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The End of Zeptember

   "Off Topic" posted this last night:

    I don't know a lot about "blogs" - but this is NOT a blog. This is a FORUM.

   This one topic with comments thing is not working. "Your people" need THREADS! If someone wants to talk about crayons, it can have it's own thread - it shouldn't be in the DRY RAIN section. If someone has a question for you about G. Washington book, they could ask in a separate section entitled: "QUESTIONS FOR JOEL".

  Or whatever. With some good forum software you could do so many interesting things. Just my two cents...  "

   Dear Off Topic: I know you are new to the blog and you may not have had a chance to grasp what we're doing here, exactly. It's true that it is unconventional as blogs go. For example, most bloggers publish new material several times a day, whereas I often go a week or two, or even a month, and occasionally a year, without posting anything. Often I will start to post something, then realize it is TGFTB (too good for the blog), and save it for a more credible form of publication. But more specifically, you seem to have failed to notice that this is a Led Zeppelin blog.

   Today we mark the end of Zeptember, probably the most difficult day of the year. We all have to ask ourselves: Did we do everything we could make this a "Zeptember to Remember," to coin a phrase? Or did we let our attention wander at times? When we cranked the music, did we turn the knob all the way into the painful range? I know there are people who say I am a zealot when it comes to loud music, but at least my message over the years has been consistent: If you can still hear at all on Zept. 30, you're not a true fan.

   I think we had a good month, and many of my colleagues, communicating through sign language, have told me it was the best Zeptember since the fabled Zeptember of '83 (when, in case you somehow forgot, the 2-hour bootleg version of "Dazed and Confused" surfaced, with the 45-minute Jimmy Page violin-bow guitar solo, the whole thing only later revealed to be an elaborate hoax). Some of the postings this month were predictably incoherent, which I guess goes with the territory. As always I felt we didn't spend enough time discussing the great John Bonham. I think we are collectively healing quite well from the trauma of Robert Plant's visit to the General Motors headquarters after GM exploited Zeppelin to sell Cadillacs.

    So another Zeptember gone. Weep a little, mourn a little, crank some music, and then look ahead. You know what's coming.


By Joel Achenbach  |  September 30, 2005; 12:46 PM ET
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This is just the material to stimulate our continued discussion of race!

Posted by: Corduroy | September 30, 2005 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I believe I detect Achenbro's influence...

Posted by: peanutgallerymember | September 30, 2005 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Man, I have been completely misled about the concept of this blog.

You should get to change the code on this website so the header accurately descibes the subject matter.

Posted by: jw | September 30, 2005 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Been a long time since Zeppelin rock and rolled but their tunes still ring in my head. Unfortunately, my hearing is still good, although my wife might disagree. Speaking as a drummer, Bonham, Pert, and Bruford are my favorites.

Posted by: RichieRich | September 30, 2005 1:37 PM | Report abuse

um... i'm not a zepplin fan... i can't stand classic rock... DON'T HATE ME JOEL AND ACHENBRO!!! i guess i'll slink my way back to the rain boodle...

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 1:39 PM | Report abuse


Now off topic, I posted in the last kit, my memory of Bennett's discussion which I heard while I was driving home. AND, I posted my concerns about the totality of what I heard. I would be interested in what you thought.

Posted by: Dolphin Michael | September 30, 2005 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I've seen the interview with Paul McCartney c 1964 where he says that the rock band thing is just a temporary gig--he says something like, imagine how ridiculous we would be at age 40, still writing rocknroll songs and singing. Unimaginable. And now, he's a sexy sexagenarian, touring and rocking the house. But there has to be a limit somewhere, doesn't there? Just how old do you picture yourself being, Achenbach, when you start saying, yeah, metal, I used to be into that.

Is this an insensitive question? I am older than you are, but I was always more into folk music and that goes over easy in the sunset years. Led Zeppelin just seems like a young person's thing. And by "young" I don't mean "under 50."

Posted by: Wondering | September 30, 2005 1:41 PM | Report abuse


The freakonomics argument talked about the crime wave of the late-eighties and early nineties, and the sudden drop in crime despite popular predictions that crime would only increase. Using a mathematical formula to eliminate theories like nyc's broken windows theory (b/c crime dropped all over the nation, not just nyc) the authors were lead to the conclusion that the legalization of abortion in the seventies had eliminated a population of people that otherwise may have been criminals - taking in mind that women who have abortions are usually making that choice for a reason - economic or otherwise. It may be distasteful or impolitic, but it does make sense in a certain way.

Posted by: LP | September 30, 2005 1:42 PM | Report abuse

New boodle but I really want to continue the discussion about race we were having in the other boodle.
Joel - I see your point about the number of posts you got in your kit about NOLA, however, did you take a look at the names on the postings - very few regular boodlers posted. It was just like when you post on Rove you get all these infrequent boodlers posting. I was the one who made the comment about the boodlers being reluctant to discuss race and I was referring to the regulars, not just the SAO 15 but others who frequently comment as well. By the way - I'm an infrequent boodler as well but I read it all the time.

Posted by: omodudu | September 30, 2005 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and yeah LED ZEPPELIN!!!! WOOOOO!!!!!

My favorite Zep tune is gallows pole.
And the nerd in me loves the Lord of the Rings stuff in....wait, wait o, crap. The song title not english.

Posted by: LP | September 30, 2005 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, I posted a few more comments on the last post, we can continue there too.

Posted by: jw | September 30, 2005 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Now I'm really confused...

It's not a forum.

It's not really a blog.

It's a Zlog?

Posted by: off topic | September 30, 2005 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Joel, you blew it.




Posted by: bc | September 30, 2005 2:01 PM | Report abuse

A new deity for Rocktober: Stevie Wonder, based on the old Ray Charles algorithym.

God is love,
Love is blind,
Stevie Wonder is blind,
Stevie Wonder is god.

Posted by: PeterK | September 30, 2005 2:02 PM | Report abuse

omodudu - but also - that boodle was largely over the weekend... i glanced at it over the weekend but was taken aback by some of the hatred that i saw so i didn't boodle... i think most of the regs boodle during the weekday...

ot - it's an achenblog or, if you prefer, the kit and 'boodle - therefore it doesn't have to follow the accepted blog rules - it is it's own entity... it's own creature if you will...

re: abortions... i think i might hafta agree that in a roundabout way, abortions do have an effect on crime b/c (and i may be stretching here) those that abort (whatever race, class, age, etc) are aborting an UNWANTED pregnancy... they don't want that child and are probably unable to care for it in an acceptable way - whether financially or mentally. a child that is unwanted is painfully aware of that fact and the woman could habour additional negativity towards the child by being forced to have it/raise it. not saying there's no other out but that plays a big toll on children knowing that they are not wanted... this could lead to mental and moral misbehavior ("if i'm not wanted, or not loved than screw it, why should i care about anyone else?")... like i said, it's a stretch but...

