Well, I guess it’s been a minute, yes? Sorry, but I’m just not in the mood to do much these days beyond what it takes to make a living, stay in shape and put food in my body. The MurderSun of recent days doesn’t help. Our spare bedroom/home office gets morning sun, and the neighborhood lost enough trees over the last few years that I keep the blinds drawn so I don’t poach in my own sweat, even with the a/c on. So I sit in my darkened room, reading the news of the day and stewing, not poaching.
Also, been busy.
Had to take Wendy in to get her teeth cleaned, an appointment overdue by about a year. Mission accomplished:
I’d skip to the bloggage, but honestly I’m a little overwhelmed by it, still. So let’s just call this a thread reboot and wish you all a nice weekend.
And yes, if you’re wondering, the title of this post is to inspire another ear worm in Mary’s head. Mmmm-wah-ha-ha-ha-ha.
Bob (not Greene) said on July 10, 2020 at 4:07 pm
Break out the banjos
Deborah said on July 10, 2020 at 4:20 pm
Notice that all of the audience in that Nat King Cole link are white.
I missed my May teeth cleaning scheduled in Chicago, and wasn’t able to get an appt when I’m there coming up, so I’ll have to wait until Sept, if I can even get an appt then. I’m using dental floss like crazy in the meantime.
I need to stop reading bizarre Trump behaviour to LB, because she’s been rolling her eyes so much and so hard, they’re hurting her.
Sherri said on July 10, 2020 at 4:32 pm
I just want to know, is this a promise? And does it come with taco trucks?
Suzanne said on July 10, 2020 at 5:03 pm
I got a letter in Feb that I am due for a colonoscopy. I still haven’t called. I need to but I hate it so much and am totally using COVID as an excuse.
I have a dental appointment scheduled for the end of the month and as far as I know, it’s a go.
Deborah said on July 10, 2020 at 5:21 pm
Suzanne, when my colonoscopy was overdue I ended up using cologaurd and they told me I’m
fine and don’t need another test for 5 years. Talk to your Dr about it, but may be appropriate for you. Very simple, noninvasive etc. they mail it to you, you use it according to they’re very simple directions then you mail it back. Couldn’t be easier. But not always appropriate for everyone.
Jakash said on July 10, 2020 at 6:13 pm
“Oh you don’t think Biden would be the best president? Cool, I don’t think he’d be the worst either and like it or not those are currently your choices.”
beb said on July 10, 2020 at 6:48 pm
Police have killed a young man in Detroit. Protests have already started. Naturally reports differ as to what happened. It was during an arrest for a deadly 4th of July shooting. All of which reminds me of something Kevin Drum said a few days ago. Drum writes for the Washington Monthly. A few years ago he had suggested that the dramatic drop in crime can be traced to the removal of Tetra ethyl lead from gasoline. Lead is known to cause neurological damage into children and infants. The decline in crime Drum noted followed a 20 year lag since the removal of lead from gasoline. Since most crime is committed by young adults Drum argues that declining exposure to environmental lead is the cause for the decline in crime. Recently he added to that a note that most police offices are in the 40s, which would mean they had been exposed to lead as a child. And thus some of their aggressive response to suspects is from neurological damage. Sadly, while I think cops’ behavior is poisoned I don’t think lead plays that big a part of it.
LAMary said on July 10, 2020 at 7:19 pm
If you had to do a Nat King Cole song, why not one of these?
Sherri said on July 10, 2020 at 7:23 pm
I just had a dental cleaning last week. In addition to the usual mask and eye protection, the hygienist and dentist wore face shields on top.
I’ve had a couple of telehealth visits, but I’m scheduled for my first in person doctor visit next month.
LAMary said on July 10, 2020 at 7:42 pm
I tele interviewed about an hour ago for a job recruiting nurse practitioners for telehealth positions.
basset said on July 10, 2020 at 7:49 pm
Songs? This is more my speed, even have an Asian Strat right here:
Dexter Friend said on July 10, 2020 at 8:03 pm
Just now ·
LYING ,TAMPERING ROGER STONE HAS HAD HIS SENTENCE COMMUTED BY TRUMP. No prison for this grifter, this flim-flam man, this total con man, this election rigging bastard. Commuted…source: The White House just NOW. Witness tampering creep. This is your President pulling these strings, ya like this? Stone is a CONVICTED FELON.
Deborah said on July 10, 2020 at 8:31 pm
No surprise that Stone got his sentence commuted. He obviously has some shit he could spill on Trump if he didn’t get something, commutation or full pardon. So Trump had to get him off. Of course Stone got off, of course he did. And Trump has some major stuff to hide with his finances, so what else is new? Get the bastard out of office and then convict him and put him prison.
LAMary said on July 10, 2020 at 8:52 pm
We’re a Tele family, basset.
basset said on July 10, 2020 at 9:21 pm
Nothing wrong with that. I assume, then, that everyone at your house knows “Buckaroo.”
Jakash said on July 10, 2020 at 10:11 pm
Commuting yet another sentence of one of his henchmen certainly makes a clear statement about the guy campaigning as the Law and Order President. The statement is that he’s more openly against law and order, more blatantly crooked, than any president, ever, which is saying something. If he were addicted to opiates, rather than Adderall, calling him an oxy-moron would really work. Sad!
Suzanne said on July 11, 2020 at 7:55 am
Ah, yes! Mr Carlson’s son works for the adolescent minded Rep Jim Banks of NE Indiana. Fits right in.
“The top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has for years been using a pseudonym to post bigoted remarks on an online forum that is a hotbed for racist, sexist, and other offensive content, CNN Business learned this week.”
Deborah said on July 11, 2020 at 10:08 am
I reread Jeffrey Toobin’s article in the New Yorker about Roger Stone, written about a decade ago. Trump is quoted a couple of times saying Stone was a loser and a liar. They’re all creeps.
Jakash said on July 11, 2020 at 11:24 am
Hair Furor offered an exquisite nugget from his patented “Who knew?” collection yesterday.
“Like people don’t remember, nobody ever heard of it until I came along, nobody remembered it for a long time, or they didn’t use it at least, I use it all the time: Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. You know you say that and people say, ‘I didn’t know that’, but he was Republican, so we’re doing a great job.”
The beauty of this gem is what a solid self-own it is. It’s not just that it’s transparently false and an amazingly clueless thing to say. Obviously, most informed people, and many uniformed ones, have probably known that Lincoln was a Republican since they were teens. But it wasn’t necessarily on the front-burner of talking points.
Why does Il Douché “use it all the time,” though? Because the party that long trafficked in racist dog-whistles has hitched its wagon to the runaway nag who is despicable and stupid enough to prefer a racist bullhorn. The guy who says the quiet stuff out loud. In desperately looking for a fig-leaf to attempt to paper over the racism at least a bit, they latch on to Lincoln, who is so unlike Dolt 45 in so many ways that I’m disgusted to mention them in the same sentence. No wonder he *needs* to “use it all the time.”
Lincoln was a Republican, “so we’re doing a great job.” Aces, Chief, as usual.
Deborah said on July 11, 2020 at 11:25 am
There’s a lengthy story in the St. Louis Post Dispatch about the gun waving St. Louis couple, they’re even worse than previously reported. I’d include a link here but there’s a weird survey you have to fill out before you can read the article. So you’ll have to Google it, if you want to read it.
Sherri said on July 11, 2020 at 11:30 am
Caspar Weinberger. Scooter Libby. Roger Stone.
Is there a difference?
LAMary said on July 11, 2020 at 1:28 pm
I just shared the story about the McCloskeys on facebook. Feel free to read and share.
Deborah said on July 11, 2020 at 1:52 pm
Are you kidding me? Disney World is reopening in Florida. What is wrong with people? In Florida. Aren’t the hospitals there at capacity?
