Chainsaws and confusion.

It’s a perfectly lovely morning here, the last few days’ oppressive humidity blown off, the sun gleaming, the air deliciously cool. So you know what that means:

The people across the street are having some trees trimmed this morning. Yes, a wood chipper. I am going insane.

This is the downside of work-at-home self-employment. Well, that and the lousy money, and the lack of health insurance, and no one to bat ideas around with. I could probably think of a few more, but, well — the wood chipper just fired up again.

Sorry. I shouldn’t complain.

Having a bit of difficulty getting started this a.m. Or rather, I got started pretty early on other stuff, and can’t shift my head into blogspace. It seemed I missed a lot in my absence, including the whole Weigel thing, which I still can’t quite wrap my head around. The WashPost hires a blogger to cover the conservative movement, encourages a blogging voice, and then pushes him out when he becomes, what? A little too blogalicious? Because he trashed Matt Drudge? In writing? Well, OK. I get it. You can’t go around making smart cracks of the sort people make every day, at least not in writing. Because that would prove…something, I dunno.

For the record: I’m in favor of a more open exchange of ideas and even insults. If that means a lot of “biased” people get to keep their jobs, then so be it. I liked Weigel’s columns while they lasted. Have we figured out who dimed him? I’m still catching up, but this

“It seems like he spends a lot of time apologizing,” said Penny Nance, the chief executive of Concerned Women for America, one of Weigel’s conservative critics. “The problem is Concerned Women for America and other conservatives resent the idea of the Washington Post or other major news affiliates hiring people who hate us to be the ones to report on us. David Weigel has already shown great distaste, if not downright disdain, for conservatives, so it’s difficult for us to take the Post seriously when this is the person the Post hires to cover conservatives.”

…caught my eye. In other words, we want to approve who covers us. The line for ring-kissing forms to the left. I can’t add more than Scott Lemieux at LGM, so I won’t.

And with that, I think I’d best get back to work. We’re obviously off the rails here. Apologies, and I’ll try to come to the table with a little more sentence-crafting savvy tomorrow.

Posted at 10:53 am in Media, Same ol' same ol' |
 

51 responses to “Chainsaws and confusion.”

  1. moe99 said on June 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Tucker Carlson is the bad guy wrt the Weigel firing

  2. nancy said on June 29, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Figures. What a little pussy.

  3. brian stouder said on June 29, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Moe – I don’t disagree, other than to say that whoever accepted Weigel’s resignation also deserves derision.

    Aside from that, this sly bit of NN.c humor made me laugh out loud:

    “It seems like he spends a lot of time apol­o­giz­ing,” said Penny Nance, the chief exec­u­tive of Con­cerned Women for Amer­ica, one of Weigel’s con­ser­v­a­tive crit­ics.

    “Penny Nance”?

    What a marvelous name for a producer of such frippery. (we’ll have to remember that term)

  4. alex said on June 29, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I feel for ya, Nance, but the wood chipper across the street is nothing next to jackhammers and grinding saws in a high-rise receiving exterior repairs. Imagine a sound as irritating as fingernails on a chalkboard and almost as earsplitting as an ambulance siren.

    I remember spending the better part of a year trying to work from home with that going on, and at the time had a gig that required a lot of recorded interviews by telephone. It was sheer hell.

  5. Deborah said on June 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I know what you mean about having “… no one to bat ideas around with”. I had a fun job working for a small graphic design firm in St. Louis before I moved to Chicago. The woman I worked with wanted me to stay with them and open up a “Chicago office”. But it was just me, I kept at it for a year or two and it was no fun anymore. So I decided to go back to working as a graphic designer with a large corporate architecture firm. I am now seriously wondering why I did that. On the other hand I love the creative vibe that runs through collaborative endeavors.

  6. jcburns said on June 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I think between a noisy wood chipper and yet another day of 90º+ heat, I’d say bring on the cast of Fargo. Every day since our last trip north, Atlanta has been punishing us for venturing north of the Mason Dixon line with the really hot unpleasant kind of heat.

  7. LAMary said on June 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I took this job partially because I couldn’t stand the noise working at home. My next door neighbor was in a constant state of remodeling for four years. Jackhammers, cement trucks, power saws and cutting down trees to make room for expansion. She was never home for any of this.

