Pounds, lost and found.

File this under Emails You Probably Don’t Want to Receive. It arrived late this afternoon:

We have been informed that a large number of the staff at (company deleted) came down with a gastrointestinal illness over the weekend. We do not know the source of the illnesses. As a precaution, we are sanitizing all drinking fountains and public restrooms in the building, as well as common areas recently utilized by (the) staff. We are not aware of any other tenants experiencing multiple illnesses among their staffs. If you or members of your staffs have or are experiencing similar symptoms, please let us know. At this time, we are considering this an isolated incident.

Bad news: This is at our co-working space. Good news: It’s four floors above ours. Fingers crossed, but those noroviruses are sneaky bastards. Good news: I’m a dedicated hand washer. Good news: I think I drank only bottled water today. I guess we shall see.

Good thing there is much good bloggage today. If you don’t see me for a while, perhaps I’ll be barfing. Or maybe just lazy — it’s always a strong possibility.

First off, a terribly depressing and still interesting story about the aftermath of the 2009 “Biggest Loser” contestants. Guess whether they kept their weight off. Yes, you’re right — hardly any of them did, and one or two are even heavier than they were when they left the show, stones and stones lighter. Nut graf:

It has to do with resting metabolism, which determines how many calories a person burns when at rest. When the show began, the contestants, though hugely overweight, had normal metabolisms for their size, meaning they were burning a normal number of calories for people of their weight. When it ended, their metabolisms had slowed radically and their bodies were not burning enough calories to maintain their thinner sizes.

Researchers knew that just about anyone who deliberately loses weight — even if they start at a normal weight or even underweight — will have a slower metabolism when the diet ends. So they were not surprised to see that “The Biggest Loser” contestants had slow metabolisms when the show ended.

What shocked the researchers was what happened next: As the years went by and the numbers on the scale climbed, the contestants’ metabolisms did not recover. They became even slower, and the pounds kept piling on. It was as if their bodies were intensifying their effort to pull the contestants back to their original weight.

Mr. Cahill was one of the worst off. As he regained more than 100 pounds, his metabolism slowed so much that, just to maintain his current weight of 295 pounds, he now has to eat 800 calories a day less than a typical man his size. Anything more turns to fat.

This is great research, and may well lead, down the road, to an understanding of obesity not as a character flaw but something more complicated – part disability, part psychological condition, part mystery.

Moving on to someone who is not fat and would probably be sent back to Slovenia if she gained so much as an ounce, we have a long-awaited profile of the uncooperative Mrs. Donald Trump:

Melania appears to have internalized many aspects of Donald’s culture: his ahistoricism; his unblinking gall; his false dichotomies between murderous scofflaws and deserving citizens, women who ask for nothing and nagging wives. Like Donald, Melania doesn’t drink. She never breaks ranks, not even with a teasing criticism. “I like him the way he is,” she has said, of Donald’s hair. She has taken on her husband’s signature pout, in a connubial version of people who grow to look like their dogs. In 2013, Donald tweeted, “I love watching the dishonest writers @NYMag suffer the magazine’s failure.” One of them, Dan Amira, retaliated, writing, “Your wife is waiting for you to die.” One couldn’t help but detect Donald’s influence when Melania fired off a reply: “Only a dumb ‘animal’ would say that! You should be fired from your failing magazine!” (Last week, when Julia Ioffe reported in GQ that Melania has an unacknowledged half brother, Trump supporters flooded social media with images of Ioffe that they’d doctored to depict her, among other things, wearing a yellow star in a concentration camp.) Melania is the ultimate embodiment of Trump’s bargain with the American electorate. If the Obama promise was that he was you, the Trump promise is that you are him.

She’s a tabula rasa who speaks in a heavy accent, an enigma wrapped in a riddle.

You might think this is the best election ever, and when I see clips like this, I have to agree with you.

You might think this is the best election ever, and when I hear that a young Hoosier yelled “you suck” at Ted Cruz, I have to agree with you on that one, too.

And this little bit of satire is a little bit amusing.

Off to Lansing today. Let the conversation begin.

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

57 responses to “Pounds, lost and found.”

  1. Brandon said on May 3, 2016 at 1:10 am

    “…best election ever”

    For entertainment value.

