Stupidville, USA.

I wonder why I have trouble sleeping, then I look at the news.

Every fucking day, it’s something. Every. Single. Day.

People keep telling me to watch “The Factory,” but honestly, I can’t stand it, after a day of paying attention to the news. I keep seeking out stupid, non-topical comedies, and while “Workin’ Moms” ain’t cutting it, there are new episodes of “The Great British Baking Show” dropping this month, and that is right up my alley.

Light bulbs, today. Who even asked for this? Is it just Because Obama? Because, as Alan noted at dinner, the light bulb regulations came during the Bush administration, and you know what? THE NEW LIGHT BULBS ARE BETTER. Sorry for yelling, but really. The first corkscrew bulbs gave garish light but as the technology advanced, the bulbs improved. This often happens; I know we’ve had the low-flow toilets discussion here before. Two out of three toilets in our house are now low-flow, and they are awesome. Everything disappears with one flush.

And new, LED light bulbs not only light the room, they do so efficiently, and they last forever. We used to replace our porch lights, which we leave on all night long, every six months. We haven’t replaced the new ones in three years.

This stupid country.

I have some good, less infuriating bloggage for you to enjoy today, however.

Both are from the New Yorker, but it’s early in the month and maybe you haven’t blown through your free articles yet.

A Q&A with Linda Ronstadt. She’s disabled with Parkinson’s now, but not self-pitying at all — clear-eyed, smart and very vital.

And this, about the short-lived adventure of Prince’s biographer, whose work was, shall we say, cut short. Another super-smart guy, who really thinks differently about almost everything.

Beyond that, I’ll just watch some “Succession” and wait for the next onion-y belch from Washington. This stupid country.

Posted at 9:02 pm in Current events |
 

56 responses to “Stupidville, USA.”

  1. David C. said on September 4, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Somehow or other I seem to have broken out of the insomnia I’ve had for maybe a month or more. I’ve slept 7-1/2 hours for the last few nights. I don’t know how or why it ended, but it was nice sitting through a meeting at work today and without having to worry about nodding off.

    With every new generation of lighting, the people who like to complain about such things suddenly become expert lighting designers. Fluorescents were too green, now LEDs are too blue. Whatever. As long as they are bright enough to read with, they’re OK by me.

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  2. Deborah said on September 4, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    This whole Dorian hitting Alabama lie by Trump is bizarre. And he won’t give it up. I’m sorry, Pilot Joe, but your president is pathetic.

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  3. Dexter Friend said on September 5, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Every year our long fluorescent lights burn out about now, so I change them, in the kitchen, which requires a ladder and a couple rungs to climb. It’s a five minute job, but today it was a pain d’ass, as I couldn’t line them up to snap into place. My back started to hurt and I started to sweat as I kept playing with the angle of attack, and then after about 20 minutes they slid right in. I attribute my difficulties to old age. At least the new ones lit right up. Not only do the new curlies last longer, the old style , which were supposed to be banned but are still everywhere for purchase, last much longer as well. Our porch light is just an old regular bulb that has been out there for over 5 years. We don’t burn it all night because at the end of our short driveway is a city LED street light. Are the modern old style bulbs still made the same way as always? They never quit selling them around here, that’s a fact. I have enjoyed sharing the Trump Magic Marker fiasco today. His altering the Dorian map is supposed to get him locked up for 6 months and pay a helluva fine, one or the other or even both. Of course, that itself is a joke…hell, the fuck won’t even get in any trouble over the campaign funds that went to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, the ladies Trump barebacked.

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  4. Joe Kobiela said on September 5, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Deb @2,
    And yet the Democratic Party couldn’t come up with a candidate to beat him, and with the top 3 democratic candidates being bat shit crazy leftist there’s a pretty good chance he will win again.
    Pilot Joe

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  5. alex said on September 5, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I’ll have to save La Ronstadt for lunch hour. I became a big fan when she was doing big band music with Nelson Riddle.

    We replaced most of our lighting with LED fixtures several years ago and they give off just as warm of a light as incandescent bulbs ever did. And they last forever. I have yet to see one burn out. We also replaced numerous halogen bulbs with LEDs. I don’t know why anyone ever thought halogens were a good idea. They fade art and furniture worse than sunlight and they’re a fire hazard.

