Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-26-2017



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Library of Kindltot

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or a Trump press conference, and special snowflakes do not get respect, but instead, a big load of guffaws. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which I can't see you could wear them and keep a straight face.

Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.
--Old farmer's Almanac


Pic Note

If this library didn't belong to an actual moron, it would have had to have been invented. You can click on it for a closer look. It's got pretty much everything a moron library should have:

Shelves crammed with books? Check.
Unorganized stacks of books on floor? Check.
Interesting bric-a-brac scattered throughout? Check.
Comfy chair? Check.
Cat? check.

Yeah, it's a moron library, all right

Kindltot tells me:

the aluminum boxes are Svea and Coleman camping stoves, and of course there is my truncated collection of US mess kits. We will brush over the various stabby things, the lard press, and only mention that I regret I couldn't fit in the Matthew Brady portrait of Millard Fillmore that is on the adjacent wall.


Where Are They Now?

Chelsea Clinton, whom a former top aide to Bill Clinton once referred to as 'a spoiled brat', has a new book out. I'll bet you didn't know that. The way it's not being promoted, maybe *she* doesn't know it, either.

And speaking of the Clintons, in this "where are they now?" article about the current whereabouts of the many shady and sleazy operatives from the early days of the Clinton crime family, when their corrupting influence was still limited to Arkansas, sacred honor compels me to inform you about the books that they've written, what with me being the proprietor of the book thread and all.

Susan McDougal

A couple of years in the pokey gave her enough time to write The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk: Why I Refused to Testify Against the Clintons & What I Learned in Jail.

I can think of a number of very good reasons:

1. I don't want to be placed on that list.

2. I knew Bill would pardon me before he left office

3. Hello, sweet retirement nest egg.

Webb Hubbell ("Chelsea's Dad")

After he wrote his memoirs, Friends in High Places: Webb Hubbell and the Clintons' Journey from Little Rock to Washington DC, he wrote several detective novels, starting with When Men Betray:

Why would Woody Cole, a peaceful, caring man, shoot a US Senator in cold blood on live television? That's the mystery facing attorney Jack Patterson as he returns to Little Rock, Arkansas, a town he swore he would never step foot in again.

The tagline of the latest entry in this series, A Game of Inches, which will be released in June, is “Believe it or not, murder is just the tip of the iceberg.”

You have to ask yourself if he did that on purpose.

I wonder if there's an Arkansas horndog governor who puts in an appearance along with his power-crazed, corrupt wife who will never be president?

Where Are They Now? - Again

All that and I forgot the actual book Chelsea wrote. It's this one here, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?. Right. The title sounds like Chelsea went to a Rage Against the Machine concert or read some Noam Chomsky and is now "woke." But it's just an analysis of public-private partnerships (PPPs) that exist to combat health problems. Pretty dry stuff. And according to her wiki page, she actually does have the academic chops to handle a topic like this. She was even able to get it published by, get this, Oxford University Press. That's quite the prestigous academic publishing house.


"Believe Me, I'm Right This Time" Says Journalist

Here's an upcoming book we all should be suspicious of: Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign.

Here is the author's CV:

Jonathan Allen is an award-winning political journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He is the head of community and content at Sidewire, a columnist for Roll Call, and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University.

Jonathan was formerly the Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg News and the White House bureau chief for Politico. He is a winner of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for reporting on Congress and the Sandy Hume Memorial Award for excellence in political journalism.

So, in other words, he's part of the MSM/Beltway hive mob who totally miscalled the election. And now he wants us to buy his book wherein he explains to us why everything he said before is BS.

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign--the candidate herself.

So Hillary Clinton was a bad candidate. At least he got that part right. But I like how Hillary's defeat is called "tragic". Heh. I guess that all depends on your perspective, doesn't it? I am reminded of ace's classic posts on how a certain indicator of liberal bias in reporting is that most news stories are written so that the audience is guided into wanting the progressive character(s) or cause to succeed.

No, I think I'd much rather read How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016 by everybody's favorite blarney-filled drunken Irish lout, P.J. O'Rourke:

This election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and die-hard Republican P. J. O’Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. As P.J. put it, “America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692. So why not put Hillary on the dunking stool?”

In How the Hell Did This Happen?, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some seriously risky business. Starting in June 2015, he asks, “Who are these jacklegs, high-binders, wire-pullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots, four-flushers and animated spittoons offering themselves as worthy of America’s highest office?” and surveys the full cast of presidential candidates including everyone you’ve already forgotten and everyone you wish you could forget.

No-one hurls epithets like O'Rourke. He gets extra credit for "buncombe spigots" and "animated spittoons".

As an analysis of the election, this book may be as completely full of BS as I think the previous one is. But it's probably a lot funnier.


McMaster

Surprisingly, Trump's pick of Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to replace Mike Flynn is recognized as a superb choice. He is the author of Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam. McMaster is a career Army officer with a Ph.D. in history who served on the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy.

For years the popular myth surrounding the Vietnam War was that the Joint Chiefs of Staff knew what it would take to win but were consistently thwarted or ignored by the politicians in power. Now H. R. McMaster shatters this and other misconceptions about the military and Vietnam in Dereliction of Duty. Himself a West Point graduate, McMaster painstakingly waded through every memo and report concerning Vietnam from every meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to build a comprehensive picture of a house divided against itself: a president and his coterie of advisors obsessed with keeping Vietnam from becoming a political issue versus the Joint Chiefs themselves, mired in interservice rivalries and unable to reach any unified goals or conclusions about the country's conduct in the war.

There is lots of blame to go around, but McMaster is particularly hard on LBJ, who pretty much lied his ass off:

He would tell Congress one story, Military staff another and the public a third story. None of which was too close to the truth...[T]his continual shading of the truth...eventually caught up with LBJ and caused the war to become such a mess and his popularity to fall so low. If he would have been above board and honest there is a good chance that...[he] would have coasted into a second term. If ever there is a case study in how not to conduct a war, at least from the political side, this is it.

Should make for interesting reading.


A Call For Submissions (Redux)

Back in January, I mentioned that a lurking moron (Mastiff) was putting together a military sci-fi themed anthology and was looking for submissions. He e-mailed this week and said:

I wanted to let the Morons know that the first three authors have been selected, and the Kickstarter project is live. I'm also extending the submission deadline a month, since I had initially planned to launch the KS project before now. I'm now accepting submissions until April 1.

All the pertinent details are on Mastiff's Kickstarter page.


Books By Morons

Fade (Paxton Locke Book 1) by Daniel Humphreys is a horde-beta'd paranormal/urban fantasy novel that is now complete and available for pre-order.

Family drama is bad enough without adding magic and human sacrifice. Ten years ago, Paxton Locke’s mother killed his father in a mysterious ritual that – thankfully – went incomplete. Now, Paxton makes his living as a roving paranormal investigator, banishing spirits while Mother languishes in jail.

When a terrified ghost warns him of a dangerous, newly-freed entity, Paxton faces a fight far beyond simple exorcism. In a battle for his very soul, will he be able to endure – or simply fade away?

Daniel says that one of the Horde readers told him it reminded him of "a crossover between Evil Dead and Burn Notice."

If you purchase it on Amazon for $4.99, it will be delivered to your Kindle device on March 1st.


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Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.

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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.

What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.

Posted by: OregonMuse at 09:00 AM




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1 Tolle lege

Posted by: Skip at February 26, 2017 09:00 AM (HDU3V)

2 Book nerds!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 09:02 AM (EnKk6)

3
Still re-reading old stuff.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at February 26, 2017 09:03 AM (mpXpK)

4
Do a little camping, Kindltot? Lotsa mess kits on the top shelves!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 09:04 AM (v1g1+)

5 Can I have a word with you Mr. Kindlot?

Posted by: Fire Marshal at February 26, 2017 09:05 AM (IDPbH)

6 I've been filing PJ O'Rourke in my "tries too hard" file since "CEO Of The Sofa" which came out, I believe, first week of September 2001. Yeah, the timing of release was bad. But no, the book wasn't worth a second look.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 09:05 AM (6FqZa)

7 +1 for the kitteh.
-1 for not enough piles of books.

Posted by: rickl at February 26, 2017 09:06 AM (sdi6R)

8 Although I can read the spines, they sure do look familiar.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at February 26, 2017 09:07 AM (mpXpK)

9 Now this is where the action is.

Those pants are designed to dazzle your opponents so they can't sweep straight.

Posted by: freaked at February 26, 2017 09:07 AM (BO/km)

10 Armaments good, no cat bad.
Trying to read two books at once, continueing History of Frederick II book 14 by Thomas Carlyle and Napoleon's Infantry Handbook by Terry Crowdy. Just getting started but learning lots of who does what in a army unit like what and the responsibilities of each position.

Posted by: Skip at February 26, 2017 09:07 AM (HDU3V)

11 Missed cat on chair, Cat needs room on top of shelf.

Posted by: Skip at February 26, 2017 09:08 AM (HDU3V)

12 Nice swords, kindltot

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 09:09 AM (ANIFC)

13 I once owned a sabre like that, 1st Sgt thought I shouldn't.

Posted by: Skip at February 26, 2017 09:09 AM (HDU3V)

14 Be serious. It's the kitteh's library.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at February 26, 2017 09:10 AM (EZebt)

15 re: Vietnam.

Guys like Stockdale knew that LBJ was peddling was BS because they were there when Turner Joy and Maddox were 'attacked' by the North Vietnamese. There was no such attack as LBJ described to Congress.

Robin Olds, after taking charge in Thailand to make his unit a true war machine and scoring a couple MiG kills along the way, in the White House told LBJ to his smarmy face to "win the g0dd@mmned war.'

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 26, 2017 09:10 AM (5req4)

16 I'm still reorganizing & dusting my books & bookcases. Have all my Star Wars books now in one case, and my military history books are organized up to 20th Century Asia. I'll provide pics when everything is done.

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 09:11 AM (ANIFC)

17 can NOT read the spines

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at February 26, 2017 09:11 AM (mpXpK)

18
Not so sure about keeping armaments on the top shelves. You know who else kept armaments on the top shelves?

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at February 26, 2017 09:12 AM (ZFUt7)

19 Went to the library to put a book on reserve and saw "The Gentleman From Japan" (Inspector O Series) by James Church on the new arrivals shelf. Read the blurb and brought it home. Just read a few chapters so far, but I think I will enjoy this spy/intrigue novel set in China with North Korean overtones.

Still reading "The Surgeon's Mate" by O'Brian and still enjoying the series.

I still can't believe how many good books there are that I have never read. Yet.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 26, 2017 09:12 AM (UDXti)

20 There is a fine line between professional integrity and insubordination. Hopefully McMaster is on the correct side. I'm somewhat concerned with the NYT potential fake story about McMaster's opinion on using the term radical Islamic terrorism .

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:13 AM (IDPbH)

21 Good morning fellow Book Threadists. It has been a great reading week at Chez JTB. Details to follow.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 09:13 AM (eCWW3)

22 I might finally start reading "Dune" this week. I got a friend at work into reading the pre-Disney Star Wars books, and he said he'd return the favor by lending me "Dune."

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 09:13 AM (ANIFC)

23 I read Mission of Honor, the twelfth book in the Honor Harrington series, by David Weber. Unlike most series, this one gets better and better. Using new stealth technology, a new player makes a successful attack on the home world of Manticore. Old enemies become allies to fight this new player and to disrupt its multi-century plan to take over the Solarian League and then conqueror the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven. As always Honor Harrington in in the middle of the fight, the peace negotiations, and the planned revenge on the puppet masters who have been pulling the strings in anonymity for centuries.

Posted by: Zoltan at February 26, 2017 09:14 AM (ApkN7)

24
Two copies of "Memory". Musta forgot he already had one.

It is snark like this that'll keep me from ever sharing a photograph of anywhere inside our house with the Horde.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 09:14 AM (v1g1+)

25 My quick scan: I see a Terry Pratchett section!

But Vic is right, the spines are very hard to read!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 26, 2017 09:15 AM (UDXti)

26 I have been re-reading my brother's science fiction novel, The Sculpted Ship, while editing some of its first sequel. He has created a very interesting world that is just going to get more fun as the series goes along.

Also How the Choir Converted the World by Mike Aquilina, a fast-paced study of why hymns and singing were important to the early Christians. It tells the history in a popular way, and starts and ends in an era before most hymnology books begin the tale. So yes, you will learn something.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at February 26, 2017 09:18 AM (S0Svy)

27 Last week someone suggested "God's Secretaries" by Adam Nicolson about the men who produced the KJV Bible and their process. I haven't started that one but learned he wrote a number of other books including "Why Homer Matters". I'm about half way through it and am VERY impressed. Nicolson, through careful and thorough research, brings the Greek Bronze Age into focus for the culture that could produce such epic poetry, how it could be preserved, and what that means for later translators and readers. He provides context much the same way, and for the same reasons, that CS Lewis does for the writings of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He is persuasive but not demanding. It probably helps that I agree with his approach and findings.

But it is the quality of Nicolson's writing that is so impressive. He has a creative, lyrical cadence in his prose and the language is sophisticated without being obtusely academic. You can read for pages without being aware of time passing. If it wasn't for chapter breaks I could go through a hundreds pages at a time, easily. With the subtle flow and cadence of his writing, I found myself thinking in verse at times because of his style. In the chapter dealing with whether Homer was an individual or a compendium of numerous sources, these lines came to mind out of nowhere.

"Seeking a single voice in distant echoes,
Merged and muddled
Through the travels and travails."

(I didn't say it was GOOD poetry, just poetic. And this is not something I normally do.)

I expect to finish the book this week and have "God's Secretaries" on tap after that. If the quality of the writing remains as high, I plan to get his other books just to enjoy the language.

If anyone else has read Nicolson's works, I would like to know your opinion about the quality of his writing.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 09:20 AM (eCWW3)

28 18
Not so sure about keeping armaments on the top shelves. You know who else kept armaments on the top shelves?
Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at February 26, 2017 09:12 AM (ZFUt7)
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Every Horde member ever? (Well, and Hitler, obviously)

Are those spittoons, ashtrays, or bedpans on the top shelf?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 09:20 AM (EnKk6)

29 Good morning! I've been rereading Stirling's "Dies the Fire" series, just to refresh my memory - otherwise taking it light. The Nueces Massacre book is nearly done, and the author is reviewing the maps and general layout after the latest series of corrections. It will be titled " A Perfect Reign of Terror - Insurgency in the Texas Hill Country 1861-1862" by William Paul Burrier, Sr. It will be available through the usual outlets like Amazon, by the end of next month if all goes well, but I don't think I'll be able to talk him into an e-book version. He's old-school, I'm afraid.

Can I beg of any 'rons and 'ronettes who have read and liked my own books for a review on Amazon? I haven't had any new reviews since ... erm, a long time, and my poor books are feeling lonely.

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at February 26, 2017 09:21 AM (xnmPy)

30 No dirty coffee cups or cigarette butts scattered about.

Sad!

Posted by: Tonypete at February 26, 2017 09:21 AM (tr2D7)

31 Ha! Love the pic. Maybe I need to find some cool items to place at the top of my library.....

Posted by: Draki at February 26, 2017 09:21 AM (fQGa/)

32 I'm still NOT reading Augustine's "City of God" for the #CivDei twitter seminar every Thursday. I believe that this week I will be unprepared to discuss Books 12-13.

Posted by: Alice's Clone Army at February 26, 2017 09:21 AM (sEFY/)

33 Also How the Choir Converted the World by Mike
Aquilina, a fast-paced study of why hymns and singing were important to
the early Christians. It tells the history in a popular way, and starts
and ends in an era before most hymnology books begin the tale. So yes,
you will learn something. Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at February 26, 2017 09:18 AM (S0Svy)
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That would be fascinating. Music history always gets me; not just for the enduring composers, but for the daily applications of music and joy.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 09:22 AM (MIKMs)

34 Are those spittoons, ashtrays, or bedpans on the top shelf?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 09:20 AM (EnKk6)

Embrace the power of "and"

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 09:22 AM (ANIFC)

35 I made a book recommendation in the ONT since the subject of military drones was discussed.

The Profession by Steven Pressfield is about warfare in the ME in the future. Fought mostly with mercenaries hired by Western countries. It's pretty interesting how he pictures this future warfare , which includes a sky full of drones. It's a Steven Pressfield book so it's always going to be better than average.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:23 AM (IDPbH)

36 Nah, the spines are easy to read. And the fiction section is even alphabetized. David Drake next to Doris Egan makes an interesting pairing.

