One for me.

Don’t you just love it when you’re having a great day — not a birth-of-children, I’d-like-to-thank-the-Academy day, but a solid winner just the same — and you get a call from your spouse, and that spouse is having pretty much the opposite? Because, say, your new dog peed on the bed and then the floor drain in the basement backed up?

It still wasn’t enough to wreck my day. That’s how good mine was.

Any other dog owners have a bed wetter? How’d you fix it, beyond closing the door to the bedroom? The internet isn’t being very helpful.

The sewer problem was fixed in the usual fashion. All while I was in Ann Arbor. The day simply couldn’t get any better.

I don’t want to dump this stuff on Alan, but it so often happens during my shift that I can enjoy not being there for one minor disaster.

Bloggage? Yep.

A fascinating WashPost piece on a kid who was homeschooled, wished he wasn’t, and had to fight to go to a public school and try to catch up with his peers:

Powell was taught at home, his parents using a religious exemption that allows families to entirely opt out of public education, a Virginia law that is unlike any other in the country. That means that not only are their children excused from attending school — as those educated under the state’s home-school statute are — but they also are exempt from all government oversight.

School officials don’t ever ask them for transcripts, test scores or proof of education of any kind: Parents have total control.

Powell’s family encapsulates the debate over the long-standing law, with his parents earnestly trying to provide an education that reflects their beliefs and their eldest son objecting that without any structure or official guidance, children are getting shortchanged. Their disagreement, at its core, is about what they think is most essential that children learn — and whether government, or families, should define that.

While some national advocates fight for the right of parents to educate their children at home, Powell thinks children — most urgently, his siblings — should have the right to go to public school, too.

A story you don’t read every day, that’s for sure.

Indiana voters sent Tony Bennett — not the singer, the state school superintendent — packing last year. And now the good stuff is coming out:

Emails obtained by The Associated Press show Bennett and his staff scrambled last fall to ensure influential donor Christel DeHaan’s school received an “A,” despite poor test scores in algebra that initially earned it a “C.”

“They need to understand that anything less than an A for Christel House compromises all of our accountability work,” Bennett wrote in a Sept. 12 email to then-chief of staff Heather Neal, who is now Gov. Mike Pence’s chief lobbyist.

I look forward to seeing how my former employer’s editorial writer will figure out a way to call this “troubling,” but ultimately be OK with it.

Pot found on Justin Bieber’s tour bus at the Detroit-Windsor crossing. By my recollection, that makes two — someone in Rihanna’s entourage was nailed for the same thing a while back. Don’t any of these people talk amongst themselves?

Posted at 12:30 am in Current events, Same ol' same ol' |

50 responses to “One for me.”

  1. Brandon said on July 30, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Detroit looks at garage sale of assets.

    In the article, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says there is no plan for federal assistamce.

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  2. MarkH said on July 30, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Flashback to the New York Daily News, 1975:

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  3. Dexter said on July 30, 2013 at 2:26 am

    About 15 years ago three co-workers went to Windsor for the tittie shows. Coming back, one guy who should have known better since he was about forty years old was busted with pot coming over the bridge. They were riding in the oldest guy’s car, a new Chevrolet. As I recall, it was a very small amount of weed, but enough to have the border patrol confiscate the car! This meant a long detainment in the little shack holding pen, then lawyers and all, and wives coming with bail money, and a big damn mess. It took about a month to get the car released, and it had been trashed, seats ripped out, interior taken apart looking for more dope…a NEW car. It was a lesson alright…not heeded by those guys. The adventure didn’t slow them down one little bit.

    My labbie dog was scratching so the vet gave us prednisone tablets to dose her, which made the dog pee on the carpet. This was a problem, all the carpet scrubbing, and we took her off the pills way before the bottle was empty. We never had a dog peeing the bed, that’s nasty. I am sure people will provide you a cure.
    The labbie, Pogo, was walking beside the pathway at the watershed pond area Monday, in an area where the tall grass had been mowed a few days earlier. She started smelling around and came up with a baby wild bunny in her mouth. Horrified, I screamed until she dropped the bunny back to the ground, God help that little rabbit. 🙁 I hope my dog didn’t hurt it any…it was definitely alive when it escaped my dog’s mouth.

