When I saw this at Charlie Pierce's joint, my jaw hit the table, which was the only thing that kept me from laughing. Briefly. Here's how Caroline Moss played it at Business Insider's education blog:
An education blogger in Utah is out of a job today after writing a blog post explaining "homophones" for the Nomen Global Language Center.
Tim Torkildson said he was fired by his boss and NGLC owner, Clarke Woodger, for promoting a gay agenda.
If you need a quick reminder from elementary school English class, a homophone is a word or words that are pronounced like another word but varies in spelling or definition, like "to, too, and two."
This is not the same as a homophobe, which is defined as a person who hates or fears those who identify with a homosexual orientation.
“This blog about homophones was the last straw. Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality," Woodger allegedly told Torkildson before letting him go.
“I had to look up the word,” Woodger allegedly told him, “because I didn’t know what the hell you were talking about. We don’t teach this kind of advanced stuff to our students, and it’s extremely inappropriate. Can you have your desk cleaned out by eleven this morning? I’ll have your check ready.”
It's great to know that a part of Utah's educational system (private sector division) is run by silly people with deeply silly names. Mr. Woodger sounds like someone out of Wodehouse or Monty Python. Mr. Woodger wudely dismissed someone because he didn't know what a homophone was. I hope nobody is planning to write about Homo Sapiens or Homo Erectus in the Beehive State any time soon. That last one sounds too kinky for the good people of Utah, gosh darn it to heck.
Woodger wilco and out.
The next woman, the forty-three-year-old, already has two kids, plus she's recovering from thyroid cancer. "Actually, my tubes are tied," she tells him. "I really don't want any more kids."
"I hear you," he says.
She works at a religious hospital, she adds. "They don't know I'm doing this. That's why I want to do the pill. I just want to make it seem like I had a miscarriage."
In an ideal world, he tells her, her doctor could have done her abortion and fixed her tubes at the same time so she wouldn't have to go through the risk of two procedures. "But in Mississippi," he says, "you're getting the best you can get."
Let's be blunt about this. They are needlessly torturing women so they can feel good about themselves and that's all there is to it.
Time for some a Cold War revenge fantasy pulp. The first cover seems to have very little to do with the title and the second variation gets the year wrong: Uncle Joe died in 1953. Or did the author extend his life to kill him? The mind reels.
I used Mr. Google and learned that I Killed Stalin was published in 1951, which makes this a near future sci-fi pulp. My mind is still reeling.
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That's Rick Perlstein's description of Ronaldus Magnus, and looks like I'll be adding his latest book to a reading list that's expanding almost as fast as my midsection. I'm just old enough to remember the man Steve Martin described as someone "who can make this country what it once was: a frozen wasteland covered in ice."
More seriously, I also recall the Gipper getting remarkably little flack at the time for his appalling visit and endorsement of States Rights in Philadelphia, Mississippi...a number of stories instead focused on Jimmy Carter mistakenly calling the town "the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan." Hmmm.
Anyway, Perlstein points out we're living with the consequences of Reagan's liturgy of absolution, from Central American refugees fleeing a region destabilized in the name of "fighting communism" to the head-in-the-sand-denial of climate change ("trees cause pollution") to blaming the poor for economic problems (as if the poor had that kind of money and power to begin with)...But I guess that's what happens when you've got a substantial number of people who flee reality for the comfort of cozy myths...
I almost called the show TRMS but that would have been acronym overkill, which gives me a headache. Anyway, kindly Doc Maddow dispatched a producer and a film crew to New Orleans to cover the rebranded Operation Rescue's malakatude including the UU church invasion. There's a chilling reminder that Dr. George Tiller was killed at his own church, which makes OSA's mild condemnation of the NOLA incursion ring hollow:
An attorney for two Alabama doctors accused in a lawsuit of amputating a man's penis in what was supposed to have been a routine circumcision filed a motion Tuesday seeking to dismiss the claims.
Attorney Mike Florie says his clients, Dr. Michael Bivins and Dr. Alan Aikens, never performed a circumcision on Johnny Lee Banks Jr. that involved the removal of tissue or the amputation of the man's penis. He said the suit's claims are false.
Banks' attorney, John Graves, filed the lawsuit on July 22, accusing the doctors and their medical groups of malpractice, negligence and other wrongdoing. It seeks an unspecified amount of money.
Graves says he stands firmly by the allegations but would not comment on specifics of the case.
Earlier this month, Will Axon, a lawyer defending the two doctors, said "When the facts become known this will be seen as an unfair attempt to damage the reputations of dedicated physicians and their outstanding clinics with sensational claims that are completely false," said Axon.
Axon declined to answer questions about specifics in the suit, including whether the man had a penis when he left the hospital.
Admit it, this is a funny story in an evil way. I hope it doesn't make me a schmuck or putz for finding it so perversely amusing. It should be easy to prove or disprove, all the plaintiff has to do is drop trou...
If I had more oomph, I'd write new lyrics to the state song/license plate slogan but I don't, so I won't:
Yes, that is a thing someone wrote. Take it away, Club for Growth:
Tiahrt is now trying to retake his former seat, which is now held by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R). The Club for Growth supports Pompeo (and Tiahrt has actually endorsed Pompeo in the past, two times, according to Roll Call).
"Because some liberal like Orrin Hatch or Todd Tiahrt tries to juice their stats come election time doesn't mean they'll vote for pro-growth policy every time, and that's what matters," Keller said, according to the Journal. "Todd Tiahrt's lifetime 77 percent on the Club for Growth's congressional scorecard pales in comparison to Mike Pompeo's stellar 90 percent."
The Club for Growth has not spent any money in advertising for Pompeo so far.
Orrin Hatch, that flaming commie, is now too left-wing for these people.
I think it would be okay, the inner Tea Party/Weak Tea Party strife that makes liberals out of people with 0% NARAL ratings, if they would just hurry up and get it over with. Just politically annihilate each other already. If it was quick, it might have fewer consequences for America and thus be more hilarious. As it stands, every day they drag this out is a day people not involved in their bullshit have to hold up on actual accomplishments while they throw their lunches at each other.
Some of the best rock albums have been seriously road tested. It's not unusual for a band's first to be their finest. That was the case with the Tubes eponymous 1975 debut.
As good as The Tubes is, it still doesn't capture the glory that was their 1970's stage show. I hoped to post a 1975 set on Sunday but the buggers at the Music Archive buggered off with it. I know the band doesn't disapprove of their shows being online: the Tubes Project at YouTube was initiated by original member Michael Cotten.
