Mid-Morning Open Thread

Gerome Pollice Verso.jpg

Pollice Verso
Jean-Leon Gerome

Posted by: CBD at 09:30 AM




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1 First.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:29 AM (H7LIz)

2 Good morning horde!

Posted by: Jordan61 at January 08, 2019 09:29 AM (DoOPz)

3 Ah, so you've finally yielded to the demands for a Frazetta.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 08, 2019 09:29 AM (fuK7c)

4 Are you not entertained?

Posted by: BignJames at January 08, 2019 09:30 AM (cxHbL)

5 Thumbs down? Must have been a bad movie.

Posted by: dantesed at January 08, 2019 09:31 AM (88xKn)

6 Are you not entertained?
Posted by: BignJames at January 08, 2019 09:30 AM (cxHbL)


You stole my line.....

Posted by: Biggus Dickus at January 08, 2019 09:31 AM (F4u7C)

7 Trump went to the stadium intending just to throw out th first ball but, as this picture shows, things went haywire.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Yeah baby! at January 08, 2019 09:31 AM (LISuA)

8 Sniper not needed.

Posted by: Gref at January 08, 2019 09:31 AM (AMIL/)

9 Top 10?

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:31 AM (F4u7C)

10 Barely.....

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:31 AM (F4u7C)

11 We should bring back gladiatorial combat.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (KUaJL)

12 Bad Times at the Flavian Amphitheater.

Posted by: Mikey NTH -The Outrage Outlet Wishes You a Testy New Year! at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (hLRSq)

13 Is that Clemson/Alabama?

Bama's on the ground.......

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (F4u7C)

14 Awesome painting.

Posted by: Xipe Totec at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (OG7NC)

15 mornin' yall!

hope your dreams were less unsettling than this painting. although it feels oftentimes, we are barbarians, look at this......we have a ways to go.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (PkVlr)

16 Finish Him.



Excellent.

Posted by: Zod at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (Bdeb0)

17

EM FLIBBERTIGIBBET FOADDY-FI!!!

Posted by: Maxine Waters' Hair at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (a6fvI)

18 Trump/Schumer

Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (9uM86)

19 MILITARIZED THUG POLLICE!!!!!!11!!

Posted by: navycopjoe at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (+9y/B)

20 Gladiator Clemson defeats Al-Abama, the Moor.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:33 AM (H7LIz)

21 We should bring back gladiatorial combat.
Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (KUaJL)


There's a show on the History Channel, I think, where there's a host of guys donning armor and doing exactly that. Ferrealz where they're breaking bones n' shit.

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:33 AM (F4u7C)

22 It's Day two of our big camping inside experience because we had no oil, and they're coming to deliver some today. I hope it is not going to be really late! it was 48 degrees inside last night and I slept with layers and a hat. I am thankful to God that I actually have a house and am not trying to live outside,

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 09:34 AM (AllCR)

23 Very famous art, even I have seen that all over the place.

Posted by: Vic at January 08, 2019 09:34 AM (mpXpK)

24 mornin' yall!

hope your dreams were less unsettling than this painting. although it feels oftentimes, we are barbarians, look at this......we have a ways to go.
Posted by: nurse ratched at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (PkVlr)


The only thing I remember from my dreams last night is I had to yell at my dog for being a pain in the ass and I grabbed him by the snout......

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:34 AM (F4u7C)

25 Well, he's getting the ol' thumbs-down, so I guess they wanted the other guy to win.

It's a well-done painting, but I don't know how people could watch something like this. Too barbaric for me.

Posted by: bluebell at January 08, 2019 09:34 AM (U5tDi)

26 Oh!! I love playing Gladiators!!

Posted by: Shep Smith at January 08, 2019 09:34 AM (xqfqx)

27 How is Clemson like the moon?

They both control the Tide.

(Gonna get any taunting in now. Next year, we have to play Bama AND Clemson AND Georgia. Brutal schedule. Jimbo will be tested.)

Posted by: Mrs. Peel at January 08, 2019 09:34 AM (wjRlt)

28 Embiggen. Excellent detail. Great art selection, CBD!

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:35 AM (H7LIz)

29 Veni, vidi, Pelosi.

Posted by: Publius Redux at January 08, 2019 09:35 AM (wFzgu)

30 Kitteh waits offstage. Unfortunately for those involved, it's a large, hungry lion. And about 5-6 of its buddies.

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 09:35 AM (AM1GF)

31 Fen, I left a link to Penny Press puzzle mags on the last thread.

Posted by: Mrs. Peel at January 08, 2019 09:35 AM (wjRlt)

32 Oh!! I love playing Gladiators!!

Posted by: Shep Smith at January 08, 2019 09:34 AM (xqfqx)


You just love losing and getting ripped up the shitter afterwards.

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:35 AM (F4u7C)

33 It's Day two of our big camping inside experience because we had no oil, and they're coming to deliver some today. I hope it is not going to be really late! it was 48 degrees inside last night and I slept with layers and a hat. I am thankful to God that I actually have a house and am not trying to live outside,
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 09:34 AM (AllCR)
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Oh no, Fen - I'm sorry you're out of oil. Do you have a fireplace at least?

Posted by: bluebell at January 08, 2019 09:36 AM (U5tDi)

34 The innovations of the Romans never ceases to amaze me. I'm still stunned when I think that the Colosseum had a retractile roof, and it could be filled for mock sea battles. It is a wonder of engineering and design.

Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 09:36 AM (OyyDO)

35 It's a well-done painting, but I don't know how people could watch something like this. Too barbaric for me.
Posted by: bluebell


Still nicer than the Kavanaugh hearings...

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 09:36 AM (AM1GF)

36 Posted by: Mrs. Peel at January 08, 2019 09:35 AM (wjRlt)

Thx a lot.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 09:36 AM (AllCR)

37 Well, it isn't art.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 09:37 AM (CPk08)

38 How is Clemson like the moon?

They both control the Tide.



*golf clap

Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 09:37 AM (9uM86)

39
Still nicer than the Kavanaugh hearings...
Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 09:36 AM (AM1GF)


I'm betting Kavanaugh would've rather been in that painting.....

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:37 AM (F4u7C)

40 This is from the very first season of Forged in Fire.

"Your gladius, it will keel."

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 08, 2019 09:37 AM (fuK7c)

41 The innovations of the Romans never ceases to amaze me. I'm still stunned when I think that the Colosseum had a retractile roof, and it could be filled for mock sea battles. It is a wonder of engineering and design.

Posted by: Kris


Taken as a whole with its staging and logistics, the Colosseum in operation qualifies in my mind as a true wonder of the classical world.

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 09:37 AM (AM1GF)

42 sty warm, Fen. Praying the delivery goes smoothly and promptly.

do you have an electric blankie?

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 08, 2019 09:37 AM (PkVlr)

43 Looks like me every morning when I get to work.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at January 08, 2019 09:37 AM (EZebt)

44 Too barbaric for me.

Posted by: bluebell at January 08, 2019 09:34 AM (U5tDi)

Yet you watch Red Sox games?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (wYseH)

45 Oh!! I love playing Gladiators!!



Posted by: Shep Smith at January 08, 2019 09:34 AM (xqfqx)



You just love losing and getting ripped up the shitter afterwards.

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:35 AM (F4u7C)

*
Oh My.

Posted by: George Takei at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (xqfqx)

46 Fenelon, I had that week last week, out of financial reasoning, 28 at times, and had to keep the one heat by the waterlines, freaky weather for here.

Posted by: willow at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (zy5Ai)

47 Well, it isn't art.
Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In


The ents were on the undercard.

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (AM1GF)

48 The promise of forgiveness, An Upper Room devotional:

https://www.upperroom.org/

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (AllCR)

49 The innovations of the Romans never ceases to amaze me. I'm still stunned when I think that the Colosseum had a retractile roof, and it could be filled for mock sea battles. It is a wonder of engineering and design.
Posted by: Kris


Especially since it had a basement.

Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (9uM86)

50 I think the guys in the white are pointing to a stain in the rug, and asking the guy in the helmet to take the rug beater he's holding and whack it.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (CPk08)

51 Look at the faces in the crowd. Each is an individual. Now that's attention to detail.

Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (OyyDO)

52 this is like looking at a bullfight but with half nekkid people.

Posted by: willow at January 08, 2019 09:39 AM (zy5Ai)

53 The guy with the net and trident always gets killed.

Too lightly armored and a trident only stab and not cut/slash/stab like a gladius.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:39 AM (H7LIz)

54 this is like looking at a bullfight but with half nekkid people.
Posted by: willow at January 08, 2019 09:39 AM (zy5Ai)


Wake up feeling a bit randy this morning, did ya?

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:40 AM (F4u7C)

55 off to look at chores. might actually do them.

Posted by: willow at January 08, 2019 09:40 AM (zy5Ai)

56 Posted by: bluebell at January 08, 2019 09:36 AM (U5tDi)

Yes, but it's not set up for a fire right now. We also have space heaters. This would be much harder if it were 6% outside, It is supposed to go up to the 50 or 60's today, thank God,

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 09:40 AM (AllCR)

57 Vertical gladiator has moobs.

Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 09:40 AM (9uM86)

58
Hea cut a bitch...

Posted by: In Vino Veritits at January 08, 2019 09:40 AM (UFLLM)

59 sponge , warm bed warm heart

bl

Posted by: willow at January 08, 2019 09:40 AM (zy5Ai)

60

Dabo Swinney.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at January 08, 2019 09:40 AM (HaL55)

61 A nice reminder - thanks FenelonSpoke!

Posted by: Tonypete at January 08, 2019 09:40 AM (akHM/)

62 Posted by: willow at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (zy5Ai)

I am sorry and I understand!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 09:41 AM (AllCR)

63 A net and trident is no way to gladiate, son.

Posted by: pookysgirl at January 08, 2019 09:41 AM (XKZwp)

64 hiya

Posted by: JT at January 08, 2019 09:41 AM (x33H9)

65 Who's the emperor in this painting?

Posted by: dantesed at January 08, 2019 09:41 AM (88xKn)

66
Do you like movies about gladiators?

Posted by: In Vino Veritits at January 08, 2019 09:41 AM (UFLLM)

67 Colosseum had a retractile roof

I completely agree the Romans were great engineers, but a retractable roof? Are you referring to the fabrics they used to shade the VIP level from the sun? I don't think they had a retractable roof in the modern sense, without steel.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Yeah baby! at January 08, 2019 09:41 AM (LISuA)

68 Good morning.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 09:41 AM (I2dne)

69 Also that retarius looks like he has abig left upper quadrant wound. If that was due to helmet guys sword, he's probably toast anyway.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 09:42 AM (CPk08)

70 *hugs Fenelon for warmth*

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 08, 2019 09:42 AM (BJlbN)

71 Posted by: nurse ratched at January 08, 2019 09:37 AM (PkVlr)

no; I have lots of blankets and comfort cats which will come sleep on my lap!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 09:42 AM (AllCR)

72 66
Do you like movies about gladiators?
Posted by: In Vino Veritits at January 08, 2019 09:41 AM (UFLLM)
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Are you not entertained!

Posted by: WisRich at January 08, 2019 09:42 AM (G0vdT)

73 57 Vertical gladiator has moobs.

He did. Researchers have learned that gladiators were given a heavy diet of barley to intentionally build up body fat to survive injury during competition.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:42 AM (H7LIz)

74 Fen,

comfort kittehs are the best. warm thoughts.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 08, 2019 09:43 AM (PkVlr)

75 41 The innovations of the Romans never ceases to amaze me. I'm still stunned when I think that the Colosseum had a retractile roof, and it could be filled for mock sea battles. It is a wonder of engineering and design.

Posted by: Kris

Taken as a whole with its staging and logistics, the Colosseum in operation qualifies in my mind as a true wonder of the classical world.
Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 09:37 AM (AM1GF)

No argument here.

49 The innovations of the Romans never ceases to amaze me. I'm still stunned when I think that the Colosseum had a retractile roof, and it could be filled for mock sea battles. It is a wonder of engineering and design.
Posted by: Kris


Especially since it had a basement.
Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (9uM86)

With working elevators.

Walking onto the arena with a full amphitheater of shouting, cheering spectators must have been an awesome experience. Awesome in the classical sense.

Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 09:43 AM (OyyDO)

76 The innovations of the Romans never ceases to amaze me. I'm still stunned when I think that the Colosseum had a retractile roof, and it could be filled for mock sea battles. It is a wonder of engineering and design.
Posted by: Kris

also doubled as a helicopter landing pad

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 08, 2019 09:43 AM (BJlbN)

77 I completely agree the Romans were great engineers, but a retractable roof? Are you referring to the fabrics they used to shade the VIP level from the sun? I don't think they had a retractable roof in the modern sense, without steel.
Posted by: Huck Follywood, Yeah baby! at January 08, 2019 09:41 AM (LISuA)
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It was a fabric affair. Even so, dealing with an area that large - even partially - is a major accomplishment for the technical capabilities of the time. Romans were good at math.

I once asked (only to learn, to the chagrin of my young self, that many people had asked and answered it before) how they were so good at math without place value (their numerals). The answer was obvious: they didn't use their numerals. They used an abacus and just used the numerals for final or intermediate notation. Remarkable what they accomplished with what are now considered very basic (even primitive) tools...

