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Obama's First Gaffe

Just watched Barack Obama's first news conference. He looked presidential, or, more precisely, president-electial. It would be presumptuous to look too presidential, but it's perfectly appropriate to be extremely president-electial. [I'm going to keep making this joke until it's funny.] And he had a good line about considering a dog that's a mutt, like him.

But did he have to make a joke at the expense of an ailing Nancy Reagan? To my ear it was a gaffe. Not huge. Not like voters being bitter and clinging to guns; just a bit off, given that this was his first news conference.


QUESTION: Thank you for asking. Here's my question. I'm wondering what you're doing to get ready. Have you spoke to any living ex-presidents, what books you might be reading?

Everyone wants to know, what kind of dog are you going to buy for your girls? Have you decided on a private or public school for your daughters?

OBAMA: Let -- let me list those off.

In terms of speaking to former presidents, I've spoken to all of them that are living. Obviously, President Clinton -- I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances.


Here's an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal by my former student Sara Lin (who is from Hawaii) about Obama's old neighborhood in Honolulu.


I revere this Wil Haygood piece. Great story, great writer. Read it to the end.

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 7, 2008; 3:38 PM ET
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I call "no foul" but then I have a much more twisted sense of humor than the easily umbraged blogosphere.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

So where are the comments?
Surely I cannot have been first.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 7, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

That joke is never going to be funny.

Posted by: JoelAchenbach | November 7, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you Yello. It was a trifle or perhaps a piffle.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 7, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Certainly not a kerfluffle.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I found the Reagan/seance comment a little tactless.

But a minor quibble.

I was amused that Sen. Obama felt the need to keep reminding people that President Bush is still in office until January 20, that this country has only one President at a time.

The mutt comment was nicely self-depreciatory (is that a word?), though it looked to me that the questions had been submitted previously and vetted (calling on reporters he does not know by name, for example), so he had some time to come up with the snappy lines.and to mention shelter dogs.

My money's on his daughters going to Sidwell Friends as Chelsea Clinton did, but they may decide something different. SF is used to handling the kinds of special needs that a President's children have.

I'm disappointed no one asked him about where Biden's office would be, or if they're going to call in any HAZMAT teams or experts in locating and disabling any, er, *devices* left in Cheney's office after he moves out.


Posted by: -bc- | November 7, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Certainly not a kerfuffle by any means...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 7, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Eh. So he made a gaffe. He's human, like the rest of us, he just has his gaffes broadcast to the whole entire world. (A major reason I'd never be in his shoes.) I didn't get the sense he was trying to be ugly, just wry. So it didn't come off. The bit about being a mutt, that was funny.

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

No fair using telepathy like that, TBG!!! *shaking fist* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 7, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I kind of cringed a little, but mostly because I know the right wing crazies will jump all over it. Still, Obama is usually smart enough to not give his opponents any real opening like this, even as trifling as it is. Maybe he's a little tired from something...

Posted by: erikpdumont | November 7, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Indication of the velocity of information: far from being a Googlenope "Obama Nancy Reagan seance" gets 5900 hits. 4pm EST Nov 7.

Posted by: engelmann | November 7, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Hi erik...

Front Page Alert, BTW...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 7, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

A gaffe ??? Whatever. It was a twisted bit of humor; I like it!! Can we, just once, NOT over analyze every word or phrase? it's not even "tasteless" as someone called it. Geez, everyone was rushing up the White House as soon as Jr. Bush got there for their "nickname" ('turd blossom', anyone). At least BO's jokes are self-deprecating.

Posted by: gso-chris | November 7, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Gee! I hope we're not going to be doing this for another four years. Gaffes that have to do with important things, say the economy, health care, war and the like, I'd like to know about. But this was a lame attempt at a joke and nothing else. Can't we move on?

Posted by: ZnanaB | November 7, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

He wasn't trying to make a joke about Reagan being dead, he was making fun of the question about talking to "living" ex-presidents. Like there is some other kind of ex-president you can talk to, besides living ones.

Posted by: Potter2 | November 7, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

First Gaffe -- heck, GW Bush has had 8 years of them.


Posted by: -bc- | November 7, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

On the Raysmom gaff-o-scale it was about a 2 out of 10. But you just know the Dittoheads will be all over this.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 7, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

But then, maybe your first presidential gaffe is like getting the first ding in your new car. Inevitable, and you might as well get it over with rather than fretting about when it will happen.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 7, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

gm's tanking big time today and people are concerned about this? come on while we're at it substantive issues, volker is the tallest and reich the shortest!!!

Posted by: dresser1 | November 7, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I kind of like a dry sense of humor, although I know Nancy's recouperating from a recent hospital stay. As for the dog, I read somewhere that the girls are allergic, so they need to find a dog that has hair, not fur. Examples: Portugese water dogs, poodles, labradoodles, goldendoodles, etc. There are plenty of rescue organizations that are breed specific, and boy do we all need a little rescuing right now! I hope he goes that route instead of a breeder.

Posted by: Hydrangea1 | November 7, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Achenback has no sense of humor. Maybe he is trying to make a headline out of nothing.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | November 7, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

With all the important issues currently ongoing kind of a silly fluffy question.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 7, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

This may or may not have been a 'gaffe,' but I was rather more concerned about how hesitant and uneasy Obama seemed in general during the conference. Anybody else notice how there were awkward pauses during his answers? I hope he can find his voice and be a little more confident. I'm not sure if the people watching at home were glad to hear his bizarre insistence that "I'm still not officially President" -- and I say this as a Barack supporter.

Posted by: eugene8 | November 7, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Certainly not as bad a gaffe as the Washington Post made in deciding to keep spending money on this boring blog in such harsh economic times...

Posted by: thisisme2 | November 7, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Just realize he will enjoy a "honeymoon" with the press, but this will end like it has with all presidents.

He is going to have to be more careful with his press conferences because the MSM is like sharks in the water just waiting.

Of course conservatives will pounce on this. Mrs Reagan is ill and this answer was in poor taste. How would you have felt if someone made a joke about his grandmother?

Posted by: ca67klein | November 7, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps someone here (the "article"'s author, perhaps?) could comment on the tastelessness of the latest South Park episode stating outright that Obama's grandmother faked her own death. Less than a week after it happens. Maybe Nancy can confirm it by having a seance. Maybe Obama's grandmother can tell Nancy how long she's got.

Posted by: treetopflyer | November 7, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

*double-checking the Bunker supplies* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 7, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama, being super-human, could certainly speak to the spirit of Reagan, Lincoln or Washington - IF he wanted to. But what can they tell him that he doesn't already know???

Posted by: pgr88 | November 7, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

It is a bit tactless. The tighty righties will doubtless go bananas. Unfortunately, nobody will notice any change in their behaviour, since they were already angry and bananas when they woke up this morning.

Posted by: bourassa1 | November 7, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

If the media did their homework, they would know that Hillary Clinton had seances. She had imaginary conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt per her biography. Obama should correct the record and state he meant he was talking about Hillary and not Nancy.

Posted by: MediaCritic | November 7, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Boss, you're way behind us. The Haygood story was commented on and linked to in the previous boodle, early in the day. But you're right, fabulous story.

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Holy carp! The boss is jump starting the weekend!

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 7, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

MediaCritic, that's true but he won't want to startup having the whole kitchen sink thrown at him just yet. The sink will be thrown eventually but for now it's best to limit jokes about former First Ladies to those recovering from surgery.

"... Hillary Clinton had seances. She had imaginary conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt per her biography. Obama should correct the record and state he meant he was talking about Hillary and not Nancy."

Posted by: balanced_one | November 7, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, you're quite right, it would have been more helpful to link to the Haygood piece about 18 hours earlier when it first went up on the site. But sometimes I like to get a link up in the kit just for the sake of posterity. For history. On the off chance that historians won't go into the boodle. (GOOD historians would be boodle-jumpers but the lazy ones would just read the kits.)

Posted by: JoelAchenbach | November 7, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I didn't even think the "gaffe" was an attempt at humor. Perhaps a comment that didn't need to be made, but I think he felt like he'd painted himself into a verbal corner and needed to explain that by "all of them" he meant only the living. Remember the grief Hillary got over her "conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt?"

No, I think the first gaffe is yet to come. Perhaps a bit stilted in his delivery, but nothing mispronounced or horribly mangled as far as I could tell.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 7, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Not a gaffe, goodness. It's documented that Nancy Reagan did that. In the nineteenth century, Mary Lincoln did the same thing. Give it a rest.

Posted by: cbertel | November 7, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I didn't hear the whole press conference, but I'm surprised if there was really only one reporter question about what kind of dog he might get. At least did anyone ask him if his transition was a tree, what kind of tree it would be? I'm thinking pear. Pear or willow. If that wasn't asked this time, would one of you reporters please remember to ask next time, right after the dog questions. Thanks!

Posted by: balanced_one | November 7, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

SCC, or BOO, or something. Obviously the HRC/Eleanor Roosevelt was commented upon while I was on the phone. Darned work.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 7, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that qualifies as a gaffe. Besides, Nancy Reagan has a pretty good sense of humor.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | November 7, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? She did have seances and consult with an astrologer. It was said without malice.

Posted by: RobRoy1 | November 7, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Reposting from last Kit.

For Brag's twisted humor go here:

Posted by: Braguine | November 7, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Joel, it might be funnier if you made the bit about treating Presidential- or Vice-Presidential-Electal dysfunction, and made TV ads featuring two big desks (with nice desk chairs) side-by-side in odd locations (for a desk, anyway), such as on a beach or in a park somewhere, or in the Rose Garden, all with the camera angles from behind, into a setting sun.

But then, it might not.

I had something to drink earlier, maybe it's just the gaffiene talking.


Posted by: -bc- | November 7, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't aware that making jokes about Nancy Reagen engaging psychics to do seances while her husband Ronnie, the sitting President who was suffering from Alzheimers disease at the time, was somehow off limits.

Now that the election is over, I hope Obama, Rahm or SOMEBODY, would lower the GD boom on the republotards!

"Well, I'm not going to eat a big fat cheeseburger with my mouth wide open and make everybody look at the food in my mouth while I chew it like George W. Bush always did."

"Well, look, I'm certainly not going to drink beer during lunch and then go shoot my friend in the face at close range with a shotgun like Dick Cheney did."

"Well, look, I'm certainly not going to hire a certifiable idiot for NSC like Condi Rice clearly was."

This is SOOO easy, the stuff just writes itself...

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 7, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least he was able to name one of the former presidents!

Posted by: joeboe1 | November 7, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I read the Haywood piece to the end. What a great piece. I wish I worked there.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 7, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Ah, read the Haygood piece. It's wonderful.

Posted by: kindathinker | November 7, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Point made, Joel, I can't disagree with your reasoning.

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Gaffeine--Brilliant, BC

Posted by: Braguine | November 7, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 7, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Was Obama even talking? I was too busy paying attention to Rahm. That is one good looking guy!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 7, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Oops, did I just type that out loud...?

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 7, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Holding an imaginary conversation with a past person, a person with well-known and outspoken views, is a very far cry from inviting psychics and mediums (media?) into the White House to consult with the dead in order to explicitly advise the President. The joke about Nancy's seances is a little nasty-sounding because of current context; it would be fair game were she doing well, or were she already in the past tense.

I assume that Obama is not keeping moment-by-moment tabs on prior residents of the White House -- he's been a little busy for the past couple weeks -- thus, I doubt that he had any notion of Nancy Reagan's current health status. I know that *I* had no thought of it until Joel mentioned it in the kit, and I would suggest that I, like most people, have more time on my hands than a Presidential candidate or President-elect.

But when Joel said the joke will never be funny -- was that Obama's Nancy Reagan joke, or his own President-electial joke? (Which, I agree, is never gonna make it all the way up to funny, except in a meta-humor sort of way).

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 7, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

With the US economy in full meltdown mode, it's nice to see you focused on the substance of how we're going to get out of this mess. Yup, you went right to the heart of the matter: Nancy Reagan.

Please, please let's all focus our attention on the fact that 250,000 people have lost their jobs this year, and some of them work at the Washington Post. If you don't write about things that matter, you might be next.

Posted by: francislholland | November 7, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Aloha... I told Son of G today that this was shaping up as the Hott Administration.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

This just goes to show how correct Sarah Palin was with her stinging indictment of the MSM's gotcha journalism.

Sorry, got carried away with the crowd there.

I think we should let this President-Elect trick slide.

And thus a new dance was made.

Posted by: engelmann | November 7, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't feel that Barack Obama intentionally meant to show Nancy Reagan any disrespect. The transcript doesn't show what we saw on television. There was a slight pause when he mentioned that he had talked to the "living" presidents, as if he realized how inane that sounded, that in this case his careful phrasing up to now came off as ludicrous. To recover, he made an off-the-cuff joke. No big deal. To apologize for it would set an unfortunate precedent this early in the game in which his relationship with the press will be adversarial and he will be ultra guarded. We have four years for that to happen; it's too early to start now. Cut him some slack.

Posted by: JeffreyJGH | November 7, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

For the folks who are bitterly writing to note that Joel missed their personal crisis-event du jour, let me note a few things:
(1) There is a whole newspaper called the Washington Post. Not every article need hit every issue.
(2) There is a separate entity called, which gains much of its content from the paper Washington Post, but has additional pieces as well, since it can be edited on the fly. Again, not every article will hit every single possible issue. This blog is part of the "extras" in the post-dot-com.
(3) This is a blog. It subscribes to the rule of thumb "Good enough for the blog" (investigate the archives from the first year if you do not believe me; it is a matter of stated policy). This is not the place for groundbreaking forefront investigative journalism. That's for the part of the operation that actually pays a living wage.
(4) Not only is this a blog, it is a frequently humorous blog. Consistent chronic depression is not the tone of this blog. Lighten up, droopy-drawers!
(5) Barack Obama is about to become the most scrutinized U.S. President in history (earlier Presidents could have made the cut, but for the primitive blogging technologies of the time). The point of the Kit is not that this is a huge gaffe; it is that even the most trivial and inconsequential of errors/events will be distorted and magnified by the hordes of scrutinizers, each busily remaking reality to fit his preconceived notions. Faux News anyone? Terrorist fist jabs?

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 7, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Ouch. Not good.

And I'm a big fan of the man.

It's cringeworthy, and definitely not what I would have expected from him. I think he should send a personal apology to her (no need to make it public) and end it at that.

Posted by: jaysit | November 7, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it was a little dumb, but only in the "flat joke" sort of way. It wasn't mean spirited (ha ha) or anything. Technically he didn't make fun of Nancy Reagan, he was just stating that he wasn't going to do something that, evidently, she did. Only those who consider what she did stupid would find it an insult. Which means that only those willing to criticize Nancy Reagan would call it a gaffe.