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  2. Jakash said on May 3, 2016 at 2:30 am

    I read that NYT article yesterday and it was plenty depressing, indeed. Still, as mentioned in many of the comments there, contestants on the “Biggest Loser” are hardly representative of the public at large (ahem), neither at the beginning of the contest, nor in the absurdly rapid way they lose the weight. And, while I’ve certainly faced the challenges of a slowing metabolism, decade by decade — if it was ALL about metabolism, why is obesity so tightly correlated with a modern-day American-style diet?

    There’s no way I’m gonna be considering this “the best election ever” until I see how it turns out. Trump has gone from complete joke to entertaining, if disgusting, buffoon, to “well, peak Trump is 30% of Republicans” to now being the presumptive nominee, endorsed by more and more folks who should know better. I’d like to believe that he can’t win, but I fervently believed none of this could have actually come to pass so far, so I’m not laughing as much as I’d like to be.

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  3. Linda said on May 3, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Read the NY Times articles, and as a longtime maintainer (going on 9 years), I don’t see it as a riddle, or a psych condition. It’s physically tough to keep it off for biological reasons. It’s like a part time job that you can never take a day off of for the rest of your life. And as I get older, I eat less food and exercise more. Why do I keep up? Because as hard as it is to maintain, it’s really hard to be an old fat person. They age pretty badly. I don’t fear that fat would kill me prematurely. I fear being kept alive by a dozen and a half prescriptions that would be at war with each other, with horribly limited mobility even in late middle age, like a lot of fat old people I know.

    My biggest problem with the show is that you live this obsessive, abnormal life that does not prepare you to live normally and maintain. I tool a long time (2 1/2 years) to lose 100 lbs, but I learned to live a maintaining life while mixing with my real life of job, family, etc. The show just goes for abnormally fast losses and 24/7 dieting and exercise that nobody can maintain. So wrong.

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  4. adrianne said on May 3, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Am I a bad person because I laughed like hell when I saw the GIF of Carly falling down? If so, I’ll own it!

    OK, Hoosiers, today’s your day. I’m hoping Bernie is dispatched to the outer circles of political hell, but somehow, he’s not going away. I’ve become increasingly disillusioned by The Bern and particularly some of his followers for their unhinged attacks on Hillary. Oh, and racist attacks on Obama. Let’s see, sexist, racist…what’s not to like?

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  5. Andrea said on May 3, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Two weeks ago, my kids and I were on a 7-college tour up in NY, Massachusetts and Maine. The first school we were set to visit — the University of Rochester — was in the news that day for a campus-wide outbreak of norovirus. The news popped up at the top when I was googling the address of the admissions office. They had more than 100 students ill and had called in ServPro to disinfect. We decided to skip that school. Too many door knobs and hand rails to worry about.

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  6. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 3, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Still don’t like Cruz, cannot imagine a prospective match-up that would drive me to cast a vote for him, but I do have a certain new respect for him after watching him in an odd and somewhat sad video trying to get a conversation going with a Trump supporter who showed up at one of Cruz’s events, who protesTED and waved a Trump sign. Cruz showed remarkable patience as well as persistence, but it was the overall affect of the Trump adherent that left me somewhat unnerved — I would have walked away long before Cruz did. There was this mix of slack-jawed grinning buffoonery and wicked mischievousness that had an undertone of “I’d just punch you in a heartbeat if I thought there was any chance of getting away with it, just to watch you writhe on the ground.”

    If you read Alan Furst’s novels, there was that same sense of menace and of options closing in which wrapped around the two men facing each other, neither quite finding any line of actual communication and both walking away without any hope of ever reaching an understanding other than the kind that is found between victor and vanquished.

    Nauseating, but Cruz somehow kept up his end of it in a way that told me he knows there’s nowhere to go with this other than on into defeat, but without letting hopelessness and anger take over his side of the debate. I’d not seen that side of him before, and can respect it. Plus, I had to laugh out loud with his measured and even “thank you” to the boy who shouted “you suck!”

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  7. alex said on May 3, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Today’s voting day in Indiana, but I’m not sure I want to brave the crowds of red state knuckledraggers at my local polling place and stand in line for an hour. If I declare as a Democrat, there’s no one to vote for except the president, a senator and a congressman, and I’ll get a bunch of dirty looks from those around me when I sign in with the election judges. If I declare as a Republican I could try to protect a multitude of local offices from the most overzealous and crazy GOP candidates, and by now I know who they all are by rote because of their ceaseless and insulting advertising.

    I may just sit this one out.

