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Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

They could use disappearing ink and save us several trillion.

DrJ

Not to be a wet blanket, but allow me to be a wet blanket. The ink one would save by moving to Garamond from Times would be offset (I'd bet!) by the increase in paper used. Times was designed to be readable and fit a lot of words into a line. Garamond also is readable, but it has a substantially larger character width.

les nessman

Nobody tell James Lileks about this.

hit and run

An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right?

Now imagine it printed out millions of times

I have to admit, my first thought was to make a comment with a million e's. I'm visual, I like to see something rather than just imagine it.

DID YOU KNOW: you can put 50 e's in one row

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

I do now.

19,999 more rows of e's to go to get to a million.

Clarice Feldman

I was wondering about that Dr J..I didn't realize the savings were on ink--I think paper and storing more of it would in the end prove more expensive, but aren't we lucky those kids are here. I take it they are from a family of Indian immigrants..

Jack is Back

If th is so common thn why not right without it. Lik ths two sntancs.

Back from our mmbr which is raind out - last round - no shootout. Rain, thundr and lightning. Its Florida, warm and wt.

peter

Sorry to go OT (actually you all know that's a lie.) but at the LUN, Carlos Slim's dancing chimps book review has an interview with novelist Emma Donoghue. Two errors that I can spot. One, is that Obama actually "bought" her novel. You can be sure Obama doesn't pay for anything. More likely, her publisher's publicist sent it to the WH for free. Second, that there is a groaning pile of books by the JEF's bed. If there is, they are all about himself.

Jack is Back

That's Iggy standing on the saw, far left:

narciso

taking things at face value, misses the nuance of those things;

http://20committee.com/2014/03/29/understanding-provocation/

Jack is Back

Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam as Communist Hanoi freed the remaining prisoners of war held in North Vietnam. America's direct eight-year intervention in the Vietnam War was at an end. In Saigon, some 7,000 (U.S.) civilian employees remained behind to aid South Vietnam in conducting what looked to be a fierce and ongoing war with Communist North Vietnam.

In 1961, after two decades of indirect military aid, President Kennedy sent the first large force of U.S. military personnel to Vietnam to bolster the ineffectual regime of South Vietnam against the Communist North. Three years later, with the South Vietnamese government crumbling, President Johnson ordered limited bombing raids on North Vietnam and Congress authorized the use of U.S. troops. By 1965, North Vietnamese offensives left President Johnson with two choices: escalate U.S. involvement or withdraw. Johnson ordered the former, and troop levels soon jumped to more than 300,000 as U.S. air forces commenced the largest bombing campaign in history.

During the next few years, the extended length of the war and the high number of U.S. casualties helped turn many in the United States against the Vietnam Conflict. The communists' Tet Offensive of 1968 crushed U.S. hopes of an end to the conflict and galvanized U.S. opposition to the war. In response, Johnson announced in March 1968, that he would not seek reelection, citing what he perceived to be his responsibility in creating a perilous national division over Vietnam. He also authorized the beginning of peace talks.

In the spring of 1969, as protests against the war escalated in the United States, U.S. troop strength in the war-torn country reached its peak at nearly 550,000 men. New U.S. President Nixon began U.S. troop withdrawal and "Vietnamization" of the war effort that year, but he intensified bombing. Large U.S. troop withdrawals continued in the early 1970s as President Nixon expanded air and ground operations into Cambodia and Laos in attempts to block enemy supply routes along Vietnam's borders. This expansion of the conflict led to new waves of leftist protests in the United States and elsewhere.

Finally, in January 1973, representatives of the United States, North and South Vietnam, and the Vietcong signed a peace agreement in Paris, (as a result of President Nixon bombing the crap of North Vietnam and Hanoi) ending direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam Conflit. Its key provisions included a cease-fire throughout Vietnam, the withdrawal of U.S. forces, the release of prisoners of war, and the reunification of North and South Vietnam through peaceful means . The South Vietnamese government was to remain in place until new elections were held, and North Vietnamese forces in the South were not to advance further nor be reinforced. [A wholesale slaughter by the north of the south was the result.]

In reality, however, the agreement was little more than a face-saving gesture by the U.S. government. Even before the last American troops departed on March 29, the communists violated the cease-fire, and by early 1974 full-scale war had resumed. At the end of 1974, South Vietnamese authorities reported that 80,000 of their soldiers and civilians had been killed in fighting during the year, making it the most costly of the Vietnam War.

