Matt Yglesias, Intellectual


That number is far off from the accurate one. In the Vendee region alone (a region of Western France, on the Atlantic Ocean), there was a slaughter of spectacular size.

The French Revolution is really better thought of as the Paris Revolution, because Paris was the capital of the Revolution and the Terror, and most of the revolutionary fervor was in Paris.

Out in places like the Vendee, the peasants did not want to slaughter their lords or their clergy -- and fought back against the troops sent by Paris to "pacify" them.

The "Infernal Columns," as they were called, ravaged the Vendee in a butcherie called by many the first genocide.

With this came formal orders for forced evacuation; also, a 'scorched earth' policy was initiated: farms were destroyed, crops and forests burned and villages razed. There were many reported atrocities and a campaign of mass killing universally targeted at residents of the Vendee regardless of combatant status, political affiliation, age or gender.

From January to May 1794, 20,000 to 50,000 Vendean civilians were massacred by the Infernal columns of the general Louis Marie Turreau.

...

General Westermann reported to his political masters at the Convention: "The Vendee is no more... According to your orders, I have trampled their children beneath our horses' feet; I have massacred their women, so they will no longer give birth to brigands. I do not have a single prisoner to reproach me. I have exterminated them all."

Some historians believe this letter never existed. [Um, you should know there are a lot of Jacobin apologists, to this day: Actual fans of Robspierre's mass slaughters.-- ace.]

...


Estimates of those killed in the Vendean conflict -- on both sides --- range between 117,000 and 450,000, out of a population of around 800,000.

And remember, that's the Vendee alone, a not-terribly-large or populous area (it's basically a good-sized county). That doesn't include all the guillotines working every day and night in Paris (I think women were guillotined at night, to not upset spectators), nor the other big burgs around the place.

But then, Yglesias has already outed himself as a Jacobin:


So, Matt Yglesias is now doing pig-ignorant, Aren't-I-Daringly-Contrarian #HotTakes about events he just learned about, but which happened over 220 years ago.

But that was just the amuse-bouche for the entree of stupid he had planned for later in the day.

Later on, Jonathan Chait, a fellow lefty, wrote an article protesting the claims from some on the left that any support for Joe Biden was ipso facto sexist -- because why would you oppose Hillary, if not for sexism?

So he criticized another lefty making that claim, and suggested that some lefties were a little too quick to claim that all political disagreements were due to sexism or racism.

Well! That upset our little dumb Jacobin, who immediately began protesting that some people (hint, hint) were too quick to claim that there were reasons besides sexism and racism for opposing leftist policies.

Which led to Chait asking Yglesias to defend the article making the assertion that any pro-Biden agitation was sexist.

Eliciting this typically Ygelsian response:


Well.

I keep asking this, and I know it's rhetorical, but: Aren't alleged, soi-disant Elite Intellectuals required to read a f***ing book on occasion, or at least be casually familiar with easily-adduced and well-known facts?

Or is it just a matter of wearing Asshole Spectacles and being a member of the Jacobin Left?

Rhetorical, I know. I know full well what the answer is.

Posted by: Ace at 06:02 PM




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1 Fourth!

Posted by: Burn the Witch at August 05, 2015 06:06 PM (xSCb6)

2 First?

Posted by: Ed at August 05, 2015 06:07 PM (uSM1W)

3 IF supporting Joe Biden is sexist against Hillary
THEN there must be no other differences between them than gender
SO Joe Biden is identical to Hillary except for gender

Wouldn't that make supporting Hillary sexist against Biden?

If they're the same, and the only reason to choose one over the other is gender, then no matter which you choose, you're a sexist.

Posted by: oblivious at August 05, 2015 06:08 PM (fG412)

4 Le Third!

Posted by: RGallegos at August 05, 2015 06:08 PM (fv5/b)

5 I wonder, if I just claim to be an intellectual, waive my almost. Ph.D. in front of them, would vox let mw just pump out bullshit and get paid for it?
Hell, I have more credentials than all of them combined.

Posted by: tsrblke (phone) at August 05, 2015 06:08 PM (xhFdV)

6 >>>Aren't alleged, soi-disant Elite Intellectuals required to read a f***ing book on occasion, or at least be casually familiar with easily-adduced and well-known facts?

Books are for nerds!

Posted by: mynewhandle at August 05, 2015 06:09 PM (AkOaV)

7 Rhetorically, I am not first.

But, smahtah than Matty Yiggles, crayon intellectual.

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Staring at the Lake in the rain at August 05, 2015 06:09 PM (WIIRD)

8 Compared to Matty's heroes Robespierre was a piker.

Posted by: steevy at August 05, 2015 06:09 PM (sPO3u)

9 Yglesias - so retarded he makes Jonathan Chait look good.

Posted by: gwelf at August 05, 2015 06:09 PM (+7Usq)

10 I think his point is that until Stalin and Mao learned how to kill millions, the Frog Commie were amateurs.



Think he even knows about those killings?




Posted by: Nip Sip at August 05, 2015 06:09 PM (0FSuD)

11 Looks like someone stomped on him in that twitter feed with an older quote and he admitted he said something dumb.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at August 05, 2015 06:10 PM (xSCb6)

12
Ace I highly recommend a book called "Paris in the Terror," by Stanley Loomis. A great and readable book on the French Revolution.
How's Flashman coming?

Posted by: Lord Haw Haw at August 05, 2015 06:10 PM (XBUdh)

13 Matt Yglesias makes Cynthia McKinney look smart.

Posted by: dantesed at August 05, 2015 06:10 PM (88xKn)

14 Oooh look at ace! What a nerd! Reading books and shit. Also, he's a teacher pet.

You know, ace, that the teachers may like you -- but all of us kids think you're a huge, hairy nerd

Posted by: mynewhandle at August 05, 2015 06:10 PM (AkOaV)

15 I heart the 2nd Amendment ...

Posted by: Adriane the Genocide Critic ... at August 05, 2015 06:10 PM (qOsoH)

16 Yggy's still trying to figure out which side of the French Revolution was the French.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:10 PM (oVJmc)

17

yep, we all know the answer

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at August 05, 2015 06:11 PM (qCMvj)

18 Yo!

Posted by: Yo! at August 05, 2015 06:11 PM (q+zA9)

19 "Matt Yglesias' Vox newsletter is just full of unique insights."

listen for a while to any of the loons you see on various street corners in Manhattan and you'll see that they are also full of unique insights.

Posted by: mallfly at August 05, 2015 06:11 PM (qSIlh)

20 I keep asking this, and I know it's rhetorical, but: Aren't alleged,
soi-disant Elite Intellectuals required to read a f***ing book on
occasion, or at least be casually familiar with easily-adduced and
well-known facts?


That's time they could spend attacking the proper people, Ace.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:12 PM (oVJmc)

21 The Jacobins were proto-commies, no?

Posted by: Thor's feather duster at August 05, 2015 06:12 PM (JgC5a)

22 Please take me seriously!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!




please?

Posted by: Matty Iglesias at August 05, 2015 06:12 PM (dGKUu)

23 re 16: well, Matty is from the generation that doesn't know if Germany was our ally or enemy in WW 2.

Posted by: mallfly at August 05, 2015 06:13 PM (qSIlh)

24

How do people like him get paid?

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at August 05, 2015 06:13 PM (qCMvj)

25 Aren't alleged,
soi-disant Elite Intellectuals required to read a f***ing book on
occasion

Or at least have it out on the coffee table to impress the shit out of us?

Posted by: tu3031 at August 05, 2015 06:13 PM (EDYaR)

26 I guess that next, Matt and Vox will explain that the Thousand Year Reich only lasted for 877 years.


And that 24/7/365 is actually 11/4/rutabaga.

F'n geniuses.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at August 05, 2015 06:13 PM (VPLuQ)

27 I appreciate you, Ace, paying attention to these mental midgets so the rest of us don't have to.

To tell you the truth, I can't keep the names of the players, or their respective trash media outlets straight. They all look the same to me.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 05, 2015 06:13 PM (Dj0WE)

28 16 Yggy's still trying to figure out which side of the French Revolution was the French.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:10 PM (oVJmc)


Am not. *Nyeeeah*

Posted by: Matty Yiggles, International Man of Intellect at August 05, 2015 06:14 PM (WIIRD)

29 Crikey!

As a Roman Catholic, I am very aware of the martyrs killed in the Terror. And, of course, the Vendee and the destruction of the RC Church in a once thriving country. Between the this first revolution and WW1, France moral strength was wiped out.

As for Iglesias, as long as the "right" people are killed, meh... who's to complain, right?

Posted by: Havildar Major at August 05, 2015 06:14 PM (jpW6t)

30 Our current crop of intellectuals seem to be very uneducated and quite dimwitted

Posted by: Yo! at August 05, 2015 06:14 PM (q+zA9)

31 Just wanted to point out that this Matt clown isn't related to me in any way.

Posted by: Julio Iglesias at August 05, 2015 06:15 PM (g2DAI)

32 Having seen every episode of Game of Thrones is like basically the same as reading a book.

Posted by: mugiwara at August 05, 2015 06:15 PM (Iuo7N)

33 Faux intellectuals like Matt put weighty sounding books on their e-reader just to show how smart they are. To read them *shudder* no they don't need to.

Much like Victorian era new made men of substance 'intellectuals' who would fill the shelves of their libraries with the spines pf good books to impress their guests.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 06:15 PM (i96Kk)

34 13
Matt Yglesias makes Cynthia McKinney look smart.


Posted by: dantesed at August 05, 2015 06:10 PM (88xKn)

I do too!

Posted by: Hank Johnson, stop Guam may tip over. at August 05, 2015 06:15 PM (0FSuD)

35 Matty's level of expertise extends to extracting cheetos caught underneath his moobs.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:15 PM (oVJmc)

36 So the podcast is great and doesn't make any case whatsoever that the terror was not...terrible.

And, frankly, I think Yglesias didn't know anything about the French Revolution or Jacobins when he made the earlier tweet. He wouldn't if he'd gone to public schools.

But once again, the Revolutions podcast is awesome and should not in any way be tarnished by this douche.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 05, 2015 06:15 PM (b65cm)

37 The best part of any totalitarian movement like we are seeing on our very own left today is that inevitably they get around to eating each other. I would just like to say, faster please.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 05, 2015 06:16 PM (OGm46)

38 I like Periwinkle.

...and Burnt Sienna.

Posted by: Matty Yiggles, International Man of Intellect at August 05, 2015 06:16 PM (WIIRD)

39 I would really like to hear which is more tepid though: being frogmarched to the guillotine, or having your head ripped off by a rabid mob.

Not many victims of the gentile fraunch revolution had a choice, and one was as likely as the other.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 05, 2015 06:17 PM (Dj0WE)

40 Yes the Jacobins were proto-commies. I believe, but am not sure, that the word communism comes from the people's communes they were always declaring.

>>>great and readable book on the French Revolution.
How's Flashman coming?

I'll check that out... as for Flashman, I put it aside to read other things, though i was enjoying it. I'll get back to it.

I got on to a huge physics/cosmology/astronomy kick.



Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:18 PM (dciA+)

41 Opposing Hillary is sexist, but opposing Biden is retardist.

Posted by: maddogg at August 05, 2015 06:18 PM (xWW96)

42 Our current crop of intellectuals seem to be very uneducated and quite dimwitted
Posted by: Yo! at August 05, 2015 06:14 PM (q+zA9)


Digital salons just don't cut it.

Mais oui!

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at August 05, 2015 06:18 PM (qCMvj)

43

Yglesias





Gesundheit.


Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at August 05, 2015 06:18 PM (kdS6q)

44 >>>But once again, the Revolutions podcast is awesome and should not in any way be tarnished by this douche.


i heard the podcast actually discusses the butchery in the vendee -- which Yglesias then just ignored, or wasn't listening to, because he was busy constructing his newest #HotTake.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (dciA+)

45 Jack - trouble is, they only really get around to eating their own after they have destroyed the Counter Revolutionaries.

Posted by: Mark Noonan at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (tKzEw)

46 Matt Yglesias, the Leonard Pinth-Garnell of out time...

Posted by: tu3031 at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (EDYaR)

47 Don't ever get a account of lefty atrocities from a lefty, ever.

Posted by: Skip at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (Pp9Ha)

48 How do people like him get paid?
Posted by: artisanal 'ette


In quatloos.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative...a rube in America at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (RFeQD)

49 I know this post was supposed to educate me and all that...

...but what I have to say is, "Damn! I suddenly want to watch my DVD box set of 'Scarlet Pimpernel' again!"

(The series starring Richard E. Grant.)

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (WrtZp)

50 But that was just the amuse-bouche for the entree of stupid he had planned for later in the day.

Nice.

Posted by: HR braucht ein Bier at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (/kI1Q)

51 33 Faux intellectuals like Matt put weighty sounding books on their e-reader just to show how smart they are. To read them *shudder* no they don't need to.

Nuh uh.

*looks up from Betty and Veronica comic*

Posted by: Matty Yiggles, International Man of Intellect at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (WIIRD)

52 The Revolutions Podcast is, indeed, awesome, as was Mike Duncan's earlier opus, The History of Rome.

Matty Glesias is just a bufoon.

Posted by: Lance McCormick at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (pJeRn)

53 great and readable book on the French Revolution.

Any good video games about it?

Posted by: Methos learned everything he knows about history from Civ at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (ZbV+0)

54 I love that Yglesias song, Vous les Femmes!

Posted by: the Butcher at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (fUjxW)

55 hopping from link to link, I came a cross this unrelated goody (WaPo) at Mark Hemingwat's twitter:

Why hire Chelsea to speak? "We knew the forefront her family was going to be in the media, with the upcoming elections," said the events director for Collaborate Marketplace, Angie Ahrens. Records show that events such as this one, which included a speech, an onstage Q&A and a short photo-op, typically bring in between $10,000 and $100,000, paid directly to the Clinton Foundation.

Posted by: mallfly at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (qSIlh)

56 Don't ever get a account of lefty atrocities from a lefty, ever.

Posted by: Skip

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What exactly are you saying?

Posted by: Walter Duranty at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (WrtZp)

57 How do people like him get paid?
Posted by: artisanal 'ette


In quatloos.
Posted by: Bossy Conservative...a rube in America at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (RFeQD)


if it would get me off this planet...

