September 8, 2011

At the Graffiti Bridge Café...



... you can hang out and talk about anything... except the President's speech and the football (and baseball) game. (Scroll down if you're looking for a place to talk about those things. This is a grab bag. Anything else!)

56 comments:

Big Mike said...

No baseball? No football? No President Obama?

Sounds like a good swap to me!

Cedarford said...

Some awesome photo of Saturn, taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it takes a long, distant quasi-polar orbit away from the planet.
NASA claims it is actual, unretouched.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/nasa-cassini-orbiter-snaps-unbelievable-picture-saturn-144133480.html

ironrailsironweights said...

So what does everyone think: is there any hope whatsoever, the barest glimmer of a chance, that "fashions" will change and adult women will actually start looking like adult women once again? Or is the Hideous Pedophilic Bald Eagle destined to reign triumphant forever?

Peter

JAL said...

Every once in a while ugly makes nice.

That's nice.

Almost Ali said...

The Caveat Cafe.

edutcher said...

Nice picture, Madame, very nice. Love the shimmering blue water and the green grass and trees. Even the junk on the bridge makes a nice counterpoint.

Hopefully taken today; the weather here has gotten into The Blonde's (and my) bones and some dry and sunny would be nice.

ironrailsironweights said...

So what does everyone think: is there any hope whatsoever, the barest glimmer of a chance, that "fashions" will change and adult women will actually start looking like adult women once again? Or is the Hideous Pedophilic Bald Eagle destined to reign triumphant forever?

Women that are built like women have been making a comeback, so those fully accessorized can't be too far behind.

D. B. Light said...

You mean there's something else? I had no idea!!!!

Almost Ali said...

The Caveat Cafe is not really a cafe, but rather a fast-food operation with a drive-thru menu. The kind of place that gives cafes a bad name.

A McHouse. A McEade. A McShame.

Kirby Olson said...

Well, if I might make a link between the bridge in the speech and the bridge in the Graffiti Bridge, what is the link? Obama only mentioned one specific thing in his speech: it was a bridge connecting Cincinnati and some town in Kentucky. Why did he focus on that bridge? I guessed it was because Ohio is the most fruitful of the battleground states, offering the most electoral votes (18, while New Hampshire offers only 3, and Nevada about 6). Is that why he mentioned the bridge? Or was it some kind of symbol? One of John Roebling's early suspension bridges crosses the river there. It looks like the Brooklyn Bridge, also built by Roebling. Is that the one Obama was discussing?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A._Roebling_Suspension_Bridge

There are a few other bridges in Cincinnati, including the Purple People Bridge, and two or three others that also cross. Why did he choose to focus on one specific bridge? Wasn't it weird? I was going to put this in the other thread, but then I saw the bridge in the picture and thought I saw a bridge.

I think you put the bridge in because secretly you're thinking about the bridge in Cincinnati, too.

JAL said...

Lovely C4. The link to the 'movie' also.

Thanks.

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I've always wanted to have a comment deleted. But, I have never used the N word, so I don't want to start here.

Finally, an alternative.

America's Politico said...

The party is still going on at the bar with K-street people. The POTUS Obama grand-slam is simply the talk of the town.

"Pass it right away."

GOP has no place to hide. It is finished.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

The power outage in San Diego got me to thinking about how helpless and vulnerable our society is to computerized technology and how people just don't know how to do things anymore or how to fend for themselves.

Cars are computerized. Refrigerators, watches everything. When those things break they are unfixable by the ordinary person.

Few people can fix basic appliances, lawn mowers, change the oil in their cars, do basic mechanical work (on non computerized equipment).

We no longer teach children or students basic skills of living and they are completely dependent, helpless. When the power goes out for civilization, they are going to be so screwed.

On that cheerful thought. Goodnight.

Almost Ali said...

pbAndjFellowRepublican:

Try ordering the onion rings.

Simon said...

