Storms moving through right now. We were promised temperatures in the 60s, but hour after hour passed and things couldn’t seem to get past 50. Then there was sort of this big exhalation out of the southwest, the temperature went way up and as soon as I thought bike ride the rain started, and the tornado warnings started, so none of that stuff.
The tornado warnings were ridiculous. Nothing spotted, just some sketchiness on the radar, but it robbed me of my simple early-evening pleasure – “Jeopardy,” of course – as the weather guy broke in and riffed live for A SOLID HOUR on some stupid thunderstorms, as though Miss Gulch and Toto were right outside the door.
It is not for myself that I weep, however, but for the old people who missed “Wheel of Fortune.”
But now we slide into the weekend, and my soul is at peace, now that Proposition 1 is done, edited, published and filling the comments queues. Tomorrow I’m heading downtown; maybe I’ll have lunch with adults! So wonderful.
Today I took Kate in for a check of her jaw, after she reported “a lump” that wasn’t on the other side. The doctor pronounced it a hematoma. I told her, “That’s ‘hema,’ meaning ‘blood,’ and ‘toma,’ meaning ‘something bad.'” The doctor had just started to say, “that’s right,” then did a double-take and said, “So what do YOU do?”
“I’m a writer,” I said.
“So you’re supposed to have a command of the English language,” he said, already sorting me into that surgeon’s hierarchy of People Who Are Beneath Me, But Whose Order Is As Yet Undetermined.
“I do,” I told him. I hope it came across with the right amount of smugness. As a person with scintillating scotoma, I’ll be the one who decides what “toma” means, asshole.
Orthodox Jews, seated next to women on airplanes, demand the woman move. I would have but one question: Is the seat I’m being asked to move to in first class? Yes? Then I am happy to do so.
I had never heard of this creature until he killed himself last week, and I learned he was the model for a Martin Short cameo in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Seriously.
“Wha gwan Jamaica?” This guy. I mean. This is going to be a fun last couple of years.
Hope your weekend is good. Hope mine is, too.
MaryRC said on April 10, 2015 at 1:45 am
That Jamaican greeting was so cute. Look at the big smiles on the young people behind him. Jamaica is such a beautiful place. I had the good fortune to visit Kingston many times over the years as the guest of my college roommate and her parents. People who only see the resorts like Sandals don’t know what they’re missing.
alex said on April 10, 2015 at 6:48 am
Wha gwan Chaka Khan? (I think the song’s about Jamaica, NY, but great for getting pumped up for a Friday morning.)
alex said on April 10, 2015 at 7:24 am
So Fox took a two-day grace period before politicizing the Walter Scott shooting. Or maybe that’s how long it took for them to figure out an angle.
Connie said on April 10, 2015 at 7:41 am
As soon as I saw the dead doc pic I wondered if that was the doctor after whom Rob Lowe modelled the “look” he did while playing Liberace’s plastic surgeon in the Under the Candelabra movie.
brian stouder said on April 10, 2015 at 9:19 am
See, now ol’ Michael J/Prospero would have been “the dog with the deer leg” over this article –
Arthur Laffer has a never-ending supply of supply-side plans for GOP
and the first couple paragraphs:
Arthur Laffer was waiting in the sun outside Terminal A of Reagan National Airport, smiling like the Gipper. It was 10:30 a.m., and he was just in from Nashville. In his briefcase were two papers he was eager to show off. One called minimum-wage laws a crime against black men. The other detailed all the ways liberal economists had been wrong about this economic recovery and Arthur Laffer had been right.
No one has influenced Republican candidates’ thinking on the economy for the past four decades as much as Laffer, who is now 75. Laffer says he believes that limiting government and cutting tax rates, especially the rate levied on top earners, will unleash faster economic growth. Since he sold then-candidate Ronald Reagan on that prescription, every Republican presidential nominee has run on a Laffer-inspired economic platform.
