September 14, 2012

At the Lily Pad Café...

Untitled

... walk softly.

90 comments:

shiloh said...

General election Gallup:

Obama +5 49/44

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Oh sure, Althouse.

Now you try and calm us all down.

Pettifogger said...

The picture shows Water Lettuce (Pistia stratoites). Given Wisconsin's winters, I would expect your rules to be different, but Water Lettuce is illegal in Texas. It is noxiously invasive here. But if I want some for a water garden, I can get it out of a coastal waterway.

Pettifogger said...

The picture shows Water Lettuce (Pistia stratoites). Given Wisconsin's winters, I would expect your rules to be different, but Water Lettuce is illegal in Texas. It is noxiously invasive here. But if I want some for a water garden, I can get it out of a coastal waterway.

lemondog said...

Pacman Cafe

Patrick said...

But carry a big stick.

edutcher said...

... and carry a big stick.

And an M-4. Maybe a SCAR.

And some frags.

A K-Bar.

A WP.

shiloh said...

General election Gallup:

Registered voters D +8

Who cares?

lol lol lol

mittens train wreck hyperbole lemmings cons

:# N> :C ;L

@@@@@@&&&&&&&

No news is good news.

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Coketown said...

I like duckweed. It will eventually cover the pond's surface, but I think it's lovely. Water lettuce is nice but always ends up looking crispy on the edges. The lilies look like a bunch of pac-men running away. And is that Mrs. Pacman in the middle? The bow is very becoming on her. *catcalls*

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Tom Spaulding said...

FLASH: US credit rating downgraded again... Developing...

Coketown said...

Can you jerkoffs leave the politics to other, less tranquil threads? We're trying to float softly on the seas of serenity here, and you blockheads keep making splashes. >:(

rcommal said...

Sure. I'll delete it. Because calling people jerkoffs is such an example of serene.

Go find a mirror.

Coketown said...

THANKS!

Just listen to the soothing sounds of the sea now that you've shut your face for a couple minutes:

swoooooosh...swooooooosh...swooooosh.

OH NOES! We're receiving distress signals from the S.S. Obama 2012. They were sailing calmly to victory and now there's problems!! It's going down!

Don't worry! Dun da daaaah!!! Here come the MSM lifeboats--stalwart as always. You all look at Romney's yacht passing by while the MSM tries to salvage this wreck.

Swoooooosh....swoooooosh....

edutcher said...

Tom Spaulding said...

FLASH: US credit rating downgraded again... Developing...

Link, por favor?

And just before the closing bell, if true.

Tom Spaulding said...

http://www.cnbc.com/id/49037337

jdniner said...

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/14/buzz-ballad-the-happy-policy-wanderer/ A wandering O foreign policy

Bob Ellison said...

The band at Andrews Air Force Base played "Nearer, My God, to Thee" and then the adagio from Dvorak's 9th ("New World") Symphony for the remains of those killed in Libya.

Beautiful. Hillary gave a good speech, too.

Old RPM Daddy said...

Oh, say what you will about politics, the election, everything else. Right now, the Nats are in first place in the NL East, and the Redskins pulled off a big upset. Two Washington teams doing well in the same year should make you very, very nervous.

ricpic said...

In the floating world where all goes round
And you look down into dark;
Like an endless meander in the park:
Happy no vector found.

Scott said...

Some recruiter is dangling a $2500/week position in front of my nose, writing an 8-page piece with securities compliance news every week. I like my job, but a 30% boost in pay is nice. And work from home, too. Arrrgh.

Almost Ali said...

At this point I think it's important to reiterate the importance of impeaching President Obama before he's run out of office by the voters.

But to do this, I would also hope that the reasons to reiterate have finally dawned on the resident constitutional scholar, or any other wandering constitutional scholar who might deign to explain the legal implications.

Preferably before the world implodes from the pandemic of ignorance.

Scott said...

That CNBC link has a nasty comment thread. I think Bernanke should be fired, but bringing his tribal affiliation into it is just plain wrong.

Christy said...

One of my favorite shrubs, Mahonia bealei (Leatherleaf mahonia) is on Tennessee's no-no list. I'm tempted to plant it anyway, but then I drive through acres of kudzu on the way home and change my mind.