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  4. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 30, 2013 at 7:13 am

    We have some interesting discussions in my court office about the whole Amish exemption on education deal. It seems so bucolic and traditional and charming, and who wants to bash the Amish? But the reality is that we’ve given them, as a faith community, a blanket exemption to stop at 8th grade (my grandmother prayed – PRAYED that her parents would let her go on to high school, and never forgot how thankful she was that her prayers were granted in 1922), with pretty dramatic divergences between the boys and the girls even up to that point.

    So of course kids I’m chasing for truancy, who live in the same or adjoining townships to our growing Amish un-sprawl-sprawl to the northeast, are immediately asking me “why do I have to go to stupid school, or face legal penalties for not going, when Edbert and Joachim up the road stopped three years ago?”

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  5. Linda said on July 30, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Re: the school thing. My paternal grandmother and all her sisters were pulled out of school right after the 8th grade, and fixed up with jobs in a cigar factory, because girls don’t need all that schooling, right? It’s part of the reason that she spoke English as a second language, despite being born in Detroit.

    My nephew crossed the border with a bunch of chicks, and some of them were carrying substances. A nice border guard let him off with a warning (after a couple hours hassle and the arrest of his friends) about the company he kept.

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  6. Prospero said on July 30, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Brandon @1> If the Teabangers bust it, let the teabangers fix it. They do not intend to. They are morons that specialize in fucking things up with no idea how to fix them,

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  7. alex said on July 30, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Nance, your former employer’s editorial writer is likely to spin this as proof that charter schools move at the speed of light when it comes to bringing up grades. It happens so dramatically that it sometimes happens after the fact. Plus, Charles Zinn isn’t turning your students into little Stalinists, thank Heavens.

    Regarding the dog peeing the bed, was it a big wiz or just dribbling? I ask because my rescue doberman was doing some of this early on. I was told that spayed females sometimes lack control in that region and spill. I suspected, however, that she was marking furniture and bedding that I’d inhabited. In any case, the vet gave me some pills that dried her right up, and your vet has probably seen and heard it all so you should see what advice you can find there.

    I once dated a man with a jealous boxer. While we were in bed getting it on, the dog hopped up on the foot of the bed and started letting loose to register his displeasure. Again, I think there very likely may be a psychological component here having to do with marking the territory.

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  8. Suzanne said on July 30, 2013 at 7:47 am

    We live near Amish. It only seems bucolic and wonderful to those who aren’t around it everyday. There is alcoholism, spouse abuse, and quite a bit of genetic problems caused by, for want of a better term, in-breeding. Sure, most of them don’t leave the order, but how can they? They have little education, no skills to cope with the greater world, and no support system outside their community.

    Who has control over the education of their children? It is a fine line to walk. Families need some control, but we are all part of the greater world, and can’t really completely go our own way.

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  9. alex said on July 30, 2013 at 8:00 am

    It only seems bucolic and wonderful in Adams and Allen Counties, where the farms are so immaculately clean you could eat off the ground. Even storybook pictures of farms are never this quaint. Up in LaGrange and Steuben Counties, however, the Amish put their trailer trash neighbors to shame with the amount of garbage strewn in the yards and the overall shabbiness and neglect of the homes. They practice a little different sort of ascetic self-denial up there, methinks. And they don’t bring in enough cousins from Pennsylvania to thin the blood a bit.

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  10. beb said on July 30, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I imagine that the pot on the Bieb’s bus was for the Bieb and someone else took that fall because you can’t have the Bieb sent to prison, now can you?

    Birds gotta fly; pigs gotta wallow and grifters gotta grift. That’s all there is to the Bennett story. This is also like the ethanol story in which anyone who’s ever looked into it realized that it’s a big boondoggle and free money for grifters and not a solution to our energy problem. Story after story has been coming out showing that Charter Schools aren’t doing better than public schools and are frequently run by criminally dishonest people. But like Ethanol the powers-that-be won’t stop loving the grift.

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  11. coozledad said on July 30, 2013 at 8:25 am

    A charter school president attended the last town hall held by our state rep. I think his complaint was public schools receive disproportionate funding for computers and his school was having a hard time keeping up.

