Open thread: Fragile ego edition

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How's your ego holding up these days? Or is it your id? Whatever ... the floor is now open for virtual psychoanalysis.


The 3 Stooges

The 3 stooges of the psyche are Id, Ego, and Superego. From my view here at the beach today, it is all ID all the time, the ego is in rehab and the superego is missing in action. Spitzer? Id. Got the unmistakable mark of ID all over it. Could use a little more sublimation there, Elliot!

Funny, DEF

I sure had a heck of a time 'splaining Mr. Spits to my sweet teen-aged daughter today. Sheesh.

Rough day today.

All I can say is

Hey, you, get offa my Cloud!

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Me too.

Been getting it from all directions today. But I suppose I need to buy some skin thickener, because I bet I'm going to need it when this comes out later this year.

I promise to buy a dozen!

As long as you promise to sign them for me. I can't wait to read it, James.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Thanks, Frank.

I hired an old friend from Portland to do it. He developed a dozen ideas, but this one clearly carried the day. I'll pass your kinds words along.

What a

terrific title!

Right up there

with the chapter title of a cookbook I saw once, called "What a Friend We Have in Cheeses"

; )

Very funny


Thank you.

It comes from this passage in Chapter 1.

Gary was five when his mother got swept up in the gentle craft of broom-making on a visit to the South Carolina state fair. Over the next ten years, her own rare talent emerged as she married gnarled wisteria branches to handsome cornstraw heads. Twisted Kays, she called them. Collectible country chic.

Business was good for awhile. But then Kay got greedy and things went to hell. She’d been watching a preacher on TV as he read from the Gospel of John, chapter eleven, verse thirty-five. The preacher said “Jesus wept” but Kay heard “Jesus swept,” and a marketing plan was born. She soon created a dozen magnificent brooms with polished dogwood handles and fancy hang tags, each inspired sweeper named after one of the twelve apostles.

Looking forward

to reading the book.

Man, what the hell is wrong with Geraldine Ferraro?

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position."

Not only should Hillary fire her, but she should suspend her campaign immediately. What's she running? A think tank for McCain's fall campaign?

It Gets Worse

"Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world, you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up. Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?" - Geraldine Ferraro

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

I see a pattern

Politico adds on.

Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who suggest his race has been an asset in the campaign. President Reagan suggested Tuesday that people don't ask Jackson tough questions because of his race. And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his "radical" views, "if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race."

Asked about this at a campaign stop in Buffalo, Jackson at first seemed ready to pounce fiercely on his critics. But then he stopped, took a breath, and said quietly, "Millions of Americans have a point of view different from" Ferraro's.

Discussing the same point in Washington, Jackson said, "We campaigned across the South . . . without a single catcall or boo. It was not until we got North to New York that we began to hear this from Koch, President Reagan and then Mrs. Ferraro . . . . Some people are making hysteria while I'm making history."

That is from a 1988 article in the WaPo.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Wow A, just Wow

I'm going to miss all those little teasers from your book and that cover....DIVINE! Put me in for another dozen, signed of course. What are you writing next? I enjoy your writing, snarky, childish, the great thinker, angry man, all of them. I'm glad that you put this all out there for everyone because that just says to me, "This is me, this is what I believe, this is my passion".

Ferraro, heard her last week on NPR and thought to myself that I actually voted for her, what a disappointment.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

Thanks Mo!

I have a mountain ahead of me on book marketing. It includes setting up a website, helping to get reviews and "blurbs" and eventually (hopefully) making the rounds of book stores, interviews, etc., etc. That's going to be hard on this old hermit.


PS That Ferraro business really takes the cake, doesn't it? It just goes to show how far human beings will go to rationalize almost anything.

My Ego is fine

thanks to Ed Cone and SurveyUSA.

Nice job on the book, Mr. P.

Micah 4:3:
... and they shall beat their swords into plowshares ... nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Doghouse Riley on Eliot Spitzer

I'm new around here, so I hope I've twigged the spirit of this place correctly.

One of the things I'll miss about Indiana is the incomparable wit of local blogger Doghouse Riley. See if y'all dig his stuff as much as I do:

He Paid Up, Right? And She's Not Dead? Okay, So What's The Problem?

I know I speak for most Americans this morning when I convey my profound shock upon learning, yesterday, that there's only one "L" in "Eliot Spitzer".

