I’ve been wanting my interns to work on a short video piece — yet another skill the 21st century journalist needs — and last night was our opportunity. I got the three of us aboard a 40-foot racing yacht for a night of it.

It was strictly a fun race, so there’d be no yelling or cursing if one of them got in someone’s way. The boat was big enough that there’d be little need for scrambling and anxiety. The rain earlier in the night blew off and left a lovely evening. The yacht club was having a Hummer-making competition. The crew included a friendly pit bull who helpfully barked at all passing boats. Everything went great — we even won the race — until it came time to back into the slip at the end. The skipper delicately maneuvered into position, hit reverse, and was greeted by a loud, menacing-sounding clatter from below, accompanied by a crew member’s observation that we were taking on water, fast.

Long story short: Some coupler had sheared off from the transmission, and damaged the stuffing box, the point where the drive shaft passes through the hull. That’s where the water was coming in.

Oh, well.

Fortunately, there were other sailors within shouting distance, and we were able to hand-pull ourselves into the slip to offload the journalists and the pit bull. Then it was a short tow to the hoist and dry dock. No biggie, the skip said: “Better it happens here than on the way to Chicago.”

My biggest regret: I had already stowed the cameras — they were in the bag that was getting wet below, in fact — and missed capturing the incident. It wouldn’t have really gone with the narrative, but it might have made for an entertaining parting gift for our host.

And by then, there wasn’t time to sample a Hummer. FML!

(FML, for you people who spend less time online than I do, stands for “fuck my life,” shorthand for a certain sort of whining. Given that it’s most often used when someone has lost car keys and the like, I think it’s entirely fitting here — we had a great evening out, capped by a genuinely interesting near-sinking incident, but it’s FML because there wasn’t time to order an alcoholic milk shake.)

I’m going to have to make one of those this weekend. They were invented at this club, the story goes, by the 75-year-old bartender, Jerome Adams.

And now it’s already growing late, and I have to skedaddle. Slept until eight! ayem! this morning, which makes me feel like I can bend steel with my bare hands. Instead, I’m going to ride my bike to my Friday morning meeting, followed by weights class at the gym. My weekend begins Friday morning.

Bloggage? Let’s see if we can’t scramble a little:

I’m really glad I didn’t watch the Anthony Weiner resignation fiasco.

An extremely, extremely difficult read: The bravest woman in Seattle, a Stranger account of a woman’s courtroom account of her rape, and that of her partner, before an intruder stabbed the latter to death in their home one night. Very graphic, heartbreaking. HT: Mary Helmes Sheely

Because after that we need a major palate-cleanser, Tom & Lorenzo on the Royal Ascot hats. Yeah, baby.

A great weekend to all. It’s clear and temperate outdoors here at the moment. Can’t wait to get outside in it.

Posted at 9:12 am in Detroit life, Same ol' same ol' |

44 responses to “Oops.”

  1. Randy said on June 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

    As hard as it was to read that, thanks for the link Nancy. Teresa’s brother won a Tony last weekend, and he mentioned her in his acceptance speech. I had no idea it happened like that.

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  2. Connie said on June 17, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Enjoyed the hats. I’ll take the green one with colored feathers. Note how many wearers are clutching their hats. And what’s with the one that looks like Marie Antoinette’s hair? That’s just wierd.

    My husband walks the community trails daily and has an ever growing collection of found hats. This one is my favorite, though it doesn’t really show the deer hunter orange color. Tell me where you would wear this hat, cause I haven’t a clue. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CG-UyfVDOzs/TfffgPOhFSI/AAAAAAAAAxA/hQW6A_qULlI/s1600/foundhat061311-739298.jpg

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  3. Deborah said on June 17, 2011 at 9:56 am

    That piece in the Stranger was riveting. Very well written.

    I’m not sure I’d put a found hat on my head. I had a crazy friend who had a collection of found combs. He photographed them and put them in clear plastic sleeves. I’m not sure if he displayed them or just put them in a drawer. He showed me his photographs, there were hundreds of them.

