“Oops! My bad.”

condishank

Pebble Beach Pro-Am participant Condi Rice shanked a drive into the gallery, slamming an innocent bystander in the head with the errant shot:

Rice approached the woman and asked, “Did I hit you? It was a bad shot. I’m really sorry.”

Aside from the fact that she deigned to offer an apology, this incident has striking parallels to Rice’s career in public service. Whoopsie!

Anyone digging out from Nemo today? I hope everyone’s electricity held out.

It’s nice and sunny here — still a bit chilly right now, but the high is 75. I’m taking my mutts to the beach shortly so they can roll around on dead fish and kick sand into my shoes.

Please consider this an open thread.

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    dr. bloor says:

    “Did I hit you? It was a bad shot.

    Ladies and gentlemen, the brains of the Bush cabinet.

    Revving up to clear our porch and front walk, and a space out back for the tenants dog to do her thing. No point in touching the driveway until the plows make their 73 trips up and down the street.

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    Baud says:

    Ironically, the woman who was struck was also named Iraq.

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    Cermet says:

    Chilly with a high of 75?! With well below freezing here and the northeast under snow you say chilly with those highs! Your are one sick puppy!

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    Joey Maloney says:

    http://trillionproof.com

    They’re running ads for this on Up With Chris Hayes. Kill me now.

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    General Stuck says:

    Sounds like one of my own unfortunate forays into golfing. Maybe Vincent Van George will paint a picture of it set against a mushroom cloud.

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    Baud says:

    @Joey Maloney:

    Just saw it. Life imitates snark.

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    MattF says:

    Just for those stuck at home, Gillian Welch singing ‘Pancho and Lefty’:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H3zlee_VRo

    Sings ‘Out of kindness, I suppose’ her own way.

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    Gex says:

    Makes it seem impossible that she was part of that administration.

    Acknowledgment of reality on the ground?
    Accepts responsibility for actions?
    Admits error?
    Apologizes?

    What, did she turn in to a DFH? Cheney would have had that person apologizing for catching the Cheney’s ball with his face.

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    Redshirt says:

    That’s cold, Betty, real cold. A cold rub, if you will. Only 75. Jeepers!

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    stoned stats says:

    Nemo was a big fat nothingburger in my part of upstate NY. I can’t believe I got that drunk last night to be this hungover today for about six inches.

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    quannlace says:

    Anyone digging out from Nemo today?

    I don’t know why they insist on naming these winter storms. It only encourages them!

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    Ultraviolet Thunder says:

    First day under a slightly more secure nym.

    Detroit didn’t get hit that badly. We got maybe 4 inches. A little shoveling and a slower drive to work.

    I wonder is Condi was upset that her husband president’s artwork is now out there for the world to see.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @stoned stats: May I be the first to say … That’s what she said.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    “Chilly”? GFY. We’re expecting it to be 3 degrees tonight.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @quannlace:

    And why Nemo? Why is a cute little clownfish involved with a blizzard, which is expected winter weather?

    If you’re going to name storms, name them after climate change scientists, or call them “the blizzard of early February 2013”, which is going to be way more descriptive than “Nemo” 3 years out.

    Did Disney buy the National Weather Service?

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    Baud says:

    @stoned stats:

    I got that drunk last night to be this hungover today for about six inches.

    That’s what she said.

    ETA: I was too slow. Need moar coffee.

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    Maude says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    All that snow melting is going to freeze tonight.

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    MattF says:

    @Elizabelle: The original Nemo was not a nice person:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Nemo

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    Schlemizel says:

    We are supposed to get rain/sleet/snow here this afternoon and evening and then again Sunday afternoon and evening. Soooooo looking forward to that!

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    Mike in NC says:

    Just read where Michael Steele and Lanny Davis have joined forces to create something called “Purple Nation Solutions”. You can’t keep a couple of Beltway grifters down!

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    RSA says:

    I wonder how the Pebble Beach Daily Briefing from 36 days ago reads?