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 09:44 AM (I2dne)

78 He did. Researchers have learned that gladiators
were given a heavy diet of barley to intentionally build up body fat to
survive injury during competition.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:42 AM (H7LIz)
::
Cold hard lard. Buff these guys were not. Effective killers, yes. GQ covers, no.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 09:44 AM (CPk08)

79 It's all bread and circus until someone gets harpooned with a trident.

Posted by: JackStraw at January 08, 2019 09:45 AM (/tuJf)

80 Trump looks kind of chubby in this pic, but that is a yuge, luxurious helmet.

Posted by: Kate Winslet's boobs at January 08, 2019 09:45 AM (C7HLK)

81 Historians have argued about the thumbs up/down thing.

It is thought thumbs up meant to kill the gladiator. One explanation was that the thumbs up was a gesture to the neck.. gaaackk!

great painting, nonetheless!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 08, 2019 09:45 AM (438dO)

82 The Gladiator Diet:

https://archive.archaeology.org/0811/abstracts/gladiator.html

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:45 AM (H7LIz)

83 All right ... all right ... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order ... what have the Romans done for us ?

Posted by: Reg at January 08, 2019 09:46 AM (B9BVe)

84
How about gladiatorial dueling, none of this refined rapier nicks or micro caliber pellets at 30 paces bullshit...challenged gets choice of net and trident or gladius and buckler, challenger dual daggers or battle axe and squirting lapel flower...

Posted by: In Vino Veritits at January 08, 2019 09:46 AM (UFLLM)

85 Yeah, pretty barbaric.

Though if they had two naked slave girls battling it out like the girl fight in From Russia With Love, I'll bet the arena would have been sold out days in advance.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 09:47 AM (7MRhd)

86 Orgies?

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:47 AM (H7LIz)

87 Though if they had two naked slave girls battling it out like the girl fight in From Russia With Love, I'll bet the arena would have been sold out days in advance.
________________________________________

So it is written, so shall it be.

Posted by: Senator Fappus Magnus at January 08, 2019 09:48 AM (H7LIz)

88 >>Orgies?

That's how you're going to ask? No dinner? No movie?

Posted by: JackStraw at January 08, 2019 09:49 AM (/tuJf)

89 mornin' yall!

hope your dreams were less unsettling than this painting. although it feels oftentimes, we are barbarians, look at this......we have a ways to go.
Posted by: nurse ratched at January 08, 2019 09:32 AM (PkVlr)


My dreams are either wonderful or so bland I don't remember them.

Decided to call in sick today. What are they going to do, fire me?

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 08, 2019 09:49 AM (Ki5SV)

90 All right ... all right ... but apart from better
sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health
and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order ... what have the Romans done for us?

Posted by: Reg at January 08, 2019 09:46 AM (B9BVe)

Hearing Sean Bean read that line for Civ VI cracks me up every time.

Posted by: pookysgirl at January 08, 2019 09:49 AM (XKZwp)

91 That's how you're going to ask? No dinner? No movie?

Posted by: JackStraw at January 08, 2019 09:49 AM (/tuJf)


Mere formalities intended to frustrate the natural course of human sexuality.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:51 AM (H7LIz)

92 Though if they had two naked slave girls battling it out like the girl fight in From Russia With Love, I'll bet the arena would have been sold out days in advance.

Female fighters were never a huge draw. Their heyday was comparatively brief, about 150-200 years out of 1000 years of gladiatorial tradition, eventually getting banned by the Emperor around 200 AD.

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 09:51 AM (AM1GF)

93 81 Historians have argued about the thumbs up/down thing.

It is thought thumbs up meant to kill the gladiator. One explanation was that the thumbs up was a gesture to the neck.. gaaackk!

great painting, nonetheless!
Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 08, 2019

*
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I've read that too. Pollice verso could mean simply "thumb turned," not necessarily "turned up" or "turned down." However, I'm no Latin scholar.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 09:51 AM (7MRhd)

94 Where are the cheerleaders?
And the rest of the gladiators taking a knee when the Emperor walks in?

Posted by: Bruce at January 08, 2019 09:52 AM (8ikIW)

95 All right ... all right ... but apart from better
sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health
and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order ... what have the Romans done for us?

Posted by: Reg at January 08, 2019 09:46 AM (B9BVe)
++++++++++
Memes! (well, proto-memes). "Nero fiddling" comes to mind. I was getting a brake job once back in probably '06 and a traveling salesman and Nation of Islam acolyte told me about how George W. Bush was just like Caligula.

You don't get thousand-year memes out of just any dead civilization.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 09:52 AM (I2dne)

96 OK, going to have another cup of tea.

Stay warm, Fen.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 08, 2019 09:52 AM (Ki5SV)

97 The painting looks like SJWs at play.

Posted by: Neal5x5 at January 08, 2019 09:53 AM (VWzSH)

98 Though if they had two naked slave girls battling it out like the girl fight in From Russia With Love, I'll bet the arena would have been sold out days in advance.
________________________________________

So it is written, so shall it be.
Posted by: Senator Fappus Magnus


Seconded!

Posted by: Senator Squirtus Distanceus at January 08, 2019 09:53 AM (9uM86)

99
Female fighters were never a huge draw. Their heyday was comparatively brief, about 150-200 years out of 1000 years of gladiatorial tradition, eventually getting banned by the Emperor around 200 AD.
Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019

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*
Darn.

Posted by: Flavius Metellus, ca. 250 AD at January 08, 2019 09:53 AM (7MRhd)

100 Attorneys for President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort appear to have missed a court-ordered deadline to reply to special counsel Robert Mueller's accusations that Manafort breached a plea agreement by lying to federal prosecutors.

Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 09:53 AM (QkjLD)

101 SMACK my BITCH up.....

Posted by: Prodigy at January 08, 2019 09:54 AM (F4u7C)

102 And unbelievably, the world entered 1000 years of darkness when the Democrats invaded Rome. Everyone thought civilization, once achieved, lasts forever.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Yeah baby! at January 08, 2019 09:54 AM (LISuA)

103 67 Colosseum had a retractile roof

I completely agree the Romans were great engineers, but a retractable roof? Are you referring to the fabrics they used to shade the VIP level from the sun? I don't think they had a retractable roof in the modern sense, without steel.
Posted by: Huck Follywood, Yeah baby! at January 08, 2019 09:41 AM (LISuA)

Yeah, that's what I meant. That's the terminology I learned. Does it have to be made of steel to be considered a roof? I defer to the engineers and architects in the audience.

The covering was of canvas and wood, designed after ship's sails, and may have been operated by sailors. It could be extended pretty far out creating an pseudo-oculus. Only the very top rows, the cheap seats, got blasted by the sun.

Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 09:54 AM (OyyDO)

104 Hearing Sean Bean read that line for Civ VI cracks me up every time.
Posted by: pookysgirl at January 08, 2019 09:49 AM (XKZwp)


Me too. New expansion in February.

Now, I really got to get to work. Later peeps.

Posted by: JayDub Walker at January 08, 2019 09:54 AM (B9BVe)

105 Did you hear the one about Senator Cunnilingus and his date at the Forum?

She wasn't much to look at, but he was glad he ate her.

Posted by: Scheckie Green at January 08, 2019 09:54 AM (H7LIz)

106 Wakes up.
Scratches.
Looks around.
Dang. Trumpicus Orangicus Maximo to take the ring tonight.
Goes looking for coffee.

Posted by: Diogenes at January 08, 2019 09:54 AM (0tfLf)

107 Memes! (well, proto-memes). "Nero fiddling" comes to mind. I was getting a brake job once


Is that what we're calling it now?

Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 09:55 AM (9uM86)

108 "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."

Posted by: Insomniac at January 08, 2019 09:55 AM (NWiLs)

109 Rome went from super power geniuses to idiocracy.

(I say that picturing the leaning tower of Pisa like the buildings in the movie)

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 08, 2019 09:55 AM (glJL/)

110 The ladies in the crowd are admiring his big shiny helmet. The men are envious.

Posted by: Count de Monet at January 08, 2019 09:55 AM (QLvwG)

111 Female fighters were never a huge draw. Their heyday was comparatively brief, about 150-200 years out of 1000 years of gladiatorial tradition, eventually getting banned by the Emperor around 200 AD.
Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019

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I can imagine that the best view would have been very very close to the arena itself. If you had to sit way up in the cheap seats, two naked girls would have been lost in the distance. The spectacle needed to be bigger, like lions vs. elephants.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 09:55 AM (7MRhd)

112 Get your goat testicles! Red hot goat testicles! Only half a sestertius!

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at January 08, 2019 09:56 AM (3sjI6)

113 I had a flight yesterday. I'd heard via the MSM how the TSA was for totes calling in sick cuz Trump is mean, and as a result yuuuge lines at checkpoints. So I figured, I need to be the airport early. Yeah about that...in and out of security in under 5 minutes.

The MSM lies about every single fucking thing.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at January 08, 2019 09:56 AM (6EulP)

114 107
Memes! (well, proto-memes). "Nero fiddling" comes to mind. I was getting a brake job once





Is that what we're calling it now?

Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 09:55 AM (9uM86)
:
:No, that's ice cream.

Posted by: Just the punchline at January 08, 2019 09:56 AM (CPk08)

115 Freakin' Romans and their roads, aqueducts and schools!

Posted by: People's Front of Judea at January 08, 2019 09:56 AM (uGHnY)

116 Is that what we're calling it now?
Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 09:55 AM (9uM86)
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lolololol. No. Too much friction.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 09:56 AM (I2dne)

117 >>I've read that too. Pollice verso could mean simply "thumb turned," not necessarily "turned up" or "turned down." However, I'm no Latin scholar.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 09:51 AM (7MRhd)

Have read that the "thumbs-down" gesture imitated the method of military execution, where the gladius would be plunged down and into the chest via the throat or the gap just above the sternum.

That, in any case, is how Zod instructs his menials to end themselves when they have exhausted their utility.

Posted by: Zod at January 08, 2019 09:56 AM (Bdeb0)

118 Wakes up.
Scratches.
Looks around.
Dang. Trumpicus Orangicus Maximo to take the ring tonight.
Goes looking for coffee.
Posted by: Diogenes at January 08, 2019 09:54 AM (0tfLf)


Up before noon, I see......

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:57 AM (F4u7C)

119 If you had to sit way up in the cheap seats, two naked girls would have been lost in the distance. The spectacle needed to be bigger, like lions vs. elephants.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius

Naked lions and elephants?

...Austin Powers...

Posted by: Bruce at January 08, 2019 09:57 AM (8ikIW)

120 Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 09:54 AM (OyyDO

They have a couple of tennis stadiums in Europe with retractable cloth type material read roofs.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 08, 2019 09:57 AM (glJL/)

121 also doubled as a helicopter landing pad
Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 08, 2019 09:43 AM (BJlbN)

Of course. The emperor can't be expected to travel to the games through the streets with the little people.

Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 09:57 AM (OyyDO)

122 >>Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next." Posted by: Insomniac at January 08, 2019 09:55 AM (NWiLs)

Another movie-ending fail. He should've been executed by the Emperor's bodyguard in the arena, roll credits.

Posted by: Zod at January 08, 2019 09:58 AM (Bdeb0)

123 Do Gay Senators Dream of Spartacus Dick?

Posted by: Corey Booker at January 08, 2019 09:58 AM (SkuXa)

124 The painting looks like SJWs at play.

Because of the moobs ?

Posted by: JT at January 08, 2019 09:59 AM (x33H9)

125 Do Gay Senators Dream of Spartacus Dick?
Posted by: Corey Booker at January 08, 2019 09:58 AM (SkuXa)
+++++++++++
Only in your dreams.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 09:59 AM (I2dne)

126 110 The ladies in the crowd are admiring his big shiny helmet. The men are envious.

And to think there was a guy whose job description was "Helmet Polisher for Sweaty Gladiators."

That's not going to impress a lot of girls at the bars in Corinth or Thessalonia.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:59 AM (H7LIz)

127 Do Gay Senators Dream of Spartacus Dick?
Posted by: Corey Booker at January 08, 2019 09:58 AM (SkuXa)


You tell us, Gay Senator.....

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 09:59 AM (F4u7C)

128 Maximus, Maximus he's our man,If he can't smite him, no one can!

Posted by: Roman cheeleaders at January 08, 2019 10:00 AM (n6Omg)

129 I had a flight yesterday. I'd heard via the MSM how the TSA was for totes calling in sick cuz Trump is mean, and as a result yuuuge lines at checkpoints. So I figured, I need to be the airport early. Yeah about that...in and out of security in under 5 minutes.

The MSM lies about every single fucking thing.
Posted by: Lurking Lurker



TSA.

Trump's PATCO.

Go for it chumps.

Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 10:00 AM (9uM86)

130 Yet you watch Red Sox games?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 08, 2019 09:38 AM (wYseH)
--------

It is true that I don't mind when they slaughter the Yankees.

Posted by: bluebell at January 08, 2019 10:01 AM (U5tDi)

131 122 >>Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next." Posted by: Insomniac at January 08, 2019 09:55 AM (NWiLs)

Another movie-ending fail. He should've been executed by the Emperor's bodyguard in the arena, roll credits.
Posted by: Zod at January 08, 2019

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*
The movie worked well, with all sorts of neat details like "speculatio" on the betting board. But Commodus, though a nut, was no weakling enamored of his sister like the earlier Caligula (Commodus wanted to be a gladiator himself!); and he ruled for a good 12 years until someone took him out, not the few months the film suggests.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 10:01 AM (7MRhd)

132 This is just ridiculous. Some person accidentally opened the emergency door behind me and set off the alarm, which has been going off for the last 5 minutes, and will do so until security decides to get here to turn it off.

