Now we’re talking.
Hope your weekend includes cherry pie…
alex said on July 2, 2016 at 8:47 am
Nope. Just a “better than sex” cake that someone else is bringing to the party. Not sure what that’s made of.
I’m making a garlic scape pesto pasta salad with chicken, sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives, in addition to springing for the New York strips.
Looks to be a gorgeous day!
Deborah said on July 2, 2016 at 9:11 am
Oh my! That’s a beautiful photo. I’m going to have to get better at pie crusts, this is as good a weekend as any to practice.
David C. said on July 2, 2016 at 9:27 am
I’ve never had a better than sex cake that didn’t make me feel sorry for the baker. It’s pretty ordinary.
Sue said on July 2, 2016 at 10:36 am
It was a very good year for our little sour cherry tree: even with sharing with the robins, we picked more than five and a half pounds. But we don’t use the cherries for summer pies, I freeze everything and we always have a cherry pie at Thanksgiving. Celebrating the bountiful harvest and all that. Whatever is left is turned into jam and yummies for Christmas.
I love cherries.
MichaelG said on July 2, 2016 at 10:52 am
I really like your cabin, Deborah. Lots of imagination! I hate to be pushy but you don’t happen to have some sort of rendering that shows the concept of the completed project do you?
Judybusy said on July 2, 2016 at 12:16 pm
OK, so this means blueberries should be showing up at our farmers’ markets soon. I always buy from the same guy, and freeze a bunch at the season’s end. I love having them in my breakfast yogurt and granola with peaches, although the peaches we get here are poor substitutes to those from Missouri. We got some of those a few years ago at the Des Moines farmers’ market–the farmer had brought them up. Oh, I still think of those peaches.
Alex, that meal sounds so good!
alex said on July 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm
Heading out for the lake. Hope everyone has a splendid weekend. And I haven’t weighed in yet, but Deborah I love your house and look forward to seeing the progress on it.
Brunched on the pasta already and it’s a winner. I worry when recipes call for a lot of lemon juice, but even with a whole lemon this one gets it right. And pistachios instead of pine nuts was also a good substitution.
David C. said on July 2, 2016 at 3:05 pm
They all seem to end up here.
Dexter said on July 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm
Crabbin’ at the Jersey shore sounds fun, like a radio personality I listen to is doing this weekend at his summer/weekend retreat house.
No crabbin’ here, but sweet corn is in the markets (probably from Tennessee and southern farms) at 10 ears for 99 cents.
We’re just going to drive up to Michigan right now and buzz around a couple lakes and sit awhile on a lake beach and watch the summer-fun folks skiing and so forth.
Tomorrow , Bryan has the big Fly-In Breakfast at the airport here. Pancakes and sausage and coffee for probably a ten buck donation to benefit some charity. For fifty bucks or so you can climb into some rattle-trap antique aircraft and take a loop around Bryan. N. F. WAY!
This guy’s blog, which Google shows, gives an idea what the day is about
BethB from Indiana said on July 2, 2016 at 4:07 pm
Deborah, I love the pictures of what you’re doing, but like MichaelG, I want to know what the whole layout will be when finished. I’m just greedy; you show a little, and I want more!
My step-daughter and her husband are coming over tonight and bringing Jimmy John’s sandwiches, but we have nothing else planned for the holiday–just staying in while the rain pours down outside tomorrow and Monday.
Elie Wiesel has died at 87. (Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem reported via Reuters.)
brian stouder said on July 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm
Dex – looks like great fun!
I haven’t been to an airshow/ground display since I don’t know when, but I think I’m coming due.
In a week we’re off on our vacation-palooza to the Florida keys (my brother is getting married), and I’ve already got Pam talked into Fort Sumter At Charleston…and the USS Yorktown tour, which has lots of neat stuff (including a space capsule) aboard…
Julie Robinson said on July 2, 2016 at 7:34 pm
No cherry pie, but I just had my first local sweet corn of the summer. I can die happy now.
Deborah said on July 2, 2016 at 7:41 pm
Beth and MichaelG, we don’t have a master plan and we’re doing that purposefully because we want each phase to suggest what the next phase will be. My husband has started doing drawings of the bath house, we know mostly where it will be located because it needs to be near the well which we had a dowser determine a few years back. We are planning for it to be partly submerged into the very edge of the Mesa but that’s about all we know so far. We’re also thinking about using a building technique called rammed earth. But it’s all still up in the air. Sorry.
Heather said on July 2, 2016 at 9:06 pm
I just bought a slice of cherry pie! So I’m good. Also picked up blueberries and peaches at the farmers’ market today, so there are probably some crumbles in my future as well. It seems early for peaches–we’ll see how they taste tomorrow. My basil plant has been going nuts so I’ve got a good supply of pesto.
