Get-well cards.

The surgery went well, thanks to all who asked. I am already seeing a much brighter picture, although even a few hours post-op, I’m still ridiculously dilated, and it hurts to look at a laptop screen for very long.

So I’m going to eat some Wheat Thins and watch a very bad movie — “Savages.” (Oliver Stone, you magnificent hack, don’t ever change.) Sometimes, it’s the only way to recover.

Open thread, etc.

Posted at 6:25 pm in Housekeeping |

86 responses to “Get-well cards.”

  1. Deborah said on December 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    So glad you are done with it, and recovering nicely.

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  2. Leslie said on December 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Glad it went well – hope you heal fast and easily!

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  3. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Hear, hear. Or rather, see see!

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  4. James said on December 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Cataract surgery is a frickin’ miracle. If only both my eyes worked this well… I’d skip glasses. Unfortunately on good eye and one crappy eye = extreme weirdness.

    Hope all is well in your case.

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  5. Adrianne said on December 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    My eyes! Sounds like you pulled through OK. Healing thoughts fer yew and yrs.

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  6. Prospero said on December 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Hooray for succesful surgical outcomes.

    Best “eyes” rock ‘n’ roll song ever.

    Best Oliver Stone movie? Salvador, which is also James Woods’ finest performance. I thought Savages decent. Blake Lively is a hopeless actor, but Benicio Del Toro, Travolta, Tim Riggins and Demian Bichir are all good in it.

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  7. LAMary said on December 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I’ll keep all this in mind when I go in cataract surgery. My right eye is really funky.

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  8. Prospero said on December 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Pennsylvania’s dickwad GOPer governor, the one that admitted openly that voter suppression is the main GOP strategy, he’s trailing in polls by 8 or 9%.

    Savannah’s own Jack Kingston is as stupid and mean-spirited as ever. Dumbass makes Sackless Campbell seem bright.

    Eyesight is a strange thing. I have glasses to correct myopia, but I don’t really need them to drive, and my prescription has not changed since my first pair of corrective lenses 50 years ago. Last time I had an eye exam, the ophthalmologist told me I’d never need to use reading glasses, based upon the fact that my nearsightedness has remained constant for so long. I’ve no idea how that works, but I’m glad I won’t go through the clown show with the reading glasses my mom and dad did for twenty years.

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  9. Brandon said on December 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I’d skip glasses. Unfortunately on good eye and one crappy eye = extreme weirdness.

    James, have you tried a monocle? It sounds old-timey, but it could work.

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  10. LAMary said on December 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    WIth a monocle you could look like Mr. Peanut. Who wouldn’t want that?

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  11. Deborah said on December 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I wear one contact in my right eye for reading and no contact in the other eye for seeing distances. It’s called mono-vision and works OK for most things. It takes getting used to. I don’t wear the reading contact when I drive at night though, which is rarely these days.

    My husband arrived in Santa Fe today and will be here until Jan 4 when he goes back to Chicago. We have all kinds of things planned to do in and around these parts.

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  12. basset said on December 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Wasn’t a monocle part of that rabbit outfit from the fetish ball? Should have been, anyway.

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  13. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date. No time to say hello, good-bye, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!

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  14. beb said on December 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I wasn’t expecting you to be able to see the same day. Huzzah!

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  15. Dexter said on December 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    “Savages”. I watched it last week. Enjoy…it’s a really “B” movie. Glad to read you are OK.

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  16. MichaelG said on December 18, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Surprising that they didn’t make you wait until tomorrow to peek, Nance. You are going to be so happy. It’s a revelation.

    Mary, you’re a hoot. I’m looking for a top hat to send you. Don’t delay. Have your surgery now. The improvement is a mind blower. Your sight goes from dingy to brilliant. Just ask our leader. Sorry to be such a salesman for this stuff but it was a real changer for me.

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  17. Hattie said on December 19, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Ah, yes. Oliver Stone. He is so not respectable, which is what makes him so great. Glad your surgery went well.