And I thought I was the only one who had a copy of Adams and Brooks' duology.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at February 26, 2017 09:23 AM (S0Svy)

37 Thanks, OM! In conjunction with he release of Fade on Wednesday, A Place Outside the Wild will be free from 3/1 until 3/5. We're going to be doing a group read in the Horde Goodreads group in April, so might grab a copy if you want to participate. If you don't make it no worries, I've committed to passing out copies as needed.

Currently working on the sequel to Wild and hope to have it out this fall.

Posted by: Emile Antoon Khadaji at February 26, 2017 09:23 AM (ydr1P)

38 Love kindltot's library, even if it is a little neat and organized. It really is the essence of a good home library and would fit in perfectly here.

Except for the cat. Mrs. JTB is horribly allergic to them. There would have to be a toy poodle sleeping on the chair.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 09:26 AM (eCWW3)

39 Can I have a word with you Mr. Kindlot?
Posted by: Fire Marshal


Yeah. Not sure what sort of electrical device the books are sitting on, guess is dehumidifier, but probably not a good idea. The extension cords, if those are what they are, seem undersized. If fat wire on floor is plugged into a skinnier extension cord that's really, really bad.

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at February 26, 2017 09:26 AM (ZFUt7)

40 It's a Steven Pressfield book so it's always going to be better than average.
Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth


2032

And the main cable network is Trump-CNN.

I think he missed that one.
Still, a very good yarn.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative....outlaw in America at February 26, 2017 09:26 AM (S6Pax)

41 Alice's Clone Army: If you're having trouble keeping up with reading City of God, there's a very nice Librivox single-narrator audiobook, totally unabridged version that you can listen to. Totally free, too.

Honestly, it's a fun book. Doesn't matter how you ingest it; you just need to think about it.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at February 26, 2017 09:27 AM (S0Svy)

42 Good morning, all. I stopped reading "We'll Always Have Parrots" not because it's not enjoyable but because I think I've read it before but I can't for the life of me remember whodunnit and it's getting on my nerves. So, on a moron rec, I am reading the first Myron Bolitar novel of which my commentary is: so far, so good. I've read another Harlen Coben novel and it was OK - it was just a straight up crime novel, not nearly enough whodunnit but OK.

I know I'm reading something dead tree in the bathroom but I think I switched that too to the columnist for the WSJ who did the heavy lifting on exposing the Amirault case as crap. Yes, I'm too lazy to go look.

It's Sunday so mostly I'm thinking, I hope I am not eating so late that I can't sing properly, and I hope my knee holds out, and we found out that the boiler in the sanctuary died so we might be able to see our breath in there but I hope not.

Posted by: Tonestaple at February 26, 2017 09:27 AM (+DRpa)

43 Lot of Terry Pratchett. Must be a series.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:28 AM (IDPbH)

44 There is a few H. Beam Piper paperbacks nestled in there including Empire and First Cycle. Plus a few books by Sarah Hoyt. And Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 26, 2017 09:29 AM (5req4)

45 Posted by: Bossy Conservative....outlaw in America at February 26, 2017 09:26 AM (S6Pax)

Trump buys CNN and just keeps the name. I think he nailed it.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:30 AM (IDPbH)

46 Lot of Terry Pratchett. Must be a series.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:28 AM (IDPbH)


You might say that:

http://tinyurl.com/zluv7vd

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 26, 2017 09:31 AM (UDXti)

47 Thanks, kindletot, for giving me a roughly achievable library. These random stacks around the house really have to go here at the quantum house (which seems to have its own LaBrea auxiliary where stuff just bubbles randomly to the surface). Critical note: needs a footstool because you can use the cat for a backrest.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 09:32 AM (MIKMs)

48 good morning horde

day 2 of my headache
I'm tired of it
sleeping is exhausting

new clean paranormal by homschoolering mom Bokerah
link in nic

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 09:32 AM (Om16U)

49 Posted by: Bossy Conservative....outlaw in America at February 26, 2017 09:26 AM (S6Pax)

Seriously though I really didn't like that he had the protagonist drugged up constantly. Sometimes I don't like reality.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:32 AM (IDPbH)

50
I'm nearing the end of reading "Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia" by Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac.

I had read another book -- don't recall its name -- on the Great Game between Great Britain and Russian to fill in the gap between India and Russia with client states or by conquest some years back. It was a slow start for me with this one because it seemed as though it would go over much of the same ground, which it did for about the first third of the book.

Then it shifted focus to the expeditions mounted by the British, Russians, Germans and Americans to explore along the Silk Road routes and to open Tibet. And it became really interesting, as in the fact that German Nazis really did mount expeditions to Tibet prior to WWII looking for the roots of the Aryan nation and seeking common cause with Tibet. Russian Communists schemed to co-opt Tibetan Buddhism to their ends as well.

At the end it takes up Halford MacKinder's Eurasian Heartland hypothesis:Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland / Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island / Who rules the World-Island commands the World. This I had not previously heard of, but it has prompted me to seek out more to read on the topic. All told, I have enjoyed reading this book and recommend it for those interested in the history of Asian exploration by Westerners.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 09:33 AM (v1g1+)

51 I have to disagree with Our Esteemed Host, OregonMuse.


Those pants are perfect if performing janitorial duties for a sliding rock.

Which they are.

Posted by: naturalfake at February 26, 2017 09:33 AM (9q7Dl)

52 kindltot who is the cat?

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 09:34 AM (Om16U)

53 All that and I forgot the actual book Chelsea wrote. It's this one here, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?.
Right. The title sounds like Chelsea went to a Rage Against the Machine
concert or read some Noam Chomsky and is now "woke." But it's just an
analysis of public-private partnerships (PPPs) that exist to combat
health problems. Pretty dry stuff.
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FYI: Gatestone Inst has an essay this am about Denmark selling their own immunization to the Saudis.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 09:34 AM (MIKMs)

54 Posted by: Hrothgar at February 26, 2017 09:31 AM (UDXti)

Yes I was being sarcastic but admittedly I have never been a fan of these type of ongoing fantasy books. I am definitely in the minority.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:34 AM (IDPbH)

55 At last! A library that I can relate to!

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 09:35 AM (ZO497)

56 This false Spring has made weighty tomes difficult to read, what with the sap running through the trees and all, so I must confess to reading mostly John Bellairs YA mysteries. No apologies.

Also started Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman after perusing her website for inspiration:

http://unfuckyourhabitat.tumblr.com/

I like her practical advice suited to those of us afflicted with Adult Onset Attention Disorder (start organizing books and mags, resurface hours later). She advocates a 20/10 system - 20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10-minute break, no marathon cleaning jags allowed.

I also have on my to-read pile Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets by Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix (a science writer and a NASA planetary scientist, respectively).

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 09:36 AM (EnKk6)

57 OM, Thanks for the mention of the various Clinton-connected books. It helps me know what to avoid. Same for the 'what went wrong with the election' books. O'Rourke can be very funny, but I would have to be in the right mood. Maybe after the Dems are deported to Venezuela (which is already screwed up) and the libprogs are in the camps (preferably in Biafra or some other slice of heaven).

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 09:36 AM (V+03K)

58 Something to add to the "To Read" list.

Torpedo Squadron Four - A Cockpit View of WWII by Gerald Thomas who flew combat missions off USS Ranger, USS Bunker Hill and USS Essex.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005208J8S/

Here is an excerpt from the book
http://www.airgroup4.com/torpedo-squadron-four-chapter1.htm

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 26, 2017 09:37 AM (5req4)

59 the top shelf leans LEFT
This is a Bad Sign

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 09:38 AM (Om16U)

60 I'm in a bleh book phase. Nothing seems to be grabbing my interest. I've tried starting several, get a few pages, and close it. My usual apocalyptic zombie stuff isn't appealing right now. I feel like some espionage/spy/thriller/mystery might be good now......suggestions??

Posted by: lindarising schadenbutton! at February 26, 2017 09:38 AM (JNDQi)

61
Chris Wallace gave Corey Lewandowski a fair shake on Fox News Sunday.

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at February 26, 2017 09:40 AM (ZFUt7)

62 Don't forget Horde to go check out Voter Mom's book blog.

http://www.bookhorde.org/

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 26, 2017 09:40 AM (5req4)

63 Awesome how many books we have in common !
And the US Messkits Through The Ages collection caught my eye too.

Found a big box of QST magazines ("devoted entirely to Amateur Radio") from the early 1950's, which are serving as light reading in the bathroom, replacing the Jeeves stories .... from the library a Vince Flynn, "The Last Man" and

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at February 26, 2017 09:40 AM (Oeb2k)

64 Great library, Kindltot.

Now I need a saber on top of my bookcase.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at February 26, 2017 09:41 AM (/WPPJ)

65 Posted by: lindarising schadenbutton! at February 26, 2017 09:38 AM (JNDQi)

Charm School by Nelson DeMille.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:41 AM (IDPbH)

66 aww thanks Anna

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 09:41 AM (Om16U)

67 linda, I found one of the spqr mysteries by maddox at the lib and it was hilarious

the main character is a bit of a Roman Moron

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 09:42 AM (Om16U)

68 65 Posted by: lindarising schadenbutton! at February 26, 2017 09:38 AM (JNDQi)

Charm School by Nelson DeMille.
Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:41 AM (IDPbH)

Seconded.

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 09:43 AM (ANIFC)

69 I feel like some espionage/spy/thriller/mystery might be good now......suggestions??
Posted by: lindarising schadenbutton! at February 26, 2017 09:38 AM (JNDQi

The first few Tom Clancy books. A different geopolitical era obviously but very entertaining.

Red Storm Rising, Cardinal of The Kremlin etc.

Posted by: weirdflunky at February 26, 2017 09:44 AM (ji4P7)

70 In case this matters to you, all the Family Christian Stores, mostly books and DVDs, are closing due to bankruptcy. I suspect online sales were their downfall but I will miss them. It helped to be able to look through a Bible or Bible commentary before purchasing. I didn't mind their higher prices but it's not like I bought expensive Bibles and related books every week.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 09:44 AM (V+03K)

71 Nice library, Kindltot! That kitteh looks like the perfect reading companion.

Posted by: right wing yankee at February 26, 2017 09:45 AM (26lkV)

72 Kindlot , Aprendiste tus verbos?

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:45 AM (IDPbH)

73 Thanks guys, looking at Amazon in 3,2,....

Posted by: lindarising at February 26, 2017 09:45 AM (JNDQi)

74 Love the library Kindltot. Is that a Katana on the 2nd shelf?

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 09:46 AM (W3lnd)

75 Does anybody have shelves in the loo? My ancestral manse had a telephone booth-sized terlit area with shelves up to the ceiling holding everything from Peanuts cartoon books to Norbert Wiener's Cybernetics to Bennet Cerf to encyclopedias. One could get a well-rounded education in 5-minute increments over the years.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 09:47 AM (EnKk6)

76 Now I need a saber on top of my bookcase.
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Sister and BIL had old farm implements on their wall until one Christmas when some of the kids took them down to 'fight'. No stiches but a close call. Smug laughter from me because they were removable.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 09:47 AM (MIKMs)

77 can NOT read the spines

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at February 26, 2017 09:11 AM (mpXpK)


Not even when you click on the pic to make it bigger?

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 09:48 AM (U+9Zc)

78 How do I sned picture of my library?

Posted by: TheTNPatriot at February 26, 2017 09:49 AM (11Jgn)

79 My sword bayonets are mounted above my doorway. Need bookshelf space for books.

:thinks about mounting book shelves above doorway:

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 09:49 AM (ANIFC)

80 I finished Scott Adams' "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" and I'm now working on Mark Kurlansky's "Salt: A World History". Both easy reads, though in different ways, of course.

A Kingdom of Glass is almost ready to go live- unless something goes catastrophically wrong, it'll be available via Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes Noble on March 1. Just a few more details to sort out, and I'll be an actual honest-to-God author. If that doesn't scare you...

Posted by: right wing yankee at February 26, 2017 09:50 AM (26lkV)

81 I don't remember how I came across him, but I got an ebook collection of short pieces by Stephen Leacock, who wrote in the early-ish 20th century. The man is a hoot. He has that understated British humor that is so enjoyable. I don't know if he influenced PG Wodehouse but I could see how it is possible. Turns out Groucho Marx was a fan and he introduced Jack Benny to the stories. (Benny is one of my comedian heroes. The man was a comedic genius and genuinely nice person.) I can certainly imagine how Leacock might have effected Benny's comedy timing and approach.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 09:52 AM (V+03K)

82 :thinks about mounting book shelves above doorway:

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 09:49 AM (ANIFC)

Only if you can rig up a mechanism by which they'll dump a pile of books onto any unsuspecting burglar's head.

Posted by: right wing yankee at February 26, 2017 09:52 AM (26lkV)

83 One of the higher ups at work gave me & my group a "gold star" for finishing up a priority project on time. I can redeem said star for rewards in the company store, including a $50 B&N gift card.

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 09:52 AM (ANIFC)

84 He gets extra credit for "buncombe spigots" ...

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Hold on, now...

I'll have you know that I am a resident of Buncombe County.

U.S. Senator Robert Rice Reynolds earned the name 'Buncombe Bob' (and tacitly generated the somewhat salacious term 'Buncombe') by generally out-Trumping Trump before Trump was born.

Quite aside from his activities in the Senate (12 years):

1. Planting a big kiss on Jean Harlow, the famous movie star, right on the Capitol steps.

2. Getting married five times.

3. Snubbing the king and queen of Great Britain.

4. Appearing in Lucky Strike cigarette advertising for a $1,000 payment.

5. At 57, marrying a wealthy 20-year old Washington socialite who often wore the famous “Hope” diamond, owned by her mother.


See: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds. By Julian M. Pleasants

Just for the record, his old home is just a 1/4 mile away, and I live just on the slope of Reynolds Mountain, named in his honor.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 09:52 AM (ZO497)

85 how's Chris Wallace's arm doing?

Posted by: Boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 09:52 AM (waD4g)

86 kindlot kitteh is mighty close to that sausage press. Just sayin'.

Posted by: cicero Kaboom! kid at February 26, 2017 09:53 AM (uB+td)

87 The last time I saw pants like those, they were on rodeo clowns. This is not a compliment.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 09:53 AM (V+03K)

88 From the UnF*ck site: "Douglas Adams coined the work ballycumber to describe the half-dozen or so unfinished books that live around your bed."

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 09:54 AM (EnKk6)

89
On the podcast front, I finally wrapped up listening to the fifth series on the liberation of South America from the Spanish by Simon Bolivar and his compatriots on Mike Duncan's Revolutions series. It seemed uneven to me, but I had very little prior knowledge of the topic. He intends to go to the Revolution of 1830 next.

Karina Longworth has started a series of stories about blonde actresses who died under tragic or mysterious circumstances in her You Must Remember This histories of Hollywood's first century. She tends left in her commentary, and never more so than when she told stories related to the Hollywood Blacklist. I like listening to these for something light.

Finally, I have resolved to listen to all 106 podcast episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel. These are fun for bringing back memories, particularly in the commercials, of how entertainment was in the late 1950s. An added bonus is that each episode is between 25 and 30 minutes in length. (There were two versions of this series offered. If you start listening to one and in the first episode the moderator / producer begins with a squishy rationale for why he excised the commercials, find the other one. I cannot stand revisionist hacks -- which he is. My recommended version has Richard Boone's picture as its cover.)

I subscribe to about ten more podcasts (I find more time to listen than to read) which I guess that I will speak of here from tie to time.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 09:54 AM (v1g1+)

90 77
can NOT read the spines

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at February 26, 2017 09:11 AM (mpXpK)

Not even when you click on the pic to make it bigger?


Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 09:48 AM (U+9Zc)

Nope, but I did not try zooming in.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at February 26, 2017 09:55 AM (mpXpK)

91 Last just for fun , easy read in a day book that I read was David Spade's Is Almost Interesting.

The guy has always cracked me up so I got his book. Full of sarcasm and interesting stories about his life.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 09:55 AM (IDPbH)

92 The library of Pergamum: A contender for the greatest library of the ancient world.

http://tinyurl.com/z5q5zon

Posted by: dri at February 26, 2017 09:56 AM (5ivmn)

93 On the topic of 2016 election postmortem books, has anyone read "the making of the president" by Roger Stone? Is it any good?

