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Two billion people at Stewart-Colbert rally [Updated]

I'm assuming someone has already coined the term "moderatisms." Sayings that reflect a moderate political attitude. A bunch of them on signs at the Stewart-Colbert rally. Also some pointed anti-Palin, anti-Beck signs. And some that are just funny.

"I'm (mad as hell crossed out) slightly annoyed and I think I'll try to find some solutions!"

"I support the Constitution and all the amendments except the 18th, that one just sucked."

"I was told there would be cake."

"What do we want? Passive indifference! When do we want it? Later! Maybe?"

"If Obama is a Muslim, can we have Fridays off?"

"I'm not afraid of muslims socialists tea partiers or gays, but I am afraid of SPIDERS."

"Fighting for nonviolence"

"Death to all fanatics!"

"Don't get mad, CANVASS."


Everyone calls it "The Rally." No further explanation needed. All my friends and neighbors are going, and I may just have to go too as a trustworthy crowd estimator and Sheryl Crow reviewer. I just got off the phone with a friend who is on one of 200 buses from New York City rented by HuffPo to carry people to the Stewart-Colbert rally. Extrapolating from that figure I can estimate the crowd size at 2 billion people, plus or minus 200 million. But this is a tentative number not yet subjected to peer review. Also I am sitting on my porch at this precise second.

Pending further data, here are some pics from Sky Meadows, taken by Achendaughter Paris Achenbach yesterday when we hiked up to the AT (briefly considered going on to Georgia or Maine but couldn't decide which direction and just headed back to car and drove to bakery with good cookies -- definitely the right call).




By Joel Achenbach  | October 30, 2010; 11:46 AM ET
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What a FUNky start to the rally!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 30, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Almost all the leaves are down in my neighbourhood and the photos are a lovely reminder of last week.
The top one is too beautiful; thanks Paris.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Very nice pics! Hope Joel goes to observe - but it might be over by the time he gets there. Guess I should turn on C-SPAN so I can look for boodlers.

Leaves here are turning too. Our big maple out front has turned completely yellow and leaf drop has begun.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Cookies are always the right call. Lovely photos Paris.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 30, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a huuuuuge crowd! Loved the Roots and John Legend. Never seen a tuba pogo before. Fun doing the wave with the Mythbusters.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I'll drop over to a local botanical garden at dusk because I laid out the extension cords for this evening's entertainment for children. There's a chance that I'm the only person who knows where everything is.

Sky Meadows reminds me that, Penn State's remote East Halls dorms still have a clear view in one direction to the distant Bald Eagle Ridge and in the other to Tussey Mountain. The broad views are impressive in summer, noxious in winter wind. I guess it's the Laramie of the East.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 30, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Peace Train!

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Yoki! Peace Train -- and I was singin' right along with him! I've got that vinyl somewhere, too.

How many of them in the "audience" were even born when that song first came out?

Hell, even Ozzie Ozborne is cool.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 30, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

And now the OJs -- *clapping to the music, awright!*

Posted by: ftb3 | October 30, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Love Train just makes me happy.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 30, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I can't tell if you're kidding or not, but you're an idiot if you think there's 2 billion people there.

Posted by: junesongprovider | October 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Why do you call them 'fake anchormen?' No one ever described political humorist Will Rogers that way. When he died there was a week of national mourning.
Sterling Greenwood/AspenFreePress

Posted by: AspenFreePress | October 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"I can't tell if you're kidding or not, but you're an idiot if you think there's 2 billion people there."

Posted by: junesongprovider



Posted by: byoolin1 | October 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. This is a humor blogger who has reported on science and sorta knows his big numbers.

Gee, I can't tell if he's kidding either. What do YOU think, Junesongprovider postinginOctober?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 30, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Cookies, anyone?

Ginger or oatmeal-raisin.
Tea, unsweet, hot or chilled.

Posted by: MsJS | October 30, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This is so much fun to watch even on the computer. To be there in spirit just isn't enuf, but man, is it cool! Frenvious as hell!

Posted by: ftb3 | October 30, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Me too ftb. Nail-bitingly frenvious.

I'll have a cookie, please, MsJS.

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, sorry I didn't do the research into the other stuff this guy has written.

But usually when a "humor blogger" is kidding, you don't have to delve into their past work to be able to tell. A well written satire should speak for itself.

Posted by: junesongprovider | October 30, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart
National Anthem
Colbert trapped underground in his Fear Bunker
Chi Chi! Le Le!
Father Guido Sarducci
Cat Stevens - Peace Train
Love Train

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

New Kit! Joel reports 2 billion people attend the Rally/BPH. Yeaaahh!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 30, 2010 12:10 PM |


I'm such a sucker.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 30, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Looks like 2 gazillion people to me. But then the camera adds 10 pounds, so maybe Joel's right.

Hope TBG et al got out of the Metro station.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Yoki -- Kid Rock is from Deeeeeeeeetroit. And that was a very good song he rasped out, too. Quite on target, I thought.

Thanks for the cookies, MsJS. And who was it who talked about chocolate chip bacon cookies earlier in the other kit? Jumper, was that you? I may just dream of that, it sounds so good.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 30, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

And I even made 2 billion cocoa granola bars. I guess there will be enough leftovers for the boodle sideboard.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 30, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Cool! I've got 2 billion gyoza and 2 billion hot fig-goat cheese appetizers ready for when everybody gets back and wants a drink.

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I can never tell when Joel's kidding, either. I mean, for a minute there I, too, thought one third of the entire planet was there on the mall. I mean, I guess it could happen, ya know?

Alas, I am not among them. Got car trouble, and am trying to sort it out. I don't think it's a dead battery (although the battery is now dead). I think the alternator shorted, but can't tell. Since my wife's out of town, I'm basically grounded.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

*faxing car and keys to Mudge*

Kindly fill up the tank before faxing back.

Posted by: MsJS | October 30, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This is a perfect example of why it's important to give people the benefit of the doubt. Otherwise you end up making a fool of yourself.

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 30, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Aw, 'mudge, that's really too too bad. I condole with you.

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that cowhand, but am willing to give you the benefit of the dout.

Posted by: MsJS | October 30, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

*toddling over to Yoki's home* *I'll be there by Thursday* *Keep 'em fresh and hot*

Posted by: ftb3 | October 30, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm frenvious.

Posted by: MsJS | October 30, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm burning presentation CD's and clapping Jon Stewart as I listen via

Posted by: slyness | October 30, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, MsJS and Yoki. there any extra gyoza and hot fig-goat cheese appetizers left, Yoki? I know how a big crowd can just zoom through the hors d'oeuvres, but maybe, if there's a few spare crumbs, you could fax me a couple?

I kinda wish they'd just have let Yusuf finish that song. I've always liked "Peace Train" best among his work.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Mudge ... I'm SO sorry.

Jon's actually getting serious here at the end, and doing quite a good job of it, IMO.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 30, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I so love Jon Stewart right now. . . .

Posted by: ftb3 | October 30, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I'm with you on Yusaf ... I wanted Peace Train in toto. Heaven knows, I've been riding it for 39 years.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a sign: "Make Awkward Sexual Advance, Not War"


Posted by: ftb3 | October 30, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

What a Showwwwwwwwwwwww!

And now, DAGNABBIT, I gotta get some work done.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 30, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

no fears, 'mudge. I've got oh, about 199,999,500 of each left. I'll fax you some.

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

44 years here, talitha.

It'd be nice if Yusuf went back on tour, doing his old songs and maybe generating a little pro-Muslim goodwill along the way. He's been slowly coming back into the music scene over the years, mainly in Europe. I like the notion of Abdul Karim Jabbar coming out on stage like that, too. I half expected Muhammed Ali to show up next, which would have been cool.

It's interesting that the rally to restore (American) sanity featured two Brits, Yusuf and Ozzie Osbourne.

My second favorite Cat/Yusuf song has always been "Father and Son."

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I swear I ate only 1800000499.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 30, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I loved the sign that read "Birthers for Hawaii Statehood."

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I loved a bunch of his songs; Moon Shadow, Wild World, Bitter Blue, Lady D'Arbanville...

Gawd I'm old.

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Loved the music and the Myth Buster guys.

Am so frenvious of the the fall colors you guys got out there. I love autumn, we don't get much of it 'round here. Paris' photos are making me want to roll around in a pile of leaves. :)

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | October 30, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I loved a bunch of his songs from that era. Moon Shadow, Wild World, Bitterblue, Lady D'Arbanville. Didn't Harold and Maude use one of his?

Gawd I'm old.

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mudge, since the song was written in 1971 I was basing my figure on that. At 59, I've been on the train about as long as you, I imagine. But it's no contest ... it's the ride that counts, eh?

A good friend has been giving me Yusaf's latest stuff for the last couple of years, much to my pleasure. And didn't he look calm and handsome on stage?

Posted by: talitha1 | October 30, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Lol! Mudge, that's a good one. I think I'll post that outside my house.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | October 30, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

MsJs, if it wasn't clear I was referring to the 1:39 post. I forgot to refresh before posting or something because suddenly there were a lot of other comments in between what I was referencing and my actual comment. But I appreciate the benefit of the doubt! God knows I need it most of the time.

Mudge, sorry about the car trouble.

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 30, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Joel's daughter's pictures were taken not far from where I live and she caught the flavor of these days beautifully. I need to get up on the A Trail myself in a week or so before all the leaves are gone.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 30, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"I appreciate the benefit of the doubt! God knows I need it most of the time."

I doubt that, but I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, cowhand.

Lawdy, I could do this all afternoon. But I won't. Time for a walk.

Posted by: MsJS | October 30, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The Post's photo gallery of the rally have some fun signs and costumes included.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 30, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I finally thought of a sign (too late as usual):

Hopefully for a Democrat,
But if you vote for a Republican or a fringe party candidate,
That’s OK,
Because it’s important to

There was a rally in Seattle - the rain started when it did - just as glad I stayed home and watched on TV (because I don't have time for this).

Hope to hear updates from the Boodlers soon. Mudge, too bad about the car trouble's timing.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhhh. Work is done (at least in the interim until I get it back and get to fine-tune it all). That means the rest of the day is mine, tomorrow morning the laundry and the indoor jungle watering gets done and THEN, my dear boodle friends, I get to watch my Lions beat the Redskins for the second year in a row. And if that does not happen, I shall merely smile while I get wet noodles applied to my being.

'Cuz that's the kind of boodler I am.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 30, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I do wish I could be at the rally, but, alas, sometimes doing the right thing means staying home. So I am hopeful, as always, to hear some reports and thoughts from those brave souls who ventured out.

Those photographs are absolutely stunning. I especially like the one with the pumpkins. It is my opinion that very few things can't be improved by inclusion of a few members of the squash family.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

seasea - you know that for the purposes of this election Washington is supposed to be the new Florida. But, you know, with fewer palm trees and more Douglas Firs.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 30, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

All week I've felt that I was about to miss the Woodstock of my adulthood, only cleaner and more relevant. Sigh, not only did I not make it I saw nothing live-just got home from robotics. Anyone know if it can be watched in its entirety as a rerun? I don't want to wait for some commemorative double DVD release.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Very frenvious here too. I love the sign reports; they are darn good.

We have dismal weather in the other Federal Capital, Jon got the best deal. It's cold and it has been raining non-stop since I rised at 06:30.
I'm reducing 4 onions to about 3 tablespoons of caramelized goodness right now. This will be incorporated in the yogurt to cook some chicken with cardamom, garlic, cumin, bay leaves, cilantro and hot peppers. This is not a Christian dish I'm afraid but it tastes darn good.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 30, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Frosti - don't know about rebroadcasts, but from what I could see on tv it was certainly no Woodstock. Well, many had trouble getting in or hearing once they got there, so that's one parallel. I, too, await primary source boodle reports.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 30, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Forgot the gingeroot. Inexcusable.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 30, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

shriek, that sounds delicious. As I mentioned earlier, I've been sick all week and unable to eat. I think you just restored my appetite. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | October 30, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

C-SPAN will rebroadcast the rally at 8 pm EST - it's online here:

I may watch the parts I missed.

BTW, does the time change tonight? Fall back? Love the extra hour.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Next weekend here, for the time change.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 30, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, that sounds perfect!
But if you'd like to experiment a bit, a few cloves and a bit of cinnamon bark wont hurt.

And frosti, they'll probably update this site with videos soon.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 30, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Next weekend, seasea. Nov. 7th.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 30, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

OK, it's 8 pm EDT for the rebroadcast - I get so confused. Thanks for the time change date info.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks seasea and DNA_Girl.

Looks like I have time to get outside in our balmy mid-40s weather before settling in front of the TV.

Later gators!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

talitha, it must be great to live among apples at this time of year. I miss the annual apple glut of central Pennsylvania and, years later, the annual apple festival at a nursery in Portland, Oregon. It featured all sorts of oddball varieties. One of the better varietal names was "Indiana banana", whose name trespasses on pawpaws.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Another apple tale: I once met with a Cornell University squash breeder on the shores of Lake Okeechobee, where the elusive Okeechobee Gourd might lurk (it's useful in squash breeding--disease resistance).

It was October. He had brought with him a large quantity of excellent New York State apples.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 30, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Howl - sounds like a movie I'd like to see:

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Gawd, wet snow now...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 30, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

DotC, I do love living in apple-growing country. I can see one large orchard from my front door and walk or drive through it on my way to the post office.

The major orchards here are owned by the one large processing plant that's a huge part of the economy for this small town. But many local farmers grow odd varieties and I've enjoyed them over the years.

My parents always had apple trees (pear and peach, also) as I was growing up, too.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 30, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

There were cloves; I pestled and mortared them meself. That stuff smells good.

The effing snow is settling. It's just wrong. It's way too soon, as always.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 30, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

The Saint-Émilion will dull the pain caused by the awful weather. I let Witch no.1 pick the wine. A nice Saint-Émilion with chicken. *Eye* should know better than let the kids pick the wine.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 30, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

That sounds absolutely delicious, shriek. I can practically detect the wonderful aroma from here.

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Criterion Collection has been selling t-shirts featuring the Howl logo. Scary.

We need rain. The St Johns River is at levels usually seen at the end of the winter dry season. Lake Okeechobee's bad, too.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 30, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

*still trying to figure out why it's not a "Christian" dish, but it still sounds absolutely and completely incredibly scrumptious*

And what's a Christian dish, anyway????

(just asking)

Posted by: ftb3 | October 30, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Because it is sort-of-Indian/South Asian, which makes it a Hindu/Muslim dish, but definitely not Christian.

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I love apple blossoms. I miss the hillsides covered with flowering apple trees near Front Royal. Much prefer spring to autumn, but I do miss the hillsides covered with brilliantly colored leaves, too. The colors here are much more muted.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

It could be Moroccan or Turkish too.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 30, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Saint Lawrence was a Christian dish...roasted on a spit.

Saints Bridgit, Mechthild, Lucia, Clare, well, they would all be another sort of Christian dish....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 30, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Hi Yoki and DNAgirl -- can you believe I did not go? Have worked all day but took a short bike ride and saw some of the out of town buses parked in outlying lots.

Back to the grind stone....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 30, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

CP! That's dreadful. I would have loved to see your sign, had you had one.

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I watched a teensy bit of the Rally and it looked like fun. I'll sit down and watch the whole thing later sometime. We had a very good orchestra rehearsal for our Big Shew tomorrow afternoon (Durufle 4 Motets and Faure Requiem). Within an hour, I began an allergy attack that is my worst one this year. Bah. Feh. Humbug. If I can make it until Benedryl time tonight, I'll try Claritin tomorrow and just hope to survive until 6 pm with voice intact and in good shape.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 30, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

It was from an Indian cookbook but the caramelized onions are so Lebanese I was confused for a bit out there. It was *very* good BTW.