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 2:02 PM | Report abuse

bc... it's ACHENTOBER! sheesh!

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 2:03 PM | Report abuse


Yes, that is the part that I had forgotten in the Bennett discussion ... I posted other parts of the discussion back one.

The problem that Bill Bennett was "I THINK" trying to address is that of implied cause and affect. How do you decide that one action causes another or if both are happening because of other issues.

He didn't want to accept that something as immoral and evil as an abortion may have positive affects such as possibly breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

Posted by: Dolphin Michael | September 30, 2005 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Cooltober--time to start cleaning up the jungle that flourished in the yard during the Florida summer. Hopefully without another hurricane to spray the yard with every leaf from every tree, plus branches and some strange muddy stuff.

Zeptember had Ophelia swell-enough to empty doctors' and lawyers' offices for a day or two.

Posted by: Dave | September 30, 2005 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry mo, Achtober sounds better than Achentober to me.

Might as well call it Mocktober at this point...

Love the indirect reference to Zeptember's real theme, "When the Levee Breaks".


Posted by: bc | September 30, 2005 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Wondering- if you are stopped in traffic on the Wilson Bridge at 5:25pm next to a black Toyota with the windows down, geezer at the wheel singing along to either "Stairway to Heaven" or Meatloaf's "Bat Outta Hell", you have seen the KUROSAWAGUY! I'm 57. It's our music, dagnabbit. We gave up the brain cells and aural sensitivity to make it classic. "Young person's thing" indeed. Now, where'd I put my store teeth...

Posted by: kurosawaguy | September 30, 2005 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me - I am new to this blog, boodle, whatever you want to call it. I love the digressions and the convergence back again into a single thought conversation!

These side trips give the posters character and depth, making their more "important" postings understandable.

Bennett has certainly stepped into a big pile of meadow muffins - as he had done previously. What I am reading and hearing about it I find difficult not to label as racist.

Yes, there are parts of the country that are still fighting the war, repeating history over and over with what I feel are unenlightened beliefs of race, religion, etc. etc. I say unenglighted because the chain of hatred has not been broken yet -- someday we all pray it will be.

It disturbs me that when people do try to bring race (or any other sensitive subject) into a conversation the tone immediately changes. Words must be chosen so carefully as not to offend - when perhaps no offense is meant. Everyone's hackles come up if the wording isn't just right to the point that the meaning is often obliterated. We need to try to listen and understand first before the "racist card" should be dealt (but deal it when appropriate after due deligence)

Any way - my 2 cents from a newbie!

and yeah -- ROCKTOBER!!!!

signed - achengroupie

Posted by: janet | September 30, 2005 2:45 PM | Report abuse


This did make me think about "Immigrant Song", "Fool in the Rain", and "Hot Dog" and a lot of other classic music.

And the late, great Bonzo, of course.


Posted by: bc | September 30, 2005 2:48 PM | Report abuse

It's not a forum.

It's not really a blog.

It's not a Zlog.

Some people call it a boodle.

I call it "Arthur."

Posted by: pj | September 30, 2005 2:49 PM | Report abuse

kurosawaguy, didn't you see the sign?

"No 'Stairway to Heaven'"!


Posted by: bc | September 30, 2005 2:51 PM | Report abuse


"What I am reading and hearing about it I find difficult not to label as racist."

Do you mean here at the blog, or where? Would be helpful to know.

Posted by: polyglot | September 30, 2005 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Ooops -- that wasn't clear.

It was referencing Bill Bennett's comments.

Actually, the blog conversation has for the most part been cool in its discussion.

Thank you polyglot

Posted by: janet | September 30, 2005 2:54 PM | Report abuse

pj - what do you call your hair cut?

Posted by: LP | September 30, 2005 2:57 PM | Report abuse

When we lived in Florida, I worked in the juvenile justice system for 15 years. Almost all black and hispanic
juvenile "offenders", especially those whose parents couldn't afford an attorney, were arrested and prosecuted while most white juveniles were taken into custody, allowed to leave with their parents and referred for counseling or participation in intervention programs, resulting in no criminal record.
mo, I don't think its a stretch to say that unwanted children are more prone to indulge in behavior that is self destructive or destructive towards others. Is it more humane to abort an unwanted child than to subject him/her to a lifeime of emotional or physical neglect? I don't know. My family has been fortunate in that we've never had to deal with an unwanted pregnancy.

Posted by: Nani | September 30, 2005 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Dolphin Michael wrote:

"He didn't want to accept that something as immoral and evil as an abortion may have positive affects such as possibly breaking the cycle of generational poverty."

I didn't hear Bennett at length, I only read the excerpt in the Post, which covered the immediate precursors to the noxious remark, the noxious remark, and the immediately following portion. Given that Bennett is one of those conservatives who is famously opposed to the legality of access to abortion, I will accept that he may have had the reaction you describe. It must have tormented him, however, because it would be an excellent argument AGAINST legal abortion only if it were true. To claim that abortion has a noticeable, even powerful, effect on crime rates, would imply a dramatic drop in birth rates because of the hordes of poor women having abortions instead of babies. Anti-abortion advocates want us to believe that any abortion is wrong, that nothing good (or at least socially tolerable) could come of it. Yet, if the Freakonomics argument were correct, it would imply a horrifically high rate of abortion that no sane pro-choice activist could advocate. The economic benefit of choosing abortion (the kind of thing that pro-business individualist conservatives love) would provide the best argument against abortion (it's anti-poverty eugenics).

In order to make the argument that the very significant drop in crime rates is due to abortion, you would have to demonstrate a very significant drop in birth rates among poor women. Furthermore, that drop had to occur about 13-25 years or so before the drop in crime rates, providing plenty of time to gather and analyze all the relevant statistical data. According to the darned liberal media, quite the opposite effect has occurred in birth rates among the most impoverished sectors of society. Perhaps the media didn't get the memo.

In short -- unless you can prove that abortion is happening at genocidal rates; or if you can prove that every aborted baby was destined to be a criminal; then it is be awfully hard for me to believe that abortion has had any measurable effect on overall crime rates.

Posted by: Tim | September 30, 2005 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Bush won't help ya, Fema won't do ya no good

Bush won't help ya, Fema won't do ya no good

when the levee breaks NOLA is goin to pay.


Posted by: RichieRich | September 30, 2005 3:04 PM | Report abuse

When I first heard about Bennet's remark I kept hearing the voice of a friend in my head. "Any government that has the power to take away your right to decide whether or not you will have an abortion, has the right to FORCE you to have an abortion."