No big plans for me this weekend except for going to the beach with my friend who lives just a half a block away from the lake in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. If I wake up early enough I might see if I can kayak for an hour or two on the lake tomorrow.
beb said on July 2, 2016 at 9:15 pm
Someone was tooting Nancy’s horn…
Deborah said on July 2, 2016 at 9:28 pm
Today was beam painting day in Santa Fe, Little Bird and I are dog tired. The place in Santa Fe had these dark, fake beams in the living room area. Beams and latillas are a big Santa Fe interior design feature. It drove me crazy that the ones in our apt were fake and really, really, really dark. So they floated above and made everything oppressive. Our landlady said she had painted her’s in the house she lives in a light color, because she’s a big believer in Feng Shui, and that darkness above you brings evil spirits or some such. Anyway we asked her if we could paint our fake beams white to match the ceiling color and she said sure. We painted the first coat today which took way longer than we expected because the wood was like a sponge and very rough. We had to use brushes to get into all the nooks and crannies of the wood. But boy howdy does it look better. The ceiling looks a foot taller, and the whole place looks brighter. When we get the second coat on tomorrow it will be fantastic. I wish we had asked her a long time ago. My arms are sore and my back is killing me, plus most of the furniture is in the kitchen to keep it from getting dripped on, so it’s a total wreck around here. Can’t wait until this project is done.
Sherri said on July 2, 2016 at 9:47 pm
beb, you made me click, then I read Lileks on his Trader Joe clerk interaction, and now I want to hunt him down and smack him upside the head.
Just because there are too many men like him in the world, and they get far too much attention.
Deborah said on July 2, 2016 at 10:04 pm
Oh, and I bought two cartons of cherries at the Santa Fe Farmers market this morning but the pie will have to wait until tomorrow because the beam painting wiped me out.
Dexter said on July 2, 2016 at 10:20 pm
brian…Charleston is easy to navigate, being on a peninsula makes getting lost impossible. The Yorktown is a great tour…take a little time to enjoy nearby Isle of Palms Beach…really great beach. Watch out for the hazard, however…this creature was photographed right at Isle of Palms…
Suzanne said on July 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm
Any of you in the Fort Wayne area, the Cherry Man comes to the Southside Farmer’s Market. Sour cherries are sold by the 40 lb bucket, all pitted. They are semi-frozen, but easy to scoop out into freezer containers and eat all year! Yum! I love pie.
Suzanne said on July 2, 2016 at 10:54 pm
The Cherry Man comes to the Southside Market July 16, I meant to say.
Sad to hear about Elie Weisel. I read Night a year or so ago, and it still haunts me. I hope he is now again with the loved ones who were taken from him.
MichaelG said on July 3, 2016 at 12:26 am
I had heard about dowsing and all that but, living in the city, I had never really thought about it. Some years ago, when we were about to move to Auburn, it developed that the property needed a new well. I went up to watch when the guy was going to site the well. Curious, I asked how he was going to pick the spot.
“I’m gonna witch it.” he said.
“Huh?” I said.
“You know…” he said, holding out his sticks.
Mouth open, I had nothing to say. The well went 525 feet, fully cased and has pumped like a champ ever since, even through a drought that has seen many dry wells. I was there last week and the water is as sweet as ever. It was expensive, $15,000 was the number I heard, but I wasn’t paying. Who’s to naysay dowsers?
MichaelG said on July 3, 2016 at 12:31 am
It sounds like a real adventure, Deborah. I’ve seen demo rammed earth dwellings and they seem very impressive and to work very well.
Jerry said on July 3, 2016 at 2:41 am
Let me wish you all a wonderful July 4th, however you choose to spend it. Here it’ will be just another day with probably too much rain and not enough sunshine.
Deborah said on July 3, 2016 at 3:59 am
MichaelG, everyone uses dowsers around here but we also have a friend who’s a geologist and we showed him where the dowser located where we should drill and he assured us we will hit water. Most of the wells in Abiquiu are about 400-700 ft. We’ve been told it will cost about $25,000 to go 400 ft. You pay by the foot and you don’t really know how far down you have to go until it’s happening. Our dowser was a hoot, a very old guy who has been doing it all of his life. He used 2 brass rods bent into L shapes that he held out in front of him. When he walked over the spot the rods crossed. It was pretty fascinating to watch.
David C. said on July 3, 2016 at 6:32 am
I hate to rain on other’s parades, but dowsing is nonsense. This is an explanation from the USGS on why it appears to work.
What does science say about dowsing?
Case histories and demonstrations of dowsers may seem convincing, but when dowsing is exposed to scientific examination, it presents a very different picture. The natural explanation of “successful” water dowsing is that in many areas underground water is so prevalent close to the land surface that it would be hard to drill a well and not find water. In a region of adequate rainfall and favorable geology, it is difficult not to drill and find water!
Some water exists under the Earth’s surface almost everywhere. This explains why many dowsers appear to be successful. To locate groundwater accurately, however, as to depth, quantity, and quality, a number of techniques must be used . Hydrologic, geologic, and geophysical knowledge is needed to determine the depths and extent of the different water-bearing strata and the quantity and quality of water found in each . The area must be thoroughly tested and studied to determine these facts.
