July 25, 2008

Another coffeehouse.

Once again, I rely on you, my dear friends, to keep the conversation going.

I will join you later today... from the west coast.

Talk about anything you want.


Ruth Anne Adams said...

Turning over the running of this blog to rank amateurs? You should do it regularly!

Safe travels.

MadisonMan said...

It's your life, but why leave Madison in Summer!? This is when you should be enjoying Wisconsin. Save the LA trips for bleak February.

I hope you have smooth flights.

On a sad note -- has anyone noticed how dark it is at 5:30 AM now? The seasons march on.

rhhardin said...

Watch the sunrise advance in Capetown as the seasons constantly improve.

bearbee said...

Does anyone recall if the press was 'in the tank' for JFK during his presidential campaign, or were they still capable of some semblance of professionalism in the old days?

I know that they seemed gaga over him and his wife after his election.

On a sad note -- has anyone noticed how dark it is at 5:30 AM now? The seasons march on.

Yes, yes, yes. It is always depressing to think of the coming dark, cold days of **shiver**WINTER......

Pogo said...

Obama Team Begins Work On Presidential Transition

Tha Atlantic

I don't even remember voting.

Well I for one welcome our new Obama overlords.

AllenS said...

So, you're going to peel off for a while?

rhhardin said...

It wasn't so much that the press was responsible in the old days but that they hadn't discovered the audience for soap opera news yet.

They struggled trying to get a hard news audience instead, not realizing there was low-hanging fruit to be had: people who tune in for easily produced complete crap, that can be sold to advertisers.

rhhardin said...

I can't understand voluntarily travelling to LA, even before the airport security theater and bag of peanuts meals.

I think I went through there a couple of times in 68, but it was night. Motels the same as everywhere else. Room next to the ice machine.

rhhardin said...

Sore thumb in a conservative Ohio parking lot, but the license plate reveals he's from another area of the state.

bearbee said...

They struggled trying to get a hard news audience instead,...

I suppose since it was primarily a print medium back then it was harder to put all the gushing into words and have space left for hard news .......huh?

I don't even remember voting.

The media has chosen. You and your ilk are irrelevant.

Pogo said...

Obama: "Now, in terms of knowing my commitments, you don’t have to just look at my words, you can look at my deeds. Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, which is my committee, a bill to call for divestment from Iran, as a way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon."

Obama is not, however, a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, or any of its subcommittees.

I wonder if this is a foretaste of how the rise of the oceans will begin to slow. That is, not at all, but Obama will claim credit for success.

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AllenS said...

Well, I guess this is as good of a time as any to talk about Pamela Anderson's appendages. She's got a lot of extra stuff.

PETA = Pamela's Extra T*ts & Appendages.

The Drill SGT said...

bearbee said...
The media has chosen. You and your ilk are irrelevant.

`No, no!' said the Queen. `Sentence first--verdict afterwards.'

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save_the_rustbelt said...

Am I the only one who has noticed the rather bizarre ad popping up on the right margin?

Pamela Lee Anderson indeed!?

The Drill SGT said...


It sounds to me lke Obama thinks he's the chairman of said committee

That isn't a gaffe, that's a flat out lie. Why lie about stuff that you can be caught at unless you ar certain that the press won't call you on it.

Sort of like the NYT running a story about the possibility of a McCain affair, but ignoring the greater probability of an Edwards affaircoplete with baby, sick wife, use of campaign funds, etc

Pogo said...

You're right, Drill SGT, but apparently the only thing that matters at the moment is whether or not Obama's soaring rhetoric about his fictitous deeds makes your leg tingle or makes you swoon, identifying you as male or female, respectively.

Lack of tingling or swooning identifies you as a racist and one who wants the ocean waters to rise and won't let our planet begin to heal.

bill said...

