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Those White House gate crashers


Fanning myself after reading the story of the gate crashers at the White House, Michaele and Tareq Salahi. What narcissistic jerks! Sorry, but I'm humorless on this. It's an issue of presidential security and you don't monkey around with it for your Bravo cameras and your Facebook page and your look-at-me agenda.

Can we send the Salahis up in a mylar balloon and watch them float aimlessly across the country on CNN?

Obviously they were pulling a stunt for the cameras, to burnish their fabulousness credentials, or to be "interesting," or to maximize their face time on The Real Housewives of DC, but this time the vanity strayed way too close to the touchiest, most delicate matter in town, which is the security of the president and his family. You don't play around with that. Sorry to be a scold, but I guarantee you the Secret Service isn't laughing today. Henceforth, even the turkey is going to get a full cavity check before it gets pardoned.

Someone could, and surely will, make the case that Michaele and Tareq Salahi are merely exposing a flaw in the White House security system, and that they're doing the Secret Service a favor. But the Secret Service thinks about its imperfections compulsively. No one needs to dramatize the flaws. This kind of stunt just gives people ideas. And sure, they were magged at the entrance, but that screens only one kind of potential weapon and there are other techniques for doing harm to someone.

The whole thing creeps me out.

Please throw the book at these awful human beings!

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 27, 2009; 8:15 AM ET
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I completely agree with you, Joel. Idiots. Narcissists -- and this country and this area is full of them!

I see your GRRRRRRRRRRRR and raise you an ARRRGGGGHHHH!!!

Posted by: -ftb- | November 27, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and


(in a completely non-narcissistic way -- it's meant with love)

Posted by: -ftb- | November 27, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

This mirrors precisely my view when I read about the crashers. Not amusing, and downright irresponsible. The seeking after fame in the general public has become not only distasteful, which it always was, but utterly beyond reason.

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I third this kit. Joel...

of all the stupid stunts to even try in the face of open baiting of our right wing nutcases by certain members of the radio and written media, this is outlandish.

I guess there is more to the couple than Redskins Cheerleaders, bankrupt wineries and stiffing vendors for self-ingratiating Polo parties.

To quote Charlie Chan, "So sari!"

Posted by: russianthistle | November 27, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Well said Joel.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 27, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The question I have and haven't seen addressed is did they break a law? Can you just go to the White House and bluff your way into a party?

Grace Slick didn't get in and she had an invitation. (and, of course, bad intentions).

Posted by: russianthistle | November 27, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Grace Slick? Whoa, that takes me back 40 or so years . . . .

I just ordered three books from -- a simply fabulous online bookstore out of the UK (with US and Canadian bookshops, too). The prices (even for new books) are much, much better than Amazon's, and they even have out-of-print books and some first editions of same. The latter are predictably pricey, and with good reason.

One of the books is for a friend whose birthday was in October (we take our own sweet time in our gang) and the other two are for me.

Books make my day, indeed.

Posted by: -ftb- | November 27, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Here's a little Dylan Christmas to get you in the mood for Black Friday...

Posted by: -TBG- | November 27, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Amen Joel. What will it take for us to stop going gaga over ‘celebrities?’ All these people famous for being famous or infamous, from ‘real housewives’ who’ve never seen a dust cloth, mop or the inside of an oven, to balloon boys and poor little rich girls, singers who can barely carry a tune, over the hill rock stars and alcoholic former TV ‘stars, make my blood boil. I sincerely hope these fame-wh0res have broken some law and can be put away for a good long while.

Sorry for the rant, I’ve been holding it in since I first heard of this thing.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 27, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Obviously money cannot buy you class. Outside of being totally disrespectful and classless though, this could have ruined the whole evening -- suppose it had been discovered that someone had snuck you think that the Secret Service would have just let things go on as if nothing had happened? How self-centered and selfish these people are. If you are a friend of theirs, unfriend them. If you are an IRS agent, audit them. I agree, throw the whole book at them. There are some things you just don't mess with and this, to any obvious (as opposed to oblivious) person, is one of them.

Posted by: dbriere | November 27, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

While we're all busy being unamused by these famewh*res, let's ask the big question:

When President you're guarding gets 30 death threats a day, why does your security setup seem to be "If you're dressed nicely and aren't carrying a weapon made of metal, come on in"?

Posted by: byoolin1 | November 27, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I mean, geez, Mary Walsh of This Hour Has 22 Minutes had a harder time getting to Sarah Palin at a Borders book signing...

Posted by: byoolin1 | November 27, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

dbriere, you are absolutely right! Have you been in this boodle before, as I don't recognize you're name (which has nothing to do with being older than God -- really, honestly). If you have been, I've missed seeing it, and if you haven't been, please visit more often.

TBG, how was your event? Thanksgiving with a Greek patina, perhaps? What a great holiday it is, but I'm also glad that it comes once a year. I heard yesterday via some dumb television program that a typical Thanksgiving meal holds some 5,000 calories (!!!). All of them onto my hips, I suspect. Yet *another* reason to have it only once a year.

*oh, dear -- almost time for lunch and I'm hungry, strangely enough*

Posted by: -ftb- | November 27, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Well, ftb, it's funny that you ask about the Greek patina. There seems to have been a case of Emailing out of Order.

Hosting sister emailed last week asking if we wanted Avgolemono soup for T'giving dinner; she also asked for alternative suggestions if 'lemono soup was too mundane for our families.

I replied that I had a great recipe idea and I would make it.

Then Oldest Sister replied that her family would LOVE 'lemono soup and asked Hosting Sister to please make some.

Then... Hosting Sister replied, "GREAT! OK!"

So... yesterday, Hosting Sister says, right before dinnertime, "TBG... where's the soup?"

You see... I thought she was replying to the request for her to make the 'lemono soup, when she had been replying to my offer to make the soup.

Much hilarity ensued.

In fact, this is why I love my family and all of our family gatherings. There was absolutely no reaction other than laughter. No blame, no anger... just laughter (of course a couple of folks declared that they were leaving since there was no 'lemono soup).

Anyway... a great time was had by all.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 27, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Well put, Joel. I hope that, at the very least, this stunt makes the television and media producers pull back from any further exposure for this couple. This includes both TV show participation and more temporary appearances like morning-show interviews. Their selfish, publicity-seeking stunt should result in an inability to further aggrandize themselves on TV. Of course, it probably won't happen. Ratings and the lowest common denominator, and all that.

I almost typed "demonominator".

I think it is clear that this was more than just "wouldn't it be fun", since the couple themselves made sure (a) to take pictures with luminaries and (b) post them on the Internet, with comments about the event. This calculated use of a public forum as a public forum demonstrates that this was not a private adventure.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 27, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Now, see, TBG, that sounds like how things *should* play out. Laughter is indeed the very best medicine for every (mostly) "dispute".

That being said, how about a recipe for that soup? Linguaphile that I am, it seems that there must be some lemon in it (as there is in a lot of Greek food (correct me if I'm wrong, please)). I'll Google in the meantime, but you, my dear TBG, are *authentic* so I'll take your recipe over all others.

Posted by: -ftb- | November 27, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I assume the Salahis won't get any invitations for a while. Maybe disinvitations.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 27, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I was the reading the Reliable Souce column about the couple, at the end it lists a few of the comments received on their facebook page, rather than disinvitations seemed a good number of people were offering congratulations for the couples ingenuity. What is wrong with people. I saw maybe an episode of one of the Housewives shows, cannot say I saw anything to rate watching more, let along repeated clones of the same crap - those are IQ points I will never recover.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 27, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, Boodle. Managed to sleep until 10 this morning--haven't done that in decades (yes, my wife was out shopping or something; this could never have happened if she'd been home). She's back now, though, and my penance was to stow the Halloween and T-day decorations in their home in the garage, and get down all the Xmas decorations from the attic, which I have done. So let the Xmas season work begin.

Before we abandon the previous kit/boodle entirely in favor of this new umbrage, I think we still need to revist the matter of this "respected scientist" at the bottom of the last boodle who claims aliens are sending us messages in crop circles. When you read the article you learn that the respected scientist...well, let me quote who he is:

"Latchezar Filipov, head of the Space Research Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences."

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Ahem. When I think of all the great Bulgar scientists sung about in song and fable, I think of...of...

OK, I'm not really all that up on my Bulgar songs and fables. Or Bulgarian science in general. But I'm quite confidant their Space Research Institute is a top-notch outfit chock full of Bulgo-Tartar SciTims and RD Padouks. According to word on the street, the Bulgarian Space Agency is very close to meeting its goal of launching into orbit before 2012 a kilogram of beets.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 27, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

One of the odd things about my family is that we rarely have Thanksgiving arguments. Last night, the only thing my mother and I had to complain about was the stupid politics of other people who aren't intelligent or thoughtful enough to agree with us. Those losers.

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 27, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

A postscript to the discussion at the end of the last boodle. I wonder why those folks who are so upset about the deficit of the Obama administration don't either appreciate or know that, during the entire Bush administration, the Gulf War activities were off budget. The Bush administration's large deficit was a facade for the real numbers.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 27, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Cliff Van Zandt said on MSNBC the other day that they could be charged with lying to a federal officer (Secret Service). I don't think people should be audited in retribution - too Nixonian. Brian Williams made the Balloon Boy connection too - he was at the State Dinner and noticed them, after their SUV was turned away and they alit with film and makeup people in tow:

What is the matter with people? I like all the things the Obamas do to connect with regular people, but I also fear for their security.

Posted by: seasea1 | November 27, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 'mudge. Bulgaria is actually pretty sophisticated, with a really strong community of physicists, mathematicians, etc. as well as medical researchers. And the Academy of Sciences is recognized by most international institutions.

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

When my Ukrainian-American friend was visiting a major radio observatory in Ukraine some years ago (after the break-up of the USSR, but before Ukraine had gone its own way more completely), he had trouble at the security station. They wanted to know his father's name, because of the importance of patronyms in Slavic identification. The thing is, his father had been an official and well-known enemy-of-the-state under the Soviets, and the guards were Russians. Thinking quickly, the escorts said "Oh, he doesn't use his father's name."

Guard: "What is he, Bulgarian?"

Escort: " ... yes."

Guard: "All right, go on in."

I'm not sure what this says about either Bulgarians or Russians, but it must say something.

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 27, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

ftb... Avgolemono soup is easy! Here's how we make it in my house...

2 cans of condensed chicken 'n rice soup
2 eggs
lemon juice (fresh squeezed or bottled juice; around one lemon's worth, but really to taste)

Cook chicken soup on stove per directions on the can.

In a blender, blend the two eggs with the lemon (about 1/4 cup or the juice of one lemon)

Once the soup is cooked, take a ladle and add broth only [as much as you can help avoiding the other ingredients] and add it to the egg and lemon juice mixture in the blender while blending.

[my mom always explained that you add HOT to COLD to avoid curdling or cooking the egg]

Add as much of the broth to the blender as you can, blending into a froth.

Pour the contents of the bowl back into the pot, stirring in. Taste to see if you'd like to add more lemon.

Here's the tricky part... cook on medium until you see the first "bloop." You don't want to cook it too much or the egg will break down, but it doesn't change the taste, only the appearance.

Top with fresh-ground black pepper when you serve. Mmmmm.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 27, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

This is kind of a no-win situation for the Secret Service. Let's say that had followed procedure rigorously and done something like pulled the couple into a black van for interrogation. (I'm guessing. But I know what happens to people who try to run the gates at various controlled facilities.) Or worse, what if the Secret Service had hauled the couple off and they really *were* on the guest list. Oh, wouldn't *that* have looked good.

So although I am not excusing the Secret Service in any way, I sure can see how this happened.

I have no idea if what this couple did was illegal or not. I suspect that lying about supposedly being on the guest list (if this is what happened) probably violates some law. But legality is almost beside the point. There are the issues of prudence, safety, and respect.

In my opinion the Secret Service has one of the most important, most difficult, and least glamorous jobs in the civilian government. And I know, first hand, that these people take their jobs *extremely* seriously. Especially with *this* President, given the eagerness of the right-wing press to get folks riled up.

And, if nothing else, what this Bozo couple did was rude. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Alas, they don't seem the kind to get worked up over such quaint concepts.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 27, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Avgolemono soup! Thats what another greek-American described to me as egg-and-lemon soup. She explained to me about the temperature and making sure the egg was thick and smoothly blended in.

Tried it once per her directions, and it was tasty-- lemon merenguey soup. she didn't mention chicken-and-rice base, though.

Yeah, those people were right to leave if there was no Avgolemono!

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 27, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

If they were doing for a reality show stunt, they probably had tiny cameras hidden. Next up: extreme strip searching for bugs.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 27, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The Financial Times has a story claiming that the financial world has dis-embraced physics and is now taking up evolutionary ecology. Or whatever. One of their columnists, John Kay, has been pointing out for a while that businesses live in an evolutionary environment. (He's author of "The Long and the Short of It: finance and investment for normally intelligent people who are not in the industry.)