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    WereBear says:

    @Elizabelle: It’s named after Captain Nemo. From 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

    My own good working assumption, always, is that Disney has not invented anything since Mickey Mouse… all else is pillage.

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    WereBear says:

    @MattF: Beaten by three minutes!

    We had 9-10 inches in the High Peaks of the Adirondack Park, which qualifies as “normal” for us. We are a ski resort area.

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    Redshirt says:

    We got about 2 and a half feet of the fluffiest snow you’ve ever seen here in Gondolin, and counting. Still snowing! Wind drifts are incredible too – there’s actually bare ground in spots. Than monster drifts in others.

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    Mino says:

    Kathleen Parker and a few other social-issue Republicans(anti-gay marriage) have started to notice the disintegration of marriage among the less educated class of Americans.

    In their concern for children, they have decided to be big about it and promote marriage, whoever the parents are. It has totally escaped their notice that better educted Americans have one other thing going for them. A decent job at a living wage.

    Wonder how that would change the metrics among the class at risk? Probably we will never know.

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    AliceBlue says:

    Betty, a little while ago you mentioned that you and Miss Cracker were going to see “Zero Dark Thirty.” Apologies if you’ve written about it already, but I’d like to know what you thought about it.

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    Redshirt says:

    @RSA: “GOLFER DETERMINED TO STRIKE FAN”

    Alright, you covered your ass…

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @stoned stats:

    I can’t believe I got that drunk last night to be this hungover today for about six inches.

    I am not touching that line.
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    Just Good Sense says:

    @Elizabelle: It’s got nothing to do with the National Weather Service, unfortunately. These names (e.g., “Gandolf” last month) are the invention of The Weather Channel (a commercial enterprise), to give the storms “personality” or some such cross-platform social media SEO BS.

    The NWS and National Hurricane Center have, in fact, specifically asked the public and the media not to use these winter storm names. So, shame on Betty. Everybody, shame Betty!

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    AkaDad says:

    It’s nice and sunny here — still a bit chilly right now, but the high is 75. I’m taking my mutts to the beach shortly so they can roll around on dead fish and kick sand into my shoes.

    I used to like you.

    My car is gone. Well, it’s still there, I just can’t see it.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: That’s also what she said.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Sunny, windy and cold (30°) here in NoVa this morning. Not an unpleasant combination, as long as you don’t have to be out in it for long.

    I’m getting a seethe on over a cryptic bill I received yesterday from my dermatologist. It’s for $330 and also notes an additional $290 “insurance pending” from the insurance company I haven’t used since December 2011 (and which fact I have repeatedly notified my dermatologist of).

    The bill says it covers some procedure done last July, but my records show that I went in June–and that I paid (a huge amount–more than this bill) at the time. So I don’t know WTF this is all about. Sometimes there are delayed charges for lab work, but nothing indicates that. So I’m looking forward to a pleasant and informative conversation on Monday. Grr.

    Further fuel to the fire is that when I went in for my latest checkup last month I got into a political argument with the dermatologist because he spontaneously went off on a wingnut rant about Obama (“You can’t trust a word that man says”) and Neal Boortz’s “fair tax” scam. When I pointed out that these sales-tax schemes are very regressive and fall disproportionately on the poor, he said, “No, it’s very fair. They don’t pay any tax until they buy something!” Serenity now.

    I know this guy is a one-percenter, but I thought he was at the genteel, Michael Bloomberg end of the spectrum, not the crazy wingnut part. And where does he get off bringing up the potentially explosive issue of politics in a medical exam?! Who’s paying whom here, doc?

    Sorry to get off on a rant, but I just opened the envelope while I was reading this thread and got gobsmacked. Single-payer cannot come soon enough for me. Or Medicare. Whichever comes first.

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    Bill Murray says:

    I don’t know — hitting a fan with a golf is positively Republican Presidential. That was Ford’s raison d’etre

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    Maude says:

    @Just Good Sense:
    Thank you. The National Weather Service isn’t pleased.

