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'Oil spill'

I got an email from a reader who apparently (and I'm sort of reading between the lines here) is displeased with our coverage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster:

"That you and/or your editors continue to use the word "spill" when referring to the Gulf disaster is proof that you all are either complete idiots, absolutely eVil, or both. You disgust me!"

Well, brushing past the invective, certainly he has a point: It's not a spill. This is a conversation we've had for two months now. It's an uncapped well, still gushing. Yesterday Bob Dudley of BP met with a dozen or so reporters in Washington (see Steve Mufson's story) and made precisely this point: It's not a spill. He said there's no way that BP can repair its public image so long as it's uncapped and the scale of disaster is marked by "infinite uncertainty."

I don't always use the term "oil spill" in my stories. See the latest. But notice the headline! "Oil spill" is right there. And in the previous story I used it in the lede. It has become the journalistic convention for this disaster. (The New York Times has a header on it's oil-related inside pages: "Spill in the Gulf.")

In the old days I'd say it was driven by the demands of one-column headline writing. Short words like "spill" (I count that as 3.5 points) are much easier to squeeze into a headline than, say, "disaster" (7 points).

But I don't think it's the print headlines that shape the journalistic conventions these days. We're more likely to react to the dictates of Search Engine Optimization. The most common search term is "oil spill."

So you could say it's the Google spiders who have decided that this is an "oil spill." But of course, it's real people who type in the search words. So it's an "oil spill" because that's what people are calling it.

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 25, 2010; 8:05 AM ET
 
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Gut morninckzz, ya oil. I mean ya all. :)

It´s a hecatominal gush resembling a New Oilians type disastrahoochie.

The Google spiders will never find the above comment.

Meanwhile, police in Santiago decided to double their presence in the vicinity of Plaza Italia.

If you hear a rumble at 4:16 this afternoon, it means:

Chile defeated Spain and fans riot. Or
Chile tied with spain and fans attack police, or Chile lost to Spain and fans start murdering each other.

Haff a good day, ya oil.

Posted by: Braguine | June 25, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps we should just call it a 'banana'.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 25, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

jkt, what did they put on Bobby Jindal's cereal to get him to be so nutz?

Posted by: russianthistle | June 25, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes a banana is just a banana...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

After reading this story about Palin's legal defense fund

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062501209.html?hpid=artslot

I was a bit put off by the link at the end. It's a link to a site to donate to Palin's new fund, not an informational link, but a link to "show me the money!" Is it the business of the WaPo to assist this effort? If not, why the link?

Posted by: kguy1 | June 25, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Bananas make me think of Afghanistan and the song Taliban, Taliban, tally me bananas.

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | June 25, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

The Gulf oil emission?

The Gulf oil eruption?
Exudation?

I'm sure someone in the petro industry would like to use words like "fountain," "geyser," or "font," but I don't think anyone's going to buy that.

Hmmm.

"Issue" is a nice multi-entendre, I think, though not strong enough by itself.

Modified with words like "catastrophic" or "disasterous" might serve better.

Hmmmm.

"Sticky issue" might be more amusing and keep up the multi-entendre theme going.

Back to work now.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 25, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Scotty! *wave-back from previous kit*

One down, four to go.

Re: the kit. Some people take umbrage at anything. We *know* it's not a spill; the term is a verbal shorthand that doesn't bother me in the least.

Cya!

Posted by: Raysmom | June 25, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Continuous release?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 25, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Raysmom!! *current Kit waving* :-)

And JA's e-mail pal probably has a problem with synonyms in general. *shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Angry Reader has a point about "spill," and while I can see Joel's point about it being what people call it, I respectfully suggest that it's that logic which got us to the point where we called chaining people to walls, beating them, freezing them, blasting music and noise at them at decibel levels high enough to inflict pain, electrifying their genitals, humiliating them and then drowning them repeatedly "enhanced interrogation techniques."

So I have to respectfully disagree with you, boss.

That said, I believe I'll be using the word "disastrahoochie" as often as I possibly can.

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Posted by: MsJS | June 25, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Pelagic emission?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 25, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Why not just gusher? That's a good honest term that dates back to Spindletop days.

Posted by: ebtnut | June 25, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

thanks to all for the birthday salutations. 53. went cycling at Biltmore the other day, and feel every bit of it.

Posted by: -jack- | June 25, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

thanks to all for the birthday salutations. 53. went cycling at Biltmore the other day, and feel every bit of it.

Posted by: -jack- | June 25, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

BTW, really cool digital art, there, MsJS!

Posted by: ebtnut | June 25, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Thanks MsJS!!!

Good to have a laugh with Brag. Takes the sting out of being mudged.

Howdy raysmom.

Must admit calling the distrahoochie a spill has bothered me too. Not seeing using the term as a sign of evil intent though. It's a troubling enough situation without over-reacting to every little thing.

repost-Good morning boodle!
Stay cool and safe Cassandra.
Happy birthday (belated by now?) Jack.
Scotty enjoy the weekend with Nukespawn.

Mr. F, ever insightful, pointed out to me last night that while McCh set the tone his subordinates failed in one of their most important missions-keeping the boss out of trouble. This is not, as is often thought, cleaning up after indiscretions or screw-ups, this is knowing the boss's weaknesses and helping him/her overcome them. Candor, a strong moral compass, and not sharing the same flaws all help.

Not putting much into any "demotion" thoughts on Petraeus. My bet would be they are looking for someone who is already a 3 star to take over at CENTCOM. Elevating his deputy has been talked about, but that would seem problematic. The old senior/subordinate relationship between Eikenberry and McCh was part of their undoing.

I don't know if it hit the early bird brief, but Gail Collins' brutal piece is making its way around officer circles-http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/opinion/24collins.html?ref=gailcollins

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 25, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Happy birthday, Jack.

[trying to decipher the lyrics to Jumpin' Jack Flash]
Terry Doolittle: Mick, Mick, Mick! Speak English!

In fine form this morning, Brag.

If something's what Google determines it to be, we're in trouble. Wouldn't a "oil spill" tag be enough?

Posted by: -dbG- | June 25, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, frosti and ebtnut.

Mr. A, it is interesting that you (and many of us) have yielded to the pressures of the populist web-search engines rather than a more accurate noun.

When lava comes out of a volcano with great intensity, we tend to call it an eruption and not a spill. Old Faithful is a geyser, not a spill. And ebtnut's point that on land this 'spill' would be called a gusher has merit, too.

So thanks to your email pal for writing and to you for printing. I shall no longer refer to it using the 's' word.

Posted by: MsJS | June 25, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Before retiring to the depths of my writing cave, I will spew a technical term for the disastrahoochie.

A MAGNASPEW.

Doom de doom. Latta, Gang.

Brag

Posted by: Braguine | June 25, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Giant lava lamp?

Gov. Jindal got a lot of admiration for insisting on the dubious sand berm project, and he's now busy attacking the notion of having a drilling moratorium. If he can get over his lack of public speaking ability, he might have the Republican presidential nomination for the asking.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 25, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

A semiotics awareness kit and caboodle.
You know I like it, a lot.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 25, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Not unexpected, but it's still sad to note Isner lost his next match, rather quickly too:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/06/25/sports/tennis/AP-TEN-Wimbledon.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I guess I didn't realize "oil spill" had such a specific and pedantic definition that using it in a colloquial manner implied carelessness and possibly imbecility, if not downright evil.

What does oil spill indicate? Simply a known quantity at risk of entering the environment?

Frostbitten, that's a helluva link. I just spit diet pepsi on my keyboard twice (and apparently I needed the caffeine too because it wasn't until the second or third iteration that the significance of "scribbles" dawned on me). As you said, it's brutal.

Unrelated: whoever has added this handy little character counter at the bottom of the textbox has my thanks.

Posted by: cowhand214 | June 25, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"Gusher" dates from a time before they realized you wouldn't be farming in that particular spot for a long, long time. "Blowout" has a nasty sort of ring to it, is in use, and makes you sound a bit like a pro. I'd say use that once in a while. I supposed the contest is to keep it to five characters or preferably fewer, to win the prize.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 25, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

C1u$te***ck is more than five characters, no?

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Looks like more than 5 alphanumerics to me, Scotty.

Another take, more background:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayhill-fowler/seduction-and-betrayal-mc_b_625271.html

Posted by: -dbG- | June 25, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Jumper, 'blowout' definitely works. After all, the blowout preventer (BOP) was supposed to prevent this, right?

The BP BO! It stinks on many levels. For BP investors, it stinks that the stock is now trading at about $27.35. On April 20, it was at $60 and change.

Posted by: MsJS | June 25, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

JA, I'm guessing pen pals who call you an idiot get the good Christmas card.

Okay, so spill sounds like something DC does with her juice. But 'oil' isn't right either, is it? Since it's crude oil and methane, wouldn't 'raw poison trajectory' be a better descriptor than 'oil spill'? (Hmmm. That makes it sound like it needs to be cooked and then tossed at a dart board.)


Posted by: LostInThought | June 25, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Short words:
whelm, blast, belch, glut, flood, spew, spue, (I like spue), purge.

Generally interesting:
eructation, ptyalisis, extravasation, alluvion, emesis

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, there is a prize for finding that headline somewhere.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 25, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

You mean getting someone to USE that headline, Jumper? *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I like eructation. The world needs more eructation.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 25, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

There must be another four-letter word for this.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Every time I read 'eVil' I hear Ernest Borgnine saying Every Villian is Lemons, which leads me to think of BGATFBC, Bad Guys All Together For Book Club, sort of the villian's answer to the boodle.

I gotta get out more.

Posted by: LostInThought | June 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

AND, the #1 synonym for the oil spew:


"The McChrystal"

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 25, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The word "spill" as a noun, implies a once and done thing. So the term "oil spill" implies a finality that is clearly not here.

But as used as a gerund or a verb, as in "the spilling continues" or "the oil is spilling into the gulf" I don't think there's a problem. (Well, at least not with the word.) This usage seems sufficiently dynamic.

But, of course, this is like two surgeons trying to decide if what they are viewing emerging from the femoral artery is a blood spill or a blood leak.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 25, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm an idiot and meant last evening that I had used 2,200 some-odd characters (not 3,200) for my needlework design post. I'm having a real hard time right now and could use some boodle mojo if anyone has any to spare. Smiles to you all ..... and thanks!

Posted by: talitha1 | June 25, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your answer frosti. My thought was that Petraeus is a big boy and could handle it.

Narrative portion of all evals drafted. In my book, that's 90% (maybe 95%) done. But copying it into the "official" template will probably take the remainder of the day.

Posted by: Raysmom | June 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

From Josh Marshall at TPM-

"1. I'm proud of it. 2. Who cares? 3. It's not my fault. 4. I'm sorry.

The four stages of politician grieving, J.D. Hayworth edition. He's now apologized for his 'free money from the government' informercial."

Posted by: kguy1 | June 25, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

No one's counting, talitha. Well, except for that little thing at the bottom of the box. Sending my mojo, for what it's worth.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 25, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

The other thing I would point out is that the term "disaster" is asserting a conclusion. To me, a much better situation is when a reporter objectively reports the fact and lets the reader decide if the term "disaster" fits. Otherwise there is the danger of sounding either sensationalistic.

Now, certainly, it would take a hard-hearted individual to question if this is a "disaster," but this is exactly why it isn't necessary to editorialize in the headline.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 25, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowout_%28well_drilling%29

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 25, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Really liked the ASCII design yesterday, Talitha! Mojo to do more.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 25, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm so fascinated by the character count thingie that I totally forgot to preview.

My point is that once you push value-laden terms into the headline, you start to subtly undercut the whole notion of journalistic objectivity.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 25, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

You guys still talking about the Unplanned Free Release of Hydrocarbons in the Gulf?

Posted by: steveboyington | June 25, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I'd go with the shorter 'blow'. All the ambiguities of drugs, violence, vulgarity, and a hint of Herbert's Dune spice.

Anyone know if that Millenium movie(s) made in europe are any good? Saw some in French at the video store, and since you are all talking about them...

Posted by: qgaliana | June 25, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"Blowout" does seem more accurate than "oil spill". In terms of the effect, in addition to the spread of oil on the surface of the Gulf the even more serious problem is the oil plume. So I propose that the unfolding disaster be described as a Blowout Plume. Maybe just the initials could be used for general use.

That's all I got. There's nothing funny about the situation.

I do like the characters remaining box. It's kind of like your assistant standing off stage pointing at his watch (time to wrap it up, boss).

Posted by: engelmann | June 25, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

qgaliana-I've only seen the first one, in Swedish with English subtitles. Fabulous-but it foreshadows things not in the first book so best to read first, see the movie after. Unless you don't plan on reading the books at all.

Mojo headed Talitha's way, with kitty lovin's to go with (allergen free).

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 25, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Sending off lots of mojo Talitha.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 25, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

1) You don't HAVE to make "oil spill" part of the headline in order to add it as a tag or keyword for search engines. In fact it's better you don't.

2) Current users are as or more likely to type a variant on "Gulf Oil" (Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Oil disaster, etc.) as they are to type oil spill, which is very broad and could mean too many separate incidents.

3) All you really need is to create an separate entry form for keywords which either show up right after the headline (or invisibly), up to 20 words max.

Right now I just Googled "Gulf Oil" and Washington POst is nowhere to be seen on the first page, just NY Times, Yahoo! news and other miscellany.

I did the same for "oil spill" and still no WaPo. However, an user will get plenty of terminology for more refined searches from this one search.

So I'm going to type deepwater horizon. Again, no WaPo in the first few results. I'm gonna add Obama to that. Now I get the Atlanta Constitution.

No WaPo in the first page search. Adding "news" so I only get news sources.

