Archive for June, 2008

Pain in the….

Everyone knows that a feature of getting older for most of us is the onset of various aches and pains. Even if we’re very stoic and never mention how we suffer the noises we make getting in and out of chairs will give us away. A good day is a day when it’s only dull aches and no intense discomfort of one kind or another. And yet we function just fine with that. It becomes pretty normal to have a little pain the back, stiffness in the knees and to know when the weather is about to change because all your joints start bitching at you.  I mean, I think we tolerate these minor things very well.

All of that certainly applies to me, but it’s only recently (earlier today) that it occurred to me that it’s something of a trade-off. I bought new sandals. On sale. Great price. They fit perfectly. They’re shaped just like my foot. And now I’ll work on breaking them in and I only hope that they work out. My closet is littered with sandals that fit perfectly but that I don’t wear because they rub against some part of my foot and I can’t get past the point where they start to be comfortable.  I tend to just wear a pair that would be starting high school in the fall if they were a kid.  I had to break those in, too, but that was years and years ago, when I could tolerate the temporary discomfort.  And pants. When I was my granddaughter’s age I used to have to lie down on the bed to zip up my pants. Everyone pretty much did. If a friend was around it would become a group effort. I stopped being able to tolerate that years before the eyesore factor raised it’s ugly head ass. Pantyhose are annoying to most normal people these days but I caught the tail end of the pre-pantyhose era. Garters. Sitting all day with metal garters digging into the backs of your thighs is really not fun, but it was just how it was. Now if I can really feel my clothes at all it ruins my day.  So I’m wondering if pain is like worry.  I think most people have a certain worry quotient no matter what’s going on. If confronted with real problems we worry about them, but if things are relatively mellow we’ll worry about less important and/or likely things.  So maybe it’s the same with pain or discomfort and we just have to self-inflict until nature starts doing it for us?

Karl Rove’s Next Talking Points

Coming to a Fox News show soon: Yes, Obama seems to have a great family now, but what would happen if Michelle met with an accident that cause her to be disfigured in some way or to gain weight? You can tell just by looking at him that Obama’s the kind of guy who’ll leave her and the kids and marry an anorexic heiress. Probably a martini heiress.

Next up: You can tell just by looking at him that if Obama had a temper problem and if he was a dick he’d call his new heiress wife (see above) ugly names in public. You can tell just by looking that he’s the kind of guy that would do that if he were an entirely different person.

Do we want to take a chance on a guy would we can see just by looking might behave that way if he’d made different choices, had a different temperament and values and was living a different life than the one he has? Do we?

Too much information, Rush!

Rush gives us an unasked for peek into his fantasy life. We all know what it means when he protests too much, – after the drug thing and all –  but we don’t need that picture in our minds.

Help O’Reilly Retitle his book

“A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity”. That is the actual name of a new O’Reilly tome Apparently Billo has an unlimited ability to absorb mockery. Well, as long as they spell your name right, eh? You can vote on an alternative (more accurate) title in Newsweek’s poll.

Could Bob Barr Matter?

Bob Barr is positioned to be a factor in the 2008 election, or so some say.  Welcome to our world, GOP. I don’t know how much a difference Barr will make come November but I know where he could buy space on some billboards.  We were in Central Florida just over a week ago. If you drew your conclusions just from what you saw in that particular spot you would have had to assume that Ron Paul was the runaway frontrunner. Huge billboards proclaiming his virtue were spaced along the main thoroughfare, mixed in with others that endorsed variously: Jesus, tourist attractions, medical centers and X-rated superstores.  Bob Barr would look just fine on the billboards previously occupied by Ron Paul.

McCain was represented on the roadside as well, but not in commercial space. There was a one-man grassroots effort going on every day. The one man in question looked like he’d taken a leave from his regular gig  as one of those “The End is Near” guys in a New Yorker cartoon. He was covered in hand lettered McCain signs.  The endorsement seemed sincere. It’s value is less clear. Other than that, the only signs I saw that an election was coming up were a couple of bumperstickers. Both of them were for Obama. So, I hope that Bob Barr puts some effort into Florida. There seems to be some opportunity for him there.

Michelle on the View

Michelle ObamaI just caught up with the rest of the world by viewing some clips of Michelle Obama’s appearance on The View today, courtesy of Roadkill Refugee. So now maybe she’s reassured a few people that she’s not that much of a scary militant even though at some point in her life she might have noticed that she was black and, even more terrifying – that being a high achieving black woman in America carried with it some complications. That seems to make people uncomfortable. I mean, we’re not bigots you, know. We’re OK with people being black- within reason – as long they’re willing to assure the rest of us that it doesn’t mean anything one way or another and they’re just happy to be here.

The reviews are in and mission accomplished, apparently. The pundits mostly seemed to be reassured that this beautiful, brilliant and accomplished woman might not decide to turn around and set fire to that American flag at the next campaign rally after all.

That’s all great and everythinig, but let’s not overlook her biggest coup on this day. She looked fabulous in a dress that retails for $99. And that’s assuming she paid full price. She could have gotten it on sale. At this time of year it could have gone for as much as 30% off or maybe even more. She’s Jackie Kennedy good looking, but on a human budget. We’re going to be able to watch these people at the inauguration without wincing in vicarious embarrassment even once. That’s change I can believe in.

Big Al Speaks At Last

Al Gore has finally endorsed Barack Obama. You know he’s been wanting to. You could just tell. If only he had been able to orate the way he did tonight back when he was running for president he might have won by enough to actually take office. It’s really something to think that the history of the world has been so radically affected by the respective speaking styles of two men – and one who prevailed can’t even speak. Unfortunately not much has changed in that department but hopefully it’ll work in our favor this time around.

Watching pundichat ahead of the endorsement tonight was generally irritating. They were giddy with the thought that Al might run for VP with Obama. That might be interesting if anyone had even suggested that they had sources to lend an iota of credence to the idea. If they did I didn’t hear them say so. He was standing on same stage as Barack Obama and saying good things about him so that’s reason enough to speculate that he or she might be the choice for veep. The fact that Al Gore was vice president for 8 whole years and then was elected president before being deselected by the Supremes hardly caused a blip in the bloviating. To be fair, someone – I think it was Jeff Toobin – did say that he probably could have been the presidential nominee if he’d wanted to and he didn’t seem to want to, so it was unlikely that he’d want to be the VP again. I mean -couldn’t they come up with something more original as a subject for speculation? Don’t the talking heads ever get tired of themselves? Just wondering.