May 2, 2011

At the Fiddlehead Café...

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... you can talk about anything you want. Donald Trump comes to mind for some reason. But that's a photograph of a fern fiddlehead, taken by Meade at Olbrich Gardens yesterday. Here's another:

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53 comments:

Original Mike said...

"Donald Trump comes to mind for some reason."

First thing that came to my mind.

John Burgess said...

Donald Trump, for sure. But those 'snake' or 'worm' mustache/beards, too... just upside down!

MadisonMan said...

I've never cooked fiddleheads, although I understand they're pretty tasty. Maybe I should harvest them today, we've got plenty. And the Spikenard is coming up too, which is also -- I've heard -- edible when young.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

"Donald Trump comes to mind for some reason."

That really made me laugh out loud.

Phil 3:14 said...

Donald Trump comes to mind for some reason.

I got more of a Conan vibe.

Freeman Hunt said...

I love macro photography of plants. Way to go, Meade.

Trooper York said...

Actually ironrailsironweights comes to mind.

deborah said...

Ditto, Troop. Unfortunately.

Carol_Herman said...

Looks like a hat on the head of one of the guests at Will & Kate's wedding. Fits right into the "Abby."

edutcher said...

What Troop said (stole my idea).

Nice that the weather is looking that good there.

traditionalguy said...

The Trump campaign needs to make that flower in a pot the official symbol of the Donald, and give them out to donors as a gift.

Terry said...

Where I live we have hapu'u ferns with fiddle heads six inches across. Back in the olden days they used the hair to stuff pillows and mattresses.

chickelit said...

The killing of bin Laden gives Obama valuable Commander-in-chief credibility. This may be bolstered in the near term depending on how things unfold worldwide. The Democrats badly wanted to own a piece of the GWOT and now they do.

Obama still leads the "party of gro" at least as far as spending growth is concerned. The issue will still be around once the enthusiasm subsides.
Domestic issues could still trump in 2012.

Issob Morocco said...

Sauteed Fiddleheads with butter and some wild onions, makes a great veg over brown rice.

Revenant said...

Chickelit, could this please be the one thread in which we *don't* talk about the domestic political implications of bagging bin Laden?

Can't we share a happy moment as a united country?

Lem said...

Can't we share a happy moment as a united country?

Here here.. I'm with Rev on this one.

chickelit said...

@revenant & Lem:

Sure, I'd be glad to. But I think other commenters were taking Althouse's cue & turning it into a forum on Trump until Trooper York came by and put the kabosh on that.

Trooper York said...

Hey don't blame me. I was just pissed because I didn't find out who got fired on Celebrity Apprentince. Talk about changing the subject!

Trooper York said...

Barry will do anything to screw with Trump.

Fred4Pres said...

Oh baby Mohammed!

So Obama harming millions, killing tens if not hundreds of thousands, and using his wife as a human shield are all okay. But burying him at sea is bad?

Next time we boil the bodies of killed Al Qaeda in a vat of bacon fat till they turn to one of those brown unidentifiable chunks, then we can bury that. Okay.

Fred4Pres said...

I wonder if the reason the Administration is not releasing the death pictures of Osama bin Laden is because he was wearing a dress trying to escape and they worried it would violate the Administration's new rules on Gender Identity.

I am just asking questions

Freeman Hunt said...

Hey don't blame me. I was just pissed because I didn't find out who got fired on Celebrity Apprentince.

Isn't it obvious? Osama did.

WV: falsfi: What Cindy Sheehan thinks we did to reports of Osama's death.

Freeman Hunt said...

I wish Osama had a name more distinct from Obama's. Too easy to typo. And to typo the names either way is terrible.

Fred4Pres said...

D'Oh! I just used Obama instead of Osama.

Freudian slip? I do not in any way shape or form think Obama is the equivalent of Osama.

Obama is an American president I disagree with on policy. I do not hate him, I simply do not want him to be president. I think I would find him perfectly fine to play a round of golf with or chat about things at a party with. I wish him no ill will, other than not getting reelected in 2012.

Osama was a enemy who I am glad is dead. He was a sociopathic monster.

chickelit said...

D'Oh! I just used Obama instead of Osama.

Teddy Kennedy once famously mixed up the names too.

If that's any consolation. :)

rhhardin said...

Scything the lawn video, starting north on the east side.

In the spring, as soon as you're through in the back it's time to start over in the front.

EnigmatiCore said...

So. What do we do about Pakistan now?

rhhardin said...

If Pakistan controlled everything that went on in its borders it would be a sovereign state.

At the moment it can't and it isn't, so we come in and do what is necessary ourselves.

Were it sovereign, then there would be a cause for war.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

So Obama harming millions, killing tens if not hundreds of thousands, and using his wife as a human shield are all okay. But burying him at sea is bad?

I was with you up until the burial at sea when I realaized you meant Osama and NOT Obama.

It has been purported that Michelle is a beard for Obama and I agree with the first two statements, although I thought that Obama killing tens of thousands, even taking Lybia and Afghanistan into account, was a bit on the high side.

Pogo said...

"What do we do about Pakistan now?"

Scything, selectively.

But as soon as you're through in the back it's time to start over in the front.

Lincolntf said...

Pic reminds me of a certain three-day leave in Amsterdam.

chickelit said...