That comment was made when we were talking about how the "right to privacy" plays in Roe v. Wade and other decisions.

Posted by: TulsaFan | September 30, 2005 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, actually, bc, in that place and at that time (especially today being a Friday) "Bat Outta Hell" is much more likely to be on my lips. And while I'm rambling here- what ever happened to melvina, of "now I must brief the press" fame?

Posted by: kurosawaguy | September 30, 2005 3:15 PM | Report abuse

LP wins the Double Jeopardy question this week. Johnny will tell you your prize.

Posted by: pj | September 30, 2005 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Here's to Zeptember and the Viking Kittens! Turn it up to 11!

Posted by: Pixel | September 30, 2005 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I did hear a clip of the Bennett comment on the radio the other day. Rolled my eyes, and mentally filed it next to Wolf Blitzer's "so poor, so black".

Remember it, oh yes I will.


Posted by: bc | September 30, 2005 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Kurosawaguy - Isn't it awful when you can't find your store bought teeth? Paradise By The Dashboard Light takes on new meaning without your teeth!

It is our music (45 years old) and I love to crank it up - classic rock, funk, country, folk!

Posted by: janet | September 30, 2005 3:26 PM | Report abuse

umm... how bout the violent femmes? or some depeche mode? or even the cure?? yeah!

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know a lot about "blogs" - but this is NOT a blog. This is a FORUM."

It is certainly a blog that offers a lot of smart people a forum. Maybe it's a BLORUM... or maybe it's a FOG, which could explain a lot.

Posted by: TBG | September 30, 2005 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"we were barely seventeen and we were barely dressed..." increasingly becomes "we could barely remember seventeen and we couldn't get dressed because we couldn't find our glasses."

Posted by: kurosawaguy | September 30, 2005 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I withya mo. I'm well over 40, and I'm way over LedZep, Jethro Tull, et al. They're great, don't get me wrong. But there's so much new stuff that's out there. I've been on a Radiohead kick for a while; I even like the Deathcab for Cutie stuff my daughters have been playing.

I've found over the past few years that I've become more open minded about music. World music, Tito Puente, Techno, even some Hip-Hop (just some). When I was 23, I only wanted to hear Grateful Dead - it was an antidote to the Dreaded Disco Scourge.

Posted by: CowTown | September 30, 2005 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Of course there's a stairway to heaven, especially when presented by Aztec Two Step in circa 1973-74. Ah, those were the days, my fellow achenfollowers!

Posted by: aroc | September 30, 2005 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Mo et al,

Steve Sailer disagrees with 'Freakonomics', reasons why at:

I found it entertaining reading, anyway. A lot of it has to do with when the crack epidimic rolled around. The charts were of interest. (Great googly moogly, the trend is to nearly 35% of all births illegitimate? Ouch.

(Turning Rev. Billy Witz's "Freeway to Stairbird" up to 11, and re-lurking....)

Posted by: Les | September 30, 2005 3:54 PM | Report abuse


Had some travel far, far away. I'm here occasionally, if not appreciated by some of the stuffed poobahs. Just mellowing.

Now, I must brief the press.

Posted by: melvin/a | September 30, 2005 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I know these songs, I know the FOG, and "we could barely remember seventeen and we couldn't get dressed because we couldn't find our glasses." certainly describes me. True actual fact: I stepped on mine this morning.

My desk is in the open, people, you have got to stop making me spit my coffee all over the place.

Posted by: dr | September 30, 2005 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear from you melvin/a. Sorry I reglected your backslash earlier.

Now, I must press my briefs.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | September 30, 2005 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Truth be told, I'm posting today cuz I forgot my glasses and can't read anything on my desk.

Holy Large Print computer screens Batman!!! I can only read what's on the computer.


Posted by: janet | September 30, 2005 4:12 PM | Report abuse

kurosawaguy, I'm on the Wilson bridge about an hour after you are, unfortunately. Otherwise I'd be sure to look for you.

Just don't press your briefs while you are driving.

Posted by: pj | September 30, 2005 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm 47 but my 19 year daughter is the Zepplin fan in the family. She fell in with some weird retro crowd at school. She likes all kinds of classic rock except for my favorite Springsteen. We do agree on the Clash however.

Posted by: bquark | September 30, 2005 4:18 PM | Report abuse


FOG - That's it! Hah!

Posted by: CowTown | September 30, 2005 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Kurosowaguy, Pressing Alert. Don't put starch on your briefs when you press them. Personal experience speaking. My grandmother used to starch and press everything and you just do not want to go there.

This was a public service announcement.

Posted by: dr | September 30, 2005 4:19 PM | Report abuse

PJ, what's makes you think I'm not still on the bridge at 6:25? Although the temptation to jump is strong at times.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | September 30, 2005 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I knew I raised my son right when he came home from college with a Credence Clearwater Revival cd!

dr - when suddenly experiencing the urge to spray coffee all over your desk, put your head back and open your mouth. Then it only dribbles down the front of your shirt and spares your very important papers (that I can't read without my glasses anyway)!

Posted by: janet | September 30, 2005 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Since it was on earlier this week, I'd like Joel's thoughts/impressions of the "No Direction Home"/Dylan show. (Other bloggers welcome, but it's JA whose opinion is most worthy of discussion). I'm not much of a fan of Dylan's singing voice (though I love the "Desire" album), but admire his genius as a songwriter, and also as a "force" in the history of R&R.

(Aside to kurasawaguy: I may have you beat, bro'. I'm 59, have burned through 3 cassettes of Bat Out of Hell, and am on my second CD. Greatest album of all time, and yes, must be played at 90 decibels or above (so I can sing along without actually hearing myself)with the windows up whilst cruising up/down Rt. 301. But rock on, man.)

My vote: Achtober; it scans correctly.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 30, 2005 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Stevie Ray Vaughn (the Texas Tornado), John Lee Hooker kinda gal myself, and yes oh yes, janet, Credence Clearwater Revival "Big wheel keep on toining, proud Mary keep on boining..."

Posted by: Nani | September 30, 2005 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I"d like to read Joel's comments on No Direction Home also. I loved every minute of the documentary , but my discussion wouldn't do it or Dylan justice. Quite poignant that Dylan said more than once that he has "no past".

Posted by: Nani | September 30, 2005 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Please, please, please- it's kurosawaguy, not kurasawguy or kurosowaguy. I understand haste and FFD (fat finger disease), I suffer from both. But I use this name because of my respect for Akira Kurosawa, the greatest filmmaker of Japanese cinema. Call me k-guy or OF if you must, but please don't mangle the name of the man who made "Rashomon" and "Seven Samurai."