I think I agree. Years ago, Peter Drucker was very much into innovation and the displacement of the current lot of dominant corporations by upstarts. He pointed out that "conservative" loss-adverse investors (think Pennsylvania Railroad or any list of blue chips) almost always fared badly. I wish Drucker were around to comment on the decline of the newspaper business. He'd be fascinated by Google.

So maybe the Masters of the Universe might read their Drucker and some books on ecosystem change. I notice that Seth Reice's "The silver lining: the benefits of natral disasters" seems to have been mimicked by Scott Anthony's "The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times".

A nice Christmas present for investment bankers might be William Stolzenburg's "Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators". Maybe accompanied Dave Eggers' "The Wild Things" in its fur-covered edition.

Masters of the Universe also should have some notion of how much people have altered the Earth. For that, browse Michael Williams' "Deforesting the Earth: From Prehistory to Global Crisis, An Abridgement". At 539 pages, I don't think anyone would read the whole thing. Then William Ruddiman's "Plows, Plagues & Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate". After peeking at Williams, Ruddiman's grand idea seems more plausible.

Then again, the Masters of the Universe are probably more into the goings-on at the Santa Fe Institute. "Emergence, Innovation, and Robustness in Evolutionary Systems".

Then there's the world of 15 minutes of celebrity. Salahis on Letterman? Oprah? Reality TV?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 27, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

F1 returning to Montreal!

Posted by: dmd3 | November 27, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, if you've had it with reality tv wannabees and worries over a commercial real estate crash, The Road is out this in theatres this weekend, which I understand to be a remake of the light-hearted "Road" series of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. So that'll cheer you right up.

Posted by: engelmann | November 27, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Engleman, you have a streak of evil.

And I like it.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 27, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Oops I mean *Engelmann*. My apologies.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 27, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The Road - "An epic post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father and his young son as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm."
Yup, that'll cheer us right up!

Posted by: km2bar | November 27, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of security, I have it on good authority that our local Walmart had five (5) police cars in place to ensure a violence-free Black Friday. But they still ran out of the cheap stuff too fast.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 27, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

See, km2bar, that's why what engelmann said was funny.

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Engelmann, you can remove your tongue from your cheek now. But I admit I'm fascinated by the thought of a whimsical, tuneful comedy of a bleak, post-apocalyptic Cormac McCarthy landscape starring Viggo Mortensen reprising the Bing role, Robert Duvall doing the Bob Hope thing, and Charlize Theron doing the Dorothy Lamour bit (will Charlize wear "the bow"?). I can see Viggo and Duvall doing the old eeny-meany clap-and-punch shtick. OK, my brain hurts now.

It appears that the WH crashers also lied to the Bravo execs, too, which raises the question of what sort of culpability Bravo has in all this, and how much fact-checking they need to do in the future. Accrording to Roxanne and Amy (Reliable Sourcers), the woman, Michaela, was once a Redskins cheerleader. Wonder if that's been fact-checked. But that's exactly the trouble with a pain-in-the-ass story like this: when people are exposed as serial liars/hoaxers, even the smallest, tiniest detail becomes suspect.

Bravo "ought" to burn all its tapes of these people, and TV in general ought to ban them. Of course, that won't happen in a gazillion years. They'll be on Larry King before you know it.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 27, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Cormac McCarthy's prose in "The Road" looks untranslatable to the visual. And what about all that ash?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 27, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Didn't that article mention they were already scheduled to be on Larry King. Can we add him to the list of flamewh0res.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 27, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, and on the positive side, Micahele Salhi really *does* represent the typical Washington, DC, housewife, as her wiki entry indicates.

"Michaele Salahi married Tareq in 2003 in a lavish ceremony at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington DC with 28 bridesmaids, 28 groomsmen, and, according to a video posted on YouTube and her Facebook page, enjoyed a reception at the Tareq family winery prepared by 46 chefs hosted in a 36,000 square-foot tent, capped off with a 30-minute fireworks display and an eight-foot wedding cake. The guest list included 1,836 guests featuring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Sen. Mark Warner, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Margaret Heckler. The wedding originally scheduled for October 2002 was postponed numerous times prompting Kennedy to quip that he needed to issue "subpoenas" to the bride and groom."

You people in the rest of the coutry are probably not aware that in the DC we pretty often have weddings catered by 46 chefs, have 28 bridesmaids, 28 grooms, etc., and invite Supreme Court Justices. Why, just this past summer my wife and I had Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Scalias (lovely couple) over to our place for crabs and beer.

I cannot in good conscience tell you that when our #1 daughter got married we let her have 28 bridesmaids and 28 groomsmen. Frankly, we couldn't afford it, so we drew the line at 22 each. (She was in such a snit, but she eventually got over it.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 27, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

km2bar! your sad tale about the lost jobs and the house from the last thread was cut-off by the new thread and some morning activities. Not forgotten.

The story you told is being repeated over and over around here, as well. While the housing market might be manageable, (as if ... as the kids say), one large commercial loan being held by a small regional bank that also has lost much of their base because of the housing side, can take down the bank.

That's the threat posed by a commercial loan failure. To say that it is a thorny challenge for the administration is an understatement. Where and how do we get involved. To date, the solution is to take a faltering business and merge it into a larger business and hand them a check for their troubles. The trouble is that there are projections that numerous local banks are on the hook, so to speak. Also, what we end up with is fewer and fewer banks which is also problematic.

Big banks also encourage a shrinking labor force in the industry.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 27, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Happy Black Friday everybody...

One good thing about the gate crashers... if they show up uninvited to the next BPH you'll be able to spot them right away and overtly shun them. Or toss ketchup-drenched french fries at them while impersonating pirates.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Ours was typical, with way too much food and lots of laying around in a semi-conscious state afterward.

Still battling that stupid psoriasis here and recently found out I have full-blown cirrhosis. Blood tests this week will determine if it's stabilized or reversing (I hope) or getting worse. Don't even want to think about the "worse" result. Needless to say, I'm back on the wagon (18 days!) and feeling better every day.

Enjoy the long weekend, friends, and watch out for those crazed shoppers with their sharp elbows and Kamikaze carts.

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | November 27, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Although to be perfectly honest, we don't play all that much polo around here. CqP, ftb, Padouk, GlamTim, bc, TBG, you want to concur? I don't think we play more than once or twice a year any more, not like we used to, anyway.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 27, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, faxing every bit of will power, and good wishes for you as you work to stay on the wagon.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 27, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, Mudge. It just seems too pretentious what with the recession an all. Croquet seems much more appropriate. Or, in case of inclement weather, a jolly good game of whist.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon boodle!

It will take me a few days to back boodle, but I'm looking forward to it. It's a shame the Salahis won't be subject to the corrective actions that will surely be taken after their antics. I'm not in favor of IRS audits as retribution either, but it seems like being put on the no-fly list is perfectly justifiable.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, praying for your well-being.

Posted by: Windy3 | November 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

AP is reporting that there still might be criminal charges depending on what they said to the Secret Service. I have a feeling they will be spending time in the stocks yet.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 27, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse


Seasonal Marco, only.

Good for you, Martooni. See an immunologist or rhematologist if you can about the psoriasis; likely autoimmune related.

Martooni keep heart however you can, dear boodler. We will rejoice at your good news but also know this: if you stumble, that is a lapse best handled by starting the count over again at that next subsequent moment. Don't let the lapse rule. Restart as needed. Eventually the pattern become habit enough to give you the heart-steps as needed.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 27, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all.

Just saw something cross my screen saying that Tiger Woods had been seriously hurt in an auto accident this morning.

I'm busy doing car work and general cleanup around the house, so not much time for Boodling today.

Mudge, the last time I played polo, it was on a motorcycle.

Perhaps it's a good thing that I'm don't have enough time to do such things anymore. Remarkably, I've aged enough and acquired sufficient wisdom to consider the possible consequences of such actions *before* I took to a dirt bike and a croquet mallet.

I *should* read that story about the White House Dinner Crashers before commenting on it, I suppose. It did strike me as creepy at first glance...


Posted by: -bc- | November 27, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

That sacks Martooni.

Those Salahis are ripe for Survivors, Guantanamo Edition.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 27, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

'Tooni, glad you're able to check in, sorry about your news. Keep up the right treatments and we'll pray that it's going to be enough to give your liver a breather to heal.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 27, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods was indeed injured,

Posted by: dmd3 | November 27, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, keep up the good fight, brother.

We're pulling for ya, man.

And we'd be delighted to see you at a BPH, no matter what.


Posted by: -bc- | November 27, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mudge, I used to ride horses back in those long-ago teenage years, but I only pat their velvety noses now. My knees (such as they are) would *never* keep me upright on a horse now. And the horse would know it! I'd be bucked over the goalpost at the first whiff of my abject fear. Better than the Redskins and Lions, that's fer shur.

Martooni, I, too, am faxing the extreme form of karma to you, which includes all my best wishes and encouragement, wrapped in good humor (because that fits into the equation, too) and affection, which comes packaged along side a copious container of chicken soup, because none of that can hurt.

Screw up your courage (in the very best of ways and with good intent) and take your days one moment at a time. We are all behind you every inch/centimeter of the way.

*Hugs to Toons*

Posted by: -ftb- | November 27, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Yikes, Martooni, sorry to hear that. Hope you're doing ok.

The Salahis give horse people a bad name. Which really ticks me off. Looks like they're going to feel some heat, at least:

The ash in The Road apparently comes from Mt St Helens - at least, parts of it were filmed there. Also filmed in Pennsylvania, although I'm not sure exactly where - lots of desolation there.

Posted by: seasea1 | November 27, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, everybody...

I'm doing okay and, like I said, I'm feeling better and stronger every day -- lots of V8 and decaf green tea. Been hitting AA meetings almost daily and working with my sponsor. Heck, I even started going to church again.

Got lots of future plans (including a BPH or three). It just took the doc telling me I only had two months to accomplish them all to get me to wake up and smell the coffee and change my self-destructive ways. One of those months has passed now and somehow I don't think this next month will be my last. No expiration date on my butt that I'm aware of.

Now back to my freezing workshop (I'm actually back to work again! woohoo!)...

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | November 27, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, I was just thinking about you this morning! I am sorry to learn of your health problems but pleased that you are on the right road. As others have said, one day at a time, one minute at a time if necessary. Try not to get ahead of yourself with your thoughts. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 27, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I adore this in the reporting on the Secret Service visit to the winery. "She's a very private person," Weiss said of Corinne Salahi. "She prefers not to be talking to anybody."

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

In the "You Reek What you Sow" department..

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 27, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, glad to hear that you're working on the issues, bad as they are. You will be in my prayers.

Posted by: slyness | November 27, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Keeping a good thought Martooni.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 27, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

What I like about this column teaser from the front page is that our friend Krauthammer gets the premise wrong before we even make the argument.

"Krauthammer: The Democrats have chosen the worst possible way to insure more people."

Hey, it isn't about INSURANCE, it is about Health Care, isn't it. The Democrats are too afraid to just remove the health insurance companies from the equation. So who loses? We do. Health Insurance companies are not necessary.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 27, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, Weed. Everything I've read and seen (including Obama's address to Congress) sure makes it seem like health insurance reform.

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Yay! Martooni! Glad to hear you're with us and intend to stay that way. Hugs and good thoughts, guy.

Polo playing,huh? I keep thinking polo is the game where the ball is a goat, or your enemy's head. I can see why they don't let you play it very often. If you keep an open mind,though, having heads roll would be an excellent incentive for everyone to play nice and get along.

Today was beautiful. I did some online shopping (don't tell!) then worked on my shop. It is almost cleaned up; one corner to go. I haven't touched the workbench surface either. Of course, there's almost as much stuff outside to be hauled away as there is inside. My muscles are sore but I feel great.

WHoops. gotta go. Ivansdad loaded his pizza gun and bagged a couple of nice ones. He's pulling in now.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 27, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh! That reminds me. Some years ago I had professional contact with a woman who had very publicly exited a really *horrible* marriage to a rich fellow (not that there's anything wrong with that) who was a polo player.

Two months later I came across a typo in a Globe story about Salk, who developed the first "polo" vaccine. Sent the clipping to my contact with a little note. We are now friends.

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

One day at a time, Martooni. And if that "higher power" thing becomes an issue, you could always use the boodle.

Fellow Boodler byoolin has a couple of humorous things to contribute to the Celebritology comments, at

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 27, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I generally sit back and ride the wave of Washington. The intrusion of the White House party brought me to the comment box.
-This intrusion is offensive, threatening, disrespectful and inappropriate. It's fantasy thinking and fantasy people mocking serious issues and setting examples for some who have no problem crossing the line into dangerous thinking. I will find it extremely difficult to let this pass without some serious reprimand or criminal action taking place. Are humans so pitiful in their short sighted memories not to understand the consequences of this violation. I know let's have a real disaster for wake up call! Give me a break!

Posted by: lmmarv | November 27, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

That is a good comment, Immarv, particularly "fantasy thinking." As though there are no repercussions to stunts except publicity.

However, I would never wish a real disaster as a reminder; and know you would not either. At least it *was* only a stunt, and so gives the responsible parties a chance to reform without the dreadful consequences otherwise foreseeable.

