Toad in the Hole

September 18, 2006

Semitopical Plant

I'd sure like to hear what Ann Richards would have to say about Ann Althouse this week.

Posted at September 18, 2006 02:46 AM


huh, i missed the whole thing, had to look it up. i'd like to think richards would have a snappier version of "get a life, honey; there's work to do."

me, i wonder how someone can get so hung up about a total stranger's breasts -- it's not like the target of the bad ann's afflictions is dressed with pumped out cleavage or engaged in porn or anything. but the focus and judgement happens, often. this is how i came to have an absolute compulsion for jackets when meeting people anyplace i wanted to be taken seriously.

Posted by: kathy a at September 18, 2006 06:31 AM

Weird, isn't it? I sat on my thumbs a couple of times on a couple of blogs to avoid stirring shit about side issues that came up -- e.g., NO it's NOT an "age" thing and don't give me any shit about how "second-wave" feminism was about not having sex and WTF "raunch"? I laughed out loud the first time I saw Feministing's mudflap-girl logo.

Anyway. I'm trying to remember what I used to know about Ann Althouse way back when I remembered things. The crowd she attracted with that thread kinda says it all, given that she (AFAIK) never did slap them down.

And ain't it funny that what's allegedly an attack on Clinton got done by snotting at someone who'd committed the crime of being in the room with him. Chickenshit.

Oh -- that Save-The group I was talking about over t' Twisty's is ECHO, El Cerrito Hills Open space; URL here:

And the current threatened site is about half of the open land between Ganges, Potrero, and the Arlington, the part nearest the golf course. The adjoining parcel is protected but that upper half isn't.

Posted by: Ron at September 18, 2006 05:16 PM

thanks for the link, ron. i had no idea any of that open space was private land. turns out i know someone in the group, as we used to carpool our kids -- a cal prof with expertise in a relevant area. [their pet goats are in some of the photos on the echo site.]

i did see some discussion about the other photo, but it was "how come there's no color in this photo," not a jr. high cliquish taunt about "gawd, what a slut."

Posted by: kathy a at September 18, 2006 10:37 PM

I had to rummage around to figure out what the fuss was supposed to be about--and then when I did figure it out (albeit not by reading Althouse), it just seemed bizarre.

Posted by: emma goldman at September 18, 2006 11:16 PM

holy cow. the bad ann is a tenured law professor.

teaching impressionable young lawyers-to-be about reasoning. holy cow. the first women lawyers i ever met were my law professors, 1979-82, and not a bizarre thinker among them.

there are days i'm very glad to be out of the loop, in my quiet little town, where the hot issue in my personal sphere is: take a mop to the entry side of the house exterior -- this week, or next? [i've been meaning to do this for a few years, so now at least there is a plan.]

Posted by: kathy a at September 19, 2006 04:26 AM

Emma: yeah, bizarre, to be charitable.

Kathy: You're gonna mop the whole side/outside of the house?? Wow. Have you considered a high-pressure hose thing, like one of those carwash attachments?

Posted by: Ron at September 19, 2006 05:39 AM

i have held off on the pressure hose due to leaky windows, another and more expensive issue. and also, previous efforts with the pressure nozzle on our hose just made things clump up -- my mop experiment on a piece of house demonstrated that a few swipes is an easier and more effective home remedy.

even with bribery, i can't get anyone else interested in the accumulated ancient cobwebs -- which are remarkably efficient at collecting grime and guck. i plan to do a piece at a time, and guilt everyone else to death. not the world's best plan, but maybe the entry to the house won't look so, uh, authentic at halloween time.

next on the to-do list: world peace.

Posted by: kathy a at September 19, 2006 06:18 AM

Or you could just hold off until AFTER Halloween, and save money on decorations.

Posted by: emma goldman at September 19, 2006 11:00 AM