Solitary dinner.

Today was one of those days I was, as the kids say, so not looking forward to — breaking news happening in Grosse Pointe at a time when I can’t cover it, because I work for someone else now. However, when God gives you a job, he also opens a window, and through it can crawl a great student who, when you text him Breaking news. Call me, sets your phone a-jingling in about 60 seconds and then, when you explain that a local resident has been found dead in her car in Detroit, says, “I’ll brush my teeth, and then I’ll head down there.”

All of which makes me say: I am SO glad you’re here.

Seriously. It’s a tragedy, but when you have a competent person to help you carry the load, that’s all you can say. Journalists have to write a lot of stories we wish hadn’t happened. The good ones can get it down with minimal trauma to all.

Journo-peeps? If you have an internship to offer, you could do worse than Dustin Blitchok. He gets it.

Yeesh, what a day. Homicide, class and a full day for the Center. I don’t know about you, but when night fell, I dropped Kate at her Wednesday-night music lesson and went directly to the jazz club/restaurant a few blocks away, ordered steak and eggs and had a wonderful dinner all by my lonesome.

Eating alone with something to read: One of the great pleasures of my adult life. I’m such an eavesdropper.

So, a pic for today? How about Michigan, as seen from space?

Did you know Michigan has more coastline than California? It’s true.

The bad news: It’s frequently heaped with snow. Still.

Bloggage:

It’s sad when a famous person goes crazy, but when an obnoxious famous person goes crazy and refuses to shut up, that’s en-ter-tain-ment:

Victoria Jackson doesn’t want to meet at her house. “The Nation of Islam wants to kill me,” she explains apologetically in her inimitable shrill voice. Instead, she picks up a reporter at a Miami-area strip mall. Her weathered Honda Civic is adorned with “Nobama,” Marco Rubio, and Tea Party bumper stickers, and inside, it smells like it’s been fumigated with sweet incense.

She hurtles through intersections and down side streets, holding a Flip cam to her face with her left hand. Steering with elbows and the occasional pinkie, she opens a Bible inscribed with her name and quotes Scripture. Then she turns the camera on a reporter riding shotgun, whom she suspects is a socialist. “Don’t you think that some people are on welfare from cradle to grave,” she demands, ploddingly, “because the government is encouraging them never to work?”

Why did I ever take Lifehacker off my bookmarks? They know everything.

Farewell to the anonymous internet. Oh, Google. Why?

Happy Thursday to all.

Posted at 12:27 am in Current events, Popculch |
 

63 responses to “Solitary dinner.”

  1. Crazycatlady said on January 26, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Go to bed already!!!

  2. Brandon said on January 26, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Re: Victoria Jackson. Kind of sad.

  3. alex said on January 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Victoria Jackson’s second act is a whole lot funnier than her first, even if the joke’s on her.

    What struck me the most in that piece is how even the entertainment industry has its own alternate universe of paranoid religious fanatics. I mean besides the Scientologists.

    Poor girl’s got some daddy issues, and daddy’s got some serious issues of his own. But this was quite an illuminating story. I can see where she gets her crassness and impudence and obtuseness. And her bloated physique. A good shrink might be able to save her, though it’s unlikely to happen.

  4. coozledad said on January 26, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Laugh all you want. Victoria is going to headline at the Branson module Newt will build on the moon.

  5. beb said on January 26, 2012 at 8:08 am

    That’ll happen when pigs can fly, Cooz, because it will take flying pigs to get a module built on the moon during Newt’s tenure as President. It takes more than eight years for a real space program to design, built and launch a program that large.

  6. alex said on January 26, 2012 at 8:12 am

    And Cooz wins the thread handily.

  7. coozledad said on January 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Well, it didn’t take them eight years to put THIS space program together:
    http://www.joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/01/thing-that-ate-its-own-brain-3-with.html

  8. alex said on January 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Victoria’s fellow PolitiChicks are actually better informed than she is, which isn’t saying much, but yet again, just as on SNL, she’s out of her league.

