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Posted at 8:37 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Obama's speech in Tucson

By Joel Achenbach

Just a quick note while I momentarily take a break from the Book Deadline That Ate Manhattan:

I thought Obama's speech, despite the weird pep-rally atmosphere, ranks with his very best moments (2004 convention, the Rev. Wright/race speech, the Muslim outreach speech come to mind), and certainly got the floodgates going in my house, particularly when talking about the 9-year-old girl who had her life cut short. He didn't try to score political points, instead rebuking those who used the tragedy to do so. Right on. Enough with the finger-pointing. (It was obvious within a few hours of the shooting that the only radio station the gunman listened to was the one playing 24 hours a day inside his head.) American political discourse has been hijacked by fools and blowhards and opportunists and charlatans and people who seemed cooked up in a lab in the basement of a cable TV network headquarters.

But will Obama's appeal to the better angels of our nature succeed? It hasn't yet. It probably never will. Because the market favors rancor. The technology favors the judgment-rushers, the instant reaction, which by definition can't be terribly thoughtful. The TV ratings favor the furious. What does it mean when the people on the fake shows on Comedy Central are more intelligent and reasonable than the people on mainstream cable news networks?

Sigh...

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At The New Republic, Noam Sheiber wasn't satisfied ("I found myself reacting well to the speech emotionally even if it didn't always hang together for me intellectually"), prompting this comment from one of his readers:

'Noam, I suspect, had you been there, the Gettysburg Address would have left you "a bit unsatisfied." I mean, it was short, way short, Lincoln had hardly got going before it was over. So many issues he didn't cover. He failed to acknowledge all the dignatories present. And he scribbled it out on an envelope. How tacky.'

By Joel Achenbach  | January 13, 2011; 8:37 AM ET
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"the weird pep-rally atmosphere"
the speech was given at a college, in front of college students. Possibly in the gym, though I'm not sure.

Posted by: wiredog | January 13, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

If only Joel had not politicized the shooting the his original blog post on Saturday, when the news was breaking, when he warned us that things were still fluid and the facts were not yet in. How very handy that Joel has the DELETE key at his disposal.

Posted by: laloomis | January 13, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Agree with laloomis. Joel, your original post, with all the references to DailyKos, "assassination", Palin's website, etc. are still in existence. Perhaps those of us who aren't already your sycophants might take this kit more seriously if you acknowledged your own actions.

Posted by: ArmyBrat1 | January 13, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

reposting (As the Huffington coverage--second link below--points out, lobbyists and the huge influence of money also play their tremendous roles, not to mention a disregard of commen men's and women's concerns)

Great speech by the President in Tucson last night. If only the feel-good words of the President's eulogies lasted more than a 24-hour or 48-hour news cycle, brought lasting results or change in a significant way. If only.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/04/25/families-big-branch-mine-our-hearts-ache-alongside-you

April 25, 2010, President Obama

How can we fail them? How can a nation that relies on its miners not do everything in its power to protect them? How can we let anyone in this country put their lives at risk by simply showing up to work; by simply pursuing the American Dream?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/14/mine-safety-bill-defeat_n_796606.html

December 2010, Huffington Post, excerpt

Despite widespread media coverage and passionate speeches by politicians promising swift action, a bill to improve miner safety and health took eight months to get to the floor of the House, where it was quietly defeated last Wednesday afternoon, failing to reach the two-thirds majority needed to pass. The measure would have made it easier to shut down problem mines, increased penalties for serious safety violations and offered more protection for whistleblowers. Every single Republican but one and 27 Democrats voted against it.

Posted by: laloomis | January 13, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The New Republic comment was breathtakingly astute and really revealing of the narcissistic segment of the culture in this country.

You want intellectual satisfaction? Go read a book.

Much against my better judgment and interest, not to mention my desire, I got only about 5 hours of sleep last night, so do forgive any incipient irritability.

Snukie -- I've been meaning to ask you: What does RME mean?

Posted by: ftb3 | January 13, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

reposting this too (enough with Boodlehogging...on to my day)

If only...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/us/11transcript.html?pagewanted=3&ref=us

November 2009, President Obama

Here, at Fort Hood, we pay tribute to thirteen men and women who were not able to escape the horror of war, even in the comfort of home. Later today, at Fort Lewis, one community will gather to remember so many in one Stryker Brigade who have fallen in Afghanistan.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/12/biden-well-be-out-of-afghanist.html

Asked whether the United States was winning or losing in Afghanistan, Vice President Joe Biden said that "we're making progress on all fronts, more on some areas than in others." He contended that the July 2011 troop reductions will be "more than token," adding, "We are starting it in July 2011 and we are going to be totally out of there, come hell or high water, by 2014."

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/node/605516

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, speaking after his arrival in Kabul, promised that the United States would continue to support Afghanistan beyond the 2014 deadline for returning responsibility for security back to Afghan forces. "If the Afghan people want it, we won't leave in 2014," Biden said.

Posted by: laloomis | January 13, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Whoa, ArmyBrat, I think "sycophant" is a tad strong.

I actually agree with you that Joel's original posting was ill-considered, but it's hardly a premier example of the level of vitriol that's been spread around since Saturday. I'm willing to grant some latitude for early reactions to disorienting events. He backed off from that initial reaction, not by deleting the original posting but by amending it. I think that's an honest way to handle things. I agree that there was a lot of partisanship posted within the Boodle, but that's not sycophancy. It is, however, exactly what Obama urges us away from. So -- point taken. I shall aim to do better.

laloomis, what is your justification for cracking wise about having the DELETE key? You will notice that it hasn't been used. You make a sneering remark on the subject, but your remark would be relevant only if Joel had conveniently eliminated his own earlier posting and it's somewhat embarrassing rush to judgment.

We have the Kit-and-Boodle history, warts and all, to remind us of when we haven't lived up to our own high standards. The fact that we have failed in the past to be what we should be, does not mean that it's not possible to resolve to do better in the future.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 13, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I am filled with agony by the realization that I incorrectly apostrophized "its" in my 10:21 posting. I am filled with syntactic shame.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 13, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I want a portable DELETE key, like the Staples Easy button, not a day goes by when I wouldn't be tempting to delete many things I say and do.

As I said I enjoyed last nights speech, I went back to read what I missed seeing live. I was very upset by an instant editorial at the G&M lambasting Obama for missing the mark but not pushing for a dramatic change in the way the US thinks of guns - while I agree with the sentiments of the editorial - such statements would have been way out of place last evening. As President it is hard to remove politics from anything you say and last night was not a time for politics and I think the speech handled that well.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 13, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

SciTim-
"...but it's hardly a premier example..." and "...it's not possible to resolve..."

I see no reason for shame there. "it's" is the proper contraction of "it is", is it not? And "it is" is what fits in those sentences.

"Its", the possessive, would not have been appropriate. Or, am I wrong? If I am wrong, please let me know soon; I'll have a lot of errors to go back and correct!

Posted by: northbank | January 13, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm... you know what, northbank? I take it back. I was syntactically and grammatically wonderful after all. What got me was a brief glance back at my own prose and failing to read through my own sentence fully -- I suddenly felt overcome by the false sense that I had messed up, and guilt welled up within me. Guilt and shame.

It must be something to do with my midwestern upbringing. Or maybe Sara Palin. Or Obama. One of those reasons.

Anyway -- back to fulfilling the interests of the American people in astrobiology research. The American people can be very demanding in that way.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 13, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

ftb, Rolling My Eyes, I believe.

I don't really see how Joel's original post was that political or politicizing. Mentioning that Giffords was on a rival party's crosshair map is relevant just after the incident occurs. He didn't rail against Palin, just put it out there, and I'm fine with that. Blogs as a medium are much more as-the-story-unfolds reporting. When it was obvious people were pointing fingers and emotions were getting beyond the facts, he pleaded to let the facts speak for themselves as they unfolded.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | January 13, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Howdy. You are correct, northbank.

I agree with those who have pointed out the actual nature of the previous Kit and Boodle. I would further suggest they stand as a relatively inoffensive microcosm of the process to which both Joel and Obama refer. The initial Kit was somewhat emotional and speculative. The Boodle responded initially in kind. Trolls appeared, attempting to raise the level of both irrationality and venom. In response the Boodle began to pull back, to branch out into associated areas of discussion, and to suggest waiting before rushing to judgment. Joel amended the Kit suggesting the same.

I believe that the discussions of civility in public discourse, mental illness, and gun ownership were all appropriate topics connected with this tragedy.

SMS, you are a better person than I. I would like a DELETE key for other people.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 13, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

By SMS, of course, I mean dmd. I don't know what autocorrect was thinking, but I'm sure its intentions were good.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 13, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

I have largely refrained from participating in the discussions stemming from the events of last Saturday. Not completely, but so it goes.

I hear a lot of voices trying to explain, resolve, or communicate the myriad of emotions, feelings, thoughts, judgments and lessons that are rapidly churning through us on so many levels that seeming inconsistencies are almost inevitable.

So I'm asking that we all give each other a break.

For a day, can we let others deal with what's churning within and around them with a touch of grace?

Whatever you're going through, I acknowledge and honor it. And if that means you want to challenge others or myself, so be it. I trust that, for now anyway, the path to healing from this is still a personal choice.

Posted by: MsJS | January 13, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

You are giving me too much credit Ivansmom, not sure I would limit the delete key to just my own actions :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | January 13, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

*it's somewhat embarrassing rush to judgement* in the 10:21 posting is indeed incorrect

Posted by: stokes_bridge | January 13, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. As you may gather, I thought Obama's memorial to all of those heros was WONDERFUL. By heros I mean the people who thought of others before they thought of their own safety and rushed to stop the shooter and to help the fallen. A little while ago my husband and I were comparing impressions from last night's event. (We are old and sleepy people any time after 9:00 PM.) He felt that the best point Obama made was to disagree if you must, but for goodness sake to respect all points of view. To disagree but to hold firmly to your own pointofview, to debate that pointofview in a civil manner. We are all AMERICANS, no matter what.

The best statement Obama made in my view was that when we leave this world, let us leave it having applied as much love as we were able as often as we were able to as many people as we were able.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 13, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Tim - hmm, perhaps "sycophant" was too strong a word, and I apologize to anyone who was offended. But I don't think that Joel acknowledged his own role in the previous discussion.

Changing subjects a bit - I liked Jon Stewart's analysis last night of Peter King's proposal to prohibit bringing a gun within 1,000 feet of a Federal official or member of Congress. In a nutshell "how would this work?" Stewart suggested that all Congresspeople and Federal officials would have to wear some marking so that people would know who they are - he proposed a cowbell. And ordinary citizens carrying guns would always have to carry the equivalent of football chains, to measure how far away they were.

Good points - for example, I know that my Congressman is Elijah Cummings, but I have no clue whether I'd recognize him at a distance of 750 feet. :-) (Not that I'd be carrying a gun; I don't own one.)

And Stewart didn't address another problem, which is - what keeps the Congressman from coming within 1,000 feet of someone carrying a gun? My experience is that most of those folks see a potential voter/contributor and they come a'runnin. Do I necessarily have to turn and run from them faster than they're running toward me.

Basically, the proposal is absurd, and Stewart did a good job pointing that out.

Posted by: ArmyBrat1 | January 13, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Forgive me, I left out the part of the sentence about heros also being those dear souls who died and those who were injured. Big SCC.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 13, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I am just whipsawed all over the place today. Pride. Guilt and shame. Relief. More guilt and shame. stokes_bridge has indeed spotted what got me the first time, then I failed to relocate it. So I can feel multiply guilty for displaying multiple instances of what those crazy kids call "teh stoopid."

I would call it a trifecta of shame, except that I know even less about horse-racing than I do about soccer, on which ArmyBrat so ably schooled me a couple days ago. It *is* a horse-racing reference, right? Well, technically, a gambling reference. I doubt that it makes any difference to the horses.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 13, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

***clapping for MsJs***

More cowbell! This would certainly add to the amusement level of public appearances. We would know where and when our congresspersons shop, eat out, jog. In a perverse way it might encourage constituents to know their representatives more thoroughly than we do now. At least we'd hear them coming.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 13, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

In the interests of being ADA compliant, our elected representatives will need to be identified with something more than just an auditory cue.

For those who are old enough to remember Joe Btfsplk, maybe they should all have a cloud hanging over them as a visual cue.

Posted by: MsJS | January 13, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I long for Joel's html capabilities.... , , , but nothing happens......

Posted by: VintageLady | January 13, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

My congressional representative most likely already wears a cowbell judging from his positions, votes, mien and hometown. He never gets my vote anyway and would likely not come running toward me in any case.

Having been mudged, I repost ---

Jumper!
ps ... always like going to your blog to feed the fishies
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Azure brilliant morning here. Sending virtual icemelt and snowblowers to those what needs 'um, and a strong young back to employ if need be.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

My congressional representative most likely already wears a cowbell judging from his positions, votes, mien and hometown. He never gets my vote anyway and would likely not come running toward me in any case.

Having been mudged, I repost ---

Jumper!
ps ... always like going to your blog to feed the fishies
_______________

Azure brilliant morning here. Sending virtual icemelt and snowblowers to those what needs 'um, and a strong young back to employ if need be.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Huh! I got the strangest moveable type message I've ever seen telling me to go back and repost ..... Sorrreeee.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Mr. A refers to the Book Deadline That Ate Manhattan.

There's precedent for that sorta stuff yanno.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-Lc0Lra9cI

Posted by: MsJS | January 13, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

By the by, regarding the President's speech last evening, make I direct your attention to the first poster below Dionne's remarks ... a fellow from Amsterdam. He made me smile.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2011/01/the_president_as_preacher.html

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The Post's story, "Loughner's Descent into Fantasy" says he'd become a fan of Phillip K. Dick and the movie version of "Waking Life". I suppose he liked "A Scanner Darkly", too. Not that either film would cause mental illness.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 13, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I suspect most of us have already concluded that Loughner was a Dick head, but it's always nice to have one's conclusions buttressed with evidence.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I suspect most of us have already concluded that Loughner was a Dick head, but it's always nice to have one's conclusions buttressed with evidence.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Joel has the audacity to climb up on his hind legs applaud Tuscon-apolooza after Obama's toadies spent the last decade goose-stepping at anti-Semitic, kristallnaght-style gutter riots (masquerading as “peace” protests).

Patriotic Americans are encourage to Enter the "Leftist-fascist Hall of Shame" and remember what "violent rhetoric" looks like.
http://www.zombietime.com/hall_of_shame/

BTW: When is billionaire progressive George Soros financing the unhinged Leftist rent-a-mob rally against ObaMao’s summary execution of three (un-Mirandized) Somali teens at sea? Afterall, that tactic was clearly more “fascist” than our patriotic moistening of KSM, et.al. The two year anniversary of ObaMao’s high seas shooting spree has already passed. Get busy, Joel.

Rage against the machine, Leftists!

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 13, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Joel has the audacity to climb up on his hind legs applaud Tuscon-apolooza after Obama's toadies spent the last decade goose-stepping at anti-Semitic, kristallnaght-style gutter riots (masquerading as “peace” protests).

Patriotic Americans are encourage to Enter the "Leftist-fascist Hall of Shame" and remember what "violent rhetoric" looks like.
http://www.zombietime.com/hall_of_shame/

BTW: When is billionaire progressive George Soros financing the unhinged Leftist rent-a-mob rally against ObaMao’s summary execution of three (un-Mirandized) Somali teens at sea? Afterall, that tactic was clearly more “fascist” than our patriotic moistening of KSM, et.al. The two year anniversary of ObaMao’s high seas shooting spree has already passed. Get busy, Joel.

Rage against the machine, Leftists!

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 13, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Kind of funny that laloomis yanks JA's chain again for deleting (and again laloomis, he didn't) and the very next post seems to encourage JA to delete (even though assassination attempt is correct). FWIW, JA's initial kit didn't say anything one way or the other about fault or responsibility, he merely noted the cross-hairs ad and linked to it. Certainly relevant both then and now. Seems like both posters think JA is one of the worst offenders even though there's nothing to see there, no action to apologize for, nothing. Some days it seems ya can't win for losing.

Posted by: LostInThought | January 13, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I guess not everyone has accepted delivery of the memo on civil discourse.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 13, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was cogent.

What's for lunch?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"It's time for your medication Colonel."

Your voluptuous Ukrainian nurse.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 13, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Joel has the audacity to climb up on his hind legs applaud Tuscon-apolooza after Obama's toadies spent the last decade goose-stepping at anti-Semitic, kristallnaght-style gutter riots (masquerading as “peace” protests).

Patriotic Americans are encourage to Enter the "Leftist-fascist Hall of Shame" and remember what "violent rhetoric" looks like.
http://www.zombietime.com/hall_of_shame/

BTW: When is billionaire progressive George Soros financing the unhinged Leftist rent-a-mob rally against ObaMao’s summary execution of three (un-Mirandized) Somali teens at sea? Afterall, that tactic was clearly more “fascist” than our patriotic moistening of KSM, et.al. The two year anniversary of ObaMao’s high seas shooting spree is fast approaching. Get busy, Joel.

Rage against the machine, Leftists!

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 13, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

*referring to the first 12:26, of course, not the second*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

In reading various responses to the President's call for civility, I've had a vaguely formed thought that I hope I can manage to synthesize here.

While the speech was distinctly and explicitly non-political, it takes a significant amount of political acumen to design such a speech. Part of that is in saying things that everybody can easily interpret as suits their own point of view. When the President called for civility, he was overtly (and honestly, I believe) speaking to all sides. But I have seen some praise him for the obvious rebuke he gave the rush-to-blame-Palin-types, and others praise him for the rebuke he gave those nasty uncivil right-wingers. I think this demonstrates both his skill in walking a difficult line in a delicate situation (listeners with various point of view heard him as agreeing with them) and also the polarized environment that we're in, when a call to avoid finger-pointing is mined for lines to use in pointing fingers (all while saying good things about the speech).

Posted by: -bia- | January 13, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

For some reason I am not in the least tempted to click on a website named zombietime. Just doesn't equate to rational thought to me.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 13, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Ditto here, I was referring to the 12:26 version.
Pea soup was my lunch. I know, I live the cliché.
Maybe it wasn't a wise choice. If the meeting of this pm lasts long enough I'll be flirting with the farting time zone. Oy.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 13, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I thought Obama's speech was brilliant, but I doubt it will have any lasting impact. Joel is exactly right. The markets favor rancor. Look, nastiness disguised as smug indignation is profoundly satisfying. People can indulge in there basest nature and feel good about it.

Alas, we often see this in the hallowed halls of the boodle. I mean, what's with the cheap attacks on Joel? His original post was honest reporting of the early reactions, including his own. He made a big deal about not jumping to conclusions. It made me proud to be a fan.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 13, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

[bia chirped: "it takes a significant amount of political acumen to design such a speech."]

Indeed. The Teleprompter did a fine job... but who got "best actress"?

If TheObamateur was president in 1863, historians would recall The Gettysburg Address as "Gettysburg-apolooza!"

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 13, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that Joel may be too pessimistic in his comments about "better Angels of out nature" - a recent Tucson report in Examiner.com suggested that the actual audience for the rants is small and aging.
...In the report Bruce Maiman comments, "The average age of a Fox News viewer: 65 --the oldest audience in cable news. Think I'm picking on Fox? Not really. CNN's average viewer? 63. MSNBC, 59.
"Fox's viewers are older than the Hallmark Channel. That's the channel that gets made fun of for its geriatric appeal with things like 'Matlock' and 'Murder, She Wrote' marathons.
"The average age of the Rush Limbaugh listener: 67 (and getting smaller, down to 14 million from the 20 to 25 million during the Clinton years. It's because the audience is aging, and dying.)
"That's not a criticism; it's just numbers, and they come directly from Nielsen and Arbitron, respectively."
Story is at http://www.examiner.com/populist-in-national/blaming-tucson-on-the-right-wing-is-easy-but-inaccurate --- the audience details are the most significan part in it, suggesting the vast majority of Americans may indeed have better Angels.

Posted by: JohnSutton1 | January 13, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe it's not completely about the polarized environment, but at least as much about how much harder it is for humans to see fault in themselves than in others.

Posted by: -bia- | January 13, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Why do I feel like I stepped in something and can't get it off my shoe?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Did this last guy come from "Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep"?

I wonder about where to begin pointing out delusional thinking. I provided temporary housing to one such, years ago. Then there was the fellow church member who thought the collapse of the Soviet Union was an elaborate conspiracy to destroy the United States. They had underground airports near Moscow, after all. I'm not making this up.

More recently, I've been getting chain emails about dhimmitude, victory mosques, horrific persecutions of Christians right here in the US, and even bits of birther stuff (albeit not "Law of the Nations"). From perfectly normal people.

