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Fenty vs. Gray: How I voted

Late yesterday afternoon, I strolled to the playground to cast my vote at the little field house where I've been voting for nearly two decades. Voting is a privilege and an honor and a civic duty. I believe in voting. I'm not the kind of journalist who thinks it's an ethical transgression to take a side or hold an opinion. This year we had a major decision to make, as citizens -- whether to keep the young, dynamic, often arrogant Mayor Adrian Fenty, or replace him with the older, more conciliatory Vincent Gray. This promised to be a close race and I wanted to make sure my vote counted.

Weirdly, however, the volunteer at the folding table in the field house could not find my name on the voter roll. Surely there must be a mistake, I thought. The name can be hard to spell. Or can a voter registration lapse? Do you have to renew it, like a driver's license?

Then, like a giant palm smashing against my forehead the obvious truth hit me: Primary election. Not a member of a party. On principle would never join one. But that meant I couldn't vote. I left the field house in shame. I, alone, did not have the "I voted!" sticker. I couldn't even get a "I tried to vote!" sticker, or a "They wouldn't let me vote!" sticker.

There are jurisdictions that have open primaries that allow independents to participate. D.C. is not one of them. Should it be? Maybe. Although I'm not sure it would have made a difference for Fenty. Long story posted on our site about what Fenty did wrong. The campaign consultants said he made the fatal mistake of not paying attention to campaign consultants.

It's a shocking outcome, really. Fenty didn't have to win any new votes. As an incumbent with a war chest, he just had to keep intact the same coalition of voters that elected him four years ago. This was a flat-out rejection. Too many people decided they didn't like his style.

Could he still run as an independent in the general election? Wouldn't make much difference. People tend to be loyal to political parties, and there just aren't very many independents in the District of Columbia from which Fenty could rally support. This is a one-party town in which the Democratic primary is the decisive election.

In this town, only an idiot would be an independent.

By Joel Achenbach  | September 15, 2010; 7:31 AM ET
 
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Well, you answered your own question, Joel. Are you going to register for a party?

My daughters, who suffer with a Democratic mother and a rabid Republican father, are both unaffiliated. But they vote. Elderdottir doesn't confide, but Geekdottir is Democratic all the way. She should break down and affiliate.

Posted by: slyness | September 15, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't quite Mudged by this Kit, but I'll re-post just the same:

Somehow I'm getting the impression the Founding Fathers foresaw the occasional rise of rabid know-nothings when they included the Senate as a counterbalance to the House.

*many-things-cropping-up-all-at-once-but-what-else-is-new Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 15, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all. Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

I am always baffled by the 'party registration' thing. Here in Ill-In-Oy we just register as a citizen and vote.

Is the party registration process new in DC? If not, how did you manage to vote as an indie in prior primaries, Mr. A?

Posted by: MsJS | September 15, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Close primaries a fairly common around the country. Knowing the past foibles of DC elections, they may not have even checked Joel the last time he tried to vote in a primary. And Joel, when might that have been? H-m-m? Been faithfully voting in DC primaries all along? Maybe there's another story there.

Posted by: ebtnut | September 15, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Closed primaries, of course. They are one of the reasons for the recent tea party victories - they only have to convince members of their own party, not the general electorate.

Posted by: ebtnut | September 15, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

My wife didn't vote, either-- she's also an independent, and in Maryland it's the same as in DC: no tickee, no laundee. By and large I am unsympathetic: I don't agree with "open" primaries. Why should a person who is NOT a member of X political party help decide who the X Party candidate would/could/should be? Open primaries also allow the opportunity for a great deal of mischief, as when a bunch of people from outside the X Party decide to help swing the primary toward someone.

Both Joel and my wife have chosen not to join a political party, and that's fine. But neither one has any "right" to decide anything at all about who that party's candidates ought to be. I mean,e an independent, why not assert that you have a right to vote in BOTH primaries? If you can help decide who the Dem candidate is going to be, why can't you also decide who the GOP candidate is going to be? Some people might respond that you are only allowed to vote "once." But how is that "once"? Voting for someone in each of the two party primaries isn't voting "twice"; it is voting once in each primary.

As the man once said, ya pays yer money and yer takes yer cherse. But ya don't pay yer money, ya don't get to choose.

Yes, too many people didn't like Fenty's style. Personally, I think a lot of it was due to a gazillion Post and other media stories saying over and over again that too many people don't like Fenty's style. At what point does it all become self-fulfilling? (And at what point do a zillion stories about the power of the Tea Party become self-fulfilling? How many times can you predict a possible "stunning upset" before the stunning upset becomes true?) (At which point, is it really a stunning upset? One can hurt one's brain figuring this stuff out.)

Howie Kurtz this morning notes that the "conventional wisdom" of the pundits is that the Tea Party wins are gladdening the hearts of Democrats everywhere. And then he asks, but what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? Indeed, what if? But couldn't Howie also be asking, what if the conventional wisdom is correct?

Because sometimes, yanno, it is. That's how it comes to be conventional wisdom. Not by having a perfect track record, but merely a pretty good one.

As a long-time student of Russian and Soviet history, I love a good purge, when the party apparatus decides it has had enough and takes all the radicals out back and starts shooting them willy-nilly. Metaphorically speaking, I think O'Donnell and Angle and Paladino have the same political life expectancy of a Strelnikov. If you're a grassroots GOP party functionary, a county chairman, say, why should you yield all your own power, treasury and turf to a bunch of wild-eyed revolutionaries? Simple answer: you sit on your hands and let them self-destruct. Then, on Nov. 3rd, you still have a job, and they don't.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 15, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I realize I'm getting into state's rights (or district rights) here, but why aren't voting rules uniform across the country? Either allow unenrolled voters to choose a party in a primary election or don't, but to have it different from state to state seems silly to me. I enjoy being able to opt for one or the other ballot in primaries. Altho' I admit that it's usually the Democratic ballot that I prefer.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 15, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Delaware also has closed primaries, and there is an actual rhyme and reason to the practice. And even though we've now entered into the general election season, there's still plenty of time for some stuff to go up in smoke, other stuff to rise from the ashes. Should be interesting to see how the NRSC and RCCC spend their money in the next month.

On another note...Once I watched a futuristic sci-fi spaghetti western made (I think) in Japan and subtitled into French while listening to Gaelic music (I'm not making this up) and after a while, it sort of melded together and made sense. Yet from RNM's comments, I get nothing. Not even mildly amused. I'm think RNM either needs to back away from the peyote or bring enough for the whole class to share.

Have a happy day all.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 15, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I haven't been paying a whole lot of attention to the Fenty/Gray race as I reside in the Old Dominion. I have read, though, that a lot of the resentment against Fenty is linked to Rhee, the Schools Chancellor. And I kinda like Rhee.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 15, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Washington state has gone to a weird primary election system. You don't have to register as belonging to a particular party - you get to vote in the primary for whomever you want - the top 2 vote-getters go on to the general election. So in theory, 2 Dems or 2 Repubs could wind up running against each other in the general election. I don't like it at all. The old-fashioned, register by party, vote for someone in that party in the primary, makes more sense to me.
http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/primary_faq.aspx

Posted by: seasea1 | September 15, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

In IL, you don't need to register w/ a party but to vote in a primary you have to declare which party's ballot you would like to in order to vote. I don't like declaring. My county would prefer to only print one ballot-(R).

Posted by: susan60126 | September 15, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

front page alert, y'all.

Posted by: MsJS | September 15, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Howdy. Joel, thanks for your kind words about voting - it is indeed a civic obligation and privilege. I have no sympathy with people who are eligible to vote, but either fail to register or simply don't bother to exercise their right to vote. They have no right to complain about any aspect of government, including bad roads, utilities or emergency services.

I have some sympathy for people who try to vote but can't. However, you have to know your system. Oklahoma has closed primaries, only two political parties, and apparently it is so fiendishly difficult to get a third party on the ballot here that Republicans and Democrats will always be the choices. Here, races are often decided either outright or for all practical purposes in the primary. If you don't vote then you don't have a voice.

I understand why Joel, with a professional stake in impartiality, would not register for a party. Hereabouts most "independent" voters don't have that excuse. I know a fair number of people - particularly young people - who proudly proclaim their doctrinal independence by refusing to ally themselves with either party. They seem to feel their political decisions would be tainted. I tell them that here, if you aren't a registered R or D, you're wasting your time and mine by even talking about politics. Work to change the primary rules and get a third party on the ballot, by all means, but in the meantime do what you must to participate in the political system - register so you can vote in the elections which decide races.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 15, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I know one Republican person who switched parties just in time to be able to vote for Obama in the primaries, and after that he switched back. And there are rumours that on other occasions in other districts Republicans did the same only to cast their votes for the candidates who seemed least likely to succeed in the general vote.

Posted by: gmbka | September 15, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

NH has open primaries. We have lots of moderate candidates. Just saying.

Posted by: baldinho | September 15, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I don't mind declaring, because I don't necessarily feel strongly either way, and I'm not the fund-raising, go out there and stump for a candidate type. My views tend to be a blend of elements represented by both parties.

I would rather have a say in my mayor, council members or governor. Living in MD, that usually means you have to be Democrat so you can vote in the primary.

In other news, our house settlement is tomorrow! Whoo hoo! Finally. :D

Posted by: MoftheMountain | September 15, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

After reading comments from Mudge and Ivansmom, I may reconsider my 'unenrolled' status. I never gave it much thought before, just liked the freedom of choice. Hmm...

Posted by: badsneakers | September 15, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Much is being made of the Delaware primary and O'Donnell's victory. She won 53% of the vote. Sounds good until you realize that only 57,000 Republicans voted. In the 2008 general election she ran against Biden, 400,000 votes were cast, and she got walloped 65-35. Now the National Republican Senate Campaign Committee says they don't plan to fund her because presumably they feel it's not worth it. Closed primaries by their nature skew toward the most energized and ideological voters.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 15, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I gave my reasons for not voting in the last thread. Basically no teapartiers in Merlin to vote against.

In DC and other one party areas, the primary is the election.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 15, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Having come out very strongly in favor of closed primaries, I am also strongly in favor of loosening up procedures for third parties, write-ins, etc., to make it as easy as possible to circumvent the part. One possibility would be just to allow a third category in each primary election, so Dems would vote only in the Dem part, GOPS would only vote in the GOP side, and all the independents and third-partiers, green parties, tea parties, Nadetrites, Marxist/Leninist Running Dog Counter Revolutionary Revanichist-Fabians, etc., would do their thing in the Independent primary block. And whoever the top vote-getter turned out to be in that block, that person would be on the November ballot as well as the two majors.

I just don't want Dems tinkering and distorting the GOP selection, and I don't want the GOP tinkering with who the Dem candidate is going to be. If you don't want to join that particular party, fine. But then, keep your mitts off of its decision-making; it isn't yours to play with.

In other words, get off my lawn.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 15, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Getting back to the specific race in which Joel attempted to vote: everything that I've seen about this race has been coverage on matters such as communications style, inclusiveness, etc. Very little has addressed the actual substance of Fenty's policies -- most especially, his appointment of, and loyal support for, Michelle Rhee as schools chancellor. Similarly, I've heard a lot of distaste for her, personally, but hardly any substantive argument that there are better policy options than the ones she has pursued.

Are Vincent Gray's policies any different? Any better? Is Fenty being dumped because a hatchet-man was needed, but now the hatchet-work is done?

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 15, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

In MN we print one primary ballot and there are usually lots of non-partisan offices that need to be winnowed down to 2 or 3 candidates. You can vote for any party in the partisan part of the ballot, but once you choose one you have to stick with it. We also allow same day voter registration (as does ND where I cast my first ballot way back when).

Having this system seems to strengthen the Independence, Green and Republican parties. The Independence Party candidate could actually take the governor's race, not just act as a spoiler.

For the Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Party, which I proudly served as a delegate to the state convention, it just makes a mess. At the state convention we "party activists" endorse someone who can't win the primary, in the primary we nominate someone who so pissed off the base at the convention he/she has to work hard to win them over plus a majority of the independents. But, the independents have viable choices that aren't nuts now that Gov. Ventura is living in Mexico.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 15, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rich 'n Spend Nomore,

Daveo............, et all,

There is something taking root alwright that doesn't resemble what most would call good sense, and look at the damage done to OUR Democratic-Republic with the sun-spots. Maybe WE can make use of the respite to let cooler heads prevail and some of the wild roots wither or at least not spread further.

See, when y'all write and presumeably speak about WE the people, and those who resonate with OUR sensitivities, in a more or less crude and pejorative tone, y'all become, by default those and you people.

["He (Obama) was famously a political rock star. That metaphor may have been overused, but it was exactly on point. There was always an irrational exhuberance among those folks who packed his rallies. Remember, he routinely could draw 25,000 people to an event in 2007 and 2008. Or 50,000. Or 75,000. He was a phenomenon. And he had them at 'Hello'."]

Isn't that his, and y'all's problem now? He could have come out and said "hello, my name is Sue, how do you do", and he still would be President, precisely because he rode the wave created for him by the now imbedded handlers and the whole ABMSNBDNCNNBS (aka Chitcago News Networks). Now WE see you people spinning in the wind trying to find that groove that can cover him and you from the glaring light of reality that shows: phenomenons do not necessarily have (no matter what y'all change the meaning of hope into) the what-do-you-call-it, GRAVITAS, to govern and administrate, especially in difficult times. Beyond that, the president's men have no regret, none!, for using this interesting time for their own and own friend's purely self-centered political and financial purposes. WE all (50-85%) are beginning to see how this slide into despotism must stop NOW.

Dear Diary,

No more comments on policy and politics, even tho' this is a policitical, current events BLOG (not Face-Blog). From now on WE will take action in the community of constituents and limit interaction on the devolving virtual club-house sites.

