31 thoughts on “Frog Leg Memories”

  1. good buddies are always missed and should never be forgotten

    Nights are long since you went away
    I think about you all through the day
    My buddy, my buddy
    Nobody quite so true

    Miss your voice, the touch of your hand
    Just long to know that you understand
    My buddy, my buddy
    Your buddy misses you

  2. It changes, over time, and there’s a new space/a new place for a relationship with a different dynamic.  We always miss them. We are always in relationship with them. We always carry them with us.

  3. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/11/22/texas-redistricting-congressional-asian/

    “Asian American populations in Fort Bend County have been cracked and packed between three congressional districts — CD-7, CD-9 and CD-22 — by drawing new lines straight through heavily Asian neighborhoods.“

    “Republicans even admitted to drawing oddly shaped maps to disproportionately empower their party, but repeatedly insisted they weren’t intentionally marginalizing Black, Hispanic and Asian communities.”

    “This year is the first time in almost 50 years that Texas’ congressional maps won’t face federal oversight, or preclearance, to catch intentional discrimination against voters of color.“

  4. BiD put it well. After 16 years I still miss my parents, but it’s changed from an acute and immediate loss to a chronic more matter of fact sort of feeling. 

    Speaking of loss, I just saw a clip from American Music Awards with New Kids. Really?  I would love to miss (Ok, forget) them again.

  5. Blue in big D, no. I wasn’t a fan when they were all boys. Still am not. But I’m betting you knew that. 🤣

  6. speaking of faux noise. looks like it was the last straw with these guys

    brian on reliable sources reported this about them

    Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes resign from Fox News, protesting ‘irresponsible’ voices like Tucker Carlson – CNN

    Every month or so, while conversing with sources at Fox News, I express surprise that Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes are still employed by the network. After all, the two men are reality-based conservative thinkers who refuse to capitulate to Donald Trump. Unfortunately, Fox viewers rarely get to hear from them. They are booked by the network’s producers so rarely that their contracts could be likened to golden handcuffs.
    Hayes and Goldberg announced Sunday night that they have resigned from Fox. The pair wrote in a blog post for The Dispatch, their online home, that Tucker Carlson’s “Patriot Purge” propaganda film was the last straw.
    “Fox News still does real reporting, and there are still responsible conservatives providing valuable opinion and analysis,” the men wrote. “But the voices of the responsible are being drowned out by the irresponsible,” and Carlson is the case in point.
    CNN and other news outlets have described how “Patriot Purge” is disturbing evidence of right-wing radicalization, complete with January 6 denialism and paranoid descriptions of a “new war on terror” targeting Republicans, with references to Guantanamo Bay and images of waterboarding.
    “This is not happening. And we think it’s dangerous to pretend it is,” the Goldberg and Hayes wrote. “If a person with such a platform shares such misinformation loud enough and long enough, there are Americans who will believe — and act upon — it.”
    Goldberg and Hayes simply could not be a part of it anymore.
    Goldberg, in a phone interview with Smith, provided a rare on-the-record peek inside Fox’s political positioning. Per Smith, “Goldberg said that” he and Hayes “stayed on at Fox News as long they did because of a sense from conversations at Fox that, after Mr. Trump’s defeat, the network would try to recover some of its independence and, as he put it, ‘right the ship.'” But Fox’s decision to promote and publish “Patriot Purge” in early November was “a sign that people have made peace with this direction of things, and there is no plan, at least, that anyone made me aware of for a course correction,” Goldberg said.
    In Sunday night’s post on The Dispatch, the two commentators said the “Patriot Purge” web series “creates an alternative history of January 6, contradicted not just by common sense, not just by the testimony and on-the-record statements of many participants, but by the reporting of the news division of Fox News itself.”

  7. Bret Baier, Chris Wallace Warned Fox About Tucker Carlson (mediaite.com)

    Following the departures of Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes from Fox News, a new report says the network has seen a significant level of an internal dispute over the conspiracy theories espoused by Tucker Carlson.


    NPR’s David Folkenflik reported on this development new details that had not yet been known: Senior Fox News figures voiced their own concerns about the dubious claims advanced by Patriot Purge and Fox’s opinion side. The report states that Bret Baier and Chris Wallace went as far as raising their objections to the network’s leaders.

    From NPR:

    Veteran figures on Fox’s news side, including political anchors Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, shared their objections with Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and its president of news, Jay Wallace. Those objections rose to Lachlan Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of the network’s parent company, Fox Corporation. Through a senior spokeswoman, Scott and Wallace declined comment. Murdoch did not return a request for comment through a spokesman.

