An all-bloggage Tuesday for an overstressed blogmistress:

You want to know why the Great Lakes are fighting the Asian carp incursion so strongly? Because we already have enough invasive species in the world’s largest reservoir of fresh water. Exhibit A being this ugly bastard.

The phrase “wait, what?” has caught on in Kate’s circle. It has a certain Cheech-and-Chong air of amused bafflement. I haven’t felt even vaguely tempted to use it myself. Until now. Wait, what?

Blame Chile: Their stupid earthquake has shortened all our days, perhaps knocked the very planet off its axis (a little). No kidding.

Will Leitch is a brave man. He tells his Roger Ebert story, a great read about just how stupid and feckless youth can be (especially youth with a pen and a great idea for a headline — “I Am Sick Of Roger Ebert’s Fat F—-ing Face”), here. [Link fixed. Thanks, J.]

Off to the historical library. With a peanut-butter sandwich for lunch.

Posted at 9:06 am in Current events |

37 responses to “Linkfest.”

  1. coozledad said on March 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

    If you can eat those lampreys, and they manage to catch enough of them, I think you could tap into a vast “seafood without guilt” market. Carnivores for mother earth! Money!

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  2. Jolene said on March 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

    The Will Leitch story re Roger Ebert is here. Nancy will fix the link above soon, I’m sure.

    In case you missed it, take a look at my post (#45) on the last thread re Ebert’s appearance on Oprah today.

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  3. Dexter said on March 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Dirty pool…Kobe Bryant punches opponent in the balls:

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  4. Sue said on March 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

    OMG Chilean earthquake knocks earth off-balance, could it mean the end of the world? Ohno!
    Oh, wait. That’s science. Who’s going to believe those fear-mongering, global-warming-liar-scientists?
    OMG Chilean earthquake is another sign from God, here comes the end of the world!! Ohno!
    Either way, I’m nervous.

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  5. brian stouder said on March 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I learned about Earth’s axis being shifted when I watched Rachel last night, and it left me skeptical. First, what measuring device do we have that can detect a 2″ variation of the actual axis of the Earth?

    And anyway – how would one reliably account for the local ground itself (where the Earth reference point is) having been the variable, rather than the whole Earth? Assuming that they use multiple sources, and that they ALL measured the same 2″ shift, one still wonders how such a minute shift could possibly be beyond the Margin of Error that any such instrumentation must have.

    And then, assuming that we really, truly DID shift – wouldn’t that imply that previous quakes have also rattled and sloshed our watery globe off whatever axis it was turning upon at those moments? And – given that we KNOW that seasonal changes come from the tilt of the Earth, wouldn’t actually changing the axis be a much, much larger driver of climate change than anything humanity (or beavers) can possibly do? (as far as that goes, we’ve always been told that the earth wobbles)

    Just wondering.

    Aside from all that, the historical library stop sounds fascinating. I’d ask what the proprietress is researching, but that would be impertinent, and probably earn me a sound knuckle-wrap.

    Chloe and I stopped at the ACPL last night, and she selected a few books – and then proceeded to insist that I read to her there and then – which we did. And then it was time to visit the play area. I’d go on about the folks already there, but that would be impertinent, too – and in any case, those folks probably were no more impressed with me than I was with them.

    And finally, let me again implore everyone who is within any sort of easy distance of the Allen County Public Library, that the eminent Lincoln scholar and award-winning author Michael Burlingame is delivering a lecture there Monday, March 15, 2010 – which is FREE and open to the public. There’s also an opportunity to bring a brown-bag lunch that afternoon, and listen to a talk from him about some of his previous Lincoln books. I intend to attend both, unless the world spirals off its axis and into the sun before then

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  6. Dorothy said on March 2, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Jolene I saw that post in yesterday’s thread and doggonit but I left work this morning, completely forgetting to record the show. Fortunately Oprah has a website that gives summaries of each show. And I think there is some video embedded there, too.

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  7. coozledad said on March 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Lamprey recipe:

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  8. Sue said on March 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Sorry, Cooz, you’re STILL not going to make it onto Food Network.

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  9. paddyo' said on March 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Lamprey Love Potion . . . don’t they have a new album coming out?

