Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-12-2017


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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 gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes do not last. 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 confirm every bad thing you've heard about WalMart.


Happy Easter! He Is Risen!


Pic Note

From the State Library of Iowa website:

Located in the Capitol building, the State Library of Iowa's Law Library provides Iowa lawmakers, government employees, the Iowa legal community and the general public with a highly specialized legal collection of treatises and both state and federal statutory, regulatory and case law. The collection also contains the abstracts and arguments of the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, legal periodicals, and materials produced by the Iowa legislature. Research assistance is available.

(h/t votermom)


Shattered

Ace has already stolen my thunder from this on Wednesday, but I'm going to proceed as if he hadn't:

Here is an excerpt from a new book about the 2016 election that will be released later this week, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign:

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

That's right, it was sexism what done her in. And misogyny. And moar sexism. Also the Russians, who somehow convinced her not to bother campaigning in Wisconsin.

Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign's difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.

I would point out to whoever wrote this Amazon blurb that one man's "bewildering terror" is another's "exhilirating joy." The kind of joy you experience when the doctor tells you that your spouse's stage-4 cancer has suddenly gone into remission. That's what the night of Nov. 8, 2016 felt like to normal Americans.

(h/t also to fixerupper)


Shattered (continued)

And if this book doesn't sate your appetite for scum and villainy, there's always Kennedy Babylon: A Century of Scandal and Depravity by East Coast radio talk-show host Howie Carr:

Kennedy Babylon Vol. 1 begins the story of the Kennedy family's scandalous century in the public eye. Written by Howie Carr, the New York Times bestselling author of The Brothers Bulger and Hitman, Kennedy Babylon is a whirlwind tour of scandals from the days of the clan's rabidly anti-Semitic patriarch to the death of JFK Jr. The book includes scores of amazing photographs, many of which have not been published in decades.

And it doesn't begin to get into the sinkhole of depravity that was Teddy Kennedy. And yet many liberals worship them as gods.

But getting back to the election, I am equally suspicious of books like this one, Trumped: The 2016 Election That Broke All the Rules

In 2016, Donald Trump broke almost all the rules of politics to win the Republican nomination and, even more improbably, to edge out heavily favored Hillary Clinton in one of the great upsets in presidential campaign history. In Trumped: The 2016 Election That Broke All the Rules, Larry Sabato, Kyle Kondik, and Geoffrey Skelley, leading experts in American politics, bring together respected journalists, analysts, and scholars to examine every facet of the stunning 2016 election and what its improbable outcome will mean for the nation moving forward under a Trump administration.

These are guys who pretty much miscalled everything, right? I think the subtitle should be: "As Written By A Bunch of Paid Political Pundits Who Totally Whiffed On the Election, Got Everything Wrong, And Now Want You To Believe They Totes Know What They're Talking About Now."

I don't think so.


Easter Reading


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David Limbaugh, Rush's smarter brother, has a new book out, and it's fitting that the release date is the Easter season. The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels:

In this book, Limbaugh combines the four Gospel stories into a unified account (though not, he humbly admits, a perfect harmony) and guides readers on a faith journey through the Four Evangelists' testimonies of the life of Jesus Christ. Along the way, Limbaugh shares his insights on Jesus' words and deeds as well as His unique nature as fully human and fully divine.

Rush talked about this book on his show on Good Friday. He said David wrote it more to "create interest rather than to preach answers":

So the purpose of this book, The True Jesus, is to introduce people to the gospels, make them less intimidating — you know, it’s written in such a way you can’t even understand it. A lot of people don’t understand the language itself, the prose, the way it’s all put together, and so this book is to actually serve as an introduction. And most of all, to encourage people to read the Bible for themselves rather than relying on other people who have and their interpretation or getting some of it from pop culture or what have you.

Rush has never struck me as being particularly devout, but David takes his faith seriously. He is also the author of the books Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel and also Finding Jesus in the Old Testament


Notes From The Revolution - 3


Of course, one can scarcely blame the bookstore. They're just making marketing decision based on who they think their target audience is, just like any other business.

But, looking at the lower right of the display, I am curious about this new-found interest the left seems to have acquired for the original U.S. Constitution. Why, some of them are even talking about limiting the powers of government, now that it's in the hands of people who won't implement the progressive agenda.

It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

A RACKRENT is an extortionate rent.


Books By Morons

Heard a few days ago from moron author Bill Webb who tells me:

The second novel in my reviled (by leftists) saga of the Last Brigade is coming April 21, and pre-orders and print books get TWO teasers epilogues for book 3. These will be yanked forever, though, so get yours while it's hot!

He's talking about Standing in the Storm:

When the Last Brigade begins its mission of rebuilding America, they find enemies on all sides. In nearby Prescott, Arizona, a maniacal warlord proclaims himself the legitimate successor to the USA. To the east lurks the strange religious cult named the Caliphate of the Seven Prayers of the New Prophet, which kills anyone who doesn't convert. And why is a Chinese military vehicle found to the north?

All pre-ordered Kindle copies will be delivered to your device on April 21st.

The first book in this series is Standing the Final Watch

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Another new moron author surfaces. Here is a book thread comment from a couple three weeks ago:

Also, shameless plug- while ago I wrote a small book meant to help parents navigate the mental health system, as many of my clients seemed to be grasping at straws to figure out where to even begin. It's an ebook on amazon - "A Parent's Guide to Mental Health"

Posted by: aivanther at March 26, 2017 11:01 AM (KkUrF)

I think this is his book: A Parent's Guide to Mental Health

The world of mental health is complex and often difficult to navigate. As a parent, you need to know how best to help your child, and this book is your guide. From the complex terms commonly used in the field, what different disorders really mean and how they are treated, A Parent's Guide to Mental Health teaches you the information you need about your situation. We also cover steps for effectively working with professionals, as well as how to work with your local school to build an effective team. [i]A Parent's Guide to Mental Health[/i] is all about teaching you how to best help your child.

$2.99 on Kindle.

Years ago, Mrs. Muse and I were friends with a married couple who had a boy about the same age of our son. He was a real handful, lots of inexplicable fears and tantrums and crying. Eventually, they took him to a doctor for evaluation and was diagnosed as autistic. Once they knew that, they implemented appropriate therapy and there was much improvement. Their second child was a daughter who developed normally and the father once told me that if they had had the daughter first, they would have known right away that something wasn't right with the son. But since he was their first, they really didn't have a baseline to compare their experience with.


Moron Recommendation

And continuing with the mental health theme, a long-time lurker e-mailed this week to recommend a book called The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness by Lori Schiller, her account of her suffering from schizophrenia:

At seventeen Lori Schiller was the perfect child -- the only daughter of an affluent, close-knit family. Six years later she made her first suicide attempt, then wandered the streets of New York City dressed in ragged clothes, tormenting voices crying out in her mind. Lori Schiller had entered the horrifying world of full-blown schizophrenia. She began an ordeal of hospitalizations, halfway houses, relapses, more suicide attempts, and constant, withering despair. But against all odds, she survived. Now in this personal account, she tells how she did it, taking us not only into her own shattered world, but drawing on the words of the doctors who treated her and family members who suffered with her.

Lurker has some professional experience with this:

I'm a police officer and I encounter mentally ill people fairly frequently. Sometimes they will be talking to the voices they hear in their heads, or will appear to not be paying attention to me, as if they're listening to something else. In this job one tends to build up an emotional wall just to stay sane, and I try not to contemplate on people's issues too much. So it had never occurred to me how terrifying it must be for a child to begin hearing voices, especially angry ones, at the onset of schizophrenia. This book has given me an interesting insight and will hopefully make me better at my job.

I've heard that the worst call a police officer can get is a domestic disturbance call. But I wonder if situations involving a mentally ill person aren't actually worse. Because there's no normal perceptions, therefore there won't be normal reactions, especially if the voices in his head are louder than the voice of the police offer trying to talk to him. There have been tragic shootings in these types of situations. I can't imagine what it would be like to hear loud voices in my head that I can't control and seem to be someone else.


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Longtime moron Hrothgar and lurkette SandyCheeks both told me about this book, Dog Company: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command, by Robert Hill after listening to an interview with the author, a West Point grad and decorated Afghan war vet, on a local radio station. The Amazon blurb starts out:

The Army does not want you to read this book. It does not want to advertise its detention system that coddles enemy fighters while putting American soldiers at risk. It does not want to reveal the new lawyered-up Pentagon war ethic that prosecutes U.S. soldiers and Marines while setting free spies who kill Americans.

So my question is, were these FUBAR rules and practices there all along, or did they come about due to policy changes implemented by the Obama administration? And a follow-up question, does DJT have any idea of just how big a Herculean task it will be to clean out these particular Augean stables?

Anyway:

Hill and (First Sergeant Tommy) Scott then led Dog Company into combat in Afghanistan, where a third of their men became battlefield casualties after just six months. Meanwhile, Hill found himself at war with his own battalion commander, a charismatic but difficult man who threatened to relieve Hill at every turn.

After two of his men died on a routine patrol, Hill and a counterintelligence team busted a dozen enemy infiltrators on their base in the violent province of Wardak. Abandoned by his high command, Hill suddenly faced an excruciating choice: follow Army rules the way he always had, or damn the rules to his own destruction and protect the men he'd grown to love.

Again, my confirmation bias tells me that I would like to believe that Capt. Hill was placed in this situation because Obama was busy turning the military into a hollowed-out progressive shell, but I don't know for sure. I have no military experience, but I hear that military bureaucracy can be amazingly obtuse. Is this just another specie of this, or something recent, and far worse?


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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.

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1 Yay!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 08:59 AM (PhYV5)

2 *dances victory jig*

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 08:59 AM (PhYV5)

3 Where the books are as high as an elephant's eye.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 16, 2017 08:59 AM (ZO497)

4 That's one snazzy bibliotech.

Posted by: eleven at April 16, 2017 09:01 AM (qUNWi)

5 Tolle lege

1'/2 way through book 3 of Thomas Carlyle's History of Frederick II covering the years from 1412 - 1718

Posted by: Skip at April 16, 2017 09:01 AM (Ot7+c)

6 I found Project Gutenberg's "1811 Dictionary in the Vulgar Tongue", by Francis Grose. There are so many good words in there but I had to share a few:

ACE OF SPADES. A widow.

MISH. A shirt, smock, or sheet.

BUTTERED BUN. One lying with a woman that has just lain
with another man, is said to have a buttered bun.

MUGGLETONIANS. The sect or disciples of Lodowick
Muggleton.

NAZY. Drunken. Nazy cove or mort; a drunken rogue or harlot. Nazy nabs; drunken coxcombs.

PEPPERED. Infected with the venereal disease

PEGO. The penis of man or beast. As in "He has a peppered pego"

MERKIN. Counterfeit hair for women's privy parts. See
BAILEY'S DICT.

LANTHORN-JAWED. Thin-visaged: from their cheeks being almost transparent. Or else, lenten jawed; i.e. having the jaws of one emaciated by a too rigid observation of Lent.

FART CATCHER. A valet or footman from his walking
behind his master or mistress.

DILBERRY MAKER. The fundament

TO BLOW THE GROUNSILS. To lie with a woman on the floor.

FOGRAM. An old fogram; a fusty old fellow.

Anyway, if you are so inclined, these and many more useful vocabulary building words may be found at Gutenberg.

Posted by: freaked at April 16, 2017 09:04 AM (BO/km)

7 Interesting book I heard the author interview so downloaded the preview is Dog Company : A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command. Chilling stuff, would like to read.

Posted by: Skip at April 16, 2017 09:06 AM (Ot7+c)

8 Ah the book thread. Currently working on the Jack Ryan series. Up to The Sum of All Fears. A great book that was ruined by a shitty movie.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 16, 2017 09:08 AM (mpXpK)

9 Re-reading Clancy's Cardinal in the Kremlin from way back when Russia was an enemy. Also reading Hemingway's A Moveable Feast in fits and starts. Mostly working on editing a new book (magical realism instead of running, this time) - supposed to be done by the end of the month for final cleanup. Got some work to do

Posted by: Long Running Fool at April 16, 2017 09:08 AM (L0bUn)

10 Hey! That library looks just like mine!


Hmpf, Iowa wannabes...

Posted by: naturalfake at April 16, 2017 09:09 AM (9q7Dl)

11 Sounds like we're on the same track, Vic

Posted by: Long Running Fool at April 16, 2017 09:09 AM (L0bUn)

12 Ordered "Dog Company"
Working on "The Ionian Mission" by O'Brian, when I am not on the road. I need to look for the audio book version!

Posted by: Hrothgar at April 16, 2017 09:10 AM (gwPgz)

13 Scankles lost for the pure resaon that too many people did not like her personally and the blacks decided to sit it out because there was no black on the ticket this time.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 16, 2017 09:10 AM (mpXpK)

14 Willowed.

a) The disciples stole the body
b) Jesus wasn't killed. He recovered after being placed in the tomb.
c) The women went to the wrong tomb.
d) Jesus had a twin brother.

Posted by: Richard Dawkins at April 16, 2017 09:10 AM (vRcUp)

15 oh you know imma use fart catcher.

Posted by: eleven at April 16, 2017 09:11 AM (qUNWi)

16 Finished 'Blood on the Risers: An Airborne Soldier's Thirty-five Months in Vietnam', by John Leppelman

In my pattern of interspersing non-fiction and meaningless fiction, started Baldacci's third Camel Club book, 'Stone Cold'. Formulaic, but entertaining. Spoiler: The bad guys always meet a with nasty fate.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 16, 2017 09:11 AM (ZO497)

17 Tom Clancy books are better than the movies, early ones anyway.

Posted by: Skip at April 16, 2017 09:11 AM (Ot7+c)

18 Good Easter morning to all my fellow Book Threadists.

I have nothing against the state of Iowa, but screw them. That gorgeous library should be devoted to the literature I deem appropriate. And it should be in MY backyard.

