239 thoughts on “Will the Real Romney Please Stand Up?”

  1. OMG… Craig… you’re right… it is hilarious!
    ROFLMAO!

    AnonP… your post saying etch a sketches are people too is brilliant…

    oh yeah….. WOOKUKACHOO!

  2. Lava lamps ! At last, I find something in common with slick willie. Maybe he’s a fan of The Prisoner, too.

  3. Just thinking: SCOTUS striking down Obamacare could be best thing for single-payer advocates. Medicare for all would be only constitutional option left.

  4. You are right on the money, Craig. I am fully behind the striking down of Obamacare. If Obamacare gets struck down, democrats clean up in November, and we keep Obama as far away from the bill as possible; we could really have something cooking here.

    Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio should be ashamed of themselves. This is not murky at all. This is one of those few times where the two sides are stark in their contrast between right and wrong. That police chief “temporarily” stepping aside is not good enough. He ought to be thrown out, and every officer connected to this incident replaced.

  5. The Ryan budget could be illustrated with images of the old folks floating out to sea. Can’t use ice floes, they’re melting from global warming. It will be poking with harpoons and calls of “Swim darn you swim!”

    Jamie,
    Great comment and perfectly describes the real intent of the Ryan plan..Take care of the 1% and the hell with old folks. GOP humbug!

    he won’t even think of the liberals, (they will be just a faint memory)……just his wall st puppet masters……don’t see very much difference between him and Romney…..both are bush lite…

    Solar, terrific comment..I could say the same thing about President Obama that Craig says in his post about Romney! Will the real President Obama please stand up! Oh and the President talks like a bit of a liberal now but its only for his re-election.. In reality as you say he’s Bush-Lite…

  6. Tony,

    Been thinking of U….we went from winter, right turned at spring, and landed in the high 70s……u trying to tell me something?

  7. Tony,

    I know that u have a few pc-tv links……are you one hr ahead of me here…or on the same time…if your local stations are one hr ahead…i need a link to them….

    I sometimes enjoy watching movies….they have a great list on new ones, and oldies.

    Anon P…….this one is great if you don’t have it already:

    http://www.tubeplus.me/browse/movies/Last/ALL/

  8. Hi Solar,
    Yes, i have seen you have summer temps..Just checked Flint’s weather on my I-Phone and its the same temp as here, 84, amazing..Yep, i’m an hour ahead of you, Eastern Time..I have lots of TV links for movies and TV series..Easy to watch on the computer or as i do on my 55 inch Samsung LED..With a wireless keyboard and mouse its that easy..RealPlayer has become my DVR as i got rid of the cable months ago..I will email you the links i have…Do you still have your gmail adress?

  9. Thanks Tony.!

    Yes, I still have the same g-mail….I also have a pc hook up to a tv….but a smaller one….a large tv to comcast….not the same as when i had satellite….that was free…did you know that you can get free sat…legally…it was a hobby of mine for about ten years….mostly of of canada…but somehow a few of the premium channels kinda got stuck to the other ones….these are shut down now…..I miss my LINK TV station terrible….

  10. Just thinking: SCOTUS striking down Obamacare could be best thing for single-payer advocates. Medicare for all would be only constitutional option left

    craig, unless they also strike down medicare. i usta think that corps were corps and not corpses with freedom of speech and ligit buyers of candidates.

  11. Pat,

    alito says you’re wrong. Corporations are people, and the speak by spending.

  12. GGGGGrrrrrooooooaaaaannnnnn--

    Meanwhile another generation seems to be discovering Gesualdo, aka The Murderous Madrigalist--

    A post I did about his music and crime has gotten more visits today than it did when it was originally written--which is strange--

  13. I watched the mock hearing on the AHA individual mandate and only one dissented with 8 upholding. I concur with their decision.

    To over turn they would have to over turn or cause to have overturned several previous SCOTUS verdicts from several past years. I really don’t think (though you really don’t know )that they would do anything but uphold the AHA individual mandate.

    To do so will wreck havoc with the whole commerce industry laws and our countries economical stability.

    Also while everyone is fed bogus information on the AHA bill I highly doubt that President Obama would have something written by Congress that could be overturned by the SCOTUS that easily. After all remember he is a Constitutional Lawyer and I would have to believe a very good one.

    Well later gang. Have a great day.

  14. Ha, yep Jamie, all I said was it’s too bad Obamacare didn’t include a public option, and if SCOTUS struck it down maybe we could get one. Like always, you get get pounded suggesting he isn’t perfect.

  15. I know that piece was edited together and is somewhat biased, but what a wonderful description of Romney.
    It should play everyday until the election, all of Romney’s super pac money could not counter it.

    Laughed my ass off. Too fun. ;-)

  16. I think that Obama can not play to his liberal base until such time as that base constitutes enough votes to get him elected. Sadly I don’t see that happening anytime in the immediate future.

    His trust quotient is not all that high among independents and swing voters. If he followed the course recommended by his most ardent liberal detractors he would be assured of about 160 electoral votes. Last time I checked it took 270.

    All we can do is hope that once he is free of the need to be re-elected that perhaps just perhaps he will be like the Obama we all thought we were getting.

  17. Mitt is the Republicans’ version of John Kerry
    he is going to be the nominee but no one really likes him

  18. Craig

    She sounded more fearful that if Scotus did overturn someone she knew would be without needed medical care. Sort of reminded me of Patsi when she said she didn’t know which would come first Medicare or death. There are a lot of fearful people out there. We need a really strong voice to tell the truth about more people being covered and costs falling because of Obamacare (Own the WORD Mr. President).

    Single payer would make it a lot better and he should have fought harder for it, but in the face of Ryan and his cronies trying their best to kill people, I can only hope the President fights back.

  19. jace

    Romney’s people should play that video everyday -- most animated & interesting he’s ever appeared.

  20. Karl Rove’s Sour Grapes that Obama Got OBL
    By Taylor Marsh

    Mr. Rove’s entire op-ed is a petty belch, but the real insult is Rove’s flippant assertion that the mission to kill Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan wasn’t an “epic achievement” by SEAL Team Six, as well as one hell of a gamble by Pres. Obama.

    What gives Rove the nerve to be so disrespectful?

    It’s that he knows Democrats won’t mount an argument and make what he wrote in his Wall Street Journal op-ed an issue.

