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Guiding Light Fans Riot at G-20 Summit

[Bulletin: Via fishbowldc, we see there's a rumor on someone's blog [I should specify: "DCRTV," written by a fellow named Dave Hughes] -- attributed to a "local media source" -- that The Post is considering killing the Saturday print edition. This is not true. Not under consideration. Not gonna happen. Move along folks, nothing to see here. (For one thing, where would they put the fabulous Style Invitational?]

I heard on the radio that the London police are worried about anarchists. I am not sure if the anarchists are the same people as the G-20 protesters, or maybe there's just a partial overlap. But it occurs to me that anarchy is exactly what got us into this financial crisis. No regulation of the casino. Maybe the anarchists are actually the former AIG execs. Maybe they're the folks who said that complex derivatives like credit default swaps were a great idea.

(Peel back the black mask and you see... Alan Greenspan!! Skreek skreek skreek....)

Reading this report in the Guardian, one notices that there's no mention of what the protesters want, precisely. It's essentially a police report:

"Police gearing up for today's action say 88 people have been arrested in the last 36 hours. Violence erupted around the Bank of England yesterday afternoon after a hardcore group of demonstrators stormed and destroyed a nearby branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland. The 20 rioters, who ripped out computers and telephones and smashed windows, were eventually removed by police using dogs and horses."

The Irish Times account is also devoid of any message analysis, and has a bit more on the street theatre:

"A carnival-like atmosphere initially reigned yesterday after four separate marches converged from four different locations in central London behind four horsemen of the apocalypse, symbolising war, climate chaos, land seizures and financial crimes." (The fifth horseman, as you know, is the cancellation of Guiding Light.)

Hold on while I search for an official anarchist website, though maybe that's getting close to being an oxymoron. Here we go!

Anarchists want a world in which capitalism is abolished, along with war and "leaders and bosses." (I wonder who runs the Anarchist Federation.) I'm trying to imagine how you could operate a planet that is entirely ungoverned. Didn't we try that in 10,000 B.C.?

I miss the days when, instead of capitalists, we had guys like Conan the Barbarian running around. The cat from Cimmeria. Always tromping off to places like Stygia and Hyperboria and the Pictish Wilderness. Conan didn't need a leader, much less a "boss," by Crom!

Don't tell anyone, but my sneaking suspicion is that the future of the planet will actually resemble very much the opposite of anarchy -- it'll be micromanagement down to the last molecule.

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 2, 2009; 9:06 AM ET
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Good Morning All
I have never been a fan of Guiding Light,I like the Hung and the Restless much more.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 2, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

a google moment:

our economy in a nutshell.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

enjoy your vacations, rd and yj!

Posted by: LALurker | April 2, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Joel, I suspect you miss the Frazetta-esque outfits as much as the actual barbarianism.

Also, Joel, there's a totally on-topic song by one of my current fave punk bands, Gainesville FL's own Against Me!, and their tune, "Baby, I'm an Anarchist," but I can't get to YouTube from the office to post a link...

yellojkt, RD, enjoy your vacations, guys.

More later, need to run to a meeting.


Posted by: -bc- | April 2, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I would also add the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK," as many people have already pointed out.

Love that song, too.


Posted by: -bc- | April 2, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

may I suggest closing with a simple


... or do you have it hot-keyed?

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

OK, I'm apologizing ahead of time in case this has already been noted but -- Honey, they shrunk the comics!!! Used to be we had 3 pages; now it's down to 2 and these weary eyes are having even more trouble reading the text. Slightly on-topic, given the Franzetta reference above.

Posted by: ebtnut | April 2, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Something like that was going to happen when Voorthuis Opticians started sponsoring the comics section.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

*applauding* That's the first Achenblog headline that made me laugh out loud. Very well done, Joel.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 2, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Read a book a child:

You can have,I want Red Sonja (unless RDP already has dibs)

Posted by: omnigood | April 2, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

When I said read a book to a child, I didn't mean like right now

Posted by: omnigood | April 2, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, two people go on vacation and the Boodle goes into hibernation? I think we should have imaginary lunch.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

No better time than the present, omni...

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 2, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm stuffed (shrimp club sandwich) but I'd love to join y'all for a nice cup of coffee.

You can stop by here and we'll look out over the golf course (which is beautiful even in the rain).

Who's in?

Posted by: -TBG- | April 2, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I went out to buy bus tickets two blocks over but ended up having a nice walk. It sure feels like spring. I hope it's going to hold up until the weekend.

The Fungi reports that our Mini Stimulus' second leg is going on: the roofers are currently ripping out the old shingles from the garage roof.
The last installment is scheduled for early May. This is when the 1967-era door and window-above-the-door, yard side, go out and the new insulated door and window comes in.
The garage door and door and window are manufactured in Quebec and the shingles are from Ontario so we're not doing too badly with regard to keeping the money local.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 2, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse


I have the coffee on. Come on over!

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm in, of course. Any chance to sit and look at the rain with TBG is welcome~

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Hiya everyone. Feeling a modicum better, although the mostly non-productive coughing has tightened up my upper back muscles, and when I know a spasm is coming on I reach for the nearest whatever to hang onto.

However (lucky, lucky me) I picked up my favorite codeine-laced cough syrup this morning, which I will take at bed time, if I last that long. The amount of codeine doesn't bother me so much. I was once on Tylenol 3, which must be literally saturated with codeine. I spent a whole lotta time in the neighborhood hospital's emergency room *begging* for dynamite. The funniest part of that was when I was at the intake desk. The woman clerk asked me for my insurance card. I told her that I would self-insure, as my deductible is $3500/year. I then told her that if the dynamite procedure was going to cost at least that much (if not more), it was going to *scare* the $--t out of me! She looked at me for a second or two and then burst out laughing. Then and there, I knew I had done my job, and had done it well. And, yes, I was *cured* and I will *never* ever take Tylenol 3 again. But the cough syrup? Yeppers. . . .

And, hey, thanks for asking.

Oh, wait. . . .

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | April 2, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

This was the London protest website featured on MSNBC this morning (coulda been NBC's morning program, but I sincerely doubt it--Matt, Meredith, Ann and Al are too ooey-cooey, lovey-dovey). Yesterday's massive protest was all pretty carnival-esque, until the mood turned ugly and the coppers started clubbing blokes on the pate, and it all got quite violent.:

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will lead themed processions starting at 11 a.m. from the following rail stations:

Red horse against War;

Liverpool St
Green horse against Climate chaos

London Bridge
Silver horse against Financial crimes

Cannon Street
Black horse against land enclosures and borders in honour of the 360th full circle anniversary of the Diggers

In the poster for the g-20meltdown event, I can't quite figure out what an old RCA grammophone has to do with anything?

Levellers, Agitators and Diggers. Traditions!:

Posted by: laloomis | April 2, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I'll have a cup of tea, Weed. Hmmm, Lady Grey will be nice.

Folks, do me a favor. Hug your kids tonight!

I'm back from a fundraising lunch for a local organization that provides mental health services for children. They do fabulous work. A young man who had been through their system spoke, as did a mother whose child is now back in a regular classroom after being through one of their programs.

Thank God there are people who work so hard to save the children.

Posted by: slyness | April 2, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I really love this blog:

It's all about the pictures and these ladies really crack me up.

Check out the video from 11:44 posted yesterday. I couldn't follow the lyrics so don't know what the song is about, but the video itself brought a smile

Posted by: omnigood | April 2, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

slyness, I was going to say that all I have is coffee, but I have some Twinings English Afternoon Tea on my desk. I guess all I need is some citrus oils and I could take care of you!

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Snuke, not that you need any more recs, the Tavern on the Green is fun but the food is average, I think the food at the Russian Tea Room is as pricey but delish. I agree with Sci Tim's comments on the museums, I love the Met Museum of Art and go there the most bec I am a member but if I could only go to one museum, it would be the Frick, intimate and so peaceful.

Posted by: -CB- | April 2, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Omni's video reference ... it is very inventive!

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Why thank you, CB! *wondering if I'm addressing a Boodler othat, by any other name, would speak as sweet* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 2, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

But Joel, you forgot to mention the G-20 Jesus in a police helmet and the 500-pound gorilla wearing a pink bra!

Posted by: laloomis | April 2, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Weed, I'll bring my own! You don't have to take care of me! Believe me, I ALWAYS have tea.

Posted by: slyness | April 2, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow. How little political history do you really have to have to get an op-ed column?

Anarchism has as a history and theory as deep as capitalism and marxism. Try starting with Bakunin or Kropotkin.

I won't pretend you'll agree, but at least your critiques won't be ignorant. Or do you also pan books you haven't bothered to read and movies you haven't seen?

Posted by: ABHFGTY | April 2, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I just love comments like ABHFGTY's. They put a real shine on my day. Hee hee.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Well, here are the lyrics:

Still not sure what it means.

(Thanks for the direct link weed

Posted by: omnigood | April 2, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Joel's getting an op-ed slot??? *jellus*

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 2, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Ah, good ol' Kropotkin.
From Wiki:
"His father, Prince Alexei Petrovich Kropotkin, owned large tracts of land and nearly 1200 "souls" (male serfs) in three provinces"

Large tracts of lands!

