Waiting for whatever.

Late Thursday evening, and I’m waiting for snow. We’re supposed to get a pile overnight, and I’d like to get a sense of what it might be before I turn in. If the pile arrives, I’ll work here tomorrow. No pile, off to Lansing (City of Light, City of Magic) at oh-dark-30.

In the meantime, I’m watching “Cellblock 6: Female Lockup” on TLC. Women in prison is an erotic archetype for some guys, a fact I’ve been aware of since seeing “The Big Bird Cage” at a drive-in in Ironton, Ohio, sometime around 1972. In an early scene, one of the birds makes a break for it, running for her life while naked and covered with grease. Oh, brother, I recall thinking, wondering how much longer until “Superfly” started.

The first few minutes, featuring a young Pam Grier in a white halter top/bellbottoms outfit. Also, this exchange, between an abducted woman and her kidnapper:

Woman: What are you going to do to me?
Man: Well, first I’m gonna rape ya.
Woman: You can’t rape me. I like sex.

I miss the ’70s. (Except that part.) Not ashamed.


As we’ve come to expect this winter, the snow underwhelmed here in Michigan’s banana belt. Between here and the capital, however, it’s deep and messy and so: It’s an at-home day for me.

But I have to get to work. So here’s some bloggage:

I got through most of this yesterday, Slate’s exhaustive look at Mitt Romney’s evolving abortion position. It’s pretty clear to me that there’s been little evolution at all, except in Romney’s packaging of his beliefs. For me, I keep coming back to Ann Keenan, the sister of Romney’s brother-in-law, who died of a botched illegal abortion in 1963. Once it was important to Romney. Not anymore, I guess. Well, 1963 was a long time ago.

The only voters in play for this primary are the tea partiers, anyway.

Via one of my FB network, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?,” in French. Because.

Slush. This is winter? Please.

Posted at 8:56 am in Current events, Same ol' same ol' |

71 responses to “Waiting for whatever.”

  1. coozledad said on February 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

    That dialog from The Big Bird Cage made me wonder if anyone ever did a School Lunch Ladies exploitation flick (You might not like the green peas, but you’ll love the way they toss your salad!).
    I googled “horny lunchroom ladies”. If they make that movie, it’ll be a biopic:

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  2. alex said on February 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

    In more Bob Morris news, it looks like he tried to walk back his comments without really walking them back, and then James Dobson and some of that ilk are now stepping in to defend him and affirm the most ridiculous of the canards that got him in trouble in the first place.

    It occurs to me that if these folks keep it up, bringing Girl Scout cookies to the workplace might become as politically incorrect as bringing in pornography, all because some agitators will file lawsuits claiming a hostile workplace where people are forcing them to look at something they find morally repugnant. Think it won’t happen?

    Mitt Romney’s “evolution” is quite interesting indeed. He has turned from a man into a snake right before our very eyes.

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  3. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on February 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Always worth re-posting:

    Now, this doesn’t mean everyone hypocrites, but it does mean that there was the world before Roe v. Wade, which I’d argue (and I know some will disagree) that no one wants to go back to. Then there was what we ended up with, which I’ll argue has satisfied no one.

    Mix the reality of both large numbers of abortion, increasing out-of-marriage pregnancy, and a health care system which is screwed up from multiple directions for users, even as the quality and effectiveness of the care it offers if you can get to it or follow-through with it, and you have (as my chemist friends would say) a highly unstable mixture. Political debate over abortion, contraception, and who pays for what is the catalyst crystal we keep dropping in each new batch of solution, and it keeps freezing solid. But is there a new mix out there that won’t just volatilize instead?

    Anyhow, I do think there was a sincere desire to do justice to women’s health & reproduction issues pre-1973. Yes, there’s political posturing in the narrative, but I think the evolution of the SBC, Mormons in general and Romney in particular, and so on, is a reflection not just of opportunism — I’ve about tuned out poor Frank Schaeffer who is so self-involved he can’t see how grandiose his newest announcements are about how he created the world we’re in now, politically, so if he takes it back, every thing will be hunky-dunky — but of a reaction against what we ended up with. Lots of mistakes all around . . . but I also like what the Ohio Historical Society put out on public display this last year: a subtle but powerful reminder that contraception was much used even in the midst of dozen kid families back before the Civil War. One sheepskin condom, carefully rewashed and preserved from the 1850s by a fairly staid and respectable citizen, said to everyone passing through that it’s not just a modern concern.