  21. http://craigcrawford.com/2012/03/22/will-the-real-romney-please-stand-up/#comment-284668

    Jace,
    Very good post! So that basically means Liberals are supposed to do what they always do, bitch and moan but support the Democrats no matter how far right they choose to take us..So in 5 or 10 years, well the Dems should be just about where the right wing loons are now? Ok, well, it won’t much matter because if the President gets his “Grand Bargain” with Boener in a second term it will be a Democrat that cuts and guts everything we Liberals hold dear..

  22. Tony,

    I am not convinced that the president will cut and gut everything that many of us hold dear. I am convinced that any one of the republicans running will do exactly that, in point of fact they have said as much.

    I would like to be able to say that if progressives voted in droves that a candidate of our choosing could carry the day. The simple fact is, that there are not enough of us. In electoral politics the world belongs to the swing voters and indies. Not the the liberals or the conservatives for that matter.

    By any measure, Obama is an appeaser, an appeaser of swing voters. He has no choice. We may not like it, in fact we can and do hate it, but we will like a Romney, or a Santorum presidency a good deal less. :sad:

  23. Craig

    I’m agreeing that he should have gone with the House position. What bothers me is that the GOP are lying and misrepresenting everything about the health care plan while trying to push through a system that will actually injure the citizens and no one on the Dem side seems to be willing to actually use words such as Lie, Cruel, dishonest, ugly etc. I want them to look Ryan in the face and call him an ass without a conscience who owes his soul to corporations intent only on profits.

  24. Watching Rachel. She is getting very fond of the word “LIE” as well. I really think it is time for the Democrats to start using it much more often.

  25. jace

    Animating Romney makes him likable.

    That’s the fear.

    Maybe Craig just gave the Romney gang a winning idea: if video re-edits do wonders, imagine what computer animation could do: A Pixar President. Certainly has enough SuperPac $ to bankroll the feature. And several sequels.

    Oh Lord, maybe we did give them an idea.

  26. Mr. Crawford did have quite the kerfuffle on Twitter.

    Don’t you love it when people lecture him about policy debates in Washington?

    I got blocked by a couple of people when another Twit & I were discussing possible Progressive Presidential alternatives to President Obama.
    Also got blocked by a couple for positive remarks about Keith Olbermann: Badge of Honor.

    Just Retweeted a comment of Craig’s. Now going to check my Followers #s. :)
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Craig -- You are a gentleman when you argue a point on Twitter. As a Twit vet, and as having my name hashtagged #Alinsky by a RW troll, I salute you.
    BTW, nastiest trolls involve the words “Occupy” & (insert name) city in Canada. Been there, done that.

  27. Jack,

    Thanks, looking forward to hearing all of them.!
    I like reading books, but I also love listening to anything that sounds like a book.!

    I heard him once say that nobody, including himself did not understandd quantum mechanics (wonder how close to quantum computer we are?)………..they just know how to feed a computer facts….in order to get predictions to fit the facts……liked his honesty….

    I wish that he would get into the huge argument that is going on right now, (which i believe, ) that we don’t have free will:

    Once science proves this…….the fight with organized religion that is going on right now….will look very mild in comparison.! …..it will be the last fight to the finish for the religious nuts……and the beginning of the end of organized religion…..free will is a made up concept imo……but that probably more for neurologist and other fields………later

  28. “sjwny says: Mr. Crawford did have quite the kerfuffle on Twitter”

    sjwny, “kerfuffle” is now my very favorite word, less than a brawl but more genteel than a spat or a squabble.

  29. Solar,
    Glad you got them!! Yep, lots to look over and it does take time to navigate around Internet TV but once you get the hang of it, no problem…

  30. Craig

    I like that word too.
    I hope we never get angry, just kerfuffled.
    Then we can sit back and say, “What the hell was that all about?” and move on. Maybe have a beer with Solar :)

  31. Sjwny you capture the essence of civil debate I like to read and engage. Nothing like a stout pint among combatants after a lively kerfuffle!

  32. Surprise, Surprise. Even before Obama gets reelected, Obama has begun to encourage the southern section of the Keystone pipeline. What is he getting acting lessons from Mitt Romney?

  33. I did not vote for Obama in 2008 and I doubt I will vote for him in 2012…

    I am for Hillary…

  34. while everyone is fed bogus information on the AHA bill I highly doubt that President Obama would have something written by Congress that could be overturned by the SCOTUS that easily. After all remember he is a Constitutional Lawyer and I would have to believe a very good one

    a-p, considering the citizens corps-r-us case, what’s the constitution got to do with it in regard to this scotus?

    too bad he didn’t have an ah ha moment and use the aha bill for universal hc but then scotus, imho, would have really been able to face medicare straight on as an overtunable in their not so humble opinion.

  35. re kerfuffle

    sjwny and craig, will we now have kerfuffle-ese, kerfuffling by kerfuffle-ers and situations of over-kerfuffled by the kerfufflazzi?

  36. So, Santorum thinks 4 more years of Obummer is better than Romney because at least he knows what he getting? Dude, nobody has ever really known what they were getting with Prez O. While I always considered him to be nothing more than an empty suit, he increasingly shows that there is someone inside of that suit, but it’s not a Democrat.

    jaslf -- Check out the end of the last thread; Solar’s comment re: the pipeline.

    Now that Romney seem inevitable, I would like to etch-a-sketch (yes, it’s a verb now) the entire fall ballot. Neither Romney nor Obama are worthy of the office.

    Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

  37. patd

    Let’s hope :)

    We could really start something here --

    Don’t get angry; get kerfuffled.

    How could you possibly stay angry after that?

  38. Ok… here’s my analysis of the situation.

    Both sides must pander to their base in order to get their party’s nomination. Then both must track back to the middle in order to win the election.

    IMO, if you want to change that (or any) situation, you don’t start at the end… such as voting for third party candidate in Nov.

    You have to change the process in the beginning. It’s our primary and caucus system that is so fucked up. IMO, we need a uniform system of open primaries in all states with every candidate running. Hold it nation wide on the same day. The top 2 candidates (or more if we choose) get to run for president and get to debate.

    IMO, we will get more of an honest debate this way. But of course the 2 parties will fight it tooth and nail… they have too much power. And the media and punditry will absolutely hate it. No long drawn out battles for them to cover and get ratings.

    I’m not telling anyone how to vote…. but IMO, voting 3rd party and expecting it to make a difference and bring change is the wrong approach. If I felt that way, I’d just stay home and not vote.

  39. Supreme Court Justice, Roberts, rules the Etchasketch is the same as the IPAD3. Last seen trying to access the internet tubes on his childhood Etchasketch.

