@jmartNYT @maggieNYT My proposal: Fiorina, Graham, and Bolton appear in a balcony over the debates a la Statler and Waldorf.
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) April 18, 2015
… And then Trump will insist on his own box, decorated “very tastefully” with lots of cheap gilding, faux leather, and his reality-show camera crew. The Paulistas will dream up an elaborate monkeywrenching stunt involving rock-climbing equipment, which they will fail to adequately test in advance of the event. Therefore Dr. Ben Carson will get to show off his medical expertise when somebody falls into the audience…. unless the unfortunate lands on Chris Christie, sulking in the front rows, who will devour him whole, like an alligator with a cattle carcass, in a state of enraged pique.
The more attention we give them at this juncture, the more empowered they feel.
What the media needs badly is Lazy Reporters Anonymous.
A bit from today’s knitting convention that only about three (maybe five) people on this site will appreciate, but they’ll really appreciate it: Susan B. Anderson had a raffle after her lecture and I won a skein of Cookie A sock yarn that was given to Anderson by Clara Parkes. Envy me.
The heckling from the balcony act has already been done, not sure the GOPers can match it
MILTON BERLE SHOW 1966 Irving Benson hilarious as heckler Sidney Shpritzer
I do envy you, and I don’t even know what it means.
But I can relate. I received a Marvel No-Prize from Stan Lee (or, more likely, one of his minions) in about 1968. Would that I still had it.
I envy you.
Maybe Henny Youngman could run, he would be good in a debate
Henny Youngman heckles Milton Berle 1966
@Mnemosyne (tablet): I am envious too. I have no idea what you are talking about. I’ll check back for an explanation tomorrow.
There will be an explanation, right?
I tend to agree with Katherine Miller, but I suspect Carly Fiorina would rather be among the Muppets, and rubbing elbows with the special guest, than out on the balcony with the old fogeys.
The main thing missing from this campaign coverage at BJ is Drudge sirens that sound like cowbell.
BTW, the site redesign really sucks. Worse than Obamacare.
Shortest explanation is to say that they’re three well-known knitting authors. It’s like saying I got a Stephen King book from Michael Chabon that had been given to Chabon by Amy Tan. Or that Rachael Ray gave me an Alton Brown cookbook that Bobby Flay had given her.
I’m still trying to figure out why Fiorina thinks anyone is even remotely interested in her as President or VP. Though now as I’m typing I wonder if this is her way of reminding people of her existence as she plans yet another run for the Senate since Boxer is retiring.
I was also wondering how she had time to run for President until I scanned what she’s been doing since HP from wikipedia. A whole lot of board Presidenting. So that’s makes her perfect for CEO of America, or whatever nonsense she will claim.
When will you people realize End Times are near?
and a large brightly lit “Trump” sign.
@jl: Something about needles and Pasadena, reminds me to get some new piercings.
I think you mean this. Very tasteful.
Art Center had their graduation at the Civic Auditorium at the same time as the start of classes at the convention today. Led to quite the clusterfuck traffic-wise. I was very glad I left Burbank an hour ahead of time.
@Steeplejack: More like this: TRUMP.
I am trying to figure out how to correct candida overgrowth (yes, my doctor said I had it, not making it up). I get perioral dermatitis, and it is much less bad than it has been in the past, but it still sucks.
@Mnemosyne (tablet): Ah, the piercing shop is a bit east of there.
As someone who used to be an attendee/exhibitor at big computer shows, I am amazed at how few event organizers apparently think to ask, “Oh, by the way, what else is going to be going on at the same time?”
I have heard that in England, they apply yogurt topically. No idea if it’s a folk remedy or if it actually works.
She’s on the board of directors at all those places; her director’s stipends (the welfare programme for damaged business celebrities) presumably cost far less than the damage she could do in an executive position.
Re her academic qualifications, Wikipedia tells us:
I now think rather less of MIT and the University of Maryland.
It’s a good-sized facility, but it’s not at all clear from the site maps that the conference center and convention halls are in different buildings that are separated by the Civic Auditorium. There were many confused gymnasts wandering around the conference center trying to figure out where the convention hall was that their meet was in. And the signage put up by the various groups was small and not informative.
So, a typical exhibition venue, then.
“Confused Gymnasts.” Not quite a great band name, but there’s one lurking in there somewhere. Maybe that’s an album title.
@Mnemosyne (tablet): Tried it. Didn’t get rid of the rash, but felt nice.
I’m still having aftershocks from the soul music fest downstairs. The Four Tops, “Ask the Lonely.”
ETA: Not trying to start anything. Just seems like this is the only place people are awake any more.
