January 25, 2014

At the Hold-Onto-Your-Hat Café...



... tell me, baby, how your head feels under something like that.

113 comments:

LYNNDH said...

COOOOOOOL

I wear hats all the time, different styles. I thank a good friend from college, Lyle, turning me onto hats.

Shouting Thomas said...

The best thing about being retired is that I don't have to kiss the asses of rich white women playing out the civil rights con job.

Althouse is one of the worst I've ever encountered.

Everything she wants is owed to her because...

Everything Althouse wants for herself, her kid and her husband is a civil rights crisis.

You are the oppressor, Althouse. One of the worst.

rhhardin said...

I suppose you use the square root key for computing the area of sails.

My father like everybody worked for DEWBALAW and the only time Dewey called him was to find out the area of a sail from the sides.

My father would know how, Dewey realized.

So it's big in big law.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm the oppressor because of…

my super-sized calculator?

my black fedora?

my subscription to the New Yorker?

the Christmas card from my old college roommate?

the excessive number of pairs of eyeglasses?

the sachet?

the marked-up pocket-sized Constitution?

the café receipt for $4.25?

the biography of Calvin Coolidge?

Bob Ellison said...

Shouting Thomas, are you trying to be relevant?

If you're trying for irony, you're failing.

I can't tell. You're not very good at communicating beyond shouting.

Bob Ellison said...

By the way, you don't have to come here. Maybe you comment here because you think you're doing something good for society, pointing out wrongs. That could be an incentive. Is it strong with you?

Meade said...

Sixty-Five Years a Male Chauvinist:
Narrative Memoir of Shouting Thomas, a Citizen of Woodstock, New-York

Ann Althouse said...

One of my mother's standard expressions was: "You'll only encourage him."

Anonymous said...

Naked Bob Dylan Robot says:

Never Bring a Hat to a Cat Fight. You Can Bring a Pill to a Pillbox But That Doesn't Make the Hat a Medicine, and Even with Binoculars the Mule Won't Drink That Water. Me, I Wear Different Eyeglasses to See Different Things Differently; I Don't Trust My Own Eyes, They Conspire Against Me When I'm Not Looking. Sometimes All I See is Parking Meters But My Buick Doesn't Fit the Space: Babe, I'm Not the One I Am Looking For.

Bob Ellison said...

Ann Althouse, your mother is wise. But my father told me (actually, he didn't tell me; I just learned this over time) is that the best attack on a man is to say he has a small penis.

madAsHell said...

maybe it's a cry for help....

Hagar said...

It is cold and unpleasant in Woodstock this morning.

You need a calculator, buy one with Reverse Polish Notation.
That thing is just an adding machine without a paper roll.

pm317 said...

Let us change the topic.. I see snow everywhere, even in my backyard.

pm317 said...

Supreme Court says nuns are exempt for now from Obamacare contraceptives rule

Haha.. says WAPO headline. They didn't need it anyway.

Anonymous said...

Naked Bob Dylan Robot says:

I Have a Machine That Adds Up All the Numbers and Tells Me What They Spell. Once I Have that Word I Punch a Button and Get its Square Root. Square Roots Grow Square Trees But Most Words are Onions. Every Sandwich is a Lyric if You Eat it Right.

pm317 said...

So as a contrast to Duck Dynasty. A&E is starting "Wahlbergers", a white elite family story for the lefties.

Rusty said...

Got enough reading glasses, there, sport?

Wen said...

I was going to say: "What are you guys smoking this morning?" but it seems that Shouting Thomas has administered a buzzkill. Too bad. Who wants snacks?

Laslo Spatula said...

Sometimes I get weary when people mispronounce my last name. It is not the cooking utensil, it is 'Spah-TOO-Lay'. I run into this problem all the time.

Anonymous said...

Naked Bob Dylan Robot says:

I Was Incognito Dressed Like a Guy Who Looks Like Me. I Had Them All Fooled.

pm317 said...

I am a watcher of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' -- there I said it. But my motivation to watch it is that it is Americana. What I want to comment on is the differences in the comments on blogs written after each episode. The comments of the Bravo blogs are definitely from people who are less educated, less smart, and take the show too seriously. On the other hand, the comments on the snarky blogs like the one from Houston Chronicle or Vulture or Jewish Jorunal(this is the best) are from people who seem a bit more educated, smarter, and put these shows in perspective and enjoy the snarky humor from the blog writers. The dichotomy is revealing to me.

St. George said...

Hold on to Your Hat

You're screaming down the alley
And never coming back.

Stones, Rolling

pm317 said...


