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Vetting Is For Wimps

So far the Republican National Convention has gone according to script.

Unfortunately the script was written by John Waters. Stephen King threw in a few choice lines. And no, it's not a "chick flick," as MoDo frames it. It's a sitcom all the way -- heavily influenced by "Married...With Children." Those madcap Bundys! (The humor's a little coarse, but no problem, it's on Fox.).

The Sarah Palin saga may be appalling for some viewers, and deeply disturbing, but I find it inspiring. Once again we see why America is a great country. You can be anyone, from anywhere, with any level of professional qualifications, including none at all, and still grow up to be a vice-presidential nominee.

You can go from beauty queen to sports anchorwoman to snowmobile saleswoman to mayor of a town so small that the town hall looks, according to Carville, like a "south Louisiana bait shop" -- and still, in just a couple of years, with a twist of fate here and there, wind up first in line to be the Leader of the Free World.

You can engage in small-town politics, like trying to get your brother-in-law fired and then firing the guy who wouldn't do what you said. You can support an organization that wants Alaska to secede from the United States. You can be gluttonous on federal pork and then pretend you don't like the stuff. And still, thanks to the miracle of modern political marketing, you might be propelled to within a heartbeat of the presidency. Thank you John McCain! Thank you America!

What's great about McCain, as we noted just the other day, is that he picks running mates first and asks questions later. This country would be a lot more interesting if we had a leader who went on instinct and hunches. Think how that would keep out enemies off balance. You want to create as much uncertainty as possible when dealing with those who hate America.

Among other things, President McCain could disappear for weeks at a time -- to keep the other side guessing. You want Putin to open the morning paper and think: "NOW what?"


From the Times: "In Alaska, several state leaders and local officials said they knew of no efforts by the McCain campaign to find out more information about Ms. Palin before the announcement of her selection, Although campaigns are typically discreet when they make inquiries into potential running mates, officials in Alaska said Monday they thought it was peculiar that no one in the state had the slightest hint that Ms. Palin might be under consideration."

Andrew Sullivan: "Do you really believe that Sarah Palin understands the distinctions between Shia and Sunni, has an opinion about the future of Pakistan, has a view of how to exploit rifts within Tehran's leadership, knows about the tricky task of securing loose nuclear weapons? Does anyone even know if she has ever expressed a view on these matters? Here's a bleg: can anyone direct me to any statement she has ever made about foreign policy?"


Issues, schmissues, I always say.


Von Drehle on the Dem convention: "Left on the altar of the anodyne was a much more interesting convention that might have been."


Geraldo gets whipped up by sight of man in water during Gustav.


Great stuff from Liz Donovan about the Chicago riots 40 years ago.


And now some sunbeams to brighten everyone's day:

paris picture of sky.jpg

[Photo by Paris Achenbach]

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 2, 2008; 9:10 AM ET
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Maybe McCain thought that all this chaos would distract the electorate from that whole War and Deficit business.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

bleg? Wow. I'm seeing language evolve right before my eyes.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. I'm liking that whole "Crazy Dude on the Bus" school of international relations.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Whew, thanks for this re-orientation, Joel. I have really been disturbed about Sarah Palin being a heartbeat away from the presidency to use the very tired cliche. I'm not overly dramatic or anything, but I think it's kind of scary that she could really be president. (I guess it goes without saying that I don't buy the talking point that she has got more experience than Obama).

I feel better after reading this kit. It's definitely a refreshing point of view and I'm gonna run with it.

Posted by: Kim | September 2, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse


Chop an onion and some garlic and some fresh ginger and saute in oil
add curry powder black pepper cinnamon cumin coriander and a dash of turmeric
mix well
add lentils
mix well again
throw in a bay leaf
and chopped fresh tomatoes
add water to cover and bring to boil
watch water level as it will decrease rapidly ( lentils are thirsty)
taste after twenty minutes to see if tender
add a little salt
tastes better, reheated the next day

no, I'm not gonna stop

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

(Regulars who have seen me plug this three times already can skip the link. It's for the inevitable front page alert crowd.)

Dowd called it a romantic comedy, not a sitcom, 'Miss Congeniality' in particular:

Although it is getting closer to a screwball comedy by the minute. Perhaps 'Bringing Up Baby'.

To make another movie allusion, the McCain vetters (or post-vetters as the case may be) are not up there to find new dirt, they are there to "solve problems" the same way Winston Wolfe helped out Jules and Vincent in 'Pulp Fiction'. By burying bodies. And Facebook pages.

Posted by: Mo MoDo | September 2, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

To bleg is to write a blog entry or comment for the sole purpose of asking for something

Posted by: Shiloh | September 2, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Right now I'm very, very, very glad no one I love has ever tried to run for office, any office.

If this doesn't sink McCain, we are lost.

Posted by: slyness | September 2, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Usage: We should all bleg Mr. McCain on bended knee to reconsider.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 2, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, JA. No one likes a wimp, except the guy that beating up the wimp. Vetting sounds a lot like good old common sense. Sure we want excitement and everything looking like it's alive and doing fine, but I suspect this thing may be on the order of a one night stand. One wants the thrill, but not the baggage. Is that too coarse(?)?

I have a question on the last kit. Perhaps someone can help me with it?

Posted by: cassandra s | September 2, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

4 green tomatoes in 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 tbsp oil

mix dry ingredients on a plate
dredge tomato slices in seasoned flour
heat oil in skillet
fry maters until golden brown

I'm making myself hungry

no, I'm not gonna stop

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, I don't have any suggestions, but if need be, I will come to see you later in the week and make the call with you at my side so you can get through to them. Thursday afternoon or Friday will work for me, just let me know.

Posted by: slyness | September 2, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' all.
Good news or bad news?
Palin is no Cheney.
Continue to pray for Bush's overall health and good fortune 'til the end of his term.
God bless America.
OBiden in 08!

Posted by: Dmon | September 2, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Make enough to last until November. It only gets worse from here on in. I think this is the Achenblog's first presidential election, so there are no precedents.

I posted some Motels YouTube links way back on Thursday. Maybe they can tide you over.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Ellen's Hot Tomato Salsa

6-8 cups ripe tomatoes blanched and peeled
2 cups water
2 cups grewn or yellow hot wax peppers or green chillies
add Jalapeno if you want it hotter
1/4 onions
2-3 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp vinegar

chop everything up fine
put it all in a pot and bring to a boil
then simmer for about 45 minutes
stir occasionally
watch the consistency


serve with chips and play a damned card game already

no, I'm not gonna stop

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Off-kit but worth noting.
In a pique of back-to-school shopping yesterday, we discovered that Target carries the same line of Chinese drummer helmets as those seen on TV during the olympics. Turns out you can use them to protect your noggin while riding a bike too!
The marketing synergy of those clever Chinese.

Posted by: Dmon | September 2, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Posted a comment based on The Bleggers Opera, but it is being held for ransom. Probably because the characters, including Doxy and Trull, were defined in the source.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 2, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Slyness, that is so kind of you. My daughter will be here this afternoon, and I'm going to try and get her to do it. I have a ninth grader to help this afternoon, and the daughter is bringing this young person, so hopefully, I can get this done. Thanks a bunch for the offer. You are more than kind to do that. Yet it is a problem that needs fixing. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the state that runs into this difficulty.

With McCain age and health issues on the table, the choice of a Vice-President is very much an issue and the circumstances surrounding that choice are no laughing matter. It is a serious consideration. It just seems to me, McCain did not give his choice that serious consideration. He did the moment thing, and what seemed good for him, and only him. And that still reeks of the one-night stand, doesn't it?

Posted by: cassandra s | September 2, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm getting worried that Hollywood may actually jump in line behind McCain. He's like a one man story-pitching team. Can anyone imagine what the winter will be like if he wins? I'm sure in the remaining 49 states McCain can find and nominate government officials who hide most of their experience in track and/or bathing suits.

And for the long-term posts, like the Supreme Court, we can mix in a little Hollywood, and have the nomination decided by timing Mr. Hasselhof and Ms. Anderson swimming across the Potomac.

Although, of course, the downside might be that in the nuclear winter of our discontent, we all will have to wear snowsuits.

