August 29, 2011

At the Glittering Water Café...

... you can sparkle all night.

ADDED: Chip Ahoy adds a Rocky touch...

... a double Rocky touch, right? I see 2 pop culture references.


John Lynch said...

Tiny Aztec squirrels climbing the pyramid... to their doom.

Tim said...

Baracka Flacka Flames Needs Two Teleprompters for a Three Minute "Speech"

Our president is so smart, and confident, too!

traditionalguy said...

I love water.

Texas would like some water the sooner the better.

America's Politico said...

I tell y'all what is sparking tonight. I met a few K-streeters, all super consultants, and they all want Perry to win the GOP nomination. It seems Obama will zero into Texas and it will be not only defeat of GOP but also of previous GWB. I think they are dying for Perry nomination. Almost, like we cannot wait for Perry to win. Plus, I think they are a bit nervous of Romney skating through. Romney, they worry then, might also skate through in Nov. 2012, too.

Well, I told them that the everyone in the GOP blogworld thinks Perry is already won the WH. They laughed and laughed. One consultant even bought me free whiskey (double) as I "made his evening".

Tim said...

Perry can give a speech without a teleprompter.

All the Republican candidates can.

The Dali-Obama?

Um, not once.

Curious George said...

AP, I love you man!

Jess said...

AP - so to the super K street conslutants, you are the voice of the GOP blogworld?

Well all righty then!

Carol_Herman said...

I see Greek columns. Where's Obama?

edutcher said...

Nobody sparkles like The Blonde.

PS Somebody tell AP the English language is noted for its use of definite articles.

"also of previous GWB."


Carol_Herman said...

Never underestimate the schlemiel.

It's been working for actors since the Punch & Judy show days.

The glamorous guy? He can fall off the horse.

Let alone, if it should rain on Perry's parade ... the media will run a loop of when he prayed for rain.

You think I'm kidding?

You think you field a horse. Bet the house. And, you win, huh?

Do you know how many homeless gamblers there are?

Do you know how many different types of voters there are?

Oh. And, I think the biggest split is between young and old. And, the only one who can walk around in every group, and get laughs, is the schlemiel.

But if you have this favorite now, and Sarah Palin includes in her September 3rd speech that she's running ... what happens to your enthusiams then?

I know she's not the schlemiel.

As a matter of fact, I can't name one woman who worked that routine. But I can name stars who did.

There's still a real big pool of undecideds out there.

And, Karl Rove wants to play the Jeb Bush card. You can't fool me.

You know, if Newt Gingrich has a sense of humor ... he'll keep some glitter in one of his jacket pockets ... to toss at an opportune time. (Not that he'll play the schlemiel, either.)

How did Peter Pan say you can get tinkerbell back?

Titus said...

I am notorious for giving friends "drag" names.

One of my best friends, who lives in Chicago, I named Sparkle Gem Stone.

He didn't care for the name but it stuck and everyone calls him that now.

The name fits perfect because he is very clean and neat and folds everything perfectly and his condo is amazing. His cleaning process both personally and in his home is very regimented.

As a result he is Sparkle Gem Stone.

chickenlittle said...

Texas would like some water the sooner the better.

They're rioting in Africa. they're starving in Spain. there's hurricanes in Florida and Texas needs rain...

Sheldon Harnick (1958)

Titus said...

Then there is "Desire More". Her first name is Dennis and last name is actually Moore.

Desire is always looking for the next best thing.

As a result her drag name is Desire More.

Aren't I witty?

Desire also hates her name but again, everyone calls her that now.

Michael K said...

AP might be interested in Obama's literary history.

The response is classic Obama: patronizing, dishonest, syntactically muddled, and grammatically challenged. In the very first sentence Obama leads with his signature failing, one on full display in his earlier published work: his inability to make subject and predicate agree.

"Since the merits of the Law Review's selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues," wrote Obama, "I'd like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works."

If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that "merits ... have." Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this on one sentence alone. He had vindicated Chen in his first ten words.