  40. Mitt used the term masturbating? LOL.
    That vid is hi-forking-larious.

    IMHO, SCOTUS will do what it will do. The question I have (I haven’t seen the briefs) is what clause of the constitution will SCOTUS utilize if it overturns AHA -- takings clause perhaps? Kelo v. New London may come into play.

  41. Dr. ELDERS: You know, we’ve come a very long way from when I first started talking about it. And I tell people all the time, you know, we have known about masturbation forever. We didn’t talk about it because we were silent. We’ve been silent about sexuality issues and the fact that we could talk about masturbation as a form of sexual pleasure. You know, sex is for pleasure, 99.9 percent. I said that to a group the other day, and they said no, Dr. Elders, you didn’t add enough nines onto that. It’s for the pleasure, but, you know, very little of sex is really just for procreation only.

    I think that Mitt may have been attending those lectures by Dr. Elders. Masturbation indeed. ;-)

  42. If the Roberts court simply calls ‘balls and strikes’ then the the health care bill stands.
    Given the history of this court however, I think that they will probably re-write the in field fly rule. :???:

  43. As Richard Hofstadter pointed out in his classic 1964 essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” crazy conspiracy theories have been an American tradition ever since clergymen began warning that Thomas Jefferson was an agent of the Bavarian Illuminati. But it’s one thing to have a paranoid fringe playing a marginal role in a nation’s political life; it’s something quite different when that fringe takes over a whole party, to the point where candidates must share, or pretend to share, that fringe’s paranoia to receive the party’s presidential nod.- Paul Krugman.

    I was happy to see Krugman reference Hofsdater in this piece. Hofstadter’s essay is just as relevant to day as it was in 1964.Perhaps more so, in as much as the right has gotten progressively radical and reactionary in the intervening years.
    Whether it is the price of gas or the president’s birth certificate, the wingers never met a conspiracy they didn’t love. :sad:

  44. Solar

    I do believe there is specific brain conditions from in utero up to about age 5 that can have profound effects on destiny, but that those are then acted upon by surroundings, family, education, and opportunity.

    There very well may be a “criminal” brain, but depending on the variables you get someone who robs the 7/11, A white collar criminal, a policeman, or a judge. Now if there were some way to identify those minute chemicals in the DNA then you could possibly direct towards the honorable rather than the anti-social.

  45. Don’t get angry; get kerfuffled.

    sjwny,that’s a good bumper sticker.

    maybe “kerfuffle you!” can become the more genteel explicative.
    a kerfuffle here a kerfuffle there, pretty soon you have a fullblown squabble on your hands.

  46. The Supremes are going to be fascinating all next week. Love that getting to hear the arguments is being referred to as a “Willie Wonka” ticket.

  47. Jace

    The right wing were really opposed to Elders from the get go because of her specialty as a pediatric endocrinologist which offended them even more than masturbation. She is an expert in determining sex in infants and children where the issue in reality can well be in doubt. For a group of people that believes intensely in boys are boys and girls are girls and they darn well better act like it, just the suggestion this might not be real is a major blasphemy.

  48. kerfuffle sounds like some sort of pastry that I would order with my coffee. Would probably come with powdered sugar on them. ;-) Don’t know if you would dunk them or not.

  49. Speaking of health care — Mr. Cracker had a stroke and I have to say -- the experience at Kaiser was excellent. He walked out of there with only an additional charge of 6.20 for the baby aspirin which apparently is not a covered drug.

    And he was there overnight for monitoring

    Learn the symptoms of stroke — we did not recognize his and it was five days before he was correctly diagnosed. As it turned out -- it probably didn’t make too much difference for him but it would have been better to go soon.

  50. KGC Several people in my family have died of massive strokes. I keep the guidelines near the telephone and your reminder caused me to tweet them:

    Stroke Symptoms: Act FAST -- Facial Weakness -- Arm & Leg Weakness -- Speech Problems -- Time is Critical -- Call 911

  51. And visual issues as well — loss of field of vision or fuzziness

  52. “She is an expert in determining sex in infants and children where the issue in reality can well be in doubt. For a group of people that believes intensely in boys are boys and girls are girls and they darn well better act like it, just the suggestion this might not be real is a major blasphemy.”

    Jamie,
    The right has never allowed science to stand in the way of a good wedge issue.

  53. It took me a while, but I finally figured out where I had seen Mitt Romney before. In fact I have seen him many times over the years.

    He is the coach that you hire to resurrect your football program.
    He comes with the perfect pedigree and the perfect plan.He knows all the platitudes, and has them down pat.
    He gets the boosters to kick in for everything, and promises great things.He looks good at the podium and even better on the sidelines. He is Mr. can do.
    Three years later the trustees send him packing with regret. Three and eight just doesn’t cut it no matter how good you look.
    Now I remember, I’ve seen dozens just like him. So have you.

  54. He had the stroke Sat…we didn’t go to the doctor until Wed and then for an eye appointment — needless to say that doc recognized what was going on and moved him to the emergency room immediately — this is why I like an HMO

  55. KGC,

    Good to hear. Glad the Doc. was on top of it.
    Still had to be a little frightening though.
    Hope all is well.

  56. KGC

    Good to know the doctor was on top of the situation. Hope Mr. Cracker continues to improve and stay well.

  57. I think that Cheryl and I will go out for coffee and kerfuffles this morning.

    Back later. ;-)

  58. KGC,
    Glad everything is ok with Mr.Cracker..

    Blue,
    Excellent comment this morning..

    If I felt that way, I’d just stay home and not vote.

    Renee, good comment as well..Another option, although OD might have it correct for me! Line 9 the Florida write in line is looking good..Obama, a terrible choice for America..Romney, even worse…Ugh…

  59. KGC… it sounds like Mr. Cracker had a minor stroke… thank god it wasn’t massive. Both of you take care.

    Tony… you missed the entire point of my post. You’re pissed off at the choices you have for president… you obviously want a change. Change doesn’t start at the end. IMO, voting third party or writing in a choice doesn’t get you what you want. You want “real” change… you have to change the way candidates are selected to begin with. IMO, what you, Solar, OD, and others are advocating is akin to building a house by starting with the roof.

  60. I am glad Mr. Cracker is recovering nicely. Quite the scare. I have always been told to ask someone to ‘smile’ if you think they are having a stroke. Takes a lot to muscle a smile.

  61. “She is an expert in determining sex in infants and children where the issue in reality can well be in doubt.” -- Jamie @ 10:04am

    rippers believe in ‘intelligent design’, a theory that precludes the possibility of birth defects.