    We had put some halogen fixtures in our outdoor soffits many years ago but stopped using them immediately when we noticed a spreading char on the wood surrounding them. Fortunately they make LED bulbs with the same base and now we use those lights constantly.

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  6. Jeff Borden said on September 5, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Remember when critics of electing a woman president worried aloud that her “emotions” might overcome her intellect? What would we be saying or doing if we elected our presidents by popular vote and HRC was in the White House doing the same thing as the Orange King is these days? How many thumbsucker stories about her inability to manage her emotions would have run by now? BTW, Cheetolini is is full twitter fury this morning defending his stupid mistake about Alabama and Hurricane Dorian. And this knob has the keys to our nukes?

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  7. Suzanne said on September 5, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Twitter was ablaze this morning with all sorts of sharpie doctored pics. You can see a number of them here: https://www.newsweek.com/sharpiegate-hurricane-dorian-trump-map-alabma-1457782
    #SharpieGate

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  8. Icarus said on September 5, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Dexter, we had those fluorescent shop lights in our basement laundry room. One was connected to the light switch, the other had to be plugged in. I paid an electrician to replace them with some LED shop lights I got at home depot. It is not only much brighter but I only have to flip one switch to get lights on.

    I replaced our porch light with an LED porch light a few years ago. The difference is amazing. I leave the light on overnight as a security thing.

    IN the garage I replaced the fluorescent shop lights with LED equivalent and have them daisy-chained with extension cords into a wifi outlet. This lets me control them with my phone and also schedule them, it’s handier than you think.

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  9. Sherri said on September 5, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Pilot Joe, the remnants of a system designed to protect chattel slavery elected him. More people voted for the Democrat, and that will likely be the case in 2020, no matter who the Dems elect.

    The Electoral College, like many of the anti-majoritarian measures in our system, are there to maintain white supremacy.

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  10. JodiP said on September 5, 2019 at 10:38 am

    It’s much worse than that stupid map.

    And the Federal Election commission can’t do its job. A guy named Matthew Peterson resigned, so there aren’t enough commissioners. You may recall he was a Federal judge nominee who had never done a trial, taken a deposition, etc etc. I heard this bit of news on the podcast Pod Save the Ppl. Their weekly news roundup is always stunning and depression. It’s usually stuff that never rises above all the crap.

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  11. Bitter Scribe said on September 5, 2019 at 10:42 am

    If you’re looking for a good TV show, check out “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” on Showtime. There have only been two episodes so far (that I’ve seen), but they were terrific.

    Kirsten Dunst stars as a newly widowed woman who plots her revenge after her husband sacrifices himself to one of those pyramid “multilevel marketing” scams (think Amway). I hadn’t seen Dunst in anything but that dumb cheerleader movie and never realized what a terrific actress she is. She absolutely nails the role of Krystal—fills out the character and makes her compelling in no time at all. Highly recommended, at least if you’re into black comedy. I am, these days more than ever.

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  12. Bob (not Greene) said on September 5, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Nancy,

    My wife and I went to Netflix last night and there it was — the first episode of this year’s Great British Baking Show. It was great to get back on board that train, reminding me of last year when we visited Ireland and got to watch the show in real time (plus they had an hour-long after-show gossip fest). This year’s group skews much younger — a couple of the contestants look like they’re 12. It’s probably just me getting older.

    The other shows we’ve been watching this year are other English programs (which you can get on Prime) called Gardeners’ World, which is instantly relaxing, and Escape to the Country, which is a much better version of the House Hunters shows on HGTV, which feature the most annoying people on the planet.

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  13. Peter said on September 5, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Light bulbs – last time I checked the LED screw ins were hardly any more expensive than the old incandescent bulbs, and you use so much less energy. And where are the old bulbs made? China, so those bulbs are 25% more expensive now.

    Alex, I was a big fan of halogen lighting on projects – you had great beam control and could install them in small spaces. But, eventually, LED’s were developed that outperform them, so they’re just as useful as neon.

    But – consumer alert – do double check that the fixture you screw the LED lamps into is properly insulated, so you don’t get char marks like Alex’s halogen lights. LED’s don’t give off much energy, but ALL of their heat goes up, as opposed to incandescent, where the heat energy goes down and out. I’ve had clients who installed LED’s in poor fixtures that warmed up the adjacent infested insulation and gave off an unpleasant aroma.