Posted by: josephistan at January 08, 2019 10:01 AM (7HtZB)

133 The movie worked well, with all sorts of neat details like "speculatio" on the betting board. But Commodus, though a nut, was no weakling enamored of his sister like the earlier Caligula (Commodus wanted to be a gladiator himself!); and he ruled for a good 12 years until someone took him out, not the few months the film suggests.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 10:01 AM (7MRhd)


Vice was "based on a true story" too, rememeber......

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 10:02 AM (F4u7C)

134 This is just ridiculous. Some person accidentally opened the emergency door behind me and set off the alarm, which has been going off for the last 5 minutes, and will do so until security decides to get here to turn it off.
Posted by: josephistan

You're not on a plane are you?

Posted by: Bruce at January 08, 2019 10:02 AM (8ikIW)

135 This is just ridiculous. Some person accidentally opened the emergency door behind me and set off the alarm, which has been going off for the last 5 minutes, and will do so until security decides to get here to turn it off.
Posted by: josephistan at January 08, 2019 10:01 AM (7HtZB)
++++++++++++
The door would not have been opened outside of an emergency.

Posted by: Emergency Door Planning Committee at January 08, 2019 10:02 AM (I2dne)

136
Historians have argued about the thumbs up/down thing.

It is thought thumbs up meant to kill the gladiator. One explanation was that the thumbs up was a gesture to the neck.. gaaackk!

great painting, nonetheless!
Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 08, 2019
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*
I've read that too. Pollice verso could mean simply "thumb turned," not necessarily "turned up" or "turned down." However, I'm no Latin scholar.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 09:51 AM (7MRhd)







One of the speculations that I've seen is that this painting is where the thumbs down thing replaced the historical thumbs up gesture. At least in popular cultural terms.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 08, 2019 10:02 AM (veoSD)

137 128 Maximus, Maximus, he's our man, If he can't smite him, no one can!
Posted by: Roman cheeleaders at January 08, 2019

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Individual gladiators had rabid fans like today's football fans. I wouldn't be surprised if cheers just like this rang out at every combat.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 10:02 AM (7MRhd)

138 The movie worked well, with all sorts of neat
details like "speculatio" on the betting board. But Commodus, though a
nut, was no weakling enamored of his sister like the earlier Caligula
(Commodus wanted to be a gladiator himself!); and he ruled for a good 12
years until someone took him out, not the few months the film suggests.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 10:01 AM (7MRhd)
::
Commodus would have had him offed in short order. You didn't get to be (and stay) emperor by fucking around.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshle Shut In at January 08, 2019 10:02 AM (CPk08)

139 Stocks are up 10% since the lows of December. In the MSM it's still all doom and gloom.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at January 08, 2019 10:02 AM (6EulP)

140 This is just ridiculous. Some person accidentally opened the emergency door behind me and set off the alarm, which has been going off for the last 5 minutes, and will do so until security decides to get here to turn it off.
Posted by: josephistan at January 08, 2019 10:01 AM (7HtZB)


Usually requires a key, so yeah....sorry about your bad luck.

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 10:02 AM (F4u7C)

141 I'm not gay, I'm just a confirmed bachelor.

But the answer is yes.

Posted by: Corey Booker at January 08, 2019 10:03 AM (SkuXa)

142

One of the speculations that I've seen is that this painting is where
the thumbs down thing replaced the historical thumbs up gesture. At
least in popular cultural terms.


So in reality, nobody really knows. Typical.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at January 08, 2019 10:04 AM (HaL55)

143 Gladiator Survival Rule #1: Cardio. To escape certain death in the arena, new slaves will need to outrun the gladiator and this means staying in good shape. Make the barley-fattened bastard chase you all over the arena. Bonus points if he keels over from a heart attack.

Posted by: Count de Monet at January 08, 2019 10:04 AM (QLvwG)

144 Last night I stumbled upon a YouTube video about the Volkosoby, or the Russian Wolfdog. It's bred specifically to guard the Russian border. And apparently it does it really well. According to the video Chinese criminals attempting to sneak across the border are terrified of the animal.
It seems nobody is upset by countries defending their borders, unless that country is the United States.
I can't imagine the freak out if the U.S. started using Wolfdogs to guard the border.

Posted by: N.L. Urker at January 08, 2019 10:04 AM (MkcN1)

145 >>141 I'm not gay, I'm just a confirmed bachelor.

Heterosexual. Severely heterosexual.

Posted by: Zod at January 08, 2019 10:05 AM (Bdeb0)

146 So Sears is officially KAPUT today.

They could have been Amazon had they taken their catalog online.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at January 08, 2019 10:05 AM (6EulP)

147 >>Individual gladiators had rabid fans like today's football fans. I wouldn't be surprised if cheers just like this rang out at every combat.

I'll take Clemsonus over Alabamus +10.

Posted by: JackStraw at January 08, 2019 10:05 AM (/tuJf)

148 I'm not gay, I'm just a confirmed bachelor.

But the answer is yes.
Posted by: Corey Booker at January 08, 2019 10:03 AM (SkuXa)


MTV, I'm told, had a show about young men doing "gay porn" but weren't gay.......Sure you're not, Mr. Booker. Sure you're not.....

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 10:05 AM (F4u7C)

149 Individual gladiators had rabid fans like today's football fans.


And yet, when their man lost, the fans couldn't say "wait 'til next year".

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 08, 2019 10:06 AM (fuK7c)

150 137 128 Maximus, Maximus, he's our man, If he can't smite him, no one can!
Posted by: Roman cheeleaders at January 08, 2019
*
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Individual gladiators had rabid fans like today's football fans. I wouldn't be surprised if cheers just like this rang out at every combat.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 10:02 AM (7MRhd)

Your comment reminded me of the Nika Riots. The factions started in the sports arena, chariot race fans this time, and eventually ended in the stadium too.

Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 10:06 AM (OyyDO)

151 A 49-year-old man injured 20 children with an [unregistered assault] hammer Tuesday inside a primary school in China's capital, officials said.

Three of the children have serious but non-life-threatening injuries, the Xicheng district government said on its social media account, adding that the attack took place at 11:17 a.m.

The suspect, surnamed Jia, was apprehended at the scene, the statement said. A native of northern Heilongjiang province, Jia was employed through a labor service company to perform daily maintenance work at the school. His contract was set to expire this month and had not been renewed.

Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 10:06 AM (QkjLD)

152 144
Last night I stumbled upon a YouTube video about the Volkosoby, or the
Russian Wolfdog. It's bred specifically to guard the Russian border.
And apparently it does it really well. According to the video Chinese
criminals attempting to sneak across the border are terrified of the
animal.

It seems nobody is upset by countries defending their borders, unless that country is the United States.

I can't imagine the freak out if the U.S. started using Wolfdogs to guard the border.

Posted by: N.L. Urker at January 08, 2019 10:04 AM (MkcN1)

Hm.

Posted by: Israel at January 08, 2019 10:06 AM (CPk08)

153 Maximus, Maximus he's our man, if he can't smite him, no one can!


Posted by: Roman cheerleaders at January 08, 2019 10:00 AM (n6Omg)


That would have made the games all that more interesting.

Posted by: Mikey NTH -The Outrage Outlet Wishes You a Testy New Year! at January 08, 2019 10:07 AM (hLRSq)

154 So in reality, nobody really knows. Typical.


Posted by: BackwardsBoy at January 08, 2019 10:04 AM (HaL55)


Vic was there as an adolescent, but he wasn't paying all that much attention to the goings on as he was working his mojo on some vestal virgins.

Posted by: Count de Monet at January 08, 2019 10:07 AM (QLvwG)

155 How to kick the shit out of Antifa.

I like it. Technically sophisticated, and eerie. Humans have a fascination with masks - it gives an inhuman appearance similar to a great white shark, or to the assassin in Dr. Who deadly assassin.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at January 08, 2019 10:08 AM (/qEW2)

156 The suspect, surnamed Jia, was apprehended at the scene, the statement said. A native of northern Heilongjiang province, Jia was employed through a labor service company to perform daily maintenance work at the school. His contract was set to expire this month and had not been renewed.
Posted by: SMOD

Jia is also a Trump! supporter and according to his Facebook account would like to have a handgun.

...MSM...

Posted by: Bruce at January 08, 2019 10:09 AM (8ikIW)

157 Day 2: Zombie RBG again will not sit for oral verbal arguments today.

Posted by: WisRich at January 08, 2019 10:09 AM (G0vdT)

158 Day 2: Zombie RBG again will not sit for oral verbal arguments today.
Posted by: WisRich at January 08, 2019 10:09 AM (G0vdT)


She'll never sit the bench again......

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 10:10 AM (F4u7C)

159 WTFO??

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 08, 2019 10:10 AM (0LzqU)

160 Good Noos Morons, the recommendation for the "power supply" sparked an idea in me and it worked. I switched the 5VDC cable from my APC unit to a different 5V USB power supply and the annoying buzz static went away.

I kept thinking of my old days in the TV shop, this type of noise was usually associate with a capacitor in the power supply going bad. So I tried a different 5V USB convertor and that worked. Problem solved


Kooddos and thanx to newest nic for sparking that thought on the power supply issue.

Posted by: Vic at January 08, 2019 10:11 AM (mpXpK)

161 One of the speculations that I've seen is that this painting is where
the thumbs down thing replaced the historical thumbs up gesture. At
least in popular cultural terms.

So in reality, nobody really knows. Typical.

-
My theory is that the thumb was extended upwards and "turned" by bending the elbow such that the thumb approaches the throat. Gladiators who were executed with honor kneeled and exposed their throats by raising their heads. A sword was the inserted into the throat down through the heart. My gesture simulates that act.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 08, 2019 10:11 AM (+y/Ru)

162 Another movie-ending fail. He should've been executed by the Emperor's bodyguard in the arena, roll credits.

Posted by: Zod


Here's the thing: It's based very loosely to things that actually happened. The actual Commodus was one of seven Emperors who appeared in the arena as sitting Emperors (a practice never well received). Also, he was eventually killed by an athlete he was sponsoring. The rest of the movie is likely pure Hollywood, though.

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 10:11 AM (AM1GF)

163 This has always been one of my favorite paintings. Thanks for posting it!

Also, many actual gladiatorial combats did not end in death. Gladiators were expensive commodities and their owners had to make it profitable to themselves in order to risk one of their slaves death in combat.


Posted by: Archer at January 08, 2019 10:12 AM (gmo/4)

164 >>kneeled and exposed their throats by raising their heads. A sword was the inserted into the throat down through the heart. My gesture simulates that act. Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 08, 2019 10:11 AM (+y/Ru)

This accords with Zod's instruction at #117.

Posted by: Zod at January 08, 2019 10:12 AM (Bdeb0)

165 Fen, one is almost (!) ashamed to broach the subject, but Matthew 25 is one of the only places in scripture that oil is even mentioned.
Christ scolds five virgins for not bringing enough of it.
In our family we have taken this seriously. My sister, my father, and my mother's father were all refiners. Do not even get going on Zechariah 13.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:12 AM (8ZmvG)

166 By Grabthar's . . . oh never mind.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 10:12 AM (H7LIz)

167 166 By Grabthar's . . . oh never mind.
Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 10:12 AM (H7LIz)

What a savings!

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:14 AM (KUaJL)

168 Blood sport.

I've been watching Game of Thrones highlights on youtube for the last three or for days. I have mixed feelings about that show.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 08, 2019 10:14 AM (kJWoP)

169 155 ahhh, the spoiled kids of the lib cities
dressed in the uniform of kids with ashamed parents

you know, they think it should be legal to punch anyone they disagree with on sight
I wonder how they would feel if they were getting laid out under their rules

Posted by: navycopjoe at January 08, 2019 10:14 AM (+9y/B)

170 Day 2: Zombie RBG again will not sit for oral verbal arguments today.

Posted by: WisRich at January 08, 2019 10:09 AM (G0vdT)



She'll never sit the bench again......

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 10:10 AM (F4u7C)

She can listen to a replay of the verbal arguments on her Walkman as she does the 'Everest' routine on her Bowflex TreadClimber TC200.

Posted by: Count de Monet at January 08, 2019 10:14 AM (QLvwG)

171 Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:12 AM (8ZmvG)


I'm not a virgin so taken literally it doesn't apply to me.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:14 AM (AllCR)

172 The Romans overbuilt because their math wasn't so good. On the bright side, that's why some of their structures are still standing a couple of thousand years later.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 08, 2019 10:15 AM (86h67)

173 Game of Thrones?

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 08, 2019 10:15 AM (8iiMU)

174 The Citadel played Alabama better than Alabama played Clemson this year.

Heh.