On April 30, 1975, the last few Americans still in South Vietnam were airlifted out of the country as Saigon fell to communist forces. North Vietnamese Colonel Bui Tin, accepting the surrender of South Vietnam later in the day, remarked, "You have nothing to fear; between Vietnamese there are no victors and no vanquished. Only the Americans have been defeated." The Vietnam Conflict was the longest and most unpopular foreign war in U.S. history and cost 58,000 (58,267 - they ALL count; TP) American lives. As many as two million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians were killed.

(BTW, the first POW off the release planes was Adm. Jeremiah Denton who passed away yesterday.)

Jack is Back

Forgot to add: Today in history.

Captain Hate

K-Pork says we're being to mean to the only person in the world with a fatter ass than she has:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-lighten-up-on-michelle-obama/2014/03/28/f848502c-b6a6-11e3-8cc3-d4bf596577eb_story.html

Captain Hate

Not to be confused with "too mean"

narciso

Moyar's research suggests that far from the catastrophe, that Halberstam would paint, the situation was relatively well in hand, at the time of the first advisors deployed there,

hit and run

So Putin called Obama.

You know what Kerry and Obama are pushing Putin for?

In the White House version of the call...

Putin called “to discuss the U.S. proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, which Secretary Kerry had again presented to Foreign Minister Lavrov at the meeting at the Hague earlier this week, and which we developed following U.S. consultations with our Ukrainian and European partners.”

“President Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing and the presidents agreed that Kerry and Lavrov would meet to discuss next steps,”

Remember one of the big rallying cries of Kerry in 2004? "Bush rushed to war without a plan to win the peace."

Kerry is getting a chance to implement A Plan to Win the Peace.

This'll solve everything!

Dave (in MA)

I tried to change the JOM glossary to Garamond to help save the world, but couldn't figure out how.

lyle

I saw that link at--employing the JOM argot--TepidAir, CH, and immediately thought of you and the cognomen, "K-Pork." Like a trained seal, I am.

Centralcal on iPad

So sad, Jane, and so quick!

Danube on iPad

Factoid: the twelve most frequently used letters in the English language, in order, are etaoinshrldu.

henry

The kid is an imbecile. Print everything in a 2 pt font rather than 8 or (gasp) ten -- save on paper as well as toner. Quit pretending anyone reads what the governments print, save all the paper & toner costs plus about 80% of government salaries paid to imbeciles that write and edit the material.

matt

Tens of thousands of South Vietnamese policemen, soldiers, teachers, public officials, and others were sent to the re-education camps where thousands died.

Their families became non-persons under the communist regime. Even today, anyone whose family was identified with the Saigon regime is treated as a second class citizen. Screw those communist bastards.

And speaking of commie bastards, did anyone notice the harmonic dissonance between President Apology Tour's press release and the Pope's? And the American media have the audacity to take Mr. "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor's" word for it.

Captain Hate

Is today the first time that an elite 8 game has been carried only by a cable station? I've been told that next Saturday's games will be likewise; so much for CBS's wall to wall "Home of the Final Four" garbage.

James D.

CH @ 2:04 - Kathleen Parker is an embarrassment, on every conceivable level.

Is there anyone who takes her seriously?

jimmyk on iPad

As usual, @iowahawkblog had the best take on this:

A government big enough to save $400m in ink by changing fonts is big enough to not give a shit about saving money.

MarkO

DoT, that's easy for you to say.

hit and run

Off to the bar for a good 11 hours of pool. I only managed to get in 7 last night.

I am not obsessed.


Captain Hate

Since I can't watch basketball tonight, I'll have to drown my sorrows in this: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/207/645/

Danube on iPad

Don't you have a DVR, Cap?

narciso

We know that SORM does seem to intercept transmissions at will, why do we not see examples of same, with Snowden's revelations,

Comanche Voter

So Jean Fraud Kerry will meet the Russian Foreign Secretary. Nothing like sending in the B team when an "A" effort is needed. OTOH I wondered about how to grade Hillary in this if she were still Secretary of State. Since she can't spell "reset", I assume she would be the B minus team.

Captain Hate

I don't even have cable, DoT.

rich@gmu

sorry Captain. Going to head out this rainy day and watch the gators.

narciso-

not following on that line of thought.

Danube on iPad

Two very basic questions few are asking and no one is answering:

1. How many people who werepreviously uninsured have enrolled and paid their premiums?

2. How many people who lost their insurance because of Obamacare remain uninsured?

Buford Gooch

So, DoT, South Ireland is a perfect use of those most used letters.