    I can’t remember exactly because I lost track of what he was saying owing to the fact he spoke like a man who’d just been drubbed with a tire iron and I couldn’t recall what you do for someone who’s in shock because of a head injury. Should I run get some water? A shovel?

    They’s some dumb motherfuckers in education.

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  12. coozledad said on July 30, 2013 at 8:40 am

    The Zimmerman case has opened up a host of strategies for victim blaming. If, of course, the victim(s)are black.

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  13. Peter said on July 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Wow, that headline story really brought home how times have changed – Ford said that headline cost him the election? (Sure, OK, not that the Nixon pardon and the debate performance had anything to do with it) Today, Santorum or Bachman would BEG for that kind of headline.

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  14. brian stouder said on July 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

    1. At the end of the last thread, Alex had a link to an article about a Fox-babe who got her ass handed to her by one o’ them-there ‘academic’ types, which was superb. I nominate it as the retroactive Thread Winner of Yesterday!

    2. I had occasion to meet Tony Bennett here in Fort Wayne, a couple years ago. The high school my son goes to, Fort Wayne South Side*, was on the brink of very serious sanctions, up to and including state takeover. I got the chance to look him in the eye and tell him that I was a happy, tax-paying citizen, and that I trusted our locally elected school board and the superintendent they hired; and that I’d be an unhappy citizen if the state grabbed our locally controlled and financed schools away, and handed them to unaccountable charter operators. As it happened, Bennett (et al) left our school alone, and our local district jumped through the hoops and steered everything away from the rocks.

    And I was as stunned as I think I’ve ever been, when Glenda Ritz not only won Tony Bennett’s seat, but that she out-polled Governor Bobby Knightpence! And of course, the Indiana statehouse, many of whose members have to be reminded to scrape all the shit off their shoes before they walk into the capital building, immediately began talking about legislating her office (state superintendent of public education) out of existence(!!!)

    I betcha this debacle coming to light, from the deposed dufus who ran off to the sunshine state, may actually bolster the effort to zap Ms Ritz.

    *South Side High School is an urban school with about 1,800 students, including lots of English language learners, including a few dozen Burmese kiddos. It is an excellent school with a dedicated, never-say-die administration, and this is where I learned all about things like AYP cells and free-and-reduced lunch students, and the like. Grant will be a senior there this year, and Shelby will be a freshman at Wayne/New Tech, which is a school with similar challenges before it. Happily, Wayne/New Tech has a new principal, who was an absolutely magnificent assistant principal at South Side – and who we therefore already know!

    Gotta love it when a plan comes together!

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  15. Connie said on July 30, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Never published photos of the Detroit riots, rescued from the trash at the Detroit News. I saw Governor Romney.!i=1647658212&k=tT9h7S9

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  16. Bitter Scribe said on July 30, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Nancy, I gotta ask…what was “the usual fashion” for fixing the basement drain? For me, that would be calling Roto-Rooter.

    That Bennett seems like a real piece of work. I skimmed that Indie Star piece last night (or maybe it was AP, not sure) and recall an e-mail where he refers to the lies that he told—using the word “lies.” I wonder how the Michelle Rhee crowd is going to spin this one.

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  17. garmoore2 said on July 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Your dog’s peeing problem could be nerves or could be a bladder disorder. Sounds like she’s been taken through a physical recently, but I’d still check that out with the vet. If it’s nerves, you could consider kennel-training her, or maybe trying Prozac. My dog is on a light dose of Prozac, and it’s done wonders for her nervous habits (which did not include peeing; her behavior included excessive itching, barking, licking her paws). Before we tried Prozac, we eliminated all possible physical causes. You might want to look into this possibility with the vet.

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  18. adrianne said on July 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

    As Nance will recall, I’ve never been a big fan of the Amish. Willful ignorance (no schoolin’ after eighth grade, because, who needs it?) should not be celebrated in any form.

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  19. LAMary said on July 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

    My sewer line backed up yesterday too. Must be part of the Mercury in retrograde thing. We don’t call roto rooter. We rent the machine at Home Depot and I summon the big strapping sons. The rental was about 60 dollars with tax. The bribe for the sons was a run to El Atacor for the 20 tacos for 20 dollars.

