Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-10-2021

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Milwaukee Central Public Library

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which I need someone to tell me why they're called 'Broomsticks', but, whatever their name is, it looks like you get a kneeling hottie included with each pair, so what's not to like about that?


Pic Note

Another example of a municipal library with fantastic traditional architecture, not some brutalist monstrosity.

The ceiling view looks pretty impressive, too.



It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

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This sounds like something we're going to see a lot more of in the coming years.




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The Yuuge, Classy, and Luxurious Presidency of Donald John Trump

Last week, moron author Hans Schantz dropped this little tidbit:

49 Not quite in time for this week's thread, but my short story, Uncle John's Legacy, will appear in the anthology, Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump, later this week.

I think it's strangely fitting that this book has been released during the previous hell-week:

Donald Trump. Whether you love him or loathe him, there's no denying that Trump's presidency has profoundly changed America—and the world—in every conceivable way. But Trump's term in office, like all things, will eventually be over. Will he retire quietly? Go out in a blaze of glory? Get a second term? (no, apparently -OM) How will Trump end?

Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump is a literary anthology that attempts to answer that question. Edited by Canadian author Bill Marchant and featuring over two dozen short stories, poems, essays, and more, Ending Bigly is a comedic and incisive work that offers a glimpse at the post-Trump future. The book includes contributions from some of the finest literary minds of our age, including Bronze Age Pervert, Nick B. Steves, Gio Penn, Faisal Marzipan, Mencius Moldbugman, and many others.

I especially liked this quote from a reviewer:

"This collection is a surprise, and a welcome one, much like Trump's presidency itself. In our social media goldfish minds, we may soon find ourselves wondering if Trump was ever president at all. That's been debunked, they'll say. Hillary was president from 2016 to 2020, then Biden. The stories in this collection are all true, as true as anything, truer than true. But no matter what fake news they publish, I won't forget you, Donny, the first and last president of online."

The Kindle edition of Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump is $7.49.

Meanwhile...

The Fourth Turning is worth checking out. Recommended by Stephen K. Bannon, it describes an eighty-year cycle in history that culminates in a massive transformation. Previous such transformations have included the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II. We're just about due for another one.

Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at January 03, 2021 09:23 AM (6hzPX)

Or perhaps we've been in one for the past couple of years. In their book The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy - What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny, authors William Strauss and Neil Howe outline

...a provocative theory of American history. The authors look back five hundred years and uncover a distinct pattern: Modern history moves in cycles, each one lasting about the length of a long human life, each composed of four eras—or "turnings"—that last about twenty years and that always arrive in the same order.

The Amazon blurb goes into this a bit more, but if I'm understanding the theory correctly, what we're going through now is called an "unraveling" and we're fast approaching the "crisis" phase (or perhaps the crisis is now here).

As Hans mentioned, Stephen Bannon is a big fan of this book and he was one of Trump's close advisors during the early days of his administration, so you have to wonder how much of this he took to heart.



Who Dis:

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(Last week's 'who dis' was silent film legend Kuster Beaton.



They Don't Publish Books Like This Any More:

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Whodunnit?

I have been corresponding with a lurking moron who has the 100th Anniversary Edition of Mark Twain's classic travelogue Innocents Abroad. The book contains the original illustrations from the first edition that was published in 1869, and my correspondent is keen to know the identity of the illustrator.

The SeaWolf Press edition is not hard to come by. Paperback editions are readily available. There's even a Kindle edition. There's also a facsimile of the first edition with the original illustrations on archive.org. But I guess back in 1869 it wasn't customary for the publisher to credit the illustrator as I could find no record anywhere of his (or her) identity.

So if any of you morons happen to have an edition that lists the illustrator's name, please let me know. Thanks.



How To Pick Up Girls:

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Books By Morons

Moron author Vince Milam is back with his sevenths Case Lee adventure, The Nevada Job, a thriller full of espionage, treachery, and payback:

It was a low-key investigation. Until signals flared that danger lay ahead with people’s lives a throw-away commodity. It started in Bolivia’s Chaco region. A vast lawless area where life is cheap and raw power rules the roost. As the search for rare elements heats up, Case runs into spies and mercenaries and a village living in terror. While he’s no superhero, no caped crusader, Case Lee knows he can’t walk away...

The trail leads back to the Nevada wildlands. The billionaire tycoon now knows the individual responsible for disrupting his global operations and paints a target on Case’s back, aided by corrupt politicians and dirty cops. Meanwhile, spies lurk in the background. Whose side are they on?

All this action, and more, for the introductory price of only 99 cents.

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And speaking of new novels in a continuing series, Declan Finn's latest urban fantasy (he calls it a "Catholic Action Horror Novel") is available for pre-order on Amazon. Hussar is the 8th in his Saint Tommy, NYPD series:

Lt. Tommy Nolan has enjoyed a relatively quiet life for the past three years. His promotion has taken him away from the streets and away from the line of fire.

But when a training camp for terrorists threatens his city, he's dragged back into the sulfur. Creatures of the damned are rising, and he's the only man who can stop them.

Because the heir of Tommy's ultimate enemy has returned, and he's bringing with him all the forces of Hell.

I have to admit I've fallen a bit behind on this series, having only just started on the 3rd installment (Infernal Affairs). I must say I'm a little disappointed to see, from the description of this latest entry, that Tommy Nolan is still only a Lieutenant. With all of the experience he has acquired fighting supernatural, demonic forces, you'd think he would've made captain by now.

And you have to like this warning label included in the AMazon blurb:

WARNING: This novel involves human trafficking, child abuse, Big Tech, an accurate portrayal of Child Protection Services, Anti-Fa thugs and other Socialists.

The pre-order price for Hussar is $4.99.

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Shane, a lurking moron, e-mailed a request for a mention of his debut novel, a space opera/military science fiction adventure based far in the future. He described it to me as "if Battlestar Galactica and Hamburger Hill had a love child, it would be this book." Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press is publishing it and it's titled From the Ashes of a Dead World:

The defeated survivors of an interstellar war seek refuge on a long-forgotten planet, only to discover a human civilization with the industrial development of mid-20th century Earth—and which itself is embroiled in a brutal world war. Should they strive for peaceful coexistence or domination?

The Amazon blurb is a bit more extensive. Shane also says "I drew much of the inspiration for the novel from my 31 years of military experience, and my fascination with military history."

It is also available in paperback. The Kindle edition is $4.99.

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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, insults, threats, ugly pants pics and moron library submissions 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 hiya

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 09:01 AM (arJlL)

2 Looks like lots of wasted space.

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 09:02 AM (AwYPR)

3 Mornin' Who dis is very obvious. I;ll pass on the quatloos

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 09:02 AM (ONvIw)

4 Hootenanny Nurse! What a great nic. If only I were a nurse and didn't have my own nom de plume anchored to me like an albatross.

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 10, 2021 09:04 AM (O+I8R)

5 who dis? Lt. Dan -- Gary Sinese.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 10, 2021 09:04 AM (PiwSw)

6 Jane Austen cosplay?

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 09:05 AM (AwYPR)

7 The who dis is Lt. Dan

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 09:05 AM (arJlL)

8 Gary Sinise, aka Lt. Dan.

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 10, 2021 09:05 AM (2S93K)

9 I told them the book thread is up.

Posted by: m at January 10, 2021 09:05 AM (LTs8q)

10 Thank you CN.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 10, 2021 09:05 AM (PiwSw)

11 OM, that vintage young girl with a book is a great pic. For some reason, it really strikes me.

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 10, 2021 09:05 AM (O+I8R)

12 yay books!!!

Posted by: Herr Frau Doktor vmom Staunch Demofaszi (on gab as @vm) at January 10, 2021 09:06 AM (nUhF0)

13 10. LOL, racing for the quatloos seems a bit overdone on my part.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 09:06 AM (ONvIw)

14 Good morning y'all!

Posted by: tbodie at January 10, 2021 09:07 AM (fo8C+)

15 How to save your kindle books to your computer
Looks like you need calibre (free) and a usb cable

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y353eu67

Posted by: Herr Frau Doktor vmom Staunch Demofaszi (on gab as @vm) at January 10, 2021 09:07 AM (nUhF0)

16 Re: Sinise--the man does good work. https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 10, 2021 09:08 AM (2S93K)

17 I thought it said The Hooternanny Woman.....

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 09:08 AM (arJlL)

18 Jumping in real fast before I head to church. I am about to finish The Nesting Dolls by Alina Adams that was recommended in the Morning Report a week or so ago. It is a generational story of Jewish Russian women beginning in the early 1900's. Lots to unpack in this historical fiction. It is a good book.

Posted by: Quirky Bookworm at January 10, 2021 09:09 AM (EbJ6H)

19 OM, that vintage young girl with a book is a great pic. For some reason, it really strikes me.

I agree. Lovely.

Posted by: Jewells45TRUMPWON! at January 10, 2021 09:10 AM (nxdel)

20 Read Ten Years Beyond Baker Street by Cay Van Ash. Published in 1984, the novel tells of Sherlock Holmes being persuaded to come out of retirement in 1914. Starts out very slow but picks-up the pace after the corrosive gas attack at Holmes' Sussex home. Generally pretty good and Fu Manchu and his minions make use of various infernal machines. Rating = 4.25/5. (Author was a friend of Sax Rohmer and wrote a biography of him)

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at January 10, 2021 09:10 AM (pJWtt)

21 Good morning fellow Book Threadists. I hope everyone had a great week of reading. We need it.

Posted by: JTB at January 10, 2021 09:10 AM (7EjX1)

22 Hootenanny is...farm machinery?

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 09:11 AM (AwYPR)

23 I gotta admit I thought the Vancouver Library was pretty cool. Modern, but not the brutalist monstrosity depicted above.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:11 AM (M7K2y)

24 Haven't been inside the Milwaukee Public Library in years. 40 - 42 years, maybe? Since college.

It is, or at least it was then, very nice inside

Posted by: My life is insanity at January 10, 2021 09:11 AM (Z/jzm)

25 Anyway, I picked up a free copy of The Princess Casamassima on the recommendation of "Gilded". While I still can't get over the main male character being named Hyacinth(!) I am so far finding the story interesting as the young man is getting swept up in the ideas of revolution. Some compare this James novel to Dickens and while James does describe the plight of the poor, I think he does a better job of describing the though processes of his characters and they seem less like caricatures than many of Dickens' denizens.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 09:12 AM (ONvIw)

26 Probably the book that matters right now is Fahrenheit 451.

Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 09:12 AM (ZfRYq)

27 Haven't been inside the Milwaukee Public Library in years. 40 - 42 years, maybe? Since college.

It is, or at least it was then, very nice inside
Posted by: My life is insanity

So, you're not really 29 ?

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 09:12 AM (arJlL)

28 This is the time of year when many people make a resolution to read through the Bible in a year. I heard one estimate that it would take the average reader only 70 hours total to accomplish that goal. 70 hours over the course of a year doesn't seem all that hard. There are lots of plans you can find to read the Bible in a year. Some are structured to read portions of the Old Testament and also the New Testament each day. Some just plow straight through. This might be the year when we will all need to lean a little harder of the Word of God.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:13 AM (gm3d+)

29 Another book thread...another Moron author's works purchased.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at January 10, 2021 09:13 AM (CcOog)

30 Hi JT!

Posted by: My life is insanity at January 10, 2021 09:13 AM (Z/jzm)

31 Morning, 'rons and 'ronettes.

I really need some purpose to my life other than washing it away in booze.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 09:13 AM (2JVJo)

32 I'm pretty sure I wore those pants with my two tone platform shoes in 1970

Posted by: Drc at January 10, 2021 09:13 AM (llGBY)

33 If you dropped your doobie you'd burn (melt) a hole in those pants.

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 09:14 AM (AwYPR)

34 In light of what has been going on in the tech world, it must be said: get hard copies. Don't trust the techies.

Yeah, the e-books are convenient - hell, even I have used them and they are useful. But given the fact that they are openly declaring war on the country now, we should be depriving them of another weapon. Buy hard copies that they cannot take from you or surrpetitiously edit.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:14 AM (M7K2y)

35 Senior moment: who's the sister who's not Jane, Lizzy, Mary or Lydia?

Posted by: Sal at January 10, 2021 09:14 AM (KTdeA)

36 Probably the book that matters right now is Fahrenheit 451.
Posted by: blaster

Or State of Fear by Michael Chrichton.

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 09:14 AM (arJlL)

37 Senior moment: who's the sister who's not Jane, Lizzy, Mary or Lydia?
Posted by: Sal

DOCTOR Rachel Levine ?

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 09:15 AM (arJlL)

38 35: Kitty

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 09:16 AM (ONvIw)

39 Or State of Fear by Michael Chrichton.
Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 09:14 AM (arJlL)


That one is pretty excellent. The glowbull warmanists hate it, which is a mark in its favor.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at January 10, 2021 09:16 AM (CcOog)

40 Hiya MLii !

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 09:16 AM (arJlL)

41 Here's a link to the plot of Hootenanny Nurse, for those who are into "nurse romance" novels:

https://tinyurl.com/y37yjogu

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 09:17 AM (2JVJo)

42 Hiya Grammie !

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 09:17 AM (arJlL)

43 Years after starting it I finally finished The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov. The reason it took so long is I was reading it concurrently with his two part biography and reading all his fiction as it happened. It's an excellent collection that starts out kind of sappy but quickly gets good and displays a lot of the good points of his full length fiction in miniatures. The last story, "Lance", was about an astronaut but it isn't written like sci fi, which the anonymous narrator dispatched with early in the story (it was written in 195. Rather it concentrates on exploring space being part of a human continuum including explorers setting off for sea or climbing mountains. When Lance is traveling to some anonymous planet, which seems a lot like Mars, the anxiety of his parents is expressed in terms of those other types of quests as they look at the night sky. Finally at the end and he's returned they go to some facility where he's being quarantined and they can't talk with him about what he saw so this is *different*. It was very effectively done and marked a good conclusion to his short story life. He was in his early 50s and still lived another 20 plus years but I gues

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 09:17 AM (y7DUB)

44 Kitty.
Thank you, CN!

Since none of dose pants are plaid, I am sure Mr. S. never wore them.

Posted by: Sal at January 10, 2021 09:18 AM (KTdeA)

45 36 Probably the book that matters right now is Fahrenheit 451.
Posted by: blaster

Or State of Fear by Michael Chrichton.
Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 09:14 AM (arJlL)

MCMLXXXIV by Eric Blair. (Trite, but there it is.)
Wild card: Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:18 AM (M7K2y)

46 I have been reading a lot of potato chip books on my Kindle but classes start again Monday (actually my first one was Friday but it was more of an intro) so I'll be hitting the real books pretty soon. I have a composition class that will probably be a lot tougher than my technical classes going by the published list of homework assignments.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at January 10, 2021 09:18 AM (CcOog)

47 That girl is bored with her book and wants a boyfriend.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 09:18 AM (2BZBZ)

48 Hiya JT!

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:19 AM (gm3d+)

49 This might be the year when we will all need to lean a little harder of the Word of God.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:13 AM (gm3d+)
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Excellent idea,

Endorsed.

Posted by: blake - Dr semi lurker in marginal standing at January 10, 2021 09:19 AM (WEBkv)

50 Nice Lieberry!

Those pants....those girls know what they want and where it's at.......groovy man!

The Who Dis is the bass player of the Lt. Dan Band and on the Hollyweird blacklist never to be seen in a movie again.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 10, 2021 09:20 AM (R/m4+)

51 For years I've had a set of Will Durant's Story of Civilization on the shelf. I've decided to start one volume, Caesar and Christ. I've never read Durant, so I don't know what to expect. It's a very thick book, so I expect it will take me until the summer to finish.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 09:20 AM (2JVJo)

52 I meant to add - If you're Baptist, you can read through the Bible in less than 70 hours, as you're encouraged to skip the Song of Solomon.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:20 AM (gm3d+)

53
Buster Keaton > Custard Beatin'


Discuss.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 10, 2021 09:21 AM (dWwl8)

54 It looks like many conservative voices have been censored or de-platformed, in the last few days.

There is no valid reason of course, other than the words they publish. They don't want people who don't think with independent thoughts to talk with each other.

I wonder what those people that built that beautiful library in Milwaukee would think about that?

Posted by: LeftCoast Dawg at January 10, 2021 09:21 AM (sy5kK)

55 I'm reading and memorizing The Little Red Book, so I sound all informed and shit as I work from the inside to take down the commies destroying our country.

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at January 10, 2021 09:21 AM (+4EvF)

56 He was in his early 50s and still lived another 20 plus years but I guess he had plenty of other things to occupy his time. He was teaching at Cornell and writing Lolita at the time, for example. The biography makes clear how well received his lectures were by students, like early performance art although really erudite. One of the Horde's mother attended those which must have been a rare treat, particularly how really good profs stand out from the rest.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 09:21 AM (y7DUB)

57 Those pants are what the Czechoslovakian brothers wore to show off their bulges.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:21 AM (v16oJ)

58 That picture of the little girl contemplating the book in her hand is outstanding. Moody and evocative.

Posted by: JTB at January 10, 2021 09:21 AM (7EjX1)

59 24 Haven't been inside the Milwaukee Public Library in years. 40 - 42 years, maybe? Since college.

It is, or at least it was then, very nice inside
Posted by: My life is insanity at January 10, 2021 09:11 AM (Z/jzm)

I haven't been in it since 2014, but I rather enjoyed my visits to the enchilada-red Main Branch of the San Antonio Public Library.

When in kindergarten we were taken on field trips to what was called the Oakwell Branch, now called the Tobin Branch, and it was there, perhaps, among other places, where the obsession with the printed word began.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:21 AM (M7K2y)

60 Also read "A Course in Religion" by Rev. John Laux. This was a series of 4 books intended for Catholic High Schools or Academies first published in 1928. The titles of the books are pretty self-explanatory:

Part I: Chief Truths of Faith-- Good introduction to Catholicism. Rating 4/5

Part II: Means of Graqce: The Sacraments -- Covers the 7 sacraments of Catholic Church, the section on the Mass is outdated due to liturgical changes post-Vatican II. Rating 4/5

Part III: Christian Moral -- General examination of a Catholic's duty to God, his nation, neighbor and himself. Very informative and spends a great deal of time dealing with evil of Communism and potential problem of Capitalism not tied to the Golden Rule. Rating 5/5

Part IV: God, Christianity, and the Church -- Nice concise examination of Christian apologetics. Rating 5/5

TAN books reprinted these in the 1990s.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at January 10, 2021 09:22 AM (pJWtt)

61

In preface to my comments about books I have been reading this week, I would like to say this once again in connection with an exchange yesterday with a poster on the Chess Thread-No, I do not think that the Christian life is entirely about accepting Jesus as Lord simply so that we will be happier in glory. Yes; I do believe in eternal life beyond this life, but the New Testament is clear that through the work of the Holy Spirit we are to be transformed as much as possible in this life to be into the likeness of Jesus and that indeed this
journey- despite trials and sometimes even in trials- is to give us joy and peace and the other fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Obviously that poster-not being a religious person does not read the links I post-which is quite understandable, but they are about the h Christian life NOW.

That being said, I have been reading two excellent about either by or about Christian missionaries,

End of post part 1

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 09:22 AM (VP4Cd)

62 The Who Dis is the bass player of the Lt. Dan Band and on the Hollyweird blacklist never to be seen in a movie again.
Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 10, 2021 09:20 AM (R/m4+)


Also played Ken Mattingly in Apollo 13, another movie starring Tom Hanks.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 09:22 AM (2JVJo)

63 The Milwaukee library is stunning. Hard to believe such a glory exists in that city.

Posted by: JTB at January 10, 2021 09:23 AM (7EjX1)

64 This might be the year when we will all need to lean a little harder of the Word of God.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:13 AM (gm3d+)

On it...Psalm 3:7

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 09:24 AM (AwYPR)

65 Last night I was reading in Chronicles how God struck dead one of the Israelite men for daring to touch the Ark (while not being Levite) when the oxen pulling the cart stumbled. That is a good way to keep people in line about the rules and the severity of breaking them. Even David was scared spitless.

Posted by: Jmel at January 10, 2021 09:24 AM (bVhJi)

66 Buster Keaton > Custard Beatin'
Discuss.
Posted by: naturalfake at January 10, 2021 09:21 AM (dWwl

Batin > Buster Keaton > Custard Beatin'

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 10, 2021 09:25 AM (R/m4+)

67 Has anyone read The Shipping News? The book group started it yesterday and it strikes me as something I'd never voluntarily pick up but might end up enjoying.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 09:25 AM (y7DUB)

68 Also read "A Course in Religion" by Rev. John Laux. This was a series of 4 books intended for Catholic High Schools or Academies first published in 1928.

Just ordered Volume I. Thank you!

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 09:27 AM (2JVJo)

69 I'm here.

Good Morning. I've retreated to books this week to avoid thinking about reality. This is about the only place I've been.
I read a fantasy book by Nalini Singh, the second book in a series about a feisty lawyer by Rebecca Zanetti and started the third book in the Phillip Pullman series His Dark Materials, The Amber Spyglass.
All good escapist literature.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at January 10, 2021 09:27 AM (sd8p8)

70 Dead tree copies.
Hit the H-PB, the Goodwill, the St. V de Paul and clean out the classics, theater and poetry sections.
The life skill how-to books.
Bibles and prayer books. (I invested in the Divine Office a few years ago- pricey, but worth it.)
Also, the children's classics: mythology, Grimm, Andersen, etc.

Posted by: Sal at January 10, 2021 09:28 AM (KTdeA)

71 52 I meant to add - If you're Baptist, you can read through the Bible in less than 70 hours, as you're encouraged to skip the Song of Solomon.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:20 AM (gm3d+)


Just the Baptist singles.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 10, 2021 09:28 AM (PiwSw)

72 After events of last years, I lost interest to book about good FBI/CIA guys and reading more WWI and WWII stuff. Last reads are " The young lions" by Irvin Show and "Cain mutiny" by Herman Wouk. Reading comments on Goodreads, these are some opinions about best WWII books:
James Jones "From here to eternity" , Norman Mailer "The naked and the dead" and Herman Wouk "Cain mutiny" and "Wind of war".
What is horde opinions? Is it actually best US books about WWII?

Posted by: redmonkey at January 10, 2021 09:28 AM (6lGQ+)

73 This might be the year when we will all need to lean a little harder of the Word of God.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:13 AM (gm3d+)
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Yes indeed. I need to get back to it. I bought the NKIV Study Bible on Grammie's recommendation and it is a terrific choice for the beginner, giving explanations of passages and historical background.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 09:29 AM (Dc2NZ)

74 I remember some of the books (paperbacks) that had rather crazy titles to catch your eye and interest. Usually involved girls barely dressed and the male who was an expert in picking them up and doing the unmentionables at that time. Sex was implied and not describe in detail like it is now.
Most of the romance novels of today carry on with pretty much the same thing. But they are now sold everywhere.

Posted by: Colin at January 10, 2021 09:29 AM (yjJMG)

75 I finished America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America, 1493-1898, by Robert Goodwin. This was a good history of that time period, with lots of personal anecdotes from the diaries of the participants, and a good historical foundation. There were times when I was convinced the author was a flaming lib, and others when I concluded he wasn't, so I guess that's good. He certainly points out when the Spaniards acted like genocidal lunatics, but also covers the better people who treated the natives humanely and tried to control the worst impulses of the consquistadores. The Indians aren't treated as noble savages, but like everyone else, a mix of good and bad.
If you're interested in the time period, this is a good foundation. Also, it's cheap ($7) at Hamilton books.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:30 AM (v16oJ)

76 Part 2-To post 61

One is a autobiography of John G. Paton who was a medical missionary and pastor among the cannibals in the New Hebrides in the 1990's. I don't knw if these are the cannibals in Cannibal Bob's family history or if he comes from another branch. At any rate it is a very stirring story about perseverance in faith and prayer and is exciting-if you are interested in missionaries- as Rev, faced death many times and was also dealing with sickness in his own family and in himself.

The second book is a shorter one, "Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret" who was a missionary in China in the 1800's and too the unusual step of dressing like a Chinese man so the Chinese wouldn't be put off by his Western attire. The spiritual secret is the great strength and joy Rev. Taylor gets from abiding in Christ and how that came about. It is a very uplifting book and of course Rev. Taylor and his family had great trials too.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 09:32 AM (VP4Cd)

77 I bought the NKIV Study Bible on Grammie's
recommendation and it is a terrific choice for the beginner, giving
explanations of passages and historical background.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 09:29 AM (Dc2NZ)


I'm so glad you're finding it helpful. One of my most treasured possessions is the leatherbound copy that my son gave to me, embossed with my name.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:32 AM (gm3d+)

78 In the picture of the Milwaukee City Library, notice what looks like painted plywood blocking off the upper parts of the building. Probably to keep the rioters from getting into the upper floors.

Posted by: Colin at January 10, 2021 09:32 AM (yjJMG)

79 Oh, my- it's snowing here (CenTex) like crazy!
So pretty- I think I'll go watch, b/c this is so rare.
Glad I went to Mass last evening...

Posted by: Sal at January 10, 2021 09:33 AM (KTdeA)

80 something I'd never voluntarily pick up but might end up enjoying.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 09:25 AM (y7DUB)

"Shipping News" is a book I tried to like. It was recommended by a friend, so I took it seriously. And it was pretty awful.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 10, 2021 09:33 AM (xT2tT)

81 67 Has anyone read The Shipping News? The book group started it yesterday and it strikes me as something I'd never voluntarily pick up but might end up enjoying.
Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 09:25 AM (y7DUB)
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It's dense and overwritten -- it's like Annie Proulx submitted a book to the Bulwer-Lytton contest -- but it is strangely compelling as you go along. I ended up liking it quite a lot.

the movie was good too.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 09:33 AM (Dc2NZ)

82 "The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance" are two halves of the same story. Quite excellent history of WWII.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 09:34 AM (2BZBZ)

83 This week I got my copy of The Ashley Book of Knots, first published in the 1940s. This is a massive book and to say it's comprehensive is a vast understatement. The historical information alone is worth the price. Ashley provides the reader with the feel of the sailors on their ships using worn rope, developing decorative patterns, and the need they had for intimate knowledge of rope. This is the kind of book that can take years to go through and reference.