Usually I read The Food Whore for wedding horror stories. But the NY Times has an article on a new trend in wedding madness:

But for every accommodating pal, there’s another who feels going under the knife is beyond the duty of bridesmaid. Becky Lee, 39, a Manhattan photographer, declined when a friend asked her — and five other attendants — to have their breasts enhanced. “We’re all Asian and didn’t have a whole lot of cleavage, and she found a doctor in L.A. who was willing to do four for the price of two,” said Ms. Lee, who wore a push-up bra instead.

Samantha Goldberg, a wedding planner in Chester, N.J., recalled a bride who asked her attendants to get professionally spray-tanned for a Hawaiian-theme reception.

Alas, two women were claustrophobic and couldn’t bear standing in a tanning capsule. “They asked the bride if they could use regular tanning cream from a salon,” Ms. Goldberg said. The bride refused; she wanted everyone to be the same shade. The women ultimately declined to be bridesmaids. “Friendships of 20-plus years gone over a spray tan?” Ms. Goldberg said. “Sad!”

rhhardin said...

Weddings are to show the bride's friends that she's better than they are. A never-ending quest.

The need to show off the man as a good deal is responsible for so many problems

``You're not going out like that, are you?''

Quayle said...

Alvy :No, I don't! You know, I was in a record store. Listen to this -so I know there's this big tall blond crew-cutted guy and he's lookin' at me in a funny way and smiling and he's saying, "Yes, we have a sale this week on Wagner." Wagner, Max, Wagner-so I know what he's really tryin' to tell me very significantly Wagner.

Rob: Right, Max. California, Max.

Alvy: Ah

Rob: Let's get the hell outta this crazy city.

Alvy: Forget it, Max.

Rob: -we move to sunny L.A. All of show business is out there, Max.

Alvy: No, I cannot. You keep bringing it up, but I don't wanna live in a city where the only cultural advantage is that you can make a right turn on a red light.

P. Rich said...

Obama lies. He's done it on numerous occasions, on various subjects, and in ways that cannot be simple slips of the tongue. What each lie has in common with all the rest is it promotes Obama, whose true religion is himself.

Pogo said...

McCain has no chance at all at getting the German vote now.

john said...

SInce this is a coffeehouse, please forgive me if I move over to another table where Obama is not the sole topic. I would like to expose my ignorance (again) by asking help on formatting, linking, etc. in these comments. I have looked in the blogger help and tried to use their formatting tips but they didn't seem to work.


AJ Lynch said...

Coffeehouse? Last time this place turned into a drunken speakeasy.

I hope you have kept your "dramhouse" policy premiums paid up!

MadisonMan said...

bill, few things make me at a loss for words. That article on botoxing brides was on of them.

Good Lord.

Pogo said...

Ain't much that's allowed in Blogger for formatting except these that I know of:

Italics [i]phrase here[/i]
Bold [b]phrase here[/b]
Link [a href="http//www.link.com"]name of link here[/a]

using < and > for [ and ] respectively.

AJ Lynch said...


I'd like to know how to show a link in a comment without the extended URL stuff appearing?

Many commenters use "here" or give it a snappy title.

Pogo said...

I wonder if it would be worth buyiung a few of those newfangled USB Humping Dogs. The video is ...uh... interesting

Who spent the time to actually make one of these, much less send them into production?

john said...

OK Pogo, here goes:

[i]A Venezuelan, Gustavo Dudamel, only 27 with limited conducting experience, has been named the music director of the LA Philharmonic.[/i]

[b]Dudamel, who presently conducts the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, is a product of the Venezuelan youth philharmonia system.[/b]

Watch this performance of this great piece by Arturo Márquez, Danzón Nº 2, which he composed in 1995:[a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vwZAkfLKK8"]The Proms[/a]

Did it work?

john said...


john said...

Actually, it doesn't look too bad.

Dust Bunny Queen said...
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rhhardin said...

My own favorite music youtube is body builder adagio for strings at the moment.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I too am sick of discussing Obama

To insert a link type:

[a href="insert your web link here"] the keywords you want to highlight[/a]

Just substitute < for [ and > for ]

I would like to know how to do the overstrike command. Anyone know how?

john said...