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  20. brian stouder said on July 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Sounds like a Win/Win situation (even if a draining experience)

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  21. Charlotte said on July 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    We don’t have Amish, but we do have Hutterites up here. Hutterites and the dregs of the Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT), as well as the whole gamut of homeschooling types — from yuppies who feel their snowflakes aren’t getting enough special care to whackjob Evangelicals who don’t want their darlings learning any pesky facts that might interfere with their faith. Sigh.
    As a kid who was saved by school (and summer camp) from a chaotic home situation and unreliable parents, I’m a big fan of school.

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  22. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Brian, after seeing a number of comments re: the Aslan interview, I hunted up a transcript. Haven’t seen the video (my connection here is molasses-level), but here’s what I found:

    Her most egregious statement came at the end, when she claimed he had not been stating his own religious perspective, but I think her persistent questioning was reasonable, at least on the page. When a Democrat explains how Reagan wasn’t a good Republican, I snort and move on. So that question, which he insisted on treating like an insult, seemed reasonable to me. And in point of fact, he’s a professor of creative writing, with his Ph.D. in sociology, not in religious studies, and his teaching and writing don’t match what he keeps claiming about his status and role in academia.

    More to the point, I’ve now read the fairly short book, and I don’t have many criticisms except for the “Jesus was illiterate because it serves my point to insist he was” issue — but I have a major critique. He’s basically lifted wholesale the outline, and in detail, without plagiarizing words per se, Dom Crossan’s book of 1994, “Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography,” which I have an autographed copy of, thank you very much. It’s listed as a recommended read, so Aslan mentions it, but frankly, I could see Crossan considering legal action. It’s very much, section by section, argument by argument, the same book. And Crossan is MUCH the better writer. (I also strongly recommend Crossan & Reed’s “Excavating Jesus” & “In Search of Paul” on the history and sociology of the NT era.)

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  23. alex said on July 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Not so fast, Jeff.

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  24. Brandon said on July 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    “Against School”, an essay by John Taylor Gatto originally published in the September 2003 issue of Harper’s.

    It is also here.

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  25. brian stouder said on July 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Some news articles, like this one, are troubling when you read them, and then more troubling when you contemplate them.

    The lead paragraph:

    PORTLAND, Ind. (WISH) – A 4-year-old is fighting for her life after she was accidentally shot in the head Sunday night.

    Jay County Captain Patrick Wells says the child’s 8-year-old brother was aiming for a target with a .22 caliber rifle when the little girl ran through the line of fire. “This obviously is nothing more than a tragic accident,” he said. “This is a perfect example of what can happen if you take your eyes off for second.”

    and the last sentence:

    No criminal charges will be filed.

    So the horrible event itself is troubling, and then on second thought, the certainty of that ‘Jay County Captain’ is certainly not reassuring

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  26. mark said on July 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    What criminal charges do you want to file, brian?

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  27. brian stouder said on July 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Where was mom or dad?

    Who handed the 8 year old a loaded firearm, and left the 4 year old running around?

    If I hand our 9 year old the car keys, and say “lets go for a ride” – will I be arrested when she runs over a kid on a bicycle?

    Shouldn’t I be?

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  28. mark said on July 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    It is against the law for nine year-olds to drive cars so, yes, I think you will/should be arrested.

    Let’s assume the parents were negligent. Under what circumstances do you want to punish the parents criminally for death or injury to their child? Currently, we require much more than negligence. I see no reason to think that the Jay County authorities are incompetent to inestigate and evaluate the circumstances particular to this accident.

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  29. brian stouder said on July 30, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I see no reason to think that the Jay County authorities are incompetent to inestigate and evaluate the circumstances particular to this accident.

    Well, I think you’ve struck at the core of what bothered me.

    It sounds all too ‘case-closed’ to me; I don’t have faith that the Jay County Authorities are capable of taking a critical look at the gunplay of these citizens (who, I’m guessing, look very similar to the Jay County authorities; they aren’t “others” – who we would be afraid of on some level)

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  30. mark said on July 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm


    I don’t even know what you are trying to say about “others” and being afraid of them. Unless you have some reason to think they were trying to kill a four year-old, or using her for a William Tell-like demonstration of markmanship, why not chalk it up as a horrible accident involving gun nuts, ansd a pretty good argument to examine our laws involving children and the use of firearms?

