February 3, 2009

At The Bird's Nest Inn...

The Bird's Nest
... I know it's late at night, but I crave some conversation. Keep me company into the wee hours.

66 comments:

chickenlittle said...

How do know that's not a squirrel's nest?

Jason (the commenter) said...

How do know that's not a squirrel's nest?

Well, it's too regular and neat; and look at the branches it's in, too flimsy.

It's a teeny tiny nest for a teeny tiny bird. Much smaller than a chicken. Even a little one.

traditionalguy said...

These are the times that try men's souls, said T. Paine to his times. What a glorious time to be a witness to the talents of so many men and women on the internet. Thanks for your light guiding hand thru it all. You are a blessing to many.Talk to you in the morning.

TMink said...

I can't make it to the wee hours Althouse!

But I can start a conversation about horrible racist rhymes we learned as children or young adults! I will start, we will see who can finish them.

There's a place in France, where they dance without their pants. -

The French are a curious race -

Hmmm, mine are all francophobish.

My father told me both of them, so they were likely quite popular in WWII.

My friend Steve Simmels reminded me of the second one.

Trey

chickenlittle said...

It's a teeny tiny nest for a teeny tiny bird. Much smaller than a chicken. Even a little one.

Looks are deceptive.

LonewackoDotCom said...

NY's new senator has done a 180 (or a 120 or so) and now supports illegal activity.

Althouse should do as much research as she can into this issue, understand everything involved (not just what she's been told), and then urge her readers in the NY area to ask Gillibrand "prosecutorial-style" questions on video destined for Youtube.

Henry said...

In my childhood the alligators danced in france.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

It's eleven o'clock here, so it's good that you're not depending on me for company. I'm about to go to bed.

That is a cool picture of a bird's nest, though. Once we got about halfway through cutting back a really overgrown holly bush in front of our house and we had to stop because there was a nest in it, and it was occupied. We had a really weird-looking bush there for a while, until the birdlings grew up and flew away and we could finish trimming it back.

Simon said...

I'm impressed -a little disappointed that it's possible to be impressed, but still impressed - by Obama's inerview this evening taking full responsibility for the recent trainwrecks with his nominations. Kudos.

daveh said...

Daschle's swishy red glasses were the perfect semiotic cue that he abandoned any heartland values that he ever pretended to.

TMink said...

Henry, they danced in mine as well. My dad shared these with me when I was an older teen. We were bonding with inappropriate humour.

I appreciate it that Dad kept the bigotry limited to the French. 8)

Trey

chickenlittle said...

..horrible racist rhymes we learned as children or young adults!

These were still around in southwest Wisconsin in the '60s:

Ching, ching chinaman eats dead rats,
chews them up like gingersnaps!

and

Eeny meany, miney moe, catch a nigger by the toe, if he hollers let him go, eany meany miney moe.

I'm sure I could think of some more.

TMink said...

Simon, I was listening to Michael Savage (for grins) on the way home and his take on it was that Daschelle was bought by bi pharm and healthcare companies to the tune of two million a year (minus driver.)

As such, he was a lackey of the people who were quite opposed to the naive meddling that is about to start.

We who believe in free enterprise may have lost a strange and twisted comrade in Daschelle.

Opine please.

Trey

Jason (the commenter) said...

Simon: I'm impressed -a little disappointed that it's possible to be impressed, but still impressed - by Obama's inerview this evening taking full responsibility for the recent trainwrecks with his nominations.

I hope he doesn't keep having to apologize. I've heard a lot of conservatives talking as if Obama were planning all sorts of conspiracies, but with the type of fumbling we've seen so far I just can't believe it.

At most he's set up a task force to investigate performing a conspiracy, which is due to make its first report in five years.

TMink said...

chickenlittle, I had not heard the one about the Chinese. Does it make sense to you? I grew up in Chattanooga, TN, and there was not a large Asian population there in the 60s and 70s.

Let me share something with you kindly, Althouse has asked that we not use the N word. I have broken that in the past in my ignorance, and appreciated it when Simon kindly informed me of her policy.

I did know that rhyme, and I hate it while the others don't bother me. That is interesting.

Trey

TitusWouldLikeToRecruitU said...