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

The PBS show Nature had an episode about horses which I've watched a couple of times. One of the horse/rider combinations they focus on is a polo player/trainer, his veterinarian wife, and the horse he's training. Polo may have started out with the goat head, but it's more civilized now.
The guy has a very preppy accent, which I try not to hold against him.

Of course, anytime I hear about polo ponies, I remember this from the Honeymooners:

Posted by: seasea1 | November 27, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, byoolin is consistently hilarious in his comments at Celebritology. Thanks for posting a link here.

Stormy day and night here but I've had fun. Made pumpkin cheesecake to take to #1's on Sunday this morning. Visited #2 and her dogs this afternoon for a while and delivered both her wreath and two I made for our friend with the B&B. Did a bit of housework here when I got home and have been goofing off ever since.

Find the Tiger Woods story very odd, where was he going at 2 am? And no seatbelt? Also see that those fame-wh0res met the President, they cannot be arrested soon enough for me! I want to see a perp walk!

Posted by: badsneakers | November 27, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Also, alcohol does not seem to have been a factor but charges may yet be laid?

I suppose...

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Not a great picture, but here's our spread from yesterday...

Bread kneaded in the machine, but braided by hand and cooked in the oven; pureed butternut squash served with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar; cranberry relish; sweet potato casserole; traditional dressing; turkey; green beans w/butter and almonds; sausage dressing.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 27, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

seasea -- did the horse have an accent? I've always wondered what horses were thinking. I suspect that when cats sit, staring blankly at a wall, what they are really doing is solving complex differential equations. I, um, heard that somewhere.

People (a word used loosely) who do what the interlopers did, *never* think about consequences -- they're just like three-year olds. The parents lay down the rules, the youngster says "no" or just goes ahead and does the taboo thing anyway, and then the kid just *looks* at the parent, daring the parent to respond in some way. And even if the parent is not so good at parenting, and beats the kid up, the kid generally thinks it's worth it, since the kid got attention.

Interestingly, there were two of the male-type grandchildren at Thanksgiving last night -- 11 and almost 8. Great kids, really. They were teasing their uncle with the word "f@rticus" which we all thought was pretty funny. Except for their mother, who heard it and said "We don't say words like that . . . " Well, yeah, some people do. Perhaps it could have been said like this: "That is not the kind of word to use when there are a lot of people around who could be offended. I would prefer that if you are going to joke around with Uncle Gonzo, that you keep it on the quiet side, and be aware of who else might be in the vicinity."

But, then, that's me. I thought it was funny. And kids that age get scatological.

Nevertheless, I do agree with what appears to be the consensus that the oh-so-rich-and-isn't-it-cool-that-we-have-no-brains people who crashed the party have to punished in some way. A week in jail (and not together) and a big bite of their money -- to be donated to charities serving the homeless and/or hungry, etc., would be exceptionally fine with me. And since Bravo supplied the cameras, that station gets hit with a mega fine, too.

Ah, feel *much* better now.

Finished up the leftovers, so starting tomorrow, it's Lean Cuisine and back to the gym for the rest of my life. . . .

Posted by: -ftb- | November 27, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

BTW, while grazing through some of the Swedish newspapers this morning, I came across a brief snippet that Tiger Woods apparently was caught having an affair, as the putative affairee blabbed about it. The only "evidence" of support came from the National Enquirer. Okaaaaaaaaaaay, then.

Posted by: -ftb- | November 27, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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

Good evening, friends. JA, I agree one hundred percent. And creepy is the exact word I thought of too. Not funny at all.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving, and my dad seemed really to enjoy himself. He spent his time with his sister. My sister and my family ate together, and I was late, but it was all good. I didn't stuff myself, but the little I ate, came back last night to haunt me in the worse way. I hope everyone here enjoyed their day.

Just wanted to stop in and say hello. Martooni, I'm so sorry to hear that you're having problems, but the one that made the mouth and the bottle can help you. It's still call prayer, and I'll keep you in it. Please do the same for me. And as always, it was good to see your name here, and your comment.

Scotty, Yoki, Lindaloo, Mudge, Slyness, and everyone else, enjoy your long weekend. God bless.

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 27, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra! *Hugggsss* And Grover Waves. So glad you had a happy day.

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we should bring back public shaming, circa 1700, as a punishment. I'm picturing these two in stocks in Lafayette Park, with pedestrians coming by and throwing horse manure at them.

Posted by: rashomon | November 27, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, welcome back, even if the circumstances aren't the best. My father recovered from cirrhosis, evidently not related to alcohol consumption.

Going 'way back to Byoolin, North America was somewhat lacking in people when the English and others began seizing the place. There's considerable evidence that epidemics of Old World diseases destroyed human populations in the Americas on a scale scarcely imaginable to us. Even the plagues that Europe suffered were modest by comparison.

So North America presented empty fields, extraordinarily abundant wildlife, abounding fisheries, and lots of other resources that colonists could exploit. This was even the situation in present-day Oregon and Washington when Americans began to arrive after 1830 or so.

None of which excuses dispossessing or murdering the people who had survived the health catastrophes and were often farming, fishing, whatever, quite successfully. Even worse, exterminations and forced relocations (often the same thing) worsened during the course of the nineteenth century, when one would think that attitudes might perhaps improved a bit.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 27, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Hi Cassandra! I'm glad your Thanksgiving was good and your dad's was too.

I have a new incentive for the Boy to behave well. He and Ivansdad play World of Warcraft, in which I have no interest at all. At all. Today he sat me down and created a character for me. From fatigue or amusement I let him try to teach me how to play. Of course I don't really get the point of WOW. However, I also wholly fail to understand how to get the people to move around and do the things they're supposed to do. I mean, I can't use the mouse or keys properly. I don't play video games well either. After three minutes the Boy lamented that it was like trying to teach a turtle to look at something and focus on it. After five, he banished me from the room and deleted the character.

Now, all I have to do is threaten to have him teach me to play WOW again. Instant compliance!

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 27, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

*Snort* Ivansmom. I came to it late. I used "teach me Wii" in just the same way. They didn't, and I was allowed to read my book. Though I rawked at the bunny dance.

Rashomon, there is a sad lack of public shame, these latter days. People can show up with their second wives (unmarried) in polite society, and nobody blinks. Even the people who admired the first wife. But I'm not bitter or anything.

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

When discussing activities to keep us busy on a Saturday, I always used to suggest wrapping a box of legal pads in silver paper, putting on some nice clothes and crashing wedding receptions. My wife would never go for it and that dopey movie ruined the game for me.

One time we were passing the National Cathedral and there were all sorts of black vehicles all around. I remembered that one of Al Gore's daughters was getting married that day. I suggested the wedding crash gambit but got shot down, fortunately only metaphorically.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 27, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

In elementary school when I got wind of a classmate having a birthday party that I hadn't been invited to, I would show up the day of the party and disingenuously ask if the birthday boy could come out and play. The embarrassed mom would invite me into the party instead. My mother would later ferry over a gift to make up for my forwardness.

Feel free to extrapolate to my current personality traits as you see fit.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 27, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

After lunch in Savannah, we high-tailed back to Atlanta and dropped our son off at his fraternity. We checked into the hotel and raided the bookstore for GT apparel (shockingly in poor supply at the local BigBoxOfJockStuff stores in Merlin).

We then showed up at our sons fraternity house to take him to dinner to find him and ten of his fraternity brothers in a massive LAN party World of Warcraft raid. After getting their collective butts kicked, we pried him away from the keyboard.

Meanwhile, one brother had broken out the hand saw and was about to build a stand for the new 60" plasma TV that an alumni had donated from his Black Friday expedition. None of the others seemed eager to help, but there were vague assurances that the stand would be built and the TV operational in time for the UGA game tomorrow. At least some of their priorities are in synch.


Posted by: yellojkt | November 27, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Then, while in line at the restaurant he ran into a (rather cute) girl from his organic chem class. They commiserated over how tough the homework assignment and he confessed to not having started it yet, instead saving it for Sunday afternoon when he had nothing else to do.

Last night after Turkey Day dinner at The Lady And Sons (none of whom where in visible attendance), we took the long way back to the hotel and our son passed out in a tripti-whatever coma about 7. I wasn't far behind and was asleep shortly before 9. About 10:30 he awoke and swiped the hotel key off the desk and went across the street to get a Red Bull.

I briefly awoke at 3 am to hear the frantic pounding of the keyboard of his laptop. I fell back asleep until 7:30 when I got up to go take photos of Forsyth Park. I frantically searched the room for the key so I wouldn't awaken anybody when I woke up. Fearing senility and having heard the late-night caffeine foray, I ended up stealing the spare key out of my wife's purse.

When I got back, I cleared the desk of the empty can, and moved his notebook, laptop and calculator out of the way so I could backboodle.


Posted by: yellojkt | November 27, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

So at the dinner table, we asked if that was the organic chemistry homework that he had been working on so late last night. No. He said that was his Intro To Chemical Engineering class and he still had to finish a few problems from that set.

Since we had made him drive us to dinner (so we could split a bottle of wine) and drop us off at the hotel, we have no idea what he is doing with the rest of his evening, except that I doubt it has anything to do with homework.

But still, earlier this weekend he made a casual aside that flabbergasted us. He said, "You know, the tests are a lot easier if you do the homework assignments." For him to come to this epiphany in only his sophomore year of college is a tremendous achievement. There is hope for the boy yet.

So I apologize for boodlehogging, but I will sign off and hit the hay. I have a Pi Mile to run in the morning.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 27, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I've never gotten away with five fantasy Boodle posts. We'll see if I get away with even one.

Posted by: Yoki | November 27, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, Yoki, you potentially got away with the bad Irish girl post.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 28, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Ya. I pwnd it.

Posted by: Yoki | November 28, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

What the party-crashing-clowns did was actually funny, in a me-and-my-drunk-buddies-doing-stupid-crap kinda way. But when me & my buddies did it, we expected to be castigated (and/or arrested) and to be excluded from decent company. I do think it's worth remembering that no harm was done, and apparently none was intended.

Shunning seems fair, a very small fine and/or jail term seems reasonable. Throwing the serious book at them seems like overkill, since the worst damage seems to have been the embarrassment of those folks who were supposed to keep such things from happening.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 2:51 AM | Report abuse

I thought that too, until I thought about it. It was an hilarious stunt, until I thought about it. Now that I'm all middle-aged and disapproving, and understand.

Posted by: Yoki | November 28, 2009 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Yoki - I know that you know that I know that it was a very, very bad idea, and I don't approve.

But worse crimes are committed every day (I don't approve of them, either) and let's keep things and their proper repercussions in perspective, that's all I'm sayin'.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Me too, bobsewell. It made me laugh like a drain. And then *think.*

Of course, I am a Canadian, so it mostly made me laugh.


Posted by: Yoki | November 28, 2009 3:17 AM | Report abuse

For yellojkt (and anyone else who's got a request) - I'll be in Savannah for a week or so around Christmas, if there's anything you forgot to pick up while you were there, I'm taking orders.

I 'll probably swing through Atlanta on the way back, so feel free to add that to the list also.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 3:27 AM | Report abuse

By the way: I still have two or three copies of the WaPost commemorative Obama election-edition newspaper. If anyone wants one, lemme know. They're just gonna turn brown & get thrown away.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 3:33 AM | Report abuse

Pound 'o Grits? Not instant, or Five Minute, but real grits?

I'm kind of a big fan of real grits.

Posted by: Yoki | November 28, 2009 3:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I have to go all the way to Georgia to get 'em for you, but I'll get you some grits, not to worry. Same place I sent the paper, right?

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 3:46 AM | Report abuse

oooh, just remembered... NOT the same place. New house, right?

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 3:47 AM | Report abuse

And nearly anything from the Piggly-Wiggly. Especially if it is Pig-Brand.

Posted by: Yoki | November 28, 2009 3:48 AM | Report abuse

And nearly anything from the Piggly-Wiggly. Especially if it is Pig-Brand.

Posted by: Yoki | November 28, 2009 3:48 AM | Report abuse

Ya no. I'll send you the new address.

Posted by: Yoki | November 28, 2009 3:49 AM | Report abuse

Because I'm so very, very fond of you, I'm gonna include a bottle of Savannah's own Johnny Harris Barbecue sauce. Personally, I buy it by the case, but we'll start you out with just an initial taste.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 3:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh, hey, ya... feel free to chime in, ya hosers! Grits & barbecue sauce (& Obama newspapers) for any of ya that want it.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 4:00 AM | Report abuse

Har! *Snort* Thphtth!

Posted by: Yoki | November 28, 2009 4:06 AM | Report abuse

Send me your addy to

Posted by: Yoki | November 28, 2009 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Got it?

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 4:24 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Busy night on the boodle!

I made baked beans during the night, I put them in the oven at 22:00 and they are now hot and ready for breakfast.

With scrambled eggs, bacon and stewed tomatoes and toast it makes a nice Canadian Navy breakfast.