  62. “I like that word too.
    I hope we never get angry, just kerfuffled.
    Then we can sit back and say, “What the hell was that all about?” and move on. Maybe have a beer with Solar :)”

    “Sjwny you capture the essence of civil debate I like to read and engage. Nothing like a stout pint among combatants after a lively kerfuffle!”

    Sounds like an awful lot of kerfuffleing going on behind my back, or in the the back of my front no?

    But thats ok, cause my atty….Patd….will clear all of this up:

    “re kerfuffle

    ” we now have kerfuffle-ese, kerfuffling by kerfuffle-ers and situations of over-kerfuffled by the kerfufflazzi?”

    Then of course…the small print:

    “maybe “kerfuffle you!” can become the more genteel explicative.
    a kerfuffle here a kerfuffle there, pretty soon you have a fullblown squabble on your hands.”
    Solar must be in the kerfuffling drinks…no matter who was kerfuffled by whom.!!

    Let it be written let it be done.!!

    ps…now there are two things that one can’t be mad while doing….kerfuffling or like sturge said…while listening to a polka…..but don’t kerffufle me off-fle or Ill get my atty Patd……….

  63. kgc…So glad Mr. Cracker’s outcome is good! What a scary thing to have happen!

    RR…You are spot on about voting! And about building the house by beginning with the roof….

  64. The President’s weighing in on the Trayvon Martin case will make conducting a fair trial even more difficult.

  65. X,

    Sorry, I thought all of those unidentified noises (booms) in wisconsin was U. I thought that you were a little bit more than pissed off…..thought that u were mightily kerffufled off……

  66. Solar,

    I think it’s better to be kerfuffled off than to be kerfuffled on.

    It’s a good thing that Pat is your retained smashlaw. She can instruct you as to the various risks and benefits for the kerfufflor and the kerfufflee.

  67. Wiscon sinners sobered up a little and thought they heard booming.

    It was prolly just Prairie Chickens or Pileated Woodpeckers, depending on whether the booming was in the grasslands or in the woods.

  68. The thing about starting to build a house at roof level….is because there is plenty of rot at the bottom……..What did either party do to help the millions of people that lost their homes?…..NADA…….how did either party force the courts to listen to those that were robo signed into losing their homes….again NADA….and on and on…..the two party system has let the foundation of the country crack, rot, and wash away…..

    What we really need is financial reform first…this is the only way to start rebuilding our future…….as it is now….both partys are in bed with the same people that keep them in office……..that tells me that the walls of the white house was built with CHINESE dry wall……and is poisoning our systems……

    Both the R;s and the D;s barrow from the Chinese huge amounts of $ to keep all wars going…keep all of buses tax cuts going…and and to pocket a lot of what they borrow…….

    Then to top it off…….we give back as gifts….lots of money to China….we give them money that we barrow from them……….What the Kerffufle is this shit…….a push by a third party will hopefully get their attention, and put a stop to some of this stuff…..

    If you are talking in the political sense of it all….yes a third party has to start at the bottom….in state office, etc, etc……but that was done before in the not to far past….in 1980 “The Natural Law Party” had all things in place…..both party’s…ignored them….and now we have the results that both party’s wanted…….NADA…………

    1980 was the first time that i voted…..even then i could see (and could everyone else) that we needed a third party….but the left and t he right made it a fight of tribalism……..

    I guess that im the nomad type looking for a home with a foundation, walls that aren’t poisoned, and a roof…..

    Take a look, scroll around the site…this is what was ignored. Don’t know how to leave it up to the two partys to get something like this done……so i have to keep wishing and talking about a third party……I even wrote to prof. J. Hagelin asking him to run again…..no answer…..

    http://tinyurl.com/7j3kfaw

  69. I used to have a car that went kerfuffle on cold mornings. As soon as it warmed up it straightened right out. Damnedest thing I ever saw. ;-)

  70. Romney versus Obama.

    Etch-a sketch versus the invisible man.

    The two parties have done us proud. :x

  71. There’s a TM mug? Can we buy one? Raise funds for the site, hit all the collectors: Mugs, T-Shirts, key chains, match books (have you finally stopped smoking?)

  72. IMO third party votes that aren’t backed by years of fundraising and organizing, and close to a billion dollars at their disposal to credibly run a candidate to oppose the two major parties are nothing more than protest votes. Nothing wrong with that. And as long as you don’t live in the half dozen or so states where votes for one major party or another makes a difference, that vote won’t mean a thing. But if you’re in those states and vote 3rdy you are agreeing to accept the decisions made by those who vote for the two majors. Nothing wrong with that, but when a Romney is president and you pine for the good old days of Obama, remember that you’ve stuck yourself with the decision of others.

  73. Spiderwomen,

    U reminded my of a nightmare project that I had about 12-15 yrs ago…..I had to support a house and pour new footings and foundations under it…..I did not check the roof for stability….and it shifted a little on me….could not sleep the whole night….that became my next days project…

    It took just as long to do this project as if i had done a whole new house…….big time celebration after this one was done….a lot of bragging going on by all….thats what happens after all of the worries are taken care of……

    U know…i don’t worry too much about anything….i takes it as it comes….but can see whats going on, and try to do what i can…..ever since the Cheney/bush, and now Obama regimes…..ive felt useless most times……..

  74. Tony… you missed the entire point of my post. You’re pissed off at the choices you have for president…

    Renee,
    No, i didn’t miss your point at all, i get it! I just don’t agree with you that continuing to vote for the 2 parties gets me the change i seek! It obviously didn’t get me anywhere last time around..Oh but you did get that i’m pissed off at the choices that i have for president..

    IMO, what you, Solar, OD, and others are advocating is akin to building a house by starting with the roof.

    Appreciate this and it did make me chuckle even though i know your serious..Oh and i agree, are primary process is fucked up, its the reason i left the Democratic party..I said at the time, Dems do Primary process reform and i will be back, umm..Oh yes, maybe i should have stayed a Dem and i could work within the party for real change, ha, not in my lifetime….

    http://craigcrawford.com/2012/03/22/will-the-real-romney-please-stand-up/#comment-284743

    Solar,
    Terrific post and man you spelled it out!

  75. “I used to have a car that went kerfuffle on cold mornings. As soon as it warmed up it straightened right out. Damnedest thing I ever saw.’

    Was that a 1963 chebby impala with a doggie that had a head that bobbled up and down?…..give back mister. Or we are in for some very serious kerfuffling.!!