Technically, that is.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 7, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes TBG! And the great thing is, these guys are actually my contemporaries. Makes me feel so much less out dated.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 7, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Joel... after a two-year presidential campaign, we beg you NOT to write about things that matter for a little while.

PS... I think your joke is kinda funny.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Maybe "president elect" is one of those tricky compound things. Perhaps the more correct (though not nearly as funny) thing to say is that "he looked presidential-elect."

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 7, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

3.5/10 on the gaffe-o-meter, where guns/bitter was an 8.5 and Biden's "test" was a 2.5. It wasn't mean-spirited and I get how it happened, but I still cringed. It'll be buried in the MSM come Monday, but Rush and the other wingers will obsess about it for WEEKS.

His staff should issue a modest walkback in some form over the weekend.

Posted by: Nissl | November 7, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

First , Obama sounded like he was back on the campaign trail rather than the President-Elect. He had nothing substative to say...said "um" about 100 times, that if it was Bush, he would have been crucified for mangling his speech. Take Obama off the script and he goes off the rails. Then comes the comment about Nancy Regan. It was not presidential and was beneath him. He should never had said that and it made him look petty. President's shouldn't go around taking jabs at private citizens, even if they are former first ladies. She's a private citizen now...and he represented himself poorly as someone who wants to be HER president as well as yours.

Posted by: grote_mark | November 7, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of irrelevant, what happened to JakeD, svreader, 37&0 and the rest of the Obama haters? Hellloooo? You all promised, guaranteed, Caps Lock skreeeched that Obama would never be elected President.

Guess you are about as with us as "Star Wars" Ronald's 2nd wife.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 7, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Presinwaiting, Presidlectian, Prezindalobby.

Posted by: Braguine | November 7, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Joel, Joel, Joel. Sometimes I think you do these troll-bait kits just to see everyone get all riled up. You know, like the way mean kids would drop firecrackers into an anthill just to watch them scurry.

Oh well, it's Friday and the weekend calls.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 7, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

This brings to mind how would Fox news have reported about Nancy Reagans seances - had they been on air at the time?

Posted by: dmd2 | November 7, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

It's got to be tiring to have the umbrageometer set at 11 all the time.

That pygmy hippo is so cute.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 7, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Reagan consulted astrologers. As I recall didn't they lie about it, too? Or tried to act like it wasn't important?
Why all the nostalgia and love for Ronald Reagan? He was a mean old man. I never voted for him.
So she's ill. She's old.
Getcha' somma that spray tan, dude....
You Betcha'!

Posted by: Tomcat3 | November 7, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Of course it wasn't a gaffe. How could the Messiah make a gaffe? Besides, respect for consistency requires the WaPo to continue its obsequious devotion to the man they helped elect. You do fawning well - why not keep it up?

Posted by: grohlik | November 7, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

And that Rahm guy. GREAT body language. Hands on his hips the whole time like he's just primed to kick some dumb republican a**. I'd like to see him lower to boom on that smart-mouth bush.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | November 7, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much of a gaffe as a divisive joke. These digs at the other party and other people are socially beneath that of Chief Executive. Obama will want to sound more Presidential and less like a sophomore making jokes at the away team's expense.

He's no longer a community organizer and should realize that digs make him look lower and smaller as a person stepping into the White House.

Posted by: AsperGirl | November 7, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone notice that Obama is insane?

How else can you explain that crazy sign "The Office of the President Elect"? Technically he is not President Elect until the electors vote, but more important is that there is no such office as "President Elect".

Posting a sign like that is really daft, but even crazier is that no one seems to notice

Posted by: kevinj1 | November 7, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The only "gaffe" I see around here is the fact that this article was written in the first place....

Surely there's more important things going on in the world to write about...

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | November 7, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, making snide comments about a woman in her 80s, who's basically blind, and is currently hospitalized is SO presidential. Real classy.

I guess now that the election is over, the real Obama who sat and nodded during Rev. Wright's sermons for 20 years is going to come out.

And, BTW, it was Hillary Clinton who talked to Eleanor Roosevelt, not Nancy Reagan.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | November 7, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Sure, when we found out about Mrs. Reagan's consultations with an astrologist, it was a disappointment. I'll get in front of the line of those wishing to debunk astrology and pagan spirituality in general. But for Obama to take a shot at her publicly in his first press conference? She's a former first lady and the elderly widow of fondly remembered President, one of his predecessors. Obama's comment lacked class. It was demeaning of her, and demeaning of himself.

Posted by: dcsuburb | November 7, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Checking to see if Snuke missed any essential Bunker supplies

Posted by: Braguine | November 7, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Please, please let's all focus our attention on the fact that 250,000 people have lost their jobs this year,

Last month, not this year. 1.2 million jobs lost in the United States this year. So far.

Posted by: lartfromabove | November 7, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Presumably, Nancy Reagan would have been speaking to Edith Carow Roosevelt, not Eleanor.

Posted by: lartfromabove | November 7, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Bunker's open! You all know where to find the key.

Scotty, you acting as Shop Steward in Mudge's absence?

Butternut squash casserole in the oven, the grill's lit out back for whatever people want to bring. There are plenty of drinks in the fridge. Cassandra, I laid in a good supply of diet Coke for you and me.

Yoki, CP, will one of you bring dessert?

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

A joke that fell flat but a gaffe? Not really.

Posted by: fmjk | November 7, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Make sure you lock the Bunker door behind ya, Brag...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 7, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I think TBG's got the rotating deputy duty this weekend. *checking the roster*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 7, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

that's a sad little piece at the end about Gene's wife... choked me up!

Posted by: MissToronto | November 7, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

kevinj1 is asking "Did anyone notice that Obama is insane?"
Well, I don't think BO is insane but still, one must not overrate sanity as a quality for politicians.
William Lyon McKenzie king was speaking to his (really) old dead mother in seances. He was also seeking advice from his very dead favourite Irish setter through a new Irish setter. He imported brand new English ruins to decorate around his house in the Gatineau park. And yet is still considered a pretty successfull Canadian Prime Minister. So there you go.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 7, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

There have been sane presidents? I thought it was one of those deals where the mere desire to hold the office was considered a priori evidence of unbalanced-ness.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 7, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Good lawyers can have a quick wit and quick response to a question that may not be the best phrasing

The use of the phrase "spoke to living ex-presidents" reminds me of an interrogatory directed to a client several years ago.

The question was "what did the decedent say about the circumstances of her death?". The response was "We are unable to communicate with the dead at this time."

Posted by: jslpjl | November 7, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

If the dead people talk back to you, thats when you really start to worry about sanity.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 7, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

jslpjl - That's great! I've heard some judges get off some pretty good zingers, too.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 7, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Sweet start, taking on an 87-year old widow, or maybe it was meant for HRC ( The dude's got women issues ... and needs a reapplication of super-glue to his teleprompter, don't leave home without it.

Posted by: B_R_D | November 7, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I just heard on MSNBC that Obama called Nancy to apologize. See what you started?

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 7, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet that she forgives him.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 7, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

What a crass, despicable thing to say!!! Is this the "change we can believe in" that we heard so much about? Attacking the elderly widow of an former President? Jeez, what poor judgment!! Obama's first press conference was an awkward flop. It looks like the traditional "honeymoon" period won't even last until inauguration day.

Posted by: davec701 | November 7, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Reagan and her seances, Palin with her witches and exorcisms--

yes, let's laugh at these nation-destroying Mammon worshipers.

Posted by: lichtme | November 7, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, davec701, you understand (of course) that terrorist-loving Muslim socialists view these things differently. If you don't like it, you should have voted against him earlier and more often, I reckon.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 7, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama's empty suit is already becoming apparent. Independents and blue dog Democrats will quickly realize that they have been duped by a demagogue who can't possibly deliver on all the promises he made. People will be fed up with "hope" and "change" rhetoric when Marxist "redistributive economics" send the unemployment rate past 10% late next year.

Posted by: davec701 | November 7, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

When will Obama give us a concrete time line for those "millions of green jobs" that he promised? When are we going to build those thousands of windmills? No need to answer, those were just rhetorical questions. Of course there's not going to be any "millions of green jobs." That was just left-wing dingbat campaign rhetoric. I feel bad for the people who fell for it. They are going to be very disappointed in their president.

Posted by: davec701 | November 7, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I read that he has called Mrs. Reagan to apologize.

As for the people who are asking where are the green jobs and all the promises he made - uh, it's been like two days. Geez. What has our current president done in eight years?

Posted by: catweasel3 | November 7, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Getchew some spray tan and silk boxers and chill.
Imagine Sarah answering the door wrapped in a towel.
A luxurious, expensive towel......

Posted by: Tomcat3 | November 7, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The always laughable Republican Choice
Mrs. Palin, wife of the "number one dude", is pretty mad about the clothes and stuff.

She says anyone who thinks there is anything wrong with her are "jerks".

Now Republicans warn of Democrats overreach.

How far?

Could you imagine the words coming out of Palin's face coming out of Michelle Obama?

Our new administration has a very, very, low bar for gaffes.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 7, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

As a rule of thumb, when a politician apologizes, we know it was definitely a gaffe. So any little debate about that is definitely over.

Once you say something dumb, saying that you are sorry is the stand-up thing to do. I'm glad he called Nancy Reagan to apologize and I'm sure she was gracious.

For what it's worth, it appeared to me that he momentarily forgot the names of all the current living ex-presidents. I'm guessing that he's really tired right now and had a brief lapse. The lame "joke" looked to me like vamping while he snapped out of his mental fatigue. I'm glad he later realized it was careless, though, and did the right thing.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | November 7, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I probably drank too much of the Kool-Aid or something, but I'll bet that he actually WANTED to call and apologize. Not because his remark was going to be a chattering point, but because it probably mattered to him that he might have hurt someone's feelings with a thoughtless remark.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 7, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

What with the economy in shambles and unemployment rising thanks to eight years of Republican policy, it's so nice to see that the authors of McCain/Palin rally cries like "Kill him!", "Terrorist!" and "Traitor!" have found a new venue for their mindless invective.

I just wish it wasn't this one.

Doesn't O'Reilly have a blog? Or Rush Limbaugh?

Posted by: martooni | November 7, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I suggest that we retreat BACK to the place we go to before the bunker. Agree?

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 7, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I've been thinking about it, and here's what I've come up with. Barack Obama's life resonates with me. Despite being "different" or "African-American," he was the child of a single mother, raised by his grandparents, who used his intelligence to get and use an excellent education and become a member of the professional class. I respect his achievements; they didn't necessarily come easy to him, even as brilliant as he obviously is. So he seems like a regular person, someone I might know. He might live across the street or be a member of my Sunday School class. Michelle and I could talk about raising girls, or the impact of tax policies on the middle class.

In short, the Obamas are people who share the concerns that I have, and they are in a place to do something about them. And I helped put them there, because I identify him as the best hope we have to break through the morass of the last eight years and move us forward, not only as Americans but as citizens of the world.

So I'm glad to hear that he called Mrs. Reagan, but not surprised. It was the right thing to do. He gets a pass from me. If I were as tired as he must be today, I would be an inarticulate idiot.

G'night everybody.

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

With all the problems we are facing as a country, Obama spent a good part of his first news conference talking about what kind of puppy he intends to get. WTF!! Has this guy already gotten such a big head that he thinks this is funny or charming?

Posted by: davec701 | November 7, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Dont give a wet fart about this to tell the truth.

All you haters got is this? Don't matter.

OBAMA won, you right wingers and bigots lost. And dissecting any and all discrepancies about OBAMA is one of many reasons why that ODD fellow McCain lost. And lost badly. I know it still hut you folks but oh well. The best man won.

Posted by: llewis40 | November 7, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

That Obama apologized right there shows he has abandoned the "never apologize never explain" school of politics. What more could anyone want?. I mean, who among us hasn't told a joke that went flat?

Heck, anyone who reads the boodle knows I do so with shocking regularity.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 7, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, davec... he's not exactly "officially" the President yet, so there's really not a lot he can do until Jan 20th.

Why don't you ask the CURRENT President to fix all the stuff he broke? Instead of going after the guy who has to clean up all the mess, why not go after the guy who made it? The guy who is actually IN power right now. Oh... that's right. He's a lame duck. Like you.

But now you got me to wondering... if you have all the answers, how come Obama won the election and not you? Didn't see no davec701 on the ballot. So are you our hidden savior with all the answers and the ability to run a country without every making even the slightest mistake or misstep? Or are you just an anonymous know-it-all blowhard Monday morning quarterback with a keyboard in your mom's basement? C'mon, man... let's see how YOU fare in the spotlight. How come you're not our president elect? Where have they been hiding youl, oh wise a$$ one? Dick Cheney's bunker?

I suggest you put a sock in it until you can discuss things like an intelligent adult with manners and respect for others' opinions. You don't have to agree with anyone here, but being a jacka$$ will get you nowhere real fast.

We're very good at ignoring idiots.

After we've had our say, of course.

Posted by: martooni | November 7, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Rd_P and Martooni, looking to see you Back in the Bunker.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 7, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Boodle regulars, we need to remember that Joel tends to have "Umbrage Fridays" open to all drive-bys.

That said, anybody making a big deal about that lame joke really, really needs to get a life.

Joel thought it was a gaffe, he's been listening to politics longer than I have, so I'll accept his opinion. I don't think it'll lead to a mass revolt in America, though.

As for me, I remember all too well the Reagan days from when I was a child and thought it rather amusing-- like Yellojkt.

Nancy Reagan has always had a sense of humor. And she had a very low opinion of McCain. I'm sure she's actually quite pleased in a way that Obama won, and even more pleased he called to apologize.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 7, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Folks! Obama is very lucky on this misstep. Image if he "offends" someone like Putin. Or anyone else has power that we cannot trash around. That is not an "apology" can solve it. Obama has to be more careful on every word out of his mouth from now on. He is now president-elect. We, American, will "pay" for his misstep after Jan 20, 2009. Could be painful and costly... That will be not funny at all.

Posted by: SF_DavidC | November 7, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Painful and costly. Painful and costly...

Well, thank goodness nothing like that has happened yet, eh?

Posted by: bobsewell | November 7, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Cross-posting from "44":

This repeated foolishness about Obama needing a "script" is pretty stupid and tiresome. He writes his own danged scripts. He writes his own danged books. He is a writer. You know, the reason why we have a written record of the Gettysburg Address is because Lincoln, a great writer and noted orator, wrote it down before he delivered it, so that he could compose his language to convey his meaning most effectively. He, too, had a script. So what? It's not at all strange to prepare one's remarks in written form before delivering an oration. When speaking extemporaneously, by contrast, it is not unexceptional to deliver the occasional "uh" and to pause for thought. Nor is it too surprising to occasionally say something mildly regrettable. He still pronounces his words correctly, speaks reasonably grammatically (more than most, that's for certain), and generally refrains from resorting to idiot cliches like "bring it on" or "dead or alive."