I get Fox, WSJ, Guardian, Helium. Added whatever term I can think of, and WaPo isn't still coming up first.

Okay, I'm going to try "Washington Post Oil Spill." CBS news and WaPo blogs head this list. I add "news" and I finally get this listed second: The Climate Agenda.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/climate-change/?hpid=topnews

I don't think WaPo's Google problems are going to be fixed by "Oil Spill" repeated in 1000 headlines. That's my free advice to kick upstairs.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 25, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmm... Interesting kerfuffle I hadn't previously been aware of:

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlDC/newspapers/breaking_weigel_resigns__165850.asp

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/Weigel_and_the_Post.html

http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/people/capitalcomment/16141.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Note to self: verify window air conditioner is working before hoisting it into place in high window. Working when it's taken out the previous fall is not sufficient.

I guess this would be a best practice.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 25, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The word counter isn't working correctly. Last post, it reported I had 279 words remaining.

Now it's reporting 288.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 25, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

SCC: characters.

Now reporting 296

Posted by: -dbG- | June 25, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all, hope everyone is inside and cool.

Frosti, loved the Gail Collins column. Brutal can be so amusing.

Complaining about the inaccuracy of oil spill seems pedantic to me. On the other hand, *I* am pedantic about the misuse of its/it's, so I won't complain about the complaint.

Busy day, starting with a run to the airport to deliver Elderdottir, on her way to visit her dad and stepmom on Cape Cod. Tough life.

Geekdottir has determined that the problem with the router we've had all week is interference, probably from the ancient TV just above it. I hope we can find an ethernet cable long enough to get it out of the problem area...

Only 94 today. I think I'll stay in awhile.

Posted by: slyness | June 25, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/opinions/view/opinion/Twitter-Rushes-to-David-Weigels-Defense-4130

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 25, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod,
One of Joel's stories was right at the top of the Google News page a few days ago, almost immediately after it came online. So the Googlespiders are onto Joel, at least.

The Post of course needs to find ways to attract more spiders.

Weigel's employability looks a bit limited.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 25, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Pre Earthquake Report.

40 minutes before the Chile-Spain game:

A huge crowd has gathered in in square in front of presidential palace. Giant TV screens will show the game.

Streets in city center are packed with people.

The main square in front of city hall also packed with people-

Seems to me, that police deployed will be unable to control the crowds.

At the moment, euphoria is the general feeling.

Chile qualifies for next round with a win or tie. Might even qualify with a loss. Spain NEEDS a win.

President Piñera has left town and will watch the game together with earthquake victims.

I would leave, too :)

Posted by: Braguine | June 25, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

White House will be sending Biden to the Gulf Coast, possibly to emote at the spill (plume? blow? charlie foxtrot?)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062502681.html?hpid=moreheadlines

This, of course, after Biden effectively dismisses Rep. Barton's apology to BP (video and transcript at the link)

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/06/17/biden-barton/

Posted by: dkp01 | June 25, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Where on the Cape? I spent three happy summers in and around Woods Hole and Falmouth, when I was a young person. The coastal bicycle paths are lovely. Last time I was there was in August of something like 2000. I was stunned by how crowded the town has become, with lots of cyclists on the paths.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 25, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

one year ago:

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2009/06/26/why-did-the-washington-post-sack-dan-froomkin/

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 25, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Insufficiently Contained Petrochemical Capture.

or

FUBAR Of Unusual Size

Posted by: yellojkt | June 25, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

slyness, we get interference to our TV signal when the fridge fan comes on. But that's what we get for ludditedly using broadcast TV. Speaking of which, the fridge fan has been making weird rattly whistling noises off and on recently. I hope it doesn't die on us. I hesitate to call someone out about it until the weird noises are more consistent -- I hate it when appliances are on their best behavior for the repair guy. Speaking of repair guys, the AC guy's truck is still in the shop, but he nevertheless managed to get out to us yesterday evening with our tide-us-over freon. So we have AC downstairs for as long as the freon doesn't leak out, and I can use the oven again without worrying that it'll make the house too hot to sleep in. Unfortunately, our guy tells us that our home warranty company has ordered the wrong stuff for us, so we'll have to see if he can talk sense into them before we have a final fix. Whatever. I'm just looking forward to using the oven for dinner tonight!

Posted by: -bia- | June 25, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The Goop Gusher is a good name.......

Posted by: greenwithenvy | June 25, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

OH and a few other things.

If anyone ever had a goop gusher in my river,I would be pissed.I can't imagine taking a fish of the hook covered in oil,it is slimy enough without any foreign substance on it.

I am glad the U.S. made it to the sweet sixteen,what happens now? the games can't end in a tie....right? Is there a shootout?

I think the U.S. will make it to the final four and I would love to be singing "We Are The Champions" at the end of all of this........but would that me a riot and a parade in every U.S. city?

Have a great day everyone!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | June 25, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's time to rehire Ben Domenech. Because that went so well.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 25, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Hi all!

jkt, love FUBAR of unusual size. LOL! I may have to borrow that phrase sometime.

kguy, about the Sarah Palin article (I'm just getting to backboodling today), that is exactly what I thought about that link too. Very odd and inappropriate, IMHO.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | June 25, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Prehistoric Earth Zit Popped by BP Still Erupting Into The Gulf of Mexico

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 25, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Liberation of sweet ancient hydrocarbons from the oppressive compression of rock and salt formations.

Brag, not only Chileans can do a good riot. Some beurs in France got excited after Algeria's loss.
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/features/view/feature/French-Riot-Over-Non-French-Soccer-Match-1494

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 25, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, isn't it just a 'leak', rather than a 'spill'? A leak of stupendous magnitude?

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 25, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Brag, head for ze hills!! Spain leads 1-0!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

With the conservative spot open, maybe WaPo will offer Malkin or Sowell a job.

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 25, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Sowell? Sheesh. The local embarrassingly partisan republican publication has been running him weekly. Ay caramba.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 25, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Bar the door, Brag, 2-0 Spain!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/25/sarah-palin-endorses-op-e_n_625449.html

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 25, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

How does one pronounce ö in the Swedish way? And what is this thing: ø?

My Dad got me the three Stieg Larsson novels for my birthday. Also, "The Complete H. P. Lovecraft", including his unproduced screenplay for "Dunwich Now" (or perhaps: "Apocalypse Dunwich", he never quite decided), with the immortal plaint: "Ah, the eldritch horror; the horror." Also: "I love the smell of ichor in the morning. Smells like victory."

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 25, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

If the Post will pay me enough, I will be happy to produce lunatic conservative nonsense to fill their pages. I figure, the rental of my soul will only cost them about $1M/year. Not too bad for them, and an excellent opportunity for me to try out all sorts of amusing pranks.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 25, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

SciTim,

I have your Winter Solstice present already picked out:

http://www.toyvault.com/cthulhu/plush_cthulhu.html

Posted by: yellojkt | June 25, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

http://leftrightandcentered.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/while-were-on-the-subject-of-outrages/

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 25, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Riots almost guaranteed. Chile loosing 2--0-at half time.
The good news, Chile still classified for next round.

Posted by: Braguine | June 25, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Nah, soulless writers work cheaper than that.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 25, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the warning, Snuke

Posted by: Braguine | June 25, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. I just returned from Hannah Atkins's funeral. Some of you may remember her; professor, state legislator (1st black woman in OK house of reps, 1968 after King was killed), delegate to U.N. for Carter, and on. . . She was a fine woman and we gave her a splendid goodbye celebration.

I have not had time to thoroughly backboodle but note that y'all were having lots of fun with words this morning. I vote for the profligate use of "disastrahoochie". Also, many thanks to MsJS for the fine Boodle bear.

About this character count - it didn't start over when I re-logged in after many hours absence. When it reaches 0 are we off the Boodle? I shudder, not for me, but for the posts I would miss reading.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 25, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

yello, you had me at "Plush cthulhu."

bc

PS That site's blocked here at the ofc, so I have to use my imagination -- as HPL intended.

Posted by: -bc- | June 25, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Chile playing worst game in months. Too nervous.

Posted by: Braguine | June 25, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I already have the medium-size plush Chthulhu. It kind of freaks me out, so I keep it in a closet. I have recently given it to one of the off-spring, who is not familiar with the stories and thus less freaked-out by it. I kind of like the Goth versions...

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 25, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I-mom, it's a count of characters per comment.

If we had to count the characters in the Boodle, well -- there'd be a lot.

Scottynuke, *Tim, and RD_P, for starters.
Shady characters, the lot of 'em. ;>)

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 25, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

The counter has worked at my end. It resets itself back to 3000 at the start of each post and counts down accurately.

I'd love it to monitor the quality of my posts as well, but that might be asking too much.

Posted by: MsJS | June 25, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, if it's characters you want, StorytellerTim has us all beat... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree that soulless writers are cheaper, Wilbrod_Gnome, but think of the quality. If you really want to stir the lunatic fringe, you have to go with an ensouled writer, every time. That kind of quality costs, and I make no apologies for it.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 25, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

If they want a conservative blogger, I'd do it on the cheap. Maybe 100k plus benefits. I figure all I'd need is to be on distribution for all of Frank Luntz' proclamations.

Plus, I think I live in real America. After all, we have NASCAR in town this week.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 25, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Chile has scored. Now 2-1 Spain at the 62-minute mark.

Posted by: MsJS | June 25, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Them's some right powerful meds Ms. Palin is on. By her "logic" wouldn't last year's throwing of goo-gobs of money (that's a technical term used by us gummint financial types) at banks have been exactly the opposite? As if she'd be able to tell us what the opposite of a fascist is. OK, I Googled it and got "There is no definitive opposite of fascism, but many believe that Marxism or Socialism are close to opposite fascism." Tee hee on so many levels.

Evals are complete, except for the assigning of numerical values to them. Which I don't do until after I meet with each employee, 'cuz I want them to focus on the words, not the numbers.

Posted by: Raysmom | June 25, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Belated wishes from Cracker, Jack:

I was having a good sleep
in my car
In the, parking lot of the
Showboat Casino hotel

I say, "I remember you
you drive like a PTA mother"
You brought me draft beer
in a plastic cup

I'm feeling thankful
for the small things, today
I'm feeling thankful
for the small things, today

Happy, Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me
and to you

Posted by: steveboyington | June 25, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

D@mn router. My last post didn't post.

Woods Hole, SciTim. It's a tough life, but somebody has to do it, and she needs to burn some vacation. Her dad wouldn't let her rent a car, though, so she's riding the bus from Logan. He told her she couldn't deal with the traffic, she countered that she drove in DC traffic for two years.

My favorite so far is FUBAR of unusual size. Good one, Yello.

Posted by: slyness | June 25, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom,
Numbers are the only part of my evaluations I care about. Particularly the numbers that say how much I'm going to make next year. All the rest is 'yadda, yadda, yadda.'

Posted by: yellojkt | June 25, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Laughing at yello's yadda, yadda.

While those numbers are really important, coming in to thank-you v- and e-mails after I've fixed something are also nice.

Hey! The counter is working correctly again (or is it just toying with me?

Posted by: -dbG- | June 25, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Cthulhu fish:

http://www.arkhambazaar.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=46

Posted by: MoftheMountain | June 25, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Massachusetts traffic is not the magnitude of the traffic, it's the character of the Massachusetts drivers who compose that traffic. Those people are freakin' insane.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 25, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Both Spain and Chile classified for the next round--phew

Brag

Posted by: Braguine | June 25, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The drunken cow's path nature of the Boston's street planning does not help any.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 25, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Now, now. Those are not potholes in the Boston freeways. They're "traffic calming pavement voids."

Posted by: kguy1 | June 25, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

How about "geyser?"

When I see this* typed by Mr. A, I take it as evidence of mental stress, possibly caused by excessive personal criticism. so, Joel, don't take this as personal criticism, I think you are fabulous, you know that. But there's an extra apostrophe here which you wouldn't have typed if you were being your normal cool self.

