October 20, 2012

At the October Café...

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... what are you doing indoors?

157 comments:

Almost Ali said...

If you must know; making pea soup.

Erika said...

I am waiting for my daughter's softball game to start. Later though I will be decorating the indoors for Halloween.

wyo sis said...

Cleaning after a visit from the grands. Love them, but they are a lot of work. You forget how exhausting kids can be.

Lem said...

Its beautiful here in New Jersey.

Lem said...

I'm working... sneaking to the blog now and then.

alan markus said...

Wyo Sis - at first glance I thought you meant your grandparents - good thing you cleared that up!

DKWalser said...

"What are you doing indoors?"

I'm attending a forum for estate planners! Aren't you jealous?

wyo sis said...

Yeah, it's a family thing. They are called grand kids, because they really are grand. How did two barely competent old farts like us manage to have such amazing grandchildren?

chickelit said...

I just came in from outdoors where I was digging out bamboo. It's drizzling out here now. This may wreck plans to have a beach fire pit tonight.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Baking an apple cake. Making bean and ham hock soup.

And...

Experimenting with making a bbq sauce with the last of the wild plum pulp. I'm hoping it will turn out to be a sweet, tart, spicy sauce that will be good on chicken or pork.

Double double boil and trouble, stirring the plum pulp with brown sugar, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, onions and a bunch of spices. I'm making it up as I go so it will be great or yuck.

Inga said...

On my way out the door to clean up my garden for winter. Saw a wooly caterpillar with wide stripes, what does that mean, I forgot.

Hagar said...

Laundry, house cleaning, and groceries.

Is this what they tweet on Twitter and facebook?

Almost Ali said...

Re: "Its beautiful here in New Jersey."

You got me wondering; how many states (and countries) are represented here? Me, I'm in Florida - always wishing I was north for Halloween. Fall doesn't arrive in Miami until late February, and only for an hour. Then, right back to summer.

So today I'd much rather be in Billings, Montana, or Madison, Wisconsin. Maybe even Central Park or Brooklyn Heights, or Richmond, Virginia, where fall comes in on a gentle Canadian breeze.

Anyway, I'm in Florida - where are you?

David said...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

David said...

Inga, it means Romney's going to win.

wyo sis said...

Wyoming, at least my part of it, is overcast and chilly. Probably drizzle on and off most of the day.
The girls Volleyball team is going to State tournaments and the boys football teams won all their games last night. Daughter filmed two of the games. Just a typical fall Saturday.

Christy said...

Raking leaves and putting together a chipper shredder for small limbs. Gorgeous cool day here on a ridge in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains.

Methadras said...

What am I doing indoors? Eating and watching football. :D

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Anne B. said...

Spent the morning baking sour cream-blueberry muffins (for the after-Mass coffee tomorrow morning). Then I have a dance class at 1:00, and when I come home from that I'm going to start making pork vindaloo.

Almost Ali, I'm in the Blue Zone Heart of Darkness, aka Chicago.

Anne B. said...

Spent the morning baking sour cream-blueberry muffins (for the after-Mass coffee tomorrow morning). Then I have a dance class at 1:00, and when I come home from that I'm going to start making pork vindaloo.

Almost Ali, I'm in the Blue Zone Heart of Darkness, aka Chicago.

BaltoHvar said...

Why does that one give me goose bumps. Is that normal? Is it normal?

roesch/voltaire said...

Watching the Badger game, checking news sites during half-time and found this editorial from paper in Salt Lakes: Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.

Michael K said...

Drizzling here in Orange County. Football this afternoon. The Trojans are favored over Colorado by 41 which is usually a sign of bad luck to come.

Just walked the dogs and everybody did their business. My bassett hound always looks for a secret place to do his business and then covers it up like a cat. He prefers mulch or leaves under a bush. I carry a plastic bag to pick it up but sometimes can't find it.

Nice that it's cool again. It was 94 a few days ago.

Michael K said...

"The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first."

I saw that the other day. I wonder if the people who screwed up the Olympics were cronies of that paper. Romney had to rescue the city's reputation and the resentment must still burn.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Northern California. Beautiful, clear and about 65 degrees (heat wave for our area). Now I'm going outside to rake up YET more leaves.

Kelly said...

I love your ugly, warty little pumpkin. I think it was Martha Stewart that popularized the different types of pumpkins, from pure white to the ones like you have on display. I know I alway try to find the weirdest, most unusual gourds now instead of the perfectly formed, traditional, orange pumpkins.

Not doing anything today. It's breezy, cloudy and chili. Kid is spending the night at a friends, husband is working in Texas on a long term project. He won't be home until thanksgiving.

Pogo said...

Homework. Linear programming.

ricpic said...

It's the shadows.
It's the shadows make the pumpkins shine.
It's the long goodbye
That makes the here and now divine.

Will Cate said...

Hey, I'm outdoors with my laptop, thankyouverymuch

edutcher said...

It's nippy here in NE OH and The Blonde's head (and knees and ankle) is/are pounding because it's getting ready to rain.

bagoh20 said...

I planned on getting out. I've Been waiting all week to go flying, but today it turned crappy with low clouds and possible drizzle, so instead I'll wash up some dogs and go to try to get them adopted.

If a dog has nothing to do, it will sleep all damned day, and not feel bad about it. I envy that. Not so much the sleeping part, but their seat on the

oblivion express.

Mr Evilwrench said...

Right in the middle of IN, and pretty overcast. There's a standpipe boot sitting across the room, oozing recrimination at me. I really should get up on the roof and install it before it rains again; that spot on the ceiling in the shower is growing.

Hagar said...

"The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first."

"Tell Vladimir I will have more flexibility after the election!"

I think I will just stick with the Mormon Eagle Scout.

Tim said...

Orange.

You know who wears orange?

The St. Louis Cardinals know who wears Orange.

Sunday night, they'll be saying, "I see Orange People."

Let's hope they see Orange People again on Monday night.

Lyle said...

I'm watch LSU vs. A&M. Going for a walk after.

Tim said...

"The Trojans are favored over Colorado by 41 which is usually a sign of bad luck to come."

Indeed.

They were favored by what, 49 points when Jim Harbaugh's Stanford Cardinal upset them in the Coliseum?

"What's your deal?"

LOVE Harbaugh.

Titus said...

