The Last Mile


When the time comes I’ve promised our Trail Mix pal Sean Holton (Lardass Liberal) to spread some of his ashes at the Fisherman’s Memorial in Gloucester, MA where he and fellow travelers ended a cross-country bicycle trek 14 years ago. (Of course, Trail Mixers nearby are welcome to join us.) Here is Sean’s recollection of that journey from his blog.

Sean Holton
August 29, 2009

“They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships.”

In 1997, I quit work for 12 weeks to ride my bicycle from coast to coast on a 5,100-mile journey that took me through more than a dozen states and a couple of Canadian provinces. The trip began June 8 in Bellingham, Wash., where 17 of us in the “Cycle America” group dipped the back tires of our bicycles in the Pacific at Bellingham Bay. The trip ended Aug. 29 in Gloucester, Mass., where the same 17 celebrated by dousing our front tires in the Atlantic at Gloucester Harbor.

Today is the 12th anniversary of riding that “last mile.”

That mile was definitely the goal we had all worked for and dreamed about as we trained separately in the months leading up to the trip. We’d all built it up in our minds sort of as this Rocky Balboa moment where we’d reach the ocean and raise our hands over our heads in triumph. But in the end, and even now looking back on it years later, it turned out not to be the most important mile at all. It was everything that came before that mattered most. That’s where I learned the lessons that stick with me today.

I learned that the toughest people in life aren’t the ones that look tough or pretend to be tough. Our core group was kind of a gang of mismatched misfits. Only two of the members of our group even knew each other before the trip began — Jeff Hochbaum and Marty Siegel, a couple of weekend cycling buddies from New Jersey. The rest of us had arrived from 15 other places and we ranged in age from mid-20s to mid-60s. It took a couple of weeks for us “coast-to-coasters” to even sort one another out and get to know each other amid the ebb and flow of larger groups of cyclists that joined us for a week at a time to travel across a single state. Some of us were in better shape than others. One rider was an anesthesiologist from Chicago named Bill Zimmerman who made it a point of pride to say he had only ridden 40 miles total on his brand new bike in preparation for a trip that would take us over three major mountain ranges, hundreds of miles of desert, open flatlands and rolling hills. Bill about died every day the first three weeks of the trip, but he never got off the bike and eventually he got into shape.

More of Sean’s writings:

A couple of the other guys — Gordon Whittaker and Paul Chaikowski — were experienced touring cyclists who had taken long solo or group trips in various locales all over the world. They were both very generous in sharing their experiences and helping the rest of us through rough patches. Then there was Brian Wimer, an Accu-Weather meteorologist from State College, Pa., who would become our official trip weatherman. There was a kid from New York named Thomas O’Brien who was legally blind with macular degeneration, but who was still able to make the trip. Another younger guy named Mike Bredehoeft hardly ever said a word. I just called him “Quiet Mike.” Another cheerful fellow who tended to keep to himself but laughed alot was Will LaJack. There was a group of “old guys” approaching or over 60 — Jerry Hassemer, Ed Krimmer, Don Brenner and Dick Avery — who’d always be the first to pack up their tents each morning and get on the road, often by daybreak. Then there were the only two women along, both good Irish girls: Katie O’Connor from Chicago and Cathy O’Brien from New York City. The strongest cyclist in the group was a fiftyish man named Richard McAteer, from New Hampshire, who generally was the first to finish each leg of the trip. But he was very humble and quiet, and never once pointed out that he was the first to finish.

What made the main coast-to-coast group most special was that nobody in it turned out to be a blowhard or a showoff. Imagine that. Maybe it was because we were all there as individuals on equal footing. There were no pre-formed cliques. Nobody was out there trying to pretend they were Greg LeMond or Lance Armstrong riding in the Tour de France to outrace everyone. And we even made a point of talking about and avoiding the undesirable outcome of allowing ourselves to develop into a clique as we covered more ground together over time. Even deep into the trip, after reaching Ohio and Pennsylvania, we’d make sure each week to reach out to the newcomers for that week, introduce ourselves and develop bonds with them and include them in our fun. And we were rewarded. Some of them turned out to be the most memorable characters of the journey.