Although the letter is fewer than a thousand words long, Obama repeats the subject-predicate error at least two more times. In one sentence, he seemingly cannot make up his mind as to which verb option is correct so he tries both: "Approximately half of this first batch is chosen ... the other half are selected ... "

Another distinctive Obama flaw is to allow a string of words to float in space. Please note the unanchored phrase in italics at the end of this sentence:

"No editors on the Review will ever know whether any given editor was selected on the basis of grades, writing competition, or affirmative action, and no editors who were selected with affirmative action in mind." Huh?

Brilliant !

Steve Koch said...

I'm designing a little fountain now. I'm going to use pretty little tiles that are usually used for back splashes.

Synova said...

Our local SF con was this weekend. George RR Martin was there. I didn't talk to him, though. I did get to say hello to many other of my favorite authors such as SM Stirling and Victor Milan and Jane Lindskold and Connie Willis (who just won yet another lofty award).

As always, I forgot all of my books-to-be-signed at home.

I'm on the staff, you know! I don't think that makes me important. What it does is make me miss panels.

I did go to the science panel presented by one of the geology PhDs at UNM who gave us a rather detailed look at the Historical understanding of the science of Mars. It was all tied in together with the prevalent beliefs of 100 years ago, the existing science, the existing technology and various contemporary assumptions about what drives culture and how societies work, the end result being honest belief that Martians constructed canals to save their dying planet.

It was brilliant, and everyone should use Althouse's Amazon port to buy her book.

Geographies of Mars: Seeing and Knowing the Red Planet by Maria Lane


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Milwaukee said...

So parents in Indiana are leaving the public schools, when given the chance. Since it costs nothing to educate a student who isn't there, why are the schools protesting? Because they need students to prop up their bloated budgets. Sort of like Third World dictators need their peons. A school district in Colorado has offered parents who put their students into private schools 75% of the State per-pupil for doing so. I hope that catches on. Then at some point the Legislature will notice. Then the parents will get their money, and the district will get $200 processing fee. It doesn't cost much to educate students who aren't there, but school districts pathologically are incapable of cutting their budget or staff when enrollment shrinks.

bagoh20 said...

Despite the structural weakness caused by the nation's debt, I fully expect the economy will take off when Obama is gone. There is a lot of money just sitting and waiting.

The treatment of Gibson Guitars and what it says about this administration and it's people is just one example of why.

It's partisan, it's stupid, it's wrong, and it's killing any recovery. There are some very stupid people in high places.

Steve Koch said...

The picture by Althouse is really pretty, especially the reflections in the water, but the fountain in the picture doesn't seem that graceful. It seems kind of boxy.

Tim said...

"There are some very stupid people in high places."

Indeed so. And very stupid people in low places who keep voting for them because, well, they like the bedtime story of how Robin Hood works out for them.

urpower said...

CNN has Thaddeus McCotter polling at 1%. Does this mean he'll be included in the next debate???!!

DADvocate said...

Vive Il Douche!!

MadisonMan said...

Would Beyonce sing If you hate then you throw glitter ring on it?

Carol_Herman said...

I'm not so sure 2013 will be a stellar year.

I also think the Euro goes ... beforehand.

There's a great Michael Lewis article out there, now. About Germany. And, how the German banks were the ones that were the last to leave the sub-prime market. And, how this "little detail" fits into a culture that admires "dreck" ... With lots of anal names for it. While at the same time maintaining the "clean" facade.

One reason Obama haltinging waits ... is that he's trying to out-wait Merkel.

So, what if there are defaults? Hits the Europeans very hard. And then?

When the Euro first came out ... there was a German that begged to keep the piles of the old "doi-che marks" ... kept ... Just in case "they were needed, again."

Meanwhile, the Germans never had an inflationary real estate market! As our balloon expanded, there's stayed flat.

I think it's gonna be decades before we get people buying and selling "stuff" again.

But that's just me.

I don't see the schlemiel having to go off into the sunset.

But, then again, if Obama looks like Jimmy Carter? I expect that Obama will develop a lust to leave DC.

But the republicans aren't gonna have fielded anyone who'd be prepared to do much to win a MAJORITY of voters.

We can talk of all the things we'd like to have. But each of us only holds one vote. It's a grain of sand ... And, in many homes? The parents have no idea how to convince their kids of anything.

The Crack Emcee said...