Posted by: surson | September 2, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Pizza Sauce

1 small onion
3 tbsp oil
4 oz tomato paste
1 cup water
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
2 pinches allspice
1 pinch black pepper
1/2 tsp basil
small pinch cayenne
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

fry onion in oil till transparent
add the rest and simmer 15 minutes

Your on your own for Pizza dough

spread sauce on dough
then some thinly sliced fresh ripe tomatoes
some cheese
cook till done

Play a damned game of Parcheesi and enjoy your pizza

No, I'm not gonna stop!

I just want you all to know I type this kneeling at my desk cause my chair is otherwise occupied. It is killing my knees and my lower back. If I can go off today's kit topic and back on to yesterdays, so can you...dangit

And, NO!, I'm not gonna stop!!!

you all are as tiresome as Loomis I swear

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

hmmm, maybe Palin should change her stance on sex-ed in the schools, guess abstinence didnt work huh? well they can always add "the science of creationism" to the curriculum....uggh

Posted by: Mir | September 2, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra - sorry, I'm not a lawyer or a AT&T customer service rep. Is there anything on your monthly AT&T invoice that shows a customer service email address?

For those that didn't see the CNN video that Mudge, cassandra and I were talking about - Campbell Brown and GOP/McCain rep Tucker Bounds discissing Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience - here's some video:

Caution: If your chair has seatbelts, I recommend using them, as the spinning gets pretty intense here. Also, don't watch this while drinking anything.


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

cassandra, I don't think McCain engaged in a "one night stand," as far as getting Palin on his ticket is concerned.

I wouldn't rule out any Heavy Vetting, though.


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Omni, sweetie, this one's for you:

Posted by: DNA Girl | September 2, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse


Try calling them and instead of putting in information, punch "0" repeatedly and keep asking for "operator" or "customer assistance". This may or may not get you to a live person.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmm... no Front Page Alert yet.

*surreptitiously faxin' omni a new keyboard that replaces the "enter" key with a "stop" key* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 2, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

4 garden fresh tomatoes, peeled and sliced
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 (9-inch) prebaked deep dish pie shell
1 cup grated mozzarella
1 cup grated cheddar
1 cup aioli
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in 1 layer
Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes.

Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell
Season with salt and pepper
Combine the grated cheeses and aioli together
Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned

anybody up for a game of Clue?

am hungry and tired

Sergeant Tarragon with a socket wrench in the Garage

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra: I'm very familiar with ring-around-the-telephone company. When AT&T took over Bell South and Cingular I expected improvement, but got runarounds. When I cancelled my Cingular account almost two years ago I had a ten-cent credit. I have spent hours on the phone and on line with automated messages from AT&T, AT&T Mobility, Bell South, etc. to tell them to stop sending monthly statements telling me I have a ten-cent credit. Finally I just gave up. They continue to send me a monthly credit statement and I just toss it in the garbage at the post office. Their inefficiency and lack of communication skills is astounding.

When I bought a new AT&T multi-function phone I called the AT&T number provided to find out about bells and whistles such as caller ID. They couldn't help me - and nobody was smart enough to tell me I had to call my old Bell South number to get the info. When I finally got someone in the know, I discovered my base monthly bill would climb to $129 + taxes with all the bells and whistles, so I said "forget it." Sorry you are having problems, I know the frustration.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 2, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I think that might have been funnier if I said

Sergeant Tarragon with a Rubber Chicken in the Kitchen

Not sure whether I need a nap or a walk.

to bed late up early

leaning towards nap

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

omni, thanks for the recipes. Don't stop.

In your honor, I'll share a couple of paragraphs from Elizabeth Gilbert's book, "Eat, Pray, Love" which I was reading this weekend:

* * *
Giovanni gave me the name of a pizzeria in Naples that I had to try, because, he informed me, it sold the best pizza in Naples. I found this a wildly exciting prospect, given that the best pizza in Italy is from Naples, and the best pizza in the world is from Italy, which means that this pizzeria must offer...I'm almost too superstitious to say it...the best pizza in the world? Giovanni passed along the name of the place with such seriouness and intensity, I almost felt I was being inducted into a secret society. He pressed the address into the palm of my hand and said, in gravest confidence, "Please go to this pizzeria. Order the margherita pizza with double mozzarella. If you do not eat this pizza when you are in Naples, please lie to me later and tell me that you did."

So Sofie and I have come to Pizzeria da Michele, and these pies we have just ordered--one for each of us--are making us lose our minds. I love my pizza so much,in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair. Meanwhile, Sofie is practically in tears over hers, she's having a metaphysical crisis about it, she's begging me, "Why do they even bother trying to make pizza in Stockholm? Why do we even bother eating food at all in Stockholm?"

Posted by: kbertocci | September 2, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

It was Professor Mustard! I saw it! In the conservatory! He was there! With ummmmmm the rope! Ha I win!

Posted by: Kerric | September 2, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Forget the daughter. Gov Palin, who supports abstinence only "for thee but not for me" was having premarital sex and got pregnant back in 1988 according to the NY Times:

According to NY Times, here is Governor Palin's story:

"The Palins eloped on Aug. 29, 1988, and their first son, Track, was born eight months later ..."


Abstinence only, for thee and not for me.

But she attends fundementalist Churches and assures everybody else that she is pro-abstinence only (now, but for herself in 1988).

The hypocrisy boggles the mind.

Posted by: steve | September 2, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Should I ever be plucked form obscurity to be a VP candidate I hope this small town mayor's A-blog comments about national defense and foreign policy will still be available. Wouldn't want anyone to think that because I'm from the middle of nowhere I don't know anything. That being ranted, I still don't think Palin was a good choice.

If I were looking for someone to pull off exceptional success out of a questionable background I'd look to Harry Truman as an example. Give me proof of intellectual curiosity, and capacity, and I'll let it trump a dullard's vast experience every time.

Posted by: frostbitten | September 2, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

TBG, thanks for those kind words in the previous boodle

And Mudge, next time we meet I'll let you in on a little secret about how to get more than one simultaneous post past the blog bot

and now I need for stop a button Snuke, but thanks

But if you all are still goin' on about this boring me to tears Palin carp when I get back...I'll just start it up again!

I've got a stack of cookbooks at the ready

you are warned!!!

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

You're just making me hungry and it's an hour until lunch. Pizza Day at the office. Yummy.

I have my review of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" up if anybody wants to take a Palin-break.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, omni, and please keep the recipes coming. But please avert your eyes. Thank you.

At some point, I think we (as a nation) are going to have to get a bit serious about the Palin thing and confront the (entirely reasonable, in my view) question about whether McCain AND his staff have been actually lying about how well they vetted Palin. I've never for one moment thought they ever did very much at all-- and so we're being fed what amounts not so much as "spin," but an actual falsehood. I just can't believe (a) McCain knew and said OK anyway (if he really did, he's further 'round the bend than I ever thought), and (b) that his staff didn't put their foot down like they did with the Lieberman option.

So far it's all been a big joke. But at it's heart its is about either a big lie, or a big act of irresponsible and reckless decision-making. I don't much care which.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

And thanks to DNA Girl for that sinfest tomato toss

My only problem is they looked fresh, not rotten, and that is just wrong

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse


Why the false dichotomy? It can be both a big lie AND a big act of irresponsible and reckless decision-making. Eugene Robinson's falls in the same trap when he says:

//The real McCain is either alarmingly cynical or dangerously reckless. //

Nothing mutually contradictory about those descriptions.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mudge, you know what's funny? I was looking for my Chili recipe and found my Gazpacho recipe. All this was before I even saw your Gazpacho recipe request.

Let me know if you try it and how you like it. I've only made it once myself, with store bought maters, and really liked it.

and really to napland

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Good point, yello. Yes, could well be both. But nobody has actually said "lie" yet, that's all.

But, yes, you're right.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

EJ Dionne's "moderating" a discussion on that very point, 'Mudge:


Posted by: Scottynuke | September 2, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Is the Weingarten Chat back?

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

That would be a yes. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 2, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse


Not an actual "one night stand", but the resemblance of one. The characteristics of a "one night stand", the unknown, which makes for thrilling in some cases, yet also makes for reckless and totally irresponsible.