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  4. Dexter said on June 17, 2011 at 10:34 am

    You are right…extremely difficult to read that account, especially after I was channel surfing and one of the cables aired a story with blurred cell phone images but very clear audio of Libyan rape, which is happening now, used as an act of war there. The rapists were using sticks and the cries of pain by the women were so disturbing … but we must acknowledge these atrocities are occurring. Evil is with us everywhere, we all must be aware at all times.
    God, does that seem lame and corny, because what I’d really, really love to do is have every rape victim be offered the chance to shoot their convicted offenders in the goddam head.

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  5. Mary HS said on June 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing that, Nancy. I’ve been so wowed by the work Eli Sanders is doing on this trial. And Randy, I had no idea about Teresa Butz’s brother. Thanks for letting us know.

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  6. moe99 said on June 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    The trial of Teresa Butz’s murderer is going on right now in Seattle. One juror asked to be excused because he couldn’t take the pictures or testimony. The defendant is very, very scary.

    ETA: a friend wrote what I consider the final word on the Weiner fiasco

    Personally, I think there’s a lot of over-analysis going on. I have no doubt that, when I was a government employee, if I’d been caught sexting from work, I’d have been gone, and no one here, or anywhere else, would have had any sympathy for the idea that I could have done anything so irresponsible and stupid and still held my government job. Yes, I understand the difference between a Congressman and a GS-11 bureaucrat. No, I don’t think the result should be any different.

    There was an infamous incident in my office, handed down anecdotally to each succeeding generation of newly hired investigators. An investigator from our office was fired after a photo of his government vehicle (the license tag gives it away as such) appeared in a local newspaper. Seems he decided to visit a strip club after concluding his day at a field audit, and the photo of his g-car in the strip club parking lot ended his employment run. Was it illegal? No. Did it violate any specific rule for use of a g-car while on a field audit? No. Did it violate any sort of rule at all for him to recreate in this way off hours while on a field audit? No. Was he fired for it? Yes.

    Honestly, this isn’t a difficult case. People in the real world get fired from their real world jobs for much less egregious work misconduct. For him to claim he should still be allowed to keep his is simply a continuation of the above-the-rules privileged mindset that got him thinking he could act this way and get away with it in the first place.

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  7. Julie Robinson said on June 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    What a story, and what a tribute to the two women. He said he didn’t even include the worst and it makes me shudder to even think what that might be. I was going to tell a funny little story about my own lost keys, but it feels too trivial. May peace be upon both families, and may justice be done.

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  8. brian stouder said on June 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Say, speaking of “Oops” – I was reading this morning’s paper, and there was a correction in there, related to the spelling of an individual’s name.

    But what caught my eye was that the correction boldly declares that there was a “reporting error”.

    It seems to me that every error in every publication must be an “editing error”, unless a paper has no editors. Calling it a “reporting error” struck me as almost vindictive.

    Aside from that, I haven’t looked at the terrible link yet (and might not ever!), but Moe, if I was a judge, I’d be very hard pressed to let a juror go over discomfort with the evidence or nature of a case. In fact, that’s exactly the sort of jurors I would value

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  9. Julie Robinson said on June 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    My one and only juror experience was in a beating trial, though I didn’t know that ahead of time and had asked to be excused from violent crimes. Once it started I was horrified that the battering object, a radio, was passed around the jury box, complete with dried blood and spattered brain. There were nightmares for months but I became stronger and would do it again if needed. I still stay away from violent movies and TV shows though.

    My hat goes off to everyone in the justice system who take on pain in order to protect the rest of us. I would happily pay more taxes to raise their salaries.

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  10. beb said on June 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Brian, actually I think the judge would want to dismiss a juror who can’t bear to watch or listen to evidence in a trial because, surely, thaty would be grounds for a mistrial. Jurors are supposed to be fair and impartial and how can we assume that of someone who won’t listen to the evidence?

    I’ve thought about this in the past because I’m squeamish and some crimes, even in brief detail sound too upsetting. I have not clicked on Nancy’s link for that reason.

    Having viewed the hats of Ascot I can only wonder: “are they serious?”

    FML. I would have thought the phrase would be “my life sucks” or “it sucks to be me.”

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  11. LAMary said on June 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Elizabeth Hurley looks a little rough in the Ascot Hat photos. I realize Elizabeth Hurley rough is better than me on the best day of my life, but she looks like she forgot she was going somewhere special, pulled something out of the pile of clothes she was sending to be dry cleaned, and decided there was no time to deal with her hair.

