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Posted at 6:59 AM ET, 02/10/2011

The Writing Team

By Joel Achenbach

I may have mentioned that I've been working on a writing project. The end is near. I have gathered wind-storm deadfall to build the pyre upon which this laptop will be ritually immolated in celebration of the abandonment (or "completion," as people unfamiliar with writing would call it) of the endeavor.

I've been humbled over the years by the realization of how little I know about anything, and how vast are the knowledge and expertise of others, and so I am reluctant to attempt anything so vain as to try to share any of my own modest ideas about the writing process. But as a globally renowned sage and the Last Sane Man in Western civilization, I have no choice. Hear now, friends, the wisdom of he who has been to the mountaintop.

It seems to me that all good writing is a collaboration.

Foremost, it's a collaboration between you and reader. If the reader don't get it, it don't work. The author cannot plead reader error. The author cannot say: This is actually a brilliantly written passage and you, the reader, are just too much of a numskull to understand. No. Writing is just code. It's symbols on a page or a screen that trigger a mental response in another person. That's some heavy voodoo that's evolved over the last, oh, 100,000 years or so -- pretty much the trick that separates us from the rest of the pack, animal-wise (yes, adding "-wise" to a word is always a deft literary move that will impress everyone).

Second, writing is a collaboration between the writer and the editor. You don't HAVE to have an editor, but you need one. If you don't think you need an editor, you probably ain't a writer. Yes, editors can be maddening. But contrary to what the bean-counters (yes, "bean-counters" is an original and spiffy way to refer to those charged with financial oversight) say, editors are not overhead.

But there's a final level of collaboration that's maybe not as obvious to everyone. You actually need to use four different parts of your brain to write something that's competently rendered. It's like four different people, really, all working side by side in your head.

First, there's the copy generator, the writer of the first draft, the spewer, the fulminator, the would-be artist, the literary personage who is going to tell everyone how it is and do it with turns of phrase so spectacular they actually augur a hole right into the page.

Then there's the rewriter who comes along and says of the copy generator's work: This is gibberish. This is overwrought. This makes no sense. This is illogical. And the rewriter does the rewrite. Remember what I've said over the years: All writing is rewriting. This brain module is the most important of the four. The rewriter has to cut, expand, elevate. This is where the art turns into a craft -- an evolutionary improvement, if you ask me.

Then comes the cop-on-the-beat foot patrol. You no longer are creating or revising: You're just checking everything out. This part of your brain is humorless, diligent, skeptical. You say: Is this even true? Where did this come from? Let's check it again.

Finally, the copy editor module goes to work. This requires literary fastidiousness. Should that be "was" or "were"? "Awhile" or "a while"? "Deep water" or "deepwater"? And most importantly: Does this actually say what the first three brain modules intended it to say? (I call in the cavalry for this part of the process.)

So basically what you have here are the Four Horsemen of your personal Literary Apocalypse. Let's name them Art, Craft, Fact and Grammar.

It's a team effort. And there's no "I" in team, though let me double-check that.

By Joel Achenbach  | February 10, 2011; 6:59 AM ET
 
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Well rit, boss. BZ

Posted by: Don_from_I-270 | February 10, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Although your description of the writing process seems apt explanation-wise, Joel, from my "man on the street" perspective it seems to lack a certain "nuts and bolts" quality, gestalt-wise. You might want to appeal more to a "butts and dolts" audience, demographic-wise. And lose the Four Horseman. Enumeration-wise every artist must always remember that there's a reason Mickey Mouse has only three fingers. You go beyond three and a certain portion of your readership will be unable to remember "one" and "two" train-of-thought-wise.

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

I hope Art, Craft, Fact and Grammar were OK what Mr. A fed them throughout all this.

Does one need a special environmental permit to burn a laptop?

Posted by: MsJS | February 10, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

And you thought our treatment of DUIs was lenient-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12413370

Posted by: kguy1 | February 10, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm so relieved to know the Last Sane Man in Western civilization. I hope some of it rubs off.

Joel, you have created an apt description of the writer as carrying the Apocalypse, professionally, wherever he goes. Or she, in my case.

I was particularly struck by your first observation about collaboration. Whatever I write has to be lucid enough to convince, first, the judge for whom I work, and who will adopt the thing as her own; next, a majority of the other judges; then, the parties in that particular case who actually care what it says; and finally, any of the legal or lay public at large who stumble upon it. I constantly tell my judge that if she has a question about something I've written - if she isn't sure about a sentence, or a phrase - then I've written it wrong. I'm not writing for myself. I may get the substance right, but if someone who wasn't in my head when I wrote it doesn't understand it, then it isn't well written.

I belong to an organization with a yearly retreat. This past year, the retreat was not well attended, but those who were there discussed what they'd like the group to do in the coming year. The full membership was presented with a "report" from this meeting. It is complete gibberish. Makes no sense in either the context of the organization or simply as a document written in English. When I pointed out it was gibberish, I was told, "Well, you weren't there." I had to explain that, if you had to be at a meeting to understand the report of its activities, the report is useless. It doesn't serve its stated function of transmitting information.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

It's an ill augur that drills no holes. Or something.

I should probably go strike Earl.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 10, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

My copy editor knew what it wanted to do, but then somehow messed up the keyboard work, and left mangled sentences lying around, their wounds invisible (to me) because Copy Editor would read them according to its internal memory, not as they existed on the screen.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 10, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

kguy, that was very wise.

Posted by: MsJS | February 10, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"The author cannot say: This is actually a brilliantly written passage and you, the reader, are just too much of a numskull to understand."

Odd. I could have sworn The Boss had worked with Weingarten before.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 10, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Ivansmom,
Maybe the meeting itself was gibberish?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 10, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Senator Kyl to announce retirement. One sentence that makes me giggle with delight...

Senate candidate Joe Arpaio

Posted by: baldinho | February 10, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

But kguy, he is obviously well employed. He and his car "careered around the city".

Posted by: HeadFool | February 10, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Exactly, I'mom. As I've written in previous kits, I continue to be appalled by the lack of writing skills among many in my profession. This includes contract drafting, in addition to advocacy writing. If you want to convince someone, be it judge, jury or party, you need to make it easy for them to adopt your point of view -- which makes good writing imperative. I've read pleadings from the other side in litigation that would offend toilet paper! Contracts, too, that are hell-bent on insulting one's intelligence. I mean, one's head explodes while trying to make sense of this stuff. It makes for great war stories, but can also lead to malpractice on the part of these people.

I enjoy writing and I think I'm pretty good at it. It's easy to see who doesn't like to write -- even if it is a prominent part of the job -- because the writing tends to be on the horrific side.

btw, I'm continuing to absolutely adore Don Quixote! There are soooo many layers to this book. There simply are not enough superlatives I could cast upon Cervantes. I think I admire it more now than I might have when I was younger.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 10, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Food for thought which I will contemplate further before comment.

Off-kit --- Breaking news from NBC says that Mubarak will step down 'tonight'. It's early evening now in Egypt. With the labor strikes occuring nationwide, it's no wonder, if true.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

talitha, the story is also being reported by BBC.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12421000

That it's being discussed is a big shift.

Posted by: MsJS | February 10, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

An augur with an auger has drilled that hole maybe?

A single editor is bliss. Running a long document through 4 levels of bureaucracy for review is HELL. And the fifth Horseman of the Writocalypse is the translation review: checking that both version of a translated document actually say the same thing.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 10, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant, boss, and so right.

I wrote - that was my main reason for being employed - for people who didn't do that for a living. It meant that *I* had to do the thinking for the bosses and then put down, as best I could, what they wanted to tell their bosses and the world. I never minded being edited; it was a joke with my first fire chief that I couldn't write ANYTHING that he wouldn't make changes to. The bosses drove me crazy when they were illogical or didn't think something through. The issue would be so clear to me, and their inability to understand was frustrating. Ah, the life of a poor scribe.

Posted by: slyness | February 10, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

What a fantastic exposition of the writing process. I especially like the description of the different cognitive functions involved.

To build a bit on what Ivansmom said, this kind of process isn't unique to writers. Any time someone is engaged in a complicated project the factors Joel describes come into play. Where professional writers have an advantage is that some of this needed structure is imposed on them, in other situations this isn't always the case.

I have heard tell of very expensive complicated projects being conceived, designed, and executed without much in the way of outside collaboration - and certainly without any kind of internal validation. These, in general, have not gone well.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 10, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Expanding on what RD just wrote, I can draw one analogy regarding my own work. While I may very well conceive of a design or pattern all on my own, if I have a client (especially a retail buyer) you can bet that there is a collaberative process in play. I may present a prototype or maquette but, more often than not, an order will be placed with modifications according to 'selling points' or simply customer preferences.
I've learned to welcome this input and feel it extends my creative muscles.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

scc: collaboration

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Been awhile since I last commented in 'da boodle' Joel. Good to hear that your abandonment is close, as the spring is not that far away and the garden will need some surveying from the porch soon.

Anyway I must take issue regarding your expectation of written symbols to actually lead for the reader to 'get it'. If that is the level where the bar is set; then what about all the philosophical, religious and scientific works (let's assume we only include real great ones in this)? -- As those remain 'not get' by most of the symbol-reading creatures.

This naturally hasn't prevented the 'non-getters' to presume that they did 'get it', as that is the nature of the beast...animal-wise then, of the capacity of voodoo; namely, to render the most illiterate of the symbol-reading tribe to nod and smile knowingly.

When every symbol is taken apart and looked at separately then naturally we all do 'get it'. I call it the 'alphabet soup'. When digested, the result is an endless cacophony of other form of symbol dispersal. Speaking. That most of it is as well beyond any possibility to 'get it' is quite logical outcome.

So, to write for others to 'get it' might be good for the bottom-line and, say, fame and other perks. Still, that does not a great work make. Then again, that probably is by definition beyond most of us and we have to settle for the ordinary soup. In that case your advice is an excellent one.

Be good.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 10, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/142270

The headline reads "Mubarak Quits"

Posted by: MsJS | February 10, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Alas, DaveOTC, I strongly suspect that the meeting itself was indeed gibberish. Frankly, that's one reason I didn't attend. It is entirely possible that the report was an accurate reflection of the proceedings. That still doesn't make it helpful.

Ellen Knickmeyer has a great analysis of Saleh in Yemen on foreignpolicy.com which, I believe, pretty much guarantees that he won't let her back into the country. As family I would be relieved by this, except that right now she's in Cairo. It reminds me of when she was stationed in Baghdad, with a R&R apartment in Beirut.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Since Joel's kit is oil-related, it's perhaps on-kit to bring up Peak Oil's nasty brother, Peak Phosphorus. An editorial from the current issue of Bioscience:
http://www.aibs.org/bioscience-editorials/editorial_2011_02.html

BBC is quite busy with "the swirl of rumor," as one of their news people just put it.

Which makes me wonder how the NY Times columnists, Cohen and Kristof, are managing to write coherently from such a disjointed situation.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 10, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Oh, poo on that phosphorus-poor soil.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 10, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Scott Adams wrote recently about having several brains.
http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/two_heads/

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 10, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

k-guy

I think you got something there.

ftb3
That toliet paper comment gets me every time.

Excellent kit, JA. I'm not a writer as everyone can tell from the comments. In school, it was a very hard subject for me. In writing classes, what you said in the kit is exactly what teachers tried to drum in our heads, most times without much success.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 10, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The Boy is out of school again today. I can't really complain. The snow and ice hasn't caused many road problems this time, but it is quite cold. It was about -5 F when I got up shortly before 8 am. That is too cold for kids to stand out and wait for a bus, and not all the schools have heat in every part of the facility. It has warmed up quickly to 13 F, and is supposed to break 30 this afternoon. The heaters (set at 65 and 67) are working valiantly. However, at these temperatures, every surface in the house has a faint chill.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Loved the Adams piece, Jumper ... and your comment. Still talking myself into or out of posting this.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Until today I coulda sworn the Four Horsemen of the Literary Apocalypse were Cisco, Pancho, Hopalong and Sundance.

I could have that wrong, however.

I would add an asterisk to Joel's No. 4, the internal copy editor person. Yes, a writer must and should use this function. Having said that, I would also say that this internal copy editor is doomed to failure, because NO ONE can competently edit his/her own stuff. Someone who is really, really fabulously good at it will, even then, only get 99% of the errors. Only a second pair of eyes can competently finish the job. Simply as a matter of catechism, I hold that no one in existence can copy edit his/her own writing. Cannot be done. (Bearing in mind that the goal here is zero defects, which is as it should be.)

Maybe it was Cisco, Pancho, Hopalong and Butch.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 10, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Chiron, Anchius, Hippotion and Elatus?

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Um, stewardess, am I the only one who hears that pounding noise?

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/02/09/Baggage-handler-locked-in-cargo-hold/UPI-13551297285878/

Posted by: kguy1 | February 10, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

A Pulitzer-worthy headline-

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/02/cia-ok-ok-we-need-better-info-on-mideast-unrest/

Posted by: kguy1 | February 10, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

You are so right, Mudge. I have that built-in "first catch" function, but I can't truly copyedit my own work because I know what it says, or at least what I meant it to say. That's what I read. I am incredibly fortunate that our administrative assistant teaches writing skills in college on the side. She cite checks and copyedits all our work. I never have to worry that something incoherent, or even just wrong, will be handed down. Not all the judges have such gems working for them, and their attorneys' work is made that much harder.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

kguy, you're on a roll today.

Apropos of today's kit, as I type this, Garrison Keiler is reciting his Writer's Almanac. He reminds me that above all the grammar, sentence structure, pacing, and streamlining, good writing requires at its core good ideas.

Warmest Regards,

CowTown

Posted by: jp1954 | February 10, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The Newt calls for abolition of the EPA.
I post this link only so y'all can see the, um ... visage.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/eye-on-2012/newt-gingrich-calls-for-abolit.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

CowTown, good writing requires at its core good ideas? I'm doomed.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I saw that story on the front page of WaPo, talitha. Do I really need to read the story? I'd rather not...

Posted by: slyness | February 10, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I long for the day when the EPA calls for the abolition of Newt Gingrich. On the theory that turn-about is fair play.

Good to see you again, Cow Town. And Keillor is quite right. Thinking (and good thinking) presages all good writing. Otherwise there'd be Charles Krauthammers all over the place. And People's Exhibit B is the fact that Glenn Beck writes novels. Which simply proves that no matter how good the technical craft, if there's a glasshat behind it, the technique and craft don't matter a damn. Exhibit C: The Turner Diaries.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 10, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I saw that pic of the Newtster and my first thought was, "Man, that photog HATES Newt." My second thought was, "Now is that Waldorf or Statler?"

Posted by: kguy1 | February 10, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Via Tom Toles, biology teachers teaching creationism: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/science/08creationism.html?ref=us

What's next? Physics teachers pussyfooting aroung the theory of this so-called "gravity"? English teachers saying "There or They're" are both OK in all occasions, it's a matter of opinion.

Not having access to professional copy-editing and having to write plenty I totally *heart* Mudge's view on copy-editing. Add a couple of lawyers and engineers who think they are English majors (Not!) to the mix and it is Heck.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 10, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

kguy, I'm pretty sure Waldorf is the toothless one. My first thought was how toadish and utterly inbred in a Deliverance-like way he looked.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I pretty much sucks at writing. The problem is that my teachers didn't learn me my english no good.

Posted by: WhackyWeasel | February 10, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Curmudgeon, thanks for the qualifier. "Good" ideas are key, they can even be frivolous, like the Turner Diaries.

Posted by: jp1954 | February 10, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Nope, I'm wrong. The toothless one is Statler. Wouldn't want something so important to go uncorrected. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

My favorite example of knowing what you mean yet not clearly conveying it, is the word "rock." As in stone.

I picture the size of the rock in my head, write or say "rock," and then confidently expect the listener or reader to see the same sized rock as I picture.

Of course, "rock" may be an inch across, or mass a hundred tons or more.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 10, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I think a somewhat more substantial question might be, "Why does the WaPo think Newt's announcement-- as unexpected and surprising as it might be [he said, sarcastically] -- is worthy of the #2 story position on the home page? If any other has-been not-in-office ex-politican on the other side called for a perfectly predictable (but clearly untenable) plan, would it also merit #2 page status? Rhetorical question.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 10, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

From the Post's Capital Weather Gang:

"For the second time this winter, snow covers the ground in portions of every state (including Hawaii, just barely) except Florida. NOAA's National Snow Analyses indicate almost two thirds (65 percent) of the lower 48 is covered by snow today."

There's a link on the following to a picture of the snow in Hawaii. "Just barely" is a kind description:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2011/02/snow_on_ground_49_states_us_ab.html

Posted by: -pj- | February 10, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

O sur, whacky blaim yer titchers. Titchers got enuf 2 do without having to titch u speling.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 10, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Great Kit Joel. At one of my former jobs I used to proof letters and resumes. I hated it because it was so easy to miss something, no matter how careful I was trying to be. Editing well is a skill I wish I had. I sure hope it never completely falls victim to cost cutting and the sloppy writing and spelling we see so much of now. (Of course now I'm afraid that this post is full of poor punctuation and bad grammar.)

Posted by: badsneakers | February 10, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely true about the second set of eyes needed. In lieu of a living person, it also helps to make a printed draft to reread or to hit a preview button where the page format changes.

I find most of the grammar and spelling errors on my blog only after I have hit 'Publish." The more persnickity of my readers find the rest.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 10, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Anybody a fan of "Friday Night Lights"? I just watched the final episode. Pretty good. A good ending to a great series.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 10, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Say what you want about Newt's physical attractiveness, his ability to attract the ladies is positively Kissingerian.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 10, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Grammar check in Word drives me crazy, so I have to turn it off and fend for myself. I tend to write compound/complex sentences (oh the curse of an English major!); somehow Microsoft's algorithms haven't caught up with the myriad ways people can express themselves. Spell check is a little better, but only a little.

Posted by: slyness | February 10, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I love "Friday Night Lights." But we're an antenna-tv-only household, so I haven't had a chance to see the new season yet. I'm glad to know I have something good to look forward to.

Posted by: -bia- | February 10, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Mubarak speaks life on NPR and he does not sound as if he is resigning. Lots of promises though.

Posted by: gmbka | February 10, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I think Joel needs to spell it out for Mubarak - because he clearly does not get it, afraid it might get ugly now.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 10, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, I feel the same about grammar and spell check, as I'm sure is apparent here on the boodle. I keep a google window open just to check spelling that I'm sure is wrong or for the moments when I second-guess. My run-on sentences, misuse of commas and dashes, and outright torturous use of ellipsis in informal writing is a constant embarrassment to me.

Do any of you use the technique of reading something you've written aloud to get a feeling for the flow and rhythm? This has been suggested to me and I've used it for really important letters, etc. I do tend to 'hear' as I write anyway, probably some OCD tendency.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

He is not resigning. Now I am afraid of what will happen next.

Posted by: gmbka | February 10, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

He is not resigning. Now I am afraid of what will happen next.

Posted by: gmbka | February 10, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

UH-OH! Mubarak didn't step down.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, I suppose one could hope that he's delaying his resignation to address some of the issues presented in this column from last weekend, but I won't be holding my breath:

"What Mubarak must do before he resigns"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/04/AR2011020404123.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Posted by: bobsewell | February 10, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Call me crazy, but I think the Glee versions of 'Bad Romance' and 'Poker Face' are better than Lady Gaga's

Posted by: omni3 | February 10, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

talitha, I've been watching Scott Adams for a while improving his writing. He is lately often pretty funny.

Just saw Rep. Ron Paul anger me by omission. One can criticize the Western forms of government but I think one thing we have gotten right pretty well is the orderly transition of power. Not always: say an Arizona senator wanted to groom a successor, teach that individual the ropes, and then put his weight behind that individual basically taking over the job. If I was opposed to that senator, I would politically resist, but I wouldn't find basic moral fault in the man's instinct to responsibly transition political power.

There are lots of countries with which we find ourselves partially allied, yet which have awful and, to me, almost inevitably painful power transitions, due to a lack of historically or constitutionally mandated enforcement of, smooth power transitions.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 10, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I remember way back when, I think it was Word 6, it had not only spell check and grammar check but also a grade level check. I was often rewriting memos and e-mails to dumb it down from grade 15 to grade nine. I was surrounded by colleagues who were computer programming literate only.

Posted by: omni3 | February 10, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

One of the major distinctions between 'real' democracy and authoritarianism in all its flavors is whether or not positions of high power are hereditary or not. It rarely turns out well when such is the case. Another example of Dubya being a good example of a bad example.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 10, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I remember that Omni!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 10, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Their; there; and they're

Pretty easy actually

there is where
they're is they are
their's is everything else

Posted by: omni3 | February 10, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

While they're hardly begging for money, the City Paper did establish a fund to help pay for the Snyder lawsuit defense.

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/legaldefense

Posted by: bobsewell | February 10, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Internal copy editor me ways

I have a bad memory. If I wait a week or a month and reread I can catch 99% of that last percent.

But then that doesn't explain the pop essay quizzes I aced in high school, or the night before due, rough draft turned is a final draft I also aced.

I am weird (Hi Tom Fan}

Posted by: omni3 | February 10, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Ironically, one of the worst writers I ever came across was an English Major.

Go figure...

Posted by: omni3 | February 10, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

SCC: is is as

HaHa

Posted by: omni3 | February 10, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

bob, thanks for pointing out the article about steps that Mubarak could take prior to a resignation to ensure an 'easier transition'. These are the finer points of their constitution, etc. that I'm trying to understand in all the myriad reports and opinion pieces. I had missed that one.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

shrieking-denizen,
I think Conservapedia trashes relativity because it leads to relativism in place of moral absolutes.

Einstein apparently regretted the name he'd given his theory.

The Nazis of course banned relativity, forcing physicists like Heisenberg to circumlocute, just as Soviet biologists had to avoid "Mendelism".
____________________

Human Rights Watch (via Kristof) already reported 302 deaths in the Egypt protests. With unrest spreading to strikes and road/railroad blockages, I doubt that the Army or the police are in any position to apply further force, except maybe to avert a Ceauşescu-style dénouement and protect major government facilities.

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/02/08/egypt-documented-death-toll-protests-tops-300

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 10, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Joel Overlooked This Teammate:

Writers' diet,walks and sleep
are bossed by fifth teammate-
Mr. Hygenie.

(Forget hygenie,
you risk writing quality
and household health.)

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 10, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

A news story at Science says that Cyclone (=hurricane) Yasi moved quickly across the Great Barrier Reef at high tide and apparently did little damage.

The new issue has feature stories on dealing with data. Gobs and gobs of data. Dollops of data. Deluges of data. Where's Dr. Seuss when you need him?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 10, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Hello boodle! One of those days where Tampa air quality could be described as "lumpy" it is so gloomy and humid, like gray oobleck.

Nothing to add to the kit, that hasn't already been mentioned, but I'll keep talking anyway. I know well that everyone needs a copy editor, but compared to other comment threads the boodle is refreshingly well spelled and punctuated. That it is so frequently full of interesting stuff is not merely refreshing, it's (expletive) miraculous.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 10, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I swear I did not see DotC ask for Dr. Seuss before using oobleck as a weather descriptor.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 10, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't know the Seussian term for the masses of oak catkins that are soon to descend from the trees.

I'm figuring out how to make on-the-spot guacamole at a meeting this evening. You can't make the stuff ahead of time, so I need to requisition onion, cilantro, maybe serrano pepper and pack chopping board, molcajete, 2 soft backyard avocados, and a spoon.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 10, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

DotC, you remind me of the time in my early 20s (~40-ish years ago, which is indeed frightening, so I'll stop thinking about it) when I made guacamole on a regular basis, heavy on the hot pepper sauce. It's so comforting to know that avocados are considered a health food. And chocolate.

*purring*

And speaking of purring, I'm getting myself revved up to get a 90 minute massage on Saturday -- I'm going to try to get one once/month. Massages are terrific for the immune system, and I've been known to get a gift card for friends for birthdays, etc. Books and massages make wonderful gifts, I find.

Still slogging around on the complaint I'm drafting to transfer infringing domain names to our client. ICANN proceedings are kind of fun, and once in the system, they go pretty quickly (~ 60 days). This means my weekend plans are changed *yet again* !!!

I'll lurk at best tomorrow, but if there's a fun thread going, I just might jump in.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 10, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

...there's a Grade 15???


OH MY GOD I NEVER FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!!!

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 10, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

...and meanwhile, so much for the CIA, Panetta and the WaPo all claiming Mubarak was going to step down tonight.

It doesn't do much good to explain the rules for their/they're/there, or two/to/too, its/it's or whatever rule, because the people who mis-use them (all of us) do so nothing them wull well. We don't make those mistakes because we are ignorant of the rule; we make those mistakes because we write phonetically in our heads... and then when we copy edit, we don't "see" them because we already know what we meant. I have looked dead square at my own "their" error twenty times and not seen the SOB. Second pair of eyes, always.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 10, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

DotC, I've prepared guacamole up to three hours ahead of time and been successful in preserving it's freshness as follows: Once it's mixed place it in the serving bowl (I have a deep, footed, round stone bowl from Mexico) and squeeze fresh lemon juice to completely cover the exposed surface. Cover with cling wrap and press it down firmly against the surface of the guacomole so no air can reach the surface. As I'm sure you know, it's the oxygen that 'browns' the avocados. If kept in the fridge until almost serving time it's good to go.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Lemon juice is an excellent antioxidant. But the guacamole kit's loaded in a Rubbermaid-type storage box. Need to get cilantro en route.

No idea whether the local avocado trees will live. They're Persea americana. The native Persea borbonia (red bay) have mostly suffered sudden death from a new disease.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 10, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely, Mudge. In our firm, we always vet our pleadings and articles, etc. with at least one more set of eyes. And when we're filing pleadings in other jurisdictions, we always vet them with our local counsel, especially to see if they comply with local court rules and idiosyncrasies (almost spelled that sucker right the first time).

I find the "its/it's" conundrum easier to parse, because if you expand "it's" to "it is" and apply it to whatever you're writing, it will make sense or not. If it doesn't, use the other word.

Another thing is if at all possible, to "sleep" on your writing -- take a day or two off before looking at it again. Actually, sometimes years have gone by and I've uncovered something I've written and wonder who wrote it ('cuz *damn it's good*). Out of sight, out of mind, and out of mind, and out of mind, etc.

It's nice to be able to google words and confirm definitions and spelling. It's much easier than leafing through a dictionary. But, slyness, I'm with you when it comes to grammar and spelling in Word. I really should shut them both off, as much of the time the suggestions are completely wrong.

Dinner time. Too bad I don't have any avocados. *sigh*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 10, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

And then there's the question of punctuation. Have you heard this one?

A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

"Why?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"I'm a panda," he says, at the door. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

"PANDA. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

This story explains the title of a book on punctuation by Lynne Truss, called "Eats, Shoots & Leaves."

Posted by: orawh | February 10, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, and the Egyptian people,

loved this tweet, describes it well

http://twitter.com/#!/search/gobsmacked

Posted by: dmd3 | February 10, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, I left a comment for you on the other blog.

Posted by: orawh | February 10, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

To our dear Sage....

BRILLIANT...

as always!

Posted by: MissToronto | February 10, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Came home early today and just had to turn on the TV to 'see' Tahrir square. Newshour wasn't on yet so I turned to Katie Couric. Only to watch her premature orgasm in anticipation of a "bloodbath".

voyeurs carry on
looking blindly through one way
mirroring vultures

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 10, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Watching events in Egypt unfold in real time on Twitter today has been amazing. Riveting.

http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23jan25

Posted by: -TBG- | February 10, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Orawh, we lovelovelove Eats, Shoots, and Leaves here...great book.

Posted by: slyness | February 10, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Miss Toronto, Kim, TomFan(?).

Y'all aren't thinking expansively enough. Mubarak stepped down - depending on how you define that. Of course, everyone other than him and his lackeys defines it as "leaving office entirely". There's your problem.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I *heart* eats shoots and leaves!

*wishing sweet dreams to Ora*

*wishing sweet dreams to the rest of you as that time of the evening comes*

Posted by: MsJS | February 10, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I think that is "stepped down" Ivansmom ;-) Reminds me of the old Soviet era "elections"

Posted by: dmd3 | February 10, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Mudge-I wish most people knew when to use there, they're and their. Sure, here we know and make the error because proofreading yourself is impossible. But, I can say with much certainty far too many people don't know. It makes me cry, but I daresay a significant minority don't know and don't care.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 10, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I had a former boss whose work I always had to edit,cannot count the number of there/their corrections.and quite a few your/you're.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 10, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

The thing that bugs me most about the misuse of it's and its, your and you're and so on, is not when I find this in readers' comments (and I am not referring to Boodlers, who write very well). What bugs me is when I find these mistakes as well as mistakes in grammar and syntax in articles and columns in various newspapers. Don't they have proof readers or copy editors or whatever they are called to go over what has been written? I guess in the digital age the blue pencil is a thing of the past.

Posted by: orawh | February 10, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Ora, I can't stand those errors either; I read English by eye, not by ear.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 10, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

It's so nice to have a president who not only likely had input in writing this statement, but I'm sure understands every word of it...

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/10/statement-president-barack-obama-egypt

Posted by: -TBG- | February 10, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I am one tired puppy! I cleaned the bathroom here, and then went to the church and cleaned the ladies bathrooms. Picked up the g-girl, and commenced the after school program. We did fractions and tried our hand at writing, nothing close to what we're talking about here, but just getting a thought on paper.

I took the kids outside with the basketball, and we threw that around for awhile. Kids loved it, and so did I, but Lord, I'm suffering now.

I hope I can put one foot in front of the other one in the morning or better still, get out of the bed!

The Egyptians aren't going home. Those folks want that man gone, not stepping aside, but completely out of the picture.

Sweet dreams, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 10, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, bless you. You did more important work today than I do in weeks.

At one point in my career, I moved to a new city, there were no law jobs, and I worked as a temp. My only criterion was no law firms. The temp office, of course, had other criteria based on my almost complete lack of skills. Once I subbed in for an executive assistant for two weeks. I had to type a lot of the boss's letters. He was a nice man but not a writer. Finally I went in, swore him to secrecy, explained my qualifications, and asked him to let me edit his letters before we sent them out. We were both happy for the rest of my time there.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

grade 15 is equivalent to a junior in college, BUT YOU KNEW THAT

The secret to the rule is to say it every time you write it: they're v. they are. if you can do that you're (you are) one third of the way there (where)

Posted by: omni3 | February 10, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm totally flabbergasted by what has happened in Egypt. It makes no sense to me that Mubarak would schedule a speech unless to announce he was leaving. This makes me wonder if he was planning on stepping down earlier, but then changed his mind.

It just goes to show, I'm afraid, how difficult it is to predict the actions of an individual. The rational actor model breaks down entirely. This could get much uglier.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 10, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Yes another one: it's v. its

it's : it is
otherwise its possessive


(oh and the shout out to Tom Fan was an acknowledgement to her mnemonic for helping remember how to spell weird: we are weird)

Posted by: omni3 | February 10, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

RD: my guess is he just couldn't stand the thought of giving "his" people the satisfaction of leaving. There will be at least one more attempt by he and his forces to crack down. When that fails he will be done. It will be ugly.