Busy day ahead, better get the dogs moving even if it's still completely dark.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 28, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

You're up early, SD.I'll be over shortly for breakfast!

"The tests are easier if you do the homework." Yello, you crack me up. Aren't you glad Little Yello has figured that out, before he should be graduating?

Not quite so cold as yesterday, I can tell already, and the wind has dropped down considerably. Today we'll get the cheesy fake Christmas tree out and set it up. That and the wreath, and we're done here. Next weekend will be the marathon decorating event at home.

There is football in the future for today.

Posted by: slyness | November 28, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

It was one of those morning Slyness. There's nothing like online banking at 04:30.

The very Large Puppy had a good morning too; he chased a rabbit that was nibbling seeds under the birdfeeders. That gets the blood going.

It looks like many of the previously healthy H1N1 victims fell to a cytokine storm and viral pneumonia. That's quite the cocktail.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 28, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

My son grew up with a huge independent streak. My wife loves him very, very much and wishes she could spend more time with him but understands how he needs to carve his own path.

Having him go to a college 700 miles away is tough on her, but she knows it's the best place for him. Last Thanksgiving we went to New York just so that we could watch him in the marching band go down Broadway. Our Thanksgiving dinner last year was on a soggy paper plate from a giant barbecue restaurant while we sat on a mezzanine with the other band families and watched the band eat theirs before they got on a bus to go back to the school to play another halftime show in two days.

This year, he had classes until noon Wednesday and had to be back on campus by Saturday morning for the Tech-Georgia game. It seemed silly to fly him up and back to Baltimore for one day at home. That's how we came up with the grand road trip scheme.

He would have been just as happy to eat Thanksgiving with his fraternity brothers and spend the rest of the weekend playing WoW, but my wife has to see her baby on holidays and I don't blame her.

I suppose we could have invited ourselves to Thanksgiving with my brother who lives in Atlanta, only he took his whole family to Orlando for the week. So instead we are wearing tire ruts up and down the Eastern seaboard on a weekend when most families are gathering in large groups around a home-cooked meal.

Our son is going to wake-up early (10:30 or so) so that we can have lunch together before my wife and I go and spend another twelve hours driving and another night in yet another hotel. We'll stop in one of the cities that is having a Tech party and watch the game just in case they flash a shot of the marching band.

Next week we have cashed in all our frequent flier and credit card points to go to Tampa for the ACC Championship. Friday night the band plays a pep rally on the waterfront. We'll be there and hopefully bring his grandparents along.

Yesterday our son told us that if we wanted to support the band, we should just write a check to the Athletic Association with an earmark for the band. He doesn't quite understand that it's not the band we are supporting with all this travel.

So in the meantime, I try to find interesting things to do and see along the way. Because that is all part of living the fantasy.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 28, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, slyness. Better now than never.

My son, perhaps like some Boodlers, never had to study hard in high school and he thought the whole thing was a bit of a joke. My wife is a massively organized person who completes assignments weeks in advance. My son, however, got his procrastination streak from me, much to her frustration.

She would hector him to do his assignments on time and it was becoming a huge rift in the house. Choosing to pick her battles, she surrendered. She said she would quit caring if and how he did homework as long as he brought home good grades, which he did.

And since his first semester of college was a repeat of high school, he also had good grades. The second semester he struggled with too many courses in material that was new to him. His grades, while still fine, were at the minimum level we had told him in advance were acceptable to us.

It's good to see evidence that something of our constant parental droning has sunk in. He has two weeks left in the semester and has to spend the weekend in the middle traveling by bus back and forth to Tampa before returning for exams.

We will see then if the grades reflect the result of his newfound awareness. I hope so.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 28, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Tooni, good to see you, and hope you are on the path to health. Cassandra, so very good to see you.

Posted by: --dr-- | November 28, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Yello, I completely understand the motivation behind keeping up with the kid. Isn't it wonderful to watch them mature into interesting, fun, productive adults?

I am so proud of my girls; they have launched themselves successfully and are making good choices most of the time, without my hovering. Elderdottir has a full-time job she enjoys and her very own condo to maintain and decorate; Geekdottir is providing moral support and financial backing to the boyfriend in grad school while finding her own contracting gigs; Thirddottir is a fabulous mother with two well-behaved and well-adjusted toddlers.

Life is just wonderful!

Posted by: slyness | November 28, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Pi Mile complete. I had to walk the 10th Street section, but I still beat or tied my personal best time of 40 minutes.

Kick-off is not until 8 pm, but the tailgaters are already staking out spots, including a large group of Dawgs on the 5th Street bridge.

The campus is thick with the fumes of smokers firing up slabs of hoggery. It is going to be chaos when the the well fed and even better lubricated masses file into Bobby Dowd tonight. Perhaps it is for the best in a sour grapes sense that we are getting out of Dodge early.

Clean, old fashioned hate.,_Old-Fashioned_Hate

What's the good word?

Posted by: yellojkt | November 28, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Life is wonderful, slyness. We all have a lot to be thankful for. This child-raising gig is a white knuckle ride and I have been unfairly blessed so far. I love your stories about geekdottir and the others as well.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 28, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

AHA!!! I tole ya, I tole yas, I tole ya:

(from today's story, )

"Last year Michaele [Salahi], now 44, told a Post reporter that she had been a Washington Redskins cheerleader, and she has been photographed at several alumni events. But the cheerleaders' director of marketing, Melanie Coburn, wrote in an e-mail: "We have no record of her being a member of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders."

"Nor could the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association find any record of her, said Terri Crane-Lamb, president of the association.

"One former cheerleader, Konnie McKee, said Michaele came to alumni events, but no one remembered her being on the squad. McKee and Crane-Lamb noticed Michaele attending WRCAA events. "I remember Terri and I talking: 'What's the deal? Does anyone remember her?'"

'Morning, Boodle.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 28, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Within the last 24 hours Micahele's Wiki write-up has been modified to now include:

:"been featured in O, Gourmet, Conde Nast Traveller, Home & Garden, The New Yorker, Vogue, Elle, Victoria's Secret amongst others. Many of these claims appear to be embellishments or outright lies. Both the Washington Redskins and Victoria's Secret have publicly stated that she has never worked for them."

Anybody want to bet on the eventual truthfulness of the claim about modeling in those mags?

These are not just two people who engaged in a kind of funloving-but-misguided stunt. These are people who are serious serial hoaxers. Not a single word they say about themselves can be trusted.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 28, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

So from now own I don't believe anybody claiming to be a former cheerleader unless I see a picture of them holding pom-poms.

I have known a couple of pathological liars in my day, and once the plausibility trust has been broken, it makes everything they have ever said suspect.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 28, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I know what you mean, yello. Don't believe anything without evidence.

I, for one, don't believe for a minute that Mudge once did a radio show with JA and Len Downie.


Posted by: -bc- | November 28, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Good morning! The Gate Crashers are finding what many others have discovered. You can blithely lie about your whole life as long as it doesn't really matter to anyone. If you attract too much notice - get in a position of political or corporate power, or splash yourself all over tv - people will pay attention and will care.

The publicity-seekers in particular seem to have trouble with this concept. Their problem, I think, is that they are catching the public eye on the strength of being one person, and the story is good because they are that person. When it comes out that they've deliberately misled people about who they are, for the story's sake, the story changes and not in their favor. I think this is hard for them to grasp because from their point of view this must all be essentially fiction anyway, so why should anyone care about those fictional biographical details? After all, *they're* still the story.

yellojkt, I really admire the way you're keeping up with your son at school. Like all kids, he's too used to it to know he's lucky, which is a mark of your good parenting.

And I LOVE his epiphany. I'm going to pass it on to the Boy, who will surely need it later.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 28, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 28, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I don't care what it says in your Wiki entry or on your MyFaceBook page, Mudge. [I imagine you're revising them as I type this...]

Where's the evidence, man?

BoodleCrashers, sheesh.

Have a great day, all.
You, too, Mudge.


Posted by: -bc- | November 28, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Wiki?... I had no idea.

And who gave me a Facebook page? I'll have to check me out. I'll bet I'm fascinating. I may even have to Friend myself (it's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it).

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 28, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Technically, I think those cheerleader-thingies are pompons. The big guns are pom-poms, named for the noise they make.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

(I don't think anyone but me has cared about the pompon/pom-pom distinction for about fifty years.)

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

From wikipedia...

Well-known curmudgeons

* Cleveland Amory
* Quentin Crisp
* R. Crumb
* W. C. Fields
* Malcolm Muggeridge
* Paul Fussell
* Harold L. Ickes
* James Howard Kunstler
* Oscar Levant
* H. L. Mencken
* Phil Mushnick
* Friedrich Nietzsche
* Dorothy Parker
* Andy Rooney
* George Bernard Shaw
* Jeremy Clarkson
* Valerie Robinson
* Mark Twain
* Suma Das


There have been numerous well-known curmudgeons, fictional and non-fictional, throughout society. Some are:

* Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,
* Carl Fredrickson (pre-transformation)
* Colonel Blimp
* Commander McBragg
* Stanley Roper
* Ebenezer Scrooge (pre-transformation)
* Ignatius J. Reilly
* Grinch (pre-transformation]]
* Statler and Waldorf

Now... would you describe *our* Mudge as pre-transformation?

Posted by: -TBG- | November 28, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was "BOOM" "BOOM".

The WaPo has yet another big, big story about the two crashers in the Style section, complete (and replete) with pictures. I wonder if a parakeet would be interested in "booming" on that story. . . . I'm certainly ready to!


Errands half done. Going out before lunch to do the last two. Very, very pretty outside, and I note by the relative lack of traffic on a Saturday on Rockville Pike that people are still on their holiday. Fine by me.

Posted by: -ftb- | November 28, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Ah you are right regarding pompons, aka pom-pons.

How pomponous the distinction may be, Bob S.!

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 28, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

i hope the salahis face some serious consequences rather than getting all this publicity, which is what they clearly want.

and the secret service folks better get their act together. while i appreciate the job that they want and try to do, this level of breach is totally unacceptable. heads should roll, etc.

Posted by: LALurker | November 28, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I always write pompons, but I think I say pompoms -- but very rarely.

Posted by: Yoki | November 28, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Our Mudge as Stanley Roper...

I don't think so.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 28, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, I enjoy hearing about your travels - you pack a lot into each trip. And it's nice to hear the backstory too. I'm sure your son will figure out what is going on eventually!

Yes, Mudge, you called it on the cheerleader thing. The funniest aspect so far to me is that the Salahis had a connection to Hume, VA, which I used to drive past (many years ago). Then it was said they lived in Front Royal, which was a very small, backwater town when I lived near there. Then, it turns out they live in Linden, VA - I did too! When I lived there Linden was a post office and a souvenir stand and Route 66 was a 2-lane road. Beautiful, quiet, peaceful. Now there's a winery, 66 is a 4-lane interstate, and yahoos like the Salahis live there. Apparently they're not good at paying their bills.

I think the bit in the Tiger Woods accident story about his wife taking out the car's back window with a golf club sounds fishy, too.

Posted by: seasea1 | November 28, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

SeaSea1, did the report note which club that his wife used? I tend to go with a long iron when getting out of the window.

She never would have saved him if Woods had been a microbiologist.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 28, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty much my entire Wikipedia entry:

Eaten by livestock and people during the Great Depression of the United States

... say no more.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 28, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

No, I don't have so much as a single drop of Stanley Roper in me.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 28, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I can't get over how the gate crashers had the balls to do what they did. It's just incredible to me that they would see themselves as so important as to crash an official White House State Dinner like it was some Hollywood birthday bash of a teenybopper starlet. It just shocks me.

Did you guys see the pictures of the White House Christmas tree being delivered today?

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 28, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree with you, MotP. It just fries me that not only do they think they can get away with it, but that invariably they *can* get away with it. I certainly and fervently hope that this one costs them plenty -- and bring in Bravo on the punishment, too.

Still a gorgeous day, but I'm done with all my errands and delighted that much of the usual Saturday afternoon traffic is somewhere else.

Good thoughts sprayed out to all. Toons and Cassandra and her dad get an extra helping.

Posted by: -ftb- | November 28, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The Crashers are now getting the worst punishment that they would be capable of understanding -- they are losing all possible claim to the public eye. Their exposure as serial liars eliminates their value for reality TV. Even if they should have any real accomplishments in the future, it will always be viewed as an attempt to apologize for their past as liars.

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 28, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

In case you're wondering, here's "proof that he's listening."

Posted by: -TBG- | November 28, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Can't remember when I last used my iron. Can't say when I'll use it in the future.

But not for the reasons iterated in that article, TBG.

Makes me wonder, however, how "he" would have been treated in the 1960s. And whether "he" would have a rock band.

And things like that. . . . .

Posted by: -ftb- | November 28, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

ftb... when Son of G was about 3 years old, he saw my mom's iron and said to her, "my daddy's got one of those!"

Posted by: -TBG- | November 28, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I think it's great that that lady learned what she needed from that iron. And I do think life will be good for her.

If He left me a message in that manner, I'm sure He'd be telling me, "Take it easy with the starch."

