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Hyde Park on Hudson is worth seeing for Bill Murray’s understated but seductive performance as FDR. He doesn’t do an impersonation but he captures the spirit and character of Roosevelt. But the movie fails seriously in failing to give three of the most important women in his life, Daisy Suckley, Missy LeHand, and Eleanor Roosevelt. I wonder, though, if it’d feel like a better movie after having watched The Roosevelts and learned more about the real characters of the three and the actual complexities of their relationships with each other and FDR. Here’s my review from last year. ____________________________ "If... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lance Mannion
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During the second episode of The Roosevelts, one of the historians providing commentary extolled Theodore Roosevelt’s natural leadership abilities. The man could walk into any room and within minutes be running the show. But this wasn’t as inevitable nor was he as irresistible as it might sound. His talent and charm failed him regularly often because he let his vanity and self-importance take over. This happened when he was serving as police commissioner of New York City, a story well-old in Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York by Richard Zacks. I don’t have a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lance Mannion
Thanks for that link, MJ! I feel a little better.
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You never know when having information like this may come in handy: Not all alligator hunting is against the law: The legal way to hunt an alligator is to hook it via the "fishing method" during hunting season, which is about one month out of the year. You can sneak up on it with a harpoon, and once you harpoon it, a bow-and-arrow or a bang-stick may be used to kill the alligator. The rules of alligator hunting are: no shotguns, you can only hunt during the daytime, and a permit is required. Hunting isn't the only way to get... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lance Mannion
C Fons, I don't think the post lacks any of that. You just put it there. Actually, so did many commenters before you. Which is what comment threads are for. I asked a question. People have responded, thoughtfully and at length, which I appreciate very much. Seems to me you're taking issue with me for not anticipating your comment and writing it for you ahead of time. Which is a way of saying instead of asking the question I should have already known the answer and the answer is C Fors is right on all the points.
Junaid Noori, I re-read my post three times. I can't find where I said ISIS/ISIL poses a threat to the United States. Would you re-read it or actually read it once and find where I said that?
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In my Digital Commoners class, we’ve been working on hammering out a definition of public intellectual, since as bloggers now the students have entered the virtual jungle where public intellectuals are said to roam wild and fierce and ready to pounce and devour ideas raw and bloody. My students need to be prepared to pounce back. We’ve been using this at a starting point: A public intellectual is someone who thinks out loud in public. I would add “whether the public wants to hear it or not.” And I guess by that sketchy definition all bloggers are public intellectuals, and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
This is all I need. For diabetics and the calorie conscious who steer clear of sugary foods, artificial sweeteners are a blessing. These undigestable synthetic compounds, like aspartame or saccharin, give foods a sweet taste but don't mess with a delicate blood glucose balance or add unwanted girth. Or, that's how they're supposed to work. Scientists are finding, though, that artificial sweeteners may mess with the body in curious ways—maybe even contributing to the problems they were meant to avoid. In a new study, researchers found that both in mice and in people artificial sweeteners seem to contribute to glucose... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
One of the ways I’ve counted myself one of the blogosphere’s luckiest bloggers over the past ten years is that I’ve always had terrific commenters---smart, thoughtful, articulate, witty, knowledgeable, opinionated but even-tempered, fair-minded, and considerate. Last two days I’ve been even luckier, because, thanks to a link from Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns & Money, the comment thread on my post Smarter than the President? has been filling up with the thoughts of folks trooping over from LG&M, whose commenters are almost a match for my regulars. An interesting discussion on what if anything to do about ISIS has developed... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
Again. And for now. And off the California coast. Blue whales are the largest, heaviest animals ever known to exist on this planet. Growing to nearly 100 feet and weighing more than 160 tons, they're more than twice as large as even the biggest land dinosaurs that have been discovered to date. So it's stunning to think that humans nearly eradicated these whales entirely in the 20th century… Prior to the late 19th century, blue whales were simply too big and powerful to pursue. But the advent of steamboats and advanced harpoon guns made it easier to go after much... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
So, Monday was the Tenth Anniversary of the Grand Opening of The Mannionville Feed and Grain Emporium, Psychic Readings, and Famous Actors Acting Studio. Or yesterday was. Or Sunday. Or today. Or tomorrow. Thing is, I don’t remember the exact date when I told the apprentices to take down the shutters and hang the Open for Business sign in the window. I’d always had it my head that it was September 14, 2004, but it turns out I published my first two posts the day before. But those were tests to see how the blog would look and not only... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Well, technically, this was my fourth post. But it's the one I like to remember as my first. September 15, 2004. Couple weeks ago we were up at Lake George and took a tour of Fort William Henry, site of some terrific scenes in James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans and of a real life massacre during the French and Indian War. The guides at Fort William Henry wear uniforms from the 18th Century but fortunately the fort is not a "living history" museum. The guides may be dressed like British soldiers in 1757, but they don't pretend to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
If you’ve been watching Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts on PBS, you now know, if you didn’t already, and I didn’t, that Edward Arlington Robinson was Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite poet. Since TR loved to memorize and recite poetry, he must have had Robinson’s poems ready to to roar at the drop of a straw hat. I would love it if a recording of him reciting “Miniver Cheevy” turned up. Even better, this one: Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him: He was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, and imperially slim. And... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
Ken, Thanks. I'm good for at least another 10, I hope. All I know about anything is what I read in the newspapers, but I always make a distinction between the political press corps and other journalists and reporters.