Posted by: baldinho | February 10, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I was talking to the Boy about what's happening in Egypt. I mentioned that Mubarak's chief lackey is Sulieman. He immediately made the aural connection to Saruman, evil henchman of the Lord of the Rings, and proclaimed Mubarak as Sauron. There's hope for the Boy yet.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Mubarak will be carried out in a box if he's not careful.

Good Kit. I find the creative "spewing" process very hard. I edit in my head, before I commit to paper, so I don't have many "errors" - I really should have been a copy editor. I didn't realize I did that until maybe 15 years ago, when I read a book by Katharine White, where she told about how agonizing it was for her to write a column - her editing instincts kicked in before she wrote a word. But I agree it's best to have someone else do the copy editing, especially for clarity. If nothing else, I print what I write - nearly always find a mistake that I didn't see on the screen.

I do have a big problem with "a while" and "awhile", and with compound words (one word, two, hyphenated?).

Posted by: seasea1 | February 10, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Imom, tell the Boy that I 'hear' Suruman every time someone says Sulieman, too. If I'd never seen photos/video of the Egyptian vice-prez I'd picture him as Christopher Lee in full costume.

Cassandra, one of these days I'm going to order you to slow down, though I know it would be futile. You're amazing!

I've been listening to Rachel Maddow all week on the Egyptian situation, but today and tonight she has really shone. That woman has her stuff down.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The situation in Egypt is going to make me find a copy of Anatomy of a Revolution, to check out their progress. If Mubarak were smart, he'd leave the country posthaste and find a nice secluded, secure, luxurious palace to live out his days.

Posted by: slyness | February 10, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, I told the Boy it's a mind-meld. He's part of the Borg.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

The Mubarak clan may live wherever they want. Muby's worth 40 billions, Gamal lost out on the Pharaohnic status but has 17 bils stashed away and Mrs. M managed to save 5 billions from her weekly allowance. Unfortunately, a good share of that money comes from US taxpayers. Protecting Israel at all cost has a price.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 10, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

talitha,
As tonight's guacamole neared completion, a backyard Meyer lemon showed up and joined the party.

My backyard Monroe avocados turned out to be perfect. One was very soft and turning black, but the flesh was perfect. The other was just a bit firmer. Powdered chipotles substituted well for fresh serrano.

For what it's worth, USDA has incredible germplasm resources of cherries, plums and many other fruits suitable for the Washington area. Grafting enthusiasts can obtain budstock.

Citrus breeding is on a fast track, with genetic engineering using citrus-only genes. The trifoliolate orange, Poncirus, is providing disease resistance, as are some citrus varieties, including Temple oranges, a very old variety.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 10, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Sounds exhausting. Hope it brings you fortune and more fame.

Where is that oil these days, anyway?

Posted by: Windy3 | February 10, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I read this the other day, I had not heard of this before.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/drilling-technology-sparks-new-oil-boom/article1898055/

Posted by: dmd3 | February 10, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

George Washington U's own Marc Lynch has described the Mubarak speech: Worst. Speech. Ever.

http://lynch.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/10/responding_to_the_worst_speech_ever

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 10, 2011 10:32 PM | Report abuse

WAMU has switched from their regular schedule (would be As it Happens from CBC now) to carry BBC coverage of Egypt. Hope to hear good news sooner rather than later.

TBG-thanks for linking to the POTUS statement. Very reassuring to have a grown up making the hard decisions.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 10, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Joel, I hear you - my own best writing (which is not to say that it's been described as "good") has always been a team sport.

That editing process isn't always only the copy edit function, it's very helpful for someone to read what I've written, smack me on the back of the head and ask, "What in the world are you trying to say here?"

It helps me to talk through what I'm trying to write, to defend it verbally, and to discuss ideas or directions of a given piece with someone who's trying to make me better despite myowndamnself.

I need an editor. Absolutely.

RD, today's events (or, non-events) in Egypt didn't surprise me at all. I still believe Mubarak's playing for time, dug in and trying to ride it out until the storm's over or at least until he makes the best possible deal for himself.

I wonder what he's going to do if (or maybe *when*) the VP turns on him.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 10, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes, omni, I knew that. But many thanks for the set-up. When you lob me a slow-breaking curve like that, I just got swing from the heels.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 10, 2011 11:56 PM | Report abuse

One idea is that Mubarak may be delibrately trying to incite an uprising he can then quash as "Islamic radicalism."
But tomorrow is Friday.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 11, 2011 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Pollyanna look:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/tamir-moustafa-finds-the-silver-lining-in-mubaraks-speech/article1902841/

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 11, 2011 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Luckily, I can still graduate HS if I take this test, but which I forgot to study for. Test begins in five seconds.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 11, 2011 3:52 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Ok..lets see what it is the Egyptian President wants. He has money, so he's not hanging around for that unless greed is also a problem. He thinks the people need him or that the government can't run without him? Contrary to that thinking is the fact that the people have totally disowned him, no love there, so that's not it. He, so he says, has himself ceded over power to the vice-president, so he admits that government can run without him. So what's left? Pride.

I'm up and moving about although if I had to make a fast break, I could not do that. Hope the need doesn't come up. Time to find the coffee.

Scotty, you're still on the mend, I hope.

Slyness, yesterday turned out so nice, although a little windy, but nice and sunny. It is suppose to be a little warmer today. I hope to sit on the porch for a little bit. Is it good for a walk this morning?

Have a stunning(in a good way) day to the weekend, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 11, 2011 5:25 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra! *HUGSSS* :-)

Perhaps I-mom, ftb and the other legal-eagle Boodlers can put my mind at ease: It's OK when your in-house lawyers are laughing WITH you, right? :-)

I'm shocked (seriously this time) that Jerry Sloan resigned as coach of the Utah Jazz. Quite a loss for the NBA.

And Egypt is still in one piece this morning, I'm happy to see. I was really surprised to see so many people (including Panetta) go out on a limb and predict Mubarak's actions prior to the speech. Kinda gave Muby the "foreign pressure" excuse, pale as it is.

*TFSMIF-and-all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips-too Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 11, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone! Hey Cassandra, I think you summed Mubarak up completely in one paragraph.

We did have a nice walk this morning, cool but pleasant. Venus has been gorgeous this week and the sun is just about up when we get back home. The mountain forecaster we like says winter will essentially be over after this weekend, but we are dry and will continue to have less than normal rain. It's the La Nina thing.

Busy morning ahead, going to do craft class for the first time in a month. I'm glad it's Friday.

Cassandra, don't overdo today but rest and enjoy the warmth on the porch.

Posted by: slyness | February 11, 2011 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! I have absolutely no evidence to support this theory, but I wouldn't be surprised if some of Mubarak's Arab autocrat brethren made him question his life expectancy if he left at what looks like pressure from the nation's youth. They're probably using Tunisia and Egypt as evidence that keeping their own people inadequately educated is the best course.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 11, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Good morning indeed, to all ye boodelites. (Can I say boodelites? - Ah well, seen that I am non-native speaker, maybe even un-native, come to think of it, I take my chances.)

Agreed with the sentiment that it is good to see Egypt in one piece as of yet, but signs are looking ominous to say the least. Until now the demonstrators have shown incredible strength and wisdom in the manner they have conducted themselves, so I pray and hope for positive end result.

To get in real dramatic mood when reading about Egypt's fate; here is an amazing tune by Zafer Tawil (Palestinian musician): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSLR1s2l_h4

The more past due-date milk gets, the more it starts to live a life on its own. I guess that applies to the Mubarak regime as well. It is/would be quite hilarious, if not for all the blood it causes.

Have a great day all or at least perseverance 'til the weekend commences.

Be good.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all. Slyness, I've been amazed at that morning star, Venus, this week myself. What a sight.

Everyone's readings on Mubarak's actions feed my own ... the man is simultaneously transparent and an enigma. Along with all other possible motivations, I think he's stalling just long enough to cover his ass-ets.

It's a brilliant blue-sky morning here ... wishing the same for you all .....

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I-mom, you and Boy are so much more high-minded than me. When I first saw the name "Sulieman" I thought "Octomom?"

Posted by: Raysmom | February 11, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for resurfacing, JyriSulin, and welcome back! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 11, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. JyriSulin, boodelites works, as would boodlerinos.

Scottynuke, sure, usually it is ok if your legal staff laughs with you. Usually. Is there an edge to it? Desperation? No, really, I'm sure it is fine.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 11, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse


For those of us who write very little, the great thing about the process is the revelation of how disorders the thought process actually is. All those internal voices don't naturally reach a consensus until you try to communicate.

As far as Joel's project, I hope it finds a receptive audience. All the focus and drama of last summer seems to have slipped beneath the waves without leaving much of an oil slick. The public is hungry for something more gaudy...with moving pictures.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 11, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I am off today and watching the reports from Egypt, a story that the barbed wire was knocked down in front of state TV (did the protesters storm the building? No) they started shouting to remain peaceful and restored the barbed wire fence.

If violence starts I suspect is will not be from these protesters.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

dmd-it's got to be infuriating to those in the government who'd like a real excuse to launch a violent crack down. "Look, 'they' tore down the fence." "Oh, carp. Who screwed up and let them put it back up?"

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 11, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Are boodelites the ones that hang from the ceiling or stick up from the floor?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 11, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

this may be big:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/world/middleeast/12egypt.html?hp

Posted by: -jack- | February 11, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I know frosti I do not know whether to be impressed by the determination, dignity and restraint of the protestors, or frustrated at the apparent lack of knowledge of Revolution 101 :-).

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Indeed, jack. Or Muby might just be working on his tan.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 11, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

The NYT is reporting Mubarak has left town-- he's supposedly in Sharm-el-Shiek on the Red Sea at the bottom of the Sinai Peninsula, where he has a vacation home. But it also puts him a quick hop away from Saudia Arabia, if he needs to beat feet to a safe haven. But basically, if he's left Cairo as reported, that's the ball game. He's just been stalling long enough to get his escape route and safe haven set up. Sounds like the Saudis have agreed to take him.

Buh-bye, Hosni. We hardly knew ye.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Please add my name to the bottom of Raysmom' 9:03 post. My thoughts exactly. I can admit, though, that most of my current cultural knowledge comes from my weekly viewing of The Soup. Like a Reader's Digest of trash.

Here is an interesting article from the WSJ about how the rally on Jan 25 was successfully hidden from police until too late...

http://ht.ly/3UxXj

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

an estsimated 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes, representing information in its various forms,passed through the world's IT systems last y3ear. the dreaded exabyte. thatsa biga meatball.

Posted by: -jack- | February 11, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Twitter is abuzz...

"State TV: an urgent and important communique will be delivered momentarily."

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

yello, you evoked my first chuckle of the day. I envisioned the bunker with some of us hanging like bats from the ceiling. The floor model metaphor eludes me.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

God bless you Ivansmom for validating boodelites. (Sigh of enormous relief). Boodlerinos gives me, for inexplicable reason, image of dancing ballerinas. To think of, and see myself, in such a cute outfit is most disturbing. Not only to me, I might add.

Thanks Scotty for the warm (re-)welcome. I guess frostbitten said it the best here, regarding the kit.

Quote:"...but compared to other comment threads the boodle is refreshingly well spelled and punctuated. That it is so frequently full of interesting stuff is not merely refreshing, it's (expletive) miraculous". End quote.

Makes me wonder and weep that I ever went AWOL to start with, but sometimes life takes unforeseen turns.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Looks like I'm not the only one with an addiction to snark-

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5bc6d41ec7/sarah-palin-media-addict?rel=player

Posted by: kguy1 | February 11, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

*Memo to self: Replace "Boodleputian" with "Boodelite" in all future Shop Steward correspondence and in Bunker Style Manual, Chap. 2, § 102.3(a) et seq.*

*cc: Scotty, slyness*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I thought of ballerinas too, JyriSulin! Also poodles. Boodlerina ballerina poodlerinas? In dainty tutus.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 11, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

TBG, the WSJ story was fascinating. What a movie that would make.

I know it's corny but ever since the protests began I've had the song from Les Miz running through my head.

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

CNN says Army tanks at the presidential palace have now turned their turrets away from the crowd.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Whatever that link is, kguy, the federal gummint won't let me look at it. I hope it doesn't violate any Milbankian SWMNBMDTMoF regulations.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Here it is from another source-

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/09/sarah-palin-media-addict-_n_821019.html

I think they just cut out the full frontal nudity part.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 11, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of ballerinas, have you guys seen this fabulous hawt hawt hawt outtake from "The Black Swan"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuX68gGyV9I

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

TBG-thanks for the reminder to take a look at the twitter feed.

Who else thinks this is going to give AJ English a great boost? It's like extreme weather and TWC.

I'm thinking boodleites are the ones that rise up from the floor, kittites hang down from the ceiling.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 11, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Mudge-as a precaution I am saving all of K-guy's potentially problematic postings to a post-SWMNBMDTMoF file.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 11, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – Explaining why he had been convinced yesterday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was about to relinquish his position, President Barack Obama said that he had been misled by Mr. Mubarak’s out of office autoreply to Mr. Obama’s email.

Embarrassed at the misinterpretation, Mr. Obama conceded today that “maybe I took it a little too literally.”

In a sign that he is losing patience with the Egyptian leader, Mr. Obama said that the U.S. was preparing to send Mr. Mubarak a new email “with the strongest frowny-faced emoticons at our disposal.”

Posted by: kguy1 | February 11, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

It is my day off I had big plans, cleaning, shopping, laundry etc but I am glued to the TV watching events in Egypt - state TV (Anchors) now in dialogue with protestors - Wow.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

AJ English says the Army has quit trying to keep people away from state TV and is allowing the protesters to control the flow.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 11, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Adios Hosni! It is a universal axiom among parents and others in tenuous authority that once control of the TV is relinquished, all is lost.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 11, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I prefer the Boodle full-strength, not lite. Boodleians. I suppose the Cayman Islanders will be calling us Boodlearians.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 11, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Can anybody recommend a live feed from Cairo on the Internet? MCNBC and CNN are worthless at the moment.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

It must be a sign of how busy this morning is that I needed about 10 readings to fully grasp that AJ English does not refer to an individual writer... *SIGH*

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

Mudge I watched the Al Jazeera live feed on the WAPO home page, while I was at work yesterday, quite impressed.

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

State TV: "Mubarek is stepping down and the higher council of the armed forces will lead the nation."

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Interesting listing to the translation, translator could not hide his joy when he say MUBARAK STEPS DOWN.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

And the crowd goes wild.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Does that mean the army gave him the boot?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Missed the announcement, but watching the celebration live on AJ. Wow.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 11, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Well, I'll be swaggered. Jubilation!
What's next?

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Apparently the supreme military council is in charge. This isn't as bad as it might sound, I don't think.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 11, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Is AJ English a cousin of Radio Free Europe?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 11, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The video and live commentary is amazing on Al Jazeera English...

http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

wow.

Posted by: -jack- | February 11, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Well shoot. How am I supposed to get any work done now?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Yay, Yay, YAY!!!

Posted by: slyness | February 11, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Now onto Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Saudi-Arabia and the small Gulf States -- and a few more African ones. With a little luck by May China will go pop peacefully.

That will mean oil price will go up and goods will get more expensive for us, but we have to stand with the populations of the oppressed and pay the price for it (and our wicked foreign polices of the past). Fair enough, I'd say.

God (or wisdom for the godless) bless the good people of Egypt today and us all in the days and months to come.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Wolf Blitzer: "I imagine there are a lot of nervous dictators."

Ya think? CNN should examine why most of us are watching AJ English. The commentary there is amazing. The people covering the story are Egyptians. Their analysis and feelings are incredible.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

...naturally the old USSR states (the '7 stans', Russia itself, again, etc.) need to get on the train as well, as do quite a few more nations in Asia. Interesting times ahead, indeed.

That it all may work out for the better requires great deal of rethinking of the way world operates for the powers in the west as well. A lot of folks in the West are not amused I can tell ya.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse


Trying to put the pieces back together again in Egypt is now the difficult part. This uprising was mostly led by a loose coalition of young people. Now, the army is in charge, as it always has been, with the Muslim Brotherhood as the only disciplined opposition party on the scene. And it is all against a backdrop of rising commodity prices that has been a trigger for unrest of many populations living on the edge.

May you live in interesting times.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 11, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

As part of an English assignment to create a book about "themselves" Eldest was asked to pick the three places in the world she wants to see. She picked Ireland, Greece and Egypt. This was last night and due to the situation she was trying to think of another place that held as much interest.

With luck by the time she is ready to travel she will be able to visit a safe, and free Egypt a proud nation that contains so many links to the ancient world.

I wish them all peace and patience over what will be and exciting, trying and difficult path to democracy. I think they can handle it with grace and dignity.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

You don't think the "loose coalition of young people" has been disciplined enough Mr. Ed? What evidence do you have that the muslim brotherhood is any better organized, has a greater/more poplar base, and any wiser/more powerful leaders in Egypt?

Sometimes it takes only a few days to form a "party", and you have only seen the surface.

Then again, you could be right and we're looking forward to a nation of 80 million radical islamists hell bent on war with Israel and US and less worried about the price of onions. Because that's clearly what the Loose Coalition party has been fighting for.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 11, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Did I just hear the AJ English announcer say that Obama is to make a statement soon? I decided to plug in my earphones (the volume is faint for some reason) and was adjusting them when I thought I heard that.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I think if the west wants to keep Egypt as an ally the emphasis moving forward should be on providing any and all humanitarian aid necessary to help them through the transition.

Just heard the military leaders are cancelling the parliament and cabinet - complete reboot if you will. Like the protestors I have been impressed with the role of the military, wouldn't it be nice if they set and example in other nations faced with similar situations.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, 1:39 Talitha

Our of curiosity (perhaps morbid) what spin does Fox news put on this event. You have to pay for Fox news here - which I refuse to do.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Just for you, dmd. I switched for five minutes to Fox. Paul Gigot was saying that 'we have to see if the military is disciplined enough to handle this going forward.' Then they started saying that 'flares in a crowd that large could be dangerous.' *snort*

They've got a reporter live in Cairo but up on a balcony somewhere, not down in the crowd. They're asking this guy, 'can identify the official vehicles down on the square?' As if. They just said AP reported that Switzerland has frozen assets 'possibly' belonging to the Mubaraks.

Couldn't bear any more ... back to AJ Eng.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

dmd, Fox News just reported that Nancy Pelosi has caused civil unrest in a formerly pleasant and peace-loving foreign country, paving the way for al Qaeda and the militant lesbian agenda. Film at 11.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I did see lots of tweets about Switzerland freezing assets - couldn't help but smile at that.

I have noted over the last few weeks the talking heads that look to worst case scenarios in this situation often bring up the French, Russian, Iranian revolutions - the American - not so much.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

snort Mudge, wait you were kidding right? :-) Cause it is Fox, you just never know!

Shouldn't the leader in Iran be a little uncomfortable as well?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, I'd also keep the Revolutionary War separate from those "internal" revolutions, dmd... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 11, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse


It requires little discipline to be against something and, while I doubt that the Muslim Brotherhood has great appeal for the youth that was the vanguard of this successful revolt against the dictator, someone with a positive mission must replace him. The Muslim Brotherhood has such a mission statement and is disciplined by the fact that they have survived close proximity to the Mubarak regime for many years. People don't like dictators, especially ones of long rule, but they like chaos even less.

Meanwhile the power is still the military and the last three leaders have all come from the officer corps. It is likely the next will as well. Participatory government is a tough act and it is especially tough when the nation is mired in intractable problems such as Egypt. My heart wishes them well. My head sees troubled waters.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 11, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

As a colony it was internal Scotty.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised Switzerland is freezing their assets. It gets pretty cold up in the Alps.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

ps--- The 'real' FauxNews will be when O'Reilly, Hannity and the Beckster get ahold of it. I'll wait for Jon Stewart to report on that nonsense.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

talitha, I'll give a potential preview to the Fox commenter/host take:

Sheesh, you put Republicans in control of the House and it takes only a month for the Middle East to follow their lead.... freedom against oppressive government!

Posted by: baldinho | February 11, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Yep, baldinho ... power to the "real Ameri...." Oh, wait.

Stewart and Colbert picked a helluva week to 'go on vacation', btw.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

via FactChecker:

"[Rep. Michele] Bachmann is a trained tax lawyer who used to represent the Internal Revenue Service in court cases."

*insert inept IRS joke here*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 11, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

One supposes that a trained lawyer is different in some way from all those untrained ones running loose in the park and pooping on people's lawns.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Mubarak and Suleiman, both, made the speeches yesterday evening in defiance of the Supreme Council of The Armed Forces' demands.

That'll explain why the world had to wait a few more hours (20 or so) before the reality sank in with the two and the game was up.

(Picked that one up from NYT lede commentary)

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering what the reaction to all this was in Iraq.
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17311239?nclick_check=1

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 11, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Hi all. I haven't backboodled yet but I wanted to pass this along for any rogue Orioles fans wandering around the boodle and for everyone else as a nice statement about a life well lived.

http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2011/02/ernie-tyler-passes-away.html

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 11, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Apparently one cannot call Remove on an undefined value.

How true that is.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 11, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

IIRC, the Egyptian officer corps is largely US-trained. I hope they do what is right by the people.

Posted by: slyness | February 11, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Bench that remark, Mudge!
Loose lawyers are always treed.
Canine judges' orders.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 11, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

*** Wilbrodog's boodling has temporarily been suspended. Service will be resumed once reality is realigned.***

"... No, a lawyer isn't a bird. Nor a cat.. nor a rabb-- aw, that's Beatrice, not Ivansmom. She's a woman....
How do I know? Yeah, she could be another dog boodling, but I really don't think so, dogs don't get to go to law school.. why not? It just is. Yeah, you've gone to college with me. No I'm not enrolling in law school just so you can break the kibble ceiling there...."
(Boy he needs to meet some real lawyers IRL..)

*Wilbrodog's boodling is still suspended, pending realignment to reality, which may never happen at this rate...*

"no.. no... no!... Want a biscuit? Leave the lawyer subject and go get the nice haiku now, go! Yay! Yay! You got it, what a good BOY!"

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 11, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

HELP! Can someone please give me a "simple" reason (and solution) as to why the refresh button/capability on my laptop as suddenly ceased to function? I will open a new window and log back onto the Boodle in a while. *SIGH*

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Where is that "s" coming from in the WaPo hed "A ruler caught unawares"?

Not only are the officer US-trained but the US pays for the whole outfit. Quite a bit of it comes back to the US as Egypt buys strictly American hardware but still. US even paid for the fleet of private jet used by Pharaoh and his clique. He could easily afford it but if someone is willing to pay... http://www.warisbusiness.com/news/egyptian-presidents-private-jets-have-cost-us-taxpayers-111-million/

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 11, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that, Joel, but you are still holding out on us.

Posted by: teddymzuri | February 11, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Great speech from the President.

Posted by: slyness | February 11, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Shrieking, unawares is correct although a little sketchy in this usage.
"Unawares" is a holdover from when Old English still had the genitive case.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unawares

Angels unawares= Angels without being aware of that fact.

"Caught unawares" would mean something like "he was caught but he didn't know it..."

It's not the same as "caught off-guard." Or being caught when he was unaware-- unconscious?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 11, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, I am woefully ignorant about tech matters but my solution is to use two browsers. Usually I use Firefox but when my Firefox browser starts acting up,as yours did, I copy the link and immediately go to Internet Explorer. Not a technical solution but it works for me.

Posted by: orawh | February 11, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I just watched the farewell President Obama gave to Robert Gibbs, so nicely done. Missed his speech on Egypt though as I had to run errands.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Talitha - Perhaps it's a case of ennui? The browser may not be feeling fresh enough to refresh.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 11, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm alternating between being irritated and amused. The irritant: A facebook friend just posted that he "is wondering whether the Egyptians can help bring democracy to the USA." Pth. I've restrained myself from responding. (Of course I'm very happy for and impressed with the Egyptians, and I hope they get democracy out of it. But seriously.)

The amusing: I'm grading a test in which I gave the students a paragraph from a Dave Barry column transcribed in the International Phonetic Alphabet, for them to re-transcribe back to English. He wrote it about the Super Bowl in Miami last year and said that people would be "dancing naked around burning buses." A good quarter of my students have people dancing around burning bushes. At least I know they've read their Bible!

Posted by: -bia- | February 11, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Hi all! Finally have a working computer at work...only took 1.5 months to get a hold of the right guy who had a co-worker and I fixed up right as rain in less than an hour. Geesh. IT nightmare.

very BOO: omni, MS Word still has that capability, it's just called "Readability Statistics" now. Below is how to turn it on in Office 2007, and some background the the Flesch-Kincaid readability scores it uses. Hubby does a lot of bulletin boards, newsletters and wayside panels and had to learn all about it.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/test-your-document-s-readability-HP010148506.aspx

talitha, if the button isn't working, try hitting "F5" to reload/refresh. Sometimes that works better for me.

Have a good weekend, all!

Posted by: MoftheMountain | February 11, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Unawares" bugged the hell out of me, too, so I looked it up in Garner, who says: "Properly, *unaware* is the adjective and *unawares* is the adverb ."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure I have never used Word 2007. Just a few versions post version 6. In version 6 it was part of the edit drop down menu where you'd find spell check. Maybe it was somewhere else, but I made no real effort to find it.

Talitha, if F5 isn't working, assuming you're using IE on a Windows platform, try ctrl-F5.

Posted by: omni3 | February 11, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm so pleased for the people of Egypt. There is much uncertainty ahead but what they accomplished, and how, is extraordinary.

I liked Obama's response to it too.

Thanks for the recommendations for Al Jazeera English. Excellent coverage. I made sure, however, not to use my State computer.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 11, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

SCC. Garner used carats, which dropped out stuff. Should read:

"Properly, *unaware* is the adjective [I am unaware of the book] and *unawares* is the adverb[The rain storm caught us unawares]."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Wilbrod. I think the headline writer meant unaware though.

Mrs. D just confirmed she'll spend a week in Resolute (almost 75°N of latitude) next summer. I'm happy for her and more than a bit anvious...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 11, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Anvious. That's a great portmanteau word: envious and anxious, all at once.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 11, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

4:41 on a Friday afternoon.

Not that I'm watching the clock or anything.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

So for once the hed was right. The thing that bugs me the most in WaPo these days is having to find Ezra Klein buried somewhere while that blowhard has replaced him on top of the Opinion page. Also the "Does the Chevy Volt has spark?" post that has been there for weeks.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 11, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Just my usual bad typist self Imom.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 11, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

at least it wasn't

'Do the Chevy Volt has sparks'.

OK, I'm kidding, only sort of...

Posted by: omni3 | February 11, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, exactly.

Genitive adjective = adverb sometimes.

Betimes. Sometimes. Oftentimes.Oftimes. Always. Anyways. Leastways.

(-ways: also cf. -wise suffix, used to adverbize things, as well.)

Thus might be a genitive adverb form of "this/that" as well.

I can't think of any more. Maybe a few others could.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 11, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

... Now I want to collect a list of irregular adjectives which aren't just adverbs without the -ly tacked on.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 11, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Adverbs and adjectives switched in that sentence.

Bot, I'm so too young to have brain farts.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 11, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I knew a woman once who had a difficult time sometimes getting the "proper" (relatively speaking) words out -- and entirely unaware of it (add an "s" if you want). But she ended up making up what I think is a terrific word: she wanted to say either "impetuous" or "impulsive" and ended up with "impluttious" (I spelled it with two "t"s to provide guidance on pronunciation). Funny as hell, and it still cracks me up.

I hope that the Egyptians don't get sidetracked -- or if they do, that it isn't for too long a period. It takes time, and we're *still* working at it over here. Besides, it wouldn't surprise any of us that many of those on the Rethuglican side (and especially the so-called TPers) don't find anything wrong with an authoritarian state -- so long as *they* are the ones in authority.

I do wish them well on their journey.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 11, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to all for your suggestions.

I had already tried F5 and ctrl-F5, Omni. Oddly, ctrl-F5 took me back to Wapo's front-page. *shrug* I'll call tech-support later if it doesn't self-correct when I shut everything down for the night. What was so odd is that it just suddenly "gave up the ghost."

bob, I'm gonna en- your nui in a minute! 8~o

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Darn, I was at work all day and missed the excitement. Very happy for the Egyptian people. Read Obama's speech, it was wonderfully written. I'm still catching up on the news, has McCain said "we're all Egyptians now" yet?

Posted by: badsneakers | February 11, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I am thrilled that the people on the streets of Cairo managed to keep it peaceful.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 11, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

That says an awful lot, doesn't it, dr? It makes me hope for the best.

Posted by: slyness | February 11, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"she wanted to say either "impetuous" or "impulsive" and ended up with "impluttious"

*tapping foot and exhibiting a raised eyebrow, sternly reminding ftb about SWMNBNDTMofF*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your second post Ed. I thought it expressed more concern for egyptians for their own sake than your first post on the topic. And you acknowledged that the muslim brotherhood may not hold great appeal for the populace.

Nevertheless, reflexive mention of the brotherhood in both posts implies concern about their role in egyptian politics, so I wonder why you think their participation in future governance would be a bad thing. Bad for whom? The egyptians?

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 11, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

ya gotta translate for me Mudge (you can send it by email if you like).

DNA_Girl -- IIRC, didn't the Muslim Bro'hood have something to do with the assassination of Sadat? Just asking, as my mind appears to be shrouded in cobwebs today.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 11, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

BTW have boodelites noticed the volume control slider on the BBC player?

Here's an example:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12435542

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 11, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

That's hilarious, DNA Girl. I would never have noticed on my own. Thanks!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Alright, now that the freedom is ringing loud and clear in Egypt and we all have reason to celebrate the courageous and peaceful manner with which the change came about, there are a few things to keep in mind. The hard work and the end result is yet lying all ahead for Egypt, but I believe we have good reason to be very optimistic in that regard.

That Egypt is just the beginning of change for the region and beyond is almost certain. Herein lies also the flip side of the matter for us all. Please, bear with me.

We can assume quite a matter-of-factly that not one of the autocratic, tyrannical regimes, that now run for cover, has any real love towards the West. The only reason, for them ever to do business with us, was that we let them cling to power. (Mostly for the sake of the oil supply.) Now that they know, that we are not going to do anything at all to help them to stay in power -- and yet they will not be able to prevent their rule of coming to an end, we will enter into phase two of the process.

What that will mean is the following. While the nations will be on path to real democracy, they are still fledgling ones at that, with relatively weak institutions and an awful lot of issues to address. Meanwhile we have the 'old' regimes diving under-ground with all the billion upon billions looted from the coffers of their respective nations. And they have two things that they will live for. 1) To get even with the West for abandoning them and 2) to find a way back to power.

Now, democracy is always the least prone to defend itself against evil deeds. As a point to the matter: all of the western-world reacted to the 9/11 tragedy by wars abroad, and quite harsh modifications of laws regarding our own freedoms at home. The Patriot Act in the US and similar laws passed practically in all EU countries. I am not saying we went from democracy to totalitarian states, but, boy, we sure did render a lot of the freedoms away. Now a many a thing can be done even in the west that was unimaginable just 10 years ago.