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  14. David C. said on September 5, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I didn’t know that Peter. I couldn’t quite figure out the physics of it, so I looked it up and now I know about junction temperature. Thanks. https://www.ledsmagazine.com/leds-ssl-design/thermal/article/16696536/fact-or-fiction-leds-dont-produce-heat

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  15. kayak woman said on September 5, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    We use a lot of LEDs, both bulbs and strings of mini-lights, and can control the color on some of them.

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  16. Jim Hersberger said on September 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Bitter Scribe: Kirsten Dunst was also really good in a season of Fargo.

    Connections:

    Dorothy: I’m an Earlham grad!

    Julie: I sing in an ELCA choir in Fort Wayne (Trinity English)!

    Jeff: we were just in Granville. My son is a Denison grad, and we stopped in after a biking-focused trip on the way home to Fort Wayne. Especially liked the banner at one of the churches (Enough is Enough! Do Something!). Really enjoyed the mounds fight outcome also.

    Nancy: years ago you and I were on an Academic Quiz Bowl team to help high school teams prepare for competition. My recollection is that you and I carried my dead weight Physics colleague as we cruised to victory.

    jim

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  17. Julie Robinson said on September 5, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Jim, hi. We’re just down the street from you at St. John. Small world!

    The only TV I’ve watched so far on this trip has been hurricane related. We spend the early evening on sunset watch, and then we’ve been playing board games. We played 7 Wonders the last two nights and I still don’t understand much of what I’m doing, but it’s a great way to engage certain less-social members of the family.

    For years I hoarded 100 watt incandescents, needing lots of bright light to help me see better, but I’ve finally let them go. The latest generation of LEDs is what persuaded me. We have some LED fixtures that are like shop lights and are even motion activated. These work really well in basements and garages.

    When we bought the Orlando house three years ago we went through it and replaced every single bulb with LEDs. The kids have taken it further with the color changing lights and strings kayak woman mentions. The ones in the living room are all controlled by talking to the Big G, and yes I do feel ridiculous asking Big G to “turn on fixture”.

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  18. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 5, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Hi, Jim! That was United Church of Granville, formerly First Baptist and now jointly United Church of Christ and American Baptist.

    The appeal is still in process for the earthworks matter, so no jury trial next week as originally scheduled; I’ll post more when we have the next steps in sight.

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  19. Jakash said on September 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    The NPR article linked to by Nancy shows a National Hurricane Center map from August 30, which indicates a 5 to 20 percent chance of “Tropical-Storm-Force Winds” hitting Alabama by Tuesday. Obviously, this was an early prediction and had been changed by the time Il Douche spoke and tweeted on Sept. 1 about the possibility of Alabama being involved.

    I was just interested to see that, in this case, he didn’t make his claim up out of whole cloth, but was ill-informed. He was relaying dated information, when real-time information showed it to be false, at that point. A mistake, a pretty stupid mistake, but not *quite* as ridiculous as some of his outright lies. As so often happens, it was in the doubling-down afterward where he really went off the rails. “As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama.” That’s a lie. Showing a Weather Service map with a sharpie bubble added to it is deceptive, pathetic and embarrassing, of course.

    Imagine a president who, later on Sept. 1, simply said “Hey, sorry, I was wrong about Alabama being in danger from this hurricane. Previous predictions had indicated that such was a slight possibility, but it’s evidently no longer the case.” *That* president would still be ridiculed for not staying better-informed about the biggest story in the country, but at least one mightn’t conclude that he’s so thin-skinned and incapable of dealing with reality that he lacks the emotional maturity to be a crossing-guard, let alone the president of the United States.

    PJ (@ #4) calling Democratic candidates’ positions “bat shit crazy” in support of the clueless dotard he helped elect is beyond parody.

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  20. Deborah said on September 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    A lovely day in Chicago, nice to come back to such nice weather.

    We have a mix of incandescent and LEDs in both Santa Fe and Chicago. Eventually we’ll have them all changed out to LED.