    Wait, what?

    (Actually, my former stepdaughter, also named Kate, used to say that one a lot in her teens, early/mid-2000s)

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  10. Dave K. said on March 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I had a big “Wait, what…?” moment before I read NNc today.

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  11. MichaelG said on March 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Did the earth move?

    I read somewhere yesterday that the Sumatran quake at Banda Aceh was good for 7″ plus or minus. I didn’t feel anything then either.

    I wonder if quakes on the other side of the world cause movement in the opposite direction.

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  12. LAMary said on March 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Off topic: I know I am a snob in some ways. Here’s one. I think this apartment is really tacky. It’s Rush Limbaugh’s NYC pied a terre. $13.95 million takes it.

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  13. coozledad said on March 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    That apartment looks like a nineteenth century New Orleans fuckpad updated with a nod to electricity and running water and redecorated for a family of loom operators who stumbled upon a buried steel chest full of money.
    Ask a decorator. The jury is in on that craphill. He’s a soft, childfucking reprobate who wouldn’t recognize taste if it bit his fucking skull off.

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  14. Peter said on March 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Cooz, your comment is an insult to nineteenth century New Orleans fuckpads.

    My thinking is that he saw the pictures of Saddam’s palaces and he just had to have it!

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  15. Sue said on March 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Those rooms look awfully small for a fancypad, but I like the use of Trompe L’Oeil in the library. Most people just buy the “Fake Library Books” wallpaper at WalMart.
    Wait, what? Those are real books? No they’re not.

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  16. MarkH said on March 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    If I remember correctly, MichaelG, the Sumatran earthquake also actually slowed the earth’s rotation by a nanosecond(s).

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  17. LAMary said on March 2, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I’m imagining ole Rushie full of oxycontin, walking out of the library and into the wall opposite the door. I bet the staff cleans the crash stains off those trompe l’oeil walls a lot.

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  18. LAMary said on March 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I like the Dutch name for lamprey. Rivierprik.

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  19. Julie Robinson said on March 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    And how ’bout the maid’s quarters? All 8′ x 15′ of them.
    And even more disgustingly, imagine having to clean up after that man. Ewww.

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  20. Bob (not Greene) said on March 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Rush’s pad looks like a goddamn bordello! A little fey and ostentatious, I’d say, for the he-man man of the people.

    Loved Will Leitch’s piece on Ebert. Takes a lot of guts to demonstrate to the whole world how stupid you are. It also was heart-felt and insightful about both he and Ebert. Great stuff.

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  21. coozledad said on March 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    The commenters at Gawker are right. That apartment is very Liberace. But it’s like Liberace walked into Schewel’s furniture warehouse and said,”Aw fuck it. I’ll take the whole damn floor. Even the jelly fountain cupid lamp.”

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  22. Jenflex said on March 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Cooz, are you channeling Ashley Morris now?

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  23. coozledad said on March 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    It’s too early to drink and that plays hell with my vocabulary.

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  24. Dorothy said on March 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Do you think when he was floating away on his oxycontin he looked at that mural in the MBR and actually believed he was at the shore?

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  25. Deborah said on March 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I also loved the Ebert piece by Will Leitch. I’m sorry I will miss the Oprah show today, maybe I already missed it, I don’t really know what time it is on.

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  26. Jeff Borden said on March 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I will agree that this apartment is one big slice of hideous, but maybe it was decorated like this when the big boy bought it and he just kept everything. I’ve never gotten the sense El Rushbo cares much for NYC. Perhaps he spent so little time there that he never bothered to redecorate.

    This place looks a lot like the dressing rooms of Jim Bakker, the disgraced leader of the old PTL Club. When Jerry Falwell’s Baptists took over after Jim and Tammy Faye were given the boot, they loved showing off all the gilt-edged and gold-plated crap Bakker had installed. I recall a bathtub built for two with gold pipes coming out of the floor and up over the lip of the tub. The faucets and handles were shaped like the heads of swans. It was widely reported that whoever Jim shared the bathtub with was not Tammy Faye.

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  27. MichaelG said on March 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    “at the shore.” I love the way you guys talk back there.

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  28. ROgirl said on March 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    It looks like the honeymoon suite for the classiest joint in Branson.