Had a fab day. Went to Salem for Halloween festivities and then on to "Head of The Charles". Ivy shirts everywhere natch.

It's 80 here. You can feel the fabulousness all around.


People for days wearing fabulous clothes, delish hair cuts, cute bags-the bag "God Hates Bags" is huge.

How are you?

I care.

Not really.

tits.

Kelly said...

Mr. Evilwrench, I'm in Northeast Indiana originally from around Lafayette.. We lived in Texas for a number of years and I decided I missed the change of seasons, so we moved back. I'm such a fool.

Titus said...

I live in liberal Mass and very liberal Cambridge.

Per capita income and education one of the highest in the nation, natch.

Most Americans can't afford the housing costs.

It's so nice to live in a place that others can't afford. But they are building tons of those 300 square feet apartments for only like $2500 a month.

Right next to Cambridge is Belmont, Mitt's home town which is even more posh.

Bob Ellison said...

Checking to make sure the Internets will be OK if I take my son to the park for basketball.

Titus said...

Cambridge and Boston are one of the least religious and least fat places in the entire U.S.

We walk everywhere and there is a gym on every corner.

We have tons of tourists too and we generally hate them, unless they are European or New Yorkers. The hotel rates here are some of the most expensive in the entire country as well. We try and keep trash out.

We have an enormous number of fags and dykes too. Can't swing a cat without hitting one. And for a large city we don't have as many blacks as comparable cities, although we have too many for my taste.

Take care.

tits.

roesch/voltaire said...

The Badgers won, and K I guess Salt Lake, like Massachusetts has had enough dealings with MItt to know why they want to quit him--he is way behind in Mass. because they know most of what he claims is malarkey.

Joe Schmoe said...

I have one question I wish Schieffer would ask Barry in the next debate. Just one. It's been bugging me for a long time, and I haven't heard Barry explain himself. Maybe he has and I've missed it. But it's worth asking again:

"In 2009 you 'realized' the economy was worse than you thought. Why then did you focus exclusively on health care reform?"

When the obituary is written on the Obama presidency, hopefully starting this November, this has to be his biggest mistake. I've never heard him give an adequate accounting of why he did this. He's certainly never been pressed on it directly by an adversarial press.

Hagar said...

It is a useless question.
Obama is absolutely clueless about economics. Anything he did to improve matters would only make them worse.

Titus said...

We are also incredibly rude and mean and will drive your red state license plate car off the road.

But the food here is amazing. Seafood, Italian, Gook, Nip, Nig, Chink, Muzzie, Dot Head-you name we have it.

tits.

Meade said...

Me? Nothing. Uh, I mean, I just came in for a glass of water and piece of cheese after raking leaves and mowing lawns. I think I'll go back out now and see if I can repair those loose bricks by the pumpkins and maybe even paint the handrail before the sun goes down and snow falls.

Ann Althouse said...

Here's a crust of bread for ye. Now, back out of doors and don't be whining before sundown.

Baron Zemo said...

Good boy!

Woof!!

Paddy O said...

Let me just say, you two are simply cute together.

And it's even cuter knowing how deep the cute together goes.

Lem said...

Maybe I'm following the election too close and seeing something thats not there.

But doesn't this map look like the Red States / Blue States map we have gotten to know all so well?

Looks like ESPN noticed it and tried to hide it with the colors but with the obvious exception of Alaska and Montana this looks like a blue state / red state thing.

I'm stipulating the Giants as Obama country and the Cardinals as Romney's.

Lem said...

I should also add NY and NJ as an exception.. they are likely to go for Obama.

MadisonMan said...

Right now? I just put away clothes that dried on the line today.

Also raked leaves. Tonight I'm going into work to start a program running and to retrieve music I left behind.

Emil Blatz said...

Boca Raton, about to see Ann Romney at Mizner Park.

John Cunningham said...

Drizzly here in Cincinnati. Took the dogs to off-leash park to run, now at sports bar watching my spartans lose to UM. Go MITT!!!










exiledonmainst said...

RV wrote:

"checking news sites during half-time and found this editorial from paper in Salt Lakes: Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent"

Oh. Well. There goes Utah, then.

Not that I think dead tree media endorsements matter at all these days, but since RV has tossed out a Salt Lake newspaper endorsement of Obama, I'll raise him:

The Chicago Jewish Star endorsed Romney.

The Orlando Sentinel, a paper that endorsed Obama 4 years ago, endorsed Romney.

Al Gore's old newspaper, The Tennessean, endorsed Romney.

Gee, RV, I guess those Chicago Jews have had enough dealings with Obama to know why they want to quit him.

exiledonmainst said...

From the Chicago Jewish Star:

"Finally we like Mr. Romney in comparison to his opponent. The administration of Barack Obama has been a failure.

Contrary to the implications of Mr. Obama’s 2008 statement, Americans provided for the sick before his time; the rise of the oceans did not begin “to slow” and our planet did not begin “to heal”- not in a metaphoric sense and not in a real one.

Mr. Obama’s unsatisfactory direction for America was rooted in untenable assumptions, fueled by arrogance, and promoted by divisiveness. We don’t need more of that.

It is not only that Mr. Obama thus deserves to be a one-term proposition; it is that Mr. Romney is simply the better bet for our country."

sydney said...

Spent the morning filling out paperwork and digging up data for the line of credit renewal for my business. Went out with my son to a sale at a local junk store. Found an anthology of horror stories edited by Boris Karloff for $1 and an old medical physiology textbook from the 1960's for $1.60. I feel like I found treasure!

I'm in NE Ohio with edutcher and his blonde. It's been raining on and off, very cool weather. Skies have cleared a little at the moment.

Michael K said...

Trojans have three touchdowns in the first five minutes of the game. Looks like they might do a Romney-style blowout.

Maybe we should ask R/V for the details about the Romney "malarky." I guess not. It would be too embarrassing for an adult to look that dumb.

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AprilApple said...

oops. Is it sunset yet?

I see the O administration is attempting again to push the "it was the video and the whole thing wasn't organized/ line" Not so fast.

Why Benghazi Matters

AprilApple said...

