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The Obama makeover

I hate the opportunistic punditry that uses a politician's troubles as an excuse to tell him or her how he or she should behave differently, as though the politician really needs this advice, and hasn't already pondered these precise issues at much greater length than the pundit in question, who probably just thought up the advice five minutes ago in the shower.

But I do have some suggestions for the president. Not advice! Actually just one suggestion: Be optimistic.

Or at least stop looking so much like you've just read the latest unemployment figures. Yes, we're in a miserable, slogging, desperate, grinding, frustrating moment, with every piece of economic news more exasperatinig than the next. From foreclosures to jobs to the fiscal picture, it's all ugly out there.

But Americans want to follow optimistic leaders. We've seen it again and again. Reagan is a prime example; so is Clinton. Jack Kennedy. FDR in the worst of the Depression.

There seems to be a rule that says that Obama has to wear the concerns of the nation on his face at every public event, that he must communicate that he fully gets the unhappiness and frustration of the public. Nonsense: He should be the one to say, hey, we're going in the right direction, better times are ahead, we need to keep moving and believing in ourselves, we're still No. 1 in the BCS standings, etc.

He should not worry about playing to the base. He should think about the great majority of Americans who at an instinctual level want to follow a leader who looks like he knows where he's going and is confident he'll get there and, oh yeah, is having a pretty good time along the way.

By Joel Achenbach  | October 19, 2010; 7:10 AM ET
 
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Good morning, y'all.

Warm mmuffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

As to the kit, is that why we follow you, boss?

Posted by: MsJS | October 19, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

And a mighty congrats to TBG, this week's tiara winner. Awesome performance in the face of many upsets.
*cue the party horns and confetti*

Posted by: MsJS | October 19, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it sort of amusing in a fatalistic sort of way that the ones amongst us who have little or no idea how we get where we are today are the very same ones trying to get rid of the Department of Education and Public Schools, as well.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 19, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Mudged myself, yet again. Why am I so cursed with this special talent?

*big sigh* Reposting this for Cassandra:

Cassandra, cramping in the pool can come from any one of five common sources. One, as VL said, is low potassium. But they can also come from low sodium, low calcium, or low magnesium. All four of these basically come from diet, and are influenced by whatever a person's body may be low in.

The fifth possible cause is dehydration, which sounds counter-intuitive when one is surrounded by water and swimming in a pool of the stuff. But water aerobics people always tell you to drink water right after an water aerobics class, to replace bodily fluids. You aren't aware of it, but when you exercise in a pool, you do in fact sweat, but you are unaware of it because it washes away immediately.

So one of the possibilities is you are simply dehydrating yourself. (This is generally the primary cause of low sodium causing cramps; "low soidum" and "dehydration are sometimes the same thing, sometimes not.)

Since it is nearly impossible to tell which of the five factors is causing your cramps, treat all five of them at once: drink a bottle of Gatorade before you go into the pool, or take it with you and drink from it over the course of the time you are in the water. And drink water or Gatorade after the class, to replace fluids, whether you've cramped up or not. A lot of the people in my water aerobics class take a bottle of water into the pool with them, and sip from them from time to time.

Also, in some water aerobics exercise, a lot of people tend to bounce on the ball of the foot, rather than stand flat-footed in waist-deep or armpit-deep water. If you do this too much, you can develop cramps in the calf muscle, or feel muscle strain and ache the next day. So remember to stand flat-footed as much as possible, especially if doing "jogging" type exercising in water.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

You know, of course, that if Obama acts optimistic, there will be TP RichardCraniums who will say that he shouldn't act carefree when so many Americans are in desperate financial straits.

Posted by: Raysmom | October 19, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Sure, but they aren't on his side to begin with. Moreover, I think there can be a difference between being optimistic and being offensive or uncaring.

The danger line (from an actual not just political perspective) is between positive and wishful thinking on the part of a President.

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 19, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

It's not bad news for everybody, US corporations are having their best year, ever.
http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2010/07/record-profits-but-hoarding-cash.html

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 19, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The line that Cowhand draws is a very fine one. The President can slip over it all too quickly. e.g. was Dubya optimistic, or offensive/uncaring?

Posted by: Don_from_I-270 | October 19, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Congrats TBG! The tiara looks great on you!

Posted by: LostInThought | October 19, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Just don't wear a cardigan and tell us to turn down our thermostats.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 19, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

In the ‘did she really say that?’ department, we have: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101902501.html

An excerpt:
"Coons said private and parochial schools are free to teach creationism but that 'religious doctrine doesn't belong in our public schools.'

"'Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?' O'Donnell asked him.

"When Coons responded that the First Amendment bars Congress from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, O'Donnell asked: 'You're telling me that's in the First Amendment?'"

Posted by: MsJS | October 19, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

So, MsJS, is teaching Bible allowed in public schools? It is.

But prayer by faculty is not.

Why? Because of interpretation by SCOTUS.

And, that is the argument. She correctly asks "You're telling me (("that")- that barring teaching of creation in public schools) is in the 1st Amendment?"

She's right. That's a constitutional interpretation.

Nice sound bite though.

Meghan McCain is in full agreement with you.

Posted by: fdfdfdfdf35423 | October 19, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

MsJS,

HA HA HA!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqQJB8DR_Zo

questionable for office without door.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 19, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

MsJS,

HA HA HA!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqQJB8DR_Zo

questionable for office without door.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 19, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

And I believe the phrase separation of Church and state comes from a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a Connecticut congregation or group of ministers.

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 19, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

But fd, that's a pretty painting of the issue. The bible is not taught in public schools, but the bible may be used in appropriate classes, such as civilization, history, comparative religion. Same goes for a qur'aan or a torah or Mein Kampf. It's not teaching or advocating a religion. If Ms. O'Donnell's knowledge on the topic is so very limited, what the heck is her name doing on a ballot?

Posted by: LostInThought | October 19, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Breaking news: somebody fired shots at the Pentagon about 5 a.m. this morning, which hit the building. It was briefly locked down, and then re-opened. Somebody also apparently fired shots at the Marine Corps Museum last night (after it was closed).

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

It's not that Obama shouts too much; because he really only does that at rally-the-troops moments, it's that he rarely speaks more intimately. I recommend finding a space inside himself where he can do his own version of the fireside chat. Sans cardigan.

The internet informs me that Stentor, from whom "stentorian" arose, died after a shouting contest.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 19, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

LiT,

Life is like a box of chocolates...

actually, we do know what we are going to get. We are going to get stupid and dangerous to our society. What's more, those that get hurt are the least likely to be able to survive.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 19, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

@fdf35423: Yes, religious texts can be part of the curriculum. That's not my point.

Christine O'Donnell's question was, "Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?"

I'd be OK if she didn't know precisely where in the Constitution it's discussed, but that she asked the question strongly suggests she was unaware it was there at all. Otherwise, why ask?

Posted by: MsJS | October 19, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Before this discussion gets too far out of hand, it should be understood that O'Donnell was referencing a theme now common among the religious right wing about this issue. The phrase "separation of church and state" does not, in fact, appear in the Consstitution, so when she asks where it is in the Constitution, she is technically correct. But in the larger sense she and all the religious right wing are wrong, because of the (different) language in the 1st and 14th amendments. And of course, the actual language of "separation of church and state" DOES appear in more than two dozen Supreme Court rulings. So yes, separation/C&S DOES exist, but just not exactly in the Constitution in those very words.

She was using a bit of coded language her rightwing audience would understand, but which the rest of us (properly so) regard as childish nit-picking.

For what it is worth, both Rehnquist and Scalia have made remarks question Sep/C&S, so it isn't wholly unexpected or without some legal context. But Coons is quite correc that the CONCEPT of Sep/C&S resides in the 1st amendment.

What shocked the audience -- which audibly gasped -- in that debate wasn't that CO'D didn't seem to know that. (It was at a law school, which is approximately the very LAST venue on earth one would wish to appear ignorant of 1st amendment language and Supreme Court usage of the exact Jeffersonian verbiage. It's one thing to go out on the stump and yap about it; it's another to stand in front of an audience of student lawyers and demonstrate you don't know basic legal principals.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Or basic legal principles, Mudge (speaking as a legal principal).

*just a friendly nudge to the Mudge*

Posted by: ftb3 | October 19, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I think curmudgeon is correct. There are two ways to read that exchange. The first, and least charitable is that her question pertained to where in the document the legal basis for the separation of church and state comes from.

The second is she was raising the point that nowhere in the text itself does the phrase appear and that therefore it is open to reinterpretation by the courts.

Of course, the salient point is that it's *always* been open to interpretation by the courts and the real question (you'll note I'm not looking up a darn thing about this debate or the candidates but making broad assumptions based on an Internet comment) is whether she thinks the current working interpretation is a gross overreach by the Courts and "activist judges." The mere fact that the point was even raised suggests she probably does b/c there's no point in bringing up the fact that the phrase doesn't exist unless you're interesting in overturning a bunch of case law and/or scoring cheap points with your constituency.

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 19, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Ya know, ftb, I never get that one (principles/principals) right. I always have to look it up. Can't spell moccassin right 90 percent of the time, either. I think they should change both of them to principuls.

Had I been in editor mode, I simply would have looked it up -- for the 827th time.

All this Sep/C&S business falls into what the right wing has taken to calling "Constitutional Conservatism," which in theory sounds like adherence to the Constitution (and which, once upon a time, used to be called "strict constructionism"). But now it basically means an extremely narrow-minded and fundamentalistically literal interpretation of the Constitution on a third-grade level, such as the notion that since the Constitution makes no explicit provision for a Department of Education, we should abolish it. The Con doesn't mention any kind of EPA, or Consumer Protection Agency, either, so they shopuld be abolished, too, according to this 3rd grade thinking.