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  29. LAMary said on March 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    In northern NJ it’s “down the shore.”

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  30. Jeff Borden said on March 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    When did conservatism devolve into absolute cruelty toward Americans?

    It is one thing for an addled douche millionaire fuck weasel like Jim Bunning, R-Ky, to play politics with the lifeline millions of his fellow citizens depend on via unemployment payments, to preside over thousands of workers being furloughed because funding has dropped, to watch Medicare payments fall away. . .all out of sheer, obstinate, silver-spooned spite. Now I see the minority whip, John Kyl, R-Az, arguing that unemployment is a disincentive to finding work. Apparently, this millionaire jag has not noticed the elimination of 10 million jobs over the past 10 years, or that 10,000 fellow citizens will stand in cold, wind and rain to apply for 500 lousy, hourly jobs whenever a hotel or a Wal-Mart opens. And now the topper: the right-wing media are declaring Jim Bunning, often described as the most hated creep in the Senate, as a “hero.” I guess the bar for achieving heroic stature is now located about six miles below the continental shelf.

    What a political movement: mean, ignorant, incompetent, immoral.

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  31. alex said on March 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Dave K @ 10—

    In two to three years, the beleaguered GOP might just be ready for a dullard like Daniels after all this rube rage plays itself out and people have started returning to work. He’ll need to lose the comb-over, and come up with some sort of positive spin on his diminutive stature, but if he manages to continue doing what he does best—preaching conservative ideology without being patently offensive—he might just make a half-decent showing against Obama in the general election.

    He’s elite enough for the country clubbers yet folksy enough for the fools, kinda like Dubya, but with a seriousness/wonkiness that’s rather more like Obama. I can easily see a GOP primary in 2012 in which all the crass phonies destroy each other and he’s the only one left standing.

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  32. beb said on March 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    “When did con­ser­vatism devolve into absolute cru­elty toward Americans?”

    Clearly it starts with Barry Goldwater who gave validation to the John Birch Society and other anti-goverment societies. It laid low till St. Ronnie when the douches came out of the woodwork (Dick Cheney, the Swift Boaters, etc) but really started to sink its teeth in with Newt Gingrich who taught Republicans that lying orders and the bigger the lies the better. Since then, like an gangrenous foot is has just festered unchecked. What we’re seeing now is the end-game of unchecked sociopathy.

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  33. nancy said on March 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Gawker just posted a separate entry of the best of the comments about Rush Limbaugh’s apartment. My favorite:

    “Is this the superintendent? Yes, sir, I would like you to know that you have a whore living in 2R. Rossi. Janice Rossi.”

    Thanks for carrying the day, guys.

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  34. brian stouder said on March 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Alex – I voted for Jill Long, but I confess that Gov Mitch doesn’t bother me. I didn’t like the time-change thing (as our blogmistress memorably puts it, I was one of those Hoosiers who emerged into the brightness of Daylight Savings Time, rubbing my eyes and blinking), but it grew on me; ditto the toll road thing.

    Still, I think that if he runs against the incumbent president in ’12, all we’ll hear is the “thump thump” as the Obama Express rolls over him, unless…..

    unless the president somehow incurs enough wrath from his own party that he gets seriously primaried. I think only the SecState has that much destructive potential (ala Ted Kennedy in 1980), but with Health Care reform (or something very like it)about to pass, one suspects that such a scenario will end up deeply in the alt-history file.

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  35. Denice B. said on March 3, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Coozledad: Fried lamprey, baked lamprey, lampry scampie, lamprey casserole, lamprey stew, lamprey & chips, lamprey steaks, lamprey lamprey stew, ect, ect.

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  36. Dexter said on March 3, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I am no fan of American Idol, but I sometimes record the shows when my wife is working, so I kind of absorbed a little by accident. I know who Adam Lambert is.
    I hated his screeching last year on A.I.
    Jay Leno had him on this morning to close the show, and he was great. I was amazed. He really rocked the set. I now believe he will have a very successful career. If you judged him as I did last year, give him another chance. He has it all together now. Check it out.

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  37. Jenine said on March 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Lamprey scampi! I don’t want to eat any but I will enjoy saying it.

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