What is this, California?

Well, not quite. It is dry here, so dry the weather service warns us of "elevated fire potential," dry and windy, but meanwhile there's plenty of water coming down the rivers—Maine is still melting—and into the reservoirs and aquafers, or whatever you call those things.

We might have some rain early next week so maybe the ducks (and assorted other critters) will get another swim before the green stuff grows up and the pond disappears, like Brigadoon, but only for a year.

With faint praise

Scott Brown has endorsement for Hillary | Boston Herald

"NASHUA, N.H. — Scott Brown, out of office but not out of the equation as a GOP kingmaker in New Hampshire, said yesterday Hillary Clinton ‘will make a better president than Barack Obama.’"

First thing I thought to myself…

what about a grilled peanut butter sandwich? I don’t know why. I never think stuff like that while I’m making breakfast (which, around here, means pouring some bran flakes into a bowl). I almost never think stuff like that any time of day.

But the mom of my best friend in third grade made killer grilled peanut butter sandwiches and, even after all these years, the thought of them still make me feel terrific.

So then, reaching for a banana (to slice up and put on my bran flakes—I don’t always have bananas handy but today I do), I thought, wait, what about a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich?

I don’t know if I’ll be able to wait until noon.


Hope springs

13 million what?

Highway abuzz with 13 million bees after truck overturns near Seattle - CBS News

Speak for yourself, Bunky

Clever, those assistant secretaries

Cherry Tree Rebellion - National Mall & Memorial Parks (U.S. National Park Service)

"According to one account, the women were ultimately convinced to stand down after being served lunch by Assistant Secretary of the Interior Michael Strauss. After neverending cups of coffee, the ladies' need for restrooms hastened their decision to remove the chains."

You've heard that thing about the kettle and the pot, right?

Krauthammer: Obama Admin Has 'A Huge Problem of Credibility' | The Daily Caller

Save us from progressive ideas

Vocal Member Gets Attacked By Tennessee School Board | The Daily Caller

"The resolution claims Curlee, by going to the media, has violated the board’s ethics code and brought negative and unwarranted attention on the school system by alleging some local officials are behind a national scheme to indoctrinate children with progressive ideas."

We are horrified. 


(Hit by a car—while parked. Nobody hurt. But must have been a bumpy ride home.)

Except, well, here

This Was The Hottest 3-Month Start Of Any Year On Record | ThinkProgress

Yes, yes, we know, there’s a big difference between climate and weather, and what we had here this past winter was the latter, not the former, blah blah. But isn’t it wonderfully ironic—not to mention frightening—that the largest (and one of the very few) colder-than-normal spots on the planet is right over the East Coast of the good ol’ U.S.A., which includes Washington, D.C.? 

You’d think all the hot air coming out of that place would warm things up a little bit, at least.

Nothing can go wrong wrong wrong wrong


On stuffing your bird

Morbid Anatomy Museum’s Taxidermy Classes Offer a Slice of Life (and Death) - NYTimes.com

"Donna Orton, a nurse who lives in the East Village…[said] she was likely to take another class before trying taxidermy at home: ‘I still have a lot to learn. This one may go in the closet.’"


And if you don't see the connection you're, well, just like me

A Florida newspaper is along for the ride — and catches flak - The Washington Post

"He told the newspaper that he planned to breach restricted airspace and fly a small craft called a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to call attention to the need for campaign finance reform."


You walk past one tree just about every day for just about years and then, one day, there it is.

Time and again

Proof!: It was a no good, very bad tax season - The Washington Post

Imrs php

572 days to go

Hillary Clinton meets with small business owners - NY Daily News

"She recalled her dad’s drapery business and said: ‘Occasionally my mother and brothers and I would work the squeegee.’"

Texas ups its lethal injection game

Texas aquarium accidentally kills fish in fighting parasite - NY Daily News

"The 125,000-gallon Islands of Steel tank, the 40,000-gallon Flower Gardens tank and the Lionfish tank are now empty."

Those Bushes, they're everywhere

Marine helicopter forced to land on Southern California beach | New York Post

"Bing Bush and his wife, Julie, who live in a cliffside complex overlooking the beach, were in for a surprise when they stepped out their front door.

"‘We were just coming down for a beach walk – we come down here quite a bit – and lo and behold there’s a chopper on the beach,’ Bing said, after posing for a photo in front of the chopper with his wife."


Oh right—something something tax day

Plus, who knew I'd ever need summer clothes again? But there they are, hanging in my closet as we speak. And the big woolly socks all put away. It's been gloriously sixty-ish for the last couple of days.  Things are now, officially, looking up.

Really? National Poetry Month starts on April Fools day?