Anyone watch Secretary Clinton's and Pres Obama's speeches as they received the bodies of Amb Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty? Hillary impressed. Her words honored the dead and she showed genuine sorrow over their loss. Very presidential, I thought. And guys, I'm not a fan.

The President said all the right words, I guess, but failed to impress. His heart wasn't in it.

But that's just me. What did you all think?

drozz said...

for some reason i keep thinking of pac man.

whoops. lemondog beat me to it.

also, the gallup numbers have come down 4 points in 3 days.

Old RPM Daddy said...

@Scott: "I like my job, but a 30% boost in pay is nice."

You know, a lot of guys would say, "How, exactly, is this a problem?"

Patrick said...

SERENITY NOW

edutcher said...

Thanks, Tom, Insta linked it, too.

For those who want to click, here it is.

edutcher said...

Thanks, Tom, Insta linked it, too.

For those who want to click, here it is.

lemondog said...

@Scott: "I like my job, but a 30% boost in pay is nice."

In unsure economic times, security is a heavy factor.

Chip Ahoy said...

Two things, the second thing is divided into two things.

Animated the lotus photo. This photo is eminently photoshoppable. Eminently means sticking out. The GIF file has 41 frames, so quite long for a GIF therefore small. I do not care for the result. Not particularly inventive, imaginative, or interesting. That's why you must not look at it.

That concludes the first thing.

The second thing is Jeremy Clarkson bugs the piss out of me. I do not know why. He is not going away. In an effort to understand my enmity I feel for no good reason I looked him up to see if I could like him better. I learned two interesting things that resemble facts -- factoids. Two of them.

Jeremy Clarkson's great-great-great grandfather, John Kilner, invented the Kilner jar. Mason jar.

His family and himself financed his fees to private schools by making and selling Paddington Bears.

*drums fingers*

I think that worked. He no longer bugs the piss out of me. I guess the thing that was bugging me was where in the fuck does he get all those cars? And now I realize it's probably like Road and Track, you just get involved and bang! there you are.

Apologies for my language but that's how much he bugs xxxxx used to bug me.

rehajm said...

apropos of cafe: watched the cane toad movie last night. Worth a look if you haven't done so

Scott said...

Fed's 'QE Infinity': Four Things That Could Go Wrong

RE: Job security -- What's that? If you don't work for the government, there's no such thing.

RE: Pay boost -- It's a different type of writing than I've done for the past 20 years. And they're looking for someone to replace the existing writer who isn't working out. I need to be very sure I can do this.

Patrick said...

This story is worth a read. In circumstances when most of us would be bitter and hateful, at least one kid is not.

James said...

Ann, I'd love to hear your take on this essay: The Dialectics of Breastfeeding on Campus - Exposéing My Breasts on the Internet by Adrienne Pine.

Synova said...

"The picture shows Water Lettuce (Pistia stratoites). Given Wisconsin's winters, I would expect your rules to be different, but Water Lettuce is illegal in Texas. It is noxiously invasive here. But if I want some for a water garden, I can get it out of a coastal waterway."

Someone needs to accidentally release some hippos into the wild.

That will do it.

Chip Ahoy said...

shrubs, Mahonia bealei

Fact: Clipping shears with a spring loaded handle for use in one hand, are called secateurs, pronounced as Cicada in a British accent. Oddly non rhotic, but in this example with a typical intrusive R, okay forget the example, clippers are called secateurs.

Allowing for this sort of pun:

Maud had been to Secateurial College ...

Lem said...

Based on the Lilipad cafe... Obama is going to loose.

Lili is a female name... the GOP convention featured more women... younger women than the DNC...

Pad?

The next iPad 4 is not going to be cheap... Romney is unapologetically wealthy... Romney is going to fix the economy so more people can get off unemployment/disability and buy the American dream...

The latest iPad/iPhone.

lemondog said...
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lemondog said...

Except for ET, I’m not big Steven Spielberg fan but he has directed Lincoln to be released November 16. Will it be a factual, unsentimental and saccharine_less portrayal of the man and the times?

Patrick said...

