat. So, "transportation options" for Scottsdale? Lamborghini, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport or the Maybach Landaulet.
• The John Kerry irony: First we condemn the old men who send the nation into a quagmire war, then we become them.
• From Slate: Life expectancy has doubled in the past 150 years. Here's why.
The saloon is yours...