Every once in awhile, though, certain people deserved to be ignored. There were a few groups of those Type-A cycling types I call “hammerheads” who would show up for a week and try to take over the whole tour. The rest of us would just laugh at them. They’d have these brightly colored racing team jerseys and matching shorts, they’d get in their little pacelines with their shaved legs and hi-tech bikes outfitted with the latest gizmos such as aerodynamic disc wheels and tapered helmets, and they’d constantly be checking their aerobic performance on their heart rate monitors. They were the standard loud, insufferable Alpha Males (and some Alpha Females) that you might find in the pace line on a typical weekend cycling club ride back home, but out here they just looked silly. Meanwhile, the glorious and timeless vistas of a Glacier National Park or a Yellowstone National Park would elude the hammerheads because they were too busy riding wheel to wheel, literally with their noses up each other’s butts as they tried to maintain some ridiculous pace. And for what? They totally missed the point of what touring cycling is all about. They were too fried at the end of each day to take in the small towns with their county fairs and arcades and little-league baseball games and pig races where the rest of us would go to relax and unwind after a day on the bike. Based on their demeanor, I’m not sure the hammerheads were even having fun.

Too often in life, we allow people with this type of personality to assert themselves as “leaders” and give them the power to shape our everyday existence — whether it’s in politics, at work or even in our social lives. But we should ignore people like this. They are not leaders. They are all about bluster papering over insecurity, and they don’t know how to live.

I learned that the worst headwinds are much harder to ride through than the highest mountains are to ride over. And the thing about wind is that it doesn’t show up on a map like mountain ranges do. You can plan for the mountain ranges and study them over and over again in advance and visualize yourself “conquering” them. But the wind just hits you when it decides to hit you. In the same way, life’s toughest challenges and obstacles are probably going to be the ones you never gave much thought to in advance. So even when you’re hit by the unexpected things, you should at least know enough not to be surprised.

I learned that you should never count down the miles. That’s a surefire way to make a bad ride seem twice as long. Even if it’s too hot and you have a 25 m.p.h. wind in your face, just ride. Don’t keep checking your odometer. Don’t keep counting telephone poles.

And while you’re at it, stop looking up the value of your 401(k) at the close of each day of trading, and stop checking zillow.com to see what your house is worth today. It will all still be there tomorrow.

I learned something from a corny banner hung up over a row of lockers at a high school where we camped for the night in Holland, Michigan: “It is good to have an end to journey toward,” the banner said, “But it is the journey that matters in the end.”

I learned that even when you think you’ve “conquered” or “kicked the ass” of something big, like a continent, there’s always something even bigger out there that can kick your ass right back, like an ocean. This lesson was driven home to me right in the middle of our Rocky Balboa moment at Gloucester Harbor. We were gathered on the waterfront around the city’s Fisherman’s Memorial, which was dedicated in 1923 to all the fishermen who had died plying their trade from that port in the three preceding centuries. The memorial depicts a fisherman struggling at the wheel of a listing ship in the midst of a fearsome storm. The inscription on the memorial is simple and stark. It just says: “They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships.”

I remember feeling a big lump in my throat when I read that inscription.

I have thought back alot to that summer of 1997 in recent weeks as I’ve started another journey through the treatment of my brain cancer. Much of what I learned on that trip is helping to shape my attitude for this one. I’m not really thinking much about what the last mile of this journey will look like or be like, whether it’s good or bad. I’m just enjoying all of the miles that I know will come between now and then. I take comfort in that knowledge each weekday, when I hop on my bicycle and ride from my house to my radiation treatments at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The distance is exactly one mile.

114 thoughts on “The Last Mile

  1. Time for leaving for work, but before I go. “lovely read Sean. I mean it was wonderful. This must of been heaven for you!

  2. Tissues, I need tissues. Many for Lard’s beautiful story & more for the loss of Patsi.

    “Never count down the miles…just ride.”

  3. Patsi was the trailblazer and now Sean is on the trip we all must take some day. Generous as always, they are making the way easier for us all.

  4. Sean isn’t just a great writer, he’s a philosopher.

    He reminds me of Henry David Thoreau.

    Thoreau took a couple of long canoe trips through the Maine wilderness in the 19th century, and while he commented on the animals, the plants, and the people he encountered, his real focus was on how a person should live. Thoreau cared nothing about money, of fame, or all the usual external signs of a “successful life.”

    I think Thoreau would have liked to read the account of Sean’s journey.

  5. Nash… as a student of Thoreau myself… I agree that he would have liked to read Sean’s account of his journey.

    And spreading some of Sean’s ashes in Thoreau’s home state of Massachusetts is a wonderful gesture.

    If the timing is right… Rick and I might be there.

