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...Coming up: the Fritos Halftime Spectacular, featuring the Energizer Battery Live Performance by the Rolling Stones. Dan, you're a Stones fan, right? Isn't it great that they're "still going" after all these years?

-- I saw the band in rehearsal yesterday, Bob, they're still amazingly loud. You're going to love their opening number, "Start Me Up," where Mick Jagger starts a Toro riding lawn mower and then actually mows the turf right there at midfield.

-- And then Keith Richards has the medical procedure?

-- The blood transfusion, that's right. Live onstage. Sponsored by [squawking] AFLAC.

-- What a show! More on that in a moment, Dan, but now we've got third and short. They need less than a yard for the first down. About the length of six Lite beers from Miller placed end to end.

-- Bob, I think it's a bit longer than that. I'd say as long as 17 iPod Nanos.

-- Power formation, two tight ends. Defense showing blitz. Gleeber stands over center . . . takes the snap, rolls right, like Right Guard unscented roll-on antiperspirant . . . now flips the ball to Euphesians, he can run like a Budweiser Clydesdale, but no! He wants to pass! Looking toward the AutoZone End Zone! Caught for a touchdown and Motel 6 points!

-- Can't wait to see that again on the Minute Rice Instant Replay, Bob.

-- We'll do that after these commercial messages!

[Aerial shot: Luxury car on winding road through forest. Announcer: "Introducing the new Galactica, from Lexus. With trapezoidal suspension, quad-cam reverse-stroke transmission, rear-mounted antiaircraft guns, and Klingon cloaking device, this is the luxury ride you've always dreamed of. Wow your friends, or simply press the Vanish button and disappear completely. Now you see it . . ." (car vanishes) ". . . now you don't."]

[Interior shot of workers dancing at corporate office. Unintelligible dialogue. Manager upset. Workers return to desks. Someone gets a paper cut, blood pools on floor. Victim, "dead," is placed in casket. Casket now seen rolling toward oven door at crematorium. Colleague produces Office Depot coupon, opens coffin and uses coupon to bandage wound. Worker is revived. Dancing resumes.]

-- We're back at the Dome, Super Bowl XL. I'm Bob Boofer, with Dan Scabblo next to me. Plus we got a pretty blonde working for us, Bonnie Something. So very hot. Lights my fire something fierce. Now, time for the Levi's Tight Jeans "Scoring" Summary. A 62-yard drive, it took 3 minutes 20 seconds, three commercials and two in-house promos . . . Don't miss, immediately following the game, the premier of our new reality series, "Lord of the Flies." Can 16 pampered suburban kids survive on a remote tropical island without food, water or adult supervision? Join us for a thrilling look at children descending into madness, savagery and cannibalism! Viewer discretion advised . . . Here's the kick, a squib . . . Scrofman takes it at the 15, cuts to the sideline . . . Oh, and a brutal hit by Feeby, just annihilated him. My heavens.

-- He's not moving, Bob.

-- No, he's not, Dan. He's just . . . well, his family needs to call State Farm. Looks like they're not even going to bring out the stretcher.

-- Just chalking off the outline of the body at this point. Here's the coroner.

-- Wow. Good thing Feeby didn't lead with the helmet, that might've drawn a flag. While they attend to this, we'll take a break for these messages.

[Actor playing normal person: "Heartburn. It's no laughing matter. I went to see my doctor. Mylanta? I asked him. No, he said. Coronary artery disease. Before you know it I was butterflied like a shrimp. Why am I alive? Because I now have in my chest the heart of a pig." Announcer: "Pork: The Other White Meat."]

-- We're back. First and 10. Eye formation. I've never understood why they call it the Eye.

-- It's like the letter "I."

-- Wow. Why don't we ever call a wide receiver a "flanker" anymore, Dan? I miss the "flanker." Call me crazy! Also the "wingback" and the "split end." But let's focus on the game. I should mention that at halftime we'll have a special tribute to our soldiers in harm's way -- oops, a long run downfield -- who is that?

-- I believe that's a streaker.

-- Which explains the nudity. Right! In any case we've got a special tribute, some actual foreign combatants will be flown in from Guantanamo and held in chains at midfield while 500 dancers prance and wiggle to a hip-hop version of "America the Beautiful."

-- Bob, I think someone just scored.

-- Whatever.

[This is Sunday's Rough Draft column. Click here for the Rough Draft archive.]

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 4, 2006; 7:01 PM ET
 
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Betty Friedan, author of the "Feminine Mystique," died today on her 85th birthday.

From the online WaPo article:
What she found was that these well-educated women of the class of 1942, now largely suburban housewives, were asking, in effect, "Is this all?"

I love to watch the SuperBowl specifically to see how women are portrayed in the advertisements. Last year's ads had me tied in hissy-fits.

And can't we get some SuperBowl half-time entertainment that's American? Since the Janet Jackson wardrobe failure, we've been treated to Sir Paul, and this year it's Sir Mick and Gang, for the love of St. George.

At least Sir Anthony Hopkins has been in and out of San Antonio helping to raise funds for our library through his paintings and music.

Posted by: Loomis | February 4, 2006 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely love your Office Depot commercial.

Posted by: TBG | February 4, 2006 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyone remember the streaking phenomena?

My senior year at college I lived in a brand-new dorm complex. Along with the freshly built terraced hillside housing hugging one side of a ravine, Humboldt State had constructed a new elevated cafeteria/complex with glass on three sides.

The glass walls afforded a spectacular view of the many older dorm halls dotting the far side of the large ravine, the pine and redwood-covered hills ringing the ravine, as well as a vista of the undulating hills and flats leading west to the Pacific Ocean.

My friends and I looked up early one evening from our trays of cafeteria food and what did we behold? A streak-in, just one of several on campus that year.

There were about 75 fellow students, both male and female, streaking around the wide balcony beyond the three walls of windows.

Beef(cake and cheesecake). It's what's for dinner.

*This blog post brought to you by the Cattlemen's Beef Board.

Posted by: Loomis | February 4, 2006 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The streaker is sponsored by Nike.
Just do it.

Now, back to our game, where the IBM Blue Man Group leads the Burger Kings 13 to 10.

I blogged some thoughts on The Big Game That We Dare Not Call By Name:
http://www.10thcircle.com/10/?p=29

If you've ever heard a Washington NFL Franchise radio broadcast, it's not too far from this RD in terms of sponsor plugs. When you've got sponsors for individual plays, you're really maximizing the revenue stream...Hmm, won't those Washington NFL radio broadcasts be on the WaPo radio network?

bc

Posted by: bc | February 4, 2006 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I love the commercial where the man comes the door of an office and these three guys are doing something akin to dancing, and the dude at the door ask them about another guy, and they stop whatever it is they're doing and using this high tech stuff they answer his question, and start back doing whatever they call that, dancing I guess. To me it is hilarious, I laugh everytime I see it. I laugh when I think about it. These guys are so geeky, and that body movement is beyond weird.

Posted by: Cassandra S | February 4, 2006 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Do you suppose this sponsorship frenzy will run its course eventually? I imagine telling my great-grandchildren, you just wouldn't believe what it was like back around the turn of the century.

The big concert venue where I live recently changed its name from National Car Rental Center to Office Depot Center. Neither of those sounds like a place to go see the Moody Blues. Ya know? Whatever happened to, like, when I was a kid, the Tulsa Civic Center. That's logical. You're not going to rent a car or buy office supplies. You're going to meet up with a few thousand of your fellow citizens for an "event." Call me crazy, but I'm kind of nostalgic for language that means something--the language of commercials is diluting our reality, isn't it?

[Great column, Joel, I'll just read it again tomorrow instead of watching the game.]

Posted by: kbertocci | February 4, 2006 9:07 PM | Report abuse

How much did Joel get paid to do this satire?

Posted by: Wilbrod | February 4, 2006 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, that commercial is a couple of years old and they just started using it again recently. I agree with you that I can't help watching it every time it comes on. It goofs on the "white men can't dance" bit and does so quite effectively. It is a hoot.

As far as streakers go (so to speak) I remember David Niven's comment when one ran across the stage during the Oscars: "Just think: the only laugh that man will probably ever get is for stripping and showing off his shortcomings."

Posted by: pj | February 4, 2006 9:43 PM | Report abuse

This is a great spot for a cat story, folks.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 4, 2006 11:43 PM | Report abuse

This was so great to read a wee bit tipsy. Laugh out loud funny...or for crying out loud.

Posted by: FF | February 5, 2006 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Bayou Self, I wrote a lenthly cat story, then lost it in the ether when the posting link was up for maintenance. It was a parody of cat foodball inside the house, ending with a Meow Mix commercial interruption and diversion of the game to attack the TV singing cat. It's probably better lost in the ether, but I tried.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 5, 2006 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Please just guarantee no wardrobe malfunctions this year.

Posted by: Dolphin Michael | February 5, 2006 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Corporate sponsorship has gotten so pervasive that it's almost beyond satire. I half expect to see next year's State of the Union Address brought to us by Halliburton. (Wait a minute...) Further, every time I see a corporate logo, or hear a corporate tagline, I know that the cost is passed on to the consumer. It's bad enough to be bombarded with these distracting sounds and images. It's even worse to know that we're all paying for it

Posted by: RD Padouk | February 5, 2006 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Corporate sponsorship....Maybe this Blog should go that route.

How 'bout "The Achenblog....Brought to you by Fleet's Home Enemas...Remember Achenblog and Fleet's, the result is the same!"

Posted by: The Lonemule | February 5, 2006 9:07 AM | Report abuse

otherside123.blogspot.com
www.onlinejournal.com
www.takingaim.info

Send Me Your Health Care Horror Stories... an appeal from Michael Moore

Friends,

How would you like to be in my next movie? I know you've probably heard I'm making a documentary about the health care industry (but the HMOs don't know this, so don't tell them -- they think I'm making a romantic comedy).

If you've followed my work over the years, you know that I keep a pretty low profile while I'm making my movies. I don't give interviews, I don't go on TV and I don't defrost my refrigerator. I do keep my website updated on a daily basis (there's been something like 4,000,000 visitors just this week alone) and the rest of the time I'm... well, I can't tell you what I'm doing, but you can pretty much guess. It gets harder and harder sneaking into corporate headquarters, but I've found that just dying my hair black and wearing a skort really helps.

Back to my invitation to be in my movie. Have you ever found yourself getting ready to file for bankruptcy because you can't pay your kid's hospital bill, and then you say to yourself, "Boy, I sure would like to be in Michael Moore's health care movie!"?

Or, after being turned down for the third time by your HMO for an operation they should be paying for, do you ever think to yourself, "Now THIS travesty should be in that 'Sicko' movie!"?

Or maybe you've just been told that your father is going to have to just, well, die because he can't afford the drugs he needs to get better - and it's then that you say, "Damn, what did I do with Michael Moore's home number?!"

Ok, here's your chance. As you can imagine, we've got the goods on these bastards. All we need now is to put a few of you in the movie and let the world see what the greatest country ever in the history of the universe does to its own people, simply because they have the misfortune of getting sick. Because getting sick, unless you are rich, is a crime - a crime for which you must pay, sometimes with your own life.

About four hundred years from now, historians will look back at us like we were some sort of barbarians, but for now we're just the laughing stock of the Western world.

So, if you'd like me to know what you've been through with your insurance company, or what it's been like to have no insurance at all, or how the hospitals and doctors wouldn't treat you (or if they did, how they sent you into poverty trying to pay their crazy bills) ...if you have been abused in any way by this sick, greedy, grubby system and it has caused you or your loved ones great sorrow and pain, let me know.

Send me a short, factual account of what has happened to you - and what IS happening to you right now if you have been unable to get the health care you need. Send it to michael@michaelmoore.com. I will read every single one of them (even if I can't respond to or help everyone, I will be able to bring to light a few of your stories).

Thank you in advance for sharing them with me and trusting me to try and do something about a very corrupt system that simply has to go.

Oh, and if you happen to work for an HMO or a pharmaceutical company or a profit-making hospital and you have simply seen too much abuse of your fellow human beings and can't take it any longer - and you would like the truth to be told - please write me at michael@michaelmoore.com. I will protect your privacy and I will tell the world what you are unable to tell. I am looking for a few heroes with a conscience. I know you are out there.

Thank you, all of you, for your help and your continued support through the years. I promise you that with "Sicko" we will do our best to give you not only a great movie, but a chance to bring down this evil empire, once and for all.