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  18. Dexter said on December 19, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Uncle Lar has passed. Larry Lujack was the nation’s highest paid radio personality in the early 1980s. I knew him from his long stint at WLS-AM Chicago, Radio 890. Back then it was “Radio 89”. Truly one of the greatest on-air radio jocks ever. Only 73, he did have 15 years of blissful retirement.,0,3056121.story

    I am feeling bad for my wife, who lost her brother five months ago. A couple hours ago she got the call that her older sister was rushed to a Fort Wayne hospital, unresponsive, having a series of strokes tonight, doctors not hopeful, the daughter handling it well, as my wife and her younger sister are speeding over to Indiana right now to face the situation up front. I am on dogs and cat duty, and keeping the home fire burning. We have phones.

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  19. Brandon said on December 19, 2013 at 2:18 am

    The best Oliver Stone movie, and one of my favorites, is Wall Street. Nixon is underrated, but also one I like a lot.

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  20. ROGirl said on December 19, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Be well.

    Someone at work received a picture on her phone, her fried had put up his Christmas decorations. A giant inflatable Santa is perched on the edge of the roof. Below on the ground is “Obama” written in lights. A stream of lights leads from Santa down to Obama. He is peeing on it.

    I said it was offensive. She said that is what Obama is doing to us, he has ruined the country. I said I voted for him twice and she said something about “oh, you’re one of them.” “Yes, I’m responsible,” I responded.

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  21. jerry said on December 19, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Nancy, just wishes for a speedy, painfree and successful recovery from the op.

    Hope it all goes well and allows you to enjoy all the pleasures of Christmas.

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  22. Linda said on December 19, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Nancy, get well soon. My sis has a friend who is having an operation 2 days before Christmas, and this seems a crummy time to have to convalesce. But you seem to be healing up pretty fast–hope your Christmas is good.

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  23. Suzanne said on December 19, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Heal quickly & enjoy the holiday!

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  24. Sammy said on December 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

    So happy to hear the excellent news about the surgery.

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  25. brian stouder said on December 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Definitely glad to hear the good reports from the Proprietress.

    Dexter, my heart goes out to you and yours; it was about this time last year that my mom was headed for the exits.

    Still, a brother or sister will be undiscovered country for us, whenever that day comes.

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  26. coozledad said on December 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

    RO Girl. You ought to send your coworker the trailer from “Mitt” where he’s about to burst into tears on election night. Or ironing his sleeve while his arm’s in it, saying “ow, ow”.

    I’m ecstatic that my life experiences have kept me from being one of them. There are moments of transcendent happiness they will never approach in their vapid little lives.

    Oh, and you might want to rub her nose in this:

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  27. Heather said on December 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Glad you made it through, Nancy! Wishing you speedy healing.

    Dexter, sorry to hear about your wife’s sister. It’s never easy to deal with this sort of thing but so much worse at the holidays.

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  28. brian stouder said on December 19, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Speaking of rubbing noses of wingnuts by an open fire, a trivia question:

    what happened 15 years ago today?

    (think peaches)

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  29. Bitter Scribe said on December 19, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Propsero: I’d have to vote for “The Onion Field” as Woods’ finest performance, but “Salvador” is awfully damn good too.

    Feel better, Nancy.

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  30. mark said on December 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Best wishes for a speedy and successful return to the blogosphere.

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  31. Bob (not Greene) said on December 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Glad everything went well, Nancy. That’s a nice gift for Christmas, getting your sight back.

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  32. Julie Robinson said on December 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Healing thoughts and prayers to everyone. Too many people I care about are having rough times right now and I’m reminded to cherish every day I have with my loved ones.

    My sister’s surgery went better than expected and aside from losing her big toe, they now think they can save the middle three. Thanks to those who sent their own healing thoughts and prayers for her. She (and I) are very thankful for them.

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  33. Connie said on December 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Larry Lujack was the DJ voice of my growing up years, sorry to hear of his death.

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  34. Connie said on December 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Brian: Vote to impeach. I was going to say not sure what that had to do with peaches and then I got it.

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  35. Judybusy said on December 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Nancy, I hope the recovery is quick! Dexter, I’m so sorry to hear about your wife’s sister. At least she’s able to go there and be with her. Julie, belated well wishes for your sister, too. I’ve been truly busy at work–not usually the case–so haven’t been able to tune in as much as I’d like.

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  36. brian stouder said on December 19, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Connie wins the first pick in the gift exchange!

    the striking thing about the Clinton impeachment, at this moment, is the number of republigoons in congress who are openly longing for any chance at all to do this again, now, against the incumbent!