I Was Incognito Dressed Like a Guy Who Looks Like Me. I Had Them All Fooled.


Kind of like Obama.

Tank said...

I need a hat, but not that hat.

Snow and cold in NJ. More of both on the way.

SB forecast improving.

Wish I had a ticket (hint).

pm317 said...

Althouse had a thread on Greg Hicks on Benghazi and Stevens. Here is more.

Ann Althouse said...

"Got enough reading glasses, there, sport?"

Any less would be none at all.

Ann Althouse said...

"I was going to say: "What are you guys smoking this morning?" but it seems that Shouting Thomas has administered a buzzkill. Too bad. Who wants snacks?"

This is why you don't want your Althouse on drugs. As I mentioned recently, "I haven't so much as touched an illegal drug since a stranger tried to pass me a joint when The Kinks played the Felt Forum in 1974."

Ann Althouse said...

I'm able to romp and play in the canyons of my mind. I'm already finding my way in far enough without risking getting lost.

Some people never come back, you know.

Michael K said...

I particularly like the hats in Foyle's War but best of all, is the car. All the cars and trucks are well done. They kind of go with the hats.

Ann Althouse said...

You might have heard my footsteps
Echo softly in the distance through the canyons of your mind
I might have even called your name
As I ran searching after something to believe in
You might have seen me runnin'
Through the long-abandoned ruins of the dreams you left behind
If you remember something there
That glided past you followed close by heavy breathin'
Don't be concerned, it will not harm you
It's only me pursuing somethin' I'm not sure of
Across my dreams with nets of wonder
I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love

Anonymous said...

Naked Bob Dylan Robot says:

People, They Write Me Letters But They Always Send Them to 1966: Me, I've Moved On from that Address. When the Weather Blows Cold I Light Myself a Fire in That Mailbox: I Won't Fit inside your Envelope or Wear Your Cancelled Stamp. You Don't Need to be a Mailman to Know Which Way the Weatherman Blows.

Ann Althouse said...

Here's the hat. Highly recommended. I got size 61, and I normally wear an man's extra large. I need the headroom for my canyons.

Rusty said...

Ann Althouse said...
"Got enough reading glasses, there, sport?"

Any less would be none at all.

The woman who lives in my house gets hers at Costco. In a very short time she has misplaced them all and goes and gets more.
It's a vicious cycle I tell ya!

Who wants snacks?

OOoo. I do! Are they low carb?


Ann Althouse said...

You know, marijuana is not good for your verbal skills. You need to preserve your mind if you want to speak and write well. You might get some wackier ideas while high, but I'll bet they're not as interesting as they seem, and if you can't express them, what's the point.

You could say the point is to enjoy pleasure in the moment, but why risk it? Why isn't your moment already pleasurable?

Wen said...

Being high on life can still be groovy! And I was only talking out of my hat. I know you keep it real and legal.

Ann Althouse said...

"The woman who lives in my house gets hers at Costco. In a very short time she has misplaced them all and goes and gets more. It's a vicious cycle I tell ya!"

That's like having a lot of cheap pens instead of a Mont Blanc fountain pen. You don't lose the fountain pen.

In any case, my statement isn't a joke. It's literally true. There is only one pair of reading glasses in the photograph.

Anonymous said...

Althouse: saying what isn't said.

Naked Bob Dylan Robot: answering questions that weren't asked.

Symmetry.

Big Mike said...

Five pairs of glasses? How many eyes do you have, Professor?

rhhardin said...

If you ever see 1 foot rulers on sale cheap, buy a couple dozen.

Leave them all over the house.

In a year there won't be any anywhere.

Big Mike said...

Here's the hat you need, Professor.

Anonymous said...

Naked Bob Dylan Robot says:

Well Mack the Finger said to Louie the King
I lost forty red, white and blue cheap pens
And a thousand eyeglasses that don't see
Do you know where I can find me all of these things
And Louie the King said let me think for a minute son
And he said yes I think it can be easily done
Just hit the Costco on Highway 61

Ann Althouse said...

"If you ever see 1 foot rulers on sale cheap, buy a couple dozen…. In a year there won't be any anywhere."

Is that related to Bob Ellison's 10:35 AM comment?

Ann Althouse said...

"If you ever see 1 foot rulers on sale cheap, buy a couple dozen…. In a year there won't be any anywhere."

Is that related to Bob Ellison's 10:35 AM comment?

Ann Althouse said...

(I bet it's for the dog.)

madAsHell said...

This is why you don't want your Althouse on drugs.

If you write your comment, and then see that the glass is empty........you probably shouldn't hit the publish button.