  76. Each morning I spend about 40 minutes checking out several sites that make me a better informed person.

    TM is the first one I check each day. I also check in at the end of the day and in between when time allows.

    I appreciate the time and effort it takes to make this site so productive.

  77. Jamie,

    The scientist are on the hunt thats for sure.!

    “I do believe there is specific brain conditions from in utero up to about age 5 that can have profound effects on destiny, but that those are then acted upon by surroundings, family, education, and opportunity.”

    Jamie, all done as part of a sense of survival…

    In labs with rats, mice, etc, etc, they are finding new cures for many things….as well as growing new organs from scratch…freaking incredible no?

    What im against, and what ive always been against…is that while we the tax payers pay some college, some scientist, …..i guess this is the real research and development that politicians talk about ( i think?)

    We pay give them money to come up with new medicines…..millions, trillions?????? then let the pharmaceuticals, large corps buy them for next to nothing (been going on in the two party system )…do some experimental with human guinea pigs, advertise them and sell them to us suckers for trillions of profit……..just kerfuffles me the f off…..later, talking way to much, way to early…..

  78. I don’t like oh,bummer. I will hold my nose and vote for him.

    I find the 2011-2012 puguglican candidates uniformly objectionable, although I think the country could survive having either buddy or jonny jr in the White House.

    The nation owes Sain’t Sanctimonious a debt of gratitude for repeatedly demonstrating what a slithery scumbucket willard is.

  79. http://www.natural-law.org/states/index.html

    Forgot: Here is a list of the states that the natural law party had elected reps….44 states i think?….They could not compete any longer b/c it takes so much money to run for even the dog catchers position…..we need to get financial reform in place now…election financial reform.!!!

  80. The USA could probably also survive a wrong pol presidency. He hasn’t gotten any support for his crack pot ideas through decades in Congress, and he probably couldn’t get support for any if he were president, either.

  81. “The USA could probably also survive a wrong pol presidency. He hasn’t gotten any support his crack pot ideas through decades in Congress, and he probably couldn’t get support for any if he were president, either.”

    XR.

    Exactly.! but he could do some good no? like election financial reform…..if that is all he did at the very first…..we can hog tie him until we get the next elections….when there is a new way of voting for those elected to office…he hates lobbyist……….

  82. Solar and Tony….
    thank you both for your thoughtful responses.

    Solar… I can’t and won’t argue with anything you said. I agree. Both Dems and Repubs have built houses with cracked foundations, crumbling walls, and leaky roofs. And it won’t get fixed until we remove the money from politics.

    Tony… I’m voting for Obama because I think he’s the lesser of 2 evils… I am NOT voting for him because he’s a Democrat. If I honestly thought that Romney was the lesser… I’d vote for him.

    Eisenhower was correct to warn us of the military industrial complex. Too bad he forgot to mention the electoral industrial complex.

  83. Here’s George Carlin’s “American Dream”… it says it all, IMO…

  84. Tony… I’m voting for Obama because I think he’s the lesser of 2 evils… I am NOT voting for him because he’s a Democrat. If I honestly thought that Romney was the lesser… I’d vote for him.

    Renee,
    Yep i know and i agree with you about Obama being the lesser! I also know your not voting for him because of party as your not a Democrat..I used to vote party my whole life till Hillary! I even voted for Presdient Clinton the first time based on party.. I voted for Hill because i believed in her and i voted for President Obama in 2008 because he was the lesser..Ha, some things never change..

  85. I feel that what >> Karl Marx << said about philosophers fits the spot for me, about our political system, and its leaders:

    "Philosophers have only interpreted the world differently, the point is, however, to change it"

  86. Get in on the fun (actually some hilarious and some serious). #1 trending topic on Twitter #IlikeObamaCare followed by your reason. Wingers keep trying to highjack and failing miserably. The President may not want to own the word, but the progressives just did.

  87. So, I am thinking about launching a Trail Mix Internet radio show on the weekends, probably 4-6p Saturdays for starters. But the key is would you folks be willing to call in and participate? My vision is for an audio version of our comment threads. Much to be done for this to happen but first wanted to test your interest.

  88. “but he could do some good no? like election financial reform…..if that is all he did at the very first” -- Solar @ 3:30pm

    If he tried to get financial reform through Congress, he would need someone to author the bill. Presumably, his son might do that in the Senate. Maybe. But, he has no friends or children in the House.

  89. Craig… it sounds good… but seriously… I don’t do much on politics on weekends. Weekends are meant to have fun… watch sports… go to movies… go out to eat… visit with real time friends and family. Especially as the weather gets warmer. So I would say no, Saturdays between 4-6 are bad timing for me. Wish you much luck though if you do decide to do it.

  90. Love to , but it’s a rare Saturday that I’m not at a soccer field, a basketball court or on the way to or from one with LP. I’d be an unlikely regular.

  91. Craig,

    Would you have oh,bummer on your show ? I’d call in. HAHAHA

    I’d love to chat about willard helping out the Chinese maoists.

  92. RR, Pogo et all, I would not want to just talk about politics. My theory of the case is that late Sat afternoons is unchartered turf for programming. I’d want to talk to newsmakers and trail mixers about what they’re doing on their weekends. And Pogo, a cell phone report from a soccer game or whatever would be perfectly nifty.

  93. Well, poobah, we’ll see how this develops -- I like the idea. But for now, off to do what I do best -- chase LP around.

  94. Ever since he tried to inform al qaeda of the whereabouts and plans of a US Army company, I have tried intermittently to think of a reason why geraldo hasn’t been bumped off. He brought me back to that question today.

  95. Listening to Nudie explain his path to success makes me once again ask — can anyone name anything he has recommended that was a good idea — one thing. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Just one original idea that actually worked.

  96. A radio program would certainly be worth a try, particularly if it had a lot of variety so that people could take off on whatever topic was of interest. With the trailmix crowd, you certainly need a movie and musical update along with the sports and politics.

  97. I’d think the internet radio idea is good
    however, I don’t have a high speed connection so participating would be difficult.

    We are on the waiting list for a satellite service
    Being rural Californian has its drawbacks

  98. “We’re in the top of the 9th here at CBob Stadium in beautiful Uptown Lubbock, Craig. The hotdogs are 400F under a blisteringly hot sun, and the score is now Xs 12, Solars 0. The Solars had better score a lot of runs quick, or they’ll be out of these playoffs.”

  99. “From beautiful downtown Grauman’s Chinese everybody who is anybody are walking the Scarlet ribbon into history. Stay tuned for who is doing what to whom.”

