Saturday, February 25, 2006

Comment of the Week

My blog co-maintainer has earned bragging rights for authoring this week's Comment of the Week. From the


"good2go" is one of the better posters on this blog. But I fear he may have committed--perhaps not even inadvertantly--one of the greater quotable quotes of all time on "LANL: The Real Story." Here it goes (are you ready?):

"Surely, UC couldn't be that tone-deaf, could they?"

A LANL group leader was quoted telling his wife on the day of the big fire of 2000, as they were hiking near Cerro Grande that fateful day in May (a hot day with gusts over 60 mph), and she had just exclaimed to him, "Why the hell are they starting a controlled burn today? Are they out of their minds?"

"-Don't worry, Dear. They know what they're doing."

Come on, guys, give UC a break.

After all, it's easy to be tone deaf when your head is wedged that far up your ass.
I thought Anistasio's salary was being paid by LANS. These comments caught me off guard. I will see what I can do to find out.

"In all of this, don't forget that Anistasio remains a UC employee. He is not going to be employed by LANS and will stay in UCRS!"

"I was under the assumption that
he would be an employee of LANS, just like the rest of us. Are some of the animals on the LANL farm more equal than

Please investigate.
Not only is UC tone-deaf, they appear to be a totally silent partner in LANS. Management told us that they would have UC come to LANL and explain what was going on about the plan to split UCRP-LANL out of UCRP. That was supposed to be soon after the UC Board of Regents meeting in January, but we haven't seen hide or hair of them yet. They were not in appearance at the LANS benefits meetings either. I'd say not only tone-deaf but also deaf and dumb.
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Tone deaf, indeed.
Sung to the tune of "Do Re Mi:"

DOE -- a deer (in the headlights), a gender neutral roadkill,

Reamed -- the way to feel right now,

Me -- the one to look out for,

Far -- away is where to go,

So what? -- Why should we care at all,

LANL -- the place that builds new pits,

Teed off -- is where we are right now,

Let us put some heat on DOE.

DOE "ream me, so far so good," DOE!

Dear Need2%more,

IMHO what you conjecture to be deafness and dumbness is really arrogance, at least towards LANL. And since I have not spotted any mention of a response to the Feb. 6 letter to UC President Robert Dynes from NNSA Administrator Linton Brooks, the arrogance may be of the equal opportunity variety.

Napoleon, no stranger to arrogance, has been quoted as saying, ""God fights on the side with the best artillery." In the struggle between LANL staff, DOE, and UC I think I know who's got the best artillery.

But on a positive note, I think LANL has the best song writers.

OK, I'll confess. Here's my mea culpa. That sentence was
purely a rhetorical device. I'm glad you liked it!

PS: I loved your comment about the fire. You don't want to hear
the comments I made to my wife the day I saw that smoke rising
from the Jemez. It's Triple-X un-printable!
Billy Brad, er, Bard: What are them dots? I sure hope they ain't Brokeback Dots...
O! how I faint when I of you do write,
Knowing a better spirit doth use your name,
And in the praise thereof spends all his might,
To make me tongue-tied speaking of your fame!
But since your worth—wide as the ocean is,—
The humble as the proudest sail doth bear,
My saucy bark, inferior far to his,
On your broad main doth wilfully appear.
Your shallowest help will hold me up afloat,
Whilst he upon your soundless deep doth ride;
Or, being wrack’d, I am a worthless boat,
He of tall building, and of goodly pride:
Then if he thrive and I be cast away,
The worst was this,—my love was my decay.

-William Shakespeare

[Note the allusion to boats. And note that Shakespeare may, by some lights, have been writing these lines to--a guy. So you'll pardon "my saucy bark" backatcha, Billy Bard; I now take that ellipsis as "soundless" words of comrade-ship, and not a reference to Naval officers--or gentlemen--either, nor to the "tall building" that looks for all the world to be a cruise ship running aground into an oil tank.]
Hey, Billy, I 'preciate it.
Taciturn, subtle, and cleverly ironic: I like all them qualities in a fella'.
As one ol' cowpoke said to another (leaning over next to the campfire with a fancy coffee pot in hand), "Latte, Jed?"
Nah. I prefer mine frothed.
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