Posted by: kurosawaguy | September 30, 2005 4:34 PM | Report abuse


I'd always wondered where your handle came from. Very imaginative - very unlike "CowTown" (which I made up in a hurry). What I do is cut and paste your name from your posts. I avoid misspelling it that way - unless you're not posting on a given day, and then I'll just have to ask, "Where's kurowsaguy?

Posted by: CowTown | September 30, 2005 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Apologies, K-man; it's Friday afternoon and I wasn't paying attention. Won't happen again. (We may be twins separated at birth; I'm a Kurosawa/Rashomon fan, too. And all the 20-somethings and 30-somethings on the 'Boodle are asking, "Who's this Rashomon guy?")

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 30, 2005 4:41 PM | Report abuse

All right, Cow Toon, bring it on.
Seriously, are you in, or from Fort Worth? I went to high school there, class of '66.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | September 30, 2005 4:42 PM | Report abuse

melvin/a! ah, i was afraid the press wasn't getting briefed! or in briefs... ooooo derek jeter w/out briefs! um... wait!!

i think we can ALL agree on the clash!! but not ccr... bleh! i do like me a little meatloaf (what is it he won't do for love?) esp. in the rocky horror picture show!

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 4:43 PM | Report abuse

my favorite Zeptember moment:

Talking to one of my co-workers, my boss stopped and joined the conversation. Shortly thereafter, his cell phone ringtone blared, and he went out into the hall to take the call. my co-worker and i looked at each other astonished, and she quizzically wondered what the song was. I did my best rendition of "you need coolin.."...and she instantly replied "oh, led zeppelin."


Posted by: pete | September 30, 2005 4:43 PM | Report abuse

i like tina's proud mary MUCH better! ain't it funny my musical tastes? or lack-there-of!

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 4:43 PM | Report abuse

scc. Begging sincere pardon of kurosawaguy. Most honourable name will not be used incorrectly again. We must bow down to the masters.

Fat finger disease is only the beginning, its a lack of editing which kills me.

Posted by: dr | September 30, 2005 4:45 PM | Report abuse


Nope. I'm a SoCal transplant, now living in the Upper Midwest. I've visited San Antonio once, that's all the Texas I've seen, except for once my dad and I drove across the panhandle on the way to Kansas.

Why? Do I sound like someone you know?

Posted by: CowTown | September 30, 2005 4:46 PM | Report abuse

last night, at the safeway, a strange man patted my head as I shopped for penne. an employee asked if i wanted her to call the police. well, kinda - but what for? first degree head patting? frankly, i can't decide who is stranger - the head patter or the (very nice) employee...

Posted by: cap girl | September 30, 2005 4:47 PM | Report abuse

cap girl - that is ODD!! was he much taller than you? i think i'd hafta kick him in the shins with my steeltoed shoes if some guy did that to me! (i'm kinda short so...)

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Mo, you mentioned Tina Turner and it reminded me of how badly jobbed Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishbourne were at the Oscars for "What's Love Got to Do With It". Fine film and two excellent performances.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | September 30, 2005 4:50 PM | Report abuse

hi mo - he was tall but thin. I could have taken him but i was a) stunned and b) wearing cute heels that i didn't want to befoul with head patter cooties.

Posted by: cap girl | September 30, 2005 4:52 PM | Report abuse

For minutes of fun, check out the Scrapbook on the Boss' Zeptember post. I love bar photos.

Posted by: CowTown | September 30, 2005 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Cow Town is the nick name of Fort Worth because that's where the railroad ended. The ranchers would drive their cattle their to ship. FW is somewhat sneered at by Dallas, which was the traditional big money town- banks, corporate headquarters, etc.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | September 30, 2005 4:55 PM | Report abuse

kurosawaguy - i love love love tina turner! the only think that weirded me out about the movie was angela's pecs! i mean she is CUT! i find it amazing that tina still looks rockin and has rockin legs! how old is she???

which scrapbook cowtown?

cap girl - yeah, i can understand not wanting head patter cooties all over your fine footwear - my steeltoed are my favs so i might hafta refrain as well...

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 4:57 PM | Report abuse

um... kurosawaguy - what does "jobbed" mean? is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 4:59 PM | Report abuse

You know, mo, I can't figure out what he won't do for love, either. It's partly a duet (I think with the same woman from Paradise by the Dashboard Lights) so maybe he's talking about cheating on her? I'm totally guessing here... But I love it, even if did end up on that list of the 100 worst songs ever. I also love Paradise... the world's best sing-along song, hands down. And K'guy (I'm now totally frightened I'll misspell it!), you really need to get a convertible, put the top down and THEN crank up Bat out of Hell -- now THAT'S how music should be listened to!

Posted by: Snarky Squirrel | September 30, 2005 5:00 PM | Report abuse

kurosawaguy: If you haven't seen it, check out the article from Sunday:

"Hidden Fortress" and others at AFI Silver next month. And some non-Kurosawa movies with Mifune.

Posted by: Les | September 30, 2005 5:01 PM | Report abuse

oooohhhh - oops... you meant robbed!! duh - it's friday and i'm bored still at work cuz there's NUTTIN to do!
and i had an scc as well - think = thing..

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Remember, kurosawaguy, briefs are to be filed, not pressed, unless they're due in an hour and you're not anywhere near to having them ready. . .

Mmmm, gonna put Eva Cassidy in my computer and listen to the dulcet tones. And then maybe some Miles Davis. Rock has never appealed to me, somehow (and I'm among the 59 year olds posting today). Maybe a wee bit when I was in college ages ago. I'm more into jazz (of the bluesy sort) and classical. Nevertheless, I was pleased to have jumped on a very young 15 year-old many moons ago, who responded to my request to put some Beatles on the CD with the the hoot: "Hey! She likes our music!" "Not so fast," I replied. "I was dancing to this music long before you or your parents were even in utero. It's MY music, not yours, baby!" Whereupon, he got the deer in the headlights look and powered up the Beatles for us seniors.

Ah, but, we are all entitled to rock on whatever rock makes us happy.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | September 30, 2005 5:12 PM | Report abuse

What, no more racially-charged discussion that teeters on the bare edge of civility?

Posted by: Tim | September 30, 2005 5:16 PM | Report abuse

All right, I'll bite, Tim. I think we all have to acknowledge that the criminals of Enron, Worldcom, Watergate, the outing of Valerie Plame, Tom DeLay and so many others exactly like them are really black. Well, it seems to me that it must be true, huh?

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | September 30, 2005 5:19 PM | Report abuse

No, Tim,

This is an edgy, civil discussion that races towards the charge of teets.

Posted by: Fool | September 30, 2005 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Excellent point, firsttimeblogger. You have suggested a fine opportunity for satire, so long as one wants never to have a conversation with another human being ever again.

Maybe the Led Zeppelin thread is better, after all, although I'm more of a folkie fan, myself.

