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  • Feeling sad. Grateful, too, of course. But sad.

  • This makes me very sad, but we all understand. I just started what’s probably my second-to-last sabbatical leave, and I’ve spent two months happily puttering (productively, in fact, but puttering nonetheless). Now I’m getting impatient and bored and anxious and ready to get down to serious work, but the last couple of months have been very instructive. Time of life changes and the rhythms need to change. I do hope FDL or Charlie Pierce or someone will make room for your occasional guest post. And please, please, you must somehow keep us abreast of the boys’ milestones. Best of everything to you, your lovely leggy (and, I suspect, very patient) wife, and your wonderful daughter.

  • mch1 commented on the blog post Angry Black Man Unncessarily Unkind To Unoffended Whitey

    2013-07-31 20:35:27View | Delete

    outrageoftheday: “Only healthy and secure people have the luxury of getting worked up about the NSA. That’s the way it is.” I appreciate where you seem to be coming from, but maybe we need the healthy and secure to keep those of us without that luxury from driving the entire agenda. To help us keep eyes on other prizes, as well.

  • mch1 commented on the blog post Thursday Night Basset Blogging

    2013-07-25 20:59:36View | Delete

    I had a seizure (the all-over shaking and clenched-jaw kind) many years ago — just that one, cause never determined. The only thing I remember from it (except the weirdly spiralling but quiet place my mind went to in the lead-up) was the incredible fatigue afterward. Every single muscle had given its all, and I slept for more than a day like, well, a basset.

  • mch1 commented on the blog post Thursday Night Basset Blogging

    2013-07-18 22:00:24View | Delete

    Like me. At 95 degrees with 770% humidity (and no air-conditioning — we’re throwbacks): solar energy is all about sleep, or at least about sitting motionless between fans.

  • mch1 commented on the blog post The Return Of The Daughter Of The Bride Of McMegan McMath

    2013-07-12 21:11:57View | Delete

    Love this bit: “2) men in general age better than women”

    From the mouth of a woman born some 40 years ago, this is priceless. She might have noticed some 20 years out from high school that the women look much younger then that the men. It’s not till post-menopause that the women begin to look as old as the men (and thereafter, we all sink — it was fun for all of us, while it lasted).

    I’m following conventional measures here, as Megan would have me do. Otherwise, nobody ages better than anyone else, unless you’ve got a daddy thing going.

  • mch1 commented on the blog post Thursday Night Basset Blogging

    2013-07-05 15:56:55View | Delete

    I’ve always loved this picture. Thanks for the repeat.

  • I like my nephew’s take (he a Maine boy, born and bred = Patriot’s fan, by definition, but: “I think they’re looking for a new person to videotape opposing teams’ play calling.”

  • mch1 commented on the blog post Me & God Are Watching Skynet Grow

    2013-06-10 20:45:58View | Delete

    To the NSA issues you address: Maybe. The results of the Church hearings were limited and didn’t persist. But then, the old “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance” comes to mind. We have to continue the Church work. (Hah!)

  • mch1 commented on the blog post Me & God Are Watching Skynet Grow

    2013-06-10 20:09:23View | Delete

    Tbogg @34: “I’m not happy that they’re snooping on people, albeit in a limited way. On the other hand, I’m not losing any sleep over it or running around waving my hands in the air about it, possibly because, unlike a few people, my income isn’t dependent on monetizing outrage abut something that should be obvious to most sentient people, much less people who write about civil liberties everyday.”

    Okay, so to many people none of this comes as news and sudden outrage is a tedious reaction. Agree with you there. But since there are other people who, everyday, don’t just write about civil liberties but litigate in the courts, in a context where fourth amendment guarantees have been eroded year after year, or (as social workers, for instance) work in other ways with the people disadvantaged and often victimized by the outcomes of those erosions (e.g., the mother of a young man who was caught, via 4th amendment compromises, selling pot to a friend in NYC and therefore lost her subsidized apartment — another set of questionable constitutional issues also playing in): isn’t this an opportunity to get people thinking about the fourth amendment, on behalf of these folks definitely suffering right now from its demunition? Dismissing the whole thing as “I’d already figured out we could all be watched” isn’t helpful, it seems to me. Not that I want to undermine Obama (given his opposition) or give succor to Rand Paul or Glenn Greenwald, but for that mother and her son in NYC (for example), this is no game.

  • mch1 commented on the blog post We Have Always Been At War With Ourselves

    2013-06-08 21:18:28View | Delete

    Whoops. Here’s the parenthetical link:

    Reminds me of the best way of screwing up the enemy’s communications: create static (= excess of data).