*(The New York Times has a header on it's oil-related inside pages: "Spill in the Gulf.")

~~~~
That character countdown is distracting, and kind of encouraging. Now that I have gotten used to the 140 limit on Twitter, the WaPo space allotment seems to be insanely generous!

Posted by: kbertocci | June 25, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Now, now. Those are not potholes in the Boston freeways. They're "traffic calming pavement voids."

Posted by: kguy1 | June 25, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Think of it as 21.4 consecutive tweets.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 25, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I take great pride in having mastered Boston street driving and navigation during the time I lived there.

One of tricks is being able to think like a drunken cow without the benefit of mind-altering drugs. At this, I am a natural (as you've all assessed on your own).

Posted by: MsJS | June 25, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh my. Geekdottir and I are giggling helplessly at the comments about Boston traffic. I am grateful Elderdottir's taking the bus.

Posted by: slyness | June 25, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I lived in Boston from 1977-78. Once I was stopped at a red light which was at the single end of a "Y." A driver came out of the upper right and smashed into my (cousin's) car's left rear side.

The driver got out of her (boyfriend's) sports car and angrily demanded, "Didn't you see me coming?" Her boyfriend shut her up and asked if I'd consider going to a garage owned by a friend of his.

My cousin was delighted. The crumbled spot was right in the middle of a patch of rust, it was all replaced at no cost to us at the friend's garage.

Between growing up in Philadelphia and driving in Boston, I have no fear of city traffic.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 25, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I have my share of Boston driver stories. My favorite is a good friend of mine driving on Cape Cod. We were heading to a public tennis court complex which tended to fill up if we didn't get there by a certain time. We are slowed by heavy traffic the whole time, but get near the turn for the facility before we really stop dead. Keith fumes for about 15 seconds. We can SEE the turn.... 2 houses ahead, take a right. What does he do?

Drives across the front lawn of the first house, between the two houses, across the back yard of the second and out their driveway, which enters onto the road we wanted.

We got a court. I think it was the last one.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 25, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

When "command" is cited in this article, to whom does it refer?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062504087.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: -dbG- | June 25, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Er, a question from somebody who has never been-- can you get around Boston without driving or taking the bus at all?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 25, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 25, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, the T is a pretty good public transit system.

Posted by: slyness | June 25, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, "Prehistoric Earth Zit" brings to mind the seeming lack of young-earth geologists in the petroleum industry.

"Australian Palms: Biogeography, Ecology and Systematics", ordered in December, showed up in the mailbox this afternoon. Oddly enough, I got to meet the author (all the way from Townsville, Australia) in Orlando a couple of weeks ago. Now I can appreciate the five Australian palms in my yard a little bit more.

Australia has some palms that perform superlatively in wind (including Livistona fan palms, some of which thrive in Florida). Other Livistonas put up with ground fires, like our Sabal palmettos. Others put up with drought. Some of the feather-leaf palms in cyclone-prone areas do get destroyed by wind, but they're pretty good at recovery.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 25, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

dbG-the "command" is USFOR-A (US Forces Afghanistan). As used in the context of that link it appears to be a quibbling way of saying GEN McCh objects while continuing to maintain his "man up and don't whine" rep. However, I could just be too cynical and someone in the JAG or IG at USFOR-A could have done some independent investigating that is now being reported off the record. My guess is 1. there has been no time for that and 2. They have far more important things to do than help McCh's underlings with a CYA mission so their heads don't roll too.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 25, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

That's what I was wondering, frosti. Thanks.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 25, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Wicked thunderstorm rolling through the Twin Cities. Just watched a wall of water come down the hill from the capital. 4" diameter hail reported to our south, just getting nickel sized here. Glad I don't have to go anywhere tonight.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 25, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, that's the weakest CYA possible, since I know quite well a standing instruction for media interaction at one particular government agency is "you're ALWAYS on the record."

I have very little doubt the RS team had a far more liberal interpretation of what was attributable, but the onus is on the interviewee to keep one's yap shut, not on the interviewer to give someone a pass for a stupid comment.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Good to know, Slyness. I was guessing such an old town should be pretty walkable if not for the horrible traffic.

Other than the T, how's Boston for walking and biking? Any trails or pedestrian bypasses?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 25, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, we were in Boston in the fall, fabulous for walking, the green space over what was the big dig is beautiful and made for walking. Such a compact downtown makes it easy to get around, subway is great.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Driving was quirky but not horrible.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 25, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Pandas, we may get pandas,borrowing Scotty's Snoopy dance.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/828825--are-pandas-china-s-g20-gift-to-toronto?bn=1

Posted by: dmd3 | June 25, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Walking within several of Boston's distinct neighborhoods (or on the Freedom Trail, or the Esplanade) is relatively easy, but Boston's large enough that the T is the best way to get from one 'hood to the next.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 25, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The Freedom Trail is the line painted on the pavement to follow, Wilbrod. It's a nice stroll from Faneuil Hall through the North End to the Old North Church and on to Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution. Paul Revere's home is on the trail; that's an interesting tour. Also marked is the spot where the Boston Massacre occurred. There are audiotours available.

When the ex and I were in Boston in the late 80's, we got to go on the Constitution and talk to the sailors. It was a rainy day, there was nobody else around, we had a great time going all over the ship. Nowadays, you can take pictures but you can't get on. It's a shame.

Posted by: slyness | June 25, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

That does seem a shame that there's no wooden ship open for boarding by tourists in Boston anymore.
I've already been on the Constellation in Baltimore Harbor. I'm not sure if she's that different in design from the US Constitution.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 25, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Confession of a self-proclaimed DOOMER
http://www.energybulletin.net/53236

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 25, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Boodle mojo working, dear ones, and many thanks to all.

Re "command" - glad dbG asked and frosti answered because I'd been hoping for a militarese>english translation since I read that piece.

"Disastrahoochie" is pretty nigh on target with a word my son hatched for irreparable situations back in the day: _Kafloojee_ Something can *be* a kafloojee or something can *go* kafloojee. It's kafloojeed or it makes a sound like kafloojee! Take your pick. It's a mess.

Enjoyed each and every character (snort) of the boodle today. Later . . . . . .

Posted by: talitha1 | June 25, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

You can get on the Constitution! Free tours year round. Mr. F the dott and I were there in '06 and Wiki tells me she is still open, even got underway last year for the first time in 10 years.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 25, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Good to know, Frosti! I suppose you have to sign up, we didn't do that when we were there in 2004 and 2007.

Posted by: slyness | June 25, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Slyness-they're going to finish a 3-year restoration in 2011, done to commemorate the war of 1812. Lots of info on their official Facebook page.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 25, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Cool webpage. Now I want to go again.

http://www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution/index.html

Posted by: slyness | June 25, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

frosty: uh-oh, I smell about 5 million Tea Party Patriots looking to get their picture taken next to the refurbished Constitution. I wonder how many of them will be holding up "Atlas Shrugged"?

Posted by: steveboyington | June 25, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

steveb-I'm hoping the facebook group suggesting all copies of Atlas Shrugged be used as a junk shot to stop the Gulf disastrahoochie has succeeded by then so we don't have to worry about it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 25, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not sure if she's that different in design from the US Constitution."

Don't go there. Just don't.

One summer we did the Freedom Trail with a park ranger as far as Old North Church and then on our own all the way to the Constitution. It was over 90 degrees that day and quite a sweat, but doable. We took a water taxi back from the Charlestown side to the Quincy Market area.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 25, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Yellojkt--I know, I know.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 25, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Shiloh, I know where to find Dan Froomkin, and spend no time bemoaning the fact that he's not at the Post. It's all just mouse clicks, yanno?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-froomkin

Posted by: Bob-S | June 25, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

You don't want to know?

So long as you know Old Ironsides is unique,
that is all you need to know.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 25, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I liked "Atlas Shrugged". I haven't heard many Tea Partiers who sounded like they had the attention span to handle anything with that many pages and no pictures.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 25, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy all the non-natives have defended and explained our fair city and to some extent, the drivers as well. The streets in Boston are based on cow paths, that's why they are so screwy. The further away from Boston you get, the better, or at least more polite, the drivers become. Downtown Boston has the most dreadful drivers I've ever experienced inside the US. Our rotaries can be a challenge too, especially the one at the Bourne Bridge on the Cape.

I too like FUBAR of unusual size.

Just got the granddaughters to bed after a full day of gardening (they now know how to use a salad spinner), playacting, poetry reading, stone skipping at the beach and of course ice cream eating.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 25, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Shrink,I knew it was unique mostly for its role in American literature and history. Its design? Not so much.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 25, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, yes, all sailing ships consist of an elongated water-tight vessel with a rudder on the back end and more-or-less vertical sticks on top, to which bed sheets are attached. To that extent, one could say that the Constitution and the Constellation are pretty much identical, in the same way that one could argue that having encountered one dog in one's life, one need never encounter another in order to know everything that matters about canids.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 25, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, of COURSE the Nationals have given up three runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie it up. Why wouldn't they? It's more fun that way.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 25, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes ScienceTim, that is it. They are all the same and they are all unique.


"Its design? Not so much."

Why do you say that?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 25, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

This evening's walk:
A pair of hawks, accompanied by a chorus of blue jay alarm calls
Several vehicles going the wrong way on the one-way main drag, apparently flummoxed by a street closure for a party.
Large white domino on a paint circle on the sidewalk
Monk parakeets coming home
The unicycle guy
Party at the theater
In place of yesterday's woman dressed for a blizzard and apparently carrying on a one-way conservation, a guy on a bicycle with cell phone "...hey, I need a place to crash..." followed by major laying-on of guilt.
Walked the full 1.0 mile length of a new sidewalk, the first day it was fully open. This project caught the scorn of the tea party types, but I think the weather was too hot for demonstrations or sit-ins.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 25, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Here we go.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 25, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

DotC-charming. Sounds a bit like our neighborhood in Tampa-never know what you're going to see. Last week my favorite was the guy running his self propelled lawn mower down the street pulling his bicycle. Certainly easier than pulling the mower behind the cycle.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 25, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

draft beer, sboyington. had more than m share of that. i'm thankful for small things, indeed, particularly the camaraderie of the boodle. thanks for the birthday greetings.

Posted by: -jack- | June 25, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

barney sits in with the dead, 4.1.93. the kids on stage were having a really good time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IHAMiBdga0

Posted by: -jack- | June 25, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Just stating I don't know one wooden sailing ship from another, Shrink. I always thought the USS Constellation was a frigate and couldn't figure out why the books kept saying the US Constitution was the only surviving frigate.

Turned out there were two. The USS constellation at Baltimore Harbor is apparently a Sloop o' War, hence smaller. You'd think they'd at least number those ships.

Wikipedia makes the specs clearer-- and the source of the controversy over whether the Constellation is a frigate or not.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uss_constitution

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constellation_(1854)


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 25, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I am a wood boat nut, so I will not go any further than to say there are no two alike.

When they first put to sea, the Constitution mounted 60 long guns, the Constellation 48.

In the 1812 war, the Constitution fought with 44, the Constellation 36. The Constitution was bigger, which is not always better and that is what was so amazing.

Building huge wooden boats that are bigger and better is sort of impossible.

6 points off the wind is big deal for a square rigged boat. 14 knots, carrying 42,000 feet of flax canvas. New England's piece of work. The Admiralty of the Royal Navy, in 1813, issued an order that English ships were never to engage an American heavy frigate unless they were certain of a two to one advantage. I don't think the Brits (Trafalgar etc.) have ever recovered.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 25, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

frostbitten,
It's a relatively harmless place. Over at the shopping mall, a nice young blonde woman followed the white Camry of two neatly-groomed non-minority purse snatchers until the sheriff's deputies took over. One perp has already apologized.

Something spotted that needs a further look: a nice 5' hedge that seems originally to have been viburnum bushes. Seedlings of the native wild coffee must have infiltrated and taken over. A botanical version of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
http://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Psycnerv

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 26, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Okaydoke, shrink. Wood is very variable, so that part makes sense.

White Oak is the chief component of the USS Constitution and that only grows in/is native to North America.

I can't find what the Royal Navy were using for their frigates and other ships back then; probably European Oak?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Awhile ago, I assumed someone really did not want to know what I thought when she asked a question. So, do you really want to know what it was that made the Constitution special?

Anyway, one could make the argument, the Constitution [the political process around the construction of the American heavy frigate and its success] was central to the American idea that it can do anything better than anyone.

Our deus ex machina problem is so very real (just like the no italics problem).

I am horrified, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/26/business/26salmon.html?hp

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

The USS Constitution had a lot of extraordinarily dense live oak wood. If I remember my wood anatomy correctly, it's about twice the density of red oak.

Live oaks are good at surviving high wind and occasional ground fires. They tolerate being pruned by salt spray. Now that central Florida has lost most of its gentle, frequent grass fires, live oaks are being displaced by fire-intolerant trees that grow faster and taller: southern magnolia, sweetgum, laurel oak.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 26, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

That is interesting, dave. Since we've been effectively fighting naturally-occuring forest fires, the Northern Pine Beetle has killed hundreds of thousands of hectares of productive forest. The experts try controlled burns to little effect.

Posted by: Yoki | June 26, 2010 4:25 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all! Yokie is up early or late, 'tis good.

Wooden ships...here's an offering from the old salt blog. The Kalmar Nyckel is the ship my ancestor Olaf Thorsson made the crossing on. I've been on the replica, she's a beauty.

http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2010/05/21/kalmar-nyckel-to-star-in-the-ship-that-changed-the-world/

The only short word I can think of for the oil disaster is "sick" as in it makes me sick every time I think about it/hear about it/see all the people interviewed who are living with it in The Gulf.

I appreciate the job you are doing, Joel, sticking with this gruesome reportage.

What's with the 2357 characters remaining, the count at the bottom of the display? Something new, or has it always been there?

Posted by: VintageLady | June 26, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Dear Vintage Lady! So glad to see you, and hope you are as well as you wish to be.

Posted by: Yoki | June 26, 2010 5:40 AM | Report abuse

Well, I'm fine, Yokie and I have thick soft baby hair of about two inches in length and it is curly. I look like a wooly lamb. ;-)