Back to the stage show. I saw them a lot back in the day. They were master satirists, neo-vaudevillains, social commentators, and a helluva rock band rolled into one. For example, they performed the Latin chestnut Malaguena Salerosa with Fee Waybill dressed as Che Guevara and Ree Styles as Patty Hearst and danced the tango. Ole without the tilde. End of old fart reverie.
The album cover was designed by synth player Michael Cotten and drummer Prairie Prince. The latter is the exception to my "most drummers are dumbasses" rule. He's one smart and very talented dude. The team of Prince and Cotten have created stage designs for artists such as Todd Rundgren, Bette Midler, Styx, and Billy Joel. Anyway, PP can drum, paint, design, you name it, he can do it. Here's the LP cover:
This summer is a sort of transitional period for me, between having been a TA and graduate student to being a faculty associate without the hassle of having to defend a dissertation. I taught a class for three weeks to a group of gifted and talented (and overwhelmingly upper middle class and white) kids, which paid me roughly what a summer of research assistanting would because ain't nothin' payin' like makin' privileged people's lives slightly more comfortable. I do have research to do, but no one is paying me to do that research.
What this boils down to: I have, essentially, a month and a half wherein I am completely without employment obligations for the first time since probably middle school. I blame Obama:
But Elmendorf backed Republicans' central argument -- fewer people will work because of the law's subsidies.
"The act [the ACA] creates a disincentive for people to work," Elmendorf said, under questioning from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Ryan clarified that the CBO report found not that employers would lay people off, but that more individuals would choose not to work.
"As a result ... that [lower] labor supply lowers economic growth," Ryan said.
Elmendorf answered: "Yes, that's right."
The fact that I'm not actively gainfully employed - that I'm sitting at home listening to construction equipment across the street and cars on their morning commute - is actually seriously distressing, despite the fact that I have all my bills taken care of until I start back up working again. I've been told to "take the time" and "enjoy it" by people who I know would all be feeling similarly restless and unfulfilled if they were in similar situations, because I have health insurance coverage, enough money to pay the bills, and I'm also kinda really fuckin' white.
However, my incentive not to work is not "because I will still be okay even if I'm not working", as Messrs Ryan and Elmendorf seem to think - that's just something enabling the decision, like what new parents are expected to do in this country. No, my incentives not to work are: to recover my sanity, to get in some reading and knitting, to clean up the house a little, and to be fresh and ready to go again come fall. Because I'm a people, and people need to do things like that sometimes. Other people have other incentives like "there are no jobs available right now" or "I don't want my kids to grow up while I'm off working" or "this book will turn out better if I just sit down and write it in one go".
As jobs become scarcer, it becomes more important to both enable and incentivise people to not work sometimes, because that's going to have to happen anyway. I'm aware that this concept rankles my betters and goes against everything Republican Jesus taught us, but maybe if more people had a bit of downtime to catch up on their families and housework and recreation, we'd all be just a bit more sane.
As everyone knows, I'm a Tricky Dick tape buff. Some of them are quite sinister and sometimes they're hilarious. There are times when Tricky Dick and his sycophants sound a bit like the MST3K gang with a dash of right wing paranoia.
This May 13, 1971 tape has been available for quite some time and has no bombshells whatsoever. It does, however, feature a hilarious and downright bizarre discussion of weed, All In The Family, and the Gay:
I bet you're surprised to see the E word in one of my post titles. I'm better known for smart assery and snark. I have never sung Kumbaya but I do believe in the power of empathy. A wise person, as well as a wise ass, is,uh, wise to try to walk a mile in the other guy's shoes to paraphrase the old hippie, dippy song. Many conflicts, large and small, can be avoided by understanding the other person's perspective and figuring out if can be accommodated. It's just good manners as well as common sense.
You're probably wondering where I'm going with this. The world is suffering from an empathy crisis, gap or whatever the hell you want to call it. We see it every day in what passes for political discourse in our country. That's usually a non-lethal form of the empathy gap but a more deadly example is the latest Gaza Strip conflict.
Both sides are badly led and fixated on upholding their "principles" at all costs. The Israelis have better and more lethal weapons but Hamas would do the same if things were equal. That's why I always call it a death dance between two unreasonable parties who seem incapable of understanding the other side's perspective. The ones who suffer are the ordinary people . They're the ones who die when their leaders stick to their guns no matter the consequences.
It's hard to see a permanent solution to the Hamas-Netanyahu government dispute. Both sides are dominated by religious zealots whose ideological rigiidity is only exceeded by their ineptitude and stubbornness. Hamas is quite willing to absorb thousands of casualties because they know that the Israelis will be blamed. The Netanyahu government is convinced of the righteousness of their cause and keeps making enormous strategic mistakes such as allying themselves with the Republican right.
It's no secret that more *secular* leaders are the ones who have made progress in the past from Sadat to Dayan and Begin to Rabin and Peres to Arafat and Abbas. The religious revival in the Middle East has been bad for the peace business and has made empathy a depressingly scarce commodity.
I just needed to vent my frustrations this morning. It would help if they'd see each other as human beings instead of asTHE ENEMY, but the death dance is likely to continue.
He turned out to be something else altogether. To blame Republicans ignores a glaring truth: Obama’s record is worst where they had little or no role to play. It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners. It wasn’t even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama.
But for fuck's sake, this didn't happen in the past eight years alone:
In the late ’70s, deregulation fever swept the nation. Carter deregulated trucks and airlines; Reagan broke up Ma Bell, ending real oversight of phone companies. But those forays paled next to the assaults of the late ’90s. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 had solid Democratic backing as did the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999. The communications bill authorized a massive giveaway of public airwaves to big business and ended the ban on cross ownership of media. The resultant concentration of ownership hastened the rise of hate radio and demise of local news and public affairs programming across America. As for the “modernization” of financial services, suffice to say its effect proved even more devastating. Clinton signed and still defends both bills with seeming enthusiasm.
Where was this impassioned dissent when you were cashing Bill Clinton's checks? Did you fight against both those bills and the type of triangulating bullshit for which your employer was known? Or did you figure eh, politics, whaddayagonnado, and keep on getting paid?
God, I am just so done with the "once I got my paycheck I realized everything my masters had done was horrible and wrong and I'm sorry" genre of political journalism. See also every Bush aide who has come out against the war in Iraq in recent months, saying they knew it was going to be a clusterfuck from the start but somehow just managed not to say anything at the time that would have stopped it. See also every post-campaign campaign manager confessional piece in which whoever is admitting his sins was of course the lone voice in the wildnerness, powerless to effect change in the campaign they were running.