Have a nice day all

Posted by: RichNomore | September 15, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Tim: Fenty's apparent arrogance over the past four years in part got him in trouble. There was telling commentary on WTOP the other day about the yawning divide in voting along racial lines. In the polling, something like 67% of white voters supported Fenty, while something like 70% of voters of color supported Gray. I think part of it does have to do with the schools issue - Rhee has pretty much run rough-shod over the DC school system "establishment", to the great distaste of the teacher's union. Yes, the school system has shown good progress, but the methods have not been as sensitive as they might have been. I think the perception has been that Gray is more conciliatory to the unions.

Posted by: ebtnut | September 15, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused. You say you've been voting at that same field house for twenty years but you've never registered with a party. What have you been voting for all these years?

Posted by: Heather3 | September 15, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"the president's men have no regret, none!, for using this interesting time for their own and own friend's purely self-centered political and financial purposes"

An interesting allegation of serious criminal activity. Evidence, please?

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 15, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

RNM - Good-bye, and good luck.

Posted by: ebtnut | September 15, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Heather - I think that Joel is implying that he hasn't voted in a primary before. DC primaries require party affiliation, but the general election does not.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 15, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I suppose there is a source of confusion that can be cleared up right away by a little logic: Joel said he has been voting at the same field house for 20 years. He did not say he had been voting in primary elections. Presumably, he had been voting in general elections, which are not closed by party.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 15, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

My friend the inappropriately named badsneakers [she's always been goodsneakers in my book] asks, "but why aren't voting rules uniform across the country?"

The answer is basically set up in Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution, which states: "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Place of Chusing Senators."

Then comes Section 1 of Article 2, which sets up the electoral college: "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors..." blah blah blah. (The Congress gets to decide the time of "chusing" the electoral balloting, but they don't get to decide who the electors are. And "chusing" is one of three major typos in the Constitution, not counting some other capitalization and alternative spelling issues of no consequence, i.e., defence, controul and labour.)

That's basically it: the Constitution says the states get to make the rules, not the feds. There is a good deal of subsequent fine-tuning in the 10th, 14th, 15, 17th, 24th and 26th amendments having to do with age, gender, poll tax, race, senators being elected by popular viote, etc. Buit it all comes back to Section 4 of Article 1 and Section 1 of Article 2.

So that's why there's not national consistency. I suppose there was once an outside chance they might have gotten some uniform agreement back when there was only 13 or 15 states, but now that there's 50 I don't see any way in hell you can get at least 38 of them to agree on a nationwide standard, much less one that takes control OUT of the hands of the states. Ain't gonna happen. Whther it "should" or not is a wholly irrelevant issue, given the impossibility of "should" ever being implemented. Might as well debate why the sky is blue.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 15, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, I really liked your 9:32 post. Very well put, indeed. I had figured in 2009 that the republican party might suffer a double dip. If they get back into control of the House, and we get to see them do what they say they will do (nothing has to do with running the country "for the People"), we could see a whopping defeat of those same Republicans in 2011.

As November nears and the Republicans continue to duck and cover, there may be a switch back to sanity, anyway.

Joel, I hope that you weren't so upset that you didn't stop to shoot some hoops before you went home. It was such a nice day.

Posted by: russianthistle | September 15, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse


Not necessarily criminal. The bailout of GM could be taken as a political payoff to union supporters. Likewise the federal government taking on the teacher payrolls from states as part of the stimulus. Other than that, the office of president comes with considerable political patronage opportunities, which all occupants of the office enjoy.

Just because one side of the political divide characterizes actions in the most unfavorable light does not make it criminal but depending on your POV, it can be taken as unseemly.

Posted by: edbyronadams | September 15, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh, RNM, you had me at "sun spots."

I confess I didn't get much further, however. That was enough.

*wipes tear from eye, waves hanky at departing figure riding off into sun-spotless sunset*

*decides not to run after him to explain this is largely a "humor" blog, not especially a "political blog," as RNM and others commonly misapprehend*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 15, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the application of logic to text. What will we do next?

I say we take Mudge's question. Why is the sky blue? I expect ScienceTim to chime in with an actual sciencey explanation. However, that leaves plenty of scope for poetic, religious and folklore references, and possibly even references to branches of science other than astronomy or physics.

Myself, I blame Obama.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 15, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong (gonna do this without Wiki) but I think the parties are all set up as nonprofit corporations in each state. I think the national systems are constructed by the 50 states' registered corporations electing them. So too each state decides its own rules.

I did find this to bolster my vague beliefs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_National_Committee

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 15, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The biggest problem I have with primaries is that so few people vote in them. If a larger percentage of the population were to actually show up and vote, then cross-party voting and other shenanigans would become much less of a concern.

Alas, we don't live in such a world, which is why gimmicks like closed primaries have value. That said, I am intrigued by the "Top 2" primary system. Ideally, I can see it fostering a more robust discussion of the issues and more intelligent choices.

Further, if this system were in place in DC then the choice in the general election would be between Gray and Fenty, and folks like Joel could take part without having to declare party allegiance.

Of course, I can see the downside of this system as well. In a "Top 2" system the two finalists would frequently be of the majority party. This means that the minority party would not have the opportunity to express their views and positions in the public forum that the traditional system mandates. I can see one side or the other quickly creating a stranglehold on the conversation, and this isn't good.

I mean, in a "Top 2" primary state dominated by Republicans, I can envision a situation in which there are many robust debates about how much taxes should be cut, but nary a word about possible alternative strategies.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 15, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I will eschew explanations of the blueness of the sky for several reasons:
(1) I don't recall how to work out the theory of Rayleigh-scattering.
(2) This format is typographically limited, anyway -- not good for mathematics.
(3) There are significant inadequacies in the theoretical predictions of Rayleigh theory -- it is largely notional, rather than exact.
(4) Nobody really cares all that much. At least, not here.

However, I can offer a few general observations:
(1) It is definitively NOT because it is reflecting blue light from the ocean (nor vice-versa). Simple observational experiments can show this, without recourse to pesky mathematics.
(2) The sky is blue from the outside, too. That is, Earth is bluer than any other body in the solar system. Look for some forthcoming publications on this subject...
(3) I can assure you that it is not because a seagull painted the sky blue with paint mixed from sunlight and ocean water and painted with his wing feathers, regardless of what you might have heard, even though the blue color makes it easy to distinguish from green leaves and reddish-brown soil.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 15, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"Boy, the way Glen Miller played. Songs that made the Hit Parade. Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days! Didn't need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight Gee, our old LaSalle (a car) ran great. Those were the days! And you knew where you were then! Girls were girls and men were men. Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again. People seemed to be content. Fifty dollars paid the rent. Freaks were in a circus tent. Those were the days! Take a little Sunday spin, go to watch the Dodgers win. Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin (five dollar bill). Hair was short and skirts were long. Kate Smith really sold a song. I don't know just what went wrong! Those Were the Days!"


Posted by: baldinho | September 15, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it annoys me that election rules are consistent throughout the state. I think that each precinct should be able to make its own rules. I mean, what do those stuck-up old farts in Richmond know about how we roll in my neighborhood?

The general consensus here is that we want to open the polls right about bar-closing time in the early A.M. on election day, and have things wrapped up by about 6:00 A.M. when we'll all head over to to the Dew Drop Inn for bloody marys & breakfast.

Posted by: bobsewell | September 15, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Political parties are 527 organizations, and in some jurisdictions, have played significant roles in setting standards for new parties to get onto a ballot. Short answer...most jursidictions haven't made it easy. Until one of the lesser parties has comparable $/membership, coalition-building among lesser parties would be necessary (and not likely) in order to meet the requirements for getting on a ballot, and if you then tack on the problem of the cost of elections (paid by jurisdictions) it's a bigger problem than it looks.

RNM, you're really out there all alone hanging onto a balloon that's not been properly tied off, careening through space at warp speed, aren't ya? I gotta ask...is it still the 80s at your house? Plenty of recreational pharmaceuticals laying around here and there? While we can debate whether Obama won because of open primaries, the internet, disenfranchised voters, even Oprah, he didn't win riding a wave created by the media. But regardless, have fun flying through space.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 15, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather go out and watch the Giants win

Posted by: bh72 | September 15, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I got nuthin'. We're in the middle of a municipal election campaign, but there are no parties at this level (provincial and federal, yes). Mayor and alderpersons are unaffiliated.

Posted by: Yoki | September 15, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Neato pic: blue sky, crescent moon, flock of birds, storm clouds and Venus.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap100915.html

Toodles from the boodles, RNM.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | September 15, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Farewell, Edwin Newman.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 15, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Remember how you felt when the smarmy cowardly lawyer got eaten by the T-Rex in "Jurassic Park"?

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/conservatives-trash-karl-rove-after-he-insists.php?ref=fpa

Posted by: kguy1 | September 15, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Soooooooo laughing at your 12:57, Tim. A+.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 15, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Awwwww, not Ed. :-((((((((((((

One of my favorite non-anchorpeople. RIP indeed. *SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 15, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives trashing Karl Rove????!!!

Hey, that's MY job, dammit!!!!!!!

Freaking damn people gotta stick there noses in everywhere, won't let a guy have any fun. Next thing ya know, they'll be trash-talking Glenn Beck and questioning Sarah Palin's credentials as a hot-librarian-type moose- skinner.

And then what are we gonna do?

IS NOTHING SACRED TO THESE PEOPLE?????

I blame Obama, entirely. This is EXACTLY what Kenyan anti-colonialism gets you. Newt nailed it.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 15, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Did I say something funny?

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 15, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon has a subtle sense of humour!

:-)

Posted by: bobsewell | September 15, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Same here, I got nuttin'. We pick our candidates and party chief by ways of backroom deals, shady delegate naming methods and the occasional backstabbing.

One provincial party tried a phone-in vote by all party members in good standing. The votes were almost equally spread between the 3 or four candidates. The winner won by two votes. Unfortunately a local Jon Stewart-like TV presenter had registered as a member of this party under the name of "Omar Bongo", the long-time dictator and very much dead president of Gabon. "Omar" had cast his vote for the phone-in vote winner and so much hilarity ensued.

This elected chief eventually resigned and moved in our street. He would be a better neighbour if he would let his grass grow a bit and let a few weeds thrive here and there. He makes his slovenly neighbours look bad. Nice guy but he is a little a-retentive.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | September 15, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Oooops, wait a minute. Jeez. Tim, I swear I thought your 12:57 referred to RNM's departure, I swear I did.

Yes, definitely, RIP Edwin Newman.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 15, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Zis is praktikally perfekt!

http://videosift.com/video/Colbert-channels-Dr-Strangelove-for-mosque-solution

Posted by: kguy1 | September 15, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

SciTim, I do believe your 12:57 was the perfect sendoff for Edwin Newman, per this quote in his obit:

"[A civil tongue] is direct, specific, concrete, vigorous, colorful, subtle and imaginative when it should be, and as lucid and eloquent as we are able to make it. It is something to revel in and enjoy."

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 15, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I think this needs to be carved on the base of the Washington monument: "Especially given his comments on Fox News tonight, until this is resolved, it seems impossible to trust Rove as an objective analyst," Riehl wrote.

An objective analyst? What kind of antifreeze have these people been drinking?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 15, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Scottynuke, I think that quotation from "A Civil Tongue" effectively reinforces Mudge's interpretation that my 12:57 was a subtly snarky sendoff to RichNoMore. I embrace that interpretation. Sure, that's what I meant; I'm just that good.

Regarding your 1:45, curmudgeon: from personal experience and secret knowledge, I can guarantee you that it's not the antifreeze but the treatment for the antifreeze that makes them act that way. Unless they have been drinking a lot of anti-freeze, in which case they would be much more placid. Tranquil. Serene. Dead. After the agonizing death from sudden kidney failure, of course.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 15, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Aw, geez! Not Edwin Newman!

*shedding a tear*

He was so wonderful -- I remember when he stopped the interview on the Today Show in midstream to call out the stupid shenanigans of some old comedian fart who was about 150 years old (can't remember the name but would recognize it) who was making absurd and defamatory statements about a Democrat who was running for office. Edwin Newman put up his hand and told the guy he was done. Went to commercial. Now, do you *think* the 2010 Today Show would ever do that now? Not so long as they invite Coulter, Gingrich and Rove to come pontificate.

Those were, indeed, the days ......

Posted by: ftb3 | September 15, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

George Jessel! That was the old fart comedian sent packing by Edwin Newman.

*thankful the brain comes around when needed*

Posted by: ftb3 | September 15, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

http://www.epa.gov/region4/water/oceans/burial.htm

I can understand that there are rules for everything, even burial at sea, but making it a subhead under "Ocean Dumping" seems a little cold to me.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 15, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey, y'all.

From kguy's burial at sea link ---
"Flowers and wreaths consisting of materials that are readily decomposable in the marine environment may be placed at the burial site."

Yeah, I just hate those plastic funeral wreaths that wash ashore while I'm enjoying a relaxing day at the beach.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 15, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, talitha, the wreaths are the least of it.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/09/14/1825232/mans-sea-burial-goes-awry.html

Posted by: kguy1 | September 15, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Finally completed something that I started today... a peach.

Posted by: russianthistle | September 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Why does the image of McCall hauling Gus's body back to Texas (Lonesome Dove) come to mind? They actually drove to Lauderdale with his body, stopping overnight in Daytona? Mercy!

Posted by: talitha1 | September 15, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

To: Burial At Sea Coordinator
US EPA Region 2
290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007-1866

From: Thomas Hagen, Attorney-at-Law
Representing a special client who wishes to remain anonymous

Dear EPA B-a-S Coordinator:

This letter is to inform you that within the past 30 days, there has apparently been a burial at sea, and in accordance with the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuary Act of 1972 as specified in 40 CFR 229.1. you are hereby notified of said hypothetical event, which, you know, maybe it happened, maybe it didn’t, I don’t know. But I think so. See, I wasn’t present, myself, when the heretoafore mention burial allegedly did or did not take place. So, you know, you guys figure it out, know what I mean? I’m only just doing my duty and reporting it what I think maybe happened.

Attached hereto is a copy of the reporting form, which youse guys said maybe somebody should fill out.