Posted by: LizLem at February 26, 2017 09:59 AM (0zrEH)

94 I cannot stand revisionist hacks -- which he is. My recommended version has Richard Boone's picture as its cover.)

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Richard Boone is interesting because his face is so nonpretty -- even when younger. Something not seen at all in modern TV or movies. I think there is one hispanic-type guy who shows up now and again, but look in character parts now compared to character parts then. I may be one of the few who enjoyed the old 'Hec Ramsey' series.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 10:00 AM (MIKMs)

95
I think there is one hispanic-type guy who shows up now and again, but look in character parts now compared to character parts then.


Danny Trejo and Wes Studi both have "non-pretty" looks. And both were in Heat.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:05 AM (v1g1+)

96
The last time I saw pants like those, they were on rodeo clowns. This is not a compliment. Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 09:53 AM (V+03K)
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The Harlequin Boys (just wanna have fun).

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 10:05 AM (MIKMs)

97 Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 09:52 AM (ZO497)

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I had to do a semester-long demographic statistical analysis in graduate school and I was assigned to do Buncombe County. This was pre-Internet days. Wonderful people in Buncombe. It's all those bumpkins over in Cumberland County what cause all the problems.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at February 26, 2017 10:06 AM (EZebt)

98 There must be a story to the can of Irish Oatmeal on the top shelf.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 26, 2017 10:07 AM (OeQ/D)

99 Thanks, @Suburbanbanshee. My cultivated indifference has served me well so far, but I might have to make an effort soon. Augustine is worth the work.

Posted by: Alice's Clone Army at February 26, 2017 10:07 AM (sEFY/)

100 Just before the turn of the century, I had to travel to Venezuela. An Enron plant was having issues. Fourth of July would be in the middle of my trip. I asked HR about holiday pay and they said sorry, holiday pay is based on the country you are in.

Venezuelans celebrate their liberation by Bolivar on July 5th. That was a rare win for me.

Posted by: The Real Bruce at February 26, 2017 10:08 AM (Qr8dA)

101 Edward James Olmos.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 10:09 AM (IDPbH)

102 75 ... All Hail Eris, We didn't have shelves in the bathroom growing up (it would have been nice). That's what the back of the commode was for.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 10:09 AM (eCWW3)

103 Saw the movie they made of "The Girl With All the Gifts" last night.

It was pretty good.

The small budget didn't allow them to get the scenery and visuals conjured by the novel's prose so they went with good actors. The girl doesn't look like the book's description of Melanie but acts the part perfectly.

The good: All the actors were great. The "Hungries" were very hungry and frightening.

The bad: The way things are shorthanded for the movie, the tension goes out of the second act.

And they skip over some of the developing logic of the novel for the ending, which seem to give the movie a racial/third world/immigrant political flavor semi-revenge ending. And that dampens the "hope" aspect of our Pandora-analogue girl with all the gifts. Though it's fairly subtley done if intentional.

Though again that may just be an effect of shoehorning the novel into a movie.

Not sure.

Anyway, if you're a fan of the book or a fan of zombie movies-

Check it out.

The first act particularly is dead solid perfect.

Posted by: naturalfake at February 26, 2017 10:09 AM (9q7Dl)

104 A Kingdom of Glass is almost ready to go live- unless something goes catastrophically wrong, it'll be available via Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes Noble on March 1. Just a few more details to sort out, and I'll be an actual honest-to-God author. If that doesn't scare you...
Posted by: right wing yankee at February 26, 2017 09:50 AM (26lkV)

==

hey send me an amazon link and I will blog it

I already promised March 1 to Bokerah but I can do it March 2 or Feb 28 if it goes live a day before

I can include the cover, blurb or any promo type stuff you want

votermom at gmail

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 10:09 AM (Om16U)

105 I see various implements that would look more at home tied onto the back of a gold prospector's burro than in a home library. What did you do with the burro, Kindletot?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 26, 2017 10:10 AM (flUys)

106 Only one bookcase? Libraries just aren't the same after the advent of electronic books (I can't stand the things, but I guess I'll have to adjust).

Posted by: lowtech redneck at February 26, 2017 10:10 AM (egK2C)

107 Danny Trejo and Wes Studi both have "non-pretty" looks. And both were in Heat. Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:05 AM (v1g1+)
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Trejo is the actor I was thinking of. Just look at any sit-com or movie now and there are no character actors -- maybe voice work like Crawford, etc.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 10:11 AM (MIKMs)

108
105 I see various implements that would look more at home tied onto the back of a gold prospector's burro than in a home library. What did you do with the burro, Kindletot?
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 26, 2017 10:10 AM (flUys)


And why are there two corncobs on the top of that box?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:11 AM (v1g1+)

109 Chelsea Clinton is every bit as lovely as Michelle Obama, and equally talented to boot.

An amazing woman, she is.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 26, 2017 10:12 AM (flUys)

110 Still working on 'Supreme Commander,McArthur's Triumph in Japan', Seymour Morris. Very, very interesting read.

Somehow, the process of occupation, pacification and reformation of Japan never really had been a matter of curiosity to me. Love him or hate him, McArthur did a hell of a job, in a very short time, while fending off every imaginable internal and external influence and difficulty.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:12 AM (ZO497)

111 My grandparents had that same chair.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at February 26, 2017 10:13 AM (89T5c)

112 TMI- Headache is better -still pressure but nausea is gone

I really am a whiner

Vic, how are you feeling? Haven't heard a single grumble from you - so stoic.

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 10:14 AM (Om16U)

113 111 My grandparents had that same chair.

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Now you know what happened to it.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 26, 2017 10:14 AM (flUys)

114 Shelvy Thread!

There must be some stout and hidden rear supports on those long-ass shelves, or they'd have a bad case of the sags already. I once built a similar looking thing into the kitchen, which meant only partial-length book loading, and had enough experience to put deeper oak slats on the fronts to spread the load.

Even at that, I soon had to replace the graceful lath strips with one-by-threes and a central post. They finished up OK, but I regretted eyeball-engineering that one.

Only shelf support system I've ever found that would hold straight "inch" (3/4) board with books without sagging is the classic 60's "Swedish" system, with the stamped-steel hooks that reach out in front of the wood, and hook-and-tab links into channels that screw into a stud, and no I don't mean the wallboard.

They're kind of ugly, in their minimal way, but I guess it's one of those things you learn to ignore, like utility poles airbrushed out of a postcard.

Funny thing, if you start with new 1' x 12", it won't sag, but pine will still "cup" no matter how much weight is on it.


Posted by: Stringer Davis at February 26, 2017 10:15 AM (H5rtT)

115 How do I sned picture of my library?

Posted by: TheTNPatriot at February 26, 2017 09:49 AM (11Jgn)


You can attach one or more library pics to an email and send it to my e-mail address that I include at the tail end of every book thread.

I mainly prefer large photos with lots of detail so the morons can snoop around your library and see what you're reading.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:15 AM (U+9Zc)

116 Trejo is the actor I was thinking of. Just look at any sit-com or movie now and there are no character actors -- maybe voice work like Crawford, etc.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 10:11 AM (MIKMs)
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There was a character actor -- I forget who -- who said they spend so much money on the lead actor these days that they don't have much for the rest of the ensemble, whereas in the old days you'd have a wonderful collection of oddballs surrounding the Pretties.

I will say that many of today's television series have wonderful ensemble casts. Just look at the faces in Breaking Bad.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:16 AM (EnKk6)

117 The great game by hopkirk, (1992)

Posted by: admiral marcus at February 26, 2017 10:16 AM (x+C/t)

118 Books schmooks.
I wanna know about that katana.
On fone so when I try to enlarge everything goes blurry.
Or maybe that's because of old age and not getting home last night till about 4.5 hours past my normal bedtime.

Posted by: teej at February 26, 2017 10:16 AM (mzTVj)

119 112 Vic, how are you feeling? Haven't heard a single grumble from you - so stoic.

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 10:14 AM (Om16U)

I have no pain and I am still on the right side of dirt, so no complaints. Except when I have days like yesterday. Sunny, warm, and front porch rocker empty.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at February 26, 2017 10:16 AM (mpXpK)

120 A book shop find was Fighting Gliders of World War II by James Mrazek. Published in 1977, it is a concise survey of the development and techical data of the military gliders used in WWII. Lots of photographs and three-view silhouettes. Seems reasonably well done. The book is marred by some muddy photographs and type-setting errors, however. I rate it 4.5/5 and have tucked it away in my reference library.

According to the information on the fly-leaf, this is a follow-up to the author's earlier book, The Glider War. I have ordered a copy of that book via the intertubes (shout out to abebooks.com!) and will advise the Horde of my verdict when that book arrives.

Posted by: Retired Buckey Cop is now an engineer at February 26, 2017 10:16 AM (5Yee7)

121 Listening to Brandon Sanderson's new short novel, "Snapshot" about a future where "snapshots" of reality are produced to aid in the solving of crimes. Policemen are introduced to the copy of the actual day a crime took place to find evidence missed in the actual investigation. There are rules to be followed so as not to produce too many deviations. So you have two cops following up on a crime deciding to investigate( without permission) an unreported incident that happened on the same day. Interesting concept. I wonder if Sanderson is going to follow this up with a sequel or if this is a one story idea.

Posted by: Tuna at February 26, 2017 10:17 AM (jm1YL)

122 Look how that comfy chair has been prepared for Kindltot's owner. "Kindltot's library"? I think not.

Posted by: KT at February 26, 2017 10:18 AM (qahv/)

123 OT crazy skandis put 4 kittehs in a dollhouse and have a new hit reality show

Live feed http://nutiminn.is/kattarshians/

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 10:18 AM (Om16U)

124 Trejo is the actor I was thinking of. Just look at any sit-com or movie now and there are no character actors -- maybe voice work like Crawford, etc.
Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 10:11 AM (MIKMs)


Isn't Trejo that ugly, mean-looking dude who usually plays thugs or gang members? And who is currently doing ads for Sling TV?
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Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:18 AM (U+9Zc)

125
117 The great game by hopkirk, (1992)
Posted by: admiral marcus at February 26, 2017 10:16 AM (x+C/t)


Yes, that was it. Thank you!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:18 AM (v1g1+)

126 There's a report that Bill Paxton has died from complications due to surgery.

Posted by: Country Singer at February 26, 2017 10:19 AM (GUBah)

127 Not exactly reading this week, but I'm editing a book on the history of the Jews of Iraq, which I can't really write about here since it hasn't been published yet. The Jews of Iraq liked to think of themselves as descending from the biblical exiles (hence the Iraqi Jewry Museum in Israel is named the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center). Unfortunately, there was a hiatus in which the Jewish community in Iraq was basically non-existent and then eventually re-created. Reading this history makes me wonder if Iraq is not a bit like Poland -- that is, easily a target for expanding empires over time. The Jewish community in Iraq basically ceased to exist in the 1950s with Operation Ezra and Nehemiah, at which time, Iraqi Jews gave up their Iraqi citizenship and went to Israel. I'll try to mention this book again when it comes out. One cool thing about living in Israel is realizing that there are so many different ethnic groups among the Jews.

Posted by: Alifa at February 26, 2017 10:20 AM (SRvz3)

128
Isn't Trejo that ugly, mean-looking dude who usually plays thugs or gang members? And who is currently doing ads for Sling TV?


He was the wrought up Marcia Brady in the "you're not yourself" Snickers ad.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:20 AM (v1g1+)

129 Bill Pullman is dead?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 26, 2017 10:20 AM (flUys)

130 that's too bad about Bill Paxton
solid actor

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 10:21 AM (Om16U)

131 Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:12 AM (ZO497)

I assume you already read American Caesar ?

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 10:21 AM (IDPbH)

132 I had to do a semester-long demographic statistical analysis in graduate school and I was assigned to do Buncombe County. This was pre-Internet days. Wonderful people in Buncombe. It's all those bumpkins over in Cumberland County what cause all the problems.
Posted by: San Franpsycho
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Would that it were still so. We have been steamrolled by out-of-state retirees, hipsters, and Progressives.

This last election, for the first time, there were more people voting who had not been born in NC, then people who were. It doesn't take a genius to see that the local culture and landscape are doomed.

The indifferent trampling of ones home is a very sad/angering thing to witness. As you might imagine, the invaders feel that the natives ought to be grateful.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:21 AM (ZO497)

133 Cop - "When Chaos Reigns" is a good book about Normandy's airborne actions, and includes some good glider action/info. scary stuff.

I will check out the ones you mentioned.

My sailboat was built by a company that uses an old WWII Glider 'factory' shed.

Posted by: goatexchange at February 26, 2017 10:21 AM (o3MuO)

134 Kingdom of Glass is almost ready to go live- unless something goes catastrophically wrong, it'll be available via Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes Noble on March 1. Just a few more details to sort out, and I'll be an actual honest-to-God author. If that doesn't scare you...
Posted by: right wing yankee at February 26, 2017 09:50 AM (26lkV)


So why is this the first time I'm hearing about this?

E-mail me the pertinent details and I'll announce it next week. Heck, I woulda announced it this week if you had told me.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:23 AM (U+9Zc)

135 108
105 I see various implements that would look more at home tied onto the back of a gold prospector's burro than in a home library. What did you do with the burro, Kindletot?
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 26, 2017 10:10 AM (flUys)

And why are there two corncobs on the top of that box?
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:11 AM (v1g1+)

I think there are things about kindltot that we don't want to know.

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 10:23 AM (ANIFC)

136 Loved Peter Hopkirk's Trespassers on the Roof of the World: the Race for Lhasa

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:23 AM (EnKk6)

137
126 There's a report that Bill Paxton has died from complications due to surgery.
Posted by: Country Singer at February 26, 2017 10:19 AM (GUBah)


TMZ says yes.

Game over, man!

RIP Bill.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:23 AM (v1g1+)

138 What?! Game Over for Bill Paxton?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:24 AM (EnKk6)

139 He was the wrought up Marcia Brady in the "you're not yourself" Snickers ad.
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:20 AM (v1g1


Ya, that's him. I wonder if he ever gets tired of being type-cast.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:24 AM (U+9Zc)

140 Bill Paxton has died. Only 61. He gave an enjoyable performance in every film he was in. RIP.

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 10:25 AM (ANIFC)

141 The hubby is away visiting the child and grandchildren. Should I take in the new John Wick movie? Decisions, decisions.

Posted by: Tuna at February 26, 2017 10:25 AM (jm1YL)

142 Weird Science, Navy SEALs, Aliens...... he had some great roles.

Posted by: goatexchange at February 26, 2017 10:26 AM (o3MuO)

143 Reading this history makes me wonder if Iraq is not a bit like Poland -- that is, easily a target for expanding empires over time.

Oooh, ooh, pick me pick me!

Iraq is an indefensible flatland cut with meandering rivers in an inhospitable climate. Historically it has rarely been able to unite by itself; generally outsiders have had to do it. Even when Iraq has been ruled from an Iraqi city, like 'Abbasid Baghdad, the rulers have depended on an outside base of support - in the 'Abbasid case, on Iranians and Turks.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:26 AM (ofVSV)

144 >>>You can click on it for a closer look. It's got pretty much everything a moron library should have:

501 Spanish Verbs. ¡Me gusta!

Posted by: ¡Jeb! at February 26, 2017 10:26 AM (W8bn5)

145 Oh my, I've read pretty much every book in that library, including some of the cookbooks on the top shelf.

Posted by: Scott-High Plains Deplorable at February 26, 2017 10:26 AM (2tbcA)

146 Isn't Trejo that ugly, mean-looking dude who usually plays thugs or gang members? And who is currently doing ads for Sling TV? He was the wrought up Marcia Brady in the "you're not yourself" Snickers ad. Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:20 AM (v1g1+)
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At least he is working. A few weeks ago there was a CBD picture with an 'elderly ' woman praying with a kid. Saw that same actress a few days ago in an old Honeysomething PI show as a tough insurance scammer. It is a lot of fun to pick out the old character actors. I'll bet right now that most of them look unremarkable in real life -- and the Hollywood disconnect strikes again.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 10:27 AM (MIKMs)

147 RIP Hudson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV1_aDIV7v4

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:27 AM (EnKk6)

148 Wonder how I hit "post" in the middle of everything, but anyway, the other library book is "Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd", one of Alan Bradley's Flavia De Luce novels.
Written from the viewpoint of a precocious 12 year old girl who likes to solve murder mysteries, I'm not sure whether it's a good read or intolerable, still only halfway through. Haven't cast it aside yet, though; probably a good sign.