First time I met Stan Lee and had a chance to chat with him (not at a convention), got a huge belly laugh from him by marching right up to, extending a hand and announcing “It’s a pleasure having you meet me.”
@Hal: Given her attack-chihuahua sniping at Clinton, I suspect her pitch is that having a vagina-American on the ticket will make them immune from accusations of sexism. A lot of them are probably clueless enough to believe it, since a lot of racists seem to still believe that “I have a black friend” should work.
@Suzanne: Chewable acidophilus tablets?
The other standard candidiasis treatment I know about involves a dilute solution of povidone iodine, and I wouldn’t risk trying that on your face unless you talk to a medical professional first.
But Hillary hasn’t been saying, or even hinting, “Vote for me, I’m a woman.” No one has been saying she has, either, aside from people on the fringe like Fiorina and Trump the Vulgar and Stupid.
Back in 2007 they had 10 to 12 freaks on stage at any given time, as you can see in this actual ridiculous photo.
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@Amir Khalid: Sloan at MIT is one of the few business schools I actually respect. Everywhere has a few crappy alumni and we’ve identified one of theirs.
Really looking forward to getting this Kickstarter underway finally.
I had about five minutes of excitement with a fire panel going down in a facility in outstate Minnesota. Sysops called people out before I could.
@srv: when you shut the hell up.
I’m up too late. Spent the day in the hot sun, taking pictures. I got a film job! Unpaid (of course). 5 location days, but I’m going over maps, people I’m responsible for, wondering if I should email people for dietary needs. Then I realize I have a week, try not to be crazy. Here’s hoping I remember how to p.a.
@Tissue Thin Pseudonym:
Somehow I sleep easier knowing that you’re on the case, without even knowing what the case is.
I recognise Mitt, Huckabee (whose weight seems to have crept back up since), McCain, Ron Paul, and I think Giuliani. I have no recollection of the other candidates.
@Amir Khalid: I took a peek at wiki, I think you only missed the current Gov of Kansas.
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@Steeplejack: New Prague won’t burn down on my watch.
@Tissue Thin Pseudonym: Damn shame about Old Prague.
@Mnemosyne (tablet): I’m not sure that I understand about yarn even after your good analogy. It reminds me of when someone tried to explain crochet, needle point and some other method of … knitting? In any case, congrats.
BTW, what tablet do you use?
Fiorina is a wreck and Huckabee’s been dipping his squirrel nuggets in maple syrup.
I’m thinking of the wall of the old Laugh-In show, where the performers were all behind little doors and would pop out with one-liners. Jeb could be Dan Rowan, Cruz could be Dick Martin, and Carly could be Goldie Hawn.
I think Carly has been getting beauty tips from Mary Matalin. Plus rotten to the core, which tends to manifest itself in the visage.
Many business executive types are propelled by an internal motor fueled by a belief that they have truly unparalleled skill sets and vision. And they can maintain this despite abundant proof to the contrary.
Sometimes that drive/fixation/mania is the only true skill set they possess.
Congrats! Very envious am I.
Wonder what she thinks of Boxer’s haircut now?
@Steeplejack: The answer to that is very simple: there is no perfect day to pls n an event. There will always be something else going on somewhere near your event. One should try, of course, to avoid scheduling yourself against events that are huge, but most big cities are hosting many events in any given week.
@Keith G: amen to that. More of a monomania than a skill set though.
Steve Kornacki has Rick Ungar and some republican strategist on talking about Hillary Clinton’s “disastrous” first week. Um, what? One point was that her travels were contrived. Ok, but that’s what running for president is; contrived.
Another complaint was how she changed her mind on gay marriage later than Obama. Isn’t that old news, especially given the way all these gop candidates are tripping over themselves to change position.
@Hal: like every gay man I know, I plan on voting for Obama in the primary just to get even with her for being late to the bandwagon. Nothing makes me angrier than someone who changes their mind on that issue lol.
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Rick Perry: There are three things wrong with this debate. The participants, the moderators, and……
@Hal: I give less than a shit that Hillary changed her mind later than Obama about gay marriage. I only care where she is now and what she may do to protect civil rights in the future. Impossible retroactive purity tests are a waste of time.
Obama never changed his mind on gay marriage, he’s always supported it. What he did was lie.
I don’t think that’s a big deal because that is what people have done throughout history in order to move history. FDR campaigned on balancing the budget in 1932. Does it matter that he lied? Lincoln didn’t campaign on abolition in 1860. Does it matter that he lied? Lincoln lied to Congress to get the 13th amendment passed. Does it matter? JFK and LBJ didn’t support desegregation in 1960. Does it matter that they lied?
If Elizabeth Warren could get Medicare For All passed but would have to lie in order to accomplish it, would it matter? I don’t think one person would care.