June 26, 2013

At the Wet Lettuce Café...

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... because Lem wanted a café and because I think some of you might need a break from all the legalistic argle-bargle. And it was Lem who asked "Is Argle-Bargle another way of saying bullshit?" And the answer is most definitely yes, and as you know, I'm immensely interested in the concept of paraphrasing. In other words, I want to be the Professor of Paraphrase. And by the way, did you know that the song "Fly Me To the Moon," was originally titled "In Other Words"? And that Frank Sinatra sings the line "In other words, darling, kiss me" in these other words: "In other words, baby, kiss me"? Why does "darling" seem so old fashioned? Does anyone use the endearment "darling" anymore (other than sarcastically, as in "yes, darling")?

Okay, you get the message: Talk about random stuff. Be amusing and delightful. Or something.

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Ann Althouse said...

2 of my favorite Lovin' Spoonful songs use "darling": this and this.

Inga said...

Lettuce entertain you, lettuce make you smile... Singing while holding fans in strategic places.

Inga said...

Darlin ' Ann! Love those two songs!

Palladian said...

There are some good old French cooked lettuce dishes.

Icepick said...

Why not the bullshit tag? I mean, we've had a lot of bullshit about bullshit today, which is to say a lot of meta-bullshit. Or rather meta-metaphorical bullshit.

It's probably still turtles all the way down.

Ron said...

I am unfazed by this phase where Professor Silvio FishEye wishes to be the Potentate of ParaPhrase.

"Oh Darling" sings Macca...

edutcher said...

A few cautionary stats for those who think the economy really is recovering.

Patrick said...

I think you may regret not creating a tag of "argle bargle." It would be handy in all sorts of applications, from poorly reasoned court decisions to really dumb comments.

Maybe someone on twitter should do an argle bargle hashtag.

#arglebargle

See? It even looks cool.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

The post about the giant Jesus statue made me think of a conversation I had a few months ago with my husband....after seeing a gigantic David statue for sale in an antique/junk store. It was at least 20 feet tall. And only $500. A steal!

Me: I want to win the lottery so we can afford to eccentric and buy this.

He: Why. What would you do with it?

Me: Put it in the front part of the property and dress him up for appropriate holidays. Santa hat and red and white loin cloth for Christmas. Leprechaun clothing for St Patrick's day or maybe a kilt. Big GIANT bunny ears and fluffy tail in the spring. The giant fun clothing would be endless. Just think of the props we could use and how we would really piss off the neighbors. God that would be great! I want to be rich and eccentric!!

He: Have you been drinking without me?

I still think it would be fun. To have enough money to be a harmless eccentric.

Icepick said...

edutcher, I know we're still millions of jobs short of where we were when this started, and that most of the jobs created in the meantime are worse than those destroyed. So I'm well aware of how shitty things are. Those that aren't so aware are either intentionally ignorant, delusional, or lying dirtbags, i.e. Democratic Party shills.

madAsHell said...

I think darling is a regional thing.

I haven't heard anyone use darling since we left Texas 28 years ago. In Texas, a woman might address another woman as darling....or at least that's what I recall. For some odd reason, I thought it might be sarcasm, or derogatory.

Æthelflæd said...

Argle-bargle is forever associated with Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped" in my mind.
" Ye haggled and argle-bargled like an apple-wife."

Icepick said...

he giant fun clothing would be endless. Just think of the props we could use and how we would really piss off the neighbors. God that would be great! I want to be rich and eccentric!!

What would you do for Arbor Day?

I still think it would be fun. To have enough money to be a harmless eccentric.

I think it would be more fun to be rich and hire my own hit squad. But then I'm notably bloody-minded. Which is kind of funny given the lack of flesh on my skull.

Rusty said...

Growth for last quarter was adjusted down from 2.4% to 1.8%
Coal is now evil.
The recovery proceeds apace.

edutcher said...

Ann Althouse said...

I want to be the Professor of Paraphrase.

The Songstress of Simplify.

The Countess of Construe.

The Elvess of Elucidate.

The Blogress of Bearnaise (hey, it's wet lettuce).

Icepick said...

I haven't heard anyone use darling since we left Texas 28 years ago.

I prefer "Hun" as used in Baltimore. It's one of the few things in which Baltimore lives up to the moniker "Charm City".

caplight45 said...

I remember John B Sebastian talking about how he enjoyed using the words "dawdle" and "toddle" so much in Darlin' Be Home Soon. It might have been on the PBS special, "John Lennon's Juke Box."

It might be in this clip but if it's not it's still a neat clip of JBS talking about the song writing process and adapting other songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izVbN_-ochU

Icepick said...

I want to be the Baron of Boiled Brains. (I just can't seem to get Shakespeare off my mind - my ephemeral, immaterial mind....)

Mogget said...

The Military Ridge Trail is flooded -- and not just a little bit.

edutcher said...

Icepick said...

edutcher, I know we're still millions of jobs short of where we were when this started, and that most of the jobs created in the meantime are worse than those destroyed. So I'm well aware of how shitty things are. Those that aren't so aware are either intentionally ignorant, delusional, or lying dirtbags, i.e. Democratic Party shills.

I think it's easy to lose sight of the severity of the situation when the Ministry of Propaganda only wants us to know about Kardashians and playoffs.

madAsHell said...

What would you do for Arbor Day?

Dress him up in peckerwood!!

edutcher said...

PS I think it's "Hon", as in sweet, rather than "Hun", as in the Kaiser's best.

Christy said...

Mostly darling is used in TV scripts as a sarcasm. IRL I use it all the time with delight. I truly have the darlingest nieces. Should I give up the word?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

What would you do for Arbor Day?

Dress him up like a lumberjack with a massive axe in his hand unless I can get a huge chainsaw replica to have him hold onto. Strew a bunch of chopped up wood and tree limbs at his feet Red and black plaid hat with the ear flaps. It might be hard to get giant levi coveralls and a wife beater T shirt, but that's what being rich and eccentric is all about.

He would be a Canadian lumberjack.... and he's OK.

Icepick said...