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (qCMvj)

58 "I haven't even read the article" - MY

I don't speak French, but if that isn't a bon mot, then I don't know what is.

MY so pwned Chait there.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (1CroS)

59 The Jacobins were proto-commies, no?

Marx and the rest of them thought the French Revolution was to be emulated.

They took the French Revolution as a single data point and found a straight line approximation of the data.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (b65cm)

60 great and readable book on the French Revolution.

Any good video games about it?
Posted by: Methos learned everything he knows about history from Civ at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (ZbV+0)


heh.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at August 05, 2015 06:21 PM (qCMvj)

61 Actually, the "Rape of Nanking" doesn't hold a candle to the Republicans' War on Women, and here's why...

Posted by: #voxtakes at August 05, 2015 06:21 PM (EHU9F)

62 How do people like him get paid?

And why?

Posted by: tu3031 at August 05, 2015 06:22 PM (EDYaR)

63 >>Jack - trouble is, they only really get around to eating their own after they have destroyed the Counter Revolutionaries.

That is the usual trajectory. Fortunately, ours seem so inept they have moved to the internal attacks before they have really destroyed us.

These clowns don't seem to have any end goal, any real alternative other than some vague idea of adopting the worst of previously failed collectivist ideas and they are running out of steam. They seem like an exhaustive movement thrashing out in their death throes.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 05, 2015 06:22 PM (OGm46)

64 "The reign of terror was actually a good thing, and here's why!"

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:22 PM (WrtZp)

65 The Clinton Foundation is starting to sound like some other foundations:

The Gambino Foundation
The Lucchese Foundation
The Bonanno Foundation
The Genovese Foundation
The Colombo Foundation

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 06:23 PM (oFCZn)

66 dantesed: "Matt Yglesias makes Cynthia McKinney look smart."

Whoa now. Let's not get carried away here.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at August 05, 2015 06:23 PM (1CroS)

67 Ok, now they are bragging about what they want to do, abortion, medical research using murdered baby organs, stamp out religion the way the Jacobins did. They are Stalinists, Mao-ists, and they want to exterminate the sub humans who hold religious beliefs (other than Islam) and call themselves conservatives.

We should believe them when they say this no matter how well they dress it up in intellectual code words.

Posted by: Bliss Beerwaist at August 05, 2015 06:23 PM (S6zmj)

68 What exactly are you saying?

Posted by: Walter Duranty at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (WrtZp)

Yeah what is this right wing slander all about? Global warming killed all those Ukrainian, everyone knows that.

Posted by: NY Times Editors at August 05, 2015 06:24 PM (0FSuD)

69 Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 06:23 PM (oFCZn)

But with much worse food ...

Posted by: Adriane the Ethnic Cuisine Critic ... at August 05, 2015 06:24 PM (qOsoH)

70 >>> great and readable book on the French Revolution.

Any good video games about it?

...

i don't know if it's "good" but Assassin's Creed Unity is set in Paris during the Revolution, and the follow-this-guy missions take you (COINCIDENTALLY!) into important events, like the arguments in the General Assembly that ultimately started it all going.

I stopped playing because I found the game kind of boring, but it's a very cool era, and I liked them combining some history with my Killing People.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:24 PM (dciA+)

71 The only thing I know about the French is they make some really good toast when soaked in a beaten egg / orange juice mixture and browned lightly on a hot griddle.

The important stuff.

99% of America looks at people like Iglesias and walk away shaking their head slowly.


Posted by: Foghorn Leghorn at August 05, 2015 06:24 PM (UhRGU)

72 >>>great and readable book on the French Revolution.
How's Flashman coming?

I'll check that out... as for Flashman, I put it aside to read other things, though i was enjoying it. I'll get back to it.

I got on to a huge physics/cosmology/astronomy kick.



Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:18 PM (dciA+)


I would put in a recommendation of Jay Winik's "The Great Upheaval." It tackles not just fraunce, but what was happening over here during that time period as well.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 05, 2015 06:24 PM (Dj0WE)

73 >>>...but what I have to say is, "Damn! I suddenly want to watch my DVD box set of 'Scarlet Pimpernel' again!"

(The series starring Richard E. Grant.)

...

i saw a bit of that and wanted to watch more.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:25 PM (dciA+)

74 I can only consider that these "intellectuals" decided that they are such, themselves.
OR, there is a far larger number of Idiocracy citizens that actually believe these twits.

Posted by: Kafiroon at August 05, 2015 06:25 PM (nbYJI)

75 Whenever people on the Left speak, it's like Charlie Brown's teacher from the animated TV shows.

Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah....

and so on.

Eventually, there will be a reckoning on this, and it won't be pretty. Yglesias and Chait are but two of the many dangerous imbeciles rampant in the Media today.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative...a rube in America at August 05, 2015 06:25 PM (RFeQD)

76 Yo!: "Our current crop of intellectuals seem to be very uneducated and quite dimwitted"

MY is clearly tenure material. Clearly.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at August 05, 2015 06:25 PM (1CroS)

77 [Um, you should know there are a lot of Jacobin apologists, to this day: Actual fans of Robspierre's mass slaughters.-- ace.]

==========
They tend to be communists and dont even hide it. Shocked, eh?

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 06:25 PM (iQIUe)

78 These clowns don't seem to have any end goal, any real alternative other than some vague idea of adopting the worst of previously failed collectivist ideas and they are running out of steam. They seem like an exhaustive movement thrashing out in their death throes.

Posted by: JackStraw

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End goal? End goals are for grown-ups.

Always - ALWAYS! - view leftist ideas as if they're coming out of the mouths of bratty, petulant children. That's when they suddenly make their motives known.

They like to overturn the apple cart because an adult yelled at them, and they knew the yelling was justified.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:25 PM (WrtZp)

79 Yeah what is this right wing slander all about? Global warming killed all those Ukrainian, everyone knows that.

And we've got Duranty's Pulitzer in the lobby to prove it...

Posted by: Your Betters at the New York Times at August 05, 2015 06:25 PM (EDYaR)

80 When you think about it - 9/11 had a pretty low body count when you think about the impact it had on America.

Posted by: SH at August 05, 2015 06:25 PM (gmeXX)

81 I follow the old school DrillThrawlian guideline that all stupid liberals should be stamped out.

Posted by: Drill_Thrawl at August 05, 2015 06:26 PM (fO0en)

82 pseudo-intellectual

Posted by: donna at August 05, 2015 06:26 PM (hUdMz)

83 well if we're all suggesting books i'll recommend Simon Schama's Citizens, a comprehensive history.

Schama is very angry at the left-wing historians who cheer the slaughters of the Terror -- he's the one I link in that video telling that Marxist Murder-Enthusisast that he's "unconsionable."

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:26 PM (dciA+)

84 People like Matty are proud of their total ignorance. It lets them live in their fantasy.

Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at August 05, 2015 06:26 PM (6ynOA)

85 There are simply not enough palms and faces for Yglesias to exist in this reality.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:26 PM (rwI+c)

86 Tell us more about that bridge, Matty.

Posted by: Golfman at August 05, 2015 06:26 PM (48QDY)

87 Yglesias kicks your asses!

Posted by: Conservatives suck at August 05, 2015 06:26 PM (AH7Yo)

88 40K might the number of people who were ordered executed by courts in PAris alone during the Revolution. That doesn't include anyone killed outside Paris (Where the Vendee was the worst, but not the only place - the city of Lyon revolted against the Revolutionary regime and after they took the city, at least 2000+ people were killed in Lyon alone.), anyone killed in Paris without official orders, or anyone killed in Paris just because the revolutionary mob wanted blood that day.

Matt Yglesias should also look at what happened to the Jacobins at the end - they got beheaded by the people they terrorized. And Yglesias and his Occupy ilk should look at what happened to the French Revolution at the end - it was killed and buried by a military dictator.

Posted by: TKYC at August 05, 2015 06:27 PM (AWb9I)

89


Heh, this is exactly like this Eddie Izzard stand up piece:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFtkJd8w5UQ

Posted by: dan-O at August 05, 2015 06:27 PM (rnB5q)

90 >>>They tend to be communists and dont even hide it. Shocked, eh?

no, and that asshole doing the apologism is that teacher who rants about hating his students, and then later, I think, got caught plagiarizing a white supremacist (if I remember correctly).

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:27 PM (dciA+)

91 IF supporting Joe Biden is sexist against Hillary
THEN there must be no other differences between them than gender
SO Joe Biden is identical to Hillary except for gender

Wouldn't that make supporting Hillary sexist against Biden?

If they're the same, and the only reason to choose one over the other is gender, then no matter which you choose, you're a sexist.




MATT! COORDINATE!

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:27 PM (rwI+c)

92 Silly people, credentials are what's important.


Though I'm not really sure what Matty's are.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at August 05, 2015 06:27 PM (xSCb6)

93 Anna Puma: "Much like Victorian era new made men of substance 'intellectuals' who would fill the shelves of their libraries with the spines pf good books to impress their guests."

I pulled the same stunt with the Bible to prove my virtue. I still can't believe it worked!

Posted by: Slick Willie at August 05, 2015 06:28 PM (1CroS)

94 46 Matt Yglesias, the Leonard Pinth-Garnell of out time...
Posted by: tu3031 at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (EDYaR)


Leonard Pinth-Garnell SNL - Bad Conceptual Theater.

http://tinyurl.com/pgsye76

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Staring at the Lake in the rain at August 05, 2015 06:28 PM (WIIRD)

95
I don't remember any mas executions durring the American Revolution.
Since this is a Smart Military Blog can anyone confirm that?

Posted by: Yo! at August 05, 2015 06:28 PM (q+zA9)

96 When you think about it - 9/11 had a pretty low body count when you think about the impact it had on America.

Posted by: SH at August

----

And the people leaping out of the windows were actually getting to the ground faster than if they had taken the elevators!

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:28 PM (WrtZp)

97 Yggy doesn't really exist.

He's an experiment from MIT into Artificial Unintelligence.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:28 PM (oVJmc)

98 The Art Of War, attributed to Sun Tzu...

Posted by: donna at August 05, 2015 06:28 PM (hUdMz)

99 71
The only thing I know about the French is they make some really good
toast when soaked in a beaten egg / orange juice mixture and browned
lightly on a hot griddle.

The important stuff.



Don't forget "French Fries"!!

Posted by: Nip Sip at August 05, 2015 06:28 PM (0FSuD)

100 i heard the podcast actually discusses the butchery in the vendee -- which Yglesias then just ignored, or wasn't listening to, because he was busy constructing his newest #HotTake.

Yep. The guy who does the podcast is really mild-mannered (part of the reason I like it) so he doesn't get emotional about stuff. He's more sardonic and sarcastic about things.

I don't know if he actually did numbers for the Vendee but he mentions it several times.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 05, 2015 06:29 PM (b65cm)

101 The American revolution had similar body count and it also looms rather large in the world's political consciousness. Weird.

Posted by: SH at August 05, 2015 06:29 PM (gmeXX)

102 Horatio Hornblower was about that era from a British POV if I recall correctly.

Posted by: Peter Jennings at August 05, 2015 06:29 PM (UhRGU)

103 People like little Matty already know everything so reading a book every now and again is just a waste of time. Books are full of dates and facts and data. Ya know, stuff that might confuse him or conflict with his worldview and that's simply horrible to imagine.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at August 05, 2015 06:29 PM (LA7Cm)

104 The Revolutions Podcast is, indeed, awesome, as was Mike Duncan's earlier opus, The History of Rome.

Yep.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 05, 2015 06:29 PM (b65cm)

105 off hand comment; i'm perplexed why only some religions past 100's of years later lower moments are drug out, but others having incidents much more relvant to the times we live in and are apologized for.

and 1 more thing after reading the post. I would offer the premise that Matt would be a part of the
Authoritorian side... if His licking the boots of those who blood libel In this moment in time and use His commentary to support such is any indication.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:30 PM (nqBYe)

106 In quatloos.
Posted by: Bossy Conservative...a rube in America at August 05, 2015 06:19 PM (RFeQD)

if it would get me off this planet...
Posted by: artisanal 'ette at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (qCMvj)


Oh, I got tons of those back home. How much you need?

Posted by: Drill_Thrawl at August 05, 2015 06:30 PM (fO0en)

107 >>>Horatio Hornblower was about that era from a British POV if I recall correctly.

right, the famous Napoleonic Era.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:31 PM (dciA+)

108 Posted by: Conservatives suck at August 05, 2015 06:26 PM (AH7Yo)

Oooo, blistering.

Posted by: fluffy at August 05, 2015 06:31 PM (2iV3X)

109 The Art of Wart, attributed to Kermit.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at August 05, 2015 06:31 PM (W5DcG)

110 I'd love to see Matty debate a silly old religionist like Chesterton.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:32 PM (oVJmc)

111 Matty isn't as far along in the podcast as I am. If he were, he would have heard about the death count in the Vendee that Ace mentioned. Mike Duncan just hadn't gotten that far along at that point. But you'd expect that idiot Matty to talk about things he didn't understand, wouldn't you?

Posted by: Dr. Todd Ambrosius at August 05, 2015 06:32 PM (x550S)

112 101
The American revolution had similar body count and it also looms rather large in the world's political consciousness. Weird.

Posted by: SH


pffffffft. The McCarthy era had a body count of zero, yet we'll never hear the end of these idiots gassing on about how heroic the left was.

Posted by: pep at August 05, 2015 06:32 PM (LAe3v)

113 Well could also read or watch the Japanese Rose of Versailles about a young woman Oskar, raised as a boy by her head strong noble father, who becomes the Captain of the Guard for Marie Antoinette. So from Oskar's point of view get to see all the schemes and scandals that lead to the French Revolution.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 06:32 PM (i96Kk)

114 Don't forget "French Fries"!!

Posted by: Nip Sip at August

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Why am I suddenly picturing the dinner scene from "Better Off Dead"?

"This liqueur is fabulous! It reminds me of the hooch Ricky's dead pappy used to make!"

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:32 PM (WrtZp)

115 I'm struck by the fact that Jesus and 12 followers have loomed so large in world history.

Posted by: SH at August 05, 2015 06:32 PM (gmeXX)

116 man I really loved that Horatio Hornblower series with that Ioan Gruffuld (sp? -- later played Mr. Fantastic in Fantastic Four).