Of course, it also doesn't mention the Air Force, NASA, meat inspection, AIDS research, television, whoopy cushions, meatballs and spaghetti, automobiles, oil wells, hemorrhoid medications...I could go on.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse


Joel goads the President for being to taciturn. Gerson jumps him for being too cerebral. Perhaps he should just be himself. Better news on the economic front would make that just right.

Posted by: edbyronadams | October 19, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

You're right, cowhand. What I suspect is she has been told (correctly) that the actual language of Sep/C&S doesn't actually reside in the Big C. But she remains ignorant of what DOES actually exist, so when Coons cited the 1st amendment's establishment clause, she said, "You're telling me that's in the First Amendment?" She didn't know, because she'd been told Sep/C&S wasn't in it, and that's the end-all and be-all of her knowledge on that issue. Sep doesn't exist )according to dogma), so therefore the establishment clause couldn't, either. In other words, she slept through 8th grade.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Is it too soon in this kit/boodle to break Godwin's law? In my defense, I'm not actually doing it:

"The first thing that has to be done is secure the border. ... East Germany was very, very able to reduce the flow. Now, obviously, other things were involved. We have the capacity to, as a great nation, secure the border. If East Germany could do it, we could do it."--Joe Miller, Alaskan Fringe.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 19, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Wadiyamean, Mudge, "whoopy cushions wern't in the Constitution"? You told me yourself that you stuck a pig's bladder whoopy chushion under Ben Franklin's chair pillow, and he thought it was a hoot. Started telling peole that he invented the silly thing.

Posted by: Don_from_I-270 | October 19, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I dunno, Obama seemed pretty optimistic in Newtown, Mass., on Saturday...

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/10/obama_set_to_ar.html

Excerpt (Obama's remarks):

"The country is scared, and they have good reason to be,’’ the president said. ‘‘And that’s why this election is so absolutely critical, because essentially you can respond in a couple of ways to a trauma like this. I mean, one is to pull back, retrench, respond to your fears by pushing away challenges, looking backwards. And another is to say we can meet these challenges and we are going to move forward.’’

***
A woman who was handing out a flyer--above ground at Boston's Park T-stop on the beautiful morning of Oct. 13--alerted me that Obama would be visiting on the upcoming Saturday. Only at dinner at Limoncello in the North End on Friday, Oct. 15, while talking with a retired diplomat who had worked more than 30 years with the State Department, did I learn Obama was to speak at the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay. Last Saturday I was too busy shipping items and packing up for my return flight on Sunday to even consider attending the Obama rally for Deval Patrick.

Posted by: laloomis | October 19, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

We have a Welsh Terrier that has a trait that was bred into them in Wales 'to go to ground' for varmints. Unfortunately for the terrier this trait was bred in to them in a country that didn't have skunks. She found the skunk that has been hanging around here in the culvert down in the drive way. I have to give here credit for persistence. She went in after the skunk several times. She kept coming out rolling in the grass blinking her eyes getting a fresh breath and then going back in. After a half hour of this she was finally so tired that I was able to catch and give her a nice hot shampoo. This new shampoo, Sergeant's fur so fresh works wonders on removing the smell. We kept her in the gated yard until the next morning. As soon as she was released she went directly down to check out the culvert. Fortunately the skunt had moved on.

Posted by: bh72 | October 19, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

That's true, Don, and not the only thing Ben stole from me, either. Almanacs. Post offices (I came up with the idea of putting wanted posters on their bulletin boards, too). Watertight compartments on ships.

*sigh*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

(Yeah, yeah, the Chinese invented watertight bulkheads. But he stole them from me AFTER I stole it from them.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Having read DNA's quote from 12:59 it occurred to me that the Canadians better secure their border with Alaska.

Posted by: gmbka | October 19, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

And ........ electricity (have been meaning to call you about the latest bill, btw)

Posted by: ftb3 | October 19, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, you sure spaghetti and meatballs isn't covered under insuring domestic tranquility?

Posted by: LostInThought | October 19, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah that Alaskan border is an easy to defend 250km/1500 miles border. Almost as easily defended than the 2700km/1700 miles of shared waterways. For reference the US/Mexico border is 3200/2000 miles. There's little we can do to stop nutcases to enter the country but usually it works in the other direction. The good father Coughlin and Beck's spiritual father and noted headcase W. Cleon Skousen were Canadians after all. Don't thank us, it was nothing.
Once in a while we get lucky. Last year a high speed boat running south (Pot? Meth? Return trip?) hit a high speed boat running north (Guns? Cigarettes? Booze?) in the middle of the night at the triple point Ontario/Quebec/USA on the St-Lawrence river.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 19, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I had nothing to do with electricity or that whole running-around-in-a-thunderstorm-with-a-kite nonsense. "Ben," I begged him, "this is crazy! Can't we go back to wenching?"

And please don't ask me about the invention of the uirinary catheter. I have blanked that one out of my mind completely.

Incidentally, calendar fans, not only does this month have 10/10/10 in it, it also has five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays -- something that only happens once every 823 years.

You're welcome (you just know you're gonna forward that little factoid to 426 friends).

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey Shriek, if Alaska wants to keep it's citizens in state like E. Germany did who are we to argue - knock yourself out.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 19, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Which turns out to be completely untrue:

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/trivia/fivedays.asp

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

RIP, Tom Bosley... *SIGHHHHHHH*

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101904274.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 19, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I am of the opinion that much of the analysis regarding Obama assumes that your typical American is paying a lot more attention than he or she is. I don't think most Americans care that much about the details and subtleties thrown around by political groupies. So, sure, I think there is an argument to be made that Obama could present himself in a different way. But I don't think it will make much difference.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 19, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I think you're right about Americans paying attention, RD. I do think that improving the current economic situation is the thing that would help the President (and the rest of us). I'm glad not to be in the job market and wish the best for those who need a job, any job.

The Queen didn't invite me in, either, Brag. Now I realize we just dropped by, it was kinda late in the afternoon, but jeez. Not neighborly a'tall. Hope President Pinera has a nice time at Buck Pal.

Well, I survived the morning: visit from the HVAC guy for PM on the furnance (we need new ductwork), simultaneous visit from the plumber (we need a new faucet for the master bath lavatory. As well as a pressure reducing valve installation.) Had eight little old ladies from church for a meeting, at which I talked about my peripheral blood stem cell donation.

I'm bushed.

Cassandra, aren't you taking a good multivitamin with minerals? If not, please do so. Gatorade is good, so are vitamins.

Posted by: slyness | October 19, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

*faxing some herbal tea to slyness*
*faxing some wunnerful veggies to Cassandra (the ones full of vitamins and minerals*

Sad about Tom Bosley. *sigh* They be droppin' like flies.
Yeah, Mudge, I saw that look you gave as you went out in the storm to bring ol' BF back inside. Knowing full well, of course that BF *never* turned down a fine wenching moment (don't know how long it lasted, tho (LOL)).

Gotta go out and get my thyroid meds. I only have a couple of tabs left, and y'all don't want me to get all peculiar on you, right?

*snort*

Posted by: ftb3 | October 19, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama seems to be everyone's worst nightmare nowadays. It doesn't matter what that nightmare is... two different people can have polar opposite nightmares and see them in Obama.

It is quite hilarious, in a way. I think we as a nation need to just quit our bit--ing for a few minutes, you know? Maybe get our heads back in the game?

Posted by: baldinho | October 19, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama gives me no nightmares whatsoever. Not a single one. I doubt very much he gives very many Boodlers any nightmares.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty good -- but of course it will hardly change anybody's mind. http://www.whitehouse.gov/whiteboard?utm_source=email79&utm_medium=image&utm_campaign=economy

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, not me. But I can see that the tea partiers would consider him a nightmare. He *is* a grownup, intelligent, well-educated, a talented politician and policy wonk, and all that. Yep, a nightmare for them.

Posted by: slyness | October 19, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Has everyone had a chance to read this article by Alan Sloane? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/17/AR2010101700019_Comments.html

It's a hard-headed analysis of what's happening to the economy and how powerless government actually is to do anything about it. It's great reading if you're confused and frustrated with the political blame-gaming that's been going on.

And, I've been advised by my Department of Domestic Tranquility that I will be in Washington D.C. in early November. My wife and I are attending a "symposium" of something-or-other. Anyway, just passing this on to the Events Coordinator in case you're planning a Back Porch Event. Cheers.

CowTown

Posted by: jp1954 | October 19, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What does it mean when it says my comment has been held for approval? Am I posting too often or something?

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 19, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I've always liked Alan Sloan's columns.

slyness, I suspect that the nightmare also includes, well, you know ...

Posted by: ftb3 | October 19, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

And I also just picked up the drug refill, so you all can stand down now ... (*snort*)

Posted by: ftb3 | October 19, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe WaPo has mixed up Cowhand and CowTown too.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 19, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

cow, it may mean that it was simply too long. Or did you have a naughty word in it?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey, ftb, don't bogart the Levoxyl.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 19, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

CowTown... we will plan a Back Porch event just for you and Mrs. Town! Delightful!

Email me at boodler [at] mac [dot] com and we'll make arrangements!

Posted by: -TBG- | October 19, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

*steps away from CowTown so as to avoid confusion*

Hmm, I may have tried to sneak in a descriptive tat could have been construed as "naughty" even though I did have an explanation point in the relevant spot.

