She contemplates her domain.

The goal today is to finish two stories by 4 p.m., so have a dog picture instead of thoughtful sentences:


Princess Wendy, captured in a pensive moment. Original watercolor by Coozledad in background.

If you haven’t read this, you should: Pete Wells takes on a Thomas Keller Cafe du Snoot and, well, does what Pete Wells does so well:

The kitchen could improve the bacon-wrapped cylinder of quail simply by not placing it on top of a dismal green pulp of cooked romaine lettuce, crunchy and mushy at once. Draining off the gluey, oily liquid would have helped a mushroom potpie from turning into a swampy mess. I don’t know what could have saved limp, dispiriting yam dumplings, but it definitely wasn’t a lukewarm matsutake mushroom bouillon as murky and appealing as bong water.

Stipulated: I know MichaelG dined recently at Keller’s French Laundry in Napa, spent four figures and pronounced every penny Worth It. But the comments on the review from other disappointed Per Se diners suggest someone is failing at this one. And lest you think Wells is just an effete prick taking down another effete prick, let it further be stipulated that he approaches restaurants the way Roger Ebert approached movies, asking: What is this restaurant trying to be, and how successful is it in execution? Witness his dizzy review of Señor Frog’s, a Times Square tourist trap that nonetheless delivers on its promise.

Bridge took on the spiking death rates among less-educated white males story earlier this week. Interesting.

I think Frank Bruni gets to the heart of it in his column about last night’s GOP debate. Or, as I prefer to think of it, the circular firing squad, slowly reducing itself to a duel.

Back to the keys. Back to the phones. Have a great weekend.

Posted at 9:18 am in Current events, Media |

62 responses to “She contemplates her domain.”

  1. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on January 15, 2016 at 9:27 am

    A duel! Going for the “Hamilton” reference, right? What was scary last night in the circular firing squad was how well Trump delivered his retort to Cruz on New York values. I was shaking my head in unwilling admiration; I felt better when I saw on Twitter that Jonathan Capehart felt the same way.

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  2. basset said on January 15, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Spring break for me was always an opportunity to pick up more hours at work. Senor Frog’s sounds like fun, but I’m still not going to New York if I can help it… Cancun either, for that matter.

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  3. nancy said on January 15, 2016 at 10:03 am

    What did he say, Jeff? Didn’t watch (cord-cutter).

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  4. Dorothy said on January 15, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Trump seemed genuinely taken aback by Cruz’s insult of his “New York values.”

    Cruz explained that jab, saying: “Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal, are pro-abortion, are pro-gay marriage, focused around money and the media.”

    That led Trump to launch into a lengthy, emotional defense, pointing to New York City’s response to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

    He said that “the people of New York fought and fought and fought, and we saw more death — the smell of death was with us for months.”

    “We rebuilt Downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched and loved New York and loved New Yorkers,” he said.

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  5. alex said on January 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Okay, the Senor Frog review more than redeems him. Knowing nothing of Wells’ work before I read the Per Se review, it had struck me simply as malicious. But then there is something malicious about a business that sells overhyped, overpriced crap to customers and expects them to lap it up like fools.

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  6. Danny said on January 15, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Original watercolor by Coozledad in background.

    Did this take the place of my derivative oil interpretation of “Dogs Playing Poker?” I’m bummed!

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    • nancy said on January 15, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Good one.

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  7. Charlotte said on January 15, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Pete Wells is a treasure — not only because he’s a very clever writer, but because of exactly what Nancy points out — he takes the restaurant’s own mission as his starting point.

    Keep it in the ground gets another boost this morning — Prez just announced a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land. *That’ll* get the Malheur yahoos all het up again this morning …

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  8. ROGirl said on January 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

    His takedown of Guy Fieri is sublime.

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  9. Jolene said on January 15, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Trump’s remarks on New York values were moving, but, like everything else he says, also involved a large serving of BS.

    I believe he was right about the feelings of New Yorkers for each other and the feelings of people across the country and around the world for New Yorkers, but the idea that NYers put their shoulders to the wheel and rapidly rebuilt lower Manhattan driven by love and the resilience of a united people is inconsistent with everything I read.