Is the the Barber piece that concludes with him bench pressing the piano?

MadisonMan said...

ZPS knows how to do overstrikes, I've seen 'em on his blog. You'll have to wait 'til he wakes up though :)

Dust Bunny Queen said...

fhhardin... take a look at this one Vivaldi's Summer theme done by two electric guitars. Incredible.

john said...

A Venezuelan, Gustavo Dudamel, only 27 with limited conducting experience, has been named the music director of the LA Philharmonic.

Dudamel, who presently conducts the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, is a product of the Venezuelan youth philharmonia system.

Watch this performance of this great piece by Arturo Márquez, Danzón Nº 2, which he composed in 1995: The Proms

Thanks Pogo and DBQ. When I actually follow your directions, it works.

The point is, if Ann would travel to LA when the weather is dreary in Madison and great in southern CA, instead of the opposite, she would be able to see one of the new young lions of the classical scene.

The linked piece is awesome.

Pogo said...

Blogger permits the blog OWNER to do strikethrough, not mere commenters.

[strike]This is struck through text[/strike] is not acceptable to the Blogger Gods.

Palladian said...

"Meet Gustavo Dudamel: he's young, hot and looks more like a rock star than a classical music director!"

Uh oh. Big warning sign.

"If you think Beethoven is boring, this Venezuelan force of nature might just change your mind."

First of all, the kind of cretinous dullard who thinks that Beethoven is boring can't have their mind changed because they don't have one to begin with. Beethoven who (in addition to all the wonderful things that he wrote) wrote some of the loudest, whoriest show-off music in history is boring?

Second of all, I hate how the mainstream press always thinks that classical music needs rockstars to spice things up a bit! No, what classical music needs is less greedy, vulgar whores and more serious performers. Unfortunately musical ability, like most other refinements in the arts, is soon to be completely extinct so don't hold your breath.

Anyway, music needs less "forces of nature" and more forces of intellect.

john said...


You are right; the LA Philharmonic is taking a chance on this guy, but they seem to have a good record with doing things like this. And I think he can fill the seats (maybe just for a season, tho; we shall see).

AllenS said...

Well, I'm not talking about Obama, I'm interested in Pam's breasts and appendages. Since it's Friday, are we going to go on one again? One more hour and it will be noon.

I just finished painting the cab on my truck. Harbor Blue. I'll start on the box tomorrow.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

I'm awake (barely) and at work. Gross. I secretly wish I could get fired. Then I could at least collect unemployment.


this page has most if not all of the HTML codes you'll need.

Trooper York said...

“Just finished painting the cab on my truck. Harbor Blue. I'll start on the box tomorrow."

Strangely enough, that is exactly what Pam's plastic surgeon said today.

Trooper York said...

A friend of mine works in a hotel in California and tells me that Pam is an grade A bitch and tried to get him fired. He says that she hates him cause he's gay and that she is a big homophobe despite the act she puts out there as a activist.

I told him to suck it up and stop acting like a pansey, and he laughed and said that's the point you douche bag.

You got to watch you cliches ya know.

Pogo said...

For me, flesh-colored beach balls are not alluring but alarming.

But they are probably useful in car accidents, and the Titanic.

Michael_H said...

Trooper - We may need to meet in the Althouse Brewpub again today to discuss this topic: NY Jets have received permission to talk with Brett Favre.

Original Mike said...

I wish that Pamela Anderson ad would go away.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Hey Allen S... what kind of truck?

I'm restoring this

Trooper York said...

I hear that it is a definite possiblity Michael_H. It's kind of like asking Captain Nemo to take over the helm of the Titanic.

Trooper York said...

Of course we would love to have Brett come and ease into retirement as a backup insurance policy for the WORLD CHAMPION NEW YORK GIANTS.

Did I tell you lately that the Giants won the Super Bowl.

AJ Lynch said...