James,

In the absence of, or prior to a response from the professor, I'll take a stab at the story. I'm a pro-breast guy, and pro-breast feeding. My wife nursed our 3 children for about 1 year each, sometimes unavoidably in public. I went in to the counterpunch article preparing to agree with the Professor. Her tone, however really turned me off. I thought the initial email from the student reporter was rude and unnecessarily defensive and hostile. I doubt that she could be clueless enough to not know that nursing a child during class would gin up some talk and maybe some controversy, quite apart from whether (in her perfect world), it should.

I'm tired of people making a big deal out of breast feeding, and if public nursing makes some folks uncomfortable, too bad. Between their sensibilities and my kids' well being, that is an easy choice. However, exercising some discretion is pretty easy also. No real reason why this professor could not have done so. I also note that it is fairly easy to pump and store breast milk. Most nursing mothers do this for daycare as well as situations like the professor encountered.

Patrick said...

Lemondog - don't know. But, trailers are here

sydney said...

You see water lilies. I see a horde of pac men being chased by one lovely pac woman with a flower before her.

sydney said...

Oh, missed it. Lemondog saw pac men, too.

David said...

3 Dead in Tunisia as crowd assaults American embassy. The embassy personnel were apparently not there because of the threat.

Bob Ellison said...

James, I read that story you linked. Well, I read it the way we social scientists read: I got the angle and skimmed the rest.

What a Feminazi!

pm317 said...

You mean walk on water?! We are not Obama.

sydney said...

Re: the Exposeing Breasts article. That right there is why I do not enjoy the company of women. The whole essay is a bitchy attack on the student reporter (a woman) who dared to interview her about breastfeeding while lecturing. She made assumptions about the reporter's agenda that were not based on anything other than her fervid imagination.

It actually could have made an interesting article if she had been more gracious. Has anyone ever had a professor breast feed while lecturing? I have breastfed in my office, but never in front of patients or staff. I used to breastfeed while making dinner or doing paperwork at home in the evening, though. Sometimes I even breastfed while eating dinner. My other kids did not like that. They complained it was "gross."

Breastfeeding during a lecture is certainly unusual, but probably not as distracting to the students as a crying sick baby would be. Or a baby that is crawling around putting choking hazards in its mouth and reaching for electric sockets with its wet fingers. That sounds like more of a problem for the professor than her breastfeeding.

Tim said...

"Breastfeeding during a lecture is certainly unusual, but probably not as distracting to the students as a crying sick baby would be. Or a baby that is crawling around putting choking hazards in its mouth and reaching for electric sockets with its wet fingers. That sounds like more of a problem for the professor than her breastfeeding."

No, infant children do not belong in the workplace while actual work is being done by mothers, in such a way that mothers would be compelled to breast feed their children before others.

It's just disruptive, and it isn't professional.

Now, if it's just a one-off thing (baby sitter/childcare called in sick, child is sick, mom has a big project on deadline, etc.), then no big deal.

But the workplace isn't for infant children as a usual matter.

garage mahal said...

Per the AP, a judge struck down Walker's Act 10 today. WowZa.

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
Per the AP, a judge struck down Walker's Act 10 today. WowZa."

I see nothing on this.

Bob Ellison said...

Witness the grammatical, logical, and feminizist abundance:

I really wish this weren’t considered “newsworthy,” but I suppose that’s why a feminist anthropology course is necessary at AU. I had no intention of making a political statement or shocking students. I merely had a sick baby who I couldn’t leave at daycare on the first day of class. It was unfair to leave the job of teaching the first class to my teaching assistant, so I had two choices: cancel class, which would have been disruptive to students (and which could also negatively affect my student evaluations, putting my tenure at risk), or bring the baby to class. I chose to do the latter. As it turned out, the baby got hungry, so I had to feed it during lecture. End of story.

This person is trying to teach our students.

garage mahal said...

Judge strikes down Wis. law limiting union rights

Lester Pines strikes AGAIN. First voter ID, and now this.

Walker should have never let him go.

vnjagvet said...

What a surprise. A Dane County trial judge sides with teachers' union and declares CB law unconstitutional under WI and Federal constitutions.

Chance of surviving appeal:

Approximately zero.

AllieOop said...

Wow! Unbelievable!

sydney said...

It is kind of odd to refer to your own baby as "it."

James said...

Thanks for the instant analysis guys. I found the title quite amusing...what does "exposeing" mean?

Synova said...

Do you know what's most annoying about the breastfeeding lady? It's the way she talks about what makes her college and workplace a hostile environment.