Sincerely,

Thomas Hagen, Attorney, and like that
Cc: Don Vito Corleone
Michael Corleone
Mrs. Brasi
All the little Brasis.

Attachment


NAME OF DECEASED: Brasi, Luca

DATE OF BURIAL/SCATTER: We dunno exactly. Dey said it was the other day. Coulda been, ya know?

TYPES OF REMAINS: Cremated ( ) Non-Cremated ( X most likely )

LOCATION OF BURIAL/SCATTER
Latitude: Unknown. But probably, like, not too far away

Longitude: Likewise

Distance from shore: I dunno. Like I says, I wasn’t there. How far out wiould you go?

Depth of water: What do I look like, Jacques Freaking Cocteau?
VESSEL NAME: The Staten Island Ferry. Jeez, how do I know the name?

VESSEL POINT OF CONTACT He probably went down head first, over the rail. So, yeah, the point of contact was probably the railing. That or the deck.

Name: I just told ya. Railing.

Phone:No, I don’t think they phoned anybody. We got notification from the newspaper, in a manner of speaking.

PORT OF DEPARTURE: They might have grabbed him in front of his house, they didn’t say.

FOR NON-CREMATED REMAINS
Did the remains appear to rapidly sink to the ocean floor?
Yes ( ) No ( ) Which pieces?

DIRECTOR OR PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR BURIAL ARRANGEMENTS

Name: We don’t know. I mean, we know it was dat rat b@st@rd the Turk, Sollozzo. And we’re pretty sure Cuneo, maybe Paulie Gatto, and them pimps the Tataglias had a hand in it. But who went out on da boat we don’t know. Why? Is that part important or something? It was Sollozzo and the Tataglias, capice?

Phone: Hey, look it up in the White Pages. What do I look like, Lily Tomlin?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 15, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Paulie? Won't see him no more.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 15, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

*snort* ... one ringy-dingy

Posted by: talitha1 | September 15, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

After the ceremony they went fishing in honour of a fine chum.

Posted by: Boomslang | September 15, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Ouch, Boomslang.

*great groaning pun you got there*

Posted by: ftb3 | September 15, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

You people Wright sure are a hoot and a half. When you can't cry, you got to laugh.

Posted by: RichNomore | September 15, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Wright? Wleft? Wover? Wunder? Wback? Wfront? What?

Posted by: GomerGross | September 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Not Wright, You People.

Posted by: RichNomore | September 15, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Now that Karl has been Officially Snubbed, Dems can quit worrying about him. cough

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Don't be fooled, Jumper. Some fool always comes along in the sequel and pulls the stake out of his heart and the whole magilla starts all over again.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

SCC: megillah OY VAY my bad!

Posted by: kguy1 | September 15, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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

Hey, friends. Just popping to say hello, and update on the doctor's appointment. I'm now in possession of a back brace. It aint pretty, folks.

JA, I feel your pain on the voting issue. It happened to me one time because I failed to notify the board of my change of address, and they wouldn't allow me to vote. I told the woman that smile when she told me this, you won't ever say that to me again.

Gotta run folks, time for Bible study. Yesterday was good. The kids came, and a young woman that lost her job. She's going back to school. I just thank God this morning, and want to give all of you a great big hug. Thanks again.

Love to all!

Posted by: cmyth4u | September 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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

Hey, friends. Just popping to say hello, and update on the doctor's appointment. I'm now in possession of a back brace. It aint pretty, folks.

JA, I feel your pain on the voting issue. It happened to me one time because I failed to notify the board of my change of address, and they wouldn't allow me to vote. I told the woman that smile when she told me this, you won't ever say that to me again.

Gotta run folks, time for Bible study. Yesterday was good. The kids came, and a young woman that lost her job. She's going back to school. I just thank God this morning, and want to give all of you a great big hug. Thanks again.

Love to all!

Posted by: cmyth4u | September 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Which also explains Big Pussy being food for the tunas instead of the other way around.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I hope the back brace helps, Cassandra. It doesn't have to be pretty, yanno, so long as it works.

Posted by: ftb3 | September 15, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

From Miss Manners today:
_____

Dear Miss Manners:
Tea gatherings are becoming more popular, and I would like to plan a tea party. I have attended only one and would like to learn how to host a very nice experience.

reply:
Please promise Miss Manners that you are talking about an amiable afternoon social gathering and not about a contentious political movement. .....

from the comment board:
Darn. I was hoping Miss Manners would give us advice on what refreshments were acceptable for hosting a contentious political tea party. Knuckle sandwich, anyone? If someone falls into the harbor, do you pretend not to notice? Should rude signs be left outside on the porch, or piled on the host's bed? Do you correct grammatical errors on said signs? Is it considered boorish to flaunt your expensive weapons in public?

Posted by: talitha1 | September 15, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

If Palin, Bachmann and O'Donnell shot a video singing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" I would be more inclined to support them.

They'd have some sense of humor then.

Posted by: baldinho | September 15, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Here's the way to get the economy gong. Get all the billionaires to run for office.
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100915/NEWS/100919708/1350?Title=Meg-Whitman-breaks-U-S-campaign-spending-records

Posted by: bh72 | September 15, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

bh72: I agree. Don't make me run my concept for changing our electoral system again. The plan was just put congress up for bid. If the bidders cover the deficit, they can just buy the seats.

Think of all the saved time and effort.

Posted by: baldinho | September 15, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Humm, spell check didn't flag gong. Gong Show?
going

Posted by: bh72 | September 15, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mudge, thanks for the Constitutional schooling. I knew it had to do with state's rights but it was good to have a fuller explanation, one that I was too lazy (and in a rush to work) to look into. Gotta love the Boodle (and you!). Loved your playlet.


My SIL has done at least one burial (cremains) at sea. I am considering having that done for myself (also cremains), especially if he could do it, you know - keeping it in the family. We have a good relationship so I don't think he'd be in a hurry to perform that service ;-)


On my way to yoga class. I'm going to be sore afterwards after taking the summer off.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 15, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Did I ever tell the boodle that my husband has the dubious honor of having won the Gong Show in 1977. He played the William Tell Overture on the fife ... with his cockatiel, Pippin, perched on his shoulder. I've seen the video (hilarious) and the engraved trophy, a 12" working brass gong. *roll eyes*

Posted by: talitha1 | September 15, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Anyone understand Meg Whitman? I see a headline that she is the most prolific spender in the history of self-funded candidates.

She has popup ads that run on the web site of WMUR-TV, Channel 9 out of Manchester, NH.

Why?

Would that type of campaign-by-shotgun blast seem to indicate a staunch fiscal conservative?

Posted by: baldinho | September 15, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

baldinho, I don't think many of us Californians understand Meg Whitman. Except that she has lots and lots of money.

Posted by: nellie4 | September 15, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Baldinho, you must have heard my husband the other day, who, when pressed for more money by a fund raiser from one Democratic committee or another, told the poor guy that it would be best to sell all the seats of Congress to the highest bidders who then would pick a person. This, he said, would not be that much different from what we have now and spare everybody a lot of aggravation. I see a new party developing ...

Posted by: gmbka | September 15, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

gmbka: a couple weeks back I spelled out a tongue-in-cheek method to balance the budget forever using that method. It was foolproof, since it was self-correcting.

If Congress had to pay the entire deficit to hold onto their seats, wouldn't they be more apt to keep things balanced? If the rich just passed tax breaks for themselves, they'd have to make up the difference to get reelected.

Posted by: baldinho | September 15, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope downtown Leesburg has its hatches battened... Two Boodlers on the loose over that way. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 15, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is just going through a part of human nature. Inside each party is a struggle between good and evil that cannot possibly be resolved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m520ZI5qCyc

Posted by: baldinho | September 15, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and a quick Boodle poll:

Which song has the better long-form intro, "Bat Out of Hell" or "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding?"

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 15, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Scotty. Two great tunes there! I'd go with "Funeral" for the intro alone, but I've always considered "Bat Out of Hell" to be the definitive late 20th century (read: cynical) love song.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 15, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

1 vote for Funeral.

Mudge, very, very funny. If you ever write a book, I want a copy!

Posted by: -dbG- | September 15, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I've gotta go with 'Funeral.../Love lies Bleeding', Snuke. But, you know, I'm a girl and all. Why the poll?

Posted by: talitha1 | September 15, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Facts are simple and facts are straight
Facts are lazy and facts are late
Facts all come with points of view
Facts don't do what I want them to
Facts just twist the truth around
Facts are living turned inside out
Facts are getting the best of them
Facts are nothing on the face of things
Facts don't stain the furniture
Facts go out and slam the door
Facts are written all over your face
Facts continue to change their shape

I'm still waiting...I'm still waiting...I'm still waiting...
I'm still waiting...I'm still waiting...I'm still waiting...
I'm still waiting...I'm still waiting...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY-5WGfOtoc

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 15, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Weird. Tonight on the local public television channel they are running a show on the Aztecs.

Did you know that when things got tough, their solution was gather some people and have human sacrifices to appease the gods and make things better?

Who does that remind me of?

Posted by: baldinho | September 15, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

"Intro/Sweet Jane" from Lou Reed's Rock 'n' Roll Animal. But that's not an option. Or "Intro and Outro" from the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. But that's also not an option.

I'll also go with "Funeral."

Posted by: -pj- | September 15, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I am of course an idiot. "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is the song I meant as the Great Late-20th-century Love Song. But I did have the correct intro in mind, and it's superb. "Bat Out of Hell" is an extraordinary album.

I had a buddy working the overnight shift at a small Atlanta radio station in the 1970's who once got so caught up in "Funeral for a Friend" that after the song ended there was over a minute of dead air (I happened to be awake and listening at the time, so I can vouch for this. That's a LOT of dead air), and then, "Wow... Great song... Next up..."

I'd be rather surprised if herbal supplements weren't involved, but he assured me that no one else was in the studio distracting him. Heck, I'm not sure anyone else was in the building. They were a very lean operation.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 15, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Another for Funeral.

Enjoyed everyone's comments today, I do not have anything to add though.

I have a cold, feel awful - got sent home early from work because I looked terrible and only had 3 functioning brain cells.

Then get home to discover that younger child who is struggling at school had to repeat her french "title page" three times as it was not up to the teachers' standards, she even mention it was not at grade level - to my daughter who is well aware she is below grade level, and is in tutoring to get help and will be getting further testing. I was so mad I was spitting nails, her father helped with version two - also rejected. dmdspouse will call tomorrow as he is afraid I what I might say to the teacher. Neatness is important I get that - but I have strong feelings on being critical of children's artwork, particularly when that is an area where she has diffculty.

Thank you for letting me vent.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 15, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to figure out the Tea Party and this election cycle in general.

Gotta start at square one. I'll reread Lord of the Flies.

Posted by: baldinho | September 15, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

dmd, vent away! I can empathize. One of my son's art teachers once told me that he had too many ideas of his own in art class. Well, doh. Hang in there.

BobS, your dj friend was taking what we at KOTO (also a very lean station in its early days) called a backporch break during a long cut. And herbal supplements were assuredly involved.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 15, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

This is good news:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/15/AR2010091505999.html?hpid=topnews
I love Elizabeth Warren...first saw her on the Jon Stewart show.

Posted by: seasea1 | September 15, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, in my college station the herbal supplements/glaucoma test pilot activities were usually consumed in studio. The cops would never show up there. The long cuts were used for bathroom breaks or make-out breaks with one's girlfriend.

Posted by: -pj- | September 15, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

dmd, you have every reason to vent. I feel angry just reading what happened with your daughter. What is wrong with some teachers anyway? Hope both you and she feel better soon.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 15, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

talitha - You're right, except when I called him, he swore he was sitting right there at the panel when the song ended. He was just grooving on it so much that it apparently wasn't finished inside his head!

Fortunately it wasn't the sort of thing that he did often, and it wasn't the sort of station where an occasional slip-up of that sort was considered catastrophic. I think they considered it part of their charm. I certainly did.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 15, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I mean that he didn't leave a lot of dead air. He most assuredly kept himself herbally-supplemented on a regular basis. Gotta get your nutrients, ya know?

Posted by: Bob-S | September 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

The thing that was really telling about long cuts was when the record started to skip and the dj didn't pot the sound down because he wasn't there. Bob's right that a minute of dead air is a really long time. As the break goes on, time seems to move almost exponentially.

Posted by: -pj- | September 15, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Jumper! Back in college I once used those Talking Heads lyrics as either a foreword (introduction? overture?) or postlude (backward? coda?) for a philosophy paper. I can't tell you which class because I did almost an entire degree's worth of philosophy in a single year (Ethics 1 and a graduate seminar in Ethics at the same time). It all melded together and turned my mind to mush. This turned out to be excellent preparation for law school.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 15, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I can only remember one time that I had a record skip on air when I wasn't sitting right at the board. I was searching the stacks, but the phone lit up. The audience was generally more than tolerant. I do recall that during one daylight show a construction crew rang up and asked me to play something that "we can hammer nails to" ... I had lapsed into a slow groove.

pj, the make-out breaks were always a possibility, dead air or not.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 15, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

"pot the sound down"! An apt slip there, pj.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 15, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Pots & sliders, baby. Man, we're old!

Posted by: Bob-S | September 15, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Leesburg is safe. The patio bar has been successfully shut down.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 15, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

g'night, boodle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGXVyDsOV2w

Posted by: talitha1 | September 15, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I can't quite explain the mental & internet paths that got me here (obviously, 1970's music was the jumping-off point) but now I'm loving my "Black Betty".

First, credit to the master, Lead Belly. [Yes, dammit, that's supposed to be two words!] Mr. Ledbetter was one of those folks who showed us the way to many things.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYrK464nIeY

Then, a vision of silly long-haired 1970's lads playing around with it, possibly in my back yard:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMLnDuzgkjo

Posted by: Bob-S | September 15, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

the introduction that runs into sweet jane gets my top vote; funeral takes #2; never listened to meat loaf enough to care; the introduction to the all bros revival (idlewild south?) is pretty good, picking up #3.