This sort of thing, however, can't possibly surprise anyone: Christopher Beam in Slate's We-Put-The-'Conventional'-In-Conventional Wisdom snoozefest, the "Trailhead":

One problem, though: Addressing the Spitzer flap raises the ghosts of scandals past, namely Monica Lewinsky. Clinton has so far managed during this campaign to avoid public mention of her husband’s diddling. If the Spitzer controversy drags out, it could become a painful reminder of the final White House years. (Of course, you could argue that it would make people sympathize with her all over again.)

Once again, the mind would reel, if the mind hadn't long since shut down and begun consuming its own proteins.

Okay, fine, it's news. If you live in New York it's even real news. If you're a Republican, and you've been a consistent voice against corruption, public misconduct and private miscreancy, and if you've never uttered the phrase "limousine liberal", "class warfare", or remarked on the size of John Edwards' home or the price of his haircuts, have at it. In other words, if you're a Republican, shut up. You ceded Sex to the Democratic party long ago in exchange for the right to stuff yourselves at the public trough. If Spitzer had been caught manipulating the futures market you'd have something. If he'd dedicated his gubernatorial campaign to eliminating prostitution, or to bringing down high prices, you'd have something. As it is, he's a horndog who got caught.

All three nets ran the story first last night (I didn't actually check; my Poor Wife was at the controls, so three channels in ten seconds was something approaching slow motion), and we settled on ABC, which executed a toss about three minutes in (after the entire story had been laid out, and after they'd aired Spitzer's comments) apparently in order to show a picture that included Spitzer and Hillary Clinton. The were part of a line. They might have been marching for Breast Cancer Awareness or taking part in an amateur production of A Chorus Line for all I know. Or for all ABC cared. It was obvious they were in their element.

Still, it's an ill wind that blows any politician no good and doesn't provide me with a least a bitter chuckle, so here's mine. The wine store down the street from me used to be owned by a husband and wife team. They were each third-or-fourth generation money and acted like it, and they'd bought the place--formerly a neighborhood package store--in late middle age because they thought it would be "fun". They began turning it into a wine specialty shop on the grounds that this would keep the riff-raff out. They were, indeed, the sort of people who used "riff-raff" without irony, and who referred to their intended client base as "The Quality".

This was the late 70s, and the beginning of my wine collecting phase, so I frequented the place, because the nascent wine boom was not due to hit Indianapolis for another eight years and it was one of the few local spots where "Wine Section" didn't mean "Where do you keep the Gallo jugs?" The wife was the Expert, while the husband watched the books, and it was obvious even in my fairly green connoisseurship that she didn't know what th' fuck she was talking about and had turned a pastime of bullshitting about stuff she didn't know with other clueless snobs into a second career. So I took to coming in at times when she wouldn't be there, and I got to know the staff pretty well, and they loved to relay tales of their evil inbred masters.

Now, the husband--you might want to sit down--was a rock-ribbed Republican, goddamned-Democrats-steal-my-money type who once made a major production out of removing the appliance bulb from the EXIT sign when he learned he wasn't covered by regulations requiring it be lit. And one day the major story in the Indianapolis Racist Star concerns a local grocery magnate who's been caught by the feds skimming proceeds from his pop machines. And he was caught because he'd opened two accounts for his gilt and he put more than $10,000 in each.

(Sorry to interrupt the hilarity, but we would like to note that Spitzer didn't run afoul of the law, unless you, like ABC News, believe we're still enforcing the Mann Act; he ran afoul of financial institutions being "encouraged" to report whatever they consider to be attempts to skirt the law. Aaron Nimzowitsch, the great chess Grandmaster, once complained to officials about his opponent's smoking. He came back ten minutes later to complain again. "But he stopped smoking," they said. "Yes," Nimzowitsch replied, "but he looks as if he wants to.")

So the guy at the register is astonished when the Boss starts talking about the deal with one of the Quality who'd stopped by, and seems really critical of it, repeating, "How could he have done it?" over and over.

"I thought, jeez, this is a side of him I'd never seen," the register guy tells me. "Maybe he'd turned over a new leaf or this scared the shit out of him. And then he says, 'He had to know you only put $9000 in a single account.' "

Ah well, the great thing about Great Series of Tubes is that I'll be able to continue enjoying Doghouse from afar.

relocating from Indianapolis, IN to RTP, NC soon

"I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me." -- Hunter S. Thompson

Garner, NC

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

Thanks for the link, Branden

You're gonna like it here ... or maybe better yet ... we're going to like YOU here. Great stuff.