In the meantime, stay well. I hear fruits and vegetables help.

Yours,
Michael Moore
michael@michaelmoore.com
www.michaelmoore.com

Posted by: che | February 5, 2006 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Well.. apparently this blog does have a sponsor!

Posted by: TBG | February 5, 2006 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Lonemule - We really needed you in the previous boodle.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 5, 2006 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Thanx, but I need to be careful.

Opening this blog is like standing under and lancing a pinata full of diarrhea

Posted by: Lonemule | February 5, 2006 12:35 PM | Report abuse

La senora se echo a reir cada vez que salia el payaso. Debemos tener en cuenta que por lo menos trato de hacerlo.

Posted by: En la ciudad de San Antonio | February 5, 2006 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanx, but I need to be careful.
Opening this blog is like standing under and lancing a pinata full of diarrhea
Posted by: Lonemule | Feb 5, 2006 12:35:55

This was not posted by me. Please don't attribute any more participation in this BLOG to me than I'm actually guilty of.

Posted by: The Lonemule | February 5, 2006 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Go Steelers!

http://media3.steelers.com/MediaContent/thumb/44529.jpg

Posted by: Pixel | February 5, 2006 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, that's not what I meant to link to.

http://www.youtube.com/w/It%27s-Polamalu?v=3aujaEafmDo&search=Troy%20Polamalu%20Steelers%20Pittsburgh%20Football

Posted by: Pixel | February 5, 2006 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Great Rough Draft, Joel. You nailed it.

Sponsered by your neighborhood carpenter.

bdl

Posted by: boondocklurker | February 5, 2006 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Daggumit

SCC: sponsored

bdl

Posted by: boondocklurker | February 5, 2006 4:36 PM | Report abuse

To tie two boodles together...one of my favorite commercials shown during the Superbowl was by EDS. It featured cowboys herding cats. Hysterical.

Posted by: Frequently Lurking, Rarely Posting | February 5, 2006 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I like Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin, but that was one of the poorer renditions of tha National Anthem I've ever heard.

Hate to admit it, but liked the "I'm going to Disney World" commercial a minute ago. Give it an A-

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 5, 2006 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The refs are determining the game. Not cool, for either team or the sport.

Posted by: Don | February 5, 2006 9:37 PM | Report abuse

It's rigged, Don. The fix is in.

And as much as I love the Rolling Stones, they couldn't find any other musicians in Detroit who might've performed at halftime? I know, it's not as if the area has any sort of rich tradition in that area ...

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 5, 2006 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Game over, man. *sigh* I'm glad the Steelers won (mildly glad, anyway), but as usual it wasn't a very good game (in fact, about 75% of Super Bowls are pretty lame). I don't think Roethlisberger got into the end zone, despite the review, and I don't think the offensive interfence call on the Seattle score-that-wasn't was very good, either. Fortunately, the refs didn't have any inflield fly rule calls.

Next up in wretched excess: the Winter Olympics (not the events, just the build-up).

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 5, 2006 10:17 PM | Report abuse

It's spelled "nauseam", not "nauseum"

Posted by: Jon | February 5, 2006 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Super Bowl XL:"Why they hate us"

Posted by: jsavidge10 | February 6, 2006 12:34 AM | Report abuse

ad nauseam as ad nauseum indicates the passive Latin infinitive (um): to be or about to be, and within that context of use, although rare, was appropriate. After the game and ads, ad nauseam is correct. The Latin derives from the Greek naus (ship) and indicated seasickness from the repetitious rocking of the ship. Ad repetition is an advertising maxim. The new ads may be fun at first, but after the deluge of use that follows the game, may induce nausea from too frequent repetition that sickens the observer.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 6, 2006 7:13 AM | Report abuse

What's a Superbowl? Some kind of toilet?

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Good one, Eurotrash! No, it's the championship game of pro football, American style. Big deal for those who care.

Posted by: slyness | February 6, 2006 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Slyness,

Actually I was going to appologise for the lameness of my joke.

Even though American Football is a non sport over here, every year we get the results of the superbowl on the news.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Superbowl XL was not particularly XL-ent, and, although I watched only the last quarter, would dub it Superbowl XXXX, and worthy of ET's reference to a big toilet.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 6, 2006 8:01 AM | Report abuse

"ad nauseam as ad nauseum indicates the passive Latin infinitive (um): to be or about to be, and within that context of use, although rare, was appropriate"

Shiloh, I don't know what you said, really, but I'm impressed.

And speaking of songs you can't get out of your head (I'm sure we were, not long ago),

I can't type "Shiloh" or read it without "Shiloh, when I was young, I used to call your name, when no one else would come, Shiloh you always came..."

What is that, a song about Neil Diamond's dog? I don't particularly like that song, but the repetition of it does stick in my brain. A friend in college commented on Mr. Diamond's vocal range as follows: "I like his note."

Posted by: kbertocci | February 6, 2006 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Good morning! Saturday night, No. 1 GG-Boy, 4 month old Phillip Flavius graduated from his portable crib in Mom and Dad's bedroom to his own room. He likes it! It isn't decorated in any certain "theme", just stuff the family thinks he'd like. My contribution is a print of a painting anyone who grew up in Texas would recognize - cowboy herding cattle, riding a giant jackrabbit. Now I'm googling to find a print of a painting I saw in the Huxtable kids'(the old Cosby show) bathroom. Nighttime scene of the owl and pussycat at sea on a raft, dark blue sky with a few bright stars and quarter moon. Flavius (I'm the only one who calls him that) also has a cd player in his room so I got him Willie Nelson's Stardust album and the soundtrack of Forest Gump - because it has "Coo coo cachoo Mrs. Robinson" and other neat songs on it. Life is so good.

Posted by: Nani | February 6, 2006 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Nani, you might try anything by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. They have a couple albums of bedtime songs for children, featuring cowboy songs and horseback riding among other things.

Posted by: Tim | February 6, 2006 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Eh, the game went as I expected, with Pitt winning on heart.

My brother-in law is still reeling that I called the Randel-el to Ward gadget play that went for the Steeler's last TD right before it happened.

I also advised a friend to take the "under" with his bookie. I don't know if he took my advice.

Still, it will go down as a relatively unmemorable game even though it featured the longest run from scrimmage and interception return in ÜB history.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 6, 2006 8:50 AM | Report abuse

SCC: "Randle El".

At least I'm not hung over.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 6, 2006 8:52 AM | Report abuse

It's high time that we put a football referee's uniform on Oprah Winfrey. She could have made better--and more honest--calls yesterday evening during Superbowl XL than the jittery, starstruck refs who were on the field.

There actually was a costuming snafu and switcheroo--weren't the refs wearing Steelers jerseys after all? Those refs did everything shy of intercepting Seahawk quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's passes and running them back themselves.

How could the ref have signaled a touchdown only after Roethlisberger stretched out and extended his body after he was down--short of the goal line?

What about the following kickoff, when refs found a holding against Seattle? Just as they found a hold on an earlier third-down conversion by the Seahawks? Just as they found a block in the back on a Seattle punt return. Just as they nullified a pass completion that would have set up the Seahawks at the Pittsburgh two-yard line? Just as they ruled Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck fumbled--only to have the call challenged and overturned?

This is football? I gave up my evening for this...(and the commercials)?

We ought to have a time machine to roll back the clock, call for a replay of the game, boot the Rolling Bones, and bring in some Motown Sound.

What a disappointing event. The Steelers ought to hanging their heads in shame for bringing home the Lombardi cup. How fair a game is it when a 12th man showed up for the Stealers [sic], along with a 13th and 14th?

Posted by: Loomis | February 6, 2006 9:10 AM | Report abuse

My 10 year My 10 year old son flushed the toilet right when the announcer asked for a moment of silence for the hurricane victims. Then my doughter said that whoever began singing the National Anthem wouldn't make the first cut on American Idol. Did anyone notice Anita's new fur coat?

Posted by: Pat | February 6, 2006 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Thanks so much Tim. I'm also thinking Frankie Laine's music; Ghost Riders in the Sky; Mule Train (hi Lonemule, the original **authentic** Lonemule, not the imposters), the Rawhide song. And some jazz, I particularly like Dave Brubeck's Take Five, there's a neat drum solo in it. Oh, I just want Flavius to experience all types of music

Posted by: Nani | February 6, 2006 9:12 AM | Report abuse

The Officiating STUNK!!!!
(she says, feeling Lone-Mule-y)

Posted by: Loomis | February 6, 2006 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Agree that it wasn't a great game, but I'm very happy about the outcome. It's interesting how a stupid football game can evoke enormously powerful emotions from 25 years past.

bc, Pitt is the University of Pittsburgh, whose basketball team lost to Georgetown yesterday. The Steelers are either the Steelers or the Pittsburgh Steelers. Just sayin', is all.

Posted by: Pixel | February 6, 2006 9:18 AM | Report abuse

You can make the argument that Mick has never really been a very good singer or dancer, but somehow has always gotten by on sheer cussedness and determination and swagger, all the more remarkable now that he is in his 80s.

I am in South Florida and have limited ability to blog today but will try to post a kit later on.

I liked the Addicted to Lost ad with the late Robert Palmer. The lady straddling the sleeping man in the airliner was funny but kind of pointless -- who can name the company that it allegedly was an advertisement for?

And I think Madden gets huge points for prophesying a gadget play "in the alumni area" between the 40s, involving Randal-El (sp?), and it happened just like he said.

Posted by: Achenbach | February 6, 2006 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Linda, I agree there were some questionable calls, but you really can't blame the players for the actions of the officials! The Steelers have had their share of bad calls against them this season, notably the interception by Palomalu in the game against the Colts that was ruled as not an interception. The NFL later admitted it was a bad call, which is rare for them to do.

Posted by: Pixel | February 6, 2006 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Pixel,
It's not the players who are in question, but the outcome of the game as a result of inept and incorrect calls by the refs.

Posted by: Loomis | February 6, 2006 9:39 AM | Report abuse

for kbertocci:

It means that a classical education reeks of pedantry, ad nauseam, but that Joel's usage was correct in context; readers and sticklers may recognize that.

As for Diamond's single note songs, I always heard "Shayla," not Shiloh, but that may be a result of aural monotony and personal dissonance.

I know I don't think the song is about me > hum that a few times to clear away the Diamond dust.

Sorry for the delayed response, I've been busy working on Emily's list of comments.

Give Joel my regards if you see him today. We need a new kit.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 6, 2006 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I thought Bart Starr looked pretty good.

Posted by: Bayou Self (sponsored by Excedrin) | February 6, 2006 10:18 AM | Report abuse

This just in, from comedian Andy Borowitz ...

February 5, 2006
BUSH CALLS SUPER BOWL A VICTORY IN WAR ON TERROR

Claims Link Between Seattle QB and al-Qaeda

Moments after the Pittsburgh Steelers sealed their 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, President George W. Bush appeared on national television to call the Steelers' win "a great victory in the war on terror."

Mr. Bush said that the victory was a serious blow to Islamic terrorism because there was "credible intelligence" linking the Seahawks' quarterback to al-Qaeda.

The President said that a series of warrantless wiretaps conducted by the National Security Agency had revealed "troubling information" about Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Additionally, during the game itself the NSA intercepted several radio communications between the Seahawks' offensive coordinator and Hasselbeck's helmet.

"We were able to identify Matt Hasselbeck as the number three man in al-Qaeda," Mr. Bush said.
"And now he has been destroyed."

Reached in the Seahawks locker room after the game, Mr. Hasselback commented, "Well, I'm a little down, yeah, but I wouldn't say I was destroyed."

In Washington, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del) expressed skepticism about Mr. Bush's claim that the Steelers' Super Bowl win represented a major victory in the war on terror.

"I know the President is looking high and low for a shred of good news these days, but even for him this seems like kind of a reach," Mr. Biden said.

Asked to react to Mr. Biden's comments, Mr. Bush said he was "not surprised," adding, "That's just the kind of thing I'd expect to hear from the number five man in al-Qaeda."

Elsewhere, scientists discovered a crevice one mile deep in the face of Mick Jagger.

Posted by: Bayou Self (sponsored by Kelloggs) | February 6, 2006 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Shiloh:

The beauty of the A-blog (one of them, anyway) is that you don't have to worry about "delayed" response. It feels like a chatroom sometimes, but it is actually a message board and time is not relevant. Your comment will eventually be read by all the regular readers.