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:32 PM (dciA+)

117 The Art of Wart, attributed to Kermit.

Did You see he broke up with Miss Piggy/

Posted by: donna at August 05, 2015 06:33 PM (hUdMz)

118 These LIB movements always spin out of control. Look at what the Sans-culottes did to me.

I'm thinking you may be next, Mr. Yglesias. But you know that, because you've read history, oui?

Posted by: Headless Robespierre, Jacobin at August 05, 2015 06:33 PM (9mTYi)

119 Great and readable book on the French Revolution?

Considérations sur la France, Joseph de Maistre.

Posted by: kartoffel at August 05, 2015 06:33 PM (0OwpE)

120 We are smarter than anyone who lived in the past and here's why:

Posted by: Vox at August 05, 2015 06:33 PM (NHtMs)

121 40K might the number of people who were ordered executed by courts in PAris alone during the Revolution. That doesn't include anyone killed outside Paris (Where the Vendee was the worst, but not the only place - the city of Lyon revolted against the Revolutionary regime and after they took the city, at least 2000+ people were killed in Lyon alone.), anyone killed in Paris without official orders, or anyone killed in Paris just because the revolutionary mob wanted blood that day.

Yep. The 40,000 were the ones killed by the Committee of Public Safety in Paris during one 10-month period.

Executions. Not wartime casualties or anything else. These were literal executions for crimes against the republic, like...pretty much anything they could dream up.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 05, 2015 06:33 PM (b65cm)

122 Neil Armstrong was just one guy, yet he looms so large in world history.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:34 PM (oVJmc)

123 Horatio Hornblower was about that era from a British POV if I recall correctly.

Posted by: Peter Jennings

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That was the Napoleonic wars.

For Reign of Terror, check out "Scarlet Pimpernel." Utterly, utterly awesome!

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:34 PM (WrtZp)

124 one thing the Hornblower series made clear to me was that if i were alive in any other era i'd be dead.

like, the only thing I could do on that ship is be the navigator, and then, well, they showed how very mentally demanding navigation was, so i'd be a loss at that.

My role on a ship would be to either be beaten to death for incompetence, or used as a rape-toy.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:34 PM (dciA+)

125 Oops!

I didn't see the "Peter Jennings"!

I'm a dope!

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:34 PM (WrtZp)

126 Out of curiosity, what does he consider to be another comparably-sized spasm of authoritarian violence?

Perhaps it is best not to ask.

Posted by: SH at August 05, 2015 06:34 PM (gmeXX)

127 Speaking of the Japanese, this will probably distract the Morons. Assuming the firewalls let it through. eBay and probably NSFW.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/nkqce5t

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 06:35 PM (i96Kk)

128 no, and that asshole doing the apologism is that teacher who rants about hating his students, and then later, I think, got caught plagiarizing a white supremacist (if I remember correctly).

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:27 PM (dciA+)

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That entire documentary you linked can be found on youtube in 4 parts. The comments defending the Terror are sickening. And they are all by lefty history teachers, sociologists, etc.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 06:35 PM (iQIUe)

129 58 "I haven't even read the article" - MY

You forgot the exclamation point. Exclamation, for extra smarts!

Posted by: Matty Glesias at August 05, 2015 06:35 PM (mPCqj)

130 one thing the Hornblower series made clear to me was that if i were alive in any other era i'd be dead.

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When I saw the bit where they tied him in the rigging during a storm, I thought, "Um... no. Not for me."

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:35 PM (WrtZp)

131 Horatio Hornblower was about that era from a British POV if I recall correctly.

right, the famous Napoleonic Era.
Posted by: ace
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Gadzooks! You've read C.S Forester!

Book thread! Book thread!
C.S Forester! C. S. Forester!

How about, "Rifleman Dodd"?

Posted by: Headless Robespierre, Jacobin at August 05, 2015 06:35 PM (9mTYi)

132 The McCarthy era had a body count of zero, yet we'll never hear the end
of these idiots gassing on about how heroic the left was.


Ambition and self-preservation are virtues, too!

Posted by: Commodus at August 05, 2015 06:35 PM (ZbV+0)

133 108
Posted by: Conservatives suck at August 05, 2015 06:26 PM (AH7Yo)



Oooo, blistering.

***

Well, Average Joe certainly schooled us, didn't he?

Posted by: cool arrow at August 05, 2015 06:35 PM (g2DAI)

134 did you ever notice the fat little hipster in the TRUECAR.com commercials looks like Yglesias?

"now you can be an expert in less than a minute". sounds like him too.

Posted by: X at August 05, 2015 06:36 PM (xGNLA)

135 man I really loved that Horatio Hornblower series with that Ioan Gruffuld

Yep. It ended too soon, it did.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:36 PM (rwI+c)

136 >>>When I saw the bit where they tied him in the rigging during a storm, I thought, "Um... no. Not for me."

what about keelhauling?

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:36 PM (dciA+)

137 Religions have caused mass death and many murders throughout history.

The only way to deal with it is to murder everyone who believes in it.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 06:36 PM (oFCZn)

138 Well, Average Joe certainly schooled us, didn't he?

The important thing is that he tried so hard.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:37 PM (rwI+c)

139 >>>>I got on to a huge physics/cosmology/astronomy kick.<<<<

So a Dancing Wu Li Masters book club thread?

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at August 05, 2015 06:37 PM (tEDMc)

140 The good old Royal Navy traditions of - 'rum, sodomy, and the lash' *thud*

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 06:37 PM (i96Kk)

141 Well, Average Joe certainly schooled us, didn't he?



The important thing is that he tried so hard.

***

Outcome-based trolling.

Posted by: cool arrow at August 05, 2015 06:37 PM (g2DAI)

142 what about keelhauling?

Posted by: ace

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And the bit where "You're on watch for 48 continuous hours. If you fall asleep, you will be executed."

And then there's the press gang! Yikes!

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:37 PM (WrtZp)

143 You know what story takes place during the French Revolution?

The Scarlet Pimpernel, also known as The First Batman.

It was a story of an English nobleman who rescues French nobles from the guillotine as a masked vigilante.

Written by a Hungarian baroness. In English.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 05, 2015 06:38 PM (b65cm)

144
Pfft,
The Aztec's slaughtered 87,000 in like 3 days

Posted by: Yo! at August 05, 2015 06:38 PM (q+zA9)

145 I suppose it never occurred to Yglesias that the Jacobins were the first example of a "civic religion", where extremist ideology substitutes for the void left in the absence of traditional faith. Stamping out religion should begin with the followers of Rousseau.

Posted by: An Inanimate Carbon Rod at August 05, 2015 06:38 PM (FohCt)

146 >>My role on a ship would be to either be beaten to death for incompetence, or used as a rape-toy.

You should read the real Jack Aubrey series some time. Not the hodge podge Master and Commander movie but the full set of books. Best taste of what life was like in the British Navy with a taste quasi-historical antedates I've come across in a novel(s).

And I'm thinking cabin boy. So rape toy.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 05, 2015 06:38 PM (OGm46)

147 Oh, and fuck the Jacobins.

Robespierre is French for Pol Pot.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at August 05, 2015 06:38 PM (tEDMc)

148 >>>And then there's the press gang! Yikes!

i still can't wrap my head around that. They just kidnapped people and made them serve as crew.

And this was like... allowed.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:38 PM (dciA+)

149 like, the only thing I could do on that ship is be the navigator, and then, well, they showed how very mentally demanding navigation was, so i'd be a loss at that.

His cook/steward was none too competent. Plus he got to eat some of the good food.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:39 PM (rwI+c)

150 The Scarlet Pimpernel, also known as The First Batman.

And the first James Bond.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:39 PM (WrtZp)

151 I assume Vox assesses its contributors on volume and not quality.

Posted by: MTF at August 05, 2015 06:39 PM (GFYLz)

152 Knowing so called "facts" is sexist....and racist.

Posted by: The Left at August 05, 2015 06:39 PM (5LOno)

153 i could never be a cook, it's too f***ing hot.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:39 PM (dciA+)

154 I find Matty Glazyeye's mindthoughts tres sexy.

Said no one ever.



By the way Ace, I didn't get to mention this on the other thread, but I really like your voice. It is my favorite on the podcast. I will refrain from commenting further lest this take a creepy turn.

:-)

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 06:40 PM (ttpW1)

155 The press-gangs. Yeah the British were very eager to impress American sailors on their Limey ships. Lead to some unpleasantness called the War of 1812.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 06:40 PM (i96Kk)

156 And this was like... allowed.

I like when he grabbed all the sailors off the East India merchantmen.


"All have volunteered."

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:40 PM (rwI+c)

157 Read? I'll wait till the movie comes out...

Posted by: donna at August 05, 2015 06:40 PM (hUdMz)

158 i still can't wrap my head around that. They just kidnapped people and made them serve as crew.

And this was like... allowed.

Posted by: ace at August

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The guy who went to pubs and slipped drugs into drinks in order to kidnap sailors was called a "crimp."

I love that name!

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:40 PM (WrtZp)

159 Uncomfortable enough? Bwahahahaha!

(I meant it though.)

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 06:40 PM (ttpW1)

160 >>>By the way Ace, I didn't get to mention this on the other thread, but I really like your voice. It is my favorite on the podcast

aw, thank you! I want to get a Voice training CD and learn how to really project and annunciate and stuff.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:40 PM (dciA+)

161
Ever see To The Ends of the Earth with Benedict Cumberbatch? He's sailing to Australia. Man, they were even mean to civilian passengers. The brits were not polite!

http://goo.gl/Abhxmy

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 06:41 PM (iQIUe)

162 Only two thousand or so were killed when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. Hardly enough to start a war and here's why:

Posted by: Vox at August 05, 2015 06:41 PM (NHtMs)

163 ".. punishable by Death, or some other punishment"

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:41 PM (rwI+c)

164 I am currently reading a compendium of contemporary accounts from the discovery of Cape Cod through the 1950's. One Elijah Cobb had a great story. He sailed for Spain during the Fr. Rev., tended North due to reports of Algerian attacks on American ships, was seized by the French Navy. He was held under a sort of house arrest in a "hottel" while the stores on his ship were plundered by the French. When granted an opportunity to seek redress, he got the run around from French Officials, until he made the trek to Paris and chanced to lodge next door to an English-speaking Frenchman with contacts to Robespierre. Cobb was granted an audience, and was immediately paid his due. Two weeks later, as Cobb was readying to depart back to Boston, he watched Robespierre beheaded.

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 05, 2015 06:41 PM (dgfje)

165 Yglesias went to a posh Upper East Side school (Dalton) and then went to Harvard. He got an undergrad degree in Philosophy.

For those who don't know about Harvard beyond the mystique, they've had a grade inflation issue since the Vietnam draft. You basically get a C for not dying during the semester.

Harvard's grad schools are still fairly good, and some really bright teachers are present, but undergrad is only sustained by the fact that Harvard is so selective. It's not rigorous, at all. Once you get in, you can coast.

Some fun exposes have happened where they test Harvard students on US history before and after school. They do worse after. Same with some other basic topics, like Social Studies.

Posted by: bonhomme at August 05, 2015 06:41 PM (jhqr1)

166 The thing is, the other side is jes plain ol evil as satan. No other explanation.

Posted by: Eromero at August 05, 2015 06:41 PM (go5uR)

167
Bruce Jenner understands the pitfalls of the welfare system, evidently. Diane Sawyer didnt like that.

Posted by: Soothsayer II, twelve-time Top Commenter at August 05, 2015 06:42 PM (TCb1y)

168 Knowing so called "facts" is sexist....and racist.

Posted by: The Left at August

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And if you don't treat that like it's a fact, then you are sexist and racist.

It is... Carrollian.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:42 PM (WrtZp)

169 By the way Ace, I didn't get to mention this on the other thread, but I really like your voice. It is my favorite on the podcast. I will refrain from commenting further lest this take a creepy turn.

:-)
Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 06:40 PM (ttpW1)

i know right?
he is a cuter than shit ewok.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:42 PM (nqBYe)

170 Talk dirty to us, Ace.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:42 PM (oVJmc)

171 Only two thousand or so were killed when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. Hardly enough to start a war and here's why:

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Well done sir. Tip of the cap.

Posted by: SH at August 05, 2015 06:42 PM (gmeXX)

172 did zorro predate Pimpernel?

nope, looked it up: Pimpernel was first, and so was the first (I think) Secret Identity Superhero.

All superheroes since have had that secret identity of the ponce/weakling.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:43 PM (dciA+)

173 It's like Matty rejoices, nay, glories in demonstrating his clueless ignorance. I'm not going to do any research. No, I'll just spout off any of the swarm of inanities buzzing around the empty space that should hold my brain.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 06:43 PM (ttpW1)

174 He wouldn't if he'd gone to public schools.



***************

From Wikipedia: Yglesias went to high school at The Dalton School in New York City and later attended Harvard University where he studied philosophy.[3] He graduated magna cum laude in 2003. He was editor-in-chief of The Harvard Independent, a weekly newsmagazine, and also wrote for several other campus publications.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 06:43 PM (5f5bM)

175 It's hot when he speaks French.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:43 PM (rwI+c)

176 Only two thousand or so were killed when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. Hardly enough to start a war and here's why:

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D-Day might have been less deadly had they used the bridge to Gaza.

Posted by: SH at August 05, 2015 06:44 PM (gmeXX)

177 chique d'afrique, also He's very profressional, never once offered us pancakes.

integrity and cute.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:44 PM (nqBYe)

178 Don't forget "French Fries"!!


Posted by: Nip Sip at August 05, 2015 06:28 PM (0FSuD)


You mean "Freedom Fries"?

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 06:44 PM (5f5bM)

179 One wonders how Matty feels about the Spanish Inquisition. Surely he is consistent when pointing out when kill totals are far lower than popular consciousness would have you believe!

Posted by: Paul at August 05, 2015 06:44 PM (dHh0g)

180 er,, professional

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:44 PM (nqBYe)

181 I'm struck by how low the body count of Chile's Pinochet regime was, considering how large the episode looms in world political consciousness.

Ehhh, who am I kidding?

Posted by: Matty Yglesias at August 05, 2015 06:44 PM (FohCt)

182
I resent that my fame has been politicized by my cousin Chuck! So what that a shooting happened during a showing of my smash hit 'Trainwreck'? Nobody shot a lion! Am I right? Fat ass Melinda McCarthy is going down next! There is only room for one fat assed funny girl! Ask Roseanne!