There are other books that teach the basic knots but they lack the detail of the Ashley book.

Posted by: JTB at January 10, 2021 09:34 AM (7EjX1)

84 James Jones "From here to eternity" , Norman Mailer "The naked and the dead" and Herman Wouk "Cain mutiny" and "Wind of war".

What is horde opinions? Is it actually best US books about WWII?



I found both From Here to Eternity and The Naked and the Dead to be boring, pompous, and completely overrated. The Caine Mutiny is excellent. Haven't read "Winds of War", but I saw the TV series with a totally miscast Robert Mitchum.

I highly recommend William Manchester's Goodbye Darkness.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:34 AM (v16oJ)

85 The Durant series is available on hoopla as audiobooks . Both my local library counties now support hoopla (which I learned about here). I enjoyed the two I've listened to so far.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at January 10, 2021 09:35 AM (x8Q/V)

86 Welp I got the full range feedback in two consecutive comments. Thanks for the responses.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 09:36 AM (y7DUB)

87 pixy strikes again....wordy posters beware!

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 09:38 AM (AwYPR)

88 65 Last night I was reading in Chronicles how God struck dead one of the Israelite men for daring to touch the Ark (while not being Levite) when the oxen pulling the cart stumbled. That is a good way to keep people in line about the rules and the severity of breaking them. Even David was scared spitless.
Posted by: Jmel at January 10, 2021 09:24 AM (bVhJi)


They also weren't supposed to transport the Ark by cart. It had loops on the side for poles to go through and was carried by the poles.

Posted by: President-elect Emmie at January 10, 2021 09:38 AM (ofYez)

89 Re post #76 Here are some quotes by Hudson Taylor to get a flavor of what the man was about.

https://tinyurl.com/y3j2hf93

He went to China at age 21 and ministered there for years including when there was rebellion, although I think we was back in Britain during the Boxer Rebellion when the Chinese were killing off thousands of Westerners and were particularly vicious towards Western missionaries and Christian churches

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 09:39 AM (VP4Cd)

90 11 OM, that vintage young girl with a book is a great pic. For some reason, it really strikes me.

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 10, 2021 09:05 AM (O+I8R)


I agree. I felt the same way when I first saw it.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 10, 2021 09:39 AM (HGgii)

91 I reread The Fellowship of the Ring, starting my first reading of The Lord of the Rings in perhaps a decade. It's really good. I would like to further divorce my reading from my memory of the movies, though. Anyone have any tips on this?

I also rerereread Hans Schantz The Hidden Truth series (when's book 4 coming? Also Fields: The Once and Future TOE?) which blends science and conspiracy theory and social and political ideas/threats into an engaging and educational thriller. It's particularly poignant now, at the end of the American Experiment, at least for me. I'm hoping to put more of the tips in there into practice, if there's time.

Posted by: .87c at January 10, 2021 09:39 AM (XepgY)

92 >>The Milwaukee library is stunning. Hard to believe such a glory exists in that city.
Posted by: JTB at January 10, 2021 09:23 AM (7EjX1)

It's a pretty massive building

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/
File:Milwaukee_Central_Library_Mar10.jpg

* remove space

Posted by: My life is insanity at January 10, 2021 09:40 AM (Z/jzm)

93 Thanks for the Book Thread, OM!

Posted by: President-elect Emmie at January 10, 2021 09:40 AM (ofYez)

94 Ironically the first words in The Shipping News is from the Ashley Book of Knots.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 09:40 AM (y7DUB)

95 Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 09:29 AM (Dc2NZ)

I am glad you reading it and so happy Grammie recommended it.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 09:40 AM (VP4Cd)

96 6 Jane Austen cosplay?
Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 09:05 AM (AwYPR)


I don't know, I was thinking it may be a screen shot from one of the modern versions of Pride & Prejudice.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 10, 2021 09:40 AM (HGgii)

97 I highly recommend William Manchester's Goodbye Darkness.
Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:34 AM (v16oJ)

And his biography of MacArthur, American Caesar.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseeks, Look at me at January 10, 2021 09:41 AM (2DOZq)

98 15 How to save your kindle books to your computer. Looks like you need calibre (free) and a usb cable

you'll also need a bunch of calibre plug-ins, because the e-books are usually encrypted.

Posted by: Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at January 10, 2021 09:41 AM (5br8a)

99 And his biography of MacArthur, American Caesar.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseeks, Look at me


Agree. I suppose I'm a bit of a Manchester groupie.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:41 AM (v16oJ)

100 I found From Here to Eternity to be boring, pompous, and completely overrated.
Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:34 AM (v16oJ)

Yup....it has some decent parts but too much homo stuff and Jim Jones sure had an oral sex fetish.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 10, 2021 09:42 AM (R/m4+)

101 I finished America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America, 1493-1898, by Robert Goodwin. This was a good history of that time period, with lots of personal anecdotes from the diaries of the participants, and a good historical foundation.

That reminds me of two books I enjoyed, both by the historian Walter McDougall: Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History,1585-1828 and its companion, Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829-1877.

Very well written, and if the author has a left / right bias, I haven't seen it. It was originally designed as a trilogy, but the second volume came out in 2008 and nothing since.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 09:42 AM (2JVJo)

102 I am not a bloody spammer, Pixy.

What is horde opinions? Is it actually best US books about WWII?

I found both From Here to Eternity and The Naked and the Dead to be boring, pompous, and completely overrated. The Caine Mutiny is excellent. Haven't read "Winds of War", but I saw the TV series with a totally miscast Robert Mitchum.

I highly recommend William Manchester's Goodbye Darkness.
Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:34 AM (v16oJ)

I read both "The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance". Funny thing is that I barely remember seeing the latter miniseries when it aired but I was much too young to grasp what it was about. Move forward five years later and I knew what the latter would be about, and when ABC broadcast that monster (30 hours, broken in two halves, shown in November 1988 and May 1989), I was licking my chops, waiting to see it. That became one of Those Moments to which I referred to earlier (for those who missed it: why my interest in history? Why my degrees in history? To which I say "Moments").

Granted, both of Wouk's novels are dated and you can tell...

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:43 AM (M7K2y)

103 I didn't feel like any kind of sustained or heavy reading this week, so I checked out-

Juni Ito's new horror manga "Remina".

It's about Earth being attacked by a living planet. (which incidentally is what I always thought the sequel to "Avatar" should've been).

It's pretty good for what it is.

If you've never read Junji Ito, check out his Magnum Opus, "Uzumaki", a truly bizarre mix of Lovecraft and Kafka in which the inhabitants of a Japanese town become obsessed by the shape of spirals.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 10, 2021 09:43 AM (dWwl8)

104 Look at that, I was on topic and didn't even know it. As
a true Moron, I commented before reading the content, but the content is great, thanks OregonMuse.

I was thinking about that 4th Turning theory the other day, I wonder if we're not seeing that dramatic upheaval now, and reassertion now, but it's just the wrong sort and philosophy being instituted.

Posted by: .87c at January 10, 2021 09:43 AM (XepgY)

105 Post 76. He was a missionary in the 1800's NOT the 1990's
Gah! Sorry.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 09:43 AM (VP4Cd)

106 Juni Ito = Junji Ito

Posted by: naturalfake at January 10, 2021 09:43 AM (dWwl8)

107 I highly recommend William Manchester's Goodbye Darkness.
Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:34 AM (v16oJ)

And his biography of MacArthur, American Caesar.
Posted by: Mr. Meeseeks, Look at me at January 10, 2021 09:41 AM (2DOZq)


Also his never-completed 2-volume bio of Churchill as well as his history of the Renaissance, A World Lit Only By Fire[/i[.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 09:44 AM (2JVJo)

108 I read Shipping News as it was a gift from a neighbor who loved it. I did not. I liked it well enough and thought that the characters' acceptance of contentment in a society that increasingly demands "great" was a nice change. The characters do change and grow and overcome some of their past, so maybe I'm judging it too harshly. I never saw the movie.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 09:44 AM (ONvIw)

109 Granted, both of Wouk's novels are dated and you can tell...

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33

That's often one of the best parts of an old book. The "datedness" provides an additional window into another time, one outside of the story itself.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:44 AM (v16oJ)

110 Up thread: The Shipping News

A great book, read it before you watch the movie.

War and Remembrance: the movie is just as good as the book.

Are libraries about to become endangered? Smallish Amazon curbside distribution centers perhaps ?

Posted by: Ziba at January 10, 2021 09:44 AM (S1hrL)

111 It's fine to go to "cairo il public library" on Google maps. Just don't drive around too much in street view. It is also cool to look at the Google images of "cairo il the hewer."

Posted by: Marooned at January 10, 2021 09:44 AM (yYptV)

112 88 They also weren't supposed to transport the Ark by cart. It had loops on the side for poles to go through and was carried by the poles.

although i imagine any old slav could be used in a pinch

Posted by: Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at January 10, 2021 09:44 AM (5br8a)

113 I've been hitting my own stacks a lot this week. No masks (or pants) required.

From A.E. van Vogt's "the Mixed Men", which is set in the far, far future: "He put his book down, slipped on his coat, and headed for the astrogation and instrument room. He sat down at his desk, and took out the tool of his trade: a slide rule with a radio attachment which connected with the nearest -- in this case the ship's -- mechanical brain. He was in the act of taking out pencils and paper when the ship moved under him. "

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 09:45 AM (Dc2NZ)

114 I don't know, I was thinking it may be a screen shot from one of the modern versions of Pride & Prejudice.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 10, 2021 09:40 AM (HGgii)

That does look like Keira so you're probably right.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 09:45 AM (ONvIw)

115 I've been reading up on the Anglo-Dutch wars of the 1660s.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 09:46 AM (Lzpvj)

116 41 Here's a link to the plot of Hootenanny Nurse, for those who are into "nurse romance" novels:


https://tinyurl.com/y37yjogu

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 09:17 AM (2JVJo)


Heh. The link is to a blog devoted to vintage nurse romance novels. What a hoot.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 10, 2021 09:46 AM (HGgii)

117 That does look like Keira so you're probably right.
Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 09:45 AM (ONvIw)


Rosamund Pike on the left.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 10, 2021 09:46 AM (PiwSw)

118 I'm part way through "Thirteenth Night: A Fool's Guild Medieval Mystery" by Alan Gordon. So far it's enjoyable and surprisingly good. The Fool's Guild is an undercover operation, sort of like the organization in the movie Van Helsing. The writing is clear and perceptive and provides a nice feel for medieval life. I expect to continue with the series. There are five or six books already written.

Posted by: JTB at January 10, 2021 09:46 AM (7EjX1)

119 Also his never-completed 2-volume bio of Churchill as well as his history of the Renaissance, A World Lit Only By Fire
I greatly enjoyed those books. The Churchill bio trilogy was eventually completed by another author, but I haven't read the final volume.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:47 AM (v16oJ)

120 ...and the way you can tell (bloody character limits) is simple: for instance, there is no reference in his novels (Winds of War, 1971; War and Remembrance, 197 to the Enigma machine and the cracking thereof. It was not declassified yet, I suspect. But Mr. Wouk did his homework. Not only did he live the events (in the Pacific as a comm officer, hence the prominence of comm officers in The Caine Mutiny), he researched what he didn't know. The parts in W&R when Pug is going to the Soviet Union, I can tell you for a fact is well done. (I did research in that area and read the same sources Mr. Wouk used.)

I recommend both books. And The Caine Mutiny.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:47 AM (M7K2y)

121 I've started Victor David Hanon's "The Second World Wars". No spoilers please.

Posted by: Big V Caffeinated at January 10, 2021 09:47 AM (6Pqz7)

122 Anarchists Cookbook- Is that still in print? I used to have a copy, bought it at Sears (Remember them?) of all places (late 60's, 70's). Even at that young age, I knew buying such a thing at Sears meant 'The Revolution" was over.

Posted by: The Walking Dude at January 10, 2021 09:47 AM (cCxiu)

123 I'm thinking the pic is of Clara Bow.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseeks, Look at me at January 10, 2021 09:47 AM (2DOZq)

124 Seems like 200 years....
Early 90's and I think it was a Prodigy? board where I filled Robert Adam's absence with an internet earful, only to learn that he was busy reaping his eternal rewards already.

Posted by: Vichy Downcast at January 10, 2021 09:48 AM (1BM8B)

125 They are kinda hard to come by right now (at least as a set and also some specific volumes) but I would really recommend the Foxfire books to everyone. They are the culmination of a school project to get Appalachian kids interested in writing and their history. They outline in detail and step by step how to do tasks that you must do when you are responsible for whether you eat or live with minimal money or access to stores. They outline how to butcher and dress a hog, which plants in nature are edible, how to blacksmith and other skills (even midwifery) but they also include fascinating folk lore of the Appalachian people.

As history, the volumes wonderful but they are also wonderfully useful.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 09:48 AM (946rW)

126 Fuck you Morning

Things are worse in America than i ever thought they could be

Sigh

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:48 AM (85Gof)

127 I don't know, I was thinking it may be a screen shot from one of the modern versions of Pride & Prejudice.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 10, 2021 09:40 AM (HGgii)
--

It is -- there's Keira Knightly, Rosamund Pike, and Carey Mulligan (among others).

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 09:49 AM (Dc2NZ)

128 Fuck you amazon

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:50 AM (85Gof)

129 Ironically the first words in The Shipping News is from the Ashley Book of Knots.
Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 09:40 AM (y7DUB)


Yes I know how to match subject and verbs when my wife isn't bugging me.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 09:50 AM (y7DUB)

130 Anarchists Cookbook- Is that still in print? I used
to have a copy, bought it at Sears (Remember them?) of all places (late
60's, 70's). Even at that young age, I knew buying such a thing at Sears
meant 'The Revolution" was over.


Posted by: The Walking Dude at January 10, 2021 09:47 AM (cCxiu)

Abby Hoffman wrote a book called Steal this Book that outlines skills for revolution too. I wonder if anyone every paid for their copy given the exhortation in the title:-P

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 09:50 AM (946rW)

131 Good morning, all ... cold, dreary and raining here in San Antonio - all very depressing, which pretty much fits my mood. Working today on the last edits of the next book, "My Dear Cousin" - which should be out in Kindle/eBook by next week. That's the WWII novel, partly told in letters between a pair of cousins - one is the wife of a POW in the Far East, the other is an Army nurse in the European theater.
I honestly haven't been reading other than for last-minute research on that book. Too bloody depressing.

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (xnmPy)

132 Post 76. He was a missionary in the 1800's NOT the 1990's

Gah! Sorry.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 09:43 AM (VP4Cd)


I grew up in a very missionary-focused church. Blessed to be told the stories of Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, Corrie Ten Boom and so many more.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (gm3d+)

133 I'm thinking the pic is of Clara Bow.
Posted by: Mr. Meeseeks, Look at me at January 10, 2021 09:47 AM (2DOZq)


I don't know if that's a joke or not, but I can assure you it's not Bow. She does have a bit of a Lillian Gish look to her, but it's not Gish, either.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (2JVJo)

134 Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33
That's often one of the best parts of an old book. The "datedness" provides an additional window into another time, one outside of the story itself.
Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:44 AM (v16oJ)

Very true. You can see the perspectives of older generations and thinking from a different time.

One thing I loved about his books were the fact that he depicted things happening as people lived them. Example: in the book and the movie, there is a scene where a character (forget which) looks out the window and says "Why is the flag at half-staff?" Thinking something's up, the radio is turned on. That's when it is found out FDR died.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (M7K2y)

135 Apparently Gary Sinise is a regular visitor to the LAX USO, which should surprise no one.

Posted by: pookysgirl, former USO connisseur at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (XKZwp)

136 63 The Milwaukee library is stunning. Hard to believe such a glory exists in that city.
===
But it looks like someone stole all the books!

Posted by: dingbat at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (U39us)

137 Fuck you Morning



Things are worse in America than i ever thought they could be



Sigh

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:48 AM (85Gof)

Sorry NGU:-\ I hate that we are here too.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (946rW)

138 Are there any conservatives fighting this nazi Stalin like censorship?
Are we all alone save a few lone brave voices?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (85Gof)

139 If you're interested in WWII books, look beyond just American authors. There are many good American books, but there are also outstanding works by Russians (Grossman's Life and Fate is at the top for me). I haven't read many Japanese and German authors. I need to do that.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:52 AM (v16oJ)

140 I've seen Hootenanny Nurse in the mix at Pulp Librarian:

https://twitter.com/pulplibrarian

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 09:52 AM (Dc2NZ)

141 It's called the Cultural Center now, but the old Main Public Libary in Chicago was rather magnificent, at least to a very young Rat_Eez.

I have been mostly unable to read anything remotely serious for over a month now, escapism is utterly necessary. Currently reading Dickens' Pickwick Papers, and, by main force, various works having to do with Wordpress.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, we are being gaslighted 24/365 TRUMP WON! at January 10, 2021 09:52 AM (pmEbq)

142 This might be the year when we will all need to lean a little harder of the Word of God.
Posted by: grammie winger

This may be good advice but I am now so filled with rage and fear now (which is not my usual state) I don't think that I can accept it.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 10, 2021 09:52 AM (+y/Ru)

143 128 Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:50 AM (85Gof)

Markets cannot be allowed to decide, "I DECIDE!"

//Dorsey, Bezos, and Zuckerfu*ker

Buckle up.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 09:53 AM (Lzpvj)

144 138 Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (85Gof)

What do you think?

We had to power to fix this in 2017-2019.

Paul Ryan decided to thwart us not them.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 09:54 AM (Lzpvj)

145 To Obacerate someone is to stop them from talking.


The article in the sidebar about communist Amazon trying to shut down Parler. The comments are, for the most part, good shut down the Nazis. Nazis shouldn't be allowed to be online and things of that nature. This is the result of years of indoctrination, mostly in schools, of spoiled brats being told that anyone who disagrees with them is a Nazi and they need to be unpersoned and worse. They are mindless Red Guards lashing out at anyone who dares have a different opinion than them.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 09:55 AM (t8ef1)

146 Recently read "The Day is now Far Spent" by Robert Cardinal Sarah. If you're of the Catholic persuasion it's a must-read. But even if you aren't it's a pretty good summation of a lot of modern issues.

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at January 10, 2021 09:55 AM (LZ7Gl)

147 This might be the year when we will all need to lean a little harder of the Word of God.
Posted by: grammie winger

This may be good advice but I am now so filled with rage and fear now (which is not my usual state) I don't think that I can accept it.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 10, 2021 09:52 AM (+y/Ru)

Yup

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:55 AM (85Gof)

148 Need to re-read Manchester's MacArthur bio, and read Frank's.

Just started Richard Frank's "Tower of Skulls", first part of a trilogy of the Pacific War. Well maybe should say the Asia-Pacific War - his explicit intent in the series is to broaden the focus beyond the strictly military aspects of the US-Japan fight.

Starts in China (this volume covers July 1937 to May 1942), which of course was key to entire war. Chiang Kai-shek, about whom I know little, turns out to be a fairly interesting guy. Saved (probably) from an early exit by ..... Stalin, and Zhou En-lai, used Japanese to converse with his top German military adviser.

Looks very good. Frank is good. The prose here is a bit more dense than his Guadalcanal or "Downfall", as I recall them, but it's fine.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 09:55 AM (OTzUX)

149 138 Are there any conservatives fighting this nazi Stalin like censorship?
Are we all alone save a few lone brave voices?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (85Gof

The fact we are here on this site is evidence of the fight.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:55 AM (M7K2y)

150 The article in the sidebar about communist Amazon trying to shut down Parler. The comments are, for the most part, good shut down the Nazis. Nazis shouldn't be allowed to be online and things of that nature. This is the result of years of indoctrination, mostly in schools, of spoiled brats being told that anyone who disagrees with them is a Nazi and they need to be unpersoned and worse. They are mindless Red Guards lashing out at anyone who dares have a different opinion than them.
Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 09:55 AM (t8ef1)

SWEEP AWAY ALL MONSTERS AND DEMONS!!!

Posted by: Communist Party of China, June 1966 at January 10, 2021 09:56 AM (M7K2y)

151 Are there any conservatives fighting this nazi Stalin like censorship?
Are we all alone save a few lone brave voices?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (85Gof)


Miss Lindsey claims he's going to. I've got a bridge to sell anyone who believes that.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 09:56 AM (t8ef1)

152 149 Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:55 AM (M7K2y)

The joke about the Louisiana Republican Party in the 80s was "it could meet in a phone booth."

Fact is we need to survive as long as we can and not be swayed, it is easy not to be swayed when they are selling 73,000 genders and hopium.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 09:57 AM (Lzpvj)

153 138 Are there any conservatives fighting this nazi Stalin like censorship?
Are we all alone save a few lone brave voices?


if we were alone, they wouldn't need to shut down parler.

Posted by: Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at January 10, 2021 09:58 AM (5br8a)

154 The fact we are here on this site is evidence of the fight.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:55 AM (M7K2y)

Sites like this are next. And i predict some of us, prhaps like me, will lose thier jobs in the next 2 years.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:58 AM (85Gof)

155 Abby Hoffman wrote a book called Steal this Book that outlines skills for revolution too. I wonder if anyone every paid for their copy given the exhortation in the title:-P
Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 09:50 AM (946rW)


The less I knew about that annoying piece of shit, except his death notice, the better.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 09:58 AM (y7DUB)

156 141 It's called the Cultural Center now, but the old Main Public Libary in Chicago was rather magnificent, at least to a very young Rat_Eez.

Sheesh.

"Detention Center" - JAIL
"Justice Center" - COURTHOUSE
"Cultural Center" - LIBRARY

No one can all things WHAT THEY ARE anymore.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:59 AM (M7K2y)

157 Are there any conservatives fighting this nazi Stalin like censorship?
Are we all alone save a few lone brave voices?

if we were alone, they wouldn't need to shut down parler.
Posted by: Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at January 10, 2021 09:58 AM (5br8a)

Yes I know that, but I was really referring to the so called Republicans in Congress. And hey you over there, Stop laughing!

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:59 AM (85Gof)

158 Dang Nazis everywhere. It seems like schnitzel ought to be pretty popular right now.

Posted by: f'd at January 10, 2021 09:59 AM (wEMgF)

159 The comments are, for the most part, good shut down the Nazis. Nazis
shouldn't be allowed to be online and things of that nature. This is the
result of years of indoctrination, mostly in schools, of spoiled brats
being told that anyone who disagrees with them is a Nazi and they need
to be unpersoned and worse. They are mindless Red Guards lashing out at
anyone who dares have a different opinion than them.


The irony of banning incorrect thought and demonizing other people while calling them Nazis is apparently lost on most of the commenters.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 09:59 AM (v16oJ)

160 Just finishing up Ronald Spector's "Eagle Against the Sun," about the Pacific War, as I start Frank's new book. It was fine, a fairly general overview, though well sourced, so with some diligence I could dig in to any aspect he covered.

One good thing about it is the coverage of the Southwest Pacific, MacArthur's bailiwick - of the actual US-Japanese conventional fights, probably the less well known, at least until we get back to the Philippines.

A good, not hugely long survey book on the Pacific, for any looking for one.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:00 AM (OTzUX)

161 If you're interested in WWII books, look beyond just American authors. There are many good American books, but there are also outstanding works by Russians (Grossman's Life and Fate is at the top for me). I haven't read many Japanese and German authors. I need to do that.

My first language is Russian and I could tell a lot of good WWII books don't translated or don't really available. I would recommend Vasil Bykau and Vladimir Bogomolov books

Posted by: redmonkey at January 10, 2021 10:00 AM (6lGQ+)

162 Are there any conservatives fighting this nazi Stalin like censorship?
Are we all alone save a few lone brave voices?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (85Gof)


It's always ultimately been up to us to not knuckle under. Trump was our leader but it's our fight.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 10:01 AM (y7DUB)

163 154 Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:58 AM (85Gof)

Yup.

I am a defense contractor, I will either be made to take the knee, be made to endure their f*cking seminars on why I am the source of all evil, or fired.

This sucks, but like I have been saying to the right.

"You cannot say you were not told."

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 10:01 AM (Lzpvj)

164 Sites like this are next. And i predict some of us, prhaps like me, will lose thier jobs in the next 2 years.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:58 AM (85Gof)


A woman who worked for a real estate company (At Properties) lost her job for attending the rally on January 6. She did nothing but show up and stand outside.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 10:01 AM (t8ef1)

165 If Moron author Vince Milam is lurking, I wonder if he grew up in Virginia and if perhaps his father was a school principal.

Posted by: bluebell at January 10, 2021 10:01 AM (/669Q)

166 Miss Lindsey claims he's going to. I've got a bridge to sell anyone who believes that.
Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 09:56 AM (t8ef1)

Yep. They had their chance to rein in tech, they didn't. They had a chance to reform and investigate election fraud, they didn't. Richard Grenell and people like them are speaking out more forcefully. I suspect our GOP senate will return to making dramatic speeches to nowhere. It's the job they wanted back.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:01 AM (ONvIw)

167 Yes I know that, but I was really referring to the so called Republicans in Congress. And hey you over there, Stop laughing!
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 09:59 AM (85Gof)

I'll get right on that

Posted by: Senator Mike Lee (R-Google) at January 10, 2021 10:02 AM (LZ7Gl)

168 126 Fuck you Morning

Things are worse in America than i ever thought they could be


how long after the inauguration until the struggle sessions start?

