Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-31-2021

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Mansion Library, Grosse Pointe Park, MI


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which come from, what, old bedspreads or dish towels? You make the call. Presumably, the girl is sold separately.



Pic Note:

Got $5 million you want to spend? This might be a good investment:

This 1929 built mansion, located at 15530 Windmill Pointe Dr. in Grosse Pointe Park, is on the market for $4.75 million...

The clear centerpiece of this grand home is the library, which was originally designed as a separate free-standing structure.

“The roof is six inches of concrete and steel—it’s almost like a bunker,” said listing agent Mike Kuligowski of Lux Partners Global at Signature Sotheby’s International Realty. “Mr. Smith was so concerned about the chance of a fire and the possible loss of his book collection that he wanted to be able to protect it. It’s really mind-boggling—especially for that time period.

The current owner hired Polish-American painter Andrzej Sikora to paint elaborate murals on the dining room ceiling, the kitchen ceiling and other flourishes throughout the house and he did the same on the barrel-shaped 21-foot tall library ceiling as well.

“I love taking the trap door entrance up to the second-floor of the library and seeing the attention to detail that the hand-painted ceiling has with the moldings and the wood,” Mr. Kuligowski said. “There isn’t one knot or imperfection in the select-grade walnut wood up there. You couldn’t even get those materials now. You’re taken aback by how incredible the scale is and how much work went into this home when it was built. It will hold between 5,000 and 10,000 books, depending on the size of the books.”

Grosse Pointe Park is a hoity-toity suburb of Detroit and this mansion is located on the shore of Lake St. Clair.



It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

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Mrs. Muse is reading Faith & Life, a collection of 41 sermons by the Presbyterian theologian B.B. Warfield and published in 1916. Our pastor gave it to her for devotional reading, but I would not recommend it if you're looking for something to read quickly. The writing is very densely packed and it takes a bit of effort to extract the full meaning of what you're reading. Now Mrs. Muse does not have much formal education above high school, but what she has is the tenacity of a bulldog, especially when faced with challenges like this. So she sits down to read this book armed with a dictionary, a concordance, and her bible and she wrestles with the text until it hollers "'nough!"




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Mirror, Mirror

It's true that conservative writers write conservative books in response to the liberal hegemony in the publishing industry, but the wokescolds are trying to get in on the action, too. Eris sent me a link to this book, Trans-Galactic Bike Ride: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories of Transgender and Nonbinary Adventurers (Bikes in Space), and so now you'll have to read about it, too. It appears to be an anthology of 'woke' stories:

Take a ride with us as we explore a future where trans and nonbinary people are the heroes. In worlds where bicycle rides bring luck, a minotaur needs a bicycle, and werewolves stalk the post-apocalyptic landscape, nobody has time to question gender. Whatever your identity you'll enjoy these stories that are both thought-provoking and fun adventures. Find out what the future could look like if we stopped putting people into boxes and instead empowered each other to reach for the stars.

You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll kiss $12.95 good-bye! I was a little miffed because there's no Amazon preview and no Kindle edition.

This book is published by Microcosm Publishing, located in Portland, OR (and what a surprise that is, eh?). And if you want to go down the rabbit hole, fire up your favorite search engine and look for 'Microcosm Publishing boycott'. This is old news now, but apparently the owner of Microcosm did some things that ruffled the feathers of his fellow wokesters, and a squabble broke out, as did the shunning. That's the thing about the 'woke' crowd: they're always fighting. If we're not around for them to fight, they'll fight each other. Probably because being 'woke' has so many requirements and which shift and change constantly, so much so that the wokesters can't help but step on each others toes.

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Meanwhile, while looking at 'woke' bicycle fiction, this Hourly History installment showed up down at the bottom of the page, Vlad the Impaler: A Life From Beginning to End, which has this to say about his:

His story, however, is much more complicated than the oft-reported details of his atrocities would imply. He lived in a time of conflict where many were equally as cruel, and he is viewed as a hero in Romania where he is remembered as a protector of his people. This eBook tells the story of his life and times, and discusses his connection to the fictional Count Dracula, in a succinct, compelling manner, which makes for an entertaining read that is packed with historical information.

So yeah, Vlad was an a-hole, but the world was full of a-holes back when he lived. Anyway, this 35-page book was free, so I snatched it up.



Who Dis:

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(Last week's 'who dis' was actress Loretta Young.



What I'm Reading

I have discovered the mystery novels of Florida author Michael Lister, and holy cow, he has a crap ton of them. He has a noir series set in Panama City, Florida during the WWII era, the first one being The Big Goodbye. It's a decent read, the story is good, and a young version of myself could probably finish it in a couple of sittings. But since I'm old and tired, it takes me longer. The only fault I have with it is that it's a little too self-consciously noir. Like there's this one scene where the main character, a private detective (natch) is sitting in his office in the dark and the only illumination is from the blinking neon light coming from some joint down the street, and I'm thinking, oh, c'mon, it's like the author is saying "look at this noir scene I'm setting up here, isn't it cool?" The only thing missing is some dame bursting in through the door asking for help because she thinks she's being followed by some jamoke. This is actually a plot point from chapter 1 which is how the story gets started.

But that's just a minor quibble. The Big Goodbye is available for FREE on Kindle and the rest of Lister's many novels are in the $2.99 - $7.99 range



They Don't Publish Books Like This Any More:

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(h/t Pulp Librarian)



Books By Morons

This week, we have a couple of books for very young (pre-school) children. A long-time lurker sent me a link to his newly-published work, titled Momma, May I Have the Moon?. The blurb goes like this:

“Momma, may I have the moon?”

“Oh, my dear no! It would never fit in your room.”


On the surface, this book is about unobtainable dreams and fanciful things, but if you look a little deeper you will see it is something else. A problem is presented and the reader is challenged to use his or her imagination to come up with a solution. This is engineering at its purest level --- a level as accessible to children as it is to adults. Children naturally think outside the box, because for them there is no box. See what ideas your child can come up with to reach the moon and then draw and submit them for a chance to be in future editions of the book.

Available on Kindle and paperback.

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If you're feeling a bit adventurous, moron author Mark Huffman wrote his own children's book, The Toot Fairy, about a subject which should be near and dear to the heart of every moron: farting.


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When it's time for Jessa the fairy to proclaim what kind of fairy she wants to be, she accidentally says "toot" instead of "tooth!" Now she'll be in charge of finding all the toots from all the bottoms in the world. This is not exactly what she had in mind...

Maybe not, but a couple of reviewers on Twitter said it was pretty funny. Mark, of course, is a deeply disturbed individual who thinks he's Dr. Suess. But he actually is an author of other books, so I guess delusions of grandeur come with the territory.


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Moron Recommendations

39 Have I previously suggested Rick Atkinson's latest, The British Are Coming and if not, I do now. Outstanding read as always from Atkinson.

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 24, 2021 09:16 AM (2S93K)

My thunder, what a whopper! The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 clocks in at nearly 800 pages. And this is what you get:

From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force. It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.

This is the first volume of a projected trilogy about history of the Revolutionary War. Atkinson's previous book, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, won a Pulitzer Prize.

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194 I am rereading A Practical Guide to Evil, an excellent web novel in which tropes have power and being trope-savvy can save your life. Calernia is a high fantasy world in which the gods, Good and Evil, have granted special powers to certain individuals who are, basically, the main characters of their lives. These powers are associated with Names, which are essentially fantasy archetypes, like Chancellor, Dread Emperor, Black Knight, White Knight, etc. The main character starts out as the Squire to the Black Knight, hoping to eventually free her homeland (which was conquered by the Black Knight...awkward). The scope of the story widens from there.

It starts out a little clunky but gets much better as the author matures. (I cried through the last posted chapter.) It's currently on break, hence the reread - the final "book" will start in March.

Posted by: Mrs. Peel at January 17, 2021 10:20 AM (rWZ8Y)

This web novel can be read here: https://practicalguidetoevil.wordpress.com/table-of-contents/.

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One of you morons wondered about this year's Newberry Medal winner, so I poked around a bit, didn't see anything worth writing about, but I did run into this book, Spies, Code Breakers, and Secret Agents: A World War II Book for Kids looked like it might be a fun YA book, and perhaps it is, but I noticed something interesting in the sample text you can access. There was some sort of appendix that had a "Books about Espionage" section, presumably for further reading. Here are the titles and authors:

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy (Amazon Editor's pick)

Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler by Lynn Olson (Amazon Editor's pick)

The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy by Judith Pearson

D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose (Amazon Editor's pick)

Spies, Lies, and Disguise: The Daring Tricks and Deeds that Won World War II by Jennifer Swanson and Kevin O'Malley (illustrator).

Boy, that's not ham-handed at all, is it?

I guess publishing is all in on the "gynocentric" history of WWII.

I mean, I'm not criticizing the books, they're probably fine. Just the selection. Is it really important to know about these female spies before, say, the breaking of Enigma?

Also, in the intro, the author discusses the falling out between Germany and the USSR and is very careful to point out the Hitler was a "fascist" and an evil bad guy, and he did bad things, but, get this, she had not one word to say about Joseph Stalin. In fact, she didn't mention him at all. Just that the USSR invaded other countries, too. No condemnation at all. I guess we're supposed to infer it.

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

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




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Comments

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1 Doing a re-read of the Island In the Sea of Time series.

Posted by: Vic at January 31, 2021 08:54 AM (mpXpK)

2 Gorgeous library

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 08:55 AM (ONvIw)

3 What's the spam rule? It keep rejecting my comment

Posted by: .87c at January 31, 2021 08:56 AM (rIH3K)

4
g'mornin', book-ish 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 31, 2021 08:57 AM (yc/34)

5 Morning Horde and thanks OregonMuse, I have been working through my 2021 reading list, with only 4 departures so far. This past week I finished The Fellowship of the Ring and am halfway through The Two Towers. I haven't reread The Lord of the Rings since high school, and much of the lament and inexorable degradation of society is really hitting home this time through, now that I've turned 29. There's a reason it's lasted. Good stuff.

I also read The Great Good Thing, by Andrew Klavan, which was on sale a bit ago. I'm a dedicated follower of the man's thoughts, but hadn't gotten around to reading his memoir (or much of his other work, frankly) of coming to faith in Christ from his start as a secular Jew. It was enlightening, and useful to see the mental, emotional, occupational, and philosophical struggles of a clear and dedicated thinker. Also recommended.

Posted by: .87c at January 31, 2021 08:57 AM (rIH3K)

6 My eye caught on those pants. Ow.

Posted by: f'd at January 31, 2021 08:57 AM (b8vLb)

7 (continued)

I'm also working my way (for the 4th time) through the book Heaven by Randy Alcorn, almost a guided bible study of the topic, for a book club I'm a part of. It's extremely good. I'd be curious to see what a non-believer thought of it, as (purely based on the scripture) it reveals that much of the meaning of the doctrines everyone knows has been lost or abandoned (in understanding) through pagan influence. An extremely high recommendation for believers, too. It just looks at the scripture and goes from there, it's not one of those "Little Timmy died for 12 minutes after falling off a slide at preschool and this is his report of heaven" types of book.

Posted by: .87c at January 31, 2021 08:58 AM (rIH3K)

8 Hot Coffee...Rolex 24

Posted by: qmark at January 31, 2021 08:58 AM (hg6m+)

9 Good Sunday morning , hordelings. Snowed in. Church cancelled. So here I be.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:00 AM (45fpk)

10 Thems some ugly pants.

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 31, 2021 09:00 AM (nxdel)

11 I'm also working my way (for the 4th time) through the book Heaven by Randy Alcorn

That's a really good book. Each time that I've tried getting it again from the library, it's always checked out.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:01 AM (45fpk)

12 She looks familiar, sort of. Nice shoes.

Posted by: Ziba at January 31, 2021 09:01 AM (S1hrL)

13 Those pants are fine. A great way to get girls.

Posted by: A Horny Hypnotist at January 31, 2021 09:01 AM (b8vLb)

14 Celeste Holm

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:01 AM (ONvIw)

15 If you can't baffle them with BS, dazzle them with your pants.

Posted by: A Horny Hypnotist at January 31, 2021 09:03 AM (b8vLb)

16 Thems some ugly pants.

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 31, 2021 09:00 AM (nxdel)

Looks like a built in cummerbund.