  9. coozledad said on January 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

    What the fuck is with AZ and its loathsome nicotine drenched trailer trash criminal sprog dam of a governor?
    This picture alone should make white folks everywhere want to scrub their skin away:
    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/jan-brewer-obama-6646359

  10. Sue said on January 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

    If you’re an eavesdropper with a cell phone, you can catch quite a story once in awhile:
    http://www.politiscoop.com/us-politics/wisconsin-politics/692-wisconsin-senator-ellis-calls-school-a-sewer-exclusive-video.html

  11. Scout said on January 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I really don’t know what the fuck is with AZ. I honestly wish I could move. That straggly, haggly harridan is a total embarrassment to anyone with a working brain. Contrast that image with the one of Gabby Giffords embracing President O at the SOTU and you get an idea of the polarities in this state. I blame the suburbs for saddling us with idiots like Brewer, Arpaio and Kyl. We city folks tend to vote for sanity, unfortunately we seem to be outnumbered.

  12. jcburns said on January 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Alexandra Petri (who wrote the WashPost Google thing) is not someone I’d trust to understand tech implications. Or political implications. In fact, I’m not sure why they let her write for them at all.

  13. coozledad said on January 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Scout; The local papers are saying her sorry ass was drunk:
    http://www.examiner.com/congressional-oversight-in-phoenix/did-tipsy-arizona-governor-wag-finger-presidents-face

  14. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on January 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Wait a minute, Nancy; your bio at the end of the “Spoof Michigan” piece says you’ve lived in Detroit seven years. That can’t be right, because that would mean my wife and I have been in Granville for . . . holy cow.

    Seriously, I did think at first “that’s not correct, is it?” But ’tis.

  15. adrianne said on January 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Nance, the kids are all right. Your intern Dustin has the right attitude!

    Through some minor miracle, I’ve managed to hire three twentysomethings as reporters for our newspaper in the last two months. They’re all really good. Restores my faith in the yoot of the nation.

  16. Deborah said on January 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Gov Brewer strikes me as someone who has spent way to much time in the sun, both physically and mentally.

    My husband and Little Bird watch my eyes glaze over whenever we’re at restaurants and they know I’m eaves dropping. I’m shameless.

  17. brian stouder said on January 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The local papers are saying her sorry ass was drunk

    That may well be, but the real truth is that in a nation of 300 million people, there are enough crackers to ensure that a photograph like that will assure that Brewer will never have to pay for lunch (or a beer), all across the country, for the rest of her life.

  18. Scout said on January 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Brewer had been drinking before the Presidential “photo op.” It is well documented that she is a drunk, and also that she had a DUI that was hushed up by the local constabulary. It is utterly embarrassing to mostly everyone I know that this uneducated, (seriously, not even Community College) hard drinking, heavy smoking, mother of a criminally insane son was actually ELECTED by the voters in this state. It was bad enough that we got stuck with her when Napolitano became head of Homeland Security, but then she actually beat amazing, intelligent and capable Terry Goddard in 2010. Probably because the tea party hysteria was at its height. I wish she really would have a scorpion for breakfast.

  19. Dorothy said on January 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Deborah you and I would get along famously – at a restaurant setting or anywhere else.

    I’ve been meaning to ask this crowd to please remind me the name of the little icon some of us use. Nancy told us about it a year or two ago, and I’ve changed mine from time to time, but C.R.S. disease has taken over and I cannot recall what it’s called.

  20. caliban said on January 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Where were the “alert secret service agents” when Gov. Brewski assaulted the President? The ones that used to guard Chevy Chase from assaultive grapefruit spoons when he pretended to be Gerry Ford. Maybe she was chaneling Dikembe Mutombo:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stjzC8pG15A

    Is Brewski a step up or a step down from former AZ Governor Evan “Pickaninny” Mecham. Maybe she’s just maintaining tradition. As a resident of SC, I always like to see other states more embarrASSed by their elected officials.