  100. Craig… I hear ya… but the key word for me is “internet”… I not only don’t do politics on weekends… I’m not hooked to this machine as well. Life is too short… too many things to do. Like traveling and going to the beach…. taking a good book outside to read… throwin’ steaks on the barbie… drinking good wine… watching the birds at my feeders… going to museums… etc. etc. I won’t commit my weekend time to anything… except the occasional craft fair… which is part of my vocation.

  101. KGC, RR — I’m talking about call-in. All you need is a telephone to participate

    Jamie — Yes, I’m thinking variety show, with plenty of music, infused by politics but not dwelling on it

  102. Would you have a weekly Horse Race segment ?

    Around the clubhouse turn it’s Oh Bummer 7 lengths ahead of Etch A Sketch

  103. RR -- I’m not sure if I understand your primary system. Perhaps, I am reading it wrong but it reminds me of the Brethern Court scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Everyone will vote for themselves. Personally, I think two-three primaries should be held each week from december to june. Which sounds bad for campaign managers, right? Well, guess what it gets worse!!! November 15th will be the day that an old fashioned raffle with the ridiculous hand cranked barrel gets spun and members of congress must select the states in their order. SO there will be no campaigning in no two states for several years like Romney and Santorum. You have to quickly figure out what problems are hitting completely different states and territories each week. If you are unable to do that in a short amount of time, guess what? You are not qualified to lead a country where the unthinkable happens at a moments notice, and where you are unable to pay attention a few people’s plights while helping them just enough to keep them happy for the next cycle but still make them desperate enough to re-elect you.

  104. I can just guess the reaction if I asked the sentry at the Shaw AFB main gate about where the ‘kerfuffle’ is. Kerfuffle? Kerfuffle? Sounds like something you might find at the officers club.

  105. I can just guess the reaction if I asked the sentry at the Shaw AFB main gate about where the ‘kerfuffle’ is. Kerfuffle? Kerfuffle? Sounds like something you might find at the officers club.

    That sounds reasonable. At the NCO club, we’d go outside and whoop-ass.

  106. Katherine Graham Cracker

    Hope all goes well -- am thinking of you & your family.

  107. KGC, RR — I’m talking about call-in. All you need is a telephone to participate

    Oh boy …

    Thanks everyone for your good wishes for Mr. Cracker
    he is doing fine. He had an excellent health care experience -- no waiting and no big bill at the end --
    It is the example that tells you single payer is the way.

  108. Craig, I’ll call in if you’ll let me promote my latest project--a homemade CD of my spooky tales--

    Meanwhile, I’m off to watch the 1939 film version of Wuthering Heights with Laurence Olivier & Merle Oberon. That was a great year for movies--

  109. Faire,

    One of my favorite movie star stories was in David Niven’s “The Moon’s A Balloon” about Wuthering Heights. He received critical acclain on the basis of his dramatic “crying” scene but he couldn’t cry which is why it is shot from the rear as his shoulders “heave” in grief. :-) He finally got his Oscar for Separate Tables.

  110. Craig,

    Radio show is an intriguing idea to say the least.

    For whatever it is worth, count me in.

    Hell I might even hum a few bars or maybe just visit a few bars. ;-)

  111. Solar,

    No chebby for me, it was just an old Ford wagon. Nothing on the dash, but it had a really neat looking crack in the windshield. Looked kind of like a lighting bolt.
    Sadly that was the only thing it had in common with lighting, it was kind of a dog. Great for hauling three young uns though. ;-)

  112. How do I order Trail Mix coffee mugs/tshirts ?

    How about sippicups ? I wanna send one to dict cheney, for being too dam’ chickenshift to visit Canada. “Here dict, I’m giving you this sippicup cuz you’re such a cry baby chicken.”

    What a weepy wanker that scaredy puss is.

  113. Great idea about the radio venture.
    Trail Mixers will never be dittoheads -- and that’s the beautiful part of it.

  114. I disagree with JSLF’s Primary Reform Plan.

    I say get rid of primaries. They are too corrupt. Any basillionaire can hire a marketing agency, flood the tv market with demogogic ads and become the media lemmings’ front runner. The participants who select the delegates are not the people who do the party work, and bear no responsibility for the outcomes.

    Caucus attendees tend to be policy wonks and campaign geeks. They have the knowledge and the passion to pick better candidates than the primary voters do. Of course, I make an exception for the rippers of IA, who are deeply into weirdness. Caucus attendees are also the people who keep the party going, answering phones, licking envelopes, and crafting positions. These people have a real stake in selecting high quality candidates.

    Eliminate primaries altogether and have instead five caucus evenings of 10 randomly-selected states over five weeks in May. In the general election, candidates nominated by parties that got more than 10% of the vote in the previous election are financed publicly. Violators of election laws get a mandatory 10 year prison sentence w/o parole.

    I mean, for heavens sake, who owns the party? Is it people who struggle and strive throughout the year, year in and year out, to make the dam’ thing work, or the folks who condescend to drop by for a moment once every four years ?

  115. xrepublican -- while i can see where you are coming from on the reform, I have to disagree with you about caucus attendees. There is no person in this country is fully informed. They are just as clueless as the rest of the morons in primaries. To believe, a certain part of any society much less American society is an intellectual gold mine is a bit naive. People are ignorant no matter what country/state you are in or what year that you live in. That is why politicians need to be better so that they can attempt to alleviate the ignorance from people rather than encourage it like so many do now.

  116. It’s not just that the knowledge level is different -- and to believe that the average primary voter is as saavy as the average caucus goer is naive -- it is that there are absolutely no consequences for the average primary voter, while for the average caucus goer there are. At the very least a caucus goer has to state preferences and take a public stand.

  117. XR

    Having experienced both primary and caucus. I have to go with primary. The idiots in a primary at least have a chance of being outvoted by those who think and know the issues. Unfortunately, the idiots in a caucus can highjack the whole process and overwhelm anyone with a brain.

  118. Bye the way, I didn’t use the phrase ‘intellectual gold mine’, you did. I think you grossly misrepresented what I wrote.

  119. Jamie,

    The process is a party function, not one that ought to be open to people who aren’t actually in the party. If the party is made up of idiots, as is sometimes the case, that will affect their fate. However, the decisions ought to be theirs, not the choices of people who have no connection to the party except to check a ballot once every four years.

