Lost weekend.

The weekend was pretty much perfect. Temperatures nudging 80, cerulean skies, the sort of string of lovely days that you always get in the fall, but not always on a weekend. So, as the previous entry should suggest, it seemed fitting to blow off a lot of chore-type stuff and enjoy it while we could. Sailing was Saturday. Yesterday was the housewarming party at the Frank Lloyd Wright house mentioned here a couple weeks back — it’s finally 99 percent done. I’m a friend of a friend of the owners, and came as his plus-one. No photos, at the hosts’ request, but you can still look at the ones at the Hour Detroit link (although the captions don’t always match the photos). It’s as lovely in person as in the pictures; I expect if they haven’t heard from a location scout already, they will soon — the place was born to be a movie set.

We walked over from my friend’s house in Palmer Woods, the grandest of the grand old neighborhoods in Detroit. Walking back alone — had to leave early — I was struck, for the millionth time, by how much money there was in this town, once upon a time. These Tudor-revival and Mission-style and midcentury-modern houses are now owned by buppies and gay men and others unafraid of urban-pioneer living, and there was much discussion of $1,400 monthly winter heating bills and other drawbacks to living in an 8,000-square-foot architectural masterpiece with leaky windows. But without them, that Wright house would still be sitting empty and falling to pieces. So a salute to all.

On the way back I passed a masterful pile identified as the Bishop’s House. The marker was unclear on whether it still is*, but did mention the many religious details of the construction, including a rooftop sculpture of the Archangel Michael battling Satan. Couldn’t see it.

* A quick Google reveals it is not. Whew. Houses like that are hard to justify, even for the One True, these days.

What else? Watched “Howl,” available On Demand. Liked it very much, which I gather from the reviews is not the default position. The story of Allen Ginsberg’s magnum opus (although I hold “Kaddish” in almost equally high esteem) is told in three threads — the trial of Lawrence Ferlinghetti on obscenity charges for publishing it, an interview with Ginsberg by an unseen interlocutor, and the first reading of the poem itself in 1955. It’s a long poem, and long stretches of it are illustrated with animations, and that seems to be everyone’s problem. They’re too literal, they’re not beautiful enough, whatever. I didn’t care. I found myself paying little attention to them; they might as well have been the iTunes visualizer, or the oscilloscope potheads rigged to their stereos back in my wild youth. I was thoroughly taken with the words, the music of which is strong enough to carry the sequences. I guess the filmmakers thought a black screen or the iTunes visualizer would be too much.

James Franco plays Ginsberg as a young man, and together with Kerouac and Cassady tiptoe up to the edge of Abercrombie & Fitch styling, but don’t quite cross over. For $6.99 on the cable bill, I can think of worse ways to spend a Saturday night.

One of the duties I neglected this weekend was crafting something for this space that makes sense, or reads well, or has a point. Obviously. So let’s skip to the bloggage:

Living in Detroit, I guess I should know more about the Insane Clown Posse than I do, but honestly, that is one local act whose orbit simply does not intersect with mine in any way, shape or form. Which is good, because they’re pretty disgusting, the sort of rappers who make Eminem look like Leonard Bernstein. Still, it was simultaneously entertaining, appalling and amusing to read this piece in the Guardian about their true purpose in life:

All of which makes Violent J’s recent announcement really quite astonishing: Insane Clown Posse have this entire time secretly been evangelical Christians. They’ve only been pretending to be brutal and sadistic to trick their fans into believing in God. They released a song, Thy Unveiling, that spelt out the revelation beyond all doubt.

Oh, but it gets better! Check out the lyrics:

ICP have just released their most audacious Christian song to date: Miracles. In it, they list God’s wonders that delight them each day:

Hot lava, snow, rain and fog,
Long neck giraffes, and pet cats and dogs
Fuckin’ rainbows after it rains
There’s enough miracles here to
blow your brains.

The song climaxes with them railing against the very concept of science:

Fuckin’ magnets, how do they work?
And I don’t wanna talk to a scientist
Y’all motherfuckers lying and
getting me pissed.

Fuckin’ magnets, how do they work? Yeah!