As the 2016 GOP primary season takes off, Laffer is more in demand than ever before, with Republican candidates embracing tax-cut-for-the-rich policies even as they bemoan economic inequality. Candidates have been meeting with him in recent weeks, and on Friday in Nashville, he says, his schedule includes Rick Perry at 10 a.m., Ben Carson at noon, Jeb Bush at 1:15 p.m. and Bobby Jindal at 5. Dinner is scheduled with Ted Cruz. He has already met at least once with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
For the life of me, all I can envision is the snake-oil salesman character from Green Acres – Mr Haney
Ann said on April 10, 2015 at 10:07 am
“sorting me into that surgeon’s hierarchy of People Who Are Beneath Me, But Whose Order Is As Yet Undetermined.” Cracked me up.
Bitter Scribe said on April 10, 2015 at 10:14 am
Oh what next? Asking the woman sitting next to you if she’s menstruating?
If sitting next to a woman bothers you that much, buy two seats. Or better yet, stay home and bask in your self-righteousness.
Icarus said on April 10, 2015 at 10:36 am
“Orthodox Jews, seated next to women on airplanes, demand the woman move.” Nancy’s wording makes it sound like the Hasid insists on keeping his seat and making the lady move. I suspect it’s more the case that they simply insist on a different setting arrangement, not carrying who moves.
I’m trying to see it from their point of view so that I can maintain my open-minded liberal stance. They have been raised to believe in separation of the sexes and have not been taught to discern the difference between being tempted by a woman and sitting next to one on public transportation.
@Biter Scribe: how about a special flight for males only that departs at the butt crack of dawn?
brian stouder said on April 10, 2015 at 10:37 am
When Grant and I flew to San Diego, I was seated next to a very nice person, who reminded me of one of my aunts.
On the take-off roll, she said prayers, and I thought to myself “What she said!”.
Mid-flight, we hit a little turbulence, and I spilled some diet Pepsi into her space. I apologized profusely, and we ended up having a pleasant conversation as the flight unfolded; still, I wouldn’t blame her if she asked for another seat, if she saw me again
Judybusy said on April 10, 2015 at 10:41 am
Bitter Scribe, what you said. It’s so misogynistic. And sex-shaming, because it would be so awful if you had a sexual thought about someone not your wife.
Le weekend? Painting kitchen windows, raking the garden, and going to the always wonderful American Craft Council show in St. Paul. The talent, variety, and creativity are just astounding.
Joe K said on April 10, 2015 at 11:01 am
Charter my plane and you can sit where ever you like,
Landed in Pontiac Thursday around 2pm to pick up a package, 200ft ceiling and less than a half mile visibility, took off a hour later and I think is was worse, 60 kts on the nose 3plus hr down to south of St Louis. But coming home 230kts back in 90 minutes.
Currently in Knoxsville about 65, getting ready for lunch on the river.
Good weekend to ya’ll
MarkH said on April 10, 2015 at 11:03 am
Otherwise more commonly known as an ocular migraine. I know, I get them, too, once or twice a year. Scared the bejesus out of me the first time I had one 20+ years ago. The fact that neither the ER doc, nor my regular optometrist had a clue didn’t help matters at the time. The local ophthalmologist knew right away, been going to him since I got his reassurance it’s not serious. Now it’s just a fascinating experience for the 20 minute or so duration. Did some research and found that one cause is MSG, or too much of it. Not that I overindulged in that.
Nancy, what if things changed quickly for the worse, as they did further west (Illinois) on the weather path to Detroit last night. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d sacrifice a night of TV Jeopardy to make sure I knew about it, breathless TV weatherpeeps and all. Especially after seeing what happened in Fairdale and Rochelle.
I am amazed to read that Laffer is in any demand at all after the financial debacle. He hardly appears on the financial channels, and CNBC in particular seems to treat him as entertainment value. Not that I’m against tax reform.
Jeff Borden said on April 10, 2015 at 11:09 am
Anyone want to go to Nashville and scare the hell out of the ammosexuals at the NRA meeting? Bridgestone Arena, where many of the events will be held, does not allow firearms. Since chief NRA psychopath Wayne La Pierre has described gun free zones as prime targets, this is not sitting well with the true believers. Toss a firecracker in there and watch the fun!
I’d especially like to do this during the final presentation by Ted Nugent, who will remind us that freedom isn’t free and that washed-up rock stars like him are on the front lines. Perhaps he would shit his pants again?