    As for the piece on Trump’s trophy wife, I must have been sleeping when Trump was courting his previous girlfriend mentioned in the story, Celina Midelfart. How does anyone forget a name like that one? You’d think Entertainment Tonight would’ve had a field day with that one. Midelfart, Midelfart, Midelfart. I guess they still weren’t allowed to say fart on TV in the early 2000s or something.

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  8. beb said on May 3, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Detroit teachers are doing another sick-out this week following an announcement that Detroit Public Schools would not have any money to pay salaries or run summer school after June 30th. As a unknown number of Detroit Teachers had opted into a deferred compensation plan where they would get less pay each two weeks but would be paid over the summer the rest that they were owed. Now it sounds like that money, roughly a quarter of their annual salary will not be paid. I’d be pissed too. Meanwhile the Republicans controlling the state legislature is looking for some way to stick it to the dems in Detroit without looking like they’re playing politics with school funds. Or having to *choke* raise taxes.

    Since American politics is structured as “winner takes all” there’s no way a third party can even win. So our country will remain half Democratic and half the people who vote Republican because they hate the Democrats.

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  9. brian stouder said on May 3, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Alex – I’d vote!

    This morning Pam and Shelby & Chloe and I saddled up and went to Chloe’s bus stop, and saw her off – and then we went and voted.

    If it wasn’t a presidential year, I’d probably have gone R so as to affect who they nominate for congress.

    As it is, HRC may not carry Indiana, but we added several votes from our household for her (although ol’ Grant is feelin’ the Bern – so he may get bragging rights, for one evening)

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  10. Heather said on May 3, 2016 at 8:57 am

    As a regular reader of Vogue, Vanity Fair, etc., I was also surprised I’d never heard of Ms. Midelfart.

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  11. alex said on May 3, 2016 at 9:27 am

    You can’t make this stuff up:

    Ms. Celina Midelfart serves as the Chair of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer at Midelfart Holding AS.

    When reading the New Yorker piece, I had to do a double take and make sure I wasn’t reading the Onion. Celina Midelfart is just the sort of name you’d find in a raucous Evelyn Waugh novel, and it would have been applied to just the sort of gold-digger who’d try to sink her claws into a caricaturishly vulgar American business mogul.

    Midelfart, Midelfart. A poot is just a littlefart.

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  12. Charlotte said on May 3, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I watched the Carly Fiorina gif over and over and over — it’s so hilarious and weird. None of those people act like … people. And those poor Cruz kids always look terrified …

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  13. brian stouder said on May 3, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Well, it’s early for a Thread-Win nomination, but who’s gonna beat that, eh?

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  14. Julie Robinson said on May 3, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Lordy, I thought my birth name of Pigott was bad enough.

    So, I just a phone call from a family member who was offended that neither of us liked her facebook selfie with Ted Cruz. I told her we weren’t quite sure what to think of it, especially since we know she leans left.

    She saw Cruz would be nearby right after work so walked over to observe the process. He didn’t have much protection around him, was easy to approach, and very gracious in the face of some nasty protesters. She also assured me she isn’t voting for him, or even in his primary, so I said okay, we’ll like your status. It was a strange call.

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  15. Connie said on May 3, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I don’t know Julie, in college I worked with Karla Hunsucker. She still wins for worst name. She was engaged to a Smith and was looking forward to changing her name.

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  16. BethB from Indiana said on May 3, 2016 at 10:01 am

    My husband and I voted early via absentee ballots which are available to anyone who is disabled (me) and/or anyone who is over 65 (both of us). In my overwhelmingly Republican county, the Democratic ballot was very short. Unfortunately, my husband and I cancelled each other out.

    He voted for Obama both times–not because he really supported him, but because the opposition was so bad. He says Hillary is a criminal (yeah, and Trump’s not??), and he can’t vote for her.

    Oh, well, I have until November to prove that Trump is not worth a vote. He may not end up voting for Hillary, but he might not vote at all for the presidential race and just vote for local candidates. At least that way he won’t cancel out my vote.

    Interestingly, my mother told me later in life the she had probably been cancelling out my father’s votes all the 70 years of their married life. He was so opinionated about politics that I have the feeling that he thought she would just go along with whatever he said. Ha!

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  17. BethB from Indiana said on May 3, 2016 at 10:05 am

    There was a woman on my sister’s dorm floor whose last name was Blinkensop. She changed it to Douglas.

    My cousin’s PE teacher in middle school was Mr. Lipshitz. He told the kids to just call him Coach!

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  18. Kirk said on May 3, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Clapsaddle is a real surname.

