Happy Mother's Day Open Thread

To all our readers who are Moms, we wish you a very Happy Mother's Day. And for those of you who are not, if your mom is still around, be thankful and don't forget to call.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the holiday -- it was President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 who declared the second Sunday in May would be Mother's Day.

Colorado is getting a big snow storm today -- there are already 16 weather alerts up from the National Weather Service.

Enjoy the day, this is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Happy Mother's Day to all the TL moms. (5.00 / 4) (#1)
    by caseyOR on Sun May 11, 2014 at 06:50:13 AM EST
    I am fortunate enough to still have my mother here. So, I will be spending the day with her.

    Hope all of you have a great day.

    Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out (5.00 / 4) (#2)
    by vml68 on Sun May 11, 2014 at 08:36:08 AM EST
    My mother is half a world away so we celebrated via a phone call.

    I spent the very early hours of Mother's Day cleaning up blow outs from both ends of one fur baby and panning for gold this morning in another fur baby's "droppings"!
    I did strike gold...so Happy Mother's Day to me !

    Happy Mother's day to my mom and wife (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Dadler on Sun May 11, 2014 at 10:30:12 AM EST
    The two women who have influenced my life more than any others. I love you both.

    Thanks for the neuroses Mom. (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by desertswine on Sun May 11, 2014 at 01:15:54 PM EST
    It certainly hasn't been a dull life.

    Happy Mother's Day, everyone. (none / 0) (#18)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 11, 2014 at 06:22:16 PM EST
    Just think of all the fun we really could've had -- and conversely, all the trouble we could've gotten into -- if only we didn't care about what Mom would say and do if she found out.

    Enjoy your day, however you decide to spend it. For her part, my mother is spending hers in San Francisco, visiting her lifelong best friend from kindergarten days this weekend. 75 years makes for a very long friendship. She just came back from South America and Florida a few weeks ago, and is coming out here next week to see her baby boy before he starts chemo. Mom does like to get around, age 80 be damned.



    Will you eventually (none / 0) (#38)
    by oculus on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:26:23 PM EST
    let your maternal unit off the hook?

    mom's day (5.00 / 3) (#15)
    by Lora on Sun May 11, 2014 at 01:37:35 PM EST
    I am the primary caregiver for my mom.  It is very difficult at times.  I am deeply grateful to her and for her, and to my husband for being ok with having our lives disrupted for the past 3 + years.  

    I am the mom of a 27-y.o. with whom I had a rare phone conversation on Friday.  She lives 3 hours away, but due to my health, job, and caregiving responsibilities and her job and nervousness about driving far, we don't see each other very much.

    My husband is away today to a memorial service for his late aunt, who was like a second mother to him growing up.

    A bittersweet day.

    What a wonderful daughter you are! (5.00 / 3) (#22)
    by Militarytracy on Sun May 11, 2014 at 08:55:39 PM EST
    Thank you for all you do.

    I am extremely grateful today that the florists ha (5.00 / 3) (#20)
    by oculus on Sun May 11, 2014 at 08:03:15 PM EST
    coopted Mother's Day brather unusual, but my house is full of flowers. Love it!  

    Also today, for the first time, my amateur chamber music group rehearsed in my living w/my azbsolutely beautiful new (to me) piano. Greaf sound.

    What a great day! (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Militarytracy on Sun May 11, 2014 at 08:53:45 PM EST
    Happy Mother's Day to all the moms (5.00 / 3) (#23)
    by Militarytracy on Sun May 11, 2014 at 08:59:06 PM EST
    It was a swell day.  Ate Japanese, received an amethyst bracelet and new treasure box for my dresser.

    I had a lovely evening with family (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:17:06 AM EST
    My daughter is not in town but had a wonderful conversation with her today. And my mum in a distant city who is so great and I had a long talk with her todaytoo!! I did have an interesting argument with my nephew at dinner about the central riddle in GOT. That is-

    "In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. `Do it,' says the king, `for I am your lawful ruler.' `Do it,' says the priest, `for I command you in the names of the gods.' `Do it,' says the rich man, `and all this gold shall be yours.' So tell me - who lives and who dies?""

    Since I had spent the morning reading about the physics of visual perception and therefore particle physics I thought it was relevant. The 'answer' to the riddle is "nowhere, power is an illusion in the mind of the sellsword", in other words it is a social construct. It is in the nature of the invisible relationships of the particles - the forces acting on them like magnetic and gravitational forces. But I don't have the math skills to back up my ideas. My nephew (who I love like a son) never lets any BS slip by. Of course the way the riddle is phrased limits the answer to the riddle, but it's still interesting. But that was not his beef. He said it was the rich guy.

    A bit more on visual science - apparently scientists do not know definitively exactly how visual preceptors in  our eyes function.  There has never been a living eye dissected and the chemical/neurological reactions measured or recorded. Perception in primaries is not proven science. In other words our color receptors - (the cones in our retinas) are not dedicated to certain limited electromagnetic frequencies we may experience as "primaries'. Nor is this accepted science --only science that has never ever been truly tested.

    Of course the riddle is about political power, financial power, and religious power..... and military power - assuming military power follows attitude (the force, magnetic, gradational)l of their perception of Power.

    And it does not cover the power of love which is greater than gravitational or magnitic force. In some families gravitational force is the most powerful, but the power of love is altogether different. And I cannot dismiss it as not elemental force - and in fact I think it is the strongest force on particles and all of us in the march of time.

    Happy day to all, no matter what love has brought you.

    You and Lord Varys (5.00 / 1) (#77)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 12, 2014 at 06:58:26 PM EST
    Understand the illusion of power.

    I just watched the last episode with my husband on the phone.  HBO Go let him watch it in Korea.  I tried to match my recording to what he was watching, oddly Internet HBO Go in Korea ran slightly faster.

    My husband's GOT question today is why are so many pen*ses removed in this story?  Lord Varys...everything is gone,  Theon Greyjoy....everything is gone, the Unsullied.....everything is gone.  It isn't just regular castration..it's everything. My husband said tonight, "This writer has issues".  I hadn't even thought of it, it is odd though.


    good question (none / 0) (#78)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 12, 2014 at 07:34:25 PM EST
    Varys says having no desire (I guess that means sexual desire) has benefited him greatly - he is not under its power and can see more clearly than pretty much everyone else. It was Theon's favorite toy and his claim to his family line. It's much easier to castrate a man, lower his testosterone and make him impotent and unable to rape (in the case of the unsullied) or unable to further his family than it is to do the same for women. It's just a simple snip snip. Your husband might like that- or not!

    All these men though, they were not just snipped (none / 0) (#79)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 12, 2014 at 07:56:08 PM EST
    In the GOT series, for some reason everything must go as the writer writes.  Lord Varys has no peenie either, and of course we all saw what happened to Theon, but the Unsullied too.  When they were "altered" no peenie either.  It's peculiar as castration goes....at least what I know of castration, pigs, cows, sheep, dogs....no men though :).  But the removal of everything isn't usually required

    So I read the Wiki on castration (none / 0) (#80)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:09:36 PM EST
    Sort of hair raising.  China and Korea did practice the whole thing..  Whew, and as the world goes, it really wasn't that long ago that the procedure fell out of fashion.

    I think I'm going to share too much but (5.00 / 1) (#88)
    by ZtoA on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:22:27 AM EST
    I had a medially induced 'change of life' 13 years ago (as a result of a major surgery - it was an unintended consequence). It did not stop my 'desires' and I had a string of bad choice (but rather fun)  love interests over the next many years. But now, 'desire' has left me, but passion has not. In fact the passion has been intensified and focused in other directions. As a young woman my 'desires' utterly owned me and ruled my mind.  Now all the desire and passion are at my direction and feed other parts of myself.  I can relate to Varys.

    Peter Drinklage should get another Oscar for his performance for the whole trial sequence. He was amazing. What a trial too.  


    Agree re: Dinklage (5.00 / 2) (#90)
    by ruffian on Tue May 13, 2014 at 06:12:25 AM EST
    I've watched that part 3 times now and will watch more. He was amazing.  I love that brother relationship this season. I fear one or both of them is doomed. I have not read the books, no spoilers please!!!!

    I can relate to you and Varys. No physical reason, so I guess it could change.


    They recently tested my FSH (none / 0) (#91)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 07:10:49 AM EST
    It's kind of funny how Conservatives are moving toward no family planning, but behind the scenes in military serving facilities it is ALL the rage.  They decided to test my FSH to see if I was still ovulating normally and  it came back normal.  I am still not free :)

    But by golly the soldier gubmint will give me two plan B a year no questions asked, I just walk into the pharmacy and hold my hand out and plunk!  If I need more than two though they figure I am having a contraception problem and I need to talk to someone before they give me the third.