Where I am from in Michigan, I know lots of people who have had dowsers find water for them and watched a few myself. Let me tell you, it is a brilliant show. They walk around with their twigs and metal rods. Some play it straight, some enter some trance-like state, screw up their faces, stamp their feet, or dance a little jig when they “find” the water. When they’re done, they assure that there is water right there 70-110 feet down. Funny enough, you look up the well records and everyone in the area has a well that’s 70-110 feet deep, no matter if they put it where a dowser said to put it or where it was most convenient to pipe to the house.
Jerry said on July 3, 2016 at 8:07 am
David C: I agree dowsing is nonsense but, but…
Years ago at camp with the Scouts we experimented with dowsing (perhaps played would be a better word). We used as rods some cut down metal coat hangers balanced on the fingers and the feeling when they swung toward each other and crossed was distinctly uncomfortable. And inexplicable. We even tried it blindfold and had an effect.
Not sure I’d risk thousands drilling for water on it but still something seemed to be happening!
David C. said on July 3, 2016 at 8:44 am
Deborah said on July 3, 2016 at 8:46 am
David C and Jerry, we pretty much agree that dowsing is probably hooey, that’s why we had our geologist friend take a look at it. It was a show, we took pictures of the dowsing in process. I even gave a presentation about it at work with the photos about how it was a design experience, it has given us lots of enjoyment and opportunities to tell the story.
Deborah said on July 3, 2016 at 8:56 am
David C, I didn’t see your link before my last comment, but that explains it to a T. It was a lot of fun.
MichaelG said on July 3, 2016 at 1:42 pm
All I can do is shrug my shoulders about dowsing. My instinct is certainly to go with the scientific explanation but… In the end who cares? The guy found a spot and we got an excellent well.
Wells can be really expensive. The $15,000 number I mentioned was from almost 20 years ago.
Iceland will be playing France in Paris in an hour or two. I would guess that they will finally run out of luck. The French will be playing at home and they sure will not want to be humiliated.
Fun interview with the new, incoming First Lady of Iceland:
Deborah said on July 3, 2016 at 4:16 pm
We finished the second coat on the beams but now it’s apparent that we need to repaint the ceiling itself because it’s a slightly different white than the new white beams and we weren’t careful enough to keep the paint off of the ceiling. We thought it was exactly the same color but when it dried, it’s clearly not. Sigh.
Our next project here is to sand and redo the kitchen cabinets in a light gray stain. The cabinets are dated, very 70s with golden brown wood and a scalloped frieze above the sink that we’re going to take out and just make it straight across. We love doing these projects but sometimes it gets tiring.
Sue said on July 3, 2016 at 4:37 pm
Iceland’s getting creamed. The gods must have taken the day off.
Jolene said on July 3, 2016 at 6:23 pm
Deborah, your landlady ought to be paying you to live there. You and Little Bird must, by now, have provided thousands of dollars worth of free labor.
Deborah said on July 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm
Seriously Jolene, you’re so right. The thing is though that we get to enjoy the results, and it’s doubly satisfying because we know we did it all on our lonesome. Our landlady came by today for another reason and she was thrilled to see the white beams. They do look so much better. She replaced our washing machine last week with a brand spanking new one. Now if we can get her to replace the old tired dishwasher we’ll be happy. So far she’s replaced the fridge, the dryer and the washer. It would be nice to have new stove too. She wants to keep us happy.
Jolene said on July 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm
New series of The Great British Baking Show beginning on PBS this evening. You may already know the winner as this series got a lot of publicity, but, still, it’s fun. A kick to see the diversity of the whole group at the beginning, but, sadly, probably illustrates part of the motivation for the political outcomes of the past week and a half.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 3, 2016 at 7:34 pm
Dorothy said on July 3, 2016 at 8:42 pm
I popped a blueberry cobbler in the oven just as we sat down to eat our supper and we ate it warm with vanilla ice cream about a half hour after dinner. Sure was tasty.
My youngest sister will be 52 tomorrow; she was born the same day as our Grandma Josephine McCarthy, who was born in 1899. My mom will be 94 on Thursday – I’m taking some time off work and going to see her on Friday. Treating her to a haircut and then lunch. I’m not sure I want to live to 94. But my mum is doing pretty well all things considered.
MichaelG said on July 3, 2016 at 8:48 pm
Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State for almost exactly six years. She asserts that she has released in excess of 55,000 emails that originated during her term. I don’t know if that includes both emails she sent and emails she received or just ones she sent. I’m also not certain if 55,000 is the sum total of all the emails she sent or sent/received – I would guess that it’s far from the total. At any rate, I’ll do the math for you and reveal that 55,000 emails per day for 2190 days (6 years X 365 days) comes to 25 emails per day. Every day, seven days per week.
That’s more than I sent/received during the period but, I would guess, not outrageous for a senior administration official. Too bad this shit was on the verge of dying down until Bill and Loretta decided to have a beer in someone’s parked airplane. Now what?