Posted by: Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at January 10, 2021 10:02 AM (5br8a)

169 160 Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:00 AM (OTzUX)

Eagle Against the Sun was a good book. There is also a part of a multi volume analysis of the conflicts in Asia from 1905-1975 that does a good job of highlighting MacArthur's efforts.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 10:02 AM (Lzpvj)

170 The silence on the "right" is frightening.

When the 'Right" has to depend on Alan Dersowitz to save us, it's a dark day in America

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:03 AM (85Gof)

171 122 Anarchists Cookbook- Is that still in print? I used to have a copy, bought it at Sears (Remember them?) of all places (late 60's, 70's). Even at that young age, I knew buying such a thing at Sears meant 'The Revolution" was over.
Posted by: The Walking Dude at January 10, 2021 09:47 AM (cCxiu)

I still can't get over the irony of buying the Little Red Book at Tiananmen Square. (Which I have done.)

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 10:03 AM (M7K2y)

172 This week I got my copy of The Ashley Book of Knots

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They're coming out with The Prog Book of Thou Shalt Nots.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 10, 2021 10:04 AM (+y/Ru)

173 I'm thinking the pic is of Clara Bow.

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Clara wasn't even a gleam in her daddy's eye when that picture was taken. I don't think Clara was interested in books.

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 10, 2021 10:04 AM (O+I8R)

174 168 126 Fuck you Morning

Things are worse in America than i ever thought they could be

how long after the inauguration until the struggle sessions start?
Posted by: Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at January 10, 2021 10:02 AM (5br8a)

Not long after the Red Guards smash everything.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 10:04 AM (M7K2y)

175 Sadly, the library in my Seacoast NH town has turned into a homeless refuge and drug use facility. Even in the children's room which is physically separate from the main library isn't safe. Can't sit in any chair out of fear it was soiled by it's last occupant. Sharps boxes in the bathrooms. The librarians main job now is playing hall monitor on the bathrooms by managing the keys to them. Each person needing to use the restroom has to get a key and they have 5 minutes to take care of business. Unless of course you have a needle in your arm and are passed out.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at January 10, 2021 10:06 AM (D3cJf)

176 When the 'Right" has to depend on Alan Dersowitz to save us, it's a dark day in America
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:03 AM (85Gof)

It's something. The lefty pols offered BLM support in terms of fundraising platforms and bail money and concentrated on their righteous grievances and mostly peaceful nature. The GOP pols ground the peaceful protestors into the pavement and offered insults and prosecutions that never left the tongues of the left.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:06 AM (ONvIw)

177 Finally getting around to the Grand Admiral Thrawn trilogy. Excellent reads if you're a Star Wars fan.

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at January 10, 2021 10:06 AM (LZ7Gl)

178 Things are worse in America than i ever thought they could be


It's always darkest before it goes pitch black.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 10:06 AM (gm3d+)

179 In light (or dark) of the weeks events, I find myself drawn to books by Bishop Fulton Sheen. I've read a couple of his but there are many more. I think part of the attraction is his writing reminds me of CS Lewis which is high praise.

Posted by: JTB at January 10, 2021 10:06 AM (7EjX1)

180 I ran across a book by Tolstoy on my shelf I don't remember buying -- _Four Short Novels_, published by Modern Library.

I finished the first of them yesterday: "Two Hussars." It's the story of two aristocratic Russian cavalry officers who visit a provincial town. The first is a Napoleonic War veteran, who duels, wenches, gambles, drinks, dances, flirts, and administers some barracks justice to a card sharp. The second is his son twenty years later, who is much more respectable . . . and much less admirable. Great stuff.

I was particularly struck by the card game the officers lose huge sums playing: as near as Tolstoy, the footnotes, and Wikipedia can explain it to me, you get dealt one card face up, then the dealer deals you a second card face down and you bet on whether your showing card can beat it. Not very different from betting on a coin toss, really.

This is what baffles me about gambling: what's the point? I can understand betting on horses, because you can pretend to know which animal looks faster, plus it's fun to watch them go. I can understand betting on sports because you've got team loyalty and cheerleaders. But betting on random numbers? Why?

Posted by: Trimegistus at January 10, 2021 10:07 AM (QZxDR)

181 176 Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:06 AM (ONvIw)

So what will we tolerate? I am doing serious soul searching I assure you.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 10:07 AM (Lzpvj)

182 "In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people."

Groucho Marx, G. O. A. T.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Wi Fuct at January 10, 2021 10:07 AM (HaL55)

183 If some actual Nazis showed up in uniform at the DC Rally and cracked some Trump supporters head they would be heroes right now.

Posted by: f'd at January 10, 2021 10:07 AM (wEMgF)

184 166 Miss Lindsey claims he's going to. I've got a bridge to sell anyone who believes that.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 09:56 AM (t8ef1)



Yep. They had their chance to rein in tech, they didn't. They had a
chance to reform and investigate election fraud, they didn't. Richard
Grenell and people like them are speaking out more forcefully. I suspect
our GOP senate will return to making dramatic speeches to nowhere. It's
the job they wanted back.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:01 AM (ONvIw)

Where does Miss Lindsey get off claiming he is going to do anything? Last I checked, the WH, House and Senate are all under (D) control. Anybody with a (R) -be it real or pretend -- won't be able to do a thing without asking for Schumer or Pelosi's permission.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at January 10, 2021 10:08 AM (D3cJf)

185 The Milwaukee Public Library is a beauty, or it once was. I haven't been in it since my undergrad years,. Like other American urban public libraries, it was taken over by street people and pervs long ago. The joys of browsing the stacks were greatly reduced when it became apparent that you were more than likely to encounter an unwashed hobo mumbling to himself or herself while doing so. If you are an unwashed hobo, well, sleeping there sure beats curling up on a park bench or a corner of the Greyhound station, I suppose.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 10, 2021 10:08 AM (HabA/)

186 The silence on the "right" is frightening.

When the 'Right" has to depend on Alan Dersowitz to save us, it's a dark day in America

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It's extremely frightening just how quickly they are moving straight into communism. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. They've got nobody to stop them now, and they know it. Moreover, all those that could stop them that haven't done so want them to silence us.

Doesn't it make you want to grab all these millennial punks by the scruff of their necks and beat them about the face with extreme force for being so ignorant in calling Trump and his supporters Nazis and Fascists?

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 10, 2021 10:08 AM (O+I8R)

187 I grew up in a very missionary-focused church.
Blessed to be told the stories of Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Jim
Elliot and Nate Saint, Corrie Ten Boom and so many more.


Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (gm3d+)

Corrie Ten Boom's story to this day causes me to get goosebumps and tear up. There is a powerful, powerful story that she tells about an incident of extreme truth telling and God's intervention that made a permanent impact me. Her family was hiding Jews and the Nazis came looking for them. She had to decide whether to lie and break God's commandment or tell the truth and risk the people her family was trying to save as well as her own family who would have surely been sent to the camps too. She told the truth. The fit of hysterically laughter that came over and surely also the hand of God convinced the soldiers that she was playing a joke on them. They left after giving her a stern warning about lying to them. That story impressed on me that you do things God's way no matter the circumstances and leave it to Him to make it come out right.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:08 AM (946rW)

188 redmonkey, I'm gonna look up those authors.

On Grossman, definitely get (in English) his diaries - edited, under the title "A Writer at War". Don't know if there is a Russian version. Very very interesting.

On my near-endless list of failures recently has been not tackling a small book on Zhukov, "Chitaya Zhukova" ("Reading Zhukov" for the non-russki speakers), which the local library has (author lives/lived here in town).

One thing I don't think has happened but should is a collaboration between the best Russian historians and Glantz and House and a few others, using the now-available archival material. Would be spectacular. WWII's biggest theater is easily the least well documented.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:09 AM (OTzUX)

189 Good morning, JTB. I too love reading Fulton Sheen. His books are so uplifting. I also like how he will frequently use everyday examples to get his point across.

Posted by: bluebell at January 10, 2021 10:09 AM (/669Q)

190 Just finished Hinshaw's Heartbreak Ridge, a short matter-of-fact account of the retaking of that mountain from the North Koreans. Dedicated to "the men and women of all nationalities who helped ensure the free existence of the Republic of Korea".

I don't know if it had anything to do with the Clint Eastwood movie. Seems surprisingly obscure on Goodreads, etc.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at January 10, 2021 10:09 AM (2lndx)

191 Remember that "Books" character from the B. Dalton commercials in the 80s? He seemed like a real jerkoff.

I'm finally over it and getting back to reading.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at January 10, 2021 10:09 AM (vuisn)

192 This is what baffles me about gambling: what's the point?
I've concluded you either have the gambling gene or you don't. I find it tedious and stupid.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 10:10 AM (v16oJ)

193 I'm comfort-reading Carryl Houselander's 'The Dry Wood".

I have an un-read Neal Stephenson on the shelf, waiting while I slowly finish "The Baroque Trilogy". At the point where you realize it's almost done, and don't want it to end. Many thanks to whoever mentioned him on the Book Thread.

Posted by: Sal at January 10, 2021 10:10 AM (KTdeA)

194 I still can't get over the irony of buying the Little Red Book at Tiananmen Square. (Which I have done.) Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 10:03 AM (M7K2y)


I had one of them in College. Some commie was handing them out for free. I used it as a shim under a kitchen table leg that was too short. It was a handy little fix.

Posted by: The Walking Dude at January 10, 2021 10:10 AM (cCxiu)

195
And his biography of MacArthur, American Caesar.
Posted by: Mr. Meeseeks, Look at me at January 10, 2021 09:41 AM (2DOZq)

I do need to read that one in the worst way.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 10:10 AM (M7K2y)

196 My first language is Russian and I could tell a lot of good WWII books don't translated or don't really available. I would recommend Vasil Bykau and Vladimir Bogomolov books
Posted by: redmonkey at January 10, 2021 10:00 AM (6lGQ+)

*leaps on redmonkey*

I'm studying Russian and Ukrainian on Duolingo right now (for mental exercise and because I have ancestry from that neck of the woods). Are there any simple books or stories you can think of that might be good for a novice?

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:11 AM (gAFsE)

197 52 I meant to add - If you're Baptist, you can read through the Bible in less than 70 hours, as you're encouraged to skip the Song of Solomon.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:20 AM (gm3d+)


Why? Because it might lead to dancing?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 10, 2021 10:11 AM (HGgii)

198 I am not a lawyer, but as a low-level software engineering manager I received some excellent training. If you are forced/encouraged to attend a meeting whereby your sex or race is berated, be sure to tell HR that this creates a "hostile work environment" and the only further communication from you on this matter will be via your legal counsel.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 10:12 AM (2BZBZ)

199 Now that the Christmas Book Moratorium is over I've got a whole list of things I want to pick up. I think I'll order them through my local Barnes & Noble to deny Jeff his cut.

Posted by: Trimegistus at January 10, 2021 10:12 AM (QZxDR)

200 Will Durant's Story of Civilization

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Maybe his grand kids can write The Collapse of Civilization.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 10, 2021 10:12 AM (+y/Ru)

201 Where does Miss Lindsey get off claiming he is going to do anything? Last I checked, the WH, House and Senate are all under (D) control. Anybody with a (R) -be it real or pretend -- won't be able to do a thing without asking for Schumer or Pelosi's permission.

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It's laughable in the extreme. Lindsay Graham turns my stomach. And even that statement barely, barely conveys my disgust. He thinks we're utter fools. He can act indignant and phony outraged all he wants. He did nothing when he had the power to do something. He's putting on a show, like he always does. Miserable, loathsome jackass.

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 10, 2021 10:13 AM (O+I8R)

202 OM - exactly right.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 10:13 AM (gm3d+)

203 Where does Miss Lindsey get off claiming he is going to do anything?

He's following the standard playbook, expecting it to work yet again: when the other party has control build your rep as a hardliner. It doesn't cost anything.

I have a suspicion he's going to find out that the left isn't going by that playbook any more.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at January 10, 2021 10:13 AM (2lndx)

204 74 I remember some of the books (paperbacks) that had rather crazy titles to catch your eye and interest. Usually involved girls barely dressed and the male who was an expert in picking them up and doing the unmentionables at that time. Sex was implied and not describe in detail like it is now.
Most of the romance novels of today carry on with pretty much the same thing. But they are now sold everywhere.

Posted by: Colin at January 10, 2021 09:29 AM (yjJMG)


There's actually a wide range of explicitness in romance novels and some of them can be quite raunchy.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 10, 2021 10:13 AM (HGgii)

205 This is what baffles me about gambling: what's the point?
I've concluded you either have the gambling gene or you don't. I find it tedious and stupid.
Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 10:10 AM (v16oJ)


I'm not quite that far along but the concept of spending what I worked hard for on a frivolity just doesn't compute. Gambling is big in Rooski literature. Dostoyevsky was a major addict who spent all his wife's money and jewels and starved his children.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 10:13 AM (y7DUB)

206 I had one of them in College. Some commie was handing them out for free. I used it as a shim under a kitchen table leg that was too short. It was a handy little fix.

Posted by: The Walking Dude at January 10, 2021 10:10 AM (cCxiu)

Everyone should read it. That, the Communist Manifesto, and State and Revolution by Lenin, IMO. There are no clearer illustrations of 1) how lockstep these people's ideology is 2) how fucking stupid their ideas are and 3) that they've been running the same playbook since the 1870s. BLM/Antifa is socialist revolution with a bucket of brown paint poured over it-- You probably knew that, but this makes it very clear.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:14 AM (gAFsE)

207 Well judging from the picture they are called Broomstick pants because they sweep women off their feet.


Duh.

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 10:14 AM (m45I2)

208 203 Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at January 10, 2021 10:13 AM (2lndx)

NOW we can fight big tech!

//Graham-McCain

Right Lin, now that you can't do anything.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 10:14 AM (Lzpvj)

209 I'd like to associate myself with most of the remarks made above by my distinguished colleagues.

Concerning the surreal descent of America, actually as much the sudden nature of it. Of course it's been sliding down a slope that's been well lamented here and elsewhere, but the last year, and last month - I guess those fit under the "and then suddenly" part of the formula?

Disgusting.

As revolting as the behavior of most of the institutions is of course the pathetic near-silence/passivity of the "conservative" elements, elected or otherwise.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:14 AM (OTzUX)

210 Anybody with a (R) -be it real or pretend -- won't be able to do a thing without asking for Schumer or Pelosi's permission.
Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at January 10, 2021 10:08 AM (D3cJf)

That's what they like. Lofty speeches coupled by impotence. They took 2017-2019 and threw it in the garbage and retired to cushy jobs where they could continue mouthing off and kneecapping people who did want reforms.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:14 AM (ONvIw)

211 It's extremely frightening just how quickly they are
moving straight into communism. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.
They've got nobody to stop them now, and they know it. Moreover, all
those that could stop them that haven't done so want them to silence us.



Doesn't it make you want to grab all these millennial punks by the
scruff of their necks and beat them about the face with extreme force
for being so ignorant in calling Trump and his supporters Nazis and
Fascists?

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 10, 2021 10:08 AM (O+I8R)

Ironically, they are rushing to do this prematurely because they are terrified of us. Remember that and know they cannot win once we commit to fighting them.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:15 AM (946rW)

212 Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:11 AM (gAFsE)

My wife is Russian and a professor of Russian. I'll ask her if you like.

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 10:15 AM (AwYPR)

213 And Jane Austen is the gift that keeps on giving. There are hundreds of spin-offs about every sister, and the Darcys themselves. Sometimes they solve crimes, too.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:16 AM (AwPyG)

214 Was is Corrie or was it Bessie?

Bessie's body did not decay. Pretty good indication that she is a Saint.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 10:16 AM (2BZBZ)

215 This is what baffles me about gambling: what's the point?

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 10:10 AM (v16oJ)

Well I'd venture to guess it's the prospect of winning shitloads of money with very little effort, time or skill invested.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:16 AM (gAFsE)

216 210 That's what they like. Lofty speeches coupled by
impotence. They took 2017-2019 and threw it in the garbage and retired
to cushy jobs where they could continue mouthing off and kneecapping
people who did want reforms.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:14 AM (ONvIw)

And it is this betrayal each one of needs to remember. Primary them all. Should they win, don't vote for them -- even if it means the right loses control - because in reality putting them back in literally means the right isn't in control anyways.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at January 10, 2021 10:17 AM (D3cJf)

217 Mr. S. worked in the downtown Dallas Public library in the late '90's, in a couple of different departments. When he was on the Technology floor, a rich oil family donated a research center to them.
The architects/designers, in spite of the staff telling them not to, furnished it with comfy armchairs upholstered in expensive fabric.
The results were what you might expect.

Since he was the only man on the floor, I was seriously afraid that someday someone off their meds would stab him with something when he told them they had to shut down the porn and get off the computer.

Posted by: Sal at January 10, 2021 10:17 AM (KTdeA)

218
Anybody with a (R) -be it real or pretend -- won't be able to do a thing without asking for Schumer or Pelosi's permission.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at January 10, 2021 10:08 AM (D3cJf)



That's what they like. Lofty speeches coupled by impotence. They
took 2017-2019 and threw it in the garbage and retired to cushy jobs
where they could continue mouthing off and kneecapping people who did
want reforms.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:14 AM (ONvIw)

THEY do not matter now. They have thrown away all legitimacy with both hands. What we do about it is now the question of the day.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:17 AM (946rW)

219 My wife is Russian and a professor of Russian. I'll ask her if you like.
Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 10:15 AM (AwYPR)

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:17 AM (gAFsE)

220 "Where does Miss Lindsey get off"

In the clerk's closet.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 10:17 AM (2BZBZ)

221 Who dis is Gary Sinise, who I'd recognize anywhere and anytime. Yes, I have a huge hero crush on. I'll bet Stephen King just hates that pro-military conservative Gary got a huge push to his career by appearing in the original The Stand.

Posted by: katya the designated driver at January 10, 2021 10:18 AM (TqblR)

222 "Where does Miss Lindsey get off"

In the clerk's closet.
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I laffed.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 10:18 AM (Dc2NZ)

223 196 I'm studying Russian and Ukrainian on Duolingo right now (for mental exercise and because I have ancestry from that neck of the woods). Are there any simple books or stories you can think of that might be good for a novice?

i really enjoyed shto ya videl by boris zhitkov. full text available over at lib.ru; look for the children's literature section. slavica.com sells an edition for language students, but it's *severely* abridged. they took all the fun stuff out; avoid that one like the plague it is.

Posted by: Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at January 10, 2021 10:18 AM (5br8a)

224 Got nothing, not much desire to read right now

Posted by: Skip at January 10, 2021 10:18 AM (Cxk7w)

225 Well I'd venture to guess it's the prospect of winning shitloads of money with very little effort, time or skill invested.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:16 AM (gAFsE)


Hey, you're talking about my job!

Pretty sweet deal, huh?

Posted by: Sen Lindsay Graham at January 10, 2021 10:19 AM (dWwl8)

226 "Where does Miss Lindsey get off"

In the clerk's closet.
Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 10:17 AM (2BZBZ)

LOL ouch

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:19 AM (85Gof)

227 The bigger the company, the deeper the pockets.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 10:19 AM (2BZBZ)

228 Reminiscences, Douglas MacArthur's Autobiography, published in 1964, is a fantastic read. Not nearly as pompous and self-congratulatory as one might expect given the author's predilection for self-love.

Currently reading The Hidden Manna, A Theology of the Eucharist, by Rev. James T. O'Connor.

Also about to listen to an hour long Jordan Peterson podcast featuring Matthew McConaughey:

https://youtu.be/y8wBjH8aXw4

Good morning, Horde.

Posted by: Sharkman at January 10, 2021 10:19 AM (0bGEp)

229 Been listening to Churchill's WWII series and am on the fourth which starts in 1942. In talking about the Japanese sub attacks in Atlantic coast shipping he observes that it is 'Easier to enrage the Americans than to cow them.'
Seems like *somebody* took that to heart and has been trying to "fix" it in the last 70 years. I guess we'll be able to tell how effective they were pretty quick here.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at January 10, 2021 10:19 AM (1lKRm)

230
THEY do not matter now. They have thrown away all legitimacy with both hands. What we do about it is now the question of the day.
Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:17 AM (946rW)

I am getting a little tired of you trying to goad people into supporting vandalism and mayhem on this site. This should not be allowed to continue. Your notion that attributing violence to Antifa (I trust Rudy's assessment more than yours) is minimizing some accomplishment is too much for me. You are jeopardizing the site, IMO.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:20 AM (ONvIw)

231 And it is this betrayal each one of needs to
remember. Primary them all. Should they win, don't vote for them -- even
if it means the right loses control - because in reality putting them
back in literally means the right isn't in control anyways.


Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at January 10, 2021 10:17 AM (D3cJf)

We are way past the point of voting mattering. Think about this breathtaking steal and the fact that they refuse to do anything about it. The government is now illegitimate and voting will change nothing as the winners will be selected by those running the system.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:20 AM (946rW)

232 SP Blair, I think the movie is about the WWII/Okinawa MOH -winning medic, not Korea.

Vanya - Ukrainian? It's funny, the overlap is substantial, I find I can understand the current Ukrainian president/former comedian (my favorite global presidential resume, next to our current one) in the interviews I've seen. He speaks clearly, I know the context, so can follow pretty well. Putin is easy to understand in russki (or German).

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:20 AM (OTzUX)

233 Well, I don't think this depression is going away any time soon, especially as tomorrow begins yet another lousy work week.

Think I'll make myself some tea and read.

Hope you all have a lovely day.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 10:20 AM (2JVJo)

234 And Jane Austen is the gift that keeps on giving. There are hundreds of spin-offs about every sister, and the Darcys themselves. Sometimes they solve crimes, too.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:16 AM (AwPyG)

Finally read Pride and Prejudice a couple of years ago. She really was good with words. That scene where Darcy asks her to marry him and she rhetorically pours a bucket of gasoline over his head and then offers him a lit cigarette was especially memorable.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:20 AM (gAFsE)

235 Hi, Pixy. Please be nice.

I have no interest in our new world, so I'm crawling back into the past, with an emphasis on humor.

I started the year with Mel Blanc's autobiography, "That's Not All Folks!" Fun, fast read, showing the power of perseverance. He never got into Warner Brothers until one gatekeeper died, and that guy's successor allowed him a quick audition, which led him to meet the producers. How history is made.

Now I'm in a Myth-Adventures book that I skimmed when I bought it new. "Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections" relates the main character's attempt to find his missing teacher in the teacher's home dimension. It's pre-Guiliani NYC with fantasy trappings. A fast read.

Once all our electronic means of communications are denied to us, I suggest leaflets. Bring back the Committees of Correspondence.

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 10, 2021 10:20 AM (Tr9/0)

236 @204
Romance novels are rated in spicyness from 1-5 with 5 being very spicy.
I may have already told the Deb Holland story, who won a prestigious national award for a not-yet-publlished author. Usually, when you win this award you are snapped up by the publishers, but they didn't want to publish because the book was a "1" and had no sex. (It was a prairie bride story)

One of the publishers told her they'd publish if she added 3 sex scenes

It was 2011, and she had the option of self-publishing, so she did. Sold 100 thousand copies almost immediately.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:21 AM (AwPyG)

237 Got a panic call from long time friend this morning. We are both average Americans and the news this morning has scared the sh*t out of many, many Americans. It's happening as they say. I told her to read up on what happened and how it progressed in Venezuela and she'd have a clue on how this will shake out.

Posted by: Stellastwocents at January 10, 2021 10:21 AM (cRbt7)

238 Doesn't Uncle Vanya fly?

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 10:21 AM (2BZBZ)

239 The Fourth Turning is a complex book. Long and almost tedious, but accurate as far as I can tell. It is largely historical and not particularly political; aimed primarily at the cycles of civilization. Read it once and let it rest for a year. Re-read it about a year later and understood more. I'm at it again now. You'll need some time for this one, but will be rewarded. You won't be pleased for us and the world if you agree with the authors predictions. I think it was written in the early nineties and they predict a major global "problem" c. 2025. Pay attention to the groupings of generations. Interesting.

Posted by: LRob in TN at January 10, 2021 10:22 AM (JAsXl)

240 "I could forgive Mr. Darcy's pride if he had not mortified my own."

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 10:23 AM (2BZBZ)

241 I am getting a little tired of you trying to goad
people into supporting vandalism and mayhem on this site. This should
not be allowed to continue. Your notion that attributing violence to
Antifa (I trust Rudy's assessment more than yours) is minimizing some
accomplishment is too much for me. You are jeopardizing the site, IMO.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:20 AM (ONvIw)

Nowhere does my comment goad people to vandalism. If you have an argument to make that shows they still retain legitimacy after their actions, please make it. Attacking me for pointing out voting does nothing when the system is rigged is not an argument.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:23 AM (946rW)

242 Also about to listen to an hour long Jordan Peterson podcast featuring Matthew McConaughey:

https://youtu.be/y8wBjH8aXw4

Good morning, Horde.
Posted by: Sharkman at January 10, 2021 10:19 AM

Another great Sharkman suggestion! Listening now -- thanks!

Posted by: one of the quiet ones at January 10, 2021 10:23 AM (2k7BX)

243 Sharkman, dang you, and the reading list grows yet longer.

The only knowledge I am amassing any more is the socratic variety.

The faster I go, the behinder I get.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:23 AM (OTzUX)

244 Posted by: Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at January 10, 2021 10:18 AM (5br8a)

Thanks. Will have a look.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:20 AM (OTzUX)

Yeah, there's a lot of overlap, but they're different enough to screw you if you're not paying attention. The Ukies use four different versions of the letter 'I'.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:24 AM (gAFsE)

245
Hey yaal. After yesterday Shenanigans, I was really thinking we'd have more of a list of dystopian novels.

After sleeping on it last night and a full cup of coffee this morning, I'm convinced there's more going on than just Google and Twitter and Facebook wanting to silence a whole bunch of people. Something else is coming. I don't know what. But something else is going to happen, soon

Posted by: fixerupper at January 10, 2021 10:24 AM (nw6Hr)

246 *leaps on redmonkey*

I'm studying Russian and Ukrainian on Duolingo right now (for mental exercise and because I have ancestry from that neck of the woods). Are there any simple books or stories you can think of that might be good for a novice?