Posted by: Amy Schumer at August 05, 2015 06:44 PM (w4B97)

183
Ace, SPEAK FROM YOUR BALLS!

You mightve crossed paths with Eliot Hulse's vids on youtube while watching the Hodge Twins. Eliiot says speak from your balls.

Posted by: Soothsayer II, twelve-time Top Commenter at August 05, 2015 06:44 PM (TCb1y)

184 H.G. Wells in his book The Outline of History makes a similar argument that there really were not that many eggs beheaded during the terror compared to the omelette cooked and he also low balls the numbers. Leftists, what are you gonna do?

Posted by: The Great White Snark at August 05, 2015 06:44 PM (LImiJ)

185 aw you guys are making me blush.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:44 PM (dciA+)

186 aw, thank you! I want to get a Voice training CD and learn how to really project and annunciate and stuff.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:40 PM (dciA+)

161

I see you've been practicing since that post. Bravo.

;-)

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 06:45 PM (ttpW1)

187 and later attended Harvard University where he studied philosophy.[3] He graduated magna cum laude in 2003

I find this as disturbing as the SCoaMF's MCL. The man is manifestly impaired.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:45 PM (rwI+c)

188 Remember the daily kos twat. Reading non fiction books is hard!

Posted by: Kenway at August 05, 2015 06:45 PM (ITt5s)

189 Great and readable book on the French Revolution?

=======

Illusion, by Paula Volsky

OK I'm taking liberties there

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at August 05, 2015 06:45 PM (F+xWX)

190
I like Black Adder and the Revolution. Jane Austin had family guillotined in France.

I have to wonder about those bright young things who ran around after the Terror with red ribbons tied to their necks.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 06:45 PM (iQIUe)

191 R.J. Rummel coined a term that might be useful.

Democide - to describe both genocide and government mass murder.

pg 220. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 06:45 PM (i96Kk)

192 Its true though. Talking from your neck, throat and your voice will be small and weak. Speak from your gut through your diaphragm and your voice will be big.

Posted by: Soothsayer II, twelve-time Top Commenter at August 05, 2015 06:46 PM (TCb1y)

193 He graduated magna cum laude in 2003

They meant mega cum load.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:46 PM (oVJmc)

194 All superheroes since have had that secret identity of the ponce/weakling.

Bob Kane wasn't shy about citing his Zorro influence. "Mask of Zorro" was the movie Bruce Wayne saw with his parents.

Probably McCulley was influenced by the Pimpernel.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 05, 2015 06:47 PM (b65cm)

195
ignoring all his other stupidity

which is hard

what is he trying to say? that a few deaths are no big deal? that it was worth it? that it was less a revolution and more of a spat?

what was this idiots original point

Posted by: ThunderB at August 05, 2015 06:48 PM (zOTsN)

196 Does anyone graduate below magna cum laude from Harvard?

Posted by: SH at August 05, 2015 06:48 PM (gmeXX)

197 ok, back to my glass of wine and reading all of the collective knowledge of the horde.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:48 PM (nqBYe)

198

OH! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!
For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood
Upon our side, we who were strong in love!
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven!

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:48 PM (rwI+c)

199 Today at lunch, a Lefty acquaintance offered as *fact* that Christianity was responsible for millions of deaths.

"Oh?" I said. "Can you give an example?" She tells me that the Spanish Inquisition alone accounted for 9,000,000 executions. Aghast, I asked her what she thought the total population of Spain was at that time. Here, she began to stumble.

Anyhow, she didn't want to look it up, so I have. Somewhere between 3,000, and 5000 over its 350 year course.


"Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan


Posted by: Headless Robespierre, Jacobin at August 05, 2015 06:48 PM (9mTYi)

200 I can only imagine how much racism & discrimination a guy named Yglesias had to overcome to be admitted to Harvard.

Posted by: X at August 05, 2015 06:48 PM (xGNLA)

201
as I heard some one once say

"he is unburdened by the facts"

Posted by: ThunderB at August 05, 2015 06:48 PM (zOTsN)

202 Ace, merely spewing leftist talking points means one is an intellectual, not actually having knowledge or even some intelligence.

Posted by: Tilikum Killer Assault Whale at August 05, 2015 06:49 PM (8marX)

203 what was this idiots original point

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I think he wants his spats of totalitarian violence to be a lot more violent. Get your money's worth.

Posted by: SH at August 05, 2015 06:49 PM (gmeXX)

204 that a few deaths are no big deal
_________

I have no doubt he'd be fine with everyone on this site being sent to a camp.

Posted by: Kenway at August 05, 2015 06:49 PM (ITt5s)

205 >>>Its true though. Talking from your neck, throat and your voice will be small and weak. Speak from your gut through your diaphragm and your voice will be big.

i'll try it.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:49 PM (dciA+)

206 I'm sure Little Matty has had only good things to say about Republican and conservative women and minorities. Like, say, Sarah Palin.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 06:50 PM (ttpW1)

207 Matt is free to spew b.s. because his followers know even less than he.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:50 PM (nqBYe)

208 The Scarlet Pimpernel, also known as The First Batman.

And the first James Bond.
Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:39 PM (WrtZp)


They seek him here

They seek him there

Those Frenchies seek him everywhere

Is he in Heaven?

Or is he in hell?

That damned elusive Pimpernel!

Posted by: naturalfake at August 05, 2015 06:50 PM (KUa85)

209 I think he wants his spats of totalitarian violence to be a lot more violent.


Challenge accepted.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:50 PM (rwI+c)

210 but that's not really my problem, my problem is a lack of proper enunciation and projection and clarity of pronunciation.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:50 PM (dciA+)

211 "Aren't alleged, soi-disant Elite Intellectuals required to read a f***ing book on occasion, or at least be casually familiar with easily-adduced and well-known facts?"

That is so nuanced.

Today you need to belong to the pigressive cult while chanting their dogma and ignoring or attacking anything in conflict with it. It gives us the valadation we need without any effort.

Books were/are written by mostly dead white men, so they can be dismissed if not publicly burned. We have MSM, academia and social media contantly reinforcing our beliefs, so we are never wrong.

PS- I have nothing but bad luck in my life and I cannot figure out why.

Posted by: Input from a LIV at August 05, 2015 06:50 PM (mtthL)

212 Shorter Yglesias: I just heard a podcast about the French Revolution and it didn't sound so bad.


Deep. Thoughts.

Posted by: blaster at August 05, 2015 06:50 PM (2Ocf1)

213 Estimates of those killed in the Vendean conflict -- on both sides --- range between 117,000 and 450,000, out of a population of around 800,000.

Man, they were so lucky. Can you imagine the fortunes to be made selling body parts?

Posted by: Matt Yglesias at August 05, 2015 06:50 PM (FcR7P)

214 I suppose asking him what the 18th of Brumaire was might be a bit much?

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 06:51 PM (5f5bM)

215 i have a very deep voice .
cough -cough *waves* smoke away.

lol

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:51 PM (nqBYe)

216 Matt is free to spew b.s. because his followers know even less than he.

That seems scarcely possible for people able to operate an electronic device.

Perhaps they have a helper monkey.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:51 PM (rwI+c)

217 and later attended Harvard University where he studied philosophy.[3] He graduated magna cum laude in 2003

I find this as disturbing as the SCoaMF's MCL. The man is manifestly impaired.


You will note that he majored in philosophy. There's a reason he graduated MCL as a philo major.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 05, 2015 06:51 PM (b65cm)

218
Anyhow, she didn't want to look it up, so I have. Somewhere between 3,000, and 5000 over its 350 year course.


Similarly, lynchings in America in the century following the Civil War were about the same. Less than one a week, and certainly not all of them were black.

Yet, we're told it was the national pastime.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:51 PM (oVJmc)

219 Actually, the Revolution wasn't such a good idea, and here's why...

Posted by: Headless Robespierre, Jacobin at August 05, 2015 06:51 PM (9mTYi)

220 >>as I heard some one once say

>>"he is unburdened by the facts"

A couple things to remember when arguing with a lefty is that they aren't very smart. Maybe not very knowledgable is more accurate. They think they are but they cheery pick history like they do everything else and leave out facts inconvenient to the conclusions they've already reached.

And they lie. A lot. A lot a lot. Which is fine because their fellow travelers will clap like trained seals because see point 1.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 05, 2015 06:51 PM (OGm46)

221 Vendean as a percentage makes Pol Pot only killing one-third of Cambodia's population seem a piker...

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 06:52 PM (i96Kk)

222 >>>>> my problem is a lack of proper enunciation and projection and clarity of pronunciation.<<<<<

Try singing lessons.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at August 05, 2015 06:52 PM (tEDMc)

223
Read your books aloud, then. It takes forever but it's good practice.

Posted by: Soothsayer II, twelve-time Top Commenter at August 05, 2015 06:52 PM (TCb1y)

224 but that's not really my problem, my problem is a lack of proper enunciation and projection and clarity of pronunciation.

Talk with your hands, like an interesting Italian.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:52 PM (rwI+c)

225 ace i believe the pronunciation etc is an issue when your life is reading instead of hearing others.
makes it tuffer.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:52 PM (nqBYe)

226 Posted by: Headless Robespierre, Jacobin

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Ah! Yes! The old Spanish Inquisition as a condemnation of Christianity routine. Always intelligent.

Call me crazy, but wasn't the problem there that they WEREN'T following Christianity?

Can you say that a medicine killed a man if he kept it in his bathroom cabinet and never opened the bottle?

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:52 PM (WrtZp)

227 Joseph de Maistre

=====

his younger brother Xavier wrote my favorite french travelogue, Voyage autour de ma chambre

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at August 05, 2015 06:53 PM (F+xWX)

228 well, you can't spell ygnorant without the Y.

Posted by: X at August 05, 2015 06:53 PM (xGNLA)

229 Ace is the very model of a modern major general as the rain falls mainly upon the plain in Spain.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 06:53 PM (i96Kk)

230 by the way, if anyone is going to join me on this Italian Learning Adventure, we're going to start with Coffee Break Italian (free online; 25 minute podcast of basic italian lessons) plus a $10.69 book called "Easy Reader Italian." Or Easy Italian Reader.

I had the Easy Reader French one. Really useful, gets you reading very simple French (or Italian) quickly. They use lots of cognates and very basic vocab, with new words defined at the margins, so you can start to get the feel of the language.

Huge confidence boost. (Maybe too much -- it winds up convincing you you can read French/Italian after a couple of days, and of course, you can't.)

I got my copy on the way from Amazon, and I've been listening to Coffee Break Italian.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:53 PM (dciA+)

231 The Gambino Foundation
The Lucchese Foundation
The Bonanno Foundation
The Genovese Foundation
The Colombo Foundation

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I actually do have a question.

Why is it called the Genovese family and not the Luciano family?

Posted by: SH at August 05, 2015 06:53 PM (gmeXX)

232 Matty Y tried to learn more about the French Revolution but he didn't like the gameplay of assassins creed unity.

Posted by: Buzzion at August 05, 2015 06:53 PM (z/Ubi)

233 Read your books aloud, then. It takes forever but it's good practice.

Posted by: Soothsayer II, twelve-time Top Commenter

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You'l also retain more information from them.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:53 PM (WrtZp)

234 Now I need to find some Dead Kennedys.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at August 05, 2015 06:53 PM (tEDMc)

235 I wonder what would have became of Samuel Adams if he was in charge of the Continental Army. Robespierre even ended up disgusting fellow revolution agitator Prudhomme to the point he didn't want anything to do with him. I have a cool book from 1797 detailing the crimes and errors of the French Revolution, it has great charts on those who lost their heads and when and the why. A bit spotty from age and in French, guess that's why I ended up with it, the antique store couldn't read it so didn't know what they had. Turns out that old French is basically what they taught us in school so it wasn't a problem.

Posted by: doug at August 05, 2015 06:54 PM (IYEs/)

236 I sing, so I'm used to doing that from my diaphragm. But I must speak from my throat because I can sing for a long time and feel no strain but my throat starts to hurt after a couple of minutes of reading aloud.

Funny though, I can talk for hours (I'm a little chatterbox) as long as I'm not reading aloud.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 06:54 PM (ttpW1)

237 Jackstraw, i'm sure the literature they choose to read also supports their initial thought.

we all might fail at that to some degree, but i find it really a deal with left sites.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:54 PM (nqBYe)

238
I am not a crook!

-Checkers Clinton

Posted by: Sir Checkers Rodham at August 05, 2015 06:54 PM (OiFtZ)

239 Posted by: Headless Robespierre, Jacobin at August 05, 2015 06:48 PM (9mTYi)
=================

There is a brit art historian named Waldemar Januszczak. He flips out over this type of shit. His family fled communism after the war. He says everyone goes on an on about the Christians killed by the Romans in the coliseum which numbered less than 3k but no one will talk about the millions of Christians murdered by communists.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 06:54 PM (iQIUe)

240 history/literature.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:54 PM (nqBYe)

241

to project it must come from the gut

my mother sang

Posted by: ThunderB at August 05, 2015 06:55 PM (zOTsN)

242 He can't get it up to fap unless at least 250,000 or more die.

Posted by: Tilikum Killer Assault Whale at August 05, 2015 06:55 PM (jtStN)

243 222
>>>>> my problem is a lack of proper enunciation and projection and clarity of pronunciation.<<<<<

Try singing lessons.


Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at August 05, 2015 06:52 PM (tEDMc)

In addition to speaking from the diaphragm as others have mentioned, try moving your lips and jaw. Don't know if this applies to you, ace, but it's amazing how many people speak with their mouths almost closed and immobile. Look in the mirror when talking and see if that's an issue.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 06:55 PM (5f5bM)

244 You will note that he majored in philosophy. There's a reason he graduated MCL as a philo major.

And yet, and yet. I had lunch last week with a tenured professor of philosophy. A lifelong friend of Girl928. He is probably the smartest person I personally know. He made money in college by writing Cliff Notes. Not selling them, writing them. He sleeps about 3 hours a day and writes a book a month.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 06:55 PM (rwI+c)

245 I am not a crook!

-Checkers Clinton
Posted by: Sir Checkers Rodham at August 05, 2015 06:54 PM (OiFtZ)
==========

Nor are you cute and fluffy and no one wants to rub your tummy.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 06:55 PM (iQIUe)

246 Read your books aloud, then. It takes forever but it's good practice.

Posted by: Soothsayer II, twelve-time Top Commenter

this

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:55 PM (nqBYe)

247 They use lots of cognates ..
---------------

Why, I have a fine bottle of Cognate right here..., wait..., never mind.