GMax

I got a better idea. Firing all those government employees. Turn off the lights, lock the doors and sell the buildings. That will save a hell of a lot more but I wont get a plug from CNN.

narciso

Sorry, Snowden's seems to be technical specs,
lists of targets, and little data about them,

narciso

Lavrov vs. Lurch, I think i'll call Roberto Duran, right now,

rich@gmu

thanks for the clarification. some of the reporting makes it look like you had nsa officials working on the side for some hedge funds or some such. why would one need to have recorded calls of merkel a vast majority of other leaders than for timing of decisions since [and there was an AT piece on this] her decision making (and others) wouldn't really surprise anyone.

sbw

Factoid Part Deux for DoT:

The first two columns on a Linotype typecasting machine are, in order:
etaoin
shrldu

What a coincidence!

narciso

Hedge funds, what is the value of certain decisions, on European bailouts, vis a vis
certain countries, specially in the 2009-2011
period.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

--That's Iggy standing on the saw, far left--

He's standing on what's called a springboard.
The trees were so huge they couldn't stand on the ground and cut above the root bulge so they would ax notches in the tree and stick a springboard into the notch and then stand on that board, about like a 2X6 or 2X8, all day long, 10-20' off the ground for days at a time.

Pretty sure even Gwyneth Paltrow might not be tough enough to handle it.

Threadkiller

CH, supposedly you can live stream the game om your pc/device

http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness-live

http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule

Hope that helps.

Clarice Feldman

Without any cholesterol traveling to her brain it has to be harder for Gwyneth to even speak in whole sentences.

narciso

She has become unsufferable, since the whole People Magazine thing,

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

In case anyone fails to click on my Gwyneth link I'll provide this delectable bit. Gwyneth's take on how much tougher she has it as a movie star mom than those lollygagging 9 to 5 moms is the first paragraph only. Delightful commentary by the reporter follows.


“I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set,” Paltrow continues.

So all you mothers out there and women thinking to become mothers soon, working an office job, take it from Gwyneth: you have no idea how lucky you are, because you don’t have to work 14-hour days and you can afford to miss school runs, and you definitely can do all the stuff you have to do in the morning (because, hello, routine!) and, more importantly, you don’t have to go to Wisconsin for 2 whole weeks. Wisconsin, can you imagine?

Meanwhile, she has to shoot movies! The mind boggles.

narciso

they've really become a cartoon publication, in many respects;


http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/if-only-obama-were-tough-carter-10142?page=2

rich@gmu

facepalm...

rich@gmu

narciso-

just throwing the possibility out there. would think there would have been some upside in doing it, especially if the legal risk were nonexistent. also it isn't unheard of here in DC..."political intelligence" firms were a news boomlet (until the journalists found where that story would lead); the Dept of Ed release (and leak) of the for profit education sector report (over 400 employees are implicated in an insider trading scheme involving healthcare stocks-an unsurprising nonstory); Ackman finally getting the FTC on board his short trade; the HHS/CMS scandal regarding Medicare re-imburse rates; the FDA employee busted on an insider trading charge (yeah an actual charge of an individual!)...I could go on.

henry

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz: after those 14 hours in WI, beer and brats are mandatory to maintain energy levels for snowmobile / motorcycle bar runs or just plain old ALL CAPS ROCK & ROLL. Skip the b&b and you might as well be in Illinois -- far worse than a 9-5 anywhere.

Captain Hate

Thanks TK but I'm still impeded by a DSL connection, which was kind of fast back in 2002 but now not so much. Over at one of my musical buds last weekend the iPad was cranking the March Madness app with his Uverse connection.

Captain Hate

Poor Gwyneth. When God gave out smarts she thought he said farts and said "Eww, NFW". Plus when she's in OMG Wisconsin, she might have to deal with henry and Gus and the ALL CAPS BAND possibly calling her a LIBTARD and that would be worse than Holocaust victims had it, you know?

Eric in Boise

I like that ALL CAPS ROCK & ROLL.
That kind of music just SOOTHES THE SOUL.

Pouring rain here, but damn, brats on the BBQ sure sound tempting for din-din. Beer is a given, of course.

Captain Hate

We're getting pelted with glowbull worming descending rapidly. Doesn't Gaia understand that the really really smart climate guys say this is unpossible.

narciso

'the Heart of rock and Roll is still beating'

think of this as a soft cluebat;


http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/mar/29/obamas-putin-delusion/?insrc=wblu

Jack is Back

Gators v. Flyes about ready to start. Go Gators!

