Organs for sale.

It’s been a taxing day. Cold, blowy, and the family room is still a mess, so I’m living more in the bedroom and it seems to be a sign of age that I hate having my routine messed up.

Two quick pieces of bloggage to get you going:

It’s worth a WP click to check out their imaginatively presented graphic-novel version of the Mueller report. Offer it to your MAGA friends, if you have any: “Here. I know you struggle with reading, so maybe this will make it easier.” If nothing else, it’s imaginatively presented.

And here’s the mayor of Baltimore today:

In a recent televised news conference and interview, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said he’s concerned about a white van “snatching” young girls to sell their organs. But Baltimore Police say they have no reports of any such incidents.

Young’s source, according to an interview with WBAL, is social media.

“We’re getting reports of somebody in a white van trying to snatch up young girls for human trafficking and for selling body parts, I’m told. So we have to be careful because there’s so much evil going on, not just in the city of Baltimore, but around the country,” he said. “It’s all over Facebook.”

Police spokesman Matt Jablow said the department is “aware of the posts on social media, but we do not have any reports of actual incidents.”

Why do I even come to work in the morning, if this is the way a big-city mayor gets his information? I ask you.

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61 responses to “Organs for sale.”

  1. alex said on December 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    It’s the way our president gets his information. Can’t fault him on that front. Of course, it he’s like Baltimore’s last mayor, at least he could give a proofreader a cut of the money for his self-published books if he’s going to have any.

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  2. BigHank53 said on December 3, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Well, if we didn’t have abject morons in office, it wouldn’t really be a representative government, would it?

    One of the few things that gives me ease when I consider the dystopian shitscape that another couple decades of Fox and Facebook will deliver us into: there’s a non-zero chance that Mark Zuckerberg will meet his end when he’s torn to pieces by a pack of feral purebred dogs.

    Well, I can hope.

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  3. Dexter Friend said on December 4, 2019 at 1:54 am

    https://nypost.com/2019/12/03/lapd-cop-caught-fondling-dead-womans-breasts-in-bodycam-video/
    Cops are our friends, unless you are dead and a cop is fondling your breasts.

    Oh, and a shocker: Willie Nelson is off the shit; he has quit the evil weed.

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  4. Alan Stamm said on December 4, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Cleanup on aisle (graf) three: That imaginatively presented graphic-novel version is at WP.

    And yes, definitely worth a click.

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  5. ROGirl said on December 4, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Did a man with a pirate hook for a hand open the van door?

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  6. Julie Robinson said on December 4, 2019 at 7:51 am

    As I perused the paper this morning, a story about the search for a new school Superintendent featured a quote from our own Brian Stouder. Well done, Brian, and thank you for being one of the dozen people who showed up for the meeting.

    Back to packing and purging. In 16 days we move from 2900 square feet to 737. So, way more purging than packing.

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  7. David C. said on December 4, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Throw one more shit show on the pile. Elon Musk’s defamation trial started yesterday.

    https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/4/20994895/elon-musk-testimony-vernon-unsworth-tweet-negligence-la-courthouse?utm_campaign=mslopatto&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

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  8. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 4, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Princess Anne was trending on Twitter this morning, and my first thought was “awwww, no…” but it turns out she’s perfectly healthy, and in her right mind. Mom tried to beckon her over to greet the American President and his spouse, and she waved her off to stay off to one side, away from the receiving line where brother Chuck looked profoundly weary.

    Keep in mind Princess Anne is the member of the royal family who was the victim of an attempted kidnapping where she was told to get out of her car by a guy with a gun, to whom she said “Not bloody likely.”

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  9. Peter said on December 4, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Dexter, some years back an ambulance driver in Chicago was arrested for fondling a woman in an emergency room who was passed out and wearing a hospital gown, and my coworker mentioned that, although he realizes that EVERYTHING seems to be turned into a fetish, he just couldn’t comprehend a guy looking at a passed out woman in an emergency room and going “oh momma….”

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  10. alex said on December 4, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I read that Princess Anne was hanging out with the fun crowd — Macron, Trudeau and Johnson — who were caught on video talking smack about il Douche. Don’t have a link but it’s gone viral.

