December 11, 2017

At the Sleeping-Dogs-Lie Café...


... you can lie all you want or rouse yourself and tell the truth.

And you can shop at Amazon, using this special link, if you've got some shopping to do. If you're looking for a video to stream, here's the movie Meade and I just watched (for only 99¢). It wasn't really a great documentary, but how could it be, made out of reels and reels of badly shot footage of a very long bus trip that was mostly happening inside the head of a bunch of people who were in no position to show or tell us what it was like for them. Occasionally a word of wisdom seeps through, like the fact that no matter how much you believe you can, you can't pick up a saxophone for the first time and play like John Coltrane and why the bus was called "Further" rather than "Farther."


pacwest said...

"you can lie all you want"

Oh, no, I never lie. And I'm always right.

Humperdink said...

Ziggy the German Shepherd pup is doing the same. Took him for a long stroll through the snowy woods this afternoon. Me to the hot tub, he to his dog run. What a blessing (the hot tub).

pacwest said...

I'm looking forward to NASA's presser on Thursday. I'm hoping it is big news about an exoplanet. Something in the spectrum regarding life maybe?

Bay Area Guy said...

Has anyone actually read the Trump Dossier?

It does read like a script from the old Bullwinkle cartoon with Boris and Natasha.

Humperdink said...

I just love the way Sarah Huckabee-Sanders handles the WH press briefing. Today's was a beaut.

Her west coast nemesis, Chelsea Handler, getting a golden shower. Always classy.

Rick said...

The Ryan Lizza story seems up your alley. We finally have someone outright protesting his innocence.

Ken B said...

CNN quietly retracts another bit of fake news they splashed all over the place.

Notice that they never had any evidence. Sessions told them, they had NO evidence he wasn’t telling them the truth. Some paid “analyst” saying he doesn’t believe it isn’t evidence - especially as he was wrong. This is another whole-cloth fabrication.

Drago said...
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Drago said...

Well, isn't this special:

"Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for firm behind anti-Trump dossier"

"not a smidgen of corruption"

No, not a "smidgen"....a mountain....made of uranium and Russian cash.

Sebastian said...

"We finally have someone outright protesting his innocence." For some reason, in the reporting so far, not a word about the unintentional fetishization of women that may be at issue here. Almost seems like prog outfits are perfectly happy to believe the women, take their word anything and everything, and can the men, regardless.

Sebastian said...

"Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for firm behind anti-Trump dossier"

The swamp is a swamp? Say it ain't so!

Ken B said...

That is heavily edited! It is spliced together from Moscow hotel footage of Trump's visit! Fake pee news!

Humperdink said...

"That is heavily edited! It is spliced together from Moscow hotel footage of Trump's visit! Fake pee news!"

Must be. It was reportedly edited by noted videographer I.P. Daley.

MadisonMan said...

I like the rug. We have rugs that need to be replaced, but that has to wait 'til our dog (fondly nicknamed Incontinentia) has moved on.

Mr. Majestyk said...

No mention of Ohr's wife's work for Fusion GPS at

tim in vermont said...

I heard that the whole "piss-gate" thing was paying hookers to pee on a bed that Obama slept in. That was kind of funny if you ask me. Is that somehow upsetting to people who think that flag-burning is the highest form of patriotism.

BJM said...

Are the chairs Mario Bellini?

Ken B said...

Easier to pee on beds Bill Clinton used. So many more of them.

tim in vermont said...

No mention of Ohr's wife's work for Fusion GPS at

:^0 <<- My shocked face

tim in vermont said...

EXCLUSIVE: A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier” had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed: The official’s wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election. - Fox News

Remember the old saw about the "appearance of impropriety? LOL, those were the days, man. Good times. Good times.

Michael K said...

"Must be. It was reportedly edited by noted videographer I.P. Daley."

Assisted by the noted video editor, I C Upee.

Big Mike said...

I don't think now is the time to let sleeping dogs lie. Reporters are lying dogs, we should not let them lie.

james james said...