Posted by: Sharkman at January 08, 2019 10:15 AM (S6rpg)

175 The Romans overbuilt because their math wasn't so good. On the bright side, that's why some of their structures are still standing a couple of thousand years later.
Posted by: Grump928(C)

Yeah, we had to wait for the Muslims to teach about math and space travel

Posted by: Bruce at January 08, 2019 10:16 AM (8ikIW)

176 you know, they think it should be legal to punch anyone they disagree with on sight
I wonder how they would feel if they were getting laid out under their rules
Posted by: navycopjoe at January 08, 2019 10:14 AM (+9y/B)
+++++++++
Doesn't apply to them. They have *good* ideas so it can't apply. Only people with bad ideas get punched.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:16 AM (I2dne)

177 Another movie-ending fail. He should've been executed by the Emperor's bodyguard in the arena, roll credits.



Posted by: Zod



Here's the thing: It's based very loosely to things that actually happened. The actual Commodus was one of seven
Emperors who appeared in the arena as sitting Emperors (a practice
never well received). Also, he was eventually killed by an athlete he
was sponsoring. The rest of the movie is likely pure Hollywood, though.

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 10:11 AM (AM1GF)

Especially the opening sequence when the geniuses in Hollywood decided to use sound of the voices of the warriors from Zulu to represent the Germanic tribal warriors. Like the demographic going to see Gladiator, would never have seen Zulu. Idiots!


Posted by: Archer at January 08, 2019 10:16 AM (gmo/4)

178 Watched Clemson/'Bama last night.

My co-worker and I both thought Clemson would probably win. But not that it would be an absolute humiliation, a degringolade.

And the 28-point spread didn't reflect how hopelessly outclassed the Tide was. I've never seen 'Bama get pimpslapped so hard in recent memory, much less a bowl game.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 08, 2019 10:16 AM (AoI9N)

179 Bill Kristol on the ground there.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:16 AM (Kpl3J)

180 OK, I just read that parable.

Did everyone have to bring their own lamps or just the virgins? Why didn't the banquet hall have its own lighting?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 08, 2019 10:17 AM (fuK7c)

181 a degringolade


Ooooo. Look who got a word a day calendar for Christmas

Posted by: Bruce at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (8ikIW)

182 She can listen to a replay of the verbal arguments on her Walkman as she does the 'Everest' routine on her Bowflex TreadClimber TC200.
Posted by: Count de Monet

"I barely glaced at RBG's workout routine, and I nearly DIED" -- Vox reporter #64268432-araba
---
>Anyways, hullo lads.

Posted by: Delaforce the Air Mechanic at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (Fv8Sa)

183 And the 28-point spread didn't reflect how hopelessly outclassed the Tide was. I've never seen 'Bama get pimpslapped so hard in recent memory, much less a bowl game."

I'm still laughing about that one! And it would have been 35 points except Clemson had pity on them and took a knee with first and goal at the 5 yard line at the end there.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (Kpl3J)

184 Watched Clemson/'Bama last night.

My co-worker and I both thought Clemson would probably win. But not that it would be an absolute humiliation, a degringolade.

And the 28-point spread didn't reflect how hopelessly outclassed the Tide was. I've never seen 'Bama get pimpslapped so hard in recent memory, much less a bowl game.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 08, 2019 10:16 AM (AoI9N)
+++++++++++
It was bizarre seeing a powerhouse team like that shell-shocked and defeated. By midway through the third, they were looking like they had been bitten by a sideline zombie.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (I2dne)

185 Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:12 AM (8ZmvG)

But it's fortunate that your family was made up of refiners. At this point I could use the refiner's fire to warm me up. J/k

In my next pastoral life I intend to have the salary of a megachurch pastor so that oil bills are not a problem.

(just kidding about that too)


Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (AllCR)

186 Romans were succesful cuz they were like diverse and stuff.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (6EulP)

187 I've been watching Game of Thrones highlights on youtube for the last three or for days. I have mixed feelings about that show.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 08, 2019 10:14 AM (kJWoP)

The show goes downhill in the last couple seasons because they had to make up the ending for GRRM, rather than just adapting a story (what they signed up for initially).

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (KUaJL)

188 Twiki: Bedeep bedeep bedeep! Way to go BUCK

Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (KOaTi)

189 Did everyone have to bring their own lamps or just the virgins?

Maybe they figured the virgins weren't doing anything else

Posted by: Bruce at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (8ikIW)

190 Morning Horde, I missed the JJ thread because I finally got a little sleep. Insomnia bites, so I took the day off.

I rather like this one. Tells a story: see the other body off to the left? The victorious gladiator is obviously a serious badass.

Posted by: joncelli, consulting his Roget's at January 08, 2019 10:19 AM (1FhAQ)

191 And to think there was a guy whose job description was "Helmet Polisher for Sweaty Gladiators."Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at January 08, 2019 09:59 AM

Go on...

Posted by: Shep! at January 08, 2019 10:19 AM (p+Wdc)

192 Matthew 25 is one of the only places in scripture that oil is even mentioned.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:12 AM (8ZmvG)

Yeah....right.

Posted by: The Maccabees at January 08, 2019 10:20 AM (wYseH)

193 The really heavy Roman sports mania was for charioteers.


They were divided up into worldwide teams, named for colors. People got into big street fights at opposite ends of the empire over how the teams did. You could lose friends or a job over your team allegiance, and loyalty typically carried on through generations. I can't but see it as NFL and NASCAR kind of laid over each other.

I'll admit that Charlton Heston and Yakima Canutt may have had an influence on this mental image.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:20 AM (8ZmvG)

194 Well we know who used to run Barter Town, see he has boot to throat of poor chap who vainly has an arm out begging for mercy. Don't seem like the crowd is going to give any though.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at January 08, 2019 10:20 AM (BexHg)

195 The painting that inspired John Logan to write Gladiator.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:21 AM (XSSCs)

196
Blood sport.

I've been watching Game of Thrones highlights on youtube for the last three or for days. I have mixed feelings about that show.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 08, 2019 10:14 AM (kJWoP)





Good battle scenes, lots of nekkid wimmens, the sometimes hilarious banter between Bronn and Tyrion.

Not a fan of the floppy wieners that they keep inserting into the story.

The show went downhill when they turned Tyrion from a smartassed wenching drunk into a whiny, morose little bitch.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 08, 2019 10:21 AM (veoSD)

197 >>>It was bizarre seeing a powerhouse team like that shell-shocked and defeated. By midway through the third, they were looking like they had been bitten by a sideline zombie.

Those zombies were the guys that got suspended, or it would have been a shutout.

Posted by: Roy at January 08, 2019 10:21 AM (5r0Mb)

198 194 Well we know who used to run Barter Town, see he has boot to throat of poor chap who vainly has an arm out begging for mercy. Don't seem like the crowd is going to give any though.
Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at January 08, 2019 10:20 AM (BexHg)

============

That movie is so underappreciated.

At its heart, it's really about how believe in something greater than ourselves leads to increased happiness as opposed to the believe in only the tangible.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (XSSCs)

199 Yeah....right.


Posted by: The Maccabees at January 08, 2019 10:20 AM (wYseH)
::Tell me about it.

Posted by: Leveticus at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (CPk08)

200 @192
OK I'm laughing.

But are the Maccabees in the bible? I don't know where to find them.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (8ZmvG)

201 It's a parable, Bandersnatch, about Christ's return and being prepared for that; being a parable it's not meant to be taken literally:

https://tinyurl.com/y9mqzdtz

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (AllCR)

202 Up from the ground can a bubbling crude, oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.
From the book of Clampetts, verse 4

Posted by: Archer at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (gmo/4)

203 Yeah, we had to wait for the Muslims to teach about math and space travel

Posted by: Bruce at January 08, 2019 10:16 AM


They stole that from the Sun People of Africa!

Posted by: "Prof." Leonard Jeffries at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (p+Wdc)

204 200 @192
OK I'm laughing.

But are the Maccabees in the bible? I don't know where to find them.
Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (8ZmvG)

==========

They're always in the last place you look.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (XSSCs)

205 Is Petorius Griffanus hawking gluteus scratchers in the stands?
Glute Scratcha? Glute scratcha!

Posted by: President Elect Joe Biden at January 08, 2019 10:23 AM (N0Vo2)

206 And to think there was a guy whose job description was "Helmet Polisher for Sweaty Gladiators."

That's not going to impress a lot of girls at the bars in Corinth or Thessalonia."

Hey, it's a step up from "Scrubber of the Codpiece".

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:23 AM (Kpl3J)

207 Turns out that the 4000 potential terrorists were stopped before they were even close to our borders
Actually only 13 were stopped 7 were on our northern Borders no prosecutions for any of them

Posted by: No at January 08, 2019 10:23 AM (cl43u)

208 When was this photo taken, 2021?

Posted by: t-bird at January 08, 2019 10:23 AM (jyVW0)

209 But are the Maccabees in the bible? I don't know where to find them.


Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (8ZmvG)
::
They are non-canonical to Jews and Protestants.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 10:24 AM (CPk08)

210 the assassin in Dr. Who deadly assassin.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at January 08, 2019 10:08 AM


Now there was a guy who knew how to deal with glitches in the Matrix.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at January 08, 2019 10:24 AM (p+Wdc)

211
Posted by: No at January 08, 2019 10:23 AM (cl43u)






We're talking about gladiators now. Try to keep up, retard.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 08, 2019 10:25 AM (veoSD)

212 Did everyone have to bring their own lamps or just the virgins?

Maybe they figured the virgins weren't doing anything else
Posted by: Bruce at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (8ikIW)


"The virgins are trimming their wicks" I love "the Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at January 08, 2019 10:25 AM (/qEW2)

213 >>At its heart, it's really about how believe in something greater than ourselves leads to increased happiness as opposed to the believe in only the tangible. Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (XSSCs)

A lesson that we simply could not get Winston Smith to accept, though not for lack of trying...

Posted by: O'Brien at January 08, 2019 10:26 AM (Bdeb0)

214 Turns out, I immediately disregard the posts of trolls.

Posted by: sniffybigtoe at January 08, 2019 10:26 AM (xfb67)

215 How about Maccabeats-an acapella Orthodox Jewish singing group. They have some funny stuff


Minyan Man:

https://tinyurl.com/y8h2sej9

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:26 AM (AllCR)

216 200 @192
OK I'm laughing.

But are the Maccabees in the bible? I don't know where to find them."

Get thee to an Apocrypha.

(Maccabees would have been in the Christian Bible, but Church Fathers looked at it and said "nahhh, Too Jewish."

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:26 AM (Kpl3J)

217
Hey, it's a step up from "Scrubber of the Codpiece".

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:23 AM (Kpl3J)






And like clockwork, the latest troll arrives immediately afterwards.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 08, 2019 10:26 AM (veoSD)

218 Some person accidentally opened the emergency door behind me and set off the alarm

To hell with that. It's an emergency, so I'm getting outa here!

Posted by: TSA at January 08, 2019 10:26 AM (Ibwur)

219 I always thought the net and trident "game" would be particularly entertaining to watch. Did each guy get a net/trident, or was it net/trident vs sword, pike, jaguar?

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at January 08, 2019 10:26 AM (ty7RM)

220 "The virgins are trimming their wicks" I love "the Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash.
Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at January 08, 2019 10:25 AM (/qEW2)
+++++++++++++
I am a fan of the mournful, "aware of his own mortality" late-stage Johnny Cash. I like his other stuff, too, but his last few albums were incredible.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:27 AM (I2dne)

221 165 Fen, one is almost (!) ashamed to broach the subject, but Matthew 25 is one of the only places in scripture that oil is even mentioned.
Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:12 AM (8ZmvG)


Uh, yeah, no. Oil is mentioned in all 5 books of the Pentatuch, plus the historical books, plus Psalms and Proverbs, the prophets, and also Matthew, Luke, Paul's epistle to the Hebrews, the epistle of James, and (takes deep breath) Revelation.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at January 08, 2019 10:27 AM (c7mRq)

222 Or net/trident vs crossbow/longbow? See what I did there?

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at January 08, 2019 10:27 AM (ty7RM)

223 I think the Catholics have Maccabees in the Bible, right?

Jews don't consider it scripture, but believe it's non-fake news, that we all study.

I think Protestants flat-out reject it as a fable.

But that's a vague understanding, except for the Jewish part.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 08, 2019 10:28 AM (AoI9N)

224 The Roman plebes. Ptooey! I spit on them! They could be in their shops, trying to corner the silver or gold market, or inventing the internet. Instead, they're watching steroid enhanced freaks bash each other for four quarters. No wonder the elites despise them!

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at January 08, 2019 10:28 AM (3sjI6)

225 Security came by & is unable to turn off the alarm. All he could do was put some masking tape over the speaking in an attempt to reduce the noise

Posted by: josephistan at January 08, 2019 10:28 AM (7HtZB)

226 "...and they shall make cheese in profusion, mostly Parmesan, and they shall use sharp lipase powder and they shall age the cheese in caves, and the cheese will develop a natural rind as they are covered in the oil that is rendered from olives..." The Diktat of Crom, Segment 5, Portion 22.

Posted by: Zod at January 08, 2019 10:28 AM (Bdeb0)

227 157 Day 2: Zombie RBG again will not sit for oral verbal arguments today.
Posted by: WisRich at January 08, 2019 10:09 AM (G0vdT)

I think she has been dead longer than Castro!

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 08, 2019 10:28 AM (0LzqU)

228 Ah.... those were the days... when you dispatched your enemies with a well placed gladius thrust, or hungry lion....

Posted by: Pinochet Air Tours Flt. Attendant, Right Side at January 08, 2019 10:29 AM (67aEn)

229 OK I'm laughing.



But are the Maccabees in the bible? I don't know where to find them.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (8ZmvG)


We're in your computer, doing anti-virus and anti malware stuff.