    On edit — here it is:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/12/04/trump-macron-trudeau-johnson-video-candid-joking-nato/

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  11. David C. said on December 4, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Trumpie’s widdle feelings were hurt, so he’s going home to cry.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-risks-further-isolation-as-macron-relationship-sours-11575455075

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  12. Sherri said on December 4, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I hope Kamala Harris learns from this campaign (and think she will), and runs a better campaign next time.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JHWeissmann/status/1202097280310030336

    Also, Alex, my issue with Buttigieg and African Americans has nothing to do with his comments about his experience as a gay man. My problem is that he doesn’t seem to understand structural inequality and racism. He’s smarter and younger than Biden, but politically, that’s his comfort zone: center right white guy. That’s not what I want.

    https://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/staff-columnist/who-is-mayor-pete-campaigning-for-20191203

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  13. Brian stouder said on December 4, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Julie – my lovely wife greatly prefers that I stay low and quiet at such things, and I normally do…but not last evening. Dr Robinson’s successor has huge (huge!) shoes to fill, and I’ve no doubt that some genuinely marvelous candidates are already right here . When Lester Grile – who was the super when I was at South Side (40+ years ago!) – retired, we then went through a succession of empty suits, before landing on Dr Robinson . As Dorothy Gale advised, when we go searching for our heart’s desire, we don’t have to go beyond our own backyard…

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  14. Jakash said on December 4, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    So, *this* is what Twitter is for, eh? Nailed it!

    Dolt 45, commenting on a retweet which said “Another one bites the dust.” — “Too bad. We will miss you Kamala!”

    Kamala — “Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’ll see you at your trial.”

    https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1202008446083698689

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  15. Deborah said on December 4, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Agree Jackash, there’s nothing better than a good tweet.

    Good for you Julie. We like living small.

    We had a fantastic day in Paris. Got together with my designer friend from Chicago who lives here now with his French husband and their 2 kids. We spent the whole day with him and he showed us some cool places we’ve never been.

    Tonight, in just a few minutes we’re going to a concert at a nearby chapel. It’s Bach for piano.

    Tomorrow is the big strike, should be interesting. My friend says we will have the city to ourselves except for protesters. We shall see. Hope it’s over by Saturday when we take the train down to Avignon.

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  16. Deborah said on December 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    So I was wrong, our concert tonight in Paris was Chopin on piano not Bach. It was by an amazing young Russian woman Elizaveta Frolova and you heard it here folks this young woman is going places. She made Chopin sound like I’ve never heard it before. I was crying. Wow.

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  17. basset said on December 4, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Mrs. B and I are going to an all-mellotron concert later this week, leaving Jr to watch the house… should be interesting if they can keep em all working.

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  18. David C. said on December 4, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    That sounds like fun, Basset. Those lumbering old pigs. I was at a Yes concert where they had to change one out in the middle of the set because it went wonky.

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  19. Dexter Friend said on December 5, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Tuesday marked 40 years since the tragedy in Cincinnati which left 11 kids dead. WLW-AM-700 has had some conversations broadcast with a studio host and some people connected to some survivors. Early next year The Who are returning to Cincinnati at a different venue to sort of give back something, albeit it so late. Of the 11 dead that night, 3 were from Finneytown, nearby, and the profits from the new concert shall be going to that school. Pete Townshend told the people organizing the future show how that night in 1979 changed him forever…he already was a drug and alcohol abuser but after that night he began draining bottles of brandy in one night. Roger Daltrey said he has felt bad about it every day. Some of the band members have contacted relatives of the dead kids and expressed condolences…it was nothing to do with The Who of course, just horribly negligent crowd control and stubbornness of venue chiefs who refused to recognize a disaster in the making. They were told to open the doors but responded they were short of ticket-takers and refused. I never liked The Who but never forgot that night.

    I have enjoyed Netflix , receiving it filtered through my BluRay player. Two days ago they cut that technology out completely. The new set-top boxes have apps I guess so I was going to take all 3 in and switch them out, but my wife balked as she had too many favorites DVR’d, so I got a 4K Amazon Fire Stick and just installed it…it took like five minutes, it has Alexa, and now I should be able to pare down my cable bill. I have Amazon Prime now so hopefully I can watch that show you folks raved about, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I don’t know a damn thing about it yet.

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  20. Brandon said on December 5, 2019 at 5:18 am

    @Dexter: The Mrs. Maisel soundtrack is enjoyable.