Meanwhile in NM people coming in from out of state have to self quarantine for 14 days. So when we come back to NM after our road trip we will happily self quarantine. Plus NM is fining people $100 for not wearing masks, you’re given a citation the first time. Gov Grisham is trying hard to keep the virus tamped down here. I really wish we weren’t going on this trip.
LAMary said on July 11, 2020 at 2:10 pm
Disneyland isn’t opening yet, but they opened Downtown Disney, the shopping mall for all things Disney and there were people camped out overnight for the opening. I asked someone who found nothing moronic about this what were they selling in downtown Disney that you absolutely can’t do without.
LAMary said on July 11, 2020 at 2:14 pm
The “Lincoln was a Republican” thing is my favorite among other “who knew” statements like, “who knew health care was so complicated?” I don’t think he exactly said “who knew Greenland wasn’t for sale,” but I cherish the fact that he thought it.
Icarus said on July 11, 2020 at 3:44 pm
LAMary, my wife is an NP. If you get that job we should talk.
Sherri said on July 11, 2020 at 3:51 pm
I think the McCloskys and Rand Paul would make perfect neighbors.
LAMary said on July 11, 2020 at 5:01 pm
Deborah said on July 11, 2020 at 5:49 pm
So here’s another one of my husband’s predictions, not sure if he came up with this himself or read it somewhere: Trump will steadily fire/then replace people in the CDC and FDA with sycophantic loyalists. Then in October Trump will announce that there’s a miraculous vaccine for Covid and that he’s responsible for it happening, really it will be bogus and either be dangerous or worthless, and he’ll get himself a few percentage points to possibly be re-elected. I guess we’ll find out.
David C said on July 11, 2020 at 6:26 pm
I won’t take a vaccine approved by the tRump regime FDA unless it’s also approved by the FDA equivalents in other countries.
Julie Robinson said on July 11, 2020 at 6:43 pm
Deborah, Sea World and Universal have already been open for a couple of weeks. Our son’s GF works for Disney so we’re quite concerned. She’s not out in the park, she’s a behind the scenes person, but still, the numbers of new cases down there seems to be growing exponentially every day.
LAMary said on July 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm
Trump wore a mask while touring Walter Reed Hospital. The mask had a little presidential seal on it. Probably thrown together at the last minute. When Trump shows up in a mask again it will be gold and have the TRUMP logo on it as well as a giant presidential seal. And maybe the space force insignia.
I just did a curbside pickup for groceries again. They got it right this time. There was a woman with a big sheet of foamcore covered with masks she was selling. I almost went for a Yankees mask but was short on cash and she wasn’t taking cards, I don’t think. From there I did a drive through at a Mickey D’s for a giant iced tea an there was another lady selling masks next to the outdoor menu. I should have picked out a nice tasteful one to send to Trump. If he’s going to wear them often he’ll need quite a few because I bet that orange crap on his face makes a stain that doesn’t come out.
Deborah said on July 11, 2020 at 10:03 pm
I’m sure you’ve all seen Mueller’s op ed by now. For him to come out in public like that now is telling. Of course Trump’s base will give him hell again, but he must have felt incredibly compelled to say it, and put himself through that again. I wonder how William Barr can sleep at night.
Deborah said on July 11, 2020 at 10:08 pm
We did eat Goya food once, it was some kind of canned ingredient that was in a recipe for enchiladas that LB made years ago, it was vile. LB has never tried to make enchiladas again because that memory was so bad.
beb said on July 11, 2020 at 10:23 pm
I don’t think Trump can pull off a covid vaccine scam this fall beause there are too many other non-government agencies who will want to test it before using it. Especially since he already tried pulling something similar with that chloroquone stuff. It’s hard to pull a fraud when everyone already knows you are a crook.
LAMary said on July 12, 2020 at 12:38 am
I’ve bought Goya dried beans and canned beans on many occasions. They’re fine.
Deborah said on July 12, 2020 at 5:42 am
This wasn’t beans, it was some sort of brown glop in a can, as I remember.