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 7, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

- You betcha, Bob S.!

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 7, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Ah, irony. Too many double-negatives in chain-of-consciousness typing. It "is not exceptional"; not "it is not unexceptional."

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 7, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

It made sense somehow, SciTim. Bush is an unexceptional speaker in that he's exceptionally bad at it.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Tim, in for a penny, in for a pound, I say!

"... by contrast, it is not unexceptional to avoid delivering the occasional ..."

Posted by: bobsewell | November 8, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I thought this was funny, not a gaffe at all.

Posted by: emmarnold | November 8, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

I think his gaffe shows how closely he has had to self-monitor every word that has come out of his mouth over the last two years. He said he had spoken to all the former presidents, then added," who are living", then laughed a little and made his seance comment. It was as though he was afraid that if he didn't indicate that he had only spoken to those who are living that someone might attack him for saying something that couldn't be true unless he was conducting seances (or worse: "OMG He is the Anti-Christ!! He speaks with the dead!") I think the gaffe is a result of him having let down his guard a little now that the election in won, then catching a potential pitfall a bit late, then speaking out loud describing a bit of what his internal monitor was telling him. Notice how his mind was a little distracted right afterward. He was dealing with his inner dialogue as he was trying to remember the names of the former presidents he had spoken to.

I felt a little sorry for him when it happened. He called Nancy Reagan to apologize.

Posted by: cghayes23 | November 8, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. I can't seem to sleep past two in the morning, no matter the time I go to bed. It's must be the timing thing.

Obama statement about Nancy Reagan, was it true? If so, why all the hot air? Did he lie in what he said? That should be the yardstick. And it was very nice of him to call her. Shows he's human. I certainly hope we're not going to go over every word during the entire tenure of this President.

Thanks for the Diet Coke, Slyness. Martooni, Mudge, Scotty, and to all a good morning. Have a wonderful weekend.*waving*

I've got the g-girl, mom is sick. I'm going to try and get my reading done for the Sunday school lesson while she's sleeping. When she wakes up, have to keep up. No win in that department.

It is still warm here. I think we may get some rain. Hope it's beautiful where you are.

Loomis, I hope you're okay, and your husband too.

Time to read.

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 8, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Cassandra! Glad you stopped in. I hope you're enjoying your reading. I'll gladly join you in wishing that Loomis & Mr. are well.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 8, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Looks like about a dozen in the bunker this morning. Bringing hot biscuits, smithfield ham, fried apples, poached eggs and pumpkin pecan bread along with fresh coffee with chicory for an early morning start for the day.

Now that the gaffe has just about been beaten to death and apologized for, etc. my thoughts turn to puppy dogs. :-) It seems to me that a standard poodle or two would be the very thing for the White House official family pet. They do not have the dander that causes the allergic reactions for so many. They are intelligent, as well as devoted animals and quite handsome if not clipped, balled and fluffed so much. Two poodles are twice the fun, then could have related names, like salt & pepper, Belle & Beau, George & Martha, Winston & Sarah, Minnie & Mickey, or maybe contemporary names, if so inclined.

Joel, the butler piece was just grand, a little bit of American history, he is; hope he gets to meet the new first family.

Posted by: VintageLady | November 8, 2008 5:20 AM | Report abuse

8pm here in Akasaka, Tokyo. The Asia Center of Japan Hotel provided me a room for roughly $89. Tiny but spiffy, with a super toilet and temperature-controlling, easy-to-use controls for the sink and bathtub. Why is the US so primitive about bath equipment?

ScienceTim, you're right about Obama. A fine writer and speaker should not be expected to do off-the-cuff Gettysburg Addresses, any more than a comedian should be expected to do the equivalent.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 8, 2008 6:03 AM | Report abuse

sometimes Kindness is Wiser than Truth

Posted by: omnigood | November 8, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

***popping head up to see if the coast is clear***

I hope Obama says something to offend Putin. Maybe he won't look into his eyes, see his soul and turn a blind eye to the rebuilding of the Communist apparatchik.

And the uneven quality of Asian toilets always makes me link to this post:

Posted by: yellojkt | November 8, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. If this rain continues all day I'm launching the boat this afternoon, just in case. The mailbox was filled with Christmas fliers from the big stores, about 5 pounds of it that is going straight in the recycling bin. I do appreciate the plastic bag they are coming in, walking two dogs sometimes results in a three bag outing.
On with the day. The croissants must be ready by the smell of it.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 8, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

When it comes to humore, somebody, somewhere takes a hit. I learned this from one of Joel's kits many, many moons ago.

I wish Obama hadn't apologized for several reasons. The word of it got out quickly enough which leads me to believe it was primarily a political move and had little to do with asking for personal forgiveness. Most of all, I think it would be a shame if Obama was stripped from using humor at all public gatherings where reporters were present. I don't think I'm the only one who views politics as a source of entertainment. Besides, if Obama is to be an effective leader, he had better get used to ruffling the feathers of conservatives.

* Breathing a sigh of relief knowing that Obama is human. *

Posted by: ModerateAlien | November 8, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Hi ModAl, human is good.

Thanks SD, the croissants are delish. I am eating two, because they are French and part of the Mediterranean diet.

I have a rescue mini poodle who was likely a puppy mill doggie and first sold in a mall store. Her knees are wobbly but so far seem fine. If she stays trim, she will likely enjoy her dotage.

Rescue dogs also permit a trial on personality. My poodle does not behave like a high strung Parisian brittle barkie snarkie battery-operated stereotype. Home-maintained puppy clipped, CPBarkian appears much like a little black lamb.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 8, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Hellllllooooooo out there....

Posted by: Kim1 | November 8, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm not seeing much Carolina blue in the sky yet, but maybe it'll clear up by game time.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 8, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Oh, good morning. I thought the boodle was in suspended animation.

I have a rescue beagle. He had lots of issues when we first got him because he had been severely mistreated. The SPCA down here said that there are lots of hunting beagles that are just let loose if they don't perform well on the hunt. Can you imagine? The beagle boygle is definitely a purebred and was about 9 mos. when we got him. Apparently a different family had him before us and was not inclined to put the time into training him and allowing him to get over his fear and food issues and mistreated him in the process. It took awhile but he's a pretty good dog now. There are just a couple of scenarios that we have to be vigilant about. My kids love that dog so much so it's been worth it. Not to mention that I am continually surprised at how that critter has wormed his way into my affections.

It was supposed to rain down here today, so I wasn't that sad about working today, but there wasn't a cloud in the sky at 0630 as I drove into work, so now I'm cranky!

Posted by: Kim1 | November 8, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

good morning boodle. It was so warm on Halloween children could wear their costumes without hiding them under big puffy jackets, a rare treat. Today we have snow, but at least not the 50mph winds that whipped through the Dakotas.

Thanks for the breakfast VL. Makes me wish I'd thought to buy a Smithfield ham when I was in VA last month.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 8, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

A week ago this morning, we were putting the pooch in the kennel so that we could drive the country backroads to the 13th Texas Book Festival in Austin. I backed out of the Boodle so that I could really, REALLY do some homework in advance of participating in the festival.

I exchanged email with two authors--Kent and Ebershoff-- both in advance of and following the festival. I felt I needed women's stories--Martha Carrier and Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young--like I needed oxygen.

One of the highlights (there were many, including accidentally stumbling into the Moonlight Ghost Tour of the haunted and historic Driskill Hotel on Saturday night--the stories raised the fine hairs on the back of my neck, especially the one about the jilted bride in Room 427) was meeting Thomas Boone Pickens late Sunday afternoon. He was on Larry King's program (John King was subbing as host) Thursday night. I have found myself at this week, learning more about the Energy Army march planned for Washington, D.C. shortly after Obama and Congress are sworn in. Tom Friedman, columnist at the New York Times, has contributed to the website this week by doing a Q&A interview in which he endorses the Pickens plan.

There is good material from the Texas Book Festival to share here. I will be intermittent here on the Boodle though, in part because of the next anticipated merger of the Mr.'s company. This past week, he was unofficially advised to take half of his accrued vacation time before year's end.

We made a four-day weekend of sorts of the festival, seeing The Changeling on Friday and making a trip Monday to hike and see this year's spectacular (highly unusual) fall color in the Hill Country. We took a longer trip home and found something quite incongruous on the leisurely drive: a stunning French villa housing a restaurant--Laurel Tree: A Fine Table--in dinky Utopia, population about 300.

Posted by: laloomis | November 8, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' all...

Looks like the dust from last night's Rove storm has settled. Jeez Louise... why can't people just make their point without having to be jerks about it? I like a good argument, but make it something worth arguing about, y'know?

Oh well... so it goes. ;-)

Nice and quiet here at the gnomestead. Mrs. M and the Bean are out yard saling, so it's just me and the cat. It's so nice to be able to read the news without Spongebob blasting in the background.

Herbert and Collins both have good pieces over at the NYT. Collins had me laughing at the thought of Lindsey Graham having to drown himself (as he promised he would if Obama won N. Carolina).

Time for me to get busy, I suppose. I'll have to think about that after I get another coffee. Can't rush these things, y'know.

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | November 8, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Wrestling with Web Service Hosting folks this AM.

There are a lot of them, but I'm right about this. I feel like Gulliver when he wakes up in the land of Lilliput.


Posted by: -bc- | November 8, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

With all the croissants floating around the fax, I must say, Alo, les Boodleurs.

Posted by: Braguine | November 8, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope this whole seance thing is dead now. (heehee) You know, if the blogosphere explodes every time Obama makes a bad joke we might end up with a very silent President.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 8, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Gonna spend a lot of the day raking leaves.

I hates leaves.

Oh sure, the wife said. Let's get the house with the big corner lot and all the pretty, pretty oak trees. The children can frolic in the yard.

The children spend all their time playing video games. True, the little dog likes the big leaf-covered yard.

But does the little dog ever offer to help rake?

Not even once.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 8, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

RD, rake into pile. Or a path, which is what I do with 3/4 of my leaves.


Add bunny poo.

Sprinkle with lime.

Rake a bit more, to mix in the fix ins above.

Beats bald, unadorned raking every time.

Note, the path portion does not need bunny poo. This is how I keep two paths looking reasonable at low cost However, I dream of a coco shell path, save that this may hurt doggie. But the smell of chocolate wafting up as I walk.....lovely, at least on paper.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 8, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

RD... but I bet the little dog likes to dive into the freshly made piles of leaves. Little Bean likes to do that, too -- no help with the raking, but ready in a second to jump into a pile and spread the leaves all over the yard again.

Which is why I now mulch the leaves.

Does that make me a mean father or an efficient groundskeeper?

Posted by: martooni | November 8, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

just popping in. ya know, i boodle-skimmed yesterday and was like yeah, yeah that's a gaffe, whatever.

on further reflection, i realized...
after the gaffe he admitted a mistake *and* apologized.

what a novel idea for a president/president-elect. i like it.

Posted by: LALurker | November 8, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

RD - This dog might take a long time to get the whole yard done, but seems to be very thorough!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 8, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Morning all... Son of G and his dad just left to spend the day together running errands. i've been lucky to spend so much time lately with my son and he and his dad decided they miss that time with each other these days. It was nice to see them heading out the door, laughing.

This is a great column in tomorrow's paper by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a contributing editor at the Atlantic and the author of "The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood."...

"Here is where Barack Obama and the civil rights leaders of old are joined -- in a shocking, almost certifiable faith in humanity, something that subsequent generations lost. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. may have led African Americans out of segregation, and he may have cured incalculable numbers of white racists, but more than all that, he believed that the lion's share of the population of this country would not support the rights of thugs to pummel people who just wanted to cross a bridge. King believed in white people, and when I was a younger, more callow man, that belief made me suck my teeth. I saw it as weakness and cowardice, a lack of faith in his own. But it was the opposite. King's belief in white people was the ultimate show of strength: He was willing to give his life on a bet that they were no different from the people who lived next door.

"Those of us who rolled our eyes when Obama declared his candidacy did not think him weak or cowardly. But we essentially doubted the humanity of the people Obama needed to convince in order to win. During the primary campaign, we looked at the demographics of Iowa, Idaho and Washington and saw only the ugliest chapters of American history. After Obama closed out the primaries with a win in Montana, a shocked buddy of mine joked that there was "nothing in Montana but white militias and Phil Jackson." The favored rallying cry of black people is that we are not a monolith. How fascinating that some of us could only belatedly extend the same courtesy to white Americans."

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I agree with emmarnold that this was not a gaffe but a witticism, a moderately funny one and one that I don't think called for an apology. Although it was nice of Obama to call Ms. Reagan, I'm sure she wasn't offended by his remark.

One of my predictions about Obama is that now that the campaign is over, he will be able to loosen up and let his personality show more. He has a great smile, which, combined with his impressive intelligence, indicates that there is much potential for humor in him. I look forward to watching him enjoy being president--again and again I'm reminded of FDR, who reportedly loved his job and who was in turn one of America's best-loved leaders.

Posted by: kbertocci | November 8, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Morning, all. Mr. T and I slept in, then went to the UPS Store and FedEx to ship stuff from the symposium. For our speakers, we bought those neat folding chairs and put our logo on them. They are too bulky to take on airplanes, so thank heavens for UPS.

Mr. T is out getting up leaves with his Billygoat. He did some last night but has to go over the same ground again this morning. The sooner the leaves are all down, the better!

I read somewhere that willow oaks have between 1 and 5 million leaves per tree. That means we are getting up between 5 and 25 million leaves in our yard alone. The Billygoat is worth the environmental cost, as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: slyness | November 8, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

RD i will probably be in the same boat as you today,leaves,leaves and more leaves. But the beauty they provide while on the trees is worth a hundred days of raking.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 8, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

kbertocci, I think time will tell if Obama - or anyone - can enjoy being POTUS. Personally, I wouldn't like it. Dosen't mean I wouldn't do it if it were the right thing to do (Post-Presidential memoir to be called "Monkeys from Mianus"), but that it would be an act of service for my country and the citizens in it.

Things are very different from the way they were in FDR's day.

The Electron(ic) Media Microscopes and Public Internet Overreaction systems developed in response to the Bush Administrations misuses of power and blunders over the past 8 years don't bode well for anyone to thrive in that petri dish.


Posted by: -bc- | November 8, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I did read the Wil Haygood piece to the end, and it was almost unbearably poignant. A heartbreaking parallel to Obama's grandmother.

Posted by: va-in-dc | November 8, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Hey va-in-dc!! *waving*

Groceries have been got, bills have been paid, path has been jogged.