You know what? You see something happening you know is fucked up, you either stop it then and there (COLIN GODDAMN POWELL) or you spend the rest of your life making up for your failure not in your words in some airhead thinkpiece but in your actions. Jimmy Carter, God love him may he live a thousand years, went and built houses for poor people after he screwed the presidential pooch. Everybody else needs to heed his example and shut the fuck up. Nobody cares about your guilty consciences but you.
I was watching a bad 1933 Jimmy Cagney movie recently called Picture Snatcher. Actually, it had a decent idea at its core: Cagney is an ex-con turned tabloid photog/reporter, the Irish Weegee. Unfortunately, the script was terrible but it did contain a piece of '30's slang that made my ears perk up. Jeez, now I sound ike Oscar the cat.
Anyway, the Cagney character was gassing with his girlfriend's copper father, complaining about people who talked a lot and had nothing to say:
Some people waste a lot of time bumping gums.
It also sounds like an attack on gum chewing, which is something I cannot abide, but that's for another day. I'll let Elvis Costello have the last word:
All right, people - let's get back to it. Blowers on - airlock door open - stupid scrubbers on high - here we go!
You know, Terrible Ted Cruz is from my state (althought not my district), and I never get used to his inanity. I mean, every phrase that oozes from his pandering mouth just reeks of idiocy. I keep wondering when that stupidity (if it's not feigned) is going to splatter all over his master plan to march to retake the Sudetenland of Texas politics.
Sen. Ted Cruz Announces He Will Be Joining Glenn Beck at the Border This Weekend
The Blaze ^ | 07/18/2014 | Erica Ritz
Posted on 7/18/2014 9:34:13 PM by SeekAndFind
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he will be joining Glenn Beck and Mercury One at the border in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday to feed, clothe, and provide toys for illegal immigrant children.
Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for the senator, told TheBlaze in an email: “Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled into the United States by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs – it is heartless to allow that to continue.”
“But while we work to reverse the policies that have caused this tragedy, it is important we recognize the human element of this crisis, and Sen. Cruz is glad to join Glenn Beck and Mercury One in that effort to provide some relief from the suffering this administration is causing,” Frazier continued.
Ted Crux supports legalizing illegal aliens here now...
Is Beck trying to get on the Federal gravy train too?..
I don’t trust Cruz.8 posted on 7/18/2014 9:47:09 PM by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)..
Glenn Beck has proven himself a nut job.
I don’t know why Cruz is hooking up with him. SMH. Palin and Cruz are seen together quite a bit.
Feeding these people is the same as encouraging the actions. Cruz and Beck are both doing it for show and I think it’s a huge mistake for them...
To: laffnatuHere you go partner. Please pay special attention to the last sentence in the first paragraph. Ted Cruz is okay with letting illegals stay permanently (and presumably work cheap and take American jobs. Did I mention his wife is a vice president at Goldman Sachs). He just doesn't want citizenship. I just want them gone. How about you? (please read the entire article. It ain't long)
...and, by the way, Cruz and Becks efforts will encourage more kids to come and more will die along the way. All these people are sick.
RE: Feeding these people is the same as encouraging the actions.
So what do we do in the meantime, let them starve?21 posted on 7/18/2014 9:58:14 PM by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)..
They won’t starve. To think they will is ridiculous.
My guess is that Cruz will make sure that our side benefits from his doing this.54 posted on 7/18/2014 10:32:46 PM by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)..
My guess is that Cruz will make sure that our side benefits from his doing this.
That's my guess too. My God, some of the people on this thread are unbelievable. You DO realize the Libs spend about half their day demonizing conservatives as mean and uncaring, don't you?
That's a dirty lie. I seldom spend more than three hours a week.
The occasional charitable act by a conservative isn't going to hurt anything, and it may take some of the wind out of the Libs' sails for awhile. amuse liberals mightily.
Aside from the obvious trolls, those posters who seek nothing less than absolute, complete, toe-the-line doctrinaire conservatism every second of the day from the already-outnumbered people on our side have become incredibly tiresome. They're the kind of people who get people like Obama elected.
And oh yeah, if Cruz is dead to FReepers as POTUS candidate because of what he’s doing with Beck, what about the other conservative, Mike Lee?
It just so happened that Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) dropped out of the trip with Beck, saying a scheduling conflict prevented him from attending.
Does this mean he could have joined Cruz and Beck if he had no scheduling conflict?
Perhaps I could have shared my own experience. You see, I don’t know what condom-sex feels like, but I can’t imagine it’s better than the au natural.
I only know what it is like to have sex with my husband without any barriers between us. By God’s grace I have been blessed to experience what it is to have a man cherish me for all I am and relish in the joy of conceiving child after child with me, and who desires all of me, including my fertility, in a passionate way.
My question to you, my dear, is this: isn’t that something you want for yourself?
What in the seventh blue hell. Do you genuinely think that's a good argument to start with, when confronting a 20-something woman buying condoms? Child after child? Your man desires your fertility? Okay, until he doesn't anymore and CUTS OFF YOUR HEAD AND MARRIES SOMEONE ELSE when you get too old to keep having litters or whatever this is on about.
Kerry pressed on: “When I fought in Vietnam, I used to look at the faces of the local population and the looks they gave us. I’ll never forget it. It gave me clarity that we saw the situation in completely different ways.”
“This isn’t Vietnam!” Netanyahu shouted. “No one understands Israel but Israel.”
Kerry tried explaining himself again: “No one is saying it’s Vietnam. But I’ve been coming here for thirty years, and I’m telling you, what’s building up in the Palestinians has only gotten worse. I’ve seen it. It doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong; it just is. It can’t be solved if you can’t see it how they see it.”
Read the whole thing.
I originally planned to post something about the Great War this morning BUT the news has been so relentlessly bleak this week that I'm going with plan B. In honor of the upcoming bio-pic, Get On Up, here's the Godfather of Soul live in 1981:
Insomnia cures. Hit me with them. Have already tried Lord of the Rings again, and it didn't work.
I was just saying in the comments to the Ferretblogging post that everybody assumes Kick is the problem with me sleeping when actually I am the problem with me sleeping. I'm coming off a long two weeks at the day job, got a couple other projects I'm trying to finish up, but none of that should result in staring at the walls until midnight every night when I have to get up at 6.
(That still sounds like a lot of sleep to my inner 19-year-old, but she was 20 years ago and I'm desperate here.)
Stephen A. Smith isn’t saying he supports assholes who beat up women. He’s just saying that there’s probably another side to this whole issue. Like, y’know, the bitch burned the roast…
Of course when people came out against his idiocy, Stephen A. Smith had to announce that Stephen A. Smith is “ANNOYED” because Stephen A. Smith has said “repeatedly” that Stephen A. Smith doesn’t support people who beat the shit out of women.