David C said on July 12, 2020 at 5:50 am
If today tRump gets a good reaction on the gasbag shows, tomorrow masks will be his idea and he’s always said to wear a mask.
Connie said on July 12, 2020 at 7:25 am
Trump wore the same style mask when he was in Detroit to visit an auto plant some weeks ago. Only briefly and not publicly, but someone did catch a photo of him wearing it.
ROGirl said on July 12, 2020 at 7:50 am
He aced the test.
Jakash said on July 12, 2020 at 11:09 am
I’m not gonna bother to actually read about it, but nn.c hero Mitch Albom is trending on Twitter, and in a positive way. Stopped clock, etc., perhaps …
Deborah said on July 12, 2020 at 11:37 am
I wonder if Bloomberg could offer Roger Stone a few million bucks to squeal on Trump, I think since his sentence was commuted he can’t get double jeopardy, so wouldn’t do time. But I could be completely wrong about that. Stone is a back stabbing two timer just like Trump, they both know they can’t really trust each other.
Jakash said on July 12, 2020 at 12:32 pm
Somebody on Twitter suggested that they hope that there are other charges against Stone that he might be charged with once Don the Con has moved on and can’t thwart justice again.
They also suggested that future prosecutions of those in the Maximum Leader’s mob should keep a couple charges off the table, if possible, for the same reason.
This is what we’ve come to in America — an administration that is so corrupt that actually getting convictions of the criminals involved isn’t enough — you have to try to figure out how to game the system to anticipate their brazen crookedness.
jcburns said on July 12, 2020 at 1:15 pm
Mueller’s first sentence: “The work of the special counsel’s office — its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions — should speak for itself.”
And then he goes on. I think I would have preferred phrasing closer to “I guess we should have examined the times we live in and not have applied legal ideals to a political world wracked with corruption and propaganda, and maybe we just should have spelled everything out a wee tad bit more explicitly and, well, I’m just sad that they gamed the system and drowned out our findings in 21st century garbage.”
I dunno, something like that.
Deborah said on July 12, 2020 at 1:47 pm
For all of the crimes that Al Capone committed the only thing they could get him on was income tax evasion. So it’s hard to convict thugs of crimes if they know how to dodge the system, as Trump knows how to do so well.
And speaking of Al Capone, a good high school friend’s grandfather in Miami was Al’s Dr for awhile, when he had raging syphilis. Capone died before I was born.
beb said on July 12, 2020 at 2:08 pm
I fear that Biden might do a Jerry Ford and let bygones be bygones on the Trump administration. Me, I’d like to see each and every member of that administration investigated for fraud, abuse of power and corruption. Only by sending them all to prison will we be able to burn the disease of Trump out of the system.
Deborah said on July 12, 2020 at 2:25 pm
I agree Beb, we need to get Trump out of circulation for a while. His divisiveness is dangerous and it won’t stop after he’s voted out, it’ll just get worse.
Jakash said on July 12, 2020 at 2:29 pm
“Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would not pardon President Donald Trump if elected and insisted any prosecutorial decisions would be left to a more independent Justice Department.”
Sherri said on July 12, 2020 at 3:23 pm
I wonder how many of the people saying the schools must open have had a child in school recently. In a country where even affluent school districts have student supply lists that include boxes of tissues and reams of paper, how exactly are PPE and disinfecting supplies going to be paid for? Much less the space for social distancing.
Whether to open or close schools, or to use a hybrid model, is a very difficult question. But Betsy Devos has no clue.
Julie Robinson said on July 12, 2020 at 3:35 pm
Gerald Ford was Nixon’s vice-president (unelected, we always have to add), and I think there’s a huge difference between that and Biden, who is of the opposite party and 45’s opponent. And, I think the concept of healing is much more complex this time.
Just read that bankrupt McClatchy Newspapers, who bought Knight-Ridder, who bought the News-Sentinel, has been auctioned off to a hedge fund. Not unexpected, but sad. McClatchy owned the N-S for a nanosecond before selling it to the current inept owners, who drove it all the way into the ground. Am so glad my husband left the newspaper world for that of tourism! Womp, womp.
