January 14, 2019

At the Fading Fast Cafe...



... hang on just a few moments more.

74 comments:

Henry said...

mouse.....

.....vortex.....

............must.....

sleep......

mockturtle said...

Who knows for sure if RBG is still alive???

Meade said...

How to get rat stickers :
Step 1: click on my cardinal avatar, find my email address and email me a snailmail address where you would like to receive stickers
Step 2: ???
Step3: STICKERS!!!

madAsHell said...

Who knows for sure if RBG is still alive???

Dan Rather has declared her dead, but accurate.

Humperdink said...

It will be reported in tomorrow's NY Times that Trump's ancestors landed in the New World in 1620 on the Russian ship the Mayflowerov.

JackWayne said...

Step 2 - Buy something from Amazon on the Althouse portal?

n.n said...

RBG is still alive

She will be reported as living, so long as she remains politically viable. Thus is her legacy, as a representative of the Twilight.

Trumpit said...

I don't ever want to eat a porcupine and I don't want you to eat one either. Does that make me enemy of freedom or free choice? No, I seek to prevent you from killing an animal that has a right to life. I'm definitely a right to life person.

n.n said...
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Meade said...

“Step 2 - Buy something from Amazon on the Althouse portal?”

If you’d like. But not necessary.

Offer good while supplies last.

n.n said...

the Russian ship the Mayflowerov

Remember when Trump joked about Clinton's Water Closet, a global information clearinghouse, and the Democrats brayed with liberal abandon for eight trimesters, night and day. Now they feel validated when Russians joke about the DNC aborting... perhaps corrupting, Democracy, with progressive collusion between State and Press, aided by agents East and West.

Bob Boyd said...

@ Trumpit

You're not alone. Killing a porcupine is against the Code of the West.
It is one of the few meats that come with free tooth picks, though.

traditionalguy said...

The shades of Minnie Mouse.

Tommy Duncan said...

Blogger Trumpit said...

"I don't ever want to eat a porcupine and I don't want you to eat one either."

I saw a bald eagle today eating a rabbit. He made no apology for being higher on the food chain. Similarly, I make no apology for being at the top of the food chain.

Churchy LaFemme: said...

If you eat a porcupine first thing every morning, nothing worse will happen to you all day.

Bob Boyd said...

Weird.
I just sent a stickers request. Exactly at the moment I hit send on the email requesting stickers, somebody on the TV show I'm not paying attention to said, "Do you like stickers?"

Birkel said...

Either the Nose or the Shadow.
One of them knows about RBG.

tim in vermont said...

I almost hit a porcupine with my golf cart in the Adirondacks, but luckily I swerved and only hit a chipmunk.

Limited blogger said...

Trump is a Russian dupe; I still can't get over that.

Enlighten-NewJersey said...

Mice or rats do not have blue eyes. What are we to make of this picture?

pacwest said...

"I don't ever want to eat a porcupine and I don't want you to eat one either."

I was really hungry.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

From Marmoreal To Ethereal

The fog comes
on little mouse feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

1. My nine year old son has the best chortle in the world, and I am letting him stay up late for some mom time and introducing him to Herbie the Love Bug via the fine 1974 film Herbie Goes Bananas. I can't stop smiling, listening to him laugh.

2. I am very concerned for this country's financial habits if a class of people getting delayed paychecks constitutes the catastrophe it's being portrayed as. I'm surprised that people of my acquaintance who have money for things like tattoos and pets and video games do not have an emergency fund. Everyone needs an emergency fund, period! Go read Dave Ramsey!

JaimeRoberto said...

What would happen if RBG were brain dead but kept alive on life support? As far as I know there's no equivalent of the 25th Agent for judges. Would Trump be able to nominate a new Justice?

Humperdink said...

If you are stranded/starving in the woods, the porcupine is the easiest animal to catch.

Bob Boyd said...

"If you are stranded/starving in the woods, the porcupine is the easiest animal to catch."

That's why killing them is against the Code of the West, so there'll be one around when you need it.

narciso said...

What does porcupine taste like, chicken mcneal or something in between.

Birkel said...

The Porcupines of N.I.H.M. does not have the same ring.