He’s just saying that we need to look at both sides here and not just assume that she didn’t have it coming. Stephen A. Smith just really wants us to look into something before we just fly off the handle. Or, just how he handled an Onion article about him having “the sex argument” with his 9-year-old kid...
The only real reason to watch Stephen A. Smith and his partner, Skip Bayless, do “First Take,” is if you want to join a concussion study and you don’t have time to repeatedly bash your head into a wall. Thus, taking what these idiots say worth really digging into and retorting is worth as much breath as arguing with your racist uncle at Thanksgiving. Still, when you have a public persona, you need to be aware of the stupid shit that’s going to come out of your mouth and stop it before it does.
Case in point, the only man on earth who is probably happy that Stephen A. Smith stepped up on the domestic violence issue, TONY DUNGY, EVERYBODY!
“I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.
“It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’
Dungy was at Shithole's Ground Zero for these comments until Smith out-dumbed him. Of course, Dungy is still in the running for least-aware NFL commentary, thanks to his follow-up statement.
Again, Dungy wasn’t saying that Michael Sam shouldn’t have the right to play in the league. He was just saying that he wouldn’t draft him because having a gay guy out there was likely too much of a distraction, much in the way having Jackie Robinson out there in Brooklyn should have never happened. He’s just saying that it’s rough when you’re the only one of your kind in a league because normal people aren’t comfortable with you, it’s something to consider when picking a seventh-rounder. He’s also just saying that he doesn’t have anything against Michael Sam, just “those people” in general and that his support of anti-gay marriage groups and legislation isn’t any sort of indictment of anything.
I have told people for years that the first rule of holes is that when you find yourself in one, you need to stop digging. Unfortunately, the people who serve as talking heads on all these shows seem to fail to understand this concept. Even more, I think that in a lot of cases, that sense of “People want to know what I have to say” has morphed into “I am infallible and my statements will all be taken clearly as true and right.”
Both Dungy and Stephen A. Smith (patent pending) are wading into that odd area that’s a lot like when a white guy says something stupid about race and then starts off with the “but I have a black friend” defense. Ask Dungy about the Tampa Two defense or how Peyton Manning kept guys guessing at the line, he’s aces. Ask Stephen A. Smith to talk about himself, he’s golden. However, social issues have never been within their social graces.
However, these guys feel like they’re paid to give opinions, regardless of how smart they actually are on an issue. Even more, they managed to delude themselves into thinking that they ARE smart enough to talk at length on these issues and that the rest of us idiots should just hear what they have to say (or better yet what they meant) and shut up about it. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here and it only gets worse when you keep talking.
In 2007 Hank Aaron refused to get involved in the whole “Barry Bonds is going to break your record, but he grew four helmet sizes while pursuing the record and if it were any more clear that he was on steroids, he’d have to be shooting up at the press conference” thing. The comment he gave at the time was one that people griped about and laughed at, but it’s one we should translate into Latin and stencil on the doors about Dungy’s office, Stephen A. Smith’s house and ESPN studios:
"I don't have any advice whatsoever, no advice to anybody," Aaron said.
I rarely do multiple malaka of the week "awards" if that's what you want to call them. I decided to do so this week because the other one was way serious and sometimes boys, as well as girls, just want to have fun. This instance is centered on the casual bigotry of Jock World, and that is why Jason Whitlock is malaka of the week.
Whitlock appeared on Keith Olbermann's sporty chat show on ESPN (Keith quite famously tweeted the day before the decision: mach 2 that if he could return there, then LeBron could go back to Ohio.) Sorry for that epic, parenthetical digression, but sports chatter makes my mind reel like the drunk monkey in that legendary Zen koan. Damn, I did it again. I'll try a new paragraph and see if it makes me snap out of this bad case of manic digression, which to paraphrase Jimi Hendrix is a frustrating mess.
While chatting with Keith, Whitlock said several things worthy of the honor including a brief defense of Tony Dungy. It's this slur on Andrew Wiggins in particular and Canadian athletes in general that got me riled up:
So, the gist of Whitlock's comment is that LeBron doesn't want to play with Canadians because they don't try very hard. Here's the exact quote:
Andrew Wiggins is from Canada, and Canadian athletes (I think, among NBA players and NBA people) perhaps don’t want it as much as even some of the Europeans and certainly the American players.
I don't recall anyone calling noted gym rat, gamer, and proud hoser Steve Nash a slacker. Perhaps Whitlock has spent too much time pondering the McKenzie brothers, eh. He probably fell asleep watching Strange Brew (also a Cream song) after drinking two cases of Moosehead...
The whole thing reminds me of when Dodger GM Al Campanis said that blacks "may not have the necessities" to run baseball teams. Campanis was no hardcore racist but he was guilty of casual bigotry. It was not negated by the fact that he'd played with, and befriended, Jackie Robinson in the bush leagues. Campanis was also Greek-American so he knew from malakatude but I digress once again...
Back to Jason Whitlock. Jock World is full of announcers who say stupid shit, especially on ESPN. But as an African-American, one would hope that Whitlock wouldn't indulge in such casual, stupid bigotry. If he said that black cagers didn't want it as much, he'd be in deep shit and sinking fast.
I hold no brief for Andrew Wiggins but if he's, uh, lacking the necessities, it has nothing to do with being Canadian. If Whitlock persists, he may be in for a Rob Ford body slam or even a harangue by teevee shark/dragon Kevin O'Leary. I'll give Mr. Wonderful the last word:
What is Common Core? Why is it controversial? Does this controversy have any basis in fact or is it just another wingnut fantasy like death panels and FEMA camps?
The tickets were $18 a piece and it was a Tuesday night. Still, some drove as far as a half an hour to sit in the darkness with some 30 others similarly concerned about the Core. Polls show conservatives are more likely to oppose or strongly oppose Common Core. And Beck of course is known from his days on Fox News as a conservative firebrand. But he went out of his way to argue this isn't a partisan thing.
Oh, well, if he SAID SO! And he went out of his way!
Clears that right up!
Apparently there is a homegrown, grassroots movement against Common Core:
The feature presentation was essentially a two hour grassroots strategy session.
Tell me more about the grassroots, NPfuckingR:
About a dozen members of the audience gathered in a hallway, excited and energized though not quite sure what the next step should be. This is exactly what Beck and others involved in the event were hoping for. Adam Brandon is Executive Vice President of FreedomWorks, a conservative activist's group that cosponsored the screening.
So a conservative activist group "co"sponsored the screening, but it's a grassroots movement? I don't think that word means what you think it means.