Still snowing. *sigh*

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 30, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

My "cut the reaction" drug is Chlortripolon. YMMV. Sleep well.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 30, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I take very little if anything, shriekingd, because most stuff just makes my heart race. It isn't worth it. Benedryl will knock me out tonight. Claritin might help, might not, but at least my heart rate won't soar.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 30, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Considering the title of this kit, as well as junespooncroon's trenchant and insightful commentary, it would be extremely remiss of me if I didn't post here the entirety of the latest Borowitz Report, which I received in my e-mail a little while ago. Enjoy:

"Fox News Estimates Jon Stewart’s Crowd at Seven People

Disappointing Turnout, News Channel Says

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – The Fox News Channel reported today that the turnout for Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” was underwhelming at best, with Fox sources estimating the total turnout at seven people.

“Our total count includes Stewart, [Stephen] Colbert, and what appear to be a few of their friends and relatives,” said Fox anchor Shepard Smith. “This has to be a smaller crowd than they were expecting.”

But immediately after Fox broadcast what it described as “live coverage” of the rally showing a nearly-deserted National Mall, viewers began to point out irregularities in the images being shown.

First of all, one viewer noticed that the live coverage of the rally was actually being broadcast a full twelve hours before the rally began.

Second, an expert identified the supposedly “live footage” of today’s rally as file footage from a Sunday in 1997 when the Mall was completely shut down for reseeding.

Even in the face of such evidence, Fox stood by its story, with Fox host Glenn Beck pointing out that the seven people in attendance were “largely elitists.”

“I was struck by how many correctly spelled signs there were,” Mr. Beck said. “That’s not my America.”

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

All this nice snow...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 30, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I spent some time this afternoon carving jack-o-lanterns with the boy as the Vince Guaraldi Trio's soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas played in the background.

I am ready for fall now.

Posted by: baldinho | October 30, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

From the Boston Globe's web site.

"More than 100 people gathered on the Boston Common this afternoon in one of many satellite rallies held across the nation in support of the "sanity" rally hosted by television satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in the nation’s capital.

“If we waste time fearing immigrants, Fox News, taxes, the NRA and each other then we won’t see the meerkats coming,” read a sign carried by Jake Brookover, 30, from Revere."

Excellent use of meerkat!

Posted by: baldinho | October 30, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Galarraga got the much deserved "Medal of Reasonableness." Nice.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 30, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

My photos from the rally.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 30, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Ooops, the link:

Posted by: yellojkt | October 30, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

If you have some Extra-Strength Tylenol, Ivansmom, my allergist says it works synergistically with Benadryl to shut down a bad reaction.

I'd received shots for years when I lived in Ohio, they kinda-sorta helped. When I moved here I became a patient of someone in the same small practice as one of the best allergists in Philadelphia. Instead of 1 shot, I get 4. 4! Now I only have to go every few weeks, but the result been remarkable. YMMV. :)

I have been cleaning for weeks. Many boxes of donations to various charities, Craigslist pick-it-up-free ads, recycling, paper to shred, trash.

I could have added more stuff and tell my friends to call _Clean House_ or just buckle down and do it. Public humiliation or work. Hmmm.

I see now I made the wrong decision.

But I will continue.

Posted by: -dbG- | October 30, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

yello-as usual you have great pics, but of course the bears are the best.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 30, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

The best line of the rally-when Stewart gets serious and says "we live in hard times, not end times."

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 30, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Rangers win.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Sad but true Mudge.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 30, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

And photos of the post-rally BPH.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 30, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

The local Fox channel is leading its news story with the "terrifying" tale of 'chaos" downtown when an escalator at the L'enfant Plaza Metro stop malfunctioned. No reference to what various people where doing downtown.

Then the rally story: They refused at first to give a crowd size, quoting the Park Service as saying they don't give them out any more, and quoting Stewart's humorous "ten million" joke. To their credit, they even showed a sign saying "Think Outside the Fox." And then finally they gave a crowd estimate: 200,000.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

200,000 is probably on the low side, but a reasonable order of magnitude estimate. Given Fox that means it was probably really double that. Tons of people never even made it to the rally itself.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 30, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the pics, yellojkt. BPH looked successful, once again. Nice to see the young'uns and spouses - and badsneakers and "S"! (as well as the usual suspects) The huge crowd was full of young folks which was great to see. C-SPAN showed a 92-year-old man from Calaveras County, CA, too.

Wheezy, hope you had a great time too. Let us know how it went when you have a chance.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

A huge thank-you to yellojkt! Those are great photos. Lots of bears! Lots of smiles! Very good signs. I could keep about two in my head at a time, so: read sign pictures, jump up from computer, run tell Ivansdad, repeat. Repeat. Repeat. And those looked like darn tasty cookies. I only wish I could have joined you all, and the billions of sane and afraid rally monkeys.

Trick-or-treat is tonight here. The Boy is out trick-or-treating in his neon Nikes, long footy pajamas with glow-in-the-dark planets, topped with an extraodinarily disturbing full-head rabbit mask. Not a happy rabbit. If you've seen the movie Donnie Darko, it looks like that rabbit. The plan is to go by Wayne Coyne's house (Flaming Lips guy) - he does Halloween up big every year. The Boy says if Wayne is outside he'll give him the mask. I think it would fit right in with the Lips oddities. This would be a worthy sacrifice.

Since the Boy is otherwise occupied and Ivansdad is sympathetic to my symptoms I'm going to bed. No need to stay awake. Not living in a neighborhood, we never get trick-or-treaters. Never. Not since the house was built in the middle of the last century. Nowadays to be sure we shut the gate, but there is no danger. I buy a sack of candy but we don't even pretend we're going to give it out.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 30, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

...and meanwhile, it took no less than three WaPo reporters (and I'd guess zero desk editors and copy editors) to get the lead sentence of the main rally story horribly, horribly wrong:

"By Jason Horowitz, Monica Hesse and Dan Zak
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, October 30, 2010; 10:08 PM

"Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, the founding fathers of fake news, drew throngs of exuberant supporters to Washington on Saturday ..."

Now, you guys all know how much I love Stewart and Colbert. But "the founding fathers of fake news"???? Ah, no. Off by, oh, I don't even know how many decades. George Carlin did fake newscasts way back when. SNL has been doing Weekend Update for, oh, what is it, only 35 years now? Chevy Chase was doing fake newscasts in his earlier movies that pre-date SNL.

And if you Google "news satire" you find news hoaxes dating to 1835; references to Mark Twain, entire newsreels of fake (funny) news from MGM in 1934, then you have completely o9bscure and unknown and never-heard-from-again British comedians named Peter Cook, Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, David Frost (That Was the Week That Was, 1962), Eleanor Bron and Dudley Moore doing fake news before they faded into obscurity. Then we reference Laugh-in's news segments and HBO's "Not Necessarily the News." before coming to SNL again.

This Wiki site lists fake news programs in 18 countries (county the Basque region separately from Spain, no less). The country with the most fake nes shows? No, you'll never guess it in a hundred years. Canada: 14. Amazing.

And it was sooooooooooooo easy to fact-check this thing; you didn't have to be a pre-Xer to remember this stuff.


Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Mudge. All those things happened before the writers were watching TV. That doesn't count.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 30, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Cool pix of the crowd here:

None of CPBoys friends or the other intrepid young people go anywhere NEAR the heart of the rally...CPBOy's comment, "close enough" and this "this is a really happy crowd. I want to be on the happy side, now and in the future."

We have been to many events in DC -- glad he saw bon homie here....still working...for Japan in the AM, which is sooner than I think...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 30, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I know, IM. My bad.

They probably don't even know about the time the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

More signs:

Posted by: seasea1 | October 30, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching the Caps at Calgary, pretty evenly matched early in the game. I had a reason to look at the birth-places of each team's roster.

Caps: 15 Canadians, 4 Americans, 3 Russians, 2 Swedes, 2 Czechs.
Flames: 17 Canadians, 3 Americans, 3 Finns, 2 Swedes, 1 Czech, 1 Brazilian (huh?).

What does this tell us? That hockey truly is Canada's national game.

If you looked at successful Canadian football teams, the proportions of Canadians and Americans would be inversed.

Posted by: Yoki | October 30, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I think both those teams have more Americans than the MN Wild.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 30, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Those signs were terrific, seasea. (IM, check out #57 for ID). But the one that stopped me and made me laugh out loud was "End Glee Theme Nights," #84.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, Ovechkin is on fire; two goals within 30 seconds; Washington now 3-2 over Calgary.

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

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams. I'm sorry I was too busy to attend the rally but it was good to see the good humor on the faces of the BPH attendees. Safe travels to those who have distances to cover.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 30, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

More sloppy work:

"where conservative commentator Glenn Beck led a similarly vast and homogenous crowd two months ago." Today's rally had a crowd comprised almost entirely of white people, did it? Hmmm. And one could ponder "similiarly vast," too.

"That rally [Beck's], with its religious theme of "Restoring Honor..." Huh? "Restoring honor is a religious theme is it? I had no idea.

And then we wax philosophical: "Would visiting progressives of all ages actually take political marching orders from comedians?" Dunno...but Conservatives do. So maybe it's worth a shot.

Interesting line: "By 2 p.m., Metro ridership had already reached 330,000 people, comparable to an entire day's tally for a usual Saturday, according to Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates."

"The fake cleric Guido Sarducci, played by Don Novello, gave a benediction." That's *Father* Guido Sarducci to you. And what's with cleric? Jeez.

And: "And then there were the signs about signs, like one held by visiting New Yorker Beth Seltzer: "Americans for . . . oh look! A puppy!" I mean, I like the sign...but is that an example of a sign about signs?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 30, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I stayed at the botanical garden halloween event longer than expected, remaining to help with a bit of take-down (tables, assorted small items, and disconnecting lights).

They had a big crowd, lots of very nice parents with their very nice children. The small "Cracker House" replica was occupied by a reptile exhibit. The big python was nice, but it wouldn't have worked without a young alligator and a very pettable king snake, a lovely red, yellow, and black critter. Coral snakes (same colors) are if anything prettier, but not fit to be handled. I encountered one by the front door while painting the wall, but haven't seen it since. I figure that an animal so shy that I see it only once in a decade can't be much of a problem.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 31, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

junesongprovider can't tell if Joel is kidding when he estimates that 1/3rd of the planet's entire population was attending a rally at the Washington Mall? Really? You think he might have been serious and, therefore, an idiot? Really?


Posted by: ScienceTim | October 31, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

You encountered a coral snake while painting the wall, Dave o' the coonties?

This is why I live in bear country instead.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Whilst living just above the mighty Columbia River under the majestic Mount Revelstoke that raised its craggy head above the mists of... I met a bear immediately outside my back door. Like, nose to nose.

Its even-Steven with a coral snake, fright-wise.

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Why I don't paint walls:
No decent thumbs, paint tastes bad...
and coral snakes. Brrr.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Oops. I see that topic has been covered. Never mind.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 31, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

What happened next, Yoki? Since you are clearly alive to tell it....

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2010 2:03 AM | Report abuse

I closed the door.

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2010 2:09 AM | Report abuse

And the bear didn't try and sell you any insurance?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse

The bear would probably have said, "Yoki, let me introduce you to this marvelous insurance that would insure you of 36 types of illness....." :-)

I've got that insurance. Don't ask me why.

Posted by: rainforest1 | October 31, 2010 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful autumn pictures, Paris.

Autumn is so beautiful with leaves of trees turning different shades of yellow and orange. Here, not many specie of trees have their leaves turn yellow and fall off all at once. One that does is the rubber tree. Before all the leaves turn yellow and fall off, new ones are already out. It happens in February. The other two that I have seen are the jack fruit and the cempedak. The cempedak leaves can have different shades of yellow and orange like the maples leaves. This also happens in February. When I was a kid, I used to collect those leaves just to lay them out and look at the beautiful colours.

Posted by: rainforest1 | October 31, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

We saw the Dr. Horrible in picture 86 on the subway. The SciKids nearly stole his goggles.

And in other steampunk news, Luann the comic strip character gets her alternate 19th century history on.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. It is Halloween! I went to the Festival downtown and sat, didn't move until time to go. Then came home and sat, didn't move until time to go to the church festival, and again sat. Daughter texts me, can you take the g-girl trick or treating, we're just getting back.

I meet her at the gas station, and it's dark by now. She tells me the places to take her, and we're on our way. We get on the other side of town(these folks have lots of candy, first three guesses, right)and there are so many adults, children, babies in strollers that one can't walk without touching someone. And more cars than on twenty car lots combined. I park and try to walk with the g-girl and I'm doing a bad impression of being drunk.

We get back in the car, and head for houses outside the city limits. We do get some candy, but I realize that I should not be out at night. I can't walk, and can't see very well. I am hopeless outside at night. The g-girl, bless her heart, tries to help me. And that's no fun!

JA, your daughter's pictures are just lovely. I know you love all your girls, but this one has your heart, doesn't she? And it's not a question you have to answer.

I'm getting ready for Sunday school and morning worship service, won't you join me?

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

Slyness, hope you're getting some rest.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 31, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Very hectic Sunday morning, but I did manage to start a photo record of the Rally:

I'm sure other Boodlers will contribute, and I'll post a fuller account of the odyssey NukeSpouse and I went through. My sincere apologies for not being able to find or properly communicate with the other rally-going Boodlers.

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 31, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Good morninkzz, ye Boodlies!
Rally is front page news in Santiago.

Nice pitchahs. Thank you!
Sorry to hear Mudge's battery or whatever is dead.

It was good to see that there are a few sane people left in the U.S., Fearmongers beware, the power of sanity is unstoppable.

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | October 31, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Yello--your pics made me laugh. Wish I could have attended. I actually may be moving back to the east coast sometime next year.

Paris's pics are a lovely example of the beautiful fall colors. In upper state NY where I am right now the colors are vibrant orange tinged with yellow and red. Eye candy.

(FB friends...ditto comment)

Posted by: Windy3 | October 31, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Good morning y'all! Thanks to scottynuke for the fine pitchers. Keep 'em coming, y'all.

I am glad to hear it was front-page news in Santiago. That's why the rally was important. It may have started as a joke of an idea but the idea turned out to be a powerful expression of belief for many people. I think people were just waiting for someone to suggest standing up for moderation and decency, and poking fun at fear. It is a shame - and I choose that word carefully - a shame that it was two respected comedians, and not any of our elected officials.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 31, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

(verb) the (noun)!
Couldn't agree more I-mom.

Good morning boodle. Late start to a busy morning, with no time to bask in the rosy glow of another wildly successful robotics event. This workshop session, for new and relatively inexperienced teams, drew 75 kids and about 30 adults. Connections made, new assistant coaches/mentors recruited, and no beverages spilled on the carpet at the community center in Our Fair City.

Today it's back to St. Paul thence on to San Jose and Sacramento for some time with Mr. F and Ma Frost-in-law.

Keep those rally pics coming. I knew the signs would be good but some, like the Glee theme night one Mudge pointed out, make me laugh loud enough to scare the frostcats.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 31, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

In the Only in Minnesota department-the Rally to Restore Sanity drew about 100 people, so they moved inside and watched the DC rally on a big screen, in the capitol rotunda.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 31, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm so glad you guys live boodled the rally because those of us who were there couldn't see or hear any of it.

We had a great adventure, though. Sneaks, "S," Geekdottir, Daughter and Daughter's Friend got to the Springfield Metro station by 10:30 and got on a train a little after noon I think. We came out of the L'Enfant Plaza station near the mall at 1:00 on the dot. By the time we made it to the mall, we were so far back and to the side that we couldn't see anything or hear much more than mumbles.