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  4. MichaelG said on February 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I don’t know where that sexy broads in jail thing started. I’ve had occasion to visit several women’s prisons and I never saw it. Mostly it’s overweight women (prison food tends to do that) in mu-mus or in baggy jeans and blue work shirts. Believe me, there’s nothing remotely sexy about prisons. They’re awful places.

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  5. alex said on February 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Wowee—something that’s exceedingly rare these days—an appeal to sanity from the News-Sentinel! Did hell just freeze over or what?

    Of course, I’m half expecting we’ll see a counterpoint from the paper’s lemony-faced contrarian, who I won’t even bother to name here, who has never heard a loony conspiracy theory that he couldn’t fully embrace, if not wholeheartedly advance, in both his reporting and his regular column.

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  6. basset said on February 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Speaking of loony conspiracy theories, here’s one in Bloomington:


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  7. MarkH said on February 24, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Ironton, Ohio??? Was that the typical UA sophomore girls’ idea of rebeliousness? “Hey, let’s sneak out and go to IRONTON! The things you and Becky would cook up….

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  8. Jason T. said on February 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Basset @ 6, I’ll see you and raise you a conspiracy:

    A man from Juneau, Alaska, has filed suit with the state’s Division of Elections to bar President Obama from appearing on that state’s ballot on the basis that the President is a “Mulatto“, and “Before the [purported] ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the race of ‘Negro‘ or ‘Mulatto‘ had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the United States Constitution,” according to the lawsuit.

    The complaint is here: http://www.turningleft.net/images/director-for-the-division-of-elections.pdf

    And the hits just keep on comin’!

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  9. Jason T. said on February 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Also, too: Thanks for the Jocelyne link, Nance … I love French ’60s Yé-yé pop.

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  10. Icarus said on February 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    As I’m relatively new to this blog, I follow Eric Zorn and he links here all the time, does anyone know the answer to this question? Why doesn’t Nancy code her hyperlinks to open anew page instead of jumping away from her site? EZ cannot because he doesn’t control his page, the trib people do. Is that the same here?

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  11. nancy said on February 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I follow the advice given to me by my webmaster, J.C. Burns, who contends that it’s bad web etiquette to impose that on users. I believe most browsers allow you to specify whether you want links to open in new windows, new tabs, or not at all. As someone who frequently has a couple dozen tabs open, I appreciate not automatically having new windows open willy-nilly. Those MacKeeper pop-unders are bad enough.

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  12. Malvolio said on February 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Back in 1974, Jonathan Demme made one of those hot chicks in stir movies, called Caged Heat. Both Demme’s movie and Big Bird Cage are free straming on Netflix.

    Fellow non compos mentis whacko Frothy Santorum undoubtedly agrees with flaming rightwing loony toon David Barton says that human life begins before conception.

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  13. nancy said on February 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Caliban, every time you change your posting name, your comments go to moderation. That’s fine, but just be advised. I can’t be at the keys all day long. If they don’t show up, don’t blame me.

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  14. alex said on February 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I don’t know if this app is available for other web browsers, but it’s a godsend. No ads. None of this “downloading item 2,459 of 68,695 items” crap until your patience wears so thin you just decide to give up.

    As you know, a lot of web sites won’t give you access if you disable cookies and popups. With this app you don’t have to disable them — and you don’t have to be bothered with a bunch of annoying ads slowing down your computer or jumping in front of the text you want to read.

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  15. Malvolio said on February 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Favorite Frawnch pop song from Plastic Bertrand.

    And that nincompoop in Juneau should not be allowed to vote. Does that mentally defective shitheel know Alaska wasn’t a state back when the 14th Amendment was ratified., it was Seward’s Folly? Parbly not.
    Great reference to that old Shirelles’ song.

