Thursday, October 30, 2008

One Day When We Win the World Cup Together



In Disney Hall tonight tapping my bright white new sneakers to the Jobim Trio and Milton Nascimiento, the program in my hand featuring an ad on the back cover for flights from Los Angeles on Signapore Airlines, with a happy young couple being attended to by a Singapore Airlines stewardess in purple paisley, the background of the ad filled with dizzying layers of more purple paisley. Listening to Nascimiento singing Chega de Saudade from behind his sunglasses, I'm imagining we're all flying along in a fantastic paisley plane, to a soundtrack of bossa nova, slipping through pink and purple clouds, the sun forever about to set as we chase it over the Igauzu Falls, over Easter Island, and toward the Maldives. I'm learning Portuguese and making friends at the plane's snack bar and lounge. Obama is president, the leaders of the world are flying into Washington to say hello and play basketball, people across the country begin biking to work, the wars are over, children are no longer obese, libraries are open 24 hours a day, universities are free, everyone has health care, and animals are treated well.

I keep wanting to accept it, six days out, the possibility that it could really happen, that we will elect Obama, but I keep doubting, imagining what will go wrong. I keep reminding myself not to be foolish, to put such stupid fuzzy thoughts out of my mind.

But for tonight, I am allowing myself to believe, and to imagine. It won't be bossa nova over the Amazon, but it'll still be amazing, when it happens. I'll be in Las Vegas this weekend, trying to get out the vote, working toward my own foolish fantasy in the material of the real world.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Make Indiana Blue



(per the Tonic Blotter's request -- brought to you by Mrs. Octopus and me)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Swinging States







The news is good today. All the pre-election excitement inspired to make more of these colored-in swing states. It helps relieve some of the tension and anticipation to color in these maps.

Make Florida Blue

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pennsylvania, the Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You



Pennsylvania! I love you. You are the home of Sesame Place! And the Hershey Factory Tour! And ketchup!

Pennsylvania is the key to the fate of the world.

Pennsylvanians! Please vote for Barack Obama! You hold the future in your hands.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Who is Barack Obama?



He's someone who puts his dying grandmother above a race for the most powerful position in the world.

I never again want to hear any idiotic nonsense about he's a dangerous anti-American pal of terrorists.

RNC Spent $150K on Clothes and Accessories for Palin



While people are losing their homes and watching their life savings disappear, the RNC has spent the cost of a small home in the Heartland -- $150,000 -- on snazzy clothes, accessories, and makeup consultations for Caribou Barbie.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Behind the Powell Endorsement

There's no doubt that the ongoing battle between the neoconservative wing (e.g., Cheney-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz) and the pragmatist or realist wing (e.g., Powell-Scowcroft) of the Republican party -- along with Powell's deep sense of honor -- played a big part in Powell's decision:
Mr. Powell’s endorsement exposed a fundamental policy rift in the Republican party’s foreign-policy establishment between the so-called pragmatists, a number of whom have come to view the Iraq war or its execution as a mistake, and the neoconservatives , a competing camp whose thinking dominated President Bush’s first term and played a pivotal role in building the case for war.

Mr. Powell, who is of the pragmatist camp and has been critical of the Bush administration’s conduct of the war, was said by friends in recent months to be disturbed by some of the neoconservatives who have surrounded Mr. McCain as foreign-policy advisers in his presidential campaign. The McCain campaign’s top foreign-policy aide is Randy Scheunemann, who was a foreign-policy adviser to former Senators Trent Lott and Bob Dole and who has longtime ties to neoconservatives. In 2002, Mr. Scheunemann was a founder of the hawkish Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and was an enthusiastic supporter of Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi exile and Pentagon favorite who was viewed with suspicion and distaste at the State Department when Mr. Powell was its secretary.
NYT

Powell's endorsement should remind us all of the stakes in this election. A choice between tolerance or the promotion of division and fear, a choice between a continuation of the neocon's demented and cynical adventures, or a return to sanity in American foreign policy.

Colin Powell Endorses Obama



This is an incredibly moving and powerful endorsement from Colin Powell
And I've also been disappointed, frankly, by some of the approaches that Senator McCain has taken recently, or his campaign ads, on issues that are not really central to the problems that the American people are worried about. This Bill Ayers situation that's been going on for weeks became something of a central point of the campaign. But Mr. McCain says that he's a washed-out terrorist. Well, then, why do we keep talking about him? And why do we have these robocalls going on around the country trying to suggest that, because of this very, very limited relationship that Senator Obama has had with Mr. Ayers, somehow, Mr. Obama is tainted. What they're trying to connect him to is some kind of terrorist feelings. And I think that's inappropriate.

