Road notes.

Day one report, or Travel is Very Broadening, Even Little Trips, or Two Things I Learned Yesterday:

Thing one: A staged reading of “Frankenstein” taught me that if you think this story is abput laBORatories and EEgore and torches and pitchforks, you don’t know “Frankenstein.” It’s really a story about gods and creations and fathers and sons and, of course, heartbroken women. (I also saw a side idea about schizophrenia and psychotic breaks, but the monster was real, after all.) More on this later, when I have a real keyboard.

Thing two: If you get a chance to eat in an Iranian restaurant, take it.

OK, one more thing: It’s hard tomtype on an iPad.

Later, folks!

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54 responses to “Road notes.”

  1. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 30, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I want coffee.

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  2. coozledad said on October 30, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I think we all need to step back, take a deep breath, and give this cop the benefit of the doubt. It’s not like he’s a vacationing lesbian or a black guy.

    America fuck yass!

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  3. Connie said on October 30, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I hate. The ipad keyboard. Why isn’t the apostrophe on the first screen?

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  4. alex said on October 30, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was playing in the background the other day while I was cooking and doing housework. I thought it was all about Tom Hulce being manic and Helena Bonham Carter getting naked, true to typecast.

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  5. coozledad said on October 30, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Oh, and just to add to yesterday’s thread- all you need to know about John Kasich:
    Kasich joined Lehman’s investment banking division as managing director in 2001, working there until the firm’s collapse in September 2008 unleashed global panic and served as the catalyst for the financial crisis.

    The “pro-life” shit just means what it means for every other Republican who bandies that stupid term around. State uterine intervention. Pro torture. Pro mass incarceration. Upward redistribution of wealth. Let the cops shoot where they may.

    He’s just a Bush without a former president for a daddy who’ll go out and help him whore for cash. The whores will come over to him once Rubio’s moment of sham fuckluster wears off.

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  6. brian stouder said on October 30, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Cooz – agreed. I think Kasich is the real deal (because, Ohio); certainly no less than VP/running mate for whoever.

    Unless “whoever” is The Donald. Forget Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein; if Reinhold Richard “Reince”* Priebus’ Frankenstein (the Donald) busts out of their haunted castle, I’m thinking a guy like Kasich will fold his arms and say “no thanks” to a VP-feeler.

    But, who knows?

    *or as Rachel always says “RRRrrrrEINCE”

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  7. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 30, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Be prepared to . . . agree with Peggy Noonan. Yeah, I know, but:

    “It‘s widely believed among high Jeb supporters that Mr. Trump—“The Gong Show,” as they call him—has kept Mr. Bush from rising. But Mr. Trump isn’t the problem, he was the revealer of the problem: Jeb just isn’t very good at this.

    He’s not good at the merry aggression of national politics. He never had an obvious broad base within the party. He seemed to understand the challenge of his name in the abstract but not have a plan to deal with it. It was said of Scott Walker that the great question was whether he had the heft and ability to go national. The same should have been asked of Jeb. He had never been a national candidate, only a governor. Reporters thought he was national because he was part of a national family.

    He was playing from an old playbook — he means to show people his heart, hopes to run joyously. But it’s 2015, we’re in crisis; they don’t care about your heart and joy, they care about your brains, guts and toughness. The expectations he faced were unrealistically high. He was painted as the front-runner. Reporters thought with his record, and a brother and father as president, he must be the front-runner, the kind of guy the GOP would fall in line for. But there’s no falling in line this year. He spent his first months staking out his position not as a creative, original chief executive of a major state — which he was — but as a pol raising shock-and-awe money and giving listless, unfocused interviews in which he slouched and shrugged. There was a sense he was waiting to be appreciated.

    I speak of his candidacy in the past tense, which is rude though I don’t mean it rudely. It’s just hard to see how this can work. By hard I mean, for me, impossible.”