Not that I feel strongly about the matter.

Posted by: JTB at April 16, 2017 09:12 AM (V+03K)

19 MERKIN. Counterfeit hair for women's privy parts. See
BAILEY'S DICT
.


Never quite understood how or why the merkin came into being,

but this explanation from Wikipedia makes perfect sense:

The Oxford Companion to the Body dates the origin of the pubic wig to the 1450s. According to the publication, women would shave their pubic hair for personal hygiene and to combat pubic lice. They would then don a merkin. Also, prostitutes would wear a merkin to cover up signs of disease, such as syphilis.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 16, 2017 09:12 AM (9q7Dl)

20 Off to Sunday School, and Church.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 16, 2017 09:13 AM (ZO497)

21 Good morning, horde! My favorite part of the week.

That is a lovely library.

Posted by: April at April 16, 2017 09:14 AM (e8PP1)

22 Dog Company book sounds like Apocalypse Now.

Posted by: WOPR - Nationalist at April 16, 2017 09:14 AM (z/Py3)

23 I have a peppered pego.

Posted by: Bill Clinton at April 16, 2017 09:15 AM (89T5c)

24 Thanks to the recommendations here, I read The Gargoyle, the great first novel of Andrew Davidson. It's an interesting love story, but I especially enjoyed the little stories within told by the character Marianne. Most of these stories are autobiographical in nature --- from 700 years ago. I hope Davidson has other books within him. I look forward to more of his work.

On the Kindle, I read Warrior: The Moondark Saga, Books 1-3, the first of a trilogy by Don McQuinn. The premiss is interesting. Volunteers wake up in a cryogenic creche. They were put there when an all-out nuclear war seemed inevitable. A malfunction in the system, however, cost the live of most of their fellow volunteers. After escaping their cave/bunker, they determine from the tree regrowth that about 500 years have passed. They encounter both friendly and unfriendly humans organized as Native American tribes. Other societies are feudal in nature with a king, barons, and serfs.

For me, the story plodded along and I almost gave up on it, but I stuck it out to the end. It's not that the writing is so bad; it's just that there is so much out there that is so much better, like The Gargoyle.

Posted by: Zoltan at April 16, 2017 09:15 AM (mB70I)

25 I continue my forays into PG Wodehouse golf stories, every one of which has been a gem, and classic pulp adventures like Conan and Fu Manchu. This is simply fun reading.

Posted by: JTB at April 16, 2017 09:15 AM (V+03K)

26 Of course, one can scarcely blame the bookstore. They're just making
marketing decision based on who they think their target audience is,
just like any other business.




It has been a long time since I was inside any bookstore but things there were really changed. BnN in the nearby city was marketing toys and junk along with fewer books. And like the on-line sites it was geared more towards women. After all that is their primary market. I gave up on the amazon Daily Deals because it was exclusively women's books. I get to choose my areas for notifications with Bookbub.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 16, 2017 09:16 AM (mpXpK)

27 I am a fart catcher that dodges ashtrays.

Posted by: John Podesta at April 16, 2017 09:17 AM (89T5c)

28 Did a lot of reading this week as I was sick in bed at home. Mostly old stuff, the fruits of a successful used-bookstore raid earlier this month.

THE SHIP OF ISHTAR, by A. Merritt: Freaky 1920s fantasy novel about a modern man caught up in a magical war between Sumerian gods. Sword-fighting, strange magic, and True Love. If you're tired of Tolkein clones or angsty Drow with too many consonants, this is worth a look.

THE GREAT RAILWAY BAZAAR, by Paul Theroux: American writer makes a circuit of Asia by train in 1975, at a moment when Islamism had not yet appeared on the horizon and the peace settlement that ended Vietnam War looked as if it could actually hold. His trip on the Trans-Siberian Express (in December!) is the journal of a man going mad from boredom.

Also THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, by Patrick O'Brian: another Aubrey/Maturin novel, with HMS Surprise chasing an American warship in the Pacific, while Murphy's Law assails the good captain at every turn. When I picked this one up I thought I hadn't read it before, and it was only when I was about two-thirds of the way through it that I realized I had.

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 16, 2017 09:17 AM (9b2RW)

29 Posted by: Richard Dawkins

Hey, how 'bout that Mohammad guy, huh?

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 09:17 AM (fYbFJ)

30 I devoured the new Amy Lynn (book 4) by Jack July. Loved it. One of the story threads dealt with union thugs trying to break up the Braxton family trucking company. This felt a little personal and sure enough the author is a trucker.

For edification I'm starting "The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia" by Bill Hayton.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 09:18 AM (PhYV5)

31 Inre Dog Company.

I heard the WMAL interview with Captain Hill and immediately ordered several copies of his book - one for me and the rest for colleagues at work.

Not too much detail, but my job brings me into contact with officers at TRADOC and several COCOMs. Captain Hill has a very useful perspective. Political...motives, for lack of a better word, have been integrated into our war fighting doctrines even down to the tactical level. Certain doctrines have even been abandoned, not out of strategic necessity but out of political convenience.

I hasten to add that the mid level career officers I work with on occasion generally want to do the right thing but are often stymied by senior officers. The NCO corps is in trouble too, with politics entering what should be non political decisions.

One of the examples Captain Hill cited was how twelve...TWELVE spies were uncovered in his unit, and his superiors refused to allow him to capture and interrogate them. He did the right thing, his actions saved lives, and he got in trouble for it.

The culture is changing, but we will be hearing more about how thing in the military have degenerated over the past, um, 20 years. Yeah, it accelerated over the past eight years but the seeds were planted before that.

Posted by: WitchDoktor, AKA VA GOP Sucks at April 16, 2017 09:19 AM (2VN2E)

32 11
Sounds like we're on the same track, Vic


Posted by: Long Running Fool at April 16, 2017 09:09 AM (L0bUn)

Yep

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 16, 2017 09:19 AM (mpXpK)

33 And most of all, to encourage people to read the Bible for themselves rather than relying on other people who have and their interpretation or getting some of it from pop culture or what have you.

Heresy! Only the Magisterium can come up with infallible interpretations of Scripture!

Posted by: Pope Francis at April 16, 2017 09:20 AM (vRcUp)

34 He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

My first act this morning was to listen to Dolly Parton's "He's Alive," which is the tale of the resurrection from Peter's point of view. Listening to Peter deny Christ three times when the Good Friday readings are sung never fails to make me cry.

So I'm still reading "Talents Incorporated" and it's finally moving along, battle coming soon, King Humphrey getting nervous, Bors keeping it together. I'm enjoying this because it seems like the battle will be here much too soon for it to be the whole book and I have no idea what comes after.

Still slowly reading "Left Turns" and it's good that it's slow because it keeps the topic up pretty high in my mind. I amuse myself in the comments of the Seattle Times by pointing out all the ways the Times lies without lying. Today it was running pics of some Black Lives Matter/Make Trump Show His Tax Returns, with the pics having been taken in such a way that we can't tell how many (or few, more likely) people showed up for this.

Posted by: Tonestaple at April 16, 2017 09:21 AM (STkEV)

35 Seems like plenty of books could be written on how voters took a look at Hillary Clinton and said 'no way.'

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 09:21 AM (oVJmc)

36 A blessed Easter to all. What a gorgeous library...

Posted by: IC at April 16, 2017 09:21 AM (gcme+)

37 I am reading the short stories of Saki. the names are delicious - Reggie Bruttle and Mrs. Hatch-Mallard.

Posted by: vivi at April 16, 2017 09:21 AM (11H2y)

38 "...I hear that military bureaucracy can be amazingly obtuse. Is this just another specie of this, or something recent, and far worse?"

Far, far worse. Without saying it in so many words, Hill seemed to believe that the entire Pentagon apparatus is being controlled by the MB and it's going to take MANY years to fix. Guys like Mattis, far up on the chain, have no idea what shots are being called for our troops in country, or the disciplinary actions being taken against them.

Asked how or if "the problem" could be fixed, Hill said he hopes books like his draw attention to it.

The PTB made him wait more than a year for information and redacted it at that. BUT, the redacted info is easily available on govt sites. You have to know where to dig.

Posted by: SandyCheeks at April 16, 2017 09:21 AM (joFoi)

39 6
TO BLOW THE GROUNSILS. To lie with a woman on the floor.
Posted by: freaked at April 16, 2017 09:04 AM (BO/km)


Was "grounsils" the word for "dust bunnies"?

Posted by: rickl at April 16, 2017 09:22 AM (sdi6R)

40 Alleluia!

Got to run, but wanted to pop in and wish you all a happy Easter.

Hope to be back for the food thread later.

Posted by: bluebell at April 16, 2017 09:23 AM (sBOL1)

41 Wait....Jesus had a twin?

Posted by: eleven at April 16, 2017 09:24 AM (qUNWi)

42 The culture is changing, but we will be hearing more about how thing in the military have degenerated over the past, um, 20 years. Yeah, it accelerated over the past eight years but the seeds were planted before that.
Posted by: WitchDoktor, AKA VA GOP Sucks at April 16, 2017 09:19 AM (2VN2E)

Those seeds were planted post 9-11, you know, when we were told to go shopping and that Islam is the Religion of Peace.

Posted by: SandyCheeks at April 16, 2017 09:26 AM (joFoi)

43 The Iowa Law Library is absolutely gorgeous. That floor the railings, I love everything about it.
Someone buy me one!

Posted by: willow at April 16, 2017 09:26 AM (4lrrm)

44 Every movie made from a Clancy book has been ruined by changing how something significant happened.

And if the end of "The Bourne Identity" movie, which is all I've seen of it, is any indication, they've done the same to Ludlum.

Posted by: teej at April 16, 2017 09:28 AM (yBWAd)

45 Some (extremely lucky) photographer is publishing a book featuring beautiful gingers from around the world. Link in nick. YOWZAH!

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at April 16, 2017 09:28 AM (IJX6l)

46 Also, prostitutes would wear a merkin to cover up signs of disease, such as syphilis.
Posted by: naturalfake at April 16, 2017 09:12 AM (9q7Dl)

Followed directly by:

20 Off to Sunday School, and Church.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 16, 2017 09:13 AM (ZO497)
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I love our Book Threads.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 09:29 AM (PhYV5)

47 I finally decided to read the book Ben-Hur. I've seen the movie about thirty-eleven times so figured I knew what to expect.

WRONG!

I'm only part way into the book and it could not be more different from my expectations. Where is Judah, Masala and the rest? Instead I'm reading about the physical appearance and philosophical background of the three wise men, the needed of desert travel, learning about the culture and customs of the area, and that the Virgin Mary was a blue-eyed blonde. I'm reminded strongly of Herodotus.

This is not a complaint. Wallace's writing is excellent, if a bit archaic. At this point I'm eager to turn the pages just to see how he handles the action with Judah, when he gets to that point.

Question: Does anyone know how accurate Wallace was with the historical and cultural information in the book?

Posted by: JTB at April 16, 2017 09:29 AM (V+03K)

48 Link fu is weak. http://mymodernmet.com/brian-dowling-redheads/

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at April 16, 2017 09:30 AM (IJX6l)

49 Book thread! Book thread!

Alas, no time to read post or comments @now.

Sometimes it takes me all week. Slow reader.



For Easter, though, here's a book, one I usually keep in my at-hand collection, but can't seem to locate @now.

This Fellow Jesus, by Louis Cassels, 1973. Cassels was AP religion reporter. He especially appreciates the "reporter," Luke. Here's a good summation from a review on Amazon:

As an introduction to Jesus, it very quickly enumerates the facts and figures concerning the astounding impact this one man's life has had -- and continues to have -- on the world.

&emdash;

Rainy Easter morning here in NE OK, but it's a light Spring rain which should pass in time for our lunch on Mom's porch.

Hope you find all your decorated eggs.



Bye.

Posted by: mindful webworker - click me and win! at April 16, 2017 09:30 AM (ql3m8)

50 The "Jesus had a twin" theory of the resurrection.

My unvarnished opinion: It's stupid:

http://tinyurl.com/mtlgpwb

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at April 16, 2017 09:31 AM (fDdVG)

51 Those seeds were planted post 9-11, you know, when we were told to go shopping and that Islam is the Religion of Peace.

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I'm cynical and personally put the ball rolling at Desert Storm, but I may be too aggressive in my opinion.

Posted by: WitchDoktor, AKA VA GOP Sucks at April 16, 2017 09:31 AM (2VN2E)

52 Wait....Jesus had a twin?

Posted by: eleven


Yes! Any naturalistic explanation is more probable than a supernatural explanation.

Posted by: Richard Dawkins at April 16, 2017 09:32 AM (vRcUp)

53 I continue my forays into PG Wodehouse golf stories, every one of which has been a gem, and classic pulp adventures like Conan and Fu Manchu. This is simply fun reading.

Posted by: JTB at April 16, 2017 09:15 AM (V+03K)



The Oldest Member settled back in the great leather chaise lounge chair he favored, took a sip of his ice cold martini, sighed gratefully then lit his pipe.

"Did I ever tell you about Fu Manchu?", he said blowing a great cloud smoke as he talked.

"Rum fellow. Constantly trying to take over the world, unleashing the Yellow Horde upon Wimbley Green, and always setting poison gas traps in the rough.

Getting up a foursome to play a round with Fu Manchu was a dodgy proposition at best, let me tell you.