Posted by: Tim | September 30, 2005 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of black and white...

Posted by: peanutgallerymember | September 30, 2005 5:24 PM | Report abuse

kurosawaguy - If I got your name wrong, I apologize. It's that lack of glasses thing going on today. Difficult reading the faded Posted by: print.

Cool name, particularly if is somebody important to you.

Posted by: janet | September 30, 2005 5:26 PM | Report abuse

unfair, pgallerymember. there's nothing more diverting than a cute panda picture.

Posted by: melvin/a | September 30, 2005 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I can't hear at all, and I detest Led Zeppelin. Deafness from rock n roll is no joking matter... for one thing, it just makes the musicians play louder.

However, signing colleagues sounds promising... Can I apply for a job at the Post? Preferably as a music critic?

Posted by: Wilbrod | September 30, 2005 5:29 PM | Report abuse

This question got asked before. When I first "joined" the Boodle, Irregardless thought I might be from Davis, CA - another "cow town." However, the Upper Midwest has many cow towns. Many.

Posted by: CowTown | September 30, 2005 5:29 PM | Report abuse

pgm - melvin/a is right you know... but that being said - ain't he just the CUTEST little thing EVER! (of course besides, all of the boodlers children - of which i have none) i swear i got a cavity reading that article!

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 5:32 PM | Report abuse

i mean, i don't have any children, not that i don't have any of the boodlers children... not that i know of!

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Good clarification, mo!

Posted by: pj | September 30, 2005 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I know all the songs being disscussed here, but I just cannot listen to regular radio anymore. The commercials make me nuts. Well I was nuts anyway, but that's another story. I generally listen to classical music, but CKUA, our public radio channel has a couple of shows of early blues . I may not know who the folks on the playlist are, but I absolutely love to listen. Anybody have any advice for a blues newbie who would like to purchase recordings that will advance my knowledge and free my soul?

Posted by: dr | September 30, 2005 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Can something that isn't working, make you gurgle and spill other noises out onto the rest of the office? Can something that isn't working, feed you delicius new ideas for your weekend life-saving smoothies? Is it that it's not working that you discover the secrets of others' handles (mine is for Systems Generation, or sys gen)? Is it not working when you can go home and test your husband of the six states of water? Or is it not working when music, literature, film, race, class, and poverty are discussed at length? I think that the poster should be FLOGged. I made a purchase recently, and was surprised to see that the item was made by, get this, "Kit 'n Boodle, Inc." It is a stuffed toy fox, filled with lavendar and buck for you neck.

Posted by: sisjen | September 30, 2005 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I know it's unfair. I happened to come across the article and was likewise sucked in to the power of panda cuteness. All I can say is that the panda made me do it. I tried to hold back but it was like another force took over my 'boodling abilities.

All together now: awwwwwww!

Posted by: peanutgallerymember | September 30, 2005 5:47 PM | Report abuse

SCC 'for you to neck'.


SCC 'for your neck'.

Posted by: sisjen | September 30, 2005 5:50 PM | Report abuse

uh, oh... i can't help myself... panda. is. making. me. post. it! the video of his examination! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, that panda is a lot more calm than my geriatric cat was on his last vet visit....

Posted by: Les | September 30, 2005 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Favorite Dylan song, Freedom Flashing, the lyric featured in the film, was one of the ones that the Byrds did not include in their cover of that song. We sing this at home, and it's relevance is uncanny.

Posted by: sisjen | September 30, 2005 5:55 PM | Report abuse

dr, for early blues you can't go wrong with John Lee Hooker and Stevie Ray Vaughn (guitar). For piano blues, Fats Waller and some Count Basic. Prairie Home Companion on Saturday nights, NPR, features blues artists frequently.

Posted by: Nani | September 30, 2005 5:55 PM | Report abuse

dr: The Smithsonian has a "Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues". I don't have any experience with it, but I can vouch for wearing out the LP version of their jazz collection in my youth.

Posted by: Les | September 30, 2005 5:59 PM | Report abuse

That video is TOO CUTE! Even the little smacking noises he made were cute! Any takers on what the name will be?

Posted by: peanutgallerymember | September 30, 2005 5:59 PM | Report abuse

shoot - that panda is calmer than I was at my last physical! do you think he's like - oh, it's ok - you can poke and prod at me all you want NOW cuz before you know it i'm gonna be bigger than 3 of you combined and you'll never get that thermometer near my backside again!

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 6:01 PM | Report abuse

these are the names on the website to vote on:
Hua Sheng (hwah-SHUNG), means China Washington, magnificent
Sheng Hua (SHUNG-hwah), means Washington China, magnificent
Tai Shan (tie-SHON), means peaceful mountain
Long Shan (lohng-SHON), means dragon mountain
Qiang Qiang (chee-ONG chee-ONG), means strong, powerful

i voted for Tai Shan considering how freakin unbelievably calm he was during the examination - also that name makes me feel all peaceful and warm fuzzy...

Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I like Qiang Qiang -- not only is the real pronounciation fun to say, but imagine how fun it will be to hear the inevitable mispronounciations!

Posted by: Snarky Squirrel | September 30, 2005 6:16 PM | Report abuse


are you a DC local?

Posted by: Dolphin Michael | September 30, 2005 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Stevie Ray I am familiar with. no. 1 son made me know most of his music by osmosis. (no. 3 son did not add to my musical knowledge, but he did add to my knowledge of how guitars are built and repaired). Thank you both for your suggestions.

Posted by: dr | September 30, 2005 6:35 PM | Report abuse

This isn't a blog, much less a forum, it's the Dublin Zoo. Even James Joyce would get a headache from the disconnected meanderings as Pink Floyd hits The Wall.

Posted by: TFP | September 30, 2005 6:42 PM | Report abuse

This isn't a blog, much less a forum, it's the Dublin Zoo. Even James Joyce would get a headache from the disconnected meanderings as Pink Floyd hits The Wall.

Posted by: TFP | September 30, 2005 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I came of age during the Disco Era. ( I'm not proud of it, but the cruel laws of demographics insisted.) Soon afterwards I got swept away by the New Wave. As a result I only gradually discovered Led Zeppelin through movies like "Fast Time at Ridgemont High," classic rock stations and, alas, car commercials. What impresses me is that the music stands up so well - even to those of us who don't associate it with emerging hormones. (Face it - all music sounds better when originally heard from the back seat..) I can see why it deserves a month of its own. But late at night, when nobody else can hear, I still like to sneak into the basement and listen to Gloria Gaynor. (Look I said I wasn't proud...)

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 30, 2005 6:45 PM | Report abuse

TFP: This is group stream of consciousness. We talk about anything and everything. Anyone can be follow the leader, but you can never tell who the group will follow. Right now, mo is the leader. Next 1/2 hour, who knows.