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  8. Sherri said on October 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Sigh, I didn’t realize there was a new thread until I had posted about Kasich in the other thread. Here’s most of my post on Kasich:

    The thing is, all across the political spectrum, it is not unusual for a (typically male) politician to be described as sane and reasonable, while at the same time holding positions that are not friendly at the least to women. Before Rand Paul went all in on deciding he wanted to win the Republican nomination, he was a favorite among even some liberal leaning people, ignoring that even then he absolutely toed the Republican line on reproductive rights and was completely opposed to things like equal pay and civil rights law. So, I get a little tired of hearing how some candidate is “sane and reasonable” when he’s signed legislation that has led to the shutdown of half the clinics that perform abortions in his state, and that require ultrasounds at clinics that receive state funding, and prevent rape crisis counselors from providing women information about abortion services. Where is he not pro-life enough for you, Jeff(tmmo)?

    People often look at me in surprise when I say I don’t watch the debates. I tell them, I don’t care what the candidates say, I look at what they’ve done. I don’t care how sane and reasonable John Kasich seems on the debate stage; I care about what he’s done when he’s had power, and it’s not sane and reasonable to me.

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  9. coozledad said on October 30, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Sherri: They had a trashy Republican governor in Virginia who was literally putting the state in the business of vaginal ultrasound. Nobody said anything about the crooked sexually indeterminate bastard until they caught him whoring out the state to one of his friends.

    It’s all about power and money, and the bleeding heart authoritarian cult of forced birth.

    You know what’ll stop abortions? Chopping men’s balls off.

    Just see how long they’ll call a candidate with that policy position rational or calm.

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  10. coozledad said on October 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    “Ah, but women, you see. Women reading the Bible, there’s another point of contention. Does she know what Brother Martin thinks is a woman’s place? We shouldn’t mourn, he says, if our wife or daughter dies in childbirth- she’s only doing what god made her for. Very harsh, Brother Martin, very intractable…”

    Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall p.114.

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  11. Jolene said on October 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Also, at least when there are so many candidates, debates are a very poor format for determining whether what the debaters are saying is true because there is so little opportunity for follow-up. There was an astonishing amount of lying in Wednesday night’s debate. At least some of that could have been gotten at in an interview format.

    This is the PolitiFact fact-check published after the most recent debate. It gives a quick overview of the level of mendacity in the most recent debate. The Washington Post provided a somewhat longer version.

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  12. Jolene said on October 30, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    And, to belabor the point, here is a detailed analysis of Carly Fiorina’s claim that 92% of the people who lost jobs under Obama were women. That statement is false, but it’s a good illustration of how where you draw the line in a set of historical events can very much influence your conclusion.

    Part of what gave Fiorina a boost after the second debate was the sense that she was well-informed and spoke very precisely on a lot of different topics. Post- debate analyses of her statements, however, have revealed that her statements are statements are more precise than accurate.

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  13. Suzanne said on October 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I posted that Politifact fact check on my Facebook page. Reliably, one of my rightist Facebook acquaintances countered that these fact checking sites are all biased and proceeded with a four paragraph explaination. So there isn’t any desire among a great swath of the populace to get the facts.

    I also just heard that the RNC won’t allow NBC to host the next debate because they are the parent company of CNBC. What we need, said someone in the story(didn’t catch who), is a debate moderated by Limbaugh, Hannity, & Beck. Because that wouldn’t be skewed at all.

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  14. Charlotte said on October 30, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Frankenstein is one of the great, GREAT, novels — from the telescoping narrative structure, to the anxieties about parentage and concern for nature vs. nurture in the development of character, to it’s examination of the very category of the natural — can you tell it was a big part of my PhD work? I love that novel. Rebecca Solnit also has some very good things to say about it in her recent The Faraway Nearby …

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  15. basset said on October 30, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    “rocky Horror” never interested me. let the shots begin.