Check out the beard too. Marx must have been jealous.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 2, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I believe anarchic theory predates both marxism and capitalism and Bakunin and Kropotkin by about two centuries

but what do I know, I'm just a simple AgnostoDiestiChristiAnarchist and I confuse easliy

Posted by: omnigood | April 2, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering if in all of Mudge's worldly travels he ever paid a visit to Libertatia? (AKA Libertalia

Posted by: omnigood | April 2, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

omni, I believe anarchism goes back to the time of King Arthur, when a number of serfs and peasants formed an anarcho-syndalicalist commune. They formed the theory that strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony and you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you or because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at you.And this is how we see the violence inherent in the system.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 2, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Answer the second question first.

You're not so bad yourself.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I thought we were an autonomous collective.

Posted by: Boko999 | April 2, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Boko, on Tuesday, when it's your turn to be in charge, we can be an autonomous collective.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 2, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Your modern serf prefers the more heiarchacal narco-syndalicalist model.

Posted by: Boko999 | April 2, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

There's some lovely filth over here, Boko...

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 2, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna guess that ABHFGTY doesn't actually read the Boodle, but just in case hesheit *is* reading the comments (aka "The Boodle") but still hasn't been here all that long: JA's degree is in PoliSci. Just a guess, I'd say he is at least as familiar with anarchism as a political philosophy as am I (BA/MA/PhD in physics).

Just as a heads-up:
(a) This isn't an Op-Ed column, this is a blog. My suspicion is that Op-Ed columnists get paid better and don't have cubicles beneath the stairs.
(b) It is possible that he doesn't really think that the fictional Conan once ran about in the fictional Cimmeria, cursing in the name of the doubly-fictional Crom, but that he was speaking humorously. I, at least, thought it was (intentionally) funny.
(c) A modest familiarity with a political philosophy is not the same as agreeing with it or, for that matter, respecting its intellectual underpinnings.
(d) The blog entry (aka, "The Kit") does not pretend to be a learned exegesis on the history and character of anarchist movement(s) (really, wouldn't there be one anarchist movement per anarchist, setting aside any other definitions of the term 'movement'?), which constitute just one strand of the cranky protesters at the G-20 Summit.

I've been wondering, in any case: wouldn't anarchist philosophy have to embrace the notion of capitalism in its most-free laissez-faire form? Who is gonna stop me from amassing wealth, or force me to redistribute it? You, you punk? We'll see about that!

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 2, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Ah, king, eh, very nice.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Cimmeria and Conan were fiction? *crushed*

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 2, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

When Conan comes back, I wanna be Red Sonja, by Crom AND Mitra! ! !

Posted by: KBoom | April 2, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I got ten bucks sez ABHFGTY stands for "A Big Happy Family Guzzling Their Yogurt."

OK, maybe only five bucks.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 2, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

And I want Barry Smith to draw me, not John Buscema, who was a little ham-handed.

Posted by: KBoom | April 2, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Conan is not fiction. It's Kull that's the fictional one. Everyone knows that.

I actually don't think Steve Cohen and Robert C. Tucker among other profs taught me a whole lot about anarchism. Or maybe I skipped that lecture. What's certain is that I forgot anything I might have learned about it. I am sure it is a very reputable intellectual concept, notwithstanding the fact that its adherants tend to wear ski masks.

Posted by: joelache | April 2, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

These Wall Street bankers are financial terrorists.

Posted by: Mickey2 | April 2, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Pithy. Crippled. Is this how the news editors& chiefs who sold the WMD Bush product, now manage our news stories? And, a pathetic handful of protestors....are the new Al Quada? Denying the fact hundreds of millions of people in the world want to take to the streets to demand some justice? Instead, we are witnessing the greatest bait & switch ever.....where connected criminals are not only being absolved from investigations.....but the victims are getting railroaded into footing the bill so the people tapping the big bucks can get back to getting another year of bonuses, pleasure trips, escorts, stock options, expense accounts, fancy clothes, jewelry, cuisine, comped chips, status, respect and best of all power to blather about business matters only the insiders really possess a clue about..... I guess William Bennet is about to be pimping:'The Moral Compass vol. II" After all gambling with people's pensions is basically the "virtue" of GOP/corporate economics.

Posted by: mikepiedmont | April 2, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

In case no one has noticed, front page alert.

The bunker is unlocked and open for business.

Posted by: slyness | April 2, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Anarchists... I forget, are they like Calvin, or Hobbes? Around these parts, anarchy would quickly be replaced by the Sheriff takin' over. Him 'n' the boys'd have things back under control in no time flat. Includin' the good ol' chain gangs.

I agree with Joel. Anarchy at AIG et al doesn't do a thing for me.

I had an odd idea for CO2 sequestration the other day. I expressed it here

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 2, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

can anarchists even post something online? Isn't that a concession to systems and roools?

Joel, are the regulations that you pronounce hard and fast?

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Not much of a Conan fan here, I prefer Ghorghor Bey. Here's a leader that doesn't suffer fools (or opposition).

Make the rich pay!

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 2, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

KBoom, Barry Smith was awesome, I agree. Though I don't know exactly what he was thinking with this drawing:

Posted by: joelache | April 2, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The thing that always impressed me about the Conan story was what a remarkably balanced workout pushing a waterpump (or whatever that was) around in a circle for years on end can be.

Posted by: engelmann | April 2, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Uff-da. I'm guessing that particular Conan was drawn during his Jack Kirby period.


Posted by: KBoom | April 2, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Silverman on Global Warming

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Dionne writes that Obama's just had a useful Conan moment. Wonder if the North Korean leadership monitors the Post opinion section?

Shrieking, best wishes with home improvements. This week, my house got 3 new windows, all I could afford for now. I started looking at hurricane-resistant windows nearly a year ago, then the need for a new roof got in the way.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 2, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Yes they do, Otto. They just don't understand it.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, the central message of Buddhism is not 'every man for himself."

And yes, I've worn dresses with higher IQs....

Posted by: LostInThought | April 2, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Nate Silver would make of that.

"More than two months into Barack Obama's presidency, as many people incorrectly identify him as a Muslim as did so during the 2008 campaign."

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 2, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Don't call me Stupid!!

Evening all,I got my kayak to the river today and took it out.The water was high and fast and very muddy.No fish were seen,but plenty of birds and a few turtles.I did see "Mother Goose" a goose with 2 babies trailing it, can I have an

I was wondering,do geese when swimming follow the leader as in flight?

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 2, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I know that Pew is a an almost incomparably reputable outfit, but fertheloveo'Pete!

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse


The cutest thing I ever saw in water birds was a female Loon with six tiny hatchlings on her back. Sharbot Lake, summer of '89. Close second was the fresh-water otters barking at my canoe from the shore of an uninhabited island on same.

"Once upon a time, on an uninhabited island on the shores of the Red Sea, there lived a Parsee from whose hat the rays of the sun were..."

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, love that area around Sharbot Lake, passed it many times on my travels to and from Ottawa when I was in university. Close to Tweed the small town I wanted to live in if I ever chose to live in a small town.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 2, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Just a quick message from Myrtle Beach. I survived the drive down despite the best efforts of several drivers who felt that tailgating me at high velocity in some way enhanced their manliness.

I am pleased that the G-20 meeting has not been a disaster. As do all people of good will.

As to the fate of The Guiding Light, I must admit a certain lack of passion for the subject. When it comes to soaps my knowledge is pretty much limited to having watched the marriage of Luke and Laura.

It wasn't my idea.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 2, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I am finding myself a bit sad. Not sure. Maybe the weather and work. I am sitting in a quiet and dark house ... maybe that's it.

Listening to one of my favorite pieces that I used to listen to when I was studying. I am trying to get moving. Instead, I am just focused on the composition.

If you have 10 minutes, listen to Bach's Passacaglia for Organ in C minor

Maybe I should turn on some lights.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

russianthistle, love your taste in music but if you are in a funk - how about something a little cheerier - Beethoven 9th and Handel Organ concerto - over an hour long though.

At least light a candle :-)

Posted by: dmd2 | April 2, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

RT, turn on some lights, perhaps eat something, and try to find a recording of E. Power Biggs playing this on the Christchurch College organ, sometime in the 50s, and turn it up loud. And then some fugues.

All will be well. I am certain of it.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Jay Cutler is not going to the Redskins.

Posted by: bh72 | April 2, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Bach? Did you say Bach, Weed? I'm listening and thoroughly enjoying it.

Just finished and sent an impassioned email to team members about the report we're supposed to make to the church in a couple of weeks. I know change is hard, but this group's inability to come to a decision has driven me to righteousness. That's NOT a good place for me to be. Oh well, I'll make my own report if I have to, and said so.

Posted by: slyness | April 2, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Here's a thought to cheer you up, RT... My husband just came up with this idea... "Beetle Bailey: The Movie."

Posted by: -TBG- | April 2, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

RD, whatever you experienced on the way to Myrtle Beach must have been as nothing compared to driving a Datsun 510 on US 15 through the Four Holes Swamp in South Carolina before the Interstate to Walterboro was finished and before the 55 mph speed limit. The road was on a high berm, no shoulders, and had skinny bridges with substantial concrete abutments.

