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And the weekend was so good.
I wished to speak of lavsh times these last few days: hilarity and wit with moocowrich; couch snuggling with aetrix9; shibari with lady_fox; et cetera, et cetera. I cannot muster the guise of serenity for now. I'm worried. I'm worried about a multitude of things, some I can control and those I cannot.

So much time and so little to do.
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Current Book: Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment.
Last Book Read: The Truth (with jokes)
Pages read in 2006: 307

The Truth was entertaining but not neatly as hilarious as Lies or Big Fat Idiot. I think it's because Franken is genuinely furious with what's going in within the Bush administration. Assuming he is correct, and I think he is when I look through his source materials, his anger is justified. How exactly can Halliburton explain the complete the disappearance of $1.8 billion in relief aid or why do cement walls built in Iraq cost $1000 dollars each when Iraq used to be the leading exporter of cement to the Middle East? Cement is cheap.

Franken makes an interesting point in the second half of the book. Bush is a reality-builder and not in a good way. Bush manipulates his staff, daily activities and even the news coverage to fall in line with his view of reality. Contrary views simply do not exist - at all. Bush gets any adn all daily updates and briefs orally rather than reading all the briefs written for him. Further, he only allows the briefs to come from a handful of hand-picked representatives, some of which do not work within the departments from which these briefs come.

To contrast, Clinton read all the briefs and found extra material on them. In interviews and meetings staffers often said of Clinton that he always sounded like he was quizzing then, like he always far more informed on the situation than the staffers.

I suppose you're able to do this when you only sleep 4 hours a night.

Any way, the book is entertaining and infuriating. But it certainly looks factually correct.

Current Mood: worried occupied

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aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: January 9th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
We snuggle more Wednesday, ja?

I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of Julie and Julia. I'm buying my own copy.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 9th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wednesday is the plan.

So far it's very entertaining. The author compares her enjoyment of Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 1 to that of discovering her father's copy of The Joy of Sex which she discovered nearly in tandem. She saw a decidedly sexual bend to the way Julia described certain cooking processes verbally and pictorially, especially the Beef Burgeoning Bourguignon recipe.

LJ spell check suggestions for Bourguinon:
Burgeoning, Bargaining, Bulganin, Beginning, Bakunin.

I think that first one works...
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: January 9th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could just call it Burgundy Beef.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 9th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Boeuf. Boeuf. Boeuf.
Americans like to steal the non-ridiculous sounding French words.
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: January 9th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Croissant?
abmann From: abmann Date: January 9th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Croissan'wich.
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: January 9th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aah - what a bastardization of English and French. It's like 1066 all over again! Bet that's pissing off their language standardizers.

abmann From: abmann Date: January 9th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
True. It may be all William the Conquerer's fault that the croissan'wich exists.
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: January 9th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
can we exhume him and cut off his head again?
abmann From: abmann Date: January 9th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll have no part. He was one of my childhood heroes, misguided as that may have been.
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: January 9th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woah... Interesting.

So, when you making boeuf bouringion? The Life and Times Of JC DVD has the first episode of The French Chef in which Julia makes BB. We could watch and cook!

I don't care about misspellings.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 9th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll cook it as soon as a scientist discovers that "bouring ion" of which you speak. :)

Actually, I have six boneless lamb chops I got from my Dad. You and Sam want to do dinner at our place Friday? I want to cook a nifty meal for everyone.
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: January 9th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait... boneless lamb chops? What are they? one little nibble of meat?

Gah! I hate this modern trend to debone all meat. Meat is better with bones, especially little tender cuts like a lamb chop. Egads.

Lamb chops sound great, though. Friday won't work, however, because we're going to have ribs at my parent's. Saturday? We'll be tired after the clinic, but there's still time for cooking, I think.
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abmann From: abmann Date: January 9th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think people are accepting it. There's been tumult in the polls. Bush is on the outs as are many republican ideals. Dover, for example, is still standing against Intelligent Design. :)
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: January 9th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why was this a locked post?
abmann From: abmann Date: January 9th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had intended to be more revealing and did not switch it to public.

Sometimes I don't want to make my whinging public but that only matters when strangers read your journal regularly.
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: January 9th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thou shalt not pundit.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 12th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
The whole point of LJ (or blogging for that matter) is unequivocal and unadulterated pundirty
abmann From: abmann Date: January 12th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was an interesting typo....
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