Posted by: Headless Robespierre, Jacobin at August 05, 2015 06:55 PM (9mTYi)

248 hm, interesting advice.

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:55 PM (dciA+)

249 "The Revolutions Podcast is, indeed, awesome, as was Mike Duncan's earlier opus, The History of Rome"

Went on one of the history of Rome podcast tours; great time, and Mike's a great guy.

Posted by: Rob Crawford at August 05, 2015 06:56 PM (B7QAy)

250 I think Matt should be flayed. Just sayin.

Posted by: Jukin, Former Republican at August 05, 2015 06:56 PM (f+6Pd)

251 39,999 really isn't that many to kill. Look at how things have improved!

WAIT! WHAT?! What do you mean I am number 40,000?! Oh Hell no! That's not how this shit works! NO NO NO, that is NOT how this works at all! I send the peasants to the blade, I DON'T GET SENT! WHAT? NO! You can't send someone to the blade for Hypocrisy. Besides, I am certainly not hypocrite!

Posted by: JB1000 at August 05, 2015 06:56 PM (WLJbV)

252 Wouldn't 'Asshole Glasses' just be a Monocle?

Albeit a cumbersome and stinky monacle, but a monacle no less.

Posted by: Garrett at August 05, 2015 06:56 PM (2IEVZ)

253 my singing voice has taken a real hit since i started smoking.
sadface.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:57 PM (nqBYe)

254 Great and readable book on the French Revolution?

-
I liked The Days of the French Revolution by Hibbert. It looks at a small number of individual days that were turning points. It emphasizes how slim the margin was that things turned out the way they did.

Posted by: The Great White Snark at August 05, 2015 06:57 PM (LImiJ)

255 I speak from my diaphragm. I am woman, hear me roar.

Posted by: Sandra Fluke at August 05, 2015 06:57 PM (9mTYi)

256 Ace,

If you haven't read it already, I suggest reading L'Ancien Régime et la Révolution by de Tocqueville.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Old_Regime_and_the_Revolution

Posted by: Le Chapeau Politique at August 05, 2015 06:57 PM (7YlUk)

257 don't mind me, it's the wine , and i usually float in inanity for my sanity.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:57 PM (nqBYe)

258 Yglesias went to high school at The Dalton School in New York City.



A nice progressive school for the underprivileged.




About 1,300 kids in K-12 attend the Upper East Side
prep school, whose alumni include Claire Danes, Chevy Chase and Anderson
Cooper. This year's tuition was $38,710.

Posted by: Nip Sip at August 05, 2015 06:57 PM (0FSuD)

259 Speaking of revolutionary terror did y'all see that Rhambo has been operating his very own Lubyanka in a Chicago warehouse? Drudge has the Guardian link and, while still a tentative effort, in principle its scary as hell.

Posted by: MTF at August 05, 2015 06:58 PM (GFYLz)

260 Have you ever been around real singers? They belch like crazy because they swallow air and use it to project their voices.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 06:58 PM (iQIUe)

261 my singing voice has taken a real hit since i started smoking.

sadface.

Posted by: willow

----

Jon Anderson of Yes actually started smoking to make his voice go down. Didn't work. He still sounded like an elf, so he surrendered to his elfin ways.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:58 PM (WrtZp)

262 >Voyage autour de ma chambre (1794),
a parody set in the tradition of the grand travel narrative, is an
autobiographical account of how a young official, imprisoned in his room
for six weeks, looks at the furniture, engravings, etc., as if they
were scenes from a voyage in a strange land. He praises this voyage
because it does not cost anything, for this reason it is strongly
recommended to the poor, the infirm, and the lazy

I need to read this.

Posted by: kartoffel at August 05, 2015 06:58 PM (0OwpE)

263 I actually do have a question.

Why is it called the Genovese family and not the Luciano family?

Posted by: SH at August 05, 2015 06:53 PM (gmeXX)

Good question. I think it's got something to do with which boss made the biggest impact.

The Gambino Family should be called The Anastasia Family since Albert ran it back in the day. Carlo ran it a lot longer though so I guess he gets to put his name on it.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 06:58 PM (oFCZn)

264
226 Posted by: Headless Robespierre, Jacobin

---

Ah! Yes! The old Spanish Inquisition as a condemnation of Christianity routine. Always intelligent.

Call me crazy, but wasn't the problem there that they WEREN'T following Christianity?

Can you say that a medicine killed a man if he kept it in his bathroom cabinet and never opened the bottle?
Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 06:52 PM (WrtZp)



The Spanish Inquisition. So horrible that prisoners would purposefully blaspheme in order to be sent to an inquisition jail rather than the standard one.

Posted by: Buzzion at August 05, 2015 06:59 PM (z/Ubi)

265 Does he share drinks with Robespierre? :^(

If this the old line Jacobin school he'd like to take with priests and nuns?

Among the most humiliating drownings were what was termed the 'underwater marriages'. It is a matter of dispute what constituted an 'underwater marriage' or if they happened as described, but unverified accounts tell of a priest and a nun, stripped naked, then tied together before they were drowned. These drownings were also called 'republican baptisms' or 'republican marriages.'[1

This is to say nothing of the priests and nuns thrown into the water and drowned separately

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 05, 2015 06:59 PM (OSs/l)

266 RKae, ugh, i started smoking in my 30s I have no idea why!
you'd think the good behavior of the past would win,
but.no.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 06:59 PM (nqBYe)

267
Best advice - get professional advice. It's worth a few bucks to take some voice lessons.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 07:00 PM (iQIUe)

268 By the way, in terms of revolutions turning on their own (or the war of fellow travelers), I still await the gay pride demonstration outside the mosque on Friday. Or when the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence hold their "Hunky Mohammed" contest. When it gets to war between the Muslims and the gays, my money's on the suicide bombers.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:00 PM (5f5bM)

269 Here is the Guardian link on the Chicago secret detention facility. Spencer Ackerman wrote the story and on him, YMMV.

http://bit.ly/1T4HE9C

Posted by: MTF at August 05, 2015 07:00 PM (GFYLz)

270 I actually do have a question.

Why is it called the Genovese family and not the Luciano family?

Posted by: SH at August

---

Why are people from the Philippines called Filipinos?

That one really pisses me off!

And when "four" becomes "forty" what happened to the "u"?

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:00 PM (WrtZp)

271 Science will someday have an answer for how such a frumpulent pus covered twat like Matt Yglesias gets so much fucking airplay. It sure as hell is a complete fucking mystery today.

Posted by: Van Helsing at August 05, 2015 07:00 PM (UsgHM)

272 I am sure the head of your local school made over $600,000 last year.



http://tinyurl.com/oglr4en

Posted by: Nip Sip at August 05, 2015 07:01 PM (0FSuD)

273 aw, thank you! I want to get a Voice training CD and learn how to really project and annunciate and stuff.

=====

the cheap actor's trick is to vocally fill various spaces. so, first make yourself heard and intelligible in the furthest corners of your house at a normal speaking voice. then move onto larger spaces. speak from your gut. cover your ears and do Do Re Mi and the one most resonant is your pitch, typically one octave lower register.

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at August 05, 2015 07:01 PM (F+xWX)

274 -Voted most punchable face in high school
-Voted most punchable face in college
-Has never been called back after first date
-Frequently orders pizza and then panics when door bell rings
-Sniffs as hard as possible when walking past a female in the hallway
-Passes out when phone rings

Posted by: Little-known facts about Matt Yglesias at August 05, 2015 07:01 PM (APQ2q)

275 RKae, ugh, i started smoking in my 30s I have no idea why!
you'd think the good behavior of the past would win,
but.no.

Posted by: willow

---

I've had to smoke for acting roles, and it just puzzles me. It's like licking fireplace tools.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:01 PM (WrtZp)

276 If the crime families changed their names every time the old boss got whacked, what kind of message does that send to the foot soldiers?

"So am I a Gambino this week or is it an Anastasia? Boss!! Am so confused!"

It would make the 'staying power' of the various crime families tenuous and who owes loyalty to wisps of the wind when the wind comes out of the barrel of a snub-nosed .38?

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 07:01 PM (i96Kk)

277 Report: Aborted Baby Parts Being Used to Grow Human Organs in Rodents
http://tinyurl.com/ottv33a


Breitbart.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 07:02 PM (oVJmc)

278 aw, thank you! I want to get a Voice training CD and learn how to really project and annunciate and stuff.





Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 06:40 PM (dciA+)

The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain. Just say that 1000 times or something.

Posted by: Badda Bing at August 05, 2015 07:02 PM (/Vs1e)

279 RKae , yes, i am repelled by the smell and smoke while shewing the smoke away, yet i continue like a loon.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 07:02 PM (nqBYe)

280 Matt would be a little more selective about wiping out the religion of pieces, I expect.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 05, 2015 07:02 PM (OSs/l)

281 thank g-d i never tried heroin.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 07:03 PM (nqBYe)

282 MATT YGLESIAS GETS SO MUCH FUCKING AIRPLAY?

Posted by: Al Sharpton at August 05, 2015 07:03 PM (9mTYi)

283 Ace, I wish you had don't that with French. It's the only other language I like. I guess I'm not averse to learning Italian, though. Well you have an Italian thread?

Fun thing. I was in Montreal for a course I had to take for work and I got to practice spoken French with a Belgian PhD student. It was really fun. & I was surprised at how much of what she said I understood without much effort. I started out a bit rough, but after I got warmed up it wasn't very hard. I was very pleased for that opportunity.

What I would like is too have a decent resource to be able to learn what should be my native tongue. (Yes, the only language this African can speaks really fluently is English. Sigh.)

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 07:03 PM (ttpW1)

284 @ 233 RKae


"You'll also retain more information from them."


"Read your books aloud, then. It takes forever but it's good practice.
Posted by: Soothsayer II, twelve-time Top Commenter


And I thought I was the only one who did that.

My daughter loves it though. Of course she keeps interrupting asking the meaning of every 2nd word.

Posted by: Buckeye Abroad at August 05, 2015 07:03 PM (mtthL)

285 ok i have a pica thing, i like the taste of a burnt match.

jejune commenting alert

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 07:04 PM (nqBYe)

286 Luciano was the capo di tutti capi. the Boss of all Bosses. He didn't need a family per se.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 07:04 PM (rwI+c)

287 269
Here is the Guardian link on the Chicago secret detention facility. Spencer Ackerman wrote the story and on him, YMMV.



http://bit.ly/1T4HE9C

Posted by: MTF at August 05, 2015 07:00 PM (GFYLz)

They've been on that story for a while. To me, it sounds like a central booking facility, not necessarily anything nefarious. But I don't live in Chicago or know anything about how the PD there works.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:04 PM (5f5bM)

288
Interestingly, before they addressed the sewage problem in Paris, the human shit was piled up so high along parts of the banks of the Seine, it reached the upper floors of some bldgs.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 07:04 PM (iQIUe)

289 What a douchebag piece of shit my son is.

Posted by: Zombie Julio Yglesias at August 05, 2015 07:04 PM (Dwehj)

290 53 great and readable book on the French Revolution.

Any good video games about it?
Posted by: Methos learned everything he knows about history from Civ at August 05, 2015 06:20 PM (ZbV+0)

You know that Ghandi is an asshole, so you got that going for you.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at August 05, 2015 07:04 PM (+4uXG)

291 Report: Aborted Baby Parts Being Used to Grow Human Organs in Rodents
http://tinyurl.com/ottv33a

Breitbart.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 07:02 PM (oVJmc)


Now that's going to far...

Posted by: Zombie Dr. Mengele at August 05, 2015 07:04 PM (7YlUk)

292 Took two years of French in high school. Never used it. Have spent about six months in Spanish speaking countries. A month in Italy and six weeks in Germany. So I can kinda muddle my way into ordering food and finding the bathroom in those languages.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 07:05 PM (i96Kk)

293 perhaps i should quit the smoking and just lick the match.

lol

look,
wine is very good for chatting!

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 07:05 PM (nqBYe)

294 I've had to smoke for acting roles, and it just puzzles me. It's like licking fireplace tools.
Posted by: RKae
-----------------

*runs to lick fireplace tools*

Posted by: Al Sharpton at August 05, 2015 07:05 PM (9mTYi)

295 I spent an hour today at the site of The Battle of Rock Harbor (War of 1812). Been fishing at RH since I was a toddler, but only recently got the details of the battle. Brits are privateering all through the bay, commandeer an American pilot to steer them safely to harbor, he deliberately grounds the ship on a sandbar, jumps overboard and alerts the townspeople of Orleans, Brewster, Eastham to show up and drive the brig away. The last road you pass before reaching the Harbor is now called "Defiance Lane".

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 05, 2015 07:05 PM (dgfje)

296 >>>Ace, I wish you had don't that with French. It's the only other language I like. I guess I'm not averse to learning Italian, though. Well you have an Italian thread?


yeah i'm going to have, get this, a thread where i teach people italian despite not knowing italian.

This sounds fucking crazy, but my attitude is basically: 30 million Italians speak Italian and half of them are stupid so this shouldn't be a problem.

It's a crazy thing, and I don't care, I'm going to have a weekly thread where I teach italian, *while not knowing italian.*

(Well, I'll read ahead one chapter.)

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 07:06 PM (dciA+)

297 shoves al aside, that's mine you jerk.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 07:06 PM (nqBYe)

298 Hey, nobody was killed at the Battle of Fort Sumter, that Civil War was no big deal!

Posted by: Abe Lincoln at August 05, 2015 07:06 PM (3//tw)

299 They've been on that story for a while. To me, it
sounds like a central booking facility, not necessarily anything
nefarious. But I don't live in Chicago or know anything about how the PD
there works.


Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:04 PM (5f5bM)

That's my take. The Guardian is a left wing organ that makes the NY Slime look conservative.

Remember, they brought you the traitor Snowden.