    Because, like, it worked so well LAST time, right?

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  37. Deborah said on December 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Good news Julie, that your sister’s surgery went better than expected. Dexter, sorry about your wife’s sister. As much as my rightwing sister and I disagree on things I can’t imagine my life without her. Sisters are important.

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  38. Kirk said on December 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Dexter @ 18: I think I heard Larry Lujack a few times, but I was usually able to tune in WLS only at night, when Ron Riley and Art Roberts were on the air. It was truly a great AM station the mid-’60s, playing stuff available only in England and telling you where to send to get it. I remember they played Eight Days a Week for a few weeks before it was released until Capitol Records finally noticed and put the kibosh on it.

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  39. mark said on December 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

    “the striking thing about the Clinton impeachment, at this moment, is the number of republigoons in congress who are openly longing for any chance at all to do this again, now, against the incumbent!”

    Really? That’s the “striking thing” about Clinton’s impeachment? At this moment?

    I think the striking thing about the Clinton impeachment, even at this moment, is that a very talented President risked his presidency, his family and his reputation for a few under the desk blow jobs from an insecure intern.

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  40. brian stouder said on December 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Mark, really – and with all due respect – that’s a limp comment (so to speak)

    Cue Prospero – to expound upon the exponentially more striking spectacle of a president of the United States secretly selling weapons to the hostile nation of Iran, and using the profits to fund non-state actors (aka “terrorists”) in Central America…and getting absolutely nothing in the way of a congressional check (let alone impeachment!) for it.

    Tell ‘m, Prospero; I’ll hold your coat!

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  41. coozledad said on December 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

    For Vitter, wherever you may find him.

    What a dream I had
    Pressed my organ meat
    Through my diaper
    To the playpen sheet
    as my face tensed.

    I wondered if you’d look on
    Past my vile display
    my filthy crusted bells
    and offer me vajayjay
    as we discussed.

    And when you ran to me
    My cheeks were hot with rash
    You dusted me with talc
    And told me I was white trash
    You held my truss.

    And when I awoke
    And felt one coming on
    You said my time was up
    you’d need another thousand
    You’re just like me, girl
    You’re just like me.

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  42. Bob (not Greene) said on December 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Larry Lujack was the radio voice of my childhood, since my sister and I were Top 40 radio junkies in our tweens and listened to WLS and WCFL (Super CFL) religiously in the ’70s. Even into the 80s, when I was in college and worked summers at a janitor at my old grade school, my co-workers and I would always take our morning break when Uncle Lar and Little Tommy did their “Animal Stories” bit. We used to think they were hilarious.

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  43. mark said on December 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Brian, with all due respect, you brought up the Clinton impeachment. Change the subject to something else, if you wish. Reagan not being impeached really has nothing to do with the “striking thing” about the Clinton impeachment, even at this moment.

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  44. brian stouder said on December 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Mark – if you think presidents acting foolishly after office hours is more “striking” than how they exercise the powers entrusted to them, then we disagree.

    If you say Clinton was foolish, or his reaction to Starr’s inquiries were too-cute-by-half, or even that he squandered a chunk of his second term, we can agree.

    There was even once a time when I’d have argued that the politics of that era (and WJC’s antics, at that time) in some ways were an indispensable precursor to the horrible attacks against the United States in 2001…but that’s just ‘waving the bloody shirt’. Today, to me, the lesson of that impeachment is that the USA is NOT a parliamentary system, and Republigoon attempts to convert us into one (especially given their gerrymandered faux-majority in the House of Representatives) simply will not work; and in that light, it is striking to me that they clearly haven’t given up that fantasy yet

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  45. Scout said on December 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Glad to hear the Proprietress is on the mend and will be able to fully enjoy the holidays.

    We attended the Phoestivus celebration last night at the Phoenix Downtown Public Market and had a swell time, no doubt enhanced by the $5 pitcher of White IPA we shared! I even got to air several of my grievances. I feel so much better.

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  46. LAMary said on December 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I get what you’re saying, Mark. I think Clinton is and was brilliant in a lot of ways. It was very disappointing that he turned out to be really dumb about sex. The impeachment hearing never should have happened, though. That was even dumber, and things previous and subsequent presidents have done are far more troubling than being a jerk who gets blow jobs in his office. No one died because Clinton couldn’t keep it in his pants.