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  16. Icarus said on February 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the response Nancy. I have my browser set to open in new tabs but the setting seems to be ignored. I wonder why its considered bad web etiquette to impose…i would think the other way around. . I guess I can always do the explicit right-click open in new tab

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  17. Judybusy said on February 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Wow, between the Alaska guy and this David Barton, things are getting nuttier and nuttier! Well, every sperm is sacred, as Monty Python sang in The Meaning of Life….I do wonder what Barton would say about the book I’m reading right now, about the search for exoplanets. Is the science wrong there? I don’t think there was anything about other solar systems in Genesis….

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  18. Julie Robinson said on February 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Alex, I’ve been using AdBlock on Chrome for about a week. So far, so good, even on facebook.

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  19. Malvolio said on February 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Adblock app for Firefox browser:


    What continues to be the most ridiculous aspect of rightwing attacks on the President is the way they flounder when trying to decide if he’s an evil genius or an incompetent that can’t speak extemporaneously on any given day. C’mon you nitwits, those are kind of mutually exclusive possibilities. That teleprompter whining is particularly funny coming from a thuggish group of some of the most ineloquent politicians of all time. Santorum rarely manages a whold sentence without floundering into solecism and misplaced modifiers. Newtria has the obnoxious Bill Buckley penchant for sesquipedelian vocabularly while frequently displaying a fuzzy grasp on definitions. Romney is a stilted prick that thinks of himself as aristocratic and a man of the people simultaneously, and sounds when he talks like the stick up his ass causes a speech impediment. Ron Paul is the reincarnation of Gabby Johnson:


    My tactic with people like Barton is to ask them if they know the King James was written by W. Shakespeare and the infamous catamite, Kit Marlowe.

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  20. Dorothy said on February 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Icarus – if you right click on a link on Nancy’s page, you can opt to open a page in a new tab or a new window. At least that’s how I manage it in Firefox.

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  21. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on February 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness [with emphasis] THRUST upon them.” Advise us, O Malvolio!

    That was my favorite production at Purdue, more than even our Sam Shepherd & Beckett plays.

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  22. Malvolio said on February 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I always knew Martha Plimpton was a smart cookie. Ever since The Goonies.This is a perfect argument against the Klown Kar Kontaception Killer Kandidates stated remarkably clearly and concisely.

    Controlled bridge demolition in Steubenville OH.

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  23. Bitter Scribe said on February 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    As much as I hate to say it, I really think the Republican nomination (if not the election) will come down to who can afford the most TV ads. If the existence of Pizza Hut and Allstate insurance has taught us anything, it’s that people will buy anything if they see it on TV enough—no matter how superior the alternatives are.

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  24. Peter said on February 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Malvolio, that Plastic Bertrand is superb! My French relatives just HATED that guy.

    By the way, he did a great version of Major Tom…(attention, depart…)

    Boy, who’d ever think that someone up in Alaska could make $nowzilla look sane?

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  25. Bitter Scribe said on February 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Addendum: I just read Nancy’s second-to-last link. Oh my God. “I believe in America” gets a standing O? To call these people sheep is an insult to sheep.

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  26. adrianne said on February 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Nance’s former colleague continues to find the lowest common denominator…lead editorial in the News and Sentinel on the Girl Scout wars says, oh yeah, but people on the left harass the Boy Scouts! So there! Who cares if Rep. Bob’s “information” from the Intertubes about the Girl Scouts is completely nuts, as the op-ed Girl Scout defender is careful to delineate. It’s all equivalent in Leo’s world.

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  27. moe99 said on February 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm


    Got this from Charles’ Pierce’s blog but his article is gummed up so can’t read all the wonderful ranting he does.

    I think these anti science folks see themselves as Frodo toiling to Mt. Doom and science is the evil eyed Sauron. They are fucked up enough to see themselves as little heros in a big war.

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  28. Icarus said on February 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Dorothy — didn’t i say that?

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  29. Malvolio said on February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm


    Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon agree on Ca Plane Pour Moi. And that’s about as cool as anybody could possibly get for a band to cover your Greatest Hit. Sonic Youth’s imprimatur is pretty much instant credibility. Vampire Weekend also covers the song.