    @AkaDad:
    You don’t need to drive before spring.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    We got tons of snow in western MA, about a foot and a half, I think, but less than some folks in Connecticut, who got about 3ft. Everything looks so pretty. After the wind stops blowing so much I will go out and get some pictures. Right now it is in the single digits if you account for windchill.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason:

    LOL. I was thinking it but restrained myself from writing it.

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    Kirbster says:

    It turns out that bringing the snow shovel into the house yesterday was a good idea, since the drifting snow partly blocked the storm door. This was my start point for digging a goat path to the garage. By tonight, it’ll be back to square one, but it’s easier to clear 8 inches of heavy snow twice than 16 inches all at once.

    I’ve always wondered how news directors choose the lucky reporter and cameraman who get to stand out in the thick of the storm and belabor the obvious points that it’s cold, windy, and snowy. Rotating duty roster? Short straw? Least seniority? Or top of the station manager’s shit list?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Elizabelle:

    These winter storm names are Weather Channel marketing bullshit.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Gex: No wonder she became all but invisible as the Iraq clusterfuck raged.

    @Elizabelle: It’s not the National Weather Service that named the storm, it’s the weather infotainment people at the Weather Channel. The NWS has better things to do, like provide outfits such as the Weather Channel the actual weather information they need for their broadcasts.

    As for Condi Rice, meh. Golf shots can very easily go drastically awry, and she immediately did what she needed to do, which was to check on the person’s welfare and apologize (not much else to do in a situation like that). Yeah, there’s a little humor in the context, but I’m not going to rag on her for this.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Mike in NC:

    I think one solution for the nation would be if we squeezed thos two until they turned purple

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    JGabriel says:

    Aside from the fact that she [Condi Rice] to offer an apology, this incident has striking parallels to Rice’s career in public service.

    Now we know the difference between a RINO and a REAL Republican: REAL Republicans don’t apologize when their shot accidentally smacks you in the gob.

    .

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    Hill Dweller says:

    Will the Republicans’ pathetic attempt to blame Obama for the sequester work?

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    Redshirt says:

    @JGabriel: Indeed. A real republican would demand that the person struck apologize for getting in the way of their perfect shot.

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    gvg says:

    Bush always picked family friends, cronies, big money supporters for all posts. Considering who/what he could have picked for that post, I actually find Condi to be ………moderate. I think we dodged a worse bullet. Doesn’t mean she was good.
    I find it interesting that in a period when the racism is so blatently reexposed in Republicans, nobody made a big deal about the black Colin Powell being secratary of state then Condi after him. To most of the population they were not that good but it didn’t matter in the election of Obama. It used to be that American blacks worried about any of them achieving prominance, then failing and that being used as an excuse by racists for not giving any other chances. The country as a whole has progressed in experience enough that that didn’t even get any talk but what is wild is why did the real paranoid racists freak so much more over Obama. It’s something about it being a democrat but it’s definately racist too. Looking back they Clinton freak out was also oddly racist. I don’t get it and don’t know what to call it. Anybody know a good explanation?

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    Chris says:

    @Ash Can:

    Yeah. I gotta admit my first thought was “damn, Dick Cheney could learn a thing or two from this lady.”

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Kirbster: to avoid that conflict, my local station sent everyone out to the far corners of the lower Hudson valley to report that the snow plows were ready, the streets were empty. There was one report on how some businesses were closed, others were open, but of those, some businessmen had decided to stay open as long as possible, while others said they’d close in a few more hours. And yes, they had examples of people saying all of those things.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Just Good Sense:

    So, shame on Betty. Everybody, shame Betty!

    Shame. Betty, shame!

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    WereBear says:

    @Mino: Kathleen Parker and a few other social-issue Republicans(anti-gay marriage) have started to notice the disintegration of marriage among the less educated class of Americans.

    If you have aspirations to higher education, having a child in your teens is the stupidest thing you can do. (Not only the financial drain, but the time/concentration sink that will not diminish for the next six years.)