Ah well, the information was of absolutely crucial importance to us all, I assure you.

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 19, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Sloan's article is thoughtful, well-reasoned, logical and will be totally ignored by all those out on the hustings. His bottom line is one that the folks out there don't want to hear: We have met the enemy, and they is us!. All that high-flying on bubble gains and unsustainable stock market rising, the spending in excess of income with negative savings - that's all stuff we did to ourselves. The would-be policy makers may know privately that there is not magic bullet, but they at least want to create a "magic target". Right now, that target is "Washington". Let's not pay attention the guy behind the curtain. Because that's not a guy, it's a mirror.

Posted by: ebtnut | October 19, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Sloan lost me a bit with his line about how different this is from the Depression. I seem to recall learning some people borrowed to buy stocks in the '20s. I see a few parallels with our recent fiasco.

As far as remedies, without a completely obstructionist minority party, remedies might be within reach much easier.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 19, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Bogart I will, indeed, Mudge! (*mine!* do you hear me??? All *mine* bwwwaaahahahahaha).

You know what else I don't get, what with all these lawsuits against the new health care law, is that if people do not pay for their own health insurance, then they will use emergency rooms for their health care and shove all the cost onto, well, *us* -- making that -- Well Whaddya Know??? -- *Socialized Medicine*.

I guess socialized medicine is only bad if I have to pay for your care, but not if you have to pay for mine. Yep, I get it now.

*cool*

Posted by: ftb3 | October 19, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Stewart and Colbert are selling Restore Inanity tee shirts online. If only some boodler could get a chunk of this market.


http://shop.comedycentral.com/category/60762657701/1/DC-Rally-Gear.htm

Posted by: yellojkt | October 19, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I received an email forward today from the guy I work with who has a depth of knowledge equal to say Christine O'Donnell. The guy that believes all the right-wing email forwards he gets from like-minded folks.

It want on about "If you illegally cross the border with Iran, you get 12 years prison, if you illegally cross the border with Pakistan you get shot, if you illegally cross the border with the US, you get free health care, a SS card, free education, free welfare, a free job, etc etc etc..... remember this when you vote in November".

I responded that he could believe what he wished, but that majority of us preferred reality. That was likely improper office etiquette, but it felt GOOD. I then wondered aloud why there was such an "illegal" problem now, since didn't the GOP control everything recently?

He had no answer to that either. So it goes.

Posted by: baldinho | October 19, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Hello to all. Oh Cassandra, so happy you are swimming. Lots of water to begin, both inside and outside of you, and yes, bananas etc.

CPBoy is writing the funniest of college application essays...he is so great in an ordinary way. I am so astonished and so proud.

Feeling better but my goodness, like moving through Jello....I am managing to work at high levels but then just lie down and backboodle and watch stooooooppppppidddddTeeeVeee....

Forgive me....back to lying down. Love you all, even the difficult and odd ones...and you difficult one, well, watch your step. I just might cough on you directly.


Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 19, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Advice is one thing, cover is something else. Optimism cannot be manufactured by either method. The fact remains: 50 to 85% of the visable opinion holders in the US of A have lost confidence that OUR elected Reps have any idea what the 'RIGHTS' and expectations enumerated in the Constitution are, and are now demanding relief from this insensitivity and confusion. Except for FDR, We have seen it again and again. Any of the above named leaders, Joel, have demonstrated that they would have extended no excuse for why this mess had not been cleaned up, loaded up, driven to the edge, and shoved into that proverbial BRINK.

American's have, can, and will right the Ship of State, and make sure she turns back to the shores of prosperity (which ever way that is) for the most people ever in the History of the World.

Nomore

Posted by: SpendNomore | October 19, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

"Great in an ordinary way" is wonderful, CquaP. It warms my heart.

Posted by: Yoki | October 19, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

It'll be baby steps;
Exhibit A, We, not WE,
or read 'em and weep

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 19, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I have been so careful to not interfere with his writing in school...so, when I read his essays at his behest, well, so pleased to see the ordinary goodness and use of humor so perfectly. I love him to pieces, naturally, but my goodness, such a steady and fine young person....we shall all nod and take notice. I see a trend in the college essay apps, for those among us who must pay attention: two or three small essays, now.

Next, he is to describe a process....and then finally, answer 10 short questions in 20 words or less. These are the better prompts:

I knew I was mentoring when...

I nearly lost my temper when...

After this experience, I knew I needed to read more when...

Then best sentence in my obituary will read...

If an alien asked me about reality TV, I would either defend with....or distance myself by saying...

My favorite cartoon is....

He is applying to big an up-and-coming MD state U....so, adjust this advice as needed.....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 19, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

For night time leg cramps my doctor facetiously recommended gin and tonics. Quinine in the the tonic ha ha. But his real recommendation was a multi vitamin every day.

Posted by: bh72 | October 19, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The comment police won't let me sign in using google Chrome but Safari is ok. I like Chrome because when I click on posted links it goes directly. Safari just directs to 'look up in google' which many times isn't directly to the link. Many times to adverts to any word used in the link. Using a mac by the way.

Posted by: bh72 | October 19, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

And the umpiring in the playoffs continues to reek. NY fans (sorry mo) reach over the right field wall and clearly interfere with a Ranger trying to catch a ball at the top of the wall (you see one guy not even following the ball but literally swiping at the player's glove!!!), but the umps call it a homer. Ai chihuahua... At least they properly reversed a fair/foul call that would have given NY an second unfair homer.

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 19, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm not having any trouble with Chrome on this MacBook, bh72.

Posted by: Yoki | October 19, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

For youse not watching whats happening out west, the Giants win number two.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/19/SPIQ1FV03S.DTL&type=sports

Posted by: bh72 | October 19, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

When I try to sign in using Chrome it invites me to register. When I try to register I get a total run around saying that email address is already registered, sends a generated pass word that just goes into the revolving sending another generated pass word, Hopeless.

Posted by: bh72 | October 19, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

At least the Chamber of Commerce will admit to what it wants to do with immigration. No shocker. Amnesty. Guest worker program. No penalties for employers.

Does anyone with a brain think the GOP is gonna do anything against the wishes of the Chamber? They never have, and never will. Common sense says that.

Why won't the GOP admit that to the Tea Party folks? What percentage of GOP candidates this time around would belly up to this plan the Chamber advocates?

http://www.uschamber.com/issues/immigration/us-chamber-commerce-statement-comprehensive-immigration-reform

I am betting zero. Lots of folks think the GOP will actually work to stop immigration. Good luck with that.

Posted by: baldinho | October 19, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

No relevance to anything, but a fun story, for those of you, like me, a little less than conventional I love this. And try not to get the voice of a famous movie character in your head when you read the last sentence.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-bridge-player-chuffed-by-world-champ-title/article1764455/?cmpid=rss1&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheGlobeAndMail-Front+%28The+Globe+and+Mail+-+Latest+News%29&utm_content=Google+International

Posted by: dmd3 | October 19, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

First Barbara Billinsley. Now Tom Bosley. Things happen in threes.

If I was Alf, I'd be nervous.

Posted by: baldinho | October 19, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

dmd, great story and now I know what 'chuffed' means.

Baldinho, is Zsa Zsa still alive?

Posted by: badsneakers | October 19, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

baldinho may be too young for the Zsa Zsa reference...

To be on-Kit for once, I think Obama is quite optimistic in the face of terrible problems and discouraging news. This is from the invitation I got for his rally here Thursday:
"He’ll be getting us fired up for the final stretch of our Vote 2010 campaign -- and making sure we all know how important it is that we keep moving America forward."

I can't go because I have to work (yay!). I most likely will have a great view of his motorcade.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 19, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Before I check the Snopes article, let's do a little mental test. If the first day of the month falls on a Friday, the 29th day is also a Friday, making it the fifth Friday of that month. If the 31st of a month falls on a Sunday, that means there are five Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, in that month. There are seven months each year with 31 days in them. The distribution of the first day of each month is pseudorandom. This situation should occur about once a year. Since October is one of the seven months with 31 days, it should have five Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays about every seven years, on average.

Now to go to Snopes.

Did you know that the word 'gullible' isn't even in the dictionary?

Posted by: yellojkt | October 19, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Zsa Zsa is still alive. Eva isn't. Neither is Eddie Albert. Nor Arnold Ziffel.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 19, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Someone should muzzle Ginny Thomas:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101907062.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Posted by: seasea1 | October 19, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

ok, yoki: do you use a glass slide, or a craftsman socket?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n92AZIlMmsQ

i need to mess around with open tuning more often.

Posted by: -jack- | October 19, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Socket every time. I kept getting shards after smacking the bottle on the bar.

Posted by: Yoki | October 19, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

just wonderin'. bonnie raitt uses a socket, the same preferred by the late lowell george.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcPKa-iwxq0&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | October 19, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neKEPiDq2e8

Posted by: -jack- | October 19, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

The other fun thing is that you get slightly different tones from various grades of steel in the socket-wrenches. A cheap thin one from Canadian Tire (in your case, Walmart) sounds different than a professional wrench intended for a commercial garage.

Posted by: Yoki | October 19, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I am posting in Chrome, using a Mac.

I watched Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons" for film class tonight. It seems that when new management at RKO ditched Welles after this film, their new slogan was "Quality without Genius".

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 19, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLvBprlyQp0

Used to see Doug Cox at a coffee house in Kingston with my classical-guitar playing boyfriend when I was in school.

Posted by: Yoki | October 19, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Good heavens, where is everybody?

Nobody up yet? Yello? Mudge? Cassandra?

Well, I am, so good morning, everybody! It's a lovely fall day in the Carolinas, so enjoy!