And not for nothing we’re getting rain for the first time in weeks. It’s rained at other locations around town, but not here. Huzzah.
Edited to add that Chatham also owns National Enquirer.
LAMary said on July 12, 2020 at 3:42 pm
My ex works in the hotel business, Julie. He’s been furloughed for months. His girlfriend is a travel agent and the only business she’s getting is booking flights for government employees. Her agency has a contract with the federal government and she gets a commission of 26 dollars for each booking. A little different from the Tahiti packages she used to do.
Deborah said on July 12, 2020 at 4:22 pm
Boy, I wish we were getting rain, it’s 91 with 13% humidity in Santa Fe right now. Parched, hasn’t rained in weeks.
Dorothy said on July 12, 2020 at 5:42 pm
Deborah @ 37 – was it refried beans by any chance? I know they are popular with Hispanic food but I can’t even bring myself to touch my tongue to a spoonful of them. My apologies if this offends, but to me, refried beans look too similar to vomitus and for that reason alone I’ve avoided them for years.
We’ve had rain here today for several hours. First time was in the morning for nearly 2 hours, and then about 90 minutes ago it started up again. It’s just what we need – a nice soaking rain. It should help our frightful grass to turn green again.
Dorothy said on July 12, 2020 at 6:22 pm
Dorothy, because I’ve spent so much time in NM I’ve learned to like refried beans, the trick is you have to scoop them up on your fork with other things like huevos rancheros or enchiladas or something like that. If you eat them solo they’re not good IMO.
LB is back from her pet sitting and says she thinks it was adobo. I have no idea what that is.
Little Bird said on July 12, 2020 at 6:25 pm
Dorothy, it was either adobo or ancho chiles in some kind of sauce. I had never made enchiladas before, and I actually do want to try again, but with someone who knows how.
Deborah said on July 12, 2020 at 6:40 pm
I must be in comment quarantine again, spelled my name wrong or my email. No biggie, not an earth shattering comment.
Julie Robinson said on July 12, 2020 at 7:36 pm
Yep, the hotels here are hurting big time, along with the convention and meeting business, restaurants, and general retail. They are rattling around in the convention and visitors bureau and have already laid off someone. Hubby sells their visitor guide, imagine how much fun it is to ask people for ad money right now. It’s been slowly dawning on them that it’s not going to bounce back. Back in April they thought everything would be hunky dory by September.
We took my mom out and it was cool enough that we could sit outside to eat. After that we drove around and let her look at farm fields to evaluate the crops. This was a red letter day for her. Anyway, her theory is that 45 will resign and let Pence pardon him. And I have no doubt he would.
Refried beans are fine, but they kinda look like dog food to me. I’ll eat them when they’re presented to me but never think of buying a can myself.
David C said on July 12, 2020 at 8:37 pm
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley to Betsy DeVos: “I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child.” She nailed it.
beb said on July 12, 2020 at 8:43 pm
I was thinking of Obama’s decision to not prosecute any of the banker’s who drove the country into a recession in 2008. It was a time to look forward, not backwards, but since the same people are still in power they have been able to gut all the rules put into place by the Obama administration. Letting Trump, Barr, Pompeo and others get away with their law-breaking only means that the next time Republicans are in power they will do it all over again.
LAMary said on July 12, 2020 at 10:13 pm
Next time buy Old El Paso adobo, or make it yourself. It’s not too complicated. Usually adobo is canned with chilis in it, not just a can of adobo, so likely it was anchos in adobo. Lots of good recipes call for canned chilis in adobo. Refried beans are fine, especially if you make them yourself or have them in a good Mexican restaurant. Check out Diana Kennedy’s Mexican cookbook. It came out quite a while ago but it’s probably still in print. The woman who does Pati’s Kitchen on PBS has a cookbook too, and her recipes look wonderful.
Little Bird said on July 12, 2020 at 10:15 pm
Sorry for the long url, just thought some people here might want to know about this. Elvis’s grandson.