It looked like we were going to have blackball the blighter and expel him from the Club...

Until the day he met Hortense Rooftop-Bingleton, the second daughter of Lord Hamish Rooftop-Singleton...

Posted by: "Bitten by a Birdie" by Zombie PG Wodehouse at April 16, 2017 09:32 AM (9q7Dl)

54

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I'm cynical and personally put the ball rolling at Desert Storm, but I may be too aggressive in my opinion.

Posted by: WitchDoktor, AKA VA GOP Sucks

I thought it was Billy Jeff (the original TFG) that PCed the military, but I could see GHW Bush planting the seeds.

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 09:33 AM (fYbFJ)

55 and the most amazing thing about the state library of iowa is that it's carved entirely out of corn!

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 16, 2017 09:33 AM (WTSFk)

56 OregonMuse:

Do you need a don't comment on old threads warning or is a week safe?

Posted by: DaveA at April 16, 2017 09:33 AM (FhXTo)

57 Happy Easter all.

Almost finished The Mystery of Fu Manchu, just have three chapters left. Pretty good so far, told from the perspective of the hero's sidekick who happens to be a doctor. Somewhat reminiscent of Holmes and Watson.

Posted by: Darth Randall at April 16, 2017 09:34 AM (6n332)

58 Posted by: Richard Dawkins at April 16, 2017 09:32 AM (vRcUp)

Dick, please do a thorough reading of the articles which I put back on the EMT thread and report back . :^)

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at April 16, 2017 09:34 AM (fDdVG)

59 (i can't believe i said that.)

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 16, 2017 09:34 AM (WTSFk)

60 My muddah read a book to me once.

Once.

It was Dhalgren.

Posted by: Danny Vermin at April 16, 2017 09:35 AM (0OL9/)

61 Heresy! Only the Magisterium can come up with infallible interpretations of Scripture!
Posted by: Pope Francis at April 16, 2017 09:20 AM (vRcUp)

Speaking of, I'm making steady progress through "Windswept House," by Malachy Martin. Tiny type and mega pages. Indirectly recommended by Ann Barnhardt, it's a thinly veiled documentation of the corruption of the Catholic Church via Satan's helpers in the Vatican.

Since the '40s and the concept of the EU, influential members of the Roman hierarchy have sought to make the position of pope a ceremonial title.

The most amazing tidbits deal with the destroying national sovereignty by destroying Vatican sovereignty. The various orders charged with "watering down" devotions was particularly enlightening.

While it's a work of "fiction," the "Slavic Pope" is of course none other than John Paul II, and while he has his major faults, he's certainly not down with the New World Order.

Posted by: SandyCheeks at April 16, 2017 09:35 AM (joFoi)

62 I've only read the introduction so far, but I picked up David Limbaugh's new book "The True Jesus" the other day. Although I've been reading through the Gospels, I feel like I'm missing a lot, even with the footnotes provided. Limbaugh is a talented writer and I hope his claim that this book is intended as an intro to understanding the Gospels is correct. I could use the help.

Posted by: JTB at April 16, 2017 09:35 AM (V+03K)

63 51-

I agree. It was astounding how much it changed in the mid to late 90's.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at April 16, 2017 09:35 AM (89T5c)

64 (forgive me.)

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 16, 2017 09:35 AM (WTSFk)

65 "Happy Easter! He Is Risen!"

He Is Risen Indeed!

mac :]

Posted by: macbrooks at April 16, 2017 09:36 AM (vCCo/)

66 I read the third & fourth novels of the "Lost Fleet" series by Jack Campbell, Courageous and Valiant. Black Jack Geary continues to lead the Alliance fleet trapped inside the Syndicate Worlds part of space. The Alliance continues kicking Syndic butt; however, losses are starting to be felt. Black Jack must deal with intrigue from officers and mysterious unseen aliens. I thought Courageous spent too much time on Geary's relationship with his lover, Senator Victoria Rione: rating = 3.5/5. In Valiant the intrigue and sabotage begins in earnest: rating = 4/5.

The author (a retired US Navy officer writing under a pen name) does a pretty good job of describing the three-dimensional nature of space battles; the battles feel to me a bit like WWI naval battles in space. The series has been entertaining so far.

P.S. the first two novels in the series are Dauntless and Fearless.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 16, 2017 09:39 AM (5Yee7)

67 Good morning, happy Easter to all -- and oh, my that is a splendid library.
I have been working in the garden all this week, and in the afternoons, working on my own writing. I have a couple - actually three advanced release copies of books to review for Amazon, of which I haven't even cracked the covers, yet.
And next Friday from 9-11, I'll be at one of the author tables at the Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. There is a Texas Library Convention going on, and Alan from the Texas Authors Association has arranged some space for us. It's not so much to sell books, but to get face-time for authors with librarians...

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at April 16, 2017 09:39 AM (xnmPy)

68 Ah, mindful is here.
Twice you've asked a question I didn't see till the next morning.
The answer, ne Kansas/nw Mo for the most part. Talking about trying to get down to nw Arkansas sometime this fall. Don't know if it will happen. Have to find a place that is a fit and has an open date that will work with busy schedules, personal and musical, on our end.

Travel prayers for creeper if you would folks. Long drive today after driving up yesterday to hear us.
She claims to have had a great time but is much too nice to say anything different.
We had missed a couple practices and it showed.

Posted by: teej at April 16, 2017 09:39 AM (yBWAd)

69 Dick, please do a thorough reading of the articles which I put back on the EMT thread and report back . :^)

Posted by: FenelonSpoke


I say, hullo. Ok I will give it a go. What?

Posted by: Richard Dawkins at April 16, 2017 09:41 AM (vRcUp)

70 Good morning again.

Question: while reading the ZH article about the Berkley fights, it mentioned an "alt-right" blogger named Laura Southern.

Seems like I've seen that name here as a commenter. Yes? No? Is that a dumb question because I need sleep?

Posted by: Country Boy - Michigan exile at April 16, 2017 09:42 AM (Jcg9Q)

71 Howie Carr's book about the Kennedys dovetailed with an email I got this morning about "Great Democrat Orators." It concluded with this one:

Beyond a doubt, the greatest statement of all was made by Democrat House Speaker Sam Rayburn at the first Congressional session after Ted Kennedy was caught, on camera, having sex with one of his aides on the deck of his yacht ..."Ah see that the good Senatuh from the great state of Massutwoshits has changed his position on off shore drillin."

Posted by: SandyCheeks at April 16, 2017 09:42 AM (joFoi)

72 Willowed from the last thread!

Hey Horde ~ Happy Easter! He is risen, Hallelujah! Caught Vigil Mass at St Pat's last night. Truly lovely.

In other matters one of you lovely morons (sorry ~ I forget who) had the "problem" of too many eggs because of the woman next door with chickens, I believe. I could not dig out that flourless chocolate cake recipe ~ I believe the Redux parents have it somewhere and they are retired to the hinterlands of Canada (long story ~ the Reduces are not Canadian in any way ~ they just loved it there) . So i looked up on line and found a very close approximation ~ It is this recipe made with polenta (which is like the one I originally used ~ I just don't use polenta). The recipe is here:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/ recipes/moist-chocolate-polenta-cake-recipe

(Remove spaces)

And here is a white chocolate custard recipe similar to the one in the original ~ i\when cooking the custard leave it a bit more liquid than a normal thick custard as this is a sauce for the cake ~ th usual presentation is to "sit" the piece of cake in a bed of the white chocolate custard perhaps with a sprig of mint on the top or a few raspberries on the side ~ the cake already has white powdered sugar on top.

http://simplygloria.com/ white-chocolate-custard/

(Remove spaces)

This will use up 15 eggs (!!) ~ hope that helps with your "egg problem"

Posted by: Publius Redux at April 16, 2017 09:42 AM (UOr6C)

73 38
Without saying it in so many words, Hill seemed to believe that the entire Pentagon apparatus is being controlled by the MB and it's going to take MANY years to fix.
Posted by: SandyCheeks at April 16, 2017 09:21 AM (joFoi)


Recall that Diana West originally set out to write a book about Islamic infiltration of the present-day U.S. government, but got sidetracked and ended up writing "American Betrayal" about Communist infiltration in the 1930s and 40s.

Sounds like that other book still needs to be written.

Posted by: rickl at April 16, 2017 09:44 AM (sdi6R)

74 Since this is the book thread, it seems like a good place to plug this. I had some nagging thoughts about corporate censorship and people who say it doesn't sexist that I had to get off my chest so I wrote it out in an essay and started a blog. Any feedback would be appreciated. Link in nick. Thanks.

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 09:45 AM (fYbFJ)

75 47 Question: Does anyone know how accurate Wallace was with the historical and cultural information in the book?

Posted by: JTB at April 16, 2017 09:29 AM (V+03K)

I gave up on that book after the first 3 or 4 chapters. Wallace needed an editor badly and he really butchered the bible in his writings. The movie was a rare case of it being better than the book.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 16, 2017 09:45 AM (mpXpK)

76 Happy Easter!

Heading out and over and up to Estes Park, Colorado, to mass at Our Lady of the Mountains, then to an Easter brunch at the historic Stanley Hotel. Family with grandkids meeting us there.

One of Albert Bierstadt's best-known paintings is of Estes Park, and a nearby 14,000-plus peak bears his name.

Posted by: Les Kinetic at April 16, 2017 09:45 AM (U6f54)

77
You people with all your fancy books with all the fancy words in them.

Posted by: Soothsayer 45 at April 16, 2017 09:47 AM (Q9+6G)

78 The chapter about Wallace and Ben Hur in Victor Hanson's book, "Ripples of Battle" is an excellent essay, all by itself.

Posted by: goatexchange at April 16, 2017 09:48 AM (YFnq5)

79 Seems like plenty of books could be written on how voters took a look at Hillary Clinton and said 'no way.'
Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 09:21 AM (oVJmc)


Well, the majority of Americans did vote for her.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 09:48 AM (g9XXh)

80 53 ... naturalfake, Thanks for that great Wodehouse/Fu Manchu bit. I'll be smiling about that for days.

Posted by: JTB at April 16, 2017 09:48 AM (V+03K)

81 Check out these vintage SF paperback book covers (takes you to Abe Books):

https://tinyurl.com/k6bzlzh

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 09:49 AM (PhYV5)

82 Well, the majority of Americans did vote for her.
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004

Only if you consider Californians "Americans".

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 09:49 AM (fYbFJ)

83 Question: while reading the ZH article about the Berkley fights, it mentioned an "alt-right" blogger named Laura Southern.

Seems like I've seen that name here as a commenter. Yes? No? Is that a dumb question because I need sleep?

Posted by: Country Boy - Michigan exile


Nothing I can see.
site:acecomments.mu.nu 'Laura Southern'

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at April 16, 2017 09:50 AM (HTdUD)

84 You people with all your fancy books with all the fancy words in them.
Posted by: Soothsayer 45 at April 16, 2017 09:47 AM (Q9+6G)

And we even whar shoooz!

Posted by: SandyCheeks at April 16, 2017 09:50 AM (joFoi)

85 The "Jesus had a twin" theory of the resurrection.
My unvarnished opinion: It's stupid:

http://tinyurl.com/mtlgpwb

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at April 16, 2017 09:31 AM (fDdVG)


Jesus was a twin? Wow. I've been a Christian for over 30 years and I have never heard that one before. Points for originality, I suppose.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 09:51 AM (g9XXh)

86 Without the Resurrection, the Gospel is empty. So whenever you atheists can explain why the Apostles doubled down after Jesus died...I will await your insightful comments.

I believe it was here on this intertubes smart military blog that the Betas wouldn't like it when the Alphas started hitting back.

I think Berkeley proves I was correct.

Someone fetch my prophet robes from the cleaners.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at April 16, 2017 09:52 AM (F0ZHr)

87 Seems like plenty of books could be written on how voters took a look at Hillary Clinton and said 'no way.'
Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 09:21 AM (oVJmc)

Well, the majority of Americans did vote for her.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004


But she didn't get 50% of the vote. Like her POOSSLQ.

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at April 16, 2017 09:52 AM (HTdUD)

88 Happy Easter, Morons of the printed word.

Continue to wend my way through Independent People by Halldor Laxness of Iceland, the story of a curmudgeon living out in the sticks who wants everyone off his lawn. Actually he's very generous to anybody who comes by, offering a gazillion cups of coffee which people have to balance accepting versus sticking around long enough to let lice jump aboard. He has his land paid off now so has achieved the independence which he coveted. His first wife, who was frail and hated living out in the middle of nowhere, died in childbirth while he was off trying to find a sheep which she had surreptitiously killed while he was off to market because she craved meat so much (and would sneak some into his meals of mutton which he found to be unusually tender). Anyway the child was comforted and kept warm by the dog until he returned. Everything has fast forwarded so the girl is in her early teens, there's a new but still sickly wife and two younger boys and the mother in law; sounds hellishly crowded but I'm sure Iceland winters are absolutely brutal.

Reading Elizabeth: The Lost Years, following the death of her favorite bang toy, Leicester, Liz enjoys the company of his stepson, the Earl of Essex (I think all they do is play cards but she definitely dotes on him). He's extremely ambitious and was determined to make a name for himself, not to mention lots of money, by being with Sir Francis Drake when he was attacking Spanish ships. Liz was pissed that he did this and sent word to Drake to send him back, which arrived in the middle of attacks on Spain so Drake said fuck this and continued on his primary mission. The Queen was so steamed at Essex that she pointedly ignored him during the subsequent celebrations, rewarding Sir Walter Raleigh who just did some minor financing of the mission while not physically participating in the action; which upset a lot of others who tried to use Essex to minimize Raleighs influence. Essex was so outraged at being ignored that he started fucking every one of the Queen's maids in sight, knocking up and marrying Walsingham's daughter to use his influence, which didn't work out so well since the spymaster's health gave out. With all the gossip, fucking around and intrigue it's amazing anything ever got done.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 16, 2017 09:52 AM (y7DUB)

89
Well, the majority of Americans did vote for her.


2.3% more, centered in sanctuary states who oppose all voter ID as 'racist.'