In a previous story about the bar I mentioned Show Tune Tuesdays. It was pretty much what it sounds like: on Tuesday afternoons I would play three or four jukebox tracks from musicals. Singin' in the Rain. Oklahoma, maybe. Something from "The Music Man" perhaps, or "West Side Story."

The bartender was not fond of Show Tune Tuesdays. Nor were a lot of the regulars, really. Which only made me like it more. Because I'm like that, sometimes. You hear a lot of the same songs on the jukebox, a lot of the same genres. For instance: Lord, please do not make me have to listen to George Thorogood ever again, thank you. Yes, you are Bad To The Bone: we get it. Blues, like the blues they play on a beer commercial where diverse hipsters play pool and laugh in a laughably gritty bar, played with the slide guitar equivalent of a warm Budweiser. And at least those commercials are only thirty seconds long: "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" is fucking eight minutes and twenty fucking seconds long. It's true: I looked it up. But I still think it takes longer than that to actually have to listen to it.

A line from 'Blue Velvet' comes to mind. Frank, played by Dennis Hopper, asks Kyle MacLachlan's character what beer he likes; Frank does not like the answer. And thus the immortal line that is still repeated in bars:

"Heineken!? Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!"

Well, that was kind of the spirit of Show Tune Tuesdays:

"George Thorogood!? Fuck that shit! 'One Night in Bangkok!'!"

Which was a show tune that everyone pretty much liked, because it basically sounds like an Eighties song. Which it is. Cheesy, but with attitude: you can hear the sneer.

Siam's gonna be the witness
To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
This grips me more than would a
Muddy old river or reclining Buddha
And thank God I'm only watching the game --
Controlling it --
I don't see you guys rating
The kind of mate I'm contemplating
I'd let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you
So you better go back to your bars, your temples
Your massage parlours...

Yes: this song speaks to the Inner Chess Master of all of the regulars.

As an aside: the vocalist of that song was Murray Head, who also sang the original "Jesus Christ Superstar" track fifteen years previous. Which I also have played on Show Tunes Tuesdays. Good on you, Murray.

Like I said earlier, the bartender was not fond of Show Tune Tuesdays, nor were a lot of the regulars. But with one more exception.

The one Show Tune that everyone could agree on: "Jet Song."

When you're a Jet you're a Jet all the way
From your first cigarette till your last dyin' day


When you're a Jet, you're the top cat in town
You're the gold medal kid with the heavyweight crown
When you're a Jet, you're the swingin'est thing
Little boy you're a man, little man you're a king

Because, even if you don't have an Inner Chess Master, you can't be at a bar and not have an Inner Jet.

One afternoon several of the regulars got off of their stools when the song came on and then dropped into a crouched-knee walk, snapping their fingers, side by side. It was fucking beautiful.

So that was when I stopped Show Tune Tuesdays: it was never going to get better than that. Sometimes I will occasionally remind the bartender of Show Tune Tuesdays; he shakes his head and leaves to wash glasses at the other end of the bar.

- james james

anti-de Sitter space said...


Thinking of other Althouse posts, maybe, IMHO, Althouse should always preface those posts re what she identifies as flawed aesthetics re public spaces. Perhaps she needs to always include an explicit 'IMHO' or 'IMO' [if that feels better]. This would make it clear that she's not the decider re such things. As this image proves.

Just Sayin.

BudBrown said...


Big Mike said...

I see that The New Yorker fired someone for sexual harassment, except he claims their activities were consensual. He said - she said. If they’re both journalists then they’re both lying dogs.

I expect the guy to be hired back after tomorrow’s election.

Big Mike said...

@Humperdink, I won’t thank you for the link. It gets filed with things that cannot be unseen. Eewwwwwww! If that had been any of the strong women I have known the guy pissing would have been getting emergency plastic surgery to replace his penis. But I guess Trump was right; when you’re a star they’ll let you do anything.

Inga said...

First Ivanka, now Nikki Haley.

“Said Haley:

“They should be heard, and they should be dealt with,” Haley said Sunday on “Face The Nation.”