#1:

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

Posted by: -jack- | September 15, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

#3:

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

Posted by: -jack- | September 16, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

I guess my vote would have to go to Funeral even though I love Love by the Dashboard.

Posted by: Yoki | September 16, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm pointlessly introducing unrelated and trivial stuff, but I get a kick out of these graphic representations of musical scores:

"Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipzR9bhei_o&feature=fvw

And much more importantly, if you don't already know Odetta, make sure you dig up some of her stuff. YouTube it, if nothing else. I started to provide a couple of links, and realized that I'd be at it all night. If you appreciate gospel, soul, and/or the blues, give her a shot. And even if you don't care much for the aforementioned musical styles, consider the possibility that Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Janis Joplin might have known what they wuz talking about when they claimed her as a huge influence.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 16, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Bob! Now I can introduce this for no reason except that I like it (as I do Bach's organ works. Check out E. Power Biggs from the 50s on the big organ -- I think I posted a link about a year ago).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv--YFBd5H8

Posted by: Yoki | September 16, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

jacque, tres vrai~
sweet jane made me smile.

thanks, and goodnight indeed
to you and to dear Yoki.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 16, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

OMG, I post and BobS has evoked Odetta!
Be still my heart.

Now I'LL be up all night spinning tunes on the tubes. 8-)

Posted by: talitha1 | September 16, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Anybody's who's interested can find plenty of Odetta performances on the 'net, so I'll continue to refrain from posting links. But here's a Tavis Smiley interview: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200801/20080125_odetta.html

I'm getting to be a geezer, but I likes me some Weezer!

Posted by: Bob-S | September 16, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Geezer? Geezer?! Weezer just released its latest album (OK, so I'm a geezer, I should call it a "CD" even though it is really just an iTunes file) yesterday.

Posted by: Yoki | September 16, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Albums never die.
They just go to that great cardboard beerbox
in the storage room.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 16, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. Mine are in plastic milk cartons under the stairs, slowly melting.

Posted by: Yoki | September 16, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Good night, darlin' Boodle. I'm practising what the psychologists call "sleep hygiene." In bed by midnight, lights-off by 1:00 am, the alarm goes off at 5:30 am and vertical I become! No naps during the day.

3 hours' sleep in every 24 is better than none.

Excellent! Really, wonderful.

Posted by: Yoki | September 16, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm practicing what is called the "all-nighter", so my colleagues will have grist for their mill when they arise tomorrow morning.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 16, 2010 3:22 AM | Report abuse

ScienceTim! I'm used to the all-nighter. At first it was work, and then it became ease.

Posted by: Yoki | September 16, 2010 3:47 AM | Report abuse

for the moondancers
and those who keep watch until
late becomes early


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVAnlke_xUY&p=6B8F35B65D5B899D&playnext=1&index=2

Posted by: talitha1 | September 16, 2010 4:13 AM | Report abuse

fireflies are gone
backyards in another world
sparkle at night still

Posted by: DNA_Girl | September 16, 2010 5:07 AM | Report abuse

8~)

Posted by: talitha1 | September 16, 2010 5:12 AM | Report abuse

I posed the question because I'd heard "Funeral" earlier in the day, and had just heard "Bat." Seemed like a good either/or proposition, even though I really have trouble choosing... :-)

Glad to hear all's well that ended well, yello.

*off-to-Dawn-Patrol-yet-again Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

true love

Posted by: Yoki | September 16, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

I have a very humorous anecdote about my son, a girl, and 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' that really isn't fit for a permanent internet forum. Let's just say I have some new mental associations with that song.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 16, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

I have an anecdote about myself, a girl (okay, really a woman, and now also a professor), and a multi-channel analyzer, that also is not suitable for a permanent internet forum.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 16, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

No kissing and telling.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 16, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. The g-girl and I are getting ready for school this morning between takes of Spongebob or some other cartoon character.

ftb3, I hope the back brace helps too. We I said it aint pretty, I meant it look like a girdle one wears on the outside, and with my body physique(for lack of a better word), it just makes for a good laugh. Sometimes you just have to laugh to keep from crying. So far it does bring some relief, and that the thing I'm going for. She still wants me to do water exercises, and she's talking surgery for the both hands. Hum, hum, I don't know about that.


A busy day ahead, so let me get started. I do hope your day is everything you want it to be, and more. And lots of love to all.

Kbert, got your box, thanks a bunch.

Slyness, that weather person is talking 90 degree weather everyday this week. It was so hot yesterday. I want to complain, but will not. Hope you are well, and the family.

Posted by: cmyth4u | September 16, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. The g-girl and I are getting ready for school this morning between takes of Spongebob or some other cartoon character.

ftb3, I hope the back brace helps too. We I said it aint pretty, I meant it look like a girdle one wears on the outside, and with my body physique(for lack of a better word), it just makes for a good laugh. Sometimes you just have to laugh to keep from crying. So far it does bring some relief, and that the thing I'm going for. She still wants me to do water exercises, and she's talking surgery for the both hands. Hum, hum, I don't know about that.


A busy day ahead, so let me get started. I do hope your day is everything you want it to be, and more. And lots of love to all.

Kbert, got your box, thanks a bunch.

Slyness, that weather person is talking 90 degree weather everyday this week. It was so hot yesterday. I want to complain, but will not. Hope you are well, and the family.

Posted by: cmyth4u | September 16, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all!!

Joel, as you know, Virginia has open primaries, and as you know, voter turnout is still pretty low. Much has been made about fear of crossover voters tilting the returns in Virginia, but from a local level, I haven't seen that happen.

The only primary in my recent memory which was front and center everywhere was Hilary and Barack. We were in France for just about three weeks at the time and everybody wanted to talk about US Elections. The only problem was....the newspapers played up the Democratic primary and pretty much excluded John McCain, the Republican candidate. It was my experience that many of the french that I talked to thought Hilary and Barack were the only candidates running for the Presidency and that after the election one of the two would be our president. As it turned out, that was true.

I haven't been around for a while, but must say this boodle has been hilarous, just caught up, good to read each and every one of you. Husband and I have been celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, which fell on Scotty's birthday. :-)

Posted by: VintageLady | September 16, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

After some pondering, I have to suspect that was TMI.

I have finished my night's work, and now I am off to bed.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 16, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

VL, you have wonderful taste in anniversaries!!! *L*

Cassandra! *HUGSSSS*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

And shocker of shockers, Limburger has trouble telling fact from fiction:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/us/16judge.html

*L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Tomorrow is the wife and I's 5-year anniversary.

I am spending this morning awaiting the arrival of her mom to watch the boy. The boy and I have been watching a group of 6-8 Northern Flickers poking around for ants in the front yard.

Pretty nice.

Congrats VintageLady!

The crossover voting in NH doesn't really change much, either, I suspect. The three folks I am related to that crossed over didn't vote for anyone that actually won in the GOP races.

Posted by: baldinho | September 16, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Everyone.

This was the first morning of full darkness around the Vast Padouk Estate. The wee dog doesn't much care for it. Nope. Can't say that she does.

Not that I blame her. Both she and I have a streak of paranoia. For her it is potential puppy-eating monsters hiding in the dark. For me it is the phalanx of teenagers who congregate at the bus stop across from my house. They watch me each day as I get into my car.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 16, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

*Tim, I had to look up multi-channel analyzer, and found a pulse sorter. You were that tangled up you couldn't figure out which one was yours? God love ya, but don't answer.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 16, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

A few years back I had suspicious looking teenagers hanging around pre-dawn. I was justified in my paranoia as they carjacked a neighbor taking his daughter to school.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 16, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

good morning, y'all.

Freshly baked muffins, hot coffee and chilled OJ on the table.

Be well today.

Posted by: MsJS | September 16, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the breakfast, MsJS, it was great.

Cassandra, I can imagine the brace. But as long as it works, who cares? Dunno about you, but I'm looking forward to days where the high isn't 90 or better. Mr. T said yesterday that last winter was just a figment of our imaginations. Cold winter, hot summer...rain would be good.

Happy anniversary to VL and spouse! 50 years is a marvelous achievement.

Posted by: slyness | September 16, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

A belated happy anniversary to VL. That is quite an accomplishment.

I could almost turn on the heat here this morning, if I wasn't too stubborn. But I am putting the 'real' blanket on the bed today because, altho' stubborn, I'm not a masochist.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 16, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Paradise By The Pulse Sorter Light

Posted by: yellojkt | September 16, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't that be Quick Bursts of Paradise by the Pulse Sorter Light?

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

...by the Pulse Sorter Beep?

Posted by: LostInThought | September 16, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Happy Anniversary VL. In eleven months I will be half way there. Inconceivable!

Posted by: yellojkt | September 16, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Happy Anniversary, VL.

Slyness, the cool mornings have been a God send. We do need water, it's getting dangerous.

RD, I was standing in the hallway of the local high school when the bell rang for classes to change, and they came out like horses. I hugged the wall so tight I thought I was going to go through those bricks. Scary! And I mean a lot of kids, and they don't stop for anything, humans, plant life, or small animals.

Posted by: cmyth4u | September 16, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

They'd probably stop for Paradise by the Dashboard Light... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Huge congrats to Her Vintage Ladyship and His Vintage Lordship on 50 magnificent years of marriage. May the next 50 years be just as wunnerful!

Posted by: ftb3 | September 16, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

"And now I'm prayin' for the end of time,
to hurry up and arrive..."

Posted by: kguy1 | September 16, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I've found a new Boodle best-seller:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/books/16book.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Baldinho, there goes the dream of a new party. We are firm believers in the theories of Mr. Keynes, therefore we are not that much bothered by the deficit. But congratulations to the 5th anniversary and have a very nice celebration.

Posted by: gmbka | September 16, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Happy belated anniversary to Vintage Lady, and happy early anniversary to baldinho.

RD, you need not worry. Those teenagers are admiring the Vast Padouk Estate, envying your fine Padouk Commuting Vehicle, and aspiring to follow in your footsteps at what I'm sure they sense is a vital and exciting career. Their keen scrutiny is explained by their desire to model your every move.

That's what all the Boy's friends think of me. I'm sure of it.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 16, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to you all.

Slyness, it is very dry here, too.


One more thought about primaries (actually party registration). I would never join a political party, and I'll tell you why....the solicitation for donations is never ending, once you get on a list. It doesn't matter if you have already donated to a party, they ask for more, more, more. And.....those of you who have donated to candidates are not home free either. The donations are reported and then you are on somebody's list. Once in a great while I have liked a local candidate enough to donate a little bit, and then I know I'm going to be on somebody's solicitation list for at least five years. Either party, it doesn't matter.

Tim is pretty frisky, after all.

Posted by: VintageLady | September 16, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Happy fith to Baldinho, a very good year for you, as in new wine.

Posted by: VintageLady | September 16, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

*Tim, now I know why you have so many tools and whatnot in that vest of yours. Personally, I'm more of a hands-on kinda guy, but everyone has their own style. More power (tools) to ya.

yello, always glad to shut another bar down with ya, dude. Though I think we only get half points for that one - it was clearly time to go when our server took his shirt off.

I'm an MD "unaffiliated" (formerly known as "independent") voter in MD. I'm fine with not being invited to GOP, Dem, or any other parties' primaries, and I understood that going in. If I don't belong to a party, and in MD that means I don't participate in any party's processes or workings. I get my chance in Nov, right?
Different states have different laws, which can be taken advantage of (see GOP primary voting tactics and Clinton, Hillary, 2008), so the idea of closed primaries makes sense to me, even though I don't get to have all the fun of being a party guy.

Scottynuke, given your choices, I'd go with "Funeral," too, though there are a lot of great musincal intros out there of short, medium, and long form. Would suggest that Judas Priest's "Hellion" Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years" and Van Halen's "Eruption (as an intro to their cover of "You Really Got Me")" are ones I really dug as a much younger man. And so did the Jensen 6x9 triaxials in the back of my old Plymouth.

Jumper, I'll be Crosseyed and Painless all day today. Thanks for that.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | September 16, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

One more thing, and the boodle may have already discussed this, thoroughly, but the Air France ad, upper right, looks to me as if the Eiffel tower is sticking out of the girl's ear, or is flying into it...lame.

Posted by: VintageLady | September 16, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Scotty, I loved this line from the book review: "There is a handsomely illustrated Periodic Table of the Synthetic that includes such elements as Wo (Wite-out), G (Gummi), Jq (Je ne sais quoi), DD (Silicone) and Li (Listerine)."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

VL, there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of TV, newspaper, magazine and Internet ads that I simply don't understand. There are ads where I don't even know what the product or the company is. There are adds where I recognize the name of the company...but say to my wife, "What the hell was *that* ad all about?" And she just shakes her head. And then there are ads that aren't for products at all, just big institutions and corporations. I saw an ad for Boeing, like I'm gonna run out and buy a new tanker, 'cuz my old KC-10's ashtrays are full and it's time to trade her in. Saw and ad for Pratt & Whitney, 'cuz, yanno, I may need a new 20,000 horsepower turbine jet engine. I once saw an ad for "aluminum." That's all, just aluminum, and I thought, wow, I gotta get me some of that stuff.

I love the ads from Carnicval Cruise Lines, because, you know, whenever I want to go on a cruise I want to go rock-climbing up a wall. It's a little known fact that on the Titanic, only the rich people went rocking climbing, while the poor people in steerage were only allowed to play with a handful of pebbles. And god knows, I sure want to be crammed into a ship with 3,000 other people, many of them tweeners. It's like a Chuck E. Cheese with sea gulls. What fun!

And I can't tell you how grateful I am BP is running all those ads showing concerned people staring at...whatever, like the one right now on the home page. Because, you know, I am SUCH a fan of BP right about now. And the drop-down ads for the Economist, a British newspaper (magazine? I'm not sure) I want to read because of all those wonder features on how the Pound Sterling (Punt Sostynagh in Manx, BTW) is doing, what that backward capital L thing means, and recipes for English food, which is always highly regarded everywhere.