    Honest to God, this woman seems like a Western version of Louise Day Hicks, with a blonde fright wig and tanned leather skin.

    But calling her the lunatic fringe is at most half right. Victoria has been invited to the office of Republican Florida congressman Bill Posey, who commiserated when she said Obama has “the fakest birth certificate I’ve ever seen in my life.” She has gained a sympathetic audience with nearly every GOP candidate of the 2012 presidential campaign (excluding the guy she calls a “fake conservative,” Mitt Romney). She rode the Tea Party Express bus with Herman Cain and joined Michele Bachmann at a D.C. rally where the crowd chanted, “There’s a communist living in the White House!” If not the captain of the S.S. Tea Party, she’s at least the screeching mermaid strapped to its bow.

    And all of that shit belies “lunatic fringe” exactly how?

  21. coozledad said on January 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Brian: They can try and buy her a beer, but she looks like a Smirnoff Ice drinker to me, or some combination of Jagermeister and sterno. Not a social drinker- a nightmare plagued fifth-in-the-desk drawer psycho. And she don’t eat nothing, either.

  22. Hattie said on January 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I’m going to be spying around Phoenix for a few days. Or as it’s also known, the Giant Kitty Litter Box. Awful place.

  23. Julie Robinson said on January 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Eavesdropping is just taking an active interest in those around you. At least that’s how I justify it.

    Dorothy, I have that same disease; fortunately it was in yesterday’s comments: http://en.gravatar.com. I had to change my gravatar to flowers to remind myself that there will be a spring.

  24. alex said on January 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    One of northeast Indiana’s most lurid newsmakers of all time is in the news again, this time on Huffpost.

    You may have seen it mentioned on nn.c before. Nance was still living here when the subject of this story was busted for operating a “chop shop” of sorts in a squalid motel room in Huntington. He had shelves of Mason jars full of human testicles in formalin and videotapes of himself performing sex changes on paying customers.

  25. caliban said on January 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Free press? Sorta.

    The photo of “the straggly, haggly harridan” (how Dylanesque, Scout) reminded me of Christine Todd Whitman.

  26. Scout said on January 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hattie, Phoenix isn’t really that bad despite the Granny Gasbag Gov taking up oxygen here. There is a thriving LocalFirst, Art & Theater and Foodie community here. Lots of good indie places to check out. Stay away from the chains and like I mentioned before, the suburbs, which are soul sucking culture voids. And while all Zonis look to escape the hell of summer, it is pretty sweet to live here the rest of the year. Today will be about 70 and I have been gardening all week.

  27. Randy said on January 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    All Newt-worshippers know the moon sits in a fixed position, and is made of cheese. Processed cheese, of course. The other kinds are for French surrender monkeys. Oh, and the Earth is flat, and Columbus sailed right off the edge, down to the eternal flames in H-E-double-hockey-sticks. Newt-lovers don’t say or write H-word, because then they would go there…

  28. George said on January 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Jackson’s fellow SNL cast member, Julia Sweeney, had some interesting thoughts about her. It is a long post and she gets around to Jackson at the end:
    http://juliasweeney.blogspot.com/2012/01/arden-my-dog-continues-to-live-and-love.html

  29. alex said on January 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Appearing in the Auburn newspaper today:

    (You have to pay to see it online, so I’m just pasting it here)

    Republican ticket may be a big surprise to some
    By Bob Buttgen
    Thursday, January 26, 2012, 12:00am

    This column is written by the editor of this paper, who wishes both teams in the Super Bowl could lose.
    My wife told me that I need to keep this column “lighter” but I did want to delve into the national political scene for this week. Especially after the phone call I received this week from an old friend.