    Sonic Youth photo:


    Kim Gordon is a ferocious rocker with track star leg muscles.

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  30. Dorothy said on February 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Probably. My eyes are all wonky today – exsqueeze me please.

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  31. Malvolio said on February 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    An astute and heartfelt opinion piece about how some members of modern societies are marginalized and blamed for problems beyond their own control, like their vile envy of the Willard Romney’s of the world. Everything Rowling says about the divisive mean-spiritedness of the Brit Tories is just as true for the American right that treasures unborn children but finds them a dinancial blight when they pop out. doubt the Tories are so sanctimonious about dragging religion into the denigration of single parent poor people.

    And she certainly got the last laugh on the snooty shits. Richer than the Queen.

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  32. Jeff Borden said on February 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    The best way to enjoy the women in prison flicks (or WIPs as the cognescenti call them) is on a triple bill at a drive-in, where I saw “Big Bird Cage,” “Big Bird House” and some other variation –maybe “Big Bust Out” at the same time. These films were made in the Phillipines pretty much all in a row, so you get the fabulous and foxy Pam Grier in three roles: hot mama hellraiser, kinky warden and pathetic junkie. Same with all the other actresses. Stir in the always watchable Z movie figure Sid Haig. . .a couple of six packs. . .and you are talking a fine evening of cinematic entertainment. I still recall a snippet of dialogue delivered to Sid, who had been hijacked and was being forced to drive some of the scantily clad convictresses out of the prison. When he balks, one of the women points a gun at his groin and says, “This bullet won’t kill you, but you’ll wish it had.”

    They just don’t make `em like that any more.

    Mitt is just a walking disaster. Did anyone see the photograph from his “massive” rally at Ford Field, where he addressed the Detroit Economic Club? There may have been a few hundred folks in a football stadium seating, what, more than 70,000? They hung a black curtain behind the stage, but the photos still make it look just ridiculous. The guy is clueless.

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  33. Sue said on February 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Wow, Malvolio, I read that piece and thought it sure was a good thing we broke from those Tories.
    We did, didn’t we? They’re all gone now, right? Because some of that stuff JK was writing about sounded kinda familiar…

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  34. Malvolio said on February 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Mitt on the football field. Smart planning”


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  35. Bitter Scribe said on February 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Jeff Borden: I believe Carl Hiaasen used that line in one of his books (or one version of the same book he keeps writing over and over), only it was a pot of coffee, not a gun. Maybe he saw that movie.

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  36. nancy said on February 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    OK, I just ‘splained this to someone on Facebook, I’ll ‘splain it here, too:

    Mitt’s speech was to the Detroit Economic Club, and wasn’t open to the public. There were 1,200 tickets available, and they sold out in 90 minutes. They usually meet on Mondays, in a hotel or other conventional space, and I’m not sure why they moved it to the stadium, except maybe that Bill Ford is the DEC board chairman, and maybe had a little traction with them. DEC meetings always include lunch, so perhaps it was a place that could quickly handle a crowd that size, along with the kitchen facilities for the caterers. It also can accommodate a media entourage of size, for obvious reasons.

    Also, the club always invites presidential candidates (and presidents), whose schedules tend to be in constant flux. So it’s entirely possible that Mitt said, “I can come on Friday before the primary,” and Ford Field was the one place they could get on short notice that would also serve lunch.

    I don’t believe it was chosen by his people. He gave them the date, they gave him the venue.

    And how do I know so much, you ask? Because I wrote the club’s 75th anniversary book, that’s how.

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  37. Malvolio said on February 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Sue, Only us anti-colonialists. Willard is a Tory through and through.

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  38. brian stouder said on February 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Now Nancy, how the hell can a troll survive around here, if you insist on being all – you know – intellectually honest (as opposed to “Fair and Balanced”).

    That’s the secret of this place; yes, opinions are shared – but bullshit (and/or misunderstood or misconstrued facts) gets shown the door.

    Aside from that – Malvolio Alert!! Malvolio Alert!!

