Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010)

No words:


Johnny Mill didn’t deserve her. She was the brains of that operation.

Hope her daughter Cate can keep that alien bitch’s claws out of the two little ones.

@SanFranLefty: Don’t think John would dare try integrating those families … this is terrible.

Death is before me today
Like the recovery of a sick man,
Like the going forth into a garden after sickness

Death is before me today
Like the odor of myrrh,
Like sitting under a sail on a windy day.

Death is before me today
Like the course of the freshet,
Like the return of a man from the war-galley to his house.

Death is before me today
As a man longs to see his house
When he has spent years in captivity.

-The Pyramid Texts, circa 3000 BCE

God bless you, Ms. Edwards. You were a good woman.

@SanFranLefty: My heart is breaking for those kids, especially Cate, who’s left with all the responsibility. Johnny Miiiiillll is white trash, as proved by his actions, not his ancestry, and certainly didn’t deserve her.

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,
For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

Death Be Not Proud
by John Donne

Rest in the Peace you deserved on Earth Mrs. Edwards

@Mistress Cynica: Agree. Cate’s what, 28, and she’s now the mom to the two (or at least the only responsible adult?).

I borrowed Game Change from Homofascist a few months ago, and they paint an ugly picture of Elizabeth. Perhaps it was true, but I know that if I were undergoing radiation and chemo for stage III cancer and I found out my husband was fucking and had knocked up some crystal energy healer freak, I’d be a psycho bitch too.

@blogenfreude: I wouldn’t put it past him.

@blogenfreude: @SanFranLefty: I wouldn’t put it past him either. He’s demonstrated that he has no judgment whatsoever in family matters.

@Dodgerblue: On a happier note, any big plans for your big day?

@SanFranLefty: Not much. I gave a talk to a donor group then some work friends took me out to lunch. Smallish family dinner tomorrow, friends party next week. I’m listening now to Ginsberg read Kaddish For My Mother courtesy of Karen Marie.

@Dodgerblue: That Yiddish rockabilly I heard last night on the sat radio was actually a prayer, “Yigdal.” Could not find a link other than a 30 second sample from a Craig Taubman cd.

@blogenfreude: 60th birthday. A day that will live forever in infamy.

@Dodgerblue: You don’t look a day over 44. Try not to be bummered. :-*

You know, before Miiiiil decided to bang that crystal-rubbing space cadet with the hideous beak, he had a real good thing going. Shit: their anniversary dinners, every year, were at Wendy’s.

For fucks’ sake — John had a beautiful and smart woman who, as shown, also had a taste for the finer things in life. And he lived in a palace, complete with full indoor basketball court and other goodies. This, in the eyes of the common American man, is called “Yahtzee.”

But, no. She gets cancer, and John suddenly thought the quartz hanging between Rielle’s boobies was real interesting. That’s the measure of John.
The measure of Elizabeth, by contrast, is the grace she showed in taking it without losing her pride or dignity. May she be remembered for those qualities, and not for John’s dumbfuckery.

Federal judge says President can order the killing of U.S. citizens without any sort of judicial due process.

Shoulda been you, Lisa Jo. Shoulda been you.

BTW, thanks for the heads up. My mom hated EE so now I know to avoid the phone and email for the next 24 hours.

@Dodgerblue: You’re still sexy as hell, Dodger. Don’t let anybody tell you different.

@SanFranLefty: Okay. Back to the drank.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: I don’t think anyone would dare insult that sexy beast.

@Dodgerblue: I can say this now having met you: You look fantastic.

Via Pareene, Jonathan Alter (a cancer survivor who became well acquainted with Elizabeth Edwards over the years) remembers her, warts and all.

@mellbell: Envious! As our new Republican Friend sez, “RAWR!”

Is an exclamation point superfluous when typing in all caps?

@Dodgerblue: Happy birthday – glad you’ve still got ‘the look’ – I got carded until I was 34. But how long can we rely on good genes?

Thanks, everybody. I’m not BSing when I say I’m very happy to have y’all as friends.

@blogenfreude: I got carded in my thirties, but I think it was just out of courtesy as the dudes I was with were young. Dudes did make the carder person do the math for my age. Yay, Genes! I think the last time I was carded (buying cigarettes at the Wawa, natch) was 2008.

ADD: Oh, and I’m really glad you like Julia Nunes. I figured you would — big beautiful eyes looking in the camera and such.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Why did your mom hate EE?

@mellbell: Wow, this:

Elizabeth told me that cancer had essentially freed her to say whatever the hell she wanted. Then she proved it, by questioning the one thing all presidential candidates and their spouses must embrace—religious faith:. “I’m not praying for God to save me from cancer. God will enlighten me when the time comes. And if I’ve done the right thing, I will be enlightened. And if I believe, I’ll be saved. And that’s all he promises me.” But did she believe? Here she went further than any public figure this side of Christopher Hitchens.