If it is protein, I will try it at least once.
Porcupine is no exception.

WK said...

i Know I'm Losing You
Rod Stewart
Your love is fading I can feel your love fading
Woman it's fading away from me
'Cause your personal touch has grown cold

Cold works better than marmoreal.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

it's like eating a kebab, but with the shish still stuck inside

in other words-- tastes like shish

FullMoon said...

Bob Boyd said...

"If you are stranded/starving in the woods, the porcupine is the easiest animal to catch."

That's why killing them is against the Code of the West, so there'll be one around when you need it

Now, That's funny.

tim in vermont said...

It’s more of a guideline, really.

narciso said...

Well I had gator once, but I think it was undercooked, it was like meat gum.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Blogger narciso said...
Well I had gator once, but I think it was undercooked, it was like meat gum.


have you tried gaiters?? they taste like shoe-leather

Ralph L said...

What would happen if RBG were brain dead but kept alive on life support? As far as I know there's no equivalent of the 25th Agent for judges. Would Trump be able to nominate a new Justice?

William O. Douglas was badly disabled by a stroke before he was pushed to retire.

stephen cooper said...

It is funny, not in a good way, when you find nastiness in real life.

Most people I know are kind - all my friends are kind - but people in pain, when given the chance, often lash out. That is why kind people are important. I went to a restaurant with my friends a week ago and one of the waitresses gave me a very dirty look when I asked for a table that was the right size (they tried to sit six of us at a table for four) and I asked to talk to the manager and my friends all said don't worry about it, we will have a good time anyway. I am blessed with good friends.

That being said, I am getting old fast - maybe you will know what I mean when I say I have been surrounded by old people my whole life - maybe you won't, and if you don't know what it is to really and truly care for people who are getting older and not getting nicer, well God bless you - and as I get older than I could have ever imagined faster than I would have thought, I realize this ....

I can't reread War and Peace with pleasure because the first time I read it in 1974 I missed all the innuendoes about the Russians raping and pillaging the locals, when they were at war in Austria in 1805, in other words, eternally evil actions which Tolstoy glossed over.

Even reading the lives of the saints I have trouble, for example last week I was reading about a 19th century saint and the hagiographer mentioned, without expressing any concern, that the young future saint was threatened (jokingly, I guess, although what kind of joke was that) with being sent to the nuns' house of correction (in other words, was threatened with physical abuse, a real thing).

Prayer is important. Each of us is surrounded by people who do not care about other people, and, just as there is nothing easier for a good doctor, a very good doctor, than giving good advice, there is nothing easier for any of us than praying for those who surround us and who do not know that they were born to care about other people.

The reasons this comment was so long is this:

Most of my friends are old or poor or worried

I want them to know

I for one am not fading fast,

because I care.

there will always be someone to care about you,
because that is how God made us
we cannot succeed on our own
and we are not expected to
God loves us all
and there are not many of us, when you think about it.

Fade not fast, my friends

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

for you, Stephen Cooper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueLYdjTbCUo

walter said...

If reporting is accurate, Patterson told Jayme that he would be gone for a few hours..suggesting..and apparently allowing a time for escape.
She must have thought hard about whether that info was a test/trap.

stephen cooper said...

Thank you.

"Where the Roses Never Fade", sung by the beautiful Heather Berry. Good times!

Bob Boyd said...

Here's another one for you, Stephen Cooper.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc5AWImplfE

Bob Boyd said...

Also, killing a porcupine is bad luck.

narciso said...

Prayer is important so Is forgiveness the prophets certainly did even when they were being persecuted that's how saints came into being.

Sprezzatura said...

"Deer actually look a lot tastier than they, in fact, are. "

Cooked right and aged right before cooking, the steaks can be passed off as beef. Even to life long hunters (LLHs) who say that they would never knowingly eat rare-ish deer. I've seen this.

I hang w/ country folk. Sometimes.

Anywho, I've also had some fancy grass fed beef that tasted gamey.

Go figure.

Fritz said...

pacwest said...
"I don't ever want to eat a porcupine and I don't want you to eat one either."

I was really hungry.


And I was really cheap.

