Two Years and Still Hanging On…Barely

Happy birthday, ATiM. Hard to imagine, but yes, it was 2 years ago today that our long lost colleague Kevin Willis put up the first ever ATiM post. In many respects it has been a long haul. Too much of a haul for some as, truth be told, we are currently a much diminished operation from last year. We operate now on what is basically a skeleton crew, with barely a comment on some days. Unfortunately I think the future of ATiM is much in doubt. But still, a special thanks to Brent for his daily efforts in the Morning Post, and thanks also to everyone else who continues to find the time in their busy schedules to contribute, and the fortitude to tolerate both the thoughts of those they disagree with and the rough and tumble that it sometimes produces. I wish there were more of us, but those who remain are a solid crew. Thanks.

Here’s to another year….I hope.

Happy Anniversary, ATiM

Today is ATiM’s first anniversary, and I think a hearty congratulations are in order, both for the site and for everyone involved in making it the success it has become.

Success, of course, was (and, if we are honest, remains) not assured. Bringing together strong personalities with passionate opinions from as wide a range of ideologies and perspectives as we have here to discuss political issues was always a risky prospect. And while many blogs survive and thrive on the combustible energy and oftentimes unpleasant atmosphere created by such a diverse mix of opinions, from the beginning All Things in Moderation was, as the name implies, intended to be something different. As I wrote in What ATiM is All About, “we created ATiM as a place where political discussion and debate can take place in the absence of the kind of unproductive vitriol that has come to characterize much of blog commentary these days.”

Naturally, we’ve (and especially I’ve) not always succeeded. We lost a few early invitees almost immediately, and a couple more along the way. We’ve had our share of sharp and pissed off exchanges, and a couple of times it seemed, to me at least, like the whole enterprise was going to collapse. But here we still are, going strong, and a lot more positive than negative to show for it.

On a personal level, I truly appreciate ATiM. I have long been a political blog junkie and have been posting on comment boards since I first discovered them over 15 years ago. I’ve jumped from place to place, and had spent the two years prior to ATiM’s inception posting at Greg Sargent’s Plum Line. It had become an extremely unpleasant place to be, but I hung around primarily because of some of the relationships I had developed while there, notably with QB, McWing, and lms. ATiM has allowed me to maintain those relationships, and develop others I never would have, outside of the cesspool that is the Plum Line. I know many of you still participate there, but I for one am thankful that I have no more reason to visit there anymore.

I want to send out a couple of personal thank you’s on this first anniversary. First, to Brent, who’s Morning Report has been crucial to ATiM’s continued existence. I truly believe that without his daily efforts ATiM probably would have died more than once over the last year. He is the unsung hero of ATiM. Also to Mark and Kevin for their efforts at getting ATiM started, Mark behind the scenes recruiting and Kevin for being the technical genius at actually creating the site itself. (I also miss Kevin’s daily Bits n Pieces). And finally, a big thanks to lms. She was the catalyst that got ATiM off the ground. If I am not mistaken, lms and I were debating each other at the Plum Line for longer than anyone else here (except for possibly QB), and given the tone of some of those debates (one early one resulted in lms literally telling me she hated me), she could easily have chosen to leave me out. But she didn’t and for that I am eternally grateful. Here’s to hoping for a lot more debates in the future, lms.

Happy anniversary, ATiM.


(Please feel free to add your own anniversary thoughts to the bottom of this post, if you don’t want to make your own new post.)



Hahahahaha, somebody older than me! Here are a few tidbits we’ve probably all seen before with a few variations.

How many do you remember?

Candy cigarettes with the “Red” tip.
Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Coffee shops and diners with tableside jukeboxes.
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
Home milk delivery in glass bottles, with cardboard stoppers.
Cream that separated, and rose up out of the milk bottle in the winter.
Telephone numbers with a word prefix, (WEbster 3-5803).
Rotary-dial telephones, and Party lines.
Newsreels before the movie.
Double-features at the neighborhood movie theater.
Walking to your neighborhood school.
Barber Shops with the red/white striped pole outside.
P. F. Flyers.
Butch wax.
Hi-fi’s, 78, 33, and 45-RPM Records.
S&H Green Stamps.
Metal ice cube trays with levers.
Mimeograph paper.
“Blue” flash bulbs.
Beanie and Cecil.
Spin and Marty.
Howdy Doody.
Roller skate keys.
Cork pop guns.
Gum wrapper chains.
Drive-in movies.
Drive-in restaurants.
Car-hops, bell-hops, and sock-hops.
Studebaker and Hudson automobiles.
Automobiles with Running-Boards.
Wash tub wringers.
Laundry that was hung outdoors to dry.
The Fuller Brush man.
Sitting around the radio, listening to your favorite program, like Sgt. Preston, or The Lone Ranger.
Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring, Dilly-Dally, and Flub-a-Dub.
Paper “cut-out” dolls with paper clothes.
Reel-to-reel tape recorders.
Tinkertoys, and Lincoln Logs.
Fort Apache.
The Erector Set, and the individual who invented it.
The Marx “Super Circus” Playset.
15 cent McDonald’s hamburgers…. and no inside seating.
5 cent packs of baseball cards…with that awful pink slab of bubblegum.
“Push-Ups”, and Dreamsicles.
Penny candy, and penny loafer shoes.
The little wooden spoon that came with cups of ice cream.
29 cent-a-gallon gasoline.
Saddle Shoes, poodle skirts, and crinoline petticoats.
Tom Corbitt – Space Cadet.
The “Cisco Kid” and “Have Gun, Will Travel”