And the sun is out!!! *Snoopy dances*

And we're off the front page! *whew*

The weekend's off to a good start. Let's keep it going that way! *off-to-get-the-mail-and-do-a-few-more-chores-and-looking-forward-to-an-important-milestone-on-Tuesday Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 8, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This from the Sara Lin piece -- knits forward a kit-thread from a few days past:

BEGIN QUOTE //As a high school student and basketball player, Mr. Obama would walk to Punahou on weekends to play pickup games with fellow team members and other locals on school courts, says Dean Ando, a classmate and basketball teammate who now lives in Tacoma, Wash. "We used to play basketball in [rubber] slippahs," Mr. Ando boasts, using the local lingo for flip-flops. "I remember we would have brand new slippahs and we'd ruin 'em." //END QUOTE

Thanks, Sara, for this slice of Young Barry Obama's life.

i went to college with several students at Punahou; they would have known him, I am sure. I graduated from h.s. in 1978. The Punahou contingent had a huge spring pig roast each year. On that day, they called us by Hawaiian names: Malia for me. I first ate Ramen noodles cooked in an electric tea pot, with these people. And yes, they called rubber thongs "slippahs."

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 8, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Scotty Kind of ironic that your post is from 11:11 wouldn't you say.......

Prepped a roast for the crock pot as i will be having company later today.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 8, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

It obviously didn't make a difference, but every time I saw or heard about Obama's "exotic" upbringing in Hawaii I'd wish that someone would do a piece like Lin's. I know that neighborhood where Obama's grandmother lived, and many like it all over the US. In my observation the West Virginia/Pennsylvania sofa on the front porch is no different from the weight bench on the carport-turned-lanai in Hawaii. Floridians would know it well as the part of town where they park cars in the front yard, and bring food when your grandma dies.

I've put it off long enough. Have a date with some grout repair in the bathroom and hanging some paintings that have been in storage for far too long. Later boodle.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 8, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all, and thank for the Bunker warning. I was able to Boodle-skim quite a bit.

Y'all wouldn't have to keep raking these leaves if you just make a little mental adjustment. Think of your yard as an ecosystem. Grass grows up, leaves fall down. Just manage the ecosystem well enough that the leaves don't creep into the warmth of the house (if you turn on your heater, but that's habitat and a different story). Eventually I may mow them into the ground, but for now we just appreciate the bounty of Nature.

Of course, you have to have family who will go along with this. Persons worried about ruining the grass or looking at large piles of leaves in the yard probably won't be moved by your ecological conversion.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 8, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

We work under that same environmental creed, ivansmom.

hey... this may relate a bit to our conversation about fonts the other day...

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

The Vast Padouk Estate, which consists of a pretty typical suburban corner lot, is graced with seven (7) rather large oak trees, a small cherry tree and a rather pathetic peach tree. (And there used to be five (5) more smaller trees.)

The previous owners were really, really, really into trees. Basically, I live in the middle of the forest.

Further, because it is strategically located at the lowest point in the mid-Atlantic region, our property collects leaves from far away. I have seen leaves land in my yard from trees that I suspect are not even native to North America.

If left untended, this herbaceous offal forms a layer many inches deep. You cannot locate the sidewalk. With the addition of rain, this layer quickly turns into a layer of sticky smelly sludge that will (and has) kill the grass and frighten the neighbors.

And, of greatest relevance, it is not acceptable to my wife.

Over the years I have tried many approaches to Leaf Management involving vacuums, nets, bedsheets, and strange plastic prosthetic hands. The approach that works best is a combination of good ol' fashioned raking where the leaves are too thick, and mowing everyplace else. This works pretty well, but takes a long time.

I just spent three hours doing the front yard. I will spend even more than that doing the back yard this afternoon. And then, next weekend, I will probably be doing it all over again.

I guess I could chop the trees down, but that seems like a very hostile thing to do.

And, of greatest relevance, it is not acceptable to my wife.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 8, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

You have my deepest sympathies, RD. I understand the sludge factor completely, and we do work to keep the driveways clear (no sidewalks here). My ecosystem philosophy is aided by our usual dry climate. Because we don't often get either rain or snow, we don't have to fight leaf sludge (which, I am convinced, quickly becomes both sentient and malevolent). Also, when the extreme winds in which we rejoice are blowing the right way, the worst of our leaves are carried past the fence, where I don't care about them, or onto the neighbor's property, where I'm not responsible for them. Some may even wind up on your yard, where I know they are treated with the care and respect they deserve.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 8, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I was going to post some gloating comment about how our leaves stay on the trees all year (and my tomatoes, by the way, are just now beginning to flower). But then I thought about palm fronds and how, if you happen to be standing under the tree when one falls, it could probably give you a concussion, or worse. And that's not even to speak of the coconuts. Ouch. I once saw a car in Key West that was parked under a palm tree and had a coconut embedded in its windshield.

But, still, no leaf-raking for me, neener-neener. Of course, we do have to mow the grass all year round. I guess it's always something. If it's not one thing, it's another. [Does classic Saturday Night Live belong to the boomers or the jonesies?]

* * *

I watched the Daily Show last night, an old one. Clip of John McCain, pandering to the hispanic vote in Florida: "Who here is Columbian-American? Who here is Cuban-American? Who here is Puerto Rican?" (pausing for cheers) and Jon Stewart says, on McCain's behalf, "Good, because I have 12 houses and they're not going to landscape themselves!"

Posted by: kbertocci | November 8, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Just for fun, Ivansmom, why don't you write your name and address on a few of your leaves. I'll keep an eye out for them.

Now, the back yard beckons.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 8, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The Boomers, kb - all the Not Ready For Primetime Players were Boomers, as were most of their fans. At least, that's how I'm calling it.

Mr seasea has been mowing leaves for a month, and the other day he declared he's done. Now I get to rake and bag the rest of the leaves - unfortunately, the rains have set in, so I'll have to run out there whenever it's reasonably dry. Our leaves would be 3 feet deep if we did nothing, and they don't decompose. I still want one of those vacuuming trucks.

Posted by: seasea | November 8, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

RD, I sympathize, I too live on a corner lot, with about 14 trees, Maple, Ash, Bass, Beech and a very large cherry.

Almost all the leaves are gone now and have just finished raking for about the 4th time this month, plus one mulching. Too wet for the leave blower plus I like to give the grass a few good rakes. Not possible to leave the leaves on the ground as they completely cover the grass, when the snow piles on top you end up with a moldy icky mess.

But I do not have to bag them just rake to the road so I can't complain too much. I do leave the leaves on the gardens as mulch though.

Scooping the leaves off the pool cover is the worst job though, very heavy - I dream of a safety cover and the funds to install one. The pool seemed like such a good idea when we bought the house, I reconsider that decision every November.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 8, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The classic SNL stars were all boomers, but the fans who made them stars were primarily from Gen Jones. My perception anyway-the biggest SNL fans are always younger than the cast.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 8, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

RD, what are kids for? I developed many a blister and a sore back along with my siblings raking up. Then they got a yard service.

I don't think I ever saw my dad out with a rake nor my mom with a lawn mower until they retired and moved.

On the other hand, my g'mom was mowing her lawn at 80.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

A quick question - why would someone who apparently does not like and is afraid of Obama think that if they leave the country on vacation (once Obama is president) that they wouldn’t be able to get back in? This is a friend of mine, she’s a citizen, born here, and I unfortunately said something about being happy that Obama was elected and it set her off in a way I’ve never seen from her before. I wasn’t going to ask her to answer this question as I just didn’t want to prolong what had already been a ten minute rant by her on how he’s all words and no ideas, etc. I feel shaken by her fury and illogic.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 8, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, sneaks... can't imagine what she's thinking.

On an opposite note, I had an old, cranky-looking, white-haired man smile at me yesterday while we were pumping gas in the 75-degree sunshine and say, "Obama's even brought us the spring!"

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Possibly because you have to have a passport for travelling to Canada or Mexico in 2009? Don't think that was Obama's idea, though - she should blame Bush or Chertoff or someone in the current administration. But that would be logical.

I had lunch with my possibly more right-wing-than-me friends yesterday. Didn't mention the election, although one of them was lamenting the passage of the in-person voting here, and claiming absentee votes don't get counted. (After this year, they will all be absentee, mail-in ballots. They will have to count them, and I trust they will count them all, even the ones that come in after the contests have been declared. Although I might ask that question just to be sure.)

Posted by: seasea | November 8, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Robin Givhan on Michelle Obama and the dress:

Posted by: seasea | November 8, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy to say that the woman I interviewed with yesterday said, "Oh! We're ALL Democrats!" when I mentioned that my political colors showed in the samples of my volunteer work I shared with her.

Another reason I hope I get the job.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

All this about leaves reminds me of the wonderful BBC program years ago about sculptor Henry Moore, wherein his wife Irina Radetsky was also interviewed. She had planned and planted a tree garden some 30 years before, and mentioned how happy she was that she had survived long enough to see it all turn into just what she had planned. The program showed the result, a stunning woods not over-engineered in the typical English garden style, but more Japanese in its conception and aesthetic.

Then it returned to Henry prattling endearingly about the organic beauty of the "nutlike" shape of his grandchildren's heads.

As usual with BBC, this interview vanished into the depths of the vaults never to be seen again.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 8, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Unsettling dynamic," LOL.

When you have two fashionable people with similar color palette tastes together, they can dress alike by accident a lot, unless they got up in the morning together and said to each other, "you're not dressing like my clone."

I loved the daughters' clothing, it looked like Christmas had come early for them.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Regarding my friend’s Obama rant, I wondered if there were some weird right-wing rumors out that I didn’t know about. She also said that Obama was going to put all our 401k’s into social security. I confess that I haven’t a clue where she’s getting all this ‘information.’ She said that she wanted Hilary and that she would have voted for Obama if he’d chosen HRC for vp but then she went off on this whole rant thing that just floored me. I know her husband is a Republican but she claims to think for herself. I very much doubt that. I know if I want to preserve this friendship ( which I do, very much) I will never, ever bring up politics again!!

“S” is outside chopping up the pine tree that SIL took down last weekend. We still have some leaves left on the trees so raking will come later on. So far “S” has been able to get most of them by mowing. I’m glad ‘cause I hate to rake.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 8, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I like RG's point that clothes don't always look as good on TV as they do in person or still photographs. Pictures I've seen of the election night dress do not have that Spiderman look mentioned here in previous boodles (by yello?). It's a shame the cardigan threw off the overall look of MO's dress, because I think the the waist treatment would have been particularly flattering if we'd seen it uncluttered. But, I kind of like the idea of a first lady who throws on a sweater because it's chilly.

Good news for little girls who fell in love with Malia Obama's dress. It was sold out but the maker will have more in time for the holidays-

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 8, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm about tired of "drank the koolaid." It's a great metaphor but founders under the weight of its dual meanings. You don't know which kind of koolaid is being hinted at. The Jim Jones koolaid or the electric koolaid. Sure you could say it's all propaganda koolaid. It's just uncomfortable not knowing. Probably a personal problem of mine, in that I'm sort of conditionally for one and definitely unconditionally against the other. The poison religion- hijacking koolaid.

In any case, a friend who should know me better is emailing me somehow thinking I'm hypnotized by the Obama Phenomenon. And I'm insulted. It's probably some sort of offshoot of the fact that teenagers pose as adults on the internet, combined with video games, and TV. But I'm all grown up, I don't play games, and I know more than teenagers. Unfazed, I simply emailed him this viewpoint. Odd how people hypnotize themselves.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 8, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

gwe, the timing of my post was pure coincidence, truly... :-O

Sneaks, some people just project their fears onto whatever's handy, and apparently your comment gave her a target. *SIGH*

*keeping fingers crossed for TBG and whoever else needs it* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 8, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Bob S. - many thanks. Sent you an e-mail a bit earllier. Should there be a BPH between Christmas and New Year's (or should you find yourself in the Phoenix area), I would be happy to buy you a drink.

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 8, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

AZBlueHen... if you'll be in town between Christmas and New Years, then I think we'll most definitely have a BPH!

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

TBG that would be so cool! My very first BPH ever! I haven't been back to the ol' homestead in ages and this would be great!

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 8, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Californians are calling for a boycott of Utah. It's easy for me to say "I'm in!"...

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

As an example of how ridiculous bans can become:

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Digging out inch-by-inch from under a pile of work. I really shouldn't have jumped in, but it looked so soft and inviting and orange and crinkly....

Re the vote on Prop 8 in California, here is a complex post, accompanied thankfully by complex comments:

Firing up my superboodleskimmer...cyainabit!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 8, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Watch the shoals on the right as you skim, DNAgirl.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

From my anecdotal evidence that would be about half the country. Judge for yourself:

Posted by: yellojkt | November 8, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Jon Swift chimes in on an even bigger gaffe in Obama's conference: He used the m-word:

Mutts now preferred to be called "differently bred". And after throwing that piece of raw meat out there, I am signing off.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 8, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I've just returned from seeing "Rachel Getting Married." It was great, though emotionally exhausting and true-to-life for a certain lucky/unlucky demographic. I thought it almost cinema verite, with its handheld camera skurrying around and quick cutting, I think.

I don't know much about movies because I see so few of them, both in the theater and at home; and I didn't read any reviews of RGM other than the snippets that all agreed that the actor who played Kim was terrific, and she was. (Ann Hathaway, I think.)

I may go to the movies again next year too.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 8, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Hello everyone!

It has been a busy week, catching up from my "day off" on Tuesday.

I don't have a printed copy of a newspaper, but maybe my Officer of Elections 2008 pin will be worth something someday. I know I'll treasure it forever.

As far as generations go, I don't fit, either. I came of age in the 80's, but having grown up outside the US, I watched all movies and TV shows very late, after they'd been dubbed. The same voices were on every single show. Whenever we came to the United States, our goal was to watch tons of TV to find out what actors really sounded like. Sad, huh?

Music was a different story and, as snobbish as I am with my music, I love 80's pop. So much so that my daughter dressed up as Pat Benatar to go trick or treat and my son can sing Survivor songs. Oh, and as I'm typing this, he's watching college football and singing America from the Jazz Singer soundtrack. Some people may see this as child abuse.

Glad I missed the front page invasion.

And now, back to my hubby's birthday celebration.



Posted by: abeac1 | November 8, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

a bea c, I really loved your post. Nice to see you.

I'm sure another Boodler has our attention to this, and I missed it, but P-E Obama roasting, in 2005 (?) his now-chief of staff Emanuel, was posted on Huffington in the last few days. Quite charming.

Posted by: Yoki | November 8, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

It took a while for this to sink in, but for me the single most remarkable response from Obama was that he had been reading Lincoln's writings and found them inspirational. Reading! A president who reads! I feel like I'm waking up from a bad dream.

Incidentally, the "gaffe" was an appropriate response to the question. The reporter, Lynn Sweet, asked several questions, not really related to each other, and Obama heard everything she said and responded precisely. She specifically asked if he had spoken to any "living ex-presidents" and also what books he was reading. So the response about reading Lincoln was really apt and the seance thing was a clever riposte to a dumb question, a way to make a little joke about the awkward wording.