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  16. Scout said on October 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    From the Noonan excerpt: “But it’s 2015, we’re in crisis;” What exactly is this crisis of which the Nooner speaks? Otherwise, yes, I had to agree with her assessment of Jeb!.

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  17. Jolene said on October 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I wondered about that, too, Scout. For a lot of Republicans, having Barack Obama as president seems to constitute a crisis.

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  18. coozledad said on October 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    For Peggs, the crisis is there is barely enough Tanqueray to cover the ice cubes in her highball glass, and Manuel isn’t even back with her scrip.

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  19. Sherri said on October 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    On a happier note, I heard Anne Lamott last night. Even though thanks to the unpredictably terrible Seattle traffic, it took me over an hour to get there, it was worth it. She wasn’t on book tour, her appearance was part of an Episcopal Recovery conference, but she read a chapter from Tender Mercies, which is one of my favorite of her books, then she sat down for a Q&A with the Bishop of the diocese. Then she took some questions from the audience, and we ended by singing “Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing”. I didn’t hang around for the long line to get a book signed, but she was funny and honest and down to earth. She referred to herself as a “Recovering Higher Power”, who is trying to remember that she doesn’t have the answers for everybody in her life and can’t fix them to make herself feel better.

    Bishop Rickel asked her how she would refer to people not in recovery, and she said she looked at them as “untreated”, that we all have issues, we’re all broken, that people in recovery just reached a point of desperation where they had to deal with their issues or die.

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  20. brian stouder said on October 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Julie – just saw your comment on the debacle at the City Clerk’s office, and Steve Shinola’s usual sh_t-for-brains reaction.

    Soon enough, I believe the local R’s will be crying into their beer, when Henry’s band-wagon gets done knocking the stuffing out of Harper’s campaign.

    I think Harper is a perfectly fine politician and public servant, and there is no “but” on this statement.

    I just would be amazed if Mayor Henry got turned out of office, after the way he got this city on the move, again

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  21. Julie Robinson said on October 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    But wait, there’s more: I watched a few minutes of the video, and if the guy who took was being asked for proofreading expertise, the problems down there are legion. Oy veh.

    Sherri, I haven’t read a lot of Lamott but I need to. Her words about brokenness are beautiful and ring true.

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  22. brian stouder said on October 30, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Julie – I’m shocked, shocked to find that politics goes on at City Hall!

    Aside from that, if the video was shot in the breakroom, I’d say the clerk’s 1st Amendment rights offer at least a little bit of mitigation

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  23. Sue said on October 30, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    This is kind of an undercurrent discussion item among folks who follow the process of news coverage in Wisconsin, I wonder if this situation is unique to Milwaukee.

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  24. Sherri said on October 30, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    No big surprise, but disappointing still: ESPN is shutting down Grantland. Once they dumped Bill Simmons, it was only a matter of time, but it’s still a shame; while I was never a big fan of Simmons himself, he gathered a bunch of really good writers and gave them space to work. There was some truly outstanding work done at Grantland.

    But ESPN is shedding people left and right. They just did a big layoff, in addition to the high profile contracts they didn’t re-up with Simmons, Olbermann, and a few others. They’re paying out huge bucks for rights fees and that $6 per subscriber doesn’t help when the number of cable subscribers is declining.

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  25. Suzanne said on October 30, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I’ve read quite a few of Anne Lamott’s books. Tender Mercies is probably my favorite. So, I’m a bit envious, Sherri.

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  26. Brandon said on October 31, 2015 at 12:16 am

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  27. Dexter said on October 31, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I never seriously studied Shelley , I just watched all the Frankenstein films and toured Universal Studios where I saw the infamous la-BOR-a-tory , still intact in 1970 it was. I’ve been watching them since 1954 when we got the first Motorola TV.

    Two movies my oldest daughter and her friends watched over and over were “Hairspray” (Divine not Travolta) and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” I still remember a day the kids had congregated in our living room and were singing along to “Time Warp”.
    And my kid had Divine down as she mimicked ” Could you keep that racket down? I’m trying to IRON in here!”