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 09:03 AM (AwYPR)

17 The British are coming....that book really made me think about those Minutemen that had to take a stand on that field in Concord...when will that time come for us

Posted by: qmark at January 31, 2021 09:03 AM (hg6m+)

18 Celeste Holm

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:01 AM (ONvIw)


Yes

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:03 AM (45fpk)

19 booken morgen horden

Posted by: Herr Frau Doktor vmom Staunch Demofaszi (on gab as @vm) at January 31, 2021 09:04 AM (nUhF0)

20 Anyway, I'm about 100 pages into Junger's Eumeswil and I am finding it interesting. Unlike The Forest Passage, this is a post-apocalyptic piece of fiction, but still deals with how to keep your sanity in a place where conforming is imperative.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:05 AM (ONvIw)

21 Grammie Winger,

I'd be willing to mail you a book, or venmo/paypal the money to buy one. We'd have to figure the information-transfer logistics somehow.

Posted by: .87c at January 31, 2021 09:06 AM (rIH3K)

22 I read 36 Righteous Men by Steven Pressfield. The book has been described as a futuristic noir thriller. Two NYPD detectives, James Manning and Corina "Dewey" Duwai, are assigned to investigate a series of murders. Soon they are involved with the Russian mafia and Jewish mysticism. Pressfield, one of my favorite authors, delivers a fast-paced attention getting story. One negative though. He does preach the global warming narrative throughout the book.

Posted by: Zoltan at January 31, 2021 09:06 AM (qb8uZ)

23 Virtual church today because SNOW!
So I can read the Book Thread for a change!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:07 AM (87oRe)

24 That's the thing about the 'woke' crowd: they're always fighting. If we're not around for them to fight, they'll fight each other.
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To be fair, that's pretty much universal, isn't it? Look at our own attitude toward the Bulwark. (See also the sidebar Julie Kelly link.)

So far as I can see, what's distinctive about The Woke is (a) just how much they are on a hair trigger, and (b) they seem to have only two settings.

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:07 AM (7X3UV)

25 I'm reading through the Liturgical mysteries by Mark Schweizer. I'm on book 4, "The Soprano Wore Stilettos", wherein the fill-in organist named Agnes Day (yes, really) has been struck dead by someone boshing her with handbell No. 3.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:09 AM (45fpk)

26 Speaking of spies: A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell (also author of the bio Clementine, Churchill's wife). Great true story of American woman, Virginia Hull, who played major role in the French resistance. Fascinating read. We need people like her now.

Posted by: Ziba at January 31, 2021 09:10 AM (S1hrL)

27 Grammie Winger,



I'd be willing to mail you a book, or venmo/paypal the money to buy
one. We'd have to figure the information-transfer logistics somehow.

Posted by: .87c at January 31, 2021 09:06 AM (rIH3K)


Oh, that's very kind of you! However, after so many unsuccessful trips to the library, I broke down and purchased a copy of my own. But thank you anyway!

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:11 AM (45fpk)

28 Atkinson's previous book, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, won a Pulitzer Prize.

That was the first volume of a trilogy about the US involvement in Europe during WW2. Iirc he used diaries as his primary source documents. I started to read it and learned a lot of things, including what a disorganized fuckup Saint Delano was, but ultimately stopped because it was more like reading newspaper accounts than a work of history with an overarching narrative.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 09:11 AM (y7DUB)

29 My thunder, what a whopper! The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 clocks in at nearly 800 pages.
Pfffft. My Grant (960 pages) laughs at your whopper.

Also, Nancy's bookmobile is a trap. The volume between the front of the "books" and the wall of the truck is insufficient, so they're a facade to lure in little children. It's clearly working.

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:11 AM (v16oJ)

30 Finished book by Edith Edger "The Choice: Embrace the Possible". Memoir by Auschwitz survivor. Very moving and helpful book. From Amazon:
At the age of sixteen, Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele, forced Edie to dance for his amusement and her survival. Edie was pulled from a pile of corpses when the American troops liberated the camps in 1945.

Posted by: redmonkey at January 31, 2021 09:12 AM (6lGQ+)

31 To be fair, that's pretty much universal, isn't it?
Look at our own attitude toward the Bulwark. (See also the sidebar Julie
Kelly link.)


Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:07 AM (7X3UV)

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I think your example disproves your point. Conservatives have immense reserves of toleration and only began calling out NRO and Kristol after they made a competitive sport out of stabbing us in the back.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:12 AM (llXky)

32 Last week, Bill James came up, and I want to clear something up. Contrary to what is usually thought, his initial influence, in the 80s, was NOT in creating sabermetric alchemical formulae to analyze baseball. He did that a bit. But what really made him important was his use of absolutely traditional stats in new contexts.

E.g., he actually counted, and published, data for home & road performance, or left/right matchups. These data themselves were not new, he used the same old ones that all were familiar with. But to see them presented that way was eye-opening. And it allowed, e.g., seeing the effects of ballparks on performance. Don't have the data in front of me, so I'll just use the bit I know by heart. Joe DiMaggio:
Home: .315 BA, 148 HR
Road: .333 BA, 213 HR
THAT is park effect.

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:12 AM (7X3UV)

33 Oh, gosh - I would love that library ... maybe a bit smaller, and single story with that lovely painted ceiling. I'm taking a bit of a break, after launching "My Dear Cousin" before I start on the next.
The Daughter Unit and I are watching the entire series "All Creatures Great and Small" and by chance, I had a collected version of the best Herriot stories, with illustrations and pictures of scenic Yorkshire - so I'm reading that, bit by bit. I honestly can't remember where or when I bought that book, but it's a lovely collection, and the pictures and illustrations are first-rate.

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at January 31, 2021 09:12 AM (xnmPy)

34 started reading Deep Pink by Sarah Hoyt - see!s to be a paranormal type PI book - just a few pages and and I keep giggling at the sarc

Posted by: Herr Frau Doktor vmom Staunch Demofaszi (on gab as @vm) at January 31, 2021 09:13 AM (nUhF0)

35 Re; Mansion Library...first thing I'd do...re-felt that pool table.

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 09:13 AM (AwYPR)

36 Good Sunday morning, horde!

Posted by: April, Freedom Now! at January 31, 2021 09:13 AM (OX9vb)

37 Speaking of females in WW II and Enigma, I recently read "The Debs of Bletchley Park" about women working on the codebreaking project. Original hires were indeed debs because the brass knew them and their families and knew they were trustworthy. Eventually all kinds of women were employed. Only a handful knew what Bletchley was actually doing. Entertaining insight in to the more human aspects of the war.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at January 31, 2021 09:13 AM (fTtFy)

38
So far as I can see, what's distinctive about The Woke is (a) just
how much they are on a hair trigger, and (b) they seem to have only two
settings.

That's a pretty good description.

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:13 AM (v16oJ)

39 He does preach the global warming narrative throughout the book.
Posted by: Zoltan at January 31, 2021 09:06 AM (qb8uZ)


So, Comrade Pressfield understands the cancel culture, da?

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:14 AM (87oRe)

40 next will by Crossing Over by Paul Clayton which is a review request

Posted by: Herr Frau Doktor vmom Staunch Demofaszi (on gab as @vm) at January 31, 2021 09:14 AM (nUhF0)

41 I've finished the first volume of Livy's History of Rome (Penguin Classics edition) and am now on the 2nd, Rome and Italy.

It's a little complicated because Livy insists on using traditional dates which don't really line up with reality, so now that we've gotten past the Sack of Rome by the Gauls and records are better, he has to use some fancy footwork to make the chronology line up.

I'm enjoying the whole plebian vs patrician conflict. Some things never change.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:14 AM (llXky)

42 Who Dis? is Ed Wood.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 09:14 AM (PiwSw)

43 Nice Lieberry!

Those pants.....those are not my kinda pants.

The Who Dis is on a long couch against the wall. Repeat. The Who Dis is on a long couch against the wall. Over.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 31, 2021 09:15 AM (R/m4+)

44 That was the first volume of a trilogy about the US involvement in
Europe during WW2. Iirc he used diaries as his primary source
documents. I started to read it and learned a lot of things, including
what a disorganized f***up Saint Delano was, but ultimately stopped
because it was more like reading newspaper accounts than a work of
history with an overarching narrative.

Huh, I didn't get that at all, and enjoyed the books. Different strokes.
And yeah, FDR was not the great man he's made out to be.

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:16 AM (v16oJ)

45 I hope all these friend requests I'm getting on MeWe are morons.

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 31, 2021 09:17 AM (nxdel)

46 Oh, gosh - I would love that library ... maybe a bit smaller, and single story with that lovely painted ceiling.
As would we all. Pity the outside of the place looks like the real world in the Matrix. (yeah, yeah, Grosse Pointe vs Detroit, it's a joke)

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:18 AM (v16oJ)

47 About the lieberry -- they probably need to move the Ming vase away from the pool table. Just sayin'.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 09:18 AM (PiwSw)

48 After I sent the RNC an unsubscribe order for their spamming dogshit for money, my phone immediately received a text from those leeches. Doesn't seem like the actions of people able to process feedback.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 09:19 AM (y7DUB)

49 As a sidebar to my reading, my wife is tackling a number of Catholic books on doctrine, faith, etc., and while we are pursuing separate tracks, I find it instructive to compare Roman pagan practices with Christianity.

Even the "virtuous" Romans were pretty bloodthirsty. Paganism was not a kind faith - it did have moments of mercy and compassion, but the augurs, consulting books, observing sacred geese etc. is a bit of a contrast.

One episode caught my interest: to end a plague, the Romans consulted the Sibylline books and were instructed to set out three luxurious couches to entice the gods to stop in and visit, and they likewise had to set up chairs and refreshments in their own homes and welcome in anyone who came through their (open) door. Enemies had to be nice to each other and everyone was supposed to be as friendly as possible. The gods were pleased and the plague was lifted. And they went right back to being beastly to one another.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:19 AM (llXky)

50 (I'm being careful to stay within new limits).
The DiMaggio data show how extreme was old Yankee Stadium's effect on RH power hitters. And yes, it applies to the lesser ones, Meusal, Lazzeri, Skowron, Howard, et al.

OTOH, it really wasn't great for lefties; it just didn't kill them. Ruth's numbers, home and road aren't much different; well within the normal H/R differences. Gehrig actually hit better on the road.

Another thing James did was report stuff, again traditional, that just didn't get out there. Things like double plays (both by hitters, and supporting pitchers), or HR and SB against pitchers (and catchers for the latter.)

What I want to emphasize is the fact that this was done with the traditional stats. But it did have a big effect. It was no longer possible to look at two pitchers with 3.00 ERAs, and regard their performances as equally valuable if one was pitching in Fenway, the other in Dodger Stadium. The latter is just good (by 80s standards), but normal. The former is doing a fantastic job.

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:19 AM (7X3UV)

51 OM been getting double duty from the who disses.

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 09:20 AM (AwYPR)

52
Real Hrothgar says "Hi there, Jewells!"

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:21 AM (87oRe)

53 I finished Grant, by Ron Chernow, and it was very good. Chernow does at times become a bit too hagiographic, but still, I learned a great deal, especially about Reconstruction. Turns out, the Democrats were as willing then to destroy the country to get power as they are now. Whoulda thought? They were perfectly willing to let white Southerners oppress and massacre blacks, as they are willing to countenance the opposite now.


Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:21 AM (v16oJ)

54 There was a story mentioned here a few weeks ago about a guy in Nairobi occupied Europe who just randomly travels somewhere an assassinated a Nazi official. No links, no organization, nothing for the gestapo to go on ... anyone remember?

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 09:21 AM (Xih1H)

55 Morning all! My lucky self is in quarantine today, so I have to miss church. On the bright side, that gives me more time to write.

I have read no fiction this week, but have been reading 1 and 2 Kings to try and prepare spiritually for what might happen to believers in America.