    She’s in the Ascot Hats, part II, BTW.

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  12. prospero said on June 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Can anybody explain who this person is? That’s some bad hat.


    Where to buy ’em. This certainly sounds like William Gibson made it up.

    I can’t read that rape story now, because the first thing I read today was this account of a horrendous murder. There is a strong lesson about brothers’ keepers in this, and governing for the common good. It sure makes the knee-jerk tax cut legionnaires and privatizers look like assholes to me.

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  13. John said on June 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    So glad to hear that all turned out well and the boat is safely on the hard. Hard-won lessons of 50 years of going to sea (and 35 years of ocean racing): 1. Make it easy to do the maintenance, so it gets done every time. It only takes 10 seconds to visually get to every part of the engine/drive system on Seafire, and after seeing the fasteners on the shaft coupling worked loose by themselves (or boat gremlins) once, it’s a high priority regular check. 2. The ultimate oceanographer’s creed: never put anything over the side that you’re not willing to lose. 3. Shorten sail before you think you need to: if you’re in a major hurry to get somewhere, you probably shouldn’t be on a sailboat. Funny how all of those lessons translate to other areas of life…

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  14. Dorothy said on June 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I wish I hadn’t read that article; as well-written as it was, it disturbed me greatly. I can’t say you didn’t warn us, though. I Googled the rapist’s name and found reports that he swallowed a pencil on Tuesday so the trial was temporarily suspended.

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  15. prospero said on June 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    never put anything over the side that you’re not willing to lose

    On my first ever vacation to Lake Powell, our party was large enough to need two boats. The other crew was a group of my brother’s friends I didn’t really know, who brought abot a lb. of pot for the two-week trip. Lake Powell is formed by the imposition of the Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado and fills an immense canyon across the AZ-Utah border. Obviously, any distance from the canyon walls and the water is several hundred feet deep. The boats are basically left with a skeleton crew when everybody goes swimming, since anchoring is beyond possibility. First day up the canyon, one of the pothead boats guys ignored basic geology and pitched their anchor out in the middle of the reservoir. We yelled at him and he smiled like an idiot and waved as the anchor line slithered and smoked over the rail. Fortunately. Had he tried to grab the line, we would have needed Med-E-Vac and he a finger reimplantment.. oc course, the anchor line was not tied off to anything, and it’s been on the bottom ever since. That boat was called The Ship of Fools after that.

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  16. Kirk said on June 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    We generally attribute corrections in our paper to a reporter’s, editor’s, photographer’s or artist’s (or whoever’s) error.

    I’ve had the same thought as you, that everything goes through editors, so they bear the final responsibility. Everything is their responsibility, but not everything is their fault.

    An editor doesn’t have time to look up everything, and it it not unreasonable to expect a reporter to get something as fundamental as a person’s name correct.

    In fact, we started breaking them down because reporters generally are blamed for any error in their stories, because their name is on them.

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  17. Joe Kobiela said on June 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I get it now, THAT was the hummer Bill Clinton was asking Monica for, she just misunderstood.
    Pilot Joe

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  18. prospero said on June 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Is it true that the heckling that Whiner took came primarily from an actual human troll that populates the Howard Stern show? Howard Stern has never offended public decorum? Howard’s not a blight on free speech like rot on crops. He’s got no business commenting. And as for that Rape trial testimony, can we all agree those weenie Yalie frat boys ought to be castrated with a rusty church key. They most certainly should have been expelled on their asses. This is free speech. Whitebread Yalie fratboys should spend a weekend in Sing Sing, where anal is the only option. How would you not throw these aholes out of school?.

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  19. alex said on June 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Read the Teresa Butz story this morning and I’m still in utter shock. I’m also in awe of the survivor and her ability to testify to this awful tragedy. Almost makes me want to go out and buy a gun and put it in the night stand, and I’m someone who swore he’d never do that.

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  20. Deborah said on June 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    That rape story is still with me tonight. I can’t get it out of my mind. I don’t believe in capitol punishment and I know the guy is mentally ill but in this case I can’t think of a death vile enough that I would wish on him. I mean when I think of the hell he put those women through and the last minutes of the one who died had to be of that horror it’s very troubling. I would still be screaming to this day if I had survived something like that.