No ego problems here

Dr. Laura Schlockinger

Dr. Laura has never been one to shrink from controversy, and she leaped headlong into one on Monday when she said that if a husband cheats, his wife may share some of the blame.

“When the wife does not focus in on the needs and the feelings, sexually, personally, to make him feel like a man, to make him feel like a success, to make him feel like her hero, he’s very susceptible to the charm of some other woman making him feel what he needs,” the popular psychologist and radio personality said.


Methinks he doth protest too much

"NO," he screams, "I'M FINE, REALLY, JUST FINE."

No, no ego problems evident with this post.

None . . . none whatsoever. Really.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

So was mine!

I met some wonderful Democrats tonight.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Oh....and I volunteered to be a delegate to

the county convention and I'm vice chair. ('cause I was about the only person who wasn't related to the chair in some way. hehe)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

We're all delegates to our county convention.

We're excited because speaker Joe Hackney is the, well, speaker, at our convention. :)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

precinct officers

I didn't think we had to elect precinct officers this year, thought that was only in odd numbered years.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

We needed to have a female vice chair I was nominated. Apparently everyone in the family had already had a turn. :D

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Republican Hell

I live in one of the small towns here in Mecklenburg, Mint Hill is on the eastern fringe of the county and is Republican hell. All of the following are in Rep. hands: our state house seat, state senate seat, county commish, school board, US Congress and my town council. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. My precinct meeting had a record number of people and several other precincts out here are getting organized for the first time.

I grew up out here and my neighbor, who I have known since we were kids, came up to me the other day and said he plans to vote Dem. this fall for the first time in his life.

So I have hope.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Ego Boost

JWRandolph's piece was noticed by Politico blogger Ben Smith....and credited to BlueNC. Sorry JW, but thank you!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Are they serious?

One of the reasons (among many) that I supported John Edwards was because I want a Presidential candidate who will ask for my vote. Im tired of people saying that because I live in North Carolina I dont count. Well, this just takes the cake

[Clinton Adviser Harold Ickes:] "Most of those states haven’t voted Democratic in a presidential since the Johnson landslide over Goldwater in 1964, and we don’t see that changing. They’re great states, but Idaho, Nebraska and the Carolinas are not going to be in the Democratic column in November. He’s winning the Democratic process, but that is virtually irrelevant to the general election."

On a conference call with reporters just now, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe used the Ickes quote to beat the electability drum, arguing that Camp Hillary's concession of this general election turf is a sign of her weakness against McCain.

"Amazingly, they said that the Democratic nominee could not carry the Carolinas," Plouffe said. "We think that speaks to their weakness in the general election. We think we can win the state of North Carolina. Clinton has already waved the white flag [there]. North Carolina will be a central battleground if Obama is our nominee."

If Hillary doesnt want my vote in November then why should I give it to her in May?

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

This is the quintessential question for May 6

This is the quintessential question for May 6

If Hillary doesn't want my vote in November then why should I give it to her in May?

If I weren't already decided, I would be. Believe me, I'm forwarding this quote to all the "maybe I'll vote for Clinton" folks I talked to over the past few weeks.

Do you know where the quote came from, Blue South?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi


Story where I saw it.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

thanks, BlueSouth!

You're the best!

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Olbermann oratory

I was watching Olbermann at work when that came on, and WOW. That's what I call soaring oratory. Why isn't Olbermann faux running for office instead of creepy Lou Dobbs?

but she did kinda deserve it...

i mean honestly, hillary's campaign has become about as inspirational as a train wreck. i find myself hoping that a better example of what a female presidential candidate can be will come along by the time i have a daughter old enough to be inspired by her.

just sayin'.

KINDA deserve it?

After Hillary's snarky insistence that Senator Obama "reject" Louis Farrakhan's support because "denounce" wasn't strong enough in their last debate, after the shrewish insistance that Samantha Power be fired because she characterized Clinton as a monster, I think she earned Keith's special comment without his apologetics up front.

But you know. That's just my opinion.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

It's a train wreck b/c they always planned it this way.

They completely ignored Dean's 50 State Strategy and went for the 50 +1. They wanted to win the states Kerry won and add just one more. That's all. We don't matter because we never mattered. Kerry didn't win North Carolina.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


oh, i agree with you completely, linda. i just specialize in understatement. ;)

ko's special comment brought me to tears, as his special comments usually do. and even before she went all nutjob-dirty-pool, i was against a clinton nomination for the simple fact that, for my entire voting life, i've had to deal with either a bush or a clinton (or both) on the ticket. quite frankly, i'm ready for some change.