“I had to think about a God who would not save my son. Wade was—and I have lots of evidence; it’s not just his mother saying it—a gentle and good boy. He reached out to people who were misfits and outcasts all the time. He could not stand for people to say nasty things about other people; he just didn’t want it. For a 16-year-old boy, he was really extraordinary in this regard. I wish I could take credit for it, but I can’t. You’d think that if God was going to protect somebody, he’d protect that boy. But not only did he not protect him, the wind blew him from the road. The hand of God blew him from the road. So I had to think, “What kind of God do I have that doesn’t intervene—in fact, may even participate—in the death of this good boy?”

@Dodgerblue: I echo JNOV. Don’t look a day over 44.

TV TJ/ My TiVo is laughing at JOETHAPLUMMMAHBOX. I’ve got the potential for an electrical fire going on up in here. Six pieces of hardware. Four plugged into power sources. Three remotes — none that work properly (my fault until I set them up). TiVo infrared channel changer fucked up, but it doesn’t recognize Joe Box anyway (don’t buy cheap shit!), so I’m not all that concerned. Last resort is a male-male video/audio/whatever do-dad which might make TiVo and Joe Box speak the same language. Light on the Radio Shit antenna doesn’t come on. Is it working? Hard to tell. ETA: Oh, there’s a power switch.

I am bummer.

Pareene’s link isn’t taking me to the Halperin piece he’s quoting. Lots of pages come up on Google. Does anyone have the link?

@SanFranLefty: After reading her book “Resilience”, she thought that Elizabeth spent too much time grieving over her son and “whining” about it. (This from someone who’s still whining about the ex she divorced 30 years ago.) We got into a big argument about it at last year’s Turkey Day festivities. I asked her how long she thought someone should grieve over the loss of a family member. She said a year. (Jamie, your mom sounds like an asshole. Yes. I know.) I responded by telling her that I will keep that in mind when she’s dead. That shut her up.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I’m starting to think that some of us were raised by the same woman.

We need some puppies or something.

@ManchuCandidate: AWWWWWW. So sweet. All we need is some of this and this.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: WHO IS THAT! And where do I stalk find him?

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: FINALLY! I’ve been throwing out double/triple/quadruple entendres for days!

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: I’m giving up on this TV shit. I haven’t fucked with bunny ears since ’88 (cable came late to Philly — I was in CA before we got it), and I think my hangover is starting. Moar Flor!

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Man. He’s got the girdle. Mmmmmm, mmmmmm, mmmmmm. It’s a nice thing to hold, such as.

@JNOV: I dunno, but he’s MINE. I actually have an ex-boyfriend that looks like that. I’ll bet this guy is like my ex… Mixed Japanese/Chinese. It is a very specific look.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Okay. I thought we had an agreement to share. Apparently not. Don’t make me smack a ho.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: I’m trying to find pictures (in the public domain) of this model I, er, dated, but he has the same name as a professional skateboarder. You’d like.

@JNOV: Yeah, give up on the TV. I haven’t had any since 2008 and it’s worked out just fine.

You want to watch TV shows? Netflix and Hulu and Comedy Central.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: WTF?

@karen marie doesn’t want to know: Ugh. I know, but I won’t let the boob toob win, dammit. Damn thing looks like a space alien, what with all the wires and shit. I get three Jesus channels loud and clear, though.

@JNOV: I’m hip. I got the TV, satellite, amp, cd/dvd and turntable all hooked up together. It’s a bitch to get nailed down so that you get audio and picture at the same time . If I ever move it I try to leave it hooked up, otherwise there goes a fucking evening. A friend’s audiophile husband died, so I got his pair of Boston Acoustic speakers for $10. Great for football, concert dvds and music in general. I’m sure he never put any Slayer or Metallica through them. Soon as I got the house to myself I’m on the Sirius XM Liquid Metal channel.

Mrs RML issued an edict a couple of years ago that we were dumping the Dish. I’m like, “yeah, whatever,” and she was all smug until the Oscars when she had to see the dresses on the red carpet, so I was at Wal-Mart picking up the bunny ears so she could see it, although not a clearly as she would have with the Deesh. It creeped back into the house shortly thereafter.

@redmanlaw: I’m not hip; I’m broke. We got rid of cable TV and internet when we saw Jr’s tuition bill. Remember when I was on metered internet with da stick and couldn’t stream? Finally found a way to afford internet. Then Jr took the TV (yes, THE) to college with him, so he can study and stuff, so I didn’t need cable anyway. THEN my father loaned me a TV b/c he’s got a storage locker full of crap, hence the analog/digital business. I’m enjoying the background noise and the larger screen, plus my poor computer is going to melt if I keep streaming. But all in all, this has been a major pain in the ass.

@karen marie doesn’t want to know: Yeah, but I really miss PBS. Not all my shows stream, and I am killing my computer with the ones that do.