“And I think we heard from them before the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”
All in all, not a caustic or accusatory statement.

Haley handled it like a diplomat.

Meanwhile, the word is, President Trump is spitting nails over that very mature, reasonable comment.

Two people familiar with Trump told the AP he was enraged by her remarks. Trump has reportedly grown most frustrated with the claims in recent weeks, comparing the situation to that of Roy Moore, the Alabama special election candidate accused of committing multiple sexual transgressions with teenaged girls when he was in his 30s.”

Char Char Binks said...

Philip Brailsford needs to die NOW.

Dr Weevil said...

"Two people familiar with Trump" doesn't actually say that either one of them has met Trump, or met anyone who has met Trump. It could be two anonymous trolls mouthing off on the web, like our Inga, who can't believe that those women could be lying about Moore or Trump, but herself accused another commenter here of 'diddling 14 year olds' just because he had annoyed her. The woman who lies about sex (and pedophilia) herself pretends that women don't lie about sex!

Drago said...

Inga: "Two people familiar with Trump.."


Fabi said...

"RedState" Lulz

Original Mike said...

"Two people familiar with Trump told the AP he was enraged by her remarks."

Two people told CNN Trump was provided that super secret decryption key. Coincidence? I think not.

William said...

It's a long, fool's errand to the grave, and the trip is worse when you have to travel by subway. I had to go out to Queens to see an endodontist for a root canal, so that's one strike against the day for openers. Then when I checked the news to see if the trains were running on time, I saw that some maniac had made a sincere attempt to blow people up in a subway passageway. A little frisson of risk added to the joyless ennui of a subway ride. Well, danger is my middle name, and there's no peril I wouldn't risk when a root canal is on the line.....I took the F-train. It's an express train and there's a long space between stops. On the seat opposite me, there's a homeless man. He had on several pairs of pants and wore green crocs with multiple pairs of socks. He didn't smell bad though. There's that much to be said for cold weather. I didn't mind sitting across from him. A subway seat is a blessing. He had an umbrella. He picked it up and sighted it like it was a rifle......Nobody panicked, but a number of people moved away discreetly. Me, I stayed seated and avoided eye contact. Weird behavior is more stressful on days when people are blowing themselves up, but a subway seat is a subway seat......The train arrived at my station and I exited without further incident. And then I went and had the root canal which was a tad less stressful than the subway trip.

Fabi said...

What happened to the super secret decryption key story, Original Mike? It was the smoking gun of Russian Collusion as recently as a few days ago.

jaed said...

Two people familiar with Trump....

As in all uses of "anonymous sources", using Iowahawk's Substitution will help us to give the appropriate weight and seriousness to this statement:

"Two mysterious gypsy women familiar with Trump told the AP he was enraged by her remarks."

Original Mike said...

The smoking gun went up in smoke.

walter said...

"Two people familiar with Trump"
Bold. Bold! BOLLLLD!!~!~!~!!!!

Original Mike said...

"Until Dec. 6, when Fox News began making inquiries about him, Bruce Ohr ... held the rank of associate deputy attorney general, a post that gave him an office four doors down from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The day before Fox News reported that Mr. Ohr held his secret meetings last year with the founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, and with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the dossier, the Justice Department stripped Ohr of his deputy title and ousted him from his fourth floor office at the building that DOJ insiders call “Main Justice.”"

What did DOJ know (about Ohr) and when did it know it?

John Smith Smith said...