You're right, it is "Hon". But I always do that (subconsciously) for a peculiar reason. There is (or at least was) and annual "Hon Fest", in which people try to pick the year's best Hon. There are various competitions (duckpin bowling!, scrapple recipe contests) and Q&As. (Sample question: What's your favorite piece of Tuperware?) I kept thinking I should show up one year dressed as Attila the Hun and take it from there. (Attila's favorite piece of Tuperware? The one for storing deviled eggs, of course!) Unfortunately I left Baltimore before putting that plan in action. (And for all I know it had been done before - I mean, the idea is blatantly obvious!)

edutcher said...

"Darling" used to be a term a wife called her husband.

Feminism has done its dead level best to kill such wifely endearments altogether.

Icepick said...

I think it's easy to lose sight of the severity of the situation when the Ministry of Propaganda only wants us to know about Kardashians and playoffs.

That's Ministry of Truth to you, bub!

Icepick said...

I truly have the darlingest nieces. Should I give up the word?

No. TO Hell with crappy TV writing conventions!

Icepick said...

He would be a Canadian lumberjack.... and he's OK.

Then shouldn't he be dressed in women's clothing, just like his dear marmar?

Inga said...

Ooooooo the big bad feminists made The Blonde stop calling you "darling" Ed? :(

edutcher said...

Well, this is cool news.

Rick Perry is not going to let a pack of tin-plate fascists dictate to him.

He's calling the TX legislature back to vote on the abortion bill.

Whether you think the bill is good or not, I like the idea he's going to get a vote and not let the Planned Barrenhood Schutz-Staffel call the tune.

edutcher said...

Inga said...

Ooooooo the big bad feminists made The Blonde stop calling you "darling" Ed? :(

The Blonde calls me "Dear" and "Honey". Nobody tells her what to do.

PS Needless to say the She Devil of the SS never called her "husband" (Brunhilde was his name IIRC) darling.

Amartel said...

Frank Sinatra explains paraphrasing: "In other words, please be true."

Apparently "darling" was old-fashioned and "baby" was hep and cool back in Sinatra times but everything old is new again? Or maybe it was new again, then old again, then new again but what is it now?

That's life (that's life)
That's what all the people say
You're riding high in April
Shot down in May
But I know I'm gonna change that tune [toooooon]
When I'm back on top, back on top in Jooooon

I said that's life (that's life)
And as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks
Stomping on a dream
But I don't let it get me down
'Cause this fine old world it keeps spinning around

Inga said...

Ah Edutcher, jealous that I had a loving marriageto a wonderful man, and four children and now three grandchildren, while God blessed YOU with "pups"? I guess you have a right to be bitter.

El Pollo Raylan said...

Did anyone else notice that Darrell Issa's photo on Twitter has an Eric Holder 'stache? It's dreadful -- I'm thinking he did it to mock Holder.

Palladian said...

Here's a nice recipe for braised lettuce, from page 489 of Child, Beck & Bertholle's Mastering The Art of French Cooking

Laitues Braisées

Boston lettuce, chicory, and escarole are all equally good for braising. Count on one 6- to 8-inch head per person.

6 heads of lettuce, 6 to 8 inches in diameter
A large kettle containing 7 to 8 quarts of boiling water
1.5 tsp salt per quart of water
Salt and pepper
6 thick slices of bacon
A 4-inch square of bacon rind (or fresh pork rind)
A 12-inch, fireproof, covered casserole
1/2 cup sliced onions
1/2 cup sliced carrots
3 Tb butter
About 2 cups good beef stock or canned beeef bouillon, plus, if you wish, 1/2 cup dry white wine or dry white vermouth
A medium herb bouquet: 4 parsley sprigs, 1/4 tsp thyme, 1/2 bay leaf, tied in cheesecloth
A round of buttered paper
A lightly buttered serving dish
2 Tb butter
2 to 3 Tb minced parsley

Plunge three of the heads in the boiling salted water. Bring rapidly back to the boil and boil slowly, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes until the heads have wilted. Remove and plunge for 2 to 3 minutes in a large basin of cold water. Repeat with the remaining lettuce. A head at a time, squeeze gently but firmly in both hands to eliminate as much water as you can. Slice each head in half lengthwise. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold in half crosswise and shape with your hands to make fat triangles.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Simmer the bacon and rind in a quart of water for 10 minutes. Drain, rinse in cold water, and dry.

In the casserole cook the onions and carrots slowly with the butter until tender but not browned. Push them to the sides of the casserole and arrange the lettuce triangles in the bottom, closely pressed against each other. Spread part of the vegetables over the lettuce, then the bacon and bacon rind.

Pour in enough liquid barely to cover the lettuce. Add the herb bouquet. Bring to the simmer on top of the stove. Place the buttered paper over the lettuce, cover the casserole, and set in lower third of preheated oven. Regulate heat so lettuce simmers slowly for 1.5 hours.

Remove the lettuce to the serving dish and keep it dish warm. Quickly boil down the braising liquid until it has reduced to a syrup (about 1/2 cup).

Off heat, swirl the butter into the sauce, then strain it over the lettuce, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

(If done in advance, do not sauce the lettuce until the last moment. Boil down the braising liquid and strain it into a saucepan. Reheat the lettuce by covering with buttered foil and setting it for about 15 minutes in a 350º oven. Just before serving, butter the sauce and pour it over the lettuce.)

Saint Croix said...

Does anyone use the endearment "darling"

yes but I drop the g.

sweetie
darlin'
baby

these are all still good in my world

Saint Croix said...

Ronald Reagan and Nancy used to call each other "mommy" and "daddy," which apparently was a thing back in the day.

Inga said...

Whose yo daddy?

El Pollo Raylan said...

Say, whatever happened to the commenter "Hoosier Daddy"?

El Pollo Raylan said...

For awhile, I was convinced he was Meade because of his "hoosierly" nature and the bicycle fetishism. Was he disappeared?

Inga said...

I think he got mad at Althouse and left in a huff, couldn't have been Meade.

wyo sis said...

Darling is still in good standing in this part of the world. At least among the over 40's who are the only group I can speak for.

El Pollo Raylan said...

I think he got mad at Althouse and left in a huff, couldn't have been Meade.

Maybe he pulled a bissage.

edutcher said...

Inga said...

