Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Not Quite There" from last night and, I agree with C.I.'s take, this was a very good call to make last night. Isaiah captured it dead on. This morning began with press excitement that Nouri was going to name all but three cabinet nominees but instead of being 3 short, he was 17 short. Isaiah called it very well in that illustration.
I should have asked him to draw me back at the start of November. Why? Christmas shopping.
Every year, I devote the day after Thanksgiving to getting all the gifts purchased. I may have one or two additional ones but that's it. Instead, this year I was sick (sweaty, sick to my stomach, joints aching) and to sick to go out. So I missed that day and it's just been catch up ever since. Also true, my granddaughter is now too old to carry, too big for a stroller and too small to let go of her hand. She's interested in everything and will gladly attempt to go off on her own. So I'm holding her hand and, a year before, I would have been carrying her and whizzing through the store, setting her down only when we got by the next item and she's stay right next to me with no coaxing.
But it's not her fault. And I don't mean to imply that. It's just a difference and it's a good one. It's part of growing. And it goes to a sense of security she has (which I'm thrilled she has) that she feel safe enough to want to explore her surroundings.
I've got at least another two evenings to shop. And that's only because Elaine saw my list this weekend and tore half of it off (she tried to grab the whole thing but I objected) and said she and Mike could help out by picking those items.
Today it was back to Home Depot. If you missed it last time (last week?), I left the parking lot feeling so guilty because there's a toy store in the same lot and I was praying the whole time, "Don't let her see it, don't let her see it." Today she saw it. "Toys, toys, toys." She was so excited. And I blew off the rest of the shopping because what's Christmas if you can't look at some toys with a small child?
Everything was so wonderful in Toys 'R Us to her. The packaging alone was fascinating. They have some big pink backdrop for the Barbie aisle and just that, the pink backdrop, was so pretty. I asked her, "Do you want your room painted pink?" She does so her father's doing that. I don't know when but he said he'd have it done before the end of the month. My four girls weren't pink girls. One, the oldest, like flowers, so we had flowers painted on the walls of the girl's room and we put up wallpaper with flowers in the same room. But it was always white. The boys room was always blue. They wanted blue. And by the time the oldest was 11, he was painting that room. (He's the father of my granddaughter.) He wanted a darker blue and I come back from the store one Saturday and the house smells of paint. I go out to the garage where my husband was working on one of our cars and I asked, "Are you painting something?" No. We looked all over and finally found that he'd painted the boys room. He'd done a great job and had taped up newspaper to the floor and surrounding areas to ensure there was no staining. After that, they generally changed shades of blue at least twice a year. The nursery was a nightmare. I wanted bright yellow about half way through (I have eight kids) because they were wearing me down, keeping up with them, and I thought a warm, bright yellow would make it easier each day. That yellow was a pain in the ass. I hated it. We tried painting over it and it was bleeding through. Not completely but it gave the color on top a false look. I have no idea. I'm not a painter. It was your basic paint (Sherwin Williams?) but it was just strong. We ended up wall papering. When we took that down two or three years later, it was a light yellow and we were able to repaint.
On the economy, Hugh has a strong post at Corrente and here's a sample:
I just heard that shortly before his official announcement of the tax cut deal with Republicans Obama met with a group of "liberal" economists. Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, Jeffrey Sachs, Alan Blinder and Robert Reich. With Obama at the meeting were Austan Goolsbee and Jared Bernstein. The meeting was apparently less about them sharing their views with him and more about him trying to sell the tax cut compromise to them.
Stiglitz is good but he tends to stay above the fray. He's not like Dean Baker in the trenches slogging it out every day. Krugman is Krugman, blame the Republicans and whimper at the Democrats. Sachs is or was a neoliberal and his record is spotty. Blinder is, like Krugman, another Princeton type. He's a Fed believer/monetarist although he recently has begun writing on wealth inequality. Better late than never, I suppose. And then there is Reich. He's a lightweight in economics but he's been good on jobs.
Paul Krugman has been a huge disappointment to me. It was his writing on Hillary's health care plan in the primaries that made me come around to re-examing her and supporting her here. And yet no one cheered Barack's fake 'health care' than Krugman. It was appalling to watch (as I noted then) and I knew what was coming because the country's getting what my state already has. It didn't provide health care, it just forced people to buy it or pay fines. Krugman is a huge disappointment.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: