This is an election year, so please welcome Wonkette, political gossip blogger. Er, blogette. It's Ana Marie Cox, late of Suck (remember Suck? It was often great. Now dead.), and Mother Jones, and other places. I like Wonkette. It's witty and acerbic and bitchy. Or maybe I just like her logo, for the cute dorky glasses and white leggings.
And some gossip has political (and medical) meaning: Justice John Paul Stevens recently showed up at a DC restaurant with an oxygen tank in tow. Stevens is 83 years old.
Translation: whoever is elected President this November will be appointing a new Supreme Court justice. Outpatient oxygen ("home O2" to its friends) can be a very helpful thing, and can prolong life. But it is never prescribed unless your lungs are nearing their expiration date. I predict Justice Stevens will be forced, for reasons of health, step down from the bench some time within the next four years. And I predict a subsequent massive fight in the media and the Senate over his replacement (which, admittedly, is not a terribly difficult prediction to make).
And once again, the driveway is
shoveled blown. We never did
get any freezing rain, just about six inches of dry snow. Yay! And the sun is
shining for the first time in about a week, and although temps are still
hovering below freezing, the roads are melting off fairly well. And it's not
supposed to snow again for all of four days!
雨混じり の 雪
== amemajiri no yuki == snow mingled with rain
|Left radical is the radical form of 'water', right is 'multitude' (昆), acting phonetically to express 'spin/swirl'. This character originally referred to water swirling around without a fixed course, as in a flood. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'sun' (日) and 'compare' (比)as a mnemonic: 'Compare sun and water—a confusing mix.'|