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Rabu, 09 November 2011

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The Lounge: Invasion! and other atrocities

Posted: 08 Nov 2011 08:16 PM PST

The Lounge: Invasion! and other atrocities

November 9, 2011 at 12:16 am (By Amba)

My heart nearly stopped when I saw a single mama roach with a big shiny egg case skulk across the kitchen counter.  It was as horrifying as finding a pod in the cellar in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Because she was logy, probably from the ex-man's gel, I was able to pounce, crush the egg case and flush her and it down the john.  Close call.  And not a good sign: word is finally out that there's cat food here.  What will happen when I'm away in Chapel Hill for almost a week??

Meanwhile, here are a couple of topics du jour I would rather talk about here than on Facebook.

According to a friend, and to this story, Joe Frazier was a much kinder-hearted guy than Muhammad Ali, and was the victim of racism—Ali's own black-on-black racism and pandering to white preference for a light-skinned pretty boy, even though Frazier had made sacrifices to defend him. (I don't know how J, my beloved b.s. detector, felt about Frazier, but he sure didn't care for Ali.)

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Why the Cain flap is nothing but entertainment: he wasn't a serious contender for the nomination anyway.

(Since I haven't sought permission to reprint others' excellent comments, I'll just copy some of mine.  If you spend any time in the airport, take a look at theirs.)

The high polls at this point are just for entertainment value, too. Polling pro Herman Cain expresses people's impractical frustration, rather as does OWS.

(Here Jaltcoh asks me whether I didn't think he could have won Iowa)

Maybe; but I think he would have flamed out and would not have won the nomination, and I think that's pretty obvious to all. On the other hand, I have the impression Gingrich might have been courting him for the bottom of a ticket.

It just seems as if the process is intolerant of colorful (no pun intended), offbeat candidates.

There seems a weary inevitability about Romney.

I don't know a lot about Cain, I'm mostly commenting on the media's and the culture's love of a flap, especially one with sex mixed in. I don't really think it's politically substantive, I think it's a sideshow. Pretending it's politically substantive enables people to enjoy the sideshow with a clearer conscience.

A friend who voted today reports a strikingly dour and unenthusiastic mood at the polls, and isn't sure whether her own political mood is coloring what she saw, or just matching it.

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