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Who Framed George Lakoff? –
… which argues that liberals have clung to the false belief that people think in a conscious, logical, and unemotional manner and that this belief has doomed Democrats’ chances with voters.

The title means that I spent various meetings in my aspect of recovering cancer patient. I am a very classy, cool patient because Humphrey Bogart had it, and he is the ultimate of coolth. Therefor, this ultra-cool recently treated herself to two cancer meetings today, on right after another.

One meeting was working on getting our cancer center to be recognized as a properly qualified center.

The next meeting was about finding additional sources for a fundraiser. These funds will help younger researchers to develop their ideas and therefore become senior researches. Once they get funding from us, they have no problem dragging in more NSA money. So doesn’t that make us feel good? You bet.

That was the last meeting; I needed to get back home and flop down.

One notable thing about this particular vacation of ours here in Chautauqua is the rain and cold. I’ve never known Chautauqua to be an oven in the summer, but warm, definitely. And never quite so much rain. If I were paranoid, and a follower of a failed Democratic candidate for president, I’d think it was all my fault, somehow.

I mean, I still drive a Volvo with a regular gas-eating, internal combustion engine. And what a lovely engine it is! Never gives me a lick of trouble, and looks good while not giving me any trouble.

I’m sorry… I just can’t believe in global warming today. I wish I had a raincoat.

We’re used to Bill Cunningham’s over the top, Rush Limbaugh style of talk here in Cincinnati on his talk-radio show on WLW each day. But outsiders aren’t. Especially if those outsiders are about to get the Republican nomination for the presidency.

My husband, Mister Political Aficionado, has known Bill Cunningham for years. He shakes his head and laughs because he knows Bill’s attitude and style. Buck laughs because he knows nobody can really prevent Bill from saying whatever it is that he wants to say.

This, we figure, is the first amendment playing itself out in one of its many manifestations. Yes, Bill should have thought before he spoke. McCain took a small hit that he didn’t have to take, shouldn’t have had to take.

Democracy is messy, isn’t it?

For reasons yet to be discovered, I got out of the house and down to the coffee house before nine o’clock this morning. I snuggled myself down into my usual place on the couch. I then found myself in the midst of a pack of Democrats.

Mind you, these are my usual coffee house cohorts — the ones that are always hanging around, and whom you get to know simply by being in the same place at the same time very often.

General trends of talk: some few bits about the Republican debate. They found it unsatisfactory in various ways. McCain, though, was the favorite of the bunch, failing only in his dedication to The War.

There have been so many “The Wars” that one is tempted to ask them to specify further, but one knows very well which “The War” they are talking about (i.e. Current one).

Bush failings, aside from everything to do with “The War”: science. Not just his dislike of evolution, but his refusal to back any kind of scientific progress. I must say that I’m with them on this point.

Welcome to my life, lived on the dividing line.


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