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 09:52 AM (oVJmc)

90 It is said that a picture is worth 10,000 words. A picture of a long-haired red-headed girl is worth one word -- that word is, indeed, "YOWZAH!"

Thank you Van Owen!

Posted by: French Jeton at April 16, 2017 09:52 AM (WMvHw)

91 Jesus was a twin? Wow. I've been a Christian for over 30 years and I have never heard that one before. Points for originality, I suppose.

As it happens I deduct points for that one. It's a cheap plot point in EVERY SOAP OPERA EVER MADE. When your intellectual rigor is based on General Hospital, you should start over.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at April 16, 2017 09:54 AM (F0ZHr)

92 I would say it is ore accurate to say "the plurality of the voters voted for her" owing mainly to NY and CA. Which is one of the major reasons why we have the electoral college.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 16, 2017 09:54 AM (mpXpK)

93 Question: while reading the ZH article about the Berkley fights, it mentioned an "alt-right" blogger named Laura Southern.

Seems like I've seen that name here as a commenter. Yes? No? Is that a dumb question because I need sleep?

Posted by: Country Boy - Michigan exile

She's a part of Rebel Media. The same Canadian company that produces Gavin McInnes' shorts and his interview show "How's It Goin', Eh"

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 09:55 AM (fYbFJ)

94
Actually, unless she earned more than 50% of the vote, it can't be said that 'the majority of Americans voted for her'.

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at April 16, 2017 09:55 AM (HTdUD)

95 The book on mental health for children interests me greatly. My daughter is dating a man with a child who has been dx with autism as well as oppositional defiant disorder. I met the kid a few months again and I was just blown away by the behavior. Furniture was thrown around, horrible language and screaming that he would kill us all. It was so out of hand I called the authorities. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and my daughter heard him up in the night. Found him with a butcher knife slashing furniture and again threatening to kill. The kid needs more help than has been offered.

Posted by: Molly k. at April 16, 2017 09:55 AM (9H4KE)

96 28

There was a time in my life when I devoured travel literature. It was great. Paul Theroux was a large part of that in the beginning. I read Riding the Red Rooster from his train expedition writing and enjoyed it enormously. At that time I didn't know that much about that part of the world and it was fascinating.

Another great writer of travel for me was Jan Morris . Venice is one of my favorite cities, and Morris' book Venice is one of my favorites about the city.

I also enjoyed Kate Simon and Mary Morris and so many more. I was pretty apolitical at that time and freed my reading choices I think. I wish sometimes I didn't know now what I do now. Anyhoo -- Happy Easter. And for those who believe I love this quote from Pope John Paul II "We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song." Easter people -- makes me smile.

Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 09:55 AM (OU4q6)

97 yay book thread!!!

Posted by: @votermom @vm at April 16, 2017 09:56 AM (hMwEB)

98 Scankles got 48% of 54% voting, so she did not get a "majority of Americans".

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 16, 2017 09:59 AM (mpXpK)

99 Maria seems to yell for no reason.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 09:59 AM (7dpmG)

100 #1: Awesome library pic. I wish I had a room like that in my house (although I'd have to pay someone to dust it on a regular basis).

#2: Regarding Hillary's loss it all goes back to that God protects children, drunks and the United States of America - although we keep challenging God with some pretty interesting choices in this regard.

#3 I am reading William Faulkner's 'Light in August'. It is the first Faulkner book I have read. I think it is a very well written story so far, but as I continue reading it I am wondering if his more famous works are even better?

Posted by: DaveD at April 16, 2017 09:59 AM (P5fqQ)

101 Here's a military history of the Duke of Marlborough from 1729 signed by the authors (a Frog baron and some other chat) available for the low price of $22,000.00:

https://tinyurl.com/m69r8dq

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 10:01 AM (PhYV5)

102 Recently CBD featured Carl Larrson on his art thread (h/t to grammie winger) which led me to get a collection of his paintings as a Kindle book. They are thoroughly enjoyable.

Grammie also mentioned other Scandinavian folk artists of that period, including John Bauer, who illustrated a number of Swedish fairy tales. Bauer's style is more stylized and fanciful, rather than Larrson's more realistic approach. What caught my eye is how much Bauer's drawing, especially landscapes, remind me of JRR Tolkien's drawings. Either Bauer was a big influence on Tolkien's style or they had a common influence.

If you get a chance to see Tolkien's illustrations, there are several books about them, it's worth your time. They add another dimension to understanding and appreciating the man.

Posted by: JTB at April 16, 2017 10:01 AM (V+03K)

103 Heresy! Only the Magisterium can come up with infallible interpretations of Scripture!
Posted by: Pope Francis at April 16, 2017 09:20 AM (vRcUp)


Whoever you are, this Pope is dangerously close to defying the Magesterium's teachings on marriage, divorce and Communion. Stay classy.

Posted by: josephistan at April 16, 2017 10:01 AM (ANIFC)

104 Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 09:51 AM (g9XXh)

The theory being that Thomas Didymus-the twin being Jesus'' twin. Like I said, "Stupid".

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at April 16, 2017 10:01 AM (fDdVG)

105 Well, the majority of Americans did vote for her.

2.3% more, centered in sanctuary states who oppose all voter ID as 'racist.'

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 09:52 AM (oVJmc)


The point is, the majority of people who voted in the 2016 elections preferred *her* as their candidate.

This is why I find the 'Hillary lost because she's unlikeable' argument a bit hollow.

Fortunately for normal Americans, Hillary's voters were all bunched up in blue states, so she didn't meet the constitutional requirements to win.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 10:03 AM (g9XXh)

106 Light in August is a major work of Faulkner but I liked The Sound and Fury, Absolom Absolom and Go Down Moses better.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 16, 2017 10:03 AM (y7DUB)

107 Visiting Cincinnati? Come to ohiobookstore dot net for 5 floors of books; rare, hard to find, historical, almost anything you might be interested in. Also available leather binding and book repair An amazing treasure for bibliophiles.

Posted by: noob.adamson at April 16, 2017 10:03 AM (25Cd/)

108
As it happens I deduct points for that one. It's a cheap plot point in EVERY SOAP OPERA EVER MADE. When your intellectual rigor is based on General Hospital, you should start over.


The Prince (of Peace) and the Pauper?

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 10:03 AM (oVJmc)

109 No offense to hawkeyes, but I would never expect something like that library to be in Iowa.

Posted by: josephistan at April 16, 2017 10:03 AM (ANIFC)

110
As it happens I deduct points for that one. It's a cheap plot point in EVERY SOAP OPERA EVER MADE. When your intellectual rigor is based on General Hospital, you should start over.

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Or clones, or a robot, or parallel universe counterpart.

Posted by: josephistan at April 16, 2017 10:05 AM (ANIFC)

111 Two comments: (1) Military PC harkens back to Visit Name. Going on patrol with Company Gunny at the wire checking each weapon to make sure no round in the chamber. We could only shoot back not initiate contact.
(2) For 'current' travel writers nobody beats Robert Kaplan.

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 10:05 AM (UyqbJ)

112 As it happens I deduct points for that one. It's a cheap plot point in EVERY SOAP OPERA EVER MADE. When your intellectual rigor is based on General Hospital, you should start over.

The Prince (of Peace) and the Pauper?
Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 10:03 AM (oVJmc)

***

My favorite episode was when Jesus surprises the apostles by showing up years later after suffering from "amnesia"

Posted by: Publius Redux at April 16, 2017 10:06 AM (UOr6C)

113 Scankles got 48% of 54% voting, so she did not get a "majority of Americans".
Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 16, 2017 09:59 AM (mpXpK)


True. I should have said "majority of those who voted in the 2016 election."

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 10:06 AM (g9XXh)

114 Visit Name ???? Viet Nam

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 10:06 AM (UyqbJ)

115 No offense to hawkeyes, but I would never expect something like that library to be in Iowa.
Posted by: josephistan

Also, the capitol dome is coated with 23 carat gold.

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 10:07 AM (fYbFJ)

116 Posted by: Publius Redux at April 16, 2017 10:06 AM (UOr6C)

LOL.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at April 16, 2017 10:07 AM (fDdVG)

117 The point is, the majority of people who voted in the 2016 elections preferred *her* as their candidate.

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Well, and again I'm a cynical person, but that's assuming the votes were all cast honestly, sincerely, and legally....

Frankly, I've little doubt the vote total for HC is significantly padded

Posted by: WitchDoktor, AKA VA GOP Sucks at April 16, 2017 10:08 AM (2VN2E)

118 My favorite episode was when Jesus surprises the apostles by showing up years later after suffering from "amnesia"
Posted by: Publius Redux

The one where The Virgin Mother gets into a hair-pulling fight with Pilate's wife was a little gratuitous.

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 10:09 AM (fYbFJ)

119 True. I should have said "majority of those who voted in the 2016 election."
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 10:06 AM (g9XXh)


Not to be pedantic but don't you mean plurality?

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 16, 2017 10:09 AM (y7DUB)

120 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.

Posted by: phoenixgirl... at April 16, 2017 10:09 AM (0O7c5)

121 David Lynch killed both twins.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 10:09 AM (7dpmG)

122 Beautiful library and it has card catalogs. I love, love card catalogs.

Posted by: Tuna at April 16, 2017 10:11 AM (jm1YL)

123 Posted by: Molly k. at April 16, 2017 09:55 AM (9H4KE)

===

Whoa. Inpatient treatment immediately. If that child is seeing a therapist who had not already recommended that, get a new therapist. If you are in California, that therapist would probably lose his or her license, where there is an affirmative obligation to report threats and violence.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at April 16, 2017 10:11 AM (EZebt)

124 (2) For 'current' travel writers nobody beats Robert Kaplan.

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 10:05 AM (UyqbJ)
I know Kaplan from his foreign policy writings. I was unaware or did not pay attention to his travel. I did a quick search and will read Balkan Ghosts.Do you have any recs as where to start or one Kaplan book over another? Thanks for the mention, I haven't been able to settle lately so this is a good.

Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 10:11 AM (OU4q6)

125 I finished "Dune" yesterday - a really great read. I'm going to change pace with my next book, "The First British Army 1624-1628" by Laurence Spring, about the British intervention in the Thirty Years War

Posted by: josephistan at April 16, 2017 10:12 AM (ANIFC)

126 My favorite episode was when Jesus surprises the apostles by showing up years later after suffering from "amnesia"
Posted by: Publius Redux

The one where The Virgin Mother gets into a hair-pulling fight with Pilate's wife was a little gratuitous.
Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 10:09 AM (fYbFJ)

***

And the one where it turns out Jesus was married to his long lost twin sister (which he learned about after they were having issues conceiving and they went for a DNA test) was even more "out there" ~ and, I think, a tad bit unbelievable

Posted by: Publius Redux at April 16, 2017 10:13 AM (UOr6C)

127 I have an old library card chest of drawers. Use it for dats.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 10:14 AM (7dpmG)

128 I thought Lew Wallace wasa Civil War Union general, and from the wiki doesn't seem to have any formal background in history, not that he couldn't have had the information he needed. The books I'm reading afe historical and written around the same time.

Posted by: Skip at April 16, 2017 10:15 AM (Ot7+c)

129 I finished "Dune" yesterday - a really great read. I'm going to change pace with my next book, "The First British Army 1624-1628" by Laurence Spring, about the British intervention in the Thirty Years War
Posted by: josephistan at April 16, 2017 10:12 AM (ANIFC)

Dune is a monumental piece of fiction and a book that I occasionally re~Read (Along with Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn and the Scarlet Letter)

Posted by: Publius Redux at April 16, 2017 10:16 AM (UOr6C)

130 Try "The Ends of the Earth", "Asia's Cauldron", "Revenge of Geography" and "Monsoon" for starters.

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 10:18 AM (UyqbJ)

131 I'd blame it on the military bureaucracy, with an active assist from Presidents of both parties.
When I was in (back during the Clinton years) one of our "laws of war" classes featured a case from Vietnam. A fireteam on a long-range reconnaissance pistol had taken a VC (so, an irregular force, fighting in direct violation of the laws of war, theoretically subject to a drumhead trial and summary execution) captive.
Then they walked into a booby trap. It killed one member of the fireteam outright, and rendered two more into casualties.
Releasing the prisoner would have been a death sentence, as the VC did not respect the laws of war. Abandoning the casualties would have meant their death. Rescue could not be called in for one reason or another (IIRC, the booby trap took out their radio, but they could have just been out of range). So the soldier made what he saw as the best decision. He killed the VC, then carrying one causality and dragging the the other, made it some ten miles to the extraction point.
He was court-martialed, found guilty, and made an example of.

I know our platoon took a number of valuable lessons from the story. Very few of them were the lessons our superiors wanted us to learn. (Which were, of course, reinforced by training. For example, it is nearly always a bad idea to give your officers an accurate PosRep.)

Posted by: Luke at April 16, 2017 10:19 AM (4fUM9)

132 "This is why I find the 'Hillary lost because she's unlikeable' argument a bit hollow."

Unlikeable and untrustworthy. Trump started with high negatives, and despite MSM being all-in for Hillary, he drove up hers.