I’ve said it before, it was a lot easier to be smarter than the President when the President was George W. Bush. A major change in the tone, tenor, direction, and focus of this blog occurred sometime in the late summer of 2011 when it dawned on me that this President is smarter than me. Way smarter. Of course I knew this already. I’d known it since 2004 when he made the speech at the Democratic convention. It’s one of the reasons I was happy to vote for him in 2008. But there’s knowing a thing and then there’s knowing... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
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In the student center at Ken’s school, Thursday afternoon, September 11, 2014. Tall, shambling, heavy gutted maintenance worker with shaggy white hair in navy blue workshirt and pants, on his way towards the stairs, stops in his tracks to answer a question from a secretary calling out to him from the doorway of the career services office. “He’s not here today. Took today off. For 9/11. He’s not telling anybody that. Well, he told his boss. He tells his bosses that’s how he lost his voice. Screaming at the other firefighters at Ground Zero. He wasn’t there. He didn’t go... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
Overheard at the diner. Thursday afternoon. September 11, 2014: Old woman in a booth behind mine on her cell. "Ron? This is Arlene. We met this morning at Sam's Club. Are you avail--- Were you serious about what we talked about? Wait. I'm in public. I'll call you back." Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
Other day, up at Ken’s college, waiting for him to finish class, I was sitting in the student center taking advantage of the Wifi and a comfortable chair to do some work online, because you can do this if you aren’t failing at life working a minimum wage job at a fast food restaurant, when an advisor from the financial aid office sat down around the corner with a student who was failing at life working a minimum wage job at a fast food restaurant and began to quiz her about all the ways she was failing at life. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Lance Mannion
Saturday. 7:45 a.m. Heat kicked in overnight. Thermostat’s set at 64. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Lance Mannion
Leaving aside that any self-professed liberal who says he’d vote for Rand Paul over any Democrat is being an idiot: Bill Maher and fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld sparred on Friday when their panel discussion on Real Time touched on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects. “Are you upset that she’s not saying she’s running?” Seinfeld asked Maher. “Oh, I’m not upset at all,” Maher drily replied. Maher said in an interview earlier this week that he would sooner vote for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for president than Clinton. “Okay, so what do you care?” Seinfeld countered. “They gotta... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Lance Mannion
Tuesday. 8 a.m to 11. Traveling west along the Mohawk. Trees developing a definite rusty look. Leaves aren’t as vibrantly green as they were only last week. A few of the early turners, the ashes and poplars, have turned, some partially, some wholly, but they’re isolates and the sporadic flashes of buttery yellow they provide as I drive by aren’t enough to brighten a landscape that’s looking droopy and withered. No need to rush the season, though. October and peak leaf watching will be here soon enough. Meantime, there’s this to look at it. In the tops of some of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Lance Mannion
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I worked on this in bits and pieces at rest stops along the Thruway on my drive up and back to Syracuse Tuesday. I didn’t finish by the time the polls closed and the votes were tallied and Andrew Cuomo was declared the winner of the New York Democratic Gubernatorial Primary and so it might seem that this post was overtaken by events. But the post isn’t really about Cuomo or the primary or, at any rate, not just about him and it. So… Damn. Stopped in at our local polling place, the basement of the town hall, on my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Lance Mannion
Ok, would I want to be a young engineer riding his bike to work at GE with his newspaper tucked in the pouch on the back of his shirt and coffee in a holder on his handlebars on a beautiful morning in early fall like today , if it meant I had to do the lycra? Otherwise, it looks like the life. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Lance Mannion
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For no reason except it’s fun: This Texaco station in the London suburb of East Sheen dates from 1926. The photo is from an English Heritage exhibition called Carscapes: How the Motorcar Reshaped England. Bunch more fun and oddly lovely photos of car-centered architectural curiosities at the Guardian: Britain’s Best Carchitecture---in Pictures. Photo courtesy of English Heritage via the Guardian. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Lance Mannion