Tastes a little like beef. Unless it's been into the firs; then it tastes like turpentine.

Big Mike said...

This is a better mouse. Body is still a little long and not wide enough, and legs are still a little long. Feet too small. Tail is better than before.

But, Althouse, if you want the world to beat a path to your door you need a better mousetrap, not a better mouse.

Birkel said...

adSs,

If you don't hang with people who know how to preserve, prepare, and serve venison, the you don't know people who can properly be called "country folk". Or for that matter, squirrel.

Mike Sylwester said...

The House Democrats will impeach President Trump before Justice Ginsburg dies.

Then the Democrats will argue that the impeachment itself prevents Trump from nominating Ginsburg's successor. The new Justice will rule on issues involving the impeachment of Trump, and therefore Trump should not appoint any new justices.

When the Democrats begin to really act to impeach Trump, then that will mean that Ginsburg is fading fast.

Sprezzatura said...

Birk,

I hang w/ some that keep it rare-ish after properly caring for the meat. These steaks are indiscernible from good beef steaks.

And, I hang w/ some that get the prep right, but then insist on cooking the meat more. Here the gamey comes out.

I've also been around the mixing of these groups of folks.

Anywho, both circles of friends (technically personal (i.e. not biz) staff) qualify as country folk, they've never known another way. Never will.

Big DJT fans, too.

narciso said...


The charges are very near beer:


https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/01/the-internal-resistance-to-trump.php

gadfly said...

I have often wondered why Althouse calls her blog spaces for readers comments "Cafes." I stumbled on this post entitled "My Search for the Perfect Cafe" from 2008 on a blog called Problogger which ends with this advice.

A blog can’t appeal to every person – but there are ways of appealing to readers, being inclusive and highlighting that they are not alone. Create spaces on a blog for readers to interact and they’ll feel a sense of community that can convert them to be loyal readers.

So which came first - the Problogger piece or Althouse?

Birkel said...

adSs,
Excuse me if I have standards that call your story into disbelief.
Buttermilk curse the issue and is widely available.

They do not qualify as country and you are no judge.

Birkel said...

What did not come first: gadfly.
Nobody wanted NeverTrump.

Mike Sylwester said...

Following up my comment at 10:59 AM about Justice Ginsburg fading fast.

The Democrats will act to impeach President Trump before Ginsburg dies. The arguments for impeachment will not matter. However, the impeachment itself will enable the Democrats to argue that Trump has a conflict of interest that prevents him from nominating a new justice.

In this situation, the Democrats have a problem in that Speaker Pelosi has said that the Democrats will not impeach Trump until after Robert "The FBI Whitewasher" Mueller issues his report.

Mueller is happy to delay his report forever, but when Ginsburg is fading fast, then the Democrats too will begin to demand that Mueller stop participating in the DOJ/FBI stonewall and that Mueller issue his report already.

The report's findings will not matter much. What will matter is that the report be issued so that the Democrats can impeach Trump in order to prevent him from nominating a new justice to replace Ginsburg, who is fading fast.

Mueller himself does not issue his report to the public. Rather, he issues it to the US Attorney General, who might or might not issue it to the public.

Let's assume that when Ginsburg is fading fast, William Barr already will have become the Attorney General.

In this situation, Barr could receive Mueller's report and then simply sit on it. Barr could say that he is "studying" the report and "considering" whether to release it to the public. After all, Mueller has spent years writing the report, and so Barr could spend years "studying" it.

Then Ginsburg stops "fading fast", and she actually dies. Barr is "studying" Mueller's report and is not releasing it to the public.

Then, since Ginsburg has died, Trump nominates her successor. Since Mueller's report has not been released to the public, Pelosi should not allow the House to begin impeachment proceedings. After all, Pelosi has said repeatedly that the impeachment proceedings should wait for Mueller's report.

Because there is no impeachment, the Democrats cannot argue effectively that the impeachment prevents Trump from nominating a new justice.

So, the sequence of events will be:

1) Ginsburg is fading fast.

2) Therefore, Mueller stops delaying and issues his report to Barr.

3) Barr begins "studying" Mueller's report.

4) Ginsburg stops fading fast and dies.