  8. Jeff Borden said on June 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Conservatives are always positioning themselves as so mega-butch, but someone makes fun of a few of them and they cry like toddlers denied another helping of Spaghetti-O’s.

    My contempt for the right grows daily. Listening to Republican shit heels mocking Justice Thurgood Marshall yesterday during the Elena Kagan hearings is only the latest example of what a rotting, calcified, brain dead movement American conservatism has become. That many of these comments were delivered by a lisping sack of pus named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-Deep South) adds that perfect touch of undisguised racism so vital to the movement.

    Perhaps someday the United States will see a brand of conservatism more like that in Great Britain, where conservatives are allowed to be out gay people and demonstrate concern, not contempt, for the poor and the powerless. Until then, our conservative politicians might as well start working for Rentboy.com. If they’re going to fall to their knees before their corporate masters and teabaggers and perform fellatio, they might as well get paid for it.

  9. paddyo' said on June 29, 2010 at 11:34 am

    What, no legions of leaf blowers, Nance?

    When computers (dumb terminals, not PC’s) first came to newsrooms the world over, installation guys armed with rotary drills and concrete-eating drill bits made for a teeth-grinding, ear-splitting din for weeks on end. At least, that’s how it went down at the paper where I started back in the ’70s. Probably like wood chippers, except next to your desk or on the floor above/below you.

    The kerfluffle over “slanted” blogging is rich. These same complainers no doubt gorge themselves daily, if not hourly, at the cess-trough of shoutfest-o-rama cable TV “news.” What’s the diff? Aren’t O’Reilly/Olbermann/Beck/Carlson/et al. just “blah-blah-blahggers”? (if that hasn’t been coined already …)

  10. Sue said on June 29, 2010 at 11:47 am

    ‘no one to bat ideas around with’
    Huh?
    Just because the 10,000 journalists who read this blog aren’t in the actual room with you, doesn’t mean you’re all by yourself, girl! Jeez, you go down memory lane a few days ago about xacto knife carnage and none of the rest of us can get a word in edgewise.
    Maybe you need to start a private email journolist to keep yourself fresh. Give Ezra Klein a shout on how to get that going.

  11. Deborah said on June 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Sue, I don’t think it’s the same as being in a room together. I had constant phone and e-mail contact with my colleagues in St. Louis when I moved to Chicago. The spontaneity of just casually discussing what you’re doing or having someone walk by and glance at your screen/desk and make an off-the-cuff critique or offer praise gives me that “plugged in to the vibe” feeling. Maybe it’s my age, I missed that when I worked by myself.

  12. MarkH said on June 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    paddyo’ @ #8 —

    3rd graph: you said it, bro.

  13. Snarkworth said on June 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I’ll see your wood chippers and grinding saws, and raise you a back yard full of 8-year-old boys after school gets out. There’s nothing like working on deadline and wondering if that unearthly sound was a life-threatening injury.

  14. Dorothy said on June 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I have to tell y’all about my daughter calling me last night from work. She took a break to tell me that one of the copy editors, on Sunday night, posted an online poll. He didn’t really vet it with anyone so it got posted as he composed it. Sarah Palin had been visiting Norfolk that day, so he asked “Should former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin run for President in 2012?” and the three choices he gave for the answers were “Yes, No, or God Help Us.” Apparently the shit hit the fan, the editor had to deal with an awful lot of criticism, angry phone calls and emails. They have changed the poll’s answers to “Yes, No, or Not Sure.” The comments section is cracking me up. My favorite one so far: I wouldn’t trust her to be my kids (sic) room-mother much less run a country.”

  15. brian stouder said on June 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    A Penny Nance-type comment: I chuckled when I saw that we may soon have a Hurricane Alex – so I was curious what other names we might see rampaging this season, and here’s the list:

    Alex
    Bonnie
    Colin
    Danielle
    Earl
    Fiona
    Gaston
    Hermine
    Igor
    Julia
    Karl
    Lisa
    Matthew
    Nicole
    Otto
    Paula
    Richard
    Shary
    Tomas
    Virginie
    Walter

    I think if Fiona hits the Louisiana coast, our youngest daughter will be especially upset

  16. Rana said on June 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    David Weigel has already shown great dis­taste, if not down­right dis­dain, for con­ser­v­a­tives, so it’s dif­fi­cult for us to take the Post seri­ously when this is the per­son the Post hires to cover con­ser­v­a­tives.