"Classical education" is so "classic"--so Dickensian or Jesuitical or English Public School or something. It's impressive, I'm just saying (as Pixel would say.)

Anyway, there's no doubt about Shiloh, the song. I had the Neil Diamond piano book.

Of course I won't see Joel; he travels in much loftier circles than I. We did roll out the good weather for him, though. Yesterday was and today is fabulous, perfect, sunshiny and cool, the kind of day when I stand outside and say, "It's February!!"

Posted by: kbertocci | February 6, 2006 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It looked like everyone involved with the exception of Madden and Michaels had a bellyful of nerves last night. That said, I don't believe the refs affected the ultimate outcome with the bad calls. If Ben R is not in on third down, then they're 4th and goal at the nanoinch line and they score on the next try with a QB keeper or a bus lunge. Seattle doesn't have enough defensive beef to keep the Steelers out. The Seahawks lost because their QB couldn't keep from throwing the ball to the wrong team, their receivers all wore oven mitts, and they were completely rattled on the last possession. If this had been a samurai film, Seahawk seppuku would have been the post game locker room show.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | February 6, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Say, could we have a reminder of the time and place of the Boodle Porching Hour, which I believe takes place sometime and somewhere tomorrow, in the nearby metropolis of Washington, DC?

Posted by: Tim | February 6, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Tim:
The BPH will be held tomorrow at McCormick & Schmick's at 1652 K Street (in the bar area), from 5:00 p.m.

Posted by: Achenfan | February 6, 2006 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Stevie Wonder musical bit was completely muffed. It sounded like they were feeding the delayed audio to the sound engineer. The segues were brutish.

Posted by: asdg | February 6, 2006 11:28 AM | Report abuse

who speaks spanish, how do I say good point as in I agree with you?

Posted by: newkid | February 6, 2006 11:29 AM | Report abuse

It was so loud at my brother in-law's house that I couldn't hear Madden and Michaels; kind of a shame since that was their last game together.

The STEELERS (ahem) tend to pull those gadget plays from midfield (as JA and Mr, Madden pointed out), and on 1st and 10. Randle El was a QB at Indiana, it's an easy call to use him they way they used to use Kordell Stewart.

Oh, wait, I just looked at Wilbon's column...

As far as the refs go, I think the pass interference on Jackson was absurd. The Roethlisberger TD, well, it might have been possible that the tip of the ball crossed the plane (while obscured by Ben's arm) as he was hit and shoved back before he hit the ground (clearly behind the goal line). Sorry, not enough there to overturn a call that was probably incorrect in the first place. I noted a lot of OL holding by both teams that wasn't called, and some calls were for very minor infractions. I'd add that the flag thrown for Hasselbeck inadvertently knocking down a blocker when making a body tackle on the interception return should have been picked up.

Maybe they were "starstruck" as Loomis put it, but I think that they were just being human. I noticed the Steelers players and coaches communicating (talking and not grousing/arguing/yelling at) with the refs more than the Seahawks.

I still think that the STEELERS would have won the game even if the refs hadn't make several human errors.

In addition to the ads that brought up previously, the Stooge in me liked the FedEx caveman ad, though it wasn't the best by far.

Mike Greenberg on ESPN pointed out that he thought Ron Wood was playing guitar solos from different songs than those the rest of the band was playing. Ha!

bc

Posted by: bc | February 6, 2006 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I should add to k-guy's comments that the current Seahawks receivers and RBs have a history of dropping passes.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 6, 2006 11:39 AM | Report abuse

May I note for those attending tonight's Boodling Hour, that McCormick & Schmick's has valet parking at their front door for seven bucks. (At least they did at the last BPH.)

See you there!

Posted by: TBG | February 6, 2006 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The only commercial that made me laugh out loud was the "Magic Fridge" Bud Light one. You don't often get cargo cult allusions from beer ads.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 11:53 AM | Report abuse

TBG, please note that the BPH is tomorrow, not tonight.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 6, 2006 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Please be advised that for all BPH events, it is essential that all activities be properly recorded for prosterity as well as for the amusement of fellow Boodlers. Therefore, all BPH participants hereby implicitly agree to facilitate the recordation of BPH activities, preferably through the medium of digital photography, and to further expedite the distribution of said media to fellow Boodlers. All agreed, say, "Aye."

Posted by: CowTown | February 6, 2006 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I regret to say that because of some work issues, I won't be able to attend the BPH tomorrow. But I hope everyone has a great time, and good luck in Hong Kong, Achenfan!

Posted by: jw | February 6, 2006 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Aye! Aye!

Posted by: newkid | February 6, 2006 12:05 PM | Report abuse

for those that can't get enough of commercials -realy great ones - this is a link to a Dutch insurance company.
Many are in english, some are in dutch but don't let that stop you.

The tagline translates to: Need to call Apeldoorn. (or Achmea as it's called now.)

http://www.centraalbeheer.nl/cbi/cb/corporate/fun/commercials.jsp

Check out:
zweefvlieger (hang glider),
Ableline
and especialy "Egel" (hedgehog) which became a cult classic.


To view them click on "modemversie" or breedband for broadband.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The Superbowl was yesterday? Who knew?!

I watched Wayne Dyer's "The Power of Intention" on PBS.

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

"I am not better than anybody else. But I am definitely better than I *used* to be."

-- Wayne Dyer


And how 'bout that Magazine article by Shankar Vedantam, eh? And -- touching on a sort of related theme, at least to my mind -- that essay by Philip Kennicott in Saturday's Style section? "So perhaps these cartoons really do crystallize why Islam and the West are incompatible and must hunker down for a 'long war.' The only other option, it seems, is to remember that if vastly different worldviews can find no accommodation on a subject, then perhaps it's too early, in human history, to have the conversation."

Posted by: Dreamer | February 6, 2006 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, jw. Sorry you can't join us tomorrow. (But what is this "work" you speak of? Bah.)

Posted by: Achenfan | February 6, 2006 12:09 PM | Report abuse

bc: :-)

I totally agree with you on your assessment of the questionable calls. The offensive pass interference against Microsof^H^H^H -er, Seattle, was ridiculous. The Roethlisberger TD was iffy, but as K-guy said, they'd have gotten the TD anyway on the next down.

Mainly, I'm happy that Bill Cowher finally got his day in the sun. He deserves this victory!

Posted by: Pixel | February 6, 2006 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I too liked the caveman ad (fedex), and have no idea what the woman on man's lap commercial was for.

In an alternate universe where the referees are robots, an so don't make human mistakes, the Seahawks win uberbowl XXXX 20-17 (or maybe it was 23-17, my alternate reality viewing device needs a new display screen as everything appears a bit fuzzy).

Posted by: omni | February 6, 2006 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Aye Aye, CT, and I'll be bringing my digital camera to boot! :)

I particularly liked the Budweiser commercials with the "streaker" sheep and the baby Clydesdale.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2006 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Although I won't go so far as to offer to eat my hat if Scottynuke shows up at the BPH with his digital camera, I must say that I will be rather surprised. (Besides, isn't mo the official Achenphotographer?)

However, if *both* Scottynuke *and* Curmudgeon show up, I *will* eat my hat.

Posted by: Tom fan | February 6, 2006 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I think the woman on man's lap commercial was for Ameriquest Mortgage. I don't actually have any recollection that that's what it was for, but I really liked an earlier commercial that I'm pretty sure was for Ameriquest - when the doctor zaps the fly with the defib paddles. They both had the same theme about not judging things by how they look. What that has to do with Ameriquest, I have no idea. But the first ad was so funny to me that I did notice who did it.

Posted by: ABJunkie | February 6, 2006 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I hope tofu hats are available at the BPH... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2006 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I regret that despite a month of advance warning I cannot come up with a business related excuse to be in Downtown DC for the BPH, so I will not be there. Neither will any of my dopplegangers, alternate personalities, or straw men. So anyone else who doesn't show up is obviously me as well.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 12:45 PM | Report abuse

This may be sacrilege to Stones fans, but I liked DeVo's rendition of Satisfaction better (performed on SNL mid 70s).

Posted by: Nani | February 6, 2006 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Dang it! I would've tuned into the S bowl for a baby Clydesdale. Shoot.

Posted by: Nani | February 6, 2006 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"So anyone else who doesn't show up is obviously me as well."

yellojkt, this comment made my day.

Posted by: kbertocci | February 6, 2006 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Not helpin', yellojkt. (Funny, though.)

Posted by: Tom fan | February 6, 2006 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, BC... but at 7 bucks for valet parking, I might just show up tonight, too! As my dad would say, "That's like finding money in the street!"

Posted by: TBG | February 6, 2006 12:49 PM | Report abuse

May I just say that the sun is shining brightly in Seattle? I take that as a sign - either that the sun god is happy the Seahawks lost, or football altogether is over - yay! I know, I know, there's still that Pro Bowl thing, but who cares...

I missed Stevie Wonder yesterday...the one and only time I've seen him live in concert was when he opened for the Stones in DC, July 4, 1972. He was fabulous - I thought he did a better show than the Stones at the time (plus there weren't as many firecrackers in the stands during his set).

Happy BPH to all the DC locals, especially Achenfan et al. Once again, have a round of mojitos on me (or for me)!

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 6, 2006 12:53 PM | Report abuse

And kbertocci, I must say I was relieved to hear that you wouldn't be able to attend a U. Florida/Gainesville Porching Hour with Shiloh and Amo. I think there could have only been two possible outcomes of that scenario:
1) You would have been stood up.
2) You would have been served up with some fava beans and a nice chianti, and we never would have heard from you again. [As for whether you would have "made a nice string instrument," I probably shouldn't even go there.]

Posted by: Tom fan | February 6, 2006 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the good wishes, mostlylurking. [That's one of the things I like about Mondays -- mostlylurking can Boodle with us!]

Posted by: Achenfan | February 6, 2006 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Ah, reader k - despite my self-immersion in the obscurity of Tao, Wa and Zen, you have pegged me by the stigma of unshaken Jesuitical thinking. I am drawn like a moth to the flame of Bertoccian sunlight; nothing more than a lepidopteran speciman, netted, sorted and pinned by your perspicacity. A retreat to the Trappist cocoon of silence must suffice for the absence of a porch from Maine to Pennsylvania on which to light. There to ponder if a Diamond dog is a song of myself.

Although I know that's crap.

See you in the next blog. -Shiloh

Posted by: Shiloh | February 6, 2006 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and since TBG mentioned valet parking, I must tell my cautionary tale!

I went to a show Sat night (Tom Rush) at a club that has valet parking. It's very convenient, also cost $7 (cheap in Seattle), and since I was going by myself, less scary than wandering through a dark parking garage. Show was great, drive home was pleasant. When I stopped my car and pulled out the key - much to my surprise it was not my key! I was holding a keychain with a bunch of keys, one of which was a Toyota key (I have an old Toyota) - looked like very expensive keys. I called the club, they located my rightful keys, and drove to my place for the exchange. They were giving the guy whose keys I had free drinks (I hope not too many!). Anyway, the moral of the story is, check your keys when you do valet parking, especially if you have a Japanese car! And especially if you're at an event with lots of people all wanting their car at the same time...Nice to know no one wants to steal my car, since apparently they could at any time...

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 6, 2006 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Worry not, Tomfan, it is all Maya, allusion, in this instance.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 6, 2006 1:04 PM | Report abuse

SCC entry:
"could have been only two possible . . ."

Posted by: Tom fan | February 6, 2006 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I've confirmed that the woman on man's lap commercial was indeed for Ameriquest Mortgage. Theme: "Don't judge too quickly. We won't."

You can see all the ads (including the baby Clydesdale, Nani) at:
http://www.ifilm.com/superbowl

The ads took forever to load, even with a highspeed connection, but they did eventually play just fine.

Posted by: ABJunkie | February 6, 2006 1:40 PM | Report abuse

There she goes again accusing boodlers of being fictitious. Will it ever stop?????????????????????? I really hope someone brings a hat at the Porching hour.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2006 2:02 PM | Report abuse

SCC "brings a hat TO"

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2006 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I may have to change my day off so I can boodle in real time on more interesting (boodle-wise) days...since this one appears to have died...probably thanks to my valet parking story...A thousand apologies...

Now, I must go bask in the sunlight...

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 6, 2006 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Have invited all homeless people and a couple of GS fraternities in the K Street downtown area to attend the BPH. Have told them that their drinks will be free.

If you don't let them in, it will be proof that this BLOG STINKS!!!!! If you do, well......