  6. Wonderful thoughts Nash. Renee, I think that would be marvelous, simply wonderful. I wish I could myself. I always seem to be breaking in a new job.

  7. I sat in my car after work this morning and I read what Sean had wrote on his blog. He has inspired so many people these last 2 years.

  8. Sheila… are you still a chef?
    I hope so…. because doing work one loves is one of the best experiences in life. And so few of us are lucky enough to achieve it.

  9. Flatus… thinking of you this morning too. I would like to echo some of the sentiments from last night. I consider you to be the wise elder statesman of this blog. I value your posts and your friendship.

    Please get better soon, my friend.

  10. Hmm.. Not at the moment Renee, but something in the lineup of Private service. I’m a Household/Property/ Manager now. With Personal Assistant in that mix too.

    Cooking professionally was slowly killing me and I knew it. I can cook beautifully for others and have them lose weight, lower their blodd sugar fine. But for me, I have a Major Carb sensitive factor. I just can’t eat like others.
    Taste testing and then trying to cook for myself was killing me. I actually got up to 294lbs and was on a list for gastric bypass….horrible. But then I got this job. I moved down here and began just eating like I did before I graduated from culinary school…

    In a month, I’ve lost 20 pounds and a dress size in comfort. ;0) So, long story short, I believe I should leave the cooking to othes for a while.

  11. I’ve been reading Sean’s blog too. And his facebook updates. I’m struck by the dignity that he brought to his long struggle. I know I haven’t been around here much lately, life kinda gets in the way sometimes. For those who don’t know, Randy had a leg amputated in January and we have been on a recovery journey ever since. But I’ve missed everyone here very much. And I want you to know that you ALL mean so much to me. Corey and I talked about it when he was in Montreal -- it’s very strange to have internet friends who feel SO close. And yet very far away. I see Craig on some show and I think, “hey, I know him!”.. and we DO .. we really KNOW each other. Love to you all, but particularly Sean, Craig and David. Maybe we could ALL do a cyber love circle.

  12. I’m for that! Mental LOVE {{HUG}} to all of you and that includes you Sean and Mr Flatus.

  13. As Joan Baez and the Muppets said: The Unbroken Circle

    People need family and community. We have all found it here simply by meeting unseen on a trail of flying pixels.

  14. Hey! How about some politics.

    I can’t believe that Patsi would let a little thing like being dead to keep her from commenting on the Republican Oinker of the week. She must be a little busy telling folks in the here after what for.

    Jack

  15. Occupy the Iowa Caucuses?

    Could be interesting.

    If the “occupy the caucuses” movement gets some traction, things could also get interesting. As the sign in Washington suggests, people understand that the Iowa caucuses are the functional counterparts to the town hall meetings the Tea Partyers used so successfully in the summer of 2009. Any registered Iowa Democrat who will be 18 by Election Day can participate in one of the 99 Iowa Democratic caucuses (and participants can register as Democrats at the caucus door).

    Once in the caucus, participants can vote for any candidate, including an option that might appeal to the formless Occupy movement, “uncommitted.” A movement of aroused, pissed off, youthful Iowa Democrats might be able to leverage the caucus process to change the political landscape in an evening. If anyone knows that’s possible, it’s Barack Obama. The president famously said, “We are the people we’ve been waiting for.” The OWS demonstrators probably weren’t the ones he’s been waiting for. But if the Occupy Iowa idea goes viral, they may be the ones he gets.

  16. I think they should switch registration and occupy the gooper caucuses (is it too late for that?)

    I think it would be much better if Gary Johnson or John Huntsman won the Iowa Caucuses

  17. KGC

    You are just a trouble maker
    lol
    but that was my thought too when I read the head line.

    Jack

  18. If nothing else just think of the fun watching those old committee chairs trying to bar legal registered voters.
    Ya know it might break the caucus system.

    Jack

  19. Thanks for posting The Last Mile. The human spirit is amazing- this story is the perfect reminder. My heart goes out to you, Sir. You have shown us what true,loving friendship is;what really matters. You are a good man.

  20. Iowa Voter Registration rules

    I say why bother with Obama when you can really screw with the goopers

  21. Too often in life, we allow people with this type of personality to assert themselves as “leaders” and give them the power to shape our everyday existence — whether it’s in politics, at work or even in our social lives. But we should ignore people like this. They are not leaders. They are all about bluster papering over insecurity, and they don’t know how to live.