By the way, welcome. You too, sisgen.

Posted by: CowTown | September 30, 2005 6:46 PM | Report abuse

My teenagers admire Zepplin, the Beatles, early Elton John, the soundtrack from Hair, and the Stones. They act totally disgusted and annoyed if I ever play Depeche Mode, the Police, or the English Beat. Go figure.

Posted by: CowTown | September 30, 2005 6:50 PM | Report abuse

dr and nani,

There is a guy named Wayne Kahn who has a website at which you can read about local and regional blues (DC/Balto area) and also get info on local bands. Wayne is a big of music from Louisiana, as well. Nani, you mentioned one of my favorites, John Lee... one of the artists who now lives in DC and I think plays a standing mostly solo gig wednesdays at Chief Ikes in Adams Morgan is Robert Lighthouse. For anyone interested in the blues, check out the site.

Wayne spent hours recording the recently departed dean of the blues in DC, Nap Turner. Wayne has several CDs of his on the site. You may remember Nap's Saturday Blues show on WPFW.

DR, last but not least, Wayne has mixed CDs of some of the local blues and rock bands best live performances on the blues you would just hate to lose series.

Joel and everyone, please forgive my shill activity here! Kahn is a local treasure who is beloved by hundreds of musicians and thousands of music fans. If someone asks, we all like to point interested parties in his direction.

Posted by: Dolphin Michael | September 30, 2005 7:03 PM | Report abuse

One of the things I'll never understand is why "How Many More Times" on the first album never enjoyed the popularity of their other songs. I still have it pounding through my brain - DOOM DOOM DA DOOM DA DOOM DA DOOM DOOM ...

Posted by: markwa | September 30, 2005 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Please insert "fan" before of Louisiana Music... sorry doing two things at once. Work is impacting my ability to blog.

Posted by: Dolphin Michael | September 30, 2005 7:05 PM | Report abuse

hey RD - i LOVE disco - don't tell anyone, it's not very goth... and cowtown, i like your taste! english beat!!! yes!

i'm gonna bail on the boodle for now cuz it's the bottom of the first and the yankees and sox are tied... gotta give my yankees my full mojo!!!


Posted by: mo | September 30, 2005 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Mo, Angela and Larry were jobbed. They did not win. It is not a good thing. They lost to Tom Hanks in "Philadelphia" and Holly Hunter in "The Piano". They should have won. It is a dynamite flick. Angela was young and they figured she'd be back. Larry played a very unsympathetic character. Of course a few years later Denzel played an even less savory guy (in an inferior film, "Training Day") and won. Go figure.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | September 30, 2005 8:51 PM | Report abuse is rocktober 1st here in the land of
smiles so took a stroll down memory lane
and came up with some "TURN UP THE VOLUME"
favorites from the stylus,cartridge and
turntable era....some perhaps well known...
others likely not known even when new.....
...a long time a sound galaxy
far away................ :-)

t.rex...bang a gong

greg kihn band...jeopardy

the hollies...long cool woman

kansas...never been a reason

david bowie...diamond dogs

aerosmith...walk this way

ted scratch fever

lou reed...sweet jane

rick derringer...rock and roll
hootchie koo

automatic...turn up the radio

the scorpions...rock you like a

eric your man

...there is no order of listing and as
mentioned its not about only well known
or the super groups.....but all are
eligible for the "turn it up "category :-)

Posted by: an american in siam.... | September 30, 2005 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Holly Hunter was luminous in "The Piano." She is an amazing actress but chooses, or is chosen for, off-beat roles that usually don't get Oscar-level attention. Let's not begrudge her this award. I'm glad she got it. Tom Hanks is another subject altogether, although I liked him in Joe vs. the Volcano. (and Meg Ryan was also great in that.)

My biggest Oscar pet peeve: the year "L.A. Confidential" came out, the best picture award (and every other Oscar they could think of) went to "Titanic". Ah, Hollywood.

Posted by: late-night boodler | September 30, 2005 9:28 PM | Report abuse

This applies to prior boodle.

SCC = SAO-15 (or is it SSC?) Sorry.

I know that S0S-15 didn't look right, but I'm better at numbers than letters. SOS might apply since the regulars are always coming to the aid of the boodle - and jw is in the Coast Guard.

Thanks for posting the names for the baby panda, mo. I like Qiang Qiang since it is easier to remember when both names are the same. Tai Shan might also be good because of the peaceful part. Only a few more hours to vote. zzzzzzz


Posted by: boondocklurker | September 30, 2005 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, Joel, I hope you're happy! We've got panda bears and disco in the Zeplin blog! We've got Bennett and crayons in the Dry Rain blog. And tomorrow we'll probably have Britney Spears in the Congressional Record blog (or whatever you're working on....)

I guess I've been living in Switzerland for too long...I like things to be neat and tidy! This is total chaos!


And what I'd really like to talk about is Kurt Vonnegut! (But later...after I've read his new book).

good night all...


Posted by: off topic | September 30, 2005 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow, It's night time again. Moi Moi can tell cause its dark outside and there is no nuclear fallout on the window sill. How long was Moi Moi out this time? Moi Moi doesn't think we had the expression: "Whatever..." in the 60s did we? Maybe we did and Moi Moi forgot. Whatever...

Posted by: Moi Moi | October 1, 2005 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I have to admit that When the Levee Breaks has been running through my head all month. I can't believe Zeppelin is "classic rock" - it was outrageous at some point. U2 is my obsession now - the loudest folk group in the world. And Dylan is amazing.

I voted for the panda name quite awhile ago - Tai Shan was my pick.

off topic, Kurt Vonnegut has come up in the boodle before (probably multiple times - where is Tom fan?). All you have to do is mention something, and off we'll veer - especially about books! I once got people discussing daylight savings time...

CowTown, I was wondering if you're in Wichita. I visited there in the spring, and they have a lot of cowtown references. Not sure if it's upper Midwest - I get kind of disoriented when I'm far from a coast.

kurosawaguy, I tried searching my library catalog for your favorite director's movies the other night, and it took me 3 tries to get the spelling right!

american in siam, late night boodler - nice to have some company.

Rock on!

Posted by: mostlylurking | October 1, 2005 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what a fun ride in the comments today/tonight! I didn't get to see them early enough for timely observations, maybe some threads will come up again soon.

Posted by: Bob S. | October 1, 2005 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Good morning. OK, now... what were we talking about?

Posted by: TBG | October 1, 2005 8:02 AM | Report abuse

TBG: What makes you think anybody is going to be online this time on Saturday morning? Are you crazy or what? (kidding, of course, I'm here...)