    What I read were reports of endless wrangling over design and other issues, complicated by lawsuits, resulting in long delays over the building of the new Freedom Tower and the memorial. Freedom Tower was not completed until 14 years after the attack and, as you might guess, involved massive cost overruns, much of which was absorbed by U.S. taxpayers. The NYT has a collection of articles on the topic. Clicking through the headlines gives a sense of the many struggles involved.

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  10. jcburns said on January 15, 2016 at 11:32 am

    And in other bizarre public land news Yosemite park will rename lodges, other places to avoid a legal battle. That is so, so wrong. And odd.

    May I also offer Camouflaged Quebecois Xanax smuggler not quite camouflaged enough?

    And for the astronomy photogs out there (are there any?) Upload a picture of a starfilled sky, software will calibrate it and tell you what’s there.

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  11. Suzanne said on January 15, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I did not watch the debate last night because I had a meeting. My husband didn’t watch, either saying he couldn’t stomach it. At the meeting I attended I did discover in conversation that a few people at my church routinely bring their sidearm with them to services, you know, just in case. The church is out in the middle of freaking nowhere, so I’m not sure who they think would be likely to launch an attack. It made me sad more than anything. I just don’t get the paranoia. Could some nut roll in with a gun and start blowing worshippers away? Sure. And a fire could start, a tornado hit, an earthquake swollow us all up, a meteor hit, an airplane fall out of the sky and crush us, and on and on, but no one is planning for those scenarios. I just don’t get it.

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  12. Scout said on January 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Suzanne, I feel you. I often wonder what is up with these big hairy dudes who are so afraid to enter a Target or Fry’s or Taco Bell without a sidearm. I’m 5 foot nothin’ and I’m totally not afraid to grocery shop. Because if some psycho does stroll in and start shooting up the place, I’m pretty sure the aforementioned big hairy dude (aka ‘good guy with a gun’) will be absolutely useless because it is apparent he is a big giant wuss who’s afraid of everything.

    The debate… or as I like to call it, Hate Fest 2016, The America Hating, Chest Thumping Meanie Tour… There’s no chance I will ever put myself through watching a stage full of creepy assholes trying to out-asshole each other to impress the asshole demographic of the country. The Frank Bruni editorial really got to the crux of the biscuit, and Charlie P does a good job too.
    I’m so glad there are people like them who will watch and report so I don’t have to endure the agony.

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  13. Mark P said on January 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    That picture makes me want to scratch Wendy behind her ears.

    Do you all remember when the Republican Party went bonkers and nominated Barry Goldwater? Maybe whoever ends up with the nomination this time can borrow from Goldwater: Extremism in the defense of bigotry is no vice?

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  14. Jeff Borden said on January 15, 2016 at 1:56 pm


    Our conservative cousins hate cities in general and New York in particular until they are the targets of terrorism. Then, they love `em.

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  15. Sherri said on January 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    So, Jeff, let’s see if we can summarize:

    Cities: evil dens of iniquity who are stealing our tax dollars

    Cities attacked by terrorists: proud symbols of America

    Cities hit by other disasters: evil dens of iniquity who got what they deserved

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  16. devtob said on January 15, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    They hate cities because, generally, smart people, blacks/browns/Jews, and Democrats live there.

    And they are none of the above.

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  17. susan said on January 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    re: JC’s link @10, there is this quote:

    “Based on my training and experience, I know the amount of seized pills is clearly inconsistent with being an amount possessed solely for personal use,” John McGarghan III, a task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration, wrote in his affidavit.

    300 vacuum-sealed bags of xanax, weighing 182.8 lbs….Great training!

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  18. Brandon said on January 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    See also the September Harper’s article, “A Goose in a Dress.”

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  19. brian stouder said on January 15, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Susan – Ha! You made me imagine Barney Fife, extolling his own years of ‘training and experience’

    The JC link that I read was the Yosemite one, which was equal-parts puzzling and irritating

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  20. brian stouder said on January 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Well, Rachel Maddow will have fun with this one, tonight.