    Aw, poor things. That’s situation normal for those of us on the left end of the spectrum. We’re all whacky tree-huggers, unshaven feminazis, and DFHs, don’t you know.

    We’re lucky here in that our neighborhood is old and has small yards, so aside from the rental company’s occasional mowing-and-blowing, it’s not too noisy here in that way. What does prove to be annoying is the local high school. It’s across a large wooded riverway from us, so you would think it would be adequately shielded, but it’s not. Their loudspeakers send their games and cheer practice over the tops of the trees, right at us. Hearing the games isn’t too bad – but listening to drummers practicing over and over again, interspersed with shouted instructions, is annoying.

    Right now I’m reading a book for a LibraryThing review called The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book about Noise, and so far it’s a fascinating read. It’s a great book to have on hand while traveling, which exposes one to all kinds of loud things!

  17. kayak woman said on June 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I coined “blahg” quite a few years ago, seven maybe? I mean, I don’t know if I actually coined it but I didn’t see anyone else use it until about a year ago. Now it seems to be popping up pretty frequently. I’m sure nobody is copying it off my goofy little blahg though (-;

  18. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Garret Keizer is a good writer and a sharp thinker; I enjoy reading him when we disagree and of course when we agree. Looking forward to getting to his Noise book. He’s one of the best contributors to Harper’s along w/ Barbara Ehrenreich.

  19. Jeff Borden said on June 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    It’s always amusing to see conservatives, who primp and preen as the uber-butch political operatives, dissolve into tears and wails whenever someone criticizes them. It is to laugh. They squeal like toddlers denied a second helping of Spaghetti-O’s.

    As Rana notes, we lefties are constantly being harpooned by the braying buffoons of bullshit for any manner of crimes against the state and humanity. I find it funny and rather enjoy being painted in such dark tones by human flotsam like Boehner, McConnell, Bachmann, SheWho and their lotion boys in the media, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and O’Reilly.

    If those sacs of poisonous pus are on the other side, I must be in the right place.

  20. Sue said on June 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    The email list, started by Ezra Klein as a discussion forum and infiltrated by Tucker because he thinks he’s Woodward and Bernstein in a bowtie, was evil because supposedly those on the list were getting together and deciding what was going to be discussed in the big world, in a kind of big-person version of a middle-school “what are you wearing tomorrow” conversation. So these bloggers were being dismissed as insignificant at the same time they were supposedly controlling what was being reported. That’s impressive.
    For some reason I just remembered the White House talking points that used to be sent over to Fox News, not sure why.
    Weigel’s apparently been hired by MSNBC. Those freaky liberals always land on their feet.

  21. Julie Robinson said on June 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Rana, it may sound funny, but hearing a marching band practicing is literally music to my ears and the drumlines are just part of the fun. When the wind is just right we can hear Snider’s band. But then I marched for six years and so did both my kids. Marching competitions are thrilling, hair-raising events. When the players build up to a huge chord and execute a dramatic maneuver at the same time it often brings me to tears. You wouldn’t believe how long and hard the kids work and the tremendous camaraderie they build.

  22. coozledad said on June 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I’m still puzzled as to why David Broder, Richard Cohen, and Jeffrey Goldberg haven’t been horsewhipped though the streets for their war cheerleading and the eight year blowjob they gave Diccup McNumbnuts II. They should off themselves.

  23. Connie said on June 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Julie, from our house when the wind is right we can hear the Concord Band practicing. We moved here just in time for jr high, and the whole marching band competition thing was a completely new concept. We enjoyed our four years as marching band parents and were glad when it was over and we could have our Fall Saturdays back. The Concord Band made the state final competion all four of those years and in Class B took second, first, second and first. Made it even more fun to having a winning band.

    I was surprised to see Hermine on the hurricane list. Might I be the only person who has actually known someone named Hermine? I’ve know two, one of them my aunt. Though now that I think about it the other was actually Hermina.

    LAMary, do you think it is a Dutch name?

  24. Jeff Borden said on June 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Cooz,

    Amen, brother, amen.