I realized today, through the help of a pro-SSM commenter at VC, that the analogy between SSM and Loving isn't just nonsensical, as I had thought, but backwards. In the cases that led up to Loving, the states asserted their authority to defend their changing the definition of marriage to exclude same-race couples. The notion that the state can redefine marriage does exist in the debate today over SSM—but it isn't on the anti- side. It's on the pro- side. Ironic. All this time I thought it was a meaningless trope, and it turns out to ricochet.

Carol_Herman said...

I don't think Monet would have painted it that way!

While "practical," it sure is an ugly bridge. Which is built sturdy so it won't fall down.

Did London Bridge ever fall down?

Simon said...

America's Politico said...
"GOP has no place to hide. It is finished."

...said James Buchanan at the dinner party.

Palladian said...

Speaking of graffiti and Wisconsin, look what I found in the bathroom of the college where I teach, here in New York City...

There's no escape, apparently.

Saint Croix said...

That photo totally reminds me of Monet.

Here is an interesting discussion at Mother Jones about climategate. The article itself is pretty interesting. And the comments section is very lively. Lots of healthy debate.

I didn't realize that Jon Stewart had mocked Al Gore. "Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented. Oh, oh, the irony!"

That's pretty funny.

Near the end of the article...

A trio of scientists last fall formed the Climate Science Rapid Response Team, an effort to get climate researchers more directly engaged with the public by linking experts with reporters.

Yes, that's what the Earth needs, a Climate Science Rapid Response Team.

"We have to accept much of the blame," says Scott Mandia, a professor of physical sciences at Suffolk County Community College and co-coordinator of the project.

Holy crap. Now I got an urge to watch Community again.

Simon said...

Rick Perry is standing by his remarks about social security. Agree with him or not, you have to admit that it's bloody refreshing to see a politician standing by his remarks instead of trying to weasel out of them or add endless caveats.

Palladian said...

"...It is finished."

"...said James Buchanan at the dinner party."

I thought Christ said that...

Anyway, James Buchanan might have been a bad president, but I'm sure even he used definite articles.

Saint Croix said...

The so-called scientists, the guys with the data, would not share it. They would not let other people take a look at it. They were secretive.

The guy who stole the data and published it did so using the alias FOIA. That in and of itself is a commentary and a condemnation of government scientists who would not respond to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Why do people have to sue scientists in order to get access to their data? Do you own the science? Why would you not share it?

Do they not realize how suspicious this looks? How political?

Their "science" is utterly discredited now. And it's their own fault.

garage mahal said...

There's no escape, apparently.

Nope. LOL

deborah said...

What a lovely shade of blue the water is.

Great pic, c-4...just made it my new desktop, replacing Althouse's recent water lilies.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

"A fine prose style is an indicator of absolutely nothing regarding its owner.

Neither are charm, wit and class, which are traits any semi-successful con man or long haul serial killer can and must cultivate.

I'm reminded of the lines in a Diane Schoemperlen short story; the young female narrator falls in love with a man mostly because he looks so adorable when he sleeps. She says that it wasn't until many years later that she realized this was, in fact, a fairly common phenomenon and not a sign of good character.

Frankly, Buckley often seemed, well, stoned to me (we alcoholics are notorious for counting how many drinks the other fellow's had...), and not just because he supported the decriminalization of pot, which is a cause only actual (boring) pot smokers embrace, to the point of turning it into what I call "the abortion of libertarians."

All that to say: looks like I was correct about the stoned part. And stoners can't be trusted.

Also: Burke is mostly a curious anachronism, but generations of would-be righties have felt compelled to try to read him and that other unreadable "genius," Russell Kirk, on Buckley's say so. Yuck."

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-politics-in-national/memo-to-patrick-ruffini-we-don-t-need-william-f-buckley-back

This is disgusting, not because it's one idiot's opinion (although as an example of idiocy this is useful), but because Steyn supports, in a singular fashion, Shaidle, while getting paid through Buckley's legacy.

rcommal said...