    Aside from the continuing, catastrophic collapse of responsible government in Flint, she always gets worked up about “Governor Ultra-sound” in Virginia – and now the Supremes have picked up McDonnell’s cause

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  21. FDChief said on January 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I guess my problem with the Bruni column was trying to figure out which GOP he thought was going to show up.

    The GOP that has been calling its opponents “traitors”, “cowards”, “anti-American”, “hateful”, “divisive”..? The GOP that refuses to listen to people who have, say, actually studied things like foreign policy, climate, firearms use, medical insurance, or economics and, when confronted with them, calls them “out-of-touch”, “polarizing”, or “propagandists”? The GOP that still insists in voodoo economics? Mexican rapists? Bomb-bomb-bombing Iran? That Dubya was a tragically misunderstood political genius and that Darth Cheney was the 20th Century’s Metternich? The GOP whose public face for decades has been Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Coulter, Beck, Savage, Krauthammer, and Bloody Bill Kristol?

    That GOP?

    And he was surprised that the “tone” of the debate turned nasty?

    Christ, Frank, I was only surprised that none of the miserable sonsofbitches brought along a live liberal to slaughter so they could eat her liver with fava beans and a nice fucking Chianti.

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  22. MichaelG said on January 15, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Sorry to be so late. As I noted, this is chemo week and I am slow. I ate at the French Laundry in Yountville, the reviews you have are of Per Se in NYC. The menus and the whole shtick sound very similar, one locale to the next. The Wells review sounded honest to me and he did point out several legitimate complaints. The other review, well.

    The French Laundry is in a rural setting in a rural area not in downtown New York. I don’t know if that makes any difference. I don’t know about the ambiance in NYC. I don’t know about the crowd, the décor, the house, the servers, the pace or the many other things that add up to a place that feels good or does not. I believe that when I wrote about my experience here, I took pains to indicate that the French Laundry was a very comfortable, laid back place. The wait staff was smiling and eager to help. They all seemed to be college kids. No napkin would be left on the floor there. I know. Mine floated off and was immediately replaced with a new one. The food flaws that Mr. Wells noticed at Per Se did not occur during the evening I was at the French Laundry and I, determined not to be bamboozled by the scene, was looking. I stand by my original review. It was a magic night with great food that had great flavor. Still worth every penny. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

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  23. Deborah said on January 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    MichaelG, I meant to say this earlier in the week, hope you’re feeling as good as can be with chemo week upon you. I think Nancy thought you had a legitimately good time at your French Laundry experience. The way I read her post she didn’t doubt that it was well worth it.

    I just had a dozen oysters with a beer at our local Whole Foods, they have a buck a shuck on Fridays. Little Bird and I went shopping this morning at the outlet mall on the outskirts of town. Holy cow did we ever make out like bandits, super, super discounts like crazy. Now we’re sitting in front of a cozy fire in our fireplace, it’s supposed to snow again later this afternoon. The good news is that next week many days have highs predicted in the 40s.

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  24. Sherri said on January 15, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I know the Republican candidates have had an especially loose connection with reality this election cycle. I know Ted Cruz is an asshole. But it strains credulity, to say the least, that someone who went to Princeton and only wanted people from the “real Ivies” (i.e. Princeton, Harvard, and Yale) in his study group at Harvard Law, could “inadvertently” not report two loans to his Senate campaign totaling $1 million.

    I haven’t filed Federal campaign disclosures, but I have filed campaign disclosures with the state PDC for local elections, and overlooking loans is kind of a big deal. Even when you haven’t made a big part of your campaign pitch about how you liquidated your assets to self-finance your campaign.

    But, no doubt, if he gets the nomination and runs against Hilary, all we’ll hear is how dishonest Hilary is and how she’s in the pocket of Wall Street. Or something like that, because Hilary isn’t real, anymore than Obama is real, she’s just a proxy for all Republican hatreds and fears.

    Speaking of which, BENGHAZI!!!11! The Movie!!11!:

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  25. MichaelG said on January 15, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Deborah, I wasn’t responding to Nancy, I was responding to the reviews.

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  26. Dexter said on January 16, 2016 at 12:54 am

    I’ve been here, I’ve been there, I’ve been everywhere…but I ain’t never seen anything like this:

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  27. Diane said on January 16, 2016 at 6:04 am

    A Wendy picture is a very good thing.