The race got decided by shifts in turnout patterns from those of 2012, especially increased turnout from white non-college which swung several states which had gone for Obama. Most polls got the outcome wrong because they didn't account for these shifts (which you could see coming -- I did). Hillary and her Mooks couldn't help themselves and ran a campaign that drove up the vote in states already Deep Blue but alienated voters in swing states.

The real October surprise was Pussygate, which was a co-ordinated attack by MSM and the Hillary campaign. Trump managed to survive this because most voters dismissed it, already knowing his past. Hillary and her Mooks thought Trump had no chance of surviving it and planned accordingly

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 16, 2017 10:20 AM (bQxkN)

133 If you're interested in European history, read The Fall of The Dynasties: Collapse of the Old Order from 1905-1922 by Edmund Taylor. I'm about halfway through and it is fantastic.

Posted by: CPT11A at April 16, 2017 10:22 AM (hxUdS)

134 130
Try "The Ends of the Earth", "Asia's Cauldron", "Revenge of Geography" and "Monsoon" for starters.



Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 10:18 AM (UyqbJ)
****Thanks will do. I am looking forward to it.

Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 10:22 AM (OU4q6)

135 I thought Lew Wallace wasa Civil War Union general

He was, verdicts on his military career are mixed.

Just finished the audio book of Bernard Fall's ' Hell In A Very Small Place', now into 'A Great And Terrible King:Edward I'

Paper 1/3 of the way into McMaster's 'Deriliction of Duty' Doesn't like Max Taylor much, does he...

Posted by: JEM at April 16, 2017 10:22 AM (TppKb)

136 82 Well, the majority of Americans did vote for her.
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004

Only if you consider Californians "Americans".
Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 09:49 AM (fYbFJ)

Only if you consider all the illegal aliens California allowed to vote Americans.

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at April 16, 2017 10:22 AM (hscyr)

137 NO, I am NOT working in an Upper West Side children's store! I'm at NBC! Really! I am!

Posted by: Megyn Kelly at April 16, 2017 10:23 AM (qJhUV)

138 ::Megyn to the front counter please::

Posted by: eleven at April 16, 2017 10:25 AM (qUNWi)

139 I'm very surprised that there's not a Osprey book or the like on Amphibious Assault Carriers like the USS Tarawa or Wasp.

Posted by: josephistan at April 16, 2017 10:26 AM (ANIFC)

140 That library pic looks like a screenshot from an online video game.

Posted by: davidt at April 16, 2017 10:27 AM (XoldI)

141 137 NO, I am NOT working in an Upper West Side children's store! I'm at NBC! Really! I am!
Posted by: Megyn Kelly at April 16, 2017 10:23 AM (qJhUV)

138 ::Megyn to the front counter please::
Posted by: eleven at April 16, 2017 10:25 AM (qUNWi)

Has she even appeared on anything at NBC since she left Fox?

Posted by: josephistan at April 16, 2017 10:27 AM (ANIFC)

142 That dadblame no-good snake oil salesman Harold Hill conned us into making that library!

Posted by: Mayor Shinn at April 16, 2017 10:27 AM (0mRoj)

143 Every time I see SFPsycho's posts I think of

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eRJHo378Dro

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 10:28 AM (7dpmG)

144 Re Tom Clancy: I have read the early "Jack Ryan" novels more often than I will admit. Clancy lost me with "Rainbow Six", a truly disappointing read, never went back. "A Clear and Present danger" is probably the best of the lot, imho.

The Movies are OK--- if you haven't read the books
What they did to " Sum of all fears" is criminal, probably caused by an overdose of PC'ness. Not in Hollywood, nah.

My favorite Clancy novel is "Without Remorse"; not a Jack Ryan Novel, but his father makes an appearance--go figure.

Happy Easter, y'all

Posted by: Semilitterate at April 16, 2017 10:29 AM (IPvc6)

145 106 Light in August is a major work of Faulkner but I liked The Sound and Fury, Absolom Absolom and Go Down Moses better.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 16, 2017 10:03 AM (y7DUB)

I appreciate the recommendations. I am enjoying 'August' and will pick the next one from your recs.

Posted by: DaveD at April 16, 2017 10:29 AM (P5fqQ)

146 128
I thought Lew Wallace wasa Civil War Union general, and from the wiki
doesn't seem to have any formal background in history, not that he
couldn't have had the information he needed. The books I'm reading afe
historical and written around the same time.

Posted by: Skip at April 16, 2017 10:15 AM (Ot7+c)

He was a civil war general and if you read his book it becomes evident that he really knew very little about the history of that region. But then again, nobody knew a lot about the history of that region in that era.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 16, 2017 10:29 AM (mpXpK)

147 134
My pleasure. BTW recommend Victor D. Hanson's "Carnage and Culture" alongside Kaplan's "Revenge of Geography".

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 10:30 AM (UyqbJ)

148 I am about a third of the way through "The Gallows Thief", recommended here a few weeks ago. I am enjoying it so far.

Posted by: roamingfirehydrant at April 16, 2017 10:30 AM (THS4q)

149 123 Posted by: Molly k. at April 16, 2017 09:55 AM (9H4KE)

===

Whoa. Inpatient treatment immediately. If that child is seeing a therapist who had not already recommended that, get a new therapist. If you are in California, that therapist would probably lose his or her license, where there is an affirmative obligation to report threats and violence.
Posted by: San Franpsycho at April 16, 2017 10:11 AM (EZebt)

Seconded. Calling the cops isn't going to solve the problem.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 16, 2017 10:30 AM (0mRoj)

150 Not to be pedantic but don't you mean plurality?
Posted by: Captain Hate at April 16, 2017 10:09 AM (y7DUB)


Thank you, that was the word I couldn't remember.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 10:30 AM (g9XXh)

151 NO, I am NOT working in an Upper West Side children's store! I'm at NBC! Really! I am!

Posted by: Megyn Kelly


Then why be an attention whore on Twitter? Everybody
hates smug Twitter users.

Posted by: Chelsea Clinton at April 16, 2017 10:31 AM (HTdUD)

152 ::Megyn to the front counter please::
Posted by: eleven

She doesn't even have the skills to be a barista. Sad.

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 10:31 AM (fYbFJ)

153 Hi! Did I miss anything?

Did anyone say anything smart or funny?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 16, 2017 10:32 AM (gIRsn)

154 IIRC Megyn is supposed to have a Sunday program to start in the summer and something in the day to start later. She only just got out of her FOX contract.

It'll be a bad move I expect. Her FOX audience won't follow her, and she'll have been off the shelf for too long. And the sorry truth is that she's played on her sex appeal and she's now of a certain age

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 16, 2017 10:32 AM (bQxkN)

155 I would say it is ore accurate to say "the plurality of the voters voted for her" owing mainly to NY and CA.

Don't forget NJ, MA.

Which is one of the major reasons why we have the electoral college.
Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 16, 2017 09:54 AM (mpXpK)


Exactly. Hillary was pretty much a regional candidate.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 10:33 AM (g9XXh)

156 So we can put Lew Wallace in the same boat as James Fenimore Cooper.

Posted by: Skip at April 16, 2017 10:33 AM (Ot7+c)

157 Remember when Hillary! set up shop in Harlem. Lol!

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 10:34 AM (7dpmG)

158 How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails.

"Tragic"?

Posted by: Kodos the Executioner at April 16, 2017 10:35 AM (OyxXs)

159 Whoa. Inpatient treatment immediately. If that child is seeing a therapist who had not already recommended that, get a new therapist. If you are in California, that therapist would probably lose his or her license, where there is an affirmative obligation to report threats and violence.
Posted by: San Franpsycho at April 16, 2017 10:11 AM (EZebt)

Seconded. Calling the cops isn't going to solve the problem.
Posted by: Insomniac at April 16, 2017 10:30 AM (0mRoj)

.....................

Apparently "mother" has tried to get him some inpatient tx. Was told his behaviors weren't bad enough. My sister has friends who child was the same way. It took 7 police reports to convince the doctors that he was actually a danger.

Posted by: Molly k. at April 16, 2017 10:36 AM (9H4KE)

160 Remember when Hillary! set up shop in Harlem. Lol!
Posted by: Cosmic Charlie

She needed a convenient way to get ahold of the best hot sauces.

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 10:36 AM (fYbFJ)

161 Listened to Philip K Dick's Ubik which I'd read a few years ago. Some people have special abilities like mind-reading and the central character works for a company that protects corporate secrets from them. An explosion occurs and then things get really crazy, and it's really hard to know what is real and what is not. Great book.

Posted by: waelse1 at April 16, 2017 10:37 AM (+7KtG)

162 The real October surprise was Pussygate, which was a co-ordinated attack by MSM and the Hillary campaign. Trump managed to survive this because most voters dismissed it, already knowing his past. Hillary and her Mooks thought Trump had no chance of surviving it and planned accordingly

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 16, 2017 10:20 AM (bQxkN)


Right, Pussygate was supposed to be their knock-out punch. They had Gloria Allred and a bevy of victims lined up ready to cry on cue for the camera during the press conferences, but a funny thing happened. it... kind of... just... went... nowhere.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 10:37 AM (g9XXh)

163 Hi.

Posted by: KathleenP at April 16, 2017 10:38 AM (UjUKz)

164
Has she even appeared on anything at NBC since she left Fox?


Is she under a no-compete clause, which would bar her from appearing on air for a certain period (six months is usual)?

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 10:38 AM (oVJmc)

165 Great book thread, OM!

Family events all day then travel.

Stay healthy and safe, Horde!

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at April 16, 2017 10:39 AM (AOQ4d)

166
Can't believe Drudge has that link still up about the #FakeNews childless 'married twins'. Sloppy.

'The Sun' already figured it out.

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at April 16, 2017 10:39 AM (HTdUD)

167 We do have a F-1 race, Bahrain Grand Prix starting in 13 minutes,. Its on CNBC and during commercials go to UniMas for a commercial free race.

Posted by: Skip at April 16, 2017 10:39 AM (Ot7+c)

168 Right, Pussygate was supposed to be their knock-out punch. They had Gloria Allred and a bevy of victims lined up ready to cry on cue for the camera during the press conferences, but a funny thing happened. it... kind of... just... went... nowhere.

I'd say they never understood that the person they were doing this to help had a very similar history, standing as she did behind her loathsome husband.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 10:42 AM (oVJmc)

169 Through a Scanner Darkly?

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 10:42 AM (7dpmG)

170 Time to shower and shave for church. Later tater.

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the Deplorable at April 16, 2017 10:43 AM (fYbFJ)

171 I also re-read Mark Twain's THE INNOCENTS ABROAD. He went to Tangier, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, the Holy Land, and the Crimea. The text starts out ragging on his fellow Americans, then switches to ragging on foreigners. About the only people who seem to have impressed Twain were Napoleon III and Czar Alexander II -- and both of them, he's honest enough to note, were despots. He pretty thoroughly despises Catholics, utterly despises Muslims, and in general found the Holy Land a crushing disappointment. Very funny, even after a century and a half.

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 16, 2017 10:43 AM (9b2RW)

172 Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 10:28 AM (7dpmG)

===

Cool. Every time I see your nic I remember a Dead show I saw at Merriweather Post in 1984.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at April 16, 2017 10:43 AM (EZebt)

173 Is that the one with the helicopter Shakedown?

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 10:45 AM (7dpmG)

174 147
134

My pleasure. BTW recommend Victor D. Hanson's "Carnage and Culture" alongside Kaplan's "Revenge of Geography".

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 10:30 AM (UyqbJ)
*****Thank you. As I was scanning Kaplan's books I thought of Hanson. I do have "Carnage and Culture" but only dipped into it and got side tracked. This will work nicely I think. Yea! Easter presents for me.I am a historian by degrees. My big weakness was always geography. Hard for me to visualize. When I started traveling and living and working in some of these countries the importance of geography smacked me upside the head.

Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 10:45 AM (OU4q6)

175 Anyone interested in a good deal on a slightly used but unshattered glass ceiling? Will trade for a case of good gin.

*hic*

Posted by: Hillary 2016, Who Will Never Be President of the U.S. at April 16, 2017 10:47 AM (JZdsf)

176 Right, Pussygate was supposed to be their knock-out punch. They had Gloria Allred and a bevy of victims lined up ready to cry on cue for the camera during the press conferences, but a funny thing happened. it... kind of... just... went... nowhere.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004


Two things happened there. First, the electorate had already made up their minds.

Second, Trump (and only a Trump with millions of dollars and a bevy of lawyers at his command could do this) was able to shut up Allred and her coven of perjurers. Without oxygen, and facing financial ruin and years in a courtroom, they sat down and shut up.

I suspect her recent ethics charge is related to this event.

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at April 16, 2017 10:48 AM (HTdUD)

177 Right, Pussygate was supposed to be their knock-out punch. They had Gloria Allred and a bevy of victims lined up ready to cry on cue for the camera during the press conferences, but a funny thing happened. it... kind of... just... went... nowhere.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 10:37 AM (g9XXh)


Well, the revelations were all of the "Duh" variety:

Duh #1) Rich guy known for banging beautiful women is banging beautiful women


Duh #2) Rich male celebrity claims that when you are a rich celebrity there are beautiful women who throw themselves at you sexually and pretty much let you do anything you want

If nothing else, Duh #2 is a major plot line for any of the TV glamorous nighttime soap operas. i.e.. women using their sexual power to get what they want.

Zero shock ensues.


A shocker that stuck would've been like finding out The Donald used his position to bang poor, homely women like when Schwartzeneggar banged his housekeeper.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 16, 2017 10:48 AM (9q7Dl)

178 Year after.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 10:48 AM (7dpmG)

179 Haven't read a single Clancy novel about Jack Ryan I didn't enjoy.
Didn't lose me until it wasn't Clancy writing them. The first one about his son maybe?