    Call it Holton’s law. How many people spend an entire life without noticing something so profound? The confluence of these absurd, self-parodying self-escapers at the top of government and business is THE issue of the ages.

    A half-dozen of them are the lonely force buoying every tyrant. A similar dozen perpetrate the high crimes and misdemeanors committed by their followers in both houses of congress. Always have but perhaps not always will.

    Gathering places like Trail Mix, with just a few more services, could provide real people with the great escape.

    Thanks, Craig

  22. KGC

    I agree, screw with the Republicans.
    Do we have any Iowegians around TM(and if we do that name should bring them out of the wood work)

    Jack

  23. tylenol/flatus/patd -- All the best to you & yours, too.

    Liked tylenol’s “cyber love circle” idea. Maybe tomorrow during the nationwide emergency alert? At least we’d all be in synch.

  24. Smiling at (and clicking on) the bike & bike gear ads popping up today. I think the 3-wheel moped is more my style these days.
    Also smiling at some T’mixers showing up, again.
    Happy Trails.

  25. Re Occupy Caucuses :

    Irate Dems joining the ripper caucuses could caucus for anyone, including vitter, randy cunningham, joe the fake plumber, or Hilary Clinton.

    That would throw a monkey wrench into the works. We have caucuses here in MN, also. Maybe I’ll caucus Keith Ellison for President -- in the ripper caucuses.

  26. So many of us are in touch via Facebook — another thing that Craig got us all into. I don’t know what I would do without you all. Love to everyone.

  27. The Iowa Caucuses are an insider’s game. I learned this when I went to Iowa to work for Howard Dean. The game plan hinged on getting people who don’t usually caucus to go out that night and participate. I was starting to get a bad feeling the week before the caucus date when I, a foreigner, was in the Dean HQ spending time on the phones trying to explain the caucus procedures to native Iowans. One lady said, “I love Howard Dean, but I just don’t do caucuses.” The Kerry Campaign worked through the local committees and turned people out in droves. I went to the caucus as an observer, and while I was standing behind the rope line, wearing my little orange Dean Iowa Storm hat, watched with dismay as the little knot of Dean supporters were quickly made non-viable by the armies of Gephardt, Edwards and Kerry supporters. All that work, hope and hype — dashed in minutes.

  28. Among the many comments on Patsi’s Facebook memorial page is one that describes her as “torn from a rare cloth”. That phrase is so beautiful, so true, and it has lodged itself in my brain. I think there are many whose walk brings them to Trail Mix for whom that description fits…but none more so than Patsi and Lard. The last mile is sometimes a difficult one, but both their journeys have been spectacular! I am inspired by their example to live a more spectacular journey.

  29. “Hey! How about some politics.”

    Jack… I was just thinking the same thing. But methinks we will just have to let this play itself out.

    So in honor of Patsi…
    Herman Cain is a big time Oinker… and isn’t it just like the oinker goopers to boost his ratings when they discover that he is a fellow oinker!!!

    ps… did I say oinker enough… ;-)

  30. aka rezdog(finally got logged in)

    Wow, Patsi, what a shocker! It really saddens me to read this. Didn’t know she was ailing so bad, not that I could of done much to help. Condolences to her family, close friends and all here.

    Selfishly, I just wish I would have made more of an effort to meet her, shake her hand, sit down and swop a few tales over a brew or two. She is that kind of people. Always say; life is short, powwow hard.

    Don’t know Patsi’s thinking about the hereafter, but for both their sakes, I hope God is a woman who likes country music.

    Here’s a little ditty Patsi once asked me for the link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dsimp-qwxs&feature=related

    Looks like well wishes are in order for several around here. Guess none of us are getting any younger.

  31. LOL
    You forgot the most important two words that describe Mr Herman Cain, “ig nert”

    Jack

  32. Craig
    was listening to the morning news about Cain and my first thought was ” wonder what Patsi said on her fb page” Also, politics is a big part of what Lardass and Patsi are.

  33. Thanks, Craig, for posting today’s entry…I was at Gloucester once, saw that memorial, and then could NOT find a seafood restaurant anywhere that was any good at all…we settled for popcorn shrimp…not good. It is a spiritual place, though, and a great place to dunk the front wheel after a 5,100 mile trip.

    It’s election day here in Ohio. I aired up the old 1972 Schwinn ten speed and pedalled the two miles to the polling place. No waiting. God Bless America. God damn brain cancer.

