Yesterday his daughter wrote the Judge blaming her Mom for the Governor's troubles. Today, Washington Post columnist
Petula Dvorak points out the hypocrisy of McDonnell's daughter in an excellent column:
"Maureen McDonnells daughter trashes her mother to help her father"
The same grown children who helped trigger the federal investigation that led to their parents trial and convictions; the adult kids who allegedly raided the states executive mansion for glasses, pots and pans, and stacks and stacks of food, crates of eggs and cases of alcohol; who had a wedding catering bill paid for; who flitted across the country on a private jet; who played $2,000 golf rounds and took a $10,000 party gift now at least one of them blames Mom.
PS: McDonnell will be sentenced next Tuesday. The Federal recommendation (which are not binding for the Judge) suggests 10-12 years. McDonnell's wife will be sentenced in February.
From the New Yorker by Mallory Ortberg
An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. No stars.
The biggest and the strongest are the fittest to rule. This is the way things have always been. Four stars.
A farm animal ceases to be useful and is disposed of humanely. A valuable lesson for children. Four stars.
Lady and the Tramp
A ridiculous movie. What could a restaurant owner possibly have to gain by giving away a perfectly good meal to dogs, when he could sell it at a reasonable price to human beings? A dog cannot pay for spaghetti, and payment is the only honest way to express appreciation for value. One star.
From Tom the Dancing Bug:
Warren on NPR: "I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?"
The entire interview with Steve Innskeep of Morning Edition is here:
Near the end, there is this exchange:
I'm, I'm not running for president. That's not what we're doing. We had a really important fight in the United States Congress just this past week. And I'm putting all my energy into that fight and to what happens after this.
Would you tell these independent groups, "Give it up!" You're just never going to run.
I told them, "I'm not running for president."
You're putting that in the present tense, though. Are you never going to run?
I am not running for president.
You're not putting a "never" on that.
I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?
by Malcolm Gladwell
In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.
Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.
In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
Highly recommend, imho.
Never made one before. Anyone have a good recipe?? TIA
I'm pretty good at baking and candy-making, but the divinity recipe I try each year always lets me down. I need a good (tried and tested) recipe. TIA
1. Keep cake moist by just eating the entire thing in one sitting.
2. How to determine if an egg is fresh: do you remember buying the eggs? If you dont, they probably arent fresh.
3. For perfectly cooked burgers every time, go to a restaurant.
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