Posted by: Long-time Commenter, First-time Reader at January 31, 2021 09:21 AM (Bg96i)

56 In 1974, my parents bought a sofa and loveseat made of the same upholstery as those pants.

Posted by: April, Freedom Now! at January 31, 2021 09:21 AM (OX9vb)

57 the kids book in OM's post "Momma May I have the Moon" looks promising BUT it really shows what a problem online book selling can have with picture books

- in a bookstore a customer or kid can scan the illustrations, get a feel for the tone of the story

- all amazon shows is front and back cover

dunno how the author can set it up but he needs to get "Look Inside this book" on that

,

Posted by: Herr Frau Doktor vmom Staunch Demofaszi (on gab as @vm) at January 31, 2021 09:22 AM (nUhF0)

58 After I sent the RNC an unsubscribe order for their spamming dogshit for money, my phone immediately received a text from those leeches. Doesn't seem like the actions of people able to process feedback.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 09:19 AM (y7DUB)


reply with "STOP" or "STOP!", that worked for me!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:22 AM (87oRe)

59 Seems the author of the spy book for kids is one Carole P. Roman. Sounds like a good addition to the "shun with great vigor" list.

Morning, bookish Horde.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 09:23 AM (mzC78)

60 Morning Hrothgar!!

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 31, 2021 09:23 AM (nxdel)

61 Pt 3:

What James did show, for instance, was (a) how big park effects really were, and (b) how they did not effect all players equally. E.g., nothing special happened to Sandy Koufax's numbers between 1961 and 1962 - in road games. What changed is that he moved from LA Coliseum, which was killing him, into Dodger Stadium, which helped.

(Note that this doesn't diminish Koufax. Even with the help of his park, his record, looking at run support - another thing James pointed at - is astounding.)

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:23 AM (7X3UV)

62 the library in the top photo - check out those painted side tables

Posted by: Herr Frau Doktor vmom Staunch Demofaszi (on gab as @vm) at January 31, 2021 09:24 AM (nUhF0)

63 Still plugging away at "The Scarlatti Inheritance," Ludlum's first novel. Things are starting to move -- rich creep vanishes three weeks after his son is born, along with $270 million in bearer bonds, part of his trust fund. This is in 1926, so that's big money. And a man is killed.

I'm interspersing this with other reading, most recently the much-missed comic "Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre," later retitled "Supernatural Law." One story had Dracula suing to regain a house in New Orleans that is occupied by the vampire novelist Ayn Wrice. (This came out when those novels were all the rage.) The Count doesn't care for her kind of vampire stories ...

********

I was shopping yesterday at Wal-Mart for bookends. THREE employees didn't know what those were! (The website did.)

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 31, 2021 09:24 AM (nWioW)

64 Thanks for highlighting my recommendation of Rick Atkinson's book, The British are Coming. It is, as you noted, a whopper--close to 800 pages, but unless you're the type of reader who MUST read endnotes, the book is really only 564 pages. BTW, his previous trilogy was about the three amphibious landings in WWII, to wit: An Army at Dawn; The Day of Battle; and The Guns at Last Light. In my opinion, Atkinson and Antony Beevor are the two best modern, "popular" historians, but Atkinson's books are more reader-friendly. Just sayin'. . . .

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 31, 2021 09:25 AM (2S93K)

65 I'm about halfway through "The Reverse of the Medal" - Book 11 of the "Master and Commander" (Aubrey/Maturin) books by Patrick O'Brian. I cannot more highly recommend these books. If you like the "Hornblower" books you'll love these even more, I believe.

Oh, and "Master and Commander: Far Side of the World" is a great movie adaptation. Russell Crowe as Aubrey is damn-near perfect and I really liked Paul Bettany (JARVIS/Vision from Avengers) as Maturin.

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 09:25 AM (zWl33)

66 Hmm, the "delusional plerophory of Liberalism" does sound a bit classier than "the planet where those commie fuckwits over there come from."

Posted by: Bilwis Devourer of Innocent Souls, I'm starvin' over here at January 31, 2021 09:25 AM (Wm5SB)

67 Thems some ugly pants.
Posted by: Jewells45 at January 31, 2021 09:00 AM (nxdel)

And they failed to match the pattern at the seams, which brings on vertigo in the mind of the beholder.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 09:25 AM (mzC78)

68 I bought Zimmermanns, JJs space reporter, book Leaving Earth

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 09:26 AM (Xih1H)

69 While that library is amazing (seems nothing but law books though) the rest of the home is the definition of opulence. There is a photo essay out on the web that photographs other rooms of the house.

Posted by: Observer at January 31, 2021 09:26 AM (C+evo)

70 I sense a bicycle theme this week. Another cancel culture victim who violated rule #1 - don't be a babe. Complete with photo at Breitbart.

https://tinyurl.com/BicycleBabe

Posted by: Winston Smith at January 31, 2021 09:26 AM (N/gDA)

71 31
I think your example disproves your point. Conservatives have immense reserves of toleration and only began calling out NRO and Kristol after they made a competitive sport out of stabbing us in the back.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:12 AM (llXky)
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Have you looked at battles between different factions of libertarians, or the two (E & W) Strassians? Kirk vs Meyer?

One book unfortunately never finished is Kendall's on the "sages" of conservatism.

As I say, it's the fact they have only 2 settings, OFF and Total Thermonuclear War that matters here.

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:27 AM (7X3UV)

72 Being a fan of anything by Sgt. Mom [Celia Hayes], I ordered her newest, My Dear Cousin, A Novel in Letters.
Two cousins, one who marries and goes with her husband to Malaysia; the other a nursing student who will serve in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, share their experiences via correspondence. Last year I read And if I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee. Nurses were not always behind the lines, but in the thick of it, as at Anzio. One thing I like is that Sgt Mom catches the atmosphere of the times with little details, such as the nursing students taking a break and smoking -- as did everyone back in the day, and if by chance, you didn't smoke, you could use cigarettes for barter in the war zones. Can't wait to get back to my bedtime reading this evening.

Posted by: Alifa at January 31, 2021 09:27 AM (l5Ovp)

73 I get my bookends at Goodwill.

Posted by: Ziba at January 31, 2021 09:28 AM (S1hrL)

74 Atkinson and Antony Beevor are the two best modern, "popular"
historians, but Atkinson's books are more reader-friendly. Just sayin'.
. . .
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I have strong feelings about Beevor and they are not positive. His book on the Spanish Civil War revealed him to be a dishonest hack. Not much confidence in his other work.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:28 AM (llXky)

75 Is it 4.75 mil furnished or do I need to bring my lawn chairs and milk crates?

Posted by: lowandslow at January 31, 2021 09:28 AM (qH6FZ)

76 Guten Morgen

Is this where the book burning is?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 09:28 AM (85Gof)

77 "I was shopping yesterday at Wal-Mart for bookends. THREE employees didn't know what those were! (The website did.)"

That's OK.
Was at Wal-Mart the other day for a room humidifier.
Three employees didn't know what one was, and two of them couldn't pronounce the word.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 09:28 AM (S7VTO)

78 I'm sick of everything "nazi" especially all the paranoia that nazis are everywhere.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:29 AM (ONvIw)

79 OT/ An unknown person in an unknown truck with snowplow is currently in our driveway plowing us out. Well, huh.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:29 AM (45fpk)

80 One negative though. He does preach the global warming narrative throughout the book.
Posted by: Zoltan at January 31, 2021 09:06 AM (qb8uZ)

That would be a deal-breaker for me, unless it was handled as evidence of the unhinged state of the warmist doing the preaching.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 09:30 AM (mzC78)

81 Well they finally got around to publishing "Firefly" fiction.
I am not one of the morons that thinks the one season series is overrated. Yea, Weaton is an ass, but I enjoy the "Verse" he created. I see our current situation as being similar. The "Alliance" vs. the "Browncoats". Everybody in any kind of power is against us, and wants us to "heal".
Looks like they started releasing then in 2019, but I missed it. I'm on the second one though it does not look as if they are in a series. A bunch of different authors, and it is taking place between when the TV show ended, and before the move "Serenity". I take it it will be like all the "Star Trek" fiction out there. I did get burned-out on them. On account of there being thousands; and they began changing the dogma of Star Trek.

Posted by: Paladin at January 31, 2021 09:30 AM (Hk80n)

82 At grocery check out and the cashier looked at the parsley and asked what it was.

Posted by: Ziba at January 31, 2021 09:30 AM (S1hrL)

83 Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 09:25 AM (zWl33)

Second the Aubrey Maturin reco!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:30 AM (87oRe)

84 OK, I'm those of you with good spatial orientation instincts, explain that last comic panel to me. Assuming that the wall behind the dame is flat, how must it be positioned for the shadow of the blinds to not be parallel to the blinds themselves? This is the kind of thing that bugs me sometimes. It's just plain dumb on the illustrator's part. Like he's never actually been in a room with shadows from a window.

Oh, and nice liberry pic. Wouldn't want to have to be the one to keep it clean though.

Posted by: Oddbob at January 31, 2021 09:31 AM (0+WqK)

85 Good morning fellow Book Threadists. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

Posted by: JTB at January 31, 2021 09:31 AM (7EjX1)

86 The pool table is always a nice touch in a library.

Good Morning.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at January 31, 2021 09:31 AM (dgqfk)

87 Three employees didn't know what one was, and two of them couldn't pronounce the word.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 09:28 AM (S7VTO)


So, 67% illegal alien clerks at All-American WalletMart?

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:32 AM (87oRe)

88 65 I'm about halfway through "The Reverse of the Medal" - Book 11 of the "Master and Commander" (Aubrey/Maturin) books by Patrick O'Brian. I cannot more highly recommend these books. If you like the "Hornblower" books you'll love these even more, I believe.

Oh, and "Master and Commander: Far Side of the World" is a great movie adaptation. Russell Crowe as Aubrey is damn-near perfect and I really liked Paul Bettany (JARVIS/Vision from Avengers) as Maturin.
Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 09:25 AM (zWl33)
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Complete agreement. I may run through the Aubreyad again this year. Note that O'Brian does admit in the preface that the case against Cochrane, which RoM is based on, is much stronger than that against Aubrey.

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:32 AM (7X3UV)

89 That library is gorgeous!!! A monument to books and comfortable reading.

Posted by: JTB at January 31, 2021 09:32 AM (7EjX1)

90 Have you looked at battles between different factions of libertarians, or the two (E W) Strassians? Kirk vs Meyer?


Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:27 AM (7X3UV)

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Though they like to pretend otherwise, libertarians are a fringe element within the larger movement, which is why they fight with such ferocious zeal. No one else cares who will govern their fantasy empire.

I agree that the left always goes farther in their zeal, but the right is happy with peace and prosperity. What intellectual debates there were on the right after the Cold War ended were basically desultory and completely without any real passion or energy. We won, and were content with our victory. The left is NEVER content, NEVER happy.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:32 AM (llXky)

91 I've been looking for a theory of terraforming alien worlds, and picked
up Douglas Tallamy's Bringing Nature Home as research for that. It's
all about how we should use native plants in our yards and gardens.
I've been a so-so gardener for a long time, and this book was
interesting.

He makes the point that insects, including
butterflies, are specialists, thus agreeing with Robert Heinlein so
that's good. 90 percent of insects, including butterflies, eat only one
or two plants. With the incursion of the alien plants we put in our
gardens, not to mention invasive aliens, we deprive insects of food.
This in turn deprives birds of food, squirrels of nuts, etc, breaking
links in the food chain right and left.

(Btw, he has a newer book out,
but the beginning is borderline hectoring and I might not have read the
good stuff if I'd read the new one first.)

Posted by: Laura Montgomery at January 31, 2021 09:32 AM (KFIdK)

92 Huh, I didn't get that at all, and enjoyed the books. Different strokes.
And yeah, FDR was not the great man he's made out to be.
Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:16 AM (v16oJ)


I felt a bit odd stopping it since it had maps of north Africa embedded in the text so you could see where things happened, the lack of which is one of my prime complaints. I just found his narrative uncompelling.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 09:33 AM (y7DUB)

93 "At grocery check out and the cashier looked at the parsley and asked what it was."