  34. Speaking of major oinkers (my apologies to real pigs), has everyone heard the recording of Rush doing the pronunciation of the name of the latest Cain accuser as “Buy A Lick” complete with slurping sounds while talking about her bankruptcy? No mystery about why the man can’t stay married. Vomiting from disgust does tend to cool the romance even of the purchased kind.

  35. Was just thinking that I would take great pleasure in explaining to that pig (Limbaugh) that, for all his wealth, he has absolutely nothing that’s worth what he feels he has to do in order to get it. My God…I’d hate to have his karma!

  36. Rezdog,
    Chris Gage and Christine Albert are big favs with my sister in law and her late husband. Gage played piano on the road for Roy Clark for over 20 years. Monster player. G and A are now Man and Wife. have a recording studio in the Austin area.

    Greetings to all the TM people. Long time no post here mostly because the software locked me out. I also in shock about Patsi. I knew she was sick or had been sick and in the hospital but never knew the illness. She will be missed but her imprint is on enough people that she will live on in memory of those whose lives she touched.

    Dr Dooty

  37. Hello Dooty

    If nothing else is good about all this sadness, seeing so many of the group posting is worth celebrating.

  38. I think we need to have a weekly Patsi Bale Cox Oinker Award. Cain gets my vote this week.

    Limbaugh would get the lifetime achievement award.

  39. Cain’s press conference unaware the 1st accuser has just been interviewed by NY Times??

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/article?a=864736&f=19

    Gloria Cain = Maria Shriver

    From the NY Times interview --

    “to the idea of a joint press conference where all of the women would be together with our attorneys and all of this evidence would be considered together.”

  40. Jamie’s Axiom:

    Anyone who speaks of themselves in the third person is guilty of something. If not this, definitely something.

  41. I’m avoiding Oinker Cain’s presser.

    Hey… Rezdog and Horsedooty… great to see you both back here. Rez… love the new moniker. Who knew fried bread could be so powerful… ;-)

  42. Sheila

    Your link takes it you You Tube which is fine for those who want to see it there, but to get it to post here, just insert the v in the pasted link as Jack shows up above.

  43. From Patsi’s daughter Tracy, posted on patsi’s face book wall

    Tracy Cox Nath
    We have been asked about memorials in mom’s name. Our wish is that any memorials be made to MusicCares through NARAS, or Alive Hospice in Nashville or your local hospice. Mom was a supporter of MusicCares and the help they provide people in the music industry. Alive Hospice took very good care of mom in her last few days, and provided her with comfort and peace at the end. Thank you.

  44. Courtesy of a friend of mine, a funny tweet:

    “Fred Thompson is now doing reverse mortagage commercials. Republican Presidential nominees, take note.” -unrealfred

  45. The pizza pimp is delusional
    and people defending him are whores --especially the botoxed face of the goopers Mary Matalin

  46. Mojo Mika wasn’t much better to the accuser and Affront’s, squawk box Erin, was a complete fool in her interview with a male, Cain defender.

  47. Sturgeone

    All the museums -- especially the DeYoung as much for the architecture as the exhibits

    What kinds of things does she enjoy?

  48. I have to go play at the concession party of a mayoral candidate….he’s running against a guy in his 6th or 7th term…..maybe 8th…..will check when I get back…..

  49. SF is restaurant city
    so what kind of food?

    I like small plates and sharing kinds of places
    two of my favorites are Dosa Indian and Bettlenut which is sort of pan asian

  50. What sad sad and stunning news over the last few days. It’s hard to believe that Patsi’s feisty self is silenced. I can imagine her high-fiving St Peter as she goes thru those pearly gates. Her spirit seems to have inspired little Maria, tho, because she nailed the pleasure of reading. “Nobody can stop her.” It made me remember myself sitting corners as my sisters walked right by me, calling my name, which I did not hear, of course.

    My first reaction to Sean’s essay was that he sure didn’t look as if he had a lardass! What a wonderful trip they took thru magnificent territory, with such real sensations such as county fairs and small towns. Sean will keep fighting and writing.

    2011 seems to be on record as pretty ugly, but I’m not sure the world is getting meaner. I think it’s just that it’s become so small that we know everything that happens. I can only hope that the gop will keep imploding. I haven’t been keeping up but I see that Flatus is suffering. My good thoughts go with him.

