Scored a Bernie button…


…from a codgerly* New Hampshire-speaking guy with a Superman baseball hat at the grocery store. Maybe he just wandered down here by mistake but since he was, two bucks seemed fair. Buttons used to be a big thing in political campaigns but this is the first I've seen in quite some time.

My political life has been a long train of magnificently lost causes, so a Bernie button will fit right in.

*And I mean that in a good way

So he did

Watching paint dry leads to Guinness world record in rural Indiana | Reuters

"Mike Carmichael simply wanted to do something weird when he and his 3-year-old son slapped a coat of blue paint on a baseball in 1977.…

The ball now measures 14 feet after Carmichael, his family, friends and even visitors added more coats of paint over the last several decades. At its last weigh-in two years ago, the sphere of ever-changing colors was about 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg)."

It's over now

cosmetic companies have selfie consideration - NY Daily News

"Some companies are making specific cosmetics just for selfies."

If it's not nailed down some Congresscritter will walk off with it

Congressman swipes Pope Francis’ drinking glass | New York Post

"“How many people do you know that drank out of the same glass as the pope?” he boasted to the Philadelphia Daily News."

Or, in the words of Mark Twain…

"There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress."

(Speaking of which, Mark Twain on Congress: idiots, criminals, dumber than fleas - The Washington Post.)

I wonder how depressing it is…

…to be 30th on this list.

The Top 30 Sexiest Women in the World - Answers.com

Well, well, New Hampshire

NH poll shows Trump up, Bush falling, and Sanders widening lead - CBS News

"Among Democrats, New Hampshire voters favor Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton by a margin of 16 percentage points.…

…Jeb Bush has fallen to fifth in the [Republican] pack with 7 percent, which ties him with John Kasich."

And about that Carly

Carly Fiorina Really Was That Bad - The New York Times

"In 2009, Portfolio magazine ranked her the 19th worst C.E.O. of all time and described her as a “consummate self-promoter” who was “busy pontificating on the lecture circuit and posing for magazine covers while her company floundered.” (That sounds like good preparation for running for president.)"

Good old John

Bye, Bye, John Boehner - The New York Times

"There’s nothing like an imminent departure to make a politician popular."


Is this a demotion?

10 Women Who Could be on the New $10 Bill

I thought it was the $20 we were talking about. But, no? Can you even buy anything with a $10 anymore? (A couple of weeks ago I spent $8 on lunch at McDonald’s so I guess you can buy something, but still.)

Also, where is Margret Thatcher on this list?

Hey, but a little practice never hurt

Weather service accidentally sends Connecticut tsunami alert - The Boston Globe

"HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut shoreline was briefly under a tsunami warning before the National Weather Service disclosed the alert had been sent by mistake during a routine monthly test.…

There are no records indicating a tsunami has ever hit Connecticut."

Oh, those

Officials: More work emails from Clinton's private account

"WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state, officials said Friday, adding to the growing questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner's unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government."

I guess it's official now: The guy's a big deal

David Beckham impressed by pope: ‘Truly amazing’ | Page Six

First Kermit and Miss Piggy, now…

The shocking story behind Homer and Marge’s separation | New York Post

What’s going on?

Questions, questions

Is Huckabee running for pope or president? - CNN.com

"According to him, your faith is no longer between you and God; it is now between you and Mike Huckabee. Huckabee appears to the judger in chief."

SPOILER: Don't sweat it; you won't

How not to panic about possibly meeting Pope Francis

Continuing a theme…

…Obama administration using “behavioral economics” to “tweak” your behavior—yes, Bunky, I said you…this tidbit from this morning’s NYTimes.

Police Program Aims to Pinpoint Those Most Likely to Commit Crimes - The New York Times


Whew…I'm blaming it all on this

It's an early case of spring fever I'm suffering from. No wonder the most energetic thing I've been able to do all day is take a nap.

Oh yeah, like this is never going to come back and bite your butt

How the White House is tweaking your behavior - CNN.com

"Barack Obama is our first "nudge" president — he's a fan of behavioral economics' sometimes-simple tweaks for helping people make healthier and more forward-looking decisions…"

We are doomed (or wait, maybe not)


Put this on your calendar now

How to See a Once-in-a-Generation Supermoon Eclipse This Weekend | TIME

"Three decades have passed since the last time Earth was witness to the triple crown of lunar events — a full moon, a lunar eclipse, and a lunar perigee all at the same time — and now people in north America will be able to see a “supermoon eclipse” this weekend."

How many cop shows will this spawn?

OPM says 5.6 million fingerprints stolen in cyberattack, five times as many as previously thought - The Washington Post


Why do people leave pumpkins lying around this time of year?

The Halloween Pumpkin: An American History - Hungry History

"In 1866, the children’s magazine “Harper’s Young People” reported that “a great sacrifice of pumpkins” had been made that for that year’s Halloween celebrations. "

SPOILER: They used to be turnips.

28 years for peanuts ain't exactly peanuts

What the Peanut Poisoning Case Means for the Food Industry | TIME

"Parnell, the former CEO of the peanut processing company Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced alongside his brother Michael Parnell, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Mary Wilkerson, a former manager of quality control at PCA, was sentenced to five years. "

New England: Left in more ways than one (except not quite so much in New Hampshire)

The surprising geography of American left-handedness - The Washington Post

"The National Geographic data also show significant variation in rates of left-handedness by U.S. state, with higher rates in the Northeast and lower rates in the middle of the country."