    I’ve gone from being disappointed in the Washington press corps to disliking and now on to despising. They are far more concerned with maintaining their access to the powerful than doing the work of the people. When an actual journalist like Michael Hastings –who was blasted by CBS News pinhead Lara Logan and accused of being an extension of al Queda by Faux News professional mustache Geraldo Rivera– scores a big scoop they are all shown for what they are. . .political courtesans.

    BTW, was it not edifying watching white Southern senators trashing Thurgood Marshall yesterday during the Kagan hearings? My God, but Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III of Alabama is a shit stick.

  25. Rana said on June 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Julie, I don’t mind it so much when they’re actually performing. It’s the repeated attempts to get a cheer or riff right, interspersed with the coach’s directions, that gets a little tiring. I don’t know why they need the loudspeaker during the practice sessions.

    But then, one of the things that Keizer notes in his book is that while unpleasant and loud sound is an objective reality, what constitutes “noise” can be very subjective.

    (And I’d certainly rather listen to drum practice than leaf blowers and weed whackers.)

  26. coozledad said on June 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    They hate Marshall because he helped to dismantle their cracker state within a state. Sessions has always reminded me of something they reconstituted from equal parts of dehydrated milk and the DNA of Alexander Stevens.

  27. prospero said on June 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    No one to bat ideas around with? Stop feeling sorry for yourself. You’re gloriously unfettered and free to be a mom and express yourself, and to do whatever you Goddamn please. You’ve got all sorts of suggestions and informed argument every time you open this site.

    Smart people, sensible, well-informed people that actually know how to write cogently in English think you’re more than clever. We talk to each other at a place you created. Whatever.

    As far as Tucker is concerned, he’s not really the bowtie, he’s the tampon up what passes for Ann Coulter’s alleged vagina since the surgery Did they build her a clit?

    Here’s exactly why the Pres popularity polls are an absolute joke. Facing a whack nation, a spavined economy and a large and loud nutcase right wing sound machine, the President gets backbiting from absolutist idiots on the more-progressive-than-thou-liberals Naderite Onanist solipsist jackasses that should be on his side.

    News institutions like WaPo report approval ratings. They are apparently either obtuse or too busy to report that huge numbers of people that don’t support health care and banking reform are Spock baby’s kids that believe in all or nothing, and are too stupid to realize perfect isn’t the enemy of pretty damn good and much improved over yesterday.

    Is this situation difficult to understand. I mean, it’s one thing when people think you’re a tool and another when they’re pissed off you didn’t use the magic wand you never claimed to have. Look at what’s been accomplished. People reviled and despised W. Feeling like you didn’t get everything you thought your tantrum warranted? That’s between you and your Doc, Baby Huey.

    On another front, Supreme Court alters several hundred years of grammar, makes commas irrelevant. How can you be a strict constructionist if you can’t read English?

    Could everybody put a fork in Matt Drudge? Does he report news? Has he an iota of intelligence? What does it say about humankind that anybody at all pays attention to a word this moron says? I mean, no joke. Drudge is dumber than box-a-hammers, he’s never, I repeat, never actually reported anything. He’s a phony little sick twat that tries to cause trouble.

  28. LAMary said on June 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Connie, Hermina is a old Dutch name. Go back a generation or two and I’m sure we both have Herminas and Cornelias and maybe a Hilda or two. Oh, and a Johanna of course, known as Joke, pronounced Yoka.
    Isn’t St. Herman the patron saint of Holland?

  29. Julie Robinson said on June 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Off-topic: for two days I’ve been getting calls on my cell from a 416 area code, which I didn’t recognize. The first time it rang I picked up but got no reponse, so I figured whoever dialed realized they had a wrong number. Silly, silly me.

    The calls have been coming in every couple of hours since, and though I never pick up, they never leave a message. DH said, “you can block that number, you know”. So I asked the our personal IT dept, AKA our son, who amazingly, did not know how that was done.

    A bit of googling around and I found it’s a Toronto fax spammer, and indeed, I could block it. If anyone else has this happen and has Verizon, you can block up to five numbers by going to SPAM Control under the My Services tab. Autodialers beware, I have wised up.

  30. Dorothy said on June 29, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I know a Cornelia who goes by Buffy. And that’s no Yoka.