    He’s very high up in the Republican Party, at the national level. He’s a heavy hitter for the GOP; Mitt Romney has this guy on speed dial. That’s how important he is. No names but initials are James Spencer. Oops. I wasn’t supposed to use his real name. For the purposes of this column, we will pretend his name is Otis T. Firefly.

    Anyway, Otis called me from his office in the Virginia suburbs to ask me what I thought about our state’s Governor, Mr. Mitch Daniels.

    “Why do you want to know?” I asked with pretend surprise.

    “Like you don’t know,” he chuckled.

    Here’s his story. The top echelon of the Republican Party is sick with the prospect of Mitt Romney at the top of their ticket in the November presidential election. And don’t even get him started on Newt Gingrich, who, he said, has more baggage than Paris Hilton preparing for a vacation to Paris.

    “Here’s the deal,” he said. “But don’t tell anyone where you heard it. The GOP ticket in November will have your governor on it, along with Jeb Bush.”

    “In what order?” I demanded to know.

    “That, my extra-large friend, is still up for debate,” he said. “But mark my word. It’s going to go down.”

    So a Daniels-Bush or Bush-Daniels ticket will go up against Obama and what’s-his-name. This will be interesting, I told him.

    Apparently there’s a lot of in-fighting over who will top the ticket, with most people guessing that Bush will come out on top.

    “You are kidding, right?” I asked him. “Jeb Bush? Really?”

    My buddy said the Bush name still has political life, and Daniels has a good working record to prop him up.

    “So if I were you,” he said, “I’d be buttering up Daniels in that fishwrapper of yours. Maybe you’ll get his attention and he’ll take you to Washington with him.”

    Hmm. As Artie Johnson used to say, “very interesting.”

    We will have to wait and see.

  30. Kirk said on January 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Anyone who’s too ignorant or lazy to get his Groucho Marx characters’ names right is too worthless to have a newspaper column.

  31. coozledad said on January 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Alex: I believe it. The whole pack of towel boys loved rimming the Bushies. It’s the flavor they’re still a pinin’ for.

    When people say a brokered convention is impossible for Republicans, they’re just forgetting Dick Cheney’s selection of himself as veep. Democracy will never be anything but window dressing for them.

    Jeb’s just as vile as his brother. Both inherited that nickel patrician manbitch attitude from Babs.

  32. Maggie Jochild said on January 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    “Nickel patrician manbitch attitude from Babs.” Snorting with laughter.

  33. brian stouder said on January 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    So today’s BREAKING NEWS is that Newt Gingerich is no Ronald Reagan. Huh.

    Honestly, Saturday Night Live (et al) will have trouble parodying this stuff. And indeed, I think Newtie may simply explode on stage this evening.

    As for a brokered convention – I begin to think we may actually see one….although I’d be stunned if Jeb – or anyone else named “Bush” gets the nod.

    If the thing becomes brokered, Ron Paul suddenly becomes a player…and his Randy son gains the stage…

  34. Dorothy said on January 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    GRAVATAR!!! Thanks Julie. On my own I’d have remembered in about 3 or 4 weeks. But you helped a lot. I’ll change mine from my home computer this weekend probably.

  35. jcburns said on January 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    And remember, folks, that sometimes the gravatars (like so many other things on websites) get CACHED, which means that you may not see your new one the instant you make the change. And, ahem, please remember that just doing it again and again about 100 times (like submitting a comment that won’t appear) really isn’t a recipe for online success. “Just jam it in there” is not a recognized web protocol.

  36. Bitter Scribe said on January 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Hey, Nancy, pardon a dumb question, but…if you “work for someone else now,” why are you still responsible for covering news for Grosse Pointe Today?

  37. Bitter Scribe said on January 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Kirk @30: Not to mention it’s Arte Johnson.

    (Although to be fair, I only know that because I do a lot of crossword puzzles.)

  38. jcburns said on January 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    So who IS “the top echelon of the Republican Party”? Who and where are these “top GOP leaders” who are constantly quoted in these pieces? It sure can’t be Reince Priebus, right?

