A Few Quick Things

1. I really love that “Shady Grove” is the girl’s name. I used to think that it was a town, but listening to the song, no, clearly that’s his gal’s name.

2. A movie with Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, and Ludacris?! I’ve never seen any of the other The Fast and the Furious movies, but I swear, it’s as if they made this one just for me.

3. I think Missouri is wrong here, but my heart goes out to them. The Corps has no credibility in the Midwest and that makes a tough situation tougher.

4. Yep, I’m also disturbed by this trend to treat questioning Palin’s account of the birth of her son as somehow anti-feminist. I firmly believe she is reckless enough to have had her son exactly under the circumstances she claims to have had him and I’m not that excited about analyzing every detail of her story. That’s not what interests me. What interests me is that she says, repeatedly, that she’s released Trig’s birth certificate and she demonstrably has not. Why, after all this time, when she brings it up and says that she’s released it, doesn’t someone say “Excuse me. You have not.”? How is it not sexist to let Palin lie to you to your face and you just take it, like maybe she can’t help it, you know how women are. But that’s just me.

5. I have a lot of thoughts about this post, but my immediate reaction was “You know, I always wondered if internet trolls would dare behave that way in real life and…yep.”

6. The pun at the end of this post is practically legally required. I defy you to write about this without including one terrible pun. Donnie Wahlberg, wooooo! Ha, this post is apparently brought to you by celebrity guys B. has had crushes on.

12 thoughts on “A Few Quick Things

  1. I don’t think it’s anti-feminist to question Palin over the whole Trig thing. Pointless, irrelevant, and sinking to the other side’s level, sure. Also uninteresting and consumptive of time that could be spent on actual issues. But not necessarily anti-feminist.

    In news exactly as important as the Palins’ family life, I had a dream the other day that I was visiting you and we went out to look for a country ham for me to bring back to CA.

  2. Oh, Chris, please. This is America. The chances of us talking about actual issues once we move on from Palin are slim and none. If actual issues want to be talked about, they better get some kind of birth certificate angle. Ha ha ha.

    That is an awesome dream. In real life, acquiring a country ham would take possibly five seconds, but I would drag you around to look at all our cacti and, if you could be persuaded, the excellent spot I know for e. tennesseensis viewing.

    And, if for some reason, you actually need a country ham out there in California, just holler. I’d get a kick out of trying to figure out how to ship that to you.

  3. For some reason I am reminded of Katz’s Deli’s slogan, “send a salami to your boy in the army.”

    Oh, and Shady Grove? She’s a synechdoche.

  4. Are you talking about “The Last Train to Shady Grove”? I thought it was about the Washington DC subway system, where the end of the red line is Shady Grove.

  5. Missouri:
    “”The flooding would leave a layer of silt on the farmland that could take as much as a generation to clear, causing significant injury to the quality of the farmland for many years,” Koster said in a statement about the lawsuit.”

    He’s an ignorant fool. Silt will enrich the soil.
    Shelby Bottoms and Peeler park got a good layer of silt after being flooded. The foliage was thicker and richer last summer than I have ever seen it in the past.
    Silt: Mother Nature’s Fertilizer.

  6. Uh, not quite, kosh. While silt can enrich toward growth for certain plants, the chemical composition that benefits, say, grasses and other plants adaptive to wetlands (such as Shelby Bottoms) is harmful to the growth of certain cash crops.

    Not all plants are created equal.

    Fertile land and arable land are different things.

  7. River silt is very good for barley and some varieties of wheat. Egypt was the breadbasket of the Mediterranean for millennia, thanks to the Nile’s yearly floods. And crop yields there plummeted after Aswan Dam was built.

  8. Key word there was “certain”. I believe that Barley and wheat are, like rice, somewhat akin to grasses and are better suited to wetland agriculture.

    IIRC from my grandpa’s lessons, feed corn, sweet corn and soybeans require different types of soil nutrition. Those tend to be the corporate crops of Illinois, Indiana (where my farm is still growing feed corn for tenant farmers) and western Ohio.

    Off to double check my head knowledge against books…

  9. I don’t think the issue is simply the silt, but what’s in the silt. I know when we lived near the river, just south of the Quad Cities, people felt safe to boat on the river, but if you ever wanted to see a grown-ass teenager get beat, just let a parent find out they’d been swimming in the Mississippi. Conventional wisdom was that the chemicals being dumped in higher up would make you very sick.

    I don’t know how much fact there is to that. But I know it was the common truth–you didn’t get in the water for sustained periods of time unless you liked risking your health.

    I think south of East St. Louis, that attitude is bound to be even more ingrained.

    So, like I said, I get why they are blowing the levee and I get that people always knew this was a possibility, but I also get why they’re terrified of what it might leave them.

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