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Al Franken shushes Joe Lieberman

[I've been hanging out at the Capitol and happened to witness the startling exchange between Joe Lieberman and Al Franken just now. Franken the other day had a testy encounter with John Thune. Now, with Lieberman asking for a routine extra moment to extend some remarks, Franken shut him down -- payback, maybe, for Lieberman's scuttling of the public option and Medicare buy-in in the Senate health care reform bill. When Lieberman said "[I] don't take it personally," Franken said something that I couldn't quite make out from my perch in the gallery, and it was inaudible on the tape recording when we listened later.

What follows is my brief Web story for The Post.]

The tension and rancor within the Senate flared during an otherwise slow afternoon Thursday when Sen. Joe Lieberman asked for unanimous consent to extend some remarks on health care for "an additional moment." He didn't get it.

Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, has in recent days infuriated his fellow members of the Democratic caucus by nixing any form of public health insurance in the Senate health-care reform bill under consideration. His actions have particularly enraged liberals, one of whom, Sen. Al Franken, the freshman Democrat from Minnesota, happened to taking his turn presiding over the Senate when Lieberman made his request to extend his allotted 10 minutes.

"In my capacity as the senator from Minnesota, I object," Franken said.

"Really?" Lieberman said, clearly shocked.

He chuckled. "Okay," Leiberman said, as if talking to himself. "Don't take it personally."

Moments later, Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who had Lieberman's energetic support during the 2008 presidential campaign, expressed outrage at what he'd just witnessed.

"I don't know what's happening here in this body, but I think it's wrong," McCain said. "I'll tell you, I have never seen a member denied an extra minute or so, as the chair just did."

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) quickly corrected McCain, saying that the same thing happened earlier in the afternoon.

He was referring to an attempt by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas (R.) to extend remarks by two minutes. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) was presiding at that moment, and objected. When Cornyn pointed out that there was no one else waiting to speak in the nearly empty chamber and demanded an explanation for Begich's objection, Begich backed down and Cornyn proceeded.

McCain, however, had missed that exchange.

"I just haven't seen it before myself, and I don't like it and I think it's -- it harms the comity of the Senate not to allow one of our members at least a minute," McCain said.

Update: Lieberman laughed off the incident as much ado about nothing when he returned to the chamber a couple of hours later. He said that Franken apparently was following procedures for sticking to time limits that had been handed down by Senate leaders. Franken made a good-natured gesture with his hands, Lieberman said, "as if to say 'There's nothing I can do'." Lieberman had already spoken for his allotted 10 minutes when Franken cut him off.

Lieberman said he appreciated his good friend McCain coming to his defense.

"No hard feelings," he said.


Here's the Associated Press version of what happened.

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 17, 2009; 4:26 PM ET
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Just a buncha babies, them Rethuglicans (including Lieberman, of course and obviously McCain).

Posted by: -ftb- | December 17, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and *first*. . . .

Posted by: -ftb- | December 17, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Clearly everyone is getting testy. And with good reason. Given the stated goal of the Republicans to use every Parliamentary trick available to slow the process, I can understand why the Democrats aren't willing to cooperate.

And yes, I know that when the Republicans are in power the Democrats have been known to play the same kinds of games. I dislike it when that happens as well.

I understand that this is the way that the Constitution is written, but still, at some point there must be some respect for the underlying concepts of democracy. When the system is reduced to partisan gamesmanship, something is seriously awry.

As Lincoln is supposed to have said, "The Constitution isn't a suicide pact."

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 17, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Joel-- "happened to taking his turn presiding" needs a "be" in there.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 17, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I like the NYT Collins' take about Lieberman.
She's known him a long time and she says that Lieberman has become all about...Lieberman.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 17, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

To "be" or not to "be" the text; that's the frustration; whether 'tis better to let copy editors take the blame or take up ink against a sea of errors and in doing so, save one's reputation as a writer...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 17, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping for something a little juicier than wrestling over Roberts Rules of Order. Where is Dick Cheney's colorful use of idiom when you want it?

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Raw audio of the Chris Henry 911 calls. If the domestic situation as described by the first caller isn't tragic, I don't know what is.

And to think that Obama, given a choice of campaigning for progressive Ned Lamont or Joe Lieberman in Connecticut, chose Lieberman.

Guess Nutmegger Joe thought he had "Joementum" going for him today? So it was a two-man verbal square dance between Franken and Lieberman? Do-si-do, aleman right, star thru to shoot the star.

And the hope is that the Senate will pass some form of health care by Christmas?

Posted by: laloomis | December 17, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Help! Help!

Posted by: Yoki | December 17, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I think it was appropriate for Al to hush Loserman.
After all, I know Al really wanted to run over and pound his catfish looking face into hamburger. Just like the rest of us.

Way to keep your cool, Al.

Posted by: captainkona | December 17, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"Honed in on" jumped out at me at the HuffPo piece. Curmudgeon, I think, is the one who pointed out its clumsy inanity to us recently and I can no longer ignore it. Doesn't HuffPo credit their writers?

In any case, we need a synonym for "homed in on" and "sharply focused on." I think "seized on" is close.

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 17, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: MsJS | December 17, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Honing on:

Whetted their thoughts on?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 17, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm like the enchanted Prince in Lewis's "Silver Chair," MsJS. I daren't loose my bonds whilst I am in my hours of madness.

Posted by: Yoki | December 17, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Perhaps I am the one who is getting testy. Franken's pique with Lieberman is certainly not directly linked to the stalling technique of the Republicans - although I am sure that contributes to the irritation level. It's probably more to do with the perceived opportunism by Lieberman. Whether Lieberman has acted in pursuit of the betterment of all or is simply, as some suggest, getting even with liberals is fundamentally unknowable. But I think he has certainly managed to alienate just about anyone.

Of course, he's not the only one.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 17, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Jumping to conclusions isn't a parlor game laloomis. You weren't there. No one is ever going to know what really happened except for the driver of the car and my guess is that person's not going to give a rat's patootie that you want details. Let it go. That was someone's child, someone's lover, someone's father, someone's brother. Someone's friend and teammate. Let those people mourn their loss without passing judgment on something you know nothing about.

Your posts seem to focus on the morbid, which is becoming morbid in itself.

Is it beyond your abilities to find something beautiful in the world and extol its existence without trashing someone in the process? Give it a shot.

And if the two senators were square dancing, that's gotta be the shortest song in history.

Posted by: LostInThought | December 17, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Chris Henry just died. He was 26. Let's at least let them get him into the ground before highlighting all of his dirty laundry. To do otherwise could be considered ugly.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 17, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

What LiT said.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 17, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Give Lieberman credit, as Joel describes in his update, for not being a martyr about this.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 17, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

This is the video of the shushing...

Posted by: rickoshea1 | December 17, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

We have snow and chill arriving Friday through Saturday: 6 inches of dry-ish flake and night temps in the 20s.

Oh Canadians: send your fortitude and best wishes for we nearly Southrens do not do well in such weather.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | December 17, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Some of you know that I keep company weekly for an hour with three aging nuns (about seventeen years now). Used to be four but Sr. A moved beyond about four years ago.

Each time we meet we close our time with kind prayers for all that is broken in the world. I try to model this stance of kind and loving wonder to all. Buddhists would note that we should work to relieve the suffering of all sentient beings.

Being reserved in our comments about the suffering of others is common to all spiritual traditions, moral codes, and psychologically healthy understandings of the psyche.

It is human to look askance at others. But this is not our better angel. We can -- unlike other animals -- choose our actions. Let us always error on the side of quiet and kindness -- and relief -- that there but the grace of fate would be me or those I love.

Cassandra -- our chaplain -- is already saying her prayers about this.

Good thoughts and modesty....why not?


And, I hate bridge. Tis a failing. But, I have my reasons. Love that others love bridge. I will eat bridge mix, however.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | December 17, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Do you perchance know double-deck pinochle instead, CqP?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 17, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh, you're getting ski-quality powder! Not so fun for driving unless you like skidding, but it will be lovely. Gloves, scarf, hat, good coat and boots and Thank the Lord for giving those nearly-southern children a white Christmas break this year.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 17, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The Ponte Vecchio is impressive. But I hear London Bridge is falling down.

Posted by: LostInThought | December 17, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

DogJS received a lovely mixed nut platter from my father and stepmother, CqP. It includes both naked nuts and raisins and same clothed in chocolate.

No, I don't know why my stepmom sends them to DogJS instead of one of his humanoid companions. Dog has always been gracious and shared, and has offered them to the Boodle this year.