Try Ivan Turgenev or Boris Akunin Fandorin books. Also, if you could get 2 languages parallels book it will be helpful. I started read in English this way, got American short story book in English/Russian and first story was Sherwood Andersen. And then I read Faulkner "Rose for Emely"(total crazy for beginner to read it, but I did It).

Posted by: redmonkey at January 10, 2021 10:25 AM (6lGQ+)

247 Doesn't Uncle Vanya fly?
Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 10:21 AM (2BZBZ)

In the play he's an embittered middle aged man. So... No.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:25 AM (gAFsE)

248 Jordan Peterson released a podcast with Matthew McConaughey on YT about an hour ago.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at January 10, 2021 10:26 AM (IbxQb)

249 Also read "A Course in Religion" by Rev. John Laux. This was a series of 4 books intended for Catholic High Schools or Academies first published in 1928.
--------------------------------------------

Just ordered Volume I. Thank you!
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 10, 2021 09:27 AM (2JVJo)


I don't think you will be disappointed. While Rev. Laux did not include a bibliography, his "Suggested Reading" hints at his sources. Unfortunately, some of his sources have been long out-of-print and are difficult to find -- although some have reprints available.

What struck me was how timely the information presented is for "Woke America." These books were written when Communism and Socialism were "new and shiny" rather than the proven failures they are as economic/social models. On the issue of races, Rev Laux makes a passing remark that categorizing people by the half-dozen or so races is foolish. Extensive discussion of the Golden Rule, etc.

These books all have an Impramatur (i.e., certified to be free of doctrinal errors) for Catholics. Could potentially be useful to resist any Maoist struggle-sessions.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at January 10, 2021 10:26 AM (pJWtt)

250
"Where does Miss Lindsey get off"



In the clerk's closet.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 10:17 AM (2BZBZ)

snort

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:26 AM (946rW)

251 MP4: the greatest quote from Durant's series was in vol 1: A nation's soul is its religion and seldom survives philosophy.

i started, but never finished because about vol 10, the copy i had had duplicated about 64 pages and left out the ones the duplicate replaced. that and the constant liberal/atheistic milieu the durants were swimming in was starting to affect me.

Posted by: yara at January 10, 2021 10:26 AM (oPRky)

252 I'll say again, there's a big difference in attitude betwixt you folks and the conservative twitter folks.
They know something's coming. So do the dems; hence the mad panic and purges. They'd rather shut down the internet then let you see it.

In case you missed it, there were some photos of the candidate's son floating around twitter yesterday--photos where he is doing the deed with a small human of the fairer gender.
Why do you think these were held until now?


Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:27 AM (AwPyG)

253 I'm studying Russian and Ukrainian on Duolingo right now (for mental exercise and because I have ancestry from that neck of the woods). Are there any simple books or stories you can think of that might be good for a novice?
Posted by: Vanya


Have you checked out the Misha and the Bear cartoons on youtube? The Russian and translated versions are / were both viewable.

Posted by: Adriane the Practical Critic ... at January 10, 2021 10:27 AM (LPnfS)

254 Posted by: redmonkey at January 10, 2021 10:25 AM (6lGQ+)

Will do. Thanks!

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:27 AM (gAFsE)

255 82 "The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance" are two halves of the same story. Quite excellent history of WWII.
Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 09:34 AM (2BZBZ)

Having noted the time periods when they were written (Mr. Wouk began writing W&R in 1962, The Winds of War in 1966) I get the sense he was moving along nicely in W&R but painted himself into a corner and thought "Backstory!", so he paused and wrote The Winds of War. Or he decided to break it off of W&R and make it it's own novel. Either way, both are great books.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 10:27 AM (M7K2y)

256 Nowhere does my comment goad people to vandalism. If you have an argument to make that shows they still retain legitimacy after their actions, please make it. Attacking me for pointing out voting does nothing when the system is rigged is not an argument.
Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:23 AM (946rW)
Last evening you spent a great deal of time trying to minimize antifa and place all the glory on the "patriots", as if assaulting a policeman and smashing through the doors was something that should not be shared. You regularly ask "what are we going to do" as if you're attempting to solicit support for another "storming". I used the word vandalism as you denied any violence.

I think you need to stop this

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:27 AM (ONvIw)

257 Started watching the "A French Village" TV series a couple of weekends ago, which is a depiction of a fictional village in Vichy France during the war and got quite sucked in. It seems realistic in the sense that the French collaborators, especially loathsome militia, were every bit as cruel to their countrymen as the Nazis were and the many of the eventual resistance people started out as collaborators. The French had built up such hatred for each other, based on ideological lines, during the 3rd Republic, that they willingly tortured and turned each other in. Many preferred foreign rule to democracy by 1940.

Given our present situation, I don't look down on the frogs as much as I used to. I can easily imagine SJWs turning in lists to the Chinese.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 10, 2021 10:28 AM (HabA/)

258 That scene where Darcy asks her to marry him and she rhetorically pours a bucket of gasoline over his head and then offers him a lit cigarette was especially memorable.
Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:20 AM (gAFsE)
---

And then slow-walks away from the fireball without looking back!

Posted by: Michael Bay's Pride and Prejudice at January 10, 2021 10:28 AM (Dc2NZ)

259 Time to pick up another Monster Hunter book...

Posted by: qmark at January 10, 2021 10:28 AM (hg6m+)

260 I told her to read up on what happened and how it progressed in Venezuela and she'd have a clue on how this will shake out.
Posted by: Stellastwocents at January 10, 2021 10:21 AM (cRbt7)


Unpossible - I was assured / chastised just last evening, by one the the thought leaders here, that to even attempt a coup was to admit and accept imminent defeat. And to say otherwise was nothing more than to entertain dramatic fantasy worthy of a pre-teen girl.

Posted by: Turn The Page at January 10, 2021 10:28 AM (kwcaA)

261 Gary Sinise played mother in my favorite Christmas movie *a midnight clear*

Posted by: Drc at January 10, 2021 10:28 AM (llGBY)

262 Have you checked out the Misha and the Bear cartoons on youtube? The Russian and translated versions are / were both viewable.
Posted by: Adriane the Practical Critic ... at January 10, 2021 10:27 AM (LPnfS)

I will. Thanks

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:29 AM (gAFsE)

263 @245
fixerupper, talking people off the ledge

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:29 AM (AwPyG)

264 And then I read Faulkner "Rose for Emely"(total crazy for beginner to read it, but I did It).
Posted by: redmonkey at January 10, 2021 10:25 AM (6lGQ+)


I've wondered for a long time how well Faulkner would translate.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 10:29 AM (y7DUB)

265 Still reading The Calamitous 14th Century. 600 pages of medieval history (mostly France and England) would seem tedious to consider but Tuchman makes the topic quite interesting and they are indeed exciting times. Hellish to live through, but exciting to read about later.

This week I read Fargo by John Benteen (an all-but-forgotten rough and tough mercenary adventure series from the mid 20th century) and Murder in the Crypt by Irina Shapiro.

Fargo was entertaining if a bit predictable. Every woman wants Fargo and he's tougher than every man. Its pretty simple but fun stuff. Most of the book was adventures in Mexico. Its not exactly a western, set in the 1910s, but it still has basicall an old west feel to it.

Murder in the Crypt wasn't the best thing I've ever read but it had some charms and skill. One thing authors sometimes do that is frustrating to me is that they are in such a hurry to get to the next plot bit they rush things. Dialog feels like its a checklist of things that has to be said, information is provided rather than coming out organically etc. The mystery wasn't very challenging to work out but that isn't a problem to me.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:29 AM (KZzsI)

266 > It's extremely frightening just how quickly they are moving straight into communism. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

$200? Nah, brah. It's gonna be $2,000.

Per week.

Posted by: Typical Biden Voter at January 10, 2021 10:29 AM (2q9zZ)

267 the Deb Holland story, who won a prestigious national award for a not-yet-publlished author. Usually, when you win this award you are snapped up by the publishers, but they didn't want to publish because the book was a "1" and had no sex.

-
I watched Death On the Nile last night with Angela Lansbury playing a very non Jessica Fletcher drunken author of sex filled romance novels.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 10, 2021 10:30 AM (+y/Ru)

268 $200? Nah, brah. It's gonna be $2,000.

Per week.

Posted by: Typical Biden Voter at January 10, 2021 10:29 AM (2q9zZ)

Hahaha printing presses go brrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Also, I'm going to buy an external hard drive and download everything on Gutenberg.org.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:31 AM (gAFsE)

269 I have started Winds of War but its really slow going and I'm not sure I'll keep going on it. I liked The Caine Mutiny quite a bit but I am not sure I want to read two huge books that are paced this way.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:31 AM (KZzsI)

270 Vanya, I thought it a shame that with all the horrific crimes and atrocities committed by the Georgian running Russia at the time, against Ukraine, they at least didn't ban all those damn versions of "i". Easily the most confusing part of written Ukrainian.

Of course redmonkey has a great suggestion on the dual-language readers. I don't have them now, but back in the day I think I had one with some Chekhov short stories, and I especially enjoyed the version of "Hero of Our Times" by Lermentov - and by chance actually spent some time along the Trans-Caucasus Military Highway later in life, during which I thought back to that reading (and history).

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:31 AM (OTzUX)

271 @258
And it's an interesting insight into the author's world. Lizzie changes her mind and now she wants to marry him, but she's not allowed to bring up the subject again until he does.
In Sense and Sensibility, everyone is scandalized because Marianne is writing letters to a man she's not engaged to.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:31 AM (AwPyG)

272 Given our present situation, I don't look down on the frogs as much as I used to. I can easily imagine SJWs turning in lists to the Chinese.
Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 10, 2021 10:28 AM (HabA/)


I've thought for a long time that if the nazis prevailed in WW2 that the French would have eventually driven them insane by being continual pains in the ass.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 10:32 AM (y7DUB)

273 I'm studying Russian and Ukrainian on Duolingo right now (for mental
exercise and because I have ancestry from that neck of the woods). Are
there any simple books or stories you can think of that might be good
for a novice?

______


Are you good with starting with kids books? If so I would get several bilingual books (Usually formatted so one page is in Russian, for instance, and the facing page is in English). Reading stories that are really really familiar from childhood helped me start to learn Russian.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:32 AM (946rW)

274 Posted by: Stellastwocents at January 10, 2021 10:21 AM (cRbt7)

I've been tending to an urgent matter, and out of the loop since yesterday morning. What news??

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 10, 2021 10:32 AM (Bvn1K)

275 Also, I'm going to buy an external hard drive and download everything on Gutenberg.org.

I strongly recommend this kind of thing. And owning movies and music on physical copy because a lot of stuff is gonna go bye-bye.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:33 AM (KZzsI)

276 This is what baffles me about gambling: what's the point?

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 10:10 AM (v16oJ)

It's like treasure hunting.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseeks, Look at me at January 10, 2021 10:33 AM (2DOZq)

277 Good day, Horde.
I am reading "Long Live Death" by our own A. H. Lloyd.
A very scholarly work on a complicated historical subject.

Posted by: navybrat, in the bunker at January 10, 2021 10:33 AM (w7KSn)

278 It is interesting that they pushed "the great reset" pretty hard for about a week (even dopey Prince Charles) and then they retreated.
Maybe because it made it a little too obvious that Covid was the stalking horse to enact worldwide communism.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:33 AM (AwPyG)

279 237 Got a panic call from long time friend this morning. We are both average Americans and the news this morning has scared the sh*t out of many, many Americans. It's happening as they say. I told her to read up on what happened and how it progressed in Venezuela and she'd have a clue on how this will shake out.
Posted by: Stellastwocents at January 10, 2021 10:21 AM (cRbt7)

I don't think it would hurt if we, the mighty Horde, came up with a list of books people should look at to see how this will shake out. Anne Applebaum's "Iron Curtain" comes to mind. I've been rereading that in portions, and the book's thesis is that Hungary, East Germany and Poland were ripe to be crushed by the Communists because their civil societies were left in tatters by the war. (And totalitarian regimes HATE civil society because as free societies see it as augmenting society, totalitarians see it as a source of opposition. Many in our government would love to destroy civil society.)

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 10:33 AM (M7K2y)

280 140 I've seen Hootenanny Nurse in the mix at Pulp Librarian:

https://twitter.com/pulplibrarian

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 09:52 AM (Dc2NZ)


That's probably where I got it from.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 10, 2021 10:34 AM (HGgii)

281 Do PJ bottoms count as pants?

Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 10:34 AM (Rbu5d)

282 Hahaha printing presses go brrrrrrrrrrrrr.



Also, I'm going to buy an external hard drive and download everything on Gutenberg.org.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:31 AM (gAFsE)

Downloading all of your stuff on hard drives that you control is a very good idea.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:34 AM (946rW)

283 > Also, I'm going to buy an external hard drive and download everything on Gutenberg.org.

Good idea. Maybe burn some CDs or DVDs too.



Posted by: Typical Biden Voter at January 10, 2021 10:35 AM (2q9zZ)

284 I generally restrict Kindle books to casual reading and when an ebook is handy to have in a small device. But with all the crap and censorship, etc. going on, my resolve to have physical copies of the books that are important is even stronger. Also, my hobbies are more and more hands-on activities, not just reading, and I want any instructional materials far removed from some corporate decision to take them away. Same applies to classic literature and life long standards.

Posted by: JTB at January 10, 2021 10:35 AM (7EjX1)

285
Joes Little Red Book

Comin to the Amercan Cultural Revolution soon.


For generations we were wary of the Russians. Turns out American Commies are Maoists.

Posted by: fixerupper at January 10, 2021 10:35 AM (nw6Hr)

286 281 Do PJ bottoms count as pants?
Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 10:34 AM (Rbu5d)


This is a trick question, right?

Posted by: Walmart Shopper at January 10, 2021 10:35 AM (PiwSw)

287 @266
And with the Donks in the majority and threatening to nuke the filibuster, the GOP is going go along with most of the program to stall off that move and hope they can work their pork into whatever abomination the donks come up with.
The next 2 to four years are probably going to break the country irrevocably.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at January 10, 2021 10:35 AM (FhLXx)

288 @269
It is interesting how tastes change. Nowadays, no one wants to read a ponderous epic, like Winds of War (excluding book threaders--that goes without saying)
Everyone wants something that reads fast.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:36 AM (AwPyG)

289 And owning movies and music on physical copy because a lot of stuff is gonna go bye-bye.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:33 AM (KZzsI)


Returning to my previous post on reading the Bible, I was always encouraged to memorize Scripture, because one day Bibles will not be here. I thought it sounded kooky at the time.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 10:36 AM (gm3d+)

290 I liked The Caine Mutiny quite a bit but I am not sure I want to read two huge books that are paced this way.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:31 AM (KZzsI)

The Caine Mutiny reminds me of PDT and Washington. Sigh

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:36 AM (85Gof)

291 I think everything is about to go dark. Or am I just depressed?

Posted by: Ziba at January 10, 2021 10:37 AM (S1hrL)

292 Grammie,

I use the M'Cheyne plan. I like it because you get both Old and New Testament enteries every day. I thought about trying another plan this year but decided not to change.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 10, 2021 10:37 AM (YynYJ)

293 There will come a time when we cannot have physical copies of a lot of stuff (by law) and certainly when a lot will be banned or changed.

Amazon is more than willing to edit works or remove them if they find something improper. Now there's nothing to stop them.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:37 AM (KZzsI)

294 Unpossible - I was assured / chastised just last evening, by one the the thought leaders here, that to even attempt a coup was to admit and accept imminent defeat. And to say otherwise was nothing more than to entertain dramatic fantasy worthy of a pre-teen girl.
Posted by: Turn The Page at January 10, 2021 10:28 AM (kwcaA)

Argh! We NEED to kill the phrase "thought leader".

If "thought leaders" are needed, NO ONE is thinking. (My "thought leader" is that dude I see in the mirror when I'm shaving.)

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 10:37 AM (M7K2y)

295 "I think everything is about to go dark. Or am I just depressed?"

Yes?

Just kidding. Sort of.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:38 AM (OTzUX)

296 Donna&&&&&V: where would I find "The French Village"? Amazon Prime? Netflix? Youtube?

Sounds very interesting. Thank you for the recommendation.

Posted by: President-elect Iris at January 10, 2021 10:38 AM (6lKe4)

297 I think everything is about to go dark. Or am I just depressed?
Posted by: Ziba at January 10, 2021 10:37 AM (S1hrL)

No your a realist

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:39 AM (85Gof)

298 Everyone wants something that reads fast.

Yeah, reading books from the 19th century, its obvious that they were reading books as something to pass leisure time, not to finish them. I am too old and have too much to do to spend 87 chapters slowly developing stories and characters with hundreds of side stories and irrelevant characters tediously developed.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:39 AM (KZzsI)

299 It is interesting how tastes change. Nowadays, no one wants to read a ponderous epic, like Winds of War (excluding book threaders--that goes without saying)
Everyone wants something that reads fast.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:36 AM (AwPyG)

I tend to go for longer books and some that are short but dense and require a bit of rereading. I am reading The Princess Casamassima on a recommendation from last book thread. It's not a modern "epic", but it's no fast read.

BTW, thanks "Gilded"

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:39 AM (ONvIw)

300 Are you good with starting with kids books? If so I would get several bilingual books (Usually formatted so one page is in Russian, for instance, and the facing page is in English). Reading stories that are really really familiar from childhood helped me start to learn Russian.
Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 10:32 AM (946rW)

Just found one on Alibris (because fuck Amazon).

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:39 AM (gAFsE)

301 Also about to listen to an hour long Jordan Peterson podcast featuring Matthew McConaughey:

https://youtu.be/y8wBjH8aXw4

Good morning, Horde.
Posted by: Sharkman at January 10, 2021 10:19 AM

Alright Alright

Posted by: Mr. Meeseeks, Look at me at January 10, 2021 10:39 AM (2DOZq)

302 Returning to my previous post on reading the Bible, I was always encouraged to memorize Scripture, because one day Bibles will not be here. I thought it sounded kooky at the time.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 10:36 AM (gm3d+)


Like I said. Fahrenheit 451 is the most important book right now.

Also, Cryptonomicon. Well, maybe not all zillion pages of it. But the protagonists were building a digital vault with all kinds of stuff in it on a fake island nation in the Pacific.

The country was remarkably like Niue.

Whose TLD is .nu.

Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 10:39 AM (ZfRYq)

303 Everyone wants something that reads fast.

Try reading "Brilliant Thoughts" by Joe Biden. You can read it during a short piss

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:40 AM (85Gof)

304 I think everything is about to go dark. Or am I just depressed?

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Those are not mutually exclusive.


Be of good cheer tho. People fear change or disruption. Most people worry about things they have no control over. Do worry about things you have control over and grab those by the horns.

Posted by: fixerupper at January 10, 2021 10:40 AM (nw6Hr)

305 They made a mini series about Winds of War with Robert Michim...but it is never on anymore...to Pro American I guess

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:41 AM (85Gof)

306 The Babylon Bee had a funny take yesterday about how Bibles around the country were going to be opened for the first week of January, again.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:41 AM (AwPyG)

307 ...sweep women off their feet.

***

Household Hints - a limerick

There once was a young man named Buster
Who opined on high fashion with bluster
"If you must wear a coat
With your Broomsticks™", he wrote,
"Pair them up with a long leather duster"

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 10:41 AM (m45I2)

308 It depends. On the happy occasion that I stumble across a well-written book on a topic I love, I sometimes don't want it to end. I'm in no hurry. Each chapter is like opening a new gift or delicacy.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:41 AM (OTzUX)

309 Amazon is more than willing to edit works or remove them if they find something improper. Now there's nothing to stop them.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:37 AM (KZzsI)

I'm glad I bought my Solzhenitsyn and Conquest books when I did, as well as some older hardcover books for the grandsons, as I can see stories with Revolutionary War heroes being removed.

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:42 AM (ONvIw)

310 It's always darkest before it goes pitch black.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 10:06 AM (gm3d+)


Wow. That's pretty dark for you, grammie.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 10, 2021 10:42 AM (HGgii)

311 Yeah, reading books from the 19th century, its obvious that they were reading books as something to pass leisure time, not to finish them. I am too old and have too much to do to spend 87 chapters slowly developing stories and characters with hundreds of side stories and irrelevant characters tediously developed.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:39 AM (KZzsI)

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I hate Stephen King too.

Posted by: fixerupper at January 10, 2021 10:42 AM (nw6Hr)

312 And that reminds me. Need some pocket bibles for out bugout bags.

Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 10:42 AM (ZfRYq)

313 If anyone here is an author, please link your website so that I can collect them all and make sure I have some contact. I have been trying to get and read all the horde-sourced books I can when I can but its tough to keep track. The Goodreads page helps, for as long as we have it.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:43 AM (KZzsI)

314 312 And that reminds me. Need some pocket bibles for out bugout bags.
Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 10:42 AM (ZfRYq)


For those over 29, don't forget the reading glasses...

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 10, 2021 10:43 AM (PiwSw)

315 Blaster,
I just finished Crytonomicon. Was toying with the idea of making up a cypher the fam could use to communicate, if necessary, but not having the skills, decided against it.

Posted by: Sal at January 10, 2021 10:43 AM (KTdeA)

316 @298
The Name of the Rose is a book that takes about 100 pages to start the plot.
I always suspect people who make something like that a bestseller don't really read it.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:43 AM (AwPyG)

317 blaster, could I recommend something from Major Kong's survival kit?

"One combined russki phrase-book and Bible"

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:43 AM (OTzUX)

318 Just found one on Alibris (because fuck Amazon).

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:39 AM (gAFsE)

Good for you. From now on I will be linking to other book sellers as much as possible, and avoiding links to Amazon.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 10, 2021 10:44 AM (xT2tT)

319 I sometimes don't want it to end. I'm in no hurry. Each chapter is like opening a new gift or delicacy.

I know what you mean. I don't want to finish it, I want to savor each chapter.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:44 AM (KZzsI)

320 The only knowledge I am amassing any more is the socratic variety.

The faster I go, the behinder I get.

Posted by: rhomboid



I now have more books hovering in my Kindle waiting to be read than I can possibly consume even if I live to be 134 years old. And every one of them I deem an essential read.

*wishing i could call up Tank and have him upload an accelerated learning program a la The Matrix*

Posted by: Sharkman at January 10, 2021 10:44 AM (0bGEp)

321 305 They made a mini series about Winds of War with Robert Michim...but it is never on anymore...to Pro American I guess
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:41 AM (85Gof)

They never show that or War & Remembrance. (But that thing is massive. Good, though.) You'd think The History Channel would show it. But then, there are no alien conspiracies involved, so probably not.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 10:45 AM (M7K2y)

322 Going to go to the farmer's market.
Bbl.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at January 10, 2021 10:45 AM (sd8p8)

323 WWII books: most anything by James Hornfischer.

Posted by: Lurker Ken at January 10, 2021 10:46 AM (F/1Uo)

324 Posted by: JTB at January 10, 2021 10:35 AM (7EjX1)

Yep. Physical media.

It's not just that it can't be tampered with or removed from one's possession entirely, like e-books; things sometimes fall by the wayside due to cultural shift, and I want to preserve them.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 10:46 AM (Dc2NZ)

325 Remember when Miss Linsday, during the Kavanaugh hearings said to the dems, God help us if you ever get back in power? Hey guess what Senator...

Posted by: Jewells45TRUMPWON! at January 10, 2021 10:47 AM (nxdel)

326 136 63 The Milwaukee library is stunning. Hard to believe such a glory exists in that city.
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But it looks like someone stole all the books!

That is because the old library building is now only used for offices: the actual library is in the boring modern building that adjoins it to the North. (But at least it was built with stone that goes with the old building.)
As a matter of fact, the old library building was originally built to house the library and the museum.

Posted by: pst314 at January 10, 2021 10:47 AM (mbIBQ)

327 My reading list is close to 700 titles now. And that's just one general topic category. I'm ignoring whole areas, in some cases (economics and finance) because it seems like the world has drifted into a surreal state anyway, so why bother.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:47 AM (OTzUX)

328 There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We can reduce the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits.

Posted by: Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg et al. at January 10, 2021 10:47 AM (+y/Ru)

329 I know what you mean. I don't want to finish it, I want to savor each chapter.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:44 AM (KZzsI)

When I finished reading Quartered Safe Out Here by George MacDonald Fraser, I finished it, sat there for a minute or two, then turned back to page one and started re reading it. It grabbed me that much.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:47 AM (gAFsE)

330
Thought laeders.

Most of our national leaders are "THOT leaders".

Posted by: fixerupper at January 10, 2021 10:47 AM (nw6Hr)

331 209 I'd like to associate myself with most of the remarks made above by my distinguished colleagues.
Concerning the surreal descent of America, actually as much the sudden nature of it. Of course it's been sliding down a slope that's been well lamented here and elsewhere, but the last year, and last month - I guess those fit under the "and then suddenly" part of the formula?
Disgusting.
As revolting as the behavior of most of the institutions is of course the pathetic near-silence/passivity of the "conservative" elements, elected or otherwise.
Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:14 AM (OTzUX)
The last point is important one. We literally are unrepresented. Reform starts with actual political opposition. Without reform comes revolution, which never ends well, often for the revolutionaries. I'm not optimistic. The abandonment of the Constitution means the loss of minimal rights. The "Left," scare quotes because the politicians and the administrative state are dutiful whores of international corporatism, have learned nothing and seem poised to throw fuel on the fire via gun confiscation, "White nationalist" show trials, and other form of oppression. They are insane.