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  21. basset said on December 5, 2019 at 7:45 am

    David C, I believe King Crimson destroyed a Mellotron onstage for similar reasons. And you can find video online of a Yes concert in 74 or so at Queens Park Rangers’ soccer stadium, electrical power was shaky and the keyboards kept going out of tune. Probably including, since Patrick Moraz was in the band then, a Vako Orchestron, which worked off optical disks… even weirder than a Mellotron.

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  22. bb said on December 5, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Re: the Who concert Dexter referenced @ 19. One of my fave sit-coms growing up, WKRP in Cincinnati, did an episode just a couple months later on that very subject, which occurred while they were in production during the show’s short run. I saw an interview with Hugh Wilson, the show creator, who said he had to fight with network execs just to get the idea of doing an episode on the subject approved. His point was, “We’re doing a show about a rock radio station in Cincinnati. How can we NOT talk about it?” The execs feared a sit-com would make light of the tragedy, but to his credit Wilson wanted to use the opportunity to speak out against “festival seating”–the very thing that led to the 11 dead concert-goers. I haven’t seen an episode of WKRP in probably decades so I really can’t say if the comedy holds up after all this time, but I do remember being impressed that a sit-com show runner–who could easily do 4 or 5 seasons of fluff comedy and then spend the rest of his days cashing fat royalty checks–would fight so hard to talk about social issues, in what was essentially real time, on network TV.

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  23. Deborah said on December 5, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    They say there are violent protests on the east side of Paris. Nothing is happening anywhere near where we are on the left bank. We saw some buses running today and everything we’ve heard so far is that our train on Saturday should be fine.

    We went to the Louis Vuitton foundation (art museum) today in the the Bois de Boulogne to see an extensive exhibit about Charlotte Perriand, a French architect/interior/ furniture designer who is most famous for working with Corbusier. He got most of the credit for her work but of late it’s becoming clear that she was very talented and has been under appreciated and under credited. It was a very well done and informative exhibit. I didn’t realize that she died in 1999 at the age of 96 and worked until nearly the end of her life. We have some of the furniture she designed in our places in both Chicago and Abiquiu. The most notable piece is this lounge chair https://www.vntg.com/62616/lc4-lounge-chair-by-le-corbusier-and-charlotte-perriand-for-cassina-1960s/

    After that excursion we took a taxi to the Hotel Lutetia where we spent our honeymoon nearly 20 years ago. We each got a martini at the bar and our bill came to the equivalent of $60, but it was totally worth it. Our olive garnish in our martini came with a toothpick with a tiny black feather at the end. Fancy.

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  24. Jakash said on December 5, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Funny photo.

    https://twitter.com/drayzze/status/1201689370320871424

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  25. LAMary said on December 5, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Melania wore a Cape over her dress at Buckingham palace.

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  26. Dexter Friend said on December 5, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    LA Mary…that was a cape, eh? It just looked like an odd choice of outfit to quite a few of us anti-fashionistas or whatever. I generally do not notice fashion at all, but that stood out.

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  27. Jakash said on December 5, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Not sure which of these tweets I like better, but @OhNoSheTwitnt was on a roll today. The second one is evidently twice as popular, Like-wise…

    “So the wife of the guy who came up with Crazy Joe Biden, Cryin’ Chuck, Crooked Hillary, Cheatin’ Obama, Pocahontas, Horseface, Slimeball Jim Comey, Liddle Adam Schitt, Low-IQ Maxine Waters, and MS-13 Lover Nancy Pelosi is upset that someone said her son’s name. Lol ok.”

    “You know what was more disrespectful to Barron than saying his name? Cheating on his mother while she was pregnant with him.”

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  28. beb said on December 6, 2019 at 12:17 am

    I was impressed by the push-back from Nancy Pelosi when some reporter, obviously hoping for a gotcha quote, asked if he hates Il Trump. She was leaving the podium when he shouted that question and she went back and laid into him for good minute or more. As much as I felt she’s been soft on impeachment in the past she was canny enough to recognize a trick question when someone utters it. Good for her.

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  29. Dexter Friend said on December 6, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Jakash: fuckin’ A.

    I love The Irishman so much I had to watch it again, just finished. Pesci deserves more than he surely will garner, which is Best Actor in a Supporting Role, he deserves Best Actor, period.