If this was an action by the Dems, everyone and his/her mother would be all over it in a heartbeat. I think there is a deeper sense here though. For those still trying to hold this up as a bold and courageous thought and action, it has to speak to the fact that no matter how lacking the leadership, we (some) the people will hold you up in this leadership because we own the country. It only matters if it's the other guy.

Posted by: cassandra s | September 2, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I still wonder if maybe McCain knew exactly what he was doing.

Although Joel is being satirical in calling the selection of Palin “Inspiring,” many are doing so without irony.

For, to many, there is something suggestive of Natural Virtue in Palin. She might not have those fancy degrees or spent a lot of time fussing over international affairs. But that doesn’t much matter because everyone knows that all is required to put things right in the world is good old fashioned Horse Sense.

And if this means tolerating a certain number of messy Personal Issues, well, that's all just part of Keepin' It Real.

And, to a certain type of mind, this is a very compelling twist on the Cinderella fantasy.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Amy Goodman, host of the TV/radio program Democracy Now!, has been arrested in St Paul for "suspicion of trying to incite a riot" when protesting to police the arrest of two radio producers charged with "suspicion of rioting."

Posted by: Boko999 | September 2, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

And apparently lost her convention floor pass in the process, Boko...


Posted by: Scottynuke | September 2, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

What a maverick!

Palin's lawyer is trying to get the commission's troopergate report released after the election, instead of 4 days before. Additionally, he's claiming the issue should be determined by a board appointed by the governor instead of by, well, people not appointed by the governor.

And the state of Alaska is paying for the lawyer?

Posted by: dbG | September 2, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

So many gazpacho recipes, so little time... Here's mine, Mudge, extremely close to Joy of Cooking. Sorry about the all caps, I wrote this in the early 90s and don't know what I was thinking.. that it's a very important recipe? But first I want to stand up for America: some of our modifications of old world recipes are BETTER. American gazpacho is better than Spanish, and American pizza is better than Italian. I'm sorry, but it's true. There, I said it.

This gazpacho recipe is really good, and like some others have said, the stock or bouillon makes it truly delicious. I find the parsley mandatory and I shy away from other more overpowering herbs although arugala would be very good. I am a hot pepper lover but hold back for this recipe. Too much green bell pepper can overpower it also, but the right amount is good to add. Red wine vinegar can be a substitute for the citrus juice. It is curiously delicious with a cold beer to accompany it.

1 CUP extra virgin OLIVE OIL

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Any moment now, I expect Republican Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal to discuss India-Pakistani relations.

Any moment now, I fully anticipate that Republican Governor of Washington Gary Locke to discuss the troubled history of China and Japan.

Any moment now, I eagerly await Democratic Governor of New York David Paterson to expound on the troubles in Darfur and solutions to the genocide there.

Any moment now, I look forward to Democratic Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick giving us his take on the current situation in Iraq, and again reminding us of the differnce between the four ethnic/religious factions there--when he's not too busy writing speech lines for Obama to borrow.

Perhaps Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius would like to talk about the fairly recent economic progress in Ireland?

Of course, Senator Obama could always explain his executive management experience to date, other than his campaign operation. *w*

Posted by: Loomis | September 2, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

And here's my latest conspiracy theory I came up with. As always, I don't necessarily believe 'em, I just collect 'em. Do not try this at home:

I'm starting to wonder if all this is some Rovian style conspiracy to pull
in a last minute vp choice (after Palin goes belly up - a pre-manufactured
Eagleton). This would have two results:
Vetting fatigue. Media and public tired of deep examinations of veep
candidates twice in a row.
Surprise. All preparations by Dems for debates and spin control would have
to be changed at the last minute.

I came up with this after pondering why Palin herself did not seem to question her own selection.

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Tart, Loomis! I like it!

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I think the Palin pick for VP confirms my suspicion that McCain has been told he's dying, though I'm unsure if he's found Jesus or is just displaying his famous seense of humour.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 2, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

SCC - I think the Palin pick for VP confirms my suspicion that McCain has been told that he's got six months to live, though I'm unsure if he's found Jesus or just displaying his zany sense of humour.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 2, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

cassandra, I know that you didn't mean a literal "one night stand," I was just setting up for the Heavy Vetting line.

Jumper, here's a few more zesty conspiracy thories to try on:

McCain selects female far-right conservative for his running-mate and sticks with her through the election, then gets to blame his failure to win in November on this fact.

Karl Rove and Dick Cheney are whipping up a series of hurricanes in order to make sure that President Bush has good reasons to not attend the RNC (other than the McCain campaign not wanting him within 500 miles of the place), and to be able to manipulate the price of oil and gasoline as necessary. If it looks like McCain will win, they'll lower gasoline prices and say, "Hey, don'cha want 4 more years of *this*?', and if it looks like McCain will lose, they'll let the oil compaines have one more year of record profits.


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I am profoundly grateful Senator Obama won't let himself get involved in this mess.

Posted by: slyness | September 2, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

A water main break would have been enough reason to keep Dubya and Cheney away.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

So, who's McCain's contingency veep? If it's a truly last-minute replacement by Romney, he gains some respite from his loony right side. Sighs of relief by more moderate Repubs.

No matter how you see it, McCain's throwing long.

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse


Just trying to clear the air, on my part. I got the heavy vetting line, too.

Loomis, glad to see you're alive and kicking. Hope the hurricane hasn't impacted your neck of the woods too much.

I agree with your assessment, RD, but where does that thinking come from?

Posted by: cassandra s | September 2, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

And Slyness, it is a mess, isn't it? I hope so too.

Posted by: cassandra s | September 2, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra - I think it comes from lots of reasons. For many, of course, economic realities limit education and professional opportunities, which causes resentment. Further, there certainly is snobbery in the world that adds to this resentment.

All of which, naturally, makes people resent the notion that they aren't as good as someone else, and encourages them to elevate virtues available to all.

And this is fine, as far as it goes. The virtue of the Common Man (and Woman) is an honorable tradition.

I just get annoyed when it goes too far. For example, when I choose a surgeon to operate on my child I don't care if the surgeon only got that way because his family is rich or if he Worked His Way Up.

I don't care if the surgeon has the Common Touch or if he is a hopeless snob who looks down on me because I don't know a thorassic flange from a bicardial cuspid.

All I care about is if he knows what the heck he is doing when he sticks sharp objects into my child's open body.

And I feel the same way about someone who might end up running the country.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Here you go, bc: (If you follow the links, put on a bunny suit, rabbit holes ahead)

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I coined an aphorism recently; maybe it's appropriate here:

If you think common sense is the only kind of sense you need, then you don't have any.

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, that's a good point about McCain throwing long.

I guess his VP selection was a "Hail Sarah" just before halftime break (the RNC Halftime show) and the appearance of the GOP Marching Band.

[Any resemblance of the play where the Cal player runs through the Stanford marching band's premature on-filed celebration to score the winning TD is purely coincidental. Purely]


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

This is what I mean. When you take the anti-elitism bit too far:

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

SCC: "on-field".

I had one earlier today, but the New and Really Truly Improved Blog Software wouldn't let me post two so close together.

Then I went to meetings, and now I don't have time or energy to chase it down...


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

And that, RD, is the way it should be. That is the case for thinking, not feeling, but clear, cold, logic. Yet we know that there are too many variables attached to that thinking, too many human traits that throw that thinking one mighty curve ball. And that has always been a problem for our country. It still is.

In order to win, perhaps the feeling is that I will lift up those that feel marginal or left out. I will go back to the earlier arguments wherein satisfaction was brought into play by using that man has no control of, that speak to a deeper issue, yet it doesn't really speak, not out loud. I will let them know that I hear them loud and clear, and that it doesn't matter about education or even economics, this is yours, and it will always be yours to rule.

Am I too far off?

Posted by: cassandra s | September 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Couple of things:
1. Yes, there are elements of the Palin story that remind you of "Married With Children", and others that remind you of "Raising Arizona". But more than anything else, it reminds me of the Jerry Springer show.
2. Hey, Onmi, got any recipes for moose stew?

Posted by: Cap'n Chucky | September 2, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Time to go to work.