Coltrane was mentioned earlier today - While it is not possible to play better than Coltrane when picking up a saxophone for the first time, there are literally thousands of artists who, for a moment or two, catch a melody better than the famous musicians of our day have ever done - and sometimes they are people who have just learned the instrument, or just learned how to sing in tune. Art is vast. There is a lot of musical art out there and I don't think that will change much over the years. So is human kindness, by the way (vast, that is) - I have a friend, long dead, who saved his first life when he was only 21 or 22 - there was a drunk lying on his back not far from the Bowery, coughing up whatever spew drunks who lie on their backs that way cough up, and my friend kindly knelt down next to the poor drunk and rolled him on his side. The imminent specter of death by choking on one's own vomit fled into the night and the drunk lived to get drunk another day (I hate to call him 'the drunk' as if this were really just 2017 and as if I really do not know that he was somebody's beloved first-born child just a little while ago in 1938 - but words are what we have to work with if we want to communicate, for the most part - I do not have time to paint all these scenes, and I wouldn't have the talent even if i had the time). So anyway, the funny part is, he saved the guys life, and twenty minutes later he had forgotten about it (sharing a pitcher of beer and smoking cigarettes with friends in one of the now disappeared bars of midtown Manhattan, for the record). I remember.
If this had happened in wartime and if he were a soldier and if there was enemy action in the area that would have been worth a medal - not a major medal like the Bronze Star, or the Silver Star of the better known medals of valor - but still, a medal. I often walk through military graveyards - and I appreciate the fact that I live in a world where so many brave people have lived - my friend had an unusual last name, and while I know that, while walking one night, he lost a violent (and bloody, and fatal) argument with a freight train somewhere in the 80s, I cannot find his name on the internet, and I do not know where he is buried. Saint Michael is the archangel who is the patron saint of soldiers, Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians, and who are the patron saints of dogs? - (this is the sleeping dogs cafe, right) - Every saint who ever lived is the patron saint of dogs, those innocent creatures, but Martin of Porres is the one most often pictured with a companion dog. There are no patron saints specifically for people who are buried in places that are hard to find, who are not remembered much.
I had a hard day today. Believe it or not, I am still dealing with a specific problem that someone who was young in 1938 was dealing with, even back then. Not a similar problem - the same problem, it is just that I am the one who gets to deal with it now. Not that I am complaining. Thanks for reading, and I apologize if I wasted a moment of your time.

anti-de Sitter space said...


All y'all who are makin' fun of the "two people" thing are funny. Cause ya don't get that it's better than 50/50 that one of the two was DJT.

IOW, you're acknowledging that it'd be bad, if true. Hence, y'all attack the premise that it's true.

OTOH, I'm sure none of ya would have any problem turning around and justifying this after it's known to be true tomorrow (or later) when ya find out that one of the two was DJT.

That is, by definition, the opposite of be a sentient being. IMHO.

Sheesh. The game here is really sucky nowadays.

anti-de Sitter space said...


I'm cranky cause that Meadehouse residence pic is hideous. IMHO.

Yes, we did know that they had plastic counters and terribly finished finishes.

But, this image is exponentially awful.

Usually I'm not a rubber necker re accidents, but this is too much. Too much!

anti-de Sitter space said...

And I'm not grading on a curve.

IOW, in a heads-up, i.e. not giving any extra points to the hobos, I'm sure that that vast maj of mobile home interiors could rate higher than Meadehose. Sure, the hobos will have more tchotchkes and cheap (high alch) beer cans around. But, the Meadehouse vibe is much worse. Cause they show that they're trying to shape the enviro. Trying to swaddle themselves. But, the cheap beer and "painter of light" folks gots them beat. By a country mile. Authenticity wins. Effort manufacturing images of such fails. Real humanity wins. IMHO.

walter said...

Are you a gay interior decorator? Triggered?

walter said...

You kinda leaned into the return key, bud...

anti-de Sitter space said...

"You kinda leaned into the return key, bud..."

I do that cause doing so breaks an Alt-rule. And, in real life, I'm better off if all my comments here are deleted. So, there's no downside.

"Are you a gay interior decorator? Triggered?"

I do massively appreciate a salad tossing while a gal works a handie. And, intellectually, I get that there's some homo venn diagram-ism here, but the dude thing-y doesn't do it for me. Not sure why. Just wired that way by Hey-Zeus, I guess.

Anywho, back to the subject, why the F can't Meadehouse find a good interior designer in Madison? Sure, there are shitty ones everywhere. But, they (esp the Ann side) have been there forevs, just ask around.

Get help!


anti-de Sitter space said...


Every element in this image is stupendous on it's own or in the proper space.