There's an ad at the top of this page right now for Northrop Grumman's global security...product. As it happens, my old global security hasn't been doing too well lately, and I've been thinking about getting a new one, maybe in plaid. Or the one with the high-definition display, so I can see the details of how the globe is doing in finer detail.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Amazing! The Sahalis are in the news again!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/15/AR2010091506393.html

Posted by: MsJS | September 16, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Bless you Ivansmom! I am inspired to achieve new levels of self-delusion.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Amazing! I still don't believe them, MsJS! Particularly with the lack of a definitive test for said condition... *RME*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

And one of the WaPo banners at the moment (for Early Lead) is: "Derek Jeter faked hit by a pitch.

I am not making this up.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, one way we taught the Boy about marketing and consumer culture was to always ask him, "What's that ad trying to sell you?" It is getting harder and harder to answer that question.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 16, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Here you go Mudge, the cruise experience without any of the drawbacks-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xqQ6OoYuF4&feature

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Posted by: kguy1 | September 16, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

At this point, I'd like to add the following statement.

If every single one of the "Tea Party" candidates wins this fall, the impact on the nation will be minor, if even noticeable.

If they all do things that embarrass their constituents, they will be voted out the next time they are up for reelection. That is how our system works.

The "Tea Party" candidates are not likely significantly different than existing office holders. Their more controversial positions are just magnified by an unquenchable thirst to be over-the-top in coverage of all things political nowadays.

Much ado about little.

Posted by: baldinho | September 16, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Snuke, whether the latest Sahali revelation is true or not is, for me, beside the point.

Chronic diseases have their challenges (trust me on this if you're blessed with vibrant health), but are not excuses for the choices we make regarding being generous or miserly, angry or trusting, loving or vindictive, and so on.

Posted by: MsJS | September 16, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I do indeed understand chronic disease issues and I agree with your "no excuse" point, MsJS. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@kguy: *note to self: make sure to firmly lock wheels when on a cruise*

*or in San Francisco*

Posted by: MsJS | September 16, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Brought in 50 mini soft pretzels today, anybody want a fax?

Last night, 1st night in 3 that I didn't see a skunk. But came back tothe house to discover a fresh spray 2 doors down. Some pears fell from the tree in the back last night and this morning Emma sniffed the area, hackles up, then peed on the area. Will fix the fence this weekend. Hope the vast padouk estate doesn't develop this problem.

Back to my delusion that I'll actually get some work done today.

Posted by: -dbG- | September 16, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

That Pacific Sun cruise video's amazing for how abruptly the goings-on started.

Here's a much friendlier view of waves. I ought to check this image for Photoshopping (the photographer likes images of people out in the sun, looking like photo-realistic water colors). Still, very nice. Presumably taken from the jetty, with the first house north of the State Park evident in the rear (indicating a serious telephoto lens).
http://www.flickr.com/photos/42342058@N05/4368378089/sizes/l/

Bumblebees were visiting the sennas (cassias) in the side yard early this morning. Glass lizard was out yesterday; a small snake fled under the cassias this morning.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 16, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Ivansmom -- in law school, my professor for administrative law (who was also an IP guy) told us a story about his very young son (who eventually went to that law school and is now married with a family, but I digress -- it was, indeed, that long ago).

His son had seen tv commercials for sneakers that, once you have them on your feet, you can jump into the air waaaaaaaay above the houses. So, father took son to the shoe store and got him a pair of those sneakers, and then said "Okay, kid. Jump!"

Good lesson all around, I'd say.

There are also subliminal messages being transmitted, especially about women. Look at commercials about cleaning articles or, say, paper towels. Often the women portrayed as touting the articles are very overbearing and not terribly attractive (albeit in the mind of the beholder) and control freaky. Why might that be, I wonder? Is the product not good enough otherwise to sell on its own?

Ah, well.

To MsJS -- or ... on a ski slope, eh?

Posted by: ftb3 | September 16, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@ftb: I wouldn't last 10 feet in the moguls.

At least the snow would provide a softer landing than the Lombard St. pavement.

Posted by: MsJS | September 16, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the cruise ship clip, kguy. Did I mention my wife and I are going to Bermuda in 2 weeks? No? Well, I'm not showing her that clip. She's already fixated on all the hurrican reports, and thinks we're going to run into four of them en route (two days).

(And yeah, I looked at a couple of the other cruise ship rolling clips, too. Thanks a lot. Reminds me of when Drake and I wiped out the Spanish Armada.) (Well, Drake and me and this series of hotrrible storms. You probably remember this was during what we called "the Little Ice gae," when some pretty rugged weather came at us down from Labrador. Ol' Don Medina lost 51 ships, yanno, with 10 more scuttled and a loss of about 20,000 of his 30,000 troops and sailors. And we laughed every time one of them sunk, too. I can't tell you exactly how often, but we got some really high smiles per galleon that year, I can tell you.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Hope yer cruise ship's got a very long anchor chain, 'Mudge... :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Little Ice Age, q.v.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Hope so, too, Scotty. Here's here Wiki entry, but it doesn't say anything about the length of the chain. Maybe I'll pack som extra, in case we need it.

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

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

baldinho said "If they all do things that embarrass their constituents, they will be voted out the next time they are up for reelection. That is how our system works."
How embarrassing must they be? I mean Michele Bachman is running for her, unbelievable, third term.

Headed to my post-op appt. this afternoon. Backed off the pain meds so I can drive myself and hope to get rid of the apparatus that has me looking like a walking science experiment. I'd like to give a shout out to all the unsung heroes of universal design who brought us the curb cuts, automatic doors, ramps etc. that make life better for everyone. We may not all be subject to illness or injury that hampers mobility, but whatever willing we will get old.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 16, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

FYI, this Ron Charles video "book review" is pretty funny.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/09/14/VI2010091403717.html?hpid=artslot

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The Veendam!! Brings back memories, Mudge. When I was just a youngun in the Coast Guard back in 75, I was a Marine Inspector in Miami, where she used to call.

Good Lawd, she was an old tub back then. Glad to see that they've slapped a new coat of paint on her. Never did think that she would survive in any kind of weather. Oh, the stories I could tell. Better not, though. Don't want to ruin your trip with silly old seastories.

Well, you an the Missus have a great time, ya hear? And, just in case you guys don't make it back (you know, a Posidon Adventure kinda wave or sumptin), could I have your old blue bottomed boat?

Again, have a great time, shipmate. And don't forget to sleep with your lifejacket on.

Posted by: Don_from_I-270 | September 16, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I have not seen any ads for the Economist, but it is a news magazine which covers the world, as opposed to our world and it is worth reading for that reason alone. It is rather conservative, but at least intelligently so.

Posted by: gmbka | September 16, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

This one was built in 1996, Don. Yes, you can have the HMS Teal Tushy if I deep six.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Ah come on Don, she may be a bad luck ship but she's a 1996-built tin can, barely broken-in yet she is. The Canadian navy doesn't have anything younger anyway.
Just remember to sleep in your asbestos jammies and PFD Mudge. Nothing worse than a fire at sea you know.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | September 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

But Baldinho, it may be much ado about little, but every little bit counts. Tea Party congressmen (should they win the generals) aren't likely to get good committee assignments, which means (among other things) their influence and ability to bring money/jobs home to their states will be hampered. They aren't likely to find the Hill a hospitable place with welcoming arms, (no senior TP officials to take them under their wings, show them the ropes and they've not embraced their national party). Their institutional memory is zilch. Their ability to direct legislation as a block will probably be non-existent, and something tells me they're not going to be able to hit the ground running when it comes to lobbyists. If the Democrats remain in control of the Hill, things will be even worse. The big question though will be seen come January, when the RNC appoints a (new?) leader....will that person be more palatable to TPers and bring them back into the fold before they get onto the back 40, or will the herd split into two once and for all?



Posted by: LostInThought | September 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Alas, baldinho, I have two names for you. One retired, one's still in Congress, neither lost in an election.

Ernest Istook. James Inhofe.

I rest my case.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 16, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Alas, baldinho, I have two names for you. One retired, one's still in Congress, neither lost in an election.

Ernest Istook. James Inhofe.

I rest my case.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 16, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Whoops. I see everything twice.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 16, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I have a Bacon number of 2 to Ernest Istook, squared. Both of my folks went to high school with him. I've never met him though.

Posted by: GomerGross | September 16, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge, I was thinking in terms of ensuring the Veendam (think anyone calls her "V" for short?) could catch her anchor on whatever's left of the island post-EYE-gor... :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

If you liked that first clip, Mudge, you'll love this one-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu8-D_YlUQc

This is the ending from "The Last Voyage" from 1960 with Robert Stack, Edmond O'Brien, and Woody Strode extracting Dorothy Malone from the wreckage as their cruise ship starts to sink. The sinking is quite good (starts at about the 7:30 mark). The producers got hold of a retired cruise ship on the way to the scrapyard and actually sank it in shallow water for the finale. The film is presented almost like a documentary, with a little narration and no dramatic music beyond that at the very end. I remember seeing this as a kid and being impressed by that departure from standard Hollywood thriller practice. Later I learned that the producers just didn't have enough money to afford music and made a virtue of necessity. Although Stack gets top billing, in some ways Strode is the hero of the piece, risking his life to help a total stranger.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 16, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

*SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH*

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/howard-kurtz/2010/09/white_house_rips_forbes_articl.html

*sadly shaking my head at the fringe-baiting*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

That was my thought, Scotty. Why bother to engage on that issue?

Posted by: bobsewell | September 16, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I know that clip well, kguy. Saw the movie when it first came out (in a drive-in) when I was in about 9th or 10th grade. Loved Dorothy Malone as the sexy bookstore clerk in The Big Sleep.

The ship they filmed was the old Ile de France, second most beautiful inter-war liner afte the ill-fated Normandie.

Woodie was great in Spartacus, too, and was in Liberty Valence and Pork Chop Hill, among others. Very remarkable guy, remarkable career, virtually forgotten nowadays. Was a teammate of Jackie Robinson on the UCLA *football* team, was great friend of director John Ford, became Ford's nurse/companion during the months before Ford's death, slept on Ford's floor at the foot of his bed. He was part Creek, part Blackfoot and part Cherokee, only one-fourth black, oddly enough.

Very unsung guy.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

kguy, when The Last Voyage played our local theater I went to a Saturday afternoon matinee with some girlfriends. We were only 9 and 10. That movie freaked me out so badly that I've never forgotten the gut terror of it. It played on TCM a couple of weeks ago and I had to turn it off.

That said, I love the ocean, sailing, cruising ... all of it.

Oh, and good afternoon to everyone! Fun boodle.

Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. VL on their 50th!
Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. baldinho on their 5th!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faqWafcTT6s&feature=related

Posted by: talitha1 | September 16, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Mudge, I *loved* Woody Strode.

{we of a certain age}

Posted by: ftb3 | September 16, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

RD, what they are looking for although they are the last to realize it, is the glint of approval in your eyes. Of course in yellojkt's case, that would not have been appropriate, and probably psychically impossible anyway. The nose often knows.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 16, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

You left out "The Professionals" with Woody and Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, and Robert Ryan. Strode was a pretty good actor, but mostly he was a tremendous physical presence and directors almost always used him without a shirt.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 16, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

This is definitely going on my list. BTW, the Mexican chicken 'n' dumplings at The Paupered Chef(masa dumplings!) are outasight.
http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/2010/09/chiles-en-nogada-recipe.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 16, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

It never stops:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/09/16/1696586/doctor-shot-at-johns-hopkins-hospital.html

Posted by: slyness | September 16, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Are Bachmann and Inhofe any different than Kucinich? They get sent back because THEIR voters like them more than the people they run against.

Sure, I wouldn't vote for any of the three, but I don't live in their districts. I don't get to choose.

Different strokes for different folks.

There are many examples (this year!) where "embarrassments", as defined locally, were voted or forced out. That is HEALTHY.

Posted by: baldinho | September 16, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

How do you do, OUR name is Sue!

Don't do bacon anymore, can't afford it, plus Asian-Swine Flu is due back this year of the Tigger.

WE had truth for lunch. What is truth ask (some of) ye'all? Could be what writers put into their words about that which they have real feelings, thoughts, and desire for. Maybe from memory, maybe from the present, maybe from imagination looking forward. The beauty of it is when it is shared with others the only downside is whom might be offended by this offering. Could be those who might be benefited by it, including the author.

Light enough? Yes? No?

The most pathetic human condition is feeling the need to pay lip service to even one's self.

Posted by: RichNomore | September 16, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Are Bachmann and Inhofe any different than Kucinich? Are you serious? Kucinich may not be your cup of tea (pun intended), but he doesn't make up his own facts, he doesn't incite insurrection, he's not insane. He's an intelligent, thoughtful man who, in my opinion, is doing what he feels is best for the citizens of this country, not the corporations. Please do not put him in the same category as those who use politics to further their own ends.

Posted by: lafred | September 16, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

There are on ads on WaPo? Not in my browser.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 16, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I had leftover ziti for lunch.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 16, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

A pair of tune cooties in honor of our own Edwin Neuman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-wJNpWgss8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bkXgxb66E

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Newman

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

*still thinking of Woody Strode without his shirt on*

Yep, still works for me ......

Posted by: ftb3 | September 16, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Ya'll got lunch? I'm missing out.

Posted by: cowhand214 | September 16, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Here you go-

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3476/3850969197_b1827cc67d_o.jpg

Woody Strode in a diaper.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 16, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Here you go-

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3476/3850969197_b1827cc67d_o.jpg

Woody Strode in a diaper.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 16, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Corned beef on whole wheat and some celery for me. Truthfully, it was quite tasty.

Posted by: MsJS | September 16, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Cowhand, there's leftover meatloaf in the fridge, more ziti, a little veal marsala. Help yourself. No truth in there, though, til shopping day. (Truth isn't perishable, but I usually keep it in there anyway.) Take the last piece of cake so I have an excuse to bake another? Oh, and can you start the dishwasher when you're done? There's already soap in there. Thanks.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 16, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, kguy.