    It's pretty obvious though that the military is working very hard to control the number of dependents they must support.  I have complete contraception freedom and access and Uncle Sugar pays for all of it :). Thank you Uncle Sugar!


    I can't bring myself to look on Wiki (none / 0) (#82)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:51:18 PM EST
    It's still easier to stop a lineage for a male than a female. Snip snip...snip. And a male can still rape with the long member. Ewwww, what a conversation! :)

    It is weird (5.00 / 1) (#95)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:45:35 AM EST
    But GOT is sort of weird, yet not.  So I keep reading and watching.  I love all the sets and clothes, and depictions of cultures that seem familiar but then not really.  And they have wine, and sort of their own wine country.  They have culture clash over religion. I am completely in the thrall of this author :).   Tolkien had the worst geeks speaking Elvish.  After The Hobbit and The Fellowship I struggled to finish the series though, all these battles, how boring :)  Will I spend my old age trying to learn to speak High Valyrian though?

    You know what it lacks IMO? (5.00 / 1) (#126)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 14, 2014 at 04:58:41 PM EST
    A central character.  And when I say "lacks" I mean in the sense of getting people so involved they learn to speak Elvish (spell correct turns that into Elvis but fortunately I caught it) or Klingon.  When I was young you would see "FRODO LIVES" everywhere.  I absolutely love the series but have you not noticed that unlike petty much every other example of great fiction there really isn't a central character.  You can't really even decide which family you are rooting for.   It's an ingenious and unusual way to present a story.  I am not criticizing just saying.  And I do think the absurdly huge cast of characters is a bit of a barrier to some more casual viewers.

    There are a lot of Thronies (none / 0) (#127)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:32:10 PM EST
    But I have noticed we feel a little lost.  None of us knows how this ends :)

    I started out rooting for Starks, but they're mostly dead now :)

    I think there is going to be a three state solution :)

    If he strings us along much longer though will we start falling off?


    They are going for 8 seasons (none / 0) (#128)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:35:08 PM EST
    This is 4.  So Hilary will be president before we know what happens.

    From what I have read even the author doesn't really know where it's going.  I was just last week reading that he is writing furiously to stay ahead of the show.

    I think that's sort of cool.


    That's crazy talk Capt (none / 0) (#129)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:53:33 PM EST
    Hillary will be President before we know how GOT ends :)

    This is funny (5.00 / 1) (#130)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 14, 2014 at 09:33:43 PM EST
    The Brilliant Game of Thrones Easter Egg You'd Need a Translator to Catch
    Do you remember that scene from Game of Thrones' third episode "Breaker of Chains"? No, no, not that one. We're talking about the scene where (the new) Daario Naharis squared off against the Champion of Meereen. How could you forget? There was a saucy wink, some public urination, and a beheading.
    You'll notice that when the Champion of Meereen first comes out, the Low Valyrian taunts he's shouting at Dany start with the word "mhysa." As we learned last season, "mhysa" in the series' fictional language Old Ghiscari is "mother." (In a complicated bit of fictional linguistics, it's a word that survived into the Low Valyrian spoken in Slaver's Bay.) So was the Champion baiting Dany with "your mom" jokes? Close! According to the show's linguist, David Peterson,

    There's a scene where the Meereenese rider is challenging Daenerys' champion. He's shouting and Nathalie Emmanuel [Missandei] is translating - but she's not translating what he's saying. He's actually saying a Low Valyrian translation of the French guy's insults in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. That was [creator] Dan Weiss's idea and it was so hilarious that I had to do it.

    I hope he told Dany that they didn't need her dragons because they've already got one. So, who did it better, John Cleese or the Champion of Meereen? You decide.



    They're just having too much fun (5.00 / 1) (#131)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 14, 2014 at 10:32:23 PM EST
    Remember when they put Dubya's head on a pike, and said it was an accident?

    GOT Dubya's Head

    Convenient funny accident


    Yes rather funny 'accident' (none / 0) (#132)
    by ZtoA on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:58:02 AM EST
    The political 'houses' have now evolved into political 'parties' - warring factions that both mirror and reflect each other, similar yet different. Popular opinion of them is both important and completely irrelevant.

    House Stark seems to be about a house torn apart, each member narrowly missing each other and critical moments but still playing a vital and humanistic role - and maybe in the end a transformative role. We'll see. Ice and Fire suggests the final struggle will be both political and elemental. Will they ally? Will Jon and Danny marry?  Or will they kill each other? Or will one prevail? (the 'little ice age' was in the era of the medieval kings in England).  Little Finger and Varys are fascinating characters for moving the plot along.

    Yes, I am a 'Thronie' (had to capitalize that for my self dignity) but I'm not a serious one. David j Peterson created whole languages for the epic poem of GOT.

    Some may dismiss this as fiction and it IS fiction. But I spent some time studying and using The Odyssey which is also fiction but also says so much truth about the culture and thinking of the times. Great epics about cultural adventures.


    there was dialog in that scene? (none / 0) (#133)
    by ZtoA on Thu May 15, 2014 at 02:08:33 AM EST
    Guess I was too much enjoying the public peeing. And being appalled by the knife in the horse's eye.  

    I love the idea that he was making 'your mom' jokes!!

    BTW I was one of the only ones who did not like the new Dario. Dario is supposed to be a peacock. The new one looks like any macho character in the north. There is no chemistry between them also. The old Dario was criticized for being a pretty man but that was what Dario was.


    Well not actually mom jokes (5.00 / 1) (#135)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:02:03 AM EST
    If you have never seen MP and the Holy Grail you should go to that link and watch the clip.  It's the funniest thing ever.  The idea that the guy on the horse is saying that is hysterical.  

    I fart in your general direction has become part of my standard vocabulary.  And the worlds.


    I don't know which clip you mean (5.00 / 1) (#145)
    by ZtoA on Thu May 15, 2014 at 05:14:54 PM EST
    but love that movie. It is my sister's favorite and she often comes over riding her "steed" saying NI !!

    Agreed (none / 0) (#134)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 15, 2014 at 07:49:50 AM EST
    But I didn't like the old one much either.  The new one is growing on me.

    John Cleese (none / 0) (#144)
    by Zorba on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:42:48 PM EST
    John Cleese, John Cleese, John Cleese!     ;-)

    You guys do realize GOT is fiction (none / 0) (#98)
    by ragebot on Tue May 13, 2014 at 10:39:14 AM EST
    Not saying I am not addicted to the show.

    Just that as far as I know fire breathing flying dragons have never lived any where on earth.  If you want to talk about illusion what about the necro guys in Qarth.  I doubt there are white walkers than can stick their finger nail in a baby and turn it into a monster, I doubt there are white walkers in real life.  Did anyone notice how the white walkers turn to ice and explode when stabbed with obsidian, not sure about the physics of that.  Then there is the smoke baby the Red Queen delivered to stab the king with a smoke knife.

    On the other hand I have no doubt castration is possible, even Varys style.


    It's fiction?? (5.00 / 2) (#100)
    by ZtoA on Tue May 13, 2014 at 11:09:23 AM EST
    Way to ruin my day. I've been roasting my dragon egg on a bed of red hot charcoal in hopes of hatching a real dragon.

    But actually the political parts are based on the Wars of the Roses and the wars of succession in british history. Even the house names are similar Lancaster=Lannister, York=Stark. House of cards is also based on Richard III, a part of those wars.  

    The ice and fire elements can be seen as unstoppable forces in nature. Forces that even the figures in the central riddle - military power, money power, political power, and religious power - cannot control.

    I read some of the books years ago and forgot most of it. Read it in order to be able to have more conversations with my nephew. The show deviates from the books quite a bit in ways that are much better IMO.

    And I too would love to know the physics of being able to birth a shadow that could kill. Or if there is any physics to the query "If thoughts could kill", or voodoo, the power of prayer and the power of intension. I am pretty sure, tho, that the dragon glass being able to shatter a white walker is just made up.  :)


    Well at least you didn't say (5.00 / 1) (#102)
    by ragebot on Tue May 13, 2014 at 11:28:45 AM EST
    I find your lack of faith disturbing.

    I think the white walkers (5.00 / 1) (#106)
    by ZtoA on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:13:32 PM EST
    are inspired by Irish and Scottish folklore of the Sidhe, or Sith, pronounced Shee.  It was a fairy race living underground, terrible, beautiful, and offerings were made to them to appease them. I think the scenes with them are filmed both in northern Ireland and Iceland. I wonder if they will film the "mounds" in Ireland.