And you know some cable network would approach me to host a show called "Iron Messiah," but I'd defnitely refuse. Especially if they wanted me to go to Turin to see if I can get some wrinkles out of that Shroud. No way.

Some things are not for sale. And perhaps some signs are not necessarily messages for everybody...?


Posted by: -bc- | November 28, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

TBG . . . . *snort*

Posted by: -ftb- | November 28, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I know where all the traffic was today --

in D.C. at all the tourist sites along with me and my London guests. But, frustrating as the traffic was, it was a great and beautiful day.

Now I'm home alone looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner III.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | November 28, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Dead. *sigh* In five minutes it'll be 2 hours.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 28, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Is it dead or in a coma?

Posted by: Manon1 | November 28, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's a pretty good question, Manon1. I'm not sure how we tell if anyone's actually conscious inside that non-moving form.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 28, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Tickle their feet? Poke 'em with a pin?

Posted by: Manon1 | November 28, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'd stick around to try to liven things up, but I've got a big night of Calibanistic onanism ahead of me.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Just, finally, saw the new "Star Trek" movie.

Epic. Like, totally epic. Touched a primal nerve. Doubtless because I spent far too many hours as a kid watching the original.

As you were.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 28, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: -TBG- | November 28, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, how er um ah interesting.

Posted by: Manon1 | November 28, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Ouch. Don't poke me. Just multitasking and mellow.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 28, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Jean de Florette and Manon of Spring, Manon, this is what I think of about your name

And Placido Domengo and Renata Scotto in Manon Lescaut

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 28, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I know the poking thing was a wicked notion.

Posted by: Manon1 | November 28, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Wait wait, I only just got here...aaah shoot.

Oh well. I shall bore myself with stories of may day. I have been chasing around assisting the about to be married guy with details for a kids Chirstmas party he is hosting. Whoever decided an inexperienced fella with no kids ought to run the party ought to have their candy cane withheld.

He's actually doing a fine job, but the stress of this, plus the must get stuff done before the wedding is near to killing him.

Posted by: --dr-- | November 28, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Manon - that was a reference to an earlier commenter's characterization of some of the denizens hereabouts. But maybe you knew that.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 28, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

So if I purchase the movie at full price, its going to be worth it, Padouk?

I'm hoping one of the kids gets it for me for Christmas. Along with a new copy of Serenity. Mine is worn out. Come to think of it, I need a new copy of Pride and Prejudice too.

Posted by: --dr-- | November 28, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

CQP- You will have to give me a hint. I am, unfortunately, srill on dial-up and my computer wont tolerate youtube.

Posted by: Manon1 | November 28, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Just watched Casablanca for the umpteenth time on TCM. Whatta movie! I know the dialogue practically by heart, and I'm still finding new things in it. That movie is indeed the finest movie of all time. According to moi, anyway.

Toodley Boodley until the morrow.

Posted by: -ftb- | November 28, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Manon -- good references...Italian opera based on French story by Puccini and then a French piece of gorgeous cinema....all berrry berrry good.

Funny, I think because your name is EM-Anon, right? As in M the initial and then anon....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 28, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, the Tiger Woods story takes the turn we all dread: unhappy home, perhaps. And, the golf clubs are (were) the lightening rod of anger, perhaps. Sad. Sad. Sad.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 28, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

CQP- Exactly. I couldn't use "Anon", so I put the *M* in front. I'd have to go way back in my geneology to find any French connections.

Posted by: Manon1 | November 28, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Bob, I've been meaning to tell you about a thing I read about the other day. Seems Ahnold, Gov. of Cullyfornya, is going to Afghanistan to entertain the troops and locals. He's doing one show strictly for soldiers, and then another show for the local Afghanistanis. The security people, though, are concerned about who will attend the showe, since not many people in Kabul now who Schwartzenegger is. They are worried that terrorists may try to infilitrate the audience, which is likely to be comprised of only those few people who know Ahnold's film work. That's right: the security people are worried about an audience full of Talibans and Conanists.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 28, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I was out last evening with a great friends, over drinks we discussed many topics, one of which was the Tiger Woods story, my comment at the time was did his wife use the club on the car before or after the accident?

Been painting for 8 hours think the fumes and exhaustion have made me loopy.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 28, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Very good, Mr. Mudge.

Posted by: Manon1 | November 28, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, excellently done. I had to read it twice, just to make sure I wasn't laughing for no reason.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 28, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I have to say it's great to hear from 'Toon, and you have my best thoughts headed your way, m'man.

Cassandra! *HUGS*

'Mudge! *snort*

party crashers!! *rotten tomatoes*

*very-belated-but-hey-even-light-traffic-over-600-miles-of-holiday-driving-takes-a-lot-out-of-a-guy Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 28, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

And of course I'm sure you'll all be shocked, simply shocked by this news:


Posted by: Scottynuke | November 28, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

From that NYT piece Scotty linked to (there will be a pop quiz at the end of this, so pay attention):

"For her wedding, Mrs. Salahi ran up a tab of thousands of dollars having her hair and makeup done at the Erwin Gomez Salon, an exclusive establishment in Georgetown that says it helped prepare members of the Obama family on Inauguration Day.

"But James Packard-Gomez, the salon’s creative director, said in an interview on Saturday that even though Mrs. Salahi had never paid her bill, she continued to book appointments and the salon continued to serve her.

"Indeed, the salon spent seven hours preparing Mrs. Salahi for Tuesday’s state dinner as a camera crew from Bravo network’s local production contractor recorded the preparations.

“She’d always call and want to come in, but always expected Erwin to comp her,” Mr. Packard-Gomez said, referring to his business partner at the salon.

"Mr. Packard-Gomez said Mrs. Salahi called him just 20 hours before the state dinner to schedule an appointment. Mr. Packard-Gomez dropped everything, he said, even helping Mrs. Salahi arrange her now famous red sari."

Now, the pop quiz: Just off the top of your head, can you name a major Georgetown hairdressing salon that needs to have its head examined?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 28, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit that these people are without equal in self importance and in their ability to convince others of it. That salon deserves to be 'stiffed'. I am hoping against hope that no one steps up with an offer to pay these people for their story. Please, please just lock them up and throw away the key!

Posted by: badsneakers | November 28, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you Sneaks, by paying them for their "story" the media would just be suckered into their sick game. I really don't care what they did to pull off this stunt and they certainly shouldn't make any money off of it. Just appalling, I'm personally offended by their behavior and their sense of entitlement. As for the salon, their own fault for aiding and abetting this woman. I'm sure they'll never see a penny of what she owes them.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 28, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Salahi seems a professional mooch. Kudos to the intrepid reporters who've been following the trail. Wonder what National Enquirer will have?

I suppose lots of fine Americans dream of living by mooching. Getting comped. Sponsored.

Bet that red sari wasn't paid for. Rental?

The opposite would be "Mrs 'Arris Goes to Paris". I saw the movie, which had a kindlier ending than the novel. A London charlady saves up her pennies to buy a custom-mad Dior dress. Management at Dior see a gate-crasher; staff see a specially wonderful customer who's gone to great efforts to pay her own way.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 29, 2009 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Since the salon owner knew enough to ask for the invite, perhaps we need to put him in charge of White House security.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 29, 2009 6:18 AM | Report abuse

In high school my D&D group wanted me to take them to the Sulphur Springs Drive-In, but I wanted to see Dr. Strangelove at the Tampa Theater instead. Since I was the one with the drivers license, I won.

As consolation, we went by the drive-in afterwards. The front gate was already closed, so we drove in the exit and watched the last half hour of The Pom Pom Girls. It was horrendously terrible and they never bothered me to take them to a allegedly lurid drive-in movie again.

But if 'pom pom' is good enough to be used in the title of a Robert Carradine movie, I consider that definitive.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 29, 2009 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Maureen Dowd has a very sweet, tender, and personal memorial to Abe Pollin today.

Posted by: Mo_MoDo | November 29, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Joel has managed to offend the professional cattle wrangling community:

Posted by: yellojkt | November 29, 2009 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Chutzpah or stupidity?

I report, you decide.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 29, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Yellojkt, I am more concerned about her really big buttons.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 29, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

They are frighteningly huge.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 29, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse


Talk about an analysis FAIL, I was listening last week to a discussion on the Thom Hartmann Show with Sallie James of Cato... stemming from a recent article entitled Free Trade Is a Boon to the Environment.

It seemed that the crux of her argument was that when we ship REALLY LARGE numbers of stuff to the USA from China, the cost is relatively low per item, so it is better for the environment ... better THAN what??? making it here? There was also that false logic that poor folks who have lost their manufacturing jobs prefer lower prices from off-shore.

The best part of that logic is that stuff made here never takes that first leg of the trip from China (unless something like FedEx ships everthing to mainland China as their hub)

The best part of the FAIL was that the Bush policies supporting off-shoring jobs actually created jobs .... when Hartmann interrupted saying that millions of jobs have been lost, James countered with the astonishing statement that you can't seriously include the period of the recession in your analysis,,, it's a recession.


Posted by: russianthistle | November 29, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

I would go with straight out lying Yello - re: the Dana Perino link.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Google Chrome just logged me into WaPo a bit too automatically for my taste.

Yello-I'll go with stupidity, with a side serving of hubris. Surprised you had any doubt after 8 years of same.

Headed back up north today, and into the robotics fray. The big tournament is Saturday.

CqP and Yoki-fashion update- I bought a nice pair of black slacks and a gray cashmere sweater to wear with the pointy-toed, kitten-heeled,shoes. I'm thinking a black pencil skirt will round out the options quite nicely. What say you?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 29, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Frosti,you can never go wrong with a black pencil skirt.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Just read Scotty's link, and then looked at a pic of the party crashers with the VP. Here's what I don't get-How does that hair style cost anything? I mean I was able to achieve the same look quite effortlessly in high school by going too long between bleach jobs and blow drying my hair upside down. Sheesh.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 29, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Thanks dmd. That was my thought, but my thoughts in the fashion arena are often tragically wrong.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 29, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

[the gate crashers never hurt anybody, never intended on making anybody suffer, threatened nobody and their stunt, in and of itself, was harmless. If they broke the law, I'd put it on the level of parking in the handicapped spot, cutting through the park after dark, or fishing without a license.

Nutcases like these people don't bother me very much. I find them mildly amusing as I do most of those prone to stepping slightly out of normal social bounds, but then again, I don't understand how party crashing is so criminal as to earn those who have done it a description of "awful human beings". To get that label, I would think that someone would have to be pretty destructive in some sort of way.

What does bother me though, is reading all the comments demanding serious consequences, "throw the book at them", "throw horse manure at them", "lock them up, throw away the key", (a lot of stuff being thrown). I don't think for a second that any of this will do a lick of good to improve White House security. makes me feel like I live in a society where people get personal satisfaction out of watching people suffer for their indescressions. Being somewhat socially awkward myself,, this attitude simply scares me.

While I'm at it, I'll tell you another thing that bothers me, and that is the use of the word "creepy". I hear it everyday as the word has been implanted into my kids' vocabulary next to "moron", "idiot", and "stupid". the "creepy" adjetive poisons the subject as unexplainably dark and sinister. In most cases, not only can't the dark and sinister behavior be objectified, quantified or even be explained as to qualify for "creepy", but since it can't be explained, well, that makes it even worse.

Posted by: WhackyWeasel | November 29, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse


Good morning, everybody!

Posted by: slyness | November 29, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Perfect pieces, Frost. The grey reminds me of your name: hoarfrost on a window.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 29, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Good morning! WhackyWeasel, I agree that the fact of the gate-crashing was dumb juvenalia. My extreme disapproval stems from two additional factors. Most important is the venue: whenever one messes with presidential security, particularly this President, it makes silly behavior serious. Even fun-loving grownups should know better than to cross that line. The second factor, for me, is their blatant use of publicity - they had TV in on this before it began. That is too calculated, for me, to count as an innocent prank. I still think the best punishment would be (a) no money from this and (b) no more TV or media appearances - not even news interviews.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 29, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I agree in theory that you can't go wrong with a black pencil skirt. In practice, however, I abstain. Over the years I've added enough curve that I'm afraid I'd look like a novelty pencil of some sort.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 29, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

RD, glad you enjoyed the rejuvenated "Trek," I found it quite enjoyable, and sure, it played on my fondness for the original, but I'll put a little extra in the tip jar if they'll "Play it again, Sam."

dr, I haven't worn out my copy of "Serenity" yet, but then, I have the all of "Firefly" on DVD too. Good stuff.

Mudge, thanks for the snort. Very Asimovesque.

WWeasel, I think Ivansmom and others are making a good point in that this could have become a very risky situation. The Secret Service are extremely competent and take what they do concering the security of the President and other heads of state very seriously. If at some point the infiltration would have been discovered, I imagine that there are scenarios where weapons may have been drawn or deployed. Not good, to say the least.

I think this is why some people are so upset -- the Salahis don't seem to have consdered the idea that they were putting themselves and others at risk.

Or perhaps worse, they did understand and were willing to do so.