(hmmm, still have 2805 characters, counter counts spaces, too)

Posted by: VintageLady | June 26, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse

Awwwwwwww. You're our wooly lamb.

Posted by: Yoki | June 26, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

"Non-natives," sneaks??? I'm hurt... ;-)

I'm always interested in the latest on the USS Constitution, not only because I visited the grande dame of the Navy on more than one occasion, but because I served with the Army unit that shares the ship's nickname. Good to hear they'll have her ready for the 1812 anniversary. :-)

And I am just so, so gobsmacked (not) to hear Gov. Jindal's living in a glass house whilst throwing stones:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/26/us/politics/26jindal.html

"The bottom line is that this is an emergency situation,” [the governor’s communications director] Ms. Sellers said. “It demands quick action and quick thinking, and especially common sense."

No, it demanded prior planning and stockpiling resources -- the article lays out a good case for showing La. failed to do so. *SIGH*

I read the salmon article, shrink -- what's your concern?

And the Tea Party should be careful what it asks for:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/26/world/europe/26iceland.html

*L*

*wondering-when-NukeSpawn-will-arise-and-planning-to-productively-fill-time-before-the-big-match Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

VintageLady! *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Those of us who get our news from Stephen Colbert know the Gulf incident as an "oil spew".

Posted by: chase-truth | June 26, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Oh Scotty, I am sorry, didn't mean to group you with the 'non-natives'. Please don't be upset anymore, pretty please.

We're all up early here but both granddaughters are slow to truly wake up. One is in the hammock staring at nothing and the other is draped across the wicker love seat. I'll see if I can get some cereal and fruit into them. Have a great day everybody.

Glad to hear from you VL!

Posted by: badsneakers | June 26, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

'Salright, sneaks, I guess I qualify as a "visiting native" these days... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

G'morning all, ham biscuits on the ready room table, to hold us over till MsJS gets in. Only cold beverages this morning, nobody needs anything hot in this weather.

I was reading in bed at 10 last night when there were sparks and noise and the transformer went out. The power company was quick to respond and it came back on at 11:40, so no complaints. We can be grateful it happened at 10 p.m. and not 10 a.m.

I've got to get dressed and go trim the ligustrum on the street side. It will be totally out of control if I don't do it today. When my ship comes in (ha!), I'm going to tear them out and put in something that doesn't grow higher than four feet.

Posted by: slyness | June 26, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, I will try to watch the match today. Lots of errands planned before we go to a family gathering tomorrow.

I have a BAAAD feeling about the US/Ghana match. I am thinking it gets decided by penalties. Those are very unpredictable.

Go Uruguay in the other match. It's all about the latitude, baby.

FWIW, I just filled out the remaining brackets in my "pick the World Cup" competition. You can change up until match time, so I am not bound by them. I have switched to a final four of Netherlands, Argentina, Uruguay and England, with Argentina beating the Dutch in the final.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

If Argentina DOES play England in the semis, like I am picking, look for New Order to get a bump in their royalties from their "Touched by the Hand of God" single. Here it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbMdStYnN4w

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

From later in that match, this was voted the goal of the century.

Good stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk-kXwjASEE

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I will now stop posting about the WC. England would play Argentina in the quarters. Substitute Spain for England in my final four. I give myself a red card on that one.

The Argentina/England quarterfinal will be just as entertaining, I bet, particularly seeing who is coaching Argentina.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Looking at the brackets, England has a pretty simple draw from here, eh? All they need to do is beat Germany, Argentina, Spain and Brazil in succession?

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Still recovering from watching the Nats blow a six run lead to the Orioles. I mean, who blows a six run lead?

Oh. Right.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 26, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Watching F1 qualifying live from the waterfront track in Valencia, Spain, and prepping for some weekend visitors to Casa bc.

I, too, am somewhat nervous about the US/Ghana match later today. Ghana's scrappy and quick, and they are the last team remaining from the host continent so I imagine a substantial home field advantage for them.

Enjoy your days, all, and for those of you sensitive to heat and humidity in places where there's plenty of it (say, the US Eastern Seaboard), please take care to stay cool.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 26, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and RRGJ on the table.

Hi VL!

Tropical Storm Alex now has the Unified Command's attention. And there's another area of potential cyclone activity somewhere east of Puerto Rico. Fasten your seat belts, everyone. This could get interesting.

I noticed that all five of the South American entrants in the WC made it to the knockout stage. The way they are spread throughout the brackets, four of them could make the semis. Very impressive.

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Horrified indeed.

Have we learned nothing from *The Deep Blue Sea* and the *Jurassic Park* series?

Seriously, I can see the problems they'll have if they label it (I wouldn't buy it either) but still feel all genetically altered food should be labeled.

VL! Good to see you!

The lawn guys came over last night to check out the garage, looks like they may have a problem. The garage is 18' long, their trailer is 18' long, not including the hitch. Actually, I'm pretty happy about it. A clean garage! A home for my car! We may work out something for the winter, sans trailer, parking the machinas around the perimeter, but this is good.

Moving from decluttering to cleaning.

Have a good day, all.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 26, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Wait. Wait. I've checked nothing, know nothing, am in fact in dire Jameson related headache pain mode but did you just say the Nats *blew* a six run lead? I turned that game off in about the fourth inning when Dunn hit his double thinking this would be another chapter in the O's spectacular collapse. Do you mean to suggest they won a game?

I'm off to check on this.

*has de-lurked momentarily in shocked baseball fervor*

Posted by: cowhand214 | June 26, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

VintageLady, so good to hear that you're doing well. I'm sure the curly wool will get better as it grows. Nice not to wear a wig, though, isn't it?

Posted by: slyness | June 26, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Holy smokes, it's true! 7-6. I must check the highlights to see how in the heck that happened.

Sorry. When you're an O's fan these moments have come but rarely this season.

Posted by: cowhand214 | June 26, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Cowhand, I understand.

In installment #4 of this year's Crosstown Classic, the Cubs' volatile Carlos Zambrano had yet another meltdown and was suspended indefinitely. My beloved team is not doing very well.

Meanwhile, MrJS' White Sox have won 10 straight and 14 of their last 15.

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The big droolers didn't win the ugliest dog contest this year.
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100625/NEWS/100629648/1349?p=all&tc=pgall

Posted by: bh72 | June 26, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! Just got back from a trip to the farmers market. Tomatoes are still drawing premium prices as only hoop-house grown are available, but the bounty of beets, rhubarb, new potatoes and the brassicas is overwhelming. Passed on berries as I plan to be out with the bears picking wild blueberries this week.

Headed out to Chez Frostbitten later today and am in dire need of dbG garage cleaning karma. Have set a deadline to get out of a rental storage unit, and still be able to park a vehicle inside. Can it be done? Goodwill and the county's free electronics disposal site willing it can.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 26, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

MsJs: solidarity.

When I tell people (and this runs the gamut from custodians, to bartenders, to CEOs) that I'm an Orioles fan they unfailingly lay a hand on my arm, look me deep in the eyes, and offer their condolences.

It doesn't help that I live in Boston. I suppose it could be worse. I could live in New York.

Posted by: cowhand214 | June 26, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

At the risk of over-sharing this is my favorite song of this summer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKZkM437TiY

"...If I wake up married I have to annul it,
Right now my hands are in his mullet..."

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 26, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Доброе утро, Будлеры!

Транслатед = translated:

Gut morninckzz, Boodlerzz.

Last night´s score:
150 arrested for disturbing the peace and causing property damage.
2 cops injured.
3 people knifed

Chile plays Brazil on Monday. This will require vodka for my nerves, mussels mariniere and smoked salmon with avocado.

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | June 26, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

frosti, set your iPod to stun and I'll fax karma.

I just finished my pre-cleaning-reward iTunes downloading, but will make an exception for your favorite song of summer.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 26, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

This is my song of summer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKZkM437TiY

I just don't understand those people who have 100 songs in their playlist from 4 different artists.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 26, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

If you love futbol and are looking for a fire-me-up before the US match today, enjoy this. I was in high school at the height of Maradona's skills, and he was just incredible. A warning: the accompanying music might not be for everyone. It is a remake of Led Zeppelin by a hip-hop artist. This should get the juices flowing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hHhaHSaTlQ

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Going back a number of kits, a great story on why someone might go on one of those adventures most people would claim is nuts. This adventure not as risky as some.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/the-columbia-icefield-a-glacial-journey/article1617912/

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Frostbitten, I had to find the lyrics, and then I laughed.

http://www.songlyrics.com/elizabeth-cook/el-camino-lyrics/

Easy to see why you like it; that's completely inside-out country for women.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod-I think she writes the smartest lyrics in any music genre today. I'm afraid my admiration of this is the kiss of death for her career.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 26, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"Montgomery hopes donors will cough up cash for park privies"

Something about the idea of the "Bob S. Memorial Pissoir & Crapper" moves me, so to speak.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062504462.html

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

BobS, why would it be "Memorial"?

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

As we wait for the game....

In 1794, the fact that the US could not defend its boats or seaman from English, French and Barbary Coast privateers had become intolerable. But as a result of another fact, the US was broke, they were forced to build fighting ships much smaller than the enormous 100 cannon, ships of the line being built across the pond.

As a result of this confluence, there is the story of the genius naval architect Joshua Humphreys of Philadelphia, a whole cloth adventure book could be written on the trip John Morgan led with 60 axmen into the coastal nether regions of what is now near Brunswick Georgia to gather the "crooked timbers", the fabulous live oak which made the frigates as strong as they were, Paul Revere himself made her copper bolts (crude rivets actually) and sheathing...the most important boat in American naval history was more or less, a miracle. The Constitutions live oak frames were set to the keel at an average distance of only 1.5 inches, making her sides like solid walls of oak 15-20 inches thick (hence the moniker).

Overbuilding a boat is easy, have an overbuilt boat outperform anything else on the water, not so easy. No one raced the Constitution again after the humiliation of an English Captain on his own frigate, the Santa Margaretta in the Caribbean, 1799.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

More World Cup 2010 interesting factoids. Only six European teams moved on, and they all play each other in the round of 16. The round of 16 weirdly broke down into many regional matchups. Brazil/Chile. Argentina/Mexico. Spain/Portugal. England/Germany.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, not initially, but I'd certainly plan to create an endowment for its maintenance in perpetuity. Once people get comfortable with doing their business in a friendly location, it's a little cruel to take that away from them, don't you think?

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

That's what Montgomery Cty. seems to be implying BobS. They've got 80 at-risk privies in danger of being taken away. Or did I misunderstand the article?

Never considered a portable loo as friendly before. Maybe a smiley face above the hole would help.

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I'm gonna fix mine up real nice. There'll be lines out the door. I may have to hire a bouncer.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Remember, take the TP, leave the Kincaide.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

They come for the hole in the ground, they stay for the ambience.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 26, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Heartbreaking loss for South Korea, but you MUST mark your man on a corner... *shrug*

*tuning up the laptop for some U.S.-Ghana live Boodling* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

And the free billards.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

And the reading library.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

To channel Dave Barry: At Risk Privies would be a good name for a rock band.

Posted by: cowhand214 | June 26, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It's the atmosphere, you know -- the whole package.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 26, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I scrolled through quickly, but didn't find the origin posted (kinda disappointing as i have come to use this boodle as my "google with a pulse"). According to wikipedia, "oil spill" refers primarily to maritime leaks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_spill
I am pretty sure it was coined by some Post writer back in the day.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 26, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

As we wait for the game...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10423780.stm

I wonder why these people bother? Do they really think when the ground war ends (as they all do), things will be like the good old days? Why don't they just tend their poppies and relax? Does Making war on The West seem like a good idea each day, when they wake up? I am all for getting our boys and girls out of Afghanistan like a few years ago. But jeepers, that drone looks pretty lethal. If I were a Pashtun elder, I would realize it will never be over. Do they want to die?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

dbG-did you mean to link back to Cook's El Camino? I mean we can share a summer song, but I was looking forward to something new. Thanks for sending the garage vibes.

teddy-"google with a pulse" very apt

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 26, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for ambience, BobS. I will draw the line at a violinist in the corner, however.

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

El Camino is hilarious! Thnx

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 26, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHH...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

At least there are 84 minutes left...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Ya gotta give me more than that, Scotty! I can't watch, so you are my proxy.

Posted by: Yoki | June 26, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Ghanian striker made a great run up the right side and beat Howard low to the near post, Yoki...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Altidore, Dempsey and Donovan have all put it near or on net, but Ghana's keeping the pressure on...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

And Bill Clinton is chatting with Mick Jagger!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 26, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Finley almost had a through ball from Donovan...

Dempsey almost got a through ball to Altidore...

*biting fingernails*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, guys. That's more like it.

Posted by: Yoki | June 26, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Ian Darke made a good "not fade away" reference...

Bad foul on Cherundolo, he's out of the next match (if the U.S. can come back).

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Darke made the reference after the shot of Jagger & Clinton, of course...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, here's the BBC take on it:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/matches/match_50/default.stm

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 26, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Shrink - I've spent years pondering that question. The disconnect between what the U.S. (and allied forces) are actually doing, what they claim to wish to be doing, what Afghani elements of various stripes are doing, and what THEY claim to wish to be doing, is quite jarring.

Ultimately, the whole concept of "Afghanistan" is illusory, I think.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Great Dempsey-Bradley combo to center it, but right to the Ghana keeper...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Soccer is much more entertaining with Margs than without.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 26, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Ghanian corner coralled by Howard...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Ghanian wingers getting too much space...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Edu coming in for Clark...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

NukeSpawn's right, the U.S. are wasting their chances... Grrrrrrr...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Sloppy ball handling doesn't help...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

ARGHHH!! Lovely breakaway but they can't finish...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Findley just couldn't tuck it past the keeper... And Harkes is right, I think Altidore's not 100%

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but at least it doesn't seem like there is a mysterious force field around the goal like in the Algerian game.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 26, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Great save by Howard on another breakaway, but Asamoah is down with a turned ankle...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Some people pay good money for sloppy ball handling!

(I refer, of course, to professional sports team owners and fans.)

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