Serious question:

Is Glenn Reynolds Becoming The Harry Reid Of Blogging?

Chase said...


Trying to slow down Instapundit?

Check back in 6 months - let us know how that's workin' out.

Cindy Martin said...

looks like a beautiful impressionist painting.

caplight said...

I think Glenn's point was that the SWAT team stuff is over kill. Too many agencies now have their own armed enforcement.

HT said...

Nothing on Japan's prime minister of course. Don't want to update that little story and provoke the cheerleaders at Althouse. I remember the confident, knowing descriptions of exactly what those great Japanese technicians were doing now, as the waves and water hit, how they were following protocol and that all was going as expected and not to worry and those who worried were alarmists. I remember that.

One commenter - one - questioned the wisdom of building reactors along fault lines.

Chip Ahoy said...

All night? That would be indefatigable. Then I must draw inspiration from nature: The golden square water fountain and the undefeatable squirrel.

Robert Cook said...

"Perry can give a speech without a teleprompter.

"All the Republican candidates can.

"The Dali-Obama?

"Um, not once."

Assuming for rhetorical purposes your assertions are true, I guess this is just one more way Obama continues Bush's practices.

(As an aside: I really am puzzled at this fixation by many on the right with with Obama's alleged inability to speak without teleprompters. Do you think this is something anyone really cares about? Do you think any President ever gives a major speech without telepromptors? Do you not realize that by any standards, Obama is better spoken and more articulate than Bush ever was, or than Palin is, for that matter? But this is immaterial, in any case: Bush was and Obama is terrible as President--the one being unable to speak and the other being quite capable, and it makes no difference at all in their service to the people of the United States--which was nil in Bush's case and is nil in Obama's case. This has to do not just with their personal failings, but to much greater degree with their shared fealty to the financial elites. Their true constituents are not we, the people, but always the plunderers who have raped this country and we, its people, for their own further enrichment. This will also be true of whomever next wins the Presidency.)

If focusing on Obama's quite standard reliance on telepromptors makes you happy in your underwear, have at it, but his actual failings as President are far more substantive and serious than that.

Writ Small said...

All that is gold does not glitter,
not all those who wander are lost;
the old that is strong does not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost.

Robert Cook said...

"Despite the structural weakness caused by the nation's debt, I fully expect the economy will take off when Obama is gone. There is a lot of money just sitting and waiting."


Yeah, and it'll keep "sitting and waiting," just as you will in vain expectation that the economy will magically arise again once Obama leaves office. We are fucked, no matter who sits in the Oval office.

AllenS said...

6:11 in the morning, and the sun isn't even close to rising. Man, doesn't take long for the days to get short.

Synova said...

Oh, Allen, I hear you!

It's depressing. It's also depressing that I have to get up so early. And I could have slept in this morning but the bus comes for my highschoolers at 6:30 so I had to get up anyway.

gerry said...

Do you not realize that by any standards, Obama is better spoken and more articulate than Bush ever was, or than Palin is, for that matter?

This is true if Obama is using a teleprompter. When he's on his own, he stutters, drifts, and fails to convey complete thoughts. And yes, he is a failure in more important matters, but the lack of speaking abilities confirms he's really not all that bright.

AllenS said...

I love getting up early. Best thing about being retired. I love to watch the sun rise. Every morning is the birth of a new day.

Paco Wové said...

Does anyone know what HT is going on about? Not much in the way of context there.

Synova said...

Being able to speak without a teleprompter isn't a claim that someone doesn't use one in the normal times and places.

The trick to extemporaneous speaking, of course, is knowing about and being engaged in your subject.

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gerry said...

Yeah, and it'll keep "sitting and waiting," just as you will in vain expectation that the economy will magically arise again once Obama leaves office. We are fucked, no matter who sits in the Oval office.

Option 1 for the money: put it out there and let the progs vacuum it up.

Option 2 for the money: with prog vacuums disabled and more stable scenarios available, let money sit and do nothing.

Option 3 for the money: put it out there in the more stable venues and let it work to make profits that I can keep and which will allow me to buy big, expensive, fun stuff.

It seems pretty obvious to me.

Synova said...

"One commenter - one - questioned the wisdom of building reactors along fault lines."