...Why was the administration so eager to represent the Benghazi attack as a response to a YouTube video? Pulitzer-worthy reporting by my Daily Beast colleague Eli Lake has established that U.S. intelligence quickly ascertained that the Benghazi attack had been planned in advance; that it was organized by an al-Qaeda affiliate group operating inside Libya; that the attackers had surveilled the targeted consulate before the assault; that they maintained communications security in a way consistent with a trained force; and that they directed their firepower skillfully not only against the consulate, but also against a nearby CIA annex.

Yet despite this knowledge, and with very rare exceptions, the administration for almost two weeks mischaracterized the incident.

Again: why?

Here’s why. Libya was fully Obama’s war. He made the decision to intervene to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, and he decided on the nature of the intervention. Afterward, he took credit for the result: a dictator deposed, elections organized, without any long-term American presence in the country. Compared to Afghanistan or Iraq, Libya looked at first like a cheap and easy success.

But events have shaken the Obama narrative about Libya. Despite the elections, there is no effective government in Libya. The eastern half of the country is controlled by armed militia groups imbued with al-Qaeda ideology — to the point where (The New York Times reported Friday) the presumed ringleader of the attack on the Benghazi consulate could hold a press conference on an open-air patio without fear of apprehension or retaliation.

Suddenly, Libya does not look like such a big success. Gaddafi was nasty, but he had long ago ceased to be a nuisance for the United States. If overthrowing him created an al-Qaeda romper room a short boat ride from NATO ally Italy — that would be a very bad and embarrassing result.

exiledonmainst said...

Michael K wrote:

"It would be too embarrassing for an adult to look that dumb."

You'd think so and yet RV never seems embarrassed.

Here's another little tidbit for him:

"According to the latest Gallup survey, Mitt Romney is polling 52% of likely voters. At this point in the race he is ahead of:

Where Jimmy Carter was in 1976
(47%)

Where Ronald Reagan was in 1980
(39% -- Carter was six points up)

Where George H.W. Bush was in 1988 (50%)

Where Bill Clinton was in 1992
(40%)

Where George W. Bush was in 2000
(48%)

Where Barack Obama was in 2008
(49%)

But I'm sure a SLC newspaper's endorsement of Obama will surely turn things around.



Titus said...

Meadsy we are unhappy with our illegal grounds keepers (we got a reference from Mitt) so if you want to send your resume in, along with a writing sample, pics of previous gardens, references, code sample and GPA we may consider you for a position cleaning up my rare clumbers shit in the patio garden. Be warned, there will be a test where you have to clean up the rare clumber shit when he has just shitted water substance and we want to make sure every drop is picked up.

I am a part of the application committee so leave the "Don't Tread On Me' t shirt home-you are over 60 and should never be wearing anything with words on it....thanks doll.

We have implemented E-Verify too so if you have any type of record, sorry. We also do not allow any video taping on the grounds which may leave you aghast but I am sure you understand. You are not interacting with fatties from Wisconsin. We are discreet and cherish our privacy. So no Mike Wallace shit.

Thanks for your interest and consideration. And Good Luck on your future endeavors.

mesquito said...

Laundry!

Tom from Virginia said...

I saw a former Virginia governor today walking all by himself at the Charlotte airport carrying his own luggage. And this evening I saw my former Congressman in my local grocery store all by himself, pushing his own grocery cart. I do not know what this portends, but I hope it has something to do with the Whole Foods closest to Grant Park.

Tim said...

"I'm stipulating the Giants as Obama country and the Cardinals as Romney's."

That's undoubtedly true.

But not all (us) Giants fans are idiot Democrats.

Some of us go back to when San Francisco actually had a Republican Mayor.

So don't hold it against me, lol!

wyo sis said...

Is it possible to parody the gay left? If it is. I think that's what Tits is up to.

I feel really stupid that it's taken me this long to get it, but in my defense it's an almost impossible thing to do, and I may have been right about him/her/it all along. Is h/h/i really smart enough to do this near impossible thing?

It's just that all this Honey Boo Boo talk and the censoring feminist have opened my mind to the possibility that Tits is perpetrating an irony.

Palladian said...

I'm busy re-learning stone lithography. It's redundant, writing "stone lithography", because the word "lithography" comes from Greek lithos, meaning 'stone' + graphein, meaning 'to write', but you have to clarify since today most artistic lithography is done on metal plates (which should rightfully be called metallikography, perhaps?)

You first spend a long time levigating the stone, which means coating it with a mixture of carborundum and water and grinding it with a heavy, flat steel disc. This is done to prepare the surface of the stone for drawing. The drawing is done with a grease-bearing medium in crayon or liquid form. Eventually you etch the stone with a mixture containing gum arabic and a weak acid, which only affects the areas of the stone where you haven't drawn with the greasy medium. This "etch" makes the non-drawn parts of the stone hydrophilic, while the parts where you have drawn with the grease remain hydrophobic. You then roll oil-based ink over the dampened stone with a large roller, and the ink is only deposited on the hydrophobic parts of the surface— where you've drawn. You then put a piece of paper on top of the stone and run it through a large printing press, and the great and even pressure exerted on the paper and stone transfers the ink to the paper.

Thus you have a lithographic print.

The shop where I'm producing prints has a large collection of the stones, which are slabs of special, extremely fine-grained, homogenous limestone. The process was used very extensively in the 19th and early 20th century for commercial printing, but once offset printing and metal plate lithography was perfected, the use of the extremely heavy, fragile stones ended, except for fine artists producing editions of prints. The stone isn't really quarried anymore (I believe many of the stones came from Germany, where the process was invented, though there were a few American quarries of the rare type needed), so the stones are precious. I find the stones themselves beautiful, and I prefer the subtleties they are capable of producing, over the more regular, mechanical and slightly harsher images produced by metal plate lithography.

There's something about a freshly-prepared stone, waiting to be drawn upon, that makes the act of drawing seem monumental and exciting.

Tim said...

"According to the latest Gallup survey, Mitt Romney is polling 52% of likely voters. At this point in the race he is ahead of:

..."


Fact: No incumbent president polling under 50% has ever been reelected.

It's not determinative, of course, but human behavior doesn't change that much that quickly. "Undecideds" under such a scenario always (in presidential races, so far) break for the challenger.

Obama is in trouble.

Deep trouble.

The best part is, he's earned every bit of his trouble.

EDH said...

Titus,

Thought we'd hear your take take on Alan Dershowitz's house for sale in Cambridge.

pm317 said...

It is dark and cold outside and I am inside. I demand a new post!