MM Jeff, I just finished an Alan Furst novel. It was excellent. I’ll be reading more of them.
And yeah, Iceland got smoked. Sadly it wasn’t the gods on hiatus, Sue, it was just reality setting in.
Jolene said on July 3, 2016 at 10:09 pm
Four years, MichaelG. She resigned at the end of Obama’s first term.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm
I hate reality. Sometimes.
Jolene said on July 3, 2016 at 10:25 pm
Also, she released 30,000 emails that, when printed, took up 55,000 pages. From her web site.
What did Clinton provide to the State Department?
On December 5, 2014, 30,490 copies of work or potentially work-related emails sent and received by Clinton from March 18, 2009, to February 1, 2013, were provided to the State Department. This totaled roughly 55,000 pages. More than 90% of her work or potentially work-related emails provided to the Department were already in the State Department’s record-keeping system because those e-mails were sent to or received by “state.gov” accounts.
She deleted about 30,000 that were deemed personal. Since then, of course, there have been occasional revelations re a small number emails to/from her found on State Department servers, etc. and controversies as to whether some of these emails should have been classified.
Sherri said on July 3, 2016 at 11:17 pm
30000 over 4 years is only about 20 a day, add in the 30000 personal, and that’s 40 a day. That’s hardly any; must not be an email culture. As a comparison, my husband, who works on keeping his email load down for his level, still gets around 200 a day. Not all of those require him to respond, and no, he can’t keep up with it, but that’s an email culture.
Jolene said on July 3, 2016 at 11:45 pm
I suspect that most of the emailing at the State Department goes on at lower levels. People who’ve had assistants for years and who learn through briefings and meetings are much less tied to their keyboards than the average American office worker, at least people of Clinton’s vintage.
MichaelG said on July 4, 2016 at 12:44 am
Well I certainly can’t contest any of the email numbers. But I do sort of wonder where we are when we are counting a senior cabinet member’s emails to what end I don’t know. This whole thing just seems to go around in a circle. My first thought was that Hillary was arrogant and maybe bit stupid to use a personal server instead of the company one, but then I hear that the State Dept email was a pos and that nobody used it. Was there a better way to handle things? Probably, especially since she knew that she would be running for POTUS and that the spot light was glaring on her. She sure is being held to a different standard than the other fellow.
Sherri said on July 4, 2016 at 2:46 am
Maybe Clinton should fire her campaign manager so CNN can hire him. Seems to be working out for Trump.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 4, 2016 at 8:25 am
Time for a parade — hope yours is drier than ours is gonna be! Enjoy your berries responsibly.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 4, 2016 at 9:17 am
Y’all did make me do a quick check — 2012, 8K; 2013, 10K; 2014, 11K; 2015, 12K; to date in 2016, 7K so on track for 14K. I’m dreadful at deleting, and I do get too many newsletters I should unsubscribe to and used to get lots of Yahoo groups-type emails, so I end up folder-izing the stuff I want and just let the detritus pile up in anticipation of the occasional search for a nugget amongst the dross. I maybe actually delete a few hundred spam-spam-spamity-spam emails a year, so that’s a fairly solid number in each year’s folder, and puts 30K over four years as a perfectly reasonable number from my POV. Makes me mildly sympathetic for Hillary on that score, although I think there’s some willfulness in her choices that have earned her the extra tsouris she’s having to endure. Of Bill we shall not speak.
Deborah said on July 4, 2016 at 9:39 am
Happy 4th! I still haven’t made that pie. Cherries are waiting, it’s gotta be today for grilling and pie baking.
basset said on July 4, 2016 at 10:20 am
Made it home last night, 2050.1 miles Nashville to Traverse City and side trips.
Sherri said on July 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm
When people made careers out of digging up (and making up) stuff on the Clintons with the express intent of finding anything to discredit them, when Congress spends 140 hours investigating your Christmas list, when a Congressional investigation in Benghazi lasts longer than investigations in to the JFK assassination, Watergate, and 9/11, then you might draw a reasonable conclusion that Hillary’s choices are not the problem. And neither are Bill’s.
Deborah said on July 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm
LAMary said on July 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm
I’m making a NYT recipe called Vaguely Vietnamese Tacos. I have to put a pork shoulder in the crockpot shortly and later add the slaw of Asian pear, cabbage, carrots, cilantro. We’re having corn roasted on the grill and brushed with miso butter. It’s not traditional but it’s all very tasty. I’m looking forward to sitting on the rebuilt deck and watching the fireworks at Dodger Stadium. It’s a couple of canyons over but the fireworks go high enough to give us a good view.
Brandon said on July 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm
Warrant had a song about that.
Suzanne said on July 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm
Gin & Tacos nails it.