I've just started on Cass Sunstein's little book, "On rumors: how falsehoods spread, why we believe them, what can be done". On the opening page, he brings up the widespread belief that Senator Obama was a Muslim. This belief held is held by normal, healthy people.

I suppose the mentally ill fall victim to different categories of fact-free beliefs and pseudo-reasoning. But how do you separate garden-variety belief in rumors from mental malfunction?

Anyway, President Obama's address was a fine example of what to say at a memorial service, though I wonder whether Job wasn't perhaps too dark a reference. The popular view that Job was attacked by Satan and redeemed by God covers over a book that dismisses easy answers and provides little comfort. Robert Alter's translation and commentary was published recently, should be worth reading.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 13, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I am by no means a fan of Obama, but yesterday he proved he is Presidential, while Sarah Palin proved that she most definitely is NOT. Any hope of her winning against him in 2012 is gone, and the GOP had better get off their collective behinds and find a new candidate to groom, QUICK. The less her name is mentioned between now and November 2012, the better their chances will be.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | January 13, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I haven't mostly read the comments of today's wabbit, but I saw my handle there in passing. I thought as I was writing that I might be dinged for Obama-sycophancy for mentioning skill/craft, etc., but oh well. But KDE, if you write a speech, and then read it, how is the fact that you read it worthy of scorn? Can you not get credit for having written it in the first place, and then having delivered it well? I really don't get the teleprompter criticism.

Posted by: -bia- | January 13, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Hello boodle,

Briefly delurking - I've kept up infrequently. Madmen always have that outsiders view of reality - distorted, colored, but sometimes see things we only half glimpse. The shooter had his bizarre fascination with grammar and government. Shifting instead into semantics, if someone begins talking about targeting and eliminating a politician, do you shrug and assume it's an enthusiastic political activist or call the cops to report a dangerous nutbar? What does it mean if you can no longer tell the difference?

It seems to me this is the bottom line for the topic of civil discourse everyone keeps circling around (no sign of shrink anymore? he was big on semiotics, iirc).

Posted by: qgaliana | January 13, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, I thought the PM took part in Question Time, not...

Oh, waitaminit. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 13, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

What for lunch?

Split pea soup with ham and Swiss on croissants at my house, Mudge. Want some?

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I like your analysis, bia. The various reactions to the speech may show how difficult it is to parse and appreciate words without running into our own biases and inclinatiions. Paying attention to a speech like Obama's, and responding to it on it's owns terms, is hard work.

It is faster to catch up with the Boodle when one can safely and without fear of missing anything scroll past so many posts.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 13, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Be right there, talitha. I'll bring the Grey Poupon and some ice tea.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, I didn't hear you in my kitchen! 8~)

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Darn autocorrect. And in this Boodle, of all things. I typed " responding to it on its own terms." ITS. I swear. You try it - autocorrect defaults to "it's".

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 13, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's fine sermon perhaps might have shied away from the Book of Job. The popular version, that God let Satan destroy Job's household and possessions but Job remained faithful and was rewarded with a replacement household hides the body of the book, in which the conventional wisdom of Job's friends is dismissed and Job himself receives little comfort. Robert Alter's new translation and commentary is probably worth reading.

I suspect the elderly have long been susceptible to extremism, political or religious. And to being fleeced.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 13, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Me too, Talitha! Yum.

As I recall, the Gettysburg Address was dismissed in the press at the time. It will be interesting to see how Obama's speech last night reads in, say, 50 years. My guess is that it will just as powerful then as now.

Posted by: slyness | January 13, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

It was my owm split yellow peas and ham. But I'll never learn; put a LOT more water when it is split peas vs round peas. I could have eaten that soup upside down.

Scotty, if I were to meet the PM I would eat pea soup, baked beans and braised cabbage for a week in advance.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 13, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Good to see you again, qgaliana!

Posted by: -bia- | January 13, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* There's bad news on the Salander front, ftb. Finch has messed it up.

http://www.wmagazine.com/celebrities/2011/02/rooney_mara_girl_with_the_dragon_tattoo_lisbeth_salander_ss#slide=7

The caption under photo #4 says this version "departs dramatically" from the book, that Blomqvist is "more gentlemanly," that Salander is more "agressive," and that the ending has been completely changed. I guess that means Kate Winslet drowns and Leo DiCFaprio survives the icy water and keeps the necklace.

Swedish version of third film comes out in 13 days.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought to myself last night while watching the president that the "Obama as Preacher" description would be applied today, fearful that it would be applied derogatorially. Glad to see that's not the case in general. He moved me to tears and humility.

Whatever one may say, if he stood in the pulpit last evening at least he wasn't a bully. (no dis to Teddy R.)

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't surprise, Mudge. From time to time there's an article in one of the Swedish newspapers I read about the American version. I have absolutely *NO* intention of paying attention to it. The first go-round was too good to pass up, and I just know that the new version is not going to be as well done, not to mention be any better.

What? Only one teleprompter troll so far? Nevertheless, I suggest that someone light the fire in (not "to") the bunker to warm it up in time for the onslaught. We've had the chimney sweep in recently, right? And the flue is openable? We're gonna need some fresh air, just in case Shriek comes round (love you, Shriek, but I've read what you've eaten ....).

Somehow, I've gotta go get some work done. Cya later.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 13, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

re: Civil Discourse:

Bruce Fleming (a professor at the US Naval Academy) wrote an article for last weekend's "Outlook" section, "He was fired over his videos, but Capt. Owen Honors did the right thing"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/06/AR2011010604874.html
which I though was pretty good, but reasonable people could disagree.

Then on Monday he hosted a chat session
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2011/01/07/DI2011010704579.html
where, not surprisingly, several folks who did disagree felt compelled to comment/question in ways that made it pretty clear that they think he's... I'll just lump it all together under "incompetent".

He dealt with them firmly, to which they are unaccustomed, and hackles were raised to the point that someone felt the need to mention it on the next day's sports chat with Tracee Hamilton!

I thought he did a great job of letting people know that he wouldn't take crap, and that his standards are higher than the general level of internet discourse. It's my genuine belief that for many folks, they've been so long away from civil conversation that they have no idea what it sounds like.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 13, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

In an effort to goose the Boodle a little, wakening it from its afternoon torpor, allow me to (civilly, of course) respond to bobsewell's 1:49 post.

I read the Outlook article to which you refer, and I actually followed the chat. I didn't agree with his article, and I thought he was entirely too dismissive (and rudely so at times) of those who disagreed with him.

If the purpose of a military is to protect the country and the people in it, then that means *all* people in it, which includes women, racial minorities and those with sexual orientation different from the so-called "mainstream." That some women may have either played a role in the video exercise (loosely defined) or did not complain at the time it was made or at any time thereafter, is not an admission (if you will) that all was hunky-dory with them. I would bet you that these women already knew what to expect if they were to object -- the rate of rape in the military is very, very high, after all -- and sometimes you just gotta try to be as invisible as possible or suffer consequences that you never signed up for, but would be subject to, nevertheless. Silence sometimes does not mean acquiescence.

I cringe at the thought that blowing off steam in a cramped submarine requires marginalization of other human beings, including fellow soldiers. Whatever happened to playing poker, FCOL? The guys who contributed to the video (including the higher or highest ups) are people I would feel very nervous about in regard to the protection of my country and myself. But, then again, they probably wouldn't see me anyway. Adolescents and adolescent behavior do not make me confident at all.

Back to work.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 13, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Joel, no subtlety is allowed when crow is for dinner. It's to be eaten with the fingers, hurling gobbets of meat higgledy-piggledy in the air, staining the tablecloth; with an unctuous and dissipated MC onstage, with his microphone and pencil-thin mustache, his skinny tie, detailing loudly the process so the hoi polloi understand the foul nature of the plate being consumed by the penitent.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 13, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Joel, no subtlety is allowed when crow is for dinner. It's to be eaten with the fingers, hurling gobbets of meat higgledy-piggledy in the air, staining the tablecloth; with an unctuous and dissipated MC onstage, with his microphone and pencil-thin mustache, his skinny tie, detailing loudly the process so the hoi polloi understand the foul nature of the plate being consumed by the penitent.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 13, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

ftb - Well, I certainly didn't have any emotional attachment to Fleming's views one way or the other. As someone who regularly employs bombastic language and (what many people would consider) inappropriate humor in the service of making various points, I certainly understood Fleming's point of view. But as I said, reasonable people can can disagree.

But I just went back and re-read the chat, and don't see where he was dismissive of anybody's point of view. He did, however, have a real problem with the tone of several comments, and I still feel that he did a marvelous job of calling out the folks who feel that dismissive / condescending / insulting language is an appropriate mode of conversation in a serious discussion, and letting them know that he disagrees. Just because it's common doesn't mean that every discussion host should have to accept it.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 13, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

OMG my browser has a button on it that says "reload."

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 13, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

My only comment about the Palin video is she shows perfectly how there are times you can be right but so sooooo wrong.

Posted by: baldinho | January 13, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm just excited to learn that I'm too young for Fox and CNN and (barely) in MSNBC's wheelhouse. Being judged too young for ANYTHING is exciting at this point.

Posted by: kguy1 | January 13, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Here's a sample of Fleming's "rude / dismissive" style in the aforementioned chat:

Q. Mr. Fleming, do you believe that having had a gay brother entitles you to lecture all gay men what we may or may not appropriately find offensive?

A. Bruce Fleming : You're welcome to find anything offensive you find offensive.

[This was hardly a legitimate question about anything Bruce Fleming actually wrote in the article. The questioner wanted to score a cheap, nasty point, and Fleming was (properly, in my mind) dismissive.]
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Q. Why does Mr. Fleming stubbornly refuse to concede that, while the videos in general might have been acceptable, the use of a sexual, gender, racial, or religious slur by a captain never is?

A. Bruce Fleming : Since you're talking about me rather than to me, I don't think I need respond.

[See above. The entire article was about this issue, and the questioner merely denies that there's anything worth discussing, while getting in a dig at Fleming for kicks.)
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Q. Retired Navy Captain (female) - You need to distinguish between sex per se and homophobic, misogynistic slurs, which are never appropriate in any setting. If you can't see the difference, you have a major problem.

A. Bruce Fleming : CAPT - what makes you think it's proper to write in such a disdainful and hectoring way to a tenured professor with 23.5 years service? Not a very good example of what we're saying, are we? - Dr. Bruce E. Fleming - Professor, US Naval Academy

[I gotta go with Bruce here. If a retired Navy Captain can't think of a way to express a dissenting point of view without questioning the writer's competence or integrity, I'd say she has a major problem.]
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There were a few more in this vein. Basically, when commenters felt compelled to throw in the personal attack, Fleming made it clear he didn't care much for it. When they addressed actual issues, he responded. Not really such a bad policy, I think.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 13, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, that's the one I got earlier today. There are gremlins in here I tell ya. My last post (Obama as Preacher) showed up 15 minutes after I posted it.

I blame .....

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Armybrat, there's only one solution to the 1,000 foot rule...

1,000-foot high hamster balls for every congressman! Watch them roll, talk, and groom themselves! Watch the hamsterball-mobiles knock down stray buildings!

And if you add special money-fertilizer, you'll get your own pocket congressman!


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 13, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

An additional advantage to that plan is that Congresspersons would have to stay 2000 feet from each other, too. That might cut down on the mischief they get up to when they're huddled together in groups.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 13, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I think it would be simpler, easier, and certainly more pleasant to just confine them all to the Capitol grounds for the duration of their terms. There are plenty of delivery/fast food places in the neighborhood, so they can order out for pizza or Chinese or whatever they want. He11, their enclosure area might be increased to include a small piece of the mall for exercise and recreation, and it could include a few blocks to the side, whereby they'd have access to liquor stores, dry cleaning, a couple of taversn, the Library of Congress (in case they want something to read), the Supreme Court (for legal opinions), etc.

Why they need to go wandering willy-nilly about the conutryside I have no idea.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Well bob I read the op piece and Dr. Fleming's chat responses and came away with the impression of someone who's used to standing in front of a class and commanding rigid attention from students. He traded snark for snark and snot for snot and refused to answer any question he didn't like. My response to his behavior was the same as my response to Capt Honor's videos- Where are the grown-ups here?

Posted by: kguy1 | January 13, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

'Zackly, kguy! My impressions were much the same as yours. The many times Fleming reiterated that he had tenure (and that therefore, ... {something self-important}) made me chuckle. Yeah, yeah, I'm *so* impressed. . . . *not*.

Good idea, Mudge. In fact, I suspect that most of them would be found in any one of the taverns around there, or in the alleys behind the liquor stores.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 13, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I also had that distinct impression that he's accustomed to being able to control the tenor of classroom discussions. But again, I note that each of the questions or comments "he didn't like" were those that included personal attacks, and his responses were specific to that fact. Why on earth should he (or anybody, for that matter) not feel free to make it clear that such questions / comments will not be an acceptable part of a discussion?

In the several other questions / comments that disagreed with him but left out the argumentum ad hominem, he answered. Some of the answers were brief, but then it doesn't take long to say, "I discussed that in the article" or "You've misinterpreted my position, check it out at my website."

Posted by: bobsewell | January 13, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm really curious, and slightly distressed, about this. Was there any example of a non-responsive response by Fleming to a question that didn't include a judgment about him, as opposed to what he wrote?

Posted by: bobsewell | January 13, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Why would he agree to a chat if he was just going to refer difficult answers back to the story or be dismissive, condescending and rude.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 13, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I thought the speech was very well done.Prez Obama has hadb some very nice speeches where the audience seems captivated.I thought last night's was one of those.

I just noticed a US quarter with Mount Hood on the back.Now It doesn't say Washington state,or maybe it is just too small to see.Has anyone else noticed this?

This week in Baltimore is Steelers week and hearing all the radio shows and posturing it sure is fun.It will be tough playing in Pittsburgh for my boys,but I think our chances are good.And as much as I like the thought of going to the Super bowl.Beating Pittsburgh and knocking them out of the playoffs would be just as sweet.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 13, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

BobS, there is a certain satisfaction in seeing him dismiss obviously rude questions (and I'm sure he got enough to put him in a foul mood) but it's precisely the "I discussed that in the article" or "You've misinterpreted my position, check it out at my website." or "read my book" style one line responses that killed it for me. I thought he came across more arrogant than civil. Civility is more than just reflecting back at the other what you feel you are receiving.

A bit of an opportunity missed I think.

Posted by: qgaliana | January 13, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, qgaliana (good to see you, btw). Indeed, Palin had the same opportunity to address the Tucson shooting, but chose to assume her own victim posture, making it all about her, rather than about those who were killed or wounded, or about the country as a whole.

Ya gotta take advantage (in a good way, of course) of opportunities to do the right thing. It takes a broad imagination and a generosity of spirit to elevate the tone and make it *not* singularly about oneself.

Difficult day to get my motor running today. Hope to get more sleep tonight and finish this razzenfrazzen project tomorrow.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 13, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

To the lagomorphiliacs among us, here ya go:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-breaking-news/64-rabbits-found-in-home-in-co.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Ivansmom, Beatrice might be interested.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 13, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's fine sermon perhaps might have shied away from the Book of Job. The popular version, that God let Satan destroy Job's household and possessions but Job remained faithful and was rewarded with a replacement household hides the body of the book, in which the conventional wisdom of Job's friends is dismissed and Job himself receives little comfort. Robert Alter's new translation and commentary is probably worth reading.

I suspect the elderly have long been susceptible to extremism, political or religious. And to being fleeced.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 13, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Just for the record...I don't understand the 9:41 comment. I did not delete anything. My "original" posting is still there, for better or worse.

As for linking to the Palin "cross hairs" map, at the risk of unseemly impenitence I will plead guilty to being a newspaper reporter. That was news. I didn't blame the shooting on Palin -- not then, not now, not ever. That map and attendant controversy were FRONT PAGE NEWS the next day in such esteemed publications as The New York Times, and people have been talking about it all week, and not because they read it on the A-blog. Very early on I said people should not overreact and draw broad conclusions -- see item.

More generally, this blog has now been around for a little while and I think the record speaks for itself. The reason some people like it and stick around is because it's a civil place and people respect one another's opinions. So I respect the opinion of those who say the Palin graph was a misjudgment and embarrassing. But on the list of misjudgments and things I'm embarrassed about, that's nowhere near the top!

Posted by: joelache | January 13, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

the absurd killings in arizona are just so sad. and all the pain of those wounded only adds to it. i think mr. obama captured some of that, and asked us to do better.

and then to read and hear the comments of those who find even those remarks, or joel's, to be posturing--it makes the whole thing even sadder.

to the good people on this blog--my hunch is you know this and probably already did this--but if you are near someone you love, go hug them. it is the only antidote.

Posted by: butlerguy | January 13, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Bob I tried to read the article before the chat so that I might render a full opinion but I could only get a few paragraphs into the article found the tone and topic too distressing, what little I did read came of as a "boys will be boys" attitude that I find very distasteful. It seem to portray the military personnel in a poor light, as in you can't expect much from us since we must kill people - sad if true, or at least that was the impression I took away.

I do have a question though are the US military considered civil servants? Isn't was the making of that video in a government facility - paid by taxpayers not a big deal? Also are there completely separate rule for military vs regular publicly funded government employees.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 13, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I bet those Columbia wabbits weren't doin' much dancin'.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... I suspect I'll just have to quietly disagree here. I'm not at all certain that the interests of civility would have been served by Fleming's passively accepting the insertion of judgments about him in those questions.

While his standards are certainly more unforgiving than most, I'd argue that it's exactly that sort of acceptance that has led to the coarsening of discourse in society. Having somebody hold us to higher expectations every now & then isn't so awful to me.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Well I didn't bring up his article or chat as an example of a viewpoint I found interesting or worthy of defending!-)

But I thought the chat was an instructive example of how widely accepted it has become to question the personal integrity and competence of anyone with whom one disagrees, and of how unaccustomed people are to having such personal criticisms be rejected as inappropriate for a given conversation.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

dmd, the Navy is different. They live in close quarters for extended period of times. I tend to cut them some slack. I'm not a big fan of sexual or racial slurs but each ship reach its own equilibrium. I love the HMCS Regina, ca 1997. Both senior CS and MS officers were women. In addition there was a female senior NCO on deck 1 (bosun's quarters), the rarest of things. That was a nice set-up.

On other ships I've heard the vilest of sexist slurs. Capt(N) Honors was running a decent ship, imho.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 13, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Joel, not that you need any validation from me, but the idea that you should be embarrassed about this or anything else is ludicrous. Your words on Saturday set an even tone and gave us the news ... just as it should be. My respect for you, this blog and all the boodlers soars higher every day.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

yay Joel.

hi butlerguy! I hugged Ivansdad, the Boy, both dogs and the rabbit.

Hi to qgalliana too! Nice to hear from you again.

Perhaps we could mandate cowbells for new Congresspersons, and hamster balls for those with several terms, or decades, in service. I think the hamster balls should be small enough to pass through streets, even though the vision of giant Congressional hamster balls as Godzilla is enticing.

78 rabbits. I think I can safely say without fear of contradiction that 78 lagomorphs is too many in one house, whether they are pets or meat.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 13, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I've devolved into marine speak. MS:marine systems. CS: Combat systems. A NCO is an enlisted officer, not a commissioned one.
That he could joke about sex meant they had a conversation about sex, which is the best that could be hoped for in those conditions.
DADT was in full blown effect, wasn't it?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 13, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I've devolved into marine speak. MS:marine systems. CS: Combat systems. A NCO is an enlisted officer, not a commissioned one.
That he could joke about sex meant they had a conversation about sex, which is the best that could be hoped for in those conditions.
DADT was in full blown effect, wasn't it?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 13, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Ooops.
Movable type has been balky today, no?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 13, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I do understand life being different, and cutting a little slack, but it was the impression of "you can't expect more from us" I thought unfair to the sailors - to me it demeaned them. I think a little creativity could have resulted in a way to show how life is different in a less controversial manner.

I watched/read something recently on a program that puts our MP's in military roles for a short period of time (grown up camp if you will) the goal to give the politicians a glimpse of what life is like for our military - since they have input in the decisions. It seemed to me a great idea.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 13, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Joe Lache, if you ignored the lifetime work of the 09:41 commenter you would not be worst for wear.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 13, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Aaaah, Canada-speak. Members of Parliament.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Bob!

Posted by: dmd3 | January 13, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Silicon Jeopardy! coming for Valentine's day...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_man_vs_machine

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 13, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks talitha!

Shrieking, I concur but I just wanted to make sure there was no confusion on that point.

I haven't had a chance to survey the opinionsphere -- where there people who hated obama's speech? I can't see how they could but I'm always surprised by people's resourcefulness in finding fault.

Posted by: joelache | January 13, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

It was clear enough once I stopped reading "MP" as "military police".

Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh sure, Joe Lache, take Achenbach's side, you toady.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Bob, we understand from the stories about your military service that the MP has a special place in your heart. They are the guys you do not want to hear from.
Our MPs are another matter all together. Our Minister, oddly named for a cheap cut of beef, haven't hit my sight yet more than a year into his mandate. His office is reportedly in the same building I work in, but he doesn't seem to be around a lot. Mystery man he remains.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 13, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Ha hahahohoteehee... (wiping tears from eyes)

Joel, you are a funny, funny man!

The comment section of any piece linked at the website homepage would give you plenty of examples, but here are a couple of tastes (from Capehart at PostPartisan):
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There is only one word for this article and that is, "TRIPE". The event was just another political campagin for Obama and it was clear to the trained eye that he was reading from the teleprompter and the "APPLAUSE SIGN" was going off and on to que the crowd when to clap and when to stop...

- Posted by: Chris561_561 | January 13, 2011 4:06 PM

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A few days before this concert they had real memorial services at a Catholic church. A Rabbi was there and they had 9 little girls who were in Christina’s choir come in and sing Amazing Grace.

That was a respectful Memorial. The families were able to greave and were embraced by those whom really matter.

The sideshow freak-fest must have been a shock to these poor people. I noticed the Husband of Gabby’s was non-plussed during the show. I saw him shake his head a few times, albeit slightly. Guess he didn’t want the media riding him about it.

God Bless those who have injured and murdered families. They will one day be able to heal from this tragedy and move on with their lives.

I have a feeling Obama and his media toadies just made a whole batch of new conservatives over this epic embarrassment.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 13, 2011 3:32 PM
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Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

If I'd known the boss was reading I'd have slathered that butter on a little thicker. *sheepish grin*

I mean what I said sincerely. Some days I just marvel here and I don't know how many of you realize what a lifeline to sanity you've been for me in the last months while I regained my emotional footing. I'll be forever grateful.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 13, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The good Colonel and his voluptuous Ukrainian nurse get around. What does "greave" means BTW?

SCC hasn't

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 13, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Just got in folks from the doctor and then the drugstore, and I'm loaded down.

I didn't hear the speech, but was able to get bits and pieces of it. President Obama speaks well, and I think he tries to remind us that we are human beings, not animals that bite and devour one another. What he had to do was hard, not easy one bit. A lot people hurting, still hurting.

Have a good evening, folks, and guess what? I love all of you.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 13, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Greave, from wiki: "A greave (from the Old French "shin, shin armour" from the Arabic jaurab, meaning stocking) is a piece of armour that protects the leg. Often in matched pairs (a pair of greaves), greaves may be constructed of materials ranging from padded cloth to steel plate. Some designs protect only the lower leg (a half-greave) or extend upwards to protect the thigh.

"Greaves are most commonly found in the armor of heavy infantry, usually from ancient times. Greek hoplites wore a bronze greave on each leg. Triarii, the better equipped soldiers of the pre-Marian Roman Republic, wore greaves on both shins reminiscent of the Ancient Greeks. Principes and hastati often only wore one greave (on their left leg) or none. The Roman Centurions wore altered greaves from the standard Roman uniform. Later Imperial legionnaires did not wear greaves, except for the centurions who retained them."

"Greaves are also mentioned in the Old Testament identifying an article of armor worn by the giant Goliath (1 Sam 17:6)[1] as he fought David, the young Hebrew shepherd."

It's KDE's way of telling us in his usually straight-forward manner that the family was able to protect their shins at that memorial service.

Hey, gimme a break here, that's the closest yet I've come to figuring out what he's been babbling about.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

C'mon there must be something we can blame Palin for.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 13, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

GWE, I think its safe to accuse her of debasing the campaign process by spreading all those surveyor's symbols all over the map. As Stephen Colbert put it so well, this was no time to discuss elevation.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 13, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Ooh! Ooh! I knew that a greave was part of a suit of armor! I might have said the arm as well as the leg (and I would have erred) but I did know the term. Too much pointless history reading, I'm sure.

I can't guess how this fits into our latest wingnut/moonbat visitor's worldview because I haven't read anything it posted after the first sentence. Time is precious. Life is short. Life is very long too, but that's no reason not to use time wisely. By skipping tedious or nutcase posts, I can read the good ones several times.

That is, time in the general or aggregate sense, not time the artificial construct.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 13, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Off-topic (it's been an on-topic day, even as Movable Type eats comments), a remarkable revision of human history came to my attention via Science magazine.

"High-precision radiocarbon dating shows recent and rapid initial human colonization of East Polynesia" by Janet M. Wilmshurst, Terry L. Hunt, Carl P. Lipo, and Atholl J. Anderson. pnas.org

Human colonization of Polynesia occurred in two bursts, the Society Islands from approximately 1025-1120, then everywhere else from Hawai'i to Rapa Nui and New Zealand from about 1190–1290. That second burst is incredibly fast. And it's about four centuries earlier than had been thought.

This has implications for assessing the ecological effects of colonization. Tim Flannery's "The Future Eaters" had given a concise version of how quickly New Zealand's colonists had eaten the various species of moa ("chicken" in all sizes) and how rats had devastated the islands' bird life. Now, extend that kind of scenario as far as Hawai'i. As the report states, "our refined model of colonization chronology suggests that impacts had to have been immediate, severe, and continuous."

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 13, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Well said Joel.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 13, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I think most people, even on the right, liked the speech. Some felt the venue was inappropriate, and a few got all hot and bothered that the school gave away T-shirts. None of this is Obama's fault, and such criticisms also assume that there is one, and only one, way for a memorial to be conducted.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 13, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Dave - While doing a little self-education on human colonization of the Pacific islands, I was shocked to find out how vastly I had under-comprehended the size of the Galapagos Islands.

At over 4500 km/sq, the largest island (Isla Isabela) is bigger than Grand Bahama, Okinawa, and Tahiti combined. Heck, I think that island is about as big as all of the Hawaiian Islands (minus the Big Island) combined.

It's definitely not the collection of tiny specks I had imagined.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

A quick check indicates that Isabela (about 4700 km/sq) is smaller than Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and Molokai (over 5600 km/sq combined), so I was overdoing it a bit. But that's still a pretty substantial chunk of land. More than I'd want to have to cover on foot looking for finches.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I've had a chance to read some of the right-wing reactions, and it is somewhat hilarious to me that they loved the speech because they thought he rebuked the left-wing. Which I don't think he did at all - quite the opposite! A master at work.

The Daily Dish has lots of good commentary. This is about one of the bits that struck me - becauseI thought it was personally revealing. He lost his mother somewhat unexpectedly and has written about how he didn't think that he spent enough time with her, or let her know how much she meant to him. It's times like these when I hope there is a Heaven so she can see what a good man he has turned into.
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2011/01/the-intimate-rhetorician-ctd.html

Posted by: seasea1 | January 13, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Also there is a link from the Daily Dish to Michael Chabon's blog entry about the Huckleberry Finn controversy:
http://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2011/01/the-unspeakable-in-its-jammies/69369/
(Michael Chabon has a blog? Be still my heart.)

Posted by: seasea1 | January 13, 2011 10:24 PM | Report abuse

It's definitely been interesting watching people deal with the emotions roiled up recently. Some great stuff has come out of it. Obviously, some not-so-great stuff, too.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Of all the various right-wing talking points, I find the one about the teleprompters the most scurrilous. That meme is a very thinly disguised quasi-racist dog whistle implying that Obama is incapable of speaking for himself and can only be eloquent when others hand him the words to read. Not only is it patently and verifiably false as Obama has spoken quite eloquently off-the-cuff on numerous occasions, but the sheer gall it takes to question anybody's speaking abilities after eight years of Chimpy who was inarticulate beyond belief under all circumstances is mind-numbingly disingenuous.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 13, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I also fear the right-wing 'hate radio had NOTH-INK to do with this nutcase' talking point has taken root just a little too quickly. I'm not letting Palin, Beck, et. al. off the hook that quickly. The feeble-minded and easily swayed are their base. They may not have held his hand while he pinned the tail on the donkey, but they sure helped blindfold him and point him in the right direction.

All the rhetoric of the last campaign did absolutely nothing to dissuade a basket case from carrying out his whacky plans.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 13, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The article mentioned by DaveoftheCoonties (Wilmshurst, et al.) is fairly short, and (even for an uninformed laypeople like me) not too dense with impenetrable technical stuff. For those drawn to that kind of thing, it's available here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/12/22/1015876108.full.pdf+html

Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Bob S. Think.

Turtles that giant need big islands to conduct their romance on.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 13, 2011 10:42 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, I agree with you, absolutely. The fact that Obama writes much of his own speeches, and has written 2 very good books, is further proof to me how some people are determined not to be fair to him. Here's a link to the speechwriter who worked on the Tuscon speech:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/ct-met-obama-speechwriter-01-14-20110113,0,5216207.story

Also Michael Chabon's reaction to the speech:
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/01/tears-and-rain/69545/
He was weirded out by the applause (which didn't bother me a bit) - and the focus on the little girl. Chabon uses the word "narrishkeit" (nonsense) to describe Palin's statement, and scolds himself for
"curmudgeonliness".

And for something completely different, here's a WaPo article on the state of fox hunting (or not) in England:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/12/AR2011011204703.html?hpid=features1&hpv=national

Posted by: seasea1 | January 13, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

yjkt - I wouldn't have any way to find it because I don't really know what I'd be looking for, but quite a while back (2007, maybe? I'm sure it was before the presidential campaign had really begun in earnest) I saw Obama on a C-SPAN broadcast of some earlier question-and-answer session that was clearly unscripted, un-telepromptered, and one of the more engaging sessions I'd ever seen with any political figure.

While I wish I could figure out how to dig up an archival copy for my own enjoyment, I'm at peace knowing that the majority of the folks who are convinced that the man can't think & talk on his own apparently won't accept any evidence to the contrary. They just won't, and that's the way it is.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Yup, Wilbrod, should've been obvious all along!

:-)

Posted by: Bob-S | January 13, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Though the events in Tuscon were terrible, sad and sobering indeed; but I'm happily astonished at Rep. Giffords' continually improving condition.

AB, you're welcome to take issue with use of the word "assasination" but the charges against Loughner do include the criminal complaint of "...Attempted Assasination of a Member of Congress, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 351(c)..."

(I was unable to locate a copy of the complaint on the WP's site and I don't feel right linking to a competitor's site here, but if you want to see the text for yourself, it's not difficult to find using Google)

IMO, we are doing right by the victims by having civil, respectful, direct and honest discourse.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | January 13, 2011 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Ah, PNAS, the most embarrassingly-named professional journal.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 14, 2011 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Gosh. All these opinions about President Obama's speech. It is nearly as though he said nothing. But I think he said something, something caring and meaningful.

Hey Loomis, how do you self-identify?

Posted by: Yoki | January 14, 2011 12:26 AM | Report abuse

The teleprompter thing is just what partisans do. They can't help it. They are convinced every coin flip is heads, and holler whenever they see a heads to prove their point.

Posted by: baldinho | January 14, 2011 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Hellooo Nurse!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpS3eFqhxSQ&feature=related

Well, she *could* be Ukrainian.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 14, 2011 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Stomach bugs are somewhat easier to bear when the Boodle's around... :-)

*searching-for-the-ginger-ale-and-crackers Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 14, 2011 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Feel better soon Scotty.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 14, 2011 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Hugs, Scotty. My mommy always brought us ginger ale and crackers, too ... and love.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 14, 2011 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama's open letter to parents about Tucson .....

Posted by: talitha1 | January 14, 2011 7:46 AM | Report abuse

... darned submit button! Here's the link.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/01/michelle-obamas-open-letter-to.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: talitha1 | January 14, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Me too, Scotty, and nary a bottle of ginger ale nor a cracker to be had in the house. At least not at 12:47 a.m....I feel better now, but I definitely slept in!

Some of the American people may be partisan, but we're not all nuts and we can appreciate the president's appropriate remarks. I'm so glad he went, and I think that speech will live on.

I saw the story about hunting humans instead of foxes, seasea. It would be fun to be a huntee and see if I could outfox the dogs.

You people started me on the Mitford girls with the book of letters. Now I've read Jessica's memoirs and got Debo's for Christmas. She talks about hunting in all its forms, having participated. But what fascinated me was the story of how she and Andrew saved Chatsworth. Gotta go there sometime.

Time to get dressed.

Posted by: slyness | January 14, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Scotty, sorry you're feeling under the weather. I can fax you part of this drugstore I got yesterday, I'm sure you'll find something that works. *sigh*

In the news this morning, some are calling President Obama's speech a "pep rally". I beg to differ. In a situation such as the one in Tuscon, because so many people are hurting and lives have been lost, and people are just basically feeling really rotten, one would think a speaker would want to uplift and leave the audience with a spirit of hope? Would this be considered a pep rally? Pep rallies are generally found at sporting events, perhaps I'm missing something here? Perhaps it was the location?

I see the Republicans are back to the business of being themselves. Oh, well, we kind of knew that, right?

When I was in the fourth grade, my teacher had me to help one of the older boys in my class with reading. He was a big guy, held back because he could not read. He was mean as a snake, always fighting on the playground, and I was a little afraid of him. We lived in the same neighborhood so he knew me, and that made it a tad easier. He had a beautiful smile. I would read the lessons to him, and he would tease me some kind of awful. I think he did that so he didn't have to do the work. It was embarrassing for a little kid like me having to read to him. I think that was part of the teacher's plan to spur him to do his lessons. He eventually dropped out of school, and left town but came back later. He was living in a rest home not far from here, and couldn't walk. He died this week.

Alright, time to get cracking. The laundry room calls.

Slyness, the ice simply will not go anywhere. I know we need heat for it to melt, perhaps we'll get a little more today. Are things back to normal in your town? Kids are going back to school today here, and will probably go tomorrow too.

Have a beautiful day, folks, and love to all. You know sometimes it helps to say the thing, then you do it.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 14, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Slyness, doncha ever watch "Mythbusters?" The dogs'll find you... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 14, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Cassandra!! *HUGSSSSS*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 14, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Cassandra. Yep, ice is still around here. Having high temperatures in the 40's today and tomorrow will help.

I hope you feel better. It always makes a person stop when a contemporary dies, doesn't it? Lately I've been wondering what happened to the child who teased me so unmercifully in the 5th and 6th grades. I hope he's okay, wherever he is.

Posted by: slyness | January 14, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

*canceling fax to scotty of large pepperoni pizza with onions and bacon, and substituting unbuttered toast and warm tea*

Can't tell you how much I hate this headline: "GOP prepares for repeal of health care." First, it ought to have a conditional in it somewhere, such as "repeal attempt" or "tries to repeal," or whatever. The way it is flatly stated makes it sound like it is going to actually happen.

And second, of course, I hate the fact that these stories never place any emphasis on the fact that it isn't going to happen, cannot happen, and that they simply don't have the votes to override an Obama veto. The media ought to be explaining to the puiblic that this is political theater, not anything with a chance of happening. And after it fails (either in the senate, or at the veto, or at the sustaining of the veto, or wherever, then the media is going to have to explain how, in hindsight, it was never gonna get through in the first place, and that it was all a sham, and the media knew it but didn't say anything.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Well 'Mudge, the hed on the actual article apparently had a little more room:

"House GOP to resume health-care repeal effort, but with more civil tone"

But the article does fail to mention the futility of the effort, true.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 14, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Drink your tea and get back into bed.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Poooooooooor Snukie! *faxing ginger tea to ya*

And, putting that form of the plague into perspective, I just got word that big brother (the 3 year old) in Zambia came down with malaria on Tuesday, after attending his school for the first time on Monday (no connection, I'm sure. He apparently loves school, and didn't even cry when mommy left. I suspect he's the type who will walk out the door and never look back.). He's on the appropriate meds now, but geez that's a tough enough disease for adults to withstand, and for a 3 year old it can be devastating. Good thing there's an uncle who's a physician over there.

Gotta jump into some work with enough gusto to make things happen. Will lurk from time to time, and maybe even squeak in a comment or two. Toodles.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 14, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

How's this-

"GOP Hopes to Reverse Obamacare, but first a little roo-roo!"

Posted by: kguy1 | January 14, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Excellent.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The headline on my iGoogle page says "Berlusconi probed in prosecution case". Apparently I'm 12 because this has me giggling.

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 14, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The headline on my iGoogle page says "Berlusconi probed in prosecution case". Apparently I'm 12 because this has me giggling.

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 14, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Believe it or not (although I know you'll beieve it), I got a Moveable Type error on my single word "Excellent" post.

They need to take that damned thing into the shop for its 10,000-error checkup.

And rotate the tires.

Piece of crap app.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon, the media will "never apologize, never explain." And the news cycle pushes stories away so fast readers would not know what any apology or explanation referred to.

Posted by: nellie4 | January 14, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Okay, I am hereby creating at this very moment a new piece of IM (Internet messaging, not Ivansmom) shorthand:

POCC: piece of crap app.

And just for no reason other than it lifts my spirits (it's what I'm listening to):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08e9k-c91E8&feature=related

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

cowhand, that is funny, the headlines on my igoogle page quite frequently make me giggle.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 14, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Jokes from today's Sinfest page:

Your mama is so slow that her de Broglie wavelength is observable on macroscopic scales!

Your mama is so big that she has mass whether or not the Higgs Boson exists!

I just pass 'em along, folks. Can't explain 'em - though I was able to honestly chuckle at the second one.

As you were.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 14, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

A similar headline for you cowhand,

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/silvio-berlusconi-for-probe-on-underage-callgirl/story-e6frg6so-1225988106048

Posted by: dmd3 | January 14, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Okay, everyone, put on your sorrowful faces and prepare to go, "Awwwwwwwww, gee, that's too bad:"

"Hundreds of major donors have abandoned the Republican National Committee, leaving it $20 million in debt and threatening its future as a central player in the 2012 presidential election."

Sniff. I'm all verklempt.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

The interesting thing, Mudge, is that some donors are still giving to other conservative political funds - just not to the RNC, and in many cases not as much. That seems like a pretty clear indictment of current RNC management, despite the midterm election results.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 14, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I-mom;

Belly laughs always make a fella feel bettah, thanks much. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 14, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Somehow I had never caught the actual title of the proposed legislation to kill the health care reforms. It is:
>>>>>>>>>>>>
H.R. 2 - To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions
in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act’’.
<<<<<<<<<<<<<

That is sweet!

Posted by: bobsewell | January 14, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I picture Rep. Cantor's wife watching C-Span coverage of the vote.

She rolls her eyes but then starts to grin and leaves her betrothed a voice mail on his cell.

"Eric, honey, when you get home make sure you take out the job-killing garbage and wash the job-killing dishes before you turn in. Thanks."

Posted by: baldinho | January 14, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the only jobs they think will be killed are those in the health insurance companies. Not nearly enough of those employees will be able to buy private jets or yachts, and think of all those purveyors who will be unemployed as a result.

Slippery slope, you guys!

Posted by: ftb3 | January 14, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Friday frivolity for you, this bothers me as I hate Comic Sans, it is used a lot at my work,

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/will-this-font-make-you-smarter/article1869998/

Posted by: dmd3 | January 14, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

My font doth killed the boodle.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 14, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

This is priceless!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxXlDyTD7wo

Posted by: kguy1 | January 14, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: kguy1 | January 14, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone besides me think that "Reince Priebus" sounds like a disease?

My doctor found a lump. They think it's Reince Priebus.

We make allowances for Timmy, he's a Reince Priebus child.

Dad has late onset Reince Priebus.

Men who take this medication on a regular basis may experience Reince Priebus.

If you, or someone you know, has Reince Priebus, call the Cochran Firm today.

Posted by: kguy1 | January 14, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Wait, I thought the health care repeal effort was a principled stand about the role of government in America and what the Congress can mandate for individuals. This is an area in which responsible adults can disagree. The name of the bill seems to suggest the repeal effort is a cynical political attempt to put Congressional Democrats and the Administration on the "wrong" side of the debate.

Shocked! Shocked I say!

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 14, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey, IMom, cannot find that on SinFest and so want to share the link with nerdies I know....help?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 14, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Haha, dmd! I think yours is even better!

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 14, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

After all the heartbreak over the shooting, maybe it would be good to relax with an evening of the comedic stylings of Larry the Cable Guy and the crooning of Pure Prairie League.

Then again, maybe not.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/01/sarah-palin-to-speak-at-gun-co.html

Posted by: baldinho | January 14, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

kguy, the Doctrine of Reince Priebus was a mideval practice of generating positive cash flow to ransom political prisoners. It stems from the Latin [lit. "let us disentangle the reins"] used in France, the Low Countries and Germany when one of their nobles happened to be transitting to or from a crusade (repeal of necromancy legislation, for instance) and got kidnapped for ransom, viz. Richard the Lionhearted.