KEITH: Near the end of the event, Glenn Beck read questions people had sent in via text and Twitter, including one from Butler.
BUTLER: I was like that's mine. That's my question, I did that (laughing).
KEITH: And more than the thrill of seeing her question on the big screen, Butler felt like she had been heard.
BUTLER: They really do pay attention. They really do address them as opposed to our public leaders that - you never hear anything from except a form letter reply. It's clear they really don't care what the people think.
KEITH: Butler says she doesn't identify with either of the major political parties. But on this issue, she's energized. People like Beck and groups like FreedomWorks are hoping to harness that energy. Tamara Keith, NPR News, Washington.
What was this woman's question? What was her concern? How was it "heard" by a talk-show host talking to people who paid $18 to watch him on a movie screen?
Where did that $18 go? What did it pay for? Who collected it and what did they spend it on?
I hope you weren't looking for journalism to answer those questions, etiher. On this issue, people were energized!
We don’t encourage our children to play with blocks from a young age because we expect them all to be architects and builders. We do it because we know the seemingly simple task of stacking diverse, colored objects into myriad shapes encourages cognitive development and problem solving. So it is with scholastic journalism.
In the comments to Washeck’s piece, Betsy Pollard Rau, a former Michigan high school journalism teacher whose students have won many reporting awards, said that some students went on to careers in journalism, but many more used skills learned in high school journalism in other professions like science, medicine and business.
“Yearbook, digital and newspaper experiences are merely the vehicles,” Rau wrote in the comments. “It is the destination that matters. High school journalism classes teach students higher level thinking skills, prepare them to deal with stress, give them opportunities to work as a team, meet deadlines, problem solve, write, shoot and edit.”
In fact, conflating the purpose of scholastic journalism with any single tangible product is tantamount to the misapplication and misuse of standardized testing as benchmarks for student learning. It’s exactly this logic that has reduced our students to the sum of their test scores, excluded teachers from educational policy decisions and made our schools prisons for creative and energetic young minds.
You're teaching people to use the bullshit detectors God gave them, and I don't see anything wrong with that at the high school level. In college, you've got people who plan on practicing the craft, and that requires a little more focus and specialization and fine-tuning, but you're still teaching people to take a look at what an authority figure tells them and start from the assumption that it is a complete falsehood. You're still teaching people to find out that which no one wants known and tell as many people as possible through whatever means are at their disposal.
For some kids that instinct is a natural one. Some of us have authority issues from the start. Some of us have a sociopathic ability to step outside the normal human experience and immediately begin processing how to communicate the horror around us in such a way as to advocate for its cessation, without being overtaken by that horror ourselves. Some of us just naturally run toward the sound of explosions instead of away.
(Some of us are just nosy, annoying assholes. A good 40 percent of the best reporters I know are absolute fucking loonballs unwelcome in polite society. Our suspicious minds, greedy for more more more information and unable to prioritize anything higher than satisfying our curiosity, make us unreliable dinner companions. It's why we tend to socialize with one another. Anybody else would object to her date being perpetually two hours late and constantly jabbering about TIF districts.)
Some kids, though? Some kids should be taught that the world is different under its skin, that if you're going to love your society you have to make it worth loving, and that means ripping it down to its ugly bones. Some kids need to be pushed to criticize the ropes that hold them up. Some kids should be shown the way change happens, all change: Somebody stands up and yells that the way it's always been is total horseshit and knock it off.
Those lessons don't have to come in journalism classes, but: In how many high school subjects are you encouraged to take something apart and put it back together again? In how many high school classes do you get to make something, really really make something, with your own hands? In how many high school classes can you learn to stand up for yourself and your right to know something, at an age when the adult world thinks you're either a moron or a wuss?
If high school journalism classes aren't creating journalists, then at least they are nurturing the instinct to call bullshit on the whole world. Student A might not end up a reporter, but he's gonna be on the phone with his insurance company arguing a denied claim all night because he's learned not to take no for an answer. Student B might not end up a copy editor, but she's sure as shit going to make sure the company she works for has all its signs spelled right. Student C might not end up a producer but the annual report will be delivered on time, no matter how many hours of overtime it fucking takes.
Student D might not do anything more engaged with society than overhear something on the radio and think, "That sounds like a lie." And that's enough to justify a thousand high school papers.
All the chatter about the 45th Anniversary of the moon landing has given me an earworm. Here's the official video for the Bryan Ferry-Johnny Marr classic that shares a title with a certain terrific tome and fabulous film. Not sure if I wanna don a white suit or a space helmet. Bryan Ferry did the former:
In a video posted this week by the NRA, one of the organization's commentators said competency with a gun should be a "necessary skill" for children to be able to advance to the next grade in school, just like reading and writing.
In the video titled “Everyone Gets A Gun,” commentator Billy Johnson argued U.S. gun policy should be driven by the "need" people have to use guns.
“Gun policy driven by our need for guns would insist that we introduce young people to guns early and that we'd give them the skills to use firearms safely,” Johnson said. “Just like we teach them reading and writing, necessary skills. We would teach shooting and firearm competency."
"It wouldn't matter if they didn't want to learn," he added. "We would make it necessary to advance to the next grade."
Johnson linked gun policy to education, healthcare, food and retirement, saying the U.S. "subsidize[s] things we value," and said gun policy should be no different.
“Gun policy, driven by our need for guns would protect equal access to guns, just like we protect equal access to voting, and due process, and free speech. Our Founding Fathers believed that we did need guns. That's why they codified our access to guns into the Constitution,” he said.
Just when you think they cannot get any crazier, someone passes you a bowlful of crazy for breakfast. There are certain segments of society that would think this is a great idea and I'm talking about gangbangers and crazed gunmen. Thanks, NRA.
You do not desire forgiveness:
"We have withheld forgiveness because you do not desire it."
As if that's what forgiveness is about. You forgive because forgiveness allows you to let go of hate and fear, to stop pulling them around you and using them to keep you separate from other people. Forgiveness isn't about making the other person beg for it. Forgiveness isn't about the other person deserving it. Forgiveness is a reaching outward, and that's the part of the action that counts.
Something which clearly passed by the theological scholars of this particular church as they pored over their Bibles in search of a way to make themselves smaller and meaner and colder.
I'd never seen the venerable blaxploitation movie, Black Caesar, until recently. It's pretty bad except for a charismatic lead performance by Fred (The Hammer) Williamson and a funky score by James Brown. The Godfather of Soul was an appropriate choice since the movie was called Godfather of Harlem in the UK. I think they spent half the budget on music because the acting is laughably bad. The tagline on the poster, however, is terrific.