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  28. Julie Robinson said on October 31, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Sherri, since you follow sports, did you also see that Universal Sports Channel is shutting down? It’s closing Nov. 16, so like Grantland is leaving a lot of employees scrambling. We don’t have cable so it doesn’t directly affect me, however they carried a fair amount of figure skating and I’m wondering where that will go. Nowhere, I guess.

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  29. alex said on October 31, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Here’s a literary-journalistic read about Hillary and Jeb! that was worth my time. And I’m quite busy today.

    Getting ready for a big annual party we attend every year and hoping we don’t get rained out as it’s an outdoor affair and the prognosticators are predicting a shitty day. I’m taking chicken tetrazzini and a Hungarian lentil and sausage stew, and I’m about to re-trash my kitchen to prepare the latter.

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  30. Deborah said on October 31, 2015 at 10:51 am

    It’s a shitty day in Chicacgo, so if your party is here Alex, good luck. We’re going to Rockford to visit my husband’s uncle, the donor of the playground we designed. He has Alzheimers but he is doing better than any one expected. keeping him stimulated as much as possible seems to do the trick. He’s losing language but he still understands what is going on, he just has a hard time saying what he wants to say. We rushed to get the playground designed and constructed before he was too far gone, but he rallied while that was in process because he was so enthralled with it all. We are doing another project with him, this time it’s an historical cemetery chapel. That may sound morbid but it’s actually very interesting. He is the donor of the renovation.

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  31. Jolene said on October 31, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Deborah, your husband’s uncle sounds like a great guy. Very generous to be supporting these projects.

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  32. Dexter said on October 31, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Years ago when I watched Saturday afternoon cooking shows with “The Galloping Gourmet” (Jeffrey Smith),and Justin Wilson (JOOS-tan WEEL-sone) , cookin’ Cajun, one of them fixed up some “Iranian Onions”. I remember boiling large onions and separating the layers and stuffing them with tumeric-seasoned ground lamb and several other tasty items, covering them with cheese and baking them, and gaw-DAMN were they ever good.

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  33. Dexter said on October 31, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    …and a bit of personal reminiscing: On this date in 1987 I drove to Griffith, Indiana and picked up my brother , after some trick-or-treating ( he insisted on dressing up as a monster and having me “control” him on a dog leash) as he scared the beejeezuss out of way too many little children, we proceeded on to see Tom Waits at the famous Chicago Theater, and then we walked up to The Billy Goat Tavern for burgers and beers. Waits was absolutely great, coming off a long tour of his operetta “Frank’s Wild Years”. He interacted with us in the audience and it was a great fun evening. One dude had an ancient tuxedo on and was sporting a giant papier-mache horsehead. Wotta night.

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  34. Dexter said on October 31, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Oh yah…yesterday was the shocking news that Grantland has been taken down and is done.

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  35. Sherri said on October 31, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I bet that NBC will pick up a lot of the figure skating and other Olympic sports that used to air on Universal and run them on NBCSN or one of their other channels (what does MSNBC and CNBC run on the weekend?) NBC had a stake in Universal and has a vested interest in maintaining visibility for the Olympic sports since they have the rights to the Olympic games from now to eternity.

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  36. Julie Robinson said on October 31, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Your lips to God’s ears, Sherri. I’d love to have more skating over the air, though if one google around there’s a fair amount online. I did read something about an Olympic channel as a possible replacement. Not sure how that would work.

    Got a call from my sis that she fell and broke her knee, surgery to come. If it weren’t for bad luck she’d have none at all.

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  37. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 31, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Lamott is great; you can hardly go wrong in her works, but I recommend “Help, Thanks, Wow” which is her book on prayer. Sherri, I wasn’t trying to say that Kasich isn’t “pro-life enough” for me, but that neither he or me are pro-life enough for the pro-life faction in the Ohio GOP.