I'm certain that a great number of people, often in her very own classes, feel that the environment is hostile. But not her and not her favored people.

When ever I encounter someone talking about making an environment safe for diverse people, they mean safe to express some ideas and unsafe to express other ideas. The normal inhibitions dictated by society are hostile, so those are rejected. Certain sort of normative speech are hostile, so they are rejected. And the result may be that some people feel safe, but the result is also that other people, the *right* people, are made uncomfortable and inhibited.

Look how ready she is to jump on a student reporter? Watch what you say, or this lady will get you. And when she does she'll put you in the *necessary* gender indoctrination class where you can learn to be tolerant.

Cedarford said...

Spaulding refers to:

Eagan Jones cut credit rating to AA-. In April, Egan-Jones cuts the U.S. credit rating to "AA" from "AA+" with a negative watch, citing a lack of progress in cutting the mounting federal debt.

Moody's Investors Service currently rates the United States Aaa, Fitch rates the country AAA, and Standard & Poor's rates the country AA-plus. All three of those ratings have a negative outlook.
S&P is rumored to have a bond downgrade pending


The media won't cover it that much outside the financials.
Not as sexy as a dead Ambassador or pics of Obama and Beyonce together, but far more important.

AllieOop said...

Decision and Order, declaring Act 10 unconstitutional

garage mahal said...

I think the ruling only applies to municipal workers, not state workers.

AllieOop said...

Yep, read that.

alan markus said...

"garage mahal said...
Per the AP, a judge struck down Walker's Act 10 today. WowZa."


WowZa is right - this puts WI solidly in the red column come November 6th.

Betcha Obama just made some skid marks in his tighty whities.

Tim said...

"We believe in the First Amendment," Obama told CBS’s Steve Kroft during an interview arranged days earlier.

"It is one of the hallmarks of our Constitution that I’m sworn to uphold, and so we are always going to uphold the rights for individuals to speak their mind," he said, according to a transcript narrated by White House spokesman Jay Carney."


...that I'm sworn to uphold,...

That's akin to, "I won't cheat on my wife because of my marital vows."

Good thing our "American" president understands what it means to be an American.

Feels it in his bones, he does...

Tim said...

White House asked YouTube to review anti-Muslim film; YouTube Says "It Stays."

Rabel said...

At the end of the ceremony today, before they walked away from the podium, it looked to me like Obama wanted to give Hillary a hug and she wouldn't turn to him to allow it. She probably has had a lot of practice at this with Bill.

While walking away, there was contact and a little arm in arm but her body language was stiff and stand-offish. Looked like a lot of tension from Hillary.

My imagination?

AllenS said...

Scott, congradulations on the job offer. I had Chinese mixed vegetables tonight, and I need to share my fortune cookie with you:

Wealth buys leisure, but not wisdom.

Also, lucky numbers: 33, 53, 9, 14, 50, 20

Good luck!

new york said...

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/09/14/855161/court-strikes-down-wisconsin-union-busting-law/

rhhardin said...

Shadow of heel.

Cedarford said...

Scott said...
That CNBC link has a nasty comment thread. I think Bernanke should be fired, but bringing his tribal affiliation into it is just plain wrong.

=============
Yes, still the Jews have had a heavy role in the financial collapse and ongoing financial problems. And it is hard to avoid the connection.

I still remember at the peak of the crisis in Oct 2008, that they had summoned witnesses of all the major banks with bad credit on Wednesday for critical Congressional Hearings on bailout moneys and fault. Then had to cancel Hearings Thursday and Friday because all the witnesses , or most of them, had to leave for the Yom Kippur Holiday.

tim in vermont said...

Glad to see the Dane County judge wants to boost red turnout in WI.

Cedarford said...

Gas today at 4.17 Cash, 4.33 Credit or Obama government issued EBT debit card.

Notice at the Supermarket that they are doing EVERYTHING to hold down food prices, but shoppers should be aware between the drought and high fuel prices, food is expected to go up substantially this fall.

This is in California, where when I read the supermarket notice, I thought 85% of the shoppers were Obamites and if any saw the sign , if they could read it..they probably thought the money they get from Uncle Sugar will have to be jacked up.

David said...