  51. let me know a little more and I can put together some suggestions

    the greatest resource for finding anything about foodie things is the Chowhound board

  52. Hi Sheila,
    Just experiment with putting the v in on a youtube video. If it doesn’t work Craig will fix it..When we first moved here we were all experimenting till we got it right..Also at the top of the page is a header entitled Video’s..

  53. Dooty, Rez,
    So very good to see you guys!

    Tylenol,
    Sorry about your troubles as well and i hope things are getting better..

  54. San Francisco is my favorite city. I love to visit there.

    Visiting Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill is great especially for the views..A good W.P.A. project of FDR.

    Also, take the ferry from S.F. to Sausilito.. Good shops and good places to eat.

    For the hearty, a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.. My mother did so on opening day and I did on the 50th anniversary…will again on the 75th next year.

  55. A friend went with my mother on the bridge walk on the 50th anniversary and lost her in the crowd…

    there is no formal walk for the 75th…

  56. http://taylormarsh.com/blog/2011/11/no-love-for-netanyahu/
    No Love for Netanyahu
    by Taylor Marsh

    Hot mic? Who knows?

    It’s just one of those classic moments between presidents.

    Sarkozy and Obama’s Netanyahu gaffe broadcast via microphones

    The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, described the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, as a “liar” in a private exchange with Barack Obama at last week’s G20 summit in Cannes that was inadvertently broadcast to journalists.

    “I cannot stand him. He’s a liar,” Sarkozy told Obama. The US president responded by saying: “You’re fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day.”

  57. Yes, the 50th was a mess as 600,000 showed up, much more than expected…I’ll walk on the walkways. With threats of terrorism, I doubt they will ever let massive crowds on it again.

    At the 50th, I was also swept away from my brother and his wife.

  58. Cain Blames ‘Democrat Machine’ For Allegations Of Sexual Harassment
    ERIC KLEEFELD

    So, turns out it was the “Democrat Machine” all along.

    Herman Cain held a press conference Tuesday evening, addressing the accusations of sexual harassment that have dogged his campaign for the last week and a half.

    During the press conference, Cain stated unequivocally that the accusations against him are false, and further said that he does not remember meeting Sharon Bialek, the latest woman to accuse Cain of unwanted sexual contact — at one point saying that “the Democrat machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman to make false accusations.”

    Whatever the truth of the matter, it cannot be counted out of the realm of possibility that Cain’s performance might boost his standing among some Republican primary voters, with his contention that the accusations are being lodged in order to undermine him politically as an agent of change.

  59. Looking good to stop OHIO Republican Governors anti union assault..

    TPM Election Scoreboard
    SCOREBOARD -- UPDATED 8:57 PM

    OH — ISSUE 2 (SB 5) Votes
    Yes 36%
    218,049
    No 64%
    389,748
    8% reporting

  60. Hey All again, you can check out Veetle.com and go to BOX OFFICE movie channel..All kinds of 2011 movies in HD..

  61. The drone mentality
    BY GLENN GREENWALD

    In a New York Times Op-Ed yesterday, international human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith describes a meeting he had in Pakistan with residents from the Afghan-Pakistani border region that has been relentlessly bombed by American drones; if I had one political wish this week, it would be that everyone who supports (or acquiesces to) President Obama’s wildly accelerated drone attacks would read this:

  62. Pat Buchanan’s MIA From MSNBC While Promoting Controversial Book (UPDATED)
    Michael Calderone

    Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange’s executive director, who has blogged on The Huffington Post, said in a statement that “MSNBC’s motto is ‘lean forward,’ but their silence in the face of Pat Buchanan’s bigoted ideology is incredibly backwards.”

    “While Buchanan hasn’t appeared on the network since our campaign started, MSNBC has to do more than hide him away and hope we will forget about his years of advancing extreme and dangerous opinions,” Robinson continued. “If MSNBC wants to be seen as a trusted mainstream source of news and commentary, it needs to end its silence and fire Pat Buchanan.”

    MSNBC declined to comment for this article. However, an MSNBC executive said that the network is taking the concerns seriously, while contending there had been a conscious decision — predating any outside criticism — not to have Buchanan on air promoting the book. The issue at hand, the executive said, was the views expressed in the book rather than any policy against promoting books written by on-air talent. Although Buchanan made one appearance since the book was published, it was not discussed on air.

  63. Main Stream Muddier continues to ignore labachmann. Apparently the big 4 don’t think she will make a tight horse race of it, hurting the news segment viewer numbers, and especially hurting the lucrative election ad sales.

