You meet the nicest people at the O.G.

It appears our connectivity has been restored, but my personal connectivity is reduced — I’m heading to Windsor for a show tonight, and so am headed out the door for that rare treat, a weeknight out with the hipsters. At least as hip as Canadians can be.

Seeing this band. Like the Black Keys, but girls. A friend of mine here in Detroit produces their rekkids. Here’s their new single.

So have some linkage: If you were thinking there’s no one in the world as annoying as Anthony Weiner, well son, you are wrong. It’s a veritable carnival of douchebags when Weiner faces…Lawrence O’Donnell.

The hearing featuring the worst Grosse Pointe husband ever produced this killer lead:

Detroit — Robert Bashara wooed an Oregon woman he hoped would join him and his girlfriend in a polygamous relationship by mailing her a T-shirt he’d worn for several days, a leather collar — and a gift certificate to the Olive Garden restaurant, according to court testimony Thursday.

What do you think constituted the sadism? The Olive Garden gift card?

Guess what I passed on my bike ride today? The Google street view car. I waved. How long before that stuff uploads?

Have a great weekend, all.

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

62 responses to “You meet the nicest people at the O.G.”

  1. Dexter said on September 13, 2013 at 12:43 am

    “What’s wrong with you, Anthony”
    “What do you mean what’s wrong with me?”

    I was expecting Lawrence to next ask “What’s the frequency, Anthony? What’s the frequency, Anthony?”

    Anybody know anything about Pivot TV? It started a few weeks ago but since I have Time Warner cable , just as it did with al-Jazeera’s acquisition of Current TV, TWC refuses to sign on with Pivot TV. It’s aimed at hipsters and millennials anyway, but I heard that Meghan McCain has a show that premiered last night and I was gonna check it out because I had read on Jezebel that it was “a dumb show” and I wanted to see for myself. Sometimes I don’t want to search for a stream on my computer. Anybody watch it?

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  2. jerry said on September 13, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Sherrie at #8 yesterday: glad your enjoying your visit and expecially the London Underground but I recommend you experience the Northern Line about 0830 before extolling its virtues too strongly! Plenty of close encounters of the armpit kind – and isn’t it funny that the people raising their arms to hold onto the rail always seem to include those with the poorest personal hygiene?

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  3. jerry said on September 13, 2013 at 3:51 am

    that’s you’re not your. And I thought I’d checked it – bother.

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  4. alex said on September 13, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Olive Garden isn’t sadism. Its scatology.

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  6. Deborah said on September 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Lawrence ODonnell can be irritating, sometimes he’s great but other times he’s a mess.

    We have another captured skunk in the new trap they left just in case. I thought there was only one, now I have no idea how many are living under the garden shed or there a bouts. I don’t think the condo association is going to continue to pay for their removal. On the other hand in the last 9 days they’ve caught 13 bears in Santa Fe! This is the wild west.

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  7. Deborah said on September 13, 2013 at 7:18 am


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  8. coozledad said on September 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Well, this guy got his threesome, a little unintentional BDSM, some sizzling hot girl on girl, an episode of Cops and a porn parody of the Waltons all wrapped up in a single morning.

    I don’t know if they’d planned on hitting the Olive Garden after they finished hitting each other.

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  9. coozledad said on September 13, 2013 at 7:27 am


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  10. Cosmo Panzini said on September 13, 2013 at 7:40 am

    You WAVED??? at the Google street view car? You have no imagination. Should have mooned it. Happened here where I live.

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  11. beb said on September 13, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Four of ten posts this morning are corrections to the posters original comment. I think that’s a plea for an “edit” button don’tcha think?

    My wife, I and people on my daughter’s blog were all talking about J K Rowling’s new Potter-universe movie. I’m not surprised she’s decided to come back to the world of Potter because it was such a rich and colorful universe. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I have hopes for it.

    Meanwhile it seems as if the fallout from Depps’ Lone Ranger debacle is sucking down the 5th Pirates movie.

    I never warmed to Lawrence O’Donnell, not the way I have to Ed Schultz of The Ed Show. Schultz, I gather, started life as a right-wing talker, married a nurse, came involved with the Free Clinics movement and became a lefty. He’s a good talker, is a lot more proletariat than the rest of MSNBC and his daily pools and viewer questions give a nice interactive feel.