Tell 'em its the stuff that cows are filled with.

They use it to make meat.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 09:33 AM (S7VTO)

94 Re: 26--I second your recommendation about A Woman of No Importance. Good read and she was, if the story is accurately told, fearless and tenacious.

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 31, 2021 09:33 AM (2S93K)

95 I'm currently reading Book 2 of 4 of Ian Irvine's The View from the Mirror. I bought the first one over twenty years ago (liked the cover) and never bothered to read it until recently. Turns out to be a pretty decent series so far. It's a somewhat unconventional, yet also quite conventional in many ways, fantasy series. The author deliberately set out to make a series with characters who have more complex motivations for doing things than you might suspect. Every character has their ups and downs. Worth a read if you are looking for something different in fantasy.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at January 31, 2021 09:33 AM (hQrcu)

96 I gather CONservative, Inc. wants to get us all spun-up because the CCP arrested some BadTweeterz the other day - Chinese subjects on Chinese soil.

Meanwhile they're all-on on the EffBeeEye harassing normies who did nothing more than cheer their POTUS on 1/6 while continuing to give Antifa/BLM a free-pass for their mayhem. And they say nothing when "Ricky Vaughn" gets arrested by the EffBeeEye for 4-year old "electioneering" tweets as The Squad continues to tweet for violence.

Yeah, my "Give A Fuck" meter is pegged at 0.0 over the CCP arresting some BadTweeterz.

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 09:34 AM (zWl33)

97 Someone here recommended the Frontlines 7 book series by Marko Kloos a couple weeks back. Good space marine, space warfare, alien invasion. I've enjoyed them.

Here is a lnk to the series page on goodreads if anyone is interested.

https://tinyurl.com/y6oelcg7

Posted by: BifBewalski AOS Moron at January 31, 2021 09:34 AM (VcFUs)

98 Hiya book freaks!

OM, I LOL'd that the woke publisher hirmself was shunned for (presumably) insufficient woketude. Perhaps I should point out that a collection of short stories about bikes is terribly able-ist.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 09:34 AM (Dc2NZ)

99 About the lieberry -- they probably need to move the Ming vase away from the pool table. Just sayin'.
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 09:18 AM (PiwSw)

Yeah. A whack by an errant cue ball, and the owner would be merciless.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 09:35 AM (mzC78)

100 Ok, I'm off to try and do something productive. Have a great day all.

Posted by: Jewells45 at January 31, 2021 09:35 AM (nxdel)

101 23 Virtual church today because SNOW!
So I can read the Book Thread for a change!
Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:07 AM (87oRe)
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What's it like there? We just have light snow so far.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 09:36 AM (Dc2NZ)

102 Yeah. A whack by an errant cue ball, and the owner would be merciless.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 09:35 AM (mzC7


Charles Middleton FTW!

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 09:37 AM (PiwSw)

103 So, 67% illegal alien clerks at All-American WalletMart?

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:32 AM


There is not a single illegal employed by our local Walmart here in rural NE Texas, not one, which I find extremely bizarre as they are all over the place in our County.

It's all older white ladies and men with a few younger kids tossed into the mix. I can't recall ever seeing a mexican or black person working there.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at January 31, 2021 09:37 AM (JUOKG)

104 Complete agreement. I may run through the Aubreyad again this year. Note that O'Brian does admit in the preface that the case against Cochrane, which RoM is based on, is much stronger than that against Aubrey.
Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:32 AM (7X3UV)

Yeah, I just read the part where Aubrey gives the "stock recommendations" to his dad (Gen. Aubrey, MP) and as I'm reading all I'm saying to myself is "don't do it Jack". I have no idea if that's what gets him in trouble but it just seems like an obvious set-up to me.

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 09:37 AM (zWl33)

105 Morning, 'rons and 'ronettes.

If I had 5 million, I'd buy that house, but I'd need at least 20 million more to move it. There's no way in hell I would live in Michigan and especially not in a suburb of Detroit.

No reading to talk about, since I haven't been able to concentrate much. The usual depression, you know.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (2JVJo)

106 Tried to read Burmese Days by Orwell. Got about 2 chapters in and realized I knew so little about the Brits and their ruling in the East that I was lost.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (5QBw6)

107 Crowe provided a lasting mental image of Aubrey throughout the entire series. Aubrey and Maturin's shared affinity for music bound them starting on the first page. O'Brian's description of Maturin listening to Jack improvise on violin late at night while staying at his place was some fine writing.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (y7DUB)

108 To further refine my point, the right generally wants to win whatever fight is upon them and then demobilize and enjoy the fruit of their victory. The left is never happy about anything. Having won one battle, they then begin another, which might actually be about undoing their latest win! Look at how the triumph of feminism is now yielding to the trans movement.

There is no contentment within them, no inner peace, so they export their inner turmoil to everyone else. They used to just cover the back of their hatchbacks with bumper stickers but now they have to have yard signs up all the time. They rotate them, too, because no victory is enough. They don't want to win, they want to fight.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (llXky)

109 I hear the dems are going to present a bill that only a black person can be President or VP the next 200 years to even things out

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (85Gof)

110 74
I have strong feelings about Beevor and they are not positive. His book on the Spanish Civil War revealed him to be a dishonest hack. Not much confidence in his other work.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:28 AM (llXky)
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I'll take your word for it, and give Beevor a pass. One I recently read, whom I've never respected on naval history, is Corelli Barnett. He is a picture perfect example of someone who simply ignores or suppresses evidence against his view. And he is always on a "bloody idiots" fixation. E.g., he slams Adm Forbes, in the Norway campaign, for leaving HMS Furious behind, and goes off on a cliched rant about "the cult of the battleship". He ignores the fact that she didn't have any aircraft aboard, having just completed a refit. And note that my sources for that are ones that Barnett himself cites, the Official Histories.

(And odd note: the volume on Norway says, on its spine, that it's about Normandy. The cover is correct.)

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:39 AM (7X3UV)

111 Beautiful library but seriously, a pool table?

Posted by: Russkilitlover at January 31, 2021 09:39 AM (99Nt9)

112 I can't recall ever seeing a mexican or black person working there.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at January 31, 2021 09:37 AM (JUOKG)

Upper management...you'll never see 'em.

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 09:39 AM (AwYPR)

113 109 I hear the dems are going to present a bill that only a black person can be President or VP the next 200 years to even things out
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (85Gof)

And only white people allowed in the glorious wonderful reeducation summer sleepaway camps.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 09:40 AM (5QBw6)

114 Over 100, so I thought I'd link this article at the New Yorker. Most of the article is a recap of the Cultural Revolution and Mao's
butchery, leading ultimately to the question of why a country
effectively commits suicide. It really is a masterpiece of misdirection, but suggests to me that even they know their current lunacy can't be sustained, so they're trying to shift the blame to us. I'm sure you could never guess, but Trump is Mao, and the Proud Boys are the Red Guards. Really.

https://tinyurl.com/y5groy3o

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:40 AM (v16oJ)

115 What's it like there? We just have light snow so far.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 09:36 AM (Dc2NZ)


Not sure about Hrothgar, but it started snowing last night and it's not expected to stop till later this afternoon. Approx 10 inches total. No church here either.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:40 AM (45fpk)

116 Got nothing

Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 09:40 AM (Cxk7w)

117 We just have light snow so far.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 09:36 AM (Dc2NZ)


I have white snow here.

About 1.5-2" so far, and it is the fine snow that typically keeps on keeping on. Best part is the air temp is 32F so it will be thoroughly soggified when I try to clean off the driveway!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:41 AM (87oRe)

118 I asked more than just those three employees. Got directed to a different area each time.

I was in the back of a Wal-Mart once for a mystery-shopper audit. Gawd, it looked disorganized.

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 31, 2021 09:41 AM (nWioW)

119 They used to just cover the back of their hatchbacks with bumper stickers but now they have to have yard signs up all the time. They rotate them, too, because no victory is enough. They don't want to win, they want to fight.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (llXky)

The media makes sure that they are focused on the "fact" that there are enemies absolutely everywhere in need of defeat. You can't look in a bookstore or on amazon without seeing tomes and films dedicated to preserving this illusion.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:41 AM (ONvIw)

120 Opps - me @96

Apologies to the BookGeekz and Horde for violating the 100-comment guideline.

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 09:42 AM (zWl33)

121 Not sure about Hrothgar, but it started snowing last night and it's not expected to stop till later this afternoon. Approx 10 inches total. No church here either.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:40 AM (45fpk)


It's supposed to hit MA by Monday night, 12-plus inches. Ugh.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 09:42 AM (2JVJo)

122 111 Beautiful library but seriously, a pool table?
Posted by: Russkilitlover at January 31, 2021 09:39 AM (99Nt9)

Friends, lemme tell you what I mean.
Ya got one, two, three, four, five, six pockets in a table.
Pockets that mark the diff'rence
Between a gentlemen and a bastard,
With a capital "B,"

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 09:42 AM (5QBw6)

123 Morning all! Just re-read The Last Centurion by John Ringo. It seems prescient these days.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at January 31, 2021 09:42 AM (jvt6t)

124 I hear the dems are going to present a bill that only a black person can be President or VP the next 200 years to even things out

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (85Gof)

My tv informed me that Black History Month now begins on Jan. 29th.

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 09:42 AM (AwYPR)

125 OM, would Reverend Warfield recognize the Presbyterian Church today? The congregation I was raised in, became such a SJW-focused church, it lost all its parishioners and the 100 yo church became a restaurant. Heartbreaking how a minister w an agenda, which doesn't focus on his flock, can destroy a church community.

Posted by: EveR at January 31, 2021 09:43 AM (R0z7P)

126 . It really is a masterpiece of misdirection, but suggests to me that even they know their current lunacy can't be sustained, so they're trying to shift the blame to us. I'm sure you could never guess, but Trump is Mao, and the Proud Boys are the Red Guards. Really.

https://tinyurl.com/y5groy3o
Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:40 AM (v16oJ)

Enemies are everywhere and they are always white males with the intent of destroying everyone else. This BS has permeated society.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:43 AM (ONvIw)

127 That library looks incredible, the billiards table is a nice touch.
The Detroit area once was a prosperous world of wealth and luxury.
Finished David McCullough's biography of John Adams. Very enjoyable.
Now, I am open for suggestions, I love history, biographies, and non-fiction.

Posted by: navybrat, curiously enlightened at January 31, 2021 09:43 AM (w7KSn)

128 My tv informed me that Black History Month now begins on Jan. 29th.

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 09:42 AM (AwYPR)


And ends on Jan 28th!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:44 AM (87oRe)

129 Beautiful library but seriously, a pool table?
Posted by: Russkilitlover at January 31, 2021 09:39 AM (99Nt9)


I like it. Games of skill. Instead of a pool table, one could have a nice area for chess.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at January 31, 2021 09:44 AM (dgqfk)

130 There's no way in hell I would
live in Michigan and especially not in a suburb of Detroit.

at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (2JVJo)

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Grosse Pointe is only a "suburb" in the most technical sense. The contrast is striking. Whenever there are problems in Detroit, they close the border, so to speak. (At one point literally blocking a major road and establishing a temporary "farmers market" to justify it.)

Beautiful houses built there, most during the auto industry boom of the 1920s.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:45 AM (llXky)

131 Ouch, bacon fat hopped out of pan onto top of bare foot.

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 09:45 AM (Xih1H)

132 Hello fellow Book morons,
Zoltan - I loved 36 Righteous Men. That was a good thriller, and yeah, the climate warming you just have to skip over. Grammie Winger - I'm still saving my copies of the Liturgical Mysteries for a treat after I finish this history I'm working on - "The Final Pagan Generation" by Edward L. Watts. It tells the story of a few of the last Roman generation before Christianity fully took root. It's set in the mid-late 300s. After Constantine declared the Christianity the state religion of Rome there were plenty of pagan temples and observances for at least two generations. The people then didn't know they were the last pagan generation. I'm also working through Orwell's 1984 - eerie, the parallels.

Posted by: CarolinaGirl at January 31, 2021 09:45 AM (Kh9rg)

133 Heartbreaking how a minister w an agenda, which doesn't focus on his flock, can destroy a church community.
Posted by: EveR at January 31, 2021 09:43 AM (R0z7P)


First noted in the New Testament...