Didn't mak the shoot out but the guys who won did it in geat fashion. On is a rcovering cancr victim and so was the crowd favorit.

/Doing my part to sav th world

Jack is Back

Lt m try that again:)

Gators v. Flyrs about rady to start. Go Gators!

Didn't mak the shoot out but th guys who won did it in grat fashion. On is a rcoering cancr victim and so was th crowd favorit.

/Doing my part to sav th world

Captain Hate

Btw my book group is now beginning "Master and Commander" and I am armed with a nautical terminology glossary from the time period and a book on the geographic setting. I WILL NOT BE THWARTED!!!

Jack is Back

CH,

Rochefort is one of the great Trappiste beers. Made at their monastery at Notre Dame de Saint Rémy in the Ardennes in Namur Province. My BIL (the expert) says it is best drinking it at 58 degrees F.

If you need more reference material to enjoy the M&C series let me know. I have a whole series of books dedicated to translating all the technical and geographical references including being a naval surgeon back in those day.

Captain Hate

The Republican Main Street Partnership PAC was formed in part by board member and former congressman Steve LaTourette, who has committed himself to raising money and running ads to defend centrist congressional Republican candidates from tea party primary challengers. LaTourette is the president of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a prominent advocacy group for the centrist wing of the GOP. His separate anti-tea party super PAC Defending Main Street had by February received most of its funding from labor unions.

“They have decided to systemically go against center-right Republicans in primary elections,” LaTourette previously told The Daily Caller, referring to his tea party rivals. LaTourette said that tea partiers are happy to call him a “RINO” but that that they go “apoplectic” when the “RINO gets a gun” and “fires back.”

“Here’s the deal: we didn’t start this fight,” LaTourette said, “but I’m going to finish it.”

Fat and stupid is apparently a RINO way to go through life.

Kim Jong Un

reduced social mobility and the inheritance of success.

*********

I agree wholeheartedly.

Captain Hate

58 degrees? It's barely warmer than that in Chez Hate; I'll take it out of the fridge now. I had it on tap in a restaurant in Columbia, Maryland a couple days before meeting up with some JOMers @ Chez Feldman the summer before last; it was quite good.

sbw

JiB, . . cummings, th pot, would have had difficulty in th abrviatd world.

Jack is Back

CH,

Do you know if it is a 6, 8 or 10? Number of weeks it ages in casks.

Belgian Trappiste beers are like Boudeaux wines that need to have a mid range tempurature to bring out the maltiness and hops. At least that is how I was educated by by BIL when being introduced to the beers.

Captain Hate

10, JiB. I would agree on the warmth bringing out the flavor.

Jack is Back

sbw,

I have been reading his autobiography, "The Enornous Room". He was a mischievious rascal - leftist all the way but fun and clever. One of my favorite poets next to Patchen, Williams and Roethke.

Jack is Back

In re: Thodore Roethke, I have to share this story. Coming back to DC on the Montrealar from Montpelier, VT after a ski trip to Killington back in 1992, the conductor read this great Roethke poem, "The NIght Journey" for a night cap:

Now as the train bears west, Its rhythm rocks the earth, And from my Pullman berth I stare into the night
While others take their rest. Bridges of iron lace,
A suddenness of trees,
A lap of mountain mist
All cross my line of sight, Then a bleak wasted place, And a lake below my knees. Full on my neck I feel
The straining at a curve;
My muscles move with steel,
I wake in every nerve.
I watch a beacon swing
From dark to blazing bright;
We thunder through ravines And gullies washed with light. Beyond the mountain pass
Mist deepens on the pane;
We rush into a rain
That rattles double glass.
Wheels shake the roadbed stone, The pistons jerk and shove,
I stay up half the night
To see the land I love.


Jim Rhoads f/k/a vnjagvet

I had St. Bernardus on draft for my birthday lunch. Never had a beer that tasted so good. How does it compare to Rochefort?

Captain Hate

I'll let you know later on, Jim; I would think they're both very pleasurable experiences. By coincidence I too recently had a St Bernardus on tap.

jwmiii

Actually, on a linotype, as was used at my old college newspaper, it's "etaoin shrdlu." I still have a metal slug somewhere in my box of heirlooms.

Jack is Back

JIm,

St. Bernardus is an abbey beer not a trappiste. I think there are 4 different beers. I remembrer the Prior and Pater. Terrific nevertheless but I am not an expert its my BIL in Belgium who knows all about them.