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  12. Julie Robinson said on September 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    beb, have you read Rowling’s non-Potter book, The Casual Vacancy? No wonder it didn’t do so well, it’s downright depressing.

    Off to the grocery store soon. I have to ramp up from feeding two to feeding four.

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  13. coozledad said on September 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I make joke.

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  14. coozledad said on September 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I make a joke.

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  15. Dave said on September 13, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I saw the Google Street View car driving down Route 37 on the east side of Fort Wayne about three years ago. Hope you show up, Nancy. I’m disappointed to say I didn’t.

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  16. LAMary said on September 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Deborah, I can’t speak for Santa Fe, but here in the second biggest city in the country, five minutes from downtown, skunks are plentiful. I don’t think you’re going to get rid of them by trapping them. Skunks have adapted to city and suburban life as easily as raccoons. Maybe not in Chicago, but Santa Fe looks like it’s skunky. It’s really not that big a deal. Considering how often I see them it’s a pretty rare event for any of my pets to get skunked. My old dog Sophie, yes, but she never figured out she shouldn’t chase them. My current dogs have been skunked one time each. Cats zero. Hunans, zero, but I’ve been close enough to skunkiness that I couldn’t get the smell out of my nose for a day or so.

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  17. Deborah said on September 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

    You’re right LAMary, we’re going to have to get used to it.

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  18. brian stouder said on September 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Referring to today’s headline, it took me awhile to figure out where the nicest people are met.

    I was thinking ‘Ontario grocery’? ‘Outside Grosse Pointe’? And then I thought the good ol’ internet should be able to help.

    Although I quickly rejected the soccer term ‘own goal’, Uncle Google lead me badly astray with the Urban Dictionary’s ‘Orangutan Ganja’. (But, I bet the nice people you meet over that ‘OG’ seem even nicer than they are)

    And THEN…. it hit me.

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  19. Dorothy said on September 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I started to attend a water aerobics class yesterday on campus and while chatting between exercises, I used the expression “Uncle Google” and made all the ladies in class laugh and laugh. Made me feel quite the smarty pants!

    We have big news at our house. We are moving to Dayton. It’s a long story but suffice to say hubby was encountering problems (not of his making) at his job and he applied for a bunch of jobs with GE and lo and behold, he interviewed twice and was offered both jobs. (The other location was north of Cincinnati where we used to live.) About 18 hours passed between the first and second job offer. He liked the job better at the first so that’s the one he’s going to accept. He felt quite vindicated about being offered both positions, especially in light of how lousy they are treating him where he works now. Full relo which is nice, a good raise and that softens the blow from having to leave our lovely custom built house. And my favorite job ever. But we’ll be fine. It’s still very quiet news because he hasn’t given his notice at work yet so nothing about it on Facebook (Jeff and Mary). Not that I think you would but I still have to mention it. I don’t think anyone else I work with reads this blog so I’m not too worried. I told my boss last night just because I felt like I really had to, to make it real.

    And now I want to make some mistake so I can chime in within 5 minutes to correct it!

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  20. brian stouder said on September 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Dorothy – congratulations to you and yours; your husband and you must have real courage and…. true grit!

    Here’s wishing for a quick sale of the house and as few bumps as possible on the journey to your new normal

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  21. John (not McCain) said on September 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

    What a coincidence. I was walking to the ATM this morning on Buffalo’s west side and thought I smelled some early morning weed (a not uncommon occurrence). Kept going and after another block I realized – dead skunk. Thought I was back in Kentucky.

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  22. MichaelG said on September 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for the John O’ breakfast tip, Mary. I’ll have to try the place. I know I liked the corned beef sandwich tips you gave me a couple of years ago.

    We have skunks here in Sacto as well. I also saw a great big coon on my front sidewalk yesterday AM. He was between me and my car so a paused a moment to let him mosey off down the street.

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  23. alex said on September 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

    John, having lived with a ganj aficionado, I can tell you that I am probably now inured to the smells of both skunk and dog shit because those are exactly what these exotic new strains smell like — and that’s even before they’re set afire. Way to intense for me. Today’s stuff is not your father’s Oldsmobile.

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  24. coozledad said on September 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

    both skunk and dog shit because those are exactly what these exotic new strains smell like

    Well that seals it. I guess I won’t be buying any of that to check it out, especially since my beagle Ray-Dell would only seek it out and eat it.