  120. xrepublican -- please, calm down. You seem to be getting a little too angry over such a minor thing. Now the reason that I used that term was because you said “Caucus attendees tend to be policy wonks and campaign geeks.” This statement sounded as if I was right on target with your characterization of these attendees.

  121. RR -
    I’m making you a hat , a very French hat . One to wear to the faire. Your Yankee friends will coo in envy.

  122. RR -
    I’m making you a hat , a very French hat ……… From the Knife River Villages 210 years ago.
    Meets Tony Curtis in a viking movie.
    I have gone back to leather work girl , and you get one of the first pieces.

    I’m going to get our gourd artist to burn the designs , she is kicking ass, and winning ribbons. I’m gonna steal a pot design from New Mexico. The leather is tanned with baby seal tears, ……. What can I say.

  123. I too have experienced both primaries and caucuses, and in my opinion the moral and intellectual quality of the candidates selected by primaries since the 60s has declined precipitously. Primary selected candidates grow more anti-intellectual, demogogic, crass, and mean-spirited with each passing year.

    In my opinion political parties have a responsibility to offer candidates who have the character and brains to make decisions that will benefit their constituencies, the nation, and the world. The party regulars have a better chance of knowing who can do the job well. However in most states the parties no longer select their nominees. Marginally involved people and ignorant people make the selections by showing up for a few seconds and checking off names of people they know little or nothing about, except for what they hear during radio and tv ads. In most states the parties have been bypassed by ad agencies that work for big money men. These people, working on the basest emotions of ill-informed citizens, now select the nominees. I see this as corruption. The dire effect is most easily seen in the party that left me behind. Usurpation by rich egotists and marketing firms is how the MN 6th District, once represented by the sensible, workaholic policy wonk William Frenzel, comes to be represented today by lunatic michele bachmann.

    Btw, my home state of MN has a mixed system. The big money-dominated September primary can wipe out months of hard work by the party faithful who nominated their candidates back in April. It happens regularly in the gubernatorial races, and it is a shame.

    I’m tired and zoned out. I don’t know if any of my words are making any sense any more. G’night.

  124. jaslf,

    I’m not hot. I’m not angry. You’re ok in my book.

    I just disagree about your characterization and about primaries. Sturgeone says that the posts can’t very well communicate our tone, and he’s right.

    I am earnest, and exhausted, but not at all angry. Not even kerfuffled. G’night.

  125. sturge, i also tho’t it was kerfluffle with an extra “l” but didn’t want to contradict gracious host, expecially since he declared it his favorite word. what the el?

    kgc, give mr c an extra hug for me.

    craig, xr’s right about the need for a sippy cup mug as too many of us invariably knock over our drinks from laughing uncontrollaby at tm commenters. perhaps tm radio can air right after the prez’ saturday address.

  126. CBob… thanks… I look forward to getting it… my father loved to wear a beret. Just so you know… in hats I take a small to extra small. Glad to hear you’re doing leather again…. nothing like diving into a passion to get over that lost feeling.

    Xrep… I was going to say we should get rid of parties all together. But I see what you mean about most of us not knowing the candidates except through advertising. I can see the case you are making… especially at the local level… which is where most of the actual governing is done. You’ve given me something to think about.

  127. XR

    I’m fine with a closed Primary where only party “regulars” not same day people are allowed to vote for their party’s candidate. What I don’t like is that it shuts out too many people and overwhelms sane ones. Some of them are absolutely ridiculous two and three step ordeals on different days. Some require a specific time and date involving hours of commitment. Some are in hard to reach locations other than your local polls. Huge groups can be bused in to vote as a bloc. Loud people can intimidate others in a totally public process that could leave you with enemies for neighbors …. and those are only the things off the top of my head objections. :)

  128. It figures that any word as good and useful as “Kerfluffle” would be one we got from the Canadians via the Scots. Upholding Scottish honour (note extra u) I shall spell it curfuffle

    kerfluffle
    “row, disturbance, c.1930, first in Canadian English, ult. from Scot. curfuffle.

  129. I think that I am kind of in the XR camp on this business of selecting candidates.

    I would hold a single state wide caucus or convention, and require all candidates to attend. They would have to make their pitch then and there. Those who chose not to attend would simply not have their names considered.

    The primary system is simply a trial run at the general, with all the associated money and propaganda flooding the airways. Slick well done ads can make even a candidate as off the wall as Michelle Bachmann sound reasonable and nuanced.

    I would much prefer a system where the candidate has to stand in the room and ask for your vote and explain why he or she deserves it.

  130. Can we agree on a single accepted spelling for this word kerfuffle? I mean really, a word this delicious and useful should come with the TM seal of approval. ;-)

  131. Maybe Craig could nail down #kerfuffle as a twitter handle and own it for all communications among trail mixers.

  132. If you have multiple kerfuffles occurring simultaneously, do we just need to add the s at the end or do they become kerfuffli? :???:

  133. Jamie… the one thing anyone should know is that politics is messy… isn’t that why they liken it to making sausage… :smile:

    Craig… I didn’t mean to imply that I would never participate… but my being available at that time would be very spotty at best. For instance, I have a family birthday party to attend at 5pm today.

  134. I was always told that it was practically impossible to find a word that rhymed with orange.
    Are there any words that rhyme with kerfuffle?

    There’s a limerick in this somewhere. ;-)

  135. RR,

    You are so right, politics is messy, always has been always will be.
    I just want that mess to be out in the open, and be able to determine who is responsible for it and whose job it is to clean it up. I want the politicians themselves to tell me, not the Koch brothers, or Halliburton. ;-)

  136. Jamie, thanks so much for the WP piece on the parallels of the Obama and Clinton presidencies..This snippet from the piece explains much..

    Obama, on the other hand, had worked so hard to bridge the divides of his life and the contradictions of the world that he came to the job thinking he could accomplish that on a larger scale. If he could get past struggle to resolution, why could the partisans of Washington not do the same? This notion, which some saw as naive, has brought its own set of problems, to which he is now adjusting, but it was above all an expression of self-identity, what he wants to be.

  137. Jace

    Given the variant spellings involving C’s K’s F’s and U’s it would be a limerick not to be used in polite society. :)

  138. The Melissa Harris Perry show is very good this morning and the #nerdland conversation is excellent as well. Just realized I have three screens open for this stuff on a Saturday morning when I should be sleeping. Darn I hate news days!!

  139. “limerick not to be used in polite society.”

