March 16, 2009

Where I'm blogging from...

... things are beautiful....

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... and it's hard to think about the news....

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49 comments:

Host with the Most said...

Hmmmmm,

Wait, don't tell me . . . Ann is possibly in Ohio, I perceive . . .

Wait, I can also buy today's Cincinatti Inquirer at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport . . .

Host with the Most said...

It's overcast when the picture was taken, kind of like the sky in the Wizard of Oz, only before the tornado stirred things up.

And in color . . .

An Edjamikated Redneck said...

I can Confirm that Cincinnati is overcast this morning.

By the way, if you want to do a Blogger meetup while your in town, may I suggest the Hofbraus Haus?

Great Beer, Good German Food and you can do the Chicken Dance on the banches.

Really; they actually encourage it!

Hoosier Daddy said...

By the way, if you want to do a Blogger meetup while your in town, may I suggest the Hofbraus Haus?

Heh, I was just in that neck of the woods over the weekend too. Didn't get a chance to stop in though.

Eli Blake said...

Hey, at least they are taking a stand.

This is the letter I got this weekend from my Senator, Jon Kyl:

Dear Mr. Blake:

I am sorry to hear about how the most recent state budget problems have affected Arizona's public schools.

As you know, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1) provided, among other things, stabilization funds to aid state budgets. Arizona is expected to receive over $1 billion in these funds....


Now, if I didn't know better, I'd believe after reading the letter that Jon Kyl (as a member of my congressional delegation) had been involved with helping procure these funds. He certainly is all too happy to send out this letter to people (even Democrats like myself) who have expressed an opinion about state budget cuts.

Only, had Jon Kyl gotten his way this would not have happened. As a key member of the Senate, he tried to pry the funds for states out of the bill, and when he couldn't do that he tried as minority whip in the Senate to maintain a filibuster (at which he was unsuccessful when three of his Republican colleagues ignored him and negotiated a deal with Democrats.) At the time Senator Kyl was sharply critical of all of that.

But now that the stimulus funds are reaching the states, and starting to do what they were designed to do (just yesterday the state highway department gave the green light to begin work on $350 million in highway projects that will be paid for with stimulus funds, and incidentally creating and saving thousands of jobs in the process) he is sending out a letter with no mention of his opposition to the bill, and designed to make readers think he actually deserves a share of the credit!!

Now there is a politician who stands on... well, he's a politician, all right.

Larry said...

Yet they didn't blink an eye over a $1 trillion war in Iraq that was fought on false pretenses. . .

Eli Blake said...

I read where the Cincinnati Enquirer has bucked the national trend for newspapers and increased circulation over the past few years.

Must be that some folks there are so illiterate that they figured they'd buy 'the Enquirer' and got it confused with a certain other newspaper that has also seen a circulation increase the past few years.

Big Mike said...

Larry, wrong place to dump an anti-Bush screed. Go to Professor Althouse's post on Ron Silver.

So it's Cincy, is it? Somehow I had guessed further south, on the other side of the river in Kentucky.

Eli Blake said...

As I mentioned the stimulus funds are now reaching the states, and I'm sure similar things to what is happening here are happening elsewhere.

And when people get the money they've been starting to spend the money.

Hence a retail sales report that showed a decline in February, but a more upbeat hope for March, and the prediction by Ben Bernanke over the weekend that the recession might end by the end of this year.

The Democrats passed the stimulus bill, with no Republican votes in the house and three in the Senate. And while it is still very early, anecdotal evidence suggests that it is starting to work.

Republicans are reduced to protesting something that appears that it may be working.

Lotsa luck guys. You can pretend (like my Senator) that you weren't against it and try to get some of the credit, but if it works then us liberal will be sure to remind everyone that Republicans said it would fail.

Michael Hasenstab said...

Althouse, could you post a photo of a steaming hot bowl of chili from Skyline or Red Star? Having a good sensory memory, I'll be able to smell it through the computer screen.

Thanks.

former law student said...

So it's Cincy, is it? Somehow I had guessed further south, on the other side of the river in Kentucky.