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  30. Deborah said on December 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

    As we feared our train to Avignon has been canceled tomorrow because of the strike so we’re looking into other options, a car or staying on in Paris for a few days. Yikes.

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  31. Deborah said on December 6, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hell yeah https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/12/19/no-more-nice-democrats/?fbclid=IwAR3yj4ru_TqknmkUiO5hKJDOXHfhE_oNNqMXDMDthubotFDvWC8sYfbzp-8

    While my husband is negotiating the transportation situation for tomorrow, I’m sitting in the hotel room fully dressed with my down vest on too and a hotel bathrobe over that. It’s cold and rainy in Paris today. We’re going to try and take a taxi to the Louvre later.

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  32. Suzanne said on December 6, 2019 at 8:05 am

    My dear Congressman, Jim Banks, asked Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham to subpoena phone records of Adam Schiff because, as you know, Devin Nunes’s phone records of his calls with Russian asset Lev came to light during that investigation. So Jim, appalled as he was that phone records can be subpoenaed, figured it would be tit for tat.

    Old Lindsey said, “No, Jim, no.”

    I don’t think they make them any dumber than Jim.

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  33. Deborah said on December 6, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Definitely a bummer day in Paris. We walked in a steady rain to the Louvre but when we arrived there was a long line outside, we weren’t about to stand in the rain for who knows how long. We thought because of the strike there wouldn’t be a lot of people there. Wrong. So we walked (still in the rain) to Les Deux Maggots, another Cafe favorite and had a two hour lunch, taking our time drying out. I came back to the hotel after that, my husband has a meeting with a Parisian lawyer about our possible design job in the south of France. It wasn’t raining when I walked back to the hotel, but very damp air and cold. I’m about to go down and have a glass of wine in the cafe on the ground floor. At least we’re going to another concert tonight. Hopefully it won’t be raining then, but it’s supposed to. In fact it’s supposed to rain in Paris for the next week. We’ll be in the south where the temps will be in the 50s during the days and sunnier.

    We got a car for our trip to Avignon tomorrow where we pick up the rental car we ordered months ago. We take that car to Le Thor which is about 30km away. The drive from Paris to Avignon is about 7 hours. The train would have been 4.

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  34. Deborah said on December 6, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Since I’m sitting in the hotel room with nothing much to do I’ll tell you guys about a celebrity sighting we had here in Paris. The actor Tim Roth was sitting at a cafe with his wife of 27 years (I googled him), she’s a former fashion designer. Then I’m pretty sure I saw Candace Bergen walking on the street. She was married to the French director Louis Malle until he died. I know she has married again but she had a daughter with Malle and maybe spends a lot of time in France. She has gained weight since her Murphy Brown days but she’s stunning still.

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  35. Julie Robinson said on December 6, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Coincidentally, I too have gained weight since the Murphy Brown days.

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  36. Deborah said on December 6, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Ha ha Julie, who hasn’t?

    So now I know why it’s so cold in our hotel room, the heat isn’t working. They’ve called a technician but because of the strike they don’t know if anyone is coming. They’re bringing us a space heater. It’s 39° outside now in Paris at 5pm but the temp is actually going up supposedly during the night. Weird.

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  37. Jim said on December 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    From Purdue this week: https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/12/06/presidential-apology-purdue

    What can I say?

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  38. beb said on December 6, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Suzanne@31, Increasingly I don’t think Republicans care what the law says, they just want to do what they want.

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  39. Dorothy said on December 6, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    I haven’t bothered to put up Christmas decorations for several years now. We rarely get company and I didn’t want to put forth all that work for just the two of us. But now that our granddaughter is almost 3, I wanted to decorate again. Well I had the day off today; I went to Cincinnati to do a little shopping and had lunch with my hubby. I got some groceries at Jungle Jim’s. Since I got home at 3:00 I’ve done maybe 1/3 of what I used to do for decorating and I’m beat! The fireplace looks really nice, and the artificial tree with all of our penguin ornaments is up. I have no stocking for Olivia so I might whip one up tomorrow on my sewing machine. Next weekend we’ll get a real tree and decorate that, so at least I’m splitting up the work. And two weeks from today O is coming for the weekend. Right this minute I just want someone to come in and make us some dinner.

    Deborah I’ve been thinking of you there in Paris. The news this morning showed some confrontations and I was relieved you are not staying near that section of the city.