Sherri said on July 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm
I believe that a factor in the degree to which the Clintons were investigated so heavily is that they didn’t earn their money the old-fashioned way; they didn’t inherit it. Imagine had George W Bush’s oil company and baseball team been investigated by two special prosecutors with authority to dig into whatever the hell they wanted, like the Whitewater land deal was, along with unscrupulous people willing to write books drawing the most tenuous of conclusions. W’s business ventures were almost certainly helped out by people wanting to curry favor with the son of the VP, both foreign and domestic. He then turned that into a sweetheart deal to buy into the Rangers, in time to cash in on a taxpayer-funded new ballpark.
When people got tired of that, they could dig deeper into his cocaine use and skipping out on his Air National Guard obligations, much less how he got that slot in the Air National Guard to begin with.
And just think of what could be done with Neil! Bailed out during the S&L crisis (he had to pay a $50K fine), and started an education software company just in time to take advantage of W’s NCLB legislation.
Yes, we know all this stuff, but the point is, the Bushes never faced the kind of unrelenting attack that the Clintons have faced. Poppy did have Iran-Contra, but that did involve willfully contravening an act of Congress.
Probably another factor related to the depth of the Clinton investigations is that he beat Poppy. The Bushes are not gracious losers. Ask John McCain.
Brandon said on July 4, 2016 at 6:14 pm
@Sherri You might be interested in this book: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/04/books/review-bush-a-biography-as-scathing-indictment.html?_r=0
David C. said on July 4, 2016 at 6:54 pm
I think that sums it up perfectly, Sherri. I think there is the same dynamic going on with President Obama. We’re told we can start from very little, work hard, succeed, and reach the pinnacle. But if you actually do it, Sally, Cokie, and the NY Times editorial board look at your pedigree and decide, well, we really didn’t mean someone like you. Sorry nothing personal, they just know who they like and everyone else they try to scrape off their shoes like dog shit.
Deborah said on July 4, 2016 at 6:55 pm
The Iranian director, Abbas Kiarostami has died of cancer at 76. If you haven’t seen his movie “Certified Copy” you should do so, with Juliette Binoche, it takes place in Tuscany.
Sherri said on July 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm
Donald Trump is who he has always been, a racist, sexist, anti-Semite: http://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/14/books/the-down-side-of-the-donald.html
At this point, there can only be two groups of people supporting Trump. Bigots, and those who tolerate bigotry.
Deborah said on July 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm
I’m trying to figure out how to watch Orange is the New Black on my iPad that I’ve had since Christmas. A few evenings ago we watched the first 2 eps of this season on my husband”s laptop which he took back with him to Chicago. I also didn’t bring my laptop to Santa Fe, only my iPad. When I go to the Netflix site it tells me I need to download the Netflix app from the App Store, but when I try to do that it doesn’t work. After inputting IDs and passwords it tells me an unknown error has occurred and to try again. I have tried again and again to no avail. Frustrating.
Dexter said on July 5, 2016 at 3:17 am
Deborah, I’m an Android guy so no advice about ipad problems, but when you get it figured out, and binge watch the rest of the season, hold on for dear life. The ladies really got the mixer on high speed this season. Litchfield Prison is one messed up place. Wow. Now, when my Samsung tablet kept freezing the TV shows, I just had to uninstall it and re-install it, and never again a problem.
This show “Roadies” starring Luke Wilson, Ron White, and a bunch of actors I never saw before, has me stunned, because it is that good. It’s on Showtime right after Ray Donovan, or OnDemand on Time Warner.
beb said on July 5, 2016 at 8:12 am
I disagree that the Republicans have been hounding the Clintons for 25 years because the Clintons aren’t Old Money. For one thing the Bushes are exactly Old Money either. Look how they went after Al Gore as a serial liar. And the Swift-Boating of John Kerry and the relentless grind against President Obama. Republicans viciously attack Democratic presidents and presidential candidates because that’s what they do. Democrats will look at a Santorum or a Huckabee and decide they’re inadequate for the job but they don’t go around making up lies about them the way Republicans do. The attacks on the Clintons are perhaps a little more personal than others because Bill ended their 12 year run in the White House and their dreams of a permanent Republican Majority. But Republicans hate Democrats in a way that uniquely their own.
There’s a guy, Paul Mitchell, not the hair salon guy (I think) who’s running for Congress in Michigan’s 10th district. He’s been advertising heavily. In his first set of ads they talk about his years of experience as a successful businessman and how he plans to take that pragmatism to Congress. Aside from declaring Mitchell a conservative there’s no mention of a political party. His second set of ads cues up the ominous music to warn us that Barack Obama is destroying this country and we must elect a conservative like Mitchell to thwart him. Ooo, scary. Still no mention of Mitchell’s party affiliation. I’m surprised he went full-on negative so early in the season but maybe being a businessman-nerd liker Rick Snyder isn’t as popular as it once was.