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  31. brian stouder said on July 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    mark, very possibly I am all wrong (certainly won’t be the first time, even just including this afternoon!), but this strikes me as the flip-side of racism.

    You can say that I’m the one making racist assumptions in this case, and you’d be right.

    I’m assuming the police are white, and the shooter family is white, and that the police and the shooter family are neighbors (at least in the socio-economic sense).

    And I’m further assuming that the police acceptance of this would quickly thin out, as we change those variables.

    But as you say, maybe not.

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  32. mark said on July 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    And I’m assuming that the parents and family were overcome with grief and remorse, and second-guessing their not too bright/careful actions, regardless of their race. Why in the world would you look for or see race issues in this?

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  33. brian stouder said on July 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    because grief and remorse felt by some people seems to counts for more than grief and remorse amongst ‘others’.

    (see the criticism of, for example, Rachel Jeantel)

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  34. Mark P said on July 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    When we inherited my mother’s little dog, she had established a habit of peeing and pooping in the house, mainly because my mother couldn’t hear her barking to go outside. She did it a few times in our house, but frequent trips outside have resolved that issue. But it’s a habit that destroys a dog’s natural aversion to elimination in the den. I have never had to deal with a dog that peed or pooped inside for a reason other than really having to go but not being able to go outside. If it continues despite frequent relief trips outside, I would certainly take her for a complete checkup.

    One of my wife’s stray cats has peed and pooped on our bed, at least once with me still in it. I was not allowed to use my solution, which is guaranteed to work, because my wife did not want me to kill the cat. Or at the very least, make sure it never came inside again.

    Prednisone, among other I suppose, can certainly cause bedwetting. One of my dogs took it to help with cancer symptoms. One day I woke up to her licking her own bed. She had peed, and she was very embarrassed. I felt very sorry for her.

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  35. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Alex, I’m not saying in any way shape or form that Aslan shouldn’t write his book. From whatever perspective. I *do* think he doesn’t know as much as he claims he is — and of course you can find Christian nimrods who have no decent knowledge of their subject matter — but I point that out because I really do think he’s basically just ripped off a twenty year old work, changed the paint job and filed off the serial numbers, and is hoping to sell it as a new car.

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  36. alex said on July 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Jeff, my point was that his Ph.D. is in sociology of religion and that he is a published author of multiple books on the subject of religion, so as the Atlantic piece states, he’s not misrepresenting his creds as a scholar as his detractors would now like you to believe. In viewing that Fox clip, it’s readily apparent to me and to most that they were out for blood and not a serious discussion of the work in question — as you, apparently, are.

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  37. Deborah said on July 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    All I’ve got to say about the guy who got raked over the coals by Fox news about his Jesus book is: what did you expect?

    I officially started practicing for my Beaver Brook class today. A friend of mine who does a lot of building recommended that I start pounding nails everyday to get myself acclimated. I got some good work gloves and a 2×4 and a box of 2″ nails, already had a hammer. I’m actually better at it than I thought I’d be, I only screwed up 2 nails. The hardest part is sitting on concrete all hunched over while I’m doing it. I’ve gotten advice on how to hold the hammer at the end and to use you whole forearm not just your wrist when you’re pounding away. Of course this will probably be useless practice because we’ll probably be using a nail gun, but at least it may help me develop some muscles in my pounding arm.

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  38. Prospero said on July 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    If spmebody threatens the Diego Rivera mmurals, I’m willing to go ballistic. There is no finer work of art, in my opinion. Not even Guernica.

    Jeff and Alex: How does a reasonable person argue for putting any human being to death? You just can’t do it, You just can’t rationalize it. It’s the most dehumanizing thing a human can do, and your next act must be ending your own life.

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  39. Prospero said on July 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    No homer whining tonight. Lord whart a sorrowful life that poor boy leads. No-hitter one night, embarrassed by Kershaw the next. Clayton puts it on the line, you whiny dickhead.