I would sooo trade February and August for an extra May and October. But then maybe I wouldn't appreciate May and October as I do.

Ham biscuits and hot peach cider on the ready room table. Have a good day, everybody! Especially you, Cassandra!

Posted by: slyness | October 20, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Marilyn Monroe owned over 400 books including one on the rights in the Constitution, which puts here one up on Christine O'Donnell. Pictures of Marilyn reading (or pretending to) and a link to the list of Marilyn's library here:

http://dowdreport.blogspot.com/2010/10/marilyn-monroe-bookworm.html

Posted by: Mo_MoDo | October 20, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully Obama's "Mythbusters" turn will count as a makeover...

Nice to see the Rangers kept playing and put another check in the "W" column. Also very nice to see the Sawx ownership following through on their Fenway upgrades:

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2010/10/20/high_definition_video_highlights_fenway_park_makeover/

*wishing-everyone-a-wonderful-day-despite-it-being-a-particularly-dank-and-chilly-Hump-Day Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 20, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Puts her one up...

Posted by: Mo_MoDo | October 20, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Morning all... bh72.. I use Firefox on my Mac with the Linkification extension that turns any posted link into a live one.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/190/

Chrome and Safari both are very slow on my 4-year-old MacBook. I think it's because they're always trying to load my "most visited" pages. I've tried to find where to turn off that option but have had no luck.

More advice... Mudge... you don't have to "look up" any spellings. Just right click on the word and if it's spelled wrong, the correct spelling should appear at the top of the contextual menu that appears.

Gosh.. time to stop nagging. Hope y'all have a great day... what's on the agenda today?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 20, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

My version of Firefox underlines mispelled words in read just like Word. I wish my Droid did that as well.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Mine, too, yello. So does my iPhone. I'm just sayin'. :-)

Posted by: -TBG- | October 20, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

But it gets annoying when one uses Firefox in two or more languages as the non-default languages' text gets all underlined. It's visually annoying.

The media should be more careful about reporting the exploits of the Good Colonel. I've heard more than I wanted to know before switching station on the car's radio. Gosh.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 20, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodlers! :)

Vroom, vroom. Off to a clear, bright sky to cover the Boodle´s six o'clock.

Yesterday, I took a close look at the Fenix-2 escape capsule. Someone had wiped off the dirt accumulated during the rescue.

Last night, Leonardo Farkas, a flamboyant Chilean rich guy, held a dinner for the ex trapped miners. During the event, he made those miners who had proposed marriage during their entombment, to kneeel and propose again. He then gave each couple a house.

On hearing, the miners had been found alive, Farkas rushed to the mine and wrote a check for an equivalent of US$ 10,000 for each miner.

He has made an appeal to his rich colleagues to add to the kitty and make each miner a dollar millionaire.

Meanwhile, Piñera is on tour and in speeches in Paris revealed a fairly decent dominion of French. A large contingent of Chileans are studying at the elite Ecole Politechnique.

Studying French, you will ask?
No, nuclear technology. Graduating from the Politechnique guarantees a position in the political, military, or technological fast track.

Toodle doo,

Brag

Posted by: Braguine | October 20, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

bh, if Chrome is still giving you a hard time, you might try clicking on the wrench icon in the upper right corner and finding the option to clear your cache and cookies.

That might help.


Yello: like "read"?


Also: has Ginni Thomas lost her mind? Discuss. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101907062.html

Posted by: byoolin1 | October 20, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Thanks so much for the advice! I take so many medications, one of them takes the salt out of my body, so that could be the culprit. And I need to take a multivitamin because the diet lacks a lot of stuff. Got the Gatorade, will try that.

I'm running late this morning, and of all mornings to do that, the busy day! I've taken on more work. I've volunteered to open the Center where I usually work and another one for two days. The director is sick, and can't work any longer. The Centers will close, and that's not good. Maybe for just a little while until we see how things work out with her treatments or we come up with another plan. I don't think they should ever close. Pray for me, and her.

Have a fantastic day, folks, and love to all.

Hey Slyness, I'm going to take your advice about the multivitamin. I used to take them, don't know why I quit. Hope you are doing ok? Are some of the kids in Charlotte trying to blow up the schools? On the news, a pen blows up in a student's hand? I didn't get the whole story.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 20, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Did Ginny Thomas have a mind in the first place? Just wondering. After all, she *did* marry Clarence. But her latest exploit is beyond the pale. I don't blame Professor Hill for contacting the FBI at all.

Posted by: slyness | October 20, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

My favourite part is Mrs. Thomas' statement to the AP a little while later: "I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get passed (sic) what happened so long ago."

She leaves a voicemail calling Anita Hill a liar and says that's "extending an olive branch."

Posted by: byoolin1 | October 20, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Scalia's Second Vote's wife is a Tea Party enthusiast. Just sayin'.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 20, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all ... though dank and dark here.

I'm sure it's occurred to many of you that there is an abundant supply of politically inspired costumes for Halloween this year. One thought would be a Christine O'Donnell witch carrying a copy of the Constitution with the First Amendment crossed out ... among other visual allusions to her "statements" over the years.

I'm sure the Boodle can come up with many more masquerades along this line. (Agree that Ginny Thomas lost whatever mind she had years ago.)

Posted by: talitha1 | October 20, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Good mornin, y'all.

Warm muffins, bacon, scrambled eggs and OJ on the table to go with the biscuits and cider generously and yummily provided by slyness.

Brag, that's cool you got to see the capsule.

Cassandra, you have more energy than you give yourself credit for, what with all you do. You simply rock.

Waving back at Grover and sending him sunshine which TWC has in abundance this morning.

Had to go back to IE this morning. All of a sudden, neither Chrome nor Firefox will load. Crash City on both. That my laptop is 7 years old probably doesn't help.

Off to find more coffee. Anyone else want some?

Posted by: MsJS | October 20, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

So, BP's money is changing the Gulf Coast citizens' lifestyle now, hummmm?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101907468.html?hpid=artslot

Posted by: talitha1 | October 20, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Whole story about the pen bomb isn't out, Cassandra. That may be a good thing. The two brothers have been arrested, police are still looking for their mother. I understand what the combined public safety services found at the house would have destroyed the neighborhood. Not good for kids to be playing with explosives.

You got that the school was one for children who had been excluded from their normal schools for behavorial problems? Gee whiz, what a mess.

Posted by: slyness | October 20, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

TBG,
I have enough trouble rasslin' with the auto-complete feature. An inline spell checker would grind my tweeting to a halt.

byoolin,
Perzactly. I reed you loud and clear.

Ginny Thomas needs to get back in the Winnebago and quit drunk dialing old girlfriends...of her husband.

Two words of advice to Ms. Hill: Restraining order.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

With all the shrimpers on the overly generous BP dole, we may not have any choice but to eat imported farm-raised shrimp.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. TBG, I don't think right-clicking anything will tell me which is correct, principle or principal. Also, I'm on a Windows system at work, so right-clicking doesn't do anything except give me a paste, delete or "select all" function.

Cassandra, you mention you are on a lot of meds (as I am). If you are on one or more diuretics, or on a corticosteroid, they tend to rob the body of potassium, which might be the cause of the cramps.

There are things that rob either sodium, calcium or magnesium, but they aren't usually meds -- just common kinds of food. It is potassium that most often is affected by medications, so the most likely cramp suspect. The solution as CqP and others said is bananas, but you may also need/want a potassium suplement pill. Ask your doc. But I betcha it's low potassium.

What robs calcium: alcohol, caffeine, tea, lack of exercise, lack of stomach acid, stress. No help there.

What robs magnesium: large amounts of calcium in milk products, proteins, fats. No help there.

What robs sodium: potassium and chloride counteract sodium (no help there)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 20, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"Extending an olive branch" generally means to make a peace offering. A demand for an apology hardly qualifies. What's next? Strapping on adult diapers and driving to Massachusetts?

Posted by: Raysmom | October 20, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"What's next? Strapping on adult diapers and driving to Massachusetts?"


Massachusetts has a dress code now? Rats.

Posted by: byoolin1 | October 20, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Here is the tip I was taught a long time ago:

The princiPAL is your pal. Use 'pal' if it refers to a person or money. Use 'ple' if it refers to an idea. Not perfect, but it works most of the time.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Yello - I think that tip is a most capitol idea.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 20, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Another thing I love about the boodle: I saw the Ginny Thomas story last night but was too tired to point there and comment. This morning? Already done with the comments I would have made (and more). Everything else should be so easy.

A day of Microsoft security patching servers and redoing an app upgrade that an analyst thought she could do herself in the test environment. Will talk to her boss after I get it fixed.

Posted by: -dbG- | October 20, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Good one, byoo

Posted by: Raysmom | October 20, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

You too, Raysmom! *waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 20, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I just realized a little while ago that Ken Buck, the yahoo running in Colorado, graduated from Princeton a year ahead of Joel. He (Buck, not Joel) was on the football team.

Okay, yello, which one do you use if you want the word to mean "main" or "primary"? (See? You're not much help on this one.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 20, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

You know, Joel, I view Obama as cerebral, period. That is not to say that he cannot be warm and human, because he can and is when appropriate, it's just that he usually comes across as considering weighty matters, giving them the seriousness deserved.

Never a firesidechatwithcardigan, please. I remember Jimmy.

Obama at the keyboard, mr. cool. Soft jazz at his fingertips as he speaks his mind in an American address. That would be "so rare" so fine, so original, to see and hear. :-)

Posted by: VintageLady | October 20, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The principal is the main man. It's not the money, it's the principle. If it is the money, it's the principal.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Now there's a mental image to cherish, VL. I could really dig a president who did something like that. Not that I don't dig Obama as it is.