    BUT, if you do not have a shot at being better educated, having a child in your teens actually makes sense. Your family is still relatively young and able to help. The web of family connections that Republicans claim to so prize are at its strongest when you are also young, and they can help with child care. Getting a 9-5 job, and the subsequent child care costs, are both off the table.

    I’m not saying lower income families are any less dismayed when they are met with this challenge. But on some level, the combination of seeing no future, and the drive to reproduce, combines into an irresistible force. Looked at in this way, the typical male teen is a drag on the system, not an asset. Once conception is accomplished, he is no longer necessary.

    I don’t know why the R’s are whining about this; they created these circumstances, then feel free to disparage the people who cannot escape them. Nice gig for the heartless!

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    @Gex: But this is golf. This is important.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Kirbster: When we had our big snow here in Illinois a few years ago, I discovered that it wasn’t a good idea to keep the shovels in the shed on the side of the house.

    Even though I had two perfectly good snow shovels, I wasn’t able to get to either of them and had to join the masses of people who tried to buy the 3 remaining snow shovels in this town.

    I don’t think we’ve had more than an inch of snow at any point this winter, which is sad for me because I am one of those people who LOVE snow. But in case we do get some, your story will be a good reminder of the lesson I thought I had learned a few years ago, but had forgotten about until I read your comment.

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    Cermet says:

    @MattF: Not true on two counts – First off, that guy was a really good guy – he wanted to stop war and stop mass murder. Second, he wasn’t the first person to use that name (Nemo = no man) to cover up his real name. As for the first Nemo, Odysseus used that name to trick the Cyclops into using “no man” (Nemo)for Odysseus name so he would not be able to get help.

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    J. says:

    I am “this close” to shanking a drive into your head, Betty, what with your chirpy weather report from sunny Florida. Grrr.

    For those of you interested in seeing how Snow Storm Nemo unfolded over 24 hours in CT, here’s one view.

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    MattF says:

    @Cermet: I stand corrected. Goes to show that there is always someone on the internet who is wrong.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Obama plays golf so both sides do it,

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Elizabelle:

    My husband loves that it’s called Nemo. He keeps doing his (very good) James Mason impression.

    We had what looks like 3+ feet. I do not like it.

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    Ben Franklin says:

    So, she shanked it? No one could have predicted……..

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    BGinCHI says:

    We have to shank them over there so we don’t have to shank them over here.

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    MikeJ says:

    @BGinCHI: Shank v shiv. Which is cutting and which is stabbing?

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    scav says:

    I’m jealous.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @MikeJ: I don’t think either one works on a mushroom cloud, but I believe you cut your mushroom omelette with a shank.

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    Mark S. says:

    I’d be terrified to go to one those pro am golf tournaments and stand on the side while celebrities shank balls into the gallery. I have bad memories of when my friend and I went golfing and they paired us with a father and son. All four of us were terrible and it took us like four hours to finish 9 holes. On one hole, we all drove and I start walking and the dad said he wanted to redo his. I moved over to the golf path thinking I’d be all right and missed being hit in the face by his drive by like two inches.

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    J R in W Va says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Dude:

    Dermatologists are a dime a dozen – find one who’s a Democrat.

    My family practice Dr. was a Republican, had pix on the wall of his family hugging R Gov. Arch Moore, until Mr’ Moore pled guilty to all kinds of corruption because the feds wired a co-conspirator and had him dead to rights.

    Now my Dr. (same guy!) is a liberal with pix of Senator Rockefeller hugging with his family, because Sen Rockefeller supports health care providers AND is a Dem. Dr. B grew up to become a Dem, with a dose of cynicism – as we all should.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    22″ here at 7:30 AM — NWS figure, they’re a few miles to my east — 3-5″ more by eyeball. The airport at Portland ME set a record for a single storm, at 29.3″. They’re just that much closer to the ocean.

    Today’s SAT vocabulary word is ‘bombogenesis’.