Posted by: Trump poisoned my cat (Joe Biden Didn't Kill Himself at January 10, 2021 10:48 AM (puu6v)

332 @309
At the risk of ducking a barrage of brickbats, I have to say that Amazon doesn't seem to be "monitoring" or "editing" books.
I think if a buyer complains, or points out an error, that's when they contact the author, and probably only if they receive multiple complaints.
Amazon sells well over 1 million books a day. they don't have the personnel to monitor the contents.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:48 AM (AwPyG)

333 Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 10:32 AM (y7DUB)

As a result of watching the series, I started a book called "The Embrace of Unreason: France 1914-1940." The leaders of the 3rd Republic were mainly weaklings who promised change but didn't deliver. There was a shit ton of corruption in high places. There were huge street battles between far right and far left thugs in Paris in the '30's. It's simplistic to attribute the French surrender in 40 to some sort of inbred cowardice - the French ware not cowardly during WWI. One reason the French caved so quickly is because average French people had lost faith in democracy. And because they hated each other more than they hated the Germans.

Think the Chinese aren't licking their chops gleefully right now? They've already found plenty of US collaborators - they don't need to roll tanks into DC.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 10, 2021 10:48 AM (HabA/)

334
For those over 29, don't forget the reading glasses...
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 10, 2021 10:43 AM (PiwSw)


Seeing the reviews of the compact bibles with the small print, this also occurred to me.

I had an incident with my glasses yesterday and went back to my backup pair, and they are an old prescription. So I am thinking a bunch of cheap readers from the $1 store and we have some hard cases.

Also, The Penguin warned us about that on The Twilight Zone

Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 10:49 AM (ZfRYq)

335 229 Been listening to Churchill's WWII series and am on the fourth which starts in 1942. In talking about the Japanese sub attacks in Atlantic coast shipping he observes that it is 'Easier to enrage the Americans than to cow them.'
Seems like *somebody* took that to heart and has been trying to "fix" it in the last 70 years. I guess we'll be able to tell how effective they were pretty quick here.
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at January 10, 2021 10:19 AM (1lKRm)

Don't you mean "German sub attacks"? I don't think the Japanese subs could get to the east coast.

Posted by: Thulsa Doom at January 10, 2021 10:49 AM (qyH+l)

336 281 Do PJ bottoms count as pants?
Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 10:34 AM (Rbu5d)
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PJ bottoms, flip-flops, Rossian bird's nest hair, and nerd tee were identifying plumage for mathematician or programmer at my last place of work.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 10:51 AM (Dc2NZ)

337 Lurker Ken, ditto on Hornfischer. A former ONT Moron from TX whose nic I forget reported that he'd emailed Hornfischer once to praise one of his books, and was invited to have lunch with him.

An obscure book you might enjoy is by an Australian naval officer (who was on-board the Canberra during the battle) - "The Shame of Savo". A very nicely done summary of the extensive and diverse deficiencies in the Allied naval forces and their lack of readiness. No secret, and obviously somewhat understandable - everyone's first real rodeo - but his perspective and details are very interesting and like nothing I've seen elsewhere.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:51 AM (OTzUX)

338 296 Donna&&&&&V: where would I find "The French Village"? Amazon Prime? Netflix? Youtube?

Sounds very interesting. Thank you for the recommendation.
Posted by: President-elect Iris at January 10, 2021 10:38 AM (6lKe4)

Amazon Prime.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 10, 2021 10:51 AM (HabA/)

339
The priests over at the Temple of Syrinx are a little jumpy.

Posted by: fixerupper at January 10, 2021 10:52 AM (nw6Hr)

340 I think if a buyer complains, or points out an error, that's when they contact the author, and probably only if they receive multiple complaints.
Amazon sells well over 1 million books a day. they don't have the personnel to monitor the contents.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:48 AM (AwPyG)

I'm aware, but it's the principle of the thing. I want alternative venues to be viable and buying only through Amazon doesn't serve that.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:52 AM (gAFsE)

341 I had an incident with my glasses yesterday and went back to my backup pair, and they are an old prescription. So I am thinking a bunch of cheap readers from the $1 store and we have some hard cases.

Also, The Penguin warned us about that on The Twilight Zone
Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 10:49 AM (ZfRYq)

I find myself holding things at about 10 inches JA I don't have my glasses on.

Posted by: Fox2! at January 10, 2021 10:52 AM (qyH+l)

342 After the 2016 Eelction the left and big tsch made it crystal clear they were going to fix the next Election. But NOTHIN was done to prevent that, NOTHING. We had both the House and Senate.

Hitler said he was going to kill the Jews.

When people say things, it is time to start believing them before it is to late

I pray it is not to late

even if it is to late, I will still fight on. Better to go down with Honor than without it

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:53 AM (85Gof)

343 Don't you mean "German sub attacks"? I don't think the Japanese subs could get to the east coast.
Posted by: Thulsa Doom at January 10, 2021 10:49 AM (qyH+l)

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Shhhhhhh. He's on a roll

Posted by: fixerupper at January 10, 2021 10:53 AM (nw6Hr)

344 The priests over at the Temple of Syrinx are a little jumpy.
Posted by: fixerupper at January 10, 2021 10:52 AM (nw6Hr)
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We know the cure!

Posted by: The Priestesses of the Temple of Sybian at January 10, 2021 10:54 AM (Dc2NZ)

345 I started a one-year Bible reading plan with a couple of friends. It's called the ESV reading plan, though it would work with any version. It's got both OT and NT selections for each day. I've read through, front to back, a couple of times before, but had gotten away from church and scripture this past year for... well, no good reason, certainly.

Posted by: PabloD calls top bunk in the happy camp at January 10, 2021 10:54 AM (8JoH/)

346 114 I don't know, I was thinking it may be a screen shot from one of the modern versions of Pride & Prejudice.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 10, 2021 09:40 AM (HGgii)

That does look like Keira so you're probably right.
Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 09:45 AM (ONvIw)

The one, the only P&P.
https://tinyurl.com/yynfr4rg

Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 10:54 AM (Rbu5d)

347 Wednesday, our PBS will start showing BBC's new version of "All Creatures Great and Small." The old series was wonderful and the books are as well. I bought the books back when I was a teen and since I love animals, I adored them.

I will give the new series a chance, since they at least did not modernize the setting (still in 1930s-40s Yorkshire).

As they say, check your local lilstings!

Posted by: Brunnhilde at January 10, 2021 10:55 AM (E3FAu)

348 There's a children's workbook called "Through the Bible in a Year" which I think does a very good job. It can be used no matter your denomination.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:56 AM (AwPyG)

349 Dang, Vanya, that book is high on my (long) list. The complexity, personalities, and politix of what we call the China-Burma-India theater are pretty breath-taking when you wade into them.

One pertinent snippet from Spector's "Eagle Against the Sun". Jurisdictional disputes between the Allied commanders in China (Wedemeyer) and India (Mountbatten), plus related communications collapse, resulted in 10th Air Force fighters shooting down three British bombers dropping supplies to friendly forces in Indochina (Vietnam).


Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:56 AM (OTzUX)

350 Try reading "Brilliant Thoughts" by Joe Biden. You can read it during a short piss
Posted by: Nevergiveup

He's a master at Kung Fool.

Posted by: Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg et al. at January 10, 2021 10:56 AM (+y/Ru)

351 Dark chocolate pancakes with fresh raspberries have been devoured. Time to punch the world in the face.

Stay stoked!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 10, 2021 10:56 AM (Dc2NZ)

352 Hitler said he was going to kill the Jews.

When people say things, it is time to start believing them before it is to late

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:53 AM (85Gof)

I'm currently about halfway through reading Mein Kampf. How anyone thought they could work with him, or he wouldn't do what he did is fucking mind boggling. It's all RIGHT THERE. The story of 20th century western politics is the story of people refusing to believe what was right in front of them until it was too late.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:57 AM (gAFsE)

353 It is interesting how tastes change. Nowadays, no
one wants to read a ponderous epic, like Winds of War (excluding book
threaders--that goes without saying)
Everyone wants something that reads fast.


Posted by: artemis

The first author to publish a book in 140 characters will be rich.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 10:57 AM (v16oJ)

354 Japanese subs and German subs conducted supply runs between the Axis partners.

Strange but true, two Italian subs the Germans took over after Italy switched sides were taken over by the Japanese in Japan when Germany surrendered.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 10, 2021 10:58 AM (sJY30)

355 Thank you!

Posted by: President-elect Iris at January 10, 2021 10:58 AM (6lKe4)

356 Having read through the Bible many times over the long years, this time through I'm reading one chapter a day, taking it slow. I just finished Ezekiel, having started last January. Its about a 3-year plan, but its a nice way to wake up every morning.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 10:58 AM (KZzsI)

357 I watched the bodybuilding doc Pumping Iron for the first time ever yesterday (free on YT). I was struck by all these people from all walks of life getting along with each other. White, black, hispanic, all friendly working together and encouraging one another. Listening to Leftists today you'd think there'd be klan hoods everywhere in 1975.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at January 10, 2021 10:58 AM (IbxQb)

358 @346
The Keira Knightly version is my favorite P and P. She seems very Lizzy-like, although I think the Darcy actor could be just about anyone.
It is interesting that they played down the animosity between her parents, and softened the mother's character a little.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:58 AM (AwPyG)

359 Wednesday, our PBS will start showing BBC's new version of "All Creatures Great and Small." The old series was wonderful and the books are as well. I bought the books back when I was a teen and since I love animals, I adored them.

I will give the new series a chance, since they at least did not modernize the setting (still in 1930s-40s Yorkshire).

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The cows will all be lesbians.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 10, 2021 10:58 AM (+y/Ru)

360 Got my 7 year old grand niece the Rush Revere box set and my sister texted me this week she is loving them. I know she is starting to read herself but not sure if she is doing it alone, with help or being read to.

Posted by: Skip at January 10, 2021 10:58 AM (Cxk7w)

361 Donna, excellent points re France in 1940. Not really the story most people assume. On that topic, "Strange Victory" by Ernie May is worth a read (also high on my current list).

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 10:58 AM (OTzUX)

362 The public burnings of piles of Trump books will be real and spectacular.

Posted by: davidt at January 10, 2021 10:59 AM (l3+k2)

363 In front of the old Milwaukee library, there is a statue of George Washington on the boulevard. And a block farther down, also on the boulevard, is a Civil War memorial statue. Good traditional, art.

Posted by: pst314 at January 10, 2021 10:59 AM (mbIBQ)

364 > blaster, could I recommend something from Major Kong's survival kit?

> "One combined russki phrase-book and Bible"

Beat me to it.

The full list, which actually sounds pretty good (other than not nearly enough ammo):

"Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find: one .45 caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days' concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."

Posted by: Typical Biden Voter at January 10, 2021 10:59 AM (2q9zZ)

365 I'm currently about halfway through reading Mein Kampf. How anyone thought they could work with him, or he wouldn't do what he did is fucking mind boggling. It's all RIGHT THERE. The story of 20th century western politics is the story of people refusing to believe what was right in front of them until it was too late.
Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 10:57 AM (gAFsE)

Yup. I tried to plow thru Mein Kampf but failed. Your better than I am.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:00 AM (85Gof)

366 Hitler said he was going to kill the Jews.
When people say things, it is time to start believing them before it is to late
I pray it is not to late
even if it is to late, I will still fight on. Better to go down with Honor than without it

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 10:53 AM (85Gof)
It is too late to put off actual confrontation but it is not too late to assert our rights. "When people say things at this point, we better believe them because in just a few days they will have the power to try and enforce them.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:00 AM (946rW)

367 Finally finished The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Ours looks to be much faster. Started on The Men Who United the States, which looks interesting despite the insipid apology in the introduction about the fact that most of them actually were men. Also A Place of Everything

Posted by: Who knew at January 10, 2021 11:00 AM (SfO/T)

368 @353
when twitter was first a thing, several authors tried to serialize their novels one tweet at a time, but it wasn't received very well.
I think you need a different part of your brain for news than the part for sinking into a story

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:00 AM (AwPyG)

369 63 The Milwaukee library is stunning. Hard to believe such a glory exists in that city.
Posted by: JTB at January 10, 2021 09:23 AM (7EjX1)

Milwaukee has some very lovely old buildings and neighborhoods. I used to live near a park designed by the same guy who designed Central Park. I loved that neighborhood. Now when I go back, it's full of BLM and Biden signs. So I'm glad I don't live there any more.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 10, 2021 11:01 AM (HabA/)

370 The public burnings of piles of Trump books will be real and spectacular.
Posted by: davidt at January 10, 2021 10:59 AM (l3+k2)

It's already happening. Simon and Shuster refusing to publish hawley's book is a form of book burning

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:01 AM (85Gof)

371 > I will give the new series a chance, since they at least did not modernize the setting (still in 1930s-40s Yorkshire).

But is Doctor Herriott a trans-woman of color?

Otherwise: hard pass.

Posted by: The Wokerati at January 10, 2021 11:01 AM (2q9zZ)

372 A Place for Everything is the book about alphabetical order that has seen some discussion on the thread.

Posted by: Who knew at January 10, 2021 11:01 AM (SfO/T)

373 I do want to read Mein Kampf. I have read Das Kapital and the Marx-Engels Reader. I think its important to read old significant books no matter how awful they are. I read the Koran, for example.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:02 AM (KZzsI)

374 345 I started a one-year Bible reading plan with a couple of friends. It's called the ESV reading plan, though it would work with any version. It's got both OT and NT selections for each day. I've read through, front to back, a couple of times before, but had gotten away from church and scripture this past year for... well, no good reason, certainly.
Posted by: PabloD calls top bunk in the happy camp at January 10, 2021 10:54 AM (8JoH/)

I believe my father did that one year.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 11:02 AM (M7K2y)

375 Do PJ bottoms count as pants?

Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 10:34 AM (Rbu5d)


Apparently they do in grocery stores these days.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 11:03 AM (t8ef1)

376 "In front of the old Milwaukee library, there is a statue of George Washington on the boulevard. And a block farther down, also on the boulevard, is a Civil War memorial statue. Good traditional, art."

Hmmm. Two more oppressive symbols to add to the demolition list. Thanks!

Speaking of Milwaukee, a majestic library is no surprise - I mean, there are inner city precincts there where the turnout this cycle was 300%! Beats the pants off your typical higher income suburb, which is lucky to hit 60%.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:03 AM (OTzUX)

377 They said build your own Twitter

Parler did

Now they say build your own Amazon to host it

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:03 AM (G6uXV)

378 Returning to my previous post on reading the Bible, I was always encouraged to memorize Scripture, because one day Bibles will not be here. I thought it sounded kooky at the time.

Posted by: grammie winger




I've got A Latin-English interlineal Bible, a Greek-English interlineal Bible and a Hebrew-Greek-English Bible, all in hardback, so I think I'm set.

Posted by: Sharkman at January 10, 2021 11:04 AM (0bGEp)

379 Yup. I tried to plow thru Mein Kampf but failed. Your better than I am.
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:00 AM (85Gof)

No, just more pigheaded and I have more free time.

Also, anyone who has the stomach for it, I recommend Witold Pilecki's report on his 2 1/2 years undercover in Auschwitz.

From the other side, there's Commandant of Auschwitz, written by Rudolf Hoess while he was sitting in jail waiting to get his neck stretched. Recommended because guys like him are the ones who are going to be doing the enforcement for Xiden.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 11:04 AM (gAFsE)

380 >> In front of the old Milwaukee library, there is a statue of George Washington on the boulevard. And a block farther down, also on the boulevard, is a Civil War memorial statue. Good traditional, art.
Posted by: pst314 at January 10, 2021 10:59 AM (mbIBQ)

Milwaukee has so many beautiful, old buildings. The architecture is interesting. Gesu church is beautiful.

Once a year they do an "Open Milwaukee" tour where you can see parts of the interiors of buildings you normally can't see.

Posted by: My life is insanity at January 10, 2021 11:04 AM (Z/jzm)

381 Just found one on Alibris (because f*** Amazon).

Posted by: Vanya


I hadn't heard of them before so I checked out their History section. The first 8 books include 2 by/about Obama, three about America's racial sins, and Howard Zinn. Pass.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 11:04 AM (v16oJ)

382 Fourth Turning ... DeepState and their oligarch board of directors has a plan for us, which is for them to own us. Guaranteed Income will be a guaranteed customer base for Amazon and BigBox. All others will be closed for Covid ... don't worry small businesses, you will get your monthly checks (if you behave and denounce all Trumpists)

Posted by: illiniwek at January 10, 2021 11:04 AM (Cus5s)

383 First is limiting books to get out there, then comes destroying the ones that are already out.

Posted by: Skip at January 10, 2021 11:04 AM (Cxk7w)

384 Oh - later today Weasel will remind you to buy guns and ammo.

He's right, you know.

Right there on the Biden-Harris website is this:

End the online sale of firearms and ammunitions. Biden will enact legislation to prohibit all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts.

This Congress will pass it.

Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 11:04 AM (ZfRYq)

385 339
The priests over at the Temple of Syrinx are a little jumpy.
Posted by: fixerupper at January 10, 2021 10:52 AM (nw6Hr)

It was one year ago today the world learned of the death of the Professor, Neil E. Peart, the great Canadian poet and percussionist.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 11:04 AM (M7K2y)

386 So the service at the local Reformed church was very, nice, although it's hard for me to sit in the pew and not say stuff such as "Amen" or "Yes, yes" which their very nice folks don't seem to do.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:05 AM (VP4Cd)

387 Speaking of Milwaukee, a majestic library is no surprise - I mean, there are inner city precincts there where the turnout this cycle was 300%! Beats the pants off your typical higher income suburb, which is lucky to hit 60%.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:03 AM (OTzUX)

The library was built long before the present dysfunction. Hard to believe now, but there was a time when Milwaukee prided itself on clean, honest government, so unlike those crooks 90 miles to the south.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 10, 2021 11:06 AM (HabA/)

388 @377
Interestingly enough, Parler did not build its own twitter, but uses the Amazon cloud. And a lot of the obscure people who seem to know things (code monkey z, eg) say that Parler is Soros-funded.
Gab, on the other hand, has its own servers, so no one else can shut them down, and the CEO texted that he met with trump yesterday.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:06 AM (AwPyG)

389 I got the Thomas Nelson KJV Bible last week. It is larger print, in a very nice font. I have a small New Testament Bible that I keep in case I lose all others.

I finally got a copy of Medieval Cities. First copy I ordered was lost in the mail. Haven't started it yet. I have been purging a lot of books, to get ready to move. I seem to keep buying them.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 10, 2021 11:06 AM (YynYJ)

390 Here is one comforting fact: none of them will be free to say it, of course, but every sanctimonious little Commie you know will soon look back wistfully at the Trump years and regret his usurpation with every single fiber of their miserable beings.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 10, 2021 11:06 AM (Bvn1K)

391 Can you still buy Trump authored books via amazon?

Posted by: davidt at January 10, 2021 11:06 AM (l3+k2)

392 Posted by: grammie winger at January 10, 2021 09:51 AM (gm3d+)

That's great!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:06 AM (VP4Cd)

393 Speaking of Milwaukee, a majestic library is no surprise - I mean, there are inner city precincts there where the turnout this cycle was 300%! Beats the pants off your typical higher income suburb, which is lucky to hit 60%.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:03 AM (OTzUX)


Comrade, it's perfectly normal turnout for a candidate of the caliber of Joe Biden. Just look at the numbers of people who flocked to his rallies or tuned in to his online events.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 11:06 AM (t8ef1)

394 378 Returning to my previous post on reading the Bible, I was always encouraged to memorize Scripture, because one day Bibles will not be here. I thought it sounded kooky at the time.

Posted by: grammie winger

Yes. Yes. Yes.
"Hide the Word in your heart."

Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 11:07 AM (Rbu5d)

395 @384
Molon Labe

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:07 AM (AwPyG)

396 So among my failings as a Christian, I have not read the Bible cover to cover (useful, as a Bible-believing Christian, to know what is in it!). I am doing a Bible study now with a friend and it has been an education on just the little bits we have covered. I made some resolutions last year (not as New Years resolutions) that included a 1 year Bible reading plan.

Guess I need to follow through.

Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 11:07 AM (ZfRYq)

397 the French ware not cowardly during WWI. One reason the French caved so quickly is because average French people had lost faith in democracy. And because they hated each other more than they hated the Germans.

They were worn down from WW1. There had always been provincial animosity stemming from before the Revolution in which things got magnified. Although oddly they place a high premium on being French.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 11:07 AM (y7DUB)

398 Pumping Iron is a great movie. Arnold was the undisputed king of bodybuilding, and he was certainly a cocky bastard, but he was also funny. It's no wonder he went into the movie business.

Posted by: PabloD calls top bunk in the happy camp at January 10, 2021 11:08 AM (8JoH/)

399 "Hard to believe now, but there was a time when Milwaukee prided itself on clean, honest government,"

Lead by Socialists.

Posted by: lowandslow at January 10, 2021 11:08 AM (qH6FZ)

400 Gab, on the other hand, has its own servers, so no one else can shut them down, and the CEO texted that he met with trump yesterday.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:06 AM (AwPyG)


Gab did that after Amazon kicked them off.

Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 11:08 AM (ZfRYq)

401 Gab, on the other hand, has its own servers, so no one else can shut them down, and the CEO texted that he met with trump yesterday.

They didn't start out that way, and were shut down several times as the big tech giants tried to muscle them out. They even were shut out of several online banking services so people could not donate or subscribe. Its been a years-long battle for them, but they keep succeeding and getting stronger.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:08 AM (KZzsI)

402 Up thread. Winds of War, War and Remembrance
movie/series.

Libraries (at least mine) have it on DVD. Worth watching if you've got the time. NB: It gets pretty depressing.

Posted by: Ziba at January 10, 2021 11:08 AM (S1hrL)

403 If such an outrageous gun bill is signed into law, I'm confident *that* will finally force SCOTUS to take a case, and finally enforce Heller.

Yes, I crack myself up, since you asked.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (OTzUX)

404 Forgot to comment on the Foxfire books. Aunt Arie is the best. They turned her old house into a museum, after she died. And they did a play about her! The information they gathered is great but some of the interviews are so good. Regular people talking about their lives.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (YynYJ)

405 ...a book in 140 characters ...


*****

AKA a limerick

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (m45I2)

406 Last evening you spent a great deal of time trying
to minimize antifa and place all the glory on the "patriots", as if
assaulting a policeman and smashing through the doors was something that
should not be shared. You regularly ask "what are we going to do" as if
you're attempting to solicit support for another "storming". I used the
word vandalism as you denied any violence.



I think you need to stop this

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 10:27 AM (ONvIw)

I would like to have a conversation with you about this but the book thread is likely not the place. Lets put a pin in this until a more appropriate thread in the day.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (946rW)

407 Gab, on the other hand, has its own servers, so no one else can shut them down, and the CEO texted that he met with trump yesterday.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:06 AM (AwPyG)
Gab did that after Amazon kicked them off.
Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 11:08 AM (ZfRYq)

I got a notice that Gab will be producing their own phone.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (R/m4+)

408 > Finally finished The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Ours looks to be much faster.

Look at the decline and fall of the Roman *Republic* for a more appropriate comparison.

A corrupt, self-serving Senatorial class has been running the state as a private piggy bank for generations. The resentful populace has largely been denied gainful employment due to vast amounts of foreign slave labor. The Senate attempts to keep them in check with bread and circuses. A charismatic politician appears who is very popular with the common people (even though he is upper class himself). All the "Best People" hate him. He gets removed from office due to machinations by his enemies, so he is now subject to prosecution. <--- we are just about here.

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."

Posted by: The Wokerati at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (2q9zZ)

409 What gun bill??

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (Bvn1K)

410 Interestingly enough, Parler did not build its own twitter, but uses the Amazon cloud. And a lot of the obscure people who seem to know things (code monkey z, eg) say that Parler is Soros-funded.
Gab, on the other hand, has its own servers, so no one else can shut them down, and the CEO texted that he met with trump yesterday.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:06 AM (AwPyG)

I am trying to get onto Gab...I have an account but they are all backed up

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:10 AM (85Gof)

411 395 @384
Molon Labe
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:07 AM (AwPyG


This sounds good. Tough even.

But they don't have to. To ban online sales of ammo, they don't have to come and take anything.

Oh, and if they do it, you won't have anywhere you will be able to complain about it. Because violent speech and all.

Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 11:10 AM (ZfRYq)

412 > Forgot to comment on the Foxfire books.

The books are good. Too bad the teacher who started the whole thing going turned out to be a big ol' pedo.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (2q9zZ)

413 "Hard to believe now, but there was a time when Milwaukee prided itself on clean, honest government,"


....and beer!

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (AwYPR)

414 173 I'm thinking the pic is of Clara Bow.

Clara wasn't even a gleam in her daddy's eye when that picture was taken. I don't think Clara was interested in books.
Posted by: Lady in Black at January 10, 2021 10:04 AM (O+I8R)

IMO, That photo is cosplay and photoshop.

Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (Rbu5d)

415 It appears DJT books are available on Kindle

Posted by: Skip at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (Cxk7w)

416 any people with family living in italy?

Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (CqHIp)

417 I just re-read the Book of Daniel several times, and (again) enjoyed it very much.


In addition to Grammie's recommendation of the NKJV I also like the" Life Application Bible" which has a lot of helpful notes and preface to each book of the Bible.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (VP4Cd)

418 409 What gun bill??
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (Bvn1K)


I am sure that it is already written and will be introduced soon. Probably as part of the anti-domestic terrorism package.

Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (ZfRYq)

419 Forgot to comment on the Foxfire books. Aunt Arie is
the best. They turned her old house into a museum, after she died. And
they did a play about her! The information they gathered is great but
some of the interviews are so good. Regular people talking about their
lives.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (YynYJ)

They really are wonderful and one of a kind books. I have most of a set that I inherited when my grandfather died but I will be supplementing so I have the entire set this week.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (946rW)

420 @405
If books were limericks, Muldoon would be One King to Rule Them All

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (AwPyG)

421 Pumping Iron is a great movie. Arnold was the undisputed king of bodybuilding, and he was certainly a cocky bastard, but he was also funny. It's no wonder he went into the movie business.
Posted by: PabloD calls top bunk in the happy camp at January 10, 2021 11:08 AM (8JoH/)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNiJSR07w5w

The breakfast scene. Quality's kinda crap but what can you do. He sits there and absolutely fucks with Ferrigno's head, in the nicest, most deniable way possible.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (gAFsE)

422 QuietMan, well the real majesty of the retail political achievement in Milwaukee was outperforming Obama in black precincts.

For a guy who was the most failed career presidential candidate alive, who rarely got past NH in his many runs since the 80s, and a widely derided buffoon inside the Beltway for decades, he has some special political juice.

Or something.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:12 AM (OTzUX)

423 Pumping Iron is a great movie. Arnold was the
undisputed king of bodybuilding, and he was certainly a cocky bastard,
but he was also funny. It's no wonder he went into the movie business.


Posted by: PabloD calls top bunk in the happy camp at January 10, 2021 11:08 AM (8JoH/)

It's also full of foreigners who had one singular thing in common: they were all very open that they had to leave their own Euro countries for America if they had any hope of achieving their goals in life.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at January 10, 2021 11:12 AM (IbxQb)

424 any people with family living in italy?
Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (CqHIp)

Navy Family at SIG on Sicily

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:12 AM (85Gof)

425 OK, what exactly is supposed to be so interesting about the Jordon Peterson podcast with Matthew McConaughey? I'm not a fan of podcasts (sooooo slooooowww) but he wrote a memoir. Big Deal.

Posted by: President-elect Iris at January 10, 2021 11:12 AM (6lKe4)

426 I'm on the last book of the "Expanse" series. The books are very good. The Amazon show got me interested and I took a dive. I don't think I've ruined my future enjoyment of the show as it has significant differences, mostly simplifying the story so it can be presented on a different media economically.

I'm a long time Si-Fi fan and just finished up a nostalgia tour, re-reading a bunch of classics I first read in HS. After that I decided to try something relatively current.

I find it hard to recommend things because of the wide varieties of "taste", even within a specific genre but these are very well written with a well developed plot that is constantly fueled by an increasingly complicated setting.

Posted by: pawn at January 10, 2021 11:13 AM (Cfk8j)

427 Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 11:07 AM (y7DUB)

Also demographics. The French birthrate started dropping in the mid-19th century. WWI really killed them. They lost as many men as the Germans did, but the German population was much larger. When WWII started, even the ones who wanted to fight the Germans were terrified of losses approaching WWI numbers. They thought - with good reason- that they would literally run out of young men.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 10, 2021 11:13 AM (HabA/)

428 never.....are they hearing anything?

Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 10, 2021 11:13 AM (CqHIp)

429 > Biden will enact legislation to prohibit all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts.

3D printer go "brrr....."

Electrochemical rifling setup go "hissss....."

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at January 10, 2021 11:13 AM (2q9zZ)

430 @410
Me too. apparently, Gab was hit by a tidal wave yesterday, which is very encouraging.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:13 AM (AwPyG)

431 What gun bill??

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (Bvn1K)



I am sure that it is already written and will be introduced soon. Probably as part of the anti-domestic terrorism package.

Posted by: blaster at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (ZfRYq)

Text for a bill that would require registration of all firearms was put up last week and then pulled down.
Since then, prefilings with no text for half a dozen gun bills have popped up. With no text, it is impossible to know what they are proposing.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:14 AM (946rW)

432 Regarding Lindsey, during the Dorsey Zuckerberg hearings one of the Republican Senator told them that he had been holding back his Democrat colleagues who were also unhappy about tech giants status as monopolies and he was as becoming less inclined to do so. I do not think those were empty words Elizabeth Warren would love to take apart a monopoly. Watch to see if they start working together on that.

Posted by: Jen the original at January 10, 2021 11:14 AM (EOKzg)

433 I saw a recommendation elsewhere this week for "The Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius.

Found a copy in a used book store, originally published in the 1960's although the book itself dates from 523. It was a primary text of philosophy for a thousand years. Only 130 pages.

At the time of his downfall he held one of the highest offices in the Western Empire (Rome) but he was condemned by the Senate he had tried to defend, stripped of his honor and possessions, and thrown into a remote prison where he was executed a year later.

The book is his record of the victory of reason & hope over despair. Our resident philosophers are familiar with it I'm sure, I've never read much philosophy although that's about to change.

Posted by: Boots Who Read The Gulag Archipelago at January 10, 2021 11:14 AM (O0Tro)

434 never.....are they hearing anything?
Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 10, 2021 11:13 AM (CqHIp)

About what

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:15 AM (85Gof)

435 In addition to Grammie's recommendation of the NKJV I also like the" Life Application Bible" which has a lot of helpful notes and preface to each book of the Bible.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (VP4Cd)

I thought she recommended the NIV?

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 11:15 AM (AwYPR)

436 156 141...
No one can all things WHAT THEY ARE anymore.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 09:59 AM (M7K2y)

Man. Woman. Father. Mother. Sister. Brother. Employee. ...

Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 11:15 AM (Rbu5d)

437 And another thing I appreciated about the worship service I went to was that in commenting on the events on the 6th the pastor said "Some of my colleagues have been condemnatory, (that wasn't the part which I appreciated) but I want to hear more facts.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:15 AM (VP4Cd)

438 any good books on how to do a peaceful secession for dummies?

Posted by: jeff at January 10, 2021 11:16 AM (J2JqR)

439 Gab's under attack right now.
Overwhelmed servers. Probably from Amazon?
Who knows. There's a very real push to keep any non-conforming opinion out of the public square right now.
Wonder why, if it's all over?

Posted by: MarkY at January 10, 2021 11:16 AM (nM/fW)

440 Fen - yes, we Reformed types are typically very quiet at our services, even those of us who don't attend an older "mainline" Reformed church.

The random "amen" or "hallelujah" during a service is how we spot the outsiders :-)

Posted by: PabloD calls top bunk in the happy camp at January 10, 2021 11:16 AM (8JoH/)

441 OK, what exactly is supposed to be so interesting
about the Jordon Peterson podcast with Matthew McConaughey? I'm not a
fan of podcasts (sooooo slooooowww) but he wrote a memoir. Big Deal.

Posted by: President-elect Iris at January 10, 2021 11:12 AM (6lKe4)

If it is election related, it will be MM telling us we all need to unite and get along. He really sees no difference between the rage at Trump in 2016 and the rage at the theft of our votes this year.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:16 AM (946rW)

442 @411
Almost like the on-line ban of cigarette sales, and illegal drugs, and now no one can buy cigarettes or illegal drugs

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:17 AM (AwPyG)

443 Yeah if Gab gets enough new people active on there it might be worth going back to. The stench to flower ratio there was really high.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:17 AM (KZzsI)

444 Do y'all think they won't shut Gab down?

I don't think you understand. You are not in control of your life now.

Posted by: creeper at January 10, 2021 11:18 AM (XxJt1)

445 GAB keeps giving me a message it is under maitanance...I hope upgrading it's server and service? Sigh

I am on Parler right now but I guess that ends in 12 hours

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:18 AM (85Gof)

446 I wouldn't want to be king of any nation that would choose to enthrone me.

Chancellor of the Exchequer on the other hand...

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 11:18 AM (m45I2)

447 @411
Almost like the on-line ban of cigarette sales, and illegal drugs, and now no one can buy cigarettes or illegal drugs
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:17 AM (AwPyG)

It really is to eyeroll.

They banned alcohol and made bootleggers rich and powerful. They banned drugs and Pablo Escobar built himself a fucking wild animal park with his leftover cartel money. Colombia has wild hippos today because they escaped from his property. But sure, it'll totally work with guns.

Posted by: Vanya at January 10, 2021 11:19 AM (gAFsE)

448 @432, Translation: They all want their cut, their piece of the action.

Posted by: davidt at January 10, 2021 11:19 AM (l3+k2)

449 The random "amen" or "hallelujah" during a service is how we spot the outsiders :-)

Posted by: PabloD calls top bunk in the happy camp at January 10, 2021 11:16 AM (8JoH/)

The floor rolling and snakes in my case.

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 11:19 AM (AwYPR)

450 @439
According to Gab, it is putting in new servers as fast as they can. No one can "ban" them, since they are their own platform (short of an electric grid blackout, maybe.)
They explain that its not like "flipping a switch", they have to put in bare metal, so please be patient.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:19 AM (AwPyG)

451 A data point of interest, considering the timing:

On Jan 7, the FCC issued "FCC Enforcement Advisory" subtitled:
ENFORCEMENT BUREAU REMINDS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS)
PARTICIPANTS OF COMPLIANCE OBLIGATIONS

link goes to fcc.gov pdf: https://preview.tinyurl.com/yypzt2cd



Posted by: one of the quiet ones at January 10, 2021 11:20 AM (2k7BX)

452 The Harris FCC will shut down GAB for Hate Speech/Thoughtcrime.

Posted by: davidt at January 10, 2021 11:20 AM (l3+k2)

453 Gab is going to have to use ghost buyers to purchase servers.

Posted by: f'd at January 10, 2021 11:20 AM (wEMgF)

454 QuietMan, well the real majesty of the retail political achievement in Milwaukee was outperforming Obama in black precincts.

For a guy who was the most failed career presidential candidate alive, who rarely got past NH in his many runs since the 80s, and a widely derided buffoon inside the Beltway for decades, he has some special political juice.

Or something.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:12 AM (OTzUX)


Last year at this time I knew Democrats who would roll their eyes about Biden as the front runner. They wanted someone anyone to emerge from the pack or jump in the race so it wouldn't be Biden. From the people that I know, Biden seemed to not be popular with Dems but he was very popular with RINOs. They think he's a moderate and their misguided judgement was he would be better than Trump and wouldn't give in to the far left of his party. Which shows you how clueless they are.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 11:20 AM (t8ef1)

455 Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:15 AM (85Gof)

arrests of high level official(s)

Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 10, 2021 11:20 AM (CqHIp)

456 > Chancellor of the Exchequer on the other hand...

Reporter: "Do you think you'll play any role in your brother's administration?"

Billy Carter: "I told Jimmy I wanted to be in charge of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms."

(Jeff Foxworthy stole this idea from him later).

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at January 10, 2021 11:21 AM (2q9zZ)

457 Fen - yes, we Reformed types are typically very
quiet at our services, even those of us who don't attend an older
"mainline" Reformed church.



The random "amen" or "hallelujah" during a service is how we spot the outsiders :-)

Posted by: PabloD calls top bunk in the happy camp at January 10, 2021 11:16 AM (8JoH/)

The difference between shouting churches and non-shouting churches has always fascinated me. I think what you are comfortable with boils down to whether you connect better to God with your emotions or your intellect. That is not to say that those who connect one way or another are lacking in the other trait; they just differ in what feels like the more organic connection. I have always attended shouting churches.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:21 AM (946rW)

458 OK, what exactly is supposed to be so interesting

about the Jordon Peterson podcast with Matthew McConaughey? I'm not a

fan of podcasts (sooooo slooooowww) but he wrote a memoir. Big Deal.



Posted by: President-elect Iris at January 10, 2021 11:12 AM (6lKe4)

It's not. I was expecting something different. Peterson is not the same after his troubles.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at January 10, 2021 11:21 AM (IbxQb)

459 Do y'all think they won't shut Gab down?

I think they will as best they can but its very hard to eliminate stuff on the internet completely. People have been trying to wipe out black market sites and child porn since the internet was invented and they are still out there.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:21 AM (KZzsI)

460 I think what you are comfortable with boils down to whether you connect better to God with your emotions or your intellect.

I think its more just cultural. Most churches with "reformed" in the title are from Northern Europe where people are more reserved and prefer to keep a quiet face.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:22 AM (KZzsI)

461 Miss me yet?
-2020

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:22 AM (G6uXV)

462 any good books on how to do a peaceful secession for dummies?
Posted by: jeff at January 10, 2021 11:16 AM
No, but I do suggest this one:

Ham Radio For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

(no link to amazon)

Posted by: one of the quiet ones at January 10, 2021 11:22 AM (2k7BX)

463 And speaking of the transition to Gab, the ratings for Fox continue to crash, with Chris Hayes outperforming Tucker

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:22 AM (AwPyG)

464 I thought she recommended the NIV?
Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 11:15 AM (AwYPR)

Well, then my mistake; Sorry.

I'm not a purist about which version is the only one people should read. I just think they should read a well annotated one and that it's good to actually read it.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:23 AM (VP4Cd)

465 I'm very late to this but does anyone know of a resource for pricing and selling antique school books?

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 10, 2021 11:23 AM (Vxu+H)

466 Colombia has wild hippos today because they escaped from his property. But sure, it'll totally work with guns.

****

They can take my hippo when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 11:23 AM (m45I2)

467 Greetings:

My favorite read of 2020 was "The Age of Entitlement" by Christopher Caldwell.

Posted by: 11B40 at January 10, 2021 11:24 AM (evgyj)

468 OK, what exactly is supposed to be so interesting about the Jordon Peterson podcast with Matthew McConaughey? I'm not a fan of podcasts (sooooo slooooowww) but he wrote a memoir. Big Deal.

Posted by: President-elect Iris




Peterson was out of circulation for about 2 years because of life-threatening health issues striking him and his wife. He has a new book coming out I think in April. I love listening to him.

I am interested in hearing McConaughey to see if he is as full of All Knowing Angsty Existential Bullshit Prognosticating IRL as he was in the first season of True Detective. I suspect that he very much is.

Posted by: Sharkman at January 10, 2021 11:24 AM (0bGEp)

469 That is not to say that those who connect one way or another are lacking
in the other trait; they just differ in what feels like the more
organic connection. I have always attended shouting churches.

You should probably leave the body paint and big foam finger at home, though.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 11:25 AM (v16oJ)

470 @453
Which may be why they met with Trump yesterday. He can probably get them all the servers they need.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:25 AM (AwPyG)

471 431 What gun bill??


Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 10, 2021 11:09 AM (Bvn1K)



Legislation being developed by the crackhead Sheila Jackson Lee - HR 127. "To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition"

Text of the bill isn't available yet, but here it comes.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at January 10, 2021 11:25 AM (D3cJf)

472 They've pulled the text, but the anti Second Amendment bills are already introduced.

HR 125, 127, 130 and 167.

127 is the most egregious assault on the Second Amendment in our countries history.

Posted by: Marcus T at January 10, 2021 11:25 AM (BvKrx)

473 I read the KJV by the time I was thirty.
I now want to visit the Holy Land before I pass.
I have visited the island of Patmos.

Posted by: navybrat, in the bunker at January 10, 2021 11:25 AM (w7KSn)

474
Regarding Lindsey, during the Dorsey Zuckerberg hearings one of the
Republican Senator told them that he had been holding back his Democrat
colleagues who were also unhappy about tech giants status as monopolies
and he was as becoming less inclined to do so. I do not think those were
empty words Elizabeth Warren would love to take apart a monopoly. Watch
to see if they start working together on that.

Posted by: Jen the original at January 10, 2021 11:14 AM (EOKzg)

Spoiler: they won't.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:25 AM (946rW)

475 Colombia has *hippos*???

Pygmy, or full-sized?

Ya learn somethin' here every day.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:25 AM (OTzUX)

476 Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:21 AM (946rW)

They're quiet at my church too. That I'm not when I'm somewhere else is probably from being in front of people since 1994, and also because my first pastor in the denomination which I eventually was ordained in had been a Pentecostal. It probably rubbed off on me.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:26 AM (VP4Cd)

477 The decision I made over a decade ago to avoid social media turned out to be a wise one. I see no reason to change it now. Seems to me Parler and Gab membership would just single you out to for the left to destroy. No thank you.

Posted by: creeper at January 10, 2021 11:27 AM (XxJt1)

478 @474
And McCain really, really wanted to build that wall!
It is encouraging to think that many people no longer buy their BS

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:27 AM (AwPyG)

479 Text of the bill isn't available yet, but here it comes.

--------


Text of the bill was available for a few days and it was as bad as you would expect. They yanked the text down either Thursday or Friday.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:27 AM (946rW)

480 Lesson here:

You may think that a baby hippo is a cute pet to give your kid for Easter, but pretty soon it will become a full-grown hippo. Turning it free is not a solution. Just don't do it.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at January 10, 2021 11:28 AM (2q9zZ)

481 I grew up nominally Catholic, and occasionally went to an Episcopal church with a friend, so not a lot of "holy rollers" in either one. I did attend a couple of Pentecostal churches with friends once or twice and was quite surprised by the exuberance.

When I returned to the church, I started with an Episcopal church because it was familiar. I later moved and found an independent evangelical church where the sermons were more like graduate-level theology lectures, and I was very happy. I moved again, and this time I landed at an independent Reformed church. The whole Calvinist thing was new, and I had to do quite a bit of reading before I was good with the doctrines, but I've really liked the pastor, teaching, congregants, etc.

I'm definitely an introvert, and very reserved most of the time, so it fits.

Posted by: PabloD calls top bunk in the happy camp at January 10, 2021 11:28 AM (8JoH/)

482 I'm not fond of the NIV because of how it made deliberate choices to translate certain words for cultural reasons rather than accuracy. Like translating every instance of "strong drink" into beer or wine, because we mustn't let people think that drinking liquor is allowed in the Bible. Doesn't make the translation worthless, just annoying.

I like the language in the King James version the best. Supposedly the New American Standard Bible has the most direct, literal translation which makes it hard to read at times because Hebrew language and flow is much different than English.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:28 AM (KZzsI)

483 YD, here's what I posted several days ago, all pre-filed:

H.R.127 - To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.

H.R.121 - To provide for the hiring of 200 additional Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and investigators to enforce gun laws.

H.R.221 - To amend title 5, United States Code, to modify the oath of office taken by individuals in the civil service or uniformed services, and of other purposes.

Posted by: one of the quiet ones at January 10, 2021 11:28 AM (2k7BX)

484 Seems to me Parler and Gab membership would just single you out to for the left to destroy. No thank you.

If you're active on here that ship has already sailed.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:29 AM (KZzsI)

485
Legislation being developed by the crackhead Sheila Jackson Lee - HR 127. "To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition"

Text of the bill isn't available yet, but here it comes.
Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at January 10, 2021 11:25 AM (D3cJf)

...from TX-18, no less.

My fellow Texans: Tuesday is the beginning of the biannual Legislative session. Be on guard.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 11:29 AM (M7K2y)

486 any people with family living in italy?

Posted by: phoenixgirl




One of the best Original Bloggers, Rachel Lucas, lived there for about 6 years and returned in 2014, I think. She talked in great detail about the experience on her blog, which is still up though she hasn't posted much since she moved back home to Texas:

Www.Rachel Lucas.com.

Posted by: Sharkman at January 10, 2021 11:29 AM (0bGEp)

487 Hippos are among the most dangerous animals in the world.

Don't get one for your kid for Christmas no matter how much they beg.

Posted by: davidt at January 10, 2021 11:30 AM (l3+k2)

488 @477
I have to respectfully disagree. The anonymous people on the conservative twitter sites are like the French Resistance.
Exhibit A: they were all mercilessly purged over the past two days. (But you can still see what they say; if you are twitter, you've opened Pandora's box because anyone can re-post what they leaders say on other sites.)

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:30 AM (AwPyG)

489 Is a pygmy hippo also known as a hippo-pony? We all had hippo-ponies when I was a young girl.

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 11:30 AM (m45I2)

490 332 @309
At the risk of ducking a barrage of brickbats, I have to say that Amazon doesn't seem to be "monitoring" or "editing" books.
I think if a buyer complains, or points out an error, that's when they contact the author, and probably only if they receive multiple complaints.
Amazon sells well over 1 million books a day. they don't have the personnel to monitor the contents.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:48 AM (AwPyG)

I know Mark Dice said they removed his Hollywood book, but that was due to the font being the same as the Hollywood sign, which is evidently copyrighted.

I'd guess there were many many other things offered on Amazon that also featured the word in the same font, and never got removed.

Regardless, the book is back up, with a slight change on the cover.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:31 AM (oQ94s)

491
Text of the bill was available for a few days
and it was as bad as you would expect. They yanked the text down either
Thursday or Friday.


Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:27 AM (946rW)

I will add that they did not pull the text because they decided suddenly they had gone too far. They pulled it because they do not want us to know how far they will go. As Nevergiveup says above: we need to start believing people when they tell us who they are and what they will do. I will add, plan your own actions accordingly.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:31 AM (946rW)

492 hippo-ponies

How is that pronounced? Hippopenes?

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:31 AM (KZzsI)

493
I am interested in hearing McConaughey to see if he is as full of All Knowing Angsty Existential Bullshit Prognosticating IRL as he was in the first season of True Detective. I suspect that he very much is.
Posted by: Sharkman at January 10, 2021 11:24 AM (0bGEp)

I listened to the first 30 minutes and then skipped to the end. My impression isn't that he was making predictions - just analyzing his life.

It was good for me to try something different so thank you for the recommendation.

Posted by: President-elect Iris at January 10, 2021 11:31 AM (6lKe4)

494 I would like to have a robot hippo that roamed the yard, kept the grass trimmed, got the mail, and repelled invaders.

Posted by: f'd at January 10, 2021 11:31 AM (wEMgF)

495 288 @269
It is interesting how tastes change. Nowadays, no one wants to read a ponderous epic, like Winds of War (excluding book threaders--that goes without saying)
Everyone wants something that reads fast.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 10:36 AM (AwPyG)

Huh.
One of my favorite books (sets, in this case).
Along with "Dr Zhivago" and "Red Sky at Morning". I've read each at least a dozen times. Something new each time.

Posted by: ChuckALuck at January 10, 2021 11:32 AM (VjGsQ)

496 I know Mark Dice said they removed his Hollywood
book, but that was due to the font being the same as the Hollywood sign,
which is evidently copyrighted.



I'd guess there were many many other things offered on Amazon that
also featured the word in the same font, and never got removed.



Regardless, the book is back up, with a slight change on the cover.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:31 AM (oQ94s)

You can copyright a font? Heh

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:32 AM (946rW)

497 470 @453
Which may be why they met with Trump yesterday. He can probably get them all the servers they need.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:25 AM (AwPyG)




I wonder about that. Right now it looks like the president of the United States would have a hard time ordering a pizza.

Posted by: creeper at January 10, 2021 11:32 AM (XxJt1)

498 Hippos are among the most dangerous animals in the world.

Don't get one for your kid for Christmas no matter how much they beg.
Posted by: davidt at January 10, 2021 11:30 AM (l3+k2)


Same with puff adders.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:32 AM (oQ94s)

499 I listened to the first 30 minutes and then skipped
to the end. My impression isn't that he was making predictions - just
analyzing his life.



It was good for me to try something different so thank you for the recommendation.

Posted by: President-elect Iris at January 10, 2021 11:31 AM (6lKe4)

SO he was speaking about his life?

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:33 AM (946rW)

500 > I like the language in the King James version the best.

Agreed. With respect to modern English translations, the Jerusalem Bible has the most literary merit, IMO, if you're okay with a Catholic Bible.



Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at January 10, 2021 11:33 AM (2q9zZ)

501 Believe hippo is the most dangerous animal in Africa (to humans). 5,000 lbs of love can be kinda dangerous when you interrupt him noshing on your vegetable garden. Stompy stomp.

Was so shaken when I learned this. I mean, Fantasia, ballet tu-tus, all that. Talk about childhood images shattered.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:33 AM (OTzUX)

502 @487
That's an annoying earworm. The preschool had the kids sing it, so we had to hear it practiced for months on end.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:33 AM (AwPyG)

503 just in case no one gets the point, the purpose of a Federal Gun Registration Law is not to find out who owns guns, they know there won't be compliance. The purpose is to be able to charge any homeowner who uses a gun in self defense with a Federal Crime.

Posted by: Tom Servo lear at January 10, 2021 11:34 AM (V2Yro)

504 Regardless, the book is back up, with a slight change on the cover.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:31 AM (oQ94s)

You can copyright a font? Heh
Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:32 AM (946rW)

Evidently so.

I'm assuming this has come up many many times before, when businesses in and around the area (and elsewhere), tried to capitalize on the Hollywood sign, and whoever owns it decided to be a jerk about it.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:34 AM (oQ94s)

505 > I would like to have a robot hippo that roamed the yard, kept the grass trimmed, got the mail, and repelled invaders.

A few Komodo dragons roaming the yard would probably also be effective.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at January 10, 2021 11:34 AM (2q9zZ)

506 You can copyright a font?

They are almost all copyrighted, yes. But its pretty easy and relatively cheap to buy the rights to use them and most word processors come with a ton built in.

And there are a zillion free use ones online.

I have to deal with this regularly when I write my gaming books. For example I wrote the 6th edition Western sourcebook for Hero Games, and the font used in the original was ITC-Clearface. Great old fashioned but clear font, but its copyrighted, and I didn't have the rights. So I had to either change it or Hero could buy it.

The problem is that they charge for each different iteration of a font. Like $20 for normal, then more each for italic, boldface, wide, bold-italic, etc on and on. Its like 10 different sets for one font type.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:35 AM (KZzsI)

507 I'm not fond of the NIV because of how it made deliberate choices to translate certain words for cultural reasons rather than accuracy. Like translating every instance of "strong drink" into beer or wine, because we mustn't let people think that drinking liquor is allowed in the Bible.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:28 AM (KZzsI)

I thought liquor wasn't developed 'til 8th century?