Posted by: cassandra s | September 2, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Just to briefly recap Weingarten's chat: he says he thinks Palin will step down within about 10 days or less to spend more time with her family, which actually might in fact be a legitimate explanation, for once.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Cap'n Chucky,
Welcome aboard! Unlike most Springer (really Maury - update your cultural references) episodes, we weren't questioning who the daddy was; we were wondering who the mother was. For now that seems to pretty well-defined, but anything is possible.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

And Bob Dylan is a plagiarizing hack.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Saw Amy Goodman on the street yesterday. Methinks she needs to learn the difference between journalist and protester-look like a duck, fly around with ducks and all that. (I listened to Democracy Now just about every day in Tampa, but frankly, Goodman creeps me out. While she didn't pick up any bricks she certainly seemed to be very cozy with the self proclaimed anarchists and I doubt the typical St. Paul police officer recognized her famous journalisticness as the Frostfam did.)

Posted by: frostbitten | September 2, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The anarchists are romantics, something I didn't understand when I was young. Now I know that in true anarchy, the local sheriffs will take over in short order, and run things like Roy Bean, but also sort of like the mafia, with civil rights and the Bill of Rights not enforced at all.

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the republicans encouraged McCain to make this choice so that they can nominate somebody else to be their candidate for president:

"Sure John, go for it!"

"Sounds like a wise choice, Senator McCain!"

"Can we use this to dump the VP candidate and McCain, too?"

"Quick, get Mitt Romney to wait in the wings while we do this roll call thing!"

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | September 2, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Moose tongue?

Fresh Moose tongue
2 medium sized onions
1 large carrot
3 or more ribs celery with leaves
6 sprigs parsley
4 peppercorns whole cloves
1 bay leaf

Barely cover these ingredients with boiling water
skim off scum after first five minutes
simmer until tongue is tennder\drain and reserve the liquid
skin and trim the tongue
reheat in cooking water

serve with hot mustard sauce
or horseradish sauce

harvard beets capers and chopped pickle

tomato pie is a good follow up

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

omni, if you served moose tongue, wouldn't the logical vegatable dish to serve with it be succotash? Then you could combine the leftovers in a nice, flaky pie crust, and call it moosetash.

And I'm reasonable sure TNG might give you some guidance into making it into a dessert dish, like tiramooseu.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm a simple guy. Plain old chocolate moose is fine with me.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, with the tongue in there, it would be easier to call it Thuffering Thuccotash.

Posted by: TBG | September 2, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse


I think you meant TBG, and she'd certainly help omni ferment the leftovers into mooseaka.

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 2, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Hang onto your head, Fred...


Posted by: Scottynuke | September 2, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes, meant TBG. Whot's wrong wif me fingahs? (N is just a wee bit due east of B, yanno.)

She knew what I meant. You knew what I meant. I'm the only one who didn't know what I meant. It may be best that way.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

And now for something completely different:

I'm shocked. Shocked, I say.

He couldn't remember the combination. And with his nearly photographic memory and recall of events. How ironic. *sigh*

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

If you took some moose meat and made jerky out of it, and chopped the jerky up into small bits and then mixed it with some uncooked rolled oats and grains, fruits, nuts, etc., and seasoned with with a chunk of salt from a caribou saltlick, would you have a granola-like breakfast cereal called Mooselix?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, taking the moose leftovers, shredding them very very finely and then weaving them coarsely would give you some very servicable mooselin sheets, right?

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 2, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I usually rely upon Yoki and CP to be my muses:
Fortunately for all of me, they are not my caribouses.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Scc: Fortunately for all of us, dammit, us, us, they are not my caribouses.


Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Tune cootie:

The boys are thirsty in Atlanta,and there's beer in Texarcana
and we'll bring it back no matter what it takes

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin'
a'we gonna do what they say can't be done
We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there
I'm east bound just watch ol'Bandit run ......

I'll be humming that all day now, so I might as well share the joy.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Great Kit, Joel. Between this and the Paraguay kit we are getting good insight into McCain's - well, something.

Thanks to omni for the recipes, but see what you started. I'm just a little hungry, so make mine mooselline, please.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 2, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

How many months would you get for committing "coziness with intent to interview?"

I think you invented pemican 'Mudge.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 2, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Boil moose hooves for mooselage.
Jail caribous in carabooses.
Caribous, caribous, can you do the fandango?

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

SCC pemmican
Damn! I always do that.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 2, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Added a few links, fyi, plus a photo.

Posted by: Achenbach | September 2, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I think "dementia" was the word you were searching for, Ivansmom.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mudge. That works. Or "affinity for whimsy". Or "lack of attention to detail". Or "moosetakes".

Not to be confused with "moosesteak", which connote both a cut of meat and a large, juicy, antlered tomato.

Thanks for the lovely picture, Joel, and please thank Paris. When I was little I always figured those visible rays of sunlight were God peeking through the clouds. Made me understand sun worship.

I'm relieved to know the election won't be about issues. There are a lot of issues and they are all bad and if we have to keep thinking about them until November it might make my head hurt. On the other hand, if we're talking candidate personalities I'm with Obama all the way, so I guess my vote isn't affected.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 2, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

That Achenbach kid! She's good with a digital camera!

Thanks for sharing, Joel. It's a great photo.

Posted by: slyness | September 2, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Very nicely done Ms. Achenbach.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank god the man in the water wasn't diving to untangle a rope or chain from a prop. Geraldo would have gone ballistic. "He's going under!" He's going under!"

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Great picture. That must have been associated with that weird liquid stuff that fell from the sky last week.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the moose-isms already!

Actually, I think they're moosetastic.


Posted by: Moose | September 2, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse


When I was little, my sister told me that the rays of sun were my Grandpa and Grandma looking down from Heaven at us. Always makes me smile to see those.

Posted by: Moose | September 2, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Moose! Glad to see you!

Posted by: Anonymoose | September 2, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

This Palin stuff makes my head spin. This choice my McC is so wrong in so many ways. The young kockey player even wears a mullet. Bristol, please, please, do not marry that stupid boy.

The mousse recipe are too funny, but that stuff goes in your hair you know.
A traumatic meal of my childhood was a moose heart, kidney and tongue stew. Bleah, the chunks containing the big arteries gave me the willies. But it was at a friend's house so I, the inhibited kid, ate it all. His parents were from an area where non-native subsistance hunting (a.k.a. as poaching) was common and they loved the stuff.
Moose meat hardens as the moose gets older, like beef and unlike deer or caribou which stay more-or-less tender at all age. Hence the large quantity of ground moose one gets when a big old bull get his rack mounted on the wall of the man-cave. If one is hunting moose, the love of moose burger is a must.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | September 2, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Anonymoose!

Seems we have a small herd here.

Posted by: Moose | September 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

It just keeps getting better...

Palin Scrubbing Turns Up a Car Wash
By Matthew Mosk
ST. PAUL -- In addition to being a mayor and raising four children, Sarah Palin found time for another venture in her Wasilla years -- she was part-owner of an Anchorage car wash.

Palin and husband Todd each held a 20 percent stake in Anchorage Car Wash LLC, according to state corporation records filed in 2004.

The venture was not entirely smooth sailing, though. State records show the business ran into trouble with Alaska's division of corporations business and professional licensing after Palin became governor of the state in 2006.

A Feb. 11, 2007 letter to the governor's business partner advises that the car wash had "not filed its biennial report and/or paid its biennial fees," which were more than a year overdue.

The warning letter was written on state letterhead, which carried Palin's name at the top, next to the state seal.

On April 3, 2007, the state went further and issued a "certificate of involuntary dissolution" because of the car wash's failure to file its report and pay state licensing fees.

Posted by: TBG | September 2, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey, at least she hasn't had any illegal housekeepers or anything.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

This was all in the province of rumor for so long, it may have been overlooked when the facts actually finally emerged regarding the Bush family and ties to Nazism which lasted even after the beginning of WWII.

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

A M00se once bit my sister.

Posted by: martooni | September 2, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Mynd you, m00se bites Kan be pretty nasti...

Posted by: martooni | September 2, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, Jumper. But it was published in 2004, and didn't help the re-election any of "little boy."

It's amazing how the "law and order" Republicans can so flagrantly violate one law after another, since clearly that "law and order" would *never* apply to them, dontcha know.