I was hooked from "The Frisbees of Dreamland" chapter on.
On of the best lines from all of them is in The Beer and the Dragon.

Two words.
Whoa, stirfry.

Posted by: teej at April 16, 2017 10:50 AM (yBWAd)

180 Heading to the in-laws to scowl and make everyone uncomfortable.

Posted by: Weasel at April 16, 2017 10:50 AM (Sfs6o)

181 177 A shocker that stuck would've been like finding out The Donald used his position to bang poor, homely women like when Schwartzeneggar banged his housekeeper.

Oooohh wouldn't it be fun to see that make its way into their twitter war?!

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at April 16, 2017 10:53 AM (hscyr)

182 The "Grab em" quote from Apprentice did hurt Trump, quite a bit. He was easily leading because of Hillary's crash and burn leaving a shoe behind even in the left's polls, but then she surged ahead.

The problem was, they had to pop it too early. Imagine if this had come out the last week or two of the election, and Allred's cavalcade of sluts trotted out on stage? The timing was all wrong, because they had to pull the trigger too early to save Hillary from herself.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 16, 2017 10:53 AM (39g3+)

183 162
Right, Pussygate was supposed to be their knock-out punch. They had Gloria Allred and a bevy of victims lined up ready to cry on cue for the camera during the press conferences, but a funny thing happened. it... kind of... just... went... nowhere.
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 10:37 AM (g9XXh)


That would have been a death blow to any other Republican (not Democrat) candidate. But Trump had a long history in the public eye, so nobody was very surprised or shocked.

Posted by: rickl at April 16, 2017 10:55 AM (sdi6R)

184 I'll bet right about now the guy responsible for the NK missile flop wishes it had landed on him.

Posted by: Dirks Strewn at April 16, 2017 10:56 AM (iWW0H)

185 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.



the sure thing is putting your money on the opposing after eight years. I keep hearing that Hillary was supposed to win.

She did win, the dem primary, which was irrufutably rigged.
Why was she supposed to win the general?

Posted by: Burnt Toast at April 16, 2017 10:56 AM (P/kVC)

186 Beer?
Bear.
If auto-c was smart it would have changed bear to vodka, not beer.

Posted by: teej at April 16, 2017 10:57 AM (yBWAd)

187 Pussygate nearly changed the outcome. Part of the plan was to get the GOPe to flake and even drive Trump from the race. Ryan flaked. IIRC Priebus nearly did. Cocksuckers like Scarborough banged the drum daily for Trump to drop out.

It cost Trump votes, but more with suburban women than with Evangelical women and so didn't change the Electoral map that much,.

But it was a bigger October surprise than the Russians, Wikileaks and Comey. And it was a months-long plan co-ordianted with MSM. An NBC tape leaked to WaPo, with a parade of hostile accussants and Hillary doing set-up during the debates

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 16, 2017 10:59 AM (bQxkN)

188 Well, the majority of Americans did vote for her.

2.3% more, centered in sanctuary states who oppose all voter ID as 'racist.'



Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 09:52 AM (oVJmc)


I like to say the electoral college stopped the south americans from stealing the north America.

Posted by: Berserker- Dragonheads Division at April 16, 2017 10:59 AM (aMlLZ)

189 184 I'll bet right about now the guy responsible for the NK missile flop wishes it had landed on him.
Posted by: Dirks Strewn at April 16, 2017 10:56 AM (iWW0H)

--------

I figure he's already been assigned to mortar-catching detail, so one probably will.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 16, 2017 11:00 AM (JZdsf)

190
79 Seems like plenty of books could be written on how voters took a look at Hillary Clinton and said 'no way.'
Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 09:21 AM (oVJmc)

Well, the majority of Americans did vote for her.
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 09:48 AM (g9XXh)

Why was the Michigan recount quickly dropped, and dropped from the news?

They went beyond ballet box stuffing and just wrote false tallies. the recount rules threw out precincts where the recorded tallies didn't match the number of ballets cast.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at April 16, 2017 11:01 AM (P/kVC)

191 HI.

Posted by: PepiB at April 16, 2017 11:01 AM (zmlGG)

192 SF, nuts...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=us2ktIrcwxY

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 11:02 AM (7dpmG)

193
One of the biggest unreported stories of the election, in my ever humble opinion, is the fact that Trump had a legal crew, bought and paid for, on his staff available 24/7 - and that he put them to immediate use as required.

It's a sad commentary on America that a presidential candidate has to engage in lawfare to keep liars off the front page by a press so ready and willing to accept scurrilous allegations without basis in fact.

I seem to recall the New York Times engaged in the same methods in the final weeks of the failed McCain campaign.

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at April 16, 2017 11:05 AM (HTdUD)

194 It cost Trump votes, but more with suburban women than with Evangelical women and so didn't change the Electoral map that much,.


They don't want to admit that hypergamy is real.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 16, 2017 11:06 AM (0mRoj)

195 That would have been a death blow to any other Republican (not Democrat) candidate. But Trump had a long history in the public eye, so nobody was very surprised or shocked.
Posted by: rickl at April 16, 2017 10:55 AM (sdi6R)


My favorite fizzle was some tearful victim who claimed that she was sitting next to Trump on a plane and he reached over and grabbed her. Then somebody pointed out that the construction of the seats on the type of passenger plane they were on would not have allowed Trump to reach over as she claimed.

And the story went... fffft.. Another dud.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 11:06 AM (g9XXh)

196 Regarding your question on the book Dog Company and whether these rules were brought about by the Obama Maladministration I remember LTC Alan West was similarly cashiered (unjustly IMO) after dealing harshly with some enemy combatants and I think his experience fell under Bush's CiC'ing.
I never got to the point of being shot at during my time in the military (under President Reagan mainly) but my impression always was that my command had my back.

Posted by: LGoPs at April 16, 2017 11:09 AM (kXoPF)

197 I seem to recall the New York Times engaged in the same methods in the final weeks of the failed McCain campaign.

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at April 16, 2017 11:05 AM (HTdUD)


And don't forget Rathergate, another coordinated MSM/Democrat hit job, was the "October Surprise" of 1984, and designed to take out George Bush.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 11:10 AM (g9XXh)

198 Berkeley riots - Another peaceful assembly resulting in a beat down for the participants by a masked militia of locals hell bent on maintaining their supremacy. Where have we seen this before?  

California and several other states have an anti-masking law. It has been used to unmask the KKK, a group that was targeted because it worked to deprive others of their civil liberties.

How exactly are elements of California citizenry, some would say the prevailing element, allowed to carry on like a masked militia? This is different from the Old South exactly how? When do the Feds send down civil liberty attorneys to investigate the state's handling of the issue?

Posted by: charley Horse at April 16, 2017 11:10 AM (+kahX)

199 It's a sad commentary on America that a presidential
candidate has to engage in lawfare to keep liars off the front page by a
press so ready and willing to accept scurrilous allegations without
basis in fact.



I seem to recall the New York Times engaged in the same methods in the final weeks of the failed McCain campaign.

Posted by: E Depluribus Unum at April 16, 2017 11:05 AM (HTdUD)


We don't have a media. We have a propaganda arm of the Democrat/Communist Party.

Posted by: LGoPs at April 16, 2017 11:10 AM (kXoPF)

200 Greetings:

Re: Dog Company

1) Growing up in the afterglow of WW II, I benefited from the range of war movies that was produced. Even (or especially) those black white "B" ones had lessons about the different types of corruptions that can be spawned in an hierarchical organization "in extremis". These movies probably prepared me for the Army at least as much as anything that organization did.

2) Again, during that time period, playing "guns" and progressing up the gun chain (cap, cork, BB, pellet, 22, 12 gauge, and 30 cal) was both acceptable and expected. depending on the day of the week, we "fought" Nazis, Japs, Vichy-soisess, Russians, etc.

3) Today's Judge Advocate Corpse is very much Uncle Joe Stalin's Commissars 2.0. I'm pretty sure that they feel, (what's the word?) "empowered" to disrupt the careers of others in support of their much misguided ideology and with no loss of sleep. It would be interesting if one of those "investigative journalists" would report on the growth of that industry.

4) If not same-same, too similar are the current crop of "war correspondents" who share a similar ideology with a "soupçon" of Pulitzer Price hope on top.

5) Thankfully I was reared by a father who taught me "a gentleman never tells" and a favorite Platoon Sergeant who added the corollary "an infantryman never tells."

Posted by: 11B40 at April 16, 2017 11:10 AM (evgyj)

201 And this country cannot survive this Propaganda Ministry approach to News

Posted by: LGoPs at April 16, 2017 11:11 AM (kXoPF)

202 lest we not forget the Bush drunk driving story at the close of the 2000 election.

What good bombs have we dropped on the Democrats over the years?

Posted by: buzzsaw90 at April 16, 2017 11:15 AM (LlBbw)

203 and the most amazing thing about the state library of iowa is that it's carved entirely out of corn!
Posted by: musical jolly chimp

A building made of corn? Heh. From wikipedia:
"...The Corn Palace, commonly advertised as The World's Only Corn Palace and the Mitchell Corn Palace, is a multi-purpose arena/facility located in Mitchell, South Dakota, United States. The Moorish Revival building is decorated with crop art; the murals and designs covering the building are made from corn and other grains, and a new design is constructed each year..."

Posted by: things that make you wonder why at April 16, 2017 11:15 AM (L7t0A)

204 It'll be a bad move I expect. Her FOX audience won't follow her, and she'll have been off the shelf for too long. And the sorry truth is that she's played on her sex appeal and she's now of a certain age
Posted by: Ignoramus

Seeing as though Rachel Maddow is the new queen (?) of evening talk, due to her PDT bashing show, which she should be on her knees thanking the great satan he was elected, Methinks there will be nothing Ms.Kelly will be able to contribute to NBC. She can't do a pro GOP show on that network, and as previously stated, Maddow has the airwaves all sewn up, so T&A doesn't phase that crowd.

Posted by: Rick in SK at April 16, 2017 11:17 AM (K2T58)

205 What good bombs have we dropped on the Democrats over the years?
Posted by: buzzsaw90

Well there was the MOAB last week....

Posted by: Rick in SK at April 16, 2017 11:18 AM (K2T58)

206 As further evidence of military betrayal of our soldiers, see Patrick Robinson's Honor and Betrayal

Posted by: jcable at April 16, 2017 11:19 AM (q0Q72)

207 What good bombs have we dropped on the Democrats over the years?

Posted by: buzzsaw90 at April 16, 2017 11:15 AM (LlBbw)


None that would matter, its like trying to paint satan as a bad man to his followers.

Posted by: Berserker- Dragonheads Division at April 16, 2017 11:19 AM (aMlLZ)

208 I appreciate the recommendations. I am enjoying 'August' and will pick the next one from your recs.
Posted by: DaveD at April 16, 2017 10:29 AM (P5fqQ


Glad to help. I neglected to include As I Lay Dying which is atypical of his other works in that each chapter is a small vignette told from a different person's perspective.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 16, 2017 11:19 AM (y7DUB)

209 Thanks for nothing, I will be hearing c & c music factory all day now.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 11:20 AM (7dpmG)

210 @13 Vic

"Scankles lost for the pure resaon that too many people did not like her personally and the blacks decided to sit it out because there was no black on the ticket this time."


That's it in a nutshell. She could not hide the illness(es) or her super-bitch persona. No amount of coaching was going to bury that zombie.

Posted by: Buckeye Abroad at April 16, 2017 11:20 AM (svf3k)

211 What good bombs have we dropped on the Democrats over the years?



Posted by: buzzsaw90 at April 16, 2017 11:15 AM (LlBbw)

Lately, that their 'bombs' are contrived deceptions.

Posted by: davidt at April 16, 2017 11:20 AM (XoldI)

212 I've been reading Clark Ashton Smith's stories. Nightshade Press has edited and collected all they can find, along with correspondence with (especially) Lovecraft. It's in five volumes; I'm on the third.

I don't think a fantasy or horror fan can get very far without some CAS. His sci-fi, yeah, it's ass; space fantasy like Burroughs and CS Lewis, better suited for the comic page. But on the weird side there are few better (or funnier). Jack Vance and Gene Wolfe would not exist if not for CAS, especially once his Xothique stories start up (third volume).

And "The City of the Singing Flame", in the second volume, is the fantasy equivalent to Asimov's "Nightfall".

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 16, 2017 11:21 AM (6FqZa)

213
Glad to help. I neglected to include As I Lay Dying which is atypical of his other works in that each chapter is a small vignette told from a different person's perspective.
Posted by: Captain Hate at April 16, 2017 11:19 AM (y7DUB)
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Perhaps I should give this one another go. We called it "As I Die Reading" in the 11th grade.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 11:21 AM (PhYV5)

214 Gracep 134 147 174
Fair warning: Kaplan will not take you on romantic strolls down the Champs or gondola rides through Venice. He has been called the 'Travel Writer from Hell'. Intelligent and educated observations in difficult times and locales are his forte - as you may have already discovered in 'Balkan Ghosts'.

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 11:22 AM (UyqbJ)

215 LA Times still sitting on that Obama story.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 11:29 AM (7dpmG)

216 Getting a vagina: that is the true meaning of Easter.

Posted by: Caitlyn Jenner at April 16, 2017 11:31 AM (vRcUp)

217 Has she even appeared on anything at NBC since she left Fox?

Is she under a no-compete clause, which would bar her from appearing on air for a certain period (six months is usual)?