Now, I understand what politics is all about. I know how you can go after one another, and that's good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift. I would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that's what we'd be looking at in a McCain administration. I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards--Purple Heart, Bronze Star--showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life. Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way. And John McCain is as nondiscriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that, within the party, we have these kinds of expressions.

So, when I look at all of this and I think back to my Army career, we've got two individuals, either one of them could be a good president. But which is the president that we need now? Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time? And I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities--and we have to take that into account--as well as his substance--he has both style and substance--he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president. I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world--onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.
NBC.

Powell has said what so many others have been afraid to say.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Marvin Gaye Sings the National Anthem - 1983



I am ready for the America we have been waiting for.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Yes We Can



This is what hope sounds like. Can you feel it? America is back.

Quick Take on the Final Debate of 2008


Fox News Being fair and balanced despite itself.

This was the best of the four presidential and vice presidential debates. I immediately felt the tension between Obama and McCain -- probably because McCain from the very outset was on the attack. I thought McCain was pretty effective through about the first twenty-five minutes of the debate; Obama was defending, explaining, sort of on his heels. But even as McCain was going after Obama, perhaps effectively at points, I kept wondering how it was coming across. By this point, most people are probably sick of attacks and bickering. That's basically all McCain threw out there tonight. The Ayers stuff and the Acorn stuff is just DOA. No one gives a rat's ass. Just take a look at the 401(k) that just arrived in the mail, this week's retail sales numbers, or Ben Bernanke's outlook for the near future.

I admit that I had to chuckle with some admiration at McCain's downright Nixonian gambit of attempting to feel sorry for himself because Congressman John Lewis had supposedly gone over the line in condemning the McCain-Palin lynch-mob rallies and the racist and extremist venom being spewed at those rallies (e.g., calling out to "kill" Obama, calling Obama a "terrorist", etc.). Clasic Nixon: attack dirty, then pretend to be deeply hurt and offended when called on it. (And see if you can follow the string back and figure out why McCain was purportedly offended.) But there is no doubt, this was McCain's best performance yet. He knew how much this last debate counted, as his last chance to reach a massive national audience, and I can admit that, in many ways, especially at the outset, he rose to the occasion. One does not get as far as McCain has simply by accident.

I thought Obama was a little shaky at the outset, and got a little wordy at times. I do think, however, that he explained his health care plan well, gave a solid rationale for his support of Roe v. Wade, and made a pretty clear distinction between his tax policies and McCain's. I thought Obama really missed an opportunity on the Vice Presidential question: I was just dying for him to say something along the lines of, "In picking my Vice President, my primary concern was to choose someone who was absolutely qualified to take over as President should that ever be necessary." But he didn't, and instead wandered off about foreign policy and how Biden is from Scranton. Yes, Biden is a real person from Scranton. Palin is a real person from Wasilla, and I am a real person from Glastonbury. Whatever. He could have really hammered McCain on that question, in his velvet-glove Obama way.

I came out of this debate feeling a bit queasy. I mostly wanted it to be over, especially with McCain continually throwing everything at Obama in the hope that something would stick. Obama was mostly perfect in his composure in the face of this desperate barrage of garbage from McCain. And that's what I think we're all looking for right now: cool, calm, intelligence. A cool hand at the tiller, to borrow a phrase from Senator McCain.



As the flash polls started coming in from CNN and CBS and even Fox, showing that, yet again, independents and undecideds had concluded, by wide margins, that Obama had won, I began to realize that the America I am living in is a much different place than I had ever dared to hope. Part of me still cannot believe this is actually happening. Barack Obama can win. Barack Obama will win. Americans are ready. Americans have decided. We have had enough. We will not be fooled again. Across the country, from Indiana to Colorado, from Florida to New Mexico, we are ready to turn the page. We are ready for the future. We live in a great country. And we live in a great time.

God Bless America.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Something Rotten in L.A.

What kind of people would do this?
Los Angeles police are investigating the death of a homeless man who apparently was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire.

Police responded to a call about 9:40 p.m. Thursday and found the man on 3rd Street between Berendo Street and New Hampshire Avenue in the Mid-Wilshire area, said Officer Ana Aguirre, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. Firefighters also responded.

The victim was later pronounced dead, authorities said.

"This is one of cruelest crimes you can imagine," said Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz, who oversees LAPD's Rampart Division. "Pouring gasoline on a human being and setting them on fire. As an officer who has responded to many murders over the years, this is amongst the most horrific." . . . .