Posted by: slyness | October 20, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I thought the money was the capital or is it capitol?

At our school the principal was a woman...

Posted by: VintageLady | October 20, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Well, now that I just got my annual flu shot preserved wif da eeeebul thimerosal, I expect to be rendered incomprehensible any moment now...

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 20, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The main man can be a woman. Often it's better if she is. The Capitol is a building. Everything else is capital. But RD new that.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

RD noses a lot, he nose the principles of things...

Posted by: VintageLady | October 20, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Let me try, Mudge.

The principle principal in the school district won an award.

I think that's right ... even if it looks funny.

VL -- tonight on PBS is one of the White House entertainment shows with Broadway numbers, hosted by Nathan Lane. I shall be in my personal front seat, myself. I read where Audra McDonald is one of the entertainers, and I just *love* her singing.

I don't remember the last time I saw a Broadway show in NYC. Time to go do that again (once I gather the money and the body gumption, of course).

As for Ginny Thomas, this is *clearly* a political setup, and it's distinguishable from when Justice William Douglas' very young (fourth, perhaps?) wife told off Lady Bird Johnson regarding the Vietnam war at a White House tea. Ginny Thomas is way up there on the entitlement totem (there are "private" stories to which I have been privy), and I can't help but think that-- while it would appear to be counterintuitive because of whom she married--there is a "look what color Anita Hill is, and she didn't have the grace to take my olive branch and instead called the FBI" kind of meme going. And, gee, folks, this occurred two weeks before the election ...

*triple snort with a lime twist*

Posted by: ftb3 | October 20, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

SCC: RD is cerebral, he never noses, always nose....

Posted by: VintageLady | October 20, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

ftb,
Are you saying there are dog whistles involved? Knock me over with a Coke can.

We got tickets (again) for the much delayed U2-Spiderman show in December. I'll give a full report.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Shoot, yello beat me to the Coke can reference.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 20, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Frosty here on the left coast this morning under clear blue skis, except for con trails and remainders of con trails. Lots of jet traffic heading north. Down to 60 in the house.
Elton John and Leon Russell coming up live in ABC this morning with their new combined album songs.

Posted by: bh72 | October 20, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Joel Achenbach, it's Boodler Boodlebum. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years, and my cat who always sits on my keyboard and tries to scratch my eyes out, and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and also a streudel, possibly with some nuts, and some full explanation as to what you did to my house band. Remember all those years ago when we thought you were just performing some spoken-word with hepcat bassline thing so we agreed to share the stage and you went all Barbara Streisand meets Miley Cyrus diva solo crazy and several in the crowd required medical assistance and then the joint was closed as a nuisance establishment? Would you at least consider that? If not would you mind plugging our upcoming gigs at the Sheboygan Petting Zoo? October 30-31noon-4:30 (we have to break down and get into costume for the haunted zoo thing before sundown).

Posted by: veritasinmedium | October 20, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Hot Dog! Obama on The Daily Show.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tvblog/2010/10/president-obama-to-stop-by-the.html

Posted by: talitha1 | October 20, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The Statue of Liberty foam crown is always a nice touch Ginny. Jump to the 5 minute mark.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCsRZOAGksY

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 20, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

In trying to find some unintentionally humorous right wing response to the Ginni Thomas story, I ran across the phrase 'squid ink' as a metaphor for deliberately muddying the waters so as to distract from the real issue and let the real culprit escape. I like that nearly as much as 'dog whistle.'

As for the teabaggers, they don't have their talking points down yet except that Anita Hill has obviously over-reacted to an innocent statement. Again.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I've been watching this item rise from the bottom to the top of the page all money. Oh, joy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101907974.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: talitha1 | October 20, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

scc: morning, not money.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 20, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Hi Honey. How was your day? Mine was good, thanks. Got a few things done for the TP. Oh yeah...before I forget, earlier today, I got to thinking...as I'm getting older, I find I want to right some wrongs before I meet that maker of mine. And then I got to thinking about others who I really want to spend some quality time with in the afterlife who might need to make some wrongs right themselves. So I decided to call up that old colleague of yours. Left her a message about apologizing for that whole Congressional testimony thing. Tomorrow I think I might call the Enron whistleblower. Look at the trouble she caused. Pot roast okay with you?

Posted by: LostInThought | October 20, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

One of the Next Great Pundit contestants has an interesting take on the Ginny Thomas story.
http://views.washingtonpost.com/pundits2010/contestants/nancy.goldstein/2010/10/oy_vey_of_the_day.html

I suppose folks will now be scrambling for Ginny Thomas costumes to wear at the Oct. 30 rally at The Mall.

Posted by: MsJS | October 20, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Excellent Milbank column (for a change), BTW: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101906085.html?hpid=opinionsbox1 Milbank has been pretty uneven lately.

Monica Hesse has a major profile piece on Jim Zogby, head of the Arab American Institute (although he himself is Catholic, not muslim). He is the brother of pollster John Zogby. Jim attended Temple University a year or so ahead of me (as a grad student, not undergrad), and I knew him back then kind of vaguely to say hello to in the hallway (he had some role as a mover-and-shaker in the student government, IIRC, whereas I was an editor on the paper, which was located in the same small, cramped row house as the SG peeps and some other student groups, so we saw each other in the hallways all the time.) Can't say I knew him at all, though, probably even less than Joel knows Ken Buck.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101906848.html?hpid=features1&hpv=national&sid=ST2010101906889

Love the headline on this Steve Pearlstein column: "Dems hurt by voters' denial of reality "

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 20, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

@LiT, awesome! Glad I'd already finished my coffee.

Posted by: MsJS | October 20, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm running behind I see for the boodling on guitar slides. Coincidentally a friend of mine has convinced me to blow some glass slides. I've produced a few, mostly too big. Not being a guitarist, I can't say I know what good is. But deep well sockets make all the sense in the world to me.

Posted by: HeadFool1 | October 20, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Here's what appears to be yet another exmaple of the urgent need for copy editing, via CNN:

"The video, recorded during Fleet Week’s October 9-10 air show, may make a viewer believe the plane was banking over the bridge. But FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said Tuesday the radar track shows the plane’s closest proximity to the bridge was 1,200 feet (almost a mile), and no regulations were broken. The camera position and angle make the plane look closer than it was, he said."

I'm hoping the writer inserted the (almost a mile) mistake, since one would demand the FAA spokesman fully understand the difference between feet and miles... *SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 20, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks MsJS. There's also the chance it was something like "Dammit Clarence. Either you admit right this minute that Chrissy was right about the First Amendment, or I'm calling Anita. I'm picking up the phone. I'm dialing. I'm not kidding. Hello, Anita Hill?"

Posted by: LostInThought | October 20, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

LiT,
Hilarious. I think 'Clarence and Ginni' should become a primetime sitcom.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Well, so far there are 522 comments on the Ginni Thomas story. No I didn't read them all. After two pages I feel as if I need a shower.

So if her MO was to get publicity, mission accomplished.

Nicely done, LiT.

Posted by: Raysmom | October 20, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

LiT and MsJS are ON this morning!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 20, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, maybe they meant "almost a smile." Or "almost a pile." Or perhaps they meant "1,200 yards," not feet, but thought a yard had 4 feet in it. Or 1,200 fathoms (which would actually be more than a smile).

Is the question whether the plane was "banking" over the bridge, or just simply thought to be "too close" to the bridge during which time it was also banking (the banking part being essentially irrelevant)?

In other words, they let some intern write the dang thing, and of course they have no editor, so...

I suppose we should be grateful they got "Fleet Week" right. It could have been Fleet Enema.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 20, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

1200' = "Almost a mile"

I guess the universe is shrinking after all.

Now I don't feel so bad for shelling out big $ for my "I Survived The Big Crunch And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt" t-shirt.

Posted by: byoolin1 | October 20, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom -- I read a few of those comments, too, and bailed pretty quickly. Bleah!

My threshold for stupidity has never been high, and this just nailed it shut.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 20, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Off topic, but as promised for Talitha, Rick Mercer at Louisbourg,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9ZsMrVb2AU

Posted by: dmd3 | October 20, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

ftb, the technology that brings you the A-blog and the boodle also brings a bunch of other stuff you probably want to ignore.

I'm kind of surprised the story elicited so many responses.

What are people having for lunch? We've got grilled veggies on seasoned rice here.

Posted by: MsJS | October 20, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Milbank takes on the "elites"-

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101906085.html

Truly the chickens are voting for Col. Sanders.

Posted by: kguy1 | October 20, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

dmd, loved the Louisbourg video ... many thanks! (Well, frankly I could have done without the fifer. ;))

Posted by: talitha1 | October 20, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, I had smoked salmon, capers and cream cheese on a toasted croissant and an apple. Delish.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 20, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, for me it's last night's leftovers: penne pasta with a tomato-cream sauce, grilled chicken, and sauteed spinach.

Has anyone else seen the "Sanity: I'm In" T-shirts?

Posted by: Raysmom | October 20, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Chicken salad sandwich and the best part a fresh Northern Spy apple - juicy, delicious and slightly tart, the perfect fit for a delightful but cool and windy fall day.

In the spirit of Ms. Thomas I reach out to all those who have hurt me in the past - I am now willing to accept your apologies and any gifts/or monetary donations you wish to provide.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 20, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen the shirts yet, Raysmom, but the rally sign submissions are getting a little wittier and relevant over at saneornot.com.

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 20, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

SCC: MORE relevant, of course...