    You do realize Benghazi is fiction? (5.00 / 2) (#113)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:48:07 PM EST
    Fast and Furious is fiction too ? :). At least how you guys tell those stories :)

    When I was stressed to the max with a disabled baby and a husband in Iraq you just wanted me to go somewhere and be mindlessly entertained, now that it is safe for me to be mindlessly entertained I'm supposed to be what?  Ashamed?

    It has taken me years to get to the place where I could afford to enjoy a bit of mindless entertainment.  I will enjoy it thank you very much!


    And some folks here (none / 0) (#115)
    by ragebot on Tue May 13, 2014 at 02:48:57 PM EST
    think the guy who wrote GOT has issues because characters are castrated.

    If that was intended as a (5.00 / 3) (#116)
    by ZtoA on Tue May 13, 2014 at 03:35:37 PM EST
    gottcha comeback then your comment missed the mark.

    No, a serving American soldier (hero to you) (none / 0) (#118)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 04:15:27 PM EST
    Who is male, and has a wife addicted to GOT wonders out loud, "Why must this author take all the male genitalia when a man is castrated in Slavers Bay or being tortured by the House Bolton, it seems a little weird?"

    It's a fair question for a guy to ponder over a work of fiction.  And it must be okay to ask questions about fictional works or else how is Issa staying busy?

    Looking under rocks for hidden Benghazi memos and emails is less sane than wondering why George Martin feels the need to write something a certain way.  We can even ask George if we can corral that uber successful guy long enough and he feels he owes us the answer.  There is a real answer to the GOT question.  It differs from Benghazi and Fast and Furious in that there really is such a thing as an answer to that real question :)


    as Freud said (none / 0) (#119)
    by ragebot on Tue May 13, 2014 at 04:29:13 PM EST
    sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

    Sometimes Conservatives are just desperate (5.00 / 1) (#120)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 05:00:45 PM EST
    Impressive. A blogger in progress. (none / 0) (#29)
    by oculus on Mon May 12, 2014 at 11:09:03 AM EST
    Belated Happy Mothers Day... (5.00 / 2) (#28)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 11:02:12 AM EST
    to all the TL moms...I hope your husbands or wives, & sons and/or daughters all took good care of you.

    Moms came over with my sister and her fam to celebrate. Busted out the BBQ for the first time this season for mi pollo con salsa ajo especial y camarones a la plancha...delicioso!  

    We had awesome weather too, let the spring and summer begin in earnest...woo hoo!


    Hey, don't bogart that recipe, matey. (none / 0) (#32)
    by caseyOR on Mon May 12, 2014 at 11:43:50 AM EST
    Come on , it sounds relish, so share please.

    Simple & Delicous... (none / 0) (#35)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:06:56 PM EST
    just BBQ your chicken as is, skin on to keep the chicken from charring, and it's all in the simple sauce, which I guess is really more of a cold dressing.

    Mash some garlic cloves, salt, and pepper with a hammer between two sheets of tin foil.  Add to a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil.  I don't have measurements, I just play with the mix till it tastes like grandma used to make.  Smother the chicken with it and dig in.  It's an old Lebanese thing...I'd never ruin BBQ chicken with BBQ sauce aka glorified ketchup.

    My shrimp skewers I just rub with a crushed garlic, red pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil mix.

    Oh and perhaps the most important thing..a real charcoal grill, and no lighter fluid (blasphemy!), start the fire with kindling and a little paper.  It takes time but well worth it in flavor.  

    Gas grills are not BBQ btw, they are outdoor ovens.


    My brother abhors gas grills, which (5.00 / 1) (#41)
    by oculus on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:31:53 PM EST
    his son--law favors. So bro got him a non-gas Weber.  Battle of the chefs.

    Hilarious (5.00 / 1) (#46)
    by squeaky on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:51:36 PM EST
    Gas or charcoal does not cook the barbecue, people cook the food.

    Certainly it is easier to control gas than charcoal, and wood chips can be added to either, but in the end it is the food that speaks, not the method.


    I hear ya... (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:22:09 PM EST
    but it's my delusion that I can taste the difference and I'm sticking to it!  Gas grills are for lazy pikers;)

    Ya know it's probably the ritual of it I like the most...starting a fire, nursing a fair, poking a fire.  It's primal caveman stuff.  Knobs are for televisions, not bbqs;)


    I am with you on this, Kdog. (5.00 / 2) (#51)
    by vml68 on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:27:26 PM EST
    I think there is a taste difference between charcoal grilled and gas grilled. I prefer charcoal grilled, but won't turn my nose up at gas grilled :-)

    Spoken like chef watching pots (5.00 / 1) (#107)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:14:07 PM EST
    That's why you cook, and I bring wine and cheese and flowers :)

    Charcoal was for heathens when I married (none / 0) (#44)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:39:49 PM EST
    Something about uneven heat.  So when my husband returned from Iraq I had purchased a gas grill, that it put together.  I did tape a sign on it though that read " caution, your wife assembled this".  It died a natural subtropic climate death here and was replaced.

    With the cold snap this winter here, some outdoor faucets needed repaired when he was home on R&R so we headed to Lowes.  The grilling wars have now bred new grills that use both gas and charcoal.


    Who knew. Must run this by my bro. (none / 0) (#45)
    by oculus on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:44:43 PM EST
    We had charcoal grills for years, and then (none / 0) (#55)
    by Anne on Mon May 12, 2014 at 02:01:00 PM EST
    I got it into my head that I wanted to try a gas grill.  I didn't hate it, exactly, but I used to get the occasional mental picture of something malfunctioning and turning me into a crispy something-or-other, or blowing up and setting the house on fire.

    So, we went back to a Weber charcoal grill.  And even though it's not always as easy to control the heat, we just like the way food tastes when cooked over charcoal.  Yeah, you can get a similar effect by tossing wood chips on the gas grill, but I guess what it ends up coming down to is that, just as there are people who prefer sailboats to motorboats, there are people - like us - who prefer charcoal to gas.

    Thought about one of the hybrid gas & charcoal, but decided it would be one of those things where I found myself almost always using the charcoal option, so why pay for gas?

    Kind of a first world problem.


    Sounds like Grandma was making (none / 0) (#49)
    by vml68 on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:20:39 PM EST

    Growing up in the Middle-East, when mom and dad were too tired to cook, it was always Lebanese take-out (there were no pizza joints at the time). So, it was always grilled rotisserie chicken with toum, a selection of kebabs, hummus, an assortment of Lebanese pickles and khubz arabi, once or twice a week in our household.
    Oh God, how I miss it!!!


    That's the stuff! (none / 0) (#53)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:39:48 PM EST
    Before you move away you need to go to Sally & George's in Brooklyn, according to my pops and his brothers(the sons of my Lebanese grandma), it's the best Lebanese food in NY.  

    Try the kibbeh nayeh!


    Will do! (none / 0) (#54)
    by vml68 on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:57:36 PM EST
    I may not get around to trying your pizza recommendation, but will move heaven and earth to get to Sally and George's before I leave. Anything for a taste of "home"!

    Have you ever tried marinating (none / 0) (#56)
    by Anne on Mon May 12, 2014 at 02:15:38 PM EST
    the chicken in a version of this sauce?

    I love garlic, but I don't always love the way raw garlic dominates the subtler flavors of the lemon and olive oil, so I tend to marinate and then grill, taking care to use the indirect heat method so the oil from the marinade doesn't char the skin.  I start skin-side down, then finish off by flipping the chicken skin-side down, closer to the coals, so the skin can crisp, but not burn.  That skin is so good, and the meat is juicy and tender.

    You know what else is good grilled with those ingredients?  Pretty much everything: potatoes (quarter some new potatoes, toss in the garlic/lemom/oil mixture, wrap in foil and put on the grill away from direct heat), zucchini (cut into planks, toss in mixture, and after you take the meat off the grill, lay them over the grate for a couple minutes on each side), corn (wrap in foil), asparagus (I use a mesh grill sheet so it doesn't fall through the grates - take off the grill and grate some fresh Parmesan over).

    Sometimes I will use fresh basil and parsley in the marinade, too, giving it a few spins in the food processor.

    Wishing I had bought a chicken - tonight would be a good night to grill!


    Never marinated... (none / 0) (#57)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 02:38:19 PM EST
    but it sounds good...though I like the garlic punch of adding it after, in my book there is no such thing as too much garlic.  Could probably do both!