One resident, who did not want to be identified out of fear for his safety, said he spoke to someone who allegedly witnessed the crime. He said the witness told him several teenagers apparently got out of a Honda Civic carrying a bucket of gasoline and approached the homeless man, doused him and set him on fire.

The youths then chased the man into a parking lot and threw another bucket of gasoline on him, he said. Several residents came to the victim's aid and tried to put out the flames, he said.
LAT.

This is a horrible and profoundly sad story. That these kids would do this -- and throw more gasoline on the man as he was burning -- seems to be a symptom of something very dark in L.A., and in our society.

In Our Time



A great leader -- and the movement that leader inspires -- can change the course of history. That's what this election is about.

The Dark Side: McCain Defends Threats Made at His Rallies

I'm not big on framing the world in stark terms of good and evil, but the McCain campaign just put out a statement defending the outbursts of "Traitor!" "Terrorist!" and "Kill him!" by crowds incited by McCain and Palin that seems to fall pretty clearly on one side of that divide:
McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace released this statement, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports. "Barack Obama's assault on our supporters is insulting and unsurprising. These are the same people obama called 'bitter' and attacked for 'clinging to guns' and faith. He fails to understand that people are angry at corrupt practices in Washington and Wall Street and he fails to understand that America's working families are not 'clinging' to anything other than the sincere hope that Washington will be reformed from top to bottom."

"Attacking our supporters is a new low for the campaign that's run more millions of dollars of negative ads than any other in history."

McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers adds in another statement: “Barack Obama’s attacks on Americans who support John McCain reveal far more about him than they do about John McCain. It is clear that Barack Obama just doesn’t understand regular people and the issues they care about. He dismisses hardworking middle class Americans as clinging to guns and religion, while at the same time attacking average Americans at McCain rallies who are angry at Washington, Wall Street and the status quo."
First Read

This is just mind-blowing cynical and evil. This shit has no place in American political discourse. This is the wise and thoughtful leadership that we need at this time, the "cool hand on the tiller"?

McCain is slumming below Nixon. It is now obvious that in his desperation, there is no depth to which he will not sink. And we know Palin is cheering him on to go even lower. This is plain horrific and unforgivable.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Palin's Investigates Self, Finds Nothing



In case you wanted a preview of what a McCain-Palin administration would look like:
In advance of tomorrow's release of the Alaska legislature's report on the troopergate investigation, the McCain-Palin campaign has released its own investigative report clearing Palin of any wrongdoing.
TPM.

Again, this is not from The Onion or The Daily Show, this is the actual headline from the AP: "Palin pre-empts state report, clears self in probe."

So it's settled then. Sarah Palin has taken a long, hard, unstinting look at her actions, and she's concluded, after much deliberation, that she's done nothing wrong. (Anyone remember Cheney's Vice Presidential selection process?)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Wheel of Life: It's Crunch Time


Is this the America you want? Is this the future you want?

This is no time to coast or start measuring curtains for the Oval Office. Despite Obama's fantastic numbers across the country, I have no doubt that we have entered the most dangerous part of this campaign.

With uniformed police officers spitting out the name "Barack Hussein Obama" with disgust to fire up crowds before Sarah Palin comes out to really incite the mob, I think it's pretty clear things will only get nastier, dirtier, and more insanely evil from here.

I am deeply hopeful about this campaign, and I have kept that hope through the ups and downs in recent months. I do believe that we are going to win -- but only if we work for it. Think about what you can do in the next 25 days. Call your relatives in swing states. Get your friends and family registered. Donate to the campaign. Visit a local office and volunteer.

The most dangerous thing about the great poll numbers, in my view, is that it creates a false sense of complacency. Nothing has been won yet, and three weeks is an eternity in this campaign.

So let's put the champagne and the premature McCain campaign obits away, and let's get to work. Let's fight back against the fear-mongering and the hate. Let's fight for a country that is better than the past eight years. Let's show the world what America is about. We're not about fear and ignorance. We are about hope and the promise of a better tomorrow. From Manchester, New Hampshire, to Reno, Nevada, from Toledo, Ohio, to Gary, Indiana, from Asheville, North Carolina, to Tampa, Florida, from Fort Collins, Colorado to Charlottesville, Virginia, and from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania to Battle Creek, Michigan -- LET'S WIN THIS YEAR!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Obama-McCain Debate II: Quick Take

Mostly a boring affair featuring a lot of well-worn material we've heard before at the convention, and at previous debates.

The election is slipping away from McCain, and this was one of his last big chances to do something to change that trend. Nothing that happened tonight will alter that trend.

McCain looked nervous and awkward in this format, which was supposed to be one that he favored. The format highlighted Obama's height, and physical grace, in dramatic opposition to McCain's tortured waddling. (I was worried at times that McCain might just topple over mid-sentence.)