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:45 AM (87oRe)

134 Re: 105, Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing -- things will get better.

Or, if you prefer something more "military," think: "Not dead. Don't quit."

Things will get better.

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 31, 2021 09:45 AM (2S93K)

135 Now, I am open for suggestions, I love history, biographies, and non-fiction.
Posted by: navybrat, curiously enlightened at January 31, 2021 09:43 AM (w7KSn)

It's a quick read, but Brian Kilmeade's Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans is a good recap of the pivotal battle in the war everyone seems to forget about.

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 09:46 AM (zWl33)

136 90
I agree that the left always goes farther in their zeal, but the right is happy with peace and prosperity. What intellectual debates there were on the right after the Cold War ended were basically desultory and completely without any real passion or energy. We won, and were content with our victory. The left is NEVER content, NEVER happy.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:32 AM (llXky)
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A classic case of success leading to failure. The Reagan years had 2 bad effects. (1) A diversion from political theory to policy. The latter was necessary, sure, But ignoring the former had a cost.

The 2nd was origin of what later happened to NR under Lowry. A false narrative of a "fusion" which simply had not existed earlier. That killed the kind of debates that were so great in the 60s and 70s.

Can't blame the neocons for this. TAS was much more engaged in the 80s and 90s, and it was also MUCH more oriented toward the neocons. Of course, I keep pointing out that the original neos were very different from the 2nd generation. That gets forgotten in the current fighting.

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:47 AM (7X3UV)

137 Now, I am open for suggestions, I love history, biographies, and non-fiction.
Posted by: navybrat, curiously enlightened at January 31, 2021 09:43 AM (w7KSn)

If you haven't read the biography of the POW survivor in Andersonville, you should give it a go. Get the hardback with illustrations.

That's what tue Donks want to do to us, by the way.

Posted by: BifBewalski AOS Moron at January 31, 2021 09:47 AM (VcFUs)

138 Keith Richards' "Life" went on sale so I bought it. It's pretty entertaining though he rambles a bit.

Also reading "Marching to Shibboleth," a collection of Firesign Theatre scripts. They made the strangest comedy records in the 60's and 70's. If you're a fan, buy it from their website where it's $35. Amazon's prices are in the insane range, hundreds of dollars for some reason.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at January 31, 2021 09:47 AM (l9m7l)

139 I'm about a third of the way through Lolita. I'd forgotten how quickly in the book Charlotte Haze died very conveniently. I wonder what Vera, Nabokov's wife who did all his typing, thought about her talented husband doing a full length work of fiction about a pervert. She'd already talked him out of doing a full length book about one half of a siamese twin after completing a short story, which was pretty good.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 09:47 AM (y7DUB)

140 I was going to make a comment about our gracious host's comment about The Big Goodbye but then realized that I was confusing it with The Big Sleep. So instead of disagreeing, I'll agree: yes, sometimes even Elvis impersonators can be a little too Elvis-y.

Posted by: Oddbob at January 31, 2021 09:47 AM (0+WqK)

141 On Moron recommendation, reading Bob's Saucer Repair. A palate cleanser, more enjoyable than I had expected.

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at January 31, 2021 09:47 AM (bAe71)

142 Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing -- things will get better.

Oh, they do, eventually, but my depressions tend to hang on for a couple of weeks at a time. It doesn't help that I drink like a Kennedy and hate my job, either.

I've thought about anti-depressants, but I don't dare take pills. Not in this current climate.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 09:48 AM (2JVJo)

143 131 Ouch, bacon fat hopped out of pan onto top of bare foot.
Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 09:45 AM (Xih1H)

Never fry bacon naked!

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 09:48 AM (5QBw6)

144 102 Yeah. A whack by an errant cue ball, and the owner would be merciless.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 09:35 AM (mzC7

Charles Middleton FTW!
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 09:37 AM (PiwSw)
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Who he? I don't think you mean Lord Barham.

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:49 AM (7X3UV)

145 "There's no way in hell I would live in Michigan and especially not in a suburb of Detroit."
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*types*

*deletes*

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 09:49 AM (Dc2NZ)

146 Now if we can just find a cross between President Trump and Vlad the Impaler...

Posted by: Drink Like Vikings at January 31, 2021 09:49 AM (MhLHf)

147 Oh, they do, eventually, but my depressions tend to hang on for a couple of weeks at a time. It doesn't help that I drink like a Kennedy and hate my job, either.

I've thought about anti-depressants, but I don't dare take pills. Not in this current climate.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 09:48 AM (2JVJo)

I had a complete absolute laying in the floor crying meltdown Friday.
Still a little freaked out over my behavior.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 09:50 AM (5QBw6)

148 Amazon's prices are in the insane range, hundreds of dollars for some reason.
Posted by: BeckoningChasm at January 31, 2021 09:47 AM (l9m7l)


Which brings up a question for Horde authors who publish through Amazon - yesterday I was recommending The Director's Cut to someone I know. When I brought it up, a paperback copy cost over $700! Does anyone know why Amazon would do that?

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 09:50 AM (2JVJo)

149 Keith Richards' "Life" went on sale so I bought it. It's pretty entertaining though he rambles a bit.


I wonder if they let him narrate his book. Good Lord.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at January 31, 2021 09:50 AM (dgqfk)

150 He is a picture perfect example of someone who simply
ignores or suppresses evidence against his view.

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:39 AM (7X3UV)

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That describes Beevor perfectly as well. In attempting to explain Spain's backwards economy, he ignores centuries of imperial wars, the distorting effect of the treasure fleets and instead focuses on - the Spanish Inquisition! No kidding, the guy hates Catholics and outright says that slaughtering the religious orders was kind of justified by stuff that happened in the 1400s.

And yes, he gets Guernica wrong, lies about Franco...garbage author. Avoid.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:50 AM (llXky)

151 The Mrs brought home for me yesterday 'Hidden history of maritime New Jersey". Given the impending nor'easter today I may forgo home improvement tasks and just settle in with a rum and this book.

Also there was no covefe thread this morning. so rum it is.

Posted by: BluesFish at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (yRWZ0)

152 I've been using reading as an escape from the news, not a unique situation, I'm sure. Anyway, I started thinking about places in literature that were conducive to comfortable reading. Here's my first thoughts. there will be more.

- The House of Tom Bombadil in LOTR
- Rivendell in LOTR
- the interior of Rocinante from Travels With Charley
- sitting room of 221B Baker Street

In reality: The house I grew up in was built in the late 1800s and had a large porch across the front. My dad screened it in but it was otherwise open and had comfortable, padded wicker furniture. I loved to read there, especially during rain storms. It was where I first read the Lensman and Skylark series, many of the Heinlein juveniles and Conan stories. It remains a special place in my heart.

Posted by: JTB at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (7EjX1)

153 145. I would gladly live in Michigan and many of the suburbs around Detroit are beautiful. Kid 2 had the impression that everything within 200 miles of Detroit was dangerous and slummy, then had a business trip to that area. That illusion was shattered completely.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (ONvIw)

154 Re: 142, Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing--even one step back up the spiral staircase of depression is an improvement and might--might--lead to a second step up. Hang in there; things will get better.

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (2S93K)

155 I am a big fan of the Battle of New Orleans history, have visited the museum. That period of US history was a fascinating one due to the fact that the US was almost extinct, but for Gen. Jackson's victory there. The minor detail that truce had already been agreed to at The Hague some weeks earlier matters not. Thanks for the suggestion.

Posted by: navybrat, curiously enlightened at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (w7KSn)

156 On Moron recommendation, reading Bob's Saucer Repair. A palate cleanser, more enjoyable than I had expected.
Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at January 31, 2021 09:47 AM (bAe71)


Same here, but it looks like Amazong wants to force me into KindleUnlimited to read the successor volumes (3 and up)?

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (87oRe)

157 That's OK.
Was at Wal-Mart the other day for a room humidifier.
Three employees didn't know what one was, and two of them couldn't pronounce the word.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 09:28 AM (S7VTO)

Heh. My funny WM story of the week: I went into WalMart yesterday in search of some materials to redo the doors of my Lark. I needed some fuzzy material like velour that I could glue into the vertical channel that guides the windows, and I wanted some vinyl to cover the interior door panels with. The old vinyl was damaged, and really, really crisp.

I looked at table cloths. Nope, not right. Went into the crafty crafts department, and looked at bolts of material. There was a cute ginger working there, and she was anxious to help. I found a partial roll of grey faux alligator vinyl, and she measured it, declared it to be just under 2 yards, and subject to a discount. So I got 2 yards of 9.88/yd material for 11.86. I thought that was very nice of her. I also found a little remnant of plush material in the bargain basket on the cutting table for about $3, and that filled the bill for lining the glass channel. (works, too)

...next post

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (mzC78)

158 Sorry love the pool table. However I am guessing the current owner decided to fill most of the shelves with fake covers to look like books. Or he went to every Salvation Army and bought out their Encyclopedia collections.

Posted by: Jen the original at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (oMkIU)

159 Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 09:49 AM (Dc2NZ)

I adore you, Eris, but I hate the cold. Which is why I am moving out of MA the first moment I can.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (2JVJo)

160 I hear the dems are going to present a bill that only a black person can be President or VP the next 200 years to even things out

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (85Gof)

My tv informed me that Black History Month now begins on Jan. 29th.
Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 09:42 AM (AwYPR)

Yeah so did my Apple Computer

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 09:52 AM (85Gof)

161 107 Crowe provided a lasting mental image of Aubrey throughout the entire series. Aubrey and Maturin's shared affinity for music bound them starting on the first page. O'Brian's description of Maturin listening to Jack improvise on violin late at night while staying at his place was some fine writing.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (y7DUB)
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Yes! That is one of several interesting bits where O'Brian is saying that, though intellectuals will identify with Stephen, Jack is every bit a smart. He just lacks the education Stephen had. That, from my historical reading, is an accurate picture of a weakness of RN officers of the day, when dealing with soldiers and pols. (The Hood brothers were an exception.)

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:52 AM (7X3UV)

162 That describes Beevor perfectly as well. In attempting to explain
Spain's backwards economy, he ignores centuries of imperial wars, the
distorting effect of the treasure fleets and instead focuses on - the
Spanish Inquisition!

Huh, I didn't expect that.

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:52 AM (v16oJ)

163 Posted by: navybrat, curiously enlightened at January 31, 2021 09:43 AM (w7KSn)

Just got through reading Victor David Hanson's A War Like No Other. Detailing the Peloponnesian War. Much more readable than Thucydides History.

Also, a great book by Michael Korda - With Wings Like Eagles about the Battle of Britain. Good stuff.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at January 31, 2021 09:52 AM (jvt6t)

164 It's a quick read, but Brian Kilmeade's Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans is a good recap of the pivotal battle in the war everyone seems to forget about.

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 09:46 AM (zWl33)

Picking nits maybe, but Treaty of Ghent had already been signed....still needed ratifying, I think.

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 09:52 AM (AwYPR)

165 Not sure about Hrothgar, but it started snowing last night and it's not expected to stop till later this afternoon. Approx 10 inches total. No church here either.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:40 AM (45fpk)
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Whoa! Hope you have something good to read.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 09:52 AM (Dc2NZ)

166 I've thought about anti-depressants, but I don't dare take pills. Not in this current climate.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 09:48 AM (2JVJo)


Last week my therapist suggested shock treatments. I thought Rev would die laughing.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:53 AM (45fpk)

167 Of course no one likes the pants, as the guy is only half-dressed: the matching coat is off-camera.

Posted by: Armchair Sinner at January 31, 2021 09:53 AM (Nig2g)

168
Which brings up a question for Horde authors who publish through Amazon - yesterday I was recommending The Director's Cut to someone I know. When I brought it up, a paperback copy cost over $700! Does anyone know why Amazon would do that?
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 09:50 AM (2JVJo)

It's how Bezos forces independent authors to use the Kindle Unlimited option as their only publishing source. Smash publishes all of her stuff independently, and when Bezos tries that shit with her books, she just lets her fans commenton Amazon with links to their e-book competitors and the fair price of $2.99 instead of the $45 or. It gets fixed in a couple days.