So we settled down on a nice grassy spot near the Hirschorn museum, put up our "We Have Cookies" sign and enjoy the sights and meeting the people who came by to ask meekly, "Do you really have cookies?"

We met all kinds (and colors, BTW) of folks. Everyone was SO HAPPY. And here's something I think is kind of important: everyone was from out of town. They sometimes had a local with them, but many, many people we met had driven, bused and flown in from all over the country (Seattle was the farthest we met, but she had met a group that came from Alaska).

I think that's really saying something. This wasn't a "let's saunter downtown and see what this Stewart/Colbert thing is" kind of rally. This was a "book a flight and get a hotel room" or "I wonder if my old college roommate will put us up?" kind of rally.

Despite the rally's name, Metro was INSANE. Caught stupidly and completely off guard. The folks working in the stations did their best, except for the one Metro worker at L'Enfant Plaza who kept yelling into the HUGE crowds getting off trains and trying to exit the platforms, "The 9th & D Entrance is now open!" to folks who had NO IDEA what she was talking about. No guidance, no "turn around and leave by that escalator" or any help at all. At one point, she added, frustrated, "It's not rocket science, people!" but no one knew what she was trying to tell them and she never changed her one line to try to explain. And besides, when people are trying to EXIT someplace, telling them that an ENTRANCE is open doesn't help, does it?

But it was WONDERFUL having the lovely company in the house and great to have Daughter along at the BPH afterwards (she and her friend went on ahead at the Springfield station when we realized the hour-long line was to purchase farecards they already had, so they were not at the rally with us, but found us later at M&S.)

Now I'm looking forward to finding a rebroadcast so I can see what I missed.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Happy Spooky Day, y'all.

(Verb)the(Noun) is my favorite among many favorites in signage from the rally. What a treat for the mind and spirit ... boodle coverage is the best. And are they really saying 200,000? Hallelujah!

Like I-mom, I never get trick-or-treaters out here. I carved a couple of small gourds just to entertain myself. Have a great day all and watch out for lurking gremlins.


Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

TBG -- sounds like you and your group had a wonderful time, too, despite not being able to see and hear the show. I watched most of it on my computer, and it was indeed joyous!

The mark of a successful rally or march is the quality (no matter how defined) of the signage. (Verb) the (Noun) has to win the prize (no matter how defined)! I remember a sign from a pro-choice march way back in the last century that said "War is M enstruation Envy" (hoping that gets past the WaPo censors). And then there was "Bush -- Stay Out of Mine". The wit of the left is enviable, indeed.

Sorry to have missed the BPH, but loved yello's pix. Almost like being there.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 31, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and ....

GO LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ftb3 | October 31, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

More funny signs here:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 31, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Wapo's updated photo gallery from the rally includes a couple of great shots of the Burning Man Dragon and attendants. It's really a hoot to cruise around finding everyone's pix and commentary.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. What a terrific, warm(ish) sunny day outside. And Happy Halloween to everyone.

Wife still out of town, and I am uncharacteristically productive this morning. Have already taken down five of the seven tomoato plants from the garden, and filled two large trash containers with canes and branches. They were mostly dead, but there were a few salvageable green tomatoes, so I got about two dozen useful specimens. The big, heavy-duty tomato cages I built in the spring have stood up very well, and will be ready to go next spring. But boy, what a lousy year it was for the tomatoes-- they split like crazy, and toward the end of the summer the squirrels got ambitious, and we'd find a half-eaten tomato on the driveway or in the middle of the back yard.

This after I am back to putting up molding in the master bedroom, a tedious and onorous task. And I am $90 the poorer, having borrowed my neighbor's car to go get a nice, fresh, brand-new 700-cold-cranking-amp battery for my truck, which now starts like a top. I have experienced failed batteries before, but never had one go like this one did. I am convinced that when I started it up on Wednesday a piece of plate fell off and shorted out a cell. Ah, well, it was due: had 6 years and more than 55,000 miles on it, so can't complain.

Mo Rocca had a great piece on the CBS Sunday Morning show about people's fear of clowns, much more widespread than you'd have thought. Lotsa people hate clowns.

Go, Redskins.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 31, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. And so Warshington plays our "local" team the Lions today. The Kitty cats are not an easy prey anymore I'm afraid. The 'skins will have to work seriously to win it.

More scary pictures taken on the Puppy's walk this morning. We will not rake pick up leaves today, that's for sure.

Loved the signs at this rally.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 31, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

As much as I dislike these people, I have to criticize this WaPo headline: "Boehner endorses Nazi reenactor." That's just shameful.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 31, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Great shots, Shriek! Luvvvv the VLP! You realize that, just like cats staring at a wall, what he and the cats are really doing is solving complex differential equations (which I used to be able to do, but, well, I can barely spell "differential" now, which is as close as I come to it now).

Posted by: ftb3 | October 31, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Condolences on the snow, shriek. I will be raking leaves later. Yesterday was windy and rainy, but today seems to be clearing, so far.

Yellojkt, the tea bag you took a pic of may have been quoted in the NY Times:

"Four friends, dressed as giant tea bags in a spoof of the Tea Party, said Mr. Stewart and Mr. Colbert were the only ones they felt expressed their point of view."

“For everything that’s happened in the past two years, “The Daily Show” is how we cope,” said one of the tea bags, a 40-year-old from Anchorage named S.J. Klein.

“The battle for the American mind right now is between talk show hosts and comedians,” said Alex Foxworthy, a 26-year-old doctoral student from Richmond, Va. “I choose the comedians.”

Posted by: seasea1 | October 31, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I have to disagree with the NY Times article where it says the rally was a Democratic party rally. I think this article is closer to what it looked like to me:
"His speech and his event were profoundly democratic. Not Democratic or Democrat--democratic."

Posted by: seasea1 | October 31, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the G household and friends have the best time!

Love the VLP in the snow pictures. I'm hoping we don't have any snow here before December.

Posted by: -dbG- | October 31, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

And one more link, more or less on-Kit because it's about Halloween, and I found this blog because of a boodler (dr), and it has a bear:

Posted by: seasea1 | October 31, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

If only I could have been there. My choice of costume and sign might have been dressed fully as Frankenstein, lots of moaning and growling while holding a cryptic sign: "Hastert Good! Pelosi Bad!"

Posted by: baldinho | October 31, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Love the pictures! Thanks everyone, for sharing. And snow, SD! You're welcome to come south for a visit to get away from it, when you need to.

Boy, it's not smart to be on a floor with suites in a hotel on Halloween. I called security twice, Mr. T once, and we both yelled at people making huge amounts of noise in the hall. I finally fell asleep sometime after 3 ayem. I tried to slam the door when I got up this morning but didn't have much success. Will sleep well tonight!

Since we'll be uptown for Halloween, I didn't buy any candy for here. Oh well, another time...

Conference is going well, I think, although I'm finding I've dropped a number of details in the chaos of the past week. Nothing fatal so far, just annoying. At least the weather is lovely.

I'm home to take care of a few of those dropped details and then will run back uptown. (How did I manage to forget to do a nametag for our marketing person, who came all the way from Michigan to be with us?)

Later, my friends, love you all!

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh the irony! The one time I want to watch a Lions game they are blacked out in Detroit and so we don't get our feed...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 31, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Happy conferencing, slyness, Happy day-after-sanity to those who rallied, and Happy Halloween, all. My infamous Halloween party was last night, and I did end up managing a simple and successful costume. I own a long, flowy, tie-dyed skirt, so I wore that with a blousy top and my hair down, with one flower in my hair and another in my hand. Quick and easy, ultimately, and the party was fun. I still don't know that it was worth the mental energy, though; next year I may not go. We'll see. There were a number of good costumes there. One person was the oil spill in a much more sophisticated way than I could have been. I have two colleagues with babies due this winter; one couple came as a shotgun wedding, and the other as Mary and Joseph.

I spent the beautiful day yesterday out in the yard, planting daffodil bulbs and raking. I am now very sore, but the yard does look nice. I'm not sure that I got all the bulbs deep enough, but the blister on my trowel hand will attest that I did my best. Stay tuned for daffodil announcements in the spring.

Posted by: -bia- | October 31, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I wish everyone would find some people, probably young folks, who were first-time voters in '08, and ask them to go vote again this time even though it's a mid-term, which they may not feel qualified to do, and explain that Obama sure could use the assistance that a majority would give us. Then I'd explain that even experienced voters sometimes get confused about the elections for judges and the local elections, and that they should just leave those blank, vote for the party, or consider the advice from the local newspaper on those things. Any of those three are often done anyway. Then, I'd pass it along in an email, with the thing I usually don't do: recommend they pass it on to everyone they think might listen!

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 31, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Condolences on the blackout, shriek. I hate it when they do thqat. Skins lead 13-7 at the half

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 31, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

So anyway...

You can blame me for the entirely ill-advised idea to meet at Archives/Navy Memorial. Very silly of me to forget it's a small station with one exit and only a few turnstiles.

Regardless, let me echo TBG's "INSANE!!!" note in describing Metro yesterday. NukeSpouse and I parked outside the Beltway on the Red Line, just three stops from the end. While parking was no issue, there were lines 20 people deep for farecards, and then the train we ended up on was totally packed. Once we arrived at Archives, it took about 10 minutes to get up the escalator and another 10 to get through the turnstiles. There was next to no cell signal outside, so I didn't even get the majority of the texts and voicemails from the other Boodlers there until we'd gotten back to Metro Center afterwards.

As far as I can figure, we were a block west of yello on the same side of the Mall, and slightly east of TBG & Sneaks on the other side of the Mall. Not sure where Raysmom & Co. ended up. As for the show, what we could see and hear was great! The audio folks dropped the ball repeatedly, and the crowd chanting "Lou-der" or cheering the morons climbing trees sure didn't help.

The "Peace/Crazy/Love Train" piece was GENIUS!!! Also really liked Colbert's Evil Kenievel suit coming out of the capsule. The crowd was entirely good-natured -- even those bulling their way through the throng were basically polite about it.

So very sorry I missed the BPH!!! :-(

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 31, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, I've already sent that message to the younger voting crowd in my family and friend circles ... to positive response. One has moved recently and wasn't able to register in time but all others promise to 'turn it out'. Fingers, toes and eyes crossed. :)

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else having problems donating to the National Mall trust?

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 31, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching the offensivefest in New-York. NY is losing 0-3 more than three quarters of the way through. It's not the Rangers that are losing but the Jets against the Packers. Yawnnnn.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 31, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the National Mall could be privatized? Think of what could be built under the grass and trees.

(Coral snakes are apparently fairly abundant here, but very shy. What you'll usually see in the yard is racers and glass lizards, which look like snakes even if they aren't).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 31, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The Packers have doubled their lead. Yawnnnn.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 31, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I remember that one of the trips my family took to DC in the mid-late 60s was the year they were tearing up the National Mall and/or tunneling under it to build Metro. It was pathetically ugly.

But so it was during the Civil War with encampments or during WWll with temporary offices and housing. It seems to ebb and flow. I thought it was generally lovely when sonchild and I lived there in the 80s, but it's sure threadbare now. The weeds, bare dirt and crumbling monuments, even as new "Musuems of ..." are being approved and constructed, is disheartening.

I often wonder what first-time visitors think.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Great video of "The Rally":

Posted by: laloomis | October 31, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

A relative Loomis?

Posted by: dmd3 | October 31, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, putting Rex Grossman in was certainly a terrific idea.

No, I'm not even gonna cuss. I'm beyond mere profanity.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 31, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the city is generally lovely, Talitha. It's a great place to live and I'm proud to have been born in the city and to have grown up and raised my kids in the metro area.

I don't know of any crumbling monuments, but I'm much happier having a National Mall that folks can walk on (or rally on, or march on) than a pure green lawn.

One thing about the crowd yesterday: when you see overhead pictures showing those parts of the Mall that were empty of people, you've got to realize there was nothing keeping people off those parts than ropes or temporary fencing.

It was a reasonable and law-abiding crowd that for the most part followed the rules and were all very kind to each other.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

We left our house just after 9:30 and endured heavy but steady traffic down I-95 and the ramp to the Greenbelt station was backed up, which I have never seen before.

We were lucky enough to get one of the few remaining parking spaces at Greenbelt and the line for farecards wrapped through the entire parking lot. We were also lucky to overhear someone say that SmarTrip holders didn't need to wait in line, so we raced to the station and got on the platform just as a train was leaving. I found my wife the very last available seat on the car we were on.

We arrived at Navy Memorial at 11:05 fearing we had been left behind, but nobody else had shown. I got TBG by phone and Scotty by text and thought he was just behind us. But he went incommunicado. Everybody was complaining about bad cell service. I had several texts just never get sent.

In the meantime we had found Raysmom at the statue just as directed. While the station was a mess, the memorial was actually a clever spot to meet. There were lots of groups meeting there. It's a shame the Metro was so ill-prepared.

The three of us attempted to get down 7th Street only to hit gridlock which forced us to retreat. We went west down the Mall and eventually just jammed in behind a group who had brought their dogs along.

It was all just chaotic and obviously at least double and triple the number of people expected. The sound system couldn't reach the back of the crowd. The police had to close Pennsylvania to handle the overflow.

When we left the BPH at six the trains were still stuffed to the gills. I blame Glenn Beck and the Tea Party Rally during the health care debate. Because they so exaggerated their expected attendance and had such underwhelming turnouts, everybody thought the Sanity Rally was another cry wolf event.

Well, we showed them. In the future, take us radical moderates seriously.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

YK, I think Error Flynn would raise a RAD MOD flag from his TiiKii parlor.

Off to bike. Will report on herons, after I sail past them on the other Washington river.

One comment: I think IMom would agree if she hasn't already had the thought here: I am a bit ashamed in a broad and kind way (makes sense, don't it) that two comedians may have ushered us into civility (clap your hands boys and girls if you believe)....where have the politicians and pundits and leaders and masters/mistresses of the universe been? O for leaders of fire....

...come to Jesus, you and you and you....never to late.

NOTE: the come to J is metaphorical...insert whatever hero you will.....howsa about

come to Error Flynn
come to Emmett Kelly (great clown I met)
come to Tim Horton
come to Mary See (See's Candy)
come to Edmund Burke
come to Mother Jones
come to Tim Russert...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 31, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm really, really, *really* trying to be polite and not gloat.


Lions 37, Redskins 25

Shriek -- how 'bout *them* apples, eh?


*faxing roses to Mudge, along with something liquid to take the edge off*

Posted by: ftb3 | October 31, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I guess the Jefferson Memorial isn't technically on the Mall, but it does have crumbling steps. And the last time I visited the Korean War Memorial it was so weedy I couldn't believe it.

I love DC and agree with you that a gathering place for all, rather than pristine, edged green lawns, is preferable. You know I've attended many large gatherings there myself and never one with angry faces ... something echoed in everyone I saw from yesterday's rally.

But the wear and tear calls for steady maintenance, just like any "edifice" or landscape, and Congress in fund allocation to the Park Service (or whatever power-that-is), seems to have dropped that ball in recent years, IMO. Sure not trying to argue with you, dear one.

Also, do those of you who used Metro think they were ill-prepared, taken by surprise ... or what? I had been thinking the same as yello that the over-estimation of crowds at recent rallies may have left Metro complacent regarding planning for the magnitude one.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The Kitty Cats got 23 points in the fourth quarters? *picking jaw up*
That Stafford feller might be the real thing.