    However, bachmannia ripped the rippers today as bachmann accused many puguglicans of being mere “frugal socialists”.

    She must mean the MN chamber of commies, besides rich peri and slick willard.

  64. I guess I was supposed to write ‘the big 5′. Jeez, did any of you guys know that abc covered news ? I though they just made phony ‘reality’ shows.

    Oh, right … their news is a phony reality show.

  65. Main Stream Muddier version of a political campaign :

    The Amazing Race : Which couple can win the race from Wall Street to the Oval Office ?

  66. Just having a quick check of today’s news.
    Not much to say about it except,
    HERMAN,Herman,herman…….
    Don’t bullshit an old bullshitter!

  67. Apparently, ‘frugal socialists’ don’t pick up 250K from the USDA dairy price support program. ;-)

  68. The author of the ‘papers please’amendment, Russell Pearce has been recalled. AZ voters only got it half right,
    they replaced him with another republican. :|

  69. I lived in Monterey on the army post for a year and I had a car and I spent a lot of my off-days from working in the hospital by driving up to The City and exploring. My memories of great times include Golden Gate Park (the Tea Gardens and the de Young Art Museum there, as well as the flower conservatory and the botanical gardens), and riding the Powell & Market St. cable car, watching the mimes, eating walkaway crabmeat cocktails and avoiding The Bushman on Fisherman’s Wharf.
    I could walk long and fast back then, and I liked walking around and through Chinatown. The Pacific Ocean beach is a nice place for solitary meditation.
    Sausalito is cool if you desire to cross the Golden Gate.
    Then you can go over the Bay Bridge and have the cops crack your skull…it’s getting nasty over there with Occupy Oakland.

  70. The cops are using rubber bullets , shooting into the crowd these days at Occupy Oakland.
    The Occupy Portland movement is slowing down, according to a live phone-in to a radio show Tuesday.

  71. a friend of mine’s brother hung himself up in Murrel’s Inlet a coupla months ago…..his favorite film was “Naked” which I watched with him one time…..it didn’t make much sense to me. Anyway, his sister, my friend, put his ashes into film canisters, flew ‘em to California, and all the ones who knew him back in the day paddled off the coast of southern cal somewhere on their surfboards and let ‘em fly.

  72. daughter, name of liz, likes restaurants…..saying kind of food is a bit irrelephant…..she likes restaurants….she worked her way thru bachelor’s and masters by waiting tables….each restaurant more impressive than the one before, and as a requisite, involved a greater cash flow. Her first move to and step in the city that never sleeps was a restaurant….Resto. She put her way thru her paid intern deal with that one and then got a job which takes her high, wide, and handsome. I figure she can dig the museums, tourist must-sees, etc as she may wish…..She really appreciates Food-and-Beverage……anyone know any truly great restaurants to visit? Great….in absolutely any sense of the word.

  73. Wow. I just checked the facebook page of a man I worked with for 25 years. His profile picture shows him and his partner in their wedding tuxes.
    He used to date girls but then they would always break up.
    I never focussed too much on his life; actually, I was friends with his dad until the dad retired.
    Anyway, how nice to see his smiling face there with his partner, looking happier than I had even seen him in person at work. After this sad week, I am finally smiling to know that this man finally came out and embraced happiness.

  74. Jace,

    That was $250,000 in Christian entrepreneurial dominionist dairy supports. If Jesus hadn’t wanted the bachmannns to have subsidies, he wouldn’t have created them.

  75. When the mark of Cain claims he didn’t know that woman, he means it in the Biblical way.

    Sweet dreams everyone.

  76. I like to think it’s because from the age of birth to say 4 or so she lived on the road with us….we ate in diners, cafe’s, restaurants, and bars and she was never for all that time out of sight of one or another of us. (She didn’t have a babysitter until her aunt jenny took up the job when she started school in panhandle florida.) I was on the road when she was born in denver, ’84, and she took to the road like a duck to de warter……We cooked good at home but restaurant can be a way of life when home is mostly motel.

    We used to carry her in a big basket when it was time to eat and she learned to watch and not cry or be silly.

  77. Sturgeone,

    You may have seen us chatting about “French Laundry” awhile back. Daughter would need to go to Napa. Reservations are hard to get and price tage is astronomical, but if “GREAT” is what she is seeking, that is probably the place to go.

  78. I must run on a completely different schedule than everyone in that book club, Sturge, I’m always seeing posts that are 10 and 12 hours old.

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