How much more will this be true for the young democracies that are trying to take hold in the long oppressed nations. Add to the equation the power-vacuum that will last a few years at least, if true democracy is to take hold, and we are having our mission quite clear.

To prevent at all cost those young liberated nations of succumbing back to the old ways of rule, while at the same time, we and them together, must understand the cost in blood and treasury it is going to take for us all to get there.

I remain hopeful that we will prevail, but then again, I am an eternal optimist. We will see more terrorism in the near future as those, hell-bent on making life a misery for all of us, have the room to maneuver more freely than under tyranny. More so even, as now the old regimes and the radicals share common goals.

(have to continue in a new post...running out of space)

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

My fear then is as well, that the common folks will be too easily rabble roused to resent the transition period here in the West as well as in the newly formed democracies we have seen the birth of. That would be the real tragedy.

Yet, what I suppose we all know is that since 9/11 all western nations became less tolerant to plurality. Easiest way to observe that is by the tilt towards right, politically across the west.

If we do not hold the line and understand the price we have to pay for freedom...we will be for a hell of a ride the coming years.

Right. I am so sorry to have taken such a lengthy space with my thoughts on the matter, but I had to get it off of my chest.

May wisdom guide us all in the times to come. This is history in the making.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

The muslim brotherhood in Egypt have largely used non-violent means to bring about regime change in the past few decades. Whether as a survival strategy under military rule or because they were rendered toothless, I cannot say.

The brotherhood certainly has radical members, but on the whole they have called for democracy and political reform for several years. Who am I to judge from afar how they intend to serve their country and for good or not?

Sadat was killed by a radical islamist group that arose as an offshoot of the brotherhood after they chose a more non-violent path to democracy (as far as I have learned).

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 11, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

As Seth Myers pointed out on SNL the other night, the word "Brotherhood" makes any group sound scary. He used Bunny Brotherhood as the example.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Haha. Look TBG, I can live with Muslim Brotherhood, but if i ever see a bunch of Bunnies organize into a brotherhood...I will run and run and run....

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Beatrice says the Bunny Brotherhood is well-intentioned and promises to rule as benign overlords.

JyriSulin, I'm glad you shared your thoughts. I think we are all, in addition to being excited for Egypt, concerned about what will happen next to them, and to us. No event like this exists in and of itself; it will affect us all.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 11, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

JyriSulin... thanks for your thoughtful analysis.

Where are you? You hinted that you are not a native English speaker. Do we know you by another name around here? Were you a long-ago boodler?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I hope y'all watched 30 Rock last night.

"Yes, my daughter is Canadian-American but I'm going to treat her like a human baby."

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

What is typically absent in any brotherhood?

Posted by: baldinho | February 11, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Hi Mostly,
Have you been as disappointed as I with Leon's appearances on TV lately? They, the TV, announcers always bill it as Elton and Leon, but the performances are all Elton. Just like this week on Letterman, whenever Leon was allowed to sing the 'backup' singers and hammering drummer completely drowned him out. Wish we could hear that voice come out from behind the whiskers clear without the Elton overbearing.

Posted by: bh72 | February 11, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, baldinho, indeed.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 11, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Ivansmom said in one alinea and a handful of words all that was important about my piece. Bummer... *big smile*

TBG, I have read the boss's blog and other on-line work of his more or less from the beginning. I did, indeed, comment under some silly nic twisted from the word Europe already years ago and then later under my real name, as in Jyri. But, in all honesty, I was more a reader of the kit than a contributing member, as you folks always managed to say everything sooner and better than what my meager comment(s) would have accomplished (see Ivansmom above). *bigger smile*

Yip, non-native I am. I am a Finn by birth, although studying in Germany in my youth, working in France for 7 odd years and finally landing in the Netherlands for the past 16+ years have made me sort of world-citizen (for the better or worse).

In my travels I had time to have stints in Africa (Gabon, Chad, RCA, Djibouti) and the luxury of spending two years in French Polynesia.

All that has made English de facto language for me, to a point that I actually think in English most of the time.

So, I do know so many of you having read your beautiful elegance and wit in the boodle, but I am myself pretty much an unknown known. Can I use Rummy in this fashion?

Anyway, that's me in too many words. And please, Jyri is more than sufficient in addressing me. I feel old enough as it is (43).

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

My goodness all that at only 43 Jyri, suddenly feeling like I have been frittering away my 47 years.

Whatever the challenges ahead for Egypt I think they should have a least one day just to rejoice, savour and absorb what has happened. I had to turn off the news when they switch into full speculation mode.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Hi Brag,
Just read there was a 6.8 shaker near Concepción. The report said there was little damage. Little wonder as they are just starting to rebuild after the 8.8.

Posted by: bh72 | February 11, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

O' ye sisters-in-hood. No worry about missing out. Any silly Brotherhood by definition is incomplete and void without the better part of the human equation. If we congregate in one, it is just to try to impress you with the numbers; as in one-on-one situation we might feel so weak and overwhelmed.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Not at all, Jyri! It is easy to say something briefly after someone else, like you in this case, has done the heavy lifting. It is something of my specialty. "I'd like to thank the Boodlers, without whom I could not have won this award. . ."

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 11, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Jyri... glad you've started posting regularly and sharing your thoughts with us. And yeah... Ivansmom does that a lot.

I was kind of wondering if you were our old friend Eurotrash. Hi Boodle!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Jyri,
Why in the world would you leave French Polynesia?

Posted by: bh72 | February 11, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Of course I got a full boat tour in Honolulu for a couple of years and shortly got 'rock fever' after being free to roam all over Northern California my previous 30 some years. Being on a short leash makes all us dogs a little antsy.

Posted by: bh72 | February 11, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Count me as another who appreciated your fine thoughts today, Jyri.

What a day! Because I love numbers, especially 11, I was thinking this early this morning that today was two 11s. So Egypt's revolution date will be easy to remember ... 2-11-11.

I'm of a mind with dmd. Celebration and jubilation for a day or two, then let the hard and dangerous work begin ... for all of us.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh Jyri - I want a sauna so bad it hurts. Am related by marriage to sauna-holding Finnish/Swedishie 'Mericans from upstate MN and WI.

Paging frosti (frostbitten) who is also into Finn-American stuffies.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 11, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

As with everything, the role of women in the muslim brotherhood is more complicated than one might assume. And evolving, thankfully.

The newsy article:
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/index.cfm?fa=view&id=23002

And the report:
http://carnegieendowment.org/files/women_egypt_muslim_brotherhood.pdf

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 11, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

scc: extra 'this', edit out the one of your choice.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

G'night boodle. It's early but I'm in a climb-under-a-rock mood.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 11, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, dmd, never think of it that way. Quantity of travel and quality of life are hard to measure side by side. While I have had the privilege to see quite a bit, it in no way indicates other than restless pair of legs.

I agree with your take on Egypt and speculation, while I, myself, couldn't quite refrain from doing the very thing. Well spoken.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

dmd, Rachel Maddow just did a rundown of all the FauxNews idiot talkingheads. If you can't catch the rerun (wee hours) on MSNBC you can probably find her show online. Beckster has TWO chalkboards full of his anti-Venn diagrams. Mercy!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 11, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

ftb: She Who Must Not Be Named During The Month of February.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

And her progeny and spoose!

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 11, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Jyri-Welcome! Enjoyed your new, to me, voice today. Look forward to more.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 11, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

TBG you just reminded me of a story I used to read to the girls when they were little, "A Home for Bunny", the last page the bunny finds her home under a rock where she can snuggle with another bunny.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 11, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

There was a movie a long time ago starring Robert Redford as a candidate for senate political office. The movie was about the campaign and all the effort that was involved and all the highs and lows and hard work, etc. He wins, and I think the last line of the movie was him speaking to his campaign manager after the victory speech.

"Marvin.... NOW what do we do?"

He is thronged by the media and never gets an answer.

Lots of Egyptians are asking themselves the same thing right now. I wish them luck.

Posted by: baldinho | February 11, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Jyri, welcome back! You are a veritable youngster - nice to hear from someone who has lived so many places. I envy you that.

bh, yes, Leon on Letterman was a bit disappointing. But he has appeared on his show before and never spoken a word. So I was sort of expecting that. Leon doesn't have a big part on the song they chose - Hey Ahab - one of my favorites (it's really all about the fabulous backup singers). I'm not sure why they chose that song. I was pleased that Dave kept referring to "Leon and Elton" because you're right, it's usually billed the other way around.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 11, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

My humblest thank you for making me feel so welcomed amongst the Boodelaars (Dutch version).

I, hereby, solemnly swear to uphold the spirit, honor and...errr....stuff that makes this place unique. (Someone, please, tell me the code of conduct, before I make myself sound silly.)

I miss Sauna and all that goes with it as well. Looking forward to meet all the kinship in time. By marriage eh, CQP? -- I sympathize. *grinning*

I had two year assignment in French Polynesia, when the time was up, they had to drag me in the plane to France....

Nope, not Eurotrash. It was something that started with Ur-...??? -- Can't remember it for the life of mine.

Goodnight Boodle, have to get some sleep before the kids are up and running.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 11, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Re Egypt-As usual, live boodling during a momentous event made it all the sweeter. There is so much hard work left to do, but watching Al Jazeera and listening to radio interviews from Egypt, I was struck by how often people said pretty much the same thing "I want to enjoy this moment." And so do I.

Toodles boodle, and sweet dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 11, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link to the Leon/Elton gig on Letterman:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGICB9945xo

The song starts about 7 minutes in. I can actually hear Leon's low harmony and piano licks better on my little computer speakers than on my (old) TV - which I also could blast because of the late hour. Leon is supposed to be very shy - when he was younger, he was quite a presence on stage (jumping on top of his piano, etc), but these days he doesn't move around much, so he's not the greatest on TV. Typically he's hiding under a cowboy hat and sunglasses too.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 11, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

It is great news about Egypt. I read about it online this morning when I got to work. Glad this part is over - hope they can build a great democracy for themselves. Quite a party - I love seeing Richard Engel grinning ear to ear while reporting, for a change.

Here's a clip of Leon in his younger days:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZIi188Cakk

Posted by: seasea1 | February 11, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, welcome our new lapine overlords.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 11, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

That paradigm's false.
Proof: "The Puppy Brotherhood..."
Licky connivers.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 11, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Jyri,
Welcome to our ever increasingly international abode here. At 43, you are in the lower quartile agewise. I went to a dinner theater tribute to Tony Bennett tonight and I was easily the youngest person in the audience.

As for Canadians, their milk comes in bags, their EPCOT pavilion doesn't even have a ride, and their Asian gangs have cornered the American meth market.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 11, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Jyri -- I am compelled somehow to say (and do correct my spelling): "Hyvää ilta" (my time) or "Hyvää huomenta" when you wake up in the morning. I also know how to swear in Finnish, which came in very handy during a contract negotiation.... (trust me)

Great to see you here in the Boodle.

Mudge -- hahahahaha! That was truly *snortilicious*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 11, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

I'm still amazed at the events in Egypt today, and relieved that Mubarak's (and his supporters') resistance wasn't more violent.

Now, with hard work, luck and support, the people of Egypt can remake their country into a better place. Remarkable to see such a thing happen in such a place, right before our virtual eyes.

On another note, I'm channel surfing and have stumbled onto an Iron Maiden concert (Palladia channel, I believe). Oy, I know way too many of these songs. The only solace I can take from this is that Scottynuke could sing along with me.

Oh, lord, they're playing "Hallowed be thy Name." Trying not to shake my head in time. Or look for a lighter.

G'night, all.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 11, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Baldinho, the movie was "The Candidate," 1972, with redford running for the Senate in california. Marvin was his campaign manager, played by Peter Boyle. Jeremy Larner won the Oscar for his screenplay; he was Gene McCarthy's primary speechwriter during McCarthy's 1968 campaign, which is where he got the background. He also wrote a very good novel called "Drive, he Said." Larner was also an early pioneer in creating awareness of the disease of sleep apnea, which he suffered from and which almost literally killed him.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 11, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

belated greetings to jyri and oldbam. peace be with you and your families.


rough week. lost yet another former student, and have a close friend that is in the ICU as a result of an accident. no insurance in the latter case. had to be airlifted to CMC in the queen city. t's and p's. *sigh*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTopE4O_QRs&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | February 11, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

It has just hit me how astounding the events in Egypt truly are. In three weeks, without major violence on the part of the protesters, the 30 year reign of Mubarak came to an end. The military's restraint and good judgment was like nothing we have been used to seeing in other countries. I feel very very happy for the Egyptian people and although I know the hard work is just starting, I hope they get a government worthy of their efforts.

I'm still mad that I missed all the excitement today because I had to work!

Welcome Jyri. I love that we have such diversity in our new Boodlers.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 11, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcvng9u7REE&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | February 11, 2011 11:39 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9D8VEoghtc

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2011 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Good for the Egyptians. Which ever country is next, I hope it’s bloodless.

I once borrowed a book from the library that I just don’t get. It was for a term paper I had to write. I couldn’t use it as a source because I didn’t understand what the author was saying. The author had worked in the White House, so I was thinking, maybe, the reader just had to be there. I think it is a good book. I was probably limited by my poor English comprehension.

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 12, 2011 2:50 AM | Report abuse

No worries, bc, I was banging my head in spirit, trust me, particularly since VH1 Classic showed the "Classic Albums" episode on "Number of the Beast" only a couple of days ago. Never ceases to amaze me how much is revealed when the producer strips away different tracks to focus on this or that instrument on a given track. :-)

yello, you know better -- we welcome our LAGOMORPH overlords. They're benevolent, so I'm sure they'll only ask you for a few heads of lettuce as penance.

*off-to-a-hectic-weekend Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 12, 2011 6:12 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Perhaps it would have been best if the Egyptian president had invested his billions in the people of Egypt instead of buying the military, but then again, he was looking at what suited his interest. Power. I hope the Egyptian people get some of that money to support their goal of democracy. And I do hope ex-President Mubarak does not seek revenge, but aids his countrymen in their quest for a better country. That would call for something he may not possess.

I'll bet he never saw it coming.

I wish the people of Egypt the best in their pursuit of a better country, and democracy for all. It will be difficult, but they seem to have the stuff to tackle the hard parts.

Slyness, did not get a chance to sit on the porch, but it was a beautiful day. I had the baby, so spent most of the day inside. Hope to get out a bit today.

Have a beautiful weekend, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 12, 2011 6:25 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the revolution in Egypt will bring about an end to female circumcision or to be more precise, female genital mutilation. It is still widespread in Egypt despite being against the law and ironically, it is the mothers who subject their daughters to this, to "purify" them. Without this, few men would be willing to marry an uncircumcised woman.

According to a report by a BBC correspondent (see link below)in a report from July 20, 2009. 74% of Egyptian girls have undergone this process. (I have not been able to find a more recent report.)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8158505.stm


Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!!! *HUGSSSS* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 12, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, do hope you're still on the mend. Not feeling so hot this morning. It may be that I'm tired, you think? (smile)


orawh

Oh, the things we do to ourselves in the name of....what? I've read that happens in some cultures. Just the thought of it makes me hurt. Ignorance is not bliss, and I include self in that statement. So much of what we do to ourselves falls under that heading.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 12, 2011 7:15 AM | Report abuse

And interesting perspective on the singular they.

http://robotics.caltech.edu/~mason/ramblings/singularThey.html

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2011 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Hyvää huomenta y'all,

fbt, regarding the spelling of Finnish words, I feel that it would be an undertaking of which no good can come from. Yet I must compliment your fine use of the unspeakable language. Only one minor mistake was to be spotted. "Ilta" indeed is "evening", but when we make a good one out of it, "ilta" demands an extra "a" to be added at the end, as in "iltaa". The reason for this is best explained by using plenty of the other words you told to be very proficient at.

Am I the only one seeing the raise of the New Order of the order of Lagomorpha as threatening? - It must be my natural aversion to Bunny-food and reluctance to learn, what for us Europeans would be, the "Oryctolagus cuniculus-ish" language.

yello, yes indeed, only Canadians would invent milk in a bag, but as long as it is not pre-produced with the meth you alluded to, I guess our Canadian brethren has some hope as of yet. I would not bet the house on that though.

I am pretty sure that I will not only be in the lower quartile age-wise. I possess a natural-born ability to get my foot in the mouth with frequency that allows for more categories.

orwah, I had no idea that female genital mutilation was that wide-spread in Egypt as well. I knew it was at appalling levels in Somalia and the neighboring countries in the East coast of Africa. We can only hope and pray that the new laws in Egypt will make this practice illegal and a campaign of educating the folks gets underway the soonest.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 12, 2011 7:44 AM | Report abuse

to end evil, war,
engagement, education?
that is the question

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 12, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Jri -- I adore so much of what my Swede-Finn/Norwegian in laws-taught me. (I still consider them my in laws, despite divorce).

I have a small savings account devoted to a sauna. I will have one someday, even if I succumb to the infrared type, rather than the hot stones classic version.

I am not sure how familiar you are with upper midwest culture, but the mash up of Nords -- Scandies and Finnies -- is a culture phenom. For about twenty-two years, I was included in this mild and quietly wry world of

lutefisk for Xmas
small quaffs of vodka
summer swimming sans kleider
sauna sauna sauna
crayfish for midsummer's
ice fishing

And, the coffee! The medicinal dosing of coffee nearly all day in winter.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2011 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Oh DNAGirl....both?

And, education education education education....but also an economy that gives people opportunity and hope.

And, I remain awed and humbled by this velvet revolution. I was so afraid of a tank onslaught or a mock-trial execution....

Gandhi's fingerprints are here.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Morning CqP, Jyri et al. I shouldn't do this before my morning tea, but....

funny finny
french germany
africa polynesia
really hurt to leave ya
lodged in Europe's
Mianus

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 12, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Not just Ghandi, CqP, but also Martin Luther King Jr. And Poland. And Berlin. Thanks be to God!

Welcome, Jyri! This is a special place and we will enjoy your contributions.

Cassandra, I'm sure you enjoyed the baby boy. Mr. T was ready to go out and start on his projects du jour but it's too cold yet, 31 by the carport thermometer and still frost on roofs and lawns. I hope you will get out this afternoon, when it's nice.

Here I sit, while laundry and housecleaning and taking bills to the mailbox wait for me. Fortunately the day is yet young, so maybe I'll get it all done.

Jack, so sorry to hear about your former student. It's happening way too much these days.

Peace, all.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Everyone!

Great article in the WaPo about the final hours of the regime. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021106690.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2011 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all!

Yes, I'd been thinking of Gandhi, Dr. King and all the soft revolutions we've witnessed in our time, too. This one, perhaps because of the social networks now in place, seemed/seems so immediate and personal to us all. The universe feels more expansive today.

Have been thinking of Brag this morning after seeing a report about the earthquake in Chile. Hope he'll check in.

Hugs to jack.
Happy Saturday to all .....

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

GandHi if you please
GHandi has a star turn in
monty python's song

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

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 12, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Jyri, it is already illegal in Egypt and there is a campaign to educate people against this but old ways die hard. I hope a new secular society will help to get rid of it but if Sharia gets the upper hand...

By the way, just as you want to be called Jyri, I prefer to be called Ora, which is my real name. I, too, want to add my words of welcome to you though being a new Boodler myself I almost feel as if I have no right to do so.

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle!
Our Lagomorph overlords may have made peace between their varied families, but the hares, the pikas, and we, all know you need to learn Lapine to get ahead. I just hope it's not as difficult as Finnish. (I know a few nouns of the variety a 3 year old learns, and am told I can pronounce names with some facility. Would never attempt to render any of this in writing.)

Mr. F returns this afternoon from his long Pacific sojourn (Hawaii, Guam, Philippines, Okinawa, Korea). I quit choking on envy a few days ago. Now it's time to do a few chores so it doesn't look like I was up to my usual solo life habits aka living like a bear with refrigeration.

Later gators! Don't forget the Grammy show tomorrow night. Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire- these are what the death of the big record companies hath wrought, and it is good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KkUeRPjc-Y

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

CQP,

I can, indeed, see that the Nordic culture is well alive in the Midwest. I was vaguely aware of that, but thanks for telling me that the best traditions are kept and cherished.

A sentiment of quiet pride entered my heart for a short moment with your kind words for us Northerners. Yet wisdom is a universal phenomena and to be found everywhere. Sometimes it just seems a bit hard to discern amongst the other universal phenomena of ignorance.

If I may dispense one advice regarding your plans with the sauna. The infrared variety is a no-no. Better to get a "kiuas" (sauna stove) with stones. Even an electrical one is way better than the previous option. Traditional wood-burning "kiuas" would be the ideal option, but that might be very unpractical for some houses.

Time for coffee, methinks. *smile*

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 12, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

RD, thanks for pointing out that article about the end of Mubrarak's presidency.

That's pretty much what I thought was happening.

Those guys usually don't leave the stage without a hook.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 12, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

In Our Fair City we know that people who pronounce sauna saw-na might be satisfied with the infrared variety, sow-na owners insist on a stove with stones.

Thanks CqP and Jyri. For a moment I was transported back to summer evenings at Auntie Eina's house where if young cousins were very good they could help feed the cows, dip their cookies into the grownups' coffee, and have sauna.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

From the comments board on the article that RD pointed out ---

There's a joke circulating in Egypt:
Mubarak's speechwriter rushed into the president's office and handed Mubarak a document.
"There," he said, "The last speech you will ever give to the Egyptian people."
"What is happening?" asked the astonished Mubarak. "Is everybody leaving the country?"
______________

I was thinking last night that we've live-boodled (cliche' alert) from the ridiculous to the sublime this week ... Super Bowl to Egyptian Revolution.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone. Nice to see all the bright smiling faces, and some of them are new. We need some Aussies, I'd say. Even that sort-of-angry person a while back was better than no Australians at all. I think.

I quietly came out as Paavo a few weeks ago, but that was on my website. I had developed that persona for years, and used it extensively elsewhere, (not online) but after using it only twice, I think, here, long ago, let it go as far as the Boodle was concerned. It felt wrong, somehow, and I have not sock-puppeted otherwise before or since.

I am still wondering what the deal was about the BBC volume control. It went up to 7.

WE have sunshine here today. I felt inspired to write down an important story today, but it's sad and I don't know if I will.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 12, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Good day, y'all.

We're making meatloaf today at CasaJS. The kitchen is filled with the scent of the fresh herbs that will be used.

TWC may actually get some melting over the next few days. I look forward to taking the snow tires and front plow off the chair.

Anyone got special Valentine's Day plans?

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Indeed bc - and it explains the huge collective scream of "W.T.F." heard over certain regions of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, I can be pretty thick when it comes to messages and meanings, but I think the final message of "The Candidate" was that the hard part comes after the election.

The hard part starts now in Egypt too.

Posted by: baldinho | February 12, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

baldinho, I remember the Redford character mouthing, "what do I do now?" at the end of the film.

I agree the hard part starts now in Egypt. But hopefully the inspiration will remain.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand your 10:35 at all, Baldinho. I in no way disagreed with you or offered any interpretation of the ending. All I did was supply the name of the movie, and a little history about it. That's all I did.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, my plan for the 14th entails a small bonfire of schmaltzy plush animals using ten years worth of valentine cards as kindling. An interpretive dance will be performed after which deep healing breaths will be served.

You?

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Oh talitha, that was a great post - I'm still smiling. And boy can I relate. I threw a lot of stuff in a fire back in the day too. It felt wonderful :-))))

Posted by: badsneakers | February 12, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Talitha, ha! I'm sure that will be theraputic.

Mr. T has a reservation at Ruth's Chris at 5:45 p.m. Any excuse for a fancy, expensive meal works for him. I'm along for the ride. ;-)

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

MrJS isn't up for anything special on the 14th, talitha. So maybe I'll join you in some sort of therapeutic decluttering.

I'm planning a special dinner on the 13th, though. Don't nobody go tell him, it's a surprise.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Well dmdspouse will be away in the capital for business, but since I am the least romantic person in the world it won't really matter. I do not like to go out Valentine's or New Year's as the prices are too high and both dates, to me, seem phony or forced. Once again I will insert my disclaimer that I am odd.

Tomorrow is dmdspouse's birthday so we will have a nice dinner with the kids.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The V Day agenda at Chez Frostbitten south includes a pork loin glazed with chili and maple syrup, sweet potato hash, and individual molten chocolate cakes made with bittersweet chocolate. Mr. F will be suffering still with jet lag so seeing True Grit will wait for another romantic occasion.

Thanks to all boodlers who recommended The Kings Peach. Saw it last weekend and it was very good indeed.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Talitha-have fun with the bonfire, sounds liberating.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

So this morning I checked on the amaryllis bulbs. Surprise! The one behind the asparagus fern has a bud! I hadn't seen in in weeks, so I had no clue. The three little bulbs in a pot for a couple of years are now medium bulbs deserving of their own individual pots, which they got. Another surprise: the bulb I thought might be dead not only is alive and trying to put out new growth, it had five baby bulbs on it! So it is in a new pot and the babies are separated in another pot.

I'm getting a lot done today.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I love bulbs for their surprises! I don't have any indoors these days - finally threw out an amaryllis that had not flowered for years, despite my efforts. Lots of daffodils outside are up - snowdrops still haven't opened up, but should soon. I'm also seeing hardy cyclamen popping up in some grassy areas in the back yard. Not sure they will do well there - should probably transplant them to better areas where they won't get mowed.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 12, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Happy Saturday everyone! I wanted to wish everyone a good morning but I suddenly realized that "morning" was no longer the correct technical term. With Cassandra and Scotty here I'm ashamed to say how late my day is started.

I went out with some friends last night and didn't make it home until two and then not to bed until after three. I don't think I'm made for standing around crowded bars at last call anymore. Also walking home on icy sidewalks in cowboy boots may not have been the wisest course (though certainly preferable to driving). I only pitched over once but it was a heck of a maneuver. I'm moving a little stiffly today as a result.

talitha, thanks for sharing that joke, I got a good laugh out of that. I hope the Egyptians can carry this momentum, energy, and fellow feeling into a functioning and public minded government. It's the hard road they will have to travel to do it but they've already successfully traveled a harder.

The weekend is filled with such fun plans as running errands, grocery shopping, cleaning the apartment, and tracking down errant tax documents. How mundane.

Alright, I'm off to forage for food.

Spring training is just around the corner!

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 12, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

baldhino, I thought of The Candidate, too, yesterday and almost shared the thought here as well.

You and mudge described it right, but I'm going to go one step more and say that the point of the movie was that Redford's character made a great candidate, but probably not so much a good senator. He was a handsome, empty shell, who did whatever he was told by his campaign handlers. When he said, "what happens now?" he really meant it. He had no idea what came next.

I hope the Egyptian revolution doesn't turn out to be the same.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 12, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, well. I got my own poem, for which I can be only most grateful, DNA_Girl. Thanks and purrrrr(ing). In the spirit of honesty I must admit that I had to Google the meaning of Mianus. Yip, work'd perfect.

Ora-Nice to meet you indeed. I already owe you an apology for messing up your screen name in one of my posts. And I should have known the Egypt's situation better, if by nothing more than an educated guess.

The laws were sharpened here, in the Netherlands. Now a circumcision carries a 12 year prison sentence that can be augmented by a third if the person doing the procedure is one of the child's parents. Also, pediatricians are required by law to report all cases. I suppose similar approach must be made in countries where the practice is commonplace.

(I am acutely aware of the great difference in existing health-care structure and thus in the practical impossibility of fast results. While I am mostly very liberal and lenient with regard to prison-sentences, mutilation of children must be stopped. If that means harsh punishments, so be it.)

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 12, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry if my post came off as critical of your post, mudge. It was meant to be critical of my own inability to read messages.

I meant no ill will toward you at all.

Posted by: baldinho | February 12, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Jiri, you didn't mess up my screen name or handle as they call it here. No need to apologize. In the post where I introduced myself, I mentioned that I prefer to be addressed as Ora but a lot of people who didn't read that post still refer to me as orawh. It's just that since you mentioned that you prefer to be called by your real name, I, too, prefer my real name.

I didn't realize that you have a problem with female circumcision in the Netherlands but of course you have a lot of Muslims there. I don't know what the law is here in Israel or whether Israeli Arab Muslims (as opposed to Christian Arabs)practice this or not. I think the Arab Muslims here have been exposed more to Western ideas than in Egypt but I suppose there are cases which don't get into the newspapers. On the other hand, I do know that so-called "honor killings" are still too prevalent. Do you have that problem in the Netherlands?

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Talking about circumcision, there are those who are opposed to male circumcision, too. It is not only Jewish males who are circumcised in keeping with religious practice but Muslim males as well, but at an older age.

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Cowhand, wearing your cowboy iceskates*
home from the bar at 2:00am is courting disaster! Hope you're not too achy.

*Rocky Mt. lingo for cowboy boots in winter

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Ora, illegal here in Canada as well. There have been a few stories of honour killings as well, though not limited just to muslims.

http://www.religioustolerance.org/fem_cira.htm

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

There have been several well-publicized cases (and no doubt others less so) of honor killings in the U.S. as well. In another forum several weeks ago that I participated in several Muslim women were discussing the oppressive attitudes their fathers and brothers inflict upon them here as they try to assimilate into modern American culture. The fear they live under appals me.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Ora- The estimate is that about 50 girls per year still are circumcised. Some of the procedures take place outside the Netherlands during vacation periods. Seen that the 'sharpened' laws were just enacted, we will yet see if we succeed in stopping completely the practice. What is well documented by now, already, is that the prevention/education program is working quite well.

As to honor killings. Yes, it still happens here as well. I do not know the precise numbers; as some fall under domestic violence, or even suicide by the person self, rather than waiting for the family to act.

So sad, but true.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 12, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

It took me a bit to remember ... and this is an old account. One of the people in the forum I mentioned earlier had known this young woman.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/glendale/articles/2010/02/19/20100219honor-killing.html

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The reporting was... I wanted to snap that "No he's not being prosecuted because he's a Muslim. He's being prosecuted because he plowed down his own daughter and an innocent bystander delibrately, with full intention to kill."

That gets the death penalty for me. Even if he can show that he really did fear retailation to his entire family and prove it, that still doesn't excuse his actions; he had legal recourse if he had proof of threats. That's why we have a legal system in this country, not a revenge system.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

*trying to pry eyelids open, 'cuz my hour-and-a-half massage was masterful and made me purr (or maybe snore -- not sure)*

Anyway, when I was in Africa I actually asked several men what they thought of FGM (I refuse to use the word "circumcision" for women -- it's *not* the same thing), and to a man, they hated it. They thought it was a terrible thing to do to young girls and it was very painful for them as adult women. Somehow, sometime I would hope the men make that abundantly clear to the women who have it done to their daughters. It has to stop!