  39. nancy said on January 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I was already committed to teach the class at WSU that provides our student reporters at GPToday when I was offered the other gig. So I’m handling both — the latter in a reduced capacity, obvs — until the end of April.

    Most days, little happens in GP that can’t wait a bit. Alas, not yesterday.

  40. Dorothy said on January 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I do recall that advice, JC but it does not hurt to remind me. God knows I need reminders fairly frequently these days.

  41. caliban said on January 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    One good thing to be said for Jeb on the GOPer ticket: precludes flamer fake Cubano freedom fighter and Batista ho Marco Rubio from running.

    Of course, Jeb actually signed the infamous PNAC letter that tried to convince Clinton to invade Iraq, putting him pretty clearly in the camp of Neoconvict scum.

    And doesn’t Reince Priebus sound like the name of an electric car.

    JC, I think the “top echelon of the Republican party” would include the Koch Bros. Where? Dickless Cheney’s Bunker.

  42. Julie Robinson said on January 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    The Washington Post has a great slide show of reader captions for the Obama/Brewer photo: http://wapo.st/zW7JRO
    My favorite is “you think you can waltz right in here without showing me your papers??!!”

    Dorothy, I can’t take credit–it was Deborah who posted in yesterday’s comments, after Maggie JoChild asked the question for me. And JC who showed us the way originally, of course.

  43. brian stouder said on January 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    and I still say – I think Newt will explode tonight, and chunks will fly every which-way.

    Come to think of it, he even LOOKS like a cartoon character; like one of those garish Nick-toons cartoons….

    (Maybe Cartoon Newtwork SuperPAC is the sponsor of tonight’s show)

  44. caliban said on January 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Obama stole his line from Sheriff Bart when he was talking to Gov. Chugalug:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGQ-ISsDm8M

    Newt talking to Juan Williams.

  45. Rana said on January 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    alex, this is probably a stupid question, but is it really possible to nominate some random person at the convention? If so, what’s the point of all the primaries? Phrased another way, if Jeb Bush doesn’t run in the primaries, win or not, is it even technically possible for him to be chosen to run in the general election? I could see him being nominated in a supporting role, i.e. vice-president, since they seem to come out of the blue with much more regularity, but does it work that way for presidential candidates?

  46. alex said on January 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I quite honestly don’t know, Rana. Frankly, the Bush/Daniels ticket sounds like a Karl Rove wet dream. Or perhaps just the fantasy of a small-town newspaper editor. I would think if there were anything to it, there’d be speculation about it in publications far more august than that one.

  47. Julie Robinson said on January 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    The Republicans have proportional primaries, unlike the Democrats’ winner-take-all. So when Mitt or Newticles wins a state, they don’t get all the delegates, only the same percent as the votes they received. This means there is the possibility of a brokered convention, when who know what would happen.

    Daniels’ marital problems, supposedly a major reason for his decision not to run, do seem rather quaint compared to Newt-I-want-an-open-marriage-Gingrich.

  48. caliban said on January 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    The Obama/Seahag conversation:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPHuE5pDlEs&feature=related

    First question for Jeb Bush if I got to ask it:

    How do you intend to make the pie higher?

    Folllowup:

    How will you catapult the propaganda?

  49. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on January 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Rana, if you don’t mind my butting in — in the GOP primaries, you are often/usually voting for pledged delegates, but it varies from state to state as to *how* pledged you are. Some states, it’s just that as a (for instance) Romney delegate, you are required (sometimes with legal penalties for not doing so) to vote for your candidate in the first round, but after that, it’s between you, the good Lord, and your delegation chair. Other states say two rounds you must be faithfully pledged, and a few have three.

