Posts Tagged ‘The Good Old Days


“There is, indeed, something inexpressibly pleasing, in the annual renovation of the world, and the new display of the treasures of nature.” – Samuel Johnson Week Ending 4.10.2010

4.10.2010 … jbt marathoning pilot mountain … ewt enjoying boulder … madt plans to dance the night away … coffee with the trobs … oh, and another unbelievably gorgeous day ..

Supreme Court:

Those comfortable with Stevens’ role as the dean of the court’s liberal bloc hailed his “leadership,” his “commitment to expanding freedom” and his “irreplaceable” perspective.

From the right came admiration of his “devotion to the institution” and “historic service,” coupled with caveats about “different judicial philosophies.”

President Obama lauded Stevens for having “applied the Constitution and the law of the land with fidelity and restraint” and said “his leadership will be sorely missed.”

via Reaction To The Retirement Of Justice John Paul Stevens : NPR.

-and –

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court’s oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill. We can’t say it’s all that surprising, but it’s huge news nonetheless.

via Breaking: Justice Stevens to Step Down – Law Blog – WSJ. Continue reading ‘“There is, indeed, something inexpressibly pleasing, in the annual renovation of the world, and the new display of the treasures of nature.” – Samuel Johnson Week Ending 4.10.2010’


It’s about TIME 02.06.10

This week —

Politics: Did anyone else think this Gallup Poll interesting?  Ideology: Three Deep South States Are the Most Conservative

“Nationwide, conservatives outnumbered liberals by nearly 2 to 1, 40% to 21%, in 2009, with 36% identifying as moderates. Although the proportion of self-identified liberals has increased in recent years, it still ranks well below the proportion of conservatives or moderates in the United States.

Consequently, only in the District of Columbia did more residents identify as liberal than as conservative in 2009. ”

ARM and I had our usual political discussion … but I agree with her, “They’re stereotyping us! Damn Yankees! There are a lot of liberals in the south and people who are middle of the road too…”

It is the middle of the road piece that  fascinates me. Conservatives everywhere seem more inclined to claim the conservative label. Liberals don’t want to claim it, but rather claim the middle and vote with the left. I just though it very interesting. Only DC had more people claiming to be liberal than people claiming to be conservative. So the middle, those with no affiliation in  name or to a party, are really in control … maybe that is how it ought to be.

Do you think these numbers are interesting? As expected?

And these two articles about the role of a spouse in politics intrigued/disturbed me.

“It’s not clear from the e-mails whether there was a policy, unspoken or otherwise, that Todd Palin be copied in on certain matters either because he was a key adviser or a mere backstop to the governor.

Palin E-mails Suggest Todd Was Intimately Involved In Governing

“During Mr. Sanford’s first years as governor, said Joel Sawyer, his former spokesman, he consulted Mrs. Sanford on policy. “She attended a few meetings with other officials.” But she wanted to spend more time as a wife and a mother.”

(Anne McQuary for The New York Times)

Lunch at the Governor’s Mansion With Jenny Sanford –

Is this any different from Gov. Palin’s husband’s actively participating?

Travel: Just found this interesting.  Inside Disney’s exclusive Club 33, where the recession doesn’t seem to matter

“Located behind a nondescript green door marked “33” in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, the members-only five-star restaurant was built by Walt Disney in 1967 as a place where he could privately entertain guests and dignitaries that visited the theme park. ”

Bob T. noted that he has a friend in L.A. who worked for Disney for years who mentioned “Club 33” one time, and he asked him about it. “Thought it might be where they stored Walt.”

Retail Goods; Miss Manners:  I loved this product.  Now who could I give a set?  Supposedly these were created by a friend’s friend’s niece … very creative … or am I just showing my age?

Manners Napkins Set of 6 in Linen Ginger Color

Manners Napkins Set of 6 in Linen Ginger Color

I also enjoyed a conversation on FB with a friend who had an  great aunt who would not allow you to put a ketchup bottle on the table.  I have similar relatives in my gene pool.  Loved laughing about memories of my white glove … no ketchup on the table .. you must eat fries and bacon with a fork … grandmother!