Posted by: BifBewalski AOS Moron at January 31, 2021 09:53 AM (VcFUs)

169 Of course, I keep pointing out that the original
neos were very different from the 2nd generation. That gets forgotten in
the current fighting.

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:47 AM (7X3UV)

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The original neocons were liberals who had been mugged by reality. Their kids have grown up protected from it.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:54 AM (llXky)

170 I've thought about anti-depressants, but I don't dare take pills. Not in this current climate.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 09:48 AM (2JVJo)


MPPPP: A very wise move, many not well known or admitted cross interactions. Please do not mix stuff.

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 09:54 AM (87oRe)

171 One of you Morons recommended "Kolyma Stories," by Varlan Shalamov...

Wow. It's "One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich" only much, much worse. Absolutely devastating...

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 31, 2021 09:54 AM (Q9lwr)

172 Re: 162--Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 31, 2021 09:54 AM (2S93K)

173 Last week my therapist suggested shock treatments. I thought Rev would die laughing.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:53 AM (45fpk)

About 100k people per year have ECT.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:55 AM (ONvIw)

174 I think I have all of VDH's books in one form or other, one signed by him. I got to meet him once, shook his hand. His hands were the hands of a farmer.

Posted by: navybrat, curiously enlightened at January 31, 2021 09:55 AM (w7KSn)

175 Picking nits maybe, but Treaty of Ghent had already been signed....still needed ratifying, I think.
Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 09:52 AM (AwYPR)

A worthy nit to pick - though it's interesting to speculate how long said treaty would have remained in force had "the traitors" lost the Battle of New Orleans.

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 09:55 AM (zWl33)

176 Oh, they do, eventually, but my depressions tend to hang on for a couple of weeks at a time. It doesn't help that I drink like a Kennedy and hate my job, either.

Hating my job almost wrecked my marriage. My wife thought it was my drinking, which I stopped cold turkey for eight years just to shut her up, but it wasn't until I found work as an IT contractor that my life turned for the better. It was a long term project, and included soaking my old employer for an MBA, but I kept my eye on the prize and it ultimately improved my quality of life.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 09:55 AM (y7DUB)

177 About 100k people per year have ECT.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:55 AM (ONvIw)


And I told her I would not be one of them.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:56 AM (45fpk)

178 If I had a joint, I would send it USB, MP4.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at January 31, 2021 09:56 AM (dgqfk)

179 I looked so you don't have to. Obama's book omits these names from the index (and, presumably, from the book):

There is no:
Comey
Lynch
Sessions
Yates
Flynn

Trump appears on eight pages where the JEF whines about birtherism.,

Posted by: JM in Florida at January 31, 2021 09:56 AM (HCeRP)

180 And I told her I would not be one of them.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:56 AM (45fpk

And nobody will make you.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:56 AM (ONvIw)

181 Last week my therapist suggested shock treatments. I thought Rev would die laughing.


Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:53 AM (45fpk)

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It can be effective. My wife was considering it as well. It's nothing like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, btw. They knock you out, you feel groggy for a bit and then experience greater clarity. Basically a 'reset' button.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:56 AM (llXky)

182 I forgot to mention that A Practical Guide to Evil could qualify as military fiction as well. A lot of the action centers around the main character taking her armies into battle, and there's often detailed discussions of tactics, strategy, logistics, etc.

I picked my Western Canon reading project back up, after a lapse of about ten years (!! Yikes), with Hesiod. Looks like the works of Archilochos are next.

Posted by: Mrs. Peel - Texas Morons, Support HB 1359 at January 31, 2021 09:57 AM (rWZ8Y)

183 A worthy nit to pick - though it's interesting to speculate how long said treaty would have remained in force had "the traitors" lost the Battle of New Orleans.

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 09:55 AM (zWl33)

good point

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 09:57 AM (AwYPR)

184 And nobody will make you.
Whatever you do, stay away from Liam Neeson.

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:57 AM (v16oJ)

185 Mp4, hope you don't drive a car like a Kennedy.

Don't worry, things will get better. Hang in there.

Posted by: dantesed at January 31, 2021 09:58 AM (88xKn)

186 Detroit is a true shithole but also has some amazing burbs like the Pointes, just a few miles away. A real contrast.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 09:58 AM (OvHLS)

187 It can be effective. My wife was considering it as well. It's nothing like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, btw. They knock you out, you feel groggy for a bit and then experience greater clarity. Basically a 'reset' button.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:56 AM (llXky)

Yep. It's not recommended as a frontline treatment except in a few cases where someone is combatively suicidal. It's also used to relieve dangerous mania.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 09:59 AM (ONvIw)

188 I've got stories about two female mystery writers.

In the late '50s/early '60s, there were three Miss Marple movies made. The first two were based on Agatha Christie books but the third, Murder Ahoy, was made up by the screenwriters. A scene concerns Miss Marple identifying a poison with a child's chemistry set. Anybody who has ever heard the word "science" could see how laughably inaccurate it was (climate scientists excepted). For example, she believes it might be an inhaled poison that caused the victim's death so she sniffed it!

Christie often used poison to dispatch her victims and, indeed, she was much praised for her accurate depiction of the use of poison in her first Hercule Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair At Styles. No wonder she was accurate. During WWI (and again in WWII) she was a chemist/pharmacist in military hospitals.

It must have killed her to see that laughable chemistry scene in that movie.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 31, 2021 09:59 AM (VVEnO)

189
The pool table is fine in the library, but really pink felt? If it ain't green felt it's not a pool table. Sorry, not sorry.

Posted by: Winston Smith at January 31, 2021 09:59 AM (N/gDA)

190 the

Spanish Inquisition!
Huh, I didn't expect that.


Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 09:52 AM (v16oJ)

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No one does, and I've got a blog post tearing into Beevor at great length at my site (in my nic). I also take a few shots at him in the Notes on Sources page in Long Live Death. Slammed him on Amazon, too.

I kept his book so that if anyone ever defends him, I can give page number citations proving he's an ass.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:59 AM (llXky)

191 Mary Roberts Rinehart, "the American Agatha Christie", is credited with the phrase "the butler did it" although that exact phrase does not appear in her book The Door. Ironically, she herself was almost murdered by her (almost) butler. A long-term employee, disappointed at being passed over for a promotion to butler, went crazy and tried to kill her. More detail at link.

https://bit.ly/39y9eP7

P.S. You may better know Rinehart as the author of The Spiral Staircase, a novel that has been reduced to film at least twice.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 31, 2021 10:00 AM (VVEnO)

192 It can be effective. My wife was considering it as well. It's nothing like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, btw. They knock you out, you feel groggy for a bit and then experience greater clarity. Basically a 'reset' button.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:56 AM (llXky)

It usually takes 4-5 treatments to see a sustained benefit. Grogginess is from the anesthesia.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 10:00 AM (ONvIw)

193 Oh, I loved the bookmoobile! It came down our street when I was not even 10. What a treat! And free.

Posted by: JM in Florida at January 31, 2021 10:00 AM (HCeRP)

194 The other day we were assembling items in case of a power failure due to winter storms. Batteries top the list for lanterns, flashlights and radios. But we also have several oil lamps and a good supply of beeswax candles. It reminded me of the times I've used those for reading. The illumination is so different from electric lights and takes some getting used to. But it was very pleasant and relaxing to read by the less garish light of the lamps and candles. I should set up a time to use them when it's not a necessity.

Anyone else had that reaction?

Posted by: JTB at January 31, 2021 10:01 AM (7EjX1)

195 Breitbart has a story, which I found on Vox Day's site this morning, about a Washington Post story. They went out with the "expert truck" (Mr. Show reference) and found some so-called expert on Art and Architecture. Then they made a whole story about how we shouldn't allow President Trump to even build a Presidential Library at all, ever. After all, this Art and Architecture expert nobody says that it would be dangerous to America, and we should listen to him.

Democracy Dies in Darkness is a command, not a motto.

Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at January 31, 2021 10:01 AM (OssQ4)

196 ...so I go to the self checkout. The plush remnant rings up correctly, as did the tub of candy that WM conned me into buying by cleverly placing it in my path, but the part-roll of vinyl rang in at 9.88, instead of the expected 11.86. The cute ginger in the craft department had warned me to be sure to scan the yellow discount sticker she had applied instead of the white sticker, which was a unit price, per yard, of course.

I called on the attending checkout help to get the price corrected. She was kind of dumbfounded that I wanted to pay almost two whole dollars more for the stuff, and didn't really seem to get the concept of unit pricing at all. She voided the original scan, scanned the yellow tag again, and it also came up "9.88" despite the plain-text "11.86" on the yellow tag. So I had her void the scan again, and manually enter the price as 11.86, and she was quite pissed off for me having her go to the effort to do so.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 10:01 AM (mzC78)

197 They used to just cover the back of their hatchbacks with bumper stickers but now they have to have yard signs up all the time. They rotate them, too, because no victory is enough. They don't want to win, they want to fight.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 09:38 AM (llXky)


They're unhappy cuz they can never find Zero, the perfect point at which everything before was horrible and bad and unfair, and everything going forward will be good and virtuous and fair forever.

Bu-u-u-ut, there is no such thing as "Zero", so...

Posted by: naturalfake at January 31, 2021 10:01 AM (dWwl8)

198 That is one of several interesting bits where O'Brian is saying that, though intellectuals will identify with Stephen, Jack is every bit a smart. He just lacks the education Stephen had. That, from my historical reading, is an accurate picture of a weakness of RN officers of the day, when dealing with soldiers and pols. (The Hood brothers were an exception.)
Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:52 AM (7X3UV)


Stephen makes it clear while listening to Jack play that he's a more expressive artist than he could ever hope to be, over and beyond having his fingers damaged from torture for being a spy. Their friendship of two wildly different people was the constant throughout the series.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 10:01 AM (y7DUB)

199 You can always go to hooker with one of those blue shock sex toys, probably cheaper then ect

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 10:02 AM (Xih1H)

200 I was going through an old box of books in storage and ran across Marathon Man by William Goldman. Hadn't read it since high school.

And yes, the "Is it safe?" part is still hard to read.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at January 31, 2021 10:02 AM (jvt6t)

201 I have to confess I am not optimistic about the intellectual trend of conservatism. We too are switching, as I mentioned happened in the 80s, from the kind of fights that keep the mind active. It may be necessary under the circs, but it'll carry a cost as it did then. One that I see clearly is making a contingent policy matter into a philosophy. Another is creating our own bubbles. And, of course, building fanciful pictures of the "patterns" of history.

Wife and dog call.

Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 10:03 AM (7X3UV)

202 Charles Middleton FTW!
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 09:37 AM (PiwSw)
_______
Who he? I don't think you mean Lord Barham.
Posted by: Eeyore at January 31, 2021 09:49 AM (7X3UV)

Charles Middleton played Ming the Merciless in the original Buck Rogers serials.

You have to have a special confidence in your own galactic evilness to think you can conquer the Universe dressed like this:

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y68nbm6o

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 10:03 AM (PiwSw)

203
They're unhappy cuz they can never find Zero, the perfect point at which everything before was horrible and bad and unfair, and everything going forward will be good and virtuous and fair forever.

Bu-u-u-ut, there is no such thing as "Zero", so...
Posted by: naturalfake at January 31, 2021 10:01 AM (dWwl

Luckily for us, most people want a good life now and not a better life in some ill-defined future after major sacrifice takes place.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 10:03 AM (ONvIw)

204 Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021

Well said, Mr. Lloyd.

"Never stop fighting." -- John Lewis

Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at January 31, 2021 10:03 AM (OssQ4)

205 Last week my therapist suggested shock treatments. I thought Rev would die laughing.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:53 AM (45fpk)

wow

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 10:03 AM (5QBw6)

206 Way back in the early '80s, I was XO of HQ Bn 4th MarDiv in New Orleans. I was CO of troops for several Evening Parades on the Chalmette Battlefield. Very cool. I kept trying to visualize Andy Jackson and Jean Lafitte looking down on the proceedings with critical eyes.