    I do my grilled veggies the same way, wrapped in foil, but usually skip the lemon.  Now that I think about it, I don't know why I skip the lemon on veggies.

    As for beef, you guys get down with the chimichurri?  I could shower in that stuff too...my home version is just garlic, cilantro, parsley, & olive oil.  It really makes the grilled steaks magnificent.  


    Love that stuff (none / 0) (#61)
    by Zorba on Mon May 12, 2014 at 03:02:49 PM EST
    I've got my cilantro and Italian parsley just starting to come up.  Can't wait to harvest them and make some chimichurri!   Which we will eat with steaks from the grill.  BTW, Dog, we don't use charcoal.  We use hardwood, from our place.  Cherry wood makes for a particularly nice grilled meat or fish.    ;-)

    Now that's... (none / 0) (#62)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 03:16:47 PM EST
    some primal BBQ, you even make your own charcoal!  

    Told you we were (none / 0) (#63)
    by Zorba on Mon May 12, 2014 at 03:31:20 PM EST
    pretty prepared up here.    ;-)

    I'd love to intern... (none / 0) (#66)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 03:46:02 PM EST
    at the Zorba farm...you've got so much knowledge and mad skills.

    I can offer concrete jungle street smarts in trade! ;)


    If you can read, (none / 0) (#70)
    by Zorba on Mon May 12, 2014 at 05:02:16 PM EST
    you can grow things, and can and preserve food.
    Mr. Zorba and I both grew up in families that did a lot of gardening, so we both had some skills there, and taught ourselves the rest through trial and error.
    My mom froze a lot, but didn't can.  His mom did canning, pickling, and preserving, though, so I picked up  some pointers from her.
    That, and the  book "Putting Food By," which was my bible for canning, pickling, and preserving food.
    (If you are going to do any serious canning, you need a pressure canner.  Not sure it's worth it for you, unless you plan on eating a whole lot of food over the winter.  Pickling and jams and jellies don't require a pressure canner, though, just a simple boiling water bath.)
    Making a fire in a grill with wood is the same as making a campfire or fire in a fireplace, pretty much.  Just remember tinder, kindling, and fuel.    
    I will presume that you don't really care to learn how to shoot a gun, or use a bow and arrow, however.   ;-)

    Potatos... (none / 0) (#59)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 02:42:25 PM EST
    my family tradition with the taters is what we call "Mickeys"...just wrap the whole potato in foil and throw it right on the coals. Makes the skins extra-crispy good.  I'm not a big baked potato guy, I normally prefer rice or pasta, but my potato intake goes way up in the summer because Mickeys are so damn tasty.  

    Anne, marinating the chicken in a version (none / 0) (#69)
    by vml68 on Mon May 12, 2014 at 04:15:11 PM EST
    of this sauce while tasty would taste very different. Toum is meant to be a dip. A very creamy, garlicky dip!

    Greeks make something somewhat similar (none / 0) (#72)
    by Zorba on Mon May 12, 2014 at 05:15:15 PM EST
    as a dip, called skordalia.
    Lots and lots of garlic, preferably crushed with a mortar and pestle, then blended well with mashed potatoes or mashed up and soaked bread without crusts, or a little of both (you can add ground blanched almonds or walnuts, as well), plus lemon juice and then you beat in olive oil.  You can also add vinegar.  I prefer lemon juice.
    I really like this with fried fish, fried vegetables, or just as a dip with wedges of pita bread.  You can slop some on grilled chicken, as well.  Or grilled anything else.
    Middle Easterners cannot live without garlic.  Skordalia comes from the word skordo (σκόρδο) which means garlic, in Greek.

    Oh, I know it would - but as I said, (none / 0) (#73)
    by Anne on Mon May 12, 2014 at 05:18:09 PM EST
    I don't always like the sharpness of raw garlic, as it can overtake the dish instead of enhancing it.  On the other hand...sometimes a sauce/dip is so good, it pretty much doesn't matter what you're eating it on - it's just more polite than grabbing a spoon and eating it all by itself!

    My husband's not a big fan of garlic, but I keep telling him that it's so good for you that he really should learn to love it.


    New World (Dis)Order (none / 0) (#3)
    by squeaky on Sun May 11, 2014 at 08:49:59 AM EST
    Who can control the post-superpower capitalist world order?
    In a divided and dangerous world, we need to teach the new powers some manners

    Some thoughts from Slavoj Žižek, Guardian

    Did Wilson have that power? (none / 0) (#5)
    by unitron on Sun May 11, 2014 at 09:24:03 AM EST
    Does Mother's Day's claim to May's second Sunday have any legal status?

    For that matter, is there anything in the Constitution that gives any part of the federal government the power to do anything with holidays?

    The Commerce Clause (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 11, 2014 at 12:15:38 PM EST
    It's always the Commerce Clause

    Sure, he did. (none / 0) (#9)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 11, 2014 at 12:21:10 PM EST
    unitron: "Did Wilson have that power?"

    After all, only two weeks prior on April 21, 1914, Woodrow Wilson authorized the U.S. Navy and Marines to seize and occupy the Mexican seaport of Veracruz, which they did after a bloody battle that cost 22 Americans and 152 Mexicans their lives.

    If few people objected to his presidential overreach then, who was going to seriously speak up a couple weeks later when he proclaimed that henceforth the second Sunday in May would be known as Mother's Day?

    I'm being somewhat facetious, of course, because Mother's Day is not actually a federal public holiday, which would have otherwise required President Wilson to seek the formal concurrence of the U.S. Congress, per 5 U.S.C. Sec. 6103.

    Presidents have the authority to issue public proclamations honoring whomever or whatever they please. So does each house of Congress, for that matter. And because such proclamations don't have the effect of law, they do not require the formal approval of another branch of government.

    But one could make a pretty good case that Wilson's Mother's Day proclamation was at least partly meant to distract public attention from the fact that tens of thousands of Americans had just been expelled from Mexico as part of that country's diplomatic response to the U.S. occupation of its largest port, and were at that very moment being hastily resettled at refugee camps in San Diego, Galveston and New Orleans.



    The idea of a Mother's Day celebration (5.00 / 4) (#13)
    by Peter G on Sun May 11, 2014 at 01:09:09 PM EST
    originated with Julia Ward Howe, as an all-mothers' antiwar commemoration of the Civil War (as did Decoration Day, later renamed Memorial Day).  The concept was revived in 1908 and promoted to its successful adoption by Anna Marie Jarvis, who was herself a pacifist and suffragist.  Jarvis later came to bitterly oppose the holiday's crass commercialization by the florist industry, going so far as to attempt (unsuccessfully) to copyright the term "Mother's Day" to prevent its use in advertisements for flowers and candy.

    That's interesting. (none / 0) (#17)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 11, 2014 at 05:54:28 PM EST
    Basically, Anna Reeves Jarvis' idea to honor the contributions of her own pacifist / suffragette mother, and by extension all mothers everywhere, instead got hijacked by businessmen, who saw how it dovetailed almost perfectly with their own retail-oriented agendas.

    And as always, Americans do tend to have relatively short attention spans, and are so easily diverted and seduced by crafty marketing campaigns. So, rather than using this day to honor those women who both struggled for their own equality and created loving and nurturing environments for their children, we're instead urged to patronize Mom by buying her flowers and taking her out to brunch.

    That also doesn't discount the possibility of President Wilson having earlier and conveniently timed his own Mother's Day proclamation for his own political benefit, as well. As brilliant an intellectual as the man was, he's certainly never struck me as the type of guy who would've imagined the concept of Mother's Day on his own. And Lord knows, his seizure of Veracruz and resulting confrontation with Mexico was resonating with a resounding thud at the time, as far as U.S. public opinion was concerned.

    In fact, Wilson's nagging pre-occupation with events in civil war-torn Mexico would plague our country for the duration of his presidency. It culminated with the infamous "Zimmerman Telegram," which disclosed Imperial Germany's diplomatic initiative to formalize a military alliance with Mexico's openly hostile revolutionary government, and further served as a pretext for our own formal April 1917 entry into the First World War on the side of the Allies.

    And out of that conflict came an organization that's known today as the American Gold Star Mothers, founded by and on behalf of women who've lost children to the ravages of war.