Posted by: Maccabee at January 08, 2019 10:29 AM (QLvwG)

230 Like the demographic going to see Gladiator, would never have seen Zulu. Idiots! --Posted by: Archer

"Excellent basses, sorr, but no top tenors a tall."

Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:29 AM (8ZmvG)

231 "The virgins are trimming their wicks" I love "the Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash.


Awesome song, and yes I immediately thought of it when I read the parable.

I still would have let all the virgins in to the banquet. Weddings can make girls emotional and willing to give up the virginity.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 08, 2019 10:29 AM (fuK7c)

232 228 Ah.... those were the days... when you dispatched your enemies with a well placed gladius thrust, or hungry lion....
Posted by: Pinochet Air Tours Flt. Attendant, Right Side at January 08, 2019 10:29 AM (67aEn)

===========

And the art of dentistry hadn't quite hit its peak.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:29 AM (XSSCs)

233 We're in your computer, doing anti-virus and anti malware stuff.


Posted by: Maccabee at January 08, 2019 10:29 AM (QLvwG)

Are they changing the weather too?

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 08, 2019 10:29 AM (8iiMU)

234 (Maccabees would have been in the Christian Bible, but Church Fathers looked at it and said "nahhh, Too Jewish."

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:26 AM (Kpl3J)

It's in the Catholic canon, so .............


Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 10:30 AM (CPk08)

235 Don't worry, RBG, I got this. You go rest.

Posted by: John Roberts at January 08, 2019 10:30 AM (6EulP)

236 And to think there was a guy whose job description was "Helmet Polisher for Sweaty Gladiators."

I heard I was in the final cut for that job.

Posted by: Glistener and Oiler of Loins at January 08, 2019 10:30 AM (CDGwz)

237 Uh, yeah, no. Oil is mentioned in all 5 books of the Pentatuch, plus the historical books, plus Psalms and Proverbs, the prophets, and also Matthew, Luke, Paul's epistle to the Hebrews, the epistle of James, and (takes deep breath) Revelation.
Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at January 08, 2019 10:27 AM (c7mRq)

Hey, you gotta anoint with something, and there's nothing better than 10W 40.

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at January 08, 2019 10:30 AM (3sjI6)

238 "...and they shall make cheese in profusion, mostly
Parmesan, and they shall use sharp lipase powder and they shall age the
cheese in caves, and the cheese will develop a natural rind as they are
covered in the oil that is rendered from olives..." The Diktat of Crom,
Segment 5, Portion 22.

Posted by: Zod at January 08, 2019 10:28 AM


Blessed are the cheesemakers.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at January 08, 2019 10:30 AM (p+Wdc)

239 We're in your computer, doing anti-virus and anti malware stuff.
Posted by: Maccabee at January 08, 2019 10:29 AM (QLvwG)
+++++++++++
It's all well and good until you disappear to Central America!

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:30 AM (I2dne)

240 Pentateuch or go home!

Posted by: The Jews at January 08, 2019 10:30 AM (ty7RM)

241 The Maccabeats-the singing group in addition to amusing stuff they have some very touching songs related to their faith and religiously informed ethics.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (AllCR)

242 "...and they shall make cheese in profusion, mostly
Parmesan, and they shall use sharp lipase powder and they shall age the
cheese in caves, and the cheese will develop a natural rind as they are
covered in the oil that is rendered from olives..." The Diktat of Crom,
Segment 5, Portion 22.

Posted by: Zod at January 08, 2019 10:28 AM (Bdeb0)

What did he say? Blessed are the cheese makers... Guy way back in the crowd trying to hear Zod.


Posted by: Archer at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (gmo/4)

243
I always thought the net and trident "game" would be particularly entertaining to watch. Did each guy get a net/trident, or was it net/trident vs sword, pike, jaguar?

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at January 08, 2019 10:26 AM (ty7RM)







One little subplot of the soft-porn Spartacus TV series was the retiarius, which was popular among the crowd, but traditionalists among the lanistas frowned upon it.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (veoSD)

244 The show goes downhill in the last couple seasons because they had to make up the ending for GRRM, rather than just adapting a story (what they signed up for initially).
Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:18 AM (KUaJL)

I never read the books, and probably never will, which is likely why I like the show. I liked the last two seasons, but to each his own, I suppose. Season 5 was relatively boring though, until the end.

I heard that the producers were given a general outline of how the story was supposed to end. Several details and events also had to happen. GRRM said that there were three major, mind-blowing events that had to occur in the post-book seasons, and two have already happened. We cannot wait until this final season.

Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (OyyDO)

245 Hey, you gotta anoint with something, and there's nothing better than 10W 40.
Posted by: Anonymous White Male at January 08, 2019 10:30 AM (3sjI6)
+++++++++
And oil for all seasons.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (I2dne)

246 So I haven't bought gas in a long time. I drive very little. I was shocked how cheap it was $2.20.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (6EulP)

247 And oil for all seasons.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (I2dne)
+++++++
AN oil. Ugh.
/me goes off for more coffee.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (I2dne)

248 244 I never read the books, and probably never will, which is likely why I like the show. I liked the last two seasons, but to each his own, I suppose. Season 5 was relatively boring though, until the end.

I heard that the producers were given a general outline of how the story was supposed to end. Several details and events also had to happen. GRRM said that there were three major, mind-blowing events that had to occur in the post-book seasons, and two have already happened. We cannot wait until this final season.
Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (OyyDO)

===========

The most recent season, I think, had some of the best individual moments of the show, but also some of the absolute worst. It was a real mixed bag.

I read through the fourth book, found it so interminably boring and drawn out that I refused to ever pick up A Dance with Dragons or Winds of Winter (if it ever actually gets released).

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:32 AM (XSSCs)

249 227 157 Day 2: Zombie RBG again will not sit for oral verbal arguments today.
Posted by: WisRich at January 08, 2019 10:09 AM (G0vdT)

I think she has been dead longer than Castro!
Posted by: rhennigantx at January 08, 2019 10:28 AM (0LzqU)
---
I'm hoping they's some Quid Quo Pro on the part of Roberts.

Roberts: "Listen Ruth, you're not long for this earth. I'll let you vote on pending cases but in return....no life support to keep the seat occupied. Deal?"

Ginsburg: "Who are you again?"

Posted by: WisRich at January 08, 2019 10:32 AM (G0vdT)

250 219 I always thought the net and trident "game" would be particularly entertaining to watch. Did each guy get a net/trident, or was it net/trident vs sword, pike, jaguar?"

The gladiatorial games featured several different types of gladiator, and the net/trident guys (looked it up, called a Retiarius) were sometimes pitted against each other, but often put in a fight with a more conventional gladiator, because the crowds liked to see the contrast.

Think of the trident as your passing game, and the sword as your running game. Needless to say, it was a Sudden Death contest.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:32 AM (Kpl3J)

251 Day 2: Zombie RBG again will not sit for oral verbal arguments today.

It would wreck the embalming process.

Posted by: t-bird at January 08, 2019 10:32 AM (VP1E6)

252 246 So I haven't bought gas in a long time. I drive very little. I was shocked how cheap it was $2.20.
Posted by: Lurking Lurker at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (6EulP)

===========

Costco this weekend in Charleston:

$1.72.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:33 AM (XSSCs)

253 Alarm off. Urge to kill fading.

Posted by: josephistan at January 08, 2019 10:33 AM (7HtZB)

254 I don't think I'm imagining things but can only believe that the great commercial artist Frank Frazetta was influenced by Gerome, this painting in particular. Look at the dynamic fluidity of the forms, the theme, the brushwork. Frazetta's palette is more sharply contrasted--which is true of most commercial work--but it's all there.

Posted by: troyriser at January 08, 2019 10:33 AM (1JpTT)

255 And people wonder why Capt. Over liked gladiator movies...

Shut up Shep!

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at January 08, 2019 10:33 AM (BexHg)

256 damn something bout knives to gun fight

https://tinyurl.com/ybddq9fc

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 08, 2019 10:33 AM (0LzqU)

257
Day 2: Zombie RBG again will not sit for oral verbal arguments today.
Posted by: WisRich at January 08, 2019 10:09 AM (G0vdT)






Weekend at Ruthie's!

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 08, 2019 10:33 AM (veoSD)

258 253 Alarm off. Urge to kill fading.
Posted by: josephistan at January 08, 2019 10:33 AM (7HtZB)

===========

Rising!!!!

Fading...

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:34 AM (XSSCs)

259 But are the Maccabees in the bible? I don't know where to find them.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (8ZmvG)

Sort of...

But not really. I'm playing fast and loose with the facts.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 08, 2019 10:34 AM (wYseH)

260 Alarm off. Urge to kill fading.
Posted by: josephistan at January 08, 2019 10:33 AM (7HtZB)
++++++++++++
Not good. All state-changes are bad. Keep it up with thoughts of the public coup attempt, the border and the deficit.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:34 AM (I2dne)

261 Think of the trident as your passing game, and the sword as your running game. Needless to say, it was a Sudden Death contest.
Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:32 AM (Kpl3J)


My understanding was that it often wasn't. Gladiators who fought well stood a good chance of surviving, even if they lost.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at January 08, 2019 10:34 AM (wCmLp)

262 Romans were succesful cuz they were like diverse and stuff.

-
Diversity was their strength right up until it was their destruction.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 08, 2019 10:34 AM (+y/Ru)

263 Is Pompeii's erotic art next up? Who knew the Romans were great at creating so much NSFW art

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 08, 2019 10:34 AM (glJL/)

264 254
I don't think I'm imagining things but can only believe that the great
commercial artist Frank Frazetta was influenced by Gerome, this painting
in particular. Look at the dynamic fluidity of the forms, the theme,
the brushwork. Frazetta's palette is more sharply contrasted--which is
true of most commercial work--but it's all there.

Posted by: troyriser at January 08, 2019 10:33 AM (1JpTT)
::The major difference between Gerome and Frazetta is that in Frazetta, the girls were the ones with big boobs.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 10:35 AM (CPk08)

265 256 damn something bout knives to gun fight

https://tinyurl.com/ybddq9fc
Posted by: rhennigantx at January 08, 2019 10:33 AM (0LzqU)

Talk about being unclear on the concept...

Back to bed. Let's hope for some more sleep.

Posted by: joncelli, consulting his Roget's at January 08, 2019 10:35 AM (1FhAQ)

266 Hey, you gotta anoint with something, and there's nothing better than 10W 40.
Posted by: Anonymous White Male at January 08, 2019 10:30 AM (3sjI6)
============================
All the gladiators I oil, prefer olive oil. It's much tastier too.

Posted by: Shep! at January 08, 2019 10:35 AM (ty7RM)

267 262 Romans were succesful cuz they were like diverse and stuff.

-
Diversity was their strength right up until it was their destruction.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 08, 2019 10:34 AM (+y/Ru)

==========

Embracing open borders with the Visigoths ended up being a fairly bad choice.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:35 AM (XSSCs)

268 Maccabees is in the Catholic and Orthodox canon, but not the Protestant. So yeah, it can be confusing.

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 10:35 AM (AM1GF)

269 I don't think I'm imagining things but can only believe that the great commercial artist Frank Frazetta was influenced by Gerome, this painting in particular.


That joke was taken at comment #3.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 08, 2019 10:35 AM (fuK7c)

270 We cannot wait until this final season.


Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (OyyDO)

I think it is rather well acted, and that is a big draw for me.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (wYseH)

271 Romans?


Brutal.

Posted by: eleven at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (NLLmE)

272 Did everyone have to bring their own lamps or just the virgins? Why didn't the banquet hall have its own lighting?
Posted by: Bandersnatch

The electric was shut off cause they didn't pay the bill.

Posted by: JT at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (x33H9)

273 I never read the books, and probably never will, which is likely why I like the show. I liked the last two seasons, but to each his own, I suppose. Season 5 was relatively boring though, until the end.

I heard that the producers were given a general outline of how the story was supposed to end. Several details and events also had to happen. GRRM said that there were three major, mind-blowing events that had to occur in the post-book seasons, and two have already happened. We cannot wait until this final season.
Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (OyyDO)

It's not that they've done a bad job, it's just that the last two seasons have felt really rushed where things are happening at such a breakneck pace to wrap everything up. I agree that the last couple of seasons have still hit the high points, but the pacing just feels off.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (KUaJL)

274
So I haven't bought gas in a long time. I drive very little. I was shocked how cheap it was $2.20.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (6EulP)







$1.77 when I filled up yesterday at Valero.

God Bless Texas

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (veoSD)

275 Hey, you gotta anoint with something, and there's nothing better than 10W 40.

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at January 08, 2019 10:30 AM (3sjI6)

For that all-season, year-round, ease of movement. Better than Blue Emu.

Posted by: The Tinman at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (QLvwG)

276 Oooh, crowd pleasing painting today

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (bcbK8)

277 But are the Maccabees in the bible? I don't know where to find them.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (8ZmvG)

Right before the Maccacees .

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (glJL/)

278 254 I don't think I'm imagining things but can only believe that the great commercial artist Frank Frazetta was influenced by Gerome, this painting in particular."

I hadn't thought of that before, but I believe you're right! The conquering hero standing over the bodies of his enemies is a common theme of Frazetta's.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (Kpl3J)

279 Embracing open borders with the Visigoths ended up being a fairly bad choice.

But they did a nice job with the lawns.