I enjoyed Mark Kurlansky's "Salt: A World History" a lot .... an interesting subject.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at February 26, 2017 10:28 AM (Oeb2k)

149
140 Bill Paxton has died. Only 61. He gave an enjoyable performance in every film he was in. RIP.
Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 10:25 AM (ANIFC)


I'll spot you all of them except Twister. Loathsomely idiotic movie, especially the role played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:28 AM (v1g1+)

150 I wanna know about that katana.

Posted by: teej at February 26, 2017 10:16 AM (mzTVj)

Great minds think alike. It looks like it might be a WWII Japanese NCO sword.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at February 26, 2017 10:29 AM (NJYYf)

151 Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:26 AM (ofVSV)

I thought Iraq was pretty much invented by Winston Churchill.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:29 AM (U+9Zc)

152 Paxton was an actor that was just a bit more than just a supporting actor. Had a few leading roles. I forgot which 'ette just mention Twister was one of her favorite movies.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 10:29 AM (IDPbH)

153 Paxton was good in Live / Die / Repeat (or whatever its name was) too. "I see everyone is having a productive morning. You know it gives me a swell of pride knowing soldiers of your... caliber will be leading the charge tomorrow. Tip of the spear. Edge of the knife. ... Crack of my ass"

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:30 AM (ofVSV)

154 I assume you already read American Caesar ?
Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth
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Any assumptions regarding myself ought to be, by default, negative. That is always the safe bet.

So, nope. Haven't read it. But I'll add it to my list.

What I know about McArthur has been learned peripherally, i.e., always in the context of one action situation, or another, or by reputation. I've never read anything devoted specifically to him.

I see that Ambrose has written a book that looks to be in a similar vein.

Like him, dislike him, the guy was a giant of a man.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:30 AM (ZO497)

155 OregonMuse: the region was called al-'Iraq in the old Arab histories too, but nobody was called an "Iraqi" then. They were called Baghdadis, Kufis, Basris...

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:31 AM (ofVSV)

156 Every Horde member ever? (Well, and Hitler, obviously)



Are those spittoons, ashtrays, or bedpans on the top shelf?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 09:20 AM (EnKk6)


Those are mess kits, US WWI and WWII.

when I was taking the picture I realized a stuffed crocodile and several bundles of dried herbs hanging from the ceiling would make the look complete.


Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 10:31 AM (XMCn6)

157 Bill Paxton has died. Only 61. He gave an enjoyable performance in every film he was in. RIP.
Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 10:25 AM (ANIFC)


I always feel weird when somebody famous dies who is my age.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:31 AM (U+9Zc)

158 Just started the eBook, Bullies by Ben Shapiro.

Posted by: Very Irredeemably Undude at February 26, 2017 10:32 AM (2X7pN)

159 Paxton played a good role in Tombstone as Earp's brother.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at February 26, 2017 10:32 AM (89T5c)

160 Every Horde member ever? (Well, and Hitler, obviously)

There's a difference?

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:32 AM (ofVSV)

161 Sorry to hear about Bill.
Gives me a justifiable excuse to watch Twister today.
My normal "good" excuse just isn't appropriate because, Sunday.

Posted by: teej at February 26, 2017 10:33 AM (mzTVj)

162 Bill Paxton was pretty funny in Weird Science. Although I really didn't pay much attention to anything other than Kelly LeBrock.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at February 26, 2017 10:34 AM (NJYYf)

163
Bill Paxton, "Game over, man! Game over!"

https://youtu.be/dsx2vdn7gpY

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 10:34 AM (v1g1+)

164 161 Sorry to hear about Bill.
Gives me a justifiable excuse to watch Twister today.
My normal "good" excuse just isn't appropriate because, Sunday.
Posted by: teej at February 26, 2017 10:33 AM (mzTVj)

I'm going to take in a viewing of "True Lies" just for his sleazy douchebag car salesman.

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 10:34 AM (ANIFC)

165 Shit,Bill Oaxton died?RIP to a guy who brought us some memorable characters,even in his smallest parts.

Posted by: steevy at February 26, 2017 10:35 AM (r/0kC)

166 Those are mess kits, US WWI and WWII.

when I was taking the picture I realized a stuffed crocodile and several bundles of dried herbs hanging from the ceiling would make the look complete.


Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 10:31 AM (XMCn6)
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Yes, taxidermy! That's what was missing.

Extra points if it's home taxidermy.

Other additions:

Opium pipe with residue
Statues of gods or goddesses that demanded blood sacrifice
Something floating in formaldehyde

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:35 AM (EnKk6)

167 ... actually I take that back, I think non-Iraqis would call the Iraqis, Iraqis. Usually when insulting them all: al-Hajjaj's speeches are good for a chuckle here.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:35 AM (ofVSV)

168 Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:30 AM (ZO497)

William Manchester wrote American Ceasar and as I understand it he really didn't like MacArthur but his biography couldn't help but show the giant of a man MacArthur was. His speech at West Point is one of the best ever. Transcript is on line.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 10:36 AM (IDPbH)

169 Every Horde member ever? (Well, and Hitler, obviously)
There's a difference? Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:32 AM (ofVSV)
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Are we all old enough to remember when Napoleon was the usurper and every crazy was running around claiming they were old Nappy and were promptly given invitations to the local rest farm? Guess nowadays accusations of Nappy and claims of gender dysphoria are the new normal.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 10:37 AM (MIKMs)

170 Yes, taxidermy! That's what was missing.

Extra points if it's home taxidermy.

Other additions:

Opium pipe with residue
Statues of gods or goddesses that demanded blood sacrifice
Something floating in formaldehyde

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:35 AM (EnKk6)



Creepy dried monkey's paw - extra literary credit


Elephant's foot umbrella stand - You win teh internets!!!

Posted by: naturalfake at February 26, 2017 10:37 AM (9q7Dl)

171 You need a leg lamp for reading light.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 26, 2017 10:39 AM (IDPbH)

172 Extra points if it's home taxidermy.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:35 AM (EnKk6)



https://tinyurl.com/muu89sr

Posted by: Country Singer at February 26, 2017 10:39 AM (GUBah)

173 OK, Mrs. JTB is a little weirded out. Bill Paxton was born the same day she was. I don't know what the surgery was for but we seem to be hearing more and more about this kind of thing.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 10:39 AM (V+03K)

174 It is a lot of fun to pick out the old character actors.
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Heh. Beatrice Taylor (Aunt Bee, Andy Griffith Show) in a dustup with Tonto, in a Lone Ranger segment.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:39 AM (ZO497)

175 My sailboat was built by a company that uses an old WWII Glider 'factory' shed.

Posted by: goatexchange at February 26, 2017 10:21 AM (o3MuO)


The Waco factory in Troy, Ohio, is apparently a museum now; I've not been there but my brother has. They designed the most ubiquitous US military glider.

Posted by: Retired Buckey Cop is now an engineer at February 26, 2017 10:39 AM (5Yee7)

176
Elephant's foot umbrella stand - You win teh internets!!!

Posted by: naturalfake at February 26, 2017 10:37 AM (9q7Dl)
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We had one! It really set off the tiger head.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:39 AM (EnKk6)

177 Time for Mass. See you later

Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 10:40 AM (ANIFC)

178 166. Dammit! I thought my webcam was off.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 10:41 AM (vRS2v)

179 Yes, taxidermy! That's what was missing.

Extra points if it's home taxidermy.

Other additions:

Opium pipe with residue
Statues of gods or goddesses that demanded blood sacrifice
Something floating in formaldehyde

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:35 AM (EnKk6)


Creepy dried monkey's paw - extra literary credit


Elephant's foot umbrella stand - You win teh internets!!!

Posted by: naturalfake
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I have a bone-handled scalpel on the bookshelf.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:41 AM (ZO497)

180 Posted by: Country Singer at February 26, 2017 10:39 AM (GUBah)

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I'm peeing my Underoos!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:41 AM (EnKk6)

181 Creepy dried monkey's paw - extra literary credit


Elephant's foot umbrella stand - You win teh internets!!!

Posted by: naturalfake at February 26, 2017 10:37 AM (9q7Dl)



What, no barstools upholstered with whale foreskins?

Posted by: Country Singer at February 26, 2017 10:42 AM (GUBah)

182 Sad about Bill Paxton. Twister is a stupid movie, but one of those I always watch when I happen acros it on TV-I cannot explain why. Same with Weird Science-I have probably seen both of them 100 times. Also liked Bill in Big Love, even though it was a thinly veiled hit on Romney and he wasn't a 100% likable character. RIP, Private Hudson.

Posted by: Goldilocks at February 26, 2017 10:42 AM (pOgVG)

183 "Statues of gods or goddesses that demanded blood sacrifice"

I have a plush cthulhu.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:42 AM (ofVSV)

184 Time for Mass. See you later

That's only part of the equation.

Posted by: Zombie Albert Einstein at February 26, 2017 10:42 AM (IcT7t)

185 Opium pipe with residue
Statues of gods or goddesses that demanded blood sacrifice
Something floating in formaldehyde

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:35 AM (EnKk6)


Also acceptable: skulls. Preferably human ones, but ones of unable-to-be-identified animals will do.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:44 AM (U+9Zc)

186 That's only part of the equation.
Posted by: Zombie Albert Einstein at February 26, 2017 10:42 AM (IcT7t)


Well played, sir.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:44 AM (U+9Zc)

187 "Complications from surgery" I'm sure that's a great comfort to his family.

Iatragenic deaths- I'm not a fan.

Posted by: t-bird at February 26, 2017 10:44 AM (k8DTS)

188 I have a bone-handled scalpel on the bookshelf.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:41 AM (ZO497)
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Note to weary travelers: don't stop at Hammer House.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:44 AM (EnKk6)

189 That red statue on the top shelf is actually a statue of a cat.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 10:45 AM (W8bn5)

190 the home taxidermist page is full of LOL. half of them look like spongmonkeys who like the moon and eat at Quizno

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:45 AM (ofVSV)

191 E Deplurbus Unum, and all, that is an IR heater and it lives unplugged because the hanging light and the blower for the wood stove have priority

I'm still wrestling with the concern about a library flanking a fireplace, though.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 10:45 AM (XMCn6)

192 Time for Mass. See you later

That's only part of the equation.
Posted by: Zombie Albert Einstein
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I think you failed to properly parse 'see you later'.
That implies a passage of time and physical displacement.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:46 AM (ZO497)

193 190 the home taxidermist page is full of LOL. half of them look like spongmonkeys who like the moon and eat at Quizno
Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:45 AM (ofVSV)


Friend of mine was given a book of photos of bad taxidermy as a gift. Don't remember the name, but it had the word 'crap' in the title.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:46 AM (U+9Zc)

194 I have a plush cthulhu.
Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:42 AM (ofVSV)
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Mine's on a shelf at work. It's a big hand puppet.

I've been tempted to speak through Him at my next status report meeting.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:46 AM (EnKk6)

195 And with that one statement you have shown that you know at least 1000 times more about them than I do you old jarhead.

I barely started getting into them when one of the shihans in my life who did know them passed from liver cancer. Had bought a Paul Chen Practical Plus and was working on a series of Iado draws.

One thing he told me was that for actual real life use, the modern ones that were well made like Paul Chen's models, were better than the ones from way back.
Better metalurgy.

Posted by: teej at February 26, 2017 10:46 AM (mzTVj)

196 I'm still wrestling with the concern about a library flanking a fireplace, though.

You know who else kept his house warm with books, don't you? HITLER.

Posted by: t-bird at February 26, 2017 10:46 AM (k8DTS)

197
https://tinyurl.com/muu89sr

Posted by: Country Singer at February 26, 2017 10:39 AM (GUBah)



Hilarious!

I want to mount the leopard's head in the guest bathroom at eye-level for anyone sitting on the toilet.

Posted by: naturalfake at February 26, 2017 10:47 AM (9q7Dl)

198
hey send me an amazon link and I will blog it



I already promised March 1 to Bokerah but I can do it March 2 or Feb 28 if it goes live a day before



I can include the cover, blurb or any promo type stuff you want



votermom at gmail

Posted by: votermom at February 26, 2017 10:09 AM (Om16U)

Thanks! I'm planning to do a test upload today and I'll let you know when the real thing is available.

Posted by: right wing yankee at February 26, 2017 10:47 AM (26lkV)

199
"Don't Stop at Hammer House"

Starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee...

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living at February 26, 2017 10:47 AM (x3uSY)

200
Elephant's foot umbrella stand - You win teh internets!!!

Posted by: naturalfake

A loaded, percussion howdah pistol in some caliber north of .70 would be a nice touch. In case zombie tigers approach.

Posted by: Jean at February 26, 2017 10:47 AM (zZb/S)

201 I always feel weird when somebody famous dies who is my age.
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:31 AM (U+9Zc)

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The "weird" part eventually goes away. Unfortunately.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at February 26, 2017 10:47 AM (EZebt)

202 I think you failed to properly parse 'see you later'.

That implies a passage of time and physical displacement.


It's all relative.

Posted by: Zombie Albert Einstein at February 26, 2017 10:48 AM (IcT7t)

203 Yes! I knew it!

http://crappytaxidermy.com/

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:48 AM (U+9Zc)

204 "Don't Stop at Hammer House"

Starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee...
Posted by: the guy that moves pianos
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My truck key is on a Bates Motel fob.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:49 AM (ZO497)

205 Hillary has a taped message to the DNC: "Resistance plus persistence equals progress for our party and country."

So, we're going to keep obstructing and keep calling for Russia hearings.

Will the Ds try to top the Oscars during the SOTU on Tuesday?

Posted by: Ignoramus at February 26, 2017 10:50 AM (bQxkN)

206 The hubby is away visiting the child and grandchildren. Should I take in the new John Wick movie? Decisions, decisions.

Posted by: Tuna at February 26, 2017 10:25 AM (jm1YL)


Not as good as the first one. They just couldn't capture lightening in a bottle a second time. It is OK and Wick kills moocho bad guys.

Posted by: Retired Buckey Cop is now an engineer at February 26, 2017 10:51 AM (5Yee7)

207 Yes! I knew it!

http://crappytaxidermy.com/
Posted by: OregonMuse
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That , is truly, truly...disturbing.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:51 AM (ZO497)

208 203 Yes! I knew it!

http://crappytaxidermy.com/
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:48 AM (U+9Zc)
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I think I saw these in a Nine Inch Nails video.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 10:51 AM (EnKk6)

209 >>>>My truck key is on a Bates Motel fob.<<<<<

On 301 between Citra and Waldo, Fl there is an old motor inn with a taxidermy sign out front. Cracks me up every time I pass it.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living at February 26, 2017 10:52 AM (x3uSY)

210 Fuck P.J. O'Rourke too. He was a #NeverTrumper who got both the man and the movement totally wrong and would have been happy to see Hillary n the WH. Yeah, he's got a way with words and his Republican Party Reptile shtick was funny -- and his books were enjoyable-- back in the '80's. Now he's vomited out a book about the election he badly misread and miscalled and he expects us to pony up to read a list of colorful insults at Trump and the people who voted for him. No sale. He's not really a conservative--he's an elitist snob. And he's not really an Irishman either. He's an Orangeman.

Posted by: JoeF. at February 26, 2017 10:53 AM (7uYFy)

211 Hillary has a taped message to the DNC: "Resistance plus persistence equals progress for our party and country."

Posted by: Ignoramus at February 26, 2017 10:50 AM (bQxkN)


So she's egging on the howling mob. Nice.

Does she accuses DJT of being 'divisive'? Because that would be, like, ironic.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:54 AM (U+9Zc)

212 Thank you JoeF for saying what needs to be said. But speaking as an erstwhile Englishman (mostly), we don't want him either.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:54 AM (ofVSV)

213 When I first took a briggs myers test, paper and pencil back then, one of the suggested careers for me was taxidermy.

is it too late to get into it?

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 10:55 AM (Om16U)

214 Read a pre-pub version of Worlds Apart, Book 12 by James Wittenbach, caught a few spelling errors and inconsistencies. Though I hadn't yet read the previous 11 volumes I found it pretty easy to jump in, has a sci-fi story that reminded me a bit of BSG but with some comedy mixed in. Fun book.

Posted by: waelse1 at February 26, 2017 10:56 AM (+M9P2)

215 Heh. Beatrice Taylor (Aunt Bee, Andy Griffith Show) in a dustup with Tonto, in a Lone Ranger segment.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:39 AM (ZO497)

*******

Here's the clip:

http://tinyurl.com/gnpt6tn

Posted by: Elinor, Who Usually Looks Lurkily at February 26, 2017 10:56 AM (NqQAS)

216 Hillary has a taped message to the DNC: "Resistance plus persistence equals progress for our party and country."
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They seem to be on a mission to tear the country apart. That sort on talk always seemed hyperbole in the past, but the Progressives/Socialists are now revealed to be 100% about their political philosophy, power, and control, without any regard whatsoever for the well-being of the Republic. None.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:56 AM (ZO497)

217 213. You're in the desert, votermom. You look down and see a tortoise.....