    Wilson was no feminist (5.00 / 2) (#19)
    by Peter G on Sun May 11, 2014 at 07:15:51 PM EST
    When he had the opportunity to move from professor of history at Bryn Mawr to teaching at Wesleyan (and later at Princeton), Wilson (who was also notoriously racist) specifically stated he would of course rather teach men. Wilson remained opposed to women's suffrage until well into his presidency, when he succumbed to pressure from the brilliant radical suffrage strategist Alice Paul and her "Silent Sentinels" direct action campaign at the gates of the White House.

    History is full of irony: (none / 0) (#33)
    by NYShooter on Mon May 12, 2014 at 11:44:52 AM EST
    ".... Wilson was no feminist...... Wilson..was also notoriously racist.."

    While the majority of our Founding Fathers ("All men are created equal") were rich, white, slave holders.


    Wilson was a young professor at Bryn Mawr (5.00 / 1) (#81)
    by Peter G on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:58:20 PM EST
    over 110 years after the Declaration. He had the privilege of being hired, for his first teaching job, as part of the original faculty at an outstanding college (with the first Ph.D. level graduate program in the U.S. that admitted women), which was run (in the main) by and for educated women who lived their belief in equality. I cut him no slack for being a male supremacist during and after that experience. As for racism, again, this was two generations or more after the Civil War.  Sorry, but he should have known better.  I don't equate what could be expected of the Enlightenment generation of Founders with what could be expected from progressive leaders in the late 19th or early 20th Centuries.

    I certainly didn't equate them (none / 0) (#87)
    by NYShooter on Mon May 12, 2014 at 11:40:43 PM EST
    to each other, just to the irony of their positions.

    But, you can read into them whatever you like, irrespective of my intentions.


    Were Wilson alive today, ... (none / 0) (#36)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:12:45 PM EST
    ... he'd no doubt be recognized as one of the founding members of the DLC. He was one of the only two Democrats to have been elected president between the years 1860 and 1932 (talk about your political droughts), and so reflected the times in which he lived. He was hardly a liberal in any classic sense, and one could make a fairly easy case that Theodore Roosevelt -- the former Republican president who Wilson defeated in 1912 -- was well to the left of him on social, environmental, business and labor issues.

    Yet he did evolve politically, even if it was in large part to the circumstances he faced, and he compelled Americans to break from their isolationist tendencies and re-engage with Europe. And his "Fourteen Points" can be considered truly visionary for his time. Allied leaders and Republican senators alike would have done the world well to have heeded his counsel at Versailles in 1919.



    Conservatives are against (none / 0) (#10)
    by MKS on Sun May 11, 2014 at 12:46:22 PM EST
    Mother's Day because it violates their philosophy?   Are they going be against Baseball too?  

    AN AXE LENGTH AWAY, vol. 351 (none / 0) (#7)
    by Dadler on Sun May 11, 2014 at 10:32:40 AM EST
    Sam drafted by Rams (none / 0) (#11)
    by ragebot on Sun May 11, 2014 at 12:58:25 PM EST
    plenty of links show up in google if you need more details.  Lots of analysis about the UT DE who may well be better than Sam mot being drafted.

    What is most interesting to me is that while Sam was drafted by the team geographically closest to where he played college ball a lot of folks think St. Louis has the best front seven in the NFL (lets not argue that please, but they do have a good front seven and two DEs much better than Sam).  St Louis will be one of the hardest places for Sam to make the cuts once training camp starts.

    If Sam makes the cut he will certainly deserve a spot in the NFL, but this is probably the most difficult place for him to win that spot.

    woops (none / 0) (#12)
    by ragebot on Sun May 11, 2014 at 12:59:23 PM EST
    instead of 'mot being drafted' should be 'not being drafted'.

    AN AXE LENGTH AWAY, vol. 352 (none / 0) (#16)
    by Dadler on Sun May 11, 2014 at 03:43:17 PM EST
    His sack-the-quarterback dance is gonna be a little more special. (link)

    A two-fer today, in honor of Michael Sam. Peace out, y'all.

    AN AXE LENGTH AWAY, vol. 353 (none / 0) (#25)
    by Dadler on Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:43:05 AM EST
    Ladies and Gentlemen... (none / 0) (#26)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:47:27 AM EST
    your Democratic Party in 26 words or less...well 'tooned Dadler, well 'tooned.

    High praise, my man (none / 0) (#30)
    by Dadler on Mon May 12, 2014 at 11:19:55 AM EST
    Much appreciated. Hope all is well in the ghetto burbs.

    (Gearing up for 4 days chaperoning middle school band kids down to SoCal, for a festival competition, a studio session with a Disney Films music director, and a performance at Disneyland. The rest of the time, they are going ape-sh*t at the amusement parks. And it's supposed to be about 100 degrees the whole time. Knock me unconscious now. And, oh yes, I'm one of only two parents who've been assigned six boys instead of four. They must love me, cuz I feel so, um, honored? Oy.)


    Have fun Chappy... (none / 0) (#31)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 11:32:06 AM EST
    you'll have your hands full...don't forget your permission slip for herbal meds. Daddy's Little Helper, ya can't do an amusement parks without it! Or at least I can't...those lines require saintly patience;)

    Still a few weeks off but all I've got is road trip on my mind...23 days till Mountain Jam motherf*cker!  The official start to the summer concert series.  


    I am SO in the rock festival mood (none / 0) (#37)
    by Dadler on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:24:26 PM EST
    Although a buddy of mine, who has gone twice, is trying to get me to do Burning Man next year. I am tempted, very tempted. And the fact I have a mujer especial who would let me do it in a heartbeat, damn, what am I waiting for?

    In honor of musicians (5.00 / 2) (#39)
    by jbindc on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:29:10 PM EST
    (and Mother's Day), here are some great pictures taken for LIFE Magazine...

    LIFE With Rock Stars . . . and Their Parents


    love this (none / 0) (#48)
    by Dadler on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:11:21 PM EST
    many thanks. ;-)

    One of my friends went a couple years ago. (5.00 / 1) (#40)
    by oculus on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:29:18 PM EST
    She described it in great detail. So does Maupin in his latest "Tales" novel.  

    I was looking at the... (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:35:27 PM EST
    Outside Lands Festival out by you in Frisco Golden Gate Park.  But the damn thing is sold out already.

    I am trying to get to more than one this year...I've got several on my rock-n-roll radar.

    Burning Man looks like such a trip...do it man! Short story and screenplay inspiration up the wazoo I'd imagine.  


    can't argue that at all, my man (none / 0) (#47)
    by Dadler on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:10:21 PM EST
    pitifully, it's four days of sh*tting in fetid porta-potties, or in the dirt, that really throws me. but if we have enough windowpane, or corned beef, it may not matter. We shall see, we shall see...but if he offers me in a few months, it'll be very hard to say no.

    One of the perks of Mountain Jam... (none / 0) (#52)
    by kdog on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:32:17 PM EST
    is the ski lodge is open...I've never used their port-a-stanks...#1 in the woods, #2 in the lodge.

    Today in the Oscar Pistorius trial (none / 0) (#27)
    by jbindc on Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:49:00 AM EST
    Prosecutor Gerry Nel is asking for a pscyh eval of Oscar after the defense putso on a pyschiatrist to say the OP suffers from an anxiety disorder stemming from his double amputation as an infant and his unstable parents.

    Nel responded by comparing the athlete's mental state to post-traumatic stress disorder and saying the law required psychiatric observation.

    The prosecutor's extremely unusual move is essentially an effort to maneuver the court into considering an insanity or "capacity" defense even though the athlete's legal team is not mounting one, CNN legal analyst Kelly Phelps said. Phelps, a criminologist and law lecturer at the University of Cape Town, said she had never seen this done before.

    Pistorius' lead defense lawyer, Barry Roux, is fighting back, saying Nel is oversimplifying the law.

    If granted, this eval could delay the trial by 30 days or more.

    Although (my) highlighted portion would seem to be a problem for the defense, if this article is capturing it correctly.

    [Dr. Meryll] Vorster's testimony also dealt with what she said was Pistorius's fear of crime and how, because he was a double amputee, he reacted to perceived threats in a different way to other people. She noted that Pistorius's mother, who died when he was a teenager, slept with a gun in her bed and feared being attacked in her home.

    Cross-examining Vorster at the start of the eighth week of the trial, Nel asked whether she was saying that Pistorius had a mental illness and should undergo a 30-day period of observation, and whether he was changing his defence to one of diminished responsibility.

    Nel asked her whether someone who was suffering from an anxiety disorder of the kind she had diagnosed in Pistorius, and who had access to guns, would be a danger to society. Vorster said such a person would indeed be a danger.

    The defense expert stated Pistorious' (none / 0) (#42)
    by oculus on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:34:19 PM EST
    father was mostly absent. And now P has cut off all contact. Isn't this contradictory?