I hear that Iran is ready for talks. How "flexible" was/is Obama with them?

{BTW, Rock Creek Pkwy and Beach Dr were absolutely gorgeous yesterday evening, brimming with colors.}

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Almost Ali said...

Anyway, I'm in Florida - where are you?

New Hampshire - a bit west of Concord. Beautiful weather today.

BaltoHvar said...

Palladian - As long as you are not trying to reproduce a certain "litho" we are all too familiar with, then get ON with your bad self.

I love the vintage motorcycle hobby, and thought the craft of resurrecting a steed 3 or 4 decades old was a wondrous self-infliction of pain and anguish, but you got me beat by at least a century!

Palladian said...

I love the vintage motorcycle hobby, and thought the craft of resurrecting a steed 3 or 4 decades old was a wondrous self-infliction of pain and anguish, but you got me beat by at least a century!

I love the self-inflicted pain of working in an ancient craft. I use hand-set metal type for letterpress printing in some of my work, and I sometimes make my own painting pigments from first principles.

There's something about getting inside the deep techniques of a tradition, of bringing new life with my hands to something mostly lost to the past, that's quite energizing to my artwork. The trick is not to get insensibly seduced by the novelty of the process, but to apply the process in a natural, rational way to one's own substantial ideas.

In other words, technique alone won't sustain an artist who has nothing to add to the dialogue.

JAL said...

Spending most of the day with my sister from Washington State in a hospital room here in NC where my 95 year old mother is hanging out with a subdural hematom. She developed intermittent expressive dysphasia 36 hours after diagnosis and now only has occasional words. She comprehends but is rather pissed that her sounds don,t make sense.

garage mahal said...

Home is wherever I'm with you.

JAL said...

On a more macro scale I am wondering "Where in the world is David Petraeus?"

And after seeing this in an article about Romeny in the NYT But the skills, habits and quirks that fueled Mr. Romney’s ascent are untested in the crucible of the White House, where the crises, conflicts and challenges are unrelenting, the learning curve sharp and political instincts and personal diplomacy are invaluable. I am wondering what parallel universe the NYT exists in when I recall 2008.

That's what we're doing today.

madAsHell said...

She comprehends but is rather pissed that her sounds don,t make sense.

My grandfather lost his words shortly before he died.....but he could still swear!!

soighweorgnsbn.....oh! shit!

Unfortunately, he couldn't tell us where he hid the valuable coins....and he swore about that as well.

Michael K said...

"There's something about getting inside the deep techniques of a tradition, of bringing new life with my hands to something mostly lost to the past, that's quite energizing to my artwork. The trick is not to get insensibly seduced by the novelty of the process, but to apply the process in a natural, rational way to one's own substantial ideas."

I got my middle daughter interested in paper making a few years ago. She is heavily into ancient manuscripts. I took her to Madrid two years ago to a meeting on ancient Arabic manuscripts that is only held every ten years. She reads and speaks Arabic. Her sister the FBI agent keeps trying to recruit her for her Arabic.

The story of paper is very interesting and the method is known.

Titus said...

I am watching University of Miami football and Donna Shalala is on the tele.

When is that dyke going to come out.

My parent always saw her at Indian Lake walking with her "friend" and their dogs.

Come out bitch. You are dyke. She has denied it in the past but she is a big lezzie. She smells of carpet remnants.

MadisonMan said...

Why should Shalala come out? Her life, her business.

roesch/voltaire said...

Some examples of Malarky: "Indeed, the Wall Street Journal looked closely at Bain's record under Romney and found that 22 percent "either filed for bankruptcy or closed their doors by the end of the eighth year after Bain first invested, sometimes with substantial job losses." Which is not really terribly surprising: Bain's raison d'etre is not job creation but wealth creation for its investors. As Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler noted in an article Monday calling Romney's "100,000 jobs" figure "untenable," Romney and Bain "never could have raised money from investors if the prospectus seeking $1-million investments from the super wealthy had said it would focus on creating jobs."

Chip Ahoy said...

I have two such lithographs. Alvar. They were the first things I bought and I love them so. I like them because the colors are muted but strong for such type of printing. They caught my youthful eye while still in school along with two Azoulays and I implored my parents to cut me a break and help me out a little there, they do not appreciate art, not mine not anybody's and I had no business at all buying art then even though they were remarkably cheap at the time, it seemed to me. I put on such a forceful case even my tightwad parents couldn't resist. The Azoulay guy is all lines that look like line-people caught in webs, but made of the web lines. Also horses. The musculature is fascinatingly wrong.

Michael K said...

" Bain's raison d'etre is not job creation but wealth creation for its investors."

That is called capitalism, sir. I didn't expect you to understand it. What about the other 78% of Bain investment ? Any word on how they did ? I know you don't believe that any business should fail but that system failed in 1991. The Soviet citizens knew to never buy a car made on a Friday or Monday.

Capitalism has created the wealth that remains in our world as Socialism slowly drags it down. I don;'t expect you to understand.

"Malarky" has the advantage that you don't have to understand anything to say it.

Lem said...

I am watching University of Miami football and Donna Shalala is on the tele.

Titus is Brit?

Must be Indian husbands English rubbing off.

roesch/voltaire said...

I understand most of the wealth Bain created stayed in the hands of a few investors in contrast to the wealth that George Romney ( Mitts father) created which went into the hands of many and produced things made and used in America-- that is the kind of capitalism I understand.

Bob Ellison said...

roesch/voltaire, your understanding of capitalism seems limited.

Bob Ellison said...

Titus, why all the hate?

bagoh20 said...

While walking on a beautiful October day, Daddy Pumpkin and his son are approached by a strange looking and visibly upset pumpkin who screams "I'm not an animal, I'm a Knucklehead Pumpkin!"

roesch/voltaire said...

Bob- that is probably true as most of my friends are engineers, scientist and doctors and only a few are the investment folks we trust our portfolios with. The capitalist folks I know and like design and build fire stations, sell plumbing they manufacture, research to cure cancer, and invest in start-up companies that have developed new technologies. that may change the waste water systems we use.

Bob Ellison said...

So, roesch/voltaire, you mean that the people you know create wealth out of thin air, and Romney and his ilk don't?

David said...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Tim said...

"I understand most of the wealth Bain created stayed in the hands of a few investors in contrast to the wealth that George Romney ( Mitts father) created which went into the hands of many and produced things made and used in America-- that is the kind of capitalism I understand."