But, the ensemble is disastrous. Anti-human. IMHO.

P.S. The core of what is human is the core of what is important. IM[Human]O.

walter said...

Ah dick to up yer ass t'night? So SAD!

anti-de Sitter space said...

P.P.S. Monkeys and slugs and bacteria suck!

Gooooooooooo Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumans! [And, as goes w/o sayin', the same sorta enthusiasm for humWomans, IOW, don't grab their pussies. Just F-em good, and get the vice versa. [Or, F-em bad but givem' the Melania fee, if they're for sale. Different strokes for different folks.]

walter said...

Wow..meth may have been an uderestimation.
What you rockin' there Shitter?

Yancey Ward said...

"two people familiar with Trump" is an odd way of phrasing it, don't you think? Why not write "two people heard Trump make angry comments about about Haley's appearance"? The reason is obvious- the "two people familiar with Trump" told the reporters they heard someone else claim that Trump made these comments. Hearsay of hearsay.

anti-de Sitter space said...

"Ah dick to up yer ass t'night? So SAD!"

Folks say there's some sorta prostate thing-y. I dunno.

FTR, I like regular old missionary best.

But, I will say that, re involuntary biological responses, a gal blowing (69-style (me on top (technically middle))) w/ another on top tossing is amazing, the first few times.

But, for some reason, that thrill wanes w/ repetition. I guess that the big guy upstairs wanted us to most of all revere the traditional sorta F-ing that results in more generations. Like he told Darwin.

walter said...

That could easily be construed as a "conservative" interpretation.
Brace yourself..

anti-de Sitter space said...

"That could easily be construed as a "conservative" interpretation.
Brace yourself.. "

If I'm a conservative, I'm not the one in these thread who needs to look high, low, or sculling for a brace.

I gots a solid roll.

Humperdink said...

Big Mike said: "@Humperdink, I won’t thank you for the link. It gets filed with things that cannot be unseen. Eewwwwwww!"

In retrospect I should not have posted the link. Distinct lack of judgement on my part. Allow me to apologize. Sorry.

Humperdink said...

Well, this is your basic bombshell. Ex-CIA chief admits agency out to get Trump, regrets his role.

Kyzernick said...

"All y'all who are makin' fun of the "two people" thing are funny. Cause ya don't get that it's better than 50/50 that one of the two was DJT."

Assumes "facts" nowhere near in evidence.

Leftist wishcasting. Maybe Shitter is one of the gypsy women . . .

Sydney said...
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Sydney said...

Humperdink’s link is very much worth a read. That agency needs cleaned out, quick.

tim in vermont said...

I don't know what the shitter is talking about. That rug really ties the room together.

Jimmy said...

Rube that I am the room looks very comfortable to me. Just the place to sit and reminisce a bit

The bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began
There was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of the bus to never ever land

tim in vermont said...

While the tax overhaul isn’t directly aimed at Beijing, it is another way China will be squeezed.

Under the tax plan now going through the U.S. legislative process, America’s corporate levy could drop to about 20% from 35%. Over the next few years, economists say, that could spur manufacturers—whether American or Chinese—to opt to set up plants in the U.S. rather than China, where total tax burdens on companies are among the highest of major economies.

Fucking Trump is the lowest sort of evil. Now he is after Chinese manufacturing! Probably because they are a shade of brown!

Inga said...

Your President is a pig.

Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!
7:03 AM · Dec 12, 2017

Big Mike said...

@Humperdink, OTOH, as I pointed out last night,she proves what Trump said on the Billy Bush tape: in Hollywood when you’re a star, women really will let you do anything.

Big Mike said...

@Humperdink, I saw that business about the intelligence chiefs on Instapundit. I agree with the takeaway: these dingbats couldn’t foresee the obvious result of their gambit in their own country but we’re supposed to trust them to understand what’s going on in other countries and other cultures?

Humperdink said...

^^^^^^ Right on the button.

Bad Lieutenant said...

For that matter, how dumb are they to have believed that HRC had it in the bag? Wonder how they do on analyzing foreign elections.