Posted by: MsJS | December 17, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Raisins and chocolate are toxic to dogs; any chance your stepmom's cat actually sends those treats, MsJS?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 17, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

CqP you may get a white Christmas out of it, too.

Posted by: Windy3 | December 17, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Every year stepmom includes a note indicating which treats are 'humanoid only'. MrJS and I keep the entire platter away from Dog and substitute holiday dog-friendly treats instead.

Dad and stepmom don't do pets. I think once their kids were grown they swore off cleaning up after any non-spousal creature.

Posted by: MsJS | December 17, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If anyone's interested in a simple dinner, I'll fax some homemade sloppy joes (on Panera's cheese bread).

Thanks for the encouragement a month or so ago! Got the earrings, paid cash. I know I'll wear them so much that they'll amortize out to nothing as we move towards infinity.

If someone wants to go idiot slap the back of Ben Nelson's head, I'll post bail.

Posted by: -dbG- | December 17, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd tell Slyness not to read this, but I have a feeling she already knows...


Posted by: Scottynuke | December 17, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Pinochle players don't get no respect.

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 17, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I am only *now* learning that Liz Kelly is with child? Man, nobody tells me nuthin.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 17, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Got some Holiday shopping done this evening (though I'm far from done yet) and am mid-stream in taking care of some minor plumbing issue... with some luck, I'll be able to watch some of the Indy/Jacksonville game coming on shortly.

I picked the Colts to win, but the Jags could surprise.

The NFL announced that there will be moments of silence before each of this week's games to honor Mr. Henry, beginning with tonight's game.

LiT, I like the Ponte Vecchio reference. I'd make a related pun, but that might be taking it a bridge too far.


Posted by: -bc- | December 17, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Liz snuck in the announcement the other day. All the Lizards already chimed in.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I would have picked the Colts to win too, had I gotten my picks in on time. Ooops.

Posted by: LostInThought | December 17, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Evening all finally sitting down after a busy day, christmas shopping, baking cookies for the kids school parties tomorrow, and when I could watch the live feed of the torch going downtown Toronto, which was briefly held up by protestors. Extremely bad timing on behalf of the protesters as their protest delayed the torches arrival as Sick Kids hospital - since the routes are well publicized they knew what they were doing, upsetting the sickest of children is not the way to gain sympathy. Fortnately an alternative route was implement and the torch split to go to two separate locations for the final celebrations of the day. Crowds were incredible all day.

Shushing Joe Lieberman - does there really need to be a good reason - doesn't just because work? :-)

Hope everyone had an enjoyable day, I would share the 5 dozen cookies but between the parties and my childs friends who were here for supper only a couple left.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 17, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Sacramento's not the only city in California with those kinds of woes, Scotty. Mr. T has a good friend who is fire chief in a city north of San Francisco who is dealing with similar issues. He says being chief isn't fun anymore.

It all goes back to Proposition 13. If you want the services, you gotta find an equitable way to pay for them.

California is a great place to visit, but I sure like the problems we have here a whole bunch better.

Posted by: slyness | December 17, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Completely off topic, but very cool video of an underwater lava eruption.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 17, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I can play bridge:

Ponte Vecchio:

Golden Gate:

Rialto Bridge:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Roberto Clemente in Pittsburgh:

Seventeen Arch Bridge at the Summer Palace in Beijing:

Huc Bridge in Hanoi:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | December 17, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, your Ponte Vecchio picture is one of the best I've seen.

And anymore I can't recall what the bridge "really looked like", I've seen too many pictures since we were in Florence 20 years ago.

Posted by: nellie4 | December 17, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

or Lizarians?

Posted by: nellie4 | December 17, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

'Evening, Boodle. Just returned home from my wife's office xmas party, held at the home of one of the realtors. With spouses, there were about 40 there, and this particular batch is a fun group of nice people, and the annual party is something we always look forward to. In particular, there is the gift exchange, during which numbers are picked and each person goes up to pick out a present. Then the person has the choice of keeping that present, or "stealing" the present chosen by a previous number instead. And some presents are highly desirable and get chased all night (booze and lottery tickets) which less presents (almost anything that isn't booze or lottery tickets) gets traded. Tonight's most desireable prize was a bottle of Crown Royal, although the three sets of lot tickets also got chased. I went third from last (a very good slot) and came away with a bottle of Amaretto di Amore (and two glasses).

I hate to tell you the gift my wife took home. At first she picked out what turned out to be a bottle of Bailey's Irish chocolate mix stuff-- pretty good. So good it got snatched almost right away. The default present she got stuck with was

...wait for it...

a china Thomas Kinkade house sculpture thingy.

It well go to a very deserving person next year, I'm sure.

I, too, was unaware of the Lizspawn.

I'll see your bridges and raise you the Bridges of Madison County, plus Jeff, Beau and Lloyd Bridges. *Especially* Lloyd Bridges.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 17, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Poor Mrs. Mudge, what a bummer. Mr. T came home from a similar game at a party last weekend with two ugly stockings from Old Navy. The Geekdottir and I had difficulty restraining him from throwing them away. I need to give them away before he notices they're still around.

Posted by: slyness | December 17, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Bridges was on the Charlie Rose show last night, talking about his new movie (Crazy Heart, with Maggie Gyllenhaal). He told some interesting stories about his dad and his mom. He said his dad loved show business and encouraged his kids to act - so Jeff resisted it, naturally. I like Jeff Bridges a lot.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 17, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: LostInThought | December 17, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Just to go all literary on you, I raise you Mr. and Mrs. Bridges.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | December 17, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm not always that enameled of bridges, particularly when they inadvertently end up in my drink.

I need an adhesive upgrade, and that's the tooth.

Quite the track meet going on down in Jacksonville tonight, Colts just went back up 28-24, 9 minutes into the 3rd quarter. I think that was the 7th lead change in the game to this point.

Mudge, I'm sure you'll give that Kincade a nice new home.


Posted by: -bc- | December 17, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

The bridges of Starfleet.

Posted by: rashomon | December 17, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I'll see your Lloyd Bridges and raise you a Tower Bridge:

And two bridges across the Mississippi:

And if you ever need any help with that Amaretto, just let me know. You're on your own for disposing of the Kinkade.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, put the Kinkade in the safe. We can monitor Ebay for price increases. Then, we auction and put the proceeds in the company picnic kitty.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 17, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Mudge did fine-- amaretto is her favorite drink. I don't care for it. I'm the big (double) loser of the night.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 17, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Thank you very much, nellie. I always love compliments on my pictures. That one was taken with a telephoto lens from Piazzele Michelangelo across the Arno and up the hill.

Here's an eye level shot of it:

And here's a 22 megapixel panorama of it:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

We're heading to Terabithia by the Newbury medal-winning bridge that replaced the rope swing.

Don't wait up.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 17, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Amaretto is also my favorite drink. Our wedding cake was amaretto flavored. Got the marriage off to a very good start.

My absolute favorite Airplane line. This week was indeed a very bad week for me to quit sniffing glue. Not all my coworkers understood the reference when I said so.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

If Lieberman was to disappear off the face of the earth, I wouldn't be at all upset. What a self serving sleaze! I'm so upset with the Dems that I can barely stand to watch the news or talk about the whole healthcare debacle.

On a more pleasant subject, baking almost finished (except for the last minute request I know I'll get from #2 next week). I'll post a list of the available for faxing items tomorrow.

It's finally very cold here, single digits tonight - I know this doesn't compare to my friends up north but we do live along the coast and that keeps us somewhat warmer in winter.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 17, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse


Lizard is the moniker given to themselves by the denizens of Liz Kelly's Celebritology blog. Several boodlers, byoolin in particular, are also Lizards.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan Yardley's Second Reading of the Thorton Wilder classic:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

The first war movie I remember seeing in the theater:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Praise to Franken - sticking with the rules, and getting payback too -- and tsk to Lieberman (and Coburn, while we're at it).

MsJS, thanks for the bridge mix! That's as close to bridge as I get. Y'all continue to play while CqP, MsJS & I watch & munch.

A Margery Allingham Albert Campion novel was set in the town of Bridge.