Posted by: kbertocci | November 8, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I like your interpretation, kber. Not that all questions have to be intelligent, but it's sure nice that our P-E actually had a press conference and actually answered questions. That's not a risk the current incumbent has taken often.

Yoki, great link. I laughed along with the crowd. Amazing how much Obama has aged in three years. There was no gray in his hair in 2005.

Posted by: slyness | November 8, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Hello everyone

Taking a smoke break,
I have some friends up tonight,and we have decided to watch "Get Smart" instead of poker. I am looking forward to it and maybe poker later.

Scotty,I seem to see 11:11 where ever I go all the time(reminds me of veterans and the need to say thanks) have a great day my friend...

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 8, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Re Jon Swift: I'm a working-class dog?

That's... tough to argue with.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I never saw it as a gaffe.

Would it have been ok to make fun of a seance if Nancy Reagan had not broken her hip? Does having a broken hip somehow make the seance less ridiculous?

Hi Karen!! Hi Yoki!!

Posted by: abeac1 | November 8, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I saw that clip this morning and meant to post it here. Apparently the entire roast is on the C-SPAN website. There is a good Charlie Rose show with the 3 Emanuel brothers here:
It's ostensibly about health care, but they get to that in about the last minute.

Yes, a president who reads, who reveres Lincoln. Clinton read voraciously, and really loved being president, too.

Thanks again for all your hard work, a bea c!

Posted by: seasea | November 8, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

did anyone else read the news about the German doctor who seems to have cured his patient's AIDS while treating his leukemia?

Posted by: abeac1 | November 8, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Tune cootie from vintage Sesame Street (I looked but could not find a clip)

I'm a dog a working dog, a hard working dog!

Mr. F and I have been watching college football all day long and the games are starting to run together a bit. We decided during a commercial break that though he has no authority in the matter, it would be great if President Obama made an effort to make a national championship playoff a reality.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 8, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

That IS interesting. Thanks for sharing abeac!

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

frostbitten, I was looking for that the other day and couldn't find it. When I googled just now, I found a link to youtube, but it's been removed. Here are the words, though (I used to drive my kid crazy singing the chorus):
I'm a dog
I'm a workin' dog
I'm a hard workin' dog
Hard workin' dog

Now I never said I was a hog
And you can see I'm not a frog
I'm tryin' to tell ya, I'm a dog
I'm a cow dog

I'm a dog
I'm a workin' dog
I'm a hard workin' dog
Hard workin' dog

Now some dogs can fetch a stick
Other dogs will shake your hand
I even heard of a dog that can roll over
All I know how to do
Is take a hundred cows and teach 'em some manners

I'm a dog
I'm a workin' dog
I'm a hard workin' dog
Hard workin' dog

Now I'm not the top dog
I'm not much of a bird dog
I'm not the best watch
But I'm an awful good cow dog

I'm a dog
I'm a workin' dog
I'm a hard workin' dog
Workin' like a dog-gone dog

It's a dog's life, and I love it!

Posted by: seasea | November 8, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

For me and Cassandra and others unable to follow the roast video...

Rahm lost his finger working at Arby's when 17, refused treatment because he had a prom to go to, and the infection nearly killed him.

He sounds like he has a very good reputation for saying "no" in unmistakable terms.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

*Howling along, replacing "cow" with "gnome."


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

We spent the day at the Governor's School in Hartsville. I'm whipped. The puppies are beginning to open their eyes, and are doing quite well. Pictures will be posted soon. The pecans have shed nearly all of their leaves, and it's beginning to feel like winter. I saw a squirrel out in the yard that must have had a chill, as it was rubbing its nuts to keep them warm.

Posted by: -jack- | November 8, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Scottynuke - Waving back! I feel like an interloper here so thanks for the shout out... : ) Happy almost-Sunday. va-in-dc

P.S. My name is Virginia so I felt a silly kind of pride and joy when they called the commonwealth for Obama last Tuesday - "we" put him over the top, I believe - it was the only time I actually leapt out of my seat and cheered out loud...

Posted by: va-in-dc | November 8, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

&Grover waves to a bea c!*

Posted by: Yoki | November 8, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

seasea-yes that's the one, thanks for the lyrics.

va-in-dc-Join the club, there's been a lot of silly pride and joy around here lately.

Time for me to shut the computer down and call it a night. Lows in the teens for us. I really have to rethink this staying in Minnesota thing. Toodles boodle and fondue.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 8, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

A busy day with the girls, including a late afternoon matinee of HSM 3. It wasn't great for me, but it wasn't bad for check-your-brain-at-the-door entertainment. Zac Efron, OK, I get it - he's cute and moves reasonably well and seems to be able to carry a tune, though someone needs to tell him to pull his jeans up a bit. That's so 2005.

Overall, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as "Hairspray."

Had some last-minute guests for dinner (there's always room for one or two more at my table, anyway) tonight with the girls, pulled off a stretched entree of marinated tilapia topped with a spicy seafood salad I whipped up on short notice, topped with some lime to give it a little extra kick.

No leftovers to speak of and compliments on the food, so I'm pleased with how dinner came out. I'm a guy, so I'll just call it good and move on.

No college football for me today, saving myself for NFL games tomorrow afternoon.

I find it quite interesting that in all this talk of bailouts for GM and Ford, there's no talk of Chrysler. Is it because it's owned by a holding company, because they're not asking for money (hoping to be sold to GM or someone else), or because they're willing to consider junking it like and old car and parting out the pieces that have any value (Jeep and Viper and maybe the Mopar parts unit?)?

I sure as heck hope not.

Gotta check that piece about the claimed AIDS cure from leukemia. Interesting, and I dearly hope it pans out to be true.


Posted by: -bc- | November 8, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I hope this is a funny story for the Boodle to go to bed upon.

I was in strange world, today, getting a tattoo.

George (the female shop manager and a good dear darling friend of mine) looked at my outfit as I hung up my jacket and shouted out, "Yoki! I love your boots!"

And all the young male tat artists came to attention, and were disappointed, and went back to work.

Posted by: Yoki | November 8, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Yoki... a new tattoo! Is the hair still fire red? You are one cool lady.

Dr G and I were in bed tonight and starting talking about food. We realized we'd eaten dinner at around 3 this afternoon and talking about food made us hungry, so we came downstairs and made some ramen noodles with potstickers.

I remember a time when cooking in the kitchen suddenly led to climbing in bed. Now it's the other way around. Sigh.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Awwwww. I tried to be ladylike and not ask about your personal inking, but I give up.

Which font did you request?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Well they say that the couple that midnight snacks together stays together...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

TBG, there is a Canadian-realist painting by Christoper Pratt showing a naked late middle-aged couple in the kitchen, not young, but absolutely beautiful. They are lit from the centre by an open refrigerator-door-light, and the husband is drinking milk from the bottle, lit by the fridge-light.

So tender and beautiful.

And I heard Mary Pratt interviewed on CBC one day about 15 years ago, and she said to the interviewer,

"I love that painting! But I would never, you know, walk about the house naked! I'm shocked!"

Hee hee. So Canadian, and so lovely!

Posted by: Yoki | November 8, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

No fonts, no words. Just a high wild bird. In shades of shadowed black, with purple/red iridescence. Quite beautiful, but not pretty.

And yes, my hair is now more closely cropped and redder than ever.

Posted by: Yoki | November 8, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Photographs, please, Yoki!

Posted by: -dbG- | November 8, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

dbG, I will post a photo or two, but only after the healing is complete. It is a beautiful, wild, fierce tat, but over the next month it will peel and flake. After that, when it is rich and dark, I'll photograph it and share.

Posted by: Yoki | November 8, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

You know I say this with complete love and adoration, but some of us just would have bought a new piece of jewelry! :-)

Posted by: -dbG- | November 9, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | November 9, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Wilbrod, thanks for the link. If I can get it up, I'll take a look see. Kbert, loved your nine something comment. And TBG, it's all good. Yoki, haven't seen the boots, but I'll bet anything they're kicking, knowing you.

a bea c, your hard work paid off. and what's bad about the eighties, music wise?

Scotty, Mudge, Slyness, Martooni, let it rip, guys. And good morning to all.*waving*

I've been up since three, at least that's an hour later than two. I got a chance to read to the g-girl and her little friend. It took awhile to get them settled. A high school classmate came by for a short visit. And a little girl that I worked with last year has lost her father. A young man and did not appear to be sick.

Have a great end of the weekend, folks. I hope to attend Sunday school and church this morning. I've studied the lesson, and feel prepared, hopefully. I'm going to trust in Christ for the answers. I hope all of you get a chance to give God some of your time.

Loomis, glad to hear you're okay.

The weather is a little nippy this morning. We did get the rain yesterday, but it cleared up, and was just beautiful, although a little windy.

Time to swim.

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 9, 2008 6:00 AM | Report abuse

You know, it feels like a beginning. It has been dead air for so long. I think people just kind of letting out a sigh of relief, and allowing some of the pressure to fall away, although there are some that are still fearful. And even though, our financial situation is in the toliet, I personally think we can weather this storm and any more that should pop up. I know that things aren't the best, and this new President is stepping in a mine field to some extent. But I have to go back to the feeling. It feels like a beginning. And I know this is just a moment in time and history, and as the Scripture tell us, there is nothing new under the sun, yet it feels like a beginning. I pray each day for our people and our nation. I pray for the new President. Please join me in this endeavor. It is good work.

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 9, 2008 6:11 AM | Report abuse

I want to thank slyness for the recommendation for Fishmongers in Durham. It was delicious. The Book Exchange was closed by the time we rolled back from the game and they don't have Sunday hours, so that will have to wait until another trip.

There was an antiquarian bookstore in Brightleaf Square, so I was able to drop some money.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 9, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Hey Cassandra!!! *HUGSS*

So va-in-dc is literally so, hm? How odd that a Boodler (and yes, Virginia, there IS a Boodle for you) would have such a descriptive handle! ;-)

Yoki = fierce, wild bird. Yep, that fits -- it's much less hazardous wrangling sharks from the air.

bc, the 'Skins handling of the Hall signing is looking stranger and stranger as time goes on. *shaking head*

SUCH a gorgeous sunrise shaping up! Good thing I can sit an enjoy it before going jogging and disturbing the deer.

*realizing-there-aren't-too-many-chores-today-so-looking-forward-to-plenty-of-relaxing Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 9, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Bon giorno, Boodlers!

This morning, the light seems wintry Mediterranian, so an Italian greeting seems appropriate.

Have a good Sunday everyone. :o)

Posted by: Braguine | November 9, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Yoki, I find that red looks good on tall woman. A young woman working with us was such a "really" red head. She came to visit with her son last week, the not-so-little guy (9.3lbs at birth and growing fast) is soooo cute, and the red hair was gone. I wonder if it will come back when her maternity leave will come to an end.
I spent the afternoon bear-proofing the bird feeders. I used NPS1 steel piping and fitting to build a couple of T posts. That should be enough, we are talking small black bears here, not Yoki's big grizzlies. A neighbour went the same route, but used NPS2 piping and he'll need a step ladder to get his feeders down. He's a retired engineer, I'm not surprised we are thinking somewhat alike.

One detail I want to clarify. An American citizen will not need a passport to enter Canada in 2009-10, the passport will be needed to re-enter the USA. The war on Tourism and Commerce rages on.
A political appointee of the Department of Fatherland Security gave an interview to a local paper that was published last week. If and when my umbrage lessened a bit I might write about the so many wrong views that very senior idiot was holding.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 9, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all... beautiful piece by Desmond Tutu this morning...

Posted by: -TBG- | November 9, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, everybody!

Yes, it does feel like a new beginning, Cassandra. I can hardly wait for the last eight years to drop away as we move into a new, and hopefully better, world.

Glad to hear that you enjoyed Fishmongers, Yello. At least you had the consolation of good food, after that game. How did you get to the stadium?

TBG, I'm loving the international reaction to the election. And did you read Donna Britt's column? I miss that lady.

Time for me to get the act together. Who says Sunday is a day of rest? Church, then a meeting, hopefully I'll have a little time, then out to a dinner party with my Sunday School class. A busy day awaits.

Posted by: slyness | November 9, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Scottynuke, I see Washington's signing of Hall as vintage Danny. Washington's still doing reasonably well despite signing J. Taylor, and now they've let a promising young DB go in favor of a vet with a reputation, one who'd been *cut* in the middle of the season. That, to me, would be a red flag.

I think Danny may be getting overconfident in the team's early season success and starting to think he knows what he's doing.

A zebra can't change its stripes.

And I think Snyder's going to be sorry about this; it's going to shake up the team's chemistry, and not for the better.

It's a beautiful golden Fall morning here. For some reason, I can't seem to shake this story (I've had an eye on it for awhile, and mentioned it here from time to time) about how a camera intended to record activities in a jail cell failed at a crucial time...

Like something out of a crime novel, tragically. As I've said before, Prince George's County police have a reputation, and for good reason.


Posted by: -bc- | November 9, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! 19 degrees here this morning. Steel gray skies and mean little crystals falling. Not a fun kind of snowy day at all.

sd-people are hopping mad on this side of the border. A friend lives on the Rainy River and has given up on traveling by boat or canoe to see his Ontario neighbors. Going over to see them is no problem, getting back without the polizei pulling up in their ridiculously expensive boat and demanding ID is quite another. Since they live in quite a remote area the devices employed to know there is a canoe or boat crossing the border are a matter of no small degree of umbrage.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 9, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Another disturbing story, 8 year old shoots his dad.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 9, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

TBG, that article by Desmond Tutu was great, and sadly very true in regards to world opinion being so negative towards President Bush.

Frosti, the area around Detroit has also had difficulty with boaters being harassed for ID - sometimes by upto 5 different levels of polices, DHS etc, in the same day.

Need for security is important, but in so many areas along our border so is economic vitality depends greatly on the interaction of the two countries. While on the surface it may seem reasonable to make it more difficult to enter the US, as attendance at a sporting, cultural or shopping event may seem trivial - when those activities are multiplied they add up to a sizeable economic impact - the strain is currently being felt in many border cities and towns and replacement for that money are yet to be found.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 9, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Morning Boodle. If the newspaper business gets any more deeply into the weeds, we could save it by bottling the kindness of the Boodle and sell the product as a self-esteem booster!

Lots of office-type work to get through today, without having to commute. Perfect!

Posted by: Yoki | November 9, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

One more thing before I start my day, just read this article about the Queen meeting with Canadian WWI veterans - honouring the 68,000 who died in the war. There is a link to the memorial that is going on in the UK and across Canada - deeply touching.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 9, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

The DHS is an offspring of panic and another layer of bureaucracy run amock. I doubt it's fixable.

The absurdity of having 16 agencies in the Intelligence community is simply mind bogling.

Posted by: Braguine | November 9, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Morning All
Windy and cool in west by god this morning. Windy is good,I never got to leaves yesterday so it is a must before the game. Here is hoping that all the leaves on my roof blow down before I blow them away.