The Cincinnati metro area extends into Kentucky and Indiana as well. Prof. A should try the Hofbrauhaus in Newport, Ky.

traditionalguy said...

I got your hidden meaning: the only thing beautiful in the Cincinatti area is you. When you leave the Ohioans will abandon all Hope and wait for the next flood to wash away all signs of their miserable existence. How's that for spin. Real life starts up again soon in Madison, so keep the hope floating.

Maxine Weiss said...

If Proctor & Gamble shuts down, there's gonna be a lot of unemployed people around there.

I dare you to wear a T-Shirt that says "I Hate Proctor & Gamble". You'd be shot.

Pringles.

Maxine Weiss said...

Pringles, Charmin, Tide, As The World Turns, Prell, Tampax, Drano, Clorox, Cheer, Crisco, Crest, Ivory, Dove....

Some of those are Colgate-Palmolive?

Justin said...

Prof. - I used to live in Cincinnati. Spend some time in Mt. Adams while you're there, if you can. It's lovely.

Emily Carson said...

MJr. Blake,

I live in Arizona too. And it's not that the stimulus bill can't work.

Obviously if the Federal Government gives a bunch of money to a state and the state goes ahead with a project or sends it to a school, then someone will be hired and be paid with the money.

But here is the problem with that, and why people object to the bill:

According to Obama, the stimulus is supposed to create or save 4 million jobs. The cost is about $800 billion. That works out to $200,000 per job.

That's a very bad investment of resources.

Host with the Most said...

Eli,

If the recession is over at the end of the year, this conservative will gladly credit President Obama for a good part of it.

If it's not over, will you then question whether it was all it was cracked up to be?

Big Mike said...

Former law student, thanks but I knew that already. I was in the Cincy airport changing planes and was mildly surprised to discover that the airport was actually in Kentucky, vice Ohio.

Maxine Weiss said...

Proctor & Gamble puts preservatives in their Pringles, and there's metal fibers in the Charmin.

Folgers and Prell are ok, though.

Maxine Weiss said...

Commet with Chlorinol, but I like Ajax better. Was Ajax Lever Bros. ???

Bounce, and Cling Free. Bounty---the Quicker Picker Upper, with Nancy Walker.

Proctor & Gamble had the best commercials !

jayne_cobb said...

Eli,

Don't you know?

It turns out that there was never a crisis to begin with, and the fundamentals of the economy are sound.

commenter said...

my kids graduated from public schools in Kentucky and people from outlying US are mildly surprised to discover that according to their test scores in the seventh grade all three are geniuses.

While that is a very sobering fact for the public school system, moreso is that they shall remain true to being down to earth people and not let their smarts go their heads.

Maxine Weiss said...

Always,Ariel ,Actonel,Bounty, Braun, Crest, Dawn, Downey, Duracell, Fusion, Gain, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Old Spice,
Ivory, Nice 'n Easy, Oil of Olay ,
Oral-B, Pampers, Prilosec, Pringles ,Puffs , Secret,TAG ,
Tide ,Vicks ,
Wella ,
Whisper

save_the_rustbelt said...

Much of the best of Cinci is now in northern Kentucky.

HofbrauHaus definitely.

Cheesecake Factory for dessert - east side, near my favorite mall.

fcai said...

Maxine - you forgot Summer's Eve - oh, right, everything you post is straight out of a douchebag.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Tea Party says stimulus bill too steep

Well, if it's too steep then you need to take the teabag out sooner.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Where I'm blogging from... things are beautiful...

In your case, that's the same as saying "No matter where you go, there you are."

An Edjamikated Redneck said...

Hmmm.... I have seen several pictures of the Cincy Tea Party on Sunday; is it possible of gracious hostess was amoung the 5000?

Down here to protest Obama where it won't hurt her careeer?

rhhardin said...

I was going to ask what sort of guy has flowers in his farmhouse, but then realized I have a 1981 Kmart carnation on an inaccessible bookshelf myself.

garage mahal said...

Any reports on how Chuck Norris and Glenn Beck's Tea Party Cell Groups fared over weekend?

LonewackoDotCom said...