According to some murky legends, the practice got started when a knight of the Burgundian province, Seur Guy de Boehner, found himself taken hostage by a rogue Hungarian count. A ransom demand was duly sent off to Burgundy, which at that point in time was experiencing a severe drought in its wine vineyards, and found itself 20 million francs in debt. Some genius decided to hire a professional fundraiser, a Moor of limited experience. Alas, he was not able to raise the necessary funds, and de Boehner languished (although in style) and worked on his tan (he was distantly related to William of Orange, by the way).

This led to the concept of lèse majesté (from the Latin, laesa maiestas, "injured majesty"), which you've all heard of. The Burgunidia noble took their revenge upon the hapless Moor, and summarily booted him out of France with the sign "Lese est Moor" strapped to his chest.

Meanwhile, somewhere in darkest Hungary, Guy de Boehner was developing severe gastrointestinal distress due to an excess of paprika in his diet. It was giving him severe heartburn ("coeur de fe") and finally the compassionate Hungarians let him go home. Grateful beyond measure, de Boehner order his staff to re-design his family crest and place upon it a new motto commemorating his experience in captivity, which, I'm sure you'll all remember from history, is "Coeur de fe delenda est."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mudge Tt historical moment.

CqP, those jokes were in my ad bar immediately below today's cartoon.

I am waiting at the Apple store to talk to a geek about working on my iPad. At this rate I'll figure out the answers myself.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 14, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Good, mudge. Although wouldn't it be "Coeur de fer?" Or am I missing a joke?

Posted by: ArmyBrat1 | January 14, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Imom...totally do not see that. Only see KinderGoth cartoon ad...sigh....very funny though.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 14, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Carthago delenda est, Mudge?

That's the worst pun on that I've seen yet, certainly worthy of a Punic war.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 14, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

kguy - That prank was pretty darned funny.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 14, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Are you questioning my command of the French language, AB???

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

probably more like questioning my own. But I'm familiar with the term "Coeur de fer." It's from "Justine." :-)

Never heard of "Coeur de fe."

Posted by: ArmyBrat1 | January 14, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Front page teaser in the NYT. I am not making this up:

"Law enforcement officials said Friday that they had multiple photos of Jared L. Loughner posing with a Glock 9mm gun next to his naked buttocks and dressed in a bright red g-string."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Who besides Joel has been getting riled up?

http://www.theawl.com/2011/01/the-gulf-oil-spill-reputation-cleanup

Posted by: yellojkt | January 14, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Is it from "Justine" (you mean the Lawrence Durrell "Justine"?)? I didn't know, though I read it 40 years ago.

No, it was just a mash-up from "auto de fe." I needed it to rhyme with Khadda-fey.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to slap this writer upside the haid:

"In this climate, saying that Loughner is a terrorist implies that the pro-gun side is not simply wrong, but moreover a threat to the security of the United States."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/14/AR2011011403054.html

I mean, talk about illogical -- there's no need to bring the "pro-gun" side into the conversation. Reports indicate there's evidence the attack was premeditated, so perhaps "tragedy" isn't entirely accurate. Only the trial will tell. *shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 14, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

um, no, the other "Justine", written by the French nobleman that Napoleon threw in jail for 13 years for writing that book, and another one about the sister of the title character.

(That's all the hints I'll give; the rest you'll have to Google. :-)

Posted by: ArmyBrat1 | January 14, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

auto de fe' is portuguese/spanish== act of faith. Faith is foi in French; fire is feu.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 14, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

We won't know if he is/was a terrorist until we learn what he was trying to achieve. Was he trying to terrorize people? If he was, he is/was a terrorist. If he wasn't, he is/was not.

Am I being too simple?

If he was whacked out and thought that the world was all wrong and filled with doodyheads that didn't get it and he somehow thought that killing this woman he was fixated on would fix things, he was not a terrorist. He was insane.

Two different things.

Posted by: baldinho | January 14, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I was going for feu, left the "u" off.

Hey, making complex puns in three languages on the spur of the moment ain't easy, ya know. When one is illiterate in that language, it's even tougher. But I don't think of it as "ignorant"; I just call it being "smart-challenged."

AB, I believe I may have read that other Justine as well, 40-some years ago.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Methinks the red g-string might have been a tip-off as to his terrorist leanings.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

My point exactly, baldinho -- the writer's fairly whacked-out hisself trying to drag "the pro-gun side" into the discussion.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 14, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Um, don't you mean the "spoor of the moment"?

Posted by: kguy1 | January 14, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Pearlstein's latest column explains why the US Chamber of Commerce will continue to agitate for health care repeal, while other business groups will quietly quash the notion. Klein, too.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2011/01/theres_no_job-killing_health-c.html

Slate has a nice piece on dreaming, the Dickian version. "Scrims behind scrims."
http://www.slate.com/id/2281140/pagenum/all/#p2

The dream sequence in the musical "Fela" makes impressive use of a scrim. Saw that, via broadcast, yesterday. I'm getting very impressed by what high-def theatrical broadcast can show. We're fortunate to have Met opera and National Theatre locally. I have no idea what to expect of the forthcoming "Frankenstein" at the National, directed by Danny Boyle, him of "Slumdog Millionaire"

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 14, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele has withdrawn from the RNC race. Awwwwwwwww.

Posted by: kguy1 | January 14, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Here be a favorable review of "Here be Dragons", a recent book on biogeography. It's supposed to be free access.
http://www.jstor.org/stable/full/10.1525/bio.2011.61.1.13

For me, watching red birds visiting the red flower heads of ohia trees in the Kauai cloud forest was to fully realize that the ancestors of trees, birds, everything, had somehow crossed vast swathes of the Pacific to reach some of the most isolated dry land on the planet. Maybe as strange, seeing a Florida bush whose nearest relative is from the San Diego area. It lives in an area with Florida scrub-jays, western birds isolated in the east. Or maybe Tohoku, Japan, whose forest trees are strikingly like those of the American Northeast.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 14, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

If the Governor of Maine had already made plans before being asked to join the party for MLK Day, why was it necessary to say, they could kiss his butt, or something on that order?

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 14, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, Governor LePage's remarks have to be worthy of some sort of "what was he thinking?" award.

Jon Stewart, are you listening?

Posted by: MsJS | January 14, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

When it comes to butts, some people govern from the left, some people govern from the right, and some people govern from the middle.

Posted by: baldinho | January 14, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I am not a gun guy, but if he was posing with his glock and a thong, that seems that to him the gun was a toy or an extension of some part of toughguyness.

Most people don't think of guns like that.

People that think that way are the ones that usually get into trouble with their guns.

Posted by: baldinho | January 14, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

@baldinho: *snort*

Posted by: MsJS | January 14, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

That does seem a tad freudian, yes.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 14, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

That geek girl was great! She got me firmly fixed in the cloud and all my stuff synced, and even told me how I can do something useful (other than Boodle I mean) with my new toy.

Here's a fun concept a friend of mine is putting together: taking the CO2 byproduct from natural gas power plants, using it to feed algae, concentrating the algae into a slurry, feeding it to cattle. End result: cattle with marbling from healthy Omega-3 fats. And not fishy-tasting, neither! He gave us a presentation today. He was thinking about this because he has a power plant, he already breeds a special strain of cattle, and was using the CO2 byproduct to feed algae, in order to sequence the CO2 and reduce the amount ultimately released into the air. Originally I think the idea was to use algae as biofuel, but that is too expensive right now. It makes good cattle feed, though.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 14, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

You know, MsJS, I don't think the words were given much thought, and if that's the case, as it seems to be, the intended recepients of those words were given even less. How much success can a governor or any elected official have when a segement of the population is completely written off.

Oh well, some things change, some stay the same.

Micheal Steele couldn't get the votes? I thought they loved this guy? The new face of the Republican Party? Non?

Just saw the baby! My daughter came by for a little while. I got a chance to feed him, and of course, change him too.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 14, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

...and if your barn ever catches fire, you can use the cows to put the fire out!

No, I don't think that's gonna work...

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, it seems I've killed the boodle, so time for bed. It's been a long day. Have a good evening, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 14, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

...or, as a friend of mine e-mailed me today:

"Hey RNC, how's that Mikey Steeley thing working out for ya (wink)?"

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid that there is some kind of connection between the CO2 and methane, Mudge, when cows are involved. This might not result in the cattle as fire extinguishers.

We offered to act as a steak taste test focus group, in case he wants yet another test showing the cows don't taste like fish. He got this idea (remember, he already had the power plant, the CO2 and the cows) studying salmon farms, where he noticed the good Omega-3 filled salmon were fed on algae. This guy has a fascinating mind. If I had any money, I'd invest in his company and have more. However, that first "if" pretty much takes care of that.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 14, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I was worried about the CO2 and the methane, too, IM. It'd be like a violent explosion that puts itself out.

But like you, I'm willing to volunteer to be a taste-tester. I already take omega-3 capsules, but if I can get my daily dose inside a porterhouse, I am more than willing to try.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

That was his feeling too, Mudge. One of the attendees asked why he was using cattle, rather than chicken or pork. I wanted to say "duh". His better phrasing was that people eat a lot of cows.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 14, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, I survived the worst part of staying home under the weather -- daytime TV.

I managed to avoid Oprah and Suze Orman interrog... I'm sorry, "interviewing"

wait for it...

Octomom

*running reeeeeeeely quickly to the bathroom*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 14, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I will say that I think the Maine governor thing is a bit overblown. He seems to be a shoot-off-at-the-mouth guy, based on some of the stuff he has said in the last year.

Do I think he particularly cares what the NAACP thinks? No I do not. Do I think he is a "tough guy" partisan that loves saying things like "kiss my butt"? Yes I do.

I don't necessarily think that he is a bad guy, though. For now, to me, he is simply an indelicate guy. A mad as hell guy. We will see how he does as governor for a bit before we say he is a bad guy.

I appreciate that others can disagree with me, particularly others on the receiving end of the invitation.

Posted by: baldinho | January 14, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Burpee Cows

Posted by: yellojkt | January 14, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

baldinho, I truly hope he's an effective governor. I just happen to be one of those folks who think a simple "my schedule is quite full" type of response engenders more political good will than "kiss my butt."

Posted by: MsJS | January 14, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

*poking it with a stick, but it appears to be inert*

It's daid, Jim.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 14, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I would say "ill-mannered" at best, baldinho, except that LePage's behavior doesn't seem to warrant the best interpretation at this point. Being "tough" might "get things done" in the short term, but the things done thereby aren't always the most appropriate for long-term progress, IMHO.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 14, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm around, I'm just not very interesting. No since in boring y'all.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 14, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

*yawn*

Posted by: ftb3 | January 14, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The new RNC chairman reminds me of Pee Wee Herman. Bet he's not as funny.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 14, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I dunno. Steele was a riot.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 14, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Rinse Prius looks and sounds like the illegitimate offspring of Rush Limbaugh and Stuart Smalley.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 14, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, it makes you wonder. The Maine governor was elected with 38 percent in a three way race. NH had a similar governor win a few terms back (when the GOP candidate was bound to win the general) that won a three-way primary with 36 percent. He was horrible, and lost in a very GOP year 2 years later.

Mr. Kiss My Butt may mellow or get a boot in his you know what. He is likely on thin ice to start, since he won with only the 38 percent.

I bet Mr. Kiss My Butt thinks his telling the NAACP to go hang will help him out though. I bet it will with his suporters. Not so much the others.

Posted by: baldinho | January 14, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Pee Wee Herman, I went looking for his bicycle today, but never found the door to the basement.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/5355647985/

Posted by: yellojkt | January 14, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

The political party to which I belong is holding a "Bleeding Heart Liberal Ball" on St. Valentine's Day. I think that's fabulous!

Posted by: Yoki | January 14, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Another country heard from: Senator McCain has an excellent editorial in today's Post about the President's speech in Arizona.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/14/AR2011011403871.html

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 14, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/08/the-shot-pee-wee-herman-watches-anderson-cooper/

I read McCain's editorial and thought it was pretty good, except for how he thinks Obama was defending a certain person. But it was quite generous, for McCain.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 15, 2011 12:04 AM | Report abuse

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47626.html

Posted by: seasea1 | January 15, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

bicycle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CTPLUcQAjk

Posted by: -jack- | January 15, 2011 12:23 AM | Report abuse

uh, folks, they aren't called "editorials." They are called "op-eds." Only the publication itself can write an editorial. Stuff submitted by other people are op-eds, or sometimes opinion pieces, or whatever.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 15, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Will be back up in 5 hours or so to make a drive up to the NYC area for some familial festivites.

I'm not planning to tell anyone to kiss my butt, but I'm not ruling it out.

Not sure what to make of the new RNC guy, but I imagine he's good with money.

Or is that 'with good money'?
I dunno.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | January 15, 2011 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Noted, Mudge.

Yoki, that sounds like fun!

Posted by: seasea1 | January 15, 2011 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Off on a tangent-- of all the parts of my anatomy I'd like kissed, butts rank relatively low on that list.

Is it some kind of fetish? No, no need to show me any visual evidence, thank you.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 15, 2011 12:34 AM | Report abuse

On to the typography wars.
http://www.slate.com/id/2281146

I'm guilty of double-spacing those, but I did learn how to type (badly) on a typewriter and that's what I was taught in English class. I'm trying to break the habit, but it's erratic. It's easier for me to just do a search and replace on replacing two spaces with one. Voila!

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 15, 2011 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm a double-space person. I feel crammed without that extra space.

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 15, 2011 3:20 AM | Report abuse

We’ve got 3 months of constant rain. There have been many evenings when the rain is neither very heavy nor light, and it just goes on and on and on for several hours non-stop. The monotone drives me bonkers.

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 15, 2011 3:36 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Hello rainforest, is your rain related to the same systems that have been flooding Queensland?
We are flirting with 0F/-18C this morning, for the first time I think this year. It's been a mild, largely snowless winter until now. We're supposed to get 2-4 in. today, we'll see. I'm skeptical.
The microwave stopped working this week. The first one we had lasted about 15 years, the second one 5 years (that one had a spectacular end: the magnetron exploded and spewed sparks and short flames until I tripped the breaker manually) and this one is just over a year old, still on warranty though. That "made in China" stuff isn't always the best apparently.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 15, 2011 6:13 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. I miss my grandsons. I haven't seen them in awhile. I text them, sometimes they answer, sometimes they don't. I guess they're busy with friends and school.

I don't know why I'm up so early, not going anywhere, just got tired of the bed.

In the Post this morning, Ronald Reagan's son thinks his father had Alz..disease while in office. He tells of an occasion where his father needed medical attention and the doctors sort of put that out, not in a good way. How sad for him. None know what illnesses we will have at our end. We should be good to one another, always seeing ourselves in our brothers and sisters shoes. We love our parents, and don't care for those that make fun of them in health or sickness.

Well time to line up the meds, it will take me all day to get through them. The kids are in school today, trying to make up for the time out.

Slyness, people in your city upset about Martin Luther King day also? I usually try to attend the events on that day, but this year don't really feel that good. We'll see.

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 15, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

sd, I think it is. This year Queensland gets it really bad. Nov to Jan is the raining season for us. Sometimes the weather would go mad and stretch the raining season to Feb.

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 15, 2011 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod,

On the scale of sexual practices, anilingus, aka rimming or salad tossing (that euphemism based on a Chris Rock comedy routine), is not obscure enough to merit a John Waters movie but is common enough to be a plot point in Clerks 2.

Here are some clinical informative websites in increasing order of explicitness that discuss the act and the techniques. All are informative and non-pornographic although the last does have some Joy of Sex style line drawings.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-sex/201004/rimming-the-curious-couples-guide-oral-anal-play

http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1414.html

http://www.toss-my-salad.com/

I'm not trying to gross you out or offend your sensibilities, but the more people know, well, the more they know.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 15, 2011 7:04 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Analingus

Here is the Chris Rock routine that brought the phrase 'toss my salad' into the public vernacular. Do I need to say that it is astoundingly not safe for work?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPaZ6FymGmA

And in Clerks 2 they discuss in fairly explicit language the etiquette of kissing after analingus:

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

Which is also one of the funnier jokes in the movie 'Whipped' starring Amanda Peet. Believe it or not, most of the joke makes the trailer (right about the 1:25 point if you don't want to watch the whole thing).

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2148664089/

Posted by: yellojkt | January 15, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!!! *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSS*

Drive safely, bc, and give the family some Boodle *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSS* for us!

Yeah, baldinho, that's pretty much it -- the more you focus on your narrow base, the easier it is to fall smack dab on your... butt.

As far as McCain's op-ed, there's no doubt he's acting as proxy for someone apparently incapable of speaking so politely. I hear a certain undercurrent, however, of "stop pointing out my Neandertal opposition to repealing DADT," but perhaps I'm over-analyzing.

Nah.

*probably-not-properly-caffeinated-yet-so-gimme-a-few Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 15, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. Cassandra, I hope you're feeling well today and that's why you woke up early!

I can understand the furor about kids going to school on MLK Day, but I also understand the school administration's concern. They were off three days this week because of the weather, started late one day, and only Friday had a full day. And this in the middle of high school exams. They have to get the facetime in somehow.

My brother and family are due in about an hour. My niece is swimming in an invitational meet here this afternoon, tomorrow afternoon, and Monday morning. We're looking forward to seeing them. Gotta get the rest of the housecleaning done, so later, folks.

Posted by: slyness | January 15, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, the organization I've retired from required double spacing after each period. You had to check to ensure that the spaces were double.

The situation in Queensland is grim. Here's an articulate column by Germaine Greer:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/15/australian-floods-queensland-germaine-greer

On the issue of farming causing erosion, a recent study in Massachusetts showed that most of the state's coastal wetlands are the result of massive erosion caused by farming. In southeastern Pennsylvania, loss of soil was minimal until the beaver ponds were destroyed (streams were beaver meadows with linear water flow, like today's Everglades). Once the Europeans arrived, the meadows disappeared, the streams cut into their beds, and sediment got into the big rivers. Of course the modern geography of the Potomac in Washington and Arlington is the result of soil streaming off of farm fields.

One of America's great successes from the 1930s onward was erosion control. I'm not sure that's continuing.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 15, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

'Morning everybody. Anyone who has any familiarity with Alzheimer's disease does not find it 'news' that Reagan suffered from it while still in office. The fact that it wasn't diagnosed then probably had a lot to do with not wanting any 'paper trail' of evidence. You'll never convince me that there weren't a lot of knowing looks cast among his aides, friends and family.

Hope you're feeling better Scotty. Very cold here today. Our snow cover has solidified into white ice. Just errands and chores on my list for today. Maybe a movie later on tonight...

Posted by: badsneakers | January 15, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Mudge. The op-ed/editorial distinction is duly noted.

yello, that's an interesting way to start the morning.

Regarding the McCain op-ed, while it certainly seems possible (even likely) he could be running interference for the unnamed, is there really any harm in taking him at his word and the piece as a whole at face value? Not that I can see.

Mind you, I don't think any of these highfalutin calls for civility or rhetoric or peace with honor (not sure why that showed up but feels right) will make a bit of difference in the larger public discourse. The communications medium is too fractured and the shift away from hard news to constant talking heads and punditry is (as someone ably said earlier) better rewarded the more rancorous the tone.

So, all we really have control over is our personal discourse. And there's always room for personal improvement (at least among my person).

And with that, I'm off to the bank. I lost my ATM card some time ago and the new one hasn't arrived yet. This all cash existence is a bit of a pain but it's actually been a good exercise because I'm thinking a lot more about each purchase.

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 15, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Yello, I will never again hear the closing theme song of "Frasier" the same way.

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 15, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Tried to type something, and it disappeared as I was typing. Hmmmm.

Anyway, Reagan's disease was a closely-held secret while he was in office, an open one once he was out of office. A few years ago, a reporter (Diane Sawyer? I just remember it was a woman) publicly said she knew of it at the time. Like her or not, it's Nancy's picture that belongs in the Presidential Portrait Gallery, not Ron's.

Off to enjoy the Great Outdoors. Go Ravens. (Or is it Go Steelers? Two teams I like, tough choice.)

Posted by: LostInThought | January 15, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

I tend to agree with you, sneaks. That said, it was a long while back and I'd just as soon move on. I wonder what made his son speak out now, though.

TWC is heading into its three coldest weeks of the year, based on historical averages. There will be hot beverages available 7:30am-7:30pm central time from now through February 5.
-hot water (kindly bring your own tea)
-coffee (regular and decaf)
-cocoa (whipped cream available upon request)
-cider (ditto cinnamon sticks)

pj, we await your picks.

I'm off to find something mindlessly amusing. Or amusingly mindless.

Posted by: MsJS | January 15, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"Or amusingly mindless."

I've been here for hours, MsJS...

*hurt*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 15, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Ahh, but you have come down with a gooey illness, Scotty.

I have no readily available excuse.

Get well soon.