Texas Tech/ Alabama in the national title game would be fine with me. It is the year of the Bama don't cha think.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 9, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Wow, looks like I missed a Gaffestorm Friday night. Glad to see you all made it safely to the bunker without casualties.

Haven't had a chance to read the paper (electronically) this morning, so no commentary. (For the record, I don't think it was a gaffe. It was a mild joke, period.)

We're having company for dinner, and I'm doing a beef stew made with Guiness stout. Yum The recipe includes an ounce of bittersweet choclate, too. Doing those black pepper biscuits as well as my super green beans as sides. Might even throw in a corn pudding if I get ambitious.

No Redskins this weekend, so bc, LiT and I are all going through withdrawl. I hate "bye" weeks.

OK, gotta do a Safeway run. Carry on.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 9, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

My boodleskimmer ran into a work pile :-(
Much to think about and link to, much too little time.

Something for peanuts fans:
And other comics fans:

TBG, thanks for remembering...DNA guy got his interview call but I haven't yet (our applications were submitted at the same time but were separate).
Our working theory is that as a university prof, I have been designated a terraist (from an "elite" squad no less :-) by the current administration, but this situation will turn right around when a prof from an elite university takes office.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 9, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Let me take a stab at this: football, right?

Posted by: Yoki | November 9, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Yoki, but not the world's futbol.

I need some cooking help over the next few months. What brand name short cuts work for busy boodles who still want a semblance of good and seasonal food?

Summer for us is astonishing easy: fruit, fruit, fruit, barbecue/grill /marinate twice per week, and lots of salad and veggies.

I am so pressed for time! I cook on weekends to cover Mon Tue Wed Thus.....

For example, I have a lovely spaghetti squash "baked ziti" dish in the oven. Sauce? One half Newman's Vodka and one half any-brand marinara -- both in jars. Sigh. I have not made gravy from scratch for about five years now. Forgive me, Mama, Mia for I am sinning.....

This baked dish is a hit....lovely shavings of hard parmesan on top.....I made white enchiladas yesterday, from scratch. They will not last long as CPBoy and friends think these are better than burritos at Chipotle: they would be right.

Will some of you admit to such cooking strategies? Dish, please.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 9, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

DNA Girl, are the two of you trying to land at the same U? Same city? Oh my; that is hard to do, through no fault of the applicants. Major Major Major Gigantic best wishes and boodle mojo queued up in the fax machine right now.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 9, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Also, boodle science-is-fun peeps. What about this? Home set-up for selzer water? I know you can subscribe to a service but I am recalling with fondness a super-nerd-wunderkind in college who set up a co2 tank in his dorm. You could give him a glass of orange juice or even booberry Koolaid. He would return it to you as a bubbly thing. He did not let people watch, though.

These things keep me up at night. And, how to grow sweet peas -- deeply scented Cupini strain from Sicily -- in DC. SeaSea can grown them, I believe, because of the long cool spring.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 9, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

CquaP, TBG was asking about our citizenship applications.
We're both gainfully employed, thank you (and thankfully!), though the two scientist body problem means we've been living in two different states for years. But that kind of relationship is totally feasible in the northeast, and I like to think that our partnership is stronger for we have no time to fight.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 9, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I often wondered what football players do during the bye week.Extra time with family, a mini vacation.One would think as much as I like football I would know.

This was also supposed to be the Ravens bye week as well,But Ike had other plans.But I am happy that there is a game today.

What a glorious day for football!!!

Go Ravens!!


Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 9, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

DNA Girl... be sure to let us know when it happens. We would love to be part of it if you'll let us.

A boodle-attended citizenship ceremony sounds just perfect, doesn't it?

Posted by: -TBG- | November 9, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I forget, is the pileated woodpecker the largest member of the species whose existance is not in question?

I guess it has to be, since I saw one BIG 'ol specimen on the wing this morning while jogging! :-)

bc, I do believe we agree on the Hall signing and related events. *SIGH* Now if the networks would just show a Patriots game... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 9, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

*keeping fingers crossed for the DNA Gang, too* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 9, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

*working on a long post that I hope will be helpful to CP*

Posted by: Yoki | November 9, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I use short cuts for rice pilaf that would not cut mustard with my aunt but has my mom's blessings:
Prep time < 1hour (actual work ~ 30 min, rest supervision)

1.5 cup rice
1/3 cup dal (get yellow mung dal from your local Indian store, which cooks and tastes best when the recipe calls for cooking lentils together with rice)
Mix and wash the two very well in warm/hot water (must wash the dal very well to get funky smell out or it permeates the cooked dish--I don't like it)
Keep in hot water for ~ 20 min while prepping other stuff.

Put a few cups of water to boil.

Finely chop/grind some ginger and jalapeno peppers (a teeny bit of garlic wont hurt). Saute in a couple tbsp olive oil. If you want onions in the dish sautee those first then add ginger, chillies, garlic.

Add ground spices all available at your local Indian store):
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp curry powder (garam masala, which tastes of cardamom, cloves, cinnamom, bay leaves, black pepper, cumin, coriander)
Adjust these as you please.

Immediately add the rice and dal mix (minimize addition of water along with the mix). Dry the mix for about 5 mins (it starts smelling really good at this point).

Add boiling water (~1.5 inch higher than the solids).

Add at least half a pack of frozen mixed veggies (I like a nicely chopped mix of peas, beans, corn, peppers etc).

Add enough salt for the liquid to taste v. over-salty to you (for me that's about 0.75x sea water)--the extra salt is for veggies.

Cook at medium heat, no cover until much of the water evaporates (~ 15 mins).

Poke around in the middle to see how much water is left (~1/2 inch at the bottom is ok).

At this point you can toss in garnishes, e.g., cilantro, chopped tomatoes, caraway seeds (that's all for me but people go nuts and dried fruit too), and cover and steam at low heat for another 15 min until cooked.

You can do this in a rice cooker too.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 9, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

CqP -- Here's a very quick and wonderful veggie casserole which my mom passed down to me. It works for a stand-alone vegetarian main dish, too. It's my contribution to Thanksgiving every year, and if I don't bring two of them, my friends won't let me in. Really.


2 pkgs. frozen chopped spinach, cooked & drained
1 can stewed tomatoes (I try to get the low-salt variety)
1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs (other crumbs don't taste as good, and I get the low-fat, low-salt variety of Ritz, too)
1/4 cup Heinz chili sauce (not salsa -- use the sweet sauce)
1 Cracker Barrel Cheddar cheese, grated (I use the low-fat variety, but also the sharpest taste I can find)

Mix it all together, and you have two choices: (1) bake in preheated 350 oven for about 30-35 minutes or so; (2) nuke it for maybe 7-8 minutes if you have a turn-table or 5 minutes, make 1/4 turn and another 5 minutes.

This is so good, and every time I make it, someone asks for more and for the recipe. So, here it is to the boodle from the healthy (mostly) kitchen of FTB. I hope you enjoy it.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | November 9, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

i cook really rarely, but once concocted a reasonable technique based on some things i saw russians do.

rice, chicken and carrots:

using regular rice as opposed to minute rice, in one large pot cook rice, chicken thighs and/or drumsticks, and large chunks of carrots (or those whole pre-washed pre-peeled ones). amounts of ingredients as needed. water should be based on what the rice needs, but a little extra is fine or add during cooking if it gets low. stir in salt and garlic to taste (minced or chopped) early on.

the result is a simple but nice tasting dish since the rice absorbs the chicken and garlic flavor. carrots can be added later if you like them firmer, but if not, they are soft as they would be in soups or stews.

Posted by: LALurker | November 9, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

CP.. this is my family's favorite leftover/make-ahead dish... we call it "slurry," but don't be fooled... it's delicious!

Check out some of our favorite family recipes on the rest of the blog...

Posted by: -TBG- | November 9, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

i actually had to confirm that what i was talking about is a simplified pilaf, but y'all probably figured that out.

anyhoo, the real directions for pilafs (from my russian cooking book) say: equal weights of meat, rice and carrots, and half of onions. i like garlic with chicken, but probably onion with beef. normally you saute the ingredients before adding the rice and water (but i'm lazy). other possible ingredients are small amounts of pepper or paprika, saffron, and dried raisins, apricots, or prunes.

Posted by: LALurker | November 9, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

So now the Fox robot is jumping rope???

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 9, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Lurker! We eat that in Colombia, too. Rice soup. Tastes good if you tie a bundle of green onions and cilantro and add towards the end, instead of the garlic. Serve with a bag of plain potato chips crushed and sprinkled over the top.

My favorite no-cook (almost) recipe is my baked chicken.

Cover the bottom of a pie plate w/ about 1/4 coarse salt (I use cheap ice cream salt). Clean the whole chicken and stand it up on its tail end propped up by with the drumsticks. Bake for about 1:20 at 400 degrees, or until juices run clear when poked in the thigh. Let cool a bit and serve.

If you have one of those beer can chicken stands, it helps to keep the chicken from toppling over.

It is my kids' favorite Friday night meal, especially if I get a chicken with all the stuff inside to make a good broth with matza balls. Those I make from a box.

Posted by: abeac1 | November 9, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

And pushups for the robot...

Perhaps it's training to meet Ken Clean-Air System?

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 9, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

1 of 2

CP, you described my week-day life to a T! And many people still remark that I'm the only person they know who makes a family dinner out of real food every day.

My strategy as been, for years and years, that everything needs to be used at least twice, but differently so that food remains interesting. So no big casseroles that require eating twice exactly the same way.


One fresh tomato sauce made on the weekend will be used for a pasta one night, and to poach a nice piece of fish served with wilted greens and boiled baby potatoes a few days later.

A meal built around roast chicken and rice will be made in sufficient quantity that it becomes an Asian-style fried rice another day.

A pot roast in the crock-pot is large, so it becomes sandwiches for the lunch-carriers *and* a shepherds pie.

A vegetarian chili made in the crockpot gets diluted with veg. stock and more fresh vegetables and some crushed tortilla chips for taco-type soup.

Posted by: Yoki | November 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

2 of 2

Easy peasy, no need to use commercial bottled sauces with preservatives and god knows what amount of sodium and other horrors. In the time it takes to shake and open a bottle of commercial salad dressing, you can drizzle some olive oil and sherry vinegar over romaine. If you're grating Parmesan for one meal, do more and keep it handy to throw into salads or over a chicken breast (with some of that tomato sauce) for parmigiana.

I truly don't spend any more time in the kitchen than anybody else, I just have a great pantry and freezer with stuff I've made (the stocks, sauces, etc.) and tinned beans, tomatoes, lots of different oils and vinegars and olives and salts and peppers and spices. Always have assorted fresh veg and different cheeses in the fridge. Have good equipment, sharp knives, good cutting boards, pots, tongs.

Use tools like the ancient crock-pot, rice cooker and delay-cook oven so that I can be doing other stuff while food cooks with minimal supervision.

OK, I confess I do spend more time in the kitchen than average, but only because that's where we hang out and visit at the end of the day. Should be having fun while providing, you know?

Don't mean to sound preachy or superior, just love to think of people eating real food happily. And I do believe the fresh, no chemical zone has a lot to do with how clear-eyed, skinned, and energetic we all are, and our fabulous immune systems. I know you already know all this, CP, just a matter of getting all the stuff in hand and organized, which can be a project and a half, in and of itself.

Posted by: Yoki | November 9, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Yoki... I'm roasting a lamb tonight so that I can make lamb pie tomorrow with the "leftovers."

Posted by: -TBG- | November 9, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Can I come over?

Posted by: Yoki | November 9, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm rendering beef fat to make 2kg of tallow. Add an equal quantity of lard and peanut butter when the tallow is clear and filtered. Mix with 1.5kg of peanuts, 1kg of raisins, 1kg of sunflower nut and enough white millet to make it sticky. It makes nuthatches and woodpecker food for a whole winter. All natural stuff, so the birds are all clear-eyed and bushy-tailed...

But the house reeks like a rendering plant for a couple of hours.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 9, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Lamb pie like in moussaka? Can I come too?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 9, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

No... not moussaka... we went to a New Zealand restaurant last weekend and I had a delicious lamb pie there. This seems to be a good recipe to try...,1727,156185-253203,00.html

Posted by: -TBG- | November 9, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

shrieking denizen wins.

Posted by: Yoki | November 9, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Snuke, yes, the pileated is the largest woodpecker - I read that somewhere recently. Please, no recipes.

Posted by: seasea | November 9, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

If you eat like a bird that is.

That carrot and lamb pie sounds good tbg. I make shepherd's pie with leftover lamb, if any.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 9, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

This is a sorry situation:
(but I chuckled a little at the absurdity of it)

Posted by: seasea | November 9, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

CP, at first I thought you meant the edible green peas - then I thought about snow peas, which I love but haven't grown in a long time. Then I realized you are talking about the flower - ha!
I've tried to grow sweet peas but haven't had a lot of luck. I think my soil is too fast draining, and not rich enough. I will have to try again in the spring - I think starting them early is the key, too.

I still have cosmos blooming - well, I didn't get the first bloom till October. Have quite a few now.

Posted by: seasea | November 9, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, was it you who wondered where the 401(k) rumors were coming from? Rush. My cousin listens to him and was one of the many panicked retirees. I checked out his web page, looks like it started around 10/08/08.,0,800478.story

The economist's name is Theresa Ghilarducci and she was proposing a flat tax exemption on people putting money into 401(k)s now, had nothing to do with people who already have 401(k)s and are retired.

Posted by: -dbG- | November 9, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

At last, the massive write-in vote by dogs has paid off.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 9, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

dbG, yes it was I (me?-I’m tired). I’m still trying to reconcile the gentle and sweet woman I know with the raving lunatic of yesterday. As S’nuke said, she is scared I guess and knowing all that is going on in her life right now (she’s a cancer survivor-so far, and her FIL is in very poor health which puts a huge burden on her husband and by default on her also), I can understand the fear she must feel. Rush and his ilk are just poisonous people, scaring their listeners for fun and profit.

Well, we just dropped a bit of money and it wasn’t fun. Had to get a new refrigerator and a new printer. The refrigerator might have been fun except it had to fit in the space we have which meant just a plain 18 cubic foot w/ice maker one. But we got a good deal and at least the old one hasn’t totally carped out yet. And don’t get me started on printers. It’s cheaper to buy a new one than to replace the cartridges. No that’s not what I did, but next time the ink runs out, I’m tempted. I had just bought all new cartridges for the old one when it decided to die on me. Ugh. I need a nap.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 9, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

...firing up the grill to cook some meat for Sunday dinner...
It's been a nice day: Carolina blue skies and moderate temps. Off to the grill...