Ah Edutcher, jealous that I had a loving marriageto a wonderful man, and four children and now three grandchildren, while God blessed YOU with "pups"? I guess you have a right to be bitter.

You mean the one that produced the "Marine" who's a "corpseman"?

At least the pups are real.

Seems like bitter is what comes out of the She Devil of the SS every time she gets found out.

Palladian said...

Say, whatever happened to the commenter "Hoosier Daddy"?

"Hoosier Daddy" made his last comment at Althouse almost a year ago.

Lem said...

Its a funny thing with Cafes.

When they are there, open, I almost never have anything amusing or delightful to say... but if the cafes is not there, is like I'm being deprived... or something.

I say or something because sometimes I'm thinking of a feeling that probably has a better word for it and "or something" is my way of saying I'm not capturing it... finding it, mining it... its in my mind somewhere. It will come to me when I'm not trying to think of it.

I'm sure this has happened to all of you.

Æthelflæd said...

Saint Croix said...


"sweetie
darlin'
baby

these are all still good in my world"

Mine, too. As well as sugar, pumpkin, hon, honey, etc.

Patrick said...

All the time, Lem.

edutcher said...

Palladian said...

Say, whatever happened to the commenter "Hoosier Daddy"?

"Hoosier Daddy" made his last comment at Althouse almost a year ago.


Given his last comment ("I can testify this works. I'm 45 but don't look a day over 35. An enthusiastic young lady is the real fountain of youth."), it may well be safe to assume he is otherwise occupied.

Inga said...

Edutcher, I'm not going to argue with you, you are consistently WRONG, as Althouse as pointed out several times now. This should be a fun thread, relax, enjoy, find your sense of humor, you have one?

I'm sorry that you have issues with the reality of the existence of my children, I have issues with the existance of a "Blonde" too, so we're even.

Patrick said...

Inga, have you had 3 grandchildren for awhile, or is one of them recent?

If so, congratulations. I suppose congratulations even if it isn't all that new.

Inga said...
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David said...

Darling is still in fashion where I sleep every night. So are sweetie, honey, sweetie pie, honeybun, sweetie pie-honeybun more.



Inga said...
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Lem said...

A paraphrasing error.

Inga said...

Patrick, I have three daughters and one son, my 40 year old daughter, and her hubby who have been married for 15 years blessed me with my three grandchildren, ages 12, 10 and 4. My daughter and on in law from Madison, who married last fall, have no children yet, but they're workin' on it!

My 41 year old daughter is the Corpsman attached to the 1st MLG in CA.


President-Mom-Jeans said...

Meanwhile, noted White Hispanic George Zimmerman is continuing in his political show trial.

All the details here.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/06/zimmerman-trial-day-analysis-and-video-of-states-witnesses//#more

The prosecutions "star witness" admitted to lying several times on the stand today, about her age and then about why she skipped the thugs funeral. Also apparently said that while on the phone, Trayvon called Zimmerman a creepy ass cracker.

It is disgusting that this matter ever went to trial. Each of the states witnesses were destroyed on cross examination today.

AprilApple said...

I'd like to crawl in that bucket and take a soak.

Lydia said...

And then there's the surname "Darling," which I'd always assumed was a corruption of some other word.

But it seems it came from Old English "deorling", meaning "darling, one dearly loved, originally a nickname for 'the beloved or dear one', but which also gave rise to the Olde English personal names 'Dierling, Dyrling' and 'Deorling'. Darling itself is popular in Scotland and Ireland, where the term was used to denote the young noble of a house, perhaps the eldest son, on whom all expectation rested."

Sweet.

edutcher said...

Inga said...

Edutcher, I'm not going to argue with you, you are consistently WRONG, as Althouse as pointed out several times now. This should be a fun thread, relax, enjoy, find your sense of humor, you have one?

Actually, she hasn't, she just gets mad when I construe things in a way other than the one she wants. But I see you're still trying to dictate who's allowed an opinion.

But, as to your whine, you picked the fight. Too bad you can't take it when you get it back.

Inga said...

Ed darlin' shhhhhh.... Hey Blondie, Ed needs a foot rub and a head noogy!

AReasonableMan said...

President-Mom-Jeans said...
Each of the states witnesses were destroyed on cross examination today.


That is not exactly what happened. In fact, in front of a six woman jury, three woman who were direct or indirect witnesses to the killing pointed to Zimmerman as the initial aggressor. Two male defense lawyers then acted quite aggressively towards the women implying that all three were liars.

They may have had little choice but the net effect did not look good.

Lem said...

Why not the bullshit tag? I mean, we've had a lot of bullshit about bullshit today, which is to say a lot of meta-bullshit. Or rather meta-metaphorical bullshit.

When I worked as a CAD drafter, we had a Microsoft Windows IT contractor come in to install new computers and software.
We used to joke around about the quality of Microsoft products, all in good office Dilbert fun.

But One time, I recall I must have pushed the Windows is trash meme too hard, where he had to stop me cold and point out to me that Microsoft was the means by which he made his living.

Awkward.

Icepick said...

Two male defense lawyers then acted quite aggressively towards the women implying that all three were liars.

Yes, and one of those witnesses admitted to something today that she hadn't told the police before (meaning she seems to have just thought of it right before the qiestion was answered) and another witness (or perhaps the same on) said that she very clearly heard three gunshots. Maybe she's got triple hearing like some people have double vision.

Bryan C said...

"And by the way, did you know that the song "Fly Me To the Moon," was originally titled "In Other Words"? "

Oddly enough, I did know that. It also has a charming introductory verse:

Poets often use many words to say a simple thing.
It takes thought and rhyme to make a poem sing.
With words and with music I've been playing.
For you I have written this song.
To make sure you understand what I'm saying.
I'll translate as I go along…

Bryan C said...

"They may have had little choice but the net effect did not look good."

You have an awfully low opinion of female jurors.

edutcher said...

AnUnreasonableTroll said...

Each of the states witnesses were destroyed on cross examination today.

That is not exactly what happened. In fact, in front of a six woman jury, three woman who were direct or indirect witnesses to the killing pointed to Zimmerman as the initial aggressor. Two male defense lawyers then acted quite aggressively towards the women implying that all three were liars.