    Jamie,
    I didn’t know that there was any other kind. ;-)

  140. Jace

    In a Trail Mix iteration many moons ago, we managed to keep a limerick chain suitable for childish ears (very childish) going through multiple messages over two days. (whispering aside, don’t get patd started)

  141. Somebody call Solar -- Melissa Harris Perry has a scientist coming up with the info you can tell how someone will vote with a brain scan.

    Who needs body scans at the airport, we can all just have a brain scan election …

  142. Tony,

    Your comment from yesterday afternoon was marvelous:
    http://tinyurl.com/7ywe8eu

    I agree totally that the Democratic primary process was subverted four years ago. A couple of the key players held leadership positions in my state’s party. Because of their role in these shenanigans and their complicity in painting the Clintons with a racist brush, they have been ousted. Good riddance.

    My voice in expressing my displeasure was much louder as a dues paying member than it would have been as a livid, betrayed, non-party member.

    As it was, I did not vote for Mr Obama in either the primary or the general elections. I was angry and bitter and resentful at the way the Chicago bunch had hijacked the Rules Committee thereby nullifying the votes of countless committed, involved Democratic voting citizens. Shame on Mr Obama for his involvement in these unworthy goingson.

    Despite everything that has transpired in the past, and my personal keen disappointment in the lack of a single-payer public option in the healthcare package Mr Obama put forward, and the disappointment I accept as valid as put forth by you and others here, I’m still compelled to pay my dues and, barring some really unexpected happening, I will vote for Mr Obama in November.

    I will absolutely offer no aid or comfort to the active republican candidates who I consider to be the dregs of our society.

  143. Jamie,

    “Somebody call Solar”

    GEEZ, can’t a guy sleep in on saturday am’s? Just had 5 phone calls about someones scanning brains to see how they will vote……

    Thanks just turned on cnn (for the 1st time in months) and will keep an eye out for it…thats where its going to be on, right?

    I used to scare Bethyboo with stuff like this….if she would just check in once in a while…she would be able to see what ive been up to…..closer to freezing my head and get it ready for space travel to our new home….near the outter limits.

    Remember the people the cloned the first sheep….forgot her name….probably Sue…they nothing but trouble….no, no, Dolly was her name…..dolly sue…no last name…..dolly sue kerfuffle?? well anyway those people earlier this year came up with some new way of making brain cells:

    From a scrap of skin taken from a patient, they can make neurones genetically identical to those in that person’s brain. These brain cells, grown in the laboratory, can then be studied to reveal the neurological secrets of their condition.

    Just kidding about sleeping in….i was in the middle of my workout….and checked in to see what was going on…

  144. I am pleased to concur with Flatus’ conclusion as stated in his 12:10 opinion.

  145. Solar

    It was on Melissa Harris Perry’s show on MSNBC. She had a psychiatrist and psychologist both discussing recent brain chemistry studies. It was a piece called “Your brain on politics”. I don’t see it on her blog yet, but there might be a clip later. Check her out tomorrow. It’s a great weekend show.

  146. Jamie,

    OK, but turning on msnbc will take some doing for me….been over two years, but it does sound like a good show thanks….

  147. Tony,

    I find it odd that your 40 weird facts

    1. dwell on the national debt

    2. remark on the increase in the Federal debt since Carter was elected rather than since any of the really big government borrowers, namely reagan, senile bush, and babybush.

    Famously, it was not a Dem who said that the debt doesn’t matter, it was pong’s, frydaddy’s, and willard romney’s beloved deserter, george bush jr.

  148. Solar

    The weekend is what MSNBC has really done right recently. Sat/Sun are back to back Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris Perry. You can pretty well ignore the rest of their schedule. In addition, I do love Rachel for the same nerdy factor.

  149. OK I’m ready to test our Trail Mix radio show at 3pm today. Anybody up for calling in? I got the lowest cost version for now, so can handle only up to five callers with 30-min show limit (and sorry, didn’t pay for toll-free call in). This is just for testing purposes, so don’t be shy.

    Today’s show: 3:00-3:30pm ET
    Call (a few minutes before showtime): (347) 838-8595
    Listen at http://bit.ly/GN6ztG

  150. Despite everything that has transpired in the past, and my personal keen disappointment in the lack of a single-payer public option in the healthcare package Mr Obama put forward, and the disappointment I accept as valid as put forth by you and others here, I’m still compelled to pay my dues and, barring some really unexpected happening, I will vote for Mr Obama in November.
    I will absolutely offer no aid or comfort to the active republican candidates….

    flatus, well put.

  151. there once was a political party
    whose candidates were thought so smarty.
    when our rights they sought to muffle
    there broke out a terrible scuffle,
    a viral kerfuffle
    that landed them on their duffle.

  152. better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt

    honest abe

  153. Rats ! Sweetie has me booked up during the Premier Grand Opening of the Best Little Radio Show on the Internet, if not in the Sidereal Multiverse.

  154. Well that was fun. A few bugs about who talks when so we don’t over talk each other or leave empty air, but not bad for a first time trial.

  155. Hey Jamie and Jace… I wish I could have talked to both of you too. If we could talk to each other, I think there wouldn’t be any empty air.

    It was really great to hear both of your voices.

  156. All in all a right smart first run.
    Really nice to be able to put voices to names. ;-)

    Jamie,
    didn’t realize that you were in Tacoma. My son attended school there and we visited the area a number of times, always liked it.

  157. Thanks so much to Jamie, Jace, Rebellious Renee for playing on our first-ever radio show. The audio is processing now, will post clip when it’s ready.

  158. RR,Jamie and Craig,

    Enjoyed it a lot, I think the dead air will take care of itself as more hands give it a try. If we all can’t meet in person, over the phone is not a bad option.

  159. Another theme song suggestion in addition to Happy Trails and Route 66: Don’t Fence Me In

    Of course if we get a few more folks of different political persuasions, there is always this one:

  160. I missed it all. :cry:

    Stinky has been ill all week and I was performing my spousal duties as best I can. She’s on the couch in the other room close to the fireplace. No fire, of course, but still comforting.

    She has serious pain in the area around her shoulder where her lymph nodes were removed in conjunction with BC surgery years ago. I don’t detect any swelling, but the shoulder, back, and entire arm are cold to the touch. I’ve upped the type and dosage of pain killers she is taking and have also applied local heat. I’m just about at the limit of what I can do safely, so I hope she can be a brave soldier until Monday morning.

  161. Jamie… I kinda like this one… it describes the TrailMix crew here very well…

  162. Flatus…
    so sorry to read about Stinky… hope all goes well with her… here’s some prayers just for her…

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