*whew* *I needed that!*

Posted by: ftb3 | September 16, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Truth for lunch is probably better than a fat lip.

But not nearly as good as leftover ziti.

Enjoy.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | September 16, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

If truth = lunch

then

Is there in lunch no beauty?

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 16, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

*faxing ftb a fan and a hanky to mop her fevered brow*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, I can understand him being hungry for truth for lunch, having had delusion and gruel for breakfast.

I was unaware bacon caused swine flu. I guess no more H1N1, lettuce and tomatoe sandwiches for me.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 16, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

S'nuke, lunch will set you free.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 16, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I use contemptuous pity to prop up my frail ego. Well, no, actually I quit when I was 13. It became obvious and unflattering, not to mention unworthy.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 16, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

kguy - my, my.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 16, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm off for my third night working this week. Last night's meeting went till midnight, and tonight I have a session with a local civic group. Friend wife called a while ago to say that she doesn't want to drive the Turnpike in the rain, so she's staying another night in the 'Burgh :<(. I'll be thinking about all you folks watching old Woody Strode movies and generally carousing. Think I'll blow myself to some good Italin chow.

Posted by: ebtnut | September 16, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

As long as your lunch isn't naked.

Hmm. Naked is to lunch as bare is to truth. . .

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 16, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, since I missed lunch perhaps I'll mix and match among all those items for some dinner. Thanks LostInThought. I'll make a note about the dishwasher.

Posted by: cowhand214 | September 16, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I harbor no ill will toward Kucinich or Bachmann/Inhofe. Many folks would defend Kucinich, but I bet there are as many that would defend Bachmann.

I think those two are about equally out of the mainstream, which is why I chose them as comparison for different strokes.

I bet both of them consider what they do as fighting for their people to achieve the best for their country.

My humble opinion.

Posted by: baldinho | September 16, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Kucinich has been seen as a fringe person. Now that he has been proven right in many of his past actions, he is still remembered as a fringe person. Pfah. Where's the logic in that?

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 16, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Nat Geo article supposedly posted an hour ago re Is Another Deepwater Disaster Inevitable?
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/10/gulf-oil-spill/bourne-text

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 16, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm having a bit of whiplash here. Just got home and discovered the Mitzu Gaynor "South Pacific" is on, and right now Bloody Mary is singing "Happy Talk." And then I turn to the Post politics page and see this:

"Jim DeMint: We don't need moderates

Perry Bacon Jr.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the conservative firebrand who has backed a number of insurgents in GOP primaries, is strongly defending his embrace of Christine O'Donnell, even as others in the party say she can't win the Delaware general election.
-----

Which would be terrific if that's what he said, but it's basically just another vastly distorted headline. What DeMint -- who really is crazy but not THAT crazy -- said was: ""Anyone who says we would be in the majority if we fielded a bunch of moderate candidates just doesn't understand what's happening in America," he said after the meeting."

But I'm just enjoying the he11 out of their insanity, tho' still cringing at the hed.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 16, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

When I first discovered this blog and started reading the comments section, Mudge was on a cruise and was going on and on about his cummerbund. I was hooked from that point onward. I do hope Mudge, that you will be able to keep us up to date on your sartorial choices during this upcoming trip ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | September 16, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

But of course!! Tell me, which cummerbund did you like best, the black, the white or the red?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 16, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, baldinho, I'm sure that Kucinich, Princess Sparkle Pony and Inhofe all view themselves as fighting for their people to achieve the best for their country. In my only somewhat limited experience, most politicians and policy makers do - even the wingnuts. It is both sad and heartening at once.

Paisley, Mudge. I want the Adventures of the Paisley Cummerbund.

Or Plaid. Striped Plaid. With dots. In fact, the Adventure of the Speckled Cummerbund.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 16, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Excellent Sherlockian resonation, IM.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 16, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Oops, sorry for not commenting on cummerbund choices sooner, I was on the phone with a friend whose daughter is getting married next weekend and had to calm her down.

I like paisley too, but red is rather dashing and festive. Surprise us!

Posted by: badsneakers | September 16, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

"I love Canada. I miss the heat of India, the food, the house lizards on the walls, the musicals on the silver screen, the cows wandering the streets, the crows cawing, even the talk of cricket matches, but I love Canada. It is a great country much too cold for good sense, inhabited by compassionate, intelligent people with bad hairdos."

-Yann Martel, in "Life of Pi"

Posted by: baldinho | September 16, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

If you folks come across a bored-looking chicken wearing a beret, and smoking using a silver cigarette holder, it is probably from Merrimack, NH.

http://www.wmur.com/news/25038193/detail.html

Posted by: baldinho | September 16, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, thanks for discovering the National Geographic story.

Soon, there will be deepwater drilling 50 miles from the Florida Keys with scarcely any US technology and of course no participation by US companies. I'm willing to suppose that companies that deal with Cuba but not the US are more competent than those operating in US waters, but still, when there's a problem, I'd like for someone from Houston to be able to come over.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 16, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

This seems about right (a mojito glass just isn't as distinctive).

http://www.flagladygifts.com/store/pc/Martini-Olives-Cummerbund-Bowtie-Set-263p6303.htm

So tonight, I'm goofing with DC in her room, winding her down for bed, and she says "Mom, what goes with broad?" And I say "Hmmm. I don't know what you mean." So she says "well, there's girls and boys, women and men, babes and dudes. What goes with broad?"

I lead a charmed life.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 16, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Indeed you do, LiT. And it is an excellent question.

I may have to ask the Boy.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 16, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I'd partner broad with fart.

Posted by: baldinho | September 16, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Book me a round trip ticket.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68F0FC20100916

How many frequent flier miles do I need?

Posted by: yellojkt | September 16, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

10 - 30 - 10 :-) a good day for a BPH.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 16, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Expansive?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 16, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I'd be careful about that, yellojkt. Note that the headline is "Boeing plans to send passengers into space". I didn't see anything about round trips. I suspect that the first half of the trip is relatively inexpensive, but the second half will really cost you.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 16, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Yobbo is the closest thing I can think of.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 16, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

50 mi from Fla
http://www.keysnet.com/2010/09/09/256493/cuba-leases-to-bring-deepwater.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 16, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton coming on Jon Stewart in a few minutes, for those who care.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 16, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

And Old Fart goes with nearly anything.

http://www.oldfartwine.com/

Red meat, fish, pizza, baked beans, Velvetta on Ritz crackers, old Lifesavers you find stuck between the couch cushions.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 16, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Uh, we may wanna modify that discussion about holding a BPH on 10/10/10. Jon Stewart just announced he's going to hold a Million-Moderate March on the Mall that day. The theme is "The Rally to Restore Sanity."

Whups, wait a minute. Colbert just came onto the set.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 16, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

SCC: 10/30/10

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 16, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes! The Take It Down a Notch America rally on 10-30. Frantically trying to figure out how to rearrange schedule to make being there possible. Talk about an event made for BPHing.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 16, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Bill is looking like he's taking the diet and exercise part of handling heart disease seriously.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 16, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Chelsea made Bill lose 15 pounds for the wedding.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 16, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Fat Broad usually goes with Cute Chick.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_iKcZ3qcCmyo/R7iQhWMa5_I/AAAAAAAAFbI/pbXdPOe2goY/s400/fatbroad+and+cutechick.gif

Posted by: yellojkt | September 16, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

*head in hands*

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/wellesley/articles/2010/09/17/school_visit_to_mosque_decried/

This is really too much. A school's field trip visits an Islamic center, including prayer services. A few kids mimic the actions, perhaps out of, I dunno, RESPECT, and it's twisted into something sinister. I mean, we can't have the kids accepting and honoring the solmenity of it all, can we?

*SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH*

I think we need to get everyone involved in that down to the 10/30 event (I'll be there!!!).

*really-trying-to-get-into-the-Grover-spirit-regardless-of-working-@-home-so-the-plubmer-can-hopefully-say-"it's-only-a-minor-leak" Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 17, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

I bet it's blue.

http://www.gocomics.com/reallifeadventures/2010/09/17/

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 5:54 AM | Report abuse

You go to your silly Stewart rally. I'm going to Keep Fear Alive.

http://www.keepfearalive.com/

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 6:05 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the esteemed trio of Lee, Lifeson & Peart will have anything to say about rallies & such when they play "Witch Hunt" tomorrow evening... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 17, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

Never date a writer:

http://agrammar.tumblr.com/post/1127991128/offended-by-rank-objectification-of-writers

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps I will show up and burn a case of Texas Pete for the protest.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Reasonableness is all well and good... when it results in better results than paranoia and contemptuousness.

I would argue that too often the two parties have been semi-reasonable lately (last 10 years) when it comes to fiscal policy.

Both parties can be reasonable. They both agree to let the other one push for increases in spending or tax cuts where their advocates want it most. They both agree that the added spending or tax cuts should only be temporary, because they are really needed right now.

They both agree whenever spending increases or tax cuts are due to be eliminated. They agree to be reasonable and not cut spending or increase taxes, because they are, again, really needed right now.

In short, at times, the end result of reasonableness is fiscal irresponsibility. Paul Krugman makes reasonable arguments that government needs to spend more near term. Doug Eakin makes reasonable arguments that taxes and regulation need to stay low or get lower near term.

Everyone agrees to be reasonable to a point. It is to the point when anything needs to be done that cuts the deficit. At that point, both parties are unreasonable.

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Well she got her daddy's car
And she's cruisin' through the hamburger stand now
Seems she forgot all about the library
Like she told her old man now
And with the radio blasting
Goes cruising just as fast as she can now

And she'll have fun fun fun
'Til her daddy takes the T-Bird away
(Fun fun fun 'til her daddy takes the T-Bird away)

They gotta rerelease this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLaO4c_gZxY

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to figure out if there's any way we can go to that rally, time and money being key factors. And a BPH would be the icing on the cake.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 17, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Remember that oil-well thingy? The Macarena or something? Well, the final stake is being driven through its heart.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/16/AR2010091607698.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 17, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

How far people will go to get their 15 minutes of fame.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/police-brand-acid-attack-on-woman-a-hoax/article1711353/

Posted by: dmd3 | September 17, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Wish I could show up for the rallies...a BPH would be wonderful too.

Happy Friday, all! Scrambled eggs and bacon with hot and cold beverages on the ready room table. They'll go with the muffins MsJS is sure to have, when she arrives in a little while.

Glad Macondo is finally dead. RIP...

Onward...for me, that means craft class and working on the quilt. I'm glad I finished my portion, hope the rest is close to being done too.

Posted by: slyness | September 17, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

*pant pant pant*

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, apple fritters, coffee and OJ on the table. Thanks for getting things going. slyness.

Got nuttin' to add this morning, so be well.

Posted by: MsJS | September 17, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

I can't believe I'm telling you this, but I actually read Krauthammer's column, and liked it. (Of course, there was a lot of shadenfreude in it for me, but what the hell--Chuckie K owes it to me). Seems CK doesn't think nominating O'Donnell was a very good idea. In fact, he's steamed about it. He's one of those who thinks it probably cost them the Senate.

Bwahahahahahahahahaha, Hammerhead.

Not that I'm gloating or anything. Ahem. good gracious, no.

Also, Milbank's piece of her was stunning, as was playing the Bill Maher clip of her. Plus, she claims scientists have cloned mice to have fully functioning human brains in them. And removing bible readings and prayer from schools has resulted in a shooting a week in schools (Columbine, etc.).

No wonder K was distressed.

Oh, I just can't help it:

Another bwahahahahahahahahaha.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

LiT - I've been thinking about what goes with "broads." The problem I am having is that it is such an old-fashioned term. To me it implies, you know, gang molls and the like. I guess all I can come up with is "guys." But only if said with a Bronx accent.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 17, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

P. J. O'Rourke already has an event scheduled at the Newseum on 10/30. Perhaps he will be part of the fun.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

In a Brooklyn accent, 'Guys' goes with 'dolls'. Perhaps with 'dames'. Maybe 'fella' goes with 'broad', but as with most gender based slurs, there is no direct distaff analog.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Here's a shocker:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39218287/ns/us_news-environment/

Transocean wants their blowout preventer back to have a look at it before it goes into the evidence locker.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I saw you planting that meme over at BlogPost, RD_P... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 17, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

RD, to me, broad is either a woman who can throw a mean punch, or Lauren Bacall (who could probably throw a mean punch). I gotta say though, every day DC comes out with something totally unexpected (Mom, is Neverland the same as Polaris, or is it *on* Polaris like the United States is *on* Earth?) or makes me laugh so hard I can't breathe. The broad question came totally out of left field. (Whenever I say "that's a good question honey, we should look that one up," she says "didn't you go to school?" Uhhhh, sometimes?)

Saw your comment over on the Colbert thing...cookies are an *excellent* idea.

Busy day here today. Have a happy one.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 17, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Yello - You have a point. Fella seems the best match to Broad. But, again, the pronunciation seems key.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 17, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Yep, finally a theme to unite behind:

Free Cookies!

BlogPost is a fun place and well worth a visit. And I've met Melissa Bell, who is a charming young woman.


Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 17, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh I see the notion gaining traction is that everyone who attends the Colbert/Stewart rally should bring cookies to share. I love this. Very communal and fun.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 17, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Where is this BlogPost you speak of? If it is a regular feature of WaPo online, it is unfindable through the normal menu and search features of the site.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

And just what is the antonym for 'distaff'? I seem to have used the term erroneously to mean 'of opposite gender' when it really means 'pertaining to women'. Is it like 'co-ed student' in that it creates a distinction where the default working assumption is masculine?

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I am sorry to tell you, yello (truly), that it is spear-side.

Posted by: Yoki | September 17, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2010/09/rally_to_restore_sanity_to_mee.html

Posted by: dmd3 | September 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Interestingly, there is no FtoM equivalent of 'uxorious.' I don't know whether that tells us anything about either the language or women in general or not.