Julie Robinson said on July 5, 2016 at 8:31 am
Deborah, I’m android too but I know a lot of people use the Azul app on iPads.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 5, 2016 at 8:48 am
“Whether or not he has read a word of Nietzsche (I’m guessing not), Mr. Trump embodies a Nietzschean morality rather than a Christian one. It is characterized by indifference to objective truth (there are no facts, only interpretations), the repudiation of Christian concern for the poor and the weak, and disdain for the powerless. It celebrates the “Übermensch,” or Superman, who rejects Christian morality in favor of his own. For Nietzsche, strength was intrinsically good and weakness was intrinsically bad. So, too, for Donald Trump.
Those who believe this is merely reductionism should consider the words of Jesus: Do you have eyes but fail to see and ears but fail to hear? Mr. Trump’s entire approach to politics rests on dehumanization.”
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 5, 2016 at 8:53 am
Likewise, David Frum: “I write, fully agreeing with Will that the looming Trump nomination represents an institutional failure: A healthy patient would not have succumbed to the opportunistic infection that is the Trump candidacy. The Republican Party is ill, and it has been ill for a long time.”
Even so: “But once safely excluded from the presidency, Donald Trump will no longer matter. His voters, however, will. There is no conservative future without them. There is no quitting the questions: How to win them back? How to deliver them solutions that will actually improve their lives? How to speak to other Americans too, enough to form a presidential majority again? How to remain true to core convictions while emancipating a great national party from the radical dogmas and crass self-seeking of a narrow-minded few? Hard questions all. The right answers win the right to govern—a right more precious and more precarious than all the grim consolations of “I told you so.”
Deborah said on July 5, 2016 at 9:52 am
The problem with my iPad is that I can’t get the App from the App Store on my desk top because my iTunes account is frozen because of a security breach (?). Then it tells me to reset my password through email, but it never sends me the email to do so. Then I keep getting the unknown error window. I’m giving up.
Mark P said on July 5, 2016 at 10:07 am
This from the New Republic: “In 2000, Donald Trump boldly told Fortune magazine, “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.”
Trump supporters are the dark secret of America, the true no-longer-silent majority of the Republican Party, xenophobes, racists, haters of all stripes. And they work for Trump, too. How did someone in the Trump camp happen onto the image of Hillary Clinton with a Star of David at a white supremacist web site? Because they frequent them, that’s why. I’m sure you have all heard of Yellow Dog Democrats. That refers to Southern Democrats after the Civil War who, it was said, would vote for a yellow dog if it ran as a Democrat. Today, I firmly believe that many Republicans, good fundamentalist Christians, if Jesus Christ were running for President as a Democrat and Satan were running as a Republican, would vote for Satan.
On a deeper note, we live on top of a mountain (or what passes for that in NW Georgia), about 1000 feet above the surrounding lowlands. Our current well is less than 300 feet deep, and the well at the new house we’re building nearby is right at 300 feet. We paid far less than $15,000 for it. Our well driller used an old-fashioned cable-drilling rig instead of a newer technology. He has a new rig, but still keeps the old one around because his grandfather used it. If anyone is interested in seeing it in action, check my blog here: http://www.caniconfidimus.com/2015/07/02/well-now/
nancy said on July 5, 2016 at 10:13 am
When Alan drilled a new well at our lake cottage — no big deal as these things go; you only need to go down a few feet — he used an old tripod and applied the brute strength himself. Which is to say, he lifted and dropped the weight with the drill bit on it for hours and hours.
I think I made him a couple of sandwiches in that time.
David C. said on July 5, 2016 at 11:02 am
They’re probably called something different all over the country, but where I grew up shallow DIY wells were called stab wells. You can’t usually do them now except for lawn watering because the water’s so close to the surface that it’s polluted by nitrates. Wells in this part of Wisconsin are expensive as hell because there is arsenic in the soil and requires a special casing and sealing technique. We were going to build a house in the country before we found out a 150′ well could be $25,000.
Heather said on July 5, 2016 at 11:40 am
LA Mary, those tacos sound terrific–and patriotic too, a real reflection of our history of welcoming immigrants, and their delicious food.
Deborah said on July 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm
In New Mexico you have have to get a well permit before you can drill. We got one about 5 years ago but it was way before we were ready to drill so it expired. There are restrictions on how much you are allowed to pump out of the aquifers depending on how much land you own etc. We’re going to do a combo of collecting rainwater and having the well so we should be fine, plus we have 100 acres, not to mention that we won’t be out there full time. We’re pretty good about conserving too.
Deborah said on July 5, 2016 at 1:55 pm
As we all know by now Hillary was exonerated but found extremely careless. I hope that’s the end of it but I doubt it.
The chimney sweep is here cleaning out the chimney, we get it done every summer as you should. We decided to do it while we knew we’d have the furniture moved out of the living room because of the beam/ceiling painting. When he’s done we have to get to work moving everything back.
Scout said on July 5, 2016 at 2:25 pm
We spent the long weekend the only possible way in these here parts – in various swimming pools. Lots of great food, including bowls of fresh cherries, but no cherry pie. We don’t do much in the way of oven food in the summer.