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 10:57 AM (vRS2v)

218 Problem w John Wick 2 is the story line. The first one is pretty straightforward as a revenge flick.

This one has murkier motivations.

Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 10:57 AM (HV1LS)

219 We had an estate auction locally of firearms and I spent a lot of time reading on the internets and my reference books about the pieces being offered. Always enjoyable reading. It was a rather eclectic collection but I have rather eclectic interests in guns, so there was a lot to consider.

I was rapidly outbid for most of them but did bring home an unfired Ruger stainless Single-Six convertible with the longer barrel.

Note: I am not trying to make this a gun thread.

Shifty-eyed look at OM.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 10:58 AM (eCWW3)

220 Here's the clip:

http://tinyurl.com/gnpt6tn
Posted by: Elinor
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Heh. Probably worked much better when aired, prior to the Aunt Bee persona being established. Too bad Tonto didn't shoot her, that would have been a real capper.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 10:59 AM (NBHj5)

221 Votermom, the shelves are plumb, the distortion is due to the angle of the camera.

And the cat is Minky, he is currently growing hair back on his back from surgery.
A sweeter tempered cat I have never met. Right up to the point where I try to put him in a carrier to go to the vet.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 10:59 AM (XMCn6)

222 So,Perez getting the nod means Hillary is the candidate again in 2020?

Posted by: steevy at February 26, 2017 11:00 AM (r/0kC)

223 https://tinyurl.com/muu89sr

Posted by: Country Singer at February 26, 2017 10:39 AM (GUBah)


Only on AoS, could there be a commenter able to immediately pull up exactly the right link for a deservedly obscure topic like this!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 26, 2017 11:00 AM (UDXti)

224 Votermom, the shelves are plumb, the distortion is due to the angle of the camera.
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That's what they always say.

Posted by: Shelvey Shelverstein at February 26, 2017 11:01 AM (NBHj5)

225 "...caught a few spelling errors and inconsistencies."

Also known as "I teejed."
In Clancy's books I catch em every now an then.
Rainbow Six - Salinas Kansas? Really?
Salinas is in Kommiefornia (and maybe elsewhere?).
Salina is in Kansas.

Posted by: teej at February 26, 2017 11:01 AM (mzTVj)

226 Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 10:58 AM (eCWW3)

How did you get notified of such an estate sale?

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 26, 2017 11:01 AM (UDXti)

227 I just finished "The Gift of Fear" which was interesting.

Basically, if you feel something is wrong, it is wrong. Act accordingly, even if it is not "polite" to do so.

Also, ignore your boyfriend/ employee/ other stalker and don't get a restraining order. That typically sets them on the path to murder.

Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:02 AM (J5mC3)

228 About McMaster putting blame on LBJ for Vietnam.

That recent historian poll that had Obama at 12 had LBJ at 10. I put nearly all the blame for Vietnam on LBJ, for lying our way into what became the worst American debacle of the 20th Century, which is what got him hounded from office.

Some of the left-over blame goes to JFK, who colluded in the murder of President Diem. The poll has JFK at number 9, which is risible except that getting shot was JFK's best career move.

Posted by: Ignoramus at February 26, 2017 11:02 AM (bQxkN)

229 Reminder, before I forget -- Sean McMullen, Aussie SF author did 'Greatwinter Trilogy' and I have to reread it. Culling children who could do arithmetic to become the cogs of a great calculating machine. Anyway, I like post-apocalyptic fiction, but I need to revisit this one because my kids are safely graduated and maybe now I can read it without the horror aspects.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 11:02 AM (MIKMs)

230 Nice chair! Wonder where the human sits, though...

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Deplorable Unicode Character at February 26, 2017 11:03 AM (9krrF)

231 So,Perez getting the nod means Hillary is the candidate again in 2020?

Posted by: steevy at February 26, 2017 11:00 AM (r/0kC)


It means that they've doubled down on identity politics.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 11:03 AM (0UKUb)

232 In 2003ish I flew out of Little Rock and there was a woman with big hair in front of me at the ticket counter. The agent screwed up and gave me her boarding pass. It was Susan MacDougal. I asked if that was THE Susan MacDougal and the agent said yes it was so she was apparently still well known there then.

I often wondered how the Clintons engendered such loyalty and the funny lines as in this post came up, but now that we know the Deep State is really a thing they probably aren't jokes.

I wonder how many things we look at as odd are the result of the Deep State in action. I used to think the John Roberts blackmail thing was nutty but now I figure I entirely possible.

Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:05 AM (HV1LS)

233 Reminder, before I forget -- Sean McMullen, Aussie SF author did 'Greatwinter Trilogy' and I have to reread it. Culling children who could do arithmetic to become the cogs of a great calculating machine. Anyway, I like post-apocalyptic fiction, but I need to revisit this one because my kids are safely graduated and maybe now I can read it without the horror aspects.

Posted by: mustbequantum


I read the first in that series. The saber-toothed kitties and the periodic siren's-call business are interesting details that actually get attention in the world-building.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Deplorable Unicode Character at February 26, 2017 11:05 AM (9krrF)

234 231. well,they were going to do that with either choice.

Posted by: steevy at February 26, 2017 11:05 AM (r/0kC)

235 231. SJW'S always double down. That's rule #2 of SJW's

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 11:05 AM (vRS2v)

236 It means that they've doubled down on identity politics.
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1. Hated Hillary enough to elect Chocolate Jesus twice
2. Hated Hillary enough to elect Golden Scalp Weasel.
3. Obviously, the third time is the charm, and she will continue to run for President with the media's support until she's shoved into the body bag.

Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:05 AM (J5mC3)

237 So,Perez getting the nod means Hillary is the candidate again in 2020?

Posted by: steevy

It means that they've doubled down on identity politics.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004


Which would differ from if Ellison won how, exactly?

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Deplorable Unicode Character at February 26, 2017 11:06 AM (9krrF)

238 Also, ignore your boyfriend/ employee/ other stalker and don't get a restraining order. That typically sets them on the path to murder.

Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:02 AM (J5mC3)


I mentioned The Gift of Fear on this here book thread 2-3 years ago.

Did he really say it's best to just ignore persistent exes and creepy stalkers? Because that's when the fear instinct is really screaming at you that you need to do something.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 11:06 AM (0UKUb)

239 I would imagine that the popularity of home taxidermy plummeted after the release of Psycho

Posted by: Chuck C at February 26, 2017 11:07 AM (h99GH)

240
They seem to be on a mission to tear the country apart. That sort on talk always seemed hyperbole in the past, but the Progressives/Socialists are now revealed to be 100% about their political philosophy, power, and control, without any regard whatsoever for the well-being of the Republic. None.

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I believe the trite phrase is "my way or the highway."

Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:07 AM (J5mC3)

241 The poll has JFK at number 9, which is risible except that getting shot was JFK's best career move.
Posted by: Ignoramus
----------------

I'm reminded that a critic observed of Carl Sandberg's 'Lincoln' biography that it was ".. the worse thing to happen to Lincoln since John Wilkes Booth".

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 11:07 AM (ZO497)

242 226 ... The auction was held at our club for the estate of a member who passed away a few months ago. Wasn't open to the public.

The one piece I really wanted (not needed) was a S and W model 10-6 professionally converted and slicked up for bullseye and PPC use. Took about ten seconds for the bidding to exceed my maximum price. Sigh! I'll just have to muddle through with a K-38. :-)

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 11:09 AM (eCWW3)

243

Bill Pullman is mort?

Posted by: Soothsayer 45 at February 26, 2017 11:09 AM (NwpKw)

244 I would imagine that the popularity of home taxidermy plummeted after the release of Psycho
Posted by: Chuck C
--------------

The sales of opaque shower curtains may have diminished also.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 11:09 AM (ZO497)

245 It means that they've doubled down on identity politics.

Why, is he a gay trans-Latino? I would have thought Ellison had all the high cards.

Posted by: t-bird at February 26, 2017 11:10 AM (/cksx)

246 On the podcast front, I finally wrapped up listening to the fifth series on the liberation of South America from the Spanish by Simon Bolivar and his compatriots on Mike Duncan's Revolutions series. It seemed uneven to me, but I had very little prior knowledge of the topic. He intends to go to the Revolution of 1830 next.

[. . .]
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot at February 26, 2017 09:54 AM (v1g1+)


I am bookmarking that site and will listen to it when History of English podcast gets a bit much. Thank you!

Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 11:11 AM (XMCn6)

247 Robert Greene - The 49 Laws of Power. A nice digest of practical wisdom. A lot of what Trump did and is doing is a real-time master class in these principles.

Recommended strongly for the Horde.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 11:11 AM (vRS2v)

248 Game over, man! Game over!

Posted by: Private Hudson at February 26, 2017 11:11 AM (nFdGS)

249 Hillary has a taped message to the DNC: "Resistance plus persistence equals progress for our party and country."

Define "progress". Define "country". I think they think that if the make their language vague enough, they can bamboozle the blue collar workers who abandoned them to come back to the fold. I think we're past that point now.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 11:11 AM (W8bn5)

250 Which would differ from if Ellison won how, exactly?
Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Deplorable Unicode Character at February 26, 2017 11:06 AM (9krrF)


Ellison was the choice of Bernie's fanbois, many of whom announced on Twitter that they're "leaving the party" after Lopez was chosen. So I think this means that with Ellison, the identity politics would have taken a back seat to destroying the country with cockamamie economic schemes imposed in the name of 'fairness' and 'equality', i.e. socialism.

Think of Lopez and Ellison as proxies for Hillary and Bernie.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 11:12 AM (0UKUb)

251 McMasters take in Dereliction of Duty is pretty brave. It is an article of faith in the Army that they did everything right and it was just the politicians who got it wrong.

Vietnam gets an almost hagiographic view by senior leaders but often misses that the Army was thoroughly destroyed by that war. And the Army leaders played a role in that.

Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:12 AM (HV1LS)

252 @215 Thanks for that. One of my Studebaker friends is working his way through the early Lone Ranger TV episodes, so I sent him that because of the Drivers Club connection.

Frances Bavier appeared in her own car on the Andy Griffith show. Later one of the chapters of the club obtained the car, restored it, and sold it as a fund-raiser.

My take? "She was asking for it, Kemo Sabe."

Posted by: Stringer Davis at February 26, 2017 11:12 AM (H5rtT)

253 Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 10:59 AM (XMCn6)

hah
I meant the books and cds on the shelf are leaning left
just a joke on your possible hidden sjw leanings
*beady eyes*

Minky looks adorable

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 11:13 AM (Om16U)

254 I would imagine that the popularity of home taxidermy plummeted after the release of Psycho
Posted by: Chuck C
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The sales of opaque shower curtains may have diminished also.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 11:09 AM (ZO497


Fun fact: The 'blood' that washed down the drain in the famous shower scene was actually chocolate syrup.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 11:14 AM (0UKUb)

255 247. Sorry. 48 Laws of Power. Stupid memory.....

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 11:14 AM (vRS2v)

256 Lopez named Elison deputy chair and they are still pouting.

Also, the Democrats voted down a black man which should be prima facie evidence of racism.

Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:14 AM (HV1LS)

257 Kattarshian kittehs are all snoozing

It must be nighttime in skandiland

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 11:16 AM (Om16U)

258 Wife has a cold and wherever she goes, there you will find our beagle. Very empathic dog.

Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:16 AM (HV1LS)

259 was the myers Briggs test hinting that I would be a good serial killer?

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 11:17 AM (Om16U)

260 The DNC should really be run by a Committee Of Equal Grievances- Communists, Marxists, Lesbians, Muslims, etc., etc.

...who will then put forward the Hillary fossil as their candidate.

Posted by: t-bird at February 26, 2017 11:17 AM (/wWB4)

261 3. Obviously, the third time is the charm, and she will continue to run for President with the media's support until she's shoved into the body bag.

Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at
February 26, 2017 11:05 AM (J5mC3)


And they'll rack up larger and larger majorities in the blue states, which will artificially inflate and skew the popular vote even more, and then they'll *really* go berzerk in 2020 when the electoral college once again bites them on the ass.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 11:17 AM (0UKUb)

262 I think they think that if the make their language vague enough, they can bamboozle the blue collar workers who abandoned them to come back to the fold. I think we're past that point now.
Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear
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We'll take care of that latter part.

Posted by: Complicit MSM & Entertainment Industry at February 26, 2017 11:18 AM (ZO497)

263 259. Hmmm..... guess that depends, doesn't it? I mean, exactly how big is your trophy collection?

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 11:18 AM (vRS2v)

264 The DNC should really be run by a Committee Of Equal Grievances- Communists, Marxists, Lesbians, Muslims, etc., etc.

Posted by: t-bird at February 26, 2017 11:17 AM (/wWB4)


You mean that's not the way it's being run now?

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 11:19 AM (0UKUb)

265 Think of Lopez and Ellison as proxies for Hillary and Bernie.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004


That makes sense. It also defines why the Berniebros are doomed--their promises are to people who aren't uberdonors who can deliver cash, media, etc. The Clintonistas (and by extension what 'Obamafia' there may be) make their deals with folks who actually deliver the green.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Deplorable Unicode Character at February 26, 2017 11:19 AM (9krrF)

266 I wonder how many things we look at as odd are the result of the Deep State in action. I used to think the John Roberts blackmail thing was nutty but now I figure I entirely possible.

Posted by: blaster


Well, he's got a lifetime appointment so there's no political pressure that could account for it. Only other explanation would be bribery.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 11:19 AM (W8bn5)

267 Why would Woody Cole, a peaceful, caring man, shoot a US Senator in cold
blood on live television? That's the mystery facing attorney Jack
Patterson...


Why is every other protagonist named "Jack Patterson", or some variance thereof? At least come up with a semi-original name, for cryin' out loud.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at February 26, 2017 11:19 AM (Tyii7)

268 259 was the myers Briggs test hinting that I would be a good serial killer?
Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 11:17 AM (Om16U)

Hotel owner.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:20 AM (0mRoj)

269 The DNC should really be run by a Committee Of Equal Grievances- Communists, Marxists, Lesbians, Muslims, etc., etc.

Posted by: t-bird
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As I have pointed out, our Uber-Progressive town has established an 'Equity Management' office. Apparently it is a trend.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 11:21 AM (ZO497)

270 There must be a story to the can of Irish Oatmeal on the top shelf.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 26, 2017 10:07 AM (OeQ/D)


It holds a Svea 123 camping stove.

Oh, as far as any collector can tell me, that katana looking sword is probably a "last ditch" katana: it looks to be made out of an old sabre blade, it is a touch too short, but was probably issued to some retired old officer to lead out whatever draft that could be found to resist the final invasion of Japanese home islands.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 11:21 AM (XMCn6)

271 267 Why would Woody Cole, a peaceful, caring man, shoot a US Senator in cold
blood on live television? That's the mystery facing attorney Jack
Patterson...

Why is every other protagonist named "Jack Patterson", or some variance thereof? At least come up with a semi-original name, for cryin' out loud.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at February 26, 2017 11:19 AM (Tyii7)

Pat Jackerson?

Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:21 AM (0mRoj)

272
Did he really say it's best to just ignore persistent exes and creepy stalkers? Because that's when the fear instinct is really screaming at you that you need to do something.
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Not exactly.

There are different levels of stalking, and the guy in the book has a security firm and deals with celebrities. They have extreme measures for those they deem dangerous.

They talk about identifying those who are potentially dangerous and those that are basically suffering from annoying personality disorders that are not dangerous.

For the latter group, I used the term "ignore," but a better phrase might be "no contact, no exceptions."

For example: a woman breaks up with a guy. Or a boss fires someone. The boyfriend/ ex employee calls 30 times. The 31st time the women/ boss talks to them and says 'don't call again.' The lesson the person has learned is that the woman/boss will respond after 30 calls. So they will keep calling. And keep calling. And keep calling. He then calls 50 times. On call 51, the woman/ boss tries to be nice and explains their situation. This doesn't work, because the woman/ boss keeps giving rewards-- ie, contact-- to the boyfriend/ employee.

In some cases, people go to the police and get restraining orders; basically, the author was not a fan, and said in many cases, when no contact is done, they will eventually wear out. At least most of them.