It's trailer time:
Here's the de facto theme song. Good gawd,y'all:
|From Album 5|
Some time back -- and probably influenced by the Bill Hicks line about greeting Jackie Kennedy while wearing a rifle pendant -- I described something foolish, stupid, and/or inane to a friend, and (paraphrasing here) said it was as crazy at "the NRA hosting a pro-gun rally in Dealey Plaza."
Whenever you think there's a line that even bug-fuck insane won't cross...
I've always hated the death penalty. Even if the right person is convicted, it's all about revenge and not justice. I dislike society stooping to the level of the worst of the worst. Moreover, the idea that there is a humane way to kill people is ludicrous. Lethal injection is supposed to be more humane than the electric chair, the noose, or the gas chamber but it is increasingly obvious that it is just as barbaric as previous methods of execution. The latest example of that took place in Arizona:
A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died, his lawyers said, in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started.
Wood's lawyers had filed an emergency appeal in federal court while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour."
The lawyers said the execution started at 1:52 p.m., but Wood continued to breathe and was alive an hour and 10 minutes later. Defense lawyer Dale Baich called it a botched execution that should have taken 10 minutes.
This keeps happening ever since big pharma did the right thing and stopped supplying murder drugs to the several states. This botched execution may be the most egregious and sickening one to date. It proves once again that there is no HUMANE WAY to kill someone. If some states insist on executing people, they should make like Utah and have firing squads. That, at least, won't take 117 minutes. Think of that: 117 minutes. That's not justice, that's torture. Better yet, they could abolish capital punishment. I can dream, can't I?
I am a proponent of most of the causes the gay community has fought for. And I think that it's wrong how they've been prejudiced against. But having said all that, I think it's important to recognize that that doesn't mean [you] have a right to [people being] comfortable with you.
And it's important to recognize you don't have the right to avoid being called a dishonest, sleazy bag of buttholes for saying something so condescending and stupid. I'm sorry, gay people don't have the right to everybody being comfortable with them? Who the hell is even asking for that right?
Straightest privileged girl in all of Straightbury-by-the-Sea here, so actual gay people can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the rights most gay people feel they should have involve not being prevented from getting married for being gay, not being killed for being gay, and not being evicted for being gay. The comfort level of sanctimonious assholes comes after that, right? After all the stuff you need to stay alive?
Michael Sam's coming out and being drafted afterward isn't about whether Tony Dungy and Stephen Smith and other morons would be "comfortable" with him, it was about whether a large and insanely high-profile corporation would hire him to do a job knowing that he is gay and out. There's this idiot thing right now where we think we've taken care of all of the major stuff (no) and so the next civil rights frontier is making sure people have the right to be dumbass bigots if they want without consequences.
People calling Tony Dungy out for saying insecure nonsense cloaked in false piety are not requiring Tony Dungy by law to be comfortable with gay people. They're just expressing their opinion that he is a microphallic shitbird who's a disgrace to shitbirds everywhere, and he doesn't have the right to people being comfortable with him.
Thrust was the follow-up album to Herbie Hancock's wildly successful jazz-funk-fusion opus Head Hunters. It was almost as successful artistically and commerically. The cover art by Rob Springett *always* makes me smile. What's not to love about Herbie and his large 'fro in a space ship?
Here's the back cover. Dig those 1974 threads, y'all:
Here's the whole damn LP, be prepared to get your funk on, Headhunters style:
In an email this afternoon, Landrieu spokesman Tyler A. Gamble wrote:It is customary for the City to provide standard proclamations to visiting groups that request them through the City’s web site. To be clear, the City does not endorse extreme or violent tactics, and this proclamation was issued in error. Any group can exercise their constitutional rights, but all of us have a responsibility to do so in a respectful manner. During these events, the NOPD is executing a robust security plan to keep the peace.
Like many governmental bodies, the city of New Orleans hands out ceremonial proclamations and letters of welcome to both citizens and visitors. Getting welcomed to town is reserved for groups and conventions, but anyone can apply for a ceremonial proclamation, as long as the reason fits in one of the city’s six categories: organizational honors; church anniversaries and pastoral anniversaries; retirements; heroic deeds; a 100th birthday; or “outstanding community service by an individual, group, or organization.” The Operation Save America proclamation seems to have fallen in the last category, as the organization has federal nonprofit status.
Gamble did not reply to questions as to the city's process when it came to vetting groups that ask for proclamations or letters of welcome. An email to Operation Save America regarding the proclamation was not immediately returned.
So much for the abortive proclamation. Another day, another TFC moment.
Even groups that come to protest here in Sin City feel compelled to post a picture of Bourbon Street. In this instance, it's Operation Rescue who are apparently out to save America. Their target is, of course, death/abortion mills. The only mills on Bourbon Street are Gin and T-Shirt mills. Operation Save America, or whatever the hell you want to call them, has, of course, not restricted its protests to so-called "death mills" and that is why it/they is/are malaka of the week.
I was originally going to focus on the group's malakatudinous protests outside a doctor's home in Uptown New Orleans. It was the talk of NOLA twitter the other day as one of my friends lives nearby. Here's the Uptown Messenger's account of the harassment neighbors faced at the hands of these fanatics:
In addition to protesting Planned Parenthood sites, Operation Save America is also holding demonstrations outside the homes of providers. A neighbor to one of those homes — who asked that his name be withheld out of concern that the group would target him — said his family has already endured two sessions of protests, with dozens of people holding signs on the sidewalk near his house featuring graphic images that he has done his best to hide from his young children.
“My kids are scared,” the resident said in an interview Monday afternoon. “It’s all these ugly pictures. They’re talking on the loudspeaker. I try to speak to them civilly, and it’s very difficult to do, because they’re looking for a confrontation.”
His requests that they turn down the volume, he said, were met with invective about the abortion provider instead. Ultimately, he said, he simply closed the blinds and turned up the music in the house until the demonstrators left, but the entire street is ready for the ordeal to end.
“It’s not necessarily the issue of abortion that’s frustrating to us,” he said. “It’s just their method of coming and taking over, and forcing us to deal with it.”
As far as these cretins are concerned, invading people's privacy and insulting them is a part of God's work and if you disagree with them, you are a baby killer or some such nonsense. Very Christian of them isn't it?
It would be bad enough if the story ended there but it gets even worse as the Operation Rescue pukes protested at a Unitarian Universalist Church *during* Sunday services:
...on Sunday, they took a different turn when members showed up inside the First Unitarian Universalist Church at Claiborne and Jefferson. The disturbance took place as the congregation was holding a moment of silence for a member of the church who had died the week before, said the Rev. Deanna Vandiver.