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  28. alex said on January 16, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Dex, he’s right about using a damn bungee cord with your dolly. We just learned the hard way on a much shorter trip with a new appliance.

    We recently picked out a new clothes washer and neglected to take measurements. Don’t all front loaders fit underneath standard counters? Of course not. Now we can’t return it because it fell off of the dolly and got dented on the side when hubby was bringing it in from the garage. The dent wouldn’t bother us particularly — if the damned thing fit the spot where it’s supposed to go.

    We contemplated building a higher counter for it, but it still would protrude past the door jamb and it dwarfs the dryer next to it. So we just bought a new washer with the same dimensions as the dryer, and now we’ve got to figure out what to do with a ginormous brand-new machine that we don’t need.

    Otherwise the home remodeling is coming along nicely, although the money spent on that washer had been allotted for a new sofa. They’re coming to measure for carpet in a couple of days and I’m torn between splurging on some really good stuff or cheaping out. I’m considering Mohawk Triexta, which is made out of corn glucose instead of petroleum and promises excellent stain and burn resistance without resorting to chemicals and won’t turn your house into a gas chamber.

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  29. David C. said on January 16, 2016 at 8:18 am

    My hat’s off to anyone who can stand to watch the Republican shit-show, and my heart goes out to anyone who, because of work or whatever, has to. I can’t even listen to any of them and immediately turn off anything they’re on.

    Go for the corn carpet, Alex. You might as well get something back for all the money you’re spending on corn subsidies.

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  30. Sue said on January 16, 2016 at 10:10 am

    alex, consider donating it to:
    a humane society
    a shelter (homeless, women’s)
    a day care center (kids or elders) of any kind in your nearest low-income neighborhood
    They will love you for it, and probably will be able to find people to come and get it, and you will know that you’ve done an excellent practical good deed. The deduction might not be as high as you’d like, but those karma points are priceless.

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  31. Judybusy said on January 16, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Sue, you’re so kind! My first thought was to put it up for sale on Craig’s list.

    I also loved the Wendy picture, and noticed Cooz’s picture right away. I’d ask to buy one, but my partner doesn’t think crows are cool, so we’ll never have on in our home….

    Alex, I also say go for the carpet you really want. We did some major remodeling and upgrading and splurged on important stuff: the color of the siding, granite counter top for the bar, and real bluestone for the patio. The new bathroom fixtures and counter for the dry bar in the “gal cave” (i.e., TV lounge) are from Lowe’s. We get such pleasure from everything. Enjoy!

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  32. Jolene said on January 16, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I, too, endorse the idea of getting the carpet you really want. As an apartment dweller, I can tell you that it doesn’t take long for cheap carpeting to show wear, even with only a single resident.

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  33. Jolene said on January 16, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Great news about release of Americans being held in Iran. Waiting to see how the Rs somehow turn this into an Obama failure.

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  34. MarkH said on January 16, 2016 at 11:42 am

    jc – Can you look at/fix the astronomy link at #10? It appears to be broken.

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    • jcburns said on January 16, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks. I think it’s OK now.

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  35. Deborah said on January 16, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Alex, get the good carpet. You won’t regret it. In Santa Fe we have tile floors, in Chicago we have carpeting (except for the kitchen and bathrooms of course). The carpet is of high quality but quite old. Since we are looking to downsize in our same building complex we’re not going to do anything about the old carpet we have. We’re hoping to have hard wood floors in the next place. If they don’t already have them we’ll put them in before we move. One of the main reasons we never did anything about the floor was because of the hassle of living with the disruption and the mess.

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  36. alex said on January 16, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for the suggestions, Sue and Judy and Dave. There are few things better in life than having good karma and good carpet. I guess I should have been resigned to the fact that no one ever gets through a home improvement project under budget except for people on HGTV.

    Well, I’m on my way out to pick up a new kitchen sink and look at some lighting.

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  37. alex said on January 16, 2016 at 11:52 am

    And thanks Deborah. I hear you about the disruptions and the mess. That’s why we’ve waited ten years to undertake this whole thing and git ‘er done.