I remember reading that as John Mitchell was on his way to prison for his activities related to Watergate, some guy yelled at him: "Whaddya think about law and order *now*, John?" John reportedly did not answer.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | September 2, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Howdy Moose.

The Repub convention, discombobulated as it is, could be immortalized as:

Going Beyond the Palin: The Moosical.
"No issues, all the time!"

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 2, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Great pic Ms. A.

West African Moose Stew (I know)

2 lbs Moose meat
brown in 4 tbsp hot butter
remove meat and add
1 cup chopped onion
when golden add
2 tbsp white flour
2 or 3 tbsp curry powder
1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy)
slowly add two cups moose stock (or one cup water one cup coconut milk)
add Moose back in and simmer for two hours

twenty minutes before end of two hours add 1/2 lb trimmed Okra

serve over rice

garnish with 4 quartered hard boiled eggs

Serve with (in small dishes

grated toasted coconut
fresh banana
orange slices (some like mango
Here we go: and fresh tomato slices

Moose can be substituted with Elk Caribou Bison or Buffalo

But Moose Stew sounds funnier...

Although, Caribou Stew also makes me laugh

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Omni I went out to dinner last week, it was a winemakers dinner - two vineyards plus a chef all who spoke about each of the four courses and the wines (two of each type for each course). The main entree was Bison Steak - fantastic, perhaps you could start a new thread of recipes.

Picture is wonderful.

Posted by: dmd | September 2, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I'll get you my pretty! And your little moose too!

Posted by: Kerric | September 2, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Joel's buddy Dave Barry is at the Republican convention:

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

omni.. do you have a recipe for that Russian delicacy... Moose & Squirrel?

Posted by: TBG | September 2, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Omni, that's a great recipe for West African Moose Stew, and if were still a red meat eater, I'd head over to your restaurant for it.

And, of course, I'm hungry for dinner, so I'm off to raid the veggies I got at the farmers market over the weekend.

*rumble, rumble*

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | September 2, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Few people know that Moose is actually a member of the Tuber family.

Look, I said few people know it.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear. In a world without Don LaFontaine will movie previews ever be the same?

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

If Alistair Cooke had met a young Sarah Palin, would we have been fortunate enough to behold "Mooseterpiece Theater?"

I'll stop now.


Posted by: Scottynuke | September 2, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

And in the latest round of the Irony Olympics...


Posted by: Scottynuke | September 2, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

What's with all these dreadful puns? Really. And with so many important problems to discuss.

I am not amoosed. Not amoosed at all.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse
Moose Roast

Moose Steaks

Moose Casserole

Moose Meat Loaf

Moose Roast in Bag

Moose Casserole

Easy Moose Stew

Moose Hash

Barbequed Chops

Moose Hash

Always Marinate Moose in Buttermilk for one day

Posted by: Shiloh | September 2, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Never underestimate the power of a schnook. *Sen. McCain's utterance upon deciding on his running mate*

Posted by: jack | September 2, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

yes TBG, but unfortunately they always escape at the last second
So I really can't recommend the Rocky and Bullwinkle - Alces/Sciuridae Carbonnades a la Flamande

I make myself laugh, hope you enjoy your appetizer...Tomato - Mozzarella - Basil / a splash of Olive oil and maybe just a bit of of a red wine Vinaigrette

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Just saw that last one a minute ago myself, Scotty. I think it's time to roll out my favorite Yokiism: Sweet Jayzus.

If that's the Irony Olympics, she really nailed the landing. Nothing but 10s from the judges.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Beer-butt Moose.

Just think about it.

OK, that's long enough.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Gov.Sarah Palin Moose Recipes Society
raves +3 by McBush posted 1 day ago

Please Contribute Your Favorite Recipe. I need a good Moose recipe for Inaguration Day. Will you send us some more of your moose recipes to add? We only have a few and we need for you to mail us as many as you can.

Some ideas for cooking moose for your friends
Moose Roast
Moose Steaks
Moose Casserole
Moose Meat Loaf
Moose Roast in Bag
Moose Casserole
Easy Moose Stew
Moose Hash
Barbequed Chops
Moose Hash
Barbecued Ribs
Moose Stir Fry
Moose Tenderloin
Sauted Steak
Moose Meat Loaf
Moose Shoulder
Barbecued Moose
Stuffed Moose Chops
Smothered Sauted Moose
Crown Roast of Moose
Barbecued Chops
Moose Salbury Steak
Moose Tid Bits
Moose Wok Stir Fry
Moose Picante #2
Moose Backstrap
Moose Roll Ups
Moose Casserole
Moose Jerky
Barbecued Ribs

Remember, always Marinate Moose in Buttermilk for one day.

Thank you
Sarah "Moose" Palin

Let me repeat: ALWAY Marinate Moose in Buttermilk for one day.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 2, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey, thanks for the idea. Moose stew is on the menu tonite.

Posted by: dr | September 2, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Laughing at "Crown Roast of Moose."

Do you put those cute little paper feet on the ends of Moose Chops? I think given the size, you'd need chef's toques.

Sarah, Plain and Tall she's not.

Where is the Filet Migmoose?
Moose Bourgigon?
Moose Wellington?
Moose Diane?
Moose Kabobs (use pieces of steel concrete reinforcing rod for skewers)

Spaghetti and Mooseballs (no, yello, don't even *think* about it. Step away from the keyboard.)

Moose Carpaccio (paper-thin slices of uncooked moose loin about two feet across)

which of course inevitably suggests:

Moose Tartare

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey omni, that's my appetizer tonight. With Moose Mozzarella, of course.

The Ivansclan asked what's for dinner. I said, "Moose." A nice change from mice.

RD, now that we are freed from discussing the issues - since they won't decide the election - I am positively elated by the amoosement of the Boodle mooses.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 2, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Hope this works, I was ROFL.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 2, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'm embarrassed to admit I don't know this. How long do you soak the antlers before they become tender?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse



Moose and Chips (no, not moose chips. The other kind.)

Moose, Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches (on toast).

Hungarian Mooselash (with lots of paprika).

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Moose antler should not be marinated. It should be dried in a slow oven, then powdered and used as an aphrodisiac. Snorting moose antler (known as "dry snow") gives the most immediate hit. However, sneaking a teaspoon of antler powder into your date's drink can produce results within one hour.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 2, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Rocky Mountain Moose Oysters?

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorites: Surf 'n' Moose.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

This event is held in Clinton, WY

Posted by: Shiloh | September 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I mean, Clinton, MT. Had Cheney on my mind when thinking about nut cases.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

OK, my job here is done...well done

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

dmd, Mr. T has discovered bison burgers and now wishes to have them all the time instead of beef burgers. So what if ground bison is $6.99 a pound? Earth Fare also carries bison t-bones but I haven't had the courage or the cash to buy any.

My favorite moose picture:

Posted by: slyness | September 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Montana, Shiloh, not Wyoming.

But same difference, I suppose. We'll have to ask CP; she's our Montana Gal.

Why am I suddenly feeling quesy?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Baked Alaska Moose

Posted by: yellojkt | September 2, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry. The plural of moose, as was conclusively proved during the Reagan administration, is not mooses, but meese.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Canada meese

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Ah, you all are putting me in the mood for Caribous Sousees aux pommes frites.

Frostbitten, you may be a small town mayor, but you've probably travelled more and lived in more places than the average American (who is already darn mobile).

If anybody challenges your inexperience, all you have to do is pull out the fighter pilot swagger and do a John Wayne impression. They'll back off.

Bill Clinton went into office without foreign policy experience and after 8 years it was his favorite part of the job. However, he at least had lived in England and presumably seen some of Europe when he wasn't too busy not inhaling. His experience was no worse than the average American, and probably somewhat better.

And now, I will let Wilbrodog do the sky report for today.

Posted by: Wilbrod | September 2, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Driving Moose Daisy


Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Jo Ann Davidson RNC convention arranger in chief just said

blah blah...something something... Sarah Pawlenty for vice president.

Posted by: DNA Girl | September 2, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Tikka Moosala anyone?

Posted by: DNA Girl | September 2, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Like you would ever let me smell Sky, Wilbrod!