The huge Cadillac that had already passed me three or four times already would inevitably show up and pass while on one of those bridges. What's with these Cadillacs? Do they get burgers and go to the potty every 45 minutes?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 2, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

You know what's even worse that Cadillacs? *White* Cadillacs. I don't really understand why this should be, but people in big ol' white Caddies behave just as I expect them to from the moment I spot them.

My expectation is not that civility and road-sharing will ensue, and I've seldom been disappointed.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Anarchy: I read an article recently about something called the "Really Really Free Market (RRFM)." It's like a flea market, except you just bring your unwanted items to give them away. It can also include free services, free entertainment, free baked goods, etc. Not bartering. Just giving stuff away. It's like the feeding of the 5000--the biggest problem is all the stuff left over at the end.

When it's done right, there are no organizers, per se, but the main people who get these things going are anarchists of various types. In one town they were trying to get the city council to allow them to use a park without a permit and one of the city officials said something like, we can't let just anybody use the park for anything any time, that would be anarchy! And the reporter noted the irony, that the official didn't realize he was speaking to a room full of anarchists.

I am more or less the opposite of an anarchist--but I love this particular concept, and wish we could have one in my town.

Posted by: kbertocci | April 2, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see you here tonight kbertocci! How's the life of leisure?

Posted by: -TBG- | April 2, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

But, this removes all the joy of cruising around at midnight of your average Wednesday or Thursday in a pickup truck and scooping all the really good set-out-for-the-garbage stuff that people consider not worthy of their Saturday yard sales.

Local freelist.somethings are good this too.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Beetle Bailey movie "in the works" 1996

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 2, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Don't knock Pew Research. The son of the girl I took to the senior prom works there as a researcher. Nice kid, and extremely bright. My wife and I had dinner with him and his mom (my prom date way back when) two years ago.

So who else is watching the last episode of ER and getting all verklempt. Not that I am necessarily verklempt myself, of course. Funny thing is, I hardly know any of the new people and haven't watched in years. But I sure remember the old crowd, the veterans. And I am very pleased Doug and Carol are married and have two daughters.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 2, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I gave all due respect to Pew, 'mudge! I have the highest regard for all its branches and studies and results.

I just would have liked the question not to be asked, because, first, "so what if he were?" and second, just asking that sort of question reinforces the misinformation for the misinformed. Surveys are very very tricky. Gotta be careful.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm only verklempt about ER because it's pre-empting all the good shows tonight. I want my 30 Rock!

Posted by: -TBG- | April 2, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I am watching ER,just started at 9:00 here - no spoilers please. Should be a sobbing mess by the end.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 2, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Hi, TBG--life is good, thank you! Today we went to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Last Thursday we went to Miami MetroZoo. I'm riding my bike and organizing the house and going to lunch with friends. I'm looking forward to Wacky Wednesday at Salvation Army--I've never been able to do that before, all clothes 50% off...ah, the simple pleasures. Speaking of which, we are still harvesting eggplant and now the bananas are ripe and the mangoes are growing. There, see, more than you even wanted to know.

Posted by: kbertocci | April 2, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of a life of leisure, I got an e-mail from my boss at 7 p.m., addressed to his five team leads (of which I am one). He says today was his last day with the company. That's all he said, and I'm assuming he was fired. Which, IMHO, he deserved. Sad, but that's the way it is. Perhaps oddly, he was the company's golden-haired boy (so to speak), but like Icarus flew too close to the sun. He was hellaciously ambitious, and was 150 percent a "company" man, excessively so. But he didn't know how to service his existing customer (and ignored them in favor of trying to recruit new customers), and also had no regard for the troops, who were mere stepping stones as he climbed to the top.

Or not, as it turned out.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 2, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

First, Against Me's "Baby, I'm an Anarchist." [bc's Warning: some may find the video montage funny, excessive or offensive, and chock full of overwrought leftist propaganda to the point of self-mockery. Which may in fact *be* the point. Please be warned. Thank you.]

RD, I don't think those people weren't tailgating, they were probably looking for drafting partners. Two or more cars running close nose to tail at high speeds split the aerodynamic drag between them, resulting in better fuel mileage for all of the cars in the draft pack. Not manliness, greenliness.

If they ever implement Big Brother's automated cars, wait 'till you see how close together they'll run on the highways, for that very reason.

Glad you made it there safe, sir. Have a big glass of wine for me.

More later.


Posted by: -bc- | April 2, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about British anarchists, or anarchists in London of unknown national origin, but the ones we hosted in St. Paul during the RNC were infuriatingly obtuse. If they didn't want to carry signs or banners they could have at least displayed a url on their clothing so one could refer to a website to find out what they were protesting for/against.

Finally done with the 3 day conference, just in time to have a migraine. But, I heard rain on the roof while I was listening to RT's Bach link so things are looking better already. It's been so long since we've had liquid precip it took me a minute to figure out what that sound was.

Found out two of our recent grant applications were successful. One is just for paint for the community center, but it will save us a lot of money and we have volunteers lined up to do the painting.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 2, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

BC-that video has shots of the window breaking at Macy's and the crowd at the MN capitol grounds during the RNC near the end.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 2, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Bananas! I am so frenvious of bananas from the backyard. Glad you're having a good time, kb.

I used to watch The Guiding Light, although I can hardly remember any of the actors or characters. The more popular soap at the time was General Hospital, with Luke and Laura.

I'll watch ER tonight. I usually watch it, although it's time for it to end. How many helicopter crashes, hostage situations can you take? It hasn't been the same for me since Goran (the sexy Croatian doc) left...

Posted by: seasea1 | April 2, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Here's one:

and another:

a third video with their brother singing

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

This makes me laugh.

It is so far from my experience that I have never once imagined bananas from the back garden.

I occasionally dream of one good tomato. Alas, 'tis only a dream.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Weed. Exactly.

Here's a wee thing. My middle name is Margaret. It used to be Maighread, until my parents figured out that nobody knew what it signified.

I look just like her! Funny and cool and familial.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Yes, a good tomato.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Mudge. That must have been quite an email. Sounds like tomorrow will be an interesting day at the office!

Posted by: -TBG- | April 2, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I spent the early evening digging up and dividing large bromeliads with toothy leaves and lots of ants. Put maybe a quarter of them back; you'd scarcely realize anything was missing. Discarded bromeliads (ones that have flowered already) will make an impressive pile of yard trash on the curb.

More benevolently, the young Lancetilla mango tree looks serious about growing fruit.

I'm expecting to do a long day trip to Miami Saturday for a chance to visit the palm and cycad collection at the Montgomery Botanical Center, which is usually not open to the public. Also a trip to someone's private garden, who and where not to be revealed until the last moment.

My private garden is still a mess. Lots of weeds to remove and quite a bit of planting, including begonias and bromeliads, flocks of crinums and irises, and caladiums for empty spots.

If kbertocci's buying at Salvation Army, I'm feeding Goodwill. Dress shirts that need ironing seem barbaric relics now that the closet's been infiltrated by non-iron shirts.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 2, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

NYT has a story on bicycling Portland, Oregon, something I never got around to doing (among other things, I was under orders not to do bicycles due to a bad knee). Flatteringly, it mentions a brew pub in my modest former neighborhood. The city did have a rational system of bike routes, but there was always the occasional anarchist who pedaled along SE 39th, a narrow north-south corridor in a part of town where all the arterials go east-west. Bus riders could be heard wishing violence upon these idiots.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 2, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Goodwill and Salvation Army remind me that Tuesday night Daughter asked if we could visit our local thrift shop, Yesterday's Rose. Turns out the last day of every month is half-price-everything day!

She is the size who can pretty much buy anything she fancies, so she got a great sundress and some cool belts. Me? Books, of course, and a goofy clock for Son of G's new apartment.

Dave... I'll take your garden even if it's a mess. I bet it's really beautiful.

Posted by: -TBG- | April 2, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Amazing talent:

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

From the sporting news........
Washington the NBA's second worst team beats Cleveland the NBA's Best team 109-101,i would say a little revenge for the rivalry over the past few seasons.

Penn State wins the NIT,PSU known almost exclusively as a Football school completes it's best season as NIT Champions!!!

I watched a replay of Marylands loss to Virginia (7 overtimes) in lacrosse the other night.Seems an official stopped the game by mistake just before Maryland scored the winning goal in the first overtime.The official admitts his mistake and the game is under appeal.Does anyone know of a game under appeal ever been reversed?

Finally Opening day for baseball is just a few days away,any prediction on this year's winners?

Back to your regular programming.......

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 2, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, if you have a moment, check out the lyrics for Toussaint's song "On the way down" which I think of often as these hard times pinch people that never would have expected something to happen.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 2, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I wept during all three hours of ER tonight. It brought out all I experienced during the 15 years that it was on the air. (Mostly it had absolutely nothing to do with ER).

As for the anarchists among us, I know that many of them have nothing to do with violence in any way, but what KB mentioned in an earlier post. They're all about sharing and cooperation at every level of society.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | April 2, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Now I'm a bit overcome.

Good night, Boodle.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Sleepy but in a good way; fighting some crud but seem to be winning.

On the way home I saw a raccoon saunter across the road near UMCP. I can hear the spring peepers from two blocks over singing about s3x possibilities; This seems like GWE reporting.

For Mudge -- wow. Next we will hire and fire with facebook updates and twitter lines. Twitter, actually, is a chance for poems of 140 characters or less.