@redmanlaw: Exactly. Being able to watch the Oscars in HD, on the big screen, stopped my wife from mocking me for watching football on it.

Why is Johnny Depp dressed like Duke in a clown car?

@Dodgerblue: Yup. On the rare occasion I visit my dad, it’s for football in HD. I mean, wow.

We had an HD TV in CA, but no HD cable feed or channels, so I never got the full effect. The TV eventually died from being bounced around the country in a U-Haul trailer. It also had a billiondy jacks, so the kids used to do picture in picture and play games and watch stuff. Until it died. Sad day.

@JNOV: “I’m hip” = “I get it/I understand.” We had all that analog to digital crap a few years ago when Mrs RML insisted on keeping this goddam tv of hers that made everything look like it was shot with a night vision scope. I was somehow able to work an upgrade just before everything went digital so I had to use converter boxes, antenna to coax, boolshit to dogsheet, etc. People in trailers with fucking tires on the roof had better tvs than we did.

@karen marie doesn’t want to know: Now she’s on line and watching the E channel feed for the Oscars, Golden Globes, etc.

@redmanlaw: :-) Yeah. I wish Jr were here so he could stand by the TV and hold the bunny ears. I haven’t lost a signal for about a hour (I’m sure I just jinxed myself), but this dumbass universal remote from hell Dad gave me is not programmed to the TV. All the codes are facackta, and seriously, my TiVo is too proud to talk to the digital box. It’s like, “Bitch, please. I’m from SV, dumbass.”

ADD: Sorry I miss your meaning way too often.

Oh, Jeez — people are applauding 21 Jump Street. Thank God Depp hated it.

Yeah, this is a play-by-play of my first night of TV in four months.

@JNOV: I was throwing f bombs at the Fox assholes in a Daily Show piece on the War on Christmas piece last night. Tomorrow: “Wednesday Night at the Range” on the Sportsmans Channel. Woo hoooo!

Seriously — Depp is outdoing Steven Tyler with these damn scarves. Three? And they’re wee flannel cum ascot. Blue Lennon glasses (better than Visine). Think he’s wear Ropers. Not sure what’s up with the vest and the hat.

Visine story: So, I had this uncle who was an alcoholic. He was a very happy drunk, and he was a pretty functional drunk, but he was all drunk all the time. Really nice guy.

I don’t know how this happened, but he got a job driving a SEPTA bus. Through my neighborhood.

One day — like when the sun was shining time of day, I got on the bus, and who was driving but Uncle Drunk Off His Ass. He was wearing rose-tinted glasses. He wouldn’t let me pay, and I was like, “Hey! Yeah. I forgot something at home. I need to get off at the next stop. Love you!”

Back to TV – George Benson sounds like shit, and who butchered his face?

@redmanlaw: Okay, you do hate me.

Oh, they just played the intro to Enter Sandman. How much do you hate that song?

Apparently, George Benson only remembers how to play Gimme the Night.

@JNOV: How does it kill one’s computer? Another thing I have to be hysterical about?

ADD: WTF you peeps watching? I thought the Oscars were in March.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Cue up harassment and lynching of every brown person walking in to a Sprawl Mart in 3…2…

@karen marie doesn’t want to know: No, no – don’t worry. My computer (MacBook) gets hot, like burn my left thigh hot, and the fan doesn’t come on until it seems like it’s going to meltdown. I might be able to mess with the settings to make the fan run more often.

@karen marie doesn’t want to know: Letterman. Now something with puppets.

ADD: It’s either that or He-Man.

@jnov: will a roku box work with your tv for streaming? I have one I can send you.

@SanFranLefty: Exactly. The Wallyworld near me is next to a Home Depot where day laborers hang out. A couple of year ago, the Depot kicked them off the property which made them move to a furniture store parking lot across the street. They, in turn, called Arpaio and that’s when the shit really hit the fan. Home Depot finally relented, I guess, because they hang out along a driveway into the lot between them and Wal-Mart. They’re gonna be easy pickins when Big Sister starts showing her ugly mug at the cash register.

@JNOV: I listened to The Black Album so much when it came out that I can’t listen to it anymore. I used to have an annual tradition where I’d rent “A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica” about the making of TBA and the subsequent tour, including the crash and burn with Guns n Roses and Hetfield getting roasted by fireworks and wallow in the process of making a record. No one rents it anymore so I may have to buy it.

Fun fact: My old tape based answering machine opened up with “Sad But True”, a song written by Satan if there ever was one.

Sad But True

@Mistress Cynica: Oh! You are The Best! I might take you up on that offer. I gave up on the TiVo a couple of nights/early mornings ago, because the channels I do get are kinda worthless.

I pick up Jr on Tuesday (YAY!), so I think this thing will be commandeered for video game use, but once we move it to the living room, we might get better reception b/c there are more windows there. I’ll send you a message on FB next week.


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