    One of the kids got me Chris Matthews’ JFK book for Christmas. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, otherwise – but I must say, it’s an entertaining and informative book -and I have the strong belief that you’d like it. Matthews’ book is very talky and engaging (you can hear the author’s voice as you read, much as when one reads a David McCullough book).

    He really evokes (indeed, celebrates) the Irish Catholic Massachusetts post-war milieu; Matthews opens with his Pennsylvania-boyhood version of it.

    And not for nothing, I might point out that reading about the fairly fouled up American political scene in 1952 – post war, anti-commy, McCarthyite stridency (and JFK was a staunch MacCarthyite in those days) and with America deeply mired in war in Korea; and China and Russia detonating nuclear weapons and snarling at us; and with us doing the same thing back at them…..it puts America’s 2012 brand of politics into perspective.

    Interestingly enough, when JFK’s statewide campaign for the Senate was kicking off, do you know what they did? They scheduled tea parties all across the state – maybe 50 or 100 invited folks, maybe more; inivtations in the mail to common folks – and most would jump at the chance to put on their Sunday best and go to tea and meet Jack Kennedy, who would be certain to shake every hand, and say a few words to each person, and then gain many many (many) volunteers for the campaign. Made me chuckle that JFK was a proto-tea party person.

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  39. alex said on February 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    And high tea at that, Brian. Imagine the jeers about snooty elitism that would be lobbed toward any such effort today.

    As you point out, though, your checkered past didn’t come back to bite you back in the day when there was no Internet or cable news/talk. Joe McGinnis’ The Selling of the President in 1969 was the first glimpse at how a politician could talk out of both sides of his ass while straddling the Mason-Dixon line and never get called on it. Romney must indeed be out of touch because he’s playing by those same old rules, and those haven’t been in place since his parents ran for office.

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  40. Malvolio said on February 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    New statue of $ Palin at Wasilla High:


    It sure looks like the “wide open beaver” drawings Kurt Vonnegut put in Breakfast of Champions.

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  41. Dexter said on February 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Seething at the sound of his smug voice, I snarled back at my car radio when I heard the clip of Romney blaming the union, the UAW by name, even, for the problems that led to the severe problems of the auto industry in recent years. Did not this stupid, isolated, insulated prick even read a briefing of the concessions UAW workers have taken over the past two decades?
    Structured wage tiers, unheard of when I joined the union, are unchallenged now. Larger co-pays, even the concession given to the companies allowing them to make some overtime mandatory, these are but a few examples of union give-backs, along with the basic pay rates being severely curtailed and rolled back. It’s been nearly a quarter century since Japanese terms like kaizen and kanban have been used in many factories , and referred to frequently in groups of management and union employees in small groups of problem solvers…all these changes were company-proposed and agreed upon by the union, and Bob King, current UAW President, would have been called a company suck ass forty years ago, but now, workers are convinced it takes total cooperation to stay employed. So Mitt Romney is full of shit, the bastard.

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  42. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on February 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Nancy, that was exactly my guess. Thanks for the background.

    But jeez, Mitt – “my wife drives a couple of Cadillacs.” You don’t have a subroutine in your brain that edits out these kinds of statements? Oh, dear. What an eight months this will be.

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  43. moe99 said on February 25, 2012 at 1:27 am


    Lurves me some Doghouse Riley.

    My favorite:

    Perhaps you heard, in one of those “Pig Ignorant News Roundup” or “Signs the Coming Apocalypse is Wholly Justified” segments, about Indiana State Representative Bob Morris, who explained in an email to his Republican colleagues that he didn’t join in a resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts because “a small amount of web-based research” had proven to his satisfaction that the Girl Scouts’ real mission was turning America’s self-identified girls into Satanic, pro-abortion, Sapphic analinguettes, using instructional materials thoughtfully provided by Planned Parenthood. The apparently contradiction–that turning girls into lesbians would interfere with Planned Parenthood’s mission of giving every teenager in America an abortion before age 16–can probably be resolved by doing a slightly larger amount of web-based research.

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  44. MichaelG said on February 25, 2012 at 2:41 am

    “A woman’s periwinkle” Never heard that one before.