As I tried to point out earlier, what events may or may not have transpired before Chris Henry's death, and among whom, are really beside the point. For that type of fatal injury, all that is really needed is someone moving in the bed of a moving pickup - no matter how slow the truck is going, no matter what the condition of the driver or victim, no matter the intent of either. It is a rare instance in which previous immediate actions are simply irrelevant. Speculation on what led Henry to that position, under those circumstances, appears both prurient and slightly tawdry.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 17, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

From Cornelius Ryan to James Michener:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy writes a complex and deeply tragic tale. Here is the will of one Mayor:

"That Elizabeth-Jane Farfrae be not told of my death, or made to grieve on account of me. "& that I be not bury'd in consecrated ground. "& that no sexton be asked to toll the bell. "& that nobody is wished to see my dead body. "& that no murners walk behind me at my funeral. "& that no flours be planted on my grave, "& that no man remember me. "To this I put my name.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 17, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Mudge has a Kincaid house *giggle* ! You never know with those pass-around gift thingies. I worked briefly, and around Christmas, in an office where they had one of those things. One person brought a piece of folk art - a heavy, relatively large wooden box, with tail, legs, and head attached and beautifully painted in yellow and black stripes to look like a cat. The top is hinged, with a home-made coin slot thing; I think it was intended as a kitty bank. I loved it, was fortunate enough to be landed with it, and NOBODY tried to swap. Hee hee. I still display it proudly. It has held everything from reciepts to Halloween candy.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 17, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

The Bridge at San Luis Rey
Thorton Wilder

Opening sentence:
"On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714,the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipi-tated five travelers into the gulf below."

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 17, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't suppose I can get away with Britches of Georgetown.

No, I thought not.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 17, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

See my 10:26 for an appreciation.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 17, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Alexander's Bridge
Willa Cather's first novel, appearing originally as a serial in McClure's

"Two people, when they love each other, grow alike in their tastes and habits and pride, but their moral natures (whatever we may mean by that canting expression) are never welded. The base one goes on being base, and the noble one noble, to the end. -- Alexander's Bridge

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 17, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Not "those" Lizarians

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 17, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

CqP, the thing about Hardy, for me, is how *intentional* he was with his fiction. Casterbridge was surrounded by hedges. Yo, ya, Tom!

Posted by: Yoki | December 17, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry jk -- clicked on one post but slipped past the other I really like this book. However, my favorite TW is the delicious and wacky play

By the Skin of Our Teeth

That was the first play I was in (Maid to the Antrobus family).

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 17, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Hardy was a master; his luminous sadness yields novels of insight about tragic everyday life. I suspect, however, that living with him would have been a unpleasant and glowering affair.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 17, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

*whispering* CqP, please delete "By" from that title.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 17, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Bridges, Jeff Bridges gets a great review for his new movie in Slate.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | December 17, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Manning was supposed to be on the bench a long time ago, the Colts weren't supposed to care, and I was supposed to be in bed an hour ago.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 17, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Jeff Bridges, I heard and interview with him on NPR, and of course, the interviewer asked if he would work with the Cohen Brothers to reprise his role of The Dude in "The Big Lebowski."

Said not at this point, but mentioned that after the current film, he's worked with the Cohens again on a remake of "True Grit" with himself in the Rooster Cogburn role. No idea if Duvall and Hopper are in it, too.


Posted by: -bc- | December 17, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I was talked into a butterfly bridge. It got unglued within a year. The second one lasted a few month. The third and last one lasted a couple of years but it's becoming loose. I don't like bridges. Except for fishing. I've been lucky fishing bridges.

It just dipped below -20C/-4F here. The VLP was disturbed by its paws sticking to the icy path around the house. The old dog has plenty of hair between the footpads to avoid just that. That dog is really meant to live in the castle.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 17, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Wooh, looks like the Colts got away with another one here.

I meant to ask if Al Franken is going to propose any legislation designating the 20teens as "The Next Al Franken Decade."


Posted by: -bc- | December 17, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, MCPER C editor extr. realm.

GNight, Iren, etc. Hello Rainforest on the night watch.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 17, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, I'm surprised that your favorite line from Airplane didn't involve Gladiator movies.


Posted by: -bc- | December 17, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

The politicians from the Land of 100,000 Lakes are certainly interesting. I refer specifically to former Gov. Ventura and Mr. Franken. Not so in the case of Mr. Pawlenty. Mr. Franken's parliamentary move brought this ditty to mind, with Pig in fine form:

Posted by: -jack- | December 17, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

LiT, thanks again for the Lloyd Bridges "bad week" montage

Head slapping moment:

yellojkt, I cannot believe that it took me this long to remember that Lloyd Bridges was also on the original Battlestar Galactica TV show, as Commander Cain of the only other surviving Battlestar... and it's going to bug me that I can't remember that ship's name, but I can remember Rocketship X-M. Oy.

I picked a bad week to stop snorting cayenne pepper.


Posted by: -bc- | December 18, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

jkt -- those pictures are also great. But I like the foggy/misty length of the Arno there in the first one.

Posted by: nellie4 | December 18, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Sam Roberts bridge song:

Posted by: engelmann | December 18, 2009 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Lieberman couldn't say what he had to say within ten minutes??

That's called "disorganization."

Hearing ten minutes whining must have been torment.

Posted by: T-Prop | December 18, 2009 2:49 AM | Report abuse

Yello, very nice bridge pics. How did you know where to go to take that picture of Ponte Vecchio with all the other bridges behind it?

Wheezy, my field is finance. I also count beans and got my arm twisted into overseeing administration as well.

Posted by: rainforest1 | December 18, 2009 3:08 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. The local news forecasters here are in full Armageddon mode, upgrading predictions of 8 to 12 inches OR MORE, and NBC this morning said it may be the worst December snowstorm in history in these parts.

Scotty and LiT, you better get your football picks done before civilization as we know it comes to an end, and Yahoo collapses under an avalanche.

Scotty, I'm looking for a big last-day-of-work-before-the-Apockyclips-wave from ya this morning.

CqP, yr obdnt srvnt, ma'am.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 18, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

I just subscribe to the take tons of pictures and sort them out later school of needing lots of memory chips. Most of my good pictures and all my great ones are pure accidents.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 7:26 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Mudge, there is a big mass of cold air over us that doesn't want to move. It was supposed to go East today and tomorrow but decided to stay and extend further south. So we are in the cold and you'll be in the transition zone, between the warm air from the Gulf and the cold air from the North, that is where all the pretty snow falls. The mass of cold air came from the NWT and ALBERTA, so you know who to blame.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 18, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

I hate to admit it, but I had to turn to IMDB to recall Cain commanded the Pegasus...

Slyness, much of the voting public (particularly in California) seems to forget that bread and circuses don't put fires out... *SIGH*

Stupid Jaguars!!! D'oh!

*excitedly-waiting-for-the-flakes-and-planning-a-weekend-of-sledding-and-other-fun-while-driving-NukeSpouse-hither-and-yon-goody-goody-goody Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 18, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Good for Franken...Lieberman should be in the deep freeze. Further, he should be stripped of his chairmanships and perks and hurled out of the Democratic caucus. Senate clubbiness and "going along to get along" have given this loser the idea that he can do whatever he wants without penalty. I support absolutely his right to obstruct indefinitely; but he should have to pay a price for that, just like people engaging in civil disobedience should be prepared to go to jail without whining.

Posted by: kstack | December 18, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

No heat in our house this morning, so I don't think I can wish a good morning to all. This is the fifth time this has occurred in the last two and a half weeks. The HVAC folks are tired of hearing from us.

Yeah, snow for the mountains and wintry mix predicted for us today. We'll looks like it will snow, though. I think I'll ride the exercycle instead of taking a walk.

Hi Cassandra! Hope you are warm this cold morning.

Posted by: slyness | December 18, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

There is a breakfast buffet set up in the bunker with pancakes, *real* maple syrup, bacon and lots of proper coffee. Let it snow!

Posted by: -jack- | December 18, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Question to the technoLords(esses):

I like Chrome (for Mac) but two problems 1) when I try to update the boodle string, I end up at the beginning of the page, ie. the kit. Any ideas about how to refresh and be in the boodle entry of the moment? 2) I cannot roll over to x-out the adds. Blech. Any ideas.

I like the Hedgehog in Fog theme. Droll stop animation from Russian in the 70s

A sort of dark, naturalistic Paddington

Last day of herding compositionKiddies. Then 66 papers to cozy up with during the storm weekend. Will accept faxed fortifying foods. Mudge, come over with your editing kit. Stay the weekend.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 18, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I knew that the other surviving battlestar was the Pegasus, but I didn't want to sound like a geeky dork. Besides, with all due respect to Mr. Bridges, I much prefer Helena Cain (played by the delicious Michelle Forbes) with her brutal leadership and, uh, sapphic tendancies, over the TOS version.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

And in the faux umbrage department, I'm astounded this writer went into such detail without bothering to explain the weakly interacting massive particles the detector was seeking...


Posted by: Scottynuke | December 18, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I loved Paddington as a kid, so I will make sure to backboodle the video when I am not at the office.