I'm grateful that my best girlfriend verging on 40 years (next summer), who has lived in Austin, Texas and its environs for well more than 20 years, so far is not facing personal conflagration--though she has been working extra hard, taking on extra work, on account of account of her boss and a few co-workers not being available due to imminent wildfire threat. She also mentioned, just last night, that there is a co-worker unaccounted for.

Does this count as 1) graffiti/Graffiti or 2) a bridge or 3) a cafe (please visualize the missing diacritical mark precisely where it belongs--you know, over the "e" in "cafe")? It's hard to tell here.

What I'm thinking is that, most important, it doesn't matter

Also, Althouse, how about you 'splain that "Grafitti" presentation. You chose to spell it that way, right? There must be a deeper meaning, therefore. Some thing or another thing artistic, or whatever: you know, something.

Stand up, step up, and be the standard-bearer.

rcommal said...

Did London Bridge ever fall down?

jesu, Carol, how about you ask yourself that?

rcommal said...

The power outage in San Diego got me to thinking about how helpless and vulnerable our society is to computerized technology and how people just don't know how to do things anymore or how to fend for themselves.


Thanks be to whatever, Dust Bunny Queen, that you are not in that situation.

Ralph L said...

can't be too far behind.
There has to be a good pun here, but I can't find it.

rcommal said...

Betcha we could do pretty much everything you can do and then trump you on technology on top of it. Also, betcha we have more and a better range of guns at our immediate disposal, even before we take larger family stakes into account. Also, betcha we have more books. Also, tools of all kinds. And that we can cook better than you, in so many different styles. And that we never wasted time, even briefly, being a hippie, way back when, as you did. Or "signifying", more recently.

You gotta a big dick and huge balls for a girl there, DBQ;--hell, even for a boy (right?), these days. Aren't all those things marvelous? They are!!!!!!--so congratulations.

Yet, I wouldn't rely on you should everything crumble, not one bit. And not for one minute.

rcommal said...

Agree with him or not, you have to admit that it's bloody refreshing to see a politician standing by his remarks

No, you don't.

Ann Althouse said...

Didn't mean to misspell graffiti. Double letters are pesky.

lewsar said...

long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, i was part of the launch control team for the TIVB expendable launch vehicle that launched the cassini mission. cassini was launched in october of 1997 (i had to look it up).

you're welcome :)

that was pretty much my swan song in the aerospace industry. i left lockheed martin january of 1998 to work for an ERP software vendor. a little more money and a lot less stress.

edutcher said...

Ann Althouse said...

Didn't mean to misspell graffiti. Double letters are pesky.

We forgive you.

Now go to bed.

Clyde said...

From my own personal experience, leaving one's mark with a can of spray paint is very satisfying. Of course, I was doing it on the Berlin Wall back in early '89 as a political statement.

Pogo said...

The only graffiti I ever really liked was back in high school, when a pretty girl would write on your hand.

*o_O**

Sixty Grit said...

"Didn't mean to misspell graffiti. Double letters are pesky."

Yes they are, Aan.

WV: nester - yep.

Paddy O said...

"Speaking of graffiti and Wisconsin..."

Wisconsin state senators sure wandered far away.

Paddy O said...

Instapundit linked to this article about Sarah Palin, from the New York Times.

Which is an amazing article for the NY Times to publish, first of all, and second, it shows exactly why I like Sarah Palin.

I think she gets it absolutely right, shows why she would make a great contribution to the present line up, and why, I think, she could actually pull off a win in both the primary and the overall election.

Get past the distorted impressions, because she's worth listening to on a lot of subjects. Even if its because she has good advisers feeding her info, at least she has good advisers feeding her info.

Lauderdale Vet said...

That's been her theme, more or less, since she first ran for governor. I think it's why she resonates with so many people, myself included.

I wonder where she'd be right now if the media and their useful idiots in the entertainment industry hadn't gang raped her image.

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Paddy O said...