5) Trump nominates a new justice.

6) The Republican-majority Senate approves the nomination.

7) The new justice occupies Ginsburg's empty seat on the Court.

8) Barr finishes "studying" Mueller's report and releases it to the public.

The lessons:

* Ginsburg should have retired during the Obama Administration.

* Mueller should have issued his report during 2018.

Birkel said...

Mike Sylwester,
When does Trump declassify the documents from the FISA, FBI, CIA, NSA, or DOJ?
How does that play?

#TrumpCard

walter said...

"In this situation, the Democrats have a problem in that Speaker Pelosi has said that the Democrats will not impeach Trump until after Robert "The FBI Whitewasher" Mueller issues his report."

Oh..they clearly can find flexibility on that..who but the Hitlerites would hold them to consistency?

stephen cooper said...

Bob Boyd - great song, great lyrics

Try to love on your wife
and stay close to your friends
toast each sundown with wine
stay young at heart

- Toby Keith

eddie willers said...

It's a long, long when she's gone, I get weary holding on
Now I'm coldly, fading fast, I don't think I'm gonna last

Very much longer

Gahrie said...

What would happen if RBG were brain dead but kept alive on life support? As far as I know there's no equivalent of the 25th Agent for judges. Would Trump be able to nominate a new Justice?

Impeachment would be the solution, but not one likely to be used by the current House.

Mike Sylwester said...

Birkel at 11:50 PM
When does Trump declassify the documents from the FISA, FBI, CIA, NSA, or DOJ?

I don't understand why Trump did not begin declassifying documents in early 2017.

Mike Sylwester said...

Dawson S. Field has published an interesting series of Twitter posts about events in March 2017.

On March 4, 2017, President Trump tweeted that he had been wiretapped by President Obama. That revelation caused a series of events that are listed in Field's series of posts.

Crazy World said...

Mike S’s scenario seems quite legit, I concur.
I have requested my stickers.

Crazy World said...

And Bless you Stephen Cooper!

Ralph L said...

Mike Sylwester, I would reproach you, but I'm fading fast.

The fly in your ointment is that the only part of SCOTUS that has anything to do with impeachment and removal of the POTUS is the CJOTUS, not the notorious RBG.

Mike Sylwester said...

Ralph L at 12:35 AM
The fly in your ointment is that the only part of SCOTUS that has anything to do with impeachment and removal of the POTUS is the CJOTUS, not the notorious RBG.

Only the Chief Justice is involved in the Senate trial.

However, the Democrats will argue that the full Supreme Court might have to rule on issues related to the impeachment. Some Democrats already made that argument during the Kavanaugh nomination.

William said...

Mel Stottlemyre has passed away after a difficult illness. He pitched for the Yankees during their wilderness years before Steinbrenner. He had twenty game winning seasons three times for those sad teams. He was an All-Star five times. He then became a pitching coach for both the Mets and the Yankees. He was very good at that as well. Doc Gooden remembered him as the best pitching coach he ever had. He was a fine man who is apparently remembered well by all who knew him........I suppose you can say he had a fortunate life in that he was a successful major league pitcher and coach. Still, his pitching career wasn't as grand as his talent, and he endured a long, lingering illness .in the twilight years. For a life with so many blessings, it wasn't that fortunate.

Mike Sylwester said...

The Trump-Russia Scam - How Obama Enabled The FBI To Spy On Trump

[quote]

.... After Comey was fired, the FBI made a very hasty move, without reasonable suspicion and without informing the Justice Department, to launch a counter-intelligence operation involving the sitting president and his administration. What was the real purpose of this move?

Initiating a counter-intelligence investigation, for which there was no basis, gave the FBI, and later the Mueller investigation, unfettered access to NSA 'signals intelligence' that could then possibly be used to incriminate Trump or his associates. ....

On his way out the door ... Obama signed an executive order .... The order revised the rules around intelligence sharing among our intel community. Specifically, it made the firehose of raw intelligence collected by the NSA directly accessible to the FBI and CIA. Instead of having to ask for intel and getting what they filtered down the FBI and CIA could directly access the unfiltered “SigInt” or signals intelligence. Intercepted phone calls, emails, raw intel from human sources. Everything our vast intelligence vacuum hoovers up, available directly ... but only for counterintel and foreign intel purposes. ...