Captain Hate

JiB and Jim,

There are 12 different St. Bernardus beers: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/259/

If I were to make a guess I'd imagine that Jim had the ABT 12, which is a quad like the Rochefort. I only say it because I had it recently and it could be that a few distributors are featuring it in the US but I could be completely off base.

MarkO

Ah, yes. The Heart of Rock and Roll. I have a Huey story to tell one day. Not so fast, however. First, the line reminded me of my most memorable and idiosyncratic Mondegreen.

In the song, Huey sings, "The old boy may be barely breathing, but the HORR is still beating."

I could not clearly hear the first part of the line, so, as only the child of a professional classical musician might transpose, I sang these words:

"The oboe may be double reeded, but . . .."

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

Earth Hour is from 8:30 till 9:30 tonight.

Be sure & turn on all your lights & celebrate wonderful energy!!!

Beasts of England

In the South, barbeque is a noun, not a verb. ;)

Beasts of England

Thanks for pointing that out about Jeremiah Denton, JiB. He was a fine Alabaman. And he was also the POW who blinked 'torture' when they filmed him in the prison camp. RIP.

James D.

I made the mistake of going to the WaPo website. Here is a sampling of prominent items on their homepage:

Top headline - "Top Republicans court Jeb Bush for 2016 run" (by Robert Costa)

In Opinions:

"was Daddy Rich? You should pay more in taxes."

And

"why we need to keep talking about rape culture."

I hope they go bankrupt. It really is a vile cesspool of lies, distortions and flat-out garbage.

I know this is nothing new, but it just struck me today, looking at how awful everything they write is.

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

or I should have said Human Achievement Hour!

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

I hope they go bankrupt. It really is a vile cesspool of lies, distortions and flat-out garbage.

Amen to that, James D..

Beasts of England

Earth Hour is celebrated during the Elite Eight? I guess we can determine what matters more: our big blue ball or the little orange ball. I don't even like basketball, yet I will achieve superfluous light bulb supremacy! The incandescent kind, too!! ;)

Centralcal on iPad

Robert Costa was all over Twitter for much of today pushing the Jeb Bush has all the big GOP donors in his camp thing. Oh, and the super duper (slimebag) Mike Murphy as a potential consultant.

Made me nauseous all day.

Not sure how I feel about Jeb, but certainly not ready to hear he is already being anointed by the Fnork and the left.

Jack is Back

CH,

Am I allowed to give out scores to those not able to watch?

James D.

Even if Jeb didn't hold views that I cannot accept (on Common Core/education, for one) I don't think I could vote for him. His family has held the a Presidency for 12 years already. That is enough. If I wanted to live in a hereditary monarchy, there are other countries I could move to.

Dave (in MA)
Earth Hour is from 8:30 till 9:30 tonight.

Be sure & turn on all your lights & celebrate wonderful energy!!!

One year Bill Quick (Daily Pundit) not only turned on all his lights, but he said he was going to run some space heaters outside.

MarkO

Wasn't Earth Hour a hit by the Penguins?

Danube on iPad

Not only I, but I suspect much of the country, would be terribly demoralized by a Jeb Bush candidacy.

Jack is Back

We have become a personality cult society, haven't we. Just the fact that we are publicizing the Clintons and Bushes says so. A country of 320 million people and we can't do better than that says more about the public education system, the influence of the media and too much pop culture than anything.

Danube on iPad

Jwmili is right. I had the d and the l in the reverse order.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etaoin_shrdlu

Porchlight

I WILL NOT BE THWARTED!!!

Yippee! Go for it Cap'm; ye shall not be disappointed.

Porchlight

S/b Cap'n, stupid Kindle

Porchlight

I thought Human Achievement Hour was supposed to coincide with Earth Day - April 21 or thereabouts...

narciso

That is just it, they don't even have a program, about what needs to be done, the Dems always have one, then they get the candidate to front it,

Porchlight

Oops, never mind - Janet is correct as always. Turning on all the lights...

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

Is this poor country now so benighted that in not too many years Jeb Bush's great grandson, Oatmeal "Mush" Bush, running on the KnowBelieve Nothing Party ticket will face off against Chelsea Clinton's inbred, two headed Hot Springs grand child, Delmar Jefferson Clinton, who made his fortune white slaving Arkansas' finest daughters to Saudi Arabian princes as actual, living humidors?
I wish that sounded more far fetched than it does.

Jim Rhoads f/k/a vnjagvet

It was the ABT 12, CH. Outstanding.

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