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  19. Heather said on May 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I went to high school with a girl whose last name was Slutzky.

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  20. Bitter Scribe said on May 3, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Maybe the Cruzes kept waving and shaking hands because they thought Fiorina should pull herself back up by her bootstraps.

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  21. alex said on May 3, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I was disappointed in the Fiorina .gif. Some in the media were calling it a “faceplant.” Looks like she just fell on her ass. She’s probably been rode harder than that on conference tables.

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  22. ROGirl said on May 3, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I had a college roommate whose last name was Schrumpf.

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  23. Little Bird said on May 3, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I went to high school with a girl who’s last name was Hooker. Amazingly, I don’t think she ever really caught a lot of flak over it. She was teased more for her perfectly rounded, pure 80s mall bangs.

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  24. brian stouder said on May 3, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Michigan, eh?

    Between ineptly poisoning cities with tainted water, and malevolently killing off public education in Motown – getting an email like the one our proprietress got would set my teeth on edge!

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  25. Julie Robinson said on May 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Voting was a short wait today, only seven minutes instead of the usual 45. When they combined precincts they didn’t increase the number of voting machines, but finally they did. But I wasn’t so happy about the sign holders outside, who seemed to be too close. I asked inside, and the judge told me had gone out there, measured, and told them which line to stand behind and they had been very polite. But 50 feet seems too close. Grr.

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  26. St Bitch said on May 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Sympathy, Deborah! You’re sure to still be in moving hell. Even though my move from Nashville to Davenport was three years ago, the very thought of it makes me wince.

    Suzanne, the article you linked yesterday about (media)-democracy as the breeding ground for Trump tyranny hit home. I’ve stopped getting so pissed off at Bernie, as my growing dread of tRump is, like Jakash, stifling a needed sense of humor.

    I’m feeling like I did when I was stranded overnight in a fishing boat (that I’d seen being carved from a tree) with two Jamaican men, (one young and drunk on rum, the other older with no useful skills but prayer and the insistence that no one curse). We were crossing a bay from Marking Stone, Jamaica to Strawberry Fields when the outboard motor went out, and the oar flew overboard. If I’d reacted quickly, I could’ve dived into the Caribbean and retrieved the oar, but it was out of reach before I could get my shit together. After a wakeful night of being slowly drawn out to sea toward Cuba in what we found out later was a killer current, it dawned on me that no one was coming to my rescue. At first I was going to swim…but Papa argued forcibly that sharks would get me and they’d be charged for murdering a white woman…while Starry asked if I would draw the boat with me. Ultimately, I paddled the boat in by flipping the oar side-to-side in rhythm, till my hands bled; then abandoning ship when we were close enough to a familiar stretch of shore. The sea was in a frenzy, which is why no fishing boats had come out that morning, but I’d already gotten a reputation (that had traveled all the way to Kingston) for swimming out far, and therefore thankfully knew how to avoid the coral reefs that could’ve ripped me to shreds.

    So who’s going to rescue us from tRump? In this ‘Hunger Games’ election, every time I’m riveted to the screen in order to hear his latest rant, rather than turn him off, I feel like he’s just made me his bitch…again…along with his followers, his opponents, the media, and the GOP.

    Hillary is strong, and battle-scarred…but it’s seeming more and more that we might have to pay a bitter backlash price for eight years of Obama-Camelot.

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  27. Jakash said on May 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Backlash, ugh — part of my concern, St. Bitch. This country loves to whipsaw back and forth from one side to the other. “Well, lemme see — if anybody had guaranteed the economic numbers we have now when Obama came into office, most would have JUMPED at the deal, and they’re better than what Romney thought he’d shoot for if he won. Ah, but hell, everybody keeps saying how much things suck, so it’s time to let the R’s run things back into the ground for a while. Does it really matter if the Supreme Court is a pro-big-money, anti-woman, anti-‘other’ cabal for a generation?”

    I’m not a huge fan of Larry Wilmore, and still thought he significantly under-performed at the WHCD, but the ongoing coverage of the presidential race on his show being called “Blacklash 2016 — The Unblackening” is a masterstroke, IMHO.

    And, hey, Midelfart Holding seems preferable to Earlyfart Disbursement, anyway…

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  28. alex said on May 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    And either of those sure beats Latefart Liquidation…

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  29. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I nominate Bitter Scribe @20 for today’s thread win.