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  38. brian stouder said on October 31, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Well, our 11 year old and I just completed our annual Halloween neighborhood stroll, and her candy bag became quite heavy.

    And, the weather cooperated; a little nippy, but not rainy (like the last two years), although it seems to want to rain.

    Sherri – I love msnbc, but on the weekend they seem to shut down the shop, and run prison shows and ‘caught on camera’ stuff, which gets old quickly.

    But there are a few gems scattered here and there. Last week I mentioned here at nn.c the msnbc documentary I tripped across about the coroner of Maccomb county, which was enthralling, altogether

    Aside from that, if our next president has to come from the Republican party, the lesser of all their evil (it seems to me) is Governor John Kasich.

    I honestly, truly cannot imagine that whoever they nominate will defeat Secretary Hillary Clinton, but who knows?

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  39. brian stouder said on October 31, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Forgot to mention that some terrible news broke, here in northern Indiana.

    A kiddo who was the drummer for the Jay County High School (the Patriots Marching Band) was seated on the couch in the living room of his home at 10:00 pm last night, and a drunk driver crashed into their home and killed him

    I cannot imagine how an EMT or the police and fire first-responders cope with having to plunge into such a horrible situation.

    Honestly, and considering the vigilante who killed Trayvon Martin – if an officer or other first responder pulled his or her firearm and killed the driver on the spot, if I was on the jury I’d have a very, very hard time moving past acquittal for that person.

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  40. basset said on October 31, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Spent this morning with a 26-year-old brain-damaged Afghanistan vet with PTSD, cracked vertebra and plenty of other physical problems, working on a video which we hope will help the counseling program he’s in. He has a powerful story, doing our best to tell it.

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  41. brian stouder said on November 1, 2015 at 12:09 am

    basset – good stuff. You skilled production guys (and gals) produce visceral stuff that appeals to more than a person’s brain (or intellect) but also to one’s heart, and hopes, and fears. That’s where the truth resides, in any case

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  42. Sherri said on November 1, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I’m sorry, Jeff(tmmo), I misunderstood you. I get a little ornery when it comes to elected officials who treat people like they aren’t capable of making informed decisions about their own lives. The day I can start requiring legislators and Congresspersons to view something before they vote is the day I’ll be okay with requiring women to view an ultrasound before seeking an abortion.

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  43. Sue said on November 1, 2015 at 7:20 am

    basset, what’s that part of? I know you work with breed rescue, is this another interest of yours? Details, please.

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  44. basset said on November 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

    i know a minister who runs a counseling program for ptsd/brain injury soldiers and vets, thought I might be able to help. first project i’ve done of this nature.

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  45. beb said on November 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Long article from the AP. Over a six year period 1000 cops were fired for sexual assault.

    This does not count cops fired for drug use or selling, bribery, harassing or excess force. Nor does it counts accused but not fired, or were never accused. It’s a damning report.

    There’s been a lot of discussion of why the recent CNBC republican debate was such a fiasco. One point is very clear is that the candidates frequently told bald-faced lies, which the moderators were unable to respond to. I’d like to suggest that the next debate be run with a roomful full of fact-checkers and every time they catch a candidate they sound a buzzer, interrupting any arguments while they explain the lie being told. Of course the RNC will never go for this since their whole plan of attack is to lie.

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  46. alex said on November 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Maybe they’ll get their wish and Rush Limbaugh will moderate the next GOP debate.

    If I have a beef with the “lamestream” media, it’s that they seem to indulge the buffoonish claims that CNBC treated anyone unfairly. As beb rightly points out, CNBC’s biggest shortcoming was in letting a lot of blatant dishonesty go unchecked.

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  47. David C. said on November 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I’m trying to think what wouldn’t be considered a gotcha question by the Rs. So far, all I can think of is “When you’re walking with Jesus, how awesome does he tell you your plan eliminate taxation on the poor, put-upon, rich is?”.

