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With No Direction Home

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“Whatever [Washington, D.C.’s] drawbacks — and we acknowledge some — the number of politicians who come here and ‘never go back to Pocatello’ would indicate that the nation’s capital is a pretty good place after all.”
 
That got to me, and the size of the hometown has little to do with it. I came down here in 1969 to work in the White House and never moved back to Manhattan.

Safire On Language

Borrowing from Bentsen’s famous riposte, I’ve worked in Manhattan; and sir, Pocatello is no Manhattan.

Fact is, I’ve been at the very center of both nuclear cores for my particular professional position: in a key unit down on Wall Street in Manhattan; and on some of the highest powered teams in primary decision-makers’ rooms (including Bentsen’s) in Washington, D.C. And I know from experience that not only can one leave Washington, D.C. (or Manhattan), but that there are very grave dangers to one’s vision and work if one fails to realize that leaving must be done, even if only in spirit, but hopefully dragging the body along.

Such truths remain like a complete unknown to the pretty people among the Beltway elite.

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Written by macheide

2 February 2009 at 7:15 am

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Rough Morning?

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Some days it’s just not worth rolling out of the nest, eh?

Stepping out the front door this morning to look for my morning paper (undelivered again, second time this month), I noticed a bird sitting on the grass off to the right, near the border of our yard. Even with peripheral vision through the bush, something looked odd about the way he was sitting, so I took a step forward to get a better view.

It was a hawk. Which promptly flew off when I took that step. With part of his breakfast still in his beak. Leaving behind him only what’s shown in this post’s snapshot.

Yes, I know, the hawk was only doing what he had to do to eat. So I would not wish the hawk warts. Still, my heart is with the turtledove. I know the feeling, far too well.

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28 January 2009 at 7:58 am

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Decorate How?

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dsc01620No offense, but this local job of exterior holiday decor reminded me of those science experiments of spiders on caffeine.

But at least they did make the effort. Most all the houses in this cul de sac (nudge nudge, Carol) didn’t bother this year. Even Green Tee, usually so well-known around here for lavish yard and house decorations, was mostly dark, with the brightest lights coming from the line of cars still performing the traditional drive-through tour through the mostly meager display of those who did display at least something.

We ourselves didn’t bother with the lights along our house roof. Heck, let’s just call that blue tarp our rooftop decoration for the year, let it be a landing pad for Santa perhaps. And our yard snow people finally bit the dust this year, yielding to real snowmen.

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Written by macheide

24 December 2008 at 10:22 pm

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Not As We Did

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Did the poster flow and was free from grammar/stylistic errors?

one of the grading guidelines
for a poster project for a UH class

Teaching by counter-example.

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Written by macheide

30 November 2008 at 9:24 am

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What Doesn’t Matter

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My personal blogroll includes the RSS feed from the White House news page.

So I’m wondering if President Bush was just showing off his Administration’s irrelevance to the public interest by pointedly disregarding what yesterday’s main White House news really was. Or if he was just being as clueless as ever.

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Written by macheide

11 November 2008 at 1:23 pm

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New Box, Same Old Noodles

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Packaging along the same lines as that of a certain maverick-wannabe. “Voters react negatively to negative campaigning, so I’m going to run a clean campaign.” . . . “No wait, hold on, I do still want to win at any cost, so let’s go with traditional politics.”

New box. Same old noodles.

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Written by macheide

12 October 2008 at 12:13 pm

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Signs of the Times

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Indications of economic weakness:
bankers change their names,
while gas prices drop back below $3.

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Written by macheide

11 October 2008 at 11:28 pm

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