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  30. Jeff Borden said on May 3, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Is anyone else as confused as I am about the polling these days? Today, I read a story about polling in Florida that shows Hillary Clinton crushing both Il Douche and Tailgunner Ted. The author argued that if Ms. Clinton carries the states she is expected to carry, she cannot be beaten if the Sunshine State goes her way. On another site, I read about a national poll showing the two neck-in-neck and the writer on that site argued that Ms. Clinton is very vulnerable, particularly because the GOP has monkeyed with voting laws in many states. I’m fully aware of how much hate and vitriol HRC attracts. Quite honestly, I am not a fan of her or Bill and their “third way,” DLC bullshit back in the `90s. But how can any sentient human being not see the stark differences between the loons of the GOP and Ms. Clinton, regardless of how much she may or may not have been tainted by all that Wall Street money?

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  31. Jean S said on May 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Linda @3, you’re eligible to join the National Weight Control Registry. The scientists who founded it have mined the data for some worthwhile studies.

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  32. Sherri said on May 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    The Presidential primary in Washington is coming up at the end of the month in Washington (yes, we have both caucuses and primaries, it’s complicated – the Dems are ignoring the primary.) As a result, a few Cruz Fiorina signs have appeared here and there. Every time I see one, I can’t help but think, Ted Cruz picked a running mate he wouldn’t have even allowed in his study group in law school.

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  33. chuckie said on May 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Adrianne @4– maybe you could treat us uninformed hillbillies to an explanation of what constitutes racism, and while you’re at it, sexism as well. The definition of racism, at any rate, seems to change every day, and someone like you could do us a huge favor by explaining such niceties; you know, in order to keep us current.

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  34. adrianne said on May 3, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Jeff, the polling during this election season has been wildly inaccurate in many cases, mainly because most of the major polling organizations have not made the switch to the realization that most people no longer have landlines. The best pollsters (and I would put Marist Poll at the top of the list) have revised their practices to reflect that. The worst pollsters (coffRasmussencoff) have not.

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  35. brian stouder said on May 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    racism: the impulse to judge any unknown individual, based upon that person’s apparent skin color or other inborn attibutes.

    sexism: the impulse to judge (positively or negatively) a person based on her or his gender

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  36. St Bitch said on May 3, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    And then the elderly that do still have landlines…well I’ve had a few laughs listening in to my demented mother respond to pollsters.

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  37. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 3, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    You start writing these things, and get into a rhythm, and realize you could do one for almost anyone . . .

    Thornton Q. Veeblefester has been a staunch friend of our fair college on the hill since his sainted mother Esmerelda signed him up for matriculation here, the same day he began Perdition County Day School at five years of age. A legacy, his father Asmodeus X. Veeblefester was a long-time trustee himself, whose tradition of service to the college has continued with the son. While the trust funds may have dwindled, his passion and commitment to this university have not. A registered sex offender, Thornton still does his best to help youth serving organizations as best he can, even though state and federal law ban him from direct involvement with children. He and his wife Trixie, who has not been seen for over a decade we’re sad to say, have always been happy to host juniors for internships in their metropolitan region, although they don’t return for their senior year as frequently as the placement office might wish. But the Veeblefester Trust is always ready with reward money and offers to help in the search, just as they have provided funds for student mental health for many, many years. We congratulate the Veeblefesters for their support of Alma Mater, and hope that market upturns allow them to maintain and enhance that work for decades to come.

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  38. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    (Sorry, just avoiding writing eight more of these… for people who are nowhere near as disreputable as Thornton Q., but may well know the Trumps socially. Hey, it pays the tuition bills that I know are coming!)

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  39. Dorothy said on May 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    One of the ladies who was in my mother’s bridge club was named Cora Lou Butz.

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  40. Jolene said on May 3, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Butz is, I think, a pretty common name. Remember Earl Butz? He was Secretary of Agriculture under Jerry Ford and had to resign when his casually racist remarks found their way into the press.

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  41. brian stouder said on May 3, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Jolene, indeed.

    I was young enough, when I heard his ‘joke’, that the implicit hook in it was lost upon me.

    Loose shoes? – Tight…whatever? – warm place to defecate?

    Sounds good to me!



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  42. Linda said on May 3, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Jean S @31, I’m a member of the registry. Every fall they send me an extensive survey, wanting to know how much I eat, how it’s prepared, how often I eat it, and how often and how I exercise. Sometimes they throw in a behavioral survey, too. It’s like donating your body to science early.