But of course, Bob S...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Since use of hands isn't allowed, would 'sloppy ball footling' be more appropriate?

If so, is it available as a nom de boodle?

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

U.S. corner coming up...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Corner headed away and a poor long-range hit from Boorstein...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Long cross but Dempsey can't do anything with it...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Not the best half of footie I've ever seen from the U.S. *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"Sloppy ball footing" will definitely cost you extra.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Flinty old geezer that I'm becoming, even I thought this story was rather touching:

'Wow, what a long engagement that was!'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/24/AR2010062406743.html?hpid=artslot

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, back in the real world, Congress loses a member:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/26/AR2010062602004.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, frosti. Some days I'm less technologically ept than others. An oldie I never stopped listening to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r7W3e50JI8&feature=related

If someone would send some housecleaning mojo, I'd be appreciative.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 26, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

My 2¢, Jozy Altidore needs to sit and watch the second half. Walking around out on the field watching the game makes it seem like we have 11 players.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

My cousin called last night to say she'd be here for a memorial service, she's showing up Monday afternoon and staying for a few days.

Kind of changed my order of doing things around.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 26, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Another 1¢, rolling up Asamoah's ankle was the best move the US made in the first half.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Great quote from my son:

"Remember, we have thermonuclear weapons and Ghana doesn't"

Where *does* he get his attitude.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 26, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

My deepest sympathies go to Rep. Nyman's family & colleagues.

Not technically a member of Congress, though.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Can't argue either of those points, shrink...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

My mistake, Bob...

Feilhaber in for Findley and we're off again.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

ARRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHH!!!! Feilhaber can't finish it!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

They've GOT to be crisper with their passes!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

RD - You might want to point out to the lovable little scamp that Ghana is right there in the area historically referred to as 'The White Man's Grave'.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Bradley almost had a breakaway...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Boornstein had a lovely centering strike, but again no one to finish...

And a Donovan direct kick sails wide...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey alomst there...

They're playing much better now.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

THAT was a foul on Boateng, dagnabit!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Demeritt saves a chance...

Donovan's give and go falls short after a good centering pass...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Yaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 26, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!!

Penalty shot for U.S.!!!!

Dempsey deked the defender and got creamed in the box!

GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

That was pretty.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 26, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Very!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Altodore needed just a half-step there!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Such pressure!!! Gotta finish these chances!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Altidore needs a lot more steps.
He trails every time the US has a ball up the side. He won't run, it isn't that he can, he
can't, too many games for all that time off.
He needs to get subbed out, it is a glaring, obvious problem.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

He did seem to be limping in the 1st half, shrink...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Maybe these lads need a bit more encouragement. What do you think the North Korean squad is doing today?

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

AIEEEEE!!! Bradley low, but the keeper's equal to it...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Altidore bungled the give and go to Bradley!
Ok, I won't mention him again.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope they're doing anything at all, Bob...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

What's this strange buzzing sound in the background of the Boodle this afternoon?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 26, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

AAAUUUUUGGGHHHH

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 26, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Don't say it, shrink...

Should have been a penalty...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey's been getting hammered the entire cup... C'mon, set play!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"What's this strange buzzing sound in the background of the Boodle this afternoon?"

Well it isn't coming from here, my wife's vibrator is turned off.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I'd say 4 minutes of extra time...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, a cleat to the chest would hurt...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Much to my (somewhat pleasant) surprise, a quick Googling of Scotty's "creamed in the box" returned only two results, both of them futbol related.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Not a corner at the end of stoppage time...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Whew!!!

Bob, would I ever lead you astray?? *raised uniborw*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

More like 30 minutes of extra time (2x15, no sudden death).

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 26, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least I'm getting my cardio workout this afternoon... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Gomez in for Altidore...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"What do you think the North Korean squad is doing today?"

Squad, what squad? Even now heroic workers are painstakingly, did I mention taking pain? eliminating any evidence of the existence of those who never existed and the family members or anyone else who might have ever thought that there was once a North Korean squad.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Things getting ugly in Toronto, so far police reacting with amazing restraint, been reading the live blog and watching the coverage, not good.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/latest-updates-from-g8g20-protests/article1618626/


Good luck to US soccer team.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

NukeSpawn's correct again...

Goalie to goalie is not good soccer.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Oooops.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 26, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

And that's even worse...

But there are 25 minutes left.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Craps.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

ARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Was that poor guy who appeared to be in the wrong place (not to mention his dog) ever released, dmd?

Posted by: -dbG- | June 26, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

And again... ARRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHH!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

SUCH a dive!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, you've made me eyes moisten a bit. I once pointed out to someone (because it was relevant to the conversation) that the word is "pains-takingly", not "pain-stakingly".

I had the pleasure of watching the person in question "get it". I fully understand why some people are willing to work under far-less-than-ideal conditions to be teachers (or parents). That feeling when watching eyes light up with recognition is priceless.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Not sure dbG, little follow up - I did hear they were trying to reach his family. I should not out of the very large crowd of protestors only a small group causing the damage to windows, cars etc.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

15 minutes left...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This diving is ridiculous...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey is holding the flag!
Game of his life.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This diving is ridiculous...

It always is, it is the reason Americans will not take soccer seriously. People look like they have been shot in the head and ninety seconds later they run like the wind.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Where's the yellow for obstructing or diving???

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

C'mon corner...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I*%$&##%^*@$%$^&^&$%!!!!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

And again... Y&%@%*@$^*@%^O(*@{{}@}{^%#!!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

You have to like Ghana, tiny Gold Coast.
The Ghana gubmint paid for 1000 fans to show in SA to support the team, but they ran out of money, so the subsidized fans were not there for this game.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

THIS much cardio I don't need...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I've never understood why the G-8 (& such) meetings were held in such small facilities. Why not hold them in the Olympic Stadium, or at the Plains of Abraham, and then "invite" the protesters to join in? No arrests, no ugly suppression of free speech. Be there or be square. Start shouting, and get an automatic (& obligatory) free pass to the festivities.

Of course, most meetings would be held in small sound-proof & bomb-resistant redoubts on the site, but at least this way the local shopkeeps wouldn't be so concerned about their windows.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

At least we beat Algeria.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Sooooooooooooooooo close... *head in hands*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

So it is.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 26, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

:-((((((((((((((((((

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Interesting interview of an "anarchist" yesterday, he defended the destruction of shop windows etc, by stating that their group did not believe in private property.

How do you deal with people who hold such logic (or lack thereof).

I do believe G20 should meet in a location that will not cause damage to local citizen property/livlihood, safety.

GoToMeeting comes to mind :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

So it is.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 26, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3575

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 26, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Movable Type lied to me, the b@stard.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 26, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I hear the moon's available, dmd...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 26, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"How do you deal with people who hold such logic (or lack thereof)[?]"

Jail, then no job, no credit, disgrace.
Anarchy only seems like a good idea when you are still thinking other people will take care of you, no matter what.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't jail still be taking care of them? How but dumping them on a deserted isle, and let them build their utopia, or as I think more likely to occur descend into Lord of the Flies.

Feeling cranky at the moment.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

DNA_Girl, the moral of the story is always the same, don't hug beautiful devils. Landon Donovan may have dodged that bullet with this loss.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I was able to watch about 2/3 of the match... of course I missed the lone US goal. It seemed very evenly played, though the one glaring mismatch was size and speed of their forwards versus our defense. Our achilles heel.

Very entertaining. The US male beer-swilling sports fan who hates soccer will be unbearable tomorrow.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"Wouldn't jail still be taking care of them?"

No, things are changing, now. They don't stay in jail long, they get out and will get shunted into society's rusting sidings. They become irrelevant, sprayed with graffiti and scrapped, used for their parts.

If they are lucky they will get a job behind those windows asking whether a customer has the special bonus card or would like to buy one, before they ask if they want the super-size option.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Went to watch the 2nd half and OT at the local pub. Loads of fun, even with the Merikans losing.

Where to hold the G-something summits? How about not at all? Then the host city doesn't have to deal with property-destroying protesters and we don't have to debate what to do with them.

Enough with canine & equine entertainment. If these things must be held, how about in a bedouin tent out in the Sahara somewhere?

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The corrupt bully-nation fake World Cup was beneath the dignity and purity of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. They even let in antirevolutionary riffraff from the occupied portion of the sacred homeland.

Squirrels have reoccupied the back lawn after having been driven out by mom rabbit and her child.

The rabbits and black racers seem to be thriving on a very dense bed at the rear (mostly Salvia coccinea with caladiums, small palms, and assorted heliconias) and a small but very dense patch of coonties, two Dioon cycads, and beach sunflowers next to the patio.

I'm sure the barren-yard neighbors on either side are cursing us for harboring vermin.
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From the Globe and Mail: The Public Safety Minister is shocked! Shocked!

“The Minister is being continuously updated on the destructive and violent activity taking place in downtown Toronto. These images are truly shocking to Canadians. Toronto is a world-class city, and the Government of Canada condemns these acts of violence by groups of radical protestors. We commend the outstanding work of the police officers as they continue to maintain order in downtown Toronto. We are taking all measures necessary to ensure Canadians, delegates, media and international visitors remain safe. The Integrated Security Unit and its partners have a comprehensive security plan that has been developed by Canada's best security experts in the field.”
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Couldn't the meeting have been held at that little resort town where tanker trucks could have drenched troublemakers with hypothermia-inducing freezing water?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 26, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

A powerful case can be made that in an increasingly automated financial world, a series of face-to-face meetings by senior policy-makers is absolutely critical. Of course, a powerful case can be made that in an age of iPhones & teleconferencing, face-to-face meetings by senior policy-makers are ludicrously wasteful. Whatever. Useful is as useful does, and it's often difficult to sort it out except in retrospect.

But I do think that more of the meetings could be scheduled at times and in places where the protesters could be "accommodated" with less disruption to folks trying to get about the daily grind.

I know for a fact there there's a good-sized fleet of unused & floatable naval vessels sitting near Vallejo (in the San Francisco Bay area) that could house plenty of financiers & protesters. How about we fix up a couple with VIP accommodations for the meetings, power-up & crew (I'd nominate captured Somali pirates for this duty) as many more as are necessary for protesters, and send the whole bunch on a nice meeting/protest cruise?

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

The little resort town, is just to small, G20 bring big entourages, hotels are fully booked in Toronto with them.

The location where the international media are located (CNE grounds) would have been a better spot.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, we left for the airport after the 90 minute part of the game, so I didn't know which team won until I got back. Ah, well. He said he had mixed feelings because even though I really likes the United States, he also was very proud of Africa and wanted the African team to win, because it was the last African team left at this level. So, good for him.

I do miss him already. He's such a dear. Hoping he'll get back come fall sometime -- especially when it's not so hot and humid. Yesterday, we met up with another of my students from 2003 (this one from Kenya), and we had a fabulous time. I took him to the airport for his flight back (and he's home in Nairobi now), with mutual promises to keep in touch this time.

That trip changed my life so much, and I am eternally grateful for it. I feel that this past week, despite the ups and downs, gave me the invigoration I've needed for awhile.

Cya tomorrow (in all likelihood) tomorrow, boodledom.

Posted by: -ftb- | June 26, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

SCC: subtract one "tomorrow" wouldja?

Posted by: -ftb- | June 26, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Here, for those of us who haven't been watching the past two weeks of the World Cup, is a montage of every goal scored.

Note, at 11:52, that's almost a minute of scoring a day. Way to go, guys! :)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/26/world-cup-2010-every-goal_n_626557.html

Posted by: -dbG- | June 26, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

This makes me giggle, but trying to traverse the streets in Toronto around the protestors, note the name of the tour company.

http://tweetphoto.com/29342582

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Braguine can help me with this: I know that 'USNS Andrew J. Higgins' (previously languishing at the aforementioned National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay) was sold last year to the Chilean Navy.

Was this a subtle homage to Bernardo O'Higgins, or were the heroes of Iquique just looking for a good deal on a refueling ship?

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that within living memory, Washington D.C. was too small to house the G20.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 26, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Ancient Greek armies were good at shoving matches. Maybe some lessons for present-day crowd control? Maybe read some relevant classics to the riot police?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 26, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I guess we aint ghana advance to the next round.........

Posted by: greenwithenvy | June 26, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Made me laugh, GWE!

Posted by: nellie4 | June 26, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

A very good point Dave.

Perhaps irrelevant, but I'd just like to point out that on June 1, 1813, the American frigate Chesapeake cleared Boston harbor flying a huge banner:

Free Trade and Sailors' Rights!

The dreadful battle occurred. Captain Lawrence cried, "Don't give up the ship!" twice. But he died and the Chesapeake was ignominiously brought to Halifax, a war prize, a few days later.

My point is, we are not threatened by losers breaking windows.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, you'll note that they had the good sense to stage that battle outside the port, not downtown with all the windows.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Cue Abbott & Costello, GWE.