Posted by: -jack- | November 9, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I feel for you, Sneaks. I celebrated Obama's victory by buying all new tires for my car. I know I need to replace my refrigerator, too, as it was an old Kenmore when I moved in here 7 years ago -- could be 15 years old or more. I keep hoping it'll stay working for awhile longer.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | November 9, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I know. I hadn't looked at his site or listened to him at length before, but I made a point of it today. Totally irresponsible and scary half truths (if even that much).

I'm sure there's a left-wing a$$hat of equal calibre, but can't think of one. Anyone? I'd like to point out to my cousin that Rush is as big a jerk as //insert name here// and that if she listens to far left/right raving maniacs without vetting their sources she's always going to be worried.

(Paybacks are a b1tch. She loves lecturing me on all sorts of other things. :-)

Posted by: -dbG- | November 9, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

My bro let his feelings about Mr. Limbaugh and his cadre be known in public the other day. Suffice it to say that the people that responded did so with a certain degree of disbelief that the man could be characterised as a blowhard.

Posted by: -jack- | November 9, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey gwe - how 'bout them Ravens! :)


Posted by: loafie1013 | November 9, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Listening to a story on NPR-The New Hampshire state senate will have 13 women and 11 men in the next session. First majority female state legislative body in the country. Helps make me certain that we haven't missed out on a woman president in my lifetime.

Meatloaf is in the oven and Mr. F is out in the garage constructing my long awaited kitchen island. We're using stock cabinets for the base and I'll use left over tile from another project for the top. Should be a nice transition from kitchen to living room, give me more storage, and provide a nice breakfast bar. Tile normally wouldn't be my first choice, but Chez Frostbitten is a "cabin" and as such it is only right to use leftovers and recycled bits. Still haven't ordered tile for the Hip Urban Loft kitchen-all of the just right styles are waaaaayyyyy more than we want to spend.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 9, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Meatloaf was supposed to play here a couple weeks ago.

Now we know what happened to him.

Frosti is having a Rocky Horror themed dinner with Meatloaf under glass. ;-)

Posted by: martooni | November 9, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

And there are 17 women in the Senate now - woo hoo!

Posted by: seasea | November 9, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

my parents listen to rush. *sigh* we don't politics anymore, needless to say.

i think the comparison between bill o'reilly and keith olbermann is fair (and i'm quoting campbell brown on that, btw).

as for the equivalent of limbaugh, i'd go with the fringe elements around the far left netroots and anti-war groups. and those 9/11 conspiracy theory folks.

Posted by: LALurker | November 9, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

17 white millionnaire woman or do they add a bit of diversity?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 9, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

20 min "exotic" catfish recipe:

2-3 large catfish filets

1 small bunch cilantro
2 small tomatoes
0.5-1 jalapeno pepper
2 cloves garlic
Grind in food processor to sludge.
Add salt and some curry powder to taste
and maybe a speck of sugar if you like that sort of thing

Sear catfish on one side on a skillet for a couple of minutes
Layer ciltomjalapegarl sludge over the fish
Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Serve with warm whatever kind of bread you like. Or rice.
Works well with other light fish too.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 9, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the recipes; we have meat, veggies, cassaroles, and now fish. I can't wait to try them.

Because they're all so easy.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 9, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

A quick look at the senate page reveals:

- A welfare reformer with experience in the DHHS

- An AIG financial advisor

- A transplanted state senator from Wisconsin with plenty of experience on various committtes and such.

- former schoolteacher and past director of an university child care resource and referral agency

- a woman with a master's in Art history who is following in her mother's footsteps of public service.

- a practicing attorney at law who has been a board member of the Disabilities Rights Center

- another attorney with strong support for Habitat for humanity, theatre and arts.

- a retired firefighter.

- somebody with a BA in psychology and MBA, who owned and operated a market research firm.

I don't think most of them are millionaires, and they all seem fairly diverse in background and talents.

Just don't count on great racial diversity: New Hampshire is 97% white.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 9, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey y'all! Thanks for the tasty recipes. I'm just having plain old roast chicken tonight. We like it and it figures in many of my "quick dinner" recipes. Like Yoki, I try hard to send homemade lunches and cook supper every night (except Thursday, late fencing night so traditionally pizza night as well). This not only makes me feel good, it cuts down on the amount of additives such as sodium and the evil high fructose corn syrup my family ingests.

So here's another suggestion, college parkian. Fix a roast chicken (nothing could be easier). Since your family can probably eat the whole thing for a meal, fix two. Cut chicken(s) up, eat what you want, and save the rest of the meat. Every few weeks I boil the carcass and extra bones along with vegetables for stock, then freeze it (ice cube trays work very well). If and when it becomes clear you won't eat all the meat that week, or just from the start, freeze the cooked meat.

Chicken quesadillas. Staples: flour tortillas, yellow and white cheese. Slice white and yellow cheese thin (or buy pre-grated, too expensive for me to use as a staple). Arrange on flour tortillas on a cookie sheet (one sheet should hold four). Add coarsely chopped cooked chicken. I often add a roasted green chile to at least one. Top with another tortilla, put in 350 degree oven and cook for about six minutes or until cheese is melted and they look done. Serve with canned black beans or refries. Rice is good. I make Spanish rice by cooking regular white rice with a couple of Goya Sazon (con culantro y achiote) flavor packets.

Green chile chicken casserole. Staples: corn tortillas, white cheese, green chiles (canned or frozen), bottled green chile sauce(I use the Target store brand). Spray bottom of a casserole (size depends on number of eaters) with Pam or lightly oil. Dump in green chile sauce to cover. Layer with corn tortillas, whole or cut up. Throw in grated white cheese, chopped chicken and green chiles. Repeat layers, ending with cheese. Cook at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until sauce bubbles and cheese is melted.

Chicken and noodles. Staples: egg noodles. Take leftover chicken and throw into a pot with chicken stock and water to cover. Add a sliced carrot or two and a small onion, sliced or quartered. After it has been cooking a while, throw in a bunch of noodles and cook until noodles are done. I tend to cook up all the liquid, but you can keep adding more and have soup. Also, substitute rice for noodles. Or, substitute leftover beef and beef stock for chicken.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 9, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely HATE the new rotating photo/story on the WaPo home page. Too distracting and by the time I see something that catches my eye, it has moved on.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 9, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

For recipes such as stir fries that require semi-raw chicken, I usually just cut up and set in ziploc bags when I get home from the store-- one person-servings (always challenging to cook for 1-2).

I've also been known to chop up an entire turkey so I can do turkey stir-fry, turkey breast recipes, and then use the leftovers to make turkey soup.

As Yoki says, a large of it is just organizing what you buy and will use, as well as ensuring that some things can be grabbed out and cooked at a moment's notice.

A freezer is a fabulous friend if you make sure you divide up meat and such in meal-sized servings before freezing.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 9, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

My problem with it, TBG, is that I don't really see it. I don't really see commercials either. I just move right past them. In WaPo's case, this means I miss entire stories because they're in a format I evidently don't register as information.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 9, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey Azbluehen, yes the Ravens,scoring 41 points,my goodness we have an offense. Joe Flacco seems like the real deal and the defense got 4 interceptions. Makes for a happy Sunday afternoon.

All the recpies sound great, but i am having last night's roast again....after a short nap that is.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 9, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I also will admit that I adore cooked shrimp as quick snacks/ meal additions; just thaw in warm water and/or then heat up, and it's ready to eat almost instantly.
Cocktail sauce is easy too.

They're expensive, but worth the investment if you

1) are not allergic or otherwise adversse to them
2) confine yourself to a large bag once a month.

I've never cooked shrimp myself but I remember all too well how much work it is to shell and prepare raw shrimp from when I was a little girl. I'd rather never do it again in my life.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 9, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I meant the US Senate, sorry, I was unclear. 17 is the most women at one time in the Senate - keeps increasing. I remember when it was a big deal about having 9 women senators. Not sure how many are millionaires. One of my senators, Patty Murray, was not (maybe she is now, and good for her). She famously ran for the state legislature here as a "mom in tennis shoes" because that's what her opponent sneeringly called her. Maria Cantwell was an internet boom millionaire, but she spent lots of that getting elected.

Posted by: seasea | November 9, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I had to look it up to remember that we added another female senator. Shaheen duh.

Several years ago I read "Nine and Counting" the book written by the 9 female senators at the time. Before the 2000 election if memory serves. It was quite interesting to hear the stories of how they got into politics. As seasea pointed out, Patty Murray's story was interesting, and not the millionaire route. I also remember one of them, Barbara Mikulski I think, started out due to a big road project that was going to go through her neighborhood.

Posted by: astromom | November 9, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope College Parquian sees this so much later than the question was asked.

I'm the carbonation expert it seems. I learned it from home beer-making. The canister or keg is fit to hold way more pressure than is required to carbonate, and they are made to hold it tight without leaking also. So one delivers a "head pressure" of carbon dioxide, food grade that is, and yes, that's what is used. Yellow pages would reveal all that to the interested investigator. A tank. A regulator similar to scuba gear or welding apparatus is used, and the keg has about 8 p.s.i. on it. At that rate, a 5 gallon batch will pick up about the amount of carbonation people want in their carbonated drinks, in about 2- 3 days. So any liquid can be carbonated if it's fixed with a pressure fitting and the gas applied.

In other words, if you don't have the apparatus already, it's a long step to acquire it just for home experiments. Smaller containers just don't seem to be commonly rigged for it, but it's possible. I'm sure Tim or anyone motivated with the phone and a credit card could rig it for demo purposes. One could carbonate various tasty liquids, such as orange juice, V-8, bottled water, milk (yugh), lemonade or anything your heart desires.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 9, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Those anti-war people who protest an illegal, immoral war that's killed tens of thousand innocents are so unreasonable.

More wackos please.

Posted by: Boko999 | November 9, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Joel: [I'm going to keep making this joke until it's funny.]

Ha, keep trying with that joke, Joel.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 9, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

ribs: 2C HOH; 1C soy; 1/4C lemon juice (400, 200, and 50 ml's, respectively); mix and pour into a roasting pan; remove fascia from ribs, place bone down in pan, cover with foil and roast @ 325F (162.78C) for 2-3 hours. This will be enough liquid for two packages of ribs. Finish on the grill with or without sauce. Go nuts.

Posted by: -jack- | November 9, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

note to boko: not casting aspersions on anti-war protesters here. "fringe groups around" applied to both parts of that compound predicate. emphasis on conspiracy theorists of all stripes.

Posted by: LALurker | November 9, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, I think I know who you mean, LAL. Although I don't think Rosie O'Donnell should have anything to do with stripes.

Posted by: Boko999 | November 9, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse


High Occupancy Hummers? (why 2?)

Posted by: Wheezy11 | November 9, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

HOH=water, Wheezy. Hydrogen hydroxide, in other words.

The English major knows this one!

Posted by: slyness | November 9, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

howzabout lyndon larouche as the left equivalent of rush limbaugh?

the question is whether limbaugh believes his crapola or whether he just peddles it for profit.

Posted by: LALurker | November 9, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, also known as the evil dihydrogen monooxide as printed in the "ban this dangerous substance" hoax.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 9, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Here's what I love about Yoki's neighborhood. In most parts of the world, if George (the female shop manager and a good dear darling friend of hers) looked at her outfit as she hung up her jacket and shouted out, "Yoki! I love your boots!", when the young males looked eagerly and were then disappointed, it would have been because they mistakenly thought that they had heard, "boobs".

In Yoki's neighborhood, it was because they decided that her boots aren't really all that cool.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 9, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

LaLurk - I was handed a LaRouche newsletter at the train station just last week. You gotta give the zany bastids credit for stamina, if nothing else.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 9, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I think that the following folks have either explicitly expressed interest in a copy of the WaPo election edition paper, or I had magnanimously and condescendingly decided that they might be interested. At any rate, if the interest exists, mailing addresses may be submitted to: bobsewell at hotmail

Aloha/middle of Pacific
Firsttime blogger
'mudge (If you didn't already find your own copy)

It's a near certainty that one or more of the above have actually already sent me their mailing addresses, and I've forgotten about it. Feel free to trust that I'll eventually correct that oversight on my own; OR (this would be my suggestion) send it again, and chide me gently.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 9, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Enjoyed the football games I watched today, including Indy vs. Pitt, even though I picked Pitt to win. [They didn't.]

The Ravens looked very good today, and I'm enjoying another NFC knock-down-drag-out this evening, as the NY Giants are visiting the Iggles. [I have NY in this one, even though I'd rather they lost for Washington's sake.]

Onto another topic near and dear to my heart - and several other Boodlers, I would think - a study that relates risks of heart disease and heart attacks with the natural mechanisms of the body's reactions to infection and injury, and effective preventative treatment for those risks.

I suppose at some point this testing will be de rigueur for middle aged folks, as colonoscopies have become. [Avoiding the obvious jokes about where I'm getting my colonoscopy...]



Posted by: -bc- | November 9, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

bc -I keep hoping that my relatively unhealthful lifestyle will lead to my early demise and the bequest to the world of my good-looking corpse. Alas, some combination of genetic inheritance and not-sufficiently-hard-living appear to be leading me to a point where I'd better start keeping an eye on these things. (Sigh)

Posted by: bobsewell | November 9, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Bob, I bet Cassandra would like a copy, and may have missed your offer.

Posted by: seasea | November 9, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

seasea - Actually, if no one else got one, I was going to get one to Cassandra, even if I have to walk from here to North Carolina to deliver it myself!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 9, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

If the weather holds up, it wouldn't be a bad walk. I figure I can do thirty miles a day without pushing it too hard, so it's only a week or so. Good exercise, and you always meet interesting folks along the way.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 9, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

bc, checking the scores I see LiT and I are 10-2 and you are 9-3.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 9, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for USPS, though, for those who can't afford to take a week off to walk it.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 9, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod - Well, I'm not going to pretend that the walk was my FIRST option!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 9, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

You know, sometimes progress in medicine seems agonizingly slow. I first read about C-reactive protein several years ago. The test was considered expensive and therefore rarely done. I'm glad to see that a study shows a test for it has many positive benefits. Of course, I'm of the age and have the family history that would find the test helpful.

Posted by: slyness | November 9, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Bob, I used to consider a plan such as yours, but I was never "good-looking" and now that I'm no longer "young," that plan's pretty much moot.

The "live fast" part I'm still working on, though working, cooking, grocery shopping, house cleaning, yardwork, taking out the trash and doing laundry are some pretty significant speed bumps.

Mudge, I expect that you and LiT will be sharing the Football tiara this week.


Posted by: -bc- | November 9, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

When I was doing my clinical training, I had already heard that CRP had the potential for being a possible marker for heart attacks, along with BNP, troponin I and T. Curious that trop I became a standard for confirming heart attacks along with CK-MB several years later. Not sure why it took so long for CRP.

Hey Bob S - just sent you another e-mail. I had expressed interest in a copy of the Wash Post, if you have any more to give away.