Posted by: MsJS | January 15, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Have you noticed, Snukie, that when you've got the tummy crummies and you watch daytime TV, practically every commercial is one having to do with food? I think they do that on purpose.

Hoping you're on the mend.

One more errand to do this afternoon, and then I'm in for the duration. Gotta get my tax stuff in order, as well as do some "real" work. It is very pretty out, though, even if it is frigid. I must admit (and I do believe I'm in the minority) that I prefer freezing to sweltering.

Toodley Boodley for now.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 15, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Map with education & income. Good use of graphics, surpassing similar maps I have already seen.
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663036/infographic-of-the-day-do-smarter-people-make-more-money

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 15, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Neat map, Jumper. My county is peachy-orangey -- that's a college town for you. All those over-educated, (comparatively) underpaid folks. I do have a quibble with the site you linked to, though not with the map's creators. They title it "Do smarter people make more money?" While the title on the map's home website is "Are the richest Americans also the best educated?" The latter is much more accurate, in my view. I really don't like the conflation of smartness and education level. If you're talking about graduate degrees, maybe, but I doubt there's much correlation between intelligence and college degrees, much less high school diplomas. Opportunity/expectation/socioeconomic status has got to play at least as big a role as "smarts."

Posted by: -bia- | January 15, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I smell the same kind of management here as we saw in the Gulf recently:
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011301140040

A failing retaining wall.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 15, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Good Afternoon everyone.
First a special thanks to all boodlers who sent the care package after my sister's passing.This morning my mother ate the last piece of what she calls"the bloggers".It was quite delicious and so thoughtfull mear words can't describe how comforting it was.Thank you from mom,me and my family.

Now onto the moment at hand.Today at 4 or so is Ravens/Steelers III.The game for all the marbles.Since it is in Pittsburgh,I won't be going.But I will venture up to my brother's house for the big party.I thought when we played in Pittsburgh in week 4,we stole the game in the last minute,when the was here in week 12,they stole that game from us in the last minute.So here we go for the grudge match.As always it should be a closely contested game with each possesion and yard fought over with toe to toe toughness.I think it will come down to who can pass the best.That's a tough one because Big Ben is a proven efficient passer and by far the toughest hard-nosed quarterback in the leauge.Joe Flacco erased many demons last week in KC,but it will be tough in Pittsburgh.But being a homer,I am going with Joe and the Ravens in 24-17 win.

Thirdly,it has been real nice in Baltimore this past week.Everyone wearing purple and honking their horns at each other.People has been polite and let you into the traffic.That is unless you are a Steelers fan,which here in Baltimore there are a lot.

A great rivalry on hand later today,pretty nasty game ahead.I am looking forward to it and hopefully wearing my purple next week as we move on to the AFC Championship.

Have a Great day everyone and enjoy the games today,I also like the packers over the falcons in game 2.

GO RAVENS!!!

Purple with Envy

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 15, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, gwe (or is that pwe today?)!

Seems to have clouded over pretty quickly since this morning. I guess I should go out and pick up my prescription refill.

*inertia*

Posted by: ftb3 | January 15, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Snuke, feel better soon. Have you noticed that FTB has changed your name to 'Snukie?' That seems awfully close to 'Snooki.' Are you perhaps a guido? Ever spend any time at Fort Dix?

GWE, thanks for the heads up about the football game. I think that will be a perfect time for me to go to the supermarket!

Posted by: rickoshea11 | January 15, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I was only in Dix for my final discharge, rickoshea, and since I'm not orange, I'll remain confident I'm far far far far far far far far away from... THAT. *shivers*

And I'm feeling better, thanks all. Felt well enough to jog, in fact, but I was concerned I might not be too visible, as my jogging pants and jacket are black. Never fear, the path was still snow-covered. *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 15, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

rickoshea, I wish I could find a good time slot to go to the supermarket. I tried to make a quick stop for some basics (I forgot the list) after going to the bank this morning. I drove around the lot for about 15 minutes before it occurred to me that if it was going to take that long to find a valid parking space I probably didn't really want to be inside anyway.

The upshot is that it's dinner out tonight!

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 15, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I think today of the incredible democratizing effect the combination of cable TV and the internet has had on politics.

I think that there always were a lot of Americans who were very partisan. They always said and did partisan things. They were somewhat isolated, though, as the few national TV channels were loathe to really be partisan or show openly partisan people.

The partisans were a sprawling army of ones, or at best a network of small, local partisan pockets. Sure, there were statewide movements and regional inclinations, but most of the partisan activity was kept out of the public eye.

The expansion of cable television to hundreds of channels opened up the airwaves to more partisan outlets, and the internet allows all those armies of one to coalesce.

Bing bam boom, the partisans now dominate. They, the minority, used to be held back. Now freedom of choice means they never will be held in check again.

Posted by: baldinho | January 15, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Cowhand, there is NO good time to go to the supermarket in Greater Boston. They're all crazy crowded all the time.

I spent my life circling the Porter Sq. Star Market lot, and it was a nightmare. When I moved to Cambridge, I switched to the Star on Mt. Auburn St, and it was just as bad.

Moving to the Chicagoland area (as it's called) changed my life. Wide straight streets and ample parking in the suburbs were a revelation.

It's easy here too, on the shore of the Chesapeake.

Posted by: rickoshea11 | January 15, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Porter Square was the scene of my recent failed attempt to procure comestibles. It is almost always crazed.

Of course, since there's no food in the house I'm just killing time until the restaurant opens at 5. I suspect it's going to crowd up quick with the football game on since it's important to get the all important seat with a good view of the television.

Supposed to get a dusting or so of snow here tonight. Less than an inch they say. Just enough to make everything real slick all over again.

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 15, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

CNN's reporting Giffords is off the ventilator and breathing on her own! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 15, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Good news, that.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 15, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Cowhand, Is the restaurant you're referring to the Highland Kitchen, which used to be Virgie's a neighborhood tavern for old, single men?

I hear it's quite the place now. It's amazing how much the Ville has changed since I moved away. I blame the red line extension! Now it's a hipster heaven.

And people seem to really want to live there!

Posted by: rickoshea11 | January 15, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Stating the obvious but the supermarkets in the suburbs have lots of parking and are hardly ever jammed. Altho' last Tuesday before the storm, ours did double their projected daily gross. However, it still wasn't nuts and the parking lot still had room.

Really good news about Giffords. I prefer to think that the combined prayers and good thoughts of so many must be helping too.

Interesting football game, very intense.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 15, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, this is a very intense football game, sneaks. Lots of sore bodies tomorrow and the lucky winner gets to play again next week.

Posted by: -pj- | January 15, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the joys of having handicapped plates and parking near the store.

It was over 30 years ago, but I have many memories of the Star Market in Porter Sq., most not repeatable in a family blog.

Like ros, my memories of Somerville are pre-red line extension and it was the place to move out of. Had one of the highest rates of alcoholism in the state back then. Amazing what can happen over time.

Great news about Rep. Giffords.

Posted by: MsJS | January 15, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

For those who care, the Ravens and Steelers are tied at 24 with about 3:30 to go in regulation time.

Posted by: MsJS | January 15, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

This is some nail-biter. Steelers up by a TD, Falco just went 4 and out, can't stop the clock, so it's all over.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 15, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

That was a great game to watch.

Here is another example of why I am generally opposed to governments giving huge tax breaks to businesses to develop in their state or town.... they are prone to leaving for a better deal.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/15/business/energy-environment/15solar.html?_r=1&hp

Posted by: baldinho | January 15, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Stillers.

Posted by: gmbka | January 15, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I feel badly for gwe.

Posted by: Yoki | January 15, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty happy for me and the Habs, though! Don't need my crying towel this period.

Posted by: Yoki | January 15, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Yoki. Been thinkin 'boutcha.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 15, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey, 'mudge! All is well. You know how to find me.

Posted by: Yoki | January 15, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I frequented the Star Market in Porter Square too. In fact, I lived across the street. For the two years I had my car in Somerville, I almost never drove it. I'd find a parking space on the street near my triple-decker, park and leave it there. The Red Line stopped in Porter Square, and it was a short walk from campus anyway. I never tried to park in the Star parking lot.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 15, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

This sounds disturbingly like the Star Chamber, but perhaps I've read too much history and English novels. Still, I see you all circling, circling, in your richly-embroidered robes and asking rather tricky questions. *I'm not very keen*

Posted by: Yoki | January 15, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Star Market was a local supermarket chain in the Boston area. It started in Watertown as a small grocery store owned by the Mugar family who were and are great philanthropists. I worked at two different Star Markets in high school and college. Neither was the one in Somerville however. Star Markets were bought out by Shaws supermarkets but before that they had been sold by the Mugars, I'm pretty sure.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 15, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

More like circling, circling in richly junked vehicles and trickily cursing at no open spots, Yoki, but you've got the idea.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 15, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Packers have scored 35 unanswered points, and the Falcons -- whom, alas, I have picked -- are a mere 4 touchdowns behind. But hey, I'm hoping they can stage a comeback. Of course, I'm also hoping I'll be six feet tall when I grow up.

*sigh*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 15, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm still not very keen!

Posted by: Yoki | January 15, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Just free associating:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx4Hjq6KwO0

Posted by: yellojkt | January 15, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

We're pretty keen on you, Yoki. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 15, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Are you sayin' it's windy, yello?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHpwzpaFI4g

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 15, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Most excellent, jack!

I've got a bit of Canadian dubstep here.

http://www.dubstep.ca/2010/01/

Posted by: Yoki | January 15, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Or non-Canadian, here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EicX8NT0WQg

Posted by: Yoki | January 15, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Georgia Dome's pretty darn empty at this point...

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 15, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I just realized that my Clerks II clip from this morning wasn't very ADA-compliant. Here are the IMDB quotes that cover most of it:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424345/quotes?qt0473362
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424345/quotes?qt0500585
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424345/quotes?qt0473356

That is one of the more highbrow philosophical exchanges in Clerks II. Kevin Smith is just one of those masters of dialog.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 15, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Frank Rich at the NY Times, on Rep. Gifford and an incident where someone at one of her parking-lot events happened to drop a pistol:

"The Tucson Tea Party co-founder, Trent Humphries, told The Arizona Daily Star afterward that this was a lie, that “nobody was threatening Gabby.” After Loughner’s massacre, Humphries was still faulting her — this time for holding “an event in full view of the public with no security whatsoever.”

I predicted as much. Since the federal government doesn't have the money, how about setting up a charity to raise money for bullet-resistent recreational vehicles for members of Congress?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 15, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Why, scottynuke, I'm blushing. Thanks, dear friend.

Posted by: Yoki | January 15, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

And here is the business part of the Chris Rock routine.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200529/quotes?qt0197189

And yes, byoolin, every time I hear the Frasier theme I snicker like a twelve-year-old trying to figure out what 'scrambled eggs' is a euphemism for.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 15, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

And this is sad. The mention of Trent Humphries is what makes me post it. Probably too soon for gunshot victims to be in the same room with him.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/15/AR2011011503603.html?hpid=topnews

In the gun-dropping incident, I don't believe anyone was charged, because Giffords herself didn't think she was threatened at the time. But it seems irresponsible to me to carry a gun in a crowd. Accidents and unfortunate events do happen.

I really hate guns.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 15, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I always thought The Association song was called 'Wendy' as in Wendy and Lisa who wrote the score for 'Heroes', the NBC series, not the David Bowie song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgcc5V9Hu3g

Posted by: yellojkt | January 15, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like this guy merits investigation.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 15, 2011 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Yello, I always thought it referred to crackpots and nutty eggheads. With tossed salad, that'd cover top-to-bottom dysfunction.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 15, 2011 11:35 PM | Report abuse

the past day has seen some weird threads. hinky zz top, just to go along. the depiction of the character that is the subject of this song is purely fictional. any resemblance to persons living or deceased is purely coincidental.

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

Posted by: -jack- | January 16, 2011 12:48 AM | Report abuse

topper, just because this is perhaps, imo, the best zz top album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBG5RVli60Q&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | January 16, 2011 1:03 AM | Report abuse

and finally, this. 2/3's of the other best 3 man r&r band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUseW_yJkpg&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=MLGxdCwVVULXc85B5TkGpqg73axrsGiJNJ

Posted by: -jack- | January 16, 2011 1:09 AM | Report abuse

hat. 2nd of the year.

saw the final 2.00 of the ravens/steelers match. don't watch much pro ball, but *that* was a good one.

still searching for pro hockey on the telly, so that i'm not caught unaware when the playoffs start.

Posted by: -jack- | January 16, 2011 1:13 AM | Report abuse

blues, just for gp's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-o-s-5eAXc

Posted by: -jack- | January 16, 2011 1:16 AM | Report abuse

To the sort-of-brave (but not really) person who suggested that maybe I was kidding, I give you:

Bob Sewell
571.278.4742
bobsewell@hotmail.com

If you really want my home address, I'll provide that too. Just contact me first at the phone number or e-mail address above.

Or come join "us" at the semi-regular get-together. Time & place is always posted here. Generally, McCormick & Schmick's on K St. (D.C.) every two or three months. I'll buy you some drinks & appetizers. Ask and you shall receive.

[This might seem odd, but it seemed necessary. Sorry for the interruption.]

Posted by: Bob-S | January 16, 2011 3:33 AM | Report abuse

On a completely different note, we saw the Signature Theater production of Sunset Boulevard yesterday and it is every bit as lush as the reviews have said. Here is a teaser trailer where you can hear the work of the 20 piece orchestra:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=724zjltfQfA&feature=player_embedded

And since they don't have any longer pieces online, here is a Glenn Close performance of one of the songs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0fJhH-otAc&feature=related

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 6:42 AM | Report abuse

It could only have been odder if it had been posted on March 3, 2033... *head tilt*

Quiet Sunday mornings that are the middle of a long weekend are good things, wouldn't you say? :-)

I'm perplexed by this NY Times piece:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/arts/television/16syfy.html

I mean, there's "campy bad" and then there's just plain awful, as Roger Corman explains in the article. I tend to think the SciFi Channel epics rarely show enough restraint to avoid crossing that line. *shrug*

I can only hope the SciFi production crew didn't attend this conference:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/science/earth/16flood.html

In happier news for foes of quackerific medicine:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/15/us/15nurses.html

*I've-done-enough-NYT-linking-damage-for-now-so-I'll-recaffeinate-for-another-round-soon Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 16, 2011 7:07 AM | Report abuse

I recall one of the Boodlers having lived in the Chinle, Arizona area. It's a little out of the way, but Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Park is one of the most beautiful underrated natural sites I have ever seen. Pictures have a hard time doing it justice.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/sets/72157625709708609/

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. This cold night had a silver lining: Northern Lights. It wasn't the more usual ribbons but they were rather long vertical "columns" of changing colours. Very nice. I'll check again tonight but the weatherman calls for -24C/-12F...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 16, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Perfect viewing weather, Shriek -- no crowds!!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 16, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Just stop by to wish everyone a great day, heading out the door for Sunday school and morning services. Won't you join me?

Scotty, hoping you are feeling better.

Slyness, I feel ok most of the time, but have a bad back and in pain a lot. I guess it shows, but don't mean to be a downer. There's nothing that can be done for the back problem. The doctor says it needs a mechanical fix. And still working on the pneumonia. Might help if I sat down somewhere, you know and just be quiet? You think?

Alrighty, you folks have a lovely day, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 16, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

What a bummer of a game last night.We just gave it away.I guess there is always next year.I did have fun watching and going to the games i did.I know it sounds crazy,but I am going to root for Pittsburgh now.Good luck to them.

No need to waste a perfectly good sunday being bummed.Out for a walk and then planning tonight's dinner.

Hopefully there will be some very big changes in my life coming soon.I will keep everyone posted.

Have a great day everyone!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 16, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Just got the news off a UK paper website that Susannah York died (72 -- cancer). And, somehow, I thought Mudge might be interested in that (and somewhat saddened, too).

Tried to sleep in this morning, but the internal clock knows what to do if that happens. Grrr.

Cya later.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 16, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh and convince me that I am not crazy.I just had a conversation with a Joe Flacco bobblehead.And everything I asked him he just kept shaking his head yes.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 16, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Shocking -- lawmakers want to keep buying a weapons system DoD has decided it can do without...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/15/AR2011011503602.html

Shocking, I say. *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 16, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Afternoon, all. No heat in the house today. We've called the folks to come and look at it. This is getting very old. Very, very, very old.

Cassandra, I hope you are working on getting rid of the pneumonia. That takes a while. And I hope the little one is all better now.

We will go shortly to watch my niece swim. I haven't done this enough to pick up on the nuances so all I see is a bunch of kids in the water. I am impressed how they all swim straight in their lanes.

Wilbrod, I had to chuckle when I saw the double space/single space story. I started with single spacing after I went to a seminar on newletters and other communications with employees. It's second nature to me now.

Posted by: slyness | January 16, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Another reason to like Tom Coburn.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110116/ap_on_re_us/us_state_of_the_union

Posted by: baldinho | January 16, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hope they get that heat going soon, Slyness!!! *HUGSSSSSS*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 16, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Was it just me, or did the fighters that overflew Soliders Field during the National Anthem actually launch flares?

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 16, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I thought the flares emanated from the area around Soldier Field, Scotty. But I have been deceived before.

Contrary to what you may be seeing on your TV, should you be watching the Seahawks-Bears game, it is NOT snowing in most of TWC area.

That thar is lake-effect snow. On the Ill-In-Oy side of Lake Michigan, those living more than 2 miles from said lake are not getting any.

Any snow, I mean.

Posted by: MsJS | January 16, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I missed the start of the game, I can't comment on the flares. I went for a walk with the VLP in a nearby forest. It was probably the last boot&gaiters outing; next time snowshoes will be necessary if the snow we've been promised materializes. The VLP was on the watch for rabbits and hares, alas none showed up even though there were plenty of tracks. The trek in the semi-deep snow tired him quite a bit and that's a good thing.

I'll keep on exploring the intertubes to find an easy substitute for Hollandaise sauce. I want to do Oyster Fiorentina without making the darn emulsified butter. Barring a simple substitute I'm afraid Mr. Béchamel will have to come to the rescue.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 16, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Alas, those yellow Livestrong bracelets probably wouldn't be great ideas for penguins, either.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110114155243.htm

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 16, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bechamel is always a good choice, but I'm not sure it's less work than Hollandaise.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 16, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Victory! I found a recipe of Ostriche alla Fiorentina (Oysters Florentine) that uses Béchamel!
I'm a semi-pro at Béchamel Wilbrod. Instead of 2 egg yokes and 150g of butter for the H we're talking 40-50g butter and 30-40g of flour + some milk for the B. I love Hollandaise but basically it is emulsified butter. It is absolutely mandatory on Asparagus and Fried Eggs (the Bunch of Champions) but the oysters do not need all that.

I yearn for ostrich meat and Swiss Chard in sauce now, why would it be?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 16, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

SCC The bRunch of champions...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 16, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a TD from Hasselbeck. Not that is is going to make a huge difference.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 16, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Florentine Ostriches, Shriek?

*suddenly, I'm confused*

And, because I haven't for awhile, I think it's time now:

*snort*

Posted by: ftb3 | January 16, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Bob S., I'd be interested if you'd report on any increases in auto spam after you have done this. Perhaps technology has improved enough. Long ago I did similarly, and had to get a new email address, the spam got so bad.

Today is Tex-Mex chicken and dumplings. The chicken stew is perked up with my homemade paprika from dried New Mexico and ancho chilies, (and some diced Anaheim and red bell pepper, and a bit of cumin) and the dumplings will incorporate masa.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 16, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone going to live blog the Golden Globes with me? I do not know enough about celebrities, movies, shows to follow along at Celebritology.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, Olivia Sild(e) all sparkly ina ball gown.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Ooops didn't have my glasses on, SCC Wilde

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I'll be watching the Golden Globes, but can't really live blog because the computer's in a different room. Also, dinner will intervene. But will be interested in what others have to say. I've hardly seen any movies - but love Ricky Gervais. Has the Red Carpet started already?

Posted by: seasea1 | January 16, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Well Red Carpet has started on E, eldest is freaking out over actors from Glee and Big Bang.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Former 2nd generation dictator Baby Doc Duvalier is back in Haiti. I thought he'd absconded enough money for the country to be not worth his bother.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 16, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

shriek, I'm probably too late, but I often substitute a savoury sabayon for hollendaise. *Much* more foolproof.

Posted by: Yoki | January 16, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

So far, I think Elizabeth Moss looks great - love the dark green dress. Helena Bonham Carter, OTOH, is in some train wreck of a dress and has different colored shoes - looks a bit desperate for attention. Natalie Portman looked gorgeous, but didn't get a good look at the dress yet.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 16, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Who is the way-too-skinny interviewer in the much-too-small dress? She is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

And I thought I had some amazingly inappropriate thoughts about Natalie Portman before, but I have now gone over the line. She is astoundingly gorgeous.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Which network are we watching? NBC?