Posted by: The Lonemule | February 6, 2006 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm online for 5 secs, karen bertocci is right, its quite sublime in South Florida. As for what circles I move in -- actually it's just me and OJ, on our own. Two lonely guys. Anyway, I will not post a kit today, in all likelihood. Carry on as you wish. I think it WAS offensive pass interference, though quite subtle; and I don't think Ben made it into the end zone, but he conned the ref with the "second effort" while flat on his belly, a lesson to all young-uns who play ball: The play isnt over when the whistle blows. It is only over when the referees have finished perceiving the play, which of course can take many minutes.

Posted by: Achenbach | February 6, 2006 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Mostly,

Since you seem to be a bit bored today, why not go to:

http://www.centraalbeheer.nl/cbi/cb/corporate/fun/commercials.jsp

I think some of those commercials are the best ones ever, real sketches.
Since all the gags are visual, there is no problem at all with language.


I know I already posted them, but I want to be sure someone watches them. (It's sad, I know.)

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 2:15 PM | Report abuse

O.J.? What, are you helping him look for the real killers?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 6, 2006 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to have to take a side in this Boodlebrouhaha on the side of Achen/Tom/*Fan. I am firmly convinced there are far fewer boodlers than there are unique signatures and the intent is not always benign or for humorous effect. Tom Fan should not be ridiculed for pointing out the obvious. That being said, I am not sure what can or should be done about the phenomena.

A dedicated blogmaster can match IP addresses with post times to some degree and catch the more egregious frauds and trolls. The disciplinary options usually include IP banning, which can be circumvented by knowledgeable hackers.

As we are finding applies in much of meatspace life as well, society is largely maintained by people remaining civil regardless of the presence or absence of laws and their enforcement procedures.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 2:20 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge, we've been issued a BPH challenge, I think...

And actually, I think JA's and OJ's "circles" are more like a Venn diagram with no intersection.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2006 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Ah, OJ. Those were the days. We were all so innocent.

OJ was the first big thing to watch on CNN Europe when it came out. Or was it the first Gulf War. (Queue "The skies over Bagdad" and grainy images of Flak.)

Anyway even though I didn't have a clue who he was, I did follow the trial since it was a real life American serial.

How come Judge Ito never went to the suppreme court?

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Piggybacking on a nearby Art Deco hotel's wireless network. I STILL think Mick was the MVP, even though that steals from last year's joke about Paul. Seriously, the guy is a freak of nature. Admittedly there were no close-ups. That was in the contract: In the age of Hi-Def, there will be only mid-range shots. Have you ever seen concert footage with no close-ups? I mean, with the Super Bowl technology they can spot a dimple on a football ON THE MOON. But anyway, I thought Mick and Keef and Charlie and the new guy, what's his name, were great. Ron. I made my kids watch. And Mick had the best line of the night, before "Satisfaction": "Here's one we could have played at Super Bowl I."

Posted by: Achenbach | February 6, 2006 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Yellojkt, It's less funny when you are accused to be a fake.
I re-started boodling a couple of days ago, and the first thing Reader did was being sarcastic about me. Talk about a warm welcome.

Anyway, to prove that I am a real Eurotrash I'll take a couple of pictures of me in front some Belgian landmarks. (I'm thinking Waterloo, the castle of Beersel and some Brussels thing.)
Then I'll post them on flikr or such.
I'll hold up some sign to prove I didn't steal the pictures from some Belgian website.

This will allow me to be myself once and for all and also show my mug to my fellow boodler since I won't be joining the porching hour soon.

Of course this doens't prove that I don't post under other nic's, but frankly that's nothing that I wanna do. (I am already confused enough with my one identity.)

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 2:29 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt;

Boodling seems to be solipsism in its most basic form:

I know I Boodle. As far as the rest of you, I could be imagining you all... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2006 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'll SCC for once:

"Fellow boodlers"
"That's not something I wanna do".

I only spot my mistakes after I post. (I used to run them through word spellchecker but that is too much of a hastle.)

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 2:35 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't me! I said, Thank you, Eurotrash, we need your viewpoint. That's what I remember, without checking the transcript. I'm always trying to get more transatlantic participation!!

Whew, I meant to say, "It wasn't I" but I was so upset I couldn't keep my grammar under control.

Please just ignore any comments you don't like, Eurotrash, and keep boodling!!!!!!!!

Posted by: kbertocci (Reader) | February 6, 2006 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, yellojkt. As Hal said to Joel, "People don't click" -- there really aren't as many people here as one might think.

I agree, nothing can be done to stop this phenomenon. I guess when I point out the behavior I do it primarily for the benefit of bona fide 'boodlers. I'm trying to encourage people to chat with "real" people rather than with fabricated personas -- I'm assuming that's how people would prefer to be spending their time. Although we must take it for granted that a large proportion of the posts here will be from the multiple personas of one individual, we do not have to contribute to the fakeness of the 'boodle by engaging with these personas -- for example, answering questions that they already know the answer to, or congratulating or commiserating with them on events that they have fabricated. It comes down to that "critical mass" thing I was talking about last week.

Unfortunately, the fakeness is not always obvious. I guess I see myself as having a slight advantage in this area because I'm an editor, and I notice recurring words, constructions, themes, etc. (Plus I spend a heck of a lot of time in the 'boodle.)

Posted by: Tom fan | February 6, 2006 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry KBertocci.

I falcely accused you. It should have been dreamer and not reader.

I'll actually SCC myself for real now.
Auch, the whip hurts.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 2:38 PM | Report abuse

EuroT, I have photos of Kasteel van Beersel if you need to borrow some. If you really want to prove you're real and in Belgium, please send me two bottles each of Drei Fontenein gueuze and kriek and I will defend your good name to all who Boodle here.

Posted by: Pixel | February 6, 2006 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I seem to recall that ot/Off Topic was going to take some pictures of Switzerland for Nani.

[It really bothers me that this individual has no problem messing with someone's nani. And not just any old nani -- a great-nani. And *our* nani!]

Posted by: Tom fan | February 6, 2006 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Pixel,

I read on that you brew some beer over here. I'm not a fan of Geuze myself, except for the fruit kind. (Framboise, or Kriek)
I'm more into Abby beer. I prefer Orval or Leffe Brun.
But being a philistine my main beverage is CoLe Light. (aka Diet Coke)

I'm actually in Halle is quite close to Beersel. Did you stop here when you visited?

(P.S. I'll check out your Gueze. If I can find it we'll find a way to swap adresses.)

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we should use the Velveteen Rabbit definition of "real."

[I kind of like it when the conversation veers from Super Bowl commercials to the Nature of Reality. Happy Monday.]

Eurotrash--your nickname makes me think of the movie French Kiss (Kevin Kline, Meg Ryan, the music of Charles Trenet...)--that's the only time I think I've heard the term pronounced aloud. Do Europeans actually use that word, is there a French/Dutch/Flemish equivalent, and what does it mean, according to you?

Posted by: kbertocci | February 6, 2006 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Offensive pass interference indeed, preceded seconds before by defensive pass interference. Chris Hope smacked Darrell Jackson's hand back as he started to move to the right in the end zone, and Jackson then raised his in what to my mind was a natural reaction and Hope walked into it. Then baby that Hope is started whining about it to the back judge.

Posted by: omni | February 6, 2006 3:04 PM | Report abuse

My 15-year old nephew:
"I can think of 100 bands I'd rather see than the Rolling Stones now. 25-30 years ago, maybe..."

Personally, I'd have liked the Stones to have thumbed their noses at us with "Sympathy for the Devil", "Mother's Little Helper", and "Under my Thumb"(and others of that ilk), let everyone get all upset with 'em.

'd ya think they'd bleep "Let's Spend the Night Together" now?

bc

Posted by: bc | February 6, 2006 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Maybe there are people out there that post under different handles. That is a distinct possibility. But it really isn't nice when someone that may be bonafide gets accused of being fake just because someone thinks so. It's not fair on the accused boodler. We should not have to show up at the Porching hour to prove we're real human beings. Not everyone lives in or near Washington DC. I wish Joel will once and for all warn Achen/Tomfan/dreamer to stop accusing people of fake posting and just respond to the boodlers she believes are real. This is a big issue with this boodle and it should be addressed.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2006 3:05 PM | Report abuse

U.S. Constitution rules are: innocent until proven guilty. Good enough for James Madison, good enough for me.

Posted by: kbertocci | February 6, 2006 3:07 PM | Report abuse

>I am firmly convinced there are far fewer boodlers than there are unique signatures and the intent is not always benign or for humorous effect.

I don't know this neighborhood well enough to tell, but there was a guy in the NYTimes Auto forum for awhile who posted under at least four aliases, usually backing himself up in an argument. He had somewhat unusual language patterns and gave himself away pretty easily, but it basically ruined the place.

Posted by: asdg | February 6, 2006 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh omni please, Jackson pushed off. Hope was clutching and grabbing as well. They're just not very skillful at cheating. They should watch tape of Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders in their primes and learn how to do these things properly.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | February 6, 2006 3:12 PM | Report abuse

asdg, I do understand the negative impact have multiple aliases can have on the boodle but there is a thin line between trying to guard the boodle from lopers and being on a witch hunt. Curmudgeon, Scottynuke and Eurotrash's posts are quite harmless and cannot be defined as "backing themselves up in an argument" so I really don't get it. Also, I'm no editor but Mudge and Scottynuke sure don't write the same way to me.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2006 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Actually Eurotrash, I'm glad you reposted the link to the commercials. I had meant to have a look, but had completely forgotten to go back to it. (I'm so easily distracted.) I especially liked the hanglider one.

Posted by: ABJunkie | February 6, 2006 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Pretty good article on how the screwed-up drug plan is messing with the prescriptions of the mentally ill, at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/05/AR2006020501163.html

Makes you wanna throttle somebody--and I'm not even on any of those meds. (Yeah, I know, it raises the question...)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 6, 2006 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon, how's about a song parody, a little somethin' to get us going, something to make the joint jump. Maybe The Great Pretender in honor(?)of the imposters?

Oh yes I'm the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Pretending I'm doing well (ooh ooh)
My need is such I pretend too much
I'm lonely but no one can tell

Oh yes I'm the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Adrift in a world of my own (ooh ooh)
I play the game but to my real shame
You've left me to dream all alone

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart
can't conceal

Ooh Ooh yes I'm the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Just laughing and gay like a clown (ooh ooh)
I seem to be what I'm not (you see)
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around

Posted by: Nani | February 6, 2006 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Let's not go there.

I, too, find it obnoxious when someone is clearly posting under multiple handles in an effort to make it appear as if there is a groundswell of antagonism against some idea. It's like stuffing the ballot box. It doesn't make the idea more correct, but it drowns out alternative ideas. However, by responding in a huff every time *fan makes that point, rightly or wrongly or self-deprecatingly, about certain handles, it creates a situation in which *fan has to become invested in a particular hypothesis that may not have been such a big deal to begin with, and the cranky person (who may or may not have really been doing what the *fan suggested) becomes deeply involved in trying to turn the rest of the boodle against *fan, or just appeals to Daddy (JA) to please make that bad sibling be quiet. Whew. What a run-on sentence.

How 'bout we grow up and just stick to free association and batting ideas around? "Ideas" certainly includes the topic of 'how to behave in a public discussion forum', but I would think that 'batting' does not include shouting down or sneering at anyone who troubles you.

--------------------------------------------------

Personally, I don't give a rat's backside about the Ãœber Dish. The advertisements interest me, as practically the only forum for intriguing (yet cost-free) public performance in American society today that doesn't depend on the 'f' word. However, they don't interest me enough to put up with a football game in between the good stuff.

Posted by: Tim | February 6, 2006 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Nani, that song reminds me of the 1990 British film "Paper Mask," about a guy who pretended to be a doctor. Have you seen it? (k'guy, have you?) Quite Achendisturbing.

(The song "The Great Pretender" was played during the opening credits, if I recall correctly.)

Posted by: Achenfan | February 6, 2006 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Yes k-guy, Jackson did push off. After the Hope interference, and The Hope walking into the raised arm. Again to my mind Jakson's reaction was the more natural and instinctive. If you're going to throw a flag at Jackson you have to throw one at Hope.

Posted by: omni | February 6, 2006 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to add that I seriously doubt there would have any off. pass int. if there hadn't first been def. pass int.