And no problem that you missed my giant Thorton Wilder clue. I'm used to being overlooked and ignored around here.

***Eeyore sigh***

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I had lots of directions to go from your gladiator crack, but I could not find my favorite Sally Forth parody to illustrate it with. Besides the whole sandals and olive oil bit is kinda your thing.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

yello, you fell directly into my GeekyDork Trap (patent pending).


Posted by: -bc- | December 18, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Is it shaped like a Moebius strip, bc?

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 18, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I propose we have a BPH in Soudan, Minnesota and invite our Canucki boodlers. Although I suspect that a giant abandoned mineshaft that close to the border HAS to be part of the secret Canadian invasion plan.

"Mr. President, we must not allow a mineshaft gap!"

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

More like a Klein bottle. Even when you escape, you are still trapped.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how many odd socks are also at the bottom of that mine shaft. Seems like a likely place for odd socks to be found.

Posted by: -jack- | December 18, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Well, JA certainly knows a few Fermilab folks, so I bet we could arrange that BPH, yello...

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 18, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Senator Franken for shushing
Lieberman and standing up to the
OLD GUARD of our Congress.

If it has not happened in 27 years,
then it's about time.

Time for the OLD GUARD Congress members
tainted by special interests that made
them ineffective in their primary role
of acting as representatives "OF THE PEOPLE", allowing a new, young generation
of representatives who see their roles

It is time AMERICA to clear the old
rank and file.

Posted by: gb13 | December 18, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Good morning.

Billy Jo jumped off the Tallahatchee bridge.

We have no snow here; have had none yet this year. After a real cold snap last week we are enjoying a warm spell, where we might reach 50 (f) today. Hereabouts that's what it is: cold "snaps" but warm "spells".

Mudge and CollegequaParkian remind me that modern text-message language is not new, but a mere variant on the practical shortcuts taken in writing in past centuries. I can't wait to tell the Boy.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 18, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I had difficulty reading that article about dark matter. I am a man of the world of physics, but I also am a man of the prosaic, 'sensible' (in the technical sense), world of atoms, hadrons, and such. As a result, I was continually distracted by the close-up portrait of the extremely pretty young woman gracing the right-hand margin of the NYT page. Reminding myself that I am at least twice her age and would not be in her dating pool, even were I single, somehow does not help me to feel better about myself and concentrate on lofty intellectualism.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 18, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Fermilab never won the POTY, yanno. I always thought Enrico Fermilab was one of the great pionerds who deserved more recognition.

He was Italian, you know, from the little town of Fermilabia high in the Etruscan Mountains north of Enziopinza. When he and his family came through Ellis Island, the authorities shortened their name so it sounded more American. (In Italian, Fermilabia means "hard lips.")

Just sayin'.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 18, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Enrica Fermilabia? I've seen a few of her movies. She can do some things that will make your, well, uh, something, curl.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

You hadda go there.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 18, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

IM: Did Billy Jo jump...or was he pushed? Did the autopsy results show any foreign substances in his bloodstream? Were DNA samples taken and run through the FBI, NICAP, NASDAQ and NIKNAK computers? How do we know it wasn't a staged "death"? Was the body, in fact, ever recovered? Why was it a closed casket funeral? I've always thought this one ought to be turned over to the Cold Case bunch for a thorough reexamination and review.

I'm sure everyone has noticed how Bobbie Gentry has pretty much disappeared since this whole, highly suspicious mess went down. Coincidence? I think not.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 18, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I just have to interrupt this discussion of science and women to say that not much tops a well constructed BLT made with premium Applewood smoked bacon and a great cup of French press coffee.

Posted by: russianthistle | December 18, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Wheat toast? No mayo? I'm witcha.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 18, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

It feels like snow here.

yello's comment on photography reminds me how I am having to undo old habits, when each shot meant a bit of expensive film was used; better make it count. Nowadays I can take 20 pics of something if I need to, with no added cost. A different mindset.

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 18, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Since the advent of digital cameras, it is barely possibly, in theory, to get a decent picture of me without someone going to great expense and wasting a lot of film. I just need someone willing to snap over and over, sometimes for hours, until the heavens and stars stop in their courses and align with Earth for a brief second. Sometimes this patient person has to be bribed with pizza. Or cookies.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 18, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

You lob softballs like that, and I'm gonna take a swing. You only have yourself to blame.

Besides, her movie 'Charmed Quarks' is fairly tasteful for the genre. Although I admit that 'Deep Inside SLAC' is not for everybody. You'd be surprised where you can fit a hadron detector.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, if you have a properly cut (thick) rasher of premium smoked bacon and fry it slowly in a large pan... MMMMmmmmmm

It almost takes on the tooth of a good aged Merlot. There is more going on than just "bacon and egg" bacon. It can be savored.

With sadness, I will honestly say that it was consumed with kids' bread and not a good rustic slice of bread. I will also admit to some store bought mayo with a pinch of sea salt and ample of pepper.

You know Mudge, we live in a very economically battered country right now. For those of us who really don't have much more than regular challenges that are exacerbated by a bit of credit tightening or pay freezes, may we all just hope that we show the care and understanding for the less fortunate--whether it be a helping hand or a kind word or gesture.

As we pass through this holiday season, let's hope that we all find some simple ways to celebrate. These are not good times out there. Especially in Washington, we should not lose track of the several facts of life as they, themselves, change.

Right now, the most notable FAIL as a human is Joe Lieberman. Just like pappy Bush didn't know how much a gallon of milk cost, Joe talks about health insurance as something that everyone gets when they are working. If you don't got that information, then you don't got what it takes to represent the people of the United States of America.


Guys like Joe fail with their intellectual dishonesty, greed, and absolute ignorance of and about the lives of the common man.

Posted by: russianthistle | December 18, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Mudge - your 9:44 was inspired and exactly on target.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 18, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Because good pictures are so easy to take, to get really great pictures requires some real artistic vision. Digital photography has raised the bar for everybody but the real pros still take stunning photos.

Here's the last of those Boston Globe photos:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I was feeling a little chilly this morning and thought I'd warm up by reading the comments reacting to Charles Krauthammer's column- I would never read the column itself to warm up, but the comments are pretty much always a source of ready heat. I was struck particularly by the second sentence of this one:

jjs9486 wrote:
I just can't help it, I'm always disheartened by the amount of venomous comments made. I don't always agree with Mr. Krauthammer for sure, or with any of the other journalists' comments I read, but I try my best to just not say anything at all if I can't say something. No, I'm not a "goody two-shoes"....I, too, have had my moments but I think twice before putting those moments in print.

Posted by: kguy1 | December 18, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Mudge, you betray your shallow knowledge of Italian. 'Fermilabia' does not mean 'hard lips', it means 'lips of the farm.' I suspect the family were pleased to leave behind them the old country, and the old name, with centuries of knowing jokes and vile deprecations.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 18, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, the word that is similar to snickering but with 'gg' instead of 'ck', connoting by onomatopoeia a certain petty salaciousness and primitive sensibility, is unacceptable to the Worty Dird Filter™.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 18, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

By Chuckie K standards, today's column was almost wistful. I was hoping for a retirement announcement at the end, but no such luck.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Great bridge shots, Yellojkt. You'd like of bridges. I still prefer the card version.

Posted by: Windy3 | December 18, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

You know, I think I am getting *way* too emotionally invested in the health care efforts. Especially since I have health insurance, and it's very nice.

Now, I really don't have that much anger for those who can articulate a rational philosophical objection to the bill. Folks like Ben Nelson at least appear to be working from some sort of honest conviction.

And there are certainly thoughtful Republicans who oppose the bill on terms that are at least logically consistent.

It's those who oppose the bill for no reason other than it is advocated by Obama who drive me batty. It's such an insular and arrogant way to approach the serious work of government.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 18, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I think it is the embedded racial slur that fails the WDF. 'Salaciousness' is not the word I would use for it. Offensive perhaps.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Kguy, I read Krauthammer this morning, I found it actually pleasant, a first for me. To preserve my hearty holiday mood, the only comments I read are here in the boodle.

Thistle writes:"a properly cut (thick) rasher of premium smoked bacon and fry it slowly in a large pan... MMMMmmmmmm" I'm off to Whole Foods with the rasher on my list, I can almost smell it cooking in pan...

Posted by: VintageLady | December 18, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I think Gershwin wrote some really good bridges.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 18, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Amen, RD, amen!

You people crack me up, what a funny morning on the boodle!

I'm back from the grocery store myself, where there were five times the people I normally encounter at Harris Teeter at 10 ayem on a weekday morning. Sleet has stopped for the time being; as long as we stay above freezing, we'll be okay.