Bradford pears in full form -- lovely now, but generally a most disappointing tree. I see hellebore about to bloom, so my variety is not a Christmas rose, but a Lenten one. Day lilies up, including Catherine Woodbury, which DMD knows also.

And, DR! I found some of your BOYs' socks at my house; spare guitar, too. So, we are in the same sock vortex. Can we save, shred, spin, and knit into bandages for some war effort?

Did I say I was winning the cold battle? Perhaps the virus is launching a new salvo for suddenly I am wan and weary, with aches again.

Will catch ER later. The series began when CPBoy was babe and in hospital often. So, I watched it lying in a makeshift bed with wee baby with tubes attached. Surreal. Mark Greene's brain tumor hit very close to home because a beloved had the very same diagnosis. Loved Dr. Susan Lewis because she was the most real of TV peeps ever, I think.

Virus hit me between the eyes again! Blecchhhh. Tea, sympathy, and forty winks.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 2, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Sleep well CP and anyone else suffering spring colds or allergies. I have had frequent headaches lately which may be allergies or just the constant changes of weather.

It was a lovely spring day here, warm and sunny - went to the nursery to load up on more plants for my friends and then planted them.

Noticed the tips of my Catherine Woodbury just peeking out of the soil. Sadly, colder temps returning early next week.

Night all

Posted by: dmd2 | April 2, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Can't provide tea, nor lullaby, but sympathy in great measure.

Posted by: Yoki | April 2, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I liked Susan Lewis, too. I really hated how Mark Greene was written off the show; he was easily my favorite character of the early ER. I haven't watched ER in a few seasons.

Hope you get well, CqP.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 2, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Someone said Cadillacs?

I luv ya fer yer
Pink Cadillac
Crushed velvet seats
Ridin' in the back
Oozin' down the streets
Wavin' to the girls
Peelin' outta sight
Spendin' all my money
On a Saturday night
Honey I just wonder whatcha do there in the back
Of your Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac

*off-to-New-York-with-hopefully-no-time-for-Boodling-but-you'll-all-get-the-full-skinny-eventually Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 3, 2009 5:22 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Dawn Patrol. Scotty beat me to the lyrics to Pink Cadillac. (Have a good trip, Scotty. And stay out of Tiffany's; that place is trouble.)

My wife says the actress playing Mark Greene's daughter on ER was the one who played her when she was a little girl, ten years ago (or whenever he left). That was cool. Otherwise I wasn't much impressed.

Once you hold yopur nose and get past the Krauthammer and gerson columns, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin has an interesting op-ed on how to save (smaller) newspapers.

OK, gotta run. Got friends from outta town (Philly, though not dbG, who is also gonna be in town) coming in this afternoon, with intent to view cherry blossoms some time this weekend. There is also some high probability that alcoholic beverages will be consumed, and at least one Porterhouse steak will be grilled and consumed.

Later, dudes.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 3, 2009 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Morning, and happy Friday. TGIF fer sure!

CqP, I hope a good night's sleep routs the cold out of your head. I love your descriptions of what's blooming in your part of the world. You are three or four weeks behind us: daffodils are pretty much gone here, the Bradford pears are green (their stink is gone too, thank heavens), the Lady Banks rose is just about to pop. Lenten roses still are blooming their hearts out, and the irises are putting up stems that will flower by Easter.

The nice thing about spring rain is that it keeps the pollen count reasonable. The willow oaks are blooming profusely, and everyone is concerned about the cankerworms. They haven't been too bad in our neighborhood, thank heavens, but a couple of miles closer to town, they have decimated the oaks.

On with the day. Mr. T and I are headed to the high country this afternoon, where it is still winter. The trees there won't come out for another four weeks. We'll be assessing what needs to be done along the bank and in the yard. More mulch, for sure.

Posted by: slyness | April 3, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, hope the day is a good one after the news last night contained in email.

Slyness, winter is nice when you can take it or leave it!!!!

I guess, being able to routinely take or leave certain weather is what divides most of us from what some of the Republicans refer to as the "upper middle class." When are we, as a nation, going to begin respecting the hard work done by those who make a half-million dollars a year?

I saw the Krauthammer piece and figured I will just wait for the abridged version later today.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 3, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

By the way, I figure, within the next 10 years, the neocons will start roasting each other. They will have banquets discussing all the things that could have happened if they hadn't stopped them by their mere suggestion.

One has to wonder just how great the world would be today if we had attacked all six or seven countries that they had on their list rather than just stopping at 2 (or is it 2.5?).

Has anyone caught the Rachel Maddow interview with Colin Powell? ... serious food for thought there. Makes one wonder why Powell ducked the questions about torture. Mayhaps???

Posted by: russianthistle | April 3, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. I'm feeling just a tad better this morning. I have some errands to run this morning so need to get started with that. The rain is still with us, but suppose to end sometimes this afternoon with the prediction of beautiful sunny weather on the horizon. Great.

As usual I know twit about the kit, except for the soap, which I don't watch anymore. I used to watch soaps, all of them, but my taste has changed over the years. I love cooking shows and Discovery channel. And the detective stories are good.

Kbert, glad you're enjoying yourself, and getting to do those things that you couldn't do while working.

I read Eugene Robinson this morning, and I
think his op-ed deals with the question of race pretty good. Of course, Eric Holder's comment was taken out of context, but his point is still good. We've come a long way in our racial history, but there is still much work to do. At the end of the day, we all pretty much crawl back to our own existence. And as to having an open conversation on race, we pretty much avoid that if we can.

Slyness, Mudge, Yoki, Scotty, Martooni, and everyone here, have a great weekend, and a beautiful day. *waving*

RD, my supervisor at the Center where I volunteer is in Myrtle Beach this weekend for a workshop. I hope you enjoy your vacation, and as for that traffic and road to Myrtle Beach, from here it's always a nightmare. And in the summer, words just don't do it justice.

Posted by: cmyth4u | April 3, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Hola, Boodle!

My Swift Boodleflyer rose into a golden sunrise of pre-winter clouds over the Andes.

Getting nippy in the mornings. Have an excellent day, everyone.


Posted by: Braguine | April 3, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Hey Brag!

Mentioned that last weekend I had a chance to ask a new DC resident who came from Cleveland if the problems were still very bad and the answer was yes.

Here is the fantastic Bill Moyers Journal piece

Posted by: russianthistle | April 3, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle.

I can't believe that nobody pointed out the big story of the day. Madonna's adoption of a Malawian girl was blocked by the courts.

Fluffy Friday.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Morning all! Looks like a nice day dawning here in Myrtle Beach. The in-laws always buy me "fancy" coffee. You know, actual beans that you have to grind. They are good people.

Hope the day goes well for everyone.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 3, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I think Krauthammer's column would be right on the money if he hadn't lopped off the appropriate concluding sentence, "Which is as it should be." Nice to see him use the phrase "social democratic" instead of "socialism" though.

Stepped into the PO yesterday just in time to hear some right wing radio rant about Obama's Robin Hood ways. Always makes me laugh. The kids I work with in the after school program don't have a very rich literary background, but they all know who Robin Hood is and they are 100% certain he's the good guy.

Heating water for theraflu. Ready to fax either the daytime or night formulas to anyone who needs to get through the day without feeling like head explosion is imminent.

Belated tips for S'nuke-the Met, a carriage ride, and dinner at Keens, 72 W 36th. Skip the blue box and find something fun in SoHo.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 3, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

A good busy day ahead, including visting with friends.

I hope to get to the Robinson piece this morning (and no time to backboodle), but I feel compelled to post my favorite Springsteen Cadillac song, "Cadillac Ranch."

Well, there she sits buddy justa gleaming in the sun
There to greet a working man when his day is done
I'm gonna pack my pa and I'm gonna pack my aunt
I'm gonna take them down to the Cadillac Ranch

Eldorado fins, whitewalls and skirts
Rides just like a little bit of heaven here on earth
Well buddy when I die throw my body in the back
And drive me to the junkyard in my Cadillac

Cadillac, Cadillac
Long and dark, shiny and black
Open up your engines let 'em roar
Tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur

James Dean in that Mercury '49
Junior Johnson runnin' thru the woods of Caroline
Even Burt Reynolds in that black Trans-Am
All gonna meet down at the Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac, Cadillac
Long and dark, shiny and black
Open up them engines let 'em roar
Tearing up the highway just a big old dinosaur

Hey, little girlie in the blue jeans so tight
Drivin' alone through the Wisconsin night
You're my last love baby you're my last chance
Don't let 'em take me to the Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac, Cadillac
Long and dark, shiny and black
Pulled up to my house today
Came and took my little girl away


Posted by: -bc- | April 3, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

BTW, I e-mailed Yoki yesterday to tell her the song she linked to, Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band's version of "O Mary Don't You Weep No More" is one really kick-butt song. Here's the link again:

I may play that thing about 20 times today. It's Springsteen does Dixieland (of all things), and rawks from the first note, and does so for nearly 7 minutes.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 3, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

on the fortieth anniversary of King's last speech:

"And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."