Posted by: Nip Sip at August 05, 2015 07:06 PM (0FSuD)

300 >>Good question. I think it's got something to do with which boss made the biggest impact.

Could also have to do with the fact that Genovese and Luciano, who started as allies became enemies and through some luck and ruthlessness, Genovese came out on top when the mafia really hit their stride.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 05, 2015 07:06 PM (OGm46)

301 270 I actually do have a question.

Why is it called the Genovese family and not the Luciano family?

Posted by: SH at August

---

Why are people from the Philippines called Filipinos?

That one really pisses me off!

And when "four" becomes "forty" what happened to the "u"?
Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:00 PM (WrtZp)


The British steal them for "colour" "flavour" etc.

Posted by: Buzzion at August 05, 2015 07:07 PM (z/Ubi)

302 I can understand how Mr Yglesias can feel so confidant about his facts when sources like Facebook are just a click away...

Posted by: Mr Wizard at August 05, 2015 07:07 PM (hCdMd)

303 yeah i'm going to have, get this, a thread where i teach people italian despite not knowing italian.

This sounds fucking crazy, but my attitude is basically: 30 million Italians speak Italian and half of them are stupid so this shouldn't be a problem.

It's a crazy thing, and I don't care, I'm going to have a weekly thread where I teach italian, *while not knowing italian.*

(Well, I'll read ahead one chapter.)


Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 07:06 PM (dciA+)


Bunga bunga

Posted by: Bersolini, kicking it back with Bill Clinton on Pedo Island at August 05, 2015 07:07 PM (7YlUk)

304 Lol, ace. I'm in, then.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 07:08 PM (ttpW1)

305 My local library offers online language courses for free.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 07:08 PM (iQIUe)

306 Interestingly, before they addressed the sewage problem in Paris, the
human shit was piled up so high along parts of the banks of the Seine,
it reached the upper floors of some bldgs.


Not unlike modern day Capitol Hill.

Posted by: pep at August 05, 2015 07:08 PM (LAe3v)

307 Hey, nobody was killed at the Battle of Fort Sumter, that Civil War was no big deal!
Posted by: Abe Lincoln
-------

Same thing I said about the Gulf of Tonkin.

Posted by: Ghost of LBJ at August 05, 2015 07:08 PM (9mTYi)

308 Pep, you mean the EPA and their phantom hallway pooper.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 07:09 PM (63D73)

309 It's a crazy thing, and I don't care, I'm going to have a weekly thread where I teach italian, *while not knowing italian.*



I was in Portugese class with a student who spoke Italian at home. He never cracked the book, just spoke Italian with a Portugese accent (but eventually he did have to learn the spelling). My ex-brother in law is fluent in Spanish, and spent a year in Italy speaking Spanish with an Italian accent. I think, based on that sample of two, that if you speak one Romance language you pretty much speak them all. Reading, writing, and spelling are a different story.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:09 PM (5f5bM)

310 (Yes, the only language this African can speaks really fluently is English. Sigh.)
Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 07:03 PM (ttpW1)

Apparently, I can't speak even English properly.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 07:09 PM (ttpW1)

311 Bongiorno Bruce, gelato ala fragola gratzie?

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 07:10 PM (63D73)

312 Bellissimo!

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 07:10 PM (rwI+c)

313 They've been on that story for a while. To me, it sounds like a central booking facility, not necessarily anything nefarious.

There's a lot of intimations there, very few facts.


Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 07:10 PM (oVJmc)

314
Seriously, we shd start by learning all the dirty words in Italian so we dont mistakenly say them...

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at August 05, 2015 07:10 PM (iQIUe)

315

if you had real ambition you would attempt Portuguese

seems like it should be Spanish, but flows like Italian

and in Brazil they say they speak it "with sugar"

Posted by: ThunderB at August 05, 2015 07:10 PM (zOTsN)

316 ace

look in the mirror

you're great

Posted by: concrete girl at August 05, 2015 07:10 PM (ll1q6)

317 "....merely spewing leftist talking points means one is an intellectual...."

Spot-on. That is exactly how every urban leftist I still speak to defines the word in practice.
The converse is also true; disagreeing with leftist received wisdom is the mark of stupidity, facts be damned.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at August 05, 2015 07:10 PM (go6ud)

318 The British steal them for "colour" "flavour" etc.

Posted by: Buzzion

----

Still not as bad as "gaol" instead of "jail!" Sheesh! What's with that?

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:11 PM (WrtZp)

319 Now, learning Peruvian I would be interested.

Posted by: Miss Teen U.S. America at August 05, 2015 07:11 PM (Dwehj)

320 Today at lunch, a Lefty acquaintance offered as *fact* that Christianity was responsible for millions of deaths.

"Oh?" I said. "Can you give an example?" She tells me that the Spanish Inquisition alone accounted for 9,000,000 executions. Aghast, I asked her what she thought the total population of Spain was at that time. Here, she began to stumble.

Anyhow, she didn't want to look it up, so I have. Somewhere between 3,000, and 5000 over its 350 year course.


Leftists pull that same crap with the numbers of slaves thrown overboard on slaver ships. There are detailed records going out of slave ports and coming into US ports but 9,000,000 slaves thrown overboard. (Or something like that).

Posted by: bonhomme at August 05, 2015 07:11 PM (jhqr1)

321 Matt is a total worthless piece of shit. Trust me, I am being very kind!

Posted by: TBD at August 05, 2015 07:11 PM (E5pwd)

322 Vesti La Giubba

Posted by: pep at August 05, 2015 07:11 PM (LAe3v)

323 Baddabing baddaboom

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 07:12 PM (rwI+c)

324 he is, and i used to think He/site was way to rough for me. but i've grown used to the verbal assault.

LOL

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 07:12 PM (nqBYe)

325 I thought Portuguese was closest to Spanish.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 07:12 PM (ttpW1)

326 if you had real ambition you would attempt Portuguese



seems like it should be Spanish, but flows like Italian



and in Brazil they say they speak it "with sugar"

Posted by: ThunderB at August 05, 2015 07:10 PM (zOTsN)

Trust me on this. To speak Portugese, just speak English, put an "o" on the end of any noun or pronoun, and speak with kind of a carioca accent.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:12 PM (5f5bM)

327 Como e'sta works in Spanish and Italian, but each language stresses that 'e' in e'sta differently.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 07:12 PM (63D73)

328 Matt Yglesias has never had a bowel movement.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 07:12 PM (oFCZn)

329 No smokeo in the magazineo, Senor.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 07:13 PM (rwI+c)

330 218
Similarly, lynchings in America in the century following the Civil War were about the same. Less than one a week, and certainly not all of them were black.

Yet, we're told it was the national pastime.
Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 06:51 PM (oVJmc)



And I can't help wondering how many of them were actually justified. Many of them happened in small towns where everybody knew each other. How many of the lynching "victims" were perverts or child molesters?

True, we're supposed to have the rule of law and due process, but I'm sure there were times when the urge to cleanse the gene pool must have been overwhelming.

But the conventional wisdom is that they were all innocent snowflakes.

Posted by: rickl at August 05, 2015 07:13 PM (sdi6R)

331 Bunga-Bunga!

Posted by: Garrett at August 05, 2015 07:13 PM (2IEVZ)

332 Leftists pull that same crap with the numbers of
slaves thrown overboard on slaver ships. There are detailed records
going out of slave ports and coming into US ports but 9,000,000 slaves
thrown overboard. (Or something like that).

Posted by: bonhomme at August 05, 2015 07:11 PM (jhqr1)

Yeah, throwing the "assets" overboard is a great business model.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:13 PM (5f5bM)

333 not when you hear it. Sounds Italian

Posted by: ThunderB at August 05, 2015 07:13 PM (zOTsN)

334 "Matt Yglesias has never had a bowel movement."

ipso facto he has never been to Paris....

Posted by: Mr Wizard at August 05, 2015 07:14 PM (hCdMd)

335 I've found that French is a language based entirely on mumbling.

That and being bored. You have to just give up on a word when there are still 5 letters on the end of it.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:14 PM (WrtZp)

336 Yeah, throwing the "assets" overboard is a great business model.

Sharks still follow the trade route.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 07:14 PM (rwI+c)

337 Ambition would be attempting Finnish. Like Russian, but worse, from what I've heard.

Posted by: kartoffel at August 05, 2015 07:14 PM (0OwpE)

338 A month in Italy and six weeks in Germany. So I can kinda muddle my way into ordering food and finding the bathroom in those languages.


"Schnapps, bitte" gets you a long way in Germany. And you can add a "macht schnell" to it if you're feeling Master Racey.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at August 05, 2015 07:14 PM (8ZskC)

339 Luciano was the capo di tutti capi. the Boss of all Bosses.

-
Aka the Top Wop.

Posted by: The Great White Snark at August 05, 2015 07:15 PM (LImiJ)

340 Fungula

The only italian you will ever need to know.

Posted by: Buckeye Abroad at August 05, 2015 07:15 PM (mtthL)

341 Gaol, where they have a gay ol' time.

Posted by: fb at August 05, 2015 07:15 PM (wjd4o)

342 E lascia pur grattar dove la rogna

--Dante

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at August 05, 2015 07:15 PM (tEDMc)

343 335 I've found that French is a language based entirely on mumbling.

That and being bored. You have to just give up on a word when there are still 5 letters on the end of it.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:14 PM (WrtZp)


Being intoxicated, smoking, and never taking a shower apparently aids in speaking the language.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 07:16 PM (oFCZn)

344 Aka the Top Wop.

aka the finis guinea

Posted by: pep at August 05, 2015 07:16 PM (LAe3v)

345 That and being bored. You have to just give up on a word when there are still 5 letters on the end of it.
Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:14 PM (WrtZp)

So true, LOL. But despite the surfeit of seemingly unnecessary letters, French rules of pronunciation are much more uniform than those of the English language.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 07:16 PM (ttpW1)

346 "...we go over to Europe and all we can say is merci beaucoup, right?"

Posted by: Mr Wizard at August 05, 2015 07:17 PM (hCdMd)

347 French rules of pronunciation are much more uniform than those of the English language.

Although that's a pretty low bar.

Posted by: ghoti at August 05, 2015 07:18 PM (qWzZa)

348 Similarly, lynchings in America in the century following the Civil
War were about the same. Less than one a week, and certainly not all of
them were black.


Planned Parenthood kills more black people in a week than were lynched in that whole century. But we're back to "genocide is awesome if the self-proclaimed intellectual[sic] elite[sic] are doing it!"

Posted by: HR braucht ein Bier at August 05, 2015 07:18 PM (/kI1Q)

349 The Tuskegee Institute has recorded 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites being lynched between 1882 and 1968, with the annual peak occurring in the 1890s, at a time of economic stress in the South and political suppression.

From 1882 to 1968, "...nearly 200 anti-lynching bills were introduced in Congress, and three passed the House. Seven presidents between 1890 and 1952 petitioned Congress to pass a federal law."[7] In 1920 the Republican Party promised at its national convention to support passage of such a law. In 1921 Leonidas C. Dyer from Saint Louis sponsored an anti-lynching bill; it was passed in January 1922 in the United States House of Representatives, but a Senate filibuster by the Southern white Democratic block defeated it in December 1922.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 07:18 PM (nqBYe)

350 328
Matt Yglesias has never had a bowel movement.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 07:12 PM (oFCZn)

He doesn't have too, after I ream his ass out, all his shit is on my dick.

Posted by: Barney at August 05, 2015 07:18 PM (0FSuD)

351 "Rhambo has been operating his very own Lubyanka in a Chicago warehouse? Drudge has the Guardian link and, while still a tentative effort, in principle its scary as hell."

Been going on for about a year now.

Leftists, it's what they do, it's who they are.
About time we started taking them seriously.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at August 05, 2015 07:19 PM (go6ud)

352 Come, let us reason together.
Er, if you have permanent brain changes from drug use, well, let me watch the surveillance video from your deep-blue city street corner to assess whether you'll need to be darted, humanely, first.

Posted by: At Some Point It's Futile Guy at August 05, 2015 07:19 PM (MYgpH)

353 That and being bored. You have to just give up on a word when there are still 5 letters on the end of it.


FUN FACT: Ennui was actually invented in France.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at August 05, 2015 07:19 PM (8ZskC)

354 This is annoying, I have a book on Finnish folklore that includes translations of some Finnish words. But can't find the book right at this moment.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 07:19 PM (63D73)

355 Sharks still follow the trade route.

Posted by: Grump928(C) blurts at August 05, 2015 07:14 PM (rwI+c)

I think a lot of people have forgotten that gem.

http://tinyurl.com/ozmatyp

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:19 PM (5f5bM)

356 Just ponder how unique our revolution was.

Or, as my high school Russian History teacher put it, "boring". She was the daughter of a man who fled the Jewish pogroms as a child (not all of his family survived the escape) and she was always going on about how dull American history is. No Great Men, you see. No Robspierres or Lenins. Just great migrations of (common) people.

Usually people fleeing Great Men.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at August 05, 2015 07:20 PM (jR7Wy)

357 Heh, gotta love leftoids eating their own.

There's kind of a parallel with the Frog Revolution. The revolutionaries were so busy squabbling over how to destroy it, or whether to destroy it or creat another Temple of Reason, that they never got around to tearing down the magnificent Chartres Cathedral.

Posted by: logprof at August 05, 2015 07:20 PM (vsbNu)

358 Report: Aborted Baby Parts Being Used to Grow Human Organs in Rodents
http://tinyurl.com/ottv33a

Breitbart.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at August 05, 2015 07:02 PM (oVJmc)

Now that's going to far...

-
Yeah, making organs compatible with only rodents and Democrats.

Posted by: The Great White Snark at August 05, 2015 07:20 PM (LImiJ)

359 Trust me on this. To speak Portugese, just speak English, put an "o" on the end of any noun or pronoun, and speak with kind of a carioca accent.
------------------------------
I know I hate it when the drunk chicks at the local bar all sing "Don't Stop Believin" on carioka night.

Posted by: Chi at August 05, 2015 07:20 PM (yB0WD)

360
Actually ace Portuguese is as easy as Spanish. Brazilian version is easier to pronounce than continental/African version. Regional versions (from Bahia, or Rio) are mostly a question of giria (slang) and pronunciation - Bahia/Salvador has a sing-song cadence probably from Yoruba.