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  47. brian stouder said on December 19, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Scout, that sounds great!!

    How’d you do in the deomstrations of strength?

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  48. nancy said on December 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Thanks for the good wishes, all. My patch is off, my pupil is still dilated but starting to shrink, and my vision is that of a fierce hawk who soars high above the prairie, scouting for mice. Seriously, it’s like someone got rid of the shitty candle-powered lighting and installed halogens. Really amazing.

    And I would scold Cooze for wrecking one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs, but I’m laughing too hard.

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  49. coozledad said on December 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

    That is a great song. Pure innocence and light.

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  50. Prospero said on December 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

    What $Palin said about Duck Tape Dynasty guy:

    Free speech is endangered species; those “intolerants” hatin’ & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all

    Who turns the computer on for this numbskull? Can somebody stop him? How does a person get to run for Vice President of the USA who is too stupid to understand that the First Amendment does not govern the behavior of corporations. They’re private citizens too, my friend. She spews this ignorant crap repeatedly, and has been corrected many times. There is nothing like a stupid person that is obstinate in maintaining her stupidity.

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  51. nancy said on December 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Well, whaddya know: Al Goldstein exits the great dirty-movie theater of this world. I never much cared for him or his magazine, but his court cases kept me awake in Mass Media and the Law, aka Journalism 410, a core graduation requirement at Ohio U.

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  52. brian stouder said on December 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    That Al Goldstein obit is striking, too.

    It is amazing that he fell all the way to homelessness, before Penn Gillette(!) got him an apartment…?


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  53. Dave said on December 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I used to lie in bed at night and listen to my transistor, WGL, WCFL, WABC, all the stations that were playing what WCOL in Columbus seldom played. Then, through an older friend, I found out you could get a static-y KYW out of Cleveland that was playing music we weren’t necessarily hearing in Columbus in 1965. KYW became WKYC and I listened to it religiously for a couple of years. Meanwhile, my good friend in Northwest Ohio had the advantage of listening to the CKLW powerhouse, which was beyond the reach of east of Columbus.

    So glad your vision is a budding powerhouse today, Nancy.

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  54. Dave said on December 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Oh, and Dexter, sorry about your SIL. It’s rough, both of my in-law parents were lost to strokes and my wife worries she’ll be a victim someday, too. Having so much emotion with medical troubles of two siblings in short order really takes a toll. Best thoughts to those folks.

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  55. Prospero said on December 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Re: The Clinton impeachment. Vitriolic revenge for driving Milhous out of DC in disgrace. Monica volunteered for the job of springing the sting, and got a pair of kneepads from her wingnut friends at Pepperdine when she left for Washington. The portrayal of the Chubbette in the blue dress as some innocent child taken advantage of is possibly the most ludicrous aspect of the entire affair. Of course there is also the text of the carefully parsed question Clinton allegedly answered by perjuring himself. It specifically did not include fellatio in its detailed description of the sex acts about which the President was being questioned. The trap laid for Clinton was about as clever as GOPers ever get. Given the question he allegedly answered with a lie exactly as it was framed, he answered truthfully. But all those assholes that hounded him over this, like Dan “Scumbag” Burton, Newticles Gingrich and even St. Henry Of Hyde all ended up having to admit to “youthful indiscretions” of the same sort as Clinton’s. Was Clinton dumb to fall for the trap? Sure, but every single GOPer involved in managing the impeachment was guilty of similar behavior, and their hypocrisy was monumental.

    As a fan of Artie’s album Angel Clare, I always thought there was a likelihood that Garfunkel was probably the main author of For Emily. Astoundingly gorgeous melody. But the “organdy” and “crinoline” and “smoky burgundy” strike me as more in tune with Art’s sensibilities than Rhymin’s. Jerry Garcia plays guitar on that album. It contains excellent renditions of Barbara Allen and of Bill Monroe’s down in the Willow Garden. The album title is a fine literary allusion, to Thomas Hardy’s best book, in my opinion.

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  56. Bitter Scribe said on December 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Goldstein seemed like an absolutely disgusting human being, but no one deserves homelessness. Hope he rests in whatever peace is available to him.

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  57. Sherri said on December 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I’m so glad the recovery from this eye surgery is easier than from the last one!