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  25. alex said on September 13, 2013 at 11:22 am


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  26. TheOtherHank said on September 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Are you sure it was a Street View car? It could have been one of their automated cars; they have all kinds of gizmos on the roof. That being said, I had a Street View car come down my street while I was outside. It took about 6 months for me to show up. But that was many years ago (2006-ish). And I’m still there. When will they come take new pictures?

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  27. LAMary said on September 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

    OG in my house means original gangsta. That’s just how we roll.

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  28. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Congrats, Dorothy, though I’m sure dear old Middle Path will miss you.

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  29. adrianne said on September 13, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I’m not sure who comes off worse in the Weiner-O’Donnell showdown, but the part that made me spit out my coffee was when Weiner tries to get all-bro on Larry, i.e., “Lawrence, chillax, buddy, just dial it down a second.” Nothing worse than a 40-something trying to be all, you know, chillax. Yikes. Mercifully, New Yorkers know when a good joke was running out and failed to back Weiner, Mr. “I won’t take off my black dress socks while consorting with a prostitute” Eliot Spitzer, and the repulsive former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who forced his young female aides to give him “massages” and the like. Triple Ewww, and maybe they’ll slink back under a rock.

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  30. Julie Robinson said on September 13, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Dorothy it sounds like a mixed blessing but it’s good for Mike to know he’s valued. We went through a similar situation a few years back and taking a new job ended up being a real blessing. I hope it will be for you-all too.

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  31. alex said on September 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Dorothy, sorry to hear you have to give up Kenyon but I hope you’ll find another job you love as much. Congrats to you and your hubby.

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  32. Dorothy said on September 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    The good Lord hasn’t steered us wrong yet, Julie, in all of the job changes Mike’s faced in the last 13 years. I just pray this will be the last one until we retire. We’re getting too old for this crap!

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  33. Deborah said on September 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Congratulations Dorothy, your husband must be very valuable considering how hard it is for some people just to find work at all these days. Having two offers, a good raise, and all the rest! Wow.

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  34. beb said on September 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Julie Robinson: If asked, and I wasn’t, my advice to Ms. Rowlings would to never write another book because nothing she’ll do outside the Potterverse will live up to the Harry Potter books.

    Also, and I loved the Harry Potter books, but I thought the writing was more serviceable than good.

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  35. Randy said on September 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Nancy, if you like Pack AD, you should check out Sleater-Kinney if you have not already done so.

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  36. Dexter said on September 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Anybody who can eat almost eleven of these hot dogs is a nut!

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  37. Julie Robinson said on September 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    beb, agreed. She needed the firm hand of an editor but after the first couple of books it seems no one would take her on.

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  38. MichaelG said on September 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Sounds like a mixed blessing, Dorothy, but best wishes. Good stuff for your husband.

    Here at the State, a memo was just sent out by our personnel people announcing an open enrollment period for health, eyes, teeth etc. insurance for same sex couples.

    In another area, the State is making a big push to get people enrolled in health insurance through the ACA. TV commercials, etc. Obamacare thrives in CA.

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  39. nancy said on September 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Congratulations, Dorothy. I hope Dayton does it for you. Great jazz town.

    Does your daughter still work at the Virginia-Pilot? One of my students just took a job on their copy desk.

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  40. brian stouder said on September 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Another random September 11 thought.

    Hasn’t the past decade been flat-out strange?

    I think, when we get a few more decades down the road, and people look back, our understanding of the political and social impact of the attacks of September 11, 2001 will loom ever larger.

    I think 9/11 imploded, amongst many other things, the modern Republican party*. In an odd way, 9/11 enflamed a powerful resurgence of American racism in general, and white supremacists in particular.

    And indeed, President Bush will (I think) get at least some historical vindication for standing athwart that very same racist impulse, when he repeatedly insisted that our enemy was not Islam; although he will lose points for declaring a “war on terror”, which is self-contradictory and essentially meaningless. Imagine if President Obama had been president then, and, as President Bush did – said (as surely he would have) that Islam wasn’t our enemy. (egad!!)

    Given the GOP-implosion around social issues (go to hell!), defense issues (go to war!!), and economic issues (Mine! Mine!) since September 11, 2001, President Bush is almost surely the last Republican president of the sort I grew up with, if not indeed the last Republican president, period.