Posted by: slyness | December 18, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

This physics discussion (ahem) somewhat mirrors something I've been working on for some time now...

But I digress.

I like Overbye in general, but that piece could have withstood a bit of extra editorial attention. 'splanin' WIMPs would have been nice (as pointed out previously), and a bit more rigor regarding the limits of string theory. That sentence is somewhat misleading -- string theory does not "unify all of the forces of nature into one mathematical expression."

Experimental evidence and assessment of dark matter would go a long way towards refining such theories, but I think even Brian Greene would say things are a long long way away from explaining all of the forces of nature. For example, I consider my teenage daughters as examples of the divine yet utterly inexplicable.


Posted by: -bc- | December 18, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I suspect you are right about the embedded racial slur, yellojkt. It disheartens me -- it's part of living in the same world in which an officer of the D.C. government can refer to someone with a perfectly good adjective meaning that the person is exceptionally stingy in a petty and wretched way, and be accused of racism by persons who have never troubled themselves to crack open a dictionary and learn a new word or two.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 18, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"I try my best to just not say anything at all if I can't say something." Thanks, kguy! That made my day. Words to live, if not speak, by.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 18, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

My dad's dentist made him a couple of really good bridges....

Morning, all. Not sure whether I'll get much backboodling in today, but I will try.

BroJS just invited himself and his fam over for festive lunch on Sunday. Much to do to prepare.

Posted by: MsJS | December 18, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Al Franken again, I appreaciate his sense of the theatrical.

I kinda wish he'd pounded his shoe on the table as a gavel to end Lieberman's discourse, as a more blatant metaphor for where things seem to be between the GOP and the Dems on the Hill these days.

Perhaps I'm overreaching there, though.


Posted by: -bc- | December 18, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Dan O'Bannon is gone:

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 18, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

It's the Thumper Rule as interpreted by Maxwell Smart. "Missed it by THAT much!

Posted by: kguy1 | December 18, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

On the Boodle, no one can hear you scream...



Posted by: Scottynuke | December 18, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

My wife and I did a weekend getaway to Pittsburgh this fall. It's the first time I had ever been there and it surpassed my expectations. And there are a LOT of bridges.

A photography podcast I listen to called Indecent Exposure (with a name like that it has to be up my alley) challenged it's listeners to take five pictures of a subject and then pick the best one. I used the Pittsburgh bridges because they look so similar, but each one is a unique design.

Here are just the five bridge pictures:

And here are all 84 shots of Pittsburgh I posted (Warning for the weak of stomach: it includes a cross-section of a cappicola sandwich from Primanti Brothers):

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

What, and out himself as a wanna-be Russian president, bc?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 18, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

While several meteorologists are forecasting anywhere from maybe 5 inches to two feet of snow, I marched my own feet off to the groffey store first thing this morning for milk, orange juice, bananas (gotta have bananas for the wheat chex) and other stuff. The guys from the farmers market come down from mid-PA (near Gettysburg) on Saturdays, but I don't know if they're coming tomorrow. They usually take Xmas weekend off, so I'd like to stock up on more apples. Should it be the case that tomorrow will not happen (farmers-market-wise) it won't mean the end of the world, as I will make do with what I've got.

And, yes, there were a fair number of people in the store early on.

I do love watching the snow fall, tho. All those big fat furry flakes. Very, very pretty. Hoping not to lose power, as we have pleadings due very, very soon -- on Dec. 31st. The other side characteristically would *not* give us an extension, as we have three pleadings to work on all due on that date, and they don't necessarily wish us well during the holidays (or, even, at any other time).

And I *do* like and even *heart* Al Franken. Lieberman? Um, *no*.

Posted by: -ftb- | December 18, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

When I saw a recent story indicating that Tiger has taken to playing golf at night to relieve his stress, I thought immediately of Mitch Comstein...

- - -
Ty Webb: Let me tell you a little story? I once knew a guy who could have been a great golfer, could have gone pro, all he needed was a little time and practice. Decided to go to college instead. Went for four years, did pretty well. At the end of his four years, his last semester he was kicked out... You know what for? He was night putting, just putting at night with the fifteen-year-old daughter of the Dean... You know who that guy was Danny?

Danny Noonan: No.

Ty Webb: Take one good guess.

Danny Noonan: Bob Hope?

Ty Webb: Ha ha... No, that guy was Mitch Comstein, my roommate. He was a good guy.

Posted by: bobsewell | December 18, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

First Secretary, Communist Party of the Soviet Union (KPSS), and Chairman, Council of Ministers (Premier), USSR (CCCP).

Militant minutiae from the mental rolodex again.

Posted by: LostInThought | December 18, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Yello: Great pics from the 'Burgh. Looks like you missed the really neat Smithfield Street Bridge, which connects "don-ton" with Station Square on "Sow-side". But the view from the top of the inclines is great. Did you catch a ride on the Gateway Clipper? Seems that way from some of the pics.

Posted by: ebtnut | December 18, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Winter is here, there is frost on the river banks here. I hope we get the blizzard this weekend because, 1 we need a white Christmas and 2 it would be on Sunday so no big traffic mess.

My baking is done. Here is the list of faxable goodies:

Swedish bread - flavored with caradom
Gingerbread cookies - decorated by granddaughters who were restrained in frosting use.
Shortbread thumbprints
Lemon-ginger-chai balls
Midnight delights - tiny cups of chocolate dough filled with Kahlua flavored brownie filling
Anise biscotti - for dunking
Chocolate hazelnut biscotti - some with chocolate coating, some with white chocolate coating
Frosted spice bars

I may have to make meringue cookies if #2 asks, but they’re no big deal.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 18, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

SciTim, it is difficult to appreciate just how deeply shallow my knowledge of Italian is. It is wafer thin (waferio molto thinnetto). Thinner than that, even. Thinner, even, than onionskin typing paper (vidalia di underwoodia). It can be measured in microns (micronesia). I have Father Guido Sarducci to thank for my tutelage.

I believe the first secretary of the Communist Party was Sally Jean Probolenskaya, a sweet young thing from Miss Dnieprstaskaya's Akademy For Young Lady Workers of Refinement and Kultur.

She was just 19 at the time.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 18, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

SCC: that would be cardamom

Posted by: badsneakers | December 18, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Cards? Mom?

We're back to bridge again, hm?

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 18, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

O to be snowed in at badsneaks house and sustaining oneself on that list of Christmas baking.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 18, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Come on over dmd! It would be fun.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 18, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Watch out "Avatar"!

"Looking to take advantage of golfer Tiger Woods' scandal-plagued life, filmmakers are planning a porn flick aptly named after the star -- 'Tiger's Wood' will be released by Adam and Eve Pictures in January, according to numerous entertainment Web sites."

Posted by: kguy1 | December 18, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

A fax machine! A fax machine! My wheels for a fax machine!

Sneaks, I was going to start baking your white choc cookies on Sunday, but will have to postpone due to BroJS' decision to party chez moi.

As to your other awesome sounding recipes, I shall nestle all snug in my bed while visions (and smells and tastes) of them dance in my head.

Posted by: MsJS | December 18, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

It would be worth it just for the company badsneaks, but add snow for christmas and cookies perfection.

Am quite jealous of the reports of snow in the DC/East coast area, snow all around us but not where I live, kids are sad that we will probably have another green christmas, flurries over the next few days probably won't be enough as it will melt - also rain/snow predicted for Christmas eve.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 18, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Snow for us isn't a sure thing. The weather guys keep vacillating because the 'models' are showing different things. I've got my fingers crossed. But it sounds like it could be one of those southern NE storms where the cape and south of Boston gets hit the hardest.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 18, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, not so much a demonstration of power (over a wingtip?) by a wannabe President (or First Secretary and Chairman, as LiT points out) as publicly venting frustration over a Cold War.

And what's going on between the GOP and Dems over this Health Care legislation does make me think of that period.

kguy, I sure hope that movie's not in 3D.


Posted by: -bc- | December 18, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, dmd, I don't remember that last time we had a white Christmas here in the DC area. Been probably at least 10 years. If we get hammered like they are predicting (now 7-14") this place will crank to a stop all weekend. Probably going to put a real hurt on the late shoppers, though the grocery stores will do land office business today.

Posted by: ebtnut | December 18, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

More like Triple X than 3D. It does give you pause when you consider that Cameron says he has been working on "Avatar" off and on since 1994 and continuously since 2004, and these pornsters can take their story from events that occurred in late November and have a feature ready for release the following January, "action packed" and at a cost of a lot less than $500m.