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  21. Jolene said on June 18, 2011 at 2:36 am

    What makes me scream about the story in The Stranger and the one in the NYT that Prospero linked to is the untreated mental illness/lack of resources to treat people w/ SMI aspect of both cases and so many others. Most mentally ill people do not commit crimes, and most crimes are not committed by people w/ MI, but these sad cases tell us over and over again how pitiful our systems for identifying and caring for these people are. So much tragedy all around.

    At bottom, we need better treatments, but, beyond that, there is so much complexity. The strongest, most affluent, most well educated families can’t manage these illnesses on their own. Blah, blah, blah . . . everybody knows more help of every kind is needed, but there are few causes in which the people who need the help are less able to speak for themselves and whose circumstances and behavior are less likely to attract the sympathy.

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  22. prospero said on June 18, 2011 at 5:28 am

    It seems to me that horror is visited upon the schizophhrenic untreated. I know that might seem difficult, but CTING LIKE THESE PEOPLE AREN;T TORMENTED AND DON’T NEED HELP IS BULLSHIT REPUBLICAN POLITICS. AND I’VE HAD IT UP TO HERE WITH THESE ASSHOLES. I’M ALRIGHT JACK IS BULLSHIT. NOT EVEN CLOSE. YOU SET COP CARS ON FIRE IN VANCOUVER you whackjobs. . Way to goAnd that guy was just concerned for his girlfriend., so he kissed her. Good on you guy. I’d like to think I’d do the same. Actually, I know I would. Way to go cops. What a bunch of jerks.

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  23. prospero said on June 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Hey, Pilot Joe. Monica had a going-away party at school. She brandished her knee-pads. Fact Jack. The idea that she was some innocent taken advantage of is hilarious. And of ocurse there are the youthful indiscretions of St. Henry Hyde and Dan “Scumbag” Burton when they were deep into their forties. What’s up with these weenie-waggers? Fatass thong exposure is what Monica majored in at Pepperdine. Which is just about a real school as Oral Roberts,. And they actually have one, too. Book in the liberry. King James. A translation by Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe, who had a smattering of Greek and no Aramaic., And it’s the absolute word of God? Morons. What sort of idiots does this require?

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  24. Joe Kobiela said on June 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Hey prospero,
    It’s a joke
    Pilot Joe

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  25. brian stouder said on June 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I read the story Nance linked, about the bravest woman; it is very well written, and it knocked me off my pins.

    And Jolene’s plaintive reminder about mental illness should not be ignored.

    But the sequence that really struck me, and ‘made my eyes water’ was the description of the moment, outside the house and in the dark, when ‘civilization’ – which had been completely absent – begins to flow back into the terrible vacuum, and to the rescue of Ms Butz’ spouse.

    Indifferent silence. Unanswered screams. A murderer and rapist running away through the night. Cruelty unchecked. And then civilization, which did not stop this from happening, which did not even know this was happening, slowly returned, slowly wrapped itself back around the women, layer by insufficient layer.

    I think Jolene’s point strikes that same chord, the ‘insufficient layers’ of our civilization.

    So we read and ponder the horror within that story, and reach for answers or prescriptive policy…and find nothing; or, nothing that reassures one very much (as Alex indicates)

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  26. moe99 said on June 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Can we just agree that jokes about Clinton/Monica are stale these days? It’s been 15 years. Time to move on. And this said by someone who wanted him to resign at the time.

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  27. coozledad said on June 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    David Vitter.
    David Vitter who?
    The one who pays prostitutes who look like his wife to chastise him after he craps a diaper.
    And how much you pay for that?
    Three, four grand.
    Get the fuck away from my door, you pants-shitting freak. And leave the money in the mail slot.

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  28. prospero said on June 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Knock. knock.

    David Vitter, that is still a senator?
    How long did Ensign remain in office after he’d been exposed as a flagrant criminal?
    C Street, where all the hypocrites meet.