Wait, you mean that big empty area above... never mind. Ahem.

I. Hai-kur
Gulls too high to smell;
Ducks in lake grey like the sky;
Skeeters in the sog.

II. Haikubow
Clouds grind out sunlight
Bright patch hits fleeing chipmunk
Mossy log loses bump.

III. Haikwoof
Tennis ball for lunch;
Yellow arcs against grass and cloud--
Not very filling.

IV. Fleaku
Skeeters cloud in gusts
Circle false moons for direction
Dead debris at dawn.

Posted by: Wilbrod | September 2, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I can testify to the tastiness of Canadian meese and squirrels. Canadian porkypines come with toothpicks.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 2, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Laughing at your 8:26, Wilbrodog (misattributed to the gnome, I believe), especially "fleaku."

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprises no one has mentioned the Greek Mooses.

Posted by: Maggie O'D | September 2, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Grrr... you're right, I forgot to type my full name.

Posted by: Wilbrodog | September 2, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sick of this Palin bit. It's like a big Burmese moose trap. I mean, if you criticize her personal life-choices you are accused of being a big mean elitist moose.

But you can't engage her on strategic issues like Iraq or Taxes because we don't know moose dung about her positions on anything like that.

All we know are her positions on social values - which are really not amenable to rational debate.

Even us moose brains get that these battle lines are pretty fixed and all you can get from yelling about em is a moose-sized headache.

Fortunately, there is a nice restful picture to look at.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Guy walks into a bar and says ouch

Then he goes inside and sees a Moose and says

'Hey, Why the long face?'

Moose says: 'I'm a Moose!'

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Of course, no Mooseathon is truly complete without this tasty little tidbit from one of America's great storytellers:

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 2, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Scotty mentioned Jerry Reed's death a little earlier. A few days ago he also asked a question about favorite finger-style guitarists. Reed was a superb one. Here's a clip of him and Chet Atkins (no slouch himself) having a lot of fun playing one of Reed's tunes:

They both use thumb picks, but that's still considered finger picking. One of the (many) things I like about both Mark Knopfler and Lindsay Buckingham is that they don't even use the thumb pick all that much. Just their fingers and their guitars.

Posted by: pj | September 2, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe I missed the Mooseathon.

I don't have Moose at home; I prefer it when I travel.

But I've never had any Moose in Mianus, and not sure I want one there, either.

Watching the RNC, and the set and stage arrangements look rather Mickey Moose compared to what the Dems had...

What are they doing here, running around the podium playing Duck, Duck, Moose?

It it elitist to eat Moose Liver Pate?

Oh, never moose. I mean, mind.


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Yikes, Don LaFontaine and Jerry Reed in the same day?

A shame about both.

And kinda scary that they're apparrently using pepper spray and tear gas against this protesters outside the RNC?


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Want to drift slightly back on topic to correct something Loomis mentioned in the previous Boodle. Gary Locke was the Democratic governor of Washington state - 1997-2005. He probably could give a dissertation on China/Japan relations - he's a very smart guy, of Chinese descent himself, and both those countries are important trade partners for the state. He's married to the comely journalist Mona Lee Locke (of Chinese descent herself). He's from my part of Seattle, represented my district for many years. I was hopeful he would have been Gore's or Kerry's VP pick. Here he is on Almost Live, playing with the local band, The Presidents of the United States of America.

Christine Gregoire is our governor now - a very smart, former attorney general and tough cookie. She sued the cigarette companies awhile back. She'd be a good VP, too (Democratic).

Posted by: mostlylurking | September 2, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

A shame that Reed and LaFontaine passed on today, I mean.

That slo-mo American flag on screen at the RNC is eerie. Hyptnotic.

Laura Bush is speaking now. Doing adequately, but she's no Michelle Obama. Oh, she's going to introduce her husband, who's going to speak via satellite from the White House.

Now she's listing her husband's achievements. Or performing a verbal damage assessment, depending on your perspective.


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

bc, you didn't miss a thing, you made me laugh three times

thank you

welcome to the Moose club, we're going to give those Elkers a run for the money, Yeah!

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Here's a pretty good MPR summary of today's protests-with tear gas bits which happened about half an hour ago

The police are starting to get really anal about any deviation from the protester's pre-approved activities and march routes. Frostdottir took many pictures and I've posted a few at
Is it really a protest march if you get a permit and follow it to the letter?

Mr. F wanted me to share that there was to be a "rolling protest" today with 18 wheelers and other vehicles. After much concern about how to police such a thing one vehicle showed.

Posted by: frostbitten | September 2, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me that GWB's speech praising McCain is taped - or he's certainly not wired into the convention.

He's not pausing long enough to let the applause die down naturally.

Very odd.
Awkward pauses for applause and laughter.
More awkward than I expected, even.

Now, what were we told that would lead me to believe that GWB would address the RNC live via satellite?

Actually, I don't ever remember hearing the word "live," come to think of it.

A classical reference (see if anyone recognizes my attempt to quote):

"D'ya ever feel like you've been cheated?"


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: frostbitten | September 2, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Here's an addition to my Gazpacho recipe

You can also add to that CAPITALIST jumper recipe if you so choose

Steam some string beans
chop fine (quarter inch bits or so)
add and mix

RD P... you better put your attack bunnies on guard... we'll be raiding your garden any night now

Posted by: omni | September 2, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Moose, fearless leader is giving a pep talk. Moose is saying"hey Rocky watch me pull a republican win out of my hat,nothing up my sleeve"

How about Moose tracks Ice cream!!

And Moosehead beer!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | September 2, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for noticing, omni.

And thanks for the recipes.

Watching the Reagan tribute.
Am I the only one who finds it somewhat disturbing that they keep using vaiations of the phrase "and he never forgot who he was?" I think that's a little disrespectful and inappropriate.

Oh, look - it's Fred Thompson.
He's pretty animated, and a tad angry.
Or - is that just an act?
When you come right down to it - does it matter as long as it's convincing?

Good line about being the only nominee who knows how to field dress a moose (with the possible exception of Teddy Roosevelt).


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse


Fred's turning this into a McCain roast.

Not sure what to make of this line about McCain's Mom:

'If she were the McCain captured by the Vietnamese, they'd have surrendered.'



Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure skill in field dressing moose is valuable in Alaska, but down here in the lower 48, not much call for it.

Not sure how that skill would translate onto the national and international stage. Good to be able to take care of enemies, but a trifle...crass and bloody, would those be the right adjectives?

G'night all.

Posted by: slyness | September 2, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse


Wilbrodog and the gnome got me curious and I found this wonderful article on Haiku. I always wanted a set of encyclopedia. My dream has come true, in spades, with Wikipedia. It's an under-recognized marvel of our time. And, man, have I been doing it wrong!

That pickin' was great pj. I didn't know, or had forgotten. Thanks.

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Suddenly (or rather, slowly, like a frog in heating water, bit by bit over the last 10 years) the Russian mafia is all around me. Who let this happen?

Posted by: Jumper | September 2, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Fred's going into a lot of graphic detail of McCain's wartime injuries and torture.

Feel like I'm watching "The Passion of McCain" as directed by Mel Gibson.



Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jumper. My guess is that most people didn't know. I didn't know until just a few years ago. I knew him from "When You're Hot, You're Hot" and the couple of his songs that Elvis did and, of course, "Smokey and the Bandit." Hearing his guitar playing was a very pleasant revelation.

Posted by: pj | September 2, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, that's a scary long shot -

A projected image on the screen at the RNC - of McCain about 50 ft. high, towering over Fred at the podium like the Colussus over Rhodes.

Also odd.


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, here comes Joe Lieberman.

This ought to be good.


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

bc, loved "heavy vetting." But, sorry, the Rs aren't into the passion of Christ, they want retribution for wickedness, Old Testament style. Maybe this is code for going back to Vietnam. This time we win!

Moose be going . . .

Posted by: bill everything | September 2, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Thompson's speech followed the campaign's strategy: long on character stuff, short on policy initiatives. Lieberman. Harumph.