  31. Jeff Borden said on June 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Cooz,

    The whitest senator from Alabama outdid himself again, comparing the unctuous decision on Citizens United to Brown vs. Board of Education.

    That’s right, Jeffy boy, the Supreme Court decision allowing corporations the same First Amendment rights as individuals is just as important as the decision that began the dismantling of separate but equal.

    You cannot make this shit up.

  32. Sue said on June 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    He wasn’t trying to make some “activist judge” comparison, was he?

  33. LAMary said on June 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    No St. Herman for the Netherlands. Sts. Plechelm, Wilibrord, Bavo, Stephen and Walburga yes, but Herman is the patron saint of Alaska.

  34. adrianne said on June 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Jeff, thanks for noting the absolute nadir of the Kagan hearings so far – Jeff Sessions and his ilk taking on Thurgood Marshall, for God’s sake. It’s open season on black people as far as these guys are concerned.

  35. coozledad said on June 29, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    If Sharon Angle were truly consistent in her opinions, she’d go stand in the middle of a damn freeway. After all,”we just need to have a little faith sometimes”.
    http://thinkprogress.org/2010/06/29/angle-abortion-god/

  36. Jeff Borden said on June 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Adrianne,

    I guess ole Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is showing his nostalgia for the days when men and women of color knew their place until Thurgood Marshall helped bring them to a close. He’s still carrying a grudge.

    Meanwhile, you have Agent Orange John Boehner whining that the Obama Administration is “snuffing out” the America he grew up in, which I guess are those wonderful days of the 1950s when, gosh, black folks were still denied the vote, fair housing, salaries equal to whites, etc. Yeah, baby, those were the days.

    What a pathetic collection of creeps.

    BTW, Agent Orange says the only way to pay for all of America’s wars is to raise the retirement age to 70 and trim benefits to Social Security recipients. Surprisingly, he didn’t mention repealing the Bush tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy!

    You have to give bastards like Sessions and Boehner credit. They know who they have to blow to stay in power and they perform their roles with great relish.

  37. prospero said on June 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Jeff Sessions is a peculiar case. He wanted more than anything to be a judge. He was found wanting, because he’s basically a grimy weasel. Now, he gropes around in the darkness and blames everybody else for his failings.

    If Citizens United wasn’t made up partisan bullshit, bulls never actually shat. The deal is, these guys tell outrageous lies with straight faces, and idiots, including so-called reporters, eat it up like it’s Nutella on Challa.

  38. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Julie, my son just finished his second day as a marching band member, and he’s decided he likes it. Which obscurely pleases his mother and father, although neither of us were band folk (choir & drama were our sins). Today was their (his, at least) first moving and playing experience, and I got a lump in my throat when they came around the corner of the building to where the waiting parents loitered along the sidewalk.

    It’s just that part of my brain from growing up near a high school associates a distant rehearsing marching band’s sound with the feeling of fall drawing near. The temps today reinforced that illusion, but a few days under a canopy over the deep fryer for the Scout troop booth during the weekend of the Fourth will quickly disabuse me of any sense of September.

  39. Bob (not Greene) said on June 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Hey, let’s cut Nance a little slack on the “no one to bat ideas around with” remark. I don’t want to speak for Nance (although I guess I am), but my guess is that she’s not referring to this wonderful exchange of ideas and wisecracks, but the lack of someone to bat around ideas with in terms of her employment. I can relate. I write and edit a newspaper largely by myself. There is a whole room of journalists around me who could give a rat’s ass what I do, because they have heir own papers and problems to worry about. And as long as the management doesn’t have to worry about the paper coming out each week or getting irate phone calls, they pretty much leave me out on the island. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been doing this long enough that them sticking their noses in my business at this point would probably piss me off. On the other hand, when the editorial board meets or the editorial staff wants to kick around ideas, it’s a one-man meeting, and the ideas get a little stale. That’s all.

  40. Linda said on June 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Why is Weigel appologizing? Appologizing does not make right-wing bullies like you. It confirms their belief that beating on you was a good idea in the first place. And they can use your appologies as evidence of how righteously butthurt they are.

  41. Jeff Borden said on June 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Agreed, Linda, but this is the world in which we live. Fox News personalities and the raving right-wing nutjobs can say anything they want about lefties, but when someone says something ugly about them, they need mommy to kiss away the boo-boo.