    Dexter, my heart goes out to your family.

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  58. Peter said on December 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    First off, huzzah for Nancy’s eyes. I’d go for one of those myself, except I’m super squeamish and I probably would turn out looking like Marty Feldman.

    Dexter, I’m sorry as well about your SIL. I don’t know what I would do without my sister, even though we talk maybe once a month.

    Prospero: “Vitriolic revenge for driving Milhous out of DC in disgrace”? Really? Almost 25 years later? How many congressmen were in office then? And out of those, how many of them gave a crap about Nixon?

    I think it’s more of the wacky wacky mindset, and with the peeing Santa story above, it’s repeating itself: there’s a group that looks at Obama and Clinton and say “who on earth could have ever voted for this guy?” In their mind, they’e doing us a favor by trying to get rid of the mope and get a real man in there. In reality, a lot more people look at McCain and Mitt (and Dole…) and say “who on earth thought it was a good idea to run THIS guy?” And with today’s cast of characters, this story isn’t changing anytime soon.

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  59. Peter said on December 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Oh, and another thing: is it a true sign I’m getting old, or is this just a great year for famous people exiting, from Larry Lujack to Al Goldstein to Nelson Mandela to the lady who played the Baroness to Marcia Wallace….

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  60. coozledad said on December 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Goldstein shook up the Durham Public Safety department when Screw magazine published an interview with Officer Kenny Dollar, in the late eighties.

    The thrust of the thing was that chicks couldn’t get enough of a man in uniform, particularly one with a gun.

    I had an opportunity to watch the smooth stylings of officer Dollar trying to chat up one of the waitresses at the bar where I worked. You don’t forget watching a master at work.

    “C’mon honey. Why don’t you come home with us (he was already with some other women). We’ll watch a couple of fuck films and climb in the hot tub.”

    The waitress laughed gently and said no.

    I’m not sure whether she borrowed some of the S.O.S. pads from the kitchen to scrub her dermis off when she got home, but I would have offered them to her if she’d asked.

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  61. Dexter said on December 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Al Goldstein, what a character…never got the notoriety Larry Flynt did, never made the fortune Hef did, but when I hear older New Yorkers reminisce on the radio about Al, there’s no doubt who they were most entertained by. Truthfully, I am not nor ever was a dedicated fan of porn, so most all I know about all the shit Al pulled comes from listening to those who knew him and of his shenanigans talk about it on radio.

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  62. Dexter said on December 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks for the kind words about my S.I.Law. Wife and three others are standing the vigil, massive strokes, but the beat goes on .

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  63. Dexter said on December 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Duck Commander Duck Call: $40 mil in sales per annum.

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  64. LAMary said on December 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I remember Al Goldstein’s rating system for porn flicks. It was called the Peter Meter and well, you can figure out what the graphic was.

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  65. Jolene said on December 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    The New Mexico Supreme Court just upheld the right to same-sex marriage. Seventeen states now.

    I see business opportunities in this, Deborah. Maybe Little Bird could turn her love of cooking into a catering business.

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  66. redoubt said on December 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Best wishes for eyecare. I was “reader” for my wife when she had the same surgery; hope this suggestion will help.

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  67. Jolene said on December 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Looking for something new to try this Christmas. Check out Eisenhower’s eggnog recipe.

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  68. Jolene said on December 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I add my good wishes to those of others for Nancy’s recovery, Julie’s sister’s continued healing, and comfort for Dexter’s family.

    Ah, aging. Such joys it brings.

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  69. Bob (not Greene) said on December 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Best to you Dexter. Seems like a bad news day all arond. Just found out my mother-in-law’s only sister was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. We’re all getting together for my wife’s family’s annual Christmas get-together in Indy on Saturday. That woman is the glue that holds her family together. Jesus, what a shitty thing.

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  70. Brandon said on December 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Dexter, I’m sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. And Bob (not Greene), I’m sorry to hear about your mother-in-law’s sister.

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  71. alex said on December 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Anyone looking for a great read is well advised to check out Slate’s fantastic piece on Reagan’s “welfare queen.” It’s reminiscent of the kind of literary journalism that used to come out of Chicago, and it’s the kind of story that could only happen in Chicago. It’s a lengthy piece with all kinds of shocking twists and turns. Yes, the welfare queen was a real person, not just something Ronald Reagan pulled out of his ass. Spoiler alert: She was a con artist to beat all. She was a master of disguises. And she was whiter than Ronald Reagan’s ass cheeks.