  • mch1 commented on the blog post We Have Always Been At War With Ourselves

    2013-06-08 20:53:54View | Delete

    In response to several above:
    I never suggested that anything being done now is illegal but that it isn’t right, and that there is a long tradition of constitutional experts (of whom I make no claims to be one) according to which/whom much of what is being done should be deemed unconstitutional. (Google “fourth amendment” — lots to be learned.)
    Do you still beat YOUR wife? How can anyone have any idea from what I posted what my political affiliations are or whether I work hard to throw the bums out and put the good guys in?
    For anyone interested: (and the link there to an essay about how this kind of data mining is not even effective in promoting the “security” that is supposed to justify the infringement of our civil liberties).

  • mch1 commented on the blog post We Have Always Been At War With Ourselves

    2013-06-08 16:48:15View | Delete

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    Duh: to which I reply, the fact that things of this kind went on aplenty before 9/11 does not make them right. Actual argument needed to justify these practices. And news flash: lots of people (e.g., defense attorneys) have been objecting, on constitutional grounds, to the routine practices Simon cites since long long before 9/11.

    Words like “unreasonable” and “particularly” can be hard to define, yes. But as one apologist for current policy noted (I don’t care in this context if Obama’s administration has improved Bush’s practices), you can’t search a haystack for a needle until you have a haystack, and that’s what the current practices enable the government to do, construct a haystack; only then can they go looking for the needle(s). Somehow, constructing haystacks doesn’t, to my mind, fall within any reasonable interpretation of “particularly” in the fourth amendment.

    Simon: “And it is certainly problematic that our national security apparatus demands a judicial review of our law enforcement activity behind closed doors, but again, FISA is a basic improvement on the preceding vacuum it replaced.” Glad it’s an improvement, so that now what really sucked now sucks only slightly less. Do tell, how are we to follow this judicial review to be sure it’s administered fairly and properly over time? Are we to trust Feinstein and Chambliss to do that job for us?

  • mch1 commented on the blog post We Have Always Been At War With Ourselves

    2013-06-07 20:56:53View | Delete

    I’ve been reading H. Mantel’s Wolf Hall for the last forever (in a good way — I’m sad to be nearing the end now). Just to say, nothing new that isn’t old: many pretty good and decent people, or at least many struggling to be good and decent people, deceive themselves into doing bad things to other people in a world that is always morally messy.
    We are fortunate to have the Bill of Rights to guide us. If we listen to it.

  • mch1 commented on the blog post Lila Rose Thinks You Should Accompany Your Dead Baby To Heaven

    2013-05-30 19:35:34View | Delete

    Oh, thank god! For a moment I thought her name was Lida Rose. Such a wonderful song would have been, well, not ruined, but compromised. Can people like this enjoy simple sweet music? I really do wonder.

  • mch1 commented on the blog post Asian Driver, No Survivor: An Inquiry

    2013-05-19 19:39:26View | Delete

    SHOULD be an offense against academic honesty. These days candidates are just glad to be able to assemble a committee. Everyone is too busy writing their brilliant books and giving papers in Finland or Lake Como to have time for grad students. (Forget undergrads.)
    I have stopped going to graduation at my school (I still attend those commencement events where I actually get to spend time with students and their families) because of the people we’ve been giving honorary degrees to. Used to be the likes of Rosa Parks. Lately, Thomas Friedman. What’s a mother to do?
    Having said all that: there are plenty of faculty at Harvard (esp. in the humanities) who are fed up with all this shit.

  • mch1 commented on the blog post Accidentally Like A Martyr

    2013-05-17 21:17:19View | Delete

    Strange, where this whole discussion has gone. Kind of makes TBogg’s point, I think.

    I guess I’d like gay parades to be about bodies and sex and pride and the kinky and inventive and, most of all, the sheer fun of it all. That’s their appeal to straight little old female me.

  • mch1 commented on the blog post Accidentally Like A Martyr

    2013-05-17 13:39:49View | Delete

    You nailed it.
    I’d like to see the national Dem party imbibe your wisdom by setting some clear (if loose) set of priorities and sticking with them, in their “messaging” and their legislative agenda. Their failure to do so since almost forever (see: Will Rogers) is a main reason our government’s policies lag so terribly behind the policies most people want..

  • mch1 commented on the blog post A Whiter Shade Of Fail

    2013-05-05 20:36:10View | Delete

    Why is Mitt’s head so big? (I mean, the head on top of his neck.)

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