Posted by: jack | September 2, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Interesting New Republic Q&A about politics, and a little basketball, with Charles Barkley

Sir Charles "...I do not use words like liberal or conservative. You can ask me a question and I will give you an answer. Those are words rich people on television use to divide and conquer. I am pro-choice. And if gay people want to get married, that is none of my business. God bless them."

Posted by: frostbitten | September 2, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Joe Lieberman: we are living in Washington's worst nightmare in the capital city that bears his name....

Wild applause from the audience.

Posted by: DNA Girl | September 2, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Did they have a "friends" quota in every speech? Perhaps this is a ploy to make McCain's verbal "my friends" tic sound more normal.

Posted by: frostbitten | September 2, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman appears to be a character witness as well, leading the 'Democrats for McCain' lobby.

Not a lot of love for Joe from the GOP faithful there. I guess they haven't forgotten the 2000 General Election Campaign either.


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

"...John McCain had the courage to stand against the tide of public opinion..."

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that "friends" count, too, frosti.

Joe really wants these folks as friends too. I think.


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Ok, this always frosts me. For a moment I'll agree with Joe that we are "winning" but when pols then use that as a set up for soldiers coming home "in honor" it makes me wonder-would you not honor our soldiers in defeat? Are they only beloved, and heroes, if we win?

Posted by: frostbitten | September 2, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorta fascinated by this claim that McCain will "clean up Washington," and that both McC and Palin are "reformers," and that Palin cleaned up Alaskan corruption, etc. What seems missing is acknowledgment Washington they want to fix was screwed up by Republicans, and that the corruption Palin fought was was Republicans.

The whole "maverick" thing hints at the notion that what needs to be fixed are Republicans. But they always leave that small detail off.

Overall, very mediocre speech from Lieberman.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Wiki readymade
the winter of ignorance
erudite summer

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little confused that they would choose to spend so much time talking up the McCain bio. Isn't that the one thing he has going for him, that everyone not in a coma already knows about his POW days?

Posted by: frostbitten | September 2, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Re. the use of "friends," non-party specific (And certainly not what Lieberman was thinking after the tepid response. Not at all):

With friends like this, who needs enemas?


Posted by: bc | September 2, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich: the GOP is a "much bigger party" (meaning inclusive and diverse) than the Dems. Jeeeeeez.

The anarchists must have succeeded in putting something in the water up there.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 2, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Boodle. Y'all are my eyes and ears at the Dress-a-Moose Convention, since I can't stand to watch or listen to the thing. You have my heartfelt and enormoose gratitude. Loved the joke, omni.

Joe Lieberman must want a friend; he doesn't have any except for McCain and see where that's got him so far. What's he going to be, Moose of State?

A group I sing with recorded several lovely Renaissance motets this evening. It was hard work but I feel as if I accomplished something today. It was moosick to soothe the convention-addled beast. And now to sleep.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 2, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten | September 2, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I want to thank you all for the reporting so I'm not even tempted to watch the convention. The US Open (tennis) helps too. Frosti, you be careful out there.

Posted by: mostlylurking | September 2, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

puppy paints pretty
petit four puffs presenting
pared philosophies

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Thus saith the Spartans,
"Come back with honor and shield
Or upon your shield"

Saith Republicans
"Come back triumphant, please
But upon your shield"

Political truth:
Veteran's benefits cost
And vets carry guns...

Posted by: Wilbrod | September 2, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Our ill-equipped troops
Do themselves great honor
But their leaders, none.

Posted by: Wilbrod | September 2, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Puppy paints poplars
With profound thoughts within pee
--Not blogs. Housebroken.

Posted by: Wilbrodog | September 2, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

mindful masterstrokes
masterfully meaningful
momentous mots justes

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

dog asleep eh
wind rustles
leg twitchy, still

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

love the kit and its title.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | September 3, 2008 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Bouncing around the videos of Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler & others caused me to put together a pretty good-sized list of links that I was going to present here, but I caught myself. Obviously, you can all point & click on links to links to other links just as well as I.

But DO NOT miss Tommy Emmanuel along the journey. This one is kind of fun - he's playing around for several minutes, starting, but never quite getting into, "Classical Gas". Many styles represented along the way.

Posted by: Bob S. | September 3, 2008 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Goodmorning! in order to independently assess the current political events as broadcast by mainstream media, I went out and used my $40 coupon and purchased a DTV converter from Radio Shack yesterday. I like that store. It's one place I can go where even the cashiers are knowledgable about the products they sell. I asked if I could touch one, and the clerk put one in my hand and explained everything about it in a minute. two TVs? Nope, a splitter doesn't work, gotta buy 2.

And 2 was all they had for sale. I only wanted 1, but they are going like hotcakes.

So I brought it home and set it up. Ms Lion says the picture looks nice and sharp. I was surprised to learn that the RNC was being broadcast over PBS. (Is that right?) I fell asleep before the show started. Oh well.

Posted by: DandyLion | September 3, 2008 5:13 AM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Morning, morning, friends. Frosti, concerning honoring our soldiers whether they win or lose, the Vietnam War comes to mind.

A lot of moose jokes and tidbits. The eating of that meat doesn't sound good, but, hey, it could actually be what we're eating anyway, labeled as something else?

Mudge, Slyness, Martooni, Scotty, a good, good, morning to you, and to all.*waving*

Today is Wednesday, the busy day, and I have nothing on the menu for the Bible study today. I will have to grab something at the fast food place. The after-school program at the church will begin on the 18th of this month, much work to do there. I'm hoping I can get it together.

Prayers have been said and blessings asked for, here, and for all.

The weather here is suppose to be chilly this morning, but supposedly turning out to be hot later. Of course, we are bracing for whatever Hanna may become. I think we can "weather" these storms if the power doesn't go out. If the power goes out, all bets are off.

Have a great day, folks. Mudge, I just could not read that opinion page this morning. Too much of the same stuff with a different spin on it. My dad thinks John McCain's choice of VP indicates he may be in the beginnings of Alz(?) disease. Not a good situation for anyone, especially a candidate for President.

Time to swim.

Posted by: cassandra s | September 3, 2008 5:15 AM | Report abuse

Almost forgot...


A lovely picture, and it does remind one of our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus. That's my take on it. Keep up the good work, you're going places with that talent.

Posted by: cassandra s | September 3, 2008 5:19 AM | Report abuse

"[O]fficials in Alaska said Monday they thought it was peculiar that no one in the state had the slightest hint that Ms. Palin might be under consideration."

After Mrs. Palin was announced as the pick, the Lovely Mrs. byoolin turned to me and said, "What, did they pick her name out of a hat? And why was her name even *in* the hat?"

Posted by: byoolin | September 3, 2008 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Here are what the criteria seemed to me to be (in rough order of importance):

1. Republican
2. Anti-abortion/pro-life
3. Heterosexual
4. Owned ovaries

That is a pretty small pool of people that are in state office or higher. If you have such a specific shopping list, the only houses on the market might be fixer-uppers.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2008 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Head of State

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

"No Surprises From Palin, McCain Team Says"-Washington Post

Senior McCain officials described themselves as "unsurprised" today as huge storms of locusts flew from Wasilla, Alaska and descended upon McCain campaign headquarters. "Locusts were vetted. Locusts were vetted in the vet" said one campaign official, who spoke without attribution out of concern that he would be devoured by a verminous flying cloud. The campaign also said that they were nonplussed by reports that the rivers were running black with ashes, that family pets were begin to speak in human voices, declaiming "Release Sarah!", and that a huge spreading stain was beginning to blot out the Northern sun. "Vetted", said the campaign.

"There are exciting new studies that show that locusts can be used as a source of biodegradable fuel" said Newt Gingrich, as he hunkered down to avoid the black marble obelisks falling from the sky around him. "Palin, if she can be said to have played a role in bringing about these new biofuel resources, should be praised for her innovative role in the solution to our future energy demands".

"These events firmly demonstrate Palin's deep connection to traditional modes of traditional expression, in traditional forms, traditionally." said William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard. "Experience, in the face of these more traditional events, is overrated..." continued Kristol, before ending the interview to wrap himself head-to-toe in mosquito netting and swallowing a bitter tasting anti-malarial drug, the taste of which, as his lips contorted, he noted to be "surprisingly refreshing."