Basset said on April 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm
I can see the convention hall from where I’m sitting right now – and, as a hunter and gun owner, I’d be interested in looking around the exhibit floor, but I think you have to be a member to get in.
The way to handle that firecracker business would be to go in wearing a Hillary shirt and have someone else set the noise off while everyone was staring at you.
Dexter said on April 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm
JeffB: Radio talk this morning from Cincinnati focussed on Ohio about to rid the books of concealed carry laws. I just don’t follow gun laws, but 20 years and more ago there were signs everywhere , a gun with a bar across it in a circle, warning of prison just for entering establishments with a gun…some law was changed and the signs disappeared…so today gun people called in and told horror stories of people they had administered gun safety classes to…one woman said, “Now than I have completed this course it’s OK to go shoot my ex-boyfriend legally now, right?” The horrified instructor told the man in charge of permits, “You are not going give her her license, are you?” And the crazy woman walked away with all the paperwork to legally carry a concealed weapon. I guess Ohio also has the same law Michigan has about open-carry laws, although I never have noticed any brazen individuals walking around with holsters mounted. Since I never handled guns much post-army, I never got caught-up in gun frenzies or even studied the laws closely.
4dbirds said on April 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm
I’m not moving. I will however bring a plastic bag so the offended man can wrap himself in it if no one else gives up a seat. Hubby and I watch Wheel. We call it the lesser man’s Jeopardy.
Kirk said on April 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm
Dexter, some moron state rep from Ashville has proposed doing away with permits. Anyone should be allowed to carry a gun, the way god intended it, without having to mess with all those pesky procedures. I’m doubting that that will make it through even our shameful whoring legislature.
beb said on April 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm
Is it religious freedom to demand that a woman be removed from your vicinity or it is religious freedom to stand your ground because freedom?
I don’t think weather reports need to be an hour long, especially since the weather in Michigan was calm. Indiana had a greater chance of weather (I’m writing from Indiana) and the local stations did 2-3 minute updates every half hour or so.
Pilot Joe: I drove from Detroit to Indiana yesterday about the time you were landing in Pontiac. The visibility on the ground was terrible and that was while driving 40 mph. Landing a plane in that soup had to be a knuckle-biter.
adrianne said on April 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm
I read the story on the Hasidic dudes in this morning’s NYT. All I can say to these idiots who want to live in 18th Century Poland, is f off. I’m not moving. One of the ongoing secrets among the Satmar Hasids who have taken over a town in the Hudson Valley and named it after their founder, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, is that exhausted women who are forbidden from using birth control are seeking it out anyhow. Most of the Hasidic families in Kiryas Joel have six or more kids. They are incredibly sexist and racist – you should hear them on the topic of African-Americans. There should be no accommodation of those attitudes. If it’s so disturbing to you, buy the entire row of seats.
LAMary said on April 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm
My brother refers to watching Wheel as “watching Vanna move her vowels.”
MarkH said on April 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm
Dexter — Ohio, and most of its municipalities, have always allowed open carry of firearms. Concealed carry is obviously evolving into the same realm. I, for one, am not a fan.
About 20 years ago, I took a firearms training course held by local law enforcement agencies and officers. It was in preparation and required for obtaining a concealed carry permit for Wyoming, new and a minor rage at the time. Like Basset, I’m a hunter and gun owner. The course was extremely instructive and valuable, but I did not end up applying for the CCL. Here’s why:
I do not and have never ‘packed’. But like many, many residents of the state I’ll sometimes have a weapon in my vehicle, especially if on a trip across the remote parts of the region. Here’s one reason:
Dale Wayne Eaton is ‘Riders On The Storm’ incarnate, “his brain is squirming like a toad”.