    MAD MEN (none / 0) (#34)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:03:15 PM EST
    Completely missed the point of last night's episode.  I guess it was all about seeing if Don can "come back" again and we'll find out next week maybe?

    Yeah that was odd... (none / 0) (#64)
    by ruffian on Mon May 12, 2014 at 03:42:36 PM EST
    I thought he and Megan were on the outs? What the heck? And they need to stop acting like a flight from NY to LA takes about 2 hours.

    I always like the office politics stuff though - the bits with Lou were good.


    I'm not sure what they did (none / 0) (#105)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:12:06 PM EST
    Puts them on the mend :)

    Just get Don out to LA permanently (none / 0) (#65)
    by ruffian on Mon May 12, 2014 at 03:43:42 PM EST
    walking off into the sunset, making 'Go see Cal' commercials with Harry.

    I believe we're being set up for a fall. (none / 0) (#71)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 12, 2014 at 05:07:52 PM EST
    First clue to me is the manner in which Don's "niece" Stephanie came back into his life. After all, through his relationship with the late Anna Draper, widow of the man whose identity Don falsely assumed while escaping the Korean War and someone whom Don later befriended and supported financially, Stephanie is the only person who actually knows him as his true alter ego, Dick Whitman.

    And further, as we first learned from last season's final episode, Don's own teenaged daughter Sally now realizes that Daddy has never been truly on the level with anyone, even as he's now trying to be more honest with her. This season, after she learned that he was not doing to the office as presumed, Don confessed to her that he had in fact been suspended from SC&P due to his behavior.

    (SC&P's Pete Campbell also has an inking that Don isn't who he claims to be, but he's no longer at a point in his life where it's important for him to dig further into Don's past in order to use it as professional blackmail, as he was two seasons ago. More on that below.)

    Personally, I think Don's now a whole lot closer to being fully exposed as an imposter and phony than he and many of Mad Men's audience even realize, and I also believe that these last five episodes have been quietly yet meticulously laying the groundwork for that event. Some reviewers have speculated that perhaps he's tired of his manufactured life, and is itching finally spill the beans to everyone himself, but Don is too vain to suddenly suffer that sort of pang of conscience. Someone else is destined to drop that dime on him. But who?

    In that regard, something else to consider is that there was / is no statute of limitations for going AWOL in the U.S. military, so should Don be unmasked as the supposedly late Dick Whitman, ostensibly KIA Korea, that revelation would leave him subject to arrest and court martial for desertion during wartime, which in 1969-70 was still considered a capital offense.

    Should Lou Avery and Jim Cutler now come to see Don as a renewed and very active threat to their own respective authority and positions with SC&P, thanks in large part to his sudden appearance at their meeting with Phillip Morris, would they now seek to pick up the trail that leads to Dick Whitman, the one which Pete decided to abandon a few years ago?



    Well (none / 0) (#75)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon May 12, 2014 at 06:11:03 PM EST
    that is interesting. Exposing him as a deserted might get them out of having to buy him out of the firm.

    It seems to me that they are setting it up for him to go to CA whether on his own or with the current ad firm. Also Harry said Ted was worthless. So you  have Pete who would like Dan out there, Megan who might want him out there, Stephanie who probably needs him as he's the closest thing to family she has and then you also have the opening that he's giving himself with regards to his meeting with Phillip Morris. Perhaps Phillis Morris will make the decision for all concerned and, of course, sending Ted back to NY would make for a much more interesting story line with Peggy.


    Interesting idea, I hadn't considered that (none / 0) (#85)
    by ruffian on Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:04:43 PM EST
    Bert Cooper knows enough about Don's past, he could pull that trigger at any time. But Don does not seem worried about that possibility.  With Viet Nam draft dodgers being the focus in that era, he probably does not think anyone is going to look for an old deserter.

    I think Stephanie served more as a reminder to Megan of a number of things - Don's past, her own decisions to put off motherhood to pursue her career. And Don really wanted to see Stephanie, as he always liked reconnecting with Anna. Lots of things to make Megan jealous there. Also Stephanie is the first California drifter hippie we have seen in the show, as the time comes closer to the Manson murders. Not saying she is joining the Family, but it is a call out. As is Megan, a young actress (though pointedly NOT pregnant) alone in her house while her husband is usually away.  

    I'm not making an predictions, but I enjoy tracing all of the threads in this show. Threads literally sometimes - my brother had Bobby's pajamas.


    I found this absolutely fascinating (none / 0) (#58)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 12, 2014 at 02:40:51 PM EST

    Art and science are re-converging. A blacker than black would  not react with a huge range of electromagnetic waves. Many applications. I just don't know what a 'catalyst seed' is. Some kind of binder? Or are the particles fused? or held together by gravitational force? I'll need to read more.

    Interesting but the Chicken Little bit is Tiresome (none / 0) (#60)
    by squeaky on Mon May 12, 2014 at 02:58:03 PM EST
    The contemporary fine art market is undoubtably heading for a collapse. If the current art market doesn't anticipate quickly it will be disastrous. It has to open up, there's no other way.

    looking at his site the work does not look very radical or compelling to me.. but I like that he is using science to make his art..


    Yes, that kind of declaration (none / 0) (#67)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 12, 2014 at 03:48:00 PM EST
    is always annoying. Usually sounds like sour grapes to me.

    His work does not look that compelling. But creating a blacker than black is, to me. From what I can understand he is working to create a nano particle of carbon (the blackest pigment so far) and the shape of the micro carbon particles does not reflect any light in the infrared thru visible to ultraviolet rays.

    I am a pigment nerd for sure tho. I thought the creation of modern organic pigments was interesting. From what I understand they are created by burning petroleum compounds and then collecting the smoke particles for the pigment. And I liked Yves Klein's work on blue. The blacker than black could have many uses in the arts, not just technologies, and having a completely non reflective surface has many possibilities.  


    Yes (none / 0) (#84)
    by squeaky on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:59:32 PM EST
    Using science to create the blackest black is pretty cool, imo... but not only is he not an Yves Klein... derivative work of Klein today seems silly, at least in the hands of this guy.

    OK, not so exciting after all (none / 0) (#83)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:55:42 PM EST
    I spoke with my pigment expert friend and found out that nano technology is not that new with pigments. The cosmetics industry uses it and they get all the best earth (mineral) pigments available. Gamblin paints tried it with a Titanium White. Basically it is 'just' scraping off the sharp edges of the crystalline structures in the pigment to reduce reflection.

    Oh (5.00 / 1) (#101)
    by squeaky on Tue May 13, 2014 at 11:20:42 AM EST
    Not surprised... all hat and no cattle...  the marketing aspect (and chicken little) was a big tipoff..

    In any case finding the blackest black is still poetic.


    squeaky: A question & request for opinion (none / 0) (#110)
    by christinep on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:35:17 PM EST
    What remarks might you have about Clyfford Still?

    Husband has become a follower/fan/advocate for all things Still.  In Denver, we have the C. Still museum ... and, he practically pulls anyone visiting to the museum; and, attends monthly director's talks on individual works.  My impression (as one lost/trapped/enjoying/relishing other artists much more) is that the award-winning structure housing Still's works is stunning and the aspect of the works that strike with strong yellow, cobalt blue, or strident red is enticing.  But, the signature black .... depressing netherworld.

    Yet, I love that he is so taken with Still.


    Still (5.00 / 1) (#121)
    by squeaky on Tue May 13, 2014 at 05:08:39 PM EST
    He was one of the artists that I never got, but was fascinated by his fame, and appreciation by painters.... So one day at the museum I encountered a young couple standing in front of a Still cooing and drooling, in a state of visual orgasm... I asked them what they liked about the painting and Still in general. What the told me gave me enough thread to hold on to and pull myself into the painting...

    Ever since, I have been in awe....his paintings are, among other things an exploration of the sublime (Kant). He was a character, skipped the art world dealers... In order to buy a painting you would have to be approved and you would get whatever he gave you...  Also. It is reputed that he made a double of every one of his pairings. IOW, he made two of every painting....

    Also he gave a number of paintings to the metropolitan museum, with the caveat that they always be on exhibit.


    "You would get whatever he gave you." (none / 0) (#122)
    by oculus on Tue May 13, 2014 at 06:21:38 PM EST
    Frank Lloyd Wright's philosophy also.

    Thank you, squeaky (none / 0) (#123)
    by christinep on Tue May 13, 2014 at 06:30:37 PM EST
    Husband says that you "have great insight."  He adds:  Come visit the museum, etc. etc.