Posted by: kguy1 | December 18, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Yes, bc, I finally realized what you meant. Although Al is too smart to take on the role of "bad guy" in the Cold War even by proxy.

Maybe Al could have done some "evil health insurance empire" cracks instead?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 18, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Dan O'Bannon - lemme think...

Alien, Dark Star, and the B-17 zombie bit in Heavy Metal.

That's all of his work I can recall offhand, but that's some good stuff.


Posted by: -bc- | December 18, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

kguy, I was looking for a re-make of rear window.

Posted by: russianthistle | December 18, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

You had to mention Dark Star. That's dirty pool. I'm not going to fall into your trap. No sir. No mention of orange beach ball shaped aliens or awesome trapped-in-the-elevator shaft scenes, or existential arguments with homicidal killer computer. Uh uh. I am not falling into your DorkGeek Trap no matter how tantalizingly you bait it.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

ebtnut, when I worked in retail December storms were always a mixed blessing, cold and snow needed to push winter sales but too much and the all important Christmas sales were hurt and in some cases all but eliminated for a day or two if the storm was big enough.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 18, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Al Franken and Pee-wee Herman are good fit for these radical liberals.

Posted by: fury60 | December 18, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

kguy, I don't think triple x preculdes 3D.

Pretty scary on it's own merits and then there's all the involuntary ducking and weaving.

A moviegoing experience I will forgo for sure.


Posted by: -bc- | December 18, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Aw Sneaks! Those cookies sound heavenly! If only I were close enough to smell the aroma of those treats coming from your house. Or industrious enough to try and make them myself (nah, not gonna happen).

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | December 18, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, I thought the philisophical arguments with the intelligent nuclear weapon were... cute.


Posted by: -bc- | December 18, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, bc. Despite their claims I don't believe those "Chesty McMammary" heroines can manage any more than a double D. So it's a no go on the Triple X and 3D.

Posted by: kguy1 | December 18, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Drop by again, fury60.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 18, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

You are forgetting about Eccentrica Gallumbits aka "The Triple-Breasted Wh0re of Eroticon Six". Dang. Caught in the DorkyGeekTrap again. Curses.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Until five minutes ago I had one cloudberrry/bakeapple/chicoutai jam thumbprint, two anise crunchy button, two cat turds and one candied orange peel cookie to fax. But the locusts have landed in my office. Sorry. It will be for later.

The nice people I gave a talk to this morning were kind enough to invite me for their Christmas pot-luck. So I brought cookies. There was so much food I had 1/4 of the cookies left.
My esteemed collegues saw to that when I returned to the office. 14:45-15:00 is a bad time to open a box of cookies in an office environment.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 18, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Was she the gal in the Mars bar(the planet not the candy) in "Total Recall"?

Posted by: kguy1 | December 18, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

You are going to have to go geekier than that, kguy. The Total Recall cameo is an homage to the actual source material.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

O'Bannon also did the Screamers screenplay -- a better Phil Dick adaptation than Total Recall. (I will not be out-geeked.)

Posted by: rashomon | December 18, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

RIP, Saab...


Posted by: Scottynuke | December 18, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Scotty: Saab has been quite ill for a long time. The 'due diligence' referred to in the NYT article is shorthand for 'on life support but brain dead.'

Frankly, G.M. is fortunate that more of its parts aren't in the same state.

Posted by: MsJS | December 18, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Ai chihuahua, has it been two years already???


Posted by: Scottynuke | December 18, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Larger chest sizes do happen, Kguy, but it's murder on the back.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 18, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This is what us average Minnesotan's figured we'd get when Al Franken was elected. He has lived in Minnesota much...and would say doesn't really represent the values we aspouse. Minnesota nice isn't dead. Al Franken is lucky...he won when he did. We need fiscal realists in Washington DC representing us. Reduce the debt or resign.

Posted by: RobMc1 | December 18, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

So is Michelle Bachmann your idea of nice, RobMc1?

Posted by: kguy1 | December 18, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

How did the same state elect both Bachmann and Franken? I used to think Florida was schizo.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Three decades ago (or was it longer?), Sydney Harris said North Carolina had the nicest people and worst politicians in the union. I think he had Jesse Helms in mind.

At least we voted Elizabeth Dole out.

Posted by: slyness | December 18, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Precisely what values do you espouse in Minnsota, RobMc1?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 18, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Time for the mandatory Rachel Mantueffel link:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, he doesn't espouse the values of following the rules even when writing English.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 18, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm... From the home page:

BREAKING NEWS -- Climate deal reached in Copenhagen

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 18, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Copenhagen has agreed to send us some of their cold weather, in return for some our warm weather?

Posted by: bobsewell | December 18, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful. Just &^%$#^% wonderful. 4 o'clock on a Friday afternoon right before a &*&^%$#^ blizzard and somebody sends me a 24-page rush job.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 18, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was going to be this blizzard for two hurricanes to be named later...

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 18, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

There seem to be a lot of sufficient steps to be named later in the deal. Also many of promises regarding drug testing, er, emissions monitoring.

Posted by: MsJS | December 18, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

That's what you get for still being at your desk. :-)

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Something to while away the time when we are snowed in:

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 18, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I've long figured that if I ever revisit central North Carolina, I should find a flower for Terry Sanford's monument at Duke. Not only did he make NC a hotbed of higher education, he found a guy named Skipper Bowles to develop the economy, which duly boomed. Not even Jesse Helms was able to return the state to its former squalor.

Just back from watching Avatar in the 3D version. It's so elaborate, it would be a shame to watch 2D. Some very strange botany. In the real world, fungi do a lot of connecting underground and some trees do root grafts with conspecifics. Nothing like everything on the planet coming with a USB.

The movie faithfully adheres to the old playwright's admonition that "if you show a gun in the first act, you'd better well use it in the third" (check Wiki for "Chekhov's Gun").

I suspect that if someone were able to make a candid documentary of mining in New Guinea, there'd be a few similarities to Avatar. Just no avatars.

Come to think of it, is mining in New Caledonia kinder and gentler because the island is French? It's one of the world's great places for strange plants. Amborella lives there
So does a parasitic conifer.
And so do palms. Lots of palms.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 18, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Am I missing something?

- + - + - + - + - +
"Md. employers brace for higher unemployment insurances [sic] costs"

"... Unemployment insurance costs for Maryland business owners are slated to jump 267 percent from $51 for each employee to $187 per employee annually under a law intended to keep the state's unemployment insurance fund from going bankrupt as early as March..."
- + - + - + - + - +

I mean, I understand that times are tough for business owners, but if raising the cost of unemployment insurance from four bucks a month to fifteen bucks a month (per employee) is going to create genuine hardship, it seems to me that the businesses have much, much larger problems.

How little do you have to be paying someone if an extra $136 per year is the difference between keeping them and letting them go?

Posted by: bobsewell | December 18, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Did the folks in Copenhagen get around to addressing the problem of nocturnal emissions?

Posted by: bobsewell | December 18, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Nocturnal emissions weren't addressed today. There will probably be an announcement on that in the morning.

Posted by: MsJS | December 18, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

In Copenhagen in December almost all emissions are nocturnal.

Posted by: kguy1 | December 18, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The technology that they voted on cannot be discussed in family newspapers, Bob S.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 18, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Oops! Did the Boodle go into hibernation? Or is everyone around here at the grocery store?

I think I'm in for the duration now. Forgot to mail some payments for bills today, and I hope when I do it tomorrow the postman will actually come and get them. Whatever happened to "through rain, through snow, through sleet and dead of night . . ."? Ah, well. And, yes, I know all about online banking and I'm not ready to cross that threshold just yet.

I think it's time to make some dinner with a lovely piece of defrosted sockeye salmon. And veggies -- lots of veggies.

Talk with you all tomorrow, I bet.

Posted by: -ftb- | December 18, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with the snow storm. Stay warm everyone!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | December 18, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Hi all... bracing for The Big One here. Son of G and I did some Xmas shopping and some snow-day grocery shopping.

As my mom said, it's always good to stock up on milk before the hoarders get to it.

We're supposed to have our Extended Family Christmas tomorrow. Lucky for me, it's at my sister's house four doors down from mine. Not so lucky for my older sisters who each live an hour away in different directions.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 18, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Insulate well, inside and out, and enjoy the winter weather, DC'ers.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 18, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Milk? Schmilk.
Today I bought boots good to -40F, long joans (they were out of long jnomes), gloves, some warm socks.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 18, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like we'll be getting the storm tomorrow night and Sunday morning. A possible 12" to 18", I am psyched! I just love extreme weather, especially when it happens on a weekend. Looking forward to taking pictures.
Hope all of you in the DC area are fully stocked and hunkered down.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 18, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

This is what I think about Al. You can dress him up, but you can not take him out. Not in a polite society, anyway.