    *this thought was triggered by Senator Cruz’s incredible remark yesterday, that we need 100 senators just like Jesse Helms. If Cruz is the future, the Republican party is simply dead at the national level

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  41. Dorothy said on September 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Yes she does and oh my gosh! Laura might be his/her supervisor! She works nights and she’s Assistant Copy Desk Chief. An intern just moved from Virginia to Columbus to intern at the Dispatch. She is miserable. Can’t find any friends just yet and is really missing her buddies at the Pilot. She still has one semester of classes to do at OU before she graduates next spring. Mike and I are taking her out to dinner one night soon. Or she’s coming to our house – it’s not certain yet.

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  42. Dorothy said on September 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Did she go to Wayne State, Nancy?

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    • nancy said on September 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Yes. Her name is Emily. Very bright girl, just completed an internship with the New York Times. Tell your daughter to keep an eye out.

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  43. alex said on September 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Brian, I seem to remember Dubya talking out of both sides of his ass when it came to whether Islam was the enemy or not, and his “Axis of Evil” rhetoric barely camouflaged the racial and religious animism he was deliberately trying to churn up. I doubt that history will remember him kindly for anything except maybe his computer getting hacked and his amateurish artwork getting leaked.

    But compared to Cruz and that ilk, yes he looked a whole lot more presidential.

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  44. coozledad said on September 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    brian: but at the state level, the Kochs and their cheap whores are putting the torch to the electoral system.

    Cruz is absolutely full of shit. They’ll never get a hundred Jesse Helms burbling that Union County, NC horseshit, because no-one even cares about being born into the aristocracy of a hoglot where you’ve got to at least scrape ass with your gums every Sunday.

    What the new Republican party is about is the Duke Cunninghams and David Vitters who aren’t so much about waving inherited privilege in your face as they are their shitty drawers.

    I will say this, their outreach for new Pinochets shows a remarkable breach from the old cold war stance. Dana Rohrbacher’s sweaty manlove for Putin won’t be the first time Republicans admired the way Russian dictators git r’done, but it may be the closest they’ve come to publicly jacking one off.

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  45. Dorothy said on September 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Oh she’s already told me about her. She was raving about her a couple of weeks ago. Last I heard Laura’s boss Brian had called her to offer the job and she asked if she could think about it. I forgot to ask if she had accepted but now you’ve let me know she did! I hope she likes it in Norfolk. Laura’s been there since she graduated from Penn State and really loves it.

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  46. Dorothy said on September 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Just recalled a specific thing Laura said about Emily: She reminds me of me. I never heard her say that about anyone before. Hope that doesn’t sound egotistical.

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  47. prospero said on September 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Canadian Senator Ted Cruz pushes that GOPer minority outreach thang by wishing for an entire Senate’s worth of Ol’ Jesse Helmses. Seriously What a clueless doofus. I don’t imagine this will go over so bigtime with his assumed Latino constituency, either. Makes one wonder if this dickhead would despise himself for his Hispanic heritage if he weren’t himself. Nice to see Rachel Maddow burn him a new one over this. It is unseemly and extremely offensive whan these GOPers speak in hagiographic tones about the worst excuse for humans and Americans of the 20th Century. Some reporter ought to ask Ted whether he’d leave room for a few Ol’ Stroms in his racist Senate

    Object lesson on the safety of pipelines.This is a pretty sad SNAFU by somebody, but believing any international ohl an’ gas consortium is going to be more careful and safety conscious about a pipeline over commandeered American lands is demonstrably stupid. And of course this reminds me of the other great American molasses spill.

    Shpuldn’t any American paper willing to publish Putin’s propaganda (plain and simple) have the decency and the brains to surround it with backgrounders on Russia’s military misadventures in Georgia and Chechnya? Ya know, the both sides of the coin thing that is so important to NYT and WaPo in their political reporting? Shrub’s buddy is a hypocrite of the highest order bitching about his Syrian client state.

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  48. brian stouder said on September 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Good point about election stealing (voter suppression + gerrymandering) at the state level.

    If they could get 17th Amendment repealed, then they could gerrymander the United States Senate, which is already massively distorted, when 38 million Californians get precisely the same weight as 2 million people in New Mexico, for example (no offense, Deborah!)