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    Paddy says:

    Due to all the doctors visits I’m going to be having, I need to find a decent pay as you go smart phone. Everyone here is always so savvy on the best tech, I thought I’d ask for suggestions.

    I want pay as you go since I work from home and don’t want to get stuck with a contract. I just need your basic things (call, text, camera, decent screen) and for it to be web capable. (Drs offices can get really boring)

    On the less expensive side wouldn’t hurt either.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Cermet: Good catch. I used ‘Otis (for οὐτις) Noman’ for a pseud at one point.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @J R in W Va:

    Dermatologists who do Mohs surgery are not a dime a dozen, but I take your point. I’m looking for someone else.

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    NotMax says:

    For all you Northeasterners, recipes using snow.

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    Maude says:

    @Steeplejack:
    I say we skin him alive.

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    Palli says:

    @Bill Murray:
    don’t you mean vice-presidential? At least golf balls don’t disintegrate at impact and shards have to be removed.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Thanks all re the Nemo-naming information.

    WRT Condi Rice and her apologizing to the spectator: that shows some class that other Bush alumni (and VPs) could learn.

    Got me wondering if she’d ever had a rapprochement with her old mentor, Brent Scowcroft.

    That led to learning of a documentary film about Condi Rice: American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi

    And to having some sympathy for her, because one of the main sources is Glenn Kessler — yes, 4 Pinocchio Man himself, the Washington Post’s clueless fact-checker who previously wrote a book about Rice. Like we didn’t know he had impeccable GOP sources and that mindset already.

    Anybody ever seen the documentary? Came out in 2009. There are clips on YouTube. The film’s website is gone.

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    Jamey says:

    @Baud: And she had a secretary named Lincoln…

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Maude:

    Ugh. Point taken, but ugh.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    It appaears that Condi is as adept at golf as she was at foreign policy.

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    Elmo says:

    @Kirbster:
    When I lived in the Sierra, I used to set my alarm for 1 am during heavy storms, so I could go out and shovel before the door was completely blocked. Much easier to shovel 2 feet twice than try to plow through 4 feet of heavy snow.

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    Jamey says:

    @Paddy: I used Virgin Mobile. 200 min and “unlimited” data/text for $35/month. BYO phone–they sell handsets at close to list; you can get a decent one running Android 4.1 for well under $200.

    They use Sprint’s towers and networks. I get pretty decent coverage throughout the East where I live, and have never had less than five bars in the Rockies when I travel.

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    muddy says:

    Only got a few measly inches here, too far north I guess. But the wind sounds like a freight train and even with coats the dogs don’t stay out but a few minutes. Ordinarily they would spend at least an hour at a time leaping about the yard together. Maybe we got more snow and it all blew away.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Elizabelle: It’s a weather channel gimmick, for ratings, no doubt. Dipweeds. ETA: About 8 comments late, as usual.

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    Commenting at Ballon Juice since 1937 says:

    Nobody could have predicted …

    that the 79th comment would be ‘nobody could have predicted … “

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    Chris says:

    @gvg:

    Bush always picked family friends, cronies, big money supporters for all posts. Considering who/what he could have picked for that post, I actually find Condi to be ………moderate. I think we dodged a worse bullet. Doesn’t mean she was good.

    More importantly, she wasn’t the one in charge; she was ignored and sidelined in favor of Cheney and Rumsfeld. Wasn’t until the public started noticing how badly things were going that Rice started to matter.

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    Origuy says:

    @Kirbster:

    I’ve always wondered how news directors choose the lucky reporter and cameraman who get to stand out in the thick of the storm and belabor the obvious points that it’s cold, windy, and snowy. Rotating duty roster? Short straw? Least seniority? Or top of the station manager’s shit list?

    This is a standard in the SF area news. The first big storm of the year, they send someone up to the chain control stop on I-80 to stand out in the snow.