Kiitos for the spelling adjustment, Jyri. Duly noted.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 12, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I think Time did a more comprehensive (and better reported) treatment on the AZ case, but I haven't been able to locate it.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

ftb, meant to say I completely agree with you. There's no comparison to be made between male circumcision and FGM. Over all the years I've been aware of the loathesome practice I struggle to understand how it continues to plague some societies ... most often perpetuated by women against their own daughters. Barbaric.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Jyri, as a new Boodler, it just occurred to me that you might be interested in the Achenblog FAQ page. It gives you, "The Achendictionary - a quick reference guide to the Achenspeak on the Achenblog." I think some of the references are out of date or at least I haven't seen them used recently but some are still very much in use. The link is:

http://boodle.wetpaint.com:80/page/Achenblog+FAQ

There is also a link to Boodlers' birthdays, which I'm not sure all Boodlers would like to make public as some even give the year of birth. Again, some of the Boodlers listed no longer boodle. And more recent additions to the Boodle do not appear. The link is:

http://boodle.wetpaint.com/page/Boodlers+and+Birthdays

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Definitely, talitha. Perhaps an effective approach is to substitute another, less nefarious to girls and women, tradition to replace it. If indeed certain cultures require traditions/superstitions as underlying foundations, then at least have one where pretty much 1/2 of the population doesn't get mutilated, FCOL!

Yoko Ono once stated that woman are the "n-word" of the world, and certainly in my experience there's a whole lot of truth in that. Violence against women worldwide appears to be never-ending, and whether it is justified by religion (making it a huge reason for atheism) or by any other control mechanism, it.must.be.stopped!

Okay, then, how about some nice Finnish food, eh? Whenever I've been in Helsinki (a lovely city), my friends and I generally have gone to Russian restaurants -- perhaps the only nice legacy to forms of colonialism. What I love about DC is that everyone in the world is here, and the restaurant choices are, well (oh, do forgive ...), *out of this world*. There. I said it.

Still feel like a boneless chicken after that massage, so I don't think I'll tackle poultry this evening (the poultry would win). Some nice Fish Szechuan from the place around the corner (the fish is steamed, not fried, thankfully) with a starter of spicy wonton. The fish will last me for four dinners, which makes it very cost-effective, indeed.

*waving to Ora*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 12, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"Waving back," ftb, and to the rest of the Boodle.

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

By the way, why the quotation marks around "waving"? I just copied them but I have no idea of why they are used.

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I used asterisks, Ora. Feel free to use the punctuation mechanism of yer cherce.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 12, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh, sorry, they are *s and not "s. They look the same from a distance--when I'm not wearing my glasses. But the question remains. What is the significance of *......*?

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

That's funny dmd. dmd spouse is heading to the Capital and Mrs D leaves for Kingston and points west tomorrow. She'll be in your neck of the woods by Thursday. By her agendas it's the 4th V-day in a row she spends on the road, all with the same audit team. Last year the woman who's the team leader joked that they had become steady Valentine's date. They had a wretched meal last year at their hotel; they'll try to do better this year.
We had a weird day weather-wise, squalls of snow interspersed with windy episode followed by clear sunny skies. Rince, repeat.
I cleared the snow from the last week, filled the birdfeeders then put a new light on the snow thrower (no idea how and when the old one got broken). The new light rocks, it's a small but good Bosch foglight cannibalized from a long-gone car, much better than the original one.

So the Valentine's day dinner is tonight. I'm thinking of tartiflettes with confit duck leg and asparagus with vinaigrette. Strangely, there was lobster on special in one grocery store. That's not winter food, lobsters are for the long days of summer.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 12, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Quotation marks express the virtualness of the waving, Ora. Likewise the use of asterisks. Since Moveable Type doesn't provide us bold or italics, we do what we can. WaPo hasn't listened to our fussing about said lack. Oh well.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

ftb, please explain use of punctuation in the Boodle. Not the usual kind but the special Boodle use of same.

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

As I understand it, and this may have already been pointed out and I missed it. The Lunar New Year in Vietnam brings us the year of the Cat. If you all hear any purrings regarding a Sisterhood the Cat, then be really really worried.

Posted by: omni3 | February 12, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks slyness. Now you don't have to answer ftb.

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

SCC. Should have used a comma. Now you don't have to answer, ftb.

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Year of the Roof Rabbit in Vietnam, ah yes.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Well Shriek depend how close Ms. D is to my area there is a local restaurant (think modern British Pub) that has great food. Prices are moderate, decor not dark like most pubs and the food is not greasy.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"Year of the Roof Rabbit in Vietnam, ah yes."
Who said that, Wilbrodog or Wilbrod? Hssss!

-Scampy

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Chili on the stovetop for dinner tonight in the G house. Comfort food on tap all weekend.

For tomorrow I'm planning cabbage and sausage soup. One of those meals you should know about before walking in the door. Otherwise, it's "ewwww... what's that smell?"

Posted by: -TBG- | February 12, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod. They often confuse cats with rabbits in certain locales, because they are of similar size.

The rabbit is a moon symbol in China because both are round and hide well, and neither have tails.

I guess in Vietnam they associate the moon with cats yowling at night instead, which is strange. Have you ever seen a moon with a tail?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

TBG-the empty suit interpretation of Redford as The Candidate is how I remember it as well. But, even for the prepared and incredibly competent there is the "What do we do now?" moment.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I've seen a moon-shaped cat with a tail. Anton was on his way to that shape before the human put him on a diet. But now we are all on a diet because otherwise Anton will steal our food.Grrr.
-Scampy

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

My condolences
on the moon-tailed thief, Scampy.
Should I chase him off?

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I believe that, instead of the man in the moon, the Japanese see a rabbit making rice cakes.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 12, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Tartiflettes are as much of a comfort food as it gets in this house. It's a first generation thing, as opposed to pea soup, tourtière et al but still. Potatoes, onions, smoked lard and cheese; that doesn't sound like health food.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 12, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

fbt-I absolutely agree on your take regarding the naming of the barbaric tradition by its proper name, Female Genital Mutilation. I have the bad habit of lapsing in focus and use the name I read in the documents when fact-checking my postings.

You're welcome, re the (Finnish) spell check. Now, I hesitate to ask to do the same for me and my abundant errors pertaining to my use of English.

Not because of false pride, as I would but have the greatest appreciation for it. More so out of fear to employ the Boodelites full-time to improve one man's short-comings.

Ora- Thanks for the links. I will take a look to get the inside edge to the Achenspeak. As a long time reader and small-time participant, I have picked a few words here and there already. Most of which I have already dispensed with/used in order to impress the folks. Not quite sure it worked out. *smile*

Hmm, Year of The Cat and Reign of The Rabbit...kinky stuff...animal-wise then. Almost makes one say: "Holy Cow".

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 12, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog, don't feel too sorry for Scampy. What he didn't tell you is that he often leaves his dish with some food in it to see if Dana has left something in her dish, because she doesn't always finish her food. That is when Anton goes to Scampy's dish. I may have mentioned that Scampy is not the brightest of cats.

-The human

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, Ora. Scampy can type. Sounds pretty bright to me!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 12, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

TBG, yes, Scampy sometimes does get his paws on the keyboard. That's when the human emits the *&^%&*%@^ sounds.

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Jyri -- may I correct you in regard to my boodle-handle? It's really *ftb* (not *fbt*). There's really a reason for that, as my initial boodle name (before the *expletive* WaPo made us all register -- (side note: apparently guns are not to be registered, but boodlers are ... (go figure))) was *firsttimeblogger*. Even I got tired of that, and as I was being addressed as *ftb* by various boodlers, I thought it would be just fine.

Hockey alert: tomorrow NBC is going to show the Red Wings/Bruins game (I think it starts at 12:30). I may or may not be watching, as I have tons of stuff to do way on the other end of the condo. The Red Wings just manhandled the Bruins the other night and finally won a game after having been skunked a couple times in a row. *tsk tsk*

Cya.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 12, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

How's this for a classic movie line-up?

Of Mice and Men
Ninotchka
Wuthering Heights
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Wizard of Oz
Gone With the Wind
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Love Affair

TMC is playing Oscar winning movies from 1939 all afternoon and through the night. Mr. Smith is on now. I've been doing chores, boodling and a little stitching with a glance now and then at the flicks, but have settled down now for a good old-fashioned movie marathon, popcorn included.

It's my version of an antidote to the back-to-back Egypt coverage viewing of the last few days.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I actually remember seeing your handle, "firsttimeblogger" back in my previous lurking days. I used to wonder why you kept that handle when you were no longer blogging or boodling for the first time. (I tend sometimes to take things too literally.) Those were the days, of course, when one could sign in with any handle they wanted.

Posted by: orawh | February 12, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Jumper,
Try the volume control again. Mine goes to eleven.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

OMeffingG....not once but twice I messed it up, ftb. So sorry. Yes, you most certainly may correct me...and I stand corrected.

Gotta love the way you put the registration requirements in, shall we say, sharp perspective. Luckily the gun owning process is a bit more, dare I say, sophisticated here in the EU. But then again, we never got the wonder of the 2nd amendment either.

Just saw the movie "Gamer". Now there's a lot of the aforementioned guns at display. Watch only if absolutely no better film at hand.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 12, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Jyri, blame British tradition for that one, and the fact that the colonists were often skirmishing with the native Americans AND soldiers of other powers as they expanded the country.

Unlike in Europe, war wasn't formally declared and armies mustered, nor did the British care to ship over enough soldiers to protect America-- and when they did, they expected colonists to surrender their lands and homes to lodge them.

There was a strong tendency to just deputize everybody with a gun to protect home and hearth.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

It makes reduced little sense in a modern country with stable borders, I grant you, but even the most die-hard gun control advocates are loathe to ban the second amendment entirely. Some of us figure that's why we have only been attacked twice in over 200 years-- the widespread knowledge that we have a lot of armed citizens ready to go to war if attacked.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

SCC: reduced sense, not reduced little sense.

Today I no write English any good.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

As I recall the same requirements for housing Militia existed in England as well.

We lived in under the same conditions, funny how cultures differ.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

shriek, Lobster seems to be a popular choice for V day here on the left coast. All the stores including Costco are featuring sales today with mounds of lobster tails on display.

Posted by: bh72 | February 12, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

1939 was remarkable. At least 3 John Ford films, including Stagecoach.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1939_in_film

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 12, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I'll probably watch that game, ftb. Today, I saw hours and hours of junior hockey in the NWT, and tonight I'm watching Leafs/Habs and Flames/Canucks. Not that I'm what my buddy Dave calls NHL-gurl or anything :-).

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I always liked the fact that one of the first things our new government did was to prohibit the forced quartering of soldiers during peacetime.

It always reminded me of a kid who declares, "When I'm a parent I'm not going to make my kids ________!"

Posted by: -TBG- | February 12, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

True enough, dmd. You won your independence peaceably, and that may make the difference.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Dave, actually Stagecoach was on that lineup. I forgot. It played this afternoon while I was outside. The films they're showing today/tonight are the 10 that were nominated for Best Picture in 1939, back in the day when 10 nominations was the norm.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Here's a piece of cool movie trivia. The coat that Frank Morgan (Dr. Marvel/The Wizard) wore in Oz actually belonged to L. Frank Baum, the author.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 12, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod_Gnome- Wonderfully worded, short and concise, explanation of the origins re 2nd amendment.

I must agree with you for its utility from the historical perspective. However. The Native population might balk at the word 'skirmishing' though, as, if I recall it right, they were seeing it more from the perspective of being colonized out of their land(s) and were having an existential matter to deal with.

I did have to smile at the final point you made, of being attacked only twice in the past 200 years. It might be, indeed, the result of the 2nd amendment. I hazard to guess that two huge oceans plays a minor part in that as well.

Be as it may, I truly appreciated your comment.


Posted by: JyriSulin | February 12, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, puleeeze. The only effect of ya'll having so many guns is that lots of children end up shot "by accident" in their own homes, and murders. It has nothing to do with national defence.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I am (foreign) die-hard gun-control advocate, and I would.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I forgot. Generally speaking, to blame the Brits works just fine for me, although my natural reflex is to blame the Russians.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 12, 2011 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't know Yoki, we have only been attacked one (and you know who you are), I think everyone was afraid as they had seen put the hurt on when we go in the corners :-)

Sorry Wilbrod I am watching the Canadians/Leafs games, and chuckling at how for several minutes now the Leafs have looked like a minor hockey team.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Would that be, oh, around 1812?

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Goodness I cannot type today, head smack.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Time for me to wrap up for the day. See you tomorrow and enjoy the evening, it is quite young, as yet, for most of you.

G'night folks.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 12, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Which means in a few years it falls outside the 'in the past 200 years window'. Quit holding a grudge.

The 'twice' would also seem to require the definition of 'attack' to include terrorist actions not sanctioned by any government. In which case, twice is a lower bound depending on the scale used as a threshold.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Have ya'll been talking about Downton Abbey? Because if you haven't you should have been.

We're now starting Episode 3. Thank goodness for Netflix streaming on the Tivo.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 12, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

If my memory is correct, a careful history of the overland wagon trains from Missouri to the Pacific noted that casualties were relatively low. There were only a handful from Native Americans, many from accidents with loaded guns, and lots from cholera.

Interesting analysis of Texas blackouts "caused by feeback loops and competition" from Oil Drum, including economists vs. physicists:
http://www.theoildrum.com/node/7449#more

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 12, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Who's got a grudge we won :-).

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I have been led to understand that the War of 1812 wasn't our finest hour:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/achenblog/2006/12/bad_very_bad_and_war_of_1812_b.html

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I watched Downton Abbey (hee hee!) from the first day on PBS. It is, slightly, retro. Sort of like The Duchess of
Duke Street or Upstairs Downstairs.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Happy Saturday to all! Spent 24 hours researching, calling and driving around looking for a cheap used car for the youngest - purchased, seems good, good deal. Happiness all around.

Everyone easily bored please tune out here - I am amazingly literal and I want to warn Talitha not to burn the schmaltzy stuffed animals. Plastic burning is toxic. I come from a family which likes to do a big bonfire every Halloween, and yard waste and such are saved up in a huge pile for it all summer. Unfortunately, folks not wanting to take things to the dump have gotten lazy and added: old garden hoses, plastic-webbed aluminum lawn chairs past their prime, ripped-out hammocks made of nylon/plastic, and such. Throwing those on the pyre made such a toxic stench my kids would wheeze for days afterwards. We now make our excuses and do not attend.

So, Talitha, please give the schmaltzy crap to Goodwill and write our your grievances/hurts on paper, and throw that on the fire. Hope you feel better.

End overly literal alert.

Hope everyone has a smashingly good weekend.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 12, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRwiH18QwpU

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanks RD, a great post by Joel.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

TBG, two words: Dan Stevens.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 12, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Jyri-- two oceans, yes.

Yoki, I'm just explaining how some people think about the 2nd amendment. I could cite numerous studies that show you are flat-out wrong, though, in your assessment, including all the government-backed homicides in Europe in the 20th century (genocides, etc.)

Firearm fatalities only are 0.5% of all accidental deaths in the USA, while cars make up 37%.

Guns do make up nearly 60% of all suicides in the US, though, and many people buy their first gun ever just to kill themselves.

I'm not denying that crime and guns are a real problem in the USA, especially in the poorer states, but weaker gun control laws do not correlate with increased gun crime at all.

So oh, please. Go enjoy your wine and try and not to think of all the people who died today due to alcohol-- whether homicide, drunken driving, or drunken knife-fights.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

And yes, I'm a die-hard alcohol control advocate. But I do know the answer isn't in banning alcohol; it's in clarifying what is appropriate use of alcohol and what is not.

If people choose to make an issue of my not wanting to drink (which is rare), I just ask people to tell me exactly what responsible drinking is and is not. I've heard all sort of answers.

It's so much easier to deny problem drinking behavior if there's no clear barometer of "appropriate drinking."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

And yes, I'm a die-hard alcohol control advocate. But I do know the answer isn't in banning alcohol; it's in clarifying what is appropriate use of alcohol and what is not.

If people choose to make an issue of my not wanting to drink (which is rare), I just ask people to tell me exactly what responsible drinking is and is not. I've heard all sort of answers.

It's so much easier to deny problem drinking behavior if there's no clear barometer of "appropriate drinking."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, we could get going down quite a rocky road here, on a Saturday night, no less. I do think that geography has more to do with which countries get invaded - Poland being one that has been repeatedly overrun. And despite what the NRA might tell you, assault rifles are no match for tanks or fighter jets or nuclear weapons. I wish we could conjure up the founding fathers and show them what a mess they've made with the 2nd amendment. I bet some of them would be horrified. Well, they'd probably be horrified about a lot of things.

I was trying to think of South American countries that have been invaded in the last couple hundred years, and I can't come up with any (could be my ignorance).

Posted by: seasea1 | February 12, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Do Grenada and Cuba count?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Latin America has had over 100 revolution/coups since 1900, though, and there have been bloody dictatorships in South America. All of which 2nd amendment advocates would point to.

Yeah, my point was precisely that: don't go there. If the evidence was that clear-cut, we wouldn't still have the 2nd amendment. We're not that much of fools.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2011 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I think MADD has done a great job of defining drunk driving, and most states have a defined blood alcohol level for DUI. That can vary from one to two drinks for most people. I know I am much more careful about timing my drinks if I'm driving (meaning I give myself plenty of time between the last drink - max of 2 - and when I'm on the road). I remember the days when people were not as aware, when drinking on lunch hours was commonplace, when no one thought about a "designated driver". So things have improved, although DUI is still a problem.

This is a nifty calculator - not sure how accurate it is:
http://www.ou.edu/oupd/bac.htm

Posted by: seasea1 | February 12, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I'd repeal the 2nd amendment in a minute if I was dictator. I think it is foolish. No, I wasn't counting Central America or Cuba or Grenada (good one, dmd!) - or civil wars or revolutions. I was thinking of outside invasions by other countries. I know Bolivia and Chile have fought over borders, and I suppose there are other examples like that. But Germany didn't start with the US or Brazil. Japan got "only" as far as Hawaii. The US has invaded countries halfway around the world, but there aren't so many that can do the same to us. None of that has anything to do with our gun culture, I don't think.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 12, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I invented a new cocktail tonight.

Two shots of whiskey (Kopper Kettle from Belmont Distillery)
Four shots of Bailey's Irish cream
Two cups of ice
An indeterminate amount of milk

Mix all in a blender. Makes about three 8 ounce glasses. Serve with leftover pizza while reading the Style Section from tomorrow's paper.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2011 11:05 PM | Report abuse

From the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (p.31):
http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf
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What is moderate alcohol consumption?

Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.

What is heavy or high-risk drinking?

Heavy or high-risk drinking is the consumption of more than 3 drinks on any day or more than 7 per week for women and more than 4 drinks on any day or more than 14 per week for men.

what is binge drinking?

Binge drinking is the consumption within 2 hours of 4 or more drinks for women and 5 or more drinks for men.
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I need to step up my game a little.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

yello, based on those guidelines, I pretty much have no game at all. And I'm OK with that.

Your whiskey shake sounds pretty good, though.

As much as has been said about the War of 1812, my great Aunt has been pretty unhappy about the British Invasion for almost 50 years now.

I think she regards Ed Sullivan as the Benedict Arnold of the 20th century.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 12:16 AM | Report abuse

jerry lee lewis cover:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKmRPoP8QGE

Posted by: -jack- | February 13, 2011 12:22 AM | Report abuse

In related news to the gun control discussion:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12414841

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 13, 2011 1:05 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'm in the process of trying to get ready for church this morning. I was outside all day yesterday, bright and sunny, but the day never quite made the promise of warmth, yet it was good to be out. I had to drag the g-girl from the park. And we got a chance to shoot the basketball. That didn't end well, the wind knocked the hoop over, and it almost landed on my head, me and it hit the pavement. Just sore this morning, but I don't think there's major damage.

And almost forgot...welcome to all of you that have joined the Achenblog.

I hope my friends here get a chance to attend church with me this morning.

Slyness, it sounds like you're on your way to spring despite the cold weather. I looked at my little spot yesterday, don't know if I will tackle it or not. If the bugs don't get it, the cats make it their bathroom, so it's a little depressing. Good luck with yours.

Time to get moving. I need plenty of time this morning, moving slow.

I truly hope the day is beautiful wherever you are folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 13, 2011 6:37 AM | Report abuse

*HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS all around, repeat as needed* :-)

Indeed, Ora, Boodle asterisks designate non-language actions, such as hugging, faxing, hiding under desks after bad jokes, etc.

As for today, I'm debating whether to jog on the usual route or stick to the roads to avoid yesterday's experience with ice and mud. On the bright side, looks like the weather will obviate the need to break out the full winter jogging kit.

And for your Sunday viewing pleasure:

http://www.geekosystem.com/bill-oreilly-cant-explain-that-meme/

*finishing-a-second-cuppa-joe-whilst-smiling-broadly Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 13, 2011 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!! *HUGSSS* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 13, 2011 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle!

I'm wondering what Egypt tells us about both the need for, and efficacy of, being armed to bring down a tyrannical government. I think it says you need critical mass first before you brink out the weapons, but with the critical mass it's more effective not to use the concealed hand guns against the tanks.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 6:55 AM | Report abuse

'morning frostimuse

the masses brink out
bring out break out dancing live
on the edge of change

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 13, 2011 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Good afternoon Boodle,

Guns and booze. Now there are two of my favorite subjects. Nah, not really, but it sounded so 'cool'.

Finland is a country where guns are available very widely, as well. I believe we (we as in being a Finn) have the 5th highest gun ownership in the world. Yet gun deaths pale in comparison to a more wicked national tradition of binge-drinking during the weekend, get into an argument with your best friend, get really mad, find a blade of any sort and ....done. Remorse abound once sober, but too late.

That being said, while I am not anti-gun sort of type, I must despair about the state of the US gun madness. A quick search yielded the following numbers (a little old ones though) for the year 2000: gun homicides in the EU 1,260 deaths, Japan 22, US 10,801.

Whatever it may be that studies try to tell us about guns; fact remains, that if we have them readily available, we will use them. I agree with the old and tired refrain of "guns do not kill, people do". But knowing people....for the love of God, do not give them guns that easily.

My two cents regarding the 2nd amendment is then as well as follows. All laws, be they constitutional or not, ought to be under constant review. Once they have served their purpose or have become obsolete, it is time to re-formulate or scrap them.

Would that not be the case, we would still have women having no right to vote, we would have folks slaving away in our fields and factories. Heck, maybe we'd have a feudal system at best -- or sort of Saudi concept of governance.

I am all for peoples freedom to get on with their lives as freely as possible, but when the numbers clearly show the toll and tragedy that some freedoms do cause, we must, as society, take steps to prevent such outcome.

Case in point: we have set clear limits of alcohol use and driving. That still way too many deaths occur is a sign that we need to elevate the cost of doing so. (Maybe we should, in every instance of DUI, confiscate the vehicle and slap a 50% fine of the yearly income. This if nothing bad happened. In case of any accident: long sentences.)

With guns it is a little different, hence the way forward must be with legislation making ownership a lot harder. In addition, there has to be a massive recall of guns out of circulation. With hundreds of millions of guns on the streets, so to speak, it won't be an easy task, but it must start somewhere.

I am aware that the bad guys are the last ones to give a damn about laws, but then at least a dude packing heat can be designated as one.

It'll be messy for years to come, but the thousands of lives saved is a good trade, I'd say.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 13, 2011 7:41 AM | Report abuse

UK Foreign Office travel advice for Britons going to the US:

"In 2009 there were 33,963 road deaths in the USA (Source: DfT). This equates to 11.1 road deaths per 100,000 of population compared to the UK average of 3.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2009." They also note the Arizona immigration law, but not the heavily-armed populace.
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/north-central-america/united-states

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 13, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

At about sixteen minutes in, Bill Maher asks if the fever has broken on crazy in this country.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Nba3iqFBfU&feature=relmfu

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Doonesbury is on boodle today
http://www.doonesbury.com/strip

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

yello, given that Ron Paul won the Conservative Political Action Congress straw poll yesterday I'm going to go with "no."

Mornin' all. It appears to be cloudy and cold today but will be much warmer than it has been. I'm contemplating getting on the rowing machine so it will stop mocking me. I can hear it muttering something about "resolutions" and chuckling to itself.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 13, 2011 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of crazy, how many people are dying to see the movie version of 'Atlas Shrugged - Part 1'?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W07bFa4TzM

It was a big hit at CPAC. One FB friend noted the incongruity of conservatives cheering a movie about high-speed rail.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

DotC you made me curious to see what if any warning we had, nothing much except a Florida warning, a smaller ones for Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico.

"Violent crime remains a serious concern in Florida. Criminals have demonstrated that they will use violence with little or no provocation. Many attacks have occurred in the Miami area, and others have taken place on rural roads and at interstate highway rest areas. Some rest areas have dusk-to-dawn security on site (which is indicated on the highway sign). Proceed cautiously when exiting a freeway (including Interstate 95) into large urban centres, especially after dusk. Theft has increased, particularly from trunks of parked cars in the North Miami Beach area, South Beach and at airports. Be alert, as criminals use a variety of techniques to steal personal belongings."

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=308000

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

And good day to you, Jyri and Ora.
I apologize for the belated greetings.

I was going to make some jokes this AM about the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game this afternoon, and that both teams were carrying nearly-monumental losing streaks into the matchup, but Cleveland won on Friday. The NBA must be relieved at not having to put a warning/disclaimer at the beginning of any telecasts...

Not sure what to make of the Eqyptian military's actions in Tahrir square and as custodians of the government of that country today, but it seems to me that they're ready to get to work and are clearing things away so that they can begin building. I hope they're not in too much of a hurry - I think it's going to take some time to meet with the architcts and come up with a plan before laying the foundation.

But I'm not there, and don't really know what's going on. Not for me to tell other folks how to run their country.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Three books on the Gulf Disastrahoochie reviewed by Steven Mufson:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021102697.html

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

From Andy Borowitz's twitter feed:

"The CIA is closely studying the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory to determine if it could happen again."
http://twitter.com/#!/BorowitzReport/status/36432765087916033

All they needed to do was to look at the schedule to see that they were playing the Bullets.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

fb,
Great catch. Doonesbury is always timely and relevant.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The Economist's comment system nearly banned me due to an impolite comment about Ayn Rand.

The Southeast Florida urban area is nowhere near as bad as it was twenty years ago, but it's still essential to avoid bad neighborhoods and otherwise be careful. The Turnpike is far safer and has better-behaved drivers than I-95. For the most part, South Beach is safe, thanks in part to being a heavily pedestrian area. I think some of the shopping malls continue to offer valet parking.

Local TV news nearly anywhere, including West Palm Beach, Orlando, and Jacksonville, is a litany of mothers slaughtering their children, shootings, armed robberies, even (locally) a teen driving the family SUV into a crowd.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 13, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

DotC's, in my former life, my ex worked in FL for a year and I visited a few times. I remember being shocked when he told me that if I went out in the car, I should keep the doors locked at all times. This was in the Ft. Lauderdale area, not exactly a low rent district. I was always happy to get back home, where such precautions are rarely necessary.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 13, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I remember reading "Atlas Shrugged" in high school (not as an assignment, thankfully) and I recall being a bit tantalized by it, but over time not liking it much. I must have been 16 or 17. And this was in an era when one had to get one's parent's permission to read "Catcher in the Rye".

What unnerved me by Ayn Rand was the control-freak foundation of her beliefs, as I was living it in my home life, and it's what turned me off from her once I really sat down and thought about it.

Free markets, my *expletive*. Nothin's ever free, folks. Somebody always has to pay for it.

One more errand, and then in for the duration for hockey, the paper and maybe something else will turn up to amuse me.

And may it be the same (or some facsimile thereof) for the rest of the boodlers.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 13, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

It's laundry and rearranging a spare room for me, ftb... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 13, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed Atlas Shrugged at age 20 or so, simply as a story. I got irritated when the characters got going on their long polito-social lectures -- skimmed/skipped those parts. (Had she never gotten the memo on showing vs. telling?) And I never had an urge to apply her ideas to the real world, because the world of the book did not to my mind resemble the real world. But it provided a few days of entertaining reading, which was nice.

Posted by: -bia- | February 13, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

SCC: politico-social. Still may not be a word, but it's what I meant to type.

Posted by: -bia- | February 13, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

DNA girl-since you turned it into such a good poem, I'm glad I didn't catch that brink/bring mistake.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Hello, quiet Boodle.

This piece by Alexandra Petri seems good fodder for thought for those of us who let our fingers do the thinking more often than we would perhaps like to admit. I liked the term "the roughage of facts" and the obvious man vs machine bit about the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Anyhooooo, just throwing it out there.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021102681.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Is a liveboodle still planned for the Grammys this evening? Must admit that many of the artists nominated are not among my favorites, but Jagger is on so I can at least relate somehow. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I read Mufson's review of the spill books. I'm left with a feeling that, with impending budget cuts, the US will have less regulation of offshore drilling than before the big mess.

Same with health care. The Affordable Care Act seems to have set off a national race to defund Medicaid and raise health care prices.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 13, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, everyone. Cassandra, I hope you made it to church and had a good service. We had a good sermon and then my favorite twin boyz brought their parents and Aunt Elderdottir over for lunch. Which was barbeque, because I woke up to the fact that there's lots still in the freezer and the next barbeque is only five weeks away.

I never read any of Ayn Rand's novels. A good friend in high school was an adherent, and her description put me off. Thanks, I'll stick with faith and love.

When I took the course to become an emergency medical technician, 30 years ago this spring, one statistic quoted to us was that a person has a one in twenty chance of dying from a stab wound and a one in five chance from a gunshot wound. I'm sure that's changed in three decades; once we got a good EMS system up in this community, the murder rate went down because victims got timely care and didn't die. Of course, that meant the assault rate went up.

Poor Mr. T. Just as we turned onto our street, we heard a clicking noise which turned out to be a screw in one of my tires. He had to put the spare on before he could get to the work he wants to do this afternoon. (He's replacing the motion detector spotlight on the garage with one of better quality.) I couldn't find anyone open this afternoon to fix it, so he'll take it to the shop close to work in the morning and I'll go pick it up when it's fixed. *sigh*

Posted by: slyness | February 13, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

My Detroit Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 (doodley-doo)! And I think I'll add a friendly "woo-hoo" (just for flavor).

Much earlier this morning when I was out, I had to wear my sunglasses, there was so much bright sunlight. And then it changed to cloud cover, which isn't so much fun, especially when the lamp I need at my desk suddenly stopped working. Ah, well. I've got other lamps around. I do need one rewired and I know what I'll substitute for that, but I still have to get my body over to the lamp store to get that done. Yep, one o' these days, alright.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 13, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, no live boodling the Grammys for me, because the broadcast is delayed here on the Left Coast. Dylan is going to play, there is an Aretha tribute, Streisand is performing. Leon Russell and Elton John are up for an award in "Pop Collaboration" but I don't think they stand a chance.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 13, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I will be watching and live boodling if others are around, eldest will be looking for camera glipses of her heart throb - Darren Criss (sp) middle child will be screaming at any shot of Beiber (and not because she likes him) - might need earplugs.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Leon Russell (as some of you were yesterday, too) ...

I have two stories. Back in 1979 I 'kept company' with a wonderful guy from Tulsa. He'd been a dj in OK City and involved in the music biz in the area. During one visit to Tulsa we went to a party at Leon's house. OMG what a blowout!