Who's gonna advance?

Ghana.

Gonna?

Ghana.

So you're agreeing.

No, Uruguay.

I'm a gray?

No, Uruguay.

So you're Elmer Fudd all of a sudden? OK, I'll play. You're a gway and gonna advance?

That's right.

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Cue Abbott & Costello, GWE.

Who's gonna advance?

Ghana.

Gonna?

Ghana.

So you're agreeing.

No, Uruguay.

I'm a gray?

No, Uruguay.

So you're Elmer Fudd all of a sudden? OK, I'll play. You're a gway and gonna advance?

That's right.

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

It probably wasn't funny enough to post once, let alone twice. Got caught by the movable type critter. My apologies.

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Well if I recall didn't we burn Washington, and the US burn York (Toronto) :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

My eye-in-the-sky view on the outcome of the match is this: the win means a lot more to the people of Ghana than a win would for the people of the US.

Gotta love the World Cup. The biggest sporting tournament in the world, and the first two nations to advance to the round of 8 are Uruguay and Ghana. Well done.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I was talking to Jan Brewer today about her comments that most illegal immigrants are drug smugglers. She said she was certain she was right.

We couldn't talk long. She had to go to a meeting she was having to reach out to the black community. She said she hoped they would listen to her after they stopped eating all that fried chicken and watermelon.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love Gov. Brewer. She skipped right by that "thoughtful sage" stage of life, and went right to "bitter old curmudgeon".

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Backboodling:

Somebody's son needs to remember Ghana don't need no nukes, they got Ebola-- and apparently, an OT win.

Bob, thanks for the link.

I just was out to see bald eagles, loons, sailboats, fishing boats, gold mines, and lots of scenery.

Shrink, your comment on soccer reminds me--it would seem like the ideal sport for those who have deer as their spiritual totem.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I realized I had no beer (!) and went to the mini-mart. I casually explained today's WC situation to my Korean friends who live and work there. They seemed appropriately crestfallen. Of course I am sure they already knew the situation. But when I brought up the sad fate of team from the North (no the other one, not America Jr.), they (a couple in their 60s I guess) became very serious and mentioned words like "humiliation" and said, "very bad, very bad, seven to nothing, very bad," and that was the end of that conversation. Poor Korea, the split never stops hurting and there is nothing they can do about it.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 26, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Being the stats junkie that I am, I just went and checked the IMF per capita income figures for the 16 teams that made the WC knockout stage.

The Haves: USA, Netherlands, UK (England), Germany, Japan
Working on it: Spain, South Korea, Portugal, Slovakia
Low-cost LatAm: Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil
Struggling: Paraguay
OMG: Ghana (roughly a third of Paraguay and 3.5% of the USA)

Posted by: MsJS | June 26, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Are they STILL playing soccer?

Posted by: yellojkt | June 26, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

They have to give everybody a chance to play crippled for life before they bolt again, Yellojkt.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

For the racing fans.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1289216/Racing-boss-Robin-Mortimer-dies-sadistic-sex-session-perverted-dominatrix.html

Posted by: Boomslang | June 26, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

There are no horses in that story, Boomslang. I feel let down.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

For a small additional fee, I'm sure they'd arrange horses.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 26, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

May all your squirrels be dramatic ones, Dave.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 26, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure, but what makes it news for racing fans, precisely? I'm not into the Haymarket scene-- or into the flesh market scene.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I just read Ezra Klein's column on the "Stabilize the Debt" game. Here is the link.

I am so gonna be playing with this thing tomorrow.

http://crfb.org/stabilizethedebt/

Posted by: steveboyington | June 26, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

dmd-anarchists make me cranky too. Some people in St. Paul still act as if the police were jack booted thugs during the RNC. I spent a lot of time on the streets just watching the self proclaimed anarchists doing their thing and they are very lucky the police were there to keep the non-anarchists from kicking their a$$es. They are infuriating in their pointlessness. To my mind just the teenage eye roll and "whatever" (in a certain tone) taken to an extreme conclusion-makes me want to smack one in the head myself).

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 26, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

SCC-please ignore that pointless final )

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 26, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Not so pointless-- I took it as a hand clapped to the f, frostbitten.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Halfway through your post, I could tell which non-anarchist wanted to kick their a$$es. I know you could do it--for many reasons--including you eat the breakfast of champions, leftover bulgogi.

How's the garage?

Posted by: -dbG- | June 26, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

But you know, I love the sea turtle activists from the WTO protest in Seattle:
http://www.seaturtles.org/img/original/WTO%20Sea%20Turtle%20Activists,%201999.jpg

Posted by: seasea1 | June 26, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Lots of good activist in Toronto today as well, the anarchists not so much.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

From my 20 something nephew in Texas that has been on sail boats since he was one year old on our discussion or wooden ships.
"Yep the americans completely rethought and redesigned frigates in about 50 years - something the british were incapable of doing for about 200 years. If you look at a british frigate they're just a 5 story wooden barrel with a rudder on one end and a mast on top. The hms pickle was the first modern frigate the british had, and I think it was a captured american ship that could point to wind. Irony being that it was the hms pickle that announced both the victory at trafalgar and the death of lord nelson"

Posted by: bh72 | June 26, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Hadn't looked at it that way Wilbrod, cool.

Upon reflection I guess it was pretty obvious from the get-go that I wanted to throttle the anarchists.

dbG-I just drove up from St. Paul so the garage is still filling up with pre-cleaning good karma. One day will not be nearly enough, but the goal is to be done by next Saturday.

seasea-now those are protesters. You can tell immediately what their issue is and where they stand. Plus their costumes are cute.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 26, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

But of course, Frostbitten. You're a grown-up who cares about our country, specifically not turning our country into a petulant zit-ridden terrorist zone fully ripe for conquest by Mexico.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Wilbrod, being called a grown-up is the highest of compliments. Would that more people would aspire to it.

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 26, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Here is a photo of something I never knew existed, riot gear for the Toronto Police horses - despite the pictures not used to heavy police presence or riot police around here, they said today was the first time, ever, that tear gas had been used to control a crowd in Toronto.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/g20-day-of-protest/article1619712/

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm still working on the grown-up part. Can I still be goofy when I'm one?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 26, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

dmd, guys with nipple rings shouldn't take their shirt off in public. Or else they deserve to be trampled by visored horses.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 26, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Snort and I used to think the crowd at the Yonge and Bloor subway station on a Saturday night were interesting :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | June 26, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Er, Shrieking, at least not with that expression.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 27, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I just love the riot gear.

That looks like a combination between mediveal knights and the Sith. I almost expected to see glowing lances pop out at any second.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 27, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

All that fancy kit was most likely paid for by your federal dollar. Thank you, thank you very much.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 27, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Tonight's stroll yielded a nice lady wearing a rubber exercise suits. The last one I recall seeing was on Lumpkin Street in Athens, Georgia. I was just finishing the drive from Gainesville, Fla. in hundred degree heat with no air conditioning. I was tempted to ditch the car and tackle the self-endangering fool.

And a house with lots of outdoor light fixtures using chandelier-type bulbs had outfitted the lot with LED bulbs. Dimmer than the usual incandescents, but charming. Really.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 27, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

cast away your worries. go to the beach. like in LA, man. 6 foot waves. boards are breaking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjCa8i5JDF4&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | June 27, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Himself gave me this today. Now we know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v2sBBtBV0w

Posted by: Yoki | June 27, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

All the G-something meetings are just very expensive Kodak moments. In the past, nothing much came out of those meetings. As for the present one in Toronto, most of the countries attending can ill afford the expenses. They are just getting together to disagree. In this economic climate, nobody plans to deviate from what they have already planned for themselves. If you are going to disagree, there are cheaper ways to do it.

Posted by: rainforest1 | June 27, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

During the last World Cup, a colleague told me the final match was rigged. According to him, all the bookies knew who was going to win. They were just betting on the number of goals that would be scored. I didn’t believe him. How could a match that was watched by millions around the world be rigged?

It was in the papers that some $1.3 billion changed hands in Malaysia and Singapore during World Cup 2006. That’s a pretty scary amount considering the total pop of both countries is about 32 million and not every body gambled.

Posted by: rainforest1 | June 27, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

The French have elegant riot armor. Figures.

First time I've ever seen face shields for horses. The Starbucks smashing was redundant--the demonstrators could just have taped some old photos from Seattle on the store window.

I wonder whether it would be worth inventing a giant slushie machine that sprays a distance of maybe 40 yards. Slush laden with high-fructose corn syrup?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 27, 2010 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Poor horsies. And, silly demonstrators, they influence nobody, I hope.

Good morning you all, first light is here and outdoor twittering commences, peace and harmony in the backyard, far from the maddening crowd in Toronto.

Scotty, you make soccer come alive with your commentary, yes, and RD as well. We lost, but we are not lost, soccer is good.

Slyness, you are so right about the wigs, but I kind of miss the red one, it was fun to wear especially on cold grey daze.

Sunday breakfast should be special here in the Land of Plenty, (known as the ready room). Fresh pineapple, blackberry, banana and peach salad in a clear glass bowl. That wonderful egg, cheese & sausage casserole thing, sliced tomatoes on the side and homemade potato yeast rolls, spread with butter preserves or extra virgin olive oil if you must.

Hello Casandra, are you up and getting ready for church, hope so....

Posted by: VintageLady | June 27, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for sharing the G20 pictures. It's good to see youth involved and active.

In picture 18, I count three people holding flowers and five holding cameras. Perhaps more symbolic than they intended.

And smashing up Starbucks puts the protesters squarely in the 'disgruntled employee' category.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 27, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Anarchists stuck to the pavement by sticky goo, like so many popcorns on the global theater's floor. I like that as a non-lethal weapon.

Canadian Forces reached the 150th death milestone in Afghanistan. They are the 6th and 7th medics to be killed, that seems like a lot, 1 medic per 21.4 loss.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Petawawa+soldiers+killed+Afghanistan/3206711/story.html

Foggy morning here in the other federal capital. Off to walk the Very Large Puppy before Valencia's GP.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 27, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Here's an interesting take about Dave Weigel's firing:

http://www.mediaite.com/online/who-screwed-dave-weigel/

The hypothesis is that he was thrown under the bus because he was too fair to conservatives.

Weigel and McChrystal should form a Facebook group called 'Fired Because It Was Supposed To Be Off The Record.'

Lesson of the week: Nothing is ever totally off the record.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 27, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

While yesterday's World Cup matches were well played and good on merit, my guess is today's matches will be a bit more intense... on the field and particularly in the stands. England/Germany? A bit of history. Argentina/Mexico? Ditto. I hope to watch a lot of both, but I don't know if I will be able to. England recently has come up very tepid on offense in big spots. I'm hoping that changes. Rooney has been invisible so far. Look for a big game from him.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 27, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

'Morning everybody. I had the most wonderful piece of striped bass for dinner last night. All the better because it had been swimming in the ocean in the morning. Nice having a SIL who charter fishes!

Scotty, your enthusiasm for futbol almost makes me care about it too. ;-)

Humidity rising here, heading for the Cape for a while this morning. Hope everyone has a great day.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 27, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee, bacon & eggs, blackberries and RRGJ on the table.

Must run errands this morning, as more storms are expected this afternoon. Next week looks to be less stormy, thank goodness.

No Wimbledon today, as tournament observes its day off. Got a friend whose son will row in the Henley Royal Regatta this week, so I've been spending time on the regatta's website so I can support him with just the right turn of phrase.

Otherwise, it should be a quiet day at CasaJS. Hope everyone in boodleland stays dry and cool today.

Posted by: MsJS | June 27, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I was watching the CBC when Peter Mansbridge first announced the two deaths in Afganistan, he barely made it through, thought he was going to breakdown.

Morning all.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 27, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

If Germany wins today, I will be in Berlin during their next match. World Cup Fever will be unavoidable.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 27, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Germany - England scoreless through about 12 minutes, up and down both sides...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

For you fans of Chatwoman, Liz Kelly had a baby boy named Desmond.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 27, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

And here is an amazingly touching love story. They met during World War II, got back together in Baltimore after the war and have been with each other for 62 years before getting married last week:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2010/06/25/ST2010062502300.html?sid=ST2010062502300

Posted by: yellojkt | June 27, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Klose shoves a long, bouncing goal kick past Calamity James for a GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL!!!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Your Vintage Ladyship! Howdy-do to you! Hope you are well.

I've just finished two loads of laundry, all is fluffed, folded and put away. Alas, with the frantic week I've had and all the walking about at the nearby mall with my African friends, my back is complaining much louder than it ever has. I still have to go out, and I want to do it sooner, rather than later. Then, and only then, will I be able to take a load off the back for the rest of the day.

*counting the days to Medicare*

Lovely day to all.

Posted by: -ftb- | June 27, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Having played the game for years, I'm very glad my passion shows and is useful, VL *extra wavies* and sneaks. :-)

The ref played 12th defender for a moment and broke up an English push... *L*

Teams are fairly even to this point, only the English defensive lapse on that goal...

And Klose almost makes it two!!!!! Great save by James!!!

And offsides for the return English counterattack...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Yello! I am sososososo jellus! Germany are playing a perfect game right now, FYI. 2 up against the Brits.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 27, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Podolksi five-holes James for Germany's second, and Neuer makes a miracle hand save to keep England off the board!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

But England's on the board after a great header by Upson!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

We've got a game now, folks... England are royally peeved that Lampard's been denied a clear goal!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Everyone needs to turn on their telly now!!! This is some amazing football!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 27, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Podolski's goal was a marvelous finish after some sparkling German passing...

NukeSpawn was wondering why FIFA doesn't use instant replay. I told her it's because Sepp Blatter's an idiot.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm biased towards Germany, but I really have to say Lampard was royally jobbed, the ball came off the crossbar and was clearly a yard inside the goal...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I predict death threats or at least threats of unnatural and painstaking acts against the referee and linesmen if England lose this one.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 27, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Oh, but if the U.S. had a striker with half the quality of what we've seen this morning... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm sad to say I know exactly what these embassy folks are dealing with... *SIGHHHHH*

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/26/AR2010062604390.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

But why is Rooney is hanging around in midfield so much? He's been a damp squib thus far this world cup.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 27, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Well, he's got 45 minutes to dry out and do something, DNA_Girl...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Good for the embassy.