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at January 31, 2021 10:04 AM (bAe71)

207 Democracy Dies in Darkness is a command, not a motto.
Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at January 31, 2021 10:01 AM (OssQ4)

Read that as well, of course.

Trump could build his own library - a fabulous, luxurious library, the Best! - with the cash from one of his deplatformed bank accounts in Florida. And I'd go see it, and even leave a 3-figure cash donation to keep it running.

Fuck Pravda on the Potomac. Nobody who matters cares what they say.

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 10:04 AM (zWl33)

208 Who dis : Mae West !

Posted by: runner at January 31, 2021 10:05 AM (zr5Kq)

209 Wait, you wanted to pay MORE for an item?

Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:05 AM (OvHLS)

210 About bumper stickers --

I've never had one. (Mom had one for Wallace.) Seems to me that they would hurt a car's resale value.

Could any Morons confirm or reject my theory?

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 31, 2021 10:06 AM (nWioW)

211 Then they made a whole story about how we shouldn't allow President Trump to even build a Presidential Library at all, ever. After all, this Art and Architecture expert nobody says that it would be dangerous to America, and we should listen to him.

Democracy Dies in Darkness is a command, not a motto.
Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at January 31, 2021 10:01 AM (OssQ4)

Clintons has a trailer park and massage parlor.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 10:06 AM (5QBw6)

212 I think the enemedia tends to downplay just how nice Detroit used to be because they don't want a black mayor being portrayed as a huge reason for the enfuckeration.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 10:06 AM (y7DUB)

213 I've mentioned this book before, but if anyone is looking for a recommendation, I suggest Thomas Stevens' Around the World On a Bicycle. Stevens was a "wheelman" who left SanFran in 1884 on a "penny-farthing" bike and pedaled around the world. The book is his travelogue. It's very entertaining, especially when he gets into the Near East and the wilds of Bulgaria, where he has to worry about his bike being stolen or himself being killed by roving bandits. I stopped when he was in Armenia and haven't picked up the book in several years. I was just thinking I could use the escape.

https://tinyurl.com/y6fnlgh2

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 10:06 AM (2JVJo)

214 Who dis : Mae West !

Posted by: runner at January 31, 2021 10:05 AM (zr5Kq)

Celeste Holm.

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 10:07 AM (AwYPR)

215 Could any Morons confirm or reject my theory?
Posted by: Weak Geek at January 31, 2021 10:06 AM (nWioW)


I think a Coexist sticker is standard equipment on a Prius.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 10:07 AM (PiwSw)

216 Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:00 AM (45fpk)

Is Rev going to be okay stuck in his office?

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at January 31, 2021 10:07 AM (1lKRm)

217 Celeste Holm.
Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 10:07 AM (AwYPR)



First I thought it was Joan Collins.

Posted by: runner at January 31, 2021 10:07 AM (zr5Kq)

218 I am now reading SF granddaddy Jack Williamson's "The Black Sun" (1997), in which space ships are leaving a slowly dying Earth to seed habitable worlds. The problem is that the (skiffy hand-wavy) Quantum Wave drive deposits the spaceship randomly hundreds (thousands?) of light years away, drawn to the major star of a system. And this crew makes the jump only to find they are near an ice planet circling a dead sun.

It's not his best, but I keep reading to find out what happens next.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 10:07 AM (Dc2NZ)

219 I think a Coexist sticker is standard equipment on a Prius.
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 10:07 AM (PiwSw)

Heh - they do seem to fit, but Mrs. Boom and I (Prius owners since 2005) have been able to #Resist

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 10:08 AM (zWl33)

220 "Democracy dies in darkness." A quote attributed to WAPO.

"Journalism dies in the media." A quote attributed to Irongrampa.

Posted by: irongrampa at January 31, 2021 10:08 AM (KATBx)

221 Back when I was younger I read everything that James P. Hogan put out. It was mostly hard scifi. As he got older he got pretty weird and I stopped reading his stuff. One his short stories (from Minds, Machines and Evolution) was about a young man who is in a secret underground study club that emphasizes math and science. It's quite short and I managed to find it online:

http://vintage.failed-dam.org/gap.htm

Posted by: abzod at January 31, 2021 10:08 AM (dHzE8)

222 My kid had an event yesterday. Between kids and parents about 100ish people. About 1/2 with masks, about 1/2 without. The parents kinda self segregated with a mask group and a non mask group. It was interesting to watch it unfold.

Since my wife is scared of the Rona still I was in the masked up group.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:09 AM (OvHLS)

223 Democracy Dies in Darkness is a command, not a motto.
Insty has a picture today which I predict will become very widely distributed. It's someone's homemade poster tied to the fence around the Capitol, and reads "Is this what democracy looks like?".

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 10:09 AM (v16oJ)

224 Wow. Detroit must be even worse than imagined if that place is only $5M. That's "really nice house outside of Raleigh" pricing, and nowhere near "ugly architecturally designed Minecraft block house inside of Atlanta" pricing.

Location, location, location. What a shame. I bet it's a beautiful house.

Posted by: Mr. Gray #9 at January 31, 2021 10:09 AM (4lxb3)

225 Is Rev going to be okay stuck in his office?

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at January 31, 2021 10:07 AM (1lKRm)


He had his bag of clothes and food ready to go yesterday afternoon. He was going to sleep overnight at the church to be sure to make it in time. But then the Church Chairman called it, and he got to stay home. He's currently trying to retrieve his pastries from the car. He might not make it through.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 10:09 AM (45fpk)

226 You have to have a special confidence in your own galactic evilness to think you can conquer the Universe dressed like this:

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y68nbm6o
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 10:03 AM (PiwSw)
--

He has a certain Hefneresque elan in his imperial loungewear. It says, "I'm relaxed but ready to rumble".

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 10:11 AM (Dc2NZ)

227 Now, if the WhoDis was posing ON the pool table, well, then.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at January 31, 2021 10:11 AM (jvt6t)

228 Greetings:

I've read Rick Atkison's WW II trilogy and at the risk of stealing his spotlight would like to recommend Ian Toll's writings. I've read his "Six Frigates" about the beginnings of our American Navy and have started on his WW II trilogy with "Pacific Crucible".

Both are fairly lengthy (400pp+), but he writes really well and with significant depth

Posted by: 11B40 at January 31, 2021 10:11 AM (evgyj)

229 Prius gets 55 MPG. You dont have to be batshit leftist to want to pay less money for gas. For an around town car when you dont need a lot of space or towing capacity, etc nothing wrong with it.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:11 AM (OvHLS)

230 And I told her I would not be one of them.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 09:56 AM (45fpk)

It is a valid therapy, but it sure does sound scary.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 31, 2021 10:12 AM (Q9lwr)

231 Yes. I started buying kerosene lamps. I have six standard ones and two that should give better illumination when I get them cleaned up.

I like to light the six, turn out all the lights and play baroque music. The quality of light is very restful. I am starting to think that bright lights are one of the things causing stress in our lives.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 31, 2021 10:12 AM (YynYJ)

232 On this day in 1961, Patsy Cline released her recording of "I Fall to Pieces". Gosh I love that song. 60 years.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 10:12 AM (45fpk)

233 Just finished "Brave New World". Turns out I actually had to read it for a college class but don't remember anything about it. It was ok. I can see why it was groundbreaking for its time but it was hard to follow and the language was difficult since it was written in the 1950's. The theme of fighting against the norm was good but in the end he gave up. I don't think it holds up like 1984 or Animal farm.

Posted by: lin-duh 27-4 at January 31, 2021 10:12 AM (UUBmN)

234 Their friendship of two wildly different people was the constant throughout the series.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 10:01 AM (y7DUB)


I viewed them as intellectual equals but with dissimilar strengths and weaknesses!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 10:12 AM (87oRe)

235 The Saboteur bu Paul Kix was also outstanding. The story of Robert De La Rouchfacauld(?) who sabotaged the Nazis throughout World War II/

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at January 31, 2021 10:12 AM (bkUtD)

236 We're all libertarians now.

I used to say I was little l libertarian. Had nothing to do with pot. I was a Democrat when I was young, but that party left me. And I was always ambivalent about the Rs, who were mostly statist and anti-freedom -- un-American to me actually.

Now Trump has given us a choice by re-branding the R party as something different. But for the fraud, he actually created a new coalition that won hugely at the national level.

Now it's up to us.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 31, 2021 10:12 AM (9TdxA)

237 *by, not bu. Ugh, stupid brain.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at January 31, 2021 10:13 AM (bkUtD)

238 I adore you, Eris, but I hate the cold. Which is why I am moving out of MA the first moment I can.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (2JVJo)
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The Great Horde Migration. Who will write our history?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 10:14 AM (Dc2NZ)

239 Who will write our history?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 10:14 AM (Dc2NZ)


Weird Dave

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 10:14 AM (45fpk)

240 >>>The Great Horde Migration. Who will write our history?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes


Mel Brooks?

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at January 31, 2021 10:15 AM (bkUtD)

241 The Great Horde Migration. Who will write our history?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 10:14 AM (Dc2NZ)

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Gary Larson?

Posted by: Jak Sucio at January 31, 2021 10:15 AM (jvt6t)

242 I think a Coexist sticker is standard equipment on a Prius.
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 10:07 AM (PiwSw)

Heh - they do seem to fit, but Mrs. Boom and I (Prius owners since 2005) have been able to #Resist
Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 10:08 AM

I caused a few agreeing smiles when I was walking in my town a few years ago -- when I still drank -- and commented a bit too loudly about a Coexist sticker, "How about you coexist with deez nuts!?" I still say that, but more discreetly.

Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at January 31, 2021 10:15 AM (OssQ4)

243 Re: What did Vera think while typing Lolita...

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 09:47 AM (y7DUB)

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I think she thought the writing was superb and the subject matter didn't ... matter. I share her opinion,
but I read it a long time ago and maybe I would feel differently now.

Posted by: Ziba at January 31, 2021 10:15 AM (S1hrL)

244 Re: 228, 11B40, squad leader--thanks for that, will check those out; in that same vein, let me recommend stuff by James Hornfischer.

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 31, 2021 10:16 AM (2S93K)

245 I listened to "Six Frigates," but I wonder whether I had an abridged version because I don't recall spending months with it. (I was commuting to work then, about 30 minutes each way.)

I think Decatur's mission in Tripoli would make a hell of a movie.

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 31, 2021 10:16 AM (nWioW)

246 It can be effective. My wife was considering it as well. It's nothing like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, btw. They knock you out, you feel groggy for a bit and then experience greater clarity. Basically a 'reset' button.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd
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I dont push advice. My ex is type 1 dual diagnosis bipolar. When she goes off the meds and starts drinking, it's a fvcking circus like you've never seen.

Find a good pdoc.

Posted by: BluesFish at January 31, 2021 10:18 AM (yRWZ0)

247 It is a valid therapy, but it sure does sound scary.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 31, 2021 10:12 AM (Q9lwr)

The media makes it seem scary. When people wake up they usually ask "well, when am I having the treatment?" It's done under a brief general anesthesia with a muscle relaxant to prevent tonic clonic movement (you see a foot twitch a little) and the seizure is documented via EEG. Some people have brief memory loss (what happened earlier that morning) and usually a bit of jaw pain after the first couple of treatments.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 10:18 AM (ONvIw)

248 A German study suggests that the Chinese coronavirus may inflict long-term on male fertility, with sperm quality significantly impacted over a period of 60 days.

So are they saying I don't need to use any protection anymore when i am with my 21 year old Goomba?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 10:18 AM (85Gof)

249 If the GOP adopted a position where Bezos pays a 75% top marginal tax rate they might be able to overcome the margin of Dominion.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:18 AM (OvHLS)

250 Going through my mother's books looking for a new read. Came across a trilogy by Romain Rolland. Jean-christophe, Jean-christophe in Paris and Jean-christophe Journeys End. Anyone here familiar with these? A synopsis before I invest in 1800 pages would be nice

Posted by: Sock Monkey * pax Dei at January 31, 2021 10:18 AM (5GzXG)

251 Ugh. Went to watch a Memology video and instead of the usual scrotum shaving ads, now I got one for probiotics you can eat to grow your balls.