The internet moves so fast these days you probably already know about the Ohio House candidate revealed over the weekend as having once been a Nazi re-enactor. (Yes, a Republican. I was as astonished as you were.) What you may not know is that in the Six Degrees of Separation Department, I once spent a weekend at this man’s ancestral summer home. His sister was friends with a friend of mine, and she impulsively invited us all up to their place on Devil’s Lake one Friday. It was a pretty gauzy weekend, but I remember enough to report that there were no, repeat no, Waffen SS uniforms in plain view. I do know they were pretty darn rich, which enables a lot of bad behavior and, far more important, an ability to wall yourself off in a world of people just like you, where no one says, “You know, maybe we shouldn’t be doing this, and if we do, maybe we shouldn’t take pictures of ourselves wearing these uniforms.” Actually, this characteristic is not confined to the rich. Which is why I will never run for elected office.

Which is just a short sidestep to bigotry in general, in particular Carl Paladino’s, who doesn’t want his children “brainwashed” into thinking it’s OK to be gay. Hmm. All I have to say is, “Rabbi? Is it too much to ask you to take your Bluetooth receiver out of your ear when meeting a gubernatorial candidate?”

Finally, via MMJeff, a Daily Howler worth considering:

For decades, your public discourse has been scripted by skillful players—and by their skilled, clownish messaging. We have drowned in ludicrous statements on policy matters; we have drowned in ludicrous statements about targeted public officials. (If we lower the tax rates, we get higher revenues! The Clintons are serial murderers!) And no matter how stupid these messages got, the “press corps” agreed not to notice. Endlessly, Limbaugh got a pass. So did Chris Matthews, during the many years when he worked for plutocrat masters. (No one did more to send Bush to the White House. But for years after that, Joan Walsh had to keep kissing his keister, the better to get on TV!)

Better get moving. Manic Monday now segues into Terrible Tuesday. I want to work less, or at the very least, be paid more. Is that so much to ask?

Posted at 9:56 am in Current events, Detroit life, Movies, Same ol' same ol' |
 

49 responses to “Lost weekend.”

  1. brian stouder said on October 11, 2010 at 11:10 am

    So, speaking of visiting grand old mansions, last week Pam and the girls and I visited the Bass Mansion (aka Brookside), which is just down the block from where we live. It is an exceedingly beautiful building on (what is now) the University of St Francis, and up ‘til two years ago, it housed that university’s library. With all the many rooms and studies and alcoves and spiral staircases – in addition to the grand ballroom (third floor) and grand dining room (second floor), one can only wonder how THAT worked out.

    http://www.sf.edu/physicalPlant/bassman.html

    One thing I learned was that when Bass’s daughter sold the building and grounds in the late ‘40’s, the Catholics were just one step ahead of the county; and the county planned to place the juvenile detention center in the old mansion. (I learned this when we wandered into Bass’s office – a round space at the base of one of the cylindrical turrets, naturally – and saw all sorts of symbols in the wallpaper; stars of David and crescents and the like. Asking one of the docents about that, she explained that Bass was a 33rd degree [or whatever] Mason. This prompted a stupid remark from me, along the lines of “He wasn’t Catholic?” – whereupon we got a brief recap of the history of the place)

    Now, the whole place is being lovingly restored to its original splendor, including woven wallpapers from Italy and period rugs and so on. Apparently the place has won some restoration grants and so on, and is a registered national historic structure; hence the occasionally wide-open doors and free admission to look and see. By “wide open” – I mean every single space in there was opened and accessible, including the offices of the Sister who runs the university, with her desks and file cabinets and laptops, and her own exceptional collection of antiques and conversation pieces (I loved her Edison phonograph, and collection of packaged spindles for it). This caused Pam and I to keep the girls very close to us, so as to keep from accidently breaking anything*)

    They’re going to throw it open again at Christmas, and we shall definitely visit it then.

    *the girls, for their part, reminded me that it wasn’t THEY who spilled a large icy cold Diet Coke on the carpet in Henry Ford’s boyhood home, but we digress!

  2. Julie Robinson said on October 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Every minute of my weekend was scheduled until I got back from the final show and collapsed last night, whereupon my fabulous husband handed me just about the best cheese toastie* I’ve ever had.