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  48. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on November 1, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    And he walks with me, and talks with me, and tells me I am his own. And the joys we share as we tarry there none other has ever known.

    1913 was a very un-ironic age, wasn’t it? 😉

    Actually, I think it would be interesting to see what a polemical panel of debate moderators from the right would do with that GOP line-up. I don’t think it would be as bloodlessly benign as you think. Not only fur would fly, but some viscera and fecal material. I would be at least as interesting as the “debate” between the Democratic candidates was last go-round; the only off-script speaker was Webb who left the race within hours, which isn’t going to encourage more of that sort of behavior I fear. Hillary is on an escalator right now that Bernie can’t or won’t trot around to run up the stairs and beat her to the next level.

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  49. brian stouder said on November 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Former Senator Fred Thompson – one of Nashville’s own – passed away today. I learned more about him in the obit then I ever knew.

    I knew he was a TV actor, and that he won a Senate seat, and that he caught the presidential bug, and in more recent years he hawked reverse mortgages.

    But I didn’t know he really was a lawyer, and that he was a political operative with Senator Howard Baker, and that he had some real achievements

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  50. alex said on November 1, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Bernie’s forcing Hillary out of her habit of being too contrived, and that’s a good thing. As for the Republican debates, it doesn’t matter who moderates their debates because it’s a pointless exercise anyhow. None of those people will ever be elected president.

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  51. Brandon said on November 2, 2015 at 1:24 am

    The new Hillary book that critiques her from the left:

    More on my @HIllaryClinton book and its lively cover via @msnbc— Doug Henwood (@DougHenwood) October 31, 2015

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  52. Dexter said on November 2, 2015 at 1:55 am

    I really miss “Imus in the Morning” which in its last TV incarnation was on Fox Business News. Imus moved out of NYC to Texas and left TV for good on May 29. Imus was frequently having veterans on his show who had suffered horrible burns and amputations, but their messages were always of gratitude and hope. Imus himself was responsible for upping the death benefit for military personnel KIA from peanuts to a quarter million dollars. He kept bugging people like McCain and Kerry until it was done. In his last week on TV, I send him a message through my Facebook friend Rob who is the show’s comedian, thanking Imus for what he had done for veterans, and on the one day I had to arise early for my own Toledo VA appointment, he gave me a shout-out on the air. I missed it; Rob asked me if I had seen it. Nope.

    So OK, baseball’s done ’til spring 2016. Time for me to catch up on my Red Wings and watch a little NBA too. I have to be careful this week, too…nowadays when you have a colonoscopy, it’s a five day prep; special restricted diet for 4 days and then the half-day horrible prep where the patient has to drink the nasty cleaner outer and chew and swallow different types of foul laxatives. Until Thursday I have to carry around this list of forbidden foods: no corn, beans, small-seed fruits, nuts, tomatoes, celery…oh well.

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  53. Deborah said on November 2, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Holy cow Dexter, I read the prep instructions for a colonoscopy a couple of weeks ago when I thought I was going to have one, but had to cancel. The instructions weren’t nearly as restrictive as yours seem to be. In fact they were less restrictive than the last one I had 10 years ago.

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  54. Jolene said on November 2, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Beb, I heard about that report on police malfeasance too. In addition to the limitations you mention, it excludes two huge states–New York and California–because they do not keep records of police decertifications. And, of course, these summaries require that incidents be reported in the first place, which many likely are not. So the real-world situation is even worse than the report indicates.

    Also, in an interview published in yesterday’s NYT, Gloria Steinem cites a text claiming that domestic violence in police families is four times higher than the national average. Really a shocking figure.

    Honestly, when you really stop and think about all that is done to women in this world by men who want to control them, it’s a wonder that women are willing to take the risk of living with men.

    Of course, I know women are also protected by men and even deeply loved, but still.

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