Supreme Court – As I have mentioned, I am fascinated by the Supreme Court, by the institution, by the people who are privileged to be appointed as justices, by the people who are privileged to work there.  President Obama highlighted this institution when he publicly challenged a ruling in his State of the Union Address on January 27, 2010.  He was applauded from both sides of the aisle.  This part of his speech was further highlighted when Justice Alito muttered, “Not true.”  I think the President’s comments  and Justice Alito’s mutterings were both inappropriate.

But because of the SCOTUS’s controversial ruling, the President’s comments at the SOTU Address and Justice Alito’s remark, my favorite branch of government has received much press in the last few weeks.

Here are a few of my favorites …

“Justice Thomas would not directly address the controversy over Mr. Obama’s criticism of the Citizens United ruling or Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s mouthed “not true” in response. But he did say he had stopped attending the addresses.

“I don’t go because it has become so partisan and it’s very uncomfortable for a judge to sit there,” he said, adding that “there’s a lot that you don’t hear on TV — the catcalls, the whooping and hollering and under-the-breath comments.”

“One of the consequences,” he added in an apparent reference to last week’s address, “is now the court becomes part of the conversation, if you want to call it that, in the speeches. It’s just an example of why I don’t go.””  (Source: Justice Thomas Defends Campaign Finance Ruling –

This lack of respect shown by all parties in politics which is now carried over to the Supreme Court is disturbing.

I thought this an interesting comment – “Last week, when Obama took the nearly unprecedented step of criticizing the court’s opinion in a major campaign finance case during his State of the Union speech, some believed he was showcasing for the American people that presidential elections, and Supreme Court nominations count.” (source: White House Prepares for Possibility of Two Supreme Court Vacancies – ABC News)

Sandra O’Connor’s Choice: What Her Missing Supreme Court Vote Means to Women and America — PoliticsDaily…

Two more appointments for President Obama … this would be very big.

White House Prepares for Possibility of Two Supreme Court Vacancies – ABC News

Supreme Court Ruling Renews Rumors of Justice John Paul Stevens’ Retirement – Sphere News.

Southern Fare – I have served biscuits, grits, black eyed peas, turnips to many a wary Yank!  When we lived in Chicago I would make sure our guests had grits or biscuits and baked cheese.  Also loved to share New Year’s – Southern Style – black-eyed peas, turnips and pork.  I hope we brought them a little luck.

Convenient Food for the Soul by Mike Cox |

“There has been a lot of conversation about soul food lately. A school system in Denver is in trouble for trying to honor Dr. Martin Luther King by serving fried chicken and collards.”

An aside … I like Old Fashioned “Real” Grits or Instant Grits.  i don’t like Quick Grits.

And why couldn’t the MLK Family tell us what he liked to eat … rather than giving the press the leeway to  make an issue of it.  For that matter, Societies honoring our Presidents could tell us what they like to eat, and schools, etc could put it on the menu for President’s Day.  So my question for President Obama, MLK Family, Mount Vernon Society  .. what is your favorite lunch?

Home: I’d like to take Ms. Fagan to Pineview GA. I think she would like it.

“Never did he feel more at peace than during those years when he returned to the land and landscape of his place in the world.   …  A sense of place is a powerful emotion.”

Ms. Fagan’s Uncle is from Jasper County, GA (the red county marked).  My mom’s family is from Pineview/Wilcox County, GA which is due South about an hour.  This little town of maybe 500 brings back such wonderful memories to those who have ventured down.  As Ms. Jasper says, “A sense of place is a powerful emotion.” Other friends noted similar emotional attachments to places —   to hometowns or communities (e.g., my childhood neighborhood, Brookwood Hills – a small enclave neighborhood close to downtown Atlanta) or to various childhood retreats, camps, grandparents’ hometowns or vacation communities.

Bookshelf:  I Am reading Tunneling to the Center of the Earth … Thanks, EEG for the recommendation.

“This is not to say that the book isn’t daring and often exquisitely tender. But as Wilson continues to dig into the texture and mystery of the world, his fiction should grow, like his best characters, in strange and remarkable ways. Assuming, of course, he doesn’t blow up first.”  Book Review – ‘Tunneling to the Center of the Earth – Stories,’ by Kevin Wilson – Review –

Anyone, besides EEG and her students, read it?