Anyway, carrying a firearm in your vehicle here, even concealed under a seat or in the glovebox is not, by law, concealed. Law enforcement officers here just assume when they pull someone over there’s three weapons in the vehicle. When I learned this, I thought, great, I don’t need to go through the process and have my name on some register somewhere. Just learn and enjoy the instruction. The introduction to the course was all-important. They stressed and described the potential consequences of a decision to use a firearm in self-defense. The crucial decisions one has to make in a matter of seconds or a split second. Police officers get extensive training in this, but they stressed this is no absolute guarantee of getting it right. Sgt. John was emphatic in his summary: “After what you experience here, you may just decide that the risks are not worth it for you, and you may feel just as safe or safer, with a cell phone and pepper spray next to your bed instead of a Glock.” He was right, at least for me. We went through lethal force law review, weapons instruction, home-intruder role-playing (I failed miserably and was “killed”; what an eye-opener. [“You have to be ‘willing’. Most ain’t” – John Wayne]), experienced pepper spray, and watched raw video of people being shot, among other things that week. There was a variety of people in the course, a good number of females, including a 78 year old woman. And, disturbingly, there were a couple of people similar to Dexter’s description, seemingly looking for a license to cause mayhem. I learned my LE buddies ended up keeping an eye on them, one did not get a CCL. My weapons have always been in a proper safe (grandkids are around frequently) and I have gone the pepper spray and phone route by the bed. Grasping consequences is what matters.
nancy said on April 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm
Good one, Mary.
Yes, and to whoever mentioned it above: The story makes clear these requests are not being made in a spirit of apology, but as demands. And they’re not directed at the women, for the most part, but to the airline staff in the plane, and not as, “Can you find someone who’ll switch with me,” but “Find a man who will switch with her.”
I’m pretty accommodating, and if an Orthodox Jew explained his situation to *me,* and asked humbly for my cooperation, I probably would say yes — is any seat in airline steerage so different from every other seat in airline steerage? But if you start acting like it’s MY problem? Fuck off and go sit in the bathroom.
Sue said on April 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm
‘I’m pretty accommodating, and if an Orthodox Jew explained his situation to *me,* and asked humbly for my cooperation, I probably would say yes’
Me too, but in exchange, I would require this guy to tell me, to my face or through his intermediary, that he’s the one with cooties, not me.
In Yiddish if possible.
Charlotte said on April 10, 2015 at 3:02 pm
Medicare expansion passed the MT House last night — without the poison pill riders the GOP were trying to attach to it. Huge victory — 13 Republicans joined with all the Dems.
Such a relief!
Hattie said on April 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm
Well, they don’t mind certain kinds of contact with women, as evidenced by their large families. I guess they are trying to say they are so horny they can’t be in proximity to women without losing their self control. I got no sympathy.
And that plastic surgeon: Well, he is one sad case.
Dexter said on April 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm
About a month ago on XM radio RawDog99, a comedian who had lived in Israel the first 15 years of his life , but was now telling jokes in USA comedy clubs, appeared on a show. He told a story: he was on a flight across America and like many seasoned travelers, he always requested aisle seating. A family of Israelis were his flight-neighbors and the patriarch asked the man to please change seats with a member of the traveling family, as the poor woman was in a window seat surrounded by strangers. The hero said no, because on a long flight he needs one or two bathroom visits, hence the aisle seat. The patriarch turned to his wife and in a very mean manner began calling the hero all kinds of derogatory names and basically every Yiddish put-down in existence. But wait…our story’s hero spoke both Yiddish and English flawlessly, and he lit into the old man with Yiddish vitriol. The surprised older man did not apologize, but sat in silence staring downward and did not utter a squeak until the plane landed at LaGuardia.
nancy said on April 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm
Israelis speak Hebrew, not Yiddish, but I get the point.
Icarus said on April 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm
“The story makes clear these requests are not being made in a spirit of apology, but as demands”
I’m sorry I missed that Nancy. If their being self-entitled jerks they deserve the seat…only to be thrown off the plane midflight.
brian stouder said on April 10, 2015 at 4:46 pm
Sue said on April 10, 2015 at 5:04 pm
Oh sorry, I can’t link where I am. I thought we were talking about Orthodox Americans.
ROGirl said on April 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm
Hasidic and ultraorthodox men aren’t even supposed to touch their wives when they are menstruating, because women who are menstruating are considered unclean. They won’t shake a woman’s hand because she may be menstruating, hence not sitting next to a woman on a plane.