Posted by: omnigood | April 3, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I think 41 omni

Posted by: LostInThought | April 3, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

As best I could tell during an insomnia episode, Charles Krauthammer, who is an acute observer, might be describing the effects on President Obama of having read Robert Shiller's "The New Financial Order: Risk in the 21st Century". Or maybe Krauthammer read the book and is projecting it onto Obama. Shiller probably knows markets and risks as well as anyone (he did write "Irrational Exuberance").

Thanks for the kind comment about my garden, but it suffers from a bunch of problems that one of the regular Post garden writers (Joel Lerner, March 7?) warns of:
1. I collect one of everything
2. I grow big bromeliads and heliconias. These require attention. Like irises and daylilies (which he warns about), only on steroids.
3. There's lack of planning. Like the Everglades palm that doesn't have nearly enough space to grow into a huge clump.

On the other hand, orchids are pretty easy to look after. You have to remember to squirt water on them regularly.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 3, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Spitzer laments that "too big to fail" should mean "so break 'em up" but they are still enlarging.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 3, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse


Derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites) meaning "pearl", probably a borrowing from Sanskrit.

Posted by: omnigood | April 3, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Pink Cadillac was the b side of Dancing In The Dark. The only way I could get the song was to buy the 45. It was the last time I purchased that iteration of vinyl.

This story about the complicity of home builders and mortgage brokers bothers me. It makes me curious to know if any regulatory heat has been brought to bear on these folks, since a good argument may be made that *they* created the housing bubble. KB homes, Beazer and M/I homes have all been part of this in the Metrolina area, and it stinks.

Posted by: -jack- | April 3, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

DotC-I too love your garden writing. Though I've long suspected the "shortcomings" you've outlined above they only make your comments more exciting. He struggles too! Against all the epic gardening battles-weather, insects, fashion, plant lust...

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 3, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I think Spitzer is fundamentally correct. I've always though this merger mania and conglomeritization of banks was a bad thing.

I think it is also part of the solution to the auto industry: break those failing companies up into their component parts, and let the sick parts, like Hummer, die, and see if some of the other ones, like Saturn, or Chevy, can survive as single units.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 3, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Old series on the earliest soap operas begun on radio. Many ported to TV and names familiar to some of us even today, although they also disappear.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 3, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

oops, 41 is correct

Posted by: omnigood | April 3, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Maighread means pearl? How appropriate. I always said our Yoki was a pearl.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 3, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Those Sanskirtians always seem to pop up all over the place in linguistics, don't they? Don't think I've ever met anyone from Sanskiritia, though. Wonder what their food is like.

You never hear much out of their embassy. That's what I like: a foreign country that likes to keep a nice, quiet low profile.

Meanwhile, all flight operations are cancelled in this region again today due to persistent fog and drizzle. Take a Sanskritian to lunch, perhaps.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 3, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget to say hi to one of the Karen people on your way out, Mudge.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I'll bet the food was pretty good, given the geography. A bit of fresh fish and a fruit salad, probably some flat bread and wine.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm still studying Ruskin, not steadily, but in between other things (simultaneously reading the interesting historical study of _The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family_) and considering re-reading Dickens's_Hard Times_ -- highly recommended by Ruskin. It's difficult to quote Ruskin out of context, since he spends a lot of energy creating a new way of looking at things, in order to make his points rationally. But I believe this passage can stand on its own and wish that it would be taught at Harvard Business School, and elsewhere:

The real science of political economy, which has yet to be distinguished from the bastard science, as medicine from witchcraft, and astronomy from astrology, is that which teaches nations to desire and labour for the things that lead to life: and which teaches them to scorn and destroy the things that lead to destruction. And if, in a state of infancy, they supposed indifferent things, such as excrescences of shell-fish, and pieces of blue and red stone, to be valuable, and spent large measures of the labour which ought to be employed for the extension and ennobling of life, in diving or digging for them, and cutting them into various shapes, or if, in the same state of infancy, they imagine precious and beneficent things, such as air, light, and cleanliness, to be valueless,-or if, finally, they imagine the conditions of their own existence, by which alone they can truly possess or use anything, such, for instance, as peace, trust, and love, to be prudently exchangeable, when the markets offer, for gold, iron, or excrescences of shells -- the great and only science of Political Economy teaches them, in all these cases, what is vanity, and what substance; and how the service of Death, the lord of Waste, and of eternal emptiness, differs from the service of Wisdom, the lady of Saving, and of eternal fulness; she who has said, "I will cause those that love me to inherit SUBSTANCE; and I will FILL their treasures."

John Ruskin, _Unto This Last and Other Writings_ p. 209

Posted by: kbertocci | April 3, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Hard Times is a short book; it's as close as Dickens came to a nonfiction treatise on economics. Shouldn't be too painful to re-read or skim.

Rushkin sounds like a good read.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, the Md. State legislator didn't approve of films depicting pirates behaving badly. Potential first amendment stuff, regarding, what some would argue, is repugnant content.

These were called stag films when I was a kid. I've always wondered why.

Posted by: -jack- | April 3, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that Krauthammer describes Obama as a leveler, considering my mention of the term in British history yesterday. John Lilburne or Gerrard Winstanley, anyone? Enjoyed the Krauthammer read today.

Anyone here listen to or watch Obama's "campaign" speech from Strasbourg this morning? We know Strasbourg, historically, as a family. It's where distant great-uncle Edmund Grindal fled when the very Catholic Mary I took the throne.

Obama was correct to point out this morning that Johannes Gutenberg worked on the mechanics of printing press in Strasbourg, culminating in Kunst and Aventur--Art and Enterprise, Gutenberg's breakthrough occurring about 110 years before Grindal's arrival.

More interesting the connection between Grindal and Plantagenet descendant Edwin Sandys, like Grindal also of St. Bees, Cumberland. Sandys' namesake son, Sir Edwin Sandys, was involved with Pilgrim Jonathan Brewster, the relationship starting in Scrooby. This information would form the backbone of a great Thanksgiving Kit, ya think?

Posted by: laloomis | April 3, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Kbertocci, thanks for the Ruskin!
And the giggle sparked by the inadvertently terrible juxtaposition of "excrescences of shell-fish" within the "Maighread" thread.

I now use the power vested in me, as a descendent of Sanskritians, to redefine Maighread as 'living pearl'.

Anyway I remember pearl is 'muktaphal' or 'fruit (phal) of freedom (mukti)' in sanskrit.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 3, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Hi all... Good morning, Al... finally a Friday off again; time to boodle while I wait for dbG to arrive.

Anyone want to join us for dinner tonight? Respond here or email me at boodler [at] mac [dot] com if you want to arrange something.

In the meantime... here's some jewelry all of our Boodling women can wear proudly, I'd say...

Posted by: -TBG- | April 3, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed by the notion that prudishness in the legislature would cause them to withhold funds from UMd if ti permits students to use campus facilities to exercise their legal right to exhibit legally-produced material to an audience that is legally permitted to view it (i.e., no minors). Pretty much my entire experience with p0rn films was at one of the once-a-year dirty movie nights held at my (private) undergraduate university (a seminary in the previous century). Once was enough for me, but it was instructive to see the two movies they showed. It's not a terribly respectable industry, and I certainly would want for the ScienceKids to have more self-respect than to go into that line of work. Still, it's very much a 1st Amendment matter. It's a poor university that arbitrarily decides that its students must be protected from such material.

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 3, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Skimming through this Boodle that I missed yesterday and last night, I am totally lost as to the meaning of Yoki and LiT's exchange on "Otto" and Buddhism. Huh?

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 3, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Can I join that dinner in spirit TBG, since I can't be there in person, hugs to you and dbG.

Ment to mention to dbG that eldest has selected her Grad dress - first store we went to and just popped into after a haircut. While I was paying for the dress I commented how well the earrings she has, made by dbG, would match - her reply - "That is why I wanted this colour".

Bracing myself for the day she wears that dress, strapless, full skirted cocktail dress - she looks like a barbie in it.

Pouring rain and dismal here - but the flowers are popping up everywhere and the grass is getting green so all is good.

DotC I too enjoy your gardening posts.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 3, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Jack, stag films are so called because guys go stag (i.e. dateless) to those films.
Let's skip the rutting jokes and so forth.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

SciTim, quotations from A Fish Called Wanda.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

My most uncomfortable moments in university, were in a law class watching what was then quite a well known documentary on the porn/sex industry - it was to say the least - it was so say the least TMI.

Completely blanking on the name of the documentary - as always.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 3, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I would add, ScienceTim, that if you have not seen this movie you should do so forthwith.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Ah! I'm so embarrassed.

So, the University backed down (not too surprising). I think they should have gone for it -- I suspect they would sell out the theater many times over, just to thumb a metaphoric nose at the legislature. Heck, even the anti-porn forces were offended by the legislature's actions. *I* would have bought a ticket even if I weren't going to go (were I still a student). "You want to de-fund the state's premier university campus because students engaged in a legal exercise of their rights? Fine, you go right ahead and do that. I look forward to hearing you explain the resulting economic and educational disaster to your constituents."

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 3, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

DNA_girl, phal is fruit, and phool is flower?

Very economical language, then.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

DNA Girl,
I'm confused...if Sanskritians are your ancestors, as you say in your 11:28, does this mean that you're Indo-Iranian or Indo-Aryan, or quite possibly have antecedents from India, possibly today's Hindus? I thought I recalled that you said that you are Russian? Recently you become a U.S. citizen, yes, I remember your fairly recent announcement/pst about that. But is your ancestry from the Russian border regions to the south or southwest?