It’s National Poetry Month and You Haven’t Read a Single Poem Yet | The New Republic

"That isn’t to say people hate poetry.…"

Or, drown yourself

Red Wine and Coke - The Perfect Beach Drink Calimocho

"Coke and red wine make a perfectly delightful combination when mixed about 50-50 and well iced.… "

Turf wars

From Wikipedia:

"Following passage of the Homestead Act by the US Congress in 1862, settlers in the Great Plains used sod bricks to build entire sod houses.[3] While it might be hard for some to imagine sod as a suitable primary building material, the prairie sod of the Great Plains was so dense and difficult to cut it earned the nickname Nebraska marble."

Meanwhile, from this morning’s local rag:

"GREENFIELD — The School Building Committee has decided Greenfield school athletes will play on sod fields — a decision that disappointed the parents, coaches and students who turned out at the Tuesday’s meeting to push for a turf field."

While turf is synonymous with sod in Roget’s, it’s come to mean (at least here) that plastic, artificial stuff that defiles indoor stadia these days. Alas. And everybody seems to want it—the local school board’s preference for real grass (sod) is strictly budgetary.

In the words of one budding field-hockey jock, "It’s hard to play when the ball is bouncing all over the place.”


Minnesota: Where it's cold enough to freeze your brain

Don’t you dare look at me while you’re speaking: Minnesota Senate bans lawmakers from making eye contact in debates - Salon.com

"Minnesota senators will continue to be compelled by rule not to make eye contact with each other while debating, after attempts to remove the requirement failed yesterday, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger of ‘The St. Paul Pioneer Press’ reports.…

"Democrats claim the bill is required to maintain decorum, with Majority Leader Tom Bakk saying that behavior ‘would probably not be as Senate-like as we would like to have it’ if members were allowed to make eye contact."

Beating the drum

With Another Clinton Campaign, It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again in Little Rock - The Daily Beast

"‘The Clintons are like the Energizer bunny, it just keeps on going and going, and here we go again,’ said Skip Rutherford, dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and a longtime friend of the Clintons."

What? Money? Moi?

Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick Goes To Work For Bain Capital

"Patrick told The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1DcMblc ) that the opportunity is 'a chance to have real meaning and mission in my work.'"

Somehow we can see this idea going down in flames

Why is it…

…that, every second week, right after I lug the recycle bin full of discarded packaging down to the curb and come back upstairs again, my first thought is to open a can of tuna fish? (Or something else. I really use very little canned foods: tuna, tomatoes, and beetsbeets being really difficult to cook well, IMO.)

I use the tuna for tuna salad, which I make with yogurt, not mayo. Yogurt and whole-grain wheat bread are a good combo (are you with me here?), as long as the yogurt is not no-fat yogurt, which is an abomination and a blight on the human race, and to be shunned at every opportunity. Yogurt containers go in the same recycle bin as the tuna can, but I buy big ones, so not so often.

And nobody argues with da Mare

Undernews: Word

"Look at the Lord's disciples. One denied him, one doubted him, one betrayed him. If the Lord couldn't have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government? -- Chicago Mayor Daley answering charges of corruption in the 1967 campaign"


Where were you two months ago, Bunky?

The Snow Map

Sort of looks like giving up

And Scott Walker is pointless because ExxonMobil

Scott Walker Appointee Says Climate Action Is Pointless Because Volcanoes | Mother Jones

Me, I kind of like it the way it is

Suddenly, Hillary | Capitol Quip - Capitol Ink

"Send us a caption by leaving it in the comments section."

But feel free to play along at home.


A breakdown of every scandal swirling around Hillary | New York Post

Have we mentioned it’s gonna be a long, long year? Or two?

"Well, would you look at that — it’s spring," says the New York Times

Right on top of things, those guys. It’s supposed to hit 67 in Manhattan and a whopping 72 where I live today. Let’s thaw out!

2.5 million New Yorkers can't be wrong (but can be late)

Governor Cuomo Highlights Free Tax Assistance and Tips as April 15 Deadline Approaches | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

"As more than 2.5 million New Yorkers prepare to file their taxes before next week’s deadline, there are more resources than ever to make the process as easy and straight-forward as possible,’ Governor Cuomo said."

How many shoeboxes does that take?


News, not

Hillary is running for president. If you are under 15, she's been running your entire life. Or 30. Or 40. Who keeps count?

I would have happily, enthusiastically voted for her in 2008. I would have preferred voting for her in 2008. But it's over now between me and Hil. I'll be looking for somebody else.

Remembering the great Ebola panic

Empty Ebola Clinics in Liberia Are Seen as Misstep in U.S. Relief Effort - NYTimes.com

"after spending hundreds of millions of dollars and deploying nearly 3,000 troops to build Ebola treatment centers, the United States ended up creating facilities that have largely sat empty: Only 28 Ebola patients have been treated at the 11 treatment units built by the United States military, American officials now say.

"Nine centers have never had a single Ebola patient."