Ha ha.

You're an Obama voter, right?

Chalk me up as regarding you as "too f^cking dumb to listen too."

Least experienced candidate ever nominated by a major political party for president, ever.

No one who voted for Obama - and is now prepared to do so a second time - should ever be listened to on anything, most especially anything related to politics.

Rusty said...

roesch/voltaire said...
Bob- that is probably true as most of my friends are engineers, scientist and doctors and only a few are the investment folks we trust our portfolios with. The capitalist folks I know and like design and build fire stations, sell plumbing they manufacture, research to cure cancer, and invest in start-up companies that have developed new technologies. that may change the waste water systems we use.

Creators. Not takers. What's your excuse.

Opening day for ducks today. No joy.

bagoh20 said...

Palladian,

The process sounds wonderful, and I can see how it would be intoxicating to carry out. Whether it's woodwork, metalwork, music or anything else, I have a hard time controlling myself, taking the time for perfection unless the work itself forces me too.

It's definitely, a shortcoming that when I can do something carefully and precise or 90% right and get done much quicker that I can never spend the extra time. I'm still pretty much a perfectionist, so I'm told, but I make the mistake of putting the extra time and effort at the end of the job, where it is less satisfying, artisanal and elegant. I admire your discipline.

Tim said...

"...but I make the mistake of putting the extra time and effort at the end of the job, where it is less satisfying, artisanal and elegant."

I feel your pain.

The prep work is almost always 90% of the job, IMHO.

Michael K said...

R/V, I was an engineer and a doctor and I understand. That's no excuse. What do you do for a living ? Teach ?

I'm not surprised.

bagoh20 said...
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bagoh20 said...

I don't think the U.S. has a 78% chance of coming out of our fiscal problems without bankruptcy or worse.

bagoh20 said...

"Indeed, the Wall Street Journal looked closely at Bain's record under Romney and found that 22 percent "either filed for bankruptcy or closed their doors by the end of the eighth year after Bain first invested, sometimes with substantial job losses."

Why would this be a bad result? Do you think these companies were purchased by Bain because they were healthy and doing well? They took over companies that were in bad need of better management and failing. That's what they did. This is like blaming the fire department for the houses they couldn't save, and harping about them getting paid for trying. Would you think it a scandal if a house burnt down and the firemen still survived and collected a paycheck?

How many of these companies would have failed without Bain or another similar group saving them - 80%, 100%?

22% business failure is pretty damned good in any industry, even a healthy one. I'd say hire Bain to run the country if they did that good with failing organizations.

Freeman Hunt said...

It was a park and pumpkin patch kind of day.

Inga said...

"House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department communications Friday, according to Obama administration officials.
Issa posted 166 pages of sensitive but unclassified State Department communications related to Libya on the committee’s website afternoon as part of his effort to investigate security failures and expose contradictions in the administration’s statements regarding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that resulted in the death of Amb. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans."

The shit is about to hit the fan

Tim said...

Three things:

1) Mitt Romney takes lead in projected electoral vote count.

2) Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Obama in '08.

3) "...according to Obama administration officials.
Issa posted 166 pages of sensitive but unclassified State Department communications..."
So, according to the assholes who have the power to classify documents that have the identities of Libyans, because they failed to classify the identities, Issa is to blame for their identities now being made public.

Good to know.

Petunia said...

Walked the one remaining beagle and one of the mini-wiener dogs to the football stadium before the game this morning. I should charge the undergrads $5 each to pet the dogs. I'd be rich! So many of them miss their hometown doggies, they're very happy to see my guys.

Sadly the young beagle, who trotted happily down there two weeks ago today, died Wednesday of liver failure of as-yet-undetermined cause. Hoping the tissue pathology will give an answer.

Then went on a driving tour of the remains of the Badger Army Ammo Plant. Very interesting, but I wish they'd been able to save more of the buildings for historic sites. Story is they were all too contaminated. Not sure why they tore down the administration building, though, there were plans for the plant historical society to use it as a museum.

Tim said...

The Reno-Gazette Journal, which endorsed Obama in '08, has now endorsed Romney: "Nevada needs a change now; elect Mitt Romney president".

Not all Obama voters are morons.

This is gratifying.

Bob Ellison said...

Petunia, I am sorry to hear your young beagle died. What was his/her name?

Inga said...

Darrell Issa exposes the CIA as foriegn policy debate stunt

bagoh20 said...

"sensitive but unclassified State Department communications"

Read that carefully. The must not be too sensitive, if they weren't classified. Sounds like political bullshit to me.

Shouting Thomas said...

Which is not really terribly surprising: Bain's raison d'etre is not job creation but wealth creation for its investors.

Jesus Christ, R/V, you think so?

That's a pretty good description of any business that operates successfully in the private sector.

Yes, businesses (at least sane ones) operate to make a profit, not to ensure that workers have jobs.

You really teach at a college?

Shouting Thomas said...

As always, Inga is wrong.

Still hyping that video thing? Listen carefully, Inga. The Obama admin has changed its mind.

It was an Act of Terror from Day One.

Learn your lines.

chickelit said...

Inga dishes on Issa!

Watch out!

She's fearsome!

Don't Tread 2012 said...

Fitting analogy, Bagoh.

Compare the 22% rate to any restaurant startup. Not even close.

Everything the left tries must bend reality to fit the narrative.

Romney - problem-solver driven by self-interest.

POTUS - agitator driven by self-interest, hate, and a willingness to change an 'illegitimate' country founded on governance by the people into a miserable, mediocre, broke behemoth ruled by the diktats of tired socialism.

Sorry, Cuba was never on my vacation list despite the weather.

cold pizza said...

Software tech support by day, party DJ on weekends. Today was a Christian themed "debut" party for an 18-year old Filipina, held at a nearby Church of Christ. I provided music during the dinner and through the candle ceremony and the rose dance. They sang "Happy Birthday," cut the cake, held a benediction and started cleaning up.

This was the first time I've been to a Filipino event and didn't have any after party dancing! I was expecting to party 'til midnight, but instead I'm participating in the on-going party that is the Althouse comment section.

BTW, SLC was beautiful today. High-60s, mountains stretching up halfway to heaven.