Obama was coherent and specific. McCain returned again and again to vague, misty platitudes about the goodness of America. Yes, we all agree America is good. At the same time, we can all agree that America's economy is going down the sh*tter. So, while it's nice to hear nice words about how much McCain loves his country, the people currently living in that country watching their retirement savings go down the tubes are looking for some specifics on how the candidates plan to help them.

I was surprised that McCain didn't go more negative than he did. I think the format did restrain him to a degree. But I do also think he couldn't quite bring himself to be the attack dog. It's not really his nature. My guess is that we'll see that role taken up by a gleeful Sarah Palin, who seems to really like riling up racist mobs.

Victory is in sight. Keep working for it.

Had Enough?















Cognitive Dissonance and Death Threats: Just Another Day on the Trail with Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin may be the most dangerous and insidious politician in America right now.
And -- going further, but still not as far as she wants to go -- Palin "invoked fear for the first time when discussing Sen. Barack Obama's connection to former 60's radical William Ayers," per ABC's Imtiyaz Delawala.

"I am just so fearful that this is not a man who sees America the way that you and I see America -- as the greatest source for good in this world," said Palin, R-Alaska.

. . . .

Some advice from his running mate: "I'm sending the message back to John McCain
also: Tomorrow night in his debate, might as well take the gloves off," Palin told donors in Florida Monday, Dana Milbank reports in The Washington Post.

(More from Milbank: "Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her 'less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.' At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, 'Sit down, boy.' ")

(Another crowd member, upon mention of Obama's ties to Bill Ayers: "Kill him!")
The Note.

Palin apparently had no reaction to her fan's cry to "kill" Obama. Most likely, she smiled, waved, and winked at her own adoring domestic terrorist.

It's the second coming of not just Reagan, but also Nixon, Buchanan, and David Duke.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Sunday OG: The Wrong Approach and the Rapture



Sometimes I do agree with Maureen Dowd, but her most recent critique of Palin is simply shockingly clueless self-parody:
She dangles gerunds, mangles prepositions, randomly exiles nouns and verbs and also — “also” is her favorite vamping word — uses verbs better left as nouns, as in, “If Americans so bless us and privilege us with the opportunity of serving them,” or how she tried to “progress the agenda.”
NYT.

Sure, if your goal is to make lawyers and consultants at Sunday brunch in Seattle and Boston chuckle over their mimosas, Mission Accomplished. As a piece of persuasive writing, not so much, you know?

Let's face it: those of us in LA, New York, Chicago, or Portland simply do not get Palin. No, to get Palin, one must also be able to understand the mindset of those who believe that rape abortion should be prohibited even in the case of rape and incest, and that we should pursue a foreign policy that will help to bring on the Rapture. (Yes, Israel, Sarah Palin loves you. Please continue to make the preparations for the return of Christ!)

To understand the Palin phenomenon, we don't need to "diagram" Palin's sentences; instead, we need to examine the Left Behind series and the science of successful weather reporting.

But don't worry, Palin is definitely keeping pace with our side of the world. Heck, she has just revealed that she meant to tell Katie Couric that she's a devoted reader of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and . . . wait for it . . . The Economist:



But she's a good Christian. Certainly not a liar.

Finally, in case you were wondering where Palin honed her TV presence (and I hope you've already seen this):



What's the saying? Oh, yeah: "You've come a long way, baby!"

Let's Go Dodgers!



There is currently no known cure, so it is simply an unchangeable fact that I will remain a Mets fan for life. However, I must admit to a growing affection over the past three years for the lovable, scrappy team of my adopted hometown -- the Los Angeles Dodgers, who just swept the Cubs to win their first postseason series in twenty years.

I'm definitely going to be rooting for LA against the Phillies (or Brewers), and against anyone they face from the AL -- most especially the sinister and Disneyfied "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim".

As a Mets fan, I extend my sympathies to all the Cubs fans out there. One day, my friends, one day.

Friday, October 03, 2008

It's Going to Happen



We are going to win this year. Keep working for it, and we will get there.

COMING SOON: A swing through the swing states. WE LOVE YOU VIRGINIA!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

You Betcha! Quick Take on the V.P. Debate

No one will remember Palin's winking and hair shaking and inappropriately timed smiles. They'll only remember one thing from this debate: the moment when Joe Biden choked up talking about the death of his wife and daughter and his years of raising his sons alone:



Palin was okay, especially after the incredibly low expectations following her recent interviews. After about twenty minutes, I did feel the brain damage she was inflicting through her relentless and zombielike fixation on the two or three talking points she had written down in front of her (i.e., Get Government Out of the Way, Obama Will Raise Your Taxes, We Are a Team of Mavericks, etc.) I think the McCain camp did a decent job of coaching her, and she didn't spend any time staring blankly into the camera -- there was no danger of that, as she simply chose not to answer questions she didn't like.