I just got a nasty message from my maid, who is cleaning tomorrow, saying that I haven't had any paper towels the past two cleanings.

Doesn't she know that we have a recession going on?

1jpb said...

traditionalguy,

Glenn Beck would be worried about another socialist anti-god devotee.

That's how he (on the radio) interpreted BHO's inaugural when BHO quoted Washington who referred to Paine. [Presumably Beck didn't consider that his guilt by quotation standard could also be applied to Washington, who BHO was directly referring to, such that Washington must have also been a socialist anti-god devotee.]

At least the sort-of equivalent to Beck, but liberal nut (Moore) had a TV show that was sometimes funny and therefore almost worth watching. Of course, it probably would have been better w/ less Moore and more Karen Duffy.

Revenant said...

I've heard a lot of conservatives talking as if Obama were planning all sorts of conspiracies, but with the type of fumbling we've seen so far I just can't believe it.

Jeez, who needs conspiracies when you can pass horrible laws in plain sight without the press reporting on their downsides? Two weeks in and we've got the atrocious Personal Injury Lawyer Wet Dream Act of 2009 (also known as the "Fair Pay Act") and a $850 billion pork bill sold as "stimulus".

What's he going to conspire to do? Destroy the American economy? Why would he need to conspire to do that? :)

Simon said...

TMink said...
"But I can start a conversation about horrible racist rhymes we learned as children or young adults!"

I can't think of any racist rhymes, but I'll throw this into the pot. Nack when I was very young, growing up in England, there was a particular jam and marmalade manufacturer, and what you'd do is collect the labels from jars of their jam, and when you had enough you could get one from their collection of Golliwog pin badges. And these were little grinning black folks with bobbly hair engaged in various trades - you know, fireman, cop, what have you. At some point I'm sure they put a stop to it, because looking back this was pretty reprehensible, even by my standards (and I'm the last person to cry political correctness).

EDH said...

I'm sure I could think of some more.

That's quite alright. Please, don't.

Simon said...

I'll chip in two more things to the inn: I'm drinking the J Lohr cab and today I went to the dentist for a checkup and she said I was going to have to have my wisdom teeth removed very soon - before summer, probably this month if possible. Rats. I hate dentists.

Freeman Hunt said...

This Star Wars clone must be found and viewed.

LonewackoDotCom said...

Remember Bush reading to kids, or Clinton tossing a few scuds? Well, this isn't like either in any way.

1jpb said...

So he's visited a Catholic and a Charter school.

Maybe teachers unions have some reason for concern, or maybe their being setup for a good ol' fund raising shake down.

Time will tell.

chickenlittle said...

Thanks Trey. I thought we were being historical and accurate here. If offended anyone reading this, I am sorry.

stillanerd said...

"We who believe in free enterprise may have lost a strange and twisted comrade in Daschelle."

Indeed. I was actually looking forward to his pompous bleatings on a subject he thought he was informed on. He'll turn up in some liberal policy tank and issue the same gruel, though.

David said...

This is conversation? Yikes! I think Althouse would best go to sleep.

TitusWouldLikeToRecruitU said...

Simon I feel for you buddy. I had to get three teeth pulled at the beginning of January and it took 2 weeks before I could eat solid food again. The pain was horrible.

I, as well, hate dentists. I can only go once a year because I absolutely hate anyone sticking their hands in my mouth and using metal equipment.

When I got my wisdom teeth pulled I was pain for almost a month. It was awful.

Hopefully, you will recover more quickly.

Simon said...

Titus, I actually thought of you at the dentist. She said "open wide - I'm sure this will fit in there." I thought to myself "that's what Titus said!" and tried not to chuckle.

john said...

Wacko - Doesn't Obama know what happens when presidents read to children?

I heard that the "stimulus" pork bill in the Senate is getting a royal going-over. AND, that the total has increased by 150 billion, so far.

This is going along very similarly to last September's crap sandwich bill. IMO, the Republicans still need about 37 more years of exile in the desert.

Jason (the commenter) said...

Freeman Hunt: This Star Wars clone must be found and viewed.

That movie looks awful! I just found a copy on Amazon under the name "Female Space Invaders." It should be at my house in a few days.