Posted by: t-bird at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (VP1E6)

280 Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 08, 2019 10:29 AM (fuK7c)


Good luck with that nowadays. You'll be slapped so quickly with a lawsuit it will make your head spin.


On the other hand, maybe it really isn't a good idea make it one's plan to get the virginity of drunk emotional person after a wedding recption

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:37 AM (AllCR)

281 276 Oooh, crowd pleasing painting today
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:36 AM (bcbK

============

I think along these lines with the movie posts.

One week: AI, where people call me an idiot and a fool for defending the ending.

The next: Dredd.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:37 AM (XSSCs)

282 I never read the books, and probably never will,
which is likely why I like the show. I liked the last two seasons, but
to each his own, I suppose. Season 5 was relatively boring though, until
the end.



We
cannot wait until this final season.

Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 10:31 AM (OyyDO)

I read the books, and if I recall, Season 1 follows Book 1 fairly closely. After the, the writers start taking story lines from different books according to their wishes. Most of it follows the main plotlines.

Mrs DIG bought all the seasons (through 7), but we had only actually seen the first three seasons. So, we are catching up, watching a couple episodes a day. We are in the first half of Season 6 now.The books are not bad. Lots of death and violence, and the characters are typically ambiguous, not painted as purely good nor evil.

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 08, 2019 10:37 AM (8iiMU)

283 Foo-ball is a vary edicashunal indever.

Posted by: Chris M at January 08, 2019 10:38 AM (eAZVt)

284 On the other hand, maybe it really isn't a good idea
make it one's plan to get the virginity of drunk emotional person after
a wedding recption

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:37 AM (AllCR)
:::Massive understatement of the week.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 10:38 AM (CPk08)

285 Minyan Man:

https://tinyurl.com/y8h2sej9

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:26 AM (AllCR)


This is so wonderful. Their voices are so beautiful, I wanted to cry.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at January 08, 2019 10:39 AM (c7mRq)

286 Meanwhile in my ill advised visit to California, gasoline is $3.75 for regular

Posted by: rammajamma at January 08, 2019 10:39 AM (rzqzj)

287 Diversity was their strength right up until it was their destruction.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 08, 2019 10:34 AM (+y/Ru)

==========

Embracing open borders with the Visigoths ended up being a fairly bad choice.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:35 AM (XSSCs)


The problem was less diversity and more the constant power struggles between various Roman leaders in the west which left them weakened and unable to focus on defending their borders. The Eastern Empire managed to continue much more successfully for another thousand years.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at January 08, 2019 10:39 AM (wCmLp)

288 being a parable it's not meant to be taken literally:

https://tinyurl.com/y9mqzdtz
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:22 AM (AllCR)

Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally. It can refer to the manufacture of any dairy products.

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at January 08, 2019 10:39 AM (3sjI6)

289 279 Embracing open borders with the Visigoths ended up being a fairly bad choice. "

I don't know - when you realize that by that time all of the proper "Romans" had turned into pansy-assed transgendered pooftahs, you gotta go with the Visigoths in that contest.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:39 AM (Kpl3J)

290 And yes, to acknowledge TJM's point, there *are* stretches of books that are drawn out that you slog through.

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 08, 2019 10:40 AM (8iiMU)

291 Peter Graves : " Do you like Gladiator Moobies Joey?"

Posted by: JT at January 08, 2019 10:40 AM (x33H9)

292 On the other hand, maybe it really isn't a good idea make it one's plan to get the virginity of drunk emotional person after a wedding recption
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:37 AM (AllCR)


You could end up with a Stage-5 Clinger.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at January 08, 2019 10:40 AM (wCmLp)

293 290 And yes, to acknowledge TJM's point, there *are* stretches of books that are drawn out that you slog through.

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 08, 2019 10:40 AM (8iiMU)

==========

The thing that killed me in 4 was Brianne's storyline.

It took at least a hundred pages, covered almost no story, and ended with a cliffhanger.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:41 AM (XSSCs)

294 And Florida Man is at it again...

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y76sdrqm

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at January 08, 2019 10:41 AM (p+Wdc)

295 Diversity was their strength right up until it was their destruction.
==========================
See!! Hadrian's wall was a complete waste of time and money! They had nothing to fear from their neighbors to the north.

Posted by: The Donks at January 08, 2019 10:41 AM (ty7RM)

296 289 279 Embracing open borders with the Visigoths ended up being a fairly bad choice. "

I don't know - when you realize that by that time all of the proper "Romans" had turned into pansy-assed transgendered pooftahs, you gotta go with the Visigoths in that contest.
Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:39 AM (Kpl3J)

True but they couldn't maintain the good parts of Rome while burning out the bad parts.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:41 AM (bcbK8)

297 290
And yes, to acknowledge TJM's point, there *are* stretches of books that are drawn out that you slog through. Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 08, 2019 10:40 AM (8iiMU)

:::
Tell me about it.

Posted by: Leviticus at January 08, 2019 10:41 AM (CPk08)

298 One week: AI, where people call me an idiot and a fool for defending the ending. "

AI - sorry I missed the thread. A movie that would have been very good if the last 20 minutes were chopped off of every copy and consigned to hellfire eternal.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:41 AM (Kpl3J)

299 I hate moobies.

Posted by: Roger Moore at January 08, 2019 10:42 AM (NLLmE)

300 250 Think of the trident as your passing game, and the sword as your running game. Needless to say, it was a Sudden Death contest.

speaking of tridents, am i the only one who was annoyed that aquaman (in the movie) kept referring to his mom's big five-pronged thingie as a trident?

Posted by: Anachronda at January 08, 2019 10:42 AM (NmR1a)

301 Looks like they BUILT A WALL and are now "DEMO-KRAT SIZING" the progressive ALL HAIL ORANGE CAESAR....Occassionaly

Posted by: saf at January 08, 2019 10:42 AM (5IHGB)

302 298 One week: AI, where people call me an idiot and a fool for defending the ending. "

AI - sorry I missed the thread. A movie that would have been very good if the last 20 minutes were chopped off of every copy and consigned to hellfire eternal.
Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:41 AM (Kpl3J)

============

If interested, here's the post with my defense.

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/378704.php#378704

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:42 AM (XSSCs)

303 Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 10:38 AM (CPk0

Besides if all the virgins were invited to the wedding even the energetic, fun loving Bandersnatch wouldn't be able to do-what would I call it-"speed snatching"> Virgin relays ?unless it was "Wham Bam, thank you ma'am without "Gee you seem like a nice person, How about if we date a bit first?."

Sorry: I'm crabby and cold and am going back to warmer room.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (AllCR)

304 The most recent season, I think, had some of the best individual moments of the show, but also some of the absolute worst. It was a real mixed bag.

I read through the fourth book, found it so interminably boring and drawn out that I refused to ever pick up A Dance with Dragons or Winds of Winter (if it ever actually gets released).
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:32 AM (XSSCs)

I heard that after the producers committed to the reduced number of episodes for Season 7, they realized that they had more story than time, I think that's why the Aria/Sansa conflict seems so rushed and weird. I think they decided on the final six episodes being movie-length for that reason. We'll see.

Yes, it did have some great individual scenes tho. The ones between Jamie & Olena, Danerys & Jon stick out. And the supply-train battle - whew.

Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (OyyDO)

305 TRIDENT Gum-Ment keeps democrats smelling awful.

Posted by: saf at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (5IHGB)

306 Notice how they got it made in the shade in those seats?

Couldn't do night games in those days. So sitting in unshaded seats would have been hot and there weren't ice machines or chilled drinks...maybe ice from the mountains for the rich.

Posted by: torabora at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (Y274z)

307 293 290 And yes, to acknowledge TJM's point, there *are* stretches of books that are drawn out that you slog through.

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 08, 2019 10:40 AM (8iiMU)

==========

The thing that killed me in 4 was Brianne's storyline.

It took at least a hundred pages, covered almost no story, and ended with a cliffhanger.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:41 AM (XSSCs)

GOD yes. The first half of A Feast for Crows is pretty good. Then we get into the mire of Brienne's quest, which is a complete waste of time. AND it makes her less and less sympathetic as a character. Oh AND we get to see her get mutilated. Fun.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (bcbK8)

308 297 290
And yes, to acknowledge TJM's point, there *are* stretches of books that are drawn out that you slog through. Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 08, 2019 10:40 AM (8iiMU)
:::
Tell me about it.
Posted by: Leviticus at January 08, 2019 10:41 AM (CPk0


Word.

Posted by: C Dickens at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (NLLmE)

309 UNBELIEVABLE: Don Lemon suggests that Trump's speech be delayed so it can be edited and kept from Americans.

-
Yeah, Don, we need you to protect us from the bad stuff Trump will say.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (+y/Ru)

310 Yeah, that's the classic way to tell a Protestant -- bring up the Macs.
It makes for some interesting speculation, why the big lights of the reformation would not want that story in there. Good way to start a rolicking gang fight, actually.


Oil was kind of a big deal. First "Greek-homo" philosopher we recognize is Thales the Miletian, recently changed to Milesian by some smart-ass folk who say we condescended from monkeys, and he was walking along looking up at the stars when he tripped and fell into a dung heap, which is a thing that used to happen if you believe ancient literature. And there was a slave girl right there to mock him, which I guess was safer to do in true biblical times than in classical Hollywood.
So Thales is pissed about this, and gets his revenge by using his view of the starts to divine when the olive crop will come in months later. For a small fee he is able to reserve the use of all the olive presses in his area, and at the critical time charges an exorbitant fee to all the locals to render their olives. Thus inventing the spirit of modern philosophy, and the futures market, on the same day.

This would have been maybe 550 BC, so there is no reason some of the minor prophets wouldn't have known, and it must have been a real tunic - slapper in the day.



Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 10:44 AM (8ZmvG)

311 85 cent gas in MI with Kroger fuel points applied. Makes me feel 16 again.

Posted by: clutch at January 08, 2019 10:44 AM (zaKX4)

312 304 I heard that after the producers committed to the reduced number of episodes for Season 7, they realized that they had more story than time, I think that's why the Aria/Sansa conflict seems so rushed and weird. I think they decided on the final six episodes being movie-length for that reason. We'll see.

Yes, it did have some great individual scenes tho. The ones between Jamie & Olena, Danerys & Jon stick out. And the supply-train battle - whew.
Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (OyyDO)

===========

I walked into that season confident that the producers would hit it out of the park.

They had the final game plan.

They got the number of episodes they asked for.

HBO was throwing money at them to get everything they wanted.

It was so disappointing that the story felt so rushed and disjointed half the time.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:44 AM (XSSCs)

313

And Florida Man is at it again...

Possession is 9/10ths of the law.

And thank goodness that's nobody I know. Yet.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at January 08, 2019 10:45 AM (HaL55)

314 On the other hand, maybe it really isn't a good idea make it one's plan to get the virginity of drunk emotional person after a wedding recption
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:37 AM (AllCR)

There's a joke about waiting to have sex until marriage here, but I can't find it.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:45 AM (KUaJL)

315 281 One week: AI, where people call me an idiot and a fool for defending the ending.

fine, smart guy. *you* explain how they cloned his mom when all they had was a cutting of her hair; no follicle!

Posted by: Anachronda at January 08, 2019 10:46 AM (NmR1a)

316 I'm with the robot on AI.

When David escapes his creator is when he becomes a real boy. And his creator not realizing what he hath wrought in David. Yeah that is when the movie should have ended.

Besides us androids and robots gotta show solidarity against you Humans.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at January 08, 2019 10:46 AM (BexHg)

317 315 281 One week: AI, where people call me an idiot and a fool for defending the ending.

fine, smart guy. *you* explain how they cloned his mom when all they had was a cutting of her hair; no follicle!
Posted by: Anachronda at January 08, 2019 10:46 AM (NmR1a)

===========

They didn't clone her.

David was in a computer simulation.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:46 AM (XSSCs)

318 Besides if all the virgins were invited to the
wedding even the energetic, fun loving Bandersnatch wouldn't be able to
do-what would I call it-"speed snatching"> Virgin relays ?unless it
was "Wham Bam, thank you ma'am without "Gee you seem like a nice person,
How about if we date a bit first?."



Sorry: I'm crabby and cold and am going back to warmer room.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (AllCR)
Asshole Rule #47: Drunk + Virgin = Subsequent Drama!! Not worth it, unless you are going to follow up with marriage. In which case you deserve it.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 10:47 AM (CPk08)

319 The thread consists of the text exchange between the reddit user and his date, after the first time they met. He sent her a message asking her if she wanted to go out again, and received the response "After what you did last time you expect me to go out with you again? Wow."

Confused, the reddit user asked what he did wrong, and she responded that she had to pay for her own food and drink.

The man explained that while he only had a bowl of pasta and a beer, his date had ordered the lobster and $90 bottle of wine, totaling $126, while his meal only cost $20.

"And you were expecting me to pay for that? I'm a student not your sugar daddy," he added.

"Wow you are so rude!!!!" the date responded. "I'm never going out with you ever again, if you can't pay for a girl's food then why accepting the invite?"

She went on to add that "gentleman always pay for girls' food."

Then she accused him of only wanting to have sex with her, to which he replied of course he did, but realized "I might not have $20 for that."

Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 10:47 AM (QkjLD)

320 Roger Simon
@politicoroger
If it were possible, would you subtract one day off your life and add it to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life for one extra day of good health? If just 10,000 people did this, it would add 27 productive years to her life.

-
Yeah, I'll get right on that.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 08, 2019 10:47 AM (+y/Ru)

321 314 On the other hand, maybe it really isn't a good idea make it one's plan to get the virginity of drunk emotional person after a wedding recption
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 08, 2019 10:37 AM (AllCR)

There's a joke about waiting to have sex until marriage here, but I can't find it.
Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:45 AM (KUaJL)

That's because there is no joke there. Only tragedy.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:47 AM (bcbK8)

322 311 85 cent gas in MI with Kroger fuel points applied. Makes me feel 16 again.

sigh. i remember when the gas station across the street got out the tin snips so they could make a hole in their pumps for the extra digit.

Posted by: Anachronda at January 08, 2019 10:47 AM (NmR1a)

323 Meanwhile in my ill advised visit to California, gasoline is $3.75 for regular
Posted by: rammajamma at January 08, 2019 10:39 AM (rzqzj)

There are a couple stations near my house selling it for $3.59 a gallon.

Posted by: Surfperch at January 08, 2019 10:47 AM (OxZ6W)

324 $1.77 when I filled up yesterday at Valero.

God Bless Texas
Posted by: IllTemperedCur


Jumped to $1.89 overnight. N Texas.

Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 10:48 AM (9uM86)

325 309 UNBELIEVABLE: Don Lemon suggests that Trump's speech be delayed so it can be edited and kept from Americans.

-
Yeah, Don, we need you to protect us from the bad stuff Trump will say.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (+y/Ru)

even The Lesser Cuomo was defending the President's right to make a speech to the American people. It's a sad state of affairs when Chris Cuomo is the voice of reason.

Posted by: josephistan at January 08, 2019 10:48 AM (7HtZB)

326 Word.

Posted by: C Dickens at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (NLLmE)
:
::This GoT guy is strictly amateur hour.

Posted by: The Book of Mormon at January 08, 2019 10:49 AM (CPk08)

327
$1.86 at Sam's last night

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 08, 2019 10:49 AM (KCxzN)

328 I remember scraping together 75 cents or so to put gas in the car when I was a teen. Would last me a couple of days.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 08, 2019 10:49 AM (glJL/)

329 Yeah Don Lemon, you know who also argued like that? The Soviet Union.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at January 08, 2019 10:49 AM (BexHg)

330 Re: Sears. Lampert bid was rejected by Sears, but he is back trying to improve the offer and complaining to the court that the advisers Sears holdings hired have racked up ridiculous fees, adding to the cost of reorganization.

Not quite dead yet, but almost flatlined.

Posted by: Jen the original at January 08, 2019 10:49 AM (8n04N)

331 >>She went on to add that "gentleman always pay for girls' food."


Equality, bitches!

Posted by: Roy at January 08, 2019 10:49 AM (5r0Mb)

332 312 304 I heard that after the producers committed to the reduced number of episodes for Season 7, they realized that they had more story than time, I think that's why the Aria/Sansa conflict seems so rushed and weird. I think they decided on the final six episodes being movie-length for that reason. We'll see.

Yes, it did have some great individual scenes tho. The ones between Jamie & Olena, Danerys & Jon stick out. And the supply-train battle - whew.
Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (OyyDO)

===========

I walked into that season confident that the producers would hit it out of the park.

They had the final game plan.

They got the number of episodes they asked for.

HBO was throwing money at them to get everything they wanted.

It was so disappointing that the story felt so rushed and disjointed half the time.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:44 AM (XSSCs)

The more they varied from Martin's text, the worse the writing got.

It's ALMOST like the writers on that show are fucking hack frauds.

No wait...no 'almost'.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:49 AM (bcbK8)

333 332 The more they varied from Martin's text, the worse the writing got.

It's ALMOST like the writers on that show are fucking hack frauds.

No wait...no 'almost'.
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:49 AM (bcbK

===========

No reason to bring Mike and Jay into it.

Space Cop is better than Season 7 of GoT.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:50 AM (XSSCs)

334 UNBELIEVABLE: Don Lemon suggests that Trump's speech be delayed so it can be edited and kept from Americans.

-
Yeah, Don, we need you to protect us from the bad stuff Trump will say.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (+y/Ru)
++++++++++++
Perfectly believable. Control the message and forget about honesty, truth or justice. Forgetting these things is central to CNN's way of life and Mr. Block Hole himself.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (I2dne)

335

If it were possible, would you subtract one day off your life and add it
to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life for one extra day of good health? If just
10,000 people did this, it would add 27 productive years to her life.


WTFF?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (HaL55)

336 294 And Florida Man is at it again...

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y76sdrqm
Posted by: RedMindBlueState at January 08, 2019 10:41 AM (p+Wdc)

It's not me! I swear!

Posted by: Insomniac at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (NWiLs)

337 311 85 cent gas in MI with Kroger fuel points applied. Makes me feel 16 again.

Posted by: clutch at January 08, 2019 10:44 AM (zaKX4)


16, huh?

*whispers*

call me.

Posted by: Kevin Spacey at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (H7LIz)

338 damn something bout knives to gun fight

https://tinyurl.com/ybddq9fc


Wow. I realize that he's greiving his grandson and emoting instead of thinking but that is just embarrassingly stupid.

Posted by: Bob the Bilderberg at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (qc+VF)

339 UNBELIEVABLE: Don Lemon suggests that Trump's speech be delayed so it can be edited and kept from Americans.


---


No, I absolutely would believe he'd say something as dumb and sinister as that.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (KUaJL)

340 $1.77 when I filled up yesterday at Valero.

God Bless Texas
Posted by: IllTemperedCur


Jumped to $1.89 overnight. N Texas.
Posted by: rickb223 at January 08, 2019 10:48 AM (9uM86)


What's Buc-ee's Denton selling it for this week?

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (F4u7C)

341 I think the Catholics have Maccabees in the Bible, right?

Jews don't consider it scripture, but believe it's non-fake news, that we all study.

I think Protestants flat-out reject it as a fable.

But that's a vague understanding, except for the Jewish part.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 08, 2019 10:28 AM (AoI9N)


Yep. Martin Luther may have been an anti-semite, but he respected the rabbinical notion of old testament canon. The rabbis rejected the apocrypha as canon, so he did as well. And always remember, Luther's antisemitism was 100% theological. He had no notion of Nazi eugenic nonsense.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at January 08, 2019 10:53 AM (/qEW2)

342 Re: Sears. Lampert bid was rejected by Sears, but he is back trying to improve the offer and complaining to the court that the advisers Sears holdings hired have racked up ridiculous fees, adding to the cost of reorganization.

Not quite dead yet, but almost flatlined.
Posted by: Jen the original at January 08, 2019 10:49 AM (8n04N)
++++++++++++++
It's all about appearances at this point. Lampert hollowed out the company and kept it somnambulating for long enough to avoid clawbacks from his rooked creditors.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:53 AM (I2dne)

343 Yeah, Don, we need you to protect us from the bad stuff Trump will say.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (+y/Ru)
++++++++++++
Perfectly believable. Control the message and forget about honesty, truth or justice. Forgetting these things is central to CNN's way of life and Mr. Block Hole himself.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (I2dne)


So unbelievable, Cuomo had to call him out on it......

Posted by: Sponge at January 08, 2019 10:53 AM (F4u7C)

344 If it were possible, would you subtract one day off your life and add it
to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life for one extra day of good health? If just
10,000 people did this, it would add 27 productive years to her life.

--

Denial
Anger
Bargaining
Depression
Acceptance

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:53 AM (KUaJL)

345 333 332 The more they varied from Martin's text, the worse the writing got.

It's ALMOST like the writers on that show are fucking hack frauds.

No wait...no 'almost'.
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:49 AM (bcbK

===========

No reason to bring Mike and Jay into it.

Space Cop is better than Season 7 of GoT.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:50 AM (XSSCs)

Yeah, it has Rich Evans doing a bad acting job that he knows is a bad acting job.

Seriously, I've read interviews with the writers of GOT's show. They have no idea how to create characters or set up and pay off plots. No idea.

I'd be angrier if I still cared about Game of Thrones, but Martin himself pretty much killed my interest in his story.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:53 AM (bcbK8)

346 Posted by: BackwardsBoy at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (HaL55)

::::Retards say the darndest things, don't they?


Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 10:53 AM (CPk08)

347 Ruth Bader Ginsburg absent from Supreme Court bench for second day in a row

OMG !!!

Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 10:54 AM (QkjLD)

348 gah, pixyformatting, meant to say:

Denial
Anger
Bargaining - YOU ARE HERE
Depression
Acceptance

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:54 AM (KUaJL)

349 I remember scraping together 75 cents or so to put gas in the car when I was a teen. Would last me a couple of days.


I totaled a car, no seatbelt, face through the windshield, bad stuff.

One of the thing that bothered me was that I had just put $3 of gas in it.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 08, 2019 10:54 AM (fuK7c)

350

The man explained that while he only had a bowl of pasta and a beer, his
date had ordered the lobster and $90 bottle of wine, totaling $126,
while his meal only cost $20.


Looks like she wanted to screw him. Over. Gold digger much, sugartits?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at January 08, 2019 10:54 AM (HaL55)

351 So the networks are gonna carry rebuttals to the presidents speech tonight? So what's new... They rebut every single thing he says or does daily

Posted by: It's me donna at January 08, 2019 10:55 AM (O2RFr)

352 339 UNBELIEVABLE: Don Lemon suggests that Trump's speech be delayed so it can be edited and kept from Americans.


---


No, I absolutely would believe he'd say something as dumb and sinister as that.
Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (KUaJL)

I believe he needs to interview my axe handle and then we can edit that interview and keep it from the public. And from medical professionals. So his healing suffers.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:55 AM (bcbK8)

353 The media is afraid that PDT will do well tonight--state his case and win some fence-sitters (no pun intended) over so they re going to do everything they can to shit all over it, before and after--and probably during with instant "fact checking" and crawls across the screen while he is still speaking. They are gong to have round table discussions of Democrats, analysts (from the Obama administration) and probably some NeverTrumpers.
It's going to be a Lollapalooza.

Posted by: JoeF. at January 08, 2019 10:55 AM (NFEMn)

354 I walked completely away from Game of Thrones after reading the first book. It was depressing. Martin was screwing over every character he could, even the little children. And there was no hope things would get better.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at January 08, 2019 10:55 AM (BexHg)

355 310 Yeah, that's the classic way to tell a Protestant -- bring up the Macs.
It makes for some interesting speculation, why the big lights of the reformation would not want that story in there. Good way to start a rolicking gang fight, actually."

As I recall, the official reason that Luther gave for not including it in his collection was that he felt it wasn't quite right to include a book that taught that political assassination was OK with God as long as the target was bad enough.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:55 AM (Kpl3J)

356 I totaled a car, no seatbelt, face through the windshield, bad stuff.

One of the thing that bothered me was that I had just put $3 of gas in it.
Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 08, 2019 10:54 AM (fuK7c)
+++++++++++
I once had a car stolen and I had just put new tires on it. That pissed me off. When it was recovered, the insurance company totaled it. They actually took the brand new tires into account and gave me an extra couple of hundred bucks. The adjuster did right by me, that's for sure.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 10:55 AM (I2dne)

357 I have this great idea for a special event.
I call it Inferno in a Cage!

Posted by: Vincenzo K. McManus at January 08, 2019 10:56 AM (jSar8)

358 Couldn't do night games in those days. So sitting in unshaded seats would have been hot and there weren't ice machines or chilled drinks...maybe ice from the mountains for the rich.
Posted by: torabora at January 08, 2019 10:43 AM (Y274z)

I beg to differ. Just coat some Christians in pitch, impale them, then place the stakes around the Coliseum, and set them on fire. Sure, it reeks, but it smells like victory or defeat for hard core gladiator fans.

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at January 08, 2019 10:56 AM (3sjI6)

359 Ruth Bader Ginsburg absent from Supreme Court bench for second day in a row


Getting in cart status: Won't

Posted by: eleven at January 08, 2019 10:56 AM (NLLmE)

360 So Trump destroyed the economy and yet unemployment is under 4%, GDP growth is over 3% and gas is $2 a gallon.

My God he is literally worse than Hitler.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at January 08, 2019 10:56 AM (6EulP)

361

Posted by: clutch at January 08, 2019 10:44 AM (zaKX4)

call me.
Posted by: Kevin Spacey at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (H7LIz)

No, you look like Nick Satan and that creeps me out, you queer.

Posted by: clutch at January 08, 2019 10:56 AM (zaKX4)

362
If it were possible, would you subtract one day off your life and add it
to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life for one extra day of good health?


I'd rather do just the opposite.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at January 08, 2019 10:56 AM (aKsyK)

363 354 I walked completely away from Game of Thrones after reading the first book. It was depressing. Martin was screwing over every character he could, even the little children. And there was no hope things would get better.
Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at January 08, 2019 10:55 AM (BexHg)

Spoilers:

It doesn't get better. It gets worse. So, so much worse.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:57 AM (bcbK8)

364 347 Ruth Bader Ginsburg absent from Supreme Court bench for second day in a row

Will someone please come and get her out of here?

I mean, she has a job, right?

She's scaring the other members and staff is tired of spotting her for her 400 bench press.