Other story ... Leon played the Telluride Blue Grass Festival in '80 or '81 (my memory fails) during the time I worked as a dj for the local radio station. I had pulled the midnight to 3am shift one night and, as often happened after the bars closed at 2am, the radio studio filled up with folks ... it was the only game in town. One of the people who showed up was Leon Russell who proceeded to take over my show for a half-hour of live music. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. He was gorgeous in those days, too. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Jyri, I don't disagree with gun control in principle. I just disagree with using the idea of accidentally shot children as an excuse for it; far more children die every year in car crashes.

I think there are other disturbing statistics that may explain more about firearms homicides. Gun crime really doesn't follow lack of gun control laws; if anything the most strict gun control laws tend to be imposed in regard to abnormally high gun violence.

I believe it has been illegal to own various handarms in the District of Columbia for over 30 years, including carrying unlicensed firearms without a permit, and the District still was the murder captial of America for a while there. The black market for guns is rife and Virginia has many gunsmiths making transport easy.

However if you walk around the District in the poorer neighborhoods, you will see there are far more liquor stores than there are grocery stores, or even gun stores. You will also note a strong lack of access to the rest of the city, whether due to poor bus schedules, or just bridges,highways and such that prevent walking around or any kind of visibility.

In DC you have to do a firearms check before you go to MLK library, and same goes for most high schools in that area. That's not because DC doesn't have gun control. It's because DC has an serious problem with poverty, violence, and drug crime. Gun violence excerabates this problem by making those problems even more lethal.

It would help to be able to ban all guns except for people who are licensed to use them and all that-- but they could get their guns stolen during a burglary and then sold on the street. Shrug.

In fact, our John McCain introduced a bill last summer to strip the District of its gun laws. This was contested by the DC government.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/dc/senate-legislation-aims-stripping-district-gun-laws
http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/2009/06/district-s-gun-regulations-officially-place-how-long

Would it be really great to have weaker gun control? Would it be really smart to let semiautomatics be sold in DC, given how small it is? Above all, is it smart to make assassination easier in DC?

Those questions aren't that easy to answer. My gut instinct is gun control laws are important for DC-- but the truth is they also aren't working.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 13, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Frostbitten, loved that Doonesbury.

I do hope that Egypt and other countries will show the might of an informed, cell-phone armed citizenry as superior to firearmed citizenry or invasion by force and strengthen the argument that America should lay down its arms.

But I'm not fully optimistic: we do have a huge weapons industry.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 13, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, thanks loads for the link. I have copied and saved the article because I need to think about it some more. Ken Jennings is quoted in the article as saying, "If we can find information instantly on any subject, we are also less likely to retain any of it. It's the hook-up culture applied to facts - wham, bam, thank you Bing. Why bother learning anything specific? Have GPS and Google made trivia a trivial pursuit? "

But there are so many things that we previously had to learn that are not necessary to retain. For example,I remember that in school I had to learn the capitals of all the states. Why is that necessary except to pass a test? I remember one geology professor who told us that after the final exam we would probably forget almost everything he had taught us. He was right though I still do remember a few, a very few, things.

I am constantly googling and learning new things. Whether I retain them or not depends on how interesting or important they are to me. But the fact that they are so easily available makes me look them up. This satisfies my curiosity. Not like in the old days when one had to go to the reference section of the library and even that wasn't always up to date.

I know that the ability to surf and google have expanded my world and my world view.

Posted by: orawh | February 13, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. I drove up the turnpike yesterday to a big party, stayed out way too late seeing old friends, slept the night at a nice hotel, and drove back in time to pick up the Boy for church this morning. Whew.

As a representative of our Lagomorph Overlord Brotherhood, Beatrice asks me to let it be known she will graciously accept all heads of lettuce, baby carrots and sugar snap peas.

The Boy has fencing tomorrow, and Ivansdad has professional obligations tonight, so I don't know if we'll do a Valentine's dinner (Valentine's takeout, maybe). I did get them each some nice chocolate.

I'll briefly comment on the gun-control dust-up of yesterday. This is, after all, very closely related to what I do for a living and I'm very aware of all the studies and statistics. Short and dirty version: Yoki's take is right, or more right than suggestions that minimize the huge percentages and importance of gun violence in this country. I understand the common impulse to compare gun ownership and gun control to public health regulations (alcohol, cigarettes, etc) but it is truly apples and oranges. Such comparisons don't make sense.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 13, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

For Mistress Day (the day before Valentine's Day) we went to The Mall to have the engagement ring reset for the second time. I think that makes me good for the 25th. For the 50th, I may have to actually spring for a new stone or something.

Then for the pre-Valentine dinner we had dim sum at a place called Red Pearl (the name is even kinda Valentiney) with our Groupon discount. We treat the actual Valentine's Day with the disdain that heavy drinkers have for New Year's Eve. It's amateur night where restaurants gouge people who only go out a couple of times a year. You get bad food and worse service, so why bother.

Instead I have some filet mignons that were on sale at the grocery store last week thawing on the counter. Right before the Grammys I'll through them is a baggie with some red wine and ground pepper for the night. My wife likes her steaks like she likes her men, a little simple, not too fancy, and cold in the center.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Yello, that sounds like a pretty romantic two days to me. I meant to say, your invented drink sounds good.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 13, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The gun laws in DC were overturned in 2008. Since then District residents have been slowly rearming themselves. Most of the legally purchased registered guns have been in the more affluent areas, mostly because they can afford the cost of the guns as well as the steep registration fees.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/07/AR2011020706450.html?sid=ST2011020706491

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-opinions/2011/02/the_real_story_in_dcs_gun_data.html

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I never read to your comments that you would be a raving loonie from Crawford, TX or so. (Sorry if I offended anyone's sensibility.)

As a matter of fact, I, too, happened to read the same disturbing statistics re stricter gun-control laws increasing homicide rates in the US. I can only deduct some possibilities as an explanation, partially then.

The gun culture is deeply ingrained in the US society and the resulting violence is hard to eradicate. Criminals do read news and are exploiting the states where the laws take effect. (Sarcastically now: maybe the NRA is distributing guns to thugs there, in order to make a point.)

Further, laws enacted in one state, by no means, suffice to remedy the situation, as gun-runners will just ship the product from the next state with added premium in the price.

I believe that only a nation-wide action will produce results and even then the situation might get way worse before it turns better.

So, in order to repeal the 2nd amendment, a consensus to a total weapons ban would have to be achieved. The penalty to posses one, again, would have to be very harsh-- and the law-enforcement branches would have to be in full-time battle readiness for ages to come.

Yea, I know. Ain't gonna happen. Yet the price you pay for it (2nd amendment) seems to be so very intolerably high as well.


Posted by: JyriSulin | February 13, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

yello... if Feb 13 is Mistress Day and Feb 14 is Valentine's Day, what is Feb 15?

Seems to me I have a date that night and just want to know how to dress for it.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 13, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Some amazing photos:

http://www.inspirefirst.com/2011/02/11/70-photos-breath/

Not mine for once.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Bad Romance Night. Dress like Lady Gaga.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't own a gun and doubt I ever will, and I used to be a gun-control NUT, but during the Bush Administration I began to see why people were against registering guns.

As I felt our freedoms slipping away in the name of "War on Terror" I understood why I wouldn't want the government to know if I had a gun or not.

I never realized until then that those well-armed militias might be there to protect me from my own government, as well as from outside invasions.

(Especially when Bush sent our National Guard to fight our overseas wars. The same National Guard he had joined to avoid going to Vietnam.)

Posted by: -TBG- | February 13, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Feb 15: must-rest-day?

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 13, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Dear TBG,

During the Bush administration the whole world wanted to have a basement full of guns, an aircraft-carrier in the rubber swimming pool for kids-- and a few tactical nukes. As a back-up (plan): a space-craft and a flight itinerary to Mars.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 13, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Really amazing, yello. Thanks.

Posted by: orawh | February 13, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

-TBG

P.S.: Can't comment for the radicals...as they are just crazy. *smile*

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 13, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant, yellojkt. I will tell the Boy February 15 is Bad Romance Day and I plan to go to work dressed as Lady Gaga - after dropping him off at school, and walking him into the building. I wonder what extravagant promises he will make, or to what demands he will agree, in order to prevent me. This should be fun.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 13, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

talitha, those are great Leon Russell stories!

Bought some flower seeds on sale today. Warm sunny day here - bees were out. Rain is on its way, though.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 13, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

*laughing in general at the Boodle*

yello, that all sounds wisely and truly romantic. :)
... and thanks for the photo gallery.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

yello -- those pictures were gorgeous!

Posted by: ftb3 | February 13, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Wheezy has made me feel guilty about my planned ritual bonfire for tomorrow, though I don't think 3 six-inch plush animals burned outside will emit much pollution. ;~o

Decided to make a run for Chinese and some wine to enjoy during the Grammy's. Keith, Dylan and Leon ... cause for a tad of celebrating.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh Ivansmom,

I did warn about the LOB, didn't I?

Look what Beatrice's demands of baby carrots has done to Scotland. All them poor Scottish babies are running for the hills (which, naturally, is silly, as the bunnies are more likely be found in the hills than down town docks, but that aside).

If my latest info is accurate; the Scottish Parliament has elevated the alert to code 'Orange' and even Ireland seems to be mobilizing. Hair-color products are flying off of the shelves (chestnut brown is very popular) and elderly people are weeping and lamenting.

Formidable barriers of lettuce has been erected around cities and towns to divert the attention of the on-coming Bunny assault.

Scary stuff and testing times ahead.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 13, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I meant Mick, not Keith ... and no, I haven't hit the wine yet!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Aha, Jyri. Merely a misunderstanding. Hereabouts the current reference to persons with red hair is "gingers". Beatrice assures me she is wholly uninterested in snacking on gingers, by whatever name. She has a deep interest, however, in pointy orange root vegetables.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 13, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The Black Keys just won Alternative Album of the Year on the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony. The evening is getting off to a fine start as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Might as well, I'mom. He'll need *something* to talk about in therapy.

Had a great long weekend in the country with my cousin. Her pristine, snow-covered yard was quickly covered with quilt stitches looking like paw prints.

Warning to all, tomorrow is the date when skunks leave their dens to find true love.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 13, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Me, I delivered Mrs. D to the train station for the start of her most excellent adventures through the remains of Industrialized Ontario. (dmd, she doesn't reach Hamilton btw, I misunderstood that. Vaughan is her westernmost destination. I know it's not a word but heck)
I made a stupid mistake, not wearing a simple dust mask, and paid for it. I was re-acquainted with my long-lost friend the asthma attack. I had conveniently forgotten how tiring it is. So, from a house full of food I had to go out and pick up a pizza. A rather good Greek pizza that was well received by the Witches, but still.
This new oscillating tool is the best thing I’ve tried so far to do precision cuts in gypsum board. But it does generate dust and that thing burn through battery charges quickly. I absolutely love it. All three chargers are now on duty for the next instalment of the Renovations by a Large Idiot series.

I do not do Grammys. I'm planning on watching an old movie. Taxi Driver, Heat or maybe that old commercial hit Tora, Tora, Tora! that I saw in the library this afternoon.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 13, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Oops, seems like a false alert then, Ivansmom, but let's not tell the Scots or Irish quite yet, as L'Oreal can use a boost to the bottom-line, methinks.

Although I still have my reservation about the New Order of the LOB and will stay vigil for time being.

dbG - My therapist abandoned me a long ago, muttering something about beyond reach and lost case. But I am sure it will be a subject of great concern when my other personalities gets the wind of these matters.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 13, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Carolina Chocolate Drops win best traditional folk album!!!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Which means I'm now Googling "Carolina Chocolate Drops."

Good news about The Black Keys. I was listening them while playing around on the computer earlier today.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 13, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I've seen a cottontail rabbit in our yard this morning for the first time this winter. Is it and ominous sign, the lagomorphs are casing our joint?
The VLP loves rabbits. But the large gap in accelation and terminal speed performance means that he will never catch one, unless one falls asleep on the patio and I doubt it will ever happen. He enjoys the chase though, and the rabbits don't seem to mind being faced with such an incompetent predator.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 13, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

SCC carp *an* and *acceleration*, at a minimum.

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

I believe that this song is the best intro to Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

SCC the link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKTXJUYiAT4

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

There are other multiple personalities here, Jyri. :)

My head hurts. Time to get some dinner!

Posted by: -dbG- | February 13, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for the Carolina Chocolate Drops ... one of my absolute favorites.
Cornbread and butterbeans ...mmmmm.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm lucky to know that at least a minority of the population not only doesn't find Gingers repulsive, but prefers them! Though I admit that the "Gingers are Evil" meme is hilarious.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, in my home the meme is alive. Les roux sont des tarés. The red heads are myself (you couldn't tell anymore, my hair is grey and my beard is white) and the VLP. For the VLP it holds some truth; he isn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Somehow my sisters are getting a break, despite being flaming red heads. Nobody calls them sub-humans.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 13, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Ha! That was a lot of fun, frostbitten. Thanks for the link! My man on the banjo there was really into it and that woman has a voice!

I just found 'em on Rhapsody. I may have to buy an album or two to show my support.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 13, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm loving the Aretha tribute, especially the back-up singers ... they're right on.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

These ladies are GREAT!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 13, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Loving it too talitha.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

And the redhead's dress is gorgeous!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 13, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, there's five women singing, and while they're ok, not one of them can hold a candle to Aretha. I'm very glad we saw her perform last summer, just before she canceled all future performances.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 13, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

The hunting of the gingers set to music:

http://vimeo.com/11219730

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Tina Louise (Blacker) a.k.a. Ginger from Gilligan's Island turn 77 last week. Yep, Ginger is 77 years old.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 13, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Also, Gingers have no soul. Hee hee.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Cowhand, here's my favorite Carolina Chocolate Drops song* ... I think I've 'played' it on the Boodle before. I first heard them on Fresh Air about a year ago and ordered the CD immediately.

*save for later after the Grammys, natch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xOxHyTP91c&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=MLGxdCwVVULXc6paPWgf6TggiW0DsMiMPv

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

The redhead is Florence of Florence and the Machine.

Dog Days Are Over:

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

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I guess this means we won't be seeing Train on the Indian casino circuit again for a while. If you could wear the grooves off an mp3 I'd have done it with Hey Soul Sister.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Gaga has a Vulcan shoulder.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Oooops ... two of them. The hair hid one at first.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that was pervy and skeevy, yello. Not only NSFW, but NSFAW.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Toubled, simple souls but we have dem.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 13, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

The Aretha tribute was terrific, as was Aretha's appearance via video.

Hey, the Wiz won at Cleveland, so all's well.

Well, now we have Ricky Martin's silver skinny jeans. I think he stole them from his Uncle. Yikes.

Continuning the otherworldly theme, Lady Gaga and her Remarkable Perky (ahem) shoulders arriving by Electric Triffid pod and dancing with the cast of a 1970s Sci-Fi movie (probably starring Charlton Heston).

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

We do!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

*SCC Troubled souls, obviously. And that is only the start of it. Anyboby on the evil of green eyes?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 13, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Yoki,
Sorry for no NSFW warning. I had forgotten about the nudity. MIA took some flack for the over-the-top imagery. As a ginger, we must be ever vigilant that this never happens.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Blake Shelton... the groovy dude I saw at the Grand Ole Opry in August. The crowd went wild for him that night, but I was disappointed that it meant The Whites were finished with their set.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT1D7-42wsA

Posted by: -TBG- | February 13, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Dunno, I have blue/grey eyes, so cannot comment on the troubledness of green-eyed souls.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

That dress is, ahem, less than flattering.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Green eyed as well as are many family members - I think we are a pretty nice clan.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

'Generic Country Ballad #32' by Big Haired Blonde Flavor Of The Month

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I do most certainly hope, yello, that what must never happen is the lack of an NSFW warning. If you're telling me that we must never *strip off* because we're pale-freckly-ginger-types, well, no. Just, no.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I have nothing nice to say about country so I will only say this - her "dead dog is buried in the yard"?

Muse, I love.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

OK, as overdone as the Muse song is with the mock stage riot and zesty electronic video effects, I find some redemption in the double-necked guitar.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Are they showing these "coming up" previews to let us know it's OK to go to bed now?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 13, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

My eyes are hazel/green, Mr. F's are gray/green and the dott's are blue green. She's not related to us biologically so it seems a little odd to end up with so many green eyes in one household. Frostson got stuck with blue eyes.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I do too! Me own Dad, in a very real and legal sense, has proper Irish hazel eyes, both brown and green, in a sweet wheel.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

My parents had 4 children - 3 with green eyes - one pure green, one green/hazel and me with green/grey. My dad had the most lovely green eyes, mom ice blue eyes.

My girls both have hints of blue/green.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Why don't more musicians wear a monacle?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 13, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I have green/rusty brown hazel eyes, the only ones in a family of brown eyes. Mine can turn completely green depending on what color I'm wearing.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Us pasty red-heads are easy to find in the dark. For better or worse.

Don't go to bed yet, I need some Lady Antebellum now.

Speaking of blue-eyed soul, Bruno Mars is another artist I never would have heard of but for Glee. Mrsyellojkt says he looks like Donny Osmond.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea who these singers are but I am enjoying this.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Cool. I do like Janelle Monet a lot - her "The Archandroid" is currently in my CD player. 'Cold War' is a pretty good one from that album.

Bruno Mars doin' his tunes do-wop & Motown style - interesting. Never thought I'd ever hare "Grenade" like *that.* Gotta give him style points, anyway.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

SCC: "hear"

Had to deduct a few points from BoB (depsite the monocle) and Bruno (depsite the hair) for the air-guitar and air-drumming during Ms. Monet's song, though it did look good.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I think I'm too old for the Grammys. I'm underwhelmed by everything so far. Or maybe it's the February blahs?

Love having green eyes, dad's were blue, mom's were hazel. #1's are brown, #2's are blue. Both granddaughters are blue.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 13, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

This is, I am proud to say, the very first time I've ever seen young Justin perform.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Justin Bieber's mike looks like braces headgear.

Whoa... ninjas!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 13, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Justin Bieber Unplugged.

Who'd a thunk it?

Ah, I knew it couldn't last...

Clapton he ain't.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

That guitar is bigger than Bieber. And he sings more "baby"s than a Springsteen medley.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Do they not give out awards anymore at this show?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 13, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh God I am so sorry.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Usher bought some stage costumes second hand from the Black Eyed Peas cheap.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

This is the first time I've seen the bieber. Also the usher.
Do I get a medal or something?

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 13, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Aw, man! Beck, Petty and Young just don't measure up anymore? I'm sooooo old.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I missed J. Bieber? How tragic.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 13, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

My kids were telling me this AM that they really don't like the new "OMG" auto-tuned Usher. They prefer the old smooth natural Usher. I have to agree.

I have no idea what to make of the gauzy thing sported by Mr. Smith the younger's aft section. Perhaps it conveyed with the leopard print pants.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I'll be in bed before the hour is out if they don't start handing out the awards faster. Beck won "best pop instrumental performance" for Nessun Dorma. Give me a minute, Young won something earlier today too.

I'm not a big Gaga fan but anyone who beats out the biebster is not all bad.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

DNAGirl,
No. It means you need to watch more Super Bowl half-time shows. Or not.

Glad to see Lady Gaga changed from her stage costume to something more subdued.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Young won for best rock song.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Love, love, love this song and just about everything Mumford and Sons.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Now we're talking! Upright bass and horns and everything.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I like this as well not sure I have seen or heard them before, a fan now.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Mumford and Sons won "best live show" in the Twin Cities for their show at First Avenue (of Prince fame in Purple Rain) last year.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

yello, Gaga just put a leather vest on over her stage costume. And did you catch the little horns on her forehead that matched her shoulder protrusions?

Go Bob!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Interesting post on gun deaths, with map of per capita deaths, and some interesting positive and negative correlatives.
http://www.creativeclass.com/creative_class/2011/01/14/the-geography-of-gun-deaths/

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 13, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the neo-folk section of the Grammys here - great stuff. There's a LOT of pickin' goin on on Maggie's Farm.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen so many banjos on one stage since the Hew Haw reunion special.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I wish they presented "best contemporary folk" at the telecast. Ray LaMantagne and the Pariah Dogs won for God Willing and the Creek Don't Rise
Here's my favorite cut
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_kuywKxKcM
Channeling Janis Ian (as it sounds to me anyway)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Full Disclosure: I've seen Mumford and Sons and whatever genre of music you care to apply to them, I'd say they rock.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Most of the caladiums in my yard (scheduled to come out of dormancy in about a month) are a variety named 'gingerland'.
http://www.happinessfarms.com/gingerland.html

I've cut back the old stems of Salvia coccinea (which USDA insists on calling blood sage) to make room for the new shoots. Most of the non-native palms with leaf damage from the December freezes are unfurling new leaves. Oaks are flowering and will soon dump catkins, a finale to the plagues of acorns and leaves.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 13, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The Grammys could do worse than make a straight up booty call song of the year.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Finally can put a face to the song I always turn off when I hear it on the radio - Lady Antebellum

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"plagues of acorns and leaves" a very apt description DotC

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

The Grammys are stilling the 'You sing, you win' predictability from the American Music Awards.

And Lady Antebellum, Toni Tenille called. She wants her bangs back.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

yello-I think they were more Mary Travers bangs. Tenille's were more the wrapped around a curling iron variety.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

This is really really awful.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Let's just say I have different associations when I think of "antebellum".

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

One 'cluck' didn't get past the Wirty Bird Filter.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I have the only pure brown eyes in my family; two hazel browns, one with light grey hue, the other like old pennies, with dark green bits. Mine are slightly browned pennies.

I must say that I don't always understand why eyes are termed green when they seem to be clearly blue to me, but then, men who have hazel eyes tend to be termed brown-eyed. It's the women who insist on the hazel. Blue-green eyes do change apparent color.

Whatever color my eyes are, I'm happy they seem to be healthy, expressive, and working well. May we all continue to have that.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 13, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the live Boodling Grammys. We turned the TV off so the Boy could study science. I cleaned out and organized the storage/pantry closet, finished putting away laundry, and did dishes. Soon it will be time to read in bed. Tempting as the Grammy show appears to be, I'll have to live once again through the Boodle.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 13, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Jim Henson and Elton John would approve of Cee Lo Green's performance this evening.

No sign of Dr. Teeth or Animal or the rest of Electic Mayhem though.

Or the Mnaa mnaa backup singers either.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Jumper-used a commercial to check out your gun link. Just a quick perusal so far, but many thanks. Very interesting stuff.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

According to the NPR Monkey See liveblog, there are 109 Grammy categories. Of which it seems four get announced live on air.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

WHAT is with the swing? Busby Berkley meets ... something.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my favorite Dolly Parton song. Jolene ... nice.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Katy Perry's performance is being sponsored by the Fredericks of Hollywood Naughty Valentines collection

The role of John Meyer will be played by Johnny Depp tonight.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my favorite Dolly Parton song. Jolene ... nice.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I thought Mayer was doing his Jack White impression.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

FB,

From the NPR live blog:

"John Mayer can't decide whether to age into Johnny Depp or Jack White, so he's splitting the difference."

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to stick around for the two more awards they'll give out tonight it's time to say toodles boodle and sweet dreams.

I know it's a longshot but I'm hoping Arcade Fire takes best album, and I'm for anyone but Bieber for best new artist. It's more than loathing Bieber, I've followed all the other nominees and was happy to see them nominated.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Rhianna has gone red-head. Bandwagon jumper.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

A case of a dress wearing a woman ... that's some serious fabric construction.

(sorry about the doublepost)

Goodnight, frosti.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Mrsyellojkt: Erykah Badu called. She wants her hairdo back.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Jagger's straightforward Solomon Burke tribute was perfectly, er, straightforward.

Am slightly perplexed that Dr. Dre seems older than Mick.

How you follow Mick - ladies and gentlemen, Babs.

Cute that they had Kristofferson introduce her, and of course she sings "Evergreen."

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

How in the heck does Jagger stay so skinny and still prance so well? I probably don't really want to know.

Yeah, Kris and Evergreen. And no tuxedo ... looking good.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Jyri, what you propose needs a societal change.

There are some specific recommendations to reduce gun violence, but law enforcement can't do it without congress. Those are very specific recommendations, including regulating the firearm industry to ban weapons that are designed to kill police as well as sniper rifles.

http://www.theiacp.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=%2fs0LiOkJK5Q%3d&tabid=87

I lived through the October sniper siege too. I remember the fear well, and those kinds of sniper rifles have no legit role in our society.

I'm not a gun nut, but I feel compelled to remind people here that many people do see gun rights as a civil rights issue and it's not really easy to argue otherwise to them, even though the proposition that our society would be far more free without gun violence is self-evidently true.

Democrats pretty much went down on the gun control issue because they went too fast without social backing. If they hadn't, chances are good that a nut from Crawford TX wouldn't have been voted in.

I like the IACP recommendations. I see absolutely no reason why the 2nd amendment guarantees us the right to own anything more lethal than a musket, really.

As I once snarked in high school, the right to bear arms doesn't mean citizens have the right to own tanks. Then my teacher said, "whoo! I would LOVE a tank for christmas!"

That's the kind of "cool!" phallic-lust that we have to combat.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 13, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

First Bieber and now Drake. What is this, the Juno Awards?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I hope the young'uns are abed for this!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

We need an emancipation proclaimation to put an end to antebellum life.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Diggin' Arcade Fire here, the camera-carrying BMXers riding and doing tricks all over the stage are an interesting touch.

Didn't note any warnings to those sensitive to excessive feedback, bright lights flashing directly into the camera lenses, caterwauling or bad haircuts, but I mighta missed it. For all that, I thought they did a good job and were a more lively than the AF perormances I've seen previously.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

frosti got her wish! Yea!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Arcade Fire won. It *is* the Junos. Congratulations, Canuckis. And I like their encore song better than the strobe show number.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Goodnight, Gracie!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 13, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Hi omni!!! (and everyone else too)

Tom fan

Posted by: -Dreamer- | February 13, 2011 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Hi omni!!! (and everyone else too)

Tom fan

Posted by: -Dreamer- | February 13, 2011 11:30 PM | Report abuse

New York Times has a long, fascinating story on two years of nonviolent conspiracy behind the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt. I suspect the story's already been translated into Arabic, Farsi, and perhaps Serbian.

Based on this story, I expect the Chinese authorities are congratulating themselves for largely keeping Google out of China. Maybe Hong Kong might join the no-Google zone.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 13, 2011 11:30 PM | Report abuse

TomFan!

Welcome back! Don't be a stranger.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 13, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the double post. I'm a bit out of practice.

Posted by: -Dreamer- | February 13, 2011 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Dreamer! How the heck are you?!? Are you still in Oz?

(mostlylurking)

Posted by: seasea1 | February 13, 2011 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Disappointed that Godfather Chuck Brown didn't win for best R&B performance, but I didn't really expect that to happen.

G'night, everybody.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2011 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Grammy preview. Gaga owes nearly everything to Madonna, as far as I can tell.

I'm going to pour a glass of wine and see if I can get through this.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 13, 2011 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Big egg? Seems kind of like Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott, minus slime.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 13, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Hi mostlylurking!
Yep, still in Oz, boodling from a different time zone and in a largely non-boodling-friendly work environment. Will try to check in more often.

I'm planning a trip to DC in the latter half of April. I'll have to keep my ears pricked for any BPH activity around that time.

Posted by: -Dreamer- | February 14, 2011 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Dylan cracks me up, especially when he does a jig. Glad he didn't trip over the bass.

Dreamer, I daresay a very special BPH will be arranged when you're in town.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 14, 2011 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, Dreamer-based BPHs are absolutely mandatory!!! :-)

And here's a Facebook antidote to all the Grammy whammies:

Tomorrow Facebook will change its privacy settings to allow Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg to invade your house at night and eat your brains with a sharpened spoon. To stop this from happening go to Account> Home Invasion Settings> Cannibalism> Brains and unclick the "Tasty" box.

*LOLing-as-I-prepare-for-a-minor-medical-procedure Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 14, 2011 6:03 AM | Report abuse

Astounding, truly astounding and heartwarming to hear of Rep. Gifford's ongoing recovery:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/14/AR2011021400004.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 14, 2011 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! Most excited to learn upon arising that not only did Arcade Fire win best album, Esperanza Spalding won best new artist. Some boodlers may remember that she made a splash in a televised performance from the White House in early '09. Not much later she was stunningly wonderful at the Twin Cities jazz festival. I am sure this is the first time I've seen an artist for free in a park who then went on to win the award. And she beat out JB, how sweet is that?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2011 6:11 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 Valentines Day! Unfortuanately did not see the Grammy show, fell out, just too tired. And not being able to enjoy music the way I used to does put a damper on things. I really miss music.

Oh, Scotty, be still my heart! What would we do without you. I don't even want to imagine.

I'm going to have the baby today, mom has doctor appointment. Last time here, he slept most of the day. It's probably too much to ask for a repeat of that. I have a secret sleeping pill for him. It's called a bath! He hates water, bless his heart, but falls out totally after a bath.

I texted my grandsons yesterday morning before going to church. One of them texted me back with the word, meow. I asked if it truly was my grandson because I know these guys like to sleep late, and the response was a double meow. We went back and forth for awhile, and finally I said if it's my grandson he'll tell me that he loves me. His returned text was that he loves me, and a semi-history of family. Those boys are a trip, no, a vacation.

Slyness, it is suppose to be so warm, one might think it's spring? A lot of wind though so I'm thinking that warmth will be tinged with cool. I'm going to see if I can get my guy out in the sun a little bit. Not much because mom will probably go ballistic.

Monday, ah, the best day of the week, folks, have a good one! And much love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 14, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!!! *HUGSSSSSS* Every time you say, "I'm going to have the baby today," I fall out!! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 14, 2011 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Boodle Broadway mavens-American Idiot won the Grammy for best musical show. Anyone seen it? Trying to get an old friend to escape the chains of single momhood for a weekend in NYC and might want to use this as bait.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2011 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Happy Valentine's Day, dinner out and diamonds and delicious words of love, and demonstrations of love to your sweetheart.

In my young marriagehood, I had a long red velvet cape that I wore when we went out for special occasions, like the Kennedy Center. I thought I was glamor defined, lol.

Now, I wear a long black velvet coat for glamor, I gave the cape away to a girlfriend of my son's who was into drama...

Watched a bit of the Grammies, so glad for those of you who were pleased with the performance. Couldn't stay awake for Barbara Strisand, did she perform?

Posted by: VintageLady | February 14, 2011 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Scotty

Just a country girl, thinking I'm speaking plain, but with so many dark corners there, I need a writing lesson! I'm glad you get a kick out of it! That baby will put something on me today, I know. I'll be falling out by the time mom gets back!

Children think their parents stay the same age, that they don't change as in getting older. They know they have birthdays, but don't put that with their bodies getting older and changing. It's convienent for them. They get to delude themselves, and can stay in what I call a fantasy world.

Parents are just as guilty. We get to pretend we can tell them what to do. All of it in one ear, and out the other. Of course, much of teaching is repetition, hoping something will stick.

But what makes it best, and what makes it worth every tear, every hurt, every thing we put in it, is LOVE. LOVE!