I made osso bucco, again. Witch no. 1 noted I made the same dish 3-4 weeks ago. We went osso bucco-less for years than suddenly I can't resist any well-turned heifer shank I see at the butcher. Oh well, I could have worst fetishes. The aroma is something else.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 31, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

scc: of this one.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

SCC quarter, then, etc. Gawd I'm bad.

The airline called, no direct flight for me tomorrow. I'm leaving 4.5 hours earlier and get to destination 1 hour later. Technical problems with the aircraft they say. And of course I picked up the call when I was shredding leftover roast beef to make shepard's pie so my hand were covered in gore. Obviously the potatoes boiled over and overspilled as I was talking to the guy. The joys of travel.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 31, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Laughing, dear ftb. Oh, wait, maybe that was crying. I'm still not sure. I have trouble keeping these emotions sorted out and properly identified.

I preparation for this evening, I have laid iout in our front yard our "Mutant Pumpkin Patch," featuring warning signs about radioactive waste and toxic chemical EPA sites. Then I put out about eight pumpkins we bought last week down in Virginia Beach -- all of them extremely weird species of non-standard pumpkins. One has a whole bunch of "warts " on it that look like peanuts, another is a Mexican hat pumpkin; one is a sickly pea green; one looks like a giant apple but has green BB-size pods all over it. Got some really ugly (beautiful) multi-colo0red gourds; one looks like a swan's head.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 31, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Good take here on the crowd estimates...

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

DOC: privatizing The Mall is interesting. Is it officially federal lands?

How much do you think Interior could get for the drilling rights on it? There has to be some natural gas down there, no?

Another thought: I have been there a couple times. You could easily get either a Super WalMart or about 10 Starbucks on it, with drive thru windows.

Posted by: baldinho | October 31, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

As I type, someone is out front loading into his pickup the 15 bags of pine needles I filled from yesterday's raking and left for the city to take away tomorrow. He's welcome to them. It's quite clever, actually, to go around town on a Sunday to gather the weekend's accumulation of pine straw. May whatever he is mulching prosper.

Posted by: -bia- | October 31, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Did you know that there's a line of baby strollers called Joovy?

I'm sorry, but I just can't imagine putting my kid in the Joovy.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

David Broder has gone around the bend:
I think the Bush/Cheney/Rove war on Iraq was a cynical ploy to improve Bush's chances in 2004, but I don't think Obama would do that.

Ted Sorenson has passed away:

Posted by: seasea1 | October 31, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The Mall could be dug out and turned into something like the World Trade Center. I figure several huge parking decks (including parking for tour buses), park-and-ride station for a private subway to serve lobbyists (stations at K Street and Capitol Hill), a gigantic food court for Smithsonian visitors, pay toilets, maybe even an underground Marriott with its own convention center. Maybe some sort of national monument, too. And underground galleries for the Hirshhorn, preferably comparable in size to the big room at the Tate Modern in London.

The existing trees could be replaced with sweet gums or swamp white oaks in big planters, just like the World Trade Center.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 31, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Well... in all seriousness, there should be a parking garage under the Mall like the Boston Common or the one near the St. Louis Arch.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

TBG beat me to the Boston Common reference. Millennium Park in Chicago also has vast underground parking. However in the post-9/11 mentality, I can't envision cars in the foundation radius of the Washington Monument.

My modest proposal would be to sell off rights to portions of the Mall to stores in real Malls. The section in front of the Air and Space could go to Aeropostale, American History Museum to 21 Forever, Natural History to Zales. We could have the Spencer's Ultimate Frisbee Field. The sponsorship possibilities are endless.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

And I think the Boodle should have naming rights to a couple of things, right? Or .... *left* perhaps?

Posted by: ftb3 | October 31, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

'mudge, Growing and selling weird pumpkins sounds like a promising business.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 31, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Yello, I have been battling a chest cold, and just the thought of hundreds of "Forever 21" patrons flocking The Mall every day gave me a two-minute laughing/coughing fit. They would be ripe pickings for all the dudes on the jetskis in the reflecting pool.

Posted by: baldinho | October 31, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Develop the National Mall? I feel sick listening to this.

Open green space is crucial for mental health. Even if its mostly brown space.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, remember Wilbrod... there's room for about 2 billion people there. :-)

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

What about these 4 trillion blades of grass? Where would they go? Hair Club for Men?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Loving the stories and pictures from yesterday.

Been busy with Halloween but wanted to answer talitha's question about the mall, I have been there three times, once as a grade either student and twice over the last five years. The last two trips I spent a great deal of time walking the mall and visiting the memorials. I loved everything about it, your capitol is everything ours is not, well planned, designed to be a show piece. The vista of that long stretch of green space lined on either side with museums, and trees is truly a treasure.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 31, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

And what about all the people who must be so disappointed when they find out the National Mall has no stores?

Posted by: seasea1 | October 31, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

CqP, great minds think alike - at least about who should have been leading the country towards moderation and civility.

I think we could go even bigger on the Mall. How about selling the space to a foreign country? Cash down, of course. That restrict it to, what, China or some Middle Eastern countries?

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 31, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

For you Font Freaques out there:

My favorite quote --

“I think poor design contributes to a general disinterest in politics, especially among younger people,” Mr. Arnow said. “And I think it reflects the degree to which our politicians are out of touch.”

Posted by: rickoshea11 | October 31, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

RIP, Ted Sorensen. He was a particular hero of mine, and there was a time when I was working in politics, 1974, that I wanted to be the next Ted Sorenson. I studied his speechwriting carefully.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 31, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

More politicians should be using Comic Sans.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I thought of you when I read about TS...and ImOm, that was you, channeled of course in another venue...O humor, can you lead us where gravitas should?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 31, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Take one empty mug. Add about 3/4 inch of bourbon. Add juice of one lemon. Add 3 teaspoons (or about 1 generous tablespoon of old honey. Fill with hot water. I expect to feel much better, and be asleep, very shortly.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 31, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

There's a font called "20,000 Dollar Bail" that might work for a few of them, too.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I can be pretty thick at times... a bit slow on the uptake.

I just realized why so many politicians are lawyers, perhaps even trial lawyers. Look at the ads. Listen to the stump speeches, the debates. Is this not giving closing arguments for a completely guilty client 24/7? That is all they do.

Never admit guilt. Always press the case that it was likely the other guy. If someone points out a particularly incriminating piece of evidence, impugn his/her character. Change the subject at all costs... particularly when it can conceivably make your client look good and his/her accuser look bad. No matter how many previous times your client has been convicted of this same thing, ensure that can not be discussed this time.... for it is irrelevant, apparently.

Frankly, I am surprised politicians are not 100% lawyers.

Posted by: baldinho | October 31, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

baldinho, I don't think many of today's politicians remember their 7th or 8th grade civics classes, much studied law.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

People, people, people. All this talk about building something beneath the National Mall assumes that there isn't already something stored under the National Mall. But don't worry, from what I've heard it's really unlikely that it can get out.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 31, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Baldino, wow. Keep this in mind, all that you say about the bad side of lawyering...I keep trying to channel good boodler vibes your way for a number of reasons: first and formost that the next delurked boodler BAY-BEE is coming. Oh felicitations and soft lambswool greetings with cushions and sock monkies and also new Legos for BaldinoBoy....second, that the raggle taggle open community here is open, yet some posters-people do not get it: open to kindness and neutrality even but not to the BAD-uns....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 31, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

scc: much "less" studied law

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

That was *my* way of defending the many lawyers I know who've been of great help and kindness to me over the years, including now. Not to mention our law professor president.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Padouk, isn't that where they keep the Ark of the Covenent Indy Jones found? Also the National Treasure Franklin et al hid under that church in Philly? The rest of the Zapruder film? The bodies of those four Grays? Jimmy Hoffa?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 31, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Halloween! Because my daughter isn't feeling well and our dog goes especially ballistic when people knock on our door, I spent the last few hours sitting on our front porch reading and sporadically distributing candy. I learned a couple of useful things. First, little kids invariably choose sour stuff in brightly-colored packages over all else. Second, wearing a trench-coat, dark glasses, and a floppy hat is enough of a costume to please your typical trick-or-treater. And finally, it's really hard to read when wearing dark glasses at night.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 31, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Nah Mudge. Those are just cover stories.

Well. That's what I heard.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 31, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Score at the half:

San Diego 3
Pittsburgh 3
San Francisco 2
Texas 0

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 31, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I think the Interstate tunnel beneath the Capitol reflecting pool was nearly an open trench. The idea was to display the modern highway proudly. Brasília comes to D.C.

Mall planning a bit later was big on tunneling streets under the grass strip. Fine idea, but the streets closest to the Washington Monument never got buried, which would have been neat.

There's something going on about giving the Hirshhorn more space where its outdoor sculpture garden lies.

I'd like the US Botanic Garden to have a mushroom grotto, maybe combined with a carriage ride service for the Mall. The existing facility is stuffed with wonderful cycads.

There's a scheme to remove part of the Forrestal Building (south of the Castle) to create a better vista/pedestrian route south from the Mall. Would there be any chance of the govt. selling off a couple of those dismal office buildings south of the Mall? I guess there's no chance of putting a football stadium in the area.

I've seen a few comments to the effect that the present-day Mall is a relict of formal fashion from the early 1900s, and that the whole thing should be redesigned for the present age. Maybe it's a good thing that no one seems to have the money or imagination. On the other hand, could retiring Chicago Mayor Daley be put in charge of Chicago-izing the Mall?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 31, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

The only time I had free to go to the supermarket was during trick or treat time. I'll be taking that large bag of fun-sized chocolate into work tomorrow.

Somewhere around here I have a recipe for Milky Way cake. Iirc, you melt the candy and pour it into the batter. I was going to make it one year for a friend's son, but he heard us talking about it and had a different vision--lots of solid MW bars stuck together with icing. *That* turned out to be very popular.

I am grateful we're all here together this November. Sleep well, all.

Posted by: -dbG- | October 31, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Ya know what's disconcerting about watching the Steelers-Saints game? Watching Antoine Randel El and Ladell Betts.

Someone named Rebecca Traister, a writer at, has one of those "5 Myths" pieces, this one about this year's crop of female candidates.

Myth #2: This year's female candidates are extra-stupid and extra-extremist.

Myth #4: Candidates like O'Donnell, Angle and Bachmann are bad for women.

No comment.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 31, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that Broder column . . . what the hell was that?

It's certainly possible to make both cases: 1.) Iran is the greatest threat to the world in this century and 2.) Confronting or containing Iran will save the President's political life.

But you should not make the cases in the same column. Especially not one that short. And you should absolutely not structure the argument such that an easy conclusion to come for a reader is that Iran is the greatest threat to the world in this century because it is the best opportunity for the President to save his political career.

Really. What the hell was that?

I could be reacting in exactly the wrong way (I've had a beer or three) but . . . wow.

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 31, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

We’re home from our whirlwind trip to DC. We arrived Friday afternoon and practically ran thru the Museum of American History before we set out to TBG’s house, fighting with Ms. Garmin all the way. I’m not sure where she was trying to send us, but I suspect she might be a Glenn Beck fan and wanted us out of the city all together. But we made it to TBG’s to find RD and Raysmom and Geek Daughter there, which was a great way to start the weekend.

As TBG has already described, our journey on the Metro was eventful. But the crowd was very polite and happy so what could have been a scary experience was merely an exercise in patience. Altho’ we couldn’t see the stage or the jumbotrons and the sound system was erratic, it was wonderful to see the diversity of the crowd, all ages and races, just smiling and enjoying themselves. Passing out cookies was a hoot, because as TBG said, everyone was so polite about asking if we really had cookies! The signs were excellent and some of the costumes were quite clever.

The BPH afterwards was fun and a welcome rest from the crowds and noise. It was good to meet Yello and Mrs. Yello and the Science Tim family too. I am sad that Scotty and the Nukespouse couldn’t be there and that Mudge had car troubles. You were missed!

It was wonderful to spend some time with TBG and her family, they made us feel very much at home. I’m very glad we went to the rally as the energy and good vibrations from the crowd helped me feel less discouraged about the general mood of the country as depicted by the media. I hope what occurred yesterday will help fuel the more mainstream voters to get out and vote for sanity on Tuesday.

If the DVR of the rally worked, I will sit down and watch it tomorrow night. From what I’ve read here on the Boodle, it was a really good show. ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | October 31, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Cowhand, I had exactly the same reaction to Broder's piece when I read it earlier(and I've been sober all day, unless you count the double-choco ice cream I just ate). Irresponsible conjecture, imo.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

sneaks, glad you're home safe!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 31, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, I forgot to comment on the beautiful photos that Paris took. The foliage in your area is much better than ours is this year. And Paris has a very good 'eye'.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 31, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, welcome home! Glad you made it safe and had a good time.

talitha, you got to watch out for that double choco. It'll sneak up on ya!

And so to bed. Have a lovely night all.

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 31, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Some awesome footage of the rally:

Posted by: sandarch | October 31, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Mister Sandarch, I do believe you owe me a new keyboard.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 31, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr Broder might possibly have done the columnist equivalent of Garrison Keillor's "News From Lake Woebegone" on the day when a cow was led up the stairs as a prank, which was simple enough. Unfortunately, Keillor hadn't planned a way to get the cow back down. It was not a good day for Lake Woebegone.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 31, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse


put on yer headphones, and listen to it. loud. turn it up until it distorts, then back it down a skosh. i guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Posted by: -jack- | October 31, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I predict I'm about to mudge myself, but can't resist.

The one event like the Rally to Restore Sanity that I participated inwas the Unity Rally in Montreal in late 1995; it was held in Place du Canada, right outside the building in which I worked, and it was wonderful. There is good story at the link below, but more than that, if you scroll down a bit you will see The Iconic Photograph (I think taken by a photographer for the Montreal Gazette, though it is hard to find the attribution now -- it was certainly reproduced in every English-language daily in the country within hours -- I remember it on the front page of the The Globe and Mail the following day). To this day I have a tiny Canadian Flag-pin in my jewellery collection that one of my most respected co-workers gave me on my way out of the lobby to join the mass. It was joyful, positive, peaceful (and we won, by a hair). I'm not trying to pick a fight with any lurking separatists, just sayin'.

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

first saw this performed in buffalo, summer of '75.

Posted by: -jack- | November 1, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

My good friend Dave gave me this today; I can't imagine any Canadian or honourary-Canadian not liking it. Me? I love it.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Huffington post has hundreds of funny signs. A lot of them not family-friendly in vocabulary.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 1, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

For me and the rest of the Olds here,

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

the closest thing to a demonstration i participated in was a walk out from class in 8th grade, after lt. wm. calley was convicted for his role in the my lai massacre. that he participated wasn't the issue. he was a scapegoat, providing cover for those above him in the coc. similarly, iirc, nary a person was held accountable (at least in terms of being convicted of a crime) for the deaths of the students at kent state.

Posted by: -jack- | November 1, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Talitha, Cowhand, & other sane boodlers (there are so MANY of you, hooray!),

I had the same initial reaction to Broder's piece - holy @#%! It seems to be a wholly irresponsible bit of conjecture. I think many of us have gained a new appreciation for the ancient taboo against speaking about evils lest they manifest themselves after the late unpleasantness in the Middle East.

However, there does seem to be a shred of something in there (though I won't call it truth). I feel like one of the driving forces in politics right now is fear about security. The easy assertion to make is that if someone were to do something that engendered support of hawkish folks and WORKED AS INTENDED in the end, then this person would reap tremendous political capital.

This strikes me as somewhat facile. Many people develop deeply rooted antipathy towards "other" politicians, and if "security" were taken care of, surely there would be other issues to be criticized. The question would be whether a significant number of people would suddenly have an epiphany of "the emperor has no clothes" sort, and if that happened then it seems like the political landscape could undergo a significant shift.