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 20, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

@dmd: too good!

Posted by: MsJS | October 20, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I know what you mean, Scotty. I like this one:

Because too many people are getting paid to make you angry

Here's a link to the shirt:
http://progresswear.com/rally_to_restore_sanity_im_in_womens_tshirt.html

Sorry if I'm covering old territory, but are any boodlers going?

Posted by: Raysmom | October 20, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I believe the question is better phrased as "where will the Boodle meet before/during/after the rally?" :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 20, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Vote early, vote often, vote Weingarten!

http://www.americanmustacheinstitute.org/MustacheAmericanOfYear-voting.aspx

Posted by: kguy1 | October 20, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

There are a lot of good restaurants in and around the Penn Quarter. I just fear they will be mobbed after the rally. I would suggest minibar at Cafe Atlantico but it only seats six and you have to get reservations a month in advance.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Brooker column on something...SNAFUs and writing and such...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/oct/04/charlie-brooker-jonathan-franzen-book-pulped

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 20, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

DNAGirl,
As someone who is half way (Page 290 last night, woo-hoo!) through 'Freedom', I'd be a little disheartened to learn I'm reading the wrong book.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Or at least stop looking so much like you've just read the latest unemployment figures."

I have to a agree with this one. Reminding yourself how incompetent you are is NOT good for your appearance. As we have seen by looking at him on the tube...

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 20, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The upside is that you are free to cast spoilers about since odds are you may not spoil anything.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 20, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

It seems I'm safe. Only UK copies were affected:

///Copies of Jonathan Franzen's novel "Freedom" are being exchanged because a typesetter inadvertently sent an earlier draft to the printer. Franzen said there were a ""a couple of hundred differences at the level of word and sentence and fact" and ""small but significant changes to the characterizations of Jessica and Lalitha," two secondary characters. A full recall is not being undertaken, and this doesn't affect the U.S. edition, the audio book, or the e-book edition.///

http://bit.ly/b3jlkS

But why are they looking for someone called Rosebud?

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Time for a distraction.

It seems there is an ESPN Magazine (who would have known?) and they have an annual Body Issue or something of the sort. They got 9-time world champ (going on 10) surfer Kelly Slater to have his picture taken (nothing offensive showing). This item at Surfer Magazine (which seems to cater to 18 year olds) gives the details and photo.

http://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/4285-kelly-slater-gets-naked-for-espn

Mr. Slater, in person, is slight. Careerwise, he's astonishing. This essay at MSNBC explains:
http://outofbounds.nbcsports.com/2010/09/do-you-remember-that-really.html.php

After reading that, bear in mind that Slater became an extremely competent surfer at home in Cocoa Beach.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 20, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, I missed this "late last week" episode and I see it has made it out to the wider world now but I thought this was particularly interesting.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/10/one-pilots-revolt-todays-security-theater-update/64758/

Forgive me if I'm reposting or dredging up something already discussed.

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 20, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I am completely *breathless* --

Andy Borowitz

It's a scream!

Posted by: ftb3 | October 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey! WaPo neglected to print this site:

Andy Borowitz

Grrrrrrr

Posted by: ftb3 | October 20, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh *expletive*

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/andy_borowitz/search?contributorName=Andy%20Borowitz

Posted by: ftb3 | October 20, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

And Gina Barreca's take on the hypothetical domestic discussion over the incident:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/imagine-a-recent-morning-with-ginni-and-clarence-thomas/27855

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Fixing the Sky is a new book on weather modification and such. It's worth checking the info just to enjoy the cover art.

http://www.cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-14412-4/fixing-the-sky

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 20, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

ftb, here's Weingarten's Gina Barreca on Ginni Thomas: http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/imagine-a-recent-morning-with-ginni-and-clarence-thomas/27855

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 20, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

yello beat me to it. Gotta be fast on yer feet around here.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 20, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The Web is getting old. A large book store in Portland is celebrating its 16th anniversary of selling online with a 16 percent discount, today only.

This must have been the first retailer whose customers were likely to check inventory online before visiting a physical store.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 20, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

DotC,
Please don't point out to me when Powell's has sales. I have enough temptations to resist in my life.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

While I like Gina's and Andy's versions just fine, I think LiT's is better.

Posted by: MsJS | October 20, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Of all the wave/particle dualists, Heisenberg was the principal. He beat out Pauli in a duel.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 20, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I like LIT's perspective too. So good.

Why are pilots and other airline personnel going through security? Haven't they already passed all the security tests? Heaven knows there are enough back doors at every airport that they need never encounter TSA. And don't tell me otherwise, I've been through a few of them.

Posted by: slyness | October 20, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The Thomas/Hill story now has over 1,100 comments. Yikes!

Posted by: -pj- | October 20, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

On kit: Obama's Lost Magic.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,723814-2,00.html

Although I don't have any nightmares over Obama either, this article makes me sad.

Posted by: gmbka | October 20, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I know I'm not around here much, but I'll be around even less the next few days. I'm off to England tomorrow night and I'll be back the following Friday. If, when I come back, I start referring to the flavour of ice cream or the colour of the sky, please don't hesitate to correct me!

Have fun without me and make sure Joel is still employed when I get back to where I once belonged.

Posted by: -pj- | October 20, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

pj,
Have some fish and chips for me.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 20, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I think I can do that, yello. Maybe hoist a pint or two as well.

Posted by: -pj- | October 20, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

pj, I am so envious. The weather is supposed to be cool and mostly sunny, in London that is. Have a wonderful trip.

Posted by: gmbka | October 20, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, pj...

I wonder if you might have England half to yourself? The "foreign" tourists I and my traveling companion most frequently encountered--as we traipsed from Massachusetts, through Rhode Island, around Hartford, whizzing through western Massachusetts, and up one side of Vermont and down the other, then back to Boston--were Brits and Scots.

David Cameron may have instituted austerity measures at home, but those from the Isles who can afford travel are (or were) in New England in droves. A large party of Scots at our inn in Dorset, Vermont; another large lunch party eating Mexican food, only one table away from us, in Montpelier, on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Wave as you fly over, will you? Unless Joel can put in a good word with Thomas Dudley of BP, my trip to merry ol' England, the one I hoped to make next year, is now suspended indefinitely. I, for one, pj, am eager to hear of your experiences across the pond.

Posted by: laloomis | October 20, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

What kind of people give the President less than two years before abandoning him? For crying out loud, I gave Bush the benefit of the doubt for two full years. You know, for America's sake?

And I was no Bush supporter, you better believe.

BAD Americans! BAD! Sit! STAY!

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 20, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

*sending appreciative chuckles to Jumper*

LiT, you also have my vote for the right-on posts of the day.

pj -- do enjoy. I love London and look forward to getting back there some day. I always take in Hatchards book shop on Picadilly and then head over to Fortnum and Mason for tea (a couple of shops over from Hatchards). I'll be with you in spirit (which will *not* cost you extra for overweight baggage, I assure you).

Posted by: ftb3 | October 20, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

pj... have a great trip!

I guess this means you won't be joining us on the mall at the Sanity rally.

Speaking of the October 30 rally, are we meeting up at McCormick & Schmick's afterwards with the folks who can't make it to the mall?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 20, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

PJ, I'm jealous because I've never been to the U.K. but I'll try to be happy for you ;-)

Long day of errands, #2 is still in the hospital as far as I know tho' she was hoping to be released today.

Off to find some peace at yoga class...

Posted by: badsneakers | October 20, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

pj, have a great trip.

For those of us unable to attend the rally, would the boodlers be kind enough to group in front of the TV cameras so those of us watching the live feed can wave.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 20, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

I'm thinking that the Thomases may need a mediator sooner or later. Mrs. Thomas' reported affiliations with the Tea Party isn't going to help this situation, either. This story has it all, doesn't it?

Can you imagine the ribbing that Justice Thomas got by his peers in the Supreme Locker room this AM? Oy.

Been wanting to write that all day, but I'm flat out of time.

Have fun across the water, pj. Don't forget your picks, eh? Speaking of which - belated congrats, TBG.

Going back to the Kit for a second, I always thought GWB looked like he was having fun more often than not.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | October 20, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Times are tough, and I have been trying to come up with a plan to become independently wealthy, and quickly.

Here is my best idea so far: I offer all the people who are voting for the GOP this year because the GOP is gonna fix illegal immmigration a deal. They can give me $100 each right now. The day that the GOP-controlled Congress sends a bill to the President that cracks down hard on immigration by punishing businesses who employ illegals, I will give everyone back $200.

Posted by: baldinho | October 20, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

'Zackly, baldinho. As if the US Chamber will *ever* allow that to happen. . . .

Whatta country, eh?

Posted by: ftb3 | October 20, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

You are going to be fabulously wealthy, baldinho. Will you remember the little people who knew you when?

Posted by: Yoki | October 20, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

slyness, I guess that was my thing too. They've already got control of the plane (or in the case of the cabin crew) the trust of those who do. Is it really necessary that they go through screening with the rest of us poor saps? It seems very odd.

The methods of maintaining control of an aircraft in a hostage situation are essentially the same now as they were on September 10, 2001 it's just we're recognizing a new threat when the planes themselves are weapons rather than bargaining chips. As we saw all too clearly with the EgyptAir situation a number of years ago, the pilot is the pilot and he controls what's going to happen. I prefer not to begrudge him some shampoo or nail clippers.

badsneakers, I hope all is well there.

As to optimism in a President, I will say this: positive thinking or not, outlook or not, good Lord that's a job that will age you. I saw President Bush at the Rangers game a few days ago and man he still looks vaguely unwell two years later (though perhaps that was the score at the time). Certainly, President Obama has aged too.