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  40. alex said on December 6, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Christmas decorating here anymore is a couple of white strands in the bushes outside. We don’t have the room or time or motivation to do much more than that.

    Our next-door neighbors who usually lay it on too thick have done nothing so far this year, glory hallelujah. They have a tacky flashing reindeer-and-sleigh that steals the show and not in a good way, and this year it’s nowhere to be seen. Maybe it finally shorted out or something.

    Eighteen shopping days until Christmas and I’m not going to do one damned bit of shopping this year unless it’s something I need like buttwipes or booze.

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  41. Julie Robinson said on December 6, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    We’ve been doing less decorating every year and since we started going to Orlando for Christmas, only putting up a small tree. But we’re moving and then going to Orlando, so we pulled out an 18 inch tree and a wreath for outside and called it done. We gave up shopping years ago. Less is more and brings more joy. My new theme in life.

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  42. Sherri said on December 6, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    When I met with Varisha last April, I thought she was smart and talented and going places. I didn’t think we’d be able to get her elected to city council at 24, but she was tireless in doing the work.

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/eastside/new-redmond-city-council-member-is-among-states-first-muslim-women-elected-to-local-office/

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  43. Dexter Friend said on December 6, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    God, I miss Rob Ford’s shenanigans. Now that was a mayor!

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  44. LAMary said on December 6, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Tim Roth was the assistant coach of my son’s soccer team. He’s a nice guy.

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  45. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 6, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I, too have gained weight since the Murphy Brown days, but no one would call me stunning.

    The lights have gotten less extensive and more and more of the knick knacks stay in the boxes each year. If I didn’t decorate at all, it would be weird, but I could do with about a tenth of it even so. Our tree is about to turn 30, and when we replace it I doubt it will be eight feet tall.

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  46. Deborah said on December 7, 2019 at 5:17 am

    We’re in the car on our way to Avignon, we have about 4 1/2 hours to go. Pretty countryside, the ground is very green, no leaves on the trees though. Every 10 miles or so we pass a picturesque village.

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  47. Dorothy said on December 7, 2019 at 8:03 am

    I so love and appreciate that Deborah takes us with her on her excursions in France! Thanks very much for the descriptions. Hearing that the ground is very green in another part of the world is very uplifting. It’s a little frosty here this morning but we might get into the 50’s tomorrow, allowing Mike to get a few more boards placed on the never-ending deck project. My laundry is chugging away and I’m making mulligatawny soup later today for the first time.

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  48. dull_old_man said on December 7, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Deborah,

    Be sure to stop and dance on the bridge. [How I love grade school French material.]

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  49. Julie Robinson said on December 7, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Yes please keep up the travelogue, Deborah. Even though you don’t have the best weather, I’m imagining Monet’s garden and doing some heavy fantasizing.

    All we’re taking to the apartment is our 18 inch tree, so I thought I’d whip through the ornaments. Shiny balls? Gone! Extra lights? Gone! Cookie tins? Gone! Boxes of the kids’ ornaments and other sentimental favorites? Uh-oh.

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  50. Suzanne said on December 7, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    LOL

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/ocasio-cortez-takes-victory-lap-after-amazon-goes-to-nyc-even-after-she-helped-block-3-billion-in-subsidies/

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  51. Jakash said on December 7, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Apropos of nothing, but my wife and I watched the first 3 episodes of “Killing Eve” last night. It’s not often that I find myself in disagreement with a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but this would be an instance. We thought it went from “willing suspension of disbelief” to “preposterous” right quick. Add in a few instances of unnecessary gruesomeness and I believe we’re out. Neither of us are particular fans of Sandra Oh, so that certainly doesn’t help. Uh, what are we missing?

    Love the AOC victory lap, Suzanne.

    “Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway – *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, & corporate giveaways. Maybe the Trump admin should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families.”

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  52. Jakash said on December 7, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune columnist, appealing to some civic-minded individual(s) with a lot of money to rescue the Tribune from the clutches of “strip miners,” “liquidators” and “vultures.” Currently embodied by Alden Global Capital, which “recently acquired a 32% ownership stake in Tribune Publishing.”

    Including a fact that’s always important for a subscriber to keep in mind, when thinking of the pros and cons of the present-day Trib: “The editorial board is separate from the newsroom.”