Folks fortunate enough to be educated in India and Pakistan know well what rags even our major newspapers often are. And admit it too. Just not to 'outsiders', so a light touch and a long view are the way to go.
Take a look at Times of India sometime. I guarantee head explosions within minutes.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 27, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Lampard klangs another one off the crossbar, but it bounces UP and away...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Is 'damp squib' available as a nom de boodle?

Posted by: MsJS | June 27, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Neuer breaks up a good England chance...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The two Escobars was touching.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 27, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

JUST outside the far post for Schweinsteiger!!! :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

soggy firecracker

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 27, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

3-1 Germany on a lovely breakaway and booming shot from Mueller!!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

That's teamwork.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 27, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Mueller AGAIN on a totally selfless cross from Oezil on a true breakaway!!! 4-1!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Germany looks crisper.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 27, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Darn near starched, teddy!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Hi Boodle!

Returned home from the beach last night and am enjoying backboodling/skimming. I see the character count thingy y'all have been talking about. Is this going to reset when I post again, or is there a boodle maximum?

Had a wonderful time with the sisters, cousins and kids. The great-niece was the star of the week. Glad to be home, though. Celebrated my 27th anniversary on Friday separately from Dr G, who remained home this week. (I think it may be the sign of a strong marriage when that doesn't really matter.)

Time to do some more backboodling...

Posted by: -TBG- | June 27, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Now Germany's just making runs in order to play keepaway...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Hi TBG!!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Neuer's not going to give anything away... Fingertip save!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The secret to advancing in this Cup is obvious...

Have someone named Boateng on your team!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

More goals (5) than yellow cards (2)! Yes!

L'Équipe says it's the first time England gives up 4 goals since a 2-4 against Uruguay in 1954.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 27, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

There should be enough Boatengs to go around when the next generation of Ghanaians grows up.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

England's given up, essentially... No real attempt to challenge Germany's posession in the England end.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

That IS a touching story, yellojkt!

:-)

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Two minutes' stoppage time??? From where???

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I expected an England loss, but this is utterly miserable.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 27, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Viva Mexico!! Why come Canada's not here?

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 27, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Wow, you could almost say Germany really rubbed it in by not bothering to take a shot there at the end. Quite the pasting Germany delivered there.

And now it's North America's last shot as Mexico takes on Argentina this afternoon.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Hi TBG!

I'm paying attention to the WC vicariously through der boodle today. The latest storms that just came through have taken out the cable, so no telly.

Might wander back to the pub for Gorgonzola-Mexico later. Assuming I don't get drenched in the process.

Thank you all for the great running commentary.

Posted by: MsJS | June 27, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The one and only time Canada made it to the final 32 was in 1986. 24 years ago. Most of the country's players being capable of playing only 6-8 months of the year doesn't help. Our elite team are generally from BC where they play 10-11 months of the year and where there is plenty of synthetic pitches.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 27, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah -- WC means World Cup, too. . . . .

Posted by: -ftb- | June 27, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

TBG's home!

Posted by: -dbG- | June 27, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Hello boodle! I am enjoying the WC boodling immensely. The mosquitoes progressed from pesky to voracious while I was away from Our Fair City, but I got the sunny perennial bed weeded before they drove me inside. Off to the garage now.

Later gators.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 27, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, TBG. You were missed, but I bet you enjoyed yourself.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 27, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"Oil spew". That was the subject under consideration, right? I think it's the only acceptable appellation. Everything else is a weak imitation. It combines brevity with a certain filthiness. It's just right.

Sorry. It took me a couple of days to settle firmly on this conclusion. But I'm pretty set now, barring strong contrary arguments.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. The new firewood I found seems to be sweetgum. What else is new?

Interesting lavish praise for author I'd not heard of:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/magazine/27mitchell-t.html?ref=magazine
Any Boodle reviews available?

After some time, I performed the experiment of dipping some fish into a mostly-mustard dip prior to breading, then frying them. I forget which Boodler clued me to this. Step up and take a bow, because OMG that is superb, delicious, etc. I'm not even hungry but my mouth is watering just remembering it. I will write up what I did on my site soon.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 27, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Oil spew it is, Bob.

Welcome home, TBG, hope you had a happy week! And happy anniversary to you and Dr. G. Will you *celebrate* tonight? (Mr. T and I had steaks on the grill for ours, it was the week before we took our big trip and I didn't see the point of going out for a fancy meal. Yup, story of a good marriage.)

VL, a red wig, I'd love to see the photos, I'll be you looked great! But it will be nice to have your own hair again, I'm sure.

Re rich versus poor, the other day I heard a statistic that made me pause. You are rich if your income is more than $3 a day. Most of humanity exists on less. I think all of us qualify.

I'm loving the WC coverage. It's good to know that we aren't on top of the whole world in everything.

Posted by: slyness | June 27, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

VL, I'll bet your own hair would look great red!

Posted by: -dbG- | June 27, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

VL, I bet you look mahvelous! I hope you feel the same way.

My sister has beautiful, bright white, swirly hair coming in now, mid-chemo. We kidded her at the beach about the great lengths she will go to not have to shave her legs.

She is doing well. Tired, but good. She looks great, but of course I saw her while she was spending a week at the beach with both of her kids, kids-in-law and her granddaughter (not to mention the rest of us) What could be better medicine?

Posted by: -TBG- | June 27, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back TBG!

The counter resets itself, thankfully, so there is no real problem with the new system.

Well, you probably all know *my* views on red hair.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 27, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

http://jumpersbloghouse.blogspot.com/2010/06/more-shocking-dip.html

Sometimes I hit it out of the park.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 27, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Welcome home TBG, glad to hear your sister is looking well and was surrounded by her family. Happy belated anniversary.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 27, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Jumper... that sounds delicious. It may be what's on my table tonight if I can talk anyone into going out into the heat to the store.

Posted by: -TBG- | June 27, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the nice welcome back, folks. I missed you, too.

Posted by: -TBG- | June 27, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Oof! Can't watch and breathe at the same time, let alone boodle.

Quick recap at halftime (Argentina 2-0 Mexico):
Messi, cute as ever.
Tevez, strong and wrong (offside!) heads in the first goal (more threats against linesmen and Septic Blather to come surely).
Osorio will cry to sleep tonight for that 'little' slip and
Higuain will thank the goddess of loose balls for putting that one in his way for a second goal. A third was close but Higuain lost his head.
Maradona is in ecstasy again.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 27, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Do you know, for all my alleged mastery of things culinary, that last night was the first time I've cooked salmon on a cedar plank? Now, I've eaten it that way before, but never actually done it myself. And I must say, I'm not much inclined to do anything else with any fish until grilling season ends (which it never does, chez Yoki). Delicious, perfectly cooked, slightly smoky, went perfectly with steamed green beans and a risotto milanese. And there risotto left over for aranchini!

I hope all of you in the grip of the heatwave are staying cool and taking it easy when you do need to go out. Horrid.

Welcome home, TBG! We all missed you. Glad you had such a happy time. And happy anniversary to both you and DrG.

Posted by: Yoki | June 27, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely killer shot from distance into the upper right corner by Teves to put Argentina up 3-0! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I get the impression it's been one looooooong anniversary for TBG & Dr. G. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Finest goal of the cup so far.
Man, wow...that was ferocious!

The Germany Argentina game is going to be like the final. Can't wait.

The Us is lucky it got eliminated by Ghana, they were not humiliated as they would be by one of these elite teams.

That goal was a cannon shot.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 27, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Mexico is almost begging to go down by 4, it seems... Total defensive confusion right in front of their own goal.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

And a balloon dashes onto midfield as a 12th Aregentine defender! :-)

Mexico just can't get the ball down below the crossbar, everything's high.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Someone threw some TP onto the pitch -- probably a Mexico fan trying to clean up this mess.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

OUTSTANDING last-minute save by an Argentine defender as the ball bounced over the keeper for an otherwise certain Mexico goal!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I saw that offered on a menu once. My dad asked about it, and then he said, "so... it's fish on a shingle?"
Glad to know the cedar does smoke the fish slightly. I was wondering about that.

I can see how the robust salmon would be simpatico with cedar smoke; not sure the cedar flavoring would work as well for other types of fish. Keep us posted, including any other seasonings you use with the cedar.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 27, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

But Hernandez gets Mexico on the board with great footwork in the top of the box and a sure strike to the near post!!!

Argentine keeper was rooted to the ground, though.

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, Argentina's not looking quite as sure-footed as Germany. Should be a very interesting quarterfinal matchup (barring a Mexican miracle).

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Messi truly is a wizard... Dribbles through three Mexicans and really challenges the keeper. *shaking my head*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 27, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Not everything about the G20 has been ugly, lovely photo of Michelle Obama and Joannie Rochette.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/brunch-with-the-g20-spouses/article1620543/

Happy anniversary to the G's.

Forgot to mention dmdspouses office were very excited to get a good look at Air Force one as their office is right by the airport.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 27, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine running around for 90+ minutes in this heat.Let alone doing anything physical.

Great commentary Scotty,who needs to watch on tv when we got your sports minded insight!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | June 27, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Huh. Tommy James Draggin' the Line
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skydln4BhDI

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 27, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Back from the pub where I watched most of Argentina-Mexico and the Cubs-White Sox finale. Great breeze through the outdoor patio kept it from getting too warm.

Glad the G-something summit is winding down and Trana can return to normal. Given that the US hosted one earlier this year, with any luck these canine & equine entertainment events won't be held in North America for a while.

Posted by: MsJS | June 27, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

dmd - They clean up right purty, don't they?

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorite summer songs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shwwvSsHz5w

with lyrics:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Gu-CyE-NQ

Posted by: seasea1 | June 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Jumper - I'm not sure that I've ever heard any knowledgeable critic try to make a case that "Draggin' the Line" is a great (or even particularly good) song. But I'll say that it pretty much always puts a silly smile on my face, and gets various parts of my body moving in a vaguely rhythmic fashion. And then there's my sad attempt to sing the lyrics... it ain't pretty.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

If you like, here is a pretty good video quality Messi highlight reel, playing for Barcelona, of course.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZnEm_kcbqs&feature=related

Posted by: shrink2 | June 27, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh, dear. Marty Ginsberg, husband of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, died today. That is so sad on so many levels. I had the pleasure of meeting him (and I've met her several times, before she got on SCOTUS and a few times after) a couple of times. He apparently had the talent of making tax law not only palatable but had a very amusing way of exercising that talent. He was a really funny guy. In their case, opposites most assuredly attracted.

Very sad for Ruth and the family. It's hard to lose the good ones, isn't it?

Posted by: -ftb- | June 27, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Jumper-Grandma Frostbitten wasn't much of a cook, but one thing she could do was fry bullheads (catfish) and walleye to die for. She always dredged her fillets in yellow mustard and a cornmeal mix.

tbg-sounds like you had a phenomenal time, the kind that can only be had with extended family. Happy anniversary!

I am so bored with the garage cleaning project already, and it is only about 1/3rd done. Done enough for now though-time to get cleaned up and make a latte for Miss Marple viewing on Masterpiece Mystery.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 27, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

ftb-rats.

For a good feeling for Mr. Ginsburg's sense of humor read his law firm bio here
http://www.ffhsj.com/index.cfm?pageID=42&itemID=271&more=1

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 27, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Those Ginsbergs are slippery folk. I had just discovered the poetry of Allen Ginsberg's father, Louis, when he up & died in the mid-1970's. Very inconsiderate, I thought.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Hope

"The British newspaper the Sunday Times reported that BP's drilling of relief wells, intended to plug its leaking deep-sea well, is going more quickly than expected and the company could stop the flow of oil in mid-July. That would be about two weeks earlier than BP's current public projection of early August."

Posted by: shrink2 | June 27, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

frosti - That Fried, Frank sketch is superb!!

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Frosti... thanks for linking to Mr. Ginsburg's bio. That is a hoot. Sounds like a wonderful guy. I'm sorry I'm just finding that out now.

We are in the completion stages of a long-term garage clean-out. After realizing we hadn't cleaned out the garage in about six years, Dr G offered to do so a garbage-can-full at a time. He has been filling our extra "big can" (provided by the trash service) every trash day.

It's taken a couple of months, but our garage looks GREAT; we can park both cars and walk around them and I (so far) don't miss anything he's thrown out.

(I just realized I started this tale with "we," which is pretty funny. Really... it's all Dr G's doing.)

Posted by: -TBG- | June 27, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

If you want to get even more cranky about the situation in Afghanistan, just read this:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704638504575318850772872776.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLETopStories

Posted by: steveboyington | June 27, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

"He withdrew from full-time practice when appointed the Beekman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and moved to Georgetown University in 1980 when his wife obtained a good job in Washington."

That bio is hilarious! A lawyer with a sly sense of humor, what a concept. He must have been a delightful person. My thoughts and prayers will be with Justice Ginsburg.

Posted by: slyness | June 27, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

We are trying to figure out how to serve turnips without cooking them, again and again (garden bonanza). On turnip cubes... Amontillado Sherry, tamari, a little rice vinegar, two or three drops of fish sauce, plus ground mixed pepper corns is great!

Posted by: shrink2 | June 27, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

My favorite bit was the comment that no tax lawyer had ever been voted a Good Guy before, or even a decent sort.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 27, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I bought some cedar planks on sale several weeks ago and they have been taunting me since. I closed the kitchen for the summer today. I doubt I will have a home cooked meal until August. I won't be in my own bed until July 16. At least I will have new walls to look at.

We spent the weekend boxing all our personal possessions so that the painter can do our upstairs while nobody is home.

My son called yesterday saying he was coming home for the 4th of July weekend with a girl. I told him sorry that we would be missing him while we were in Europe and that he may have to sleep on the fold-out sofas since the painter will have all the furniture out of his room.

Another entry on my Parent of the Year application.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 27, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Headline/header on front page says McChrystal was guilty of "...violating military chain of command."

Would one of you military types tell me if you see a violation of the chain of command? I don't see it.