Why anyone would want the job is beyond me.

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 20, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh pj, I hope you have a wonderful time! London is a great place, any time of the year.

Having been this summer, I promise myself it won't be 17 years before I go back.

Great idea, baldinho, we'll go in with you to help with collections. Does that work for you? We're scattered and can create the organization you need, nationwide.

Posted by: slyness | October 20, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

*Frenvious* toward pj. I love London, have been there many times, but not since 1999 (except to connect at Heathrow, and doesn't count). Must go back soon.

Have a wonderful time, pj. Tell us about it when you get back.

Posted by: Yoki | October 20, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm kinda surprised by the byline on this article, given the topic...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/20/AR2010102003597.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 20, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Yoki: I still shake my head at the NPR team that was in Arizona interviewing the locals as the new immigration rules went into effect in July. They were about 80% in favor of them, and about 80% of those interviewed admitted to knowingly hiring illegals to work for them. Why? Because they did a good job and were CHEAP.

I like to try to see the big picture. People in Mexico make maybe 2 bucks an hour. People in the US doing the same work make maybe 10 bucks an hour. There is no force in nature capable of keeping those Mexicans out of here and capable of preventing those Americans from hiring them and paying them 5 or 6 bucks an hour.

The numbers on wages are likely wrong, but I bet the ratio is about right.

Posted by: baldinho | October 20, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

And enjoy your trip pj!! *waving*

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 20, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart and Larry King, this is amusing.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 20, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, sure. *Now* you guys like London. But lemme tell ya, back in the day (and I'm even talking about back before all that coal-fired smog, misnomered as "fog") it was one hellacious place. Narrow, muddy streets, no sewage, no running water, just running slops. People walking around talking funny and eating some of the worst food imaginable. Town nearly burned down in 1666, and oh, yeah, can we talk plague? A couple of 'em. Got this one stenchified river running through the middle of it, and only one half-built bridge down by the Tower of L. "Bill," I sez to my friend, who was an unknown poet and playwright from Stratford or Strabury or some damn place out in the boonies, "can't we get out of town once in a while? Maybe go to that Renaissance Fair at Scarborough? They got this fantastic herb garden, they got parsley, sage, rosemary, and...um...yanno. Tumeric. Or maybe oregano, I forget which. But anyway, a lot of them."

"I gotta work some more on this play, Mudge," 'e sez, "but you go ahead and go. Remember me to one one who lives."

"Anybody I know, Will?" I asks.
"Nah," 'e sez. "She once was a true love of mine, that's all."

"Was she cute?" I asks.

"Oh, yeah, in a dark sort of way. Her eyes were nothing like the sun, mind you, and black wires was growing on 'er 'ead. But all in all she was quite a saucy wench."

So I took my leave of 'im and thought to myself, "oh, great, now all I gotta do is find some dusky wench with eyes that aren't blazing orange, and 'er 'ead looks like a Brillo pad, and tell 'er that 'er old BF says howdy, toots."

I never did find her, truth to tell, but I still had a pretty good time at the fair. Met a gal named Lilith, who was kinda cute, but she just wasn't interested.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 20, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I look forward with great anticipation, Mudge, to your account of trysting with Lilith.

Posted by: slyness | October 20, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, so you are saying Lilith was only fair?

Posted by: -pj- | October 20, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Why do people keep saying DADT is the "17-year ban" on gays in the military?

There has been a ban on gays in the US military for as long as there's been a US military.

When DADT was enacted, it was a compromise to keep the military from asking about sexual orientation.

It should be repealed, but it's not the worst thing to happen to gays in the military--it's actually kind of been the best... so far.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 20, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Bill of Strasburg, wasn't it?

Posted by: -pj- | October 20, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Today's the birthday of Christopher Wren, who rebuilt London after the 1666 fire. You didn't have anything to do with that fire, did you, Bill?

Anyway, here's the listing about Wren from today's "Writers Almanac." (Dying after a good dinner sounds pretty good to me.)

It's the birthday of the man who designed St. Paul's Cathedral in London, architect Christopher Wren, born in East Knoyle, England (1632). In addition to his accomplishments as an architect, he knew Latin, he could draw, he did work in medicine and mechanics, he was a brilliant mathematician and astronomer, and a philosopher, too.

And he had impeccable manners. He particularly disliked swearing. When he was overseeing the construction of St. Paul's, he issued this official order: "Whereas, among laborers, etc., that ungodly custom of swearing is too frequently heard, to the dishonor of God, and contempt of authority; and to the end, therefore, that such impiety may be utterly banished from these works, intended for the service of God, and the honor of religion. It is ordered, that customary swearing shall be a sufficient crime to dismiss any laborer that comes to the call; and the clerk of the works, upon sufficient proof, shall dismiss them accordingly. And if any master, working by task, shall not, upon admonition, reform this profanation among his apprentices, servants, and laborers, it shall be construed his fault; and he shall be liable to be censured by the commissioners."

In 1795, William Seward published Anecdotes of Some Distinguished Persons. He wrote: "Sir Christopher Wren was a man of small stature. When Charles the Second came to see the hunting-place he had built for him at Newmarket, he thought the rooms too low. Sir Christopher walked about them, and looking up, replied, 'Sir, and please your Majesty, I think they are high enough.' The King squatted down to Sir Christopher's height, and creeping about in this whimsical posture, cried, 'Aye, Sir Christopher, I think they are high enough.'"

Along with 51 churches in the London area, Wren also designed a couple of structures not for humans but for bees. When he was still a student at Oxford he designed an octagonal, wooden beehive. At the time, most beekeepers used structures made from woven straw and mud, called skeps. Wren was trying to mimic the hollow trees that bees sought out in the wild. And he helped design a transparent beehive, using glass panes, so that beekeepers could observe their colonies.

Once a year, he had a ritual of being driven to London and sitting in the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. The journey became harder as he got older, and in 1723 he caught a cold on his journey to and from London, and died in his chair after a good dinner. He was 90 years old.

He said, "Architecture aims at Eternity."

Posted by: -pj- | October 20, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

That's what I'm trying to tell ya, slyness. I put all my best moves on her, but she just wasn't interested. Offered to buy her a joint of mutton. Tried to ply her with a flagon of mead. Recited some poetry to her that I'd cribbed from my friend Bill. Sang "Greensleeves" in her shell-like ear. All my best stuff.

Nothing. She just kept flirting with the lute-playing serving wench at Etheridge's Tavern.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 20, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Gotcha, Mudge. So you put the moves on the lute player, right? I hope you were successful.

Posted by: slyness | October 20, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

pj, have a great time! I'm picturing you making a pilgrimage to Abbey Road.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 20, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of bad news, I see where one of my ex-girlfriends shot somebody.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/20/AR2010102004702.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 20, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks for all your kind wishes on my trip!

seasea, I'm staying with my brother who is living two blocks from the Abbey Road studios, so I will certainly make the pilgrimage to the crosswalk.

Posted by: -pj- | October 20, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Ouch. Bright side, he lived, and it wasn't you who got shot in a hollywood apartment.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 20, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Excellent, pj!

bh, thanks for the shout out for Leon Russell on GMA. Here are the clips on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHqI2OMnT8E
(music starts about 4 minutes in)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP77SI84h6k

They're going to be on The View Thursday - oy vey. On GMA, Robin Roberts asked Leon how Elton had changed his life - Leon says, "I have to get up real early and do stuff!"

Posted by: seasea1 | October 20, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

And here's an interview with Leon's bass player, Jack Wessel, who is a very nice guy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yWGTYDGzWc

Posted by: seasea1 | October 20, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Here is the future of online journalism:

http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2010/10/3_maine_newspap.html?p1=Upbox_links

3 Maine newspapers put stop to online commenting

October 20, 2010 02:52 PM

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine -- Three Maine newspapers have halted online comments on stories posted on their websites.

MaineToday Media CEO Richard Connor said what was aimed as a public forum for civil discourse devolved into "a forum for vile, crude, insensitive, and vicious postings." In his words, "No story subject seems safe from hurtful and vulgar comments."

The policy went into effect on Tuesday for MTM's Portland Press Herald, along with the Kennebec Journal in Augusta and Morning Sentinel in Waterville.

Connor said the newspapers will consider restoring online comments in the future once a system is put into place for making "contributors accountable in some way for what they say." In the meantime, he suggests that readers use the time-honored tradition of writing a letter to the editor.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 20, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Okay, here's your third one: RIP, Bob Guccione, 79.

Bob, you have my undying gratitude. Words fail me. (Photos, not so much.)

Heckuva Giants-Phillies game going on out there.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 20, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

yeah. juan marachal was the reason i liked the Giants as a kid. coolest motion. ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5mx9OIyIOc

Posted by: -jack- | October 20, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

'mudge, I think I knew her. When she walked, she trod on the ground.

And didn't her breath reek? I think so.

Posted by: Yoki | October 20, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

So, lovely and loving Mistress is Sonnet 130. And this is, sadly, 129.


The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action: and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;
Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight;
Past reason hunted; and no sooner had,
Past reason hated, as a swallowed bait,
On purpose laid to make the taker mad.
Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind a dream.
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

Posted by: Yoki | October 20, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I am deeply sorry to have to tell you this, but back then, just about everybody's breath reeked. The only toothpaste back then was Colgate-Palmolive's Helotes Mulch Fire brand tooth powder.