Posted by: Reader | October 1, 2005 8:32 AM | Report abuse

hey - guess what! i'm here! *sigh* i hafta work all day... on a saturday!

what are we talking about today? the yankees lost last nite but i don't wanna talk about it... i just wanna weep! :(

Posted by: mo | October 1, 2005 8:42 AM | Report abuse


The one bright spot about being a Yankee fan this morning is that you aren't a Cleveland fan.

Posted by: Dolphin Michael | October 1, 2005 8:56 AM | Report abuse

LOL... did they get creamed?

Posted by: mo | October 1, 2005 8:59 AM | Report abuse

9th inning rundown double play a split second before a third runner was able to cross the plate with the game tied. They went on to lose later.

Bonehead play

Posted by: Dolphin Michael | October 1, 2005 9:03 AM | Report abuse

yeah... well giambi (who should KNOW better) botched a simple grounder in a painful 6th inning... i'm wearing my yankees hat and concentrating all my mojo for tonite - tho i suspect i, like gene, may have negative mojo... or *gasp* no mojo at all???? jw - you suck! you suck mojo! outta yankees fans!

Posted by: mo | October 1, 2005 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I guess you're glad jw refused the bet "on principle" now.

Posted by: Reader | October 1, 2005 9:10 AM | Report abuse

are you kidding??? i aint giving up THAT easy! my guys will turn this around! i have faith! i may not have any stinkin mojo but darn it, i have FAITH! (please don't lose! please don't lose! please don't lose!)

Posted by: mo | October 1, 2005 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Moi Moi likes to scan the headlines real fast to get the big picture.

• GAO Rules on Cabinet Payments
• CIA May Lose Spy Oversight
• Jakarta Hikes Gas Prices
• More Evacuees Go to Hotels

Moi Moi is a Post Impressionist.

Posted by: Moi Moi | October 1, 2005 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I wish I had your unfailing faith in baseball. I have yet to watch a game or root for any team since the second strike. I just can't bring myself to. I instead upped my football and soccer intake to compensate my sports quota. I think the problem is that I don't have a home team to root for however I always try to catch college and minor league baseball when I can.

re: music. I tend to listen to far too much classical to have an opinion on current trends but I have found that The Darkness is the best new band to come in the US radar in a while. They are kind of throwback though. I do try to imbibe on "classic" rock on a regular basis since it makes that drive home a little easier and have recently come to peaceful terms with southern rock.

Posted by: peanutgallerymember | October 1, 2005 10:04 AM | Report abuse

argh, mo, they done us wrong. :(

Posted by: LP | October 1, 2005 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Moi Moi longs for a national sport with flora mascots. Moi Moi would like to root for a team called the Roots, as in: Let's go root for the Roots! and: Go Roots! Kill those Weeds!

Posted by: Moi Moi | October 1, 2005 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Moi Moi, "Post impressionist" Hah! LOL.

I was thinking about that word "Post" just today--we post on the Post, posthaste, fencepost, post a letter, etc.[sometimes I want to enforce the rule that Joel "posts" and we "comment"--but after I type my comment, the button I click says "post"]--and the more times you type it the weirder the word looks. Why doesn't it rhyme with "cost?" [I know why, it's because it's a French word: "poste"--it's supposed to have an e at the end. It's not pronounced incorrectly; it's SPELLED incorrectly. English is a strange language. I'm glad it is my native tongue and I didn't have to learn it from scratch in school.]

Okay, time for real life now. Later, Achengators!

Posted by: Reader | October 1, 2005 10:23 AM | Report abuse

The Oakland Oaks got bogged down in the 9th and were swamped by the Miami Mangroves.

Posted by: Moi Moi | October 1, 2005 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Good news:
After being in the media spotlight for 24 hours, the American Red Cross lifted its media blackout at three (of four major)shelters in San Antonio for hurricane evacuees.

Bad News:
The left hand still doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Around 8 a.m. (after a call came in at 1 a.m.) on Thursday, 310 "special needs" evacuees were ordered onto buses from the San Antonio Levi Strauss shelter and told they were headed for a Veteran Affairs hospital in Waco. Instead, these individuals ended up in an abandoned Wal-Mart without sufficient indoor toilets (a row of portable restrooms had been set up outside), bedding--cots and linens, and other supplies. The area inside Wal-Mart for the evacuees had even been cordoned off with police tape.

Equally as egregious, according to our local paper, each patient's belongings had ben very carefully packed, including medications and medical records, but were thrown into a huge pile within Wal-Mart so that personal effects could be checked for contraband. In one instance, a young girl's heart medication was lost.

One health care worker who rode one of the buses to Waco said, "We threw them like garbage into an empty Wal-Mart, but they were like family to us."

Gov. Rick Perry said Friday morning that the evacuees were taken to 400 beds at Waco VA hospital. His spokesperson, Kathy Walt, later quickly revised the governor's remarks, saying that the Wal-Mart was only a triage location.

I wonder if these evacuees are getting a case of the concentration camp blues?

The Wednesday I arrived at Camp Caseys outside Bush's western White House, all the shuttle vans had been pressed into service to ferry numerous camp volunteers to a protest outside the Waco Veterans Administration hospital to protest the closing of its psychiatric hospital/services. Too bad. It would have been a nice place to send state and local officials (perhaps FEMA honchos, too) to get their heads examined.

Kudos: reporters Laura Jesse, Ron Wilson

Posted by: Linda Loomis | October 1, 2005 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Real life? This isn't real? Uht oh, that changes everything. Moi Moi would like to see the word Dump on the button; but Moi Moi is known to have eccentric, unmainstreamlike preferences.

Posted by: Moi Moi | October 1, 2005 10:28 AM | Report abuse

As Gov. Jeb Bush wrote in an op-ed Friday in the Washington Post, titled "Think Locally on Relief" (Yeah, Jeb, right...):

Just as all politics are local, so are all disasters. The most effective response is one that starts at the local level and grows with the support of surrounding communities, the state and then the federal government. The bottom-up approach yields the best and quickest results -- saving lives, protecting property and getting life back to normal as soon as possible. Furthermore, when local and state governments understand and follow emergency plans appropriately, less taxpayer money is needed from the federal government for relief.

As e-mailed to me by friends--I won't include the last paragraph, which includes talk of impeachment:

How SHOULD A President Respond

In September 1999, Hurricane Floyd -- a category 3 -- was bearing down on the Carolinas and Virginia. President Clinton was in Christchurch, New Zealand - meeting with President Jiang of China (you know, actually working). He made the proclamation that only Presidents can make and declared the areas affected by Floyd "Federal Disaster Areas" so the National Guard and Military can begin to mobilize. Then he cut short his meetings overseas and flew home to coordinate the rescue efforts. This all one day BEFORE a Cat-3 hit the coast. That is how you do it.