That said, I'm skeptical of the reasoning in Broder's piece. That sort of reasoning is playing with the proverbial fire, and we all seem a bit too singed still from our latest escapades to be looking for new opportunities to light things up again. It was heartening to see such an outpouring of, well, rational thought this weekend. Hopefully that will lead to more constructive dialogues and steer us clear these other unpleasant things.

Posted by: lostnspace | November 1, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Hello lostnspace. I like the way you write. Welcome.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

I've done rallies, but the only real demonstration EYE ever participated in was in math class, first day, eighth-grade. We had a classmate who was deaf, and spoke aloud but with a bit of difficultly. Our teacher (this is now unbelievable to me, but those were the days) *mocked* her speech when she raised her hand and was called-upon to answer

We all (a whole class of 27 13-year-olds), silently stood up and walked quietly out of the classroom, down to the Principal's office, and stayed there even when he told us to go back to class lest he should (get this!) "phone your parents!"

I remember that MC and I were the only two to respond aloud, "You should, Sir. You really should call our parents."

He didn't.

There was no further problem with inclusiveness at that school during my tenure (and MC and I got the afternoon off!).

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Great music, thoughts, stories all evening. I'm finishing off Halloween by watching Phantom of the Opera (1925) with Lon Chaney. Beautiful, eerie and a great "soundtrack" for a silent film.

Sleep well, ye boodlers.

Posted by: talitha1 | November 1, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

EYE am watching the end of Sweet Baby Jane.

"You'd never do this to me if I weren't in this chair!"
"But ya are, Blanche! Ya are!"

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse

That movie is too "creepitating" (as sonchild used to say) for me, Yoki. Joan and Bette had already been through their garish 50s makeup noir stage and that film just made it worse! *L* Hush, Hush, Sweet, C........!

Posted by: talitha1 | November 1, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

I have a cousin(e) who is exactly half my age, whom I adore. She is named after our mutual great-grandmother Charlotte.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

"If Obama is a Muslim, can we have Fridays off?"

Joel, I don’t think you’ll like it. It would mean you’ll be working on Saturdays and off on Sundays. Gov’t offices here are off on Fridays and Sundays. The rest – banks and business offices work half day on Saturdays and off on Sundays.

Years and years ago, I turned down a job offer because their office followed the state gov’t which was half day on Thurdays and off on Fridays. Not my cup of tea.

Posted by: rainforest1 | November 1, 2010 3:40 AM | Report abuse

May I pour you a cup of tea, rainforest1? I've put the late-night kettle on. I've got both Chinese and Indian (as Miss Austen's world would have had it). "When tea was coming in"

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 3:46 AM | Report abuse

Why, thank you very much, Yoki. Jasmine tea would be very nice.

Posted by: rainforest1 | November 1, 2010 4:16 AM | Report abuse

A couple of months ago, I bought a pack of tea. It says on the label that it has very caffeine in it. It's either they lied or I'm very sensitive to caffeine.

Posted by: rainforest1 | November 1, 2010 4:31 AM | Report abuse

I can tell you from experience that you are very sensitive, and they lied.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 4:38 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Yoki. Are you burning the midnight oil, or are you off in a different time zone?

Posted by: lostnspace | November 1, 2010 5:35 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, imprecise question I suppose, I'm 4 hours behind GMT.

Posted by: lostnspace | November 1, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

Area 51 Annex (with the Crystal Skull), Mount Rushmore, The National Audio Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, NIH Bldg 10, and the end zone of the old Giants Stadium.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

CQP, thanks for the good vibes.

I don't think that what I said about trial lawyers (in this case, defenders of defendants) is particularly rantish. All the things I said they do... they actually do. All the time. I don't think that makes them particularly bad people at all. I DO think it gives them a skill set that lines up perfectly with campaigning and running for political office.

One persons evil slimy trial lawyer is another persons white knight. That is completely true.

All I was saying is that the best of the trial lawyers can play with the truth and with the heartstrings equally well. What is that if not a politician on the stump?

Posted by: baldinho | November 1, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

lostnspace, good post at 1:03 AM.

To me, any move against Iran that wasn't done slowly after a (gag) media tour like the Iraq one would never get off the table. If Obama decided to do something, 50% of the people would immediately say it was to save his poll numbers, etc. That is just a reality now. Those same 50% would be waving the flag and hitting Iran pinatas if the same exact actions were taken by a Republican.

So it goes.

Posted by: baldinho | November 1, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Talk about burying the lede. Deep in an article titled 'Malfunctioning escalator injures 4 at L'Enfant Plaza station' is this:

///Metro officials said a new Saturday ridership record was set, with 825,437 trips taken. The average number of trips taken on a Saturday is about 350,000. ///

So what would have caused nearly an extra half-million trips in one day? 210,000 people? Or even more?

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

And speaking of building things underground.

Dupont Down Under anybody?

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

What a great way to start a Monday morning. The 'signs' are just too funny!!!

Love the 'cake' sign, and the 'spiders' sign.

Posted by: momof20yo | November 1, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

White pumpkins seem to be popular these days and more expensive that traditional ones, I wonder why that is? They look anemic to me.

I enjoyed you daughter's charming pictures of the AT, Joel, and also the BPH pictures, everyone looked so jolly to be together.

We will be leaving the glorious color of our neighborhood for a few days and traveling down to Emerald Isle, NC. We haven't been there before but must begin investigation of places suitable for a rehearsal dinner for about 100 souls in July. Our oldest is getting married for the very first time and we like his girl and we are so happy!!! He is older than many of the looking for a unique oceanside, casual seafood and southern barbeque place with fried green tomatoes and a country band for dancing. Half of the folk attending are from The North, so may not be familiar with remote tar heel customs. Maybe a little fresh peach cobbler and pecan pie for dessert, can't figure out a local drink for the bar to serve, dunno anything southern except mint juleps. Any suggestions?

Posted by: VintageLady | November 1, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm quite behind in backBoodling, but on the off chance no one's mentioned this yet, here's a prime example of "He. Just. Doesn't. GET. IT."

*nonstop-fun-and-frolic-and-no-no-leftover-candy-is-involved-why-do-you-ask Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 1, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Am I missing something, or has there been next-to-no coverage of the Rally after Saturday? The WaPo online had lots of coverage in preparation, but since Saturday it's been nothing but a photo gallery, some video clips, and one blog. Really cheap stuff that does not require a reporter to make any definitive factual statements about the event, nobody does any leg-work, and it never makes it into the dead-tree edition. The only text linked by the home page is a an overtly partisan commentary that reacts to coverage by CBS News. The comments to that post are filled with oppositional partisans trying to sell the notion that the Mall was a near-empty wasteland on Saturday. Where is the real reporting? The WaPo spends more text on the political meaning of the Independence Day crowds.

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 1, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Every time I see sabre-rattling like Broder's I consider if it's a cooperation with the State Department back-channel. Sort of like outsourcing the thumbscrew job.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 1, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

David Carr is just jumping on the "Dance monkey, dance" stream of thought about Stewart's role in the public sphere. The court jester is only allowed to say so much.

I rewatched the entire rally last night to see all the stuff I missed by actually being there. It was far too sane and reasonable.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

The War With Iran crowd is wide-spread and oddly bipartisan. There is a strong undercurrent always going on there. I was really surprised we did not make some attack on their nuclear facilities during Cheney's lame duck tenure.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Bourbon and branch, VL. That's what a genteel Kentucky neighbor taught me.

Off to San Jose, will connect to the boodle as I'm able.
Yoki and I need assistance in identifying the woman with Dionne in the Grammy photo. We've been exercising our little grey cells, and not google, to ID all the celebs and she escapes us.

Later gators!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 1, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely. Trial balloons get floated on the Op/Ed pages of the Times and Post all the time. I always wonder how complicit the writers are or if they are just dupes.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Hi, everyone! Made it back to St. Louis safely. I have no time to backboodle, as I am really supposed to be at work now, but it was the biggest mass of humanity I have ever been in - we struggled three hours on Metro to get to the rally late, and it was even more crowded getting back to VA to our hotel afterward. Very friendly crowd. Most unsettling moment - being in a portapotty with people on top and looking up to see hand outlines on the roof, wondering if it could hold the weight. Sorry to TBG - lost your number. Google maps unfortunately gave us the "scenic route" directions to DC, so much driving on twisty two lane roads to get there left us frazzled.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | November 1, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Oh, forgot to mention most heartwarming moment - riding packed train from Vienna, VA (had to ride west to get on a train, then ride it packed into DC) a young couple squished in by the door got off and let a mom with a young child on, just to be friendly and sane. Loved it.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | November 1, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Sorry we missed you.

The complete WaPo Rally coverage is here and it's pretty meh.

You got the rightly criticized Zak/Hesse/Horowitz recap which was trying to be too clever and hip by half, a problem with at least 2/3 of those writers (I'm not familiar enough with Horowitz to judge his culpability), a Dr. Gridlock item with eyewitness accounts of the escalator disaster in the comments, and Lisa de Moraes very detailed liveblog.

My guess is that election coverage is going to churn the rally out of the news cycle very quickly. Just bask in the memories.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

There is also a poll on how many attendees there were. 3% voted for 20,000 - 40,000. Good going, Glenn. I voted 300k-500k because I count the people who never quite made it to the Mall.

I'm glad they have that poll because I feel it is important that all irresolvable facts be decided democratically.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Morning Al!

First, my apologies to yello and Mrs. yello for bailing without notice. The sea of humanity on the mall kept shuffling me farther from them. Then, when another conga line of folks heading for the exit came by, I joined them. But I was glad to have gone and swelled the numbers of attendees. Spent the rest of the afternoon watching the rally on DVR.

My trip there was uneventful. I drove in through the 3rd street tunnel and parked at my office. Took me only half an hour. Made it to the meeting point at 11, then met many other fine folk at the sailor with the line, "Who are you waiting for?" while fruitlessly phoning and texting.

Everyone was in good spirits, even in the midst of the 7th Street mosh pit. I'm really disheartened to see the press downplaying what a truly remarkable event it was.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 1, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Actually RM, we owe you an apology. My wife kept getting pressed forward by the crowd Brownian motion and I followed to keep her in eyesight. At 1:30 I tapped her on her shoulder to tell her we were going to bail for which she was much relieved.

I looked around for RM but she was lost in the crowd, so when I got her IM a little after 2, I was relieved that she had quit as well.

Our back-up plan, which was really our original plan, was to go to the Newseum for a book event with P.J. O'Rourke who had scheduled this long before The Rally was a gleam in the eye of Reddit users.

The Newseum was showing the rally on their 40 foot Jumbotron. The entire floor was covered by patrons sitting criss-cross-applesauce (Indian-style is so un-PC) and each balcony was wrapped about two deep with people just enjoying the show.

My wife chided me for not wanting to go to the Newseum to begin with. I argued that that would be missing the point about being AT the Rally even if we couldn't see or hear a thing.

PJ's event was supposed to start at 2:30 but he got stuck in traffic (imagine that) so the crowd begged the staff to pipe the rally into the studio, which they did for the Stewart-Colbert debate portion.

PJ was funny and far more even-keeled than his writing would suggest. He expressed admiration for Stewart but perplexity at Colbert. As he puts it, "I can find fake conservatives anywhere. Take Newt Gingrich for example."

When getting his book signed, I asked him what happened to the moderate/social libertarian wing of the Republican Party. He suggested that if they had been more fiscally conservative, they could have stayed relevant, or in his words they should have said "We're not against abortion, but we're REALLY cheap."

So I saw political satirists of all stripes on Saturday. I like them all as long as they don't forget to bring the funny.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone, a cold but beautiful morning here. Just before I took the kids to school I noticed how gorgeous the early morning light was on the tree around my house, naturally I tried to photograph it, with limited success.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 1, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

ScienceTim, as utterly amazing as it may seem, there does not appear to be a main WaPo rally story. I, too, am unable to find it.

There is one ENTIRE page ( about the rally, containing no less than 23 links, PLUS no less than 8 links to opinion pieces about the rally, PLUS several links to videos...but no single, all-encompassing, reporter-written news story. Ya know, a story with news in it, and maybe a summary. At the top of the page. Easy to find. So I don't have to troll through the other 37teen links to figure out what happened.

I have a theory, but I am almost reluctant to say it, since I already harp on how far the WaPo has fallen in recent years. But my theory is this: This is a prime example of of what happens when Web-based people (instead of actual news people) get their heads so far up their own butts with all their links and all their videos and all their multi-media and their Twitter and Facebook crapola that they have real, actual idea of what their main job is, which is (or at least used to be) presenting the news. It's called "taking your eye off the ball." It's got photos, it's got quizzes, it's got sidebars galore, it's even got a link apparently called "Intersect" which seems to be about some Post reports and some rally-goers Twittering each other, which I am clearly much too old a fogey to figure out... but it doesn't seem to have an actual news story anywhere.

Especially, there is no remotely coherent discussion of crowd size written by a trained professional reporter who collects the various data and quotes, and tries to come up with something approximating an answer.

I dunno -- maybe they had such a story yesterday, and decided that on Monday it's now old news.

It beats the hell out of me, though.

CBS News seems to have managed this mystifying feat:

AP did not: (and it seems to think Cat Stevens' new name is Yosef (Wikipedia seems to think it is spelled Yusuf, , which, by a truly amazing coincidence is how it is spelled on his FREAKING ALBUM COVER (okay, I apologize for shouting there, I was just getting SO FREAKING FRUSTRATED WITH THE LACK OF PROPER EDITING, YOU HEAR ME, YOU MORONS?) (Uh, sorry, once again, for that outburst).

But heck, maybe the guy spells it Yosef sometimes, and uses Yusuf when he has his FREAKING ALBUM PUBLISHED, YOU IDIOTS.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The 'official' dead trees article was the one you were ridiculing yesterday:

That's all you are going to get.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I did a search for a general rally story, and the only one I found was the Jason Horowitz, Monica Hesse and Dan Zak
story posted at 1:08 a.m. Sunday featuring the previously noted abomination of "Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, the founding fathers of fake news..." piece, which appears not to have been corrected nor updated. It lacks all the proper follow-up crowd size discussion, being filed that night rather than the enxt day, after some work could be done on it.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps WaPo is miffed at having been a "Fear Award" recipient. Or perhaps because the 7-year-old girl won't share the medal. *shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 1, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I agree, yello; thanks. All that manpower they put into assembling all those links and sidebars and videos, the work of dozens of people -- and they still couldn't perform the basic function of generating a proper news story. It's just appalling.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

But "news" isn't generally entertaining, which is the drug people seem to want -- or what passes for the "media" want people to want.

The WaPo did exactly the same thing for all the pro-choice marches I've done. . . . that is, *nothing*.

And how much coverage did Beck get from the WaPo? If I had a parrot, it would have the pleasure of evacuating on the WaPo. But since I don't, well, you know ...

Posted by: ftb3 | November 1, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

H e ll, I'm just happy the Lions won yesterday.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 1, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

More importantly, mudge, did YOU vote in the "How many people do you estimate attended the Stewart-Colbert rally?" poll. Why consult experts when they can crowdsource the information. Crowd sizes have become too big a political landmine for news organizations to step on. They just can't catch a break either way.

There is a real value in knowing the actual attendance other than winning the propaganda d1ck-measuring contest with Beck and that is to create realistic models for crowd handling and control. If you read the pre-event list of street closings, it was woefully inadequate for the numbers that did show. And as we have rehashed plenty, Metro got caught with their pants completely around their ankles.

If there is one bright light, the DC police seemed to have caught on quickly. They rapidly expanded the perimeter of the event. Pennsylvania was completely closed to traffic with a cop at each intersection to guide the clueless who somehow made it within the barricades.