Wen said...

On a whim, I googled "oppressor hats." Sadly, they exist. Do not oppress the snacks just because they may contain carbs!

rhhardin said...

If you never clean up, the square plastic pot scraper sent to you 20 years ago by a hopeful insurance agent will always be in its place by the sink.

Rulers disappear regardless of cleaning.

Laslo Spatula said...

"Rulers disappear regardless of cleaning."

Sometimes rulers are deposed.

Off with the head of the metric king.

rhhardin said...

Bob and Ray (youtube, two skits, stick with it to the last one) mention getting four-leaf-clover cards with a calendar from insurance agents.

traditionalguy said...

Speaking of eye glasses, they are a seldom mentioned modern wonder of life for us over 65 guys.

The Doctor replaced my left cataract three weeks ago, and I can see like a 20 year old again. No glasses are needed because they now implant a new lens in the eye.

I asked for a Betamax3000 lens, and now I only see a weird and wonderful world.

Meade said...

betamax3000 said...
"Althouse: saying what isn't said.

Naked Bob Dylan Robot: answering questions that weren't asked.

Symmetry."

Meanwhile life goes on outside all around you two.

Anonymous said...

ST has a small penis.

Thanks, Bob Ellison's father.

pm317 said...

Oh no!

EDH said...

As I mentioned recently, "I haven't so much as touched an illegal drug since a stranger tried to pass me a joint when The Kinks played the Felt Forum in 1974."

Now, if the Kinks at the Felt in 1974 was last time Althouse "so much as touched" it last, then the "stranger" not only "tried" but succeeded in passing it to her.

The remaining question is did she toke before passing it on, assuming she didn't Bogart it.

Very Clintonesque.

Meade said...

She just said no... thanks.

Very Nancy Reaganesque.

rehajm said...

The Wall Street Journal's Saturday Essay is a point/counterpoint between Paul Ryan and Corey Booker on poverty. A good debate.

I'm grateful for Paul Ryan.

SteveR said...

Sunglasses, reading glasses, things not attached or needed all the time. take up space on surfaces. This is just a glimpse into our life. Things and space in competition for our attention

Laslo Spatula said...

Althouse: in the seventies did you ever wear a 'Foghat'?

EDH said...

"Reverend Bud Green tells Wally George that Nancy Reagan smoked pot".

Shouting Thomas said...

@Meade,

Take a hike over the Heartiste for a full explication of the White Knight role you're playing.

The tactic I just used on your spoiled brat wife is called a "neg."

Ideological relationships, which is what you and your wife have, are remarkably brittle.

That you are playing the White Knight role so fervently tells me things are shaky at home.

Maybe you need to kiss ass more fervently.

Anonymous said...

ST doesn't understand the concept of a loving husband defending his wife, and vice versa. Why isn't this surprising?

Anonymous said...

Naked Peter Frampton Robot says:

Man, the Seventies were IT, Man! I Was Showin' People the Way, Everyone Wanted to Feel Like I Did -- Do-Do-Dee-Do, Guitar Solo, Talk Box, the Roar of the Audience: I Rocked! Everywhere Girls Put Posters of Me on Their Walls -- I Rocked, and My Hair Rocked Even Harder! I Had the Locks of a F**kin' Angel, Man: I Made the Seventies Come Alive! Then I Made That 'Sergeant Pepper' Movie with the Bee Gees and George Burns. Damn: People No Longer Loved My Way.

Shouting Thomas said...

@Inga

I can't think of anything to say to a moron like you that would actually penetration your thick skull.

Meade said...

ST, please stop linking to your racist web sites. No one here is interested.

Shouting Thomas said...

@Meade,

What a butt boy you've become.

Your desperate.

Anonymous said...

ST, we are all very impressed with the way in which you express your intelligence.

EDH said...

Laslo Spatula said...
Althouse: in the seventies did you ever wear a 'Foghat'?

"I like rap music as much as a next frightened Caucasian ... But would it kill you every once in a while to play a little Foghat?"

SteveR said...

Do you feel like I did?

Shouting Thomas said...

Yes, Inga, that's true.

This entire thread is devoted to my intelligence.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Naked Peter Frampton Robot says:

Sometimes I Come Across "Frampton Comes Alive" on Vinyl at Garage Sales. I Always Pay the Full Price They are Asking, No Haggling. Perhaps I'll Hum a Bit of a Song to See if They Recognize Me, But They Never Do. 'Sgt. Pepper' was a Failure But 'Xanadu' was a Hit? I Still Can't Make Sense Out of It.

Anonymous said...