But a restraining order can, and does work in the opposite way, and the person can then think "I have nothing left to lose" and become a k*ller. Basically the restraining order makes the person getting the order feel better, and the police think they're doing something, however it oftentimes has bad results, since it can send the stalker over the edge.

Overall, it's a good book, and the guy who wrote it came from a very unstable abusive home, and grew up exposed to gun violence.

He also talks about the fear instinct in random violence: the Ted Bundy like guy who wants to help you or asks for your help, and it feels strange, but you ignore the feeling since it wouldn't be polite. Don't ignore those feelings, and forget about being polite. It could cost you your life.


Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:21 AM (J5mC3)

273 I found "The Gift of Fear" interesting, but I got a weird anti-gun vibe off of it. It's a book about self-defense, you'd think the author wouldn't try to turn people away from, ya know, getting the training necessary to defend themselves.

Posted by: right wing yankee at February 26, 2017 11:21 AM (26lkV)

274 And the cat is Minky, he is currently growing hair back on his back from surgery.
A sweeter tempered cat I have never met.


I'll bet he'd like some fish heads. Roly poly fish heads.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 11:22 AM (W8bn5)

275 And they'll rack up larger and larger majorities in the blue states, which will artificially inflate and skew the popular vote even more, and then they'll *really* go berzerk in 2020 when the electoral college once again bites them on the ass.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004


Apropos to nothing, I wonder if it occurs to anyone that this isn't a sign the electoral system is broken, but that certain states are so out of step they are probably out of place in the US? Wait, Calexit, I take it back, they're figuring it out.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Deplorable Unicode Character at February 26, 2017 11:22 AM (9krrF)

276 Some of the left-over blame goes to JFK, who colluded in the murder of President Diem. The poll has JFK at number 9, which is risible except that getting shot was JFK's best career move.

Posted by: Ignoramus at February 26, 2017 11:02 AM (bQxkN)


Charles McCarry's The Tears of Autumn suggests that the two events were linked. Not his best book, but a fascinating theory guaranteed to make lefty heads explode.

Posted by: cool breeze at February 26, 2017 11:22 AM (StZrq)

277 140 Bill Paxton has died. Only 61. He gave an enjoyable performance in every film he was in. RIP.
Posted by: josephistan at February 26, 2017 10:25 AM (ANIFC)

Damn. Lost one of the good ones.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:22 AM (W3lnd)

278 "Remember what I said about people seein' a bright light before they die? It ain't true. I can't see a damn thing." Morgan Earp. RIP Bill Paxton, enjoyable actor in all his roles.

Posted by: The Mouse that Roared at February 26, 2017 11:24 AM (7N6ox)

279 "...but now that we know the Deep State is really a thing..."

Deep State - definition

A term that someone came up with so they wouldn't have to apologize to individuals they had in the past derided as wacko, conspiracy nuts.

Posted by: teej at February 26, 2017 11:25 AM (mzTVj)

280 I wonder how many things we look at as odd are
the result of the Deep State in action. I used to think the John Roberts
blackmail thing was nutty but now I figure I entirely possible.
Posted by: blaster Well, he's got a lifetime appointment so there's no political
pressure that could account for it. Only other explanation would be
bribery. Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 11:19 AM (W8bn5)
=====

Woodward wrote a book on the SC ('The Brethren', 1979) that I recall reading and that he was too far into politics to understand the law.

Silly me.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 11:25 AM (MIKMs)

281 Besides learning about specific pieces for the firearms auction, I always enjoy reading about guns, their uses, history, maintenance, reloading, etc. I find it relaxing. Then the latest Muzzleloader magazine arrived this week and that started a leisurely month long perusal. I take it slow to limit the wait until the next issue comes out in two months.

Anyone interested in traditional black powder firearms and the historical periods for their use won't do better than Muzzleloader magazine.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 11:25 AM (eCWW3)

282
Can we get a poat for Bill Pullman for his role as "Chet" in Weird Science when Lisa turns him into a pile of shit?

Posted by: Soothsayer 45 at February 26, 2017 11:26 AM (NwpKw)

283 Regarding katanas: I know a World War II vet who was in Japan after the surrender. Part of his job was destroying Japanese armaments -- including officers' swords. He said most of them were crappy, stamped-metal costume swords, but every now and then they'd come across a real antique. He also said the US officers would usually take those.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 26, 2017 11:26 AM (qqrlb)

284 268 259 was the myers Briggs test hinting that I would be a good serial killer?
Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 11:17 AM (Om16U)

Hotel owner.
Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:20 AM (0mRoj)

Correction. Motel owner.

Was there any indication of mommy issues?

Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:26 AM (0mRoj)

285 "Jack Patterson"
Pat Jackerson?

Well, it beats Hub Webbell.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at February 26, 2017 11:26 AM (H5rtT)

286 Comic books are books, right? Anyone else watching Legion?

I like it so far. Interesting take on a comic book story.

Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:27 AM (HV1LS)

287 Posted by: Soothsayer 45 at February 26, 2017 11:26 AM (NwpKw)

I think you mean Bill Paxton.

Posted by: WOPR - Nationalist at February 26, 2017 11:27 AM (J70i0)

288 So this Jonathan Allen wrote a book about how he came beleive his own New York Times "supress the Repub vote" fake polls where they had to poll Dems+10 to get Hillary! by +5.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at February 26, 2017 11:27 AM (P/kVC)

289 was the myers Briggs test hinting that I would be a good serial killer?
Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 11:17 AM (Om16U)


Hotel owner.
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pretty sure my myer briggs result hinted that I'd do best living alone in a unabomber type shack in the middle of nowhere with a lot of cats.

/I only have one cat now, so I've got some catching up to do..

Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:28 AM (J5mC3)

290 Some of the left-over blame goes to JFK, who colluded in the murder of President Diem. The poll has JFK at number 9, which is risible except that getting shot was JFK's best career move.
Posted by: Ignoramus at February 26, 2017 11:02 AM (bQxkN)
Charles McCarry's The Tears of Autumn suggests that the two events were linked. Not his best book, but a fascinating theory guaranteed to make lefty heads explode.
Posted by: cool breeze at February 26, 2017 11:22 AM (StZrq)

President Diem was more of a match for the VC and their puppet masters in Hanoi. Every one who came into power after him were corrupt gangsters out to make a buck.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 26, 2017 11:29 AM (5VlCp)

291 283. I recall my grandfather returning one to the Japanese consulate. His brother had captured it in the war. The thing was an antique - probably an heirloom. He returned a unit flag as well - it had writing all over it, probably from the families of the men who fought under it. Said it was the right thing to do.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 11:29 AM (vRS2v)

292 I have a staggering pile of books to read. Apparently, they can be printed faster than I can read them.

There's a hoary old joke about a guy who has a drinking problem. Every night he staggers into the house, and throws up in the kitchen sink.

His wife is finally fed up, and undertakes to to try and frighten him out of it. She puts aside a batch of chicken guts, and when heaves into the sink, she slips those in there. "See!" she cries, "Look at that...you've finally managed to throw up your guts!"

The guy looks at the sink ruefully. His wife flings open the curtains in the kitchen window and points out across town, where the lights of a distillery can be seen in the distance. "You see that?" she asks. "They're making it faster than you can drink it!"

Her husband blearily replies, "Yeah...but I got 'em working nights."

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 11:29 AM (ZO497)

293 Bill Paxton moviethon today and tonight. Any suggestions and thoughts?

Weird Science
Tombstone
Frailty

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:30 AM (W3lnd)

294 293 Bill Paxton moviethon today and tonight. Any suggestions and thoughts?

Weird Science
Tombstone
Frailty
Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:30 AM (W3lnd)

Aliens
Near Dark

Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:31 AM (0mRoj)

295 Can we get a poat for Bill Pullman for his role as "Chet" in Weird Science when Lisa turns him into a pile of shit?
Posted by: Soothsayer 45 at February 26, 2017 11:26 AM (NwpKw)


There's that word again, "poat". We've seen it before. Hey, does anybody have a poat? We need more poats.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 11:31 AM (0UKUb)

296 Weird Science
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My Dad-- a former marine who loved war movies and bad sci fi, absolutely LOVED Weird Science.

Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:31 AM (J5mC3)

297 293 Bill Paxton moviethon today and tonight. Any suggestions and thoughts?

Weird Science
Tombstone
Frailty
Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:30 AM (W3lnd)

Aliens
Near Dark
Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:31 AM (0mRoj)


Apollo 13, surely?

Posted by: hogmartin at February 26, 2017 11:32 AM (8nWyX)

298 Yes! I knew it!

http://crappytaxidermy.com/

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 10:48 AM (U+9Zc)

In that vein, you must check out the Gopher Hole Museum in Torrington, Alberta. Full of little dioramas of small-town Alberta life, as depicted by stuffed gophers. You can find it on-line, too.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 26, 2017 11:32 AM (WDdjT)

299 Posted by: Soothsayer 45 at February 26, 2017 11:26 AM (NwpKw)

I think you mean Bill Paxton.

Posted by: WOPR - Nationalist


Cut him some slack. I always mix the two up. Bill Paxton/Bill Pullman.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 11:33 AM (W8bn5)

300 Thank you for the katana background Kindletot.
Need to get off my tired old backside and fix something to eat.

Posted by: teej at February 26, 2017 11:34 AM (mzTVj)

301 291>> Your grandfather was an honorable man.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at February 26, 2017 11:34 AM (NJYYf)

302 Am I the only one who was surprised to find out that there was such a thing as girls wrestling? At least that did not involve mud?

Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:34 AM (HV1LS)

303 Titanic!

Paxton got a lot of roles and showed some range

Posted by: Ignoramus at February 26, 2017 11:35 AM (bQxkN)

304 Oh my, I've read pretty much every book in that library, including some of the cookbooks on the top shelf.

Posted by: Scott-High Plains Deplorable at February 26, 2017 10:26 AM (2tbcA)


And you have excellent taste!



The corn cobs are for kindling. When I get done shelling my indian corn I use the cobs to set fires

. . . um, and now it is pointed out, yes there is a Japanese NCO sword on the shelf as well.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 11:35 AM (XMCn6)

305 Cut him some slack. I always mix the two up. Bill Paxton/Bill Pullman.
Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 11:33 AM (W8bn5)

Hadn't read yet that Paxton had died. Otherwise I would have assumed the honest mistype and not confusion as to the actors.

Posted by: WOPR - Nationalist at February 26, 2017 11:36 AM (J70i0)

306 Just read "Ivan the Terrible" by Robert Payne and Nikita Romanoff. The guy got crazier and crazier the longer he reigned. I'll never understand how the Russians tolerated him, he was as evil a person as any in history, he also got it in his head he'd marry Elizabeth I and couldn't understand why she didn't think that was a great idea.

Posted by: JHW at February 26, 2017 11:36 AM (kn0BL)

307 The resolution on this picture isn't high enough for us to make fun of kindltot's taste in music.

Posted by: and are those Langenscheidt dictionaries? at February 26, 2017 11:36 AM (wpC7C)

308 297 293 Bill Paxton moviethon today and tonight. Any suggestions and thoughts?

Weird Science
Tombstone
Frailty
Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:30 AM (W3lnd)

Aliens
Near Dark
Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:31 AM (0mRoj)

Apollo 13, surely?
Posted by: hogmartin at February 26, 2017 11:32 AM (8nWyX

Club Dread (hilarious as Coconut Pete)
Hatfields & McCoys
Nightcrawler
Edge of Tomorrow

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:36 AM (W3lnd)

309 was the myers Briggs test hinting that I would be a good serial killer?

Posted by: @votermom @vm


The Egyptians were into taxidermy and they weren't serial killers.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 11:36 AM (W8bn5)

310 301. Thank you. Yes, he was. A marine's marine who grew up sharing shoes and clothes with his kid brother, fought on both fronts, losing his brother in the Pacific, ans then coming home and building a business and raising a family from less than nothing. Thank God we had such men, and have them still.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 11:37 AM (vRS2v)

311 @299 Wait.
Tom Paxton is dead?

Posted by: Stringer Davis at February 26, 2017 11:37 AM (H5rtT)

312 297 293 Bill Paxton moviethon today and tonight. Any suggestions and thoughts?

Weird Science
Tombstone
Frailty
Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:30 AM (W3lnd)

Aliens
Near Dark
Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:31 AM (0mRoj)

Apollo 13, surely?
Posted by: hogmartin at February 26, 2017 11:32 AM (8nWyX)

Might Joe Young

Titanic (!)

He had a TV show on right now, Training Day based on the movie. He plays the Denzel Washington role.

Posted by: Hugh Jorgen at February 26, 2017 11:37 AM (tapYd)

313 Cut him some slack. I always mix the two up. Bill Paxton/Bill Pullman.
Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear
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I have troubles confusing Ken Stanton ( who is in the musical instrument business), and Stan Kenton.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 11:38 AM (ZO497)

314 @299 Wait.
Tom Paxton is dead?
Posted by: Stringer Davis at February 26, 2017 11:37 AM (H5rtT)


Did you just say Tom Waits is dead?

Posted by: hogmartin at February 26, 2017 11:38 AM (8nWyX)

315 Wow, so the child of what was supposed to be two presidents and an operative of their "foundation" was able to get a book published by a prestigious company?

Shocking.

Posted by: Moron Robbie at February 26, 2017 11:39 AM (/f1mm)

316 255 247. Sorry. 48 Laws of Power. Stupid memory.....
Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 11:14 AM (vRS2v)
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Palp is hiding the last ultimate Law of Power for himself!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 11:40 AM (EnKk6)

317 The Oscars promise to be a shit show.

Jimmy Kimmel will be bland in this setting, which is what the nominees want, because they're so on edge. We watch the Oscars to see people lose, don't we? But Kimmel will be boring for those watching on TV.

La La Land is good but not great but will sweep anyway. It's no Titanic!

Only drama is Denzel v. Casey for Best Actor. I'm going with Denzel for PC reasons. There was a smear campaign against Casey for being a bad ex-boyfriend.

The Salesman will also win Foreign Picture for PC reasons, as its Iranian director won't be there in Trump protest. Who will accept in his place?

My over/under is five Mel Gibson jokes, as he'll be there as a director nominee. My over/under is ten direct mentions of Trump. Use these as your Drinking Words at your peril.

Posted by: Ignoramus at February 26, 2017 11:40 AM (bQxkN)

318 Am I the only one who was surprised to find out that
there was such a thing as girls wrestling? At least that did not
involve mud? Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:34 AM (HV1LS)
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Olympics keeps trying to get rid of wrestling (an original sport), in my opinion because it doesn't have money ties. No equipment, branding: nuthin. Just two people 'fighting' within rules. Girls weren't raised with the contest history, so it might be different, but look at Youtube -- a lot of hairpulling rather than rules.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 11:40 AM (MIKMs)

319 The corn cobs are for kindling. When I get done shelling my indian corn I use the cobs to set fires

. . .

Posted by: Kindltot


Well, that explains the nic. I had wondered about that.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 11:40 AM (W8bn5)

320 Wow, so the child of what was supposed to be two presidents and an operative of their "foundation" was able to get a book published by a prestigious company?

Shocking.
Posted by: Moron Robbie
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Yeah, it is.

Posted by: Reggie Love, author of 'Power Forward' at February 26, 2017 11:41 AM (ZO497)

321 Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:21 AM (J5mC3

I've read some recent studies on stalking.

Does he mention the stalking by proxy, which is all but ignored? What about the differences in stalking between genders? Intimate partner stalking?

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:41 AM (W3lnd)

322
La La Land is good but not great but will sweep anyway. It's no Titanic!


==

repeat of Shakespeare in Love beating Saving Private Ryan (Hacksaw Ridge)

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 11:41 AM (Om16U)

323 316. Heh.....that's no secret. Law #49 - Get an armored train.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 11:42 AM (vRS2v)

324 poats are cousin to stoats

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 11:43 AM (Om16U)

325 Might Joe Young
Titanic (!)
He had a TV show on right now, Training Day based on the movie. He plays the Denzel Washington role.
Posted by: Hugh Jorgen at February 26, 2017 11:37 AM (tapYd)


A Simple Plan. One of Mrs. Muse's favorite movies.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 11:44 AM (0UKUb)

326 Bill Paxton moviethon today and tonight. Any suggestions and thoughts?

Weird Science
Tombstone
Frailty
Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:30 AM (W3lnd)

Aliens
Near Dark
Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:31 AM (0mRoj)


His best film, none of the others are close:

One False Move

The trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP-4dGY2gYc

Fanstastic film, so quintessentially 90s.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 26, 2017 11:44 AM (Pz4pT)

327 He had a TV show on right now, Training Day based on the movie. He plays the Denzel Washington role.
Posted by: Hugh Jorgen at February 26, 2017 11:37 AM (tapYd)

That is a dark role. Is he equally as psychotic in the show? How does it play on TV?