My disgust at TrumpleThinSkin grows exponentially each day. He calls Clinton Crooked Hillary every time he refers to her because he apparently thinks that is presidential. Or something. She’ll take the high road, as she should, but from this day forward he will be referred to by me and as many people as I can get to participate as Disgusting Donald. Because he is absolutely a disgusting, worthless piece of shite.
brian stouder said on July 5, 2016 at 2:28 pm
It is good to see that this Comey fellow left it to the voting American public to assign whatever weight they think appropriate, to this case. Alternatively, he could have played an almost decisive role in the election, by recommending indicting the former SecState.
I think that would have been the Donald’s one big chance to win the election.
As it is, if I have any say with the tooth fairy/Easter bunny/Santa/wishes upon stars/etc etc –
I really, truly would cash it all in for a decisive defeat of Trump and Trumpism, and all the fear and prejudice and (willful?) ignorance it entails….and it would just be double-bonus time if Mike Pence hits the eject button from the Indiana governor’s race, and signs on with Trump’s Titanic presidential ticket
David C. said on July 5, 2016 at 2:43 pm
I don’t think this genie is going to be put back in the bottle for a long time, Brian. I read this story from WaPo and I wonder what is going on. This isn’t about Sisterfuck, Arkansas, it’s Frederick, MD, an allegedly cosmopolitan suburb of Washington. He’s given people shelter to let their bigot flags fly and they’re not taking them down. When he loses, it’ll be stolen in their minds and they’re sure to double down.
brian stouder said on July 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm
DavidC – I fear you may be right, but I’m hoping otherwise.
“We” – that is to say, folks who opted for the D in 2000* – really and truly were robbed, and had the presidency stolen from us right before our eyes.
But then the genuinely-bad bad guys knocked down the World Trade Center and a chunk of the Pentagon, and forward we went.
I think the Donald has the potential to be genuinely the worst president in our history, which is saying something when you consider Buchanan (just before Lincoln, who let the whole country slide toward institutional disintegration, and civil war), not even to mention Tricky Dick (who had a few redeeming qualities) or Andy Johnson (who was impeached) or Warren Harding.
But we’d survive him.
Jolene said on July 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm
Don’t forget to include GWB on your list of bad presidents, Brian. Check out this review of Jean Smith’s new biography. It quotes the first and last sentences of the book, both of which are utterly damning.
Sherri said on July 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm
Beb, Prescott Bush was far from poor, and married into old money.
Yes, Gore and Kerry were attacked, but not to the degree the Clintons were. There was no Tennessee project, with operatives crawling all over Carthage, TN trying to tie the Gore family farm to nefarious activities. Nobody tried to insinuate that John Kerry had Teresa Heinz’ husband killed so he could marry her and use her fortune for his political benefit.
Jolene said on July 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm
President Obama about to speak at H. Clinton rally in NC. Wonder if coozledad is there.
brian stouder said on July 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm
I’ve read Jean Smith’s bio of Grant; good stuff
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 5, 2016 at 4:53 pm
Bucyrus-Erie. Go Ohio! Thanks Mark P. That’s the sort of equipment we don’t make here anymore, and I can’t figure out if that’s just the way of the world, or a cosmic injustice. But replacement parts for them are still fabricated just over the county line, in Zanesville, OH.
Scout said on July 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm
Just read the link that Jolene posted. It does indicate the biographer is scathing in his assessment of GWB’s reign of error, especially the wars of aggression. But the article ended this way: “Ultimately, the elder Mr. Bush’s reputation has grown with time despite this assessment — to his chagrin, partly because of comparisons with his son. The younger Mr. Bush now has to hope for the same — and may be able to count on comparisons with Mr. Trump to make him look better with time.” WHAT THE WHAT? No. Just no. God, Goddess, FSM willing, there will be no chance for that comparison to ever be made.
Sherri said on July 5, 2016 at 5:28 pm
Oh, please hold hearings on this, Republicans, pretty please?
Sherri said on July 5, 2016 at 5:42 pm
Let me clear: I don’t think either Clinton is without flaws. My point is, the context in which both are viewed has been so poisoned by a concerted effort that it is nearly impossible to take any sort of objective look at them. There is a base assumption that anything they do, no matter how innocuous or innocent, must have some ulterior or sinister motive according to the right wing, or be yet another unforced error according to the left wing. It’s impossible to live even an abnormal life that way, because both action and inaction are equally problematic.
Ultimately, it doesn’t even really matter that Hillary kept a personal email server. She still would have had a secure and an insecure email, and some of the emails in her insecure email account would have been marked classified. I doubt many high-level appointees in any administration are as careful as they need to be about keeping classified material out of their insecure emails. It requires a lot of attention, and their attention is constantly divided.
Trying to compare Clinton’s situation to Petraeus was never meaningful. Petraeus knowingly handed classified material to his mistress. That’s not carelessness, that’s intent, and it’s what the law requires for prosecution.
alex said on July 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm
Meanwhile, in Sisterfuck, Arkansas, er, Indiana:
David C. said on July 5, 2016 at 5:59 pm
Wow, Obama was having some fun today. I hope he and Hillary make a habit of campaigning together. They make a great team. They’re funny and smart in a way that the short-fingered, shit-muffin can only dream of. Sometimes, especially with his education policies and his tendency to “turn the page”, he gets on my last nerve, but ultimately, I’m so proud that he’s my President.