Posted by: laloomis | April 3, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

She's Russian only if Bombay is in Russia, Loomis.

And it's inappropriate to ask for personal information on the internet if they're not inclined to volunteer it. It comes across as stalkerish.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't have any problem with people protesting and using persuasion to end the making and distribution of p0rn. Using a big fiscal hammer to threaten people into waiving their legal rights -- that, I have a problem with. Plus, it's simply counter-productive. It sends the message that p0rn is too dangerous and powerful for the State to countenance it, which just makes it more appealing for individuals to exercise their individual rights to go rent such movies on DVD and watch them in private. I wouldn't jump off a bridge if all my friends did it, but I'd give it serious consideration if a pompous blowhard told me that I'm not permitted to do so because it offends his sensibilities.

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 3, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Depending on the height of the bridge and the nature of the landing zone. I'm foolhardy and insolent, not suicidal.

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 3, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Stalkerish? Crimeny, Wilbroad, gimme a break!

Stalkerish as in stalking a red-headed opinion columnist to her TV appearance, taking her photo, slobbering over every word she pens, and being totally absorbed with her?

As you said to me one time, blow it out your *** orifice and every other opening that's available.

Posted by: laloomis | April 3, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, you asked me a personal question once and I freaked out to the point I refused to have my photograph taken at the BPH or anywhere on the internet.

If you don't want to hear a frank opinion on how your questions can affect people who only know you via the boodle, then certainly you may blow all the orifices you want.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The good legislators of Maryland have too much time on their hands, obviously. Things like that make me appreciate one of rare benefits of being governed by a benevolent dictatorship, the legislature is incapable of dealing with every insignificant detail.
Speaking of benevolent dictator, Mr. Harper's front lawn is festooned with crocus and snow drops! The first I've seen in Ottawa but it's not surprising. The big lawn is sloping downward toward the south and it has an excellent exposition to the sun. He'll be happy to see that on his return from Strasbourg.
I've never been to Strasbourg but I had a couple of wondrous meals in nearby Metz. The cuisine of Lorraine and Alsace really agrees with my tastes.

Some snow is expected tomorrow. Pouah, ouach, caca.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 3, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Just saw this story out of Binghamton, NY - awful.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 3, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Now now ladies it is April 3rd,Peace,Love and Happiness day.There will be no bickering today.

Of course I just mad that up,but it sounds good doesn't it?

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 3, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

scc: made not mad,can't be mad on PLH day!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 3, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Happy Peace, Love & Happiness Day to all! And to Al, too!


Posted by: -TBG- | April 3, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Let us tie a couple of threads together with this:

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 3, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Mudge-thanks for that link. It reminded me that it is never too early to gear up for Accordion Appreciation Month (June), and it's already poetry month.
A favorite:
Cowboy Junkies
Cause Cheap is How I Feel (lyrics)
It's the kind of night that's so cold, when you spit
It freezes before it hits the ground
And when a bum asks you for a quarter, you give a dollar
If he's out tonight he must be truly down
And I'm searching all the windows for a last minute present
To prove to you that what I said was real,
For something small and frail and plastic, baby,
cause cheap is how I feel

Half moon in the sky tonight, bright enough
To come up with an answer
To the question why is it that every time I see you
My love grows a little stronger
But your memory leaves my stomach churning,
Feeling like a lie about to be revealed,
But Ill horde all this to myself
cause cheap is how I feel

Its not the smell in here that gets to me its the lights
I hate the shadows that they cast,
And the sound of clinking bottles is the one sure thing
I'll always drag with me from my past
I think I'll find a pair of eyes tonight, to fall into
And maybe strike a deal
Your body for my soul, fair swap
`cause cheap is how I feel

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 3, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

To expand on why our legislators don't have time to worry about needless laws, they are too busy saving national symbols.

Some may appreciate this headline.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 3, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The sun came out as I walked out of my very large corporation's office building for the last time. A good omen, I'd say.

TBG, dbG, I'll be with you in spirit. When is the Star Trek transporter technology going to be available?

Posted by: seasea1 | April 3, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

That's a herring and graham cracker song if ever there was one.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I love that story, dmd.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I will play good-enough accordion before I die, she vows.

The Indo-European roots of our words are wide and deep. Let this give pause to our foolishness about division of community.

Here is a favorite, from which my name derives:

ENTRY: mori-
DEFINITION: Body of water; lake (?), sea (?).1a. mere2; mermaid, from Old English mere, sea, lake, pond; b. marram, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse marr, sea; c. meerschaum, from Old High German mari, sea; d. meerkat, from Middle Dutch meer, sea. a–d all from Germanic *mari-. 2a. marsh, from Old English mersc, merisc, marsh; b. morass, from Old French maresc, mareis, marsh. Both a and b from Germanic *mariska-, water-logged land. 3. maar, mare2, marinara, marine, maritime; bêche-de-mer, cormorant, mariculture, ormer, ultramarine, from Latin mare, sea. (Pokorny mori 748.)

Enjoy more here:

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 3, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

seasea, it can't be easy. Maybe you could come to the second annual Calgary BPH? There is a certain amount of cheer guaranteed.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

That beaver must be part mountain goat, Sparks St. is on the other side of yon shack.

Posted by: Boko999 | April 3, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Sunshine for Sesea and seashells and sushi and similarly special sparkly salutations....

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 3, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

laloomis, your's not fair play to pull in an uninvolved 3rd party. On top of that, it's not the brightest thing to do effect, doubling the number of people on the other side of an argument you're in.

Besides, stalkers amass private, almost hoarding it, and then use said info to track you, scare you, and possibly hurt you. Clearly, not the poster you were talking about. (Big differences between fan/stalker and public figure/private citizen.) But I digress...

Posted by: LostInThought | April 3, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

SCC: stalkers amass private info...

Posted by: LostInThought | April 3, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

GWE, this is for you. Including the photo.

Posted by: slyness | April 3, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Interfering maroons. I was on my way to the Beaverfest in the Rideau canal.

Fred the beaver.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 3, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"But it occurs to me that anarchy is exactly what got us into this financial crisis."

free market capitalism is what got us into this mess. anarchists didn't support the creation of the organizations that led to global economic failure. capitalists did. capitalists run the nation's economy. capitalists (on the whole) are the ones trying to govern the country. would we be better off living in anarchy? who knows? and what is better anyway? it's all pretty subjective. as chip kidd would say, good is dead.

Posted by: Egadman | April 3, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Being fair, though, it looks as if laloomis was asking about info posted, and she was asking DNAGirl. So laloomis didn't really deserve a smack-down from anyone (except possibly DNAGirl) for posing the question. Especially in light of her interest in geneology.

Taking off my ref uniform now (vertical stripes are great, but the pants do nothing for me), switching over to my its-almost-Friday-happy-hour outfit.

Posted by: LostInThought | April 3, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, I'm so glad to join in celebration of Peace, Love & Happiness Day!

Here's a photo for the day; be careful if your insulin levels are iffy, 'cause it may be excessively sweet. But I like it.

Posted by: kbertocci | April 3, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Great photo and the little one is even where a shirt with Happy on it!

Posted by: dmd2 | April 3, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

After much research I have concluded the following:

Micromanagement is bad.

Microbreweries are good.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 3, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I feel I should be doing some of that research myself. It's been a long week...

How is your vacation going, RD? Hope you are having fun.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Well boko, the MPs may have been around the Supreme Court or even the National Archives. The river is quite accessible on the the western side of downtown.

I came home to a sharpshinned hawk attempting a metafeeding at the bird feeders. It missed but stayed long enough for a couple of pictures. It's the same bird dmd has shown earlier this winter but it's a much better picture ;). I'll post later.

What a terrible business in Binghamton I've passed through or around the town many times, I81 being the "natural" highway to get to the Eastern seaboard from Ottawa. It's about 250 miles from Ottawa but it's part of the "close" US, like Watertown, Syracuse or Rochester. I always had the impression it's a town where nothing ever happened. Apparently not so.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 3, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

This is so cool, breaking up ice dams on the Red River - odd looking machines.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 3, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I declare the work week over. Let's all run for the bus.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Yoki. I will hobble for the bus, if it's all the same to you. . .

One hit of the codeine cough syrup seems to have done the trick (although it left me pretty loopy all day -- not that I'm complaining). And this evening I shall partake in Fish Szechuan from my neighborhood around the corner Chinese restaurant. The fish is steamed (not fried) and the sauce is just as firey as currently require to oust the last vestiges of congestion.

I, alas, should be pretty much human by the beginning of the week (sorry, Mudge).

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | April 3, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Having a wonderful afternoon with dbG--happy hour with bc and now sitting at home with Dr G, listening to him regalte her with his old stories... someone who hasn't heard them yet! Woo hoo!

Posted by: -TBG- | April 3, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Zup, kbert?
I like your approach.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 3, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I see I've been yellow-flagged for what... unnecessary roughness for my offsides tackle?

Excuse me for a minute while I piece my mind back together from the little I know of football rules all colliding together.

Yes... I should have said that bit three years ago, not today.

