Crust Never Sleeps

Against our better judgment, we ended up watching the Redshirt Republican debate over dinner last night, and managed to keep our food down.

(Disclosure: “Keep our food down” is here used for obligatory comedic effect only. “Managed to stay awake” would be closer to the truth.)

We’ll spare you the recap, since we’re not wonky enough to really care. But for a very brief moment, Herman Cain said something mildly interesting: That as President, he would consult with Experts and make Decisions, since he’s a veteran Decision-Maker.

We know, we know: Herman Cain is The Decider, Part II.

Or: That’s what every businessman running for political office says.

Or: Didn’t President Obama consult with Experts and make a Decision just the other day? We seem to remember hearing about it Sunday night.

But to take Herman Cain almost seriously for what is likely the first and last time: What kind of Decisions does he have experience making?

You know the shorthand: Pizza! Meat or Veggie? Does Citizen Cain have an opinion on the controversial Pineapple Question? When you ask whether anyone else wants the last slice, what happens if somebody says Yes?

For the longer version, let’s go to Wikipedia, which borrows, um, liberally from Cain’s lecture-circuit bio:

After completing his master’s degree, Cain left the Department of the Navy and began working for Coca-Cola as a business analyst. In 1977, he joined Pillsbury where he rose to the position of vice president by the early 1980s. He left his executive post to work for Burger King — a Pillsbury subsidiary at the time — managing 400 stores in the Philadelphia area. Under Cain’s leadership, his region went from the least profitable for Burger King to the most profitable in three years. This prompted Pillsbury to appoint him president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, another of their then-subsidiaries. Within 14 months, Cain had returned Godfather’s to profitability. In 1988, Cain and a group of investors bought Godfather’s from Pillsbury. Cain continued as CEO until 1996, when he resigned to become CEO of the National Restaurant Association — a trade group and lobby organization for the restaurant industry — where he had previously been chairman concurrently with his role at Godfather’s.

A very conventional corporate career, and hey, congratulations on your leadership in turning around Burger King’s Philly region! We can only imagine what Decisions that required!

Granted, nothing prepares you for becoming The Preznit of These United States, and plenty of folks questioned the C.V. of a certain first-term Senator from Illinois. In the end, it comes down to a gut call: Beyond general agreement on the issues, do you trust this dude or chick to run the country?

And if the dude in question is citing vacant Decision-Making Prowess as a chief qualification, we think we know the answer.


He watched so we wouldn’t have to.

Is there nothing noje won’t do for us? I am humbled (that won’t last long).

Still overworked. 12 hour days and some weekends as another layoff approaches.

It’s the Happiest Place in Hell.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: Stay strong. (might be NSFW. Don’t know what your office is like. Did you all decide to keep the stripper pole and wet bar?)

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That:
As someone who finally “won” the layoff lottery yesterday after 11 years I wish you the best of luck. Don’t you love the corprat weasels?

Makes me glad to be un-self-employed

@Benedick: She seems so young to have graduated from The Meg Ryan School of Facial Reupolstery.

@Benedick: Her puhpuhpuh Poker Face mahmahmahmah.

This is a T/J. I know. Unheard of around here. But thought you might be interested. Seems like the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill is about to be shoved down UG parliament’s throat.

In happier thoughts: go Lefty! Do NOT let the door hit you.

@Benedick HRH KFC: Yum, Korean boys. Did I ever tell you about the Korean Extacy Dealer I used to pal around with benefits back in NYC? Good times.

@Benedick HRH KFC: My god, did a blind man do that work to her face? Girlfriend didn’t have to use the same Alaska country doctor who delivered Trig to do her nose and chin/jaw job.

ADD: At first I thought that the “after” photo was a picture of one of the women on Jersey Shore. She’s looking Snooki-esque.

@SanFranLefty: And we are where on Lefty’s Countdown to Ecstasy?

ADD: Getting back into The Game. I signed on to a friend’s state court judicial campaign as her media guy. The primary is in a year.

@redmanlaw: Soon, grasshopper. Very soon. But have to write a declaration for a case before I go.

@SanFranLefty: How about this: “Yada yada. The End. Bye bye.”

@Benedick HRH KFC: “I know I’m going to Heaven because I served my time in Hell.”

Good headline. “Live Rust” is probably his best album, IMHO.

@Dodgerblue: We were listening to “American Stars and Bars” last night.

@redmanlaw: homegrown with willie
first time I’ve heard this version. can this be had on disc?
check out willie and neil dueling lead acoustic and electric. awesome.

don’t forget “hawks and doves”

@SanFranLefty: Well, Snooki is Bristol’s ideal of sophistication and glamour.

I’m sure Sarah’s had bits adjusted.

@jwmcsame: Just thinking about “The Old Homestead” gave me goosebumps.

Is this a “bitch-slap” or something else? Please advise.

Monica Marie Goodling, the key figure in the controversy about the political hiring and firing of U.S. Attorneys during the Bush Administration, has received a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar.

@texrednface: Bench-slap is what the legal eagles call it when it comes from a judge. Not sure what you call it when it comes from the State Bar, but in CA you have to either write personal checks from the client trust account or kill someone to get disbarred.* A current or former government attorney getting a sanction for an ethical violation seems to be more unusual.

*Apparently multiple DUIs, arrests for drug possession, screwing up clients’ cases while on meth is not enough to get disbarred, judging from the cover story in the California Lawyer magazine about the District Attorney of Del Norte County. I believe in redemption, I’m impressed/surprised to see that the State Bar of California apparently does as well.

@Dodgerblue and redmanlaw: Man, I can tell it’s Friday in every one’s office.

@SanFranLefty: Thank you. I learned something here. I note Ms. Goodling no longer practices law and is now in marketing. Her boss ‘Berto is teaching a course at Texas Tech and speaking to high school students.

@redmanlaw: “On the island dawn is breaking / in the harbor the tanker’s waiting . . . ” Watch out for this:

@texrednface: Ah yes, the first famous graduate of Regent School of Law. We have one of those running for a spot on the State Bar Board of Governors.

have a wonderful, safe and well deserved vacay, Lefty! xoxo

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