But yes, it sounds like you're describing the right gal. It was the trod-on-ground thing that tipped me off. That's EXACTLY what she did. The Ministry of Silly Walks had specified how Brits ought to walk, but did she care? Not her! She always went her own way. Trod every place she could. She was one of the great trodders. That may even be why she captured my heart. I was always a pushover for a really good trodder.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 20, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziFI_0Fx5ts&feature=related

...of troubled men...

Posted by: -jack- | October 20, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

talk about troubled men...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loiH-e9Xm04

Posted by: Yoki | October 20, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

WS was in a really bad mood when he wrote 129, Yoki. Burbage's wife had given him this tremendous cold sore, not to mention an especially painful hickey. "Will, Will," I said, "relax. These things happen. They'll both go away in a week or two."

"Easy for you to say, Mudge," 'e sez. "Didst thou ever 'ave a 'ickey there?" (He showed me where it was.)

"Well, no, I can't say I have, Will. I gotta agree, that's one mean-looking souvenir."

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 20, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

and this is better, the song we all sang on the bus to ski trips c. 1973.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GOkc6aEfkM

Posted by: Yoki | October 20, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

...and of other troubled men...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn3JB51NH_M

Posted by: -jack- | October 20, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Mr. Burbage was showing off, in that instance. Prolly should not have said anything.

I know this, since I was hanging around the stage-door of the Globe, and failed to seduce Goodwin. But oh, I had a serious crush on that man (not to mention my inclination toward the dark man..)

Posted by: Yoki | October 20, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Giants win it, 6-5, on a sacrifice fly. They lead the series, 3-1.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 20, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

my skis are in the attic. k2 four comps.

Posted by: -jack- | October 20, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Laughing, jack. My skis are K-2s, very *very* long, and my boots are uncomfortably hard for racing.

When I get rich I'll buy new short parabolic planks and soft recreational boots. And then I'll relearn how to ski.

I hope.

Posted by: Yoki | October 21, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Bob Guccione was a very important part of my youth. Right as I was wondering and curious, his magazine showed me things I could never dream of. Every month there were pictures of unobtainable beauty. But I was more interested in the written word. While others in my circle of friends (such jerks) would just look at the photos, I read every word. And while there was a certain redundancy to the tales, I reveled in the amazing variation. Every month I would go to a certain corner convenience store and make sure I got the new issue before anybody else.

As I grew older, I read it less and less. And the magazine changed. It went off into weird dark areas that bothered me. I found myself more involved with real living people without the time for endless trips of fantasy. At some point I just quit reading it altogether. But for about five years of my formative teen life it molded and shaped me and made me the man I am today.

God, I miss Omni so much.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 21, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Where is Omni??? Does he still come to the porching hours??? Have I missed something???

PJ, if you have time, I hope you take a trip to The Lake District, Ambleside in particular. Otherwise, enjoy as much of London as you can. Nice to have family there to knock around with...

Posted by: VintageLady | October 21, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Christopher Wren, when I was in London they were slowly cleaning all the soot and grime off of St. Pauls. In this picture you can see two different levels of cleaning and there areas even much darker.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/2433137983/in/set-72157604205978688/

Posted by: yellojkt | October 21, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Mudge, I do take a diuretic, and have always had problems with potassium, so I think you hit the nail on the head. You and CQP! I also take a supplement, prescribed by the doctor. I'm going to try and see the doctor today, so maybe he can suggest something. Thanks again for the wonderful advice.

The director of the Centers says she's not working anymore, and not going to worry about it. I don't want her to worry, but hoping against hope that she can return. The Center is partnered by our housing complex and 4-H, and 4-H wants to do a check on their equipment before they open it up again, so hopefully we'll be open sometime next week. We can't help anybody if the doors are closed. The director was such a big part of the program.

I'm so sad about the whole situation, and just want to cry, but that's doesn't get the job done. We don't have that many kids coming because it's limited to only the children living in the housing complex, but we had a few, and my prayer is that more will come. But the place has to be open in order for that to happen.

Back to the water today, and I'm armed with Gatorade. Detest the stuff but will swallow, cramps worse than Gatorade!

Why would any parent allow explosives around their children, Slyness? That's crazy! I understand they can't find the mother? You know in rural areas such as the one here, sometimes people stock up on ammunition. I'll bet one would be surprised at the contents in some of these little storage houses. What lengths we go to, to do harm to one another.

Morning, VL, hope you are well. And yes, RD, has got the 411 on most stuff!

Have a great day, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 21, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Headline of the year:

http://tinyurl.com/26bsmtn

Posted by: yellojkt | October 21, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!! *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSS* There are some new Gatorade flavors, hope there's one for you! :-)

Lovely red-and-orange-and-gold-streaked sunrise out there...

And then I'm shocked, shocked I say, to have the NYT tell me many Tea Partiers are anti-science:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/21/us/politics/21climate.html

But I'm seriously shocked to see NPR has cut Juan Williams loose over some Fox shenanigans!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/21/business/media/21npr.html

*where's-the-dang-coffee-and-starting-to-pay-attention-to-the-long-range-forecast-for-next-weekend Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 21, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Let's replace Juan Williams' words...

"But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

with:

"... I got to tell you, if I see people who are in African American garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Black, I get worried. I get nervous."

Bigotry is bigotry, no matter which way you look at it.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 21, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone.

Belated thanks to VL and Cassandra for their kind words.

I must be one of the few people to really like the "classic" taste of Gatorade. You know, lemon-lime with those accent notes of potassium. One of the few benefits of getting sick as a kid was all the Gatorade I could drink.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 21, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

ScottyNuke - I know this phenomenon all too well. I just refer people to this website and point out that if they are going to discount everything there as being part of a big conspiracy there is nothing much that I can say.

http://climate.nasa.gov/

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 21, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

RD,
NASA is the center of it all, duh. It started when they faked the moon landings. Once you join the massive science-based global conspiracy, you can't ever escape. It's like the Mafia, only with oscilloscopes instead of tommy guns.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 21, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

TBG, I'm with ya. I keep thinking of it through a different lens though. Changing Muslims attacked the US on 9/11 with Men attacked the US on 9/11. Instead of No Mosque near Ground Zero, no gentlemen's club near Ground Zero!

Posted by: LostInThought | October 21, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

TBG, I'm with ya. I keep thinking of it through a different lens though. Changing Muslims attacked the US on 9/11 with Men attacked the US on 9/11. Instead of No Mosque near Ground Zero, no gentlemen's club near Ground Zero!

Posted by: LostInThought | October 21, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Bravo TBG.

Elder daughter is studying Canadian history this semester, WW1 and forward, asked her the other day how it was going. Now she loves history, particularly ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian but also Canadian. She made a face though as they are currently studying the 20's, she didn't like it that much - I suggested she look for parallels as to what is happening today, simply change the ethnicity of those involved, a lot changes sadly much doesn't.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 21, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

For Obama fans or fans of Gilbert & Sullivan, or both (should there actually be such a nexis).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y54FRMedT_s

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 21, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table. No Gatorade, though I'm sure I could find some bananas for the potassium-challenged.

It's a chilly morn in TWC but very sunny. I look forward to much merriment, including loads of recorded blurbs on my phone encouraging me to vote for one candidate or another on Nov 2. Heck, I even get messages from candidates in the next district over. 'Course, around here vote fraud seems to be only semi-illegal.

Posted by: MsJS | October 21, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the U.S. needs some of these.
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/75450

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 21, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Court rules Google must reveal harrasser's identity

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/21/carla-franklin-lawsuit-go_n_771063.html

morning, all. Hot Soft pretzels on the sideboard.

Posted by: -dbG- | October 21, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

*pant pant pant*

G'morning, all, hi Cassandra! Had an 8 o'clock appointment at the doctor's to take blood for tests, then went to the grocery store. Now I'm ready for a nap, only the plumber is coming to fix a broken faucet...it's almost enough to make me want to get a job so I can rest!

Cassandra, the mother turned herself in. Mr. T chatted yesterday with a battalion chief who was there. Seems the feds came in and detonated the stuff that was in the house, taking out a load-bearing wall and essentially destroying it. Now that's smart. The kid involved had been excluded from his high school for making bomb threats. He will be in the court system for a long time, I'm thinking. Such a shame.

Posted by: slyness | October 21, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

***new kit***

Posted by: ftb3 | October 21, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"The only toothpaste back then was Colgate-Palmolive's Helotes Mulch Fire brand tooth powder."

The NYT yesterday had a reader response question along the likes of: "What one issue will most motivate you to get to the polls to vote this year?"

I had to hesitate only for a moment before my brain kicked into a definitive answer. I didn't post a reply at the NYT, but will answer here.

Enduring and suffering during the inky-smoke Helotes mulch fire several years ago motivates me in no small way to get to the voting booth. Couple my physical reaction at that time, along with Gov. Rick Perry's lack of involvement amidst weeks of lung-clogging smoke locally, and the extremely weak response to the ten-week smoldering humongous pile of mulch by the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality). The whole Helotes debacle drives me directly into the arms, or camp, of Bill White. Besides 10 years of Gov. Rick Perry is simply enough.

A recent e-mail from the Bill White campaign informs that there will be a big rally for White, who will speak, at La Villita adjacent to our famed RiverWalk this Saturday. Free food, music and all the local Dem politicos will turn out.

Much surprised to arrive home late Sunday to glance at the op-ed page and see that our local Express-News is endorsing White, rather than Perry. Quite unusual for this Hearst paper to swing Democratic in its endorsement.

More than once on my trip I would think of and miss former Helotes mayor Jon Allen, now dead of brain cancer, since he hailed from Westwood, Mass.

Posted by: laloomis | October 21, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

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