Posted by: loafie1013 | November 9, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

When I saw this, bc, I figured that you'd crossed paths with this man at some track, somewhere...

Posted by: -jack- | November 9, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

...and this article bodes well for your inaugural day wishes, 'Mudge:

I've been waiting for this announcement since the campaign started.

Posted by: -jack- | November 9, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, I meant to ask jack to send me his address so I can send him a copy of the paper, but now I realize that I just want a few moments alone with myself to ponder (or avoid pondering) the vision of 'mudge & lostinthought sharing a tiara...

Posted by: bobsewell | November 9, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

jack, oh yeah, I've spent some time with Brian Redman at Vinatage races at Summit Point and Road Atlanta.

Fun guy, with great stories, and can still wheel vintage Lolas with considerable elan and substantial speed. Retired from professional race driving, yes, but not from amateur vintage stuff.

His work on improving safety is much appreciated by those of us who share the track with him.


Posted by: -bc- | November 9, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Cool, bc. My bro has his El Camino running. I'll send you the details.

Posted by: -jack- | November 9, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I had copied this column by Chris Cillizza (sp) into one of my folders and just ran across it today. It is from December 2005. Really something to read. Guess who is missing from the list of Presidential hopefuls?

Posted by: nellie4 | November 9, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

nellie - Gotta love it! Actually, except for that one little omission, he didn't do too bad, right?

Posted by: bobsewell | November 9, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I guess even back then he should have foreseen Rudy as a potential player.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 9, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Bob -- and the problem with lavish remarks about that great guy from Virginia. I meant to look up when George Allen shot himself in the foot --

Posted by: nellie4 | November 10, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

No, no -- put his feet in is mouth.

Posted by: nellie4 | November 10, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Oh, never mind!

Posted by: nellie4 | November 10, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

bobsewell, don't forget Yoki. Me me me! I get one, Mr. S!

Posted by: Yoki | November 10, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Exactly, BobS! Too funny. The neighbourood is fine, and now I'm looking at the boots funny.

Posted by: Yoki | November 10, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Hey Yoki!! Did you have a nice weekend?

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 10, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Yo! Green Man! I did. Friends and dear loves and a fine fine dinner out tonight. You?

Posted by: Yoki | November 10, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Yoki - Trust me you (bad boots & all) are on the list! I only mentioned the folks for whom I don't have an address.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 10, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Yeah I had friends up and a nice conversation with a newly found friend and my Team won ,so yes it was a good weekend.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 10, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Bob, I think it was seasea who wanted a copy, instead of me.

Posted by: rainforest1 | November 10, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the offer of a copy of the commemorative paper. I will pass,however, as I realized that I have so much stuff in my house that I would just lose it. So, thank you for that kind offer but please give the paper to a more deserving boodler than me. Thanks!


Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 10, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

OK, I'm not trying to push them, but I currently have about four extra copies which are destined for the recycle bin if they're not spoken for at some point. I'll hold onto them for a while, but (much like Aloha) I've got more stuff than I have room.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 10, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

rainforest, I've got seasea covered. You sure you don't want one? If you give me an address, it's yours.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 10, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't think that I've seen this linked before, it's a fun amalgamation of portraits of all of the presidents. I think they might have gotten a few out of order. Didn't they switch Ike & Harry?:

Posted by: bobsewell | November 10, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Bob, I've email you separately.

Posted by: rainforest1 | November 10, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

“Scientists are on the brink of solving one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. …a team of cosmologists believes it has found a way of discovering what the universe is made of.”

I thought CERN is doing that. Won’t that be duplication of efforts?

Posted by: rainforest1 | November 10, 2008 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Well, you know it's not like me to retire so early, but I've got newspapers to get into the mail tomorrow. Well, and some pesky work stuff.

Good night/morning all!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 10, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

O.K., now I'm wide awake! I went to the basement to throw my last load of laundry into the dryer, and went outside to have a smoke, whereupon I damned near stepped on a raccoon that was apparently involved in some sort of stand-off with the feral black cat which roams the neighborhood. We were both rather startled, and emitted loud exclamations of surprise and displeasure. Aren't these creatures supposed to be hibernating at this time of year?

I wish to state for the record that I'm reasonably certain that if an interpretor had been available, it would be found that the raccoon's remarks were nearly as foul-mouthed as my own.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 10, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

Now I really AM going to bed, but I'll leave you with these two positive notes:

The cat and the raccoon headed off in different directions at high rates of speed, thus ending the standoff. And I didn't smoke the cigarette. Life is full of happy little circumstances, isn't it?

Good night, y'all!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 10, 2008 4:21 AM | Report abuse

LaRouche isn't far-right or far-left... Try another dimension!!!! :-O

And that female-majority NH Senate will be led by... *drum roll* A long-serving lady from the fine town of Exeter! :-)

gwe, I think the defense was responsible for many of those points, but a great win nonetheless.

bc, I'm sure 'Mudge would gallantly defer his share of the tiara to LiT. Or else. *L*

And the Falcons are not-so-quietly at 6-3! Whooda thunk it??? *L*

*off-to-a-somewhat-unusual-Monday-Dawn-Patrol-and-workday Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 10, 2008 4:56 AM | Report abuse

24 Hour back boodle catch-up:

No matter what else I may think of my senior senator from Maryland, "rich" and "millionaire" does not come to mind. Her financial disclosure forms from 2006 show that she owns a smorgasbord of mutual funds, none anywhere approaching a seven or even six figure valuation.

Compare that to the disclosure of Evan Bayh (picked nearly at random) who in 2005 made over a million dollars by exercising stock options in Wellpoint.

As for the miracle cholesterol drug, I am always suspicious of some new test that reveals that previously healthy people are now at risk for something, but that a pill can now "treat" something nobody even knew was a problem.

bob-s & bc,
At least we can take solace in that if the good die young, we have many years still ahead of us. I gave up the hope of a good looking corpse pretty much from the onset.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 10, 2008 6:06 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. I must say, it's nice to have Scotty back in the regular rotation.

Scotty's right: on the left-to-right political spectrum, LaRouce is off on some astral plane whose X,Y coordinates are imaginary numbers.

Coming up: a grueling 3 1/2-day work week. Tomorrow is Veteran's Day, a federal holiday for us Murkins. And Thursday afternoon I spend half a day getting various and sundry routine cardiology tests, including an adenosine (chemical rather than treadmill) stress test. Already had my EKG, which was fine. Nothing going on; just overdue for maintenance and my 30,000-mile checkup. I may ask them to rotate the tires. Wish they could rotate my legs with someone else, though.

Nothing quite like the joy of spending half a day lying on a gurney and shivering while strangers poke a lot of holes in your arm and smear electrode goop all over you. Haven't they ever heard of heating? Blankets? Foreplay?

OK, onward and upward.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 10, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

It's heartening (haha) that your not-so-friendly neighbourhood medical technicians keep up with the latest research, Mr. Mudge:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 10, 2008 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all. Another day, another handful of contractors. Oh joy.

Mudge, since you're going to be laying around like third base, there are ways you can entertain yourself. For example, every time someone comes to stick you with something, reach out to them with an extended finger and ask 'does this smell bad to you?' When they ask if you have any questions, say ' much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?' Or maybe 'can you explain Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle (??) in 15 words or less?'

Also, bc gets the football tiara this week, but I'm sure he will lend it to you on Thursday just to give the nurses something to ponder. Besides, it goes so well with that hospital gown.

Time to get DC up and at it. Have a happy day all.

Posted by: LostInThought | November 10, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Bob S., now is the time of the year that Ricky Raccoon returns to our backyard birdfeeder as a nightime snacker; sometimes Rita comes with him. Dunno about any hibernation.

'Mudge, it is the mission of the medical institution to make all surfaces for testing humans as cold as a morgue. Wednesday will be my fun and games day with the annual gynocological invasion followed in a few days by the mammogram & sonogram "experience". Still, it's good to be alive and moving about with a happy heart.

Posted by: VintageLady | November 10, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Good morning and happy Monday, all!

When I awoke, my first thought was gratitude that the election was LAST week. Such relief and joy to have it so happily behind us.

Good luck with the medical procedures, Mudge. My annual is a week from Thursday, and the doctor and I are going to have to have a serious discussion about my medication. I dislike dealing with the medical community; I think that's because I don't have control over unfamiliar processes and those folks have NO idea about customer service.

Posted by: slyness | November 10, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Good morning folks! A new baby girl in the family makes this a glorious day to remember. My niece gave birth to the new generation this morning after 28 hours of labor.

All are fine, baby is lovely, of course. Carries my mother's name as her middle name. Life is beautiful.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 10, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS AUNTIE TBG!!!! *confetti and Snoopy dances w/a bassinet & stuff* :-)

'Mudge, don't forget to ask 'em to change the antifreeze, too. It's winter soon, donchaknow...


Posted by: Scottynuke | November 10, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

28 hours of labor? Who allowed that? Isn't that a cardinal sin?

Congrats on a new baby girl. Girls rock! (And really, it's best that a girl head up the next generation...girls get stuff done.)

Posted by: LostInThought | November 10, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Tomorrow is a federal holiday in Haute Maine as well. I took the day off today to make it a very long weekend as I had, and still have, so many things to do. Fun things, like cleaning the gutters of dead leaves.

70 years ago, Kristallnacht. Nice blog on it.

How do you say Kristallnacht in congolese, hutu or tutsi?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 10, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Dickins had one character say this:

"Is it not wonderful when they who are so fresh from God, love us?"

From _The Old Curiosity Shop+.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 10, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Gut morninckzz, Boodlers!

TBG --congratahoochies. I never labor over eight hours without overtime.

Shriek--In Swahili, night is usiku. No idea about crystal.

Posted by: Braguine | November 10, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Congrats on the new addition to your family, TBG. It seems you aren't too many years away from contributing from your branch of tree.

***whistling past the maternity ward***

Posted by: yellojkt | November 10, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Keep whistling, yellojkt! I'm plenty far away from a new generation here in the G family. Yes, sir. Plenty... [hear that, kids?]

Posted by: -TBG- | November 10, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, is it today already? Seems too early somehow. Howdy, all.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 10, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

TBG - send my best wishes to your niece! Getting 'em into the world all healthy-like is more than half the battle.

Another busy day in the cloistered lab. Just wanted to throw out a non-sequitur recommendation for the Newseum. The dependents and I went yesterday (Offspring got in free.) and really enjoyed it. Even bored-by-everything daughter thought parts were fun.

The view from the 6th floor balcony was truly spectacular and not to be missed.

We got to listen to Nick Clooney, a gentleman who, in addition to fathering a son named "George" and being a brother to a woman named "Rosemary" is, evidently, a journalistic celebrity of note himself. He was extremely funny.

And, of course, we got to see the very same studio where Joel Achenbach once gave an interview.

Alas, we just missed George Stephanopoulos and Rahm Emanuel, who had been there earlier in the day.

An unfortunate situation that I am, like, really sure they are regretting as well.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 10, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

MOrning, Boodle. TBG, so happy to hear about your niece and great-niece (hehe).

All well chez Yoki this fine winter morning, and I'm getting the snow tires on my car before any major snow storm. A signal accomplishment for me.

Board meetings throughout the week, trying to craft responses to the economic crisis and a new strategic plan. Such fun.

Posted by: Yoki | November 10, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Great Aunt TBG, congrats to new Mom & Dad, and all of you. Don't forget to remind your niece that 28 Hours of Labor is only the Opening Sequence for the Day That Everything You Thought You Knew About Love and Life Changed.

Mudge, LiT, I won't demand a recount, but I don't think I get the Tiara this week. I need to go back and check on that...

And Mudge, you may want to count the goose pimples on your forearm, and if anyone asks what you're doing, act all loopy and say that you're Tony Romo trying to find a the *right* formations on your Forearm Playbook that allows you to take snaps from Jessica Simpson at center (hint: no shotguns).

rainforest1, a couple of items regarding dark matter and this article: I find this piece somewhat misleading, in that this discusses computer modeling that predicts where dark matter surrounding and infusing galaxies may be found (theories along these lines have been circulating for about 5 years IIRC). We've been able to observe and account for effects of dark matter using astronomical tools, telescopes, etc. for a long time, but that does not mean that we understand its nature or composition any more than we can understand the actual nature or composition of gravity, or even the type of nuclear fusion that powers the sun.

On another note, the LHC is not an astronmical instrument like a telescope but a specialized testing tool to test theories (aka theoretical physics) by smashing particles together at very high energies and recording the results. Scientists hope that they may be able to find indications of dark matter particles, dark energies, small temporary black holes and other exotic stuff that does not exist in quantities and under conditions that would make them observeable under scientific (i.e. repeatable) conditions.

The telescopes would look at dark matter in its natural state in the universe, the LHC - it they can actually create such beasties - in an artifical state (think of it as test tube dark matter).

And lastly, the article does not use the acronym NASA in all caps, which pretty much invalidates the whole thing, don't 'cha think?

We need both of this type of science - observational and theoretical - to help us build a coherent picture of the nature of the universe.

And of course, ourselves.


Posted by: -bc- | November 10, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

rainforest - as to your science question.

It's been a while since I had any particle physics, but I think the two experiments are complementary. While the LHC may create particles that might be dark matter (note all the hedging), we can't be sure unless they act like dark matter. That's where the Fermi data comes in. The observations of dark matter in space will tell us something about how it reacts with itself and/or normal matter that can be compared to the properties of the possible sources of dark matter.

Posted by: astromom | November 10, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse


Unless you're looking for Xmas electronics bargains, of course...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 10, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Scottynuke | November 10, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I watched Bobby Flay throw down a challenge to a Philly cheese-steak master, and attempt to top the guy's recipe. This got me thinking about cheeze-whiz. It dawned on me that a homemade version of this could be made by simply whipping cheddar cheese into mayonnaise. (Flay made a white roue standard cheese sauce.) At least, it would have the flavors I like on such a sandwich. Jumper's food lab will be up and running soon; sandwich rolls and thin-sliced beef at the ready. Results whenever finished.

To atone for dabbling in death, I've already started my experiment to feign a cheese biscuit in a vegan manner. My normal cheese biscuit simply incorporates grated cheddar or swiss or a combination, into the biscuit dough prior to baking. I have kneaded some dried brewers yeast with a half-teaspoon of water and a tablespoon of vegetable oil and a couple drops of liquid smoke and worked it with my fingers until I achieved a dense cheese consistency. I put that in the freezer and will grate it as cheese for my biscuits soon. This all came about because of me being served some popcorn with smoked brewers yeast sprinkled on it. "I didn't know we had parmesan in the house" I said. "We don't," lady of the house said.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 10, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Prediction: Joel will post (at 8:19) a new kit called "Transitional Moments."

I just have a hunch.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 10, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Scotty... couldn't see that coming, eh? Just beware if you do go to Circuit City looking for Xmas deals...

Posted by: -TBG- | November 10, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

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