Naked Peter Frampton Robot says:

Now I Occasionally Play the Oldies Circuit -- Fairs, Indian Casinos, That Kind of Thing. I Still Get Some of My Fans There: Hell, I Even Occasionally Recognize an Old Groupie from Back in the Day Here or There, Bulging Out of One of my Concert Tee Shirts, Pushin' Sixty. Would it Hurt Them to at Least Bring Along a Grand-daughter or Two With Them? Please?

Freeman Hunt said...

I finally saw Blue Jasmine. I am surprised that it didn't get a nomination for best picture.

Freeman Hunt said...

Woody Allen is a treasure because he produces excellent work prolifically. How many directors have created as many excellent films as he has?

Lydia said...

Interesting hat, the fedora. It started out as a woman’s accessory, introduced by Sarah Bernhardt in a play titled Fedora. Then it was taken up by fashionable men, then Prohibition-era gangsters, and is now worn by ultra-Orthodox Jews, among others.

Freeman Hunt said...

YOU WILL GAZE UPON MY LARGE CALCULATIONS.

AReasonableMan said...

Freeman Hunt said...
I finally saw Blue Jasmine. I am surprised that it didn't get a nomination for best picture.


Allen's problematic personal life probably played a role in this. I certainly hope it did.

Lydia said...

Not sure his "problematic personal life" had anything to do with it because his Midnight in Paris was nominated for best picture in 2011. And Blue Jasmine has been nominated for best original screenplay.

Freeman Hunt said...

You think Allen didn't get a nomination because he left his wife twenty years ago? I think this is unlikely. Hollywood's moral memory is not long.

Freeman Hunt said...

Yes, and Blue Jasmine is better than Midnight in Paris, which was also good. Blue Jasmine is also better than Her and American Hustle, both of which are good and nominated this year. It is not, however, better than 12 Years a Slave, which will win the award.

ken in sc said...

When Shouting Thomas is writing about stuff other than Althouse, I frequently agree with him. I just don't understand why he thinks Althouse deserves his special attention. Also, recently, she seems to be doing a better job of not taking his bait.

Michael said...

Professor. Borsolino is a great, venerable in fact, hat maker. But this is not the hat for you. Too manish. Too much like a hat that would be worn by a midwestern professor who once spent time in NY. You want a fur hat that wont blow off and that is both practicalmand stylish and which represents one less furry animal. Much better all around. Grant you, the borsolino is not a hipster hat, is more Garbo. But I would lose it.

Anonymous said...

What a fustercluck: ST and Inga "debating".

Ann Althouse said...

"Professor. Borsolino is a great, venerable in fact, hat maker."

I like it because it's velvety soft and flexible. Most fedoras are made of stiffer, thicker felt.

"But this is not the hat for you. Too mannish. Too much like a hat that would be worn by a midwestern professor who once spent time in NY."

The hat was bought in Austin, but much as I see your point, no women's hats fit me. I need a men's extra large. These hats will always be "mannish." Unless I got it custom made.

"You want a fur hat that wont blow off and that is both practicalmand stylish and which represents one less furry animal. Much better all around. Grant you, the borsolino is not a hipster hat, is more Garbo. But I would lose it."

What's wrong with Garbo?!

I've never had any fur and I don't see any fur hats around here, certainly not any that weren't weird guy's hats.

I can't picture myself in a big old fur hat.

Michael K said...

"If you ever see 1 foot rulers on sale cheap, buy a couple dozen…. In a year there won't be any anywhere."

Is that related to Bob Ellison's 10:35 AM comment?"

My partner used to say that women had trouble judging size because for years they had been told "this (gesture) is six inches."

Freeman Hunt said...

Big, old fur hat.

Freeman Hunt said...

Actually, I suppose that's new.

Freeman Hunt said...

Big? Old? Fur? Check. Check. Check.

Lydia said...

Ingrid Bergman in a fedora.

Too mannish?

virgil xenophon said...

Speaking of "Borosolino," that was the title of a great French gangster movie, (1970) but BE SURE to see only the one with sub-titles, the American theater release used over-dubbing and the entire effect was highly diminished w.o. the French voices of principals Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo. (Makes a BIG difference in the viewing experience.) It was a flop in the US as a result but a HUGE hit elsewhere where sub-titles were used. It's listed as #9 in the "top twenty gangster movies no one has ever seen." (I viewed its initial release in London, summer, 1970)

Ann Althouse said...

"Big? Old? Fur? Check. Check. Check."

Whoa. That's quite something.

Not big enough though. Only 22" in the interior circumference. I've got a head slightly more than 23" around.

Ann Althouse said...