Posted by: Yoki | September 17, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, dmd. I found it through Google since WaPo was useless and it is now added to by RSS feed.

RDP,
You are quite the rockstar over there. Are you cheating on the Boodle or is this just a brand extension of your rapidly growing online fanbase?

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps I'll have the gingersnaps perfected by 10-30. I finally got to visit with the baker, right in the coffee house kitchen, where I gazed longingly at the commercial convection oven that she says is the key to the texture. "It'll blow brownie batter right out of the pan." She says even a home convection oven would probably not do the trick. However, she gave me a few ideas to try, which coincided with some boodle advice,so Sunday I'm going to give it another shot. I have to admit the idea of having an oven that monstrous is just so appealing.

Alas, I fear a robotics event may keep me from the great gathering of the sane on the mall. Haven't given up hope yet. Frantically juggling while walking on the treadmill and....

Later gators. I'm headed to Chez Frostbitten to take care of some vacation rental bidness and city stuff. No good meds for me today.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 17, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

To insure sanity, I propose the cookies be nut-free.

I can't make the rally, but I'll bake. Just give me an address where to ship 'em.

Posted by: MsJS | September 17, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

'Uxorious' was the favorite word of my Shakespeare professor as we were studying 'Othello'. He had us underline all the dirty parts like 'beast with two backs' and 'A black ram is tupping your white ewe.'

I think he had issues.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

A new suggestion for the unhinged. If Kenyan anti-colonialist doesn't grab you, you can always go old school.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9H_cI_WCnE

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

It seems BlogPost could use a bunker today... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 17, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

So, how long have boodlers been hanging out over at BlogPost? Deliberately leaving out the uncool kids?

ok, now I really do have to pack up. I'll use the drive to perform mental gingersnap baking experiments.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 17, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Hi all!

We finally settled on our new house yesterday! Yay! Wallpaper and faux fireplace removal can finally commence this weekend.

A good old-fashioned cookie swap is a perfect idea to show people coming together. Points to RD for the idea. I don't want to inflict my baking on anyone else (I ruin box cakes), but I can do no-bake drop cookies to share.

I accidentally drug "uxorious" to the tabs instead of my search box in FF, and it took me to AutoTrader, what's up with that? Doting husbands buy their wives cars? lol.

Have a good day, all!

Posted by: MoftheMountain | September 17, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Would somebody post that URL? Thanks.

(Should we offer them shelter from the storm? Or just let the poor b@st@rds drown?)

Perhaps the opposite of distaff is, well...staff. Seems appropriately pha11ic, no? And the opposite of ux and uxor is the word for husband, namely "virti." So the equivalent of uxorious would be...well...virtuous.

Doesn't quite work, though, does it? So maybe "virti" should become virtiorious, i.e., the condition of being a married male.

(Manliness, per se, is "vir" and "viri," which takes us where we don't want to go.)

Remember to pronounce all those "v's" as "w's."

Which makes being married "weary," phonetically speaking. I think that may be an aptophone.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Bell is a friend of a friend of Joel. I'm just trying to give support to this fledgling blog.

And yes, Scottynuke, I fear you are right about the bunker.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 17, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

'Mudge:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2010/09/rally_to_restore_sanity_to_mee.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 17, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

On kit:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-breaking-news/dc/fenty-wins-as-a-gop-write-in.html

Fenty won the Republican nomination for the DC mayoral race based on write-in votes because the GOP had no declared candidates.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 17, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Actually, it's not anywhere near storm conditions over there. Not yet anyway.

Posted by: MsJS | September 17, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse


Isn't holding a rally on All Hallows Eve eve a bit of a dicey proposition vis-a-vis the weather?

Posted by: edbyronadams | September 17, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

But Halloween is not?

Average high in DC on Oct. 30: 63.
Average low: 46
Average precipitation: 0.1 inches

Source: http://weather.msn.com/daily_averages.aspx?wealocations=wc:usdc0001&weai=10

Thanks, Padouk.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Actually it would be All Hallows Eve Eve. But I bet you can still come in scary costume. Like Glenn Beck.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I will be going to the rally. I will be happy to provide floor space and sofas for out-of-towners who need a place to crash. We have a dog and cats, so be aware of your allergies. I suppose you could pitch a tent in the back yard. I will bring cookies to the rally and some desperately moderate signs to wave. We'll drive to a Metro station and take the Metro to the Mall.

I am on the program for a storytelling event in Takoma Park at 8:00 PM that night -- I may have to leave the rally early to get to Takoma Park in time. You could come with me...

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 17, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Bears for Frosti

http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/article/862483--mats-sundin-helps-canadian-bear-researchers-in-sweden?bn=1

Posted by: dmd3 | September 17, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

If I go and they show Newt on the big screen, can I toss my cookies?

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, dear, Tim. I was just going to suggest that the rally will most likely be held during daylight (Stewart joked about ti ending at 6 p.m., because everyone had babysitters at home), and that the Boodle (and anyone else who wants to come) rendezvious afterward at M&S for a proper IBPH. We could even meet as early as 5, and we could also explore an alternative meeting place, since the famed M&S happy hour prices and menu will not be in effect (but on the other hand, the bar is liable to be empty at 5 p.m. on a Saturday night, I dunno.)

I think if we do rendezvous, we need to be sufficiently far away from the mall and the traffic and crowds-- yet close enough to hop a Metro (those of you with legs might want to walk; not an option for me).

Stewart's Rally info page: http://www.rallytorestoresanity.com/

No time is given, but he said about 3 hours. I'm guessing 1 to 4 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m., something like that. Sunset is about 6:27 that night.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Only two days to go! Mark your calendars-

http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

Posted by: kguy1 | September 17, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I dispute Stewart's contention that October 30 is a day of no importance. In Detroit it is celebrated as Devil's Night. It also marks the 78th anniversary of Orson Welles' War Of The Worlds broadcast as well as being the birthday of Ezra Pound, Leon Day, Henry Winkler, Timothy B. Schmidt, Gavin Rossdale, and Nia Long.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Alas. I so wish I could join the Million Moderates March for Sanity and Fear. I'd bring cookies. I'd camp out with ScienceTim. I'd BPH.

But alas. I have a performance here the very next day. Even if I wanted to trust the transportation gods, there will probably be an orchestra rehearsal on Rally Day.

I visited the blogpost site, as did quite a few wingnuts. Fortunately there were also several voices of sanity and moderation, not all previously known to me. I liked the idea of holding small marches in cities around the country, for those of us who can't attend the Big One. And RD's cookie suggestion, I think, may become an integral part of the event.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 17, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I notice the cookie meme has popped up in the Blogpost Twitter feed.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 17, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse


I hope the rally enjoys fine weather. Staying outside for long periods gets more trying every time I light a new candle on the cake. I still make it to the best free music outdoor whingding in the nation in early October but find I can only do two out of three days. Five out of the seven years I've attended, the weather was excellent.

Posted by: edbyronadams | September 17, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

All Hallows Day (All Saints Day) is Nov. 1.

Re the sexism in language, I read a quote from Sheldon/Tiptree equating men to elephants. Says elephants would continually describe all other animals as "trunkless" and would see that as their prime characteristic.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse


How about the inherent racism in any language of a diurnal species? The night is scary and daybreak brings relief.


Posted by: edbyronadams | September 17, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Hannity interviewed someone who's exposed the Al Qaeda network of terror camps in the US. So much for Priest & Arkin's diligent look at the spook industry. They must all be plotting the Islamist Sharia Socialist Takeover.

Interesting Post opinion page today, plus Pearlstein.

Sending wallpaper-loosening steam to MoftheMountain. Hope it's just one layer, over sound paint or primer.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 17, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the soporific sun, the lion said.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

That is incorrect, edbyronadams, and a bit culture-specific. The frightfulness of night is not that resembles any ethnicity/skin-colour, but because sleep resembles death; that fear goes way back in homo pre-history. Check your anthropology.

Posted by: Yoki | September 17, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

My culture used to dilate our pupils quite significantly at night.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse


Yoki, think I had it covered with diurnal species. I think the frightfulness of the night had to do with the things that went bump quite before the consciousness of death, although imbuing all diurnal non sentient creatures with the concept of fear may be a bit anthropomorphic.

Posted by: edbyronadams | September 17, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

But then why would it be racism?

Posted by: Yoki | September 17, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

AND the ten foot pole continues to gather dust.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, they are still running the story of the Wellesley students who visited an Islamic center/mosque and bowed once.

Does that mean they are all muslims now? I bet they want sharia law!

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

In grade school we had an assignment to invent something and create an ad for it. I came up with the eleven-foot pole for those things you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. It had a grip handle with remote tongs and came in patriotic colors for the Bicentennial.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Florida politics, Senate race.

Gov. Crist's visibility is dropping, now that there's no oil spill. Unluckily for him, he'll be nearly invisible on the fall Senate ballot, in ninth place out of ten candidates.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 17, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

And once you convert to Islam you can't un-convert or else you are an infidel and they place a death fatwah on you. I read that somewhere wingnutty about Obama, so it must be true.

In the eyes of Christians, those poor kids are now sentenced to eternal damnation for blasphemy and idolatry. Because they don't have enough to worry about in middle school already.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

CINOs, yellojkt.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

details of the rally still being worked out with the park service

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tvblog/2010/09/-watch-the-jon-stewart.html?hpid=artslot

They've reportedly said they're expecting 25,000. Last time I checked on facebook over 33,000 had rsvp'd yes with another 16,000 plus maybes. This could get very interesting.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 17, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

If there are more than 100K people there, will the Republican party start to do what we tell them?

Posted by: russianthistle | September 17, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

rt,
Only if you inflate the number to about a half-million either a priori or post facto.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Is it 5 o'clock yet?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

fair enough, jkt, since that would put us about 10% higher than the big crying affair with Beck. In fact, 10% would be good, since that would mean that we did exactly the same as them with white people, but just added a proportional number of blacks and Asian Americans.

Did you hear that Beck is telling the Tea Baggers to not dress silly anymore, because it will affect the strength of their message. So, no more dressing up as Lady Liberty. Or, I guess, wearing a foam tiara like Justice Thomas' wife when she goes out on the "lecture" circuit to spout her trash.

Posted by: russianthistle | September 17, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Because wearing costumes would make you look ridiculous and undermine the very important message you are conveying.

http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/45522/

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://media.star-telegram.com/smedia/2010/09/02/23/0903_tea_party_metro.ART_G4T15160N.1%2BNMC_02teaparty1.standalone.prod_affiliate.58.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/09/02/2443015/activist-we-are-at-war-with-the.html&usg=__W-GtN-zpzFF7LXcF8T2e3XwksyE=&h=452&w=610&sz=54&hl=en&start=21&zoom=1&tbnid=1S-KgDRMVLY-VM:&tbnh=135&tbnw=171&prev=/images%3Fq%3Djustice%2Bthomas%2Bwife%2Btea%2Bparty%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26biw%3D1264%26bih%3D603%26tbs%3Disch:10%2C547&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=303&vpy=319&dur=1706&hovh=193&hovw=261&tx=147&ty=213&ei=x8qTTOXbOYL7lwfTr5ynCg&oei=vcqTTPWROMT38Aas_P2MDA&esq=2&page=2&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:13,s:21&biw=1264&bih=603

Posted by: russianthistle | September 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Key question for Jon Stewart's rally organizers: will there be a Kumbayah sing-along? because, you know, it just wouldn't be right without we all sang Kumbayah and drank the Kool-Aid.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

From Andrew Cohen's piece in The Atlantic:

"The most disturbing recent example of the use of the "tyranny" saw was offered up by Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She told a conservative blogger last month that she wanted to get more involved in conservative politics because "we're headed for tyranny" in government. One month later we are still waiting to hear what she precisely meant by that remark, what specific sort of government "tyranny" currently in use or on the horizon worries the spouse of one of the most powerful people in government, whose salary and perks we all pay for.

"Indeed, who exactly are the government tyrants against us? What is the bill of particulars against them? Do local bureaucrats morph into "tyrants" just because they want to change the contents of textbooks? Are officials in Washington leading us toward tyranny because of bank bailouts or health care? Really? But how can the federal government be at once tyrannical and inept? Aren't the two mutually exclusive? If Barack Obama were as malevolent as the Tyrannists claim he is, then why hasn't he been more successful? And where were these emergent tribunes of tyranny when Bush-era officials were grabbing for all the executive branch power of which they could conceive?"

...

Well, well, well. The wife of a sitting justice who sat on his hands (I won't go anywhere there) while, as Cohen points out, her favorite party seemed to believe in the "unitary" President and a Congress that dismantled our civil rights.

Some folks should just "ZIP IT"

Posted by: russianthistle | September 17, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I think the idea is that if night is scary and the morning light is a relief, then your language gets expressions painting darkness as bad (e.g., black-hearted, black magic) and lightness as good (e.g., only a white lie). And the associations of good and bad with the colors can become culturally entrenched (guy in the black hat vs. the white hat), which makes things problematic if you apply the same ideas to skin color. I had never thought of it to do with the scary nighttime myself, but it's an interesting thought. Is that what you meant, ed?

Posted by: -bia- | September 17, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: RichNomore | September 17, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" could be that Kumbayah song.

That, or the theme to "Cheers".

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Emperor Walmart.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I see that RichNoMore has violated his promise and returned. However, he has significantly upgraded his consistency in the use of punctuation.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 17, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Why would Dave Beck care what WE the people wear to a tea party?

Posted by: RichNomore | September 17, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Be a little more careful around those paint fumes, RNM.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

RNM, why don't you take five?!

Posted by: russianthistle | September 17, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm outa here. Everybody have a good weekend and gut yontif to the tribe.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Seen any constituents around here?