Japan IS a fault line. No getting around that.

And the earthquake preparation and building codes in Japan are incredible. The event itself was unprecedented. But we already knew that the situation was far more severe than people were hoping at the time and that, very Japanese-like, the information released was intended to reassure and calm the population.

Has someone now claimed that "denial" was an internal government problem rather than a PR issue and that all possible measures to deal with the crisis were not taken?

AllenS said...


Evidently, there is a fault line in Japan, and there is this prime minister dude. One commenter, one...

Steve Austin said...

Mark Belling and Jay Weber on WISN radio here in Milwaukee say that WIs Supreme Court Justice, Patrick Crooks is going to retire this fall. Jim Sensenbrenner interested in appointment to the seat apparently.

ndspinelli said...

Does Carol Herman sleep @ all during her manic phases?

Paddy O said...

"they like the bedtime story of how Robin Hood works out for them."

Titus mentioning Dennis Moore brought this to mind, and then the comment on Robin Hood insists I post a link.

Monty Python Dennis Moore Sketch. Which really does illustrate how the whole redistributive impulse very quickly goes wrong.

Pogo said...

Glittering Water?

Was it "assault" or a "wonderfully fabulous way to protest"?

But the water refused to react, remaining placid and pretty. Even moreso for the glitter.

It's hard to mock water.

Paddy O said...

I was surrounded by water this the last four days, camping out on Santa Rosa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park.

Amazingly beautiful, both the island itself and the boat ride to and from. Saw a couple of blue whales, a huge pod of dolphins and the captain of the boat went into one of the world's largest sea caves.

DADvocate said...

OK, what'd you do with the moose? Is there a raccoon lurking in the shadows? Raccoons are excellent swimmers.

E.M. Davis said...

There's also a Star Trek touch in there!

MadisonMan said...

And I could have slept in this morning but the bus comes for my highschoolers at 6:30 so I had to get up anyway.

That's a horrible hour to force high schoolers to get up.

The son can roll out of bed at 7:45 for the 8:12 start of the day. (But does he thank me? No).

LordSomber said...

"Stay in school and use your brain. Be a doctor, be a lawyer, carry a leather briefcase. Forget about sports as a profession. Sports make ya grunt and smell. See, be a thinker, not a stinker."

The Crack Emcee said...


Trying to slow down Instapundit?

No, callin' 'em as I see 'em. And, as far as I'm concerned, there aren't enough people who do so, being so trapped in the fame game and shit. There's nothing special about Reynolds - he's an aggregator - and some of what he aggregates is foolish, dangerous nonsense.


I think Glenn's point was that the SWAT team stuff is over kill. Too many agencies now have their own armed enforcement.

I'm not defending all of them, and Reynolds didn't make that point. Everybody comes up with this stuff until there's a preventable death - which is what the USDA is for - and they are 100% on-the-money with this one. We don't need raw milk, we don't need organic farming - it's all a fraud and a scam that costs us money. And the whole enterprise is part of the NewAge movement and, as far as I'm concerned - considering the idiotic and dangerous stranglehold it has on this nation's people - almost anything that's done to hinder it is fine by me.

What part of We've Been Played For Fools For Almost 50 Years don't you people understand?

"Sexy Sadie, what have you done? You made a fool of everyone,..."

The Crack Emcee said...

And, if you think the USDA was over-the-top, imagine it's your kid, dead, because of this unnecessary crap these shysters are profiting from.

How far down the rabbit hole do we have to go before y'all will wake up to the fact that many of our country's problems - especially, now, economic - have been caused by groupthink surrounding shit we never needed?

The Crack Emcee said...

In my comments:

Right before politics got really nutty in Wisconsin, a bill to allow sales of raw milk was proposed & as I recall, had bipartisan support and was close to getting passed.

In the meantime, there was this:
Grade School Parent Sickens Class with Raw Milk

“Fourth graders at a Raymond, Wisconsin elementary school got a painful lesson earlier this month. They drank unpasteurized milk at a North Cape Elementary School event on Friday, June 3 and by Monday 16 individuals — students and some adults — were suffering from diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, and vomiting from Campylobacter infections.

The raw milk was one parent’s contribution to the school event.”

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