I still maintain that such direct questions about real-life bios aren't quite cricket, mate.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Eeks. Didn't mean to trigger another foofaraw. I should just shut up.

W_G, you are correct, phal and phool are pretty, economical words. As to whether the language is, more like torture to learn if you are not so inclined. I didn't try for long for sure. I found English much easier to play with.

And thanks for looking out for me.

Loomis, I am from Bombay, though I did visit Moscow once (and was detained for 24 hours in a hotel room, but that's another story). About being Hindu--not until the religion accepts FSM into the pantheon. Which could happen. I mean how hard can it be given thousands, including other monsters, have made it in?

Also I read my post again, and it might not have come across as clearly as intended that 'living fruit of liberty' is a high compliment.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 3, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

DNA Girl... please don't shut up.

Posted by: -TBG- | April 3, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Your Moscow experience isn't unique, DNA_girl. An one-day visa costs 100 bucks, and Aeroflot is known for delays.

I second TBG.

I celebrate April 3 as Blunt Day (Tomorrow is WWWIII day).

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Defensive holding/illegal use of hands. A five yard penalty. Not to worry...there's no fine, unless you've got something in your contract.

And Blunt Day? As in Philly Blunt Wilbrod? Who knew?

Posted by: LostInThought | April 3, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Me three. Living fruit of liberty is lovely, DNA_Girl.

Glad you've turned the corner, ftb. I was worried about you.

Now, we need a visit from Ivansmom to distract us from our frenvy at TBG and dbG seeing each other.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Or, since it is Friday evening, we could have some hip urban alt/punk from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Finally been backboodling. For what it is worth, I think this is a classic example of what happens when an individual over-reacts to criticism.

When, instead of a reasoned response, one pretty much runs from one's hut waving a bloody club, the validity of the underlying criticism quickly becomes overwhelmed by shock over the reaction. Sometimes the most effective response is also the calmest.

But what do I know.

Except that Yoki has, like, the most righteously awesome taste in music ever.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 3, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, this is inconvenient. I try to be blunt (read: direct) during the week. Now how am I supposed to celebrate Blunt Day?

Unless tomorrow requires that I be blunt (read: dull, not sharp), in which case I am good to go.

Posted by: engelmann | April 3, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

In your case, you could pound something until it becomes blunted, SoC.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Become treasonous? That's another way to celebrate, though not really recommended.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

You could always roll yourself a blunt, or smoke a blunt. But if you're an attorney, otherwise law-abiding citizen, or my-body-is-a-temple kinda soul, that's probably a no-no. If your body is an amusement park or a toxic waste dump, or you generally thunmb your nose at laws and conventions, it may be a nice way to while away (or wile away...both kinda work) an afternoon.

Posted by: LostInThought | April 3, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Cool and windy in the high country tonight. We went from 79 and sunny at home to 43, overcast, and 50 mph winds 107 miles and 2600 ft in elevation away. Ah, springtime! Daffodils and forsythia blooming here, but that's all.

As we drove by, we saw that it's fish fry night at the fire station, so we went back and indulged in some seriously good food. The station opened last fall, replacing the cramped quarters the department had in town. After we ate, we started to look around a bit, so the fire inspector came over and offered to take us on a tour of the facility. We jumped at the chance, of course. It's a great station, big enough for them to grow into. It's nice to make the connections with the folks who will come to take care of us, if we need them.

Posted by: slyness | April 3, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Aw, shucks.... Thanks RD_Padouk.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Gee Slyness, even at 2700 feet you have better weather than we have at sea level. Our daffodils and forsythia are at least a week away from blooming. I think the sun was out on Tuesday, but it’s been rainy and very foggy for the past few days. I woke to the sound of the foghorn this morning and while grocery shopping tonight I could hear thunder. We are promised a nice Sunday, but then back into the rain and cold. This is all too typical of spring around here.

Posted by: badsneakers | April 3, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Same kind of weather here badsneakers, we set a record for rainfall today, I guess we do not normally get a lot of rain on April 3. Now very windy and colder weather moving in.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 3, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Rainfall? He he. It snowed here today (not much, just enough to push me over the edge) and the temperature will not get above freezing for at least another five days.

Though, to be honest, I'd rather have snow in cold weather than rain that freezes on the ground.

But, how I would like to have one warm day with sunshine! A promise day.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

NYC is wet (very!) and windy so far...

*drive-by Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 3, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

My forsysthia is looking very nice this year - the clematis armandii, which was so gorgeous this time last year, is not doing much. It's supposed to be near freezing overnight, but then sunny and in the 60s (!) for a few days. The tulips aren't "showing color" yet, as the growers say, so may postpone the trip north for another week or so. I'm looking forward to working in the yard - lots to do.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 3, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I think I'd disagree, but I don't have one...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh, oh, did you hear about Putin's black lab?

Posted by: seasea1 | April 3, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Here's what MPR has posted as the money quote from the Iowa supremes opinion striking down the state's gay marriage ban:

Our responsibility, however, is to protect constitutional rights of individuals from legislative enactments that have denied those rights, even when the rights have not yet been broadly accepted, were at one time unimagined, or challenge a deeply ingrained practice or law viewed to be impervious to the passage of time. The framers of the Iowa Constitution knew, as did the drafters of the United States Constitution, that "times can blind us to certain truths and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress," and as our constitution "endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom" and equality.

Official moratorium on Iowa jokes declared in Our Fair City.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 3, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Astrobiology on SciFriday:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 3, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

s'nuke! Hope cool fits in there somewhere, but not temperature-wise.

*Madly-Grover-waving-at-you and NukeSpouse*

I just love NYC. Can ya tell?

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Good evening all.

Oh, my. Perhaps only people raised in certain neighborhoods (and you know who you are) may be familar with the Philly Blunt.

In the Glaucoma Test Pilot program (motto: Let's light this candle!), that group is diametrically opposite from the placebo group.

But the GTPilots are *always* first at the dessert buffet line, carrying nothing but a fork.

Good times, good times, as they say.

Hmmm. Seems a little early in the month for this topic.
There are still 17 days to 4/20.


Posted by: -bc- | April 3, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Scottynuke - I know you're having a good time in NYC, even with the weather.

Say hi to NukeSpouse for me, too.


Posted by: -bc- | April 3, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh no! Framed at last...
gone are my jet setter dreams,
Thanks to the Russians


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Well dmd and Yoki, eventually we’ll get nice weather and we’ll forget, for a time, this dampness and gloom!

Frosti, I hadn’t seen that quote, it certainly says it all. I do believe the opposition here in MA has pretty much dried up as we haven’t seen any of the dire consequences to our marriages and morals that the fear mongers had predicted.

Scotty, I hope you and NukeSpouse are having a fantastic time in NYC.

I am freezing even tho’ I’m wearing fleece so it may be time to turn in and rest up for all the chores on my list for tomorrow.

Posted by: badsneakers | April 3, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

That is a great quote from the Iowa judgement, thanks for posting it Frosti.

Yoki, I have been quiet about our weather lately as it has been nice - no so much warm as lots of sunshine, wishing you a promise day soon.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 3, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

DNA Girl - thanks for that link to Science Friday on NPR.

I listened to much of the first hour of the show, which was dedicated to cosmology and particle physics - thoretical and experimental - related to the Big Bang and the evolution of the universe. Brian Greene (Joel, isn't it time for you to interview him again?), Lawrence Krauss, Mike Turner, and Nobel Prize winner Steven Weinberg were guests on the show - quite the heavy hitters, IMO.

Made my head hurt a little, pondering the things said and unsaid.

But in a good way.


Posted by: -bc- | April 3, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Backboodling here; I think there's a bit of a difference between being an active fan or supporter of a public personality and stalkerish behavior.

I don't think attending public appearances and developing fan websites (even those with tongue firmly in cheek) and even internet personas cross the line into stalkerish behavior as much as finding a person sleeping in their car in front of your house to monitor your comings and goings, for example.

Don't ask me how I know about such things.

The few times I've jumped up and left the hut waving a bloody club, I've blunted the impact of said display by neglecting to put on a pair of pants first.


Posted by: -bc- | April 3, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Much as I appreciate Boodle-solidarity, I have to say this. Sometimes, the better part of valour is to weigh out, rather than in. Let the combatants work it out, with no piling-on. Let us not get all up on our hind legs.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Yoki and Wilbrod! I agree with Yoki about staying out of others' disputes. It's hard for me, though - I tend to be one who wants to wade in and set things right. I backboodled to see what this dispute was about and find myself thinking "blow an orifice?" - ouch!

I assume I'm not getting it. As usual.

I hope ftb is feeling much better. And anyone else who needs succor.

G'night, all.

Posted by: Wheezy1 | April 3, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I'm pretty done with the topic myself, Yoki.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 4, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Hi Wheezy, and all.

The air is soft, which means spring is robing herself for us. I have the window open, sans screen. Pale daffodils glow in the dark, like asphodel.

Gnite, W and Wb, and Yoki, etc.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 4, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I trying to refrain from attempts at making the world just. Did anyone notice Andrew Sullivan's "Mental Health Break" today?
Too long, but it's somewhat cute.

One who was attempting to make the world just would ask if we were going to be treated to an accounting of every time Obama gets it right (a la Gutenberg). And one would have to acknowledge the 14 trillion rhetorical questions from the descendant of the Princess of Panthea or whatever.