    So if there is a failure of any one candidate to meet the threshold for nomination on the first or second round, you really do have an open field. And all of the states, GOP-wise at least, have a provision that roughly speaking says “unless your candidate releases you.” So A Herman Cain delegate can go any which way assuming 9-9-9-erator has clicked his heels together three times, saying “I release you, I release you, I release you.” This is where lots of folks assumed Newt was up to not so very long ago: trying to get enough votes to have a pocket full of delegates (stop that, I heard what you all were thinking) to use in leverage, not so much for a preferred candidate, but to say “give me a prime time slot for a convention speech, and I’ll instruct my delegates to vote for Brother Rat over there.”

    And he’d need plenty just for that, because even on the righty side of the modern right-ful GOP, there’s plenty who recall how Pat Buchanan’s convention speech lost Republican votes right down to township trustee. His newly found Mitt-mentum, plus two $5 million gifts from the equally oleaginous Sheldon Adelson, means he’s got a shot at forcing a prime time speech, which is what GOP top kicks are more worried about than any actually candidacy.

    So if they hold the line “no, Newt, not on our dime in our airtime,” and Newt holds his breath until Romney turns blue, there’s plenty of reason to suspect that a brokered convention will actually draw interest, and keep Newt off the podium unless he leaps onto it with a severed head in one hand shouting “do I not entertain you?” A round of splintered votes coalesces into a consensus candidate, and the lightning round begins.

    Daniels’ marital issue, it should be noted, isn’t with Mitch. It’s that his wife doesn’t want to have to explain for the media why she ditched off to California with a doctor, left daughters with Mitch, and then came back to him more than two years later. Whatever you think about that, it’s interesting that if (and it’s not an if) the issue was not Mitch’s willingness to run, but her desire not to be held excruciatingly under a magnifying glass for hours in the media sun, a brokered unexpected candidacy gets her almost off the hook — sweat out two months of interview requests, give one highly controlled “here’s my story” sit down with Greta or someone like that, and then it’s “in the past” and no more a subject on ongoing press inquiries than Bill Ayers . . . which is to say, some, but not much and not mainstream.

  50. caliban said on January 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    The danger of a brokered convention, personified. Assholes like the Astroturf Teabanger Dick Armey will use money to get their way.

    Chris Christie doesn’t believe in representative democracy.

    If there’s a brokered convention, will it take place in a “quiet room”?

  51. Catherine said on January 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Jeff tmmo, for all its other downsides, that would certainly make some interesting television, especially the severed head. Heck, I’d watch it. Prolly get over a 40 share.

  52. Joe Kobiela said on January 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I heard that Barney Franks, was trying to put toghether a challenger to Obama. He has contacted Eric Holder and Anthony Weiner to run toghether as the Weiner Holder ticket.
    Cheers
    Pilot Joe

  53. Bitter Scribe said on January 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks, Joe, nothing like a fag joke to brighten up this board.

  54. Suzanne said on January 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Jeff (TMMO) @ 49–Mitch’s marital problems, I think the evangelical voters have shown, won’t be an issue if they like what he says otherwise. I don’t think his shady dealings in IN will matter either. I’ve lived through 8 years of Mitch as Gov; I don’t think I can live through 4 years of him as POTUS.

  55. David C. said on January 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Governorin’ while intoxicated. That explains a lot.

  56. brian stouder said on January 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Suzanne, I think Our Governor Daniels would get laughed off the stage – if he was silly enough to take the stage in the first place – as soon as he attacks “Obama the free-spending liberal”, as soon as the president reminded everyone that Daniels was President Bush’s budget director!!

    Daniels’ criticism of ANYthing Obama has done with the budget would fall as flat as ANYthing the navigator of that Italian cruise ship might have to say, about any other captain.

    Even leaving aside how Bush’s team – headed by Daniels – squandered the national surplus and plunged the nation very deeply into debt, before the climactic crash at the end of the second term, there’s STILL the fact that Governor Daniels’ administration simply “misplaced” $300 million….and his Secretary of State – responsible for ceetifiying elections – personally committed so much voter fraud that he’s on the cusp of being run out of office.