Damn I'd like to see Favre contniue to play somewhere until he can't.

The Jets made a bunch of free agent signings I seem to recall including some good OL. Or was that last year?

john said...

AllenS -

Have you read this? Truck

Someone in your neck of the woods.

(God I love my new formatting capabilities.)

AlgonquinS said...

DBQ, it's a 1984 Chev pickup. The paint started to fall off of it within the first year that I owned it. It all started when one of my horses bit the hood, and the paint started to fall off right there. There was no paint whatsoever on the top of the cab, the hood and half way down all around on the truck. It's a three speed on the column, and probably the last one of those. It's a make work project. Retirement isn't as easy as it sounds, I constantly have to keep busy. I did restore my 1966 Austin Healey 3000 a few years ago.

John, I used to own a 1949 Chev pickup. New Auburn is about 50 miles due east of me.

Michael_H said...

"I wish that Pamela Anderson ad would go away."

Just the left arm.

AllenS said...

That should have been me, AllenS, and not AlgonquinS.

Original Mike said...

I can't make sense of the picture. It looks like she has three arms.

Pogo said...

Ms. Anderson seems to have a saimese twin, whose smooth behind juts out of her chest, while a spindly leg kicks frutilessly below.

Tha enormous abacus behind her is the only remaining mystery. Is it some sort of bizarre Chinese auction of circus freaks?

MadisonMan said...

I think Favre should play for the Saints. Then he can drive to Kiln after every home game.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

I clicked the PETA ad, just because.

There's a video there that goes into all the horrible things that KFC does to its chickens. Depending on how you feel about animal rights, you might be disgusted. It really is horrific what they do to the chickens and what they feed them/inject them with.

That said, KFC has the best chicken strips and who could resist all those great side dishes. And I love their dipping sauces.

The 3rd arm thing with Pam is supposed to represent the genetic mutations that KFC chickens have due to all the chemicals.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

Funny thing is, with all the drugs and diseased schlongs that Pam has had in her, that genetic mutation she's sporting isn't that hard to believe.

She is disgusting, by the way. Have you seen her without make-up? Whoa. And her skin is a nightmare.

Trooper York said...

Oh that was a KFC tape. I thought RH Hardin posted another one of his sexually explicit chicken snuff films.

Pogo said...

PETA: Do you know what they do to those poor chickens?

Answer: No, but it's delicious.

Trooper York said...

"I think Favre should play for the Saints."

Madison Man, I didn't realize you hated Beth that much. That's not cool dude.

Having Farve and Schocky on the Saints would drive Beth crazy.
That would be like having the old man and the screaming baby in a diaper from a New Years Eve cartoon on the field at the same time.

Have a heart. What did Beth ever do to you?

Palladian said...

"It really is horrific what they do to the chickens and what they feed them/inject them with."

That's why I only eat orgasmic chickens!

Trooper York said...

Then you should talk to RH as all of his chickens have multiple orgasms. Or he will know the reason why!

bearbee said...

Part 1 Anbar Rising Greyhawk narrating

MadisonMan said...

But Trooper, Favre is a Mississippi boy! He belongs back there! None of this playing well when it's cold crap.

Here's a serious question for you: Who won the last Super Bowl? I'm having trouble remembering.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

Has anyone ever seen cats having sex? We've all seen dogs, but what about cats? I can't imagine it.

Trooper York said...

I just don't the poor old guy to have to spend his last declining years in a dangerous situation. I mean the Jets. He could get rabies from one of the fans and have to be shot like Old Yellar.

He can go to Washington where those old doddering dudes with the spittle dribbling down their chins can be still vegetate and feel useful like Strom Thurmond or John McCain. Even if everyone thinks they are sort of past it, they can still keep their job.

It won't matter because we all know that the WORLD CHAMPION NEW YORK GIANTS will once again be riding down the canyon of heroes.

Did I tell you lately that the Giants won the Super Bowl?

Trooper York said...