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  43. Deborah said on May 3, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    In Abiquiu one of our neighbors gives everyone a New Mexico name. Her real last name is Butz so she gave herself the NM name of Dusty Butz. Mine is Debbie Adobe. Of course I despise being called Debbie.

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  44. brian stouder said on May 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I have a colleague who insists on re-naming everyone, which I find somewhat annoying

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  45. Jenine said on May 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    @Deborah: You just tell her you’re Deborah Adoberah.

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  46. Suzanne said on May 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens as the polls close here in the Hoosier state. I read a piece today in, I think, the Indy Star as the reporter interviewed people leaving the polling place. Two of the people said they were leaning toward Kasich but got so ticked at the Kasich/Cruz alliance that they voted for Trump. I can’t imagine Cruz winning, but who knows.

    I’d agree, Jeff (up there at the top) that Cruz had better self control than I would with that heckler, but at the same time, he seems so robotic as though it’s not really self control, but that these are the points he’s memorized and practiced and can’t adjust the message because he really doesn’t know how. It’s like this whole campaign is a giant debate that he’s spent years rehearsing for, but he doesn’t get that he not only has to garner the favor of the debate judges, who know the rules, but the audience, who don’t have the rule book and don’t care to see it. And Trump, well, he seems to have made a game out of seeing how much crazy he can talk and still have the masses lap it up.

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  47. MichaelG said on May 3, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    My TV is telling me that Cruz has dropped out.

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  48. Joe K said on May 3, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Cruz is out.
    Pilot Joe

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  49. MichaelG said on May 3, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I also have the feeling that the big question of the Tailgunner’s eligibility to serve as president has been sort of taken up in a deep breath by a lot of people and if he were to become the nominee or the presumptive nominee there would be a great exhalation of lawsuits and controversy.

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  50. MichaelG said on May 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    konTRAversy as the Brits apparently say it.

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  51. Heather said on May 3, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    A bit out of date now, but I only just saw this. Still funny though.

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  52. Deborah said on May 3, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Which primary is next? And again, how many delegates does Hillary get in Indiana even though she may have lost to Sanders?

    We spent the day unpacking boxes, mostly books. My charge was to do fiction, poetry, biographies and essays. My husband did the art books. Of course he was done way before me because the art books are generally bigger and bulkier in each box so there were fewer to place even though they are heavier and clumsier. My goal was to be done by the end of the day but alas we’re only 90% done with the book shelving.

    Then when we had finally had it with alphabatizing we decided we deserved martinis only we realized we were out of gin (we’re not vodka martini people). So I volunteered to go to the grocery store 2 full blocks away to get some. So I walked the 2 blocks and realized I hadn’t bought any cash or cards with me. I blame it on moving exhaustion befuddlement. So I walked back home to get the dough then hightailed it back to the store, then back home with the goods. I realized I’d walked a mile all told because there are 8 full blocks per mile in Chicago. I figured after that, I really deserved the martini, which was delicious.

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  53. Jolene said on May 3, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Deborah, I believe Nebraska is next. I don’t know the Bernie vs. Hillary delegate count in Indiana yet, but, since it was a close race and the Dems have proportional distribution of delegates, tonight’s outcome will barely affect the current standings.

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  54. alex said on May 3, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Bernie lost the delegate game a long time ago. He’s keepin’ on so that he can have some say in the party platform, which is fine by me.

    Stutz the Yutz got his clock cleaned in the Senate race. That’s the best news in Indiana tonight. He’ll be replaced in the House this fall by another imbecile of roughly the same caliber, a doofus who advertised that he knows how to defeat ISIS. Maybe our new congressman can demonstrate how he’s gonna do that from a giant podium atop Trump’s wall paid for by the Mexicans.

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  55. alex said on May 3, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Warning. You won’t be able to unsee this. The lady who drew it got her ass kicked by a Trump supporter.

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  56. Sherri said on May 3, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Does anybody ever pay any attention to the party platform?

    What I want to know is what Bernie plans to do after the election is over. I’m going to assume that he’s going to support Hillary, but then what? Is he a Democrat now? Is he going to try to build a better Democratic party? Or is he going to go back to being the Socialist gadfly? Nothing wrong with being a gadfly, gadflies serve their purpose, but it seems a shame to not build on what he’s done.

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  57. alex said on May 4, 2016 at 12:03 am

    I read that Bernie’s trying to mobilize his followers to vote in midterm elections and break the monopoly held by the Republican base.

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