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Wed, Aug 26th - 10:06PM

August 21: Cats

Durant's Rousseau and Revolution, p. 577
201.8 miles
high 80s

118 recordings of 34 types.

I slept in till 7! And today I've felt really good.

Rich spied an owl with a broken wing at the Softball Complex but the people at Raptor care didn't answer the call. In the afternoon we went over to Just Guns (which has replaced an earlier gun show and isn't as big) to sign a petition against the newest gun-control attempt by the Legislature.

The last Music Circus show was Cats. I really wasn't all that eager to go, having seen it many times. The first one was in San Francisco with my friend Dennis and his mother. Rich was really reluctant. We were going to have me go with Bernadette but then remembered that B. was going to be with Monica and her girls, first at Leatherby's then showing off their new house. So we sort of dragged off. I said goodbye to the ticket taker who's been there 50 years. Sweet old guy: since he started at 42, I want to know why he missed 10 years! (*grin*)

Anyway, the show was terrific! I was smiling all through it. I liked it better than Bev did. At the beginning the cats came down the aisle with big green glowing eyes, and scared the lady at the end of our row. "Eeek!" she says and I couldn't stop laughing.  Monkustrap, the cat who sort of narrates, is played by the same guy who was the Baker in Into the Woods, and so good.  And then there was Rum Tum Tugger, which is my favorite poem/song, and the cat was fantastic.  Lots of energy, lots of action, really good.

I should have remembered my meds today. I was working on a headache all day, palpitations, the works.

I watched "Septem8er Tapes." What an idiot! And I feel for the cameraman. It turns out not to be a documentary, exactly, which makes it even stranger. (Going to Afghanistan in 2002 looking for bin Laden.)

Scott Ott says 'Funny: When the mainstream media rave about the president, it's good journalism. When some start to question his policies or mention the slip in his popularity, there's "a lot of nonsense out there" that "we're going to have to cut through."'

She's just ugly.

@MajoratWH: Obama just told OFA he wants to create a “farmer’s market” outside the White House to sell Michelle’s WH garden vegetables.

Letter from a Whole Foods Worker.

Scott Ott notes: The president says folks in D.C. are all "wee weed up." Don't worry. Thanks to taxpayer cash, they're already pampered. (A commenter adds: "That's the kind of 'change' we've come to expect.")

Media hypocrisy. Quelle suprise!

Sarah Palin: no health care reform without tort reform.


Cartoonists on Scotland.

Don Surber:

 President Obama has a 78-seat majority in the House. A filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. The support of every major corporation that is not named News Corp. The AARP. The AMA. Big Pharma. The AFL-CIO.

He still cannot pull Obamacare off.

Who did he blame?



Yes, I see, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and a whopping 78-seat majority in the House are not enough. As long as one Republican survives, Democrats cannot get a thing done.

.... (comment from Old School Conservative)
Moral justification? WTF? How moral is it to degrade the lives of the 85% who have good coverage in order to cover the other 15%, who get care at our expense anyway? How moral is it to ration care for those who have given the most to society, the elderly? How moral is it to lie and deceive to accomplish one’s ideological goals? How moral is it to paint the vast majority who disagree as unpatriotic and selfish?

There are people in Canada and Britain who spend months and years in excruciating pain and crippled because they have to wait for knees and hips that are done in weeks here. How moral is that, Krugman, you phony s.o.b.?
.... (and from Neo)
What Obama failed to realize is that a Rorschach test no longer works when you give the painting a name.

Mark Steyn:

The president has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet.
...Of course, the president retains his formidable political skills, artfully distracting attention from his stimulus debacle with his health care debacle.
But there are diminishing returns to his serial thousand-page, trillion-dollar boondoggles. They may be too long for your representatives to bother reading before passing into law, but, whatever the intricacies of Section 417(a) xii on page 938, people are beginning to spot what all this stuff has in common: He's spending your future. And by "future" I don't mean 2070, 2060, 2040, but the day after tomorrow.

...After all, says the president, "Medicare is a government program that works really well," and if "we're able to get something right like Medicare," we should have more "confidence" about being able to do it for everyone.

On the other hand, says the president, Medicare is "unsustainable" and "running out of money."

By the way, unlike your run-of-the-mill politician's contradictory statements, these weren't made a year or even a week apart, but during the same presidential speech in Portsmouth, N.H.

...Obama's leviathan sends a consistent message to business and consumers alike: When he's spending this crazy, maybe the smart thing for you to do is hunker down until the dust's settled, and you get a better sense of just how broke he's going to make you.

Reading: Rousseau and Revolution, What If? edited by Robert Cowley, the Bible (Sophonia), Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Don Quixote, Any Place I Hang My Hat, Susan Isaacs, Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, David Elkind, Low-Carb Dieting for Dummies, Katherine B. Chauncey.

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