Jolene said on July 5, 2016 at 6:29 pm
I saw that speech today too, David C. and enjoyed it as much as you did. Obama was in top form. Funny, warm, engaging, optimistic. She is lucky to have him on her side. He made her light up too. Lots of smiling and laughing from her while he spoke. I especially loved it that he referred to Trump as “the other guy.” Just the right degree of contempt.
Jolene said on July 5, 2016 at 6:33 pm
The Petraeus case also differed from the Clinton case in that he lied to investigators, whereas there was no attempt at concealment in the Clinton case.
alex said on July 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm
Not to hear CBS News tell it, Jolene. Lots of innuendo on the news this evening in order to appear “balanced” to the kind of raging rubes who are voting for Trump, who got equal time pretending that the system is rigged. We report. You decide. Wink, wink.
Jolene said on July 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm
On PBS’s Frontline tonight, a show about the origins of ISIS.
beb said on July 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm
My bad. I was under the impression that Prescott made his money bootlegging.
The FBI did not exactly exonerate Hillary. All they said was there was not enough evidence to charge her. The conservatives will continue to ride that dead horse for the rest of her life.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 5, 2016 at 7:45 pm
I agree about the distinction Sherri made about intent in Petraeus v. Clinton, but as for concealment, there was a bunch o’ deleting that’s never going to be cleared up. And let me say loudly and strongly again: I’m only upset with all this because it’s (like Bill walking across the tarmac to Loretta’s plane to just chat) such an own-goal, unforced error — and the stakes are so high.
When Trump is still within four to six points in most polls after all his egregious malfeasance of the last two weeks (let alone in his life to date), I’m not sleeping soundly. But if he asked me to speak at the convention (it’s less than two hours drive, I wouldn’t even need a motel room comped), I’d say yes if it was live. Like Clint Eastwood, you’d be amazed how much damage you can do a candidate in five minutes.
nancy said on July 5, 2016 at 7:56 pm
Ask Mark Antony.
Suzanne said on July 5, 2016 at 8:41 pm
Mark P @ 68. My father used to say that my grandmother (his Mother-in-law), a staunch church going Lutheran lady, would vote for Satan himself if he ran as a Democrat. And she probably would have. Now, I see my parents both happily walking down that same path only for the GOP. My mom tells me that they always just vote straight ticket GOP. Always.
Suzanne said on July 5, 2016 at 8:43 pm
Alex, I saw that lovely float, too. And on the same day I got into a discussion with an intelligent, well educated form high school classmate of mine (on Facebook. Will I ever learn?) about whether or not much of the ire against the first family is because of their race. She said no. I begged to differ. This float, I think, proves my point.
alex said on July 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm
Well, of course it’s not about race, Suzanne. It’s about his policies: Confiscating everyone’s guns like he did. Robbing everyone’s pockets to give health insurance and free cell phones to illegal aliens like he did so they can vote illegally for Democrats and steal those elections like they did. How can anyone think it’s about race when any objective person can see what a horrible despot he is!
Actually, if there’s one area I can fault Democrats and Republicans alike, it’s consumer protection. As far as the GOP is concerned, if you’re wily enough to steal and get by with it you’re an all-American hero. In fact, the GOP is every bit as good at grifting money from old ladies with dementia as the goombahs who’ve been ringing my phone off the hook tonight.
“This is IRS. The Internal Revenue Service. The reason for this call is we are filing a lawsuit against you. This is your final notice. …”
It sounded phony and unprofessional, but I can see how a Republican might fall for it.
Sherri said on July 5, 2016 at 9:51 pm
If we want to talk about deleting emails, let’s talk about Karl Rove and the Bush II White House. I expect the American public to have a short attention span, but I do wish that reporters could remember things a little longer.
Anybody want to bet that no classified information ever got sent on those RNC servers?
My point about the own goals is, it’s because the Clintons are already assumed to be guilty that the events are considered to be own goals. No matter what they do, or don’t do, it’s always viewed through that prism. Hillary could feed the crowd with loaves and fishes, and the media would talk about taking the kid’s lunch to give away.
alex said on July 5, 2016 at 10:32 pm
Just happened upon this innocent piece of froo-froo from the Reagan era. Makes one wistful for those good old days when mass killings with guns were so rare they could be the subject of a comedic sketch.
basset said on July 5, 2016 at 11:19 pm
Alex, we’ve been getting repeated calls from “the IT department of Windows.” Yeah, right.
Meanwhile, this from H.L. Mencken:
MichaelG said on July 6, 2016 at 12:11 am
Yeah, Alex, I’ve been getting those bullshit IRS calls too. I’ve just deleted them.
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