Posted by: -bc- | November 29, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Was watching the Stanford-ND game last night and toggled over to what yellojkt said was going to be a football game between Georgia and GT but found it was a preseason rack meet.

Posted by: bh72 | November 29, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

27 degrees and freezing fog here in the banana belt this morning. Makes everything sparkling white.

Posted by: bh72 | November 29, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone, after my marathon painting session yesterday I am being lazy now enjoying a coffee and watching the live stream of the torch relay. They entered Quebec this morning and are now approaching my favorite town name in the country, St. Louis de Ha-Ha! That name always cracked me up when I was young.

Pretty sky in that area right now.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

SCC Saint Louis du Ha-Ha! apologies.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I read the letter about Joel's decision-making piece, taking issue with Wilkerson's use of "cowboy" to denigrate Arbusto's decision-making style. I thought the defense of the real "cowboy" style was a little feeble. The writer praised a vague style of leadership focused on "faith, family and hard work". Instead, he could have pointed out that real cowboys are responsible for the lives of hundreds or thousands of other creatures, all day every day. Every real cowboy I know of is keenly conscious of this huge task. In addition, cowboys work together and rely on one another. One hasty decision, one moment of carelessness, and people and animals are hurt or lives are lost. A cowboy's day is spent making sure his infrastructure (equipment) is cared for and working well, his fellow workers are with him, and his helpless charges are well fed and cared for.

Maybe Bush II and Cheney weren't really making decisions like "cowboys" at all.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 29, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Hi all. I've returned from my holiday. T2 is great, DC had fun, I bought shoes.

A bit behind on some of the news, and have only skimmed a bit, but....

What I keep waffling back and forth on this incident a cause or an effect of the demise of journalism as we know it? Hmmm.

*Tim's comment about arguments made me laugh out loud, as did fb's what it takes to look like that comment. I'mom, I think curves are gorgeous; the right jacket with a pencil skirt looks great on any woman.

Have a very happy day all.

Posted by: LostInThought | November 29, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle.

A big yes to the black pencil skirt. I am presently all over the new leggings-with-ankle-boots (also the multiple-long-necklaces-with-a-bomber) look, but acknowledge that it isn't for everyone.

Big sports weekend chez Yoki (I know, you never thought you'd hear that from me). The Golden Gaels won the Vanier Cup (Cha-Gheill!) and the Als are in town for the Grey Cup this afternoon.

If you ever think of feeling the least bit sorry for a single person of your acquaintance, you will be cured by remembering what I had for dinner last night -- popcorn and chocolate chip cookies.

Off to do some Christmas shopping. Have a grand day.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I believe I have a skirt that should qualify as a pencil one.

The real pencil skirts tend to constrict movement, which is not so great for shorter women who already need to do a lot of leg motion to get from A to B, and its not the best for hot weather. (Cold weather works.)

At least for curvier women, if you're well padded up there, it tends to be a wee looser and not so pencilly below.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 29, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

martooni, i meant to say yesterday that it was good to see your posts. i hope and pray things turn around for you. one day at a time, my friend.

whackyweasel, these party crashers are not socially awkward or in any way disadvantaged. they are narcissistic, greedy for money and media attention types, who habitually lie and don't pay their bills evidently. they made the obama administration look terribly unprofessional, which fits in with all the right wing stereotypes and may even give some sinister people some ideas. this couple deserves every legal and social consequence that they may face. i'm sure they will eventually get an interview somewhere, but if they are roundly shunned by the media, which they should be, i will be very happy.

Posted by: LALurker | November 29, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

BC, I don't see how the Salahis posed any more threat or risk than any other guests at the party. If you want to trump up charges to its worse possible scenario and say the SS could have potentially shot an innocent guest over their own blunder in the first place as a way of gauging the seriousness of the crime, I can do the same thing for, let's say, jaywalking. Suppose one of those loathable jaywalkers stepped out in front of a HazMat truck causing it to crash, leaking gasoline, catching fire, hundreds could be injured, dozens could die.

Let's throw the book at those jaywalkers!

Other than the hyperbole, I think most people are mostly upset about is that this couple exposed a serious vulnaribility in the practices of the SS and they have
a potential to benefit from their prank. Nobody likes to see cheaters win, not withstanding Patriot fans of course. Hahaha!

Posted by: WhackyWeasel | November 29, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

What's a skirt?

Posted by: -TBG- | November 29, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Flappy one-leg-hole pants for women, TBG.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 29, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Whackyweasel, I hear you on the unease with such social ostracism for a "gaffe"-- you and me both, pal.

However, it's hard to imagine either of us gaffe-ing our way through secret service in expensive red silk saris wrapped all around our body and draped over our shoulder, with our dyed blond hair done up and out kind of like a discarded Dolly Parton hairstyle from the 70's, and a bright smile-- or in an very expensive suit and matching smile to match and the confidence of an invitee.

Their claim is that they thought they were invited, and they probably used this as their way to bully their way in.

It's the old cheap "Act like you belong there" stunt used by gate crashers everywhere.

Let's face it, we'd be more likely to say "excuse me, I'm deaf and you're pointing a big weapon at me, mind explaining why?"

And you'd be saying "what white house? I haven't seen white in 20 years. Mind pointing me over in the right direction?"

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 29, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Ugh. Daugher and her friend, who stayed overnight, just discovered that the cat peed and pooped in the friend's overnight bag.

The girls had closed the door to downstairs where the cat's box is kept. Usually, the cat exhibits a lot of "can't get to my box!" behavior, but apparently this time she just went straight for the cute pink backpack.

Happy Sunday!

Posted by: -TBG- | November 29, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

WacWes, what about the cost to the taxpayers, who are paying for all those investigators to figure out what happened? And all the other people trying to track down who these deadbeat egomaniacs are?

Granted, they weren't dangerous -- but how did anyone know that at the time? Hasan wasn't dangerous at Ft. Hood, either -- until he was. You can't use a retrospective judgment that so-and-so was harmless as a way of excusing the original act. (As in the Hasan case, you can't necessarily use a retrospective judgment that so-and-so was obviously dangerous.)

Be that as it may, it's clear the Secret Service was quite sloppy, and that's not good.

Also, I've always thought in the case of the S.S. that it was kind of false to blame the "administration" for what the S.S. does. They are pretty much fully independent no matter who is in the White House, and it isn't like Obama was giving them directions and orders and telling them how to screen people. In a way, he's the ultimate victim of the prank, not a guilty party to it. And it's the fact that somebody was pranking the Prez that has people upset. As Joel says, there are some things you don't mess with.

Scotty, you didn't pick the Redskins again this week, did you?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Well said, Mudge!

Ready to go to #1's for a our belated Thanksgiving dinner. I've got the pumpkin cheesecake and I tried a new recipe (which I adapted) of wonton shells baked and filled with a crabmeat brie concoction. Of course, my daughters won't touch fish so it will just be "S", my SIL and me eating them. Other SIL is in Costa Rica unfortunately, but he's in our thoughts. Happy Sunday all.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 29, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Hear me and take heed good people. A dark pestilence has laid waste the Vast Padouk Estate. Yeah, verily, 'tis true. This Infection began, as such things often do, with the first born son.

It has spread to me and looks to be overtaking the good wife. Only the daughter has been spared, because, perhaps, she has prudently not emerged from her Well Equipped Room since the beginning of This Plague.

Social isolation as a survival mechanism. Who knew? But wait, I've totally lost the tone. Where was I? Oh yes.

Fear not good citizens, this is not the H1N1 of which we have all heard tell. It is an infection of the gastro-intestinal tract, a structure with two ends. Neither have been well pleased.

The good wife, despite beginning to feel queerly herself, has opened all the windows of our humbled dwelling so as to chase out the vexing miasma. I suggested we light a few cigars to cleanse the air, but this suggesting, despite its historical precedence, was received most poorly.

But I believe that for my son the end is nigh. (And I mean that in the good way.) The Foulness appears to lift after four and twenty hours.

And I seem to be ahead of schedule, as evidenced by this expository missive composed right here from my sickbed. That I am recovering quickly is doubtless both because of my Innately Stern Composition and because of I have partaken copious quantities of the Sacred Elixer: Gatorade.

Although, clearly, delusional babbling is still an issue.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 29, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh RD... your Sunday sounds way worse than mine. At least I quickly cleaned the cat poop from the friend's backpack.

We've just settled in to watch the first episode of Michael Palin's Pole to Pole. Streaming Netflix is awesome. Yesterday was dedicated to Weeds Season 2.

We may tune in football later, but I don't really want to feel like I'm in the Padouk household, so probably not.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 29, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Pole to Pole - I am actually reading the companion book right now!

Goes very well with saltines and Jello.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 29, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what to fax you, Padouk, chicken soup or James Boswell.

Meanwhile the vast Curmudgeon estate (1/4 acre, corner lot) has been decorated for the Christmas season (about 98%; still need to get my son to rake leaves out of the front flower bed area so I can lay down white lights in it; otherwise, we're done). And as always my wife, the Martha Stewart, etc., etc., has done a magnificent job.) This morning she says, "I need a 3-foot piece of tree limb, painted white to look like there's snow on it. So I go out in the back large, scout some dead tree limbs, find a promising one, give it a yank, and -- voila! -- 3-foot tree limb, and not only that, it was artfully covered with lichens. A little white spray paint, and there ya go. It's no tjhe centerpiece of our mantel adorned with six bright red cardinals (faux, of course).

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

RD... I meant to add that if y'all need anything, I'd be happy to quickly drop it off on your front stoop. Just let me know.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 29, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, that stuffed wonton recipe sounds delish.

To RDP -- awwwww. Poor sick people. As a suggestion, to accompany the saltines and Jello, either grated fresh ginger or the dried ground variety in boiling water (to make a tea) and then sipped oh-so-gently might help. Ginger is supposed to help nausea and apparently a whole raft of pregnant women have successfully staved off morning sickness with a goodly amount of ginger tea.

To beat Mudge to the punch, however, I must state that the raft of pregnant women are now shooting the rapids down the Colorado River.

Or, something like that.

TBG, I've had that experience with cats before. It's really a political statement made in reaction to others (mainly humans) deliberately changing their (i.e., the cat's) world. I closed my bedroom door on a visiting cat, who promptly left some goodies on the floor in front of my door. I took the cat to her rightful owner thereupon. I was determined to win that war.

Posted by: -ftb- | November 29, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Fear not, RD, such travails have purified your hearts and tracts against the looming blackness of this weekend and instead preserved thy wallet-- unless thy wife has played the traitor and did shop whilst her family did drop.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 29, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all, many rightful comments on the gatecrashers. Smart they are not, to overlook the consequences of their actions.

RD, I'm sorry to hear about the gastrointestional issues in the Padouk household. What a way to lose the Thanksgiving weight!

TBG, you made me LOL at your skirt question. Personally, I look much better in slacks so I don't have skirts except for a black velvet number, suitable for weddings and other festive occasions.

Mr. T is blowing and vacuuming leaves for the fourth time in seven days. This is why I'm not such a fan of November.

Posted by: slyness | November 29, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

WWeasel, sure, I was engaging in a bit of hyperbole. I didn't say that the Salahis posed a threat - clearly, they didn't. What I was saying is that the Secret Service and any other origanizations providing security for the event wouldn't have any way of knowing that at the time.

And that, I believe, posed unnecessary risk.


Posted by: -bc- | November 29, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse (Redskins commentary.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks TBG. You are a kind woman. I think we will be okay. But it is awfully comforting to know that there are good people like you about.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 29, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

You are funny in your misery RD Padouk. The Denizen familial unit just got through a bout of cold for the last three weeks. I was the last to get the nasty bug last Saturday and I am breathing freely, finally, today.

This recession has some weird effects. Lobster was deeply discounted this week in a national chain, it was on sale at the minimum price it reached in peak season back in June ($4.99/lb). So we are having lobster on Grey Cup day for the first and probably (I hope!) last time.

In the mean time I'm making traditionl pork hocks and meatball stew (ragoût de pattes et boulettes) for later this week, plus some to freeze. The house smells of roasted pork, cinnamon and cloves. Soon the smell of grilling onions will join in. The joys of winter are with us, without the snow.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 29, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

RD, sorry to hear of the Vast Gastrointestinal Issues that have descended upon the Padouk Estate. Hopefully, it will be flushed from your lives soon.

Here's to hoping you can graduate from Gatorade to toast, rice, and bananas soon.

I'm surprised that the Washington NFL Franchise is contesting the Iggles in such a strong manner. But probably not as surprised that the denizens of Indianpolis are with the play of the Texans.


Posted by: -bc- | November 29, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Hee Hee. BC said flushed...

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 29, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Hoping the Padouk clan is feeling better soon - nasty.

Just finished cleaning the silver service - and was once again reminded why items such as that are no longer as popular as in the past. Don't know why I bother though I am too afraid of poisonning someone to ever use it - still a nice reminder of my parents.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Have y'all seen the Pink Glove Dance by the folks at the Providence St Vincent hospital in Portland, OR?