    And Bitter Scribe, I think Joe’s remark – which got me laughing – was anything BUT a “fag joke”. Every man I know is a weiner holder (at least!)!!

  57. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on January 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Xanax may help, Suzanne, although I self-medicate frustrating events with caffeine. To be utterly candid, I think it will call for mega-doses of aerosol Haldol to cause a brokered convention that nominates Mr. Daniels. But as I recall, Eli Lilly was a Republican, so it may be something they can pull out of the lab. Problem is, according to the classified reports I once saw in their Indianapolis headquarters, the inhalable Haldol can cause sudden facial spasm and arrhythmia which may result in death with a grotesque grimace on the victim’s face, if the person exposed already has a major dose of Viagra in their system. So will they risk that at a convention?

    I guess we’ll find out. Off to Twitter for the CNN debate at 8 pm; the worst debates are excellent experiences if you follow them on Twitter #cnndebate. My feed is full of journos on both sides of the spectrum, so I just watch it roll by with a non-grimace and drink my evening Evan Williams.

  58. caliban said on January 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    What the GOPers should have is a Brokeback convention, with Ted Haggard to speed-read an invocation and Larry Craig on Keynote address.

    Every man I know is a weiner holder

    Well it provides legibility when writing one’s name in the snow.

  59. Linda said on January 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Chris Christie doesn’t believe in representative democracy growing a pair.

    Fixed it for you. Can you believe that there are media outlets that are describing this as “finesse?” If you are a media darling, like Christie, Daniels, or Paul Ryan, you can be a jackass or coward, and nobody will call you on it.

  60. caliban said on January 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Well, Linda, Christie is pretty famous for favoring “civil unions”, which is why he won’t be part of any GOPer ticket brokered or not. Of course, civil unions that carried all the legal rights of marriage would somewhat defang the Arguments for marriage per se. I mean if gay couples get survivor’s benefits and rights and get treated as family by insurance plans, the institutionalized discrimination is more a function of churches and religions than of government. And really, a plebiscite in Jersey might surprise the fat fuck, Governor Big Pussy, the rat.

  61. caliban said on January 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Suzzy Roche has written a novel, with pretty good reviews. I always liked the Roche sisters, like a junior version of Kate and Anna, with even more angelic voices. Then there’s the collaboration with Robert Fripp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osZsDIEI0UQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL85EAC2B6A22FE946

    Fippertronic goodness on that guitar solo.

    Another thing about Christie the Dudelsackfeiffer, if he tried to pull that popular gubernatorial GOPer anti-union shit in New Jersey, he’d end up on an interrupted yacht outing with Tony Soprano.

  62. Rana said on January 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Julie, Jeff, thanks for the insight. Of course, I’m now off on a side track, thinking about the ways that both major parties have worked to keep minor parties from putting people on the ballot for primaries (which, you would think, should be none of their business). What a mess. (Purposefully so, I half suspect.)

  63. Dexter said on January 27, 2012 at 12:35 am

    jc: I have a Dell and I buy expensive protection through iolo System Mechanic, which is Dell’s recommended protection.
    About 22 hours ago I went to Google, searched for a movie trailer , a major studio production, found the link, clicked it, and all hell broke loose, and my computer ended up , when I finally got everything repaired about noon-thirty, with over 500 trojan-worm and similar infections and 358 malware intrusions.
    I am sure I am not the only one this happens to every few months, but why doesn’t Google have some kind of super scanning tool and ban this shit? I don’t think a simple clean movie trailer should even be suspect.
    For example, I play and share a lot of YouTubes, and never had these intrusions from any song.
    Almost four hours working with techs in New Delhi, and man are they smart!
    Still, I have better things to do…today we installed a new storm door, a new refrigerator, and a pots and pans kitchen-hanging rack. It was busy and we are beat. But my real question is: shouldn’t a $259 anti-virus program protect me from these horrible infections?