Posted by: Yoki | January 16, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of potentential wardrobe malfunctions - January Jones - Oh My.

Don't know the name of the interviewer you mean, but eldest and I thought she is at least 20 lbs underweight.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

E! Yoki. Channel 22 on my cable.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

The pre-show runway cattiness is on E! Network with Ryan Seacrest. And Helena Bonham Carter redefines 'hot mess.'

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Eldest was saying earlier how much she admires Helena Bonham Carter, she loves the outfit - the unique FU quality of it, plus eldest refused to wear matching socks and has done for years - so she loved the different coloured shoes.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Ah! E! is not available to me. But I'll try to keep up.

Posted by: Yoki | January 16, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Julianne Philips (?) looking awful in a bizarra fushia gown.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, I know you're still a little under the weather...but ya gotta do something, man.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 16, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

On NBC -- Julianne Moore's red silk Lanvin color is surprisingly good on a pale red head...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

That is it Juliana Moore, sorry did not like the style of the dress, the one bat wing bothered me, a shout out to the 80's?

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- perhaps my color set is wrong....red is so tricky for pale redheads....I did not like the neck treatment but wondered if the red works...fushia!? Would not like that at all.

Christiana A's bodice is too small for her, even if she is promoting burlesque.. . I do like the black lace on a nude sheath idea though.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Not watching the GGs tonight (or the "pre-game"). I'm waiting for the Masterpiece Theater presentation of "Downton Abbey" (part 2). I got pretty hooked on it from last week's episode. It's not exactly "Upstairs Downstairs" but it's close enough to bring about appropriate flashbacks. I do like that stuff. What I also like and admire about British shows (TV or movies) is that most of the actors/actresses in them do not look all Botoxed into submission or are so thin that when they turn sideways they disappear. The faces tend to be ordinary, rather than so-gorgeous-one-loses-all-self-esteem-one-has-mustered-during-one's-life. The so-called gorgeous ones also make you focus on the physiognomy to take you beyond the fact that the gorgeous one cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, act his/herself out of a paper bag. There are, of course, exceptions.

That being said, I ought to read today's paper before it gets entirely too out of date (which it, of course, already is).

gwe -- condolences on the football game. Wait'll next year, eh? And Sneaks -- I haven't checked on the latest score, but I think your guys are being pummeled.

Gonna be a busy week, so I may lurk more than I post, if I can lurk at all. Cya.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 16, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

CqP is in the house! Now the party can start.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Dmd -- am seeing many asymmetrical necks with large bat wing and bleckies, nearly always, unless they are closed lined to the scapular and collar bones..

ANGelina JoLie -- rather matronly treatment in an emerald green gown with jeweled in-weaves....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Too small bodices seems to be a trend this evening.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, it was really warm here today, but do hope you get your heat working, really cold at night. Don't know how long this nice weather will last. The baby still has a cough but not quite as bad as before. Spoiled rotten already. I told him yesterday while holding him that he was a trip, he gave me a big grin.

And I saw my grandsons today, for a little while. They didn't stay long but I got a chance to hug them and kiss them. God is good.

Time to turn in, hope to get an update tomorrow on the fashion at the Golden Globe. You folks have a good evening.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 16, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Just say HBC and my goodness, with the origami bird neck folded fabric listing over one/half of her besoms....but, we must say that she is who she is, birdnest hair and all.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Tina's blue midnight satin with restrained rufafles is nice...but my goodness, a bit more in the undergarment would help.


Scarlet J nice in pale ballerina pink number, at least the color but the hair is bride-o-frankinstine to the back....

Do not like JJ's gladiator geared bodice...one of the besoms is squished more than the other....bleckies...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Amy Adams needs a smaller rosette.....and the fabric is laser cut and stiffened....would work if smaller...soft hair but needs a bit more polish.....nice color, very similar to Tina Fey's midnight blue...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Love Tina Fey's hair and the dress, I am a sucker for a velvet gown.

Halle Berre has nice foundation garments but I think she forgot the dress!

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Sofia Vergara...does not need attention to upper story..smoother bodice would look lovely and the red -- cardinal or vermilion is striking on her olive skin and lush chestnut locks....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching the GGs, but something very naughty just happened in the Pats game.

*sigh*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 16, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- loved TFey's hair....still looking for HBerry's dress....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- is it a dark grey spider thingie? If so, that is a dress to advertise the trainer...not soft at all....

Helen Mirren again -- classy!, in lemon yellow chiffon or perhaps a pear green...do not love the necklace competing with the jeweled straps...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Helen Mirren's Cartier necklace is *fabulous.*

Posted by: Yoki | January 16, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Lots of bright tomato red dresses - not my favorite color on anyone. And what's with all the bows? Catherine Zeta-Jones had a deep green gown - stunning - but she's stunning no matter what she wears.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 16, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Yoki -- love HM's necklace but not with those straps...so, love the necklace but strike the straps...

Catherine ZJones...lovely color but the skirt has odd folds in the front....like some of the folded fabric in the skirt but not those front flaps...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Love Clare Danes AND her dress.

Jennifer Love Hewitt is wearing one of those dog collar things they make dogs wear to keep them from licking whatever.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 16, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer LHewit in blue-white satin (white but with blue threads to make ultra white...nice color BUT the fluted excess on the besomss..

Michelle Williams in old Valentino -- Rosemary's Baby-era-escue with the 60s daisies...do not like the straps so much...and I think the color is better in person than on screen...fawn, I expect, with soft brown tones and not the grey-brown of taupe...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Getting antsy for Ricky Gervais. Here's his interview on NPR:
http://www.npr.org/2011/01/16/132937255/for-gervais-another-trip-to-the-globes-sans-script
The bit with Elmo is hysterical.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 16, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Agree about HM, like the dress and the necklace but not together. Love the colour of Catherine Zeta-Jones dress but like the others the bottom of the skirt a bit much for me - she is stunning though.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Anne Hathaway, milky chocolate with fully irridescent sequined fabric...and trust me...she is taped into the dress so that the mermaid back remains chaste...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Missed Claire Dane's dress...saw Natalie P...did not know she was expecting..nice lines and a lovely blush rosebud pink...the red flower thingie is too red and flowering....

Wow. I feel snarkie tonight....sorry.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I think they needed super glue for January Jones and I love Anne Hathaway's dress.

Tilda Swinton on the otherhand - looks have made,like the skirt is pinned to the top.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Uh...Alexa is anorexic, isn't she?

Loved the back of Hathaway's ...Hathaway's... Hathaway's...

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 16, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

That's our Tilda; have you ever seen her in anything you would dare wear? Like HBC, only more elegant usually.

Posted by: Yoki | January 16, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer Love Hewitt is auditioning for the title role in the film version of Venus On The Halfshell.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Is Alexa the Brit from NBC in red weighing about 80 lbs?

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Must find Tilda's Dress...and YJ -- VERY VERY VERY VERY GOOD on the oyster comment...now, only if the dress were in pearlescue grey

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I saw The Tourist. What is wrong with looking at Venice and Angelina Jolie for two hours? Not necessarily in that order.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Hollywood really doesn't like to laugh at themselves do they?

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- the cut and drape of that dress makes me think the same thing: hiding the gauntness...sad, really.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

yes, dmd.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 16, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, gervais is acid.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 16, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm just now seeing ScarJo; she looks like she's starring in Glamour Puss on the Prairie.

Posted by: Yoki | January 16, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I like Scarlette's dress...and that color is tricky both on screen and on skin...but lovely and lovely...hair is better from front than side...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

ScarJo's hair reminds me of the scene from Brigit Jones after the ride in the convertible. Dress was lovely though.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Yoki! You are funny...and yes, I think the sleeves make the dress move toward Gunny Sax by Jessica MacClintock...

Christian Bales looking like TOm Cruise and Jesus Christ superstar....


DO NOT LIKE THE GREY DRESSING THING with toilet tissue ruffles....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Not sure about the color of Katey Segal's dress...do not like the bodice on her gorgeous but aging besoms...

love her little folded note paper... how sweet...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Piper Perabo looked nice in black with a soft shoulder thingie.....I think that Kira Sedgewick in orange...the color looked surprisingly good...but not sure about the feathering shoulder folds...

Wow. I feel really snarkie tonight...am I usually this acid or are the clothes more theatrical or runway than usual?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I think more theatrical, lots of 80's touches, a few with some serious shoulder pads.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Just started watching the GG's after a few moments of mourning for the Pats. Julianna Moore's dress is awful, asymmetrical is tough to pull off. Ricky Gervais is funny.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 16, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Willis is a white turtleneck away from being Mr. Clean.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, I agree. The assymetry here is gargantuan as in SLEEVE or NO SLEEVE...like a test but not a finished product.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

YJ -- you are so funny!!!!!!! Love you, buddy dude biker guy boodler...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Snort yello,

Think I need a tranquilizer dart to calm my daughter down after Chris Colferts win, loved his speech.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Er, I'm looking at those photos of the Golden Globe:

http://awards.omg.yahoo.com/photos/133-2011-golden-globes-arrivals?nc#OmgPhoid=75

And I will say one thing jumps out at me-- a lot of the men need to have more trouser sense. There are rolled-up cuffs, there are too-long pants that ruin an almost yummy penguin outfit.

Also, many men have gone for tapering pants cuts which make them look top-heavy on puny, skinny, skinny legs that are about to snap-- very unflattering to their proportions, IMO.

How should those outfits be snipped? I think in some case the jackets could be adjusted, too, but I might be wrong.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 16, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

***blushing***

Whatever Chris Colfer lost, I volunteer to help look for it.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

WB -- will try to look at the pants of the dudes...still looking for Tilda's outfit but looking at all the pix, well, her face is so amazing...lovely and lovely and gorgeous.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Pfifer....the racoon eyes are not kind to we ladies of this age...and the puckers on your bodice at the armpits...you can do better.

O Eva, sorry for your bad luck these days...I think you do not need the rhinestone double pin on your waiste. That is all...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes to Tilda's beauty.

I thought most of the men looked pretty sharp; better than a few years ago when every second red-carpet featured stubble and lacked ties in double-windsors. Downie needs a haircut, though, badly.

Posted by: Yoki | January 16, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I...just felt like ogling the guys tonight instead, CqP.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 16, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Steve Buscemi's next role will be in The John Waters Story.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Tilda has good bones and an interesting face, but I don't see 'beauty' there. YMMV.

I looked at that website Wilbrod, and I don't know at least half of those people. Of course I don't watch much TV, so there's that.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 16, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I cannot decide if JLoy's thingie is assymetrical or not. The wedding planner should have adjusted her a bit before she headed out.

And, I like Alec B. and always have...so sue me, Kbassinger....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Sir Francis Bacon, "Of Beauty"
English author, courtier, & philosopher (1561 - 1626)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Thought JLo looked great, as Alec pointed out. Tilda Swinton always wears something pale, when she needs color! Eva Longoria was gorgeous, glad she didn't fall flat on her face. Funniest line - Ashton Kutcher's dad (Bruce Willis).

Posted by: seasea1 | January 16, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Here's John Hartford's take on the Golden Globes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgzpJ4KrNdM

And The Band doing "Ophelia" from "The Last Waltz" which shows up as a related video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RjqcTsxx-8&feature=related

Posted by: -pj- | January 16, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I adore Annette Benning's glasses and gorgeous black lace burnout dress....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Best tux style/fit- Hugh Laurie, I think, although the frown ruins the pose for me.

Worst-- probably Kevin Bacon, especially in that pose. His knees look anorexic.

And Wilbrodog insists on winning the prize for best fur tux-- and for taking a victory walk on the white carpet outside.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 16, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Love Robert Downey Jr. even tho' he's a bit nuts, or maybe because he is. What's with Annette Benning's hair? Looks like she put the gel in it and then forgot to mess it about. Nice dress tho'.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 16, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Robert Downey Jr. pulls off the level of creepy to which I can only aspire.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, I don't either which is why I started ogling the guys instead.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 16, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I gotta agree with Yello's assessment. Not a Downey fan.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 16, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I LIKE what Tilda is wearing...light pear green skirts and optic white blouse...lovely and her height is part of the stunningness...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Geoffrey Rush's next role is in The William Burroughs Story.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Clare Danes in lovely hot pink and TEMPLE GRANDIN!!!!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Sorkin got a very nice dig in against the rightwing and their anti-"elite" nonsense.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 16, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I did see the movie Temple Grandin (it was nominated for something last year) - very good, amazing story. Always love Claire Danes.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 16, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Melissa LEO!!!! Homicide veteran.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 16, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm very happy for Melissa Leo. I'd liked her ever since she was on Homicide many years ago, which is still one of my all time favorite TV shows.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 16, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Tucson shooter always called the "alleged shooter"? It seems to me there's no doubt about who is the actual, not alleged, shooter. He's the actual shooter, everybody knows that. Now, he hasn't been convicted of anything yet, so he's only "the defendant", or "the person who allegedly committed such-and-such a crime" which he may be acquitted of because he's nuts or something like that, but not because he didn't do it. That comes down to the definition in law of various crimes, not observations of what happened last weekend.

LTL-CA

Posted by: Jim19 | January 16, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I would go look at the dresses but I am watching Master and Commander instead. A worthy substitute. There are tight pants and uniforms. What more could I ask for?

Also knitting and downloading that Walter Isaacson Einstein bio from Audible. I started at 3:00p.m. and am on part 2 of 3 now. It is going to take days at this rate.

Posted by: --dr-- | January 16, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

January Jones's next role is in The Sixth Element.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

"Alleged" is there pretty much by rule, LTL, and isn't discretionary. It originally popped into reporters' lexicon as a means of avoiding lawsuits for libel: if you always threw "alleged" in, you were safe. And, as a side benefit, it often served as a reminded that legally, people are innocent until proven guilty, and also that the police often make mistakes, or that people often escape guilty verdicts on technicalities or not enough proof, bad lawyering, prosecutorial misconduct, or whatever.

So, once it got established as a "rule" for newspaper, it kind of has to extend to everyone, no matter how blazingly obvious the case might be. The last thing reporters and editors want is having to decided which suspects get "alleged" and which don't. So everybody gets it, no matter what. Hence, the alleged Loughner.

It's a pretty good rule, IMO.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 16, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm stealing this from a Gawker commenter: Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp look like they are about to start a jazz band.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Definite shooter, alleged killer/murderer.

Lousy thing to nitpick when you think of it that way.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 16, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Mudge, I know. President Obama allegedly gave a speech, there was allegedly .75" of rain yesterday by 4 p.m., and the 7th St Bridge was allegedly stuck in a raised position all afternoon when a ship ran into it before it was completely open.

For something completely different, a friend recently introduced me to Filipino food, which is amazing, and www.homecookingrocks.com has great recipes.

LTL-CA

Posted by: Jim19 | January 16, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

LTL,
Chicken adobo is to die for. Lumpia are astoundingly good as well.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 16, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone still watching the Globes? If so, did you notice that Sandra Bullock's bangs are so long she has to tilt her head back to look straight ahead?

Posted by: nellie4 | January 16, 2011 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Saw that Nellie. All these celebs are fun to watch but it's wise to remember not to copy them ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | January 16, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

YJ, I just finished chicken adobo for tonite's dinner. Fantastic. Went to the Filipino market for coconut vinegar and Flip soy sauce, and it was even better than with the corresponding Japanese/Chinese ingredients -- sweeter. I use some coconut milk, although I hear that's not really kosher (so to speak).

LTL-CA

Posted by: Jim19 | January 16, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I stuck it out till the end. A bit easier on the West Coast, for sure. I couldn't figure out who the blond with really short hair was till she was up for an award (Michelle Williams).

Nice that Paul Giamatti won, for a movie I hadn't heard of. He paid tribute to Canada!

My hair is a cross between Annette Bening, Al Pacino, and Robert de Niro...

Posted by: seasea1 | January 16, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

It was a nice shout out from Paul, but he forgot Dustin Hoffman!

http://www.barneysversionthemovie.com/#/home

Posted by: dmd3 | January 16, 2011 11:12 PM | Report abuse

My hair is like Robert DeNiro's, only shorter.

Posted by: nellie4 | January 16, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Any way to make that recipe without soy sauce? such as with thai fish sauce?

I know that's nearly ridiculous to think of, but I'm working out soy-free asian cooking alternatives.

Chinese white sauce is pretty good, but fish sauce is better.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 16, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I would suggest simply replacing the soy sauce with an equal or smaller amount of patis (the Filipino fish sauce) or Thai fish sauce which is similar -- lots of umami. It won't be adobo, but it should be good. Patis is used in many Filipino recipes. I've been following the recipe from NYT a couple of weeks ago, 1 C coconut milk, 1-1/2 C vinegar, 1/4 C soy sauce, lots of garlic and black pepper, some hot pepper, bay leaves. That's the marinade and also the cooking liquid. Swap out the soy sauce and you probably have another Filipino dish I don't know.

LTL-CA

Posted by: Jim19 | January 16, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, LTL, but in a criminal case, it's the jury's/judge's decision that ultimately defines what can be reported as "fact," as opposed to your examples. Even if the person confesses, I doubt most any reputable journalist would go beyond "self-admitted shooter."

*mumblegrumbleratzinfratzin Grover motions*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 17, 2011 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Boodlies!

Watching the Boodle's six o'clock I have some bad Monday news.

During the weekend, U.S. debt surpassed fourteen trillion dollars. That is 45,000 US dollars per person or roughly $180,000 per family.

ALAAAAARM!

Posted by: Braguine | January 17, 2011 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Just to be clear (since I wasn't earlier), the *ratzinfratzin* was directed at things having nothing whatsoever to do with LTL.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 17, 2011 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Scalia's a funnyman, who knew?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/16/AR2011011603536.html

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 17, 2011 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Last night's awards ceremony fashion trends inspired me to make my quasi-annual Golden Globes post a quiz. See how close you were paying attention. Match the celebrity with her decolletage.

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2011/01/guess-golden-globes.html

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I spent the early evening at a delightful birthday dinner for my neighbor so I came in late to the Boodle's play-by-play on the Golden Globe fashion parade. The commentary here was hilarious and after reviewing the photo gallery this morning, dead on. My favorite dress was Annette Benning's. Burnout velvet is one of my favorite fabrics and that was a subtle and lovely one. I liked the hornrims, too.

I watched "Downton Abbey" with ftb. I got hooked last week and agree with her that, while not quite on a par with "Upstair, Downstairs", it's excellent. Great storyline so far. And as far as beautiful dresses go it had the Globe-trotters beat by a mile ... and then some.

Steuver raked Gervais over the coals this morning and, from what I can tell, deservedly so.
_______________

I am especially mindful this morning of Dr. King's message and legacy.

Blessings to all this day.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 17, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning,friends. Happy MLK Day. I have a ticket for the banquet here, hope I can attend, it's several miles from here.

Cqp, loved the comments on the Golden Globe outfits. Not acid or snarky, kinda funny!

I didn't see any of it, just fell out time I hit the bed, long day.

Slyness, is Jesse Jackson going to be in your fair city? Did you get the heat working? Hope so.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 17, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Not only have I discovered a new (VERY) guilty pleasure in the "Poorly Dressed" section of Failblog.org, but as an added bonus, all the "ads by Google" are for legitimate clothing and makeup products!! Juxtapositional hilarty ensues!! :-)

(WARNING -- several 55-gallon drums of eye bleach may be needed after viewing that site)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 17, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Belated Happy Birthday, talitha!!! *HUGSSSSSS*

Cassandra!! *HUGSSSS*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 17, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Baby Doc is broke, so possibly he's back in Haiti to try and change that situation or to help? Will the Haitians embrace him or seek revenge, he left Haiti at night.

Perhaps he came back to make ammends?

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 17, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. I'm sorry I could not join you last night, but I was in another room watching the Golden Globe Awards. First, I am so glad Colin Firth won. I haven't seen the movie, but plan to and saw him in Mama Mia this year on HBO and found him to be multi talented.

Some of the gowns were just plain ugly, a couple or three had too much "shelf"; bosoms can be displayed without fear of crashing into folks.

Anette Benning & gown were the most beautiful, I thought. Even tho her hair looked a little like it was styled by a mixmaster. I do not like Sandra Bullock's bangs. Why must she detract from her beauty? Loved her dress. CPQ, agree with you on Tilda Swinton's blouse and skirt, it looked good on her. What a great performance she gave in Temple Gradin. The more public awareness of Autism, the better.

Most of the men tonight wore regular dark ties with their tux, when did that become the style, probably more comfortable? Kevin Bacon's hair style detracted from his appearance. he will probably look like about 30 years old when he is 70, he must have inherited good genes.

Must admit I have never watched Glee, watched the first season of Boardwalk, it is pretty gruesome stuff.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 17, 2011 8:41 AM | Report abuse

OMG Scotty, that website is very hard to look at first thing in the morning and I doubt that later in the day would make it much easier.