Posted by: gary4books | December 18, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Actually, ftb, yes, I *was* just at the grocery store. Got two prescriptions, six 12-paks of soda (on sale), rye bread, cold cuts, cereal, and just in case milk, before the hoarders get to it. Actually, tehre was not one single iota of milk there, except fopr some lact-aid type, which is what I had to settle for (my wife uses lact-aid milk, anyway, so no problem). They were also out of almost all the bread. Place was packed.

Back the truck into the drive, got the snow shovel on the patio, am entering full hunker-down mode. My wife wants me to get the generator and spare gas out, but I think I'll wait on that.

Local weather guy Bob Ryan is already calling this an "historic" storm and it ain't even here yet. Local airports already diverting planes and preparing to close tomorrow. Radio said it had already started to snow out in Orange County, whioch is where Montpelier is (Madison's home), where the Boodle once had a winefest BPH. So it's snowing on the outskirts of our region already.

We're supposed to have dinner tomorrow night at our neighbor's house across the street. Probably take an hour or two to get there from here.

As lo ng as my computer's working, I'm good to go.

LiT, better get your football predictions in.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 18, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Al Franken pets dogs
Doesn't sniff crotches, wears good suits
YOU can't say the same.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 18, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

All of you in the storm's path, be safe. Everyone else, well, you be safe too.

Only three more pieces of currency to fold up and I am DONE. I start decorating the tree with them tomorrow.

So far I've got a generic bird, bowtie, butterfly, elephant, frog, giraffe, guitar, horseshoe crab, peacock, rhino, spaceship, star(4-pionts), swan, turtle, and Viking helmet. All made out of U.S. currency.

No partridge in a pear tree, though.

Posted by: MsJS | December 18, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

MsJS... can you post a picture somewhere? I'd love to see them!

Posted by: -TBG- | December 18, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Im reminded of Florida residents stripping supermarkets of meat just before a hurricane.

The inevitable power outage then reduces freezer content to stinking garbage. But not until the dingbats have done their best to cook as much of the meat as possible.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 18, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Oooooo, Origami! Cool, MsJS.

Just found out the guys from PA will not be coming down here to sell their veggies at the farmers market, but might possibly be down here on Wednesday. That'll be good, if all the plowing (or most of it on side streets) is completed. So, not only am I in for the duration, the duration just became longer. By maybe 45 minutes.

*now, what will I do with that extra time?*

All, stay safe and warm and hope the power doesn't go out.

Posted by: -ftb- | December 18, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, that sounds so cool.

All y'all Eastern types stay warm, dry and safe. If you have a chance go play in the snow for me - it doesn't look like we'll have the opportunity anytime soon. We always make snow goons (thanks, Calvin & Hobbes) since there usually isn't enough for a whole snow person. Also snow goons are much easier. Then it is inside for hot chocolate! Please observe these traditions for me.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 18, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to anyone in the storms path, for those of you with real wood fireplaces might want to put a supply in a nice dry place if you can. Charge those rechargeable batteries/rechargeable lights if you have them. We have a floating pool light that works on rechargeable batteries, gives off a lot of light and lasts for about 4-6 hours on a charge great for unexpected power failures.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 18, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Perfect night to make a batch of cheese straws, necessary if I plan to be welcome at my mother's family Christmas party tomorrow evening. Almost of these days I'll figure it all out so that I can make them efficiently without killing my arms. At least no carpal tunnel symptoms this year!

Posted by: slyness | December 18, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Here's a question I've been pondering... has anyone ever run out of toilet paper during a snowstorm?

Posted by: -TBG- | December 18, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Can't say that I have run out of TP in a storm, TBG, but I do not recall ever really being trapped by a storm, vaguely remember a really nasty ice storm when I was in Grade 2 or 3 but I remember being at school after the storm with the ice still covering everything so I guess we got out soon after.

Should I find the PSA from Preparedness Canada for all those in the storms path - have three days supplies in a safe spot in the home. Not something we have ;-).

Posted by: dmd3 | December 18, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

TBG -- neighbor did a few years ago. Us, to the rescue. :)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 18, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow on the dock roof is sinking the dock at the nephew's houseboat. They will have to shovel snow off the dock roof to refloat the dock.

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 18, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Lake Norman, Jumper? I understand just rain at Lake Wylie.

Posted by: slyness | December 18, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

TBG, the answer to your question is the Great Chicago Missing Telephone Book Blizzard of 1953, during which the city was blanketed for 9 straight days.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 18, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

After the "Blizzard of '78" here we were under a 'state of emergency' for a week which meant, among other things, that we weren't supposed to drive. I remember walking to the grocery store, probably 1 1/2 miles each way, to get a few things. I think we did it more to get out of the house (cabin fever) than because we were truly out of any particular food. It doesn't seem like 31 years ago - I am old!

Posted by: badsneakers | December 18, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Snow's here.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 18, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Mudge... your 9:01 was not only read out loud, but sent to my sisters. Thanks for the laff!

Posted by: -TBG- | December 18, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

The best of what to look forward to, the beauty of snow.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 18, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

No, I don't think I have run out of TP, but that's because I always stock up! This may be a pre-Costco phenomenon, when people didn't buy large quantities of such things (why did I just get a flash of the Coneheads?). But it's in our DNA. I remember walking to a grocery store during a big snow here - probably for bread. That grocery store is gone now.

Here are my thoughts about snow from last year:
Cost the mayor his job.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 18, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

hello boodle!

hope everyone is staying safe and warm. i'll be over on your side of the country in a few days. would love to have snow for christmas since it's been awhile.

so, happy holidays!!

*faxing see's candy to one and all*

(if you prefer, there are also some trader joe's maple cookies and peppermint bark)

Posted by: LALurker | December 18, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I remember you mentioning the snow, seasea. It' hard in areas where one isn't used to it. Even here people will complain, which I find just silly.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 18, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Here is Seattle's new mayor:
Woo hoo!

Posted by: seasea1 | December 18, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Y'all were talking about photography earlier. Here are some beautiful pictures taken with a slooooow shutter speed...

Posted by: -TBG- | December 18, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes, slyness, up near Brawley School Rd.

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 18, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

TBG, you always find the most interesting sites. Love those pics, especially the moving water and lighthouse ones.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 18, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I know where that is, Jumper. Mr. T and I have friends who live off the end of Brawley School Rd. They were in Meck Neck, now part of Iredell.

Posted by: slyness | December 18, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Love the link TBG, I saw a couple of those pictures recently but cannot recall where.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 18, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Snow accumulation now being predicted in feet instead of inches. This just doesn't happen here.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 18, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

So, the snow has started here -- just did a little cavorting in it with my middle daughter. I think we're going to head back out later, hopefully I'll be able to make snowballs.

Heh heh heh... [thwap!]

Mudge, you beat me to the emergency TP source bit. I think there's a hierarchy with several sources before you get to something otherwise useful like a phone book. My last couple of years' worth of 401k statements, for example.


Posted by: -bc- | December 18, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

The snow has started. It is beautiful. It covers the Christmas lights and creates new colors. So peaceful. And yet, so ominous.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 18, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Got home just as the snow was starting. It's already sticking to the roads, so my timing was perfect.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 18, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Hope Joel filed this from home:

Stay safe, everyone, and enjoy the snow!

Posted by: seasea1 | December 18, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Ho Ho Ho through the snow you go! Have fun!

Posted by: Windy3 | December 18, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

A smoking tweet. Jeez. Would that the majority was 62.

Posted by: slyness | December 18, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans, meanwhile, have done everything they can, short of pulling the fire alarm, to stall what they consider to be a disastrous government intervention in the nation's health-care system."

See... this is the problem... that sentence should end with "...what they consider to be a disastrous victory for Obama and the Democrats."

Posted by: -TBG- | December 18, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

One more for ya'll...

"Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we've no place to go,Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

Posted by: Windy3 | December 18, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Wind increasing, blizzard warning now issued.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 18, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

My cousin in VA sent me pictures of the snow on her stoop. Beautiful! I know a blizzard isn't really a good thing, but oh, what a white Christmas you'll have.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | December 18, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Why do I think Joel is stranded in some windowless holding area on Capitol Hill, without cross-country skis? Will it be a Capitol weekend without pizza?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 18, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Capital! Capital! He he. Wat? Wat?