Posted by: RichNomore | September 17, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

My wife went to a speech given by Christine Chavez this week. She's kinda hot.

http://www.aeispeakers.com/speakerbio.php?SpeakerID=1579

You can get 250 bonus points if you can fill in the blanks on why that thought popped into my head based on the boodles of the past 40 minutes or so.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

A left coast Union Worker? Beck? That's a wild guess, jkt. I think he was before Chavez's time. Not sure.

Posted by: russianthistle | September 17, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Union official seems too easy, so I'll go with Bobby McFarren and say that pretty women make you happy. Either that or you were painting while your lovely wife was at the conference, and noticed that gold colored paint has the best fumes.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 17, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

-bia, That indeed is what I meant. There are the cultural references to the Dark Side and going into the light and the Latin root meaning to darken that the auto censor won't even let me write but is the root for words like denigrate. While race was not the intended target, human fears of the night and the languages they create around that fact lend themselves to racism.

Posted by: edbyronadams | September 17, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm a simple guy. Go with union official. My wife says that Ms. Chavez was a very lively speaker with a lot of funny anecdotes about her grandfather.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Oooooooooooooo ooooooooooooo oooooooooooo Don't worry, be happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9K4BKkLaCI&ob=av2e

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

At the moment, I indeed will not worry, since the plumbers I remained home to supervise needed only re-putty a drain and install a new shower-knob-control-thingy... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 17, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Is there sufficient space on the mall for 100,000 people to do the Carlton dance? We have a month to learn it. I bet we could book Tom Jones without much difficulty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrObV84tD8g&feature=related

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Some of us are the Jackson pollock of the EnglishLanguage, some are the paper-jammed dot matrix printer.

Posted by: -bc- | September 17, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I listened to "Radiolab" on the way to work today on NHPR. The theme was Falling, and gravity.

There was a segment where they studied falling cats, including the calculation of when they hit terminal velocity, their reaction to that event, and the injury rate of cats based on how far they fall.

They used defenestrate in the report.

If you are inclined to listen to public radio, please try to listen to the show. Amazing.

http://www.nhpr.org/radiolab-falling

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Baldinho, I love Radiolab! Use in my class sometimes. A favorite show this year was Famous Tumors
http://www.radiolab.org/2010/may/17/

I should have mentioned it here earlier.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | September 17, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

DNA_Girl, if you listen to the "Falling" episode of Radiolab, it also has a segment on hypnic jerks.

That is too good a boodle handle to stay untaken.

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I had an interesting conversation the other night with a friend of mine. We have somewhat differing political views. My friend has a habit of listening to Rush's show and so I don't know if this is one of Rush's talking points or whether my friend came up with this on his own.

Anyway, in a tone of "can you believe this guy" he aggressively questioned me as to why Obama kept naming people to the position of Czar this and Czar that in his administration since it's a "Communist" title.

After I got up off the floor I was forced to point out that 1.) "Czar" couldn't be any *less* of a Communist title and 2.) it's been in common use for the guy who runs the drug office since the '80s.

Does anyone know if this "Czar" thing is a Rush Limbaugh talking point or something? It's such an absurd criticism but it fits nicely into the whole storyline of Obama's supposed Communist/Fascist/Socialist leanings (which is a difficult trifecta to pull off).

Posted by: cowhand214 | September 17, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Nobody has the official title of "Czar", do they?

Posted by: Bob-S | September 17, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

At any rate, the term has a long history. Here's a story from January, 1943 (Time Magazine):

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,802515,00.html

Posted by: Bob-S | September 17, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, cowhand, the irony of the supposition that czar is communist/fascist/socialist! It would take me days to peel through the layers of such...Is that ignorance of history, or what?

Posted by: slyness | September 17, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine it's anyone's official title (not since that Nicholas guy anyway) and my third point of refutation was going to be that the President doesn't really have control over what the media choose to call his appointees (especially once it reaches a common shorthand level) but then I had this fear that perhaps Obama has been up there at press conferences referring to his Car Czar and Drug Czar and so decided not to mention it.

Nice find Bob-S!

Anyway, sorry to bring it up on a Friday. I'm going back to the O's and Yankees.

Posted by: cowhand214 | September 17, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm having something of an unexpected Friday evening. I may have mentioned that the Boy and some friends have a loose affiliation (soon to be an LLC) as a film organization. Currently they shoot commercials to enter into contests. The first one, with voiceover by a DJ dad, was pretty darn good.

This week they're shooting, piecemeal, a GoDaddy commercial entry. We'll skip over the fact that GoDaddy is unlikely to choose this entry since all the actors are underage. Yesterday the Boy asked whether they could use our driveway tonight for part of the shoot. Answer, yes, with caveats that it is unmowed, messy, and with noisy dogs. Tonight my driveway is filled with earnest young men and lovely teenage girls with wild hair and vampire makeup. Lucky for them we happen to have fake blood on hand - doesn't everyone?

We provide location, snacks, backstage set-up, electricity, fake blood, and makeup remover. And the all-important responsible adult presence.

Made possible by Sam Adams.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 17, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

neat geo timeline stuff
http://eps.berkeley.edu/~saekow/chronozoom/launch/index.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a great Friday night, Ivansmom.

cowhand, the whole czar thing was one of those right-wing "issues" to get everybody all riled up and distracted. Obama does not refer to special advisors as czars - the press does (as in this, for example:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/political-economy/2010/09/elizabeth_warren_to_be_appoint.html?hpid=moreheadlines
He has no more than George W Bush did, IIRC.

And yes, people equating czars with communists is laughable...although they are related, ie, the czar was overthrown by the Bolsheviks. But hardly the same!

Posted by: seasea1 | September 17, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a great time, Ivanmom! I hope enjoy...

This is a measure of how much I love my husband: tomorrow I'm going with him to a football game. Fortunately, it's in Chapel Hill, a wonderful place to visit, even for a football game. I wish I liked football; alas, I didn't get that gene. But I'm going!

We went to the mall tonight, to purchase him a shirt and a ballcap with the appropriate logo. Why is it that he will buy that stuff, but no fine jewelry for me? It's a mystery!

Posted by: slyness | September 17, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

As someone who has much for which he needs to repent and atone, I'll take this opportunity to acknowledge that I've far too often been quick to amuse myself in this forum at the expense of others.

I'm fortunate to have many examples here of folks habitually kinder and more thoughtful than myself, and I'm working on using those lessons both here and elsewhere.

For whatever reason, I'm blessed to have family, friends, and even casual acquaintances who are willing to forbear the condemnation which I occasionally deserve. I'm deeply appreciative, and will endeavor to deserve that tolerance.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 17, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Comfortably lounging about Chez Frostbitten but on the drive up from the city all I thought about was boodlers attending the Restore Sanity rally wearing signs that say things like- Free Sign Proofreading, Superfluous Apostrophes Removed While You Wait, and stuff like that. We could, as a group, improve the both the tone and punctuation of the national debate! Imagine a crowd of sign carrying moderates with not a misspelling to be seen. I'm delirious just imagining it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 17, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

A friend suggested this was an excellent time to practice the accordion, and so it has been. Of course I use the word "practice" very loosely indeed. I might more accurately say "fool around playing tunes by ear on the keyboard while I experiment with those interesting but obscure chord bass buttons."

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 17, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

You're ok, Bob S.

I love Jason Linkins:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/17/the-day-the-media-cared-a_n_721102.html

On my way to the light rail station tonight I had to walk through a bevy of crazed football fans waiting to get into a sports bar. They slowed me down! I'll have to remember to walk down the other side of the street on Fridays during football season.

Posted by: seasea1 | September 17, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

dmd-thanks for the bear link. A bear story with a hockey connection is sweet indeed.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 17, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Bob, you put the "bear" in "forbear". And I mean that in the best possible Boodle spirit.

frostbitten, I'm giddy at the thought of a special Boodle sign contingent. "Passive to Active Voice While You Wait". "Commas R Us". Giddy, I tell you.

Or perhaps it is that Sam Adams.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 17, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Should that be a "clutch" of football fans?

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I-mom-- No Plural Possessive Too Difficult
Strunk and White Rule!

We could become part of a leaderless movement called TEAL, the Typo Eradication Advancement League
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780307591074/jeff-deck/great-typo-hunt
(the authors were recently in the Twin Cities)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 17, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh, wow! I really can see this.

We bring a sheaf of blank newsprint & some clear packing tape (I could arrange that) and a multicolored assortment of felt-tip markers, maybe a schoolchild's watercolor palette. And several bags of cookies. Then we send the word out that we're healing usage errors & misspellings. [I don't think we'll need to mention that we're giving away cookies as part of the healing process. That word's probably gonna get out anyway.]

Perhaps under a banner like this:

http://picasaweb.google.com/boodlestuff/Test#5518078145272159938

Posted by: Bob-S | September 17, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Bob-S-now you're talking.

Did I miss a TBG travel announcement? She should be all over this.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 17, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure how I can reconcile what I'm about to share with what I just said about not amusing myself at others' expense, but I once made a raid on two billboards in Atlanta to correct plural-possessive errors.

When one of my more thoughtful friends pointed out that I was trespassing upon and defacing private property, I told him that since the billboard's entire purpose was a public endeavor, my correction was therefore a public endeavor. Nothing private going on here, make sure you stop, and look, and judge, and comment.

He was amused, but not entirely supportive. He was correct, but many people were amused. Got a mention in the local rag, and the billboard was (properly) corrected shortly thereafter.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 17, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify - It was two different billboards a couple of miles apart. They had identical errors, I corrected both, and both were modified by the owner.

While I'm pretty sure that the statute of limitations has long since run out on this particular offense, I'd rather not embarrass myself or the still-existing business by identifying the incident more specifically. I considered it a blow struck for proper use of the language, and I strongly suspect that the advertiser (not without some justification) considered it a blow struck by obnoxious vandals.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 17, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Bob-S- when the guys from TEAL toured the Twin Cities they corrected signs all over town, with permission. Apparently they had the same crisis of conscience you've had as they did not ask permission when making the corrections that went into their book. They also mentioned in their interview that they do not correct to make fun, but to keep people and businesses from being the object of derision. I see no harm in your long distant and helpful act.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 17, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

toodles boodle and sweet dreams!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 17, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

frosti, BobS, I think we have a plan here.

The teenagers are gone, everything is minimally put away, and it is time for bed. Buenos gnocchis, Boodle, vaya con queso and fondue.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 18, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Is TEAL affiliated with the Professional Organization of English Majors?

Posted by: yellojkt | September 18, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

interesting take on a Chuck Berry tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF0Qve2sH3I

fondly,

your night shift music czar

Posted by: -jack- | September 18, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

In today's entry for the "He JUST Doesn't Get It" Dept. --

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/17/AR2010091702623.html

*SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH*

Count me in for the Sign Help Intervention Team!!!

Oh, wait... :-)

*getting-ready-for-several-hours-of-pure-joy-this-evening-with-the-inimicable-Lee-Lifeson-Peart-trio Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 18, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse

And a word from our sponsors, the Professional Organization of English Majors:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V946uL0xMTA

"Would you like fries with that?"

Posted by: yellojkt | September 18, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

The problem with Czar is that it is a term used by communists to talk down to all us normal Americans... but we see right through them! Don't try to fool us, if it is Russian, it is pure communist.

Might I suggest that instead we use Kaiser. We lovers of freedom can get behind that... since it is not Russian. It is French!

Posted by: baldinho | September 18, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

And why did Nixon constantly refer to himself as "Tricky Dick?!" Who the hell did he think he was?

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 18, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Gail Collins of the NYTimes has been in Alaska for a week, it seems. She has a good article today on the two guys in the Senate race, and the attitudes of the folks in Alaska.

Does this mean I have to start planning for when the US government falls, too?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/18/opinion/18collins.html?hp

Posted by: baldinho | September 18, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Heck. Go old school and call them Caesars.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 18, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Ding, dong, dell.
They've killed the well.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 18, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

Quiet weekend planned. I'm gonna enjoy it.

Posted by: MsJS | September 18, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

Quiet weekend planned. I'm gonna enjoy it.

Posted by: MsJS | September 18, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm gonna enjoy it just as soon as I stop telling you I'm gonna enjoy it.

Posted by: MsJS | September 18, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Morning Boodle!
yello-TEAL and POEM have similar goals, but I wouldn't call it an affiliation. (Like Al Qaeda and the Tea Party it's best to avoid rigid hierarchy or organizational lines, makes it easier when claims of responsibility or denials must be issued.)

Just a few chores to accomplish this morning then at some point I'll stretch 40 minutes worth of lawn tractor riding, I mean lawn mowing, into a full afternoon of fun.

Fall foliage is just about at its best now. Glad I didn't miss it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 18, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

New Day, New Way, Old Days, No Way!

Isn't it interesting, those who sorely need their attitudes monitored, never get their attitudes monitored?

You don't have US to kick around anymore.

Posted by: RichNomore | September 18, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Affiliations (and treatys WE are told) can be like pie crusts: made to be broken. (Like ACORN and the Jack*ass Party).

Posted by: RichNomore | September 18, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Affiliations (and treatys WE are told) can be like pie crusts: made to be broken. (Like ACORN and the Jack*ass Party).

Posted by: RichNomore | September 18, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

frosti, I'm still waiting for the colors to show themselves. We're about two weeks behind our normal patterns here. Most everything is still quite green.

RNM, seems to me you're doing a splendid job monitoring our attitudes. So your comment about "never get their attitudes monitored" must be in reference to others, yes?

Posted by: MsJS | September 18, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

A brilliant and artistic statement. Like poetry. All bow before the brilliance of TITP.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 18, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Monitoring attitudes reminds me that the office of homeland security of Pennsylvania outsourced surveillance to a company (International Terrorism Research and Resources) that reported groups who opposed gas drilling in the Marcellus shale, gay and lesbian groups and about anybody who expressed opposition to anything. The governor apologized and canceled the contract, but he did not fire the responsible person. That'll make everybody paranoid, including me. I'll keep a close eye on my rear view mirror when I'll be heading to the mall a little later.

Posted by: gmbka | September 18, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

new kit!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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