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 11:35 AM (AwYPR)

508 Colombian-bred hippos have become so lucrative that Juan Valdez is looking into whether his burro can carry 'em.

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 11:35 AM (m45I2)

509 484 Seems to me Parler and Gab membership would just single you out to for the left to destroy. No thank you.

If you're active on here that ship has already sailed.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:29 AM (KZzsI)

That's kinda what I was thinking. I suspended my twitter account (no doubt disappointing the 15 followers who saw my 142 tweets over 9 years). It was locked so I couldn't edit my profile and remove my name and birthdate - but I figure it is already known. Why else would it be locked? (I did not tweet anything Jan 6 but I did tweet in support of Trump in November).

Posted by: President-elect Iris at January 10, 2021 11:35 AM (6lKe4)

510 Komodo dragons are very cool.

Claymore mines don't need to fed, however, and won't swallow the neighbor's dog if it strays into your yard.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:36 AM (OTzUX)

511 Believe hippo is the most dangerous animal in Africa (to humans). 5,000 lbs of love can be kinda dangerous when you interrupt him noshing on your vegetable garden. Stompy stomp.

Was so shaken when I learned this. I mean, Fantasia, ballet tu-tus, all that. Talk about childhood images shattered.
Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:33 AM (OTzUX)

They aren't just big, they're aggressive.

They kill many many other animals too. Not for food, but just because they're snotty punks.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:36 AM (oQ94s)

512 I'm assuming this has come up many many times before, when businesses in and around the area (and elsewhere), tried to capitalize on the Hollywood sign, and whoever owns it decided to be a jerk about it.

Its not always being a jerk.

If you do not defend a copyright, fight for people to stop using it, then it can rever to public domain. Some people like Disney go overboard with their psychotic imposition of law, but you do have to defend your work or it stops being yours.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:36 AM (KZzsI)

513 I thought liquor wasn't developed 'til 8th century?

I think that was distilled spirits, other kinds have been around much longer.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:37 AM (KZzsI)

514 "Hollywood-Land" was the original sign, right? Real estate development.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 10, 2021 11:37 AM (OTzUX)

515 I'm (re)reading
My Life in Christ,
by St John of Kronstadt.
He is known as the "Pastor of Russia."

Everyday Saints,
by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov)

Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 11:37 AM (Rbu5d)

516 Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:15 AM (85Gof)

arrests of high level official(s)
Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 10, 2021 11:20 AM (CqHIp)

LOL...We talk about family, Dental Corps issues on SIG and elsewhere. We do not talk politics on the web or Email for a variety of reasons

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:37 AM (85Gof)

517 It is also illegal to use a video or a photograph.for commercial purpose, of the Eiffel Tower at night. The lights on the tower are copyrighted.

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:37 AM (G6uXV)

518 any good books on how to do a peaceful secession for dummies?

Posted by: jeff at January 10, 2021 11:16 AM

No, but I do suggest this one:



Ham Radio For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))


Posted by: one of the quiet ones at January 10, 2021 11:22 AM (2k7BX)
Also get the ham radio to go with it. I looked yesterday and a lot of better models are already unavailable right now because of demand.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 11:38 AM (946rW)

519 516 NGU, check out your sidearm. Keep it in your desk. You may need it.

Posted by: bill in arkansas at January 10, 2021 11:40 AM (I58tH)

520 Since we are talking about Bible translations, I have this in my reading queue:
"The Memoirs of St. Peter - A new translation of the Gospel According to Mark" by Michael Pakaluk.

According to my friend who recommended it, the author is a Greek scholar and translates in a more literal fashion in order for the immediacy of the voice of St. Peter (and what it was like to be there) comes through.

Posted by: President-elect Iris at January 10, 2021 11:40 AM (6lKe4)

521 Lulz. Lincoln Project founder accused of offering jobs for sex to young men:

https://tinyurl.com/yyry4dca

Posted by: Dworkin Barimen - anarcho-tyranny? you're soaking in it! at January 10, 2021 11:41 AM (poEUH)

522 Is a pygmy hippo also known as a hippo-pony? We all had hippo-ponies when I was a young girl.

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 11:30 AM (m45I2)

When my sisters were young, there were a bunch of day camps set up, mostly for girls (boys weren't interested in that nonsense), and they went by a sort of "Camps-R-Us" name.

I don't know about the others, but one of the less popular ones was Hippo-Camp-Us.

For obvious reasons.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:41 AM (oQ94s)

523 Huh. Even the daily mail uses scare quotes:

"Capitol cop, 51, 'dies by suicide' three days after MAGA riots left another officer dead"

"Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, died while off-duty on Saturday, the USCP announced in a statement."

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y545dqhu

Posted by: one of the quiet ones at January 10, 2021 11:41 AM (2k7BX)

524 Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 11:37 AM (Rbu5d)

I have read that; I enjoyed that I have also read other books by Eastern Orthodox Priests, as I used to attend the local Eastern Orthodox Church when I could on Saturday evenings for Vespers.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:41 AM (VP4Cd)

525 I would like a Douay-Rheims Challoner edition that is not a copied facsimile, but there are none available, afik.
I do not Kindle.

Posted by: Sal at January 10, 2021 11:41 AM (KTdeA)

526 Seems to me Parler and Gab membership would just single you out to for the left to destroy. No thank you.

If you're active on here that ship has already sailed.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:29 AM (KZzsI)


Raymond Shaw Joe Biden is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 11:41 AM (t8ef1)

527 NGU, check out your sidearm. Keep it in your desk. You may need it.
Posted by: bill in arkansas at January 10, 2021 11:40 AM (I58tH)

On base? LOL

Strictly forbidden! Verboten

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:42 AM (85Gof)

528 521

Wow I did not see that coming. At all. Like I am shocked.

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:42 AM (G6uXV)

529 When I wrote a book on spells for role playing games, I used a ton of different fonts for runes that ran across the top and bottom of each page, different sets of runes for each section of the book as a clue where you were. All they said was the old typing exercise "the quick red fox..." over and over, but it looked really arcane.

There are a lot of rune fonts online to get for free, but there's a catch: not all can be embedded into a document for printing. Embedding creates a document that printers can use to produce a book copy rather than just something you can see on a screen, and many fonts are available just for personal use or digital use.

It is kind of complicated.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:42 AM (KZzsI)

530 I saw a rumor on Twitter that President Trump has called up a battalion of hippos who are right now on pre-deployment outside D.C.. This timing is verrrry interesting. Keep an eye on this for developments in the next few days (between now and the inauguration)

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 11:43 AM (m45I2)

531 I'm assuming this has come up many many times before, when businesses in and around the area (and elsewhere), tried to capitalize on the Hollywood sign, and whoever owns it decided to be a jerk about it.
------------
Its not always being a jerk.

If you do not defend a copyright, fight for people to stop using it, then it can rever to public domain. Some people like Disney go overboard with their psychotic imposition of law, but you do have to defend your work or it stops being yours.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:36 AM (KZzsI)

It's a freakin' sign. On a freakin' hill. Everyone who comes anywhere near the area sees it. Everyone around the world knows it.

It's already IN the public domain.

It's almost like trying to copyright air.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:43 AM (oQ94s)

532 521 Posted by: Dworkin Barimen - anarcho-tyranny? you're soaking in it! at January 10, 2021 11:41 AM (poEUH)

Lincolns are gonna learn what "hang separately" means.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:43 AM (Lzpvj)

533 Lulz. Lincoln Project founder accused of offering jobs for sex to young men

While this is just what one would expect, and I would hardly be surprised, its just an accusation so I'll wait and see.

On base? LOL

Strictly forbidden! Verboten


Soldiers? With a gun???? Unthinkable!

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:44 AM (KZzsI)

534 Dang.
I remember wearing slacks like that.
Sales lady didn't look like any of those girls though.

Posted by: Diogenes at January 10, 2021 11:44 AM (axyOa)

535 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:28 AM (KZzsI)

I haven't read the NIV in a while, but that's rather amusing. I'm not agreeing with it; I just find it funny.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:44 AM (VP4Cd)

536 531 Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:43 AM (oQ94s)

Wait until I copyright the atmosphere.

//Jeffy Bezos

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:44 AM (Lzpvj)

537 Oh lordy


The cover of February's upcoming issue of Vogue, which features Vice President elect Kamala Harris, has been widely criticized on social media.

Some fans of the future VP say the cover's style doesn't give her the respect she deserves, while others claim it's just plain bad and are calling for the magazine's Editor in Chief Anna Wintour to resign.

Posted by: f'd at January 10, 2021 11:44 AM (wEMgF)

538 @530
I don't know if I'm buying this. Where would you get flak vests for hippos?

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (AwPyG)

539 Don't even think about using my fonts. I'm looking at YOU, Sauron!

Posted by: Celebrimbor at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (l3+k2)

540 Greetings:

Komodo dragons cool ???

Well, back when the actress Sharon Stone was married to one of the bigwigs at the San Francisco Chronicle (or Commicle as I prefer) she arranged to have him visit with one in its cage. Apparently something went wrong in the feeding time calculations but the critter using his critter sense substituted the bigwig's lower leg for his usual repast. Truly a memorable moment of cool critter.

Posted by: 11B40 at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (evgyj)

541 saw a rumor on Twitter that President Trump has called up a battalion of hippos who are right now on pre-deployment outside D.C.. This timing is verrrry interesting. Keep an eye on this for developments in the next few days (between now and the inauguration)

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10,

The sad thing is some people here will believe that.

Posted by: LOL at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (rd+Bu)

542 531

Architects have a copyright on their buildings. Obviously the buildings are in the public domain, everyone can see them, etc. But others cannot profit from the use of those buildings.

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (G6uXV)

543 262 Have you checked out the Misha and the Bear cartoons on youtube? The Russian and translated versions are / were both viewable.
well, if you're going *that* route, luntik is fun. 5-minute cartoons. 7 seasons, about 60 episodes per season.

youtube.com/ user/luntik

Posted by: Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (5br8a)

544 In addition to Grammie's recommendation of the NKJV I also like the" Life Application Bible" which has a lot of helpful notes and preface to each book of the Bible.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:11 AM (VP4Cd)

I thought she recommended the NIV?
Posted by: BignJames

My first bible was KJ , given to me by my mother dearest before I was a believer. When I first became a believer my bible was NIV. I still have it complete with duck tape and dog eared pages. My current bible is life application. I like this one not necessarily for the commentary but because it's large print. Commentary and translation can be helpful in many cases but simply picking it up on a daily basis is more critical. I would like to say I do but I'm still a work in progress after all these years. Several days ago someone asked if anyone thought our current state of affairs would draw more people to Christ. I would suggest reading Malcolm Muggeridge's End of Christiandom. He discusses the growth of the church in Soviet Russia, which he was very familiar with , at length. It is an excellent read.

Posted by: Cynical Sock Monkey...there's no retreat from here folks. at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (kSm5J)

545 When I went to Kenya, the one piece of advice always given was, "Don't get between a hippo and the water." They don't go around you if you're in their way

Posted by: JuJuBee at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (o4G4K)

546 533 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:44 AM (KZzsI)

You have some quaint and archaic ideas on what the criminal "justice" system is about to become.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (Lzpvj)

547 The bite of the Komodo is very dangerous.

Loaded with bacteria which eats you if the Komodo doesn't.

Wonder if the Komodo Dragon is good eating.....

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (R/m4+)

548 A Boeing 737-500 (not a MAX) crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta yesterday, killing all aboard.

It has hardly rated a mention.

Posted by: creeper at January 10, 2021 11:46 AM (XxJt1)

549 It's a freakin' sign. On a freakin' hill. Everyone who comes anywhere near the area sees it. Everyone around the world knows it.

I agree, its like Mickey Mouse, which is a world-wide, 100-year-old phenomenon and cannot in any reasonable sense be defended as anything but public domain.

Our copyright laws are very arcane and old and are in desperate need of updating. The internet has made copyright almost nonexistent. That idiotic Euro-law which basically bans websites because you cannot use anything except completely original material is the last gasp of an old guard.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:46 AM (KZzsI)

550 542 Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (G6uXV)

It is a real estate sign, "HollywoodLand"....

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:46 AM (Lzpvj)

551 If anyone here is an author, please link your website so that I can collect them all and make sure I have some contact.

PoorBazin.com. Also, everything is on, appropriately enough, hoboes.com.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at January 10, 2021 11:46 AM (2lndx)

552 Sidney Powell has just announced Frankfurt servers show proof that Hippos votes in Georgia and Michigan.

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:47 AM (G6uXV)

553 530 The Marines from Eighth and I, with NGU available for dental needs.

Posted by: bill in arkansas at January 10, 2021 11:47 AM (I58tH)

554 Hurting Amazon, apart from a series of selective targeted [deleted], can be done by buying each item separately (especially if you're a Prime member.

Checkout one item. Wait for your shipping notice. Then order another.

All that packing and shipping and dunnage costs Amazon money. Make them hurt.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, don't go quietly at January 10, 2021 11:47 AM (uxJPn)

555 Sidney Powell has just announced Frankfurt servers show proof that Hippos votes in Georgia and Michigan.
Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:47 AM (G6uXV)

Oh noes she din int!

Posted by: Tank Abrams, Fat democrat at January 10, 2021 11:47 AM (R/m4+)

556 548 Posted by: creeper at January 10, 2021 11:46 AM (XxJt1)

The media is dominated by people who destroyed the US Constitution to abet baby butchery with no limits.

The sanctity of human life is about to cease being a factor in any government decsions.

Buckle up.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:47 AM (Lzpvj)

557 Lulz. Lincoln Project founder accused of offering jobs for sex to young men:

https://tinyurl.com/yyry4dca
Posted by: Dworkin Barimen - anarcho-tyranny? you're soaking in it! at January 10, 2021 11:41 AM (poEUH)

Must be difficult for guys like him. In the old days, you just had to go to public restrooms and wait for someone to "tap back" at you.

Now with everything online, there's a paper trail, so to speak.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:48 AM (oQ94s)

558 That's one of the reasons a lot of people are suspicious about Parler--it wants your info (phone number, too) to sign up.

Note that Ezra Cohen Watnik (who we are pretty sure is a white hat) says in his twitter handle "not on parler" which seems a little pointed.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:48 AM (AwPyG)

559 I don't own a Kindle because I never trusted Amazon. I own all copies of my ebooks and store them on our 5 tb hard drive. I also use calibre. I have 2 Samsung tablets that have my books on them. I either bought them or torrented them and placed them on our hard drive. I know that will ultimately fail but by then I will have physical copies for my children.

Posted by: Megthered at January 10, 2021 11:48 AM (SM/op)

560 537. Could not happen to a more deserving lefty than Anna Wintour. Vogue is costumer for insane left wingers who by virtue of their ideology cannot be happy about anything.

Posted by: Jen the original at January 10, 2021 11:48 AM (EOKzg)

561 I'm not fond of the NIV because of how it made deliberate choices to translate certain words for cultural reasons rather than accuracy. Like translating every instance of "strong drink" into beer or wine, because we mustn't let people think that drinking liquor is allowed in the Bible.

the KJV translated without changes. I think its the only English translation (other than Geneva) that keeps "pisseth against the wall" from the original Hebrew ('makes water against the wall') .

Apparently God is too vulgar and needs to be moderated by man. So while Twitter et al are arrogant, its the Bible translators who dare to edit God the Creator.

Posted by: Observer at January 10, 2021 11:49 AM (7HQsw)

562 I can enjoy all kinds of churches. I attend the Eastern Orthodox Church and I am quiet except when I sign along with the choir. It would seem really out of place to say "Amen" during their services.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:49 AM (VP4Cd)

563
saw a rumor on Twitter that President Trump has called up a battalion of hippos who are right now on pre-deployment outside D.C.. This timing is verrrry interesting. Keep an eye on this for developments in the next few days (between now and the inauguration)
Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 11:43 AM (m45I2)



And stay clear of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Posted by: Nancy Pelosi's Desk Chair. at January 10, 2021 11:49 AM (PtOP4)

564 Sidney Powell has just announced Frankfurt servers show proof that Hippos votes in Georgia and Michigan.

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:47 AM (G6uXV)

And the reason you saw hippos inside the Capitol building is bc special forces brought them there!

Posted by: Big Things Are Happening! at January 10, 2021 11:49 AM (rd+Bu)

565 Now with everything online, there's a paper trail, so to speak.

Yeah but will it matter with president fingers in office? I think the whole "its illegal to molest children" thing is going to go by the wayside. Not on the books, but... effectively.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:49 AM (KZzsI)

566 Sidney Powell has just announced Frankfurt servers show proof that Hippos votes in Georgia and Michigan.Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:47 AM (G6uXV)


I thought Stacey Abrams already proved that for GA.

Posted by: The Walking Dude at January 10, 2021 11:50 AM (cCxiu)

567 It may be silly that a 75 year old sign is still copyrighted. But that is the current law. 75 years ago someone decided it was copyright-able and so here we are.

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:50 AM (G6uXV)

568 @548
Not to be creepy, but Q said that 7 out of 10 plane crashes are not accidents.
Grain of salt, of course.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:50 AM (AwPyG)

569 Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:43 AM (oQ94s)

Wait until I copyright the atmosphere.

//Jeffy Bezos
Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:44 AM (Lzpvj)

Maybe someone will copyright the penis head look before he does.

Then he'll have to chop his off.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:50 AM (oQ94s)

570 A Boeing 737-500 (not a MAX) crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta yesterday, killing all aboard.

It has hardly rated a mention.
Posted by: creeper at January 10, 2021 11:46 AM (XxJt1)

I dont' trust and would never fly on a 3rd world or commie ariline...And while the 737 MAXs might have has issues, remember it was only 3rd world county Pilots who could not deal with the shortcomings

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:50 AM (85Gof)

571 Apparently God is too vulgar and needs to be moderated by man.

Yeah, the Bible is very... earthy in a lot of places. Shockingly so, for many Christian ears. Stuff you'd never say in public are thrown out rather casually in scripture.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:51 AM (KZzsI)

572 Posted by: Cynical Sock Monkey...there's no retreat from here folks. at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (kSm5J)

My personal copy of Life Application Bible is so dog eared that the pages are beginning to rip and the cover is a disgrace. It needs to be rebound-and I have to use a magnifying glass to see the notes. I think I need a large print edition.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:51 AM (VP4Cd)

573 Although remember when Dianne F was leaning against the wall and threatening Murkowski? One of the things she supposedly said was that M would never be able to get on a plane again.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:52 AM (AwPyG)

574 It's a freakin' sign. On a freakin' hill. Everyone
who comes anywhere near the area sees it. Everyone around the world
knows it.



It's already IN the public domain.



It's almost like trying to copyright air.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:43 AM (oQ94s)

Ian from Forgotten Weapons did a video not long ago where he mentions all the trouble he had with his book on the history of French rifles because there are so few pictures of like the first half of their firearm history. Inoculous pics that he found in old newspapers couldn't be used and he had to change a lot because of the obscene copyright prices he was asked to pay, even down to how big it would be on the page. They had to research every single pic in the whole book so the publisher wouldn't be at future risk.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at January 10, 2021 11:52 AM (IbxQb)

575 Now with everything online, there's a paper trail, so to speak.
----------------
Yeah but will it matter with president fingers in office? I think the whole "its illegal to molest children" thing is going to go by the wayside. Not on the books, but... effectively.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:49 AM (KZzsI)

I just mean these clowns can't hide in the shadows.

Their words... they are coming out. Make the #metoo cancel culture hurt for them.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:52 AM (oQ94s)

576 it wants your info (phone number, too) to sign up.


In situations like that I always give my old, defunct land line number. I can't recall any denials.

Posted by: Cynical Sock Monkey...there's no retreat from here folks. at January 10, 2021 11:53 AM (kSm5J)

577 I am the governor of Georgia.

Posted by: Henrietta Hippo at January 10, 2021 11:53 AM (o4G4K)

578 I dont' trust and would never fly on a 3rd world or
commie ariline...And while the 737 MAXs might have has issues, remember it was only 3rd world county Pilots who could not deal with the shortcomings
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 11:50 AM (85Gof)

I had a cousin who flew 50 missions as a pilot in a B-17 in Europe, then stayed in the Air Force. He flew to the USSR all of the time, and had the opportunity to fly with the Russian pilots.

When my father was sent to Europe by the army and decided to stay awhile, my cousin made him promise never to fly in any plane piloted by a Russian.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 10, 2021 11:53 AM (xT2tT)

579 If it hasn't already been mentioned, Codemonkey is only on Gab now. He also makes a point about not being on Twitter or Parlor.

Take that as you will.

I have a Parlor account, or did, or something... but I found Parlor to be a royal pain in the ass to use, both on a computer and phone ('droid.)

Posted by: Martini Farmer - Now a Pirate, Hoisting the Black Flag at January 10, 2021 11:53 AM (3H9h1)

580 Wonder if the Komodo Dragon is good eating.....
Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 10, 2021 11:45 AM (R/m4+)

Why, yes. Yes, they are.

Posted by: the Gourmet Club at January 10, 2021 11:53 AM (KTdeA)

581 568 @548
Not to be creepy, but Q said that 7 out of 10 plane crashes are not accidents.
Grain of salt, of course.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:50 AM (AwPyG)




Until they run the flight data and cockpit voice recorders I'm staring straight at China.

Unless Boeing has fucked up again.

Posted by: creeper at January 10, 2021 11:54 AM (XxJt1)

582 The Vogue thing is just the beginning. The left spent 5 years directing their hate towards Trump. They cant just turn that hate off. Now it will be re directed on itself.

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:54 AM (G6uXV)

583 557 Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:48 AM (oQ94s)

Eh, there are a lot of "libertines" who are about to find out that all this hedonistic license they spent the last 20 years enjoying is about to be yanked away.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:54 AM (Lzpvj)

584 A Boeing 737-500 (not a MAX) crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta yesterday, killing all aboard.



It has hardly rated a mention.

The pilot was Hunter Biden.

Posted by: pep at January 10, 2021 11:54 AM (v16oJ)

585 FIRST!!!!!

Posted by: Sponge - Office of the Mr. Dr. President Elect at January 10, 2021 11:55 AM (Zz0t1)

586 503 just in case no one gets the point, the purpose of a Federal Gun Registration Law is not to find out who owns guns, they know there won't be compliance. The purpose is to be able to charge any homeowner who uses a gun in self defense with a Federal Crime.
Posted by: Tom Servo lear at January 10, 2021 11:34 AM (V2Yro)

Lots of laws are like that. Take the law which makes our schools THE SAFEST PLACES IN THE WORLD by making them "gun-free" zones under federal law.
In TX, you can drive up to, and park in, a school parking lot with a gun in the car. So long as it doesn't come out, no problem. If you are employee of the school and they allow concealed carry, as a third of TX school districts do, you can conceal carry, no problem. But that federal law is still very much out there.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 11:55 AM (M7K2y)

587 568 @548
Not to be creepy, but Q said that 7 out of 10 plane crashes are not accidents.
Grain of salt, of course.
Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 11:50 AM (AwPyG)

In our brave new world, it's not a bad idea to check the flight manifests, see who was on the plane, before accepting any specific conclusions made by the powers that be, as to why a plane went down.

Sorry, it's just too easy to do, and these people are THAT evil.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:55 AM (oQ94s)

588 The who dis....

When you have a book open, but aren't looking at it when the picture is taken.

Lt. Dan.

Posted by: Sponge - Office of the Mr. Dr. President Elect at January 10, 2021 11:55 AM (Zz0t1)

589 Why, yes. Yes, they are.

Posted by: the Gourmet Club at January 10, 2021 11:53 AM (KTdeA)

Tastes like Virginia ham.

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 11:55 AM (AwYPR)

590 582. And we should not interrupt them.

Posted by: Jen the original at January 10, 2021 11:56 AM (EOKzg)

591 OT: I just tried to access Gab. A screen popped up saying that my Browser was being checked and that it would take no more than five seconds. I waited longer than five seconds with no result. I've tried a few more times. I am using a Kindle Fire, so I suspect Jeffie Poo is blocking access to Gab by way of Amazon.

Posted by: Captain Josepha Sabin -- current occupation: cat furniture at January 10, 2021 11:56 AM (cLSW1)

592 They are going to need a lot more than 200 new ATF officers.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 11:56 AM (2BZBZ)

593 Registered my companys brand on Parler and Gab even though the owners of the company are lefties.

After the CEO released a video recently on diversity and inclusion its going to be fun accusing them of being intolerant bigoted hypocrites by not accepting people who don't have the same political beliefs they do, which is you know, half of America. (though I plan to be gentlemanly about it.) Though

I think too many of us just fly under the radar and let the left go unchallenged in everything they do but I think that's a serious mistake. We can no longer be silent and should take every opportunity we can to challenge them, even if it comes at a cost.

Posted by: 1776 in 2021 at January 10, 2021 11:56 AM (YrtE9)

594 Artemis, I remember very well that pic of Feinstein intimidating Murkowski, who was practically blubbering while Di had her pinned to the wall, during the Kavanaugh hearings.

Illuminating, to say the least.

Posted by: JuJuBee at January 10, 2021 11:56 AM (o4G4K)

595 I am on gab. Same thing. maybe 7 seconds. Be patient.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 11:57 AM (2BZBZ)

596 Lulz. Lincoln Project founder accused of offering jobs for sex to young men:

https://tinyurl.com/yyry4dca

Posted by: Dworkin Barimen - anarcho-tyranny? you're soaking in it! at January 10, 2021 11:41 AM (poEUH)



Captain Renault: Even I can't feign shock at this.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 10, 2021 11:57 AM (t8ef1)

597 In situations like that I always give my old, defunct land line number.

To avoid sales calls and the calls which must come from India every morning at 5;30 I turned my land line into a prayer and encouragement line. If people call they get a short faith based message and a option for leaving prayer requests. The Indians still call at 5;30 but I have fewer sales calls.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 11:57 AM (VP4Cd)

598 When I embarked on my career, many many years ago, I swore a Hippocratic oath, and I used it as a guide for my professional life. Now my dream of living under a Hippocracy is finally within reach.