The real credit goes to the good nature of the participants who took it all in stride. Imagine if this had been a crowd of angry teabaggers or anarchist WTO protesters.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm not. Picking the Ethnic Slurs cost me perhaps my one decent shot at the tiara.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

True to form, NPR's Weekend All Things Considered had an actual (though brief) news story on the event. Also, look up the Monkey See blog on their website for a post by an NPR employee who violated the network's ban on employee participation. It's pretty cute.


Posted by: jp1954 | November 1, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I never pick the Ethnic Slurs, yello. That way I'm happy if they win or lose.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Still puny, but well enough to sit at my desk.

RD, thanks for the mention of what's already under the Mall. My understanding is that it is dormant; otherwise it would be heck to pay getting the food down there. Especially in hot weather, when the food is a little frisky.

I wonder if some of Metro's unpreparedness was due to a sense that this wasn't a real event? Although Facebook, the Internets and word of mouth have been all over it, perhaps the official thought was that this was just some TV comedy stunt, not anything which would involve real people traveling en masse to a destination in DC at a certain time.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 1, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Oh hey.. Cow Town... how does Thursday night sound for the "Cow Town's In Town" BPH?

Everyone? M&S on Thursday night to meet Cow Town and the lovely Mrs. Town?

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The Monkey See blog is very good. Here is the link to their rally recap:

A very nice meta-moment when they react to being awarded a Medal of Fear.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Part of blogger Peter Clothier's account of the rally (he came to DC on the 6:45 am Amtrak from NYC)...

"...for a good two hours, surrounded by people who, like us, had showed up. We saw nothing, heard nothing of what was happening on the stage. It was great! But it was clear that, like the Metro system, neither the rally organizers not the Mall officials had been prepared for the numbers that showed up. A lot more amps, a lot more big screens would have been helpful to the literally hundreds of thousands who were in the same position as ourselves: they saw nothing, heard nothing. And yes, I think everyone shared the view that it was great."

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

More from Peter Clothier...

"The news reports on television, as I wrote above, had little relationship to the experience I've described. The same with this morning's papers. The media have portrayed this as a light-hearted entertainment event with a handful of stars and two well-known comedians. But as I see it, the rally was only in small part about what was happening on the stage. The vast majority of us had no idea what was happening there, anyway. No. The rally was about showing up. It was about the people who showed up in vast numbers to be counted. And to judge from media reports thus far, we were discounted. It was also about the mood and spirit of these vast numbers of people, whose signs--and whose behavior in highly adverse circumstances--reflected the civility that has been missing in this year's political discourse. It was about an aspect of the American character that is too often ignored--and which the media seems determined to continue to ignore: a mutual tolerance and compassion, a great space in which we all agree on that is right, and just, and needed for our common humanity."

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

See, the thing is, Metro's unpreparedness, and the DC police force's ability to rapidly expand the permimeter and adjust for the under-estimate, etc., are all perfectly legitimate topics for a news story to discuss. The breakdown at L'Enfant Plaze was treated as a completely separate, unrelated event as if it had no effect on the overall rally, and vice versa-- that the rally had no effect on traffic at L'Enfant Metro stop.

An enquiring reporter might have made an interesting story about how civil and police authorites adjust (or don't adjust) when a rally crowd vastly exceeds expectations. Why was the rally permit set at 60,000? (Does that number even have any meaning or consequences, or is it just pulled out of the air?) S/C ordered porta-potties for 150,000; where they adequate? What about reports from surrounding businesses? Where street vendors swamped and sold out? I've heard from people who attended that after the rally, many bars and restaurants did higher-than-normal business (d'uh). So did this rally substantially increase tourist revenue in town? Is there a difference in what kind of overall revenues various kinds of rallies generate (in other words, are there "big spender" rallies and "tighwad" rallies?).

How big was the cleanup after this rally? More or less than other comparabl;e mall events? Can one generate a crowd estimate post facto by tonnage of debris (in other words, is there a formula? x thousand tons of trash equals Y thousand ralliers, etc.)

How about busses? X hundred buses for this rally, y hundred busses for the Beck rally, z hundred buses for the ABCDEF rally, and so on. There are people who count all this stuff. All a reporter has to do is call them up and ask.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

When I went to pick up my car Saturday I ran into four co-workers who had also attended the rally. Everyone said the same thing--we wanted to be sure there was a good turnout. So miffed that no one is attempting to estimate the crowd size.

Let's see: the entire area from 3rd to 9th Streets and from Constitution/Pennsylvania to Independence was chockerblocked with people, most standing. Not to mention all those who arrived late/left early/gave up at the Metro stations. Hmmm, multiply square footage by personal space parameters...carry the 1...adjust downward to be conservative. Yup...lots!!!

Posted by: Raysmom | November 1, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

What TBG said.

Where are the major news outlets on this?

Here are pictures of the Beck crowd.

My untrained eye sees patches of green space in the central part of the crowd. Trust me, no such spaces existed Saturday. I'm not dissing the Beck rally; rather, I feel like the message a lot of us were trying to send is going unheard.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 1, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Needless to say, don't read the comments unless you have ready access to shower facilities.

Will now cease boodle-hogging.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 1, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

If you have the energy, HuffingtonPost has this link showing no less than 510 signs.

Ya know, the signage alone is worth a reasonably serious, thoughtful article about what the overall message was. (Which, in my own vulgar parlance, was a massive F.U. and repudiation to all the TP and similar signs.)

Somebody needs to write a piece about what this rally meant, and how it was a major repudiation of the Beck rally, and a lot more besides. Not some silly half-assed piece like Petri did about how this "is our Woodstock." Sweet Jaysus.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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

Almost good afternoon, friends. Just wanted to stop by and say hello. Running late this morning, and got the water thingy in a little bit.

It sounds like everyone had fun, and the rally was great!

Raysmom, isn't most of the media owned by conservatives? Perhaps that played a hand in the coverage? I could be totally wrong about that, and knowing me, I probably am.

Slyness, where u b? When a friend of mine texts me, that's what she says all the time.

Have beautiful day, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 1, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Hopping from meeting to meeting.

I was on the Mall on that 7th street corridor for the Rally, and when I met everyone at the BPH later, I said 'that's what a half-million people looks like.'

I hadn't seen anything like it down there in decades, and I'm a local. As some reported, it was jammed all the way up and down 7th street and for several blocks on either side of the Mall, from what I could see.

Not that I'm into comparative measurements, but as I said to yello on Saturday, the Rally for Sanity(and/or Fear) made the Beck/Palin thing look like a breakfast meeting in a corner booth at Denny's. I think we might have had more people than B/P at the I/MBPH, too.


Posted by: -bc- | November 1, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Clothier, as quoted: "The vast majority of us had no idea what was happening there, anyway. No. The rally was about showing up. It was about the people who showed up in vast numbers to be counted."

Last grafs from the NYT weekend article about the rally by reporters Tavernise and Stelter, as reprinted in our local paper:

...A group of students from the University of Kentucky had driven nine hours overnight and slept in a rest stop by the highway in Maryland. They said the rally made them feel connected.

"We want to say that we exist," said Jonathan Erwin, 20, an architecture student. "We have a voice. Jon Stewart is only the enabler."

"Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write." John Adams, 1765.

The television commercial is not at all about the character of products to be consumed. It is about the character of the consumer of the products. Images of movie stars [comedians] and famous athletes, of serene lakes and macho fishing trips, of elegant dinners and of happy [hopefully not unemployed] families packing their station wagons for a picnic in the country--these tell us nothing about the products being sold. But they tell us everything about the fears, fancies and dreams of those who might buy them. What the advertiser needs to know is not what is right about the product but what is wrong with the buyer [sane/insane?]. And so, the balance of business expenditures shifts grom product research to market research. The televised commercial [or televised rally--take your pick Stewart of Beck] has oriented business away from making products of value and toward making consumers feel valuable, which means that the business of business has become pseudo-therapy. The consumer is a patient assured by psycho-drama."
from Neil Postman's 1985 book "Amusing Ourselves to Death"

And why isn't the mainstream media focusing more on the rally? Hmmm? Could it be that the rally sold the sizzle, but not the long-slog sausage-making? Could it be because the news business moves on? Seems to me the focus of the headlines of major papers yesterday was the degree of the Republican rout--House, Senate, Governerships.

And on GMA this morning, George S. even had the audacity to ask Dem. leader Kaine just what changes--and the extent of the changes--Obama will make in his White House team after Tuesday's elections.

Posted by: laloomis | November 1, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The long-term sausage making is the hard work in putting aside the partisan bickering and working to solve the systemic problems in this country. Which, if you listened to Stewart's words at the end was *exactly* what this rally was about.

Knowing that I shall open any new minds with my words, I will now be silent.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 1, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm just surprised that the Post spent so much space leading up to the rally and very little on actual rally coverage, other than "share your sign pictures" etc.

If 200,000 to 500,000 people gathered in any other city, don't you think there'd be a news article about it, rather than just opinion pieces?

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

For the alternate universe version of the rally, check out this tirade:

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I heard on WTOP a few minutes ago that the current crowd estimate was about 215,000, which is about 100K more than Metro was told to plan for. Now WHO told them might be a newsworthy item, if anyone cared about real news any more. I had to be north of Baltimore on Saturday, so couldn't get down there.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 1, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom... so sorry we missed you at M&S. I can only assume you got all of my text messages in a clump several hours later.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

yello, don't know if you know, but your "Radical Moderate" sign (and the top of your hat) is #464 in that Huffington sign collection. Congrats.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I think that the rally was important because it demonstrated that being nasty to those who disagree with you is not a virtue.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 1, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

EBT, that 215,000 number comes from the count that CBS paid some firm to conduct. They also paid the firm to count the Beck rally, which it counted at 87,000. It was released yesterday.

And yes, it would have belonged in a proper story, had there been one.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the confirmation. I actually posted that myself. The weird little HuffPo posting widget insisted that I crop the picture which is why you don't get my smiling mug.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

TBG, the last text I got was that you were held up at F-S, and that Scotty would be there shortly. No worries.

If I had been thinking, I would have gone up to the Washington International Horse Show for a couple of hours.

Transcript of the (most excellent) closing speech:

Posted by: Raysmom | November 1, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

For those who don't have the time to go through 510 signs, I saved a few of my favorites. In no particular order, they said:

Palin-Snooki 2012

When Making a Sign Make Sure to Leave Enough Sp

Glitter Makes Any Sign Fabulous

A sign with a picture of Hitler, then STalin, then Obama. The captions under each are Nazi, Communist, Hawaiian

Deuteronomy 22:11 "Thous Shalt Not Wear Woolen and Linen Together."

A large sign that is flaming pink, with a pink boa on top, which reads: "Does this sign make me look fat?"

Jews Control the Synagogues

Modrats Mispell to

Make Awkward Sexual Advances, Not War

Scurvy is making a comback [that one shouldn't surprise any of you]

Really love this one: "Ruly Mob."

Ban Same-Day Marriage

That Kenyan Communist Socialist Elitist Nazi President Seems to be Doing a Pretty Good Job

Plate Tectonics Is Only a Theory


I must say, I have been really really impressed with the quality of the signs. Hadn't expected nearly so many really excellent ones.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorite signs said "Bring Back Arrested Development."

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The signs really were the highlight of the event. Ana amazingly, most people politely set them down during the rally itself so people could see.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I've looked through all the signs posted so far. Yes, I had other things I should have been doing. Oh well, it was fun. Mudge listed most of my favorites, but I also really like the very first one in the slideshow -- "I scare Juan Williams at airports" -- largely because of her sweet smile.

Posted by: -bia- | November 1, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Off topic, but hot off the press. For you history buffs, especialy Naval History, we are doing some noteworthy sluething for John Paul Jone's ship, the Bonnhome Richard.

Mudge, if you were there, perhaps you can tell us where the poor old gal went down.

Posted by: Don_from_I-270 | November 1, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

TBG: Definitely in favor of that!

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

Making the entire DC Metro system reliant upon escalators for vertical transportation is one of the extreme design flaws of the system (Being grossly underlit is another). Atlanta's MARTA system shares this problem where stations are sunk much deeper than people can really climb easily.

Stairs are a nice alternative even where escalators are available because they are healthier and bidirectional. But that ship has sailed. If only they could keep the escalators they have working.

As said by Chris Lehman and retweeted by Ana Marie Cox, "So far as I can tell, terrorist plot to disable DC Metro system was successfully carried out many years ago."

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I know where John Paul Jones is buried, if that's any help.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The signs were indeed extraordinary. I also liked the smiling faces and the large variet of people - old, young, all races and ethnicities. I think this spectacle, a cross-section of intelligent, witty good-natured people, is vastly important and should be news all over the country. A bunch of people went to the nation's capitol to show respect for respect. They had a nice time. There were cookies.

And, as RD says, they showed that you don't have to be nasty to those with whom you disagree. That's a lesson for everyone.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 1, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that the elevators are so often out of service. I mean, they have to bus people from other stations if they need an elevator.

Office buildings all over the world have elevators that work pretty much all the time, don't they?

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

John Paul Jones is dead? Wow, that's terrible news. I had hoped for another Led Zeppelin reunion.

Posted by: kguy1 | November 1, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Dern movable type stole my "y".

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 1, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Posting now just so the first thing a back-Boodler sees doesn't give him/her a false impression of the state of a certain bassist who is *not* dead.

Posted by: byoolin1 | November 1, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

TBG: Sorry for the delay, I've been away from my desk. I've forwarded your suggested time & place to the Dept of Domestic Tranquility and should her back shortly. I'll keep in touch.


Posted by: jp1954 | November 1, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The Adm. JPJ is no longer with us, of course.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 1, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Great discussion on the dearth of true reporting on the rally ... is the boss reading?

yello, that link was truly disgusting. I scanned some of the venomous comments until my eyeballs started burning. ;)

I had a feeling a few weeks ago that the signs would be noteable and suggested here that a boodler should document as many as possible (think slyness suggested dottir might attempt that). Anyway, so glad that many sites have opened up to do just that ... a real legacy of the day and the diversity and spirit of the folks there.

Posted by: talitha1 | November 1, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

What about the John Paul Jones Arena? That still around?

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I like #84.

TBG: and every Macy's seems to have a working escalator.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 1, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

TPM has a fine selection of rally signs and they only picked 25, so it's not such a massive timekill to flip through them. My personal fave- "3 words that will save the economy- Gay. Bridal. Regsitry."

Posted by: kguy1 | November 1, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

That would be "Registry" not "Regsitry." My bad. They spelled it correctly on the sign. Guess I'm not completely sane after all.

Posted by: kguy1 | November 1, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I just hope that everyone who was at the rally (excluding those who are not registered) actually VOTES!

The cool thing would be to prove all the prognosticators wrong. The other cool thing would be to shut Sarah Palin up for awhile (said oh-so-politely and rationally).

Posted by: ftb3 | November 1, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I am having way too much fun going through all these sign pictures.

I agree, kguy the sign you referenced has so far made me laugh the most.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 1, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Most (but far from all) office buildings have more than one elevator as well. But elevators will never match the carrying capacity of escalators (or stairs) because they are batch processors, not continuous.

When I was at the 2001 Bush Inauguration I got caught in a scrum where the only exit out of a large crowd was down the Federal Triangle station escalator.