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 10:38 AM (oVJmc)



And in that time people will realize that no one is really interested in seeing her on TV again and the NBC ratings will fall even further

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 16, 2017 11:34 AM (auHtY)

218 216 Getting a vagina: that is the true meaning of Easter.
Posted by: Caitlyn Jenner at April 16, 2017 11:31 AM (vRcUp)

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sorry, no eggs for you

Posted by: buzzsaw90 at April 16, 2017 11:39 AM (LlBbw)

219 Ohayo everyone.

On the writing front in yesterday's sessions wrote just over 3,000 words. Story is about 7,500 words. And continues to complicate itself. Hopefully I'll get something spiffed up for that Amazon UK contest in time to meet deadline.

And Happy Easter.

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 16, 2017 11:41 AM (obaG8)

220 Starburst jelly beans are a gift from God.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 11:41 AM (7dpmG)

221 Happy Easter Anna!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 11:42 AM (PhYV5)

222 203 and the most amazing thing about the state library of iowa is that it's carved entirely out of corn!
Posted by: musical jolly chimp

A building made of corn? Heh. From wikipedia:
"...The Corn Palace, commonly advertised as The World's Only Corn Palace and the Mitchell Corn Palace, is a multi-purpose arena/facility located in Mitchell, South Dakota, United States. The Moorish Revival building is decorated with crop art; the murals and designs covering the building are made from corn and other grains, and a new design is constructed each year..."
Posted by: things that make you wonder why at April 16, 2017 11:15 AM (L7t0A)


So the Cow Palace was made of... cows?

Posted by: rickl at April 16, 2017 11:43 AM (sdi6R)

223 From the sidebar, check out the interview with ibguy. I just listened to it and he does a great job.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 16, 2017 11:43 AM (0mRoj)

224 I love that there is a "Trump Survival Guide" on Megyn's snapshot. And just what does that entail? If you're a member of the FSA and Trump is going to shut that down, then to survive, you need to actually be ... gainfully employed?

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 16, 2017 11:43 AM (vRcUp)

225 As it happens I deduct points for that one. It's a cheap plot point in EVERY SOAP OPERA EVER MADE. When your intellectual rigor is based on General Hospital, you should start over.

The Prince (of Peace) and the Pauper?
Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 16, 2017 10:03 AM (oVJmc)

***

My favorite episode was when Jesus surprises the apostles by showing up years later after suffering from "amnesia"
Posted by: Publius Redux at April 16, 2017 10:06 AM (UOr6C)


The twin, whose name was Chester, but everybody called Chip, was a bit of an amateur magician.

So many of the so-called miracles? You guessed it, that was Chip. Water into wine, loaves and fishes multiplying... that Chip, he sure did like his tricks.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 16, 2017 11:45 AM (Pz4pT)

226 I leafed through Michael Arlen, "Passage to Ararat". This is a nuanced view of Armenian history, although skipping the Arab period. Mainly it's about the Ottoman period. Most Armenians were loyal to the sultan - in fact, were running the sultan's administration.

But then the Balkans rebelled, and the Young "Osmanliar" started agitating for reforms. It started out as both Turkish and Armenian. The Russians meddled, and so did the commies (late 1800s). Abdulhamid II went paranoid and sicced the Kurds on the Armenians.

I liked that Arlen, an Armenian himself, didn't blame it all on the Turks or on Islam. He blames the decrepit and evil late Ottoman regime. Being decrepit and evil is a great way to lose that regime, of course, and that is what happened.

I expect that Erdogan is going to have to re-learn these lessons; I doubt the Kurds are going to be the walkover the Armenians were.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 16, 2017 11:46 AM (6FqZa)

227 Crazy Chester?

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at April 16, 2017 11:47 AM (7dpmG)

228 >>>Rush has never struck me as being particularly devout, but David takes his faith seriously.

You could say the same thing about Christopher and Peter Hitchens.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 16, 2017 11:49 AM (vRcUp)

229 Thanks All Hail Eris, all I can remember of As I Lay Dying is some class joker's comment about 'she had Anse in her pants.'

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 16, 2017 11:50 AM (obaG8)

230 "Trump Survival Guide" ... And just what does that entail? If you're a member of the FSA

"Hi, Ma, I'm back! Can I have the basement?"

Posted by: t-bird at April 16, 2017 11:50 AM (kCDOM)

231 I loved the Corn Palace. We made a stop there on one of our trips out west. It's as cheesy as you would think it would be.

Posted by: Abby at April 16, 2017 11:50 AM (HBU7W)

232 214
Gracep 134 147 174

Fair warning: Kaplan will not take you on romantic strolls down
the Champs or gondola rides through Venice. He has been called the
'Travel Writer from Hell'. Intelligent and educated observations in
difficult times and locales are his forte - as you may have already
discovered in 'Balkan Ghosts'.

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 11:22 AM (UyqbJ)
******HA. I have been scanning and skimming through his work since we last talked. My kinda' guy. I am so looking forward to it. It helps that I have some familiarity with where he has been and great interest as well.In my scanning I also came across Black Lamb, Grey Falcon. With all its "problems" it is probably the book that got me started and fit nicely with area interests.I have been too long reading crap. Don't know how I missed Kaplan, but probably will be a very enjoyable trigger for me. Thanks.

Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 11:51 AM (OU4q6)

233 Re: Kurds as 'walk-overs" . They never have been: See Xenophobe's 'The Anabasis'

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 11:51 AM (UyqbJ)

234 @88, it gets worse. And he has the daughter he deserves.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 16, 2017 11:51 AM (Lqy/e)

235 Happy Easter everyone!

I think the unspoken truth about FAB is no one, and I mean no one, likes or cares one hoot about her. They fear her, they bribe her, they marry her for political reasons, they even hump her to produce a political legacy, but no one cares for or likes her for she is a cold, heartless, conniving scrunt and this comes across now matter how she tries to hide it or fake smile her way out of it. The evil shines right through with her.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 16, 2017 11:52 AM (5VlCp)

236 Perhaps I should give this one another go. We called it "As I Die Reading" in the 11th grade.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 11:21 AM (PhYV5)


Having to read something for school inevitably ruins it, although that title would have surely amused Faulkner.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 16, 2017 11:52 AM (y7DUB)

237 oh you know imma use fart catcher.

Posted by: eleven at April 16, 2017 09:11 AM (qUNWi)

That term has never completely fallen out of use.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 16, 2017 11:55 AM (0deF2)

238 I read the third fourth novels of the "Lost Fleet" series by Jack Campbell, Courageous and Valiant.
Black Jack Geary continues to lead the Alliance fleet trapped inside
the Syndicate Worlds part of space. The Alliance continues kicking
Syndic butt; however, losses are starting to be felt. Black Jack must
deal with intrigue from officers and mysterious unseen aliens. I thought
Courageous spent too much time on Geary's relationship with his lover, Senator Victoria Rione: rating = 3.5/5. In Valiant the intrigue and sabotage begins in earnest: rating = 4/5.



The author (a retired US Navy officer writing under a pen name) does
a pretty good job of describing the three-dimensional nature of space
battles; the battles feel to me a bit like WWI naval battles in space.
The series has been entertaining so far.



P.S. the first two novels in the series are Dauntless and Fearless."

I was the only other guest on a panel with John at Midsouthcon last month, and I can tell you that in person he was gracious, professional and deferential. What a great guy@


Posted by: William Alan Webb at April 16, 2017 11:56 AM (OhYcy)

239 Back atcha - 'Black Lamb, Grey Falcon' first led me to Kaplan. Enjoy.

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 11:57 AM (UyqbJ)

240 Nood

Posted by: Skip at April 16, 2017 11:58 AM (Ot7+c)

241 One point Arlen made: the sultan had disarmed the Armenians first. Then when it was time to make a move, various tricks could be employed: Kurds would go on a rampage and the sultan's police would stand around picking their nose, or Armenians could fight back with clubs and the police would shoot the Armenians or arrest them and hang them.

Or, an Armenian would be found with a gun and then the cops would claim LOOK REBELLION!! and slaughter the whole village. Here in America we call that "weapons charges" or "stockpiling". You're supposed to believe that the schmuck who got arrested, for pissing off some Democrat, was getting ready for a mass killing.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 16, 2017 11:58 AM (6FqZa)

242 @212
I don't know why Hollywood hasn't raided the writings of CAS. Most of his stories are extremely visual and easy to adapt to the medium.

For those unaware, Clark Ashton Smith was part of a triumvirate with HP Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. CAS was the best technician of the three, but his stories don't tend to haunt you after-the-fact like the other two pulled off on a remarkably consistent basis. And so, he has been mostly forgotten.
IMO, his most memorable short story was the science fantasy "Master of the Asteroid", which is freely available here: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/127/master-of-the-asteroid

Posted by: Luke at April 16, 2017 11:59 AM (4fUM9)

243 Abdulhamid is in a very, very dark and hot layer of Hell.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 16, 2017 11:59 AM (6FqZa)

244 233 correction - 'Xenophobe'???? That's Xenophon.

Posted by: Lurking Cynic at April 16, 2017 11:59 AM (UyqbJ)

245 "I think the unspoken truth about FAB is no one, and I mean no one, likes or cares one hoot about her."

Agreed, but that's not the only reason she lost. Nor blacks staying home, which was far less a factor than non-college whites showing up.

Hillary wants to say it was stolen from her. And some want to say it's because she was a horrible person.

More significantly, she ran a horrible campaign and drove the Deplorables to come out and vote for Trump. And Trump ran a great campaign from the perspective of driving up turnout for him in the swing states.

If he keeps the Deplorables, and attracts more minority Deplorables, he'll get re-elected in 2020

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 16, 2017 12:03 PM (bQxkN)

246 I loved the old A. Merritt fantasies, which were reprinted in my yoot with artfully lurid covers. The Face in the Abyss, The Metal Monster, The Moon Pool... good stuff, and he had a flare for the visual and the florid purple style one needs for tales of lost civilizations and hideous (or dangerously alluring) monsters.

Alas, none are available from my library.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 12:04 PM (PhYV5)

247 gracepc

If you like travel writing, you might enjoy "Let Our Fame be Great" subtitled Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus by Oliver Bullough.
It's a fascinating narrative, starting with the genocide of the Circassians by the Russians. They're scattered all over now, mostly in Turkey, but with a large contingent in Jordan, and surprisingly, many in Israel where most serve in the IDF. The other ethnics such as Georgians, Chechens, Ossetians, etc. are also well covered.

Posted by: JHW at April 16, 2017 12:06 PM (kn0BL)

248 "ultraterrene shores". What a great way to say "on another planet".

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 12:07 PM (PhYV5)

249 All Hail Eris

The Moon Pool
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/765/765-h/765-h.htm

The Metal Monster
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3479/3479-h/3479-h.htm

But no sign of The Face in the Abyss.

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 16, 2017 12:09 PM (obaG8)

250 I've finally started reading the Red Sphinx, a book started by Alexandre Dumas and edited by Lawrence Ellsworth. How can you not enjoy a book with chapter titles like "What Occurred in the Hotel de Rambouillet as Souscarrieres Was Disposing of His Third Hunchback"?

Posted by: Nancy at 7000 feet CO at April 16, 2017 12:14 PM (JreH3)

251 Tore through Marko Kloos' Fields of Fire in less than two days. Recommended, even though it's mostly battle scenes and not much character or plot development outside of that.

Now I'm reading the first book in The Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes - mostly because I really like the syfy series. It's very well done, and tracks so far very closely with the show. I'm usually suspicious about "collaboration" books (James S. A. Corey is a nom de plume for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), but they've done a fine job so far. Of course, they're SJWs of the highest order (virsig tweet a couple of days ago about people being upset about strong women on the show. Did anyone actually complain, or is it *someone* out there just *must* have a problem?) but the books seem grounded in its reality.

The books are different than the show in that the different gravity wells produce visibly different people (taller and thinner the less gravity), so you can tell at a glance who came from where. the show obviously couldn't do that without breaking the budget so it can be a bit difficult to follow who's from Mars, the Belt, or whatever.

Posted by: Hugh Jorgen at April 16, 2017 12:15 PM (17QyB)

252 Posted by: JHW at April 16, 2017 12:06 PM (kn0BL)

Excellent. Will definitely put it on my list. Thank you.

Funny for all their spouting off about diversity and multiculturalism few on the Left, especially the American Left, are aware of the role of ethnicity in history, and conflict.

An innocent example of what we don't get, understandably as a country. For an American oil company operating in Central Asia, I was seconded to make sure all the country execs in the different countries were aware of what was going on outside their area country. So they didn't deplane and walk into stupid. At least the company knew enough to know that this might be a problem.

Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 12:22 PM (OU4q6)

253 (taller and thinner the less gravity)

They do try. The belters all seem to have some neck tatooing and speak polyglot. I just wish they'd tell the sound guys you can't hear rocket exhaust in space.

Posted by: DaveA at April 16, 2017 12:30 PM (FhXTo)

254 Posted by: teej at April 16, 2017 10:57 AM (yBWAd)

I got this...
Hold my bear!

Posted by: auto-c at April 16, 2017 12:31 PM (gwPgz)

255 Right, Pussygate was supposed to be their knock-out punch. They had Gloria Allred and a bevy of victims lined up ready to cry on cue for the camera during the press conferences, but a funny thing happened. it... kind of... just... went... nowhere.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 16, 2017 10:37 AM (g9XXh)

There sure was a gaggle of nevertrumpers beating that drum here on AOSHQ, though. LOL.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 16, 2017 12:31 PM (0deF2)

256 I'll have to look at the timeline sometime too because the actors really start to fit the parts more as the books progress.