    Since no drama is complete without some offstage drama, we had a leading lady upchucking half an hour prior to curtain. She recovered and the show did indeed go on, to small but responsive crowds. It was too nice for inside activities.

    And, I received yet another schooling in my cultural irrelevance when I tried to compliment one of the boys as Dan Ackroyd-esque. Blank stare followed by “who”? The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters took place before these kids were even born and have impacted them less than Lawrence Welk did me.

    *AKA toasted cheese sandwich for those outside Fort Wayne.

  3. adrianne said on October 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

    An addendum to Carl’s latest rant: The Hasidic guy with the Bluetooth is likely a member of a small splinter group, according to reporter Chris McKenna, my expert on all things Hasidic. The Satmars in Brooklyn and Orange County are quietly supporting Andrew Cuomo (they really liked his dad, Mario, and they usually go with the probable winner in elections – the better to get special favors down the line). So this group was fringe to begin with.

  4. Dave said on October 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Dorothy, Blue Brothers sounds old and a long time ago but fleeting time made it hard for me to believe that Ghostbusters is a 1984 movie, which I learned by looking it up.

    I remember my parents watching Lawrence Welk way back when Dodge was the sponsor and the Lennon Sisters and Pete Fountain, the clarinetist, were regulars.

    Back in prehistoric times when I grew up and there were only three channels to watch, with some stations showing movies in the afternoon or in the morning and, of course, the late night movie, I knew who a lot of the older stars were and watched some of the movies. Today, with all the available entertainment, I guess that doesn’t happen.

    Then, there was Chiller Theater on Friday nights for all of you Central Ohioans. Oh, and Flippo showed badly cut-up movies, of course, and Fritz the Night Owl came a little later.

  5. Snarkworth said on October 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Brian, your spilled diet coke could have been worse. We were at Monticello a few weeks ago, and the guide regaled us about how a visitor, wobbly from heat exhaustion, once collapsed atop Jefferson’s famous revolving bookstand. Smashed it to smithereens.

    All has since been restored, but her story made us gulp and step back a pace.

  6. paddyo' said on October 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Hey, early in the commentariat day, just a quick newsie aside about that otherwise-interesting Guardian piece on Insane Clown Posse:

    I’ve noticed for awhile now how Brit journos sometimes have a tenuously casual acquaintance with details and time elements. The Guardian story’s link to a piece in “a New Jersey newspaper” is, in fact, a staff-written story in The Columbian of Vancouver, WA . . .
    And these phrases “just released their most audacious song” and “Saturday Night Live just parodied it”? Oh, well, turns out that “just” actually means last April.

    So, “just” wondering: Is this messing with times and places just a pop-music-zine thing, and the Guardian’s trying to be more hip? Or does being in the country where time begins — Greenwich Mean Time, that is — and from which “Dr. Who” tellie-transports somehow give them license?

  7. Harrison said on October 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    This might explain Iott and his friends:

    http://gawker.com/5660725/ohio-tea-party-rally-spirals-out-of-controlhttp://gawker.com/5660725/ohio-tea-party-rally-spirals-out-of-control

    Reinactors…I just have to shake my head…

  8. brian stouder said on October 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    From Nance’s NY Times link –

    “Carl Paladino is simply expressing the views that he holds in his heart as a Catholic,” Mr. Caputo said in a telephone interview. “Carl Paladino is not homophobic, and neither is the Catholic Church.”

    Isn’t that odd how clumsily Paladino shuffles around and ascribes every hateful thing he says to someone else?

    When the news was that his widely-strewn emails tended to feature bestiality and flatly racist garbage, his response was oddly similar; we could paraphrase and get

    “Carl Paladino is simply expressing the views that he holds in his heart as a Construction Worker” Mr. Caputo (could have) said. “Carl Paladino is not racist, nor does he have sex with animals, neither are Construction Workers.”

    One supposes that if lightening strikes and he gets elected, he could muse about how nice it would be if his political opposition was imprisoned, and then – when people protest that, say something like

    “Carl Paladino is simply expressing the views that he holds in his heart as a Governor”. “Carl Paladino is not totalitarian, and neither is the office of Governor of New York.”

  9. 4dbirds said on October 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    About five years ago, my daughter had a friend who would come over to the house completely made out in Insane Clown Posse makeup. It was difficult for me to keep a straight face. We don’t live there anymore so I never see him but I’m not sure I know what he really looks like anyway.