No implication.

IIRC one said she heard the shots as she talked to 911, but the tape had no sounds of gunshots.

And where's the She Devil of the SS telling Troll he can't say such things because this is a fun thread?

Lem said...

Maybe he pulled a bissage.

I was just getting used to him when he up and left.

Lem said...

Betamax reminds me of bissage... a little bit.

Ann Althouse said...

"Why not the bullshit tag? I mean, we've had a lot of bullshit about bullshit today, which is to say a lot of meta-bullshit. Or rather meta-metaphorical bullshit."

There actually is no "bullshit" tag. There's "civility bullshit" which is about the call to civility, which I always regarded as bullshit.

AReasonableMan said...

Bryan C said...
You have an awfully low opinion of female jurors.


Not at all. What can unquestionably be concluded is that all three witnesses had formed the impression that Zimmerman was the aggressor. Since this is the heart of the prosecutors case for murder the defense needed to defuse this feeling more subtly than they appeared to do.

For the record, I don't think Zimmerman is guilty of murder, instead manslaughter, and I do think the defense lawyers have generally proven to be better than the state lawyers. To give one example, Jeannee Manaloo stated that Zimmerman immediately stood upright after shooting Martin, apparently uninjured, meaning no serious debilitating injuries. A good prosecutor would have immediately asked, 'Did Zimmerman make any attempt to to save the victim's life?'. A no answer would have been quite damaging in that context.

Patrick said...

Inga, I think for some reason I was thinking your newly married daughter had a baby. I have no idea why I would think that. Anyway, good health to them all.

Patrick said...

I'm in a really good mood today. Very good news this week, news I've been waiting for. Life will never be perfect, but I think I've hit a sweet spot.

Ann Althouse said...

"Oddly enough, I did know that. It also has a charming introductory verse:"

Yes, that stresses that it's a song about paraphrasing. This is the Professor of Paraphrasing's walk-on music!

Ann Althouse said...

"Betamax reminds me of bissage... a little bit."

I'm sure Betamax would tell me if that we're so.

I've been sad for years thinking Bissage might have died.

Inga said...

Whatever it is, congrats Patrick!

Patrick said...

Thanks.

Lem said...

There actually is no "bullshit" tag.

And there probably shouldn't... given the instantaneous cycle? in which someone, say Andrew Sullivan, might say something about something, tempting you to used a bullshit tag, only to have it thrown back at you, when and in the unlikely event, that Sullivan might be right about something.

It could happen... 50/50 are good odds.

A bullshit tag is too risky... there is no such thing as blogging insurance.

Lem said...

I've been sad for years thinking Bissage might have died.

That was a theory of Theo's as well.

edutcher said...

AnUnreasonableTroll said...

You have an awfully low opinion of female jurors.

Not at all. What can unquestionably be concluded is that all three witnesses had formed the impression that Zimmerman was the aggressor.


Gee, I wonder how that might have come about?

How many months of media propaganda have we had?

Since this is the heart of the prosecutors case for murder the defense needed to defuse this feeling more subtly than they appeared to do.

Too bad the law wants facts.

For the record, I don't think Zimmerman is guilty of murder, instead manslaughter, and I do think the defense lawyers have generally proven to be better than the state lawyers. To give one example, Jeannee Manaloo stated that Zimmerman immediately stood upright after shooting Martin, apparently uninjured, meaning no serious debilitating injuries. A good prosecutor would have immediately asked, 'Did Zimmerman make any attempt to to save the victim's life?'. A no answer would have been quite damaging in that context.

And would have been knocked down by the defense.

Troll wants Zimmerman hanged. Too bad it's not going to happen.

Ann Althouse said...

Betamax reminds me of bissage... a little bit.

I'm sure Betamax would tell me if that we're so.

I've been sad for years thinking Bissage might have died.


Bissage never struck me as that old.

edutcher said...

From the Stopped Clock Dept:

MSLSD notices something (and they may even be right):

Since the DOMA decision only struck down one part of the law, it's more a blow against Federal power than anything else.

Granted, they're taking it far more hysterically, but...

And in the IIRC File:

a move afoot to recall Marco Rubio.

Lessee, that's 3 of "their" Republicans.

4, if you count Gabriel Gomez.

Patrick said...

Bissage never struck me as that old.

Only the good die young?

bagoh20 said...

I wanted to post a comment here describing my terrifying yet delightful return to hang gliding after a 6 month hiatus. It's not quite like riding a bicycle. Hell, at this age, even riding a bicycle is not like riding a bicycle.

Anyway it got too long, so if you want to read about one man's journey from abject fear to timid confidence check it out on my rarely updated blog.

Out of Hibernation

bagoh20 said...

About once a year, I mention Bissage, as in what ever happened to? He's become an enigma - I always wanted to be one of those. Congrats Bissage, wherever you are.

Patrick said...


Not at all. What can unquestionably be concluded is that all three witnesses had formed the impression that Zimmerman was the aggressor.


I had the opportunity to watch the livestream of Jeantel's testimony. None of what she said is "unquestionable." She admitted that her earlier statements were made in a rush, without any real thought. She admitted that she lied about her reasons for missing the funeral. She testified today, unequivocally that it was Martin's voice that was screaming. Her earlier testimony - under oath was that it "could be," it sort of sounded like him, but she wasn't sure. Who knows what the jury will do, but they would be foolish to rely on what she says.

I did not see the other two testify, but It appears that one of them described hearing three shots, when everyone, including the prosecution states there was one shot. She also equivocated when crossed about who was on top. She said Zimmerman because she thought he was bigger. She had this "impression," because she'd only seen pictures of Martin when he was a kid.

In addition "formed the impression" is not much of a legal standard. Why did they form that impression, based upon what? Do you really know? Maybe they watched MSNBC and hadn't heard that MSNBC deliberately edited their tape to make Zimmerman look bad. The jury would not be wise to listen only to the direct exam of the prosecution. they need to examine that evidence through the cross examination, and their own observation.

El Pollo Raylan said...

MSLSD notices something (and they may even be right):

She said that this ruling, along with other decisions the Court handed down this session, “gut the power of the federal government” and prevent Washington D.C. from declaring gay marriage the law in all 50 states.