“Into that sacred silence, a voice began to speak, and it began to speak about ‘abominations,’ ” Vandiver said. The protesters were shouting that the church was not a true faith, she said. “Literally in our most tender and vulnerable space, religious terrorism began.”
The congregation was stunned at first, unsure what was happening, Vandiver said. She then invited the protesters to stay if they could join or observe the worship service respectfully, and if not, to take their protest outside the building. The congregation began to sing, and church leaders then began to lead the most vocal protesters outside, though a few chose to stay quietly through the remainder of the service.
In an account on their website, Operation Save America trumpeted the act as a victory for their mission in a “synagogue of Satan:”
At the Unitarian Universalist “church” in New Orleans, Deanna Waller, Jay Rogers, Mary Claire, Ken Scott, Russell Hunter, Toby Harman and others presented the truth of the Gospel in this synagogue of Satan. As God would have it, the “church” was filled with students from a “social justice” training school. According to Rev. Flip Benham, OSA National Director, the team presented a “dynamic witness.”
During an open “meditation” time, Deanna shared the Word of the Lord. When the female “pastor” took issue, Deanna reminded her that, “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones” (Luke 17:2). In violation of their “sacred tenants” of peace and tolerance, Deanna and others were summarily escorted out of the service.
Other saints stayed and dialoged until the conclusion of the service. It created no small stir. The “social justice” candidates ran to the Christians and asked them many questions. Our brethren gave them the reason for the hope that lies within them and defended the faith. Seeds of truth were sown. may the Lord water them in Jesus’ name.
Vandiver said she does not know specifically why the church was targeted. The denomination has a history of supporting pro-choice efforts, gay rights and other causes that Operation Save America opposes, she said, and the church on South Claiborne has specifically been supportive of Planned Parenthood in New Orleans.
“I think we were an easy target, because we’re literally just a few blocks down the road from where they’re building this clinic,” Vandiver said. “But we are not interested in being terrorized. Freedom of speech does not trump freedom of religion.”
That was an epic quote but I wanted to make sure that y'all read as much of this great story by Robert Morris as possible. The local MSM has been leery of tackling this group head on and I hope the Uptown Messenger's stellar work will force their hand. That's one reason I have desconstructed Robert's post. It also makes me feel like a French intellectual; pity it's too damn hot to wear my beret...
Back to the malakatude of OSA. Notice how they refer to a UU church as a "syngogue of Satan" and their own protesters as Saints? Are they Mormons now? They call themselves Saints too. I have a hunch that they are not: fundamentalists such as the people behind OSA are religious bigots who regard the LDS church as a cult. They're also confused. I was not aware that a UU Church was a synagogue let alone a Satanic one. I'm not going to delve into their theological positions, I came to mock them, not to study them.
It gets worse. I had a major TFC (This Fucking City) moment when I saw that Mayor Landrieu's administration had issued a proclamation honoring OSA's mission to New Orleans. I am not making this up y'all. Here's another extended quote from the Uptown Messenger story:
The certificate, which is dated July 20, extends Mayor Landrieu’s official recognition to Flip Benham of Operation Save America for “outstanding service to the city of New Orleans,” according to an image of the certificate being shared by the group on members’ Facebook pages. Supporters of the group were enthusiastic about Landrieu’s welcome, with one noting that “This is a first!”
Benham, director of Operation Save America, was found guilty of stalking in North Carolina in 2011 for distributing “Wanted” posters featuring the name and photo of a Charlotte abortion doctor, and sentenced to 18 months probation. A local organizer for the group, Pastor Dale Sochia of King Jesus Ministries in Boutte, told the New Orleans Advocate that they would be holding a funeral procession in Jackson Square on Tuesday featuring an open casket containing a “a real aborted baby.”
The mayor’s office on Monday downplayed the significance of the certificate.
“It is routine for the City to provide standard proclamations to visiting non-profits, faith-based organizations and conventions that request them,” according to an email from Tyler Gamble, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office. “As this group exercises its constitutional rights, the NOPD is executing a robust security plan to keep the peace.”
That's bull shit. Additionally, the last time the word robust was publicly deployed in New Orleans, it was by Editor Jim Amoss describing the born again Times-Picayune/NOLA.com/TP Street. And that didn't go down very well either as you may recall. The entire thing is guaranteed to infuriate a wide range of the citizenry. I guess they're pandering to the Catholic Church as well as the heavily Protestant malakas who are here to both rescue and save us as well as Murica. How nice of them.
The flying monkeys of OSA were unleashed on us, of course, by the TRAP anti-abortion measure passed by the state Lege and signed into law by our idiot Governor. I was, however, under the impression that Mitch Landrieu and his Senator sister were at least mildly pro-choice. Why then has the city administration honored a group that the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as a terrorist organization? Change.Org is gathering signatures urging Hizzoner to rescind the proclamation. Click here if you'd like to sign.
I usually like to close this feature with a joke or a music clip. I won't do so this time. These people are capable of almost anything, and violence against people and property is emphatically not funny. Groups like Operation Rescue/Save American are a pox on the political landscape and that is why they/it are/is malaka of the week.
Two Republican judges on the D.C. Circuit Court have ruled that the equivalent of a typo is enough to strip health care subsidies from up to five million people, dealing what would be a death blow to the Affordable Care Act if the decision is allowed to stand. The one Democrat on the panel dissented.
The three-judge panel ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that people in the 36 states that use the federal health insurance exchange are ineligible for subsidized insurance. The decision would also affect those who purchased insurance through the exchange but don't receive subsidies, as reneging on the payments would lead to a rapid increase in insurance rates for everyone.
The White House said Tuesday the decision will be appealed to the entire D.C. circuit court -- what's known as an en banc review -- where Democrats hold a majority that is nearly certain to overturn the GOP judges' aggressive move. The next step could be the Supreme Court, which already upheld the Affordable Care Act in a separate case two years ago.
I would ask if they next plan to sue over the Civil Rights Act but LET'S NOT GIVE THEM IDEAS.
The Dallas Morning News launched its premium website nine months ago, hoping readers would be willing pay $11.96 a month to see fewer ads and more photos. There were “promises of personalization and loyalty programs to come later,” the paper notes.
Later, of course, never arrived. And "more photos" is great if they're, you know, good photos. A slideshow of people's pets does not count. And I rag on the Trib here in town for putting syndicated columnists, widely available all over the Internet, behind its paywall. If I'm reading your paper online, assume I know what the Internet IS, and how to Google things.
News chief marketing officer Jason Dyer declined to tell the News reporter what the paper invested in the project or how many people subscribed to the premium site. He also apparently gave her the wrong day for the site going dark. (Thursday, not Friday.)