Sherri said on April 10, 2015 at 5:46 pm
What’s going to happen when one of these new, improved RFRAs (with the get out of jail free cards for private businesses) combines with ultraorthodox Jews to deny services to good Christian women?
David C. said on April 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm
The company I work for is partnered with an Israeli company, so I’ve had to opportunity to get to know quite a few Israelis. Most are pretty secular, and none have much use for the ultra-Orthodox. They complain they make trouble and expect the army to bail them out. They’ve only just recently been subject to conscription. The hope is it makes them think twice before causing so many incidents.
Sherri said on April 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm
South Carolina goes full-on originalist in its amicus brief on same sex marriage: the 14th amendment can’t apply to gays, because it doesn’t apply to women, either.
Dexter said on April 11, 2015 at 12:39 pm
Not being as worldly as most nn dot com folks, I didn’t know that Hebrew was spoken more that Yiddish in Israel by a 2-1 margin. I can’t recall with clarity that the guy in my anecdote from the radio show actually said Hebrew, Yiddish, or did not specify, but odds say they spoke Hebrew.
All’s good, and I got an education out of my faux pas.
Being from farm/industrial country in Indiana, I never had a Jewish friend until I met Artie Kane from Manhattan in the US Army…I never had a Black pal until I met J.D. Stephenson of Lafayette, Louisiana when I was an 18 year old baseball hopeful.
But I done-been to Lodi, dammitt! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA7iGxV6rt4
brian stouder said on April 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm
Sherri – I’d like to say that the article you pointed to is “incredible”, but stuff like that is all too credible, it seems.
The argument seriously seems to be “two wrongs DO make a right”.
Dexter, I’ve lived in Fort Wayne for 54 years, and I had never, ever set foot in Fort Wayne’s genuinely magnificent Collegiate Gothic style water filtration plant…..until today.
What an altogether remarkable and amazing facility that place is! And indeed, I’d never have even known they were doing tours today, but a fellow at work tipped me off
and Grant and I went.
Definitely a “wow” moment – especially when one considers how completely and totally taken-for-granted that institution is.
brian stouder said on April 11, 2015 at 3:25 pm
And speaking of Fort Wayne institutions, here’s a guy I bet our proprietress (and her husband) knows –
alex said on April 12, 2015 at 10:45 am
What a gorgeous weekend! I’ve been spending it overseeding my lawn with clover. Teensiest seeds I’ve ever seen. A four-pound bag is intended to cover an acre. Decided to go this route after years of wasting time and money on grass seed that just doesn’t grow worth a damn in shade. My neighbor the Lawn Nazi will probably freak out when she figures out what I’ve done but I don’t care. Her lawn people come through every so often using equipment that looks like Segways to distribute chemicals that stink everything up for days.
I’ve been reading that yarrow also makes an excellent lawn cover so I may try that in a few places as well.
Dexter said on April 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm
Alex, that sounds like a plan…I will go by some clover seed as soon as my van gets fixed (battery and starter motor). Much of my lawn is shaded most of the time and clover makes sense to me.
The bane of spring around here is the ever-changing crop of young children who get louder every year; as I sink into my dotage you’d think my hearing would fade away, leaving me blissful spring days in idyllic quiet solitude. But they get louder every spring. Three days ago I had a mud puddle at the end of my driveway, which happens when we get sustained rain, then within hours disappears. These little girls around here were left to their own devices, away from supervision after their grampa told them “stay out of the mud, that’s not your mud, not yours to play in…” and he went inside and a half hour later the joyful kiddie-squeals kept getting louder … I looked outside to see four little girls, probably five years old, splattered and partially covered in mud from my puddle, slinging handfuls at each other like zoo monkeys sling their own droppings at intruders. I just closed my door and soon it was dark…I hope the little devils didn’tm get whuppin’s for the mess they found themselves in…man, they were saturated.
So, this morning I walked the Jack Russell Terrier and she did not want to come back in. I then walked the Labbie and she too enjoyed the warmth , so I grabbed a patio chair and sat in the sunbeams, firmly in control of the dog leash, then a spring new squirrel ran right past Pogo, startling her; she bolted and my hand got rope-burned, ruining a perfect morning.
