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Posted Tuesday evening, March 21, 2017. By accounts, Judge Neil Gorsuch is a nice guy, but how nice a guy can you be really if this President thinks you’re his “perfect” Supreme Court nominee? President Donald Trump introduces his nominee for the Supreme Court, Appellate Court Judge Neil Gorsuch (with his wife Louise), January 31, 2017. [Editor's note: All the direct quotes below are from the Boston Herald.] Here’s the Boston Herald’s headline for the AP profile of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch: Disarmingly warm Gorsuch loves ‘cold neutrality’ of law Warm. Disarmingly warm. Who cares? What does it matter... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lance Mannion
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Monday, March 20, 2017. Photo of Donald Trump Jr. by George Etheredge courtesy of the New York Times. The historian Kevin M. Kruse won the internet the other day by captioning this photo accompanying Sunday’s New York Times Style section profile of Donald Trump Jr.: This live action version of "The Giving Tree" looks horrible. The article’s portrayal of Trump Jr. as a kind of not all that prodigal Prodigal Son who’s returned from his wanderings to take his place as his father’s heir and favorite but, you know, on his own terms reminded me of Stewart Buntline, a character... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
Cathie, Kennedy's only 36 so he's got plenty of time and as El Jefe points out he probably has his eye on a Senate seat or the governor's mansion in the near future. Y'know, I don't know if Massachusetts has a governor's mansion. I don't remember ever seeing one. James Michael Curley lived in a mansion---with shamrock cutouts in the shutters---but it was his own house, although it's thought the people of the Commonwealth helped pay for it. But I had the impression that the character who was governor when I lived in Boston---a one-term blockheaded embarrassment named Ed King. He was bracketed by Michael Dukakis.---lived in his own house too. And wasn't that an unnecessary side trip down memory lane? El Jefe, keep in mind Warren will be 71 come 2020. I'm not sure the Party's going to be wild about running another old white lady. HRC got a pass on that because she's HRC. Warren might get a pass for being Warren but the fact she is the Bernie crowd's choice---second choice. A lot of them still think Bernie himself should run.---is not going to help her with the Democratic base, which is not old and white. And the base is definitely not going to see a Warren -Brown ticket as balanced in any way. Brown himself will be 68, btw. Anyway, right now 2020 is beside the point. We need House and Senate seats in 2018.
Joel, I first read that as stinky monkeyflowers and thought "Another interesting flower name but I'm not going out to California to see them!"
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Posted Saturday, March 18, 2017. Photo by Stacey Leasca. These aren’t them. Bigelow’s Monkeyflowers, that is. I think they’re Desert Sunflowers which I didn’t even know existed until I read this story at BuzzFeed News. I didn’t know there were such things as Bigelow’s Monkeyflowers either: A rare “super bloom” of wildflowers is happening right now in the Southern California desert and its said to be unlike anything seen in the area in nearly 20 years. The flowers at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and surrounding deserts have bloomed after an onslaught of rain in recent months, following years of extreme... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday morning, March 18, 2017. Jealous much? The view outside my window right now is of a five-five tall pile of drifted snow. “From Hakai Magazine headquarters”. That would be Victoria, British Columbia. Photo via the magazine’s Twitter timeline, posted yesterday, March 17, 2017, but undated and uncredited. Shame on their social media staffer for that lest omission. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Friday morning, March 17, 2017. Don’t worry. My review of Logan is coming along. I hope to have it posted by this evening. Meantime, our scheduled feature for Family Movie Night tonight is Doctor Strange. Here’s my review from back in the fall when it was in the theaters. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Among other things, he wears the cape well, although sometimes it seems to be the case that the cape is wearing him: Benedict Cumberbatch in the role he seems to have been born to play, Doctor Stephen Strange, Sorcerer Supreme, in the latest Marvel Studio’s Avengers franchise, Doctor Strange.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Thursday, March 16, 2017. “Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Doctor” by Norman Rockwell, 1943. Via WikiArt. This is the second part of what I expect will be a three-part series. Follow the link to read Part One, The Sorrows of Young Lance Mannion and the Republican Health Care Act. Start with the given. Just about everything Republican politicians say is in service to the Rich Corporatists who own them. Much of what they say is to disguise the fact that they are serving the Rich Corporatists who own them, from their voters and from themselves---they say a lot of things... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
9:30 a.m. 18 degrees. Bright sun. Winds at 4 mph. There's a blue jay in a nearby tree calling in his cracking, croaky, irritable voice. Sounds like he's saying "Darn it!" "Darn it!" "Darn it!", echoing my thoughts as I survey our plowed-in driveway. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
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The hacienda at the Mannionville Ranch. A few minutes ago. 10:15 Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017. The hump of snow at the far right? That’s a car. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
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The hacienda at the Mannionville ranch. Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017. Don’t worry. There are other ways in and out of the house. We don’t have to crawl through the bedroom windows. But the Mannion guys still have some shoveling to do. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The part of a killer mutant superhero with metal claws calls for a song and dance man I’m working on my review of Logan but since it’s the sequel to The Wolverine I thought I’d re-post my review of that from December 2013 as a warm-up: Hugh Jackman, acting with every muscle in his body, snarls, growls, slashes, claws, and dances his way through The Wolverine, an X-Men movie with more in common with Taken and The Bourne Identity than with the other X-Men movies. When I was kid blowing what was left of my... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