The left has always bellyached about Washington DC not being able to dictate policy. Take the South: to the lefties I knew and mingled with in Madison, WI, it's perpetually 1965 in South. They also despise the South for their guns and their God and even the way they talk. I've never lived in the South I'm sure that the bigotry is returned in part by some.

The notion that all 50 states need homogenization is an limp leftist fantasy.

Inga said...

Wow Bagoh, that was scary, yet exciting! I almost wet my own panties reading your account. Thanks for sharing, makes the reader feel they were almost there with you.

Congrats to you too!

Patrick said...

Nice writing there, Bagoh. THe problem with first person narratives though, is that we know you made it, because you wrote the damn thing!

But we're glad you made it. Your dogs too. Hope they didn't piss in the truck.

edutcher said...

Patrick said...

Bissage never struck me as that old.

Only the good die young?


Well, the odds are longer.

And, to supplement Patrick's takedown of Troll, a great line from Paula Deen after Matt Lauer asked her if she's a racist, If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wished they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me

The Airborne Ranger In The Sky never said it better.

Rialby said...

"I've been sad for years thinking Bissage might have died.

Bissage never struck me as that old."

His blogger profile said he was middle-aged. Someone should ask either Mark Zuckerberg or the NSA. They know exactly who he is and where he is.

And, for that matter, who I am.

Tim said...

"I'm sure this has happened to all of you."

Lem, you know this: that's what baseball (and other sports) are for.

Chicks?

They talk about something else.

Shoes, or other meaningless stuff.

Men?

Baseball. Football.

We'll always have that.

Tim said...

"And, for that matter, who I am."

Yes, they do.

A suspected terrorist, just like me.

bagoh20 said...

THe problem with first person narratives though, is that we know you made it,..."

I could have broken my cooter bone, and still written it. That would be a tragedy.

I was so scared, that on the way up the mountain, I was actually contemplating not doing it, and giving up the sport forever, just out of fear. I am so glad I didn't because once on the other side of that first return flight, everything is different now. It would have been a terrible sacrifice to that thief we call fear, and I've made too many of those already in my life.

Tim said...

Oh Lord Jesus, a broken cooter bone?

Ain't nobody got time for that!

Patrick said...

And seriously, Bagoh, that is really cool.

Patrick said...

Not the cooter bone. That would've been, yes, tragic and confusing.

Titus said...

Someone's little dog is pinching loafs in the gardens around my very expensive loft building and I am almost as irate about it as Scalia is about fags doing anal.

Do you know in some town in Spain they have cameras and if you don't pick up the dog shit they mail it to you.

I am supportive of mailing not picked up dog loafs to irresonsible owners. I am very limited government but this could be beneficial. Although, personally, I have had to pinch in the city and would be devastated if my log was mailed to me. Nature calls dolls! Has some city employee ever seen me pinching behind a dumpster and wiping with a Maple Leaf? Could you imagine having that job by the way? Talk about jobs we American's won't do. But Spain is a mess currently so I am sure there is some hot Euro in Spain mailing shit to residents.

As a dog owner you can easily detect loafs based off the size of the dog.

For example, you could never mistake my rare clumbers shit because they are ginormous and he generally doesn't finish at just one squat.

Do you rural redneck grossie state peeps know that city dogs dump on the street and sidewalk.

Every time the rare clumber spinches on a red brook sidewalk someone says to me "city dog".

Why is it always assumed that dogs can only dump on grass or lawns????

Last weekend was all about the "external". This weekend is all about the "internal". We are now staying at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires-I know not too internal but the other "lesser" inns were booked. And there is rooms for dog guests although they don't actually put it on their website which I appreciate. It requires a more personal and indepth conversation.

So last weekend was Ptown, Truro, Wellfleet, Chatham and the Bourne Bridge.

This weekend will be Lee, Lennox, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Jacobs Pillow and Tanglewood. Maybe I will run into Biddy from the UW? She must be so grateful her summering options have expanded beyond Indian Lake and Lake Wisconsin.

Different type of fab, but fab nontheless.

The remaining summering entails Ptown, Camden, The Vinyard and maybe Nantucket, Ptown again, York, Ptown one more time and finally Bristol....Rhode Island.

Have a super summer pubes!

Inga said...

Is the cooter bone connected to the butt bone?

bagoh20 said...

I bet the NSA could help this guy with his
Questions

Dante said...

Ann, OK, I'm boring. But I did investigate Article IV Section IV of the constitution, through your posting on Pacific States Telephone & Telegraph Company v. Oregon.

The opinion relies on Luther v. Borden and that gets something fundamental wrong in an ironic way.

It allows the US government to pick the government of a state, by political decisions, by changing the obvious meaning of Article IV. Section IV, thereby granting power to the Federal Government. In this case, a majority of Rhode Islanders affirmed a new constitution, and were subjugated to the martial law state imposed by the charter government of Rhode Island by the existing power. The subtle change in L v. B. was to arrogate additional power to the federal government to decide which government of a state was a "Republic." So the Supreme court ruled they could not decide whether the Charter Government was a "Republic," thereby endorsing a retarded reading of Article IV section IV. A IV S IV is a guarantee to the STATES, not the people. It is not a guarantee to the citizens of the state their government will be "Republic" in Nature.

With the new meaning, the Feds get to decide whether or not a state government is "republican" or not.

Also, ironically, now that I understand this better, I AGREE the federal courts should have nothing to do with Proposition 8 standing! The state does not want to pursue it, then any injuries by the state to an individual simply do not matter.

It's up to people to force the state to do their will. CA government has a very bad habit of not pursuing the will of the people. That, though, is not surprising, given that it is a leftist state.

bagoh20 said...

"Is the cooter bone connected to the butt bone?".

I don't think so, but I know men who would try to tell an innocent girl like you that it is. Trust but verify.

El Pollo Raylan said...

bagoh20 wrote...About once a year, I mention Bissage, as in what ever happened to? He's become an enigma - I always wanted to be one of those. Congrats Bissage, wherever you are.