  10. adrianne said on October 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Aha! McKenna has produced a still photo and video of Andy Cuomo breaking bread with the Satmar Hasidim in Brooklyn, the same day as Carl Paladino made his latest blunder. And Carl compounds it today with his denunciation of Cuomo allowing his daughters to attend the Gay Pride parade and “exposing them to homosexuality, especially at a gay pride parade — and I don’t know if you have ever been to one, but they wear these little Speedos and they grind against each other and it’s just a terrible thing.”

  11. Jeff Borden said on October 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    How long before Carl Paladino is arrested in a men’s room? That’s usually what happens to these kinds of bigots.

    (sigh)

    The Chicago Tribune, to the surprise of no one, endorsed the Republican nominee for governor yesterday. The endorsement editorial legitimately slammed incumbent Pat Quinn and the Illinois Democratic Party richly deserves a serious ass-kicking, but what was notable was the paper’s reluctance to address the GOPers views. He’s against even civil unions and thinks creationism can be taught in schools. I look forward to the paper’s endorsement of Senate candidate Mark Kirk, which undoubtedly will make no mention of his serial lying about his background and qualifications.

    Oh well, at least none of the candidates in Illinois has run an advertisement saying they are not witches, which I guess is a good thing.

  12. Heather said on October 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    This morning on the Today Show Paladino said something about how he tries to speak as clearly as possible about his beliefs and it wasn’t his fault if the media got it wrong. I nearly threw a shoe at the screen.

  13. LAMary said on October 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    My older son was born on Gay Pride day in a hospital on the edge of West Hollywood, gay central in LA. The hospital had run out of the little blue caps they put on boy babies so they asked me if I objected to a pink cap on my son, so within minutes of his birth he was in drag for Gay Pride day, with the parade going on just below our window. This does not appear to have affected him in any negative way.

  14. Heather said on October 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    This morning on the Today Show Paladino said something about how he tries to speak as clearly as possible about his beliefs and it wasn’t his fault if the media got it wrong. Meaning, I guess, that it means whatever he decides it means in his head, semiotics be damned.

  15. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    `When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

    `The question is,’ said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    `The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master — that’s all.’

    Alice was too much puzzled to say anything; so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. `They’ve a temper, some of them — particularly verbs: they’re the proudest — adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs — however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!’

    `Would you tell me please,’ said Alice, `what that means?’

    `Now you talk like a reasonable child,’ said Humpty Dumpty, looking very much pleased. `I meant by “impenetrability” that we’ve had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you’d mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don’t mean to stop here all the rest of your life.’

    `That’s a great deal to make one word mean,’ Alice said in a thoughtful tone.

    `When I make a word do a lot of work like that,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `I always pay it extra.’

    `Oh!’ said Alice. She was too much puzzled to make any other remark.

    `Ah, you should see ’em come round me of a Saturday night,’ Humpty Dumpty went on, wagging his head gravely from side to side, `for to get their wages, you know.’

    (Alice didn’t venture to ask what he paid them with; and so you see I can’t tell you.)

    — “Through the Looking Glass,” Chapter VI

  16. Jeff Borden said on October 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Heather,

    In right-wing world, it is ALWAYS the fault of the media. The loony teabagging woman in Delaware –seen on tape talking about her dabbling in witchcraft, decrying masturbation, talking about experiments putting human brains into mice– also blames the liberal media for distorting who she is.

    There’s a reasonably amusing clip from “SNL” featuring Kirsten Wiig as Christine O’Donnell addressing the witchcraft stuff. Not as funny as Tina Fey doing Mama Malaprop, but not bad.

  17. Julie Robinson said on October 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    If Paladino doesn’t want his children exposed to a pride parade, he shouldn’t take them. Problem solved.

  18. Peter said on October 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Man years ago, my high school alumni newsletter had a little feature story on a grad who played bit parts in Hollywood, and they ran one of the studio pictures he submitted, in which he was dressed up as an SS officer.

    I wrote to the school and complained, saying that I understood that it was a publicity shot, but still, when you have more than one photo to choose from, maybe it would be a good idea not to pick one that could offend potential donors.