Posted Thursday afternoon, March 15, 2017. New posts below, but before scrolling down, please read: Updated: Thank you to everyone who's donated so far. We're about halfway to the goal. Every little bit helps, so if you can swing it please consider donating today. Ken will be very grateful. His parents will be too. Updated again, Thursday evening. Getting close now. Thanks, folks! We still need about $200. Twenty donations of $10 should do it, but every little bit helps. Whatever you can swing would be much appreciated. Folks, we need your help again. It's time to pay Ken Mannion's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Tuesday morning, March 14, 2017. Look on his works, ye mighty, and despair! Massive Ancient Statue Discovered Submerged In Mud In Cairo https://t.co/TaX71cIJme — NPR (@NPR) March 9, 2017 Takes a little bit for NPR go get around to telling us this guy is better known by another name… Archaeologists working under difficult conditions in Cairo have discovered an ancient statue submerged in mud. A joint German-Egyptian research team found the 8-meter (26-foot) quartzite statue beneath the water level in a Cairo slum and suggests that it depicts Ramses II, according to Reuters. The team was working at what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Tuesday morning, March 14, 2017. We have put googly eyes on my model trains. They look: 1) BRILLIANT 2) like they've seen some bad things a little train really shouldn't see pic.twitter.com/dq5df92nFZ — Tim Dunn (@MrTimDunn) March 12, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, March 12, 2017. “Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States…hard as that is to believe.”: Donald Trump in his starring role as POTUS giving the performance that earned him four star reviews from the drama critics of the political press corps. Tuesday, February 28, 2016. Part Four of what's going to be a five part series. Part One is here. Part Two here. And Part Three here. Hard to remember he gave that speech, isn’t it, let alone that it was greeted with gushing and fawning from the the punditocracy? In the less than two... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Friday, March 10, 2017. “There is no mercy in a country that turns its back on those most in need of protection…”: Massachusetts Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III taking House Speaker Paul Ryan to task at a hearing before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce on the Republicans’ bill to repeal and sort of replace the ACA. Wednesday, March 8, 2017. This is the third of four parts. Part one is here. Part two here. I think of Joe Kennedy III as my Congressman. It’s irrational. It’s nostalgia at work. There’s a part of me that still lives in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Friday morning, March 10, 2011. No such thing as the past: Ghost sign in the village for real estate agent Emil Talamini, who died in 1970. https://t.co/0l3I4XECLD #nyclife pic.twitter.com/6x9PEyKGWP — Joseph Dolman (@CityEdition) March 2, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Portrait of the Blogger as a Less Than Happy Young Man: That’s me in the glasses on the right,looking soulful while eating a cookie at a reception after Uncle Merlin’s graduation from Boston University a hundred years ago. That’s Uncle Merlin with his back to the camera on the left. His grandmother and mother are sitting at the table between us. A nice day and I had a good time even though I was generally miserable those days. But at least I had the satisfaction of knowing that if I’d choked on that cookie I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Tuesday morning, March 7, 2017. More on how what happened at the Oscars explains the media’s fawning over Trump’s address to Congress: People are looking for a hero-president, and that includes the political press corps George Washington at the Constitutional Convention, 1787. This is the second of three parts. Part one is here. If you were paying attention to the glowing overnight reviews of Our Mr President Trump’s speech to Congress last week, you might have thought it amazing that a seventy-year old egomaniac who's never been anything but a liar, cheat, and conman since he left college and never... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Saturday night. Ten of seven. Ken Mannion's making dinner. Cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Oliver just got home from work. Mrs M's snuggled under the blankets, waiting to be called for supper. I'm in the family room, normally the chilliest room in the house, but the space heater's warming it up nicely. It's not a fireplace but it does the trick. It's 18 degrees out but we're snug and warm in our cozy little house. Hope you're the same or finding similar comfort and cheer wherever you are and whatever the weather there. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Monday night, March 6, 2017. Reminder: At some point in the past you found out you lived on a rock hurtling around the Sun at 30km/s & you were basically cool with that. — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) March 6, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Sunday morning, March 5, 2017. How what happened at the Oscars explains the media’s fawning reaction to Trump’s address to Congress: People see what they expect to see. La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz un-awards his movie the Best Picture Oscar to give it to the rightful winner, Moonlight, while a befuddled Warren Beatty, still holding the wrong envelope, tries to figure out what the hell happened. Was easy enough to figure out what happened at the end of the Oscars last Sunday night. Somehow Warren Beatty was handed the wrong envelope. How that happened is for the folks at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Friday, March 3, 2017. ...and war correspondent and, not incidentally, soldier: And still nothing happened, nothing ever looked like happening. ‘When are we going to attack? Why don’t we attack?’ were the questions you heard night and day from Spaniard and Englishman alike. When you think what fighting means it is queer that soldiers want to fight, and yet undoubtedly they do. In stationary warfare there Meanwhile, the daily---more particularly nightly---round, the common task. Sentry gos, patrols, digging, mud, rain, shrieking winds, and occasional snow. It was not until well into April that the nights grew noticeably warmer. Up here... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday, February 26, 2017. “My wife’s a shy, quiet girl, but when things get rough, she can handle herself pretty well.” Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy aboard Air Force One on the flight home from Dallas the night of November 22, 1963 in one of the moments of extreme stillness that mark her Academy Award nominated performance in Jackie. We catch him only in glimpses. In the little time he’s there he’s often off to the side of the frame and already moving out of it. The few times we do see him clearly, it’s at a distance or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Lance Mannion