Posted by: -TBG- | November 29, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Come ooooooooooooooon Kansas City!

Posted by: -TBG- | November 29, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

That pink glove dance was fun.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, about those decorative cardinals -- a friend of mine posted a thought on facebook recently, wondering if all the people who displayed pairs of bright red cardinals realized that they were making a statement in support of gay marriage. The thought doesn't work as well with six of them, though; just a group of guys hanging out.

Martooni, it was good to see your handle again. Best wishes are coming your way from this corner of the boodle, too.

Posted by: -bia- | November 29, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

feel better, rdp.

Posted by: LALurker | November 29, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

At first I didn't understand your point about decorative cardinals, but now it's clear... Cardinals are decorative, Titans are functional.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I had no clue whatsoever that a pair of cardinals was any kind of statement, bia, but now that you mention it I can see it, since the female cardinal is much less colorful, and two red cardinals would necessarily be two males. So yes, I guess our mantel is like a gay bathhouse. As long as they don't start whistling "YMCA" I'm cool with them.

Titans just beat the Cards by scoring a TD with 6 seconds left.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, please join me in sending the Als some mojo.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

If it helps Yoki, I am sending Mojo to the Als - liked their coaches pregame speech. Now awaiting Blue Rodeo at half-time. So much can change in the second half, or even the last few minutes of a CFL game I am still confident.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, dmd! Of course it helps. And I saw the very sweet Ti-Cats public service message. They're winners, even when they're not.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse weighs in on Joel's side:

Posted by: slyness | November 29, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear. Now they're trying to find kind words for *anything* the Als do.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

And while I am all in favor of all the pinkness that October and the rest of the year have become, wouldn't it be far more symbolic to have a blue glove dance to promote prostate exam awareness?

Posted by: yellojkt | November 29, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Go Als! Go Als!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

How gracious, bobsewell! Thanks.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Must say you have to give it up to the riders fans fo their unique fashion ingenuity.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, I can feel magnanimous toward Montreal teams tonight, since Washington snuck one by 'em last night.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh, man. Foot in? Foot out? Clock run out? Not?

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

May I confess a (very small, appropriate) swoony crush on Ovechkin?

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Are these the same Als we say Good Morning to?

Go Als!

Posted by: -TBG- | November 29, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Riders should have gone for the TD, this could haunt them.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I know where Dr. G is - the same place Mr. T is - glued to the Carolina/Nevada basketball game...

Posted by: slyness | November 29, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't know who we are cheering for, but add me to the list - anything for my Canadian friends.

RD, sorry to hear you and the family are poorly, hope you all recover soon. Whenever I get that type of illness, I look on the bright side, which is instant weight loss.

Had a good time at #1's today. She wrapped the turkey in bacon, both under the skin and on top in a lattice work pattern. It looked odd but the meat was very moist and I couldn't taste any bacon flavor.

Glad all the eating is over for a while, I could happily live on soup for the next week.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 29, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

You guessed it, slyness! He's feeling a little better, but still worried.

'sneaks.. my sister sent me home the other day with the meaty carcass of one of the turkeys. We WILL be eating soup for the next week. No complaints, though.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 29, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm boiling down a carcass as we "speak".

Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

TBG wins the thread-weaving award of the month!

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice to hear that "Carolina Victory" tune, isn't it Slyness? We may not be hearing it quite so much this year, I'm afraid.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 29, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Hope its skin is soft, bob

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Ah, well, TBG, they're a young team, they'll learn fast and be a powerhouse soon enough. (Easy to be blasé from a distance and without TV access to the games.)

Posted by: -bia- | November 29, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I removed the skin before I started. Trying to make future identification efforts very difficult.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

If you fashioned a spandrel, you rawk.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Als TD!

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I just need one more to finish the outfit.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

OK, that got a little bit dark. But I'm not. Not reely.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Mostly my fault. As I was hitting "Submit" I thought the last one was overkill.


Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Hee hee.

Classic beautiful field goal. The Rider Nation really pwned this one. They deserve it.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Looking over the WashPost bestseller list. Gee, talk about rounding up the usuals suspects...

By James Patterson. 1
By Dan Brown.
By Stephen King.
By John Grisham.
By Kathryn Stockett. [OK, I might have to get this one.]
By David Baldacci.
By Barbara Kingsolver.
By Clive Cussler
By Vince Flynn
By Patricia Cornwell.

By Sarah Palin.
By Andre Agassi.
By Malcolm Gladwell
By Mitch Albom.
By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
By Joel Osteen
By Glenn Beck
By David Plouffe
By Edward M. Kennedy.

Nope, never heard of any of these fascinating new authors before.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

hmm hmmm hujm (transciption of cynical giggle). Glad to see Kingsolver (a superb stylist) but why below Dan Brown (I say nothing of S. King, having said it already)??? Dan Brown couldn't write a sentence to save his life.

Ah! Bestsellerdom.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

It's okay, TBG, it's a rebuilding year for Carolina. Poor Roy Williams, got his 600th career victory tonight and couldn't hold the framed jersy. Mr. T had to tell me he fell down some stairs and messed up his rotator cuff. At a country club playing golf, no less.

Posted by: slyness | November 29, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I'm not really complaining. I've enjoyed writings by everyone on the fiction list except Stockett (of whom I've never been aware, and whose book I'll check into), and both Gladwell & the Guinness Book are fun on occasion.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

For Comparison, this weeks Canadian List Fiction & Non-Fiction


by Linden MacIntyre 1 (7)
by Annabel Lyon 2 (7)
by Alice Munro 3 (13)
by Michael Crummey 10 (4)
by Dan Brown 8 (10)
by John Irving 4 (5)
by Stieg Larsson 5 (18)
by Philip Roth (1)
by Barbara Kingsolver 7 (2)
by Margaret Atwood 9 (11)


by Rick Hillier 4 (5)
by John English 1 (5)
by Malcolm Gladwell 2 (5)
by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner 8 (3)
by Jane Urquhart (1)
by Richard Dawkins 3 (10)
by William Shawcross 5 (3)
by Antony Beevor 6 (2)
by Karen Armstrong 7 (9)
by Eric Siblin 10 (36)

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh! Karen Armstrong. I've read all her books. We completely disagree, but I understand her. She's sort of my obverse.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The end of this game is getting interesting.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

You read A History of God, Yoki? I gave up on that one about the time I got to medieval Jewish cabalism. Just.Could.Not.Read.Any.More.

Posted by: slyness | November 29, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Touchdown Als, 1:45 left in the game, two point difference going for the two point conversion missed.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

And, of course, I know Jane Urquhart and Alice Munroe. Canadians rule.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I am making my way through Just Watch Me.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I haven't read the Karen Armstrong book, or any reviews of it, but I'll take a shot at encapsulating it for you, based on the two books and several articles by her that I HAVE read:

"Religious belief is a fine thing. But those who truly have the faith serve it best by practicing its tenets, and don't help out much by blathering on about it."


Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

24 seconds left, Als have the ball, need a few more yards to be in field goal range, they are down by 2.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Now we get all technical

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Now we get all technical

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Five seconds Montreal going for the Field goal and the win, remember my comment about the play at the end of the half.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

No, Bob. Armstrong knows that, what, feeling, is best served by study and deep thought. Knowing what each educated teacher teaches. She wanted to be a Catholic nun, but couldn't be. And now she is a Student. Studious.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Als Win!!

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I was very glad not to see Palin's book on the bestseller list in the Seattle Times:


As reported by Publishers Weekly

Hardcover fiction

1. Under the Dome, Stephen King

2. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown

3. Ford County, John Grisham

4. The Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

5. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

6. True Blue, David Baldacci

7. The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver

8. Kindred in Death, J.D. Robb

9. Ice, Linda Howard


10. The Scarpetta Factor, Patricia Cornwell

Hardcover nonfiction

1. Open, Andre Agassi

2. Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom

3. Divine Soul Mind Body Healing and Transmission System, Zhi Gang Sha

4. It's Your Time, Joel Osteen

5. A Simple Christmas, Mike Huckabee

6. SuperFreakonomics, Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

7. What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell

8. Arguing with Idiots, Glenn Beck

9. The Book of Basketball, Bill Simmons

10. Last Words, George Carlin with Tony Hendra

Posted by: seasea1 | November 29, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Go, Als!!! (Is it still going on, or over now? Who won?)

Have not read any of those books (yet), but have read 7 of the 10 fiction authors on the Merkin list. There are AT LEAST 5 or 6 books on the fic and non-fic lists I categoricvally refuse to read, wouldn't buy as a matter of principle and wouldn't read under threat of torture: Patterson, Brown, Palin, Beck, Albom, Osteen. Just the thought makes a chill run down my spine.

I read one Karen Armstrong, kind of like her the same way you do, Yoki. But I understand what slyness is talking about: I have trouble slogging through the Kabala/mysticism/numerology period. Always tempted to say, C'mon, Jews, get your act together, please. (Eventually they do, mostly.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

SCC - sorry, should have deleted the line with "advertising" from my cut and paste.

4 police officers were shot and killed this morning in a coffee shop near Tacoma:
Very sad.

Posted by: seasea1 | November 29, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Seasea I saw that story earlier today, horrific.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Als! Als! Als!

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Als! Als! Als!

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Kinda thought "The Gathering Storm" was not exactly a very original title. Tsk, tsk.

Glad the Als won. (Remind me again who they are?)

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Apparently one can never celebrate them too many times.

Als! Als! Als!

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Als! Als! Als!

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

This will probably be held. But...

Yes, of course, 'mudge. I hate all that self-help wishy-washy stuff. Hate it.

Armstrong is nothing of that ilk.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Les Montreal Allouettes.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Please to forgive, shriek and boko.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Ah, but of course! One cannot help but rooting for a team called the Larks.

Um...are they, yanno...jaunty Allouettes, Yoki? Like from the song?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Wiki has been updated.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, hey... I didn't claim that Karen Armstrong isn't thoughtful about faith, and doesn't encourage others to be thoughtful about faith. But my take was that she ain't a big fan of dogmatic preaching.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

So we agree, bob.

I used to think that too, 'mudge. That it was jaunty Allouette. Turns out it is gentil Allouette.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I am, of course, jaunty. So just a flaneur, not gentil.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Definitely jaunty tonight!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 29, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

A boulvardiere

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

The US bestseller lists could do with a great deal less Glenn Beck and a few more biographies of LM Montgomery.

TBG-I am just getting reacquainted with skirts myself. People will be gobsmacked.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 29, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Is "flaneur" a kind of comfortable, informal, fuzzy shirt? because right now I am wearing a flaneur shirt.

You are, of course, jauntiness personified, Yoki. And I'd think your Allouettes were feeling tres jaunty right about now, too.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes. In a nice flannel tarten.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Please. A bit of respect. My household is in mourning.

And when we are finished mourning, we are going to refer the matter of how many men is a dozen and how many men is a penalty with the Education Minister for the Province of Saskatchewan. Seems to me there was some funny arithmetic going on.


I'm really glad my staff Christmas party was this afternoon. I wouldn't have had the heart to watch the end.

Posted by: --dr-- | November 29, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I *am* wearing a nice tartan, actually. The mainly red one, the Royal Stewart.

Why are tartan flannel shirts so nice? I've loved them for more than 50 years. I could wear a tartan flannel shirt every day and be perfectly happy.

Steelers just scored to take the lead. Not good for the four of us who picked Balmer.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

dr, I was thinking of you at the end.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

If it is any consolation dr, the Riders so should have been called for interference on the two point conversion, and the other play really was a reception but not strong enough evidence to over rule the field call.

Probably not helping - hugs instead :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | November 29, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

g'evening, boodle.

Posted by: -jack- | November 29, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Bwahaha! I am of the clan Forbes and Ilk Stewart and so wear Royal Stewart on formal occasions, Forbes on informal. Not that I care about genealogy or anything.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Montreal Al fans out there. An exciting Grey Cup final from the sound of it.

A pretty good game going on in Baltimore tonight, too. No cup on the line that I'm aware of, though.


Posted by: -bc- | November 29, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

back from the beach, after a weekend's respite with the family. we cooked for 200 on thanksgiving, ate the leftovers, packed and split. it's interesting to be disconnected for a few days. I'd seldom do this, but find myself rooting for the ravens, 'cause they're playing the steelers, and root for anyone playing *that* team.

Posted by: -jack- | November 29, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

The entire province is in mourning. We will get over it, but it is the considered opinion here that no matter how bad a certain other football franchise might be, this sucks worse.

On the upside, it gives us all an excuse to drink another beer in a 'tears in your beer' sort of way.

On the upside, if you are going to make a mistake you might as well screw up royally so there is no doubt about it.

On the upside, green and white 2009 Western finals shirt will be in style for next season.

Also on the upside, this sort of heinous loss has never impacted the religion that is Rider Football.

It could be worse.

Posted by: --dr-- | November 29, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my dear dr. Let me console you.

Of *course* it matters not at all.

Posted by: Yoki | November 29, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

The best team on the field did win today, even though it wasn't mine. Hooray for the Als.