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  38. Snarkworth said on January 16, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Jolene, Trump won’t let Rezaian come home. Muslim, you know.

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  39. David C. said on January 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Jolene, the same way they’ve turned getting the sailors back safe and sound into a fail in their little pin-heads. They would rather have started a war with Iran (or eye-ran) and have them come home on body bags, if at all, just to show we’re swinging bigger pipe than they are. Picking up a phone and sorting it out, which because of the nuclear deal we now can, is for wimps.

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  40. Heather said on January 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    The only Thomas Keller place I’ve been to is Ad Hoc in the Napa Valley. It was easily our favorite place on the trip and the most reasonable. Catch is, it’s a set menu that changes daily, served family-style, for about $52 I think. But if you like all foods, like me, that’s no problem.

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  41. brian stouder said on January 16, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Alex – I was going to say Pam has had good experiences on both ‘buy’ and ‘sell’ actions on some local website (southwest Fort Wayne garage sale, or some such)

    Jolene-33/Snarkworth-38 – my first reaction to the good news about the release of the American reporter (et al) was that Donald Trump will try and claim CREDIT for it!!

    As for the PT boats and their crews, I think it’s definitely an unalloyed success and Good Thing. People who want to go to war would do well to remember that this would be like if a couple of heavily armed Iranian vessels were darting around just a few miles off the western coast of Florida. What would the US do, as soon as they crossed the line into American territorial waters?

    A non-sequitur: Dianne Ravitch found the following quiz. Took about 5 minutes to complete – and I thought I was pretty much mid-range on all my answers…and you’d not guess who it decided I should vote for, for president

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  42. susan said on January 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    95% Bernie. Not surprised. Wow, though: 3% Marco Rubio. I had no idea he was that bad.

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  43. brian stouder said on January 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Susan, It gave me Bernie, too(!) – but only 1 point higher than my real pick, Hillary Clinton. I expanded all the areas and answered all the questions, and left most on the normal intensity; but on a few I went against the grain a little, and reduced the importance

    Then, just for fun, I went back and took it again, being as extreme as I could be – and thinking it would give me Trump. Instead, it gave me (wait for it)…… Ben Carson!

    Made me say “Huh? Wha?”

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  44. Deborah said on January 16, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Another satisfying Saturday coming to a close. I think before I retired that I was so stressed about making the most of my weekends that I didn’t really enjoy them. Since I’ve been retired they are just another day of the week and I take them in stride. There is a difference though in the general feel of a weekend vs a regular day of the week in the world so it’s not hard to figure it out if I lose track. Have I mentioned how much I love being retired?

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  45. basset said on January 16, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Went to my first Episcopal funeral today, guy I used to work with. Four other former co-workers there, all but one of us slid out quietly just as communion was starting. Not a bad experience overall, I was as respectful as I knew how to be, stood up and sat down on cue and sang along on the songs I recognized, but I feel vaguely uneasy in church, no matter what denomination. One of our group wouldn’t sing, he’s Church of Christ and they don’t hold with instrumental music in a service so the organ disqualified him, in his mind anyway.

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  46. Sherri said on January 17, 2016 at 2:43 am

    basset, I always thought one of the oddest theological choices was the Church of Christ refusing instrumental music. I’ve been to Church of Christ worship services and a Church of Christ funeral, and while I have no problem with congregational singing without accompaniment, it just seems odd to require it.

    There’s an interesting book called “How to Be a Perfect Stranger” which describes the customs and conventions of services of the major religions from the point of view of someone visiting a service.

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  47. Sherri said on January 17, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Bernie 98%, Hillary 95, even Martin O’Malley 88%. The Republicans, and the erstwhile Republican one ran for the Democratic nomination (Jim Webb), are much further down the list, with Webb, Huckabee(!) and Paul in the 50’s, Trump at 30%, and Ben Carson bringing up the rear at 8%.

    So, the differences between Bernie and Hillary, for me, aren’t that big, and I’ll vote for whomever the Dems nominate even if it’s O’Malley, whom I really don’t care for that much.