Posted by: Muldoon at January 10, 2021 11:57 AM (m45I2)

599 My personal copy of Life Application Bible is so dog eared that the pages are beginning to rip and the cover is a disgrace. It needs to be rebound-and I have to use a magnifying glass to see the notes. I think I need a large print edition.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke

On occasion I see my old NIV sitting on the shelf all beat up and feel as though the Holy Spirit is using it as a gentle reminder to pick my bible up and read it.

Posted by: Cynical Sock Monkey...there's no retreat from here folks. at January 10, 2021 11:57 AM (kSm5J)

600 548 A Boeing 737-500 (not a MAX) crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta yesterday, killing all aboard.

It has hardly rated a mention.
Posted by: creeper at January 10, 2021 11:46 AM (XxJt1)

It happened outside of America. Therefore the media does not care in the slightest.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 11:57 AM (M7K2y)

601
Lulz. Lincoln Project founder accused of offering jobs for sex to young men:

https://tinyurl.com/yyry4dca
Posted by: Dworkin Barimen - anarcho-tyranny? you're soaking in it!



Which is why he was allowed to be be a co-founder. Makes it a lot easier for the commie cocksuckers to kick them to the curb once the Lincoln Project has outlived it's usefulness.

Rather like how Denny Hastert was allowed to become Speaker of the House.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 10, 2021 11:58 AM (EGyGV)

602 "Seems to me Parler and Gab membership would just single you out to for the left to destroy. No thank you."

imo social media is very powerful and "good". "Community Organizing" is nice in a local setting, but necessary on a national/global scale, if we are ever to get any control back. The power it can give central control is clear enough, but we do need to organize beyond our local venues. (and given time, going to church will be another way to be singled out ... so "isolate at home, don't be singled out" won't work then either)

Posted by: illiniwek at January 10, 2021 11:58 AM (Cus5s)

603 587 Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:55 AM (oQ94s)

I'm 48, I look forward to my mid 60s if I am allowed to make it that far.

Your infrastructure will be designed and maintained by people whose education was predicated on formulas and engineering being white dominated disciplines that need a lot more tolerance studies and a lot less scholastic rigor.

Buckle up.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:58 AM (Lzpvj)

604 Some #metoo are more/less #metoo than others.

Posted by: Leftists at January 10, 2021 11:58 AM (l3+k2)

605 Parler not Parlor.

Parler is French for to speak. But they use the anglicized pronunciation. I guess to make it a parlor like where you sit and chat? And it is literally French for speaking. Kinda clever.

I think it would have been better to use the French pronunciation. Because now a lot of people are not even sure what the app is called.

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:59 AM (G6uXV)

606 Guess now I need to get the wife to stop using Firefox.......

Posted by: Sponge - Office of the Mr. Dr. President Elect at January 10, 2021 11:59 AM (Zz0t1)

607 Shockingly so, for many Christian ears. Stuff you'd never say in public are thrown out rather casually in scripture.

**********

My favorite are the quotes from enemies of Israel marching up to the walls of Jerusalem and openly declaring at the top of their lungs how they will urinate and defecate on them.

Sounds like lefties today.

Posted by: 1776 in 2021 at January 10, 2021 11:59 AM (YrtE9)

608 Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:48 AM (oQ94s)

Eh, there are a lot of "libertines" who are about to find out that all this hedonistic license they spent the last 20 years enjoying is about to be yanked away.
Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:54 AM (Lzpvj)

In the ever changing world, things that were "acceptable," even a couple years ago, will no longer be.

The new puritans will make any sexual advance into rape. One of those simmering battles happening these days are the pickup artists v. feminazis. These guys trade "secrets" on how to bed women, and the ladies don't LIKE it. It reduces them to... something or other, and so even "yes" is going to mean no soon enough.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:59 AM (oQ94s)

609 Parler is handy if you are boarded by pirates.

Posted by: Diogenes at January 10, 2021 12:00 PM (axyOa)

610 To avoid sales calls and the calls which must come from India every morning at 5;30 I turned my land line into a prayer and encouragement line. If people call they get a short faith based message and a option for leaving prayer requests. The Indians still call at 5;30 but I have fewer sales calls.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke

My first good laugh of the day. Thank you. I am finding those to be of high value as they are in short supply these days.

Posted by: Cynical Sock Monkey...there's no retreat from here folks. at January 10, 2021 12:00 PM (kSm5J)

611 606 Posted by: Sponge - Office of the Mr. Dr. President Elect at January 10, 2021 11:59 AM (Zz0t1)

My wife nuked her f*ckbook account....

A lot of people are just REALLLL slow on the uptake.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 12:00 PM (Lzpvj)

612 Your infrastructure will be designed and maintained by people whose education was predicated on formulas and engineering being white dominated disciplines that need a lot more tolerance studies and a lot less scholastic rigor.

Yeah the one thing about Idiocracy that was so fake was that everything was more or less still working. It was too far in the future for things to function still, with people like that doing everything.

I expect to see... what was that college that had a coalition of wokesters build a foot bridge that just fell apart? More of that kind of thing

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 12:00 PM (KZzsI)

613 Parler not Parlor.

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 11:59 AM (G6uXV)


Parlor is a porn site.

Posted by: Sponge - Office of the Mr. Dr. President Elect at January 10, 2021 12:00 PM (Zz0t1)

614 556...
The sanctity of human life is about to cease being a factor in any government decsions.

Buckle up.
Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:47 AM (Lzpvj)

Slippery slope people got no respect, didthey.

Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 12:01 PM (Rbu5d)

615 Posted by: Cynical Sock Monkey...there's no retreat from here folks. at January 10, 2021 11:57 AM (kSm5J)

Follow the Holy Spirit's nudge.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 10, 2021 12:01 PM (VP4Cd)

616 I just tried to access Gab. A screen popped up saying that my Browser was being checked and that it would take no more than five seconds. I waited longer than five seconds with no result. I've tried a few more times. I am using a Kindle Fire, so I suspect Jeffie Poo is blocking access to Gab by way of Amazon.
Posted by: Captain Josepha Sabin -- current occupation: cat furniture at January 10, 2021 11:56 AM (cLSW1)

it is not you. GAB is adding and upgrading servers, so we are told, due to super increase in applications and users

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 12:02 PM (85Gof)

617 And at the time Feinstein was already over 80 years old.
The whole thing was very creepy and illuminating. Not that it mattered; Kavanaugh fell into line

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 12:02 PM (AwPyG)

618 Parler is handy if you are boarded by pirates.
Posted by: Diogenes

Bonus laugh! Feeling like a rich man.

Posted by: Cynical Sock Monkey...there's no retreat from here folks. at January 10, 2021 12:02 PM (kSm5J)

619 To Texas morons: I have a non-resident library card from the Austin Public Library. Yeah, I know, but their ebook collection is massive and has saved me tons of money. Non-resident cards used to cost $120/year but they now offer ebook only cards for $22/year. They are available to all Texas residents who don't live in Austin. A great deal if you can bring yourself to deal with them.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at January 10, 2021 12:03 PM (fTtFy)

620 I expect to see... what was that college that had a coalition of wokesters build a foot bridge that just fell apart?

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 12:00 PM (KZzsI)

Faber College.

Posted by: BignJames at January 10, 2021 12:03 PM (AwYPR)

621
My wife nuked her f*ckbook account....

A lot of people are just REALLLL slow on the uptake.
Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 12:00 PM (Lzpvj)


She's unaware of the Firefox issue, which I wasn't really aware of until today.

Farcebook is going to be a harder one to get her to drop. She uses it to keep up with all the old's from her home town.

Posted by: Sponge - Office of the Mr. Dr. President Elect at January 10, 2021 12:03 PM (Zz0t1)

622 Gab is "under maintenance."

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 12:03 PM (2BZBZ)

623 Eh, there are a lot of "libertines" who are about to find out that all this hedonistic license they spent the last 20 years enjoying is about to be yanked away.
Posted by: sven

The Weimar Republic was nice while it lasted.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 10, 2021 12:03 PM (+y/Ru)

624 Once a year they do an "Open Milwaukee" tour where you can see parts of the interiors of buildings you normally can't see.

Posted by: My life is insanity at January 10, 2021 11:04 AM (Z/jzm)


In the new age of Chyna-Virus we have entered, it's hard to imagine that will ever happen again.

House arrest & lockdowns was the first step, now they're going after digital communications to really isolate us in our home prisons.

Posted by: Boots Who Read The Gulag Archipelago at January 10, 2021 12:03 PM (O0Tro)

625
it is not you. GAB is adding and upgrading servers, so we are told, due to super increase in applications and users
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 10, 2021 12:02 PM (85Gof)


Their traffic is up over 700% in the past few days.

Posted by: Sponge - Office of the Mr. Dr. President Elect at January 10, 2021 12:04 PM (Zz0t1)

626 Nuuuude

Posted by: Cannibal Bob at January 10, 2021 12:04 PM (Dz5W3)

627 Gab doesn't rely on any other servers, it has its own servers, which is why a lot of people are transitioning to them; short of shutting off all electricity no one can control them.
Makes me think that ace was wise to stick with pixy.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 12:04 PM (AwPyG)

628 Like nooood too

Posted by: Cannibal Bob at January 10, 2021 12:04 PM (Dz5W3)

629 I joined Nextdoor because I thought the concept was good. Get to know neighbors, spread messages that affect the community, find out what is happening locally, etc.

That lasted about 5 minutes. ND is now just FB with the added bonus that everyone knows where you live. Every conversation devolves into name calling and red vs blue food fights.

I have a total of 2 comments, both of which have to do with recommending an electrician.

Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 12:04 PM (G6uXV)

630 614 Posted by: Flyover. at January 10, 2021 12:01 PM (Rbu5d)

Have not looked into our former resident mocker who SWORE there was no slippery slope to see if he got married.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 12:04 PM (Lzpvj)

631 Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 11:55 AM (oQ94s)

I'm 48, I look forward to my mid 60s if I am allowed to make it that far.

Your infrastructure will be designed and maintained by people whose education was predicated on formulas and engineering being white dominated disciplines that need a lot more tolerance studies and a lot less scholastic rigor.

Buckle up.
Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 11:58 AM (Lzpvj)

We sometimes joke the "Idiocracy" is a documentary, but yeah, it IS possible for civilizations to fall, not to conquerors from the outside, not from meteors and other natural disasters, but from the collective amnesia toward the knowledge and wisdom of the past. Books disappear, new "truths" are brought in to replace the old ones, and things like airplanes? Yeah, someday people may very well be thinking they were myths, that they didn't actually exist. Like sea monsters.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 12:05 PM (oQ94s)

632 Follow the Holy Spirit's nudge.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke

Sometimes. More often it takes the firm smack up the side of the head. He's often not subtle with me.

Posted by: Cynical Sock Monkey...there's no retreat from here folks. at January 10, 2021 12:05 PM (kSm5J)

633 I am on gab. Same thing. maybe 7 seconds. Be patient.
Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 10, 2021 11:57 AM (2BZBZ)

Concur. The wait screen may take a minute or two.

I got in no problem and I am a tech idiot so be patient.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 10, 2021 12:05 PM (R/m4+)

634 623 Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 10, 2021 12:03 PM (+y/Ru)

You could openly buy opium, hash, and cocaine for recreational use in Berlin right up to '33.

If you were in the party you could still get it but it was from party dealers.

"Brave New World"

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 12:06 PM (Lzpvj)

635 Your infrastructure will be designed and maintained by people whose education was predicated on formulas and engineering being white dominated disciplines that need a lot more tolerance studies and a lot less scholastic rigor.
---------

See: The bridge collapse in Florida

It was precisely the result of the above.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 10, 2021 12:07 PM (y6BzV)

636 We sometimes joke the "Idiocracy" is a documentary, but yeah, it IS possible for civilizations to fall, not to conquerors from the outside, not from meteors and other natural disasters, but from the collective amnesia toward the knowledge and wisdom of the past. Books disappear, new "truths" are brought in to replace the old ones, and things like airplanes? Yeah, someday people may very well be thinking they were myths, that they didn't actually exist. Like sea monsters.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 10, 2021 12:05 PM (oQ94s)


Q: What did people use for light before candles?

A: Electricity

Posted by: Boots Who Read The Gulag Archipelago at January 10, 2021 12:08 PM (O0Tro)

637 635 Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 10, 2021 12:07 PM (y6BzV)

and you can't get that answer from the NIST investigations *unless* you read between the lines.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 12:08 PM (Lzpvj)

638 Apparently God is too vulgar and needs to be moderated by man.

-
God is OK but he's no Joe Biden.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 10, 2021 12:10 PM (+y/Ru)

639 >Yeah but will it matter with president fingers in office? I think the whole "its illegal to molest children" thing is going to go by the wayside. Not on the books, but... effectively.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 10, 2021 11:49 AM (KZzsI)

With the latest Hunter photos to emerge (which I haven't seen, thank God, only heard about), I'm beginning to think that Q-adjacent theory about the highest levels of power being held by a cabal of pedos isn't looking crazy right now.

Posted by: Dworkin Barimen - anarcho-tyranny? you're soaking in it! at January 10, 2021 12:10 PM (poEUH)

640 Follow the Holy Spirit's nudge.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke
--------

Absolutely, but my Christian charity is constantly being challenged these days. I haven't started weaving a whip yet, but I *am* gathering the materials, metaphorically speaking.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 10, 2021 12:11 PM (y6BzV)

641 >OT: I just tried to access Gab. A screen popped up saying that my Browser was being checked and that it would take no more than five seconds. I waited longer than five seconds with no result. I've tried a few more times. I am using a Kindle Fire, so I suspect Jeffie Poo is blocking access to Gab by way of Amazon.
Posted by: Captain Josepha Sabin -- current occupation: cat furniture at January 10, 2021 11:56 AM (cLSW1)

That's called Cloudflare, which is a service meant to help the website it is deployed to handle DDOS attacks. In other words, it's meant to help stave off attacks, and is not a bad thing. Whether Cloudflare will keep them on as a customer is an entirely different matter.

Posted by: Dworkin Barimen - anarcho-tyranny? you're soaking in it! at January 10, 2021 12:12 PM (poEUH)

642
I had a cousin who flew 50 missions as a pilot in a B-17 in Europe, then stayed in the Air Force. He flew to the USSR all of the time, and had the opportunity to fly with the Russian pilots.

When my father was sent to Europe by the army and decided to stay awhile, my cousin made him promise never to fly in any plane piloted by a Russian.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo




As the old joke goes, in America, pilots have a rule for drinking, 24 hours from bottle to throttle. In Soviet Russia, pilots are strictly forbidden to drink within 24 feet of the aircraft.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 10, 2021 12:12 PM (EGyGV)

643 That lasted about 5 minutes. ND is now just FB with the added bonus that
everyone knows where you live. Every conversation devolves into name
calling and red vs blue food fights.
Posted by: RIP America at January 10, 2021 12:04 PM (G6uXV)


Same here. Dem ND Bitches be crazy.

Posted by: The Walking Dude at January 10, 2021 12:12 PM (cCxiu)

644 We sometimes joke the "Idiocracy" is a documentary, it IS possible for civilizations to fall... from the collective amnesia toward the knowledge and wisdom of the past.
That is literally true during the Ottoman Empire where Mohammed taught that the "circle is complete" and that his generation would be the best generation above even the future. The interpretation was to destroy all advances, so for at least three centuries, they destroyed printing presses and rejected science.

Spain translates more books in one year that the entirety of the Arab world to date. (more...)

Posted by: Observer at January 10, 2021 12:17 PM (7HQsw)

645 I joined Nextdoor because I thought the concept was good. Get to know neighbors, spread messages that affect the community, find out what is happening locally, etc.
---------

Not I, though I have received a couple of invites.

It has been somewhat tempting, because I am embroiled in a tiff with the.... wait for it ... HOA Board. My instinct has been, and will continue to be, avoid social media, period.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 10, 2021 12:17 PM (y6BzV)

646 (...continued)
Athens was continuously at war until consumed by Rome. When the Roman Republic was ended and the Roman Empire began, Rome was at continuous war, until Rome fell from the northern invasions.

During the Empire stage, there were no real advances. The former United States ended its last fifty years due to continuous war, and has been consumed by what is best described as the Chinese Empire.

(more...)

Posted by: Observer at January 10, 2021 12:20 PM (7HQsw)

647 The Vogue thing is just the beginning. The left spent 5 years directing
their hate towards Trump. They cant just turn that hate off. Now it will
be re directed on itself. Posted by: RIP America


Not while while they still have us.

Posted by: Trump Voting Majority at January 10, 2021 12:20 PM (cCxiu)

648 I remember a particularly gruesome brutalist library building from my days at U of Toronto. The Robarts library is a huge structure that resembles a triangular version of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral. It's nickname was Fort Book. The joke was that books had to have one corner chopped off so they could fit into the library.

Posted by: MichiCanuck at January 10, 2021 12:20 PM (zKgMr)

649 (...continued)
Yet in the 1300s China had a massive fleet of ships and a brilliant leader who sailed the Indian Ocean and brought back treasures from eastern Africa, populating the Chinese Emperor's zoo.

Then the Mandarins came and destroyed everything since they believed that the Confucian way would be harmed.

FWIW, the Confucian ideology permeates fUS universities. So it is perfectly natural to assume that this and future generations will be neo Luddites.

Posted by: Observer at January 10, 2021 12:22 PM (7HQsw)

650 For a guy who was the most failed career presidential candidate alive, who rarely got past NH in his many runs since the 80s, and a widely derided buffoon inside the Beltway for decades, he has some special political juice.

Or something.

Posted by: rhomboid

What Biden represents is all the inside maneuvering to get money from people, whether it's the Ukraine, China, whatever. And I think it's like that almost all of them do it. He's got it down, with his brother Jim and son Hunter. Beau was supposed to be the "clean" one, who would run for political office and be the inside man, as Joe is now.
We have had some lousy people as President, but hard to believe we have ever had someone so corrupt as Joe Biden. And most of his "colleagues" know it, as they wet their beaks from the same trough.

Posted by: Bozo Conservative....living on the prison planet at January 10, 2021 12:23 PM (ZCiJZ)

651 Oh, wait, books. This week finished 'Winter In Madrid', Sansom. A decent enough read, entertaining, reasonably researched historical novel, Spanish civil war.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 10, 2021 12:25 PM (y6BzV)

652 413 "Hard to believe now, but there was a time when Milwaukee prided itself on clean, honest government,"

"....and beer!"

Well no Schlitz, Sherlock. :-D

Posted by: pst314 at January 10, 2021 12:31 PM (mbIBQ)

653 648 I remember a particularly gruesome brutalist library building from my days at U of Toronto. The Robarts library is a huge structure that resembles a triangular version of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral. It's nickname was Fort Book. The joke was that books had to have one corner chopped off so they could fit into the library.
Posted by: MichiCanuck at January 10, 2021 12:20 PM (zKgMr)

I think I remember seeing that when I visited Toronto.

You should see the Alkek Library at Texas State University at San Marcos. If you are driving on I-35, it's hard to miss. The campus is on a height overlooking the town as it is.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 12:36 PM (M7K2y)

654 Anarchists Cookbook- Is that still in print? I used to have a copy, bought it at Sears (Remember them?) of all places (late 60's, 70's). Even at that young age, I knew buying such a thing at Sears meant 'The Revolution" was over.

Posted by: The Walking Dude at January 10, 2021 09:47 AM


I imagine it is still in print. The rumor I heard was that it was actually written as a kind of a honey trap for anarchists because the instructions for making material that goes bang is more dangerous to the reader than to anyone else.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at January 10, 2021 12:39 PM (qDSku)

655 DCLV

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 12:45 PM (M7K2y)

656 If it hasn't already been mentioned, Codemonkey is only on Gab now. He also makes a point about not being on Twitter or Parlor.



Take that as you will.



I have a Parlor account, or did, or something... but I found Parlor
to be a royal pain in the ass to use, both on a computer and phone
('droid.)

Posted by: Martini Farmer - Now a Pirate, Hoisting the Black Flag at January 10, 2021 11:53 AM (3H9h1)

Certainly Gab is more hardened against censorship right now. We still need to plan for being completely cut off online so that we can communicate in the real world.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at January 10, 2021 12:47 PM (946rW)

657 HOA board advice:
Try to keep in mind that the whole purpose of an HOA is to keep everyone's property values higher.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 12:50 PM (AwPyG)

658 657 HOA board advice:
Try to keep in mind that the whole purpose of an HOA is to keep everyone's property values higher.

Posted by: artemis at January 10, 2021 12:50 PM (AwPyG)

Why do people put up with HOAs?

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 12:53 PM (M7K2y)

659 658 Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 12:53 PM (M7K2y)

Counter-intuitively because it is usually cheaper indexed to the living experience it looks like.

I will live in a tent before I live in an HOA.

Posted by: sven at January 10, 2021 12:56 PM (Lzpvj)

660 Hurting Amazon, apart from a series of selective targeted [deleted], can be done by buying each item separately (especially if you're a Prime member.
Checkout one item. Wait for your shipping notice. Then order another.
All that packing and shipping and dunnage costs Amazon money. Make them hurt.
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, don't go quietly at January 10, 2021 11:47 AM (uxJPn)

Heh. The ONE thing bezos complains about: shipping costs.

Posted by: WinLinBSDAdmin at January 10, 2021 12:59 PM (0jT23)

661 654 -- I always refused to special order the Anarchists Cookbook. I heard that too much of it was bad information. I didn't mind if the idiots blew themselves up. Unfortunately, the idiots had a habit of taking innocent bystanders with them, and I didn't want to be responsible for a perfectly decent person losing their life.

Posted by: Captain Josepha Sabin -- current occupation: cat furniture at January 10, 2021 01:02 PM (cLSW1)

662 We have had some lousy people as President, but hard to believe we have ever had someone so corrupt as Joe Biden. And most of his "colleagues" know it, as they wet their beaks from the same trough.
Posted by: Bozo Conservative....living on the prison planet at January 10, 2021 12:23 PM (ZCiJZ)


It's really a new low point that I never thought would happen. I mean I could understand Gaylord, even though that was embarrassing in its own way, as a fresh new face; but Sundown is a well known pile of shit that never should have attained anything except king of the blowhards.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 10, 2021 01:08 PM (y7DUB)

663 re: Mark Twain's illustrator

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_Williams

Posted by: Anonymous Coward at January 10, 2021 01:08 PM (xoG/Q)

664 I've used Apprentice Alf's DeDRM scripts for years to remove the Kindle DRM so I can archive my ebooks without restriction. It might look daunting, but it's not that hard.
Search for Apprentice Alf, or just go here:
https://preview.tinyurl.com/q3gdoxq

Posted by: Rand1956 at January 10, 2021 02:02 PM (YHHLT)

665 Everyone wants something that reads fast.

Try reading "Brilliant Thoughts" by Joe Biden. You can read it during a short piss
Posted by: Nevergiveup

And then you'll start laughing and piss all over !

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 02:23 PM (arJlL)

666 Going to go to the farmer's market.
Bbl.
Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice)

Gonna buy a farmer ?

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 02:25 PM (arJlL)

667 Yup. I tried to plow thru Mein Kampf but failed. Your better than I am.
Posted by: Nevergiveup

At least, you didn't grow the mustache.....

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 02:31 PM (arJlL)

668 Oh, for Christopher Taylor, at #303 who wanted other authors on the book thread to link their sites - here's mine : www.celiahayes.com

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at January 10, 2021 02:34 PM (xnmPy)

669 I have always attended shouting churches.
Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner

WHAT ?

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 02:37 PM (arJlL)

670 I'm very late to this but does anyone know of a resource for pricing and selling antique school books?
Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench)

Search similar items on E-Bay and see what they're going for.

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 02:40 PM (arJlL)

671 To avoid sales calls and the calls which must come from India every morning at 5;30 I turned my land line into a prayer and encouragement line. If people call they get a short faith based message and a option for leaving prayer requests. The Indians still call at 5;30 but I have fewer sales calls.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke

Report them on the Federal Do Not Call list.

Posted by: JT at January 10, 2021 02:46 PM (arJlL)

672 I've read some of Strauss Howe's earlier books; they're pretty interesting takes on the generational nature of history and an expansion on the "hard times make good men" truism. It's been a bit since I last read one, so I can't remember how they described each of the generations that existed at the time (I think Millenials weren't old enough to be more than an extrapolation). The mentioned book is probably worth checking out.

Posted by: notthatGreg at January 10, 2021 03:22 PM (jwDzO)

673 671 that service is dead

Posted by: CN at January 10, 2021 03:39 PM (ONvIw)

674 During the Empire stage, there were no real advances. The former United States ended its last fifty years due to continuous war, and has been consumed by what is best described as the Chinese Empire.

(more...)
Posted by: Observer at January 10, 2021 12:20 PM (7HQsw)

Longer than that, in some respects.

And facts not in evidence. The story of the 21st Century has not been written yet (just a fifth).

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at January 10, 2021 04:43 PM (M7K2y)

675 @ 648 653: As a former frequent visitor to TO, Robarts Library (AKA Fort Book) at the University of Toronto is a monster that looms over all pedestrians on the street below.

Here's a photo: https://tinyurl.com/y3cpg3av

And that was taken on a sunny day. Come upon it on a dark winter evening and it looks malignant.

Posted by: PubliusII at January 10, 2021 05:41 PM (NCsa7)

676 I re-read an essay by C.S. Lewis called "Is Progress Possible? - Willing Slaves of the Welfare State." Written in 1956, it is very accurate in depicting what is going on now with the Covid outbreak, which makes me think this isn't new. You can find it for free online.

Posted by: goodluckduck at January 11, 2021 12:32 AM (V8zw+)

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