The whole exposed-to-weather thing can't be good for the escalators either. Another bad call on the part of the Powers That Be.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Like Mitch Hedberg said, there's no such think as an escalator that's out of order: they just become stairs.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Don, I *can* tell you where the Bon Homme Richard went down -- about three miles off the town of Filey, in Filey Bay, near Flamborough Head, in Yorkshire. Her wreck was discovered in 1975 by a Filey fisherman named John Adams, whose fishing dredge snagged the wreck. Adams spent more than the next 1/4 century trying to get someboduy to help him explore the wreck and see if she was indeed the BHR. Finally in 2002, he got some aid, in paert from a friend of mine, one of this country's most noted marine archeologists, who at the time was working for the Library of Congress and who contributed often to the Nat'l Geo. He went over, and between he and Adams they got some support from the British govt. and the town of Filey, etc., to get some grants.

Enter Clive Cussler and his son Dirk, who were also looking for the wreck. There is SOOOOOOOOOO much politics and backbiting involved in marine archeology; it would boggle the mind. Basically, the name of the game is to demean the work of anyone else who discovers anything; if it isn't YOUR wreck, then it must be wrong (basically a variant on the govt. and industry practice of shooting any ideas that aren't yours). So, after supplying quite a lot of pretty solid evidence the Filey wreck was the BHR (she has cannon shot holes in her, the shape is correct, she has fire damage, she's in the right place), Cussler and a bunch of others began poo-pooing the wreck and said it wasn't the BHR. Enter the Navy, which is now doing the same thing.

Notice, for instance, in the Navy story, that there is ZERO mention of Filey Bay and the Filey project. To read that story you'd never know there'sd already 35-years worth of work put into this search, by all sorts of people, with at least one very viable wreck already found, marked and dove on by reputable American and British marine archeologists. No -- this has to be made to appear to be a U.S. Navy search on a tabula rosa.

One of the problems is that the wreck actualloy belongs to (wait for it)...France. Yes, she was on loan, as every naval historian knows. So we have a French ship commanded by an American naval officer sunk (in combat) in British waters. Go ahead and sort that one out.

Traditionally, wrecks, even military ones, belong to the nation that owns the ship (assumuing that nation still exists, e.g., the Confederate Navy being problematic: the CSS Alabama lies in Cherbourg Harbor, and the successor country, the U. S. had to dicker with France to claim ownership).

So, basically, after decades of neglect of various and sundry USN wrecks all over the world, the Navy is now finally showing some interest in the BHR.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: adfjsfsfg | November 1, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse


The Navy, Cussler, and some other people have begun claiming that the Filey site couldn't be the BHR, citing various and sundry theories about the wind and the tides, and ignoring what Adams told everybody years ago, and what every Filey Bay fisherman has known for centuries: due to the various currents in that area, whatevery sinks in that general vicinity pretty much winds up in Filey Bay. Which is something every local fisherman would know, and people like Cussler would choose to ignore if it didn't fit their agenda. And neither Cussler nor the USN want to be told that some local fisherman found something they couldn't/didn't/wouldn't, nor do they want to be reminded that for 35 years they didn't raise a finger to help Adams and the Filey Town Council do their work for them.

These are the same people who totally ignored the wreck of Barney's fleet near Upper Marlboro, MD., ignored the Battle of the Patuxent, ignored Oliver Hazard Perry's ship in Lake Erie, ignored the CSS Alabama, let the USS Monitor go to hell, can't find a couple of Holland submarines, etc. Don't even talk to me about Elco and Higgins PT Boats.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Somebody get Joel and his zapper.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

For just an instant I thought the spam was showcasing more Rally signs: Accept the Paypal!

I think that goes on the Fear side.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 1, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

kguy's link ( had one I hadn't seen before ... "I really don't mind pressing 1 for English". That made me giggle.

My favorite is still
(Verb) the (Noun)

Posted by: talitha1 | November 1, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and some day, Don, when I'm three and three-quarter sheets to the wind, I'll tell you about ML-286, one of two of the very last U.S.-built motor launches (subchasers) of World War I, AND one of the few surviving "Little Ships" of the Dunkirk evacuation, and how she is wresting on a mudbank on the Thames, rotting away, because neither the British nor American Navies is interested in her.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Did they ignore the Maine?

Did they ignore the torpedoes?

I think not.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 1, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans may not be as organized as we think. I just got a robo-call from the Republican candidate for the Alaskan State House.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually, for about two minutes there I thought that 3:20 was from Richnomore.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I hope that remembering that the largest antiwar rallies in the history of the world only made a tiny graph on page nine of my local paper, doesn't make me an "old-timer."

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 1, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Carl Hiaasen on the current campaign-

The most intriguing thing to know about the political ads – which would almost make them worth watching – is who’s putting up the mountains of money. Good luck finding out.
Deep-pocket donors hide behind “political action committees” with patriotic-sounding names and the most venal, self-serving intentions. Thanks to the comedians at the U.S. Supreme Court, major corporations and unions are now free to finance attack ads with no spending limits, and a virtual guarantee of anonymity.
Bankrolled by free-spending special interests, elections can only get uglier and more exhausting. Civility will be scarce; the truth, even scarcer.
So in front of our televisions we sit, mulling over a stalled economy, a precipitous deficit and a war that’s costing more than $2 billion a week, even more in American blood. Our reward is to be swamped with gangrenous political ads that appeal chiefly to suckers, xenophobes and undermedicated paranoids.
Still, it’s impossible to go forward as citizens without believing there are some smart and decent people – Democrats, Republicans and independents – who are serious about working together to turn things around at home and in Washington.
You wouldn’t know it from watching their campaign commercials. In fact, you wouldn’t know jack.
Mute button, please.

Read more:

Posted by: kguy1 | November 1, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

... from *a* Republican candidate for the Alaskan State House (not "the").

He pointed out that he is running to represent the district that includes Eielson Air Force Base. When I went to the Eielson AFB website, it took me several clicks to figure out where the heck it is located. Even the "contact us" link was a form that didn't even include in what state the base is located.

Here's a hint for anyone who creates, designs or programs a website: put the address or location of the entity at the bottom of every page.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I had the experience one time of being on a Metro escalator when it stopped short. It was at Friendship Heights, and I was very glad I was holding on to the rail or I would have been in bad shape. There was no warning, either. No prior speed-up as was reported at L'Enfant.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 1, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

My job yesterday was to hang up on all the robocallers before they went to voicemail. Funny how the Don't Call List laws don't apply to politicians.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, Sir, I think upon Barney nearly every day when I ride over the bridge to the Bladensburg marina...and I think of Decatur when I see what is left of the Dueling Creek trace.

May I be dismissed, Sir.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 1, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

TBG, loved your signs from the rally (and thanks to yello for posting pix of them).

Now then, about this Eieio AFB: after all that work, you're not going to share with us where it is?

Also, didn't Mitch Hedberg die when he fell into a gaping hole that had formerly been an escalator, while nearby a large pile of disassembled stairs watched helplessly?

Posted by: byoolin1 | November 1, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I run into that problem all the time, TBG, when I'm trying to fact-check something. Don't gert me started on Web people.

Eielson's 26 miles southeast of Fairbanks. Named for Capt. Carl Eielson, the first pilot to fly across the Arctic Ocean, from Point Barrow to Spitsbergen. He went to Georgetown Law Shcool here in town and was a Capitol policeman. Flew the first air mail to Alaska, and died in a plane crash in Siberia while on a rescue mission.

He was, however, unable to see Russia from his house.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

On the general topic of moving people in the Metro system, here is some of the thinking back in the early design phase. Escalators were proposed because they could move impressive quatities of humanity up and down at the same speed. And they are generally more accessible than steps. The depth of many of the stations was dependent on the depth of the bedrock, which is why places such as Dupont Circle and Wheaton have such long rides. About mid-way through the overall design phase, the Feds decreed that the entire system had to be fully accessible, which meant that they had to go back and find a way to insert elevators into all the stations. I think the reason there were orginally no shelters over the exits was esthetics, more so than costs (and probably some flimsy promise by the supplier that they were weather-proof!).

Posted by: ebtnut | November 1, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I would never dismiss you, CqP.

It was two of my friends who found and excavated the Barney site under the Rt. 4 bridge at Wayson's Corner.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I think the covers over the escalators are there to keep people from stopping at the top to open their umbrellas.

When we arrived at L'Enfant Plaza the other day, I was terrified that the escalator was one of those incredibly tall ones. Remember when they used to call the Dupont Circle escalator the tallest one "in the free world?"

"In the free world" is one of the favored expressions in the G household.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

And, TBG, a line in a Neil Young song.

Sign that CEEPEEBOY put near the bowl of candy on the front porch (I was biking during the prime time of 6-7):

Take 1 or 2: THINK before you do this.
Those who take more than 2 will be slain on site.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 1, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, Yello, and others complaining about the lack of reportage about the Rally, have you made your complaints to the ombudsman or the editor of the paper?

I think that it is important to object to the obvious bias that the Washington Post is showing by not reporting on an event on the Mall that so many thousand people attended.

Posted by: rickoshea11 | November 1, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Alas, he and I are on a first-name basis already, Maggie. I hate to keep beating up on the guy, especially when I know it's not his fault.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 1, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Actually, TBG, I think the Wheaton station now holds the "longest" title. Dupont Circle got all the hype because it was part of the initial system to open.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 1, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Hope he smiled when he stood there with sign, CqP.

The Europeans (dang them!) were really smart about escalators. First, they were covered and second, passengers have to step on the sensor step at the very bottom (or top) of the escalator to start it. Once the sensor "senses" that there's nobody else on board, it stops. Saves energy, no problem.

But, noooooo, the "nimby" people never wanted to do their due diligence to see what might be out there.

*starting to feel a wee bit cranky in advance of tomorrow*

Posted by: ftb3 | November 1, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Baldino, from yesterday and your reply. I am sorry to have confused you...was trying to communicate between the lines about a certain intermittently-posting boodler's tendency to show up and try to connect the dots with

(1)penciled scribbles that are topicwise but often recast chunks of quoted material but not always sourced rigorously and also

(2)other scribbles that reach out into the solophsistic-sphere (which many of us inhabit this world at different times with our yarn and sea chanties and cooking and gardening and fabric tangents)

which would be fine, but said boodler does it without grace and actually with venom at times...see Volume XXI of As the Boodle Spins (Mudge ordered a set in fine Corinthian leather, after watching an infomercial with pitches by Ricardo M and the small but energetically soulful Tattoo-Guy)

I was not commenting on your trenchant rantlet that invoked lawyers. O Baldino, who keeps hope a live with little Baldino-bambino a popppin!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 1, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Wikipedia has gone post-Soviet and downgraded the Wheaton escalators to longest in the Western Hemisphere.

But the escalators for the Peachtree Station MARTA stop in Atlanta represented the way to G-d in "The Heavenly Kid". Let's see your Georgetown Metro station top that.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Ricko -- chatting with a colleague who strings for the WaPo..said stringer was surprised at the hands off reportage black hole over the weekend by so many venues....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 1, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Ricko -- chatting with a colleague who strings for the WaPo..said stringer was surprised at the hands off reportage black hole over the weekend by so many venues....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 1, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Yj -- where are the longest esclies? I have not ridden the Wheaton one...I love the newish covers, so very Le urban and sleek but I am easily impressed, being from the west country and all.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 1, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Have I mentioned before that I am a confirmed Marxist? Here's one of my favorite quotes from him-

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."
Groucho Marx

Posted by: kguy1 | November 1, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Yep, kguy, Marx and Lennon are my favorites, too.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 1, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

A sign from the rally website,submitted without comment :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | November 1, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Wikipedia to the rescue:

Short answer: Moscow. Although if I am ever in London again I will have to make a trip to the Angel Station since that station (and many others) figures prominently in Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' I've ridden the Wheaton and Dupont ones and the aforementioned Peachtree Station in Atlanta as well as 'tallest freestanding escalator' in CNN Center. Who knew I was such a escalator groupie?

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

There were several 'moran' themed signs. It's an internet meme, not an accidental misspelling.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

YG -- eg is not googlenope but a three-hits only phrase....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 1, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I know yello, and it still makes me laugh.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 1, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I would attribute at least some of the news blackout to a certain level of professional discourtesy. Publicizing an event led by a rival network is just not smart from a business sense. And that applies to CNN and MSNBC, not just FauxNews.

As for WaPo, they have become so cowed in their fear of appearing biased, they now bend over backwards the other way to absolutely no effect. Conservatives still disdain them and they are seen as sell-outs by the left.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I LOVED (verb) the (noun).

Don't have time to backboodle, but I had to respond to Cassandra:

I b @ the Omni Hotel in uptown Charlotte, in midst of the fire station conference. It's going okay, my presentation went fine and Wednesday afternoon I get my life back.

I chatted with Geekdottir and she had a ball. Thanks for taking her in, TBG, and welcoming her to the cast of Achenbloggers!


Posted by: slyness | November 1, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

For those who may not have caught this ... (requires volume)

Posted by: talitha1 | November 1, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse


Multiple sources reporting the Vikings are waiving Randy Moss...

WOW. :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 1, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a local report on that Scotty. Moss gave a rather strange (even for him) news conference yesterday after hugging every Patriot player he could find after the game (and Belichick too). I guess he should have just stayed here and actually applied himself to the game. Ah well. I wonder if the Pats would take him back?

Posted by: badsneakers | November 1, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I featured this on More Best of
wikipedia a while ago

In any case, I've decided what I'M gonna vote for:
Hell, pain, a cold steel rail, a veil, ghosts, hot ashes, hot air, cold comfort, and a walk-on part in the war.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 1, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Scratch that last. I prefer the lead role in a cage.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 1, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on at least a share of the tiara, TBG. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 1, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Wish you were here, Jumper...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 1, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse


Forgive me, I forgot you had the conference thingy until you mentioned it. It has become a habit hollering at you in the mornings.

Guys, I just don't know how to tell you this so I guess I'll just have to go ahead and blurt it out. Another neighbor has died. He died Saturday night. Back to the card and flower detail. I only found out today.

The therapist showed no mercy today, although my leg was hurting to beat the band. It eased up a little after I started to exercise. Still loving it.

Please say a prayer for our little community.

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 1, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Scottynuke | November 1, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

15 seconds into this video there is a sign by some people giving away cookies.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

That was great thanks for the link yello.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 1, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: -dbG- | November 1, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

That was very cool. Thanks Yello!

Posted by: badsneakers | November 1, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, CQP. At long last, there are signs of the upcoming arrival. She has an appointment tomorrow, and it seems that by then the baby will have "dropped" (we think it has done so in the last 24 hours). There are other signs that the baby will make it by the official date of Thursday.

Wish us luck. I will be pulling against a few people in the Senate races tomorrow night. I hope against hope that the day is shenanigan-free. I get nervous any time the Senate gets near 50-50, for I fear that one Senator from the great state of Connecticut may better-deal the Dems and flip the balance.

Posted by: baldinho | November 1, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

So when did "Jay" from those Kevin Smith movies start pitching for the Giants?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 1, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

What's in that nasty video? The Calgary Airport Authorities have an issue with it.
It turns out parachuting over my destintion wasn't an option. I had the do the hour and a quarter of flying too west I will have to track back in an hour or do. The silliness of modern travel. A security lady with a keen eye seized a 125ml toothpaste tube (max size=100ml) right in front of me. The guy was caught red-handed. He couln't even plead a partially depleted tube; the offending toiletry item was brand new. I felt so much safer knowing the bulging tube of nastiness wasn't on the plane with me.
What's this "verb" the "noun" sign, I miss that one even though I spent way too much time lookig at the phoyo spreads.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 1, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

That's why it is so brilliant, shriek; it could be anything:

Fight the socialism
Embrace the crazy
Repeal the law
Enjoy the day
Resist the Tea Party

and on and on.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The 2 Bloody Caesars haven't done much to improve my typing skills. What is it about the limp green bean in the BC? Is it an Alberta thing or it's only this joint? I've had thin celery stalk, medium celery stalks, huge celery stalks and half a celery plant in a BC once but never a green bean. I was counting on the celery stalks as 2 of my daily vegetable portion. I didn't touch the limp bean.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 1, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I was too specific, as usual. Poetry doesn't come easily to me.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 1, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought you were referring to a very limp piece of celery, but a green bean in a Caesar? Since the drink was invented in Calgary I guess they have are entitled to mess with the recipe.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 1, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Shock the monkey.
Rock the Casbah.
Do the locomotion.
F__k the police.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

|: )

Posted by: RichNomore | November 1, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

It should have been a spicy pickled green bean, shrieking_denizen. If it was just a limp boiled one, you was robbed.

