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September  19

Get Well Soon

An update on our favorite 100 year old...

In June you featured Mrs. Marion Brown, the Glen Ridge resident who turned 100 years old. Well, the Unsinkable Mrs. Brown hit a bit of a rough patch last week but is weathering the storm in style. She fell in her home last Wednesday morning and fractured her hip. I was with her in the ER at Mountainside Hospital, and even in excruciating pain the Mighty Mite (down to about 70 lbs. now probably but still in fighting form) recalled all of the phone numbers and information required of her without missing a beat. Hospital staff checked her birth date all day, repeating "1905?" with a questioning look my way. Yep...1905, believe it or not!; She had emergency surgery that same day and while recuperating on the fifth floor she charmed and amazed her doctors, nurses and the rest of the hospital staff. She is now in residence at the West Caldwell Care Center. None too happy about being away from her beloved animals and her Fox News (she's really missing the O'Reilly Factor) she is nonetheless toughing it out - physical therapy and all.  Members of her Animal League (it will always be Marion Brown's League!) are keeping her company, caring for her animals, bringing in supplies and generally helping to keep up her spirits.

--Karen Banda. Bloomfield

September 19, 2005 in A Friend Writes | Permalink


My best wishes to Mrs. Brown for a swift recovery.

O'Reilly, I'll see you in hell.

Posted by: walleroo | Sep 19, 2005 9:40:44 AM

Best wishes to her for a speedy recovery from another O'Reilly and animal fan! I hope she gets a TV in her room soon. And, I'm glad someone is looking out for her pets.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Sep 19, 2005 9:49:17 AM

Three cheers for Marion - get better soon.

And Wallerooski: if O'Reilly is really going to hell as you suggest, I need to get some religion real quick.

Posted by: Conan the Antiquarian | Sep 19, 2005 10:22:16 AM

I'd rather be stuck in "hell" with O'Reilly than in "heaven" with Al Franken or Michael Moore.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Sep 19, 2005 10:33:05 AM

I think that would make a heavenly triumvirate: O'Reilly, Franken, and Moore. Throw in Windbagh (I mean Limbaugh) to even the sides, and you will have all four major-league idiots keeping each other unhappy. Dr. Thompson would want to attend, too...

Posted by: Conan the Antiquarian | Sep 19, 2005 11:37:45 AM

The devil must have spawned franken..."Al Franken is a big fat idiot"

Posted by: John L | Sep 19, 2005 1:56:24 PM

Oh, Miss M. You really are an O'Reilly fan? That saddens me.

Posted by: walleroo | Sep 19, 2005 8:38:52 PM

I don't buy his rap hook, line and sinker, Walleroo, but he does make a solvent point now and then. I am a conservative, after all. I also listen to Michael Savage but again, I don't agree with everything he says. Limbaugh is just plain annoying.

In the last year or so, however, it seems to me that O'Reilly's been featuring more and more sensationalistic types of stories, i.e., the missing woman in Aruba, the runaway bride, ad nauseum. This can only mean one thing: RATINGS! I liked him better when he stuck with pure politics. Leave the sensational stuff to Greta Van Sustern or Geraldo.

Who are your favorite commentators? Radio? TV?

Posted by: Miss Martta | Sep 19, 2005 9:50:55 PM

I adore the cogent thoughts and liberal bashing that Ann Coulter delivers...please name a liberal that can present a coherent thought without name calling or screaming?

Posted by: John L | Sep 19, 2005 9:54:48 PM

I don't watch and never have watched O'Reilly's show with any consistency -- perhaps he was better (less shrill and moronic) in the early days. I just despair whenever anyone whose opinion I respect gives credence to loudmouth numbskulls simply because the loudmouth numbskull in question spouts conservative baloney (or liberal baloney for that matter). It can be a lazy habit that's more about avoiding any challenge to comfortable, preconceived notions than wanting to be informed. (It sounds like you're definately not one of those unthinking acolytes--not that I ever really thought you would be). Ann Coulter, for instance, is beneath contempt--no reasonable person would waste five minutes on her tendentious rantings, which are more about nastiness than enlightenment. I can't listen to any of them-- Franken or Limbaugh or O'Reilly or Maher. I do confess a weakness for Jon Stewart--but he's funny, and that's a different thing altogether.

Posted by: walleroo | Sep 20, 2005 11:03:30 AM

What I like about Michael Savage is that he's a conservative who doesn't take sides. He's been known to bash Bush if he doesn't like a particular policy or action of his and I respect that. Lord knows he has good company, myself included. I respect someone like that more than any "party drone" who just accepts what his or her party says/does, no questions asked.

That being said, I don't agree with many of Savage's views (some of his comments pertaining to gays are appalling) but we can say that about anyone. No one agrees with anyone 100% of the time.

O'Reilly seems to be a bit more knee-jerk these days. Like I said, he's more interested in getting ratings these days so I don't watch him as much as I used to.

Not a fan of Ann Coulter, either. She talks in sound bites.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Sep 20, 2005 11:37:11 AM

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