    Recognize that husband (sort of drooling)considers Still's paintings to be "spiritual" in force; and, that it "takes you to another dimension."

    Okay.  I'm trying.  Yet, my visual and emotional response as to painting over the last fifty or seventy-five years tend to be along the lines of the not-so-highly-esteemed Robert Watson et al.

    Again, your response is quite appreciated.  (Husband loves it!)


    Cold off the press. (none / 0) (#68)
    by KeysDan on Mon May 12, 2014 at 03:57:43 PM EST
    "Shame and Survival" by Monica Lewinsky: A review.   To check my take on a pre-read with a read, I obtained a copy of Vanity Fair. After wading through the advertisements comprising the first quarter of the magazine and picking up postcard-sized inserts that fell to the floor,  the title article started on page 120 between a bio-portrait of Sting and a breathtaking article about next month's Royal Ascot Week, with a photo of Pippa Middleton showcasing an overly-enthusiastic milliner's confection on her head and a thorough bred occupying one hand and a glass of champagne, the other.  

    I think the best way to begin a review of the Lewinsky article is to quote its ending: "It is time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress. And move forward."   This sentiment is certainly understandable, but the interweaving question that arises during its reading seemed to be why is now the time to burn and bury, and how is she going to do this at this point, if it could not be done before?  

    The answer appears to be that psychological encumbrances delayed her moving from being "That Woman" to being a woman--as she wants to be.   Ms. Lewinsky has harbored disappointment, if not ire, for, what she considers unfair treatment aimed at shame and humiliation.  Including, from quarters that she might have expected at least a modicum of support, such as feminists who joined the cultural chorus that put her through the wringer.

    She does observe and note  that it was difficult for feminists, for example, to criticize President Clinton who was supportive of women's causes. Moreover, she recognizes that hers was a consensual affair, and not sexual harassment.   Indeed, she seems to offer a countering position to those of her own.   She comes across as neither pitiful or pitiable.

    Ms. Lewinsky's internalized torments  were re-awaked with the recent references to her from Senator Rand Paul, in his defense of charges that Republicans are waging a war on women.  Also, the archival retrieval from the late Diane Blair, a confidant of Hillary Clinton, who recorded that "Bill's lapse was inexcusable, but she praised him for trying to manage someone who is a"narcissistic looney toon."

    Intellectually, Monica seems to grasp the  wife's assessment, but, emotionally, she does not countenance the loon label, claiming  that  a loon would not have stood up to Ken Starr and his minions with threats that included 27 years in jail.   It is evident that Monica is smart, but the loon context does not relate to intelligence.  

    As for the photo of Monica lounging on a red brocade sofa, it seemed to be just that--an attractive woman lounging on a read brocade sofa.  Not a siren, but probably an effort to over come the sting of comments she heard of her unsvelte appearance, in which she believes that this was a factor.  JKF was excused, she feels, because he had an affair with the beautiful, Marilyn Monroe.

    While the tone of Ms. Lewinsky is positive and kindling-free for Republican fires, it is clear that she feels, like the destiny for her beret, burned, and ready, to bury, not only the blue dress, but the hatchet.  This reader, for one, hopes that she is able to finally and completely move on, and, if she can, as she plans, use her experiences to help others, that would be a good thing.

    Oh Dan, you left out John Hamm rocking a tux (5.00 / 3) (#86)
    by ruffian on Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:13:08 PM EST
    on the cover. You really do read Vanity Fair for the articles!

    Ms Lewinsky does seem mature and with wisdom won the hard way. I do hope doing this accomplished what she wanted. She never seemed to want to hurt anybody, which is more than I can say for most of her critics.

    The whole panel on Bill Maher the other night, except for Bill, seemed to think that now Hillary has to comment on this  because "it is out there". I fear it is going to be one of those things that has to happen because the press says it has to happen, and they won't leave it alone.


    Pfffft...Hillary doesn't need to say anything (5.00 / 2) (#104)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 11:59:00 AM EST
    It is over, it is done.  It was long ago and it is okay for all who were affected to move forward with happy lives.  Seems to me everyone is.  Why do Republicans just want to hurt people long after the dues are paid? It wasn't our personal lives, some scummy people made it a part of our personal lives, but I never wanted to know about a Bill Clinton affair. I didn't vote for him based on "family values", did anyone?  I voted for him because I believed he was my best choice for good governance and I would do it again.  I don't know if I should be ashamed that his sexual adventure past seemed a little sketchy and it didn't bother me, that's between him and his wife though.  He still had the best ideas and the best track record for advancing policies that I wanted advanced.

    I am sorry that both Monica Lewinsky and Hillary Clinton were so horribly used by the Republican Party and the press.  I only need for them to heal.  I think Hillary has done that and Lewinsky is completing that.  Nothing else needs to be said.


    Not sure what Hillary (none / 0) (#94)
    by KeysDan on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:37:29 AM EST
    would comment on, even if she chose to do so.  It is a cold case.  For the  re-hashed issues Monica raises, she also presents an understanding of , if not an appreciation for, the other point of view  For example, the "loony tune" comment. After noting that the comment gnawed on her, she says, "Yes, I get it.  Hillary Clinton wanted it on record that she was lashing out at her husband's mistress."   Duh.  Yes, Monica is smart.  

    If Mrs. Clinton feels that she must comment on this issue of Vanity Fair, I think you are right, she should focus on the cover shot--the tailoring  workmanship of that tuxedo.  


    I think (5.00 / 1) (#97)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue May 13, 2014 at 09:28:24 AM EST
    that all she has to do is say that Monica wants to be left in peace and that she will respect Monica's wishes.

    The latest suggestion for a line of (5.00 / 3) (#103)
    by Anne on Tue May 13, 2014 at 11:30:30 AM EST
    attack is, according to what I read from Charlie Pierce, that we need to question the fall Hillary had that resulted in her being hospitalized for a month - this is from good ol' Karl Rove, of course:

    Onstage with Robert Gibbs and CBS correspondent and "Spies Against Armageddon" co-author Dan Raviv, Rove said Republicans should keep the Benghazi issue alive. He said if Clinton runs for president, voters must be told what happened when she suffered a fall in December 2012. The official diagnosis was a blood clot. Rove told the conference near LA Thursday, "Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she's wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what's up with that." Rove repeated the claim a number of times to the audience. Clinton's rep said, "Please assure Dr. Rove she's 100 percent."

    The comment about her glasses is just too much.  Well, for normal people.  Which he is not.


    Oh, good grief. (none / 0) (#108)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:30:15 PM EST
    Did he forget that the GOP was talking about how she "faked" an injury when it happened.

    I guess the Benghazi line of attack has already collapsed.

    The Chamber of Commerce told the GOP that if they don't pass immigration reform before 2016 they might as well not even run a candidate.


    Karl Rove, no doubt, remembers (5.00 / 1) (#117)
    by KeysDan on Tue May 13, 2014 at 03:43:51 PM EST
    all too vividly how  at the House Republican hearings on Benghazi, January 24, 2013, Secretary Clinton cleaned their clock.   The late night comics had a field day.  Stephen Colbert noted that Mrs. Clinton "proved definitely that Congressional Republicans suck at their job."

    And, Monica Lewinsky as an issue is a dead letter.  So what is a scurrilous political operative to do?  Make or spin stuff up.

    Not that facts matter to most Republicans, or even science these days, but after her fall in her home in December 2012, Mrs. Clinton convalesced at home for about three weeks, was admitted to a hospital on December 31, 2012, after a follow-up exam, and was released on January 3, 2013.  

    True, a concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury and may bring temporary double vision.  But it is an injury-that can be treated and will heal.  Treatment for a clot involved anti-coagulants for a period of time. Not a novel treatment plan.

    On January 24, 2013, Secretary Clinton gave her testimony cited above, that even Brit Hume of Fox blistered his Republican friends with you "blew it."

    Mrs. Clinton did wear glasses at that hearing. And, she looked good in them.


    Bet you are right (none / 0) (#109)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:34:22 PM EST
    The Benghazi focus group came back emotionally exhausted and on mental vacation :)

    Josh asked me this AM on the way to school how Benghazi campaign fund raising was going and I told him I didn't have a clue.  I think this is a clue.


    Smart boy (none / 0) (#114)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue May 13, 2014 at 02:12:10 PM EST
    that Josh!

    That was a head desk moment (none / 0) (#112)
    by nycstray on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:56:13 PM EST
    when I saw the headline this AM. Can someone wake me up when it's 2017?