Perhaps Althouse should proclaim a "Bissage Day" on the anniversary of his last comment (whenever that was). Althouse could revisit posts tagged "bissage" and commenters could recall their funniest interactions.

Tim said...

Questions?

Well, how did I get here?

El Pollo Raylan said...

Inga said...
Is the cooter bone connected to the butt bone?

The conjunction occurs when the coccyx connects to the pubic bone which is anterior to the urethral sponge.

edutcher said...

Inga said...

Is the cooter bone connected to the butt bone?

This is a "nurse" asking this.

Inga said...

Ah yes Chickie, but Ed thinks a cooter bone belongs to a human.

El Pollo Raylan said...

I got one of these for Christmas one year when I was about 10. I quickly learned the names of all the different bones. I was fascinated with the origins of many of the names, but I had to consult a Webster's 2nd at the library because we didn't have info like that at home then.

Tim said...

Inga said...

"Ah yes Chickie, but Ed thinks a cooter bone belongs to a human."

The only thing worse than the plague the low-information voter has visited upon this once-proud republic is the plague the low-information voter with "no-term" memory loss has visited upon us:

Inga said...

"Is the cooter bone connected to the butt bone?"

Sometimes, stupid is too big to measure.

Inga said...

Oh my gosh! ! I just looked up cooter bone. Urban dictionary has it belonging to a woman! See how innocent I am? I never heard of it.

Inga said...

How many women here all their pubic bones cooter bones?

bagoh20 said...

It looks likes the Supremes got Titus all excited today - maybe half a chub. You do realize that marriage makes you incredibly boring, mainstream, common, conventional, and not at all fab. Think American Gothic with that breeder woman replaced by Jim Neighbors.

bagoh20 said...

During my flight, I could have used a "urethral sponge" .

Chip Ahoy said...

There was this song that goes, "Darlink, I love you but give me Park Avenue."

And another one, it's not a song, but a Russian spy kept saying things like, "Hogan, Darlink, you are going to get us bose in trahbul."

And also another Russian spy would say things like, "Boris, Darlink, you fool, Moose and Squirrel escape!"

(I thought the Jesus statue that people put ski implements on is 6 feet tall, not gigantic, and that was a disappointment because I wanted it to be big, and it being so small means the PBOE was probably going around being something of a pain in the beu-tox putting things like that around all over the place, the ten commandments and such. People get used to the object, take them as semi sacred, and offended when removed. A giant flamingo would be better. Give me a moment. I must pray.

[dear Jesus hum de hum hum ...]

Jesus said he doesn't much care for skiing, but my flamingo idea sucks even worse. )

Icepick said...

There actually is no "bullshit" tag. There's "civility bullshit" which is about the call to civility, which I always regarded as bullshit.

Huh. I think this is the one thing I learned today. (It was a rough day, new brigework done very early in the morning.)

bagoh20 said...

Good research there Inga. Next we are going to learn about the little boatman.

This is gonna be eye opening for you.

somefeller said...

Darlin' darlin' darlin'
I can't wait to see you
Your picture ain't enough
I can't wait to touch you in the flesh

Icepick said...

Neither was Randy (Internet Ronin), I don't believe. But he's still dead.

Lem said...

"I had to consult a Webster's 2nd"

- Shall we say pistols at dawn?

- We can say it. What does it mean?

You have insulted the Countess' honour.

- Why? I let her finish first.

- Her seconds will call on you.

- Seconds? I never gave her seconds.

- My seconds will call on your seconds.

My seconds will be out.

Have 'em call on my thirds.

If my thirds are out, go to my fourths.

He's serious!

You must meet him on the field of honour.


Love And Death (1975)

Inga said...
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Icepick said...

Oh Lord Jesus, a broken cooter bone?

Ain't nobody got time for that!


"Hey, you're bleeding."

"I ain't got time to bleed."

"You got time to duck?"

Lem said...

Better yet...
Shall we say pistols at dawn?

YouTube used to be my first choice.

Inga said...

OMG, I just looked that up. I guess one needs a boat with all the little fishies in the stream.

Dante said...

OK, this thread has devolved enough to state, that I use the name "Dara Lynn," when I mean Darling. It's a term of endearment.

I like daring, as it reminds me of the wonderful things of woman. But sometimes I have to use Dara Lynn when some (female) people have forgotten what real value they have.

Petunia said...

Very nice writing, bagoh20, and nice pic too. Glad you and your dogs' bladders are all okay.

Inga said...

And a raincoat.

AReasonableMan said...

I'm sitting here listening to Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" when I realized just how perfectly it captures edutcher's unrequited longing for Inga.

Some things are just never to be Ed.

bagoh20 said...

Thanks everyone. I don't really know where those little hook comma things go, so I just throw 'em in once in while, but most of the words are spelled right.

Tim said...

Top Predator Kills

No little boatmen were harmed in this production.

Titus said...

"It looks likes the Supremes got Titus all excited today - maybe half a chub. You do realize that marriage makes you incredibly boring, mainstream, common, conventional, and not at all fab. Think American Gothic with that breeder woman replaced by Jim Neighbors"

Somewhat agree. Although, my Indian/UK husband and myself are very very not Jim Neighbors. More like American gay hottie with International gay hottie wife. And Jim Neighbors, really, we are in are early 40's.

But you do know your 70's gay porno stash and hideous hair makes your comment kind of not really that important?

Yes, Inga and older straight women in the suburbs with no tatste may see some sort of attraction....but hello? Mary, call someone, anyone, to offer you just a little bit of advice with even some minor tweaks.

Do you actually "feather" that thinning hideous bush?

I say this with love, concern and a dash of seriousness, but girl, get some counsel and a major overall and upgrade.

Aren't you supposed to be a little well off? Well then Irene get to fucking work. There is really no fucking excuse for the mess you are physcially representing. And, you will thank me in the end. One month from now the pic shoud be like what Darleen did! She doesn't look like a whore anymore at some rural bar. Now you do the same. Cut the hair Helen! And get rid of the 70's gay porno stash and enormous amount of "Making Love" first gay movie body hair. I expect amazing improvements and am looking forward to the results. Now make it happen whore.