That’s because you can’t visualize pussy in a sexual way Zach.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Palladian said...

Zachary, my innocent little brioche! Ask and you shall receive!. It even includes a pole dance!

vbspurs said...

BON VOYAGE, ANN! Enjoy yourself, truly.

P.S.: I'm really touched to be called a dear friend. The most I had hoped for was "that garrulous foreign girl".

I go to the tennis courts with a lighter heart.


Palladian said...

"Male cats have barbed penises (much like a fishhook), and upon withdrawal, the female cat will often scream. It is also believed that the barbed penis stimulates ovulation. In fact, breeders sometimes use "Teaser Toms" to stimulate ovulation and end the estrus cycle in queens which are not yet ready for breeding. Teaser Toms are neutered by vasectomy, leaving the barbs on the penis to stimulate ovulation."

"Teaser Toms" is the phrase of the day.

Trooper York said...

Don't you mean "Teaser Tom Cruise"

OldGrouchy said...

Hey, what does it take to get service around here. I ordered a white chocolate mocha hours ago. Jeez! Is there a Starbucks in this town?

vbspurs said...

white chocolate mocha hours


knox said...

That should have been me, AllenS, and not AlgonquinS.

That's brill, why didn't I ever think of that! ... going to have to create a sock puppet for myself.


For me, flesh-colored beach balls are not alluring but alarming.

I cant stand to look at that ad, it looks like her skin is about to split open.


DBQ, that truck kicks ass!

OldGrouchy said...

Hippie? Just an old guy kicking back, watching over the kiddies! Here, enjoy my cigar smoke!

john said...


Why not ask PA if she can do the next bra fitting video? Offer her lunch, say KFC takeout.

Zachary Paul Sire said...


I knew it would be obscene, but I hadn't anticipated the violence. Cats weird me out. I'm definitely a dog person.

In fact, breeders sometimes use "Teaser Toms" to stimulate ovulation

So Teaser Toms are fluffers. I need to find a way to use that phrase tonight when I go out.

queens which are not yet ready for breeding.

All the queens I know have no interest in breeding, even if they could.

Trooper York said...

Prima Donna bras only go up to size 46 F and I believe Ms. Anderson is a little bigger than that.

Interesting you mention that, because getting the largest sizes are almost impossible if they are not custom made. Trust me, we have lots of girls with the same size and it impossible to get quality bra's in those sizes. I'm working on in and will be concentrating on big breasts at the next lingerie show....wait a minute...that didn't come out right.

Well you know what I mean.

john said...

Trooper, just thinkin here:

Since you are obviously a dimminutive sort of guy, why not model some jockey wear on one of the videos? Could be a good addition to the line.

Or maybe just the crop.

Trooper York said...

John said:
"Since you are obviously a dimminutive sort of guy, why not model some jockey wear on one of the videos? Could be a good addition to the line."

Look Edwards, you have enough problems, don't start up with me. Worry about those reporters following you.

Actually, I am very unattractive fellow and would not be good for the videos. But thanks for playing.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

DBQ, that truck kicks ass!

Hey thanks Knox. :-) Its one of the old style 72 K5, and the top comes completely off. Like this one I just need a new transmission and paint and next year we're taking it to Reno for Hot August Nights. I'd like to lower it a bit to accomodate my shortness but its a 4x4 so we can't go to low. Maybe running boards.

Seven Machos said...

Ah, yes, those effusive lawyers at Powerline. I hadn't thought to put them in league with the networks and major news entities. Really, Trevor. Do you? I bet the other cool kids don't. Whatever cool is, part of it is, you know, factualness.

chuck b. said...

"Talk about anything you want."

Well, I had a dream about Althouse last night. I woke up remembering it in crisp detail, and I could actually recite it clearly for a few hours, but I had a busy morning at work and lost most of it.

It had to do with a New York Times blogger complaining about Althouse's tendency to make "pernicious" policy recommendations that get lost in the "cacophany" of her blog. (The words pernicious and cacophany were actually used by the NYT blogger in my dream.)

