Over Easy: Friday Preview


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Morning, pups, something has evidently happened to today’s intended post, so for temporary conversational platform, I will put this up.

Tomorrow’s art post is scheduled, on Frida Kahlo.

Working on a different computer at Avedon’s place, and having a little wrangle with it.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.


  1. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 8:18 am

    morning from London, hope you’re all having a good day and this post gives pups some nice opportunities. As there is some foul up with my working on this computer, apologies if I messed up another post, but I’m working out the problems.

  2. Beverly Lawson
    June 19, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Good Morning All, Hot day in TX with more talk of thunderstorms…..RIP in Charleston…..sickening.

  3. Marion in Savannah
    June 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Happy Friday, pups. Today we have Brooks and Krugman. Bobo was too busy to do his own writing, so he presents us with “Hearts Broken Open.” In this second batch of personal takes on how some readers found purpose in life, raising children or confronting illness or death are major factors. I still for the life of me cannot figure out why anyone would write to Bobo. Prof. Krugman has a question in “Voodoo, Jeb! Style:” Why did Jeb Bush claim to know the secrets to achieving growth that even economists don’t know?

    HERE they are, and

    HERE’s Krugman’s blog.

    The coffee and tea are ready, and I’ve got French toast with fresh berries this morning. Mr. Marion in Savannah had his second cataract surgery yesterday, and everything seems to have gone well. He’s got a postop appointment this morning. I’ve got a last bit of work to catch up on and then my weekend will be free. Yay for me! Have a great day.

  4. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Heard about it from the taxi driver last night, who thinks we’re crazy to have such ridiculously lax gun laws (and apologies for the Friedman tactic of quoting the taxi driver as your evidence you speak to The Common Man.)

  5. Marion in Savannah
    June 19, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Hey — at least you actually spoke to a taxi driver. I’ll wager that TMOW creates them out of whole cloth to make a point.

  6. Alice X
    June 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Morning all – copy and paste of a note I dropped several places. These people are invaluable.

    The Real News Network is having their spring fundraiser. They have a matching donor but the time is almost up. IMHO they are a national treasure. I just donated (on plastic) even though I am just about out of money for the month (more plastic). They take no advertising, corporate funding or government sponsorship. If you can help please do.

  7. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

    thanks, Marion, strange indeed that folks write to Bobo, guess the editor wouldn’t publish the stuff. And maybe there’s an appeal in a withdrawn inverted didactic columnist to those who have the same problems, seeing their worst qualities in print.

  8. Boxturtle
    June 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Good Morning All!

    Normally, when we see a tragedy like in Charleston, I beat on the Dead Horse of restoring our public Mental Health System. And I did so yesterday.

    Then I read this:

    And I’m forced to concede the point. This fellow was NOT crazy. Not in the slightest. Oh, his actions sure are insane, but there’s nothing a shrink could have done to stop it. This is different from the Aurora or Sandy Hook shootings. This is a terrorist acting against something that terrifies him.

    Fox is busy saying this is an attack on Christians. But it’s an attack on Blacks who happen to be Christians. By someone who hates AND fears blacks in general. Even if you have the “Well justified fear of Urban Black Males” (Ain’t THAT a sick image!), the black males here didn’t resemble in the slightest the hoodie wearing, drop pants stereotype urban black male. Except that they were black.

    But it would be good for a shrink to get his hands on that fellow now. Try to find out how he became this way. Parents? Peer Pressure? The Internet? Fox? A person is not born a hater.

    Boxturtle (If you have a strong stomach, read Foxes Todd Starns on this for the Ratwing viewpoint)

  9. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 8:52 am

    thanks for the suggestion.

  10. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 8:53 am

    What these types hate is the image fed them by their chosen media. We can only hope that the continued atrocities will show them how wrong this is.

  11. Beverly Lawson
    June 19, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Yep, That was my question yesterday….where can such racism & hate come from? Very scary.

  12. Boxturtle
    June 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I’ve noticed a tendency in this election to claim solutions for problems without going into detail and when people ask for details there is some reason it must remain secret. Trump’s solution for ISIS must remain secret or they’ll counter it. If Jeb talks in detail about his solution, some economist will either steal it for himself or dare to challenge it with reality.

    It would be nice if our reporters would try to pin them down on their solutions. But compared to the reporters of my youth, these reporters are lapdogs.

    Boxturtle (apologies to the canine lapdogs)

  13. Boxturtle
    June 19, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Sickening? Angering. I’m past being sick. I want the cynical bastards who are knowingly creating people like this shooter by feeding them a diet of racism disguised as economics, hate disguised as self protection, and fear disguised as common sense held accountable.

    Boxturtle (And I don’t mean the NRA. I mean FOX. And the GOP. And Stormfront)

  14. Marion in Savannah
    June 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I’m old enough to remember Nixon saying he had his secret plan to end the war in Vietnam… I think we all remember how that turned out.

  15. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I’m not sure it isn’t taxi drivers lining up to deliver their lines to the moustachioed one, like the ‘man on the street’ syndrome that pushes folks forward to tell their opinions to get them validated.

  16. Marion in Savannah
    June 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I doubt that any given taxi driver in Mumbai would have any idea who TMOW is.

  17. Boxturtle
    June 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

    In today’s day and age, gun laws don’t stop people like this shooter though they might slow them down. I can order military grade weapons on the internet and have them arrive in a plain brown wrapper to my mailbox.

    I read of a gangster in Japan (REALLY strict gun laws, only legal private citizen gun owners are the Olympic shooting team) who had machine pistols shipped to him in individual boxes declared as machine tools.