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  21. Sherri said on September 5, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    The kitchen/family room area where I spend a lot of my time doesn’t get a ton of natural light, so the lights are on most of the time. There are about 15 cans with floods in the ceiling, so when we moved in, it felt like all I did was replace light bulbs. At first I wondered if there was something wrong with the wiring, then I did a little math and realized that no, I was just seeing the MTBF, the mean time between failure.

    I never liked compact fluorescents; they took too long to come on and I didn’t like the color of the light. As soon as LEDs came on the market in the right form factor, I started putting those in. Some of the early models didn’t last, because they didn’t handle being in cans, but I no longer spend so much time changing light bulbs, they come on instantly, and the color is good enough.

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  22. Sherri said on September 5, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    This is a thoughtful article considering where the line is between changing things from the inside and being complicit: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/27/jeffrey-epstein-science-mit-brockman

    Kate Darling is my new hero because she told Nicholas Negroponte to shut up when he started talking about how important it was that the Media Lab take money from billionaires like Epstein.

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  23. beb said on September 5, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Newsweek hates Adblocker. I’m not going to disable it just to see from funny sharpie memes.

    HRC did beat him in the popular vote, by about 3 million. Between Comey’s pronouncements and Russian disinformation she lost the Electoral College by narrow margins. Trump didn;t “win” — Hillary “Lost.”

    And if the media weren’t hard-wired to favor Republicans Trumps insanity would have had people clamoring for his impeachment.

    It’s all about owning the libs. It’s like why would anyone want to modify their truck engine to burn excess fuel to create billowing clouds of soot? To own the libs. Why increase pollution limits? To own the libs (and also slowly kill thousands of “those” people.) Between owning the libs and cruelty being the point it seems to completely define modern Republicanism.

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  24. Jakash said on September 5, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    “Someone commented that Donald Trump stands like a centaur without its hind legs, and now I can’t unsee it.”

    https://twitter.com/N8TechTweetz/status/1168947625934151681

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  25. Mark P said on September 5, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    We put all LEDs in our new house. We had a 30 per cent failure rate in the first year. The replacements are working fine so far.

    Thinking the leading Democrats are batshit crazy leftists just shows how right-wing the US is. Not to mention backward.

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  26. LAMary said on September 6, 2019 at 12:08 am

    I thought Kirsten Dunst was good in The Virgin Suicides. It’s worth your time to check out some of her earlier films.

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  27. Dexter Friend said on September 6, 2019 at 1:37 am

    The LED chatter here will help as after one day my fluorescent hook up failed…the connection is worn out and old, needs replaced, as I discovered a chip in the plug-in slot. I am going to pay an electrician to install something as I don’t do electrical shit after I damn-nearly electrocuted myself once at my previous house. Years ago where I worked an electrician did die from electrocution…he was a distant relative of our family. I also don’t climb ladders, except a rung or two, as 20 years ago I was about to descend after gutter-cleaning, the roof and ladder were wet, and I slipped, knocking the ladder askew as I slipped, hanging on to a bracket for the chimney. I was able to drag the ladder back upright with my boot and get down to ground level where I stayed all these years.

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  28. Dexter Friend said on September 6, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Oh, the other day the topics included funerals and ash-scattering. I posted , but something must have gone fucky…here it is again.

    When my brother-in-law died at 65 4 years ago, his funeral was in a storefront church in Angola, IN, and the congregation was mostly bikers. His song, played through a booming P.A.system? “You ain’t never met a motherfucker quite like me.” My wife was the only one pissed off, as there were kids of all ages there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voaGM4CMQ9c

    The casket was open, right beside his Harley-Davidson hog, and yes, the obligatory can of Miller High Life was there in the coffin, as well as a pack of cigarettes, appropriate because even though he was a certified Agent Orange victim from his time in the war, his 5 packs a day for many years just sped things along. Ironically, he had just gotten bumped up to 100% disability compensation and he died before he even got one month’s money.
    I hd a long FaceTime talk with Sandi(daughter) in Port St. Lucie. Bands of extreme rain for two minutes then bright sunshine through scattering clouds…very pleasant day there, but yeah, the Dorian ‘cane is just stuck, stationary…will it ever move? No USA landfall. When Pilot Steve & Sandi were shopping for houses as they had just had it with dealing with Miami traffic constantly, they demanded hurricane windows , as Sandi couldn’t board-up windows if Steve was stuck on the coast or even further away, as he flies where the customer wants to go. I call everyday, and everything’s been good, so far a nothingburger.
    Best wishes to Kate D and I hope she fits in, in Malibu, better than The Dude did. Jeffrey Lebowski.