I'm pretty much a purist about most things, so while I like the bean, I prefer the standard celery stalk.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The third one came with a limp green bean as well, it wasn't an oversight or a mistake. It's deliberate.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 1, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and as far as I can determine, The Keg© is responsible for the pickled green bean.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

It's pickled! Carp! I threw out two perfectly pickled beans! It's limp because the bean's been pickled.

Not bad, but I prefer the celery. I should get out more often, broaden my horizons, etc.. I'm such a rube. Fallen fresh from the turnip wagon.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 1, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't feel bad Shriek, I have never heard of pickled green beens, of course I dislike anything pickled so not really up on what is new. Due to allergies to tobasco I also do not drink Caesars, not like Clamato doesn't help either - but I am good with the celery and vodka.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 1, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

This wasn't at the keg but at Palomino's in you delightful airport. Speaking of which I shall bugger off and double back east to the Queen city. It's one of those 12 hours transit deal. Since I gat the seating arrangements booked this am I'm lucky I still got some of those coveted middle row seats at the back of the plane. Cheerio all.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 1, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Methinks the Giants are about to win the series; they lead 3-0 in the bottom of the 7th.

Mealsothinks "The Women of SNL" is fairly lame, and methinks me needs to bail to Hawaii 5-0 shortly. Methinks TBG looks mahvelous in her tiara. Methinks pickled green beans are the main ingredient in three-bean salad (why it's called a "salad" escapes me).

Methinks if I have to sit through one more round of Keith Fimian/Gerry Connolly (local Virginia race) political ads me will shoot me television.

WaPo is finally getting around to the crowd estimate question with a video that is taking forfreakingever to load. However, it has the headline "Crowds estimates hard, controversial," which leads me to ask if we shouldn't change the Boodle Official Motto to "Crowds are hard."

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 1, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Giants will take the Series, and good for them.

Will probably take the Colts a little longer to win their contest, but they've held the Texas running game to a dull roar, while Manning's doing a good job in a tough situation.


Posted by: -bc- | November 1, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, the answer is "cold vegetables."

Posted by: nellie4 | November 1, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Giants win, first time since 1954.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 1, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

"Cold veggies"?? Hmm. Makes sense.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | November 1, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Do I get to scream "The Giants win the pennant!" again? I missed the game completely. Tim Lincecum grew up near me, in Renton, WA. He looks like a kid who was the pitcher on my kid's Little League team.

Glad you all had a sane and reasonable time at the rally. Wish the logistics had been better. It did look like everyone was having a good time. Sure hope everyone and their friends vote.

Posted by: seasea1 | November 1, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I just finished watching the Rally. It was quite good, especially Stewart's closing speech and Tony Bennett's a capella America the Beautiful, and of course the dueling Train songs. There's no way the crowd wasn't 250,000 plus, I don't care what anyone says!

Posted by: badsneakers | November 1, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

We got just two kids - TWO - for Halloween last night. It's not worth buying the candy because I just end up eating it all anyway...

Posted by: jp1954 | November 1, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Yay to San Francisco for winning the World Series! So nice to stick it to Texas.

I'm with you, Mudge. Can't wait for those ads to be over. The mute button was a fine, fine invention. Now, if we could only point it at certain people and mute them. . . .

G'night, all.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 1, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

"Crowds are hard" only if they *really* like each other.

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 1, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Cow Town! Hope you and the lovely Ms Town have a great time at the BPH. Of course you will!

We had a very good Halloween last night. Lots of kids, starting with about 10 all at once. No obnoxious older kids late at night. We did not run out of candy (I was afraid I might have to get into my own stash of 100 Grand bars.) No rain.

Posted by: seasea1 | November 1, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I have finally caught up (with this kit, at least) and I want to thank all of you for being you. Special thanks to Yellojacket for all of his photos and clips. If I can figure out Flickr, I'll try to upload my daughter's pictures from the rally (I bought the camera, she took the pictures, seems fair to me).

On the way to the rally people in our train car started singing - at first I heard "stand beside her, and guide her" and I actually thought it was a song from WWII Britain ... then they got to a rousing "God Bless America" refrain and I came to my senses. There was a woman from the WP standing around my ribcage who conversed for about an hour with my friend from Ohio, apparently she had been called out to cover the Rally at sort of the last minute. She said there were more people than she had seen at the Inauguration. Lots of songs on the long trip in. More letdown and annoyance and actual crushing on the return trip - more scary.

At the rally I talked with a family from Cleveland - they chose coming to the rally with their two young kids as their 17th wedding anniversary. Very pleasant.

Very tired. On a complete side note, does anyone know why there are so freaking many dead deer by the side of the highway (and smeared across it) this year, as opposed to other years? Budget cuts making cleaning them up take longer? We must have seen 100 on the trip. Very weird.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | November 2, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

since this is election day, it occurred to me that the democratic war chest was, at one time, heftier than that of the gop. the former tend to be quieter than the latter. by all accounts, the weekend rally attendance outnumbered the beck rally by something approaching 2-1. the turnout today may make all the difference with respect to a larger than normal turnover of seats from party to party, or a mass event that seems to be the prevailing view of how-things-will-be. i'm hopeful that the turnout will mitigate the losses. in any case, the voting public is generally voting from a severely handicapped position, as they all too easily believe what they hear and see, as opposed to doing some actual reading to glean information and come to a more knowledgeable stance.

Posted by: -jack- | November 2, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: -jack- | November 2, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. It is election day, and I'm up early to get to the polls before I forget during the course of the day. I never got around to early voting.

And have to see about getting a card and rounding up a flower. I will miss the elder gentleman, he was always up real early in the morning just walking around the complex. He wore a hearing-aid also and we exchange batteries sometimes or I would clean his hearing-aid for him.

Slyness, it feels like winter here in the mornings but warms up nicely during the day. Hope you get to do your morning walk.

Shrieking, pretty funny falling off the turnip truck. You are in good company, I do it all the time(smile).

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 2, 2010 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Is there any help in the land for actor Charlie Sheen? This person is in the news every other month, and none of it favorable press. Does someone really love this man? I know God loves him, but does he have a comfort here on earth in the form of another human being? And would he recognize that comfort if it existed?

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 2, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm really not sure what point Lisa de Moraes is making by comparing the ratings of The Rally to a new zombie series on AMC.

Hint: The zombies win.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

A list of lost classic science fiction novels.

The only one I've read (indeed, heard of) was 'We' by Eugene Zamiatin.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Give me pancakes, please!

Posted by: russianthistle | November 2, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

yello, it's obvious de Moraes is just toeing the WaPo's "what rally?" meme...

*yet-another-really-breathtaking-16th-floor-sunrise-punctuated-by-delightfully-brisk-weather Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 2, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

As I come up for air, response... So, it wasn't just me about the WaPo just blowing off, even being snide about the rally? I would put it this way, if everyone who tried to attend the rally subscribed to the Post, then the paper wouldn't be in trouble financially.

At the same time, the paper seems to be fixated on Marijuana.

Very sad.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 2, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

There were two large semi-organized sets of avowedly liberal groups at the rally. One set was the pro-family planning groups dressed as birth control pills and handing out stickers.

The others were the NORML/pro-pot types who were far less cohesive. Their rallying cry was to promote Prop-19 in California which would essentially legalize marijuana. If they were practicing what they preach, they were doing it too discreetly to reach my nostrils.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

My nostrils noticed something a time or two at the rally, yello... You must have been upwind of us.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 2, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

As for Charlie Sheen, he has filed for divorce from his third wife. It seems that in California, objecting to your husband's coke-fueled parties with his ex-wife and a pr0n star counts as grounds for divorce.

Some speculate why his antics are taken so much more lightly than say Lindsey Lohan. Hollywood is very forgiving of drug addicts as long as they are high-functioning drug addicts who can show up on time, hit their marks, and say their lines.

You gotta think Charlie is on the edge of that line, but he is the highest paid actor on television.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

We got homemade waffles w/ fresh strawberries and syrup, banananana bread, coffee and OJ on the table.

Voting for the WaPo pundit contest closes at noon ET. Alas, none of the above isn't on the ballot. Should be, IMO. But many of the comments make good reading.

TBG, congrats on winning the tiara this week. You were masterful!

Posted by: MsJS | November 2, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

I'll have to see if anyone at NHTSA is working on the problem of requiring seat belts and other occupant protection devices on turnip trucks, because the number of TTEs (turnip truck ejections) is getting out of hand. I think it would help if people rode in the cab, not in the back, although there are probably good reasons why so many people seem to prefer riding back there.

But here's another curious thing: NHTSA may have to try to figure out why turnip trucks seem to feature so manyejections compared to other vegetable-laden commercial vehicles. One virtually never hears of anyone falling off a potato truck, yet the vegetables are quite similar in size, volume, weight, etc. Onion truck accidents? Zip. Broccoli-vehicle-related injuries? Zero, near as I can tell. The entire legume-transportation field seems to be quite accident free, not counting flatulence-related swerving off the road.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 2, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Anti-Spoiler request:

I plan to drive down to WV on the 19th to pick up She Who Will Put Us In A Home for her Thanksgiving break, and it would be really great if nobody mentioned today's election results until then, ok? I'd like to find out for myself while 'in country.'


Posted by: byoolin1 | November 2, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Why just the other day, Frosti and I were worried about sugar beet hoppers left abandoned on fields, Mudge. When/where the rally?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 2, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, I made a lovely vanilla yogurt with fresh raspberries and granola this morning, only to leave it on the counter in my kitchen. I am now at work very hungry, your breakfast sounds soooo good.

I believe I am living proof of the damage that occurs when you fall off the turnip truck one too many times.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 2, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, broccoli-vehicle-related injuries are low simply because the broccoli is a cushiony, inviting, enveloping and enfolding kind of vegetable.

But you've got a fine point about the potatoes and onions.

Posted by: byoolin1 | November 2, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Charlie Sheen, fetch me SOME PANCAKES!

Posted by: russianthistle | November 2, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

CqP, it appears that NHTSA has received no reports whatsoever of people falling off sugar beet hoppers. Now, I don't know if this is because so few people ride them, or at least ride them any significant distances or upon local, state or federal highways wherewhichupon said accidents might occur pertaining thereforeto someone accidentally falling off of them, or whether by inate construction features these vehicles are relatively safe and fall-off-of-proof.

Please note, people: if you feel you must abandon your sugar beet hopper, please make sure to remove all doors so that children do not accidentally become trapped inside them, thereby becoming plot devices for shows such as CSI: Miami and Bones.

Now, here's a heaqdline fraught with unintended humor: "Honesty top issue in Illinois Senate race."


Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 2, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Sugar beet related agricultural and industrial accidents are covered up by Archer Daniels Midland. They are "resourceful by nature."

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Sugar beets on the road are hazardous.

Locally, we had a bit of drizzle, 0.03 inches worth. That exceeds October's rain, just 0.01 inch. La Nina probably means a dry winter ahead.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 2, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Morning Al!

I got so disgusted with the combination of breathless news coverage and "He's a worse dirtbag than me" political ads that I switched the channel and watched "Emeril Green" this morning. At least tomorrow it will be safe to answer my phone.

No turnip trucks in my neighborhood, Mudge. Just a couple characters in a sketchy-looking pickup selling meat out of a cooler.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 2, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Lisa de Moraes did post links to both the Daily Show and Colbert Report victory laps:

I'm gonna have to wait until after work to watch them.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, so good to be believed. And, bOOLEAN boodler is too funny. Glad s/he is postin....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 2, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

dmd raises an interesting question. Why don't people fall off granola trucks? One almost never hears much about the granola farming industry. DaveotC, you're our resident botanical expert. What can you tell us about the granola plant? What climatic zones does it grow best in?

I now realize I know virtually nothing about granola farming. I don't even know what a granola plant looks like. Tuber? Shrub? Does it fall off granola trees? Does the granola plant (whatever it looks like) have additional utility besides as a breakfast food? Are the buds hallucinogenic? Can you smoke it? Inject it? Can you burn granola oil in place of gasoline or diesel? Can you make rope out of granola fiber? (For that matter, can you make rope out of any high-fiber vegetable matter? Can you make rope out of the metamucil plant?)

Have scientists yet figured out if the granola was introduced to North America by arriving European colonists such as Don Diego Posttoasti or Juan Hernando Nabisco, or was it the other way around, did explorers take the granola plant back to Europe with them? Is there any truth to the fable that the Viking explorer Bjorn the Regular brought it back from Vineland in the 11th century?

And can you make sandals out of muesli?

DotC, I await your learned response.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 2, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

byoolin -- envisioning, and I chose that word out of t'ousands, a series of poofie storage "occasional" stools that rock the broccoli look of comfy enveloping-ness.

Let's make k-billions off this comfort furniture; given that we are all very afeered these days, the market nich is ripe AND, a series of bean bag chairs reconfigured as camembert cheese wheels...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 2, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

New kit. And of course, I probably mudged myself.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 2, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, you know that you can read about Juan Hernando Nabisco in the Texas State Education Board's newly approved 5th grade history books.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 2, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, thanks for Don Diego Posttoasti, made my morning!

I've given up on morning TV completely. I tend to be a bit grumpy in the a.m. and all the carp and fluff in the morning has been making me cranky. The old radio has been dragged out and I listen to a couple of local guys who are pretty funny.

I'll vote after work and then try not to listen to the coverage until Jon Stewart comes on.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 2, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see that Mudge is in high fiber this morning, mustav been MsJS's yummy waffles. As always, it's great to see CqP's creativity engine running in high gear.

Thank you, Mudge, for your insight into the hunt for the BHR. As you know, my peeps are merely the truck drivers for the undertaking. Those that pay the bills are the ones to say, "Drive here, park there."

All the best to the baldinho's. How does that saying go? "Babies are God's way of saying that life must go on." Or sumptin. Are they gonna name him "Boodle"?

Posted by: Don_from_I-270 | November 2, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

What new kit, Mudge? In the corners of your mind, perhaps? Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course.

I have voted -- only 5 people in line ahead of me, but the deed is done.

I'm with you, Raysmom (and Sneaks) -- I can't wait until the ads (pernicious or otherwise) are gone, gone, gone. But you realize that starting on Thursday, the ads for 2012 will start, so I suggest that we lubricate those mute buttons on our remotes, or maybe even just leave the TV off and read a book or knit or, well, whatever.

Mudge, you realize that Bjørn (Norwegian/Danish) or Björn (Swedish) means "bear", so I've at least accomplished *my* "bear" boodle reference for the day.

Hey, have you guys noticed that there is no longer any reference to the number of comments on the Boodle? That started sometime last week, I think. Rubbing my eyes in confusion or in response to allergies does not change that.

Gotta go. Cya later.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 2, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I voted. I did *not* vote for Rand Paul.

Posted by: Manon1 | November 2, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I voted. I did *not* vote for Rand Paul.

Posted by: Manon1 | November 2, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse


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