I know you didn't ask for all of this, but couldn't stop talking.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 14, 2011 7:42 AM | Report abuse

A big box of chocolate covered cheer to Scotty; may your minor medical procedure be over before you know it. Sometimes, waiting is the hardest part.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 14, 2011 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all, hi Cassandra! A Dreamer sighting! Wow, it's great to hear from you! I hope everything is well in your corner of Oz, since I hear some parts have been having rough weather recently.

I feel like I watched the Grammys, with all the commentary here. Actually, I went to bed early; after weeding in the periwinkle bed, I was tahred. That, and having the boyz for a couple of hours. Watching them run would tire out the most active grandma.

The Women of the Church are having a program today, featuring a talk by a Holocaust survivor. She is 88, a retired German professor at my alma mater. I had her...for French. Yep, a polyglot. She has her prisoner number tatooed on her arm. Not the most cheerful subject matter for Valentine's Day, but important. I'm looking forward to it.

Dave, on oaks: catkins, acorns, leaves, and branches. You forgot the twigs and branches that come down in my yard daily. Good thing I love the trees, they are messy year round.

Posted by: slyness | February 14, 2011 7:56 AM | Report abuse

If you like Green Day, you'll love the American Idiot show. Otherwise it's a lot of noise. The story is a bit convoluted but it's very high energy. They have been doing a lot of stunt casting lately with different rock stars such as Melissa Etheridge and Davey Havok of AFI playing the part of Saint Jimmy.

I got my Spider-Man show on Saturday (knock wood) but don't know if there is anything on the board worth standing in line for.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

yello-thanks. I guess I'm a fan by proxy having had a 20 something in the house during Green Day's ascent. Billie Joe Armstrong is playing St. Jimmy through the 27th but we won't make it to NYC in time for that.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm rather positive that Dreamer is not the somewhat-angry Australian I mentioned recently. It was instead a commenter from a front-page-alert day a while back.

Your comments made me smile especially wide today Cassandra. The fantasy of youthful immortality and its mechanisms.

If owning a tank was okay with that teacher, Wilbrod, you might have pressed further: should private citizens have the right to own rocket launchers, bazooka rounds, M777 Howitzers, surface-to-air missiles, or atomic bombs? Sooner or later you will get a negative, at which point negotiations begin. From a point of agreement, which is not what is often seen in those discussions.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 14, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

When tactical backpack nukes are outlawed, only outlaws will have tactical backpack nukes.

As for sharks with frickin' lasers on their heads, that is another matter altogether.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra and S'nuke, you are my special Valentines today for making me smile and feel the love this morning!

Red velvet hearts with handmade lace edging to all Boodlers. Hug the one you love an extra time for me. 8~}

Posted by: talitha1 | February 14, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Dreamer!! And a happy Valentine's Day to the Boodle.

Roses are red,
Violets are purple.
The Boodle can talk about the genesis, gardening and care of roses and violets
And find a rhyme for this poem.

We are supposed to have a balmy sunny day here. Perhaps it will melt the ice slush remnants at the bottom of my driveway.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Here's a chart showing the ~ 120% increase in U.S. yearly military spending since 2001.
http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/downchart_gs.php?chart=31-total&view=1&year=2001_2021&state=US&local=b

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 14, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

roses are red
violets are purple
universal truths
unlike crape myrtle

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 14, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. On Saturday shortly before noon, my home computer died-- I think something fried the power supply (or it fried itself, perhaps from despair). I just pray the hard drive survived. At any event, I have been Boodle-less, computer-less, Facebook-less, e-mail-less, unable to write and to surf, and functionally crippled until this morning. I have not yet been able to backboodle, so don't know what you've all been up to, but I watched the Grammies last night, knowing you were live-blogging, I missed it. (I often wondered what CqP would say about the various Lady Gaga outfits, especial her homage to plastic Barbie nudity.) So now I must find out what's been going on in the world of the Boodle.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Of course Robert Burns did it beautifully in this loving epistle

I mind it weel in early date,
When I was beardless, young and blate,
An' first could thresh the barn;
Or hand a yokin at the pleugh;
An' tho' forfoughten sair enough,
Yet unco proud to learn:
When first amang the yellow corn
A man I reckon'd was,
An' wi' the lave ilk merry morn
Could rank my rig and lass,
Still shearing, and clearing,
The tither stooked raw,
Wi' claivers, an' haivers,
Wearing the day awa.

E'en then, a wish, I mind its pow'r,
A wish that to my latest hour
Shall strongly heave my breast,
That I for poor auld Scotland's sake
Some usefu' plan or beuk could make,
Or sing a sang at least.
The rough burr-thistle, spreading wide
Amang the bearded bear,
I turn'd the weeder-clips aside,
An' spar'd the symbol dear:
No nation, no station,
My envy e'er could raise,
A Scot still, but blot still,
I knew nae higher praise.

But still the elements o' sang
In formless jumble, right an' wrang,
Wild floated in my brain;
'Till on that har'st I said before,
My partner in the merry core,
She rous'd the forming strain:
I see her yet, the sonsie quean,
That lighted up her jingle,
Her witching smile, her pauky een
That gart my heart-strings tingle:
I fired, inspired,
At every kindling keek,
But bashing and dashing
I feared aye to speak.

Health to the sex, ilk guid chiel says,
Wi' merry dance in winter days,
An' we to share in common:
The gust o' joy, the balm of woe,
The saul o' life, the heaven below,
Is rapture-giving woman.
Ye surly sumphs, who hate the name,
Be mindfu' o' your mither:
She, honest woman, may think shame
That ye're connected with her.
Ye're wae men, ye're nae men
That slight the lovely dears;
To shame ye, disclaim ye,
Ilk honest birkie swears.

For you, no bred to barn and byre,
Wha sweetly tune the Scottish lyre,
Thanks to you for your line:
The marled plaid ye kindly spare,
By me should gratefully be ware;
'Twad please me to the nine.
I'd be mair vauntie o' my hap,
Douce hingin' owre my curple
Than ony ermine ever lap,
Or proud imperial purple.
Fareweel then, lang heel then,
An' plenty be your fa';
May losses and crosses
Ne'er at your hallan ca'.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 14, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

DNA_Girl,
That is about the smuttiest thing ever posted to the boodle. The bit about lighting her jingle made even me blush.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Well sure, DNA Girl, Burns could do it because he had access to all those "words" he collected. Convenient. I like your solution.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

You are my mentor yello. Remember that time when we met in a parking lot....

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 14, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Woody's Barbecue of Jacksonville, Florida, will be opening in Vancouver, B.C. and elsewhere in Canada.
http://jacksonville.com/business/2011-02-13/story/taste-woodys-southern-barbecue-canada

They're one of several successful barbecue outfits in northern Florida. Fat Boy's, Bono's, lately Dustin's.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 14, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Hi Ho, DNA_Girl, that twas bonny fair.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 14, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Panic, then politics. Opportunities for scientists to study effects of the Gulf oil spill are being frittered away.
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110213/ARTICLE/102131027/2416/NEWS?Title=Lessons-from-Gulf-spill-slipping-away&tc=ar

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 14, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I've never had a purple curple, but it sounds kinda painful.

While we are reciting tender love poems, this one always brings a tear to my eye:

Don't run back inside, darling you know just what I'm here for
So you're scared and you're thinking that maybe we ain't that young anymore
Show a little faith, there's magic in the night
You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright
Oh and that's alright with me

That just strikes me as the sweetest pick-up line ever used in rock music. Full song lyrics here:

http://www.springsteenlyrics.com/lyrics/t/thunderroad.php

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Maybe you'll remember that razor-faced man
who slipped out from the dark like a blade
and -- before we realized -- knew what was there:
he saw the smoke and concluded fire.

The pallid woman with black hair
rose like a fish from the abyss,
and the two of them built up a contraption,
armed to the teeth, against love.

Man and woman, they felled mountains and gardens,
they went down to the river, they scaled the walls,
they hoisted their atrocious artillery up the hill.
Then love knew it was called love.

And when I lifted my eyes to your name,
suddenly your heart showed me my way.
______________


Pablo Neruda

Posted by: talitha1 | February 14, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

OK, boodle, on a somewhat related note - Where in the Metro area would you recommend going for REALLY good lobster? Friend wife wants to indulge, and I mean to indulge her. There seems to be a dearth of decent seafood eateries these days. Any recommendations?

Posted by: ebtnut | February 14, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

ebtnut,
I'm no help. The last memorable lobster I had was in 1987 at a dockside restaurant in Kennebunkport, Maine, just before a certain future president made the town famous.

Now if you want to wow your lady with crabcakes, head to G&M in south Baltimore. Not a fancy place, but great food.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Awwwww, Betty Garret died (91 years old). In reading her obit just now, I had no idea that she had been blacklisted (along with her husband) during McCarthy's idiocy. I loved her in "On the Town" (she was the cabdriver who lusted after Frank Sinatra (why not -- at least in those days?) and I remember her from "All in the Family". She was a wonderful character actress.

*sigh*

*Hey Dreamer!*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 14, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

ebtnut, go to the Charthouse in Annapolis (Eastport side). Also, the King of France Tavern in Annapolis has good lobster, and a completely different setting and ambiance. But good lobster both places.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Also, Clyde's at the Mark Center (off Seminary Road in Alexandria) and Legal Seafoods always get good reviews. But if it were me, I'd go to the Charthouse or to the Fisherman's Inn for atmosphere, scenery, and the region's best cream of crab soup) on Kent Island (another 15 minutes past Annapolis).

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mudge -- "Men Who Hate Women" (the first Larsson book) got a BAFTA award over the weekend in UK. Noomi Rapace, alas, got blanked.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 14, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Fisherman's Inn is featuring Lobstermania for V day, through today, ebt. http://www.fishermansinn.com/

soups:

Lobster Bisque classically prepared, with cream, lobster and sherry cup...5.99 bowl...6.99

appetizers:

Butter Poached Lobster half lobster without the shell, atop melted leeks and saffron risotto...12.99

entrees:

Lobster Thermidor meat from a freshly steamed one pound lobster, blended with shrimp and lump crabmeat in a savory white wine swiss cheese sauce, stuffed back into the shell, baked golden brown...27.99

Prime Rib and Stuffed Lobster a generous slice of our slow roasted rib paired with a freshly steamed half lobster topped with lump crab imperial and baked golden brown...29.99

Stuffed Jumbo Lobster Tail Imperial eighteen oz. tail stuffed with lump crab imperial, baked golden brown...39.99

M&M Cake the best of Maryland, the best of Maine. Crab and Lobster. jumbo lump crabmeat, and chunks of Maine lobster in a colossal cake, cooked in its own cast iron skillet...24.99

Steak & Tail grilled 18 oz. bone in Kansas City strip steak, paired with a grilled half pound rock lobster tail ...29.99
lump crab imperial stuffed...35.99

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Ooops, my mistake, ebt. Not the King of France Tavern; it's the Treaty of Paris Tavern. (Hey, ya been thrown out of one french gorog shop, thjey all begin to look alike, yanno?).

http://www.historicinnsofannapolis.com/html/annapolis-restaurants.asp

They don't appear to be open Mondays. And they've scratched lobster from the menu, so forget that one.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

BAFTA-- whadda they know. *hrumph*

Noomi got a nomination, though. But they gave it to Portman.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Monday Snark Fix-

http://www.borowitzreport.com/

That last line is das Ubersnarkenmachen!

Posted by: kguy1 | February 14, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday: a ride,
A Valentine bone. Today?
another Monday.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 14, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, yer killing me here. It has been years since I've eaten delicious lobster, it is almost lunchtime, and you post that menu. If the ivansclan got on a plane right now, maybe we could make this evening's final sitting.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Ivansmom. I sorta got carried away there. I think it was the drawn butter fumes.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

And now I miss Annapolis. Treaty of Paris was too rich for my blood when I lived there as a poor college student (as opposed to my current role: employed but improvident) but my parents took me to the Charthouse over in Eastport a few times when they visited. Good times and good food.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 14, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

They're too rich for me, too, cowhand. When I ate at the Treaty of Paris it was on company expense account. Last time I was at the Charthouse it was for my birthday, so I wasn't the one paying. (Did you know the Charthouse will give you a personalized menu for your birthday meal, if you give them advance notice? VERY cool!)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I was actually not aware of that. Ironically, today is my birthday so they might need a little more notice than that. However, I may be in the area in April for a wedding. Perhaps I can finagle a custom menu . . . They don't check your drivers license or anything for your birth date do they?

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 14, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Long time, no see ...

For Mudge:

Peheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lay the bacon (1 lb) out on the parchment and bake for 10 minutes, the bacon should be partially cooked, but not yet crisp.

Take the bacon out of the oven and coat one side of the bacon with the sugar-pepper mixture (1/2 cup brown sugar; 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper) and return to the oven for about 5 more minutes.

The sugar should be caramelized and the bacon should be crisp. When the bacon is cool enought to handle, carefully lit onto a cooling rack, serve warm or at room temperature.
This holds well for a couple of hours.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 14, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Son of Snark- Hiaasen on Chris Lee

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/12/2062783/bad-photos-make-for-bad-politics.html

Posted by: kguy1 | February 14, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday Cowhand214! We should have realized it seeing as it's right in your name!

Hope you have a great day! Maybe get a good lobster dinnah tonight. You're closer than we are to the source!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 14, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Couple of hours, Weed? How about 3 seconds???

HBTY, Cowhand! My Zambian brother's BD is today, too. I called him and sang him Happy Birthday in Swedish. He laughed throughout, especially when I told him what it meant.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 14, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday, cowhand!

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Cowhand!
You get to wear that starry crown all the day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWdT949FcY4&feature=related

Posted by: talitha1 | February 14, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

So nice outside today. Capital Weather Gangs says it's 70 at National Airport. Warmest since October 28.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 14, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge, you will receive a serious wet-noodling for listing all that lobster porn... *gnashing of teeth and all that* :-)

How odd you should speak of a "razor-faced man," talitha, as my procedure involved a razor-based biopsy of a facial neoplasm of uncertain behavior (as my referral referred to it), test results in a couple of weeks. I'm told I'll have a black eye in the morning -- guess I'll just have to tell the office I guessed wrong on NukeSpouse's gift for today (although I know she's gonna love it).

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 14, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

From Hiaasen's piece: "... and of course your American flag lapel pin (with the stripes positioned horizontally, Rep. Quayle!)."

Did son of Dan Potatoe actually get caught with his flag askew? Inquiring minds and all that.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 14, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

News from Down Under via Dave Barry:

Flying dong dings bucks party goer
NADJA HAINKE for NTNEWS-

"The best man at a wedding was left battered and bloodied after he was hit in the head by a fast-moving dildo.

The flying phallus left Darwin architect Jure Skumavc, 31, nursing a split forehead.

Mr Skumavc said he was injured by the bullet-shaped, pink, sex toy - measuring about 12cm in length - at a bucks party to farewell friend's Peter Rolih's bachelorhood.

Mr Skumavc was still sporting a scar on his forehead at Mr Rolih's wedding nearly three weeks after being dinged by the artificial dong. The darting dildo drama unfolded on December 28 in a rented two-bedroom unit in Brisbane."

Posted by: kguy1 | February 14, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Odd indeed, S'nuke. Sending a hug ..... and maybe a hunk of raw steak for the eye?
Fingers and toes crossed for a good report.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 14, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday, cowhand!

It's also the birthday of the mother of two of my friends. She's 84, I think, and still getting herself around to all she wishes to go to. I hope I do as well, should I live so long.

Posted by: slyness | February 14, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Crazy weather here too. It was 2C/36F this morning and next morning it will get down to -18C/0F. A shift of 20C/36F in the wrong direction in 24hres. The flags I see from my cubicle are flapping mightily, it must be windy.
For some the reason the idea of having lobster in winter is slowly getting into my head.
Yep Scotty, skin doctors are a funnny bunch. The one I saw seriously referred to my various spots and freckles as "pre-cancerous lesions". That sounded so optimistic.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 14, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I should pass along a handy tip to the Boodle: Don't coil your ropes to store them, simply feed one end in a bag and hand-over-hand the rope into it steadily. (but without cramming loops into it,just feed it in straight.) Any which way it lies AFTER you feed it in is okay. It will not tangle, or acquire a twist such as coiling will do. It is also better than "figure 8-ing" your rope, which tends to acquire tangles thus requiring time-consuming hand-ties with string or whatnot. I guarantee it will come out of the bag as easily as it went in. No tangles and easy to store.

The funny thing is, I worked for a 3rd generation timberman for a while, and we always had a hard time with storing the ropes. We parted company, and I went on to start my flooring business. There, I had the same tangling problem with my electrical extension cords. Either spend far too much time stowing them, or else you would get tangles. I finally came up with the idea to store them in buckets. I would retain one plug end, then feed the straight cord in hand-over-hand letting it curl up any which way it wanted to in the bottom of the bucket. Takes practically no time at all. And comes out of the bucket completely straight.

I saw him a few years later, and told him of my discovery, at which point he mentioned he had, in that time, discovered independently the value of storing his climbing ropes in a bag.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 14, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone! That's mighty kind of you.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 14, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Hi Mudge, good to see you back. I wondered where you were all week-end. I'm glad it was only the computer acting up and not your heart or anything like that. (The angio...forgot the rest of the word... test you had, worried me.) Hope you get that computer fixed soon. Take care. Ora

Posted by: orawh | February 14, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I must share this. I spent the weekend attending the multi-event wedding of an old friend of mine. (Really old — she'll be 80 in April.) The groom is 77.

It was beyond beautiful and moving. All the guests (and there were a lot of them) were just as delighted for them as they were with each other.

She looked beautiful and radiant, and he looked just as pleased as could be at his good fortune.

I was so happy to be able to witness such love!

As for Annapolis restaurants, two very good ones, both in Eastport are O'Leary's, which focuses on seafood; the other is Carroll's Creek Cafe, which overlooks the the mouth of Spa Creek. I don't know if they specialize in anything beyond excellent food.

Both unfortunately are pricey.

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 14, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Very glad to hear you're out on the streets again (so to speak), rickoshea!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 14, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, cowhand!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 14, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to wish Cowhand a happy birthday and Snooki a wish for good health.

Your 'on the street' remark reminds me of the time I asked a new young neighbor if she was a working girl!

Yes, I'm on the streets again, out of Das Boot and into the ugliest shoes I've ever seen. Unfortunately, they were all I could find that accommodated the huge orthotics that I have to wear.

And, Cassandra, I'm so glad that you had the baby today!

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 14, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Howdy, Boodle.

Happy Birthday, Cowhand.

Sorry I've been quiet, had to make a quick trip to WVa to take care of a friend/client's network. Boss went with me, which was a good thing. There were mostly hardware issues (Boss' purview) and only a few IT/desktop issues. We took the dog, and she had a good time with Miss Mollie the attack cat while we were there.

I am always amazed at the difference between driving in Eastern MD and driving in Western MD. When I get west of Frederick, it's like when I'm southbound on I95 and finally come out south of Richmond. Whew!! It's a whole different world out there. The northeast I95 corridor takes all the pleasure out of driving, I tell ya!

I've been back-boodling, which has taken up quite a bit of time today. Wow.

RE: gun control.

I qualified on the rifle range when I was in the USMC. This was back when girls didn't have to go to the range. I voluneered, and it helped me get promoted to Sgt early.

I would not deliberately go out and buy a gun, nor would I have one in the house if I had a choice. Boss already owned guns when I moved in, however.

I don't think that gives me the right to say that nobody else can own a gun, though. I got a chuckle reading about that clown that wants to make it a law requiring everybody to buy a gun. What guns have to do with Healthcare reform.......

I got what he was trying to imply, but it was apples and oranges. You're not going to die if you don't have a gun, but you certainly can if you don't have health insurance.

Re: Ayn Rand.
I've read everything she wrote, some books several times. Although I do skip the whole 60 pages of John Galt's speech at the end of Atlas Shrugged (I have never been able to make myself read the whole thing).

This was back in my 20's and for awhile I kind of thought she had the right idea. I was an idiot, of course. There's a huge middle ground between communism and the virtues of selfishness. Poor old Ayn just couldn't see it. Besides, as libertarians go, I think Heinlein was more entertaining. ;-)

And, speaking of Heinlein, he always said redheads were prettier than the other sort. I agree. I am not redheaded, but my mother is and I always wished I were.

OK, I have now rambled waaaaaaaaay off course. Going over to the neighbor's now. She has not been well, and I'm excited to see her.

Later, guys.

Posted by: oldbam | February 14, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

scc: volunteered

Posted by: oldbam | February 14, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra had a baby today? Did I miss a few Boodles?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

And, alas, another falls -- George Shearing ("Lullaby of Birdland") jazz pianist (blind since birth) died today, too. He was 91. I absolutely love jazz piano -- Marion McPartland is still alive and kicking and she's gotta be in her 90s now. I saw her at a show she did in one of the Smithsonian auditoria on Billy Strayhorn, and it was packed. Not to mention terrific.

George Shearing certainly had chops, I gotta tell ya. Sad to see him go, but he had a nice long life.

*tune cootie for "Lullaby" in tribute*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 14, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, see Cassandra's 6:40 am post today, followed by Scott's at 7:00.

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 14, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I know. I was just havin' fun.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Three cheers for ricko!! When does she go back to her ballett?

Oh, never mind ...

Posted by: Don_from_I-270 | February 14, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

http://www.presidency.gov.eg/

Posted by: -TBG- | February 14, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, cowhand, and may you have many, many, more!

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 14, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday cowhand!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, boodle. The hubby and I spent the weekend in Blacksburg, visiting our son. Sunny but cold...really cold. Still, some of those crazy kids were running around in shorts. We had a wonderful meal at Cabo Fish Taco, my fave college dive. Their soy ginger shrimp tacos are to die for. So good to see him, I miss him big time.

Cassandra, loved, loved your 6:40, you brought a smile to my face.

Happy birthday, cowhand, I hope all of your birthday wishes come true.

The Charthouse, yum! I love Annapolis and have eaten at many wonderful restaurants there, the names escape me. I have no trouble remembering the Charthouse, though. We went there 23 years ago, after the hubby was sworn into the MD bar, on my FIL's dime...it doesn't get any better than that.

And last but not least, I am sure that Vintage Lady WAS glamor defined in that long red cape all those years ago and still is in her black velvet coat. Lovely.

Whoa, seem to have been boodlehogging! Have a lovely evening all.

Posted by: Kim_1 | February 14, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday cowhand!

Sorry about your computer Mudge. I hope you get it fixed, or even better, get a new one. But you gotta remember to back up oftener ;-)

Nice day here too. We got out for our first walk in months as the sidewalks are mostly clear. However when we got to the beach, we had to stay on the road as the walkway there was still snow covered.

A year ago at this time we were in Costa Rica - boy does time fly. Maybe next year or the year after for sure we'll get back there...

Rickoshea, glad you're out and about, ugly shoes or not, it's better than being housebound.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 14, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Mudge: Thanks for the lobster leads. I'm actually stuck working late (again!) here on my B-day (Hey, Cowhand!) and V-day! Yes we did the real celebration yesterday - Shakespeare matinee of Cymbelline at the Lansburgh followed by dinner at Brasserie Beck. While poking around the net, I came across an old friend - The Old Angler's Inn has lobster night every Wednesday for $19.95. We can't go this week, having to get ready to head to the Burgh for a 4-day weekend, but now we have a nice, convienent place to go.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 14, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday to ebtnut, too! Sorry we overlooked you!

Lots of valentine babies here! Perhaps there are more babies born on November 14, though?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 14, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey, did you happen to see the most drooliest girl in the world?
And if you did, was she crying, crying?
Hey, if you happen to see the most drooliest girl that spit up on me
Tell her, "I'm soggy."
Tell her, "I"ll clean my baby."
Oh.... Won't you tell her that I love her.

Apologies to Charlie Rich. A snuffly Valentines day for the Girl.

Posted by: baldinho | February 14, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to all the Valentine birthdays. Once less present your significant other has to buy.

My wife and I share a birthday six days later, so Valentine's is really just the warning shot.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Ha! TBG you made me have an uncomfortable thought about my parents.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 14, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

baldhino... I love it!

We used to sing "Droolie, Droolie, Droolie do you love me?" to my babies.

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

Posted by: -TBG- | February 14, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

HBTY to ebtnut, too!

Can't have too many birthdays, eh? May today's birthday babies enjoy!

Posted by: ftb3 | February 14, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Happpy birthday to cowhand and ebtnut! My gift to you is not singing.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, my birthday is Nov. 13

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday to ebtnut!

I'm watching the dog show and have a trivial question. Why do all the women handlers dress like it's 1953?

Posted by: badsneakers | February 14, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

And with the very most ugliest shoes on the planet (other than mine)!

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 14, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday wishes to cowhand and ebtnut! One of my office mates has a birthday, too. Shouldn't it be nine months from today that we should have a bunch of birthdays?

Great to see you, Dreamer! You were in Hong Kong for a while, as I recall. You are back in Australia now?

Posted by: -pj- | February 14, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

In honor of Westminster, a domestic animal. Wishh mine would clean the windows!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/14/westminster-dog-show-reje_n_823070.html#s239921&title=Dog_Assistant

Posted by: -dbG- | February 14, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday to ebtnut! I'll follow frostbitten's lead and not sing.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 14, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

My bday is in a couple of days - I love February - it's so festive! Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, Presidents Day - the fun never stops. Happy Birthdays, all!

The dog handlers are on their feet all day, so probably comfort is the key to their shoes. Some of them get all gussied up.

I kept meaning to mention Betty Garrett's passing - I didn't know she had been blacklisted either.

Mudge, glad it was your computer on the fritz and not you. I wondered about you too, but figured you just had better things to do!

We're having a quiet Valentines Day at home. Mr seasea told me not to get him a card, so I bought a small bouquet of flowers for about the price of a card instead. Turns out he had a bought a similar bouquet, so now we have a nice big one. He also bought chocolates, which I do not need, but love.

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

A co-worker shares this birthday with cowhand and ebtnut as well as Mayor Hazel McCallion - Mayor of Mississauga - 5th largest city in Canada. Today she turns 90, she is just incredible.

May we all be so lucky to have her health and lifespan.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

That's a great little dog!

Dog show, Flower Show (Seattle), Oscars. This is Jeopardy's champions against the machine week too. Too much excitement. There is a knitting extravaganza in Tacoma this month which I have never gone to because I always have too much going on in Feb.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 14, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Boss went out and got us some sushi to eat, and we opened a bottle of champagne. It was NICE.

Posted by: oldbam | February 14, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday also to ebnut.

baldinho, brilliant! And you just know you can sing her that song, she'll love it. You can get away with all kinds of stuff until they're secure in English. Then they look at you funny.

Bedtime here soon - the Boy needs to be at school 7 am to make up a quiz. This sounds worse than it is, since normally he's there between 7:25 and 7:30 am. All the studies about teens and school starting behavior, acknowledged and disregarded. Sheesh.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh! And Happy Birthday to ebtnut.

Posted by: oldbam | February 14, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

And welcome back to oldbam!

Buenos gnocchis, Boodle. Vaya con queso and fondue.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Imom!

Unfortunately, Boss is allergic to cheese.

Thank maud I am NOT.

But we still have common ground in sushi. :-D

Posted by: oldbam | February 14, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday to cowhand and ebnut!!!

hey oldbam.

ltns, dreamer. hope to see you again regularly.

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

rock 'n roll

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArRexgJ41NQ

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Sappy birch trees! to all the relevant Boodlers.

Sneaks, I know something of dog-handling (second-hand, could never bear to participate myself, but often attend shows and Specialities for the breed); usually, the handler is trying to disappear into the background, so that the animal shows; notice the colours of the clothing the handlers wear. It usually complements the animal's colouring. So, when showing BMDs, we mostly wear white (in the summer) or steel-blue (in the winter) which show off their shiny curly black/white/tan markings to best advantage. Also, low-heeled shoes in a dark colour so that we can run the ring while still keeping the focus on the canine.

Handlers are *props* as much as directors.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday to ebtnut!

Hope Cupid has been good to everyone today. Sushi and champagne sounds particularly appealing, oldbam. I've had the oddest craving for big sea bugs today ... can't imagine where that started.

Sneaks, slyness, frosti, MsJS ... the interpretive dance was not quite ready for primetime but exuberant. No animals, plush or otherwise, were sacrificed. Breathe deep, exhale, live. ;)

Sleep tight, all!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 14, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Happy Valentine's Day (at least for another Hour), and Happy B-Day to ebtnut and Cowhand.

Dreamer! So nice to see you here, and please do let us know when you're back in town - I think that's cause enough for a BPH (Especially since you and I were the very first two at the very first one, way back when -- I guess we're the Ur-BPHers.).

Now I need to catch up on the Boodle, despite the distraction of 60+ MPH winds gusts going on outside...

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 14, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked earlier about Streisand at the Grammys. I was still watching - thought she sang well (Evergreen), but I didn't like her hairstyle or her dress particularly. Something about the sleeves made the dress look dowdy to me, and the hair was too young. Just wasn't that flattering. Here she is on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yedfv6bZDDM

Posted by: seasea1 | February 14, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Hi bc!
I'm coming to DC for 2 weeks starting April 11. Give me a few days to recover from jet lag and I'll be all set to do some BPH-ing. I'll check in with the boodle again before I arrive.
I remember that first BPH: margaritas at Oyamel -- fun times.

Posted by: -Dreamer- | February 15, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I give a shout to Tom Fan and Dreamer shows up. Hi Dreamer.

I'm definitely up for an April IBPH.

Posted by: omni3 | February 15, 2011 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Dreamer AND omni at a BPH??? Set the Wayback Machine, Sherman!! *L*

Hippo Birdies, ebtnut! :-)

I'm somewhat peeved this morning -- it was strongly suggested that yesterday's procedure might have produced a black eye, but no luck. I guess I'm just too healthy (irony intended) or something. *eye roll*

*still-waiting-for-the-caffeine-to-kick-in-so-it's-off-to-the-Dawn-Patrol Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2011 5:05 AM | Report abuse

Somebody owes us royalties.

http://www.gocomics.com/features/9/feature_items/575215

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2011 7:17 AM | Report abuse

That, Yello, or somebody reads the boodle and is copying us. Funny cartoon.

Morning everyone, hi Cassandra! It's going to take a while to recover from Ruth's Chris. Way too much food, why do I do these things to myself? The special was a petite filet and lobster tail; I ate every bite. It was wonderful, but feeling stuffed afterwards did not.

Cassandra, I hope you didn't blow away in the wind yesterday. I stopped to get gas and nearly did. Hope the baby is doing well and the g-girl is over the sore throat.

Posted by: slyness | February 15, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

It seems I shoulda waited a little longer for the caffeine to kick in -- first time in at least five years I forgot my ID. *SIGHHHHHHHHH*

*stumbling to the cafeteria*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2011 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Do they call them "Turkey badges" over there Scott?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 15, 2011 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Slyness, it was window-rattling windy here yesterday, too. As soon as it warms up I'll be out in the yard picking up limbs. Darned weed trees ... japanese maples. But they do shade the west side of the house, including the sunporch, nicely in summer so I love them anyway.