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  49. Deborah said on September 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    No offense taken Brian, I think it’s ridiculous too that NM has the same weight in the Senate as say IL where the population of the Chicago area itself is much, much more. Crazy.

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  50. beb said on September 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    A blogger was explaining why the New York mayoral election should loom so large in politics. Apparently the population of New York is as large or larger than 39 states in our nation. I looked it up on Wikipedia. There are indeed only eleven states with populations greater than the 8.8 million in NYC. The greater are smaller. Two states – Vermont and Wyoming have populations smaller than Detroit! You could combine North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho into one vast state and it would still not have as many people as NYC.

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  51. coozledad said on September 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Pretty cool:

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  52. prospero said on September 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    beb@50: That’s how we get the meshugah House of Representatives in which the Dems got 2.5mil more votes than the GOPers and Boehner can claim a jobs, jobs, jobs mantra while preventing votes on five seperate jobs bills and voting more than 40 times to dismantle ACA. That is not representative government in any conceivable fashion.

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  53. LAMary said on September 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Deborah, NM doesn’t have many congresspeople though. The two senators per state thing is to balance out the congress numbers and prevent the big states from dominating all the time.

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  54. ROGirl said on September 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I made the mistake of turning on Fox 2 News yesterday and saw footage from the Bashara hearing. Apparently the judge was grossed out, too:

    After admonishing Bashara earlier this week, King said, he watched as Bashara licked his lips while Rachel Gillett, his former mistress, testified.

    “And it wasn’t a simple licking of the lips,” the judge said. “I mean he was going to town on his lips with his tongue.”

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  55. prospero said on September 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I’m looking forward to the book reviews in Sunday’s NYT, when Michiko Kakutani makes her typical embarrassing attempt to try claiming Thomas Pynchon’s new book isn’t excellent. Kakutani is an excellent critic with whom I usually agree, but she has a hilarious blind spot when it comes to Pynchon (doesn’t like Updike or Cheever either, and disparages DeLillo, but she liked Bonfire of the Vanities–Gaaahhh.). It’s like Pynchon goes to her lavish NYC co-op and urinates in her Froot Loops every morning. I can understand people that don’t get Pynchon’s books, but for a world class critic to just dismiss everything he writes out of hand is bizarre. Maybe they had an affair once that ended badly. All of her literary acumen gets thrown out the window for gratuitous and shallow, basically meaningless cavils. And it will go on for two pages. Why an editor would assign her to continue reviewing the guy’s books is a mystery. Anyway, my copy will be here next Thursday, and I can’t wait.

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  56. Kirk said on September 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    That former Virginian-Pilot intern just started here a couple of days ago; I haven’t met her yet. Your daughter like her?

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  57. coozledad said on September 13, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Cuccinelli’s fan base:

    The Klan is thick as blowflies here. Still fighting the Kirk-Holden War.

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  58. BigHank53 said on September 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Jeez, Cooz, it’s Danville.

    For those of you who aren’t local, Danville used to be a factory town about forty years ago, and it’s been sliding downhill ever since. Everyone smart enough to find their way to someplace better (and it has clearly marked exits) already has. It’s one of the worst collections of inbred mopes and losers you ever saw.

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  59. coozledad said on September 14, 2013 at 6:28 am

    BigHank53: Sadly, this is a pretty good metaphor for anyone trying to get away:

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  60. prospero said on September 14, 2013 at 9:48 am

    The Texas effect on American public school textbooks. Hly crap, this is nauseating. The “my God isn’t smart or creative enough to have put evolution into motion” brigade. Did Jesus prefer Western or English when He rode that dinosaur? And carbon dating is a lie, “straight from the pit of hell.”

    And more BS from the state with the Exordist Governor. Pretty offensive nonsense being taught to kids by corporate schools sucking the gubmint teat.

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  61. Dorothy said on September 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Yes Kirk very much! In fact my daughter called me yesterday to say that the gal is not really adjusting really well in Columbus just yet. Maybe it’s an age gap or something? She hung out with my daughter and lots of other young employees and loved her stint at the Pilot. She already told them she plans to come to Norfolk for Thanksgiving because her family drives her crazy, and she’d rather be with her Norfolk friends. She has one more semester at Ohio University to complete before she graduates next Spring. My husband and I are going to take her out to supper one night soon – and/or have her over to our house.

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