Perhaps Althouse can give us a scoop: was the Cincy "tea party" a real "tea party" in the Ayn Rand sense, or was it sold and presented as something else? Bear in mind that Insty and others tried to mislead people into thinking the Fullerton protest was a Randroid-style event, when it was mostly an anti-Arnold event dealing with local issues and the radio hosts who put it on would have no time at all for Randian loons. Was the Cincy event like that?

P.S. Along the same, Instapundit-is-doing-you-wrong lines, someone sent a teabag to their Rep. and got a threat in reply. And, if anyone wants to actually do something, questioning politicians to their face on video will have a far, far greater impact than sparsely-attended Randroid protests.

HelenParr said...

In about 5 days, you'll be able to say 'I love Paris in the springtime.'

Hoosier Daddy said...

Lotsa luck guys. You can pretend (like my Senator) that you weren't against it and try to get some of the credit, but if it works then us liberal will be sure to remind everyone that Republicans said it would fail.

It's a reverse John Kerry defense Eli. He was against it before he was for it.

Greg said...

Do not eat the swill that passes for chili in Cincinnati. Spaghetti in chili is bad and wrong.

On the other hand, if someone proposes "cornholing." don't automatically reject the offer:

http://www.cincinnatigames.biz/

Hoosier Daddy said...

On the other hand, if someone proposes "cornholing." don't automatically reject the offer:

Cue Titus entrance in 3...2...1....

Lem said...

I just want to say hi to Loni Anderson..

As you were.

Titushadaveryniceweekend said...

If it is Cincinatti I was there once. Positively, absolutely awful and not fabulous.

The gays were tragic.

traditionalguy said...

Cincinatti,the city of Sammy Wyche's Bengals can't be all bad. Sammy and I were in High school together in the early 1960's. He enjoyed his stay there.

jayne_cobb said...

Of course if he were a true master politician he would know that the thing to do during uncertain economic/international times is to go on Leno

m00se said...

The only memories of Cincinatti I have are of being stuck in that hell of an airport, reduced to depending on the tender mercies of Delta.

*shudder*

Eli Blake said...

yeesh,

it appears that only edjamakated redneck and former law student can actually spell,

"Cincinnati"

And THAT'S with it spelled right there in the doggone picture!

No wonder there are so many right wingers posting on Althouse.

blake said...

Aaaand Eli evades the question to go for the ad hom!

Big Mike said...

Okay, Eli, but do you know why it's called Cincinnati? Who was the American Cincinnatus? And why was he or she called that?

Beth said...

Big Mike,

There's no rules against opposing the war here. Did you get some Althouse memo banning that, that I missed? Or are you just assuming the role of topic enforcer.

I saw nothing "screedish" in the post you question. Are you really going to haul out that hoary old BDS! screaming whenever someone disagrees with you on the premises for the Iraq war, and the trillion dollar deficits it helped fuel?

John Stodder said...

I'm not sure Jon Stewart is going to approve of that headline. Must be a bunch of benighted CNBC watchers in Cincinnati.

Jou-jou said...

I got lost in Crosley Field with my brother and sister when I was 6. It was our first baseball game. There was a rain delay and we drifted down the aisle and row to watch the organist play "Alley Cat." When the delay was over, our parents were nowhere to be found! We were taken to the office by a nice police woman, and the nice man there gave us gum and got alllll of our information, from me, the oldest, including how to get to our house by plane, boat, car, or train. I'm sure he was happy to see my dad show up.

former law student said...

do you know why it's called Cincinnati

Because one member of the Society of the Cincinnati hated the proposed name of Losantiville.

AlphaLiberal said...

Teabags! That's my cue!

"Teabag liberal Democrats!"

A conservative rallying cry I can live with. Not necessarily relax to...

Big Mike said...

@Beth, if you're still checking back. All of the liberals versus conservatives no-holds-barred fighting was going on over in another post. I figured he wound up in the wrong thread. Just trying to help.

For the record, BDS was -- apparently still is -- quite real.

For the record, I'm a peace-loving guy myself. It's just that, being an atheist, I don't have to turn the other cheek if someone decides to impose on my peacefulness.