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/mary-schmich/ct-met-mary-schmich-new-tribune-owner-wanted-20191206-exibmhyrlngwlmf7vhsvuqjmhm-story.html

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  53. Deborah said on December 8, 2019 at 1:11 am

    We arrived in Avignon and got our previously ordered rental car, then had a dickens of a time figuring out the navigator. We gave up on the one in the car and used my iPhone. Then we laughed all the way to Le Thor at the female voice’s lousy French pronunciation of the street names.

    We had a most excellent meal at The Bastide Rose where we’re staying. This is why I went ahead and lost a little more weight than I was initially planning. The woman who runs the place is a most interesting person, her son is the chef.

    The weather here is marvelous, high 50s in the daytime but cold at night so good sleeping weather. Leaves are still on many of the trees, more like late fall. It’s an agricultural area, but the farm fields are very beautifully manicured even when dried and cut back. a lot of standing water around, they had heavy rains earlier in the week.

    Later today we’re going to a nearby village which I can’t begin to spell the name of to visit their open air market to look for Christmas gifts.

    Thanks for letting me know you are interested in the travelogue, it’s hard for me not to comment about it.

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  54. basset said on December 8, 2019 at 8:37 am

    The mellotron concert was most interesting last night, four players and seven or eight mellotrons, including a double-keyboard version, in the round in a black-walled performance space which held maybe a couple hundred. Big hanging screens, three showing Sixties-style moving color blobs and the fourth a four-way split of cameras aimed at the back of the mellotrons so we could see the tapes moving.

    The only music I recognized was one Philip Glass piece, and another sounded like it was going to morph into “Watcher of the Skies” and didn’t. A lot of it stimulated visual images – spy movie, cowboy movie, barren moonscape – and overall I had never seen anything quite like it. Didn’t buy the recording, though, they only had it on vinyl: https://mellotronvariations.com/

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  55. Deborah said on December 8, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I had never heard of a Mellotron before you mentioned it Basset.

    We went to the village of L’Isle Sur-La-Sorgue (I think I spelled it right) today for the open market, it was even better than it was in July, probably for Christmas shoppers. We found lots of cool Christmas gifts, almost all of our gift finding is done. I had no expectation that we would get it almost all done this early. Now we have to figure out how to package and mail from here. Hopefully the stuff will arrive to the recipients before Christmas.

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  56. Dave said on December 8, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Without looking it up, which I know I can easily do, I believe a mellotron can be heard on Strawberry Fields, by The Beatles.

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  57. Jakash said on December 8, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Oh, but surely this has nothing to do with racism.

    “Number of House Republicans who voted in favor of:

    H.R. 6400, the 1965 Voting Rights Act: 112

    H.R. 9, the 2006 bill to reauthorize it: 192

    H.R. 4, yesterday’s bill to restore it: 1

    Why? The GOP’s hopes depend on fewer people voting.”

    https://twitter.com/AdamSchiff/status/1203459359105175553

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  58. Jakash said on December 8, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    In a nutshell. Uh, this may be a bit harsh. Personally, I think I’d go with disingenuous, hypocritical, perhaps treasonous. Not sure it’s stupid, since it seems to be working.

    “So let’s get this straight.

    Republicans are arguing that all people willing to testify under oath are lying, and all people unwilling to testify under oath are telling the truth.

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how FUCKING STUPID Republicans are.”

    https://twitter.com/acnewsitics/status/1192908667391070208

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  59. Suzanne said on December 8, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    What is stupid, Jakash, is the number of people that blindly follow the Republicans stunningly faulty logic.

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  60. Deborah said on December 8, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Another stunning delicious meal here. Hard to believe it could be better tonight than last night.

    Talking to the widow of Pierre Salinger who runs this property has been so interesting. One of the things she said was that Bobby Kennedy was assassinated while he was right next to her husband who was Kennedy’s campaign manager at the time (they weren’t married then). After that Salinger left the country to live in France, he couldn’t face the violence in the US anymore. She said that Jackie Kennedy married Onassis for the same reason, to get away from it all.

    This woman has so many stories to tell, it’s amazing.

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  61. basset said on December 8, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    That’s indeed a Mellotron at the beginning of “Strawberry Fields Forever.” You can also hear one all over 70s Yes, Moody Blues, Genesis and King Crimson.

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