    I had a really nice and easy work day today (Friday). We drove up the road to Oroville and the local DMV office. We passed a very visible in the clean air Sutter Buttes (the world’s smallest mountain range) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutter_Buttes.

    We traveled into the land of fruits and nuts, truly. The vast, fertile northern valley is devoted to the cultivation of those products and on Friday the almond trees were in bloom and the temps were in the mid seventies.

    We, the architect I dragged along with me and jammed into the driver’s seat, met with the DMV’s departmental facilities guy and the DMV analyst who will be in charge of the remodeling project. The main guy, DMV’s departmental construction and maintenance supervisor showed up on his Harley. It was Friday even for the big wigs. We had an easy three hour session and settled on the scope of the project.

    Easy day for me. Later I’ll have to sell the plans to the State Fire Marshal and the State Architect (ADA access compliance) and bid the job and oversee the construction and account for the pennies but today I stood around with my hands in my pockets nodding sagely while the DMV guy told the architect what he wanted.

    Then the architect and I stumbled onto an ancient burger joint and had lunch. My patty melt was excellent. The ride home and the conversation were equally so. I guess it’s my turn to drive next time. Great way to wind up the week. Next week is tough stuff.

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  45. David C. said on February 25, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I don’t think any amount of ‘splainin’ will do any good for the Mittster. It’s his Dukakis in the tank – his Kerry on the sailboard moment. Any reports about the speech starts with the empty cavern and eventually gets around to quickly mentioning what he said and ends with the empty cavern. When you couple that with what he says. “I actually love this state”. Actually? Good lord it sounds like an ex-husband. “I actually love you” (before I found someone else I loved more actually also too). It’s like he hasn’t spoken to a normal person who isn’t “the help” in 30 years. If his handlers, if he even listens to his handlers, want to do any good for him they will do an emergency actuallyectomy on his vocabulary. It’s so insincere that no amount of nice hair will make up for it.

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  46. Suzanne said on February 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

    It is frightening to me that, while the comments section of the Fort Wayne news outlets’ websites and Facebook pages have many comments calling out Rep (& I use that term lightly) Morris, there are also a fair number applauding him for standing behind his convictions and putting the truth out there.

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  47. Minnie said on February 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Okay, I hope this is my last post on the Virginia General Assembly abortion/personhood bills, but the story just goes on and on. This video shows the lack of common sense, intelligence and maturity of at least one delegate: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/02/virginia-lawmaker-abortion-debate-ruined-seduction/

    “Make me wanna holler. Throw up both my hands.”

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  48. Malvolio said on February 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I could never figure out what was damaging about the Kerry sailboarding picture. He could handle a piece of sporting equipment wihout going ass over empty head off a Segway or a trail bike like Uncurious George? Is sailboarding a pursuit of the rich and famous? Not by the sailboarders on my beach, who show up here in late 60s era VW campers, and get rousted by the sherriff for sleeping and firing up hibachis on the beach instead of ponying up the room tax. I wouldn’t think so. And Dukakis looked like a weenie in the tank, but didn’t ever come across as an empty vessel excuse for human, devoid of a soul, like Mitts couple o’caddies or $370grand pocket cgange, or like W’s vile mockery of Karla Faye. Who’s interpreting these things for the voting public? Some incompetent semiotician with a congenitally malformed Frank Luntz gene? And who are the morons lapping it up? I mean, the Kerry in a clean room looked ridiculous, unless the viewer is too ignorant to know nobody goes in a cleanroom without the ridiculous bunny suit.

    Willard Windsock is the sort of asseyed jerk that loves to start sentences with the word “frankly”, leading any rational person to suspect good reason for believing he’s lying his ass off in general. Ultimate empty suit, communicating nothing by “farts and tapdancing”.

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  49. brian stouder said on February 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Minnie – that was quite an article*. And didja notice how the maroon carefully stayed within the Republi-Mullah contraceptive fatwa, by joking that when he struck out with his wife, the world was saved from yet another Republican coming into it?