How about this man's own father during Hurricane Andrew? Once again, President Bush (41) -- August, 1992 -- was in the midst of a brutal campaign for re-election. Yet, he cut off his campaigning the day before and went to Washington where he martialed the largest
military operation on US soil in history. He sent in 7,000 National Guard and 22,000 regular military personnel, and all the gear to begin the clean up within hours after Andrew passed through Florida.

"Cause, you know, those people and their stuff was actually where it
belonged, rather than being used for insurgent target-practice halfway around the world in a vain effort to make Iraq safe for Iranian takeover.

In August of 1969 when Cat-5 Hurricane Camille hit roughly the same area as Katrina, President Nixon had already readied the National Guard and ordered all Gulf rescue vessels and equipment from Tampa and Houston to follow the Hurricane in. There were over 1,000 regular military with two dozen helicopters to assist the Coast Guard and National Guard within hours after the skies cleared.

Bush 43 - August 2005 - Cat-5 Hurricane Katrina bears down on New Orleans and the Mississippi gulf. Both states are down nearly 8,000 National Guard troops because they are in Iraq -- with most of the rescue gear needed. Bush is on vacation. The day before Katrina makes landfall, Bush rides his bike for two hours. The day she hits, he goes to John McCain's birthday party; and lies to old people about the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company welfare boondoggle.

People are dying, the largest port of entry in the United States (and fifth largest in the World) is under attack. Troops and supplies are desperately needed. The levees are cracking and the emergency 1-1/2 ton sandbags are ready, but there aren't enough helicopters or pilots to set them before the levees fail. The mayor of New Orleans begs for Federal coordination, but there is none, and the sandbagging never gets done. So Bush -- naturally -- goes to San Diego, to play guitar with country singer and lie to the military about how Iraq is just exactly like WWII. The levees give way, filling New Orleans with water, sewage, oil and chemicals. Ten percent of all US exports, and 50% of all agricultural exports ordinarily go through this port. It is totally destroyed.

Bush decides he'll end his vacation a couple of days early -- TOMORROW --BECAUSE HE HAS TICKETS TO A PADRES GAME! He goes back to the Fake Farm in Crawford, with every intention of doing something on WEDNESDAY about this disaster that happened starting last Sunday night. He had time for a couple of rounds of golf, too.

Posted by: Linda Loomis | October 1, 2005 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Here's my (only) Kurosawa story.

As a student in the 70s I worshipped Kurosawa, and bussed all over the west coast to see his films at arthouses. (Before DVDs and videos, you had to go to an actual theater to see a movie...) Saw Rashomon maybe 30 times, in different theaters.

Then one day the UC Berkeley Film Archive announced the master himself was coming to California for a screening of his classic, Ikiru. A personal appearance! I planned my trip for weeks. Lied to my boss to get a day off work, hopped on a train, arrived at the venue around 6:00 in the morning. Waited all day, got a decent seat in the huge auditorium, and watched Ikiru (for the 3rd time) in a room full of hundreds of other Kurosawa acolytes.

After the film, the great AK himself strolled up the aisle and onto the stage, to a standing ovation, of course. He was old, a little fragile looking, walking on the arm of his translator, and wearing a spotless white suit and tinted glasses.

We were pretty much breathless. He started to talk. "Pleased to be here...first time...very grateful...glad that..."etc. Then he just looked out at us, a little puzzled maybe, and said he really had nothing else to say because he was a filmmaker, not a speechmaker. Everything I have to say, he said, I've said with my movies. It's all there, on film, everything, there's nothing else. He was neither apologetic nor arrogant about it--it was just a simple statement. Then he left.

And you know what? I wasn't one bit disappointed. He left behind something more enduring than analysis or hype: plain old integrity. Just simple, unvarnished honesty about himself and his art. He didn't do spin; he was telling the truth---the stuff on celluloid is important, and I'm not. I've never admired an artist more.

They broke the mold after him.

Posted by: taiwankeiki | October 1, 2005 10:38 AM | Report abuse

How about a national sport with teams named after psychiatric disorders?

Posted by: Moi Moi | October 1, 2005 10:44 AM | Report abuse

The Chicago Schizos?

Posted by: peanutgallerymember | October 1, 2005 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Pardon my spelling...

Posted by: peanutgallerymember | October 1, 2005 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post Traumatic Stress Disorders?
Moi Moi loves granting pardons.

Posted by: Moi Moi | October 1, 2005 11:16 AM | Report abuse

If Moi Moi asked nicely, does anyone think John Roberts might come over and cut Moi Moi's grass? Yet, Moi Moi wonders, would trimming the bushes be too much to ask?

Posted by: Moi Moi | October 1, 2005 11:43 AM | Report abuse

oooo.... moi moi committed achenboodlecide! for shame!

Posted by: mo | October 1, 2005 1:41 PM | Report abuse

wooohooo! bottom of the 1st and the bombers are ahead by 3 points! can someone pls stop damon (aka monkey man) from stealing bases? sheesh!

Posted by: mo | October 1, 2005 1:47 PM | Report abuse

a beutiful day
Here in the midwest today
why is the computer on?

Posted by: Dave | October 1, 2005 4:42 PM | Report abuse

dave - could it be cuz you mispelled beautiful? i KID i KID!
hey, LP - our guys DID IT!!!! 8-4!!! how happy am i! plenty darn happy i can tell you!
now let's just concentrate on tomorrow!

Posted by: mo | October 1, 2005 6:01 PM | Report abuse

To help get us back 'on' at least one of Joel's main topics, I googled, "woman american president" and found this:

"The campaign to elect women to the U.S. presidency began over 130 years ago when Victoria Claflin Woodhull pronounced herself a candidate for U.S. president in the 1872 election, in The New York Herald on April 2, 1870.

A wealthy and prominent newspaper owner known nationally as the first woman to open a stock brokerage firm on Wall Street, Woodhull received widespread media coverage as the first woman to run for U.S. president. And she used the influence her candidacy brought to win the right for women to address Congress, becoming the first woman to address Congress on January 11, 1871--speaking on behalf of women's right to vote."

From this website:

Now how many of you already knew about Ms. Woodhull?


Posted by: off topic | October 2, 2005 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Hey Nani, after scanning this (been busy this past weekend), remind me to tell you about the time I sat elbow to elbow at a bar with the great JLH hisownself. Perhaps at the BPH next week?

We did not have bourbon, scotch, and beer.


Posted by: bc | October 3, 2005 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, in just a few days it will be Zeptember 2006. Last year I really celebrated with a Zeptember party with plenty of Steak and Beer and Zep tunes. In my opinion Zeppelin is the greates English rock band ever-bar none the stones and the who.

Posted by: Paul Salazar | August 24, 2006 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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