    Do you also write reviews for Amazon? (none / 0) (#76)
    by oculus on Mon May 12, 2014 at 06:56:11 PM EST
    Your over attachment (none / 0) (#111)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:50:43 PM EST
    To placing Ms. Lewinsky in the light of one falsely internalizing attacks is telling.  Look, I'm a feminist and Lewinsky was attacked by us.  Bill was our man, Hillary was an expression of who we were, and people cheat.  Not even feminists like being cheated on when we are in monogamous relationships.  We get really lippy too because we don't hide our light under a bushel. We will initially call a mistress names on the road to our dealing with it.  And it is normal.  It was a new Presidential social construct for many feminists because Bill understands feminism, and cheats on his feminist wife.  We didn't want it to be so.  Our parade was being ruined.  And sadly many of us blamed Lewinsky, which you are sort of doing right now too.  Your name wasn't in the press about this, neither was your face, or your life details.  I think YOU are the person who has internalized a few things that don't belong to you,

    Do yourself a favor, why don't you stop taking what happened to Lewinsky personally and stop standing on her neck?  You want so badly to have everything she has endured to be some fictional construct.  It's sad, you are sad.


    RIP, Keith Crisco (1942-2014). (none / 0) (#74)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 12, 2014 at 05:50:43 PM EST
    Asheboro, NC city councilman Keith Crisco, who had been locked in a razon-thin Democratic congressional primary election race with country singer Clay Aiken for the right to take on GOP incumbent Renee Ellmers in November, died yesterday from injuries sustained in a fall at home.

    As of last count, Aiken led Crisco by a little less than 400 votes. Crisco had issued a statement last week which stated his unwillingness to concede the race, but was said to have been considering his concession to Aiken tomorrow.

    My condolences to the Crisco family and his many friends for their loss.

    The punishment here seems quite severe in light (none / 0) (#89)
    by oculus on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:43:49 AM EST
    of the victim being a bird;

    SF Chronicle

    This (none / 0) (#92)
    by jbindc on Tue May 13, 2014 at 07:45:37 AM EST
    Teixeira passed the California State Bar last year but has yet to apply for the moral character determination that is required before being considered for admission to practice law.

    Should make for an interesting application and explanation.


    Wonder what his blood alcohol (none / 0) (#93)
    by oculus on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:08:12 AM EST
    level was. And tox screen.

    Comments at the link label all these Berkeley law students psychopaths, referrincing kids who set puppy dogs tales on fire.  


    Privacy Rights, Google, and the European Union (none / 0) (#96)
    by squeaky on Tue May 13, 2014 at 09:16:46 AM EST
    BRUSSELS -- The highest court in the European Union decided on Tuesday that Google must grant users of its search engine a right to delete links about themselves in some cases, including links to legal records.

    The decision by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg is a blow for Google, which has sought to avoid the obligation to remove links when requested by European users of its service.

    By ruling that an Internet company like Google must comply with European privacy laws when operating in the European Union -- a consumer market of about 550 million people -- the court is indicating that such companies must operate in a fundamentally different way than they do in the United States.


    AN AXE LENGTH AWAY, vol. 354 (none / 0) (#99)
    by Dadler on Tue May 13, 2014 at 10:39:40 AM EST
    She thinking about starting her own romance Super-PAC. (link)

    v. 353

    Gonna be a scorcher today. May have to take my laptop and dog down to the much cooler garage later to get anything done. Peace out, my friends.

    Is it time for a script re=write?? (none / 0) (#124)
    by christinep on Tue May 13, 2014 at 06:42:26 PM EST
    Despite all the up-to-now dire predictions for the Democrats' chances in retaining the Senate, is there cause for reconsideration.  Fore example:  Over the past several weeks, we have seen reports that incumbent Democrats in the supposed "lost" states of Arkansas, Alaska, Louisiana, and North Carolina might be doing somewhat better than the news-hyping speculation.  Each of those Democrats, in more than one survey, has been shown to be ahead or even with the Repub opposition.  My favorite result if yesterday's reported NBC/WSJ polling showing that the heretofore most-endangered Arkansas Dem Mark Pryor is leading his named opponent by eleven (11) points ... and that double-digit leads have been shown lately in more than one major poll.  

    Of course, it is essential that Dems get the voter turnout difficult to do in the "off-year."  But, this is fascinating.

    I have been (none / 0) (#125)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue May 13, 2014 at 06:52:34 PM EST
    saying all along that I've heard the gloom and doom about the senate for three cycles now and it hasn't happened mostly due to the tea party. I haven't been keeping up but I would say Hagan might be the most endangered now.

    Ky and GA are interesting cases. Here in GA a lot is going to depend on the candidate the GOP picks but more than likely they are going to pick a crackpot because that represents where the GOP is here in GA.

    In KY it might depend on how many tea partiers sit home. It seems they detest him almost as much as they detest Obama.


    There are exactly (none / 0) (#136)
    by jbindc on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:21:34 AM EST
    ZERO tea party candidates who are expected to win next Tuesday.

    Btw (none / 0) (#138)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:42:44 AM EST
    I noticed you gleefully posting this - Republicans have an 82 percent chance of winning back the Senate. Wait, what?  from Cileazy.  
    Wonder if you followed up with this skillful bit of a$$ covering - In midterm elections, Democrats can have some hope of retaining control of Senate
     by the same genius.

    Shrug (none / 0) (#140)
    by jbindc on Thu May 15, 2014 at 09:35:30 AM EST
    I never said the 82% was static. And since the Tea Partiers aren't overwhelming the election results, that makes it MORE probable that a Republican can win in a general.

    But hey - you're the guy who swore up and down that Romney would NEVER be the nominee in 2012 because he's a Mormon, so it's not like you have a great record or anything.


    So (none / 0) (#142)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 15, 2014 at 09:50:15 AM EST
    No, then.

    Well (none / 0) (#143)
    by jbindc on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:31:59 PM EST
    that article you link to says Democrats have a better chance now, but it's close.  And as many of the Republican primaries still are to be held,  it's not unexpected.

    But like I said - you aren't that great at predictions and basically pull stuff out of your a$$ and have been wrong more than right.



    Then how do you explain this: (none / 0) (#139)
    by Anne on Thu May 15, 2014 at 09:32:58 AM EST
    Ben Sasse, a college president, a Tea Party darling, and a man who once proposed to move the nation's capital to Omaha so as to avoid the socialism that the president had brought to Washington, won nearly 50 percent of the vote last night and is now a prohibitive favorite to become one of the only 100 U.S. senators that we have.

    Sasse held off a late challenge by self-financed moneybot Sid Dinsdale to win easily. This has given the conservative whackazoid element within the Republican party something to crow about, and it is a further indication that Republican politics now will be conducted on the ground chosen by that element of the party. Either you are nurtured by it, like Sasse, or you conform to it, the way everyone in the crowded GOP primary field in Georgia has. There is no third alternative, nor any apparent desire for one.



    Like this (none / 0) (#141)
    by jbindc on Thu May 15, 2014 at 09:37:01 AM EST
    Sasse won because he carefully balanced the establishment and the crowd further to the right. As did "establishment-endorsed" -- but still pretty darn conservative -- Thom Tillis, who will face off against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina this November.

    Tom Tillis (none / 0) (#149)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun May 18, 2014 at 06:08:55 PM EST
    didn't even get 50% of the vote in the GOP primary. I would hardly call that a win for the "establishment" If anything that embolden the tea parties to get behind one candidate so that they can win the primary.

    Charlie (none / 0) (#148)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun May 18, 2014 at 06:04:05 PM EST
    is 100 percent on what is going on down here in GA. Even if they didn't start out as a tea party wacko they've almost all of them become one after the primaries and you're not gonna believe this but now the tea party types are complaining that they're not conservative enough! They keep moving the goal posts further into crazyland.

    I just saw polls comparing (none / 0) (#137)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:33:16 AM EST
    Nunn with all the republicans.  She is ahead of all but the most centrist and dead even with him.  I am rapidly arriving at the point where I would put money on GA electing a new Dem senator and new Dem gov.
    I also thing Mitch is in deep doodoo.

    And that particular one is not well (none / 0) (#147)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun May 18, 2014 at 05:58:23 PM EST
    liked by the GOP base. So if it goes to a runoff does he get by? There's also going to be crossover voting in this primary especially in my area where there is no Dem running. Are those people who might vote for him in the primary going to abandon him in the general?

    If ever stuck without a calculator (none / 0) (#146)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:43:51 AM EST