Can We Talk?

Joan Rivers dies at age 81.

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  1. I was just about to post this, very sad, for me it feels like a family member has passed.

    • dnd

      Former VA “family values” Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife convicted on corruption charges. This guy was suppose to represent the new Republican party. Took bribes. Threw his wife under the bus to save his own skin. Some “family values.” That’s the face of the new Republican party.

  2. i’m not ready for politics yet d, watch this instead

  3. I actually meant to post the episode with Kelly Osbourne

  4. Brian: I visited Ted Kennedy’s grave yesterday in your honor. Will try to send you the photos later, if I still have your current address.

    Very simple, and just beyond Robert’s, in the same style.

  5. Watched Meet the Press, and was astonished what poor quality and Obama-bashing.

    Asshats. Will not watch again, but might cruise the transcript to see if I’m wrong in my visceral distaste for it.

    At least Mark Udall got a shout-out.

  6. Brian: great. I will email them today.

    No water in the lovely pool near RFK’s grave, with his words in Indianapolis the evening of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Maybe it was under repair.

    So hot and dry yesterday at Arlington National; was thinking that if we were in the west, the conditions were incendiary. The grass crunched under your feet near the graves.

  7. Check out the NY Times story on Sunday show appearances. It is astounding how much the shows are wired for Republicans, and it’s apparently become worse since they ran those numbers.

    Link on actual numbers of guest appearances:
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/05/upshot/05up-sundayguests.html?abt=0002&abg=0

    NYT story about how President John McCain leads the pack, as we’d informally sussed out already, and reader comments are great:

    Looking for John McCain? Try a Sunday morning show.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/06/upshot/looking-for-john-mccain-try-a-sunday-morning-show.html

    [dog comment: no shit, Sherlock.]

    Myself, I will not again watch MTP (not in the habit; checked in to give it a look see under new management; done with it).

    Although — since President Obama was pretty much the only guest (OK, him and some mayors no one’s ever heard of), the show will be counted as a Democratic triumph. But all the moderators and panelists did was bash him and talk about how out of touch HE is.

    • dnd

      Sra Dog,
      I too am through with MTP. I really looked forward to it when Tim Russert hosted. Not now. I predict the ratings will continue to tank. Chuck Todd should have kept his day job.

      Here’s what NBC should have done. When they canned David Gregory, they should’ve hired Soledad O’Brian to replace him. She’s the female Tim Russert. Does her homework. Asks tough questions. Follows up. And, like Russert, is charming enough to get guests to return after they’ve been grilled.

    • dnd

      Sra Dog,
      The most dangerous place to be in America is between John McCain and a television camera 😉

  8. The words inscribed near RFK’s tomb, and they are so moving: per wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grave_of_Robert_F._Kennedy

    One quotation, which inspired the reflecting pool, is from a speech Kennedy delivered to students in South Africa in 1966. It reads:

    “ It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice. He sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest wall of oppression and resistance. ”

    The second quotation is from an impromptu address Kennedy gave to an angry crowd of African Americans in Indianapolis, Indiana, the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. It reads:

    “ Aeschylus…wrote, “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.’ What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness; but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black. ”

  9. I’m not sure Meet the Press is saveable, but Soledad O’Brian would be miles better than the current crew.

    Bring back the Fairness Doctrine.

  10. tempebev

    Phoenix is in the news again – flooding. Historic amounts since 2:30 am. Our rain gauge is at 3.75″ Wow, something different than politics!

    J McCain is not a favorite son of Arizona – He has a big mouth, likes publicity, and thinks he’s prez.

    • dnd

      Bev,
      3.75″? Is that a year’s worth of rain there? Hope you are OK. This is the one year anniversary of the 1000 year flood here in the metro Denver area.

    • dnd

      That Forbes article is fascinating.

      What it missed is that the Regan recession was orchestrated by Fed Chief Paul Volker to break the cycle of the stagflation that plagued the U.S. economy for years. So it was relatively easy to get out of that recession. But like every recovery wages were low until demand picked up in the Clinton years. But on the whole a really good piece on the improving economy. Probably won’t see that on Fox News. Or Morning Joe. Or MTP 😉

  11. tempebev

    Bye, Bye, Roger Goodell. The NFL had the tape in April.

    We’re just fine. Several neighborhood in Mesa AZ still have standing water in the streets. I’m glad I’m in an old neighborhood that has street drain access to the sewer system for drainage. After looking at Google maps, I don’t see any for those neighborhoods.

  12. Yeah Godell is toast after this! On the lighter side I got a really interesting new project at work, I’m designing all the training materials for the system’s new mobile apps! Short project but very low on the stress scale which is real switch from the project I just came off. Hope everyone is well

  13. tempebev

    That is pretty awesome, Brian. You’re a medical nerd 🙂

  14. Look out dnd. I will be landing in dnd-land Tuesday. Meeting a friend and will mostly be driving around nearish Texas, New Mexico and CO, but a meeting over chile verde might be possible.

    Will send you an email. Very fluid plans; low key visit. Wanted to show up and do some driving around before the passes close for snow.

  15. Thinking more on Joan Rivers’ death: for her, it was likely a ‘good one’, if a little too early. She did not know it was coming; she was sedated.

    A lot harder for her family. Her daughter knew her mom was in her 80s, but Joan stayed vigorous (and sometimes venomous) to the end.

    I hadn’t thought as much about what a pathbreaker Joan Rivers was, and how much she endured as a “first”. She was shrewd, and courageous, and outrageous.

    Glad to hear she had a softer side in her personal life; that is no surprise at all.

  16. I skipped her later career red carpet stuff. Who cares what they were wearing, and the actors/actresses were not that interesting.

    Too surface, no substance.

  17. there are worse ways to go than expiring on an operating table!

  18. In Denver area, and it’s beautiful here in dnd-land. Best to all. Will give you an update on the travels. Kind of trying to be offline more. Cheers.

  19. Have you all been watching The Roosevelts?

  20. Gotta love the internets, watching SKY TV live news feed from Scotland, looks the UK is going to remain the UK.

  21. tempebev

    So long for a week. We’re going on a cruise of the Inside Passage to Alaska. Maybe I’ll take up golf now and try drinking Scotch:)

  22. Be careful, you never know when you might run into a Palin and you know how they act when they have a drink or two in them! 🙂 Enjoy your cruise.

  23. Bev: enjoy the cruise. Sounds wonderful. Have a Scotch for me!

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