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    grandpa john says:

    @Steeplejack: Your asshole doc, should take lessons from my chiropractor who is and has been county republican chairman for several years. in all the many times I have been in his office, to the best of my recall, we have never had a discussion that even touched on politics. he understands that business and politics don’t mix and drive off customers

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    mai naem says:

    @Steeplejack: Thing is that there’s a pretty good chance the doctor is not a one percenter. He thinks he is but to be in the one percent you have to make $1M a year and people who make $1M are actually on the very low end of the one percenters. My guess is that he makes less than half a million a year. More than that, if he thinks he’s going to be making $$$ w/o regular medicare and medicaid in place, he’s sadly mistaken. 60 percent of the healthcare dollar is from government. He needs to suck on that.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    Rice has always struck me as someone who sold her soul to the devil. I think she is an intelligent, eloquent person who either wilfully (or due to some mental blindspot, I suppose) threw in with the Bushies. Her voice got progressively more brittle between 2000-2008 as she had to continue shoveling the manure spewing out of her bosses. I won’t say I feel sorry for her or that she didn’t cause damage by working with those guys. She strikes me as being a bit similar to Colin Powell (I’m not referring to the obvious): I think they both are intelligent people who do have a sense of honor; Powell couldn’t take working for the Shrub anymore and quit. Rice continued on to her probable detriment.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @mai naem:

    I thought the threshold to be a one-percenter by income (not net worth) is around $400,000 a year. He is doing that easily. He has a long established practice and is a go-to specialist for Mohs surgery and other arcane procedures.

    I think the main thing is that, like a lot of high-income conservatives, he lives in a bubble of self-absorption and is clueless about a lot of things that don’t directly affect him. I remember one appointment a year or two ago. I was talking to the (very good) physician’s assistant about some two-year program she was leaving the practice to attend so she could get a higher accreditation (or maybe become an R.N.). She and her husband had just gotten approved for a loan and was really relieved about thaat. The doc came in and joined the conversation, and he was shocked–shocked!–to hear that the program was going to cost something like $60,000-70,000. For my part, I was shocked that he was so clueless about higher-education costs in general and specifically about his P.A.’s case. I do have a knack for talking to people, but it’s amazing that I was able to pick up more information in one conversation than he should have picked up in general office chitchat, even if he maintains a “no chitchat with the help” policy.

    I wonder if it will hit him one day when he can’t find enough qualified people to staff his practice.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: I didn’t know how it was spelled until I saw it in your comment, but a really good friend of mine had to have the mohs surgery on her nose, and there were only 2 in town who did that, and there was only one you would want to go to if you had a choice.

    I think she would have seen that doctor even if he worshipped the devil. There are some things you just don’t want to mess around with.

    I knew you had dermatology things going on, but I’m sorry to hear it involves that. I can’t recall what they call it, but she had to go down 4 or 5 layers and had to have reconstructive surgery. But the whole thing is a miracle as far as I’m concerned, because (2 months later) you can’t even tell she had anything done.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Mohs surgery is named after the guy who “invented” it. (My guy learned it directly from him, for whatever that’s worth.) Its claim to fame is minimal tissue removal, because real-time biopsies are done between each pass of the procedure to see where next to cut and when to stop (when you get “clean edges”). It’s used a lot for anything above the neck because of the minimal tissue removal and (therefore) minimal scarring. This is in contrast (in my painful experience) to a lot of other dermatological surgery, which appears to differ from medieval barbering only in that leeches are no longer deployed.

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    Warren says:

    @stoned stats: That’s…what she said?

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    gene108 says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Did Disney buy the National Weather Service?

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS NOT NAMING STORMS!!!

    The Weather Channel is because they can, because they figure it’s good marketing.

    EDIT: National Weather Service is not naming Winter Storms. Hurricanes and Tropical storms still officially get names.

    Also, too referring to it as Nemo on your blog, will only encourage The Weather Channel.

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    gene108 says:

    @gvg:

    I find it interesting that in a period when the racism is so blatently reexposed in Republicans, nobody made a big deal about the black Colin Powell being secratary of state then Condi after him.