And A Time When…

Decisions were made by going “eeny-meeny-miney-mo.”
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, “Do over!”
“Race issue” meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire summer evening.
Summer days were spent playing “Cowboys and Indians”.
It wasn’t odd to have two or three “best” friends.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Sex was a gender description, not a subject discussed in public.
Victoria’s secret had something to do with the Queen of England.
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot.
A foot of snow was a dream come true.
Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute ads for action figures.
A Sunday drive in the country meant seeing lots of farms and animals.
“Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense.
Your friendly neighborhood policeman walked his beat.
It was perfectly safe to walk home alone at night.
Trick-or-Treat was in the evening, without your parents along.
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
War was a card game.
Space stations, laser guns and journeys to the moon were found only in comic books.
There were no HMO’s, and Doctors actually made house calls.
Color TV’s and Walkmans were non-existent.
“Pot” was a utensil used for cooking.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.

And, Mark, I leave this with something for you to look forward to:


It Depends…

At age 4, success is not peeing in your pants
At age 16, success is “gettin’ a little”
At age 25, success is graduation and a wedding
At age 35, success is about career and family
At age 55, success is about graduations and weddings
At age 65, success is “gettin’ a little”
At age 90, success is not peeing in your pants


Mark, hope you’re having your best birthday yet with many more to come.

Bits & Pieces (Lulu’s Birthday Edition)

Today is our very own lms’s birthday!

Today is also Agnetha Fältskog’s [Anna Ulvaeus] birthday from the group ABBA, so with that in mind. . .

ABBA’s Benny and Bjorn sing Happy Birthday

hoppy birdies, lms!

Mark adds the recipe for traditional Italian Jewish Passover Seder soup, which is somewhat different than northern European Jewish Matzoh ball soup:

Minestra di riso per pesach from Edda Servi

As Edda Servi Machlin notes, though the Ashkenazim consider rice chametz, Italkim do not; this is thus the Italian equivalent of matza ball soup and is served at the Seder. It includes meatballs made from chicken breast and immature chicken eggs, which she suggests be substituted with hard-boiled eggs as they are hard to find. To serve 8:
Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


A whole chicken breast, boned
An egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup matza meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
A pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon
2 1/2 quarts chicken broth
1/2 cup (100 g) uncooked rice
8 small hard-boiled eggs

Grind the chicken breast. Lightly beat the egg and combine it with the matza meal and 2 tablespoons of the chicken broth. Combine the ground chicken breast and the matza mixture, salt, and spice, and mix thoroughly. Chill the mixture for 15 minutes; in the meantime peel the eggs, discarding the whites, and bring your soup stock to a boil.

Make meatballs no larger than the yolks. Add them and the rice to the soup, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Place a yolk in each of the soup bowls, ladle the soup over it, and serve.

Happy Penguin Birthday!


Birthday Bits & Pieces (Friday Night Party)

It’s okie’s birthday and we’re throwing a party!

Ever wonder what was going on the year you were born?

6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… it’s 1952. There’s TV noise coming from the second floor. Someone turned up the volume way too high. The sun is burning from above. These were different times. The show playing on TV is Kukla, Fran and Ollie. The sun goes down. Someone switches channels. There’s The Ed Sullivan Show on now. That’s the world you were born in.

It’s The Bark Side. I wonder how much Volkswagen is paying to air this during the Super Bowl. —KW

Current Events  from 1952, even though Okie won’t remember them, having just been born and all.

The first commercial jet plane, the BOAC’s Comet, is put into service.

The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.

Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio

In a radio address to the nation from the White House, President Harry S. Truman calls for the seizure of all steel mills in the United States in order to prevent a nationwide strike.

U.S. lieutenant colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict land a plane at the geographic North Pole.

The concept for the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer.

The United States successfully detonates the first hydrogen bomb, codenamed “Mike” , at Eniwetok island in the Bikini atoll located in the Pacific Ocean.

U.S. presidential election, 1952: Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower defeats Democrat Adlai Stevenson.

Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London, still the longest continuously running play in history).

Great Smog of 1952: A “killer fog” descends on London (“Smog” for “smoke” and “fog” becomes a word).

And because we can…..Here’s to you Okie


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