I take it they admitted you nevertheless, Scotty?

*expecting (hoping) to be mudged any minute*

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Hola Boodle,

Happy (belated) B-day to ebtnut and Cowhand.

oldbam - Thanks for the smile your 'ramble' gave me. Like the style of prose.

While black and white worldview is a comforting and simple way to divide...err....stuff; the fact that it misses all the rainbow-colors and more in life, makes it, indeed, a little poor substitute for open-mindedness.

The above, naturally, doesn't change the fact that my black and white take on the aforementioned 'stuff' is always on the money.

On a side note. Who ever said that jumping out of planes was sane? -- My old quadruple hernia, that resulted from the said activity, has given me a hellish time the past few days. Feeling quite grumpy as result. Yuk.


Posted by: JyriSulin | February 15, 2011 7:51 AM | Report abuse

No, RD_P, they just hand out a dunce cap along with the temporary badge... And after treating me to the full security treatment as well. *shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2011 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I really gotta telework more, talitha... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

My dad the pilot used to say "Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" That never went over very well with my father-in-law the Green Beret.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2011 8:00 AM | Report abuse

My dad the pilot used to say "Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?", too, yello. But he did pilot for a lot of skydivers until the day his cousin broke his back in a bad landing after a jump. Daddy somehow felt guilty, though I've never understood why.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Dr G also picked up sushi and we shared it--and our Valentine's Day--with Daughter, who along with her brother I suppose best represents the love that Dr G and I share.


I received some very bad news a few days ago about my sister, who has been battling cancer for the past two years. It seems that it continues to progress and is untreatable. The focus now is on keeping her safe, secure and pain-free.

I have shared this news with some of my boodle friends already, but I feel like an imposter if I'm here and don't let the rest of my friends in this space know what I'm going through.

This is devastating. We are a very close family. She is one of my best friends. Her 60th birthday is in March. She has two amazing children and a precious 2-year-old granddaughter. Losing her is like losing a part of me. She's my big sister and I've always told her that she's my hero. I've used her as a guide all my life.

Anyway... I'm so thankful I've got you all to keep me laughing and I know I've got your love and support.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

*HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS for TBG and her family*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

TBG, I send my love and prayers to you and to your family. Deeply sorry to hear.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

My jump instructor's first advice to us rookies was as follows: "When landing, remember to hold your left arm high. It won't help you, but it would be a pity if the wrist-watch would break. Think of your comrades".

TBG- So very sad news. I wish you and your family strength and wisdom.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 15, 2011 8:26 AM | Report abuse

TBG, I am so sorry to hear this news. I will keep a good thought for your family. I know that your love is cloaking her with warmth and peace.

Posted by: Kim_1 | February 15, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. The baby and g-girl were my Valentines last night, all night. Needless to say, whatever energy signature I possess is long gone, and the day is just starting. The after-school program will consume the rest. I need a nap.

Slyness, the g-girl is back to her normal self, and the baby thinks he's ready to walk. We're having the dedication service for the baby Sunday. I told my daughter, I hope he doesn't start talking. That would really throw things for a loop.

And yes, that wind was strong, but I stayed indoors most of the day. I went to the lake late yesterday, but sat in the car and watched traffic, and texted my grandsons.

Why are the people in South Carolina talking about making their own currency? Have these folks moved out in the Atlantic? I mean detached from the country, and become another country?

And I realize those screaming teenage girls wanted their idol, Justin Bierber(sp)to win a Grammy, but did it have to get nasty? I've never heard the young woman that won the Grammy play nor I have heard Justin sing or play, but I'm thinking the folks that gave out this award heard both, and decided on the best one. Was the foul language actually necessary?

Hello, Dreamer, good to hear from you, and do hope all is well with you.

The apartment is quiet. Beautiful sound.

Have a jumping-jack day, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 15, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry to hear this, TBG.

I'm also pretty sure I forgot yesterday to post the link to a study about all the gases released into the Gulf by Macondo:
http://www.uga.edu/news/artman/publish/110213_Deepwater_Gulf.shtml

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle!

TBG-Allergen free kitty lovin's, and many good thoughts, headed your way.

Cassandra-I had the wonderful opportunity to see Ms. Spalding in concert at the Twin Cities jazz festival in '09, and agree with a BBC commentator who said "the award is for talent, not ubiquity." Spalding has taught at her alma mater, the Berklee College of Music, since she was 21 so like Bieber she knows a thing or two about being a young phenom. I predict staying power for her though.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Many daily hugs to you and your sister, TBG.

Cassandra, it is great that you get the kids and they're healthy again, but man. You must be worn out. Little kids take so much energy!

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 15, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3001

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 15, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Take pictures of the dedication, Cassandra! (You can use them for benign blackmail later in his life...) So he's moving a lot? That's a good thing in a baby.

You remind me of the dedication of my niece and nephew, the adopted twins. They were close to 2, having come to the US at 28 months. In a crowd of babes in arms, they looked around and my niece happily said HI to the congregation. Repeatedly. It was hilarious.

Posted by: slyness | February 15, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

So much to comment on. Going backwards here:

TBG, I wish I could tell you how to comfort your sister, the Boodle will comfort you. One recent comfort I received was a knitted shawl (aquamarine) made for me by three dear friends in my bible study group, called tgif. The other members had written verses and prayers, lots from Psalms and some from Proverbs and pinned them on the shawl. They surprised me with it, and of course I wept. My prayer shawl...my comfort... because of my cancer. I'm losing two friends right now, they have fought the battle, it's time to let them go, but it' so damn hard.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 15, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

TBG, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and family. I am so sorry to hear your news.

frostbitten

I would love to hear her. Everywhere I read, people talk about how talented she is. A Grammy well-deserved is the impression I got.

Ivansmom, kids do take a lot of energy, and grandmothers don't have much of that in supply. Hopefully a nap will help. Got to get off the computer for that to happen.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 15, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh, my dear TBG, I am so sorry. There are no words to express the sorrow you and your sister and your entire family must be feeling. This is a true case of unfairness, indeed.

The boodle is wrapping its arms around you and will hold you as long as you need.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 15, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Hugs to TBG and hippy birdy to cowhand and ebtnut.

Borowitz sounds a little testy this morning (love the last line):

"FEBRUARY 15, 2011

Ahmadinejad Promises Democratic Reforms in Egypt

Urges Protesters to Visit Democracy in Nearby Country

TEHRAN (The Borowitz Report) – In a dramatic address to pro-democracy protesters in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised the people of Iran that there would soon be democratic reforms in Egypt.

“Your call for democratic freedoms has been heard loud and clear,” President Ahmadinejad told the protesters. “And soon, they will be instituted in Egypt, where you can visit them.”

He said that every Iranian who thirsts for democracy “should rejoice at it blossoming such a short plane ride away.”

In an effort to cater to the social-media habits of Iran’s youth, Mr. Ahmadinejad said that the Iranian government would soon establish a Facebook page for democracy and permit the protesters to click on “Like.”

The Iranian president said that democracy in nearby Egypt plus a democracy-themed Facebook page show that the Iranian government is “bending over backwards” to listen to its people.

“I know that you want democracy,” he told the crowd. “But for the time being, you’ll just have to settle for hypocrisy.”

Elsewhere, democracy continued to sweep every Middle Eastern country that George W. Bush did not invade.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 15, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey Kim, thanks for the nod!

Cassandra, speaking of South Carolina, I just read Pat Conroy's novel, South of Broad. Would recommend it to anyone, even if he spreads his adulation of Charleston a bit thick. This book, not much on military; just a little about The Citadel and wonder of wonders, the main character had a wonderful father.

Happy belated birthday to cowtown and ebtnut
on Valentine's day!! We went for dinner at Clyde's of Reston Had fish, both of us. And, then watched first hour of Westminister Kennel Show...135 years in Madison Square Garden, great doggies, more tonight.

Didjaknow Real Age wants us all to eat fish three times a week?

Posted by: VintageLady | February 15, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning, Boodle.

TBG, so sorry to hear your sad news. I lost my sister/best friend, too, so I know how much you'll miss her. Many boodle hugs to you and her.

Wind finally died down here, but it's cold again. Looking forward to the predicted warmup tomorrow.

Posted by: oldbam | February 15, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. That's awful news TBG. Mojo to your sister and yourself. The VLP sends drool of sympathy.

We never got the snowstorm but we had the flash freeze indeed. From +2C/36F at 15:00 to -19C/-2F at 06:00 this morning. Kind of a negative Chinook. A Koonihc? It's supposed to get up to 11C/52F next Friday. Stupid country.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm still humming (and singing) "Lullaby of Birdland" for the second straight day, in honor of George Shearing's passing. Tune cootie of the highest order.

But now, shockingly of course, I must needs work.

And before I do, I must share with the boodle that I'm getting increasingly pi$$ed off at Don Quixote's clear psychosis. My feelings definitely go out to Sancho Panza (the brains of the unit, yet entirely too timid (most of the time)). I must say, it must have been a gas to translate (and Edith Grossman has done a superlative job, and she supplies explanatory footnotes, too, which I think is as necessary as it is highly professional). Entertaining, to be sure.

Okay, *now* I gotta go work. Cya.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 15, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, everyone. It really helps.

DNA Girl, how do you do it? The perfect Sinfest. I sent it to my sisters, too.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Six minutes.

Hypothesis: There is *always* an appropriate Sinfest. What would be the null hypothesis and how would we test for it? And is this a one-tailed test?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Yes, yello... but the ability to conjure it up so quickly is admirable.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Sancho Panza: the first enabler.

Meanwhile, my Blackberry isn't working: http://www.flixxy.com/my-blackberry-is-not-working.htm

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

Anyone watching the President's news conference? Ostensibly it's about the budget (which he's getting flak about from all sides, it appears) but most of the questions are about Egypt and the protests in surrounding countries.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

TBG,

It is amazing. It's gift like always having an appropriate Monty Python quote or relevant show tune at the ready. DNA_Girl is our resident Sinfest Savant. There just doesn't seem to be much pay in having that talent, except for the admiration and respect from fellow Boodleronis.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

It must be getting close to lunch time: I keep seeing references in here to Sancho Pizza.

***

Many hugs, TBG.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 15, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Too close to Ancho(vy) Pizza, byoolin... *scrunching face up @ thought of anchovies* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, while I love anchovies (eat them straight out of the jar) I know they're replusive to many folks. But have you ever had what I call "fresh anchovies", the 4 to 5-inch brined type? I used to get them at the Italian deli in Baltimore for a reasonable price but now, for special occasions, I get them here. They are so delicate ... just completely opposite from the salty grocery store varieties.

http://www.igourmet.com/shoppe/prodview.aspx?prod=521

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

DNAGirl is embodies quantum entanglement with the boodle AND the SinFest oeuvre. Or, she proves the existence of a kind and humor-rich god. Or, she is God(dess).

QED.
---
AND, dearest TBG, I have no words. But shining love and tears. Prayers for courage and comfort.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

RIP, (comic) actor Kenneth Mars, 75, pancreatic cancer. He was Franz Liebkind, author of "Springtime for Hitler" in Mel Brooks' "The Producers," was in "Young Frankenstien," and much else. He and Gene Wilder were virtual unknowns when "The Producers" first came out, and Mostel nearly so.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 15, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Of course I had to Google Kenneth Mars, mudge, and of course I knew him by sight and not by name.

Funny, funny guy. He was a mainstay on television. I can picture him in nearly every 1970s TV show. My most recent memory is his character Otto Mannkusser on Malcolm in the Middle.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I think most of the Boodle would agree with both parts of this. The Venn diagram on which particular Boodlers agree with both would be most interesting:

http://news.icanhascheezburger.com/2011/02/15/political-pictures-rush-limbaugh-choose-wisely/

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... Zero Mostel had already done "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway (winning Tony's for both roles, I think) and the film version of "...Forum" before "The Producers".

Not so near unknown, I think.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 15, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Kind thoughts and wishes to TBG and her sister. And thanks for the B-day shout-outs. Fortunately, the council meeting was short and I got out about an hour earlier than I expected. Got to get home at a good hour where cake and wine awaited.

OTOH, when we had the thundersnow last month and the power went out, I tried to get our generator fired up. Wouldn't start. Finally had to get it to the shop. They just called today to say that it will cost $600 to fix! That's about what we paid for it, so I think not. Ah, well, back to work.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 15, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Mostel was known on Broadway, but pretty much only on Broadway; he wasn't known in the movies, and "Forum had only just come out in the movies. And he'd been blacklisted for 11 years, so was forcibly kept from being better known. If you didn't live in New York and go to Broadway musicals in the 1960s, you didn't know him. There were 49 other states back then, Bob. I'm only going by the reaction of myself and a thousand other people who saw "The Producers" sneak preview in Philadelphia, all of whom said, as one, "Who the heck is that guy? He's terrific."

You're applying hindsight, Bob. And during the height of the Vietnam War, Haight-Ashbury, the Beatles Revolution, et al., most of us had very little working knowledge of who had won Tony awards and who had not. They weren't on our radar, and we didn't do a lot of show tunes during the 60s.

You were about 8, I was 22. We didn't know who he was.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 15, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

But you've made my point! I was about eight, and I knew who he was. While it's possible that my folks were unusually good at keeping me apprised of the up & comers from the Broadway scene, I think it's also possible that you're slightly underestimating how well known the man was by the late 60's.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 15, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey talitha -- count me in on the "hooray for anchovies" team (and if the others don't like them, that means there's more for us, eh?).

Had a lovely lunch with a friend today and am now sitting in front of the computer with my huge mug of vanilla almond tea, wanting to take a snooze. Hmmmm.

I remember Kenneth Mars, Mudge, in various television programs. He was pretty good. Pancreatic cancer, OTOH, isn't. Too bad.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 15, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Ain't Karma a B***h Dept.-

74 year old Italian PM Berlusconi will go on trial in early April on charges of paying for sex with a 17 year old girl and a variety of charges relating to prostitution and abuse of power. The case will be heard by a randomly selected three judge panel- who all just randomly happen to be... women.

This character makes W.J. Clinton look like a Boy Scout.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 15, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

talitha, ftb, take all the 'chovies you want.

I'll just quote the J. Geils classic. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Have to agree with Bob about the ubiquity of Broadway knowledge in the late 60s anyway. Cast albums, the Theater section in Time magazine, reviews in the paper. Even in Our Fair City (Northern Exposure in the lower 48) everyone knew the Tony winners. Although I wonder now how Ma Frostbitten could have been so sniffy about Mitzi Gaynor in the movie South Pacific when I know she never saw Mary Martin on stage.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Zero Mostel was a huge favorite in our house years before The Producers.

He WAS Tevye, and sang Tevye's songs for us almost daily on our hi-fi. I see from a little Googling that the Fiddler Broadway album came out in 1964, so that means I was six years old and was already a huge fan. I mean, my parents LOVED him, so his works were sought out on TV and movies.

Mudge is just using the royal "we."

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Show Tune Hits From the 60s

1964 Hello, Dolly - Louis Armstrong #1
1964 People - Barbra Streisand #5
1966 Mame - Herb Alpert #19
1969 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Tom Jones #6
1969 Aquarius - The Fifth Dimension #1
1970 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Dionne Warwick #6

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Though I don't recall knowing of Zero Mostel and certainly not much about the Tony award winners back in the sixties, my sisters and I had the LPs of practically every musical imaginable. From Porgy and Bess to West Side Story, all the Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, right up through Hair ... we played them almost as much as our folk and rock music.

One reason is that we all took piano lessons and participated in choral groups and those songs were staples ... and we'd seen the movies, of course. Our parents restricted tv watching so we entertained ourselves up in our garret rooms with music.

One of our favorite rituals when we're together now is to sing all the songs from Sound of Music or Camelot or some other songlist while cleaning the kitchen after holiday meals. It's a sure way to drive the men and children from the room so we can get down to work. Our real showstopper is the Goatherder's Song from Sound of Music, complete with yodeling. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I try to explain to Daughter how Broadway show tunes were often top hits everywhere. That's a good list, yello.

Now that I have Sirius radio and my Broadway channel, I still hear songs I'm surprised to learn came from musicals.

Here's a fun quiz about it...

http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz31354823e54a8.html

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I think Louis Armstrong might be the only album of those yello listed that we did not have in our house when I was young. Herb Alpert rocked baby! :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Seasea, did you use to go by the handle mostlylurking? I ask because upon backboodling, I see that yesterday you mentioned that your birthday is in a couple of days, which means Feb 16. Mostlylurking is listed as having a birthday on that day, in the old list of Boodlers' birthdays.

I used to lurk here before some of you changed your handles, and I wish there were a list of handle changes. I now know who ftb used to be, and cmyth4u. Some of the other changes were close enough for me to recognize but not all. I don't know whether some of the old handles were changed or the people behind them simply stopped boodling as someone pointed out.

My belated birthday greetings to cowhand and ebnut. My early birthday greetings to seasea and yello, in case I don't get around to sending them on the right day.

Posted by: orawh | February 15, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

*initiate driveby smiling sequence*

> > > > > S M I L E > > > > > > > > >

*end driveby smiling sequence*

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

My high school had outstanding theater and music departments, so musicals were staged annually. In my three years, they did Carousel, Oklahoma, and Camelot and did them quite well. I had all the musical albums too. The music department also did Carmina Burana two years running. Good thing the songs are in Latin, many are not appropiate for that demographic. Nobody complained, that I ever heard of.

Big wreck down the street, there are news copters all over us. Providence Road (a major thoroughfare) is closed in both directions. I called Mr. T to suggest he come home through the neighborhood. He said they had a pin-in and were about to finish, but the traffic will be a nightmare till dark.

Posted by: slyness | February 15, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Okay, fine. I yield. I, almost alone, didn't know who Zero Mostel was in 1968, while you pre-teens could recite Tony winners and sing the Sondheim oeuvre when you were in third grade. You had wonderful, expansive upbringings. I was clearly deprived.

FYI, in 1968, Martin Luther King was shot, as was Bobby Kennedy. Maybe you heard about it; it was in all the papers. There were riots, and a war in Vietnam we were trying to stop, and a Civil Rights movement, and we were pretty much concerned with all that while singing Bob Dyland and Jefferson Airplane and trying to get stoned and laid but not drafted. We didn't do a lot of Broadway (except for "Hair"), though I'm glad you guys kept the medium alive. I didn't know who Zero Mostel was, and none of my completely ignorant, untutored draft-dodging, marijuana-smoking, beer-drinking rabble-rousing peers did, either. We did rock music, we did folk music, we did protest music, we didn't sing "Promises, Promises" because then none of the cool chicks would talk to you.

You guys would have hated Woodstock.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 15, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

TBG, that was too easy! It was interesting to see two Webber-Rice musicals in there. They came along after I was off to college and weren't part of the 'upstairs girls trio' repertoire.

Send in the Clowns (Judy Collins version) from A Little Night Music is one of my all time favs.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

9/10 on the quiz, missed the Beatles question. Not surprised, I was much more interested in Broadway than the Beatles in those days. More interested in Bobby Sherman than either though.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

>You guys would have hated Woodstock.

Oh pooh, Mudge. Liking Broadway tunes didn't preclude me from liking Hendrix, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Country Joe, Janis Joplin, Airplane, Beatles, Stones or any other rock of the day.
Or classical music for that matter.
I was a dj in training I reckon.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Mudge wrote: " We didn't do a lot of Broadway (except for "Hair"), though I'm glad you guys kept the medium alive" As a matter of fact, one of my childhood fears, circa 1970, was that musical theater would be dead before I had a chance to go to a real Broadway show.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't take it as rubbing it in, Mudge. I'd just take it as it is: a group of people once again realizing they have yet another thing in common.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

btw, Mudge --- In trying to acertain the age difference between you and me ( on boodlefacts) I noticed that you were born the same day/yr as my honey from Tulsa that I mentioned here a coupla day ago. You've only got five years on me and since I went away to college in 1969, the year of Woodstock and Abbey Road, you can bet I was listening.

Speaking of boodlefacts, can I get an entry to celebrate my first year anniversary here? Sometime in March or April I think. Don't want to be pushy, tho.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

*throwing a virtual BPH in honor of talitha's first boodleversary*

There's a nice Swedish dish (no, Mudge, not *that* kind) called Janssons Frestelse (Jansson's Temptation -- Jansson was a priest of some sort, as the legend goes):

Potatoes in matchstick size
Sliced onions (I think red onions would be good)
Cream (I have used condensed milk, actually, and tried to use the "lesser fat" variety (YMMV))
AND..........
Anchovies

Layer the load, stick it in the oven for as long as you need to (or nuke it for shorter time) and it's really, really good.

Now, Swedish anchovies (from the can) tend not to be as salty as the Portuguese kind (which I like anyway) or as "hairy" (which are just the bones)).

You can get the recipe online (and in English, too!) if you're interested.

I'm still trying to find that recipe for applesauce pie that tastes like cheesecake, that my mom gave to me.

*so many piles of stuff, so little time*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 15, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Frostsis #1 was getting a little irritated with my direction of The King and I for our backyard picnic table top theater and went inside to make a poster. It read "Directed by fb with a cast of thousandths." Always eager to show off my superior knowledge, I said "Don't you mean cast of thousands?" She said "no, I mean thousandths, there's only 3 of us."

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I wish I could come up with something helpful to say. Just hang in there. I wish you the strength of mind and body to get you through this.

Posted by: orawh | February 15, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Anchovies! I say yes. And, as it is one of the oldest chefs' tricks in the book (at least, the French one) I'll bet 90% of people who 'don't like anchovies' have wondered why restaurant food is that little bit more delicious than anything they produce at home, it is because chefs melt a bit of anchovy into any number of sauces (anchovies and shallots and butter -- why food tastes good 101).

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I used to eat anchovies mixed with peanut butter to put on matzoh during Passover (the only way I could abide the taste of that cardboard). Since I long ago forwent (what a word!) matzoh, I no longer do that, but it was good. The anchovies cut the stickiness of the peanut butter, and the peanut butter cut the salt of the anchovies. Both completely hid the taste (or non-taste) of the matzoh. Worked for me.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 15, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Pasta Puttanesca (aka hooker's pasta).
I can't tell you how many times I've served it to anchovy loathers and they loved it, never knowing it was loaded with the little critters.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

No Rush of any sort for me, thanks, S'nuke.

TBG, so deeply sorry to hear about your sister. It's a time in life that has not arrived for me yet. What can you do but cherish what you have left, hug a lot, pray for more time, and write stories about her?

I was thinking of my old neighbor around 4 AM this morning and how she influenced my life. She died last year, at a late age, but I wish I could talk to her. Instead I will write about her and her husband as I've wanted to for years.

Sixty years. So long and so short all at once.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 15, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

from wiki: Janssons frestelse ("Jansson's temptation") is a traditional Swedish casserole made of potatoes, onion, pickled sprats, bread crumbs and cream. It is commonly included in a Swedish julbord, but can be eaten on other occasions as well.

The potatoes are cut in thin strips and layered in a roasting tin, alternating with the sprats and chopped onions in between. Salt and pepper is put over each layer, then cream is added so that it almost fills the tin. It is finally baked in an oven at 200°C for about one hour.

The recipe is often mistranslated into English, with anchovies being substituted for sprats. This is because sprats (Sprattus sprattus) pickled in sugar, salt and spices have been known in Sweden as ansjovis since the middle of the 19th century, while true anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus) are sold in Sweden as sardeller (sardelles).

Recipe: 6–8 servings

1.2 kg (2½ lb) potatoes
400 g (14 oz) onions
375 g (13 oz) spice-cured sprat filets
600 ml (3 cups) heavy whipping cream
salt, white pepper
breadcrumbs
butter


Peel the potatoes and cut them into strips.
Peel and cut the onions into thin slices, sautéing them gently in a little butter without browning.
Grease an ovenproof baking dish and cover the bottom with a layer of potatoes, then add half the onions and half the sprat (“anchovy”) filets. Another layer of potatoes, then the rest of the onion and sprats. Finish with a layer of potatoes.
Flatten the surface, apply a few turns of pepper fresh from the mill and sprinkle on a little salt.
Pour the cream on until it is almost visible through the potatoes. Place a few pats of butter on top and, if desired, sprinkle with some breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven (250oC/475oF) for about an hour.


Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

For Scottynuke ---

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-SgGHlZXQc

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

In cooking terms anchovies is Italian for salt. And as Yoki mention sauces for red meat *must* have shallots reduced in butter. The simplest sauce for grilled steak is Sauce Marchand de Vin: shallots, butter and wine. Can't go wrong if the wine is drinkable. Really awful plonk can ruin it.

I'm a showtune ignoraminusdeminusextraordinaire. I don't know who this Mozzarella guy who was or wasn't famous in 1968 is. There is this fat gay guy that is really funny on Broadway, right? Nathan something I think.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps you mean Nathan Lane, Shriek? He's a bit hefty, but I think he carries it well. He's a very good showman, and sings well. A perfect B'way guy.

Nice recipe, talitha. I sorta mixed it up in my head, cooked it there, as well, and then plated it up on the boodle. And Shriek -- try as he might -- would find *no* plonk in it whatsoever!

Posted by: ftb3 | February 15, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

ftb, in Israel you can get chocolate-covered matzohs during Passover. Not that I am recommending them, however.

Posted by: orawh | February 15, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Ora -- I'd just take the chocolate and forsake the matzoh. Why muck about with a good thing, I ask you?

Which brings me to the apocryphal moment with the guy who's the head of the firm I'm working in. Some of you have heard this before, but for those who haven't, here goes: This guy keeps kosher (nobody's gonna get between me and a bowl of shrimp, however), and about 20+ years ago when I was sharing space with his old law firm, the DC Bar was about 2 blocks away. I was active then and went to a brown-bag lunch meeting. So I pick up a ham sandwich across the street (those days when I was still eating meat) and took it up to the meeting. On my way down in the elevator, I realized that it was Passover, and burst out laughing. Literally ran back to the office and told him. Whereupon, he said with a big smile on his face "As long as you're going to hell, it should have been ham and cheese!"

Cracked up both up. I've told a bunch of tribe members over the last two decades, who also laughed, except for one woman who was orthodox and told me angrily "That's not funny!!!" And I said "Oh, yes it is!" That made me laugh even more.

But, then, I'm a devout card carrying atheist, so I can imagine that I ruffle some feathers now and again.

Now, what were we talking about?

Posted by: ftb3 | February 15, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Cracked *us* both up.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 15, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

ftb, the quickest way to hell is to eat the ham and cheese sandwich on Yom Kippur. I'll probably meet you there as I have been known to eat pork on that day. Unfortunately, my non-kosher butcher shop went out of business.

Posted by: orawh | February 15, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I don't have to leave home to go to hell. My late husband's family name is pronounced hel or hell in Hebrew. Don't know the origin as his father came from Russia. Anyhow, that's why I chose to hyphenate my name, using my maiden name and my married name, though in English we changed the spelling to Hall.

Posted by: orawh | February 15, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Coincidence, or Boodle-mojo? 10 minutes before shriek posted, I started a Marchand de vin sauce.

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

In my church, we use broken-up matzoh crackers for communion. They aren't wonderful, but they beat the thin styroform disks you get in some places of worship.

Posted by: slyness | February 15, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm going up on the roof with Carlin and the rest of the Frisbeetarians.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, when I was a girl our church used broken saltines for communion. I've cringed many times about that. The little local Methodist church where I sometimes attend service uses a whole freshbaked loaf that the pastor breaks in half to bless and then tears a piece off for each congregant as they approach.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I used to like it when we would have a private mass said by my uncle at our house or a cousins house - we would just use whatever bread, rolls were available - much better tasting.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

It's the Call of the Shallots Yoki, you're the one who brought them into discussion.

Bread, matzoh, saltines for communion? What's next, Ritz crackers? I've always have regular Hosties, surely Engelmann know how to pronounce that word.
Around here the leftovers from cutting the wafers out of the flat bread are up for sale: retailles d'hosties. It's cheap and an acquired taste, to say the least.
Once again this meal was the occasion to spend quality time with the VLP. I got to stop cooking for four and then end up having a sandwich while reading...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

TBG your family is in my thoughts.

Posted by: omni3 | February 15, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I was six in sixty-eight and had no idea who Zero Mostel was. I still have no idea who he is.

(kidding about the second part)

In the hard to believe category (maybe): I knew who Vera Brynner was.

Вера Бриннер - Чарочки

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

I think this is a song about cups

I have what I believe is her only album. Russian Gypsy Folk Songs. I know, even harder to believe.

I link to the cover art:

http://easymusic-georgy.blogspot.com/2010/05/vera-brynner-russian-gypsy-folk-songs.html

Posted by: omni3 | February 15, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, Talitha, dunno about saltines. My guess is that pita would come close to what was served at the original Last Supper. I think the flatness and bland non-saltiness of matzoh is about right for communion. I've seen recipes for communion wafers; they don't have baking powder.

Posted by: slyness | February 15, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Here is link to one of the songs on that album. No video, even though it is a YouTube link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVjMM9BIQUQ

I Dreamed Of A Garden / Oh, Those Beautiful Eyes

Posted by: omni3 | February 15, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't agree more, slyness. I once suggested pita or flatbread as opposed to the yeast loaf they use here. Unleavened bread would have been served. The pastor agreed but said the congregation wouldn't. At least it's not saltines, though.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 15, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I used to keep a list of former/current handles along with pre-sign-in aliases. But alas, it was lost in a shuffle. At any rate it would be two years out of date, and I wasn't all that meticulous in my record keeping towards the end.

Posted by: omni3 | February 15, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

That blackberry video was hilarious, thanks Mudge.

Posted by: omni3 | February 15, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I've been trying to FB chat with #2 but her Internet connection in Costa Rica has been spotty for the past two weeks. She was chatting from the hill above their house, in the dark, with a flashlight and two neighbor dogs as snake lookouts. The connection keeps cutting out. She's upset, as a horse that she has helped care for over the past ten years had to be put down recently. She was a very nice and friendly horse. I rode her a few times and helped bathe her last summer. She was old and developed some serious problems which made her legs unstable. Sad. This is the second time that a horse #2 cared for has died while #2 is away from home.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 15, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

In the grand scheme of things, Talitha, I don't think it really matters what is used for communion bread, but it's nice to have something that palatable. When I was in college, I knew of a Baptist Student Union group that used candied orange slices. That's way out on the edge.

I'm sorry to hear about the horse, Sneaks.

TBG, Dr. G watching Carolina and Wake? I'm not looking up, 'cause Wake scores every time I do.

Posted by: slyness | February 15, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Horses are heartbreakers. Such fragile health for such a big, powerful animal. Very sad.

I am proud (not really) to announce that I am among the first casualties of the budget battle:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2011/02/john_boehner_if_federal_jobs_a.html?hpid=moreheadlines
So be it.

ora, I posted as mostlylurking until the quantity of my posts made that beyond ironic. When WaPo made us register, I took the opportunity to have a shorter handle.