That the SLC Tribune endorsed Obama is no big surprise, and is not going to make any difference except to cause even more people to drop their subscriptions. -CP

Tim said...

"Darrell Issa exposes the CIA as foriegn policy debate stunt"

Uh, no.

The real world headline for rational people is, "State Department and CIA fail to protect names of Libyans Working for the US."

Because, you see, as any moron knows, the documents do not belong to the "Congressional Intelligence Agency," or the "Congressional Department of State," but rather they do belong to the Executive Branch.

Which knew (to the extent this group of incompetents can know anything) that once released to Congress (do you have any idea how many Congressional staffers without security clearances have access to these kinds of documents??) they'd be public.

There is a long established protocol in place for things like this (ranging from redaction to outright assertion of Executive Privilege) to deal with secret matters; that the Obama Administration failed to secure the names rests with them, not Issa, no matter what some idiot blogger or commenter might say or think.

Shouting Thomas said...

You DJ'd a Filipina party?

My girlfriend is Filipina. Filipino's have quite a different taste in music, especially if they are new to the U.S.

Did you have a special repertoire for them?

Filipinos are known as the musicians of Asia. They do love music.

Palladian said...

The process sounds wonderful, and I can see how it would be intoxicating to carry out. Whether it's woodwork, metalwork, music or anything else, I have a hard time controlling myself, taking the time for perfection unless the work itself forces me too.

The great thing about many technically- and manually-oriented arts is that the process forces you toward deep and methodical attention.

I have always loved processes that combine physical, manual work and intellectual rigor and concentration.

When I'm setting type, or running a press, or grinding stones, or making paints or working with wood or metal, I'm always reminded that these tasks were a lifetime's vocation, craft and art of countless men. There were men who spent 12 hours a day (or more) setting metal type, operating presses, hefting huge lithography stones around, or carving, sanding and polishing, building and painting.

I remain in awe of that.

chickelit said...

@Inga: I understand your desire to smear Issa. He, more than any other single Congressman, has held the Obama Administration accountable over the the last 3+ years--Fast and Furious & Benghazigate.

As a resident of his district, I think the most important vote I will cast in November will be to reelect DarrellIssa to Congress. My vote for Romney will be symbolic, but, like Fr. Fox and you yourself, I have to vote my conscience.

bagoh20 said...

Sorry about your loss, Petunia.

We rescued two beagles from the "steps of the gallows" last week. A young pair (male and female) found together. They were so sweet that we just couldn't turn our backs on them. Unfortunately, we just had no place to keep them, so we brought them to our adoption event last weekend, just hoping that somehow someone would magically appear and offer to foster them for us until they got adopted. Some magic did happen, and they were both adopted before the end of the day to two separate families. Today those new owners brought them back to rave about how much they loved them.

Minutes from death one day, and the next in safe happy homes licking faces and playing ball, giving two families joy for years to come. Anyone who likes that true story, please contribute to a small local dog rescue group near you. They'll do wonderful things with the money, and it's tax deductible for you.

Shouting Thomas said...

Palladian, my involvement in the Catholic Church has always been from the perspective of the church musician... which means that it is a practice... just as you've described.

This requires one to be totally in the moment.

I realize that this really sets me outside the perspective of the parishioners in the pews, because I'm always doing a job that requires close concentration when I'm doing Mass.

I start every day, at least when I can, with a 15 minute voice warm up that begins with long tones, moves to the major and minor scales, and ends of major and minor arpeggios. I've been doing this for 55 years!

Palladian said...

Palladian, my involvement in the Catholic Church has always been from the perspective of the church musician... which means that it is a practice... just as you've described.

This requires one to be totally in the moment.


I've always admired musicians, especially great church musicians, members of orchestras, soloists, and session players for this. It's the extreme religious devotion of craft, in the service of art, man and, ultimately, God, however one defines that.

JS Bach worked as a music director, choir master and organist of a church and, for a time, wrote a cantata a week.

exiledonmainst said...

"The shit is about to hit the fan."

I agree, Inga. However, I don't think it will hit the way you expect it will.

rana said...

I'm alternating between working on a viking knit bracelet and a ripple crochet afghan. The bracelet is looking a little wonky, so I'm going to concentrate on the afghan for now.

chickelit said...

Inga taunts: The shit is about to hit the fan

The L.A. punk band, The Circle Jerks, wrote a song called "The Shit Hits The Fans." Great bipartisan stuff here:

In a sluggish economy inflation, recession hits the land of the free standing in unemployment lines blame the government for hard time we just get by however we can we all gotta duck when the shit hits the fan
10 kids in a cadillac stand in lines for welfare checks let's all mooch off the state gee!the money's really great! soup lines free loaves of bread 5lb blocks of cheese, bags of groceries social security has run out on you and me we do whatever we can gotta duck when the shit hits the fan
link

sleepless nights said...

Well, some of us are indoors because we have to work and are not being paid a government salary.

bagoh20 said...

"Heard you got an infection
Just before your lewd rejection
Wait'll the shit hits the fan
You couldn't turn him down
Hold your address book above your knees
And kissed your soft legs there
He was on top of the pop stars
You couldn't turn him down
You were a sweet girl
When you were a cheerleader
But I think you're much better now
Bought a few reds from your neighboorhood dealer
And you passed out in the back of a car
You were too messed up to climb out
What if your old man had found out"


The Fan ~ Little Feat

cold pizza said...

ST, I have about 20 Filipino artists in my repertroire, but most have been around for nearly 30 years (Sharon Cuneta, Asin, Freddie Aguilar (Anak), etc.) One of the newer groups is called Boyfriends. Most Filipino music are sappy love songs or reminescing about lost love, love songs.

Most of the Filipino adults in our circle like classic 70s Disco and line dances (Electric Slide is ALWAYS big, but Boot Scootin Boogie also brings them out to the floor). The kids like LMFAO and right now, Gangham Style by Psy. A lot of times, if the late teenagers have something on their iPhone, I'll gladly hook it into my sound system.

There's a Pinoy hip-hop song by the Black-Eyed Peas called "Bebot" and I will always get a couple of cha-cha requests (Todo Todo gets them moving). -CP

Shouting Thomas said...

Most Filipino music are sappy love songs or reminescing about lost love, love songs.

Yes, Filipinos love heart throbbing, weepy love songs. Filipinos are so romantic!