Posted by: omni | February 6, 2006 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I would like to think that the Law of Unintended Consequences is what is screwing up the perscription drug plan, but my more cynical side thinks this was really the intended but unstated goal.

1. To deny medical benefits to thousands of people that were previously entitled to them.
2. To shift the burden of medication off of private companies with pension and retirement obligations.
3. To create a "private sector" industry funded by the taxpayers that is rife with fraud, abuse, and profiteering.

If those were the goals, it is succeeding beyond all expectations.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"We are what we pretend to be,
so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Tim,

I'm afraid commercials are not "cost-free." It's only one of the things I hate about them.

Posted by: kbertocci | February 6, 2006 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps I should sign on by some other name, several come to mind, but I find objectivist paranoia unbecoming. Scotty may be right that it is solipsism, but it may also be vedantic Maya, illusion, as when in The Matrix, the protagonist awakens. I agree that boodlers are for the most part civil, but after spending a good part of the day in Emily's Blog, find that a few bad aplets can distort that perception. This forum, preambled by humor, is a relief from the sometimes deadly seriousness of its cousin. Lighten up.

Aside to k: be assured that I break the hour of silence only to say I prefer tahini and pouilly fuisse to fava beans and chianti; prefer blues,country, certain jazz, opera and classical to Neil Diamond; and have a sometimes outre'sense of humor.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 6, 2006 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Explain to me about the call reversal in the 4th quarter re Hasselbeck's fumble. OK, yeah... the guy brushed him, but he wasn't down yet.

I thought you had to be touched while you were down to be considered "down by contact." How long a time does there have to be between the touch and the falling down?

Posted by: TBG | February 6, 2006 3:41 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, I think your goal #1 is too cynical! Goals #2 and 3 can be met without acheiving goal #1. You assume evil intent, when mere thoughtless indifference is sufficient. Goal #1 doesn't matter to the persons who made this decision, since the decision-makers are not among the suffering thousands, nor do they anticipate significant ballot-box injury from those thousands. #2, on the other hand, directly affects industries that have money to throw into campaign coffers, not to mention the fact that most of the ruling elite are personally wealthy with large corporate holdings of their own. Goal #3 increases the ability of one's post-office self one's fellow-piggies to waddle up to the trough. One is either a piggie, or one survives from the byproducts of piggies (yuck).

Posted by: Tim | February 6, 2006 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I meant "post-office self AND one's fellow-piggies"; and by "post-office self", I meant one's self after having held office.

Posted by: Tim | February 6, 2006 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Tim/Science Tim,
maybe you would understand why I responded "in a huff" if Achenfan wakes up tomorrow and decides you are one of the loper's handles.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2006 3:46 PM | Report abuse

OK, I went out to take some pictures of me infront of a dark Beersel Castle, some signposts and the plate of my car.

Now I need figure out how.

This will prove as said before that I Eurotrash am Belgian. (Or at least that I live in Belgium)

This will not prove that I have multiple nics. You can't prove a negative. But trust me, I don't want to do that because it's stupid.


All this makes me think of the west wing episode where josh is mentioned on a chat site and he gets mad at the "queen" who owns that place.


Afterwards, I hope that some people who ignore me will stop that so that I can finaly enjoy the boodle at it's best.

Now I need some help to post them. Is there an easy way to get your pictures online without having to fill in a lot of online registration?

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 3:46 PM | Report abuse

See what I mean - why should Eurotrash have to resort to this? Or is this Eurotrash "stuffing the ballot"?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2006 3:48 PM | Report abuse

OK, should have reread my post.

Ignore: "Now I need figure out how."

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Yellojkt, governments just can't plan so well that they could bring off an intentional screw up of this magnitude.

But an un-intentional screw up like this, yours, mine, yesterday, today and everyday, they can do this with their eyes closed.

And usually do.

Posted by: dr | February 6, 2006 3:51 PM | Report abuse

ABJunkie,

I like the one called Paard. (Horse)
It's a great soprano like skit.

And check out "Box" aswel.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The prescription medications I take have increased from $10.00 monthly about 6 yrs. ago to $45.00 monthly now. And that's just the co-pay. My elderly neighbor recently paid over $200.00 for an antibiotic. It is getting scarier by the day.

Posted by: Nani | February 6, 2006 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Well, Shiloh, we have nothing in common. I've never eaten or drunk anything in your two lists, and I don't generally listen to any of that music either.

When I say that, it seems like I have narrow interests--I hope that's not true, it's just that I'm not sophisticated when it comes to food and drink and I like to listen to the words of the songs, so I appreciate singer-songwriters who are also poets, from Joni Mitchell to John Prine, including Randy Newman, Paul Simon, Indigo Girls, James Taylor, and so on (NOT Neil Diamond). [Curmudgeon: yes, Edith Piaf. But also Charles Trenet. I've mentioned him twice in one day, now.]

And of course it's not true that we have nothing in common. It's not everybody who can appreciate Achenbach's rarefied pontifications and whimsical sense of humor. So there you go.

Posted by: kbertocci | February 6, 2006 3:59 PM | Report abuse

kbertocci,

I heard the term Eurotrash first used on the BBC.
It was a cult program where they made fun of continental (German, Italian, Belgian etc.) television. Often deservedly so.
But it's typical for a certain British disdain of us continentals.

I like it though because it's what I am. European and not to highbrow. (OK, I don't concider myself trash.)

It's what in Flanders we would call a Geuze name. (Pixel, that's where the name of the beer comes from.)
In the 16 century when the Spanish fought in the Low countries they called the "insurgents" Geuzes.The insurgents took the name as theirs. I do the same with Eurotrash.

But I'm thinking of changing it, because I'm starting to dislike the negative vibe it gives out. (I might use Geuze.)
But when I do, I'll make it clear to everyone.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 4:04 PM | Report abuse

On SCC: Joel, in a planned move to Moveable Type, is considering a self-flagellation key in addition to the self-edit and self-delete keys previously suggested. I would personally like to see an italic font as well, but am content to blunder on in Roman under the presumption that boodlers can differentiate typefaces without seeing them, probably in the same mysterious way they read multiple aliases.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 6, 2006 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Achenfan, no I haven't seen paper mask. it sounds scary (I already have a fear of doctors). Isn't it funny how sometimes a lovely melody (Great Pretender) can sound frightening depending on how it is used. Like those first 3 single reverberating piano notes of RB - freaks me out everytime.

Eurotrash, hello. I do like your comments and haven't purposefully ignored you. I've never responded because you're, well, sophisticated and all, and besides, you've never responded to me.

Posted by: Nani | February 6, 2006 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I can agree with James Taylor and The
Sparrow, would add Cat Stevens, Joan Baez and scores of other vocalists, but am numb, bertocci, to the others you cite. Joel is (italicized) the common ground we share.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 6, 2006 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Nani,

The time difference is a drag. I'm 6 hour ahead of the east coast. So most of the Boodling happens when I'm soundly asleep.
I'm online now because I have some time in the evenings, but soon that might change again.
I read your comments with interest.


And I'm not sophisticated at all. It's probably the foreign accent that gives that impression. :-)

(I have made a faux pas, I know. A smiley.)

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I like the name "Eurotrash." It has a nice element of seizing a pejorative and redefining it to your own purposes.

Nani, a game I like to play with my kids is that they will choose some chipper, upbeat, innocuous song, and I will sing the same song with inflections that make it hostile and menacing. I agree, this is a strange game, but we enjoy it. I started after we had the opposite experience -- we had an electronic keyboard whose demonstration songs included a chipper, upbeat, frolicsome presentation of "House of the Rising Sun."

There is a house in...
New Orleans!
They call the... Rising Sun!
It's been the ruin of many a poor boy.
My God! I know! I'mmmmm one!

Posted by: Tim | February 6, 2006 4:14 PM | Report abuse

It's there:

http://spaces.msn.com/eurotrash9/

The pictures are realy bad quality. I blame the photographer. (me.)

It was dark so the shuttertime was long.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 4:16 PM | Report abuse

TBG, for the ball to be downed, the runner has to be touched while down (as you said) OR be touched (pushed, tackled, whatever) that made him fall or closely related.

In the case at hand, the first ref saw Hasslebeck go down, and the ball came loose, but from his angle couldn't see the touch that we all saw later in the replay from the opposite side of the first ref. There's a pretty general rule in officiating that if you aren't sure about something, you let the play continue until it's logical and undisputed ending (you do this in baseball as well as football), and then if there's a problem, you talk about with the other refs, and fix it. The alternate is not acceptable: if you stop the play immediately (the proverbial "quick whistle"), then you'll never know what might have happened had the play continued. So Hasslebeck went down, the ball came out, and Pittsburgh recovered. Then the replay showed he was in fact touched.

I have no problem with how this whole play transpired, and the review and the ultimate correct call. The angle of the official is just so crucial to calling the game, and many people don't understand that. Lots of people seem to think if you are "close to" (or virtually on top of) a play, you should get it right. But more often than not, the closer you are, the more likely you haven't got the proper angle.

And like JA said about Roethlisberger "selling" the TD call after he was down, that happens, too. That was smart on Ben's part. The dumbest thing any player can do is look up at the ref after a play as if asking, "OK, what was it?" It means the player doesn't know (either), and gives the ref license to call whatever he wants, secure in the knowledge he won't get challenged.

(As a baseball umpire, if there was a close pitch inside and I wasn't sure about it, if the batter turned and looked at me, my right arm went up fast and I was into "Steeeeeerike!" before his head got all the way around. 'Cause he didn't know either. And if it was that close he had to think about it [and I had to think about it], he should have swung. And that isn't just me--that is pretty much universal umpire procedure. So the player who looks gets penalized, and the player who sells the call and acts confidently like he already knows the call gets the break, generally speaking.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 6, 2006 4:17 PM | Report abuse

When I hear "Eurotrash" I usually think of Mike Myers's Sprockets characters or of James Bond villians. Or this Jimmy Buffet song (but then my mind is particularly random):

Mental Floss

I'd Like To Be A Jelly Fish
Cause Jelly Fish Don't Pay Rent
They Don't Walk, They Don't Talk
With Some Euro-Trash Accents

They're Just Simple Protoplasm
Clear As Cellophane
They Ride The Winds Of Fortune
Life Without A Brain

In One Ear And Out The Other
Don't You Get Criss-Crossed
I Recommend You Try A Little...
Mental Floss

It's The Small Small Problems
That Keep Me So Upset

And Send Me Seeking Shelter
Beneath My Mosquito Net
I Stay There For Hours
Protected From The Nights
All Those Insects And Vipers
Other Things That Bite

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Tim - yes! Sort of like when Eric Clapton recorded Layla at a much slower tempo than the original. Changed it altogether, making it romantic rather than jitterbuggy.

When we were kids lying in bed at night (supposed to be quiet), my sis and I would drum or tap out a melody with our fingers on the headboard and the other would whisper/guess the title. We were quite good!

Posted by: Nani | February 6, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Tim,

That way of singing reminds me of Marelyn Manson's "Sweet Dreams". Not that the original was realy up beat.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

TBG - interestingly, that call had some interesting rules interpretation behind it.

The old "the ground can't cause a fumble", and the points you mentioned. Definitely a judgement call, even *with* the replay system.

As far as the Jackson/Hope interference, that was another judgement call (and non-reviewable, IIRC).

bc

Posted by: bc | February 6, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon, I like your presentation on how to call a close one. That's interesting.

So, how about a sport in which "selling it" to the ref is nearly 100% of success -- are figure-skating, ice-dancing, and gymanstics really sports? Or are they just showmanship? I would never deny that they are difficult and require enormous athleticism for success. However, so does ballet, and I have not heard of competitive ballet, field ballet, the ballet decathlon, etc.

Don't even get me started on rhythmic gymnastics, the training ground for the nation's future premier exotic dancers.

Have I been provocative enough?

Posted by: Tim | February 6, 2006 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The first time I recall hearing the term "Eurotrash" was in the movie "Antz," when Princess Bala introduces herself to the bees (who sound like Mr. and Mrs. Howell). The bees think the ants are just your regular, garden variety, American white trash, but when Bala introduces herself as "Princess" one of them says, "oh look, they're Eurotrash." Yes, I've seen this movie way too many times. But as far as kids movies that you have to watch repeatedly go, this ones pretty funny. Besides it's the only movie with Woody Allen where I found his whining amuzing.

Posted by: ABJunkie | February 6, 2006 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Eurotrash... HI BOODLE! I love it.