But really the way to learn it is to take a few months of the basics in NY, then spend 6 months travelling throughout Brazil. Set up stories to do/people to interview, check into teaching English at the ubiquitous English language schools in each city you visit. Watch TV, esp. the novellas (best prime time soap operas, sort of invented them). Before you know, it, you're not only speaking Portuguese, but you've got tons of friends and, uh, there's a very good chance of, um, "other" benefits as well.

Telling you for a friend.

Posted by: rhomboid at August 05, 2015 07:20 PM (QDnY+)

361 Gotta love the ! after Matt Yglesias's [sic] first name in his Twat account.

Posted by: logprof at August 05, 2015 07:21 PM (vsbNu)

362 if you had real ambition you would attempt Portuguese

seems like it should be Spanish, but flows like Italian

and in Brazil they say they speak it "with sugar"

Posted by: ThunderB at August 05, 2015 07:10 PM (zOTsN)


Try learning an insular dialect, where archaic case forms are retained and used to swear at outsiders who wouldn't be able to understand it...

Posted by: O Chapéu Político at August 05, 2015 07:21 PM (7YlUk)

363 Sharks still follow the trade route.

That really doesn't prove anything. The ships threw bad food overboard, fished, and threw poop overboard. Any one of these activities attracts sharks.

Also, ships went certain routes because of currents. Sharks in the ocean also follow, wait for it, currents.

Posted by: bonhomme at August 05, 2015 07:21 PM (jhqr1)

364
You know, the other day I had an argument with a committed progressive. He tried to tell me why we should all go solar, and he didn't understand why we weren't, and obviously it was just like...the corporations keeping us from this wonderful technology.

So I asked him how a solar panel works. He said "the sunlight hits the panel and makes electricity." I said, but HOW does it make electricity? He looked at me blankly. "It just does." I asked him if solar made economic sense. "Sure, because the sunlight is free!" I said, yeah, but the solar panel isn't.He looked at me blankly and mumbled something about the corporations.

Honestly, conservatives are just as dumb as progressive, but there is one thing we do know.And that is there are all sorts of things we don't know.

Posted by: Geroge Orwell's ghost at August 05, 2015 07:21 PM (HuVX+)

365 Aborted Baby Parts Being Used to Grow Human Organs in Rodents

surely PETA will now shriek about the use of animals in such a horrendous manner.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 07:22 PM (nqBYe)

366
343 335 I've found that French is a language based entirely on mumbling.

That and being bored. You have to just give up on a word when there are still 5 letters on the end of it.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:14 PM (WrtZp)


Being intoxicated, smoking, and never taking a shower apparently aids in speaking the language.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 07:16 PM (oFCZn)









And don't forget to correct the tourists' French pronunciation with sneering contempt.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at August 05, 2015 07:22 PM (egLDQ)

367 >>This is annoying, I have a book on Finnish folklore that includes translations of some Finnish words. But can't find the book right at this moment.

Finish is completely incomprehensible to me. I can muddle my way through a lot of languages but I have idea at all what people are talking about when I hear Finish.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 05, 2015 07:22 PM (OGm46)

368 I hate it when the drunk chicks at the local bar all sing "Don't Stop Believin" on carioka night.

Posted by: Chi at August 05, 2015 07:20 PM (yB0WD)

Are they hot?

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:22 PM (5f5bM)

369 I think a lot of people have forgotten that gem.

http://tinyurl.com/ozmatyp


Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:19 PM (5f5bM)

This guy is making me look good.

Posted by: Hank Johnson, stop Guam may tip over. at August 05, 2015 07:22 PM (0FSuD)

370 For his next trick, Hat will start speaking in Welsh. But it will look like a stream of consonants without vowels when read on a page. With no page breaks or punctuation.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 07:23 PM (63D73)

371
I shit you not: by watching LOTS of Brit TV on PBS and emulating the characters, I lost my Boston accent.

the Sharpe series
Mystery! with that Thing that used to be Diana Rigg
Poirot, Agatha Christie, etc.
Masterpiece Theater.

Posted by: Soothsayer rose above the noise and confusion just to get a glimpse beyond the illusion at August 05, 2015 07:23 PM (TCb1y)

372 No Marx did not support the French Revolution AmishDude seeing as how he preceived it as the triumph of the bourgeoisie he despised. Have you ever read anything Marx said about the FR.

Posted by: Sam Haysom at August 05, 2015 07:23 PM (zzUT1)

373 Actually, it's the socons who are responsible for millions of deaths. Millions!1! They're 1000 times worse than Pol Pot.

Posted by: Mr. Foo Foo at August 05, 2015 07:23 PM (Dwehj)

374 So true, LOL. But despite the surfeit of seemingly unnecessary letters, French rules of pronunciation are much more uniform than those of the English language.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 07:16 PM (ttpW1)


Spricaþ Ænglisc oþþe ácwilaþ!

Posted by: Se Léodweardprætt Hæt at August 05, 2015 07:24 PM (7YlUk)

375 This guy is making me look good.


Posted by: Hank Johnson, stop Guam may tip over. at August 05, 2015 07:22 PM (0FSuD)

What's great is the laughter from the gallery at the end.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:25 PM (5f5bM)

376 For his next trick, Hat will start speaking in Welsh. But it will look like a stream of consonants without vowels when read on a page. With no page breaks or punctuation.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 07:23 PM (63D73)


Don't taunt the hamsters... you'll give them convulsions.

Posted by: The Non-convulsing Hat at August 05, 2015 07:26 PM (7YlUk)

377 schadenfraude was invented in germany. I always thought that was interesting. a word for pleasure at someone else's misfortune.

I remember when Monica Seles was stabbed courtside during a match, Steffi Graf initally said her initial reaction was she was glad it wasnt her. The assailant was actually a Graf fan and she was depressed about it for years. But Graf continued to play and win and it ruined Seles. She was never the same

Posted by: ThunderB at August 05, 2015 07:26 PM (zOTsN)

378 Leftists seem unusually fascinated with guillotines, bullet-pocked walls, and gulags.

Posted by: Citizen Cake at August 05, 2015 07:26 PM (ppaKI)

379 ace

look in the mirror

you're great

***


And Gosh darn it! People like you!

Posted by: Muldoon at August 05, 2015 07:26 PM (NeFrd)

380 Spencer Ackerman is to blame for all the "lone wolf" incidents. He forced the FBI to stop examining mosques for terrorism. Because racist or something. He has lots of blood on his hands.

Oh, and on Journolist he said that they should put conservatives through plate glass windows for the encouragement of others, so the is that.

Posted by: blaster at August 05, 2015 07:27 PM (2Ocf1)

381 Rhomboid, I'm Yoruba (well, my dad was, mostly) and I can understand it a bit, but I'm ashamed to speak it since my tones are usually wrong.

not that you care. I just found it interesting that you knew what Yoruba is, and I couldn't help sharing.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 07:27 PM (ttpW1)

382 But Graf continued to play and win and it ruined Seles. She was never the same

Posted by: ThunderB at August 05, 2015 07:26 PM (zOTsN)

What ever happened to Nancy Kerrigan?

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:27 PM (5f5bM)

383 It is getting to the point that I suspect the back-story on the Bill of Rights is that we had the rifles, and they needed our rifles to kill the Redcoats and the Hessians. (Because back then they knew what victory required; moreover, believed in victory....)
I am trying to derive, John Nash-like, a principle governing the dynamic of the rights of an armed people interacting with an oppressive government.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/pj3ssec
#Blacks's Rights Matter
http://preview.tinyurl.com/qj6yjxq
#Jews's Rights Matter

Posted by: Follow up! Follow up, Mr. President! Guy at August 05, 2015 07:27 PM (MYgpH)

384
This is annoying, I have a book on Finnish folklore that includes translations of some Finnish words. But can't find the book right at this moment.

Finish is completely incomprehensible to me. I can muddle my way through a lot of languages but I have idea at all what people are talking about when I hear Finish.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 05, 2015 07:22 PM (OGm46)








Just add "akka" to every word, doesn't even have to be at the end.

Seeakka, akkait worksakka akkalike aakka chaakkarm.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at August 05, 2015 07:28 PM (egLDQ)

385 363
Sharks still follow the trade route.



That really doesn't prove anything. The ships threw bad food
overboard, fished, and threw poop overboard. Any one of these
activities attracts sharks.



Also, ships went certain routes because of currents. Sharks in the ocean also follow, wait for it, currents.

Posted by: bonhomme


They're following the global CO2 currents. Get your facts right.

Posted by: pep at August 05, 2015 07:28 PM (LAe3v)

386 Are they hot?
Posted by: Caesar North
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Not when you first get there, but by the time you leave, there all dimepieces!

Posted by: Chi at August 05, 2015 07:28 PM (yB0WD)

387 It's a crazy thing, and I don't care, I'm going to have a weekly thread where I teach italian, *while not knowing italian.*

(Well, I'll read ahead one chapter.)

Posted by: ace at August 05, 2015 07:06 PM (dciA+)
---
You can start with key vocabulary, like "Ehhh! Paulo is one hot putano!"

"Pfft! That finnochio?!"

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at August 05, 2015 07:29 PM (jR7Wy)

388 You might get started learning one of the Scandinavian languages but you'll never Finnish.

Posted by: Muldoon at August 05, 2015 07:29 PM (NeFrd)

389 378 Leftists seem unusually fascinated with guillotines, bullet-pocked walls, and gulags.

Posted by: Citizen Cake at August 05, 2015 07:26 PM (ppaKI)


Gulags with wind turbines and guillotines that run on solar power!

They might have a problem with bullet-pocked walls here since they all clutch pearls and head for the fainting couch if anyone so much as mentions a gun.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 07:31 PM (oFCZn)

390 388
You might get started learning one of the Scandinavian languages but you'll never Finnish.

Posted by: Muldoon at August 05, 2015 07:29 PM (NeFrd)

Can't eat the Lutefisk?

Posted by: Nip Sip at August 05, 2015 07:31 PM (0FSuD)

391 instead of Italian could we do russian or mandarin? between their friendship with Iran both might save our collective asses.

Posted by: willow at August 05, 2015 07:31 PM (nqBYe)

392 386
Are they hot?

Posted by: Caesar North

------------------------------

Not when you first get there, but by the time you leave, there all dimepieces!

Posted by: Chi at August 05, 2015 07:28 PM (yB0WD)

Mickey Gilley had something to say about that:
http://tinyurl.com/oylyozt

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:31 PM (5f5bM)

393 but by the time you leave, there all dimepieces!

The awesome magic of beer goggles.

Posted by: Uncle Busyhands at August 05, 2015 07:31 PM (Dwehj)

394 I'm Yoruba (well, my dad was, mostly) and I can understand it a bit, but
I'm ashamed to speak it since my tones are usually wrong.


I think we've found our entertainment for the next NoVaMoMee. Chique d'afrique will read a selection in Yoruba, while I will counter with Swedish. Scottish is right out.

Posted by: pep at August 05, 2015 07:31 PM (LAe3v)

395 Can't eat the Lutefisk?


Posted by: Nip Sip at August 05, 2015 07:31 PM (0FSuD)

Plus, filthy Scandis.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 05, 2015 07:32 PM (5f5bM)

396 Our resident Great White Shark, Katharine, has headed out to the deep Atlantic off of Virginia in the last 72 hours. So, we're good up here in Brewster. (Yes, I follow tagged sharks online, so what of it?!?)

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 05, 2015 07:32 PM (dgfje)

397 Posted by: JackStraw at August 05, 2015 07:22 PM (OGm46)

"Finish is completely incomprehensible to me. I can muddle my way through a lot of languages but I have idea at all what people are talking about when I hear Finish."


The only other language that is similiar to Finnish (5 million speakers) is Hungarian.

My wife speaks Finnish. As she told me, "you have to live there awhile. You will never fully pick it up through language courses."

Posted by: Buckeye Abroad at August 05, 2015 07:33 PM (mtthL)

398 Well found a book had misplaced... The Neglected Book or The Bible Unveiled published in 1926 by the Truth Seeker Company.

I bought it for Oppo Research but never made it past the introduction screed where the author praises Jews who turned their back on their faith.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 07:33 PM (63D73)

399 396 Our resident Great White Shark, Katharine, has headed out to the deep Atlantic off of Virginia in the last 72 hours. So, we're good up here in Brewster. (Yes, I follow tagged sharks online, so what of it?!?)

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 05, 2015 07:32 PM (dgfje)


Actually that sounds pretty cool. Got a link?

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 07:34 PM (oFCZn)

400 @364

"Honestly, conservatives are just as dumb as progressives, but there is one thing we do know. And that is, there are all sorts of things we don't know."

I used to giggle when conservatives starting calling Anthropologic Global Climate Change a religion. After researching the origins of the debate, it became obvious you had to ignore the facts to actually believe in it, and if you disagreed using the facts.....you were the Moron. It is a very true statement you made.

Posted by: Walter Sobchak at August 05, 2015 07:34 PM (b+TU5)

401 I think we've found our entertainment for the next NoVaMoMee. Chique d'afrique will read a selection in Yoruba, while I will counter with Swedish. Scottish is right out.
Posted by: pep at August 05, 2015 07:31 PM (LAe3v)

Haha. If the written Yoruba had tone marks, I might even succeed.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 07:34 PM (ttpW1)

402 Yglesias must give incredible blow jobs. I cannot imagine how he remains employed otherwise.

Posted by: Epobirs at August 05, 2015 07:35 PM (IdCqF)

403 Q: What is the difference between Himmler and Robespierre? That is, between a Nazi and a Jacobin?

A:
1. Color of the uniforms.
2. Glasses.
3. One chooses synagogue congregants to murder before they murder the church congregants.

Otherwise they are identical all the way down to their genocide chubbies.

Scratch a leftist and you'll always end up touching their inner Nazi.

Posted by: Inspector Cussword at August 05, 2015 07:35 PM (LlQKJ)

404 I think we've found our entertainment for the next NoVaMoMee. Chique d'afrique will read a selection in Yoruba, while I will counter with Swedish. Scottish is right out.
Posted by: pep at August 05, 2015 07:31 PM (LAe3v)
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Please let it be the Ka-Boom Lament!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at August 05, 2015 07:35 PM (jR7Wy)

405 Got a link, Lincoln?
That's sounds interesting...

Posted by: Chi at August 05, 2015 07:35 PM (yB0WD)

406 Gulags with wind turbines and guillotines that run on solar power!

They might have a problem with bullet-pocked walls here since they all clutch pearls and head for the fainting couch if anyone so much as mentions a gun.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis

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How 'bout a rack that is turned by playground equipment, like the Play Pump?

