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Just walked past the TV, and my mother was watching an LPGA tournament...

... called "Swinging Skirts." Oh, the opportunities for humor there are staggering...

'Tis a lie, too, the women are wearing pants. It's cold outside.

-- Mal

Officer-involved shooting in PA justified "because she couldn't know if he had a weapon"

According to my local news station, the defenders of Lisa Mearkle of Dauphin County, who is shown on video shooting David Kassick twice in the back as he lies on the ground, is justified because the officer "couldn't know if he had a weapon." If this argument is a real one, and not a garbled media version, then any shooting is justifiable on the same grounds. The Little Old Lady From Pasadena better park her car henceforth and take the bus.

-- Mal

One of The Lounge's theme songs:

I invite suggestions for other Lounge Theme Songs.

-- Mal

NYT Best Seller List, 11 April 1965

The New York Times Best Seller List
April 11, 1965

1 HERZOG, by Saul Bellow.
2 UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, by Bel Kaufman.
3 HURRY SUNDOWN, by K.B. Gilden.
4 FUNERAL IN BERLIN, by Len Deighton.
5 HOTEL, by Arthur Hailey.
6 THE MAN, by Irving Wallace.
8 THE ORDWAYS, by William Humphrey.
9 DON'T STOP THE CARNIVAL, by Herman Wouk.
10 AN AMERICAN DREAM, by Norman Mailer.


1 MARKINGS, by Dag Hammarskj÷ld.
2 QUEEN VICTORIA: BORN TO SUCCEED, by Elizabeth Longford.
3 THE FOUNDING FATHER, by Richard J. Whalen.
4 MY SHADOW RAN FAST, by Bill Sands.
5 THE ITALIANS, by Luigi Barzini.
6 REMINISCENCES, by Douglas MacArthur.
7 CATHERINE THE GREAT, by Zoe Oldenbourg.
8 SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE, by Phyllis McGinley.
10 STAGESTRUCK, by Maurice Zolotow.

Well, I was only nine at the time, but I'm impressed I only managed to read two of them in 50 years!

BTW, Bel Kaufman died last year at the ripe old age of 103.

-- Mal

Any fans of "I Love Lucy" out there? Trying to find an episode...

A famous matador visits Lucy and Desi. His nickname is "never been gored," but while he's fooling around with them Lucy gores him with a kitchen chair. She suggest he change his name to "Only been gored once," but he's not amused and challenges her to a duel. Since he is expert in every normal weapon, she tries to find something exotic to fight with so she'll have a chance. Anyone remember the title of the episode?

-- Mal

This might be worth a look:


Free interactive fiction on an issue of some importance.

-- Mal

MFM would probably approve:

Albeit he would be disappointed that everyone is, actually, wearing pants.

-- Mal

A song that raises the question "How can you see someone who is out of sight?"

Seriously, folks, when this song came out I wondered for days how you could see someone who was out of sight. Hey, I was 10 years old, I wasn't hip to the slang the cool kids used.

-- Mal

Post a favorite song about rain...

There are probably a few dozen contenders, but I'll content myself with this one, just four kids in their twenties singing about rain...

(I use this video despite the interruption because it is so... Beatles.)

Please feel free to post your own choices...

-- Mal

I am officially amazing.

Just got back from my follow-up exam for the stroke I had last November and for the diabetes with which I was diagnosed, and the doctors say they are "amazed" at my progress. Well, A1C down to 6.7 from 11.6 when I had the stroke, and all the major muscle groups are working more-or-less normally, although the finer muscle movements are still somewhat iffy. My stamina sucks, but I am walking decently and I've lost 15 lbs since being admitted.

I wonder, though, if this is good news or bad news. After all, I'm just doing what they told me to do, so if they're amazed at my progress, doesn't that imply they're not too certain about their treatment? (That's a joke, son) Still, it's nice to be amazing, even if I am shooting up 86 units of insulin a day and have cut my caloric and carb intake by signficant amounts. Whatever works, eh?

-- Mal
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