    I don’t think they threatened the white/conservative/wealthy power structure much.

    Bush, Jr. did a commendable job in making sure his Cabinet was inclusive of minorities and women. Whether everyone performed up to the mark is a different issue.

    President Clinton began the appointment of first women for ‘x’ cabinet post and first African-American in a cabinet post. Period. Bush, Jr. could’ve gone back to all white men in the cabinet, but he didn’t. He did make it a point to promote women and minorities, which I think in general terms is a good thing.

    To most of the population they were not that good but it didn’t matter in the election of Obama. It used to be that American blacks worried about any of them achieving prominance, then failing and that being used as an excuse by racists for not giving any other chances.

    The country has progressed a lot in terms of dealing with race, since the 1970’s and 1980’s. Also, I think the fact that Powell and later Rice were somewhat the voice of whatever passed for reason against the neo-con wing of Bush, Jr.’s cabinet probably helped in their overall reputations.

    Along with the fact, as far as policy goals go, the Democrats become very distinct from Republicans over the past 6-7 years, so there are differences in policy and not just personality and race voters could attribute to Obama.

    what is wild is why did the real paranoid racists freak so much more over Obama. It’s something about it being a democrat but it’s definately racist too.

    President Obama, with his talk about making “fat cats pay” and demanding substantial reforms to health care, the financial services industry, etc. really did threaten the entrenched oligarchs to some degree and they lashed back in 2009 and 2010, by upping the crazy to 11.

    Of course ramping up the crazy to 11 seems to be biting the oligarchs in the butt now.

    Looking back they Clinton freak out was also oddly racist. I don’t get it and don’t know what to call it. Anybody know a good explanation?

    I don’t think Clinton’s backlash was racist. It was more the fact he represented, as much as possible on a national stage, the DFH-Baby Boomer-era, which conservatives had diagnosed in the 1970’s and 1980’s as the root of all of America’s problem in 1992.

    Why did we have a drug epidemic? Hippies, free love, etc. made that behavior acceptable.

    Why were blacks fairing worse than whites? LBJ’s Great Society, especially welfare, destroyed the black family unit.

    If Clinton gained popular legitimacy – he’s charismatic, relatively young in 1992 and a Southerner – whatever right-wingers had gained in the culture wars of the 1970’s and 1980’s wouldn’t stick; people, who had started voting Republican because of cultural issues may have been charmed into voting for President Clinton and the Democrats.

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence so much of the culture war rhetoric really seemed to hit a fever pitch in the 1990’s.

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    NonyNony says:

    @gene108:

    Also, too referring to it as Nemo on your blog, will only encourage The Weather Channel.

    Actually the official name of the storm appears to be “#NEMO”, at least according to the Weather Channel’s website.

    Weather Channel should thank God for Twitter and the introduction of hashtags. Because “Winter Storm Nemo Sponsored By Prestone Rock Salt and Ace Hardware Check Out Our Page On Facebook at Facebook.com/NEMO” is a mouthful.

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    Bill Arnold says:

    @Steeplejack:

    …when I went in for my latest checkup last month I got into a political argument with the dermatologist because he spontaneously went off on a wingnut rant about Obama…

    I’d have been tempted to walk, with a clear comment that I didn’t trust his professional judgment. Was Fox News playing in the waiting room?

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    SW says:

    Killed a child did she? Damn shame that. We regret the loss of innocent human life.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Bill Arnold:

    Was Fox News playing in the waiting room?

    No, his waiting room is very quiet–no TV at all–very professional. And this guy is very mild-mannered, comes across like Michael Bloomberg’s doctor cousin, so the wingnut eruption was most unexpected.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @AliceBlue: RE: ZD30 — we thought it was pretty good — worth seeing. I know the director came under a lot of fire for supposedly justifying torture, but I don’t think it was as simple as that. The movie was something of a Rorschach test on the torture issue and ambiguous on whether or not it yielded any actionable intel.

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