    Thing about Clinton is he was targeted by right-wing creeps that had been after him for years. And the investigation by the special prosecutor, that was a $100mil boondoggle (he hired 70 lawyers, all of whom undoubtedly took the Karl Rove Shrub loyalty test)investigating nothing and everything after the Republican Robert Fiske had already vetted Whitewater, , and Kenneth Starr was pretty obviously an activist Republican voyeur, there are so many of them. And their heros in congress were guys that are still there, like Dan Burton, who wrote his extracurriculars off as youthful indiscretion, at 45 years old. Criticizing another person for your own secret vice is as foul as any human behavior. And what sort of human being would actually decide to have sex with Newt? Or Dan Burton? Jesus. Revolting, jowly pieces of shit. It ‘s amazing it just took these shitheels another 20 years and brown skin to get to birtherism.

    You have to be ultimate scumbags to embarrass Lee Atwater. C Street. Nothing else says Republicans. We pray on it.

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  29. prospero said on June 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Isner takes the guy out in straight sets, this time. Go dawgs. Fairly astounding. It is very cool that these two guys have become friends.

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  30. brian stouder said on June 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    The one who pays prostitutes who look like his wife to chastise him after he craps a diaper.

    I LOVED the use of the word “chastise” in this context!

    Here is a youtube that is fairly interesting, although I think this person is not the diaper-disciplinarian


    Actually, I think this calls for one of Cooz’s spoof lyrics; my pale imitation of the master might be something set to the tune of The Beverly Hillbillies –

    Come and listen to a story about a man named Dave
    A sick horn-dog for whom diapers were the rave;
    Then one day his phone number turned up on a list –
    And his care-worn wife had to forgave him all his trysts.

    Shit sandwich that is; turd blossoms; Texas tanning lotion.

    Well the first thing you know, we see ol Dave’s ingenue
    Kinfolk said “Dave, what the fuck’s the matter with you?”
    Said “a mental institution is the place you ought to be”
    So they loaded up the truck and went back to DC.

    The District, that is. C-Street cash, wanna-be stars.

    We wish it was time to say good by to Dave and all his lays.
    And they would like to thank Rush & Sean fer kindly lookin away.
    You’re all invited back again to this locality
    To have a heapin helpin of the partisan hypocrisy

    Horndog that is. Set a spell, Shit your diaper

    Y’all come back now, y’hear?.

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  31. MaryRC said on June 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Speaking of Tom and Lorenzo, they’re featuring the auction of Debbie Reynolds’ collection of movie costumes today. You can download a pdf of the catalogue here:


    Some truly iconic costumes such as Judy Garland’s pinafore dress from The Wizard of Oz and Marilyn’s white dress from The Seven-Year Itch but the whole catalogue is fun to look through.

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  32. Deborah said on June 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Pretty darn good Brian. Had me laughing out loud.

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  33. moe99 said on June 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Christopher Hitchens joins the chorus on Mamet:


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  34. prospero said on June 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Is there anything too looney for One L Michele to say?

    Excuse me, but was David Vitter pressured to resign his Senate seat? Not really. Is he a well-known felon? Should he be arrested and convicted? You betcha!

    Did David Vitter team up with Larry Craig of the wide stance, to defend conventional marriage? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Vitter is another C-Street piece of shit. We sin, we forgive ourselves, we go out to sin again in all holy, forgiven humility. How is it that Ensign and his Mom and Dad are not in jail? These aholes are the Pharisees. Whited sepulchres. Jesus would have thrown their asses out of the temple.

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  35. prospero said on June 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Christopher Hitchens, perpetually neurasthenic obnoxious Brit. So full of it he thinks Martin Amis is a bud and not an annoying self-aggrandizer that wishes he were as good a writer as his dad. David Mamet has lost his mind, apparently. And I hate to find myself on the same side of anything with Hitchens. He locates new levels of obnoxiousness to previously unplumbed depths. You can see him on TV and know for a fact he doesn’t brush his teeth, because that might be American. And I know he has become American. Craig Ferguson? Yes. Chris Hitchens? Throw his seedy ass back. These people have a serious problem with foul language like Mamet indulges in, unless it’s coming from a Koch brother or Milhous. Mamet’s crap about Israel is positively bizarre. He seems to deny the existence of Dimona, which is spectacularly irresponsible. The fissionable material in Israeli nukes was purloined from the USA, and the development of the actual bombs was a joint venture with the SA DeKlerk government. And the Syrians and Iranis should just trust in Israeli good will? Who started the war in 1967? Which country just blew Lebanon the fuck upthree years ago. Which country has exercised Apharteid against Palestinian citizens of Israel for years while annexing land completely illegally? So who should be afraid of whom?