I can feel details and plot points slipping away from me as I sit here trying to remember them...

Did Althouse recently write (in real life--or rather virtual life) about how one does not read in dreams? I think she did, and that idea stuck with me for awhile. Is it true? In my dream I remember reading NYT headlines, but not the stories (which is typical for me).

Also, somehow the expression "pounding the pavement" (as in looking for a job) came up as a dicussion point, and we (Althouse and I) decided that pounding the pavement was a terrible way to look for a job in the modern world. The expression implies that you'll take any job you can find, but in reality no employer wants anyone who willing take just any job they can find. An interviewee has to act like he's interested in the specific job he's interviewing for even if that's not true.

We decided that if anything gets pounded looking for a job, it's a keyboard, and the expression should be "pounding the keyboard". But I didn't like that either because keyboard is not a material like concrete, and I thought that analogy needed be tighter so I suggested "pounding the copper" like somehow in my dreams I thought keyboards have a lot of copper in them or something. Well, whatever. Weird, huh.

I know other peoples' dreams are usually boring, but she said "Talk about anything you want"...

Trooper York said...

Hey look it this way, at least your dream wasn't about cats doing it doggie style.

I think a lot of people will be dreaming about that after that pole dancing video.

OldGrouchy said...

Think I'll mosey over to a friend's place. He says he's got an "Atomic Annie" and he's trying to get the breech to open. Maybe some WD40 might work, eh? Of course, finding ammo for that thing might be kind of tough!

Dust Bunny Queen said...

As long as we were discussing The Beatles somewhere on one of these threads....I thought I would share this video. I'm torn betweeen cute or disturbing.

Hey Jude

OldGrouchy said...

That white chocolate mocha sure did taste good; must be all those good trans fats in that special heavy whipped cream.

Really glad we're not in California. Wonder how Prof. Althouse is making out there? :)

Oh, Little Missy, please make me another of those delicious mocha; extra whipped cream this time.

We got Beatles in this place?

Palladian said...

"We got Beatles in this place?"

Umm, that wasn't a Beatle, that was a roach. We should ask to see the most recent inspection certificate from the health department,

Pogo said...

Is it the blogging cockroach?

He ain't been around in awhiles.

Palladian said...

"Is it the blogging cockroach?"

No, this one was speaking Spanish.

Pogo said...

Noriega? Here?

blogging cockroach said...

puedo hablar espanol si queden
no quiero

damn i can't do an ordinary exclamation point
so how can i make those cute spanish
upside down ones not to mention
lo mismo con question marks

hey...i could do a post in spanglish
la lingua semioficial de los estados unidos

you know, i'm not one of those cockroaches
who limits himself because he can only speak
one language no sireee
as you can see i picked up some spanish
down en la bodega
mais je parle francais ob sie wollen
we're drifing into grand illusion land here
my 960 brain cells have been knocked loose
from their moorings auf einege lingua
and i'm starting to think about the dative case in spanish
multicultural multlingual meltdown...

gotta go reset
auf wiederlesen au revoir adios
adieu mes amis
je vais a la glorie

Michael_H said...

Sorry I'm late; I had a client meeting that ran longer than anticipated.

I stopped on the way over and bought a 12er of (new)Schlitz and a 12er of Spotted Cow. Anyone want one?

What are we talkin' about? Tits and pickup trucks, I hope. Anyone order wings?

Beth said...

Having Farve and Schocky on the Saints would drive Beth crazy.

ZOMG! No thanks! But I will assume MadisonMan didn't think about me when he mused on Favre.

Brett should retire, get some nice season seats at the Dome and he can still drive home to Kiln after watching Shockey open up lanes for Reggie Bush, and Drew Brees connect with Marques Colston in the end zone.

rhhardin said...

I's still mourning the loss of the original BVD brand, with the heavier fabric that actually lasts a while.

On the other hand, Hanes means that you never run out of rags.