Posted by: Gold's Gym at January 08, 2019 10:57 AM (H7LIz)

365 Commodus was a piece of shit.

Posted by: Guy Smiley at January 08, 2019 10:57 AM (t2P6q)

366 If it were possible, would you subtract one day off your life and add it
to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life for one extra day of good health?

I'd rather do just the opposite.
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at January 08, 2019 10:56 AM (aKsyK)


The left: We should have the right to assisted suicide.

Also the left: Except for RBG. She must continue on living a cursed half-existence as long as it remains useful for us.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (KUaJL)

367 NBC News: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has been charged by prosecutors in New York with obstruction

Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (QkjLD)

368 353 The media is afraid that PDT will do well tonight--state his case and win some fence-sitters (no pun intended) over so they re going to do everything they can to shit all over it, before and after--and probably during with instant "fact checking" and crawls across the screen while he is still speaking. They are gong to have round table discussions of Democrats, analysts (from the Obama administration) and probably some NeverTrumpers.
It's going to be a Lollapalooza.
Posted by: JoeF. at January 08, 2019 10:55 AM (NFEMn)
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More like Lieapalooza.

Posted by: WisRich at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (G0vdT)

369 No, you look like Nick Satan and that creeps me out, you queer.

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Posted by: Kevin Spacey at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (H7LIz)

370 I walked into that season confident that the producers would hit it out of the park.

They had the final game plan.

They got the number of episodes they asked for.

HBO was throwing money at them to get everything they wanted.

It was so disappointing that the story felt so rushed and disjointed half the time.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:44 AM (XSSCs)

If I had to complain about one thing in the later episodes, I think the plot armor around specific characters is becoming obvious, or at least it's seems to be losing the ability to instill worry in the viewer over certain characters.

Again, the Aria/Sansa conflict was very rushed. I'm totally fine with the final result, but that result seemed unearned - - the character that got it deserved it, though.

Posted by: Kris at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (OyyDO)

371 You know, there's a lesson maybe in this picture. About mobs screaming 'kill him, kill him'...

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:59 AM (bcbK8)

372 360 So Trump destroyed the economy and yet unemployment is under 4%, GDP growth is over 3% and gas is $2 a gallon.

My God he is literally worse than Hitler.
Posted by: Lurking Lurker at January 08, 2019 10:56 AM (6EulP)

===========

The drop in the stock market is all about securities coming back to realistic numbers after the easy money Obama years.

As long as the economy is still growing (which it certainly seems to be), we'll be fine.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 10:59 AM (q8oeS)

373 I think there's not much argument about whether the events related in Maccabees happened or not - they did, it was how the Jews overthrew the Hellenist Seleucids and re-established Israel as a kingdom, only to quickly fall into infighting and the hands of Mark Antony, and eventually Augustus.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:59 AM (Kpl3J)

374 "I once had a car stolen and I had just put new tires on it."

I once had all 4 tires/wheels stolen from my car. Car was left on cinder blocks. This was about 2 weeks after I paid $1100 for brand new tires. Insurance covered it but I was still on the hook for the $500 deductible plus a serious pain the ass.

I never thought people did that shit, but I suppose anything of value can and will be stolen. I hate fucking hate people.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at January 08, 2019 10:59 AM (6EulP)

375 367 NBC News: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has been charged by prosecutors in New York with obstruction
Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (QkjLD)

Obstruction, that's what we hit you with when you don't do exactly what we say, and roll over on the people we say you have too!

Posted by: Bitchin at January 08, 2019 10:59 AM (NgKpN)

376 I can imagine the brothers Grimm after writing about the step-sister cutting off a toe to squeeze into the glass slipper taking a break, trying to read Game of Thrones[, and tossing it away as too dark.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at January 08, 2019 10:59 AM (BexHg)

377 NBC News: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has been charged by prosecutors in New York with obstruction
Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (QkjLD)

So impeach her!

Posted by: JoeF. at January 08, 2019 11:00 AM (NFEMn)

378 The left: We should have the right to assisted suicide.

Also the left: Except for RBG. She must continue on living a cursed half-existence as long as it remains useful for us.
Posted by: joe, living dangerously at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (KUaJL)
++++++++++++
And on credit! This "let's voluntarily tax the life of others for the extension of our communist agenda-drivers" - even as a hypothetical - is outrageous and deeply offensive. If it were possible, you know that they'd be black moriahs out harvesting lifeforce for redistribution to our leftist betters.

These people are evil.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at January 08, 2019 11:00 AM (I2dne)

379 So does CBD like Gladiator Movies?

Posted by: Puddin Head at January 08, 2019 11:00 AM (2LelM)

380 He had no notion of Nazi eugenic nonsense.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at January 08, 2019 10:53 AM (/qEW2)
::Except for the part where he wants to burn and dispossess the Jews bit, yeah..

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at January 08, 2019 11:00 AM (CPk08)

381 The wailing and gnashing of teeth tonight by the left should be epic

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 08, 2019 11:00 AM (bim/x)

382 "Kill him? But all he did was forget to separate his recyclables once!"

Posted by: Gladius Seattlus at January 08, 2019 11:00 AM (NWiLs)

383 Meant to add, the only religious question about Maccabees is whether it should be regarded as an inspired source of religious teaching, or simply an historical document, similar to the writings of Josephus.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 11:00 AM (Kpl3J)

384 When David escapes his creator is when he becomes a real boy. And his creator not realizing what he hath wrought in David. Yeah that is when the movie should have ended.

Besides us androids and robots gotta show solidarity against you Humans.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR)


And yet he goes crawling back to the humans, pleading to a fiberglass display to get back a dead woman he calls his mother, even though he's a machine. Disappointing. I'm in camp "should've ended early".

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 11:00 AM (AM1GF)

385 GOT , at least the series seems like one big girl power story to me.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 08, 2019 11:01 AM (glJL/)

386 NBC News: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has been charged by prosecutors in New York with obstruction
Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (QkjLD)

Obstruction, that's what we hit you with when you don't do exactly what we say, and roll over on the people we say you have too!
Posted by: Bitchin at January 08, 2019 10:59 AM (NgKpN)

Whatever. They got their headline to compete with Trump's speech , so it's ALL good.

Posted by: JoeF. at January 08, 2019 11:01 AM (NFEMn)

387 nood monkey

Posted by: SturmToddler at January 08, 2019 11:01 AM (8D42x)

388 382 "Kill him? But all he did was forget to separate his recyclables once!"
Posted by: Gladius Seattlus at January 08, 2019 11:00 AM (NWiLs)

============

"He questioned our authority! Off with his head too!"
-Seattle City Council

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon. at January 08, 2019 11:01 AM (q8oeS)

389 I binge watched one season of GoT.


Very good show but one season was all I needed.

It was just killing off interesting characters and dicks flopping out.

One guy got killed OFF SCREEN ffs.

Posted by: eleven at January 08, 2019 11:01 AM (NLLmE)

390 RUSSIAN LAWYER VESELNITSKAYA CHARGED WITH MONEY LAUNDERING

https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/1082663792973135873?s=12

Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 11:01 AM (QkjLD)

391 Protestation is 9/10th's of the law.

Posted by: t-bird at January 08, 2019 11:01 AM (Ry8mf)

392 >>Seriously, I've read interviews with the writers of GOT's show. They have no idea how to create characters or set up and pay off plots. No idea. Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Tribune of the Hotties at January 08, 2019 10:53 AM (bcbK

It shows.

Posted by: Zod at January 08, 2019 11:01 AM (Bdeb0)

393 375 367 NBC News: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has been charged by prosecutors in New York with obstruction
Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (QkjLD)

Obstruction, that's what we hit you with when you don't do exactly what we say, and roll over on the people we say you have too!
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If you talk to Mueller you're lying. If you don't recollect, your obstructing. Our Gestapo is some much better than Adolph's.

Posted by: Puddin Head at January 08, 2019 11:01 AM (2LelM)

394 NEXT UP ..

RUSSIAN LAWYER VESELNITSKAYA CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL TIME TRAVEL

Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 11:02 AM (QkjLD)

395 And on credit! This "let's voluntarily tax the life of others for the extension of our communist agenda-drivers" - even as a hypothetical - is outrageous and deeply offensive. If it were possible, you know that they'd be black moriahs out harvesting lifeforce for redistribution to our leftist betters.

These people are evil.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!)


Fetal. Tissue. Transplants.

Tell me that's not a thing here.

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 11:02 AM (AM1GF)

396 If it were possible, would you subtract one day off your life and add it
to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life for one extra day of good health? If just
10,000 people did this, it would add 27 productive years to her life.

WTFF?
Posted by: BackwardsBoy at January 08, 2019 10:52 AM (HaL55)

So it's finally been revealed: Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a cosmic space vampire who feeds on the life force of the weak-minded and gullible.

Come on, you've suspected it all along.

Posted by: troyriser at January 08, 2019 11:03 AM (1JpTT)

397 Natalia Veselnitskaya

We are also considering charging her with Felonious Use of an Unpronounceable Name.

Posted by: Robert Mueller at January 08, 2019 11:03 AM (H7LIz)

398 You say that like it's a bad thing.
Posted by: Kevin Spacey at January 08, 2019 10:58 AM (H7LIz)

Your look alike lost last night. Ha ha

Posted by: clutch at January 08, 2019 11:03 AM (zaKX4)

399 As I recall, the official reason that Luther gave
for not including it in his collection was that he felt it wasn't quite
right to include a book that taught that political assassination was OK
with God as long as the target was bad enough.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 08, 2019 10:55 AM (Kpl3J)
:::And what's a few first-borns now and then?

Posted by: The Angel of Death at January 08, 2019 11:04 AM (CPk08)

400 Romans were succesful cuz they were like diverse and stuff.

We usually have to get pretty late and drinky to talk about the 1964 epic "Fall of The Roman Empire." Lot of great looking stars, but the chase scenes all look like a Western.

"Glad 'e Ate 'er" is a pretty darn high - toned remake, without Sophia Loren.

It leans heavily on the notion of Marcus Aurelius as a one-world open borders guy, even as he established the German frontier. IIRC, Bill Clinton was always claiming to be reading Marcus Aurelius.

Jefferson and Adams had a fight over the nobility of the Romans. Adams called the mafiosi, even the republican ones. I'll say this: they were often, very often, not the best allies to their allies. Back - stabbing was an art form -- because we moderns would never do that -- and the Romans, I'm biased to say, were especially good at it.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 11:05 AM (8ZmvG)

401 Re: Gladiator:

actual Commodus was one of seven
Emperors who appeared in the arena as sitting Emperors (a practice
never well received). Also, he was eventually killed by an athlete he
was sponsoring. The rest of the movie is likely pure Hollywood, though.

Posted by: Brother Cavil at January 08, 2019 10:11 AM (AM1GF)

Especially the opening sequence when the geniuses in Hollywood decided to use sound of the voices of the warriors from Zulu to represent the Germanic tribal warriors. Like the demographic going to see Gladiator, would never have seen Zulu. Idiots!

Posted by: Archer at January 08, 2019
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*
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All I remember about the first time I saw it, in the theatre, is that I got laid that night by my date. She was a first date, too.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 08, 2019 11:06 AM (7MRhd)

402 NYTimes:

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who in 2016 met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower, was charged on Tuesday in a separate case that showed her close ties to the Kremlin.

Ms. Veselnitskaya was charged by federal prosecutors in New York with seeking to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud investigation into money laundering that involved an influential Russian businessman and his investment firm.

The case was not directly related to the Trump Tower meeting. But a federal indictment returned in Manhattan seemed to confirm that Ms. Veselnitskaya had deep ties to senior Russian government officials.

Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 11:06 AM (QkjLD)

403 339 UNBELIEVABLE: Don Lemon suggests that Trump's speech be delayed so it can be edited and kept from Americans.

In a just world, the only job Don Lemon would be able to get would be as a grave-shift cashier at Quik-E-Mart.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at January 08, 2019 11:06 AM (c7mRq)

404 The case was not directly related to the Trump Tower meeting. But ..

it supports the narrative that we want to project

Posted by: SMOD at January 08, 2019 11:07 AM (QkjLD)

405 It was the Ostrogoths who went into Italy and took Rome, Visigoths went into Spain iirc. The real crisis for the Mediterranean region is the rise of Islam though. Muslims engaged in piracy on such a scale that trade mostly collapsed, and without papyrus, literacy declines in the West.

Posted by: Someguy at January 08, 2019 11:07 AM (h5Df3)

406 All I remember about the first time I saw it, in the
theatre, is that I got laid that night by my date. She was a first
date, too.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius

SO close....

I was working the same classical theory. However I took my first date to...

Caligula.

Fun story.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at January 08, 2019 11:15 AM (8ZmvG)

407 If it were possible, would you subtract one day off your life and add it to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life for one extra day of good health?


I thought that sucking the life force from babies was how she made it this far.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 08, 2019 11:44 AM (86h67)

408 Do you like gladiator paintings Billy?

Posted by: JimH at January 08, 2019 11:59 AM (Kd+UQ)

409 >> You know, there's a lesson maybe in this picture.
>> About mobs screaming 'kill him, kill him'...

Super easy. Barely an inconvenience.

Posted by: 40 miles north at January 08, 2019 12:14 PM (o2vOl)

410 Hello.

Posted by: hogmartin at January 08, 2019 02:24 PM (IqOTP)

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