I think it's the Spanish heritage.

Palladian said...
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Palladian said...

Yes, Filipinos love heart throbbing, weepy love songs. Filipinos are so romantic!

Filipinos, one of the few sorts of lovers that I've missed. Some beautiful young men there.

Lem said...

Palladian said...

When I'm setting type, or running a press, or grinding stones, or making paints or working with wood or metal, I'm always reminded that these tasks were a lifetime's vocation, craft and art of countless men. There were men who spent 12 hours a day (or more) setting metal type, operating presses, hefting huge lithography stones around, or carving, sanding and polishing, building and painting.

I remain in awe of that.


The following is from the previous tread... an article from an interview in the NYT Sunday Magazine...

You’ve killed lots of people within your fiction. Do you ever imagine how your own death will go down?
Are you kidding me? Since the moment of consciousness hit, I’ve been death-obsessed. Who isn’t?

Well, sure, but what does it look like?
We’re in our latter phases of life, so we are holding on now for the great promise of the last two years of our lives having lost our minds, having angry immigrants change our diapers for us.

So just dying slowly? No getting hit by a meteor?
My dear fellow, we all put our heads down, don’t we? In previous generations, there was purpose; you had to die, but there was God, and literature and culture would go on. Now, of course, there is no God, and our species is imminently doomed, so there is no purpose. We get up, raise families, have bank accounts, fix our teeth and everything else. But really, there is utterly no purpose except to be alive.

Shouting Thomas said...

Filipinos, one of the few sorts of lovers that I've missed. Some beautiful young men there.

In Cebu and Manila, it is common to see incredibly beautiful transvestite male prostitutes on the streets.

It seems to be common practice for married men to patronize these prostitutes on their night off from being married.

Ivy said...

Baking Banana bread, with walnuts.

Ralph L said...

hefting huge lithography stones around
I had a 10 week class in lithography in college 30 years ago that I'd completely forgotten. Grinding the stone and etching it and printing were fascinating processes for me. One false move and you have to start over--or worse, you break the stone. I wish I'd had more instruction in drawing first--and actual talent.

Chip Ahoy said...

My little group of nuts calls an anim like this one for the pumpkins something "seems", as "seems like pumpkins" or, of the House of Seems, anything to pun on "seams" as in fabric. A way to kindly poke at the crap job of cutting and matching, just cut something out with scissors and slap it on like a little kind, as if it were paper, no feathering, no nothing, wrinkled with paste squishing out.

But this is the first anim I tried with this tiny laptop and with Photoshop6, very different from P5, I hate when they do that, maybe I'll like it. Couldn't find how P6 does anims. Now it's something different on the bottom. I found it while looking for how to switch over to Image Ready like P4. Online information is misleading, so worse than useless, actually wasteful.

The solid state hard drive in this computer makes a gigantic f'n difference using Photoshop, the bane of my previous laptops. I have no idea what Photoshop is like on a desktop using a mouse. I don't think I could do it.

It would have been nice to know the old pro is 15", I never knew its size. I thought it was 13. Actually, I was completely confused as to size because the one before that was 17 and I thought that one was 15 and once a guy came into the shop with one exactly like my 15 in hand, and I mean exactly, and then he remarked his is actually bigger and I'm all what? So we compared right there and sure enough his was bigger. Compared computers, you dumbass, not dicks. But that caused massive confusion and online inquiries did not answer my question. At any rate, 13.something is a lot smaller than 15. Which worries me. When I see the pages I make on a tiny 15 laptop displayed on a regular desktop I think, Jesus, dude, shrink those pictures already, what are you trying to do blow out peoples' eyeballs?

This new little thing slings around giant RAW pictures out of the camera like they're nothing, 20 or so big as walls, shuffle around like cards. The pro grinds in complaint, makes me wait then suddenly gives up, and I age considerably between the pre adjustment in RAW and ushering the files into Photoshop proper to compress into jpg. nsrsly I could cook pancakes while the pro shifted them, it takes so long. From scratch. The pancakes. Now the gigantic RAW pictures go from RAW to Photoshop ping ping ping pingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingping pingpingpongpingping pingpingping ping pingping smiles and sticks out its tongue.

The old one was blacking out or seizing up some 20 times a day, and this one doesn't stop.

It's not cooking my thigh either, and all these things are tremendous advances. Which causes despair at the thought of site designers counteracting by loading up their places to take advantage of these advances. They piss me off already with their penchant for java gimcrackery. And this habit designers have taken up slapping something over what you're reading has got to stop. It's so disrespectful. All this damnable clicking to make things go away just to get at content tucked in there somewhere is intolerable. Then have facebook and twitter following you down the page, you want to share? you want to share? you want to share? you want to share? I ASKED YOU A QUESTION: DO YOU WANT TO SHARE? you want to share? you want to share? No, I want to get out fast.

In the real world one of my glass fish fell off during manipulation, proving its unreliability, which will always cause me to wonder when the next fish will fall off.

Clyde said...

I saw over at Instapundit that Sandra Fluke gave a speech in front of a Sak 'N Save in North Reno, NV, to a teeming crowd of ten (10) people.

14:59, Sandra. 14:59.

Clyde said...

I went out early this morning, around 2 a.m., to see if I could see any Orionids. I stood outside for about ten minutes but had not luck, even though the skies were clear. I should note that it was delightfully cool outside, mid-60s. I think this might be the first time our temps have dropped below 70 in Southwest Florida since last spring. It's very welcome!

AprilApple said...

The Obama admin using their media to push lies and half truths again.

tim in vermont said...

inga

So compromising the identity of an agent who had penetrated Al Qaeda deeply enough in Yemen to expose the new underwear bomb was no big deal.

So leaking the name of the guy who helped us find bin Laden so that he now rots in a Pakistani jail is no problem, but publishing non classified documents is "shit hitting the fan"?

Don't you even try to be fair in your analysis if these things? Isn't it just a little embarrassing for you?

Mitchell said...

I've finally gotten around to reading Henderson the Rain King.

I'm now at the part where it finally dawns on Henderson that the African villagers are weeping tears of shame for their complicity in the drought that killed some of their cattle.

Had to put down the book for a while.

That all needs time to sink in.

Lem said...

Somebody forgot their off-blog tag.

Roger J. said...