I could be really mean but I won't because limp dick chick will likely vomit and chirpit and post elsewhere-not that I give a shit, I would punch that thing out in one swoop-gays aren't wimps any more Chick and I love a fucking fight, especially when I stick my Prada heals on their chicken wimpy neck. My goal is to help and just make some insightful suggestions. You will feel better about yourself in the the end and I promise. Confidence trumps all.

Although, vomiting can cleanse out the shit.

Lem said...

I don't really know where those little hook comma things go, so I just throw 'em in once in while...

Don't tell anybody, but I do the same thing.

I have a general idea, but most of the time I'm guessing.

Inga said...

Love Springsteens's I'm on Fire. Old Ed only has eyes for The Blonde! I think I'm safe.

Inga said...

Hey Titus! Don't insult Bagoh, you know you want him.....too.

somefeller said...

Personally, I find bagoh20's mustache to be quite impressive. It says "I am a warrior". Or, "I can still taste the deliciousness from yesterday". I leave it to the reader to speculate on the deliciousness in question.

Inga said...

Titus looks like that "Got Milk?" commercial.

somefeller said...

Though my mustache is more impressive and currently attached to a goatee, or to use a more classical phrase, a Van Dyke.

El Pollo Raylan said...

I could be really mean but I won't because limp dick chick will likely vomit and chirpit and post elsewhere-not that I give a shit, I would punch that thing out in one swoop-gays aren't wimps any more Chick...

My little stick legs are trembling in my boots, Titus.

I'm glad I got your goat. You made the poor thing afraid of people.

garage mahal said...

@somefeller
Quite a show by Wendy Davis. Think she could win a statewide race?

Inga said...

Baaaaaaahhhh! o_O

Lem said...

My goal is to help and just make some insightful suggestions.

See that?... even while celebrating titus takes time out to... help.

We are very lucky to have him.

Inga said...

Wendy Davis was amazing!

Lem said...

How hilarious it would be if we could have Titus giving us his account of the Zimmerman trial.

Boots on the ground, but in Florida this time.

somefeller said...

Garage, I hope so and I think she would in another cycle or so. There's been a lot of pressure for awhile for her to run in 2014 for Governor. I think that's too soon in terms of where the state is electorally but on the other hand she became a star yesterday so it may be a strike while the iron is hot moment. I definitely think she can pull in GOP-leaning pro-choice women, which is the demographic that allowed Ann Richards to win tough races until 1994.

El Pollo Raylan said...

garage mahal said...
@somefeller
Quite a show by Wendy Davis. Think she could win a statewide race?


Garage senses a sea change in Texas politics. The last Democratic Senator was in 1961.

somefeller said...

Also, Davis looks like the iconic Dallas/Houston blonde Junior Leaguer. That helps. A lot. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not.

bagoh20 said...

Well, Titus, I took that photo right after a sweat soaked hour in a helmet, and I don't even own a comb. I mean, I actually don't own a single one, and I'm old enough to be your dad. Now, let's get a look at you all dolled up, cause we know you don't got the guts to show yourself without a couple hours of prep, but that's OK. Whadda ya say American gay hottie? Give us a look, unless you got something to hide.

garage mahal said...

She more than hinted she wanted to run for statewide office tonight.

Smart, hot, and progressive. But I repeat myself.

El Pollo Raylan said...

@Titus: I would chirbit more of what you write, but hardly anything you write is family friendly. I guess that's because you hate kids or are infertile?

somefeller said...

The last Democratic Senator was in 1961.

Wrong. See Lloyd Bentsen.

While it may be early to call a sea change, there is a palpable change of mood in Texas politics right now and anecdotally I've heard women who aren't otherwise left-wing and voted GOP in the past expressing discontent with Team Perry and how they've been running things lately.

bagoh20 said...

And I don't give shit what anybody says about my stache. We been together since we first met. That's real marriage.

somefeller said...

It will be tough for Davis to resist calls to run in 2014 and because of yesterday, she'll have a fired-up base of volunteers that hasn't existed for a Democratic gubernatorial candidate for several cycles at least. She's one to watch.

garage mahal said...

Garage senses a sea change in Texas politics.

Nah, I don't have a clue what's going on with Texas politics. I do like Wendy Davis though. She handles herself real well.

garage mahal said...

Is Perry running again?

Paddy O said...

Got a Samsung Tab 2 as a graduation present. My first Android product and well, my first smart anything product. I'm a holdout against smartphones, but thought it might be handy to get into the tablet game. Any app suggestions? Especially something that doesn't show up on the standard lists.

madAsHell said...

Dear God!!

I'm watching out-takes from the George Zimmerman trial on legalinsurrection.com.

The prosecution's star witness is dumber than dirt....and she's had too many food stamps.

somefeller said...

Unknown. Perry is supposed to state his intentions (according to him) by July 1. General consensus is no, but he has kept his own counsel and doesn't have anywhere else to go politically. Plus, he loves that entourage.

Tim said...

bagoh20 said...

"And I don't give shit what anybody says about my stache. We been together since we first met. That's real marriage."

That, and no straight guy takes advice from any random gay guy on personal appearance.

Hell, no straight guy takes advice from any random straight guy on personal appearance.

It's just not something we guys do.

somefeller said...

The Democrats run the big cities of Texas and Latino South Texas. A look at the Obama 2008 and 2012 county maps will show that. But the Democrats get hammered in rural areas and haven't done well in suburban counties. I think Davis can appeal to the suburban counties and I'd she gets enough of that, sea change.

Lem said...

Phrase commonly used in the North of England to describe a person who acts like a fanny or in a manner betraying his male gender.

Is that what happened at the Supremes today?

bagoh20 said...

Holy crap! What if I am your dad Titus? It's possible.

I would feel the need to spank that smooth shaven, now starting to sag, soft, mash potatoes like ass. I mean the language you use around here really demands that you get a little discipline. For the right price, I can deliver what you need. For an extra 100 bucks, I'll throw in a photo of my toilet. You know, for you own private use.

El Pollo Raylan said...

Phrase commonly used in the North of England to describe a person who acts like a fanny or in a manner betraying his male gender.

I once tweeted vbspurs a joke about Ed Gein sending his sweetheart a "box of Farmer Fannies" and I almost heard the laughs through the ether.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

How quaint.