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  40. Joe K said on July 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Just back from a short vacation up to da u.p. with the wife. Thru the bikes on the back and drove up to the soo Sunday morning, rode around the soo. Took off Monday and did the valley camp steamer then out to techusama? Falls, had a nice lunch at the brew pub then went out to whitefish point. Great Lakes shipwreck museum was great, met 2 of the divers that brought up the bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald. Any one know the official cause of the fitz going down? Coast guard said it lost boyance. The divers think she scrapped bottom then just took on water and got heavier and heavier and just sank. Today rode from harbor springs to petosky and back. Michigan has great trails, and a great Polish dinner by the harbor spring airport
    Pilot Joe

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  41. Sherri said on July 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Prospero, best thing about Clayton Kershaw: his great-uncle discovered Pluto.

    (Worst thing about Clayton Kershaw: he pitches for the Dodgers!)

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  42. basset said on July 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Joe, a couple more theories, maybe connected to the Coast Guard’s eventual ruling…

    Leaky hatches on top, water got it, boat got too heavy and sank

    Big wave at each end, no water in the middle to support its weight, boat broke in two

    When I worked at TV 9/10 in that part of the world we interviewed a Coast Guard icebreaker captain out of, I think, Cheboygan who said he had previously done similar duty in Antarctica and the Great Lakes were worse… because you never knew what you were going to have to deal with, in Antarctica at least the situation was consistent.

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  43. Rana said on July 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    With regards to the dog, perhaps crate training would work?

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  44. Joe K said on July 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Asked about the big wave on each end, divers said waves were too close together, captain McSorley said his pumps were on but not keeping up, they said the only pumps he had, would have been in the ballets area, since the Fitz was loaded they wouldn’t have had ballets water so he must have been taking on water from below.She got heavy and they think a large wave caught them from behind and drove them down.
    Pilot Joe

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  45. alex said on July 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Ah, the old obfuscate by introducing a bunch of irrelevant gibberish and talking about it authoritatively while the Hoosiers rub their eyes and ask “Where the fuck’s the lottery numbers for tonight?”

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  46. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Um, Prospero, I’m against the death penalty. In all circumstances. So I’d be a bad person to ask for a defense of it. I wouldn’t even put Heisenberg on the gurney, even though I suspect he will receive a more informal capital consequence by season’s end, as did Tony.

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  47. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 30, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Joe, I’ve heard from lake captains that there’s a bank of sorts 50 miles northwest of Whitefish Point (that’s a lovely museum complex, by the way) where the bottom of Superior comes up to within 60 feet or so of the surface, and if a 20 foot draft vessel is ploughing through 40 foot waves, you have the chance for a long, slow scrape that the crew would have barely noticed, but that would have doomed them. That seems more plausible than the long-standing “bad hatchway” explanation.

    I’m regularly amazed by how many Republican party officials on the local level are oblivious to just how damaging these alliances with for-profit charter school moguls are for the GOP, in Ohio as much as in the Hoosier State. It’s the single most unmistakably inexcusable thing they’re into right now . . . and I’m a little amazed how our Democratic leadership here is sticking with the fracking issue, which I don’t see as getting them the same sort of public traction. I’d think pounding away on the edu-skimming issue would be a winner, but my ignorance of what actually works politically has been demonstrated repeatedly, not just in Nancy’s pages. So who knows?

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  48. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Alex: 25 27 36 42 44 MB 39 MP 3

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  49. MichaelG said on July 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Weapon owners and particularly parents have an absolute responsibility to store weapons in an unloaded condition and to store weapons in a place such that they would not be accessible to youngsters. I can think of a whole list of charges.

    MM Jeff, you’re just too cute for words.

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  50. Dexter said on July 31, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Kirk, the Redlegs’ season is over. Someone put a curse/spell on their bats. They lost again, late in the game once more, when Sam LeCure gave up a double. It’s sad to see them lose every damn night lately.

    brianstouder: I also met a Tony Bennett once, but the singer.
    It was the nadir of his career, before his resurgence, about 1990. He did a fundraiser in our local Bryan, Ohio gymnasium. Like a moron, I walked up to him when his set was over and shook his hand.

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