Morning everybody. Very very cold out there today. Have an endodontist appointment this afternoon and not looking forward to what I think he's going to tell me. But first there is a birthday lunch with daughter #1. Trying to get into a good mood...

Posted by: badsneakers | January 17, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, HUGGGGGS back atcha! Are you feeling better? (My b'day was back on Dec. 30th, but many thanks. I celebrated quietly like all good 59-year-olds oughta. Next year I'm pulling the chocks away from the wheels and taking off, though!)

Posted by: talitha1 | January 17, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Very nice Ross Dothout column:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/opinion/17douthat.html?hp

The Today show interviewed Kathy Bates about her show debuting tonight, during which the words "curmudgeon" and "curmudgeonly" were bandied about.

They also had the Glee peeps on.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 17, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Yes talitha, aw bettah now, thanks! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 17, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I guess I should be grateful that FailDress is blocked at my work.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Indeed 'Mudge, cogent commentary from Mr. Douthat. If only people would listen... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 17, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Yes yello, be grateful.

Very grateful.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 17, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

FailDress has a new fan ... and I'm not even speculating about what it says about me that I can't stop scrolling.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 17, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

The Guardian has a story on gentrifying Berlin. It may mostly be people who've inherited their money:

"The advent of the Schickimicki – the wealthy in-crowd – in the formerly run-down and edgy areas of East Berlin has not only been resisted but mocked."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/16/berlin-gentrification-yuppification-squat

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 17, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Claire Danes for Temple Gradin. Wonderful performance.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 17, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Our dour black-clad tour guide from Berlin was very cynical about the gentrification of East Berlin. The West Berlin artists used to squat in the abandoned buildings closest to the Wall since these were very run-down. Now all those areas are being priced beyond their reach.

The 60s era East Berlin apartment buildings were so uniform that there was a memory card game where you had to match buildings by recognizing the very minor changes in the ornamentation.

The Berliners have very cool walk/don't walk icons on their pedestrian crossing lights.

Go:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/4806300218/in/set-72157624405768681/

Stop:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/4806300356/in/set-72157624405768681/

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all, hi Cassandra! Yes, we have heat. It was off all morning and came on at 12:30 yesterday afternoon, after my brother and family had left for the swim meet.

I enjoyed the Golden Globes commentary and will look up pictures in a few. We have been busy for a holiday, already been to watch the niece swim. She did well on her first event, they swam four laps with different strokes. She cut 10 seconds off her time. Swim meets are organized chaos. I am amused how they mark the kids' arms to show what events they are swimming...

Mr. T is putting together the compost bin he gave me for Christmas. It will be nice to have it operational, and also nice to have the huge box out of the living room.

Cassandra, I haven't paid much attention to Jesse Jackson. The issue is that snow interrupted high school exams last week; that's why they're going to school today. If I were a kid, I'd want to go and get them over with too. Since state law prohibits school systems from starting before August 25, there is no way to get the semester done and exams over with before Christmas. They are d@mned if they do and d@mned if they don't.

Posted by: slyness | January 17, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Glad you got heat, Slyness. I suspect many of the parents are upset because it is MLK Day. It was so hard trying to get that day to celebrate the life and work of Dr.King, especially in the South, some parents may feel it's just part of the same old thing. And with the mood of the country now, with the Tea Party folks, it may be seen as part of the hatred and bad talk that seems to be the norm these days.

Our children here had to attend school Saturday and going today. MLK events are still taking place. I understand the school's position, but also mindful of parents outcry too.

We will reopen after-school program at the church tomorrow.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 17, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, thanks for the hugs. You throw them in there just when I need them the most. And I do hope you are feeling so much better.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 17, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Thanks belatedly for the Golden Globes blogging. I reviewed the fashion pictures this morning after reading the Boodle and it was lots more fun than just looking at them myself. You sharpen my eyes.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 17, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

To accidentally stumble on topic, there is a right wing blog (which also uses Joel's 'pep rally' phrase) that is interpreting the closed captioning on the video feed during the speech as blatant solicitations for applause.

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/01/if-white-house-was-surprised-at-applause-at-tucson-pep-rally-why-did-they-ask-for-it-on-jumbotron/

They are either unfamiliar with the concept of captioning or are just making their own reality. The comments exhibit the usual level of cognitive dissonance.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

*kicking the tires, but the Boodle isn't yelling "ouch"*

Posted by: ftb3 | January 17, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, here's a takedown of Michelle Malkin:
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2011/jan/14/did-white-house-brand-arizona-memorial-service-log/

My favorite pedestrian signals were in Taipei, giving a countdown in seconds. No padding. I think they figured that pedestrians would self-train for their walking speed. A couple of years later, an inferior version began to be installed in my town.

Watched "The King's Speech". It's amazing how Colin Firth pulled off the stutter. All sorts of good acting. Also, an amazing collection of stately houses and such, including some of the old reliables like the former Royal Naval Hospital at Greenwich. IMDB says Ely Cathedral was used. Sounds believable--the film's "Westminster Abbey" has round arches. I suspect the two churches are similar in size, although Ely is nowhere near so lavish. Wood roof instead of stone vaulting.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 17, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Also, the Duke's/King's therapy is bookended with music. Very effective.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 17, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The party that was responsible for the spontaneously generated Mission Accomplished banner is accusing Obama of manipulating a public appearance with stagecraft? Shameless. In the very traditional sense of the word.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I hope everyone is having a good MLK day. Because I am one of *those* types I have the day off. Whether I want to or not.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 17, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Ouch!

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 17, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

No, Mudgie -- I kicked the Boodle's tires, not your shins.

*so sensitive*

Posted by: ftb3 | January 17, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Roger Ebert passes along a flowchart on how to share cool stuff you find on the internet.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/cyberworld/handy-internet-flowchart.html

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

yello, because I had to hit on a right wing site, I was able to see a lot of commenters had the comprehension of closed captioning. Some amusing remarks were on the level of "while I hate to defend... come on."
So that's a relief. Those who see captioning as a conspiracy will remain relatively few, and marked by their tinfoil hats.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Yet another type of housing crime:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/nyregion/17house.html?pagewanted=1

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I love captioning! If a program doesn't have captioning, I'm flipping that show. I'm so happy that television has captioning, but I do miss going to the movies.

Missed the banquet, just did not feel up to it. I hope everyone had a nice time and the speaker was dynamic.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 17, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

There are so rarely captioned movies. Sometimes they are sponsored and announced, but the timing and locations are always hard.

One of my favorite movie experiences growing up was watching a Charlie Chaplin movie festival at a local church.

That was a blast.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, if you can't find captioned movies, you can always go for subtitles. Plenty of those around.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Depends on where you are, Bob-S. They're very common where foreign films are routinely shown. I enjoyed Amelie a lot myself, but I have to pass on spending money to watch depressing documentaries on war, etc.

No offense, but I can get depressing on TV.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I meant the experience of going to the movies.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 17, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Aww, c'mon now. I almost injured myself laughing so hard the first time I watched "The Dinner Game" ("Le dîner de cons"). While the set-up is rather mean-spirited, and therefore potentially depressing, it does have its moments.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen that yet. I just remember a few times I and a friend felt in the mood for a movie night and all we could find on the night we wanted were documentaries of the Middle East or something, and one promising movie was 20 miles out. It was pretty insipid for the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised that the DC area doesn't have a better selection of subtitled movies showing at any given time. Certainly this area ought to have a better market than many (if not most) places.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

For almost three years, I lived about five miles from the Ely cathedral. Since the land thereabout is pretty darned flat, it was prominent on the horizon. I got rather fond of the place.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I just looked around to see what info on open captioned movies was available online. This site does a search based on zip codes:

http://www.captionfish.com/

It looks like in NC, the AMC and Regal chains have some open-captioned movies. (Other chains may, too; I couldn't find their listings.) Those two both have searches on their own websites:

http://www.amctheatres.com/AssistedMoviegoing/

http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/opencaptionedshowtimes.aspx#NC

Cassandra, is there anything near you?

Posted by: -bia- | January 17, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Bob, the Ely fens seem to have some of the same problems as the Everglades Agricultural Area. Peat and muck, once cultivated, oxidize and disappear.

I see that Newt Gingrich is sowing fear in the bond markets by urging Congress to allow state governments to go bankrupt.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-petruno-20110115,0,4632161.column

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 17, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

*thump* *thump*

Posted by: ftb3 | January 17, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Ow! Ow!

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 17, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Must be a holiday-Monday afternoon :)

The NYT "On the Runway" blog seems to conclude that the women at the GGs last night pretty much knocked it out of the fashion park, with a few exceptions. I cannot agree, though I was glad Tilda Swinton and Annette Bening got special praise.

Imagine the agony of my schizoid loyalties tonight; Flames at Montreal. Gonna have to go with the Canadiens.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

*grumble grumble no Monday night football for seven and a half months grumble grumble*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 17, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Play the puck as you see it, Yoki!

*sorry, Mudge, but you got in the way again*

Posted by: ftb3 | January 17, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Just as well. Since the Flames abandoned Atlanta in 1980 (the same year I abandoned Atlanta!) they are of only occasional sentimental value to me.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... I just had a fairly large chunk of a (already-cracked) rear tooth fall off. It may be time to chat with a dentist, eh?

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

New Yorker's story by Ryan Lizza on Congressman Darryl Issa has Issa's spokesman dissing Howard Kurtz. Issa himself seems an interesting character,

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/24/110124fa_fact_lizza?currentPage=all

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 17, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

The blurb editing is a treat. For Anne Applebaum's op-ed the line is "Seeing a dictator toppled is always exhilarating -- but democracy prevail in Tunisia?"

Well done.

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 17, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, I am saddened to report that as of this afternoon I am out of the High Quality Bunny Poop business. The second of the two bunnies I rescued in 2003 has died. The first, her sister, passed away a few years ago, which left us both bereaved.

I am relieved that this rabbit went quickly and, or so it would seem, without too much discomfort. She just seems to have not woken up. I buried her beneath the grape vines. I like to think that these lagomorphs added a little bit to the character of the Achenblog, so I thought you all should know.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 17, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, cowhand. (Or should I say, "Priceless!")

In the paper Post paper in front of me, it's, "The scent of rage: A dictator flees Tunisia. Is democracy arriving?"

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

RD - They did, they did! My condolences.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta Flames. That city had a long history of over-dramatizing Sherman's carefully limited destruction of facilities for making and distributing war matériel. Atlantans themselves bulldozed everything and anything later on.

The Post's editorial on Reconstruction is excellent. Trelease's pathbreaking history "White Terror" was a revelation. My recollection is that Athens, Georgia took in quite a few black refugees from the surroundings.

It's worth remembering that many whites whose communities were affected by Dr. King's campaigns detested him. That's the case in St. Augustine, which nevertheless has lots of historic markers for the civil rights movement (and even one for Zora Neale Hurston). An important park at the beach is named for a civil rights activist named Butler. In the bad old days, the beach was whites-only.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 17, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

RD, I am sorry your rabbit died.

Bia

Believe it or not, if I want to see a movie, I have to go to a neighboring county. The county I live in does not have movie theatre. That is what I was referring to when I said the "experience of going to the movie" and the captioning, of course. The closest one would probably be about 30 miles, give or take a mile.

I know it's hard for city folks to imagine but some places in the United States of America look like prehistoric times. There are places not far from me across the state line that don't have plumbing or bathroom facilities. In one of those places, a charity group built an outhouse with a bathroom and shower stall. Not free, though. In some cases, one might not have to cross the state line.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 17, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I am very sad to hear that news RD. My condolences.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 17, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Awww, I'm sorry, RD. Your bunnies had a good life with you, I'm sure, and are catching up with each other as we speak.

I remember being on a business trip in Frankfurt, maybe 32 years ago. I was walking from one place to another in a park, and noticed a pretty good looking brownish wabbit munching on some greens. When it suddenly saw me, I noticed that it immediately assumed the "crouch" position -- that is, "if I get low enough to the ground, you won't be able to see me and I'll be safe." I looked at it and smiled and said in passing (in English) -- "don't worry, sweetie, I won't eat you, but those greens look mighty good...." Ah, the symbiosis of life forms, eh? Also known, perhaps, as the ecological balance. If only ....

Posted by: ftb3 | January 17, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Zora Neale Hurston, I read some of her stuff. She gathered stories from African-Americans using their dialect. Her life was hard though, and she never got the honor due her while living.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 17, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

RD, sorry to hear about the bunny. You're right, she was part of the Boodle.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 17, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

cmyth4u - Some folks who don't get around much might have a hard time believing it, but poverty & lack of infrastructure exist all over this nation, not just in certain Southern counties!

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand why Hurston left Harlem, then the rather neat little Orlando suburb of Eatonville to live in Fort Pierce, where she is buried.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 17, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear about that, RD.

The bunny bunker won't be the same without your bunnies, although Beatrice will do her best to keep things hopping.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

RD, I'm so sorry to hear about the bunny. We will all miss your stories about her antics.

Posted by: slyness | January 17, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear about your rabbit, RD. I think I've seen the word lagomorph here more in the past several years than I ever had before.

Posted by: -pj- | January 17, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Hare! Sweet unknown friend
of hidden bunkers and thumps--
My dream dies with you.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Okay, dog haiku is hard to ghostwrite, you know. I actually couldn't tell Wilbrodog, and I'm blocking him from this kit, so hush hush in future kits.

He broke up in sobs the first time I ever told him a story about a bunny who died. Ever see a dog blubber? Not good, he gets too emotional. He's an utter softy.

Except about mice and rats and ultra-squeaky things.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

RD: Are you sure it is gone, and not just lying in wait? I hear some of those things have huge, pointy teeth.

Posted by: baldinho | January 17, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

If we ever get a rabbit for one of the kids, you can bet I'll name it caerbannog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLQRjWH7Akk&feature=fvst

Posted by: baldinho | January 17, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

RD_P, my sincere condolences on losing the lovely lagomorph, I know there was joy in that relationship.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 17, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Baldinho -- that would be Bunnicula...a certain blood-thirsty bunny....RD's bunnykins girls were more whimsical...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 17, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm very sad about RD's rabbit. Or should I say his bunny?

There used to be a shack on Route 123, south of Burke Lake, where the McMansions have been built, that had a hand-painted sign that said "Bunnies & Rabbits for Sale."

It took a while before I realized the difference.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 17, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Been traveling in Orissa with DNAGuy. For apatheticists, we sure have been to a lot of temples (and churches and mosques)...my subconscious seeks insurance?

Here is a glorious example:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konark_Sun_Temple

I caught Obama's speech by chance when checking into a hotel (BBC carried it live in its entirety). Fortunate. Doubly so for not having time or access to related commentary...except the boodle of course.

CqP, the jokes IM mentioned were part of an advert for another strip. Here they are:

http://www.calamitiesofnature.com/archive/?c=401
http://www.calamitiesofnature.com/archive/?c=453

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 17, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I remember that bunny bazaar, TBG. Yeah, some's for pettin' and some's for eatin'.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm sad too about RDP's bunny.
Looks like you're getting your wish answered Yoki, 4-0 with lots of time to go.

I've been signed up to learn new tricks, more likely to check if I can learn new tricks. As this training is to an alternate site of our shop the VLP will have to rely on other family member for his regular food, his treats and the odd offering from the cook. I'm sure he'll be happy to see me back next Friday.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 17, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Awww, poor VLP! But you know, he'll be smarter afterwards. He'll have learned to move from the particular to the general, which is a sign of intelligence.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

That might be a big assumption, Yoki, considering a depressed VLP would be hard to move. But we can only hope.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Better now; the Flames aren't humiliated. All is well.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

RD, my condolences.

Posted by: -dbG- | January 17, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

If he learns, that's a big if.
Cornwall is a bit depressing. There's Dow St. where Dow the chemical giant used to be. That flat empty spot used to be a paper mill and that other empty vast tract of land on the river used to be the C-I-L chlor-alkali plant. Everything seems to refer to a lost past.
There's a bunch of warehouses that looked new, maybe there is a future on logistics; they are on the 401 after all and land should be cheap.

4-2 now, the Flames are making it interesting

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 17, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

RD, my condolences.

Posted by: -dbG- | January 17, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I am both tall and strong, and also used to big dogs; carried my best 135-pounders (human and canine) when necessary. Don't know that I could carry a 165-pounder since I weigh considerable less than that now, but could certainly show him that his Very Own Dad in a very Real and Legal Sense isn't the be-all and end-all, when it comes to consistent commands and being fed and cuddled and walked.

I really *like* big dogs (hahahaha!), and recognise that secondary caregivers need to mimic primaries, consistently, training-wise.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

We both know that dogs usually learn and follow whoever has the food in quick time, but let's soothe the owners' vanity ;).

My max lift--NOT carry-- is a 79 pound dog, and only if it's cooperative. But my back is saying something's off lately, which should relieve Wilbrodog.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, RD, I'm so sorry. I'm glad she went peacefully to her rabbit reward. Beatrice sends her best.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 17, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, a week in Cornwall, who did you tick off? Hoping it is improved since I was a kid.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 17, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The VLP is a trim 130lbs Yoki. He hurt a leg last year and I keep him as light as possible while keeping him muscular and toned, as the breed should be. So he is a bit underfed but over-treated. He responds well to food rewards and stimuli so that works rather better than overfed and under-treated/under-worked. He's even asking his walks now that he gets a treat before and after the walk, something I would have thought impossible even 6 months ago.
He saw a hare last week on a walk in the woods and charged it. He spent yesterday's walk searching for another one, that was quite funny.
4-3, it's getting really interesting.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 17, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I know dmd, I know. I fill in for someone who found something better to do. We derisively calls the training center the Sandals Resort in Cornwall. It's kind of OK in the summer because it's on the river but in January it's cold and humid. And there is always a wind "a écorner les beux/enough to dehorn the oxen" to boot.

4-4, that's not funny anymore.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 17, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that new expression, SD.
It is very important to accurately describe cold when you live in cold climes :).

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I love these balanced games, shrieking_denizen. Much more fun to watch than a travesty.

I'm guessing the VLP either snapped or frayed an ACL. Big risk with tall heavy pure-breds. Have nursed four Berners through it both TPLO-surgery and pinning. Awful. Imagine denying a working-dog exercise for months, and slinging a 120-pounder out to pee and poop only twice a day. Gawd. But, I looked after them.

All new vets who buy the practice I've been with for 15 years are amazed (and admire) that I keep my dogs a wee bit slimmer than even they would. That's why they live so much longer than average.

I just wish someone would under-measure my breakfast and supper, and then put the food-bin behind a locked door I can't possibly open with my paws and teeth. Slimming would be so much easier if I couldn't feed myself! Hee hee.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Michael Chabon was a guest blogger at The Atlantic. Here is his farewell, blogging about blogging:
http://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2011/01/tai-nasha-no-karosha-reflections-on-a-week-of-blogging/69573/
"Blogging, I think, is largely about seizing opportunities, about pouncing, about grabbing hold of hours, events, days and nights as they are happening, sizing them up and putting them into play with language, like a juggler catching and working into his flow whatever the audience has in its pockets."

"Then there's that whole business of the Comments."

Posted by: seasea1 | January 17, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

4-4! Now, this is amazingly fun. I'm still supporting the Habs.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Hear, Hear, Yoki. If only I could "unlearn" how to open the fridge..

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 17, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking I have unlearnt, shriek. The trick is to get used to feeling (but not being) hungry all the time.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Mexican from Alaska and the African American from Minnesota win it for the Habs! For once Gomez earned his keep.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 17, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

There we go. The Flames were just engaging in a bit of good-natured hijinks. They weren't trying to ruin anybody's night or anything.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

That was a great game.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

SCC Columbo-Mexican/American, of course.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 17, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Bob-S, that is how much they love me; they indulge my preferences.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

[It occurs to me that perhaps we should have checked to see if anyone was planning to watch the game on time delay.]

I think it's still a great game. I hope the better team wins!

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The better team won.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, Wilbrodog came to me underweight and used to keep himself slim until a major disruption in his diet (pet food scare), and he balloned up because he was eating everything I gave him. This may sound laughable given most dogs would do that, but for him it was a real change in eating behavior.

I got him down on a maintenance diet (new dog food he does well on, all US made), but not enough for that final few pounds.

I'm cutting back even more, as our exercise schedule apparently isn't enough to push him to thinness.

I really don't want him underweight, not only was that part of the reason he was in the shelter in the first place, but it is very easy to get accused of starving a dog even if the dog is at optimum-weight.

People just assume a fat dog is normal now.

As for the joints, I've always played it very conservative with him, and I hope it will pay off.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it will. So long as (if you have a thick-coated Collie) you can play an arpeggio on his ribs with your knuckles, and see a tuck-up in his waist, and he's not hauling around a giant tummy, and he can run without puffing, your dog is in good shape. Just, they need to be thinner than the average pet-dog a vet sees. Especially if your dog has a job.