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:44 AM (W3lnd)

328 306 Just read "Ivan the Terrible" by Robert Payne and Nikita Romanoff. The guy got crazier and crazier the longer he reigned. I'll never understand how the Russians tolerated him, he was as evil a person as any in history, he also got it in his head he'd marry Elizabeth I and couldn't understand why she didn't think that was a great idea.
Posted by: JHW at February 26, 2017 11:36 AM (kn0BL)
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My Russian History teacher (a great one - RIP Mrs. F!) said he was terrible to the enemies of Russia, and popular among the common folk.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 11:44 AM (EnKk6)

329 La La Land is good but not great but will sweep anyway. It's no Titanic!

And Titanic is no Cleopatra.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at February 26, 2017 11:45 AM (0UKUb)

330 My over/under is five Mel Gibson jokes, as he'll be there as a director nominee. My over/under is ten direct mentions of Trump. Use these as your Drinking Words at your peril.

Posted by: Ignoramus

Don't torture yourself, man!

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 11:45 AM (W8bn5)

331 Oh, Olympics, that reminds me.

Smallbore Prone Rifle has been dropped from the Olympics.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at February 26, 2017 11:45 AM (H5rtT)

332 In some cases, people go to the police and get restraining orders; basically, the author was not a fan, and said in many cases, when no contact is done, they will eventually wear out. At least most of them.

But a restraining order can, and does work in the opposite way, and the person can then think "I have nothing left to lose" and become a k*ller. Basically the restraining order makes the person getting the order feel better, and the police think they're doing something, however it oftentimes has bad results, since it can send the stalker over the edge.

Overall, it's a good book, and the guy who wrote it came from a very unstable abusive home, and grew up exposed to gun violence.

He also talks about the fear instinct in random violence: the Ted Bundy like guy who wants to help you or asks for your help, and it feels strange, but you ignore the feeling since it wouldn't be polite. Don't ignore those feelings, and forget about being polite. It could cost you your life.


Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:21 AM (J5mC3)

The only truly effective restraining orders can be found in boxes of 50 at the sporting goods section of your local WalMart.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 26, 2017 11:46 AM (WDdjT)

333 Near Dark

Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:31 AM (0mRoj)

Good vampire flick!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 26, 2017 11:46 AM (rF0hx)

334
La La Land is like a recruiting film for ISIS.

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at February 26, 2017 11:46 AM (ZFUt7)

335 Smallbore Prone Rifle has been dropped from the Olympics.

Posted by: Stringer Davis
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Groups get too tight to measure?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 11:46 AM (ZO497)

336 329. Who was no Joan of Arc.....

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 11:47 AM (vRS2v)

337 About the Russia hysteria.

Let's give them their special prosecutor after the anonymous sources first come forward.

The outgoing Obamans did all they could to gin this up from the election to inauguration, and all they got was Flynn in a ginned-up perjury trap. That's a tell right there.

Posted by: Ignoramus at February 26, 2017 11:47 AM (bQxkN)

338 P.J. O'Rourke endorsed Hillary.
What a bitter disappointment...

Posted by: jbspry at February 26, 2017 11:47 AM (IhKmM)

339 Damn I completely forgot about A simple plan.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:47 AM (W3lnd)

340 Does he mention the stalking by proxy, which is all but ignored? What about the differences in stalking between genders? Intimate partner stalking?
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No, although he does seem to concentrate on men as stalkers as opposed to men. He just talks about stalking as kind of a subset of dangerous people.

The general theme of the book is kind of "we're wired to avoid danger, but we ignore those signals and doing so can hurt us. We should stop doing that."

Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:47 AM (J5mC3)

341 Just read "Ivan the Terrible" by Robert Payne and
Nikita Romanoff. The guy got crazier and crazier the longer he reigned.
I'll never understand how the Russians tolerated him, he was as evil a
person as any in history, he also got it in his head he'd marry
Elizabeth I and couldn't understand why she didn't think that was a
great idea.
Posted by: JHW at February 26, 2017 11:36 AM (kn0BL)

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My Russian History teacher (a great one - RIP Mrs. F!) said he was
terrible to the enemies of Russia, and popular among the common folk. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 11:44 AM (EnKk6)
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Also think it has something to do with translations, as in English 'terrible' has become not good rather than awesome.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 26, 2017 11:48 AM (MIKMs)

342 Always thought I'd have more time to learn which one was Paxton and which one was Pullman. Sad.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at February 26, 2017 11:48 AM (PXbkt)

343 327 He had a TV show on right now, Training Day based on the movie. He plays the Denzel Washington role.
Posted by: Hugh Jorgen at February 26, 2017 11:37 AM (tapYd)

That is a dark role. Is he equally as psychotic in the show? How does it play on TV?
Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:44 AM (W3lnd)

I don't know, I've only seen the trailers. It's on CBS, so how dark can it really be?

He had a bit part in True Lies, so everyone add that to your festival list.

Posted by: Hugh Jorgen at February 26, 2017 11:49 AM (tapYd)

344 A TRO makes the determination of a justifiable shoot easier.

Posted by: Jean at February 26, 2017 11:49 AM (zZb/S)

345 302 Am I the only one who was surprised to find out that there was such a thing as girls wrestling? At least that did not involve mud?
Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:34 AM (HV1LS)
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I find men's wrestling disturbing enough, with its crotchulo-facial grunty-ness. There is no way in hell I, as a young teen surfing the crest of my womanhood, IYKWIM, would have engaged in that sport.

Oh, and the mankini unitards! Never!

No offense to wrastlin' Hordies present.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 11:50 AM (EnKk6)

346 @339 Something got too tight to measure, that much is sure.

No, airgun events are on the rise, and you can't see the ten-dot on those.
Europe wants to outlaw gunpowder. They're almost there.
Next up? ISYN, laser pointers instead of pistols.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at February 26, 2017 11:51 AM (H5rtT)

347 P.J. O'Rourke endorsed Hillary.
What a bitter disappointment...
Posted by: jbspry at February 26, 2017 11:47 AM (IhKmM)


People keep misunderstanding this. I'm not going to defend his position, but it was all a joke to him, and he said what he said, mostly because he was one who could not take Trump seriously.

He needs to come clean, because there is some dishonesty behind his words. I suspect it's as simple as, he's one of those guys who was a "good" Republican among all his lefty journo pals, and so he has been treated for years to having to hem and haw his support for Republican candidates.

Then along comes Trump, a dude who has been a laughingstock for 40 years, and he just couldn't bring himself to consider publicly supporting him.

I have no doubt though, that O'Rourke is perfectly fine with the direction things are going at the moment.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 26, 2017 11:51 AM (Pz4pT)

348 Smallbore Prone Rifle has been dropped from the Olympics.

Posted by: Stringer Davis
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Groups get too tight to measure?
Posted by: Mike Hammer

Need 1000m ranges

Posted by: Jean at February 26, 2017 11:51 AM (zZb/S)

349 340. Pa, my grandfather, talked about his fear in some of his letters from the war. The few GPW vets and the one Romanian WWII vet I knew shared his philosophy on it. 'You're probably going to get hurt or killed. There are things you can do to try to prevent that, but ultimately it's out of your hands. The worst thing that can happen to you will happen, so there's nothing to fear.'

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 11:52 AM (FpPhc)

350 The only truly effective restraining orders can be found in boxes of 50 at the sporting goods section of your local WalMart.
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I agree completely. However, he doesn't suggest that as an option, which is too bad. However, he has a security firm, and I'm pretty sure his high priced staff is armed.

The NRA has a seminar called "Refuse to be a Victim," and it's something that I encourage every female to attend. In reality, the NRA program is way, way more useful than this book, which is sort of an academic look at how to avoid violence and how fear-- either acknowledged or unacknowledged-- is useful.

Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:52 AM (J5mC3)

351 324 poats are cousin to stoats
Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 11:43 AM (Om16U)

Which are a type of weasel.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:53 AM (0mRoj)

352 341
Yeah, conversing with Russians on the 'net they always mention that, Grozny
has more of the meaning of awesome rather than terrible in the Russian language. Makes me wonder a bit how Grozny, the capital of Chechnya got its name.

Posted by: JHW at February 26, 2017 11:53 AM (kn0BL)

353 RIP Bill Paxton. Shit. Now all I'll hear is: 'I thought you died.'

Posted by: Bill Pullman at February 26, 2017 11:53 AM (bc2Lc)

354 333 Near Dark

Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:31 AM (0mRoj)

Good vampire flick!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 26, 2017 11:46 AM (rF0hx)

An obscure gem of a vampire movie. And has three cast members from Aliens in it!

Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:54 AM (0mRoj)

355 Trespass is a solid flick.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 11:54 AM (W3lnd)

356 That's why you've got to be careful around vegetables. Corn has ears, potatoes have eyes, and the beans stalk.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at February 26, 2017 11:54 AM (W8bn5)

357 CBD has nood bad gas

Posted by: A deplorable dude in MI at February 26, 2017 11:55 AM (5Uq5D)

358 poats are cousin to stoats
Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 11:43 AM (Om16U)


Which are a type of weasel.
--

I prefer to think of "poat" as a kind of cheese used in an obscure Canadian side dish that most people don't like.

Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:55 AM (J5mC3)

359 Restraining orders are completely worthless against the truly dangerous stalker.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 26, 2017 11:55 AM (0mRoj)

360 @347 I thought he might have been making a throwaway joke but he did it in more than one venue in different ways.

Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:56 AM (HV1LS)

361 I enjoy some of the old TV shows like "Have Gun Will Travel" (one of my favorites) and seeing the actors who went on to stardom or at least regular guest roles in the sixties. (Also, many of those shows were VERY well written and acted.) I recall one episode of "Sea Hunt" that had both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in it.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 11:56 AM (V+03K)

362 Looks like somebody needs to bring in Shelvy with his power tools to increase the rack space.

Posted by: Fritz at February 26, 2017 11:57 AM (2Bv92)

363
Nice shelves. Don't recognize any of the books.

I have (and have read) the McMaster book. I remember how the democrats talked at the beginning of the Vietnam war, and how they talked at the end of it.

I bought political books in the nineties : Blood Sport, Primary Colors. Newt's book Restoring America. Colin Powell's book; about a dozen or so. After that episode, I'm not buying any more political books.

I was up all last night reading a book I'm not going to mention. It was priced at zero bucks which often sucks me in. I choose based on title - story line - price. After reading the book, I went back to read the amazon reviews. I no longer trust amazon's reviews, but there was one that mentioned the three points that cause me to dislike the book, but I'm a sucker for that zero price point.

Another reason for not mentioning the title of the book; all the zealots would be on the attack to suppress a dissenting point of view.

It is always a surprise to me when someone dislikes a book that I loved, or vice versa; 'Dune' is a good example, as are the two 'Dune' movies. Some people love the book, others hate it, or are indifferent.

People are different, and I looked at that personality test; can't take it, wouldn't be prudent.


Sorry for all the 'I's. Still groggy after the all nighter.
Love the book thread, and the people who participate.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at February 26, 2017 12:00 PM (4tiVK)

364 352. Used to be called 'groznaya,' if memory serves.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. Glory to Kekistan! No Longer Accepting Harem Applicants at February 26, 2017 12:00 PM (FpPhc)

365 Looks like somebody needs to bring in Shelvy with his power tools to increase the rack space.
Posted by: Fritz
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Heh - Fritz said "rack space"

Posted by: Bevis at February 26, 2017 12:00 PM (tr2D7)

366 I'm in a bleh book phase. Nothing seems to be grabbing my interest. I've tried starting several, get a few pages, and close it. My usual apocalyptic zombie stuff isn't appealing right now. I feel like some espionage/spy/thriller/mystery might be good now......suggestions??

Posted by: lindarising schadenbutton! at February 26, 2017 09:38 AM (JNDQi)


I always suggest Manning Coles for the British spy novel. The first two published, and the most famous ones, are A Drink to Yesterday, and A Toast to Tomorrow. They take place during WWI, mostly in Berlin, and up through the Weimar and just to the start of WWII.
They have a wonderful feel to them, have wonderful moments and cliff hangers, and they are always well written.

If you like Sci-fi as well, I'll take a suggestion from Suburbanbanshee and suggest the two books by Bill Adams and Cecil Brooks, The Unwound Way, and The End of Fame, which is about an actor and poet and space officer who after a wreck returns to find out that in the time he was gone due to time dialation he has become famous like Christopher Marlowe for being brilliant and dead, and he tries to discover why someone who is claiming to be him is the center of a giant conspiracy.
Either Brooks or Adams is a poet, and the language use in these two books are fantastic. These were published as part of the Del Rey New Discoveries series and is one of the ones that doesn't really have the attitude that humans are the problem.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 12:03 PM (XMCn6)

367 RIP Bill Paxton. I enjoyed his work.


You would have to pay me alot to watch the oscars. I have no interest at all.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 26, 2017 12:04 PM (ODxAs)

368 Saw a bit of "Roots" on TV yesterday and saw some names i didn't expect in the credits.

In Roots (among others) were

Todd Bridges
Maya Angelou
Tracey Gold
Yaphett Kotto
Ian McShane

and both

Carolyn Jones & Yvonne De Carlo

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 26, 2017 12:04 PM (PqqkK)

369 Also think it has something to do with translations, as in English 'terrible' has become not good rather than awesome.
Posted by: mustbequantum
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*ponders a bumper sticker*

"My Child Is An Enfant Terrible At Jones Middle School"

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 12:05 PM (ZO497)

370 340 Does he mention the stalking by proxy, which is all but ignored? What about the differences in stalking between genders? Intimate partner stalking?
---
No, although he does seem to concentrate on men as stalkers as opposed to men. He just talks about stalking as kind of a subset of dangerous people.

The general theme of the book is kind of "we're wired to avoid danger, but we ignore those signals and doing so can hurt us. We should stop doing that."
Posted by: shibumi, a rational single white female and kitteh servant at February 26, 2017 11:47 AM (J5mC3

I agree about the fear factor. Sadly there are people who exist that manufacture fears and create crises to destroy their targets. This is the reason why emotions like fear should not be allowed in court. Just the facts.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at February 26, 2017 12:05 PM (W3lnd)

371 I was sad to hear of Bill Paxton. Now I have the Fish Heads song stuck in my head.

Posted by: Abby at February 26, 2017 12:05 PM (HBU7W)

372 Webb Hubbell is still alive?


And in that photo, Roger Clinton looks like the psychotic Ramsay Snow from Game of Thrones.

Posted by: Annalucia at February 26, 2017 12:05 PM (a5bF3)

373 ... use the COBs to set fires

Boy! If that doesn't describe this blog, then nothing does.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at February 26, 2017 12:05 PM (4tiVK)

374 Next up? ISYN, laser pointers instead of pistols.
Posted by: Stringer Davis
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Well, if Imperial Storm Troopers are any measure, people aren't going to be able to hit anything.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 12:09 PM (ZO497)

375 I dunno about that library being authentically Moron. It lacks bacon

Posted by: Donna di deplorable ampersands&&&&and so there at February 26, 2017 12:09 PM (P8951)

376
345 302 Am I the only one who was surprised to find out that there was such a thing as girls wrestling? At least that did not involve mud?
Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:34 AM (HV1LS)
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I find men's wrestling disturbing enough, with its crotchulo-facial grunty-ness. There is no way in hell I, as a young teen surfing the crest of my womanhood, IYKWIM, would have engaged in that sport.

Oh, and the mankini unitards! Never!

No offense to wrastlin' Hordies present.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 11:50 AM (EnKk6)


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Agree. Wrestling always seemed a bit gay to me for those reasons.

Posted by: Soona at February 26, 2017 12:16 PM (Fmupd)

377 Comic books are books, right? Anyone else watching Legion?

I like it so far. Interesting take on a comic book story.
Posted by: blaster at February 26, 2017 11:27 AM (HV1LS)



So far, "Legion" is pretty great.

But, it's written and directed, i believe, by the guy who did the TV series of "Fargo" (1st season great, 2nd semi-meh),

so the weird off-kilter vibe of "Fargo" really fits this story.

Hope it continues on a high note.