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  48. David C. said on January 17, 2016 at 7:11 am

    98% Bernie, 96% Hillary, who cares about the rest. It’s good to know I’m a left-wing authoritarian though. Left-wing, sure, but authoritarian? I suppose if you think the government should make it illegal for people to be assholes to other people in certain circumstances, you’re an authoritarian. I don’t quite see it that way.

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  49. basset said on January 17, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Sherri, that sounds like an interesting book whether you’re actually going to attend the services or not. I’ve been to a pretty wide variety of them, for an assortment of reasons, and never felt that I belonged there – but that’s probably just me. I suppose it’s possible that sooner or later I’ll get dragged to one and it’ll click, not particularly looking for it though.

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  50. Deborah said on January 17, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I got 98% Bernie and 95% Hillary. The only surprise I got was 17% Cruz, that was the lowest one shown. Something is wrong with that.

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  51. alex said on January 17, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I got 93% Bernie and 89% Hillary and 75% O’Malley. And much smaller percentages with a number of Republicans including Christie, Bush, Paul, Trump, Cruz and Carson, but the so-called “similar” answers are not like mine at all. For instance:

    Should the government require health insurance companies to provide free birth control? stats Discuss
    Ben Carson: No, the government should sponsor abstinence education programs instead S
    Your partially similar answer: No, it should be covered like any other prescription

    My partially similar answer? Please.

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  52. Kirk said on January 17, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I’m a lefty authoritarian, too. Hillary 91%, Bernie 90%, O’Malley 77%. Christie the top Republican, at 55%, and Carson in the cellar at 24%.

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  53. beb said on January 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    96% for Bernie. (What does one have to do to get 100%), 91% for Hillary but I’m freaked out by the 34% for Trump! I can’t imagine having anything in common with Trump.

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  54. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on January 17, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Wouldn’t SING? Sheesh. Singing is the point for the a capella Church of Christ. That’s just trying too hard.

    That’s the denomination (they would deny they’re a denomination, they’re a brotherhood, so it annoys them to be called a denomination) closest to my own historically, so of course they dislike us more than even {whispers} Catholics. It’s basically our version of the Southern Baptist & Northern/American Baptist split, except our leadership perhaps unhelpfully held off the division until *after* the Civil War — largely by forbidding any discussions on slavery — so we split on what were then largely ethno-geographic lines over modernity in the form of church organs & melodions. The early a capella Churches of Christ were actually fine with violins and cellos and even banjos, but the split over organs and choirs hardened into an overall instrumental ban by 1920.

    Did I mention I teach our tradition’s history and polity at the Methodist seminary down the road every three years? DS 691 this spring at, auditing is only $60 if you’re over 55. I’m full of trivia like that, a whole semester’s worth.

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  55. brian stouder said on January 17, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Jeff, give me a few months to get over-55, and I’m there!

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  56. basset said on January 17, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I suppose the Southern Methodist spinoff had something to do with slavery as well… played on a SM church-league softball team for ten or twelve seasons but never set foot in the church except once to get the keys to the gym. Our own little schism came when the guys who could really play split away to join a faster league and those of us who were left behind were told we had to be church members to stay on the team. I was pretty old and stove up by then so it was the end of my decidedly undistinguished slow-pitch career.

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  57. alex said on January 17, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Fascinating stuff, the history of religion in America. I’ve been doing some reading on a cluster of local pioneer figures who were Presbyterians but became Congregationalists, served the Home Missionary Society and were involved in progressive politics of the times. It seems that the theology of a lot of groups was quite similar and church affiliations were quite fluid on the frontier. I’m sure the story of the Disciples of Christ and the UCC is interesting and hope Jeff shares more.

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  58. brian stouder said on January 17, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Well, I thought the Democratic presidential debate was pretty good…and the Flint public water debacle came up right at the end, with Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders both forcefully condemning Michigan’s inept and negligent governor

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  59. alex said on January 17, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    I like a lot of what Bernie has to say and find him more authentic than Hillary, but he doesn’t inspire my confidence that he has what it takes to be president. Good debate, though.

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  60. Sherri said on January 17, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Alex, not to step on Jeff’s history of religion, but the Church of Christ and the UCC aren’t the same, not even close.

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