Palin's schedule in the upcoming days of the Republican National Convention has been cut short due to, as one McCain communications aide reported, a desire not to "let the magic out of the bottle too quickly." "Sarah is a precious resource, who each moment brings a new vitality and energy to every worker on the campaign" said the aide, while fighting to remove the nest of serpents which had suddenly materialized on the floor beneath him, and were now slowly ascending his legs. "Do these bite, or just slink?" asked the aide, who spoke on conditions of anonymity so as not to provoke or otherwise alienate the reptiles.

Meanwhile, as the heavens darkened, the seas began to boil, and a deep voice tore through the clouds shouting, in stentorian tones to one and all: "It was a Mistake!", campaign offices described themselves as "unperturbed". "Serpents materializing, house pets suddenly called to vocal advocacy, Celestial callings to revise and repent...Vetted" said the spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was turning into a pillar of salt. "Everything that was vetted was vetted in the vet."

Head of State:

Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 3, 2008 6:03 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. *yawn*

I see Cassandra, byoolin and DandyLion are already up; I 'spect Scotty and Brag will be along shortly.

Cassandra, I had virtually the same reaction looking at the op-ed choices, as well as the convention stories: overload, with a tinge of revulsion. And I sure as shootin' didn't even want to go anywhere near the WIll and Novak columns about Palin, nor the Gerson column about McCain. I have no idea who Mike Doogan is, but didn't want to find out his views on Palin and Alaska.

I admit to being a bit perplexed on the (I hope momentary) inability to determine if Palin is/was a Buchanan stalwart or not. He says yes, her people say no. Ought to be able to figure out. Ditto the separatist thing.

Hanna's storm track appears to be slipping northward, with landfall somewhere around Myrtle Beach, then wandering up the coast inland this way. Calling for about 4 inches of rain here, but everything is still iffy in the extreme.

OK, time to start moving.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 3, 2008 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. Today is my husband and my 48th anniversary and we will be celebrating for dinner in L'Auberge Chez François and then on to Wolf Trap for La Miserables. This will be our second time to see that great play with it's fantastic ending.

Forty-eight years, fancy that....:-)

I made the usual mistake of reading George Wills, don't bother, you all, I don't believe he had anything to say, nor did he KNOW he didn't have anything to say.

Welcome, Robert. Yes, grasshoppers are not our friends.

Posted by: Vintage Lady | September 3, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse

I just found out that Iron celebrates a 6th anniversary. Why is that?

I thought it might celebrate a 48th, you know, two before Au? Or maybe it should be Cd, which is actually 48?

I'll go with that. Happy cadmium anniversary!

PS: I wouldn't get any Cd tchotchkes, what with it being toxic and carcinogenic and all.

Posted by: DNA Girl | September 3, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Happy 48th Anniversary VintageLady.

Posted by: dmd | September 3, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Morning, all! I went to bed at a reasonable hour and therefore have nothing to add. Though a Republican, Mr. T had the race on last night. I do appreciate the play-by-play of the R convention last night, so I'm not completely in the dark. Lieberman's a total traitor, isn't he? And I voted for him! Oh well.

Busy day ahead for me, also, so I'll get started on it now.

Posted by: slyness | September 3, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

VL - what a wonderful way to spend an anniversary. Hope you and your lucky gentleman have a great time!

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 3, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Happy Anniversary VintageLady! What a nice way to celebrate.

Morning folks... just noticed the URL of this funny kit. That makes it even funnier.

Posted by: TBG | September 3, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all.

Happy Anniversary, Vintage Lady. Have a great time. 48 years, wonderful!

Posted by: Kim | September 3, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. According to this list of Anniversary Gifts I just located, the recommended present for 48 is "Optical Goods."

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 3, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

In keeping with the apparent French theme surrounding Vintage Lady's 48th anniversary celebrations, let us all raise our virtual glasses of champagne in a toast to her and her Similar-Vintage Gentleman.

Posted by: byoolin dit, "Salut!" | September 3, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Happy Anniversary Vintage Lady. What a wonderful accomplishment.

Nice to see you byoolin, I follow your comments on Celebritology, thanks for the many laughs.

As others have said, I’m glad some of you were watching last night, I tried for about 5 minutes but just wanted to throw things at the tv.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | September 3, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

From previous Boodling:



The International Mega Boodle Porching Hour (IMBPH) will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2008, at Buffalo Billiards at 1330 19th Street in NW Washington, DC.

We'll be in the Victorian Room from 5-8 p.m. (at least that's the formal part of the event), with food and drink service available.

More news to follow, including a regular BPH on Friday evening at the normal BPH location (McCormack & Schmicks, 1652 K Street downtown, a few blocks from the Mega BPH location, and the Washington Post's main offices), guests (if any actually accept our invitations), other activities (if anyone isn't too full of food and drink), and clothing options (bc is considering the 'all leather, but as little as possible' option).

Lurkers are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Yr Hmbl Int’l Mega BPH Planning Committee

We now return you to your Regularly Scheduled Boodling."

Posted by: TBG | September 3, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Happy anniversary, VL! *phweeee!; throwing confetti*

Sen. Lieberman's speech was a jaw dropper. I hope that the electorate will come to its collective senses and see the incongruencies between the issues dear to the Senator's heart and those he seems to be embracing on the other side. I also anticipate athat Gov. Palin will have a hard time of it, particularly in the debate phase of the campaign. Doogan's column is worth reading. He makes the point that Gov. Palin is nice, but certainly not up to the challenges of the Presidency, should her running mate take the big left turn into the pits and leave her in charge.

Posted by: jack | September 3, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

VintageLady, you and VintageHubby have excellent taste in anniversary dates -- I'll raise a piece of birthday cake to you both tonight! :-)

The McCain camp is shocked (really!) at the close examination of Palin (and manages to drag wingnut bloggers ((nobody we know)) into the media tent along the way), sez Howie Kurtz:

They're even trying to boycott CNN after Campbell Brown's fine example of broadcast journalism... *L*

*wistfully-noting-yet-again-that-Error-is-still-on-the-page-and-wishing-he-could-share-in-all-this-merriment Grover waves*


Posted by: Scottynuke | September 3, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Boodle!

Have really fallen behind on back boodling but caught TBG's announcement on the Mega and micro BPHs. Phew!

Posted by: Brag | September 3, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Scotty. 'Tis a fine day to be born as well as married.

Thank you all for your well wishes and R.D.'s optical options works...Vintagespouse would enjoy a Hubble Space Telescope, while I would be content with Bodie Light.

Posted by: VintageLady | September 3, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Me, too.

Saying happy Birthday, Scotty!

Posted by: Brag | September 3, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I lost the link but another article in today's WaPo said that Fox News was not going to be in the drink for Obama.

Glad we got that scare out of the way.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

HFB, Scottyuke!

Best of the day to ye, my friend.


Posted by: bc | September 3, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

g'morning boodle. Slow start this morning, I think the 44 showing on the thermometer could have something to do with that.

mostly-no need to worry, I had to get out of St. Paul to go back to work in our fair city. The dott is out and about taking pictures, when not at work herself, but things just aren't as violent or chaotic as they appear in most accounts.

It looks like almost all of the RNC protest confrontations with police, and arrests, have come after property damage (the anarchists on Monday) or deviating from the approved march route (last night when the poverty marchers tried to get beyond the barricades at the Xcel Center and continue marching back downtown from the scheduled end of the march, after dark).

Posted by: frostbitten | September 3, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Happy birthday, Scotty!!!! *faxing a bouquet of balloons filled with that clean gas*

Posted by: jack | September 3, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

New kit!

Posted by: TBG | September 3, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations VL, and happy birthday s'nuke!

Posted by: frostbitten | September 3, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Happy birthday, Snuke, and happy anniversary, VintageLady. Great accomplishments, both. Enjoy your day!

Posted by: slyness | September 3, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I care as little about the election results as I do about the end of the universe. For those of you who think that whomever is President (remember France has a porn star as a member of parliament) makes a bit of difference in this day and age probably ought to go back and listen to some of the rhetoric spouted during '68 and '72, . . . However, I do take issue with the comment regarding the dates of marriage and birth of the future VP's son. Ever heard of a premature baby?

Posted by: mlglaw | September 3, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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