    Those movie costumes. I love the movie River of No Return. Robert Mitchum, a kid, and Marilyn Monroe playing a B-girl becoming a purehearted good mom. What could be better? And she sings.

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  36. moe99 said on June 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Don’t agree with Hitchens about Iraq, but his writing about his cancer has been very affecting for me.

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  37. Dexter said on June 19, 2011 at 12:45 am

    You just never know until you’re told the reaper has struck, how much the death of a celebrity will affect you, because it is different than losing someone you knew personally or were related to. Five minutes ago I heard that five and a half hours ago E Street Band saxophone player , forever to be known as The Big Man by all of us Bruce Springsteen followers, has left the planet. Clarence Clemons, the man who hated no one, who was so loved it was unbelievable…at shows he always got the loudest intro-applause , by far the most well known and most popular of the E Streeters.
    I was not a fanatic; I only saw the band at four shows, Detroit, Pontiac, St. John’s in C-Bus and again at The Schott in Columbus, but I was never moved so by music as I was by Springsteen’s shows. Clarence Clemons is being mourned right now by millions and millions of music fans of all ages all over the good blue Earth. Ah, what the hell, Earth couldn’t contain Mr. Clemons, he was ready for a bigger audience into the cosmos. God, I’ll miss him.
    From the Springsteen dot net website:

    “It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform our friends and fans that at 7:00 tonight, Saturday, June 18, our beloved friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons passed away. The cause was complications from his stroke of last Sunday, June 12th.

    Bruce Springsteen said of Clarence: Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.” -END-

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  38. Dorothy said on June 19, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’m with you on that, Dexter. I woke up at 4:45 today and found out shortly after I sat down at the computer. I’m so sad. I’m heading to Pittsburgh to pick up my mom and nephew who are spending a week with us and I have my Springsteen Live 3 cd set beside my purse. I’m leaving soon and will be thinking about Clarence a lot on the drive. I got to see a Springsteen concert twice and each time it was a transcending, amazing 3-4 hours. There will never be anyone who can replace The Big Man.

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  39. Jolene said on June 19, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I’m feeling mournful too. Have been looking at YouTube videos from their concerts and regretting that I never made it to any of them. Roger Ebert has a nice set of clips. YouTube has lots more segments of the Clemons interview that is excerpted on Ebert’s site; that interview and some others at this link were done in the fall of 2009, when his book, The Big Man: Real Life and Tall Tales was published.

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  40. alex said on June 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    The one who pays prostitutes who look like his wife to chastise him after he craps a diaper.—cooz

    I LOVED the use of the word “chastise” in this context!—brian

    The French refer to masturbation as “chastising the Pope.”

    Never a Fox News watcher, particularly on a Sunday morning, but I just had to tune in to see how Jon Stewart would fare on the enemy’s turf. He did okay, but Chris Wallace pounded him pretty relentlessly with the accusation that he’s a liberal activist, that the mainstream media are liberal and that only Fox can be trusted. What struck me was the station break at the end of the interview, where Wallace said something to the effect of “When we come back, our distinguished panel weighs in on Obama’s failed policies… .”

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  41. Deggjr said on June 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    @Alex, I watched the 8 minute clip (or so) on Salon.com. Chris Wallace shouted down Jon Stewart three or four times. Hey, if your case is so strong and your opponent’s case is so weak, then why is it necessary to shout over the other person?

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  42. moe99 said on June 20, 2011 at 1:20 am

    reaction to Ep 9 of Game of Thrones is heated:


    The only thing they left out of Ep 10 tonight was the comet.

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  43. Jolene said on June 20, 2011 at 5:08 am

    There’s an accidentally funny passage in the Post’s Clemons obit:

    His first marriage ended in divorce. A complete list of survivors was not immediately available.

    Sounds like the breakup was a real trainwreck!

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  44. Dorothy said on June 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Jolene I had no idea Clarence was married 5 times! Heard that on the radio during my drive yesterday. Rock ‘n roll can be really heard on a marriage I guess. At least it was for this particular guy.

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