DBQ wrote: It has been purported that Michelle is a beard for Obama...

That should warm the cockles of Peter's heart.

peter hoh said...

Hillary Clinton, May, 2010:

I am not saying they are at the highest level...but I believe somewhere in this government are people who know where Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida and where Mullah Omar and the leadership of the Taliban are. We expect more cooperation (from Pakistan) to help us bring to justice capture or kill those who brought us 9/11.

So how much did she know, and when did she know it?

I can easily imagine that she based this statement based on her own sources within the State Department. Either she chose not to speak more about this issue after May, 2010, or she was told to lay off.

Not saying that there's a conspiracy angle. I'm just curious.

Clearly, we didn't share this intel with anyone in Pakistan. Exactly how we managed to tell them that, um, they had better not pay attention to a couple of attack helicopters on May 1 is another story.

Fred4Pres said...

Ding Dong! Osama is dead. Which old bitch? The son of a bitch!
Ding Dong! Osama bin Laden is dead.

Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, Osama bin Laden is dead. He's gone where the dead fish go,
Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
Osama bin Laden is dead!

President Obama:
As President of the Capital City, In the County of the Land of U.S.A., I welcome you most regally.

Eric Holder:
But we've got to verify it legally, to see

President Obama
To see?

Eric Holder
If he

President Obama
If he?

Eric Holder
Is morally, ethic'lly

Hillary Clinton
Spiritually, physically

Leon Panetta
Positively, absolutely

Rest of the Cabinet
Undeniably and reliably Dead

Navy Coroner
As Coroner I must begin, I thoroughly examined him.
And he's not only merely dead, he's really most sincerely dead.

President Obama
Then this is a day of Independence For all the Americans and their descendants

Eric Holder
If any.

President Obama
Yes, let the joyous news be spread The wicked son of a bitch at last is dead!

Pogo said...
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Pogo said...

You don't suppose that Obama's Nobel Prize had been melted down into a bullet for Bin Laden's head?

Because that would be awesome.

chickelit said...

Bin Laden's last conversation:

Bin Laden: Did you bring any gold?

Navy Seal: Nope!

Bin Laden: Did you bring any uranium?

Navy Seal: Nope, just lead!

Pogo said...

Navy Seals, in Abbottabad:

**Knock knock**

Candygram.

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Fred4Pres said...

Bits from Abbottabad/Costellosbad:

Q. Who's on first?

A. I don't know but Osama bin Laden is out!

peter hoh said...

The description of Abbottabad as a suburb of Islamabad seems overblown.

Abbottabad and Islamabad aren't too far apart, but it seems that earlier reports that Abbottabad was a suburb of Islamabad seem to have stretched the idea of suburb.

Here are some aerial shots of bin Laden's compound.

Now to find it on Google Maps.

Lem said...

Barry will do anything to screw with Trump.

Even killing Bin Laden.. the man is shameless ;)

Chip Ahoy said...

Please. Don't give Trump any ideas. He just got back from London.

The Crack Emcee said...

I'm working too hard at getting my new home in order to comment much, but I'm enjoying these close-ups by Meade (like the top one). They're very effective.

peter hoh said...

Back from trying to do that thing Chip does. The diners appeared to like the grub I set out for them to devour.

Anyway, the early Google map photos that showed the compound near the center of town were wrong. The compound is outside of the town, just to the south of the marker for Bilal Town.

This link might work.

Michael K said...

Pakistan is in big trouble. Now that Osama is gone, there is little reason to stay in Afghanistan. I personally think it is not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier (or US Marine). This was the symbolic moment for us to leave. The hard drives and computers harvested from OBL's abode should be interesting re: the Pakistan connection. I will guess they are shi**ing knives about now.

India here we come !

Ralph L said...

Inquiring minds want to know what yesterday's yellow flower was.

MarkG said...

An Indian newspaper is claiming it has a dead OBL photo

I doubt it, given that US news outlets haven't shown anything. It is amusing that the Indians came up something though.

Dual Freq said...

In case anyone is curious, GAB has the latest numbers on the WI SC recount:
http://gab.wi.gov/node/1735

Prosser now has a net loss of 148, but that's quite a ways away from 7,000+ that Kloppenburg would need to win.
Recount:
P:421,801
K:384,255
Original Canvas:
P:421,589
K:383,895

Something seems amiss in Waupaca county, two wards had fairly high percentage changes. Prosser had a net loss of 22 in the Town of Royalton and a net loss of 67 in the Town of Larrabee. This is in wards that only had 299 and 391 votes total. Those are the two largest errors so far, but a 17% error seems pretty high. I wonder what went wrong there.

1,484 wards of 2,088 had Zero net change.

MarkG said...

"Dumping the body into the sea is not part of any Islamic ritual," said Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a physician of internal medicine. "Koranic scripture says God created him and he must return to the earth."

You just can't satisfy some people. An Alabama hog farm would've been better, but now it's too late.

Freeman Hunt said...

So that's what passes for a luxurious mansion in Pakistan? Here it would be some slumlord's apartment building.

Revenant said...

The description of Abbottabad as a suburb of Islamabad seems overblown.

Yeah, it looks like the driving distance between the compound and the Prime Minister's mansion in Islamabad is about 75 miles.

AllenS said...

That's a picture of Donald Trump's hair when he awakes in the morning.