    Their reply was that I was overly sensitive and read too much into the photo, and if I was that insulted that maybe I should edit the alumni newsletter.

  19. Dave said on October 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Oh dear, and I adddressed Julie as Dorothy. Sorry, not paying attention.

    High school alumni newspaper. Coming from what was a small high school, I had no idea and never thought about such things existing, such a sheltered life.

    Does anyone else wonder, as I do, what some of the politicians and public figures of the past would have failed to accomplish, for good or bad, had the information age been in place. JFK and his many liasons, J. Edgar Hoover and his cross-dressing, etc., FDR and his disguising of his crippling, and there’s surely plenty of others. It seems the Tea Party has attracted more than its share of wobbly wackos, easily exposed, because of the record.

    Who among us would want everything documented, a question that our hostess has brought up more than once.

  20. Julie Robinson said on October 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    No worries, Dave 🙂

    Our son played Rolf in Sound of Music and as costumer I had to make him a Nazi armband to wear. Maybe I’m oversensitive but it was really difficult to see that symbol on my boy, and yea, I would be upset if that photo was published. BTW, unlike the movie, in the play Rolf does not betray the family but covers for them, and somehow that made me feel better.

  21. coozledad said on October 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I seem to remember something about Viv Stanshall and John Lennon being kicked out of a club because Viv was wearing an SS uniform and John had a sanitary napkin taped to his head. But neither of them ran for public office.

  22. John said on October 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    from the Harry Smith interview referring to Paladino’s daughter:
    Paladino replied: “Oh, I don’t think so. Yes, I know what you’re referring to and I did apologize for that omission in my life and that recklessness.”

    On the closed caption from this morning’s The Early Show, it was “emission”. I nearly fell off my exercise bike laughing.

  23. Jolene said on October 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    The NY Republican party must be a complete disaster. Paladino’s competition in the primary was Rick Lazio, who is slightly saner but uninspiring. Hard to believe that in a state w/ millions of people they wouldn’t be able to come up with better candidates, especially in a year that appears to favor Republicans.

  24. 4dbirds said on October 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I can’t believe that some of these batshit crazy people are actually going to win next month.

  25. Eric Zorn said on October 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Of course when you say that “there were no, repeat no, Waf­fen SS uni­forms in plain view” you mean that there were a certain amount.

    ( reference http://thinkexist.com/quotation/there-is-no-cannibalism-in-the-british-navy/408692.html )

  26. mark said on October 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    The tidal wave that has formed to stop/slow down the policies of the last two years will sweep some unlikely people into office. Who would have thought that Obama could restore a Republican presence to Northeast congressional delegations…

  27. Bob (Not Greene) said on October 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Eric, those Monty Python lines are priceless. I still remember sitting in algebra class in high school quoting whole skits (and sections of the Holy Grail) with the guy sitting next to me. Didn’t do so well in algebra, but I remember those lines perfectly to this day! OK, yes, I’m a complete dork.

  28. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    [fellow dork fistbump]

  29. LAMary said on October 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I think it’s more like a Neanderthal/foil hat presence. Sorry, but I respect some republicans and I’m not seeing anyone like that right now. We have a non-witch and a guy who is all about taking people out and racist emails.
    Here in California we have someone who shipped 30,000 jobs out of the country, gave herself a 100 million dollar bonus for doing so, running as someone who will unlike the incumbent, not kill jobs in California. What demonstrates the greedy go fuck yourself of the last twenty years more than what Carly Fiorina has done? Or Meg Whitman. 120 million dollar bonus and on the board of Goldman Sachs, gets called out for insider trading and hasn’t voted in an election of any sort in 28 years. She’s going to fix things here. Sort them right out.
    Why would anyone vote for the exact set of ethics that put us in this hole? Wake up people. Jeez.

  30. MichaelG said on October 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Mary! Sounds like you’re caught up on your Prospero lessons. Nevertheless, I agree.