Lauderdale,

Yeah. At the same time, if she is able to rise above that, get her message out, and restore her broad public image, that would be a feat worthy of a President.

The media made a mess of her, but I think this provides an opportunity. She has to be better, stronger (faster?), than the other candidates to rise out of the swamp she got put in.

Pogo said...

@Paddy O
"She has to be better, stronger (faster?), than the other candidates to rise out of the swamp she got put in."

That's mixing a few superhero metaphors. ;)

Quayle said...

Yeah, but it is still the New York Times, Lauder.

Did you catch this gem of a line?

"Because her party has agitated for the wholesale deregulation of money in politics and the unshackling of lobbyists, these will be heard in some quarters as sacrilegious words."

Like the Democrat Party doesn't take corporate money? What a joke!

I'd rather that I see and know when a corporation spends $1M on an advertisement, than to have the money pass on K street with no visibility to the guy in Kansas.

Paddy O said...

"That's mixing a few superhero metaphors. ;)"

Ha! I think it's very palinesque.


WV: sessess A practice word for Ann's double letters issue.

Paddy O said...

Fred Thompson is going to run! Well, he hasn't declared officially yet, but it sure sounds like there's some smouldering embers in his belly.

Peano said...

I know you think you're managing the colors in your images, but you aren't. Practically all of them are drenched in cyan.

Paddy O said...

I think folks were seeing what kind of space Perry left in the list of candidates, and I think after the debate he left a fair amount of space indeed.

Thompson/Palin '12!

MadisonMan said...

I wonder where she'd be right now if the media and their useful idiots in the entertainment industry hadn't gang raped her image.

I think her image was pretty badly mangled by handlers as well back when she was a VP candidate. Maybe in collusion with the press, maybe unknowingly. But when you have a VP as the star, it makes it hard to focus on the Presidential candidate and handlers have to do something.

Paddy O said...

MM, totally agree.

Palin was not a fit for that campaign, even if she was the star power.

I really do wonder how strong she would be had she turned down McCain, stayed on as governor in Alaska--without all the nasty attention she got after McCain lost.

James M said...

My prediction:

Baylor and the other Big 12 runts drop their threats of litigation and allows aTm to join Vandy and Kentucky in the bottom of the SEC. After bylaws are modified to allow for an equal revenue distribution model, BYU joins the Big 12 for temporary stabilization. Within the next year there is a Big 12 push for a couple more teams, most likely from the Big East. The Pac 12 continues to be overrated, but now with two more teams. You heard it here first!

Quayle said...

"BYU joins the Big 12"

Not sure BYU wants to. But one thing is clear, BYU won't join unless Oklahoma and Texas commit to stay for many years.

BYU-Texas should be a street fight tomorrow.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

Use stimulus money to rebuild that bridge now! Think of the jobs!

Saint Croix said...

Thanks for that New York Times Palin link, Paddy.

Because her party has agitated for the wholesale deregulation of money in politics and the unshackling of lobbyists, these will be heard in some quarters as sacrilegious words.

In the Republican party itself, in its apparatus, I think that statement is right. Many uppity-ups are either indifferent to Palin or are outright hostile to her. Her popularity comes almost entirely from the people, not from the power-brokers in the party. (And certainly not from the media).

What annoys ordinary Americans is not wealth, but when the wealthy can buy influence and power. When the wealthy rule us, that is what angers us.

When the head of GE can sit down with government officials, and then it's illegal to buy ordinary (i.e. cheap) light bulbs.

When companies become "too large to fail" and taxpayers have to pay to prop them up.

When governments use tax dollars to fund unions, who turn around and use that money to fund campaigns.

When the primary criteria for being a nominee is your ability to raise money.

It is an ugly and corrupt system of power and the Tea Party rose up in agitation and defiance.

It is an astounding breakthrough for anybody in the New York Times to, sort of, get it.

SukieTawdry said...

Great shot, Ann! The light's wonderful.

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