Nuff said about football. Lets talk curling.

I got up before 5 to make icing for gingerbread men, so I could be craft lady at a kids Christmas party. I feel sticky and just a little sick from the sweet smell of the icing. I'm pooped from keeping up with kids. I don't know that I ever moved so fast as they did.

I'm off to bed. Nite nite.

Posted by: --dr-- | November 29, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Yoki. You wouldn't have a hanky handy would you. Mrdr is inconsolable.

Posted by: --dr-- | November 29, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Balmer Ravens just won in OT. Heckuva game.

Condolences to the dr family and dmd peeps.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 29, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I can teach all of you a little about mourning the outcome of a sporting event. I'm still depressed.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 29, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

And the Ravens defeat the Steelers, 20-17 in OT.

That was a pretty dramatic game.


Posted by: -bc- | November 29, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing GWE is happy

Posted by: Yoki | November 30, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I hereby resign;

Joel, sorry I have submitted too many comments in a short period of time.

Posted by: Yoki | November 30, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

While tonight's game was definitely up there, and I'm sure gwe is happy (I took the Stillers...I knowingly didn't change my picks) I think maybe the game that totally rocked for gwe was Friday night's Backyard Brawl. Oh much gosh what a great game. Doncha just love college ball?

Speaking of football (and boys)...who's wearing the tiara this week? Mudge, is it going to be you *again*?

Which reminds me...I was thinking (I know, you thought you smelled smoke) but maybe the whole tiara thing is a bit unfair. TBG and I can pull off snazzy so much easier -- the right hairstyle, necklace, boa.... I think we should even this out better....add a scepter? Yes, that looks right in your hand. (But don't get too comfortable...imagine it in mine.)

The fairies didn't come and take care of things while I was away. What's that about?

Have a happy week all.

Posted by: LostInThought | November 30, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, you can't resign! No, really, you can't.

It seems you have more problems than anyone else with frequent posts being held, and I have a theory - is it because you're outside the U.S.? Most of the spam/virus problems programmers encounter come from outside the U.S. and maybe they limit the frequency of outside posts. Maybe it should be unlimited from Canada?

Anyway, an experiment could be conducted, if one were interested. A post-off, so to speak, with you, another Canadian boodler and an American all posting rapid-fire test posts. On an old kit.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | November 30, 2009 2:04 AM | Report abuse

What an excellent theory, Wheezy11! Almost as good as that brontosaurus woman.

You know they're on to us, don't you?

Posted by: Yoki | November 30, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Brontosaurus? On to us? Ummmm ... I don't know what you're talking about, lady.

Actually, I really don't know what you're talking about, but that's OK. I'm pretty much always out of the loop these days. I assume it has something to do with that Canadian invasion you all are always on about. Which never seems to happen. Because you're ... Canadian?

Posted by: Wheezy11 | November 30, 2009 2:49 AM | Report abuse

One more thing - it's a favor to ask, to be performed in about 3 years. It's just that, if Palin/Beck were to run and win, I couldn't stand it. No one sane would be able to stand it. Could you please invade us then, if it happens? We'd be better off, really.

I've been staying up so late the past few days I can't get to sleep now, even though I must arise in 4.5 hours. Out of melatonin. I'll live.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | November 30, 2009 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Went to a string quartet concert this evening - they played Csardas by Vittorio Monti. It was duelling violins = quite fun. Here's a version with duelling violin and bass, played a tad faster than the performers I saw:

The quartet was two violins, viola and cello. They also played Dvorak, Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, Coldplay and Apocolyptica. Very eclectic.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | November 30, 2009 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like it was a great show. Coldplay on cello must sound very different.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 30, 2009 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Whereas Apocalyptica on cello sounds just right.

Posted by: Yoki | November 30, 2009 6:02 AM | Report abuse

My pictures of Savannah:

Details to follow.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 30, 2009 6:06 AM | Report abuse

What are you doing up so early? Or is it so late?

Posted by: yellojkt | November 30, 2009 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Just thinking about going to bed, yello. But I might just work through this little trough.

Posted by: Yoki | November 30, 2009 6:14 AM | Report abuse

I have to deliver a proposal in 9 hours, and have about 13 hours of work left on it.

Posted by: Yoki | November 30, 2009 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Sleep tight, Yoki.

Yesterday on the way back from Raleigh, I stopped at my cousin's house and took some pictures of her chickens.

I'm pretty flabbergasted that I have a relative that owns poultry.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 30, 2009 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Oops, I boodled out of order.

I've been there, Yoki. Good luck with it. And get some sleep afterwards.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 30, 2009 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Good luck indeed, Yoki! I'll be praying for your success.

Yello, thanks for sharing the photos. No turkey at Lady and Sons? Just fried chicken? A good exchange, if you ask me. The food looked great.

Good morning, all. Christmas is just three and a half weeks away. Are you ready? I'm almost there, just have to wrap it all, and get Mr. T to put Elderdottir's big gift together.

Yesterday was Geekdottir's 24th birthday. She went to Dallas for Thanksgiving with her dad's family, so I was content with an e-card and a phone call. Hard to believe she's actually 24.

Hi Cassandra! I hope things are improving for your dad. And that all is well with you.

Posted by: slyness | November 30, 2009 6:52 AM | Report abuse

There was turkey and I had two pieces, but the fried chicken was better. The mac and cheese was also very good (since I had three helpings), so I bought a souvenir towel with the recipe so I could cook it for Christmas, but the mac and cheese at Vic's the next day was better.

Happy belated birthday to geekdottir. Send her our best wishes.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 30, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

I've gone and annotated my dinner plate.

My second helping (not pictured) included ham, sweet potatoes, and more mac and cheese.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 30, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! Pumpkin cheesecake with a praline pecan topping anyone? The last remnants from Thanksgiving, but better after aging a few days in the fridge.

Life is returning to normal Chez Frostbitten, winter storm warning issued for tomorrow. We need some snow before the real cold arrives or everyone will have septic trouble.

Momentum seems to be building for a new Vikings stadium. Could it be there's a bit more enthusiasm when the team is winning? Just last year we were sweating television blackouts because the big companies that usually buy up blocks of tickets when a game doesn't sell out were having a hard time justifying the expense.

Later gators.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 30, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Yes, the Als had an ugly win last night but we'll take it, after so many ugly losses. The Al's final tally is 2-5 in Grey Cup games for this decade.

dr, the Als tried to give the RR a chance at winning this but to no avail. They replaced their all-star kicker with a high scool guy that looked just like him but couldn't kick neither straight nor very far and Calvillo was under strict orders not to throw any ball to former Yellow Jacket and most successful receiver this year Kerry Watkins. And yet the RR managed to lose it.

It was the first drive to work in the snow of the year this morning. The new winter tires seem to be working just fine. I bought the nifty lime-green caps for the valves this time, at $2.25 each that sounded like a good deal.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 30, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

It's becoming rapidly obvious that my pigskin prognostication handle should be "Weatherman." I'm right about as often, anyway... *SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHH*

I also believe there's some correlation between yesterday's NFL scoreboard and the near-migraine I suffered last night. I believe I shall put team names on the dartboard to make my choices this week.

Congrats to the Alouettes!!

RD_P, hope things have stabilized, as it were.

The Seattle police believe they've cornered the coffee shop murderer, and believe he may be injured or dead. I hope they're correct on all counts.

*Monday-already-but-we'll-make-it-through-somehow Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 30, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone, baring a snowstorm that begins out of no where, after today we will have had a snow free November, the first time since 1937. Of course the storm that is threatening Frosti is on it's way for Thursday here.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 30, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Everyone.

Well, as feared, the infectious fire struck my daughter and wife yesterday evening laying them low. It was a long and miserable night around here. Yet the worst has passed, and the latest victims are resting comfortably playing biological chicken with electrolyte-laden fluids.

Now I must call into work before they send out the special van.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 30, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

hooray Als.

Posted by: Boko999 | November 30, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

LiT, so far this weekend, I share the tiara-wearing honors with bc -- but we still have tonight's game. Depending on who bc has picked, we may or may not have a different outcome, though I doubt it. Last week and this week bc and I have been on some sort of freaky mind-meld, both of us picking the same teams, I think for the first time all season (not sure; have to look that up). But I'll let bc wear it this week, if he wants (after all, I've worn it often enough this season, ahem, ahem).

Very sad, bad situation with regard to those coffee shop murders. I heard on NBC this morning that the suspect was doing time in Arkansas on a 60-year sentence, but the governor gave him some sort of highly controversial parole. No doubt all the Conservs and GOP wing nuts will start foaming at the mouth about those wild-eyed commie pinko governors letting mass murders run loose. Oh, wait, never mind. The governor in question who let this crazed cop-killer loose was Mike Huckabee. So never mind about the foaming at the mouth. I'm sure his fellow Conservs will give him a pass. After all, the Lord probably told him to have compassion, so this faux pas really doesn't count. God help us if Bill Clinton had let this shooter loose, though. That would have been completely different.


Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 30, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

New Kit!

Tiger is officially on-topic.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 30, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

And welcome back, LiT.
Glad to hear you and yours enjoyed your holiday vacation.

As much as I like the idea of the passing of a weekly Football Scepter, I am of mixed feelings about the idea. I can only assume that Mudge (who seems to be in the hunt week in and week out) would use it to whack me over the head with it when I get out of line (e.g. picking the Cowboys to win or the Iggles to lose under any circumstances, etc.). The tiara, while sharper, has a much shorter effective reach/impact radius. Gilligan, for all his faults, knew that it was better to get hit with the Captian's hat than with a piece of bamboo about yea long...

I, too, have been wondering about the Salahi and Woods stories over the weekend, and think you pose interesting questions about journalism, celebrity reporting and what contisitutes effective, repsonsible media.

And if there's any money in the repsonsible journalism parts.


Posted by: -bc- | November 30, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

What is WRONG with us, America -- when we watch so-called "reality/or in actuality" programs that are SO CLEARLY -- NOT!

"These people" (the Salahis, NeNe, Kate, Jon ...) are given $$$ to draw eyeballs to stupid programs. HOW DO WE STOP IT? We STOP WATCHING their silly fare. READ A BOOK; play in TRAFFIC, take a walk, call a friend -do anything BUT watch these morons!

We are a nation obsessed with watching others make absolute FOOLS of themselves, their lives -AND THEIR OWN CHILDREN (God forgive them) ....

IF "WE" DIDN'T WATCH -- there would be NO AUDIENCE (ergo: NO ADVERTISERS to foot the bill).


IF YOU KNOW A NIELSEN FAMILY, THREATEN them with bodily harm for watching moronic tripe!

We must reclaim our television programs .. demand an end to tawdry, salacious DRIVEL. IF NOBODY WATCHED --THEY WOULD be forced to stop.

END the Salahi's -- STOP REFERRING to them as "socialites" (they're NOT) or any other BOGUS mantle they have TRIED TO ASSUME. They are CONS. Nothing more. NOT "former Redskinettes" or affluent ANYTHING ... they are DEAD-beats.

OWNERS of nothing OTHER THAN GRIEF (for anyone they've come into contact with).

THROW THEM IN JAIL. If we still had DEBTOR'S PRISON -- they would ALREADY be there.
(And none of this could have happened).

Posted by: iconklee | November 30, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I totally agree with you. This is National Security issue and these impostors need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent. No TV time, no interviews, no Katie C.. No how . No way.
This is a very serious issue and it needs to be dealt with. By letting them get away with this kind of behavior we are saying this is OK this just was NOT OK.

Posted by: donnajorobinson | November 30, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh, get a hold of yourself, Mr. Achenbach. The Secret Service will use this incident to tighten security around the First Family.

Perhaps this couple was making a statement about the excess of a President hosting a state dinner and inviting over 300 guests, held in an elaborate and ornate "tent" on the grounds of the White House that must have set the taxpayers back some serious coin, at a time when over 10% of Americans of working age are out of work and the combined percentage of unemployed and "underemployed" is spiraling upward toward 20%. What kind of message does that send to Americans - I feel your pain, but meanwhile let me have this glitzy shindig to celebrate my President-self and welcome the guy from India. Have you looked at the guest list for this thing. How did three-fourths of them merit an invitation to the White House on our dime?

I'm sure those Americans who have been living on unemployment insurance and food stamps for months and don't see much reason for optimism appreciated his reaching out to the gentleman from India, and the 320 or so others who were invited!

Had the guest list been ketp to a more modest number, these people couldn't possibly have sneaked into the White House without drawing more scrutiny. Maybe there's a lesson for the President who would be king: figure out how a tremendous number of Americans are doing with little or nothing and govern yourself accordingly. You should be ashamed of yourself, Mr. President.

Blame the President for hosting such a huge event that allowed a couple of loons to sneak into his house. Er, Our House.

Posted by: bmcconnell1 | November 30, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I see the White House press secretary basically gave in and called a woman reporter asking stupid questions about Desiree Rogers stupid. Good for him. She got huffy, but one thing I have observed is that nothing gets a moron madder than being called a moron.

Posted by: steveboyington | December 4, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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