    Yep – I believe that a guy who cannot even refer to his own TV without calling it “big screen” is flatly against any sort of contraception, when Mr Happy wants to go out and play….NOT!!

    And Alex, I think the key point you made is underlined by Malvolio’s reference to the Kerry implosion. JFK would (at least) have had a much harder time rising in American politics, in an age of internets and all-access to Google.

    Suzanne, the funny part about the Fort Wayne media is that the local fat-assed** flying monkey of the right-wing airwaves, the guy who had our zero-intelligence/zero political-savvy state representative on his radio program LIVE and on the very first afternoon of this ridiculous story – ol’ Pat Miller – never choked once while happily and excitedly swallowing whole the Bob Morris fantasy. Couldn’t find THAT on the internets (although I bet it exists somewhere) – but here’s the After Glow/spin control – I think from yesterday. (Now that the thrill is over, they seem to be sharing a cigarette and reflecting on how wonderful it was)


    Aside from that, here’s wishing MichaelG a fun week at work next week. (That cheeseburger sounded extra good to me, just now)

    *And the rules around here, as nearly as I understand them, clearly allow you to post about anything you want!

    **He proudly refers to himself as the Big Round Mound of rightwing Sound. I’d call what emanates from him is more like a miasma – but whatever

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  50. Scout said on February 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

    No matter what the fair and balanced reason for the black draped near-empty cavern, it was terrible optics. It’s like the promoters were RMoney supporters in a Colbert kind of way.

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  51. Malvolio said on February 25, 2012 at 11:34 am

    brian: like the stench that followed Jabba wherever he went. And I’d like to see Chuck Barkley kick that idiot’s ass. There is only one Round Mound.

    Sandra Fluke, the young woman that GTA/arsonist Darrell Issa barred from testifying because she was unqualified. Now, who’s the voice of reason? The Georgetown student or the neanderthal ex-criminal congressman?

    The interest in GSA from whockos like Morris and this Pat Miller Sancho Panza character is incredibly creepy, like old farts interested in girls in Catholic School uniforms. If I were a cop, I’d have my eye on these perverts.

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  52. beb said on February 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Romney’s comment that his wife drives a couple of Cadillacs is so typical of his tin-earedness. Most people don’t have multiple cars to drive in ,let alone multiple high-end cars. But then most people don’t live in multiple million-dollar mansions. It goes with his comments, that he likes to fire people and that corporations are people that sound so wrong. It reminds me of the line Ann Richard’s once used: “Poor George Bush. He can’t help himself – he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

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  53. alex said on February 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Well, the News-Sentinel’s lemony-faced scold finally weighed in on Bob Morris versus the Girl Scouts.

    A synopsis: “Even if the Girl Scouts aren’t in bed with Planned Parenthood, they’re still a bunch of leftist kooks indoctrinating innocent children with that bullshit known as global warming.”

    He should be careful about wishing for a return to the social order of yesteryear. They used to institutionalize people who were that stupid.

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  54. Malvolio said on February 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm


    Michael Quinion, proprietor of the World Wide Words website is a tad pedantic, but his etymological discussions are usually entertaining. I think all of you Downton devotees will enjoy the discussion here of “playing the gooseberry”, an ineffably affable Britsm.

    The Mittens at Ford Field photo reminded me, for some reason, of the Neuremburg Tribunal. I would love to have been inside the stadium to shout out “Give us Barabas just as Mitt opened his mouth to speak. And “a couple of Caddies is a lot like McCain’s not knowing how many houses he owned, but, unfortunately for Willard, Americans feel a bit more awash in the recession these days, especially in Deetroit:


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  55. Malvolio said on February 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    indoctrinating innocent children with that bullshit known as global warming.

    Like the fundies’ neww BFFs, the US Council of Catholic Bishops on environmental stewardship. All aboard, you fundygelical GOPers. Act responsibly on climate change, you hypocritical shitheads:


    The Catholic Church does. And if Santorum doesn’t get behind this, I say excommunicate his ass at the Communion rail.