Posted by: naturalfake at February 26, 2017 12:16 PM (9q7Dl)

378 The resolution on this picture isn't high enough for us to make fun of kindltot's taste in music.
Posted by: and are those Langenscheidt dictionaries? at February 26, 2017 11:36 AM (wpC7C)


80's, 90's, some Ska and Caribbean. I think I will replace those with books. I have some older books I want to get out of boxes and I will read them again.

And yes, they are German dictionaries. I got them from a friend who replaced them when they were all chewed up. I love useful technical books and dictionaries. I admit the 501 Spanish Verbs was not as useful past the first couple of years, but it was a great comfort when I started studying Spanish

Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 12:16 PM (XMCn6)

379 Oh, and RIP Bill Paxton.

Posted by: Soona at February 26, 2017 12:19 PM (Fmupd)

380 RIP Bill Paxton. Shit. Now all I'll hear is: 'I thought you died.'

And "Game over!"

Posted by: Very Irredeemably Undude at February 26, 2017 12:24 PM (2X7pN)

381 Because you asked I'll come clean. Kindltot has the longest collection of consonants that are prounouncible in English that I could string together and still respect myself.

I could have done "kindltwat"

Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 12:28 PM (XMCn6)

382 Finished Home, by Harlan Coben, last week. Nearly gave up on the "Bolitar" story because it dragged so much from the middle up to the 7/8s point of the book. Glad I finished, the ending was excellent.

My schizophrenia is in evidence as I started The Grave Robber, by Mark Batterson, which is about the miracles of Jesus, and Rusty Puppy, the latest from Joe R. Lansdale in the "Hap and Leonard" series.

I also got four books from Abe (free shipping, of course) by SQuire Rushnell. When God Winks, and all of Rushnell's books for that matter, are about the "coincidences" that occur in our lives when we think that God doesn't "talk" to us like he did to all those people in the Bible. And, yes, he really spells his first name with two capital letters.

Posted by: SandyCheeks at February 26, 2017 12:30 PM (joFoi)

383 I did a search on Netflux for Bill Paxton and got these:

The Colony
Hatfields & McCoys
U571
Pixies
Nightcrawler

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 12:30 PM (Om16U)

384 Oh, and I am still buying kids books for a friend's daughter who loves to read.
My friend grew up reading Portuguese so she doesn't have a good handle on really good kids books, and I think her daughter is finding what is easy to find now to be bland.
I am just getting done reading Little House in the big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
It is a really fun book.

I just realized the impenetrable woods filled with wolves, pumas and bears was 7 miles from Pepin lake in WI, and is now 50 miles SW of Minneapolis.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 12:33 PM (XMCn6)

385 "La La Land" will when cuz it seems to be a very very typical Hollywood boy meets girl VS career story.

And the voters luvz them some stories about showbiz and themselves.

******Spoilers:******


The main characters give the heave-ho to "true love" so as to pursue each of their dreams.

And, surprise, they both get their dreams!*

She is a famous movie star and married the guy who got her career off the ground.

He has his pure jazz nightclub.

They meet again, and if they aren't totally happy with the love they tossed away, they are content with their lives cuz dream fulfilled.


Probably every single one in that crowd has a nostalgic memory of that sweet girl or boy left behind to pursue their career.

That is why "La La Land" will win big.



*****Spoilers over.******


It's not a bad movie at all and might've been a great modern musical if the leads could sing and dance and the songs were memorable.



*Warning - This is an extremely rare event in Hollywood for the average Joe and Jane Blow

Posted by: naturalfake at February 26, 2017 12:34 PM (9q7Dl)

386 385
so it's an anti-love story?

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 12:38 PM (Om16U)

387 God do I love the Sunday morning book thread...

I'm on a panel with Jack Campbell at MidSouthCon next month, so I decided to read at least one of his books first. The Lost Fleet: Courageous, is great so far. Space opera military SF, just the ticket!

And please forgive the indulgence, but I fulfilled a lifelong dream this week by being accepted as an Active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Tick one more off the bucket list.

Posted by: William Alan Webb at February 26, 2017 12:44 PM (OhYcy)

388 Congrats Bill!

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 12:51 PM (Om16U)

389 Thanks for showing "the list" again. It's a reminder of how deadly it is to work for the Clintons and get on their bad side. I find it somewhat odd the Clintons would have connections to so many mentally unbalanced people that committed suicide. Why they decided on shooting themselves in the back of the head is beyond me.

Posted by: Komrad Kale at February 26, 2017 12:57 PM (mZpLo)

390 386 385
so it's an anti-love story?

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 12:38 PM (Om16U)



More or less, yeah.

******Spoiler*******




The big selling point of the movie is an extended fantasy sequence at the end, sort of like "An American In Paris" when they see each other after achieving their dreams-
and imagine how their lives would've been had they chosen love.
They see that love would've been great too in it's own way, but they're content cuz dream fulfilled.

And then they each go their merry ways.




*****Spoiler over*******





So, yeah, more a "my dream" love story than a romantic love story.

Posted by: naturalfake at February 26, 2017 01:00 PM (9q7Dl)

391 I guess I'll wait until LaLa Land is free on Netflix

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 01:04 PM (Om16U)

392 last question about La La Land - is it a box office hit?

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 01:05 PM (Om16U)

393 Not to say it isn't a good movie, but Hollywood is so embarrassed over the exclusion of blacks in their awards ceremony last year you can bet The Fence will get high praise and statuettes tonight.

Posted by: Komrad Kale at February 26, 2017 01:05 PM (mZpLo)

394 So late to the thread again. Good day, folks.

Kindltot's library: Noting the towels on the chair - most of our furniture is "cat-protected" like that. Probably should just have everything covered in plastic. Except cats rip through plastic like it's paper.

Books? I... uh... um... we have some. I should read one some time.

Posted by: mindful webworker - don't judge me by my cover at February 26, 2017 01:07 PM (Qq3ZN)

395 Currently reading Lord Johnnie, an old-school swashbuckling 16th century adventure. Swords and muskets and derring-do with a rogueish protagonist.

Its a bit silly but still pretty fun to read, first printing published in 1949. Its actually got quite a bit of interesting historical information it, but not very skillfully delivered.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at February 26, 2017 01:10 PM (39g3+)

396 last question about La La Land - is it a box office hit?
Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 01:05 PM (Om16U)



Not "Star Wars" big, but for the type of movie it is, it did well.

And is still in the theaters. It has long legs as they say.


Posted by: naturalfake at February 26, 2017 01:12 PM (9q7Dl)

397 Votermom: Thanks! It still doesn't seem real.

Posted by: William Alan Webb at February 26, 2017 01:12 PM (OhYcy)

398 P. J. O'Rourke is still alive? Huh.

Maybe I was confusing him with, you know, whatzisname that old drug-indulging writer I never read that became a Doonesbury character.

Posted by: mindful webworker - what, me reader? at February 26, 2017 01:13 PM (Qq3ZN)

399 Thanks for wasting hours of my morning OM.

I'm in love with the Jesse and Walter rats (scroll down about two thirds):

http://crappytaxidermy.com/page/11

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at February 26, 2017 01:17 PM (EnKk6)

400 Love that library pic! Bric a brac most of all. Looks like the steel-cut oatmeal can in the upper left corner (I got one too, love that stuff) and in the absolute upper left hand corner, I recognize the messkit my dad gave when I first started camping out as a boy scout, left over from his army days. Good stuff!

Posted by: Tom Servo at February 26, 2017 01:20 PM (V2Yro)

401 Regarding not liking books; there's a divide between objective quality and subjective appreciation. I'm reliably informed by people whose opinions and ideas I respect that Jane Austin's books are quite good. Quality literature, very fine books. But I just don't like them. It doesn't matter how well written they are, they don't appeal to me.

That's fine for everyone, its where the idea of beauty being "in the eye of the beholder" comes from. Beauty is objective and absolute, but each of us approaches it differently and it appeals to us in different ways. Some people just don't like the kind of stuff I write about, that's fine by me. I don't like everything either, and I'm not offended when someone doesn't like some book I enjoy.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at February 26, 2017 01:22 PM (39g3+)

402 Edge of Tomorrow has a terrible forgettable title and a terrific tagline, "Live. Die. Repeat."

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 26, 2017 01:32 PM (VdICR)

403 mindful - If the doorbell rings, Mrs. scrambles around snatching up the cat-protectors in case it is a neighbor who has come to visit.

Also, Hunter Thompson.

Duke- "When going gets weird, the weird turn Pro"

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at February 26, 2017 01:35 PM (ZO497)

404 Fine looking Pratchett collection, Kindltot!

Posted by: Jason in KT at February 26, 2017 02:01 PM (cFCbd)

405 "Governing Global HealthCare" ... by Chelsea.

Fits right in with the global governance awards for which Chelsea's Mommy praised Cronkite back in 1999. New World Order dreams generally fail to mention the force required to govern the whole world and the end of sovereignties that would go with it.

But they keep "stroking" that chicken. Even some lowly educated good conservatives fall for the Sean Penn style logic that if there is hunger in the world, we must elect more caring globalist leaders to feed them. But western style capitalism that built South Africa is despised, as Penn praises Chavez. We see his commie dream turn into a Venezuelan nightmare, yet they ignore it and focus on destroying our own nation-state capitalism of abundance.

Zimbabwe went from breadbasket of Africa to basket case when Mugabe kicked whites off the farms out of "fairness" or something. He just so happened to acquire some 30 farms himself, and now would like the farmers to come back and make the farms work again. SJWs still like the Mugabe plan for US.

My new book I need to delve into is "Global Trade and Conflicting National Interests", which an academic says is a good start on moving on from the tired old Chicago school of economic theory on "free trade". Trump is now choosing our trading partners more carefully, serving Americans first rather than the multi-nationals. Wealth and health are linked, linked to capitalism.

Posted by: illiniwek at February 26, 2017 02:06 PM (YMJtx)

406 Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 11:09 AM (eCWW3)

Thanks for the feedback, I was pretty sure it was something like that. My guess is that most auctioneers don't want to handle gun sales, although I have been to one in the Northern Neck.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 26, 2017 02:13 PM (UDXti)

407 I LOVE Kindltot's library! Now that's what a library should look like.
I've been re-reading my Norah Lofts books this week. I'm on a Norah Lofts GoodReads group, and we started with the first book in the "House" trilogy, The Town House. (The other 2 are The House at Old Vine, and The House at Sunset). Lofts was an English author who wrote MANY books in quite a few genres (horror, ghost stories, realistic romance), but my favorites are the ones which focus on houses through the stories of the generations of people who live in them. She was a realist about people, which is refreshing.
So - now I thank you all for this thread, and I shall go back to my usual lurking.

Posted by: Bookaday at February 26, 2017 02:42 PM (2qDS0)

408 406 ... Hrothgar, The "auctioneer" is a member of the club, a retired Army Colonel who attended West Point. He is also a real character and puts on a fake humorous Huggy Bear accent (Starsky and Hutch) when he's clowning around. He kept things moving and the bidders laughing.

This is the club I hope we can take you and Weasel to some day when schedules and weather allow.

Posted by: JTB at February 26, 2017 02:43 PM (V+03K)

409 183 "Statues of gods or goddesses that demanded blood sacrifice"

I have a plush cthulhu.
Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 26, 2017 10:42 AM (ofVSV)

I have this one. Do my kids know me or what?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/282029810404

Posted by: SandyCheeks at February 26, 2017 03:20 PM (joFoi)

410 I've been reading _Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History_ by Rodney Stark. Not very long and it encapsulates a lot of ideas in his other books.

Posted by: goodluckduck at February 26, 2017 03:28 PM (MRgTi)

411 As a long time lurker....a VERY long time lurker...I dedicate my first EVER post to Kindltot. The Turtle Moves, my friend! Bravo!

Posted by: Zai - Currently Fabulous at February 26, 2017 03:42 PM (TrSQz)

412 i got PJ's last book from the library last year...

took it back after about 20 pages: it was totally unreadable.

i wonder if this one's any better?

Posted by: redc1c4, at February 26, 2017 03:47 PM (Dzg2m)

413 405 "Governing Global HealthCare" ... by Chelsea.

Fits right in with the global governance awards for which Chelsea's Mommy praised Cronkite back in 1999. New World Order dreams generally fail to mention the force required to govern the whole world and the end of sovereignties that would go with it.

But they keep "stroking" that chicken. Even some lowly educated good conservatives fall for the Sean Penn style logic that if there is hunger in the world, we must elect more caring globalist leaders to feed them. But western style capitalism that built South Africa is despised, as Penn praises Chavez. We see his commie dream turn into a Venezuelan nightmare, yet they ignore it and focus on destroying our own nation-state capitalism of abundance.

Zimbabwe went from breadbasket of Africa to basket case when Mugabe kicked whites off the farms out of "fairness" or something. He just so happened to acquire some 30 farms himself, and now would like the farmers to come back and make the farms work again. SJWs still like the Mugabe plan for US.

My new book I need to delve into is "Global Trade and Conflicting National Interests", which an academic says is a good start on moving on from the tired old Chicago school of economic theory on "free trade". Trump is now choosing our trading partners more carefully, serving Americans first rather than the multi-nationals. Wealth and health are linked, linked to capitalism.
Posted by: illiniwek at February 26, 2017 02:06 PM (YMJtx)

She needs to do one on the global cocaine trade.

For a friend of course. :::wink:::

Posted by: Bill Clinton and his deviated septum at February 26, 2017 04:07 PM (1JnAL)

414 Shout out to Hrothgar, obviously a Discworld companion

Sebastian...its not really a fantasy series as such. He's actually a satirist, but set in an absurd fantasy world. Bloody brilliant and hysterically funny.

Re the library picture: Anyone who has Good Omens randomly placed next to the Fountainhead is good people in my book. Not only that but a copy of Strata AND Darwin's watch? You need a 12-step program for Sir Terry as bad as I do.

Hi y'all...I'm Zai and I have a Discworld addiction. I give myself over to my higher power....yes, I DID spend $400 on Paul Kidby Discworld art last week, why do you ask?

Posted by: Zai - Currently Fabulous at February 26, 2017 04:14 PM (TrSQz)

415 Thanks for the feedback, I was pretty sure it was something like that. My guess is that most auctioneers don't want to handle gun sales, although I have been to one in the Northern Neck.
Posted by: Hrothgar at February 26, 2017 02:13 PM (UDXti)


An auction is not a private sale, so a FFL would be needed since the auctioneer is facilitating the sale.

http://tinyurl.com/hfl63ru

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, aka MrCaniac speaking for all the morons at February 26, 2017 04:21 PM (1JnAL)

416 700 Wicken Bibles does not a library make...ya need a few Trumpian Tomes for balance dude.

Posted by: saf at February 26, 2017 04:22 PM (+zN6H)

417 227
I just finished "The Gift of Fear" which was interesting.

Basically, if you feel something is wrong, it is wrong. Act accordingly, even if it is not "polite" to do so.

Also,
ignore your boyfriend/ employee/ other stalker and don't get a
restraining order. That typically sets them on the path to murder.

---
I read that book a year or so ago. Basically, trust your

Normal
0


intuition in potentially bad


Normal
0


situations. The author viewed restraining orders as problematic, as that piece of paper really did not protect you, and could be viewed as a provocative public humiliation potentially fueling further anger from the bad guy / girl.

Posted by: long time lurker at February 26, 2017 05:56 PM (a+BAV)

418 Zai, I also have The Dark Side of the Sun - PTerry's anti-Dune novel, like Strata was his anti-Ringworld novel.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 26, 2017 05:56 PM (XMCn6)

419 103----A throwaway line "dead solid perfect" Without a doubt one of the funniest books I have ever read. Dan Jenkins' classic spoof of the PGA tour should be required reading for any sports/golf fan. You comment tossed me back into the world of PUckett and the Goat Hills country club and the denizens within, Find it---read it.

Posted by: Semilitterate at February 26, 2017 06:13 PM (hsz7G)

420 Oregon Muse, in case you check back here, next week can you suggest a good translation and /or annotated version of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius?

thanks!

Posted by: @votermom @vm at February 26, 2017 06:38 PM (Om16U)

421 I see Tramp Royale there. Nice.

Posted by: brando at February 26, 2017 11:40 PM (NLwJO)

422 But I like how Hillary's defeat is called "tragic". Heh. I guess that all depends on your perspective, doesn't it?

Well, it could be described as "tragic" in the classic theatrical sense: hubris followed by nemesis. The protagonist need not be a hero: Macbeth is a tragedy, though by the end both of the Macbeths deserve the sticky ends they come to.

Posted by: Rich Rostrom at February 27, 2017 03:52 PM (YkV15)

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