Best to play it safe, I should think
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
Is there any other president in my lifetime who could have pulled this off?
I have long admired the sensitive thespian stylings of Stephanie Che.
A favorite quote from a prof in grad school has in interesting application: blue dye may be an effective treatment for spinal injuries.
Colbert reports on a kid who went too far.
From Peter King:
Hey, in July - I'll believe anything.
Matt Hasselbeck is working out twice a day on vacation. That's a good sign. Last year, Seattle's season went down the drain when Hasselbeck's back acted up in the summer and never settled down. Now he's got Croner with him at his family vacation home in central Washington, on the Columbia River, and Croner's putting him through the kind of two-a-days that should serve him well.
This is the fourth year Croner has worked with Hasselbeck, who turns 34 in September, and the trainer said Friday, "He looks by far the best he's ever looked since I've been with him.''
Hasselbeck's eight pounds lighter now (at 234) than he was a year ago, and he said one of the things that has helped him this offseason is the simple length of it. Because he didn't play much last year, and because Seattle didn't make the playoffs, and because he had his back well-diagnosed by January, he's been in the weight room more, and longer, than in the past. "I'm not worried about my back at all,'' Hasselbeck said. "The only thing my back cannot do is sit in a three-hour run-game-install meeting without getting up and moving around. Of the things I'm worried about -- new coach, new offense, some new teammates -- I can promise you that health is not one of them.''
I haven't seen someone in the U.S. behave disrespectfully toward our Nation's flag for years and years...unless you count this sort of thing. Not like when we were kids, and you couldn't turn around without bumping into some flag-burning hippie.
For some reason, my iTunes Genius has begun to recommend (only at the complete and total loss of my personal privacy) John Anderson songs. I had forgotten about this fine singer, lurking in the back of my digital library, who has ably represented real country music over the course of his career. Here, he sings a couple of fine gen-yoo-ine country songs, ca. 1983:
Palin now free to serve her true constituency - America.
Kick me if I'm wrong, but this sounds like an actual apology, rather than a typically tiresome and worthless non-apology apology we've come to expect from corporate America. From Jeff Bezos at Amazon on the 1984 debacle:
New York Times, today.
I can read just barely enough french to get the gist of things, and was puzzling through Francois Hauter's next article in the major series on Obama's America, when I came upon this most curious image, which I did not recognize for some time.
I'm just trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Finally, finally...I think I see the big picture. Consider:
My mailbox is flooded requests for more Family Matters links. Well, I suppose one more can't hurt. Behold...the immortal duelling accordion scene!
Dr. Kapital tweets:
A discussion of the issues on the facebook page.
[Henry Louis Gates Jr.] was arrested on a after police said he "exhibited loud and tumultuous behavior." He was released later that day on his . An arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 26. Police refused to comment on the arrest Monday.
...the broken toilet.
The robots are vegetarian. Nothing to see here, move along.
Used to be, baseball was just a game. Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove, you could name any of the greats who played before the the 1960s - they understood they were lucky men, paid real cash to play a kid's game. They played ball, and they were on the radio, and boys and men loved them...but it was pretty well understood that baseball was not for deep thinkers.
Fenway Park, in Boston, is a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark. Everything is painted green and seems in curiously sharp focus, like the inside of an old-fashioned peeping-type Easter egg. It was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between Man's Euclidean determinations and Nature's beguiling irregularities...
An Englishman, an American, and Bob Costas have been taken prisoner in a Latin American dictatorship, and are to be executed. They are offered the opportunity to say a few words before the firing squad does its work.
The Englishman steps up and says "I am sorry that I can only die once for Her Majesty, and urge you to consider a more progressive form of government."
Thanks, they say, and then kill him.
Then they turn their attention to Bob Costas. Costas says "I'd like to make a few remarks about what baseball has meant to the American spirit, and how inspiring the great players of the 1950s..."
"Excuse me...!" says the American. "Would you mind shooting me first?"
Homeless hold places in line for lobbyists.
The gracious Monsieur Hauter, who is precisely as one hopes a french chef and journalist should be, met with several of us a couple of months back, and has published this article in Le Figaro that says something or other in french, which either makes us the toast of Paris, or some now internationally-infamous chowderheads. Most likely, a combination.
Plus l'on s'éloigne de notre civilisation en se réfugiant dans un monde sauvage, plus l'on croit échapper à ses excès et à ses travers. C'est évidemment une illusion. L'Alaska est l'un des confins de la terre. La région est, pour les Américains, «a big empty space» (un grand espace vide), dont le gouverneur était jusqu'au 3 juillet dernier une volaille nommée Sarah Palin. Celle-ci s'est rendue célèbre en proférant nombre de sottises pendant la dernière campagne présidentielle. «Si je dis que je viens d'Alaska, tout le monde rigole», me dit le peintre Jamie Bollenbach. La ville la plus proche d'Anchorage est à trois heures d'avion. Se rendre à New York prend une journée.....
...Il ne fallait pas compter sur l'ex-gouverneur Sarah Palin. Elle est «pro-business» , c'est-à-dire qu'elle ne fait rien pour fixer des limites aux industriels qui s'attaquent aux ressources de la région. Ils règnent donc sur l'Alaska. «Ici, le monde politique a été complètement corrompu par le pétrole», m'explique Charles Wohlforth, un journaliste écrivain. Bill White ajoute : «Aucune petite communauté ne peut affronter une injection massive de 40 milliards de dollars opérée par les pétroliers. Ici, cela a tout changé. Il n'y a pas un seul fonctionnaire de l'environnement, dans le Grand Nord ; et c'est évidemment politique.»...