Tim... If you take ANY bluegrass song--at any pace or rhythm--you can change the words to the Beverly Hillbillies theme song and it will work. Slow or fast, it works every time.

If I remembered more of my music training (what little there was), I'd be able to explain the timing and why this works. But try it sometime. It's hilarious.

Mudge... I love it when a receiver just plain acts like he didn't trap a ball when he really did. It's when he convinces his coach to throw the red flag that he looks stupid.

Posted by: TBG | February 6, 2006 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Tim,

You forgot boxing, where except for a KO the judges also make the call.
Maybe that's the sport of the future, rythmic gymnastic boxing on ice.

Posted by: Eurothrash | February 6, 2006 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I think it's pretty clear that Eurotrash's pictures are Photoshopped.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 6, 2006 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Neat handle, "Eurotrash" whether real or not. The person that blogs under a number of names, has certainly got more time I suspect, than anything else. And energy.

Posted by: Cassandra S | February 6, 2006 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Wikipedia includes "Eurotrash" in a list of ethnic slurs. It defines it as "Europeans gatecrashing society by trading on false claims of wealth, titles of nobility etc." and notes that it is used mainly in the U.S. and the U.K.

As for the photos, what's that weird yellow line/halo around the "Boodle" sign in both pics?

Posted by: Tom fan | February 6, 2006 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Tim, I could never figure out how they score figureskating and diving and stuff like that, either, mainly because of the speed. They keep saying the judges award (or take off) points for this or that, and maybe they do, and maybe you have to judge for years and years to understand what you're seeing. But when I'm watching diving or figure skating, and they spin, I couldn't tell you in a hundred years if they did two-and-half turns, or three-and-a-half. And then in diving, the entrance into the water--the announcer says, "Well, Jim, she bent her knees slightly at the entry," or coming off the parallel bars, "He didn't quite nail the landing." And I'm going, "Hunh?" In slo-mo replay, you can usually see it--but how the hell did they see it in real time? Beats the hell outa me. I can only think it is experience.

They talk about really good batters being able to see which way a pitch is spinning. In 17 years behind the plate, I could barely tell if the damned thing was over the plate (and more often than I care to think, not even that)--never mind which way the freakin' thing was spinning.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 6, 2006 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of boxing, but I would have to disagree about its dependence on judging. That's a modern nicety to avoid the reality of the old-fashioned way of judging the fight's conclusion -- the fight is over when one competitor is unwilling, or unable, to continue. The old-fashioned technique remains viable, it's just not used. Whereas there is no way to conduct a figure-skating or gymnastics competition without aesthetic judgment. I suppose you could score it based on a predefined set of activities, which the competitors either complete or they don't. If you can do a triple axel, even if you do it gracelessly, you win against an opponent who can't do it.

I think broken-field obstacle ice-dancing paintball is the only way to make it a real sport. Opinions?

Posted by: Tim | February 6, 2006 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I despise the Bill-Murray-Lounge-Lizard arrangement of "Layla". I think Eric loses a little piece of his soul every time it gets played on the radio instead of the original.

I saw Sting last summer and he turned "Roxanne" into a 20 minute jazz improv because he is so tired of having to play it every night. People were practically booing. I left for a bathroom break and it was still going on when I came back.

Contrariwise, an artist doing a cover of an established classic, better have a brand new interpretation in order to be relevant. For example, the Indigo Girls have a bone chilling down-tempo cover of The Clash's "Clampdown".

And I have been begging for italics and bold for a while. I do fear what Lonemule could do with a fontsize or fontcolor command, though.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Tom Fan, and Bayou.

Damn, you are good. Yes, I made the effort to photoshop.

Or it could be that it's dark, 3 degrees centigrade above freezing and as such I shivered while I took the pictures thus it's blurry.

Anyway, I'm fed up with proving myself to be what I claim. It's getting boring anyway. I want the boodle to be about other things than me.

I'll post some more pictures the next couple of days. Not to prove myself anymore, but to show where I come from, what the place I live in looks like.
The good, the bad but also the ugly. (The last part probably myself.)

If someone feels like doing the same for Washington DC or some other place they live that would be fun.
I only saw the Mall and surrounding streets when I went to Washington. But there must be much more to it then the tourist traps.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Eurotrash, here are a few of my Belgium photos. http://tinyurl.com/7t7tv

Posted by: Pixel | February 6, 2006 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Tim,

Only when you add landmines. Otherwise it would be for sissies.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 4:43 PM | Report abuse

SCC: amusing - wow, something has happened to my ability to know which words take s and which ones take z. I never had this problem before, but about a month ago I seem to have lost that skill. I think I'll blame it on too much reading of the Sydney Morning Herald. Not that the Aussies spell the word "amuze," but I'm sure it has caused my s/z confusion none the less. I'm really hoping it's that and not early-onset Alzheimer's (or is it Alsheimer's?). Does that break the record for the longest SCC?

Tim, that reminds me of a Smith's song - Girlfriend in a Coma. It had a cheery beat and I would often find myself singing it despite the lyrics:
There were times when I could have strangled her (but you know, I would hate
anything to happen to her)

Posted by: ABJunkie | February 6, 2006 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Years ago, I heard a fantastic cover of "I Can't Help Falling Love with You" by an Irish band called, according to my in-the-know friend, "Lick the Tin." This is a horribly sappy song. However, played at just a little faster tempo by a semi-acoustic Irish band, sung with Irish inflections, it was incredible.

Posted by: Tim | February 6, 2006 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Boodle moving too fast to keep up.

Anything that keeps score or is based on time is a sport. Anything with a judge (as opposed to referee) is not a sport.

Sports: Football, baseball, hockey, running, golf, swimming, weightlifting, NASCAR.

Not a sport: Gymnastics, figure skating, diving, body-building.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 4:45 PM | Report abuse

is it true that achenfanfuehrer compelled eurotrash to show a pic in order to show his bonafides?

shame shame shame on you

Posted by: Golconda | February 6, 2006 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The Seahawks shot themselves in the foot, but the officials made sure the gin was loaded and the safety was off. The zebras seemed to enforce certain penalties more so than others. They were intolerant of players touching one another, but more forgiving of lining up offsides. The end result of this was an imbalance of penalties against the 'Hawks. I doubt it was premeditated or malicious, but for a Seattle boy, it was hard to watch.

Posted by: RD Padouk | February 6, 2006 4:47 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Gun was loaded. Although gin was loaded is kinda a fun idea.

Posted by: RD Padouk | February 6, 2006 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Umm, you-all do realize that Bayou Self was joking about the Photoshop, right? And that no one compelled anyone to do anything?

Posted by: Tim | February 6, 2006 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Pixel, I like the statue of the unknow brewer. I didn't know that existed.

The castle is nice isn't it. I visited it a couple of years ago with 2 work mates from Oregon. It was their first castle.
We went there during a Mideaval fare. Tacky but fun.

The only "paranormal" feeling I ever had was when I lay on what I presume used to be a torture bench. (It's the only furniture in there, and I don't believe it to be oringinal.)
The hairs on the back of my head stood up the moment I lay down on it. I had to get off immediately because it creeped me out.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 4:50 PM | Report abuse

New Boodle slogan:

Achenblog: Field Evaluating Turing Tests Daily.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Euro -- In the interest of trans-Atlantic relations and my love of Belgian ales, let me please point out that I was kidding about Photoshop. Just joking around. Pulling your leg. That kind of stuff. I meant it in a friendly way, too.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 6, 2006 4:50 PM | Report abuse

No one compelled me to do anything except my own ego.

I shouldn't care what people think of me on the boodle, but since it's a small club of interesting folks I wanted to prove who I was so that some of them wouldn't automatically shut me out.

But come to think of it, I'll just appreciate my friends.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Bayou,

Sorry, I got a bit touchy there. I think it's time I open up a bottle of beer.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 4:55 PM | Report abuse

on a totaly different subject:

Why isn't American football more popular outside of the US?

I believe it to be a game full of strategy and hard core action. It has a league that probably has more than enough money to spread the game around but as far as I know there is no real leage outside of the US? (I don't know if it's popular in Canada.)

Why would that be?

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm still curious about the fuzzy yellow line around the "Boodle" sign in the two pics that feature said sign. What IS that?!?! (And why did Eurotrash admit to the Photoshopping, if BS was joking?)

What a bizarre afternoon. I feel like I have a front-row seat in the Theater of the Absurd. Curiouser and curiouser.

Posted by: Tom fan | February 6, 2006 5:02 PM | Report abuse

[Orange you glad I'll be gone soon?]

Posted by: Tom fan | February 6, 2006 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Four kids in a meadow can play a real game of soccer with just a ball.

Even baseball can be played easily on a sandlot with a stick and a ball.

American football requires too many players and too much equipment and too much medical equipment to have mass world-wide appeal.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2006 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Football has a couple of strikes against it. All the protective gear makes it look pretty sissified compared to soccer or rugby. Rollerball has nothing on the current technology. The rules are a pretty steep learning curve. The Super Bowl refs don't even know them all.

It also seems to exemplify the particularly American trend to amplify anything beyond recognition. When the average lineman is over 300 pounds, what chance does a nation not compose of genetic freaks have of fielding a competitive team?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 5:06 PM | Report abuse

U2 (an Irish band) used to end their concerts with I Can't Help Falling in Love With You on the Zoo TV tour (about 1992). I don't think they've ever recorded it, but I've heard it on bootlegs - very nice, very calming.

I heard that ABC had a 5 second delay in case they had to bleep the Stones (not sure if they did).

As for authentic boodlers versus 'lopers, I don't mind them if they're not vicious or insulting (to another boodler) or profane or non-sensical to the point of being annoying. We're going for humor here, folks. And I know of no way for one boodler to "compell" another to do anything. I occasionally post as Caged Rabbit, but only because I thought of it after I had been using the lame "mostlylurking" handle for awhile. *fan has a good eye - but I don't always concur or think it matters. If you want to comment, just click Post.

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 6, 2006 5:06 PM | Report abuse

5:03:59pm
yes

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2006 5:08 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't surprise me at all if there was a delay on the Stones.

As to football, the Canadians have their own version of the game. And the NFL had that European league. Isn't it sweeping the continent?

Tom fan - I think Euro was kidding, sarcastically, and didn't admit to any Photoshopping. This place needs a "just kidding" font.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 6, 2006 5:16 PM | Report abuse

TBG, even better than a player pretending to trap the ball is pretending, and then when you call it a trap anyway, they suddenly stop and laugh, because they know you're right and they aren't gonna get the call anyway. Generally, those players don't bother me and I don't hold a grudge. The player that bugs me is the one who knows he trapped it, but thinks he has to continue the act all the way into the dugout. They don't realize how counterproductive that behavior is, 'cause those guys just never get the break; why should they?

Padouk, you're right, but there's a couple of additional factors. First, the NFL and the MLB send out various directives on how they want the officiating to be, tight or loose, various technical things to either call or ignore, etc. So there's "policy" about calls. In general, they are supposed to "let the players play" during the post-season, so there shouldn't be as many interference and holding calls. They are getting more and more strict about head shots, sticking, protecting the quarterback, etc.

Lining up offsides is almost always ignored. What you don't know as a fan is that the line judges are constantly talking to the players as they line up, telling them to back up if they are too close. When you see a player re-adjust his stance and move back a few inches, it is almost always because a ref has just told him, "Number 87, move back off the line." But you don't hear it at home. As the QB steps up and the count begins, they stop talking to the players. About the only time that kind of lining up offsides is called is when a ref says something to a player and he ignores it. So he gets the flag.

The second factor is that in every group of officials, there is one guy in charge, the crew chief in baseball (can be at any base), and usually the back judge or the umpire in football. Before a game, the officials talk about the game, and usually the crew chief discusses in a general way how he wants it--lots of calls, or let 'em alone, or whatever. Sometimes they'll say there's been lots of complaints about so-and-so holding, so they watch so-and-so like a hawk, and he gets flagged more often than might otherwise happen. It is true that you could call holding on every single play if you wanted. So it really isn't a question of is there holding? But how much, how egregious, did it affect the play or was it on the far side of the field where it didn't matter, etc.--and that's where too much "human factor" starts to come in.

There really is no point at all in calling holding on the opposite side of the field from the play, and when it sometimes happens, that's when players and coaches get angry and start jumping on the refs, because that ref is flag-happy. What nobody sees is that a few plays later, the crew chief goes over to the ref casually, and whispers, "Joe, if you pull that damn thing out of your pocket like that again, I'm gonna shove it -------." And that ref won't throw another flag for the rest of the game.