    The way to stop hate is to not teach hate. It’s not a quick solution and it will be fought by those who profit from hate.

    Boxturtle (Problem: In Georgia, could we find enough staff for a school without racists?)

  18. Boxturtle
    June 19, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Most people who write to Bobo are sending in corrections. 🙂

    Boxturtle (Hi Gemli!)

  19. Boxturtle
    June 19, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Well, he DID end the war. Not sure his plan was to end it like that, though.

    Boxturtle (is there a website somewhere that sells secret plans to politicians?)

  20. joel
    June 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

    “But it would be good for a shrink to get his hands on that fellow now.”

    Don’t need no stinkin shrink to interview Roof. Just get on down to SC, put on your best southun drawwl, and talk with some good ole boys (and girls) about it all. If you haven’t been in the south much you will soon get that he is mostly just a product of his environment and he was inevitable. Note his uncle now saying he would like to be the executioner. (with apparently no awareness of the irony) That’s the mind set he comes from.

    Couple of weeks ago a respectable looking lady in my old folks exercise class casually mentioned that she would like to shoot her ex, Obama, and Nancy Pelosi. Seems like a shootin plan goes with the territory down here. Roof’s intention were apparently known by others except the FBI. Next week I plan to ask her if she thinks I should have notified the FBI about her remarks. Maybe I’ll just ask “aren’t you worried about the FBI knocking on you door? A lot of people heard you. No, I am sure she believes her words were totally unremarkable.

  21. Boxturtle
    June 19, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Yeah, the power of the 1st amendment. But I’m thinking incitements to violence, subtle or otherwise, should fall into the category of shouting FIRE in a crowded theater.

    Political speech has been held by the Supremes on multiple occasions to be deserving of the strongest 1st amendment protections and that’s probably how it should be. And there’s no doubt that racism IS politics.

    Boxturtle (But you’re still shouting FIRE in that theater)

  22. Alice X
    June 19, 2015 at 9:27 am

    There is little I can add to the conversation on Charleston. But this comes to mind:

    A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on
    military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching
    spiritual doom.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  23. Boxturtle
    June 19, 2015 at 9:28 am

    It’s all in how they’re raised. Parents racist, kid racist. Cool kids on the playground racist, kid racist. By the time they get to high school, their opinions are pretty well established and the go seek out like minded individuals.

    Boxturtle (is parental racism grounds for removing a child from the home?)

  24. Boxturtle
    June 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

    ” he is mostly just a product of his environment and he was inevitable.”

    I fear you are correct. Thus, we must change the environment somehow.

    Boxturtle (He’s not the first, won’t be the last)

  25. Canyon2
    June 19, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Good morning everyone.
    Thank you for the post Ruth and no worries about what happened to the intended post as you can save it for us for a rainy day. I have said it many times but I really want you to know you are appreciated. Thank you again.

  26. Alice X
    June 19, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Nixon’s secret plan before the ’68 election was meeting with the North Vietamese and promising them a better deal than what LBJ was proposing. LBJ knew about it but did nothing.

    It was treason, by consitutional definition. But, of course, the Vietnamese were a manufactured enemy.

    The US involvement in the overthrow of Indonesia’s Sukarno by Suharto had suggested that from a geopolitical (depraved) position the Vietnamese slaughter was not needed.

    The US had shown who was boss in the region and didn’t need Vietnam.
    Except for their oil, rubber and tin.

    Back to Nixon, he prolonged the war by four years and then settled with essentially the same terms that LBJ had offered.

    The pre-eminent military industrial nation waged war against one of the poorest.

    A vast crime against humanity.

  27. Canyon2
    June 19, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Good morning Marion,
    “Why did Jeb Bush claim to know the secrets to achieving growth that even economists don’t know”? He is a Bush and they know everything including how a woman should have 2nd class status.
    I have to laugh about his campaign signs of just JEB without mention of his last name thinking we are dumb enough not to make the connection.

  28. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 10:08 am

    thanks, and I appreciate you all here. Pups are great.

  29. Chris Maukonen
    June 19, 2015 at 10:15 am

    After I had been move to Florida, I discovered the biggest bigots to be white northern transplants from white upper crust suburbia.

  30. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Guess that’s part of their reason to move to FL? I have a friend who’s grown up there, and finds that a larger proportion than she would like of that state are really pretty prejudiced in many ways.

  31. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Quite possibly she’s heard these sentiments from others and thinks they’re perfectly all right in her sphere of operations. Sad to say, I also have heard little old ladies using the ‘n’ word, and this sort of language, and have occasionally pointed out I find it horrible, and found out they didn’t expect that coming from some one around them. Speaking up is a good idea, and I’d make sure you let her know she has had your respect and you want to keep that feeling.

  32. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 10:35 am

    yep, there should be damages assessed against the instigator when they’re called for action against anyone – like who was it who put out a campaign ad with gun sights trained on the opponent?

  33. joel
    June 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

    She’s a wingnut. The other day she informed us of a video of Obama saying “I need this war” nine times. I said sounds photoshopped to me. She said oh no it’s real. I asked her for the website and she replied that she didn’t know, it came in an email. I asked if, in the videos, he thanked George Bush, to which she made an odd noise that I didn’t understand and turned away. I wondered if she really didn’t know who started the war.

  34. Ruth
    June 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Doubly sad. I get those emails from some one who got embarrassed enough to take me off the list when I replied to all, that he was So Gullible.

  35. karenjj2
    June 19, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Thank You, Ruth, for this “above and beyond call of duty” post! From the UK, no less!

    Sincerely hope you have a great visit; and I look forward to you sharing your experience on return.

    Truly appreciate your work on our behalf.