The Obama administration enacted the changed executive order EO 12333 in early January 2017, shortly before Trump took over ....

The 12333 sharing procedures allow analysts, including those at the F.B.I., to search the raw data using an American’s identifying information only for the purpose of foreign intelligence or counterintelligence investigations, not for ordinary criminal cases. And they may do so only if one of several other conditions are met, such as a finding that the American is an agent of a foreign power. ....

With the changes in EO 12333 Obama gave the FBI the ability to launch a world wide snooping operation against the incoming Trump administration under the guise of a 'counter-intelligence' operation. The hasty FBI move after Comey was fired activated this instrument. The Mueller investigation has since used it extensively. 'Crimes' revealed through the snooping operation are turned over to the Justice Department. ...

The NYT claim that the counter-intelligence investigation was initiated because of reasonable suspicion of Russian influence over Trump is nonsense. It was initiated to get access to a set of tools that would allow unlimited access to communication of Trump and anyone related to him. It was Obama who on his way out of the door gave the FBI these capabilities. ....

The Mueller investigation, thanks to the snooping Obama and the FBI enabled, knows the content of every phonecall, chat and email any member of the Trump administration made and make to someone abroad (and likely also within the U.S.). It invites people as witnesses and asks them about the content of a specific calls they made. If they misremember or lie - bang - Mueller has the transcript ready. A crime has been created and an indictment for lying to the FBI will follow. This is what happened to Flynn and the others the Mueller investigation entrapped and convicted.

Because of the counter-intelligence investigation the anti-Trump gang in the FBI hastened to initiate, the investigators got hands on signal intelligence - phone calls, chats and emails - that allowed them to indict minor people for petty crimes and to flip them to talk to the investigation.

The aim, in the end, was and is to build a prosecution case against President Trump for whatever minor and petty half-backed illegal doing there may be. ...

[end quote]

walter said...

"half-backed" or half-baked?

rehajm said...

For all you 70 percent income tax socialists- TSA agents are one more data point that 1) people respond to incentives and 2) people have expectations of compensation for work.

Let that be a lesson for ya.

Ann Althouse said...

"The new Justice will rule on issues involving the impeachment of Trump, and therefore Trump should not appoint any new justices."

No. There will be nothing to rule on in the issues of impeachment. The judicial role was firmly excluded in Nixon v. U.S. (a case about a judge named Nixon).

Marcus said...

Blogger narciso said...
Well I had gator once, but I think it was undercooked, it was like meat gum.

Having cooked alligator, I would recommend the tenderloin portion or the white meat of the tail. The remaining portions of the creature are tough when cooked, no matter the method (no one eats braised alligator as far as I know). The same advice holds true for most animals: the portions of the beast that move the most are the toughest and can be enjoyed if cooked slowly.

THEOLDMAN

Mr. Groovington said...

Talking about judges, it’ll be interesting for cuck Trudeau if the Chinese execute the Canadian drug trafficker. He’s almost beyond doubt guilty, having earlier been convicted of trafficking in BC in 2013. 220 kilos of meth this time, what an idiot.

Mr. Groovington said...

“The same advice holds true for most animals: the portions of the beast that move the most are the toughest and can be enjoyed if cooked slowly”

Snake moves equally and is tender.

Hagar said...

If you are stranded/starving in the woods, the porcupine is the easiest animal to catch.

Saw a couple of Highway Dept. techs trying to catch a porcupine with a sample bag once.
I will bet they never tried that again.

Francisco D said...

However, the Democrats will argue that the full Supreme Court might have to rule on issues related to the impeachment. Some Democrats already made that argument during the Kavanaugh nomination.

That seems like a foolish argument on the part of the Democrats.

Once impeached, the Senate becomes the defense, prosecution and jury. The Chief Justice is the trial judge. What would be the purpose of nine trial judges? That sounds like a cluster flop.

I doubt if the SCOTUS has much role in impeachment other than the Chief Justice, but I will defer to Ann's learned opinion.