    There’s a whole cottage industry out there of conservative crybabies, just looking for some small slight. Weigel is only the latest victim. That he has landed at MSNBC, which despite being the home of right-wing former congresscritter Joe Scarborough is considered the way lefty liberal channel, will be proof enough to the teabagging boneheads that they were right all along.

  42. Deborah said on June 29, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    So Brian had a list of hurricane names earlier. Here’s a list of names, not hurricanes but they’ve made messes that’s for sure, these came from comments today and the last few days, I can’t remember all of them these are some of my favorites:
    $P or Our Lady of Wasilla
    Agent Orange Boehner
    Jeffy boy
    Dic­cup McNumb­nuts II
    Shit-for-Brains Han­nity
    Glennda

  43. brian stouder said on June 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    And don’t forget (right after Shit-for-Brains-Sean Hannity)

    Tucker (the little pussy); no doubt Tucker wouldn’t get past Tropical Storm status; making a few waves and ripples, and then wheezing out of existence

  44. MaryRC said on June 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Pressure washers. I walk to work every morning and on every block there’s a pressure washer being used to clean steps or a stretch of sidewalk. No one uses a broom anymore. And those things are noisy. But at least I’m not trying to work or even think while they’re roaring away, and I can just keep walking away from them.

    I have a soft spot for Dave Weigel because he introduced me to the wacky world of Orly Taitz and her fellow birthers when he was writing for the Washington Independent. I liked his tone — regardless of what he must have thought of Orly and her ilk, he wrote about her fairly and without condescension. I’m glad to hear he has a new job.

  45. 4dbirds said on June 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    ummmmmmmmmmm Nutella.

  46. Linda said on June 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Nancy, your trouble with the chainsaw neighbors reminds me of the funniest feud my street had seen in awhile. The guy across the street loved to crank up bagpipe music really loud when he worked outside, and the neighbors across the street retaliated with rap, each turning up the volume so we could all be treated to a rap-Celtic throwdown. I LOL’d.

  47. prospero said on June 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    rap-Celtic throw­down

    That would be Black 47. Great band. Brits fucked us over, but we party on as long as the Powers and Guinness hold out.

    I thought Boner was the Senator for Oompah-Loompahs.

    The deal is, not one of those Republicans has told the truth about one thing in the last year and a half. Seriously, name a single incident where any of the scurrilous rats said anything remotely true.

    This might sound like a joke, but let’s hear about an instance of a single one of these bastards talking about public policy and saying anything that even crept up on the truth from behind.

    And people buy this shit and swallow it whole, like the Swiftboat brought it by.

  48. Linda said on June 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Prospero, I think the average person is not paying close attention because they are equally distracted by lots of entertainment/”information” options and the struggle to survive. Media people, OTOH, are scared. But they are easy to scare. Ezra Klein pretty much called a spade a spade yesterday in his blog, when he could not side with the Repubs on nearly anything recently, simply because they weren’t serious and had too much invested in throwing sand in the machine (as opposed to governing) and hoping the Dems failed.

  49. Sue said on June 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I believe I’ve mentioned my former pastor and his sometimes odd behavior in the past, but here’s one for the noisy neighbor department:
    Upset that neighboring children were making too much noise, he went out in the yard and cranked up whatever he was using for a boom box (because someone who was born old would never have a boom box, so I really don’t know what he was using and he may actually have had to crank it, who knows). The tape he played at full volume to retaliate against the bad, bad children? Recorded birdsongs.

  50. prospero said on June 29, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Linda, I see your point. But what I mean is, everything that comes out of their pieholes is an outright lie. They seem to be pathologically incapable of even attempting to say something true. It’s almost strange. Except, you know, they are Republicans. But when was the last time any of them raised a policy objection based on a fact? I don’t think anybody can answer that question without talking about when the black democrat got elected.

    I’m open to suggestion. When was the last time a Republican in a Federal office actually told the truth in public?

  51. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 30, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Sue, I’m assuming that would be mostly this:
    http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/52/_/Whooping_Crane.aspx

    (That’s both funny & disturbing in equal parts; I hope he owns no firearms nor lives near any towers with public access to the uppermost parts.)