A baked potato, these people could fuck up.
When it's completed, 40 Riverside will have 219 expensive, river-facing condos to sell to people who are in a position to buy them and 55 street-facing places to rent to sad sacks who earn 60 percent or less than the median income. "Because Extell considers the affordable segment to be legally separate from the rest of the building, it says it is required to have different entrances," Think Progress explains. Plus, it will spare all the residents from the terrible awkwardness of regularly encountering people whose lifestyles differ from theirs, or something.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are already a number of "mixed-income" buildings with so-called "poor doors" throughout New York City, though there might not be many more in the future. The New York Post reportsthat, following the outcry over 40 Riverside, "Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer vowed to reject future developments with separate entrances." Meanwhile, renters of these affordable apartments can make their second-class status feel a little more fun by pretending that they're living in an episode of Downton Abbey.
There are many phrases describing inebriation; so many, in fact, that it's nearly a cottage industry, which is also an arcane phrase but not this week's winner. Ladies and germs, I give you:
Tight as a boiled owl.
Mind you, I've never boiled an owl, which is odd since I live in South Louisiana where we boil crawfish, crabs, and shrimp. I think this could catch on, I really do.
Here's a usage example: the last time I played trivia with the NOLA Twitter people, I got tight as a boiled owl.
Since we're on the subject of booze, here's Aretha, before she became the Queen of Soul, singing a Mercer-Tauber tune:
Millennium Park is a triumph of public relations.
For example, in interviews with civic leaders a few years ago, it wasn't hard to discern the script when virtually each one repeated the notion that once finished Millennium Park would be the new postcard picture of Chicago. And that no matter what the final bill, the cost would be worth it. When I heard my former editor atChicago magazine repeat that last one one day, I knew the meme had set in.
But is it true? Of course not. At what point, I would ask the citizenry, would it not have been worth it? At $750 million? At a billion?
Let's say you find the current cost of $475 million "worth it." But you would balk at a cool billion.
Well, consider that we're not done paying for Millennium Park yet. Those parking garages aren't bringing in the expected revenue, andthe park is operating at a deficit. When all is said and done, a billion dollars may not be out of sight.
Will that be worth it?
Did we at some point decide that the mayor could have a blank check for a downtown park, but not for schools, health care, affordable housing, or a larger, better police force? Or to
maintain the parks we have?
Even the private funding that has gone into Millennium Park comes from somewhere - your employer, perhaps.
What if we put that money and more towards building the greatest schools the planet has ever seen? Couldn't those be the postcards of a new Chicago?
I like Millennium Park fine, but we could have had 60 fantastic neighborhood parks for that money, and they would have gotten as much use. I know the people who live in neighborhoods that need parks don't take pictures for postcards.
The argument, I suppose, is that the tourists spend the money and then the money goes to the schools and the parks everywhere and whatnot, but it never seems to be the case. The tourists spend the money which goes to more things for the tourists to spend money on.
Well, just when I thought this week couldn't get any more fucked up...
Bailey Bulldog is dead.
He died sometime Thursday morning, in his sleep, at the incredible (for a Bulldog) age of 13.
He was a rescue. His owner died from cancer, and for some reason his kids didn't want Bailey. Barbara and I drove to Tulsa to pick him up. He lived in his forever home with us for 6 years. Unlike a lot of rescue bullies, there was nothing horribly (and expensively) wrong with him physically - he just kept going and going. He had started going downhill the last week, not eating, sleeping 98% of the time instead of the normal 80%, having the occasional accident (which he typically never did). We knew he was at the end of the trail. He was asleep in his crate just like any other morning, except that when I went to let him out, his perpetually-sticking-out tongue was purple, and I realized that he wouldn't be getting up any more.
I know this was the best possible scenario for him to check out, but that doesn't help much.
He was unobtrusive, but omnipresent. His favourite seat by the living room fireplace, his preferred spot in the studio - they are very empty places now. Bailey never demanded attention (unlike a certain Brillo beast), but patiently followed from room to room to be your silent companion. Thick as a brick, deaf as a post, and incapable of going from one room to another without "stalling out" - until his pea brain finally remembered where he had set out for - he was all of these things.
He was also noble, uncomplaining, and the best petting dog I have ever seen. It was like petting a fire hydrant with a fur coat on. And when he was petted, the stumpy ears would go all the way back, and the chin would go straight up, and his little eyes would close in esctasy.
He hated the outdoors, and only went out to do his business or drink (we kept his water bowl outside because of the godawful dribbling mess he made after getting those chops good and wet - we called him "Tom Drooley" after getting his Big Drink). Then it was back into the comfort of the A/C and his people.
He looked like a cartoon Bulldog, all chest, shoulders, and head (no neck), and not much else - but he also had the biggest heart I've ever encountered.
He was our Big Buddy.
No nose. At all. No neck, either,
Barbara discovers a smoosh face on her side of the couch
Bailey, in a rare trip to the front yard. Bulldog on guard!
His favourite spot in the living room
I get some equal smoosh face time.....
Can we come in NOW? PLEASE?
His other favourite spot - in the studio in front of one of the P.A. speakers, softly snoring....
Always happy to be with us...
Bye, big boy - we'll miss you.
I woke up way too early this morning, checked the Tweeter Tube, and groaned audibly when I saw that the great James Garner had died at the age of 86.
Garner made everything look easy. He was an actor with formidable chops but he never tried too hard and never chewed the scenery. Most of all, he was likable, both on and off the screen.
We all loved him in The Rockford Files with his oddball friends, cheesy trailer, and hot muscle car. I'm glad that Jim Rockford's exploits live on in syndication, captivating new generations with his raffish charm.
Jim Garner was one of the few actors of his generation who made the transition from teevee star to movie star and back again. It's pretty common now but Garner was a trailblazer. He also made some damn fine movies from The Great Escape to The Americanization of Emily to Space Cowboys to my personal favorite, Skin Game.
Since this is primarily a political blog, I ought to mention Garner's status as a self described "hemophiliac liberal," a line that I've used many times over the years. I always give him credit too, and I'm usually eager to steal other people's one liners.
I'm obviously a huge James Garner fan. I'm not the only one who feels as if they've lost an old friend this morning. He will be missed.
Finally, here's Garner in a scene from Paddy Chayefsky's brilliant anti-war drama The Americanization of Emily:
Out this weekend working, but I wanted to ask in light of that meme going around The Internet's Gaping Butthole asking which of several dead musicians you would resurrect: If you could bring one historical personage back to life, who would it be?
I would like to have some words with several of the Founding Fathers regarding the conduct of their fan club of late, so probably one of those fellows.