But I'm not. I'm in a 12 Step Program of Recovery from naivete.

Trolls cannot be reformed.

Posted by: Wheezy1 | April 4, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Evening all
Home a little later then usual,friday night and all ya know.Only encountered one coon who decided the other side of the road was the place to be.I convinced him other wise.

Very windy here tonight.I hope the power stays on.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 4, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of WWWIII day on April 4-- it's to be fought with pillows.

En garde and watch the farce!

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 4, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, your 11:24 last night...sometimes yes sometimes no, but I will certainly jump in and defend someone who isn't here to defend themselves (I know I'd appreciate someone doing that for me.)

Time to make the doughnuts, get DC up and at it. Have a happy day all.

Posted by: LostInThought | April 4, 2009 6:43 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Omni, your quote from Dr. King was beautiful. I suspect Dr.King knew his time wasn't long in light of the work he was doing, yet I think he had made his peace with whatever the outcome was going to be. I wonder what he would think of the world today.

Have a good weekend all of you. Mudge, Scotty, Slyness, Martooni, and all. *waving*

Sometimes we do "take up" for each other in these conversations when we feel the criticism isn't quite what it should be, but always with a hefty dose of LOVE.

Brag, I do hope you're enjoying your new life in a country I can only dream about.

Posted by: cmyth4u | April 4, 2009 7:05 AM | Report abuse

The Whiskey man, he gets angry, he goes crazy, he KILLS!

The Reefer man, he goes home, he sharpens his knife, he plots his revenge. Then he goes to sleep - and the evil deed is never done!

On "blunt day."

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 4, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Looks like a beautiful day, and that even with the wind, a wonderful weekend to get down to the Tidal Basin and appreciate the cherry blossoms.

Children are up, breakfasts to be made, errands run, a little bit of electrical repair on one of the cars (a short in a taillight wiring harness, and life goes on, even on a Saturday.

I do not know what to make of the idea that the NY Times company is consdidering shutting down the Boston Globe. It cannot be an escalation of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry, can it?


Posted by: -bc- | April 4, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning all.

Although I have been guilty of offering my opinion when it was not asked, I recognize the great wisdom in what Yoki says. It is easy for the reaction of the mob to outweigh the original offense.

But enough. We shall keep rocking along.

And this morning this means drinking lots of coffee and avoiding sudden movements.

Cheers Y'all

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 4, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Morning all... waiting for dbG to get up and later we'll head off for our not-so-imaginary lunch with greenwithenvy.

Daughter's getting on the train this morning to visit her brother. The thought of them together on their own is a little hard to comprehend. What happened to my little babies? (Actually... I do like what I see now!)

Have a great day, y'all.

Posted by: -TBG- | April 4, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! Sunny and 29 here, on our way up to 39. I should add that this is unseasonably cool, but desirable for flood mitigation so I'll be as close as an Apatheticist can be to grateful.

Big fish fry at the community center this evening so a busy morning of baking desserts. I'm wondering if rhubarb bars are called for. The city clerk assigned the responsibilities and she knows I have some in the freezer.

Small town living can be tough that way, trying to navigate all the expectations. But, yesterday I realized that I spent the entire day without seeing a single person I didn't know. There was Judy at the post office subbing for Jeff and sacrificing some of the time she needs to organize the annual Ducks Unlimited banquet. Then Max was sitting outside the store with a cup of coffee waiting for his grandsons to get off the school bus. The bus can't get down the road to the house during break up so he walks out to meet them. Natalie waited on me at the store as Amy was getting off her shift. Brian, Brian, and Jodi were just leaving on a fire call when I got to the hall to put a summer youth employment notice up. Patches the cat examined my ankles before slinking into the wood line towards home. Then at the beauty shop/garage (an interesting business synergy) Art gave me a friendly wave on his way out back to pull a part off a junker. Mary was watching four year old Carl while his mother Becky used a tanning bed. Pre-tanning for their upcoming trip to Florida no doubt. First time in Florida for the whole family. They will come back red as beets. Short visit there as I was just dropping off paperwork for Mary to give to daughter Amber, away at St. Cloud State U and engaged to our Clerk's grandson Adam. They will wed in Grandma's barn. I waved to Rusty the dog on my way past his house. His boys are only spending weekends at home for a while and I think he knows when it's Friday. No wonder it takes me an hour to make the 1 mile trip to the store and back.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 4, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

On hard aspect of digital life is that context and history are often not obvious in the series of kits and boodles, all created in a linear string. We experiment here, with digital community that includes levels of intimacy, and is particularly open to the drive-by drop-in. Identity is tricky because we tend to be masked with our sign-in names, yet authentic with ideas and persona. However, privacy is important for us to all honor, particularly with each other. The rethinking of identity is a concern of Web 2.0, this world of digital information, participation, and social networking.

This digi-theory moment concludes. My day will have digging and grading in it. I am craving rhubarb pie, warm, with a dollop of unsweetened cream a top. Hondo coffe in a earthy, earnest diner-style mug. Hope your day is a rest from the week.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 4, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Frosti, but what a good life. I hope the fish fry is wildly successful.

A cool 36 and still windy in the high country. We're off shortly to do our chores. Gotta find birthday presents for Mr. T's nephew, who will be ten the middle of the month, and for my favorite twin boys, who will be one next Thursday. A whole year. Where does the time go?

Posted by: slyness | April 4, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Boodle synergy: rhubarb in two consecutive posts and I swear on a stack of bibles (king James, Revised Standard, St. Joes, and even a Precious Moments Wedding one....add yours here [ ] ) that Frosti and I DID NOT DISCUSS our post.

Rhubarb, the official fruit/veggie of the Boodle. Proposed for the next business mtg. Mudge, copies of the full text are in your Editing-IN box.

Hey there dbg. So close and so far. Sigh.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 4, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone.

I loved the description of your visit to the store, Frosti.

It sounds way fun to lunch with gwe...have a great time dbG and TBG. Also, I hope the weather clears up for the S'nukes in NYC.

It's a gorgeous day here and the hubby has a look in his eye that tells me that this day will be spent sprucing up the gardens. My back hurts already. We had a night like CP had, windows open, no screens, nice breeze. Lovely. Of course, we were home alone. It is simply amazing that we seem to have gone from desperate for a babysitter on a Friday night to always alone on a Friday night in the blink of an eye.

I put my son on a plane yesterday to spend the weekend at WVU with his cousin. I hope they are having fun...I just hope there is no "purple jesus" involved. Years ago I went to a party somewhere in that vicinity and there was a big plastic trash can filled with the stuff and the party got pretty wild. My son is blessed with his father's innate good sense and judgment, so I'm hoping he'll pass if he comes upon the stuff.

Happy Saturday!

Posted by: Kim1 | April 4, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Morning all, cool and still windy here but it has stopped raining.

CP saw rhubarb in the produce section of the grocery store yesterday and thought of you.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 4, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh and I meant to mention to seasea and yello that..... WOOOHOOOOO!.... we got tickets to see U2 in Charlottesville on October 1! I am so excited. I've always loved them and seeing their 3D movie last year made us REALLY want to see them. Brooooce in May in Charlottesville and U2 in doesn't get any better than that!

Posted by: Kim1 | April 4, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Kim, I just looked up "purple jesus," having never heard of the stuff.

I have led such a sheltered life. Or at least have never been invited to enough interesting parties.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 4, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

frosti, your town-description sounds like the Boodle made manifest!

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, RD, you made me look up purple jesus as well. Those recipes sound a tad more sophisticated than the brew in that black trash can. I'm pretty sure that stuff was grain alcohol and purple kool-aid! Can you imagine?

I MIGHT have tried it if it hadn't been for that black trash can...

Posted by: Kim1 | April 4, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Kim I looked up Purple Jesus too, in my day it was alcool and grape juice, but some of those drinks seems much fancier and would clash with the trash can :-)

Posted by: dmd2 | April 4, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

hey, boodle. hope everyone's having a good weekend.

speaking of u2, i was just about to post a question to the all-knowing boodle. i rarely buy tickets and haven't done the ticketmaster thing since the advent of the online purchasing possibility. i want to try to get tickets in pasadena, which go on sale monday.

when it says that tickets go on sale on a certain date, at what time (and in what time zone) does the sale actually start? is it better to buy over the phone or online in terms of getting the best tickets? or does it not matter?

thanks. like i said, haven't done this in a long, long time.

Posted by: LALurker | April 4, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Frosti wondered if rhubarb bars were called for. I certainly think so. We should establish one right downtown, so anybody with a craving can just belly up and be served all kinds of delicacies, from rhubarb tea to martinis, to scones.

CP will be our first patron.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Dear Boodle,

In order to celebrate (what was the name of the holiday?)I went into my neighborood booze store.

They were offering a free 1.5 liter bottle of Coca Cola with each purchase of Havana Club Rum.

Armed with my celebratory stuff I went home for some holiday porching.

I drank the rum as Doctor Castro prescribes and found it very good.

Now, what do I do with the Coca Cola?

Anxiously awaiting your advice,


Posted by: Braguine | April 4, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

What a gorgeous day. In its honor I have posted a new kit of flower pics. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Posted by: joelache | April 4, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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