As of yesterday, I am entitled to wear this shirt. Many thanks to all of you, including anonymice and pseudonymice, who pledged money to the Women’s Cancer Resource Center of Oakland. I’m sure they’ll get after you pretty soon. And thanks especially to my friend who swam too and realized about halfway through she could, in fact, swim a lot faster than me. This left me with an official time of 26 minutes, which I think was rounded down; on my own watch it was about 26:29 but still a lot faster than all my earlier times, clocked without a competitor.
About six weeks ago, a friend of mine offered to give me some mature roses he didn’t want. “But it’s the middle of August,” I said. Not exactly, in other words, the best time for a transplant. But it was this or straight to the compost heap. As it happens, six weeks on, five of the seven are doing fine—most recently, the oldest-looking one decided it might as well live.
This is, if I count correctly, the third time someone has made such an offer to me, to get rid of mature roses. There are always various reasons, but they generally include, “they take so much work.” This puzzles me. Any plant that can get uprooted and dumped into the dusty Davis mid-August clay and six weeks later have a full complement of branches and flowers is a pretty hardy thing.
Which has always, both in our old house and here, been the case. Despite appearances, roses are tough and take care of…
I get what she’s trying to say, but here’s Hillary Clinton: “I think you have to ask yourself and it’s a little exercise I’d like everybody in the press, and really all of us, to go through: Would the same thing be said about a man in a similar position and the answer 99 times out of 100 is no. I think it’s been a long time since anybody covered what Barack Obama, Joe Biden, or John McCain wear or their hairstyle or any other personal characteristic like that.”
Yes, you have to go all the way back to 2007, when the press spent a month talking about John Edwards’ $400 haircut.
When you’re all watching Jay Smooth on your own, I’ll stop posting this stuff. But here, from a roundup of old posts he has, is some genius media criticism on the difference between Fox News’s failings and CNN’s.
I had to read this article three times to make sure I wasn’t missing something. Am I? Ezra and Matt add their kudos to a proposal to cap the speeds at which cars can go at 75 miles per hour. The reasoning?
30% of all traffic deaths can be attributed to speeding.
Note the lack of absolute speed mentioned. The deaths could be caused going 40 mph in a 25 zone on a rainy night and sliding on wet leaves, or blowing through a traffic light at 50.
I’m guessing that the writers here don’t drive much, and when they do, they’re either in a city, where they’re not driving fast because they’re stuck in downtown traffic, or they’re driving on the highway, where they’re going fast and enjoying the open road. They’re surely not going to speed while gridlocked; ergo, the speeding crashes must be happening at highway speeds. But there’s a lot of driving that doesn’t fall into those categories: …
If you read the blogs I get mocked on do, you already know this, but I’m going to swim a mile in the fundraiser for the Women’s Cancer Resource Center for Oakland. Please give of your your charity here, and your mockery here, or here, or as normal, right here. Every little bit helps.
Hi, everyone. This is not really Neddy writing, it’s Eric. But this was Neddy’s idea, and he started this post, which originally read, “I think it would be moderately amusing to execute this concept.” But then, we got carried away and actually executed said concept. Moderate Friday amusement in the political humor vein follows, with apologies to Mr. Copland; we really do ♥ you.
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is the associate director of the Cornell in Washington program and a senior lecturer at Cornell University. He teaches courses on European history, modern military history, guerrilla war, and the role of popular will in waging war.
is an associate professor of history at UC Davis. He is the author of A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans, which won the Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize in 2004, and his new book, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek, will be published by Harvard University Press in fall 2012.
is a professor of history at UC Davis. She is the author of Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 (Oxford, 2009); Red Spy Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth Bentley (North Carolina, 2002); and Challenging the Secret Government: The Post-Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI (North Carolina, 1996).