I promise to keep this Annie Dillard portion of the post as brief as possible: This weekend we went to our lake cottage — and new readers, lest you think this is insufferable second-house-dropping, let me tell you that our lake cottage is truly cottage-like, the size of a two-car garage and lacking even a shower — and…where was I? OK, we went to the lake. I took the kayak into the Puddle in search of the swan nest I found last week. Only the swans were off the nest, and next to them were two wee baby swans. Cygnets, they’re called.
I regret I didn’t get close enough for anything other than some highly pixelated photos of what the guidebooks call “threat posture,” but I did bring the binoculars, so I retreated a bit and watched them through those. I discovered why the cygnets seemed to be there and then not there — when they feel unsafe, they climb up on mom’s back, who holds her wings in arched position to hide them. Watching them scramble up there with their teeny black feet? God, it’s so cute makes your teeth hurt. Here are some much better pictures of the phenomenon than I could ever get.
Moving on…you might have to be a total blog nerd to get this, but I really liked the Poor Man’s Tech Central Station parody, especially the “director’s coke binge” line. But then, I really like the Poor Man, too.
I used to give Rush Limbaugh the benefit of the doubt, assuming all that blathering about how great he is is just the usual cover for the sort of deeply insecure, self-loathing, obese-on-the-inside jerk you find all over the radio business. I dunno, though — maybe he really is nuts:
You’re getting criticized for comparing the prison abuse in Iraq with a college prank. Were you misinterpreted?
I was totally misinterpreted and taken out of context. In a three-hour show, I would wager that two hours and 58 minutes were spent discussing the aspects of those photos that repulsed everybody, including me. The point I made was that this is not worth demeaning our entire war effort. And I think that these photos have been used as a political opportunity here by opponents and enemies of the President to discount the entire war in Iraq.
Maybe not nuts. Just high.
Finally, Wonkette takes on Michelle Malkin. And wins.