And quaint means &^%&*(%.

As our quaint actions never pass.

El Pollo Raylan said...
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El Pollo Raylan said...

@Lem: "Fannie Farmer" is a now defunct brand of chocolates.

Inga said...

Godiva, mmmm.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Creating environments where pedestrianism is such but not labeled as is our present non-conundrum.

I can't explain it.

Wouldn't if I could in many cases as the cons outnumber the pros.

As in progressives.

Seems to me best to recognize; be real.

Submit.

Again.

El Pollo Raylan said...

Inga needs to look up "fanny" in the UD--British edition.

bagoh20 said...

Inga, how can you eat chocolate with Titus is in the room. That's just asking for trouble.

creeley23 said...

Congratulations, bagoh!

Palladian said...

I would feel the need to spank that smooth shaven, now starting to sag, soft, mash potatoes like ass.

More like a beige suede purse from the Salvation Army, stuffed with cottage cheese.

Palladian said...

Fat free cottage cheese, natch.

Inga said...

Fanny, is a p***y?! Oh those strange British!

Gee thanks Bagoh, now you put me off my chocolate.

betamax3000 said...

RE: "Betamax reminds me of bissage... a little bit."

"I'm sure Betamax would tell me if that we're so."

"I've been sad for years thinking Bissage might have died."

The Thought of Bissage makes Me Happy (I Lurked for Quite a While Before I ever Posted and Remember Him Fondly): I Miss him, and Hope he is Well, or -- at least -- Wish He is Now Well Onto the Great Universal Adventure with a Wide-Open Soul.

To Ann's Comment:

If I were Anyone But Myself (or Besides Myself) I Would Indeed Let You Know, Sincerely: I am Off-Kilter On Occasion (?) But I do Not Desire to Mislead (Unless I add the 'Robot' tag, which means "Buyer Beware" in Latin if I understood Latin). Plus I think you Have My Real-Life UnBatman info (Top Secret!) -- I would always Answer the Althouse Signal.

And in Response to Various Recent Conjecture, I am Not Ritmo or Trooper York either. Multiple Personalities, Maybe, But all under Betamax3000.

Naked Dylan Robot Would Probably Riff on "Jokerman" here, but I Will Put Him Back in the Box.

El Pollo Raylan said...

Gee thanks Bagoh, now you put me off my chocolate.

Don Draper made the same association between chocolate and p*ssy when he went off the plantation the other night. At least I hope he wasn't referring to the client's highway.

betamax3000 said...

Re: "At least I hope he wasn't referring to the client's highway."

I Think it is an On-Ramp.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

And the ether, shouts, Thomas.

Inga said...

Wait just a durn minute here Chickie, I made no such association between chocolate and that p word.

betamax3000 said...

Re: "I made no such association between chocolate and that p word."

Praline?

Pecan?

Peanut Butter?

Peruvian Clam Chowder Bowl?

Inga said...

I don't like that word, it's unladylike. I prefer kitty.

betamax3000 said...

@ bagoh20

How would you phonetically say your name? Bag O' H2O?

I'm writing a Naked Bob Dylan Robot Althouse Song. Want to Get it Right.

El Pollo Raylan said...

I Think it is an On-Ramp.

On the German Autobahn they call them Einfahrt and Ausfahrt depending on the in or out nature of the Fahrt.

betamax3000 said...

Re: "I don't like that word, it's unladylike. I prefer kitty."

Kitty Galore: My name is Kitty Galore.

James Bond: I must be dreaming. But I Think I knew your Sister.

bagoh20 said...

"Peruvian Clam Chowder Bowl?"

Is that that the kind of dish Don Draper was into "off the plantation"? Cause, I'm not quite sure what the plantation is, but I'm guessing that Draper's toolbox makes him welcome anywhere.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Most always it was understood.

The girls want to see the peacock in a manner most non-figurative.

A penis.

Such, very literally, life is.

Penis.

Now you be more beta than that sir, I daresay it behooves you.

El Pollo Raylan said...

The IUPAC name for bagoh20 is bago oxidane.

Inga said...

Ah yes... Life is a penis.

Inga said...

Just agreeing with NQUB.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Garage and Inga and Ritno what about:

A 13 year old Walks into prosperity, a son of a patriarch in you state as it were, and drugs and sodomizes a classmate.

Will you stand with your brethren who subsidize your political views?

Are you ready to face the consequences for your advocacy of child rape Garage and Inga and Ritno?

If so, why is that?

IF not, why not is that?

"It's Chinatown Jake" won't subside.

bagoh20 said...

How would you phonetically say your name? Bag O' H2O?

Some say "bago dihydrogen oxide"
or
on the street: Bag Oh $20, It's like fity sent without the holes.

Inga said...

Huh? Excuse me NQUB. Perhaps you'd like to elaborate.

Mary Beth said...

A lot of K-pop songs use the word "darling".

bagoh20 said...

Life is a schipperke

Henry said...

Any app suggestions?

gReader.

bagoh20 said...

Hey Paddy, Give us a review when you're ready. I love my Samsung Android phone, so I was thinking of going with their tablet.

Inga said...

Requires a lot of grooming and exercise, bwhahahahaah! Godd night.

Dante said...

Sorry again for not being amusing and delightful.

Nancy Grace, who hung the Duke Lacrosse players on National television, is now doing the same thing with Trayvon Martin:

https://twitter.com/NancyGraceHLN

I can't imagine how I would feel if I did what that cunt did to a bunch of innocent kids. But here she is, doing it again. I suppose it take Big Media to do this kind of crap.

How can this woman still be talking about anything? And least of all, playing the same bullshit that was incredibly hateful and wrong?

Maybe Garage has an answer. Or Ritmo.

Inga said...

Good, gute Nacht.

Dante said...

on the street: Bag Oh $20, It's like fity sent without the holes.

I say Bagoh 20, as in the twentieth incidence of Bagoh. Now, I suspect you know very well there aren't 20, let alone ten, Bagoh's on the net, so I take it as a quip regarding the name space on the internet.

AlanKH said...

my father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate makes $516.32/hour data mining the internet. Read more here......www.nsa.gov

Lem said...

two hundred?

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