I know fans don't like it and don't understand, but I really like it when there's a flag, and then a conference, and they announce they're picking up the flag. It means somebody has said, "Yeah, I think I screwed that one." It takes a lot of guts and integrity to say that, and I admire it. But of course it looks bad on TV.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 6, 2006 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Whether football has become too "sissified" is open to some debate. In 1905, no less than 18 college football players died during games. (And not from heat stroke or things like that.) And this was college level, not pro. It so outraged Teddy Roosevelt that he and others began to insist on various changes to the rules and equipment.

Can you imagine if we had 18 deaths a year in today's college football?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 6, 2006 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon, you seem to know your stuff.
I don't understand a word of it, but you ooze experience. Have you been a ref?

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Bayou,

There might be an NFL league in Europe, but I think it's mostly there to give the execs an excuse to fly to Rome or Paris on "company" money.
It's a total non sport.

Rugby is a bit bigger. Except for the British and Irish teams, France and Italy are also big players on the world scene.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 5:35 PM | Report abuse

of course, I was "just kidding" about compelling Eurotrash to show a pic. it's too bad the atmospherics here sometimes make the new person think that some of the inmates are prickly on this bloge.

Posted by: Golconda | February 6, 2006 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The Stones were censored:

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/02/05/D8FJC24O0.html

It seems the use of a male rooster as a double entendre would have endangered our youth nearly as much as an exposed female nipple.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2006 5:37 PM | Report abuse

i love Marilyn Manson's version of "sweet dreams" - i also thought it made house on haunted hill that much more spooky - as for the subject of sports - *shrug* i'd rather watch gymnastics and figure-skating over football...

Posted by: mo | February 6, 2006 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Compared to some other places I hang out, it's pretty tame around here. And there's some compelling and informed comment, and even some plain old good writing.

And then there's the doggerel I foist upon the place. I think they've put a five-second delay on my posts.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 6, 2006 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The most spooky song I know must be "Wuthering Hights" by Kate Bush.

I remember vividly that I hid behind the chair as a 6 year old when they showed the clip. (she does this weird dance on a smoke filled floor.)
I realy believed she was a ghost. My mother must have tried to explain the song to me an I must only have picked up on the word "ghost".

But her singing facinated me. I still often play it. It always takes me back to a more inocent time.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 6, 2006 5:45 PM | Report abuse

wow! thanks for the pics Pixel - belgium is beautiuous! i'm all jealous now...

yes, i will have my digicam tomorrow at the bph - can't let my achenduties go by the wayside just cuz i'm not on here as much as i'd like to be...

Posted by: mo | February 6, 2006 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that link, yello.

From that link, here's the stuff I hate in these Superbowl shows. This was in the motown pregame performance.

"It was a typical monument to excess, with a stage more crowded than a train station at rush hour, and was marred by microphones that occasionally malfunctioned. Brightly clad dancers hoofed it incongruously when Wonder sang a portion of his angry ghetto tale "Livin' for the City," at one point pretending to fight each other."

Ack!

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 6, 2006 5:52 PM | Report abuse

mo, I agree. The only "sports" I watch are figure skating, Olympic gymnastics, Grand Slam tennis, equestrian (mostly on Canadian TV), and occasionally baseball. I don't care if they're called sports or not. Maybe competition is a better word for some of them. And I think it's more likely the rhythmic gymnasts wind up in Cirque du Soleil rather than exotic dancing (but how would I know?).

I love Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights - as well as the book, the several movies. Love those Scottish moors. Dylan has lots of spooky songs...Hard Rain, Desolation Row, All Along the Watchtower come to mind...

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 6, 2006 5:57 PM | Report abuse

With the Superbowl comes TV commercials. I saw a show about the old, favorite, "classic" commercials the other night. (To me a "classic" TV commercial is an oxymoron, anyway.)

Anybody remember the "Mean Joe Green" Coke commercial, where a boy appears to be rebuffed by Joe after giving him a Coke? Then Joe throws the boy his dirty, smelly, Jersey, the very best prize in the entire world.

Is that small boy our very own Joel Achenbach? Look closely, folks.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | February 6, 2006 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Stones were OK - what can you expect in 12 minutes? I barely remember McCartney last year - thought he did a really uninspired set (and I love McCartney). U2 is an amazing band - they are very good at connecting with Americans. I think they are remembered because they payed tribute to the Sep 11 victims in a tasteful, powerful way - and they had been doing that on their tour for some months.

But, it seems to me that the musical entertainment deserves more time than they're given.

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 6, 2006 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, I'd be afraid of a 'Mudge holding a grudge.

Might call a uniform infraction for a smudge.

I'll stop now.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2006 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't usually get too excited about the Super Bowl or any other "guy" sports, but I still have a soft spot for the Stillers even if I haven't lived in da 'burgh for 20 years. Inviting people over for the game gave me an excuse to whip up some pierogi, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and hot sausage sandwiches. Pittsburgh soul-food, in other words. And there was lots of beer, but no Iron City, thank heavens.

Posted by: Pixel | February 6, 2006 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Pixel, I have to admit I wasn't sorry the "Stillers" won. Pittsburgh deserves something to cheer about. When I visit, I'm amazed at the wonderful, inexpensive food. Chipped ham is my favorite, and is available nowhere else. They can keep the Iron City.

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 6, 2006 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Yes we do have a version of football very similiar to the US game, and yet like everything else, it might look the same on the surface, but underneath its a whole different game. There were a few years where the Canadian game was played in several US cities, inlcuding Baltimore.

I think the sports that appeal to nations often say something about the country. Here hockey is big, curling is big. The curling is something that is in every small town. I even know small towns where the rink is still used but the schools, the businesses, and most of the people are gone. Hockey, well the league pushes that. And it is sadly going the way of the dodo if parents don't learn its a game, and the cost of the sport does not come down. Used to be great when the kids did it after school on the slough and the rules were self enforced.
Soccer is growing all the time. Everyone can do this on the schoolyard winter and summer.

Posted by: dr | February 6, 2006 6:42 PM | Report abuse

This is for Nani - the Pittsburgh area beer that I prefer is Rolling Rock - it has a horse on the label. Rolling Rock is also the name of the Mellon estate in Ligonier - the Mellons of Mellon Bank. Richard Scaife Mellon, the dreaded right winger, owns it now, I believe. Paul Mellon used to have an estate in Upperville, VA - and he supported the National Gallery in DC, did he not?

Anyway, when I was a horse nut kid, my mother used to take me to the 3 day hunter/jumper horse show at Rolling Rock. It was the best horse show I've ever been to. On Sunday, they would have the huntsmen and hounds perform. I believe Jackie Kennedy's horse Rufus was shown there once (although she wasn't there). In the fall there were steeplechase races. Anyway, it was a lovely estate - I don't think the show or the races are held these days.

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 6, 2006 6:45 PM | Report abuse

So they censored the Stones' lyrics but made the stage a giant tongue? Does anyone else think that's ridiculous?

"Let's spend some time together..."

Posted by: TBG | February 6, 2006 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey pixel... obviously mostlylurking didn't try one of those Primanti Bros. sandwiches, eh?

Posted by: TBG | February 6, 2006 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Many Super Bowl laughs to be had at Paul Farhi's online WaPo chat today:

My Thoughts: I think the elephant in the FedEx commcercial should have stepped on Mick Jagger.

Paul Farhi: Now, now. No violence. This is a football game, after all.


Alexandria, Va.: I'm sorry to disagree, but I thought the Strolling Bones were laughably bad. I don't know what was funnier, that old man running around like a chicken [a very scrawny chicken at that!!!], or all the twentysomethings in the mosh pit going bananas as though they had any idea who the heck these old guys were. Does the NFL give out free Ecstasy to anyone willing to cheer wildly for 10 minutes from the pit?

Paul Farhi: Those cheering young people did seem like network stooges. Does anyone, let alone twentysomethings, really go that crazy for the Stones anymore?


Re: how old is an original Stones fan: They appeared in the FedEx commercial.

Paul Farhi: Bada bing!

Posted by: Loomis | February 6, 2006 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Eurotrash, in additional to 17 years doing baseball/softabll (just local stuff, never anything close to the pros) I also did two years of local high school football, but didn't like it much and went back to just baseball/softball.

The oozing, on the other hand, is a little medical problem.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 6, 2006 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I haven't had a Primanti Bros sandwich, but I have had a salad with french fries in it, somewhere around Pittsburgh. Interesting...

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 6, 2006 7:28 PM | Report abuse

From TomFan: "I seem to recall that ot/Off Topic was going to take some pictures of Switzerland for Nani.
[It really bothers me that this individual has no problem messing with someone's nani. And not just any old nani -- a great-nani. And *our* nani!]"

The offer is still good. But Nani has not told me WHICH town to take a picture of. She only knows the "region" - Alsace, the area of France closest to where I live...in Switzerland.

I could think of a 100 ways to prove I live here - but I won't. I don't see what the big deal is. And yes, it's 1:27am - if you're checking my time stamp.

So...T-fan. Have I done something wrong? Have I said the wrong thing? Have I offended you somehow? Talk to me.

Posted by: ot | February 6, 2006 7:29 PM | Report abuse

(just to be clear: Nani asked me to take pictures in France, not in Switzerland).

Posted by: ot | February 6, 2006 7:37 PM | Report abuse

5:03:59

No, I am not.

Posted by: Secret Fan | February 6, 2006 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could attend the BPH since I am local, but Mrs. Padouk and the high-maintenance Padouk offspring would get cranky if I where to take an evening off to go drinking. But if anyone ever wants to do a BPH lunch (three martinis optional) let me know.

Posted by: RD Padouk | February 6, 2006 8:59 PM | Report abuse

RDP, you know you can always rely on the Beltway traffic excuse... :)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2006 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Eurotrash, thanks for the info about your nickname. Makes sense. The word "Yankee" is also a case of a derogatory term that was adopted by the people who were meant to be insulted by it. I guess when a snob looks down on you, it's nothing to be ashamed of.

and yellojkt, I know that Buffett song, too; I had forgotten, thanks for reminding me.

Posted by: kbertocci | February 6, 2006 9:50 PM | Report abuse

The boodle must have superbowl (or Uber Dish per Tim) overload since it seems to have died. I don't want to waken a sleeping giant, I will wait until tomorrow's Kit.

Have a good time at the BPH and give a toast for all of us "out of towners." Look forward to seeing the pics.

I liked your pictures, Eurotrash and pixel. It is interesting to see what the rest of the world looks like.

bdl

Posted by: boondocklurker | February 7, 2006 12:09 AM | Report abuse

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Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=%20SC20060206&articleId=1897
by Peter Dale Scott

February 6, 2006
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Editor's Note: A little-known $385 million contract for Halliburton subsidiary KBR to build detention facilities for "an emergency influx of immigrants" is another step down the Bush administration's road toward martial law, the writer says.

A Halliburton subsidiary has just received a $385 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to provide "temporary detention and processing capabilities."

The contract -- announced Jan. 24 by the engineering and construction firm KBR -- calls for preparing for "an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs" in the event of other emergencies, such as "a natural disaster." The release offered no details about where Halliburton was to build these facilities, or when.

To date, some newspapers have worried that open-ended provisions in the contract could lead to cost overruns, such as have occurred with KBR in Iraq. A Homeland Security spokesperson has responded that this is a "contingency contract" and that conceivably no centers might be built. But almost no paper so far has discussed the possibility that detention centers could be used to detain American citizens if the Bush administration were to declare martial law.

For those who follow covert government operations abroad and at home, the contract evoked ominous memories of Oliver North's controversial Rex-84 "readiness exercise" in 1984. This called for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to round up and detain 400,000 imaginary "refugees," in the context of "uncontrolled population movements" over the Mexican border into the United States. North's activities raised civil liberties concerns in both Congress and the Justice Department. The concerns persist.

"Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters," says Daniel Ellsberg, a former military analyst who in 1971 released the Pentagon Papers, the U.S. military's account of its activities in Vietnam. "They've already done this on a smaller scale, with the 'special registration' detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and with Guantanamo."

Plans for detention facilities or camps have a long history, going back to fears in the 1970s of a national uprising by black militants. As Alonzo Chardy reported in the Miami Herald on July 5, 1987, an executive order for continuity of government (COG) had been drafted in 1982 by FEMA head Louis Giuffrida. The order called for "suspension of the Constitution" and "declaration of martial law." The martial law portions of the plan were outlined in a memo by Giuffrida's deputy, John Brinkerhoff.