I loved the email caption one of my mentors in Bernese Mountain Dogs had:" If your dog is fat, you're not getting enough exercise."

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Tuck up is there. All ribs are feelable, but definitely a little padded, not by fur. You can see where it ends and the tuck-up begins, under his back muscles, and the strong leg muscles, too.

I do remember when he was optimum weight and he looked good then. Even a couple pounds below, he could easily look really starved, I think.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I always wondered why palpable and lightly visible ribcage meant the dog was at a good weight...

I can see my ribcage, but I can also see the huge tummy in front. Alas.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Lean over on all fours and see whether you have a tucked-up waist.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, midst sleet and freezing rain here in your nation's capital, allow me to report that the Kathy Bates show was pretty good. No, not great, not fantastic -- but quirky and amusing and reasonably solid. We'll see if it has legs, which I think it does -- that will be up to the scripts.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 17, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Always with the criticism!

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

No thanks, Yoki ;).

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 17, 2011 11:05 PM | Report abuse

*looking left and right and not seeing anybody else*

Me?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 17, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

I think it was your remark about Kathy Bates' freezing cold, but reasonably solid, legs.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Yup, like all of us. Not great, not fantastic, but good enough and with the solid legs.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

RD,
So sorry to hear about the bunny. Definitely as much an animal companion of the boodle as all our othrer denizens. It will be much missed.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

DNAGirl,
That is a gorgeous temple.

I derisively refer to most tours of Europe and nothing but castles and cathedrals. They seem to be the things most likely to have lasted the centuries. The Asian equivalents are temples and tombs. I have seen my share of all of them.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

I thought maybe it was something about the scripts, maybe Vicodin or Oxycontin.

RD, so sorry about the bunny. Under the grapes seems not only appropriate, but poetic. Sincerest condolences.

Posted by: LostInThought | January 17, 2011 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Free associating again, but does anybody ever say "The rabbit died" anymore? Or is that a euphemism lost to modern medicine?

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 11:48 PM | Report abuse

I certainly meant to say this earlier...

That's a helluva temple!

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

A long weekend, come to an end.

As, alas, has RD's dear bunny. I'm sorry to hear of it, my friend.

Now, perhaps, the Boodle has gone to the dogs.

A fair amount of snow down and sticking here now - it started at about 7:45 PM, started sticking by about 8:00, and it looks like we've got a couple of inches, and the roads are getting quite slippery (or slippy, as the rallyists would say it).

We'll see what rush hour holds for me tomorrow.

I watched "The Cape" and wasn't overly impressed but not completely turned off, either -- didn't stick around to watch the Kathy Bates show, but I will probably at some point.

G'night, all.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | January 17, 2011 11:50 PM | Report abuse

yello - Mostly lost, I'm afraid. The only young people who understand it are the young people who think old people's jokes are funny.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 11:52 PM | Report abuse

(And mostly, that ain't funny "ha ha"!)

Posted by: Bob-S | January 17, 2011 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Why afraid or sorry? I much prefer straight talk.

Posted by: Yoki | January 17, 2011 11:59 PM | Report abuse

'scrips, LIT. Those are 'scrips.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Just try pronouncing that terminal "t" when dealing with your local free-lance pharmacist. Nothing good can come of that.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Yokes, I like straight talk myself. But I do appreciate a little old-school silliness from time-to-time.

I don't think that "the curse" is a particularly useful way to refer to menstruation, but one of my friends (who yields to no human in her forthright femininity) recently mentioned that she's a little disappointed that she can no longer count upon drawing even a knowing smirk if she uses the term around young people. For many of them, only puzzlement.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Then I'm told, Bob.

Nonetheless, I have young women in my family, both of whom speak openly. Of whom I am very proud. We speak of birth-control, love, loyalty, menstruation, sex, love, birth, pleasure, indulgence, death. We speak of poetry, novels, and history. We speak to each other of philosophy and politics and oratory. We just *talk.*

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 12:23 AM | Report abuse

My 11:06 was in response to the 10:48.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 18, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm thoroughly embarrassed! And go away.

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Sweet, Mudge!

Well, in that case, my 11:54 was in response to the 9:37.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Please don't Mudge.
I'm keeping the puter on to warm up the place. I haven't slept in pajamas for years but I'm doing it tonight. It's bloody freezing in here. The heat comes from the bathroom and the cold from the window bedside the bed. The window is winning big time.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 18, 2011 12:34 AM | Report abuse

And yet us men speak of nothing but sports and swagger.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 18, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

So you say. I never did.

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

And yet us men speak of nothing but sport and swagger.

Better.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 18, 2011 12:48 AM | Report abuse

I think that as a general rule, I'd be better off deferring to Yoki's sense of propriety (and humour) over mine.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Better still. But still, I never said nor implied such a thing. Why?

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 12:50 AM | Report abuse

That is better, yello.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I am, Bob, more humourous (?) than proper.

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Hmm... There's a nod to certain traditional phrasing, and "sport" works much better, yes?

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Yes. *Laughing*

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Heck, even when I'm trying, that seems like too much "u" (or too many 'o's) for "humourous".

The funny bone is near the humerus, right?

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

"Rum, sodomy, and the lash."

It just wouldn't have sounded so testosteronically enticing as: "It's all rum, sodomy, and lashes."

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 1:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm not putting words in your mouth. These are my own confessions.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 18, 2011 1:24 AM | Report abuse

In that case, it really should be "And yet, we men [etc. etc.]"

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Fine, let us not masculinize a strictly literary conceit.

"The soul selects her own society,
Then shuts the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude no more."

The author spake not of "doors", and I think it's stronger as a result. [Obviously, I'm choosing to ignore that pesky problem of finding a good rhyme for "doors". I trust the poet, I reckon she could have handled it.]

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 1:44 AM | Report abuse

I like your use of "Literary Conceit" Bob.

WHENAS in silks my Julia goes
Then, then (methinks) how sweetly flows
That liquefaction of her clothes.

Next, when I cast mine eyes and see
That brave vibration each way free; 5
Oh how that glittering taketh me!

-Robert Herrick-


Jenny kissed me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in.
Time, you thief! who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in.
Say I'm weary, say I'm sad;
Say that health and wealth have missed me;
Say I'm growing old, but add-
Jenny kissed me!

-Leigh Hunt-

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 1:54 AM | Report abuse

"us" -vs - "we"? I can't get too wound up about it within a group of folks who regularly twist & stretch language while (all the while) exhibiting familiarity with it. It's a bit maddening sometimes to see constant misuse by folks who don't seem to know better, but even that is probably just parochial prejudice on my part. Hey, I generally know their intended meaning, and precision is for elitists, right?

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 2:02 AM | Report abuse

IS it?

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 2:12 AM | Report abuse

I like the "silks" from Herrick, but that's stronger (more specific) than "silk". Kinda supports my point.

(Could've done without that "5", though!)

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 2:19 AM | Report abuse

That's what "they" tell me. I'm just trying to cover up my insecurities by picking on folks for breaking my arbitrary language rules.

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 2:23 AM | Report abuse

I can't. Very old English major, doncha know. How could I cite the line (or for that matter, RJ 2-3?) unless it were numbered.

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 2:31 AM | Report abuse

And speaking of poetry
As we were,
Did anyone see this?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/books/review/Orr-t.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=richard%20wilbur&st=cs

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 2:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure there's probably a different and more appropriate reaction that should have come to me first, but I chuckled when I ran across this blurb beneath one of the photos in the rotating teaser at the WashPost home page:

>>>>>>>>
"Troops fight off boredom to stay safe -
Violence has killed scores of Iraqi officials since the beginning of the year. U.S. forces have not been asked to assist in any of the attacks."
<<<<<<<<

Well, gee whiz. Given that we're allies and all, I'd certainly hope not!

Posted by: Bob-S | January 18, 2011 2:36 AM | Report abuse

*thinkin' Wilbrod probably wants to keep this news away from Wibrodog*

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/science/18dog.html

And isn't it amazing how some phrases resonate equally with the young and the mature workforce? I mean, "delayed opening" has such a lovely ring to it, wouldn't you say? :-)

*relaxing-with-the-usual-early-morning-coffee-a-bit-longer-this-morning Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 18, 2011 5:26 AM | Report abuse

SCC: My sincere apologies to Wilbrodog. I blame lack of caffeine.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 18, 2011 5:28 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' Boodle. I'm having one of my periodic bouts of insomnia today. Got up about 2 and couldn't go back to sleep. I've been alternately working, reading, and browsing teh interwebs for the past few hours.

Really, in these situations it's not how tired you are the bothers you but how tired you know you're going to be later in the day.

For added fun the wintry mix should be starting any time now. Sounds like ya'll got a bit of it down there last night. According to the radar it's snowing right now but the window report says different.

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 18, 2011 5:50 AM | Report abuse

Who ya gonna trust, cowhand, the latest in WeatherDoppler7000 technology or yer lyin' window? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 18, 2011 6:00 AM | Report abuse

In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.
I walk through those doors
To get a can of Coors.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 18, 2011 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Good morning. Boodlies!
Still watching yer six o'clock. My forecast of what Al Qaeda is planning for the Boodle here:

http://www.topnewsreports.com/1234/jan11/report010.html

Haff a gut day, everyone.
Brag

Posted by: Braguine | January 18, 2011 6:58 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Scotty, thanks to the gummint delayed opening and unscheduled telecommute, I have elected to stay home and telecommute today. Might I recommend you do the same?

Yoki, many thanks for that Wilbur link. It contained some gems, among them this:

“...to prey on life forever and not possess it,
As rock-hollows, tide after tide, Glassily strand the sea.”

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 18, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

The Beautiful Changes

by Richard Wilbur

One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides
The Queen Anne’s Lace lying like lilies
On water; it glides
So from the walker, it turns
Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of you
Valleys my mind in fabulous blue Lucernes.

The beautiful changes as a forest is changed
By a chameleon’s tuning his skin to it;
As a mantis, arranged
On a green leaf, grows
Into it, makes the leaf leafier, and proves
Any greenness is deeper than anyone knows.

Your hands hold roses always in a way that says
They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
In such kind ways,
Wishing ever to sunder
Things and things’ selves for a second finding, to lose
For a moment all that it touches back to wonder.

Richard Wilbur, “The Beautiful Changes” from Collected Poems 1943-2004.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 18, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. So glad the Feds have delayed openings, not good to be slipping (or slippy, via bc) and sliding into each other first thing in the morning.

RD, so sorry you have lost your bunny friend. For a while after our pets leave us, we forget in our habits and wonder why we are not tripping over them as they used to stay under our feet....especially in the kitchen.

I really enjoyed the early morning poetry exchange, happily I have time to read Yoki's link; must glance over wapo first. I usually look at front page, Virginia news and Opinion page, not much with the sports, sometimes Arts & Entertainment.

Kathy Bates best ever in saran wrap, Fried Green Tomatoes. .

Posted by: VintageLady | January 18, 2011 7:49 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. A correction: the kids here were out of school yesterday for MLK Day. They did attend school Saturday.

Bob S, lots of love to you too.

I read Eugene Robinson this morning and his thoughts on Sarah Palin's speech about the Tuscon shoooting, and made the mistake of going to the comment section before my morning coffee. Rough! Robinson compares Palin to Eva Perone, citing the only thing Sarah Palin lacked was the balcony.

Hurston did much of her work in the South, getting her resources from first-hand accounts. I'm sure traveling and getting around had to be diffficult for her. I could be wrong?

Much to do today, so time to get started with the work.

Slyness, hope you enjoyed your MLK Day. Are you still walking?

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 18, 2011 7:49 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. A correction: the kids here were out of school yesterday for MLK Day. They did attend school Saturday.

Bob S, lots of love to you too.

I read Eugene Robinson this morning and his thoughts on Sarah Palin's speech about the Tuscon shoooting, and made the mistake of going to the comment section before my morning coffee. Rough! Robinson compares Palin to Eva Perone, citing the only thing Sarah Palin lacked was the balcony.

Hurston did much of her work in the South, getting her resources from first-hand accounts. I'm sure traveling and getting around had to be diffficult for her. I could be wrong?

Much to do today, so time to get started with the work.

Slyness, hope you enjoyed your MLK Day. Are you still walking?

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 18, 2011 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Sorry about the double posts.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 18, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Hello boodle! (from Minnesota) Feel like I ate my way through Bavaria last week and will be on a VLP style regimen for a while.

Slyness-while I didn't have time to partake they do have many sledding opportunities at German ski areas. Didn't see any tubes, but the sleds look manageable.

Time to make some coffee. After drinking truly magnificent latte machiatto, not that sweet carp served in the US, for a week+ I am thoroughly spoiled. I'll be at Ikea soon buying the appropriate serving glasses.

Making a stab at backboodling, but as always hugs to those what needs 'em and congrats to all for any good fortune.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 18, 2011 8:01 AM | Report abuse

SCC-macchiato

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 18, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

A two hour delay for the Feds is much like a game of chicken. The longer you wait to drive in the greater the chance that you will encounter heavy traffic.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 18, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Morning all, hi Cassandra! We're getting rain to your freezing rain and snow in DC. I hope you all enjoy it. Life is more-or-less back to normal today, yay!

I hear a sanitation truck! Could it be that my recycling bin, which should have been emptied last Tuesday and which is overflowing, is being emptied today? Yay again!

Onward...have a good day, all!

Posted by: slyness | January 18, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I considered that possibility, 'Mudge, rather a lot, but decided to heel-and-toe it to the Dawn Patrol strip. Good thing, too -- the ueber-boss decided to have the usual morning meeting only 10 minutes late, so I had to sit in. Quick and uneventful, thankfully. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 18, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

If Robinson's right, Sarah Palin could become worthy of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical similar to "Evita". "Don't Cry For Me..." (I can't find 4 syllables with the accent on the next-to-last).

Cassandra, Zora Neale Hurston was part of a highly supportive community in Eatonville (the Orlando suburb), which today is home to an expert on her work. Fort Pierce was and is an agricultural town. I doubt that it was a nice place then, and today it has one terribly violent neighborhood.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 18, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

http://zorafestival.com/
Orlando and Eatonville, end of January.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 18, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, Mr T and I had a nice MLK Day. It was tough for him to get up and go to work this morning. As it was raining here in the night, we didn't walk. I did 30 minutes on the exercycle, though. It's so not fun, but I've discovered I can say my morning prayers, which takes about half the time and makes the rest bearable.

Posted by: slyness | January 18, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Oh, DotC, that's EASY!!!

"Don't Cry for Me, Dear Wa-SIL-la..."

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 18, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

"PLEASE cry for me, dear Wa-SIL-la."

I think she wants the tears and attention paid.

Posted by: GomerGross | January 18, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

GomerG, I was thinking more like the lyrics from Forbidden Broadway's "Don't Cry for Me, Barbara Streisand," could quite easily be adapted... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 18, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Everyone stay safe in your Weather (it is only Weather if it is bad). We have no Weather but might get some rain later. It is already colder than it was when I woke up.

Don't cry for me, dear Tea PARty.

The Boy and I are a little puny so I'll be doing what I can from home today, watching to see if he's well enough to haul into school late. We already stopped by once, so he could turn things in and talk to his teachers.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 18, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I mentioned that a Fort Pierce, Florida neighborhood has a horrific number of shootings, roughly as many as all of Portland, Oregon (600,000 people). Looks like once-notorious Compton, California is getting quite a bit better.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-compton-crime-20110118,0,3974697.story

I figure that Palin will be pretty much forgotten a year or two from now. But not the Tea Party. LA Times has a creepy story from Arizona. Local Republican party officials stepping down out of fear.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-officials-fear-20110118,0,1006136.story

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 18, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, your 6am made me laugh. I never trust the "latest" in anything. Latest means they just haven't worked out all the bugs yet. The functionality or feature set of the window may be limited but it is remarkably stable.

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 18, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

DoTc, it is good that violence is down in Compton, but my goodness so many shootings, I did a quick check to compare vs Toronto (POp 2.5 MIL - 5 mIL depending on which stats are used). Last year 32 homicides by shooting, 60 overall, this is a drop as overall crime has been trending downward - although perceptions are the opposite.

I have been following this from work today, such a sad story, today a police office in Toronto will be buried, killed in the line of duty - this story has touched so many people around here. This coverage of the funeral a sign of the way news is covered now .

http://mobile.scribblelive.com/Event/Police_funeral_for_Sgt_Ryan_Russell

Posted by: dmd3 | January 18, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Exactly so, cowhand... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 18, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

DoTc, it is good that violence is down in Compton, but my goodness so many shootings, I did a quick check to compare vs Toronto (POp 2.5 MIL - 5 mIL depending on which stats are used). Last year 32 homicides by shooting, 60 overall, this is a drop as overall crime has been trending downward - although perceptions are the opposite.

I have been following this from work today, such a sad story, today a police office in Toronto will be buried, killed in the line of duty - this story has touched so many people around here. This coverage of the funeral a sign of the way news is covered now .

http://mobile.scribblelive.com/Event/Police_funeral_for_Sgt_Ryan_Russell

Posted by: dmd3 | January 18, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Today's Borowitz Report:

January 18, 2011

In New Era of Civility, GOP Says Obama Born ‘Near America’

Boehner Issues 'Official Republican Niceness Pledge'

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – Ushering in what it is calling “a new era of civility in American political discourse,” the Republican leadership in Congress said today that from now on it would acknowledge that President Barack Obama was born “near America.”

“It is no longer acceptable for members of our Party to say that the President of the United States was born in Kenya,” wrote Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a memo sent to all GOP House members entitled The Official Republican Niceness Pledge. “From now on, we will say that he was born nearish America, and perhaps even as close as Cuba.”

The Boehner memo said that the Party would have “zero tolerance” for Republicans who say that Mr. Obama “pals around with terrorists,” instructing members to say instead, “Obama friends terrorists on Facebook.”

The memo also instructed House members never to call Mr. Obama a “socialist,” and instead to use the less politically polarizing term, “sociopath.”

Mr. Boehner also warned GOP congressmen to stop referring to Mr. Obama’s health care reform bill as “The Job-Killing Health Care Reform Act,” advising them, “There are many perfectly good synonyms for ‘killing,’ such as ‘strangling,’ ‘terminating,’ ‘annihilating,’ and ‘eviscerating.’”

In closing, Mr. Boehner wrote, “You owe it to your families and constituents back home to conduct yourselves in a civil manner, just as President Obama owes it to his relatives and comrades back in Havana.”

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 18, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm bananana bread, coffee and OJ on the table.

TWC was hit with s slip-sliding wintry mix this morning. No delayed openings, though. Now the temp is falling and it's all gonna freeze.

*memo to self: buy snow tires for chair.*

Don't have anything to add to the discussion, so I'll just wave and wish everyone a great day.

Posted by: MsJS | January 18, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

fb,
Welcome back. On my tour of Central Europe this summer, the guide described Bavaria as the Texas of Germany. I'm still trying to parse that. We got very stereotypical there and visited a cuckoo clock factory, albeit one that makes clocks with some very modern flourishes:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/5131653986/in/set-72157625279074958/

We also ate some Black Forest chocolate cake which seemed much lighter than, but just as delicious as, the American variation.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/5131055341/in/set-72157625279074958/

Posted by: yellojkt | January 18, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Don't cry for me dearest Sarah
You were elected to be the governor
That's all we wanted
Not much to ask for

Posted by: engelmann | January 18, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

yellojkt - "Bavaria is the Texas of Germany" for the following reasons (among others)
- they were once independent, and still sort of consider themselves as a separate country - it's the "Free State of Bavaria" and this alliance with the rest of Germany is just sort of for convenience (e.g., Bavaria never approved the German Constitution, and the current largest political party, the CDU, doesn't officially exist in Bavaria; the Bavarian equivalent is the CSU
- the dialect is different there; Bavarians don't speak High German, they speak Bavarian (e.g., the word for two is "zwo" vs. "zwei" everywhere else)
- it's by far the largest state (well, okay, Texas has to ignore Alaska to make that claim; they're quick to do that :-)
- it's one of the wealthiest states, with tourism (the Alps), manufacturing (Siemens, BMW), high tech (Infineon)...

if anything, the Bavarians are more Texan than the Texans are :-)

Posted by: ArmyBrat1 | January 18, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

engelmann!

Posted by: Yoki | January 18, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, here's a loss for the music world (and early SNL fans):

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/don-kirshner-bubblegum-music-promoter-dies-at-77/

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 18, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

New kit!

Posted by: yellojkt | January 18, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

minus 41 minutes

Posted by: yellojkt | January 18, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Interesting reading, new plutocracy:
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/01/the-rise-of-the-new-global-elite/8343/1/

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 18, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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