Meade said...

"Looks are deceptive."

chickenlittle makes a good point.

It's a little known fact that squirrels are masters at the practice of image control. You look and think, "oh surely that is the nest of an owl or some other elegant raptor" when in fact it is the nest of brain diseased rodents with fuzzy tails and teeming with parasites and dangerous viruses and flesh-eating bacteria.

The other image squirrels take on is that of politicians and other members of the weasel family.

Revenant said...

But I can start a conversation about horrible racist rhymes we learned as children or young adults!

I didn't learn any, unless you count the "Eenie Meanie" rhyme. But the only version I ever heard as a kid said "catch a tiger". The first I heard of the original version was in Pulp Fiction, and I thought Tarantino made it up due to his "n-word" obsession.

I didn't know that was the original version until some idiot sued Southwest Airlines because a stewardess said "Eenie meanie miny moe, pick a seat we've got to go" over the intercom.

Lem said...

... I know it's late at night, but I crave some conversation. Keep me company into the wee hours.

It's somewhat difficult when you only choose to post negative Bale..

I know I don't have the intellectual fortitude to persuade you... and I also know that tomorrow I will forget about Bale and come back here looking for you, looking to see if you heard my rock, my distinct rock hit your window ;)

jaed said...

I was just going to say what Revenant said: I learned it as "tiger".

(Do we know that wasn't the original? Did I learn a bowdlerized version of a hateful rhyme when I was five? What a horrible thought. Ugh.)

Lawgiver said...

Freeman,

WOW.

You have just climbed a few more notches on my respectometer. That is an awesome clip! And David Hasslehoff and Marjoe Gortner are both in it. Very nice, a job well done.

peter hoh said...

Letterman just asked Blago: So, do you use shampoo and conditioner?

Lem said...

Updike said that there was a difference btwng Brazilian writers and latin american writers,, He said that the Brazilian were more in touch with an austere way of life that latins, nor americans for that matter, could ever get in touch with.

Its somewhat difficult for me to be as familiar as I wish I could be here. Noting that Althouse is the one that shares the most - nudgenudge ;)

I go to Freeman's website for example and I see a person a familiarity that I wish we could have here respectfully.

XWL said...

Thinking about the Bale thing, I guess it's time to ask myself this question:

"What don't you fucking understand?!?!?"

Five things I don't fucking understand (off the top of my head)

1) How to knit
2) Quantum mechanics
3) Why there isn't more political support for a much flatter and simplified tax code
4) The appeal of highlander flavored romance novels
5) Why hasn't Mugabe had his throat slit in the middle of the night long ago (and the general crappiness of governments throughout sub-Saharan Africa)

Lawgiver said...

What is racism anyway, I'm not sure anymore.

When I was in the 8th grade I worked in the school cafeteria for an hour a day instead of going to PE. I made some cash and didn't have to have do the group show thing and dry off with paper towels.

One of the black ladies who worked in the cafeteria showed me how to sort and clean pinto beans. She would call me patty and cracker but she always smiled when she did it. For some reason it never bothered me. I was the only white boy to work there. I also learn some great spanish swear words.

Lem said...

Freeman's link - LOL

As I said B4, Freeman still the #1 officer in my book.

peter hoh said...

Freeman, you want cheesy Sci-Fi? I got some cheesy Sci-Fi right here.

Lawgiver said...

Sorry for the spelling errors my meds are kicking in.

Goodnight.

Lem said...

You know, when I said that Freeman was the #1 officer that was just a proposition..

Captain Althouse has not Oked anyrhing yet.

Lem said...

I think Freeman was just showing off ;)

Jason (the commenter) said...

Peter,

I see your cave women and raise you an apple.

EDH said...

Letterman just asked Blago: So, do you use shampoo and conditioner?

Most important question: Does he "repeat"?

Lem said...

Ok, I'm going to repeat my locera.

The Dashle withdrawal was a blow to the senate republicans opposition to Obamas Pork-Pack

If I'm wrong, We will see how much of an opposition the republicans muster after tonight as they were poised to. If not - waht changed?

It's not rocket science..

peter hoh said...

Jason, wow, that was an awful clip. And it looks like the actors were taking themselves seriously.