Posted by: DaveA at April 16, 2017 12:32 PM (FhXTo)

257 Posted by: JHW at April 16, 2017 12:06 PM (kn0BL)
A sliver of an otherwise decent comment on the book from Goodreads."Bullough
depicts the Russians in the Caucasus behaving, more or less, as
American settlers behaved toward the Native Americans. We want your
land, and we will do what we have to do to you to get your land."The reviewer who is -- a teacher. But of Polish descent.

Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 12:33 PM (OU4q6)

258 The books are different than the show in that the different gravity wells produce visibly different people (taller and thinner the less gravity), so you can tell at a glance who came from where. the show obviously couldn't do that without breaking the budget so it can be a bit difficult to follow who's from Mars, the Belt, or whatever.
Posted by: Hugh Jorgen at April 16, 2017 12:15 PM (17QyB)
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I wish they were able to afford it. They really only did it once in the show when they used the weight of earth gravity to torture a long-limbed, and clearly off-world, resistance member.

Was radiation a factor too? I would imagine lack of shielding on cheaply built ships/stations would hurt some of the underclass.

I liked C.J. Cherryh's belter stories. Out in the asteroids most human interaction was tit for tat because of the shortage of everything. One character was suspicious that an Earther would just give somebody chocolate. What was he up to? He was simply raised on a planet where nearly everything was at least accessible.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 12:33 PM (PhYV5)

259 I was the only other guest on a panel with John at Midsouthcon last month, and I can tell you that in person he was gracious, professional and deferential. What a great guy@

Posted by: William Alan Webb at April 16, 2017 11:56 AM (OhYcy)


He also wrote a dedication to the USS Spruance in Valiant. That was the first ship he served in.

My Old Man was a career Navy officer himself. He has mentioned several times that he learned a lot about how to command men from his first skipper on the USS Wedderburn.

The feel of the space battles in John's books are a bit like WWI to me. No aircraft-equivalent vessels posing threats out of proportion to size; the smallest combatant ships are destroyers and the battleships are built to take enormous punishment.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 16, 2017 12:34 PM (5Yee7)

260 I cant remember the title, but CJ Cheryh had a book where three Earthlings assimilate into different alien cultures. It showcases how adaptible we are. One of the cultures has young that are expendible, but become wheelchair bound as they age. Does it ring a bell with anyone?

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 16, 2017 12:37 PM (Lqy/e)

261 I'll bet right about now the guy responsible for the NK missile flop wishes it had landed on him.

Posted by: Dirks Strewn at April 16, 2017 10:56 AM (iWW0H)

That's assuming the Nork leaderships wants to analyze the problem, and determine what really caused the missile to fail, also assuming that the failure was inherent, and not because it was somehow shot down.

I'd say anybody involved in their missile program is shitting bricks right now.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 16, 2017 12:38 PM (0deF2)

262 I continue my forays into PG Wodehouse golf stories, every one of which has been a gem, and classic pulp adventures like Conan and Fu Manchu. This is simply fun reading.

Posted by: JTB
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It's impossible to go wrong with Wodehouse. Brit wit at its best.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 16, 2017 12:46 PM (ZO497)

263 257 gracepc, yes I saw that, otherwise the comments are overwhelmingly positive for the book.

I was interested in the IDF angle, all males must join the IDF as they come of age, this was insisted on by the Circassians themselves. They've been in Israel since the 1870s and have excellent relations with the Jewish majority, who they fought on the side of in the war of independence.

Interesting article about them in Israel.

http://tinyurl.com/kkhl5bh
"Circassians are Israel's other Muslims". Originally they were Sufis, not too concerned about the hardcore stuff.

Posted by: JHW at April 16, 2017 12:48 PM (kn0BL)

264 The evil shines right through with her.
Posted by: Hairyback Guy
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You can smell the evil on her breath.

Posted by: Flannery O'Connor at April 16, 2017 12:51 PM (ZO497)

265 President Trump has given Hip Service to Obama's Lip Service. He has delivered on Obama's Red Line, Degrade & Destroy and the Asia Pivot.

The Number One Foreign Policy Goal of the Obama Administration was to rescue the Iranian Mullahcracy from nascent democracy by Iranian students and the young, secular middle class.

Repeal the sanctions, fund the regime, have Russia provide the uranium and the anti-aircraft missiles, provide a clear path for the Iranian Bomb and establish the Shia Crescent. Mission Accomplished.

Obama went to Congress to prevent action, not facilitate it. His proposal had more caveats, limitations, exclusions and restrictions than a United Boarding Pass. It actually subtracted from America's existing options.

While Obama was constrained by his Mullahs' plans for Syria and the need for Russia's help in the Iran Deal, President Trump is free to act in America's interest. With the MOAB, he is degrading and destroying ISIS, not America. His Red Line appears to have stopped Syria's use of human insecticide. And President Trump has already gotten more cooperation from the Chinese in eight days than Obama did in eight years--the Chinese have pivoted towards him.

Recall that the Chinese wouldn't even give Obama his stairs for Air Force One. Putin despised Obama, too; nobody wants to be lectured by their doormat.

But they listen and respond to real leadership--President Trump's leadership. Even when they hate it, they have to take it seriously.

And the Best News of All: He is Risen!

Have a joyous Resurrection Day. And Passover for our brethren.

Posted by: The Gipper Lives at April 16, 2017 12:52 PM (Ndje9)

266 correction - 'Xenophobe'???? That's Xenophon.
Posted by: Lurking Cynic
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Musical instrument, or, noble gas?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 16, 2017 12:52 PM (ZO497)

267 Hey what ever happened yo the big health problems Clonton supposedly had?
Didn't ace tell us she was a walking dead man and had to use a body double ?

Posted by: Him at April 16, 2017 01:19 PM (4ke74)

268 Posted by: Luke at April 16, 2017 11:59 AM (4fUM9)
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Thanks, I really liked the bleak beauty of this story.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 16, 2017 01:21 PM (PhYV5)

269 He also wrote a dedication to the USS Spruance in Valiant. That was the first ship he served in.



My Old Man was a career Navy officer himself. He has mentioned
several times that he learned a lot about how to command men from his
first skipper on the USS Wedderburn.



The feel of the space battles in John's books are a bit like WWI to
me. No aircraft-equivalent vessels posing threats out of proportion to
size; the smallest combatant ships are destroyers and the battleships
are built to take enormous punishment."

The books are what military SF should be: fun and fast. He's a really good guy, you can just tell he's a great officer.

Posted by: William Alan Webb at April 16, 2017 01:26 PM (OhYcy)

270 Happy Easter troll.

Posted by: weirdflunky at April 16, 2017 01:28 PM (t+pZv)

271 Clonton's book, Big Health Problems, didn't sell well. The Manhattan store had to haul a bag of remaindered copies and toss it in the back of a van

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 16, 2017 01:32 PM (6FqZa)

272 Yeah, what about Hillary's health problems? Since the election she's made at least TWO heavily-scripted public appearances. That's almost one per two months! Obviously she's in GREAT shape!

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 16, 2017 01:56 PM (JyDIB)

273 Whoever you are, this Pope is dangerously close to defying the Magesterium's teachings on marriage, divorce and Communion. Stay classy.
Posted by: josephistan at April 16, 2017 10:01 AM (ANIFC)

The biggies mentioned in Windswept House were divorce/remarriage OK, abortion: OK, homosexuality, OK. The higher-ups figured if you made Catholicism easy enough, surely it would become so easy for everyone to follow it would be the new global religion!

Posted by: SandyCheeks at April 16, 2017 02:48 PM (joFoi)

274 Been a cop for well over a decade and have been to a lot of domestics and mental calls. In my opinion, domestics are still more volatile, but mostly because they, by definition, involve some kind of disturbance. Mental calls are often just welfare checks of some kind, plus they encompass a really broad range of conditions, from depression to full blown schizophrenia. One respect in which they are worse is that with a domestic you can either make an arrest or leave. With someone in crisis you're often left trying to figure out how to keep everyone safe, not violate their rights, and not get beefed or sued.

Oregonmuse, if you're close to the Portland area and want to do a ride along, email me.

Posted by: A cop at April 16, 2017 02:59 PM (aldSv)

275 273
Whoever you are, this Pope is dangerously close to defying the
Magesterium's teachings on marriage, divorce and Communion. Stay classy.

Posted by: josephistan at April 16, 2017 10:01 AM (ANIFC)

This pope, sorry to say, especially on this day, is at best a PINO.

And

Posted by: JHW at April 16, 2017 12:48 PM (kn0BL)


Thanks for the link. I will check it out. WOW good stuff for me today. Sucks for Netflix.


Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 03:03 PM (OU4q6)

276 6 ... I have the 1811 Vulgar Tongue dictionary and it is a hoot. I love old dictionaries in general and specialized ones as well. I can read through them like a novel when in the mood.

Posted by: JTB at April 16, 2017 03:08 PM (V+03K)

277 "Larry Sabato, Kyle Kondik, and Geoffrey Skelley, leading experts in American politics,..."

Ever notice how often "leading experts" seem to be little more than name-droppers of Really Important People They Have Met?

Posted by: LCMS Rulz! at April 16, 2017 03:29 PM (o7l6R)

278 [133] If you're interested in European history, read The Fall of The Dynasties: Collapse of the Old Order from 1905-1922 by Edmund Taylor. I'm about halfway through and it is fantastic.

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I concur. And it's available on archive.org.

Posted by: microcosme at April 16, 2017 03:33 PM (X079o)

279

Pro tip: If the chocolate bunny does not have ears, it's enemy action.

Posted by: Ben Ther at April 16, 2017 03:34 PM (7mYnm)

280 But Rush always acknowledges "Talent on loan from GGGOOODDD.

Posted by: deepred at April 16, 2017 03:54 PM (8oULY)

281 >>250 I've finally started reading the Red Sphinx,

I finished it last month. Loved it loved it loved it. It was SO French. The image of Cardinal Richelieu going to battle in his Cardinal's outfit with an armor breast plate over the robes, cross in one hand and a sword in the other, has stayed with me.

Dumas also has the best explanation for DJT I have yet seen. The two paragraphs about Providence providing threshers every few generations, they come "like a red comet."

Posted by: AnAnonymousAuthor at April 16, 2017 04:06 PM (Qc5af)

282 The mentions of Lew Wallace, author of "Ben Hur", above impels me to mention that he was one of the great military might-have-beens.

Wallace was a general commanding a division under Ulysses S. Grant at the Battle of Shiloh. Grant ordered Wallace to take his division to the right end of the Union line where he would be in a position to attack into the flank of the advancing Confederates. If Wallace had been able to do this, it could well have produced a major Union victory and made him a military hero. However, Wallace maneuvered his troops in such a fashion that they did not reach the battlefield until the end of the first day of the battle, far too late to do any good.

Wallace spent the rest of his life protesting that his late arrival on the battlefield had not been his fault. But Grant never trusted Wallace with another major command.

Posted by: John F. MacMichael at April 16, 2017 04:58 PM (jkhbw)

283 Great pic of the law library! I have been in that room as part of my quest to visit all 50 state capitols.

Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at April 16, 2017 05:35 PM (Wl0tb)

284 CatchThirtyThr33 --

You, too?! I started collecting state Capitols in my single days. Suspended the hobby when wife and kids complained of boredom. Current tally 17, including Des Moines. Love that Capitol, and the library is a knockout.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 16, 2017 06:51 PM (AGr/f)

285 278
[133] If you're interested in European history, read The Fall of The
Dynasties: Collapse of the Old Order from 1905-1922 by Edmund Taylor.
I'm about halfway through and it is fantastic.



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I concur. And it's available on archive.org.

Posted by: microcosme at April 16, 2017 03:33 PM (X079o)
*****It's late. Hope I don't get in trouble with authorities. Never used archive.org but found it and the book. What is the best way to download and store it? If you see me around let me know. Or if anyone knows happy to hear from you,

Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 07:16 PM (OU4q6)

286 One of the cultures has young that are expendible, but become wheelchair bound as they age.
That sounds like the Regul in Cherryh's "Faded Sun" trilogy - "Kesrith","Shon'jir", "Kutath". If you binge read her works, you find a lot of humans acting as bridges to alien people - some of them human themselves.

Posted by: gingeroni at April 16, 2017 07:25 PM (GIqnq)

287 Never used archive.org but found it and the book. What is the best way to download and store it?

I use calibre to organize my ebooks. It's free and runs on most machines.
https://calibre-ebook.com
It's also great for converting between formats and "side loading" books on to just about any ereader ever made.

Posted by: gingeroni at April 16, 2017 07:30 PM (GIqnq)

288 Posted by: gingeroni at April 16, 2017 07:30 PM (GIqnq)

Thank you. Will check it out.

Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 08:52 PM (OU4q6)

289 My guess on the soldiers abandoned by their leaders is that it probably was not an intentional act. Militaries are bureaucracies by necessity, and bureaucracies are inherently incompetent. I wrote of one example on my blog several years ago from World War 2:

http://agentintellect.blogspot.com/2008/06/military-incompetence.html

Posted by: Jim S. at April 17, 2017 12:19 AM (ynUnH)

290 ****It's late. Hope I don't get in trouble with authorities. Never used archive.org but found it and the book. What is the best way to download and store it? If you see me around let me know. Or if anyone knows happy to hear from you,

Posted by: gracepc at April 16, 2017 07:16 PM (OU4q6)


I found it on archive.org,

https://archive.org/details/fallofthedynasti012755mbp

I scrolled down to the download section, clicked on epub, and it downloaded in a few seconds. If you can't find the download section, e-mail me at the book thread e-mail address and I can get it to you.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at April 17, 2017 12:32 AM (lZ5qK)

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