Posted by: Yoki | December 19, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Franken should be reminded that he is a junior senator whose comedic background is not suited to serious forums. There may come a time when Al may wish that he had demonstrated more respect towards his fellow senators. A democracy allows freedom of speech even on a senate floor. In serious cases such as health care debates the time limits should be meaningless. I suppose we should have limited expectations of an SNL alumni.

Posted by: Tinker4 | December 19, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

"serious forums?" "respect towards his fellow sentator?" "serious cases?"

You do realize that you're using these terms in reference to Franken's reaction to the behavior of Joe "I was for extending Medicare before I was against it" Lieberman?

Lieberman deserves no respect, and that is exactly what he received.

Posted by: rashomon | December 19, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Yoki! How are you?

Posted by: seasea1 | December 19, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

seasea! How are you?

Posted by: Yoki | December 19, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm great - no snow. Is your dreaded surgery over?

Posted by: seasea1 | December 19, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

No! Have to wait some weeks for it. So. Much. Fun.

Posted by: Yoki | December 19, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Oh no, that's awful. You'll have to throw yourself into Christmas festivities and such...or deep meditation...

Posted by: seasea1 | December 19, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Mostly mid-winter feasts and baking in the hot oven of darlin' times.

Posted by: Yoki | December 19, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Holy moly! You Mid-Atlantic people are looking at lows in the teens by Christmas eve!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | December 19, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Muffled snow sounds, like the mushwump when snow falls between branches. Soft light reflected from the snow. Chilly too, but muted. Flakes huge and floppy yet falling furiously like the tiny ones do. No wind yet.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 19, 2009 2:53 AM | Report abuse

Picture gallery of local upload.

Good day for citizen photog.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 19, 2009 2:56 AM | Report abuse

Windy early morning down here. Falling dead cabbage palm leaves hit the steel roof noisily.

Nature magazine's science blog has a story on the discovery of old air in Australia: a scuba tank filled in 1968.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 19, 2009 4:34 AM | Report abuse

Chicago weather in DC. Hmm...

Posted by: DNA_Girl | December 19, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Winnipeg weather in Ottawa. Re-Hmmm...

Yes, it's still cold. The birds are going crazy at the feeders, that is the one good thing.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 19, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

The breakfast is very continental. Real butter croissants and black coffee, strong as bull.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 19, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Everyone.

Well, the snowification process is well underway. Eight inches and continuing to accumulate. Not quite Ice Station Zebra, but more than we have had for a while.

Fortunately, it is friendly snow. Soft and fluffy. (Fluffy! Fluffy! Fluffy!) It would be great snow to make snowmen. Or, my personal favorite, articulated Snow Sea-Serpents. Because everyone knowns kids love Sea-Serpents.

Alas, nobody around here is much interested in such things nowadays. Of more concern is shoveling out an open area on the grass for the wee dog to get biological. Because she doesn't much like piddling in snow up to her nose.

And, you know, I can't rightly blame her.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 19, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

LOL, RD, I don't blame the wee critter either! Hope you all enjoy being snowed in.

Sunshine here today, a welcome change from yesterday's unrelenting rain and wind. I have much to do, to prepare for two Christmas parties. Such a social life I lead!

Posted by: slyness | December 19, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. CqP!! Why are you up at 3 a.m.?!? Get some rest!! You have many mindless English papers to grade. You need your wits about you. (Of course, as long as you have the Boodle, you have many wits about you.)

5 or 6 inches here so far. Birds are gathered at the feeder, which my wife reloaded.

With luck, I may write my head off for two days. O bliss!

Hi, Yoki.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 19, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh no no, RD_P, tempt not the dreaded Snow Serpent! You'll find yourself face-planting at the most inopportune times...

Right where the wee canine just concluded the morning business, perhaps???

I'd say a reasonable current snow total for the NukeAbode would be about 8" and of course, I have full faith in the predictions of our National Weather Service friends that we will see 1-2" per hour snow rates for the rest of the day. Gosh, almost feels like I'm back in N.H.

Stay safe, everyone!!! :-)

*preparing-boots-and-gloves-and-all-for-some-shoveling-fun-later Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 19, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

And I do hope Joel's comfortably enjoying the view outside the windows of the Senate Press Gallery.

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 19, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

A Morning of Great Excitement at the House of c today, as my kids are looking out the windows at beautiful snow-covered landscapes, considering the prospects of sledding, snowball fights, snowmen, and other winter fun.

The "low teens" is an apt description for mine, that's for sure. Sheesh. Somehow things really did get better when I turned 20.


Posted by: -bc- | December 19, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Well, I see the WaPo has finally seen the wisdom of dropping that "Best of the Decade" nonsense, now that Bush and Bin Laden are the two (predictable) finalists. The current moniker is "Person of the Decade." Now, what I want to do is wring the neck of the editor who wrote they these two have been "brought together by the tragedy of 9/11." What awaful, Hallmark-Card sancitmonious crap. What a terrible use of the passive voice-- they were "brought together," as though both were passive actors in a drama not of their own making, two star-crossed lovers like R & J, two mere mortals upon a stage manipulated by the gods on Mt. Olympus.

And of course they don't exactly make ya wanna run out and vote, either. I suspect bin Laden will finally "win," because he's the guy who started it and has kept it all going. Bush merely was the inept opponent who failed (miserably) to stop him. So it'll be one of those Hitler/Stalin kinda "winners."

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 19, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

And while we hoped this op-ed wouldn't be necessary, this weekend is an appropriate time to roll it out:

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 19, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Some Christmas music to either watch or shovel snow to:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 19, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Anyone still wonder why health care cost increases aren't exactly tracking with results?


Posted by: Scottynuke | December 19, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Wonderful Yello, thank you!

I know the snow is inconvenient for those not used to it but I can't help being frenvious, miss the look of the Christmas lights softened by. snow on the trees, bushes and houses.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 19, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I dunno, Scotty. I just read that cancer story, and I think I have to side with the advertisers and against the critics. The critics have a bunch of flawed arguments, and they are worried about what some readers "might" think, or the possibly erroneous conclusions they might draw. But the truth of it is, the crticis don't have a better alternative, and they have a hidden agenda, which is that they lose control of the referral process. The ad guy who said it is simply "reputation advertising" is quite correct. And it is no different than any other kind of "reputation advertising" that ALL the hospitals do themselves. The critics simply object to who is doing the rep advertising. If it was Inova Hospital saying "Come to us, we're really good," they'd have no problem with it. If it is Dr. X saying "come to me, I'm really good" they get all huffy.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 19, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Senator Bill Nelson cancels' just say no' Joe's no.

Posted by: bh72 | December 19, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Correction: 9 inches here, as officially measured on our back deck. 1 to 2 inches per hour.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 19, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

The area of blizzard warning has now been increased to include No. Va. burbs, not just Maryland. 2 inches per hour all over the region.

40 mph gust down at Pax River a few minutes ago.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | December 19, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all!

Over a foot, so far, but no wind, a blessing. We are about 20 minutes or so from Dulles Airport, by our backroad route. We've cleared the deck once, the birds were waiting for me to unlock the feeder at first light light. The eastern bluebirds join the regulars to munch on hulled sunflower seeds.

A Christmas Card picture is outside my kitchen window. Tall, fat pine boughs absolutely covered in globs in snow frosting with Madame Cardinal placidly viewing all from inside deep, covered interior of the tree.

Because we still have power, I am baking the tole house cookies from the dough I mixed last night. About 120 cookies. Thanks be for my mixmaster (Kitchen Aid), as my hands and arms no longer care for the manual labor.

Next up for baking: Pecan Pumpkin Butter Dessert Squares, made with Muirhead pumpkin butter. Then some oatmeal raisin cookies.

Posted by: VintageLady | December 19, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Man, days like this are when I regret buying a corner lot. Because, you know, the sidewalk goes all the way around. And each year it gets just a little bit longer. I came dangerously close to seriously wrenching my back. Thank goodness for ibuprofen.

'course, I am keenly aware that this is just round one of a two, and possible three round fight. But you gotta spread it out, as you folks who know snow will surely agree.

If only I had a strapping lad to help.

But wait! I dooooo.

A young gentleman snoozing peacefully upstairs at this very minute. Who shall eagerly, nay, enthusiastically, apply his youth and energy to assist his father tend the family estate.

He just doesn't know it yet.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 19, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

New Kit!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 19, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

If I dump enough brandy on the three pounds of Claxton fruitcake still in my freezer from 2008, will anyone eat it? Must remember to thaw first. Maybe apricot flavored brandy?

Posted by: VintageLady | December 19, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Pictures and video from the G house...

It has just picked up tremendously here. I'll post more later.


Posted by: -TBG- | December 19, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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