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  72. Peter said on December 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I’ll second that, Alex, and I’m only halfway through that thing. It was people like her that made Royko’s job easy.

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  73. Prospero said on December 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Al Goldstein was a child that never grew up in a very homely adult’s body. He never got over the sheer joy it gave him to fling poo at moralistic adults, occasionally to fairly funny effect. I always thought that if Terry Southern hadn’t thought of it first for Magic Christian, Goldstein would have pulled off Guy Grand’s revolting “free money” gambit.

    The webs are awash in ignramuses bemoaning the poor treatment for Duck Daddy’s First Amendment rights. Sometimes it’s both embarrassing and depressing to contemplate the abject stupidity of our fellow Amurricans. This is not rocket science. Yeah, guy had a right to spout is loathsome opinion, and his employer had every right to shitcan his bigoted yokel ass. Actually I found his outrageous claims about how happy blappeople were in Lousyana before liberals screwed everything up with civil rights more offensive then his garden variety Santorumisms about gay people. Sounds like a guy that pals around with David Duke.

    Rally good French cop show on Hulu called Spiral, and another called Braquo.

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  74. Sherri said on December 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I’m shocked that some idiot from “reality” television said something idiotic in an interview. I’m further shocked that because said comments led to consequences, it stirred up the right wing persecution complex. Shocked, I say.

    I thought the most interesting quote from the interview was this one:

    During Phil’s darkest days, in the early 1970s, he had to flee the state of Arkansas after he badly beat up a bar owner and the guy’s wife. Kay Robertson persuaded the bar owner not to press charges in exchange for most of the Robertsons’ life savings. (“A hefty price,” he notes in his memoir.) I ask Phil if he ever repented for that, as he wants America to repent—if he ever tracked down the bar owner and his wife to apologize for the assault. He shakes his head.

    “I didn’t dredge anything back up. I just put it behind me.”

    Asking for forgiveness is for little people.

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  75. alex said on December 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    And I’m amazed at Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin invoking the First Amendment as if it had anything to do with this. A&E ought to fire back that it’s exercising its Second Amendment rights—to kill off any TV character who threatens its livelihood.

    So much for “reality” TV. Obviously we’re only getting the sanitized version. Maybe one day we’ll get to see a reality show featuring unvarnished bigots in all their glory—”Foul-Mouthed Fundies from Fort F*ckin’ Wayne.” I even know a family I could nominate. They move from house to house about every six months or so, never paying any rent and eventually getting evicted, but somehow they always manage to find a new chump for a landlord. Their Facebook pages are all God, guns and racist jokes. The able-bodied lady of the house is on Social Security Disability. I think they’d be a smash hit.

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  76. davidkirk said on December 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I hope your recovery is without drama and quick! You’ve got things to do!

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  77. Prospero said on December 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Great Peter O’Toole movie streaming for free. Practically as nuts as The Ruling Class, which may be the most insane movie ever made.

    How is Palin so sensitive about Ole Phil’s First Amendment rights (does she read English?), when she went after Martin Bashir’s scalp for suggesting that her understanding of slavery in America was sadly lacking.

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  78. Sherri said on December 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    How to lose the next generation:

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  79. Dexter said on December 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    My sister-in-law passed away in Parkview Hospital, the one off I-69 north of Ft. Wayne, 90 minutes ago. I just got back…before I could park the van and get to the room she was gone. Thanks for the thoughts. She has been very ill a long time, and she spent the past fifteen years in various nursing homes.

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  80. alex said on December 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    My condolences, Dex, to you and your family.

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  81. Joe K said on December 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Sorry Dex,
    Pilot Joe

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  82. Dorothy said on December 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Sympathy and love to you and your family, Dexter.

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  83. Brandon said on December 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Dexter, please accept my condolences.

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  84. brian stouder said on December 19, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Dexter, Pam and the young folks and I join with all the others hereabouts in offering you and yours our condolences.

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  85. Sherri said on December 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    So sorry, Dexter.

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  86. Dexter said on December 20, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Thanks everyone. The family members have agreed to shoot for a Monday funeral.

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