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:35 PM (WrtZp)

407 >>My wife speaks Finnish. As she told me, "you have to live there awhile. You will never fully pick it up through language courses."

I think that is the best way to learn any language, you have to live it. But with Finish yea I would have to agree I can't see any other way.

Even the written stuff looks like some combination of Russian, elvish and alien.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 05, 2015 07:36 PM (OGm46)

408
chique, I could be wrong, but I believe the sing-song cadence one hears in the Salvadoran version of Brazilian Portuguese (not sure it qualifies as a dialect)indeed comes from an African language - that of the slaves brough into that part of Brazil more than any other. Salvador's the blackest city in Brazil, has the most distinctive and vibrant particular culture, and it makes sense that the local language ("baiano" from Bahia, the state's name) would be influenced by that.

If one has any language aptitude at all, Portuguese is easy for native English speakers.

JackStraw, Finnish is a mystery because it's not related to Romance or Germanic languages, more to Turkish or Mongolian, as you probably know. Watched a movie on the Winter War recently (subtitles), and wow - whole stretches without a recognizable word, a cognate, anything.

Posted by: rhomboid at August 05, 2015 07:36 PM (QDnY+)

409 Yglesias once had to be rescued from his bedroom by the police because the oven timer was going off.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at August 05, 2015 07:37 PM (oFCZn)

410 "You will note that he majored in philosophy."
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Actually, it shocks me that a philosophy major could be so shallow and so narrow-minded. Usually they love debate, being challenged, thinking outside the box.

Of course, it's been a loooong time since I was an undergraduate and the degeneration of the humanities has proceeded apace. But still,......

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at August 05, 2015 07:37 PM (cN9Sk)

411 http://www.ocearch.org/profile/katharine/ Cat Products Costa Sunglasses Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 05, 2015 07:37 PM (dgfje)

412 You might get started learning one of the Scandinavian languages but you'll never Finnish.

Never start a project you can't a fjord.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at August 05, 2015 07:37 PM (8ZskC)

413 On Discworld, there is a race called Igors. They are committed to improving themselves by self-surgery and trading body parts. Igors also grow spare parts on rats and are handy people to have around armies.

Growing fetal parts on rats? Sounds like someone is trolling.

Posted by: mustbequantum at August 05, 2015 07:37 PM (MIKMs)

414 But that was just the amuse-bouche for the entree of stupid he had planned for later in the day.

Aaaand this is why I read AoS every day.

Posted by: Lizzy at August 05, 2015 07:38 PM (NOIQH)

415 But that was just the amuse-bouche for the entree of stupid he had planned for later in the day.
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That would more properly be an amuse-douche.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at August 05, 2015 07:39 PM (jR7Wy)

416 You'd think all of these smarty pants with their 1/4 mill educations could of at least read Edmund Burkes take.

Posted by: Kreplach at August 05, 2015 07:39 PM (JbETL)

417 The French are amateurs.....

Posted by: ZOmbie Pol Pot at August 05, 2015 07:39 PM (JG47A)

418 Try OCearch or CSIMarine if my link doesn't work. I use Ocearch.

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 05, 2015 07:39 PM (dgfje)

419 388 You might get started learning one of the Scandinavian languages but you'll never Finnish.
Posted by: Muldoon at August 05, 2015 07:29 PM (NeFrd)

--Finnish is not a Scandanavian language. It's not even Indo-European.

Posted by: logprof, linguistic pedant at August 05, 2015 07:39 PM (vsbNu)

420 Rhomboid, yeah. It's Yoruba. Some of the named of the gods the Santeria our whatever folks worship still retain their Yoruba names.

Some of then apparently made it back to Nigeria at some point. At least, that's what the people with Portuguese last names claimed.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at August 05, 2015 07:40 PM (ttpW1)

421 If anyone cares, neu thread Corgis.

Posted by: Anna Puma at August 05, 2015 07:40 PM (63D73)

422 So the execution of 40,000 is perfectly acceptable for the revolution. Once again the left proves that mass murder is their only way to their utopia

Posted by: TheQuietMan at August 05, 2015 07:40 PM (DiZBp)

423 Fap..Fap...Fap

Posted by: Walter Sobchak at August 05, 2015 07:41 PM (b+TU5)

424 I know someone who speaks Frisian. There are like a dozen people left who speak it.

Klingon would be more useful.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:41 PM (WrtZp)

425 424 I know someone who speaks Frisian. There are like a dozen people left who speak it.

Klingon would be more useful.
Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:41 PM (WrtZp)

--Frisian is the extant language closest to English.

Posted by: logprof, linguistic pedant at August 05, 2015 07:43 PM (vsbNu)

426 Where can I get me summa them asshole spectacles? I bet they'd be a hoot downta the bowlin' lanes Friday...

Posted by: De-La-Were at August 05, 2015 07:43 PM (0L4pN)

427
Only language I started and gave up on was Vietnamese. Of course I was "older" by that time, and already had 2 or 3 under my belt, and was losing the enthusiasm of youth.

I'm half convinced that all tone languages are gigantic deception operations - nobody would really talk like that, they just pretend to that system to fool foreigners (like the classic Gary Larson cartoon, with the cows standing and smoking once the tourists are gone, I think tone language countries just put on a show of speaking in this ridiculous fashion)

Nice thing about Vietnamese though is that it's the only tone language using the Latin alphabet (thanks to a conversion done by, I believe, a Portuguese Jesuit priest back in the day). So you can read it without attempting to understand its absurd tones (diacritical marks allow you to get the "tone" contribution to meaning when reading it). So signs are not hard to read once your vocabulary builds a bit.

Posted by: rhomboid at August 05, 2015 07:45 PM (QDnY+)

428 Fuck you Iglesias. Even 40000 is 40000 too many dead in the name of your shit ideology. These people are such deptaved shits. Body counts on the other side are merely th eggs that needed to be broken.

Posted by: Couperin fan at August 05, 2015 07:45 PM (B4/FR)

429 I like revolution = episode (of what?) and "spasm of violence" and "'got' executed".

He should stick to the incredible transportation infrastructure between Israel and Gaza--unfortunately subject to abuse by eveel Joos not letting terrorists, er, Palestinians use the bridge to go grocery shopping.

Posted by: eureka! at August 05, 2015 07:45 PM (g1MTt)

430 --Frisian is the extant language closest to English.

Posted by: logprof, linguistic pedant

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One could say "American" holds that title. (Except for the South, of course, where the language bears little resemblance to English.)

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:45 PM (WrtZp)

431 "I keep asking this, and I know it's rhetorical, but: Aren't alleged, soi-disant Elite Intellectuals required to read a f***ing book on occasion, or at least be casually familiar with easily-adduced and well-known facts?"

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A whole book, you say? It appears that 'lil Matty is too smug and lazy to even read an f-ing article on something. So I think that neither his Asshole Glasses nor his withered stub of a brain would stand up to the strain of an entire book.

Posted by: Stu-22 at August 05, 2015 07:46 PM (vd4oB)

432 @407-8 JackStraw, rhomboid

She is a diplomed translator and Finnish was her second language. She spent her time in Tampere.

I picked up a Finnish history book on my last visit and IIRC the place was settled by nomads moving west in the last ice age.

"Watched a movie on the Winter War recently (subtitles), and wow - whole stretches without a recognizable word, a cognate, anything."

I have 2 of those movies and leave it in Finnish and read the Engish subtitles. I have the same results.

Posted by: Buckeye Abroad at August 05, 2015 07:47 PM (mtthL)

433 And, recall the briefing to the SEALs aboard the aircraft carrier:
"Local militia are killing everyone who goes to a [different] church." Ellipses mine.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/o7e27te
#Christians'sLivesMatter
persecution dot com
(Been to your local Tawahedo Orthodox Church lately? Coptic? Armenian? Syrian? Any Iraqi Christian sect?
Get it while you can.

Posted by: Follow up! Follow up, Mr. President! Guy at August 05, 2015 07:47 PM (MYgpH)

434 Fuck you Iglesias. Even 40000 is 40000 too many dead in the name of your shit ideology. These people are such deptaved shits. Body counts on the other side are merely th eggs that needed to be broken.

Posted by: Couperin

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My biggest "fuck you" for him is the statement that he wants to "stamp out" religion.

Wow. Psychopath.

Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:47 PM (WrtZp)

435 But what does Ezra think about the French Revolution?? We desperately need BOTH of the poles of genius at Vox to weigh in and press back the shadows of ignorance.

Posted by: Stu-22 at August 05, 2015 07:50 PM (vd4oB)

436 1. Finns will be the first to tell you they are not Scandinavians.
2. Duh.
3. Finnish is not an Indo-European language.
4. You always look for loan words in a field attestation.
5. Follow the sound change.
6. You're welcome.

Posted by: Ekte Norsk Guy at August 05, 2015 07:50 PM (MYgpH)

437 Otherwise they are identical all the way down to their genocide chubbies.

Posted by: Inspector Cussword at August 05, 2015 07:35 PM (LlQKJ)


Allerdings, trugen wir modisch Hugo Boss Uniformen

Posted by: A well dressed genocidal maniac at August 05, 2015 07:53 PM (7YlUk)

438 I know someone who speaks Frisian. There are like a dozen people left who speak it.

Klingon would be more useful.
Posted by: RKae at August 05, 2015 07:41 PM (WrtZp)

--Frisian is the extant language closest to English.

Posted by: logprof, linguistic pedant at August 05, 2015 07:43 PM (vsbNu)


Brea, bûter en griene tsiis is goed Ingelsk en goed Frysk

Posted by: A Frisian Hat at August 05, 2015 07:56 PM (7YlUk)

439 436 1. Finns will be the first to tell you they are not Scandinavians.
2. Duh.
3. Finnish is not an Indo-European language.
4. You always look for loan words in a field attestation.
5. Follow the sound change.
6. You're welcome.
Posted by: Ekte Norsk Guy at August 05, 2015 07:50 PM (MYgpH)

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Your all wrong. The Finns are most closely related to the Irish. Don't you know that Finn is an Irish word?! Where did you people go to school? You should have gone to Harvard, like me. Then you'd be smart!

Posted by: Matt Yglesias at August 05, 2015 07:56 PM (vd4oB)

440 It's like the two jailbirds on Living Colour.

"Now put it down and walk away from the Thesaurus...what? Shit, man, that book with the big fancy words."

Posted by: eureka! at August 05, 2015 07:56 PM (g1MTt)

441 Leave us out of this.

Posted by: Laplanders/Saami at August 05, 2015 07:57 PM (vsbNu)

442 @436 Ekte Norsk Guy

As my old finnish girlfriend used to say:

"If a guy smiles and says hello to you while walking down the street in Helsinki, he is either one of four things:

A. Crazy
B. Drunk
C. American
D. All the above.

Posted by: Buckeye Abroad at August 05, 2015 07:59 PM (mtthL)

443 Vian oiouhgveom obgmov otnvqa5809 oebt5nv90w fgh foud!
Weird!
There's no good Spanish word for "weird". (Prolly why Borges didn't start a pulp mag like "tales of the Weird", tho' he had it in him. Mallarme, too, but the French.... 'Nuff said.)
Radical translation assesses the liklihood there may be no shared ideas.
Why Hawking strongly urges we don't reply to the aliens.
(Btw, I did not vote for the Pod "Person" Obama.)
http://preview.tinyurl.com/q46aups
(Savor the self-incriminating Hollywood overtones!)

Posted by: Radical Translation Guy at August 05, 2015 08:00 PM (MYgpH)

444
"Next in Vox on History by Matt! Yglesias: All you need to know about that World-Historical spasm of political violence, the looming large episode of WWII where millions got killed'"

Posted by: vox at August 05, 2015 08:06 PM (g1MTt)

445 (Recall the little Nokia is the most popular cellphone in the world.... )
How do you tell a Finnish extrovert?
He's the guy talking to YOUR shoes.
Of course, technology changed all that.
Don't get me started on the value of Finnlanders to modernism!
OMG!
The architecture, the music, "Meek Heritage", the Apostolic Lutheranism!
I confess I cannot listen to the 2nd Symphony of Sibelius without his intended effect.
More homey-type guy? Check out the Karelian folk music.
We are all Karelians, or will be unless we have rifles or KP/-31s.

Posted by: Love/Hate This Joke Guy at August 05, 2015 08:08 PM (MYgpH)

446 I'm trying to think of <i>way</i> more famous World-Historical looming episodes of spasmodic acts of political violence [Italians in original.]

Posted by: eureka! at August 05, 2015 08:09 PM (g1MTt)

447 Sooth @ 371- Lost your Boston accent?
Really? Say something, anything, in ETEX. We'll (caveat-English is a second language for me) ask you right quick-like 'You're not from around here, are you?

Posted by: Eromero at August 05, 2015 08:18 PM (go5uR)

448 The first time I read Flashman my sons were little. They would ask "What is so funny Daddy, read it to us!" My wife would shake her head and mouth "NO!" They read them in college as bored college students avoiding homework.

Posted by: Lester at August 05, 2015 08:26 PM (2UPXV)

449 #396 As long as you don't text them to ask what they're wearing or post inappropriate P-Shops...

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at August 05, 2015 10:19 PM (Kucy5)

450 I don't know much about the French Revolution... taking it at face value about the "low" body count maybe next he should read about the Inquisition which had a very low body count spread out over centuries and yet it is always cited as some big crime of Christianity.

Same with the Crusades... there was a high body count there but it was a defensive war - at least in the beginning.

Posted by: JDW at August 06, 2015 08:55 AM (Ocx8i)

451 Anybody who's paying attention by now understands that Matt Ygelesias SIMPLY DOES NOT READ. He has admitted he doesn't like to read. And obviously, he doesn't do it. He "listens" to a program about the French Revolution. He admits not reading Chait's article (which, admittedly, are often unreadable). Matt Yglesias does not like to read, and he thinks he doesn't have to. So he doesn't.

Posted by: Dave H at August 06, 2015 11:44 AM (DeQAd)

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