LonewackoDotCom said...

I have a big bowl of strawberries in the fridge. Don't worry: I bought them at the 99Cents store. They were arranged not in a constant pattern, so the top of one was abutting the tip of another. For a moment it seemed like I was looking down into a party. A strawberry party.

Discuss.

(This Althouse-style break was brought to you by the actual news story linked in my first comment. But seriously, why don't bloggers who get traffic ever encourage their readers to, you know, actually do things?)

Jason (the commenter) said...

Peter,

The movie also has hippies, Jesus (as a character), and non-stop disco music (in the future people only listen to disco).

I read they gave out cassettes of the soundtrack at the premier and the audience ended up throwing them at the screen and tearing it.

The AV club listed it as one of the movies that killed disco.

Lem said...

Here we have Pajamas Media failing to advance an agenda/business that has never been done b4..

A kind of end zone dancing celebration ensues..

Here we have Obama failing to do waht dozens of presidents have done b4 him..

A kind of blame anybody but the One ensues.

Lem said...

At some point they are going to have to start respecting us..

blake said...

Peter -- Eh, Cave Women On Mars is modern, deliberate camp. Which doesn't mean it won't be hilarious but it's a different animal, like Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. Or the old '80s Amazon Women On the moon (now presented uncut and with no commercial interruptions!).

Star Crash was one of a zillion post-Star Wars movies thinking they could cash in on the sci-fi thing, and was totally sincere (as most those Italian knock-offs are).

Battle of the Stars, Corman's Battle Beyond the Stars, Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica or, say, Starship Invasions which combines a light space war plot with alien abduction.

Fortunately, Alien came out in '79 and it was a lot cheaper to rip-off so with that and Road Warrior, the space opera period was mercifully short.

peter hoh said...

Blake, yeah, I know that Cave Women is intentional camp, but it's my favorite in the genre, nonetheless. I was lucky enough to see it in a classic theater with an enthusiastic audience.

Ralph said...

Titus, tell your maid that paper towels are ecologically unsound--she must use and reuse cloth ones.

Simon, if your wisdom teeth are showing, it won't be as bad when they're hacked out. Bite on a wet teabag if you have some bleeding.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

Will someone please define the word "SOME"?

Thanks. Not trying to score blog traffic, just really wondering what you think. If you're bored, check it out.

Chip Ahoy said...

Breast blogging.

Breast Chart
A brief compendium

∪∪ = regular breasts

∇∇ = Madona breasts

˚˚ = Keira Knightley breasts

⨃⨃ = cute breasts

⊙⊙ = front view

⨀⨀ = close up front view

ᑍ ᐁᐝ = Picasso breasts

⓾⓾ = Bo Derek breasts

℧℧ = aged breasts

瓜瓜 = Chinese melons

ᓭ ᓯ = Victorian breasts

ϘϘ = elongated tit disorder breasts

༺༻ = jeweled breasts

༆༆ = Thai breasts

ᗵ = suburban breasts

ᔲ = NYC breasts (side view)

chickenlittle said...

Oh Meade, you really are marvelous.

Chip Ahoy: that, is fookin' hilarious!

Ann Althouse said...

Hey, everyone, thanks for not complaining that I said "Keep me company into the wee hours" and then didn't participate. I fell asleep.

Bissage said...

That's okay Professor, Mrs. Bissage does that to me all the time.

Bissage said...

And remember folks, it will soon be time to spray your crabs for cedar-apple rust!

Bissage said...

Q: What's worse than a lobster on your piano?

A: Cedar-apple rust on your testicles!

Bissage said...

Oh, you don't think cedar-apple rust on your testicles is so bad?

A picture is worth a thousand words . . . or so I once read.

Meade said...

"Hey, everyone, thanks for not complaining that I said "Keep me company into the wee hours" and then didn't participate. I fell asleep."

Shhhh.... some of us are still trying to sleep!

john said...

Lem said...
Ok, I'm going to repeat my locera.

The Dashle withdrawal was a blow to the senate republicans opposition to Obamas Pork-Pack


Well, both are happening, or have, but the basis of your claim eludes me. Care to elaborate? Thanks.