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  29. David C. said on September 6, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Speaking of things you won’t be able to unsee. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EDrJjtDUEAA–eW?format=jpg&name=medium

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  30. LAMary said on September 6, 2019 at 9:38 am

    I have to say it. Ivanka’s lily pad dress is stupid.

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  31. Connie said on September 6, 2019 at 10:39 am

    So Twitter story. Molly Jong-Fast reports that presidential candidate Marianne Williamson DM’d her mother, Erica Jong, to complain about her. Mom didn’t know how to do screen caps, so Molly went to her house and took photos of the message screens.

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  32. Suzanne said on September 6, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I mentioned I am reading Jeff Sharlet’s The Family and have nearly finished it. My take so far is that Trump was not an aberration and that it’s way, way worse than I thought. But it’s really necessary reading.

    My husband has his funeral all planned out, which I tell him is great but he’ll be gone so he won’t know if I follow his wishes or not (I will, though). I tell him to sing whatever songs bring him & my kids comfort at my funeral. I don’t care. I won’t be there.

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  33. Julie Robinson said on September 6, 2019 at 11:53 am

    We have some conflicts in this area. Hubby wants a casket, I want cremation. He wants to be in the same cemetery as most of the Robinsons, half an hour outside the city, and the place doesn’t have much meaning to me. But we’re moving to Orlando, and I’m not shipping a casket so we’ll have to find a compromise.

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  34. MarkH said on September 6, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    OMG, David C. Don’t know whether to thank you for that or not.

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  35. Marge Taylor said on September 6, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Julie, No problem. Funeral homes have a casket
    they rent. Both ends swing out, so shove in the
    cardboard liner, have a service, after people leave,
    the cremation people pick up the cardboard liner,
    with body. End of story, ashes to be deposited
    where ever.

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  36. David C. said on September 6, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    We had sort of the same thing, Julie. We both want cremation, but Mary wants to have a tree planted and fertilize with her cremains, and I wanted my cremains buried in the family cemetery plot (My grave can be dug with a post hole digger). There are six generations of my family buried there, so I also want to be there. I’ve mostly come around to her thinking. So when we’re both gone we’re going to do the tree thing with most and bury a little of each with a common headstone at the cemetery. We’d do a cenotaph at the cemetery, but it’s only allowed for if the body is missing.

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  37. susan said on September 6, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    My ashes will be mixed with the ashes of my various pets. I have noted on GooglEarth screen grabs, with lat/long, five special areas in which to scatter them. Should be a fun and beautiful two days driving around the central part of the state, for whoever gets that job!

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  38. Marge Taylor said on September 6, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Julie, Undertakers will sell you a cardboard
    insert for a rental casket. Both ends swing out,
    after funeral, cardboard and body are taken to
    be cremated. Both parties happy.

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  39. Colleen said on September 6, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I had a big ol reply typed out, then I lost it.

    How are the Dems “batshit crazy”?

    How can anyone still support POTUS? Every day, there is something else he’s done that is stupid, mean, unethical. Why support that?

    I have my Elizabeth Warren “persist” t shirt. Wore it to the gym yesterday. I like her. And I like Mayor Pete. But would a ticket with either one or both be electable?

    But yeah. Every damn day there is something.

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  40. Deborah said on September 6, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    We went to a Lyric Opera free outdoor concert at Millennium Park this evening, it was around 66°, overcast in Chicago but very pleasant. Day two of good weather for me here. Tomorrow will be a little warmer, but still very nice.

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  41. Sherri said on September 6, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Fort Campbell is the military base that is the home to the 101st Airborne. I grew up in the town closest to this base, Clarksville, TN, as the base is in both TN and KY. It’s a big base, and has schools on the base.

    Middle school students on the base have been crowded into one aging school in the base that opened when I was in high school, and is falling apart. Money had been allocated to build a new school, but trump thinks that building a section of worthless wall is more important than supporting the troops. Will Moscow Mitch, Marsha Blackburn, and Lamar Alexander stand by and let this happen?