Inga--re tim's comment. Classified documents are in four classifications--Official Use Only, Confidential, Secret and Top Secret--Sensitive is not a classification. Now were the information in the documents submitted to the Issa subcommmittee, the administration could have invoked executive privilege, or do what is normally done, redact information that protects methods and sources. Issa's committee committed no security violations.

I think you are a bit off base on this one.

Bob Ellison said...

George McGovern has died. He was obviously a good and honest man. A pilot in WW2, too.

AllenS said...

Confucius says: "When throwing shit into a fan, do not be standing in front of it."

Curious George said...

"tim in vermont said...
inga

Don't you even try to be fair in your analysis if these things? Isn't it just a little embarrassing for you?"

It's not an issue of "fair". Inga is just too fucking stupid to parse out the logical failings of whatever she's reading or hearing that supports her worldview. Like a retard with a shiny thing, she can't wait to show the world.

This argument is best left for garage.

Ann Althouse said...

"I am a part of the application committee so leave the "Don't Tread On Me' t shirt home-you are over 60 and should never be wearing anything with words on it....thanks doll."

Okay, human-relations-guy, landscaper of corporate personnel, but Meade is not over 60. He's not even over 58.

Ann Althouse said...

@Palladian Thanks for the description. You know, I learned how to do that and actually did it, when I was in art school. so many years ago, back when McGovern was running for President.

It's really hard to get the image to come out the way you've drawn it, hard for it not to go too dark and so forth. But the grinding part is aesthetically pleasing in itself and I remember the look of those stones very well.

Lem said...

Interesting that the administration now seems to want sensitive information to stay that way, when just a short time ago, they were the ones severely scorned, by former secretary Gates, for leaking classified material... in a blatant political effort to make Obama look a certain way.

Roger J. said...

George McGovern--as I mentioned on another thread, I didnt agree with his politics, but he was a true patriot and an American hero. Condolences to his family and RIP Senator. Well done.

Lem said...

Link

Ann Althouse said...

"Thought we'd hear your take take on Alan Dershowitz's house for sale in Cambridge."

Wow! I was shocked by how awful it is. The murals. Yeesh! The purple-and-teal bedroom. The open closet displaying his suits. The collection of Third World sculptures.

Almost Ali said...

Well, my pea soup turned out great! And here, not lost in the noise, messages in bottles from places like New Hampshire, and Indiana, the Pacific northwest, the great swinger state of Ohio, and homes in between. I think I even saw a beer can float in from Texas.

Many, many thanks!

Which [also] proves y'all are alive and well, as I am here - sharing my soup - and aching for the polls to open. So look for me there, under "R"...:)

Aridog said...

Additional info on "classification" matters, which Tim in V, Roger J, and AllenS got right. :-))

Certain USG documents - records under the FOUO classification may carry a different, more literal, classification description such as shown below on a Army & USMC Tech Manual. It remains FOUO regardless.

This is NOT equivalent to "sensitive" as a classification, which does not exist. FOUO guidance usually includes destruction when no longer used or current instructions....as do higher classifications.

TECHNICAL MANUAL [Army TM 0-1005-239-23 and P, Marince Corps TM 11110A-01 ]

UNIT AND DIRECT SUPPORT MAINTENANCE MANUAL (INCLUDING REPAIR PARTS AND SPECIAL TOOLS LIST)FOR LONG RANGE SNIPER RIFLE, M107 USMC SPECIAL APPLICATION SCOPED RIFLE (SASR)


DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT C – Distribution authorized to U.S. Government Agencies and their contractors. This publication is required for administrative and operational purposes, as determined on 30 August 2005. Other requests for this document must be referred to: ATTN: AMSTA-LC-LPIT, TACOM-ROCK ISLAND, 1 Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL 61299-7630.

DESTRUCTION NOTICE – Destroy by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or reconstruction of the document.

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENTS OF THE ARMY, AIR FORCE, AND MARINE CORPS

Beyond all this, in todays USG and US Military world, all emails or other messages, attached or embedded documents, from official devices will carry a literal designation as Unclassified or Classified, the latter of which may, if "Secret" or higher, require the recipient to have a STE, ...aka Secure Terminal Equipment...replaces the STU-III set, telephone or VOIP device and encrypted ID card to utilize it.

Finally, within each classification category there is the "need to know" feature...e.g., "usually indicated by "Eyes Only" on the transmission header sheet. You may have a Top Secret Clearance,but you still don't get to read everything....

...unless you are PFC Bradley Manning working in a 4 Star General's office with lazy ass, ignorant, stupid, incompetent Data Base Administrators, assigning absurd access roles and permissions, in both the Army and Dept of State systems.

Rusty said...

Palladian said...
The process sounds wonderful, and I can see how it would be intoxicating to carry out. Whether it's woodwork, metalwork, music or anything else, I have a hard time controlling myself, taking the time for perfection unless the work itself forces me too.

The great thing about many technically- and manually-oriented arts is that the process forces you toward deep and methodical attention.

I have always loved processes that combine physical, manual work and intellectual rigor and concentration.

When I'm setting type, or running a press, or grinding stones, or making paints or working with wood or metal, I'm always reminded that these tasks were a lifetime's vocation, craft and art of countless men. There were men who spent 12 hours a day (or more) setting metal type, operating presses, hefting huge lithography stones around, or carving, sanding and polishing, building and painting.

I remain in awe of that.


Doing anything well takes time. The time taken is the attention paid to details.

Strelnikov said...

Just an update. Were up in Door Co. closing the house for the season and the Romney signs out number Obama's about 2 to 1. We noticed the same thing during the Walker recall. This has always been a sold Dem stronghold and we were inundated with the "Hope" poster four years ago. The times they are a changing.

Meade said...

Titus said...
"Meadsy we are unhappy with our illegal grounds keepers"

Titus, you must be mystified as to why anyone would want to keep your illegal grounds for you. But if you would like help in figuring it out, my consulting fee is $1000/hr. I estimate that it would take me about 1 minute. Thanks, toots.

Ann Althouse said...

"Somebody forgot their off-blog tag."

Off-blog Althouse is kind of a pre-Meade tag. It represented a kind of a joke that I was mostly at one with the blog and it was an odd, offbeat thing for me to disaggregate myself and be off-blog.

That's not so much a feeling I have now that Meade is here with me so much of the time when I'm on-blog. On blog is more, off-bloggy.