Mudge, I knew Zero Mostel, probably because I watched Ed Sullivan and Merv Griffin. You and your friends were probably too hip for that. I was stuck in a small town, with only 3 TV channels.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 15, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Kurt Vonnegut book review!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/14/AR2011021406952.html?hpid=features1&hpv=national

Posted by: seasea1 | February 15, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

seasea, you've just jogged my memory about Zero Mostel. I was thinking that I knew who he was, but couldn't imagine how. Now I know, it was Ed Sullivan! My mother used to take me to see movie musicals in the 50's (South Pacific, Oklahoma, The King and I) and I had the soundtrack albums for those as well as some others that I didn't get to see. Not having siblings to sing with, I was content to sing along with the records in my room.

I confess that I was a teenager before I realized that the communion hosts weren't miraculously made by God in the little box on the altar during the prayers leading up to communion :-)

Posted by: badsneakers | February 15, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Awww, seasea, I'm so sorry. Maybe you'd like to have virtual coffee with me one day, after I get up 10:00-ish. Nothing better to do, these days.

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Horses are astoundingly tough animals, able to live in near-desert conditions on poor forage. But not necessarily long-lived.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 15, 2011 11:46 PM | Report abuse

And astoundingly fragile. Those little bird-bones in their legs. So lovely, *male* with powerful churning muscles in their shoulders and haunches, and delicately feminine what with the thin skin and blood vessels on the surface of their long sweet legs.

Posted by: Yoki | February 16, 2011 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh dear!
"Lara Logan, CBS News's chief foreign correspondent, is back in the United States after being beaten and sexually assaulted by a mob in Tahrir Square last week while covering the celebrations surrounding the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, CBS News said Tuesday."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/15/AR2011021505870.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: talitha1 | February 16, 2011 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Yes, read about that. I am glad she is back home and safe, may she have privacy and a safe recovery.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 16, 2011 1:52 AM | Report abuse

seasea,
Thanks for linking to the Vonnegut review. I caught it in the dead trees yesterday. You have to read between the lines to catch all the faint praise.

Amazon knows me well enough to have suggested that I pre-order 'While Mortals Sleep' a few months ago. I haven't gotten around to reading it yet because January was JuReMoNoMo and I have rolled that over to make February Anathem month. As of last night I was somewhere past page 430, so I'm only tracking a little behind on that.

KV is having a more productive posthumous career than Tupac. I suspect that the next volume will be previously unreleased grocery lists and notes to his housekeeper.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 16, 2011 6:22 AM | Report abuse

G'morning all, hi Cassandra! Venus was peeking through the clouds this morning, so she wasn't quite as bright as other recent mornings.

I've got a busy day ahead, with a special event. Elderdottir's friend from high school, an immigrant from Georgia, is being sworn in as a US citizen today. She asked me to come, and I'm delighted! She's a spunky kid and has done well by herself. When she called to tell me about the ceremony, she said, now I can get a passport and vote! Way to go, O.Z.!

Posted by: slyness | February 16, 2011 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Fröhliche Mittwoch everybody. Say, has anyone actually heard from Joel lately? I mean, you besides the sounds of rent garments and wailing?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 16, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

*way-too-busy-with-work-and-home-to-do-much-more-than-offer Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 16, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Achenbach was in action yesterday, unless he has an assistant doing the email.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 16, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I have no answers.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 16, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Stay the hell away from Pakistan, Joel.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 16, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Just got a chance to get to the computer. I had school detail this morning. Still trying to catch up on energy and sleep, failing miserably at both.

During the sixties, my sisters and most of our friends were listening to Motown and all the R&B hits of the time. We were dancing and enjoying ourselves. Our parents tried to keep us safe because of the nastiness of Civil Rights which meant keeping us at home much of the time. We were aware of the marches, but did not know about the killings as much. Because of television we did see the violence that took place sometimes with the marches. It was frightening. Our parents didn't tell us what was going on, not really. And television time was limited, so we played our 45's and listen to music. My father introduced us to Johnny Mathis and Lou Rawls, and I loved their music. My sisters didn't care for it. We also listened to Ray Charles. Of course, one could not avoid Elvis Pressley in the movies or radio. Seldom did we see a movie with an African-American actor or actress. The music on television was Perry Como, Beatles, Elvis, etc. Nipsey Russell, Moms Mabel, mostly comedy acts on television, and not many of those. We were limited in the culture that we were exposed to, and so much of our life was in the church. There we got to be free. Free in the sense of not being afraid, and free with each other.

There were families back then, mom and dad, and the children, but there were single parents too. My mother raised us pretty much by herself. And single parenthood back then was not for wimps, especially if you had girls and intended for them to graduate high school, an unheard of event during that time. My mother was one tough cookie. She was the mother and the father. And she played both roles to the hilt.

Slyness, I have my regular routine for Wednesday. Hope the energizer hits me sometime today.

Did Boehner really say, "if Federal jobs be lost, so be it." And somebody voted for this man?

Have a very good day, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 16, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Is there some kind of ceremonial ritual on the books when the boodle breaches the 800 comments barrier?

'morning all. As Milbank pointed out Boehner is all for federal job losses except when it its his district. He's fighting tooth and nail to keep the wasteful "F35 second engine" alive. No one in DOD wants that second engine but the manufacturer and its political puppets keep the project alive. Billions wasted there but it's Planned Parenthood that will get the axe if the TeePeeists have their way. Sheesh.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 16, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, yes, he did.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 16, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Oh be fair, Shreik. That "extra" jet engine for the JSF is a joint undertaking of GE and Rolls Royce. The GE facility is in Boehner country, but the Rolls plant is being built elsewhere. The new RR plant is going in Eric Cantor's district. See, this idea has broad based support.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 16, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Shriek, I think at 800 we all put paper bags over our heads and sing "Aida."

Or something...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 16, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

From David Cay Johnston;

http://ataxingmatter.blogs.com/files/david-cay-johnston.-obama-and-the-gop-united-against-the-working-poor.-tn-14feb11.pdf

This is what actually happened to the working poor in the agreement to extend the Bush tax cut for the wealthy. We dropped the tax cut for the working poor. 60 Million American workers just got a tax increase.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 16, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Where are they planning to install this thing? I've seen pictures of the F-35, and it doesn't look like there's much room for an extra engine:-)

Posted by: bobsewell | February 16, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Bob, in the Air Force version, the pilots have plenty of room in their pants to put it in the pocket of their flight suit.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 16, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Morning, y'all!

Scotty, I've got the paper bag but can't seem to recall the lyrics to Aida. Is there a default libretto? Perhaps something lighter like Gilbert & Sullivan would be more appropriate. ;)

Milbanks piece caught my eye, too, shriek. My favorite part - "... the dirty truth is that a stall in the recovery would bring political benefits to the Republicans in the 2012 elections. It is in their political interests for unemployment to remain higher for the next two years." That about says it all.

Later .....

Posted by: talitha1 | February 16, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

There is an excellent NOVA program which documents the development of the JSF. It's a long long story, but the gist is that two firms vied for the contract to supply the engine and Pratt & Whitney won out over GE-Rolls Royce. The losers and their supporters have never given up and maintain that having an alternative engine somehow makes sense. This wackadoodle notion of building and supporting two engines has been opposed by the Bush and Obama DOD's, all the military honchos (the Navy hates it big time for carrier apps), but GE-RR and their political tools roll on.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 16, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Former Navy Sec Gordon England on the extra engine-

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/awst/2010/11/29/AW_11_29_2010_p58-271744.xml

Posted by: kguy1 | February 16, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

812 (with this comment), BTW...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 16, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I actually have no problem with the Speaker's comments as they are stated. I mean, what are the other options? Keep the jobs but don't give the staff the resources they need to do them because you're still trying to cut budgets?

My problem is that neither Boehner nor (it seems) the President is really serious about budget cutting. Their cuts are all in discretionary spending which leaves the other 90% of the budget up for grabs. The problem is the ballooning entitlements and an insane defense department budget.

Since neither of these things are really on the table (though I believe either the President or SecDef Gates did announce a few cuts) for any real discussion or debate by either side then whole thing is just a sham and an opportunity for name calling and political brinkmanship while continuing to betray whatever public trust might remain in our elected officials.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 16, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

But the whole thing *IS* a sham, cowhand, and no politician can stand up and say it. It's fine to talk about "cutting entitlements" -- except that no one can actually *do* it. First, it would be dead-certain political suicide for whatever politician did it. So can you blame them for dodging such a fate? Second, it's also a game of chicken. Whichever politician stands up and says "Let's cut XYZ program" immediately gets criticized and the plan is shot down (quit often because it *should* be shot down.

Raise retirement age to 70? Sure, go ahead and propose it. I'll tel you one thing: I'm sure as hell not voting for it. You want to cut Medicare? Medicaid? You want to eliminate meat inspectors? Nuclear waste inspectors?

The problem is both intellectual and conceptual. We assume that *because* one can state a problem, that there must be a rational solution. But it simply isn't true: there are problems that have no (viable, realistic) solutions. We we pretend that there's something Obama or Boehner or anyone else can do --if they would only go ahead and do it. But the truth is, there is no solution.

In a way, the answer is that if there was a reasonably easy, obvious, solution... then somebody would have done it by now. But there isn't. So they haven't.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 16, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Florida governor Scott dumped the high speed rail project from Orlando to Tampa.

I am left suspecting that the rail consortia competing for the contract did not exactly realize that this was inevitable. Among others, the foreign minister of Japan had visited Tallahassee to talk up the project.

Scott wants the money for other transportation projects. Won't happen.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 16, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I'll great you the "easy", Mudge, in terms of solutions. The obvious part is a little different. While I recognize the Federal budget is an immensely complex entity and I wouldn't want to have the job of attempting to manage it, at bottom the problem boils down to trying to make two numbers in separate columns match. Either you must reduce one or increase the other. That's about as obvious and rational as you can get.

Viable and realistic solutions in a given political situation is a completely different kettle of fish.

I guess my point is that if/until the conversation moves beyond the sham level I can't say I'll get worked over somebody's comments. Of course, being a democrat it's hard to watch the game being played even if just to keep score since them guys on the other side of the aisle always seem to have us beat.

Is the bar open yet?

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 16, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The answer is found in raising taxes. The agreement between Obama and the Republicans actually raised taxes on the working poor. What we are seeing is the end-game of the large scale redistribution of wealth to the ultra-wealthy American and "guest" foreign industrialists.

Just watch what is happening in Wisconsin. Tea party and middle of the road Republicans are beginning to see what is happening to themselves and "switching sides."

Students are upset about shrinking Pell Grant money. Many of the under-employed 50-somethings are seeing what they have left has been chewed up. THere are few jobs for the military to which to return. Teachers are being blamed for the ills of the states.

At the root of it all, real median incomes have shrunk over the past 10 or so years.

I feel that the GOP is going to need a bit more than Frank Luntz's magic wordsmithing to get through this. What we are getting is the social agenda coming out of the Congressional GOP.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 16, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Nature cuteness alert (paging Frosti and the bear-lovin' crew):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K293UxXj78o

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 16, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

One of the ironies of the situation is that many of the states are faced with whopping deficits now rather than in prior years because they finally burned through the funding from the federal stimulus. You know, the "failed" stimulus that they all descried so much as they accepted it.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 16, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

kguy, there are many days I wish hypocrisy was a criminal offense.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 16, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

In the midst of all this tax angst, let me share my experience this afternoon.

I thought I was over getting weepy at touching moments. Nope, had to get the hankerchief out.

We Americans don't do ceremonial very well, but on happy occasions it matters not at all.

One hundred two people from 42 countries took the oath of allegiance in Charlotte this afternoon and I'm still choked up. Even though we had to go through security, as if we were getting on an airplane, just to get into the building, even though it was chaotic in a crowded room with kids running around, it was a wonderful experience.

We sang The Star Spangled Banner (not well), the President had encouraging words to say via video, Len Greenwood sang I'm Proud to Be an American (people sang along) also via video. We botched the Pledge of Allegiance (the judge was trying to say it line by line, while we natives were saying it like we always did in school). Photos, lots of photos, which were allowed (just don't stand in front of the podium, please, they said).

I didn't realize the oath is quite so specific. It goes on and on about what citizens will do, but it ends with words that those taking it are doing so voluntarily. That's when I got very misty-eyed.

New citizens get a certificate with a seal and everything! Also a packet with a copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, info on how to register to vote, a passport application, etc.

And now the Russian, as Elderdottir and the crowd always called her, is an American. (They misspelled her middle name, so she had to get them to correct it before she left, but it's okay!)

Yeah, we got lots of problems and politics to drive a sane person wild, but I'm still proud to be an American.

Posted by: slyness | February 16, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I used to go to those ceremonies, slyness, and I completely agree with you on how moving they are. I know many naturalized Americans (I have my paternal grandparents' naturalization papers, having absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with them). I'm only second generation myself, and probably a great many of us are.

These are the ones who will take part and will vote -- probably even run for office some day. Those of us who were born here (generally speaking, of course) are pretty complacent about what we have and what we would deny others.

Maybe I should learn to speak Cherokee, or some other native language. That, I think, would bring me nearer to the earth that is this country. It's on the list.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 16, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Pop over to Arlington National Cemetery sometime slyness. They do ceremonial like nobody else. Solemn dignity and flawless performance every time. Wish they didn't get so much practice though.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 16, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey all... just thought I'd share the bright spot in my otherwise gut-kicked life right now: I gave my notice at work yesterday!

Yup... giving up my fancy bathrooms and free lunch to stay at home and work half as much for twice the money (for a former co-worker and boss).

I'll stay here long enough to finish up one big project on the calendar and make sure they're set up with someone who comes close to my awesomeness--probably until mid-March.

This is something I've been thinking about for a while, but sometimes it takes a swift kick in the gut to get you moving in any direction... even if it may turn out to be the wrong one. Fine with me.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 16, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Gosh-dang Michiganders just ain't got no cultcha a'tall-

http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2011/0215/Robocop-statue-plan-nixed-by-Detroit-mayor

Posted by: kguy1 | February 16, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Well well well... What was that about a spare F-35 engine?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/us/politics/17-f-35-engine.html

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 16, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me the current administration has something of an operating procedure whereby they toss out something that's more along the lines of a white paper, re-presenting the issues/problems/solutions in a cogent this/this/this way; then they sit back, watch people debate the issues in a new way, wait to see what shakes out as the opposition's viewpoint and position, and then re-work the problem accordingly. Seems to me bail-outs, Fannie/Freddie, military issues are handled this way. The upside of this method is that along the lines of step 3 or 4 of the back-and-forth, real compromise can be discussed, maybe even reached, and something viable develops. The downside is the approach often backfires....see the Gulf spill. But it makes me think..is not addressing entitlements in the budget a calculated move in the back-and-forth? Green Bay won the coin toss, but handed the ball to the Steelers. That worked out.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 16, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

*cue the party horns for TeeBeeGee*

Posted by: MsJS | February 16, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the right move to me, TBG! Good luck with it.

Just think, you can boodle whenever you want to, no problem!

Posted by: slyness | February 16, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Well-done, TBG!! *HUGSSSS*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 16, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, I was unaware that Southerners had to be naturalysed US citizens. That's an idea we should adopt for our Newfies, just to make sure they're still OK with that 1949 vote.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 16, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Good for you, TBG!

Posted by: ftb3 | February 16, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I can understand Mayor Bing's reluctance to a Robocop statue. Detroit is almost as bad in 2011 than it was pictured in the 1987 dystopia.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 16, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Ha, Shriek!

I asked the Russian how long she's been in the US. She had to stop a moment, then replied, "Thirteen years, I think."

Yes, kguy, the ceremonial at Arlington is perfect and so moving. It's the difference in what we do for the dead, to honor them, opposed to what we do for the living, in the general messiness of life.

Posted by: slyness | February 16, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I hope the DHS has strong swimmers in its Border Service.
"The acceptable level for the American citizen is total control of our southern border, our northern border, our natural ports of entry," said Republican Jeff Duncan, a South Carolina lawmaker and a member of the House of Representatives subcommittee on border and maritime security."
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/1228163.html

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 16, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

LiT - I think you are absolutely correct. It is a subtle process that takes discipline. Frustrating to observe sometimes, but, I believe, the best chance we have for progress.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 16, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I have often thought what a good thing it would be if every member of Congress and all senior administration officials attended one service at Arlington and spent one hour visiting at Walter Reed every month. Call it perspective enhancement time.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 16, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Congrats TBG, sounds like a wonderful opportunity and you can work in your pajamas!

Slyness, it sounds like a wonderful ceremony. Hope I have the chance to see one at some point.

The most obvious, but forbidden thing to do about the deficit would be to raise taxes on the rich, close corporate tax loopholes and get rid of the oil company subsidies. Of course none of this will happen so we'll cut programs that actually help people or the environment, etc. Same old, same old.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 16, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Excellent idea and name, kguy.

On a smaller scale, I've been thinking about perspective enhancement in other areas. For example, the guy who chose a system, against IT's strong recommendation, the system running on voodoo interfaces. For every time the voodoo interfaces fail, we get to disable all his accounts and change his passwords. Or the person who chooses new, inexpensive desk chairs gets one for his/her continual use.

But I'm not bitter.

Congratulations, TBG. Sometimes that free lunch ends up costing more than you think. Xoxo

Posted by: -dbG- | February 16, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

It looks as though Florida will cut Medicaid spending by a billion, and ask the feds for an exemption from the usual matching-funds rule. If the exemption isn't granted, Florida will do a Texas and spend its own money.

I suspect this state has an extraordinary number of nursing home residents whose costs are paid by Medicaid. I guess they'll be sent home.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 16, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, Shriek -- Dave Bing was a wunnerful basketball player. Ya gotta give him that! He's also taken on a very tough job in a very tough city, with a lot of bad actors sitting previously as mayor (Coleman Young, Kwame Kilpatrick). Dennis Archer was excellent and Bing, I think, has the same character as Archer.

My favorite statue in Detroit is the green Spirit of Detroit in front of the City Council Building (corner of Woodward and Jefferson at the Detroit River (across from which is Windsor, Ontario ("I can see Canada from the statue!!!"))). Spirit always wears a Red Wings jersey when we win the Stanley Cup.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 16, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Ruh-Roh ... I kilt it.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 16, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Mazel Tov to TBG. See, good things do happen sometimes.

Also, remember:

There's no free lunch!

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 16, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with the new position TBG, hope the commute doesn't get to you :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 16, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

TBG, great news! Glad to hear you're joining the ranks of those of us who work from home.
Hooray, hurrah and jubilation!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 16, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, TBG! While working in jammies does get old after a while, the time flexibility will be a huge blessing for you. Best to your family.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 16, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

From the Shameless Self-Promotion Department: there are some videos on YouTube which might, just might, include the timeless voice-over stylings of yours truly.

http://www.youtube.com/Photomixers#p/a/f/0/KrUGWMFM2U4
http://www.youtube.com/Photomixers#p/a/f/1/L2d7joOgVLg
http://www.youtube.com/Photomixers#p/a/f/2/o-ipzKZJv70
http://www.youtube.com/Photomixers#p/f/3/LNLlKZeQabo

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 16, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

What a nice voice.

Posted by: gmbka | February 16, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Waay cool SciTim. eldest asked me about the earliest origins of the universe the other day, I shall show the video, which explains it infinitely better than I did.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 16, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Give that voice a contract!

Tim, those are fascinating and beautiful.
I especially liked the visuals and info in the third one about the eventual merger of Andromeda and the Milky Way. I'm woefully ignorant of the Webb telescope and it's production timetable. Were these videos created as promotional tools or for educational purposes or ..... ?
Could you enlighten me?

Posted by: talitha1 | February 16, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Slyness, those are great ceremonies. I used to sing at one that was held once a year at the Capitol here. I do wonder, though - when the new citizens got a seal, did the gummint provide some fish? Those seals get pretty hungry.

Congratulations to TBG. Sometimes making the decision is the hardest part.

I know most of you aren't fortunate enough to live near a Braums ice cream and dairy store (or Braums Market), but for those who do, the Sicilian Orange Sherbet is incredibly tasty and refreshing.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 16, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

And talitha wins the price for Rex Barney quote of the day!

TBG, I didn't have a chance earlier but I just wanted to say I feel bad about your sister and everything. That said, I'm sure you'll do fine, she'll do fine, and you'll both be able to laugh at the good memories behind and those ahead no matter how bittersweet they may be.

Also: fabulous news on the new job!

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 16, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

slyness, thanks for your earlier post about the citizenship ceremony. I was just pleased to read about it and it gave me lift to my afternoon.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 16, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Very nice work indeed, ScienceTim.

I wondered a little about the music, though. I was intrigued by the disco-like choice for the merging dance of the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies in the third video. It seems a torch song would have done just as well - Diana Krall, maybe - or, going another direction, something apocalyptic. Wagner, perhaps.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 16, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

At times divided government is the only situation that leads to any compromising at all. We are certainly divided right now.

David Frum had an interesting take on Obama's deficit reduction plan today on NPR. His take was that Obama is gonna nibble and play close to the vest and deal with the GOP enough to get reelected in 2012... then let the Bush tax cuts expire when reelection is not an issue.

Posted by: baldinho | February 16, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Look, I get that Twitter and blog posts tend to shine the light on the little devil that lurks on one shoulder of each of us. The lack of a filter can result in bad things.

I am having a hard time envisioning a worse Tweet or comment than the ones this putz made.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110216/ap_on_en_tv/ny_lara_logan_tweets

Posted by: baldinho | February 16, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Just back from a two hour exam, in longhand....in a pink book which is like a blue book. And, am beat. See y'll in the morning...TBG! We work in the same bestest place: HOME.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 16, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

TBG, the job sounds great - wish I could find one like that!

Something I read (probably Ezra Klein) about the budget the other day made sense to me. Entitlements are law, and can't be changed in the budget process - changes have to be legislated. So the budget process almost by definition is only about discretionary spending. And defense, which is a big area that could (and should, IMO) be cut - but you get into the jobs issue with that too. The solution to me is what badsneakers said earlier - raise taxes, cut wisely. But raising taxes is off the table, because people are stupid enough to believe that we're taxed too much and will vote for people who say they won't raise taxes.

From my limited experience as a Fed, I can see lots of ways to streamline and cut costs - but lopping off the new people (with new ideas) and wasting their training because there is no budget is not cost-effective. IMVHO.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 16, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Hello Everyone.....
Just stopping by for a shout out.It has been a tough couple of weeks for my family,something I won't go into.But we are making it ok,thanks to friends and family.

Tbg,I used to love working from home,working in my boxers and a tee shirt was great,and but the commute from the kitchen to the office was a killer.

I do have some good news,as of today,I am smoke free for a month.It was tough the first week,but has gotten easier.To all the people I love.If I can quit,then you can quit too.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 16, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Two hours of longhand? I used to get writer's cramp.

seasea, not all entitlements are true entitlements. Medicaid, for example. I bet someone's already planning a documentary on people kicked out of hospitals and nursing homes for lack of Medicaid funds.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 16, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

GreenwithEnvy, tons of congratulations on winning over smoking. I am surprised to find I have been smoke free for 14 years -- you will be there before you know it.

Posted by: nellie4 | February 16, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

TBG, hoped to think of something encouraging or helpful to write, but the best I can do is just say -- I am thinking of you.

Posted by: nellie4 | February 16, 2011 10:42 PM | Report abuse

gwe, that's great that you have stopped smoking. I was a smoker long ago, so I know how hard it is to do. Mr seasea has tried many times to quit, but has not managed to do it yet. Good for you!

Posted by: seasea1 | February 16, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

*Tim, nice work on the voice-overs. John Facenda, look out.

TBG, that employment situation sounds good; I think it'll work out for you.

LiT, I agree with you (surprise) -- it seems that the President's job is to come up with a menu of ideas and to frame disucussions for others to argue and criticize so that Congress can arrive at legislation ('pick one of these three things') that go back to President to sign into law. Sometimes it may take multiple Administrations for the time to be right, but I think things work reasonably well more often than not.

I think it was smart of the WH to elect to defer on the entitlements arguments, and to recieve whatever legislation the GOP can pass through the House and Senate.

You made me chuckle remembering that GB won the Super Bowl coin toss and chose to frame the game for the Steelers by giving them the ball at the opening kickoff and elected to recieve at the second half. It's not how you start the game, it's how you finish it.

bc


Posted by: -bc- | February 16, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Imom commented on the music on SciTim's videos. Funny, I was so absorbed in the visuals and narration that I don't think I even heard the music at all so I'll give them another listen. Holst's The Planets might have been an intersting choice. I once did a series of bargello designs inspired by the music of each planet in that piece.

Contrats to gwe on beating the smoking ... hang in there.

Agree with those who observe that Obama's playing it close to the chest regarding the budget ... let congress step all over themselves and ride it out till 2012.

Baldinho, that twitter disparaging Lara Logan and the horror that befell her was nothing ... though certainly repulsive coming from a man in his position. I glanced at some of the comments posted on the report in the wapo. The vile racial hatred and misogyny was beyond the pale.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 16, 2011 11:55 PM | Report abuse

er ... that would be congrats to gwe.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 16, 2011 11:58 PM | Report abuse

http://www.theonion.com/articles/republicans-vote-to-repeal-obamabacked-bill-that-w,19025/

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 17, 2011 4:51 AM | Report abuse

we gotta step up our game, people. I expect us to get beat by Russia and Ireland. I mean, they are world class. But Sweden? Rly?

http://tinyurl.com/63rjuu5

Posted by: yellojkt | February 17, 2011 5:39 AM | Report abuse

Talitha, I put comments on message boards in a different category. I never have viewed them as things with merit, as they seem to be universally horrid by pretty bad people.

Tweets or blogs from seemingly respectable people are a whole different matter. I am glad he lost his job about the Lara Logan comments. I will be disgusted when he finds a new one, as I know he will.

Posted by: baldinho | February 17, 2011 5:43 AM | Report abuse

Stricter BAC limits, jkt, are just an attempt to impose Sharia Law on the citizens of these United States of America.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 17, 2011 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

wapo's gizmo offended me this morning by insisting that I sign in with email address and password. Password? haha! Finally got it at the third effort. I like my own passwords, not the combos that are offered. Anyway, after all these years I was afraid gizmo had forgotten my name, but it hadn't and I'm still myself.

gwe, that is wonderful news. There is very little that is as rewarding as waking up in the morning and loving the day...free of the old nicotine addiction...and your family will love it, too.

*Science Tim, you have a fine voice. I'm so glad we honored Jim Webb with "something". Here's hoping he becomes Secretary of the Defense to Obama after the next election.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 17, 2011 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. I've been up since one o'clock, just couldn't go back to sleep. Of course, watching television doesn't help the sleep process.

Slyness, and all the boodlers, have a delightful day, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 17, 2011 7:12 AM | Report abuse

gwe, Congratulations, I am also smoke free but only for about nine days now.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 17, 2011 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Exactly, weed. Notice which countries were on the bottom of that list. If we curb our drinking habits, the terrorists have won.

dmd,
Impressed. Hang in there.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 17, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, please go back to bed and sleep for a while.

Morning, all. It was 48 degrees when Mr. T and I started the walk; I put on a fleece jacket instead of the heavy coat and was comfortable.

The boss must be working hard on finishing the book. I hope he has a new kit for us soon.

Posted by: slyness | February 17, 2011 7:28 AM | Report abuse

James Webb managed NASA during (before?) the Apollo program.
Love the videos. A friend models galaxy collisions. Her coolness rating was already pretty high in my mind, and after that video, wow!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 17, 2011 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Gotta Love Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker... who has already gained the new first name of "Hosni." (see, I told you).

As my dad used to say when teaching me to play defense at a very early age... watch the belly button. Ignore the head hands and feet because the body is going where the belly button goes.

In that vein, the Tea Party folks just found out who their friends are and they are the students and teachers and fire fighters, the seniors and all the other groups who are getting the shaft for the sake of the wealthy and the corporations.

The same thing is going to happen on Capital Hill. Unlike Talitha, I don't see this working out really well for the Republican party. Two extra JSF GE engines are going to be hanging around the necks of the Boehner and Cantor.

And, while we are passing JSF necklaces, save one for my favorite confused Republican ... the most revered Paul Ryan.

As a numbers guy, Ryan is a little bit closer to "The Count" from Sesame Street than he is to Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 17, 2011 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all!

I re-watched the Webb telescoped vids last night just before going to sleep. Wouldn't you know that I dreamt of galaxies complete with my son flying superman-style through them. Pretty cool.

baldinho, of course I differentiate between comment boards and tweet/blog missives. I guess my real point was that there are so many people out there with such repulsive thoughts floating around in their shrunken souls. When I first read of what happened to Logan I had the thought that all the haters would emerge to condemn the islamic world in general ... sad to say it's true.

Devoutly wishing for a new kit ... the old laptop is getting balky with this one.

Later .....

Posted by: talitha1 | February 17, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

scc: telescope (more tea, please)

Weed, I don't 'see' it working out well for the GOP. I think they're gonna implode - another devout wish of mine.
And what's happening in Wisconsin is very interesting to watch indeed.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 17, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Keep up the good work, gwe!!

Catch up on your sleep, Cassandra!!! *HUGS*

From the NYT: "In House Budget Debate, Boehner Is in His Element"

O rly? His element is getting his hat handed to him by a bunch of unruly newcomers? *raised unibrow*

But the NYT makes up for that garble with coverage of a Nature article JA might find Kit-worthy once the book's done:

"Heavy Rains Linked to Humans"
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/science/earth/17extreme.html

These Dawn Patrol holding patterns are really really really really annoying... *SIGH*

*whadda-ya-mean-it's-not-TFSMIF-yet Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 17, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Close enough for me Scotty, I am off tomorrow, and Monday is the Family Day holiday - 4 day weekend. Three days of which will be spent driving the girls to hockey - both are in the same local tournament this weekend.

Wet and mild this morning, snow is rapidly melting away, puddle heaven for the kids (and some adults).

Have a great day everyone.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 17, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

'Morning everybody. Congratulations and keep it up GWE and dmd. Quitting smoking was much harder for me than quitting drinking!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 17, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. I realized last week, with horror, that I quit smoking 9 years ago. Gawd I'm old. The Subie is turning 7 in may and a non-econobox was the prize I promise myself if I quit smoking for 2 years.
Nice voice and nice video Tim. You do not happen to have the phone no. of that lady wuth the sulty voice do you?
Krugman calls people like Ryan and Paul paleo-economists. They see the world through economic theories that were largely discredited midway in the past century. They are like doctors operating under pre-Pasteur precepts, biologists stuck in the pre-Darwin era. It's actually pretty sad to see the large following they have.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 17, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Hello boodle. Just a drive-by as today is "P minus 2" otherwise known as two days before the big cocktail party we are hosting for some of Mr. F's work peeps. Still working on the flavor profile, as left to my lonesome it would be all nuts and cheese.

Congrats to TBG and gwe!!! I am very truly excited for both of you.

Faxing some rum balls for tasting. Up next, lemon cheesecake truffles. (The sweet nibbles are best made ahead.)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 17, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

k-guy and other boodle movie mavens-I've seen just 2 of the Best Picture nominees (The King's Speech and Winter's Bone). True Grit is up next and I think I can manage 2 more besides before the big night. Which two would you recommend?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 17, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

It's that time of the week: NEW KIT!

Posted by: yellojkt | February 17, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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