"Big, old fur hat."

Nice!

Ann Althouse said...

I found an extra large fur hat here.

Anonymous said...

Beaver Trooper hat? Bwhahahaha.

Michael said...

Professor. Here you go. http://www.lockhatters.co.uk/Muskrat-details.aspx

Ann Althouse said...

@Michael Nice!

Michael said...

Professor. Lock & Co hatters have only the best. You will see that they have Borsolino make a special fedora for them. Check out their fez and smoking caps for Meade.

Rusty said...

hat's like having a lot of cheap pens instead of a Mont Blanc fountain pen. You don't lose the fountain pen.


She can. She has. She once lost a pair of her regular glasses within hours of picking them up at the optometrist.


Hagar said...

Borsalino
Company
Borsalino is the name of a hat company known particularly for its fedoras. Established in 1857, Borsalino produces felt from Belgian rabbit fur at its factory in Alessandria, Italy. Wikipedia

RigelDog said...

In news that has fallen inexplicably under the radar, prominent gay icon Larry Brinkin of San Francisco has pleaded guilty to felony child prn charges. http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/01/23/kiddie-porn-does-not-count-as-moral-turpitude-to-s-f-govt/
Zombie does his/her usual masterful job of exploring stories from San Francisco that need some exposition. Missing from the San Francisco newspaper article about this dude is any mention of the fact that the prn was of babies being raped---and Brinkin commenting with glee about how much pain these little "N-words" (except he used the actual term to describe these innocent kids being raped) would be in. WHY ISN'T THIS NEWS?

Anonymous said...

January 24th, 2014
12:58 PM ET
1 day ago
Ex-Senate aide who faced child porn charges found dead
Posted by
CNN's Shimon Prokupecz

(CNN) - A former U.S. Senate aide who was charged last month with possessing child pornography was found dead Thursday in a Maryland home where he's been living with relatives, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office in Maryland said.

Investigators preliminarily believe Jesse Ryan Loskarn "may have taken his own life," the office said.

Loskarn, 35, was U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff when Loskarn was arrested in December. Alexander, R-Tennessee, quickly replaced him.

Loskarn, a Maryland native who had previously worked for two Republican House members and the House Rules Committee and the Senate Republican Conference, did not enter a plea during an appearance in U.S. District Court on January 12.
---------------------------
What is with these disgusting excuses for human beings?

David said...

Looks like Ronan Farrow's daddy's hat.

David said...

Ann Althouse said...
One of my mother's standard expressions was: "You'll only encourage him."

Mine too. Probably traceable all the way back to Cotton Mather.

rcommal said...

What I do is a mixed bag.

rcommal said...

Or at least defending the natural right to have a bag of mixed things and to be naturally allergic to those who won't.

rcommal said...

As for the humor aspect, which I personally think is a good thing, I think that most commenters here aren't actually good humored, for starters. Never have the been, most of them.

rcommal said...

Althouse:

Oh, LOL:

And don't I know it.

Laura said...

Just ruminating that the scrutiny of landlord-tenant law seems more appropriate in adjudicating pregnant women than the right to privacy argument . . . Or are "pre"-human beings ineligible for renter "status"?

And that uninformed home purchasers are unprotected by lax enforcement of public housing codes . . . until they try to become landlords in a trickle-down, messed-up housing market

G'night all.

Laura said...

Bandwagon Sioux, does a loving wife take a ruler to her husband's penis? Or perhaps she requires him to leave his hat on to cover his thinning hair?

Ad hominem, or do you prefer lobotomy, Nurse?

Gary Rosen said...

"What is with these disgusting excuses for human beings?"

Do you mean child molesters or Republicans, Inga? But I'm sure you idolize Ted Kennedy.

Gary Rosen said...

"You are the oppressor, Althouse. One of the worst."

At this very moment Ann is holding a gun to ST's head, forcing him to post here.

Clyde said...

Not that many years ago, that cheap plastic calculator would have seemed like wizardry. You now have that same functionality built into your computer, tablet, cellphone or iPod, of course, but when calculators like that first came out, they were amazing. The ones with scientific notations built in replaced the need for a slide rule. I'm just old enough to have had one in middle school, but didn't need one afterward.

We stand on the shoulders of giants, as Isaac Newton said. It's even more true today than when he said it.

Rusty said...

How many eyes you got, like, six?

AReasonableMan said...

Freeman Hunt said...
You think Allen didn't get a nomination because he left his wife twenty years ago? I think this is unlikely. Hollywood's moral memory is not long.


Hollywood's moral memory is at least as long as that of the public who patronize his movies.