Biblical References — When a WSJ article references Deuteronomy, Bambi and James Bond (and the latter two in the title) in the title,  how could I pass it up.

“The Persian fallow deer stands about 3 feet tall at the shoulder, with a tawny coat, white spots and flattened antlers like those of a small moose. In the book of Deuteronomy, the deer was listed as one of the hoofed animals the Hebrews were allowed to eat. The Book of Kings says the animal was tithed to King Solomon by his subjects.”


How Bambi Met James Bond to Save Israel’s ‘Extinct’ Deer — It Took Cloak-and-Dagger Effort to Return Creatures From Iran to Biblical Home. Modern-Day Noah Returns Biblical Animals to Israel –

Words:  After discussing Recombobulate/Discombobulate,  EWP noted the following:

“Just heard a sportscaster on ESPN X Games use the terms “discombobulated,” and “combobulated” when describing how a trick skier keeps from getting dizzy during his wild spinning as he runs through his routine in the half pipe. I wonder if the writer had seen that same article you posted the other day?!”

And this is a really cool dictionary … Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary and thesaurus (0f course I looked up “discombobulate.”)

Bookshelf/YA Lit:  I read Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me last summer because a review said it used L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time as a theme (time travel). Since A Wrinkle in Time was my favorite childhood book, I was intrigued. I found it enjoyable. The book has now won the 2010 Newberry. Has anyone read it? Has your child read it? Would love to hear your thoughts. Rebecca Stead Wins Newbery for a New York Children’s Novel –

“In this taut novel, every word, every sentence, has meaning and substance. A hybrid of genres, it is a complex mystery, a work of historical fiction, a school story and one of friendship, with a leitmotif of time travel running through it. Most of all the novel is a thrilling puzzle. Stead piles up clues on the way to a moment of intense drama, after which it is pretty much impossible to stop reading until the last page.” – CHILDREN’S BOOKS – Summer Reading Chronicle

Loved discussing “scary” children’s/YA lit with DHD.  Did anyone else find books or stories that they loved as a child disturbing as an adult?

Travel: Do you look at SkyMall? I have to admit I do. I, too, am “charmed by the King Tut Life-Sized Cabinet … for a variety of reasons.”  Now really, what would anyone do with a King Tut Life-Sized Cabinet?

SkyMall Monday: Travel Writer Favorites |

The Good Old Days:  “And, of course, I remember stating with absolute certainty that I would never be one of those guys who sat around remembering the good old days.”  Life, Stories, Talk of the South: The Good Old Days by Raymond L. Atkins |

Education: The Atlanta Public Schools System is building a new high school.  I live in Charlotte, and yes, we have a county-wide school system, but our public schools are busting at the seams and have been for a long time.  How can Atlanta have gotten by with one public high school and one public middle school for North Atlanta/Buckhead. It seems unfathomable.  Well, now they are planning a new high school and revamping the old one as a second middle school … so they still will have only one public high school for all on North Atlanta/Buckhead. That is a huge geographic area and a large population area. In Charlotte, within 20 minutes (10 miles) of my house, there are 4 public high schools, go out another 10 miles (30 minutes) and there are 4, maybe 5 more, each with over 2000 students.  Amazing.  I was thinking about it.  Until the early 70’s there were three high schools in North Atlanta/Buckhead: Northside (now North Atlanta), North Fulton and Dykes.   In the last 40 years, where did all those students go? Private Schools … or to Fulton County, Cobb County and Gwinnett County Schools?  A quality public school system should be provided to all.  Atlanta will build new high school in Buckhead |

Jane: Kinda silly .. but kinda fun.  Under the Mad Hat: Pride and Twitterverse|

A Mr Bingley–worth 50,000 followers a year–has joined Twitter! He’s brought a friend, Mr Darcy–worth 100,000 followers a year! Pls RT
@JaneB @LizzyB @MaryBsaphorisms @KittyB @LydiaB I will have one of you girls married into internet fame yet. Just you wait”

Great week this week.  Turning 50 is not so bad.  Only regret is that we were not a part of the greaat snow.  I am jealous of my DC/VA friends!

Love to you all … D

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