  31. Deborah said on October 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    This is totally off topic but I had to let you all know what a great 60th birthday party my husband threw for me yesterday. Little Bird and I were expecting about 12 to 13 locals, neighbors who live in and around Abiquiu, NM that we’ve gotten to know since we’ve been coming out here. What was a complete surprise to me is that a friend couple from Chicago and 2 friend couples from St. Louis came. And relatives from all over the place including Seattle, Pasadena, Charlotte, NC. I had no idea, my husband kept that all completely secret from both me and Little Bird (because he knew she’d spill the beans if she knew). It was so weird to see unexpected people out of context like that. I was in a fog of surprise, I could barely speak. And then I started in on the wine. Little Bird made excellent food and a good time seems to have been had by all. My husband will be 70 in 7 years, it’s going to take me about that long to figure out how to top this for him.

  32. Bob (Not Greene) said on October 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Deborah, sounds like a helluva bash. Happy belated birthday.

  33. prospero said on October 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    You are ddn ‘t crap. we can’t keep the the this crap. q
    we we dont believem this shit. We believe We believe w® know forfact7 Thie youmg w0man is speculatoriy smae4t

    I love with you.

  34. moe99 said on October 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Happy Birthday Deborah. We had a blast putting on a fundraiser for http://www.cancergrace.org Saturday night. Dr. Jack West is a wonderful man for answering all these worried cancer sufferers and friends and family, all for free on the web to anyone who has questions. Pictures can be found here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54733873@N04/with/5070852096/

    I’m the pudgy woman with no hair.

  35. Joe Kobiela said on October 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Moe99,
    I don,t see a pudgy woman with no hair. I see a FIGHTER,
    just like my wife was, 15yrs ago, and still going strong.
    Pilot Joe

  36. Deborah said on October 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Moe it looks like everyone is having so much fun in those pics. Propero, is everything OK?

  37. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    It looks suspiciously like a good time was had by all. Like the ‘do, Moe.

    I have no idea how you get the (r) on the screen (just tried paren-r-closeparen to see if that does it in these comment boxes), but how can you get it by accident? Is there some control-r-shift trick I don’t know about, or is someone just messing with us?

    Edit: nope. No marca registrada that way.

  38. Jean S said on October 12, 2010 at 12:08 am

    rock on, Moe!

  39. basset said on October 12, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Dave – a high school alumni newspaper? Don’t know that the high school I graduated from (I refuse to say “my high school”) generated anything like that, last I heard only three of us had left. The rest of them see each other at the Jasper Wal-Mart as far as I know, no need for a paper, listserv, or anything like that.

  40. Rana said on October 12, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Jeff (tmmo), if I type option-r, I get the ®. (At least, that’s how it works on a Mac.)

  41. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

    And, thanks to Prospero and Rana, I learned something new today! Thanks. ®

  42. Sue said on October 12, 2010 at 9:00 am

    That wasn’t prospero. Who’s messing with us?

  43. Jim Neill said on October 12, 2010 at 9:00 am

    For us Windows nerds,

    ® = ctrl alt r

  44. ROgirl said on October 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I love it when Prospero lets the keyboard go into freeform. It’s like performance art or bebop.

  45. MichaelG said on October 12, 2010 at 10:56 am

    You look good, Moe. Must have been a nice party.

    Prospero, your comment at 33 looks the way my car radio sounds when I get too close to high tension lines. It is fun, isn’t it ROgirl?

  46. prospero said on October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Limbaugh? A boil on the ass of humanity, that would get him the deferment that was supposed to prevent W the embarrassment of not showing up because he was too coked up and plotting the demise of somebody that served honorably, by unquestionably hijacking voting machines in Cuyahoga County And conveniently, it’s the same stacked Supreme Court that claimed bogusly the little shithead actually won. Thank you for eight years of making rich people richer at the expense of the dwindling middle. If you deny that, you’re a rich fuck

    If anybody was being honest, was voting for John Anderson anything but an emptyy gesture that elected Ronald Raygun?

    Any vote for any Republican candidate is absolutely a vote for the idea that democracy doesn’t mean dick. Senate 60-40 is absolute Mitch McConnell horsecrap. Dumgasses like Howeie Kurtz can say bothe sides do this. No, they don’t.

    I hink it’s hilarious that alleged experts are predicting doom for Democrats in th off-year. They have Christine OO

  47. prospero said on October 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Shit. Bull goose looney. 17850 on the SATs back when you actually had to score. But the math part? I’d just figure out the most likely qanswer, and nail that sucker.