    The piece goes on to illustrate how Fox’s news division aired segments that distanced themselves from Carlson’s claims. Carlson declined to comment on that when reached by NPR, but he mocked Goldberg and Hayes over their leave-taking, saying it “will substantially improve the channel.”


  8. I keep seeing ads for News Nation. Supposedly, it’s the new fair and balanced news outlet. Not right or left, just news. I have yet to watch, as I prefer to read news, although I like Lester Holt as an anchorman. Dan Abrams seems to be to known entity at News Nation, based on the ads. I’d like Craig to do punditry, again, as his was the only voice saying anything interesting, or at least saying it in an interesting way. Those under forty are probably getting their news almost entirely from social media. Doom and gloom.


    “And in a world of increasing competition, Carlson’s often hard-edged, conspiracy- and falsehood-laden, right-wing populism is good for making money. Cynically, it makes sense for Fox to let Carlson doggedly pursue these claims — even though they’re dangerous and false — because the network’s success is more tied to luring a narrow slice of viewers who want precisely this style of content than to what anyone else might think.“

    That “competition” is social media.

  9. Yeah…  I still miss my parents… now gone 11 and 10 years respectively.  I don’t think you ever get over anyone’s death…  like others here have said… the pain of loss just changes over time.
    I saw Andrew Sullivan on 60 Minutes last week.  He was speaking my language concerning politics at the moment.  He said we need to stop tearing each other apart and we need to stop making everything political.  I find myself being more calm and happier practicing those words.

  10. You were so blessed in your parents.  Warmth, intelligence, and decency were their gift to you to cherish now in their absence.


  11. This maybe behind the Atlantic Paywall, I’m a subscriber. 
    Tom Nichols is doing a news letter 

    Mickey loved the tabloids [National Enquirer(ed)]because her life was a dead end of illness and loneliness. Her entire world was our little street (although I never once saw her outside), along with her television and her live-in, middle-aged bachelor nephew. The tabloids were a jolt of fascination, with a frisson of secret and forbidden excitement. They were something to make her feel alive.
    We’re now a nation of paranoid shut-ins by our own choice, and our tabloid excitement comes in far greater volume from the internet and cable. Lonely, bored, desperate for anything that will make our lives interesting, and convinced that we should all be at the center of great dramas, we feed on trash strewn before us by clever entrepreneurs who can monetize the movement of our eyeballs and the twitch of our mousing hand.

    I think I agree with his conclusion.

    Turning to someone you know and telling them that the Earth is round, that vaccines work, that JFK Jr. is as dead as Julius Caesar—and that you are not willing to argue about it for three hours—is not an act of hostility. It’s an act of civic virtue, of friendship, even of love. And we need to do more of it.

  12. With my Mother I was very surprised how long it took me to adjust, We were close and she had been one of my main business advisors. She could spot the problem of my crazy wild ideas and let me adjust my plans. Many times I would have an idea and think, “i need to run that one by mom” only to remember there was no mom.

  13. Aye, it has been a rough few weeks/months/years/decades.  I am very close to shutting off anything related to “news”.  Should I be happy white males can rape and kill without punishment?  No.  I am just stunned to my knees that a kid can carry a weapon of war across state lines and kill two people without any punishment.  In a long line of judges letting rapists off, we had a couple of those cases and there was not even a “baliff whack that man’s peepee” call.
    My journey down the path of good edible food without work I have discovered the frozen Italian meatball.  Not the cheapest stuff, but decent and somewhat pricey meatballs.  A jar of red sauce, a pot of pasta and the meatballs works out for a dinner. Until a week ago I would never even consider doing this, but I was tempted and bought the works.  It turned out good, I would have liked to shave off some Parmsan cheese from a block, but I am learning the way of eating without a lot of work.

  14. Watching a sci-fi movie.  I am tired of the use of the old NASA letter forms.  What is wrong with Times New Roman?  At least it is legible compared to right angles of everything.

  15. Physicals are supposed to be covered at 100%, but my company’s crappy, new United Healthcare policy charges a $40 copay for labs, even as part of a physical.

  16. https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/22/politics/inflation-biden-federal-reserve-what-matters/index.html

    “…corporate America is helping fuel the inflation madness in order to make more money.”
    “Executives are seizing a once in a generation opportunity to raise prices to match and in some cases outpace their own higher expenses, after decades of grinding down costs and prices…”

    “Excessive inflation and a sense that it was not being controlled helped elect Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and risks bringing Donald Trump back to power,”

    It’s always the stupid economy, stupid.

  17. Any white guys get acquitted for killing unarmed folks with with semi automatic rifles today?  Snark aside I listened to the “self defense” arguments from Georgia today. Honest to god – what a despicable bunch of defense lawyers. Of course they are lawyers, so …. 

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