In 1985, President Reagan signed National Security Decision Directive 188, one of a series of directives that authorized continued planning for COG by a private parallel government.

Two books, James Mann's "Rise of the Vulcans" and James Bamford's "A Pretext for War," have revealed that in the 1980s this parallel structure, operating outside normal government channels, included the then-head of G. D. Searle and Co., Donald Rumsfeld, and then-Congressman from Wyoming Dick Cheney.

After 9/11, new martial law plans began to surface similar to those of FEMA in the 1980s. In January 2002 the Pentagon submitted a proposal for deploying troops on American streets. One month later John Brinkerhoff, the author of the 1982 FEMA memo, published an article arguing for the legality of using U.S. troops for purposes of domestic security.

Then in April 2002, Defense Dept. officials implemented a plan for domestic U.S. military operations by creating a new U.S. Northern Command (CINC-NORTHCOM) for the continental United States. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called this "the most sweeping set of changes since the unified command system was set up in 1946."

The NORTHCOM commander, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced, is responsible for "homeland defense and also serves as head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).... He will command U.S. forces that operate within the United States in support of civil authorities. The command will provide civil support not only in response to attacks, but for natural disasters."

John Brinkerhoff later commented on PBS that, "The United States itself is now for the first time since the War of 1812 a theater of war. That means that we should apply, in my view, the same kind of command structure in the United States that we apply in other theaters of war."

Then in response to Hurricane Katrina in Sept. 2005, according to the Washington Post, White House senior adviser Karl Rove told the governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, that she should explore legal options to impose martial law "or as close as we can get." The White House tried vigorously, but ultimately failed, to compel Gov. Blanco to yield control of the state National Guard.

Also in September, NORTHCOM conducted its highly classified Granite Shadow exercise in Washington. As William Arkin reported in the Washington Post, "Granite Shadow is yet another new Top Secret and compartmented operation related to the military's extra-legal powers regarding weapons of mass destruction. It allows for emergency military operations in the United States without civilian supervision or control."

It is clear that the Bush administration is thinking seriously about martial law.

Many critics have alleged that FEMA's spectacular failure to respond to Katrina followed from a deliberate White House policy: of paring back FEMA, and instead strengthening the military for responses to disasters.

A multimillion program for detention facilities will greatly increase NORTHCOM's ability to respond to any domestic disorders.


Peter Dale Scott is author of "Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). He is completing a book on "The Road to 9/11." Visit his Web site .

Posted by: che | February 7, 2006 3:10 AM | Report abuse

That, che, is a chilling bit of 1935 deja vu. How can we humor it?

Posted by: Shiloh | February 7, 2006 3:42 AM | Report abuse

It's me again - trying to clear up all the confusion...

Nani did not ask me to take any pictures in Switzerland or France. I *offered* to take a picture of the French town where her father was born. But she does not know the name of the town. It's that simple.

If the town is in the Alsace region - then it's probably *fairly* close to me. If it's in Lorraine - that would be a hike. (But for Nani...I would even walk there on burning coals!)

Posted by: ot | February 7, 2006 4:22 AM | Report abuse

Study: New Machines Await 4 in 5 Voters

By ROBERT TANNER, AP National Writer Mon Feb 6, 7:25 PM ET
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Fewer voters will cast their ballots by punching a card or pulling a lever in this November's elections as the country continues to turn to newer, electronic machines, according to a study released Monday.

While the study says old systems that were prone to error are on their way out, experts also note that means many Americans will be voting on unfamiliar equipment this fall.
At least four out of five registered voters will use the newer generation of machines -- either ATM-style touchscreen machines or ones that ask voters to fill in the blanks, a vast change from the contested 2000 presidential election that spurred states and Congress to push for improved equipment.
Back in 2000, just over half the voters had access to the latest technology.
By this fall, however, only one out of 33 voters will be asked to use the system that raised the most objections in Florida -- punch cards -- and just one in 10 will use a lever machine, according to a survey by Election Data Services, a political consulting firm that tracks election equipment. Six years ago, one in six voters used punch cards and one in five used levers.
The changes are bound to create their own glitches as voters and administrators learn how to use equipment they haven't voted on before, said Kimball Brace, president of Election Data. Just over 30 million voters will be casting ballots on unfamiliar equipment, he said.
"You throw that many people in on something new, you're always bound to see something go wrong," he said.
The changes have created new controversies, especially with accusations that touchscreen-style machines are vulnerable to manipulation. In response, 25 states have passed laws requiring election administrators to use machines that allow voters to verify their vote has been accurately counted, and that create paper receipts for a recount.
Those paper trails -- called voter-verified paper audit trails -- are creating their own challenges, as manufacturers try to respond to lawmakers' demands for the equipment, Brace said.
Some of the survey results may change by the time the fall election arrives, the study said, because some states are still trying to change over from older equipment as encouraged by the federal Help America Vote Act, which was passed after the contested 2000 election.
The widespread push to modernize means that, in the six years between November 2000 and this fall's elections, nearly 82 million people in a nation of 170 million registered voters will have cast ballots on new equipment, the study concludes.
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Posted by: CHE | February 7, 2006 5:14 AM | Report abuse

AND THE REPUBLICANS WIN THE 2006 ELECTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: che | February 7, 2006 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Colmar.

Posted by: Dave | February 7, 2006 7:37 AM | Report abuse

I heart the boodlers with all my love. In the boodle/kit where folks were posting places they wanted to visit, ot kindly offered to take photos of my father's birthplace in Alsace Lorraine France where his parents immigrated from Germany (and later on to St. Louis MO, then to SA Texas. I couldn't tell ot where in AL because I don't know the region and there's no one for me to ask.

mostlylurking, thank you for the horsey comments. My parents stopped taking me to the Rodeos that came to San Antonio because I would whine that the calfs being roped and tied and the horses trying to buck off riders kicking them in the sides with spurs were being mistreated. But I loved seeing the cowgirls and horses trick-riding.

1950s BeeBop-a-Lula was sung by the Everly Bros. in a snappy upbeat tempo. But in Sweet Dreams, the Patsy Cline film, they played another version, in a slow, sensual tempo as Jessica Lange (Patsy) and Ed Harris (Patsy's husband) danced together under a streetlight.

To my knowledge, no one here has ever "messed" with me.

Posted by: Nani | February 7, 2006 8:12 AM | Report abuse

MostlyLurking, those salads are the best! It all started with a "steak salad", which consists of a bed of greens topped with either real steak or (yucky) steak'ums, provolone cheese cubes or shreds, and finished with french fries and the dressing of your choice. The original was a sweet 'n sour, but I kind of like blue cheese with the steak. Now they have chicken and fish versions for the health conscious (ha ha).

Chipped ham is a local delicacy and made even better by heating in barbeque sauce and heaping on a bun for a nice "chipped ham barbeque".

Posted by: Pixel | February 7, 2006 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I borrowed my daughter's ipod, and it's weird how it's loaded with Beatles and Stones and Zep. Have I overparented?? What is it with kids today and the way so many of them like the oldies? The assessment of the short people the other night was that it was a shame there weren't more bands with members under age 60 who were any good. I'm trying to get them to listen to some new stuff, like 50 Cent, but they don't like much of anything recorded after about 1973.

Anyway, if I get a chance to post a kit I think it will be about the ipod, and how they manage to fit a record player in that tiny wafer. It's like magic, ya dig?

Posted by: Achenbach | February 7, 2006 8:40 AM | Report abuse

JA, perhaps the short ones actually prefer music to noise with words attached.

And yeah, the incredible shrinking hard-disk drive and flash memory cards are amazing. I wrote for a couple years about the companies that design and make 'em. You probably wouldn't be surprised at the multiple PhDs that continually bend the laws of physics to make all that possible.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 7, 2006 8:48 AM | Report abuse

My old turntable still works; the g-kidlets like my old Aerosmith, Stones, Aaron Neville, and James Taylor platters. A few years back we saw a rerun of an old Ed Sullivan Show featuring the "beat-uls" as Mr. S pronounced it. G-girls deemed John Lennon the cutest.

Posted by: Nani | February 7, 2006 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I know exactly who the Interloper is. She's not as clever as she thinks.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2006 9:11 AM | Report abuse

My son's iPod is full of Clash, Zep, Queen, and other rockers from my iTunes. We were arguing the other night over who "owned" the Nirvana album.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2006 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Have you overparented?

I guess it depends on:

how much creative play is part of your household,

how much your kids are gently pushed to explore on their own (do and can they spend an hour just roaming freely at say, a Barnes and Noble music department, on the listening posts or online) and are they rewarded for doing so--for finding their own interests in music (and not following peer interests),

how much music education there is in your own home in terms of the various music and sound genres you bring through the front door--from poetry, to old movie-musicals to what's hot from the latest Billboard rankings,

and to how your kids are receiving the same type of broad exposure to various music formats and music history through music education and appreciation in their schools? Would they recognize, let us say for the sake of examples, Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Gershwin, Cole Porter, a Gregorian chant, swing, gospel, or hip-hop?

Posted by: Loomis | February 7, 2006 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm so dense, but can someone explain to me what "the porching hour" is?

Posted by: Cassandra S | February 7, 2006 9:19 AM | Report abuse

You're not dense, Cass.

In honor of Joel's musing on his back porch, the DC boodlers occasionally meet and pass the time with food and drink... They call this social event the porching hour. Wish all of us could converge. It always sounds like a good time.

Posted by: slyness | February 7, 2006 9:39 AM | Report abuse

You left some stuff out, slyness. Cassandra, there's a porching hour scheduled for today at McCormick & Schmick's at 1652 K Street (in the bar area), from 5:00 p.m. (see the post at 11:12:56)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 7, 2006 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Ah, Joel, you just wait. My daughters loved the Beatles, the Monkees, Simon & Garfunkle, even the Carpenters - until they each became 13 or so. Then it was Smile Emty Soul, Less Than Jake, Nickleback, and other post-Nirvana Brooding Metal Bands. They're starting to lighten up now. There's Elliott Smith, Keane, Snow Patrol, and Deathcab for Cutie - all good stuff that even geezers can enjoy. But, boy, that metal period was scary.

Just you wait. Heh heh heh.

Posted by: CowTown | February 7, 2006 9:56 AM | Report abuse

That's a timely comment, Achenbach.

My oldest has been raiding my CDs to load her iPod, so she doesn't have to pay for music she's listening to anyway.

Lots of classic Queen, Ramones, some Clash, Nirvana, (no Stones, Beatles or Zep interestingly), but some newer stuff from Nickelback, FalloutBoy, Black Eyed Peas, Gorillaz, Killers, etc. There was even a little hip hop on there, but the relatively mild stuff. Of course there was GreenDay, taken right from my CDs.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a whole section of "standards" (Nat King Cole, Sinatra, etc.); Christmas music, love songs and Broadway tunes.

Love it all, I say.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 7, 2006 10:14 AM | Report abuse

My daughter is primarily stuck in the current Disney-oriented faux pop genre, but she HAS asked me to burn CDs that include Queen and the Beatles, so I think I've pointed her in a good direction.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 7, 2006 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Cass, you're not the only dense one. What is an Ipod? Is it that funny, flat, circular no bigger than a small pancake thingie with earphones that has attached itself to No. 2 g-girl, her head bobbing in time or in agreement with whatever's coming thru the earphones? (By the by, her current fav singer is Allison Krause)

Posted by: Nani | February 7, 2006 10:18 AM | Report abuse

New kit, FYI.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 7, 2006 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Joel writes:
Anyway, if I get a chance to post a kit I think it will be about the ipod, and how they manage to fit a record player in that tiny wafer. It's like magic, ya dig?

Pilot:
Never been awake
Never seen a day break
Leaning on my pillow in the morning
Lazy day in bed
Music in my head
Crazy music playing in the morning light

Ho, ho, ho
It's magic, you know
Never believe it's not so
It's magic, you know
Never believe, it's not so

Posted by: Loomis | February 7, 2006 10:23 AM | Report abuse

That Farhi chat was good.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2006/02/03/DI2006020302479.html

Posted by: omni | February 7, 2006 11:27 AM | Report abuse

This is my first experience with the Achenblog. It's the funniest thing I have read in ages.

Posted by: Chas | February 12, 2006 8:53 PM | Report abuse

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