    If there was some foolproof way to take these tests for somebody else, I could have a bad hangover and guarantee 1250 and a very good writing sample. These assholes make millions, and any smart bastard could fuck them over. You know, they are pretty much like the NCAA. All about cashh.

    It’s Ok if some asshole claims to have gone to a school she never sniffed, because Hillary murdered Vince Foster. Long as she’s a teabagger, right? She can just lie her ass off.

    This idiot got 30.000 votes in a state with 185.0000 registered Republicans. How’s that translate into the meme about a teabag landslide”

    People that consider themselves “progressives” look you moroms. If you stay home, you are voting for people like Sharron Angle. If you vote for some omphylactic narcisist like Ralph, you are voting for the Republican nutcase, and this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22I9klFUuTQ"what you get.

    Moronic media make this about health care, and how many people don’t like it. I’d like single payer, too. Will I disfigure my face because we ende up with the camel-s nose in the tent instead of the whole camel? That would be pretty goddam stupid.
    but the way this is reported allows lying pieces of shit to claim that honest Americans don’t think the Democrats did enough are part of NO and the Republican bigots that are offended by a black guy.

    How in God’s name has there been time to pull this shit out of the ditch Dubya dug and ran into? If you think pure, undulterated and entirely mindless obsrtuctionism makes the least amount of sense, vote in absentia for Party of No. Just like voting for Nader or electing the Oldtimer by wasting a vote on John Anderson. If you stop gazing at your navel you might consider political reality.

    Did Ralph Nader care about the country when he got incurious george elected. He cared about George Nader and an army of psychophants. Who did he elect? Most lying, smirking jackshit ahole that was ever president.

    Anyway. I’m sorry for running on, but does anybody want to hear awell-known arsonist and car thief quetion the behavior of everybody that was ever in the same room with Barack O’bama, to Ken Starr obscene voyeurristic levels? How ’bout that guy that handed out tobacco company lobbyist checks during voting in the House? Darrell Issa. Made his money the old-fashion way. Chop-shops and arson for hire.Nest thing you know, you’ll a paragon of family values serving his wife eith divorce oaoers wgule she’s undergoing chemotherapy.

    I’m just saying. Will anbody ever hold Dan Burton accountable? Scumbag? Really? Youthful indiscretion?

    Is there some notable difference between what Conyers is supposed to have done wrong and the identical, identical behavior of Mitch McCinnell with UK? This bizarre, self=righteous and truly hypocritical horseshit is what we all have to look forward to.

    Oh, wait, Darrell Issa burned down his own chop-shop abd tried to get the insurance company to pay for the stolen cars. But he’s hot on the trail of Maxine Waters. If people are fucking dumb enough to elect Republicans gto the House, this is the sort of shit we will get, led bt an abjecr criminal. Whitewaater deux. I’m surw that’s what the country needs about now. That is Republican stimulus/ Hire some more weasselly midget Republican lawyer incapable of getting laid.

    I fet the idea thar y’all vote. Ir does seem to me this time around,
    republiocans have nominated quite a few people psychopatologilly incapable of telling simple truth.

    Go and vote. Newt Deux represents a grave danger to everybody’s Constitutional rights that isn’t an olauginous, obese fatass turd. Representative Oompa Loonpa may claim.

    Let’s put Newt back in charge over DAAT. Seems entirely logical. How was anybody supposed to accomplish anything whe
    Americans ar such dumb motherfuckers they but up with McCpnell and the alleged 60-40/. So a sorry=ass partisan moron like Mitch runs the country? If he’s Mr. Big Bagger, he’s supposed to believe majority rules. Well, he does not believe in the Constitution. He clearly beleves his pard Don Blankenship should be allowed to buy a judge and a judgement outright. He also clearly believes that principal should apply to the federal government. So do his incredibly corrupt cronies on the United States Supreme Court. It was one thing to fix one election Scalia,. Now you want to fix all of them permanently.

  48. cosmo panzini said on October 13, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Nancy–For the longest time now I’ve been trying to figure you out, and the Howl comments finally did it. You’re Lisa Simpson. Grown up. I’d guess you have an older brother, no?

  49. nancy said on October 13, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Yes, I do. He’s a troublemaker.