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This one was taken by blogging comrade-in-pixels, Lawyers, Guns & Money stalwart, and not so near neighbor of Sarah Palin, Dave Noon, who reports: “It was 3:30, I was bored, so I decided to climb a mountain. Juneau is charming that way.” Somewhere on the path to the spot from where Palin can see Russia. Juneau, Alaska. Thursday. July 24, 2014. Copyright David Noon. 2014. Continue reading
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Seven AM. Can you have a monsoon in the morning in a temperate zone or are they strictly afternoon and tropical phenomena? Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lance Mannion
Link, once again you've saved the day! All fixed. Thanks for the catch!
Paul Ryan wants people to know that despite his (supposedly recanted) adolescent (as in he was a teenager when he read Atlas Shrugged and as in emotionally stunted) devotion to the cult of Ayn Rand, he does care about the poor and unfortunate and wants to help them to material success and happiness. He’s come up with a plan that on the face of it doesn’t, like his parade of sham budgets, depend on magical thinking and involve shaming poor people, shaming their children, and out and out granny starving. Here’s the thing. There’s nothing in the plan and there’s... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
Dear Mr President, I don’t care about the fragile egos of the prima donnas in the Washington Press Corps, but I’m afraid I think you should. Is it that hard to spoil them just a little bit? I know they’re annoying and ask a lot of stupid, lazy, trivial, and irrelevant questions and I know that half the time, when they do ask one worth answering seriously, they can’t comprehend it when you answer in detail. I understand why you think you don’t need them. But you really do. You need them to shut up and stop whining about their... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
jim, thanks for bringing all that up. Good to remember. Just an aside, did you know that when Garner was asked to star in the mini-series Space, he said he'd only do it if his character, a US Senator was changed from the Republican he is in Michener's novel to a Democrat? Ralph H, Have you read The Last Gunfiight by Jeff Guinn? It gets anto detail about a lot of the points you make about Earp. I was hoping we'd have The Americanization of Emily as our feature for Family Movie Night but I was outvoted. We're watching Victor Victoria instead. wwolfe, El Jefe, Skin Game! Completely slipped my mind. That's one of the few I've only seen once and that was when I was a kid. Time to rewatch!
Sherri, I can't tell you how glad Mrs M and I are that our college guys will be living at home for another few years. Tim, thanks, and here's the thing, while I'm skeptical about fraternities I always liked my frat guy students. In fact, at HWS the two groups who seemed to like me and my classes best were the frat guys and African American students. Never understood how that happened.
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That old gang of mine: A fraction of the kids in our neighborhood at the Muscular Dystrophy Carnival we held back in the summer of Nineteen-Seventy-Polyester and Bad Hair. Don’t look for me. I took the picture with my trusty Kodak Instamatic. But that’s my brother Luke Mannion in the glasses, second from the right. Here’s another story I’m behind the curve on. The one about the mother who was arrested for letting her nine year old daughter play alone in the park while she was working her shift at McDonalds. Most of the reactions I’ve seen have either started... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
5:29 PM. 77 degrees. Very low humidity. Soft summer breeze. Very comfortable sitting out on the shaded back deck, listening to a father playing with his small children in a pool off far off to my left, behind the line of trees at the end of the yard, watching a pair of catbirds playing tag in the sparse and twisted branches of a nearby spruce, ugly as you’d think a tree can get and yet still sturdy and handsome and a pleasure to look at. One of the catbirds has just lit on the deck railing, giving me an inquiring... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
Standing up to a bully on the playground works but only if… You convince the bully you can hurt him and he’s afraid of getting hurt or… He’s lazy and a fight isn’t worth the trouble to him or… His motivation is to enjoy watching his targets cower in fear. It doesn’t work if he doesn’t care if he gets hurt or… He wants to hurt you because he likes to inflict pain or… He has a nuclear arsenal and his motivation is to acquire a warm water seaport and he doesn’t believe that you’ll start World War III to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
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From the travellin’ man, Steve Kuusisto. Santa Cruz Harbor. Tuesday evening. July 22, 2012. Copyright Stephen Kuusisto 2014. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
This almost made me like her. Almost. And for a minute. Ok. Maybe ten seconds. But it’s still kind of funny. Or it would be. If it wasn’t her. Which it is. But I still got a kick out of it. Sort of. As long as I didn’t think about how it was her. Which I did. Because it was. Her. Which I…Oh heck. Read it for yourself, see what you think. Sarah Palin Caught Speeding in Alaska. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
Ennui. Continued on and off throughout the morning mixing with melancholy with a chance of gloom and scattered sulks. Clearing by noon. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
Shadows cast beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, seen from a stable roof, May 6, 1918 pic.twitter.com/7g987IeoJ5— TheAngryHistoryShow (@AngryHistory) July 22, 2014 Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