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  56. Minnie said on February 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Brian, thanks for excusing repeated posts on my state legislature’s downright dimwittedness. After reading Nancy’s posts and her readership’s comments here, I am both gratified and horrified that Virginia’s lawmakers are not the only maroons. (Useful descriptor, that.)

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  57. coozledad said on February 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Alex: The folks they used to institutionalize are the backbone of the Republican party. It’s gotten to the point where even the bastards they stick out front don’t clean up good.
    Maybe the beatification of Reagan gave them too much faith in their stock of imbeciles.

    EDIT: Sweet Jesus.

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  58. Malvolio said on February 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm


    Ignoranimus, even better. Pure Bugs:


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  59. Connie said on February 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    My girlfriend in the automotive business tells me the President of Chrysler has bought a house (two houses) in my neighborhood. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120224/OEM02/120229935/1178

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  60. Malvolio said on February 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Having seen the photo of Del. Albo, i think maybe his wife realized at the last minute he looks way too much like Peter Griffin to have sex with.

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  61. moe99 said on February 26, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I am proposing on my FB site that a grass roots Lysistrata movement be started. Lysistrata was a Greek comedy where the wives were tired of the constant warfare, so gave up having sex with their men. To turn it to modern sensibilites, Wives and girlfriends of men who support contraception and other bans on family planning and health should develop their not inconsiderable skills in onanism. There are massagers and other sex toys that can more than make up for a guy’s absence during this time of protest.

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  62. Malvolio said on February 26, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Connie: Watch out, maybe that’s a couple, and who knows what that might mean. I read all of the Harry Books and I enjoyed them. I also understood the vast majority of Gravity’s Rainbow. Is there anything I should worry about? I’m damned to eternal hell by Ricky Frothy? Who the fuck is that ahole? Some hangdog ahole conservative without a clue that wants to make sure you never have fun reading. How about tying up this little schmuck and making him listen to Even Cowgirls, and then whacking his tiny peenie until he gives up. Randy Newman had a word for aholes like this:


    Jesus what a jerk. Baa.

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  63. Malvolio said on February 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

    The problem with a Lysistrata idea is that it plays to Ron Paul bullshit and doesn’t take masturbation into account,, and that gut is the biggest phony since Huey Long. He is so much like that guy, it is hilarious. Anybody that actually wants to live in Ron Paul’s world, raise your hand:


    Way stupid, if you think Shane is sane.

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  64. Malvolio said on February 26, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Trans vaginal sonogram. What sort of shitheel bound to reproductive moronic bullshit moronic vindictive bu;;shit can people put up with!. These people are assholes.

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  65. Malvolio said on February 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Albo says pull my fingah. People vote for tools. “Farts and tapdancing” It might dawn on somebody someday.How is anybody this stupid? That melancholy dreamdrover and sraeli apologist you all loved from your hippie years that turned out to be a fairly great novelist?

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  66. beb said on February 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I read on Slashdot this moring (Sunday) that when the courts told the FBI that they needed warrants to place GPS tracking devices on cars the FBI had to shut down 3000 devices. I’m astonished by the number of devices in use. Were there that many suspicious people out there that needed tracking?

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  67. moe99 said on February 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I still think it would be great if we had a bunch of buttons printed up that read “I’m with Lysistrata!” And, Malvolio, you may be one of a kind, but most men I know want the ‘real thing’ vs a self administered hand job.

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  68. Minnie said on February 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I very much like the “I’m with Lysistrata” button idea, Moe. However my husband and male friends already are on the right side here. Also, the button might be more effective when worn by women some years younger.

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  69. brian stouder said on February 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Well, Minnie – I don’t know… I suppose it depends on the ‘target audience’.

    I was ready to say that the male political decision makers tend to be older themselves….but then I remembered the sort of people with whom some of them get caught with their pants down (so to speak) – and then I saw the wisdom of your point!

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  70. brian stouder said on February 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    btw, speaking of “Waiting for Whatever”, I will confess that I read this article


    and was somewhat titillated.

    But, as Nancy always (and correctly) points out – no one can ever know much of anything about other people’s marriages.

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  71. Connie said on February 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    My take on that Palin email was whether that option would get her out from under some serious ethical investigation issues.

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