If you haven’t already figured this out, after Netroots Nation I dragged bmaz up to northern Minnesota to count lakes, counting backwards from 10,000. We only got down to 9,976, but I understand there are actually far more than 10,000 lakes in MN.
The picture–photo credit: the NSA–is me and McCaffrey walking across the headwaters of the Mississippi at Lake Itasca. The shiny yellow figure in the background is commenter John Forde, who hosted us. (Thanks John!)
Today I’m sending bmaz back to the desert and me and Mr. EW and McCaffrey the MilleniaLab are going to continue our yearly NFC North tour. Meaning, we’re headed through WI to the Upper Peninsula of MI (Mr. EW already drove through Chicago).
For those of you who haven’t been through the area, it’s remote. As in, far west levels of remoteness. Which means I’ll be lucky if I find Toobz reliably.
Which means you may not hear from me before Saturday. That either means someone is going to resign (as generally happens when I go off-grid) or Judy Miller is going to release a tell all. If bmaz gets home safely–he’s flying Delta, so you never know–he’ll enlighten you all in the meantime.
So you really do get to put up a “Gone Fishing” sign!
I think WE are suppose to post to you, “Have fun!”
Awaiting the “blank” to hit the fan tradition…
Have a great trip EW! Please give a tip o’ the hat towards Lambeau and the LOMBARDI TROPHY as you drive past on my behalf : )
I hope bmaz enjoyed his counting tour. Perhaps next year he can work on letters ; )
Maybe Jane can get Ms Miller to stand in for EW this week, with some scathing, in depth muckraking and investigative journalism?
It is always good to recharge. Enjoy!
Have fun, EW!
When I was a kid, my parents used to take us up to central Wisconsin for vacations –and I don’t mean central as in “Madison,” I mean central as in hundreds of miles north of Madison. In the boonies. In fact, I almost drowned in one of the lakes up there.
I hope your travels are very refreshing, and good preparation for the work ahead of us!
Bob in AZ
Have a wonderful time fishing and all, EW. So far, nothing spectacular has happened, but the 5 Supremes continue rolling right over us.
No automatic right to lawyer in U.S. civil cases: court LINK.
Here is another wrinkle in the Clarence Thomas matter:
Clarence Thomas Decided Three Cases Where AEI Filed A Brief After AEI Gave Him A $15,000 Gift
EW! I’m so jealous. That water looks fairly clean. I wish you were headed slightly to the right over to the UP of Michigan instead of straight down through WI. Lake Superior still has a hold on me even after being away for 45 years. I’m worried whether it’s still as clear & cold as frozen vodka over those fabulous pebbles & cobblestones (esp. Whitefish Bay).
Have a great trip. For those who haven’t been in that part of the world, it is indeed wilderness, closer to Lewis & Clark than Ann Arbor or Detroit. The water and shoreline can be breathtaking, especially along such areas as Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the UP.
North country…real wilderness. And my favorite lake in the world!
“I hear those Still fish are even harder to catch than Muskie and Pike…yeah, they’re toothless, but slippery and quick like greased lightning…and they blend right in with everything, too…but people say that you can see ’em from the weeds…and it’s even rumored that they can be baited with IPAs and blues, too…”
Good luck with the fishing!
I believe Norske is your vicinity. Keep the faith and pass the ammunition of which bmaz previous article was a Tour de Force.
Thanks for all you do.
Say hi to Forde! I wish I answered my phone before I left for the airport!
It was amazing to read, back in civilization, where the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are managed with dams and levees, in an article yesterday at the Associated Press, by Heather Hollingsworth, that a nuclear plant in Columbus, Nebraska, issued a notice to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, that there is danger of the Missouri River flooding a reactor, based on management of Missouri River dams in Montana and the Dakotas.
Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver, where still the mighty moose wanders at will,
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more,
Hi-ucka, Hi-uh!, Hi-ucka, Hi-uh! . . .
(Was tempted to type ‘Teh mighty moose, ‘ just for toobz-type funnies.)
Sure is a pretty state. From that photo you can’t even hardly see that it’s being ground into shutdown under cover of “bankruptcy” by the GOP.
Happy vacation, emptywheel and mr. emptywheel.
Marcy, if you looked any more all-American, you would be arrested!
Have a wonderful time!
Hope you have a great trip ;-)
EW, what restful country you are traveling in! Have a wonderful time. When you get back, please, please read this diary – and if you know of any MI lawyers who might help this young woman with her consitutional right to recall a state rep – http://my.firedoglake.com/eclectablog/2011/06/23/mich-gop-house-speaker-bolger-running-scared-from-recall-effort-sics-lawyers-on-disabled-recall-petition-filer/