Updated below. Tuesday morning. July 22, 2014. By now most of you have probably caught up with this awful story about the criminally incompetent investigation of a rape at Hobart and William Smith Colleges that ended with no one being punished except the victim who became the target of the wrath of other students who decided she was the one guilty of a crime---the crime of accusing popular football players of being rapists during a championship season. I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned it here, but I taught at Hobart and William Smith for four years back in the 90s.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
Along the roadside, 8 AM. First sightings: Early Goldenrod, Purple Loosestrife, Queen Anne’s Lace. Notes from head: Early Goldenrod’s not so early this summer. Can never get over that Queen Anne’s Lace is a carrot. Purple Loosestrife is a villain. Considered invasive and weedy in nearly all areas; banned or noxious wherever it occurs. Infestations result in dramatic disruption in water flow in rivers and canals, and a sharp decline in biological diversity as native food and cover plant species, notably cattails, are completely crowded out, and the life cycles of organisms from waterfowl to amphibians to algae are affected.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
El Jefe: Crud. Put my eulogy in the wrong thread. El Jefe, easily taken care of. Here you are: Oh God. Of course it's been coming a long time but like watching first your grandparents and then parents fade away it's always, always too soon. The last of my four celebrity "anchors" from my childhood is gone. Jim Henson we lost far too long ago and Johnny Costa too (who along with my Mammaw brought me to the piano and damn near gave me my taste in music as his lyrical hard bop put the breath in Fred Rogers' make-believe machine), and of course more recently Lena Horne. But Jim? I feel the same weight on my heart that I did when my actual favorite uncle died, the one who in such a Garnerish way used to take me out for strawberry milkshakes in his leather-plated Volvo sportscast he'd picked up as an Army officer in West Germany. Now I know how te Siren felt when Peter Falk passed (who I mourned too, but big Jim was my favorite. Support Your Local Sheriff is, eternally, one of my five favorite movies. Very nicely put. Thank you.
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James Garner is gone. Here is my review from 2006 of what’s either my second or third favorite of his movies. I go back and forth. “Garner…sets the pace, slow and steady. Too steady. Inhumanly steady. Scarily steady.” James Garner (right) as a morally self-compromised Wyatt Earp in John Sturges’ 1967 revenge Western, Hour of the Gun. Plodding shouldn't be a complimentary way to describe a movie, but offhand I can't think of a better word for the pacing of John Sturges' revenge Western, Hour of the Gun, starring James Garner as Wyatt Earp and Jason Robards as Doc Holliday.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Lance Mannion
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What are people thinking when they come flying into a parking lot at road speed? There’s a cable like on an aircraft carrier that’ll catch their back wheels before they cream somebody? “Jackass!” I yelled, stopping just in time to avoid getting creamed. The jackass was a priest. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Lance Mannion
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Hedges needed trimming but with my back it’s work I can’t do myself. So I had a man in… He did a good job, and you can’t beat his price. Ken Mannion fights back the creeping greenery. Our house. Half an hour ago. 3:00 PM. Saturday. July 19, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Lance Mannion
Don, thanks for the heads up! Definitely want to see/read/listen to that. Some quick googling hasn't turned it up though. Is it online? I did find my way to Sibley's Facebook page and liked that and there I watched this video, David Allen Sibley sketches a Townsend's Warbler, which of course has a slew of videos associated with it, so there goes the rest of my day!
Link, thanks for reminding me. There's another medical test I need to submit myself to soon! How did yours turn out? Eyes ok?
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2014 on Inside the MRI… at Lance Mannion
…there’s not much to do but lie there and try to zone out or Zen out and pray you don’t get an itch or have to sneeze. I whiled away some of the time this morning by trying to memorize all the noises the scanner made, and it is noisy in there. I was hoping to hear a good old reliable ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa. But, nope. Mostly it was random electronic and mechanical burps blips bangs and pops. There were times when the noises verged on becoming musical and other times when they seemed deliberately comic, sounding like Gru’s minions from Despicable... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Lance Mannion
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Searching online for James Thurber’s short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” tonight, I came across my own review of Ben Stiller’s movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and it surprised me on two counts. The first was that I liked the review. I usually don't like my reviews when I re-read them long after having posted them. I have a tendency to disagree with me. Vehemently. The second surprise was that I made myself want to see the movie again, which I thought I wouldn't want to after seeing it the first time. Anyway, see what you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Lance Mannion
I have heard artists say they are channeling God. You would have to have a really good gallery to say that. ---from The Painter by Peter Heller. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Lance Mannion