À part New York, toujours en marge de «l'Amérique profonde», ce discours de solidarité mobilise la jeunesse du pays. Jamie Bollenbach, un vieux militant des associations de défense des libertés civiques à Seattle, explique «l'explosion d'Obama» auprès des nouvelles générations : «Ces jeunes sont meilleurs que nous, mieux formés, et pourtant ils vivaient avec une impression d'échec, car ils avaient le sentiment de ne pas pouvoir changer les choses. Il leur manquait cette énergie que l'on attend de la jeunesse !», dit-il, avant d'ajouter : «Aujourd'hui ces jeunes qui ont toujours grandi attachés par des ceintures de sécurité à l'arrière des voitures, veulent s'enrichir autrement. Obama a lancé un mouvement culturel.»Dans les cabinets de conseil, les recruteurs n'en reviennent pas : «Les jeunes disent soudain qu'ils se verraient bien avec une triple carrière dans les affaires, la politique et l'engagement envers la communauté. Ils veulent tout : consommer et remplir des buts plus nobles», note un dirigeant de McKinsey, qui requiert l'anonymat. Alison Silver, journaliste politique, ajoute : «Dans les années soixante-dix, les élites allaient vers Hollywood. Puis ce fut l'industrie de l'Internet. Puis la finance. Aujourd'hui, c'est la politique.»
A fine job by the TopGear gang.
His defense of her decision is here.
Mattel Football, 1979. Don't pretend you don't remember.
...well, my favorite ten minutes, anyway. If I were in charge, this would be required viewing for the Citizenship Exam.
...since they are remotely controlled by monkeys...using their minds. I, for one, welcome our new monkey-robot overlords.
I'm looking at setting up our league again for the upcoming season. Before I do so, I want to get a commitment from our participants that you will actually compete this time. Last year, we heard some pretty lame excuses, and I don't want them repeated this year.
Obama picks Dr. Regina Benjamin as U.S. surgeon general.
Mora and Goodell climb Ranier. Only question mark seems to be the quarterback position - if Matt is good to go, well, yes, playoffs. It says so here.
It appears that the Government may have come to the remarkable conclusion that regulations in the energy markets might be just ducky.
A fascinating pop science video introduction to visualizing 4th dimensional polyhedrons.
What seems to be a very significant agreement with Russia on nuclear arms reduction.
Actually, there was an Alaskan woman who had a positive contribution to our country this weekend.
Sarah Palin made a lot more sense to me after I read this, in Todd Purdum's Vanity Fair article:
More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of Palin’s extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of “narcissistic personality disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—“a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy”—and thought it fit her perfectly.
Is there any real chance that "several" Alaskans independently told Purdum that they had consulted the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders? I don’t believe it for a moment. I’ve (for better or worse) moved in pretty well-educated circles in my life, and I’ve gone decades without “several” people telling me they had consulted the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
I can't even keep up, but these caught my eye:
(CNN) -- Alaskan Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who will succeed Gov. Sarah Palin after she leaves office this month, called Palin Alaska's greatest gift to the United States on Saturday.
"I was very surprised at first," he said of Palin's decision to resign, which he said she told him Wednesday.
"But then as she began to explain why she was doing it, I began to see it was Sarah Palin, once again, moving to put Alaska's interest first," Parnell told CNN.
We were playing 20 questions in the car today. The clue was: a man who is old.
I've been collecting things - movies, music, books, articles - that my boys are too young for now, but which will be compulsory for them at some point in the next few years. Suggestions welcome.
I link to Marshall's brilliant and probably correct advice to Mark Sanford: Just go be with her!
You truly love each other and so you might have been truly happy. Not one couple in a century has that chance, no matter what the story books say. And so I think no man in a century will suffer as greatly as you will.Whichever path Sanford chooses, he will deserve, and get to live with, the consequences.
Illustrated by Sendak, this edgy little book of nursery rhymes is excellent. The current favorite around our house:
Tom tied a kettle to the tail of a cat;
Jill put a stone in the blind man's hat;
Bob threw his grandmother down the stairs -
And they all grew up ugly and nobody cares!
I'm hearing some background from knowledgeable Alaskans on Palin, but I stress, only speculation: the theory is that GOP heavyweights associated with Mitt Romney have some kind of serious yet unreported dirt on Palin, and gave Palin options: resign gracefully, and get out of Romney's way, or get buried with full force. No evidence save her shaken look and performance, and the bizzare timing; but Romney is the immediate beneficiary.
"I think much of it had to do with the kids seeing their baby brother Trig mocked by some pretty mean-spirited adults recently." - Gov. Palin, in resignation speech.
Based on the timing and the priceless, rambling, unprepared press conference that stressed helping the cause while out of office, our official guess is that necessity rather than ambition is driving Palin's resignation, and you can expect some sort of new ethical nastiness emerging very soon.
-Vows to Break Record Set by Octomom.
Welcome Sen. Franken.
If your magazine publishes a "worst of " list the writing better be breezy and sharp, like a dust-devil full of scalpel blades.
contain nothing more than a link to another blog an an exhortation that everyone should follow it and laugh.