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

[H/T Some Guy]


They just don't make those sharks the way they used to

Selfies Have Killed More People Than Sharks This Year

"Yes, that's right. Around the world, 12 people have died while trying to take a selfie, while eight have died after they were attacked by sharks. Of course, both of these numbers are minuscule, as is your risk, but selfie deaths are so preventable that 12 deaths is still kind of crazy."

Maybe they’re so busy auditioning for Shark Week…

Wait, there were four of them?

Another guy we don't really need to hear from anymore

That debate stage is starting to look sort of empty.

No, honest, this is real

PETA sues to give monkey the copyright of selfie photos

"A macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs should be declared the copyright owner of the photos, rather than the nature photographer who positioned the camera, animal-rights activists contend in a novel lawsuit."

The picture (no way am I getting in the middle of this) and accompanying explanation thereof is here.

You weren't expecting real news anyway, were you?

Brian Williams Return Is Part of Revamp at MSNBC - The New York Times

And who cares (or, who cared)

And much, much more!

Drink and Eat Specials for Pope Francis Visit

"In addition to serving a host of religiously themed craft brews — think: Brewer’s Art Resurrection, DC Brau’s On the Wings of Armageddon and a signature draft created by Franklin’s Brewpub in Hyattsville, Md., dubbed, “No Pope, ‘til Brookland,” among others — Brookland Pint (716 Monroe St. NE) is opening extra special early to accommodate the faithful."

We can't imagine

It's Borowitz

Ben Carson Shattering Stereotype About Brain Surgeons - The New Yorker

"'When people found out I was a brain surgeon they would always assume I was some kind of a genius,' said Harland Dorrinson, a neurosurgeon in Toledo, Ohio. 'Now they are beginning to understand that you can know a lot about brain surgery and virtually nothing about anything else.'"

You simply can not make this stuff up

Hillary Clinton: I'm The Ultimate Outsider or Something Because I'm a Woman - Katie Pavlich

"Over the weekend new and spontaneous Hillary Clinton claimed during an interview with CBS' Face the Nation that she 'cannot imagine anyone being more of an outsider than the first woman president.' In other words, herself. "

You know it's going to be a good day when…

…the first word in the puzzle is a no-brainier. They should do that every day out of a sense of mercy. Human kindness. Do it and there'd be dancing in the streets, wars would end. The Bears would win.

The first word in today's puzzle is VESPA.


They fly too?

Only font geeks need bother

The Secret of the Apple’s New San Francisco Fonts — Medium

"Why did Apple decide to ditch Helvetica, which is the most famous and loved font in the world?"

All good things

Q: Who was the last great Bears quarterback?

Jay Cutler throws interception, gets hurt and, well, you know the drill

"Give me your gullible, your naïve, your huddled innocents yearning to see Jay succeed."

A: Your guess is as good as mine. (Mine would be 1951. Although there was that one guy in the ‘80s.)

I doubt they have to worry that much

Free market not free for thee and me

Drug Goes From $13.50 a Tablet to $750, Overnight - The New York Times

"The drug, called Daraprim, was acquired in August by Turing Pharmaceuticals, a start-up run by a former hedge fund manager. Turing immediately raised the price to $750 a tablet from $13.50, bringing the annual cost of treatment for some patients to hundreds of thousands of dollars."

[I don’t use this drug or any of the several others mentioned in the article, but what happens to the price of health care affects us all. –ED]

On this first day of autumn…

…or last day of summer, I’m never quite sure about that, it’s 45º out there, right on cue. The good news is, the food is about to get better around here. My summertime menus tend to be light on cooking—no pot roasts or pea soup. But tonight, I’m thinking stew.

Also, I’m going to have to dig out my Seahawks hat. They seem to need some support. But maybe they are at least salvageable. I asked Siri yesterday how the Bears did and Siri said “the Bears went into hibernation.” The Bears get no respect, even from smartass telephones.


Better than parole, but not quite graduation yet

Shufflin' off to Buffalo



I was thinking, earlier (yes, now and then I do), about what woman's face really should be put on US currency. I don't care what denomination. As far as I'm concerned, we could put women on all the money – and make the bills different colors too. They do that in other countries and it's a lot more festive.

So then, it turns out one of the answers to it today's New York Times crossword puzzle is Calamity Jane. How perfect is that? I was thinking Sacajawea, the Native American woman who showed Lewis and Clark where the Pacific Ocean is, but Calamity Jane would be a good choice too and it would be really fun to hear Marco Rubio say it.

I'm not so sure about Margaret Thatcher though.

Go Bears

The Complete History Of The NFL | FiveThirtyEight

What a great idea!

Yesterday I thought it was today

That makes today some kind of spare day I didn’t expect to happen, and it’s confusing.

Yesterday I asked Siri who the Bears were playing and Siri said they don’t play until tomorrow, so I thought…Great! Monday Night football! Monday was tomorrow yesterday but they play today, and it’s not.

I was planning to do my laundry on Monday but I had to do it today because tomorrow I’d be out of socks. I was planning to buy groceries today but I can’t do that until Monday, which is tomorrow, because the grocery is closed today. Last night’s movie is tonight.

I hope this doesn’t happen very often.

The panic deepens

Hey, Let’s Chill Out

"It’s not go­ing to hap­pen. For Don­ald Trump to win, everything we know about polit­ics has to be wrong.…"

Dozens? We're going with dozens now?

Fighters trained by U.S. and others said to enter Syria - CNN.com

"A top U.S. general told the Senate last week that of the thousands of fighters the U.S. military was supposed to train in the first year, only four or five remained in place on the battlefield."

Oh. Well, maybe dozens is an improvement of some kind, but still. 

Somebody in Washington should decide what we ought to be doing in the Middle East and then do it.