He definitely messed up on the basic rule, which my husband said he learned 48 years ago, of keeping your mouth shut when around the press ---

Posted by: nellie4 | June 27, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Raw shredded turnip marinated in soy, ginger, garlic, rice wine and Japanese sesame oil

Sliced very thinly, served as a crudite

And cooked: Slice 1/2" thick, saute very slowly with soy and brown sugar. Works well for radishes, too.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 27, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

You're right, the article should have detailed that a bit more, Nellie. I do think that assessment is correct, but it's not thorough reporting.

Shrink, love turnip greens, never et a turnip root.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 27, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

dbG is absolutely right. Do anything with a turnip that you'd do with Daikon. Can't go wrong.

Way back during the 1980 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, I was Assistant Director of what we called the Commonwealth Carnival, the associated arts festival. We had a rock band from Australia, Sri Lankan dancers, Maori choirs, etc. etc.

One of the etceteras was a nose-flute troupe from Northern BC. One of their elders told me that when she was a girl, whenever a missionary or government-man came through her village, the women would feed him smoked salmon and turnip. "Why?" I asked. "Heh heh! Never met a white man who... liked a turnip," she replied, puffing on her bone pipe. I fell about laughing.

Posted by: Yoki | June 27, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

SCC: 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. I'm even older than I feel.

Posted by: Yoki | June 27, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, jeepers. I'd think you could shred almost anything and serve it marinated in soy, ginger, garlic, rice wine and Japanese sesame oil, and it should be tolerable.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm including old socks and yesterday's newspaper.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Howa bout your museum piece?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 27, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

'zackly, Bob-S.

I also like a rough mash of steamed turnips and carrots, throwing in more real unsalted butter, coarse fleur de sel and fresh ground pepper (maybe a wee grating of nutmeg) than is really conscionable in this era of eating for health. Excellent with roast fowl.

Posted by: Yoki | June 27, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I am not yet *quite* a museum piece.

Posted by: Yoki | June 27, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Notchu Yoki,
Bob knows.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 27, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

And I prefer to refer to it as my "seasoned article", thank you.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

That's what I call my cast-iron frying pan that I've been developing for 21 years.

Posted by: Yoki | June 27, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

nellie, howdy! You got it about right. Anybody is allowed to think whatever they want. The higher up the ladder they go, the less likely that they'll be able to spout outrageous thoughts without troublesome consequences. It's the way of things.

As Ted Turner, Sheila Johnson, Rupert Murdoch, and any number of other 'successful' businesspersons could tell you - This is true even when you OWN the damned company!

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I thought "violating the chain of command" would be going over the head of his immediate superior to ask a *favor*
of someone higher up the ladder.

I did not see that in the locker room jokes and language mentioned.

Posted by: nellie4 | June 27, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, potatoes, onions, cabbage, and corned beef are in the New England boil that i make a couple of times a year. i'm the only one that'll eat the turnip, parsnips, rutabaga and onion. the rest of the family is strictly meat and potatoes. we also have cast iron skillets passed down to us from my mil's. seasoned well, and suitable for home fries with bacon and onions. yum.

Posted by: -jack- | June 27, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear. Promise you don't show them my food comments, jack?

Posted by: Yoki | June 27, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

i couldn't even begin to craft what you do in your kitchen. cant buy things much more exotic than ginger root at our local market, and i don't bake. your recipes are safe. i do make some great meat balls from a recipe i learned from a fellow from philly, who learned it from his grandma, and some wicked pasta fasoul from via the same guy. my fried mushrooms are second to none, although i've never tried the sauce (equal parts mayo and prepared horseradish, with enough worcestershire sauce and tabasco to add colour), and an alfredo that is better than can be had at most restaurants. all without measuring. the tried and true dump and test method.

Posted by: -jack- | June 27, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

The master. I love the translation of the French for the ideal quality of classic scrambled eggs or omlette. Drool-like.

Posted by: Yoki | June 27, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Nellie, that's what I meant when I said you've got it right. There's no real "chain of command" violation here, not that there's a firm regulation against that anyway, in most circumstances. "Talking out of school", however, can be every bit as egregious a violation.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

And my other point was that there's nothing unique to the military, or the government, in this regard.

Posted by: Bob-S | June 27, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

i pull out the omlette pan on saturday mornings. my secret is cream cheese in the eggs.

Posted by: -jack- | June 27, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Um...

Posted by: Yoki | June 27, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Well the president is the Commander in Chief, and he's ultimately elected by the people.
An argument can be made that directly complaining to the American public via the media and skipping his superiors, is an egregious break in the military chain of command. Also, it's telling tales out of school.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 27, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

neese's sausage and a pound of bacon on the side, omlettes made to order. neese's is the only sausage fit to eat. made up on davidson st in the queen city for the better part of a century. the delivery trucks resemble the old good humor ice cream trucks. i miss the jingle bells on the latter. the ring would set the whole neighbourhood on the run.

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Goodness, Wilbrod.

I had a diner breakfast in the Queen City with TBG and SonofG that included the best grits I've ever eaten, bar none (but the coffee *sucked*). You know how I feel about good grits.

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Jack, I've never thought about cream cheese as meltable over eggs before, but I see there are a lot of omelet recipes out there using it. Hmm.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 28, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

which diner?

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

A happy Sunday night to all. Want to recommend a very amusing article in the 6/28 New Yorker: "Letter from Oslo, Only Mr. God Knows Why," by Anthony Lane. It's a subscription thing online, but it's so funny it might be worth picking up a copy. It's about the annual Eurovision pop contest, and the title comes from the lyrics of one of the horrible songs this year.

random quote:

... the bliss that was 1988, when Switzerland - in a beautiful gesture toward global, rather than merely European, harmony - took a song written by a Turk and gave it to a French-Canadian wearing an unusual combination of double-breasted white jacket and a matching puffball skirt. She looked like a naval officer trying to mate with a lampshade. She won by a single vote, and took her place among the immortals. Her name was Celine Dion.

end quote.

There was funnier stuff at the beginning, but I'm too tired to mine it for more quotes tonight.

Have a good week, all.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | June 28, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I dunno. I just hopped in TBG's van and was conveyed.

But I know it was barely across the street from one Jiffy? (Mr?) Lube and half-a-mile north of another one, both on the east side of the strip.

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

this was where i ate most of the time in grad school. the crowd on the opening day of deer season and trout season was unbelievable.

http://rockingham.va.golookon.com/listings/l_and_s_diner

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Anthony Lane also wrote, of the last World Cup, that French spectators were amazingly loud, given the difficulty of, paraphrased, juggling a cup of cafe-au-lait or vin ordinaire in one hand, a lit cigarette in the other, and a cellphone in the third. Hah!

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Is it still open? I will *so* eat breakfast there.

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

duh. a very silly question. *taking a mulligan*

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Joel's been to visit the relief well's progress.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/27/AR2010062703622.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 28, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I can't help myself - another quote:

To the inexpressible joy of the audience, a tribute band - not in the first flush of youth, and schooled, one suspects, in the rigorous schedules of the cruise liner - warmed us up with a medley of old Eurovision winners. And, to my consuming horror, I realized that I knew them all, even in cover versions. .... Sometimes, the human brain can be a dungeon.

end quote

Hi, Yoki!

Posted by: Wheezy11 | June 28, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Not silly! I should know, just don't.

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

yeah. and i'll bet that i still know some of the waitresses. i was known at the counter by my proper name.

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Hi Wheezy! A beautifully constructed comic sentence is worth its weight, isn't it?

I remember these from various sources:

You will do so at your peril.

She seemed like such a nice woman, so rich and friendly!

Shut up! she explained.

It was the brains on the boots, sir. I hear they spatter something chronic.

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, that's wonderful. I haven't had good grits (or polenta) yet so haven't acquired the taste. Tamales don't do it for me either.

It's a pity because I like corn, cornbread, corn chowder, and absolutely adore pudding corn. I can't figure it, really. I'll keep trying.

My guess is that hominy just doesn't taste right to me no matter how it's fixed... so far. I'll keep trying.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 28, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

i was looking for hard workin' john for selfish reasons, but this'll do. it always cracks me up, some 30 years running after being introduced to Bromberg by a roommate from lynbrook, LI.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN92uSUgoVM&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I love Good Morning Vietnam quotes and reading comic novels for that reason, Yoki.

Now I feel in the mood to try and cook a basic polenta tomorrow. Maybe cornbread instead; either should go with the ham and navy bean soup.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 28, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

That may be a matter of personal taste, Wilbrod. I love anything grits, anything cornmeal.

I cook both grits and polenta very very frequently.

Cornmeal may be your eggplant, which I just don't like. That is odd, because I eat the equivalent of well-prepared roadkill, most anything. Eggplant may be the single solitary foodstuff that I just don't get.

I forgive myself that. Since I'll eat and find merit in most anything else (except still-wriggling snake).

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

the running joke on this side of the border is that one of the steak house chains serves kangaroo meat.


this always brings a tear to my eye for some unknown reason. jerry jeff walker met the guy one night in jail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpQdTRVMzCs

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

grits and spam. spam, spam, grits, and spam...

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Daresay those who don't like hominy won't ever like grits, although it was grits that taught me to like hominy. I made a good batch of grits the other day; used about 30% more water than the instructions called for, and an extra 20 minutes.

Okay TBG or SoG, which restaurant was it?

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 28, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

LOL for realz

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, you're forgiven. I love eggplant, but it's actually not much more superior than many vegetables.

Its chief virtue is that it just smokes, does well in acidic dishes and soaks up fat very well without being excessively starchy.
I know a very nice smoked eggplant recipe that renders it into vegan caviar-- lots of carmelized onions, turmeric, tomato and chili base. Doesn't taste like eggplant. I just put it on direct flame for around 20 minutes, turning until the skin burns off and it's at least half to three-quarter cooked. I take the skin off, and it's smoked through, no wood needed.

I have no idea how it'd taste if I used, say, zucchini or summer squash instead. I think the smoking (and deskinning?) process would be a bit different there. It at least would be one way to use up a LOT of zucchini and squash very quickly.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 28, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

funniest joke in the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gpjk_MaCGM&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

That is exactly what I do with steel-cut oats, Jumper (one of my favourite breakfasts with fresh berries and a dollop of homemade yogurt).

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Well, I think most anything marinated and cooked in turmeric, tomato, chili, ginger, garlic, onion and cardamom and then cooked at high heat over charcoal would be great. I include unwashed socks and old newspapers.

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

you might think twice about my unwashed socks. the thing on our hs soccer squad was to see how long one could go on one pair of socks. keep in mind that soccer is a fall sport in syracuse. rude.

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Did they have three sides?

I'm gone to bed, dear Boodle. Love love goodnight.

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

finally, two rules for italian cooking: basil, never oregano, and romano, never parmesan. this is the sicilian way.

Posted by: -jack- | June 28, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Huh! As though Sicilians are Italian....

Posted by: Yoki | June 28, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

I used to think that Europeans had the best recipe for rutabaga/swede/yellow turnip; feed cows with them and eat the cow. Now I can have them roasted, pureed with carrots or boiled in a good couscous. But pumkin/potiron is still king in the couscous, turnips and zucchinis are in the supporting cast.

There is a lull in the downpour I should wake up the sleeping beast and get out but I'll have another coffee yet. It's so wet and green it looks positively tropical outside.
Harpo made the point once again that holding the G8/G20 in large cities is a stupid idea. What a mess the casseurs have made. I don't feel I got value out of this 1 billion summit.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 28, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all! Where is the dawn patrol??????????

Thanks slyness and all, I only have one photo of me in the red one and others are also in the picture, so will not put it up to protect the innocent. Will bring said red to a porching hour, if we have one any time soon. TBG, plain old fatigue was the worst part for me, a week at the beach for your sister is a very healing thing, especially when surrounded by loving family.

Ninety-two year old Senator Byrd has died. He fought long and hard for WVA; what more could they ask for? Shame he was a member of that unmentionable organization early on in his life, a stain which did not wash out.......

Posted by: VintageLady | June 28, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Make that Continental Europeans, Scandinavians obviously eat swedes. It's probably one of the few veggies one can grow up there...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 28, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Joel has been flying in helicopters, a regular dawn patroller he is. But maybe a bit of a dangereous assignment, I think.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/27/AR2010062703622.html?hpid=topnews

This is such a good article, even tho it is such a wretched subject. Imagine, fried chicken on Sunday, something to look forward to while doing the dirty work.

Posted by: VintageLady | June 28, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

I cook eggplant, squash and onions (in bacon drippings), okra and green tomatoes the tastiest way, shreik...fried....not very often, but fried okra, rolled in corn meal and cooked in a black iron skillet is deeevine!.

I vaguely remember turnips and rutabagas as something my mother like to cook, but the smell sent me running from the kitchen. Same with collards and cabbage. No exhaust fans back in the day.

Posted by: VintageLady | June 28, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

R.I.P., Sen. Byrd.

Yet another funky online headline:

"Kagan starts hearings as elusive GOP attacks"

with the contradictory tease:

"Republicans have struggled to find a compelling line of attack to take against the Supreme Court nominee. But their efforts have largely failed."

So the GOP isn't elusive (who knew?) and the attacks aren't even elusive, they're just weak. Great headline. *SIGHHHHHHHHHHH*


*fighting-a-headache-on-the-last-day-before-a-week-off-of-course Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 28, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

A busy morning, all.

Haven't read Joel's new piece yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

Y'all are making me hungry -- and a little reminsicent of the food I grew up with.

Sicilans aren't Italian?
Hmmm. Are Alaskans or Hawiians American? Texans?
Are folks in Quebec Canadian?

Seems to me that most countries today are composed of what were formerly nations, states and other smaller governmental entities that have been brought (or forced) together under a single higher-level government for a variety of purposes.

Including the sharing of recipies...

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 28, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

'Morning everybody. Joel's article is riveting. I felt like I was right there with him. Glad to know so many are working so hard to fix the darn thing.

Off to the dentist and then home to find a cool spot to hang until this weather breaks tonight.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 28, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all, and happy Monday. Hi Cassandra!

We're still hot here, but the forecasters are teasing us with the hope of cooler weather later in the week. There was so much humidity yesterday afternoon that it condensed and rained a bit. Nice, but not long enough or nearly enough water on the ground.

I see that Senator Byrd was elected to the Senate nine times. Wow, he served over half a century. Yes, VL, an indelible stain. I am glad we are beyond accepting those attitudes.

Big deal is being made around here over the black Republican who beat Strom Thurmond's son in the primary last week. Maybe there is hope for us, yet.

Off to read Joel's latest. I am so ready for this disaster to be over.

Posted by: slyness | June 28, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

New Kit!

As expected, a tour of the DH.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 28, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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