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  42. Suzanne said on September 7, 2019 at 7:18 am

    “Will Moscow Mitch, Marsha Blackburn, and Lamar Alexander stand by and let this happen?” Yes. Of course they will.

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  43. Sherri said on September 7, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Suzanne@42, yes, of course they will, which raises the next question, why are they there? Why do they want to be Senators?

    It can’t be for the perks. Moscow Mitch and Lamar, at least, could retire to cushy sinecures in a heartbeat. Do they really believe their purpose is to protect trump from the evil Democrats? I think Moscow Mitch believes in winning, but what kind of winning is this?

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  44. Suzanne said on September 7, 2019 at 11:02 am

    What’s in it for them? Power. Money. Their vision of a return to white Christian male supremacy is so close to docking with Trump in office that they feel the need to help steer it into port. As for Ms Blackburn, she must be deluded enough to believe they will share it all with her. She’ll find out soon enough that they won’t.

    Also, I haven’t read this yet, but looks to be quite the story:
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-an-elite-university-research-center-concealed-its-relationship-with-jeffrey-epstein

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  45. Jakash said on September 7, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    “what kind of winning is this?”

    Among other things, it’s winning by courtesy of cheating. Given that he considers stealing the Merrick Garland Supreme Court seat “one of my proudest moments,” that may be Moscow/Massacre Mitch’s favorite kind.

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  46. Deborah said on September 7, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    I read the NYer story about Epstein and MIT, I’d been following it on Anand Giridharadas’s Twitter since yesterday. Wow, what a scandal, and what a racket, men protecting monsters.

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  47. alex said on September 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Finally got around to the Linda Ronstadt interview and thoroughly enjoyed it. Seems like every time showbiz people warned her that a particular song was destined to be a flop, or that venturing into Broadway or television or eclectic musical genres would doom her career, she would instead meet with critical success.

    These days I doubt a Latina or outspoken liberal could win anything at the Country Music Awards, but I’d bet if she could still sing she just might. She has a sunshiny, winning disposition even in declining health. It was a good read. Every time I read about her I learn something new and interesting.

    If you look back at her albums from the ’70s, she had such great crossover appeal because she recorded songs by diverse writers and didn’t go “formulaic” like so many pop stars of the era. I think she’s a testament to the idea that you should love what you’re doing more than the fame or fortune you expect to gain from it.

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  48. LAMary said on September 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    The yearning in Linda Ronstadt’s voice singing Blue Bayou is just perfect.

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  49. Deborah said on September 7, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    And yes, Suzanne, I agree it’s all about power. I don’t think it’s even about money, except how money gives them power.

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  50. Jakash said on September 7, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Just a gorgeous photo…

    Deborah, you asked recently about good folks to look for on Twitter. For swell Chicago photos, this guy is the real deal. (Though currently he seems to be in Ireland, which he visits frequently.)

    https://twitter.com/barrybutler9/status/1169940619227090944

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  51. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 7, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Jakash, absolutely. Love his pics.

    Also https://twitter.com/backwards_river

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  52. Deborah said on September 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Jakash, Spectacular photos, I have it bookmarked now. You can see my building in some of the photos but you have to know what you’re looking for. The photos of the air and water show are pretty amazing but I actually hate that event, although thankfully for the last couple of years and from now on out I’ll be in New Mexico during the show.

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  53. susan said on September 8, 2019 at 11:00 am

    LAMary, in addition to Ivanka’s lily pad ensemble, she has a cocao bean outfit. Wonder when she’s going to roll out her Sleeper item…oh wait, she could use this one.

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  54. susan said on September 8, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Hazelnut in husk would also make a nice Ivanka costume.

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  55. Deborah said on September 8, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I had the weirdest dream last night and Ivanka was in it.

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  56. beb said on September 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I got a laugh out of this:
    School Administration Reminds Female Students Bulletproof Vests Must Cover Midriff
    As you might suspect it’s from The Onion
    https://local.theonion.com/school-administration-reminds-female-students-bulletpro-1837617262

    The only people who complain about bare midriffs or girls bare shoulders are male teachers who probably shouldn’t be anywhere near adolescent girls.

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