She did have one major mistake, and it's one that I think will haunt her and will, along with Biden's choking up moment, dominate the discussion of this debate. It was the totally unnecessary and gratuitous mention she made of expanding the Vice President's powers:



And she's agreeing with Dick Cheney -- not a good move at this point in history. Biden is exactly right: Dick Cheney is the most dangerous Vice President we've ever had. Palin says she would follow Cheney's lead. Terrifying.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Liveblogging Project Runway

Korto is totally going home, which is just wrong. I know this because they did this thing where they had her talking about how she was the oldest one there, and how she had a husband and kids at home. And they're totally going to keep Kenley on. They built up some sympathy for her by showing the other designers being jerks and not sharing their tulle with her.

Oh, but now they're doing this child of a tugboat driver childhood profile of Kenley.

Okay, now it looks like Leanne is toast. She's making a prom dress.

F*ck, what the hell -- everyone's crying. Oh, crap, Korto is praying and crying.

I bet less than 50% of these contestants vote.

UPDATE 9:32 pm:

Now they have ten minutes. This show is so formulaic. Like the beginning is exactly the same every f*cking time: I had no idea where we were going. . . . I'm really wondering what this next challenge is going to be . . . . Everyone's really nervous and anxious to see what this next challenge is . . . .

Another f*cking commercial?

UPDATE 9:36 pm:

Korto is getting reamed.

Google was up today, as was gold, slightly, I think. Look for a big bounce tomorrow morning, with fluctuation through the day as people worry about the House vote on Friday.

Heidi Klum has had three kids.

Kenley has a zit. Too much stress and bitterness.

The show is starting. Oh sh*t!

Leanne is getting lukewarm reviews.

Korto is going to get reamed. Good/Bad/Good/Bad

They are giving good and bad.

Uh oh -- Kenley.

She is going to throw down with Heidi.

"Creepy."

She's fighting with the judges.

"I wasn't going for elegant, Heidi."

Kenley is in the bottom two.

They're asking them questions. They're crying and shit.

Jerrell is throwing Kenley under the bus.

UPDATE 9:45 pm:

Everyone hates Kenley.

STOP THE CRYING, YOU BITCHES.

UPDATE 9:47 pm:

Kenley "fought her way through life."

Kenley is sitting by herself. Korto and Kenley are PISSED.

UPDATE 9:49 pm:

Leanne is going through.

Jerrell. "Elegant with an edge."

People are sort of trying to defend Korto.

Kenley: "Total loss of taste."

Kenley is going down.

UPDATE 9:51 pm:

Commercial again before they kick someone off. They are going to kick off Korto because they are RACISTS.

UPDATE 9:53 pm:

What is Sarah Palin doing right now? Maybe watching Tina Fey with the volume off? Practicing how many times she can work "Joe Six Pack" into a sentence. It's official: Homer Simpson for Vice President!

UPDATE 9:55 pm:

Now I'm sure they're going to kick of Korto and I'm going to hate this f*cking show forever.

UPDATE 9:58 pm:

Okay, we're back.

Korto is toast. I'm mad already.

Jerrell wins!

SHOCKER. They're not sending anyone home.

The big losers are going to have a chance to create a line for Fashion Week.

LAME.

KENLEY IS NOT IN THE GROUP HUG.

Next week is totally different.

LAME.

Notes on a Tuesday Evening at Home



I was sitting on the couch staring at a bag of Junior Mints that we had lying around for some reason. I don't generally like Junior Mints, but it was late, and I was hungry, and I was wanting to have some Junior Mints. But I knew that I shouldn't have any, because I'm getting old, and my cholesterol is higher than it should be, even though I don't generally eat any mammals, and because it was late and I was tired, stupid straightforward things seemed more interesting than they really were, and it seemed fascinating to me that I had this strong urge to eat something sweet and gooey, to enjoy the comforting swell of a temporary carbohydrate high, and that I had to sit there reasoning with myself not to give in and reach over to rip open some Junior Mints.

In the end, Mrs. Octopus came and put the Junior Mints away. I succeeded in not giving in to my urges.

In other news, I guess the phrase of the day is this: Even a dead cat will bounce, if you drop it from high enough.

And I'm sure you've all heard by now, but there is snow on Mars.

I have to go to the dentist tomorrow very early tomorrow morning.