I have one bagel left, I have blackberry jam and cream cheese, and I have coffee. I will be careful with the big knife. I hope you had a pain-free night with your sliced finger, nance.
Deborah said on April 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm
Regarding the ultra orthodox jewish men insisting that women change their seats seems ridiculous, why don’t the men change seats, since they’re the ones with the problem?
My husband arrived in NM Friday night, he leaves Tues and I go back to Chicago on Sat, I’ll probably stay there for a month or month and a half. May is my favorite month in Chicago, that and October. We have a hiatus for our building project in Abiquiu because our contractor has another job he’ll be working on. It’s a bummer but on the other hand I’ll have more time to devote to the playground project. I always miss NM when I’m in Chicago, and I miss Chicago when I’m in NM. I have a few days left to finish up the projects we’re doing in Santa Fe, gardening related mostly, but we’re also painting the mailboxes at the entry to the building’s driveway, which is at the dead end of a lane. We’re trying to improve the view of the place as you drive up the narrow lane. Our landlady loves us because we’ve been making so many improvements and most people can’t understand why we’re doing this since we’re only renting. But we’ve got the time, we enjoy doing it and we get to enjoy it while we’re here.
Deborah said on April 12, 2015 at 6:01 pm
Well, Hillary is in. Is anyone surprised?
Dexter said on April 12, 2015 at 7:15 pm
Deborah…really? Why, I never imagined in my wildest dreams… 🙂
Jolene said on April 12, 2015 at 7:37 pm
Not surprised, but hopeful. I liked the announcement video. Whatever you might think of her, there is no othe Dem who can win, and the Republicans are, well. Republicans. Remember the Supreme Court! As bad as their decisions have been, they could be worse, and the ACA, instead of being supported and refined, could be gutted.
Basset said on April 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm
I think it was PJ O’Rourke who asked, about another election, “if you were on trial for your life, which one would you want to defend you?” Best of a bad lot with this bunch, seems to me.
MichaelG said on April 12, 2015 at 9:14 pm
It’s 81 here and beautiful. I have my lung operation tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Jolene said on April 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm
Good luck, indeed, MichaelG. Hope it goes well and that you recover quickly.
Jill said on April 12, 2015 at 9:46 pm
Good luck, MichaelG. I hope it goes well and by this time tomorrow you’re on the road to recovery.
basset said on April 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm
Same here, MichaelG… looking for your next post saying it all went great and you’re recovering ahead of schedule.
brian stouder said on April 12, 2015 at 10:32 pm
What Basset/Jill/Jolene/Basset said – and indeed, all the rest of us, too
basset said on April 12, 2015 at 10:33 pm
Brian@36, we have a pretty cool water treatment plant here too:
basset said on April 12, 2015 at 10:38 pm
Really close call there, too, during the Nashville flood of 2010… the newer of our two water treatment plants got flooded and this one damned nearly did, jail inmates were sandbagging around it and the water got within eight inches of the top. FEMA was going around leaving skidloads of canned water in seemingly random spots at the time, if the water plant had gone down that would have been our main source of water for quite awhile.
I still have a can around here somewhere… plain white with an Anheuser-Busch logo on it in black, not sure which A-B plant it was from but apparently they supply FEMA in emergency situations, I have another can from the floods around Cape Girardeau in the early 90s.
MarkH said on April 12, 2015 at 11:54 pm
Prayers for a successful procedure, MichaelG. Indeed, may the travelogues continue!
Deborah said on April 13, 2015 at 12:07 am
Wishing you luck MichaelG and thinking of you.
I will totally vote for Hillary. Can’t imagine anyone else winning.
Sherri said on April 13, 2015 at 12:13 am
I’ll be thinking of you, MichaelG. Can’t wait to hear more of your travels!
MarkH said on April 13, 2015 at 12:20 am
Jolene, you may be right, but only because the Dem ranks may feel obligated after Obama knocked her out in ’08, when he came out of nowhere. While I don’t know much about him, I’m keeping my eye on O’Malley, when the Hillary’s baggage proves too burdensome. I like Bernie Sanders to make things interesting for her, while Sen. Warren will settle for continuing to be Jamie Dimon’s gadfly (and selling books).