King Juan Carlos of Spain and Dade County has ruled the Walker collective bargaining legislation unconstitutional in a 27 page opinion.

Recall the King!

Tim said...

I think the best part of Barry Soetoro's presidential term happened today, with the al Qaeda flag flying over our embassy in Tunisia.

That just evokes a warm, "It's A Small World" feeling, doesn't it?

Especially after the 11th anniversary of al Qaeda's attack on the US, which killed more Americans than any other attack on US soil.

Too bad Rodney King isn't here to see this. "Can't we all get along?"

Indeed we can, Rodney, indeed we can.

ALP said...

Tim @ 4:50 -

"But the workplace isn't for infant children as a usual matter."

Nor toddlers, IMHO. I have always wondered about liability issues regarding children in the workplace. Say my boss brings in her toddler. She turns her back for a minute, and toddler runs out of her office, past my desk. I don't notice because I am deep in a conversation with a pissed off client.

Toddler manages to make it down the hall to our office supply room...and manages to pull a heavy object off the shelf...onto their head causing significant head injury.

Who is liable? Am I liable as the assistant who missed the kid running by and didn't stop them?

ALP said...

Love the new photo AllenS!

AllenS said...

Thanks, ALP.

Michael K said...

I saw a big Cadillac Escalade today with an obama sticker on the rear window. It was one of the big ones that are Suburbans with $40,000 markups. Woman driving it had to be a teacher. Or a diversity consultant.

Patrick said...

YouTube Says "It Stays."

Good for Youtube.

kentuckyliz said...

I managed to arrange my workday to fit in a row after work without having vacation time! We were coming back from a meeting and I left the boathouse car parked at that exit near the lake. Zip zoom bah! At the lake at 4.

I have a DISGUSTING infestation of ants in my boathouse car. Vacuumed up a swarm this evening. Will go out again in a bit for another attack with the vac.

What makes ants swarm? Are they living in my car? Are they hatching from eggs? Are they entering my car at the lake from a nearby ant community? What in my car is so appealing? Besides food crumbs. LOL

I need strategies, people. Someone suggested a dish of vinegar. They are attracted to it, enter, and drown.

Since I've come inside, I have found some ants on me. Now I am bugging out like a crack addict.

kentuckyliz said...

Not to piss off the moms...but I have an extra workload and extra duties because of all those shirker moms. I have to pick up their slack. I don't get any extra pay, either.

Titus said...

I didn't care for Jennifer whatshername outfit but I would fuck her.

The late 70's and early 80s were really an ugly fashion time.

I don't generally like old pussy but I might fuck her today too-old snatch can smell like mothballs though. At least she is still thin.

tits.

America's Politico said...

Just returned from the WH - was in the Oval Office. Saw Krone (COS of Sen. Reid). He was there to patch up with Obama and Jack Lew. The polls show we are heading to a grand-slam victory over Romney. The latest swing states: 60% for the POTUS. Who cares for the GOP?

We are going to win, baby! You better believe it.

NB: A thousand-thanks-to NYT and the bloggers.

POTUS HEART U!

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Lem said...

Garage was all jubilant yesterday when the DOW was up as a result of Bernanke's manipulation..

For a more sober perspective...

“This unlimited QE (quantitative easing) , buying mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and continuing operation twist has the implication of simply having asset prices go up and the money flows down to the Mayfair economy,” Faber said.

A Mayfair economy is one which benefits the wealthier and better off in society. Faber said this latest round of QE would not help the “man on the street”.

“QE helps rich people whose asset prices go up and whose net worth then increases but it doesn’t flow to the man on the street who is faced with higher costs of living with price rises. You just have a small economy that is booming but the majority of the economy is damaged by QE,” he said.


Oops...

ALH said...

I am glad to see that a judge finally stood up for the collective bargaining rights that are clearly outlined in the US constitution. It's time for State legislatures to stop thinking they can just write laws - only judges know how to do that.

Bob Ellison said...

Um, *largo.

bagoh20 said...

My pond in my back yard with the same strange gaping maws, plus Shamu, who was a 3" Koy my step-daughter got me when she was in high school. She's 26 now, and Shamu is almost a foot long.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bagoh20/7987267620/

rcommal said...

That's akin to, "I won't cheat on my wife because of my marital vows."

Exactly.

The ordering of things in a series matters so very often.