Posted by: Methos at January 31, 2021 10:19 AM (kOpft)

252 I probably went on close to a hundred buying trips to Europe and in all my travels, I saw just one pool table that I thought was handsome. Unfortunately, it was around 150K pounds

most are hideous Vicky designs

Posted by: REDACTED at January 31, 2021 10:19 AM (zZxh0)

253 U.S. President Joe Biden will pay a visit to Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in London before a summit of the G7 big economies in June.

Hope sundown remembers to zip up and not drool

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 10:19 AM (85Gof)

254 A German study suggests that the Chinese coronavirus may inflict
long-term on male fertility, with sperm quality significantly impacted
over a period of 60 days.



So are they saying I don't need to use any protection anymore when i am with my 21 year old Goomba?
Sounds good to me!

Posted by: Tony F. at January 31, 2021 10:19 AM (kOpft)

255 229 Prius gets 55 MPG. You dont have to be batshit leftist to want to pay less money for gas. For an around town car when you dont need a lot of space or towing capacity, etc nothing wrong with it.
Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:11 AM (OvHLS)


Also, it can be a portable backup generator, which could be useful in certain grid-down situations.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 10:20 AM (PiwSw)

256 One day it will be possible to right a truthful history of this time.

But will the information exist?

Posted by: blaster at January 31, 2021 10:20 AM (ZfRYq)

257
Alberta Oil Peon, could you e-mail me, please? I need your opinion / insight / advice on a major repair to my truck.

TheAltonJackson on the proton thingie.

Thanks

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 31, 2021 10:20 AM (11zVD)

258 If I were a conspiracy theorist and I heard that the Rona is killing fertility and also knew that Bill Gates has a goal of depopulating the world I might think the two could be related.

But that might be evidence of white supremacy or something.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:20 AM (OvHLS)

259 Hope sundown remembers to zip up and not drool
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 10:19 AM (85Gof)

===========

He better take care......

Posted by: Gordon Lightfoot at January 31, 2021 10:21 AM (jvt6t)

260 @148

Yeah, MPPP I see that once in a while, too, and it's a headscratcher.

The author sets the price, within limits

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 10:21 AM (AwPyG)

261 I'm 'reading' on Audible Matthew McConaughey's "Greenlights" memoir, partly based on his journals The audible version is great because he is very animated and quite a storyteller. I get the sense that he is creative and quite intelligent. Is some for show? No doubt, but still good.

Posted by: JM in Florida at January 31, 2021 10:21 AM (HCeRP)

262 U.S. President Joe Biden will pay a visit to Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in London before a summit of the G7 big economies in June.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 10:19 AM (85Gof)
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Will he be allowed to bring his teleprompter into the palace?

Posted by: Ziba at January 31, 2021 10:21 AM (S1hrL)

263 U.S. President Joe Biden will pay a visit to Queen Elizabeth at
Buckingham Palace in London before a summit of the G7 big economies in
June.


Declarations like this make me miss Intrade.

Posted by: Methos at January 31, 2021 10:21 AM (kOpft)

264 Unfortunately, it was around 150K pounds

Posted by: REDACTED at January 31, 2021 10:19 AM (zZxh0)

Whoa...that's heavy...must be extra thick slate.

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 10:21 AM (AwYPR)

265 Wait, you wanted to pay MORE for an item?
Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:05 AM (OvHLS)

Well, the cute ginger was kind enough to discount the material from 19.76 to 11.86, and printed the discount tag to that effect, and I did not want to potentially get her in trouble by taking advantage of a mistake (?) by her, that maybe confused the unit price with the total.

Besides, sometimes it's fun to be a dick when you have absolute moral authority.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 10:22 AM (mzC78)

266 Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 10:18 AM (ONvIw)


Obviously the media portrayal of ECT is awful. As I said, it is a valid therapy.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 31, 2021 10:22 AM (Q9lwr)

267 Couldn't they at least redesign the Prius body style. It's like if a K Car and a Gremlin had a baby. That is one ugly car.

Posted by: Mr.Meeseeks, Look at me at January 31, 2021 10:22 AM (2DOZq)

268 A German study suggests that the Chinese coronavirus may inflict long-term on male fertility, with sperm quality significantly impacted over a period of 60 days.

So are they saying I don't need to use any protection anymore when i am with my 21 year old Goomba?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 10:18 AM (85Gof)


Free abortion on demand wasn't working successfully enough, so they are covering both sides of the street!

Note long-term is undefined as in looong term!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 10:23 AM (87oRe)

269 U.S. President Joe Biden will pay a visit to Queen Elizabeth at

Buckingham Palace in London before a summit of the G7 big economies in

June.

The 94 year old monarch will be far the more vigorous and mentally alert one.

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 10:23 AM (v16oJ)

270 I can see Joe mumbling to himself do not bow to the queen do not bow to the queen as he is getting that command in his earpiece.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:23 AM (OvHLS)

271 (bow to the queen)

Bow to the queen

Posted by: Mr. Gray #9 at January 31, 2021 10:23 AM (4lxb3)

272 Will he be allowed to bring his teleprompter into the palace?
Posted by: Ziba at January 31, 2021 10:21 AM (S1hrL)

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No. He will try to pull an Obama, a gift CD of his speeches, but he will screw it up and leave a phonograph record

Posted by: JM in Florida at January 31, 2021 10:23 AM (HCeRP)

273 Also, it can be a portable backup generator, which could be useful in certain grid-down situations.

New business idea: convert Prii into self-propelled welding rigs.

Posted by: Oddbob at January 31, 2021 10:24 AM (xQ9Ht)

274 "Journalism dies in the media." A quote attributed to Irongrampa.
Posted by: irongrampa at January 31, 2021 10:08 AM (KATBx)

===

*breaks out engraving tools*

Posted by: San Franpsycho at January 31, 2021 10:24 AM (EZebt)

275 Obviously the media portrayal of ECT is awful. As I said, it is a valid therapy.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 31, 2021 10:22 AM (Q9lwr)

I wish they'd update their portrayal of the treatment. But it's more exciting to make it look violent and forced. They lie about a lot in psychiatry. John Nash, for example, never had a visual hallucination, not one. He found the movie "disturbing".

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 10:24 AM (ONvIw)

276 Posted by: JM in Florida at January 31, 2021 10:21 AM (HCeRP)

Did he get to his father's death yet? Actually a pretty funny story.

Posted by: Mr.Meeseeks, Look at me at January 31, 2021 10:24 AM (2DOZq)

277 I think she thought the writing was superb and the subject matter didn't ... matter. I share her opinion, but I read it a long time ago and maybe I would feel differently now.
Posted by: Ziba at January 31, 2021 10:15 AM (S1hrL)


The writing is superb. Vera was 100% devoted to her husband and even overlooked him fucking around with some rooski hotsy totsy early in their marriage. But she also knew he'd been mulling the subject matter for a long time, including an earlier not nearly as good version The Enchanter while still in Europe.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 10:25 AM (y7DUB)

278 It doesn't help that I drink like a Kennedy
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing

*fistbump*

In all seriousness, hang in there brother.

Posted by: Drink Like Vikings at January 31, 2021 10:25 AM (MhLHf)

279 The original Prius looked pretty cool. The latest generation looks hideous like many Toyotas. I dunno what the fuck they were smoking at the Toyota design studios over the past 5 years but holy shit they have produced some ugly cars. Especially on the Lexus side.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:25 AM (OvHLS)

280 President Uncle Joe will talk at length about how he always wanted to bang that Princess Di lady that got killed by OJ Simpson in the ski accident.

Posted by: Mr. Gray #9 at January 31, 2021 10:25 AM (4lxb3)

281 Couldn't they at least redesign the Prius body style. It's like if a K Car and a Gremlin had a baby. That is one ugly car.

The shame is part of the kink. Or, so I'm told.

Posted by: Oddbob at January 31, 2021 10:26 AM (xQ9Ht)

282 At the BEE they predicted BLM wins Nobel back in Aug 2020.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 10:26 AM (5QBw6)

283 @248

I would take any "new studies" about how Covid has terrible unforeseen side effects with a grain of salt. The bad guys are invested in finding excuses to keep it going.

See also: we can't play college football because at least 7 players will die of the mysterious heart problem that will develop. (Spoiler: no body died, and that "study" is never mentioned)

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 10:26 AM (AwPyG)

284 I picture Senile Joe meeting the Queen wearing only a porridge stained wife beater and Depends.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:26 AM (lgiXo)

285 239 Who will write our history?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 10:14 AM (Dc2NZ)


Weird Dave
Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 10:14 AM (45fpk)

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 10:26 AM (Dc2NZ)

286 284 I picture Senile Joe meeting the Queen wearing only a porridge stained wife beater and Depends.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:26 AM (lgiXo)
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He should fit in with the Royals.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 10:27 AM (Dc2NZ)

287 Dropping Amazon and thus Kindle, has been painful. Truly the most difficult of my boycotts.

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at January 31, 2021 10:28 AM (yQpMk)

288 250. Re: Romain Rolland

Your time can be better spent.

Posted by: Ziba at January 31, 2021 10:28 AM (S1hrL)

289 Whoa...that's heavy...must be extra thick slate.
Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 10:21 AM (AwYPR)

some of the old tables had 1 piece slates

Posted by: REDACTED at January 31, 2021 10:28 AM (zZxh0)

290 You have to have a special confidence in your own galactic evilness to think you can conquer the Universe dressed like this:

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y68nbm6o
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 10:03 AM (PiwSw)
--

He has a certain Hefneresque elan in his imperial loungewear. It says, "I'm relaxed but ready to rumble".
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 10:11 AM (Dc2NZ)


I believe that the time has finally come for -

The Ming the Merciless Collection by Armani

Posted by: naturalfake at January 31, 2021 10:29 AM (dWwl8)

291 So called Robinhood sold shares at quote unquote average cost behind users backs without their permission.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 10:29 AM (5QBw6)

292 I too have read "The British Are Coming". It is outstanding: thorough, well-researched, readable - popular history at its best. If there's any "woke" crap in it, I didn't see it. And while Atkinson's book clearly is patriot-centric, he presents all facets of the war - patriot, loyalist, British, French. Like all revolutions, it was also a civil war, and, like all civil wars, it got ugly at times. Further, he takes the trouble to look at the dilemma of enslaved blacks: British forces were offering them manumission in return for coming over to their side, but for them it was also one hell of a risk, given the ferocity of the reprisals against them if they failed to get away. Like I said, ugly at times. A very good book, well worth reading, particularly these days, when the Left is hellbent on rewriting our history as a lie.

Posted by: Nemo (aka "Brown Line", but I've moved from Chicago to America) at January 31, 2021 10:29 AM (S6ArX)

293 I'm starting to get a rap-lyric vibe here: Bow to the Queen, salute the Marines, Bow to the Queen, Salute the Marines--but that's it, so far. . .

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 31, 2021 10:29 AM (2S93K)

294 I wish they'd update their portrayal of the treatment. But it's more exciting to make it look violent and forced. They lie about a lot in psychiatry.


Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 10:24 AM (ONvIw)


The media portrayal of medicine in general is a classic example of the stupidity of the typical journalist. They barely squeaked by in their one "science" class in college, but they routinely pontificate about complex therapies and opine on new research.


And they are usually wrong.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 31, 2021 10:30 AM (Q9lwr)

295 Prius gets 55 MPG. You dont have to be batshit leftist to want to pay less money for gas. For an around town car when you dont need a lot of space or towing capacity, etc nothing wrong with it.
Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:11 AM (OvHLS)

You may find this astonishing, but I will agree. It is a gasoline-powered car that simply uses the battery and electric motor as a form of infinitely-variable transmission. Taxi companies love them.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 10:30 AM (mzC78)

296 Lin-duh: Brave New World was published in 1932, not the 1950s. The only reason I bring it up is because I was surprised that a futurist like Huxley didn't emphasize the use of atomic energy in his fictional world, then I realized it was written more than a decade before the first A-bomb detonation.

Posted by: PabloD, booking agent for Aero Pinochet at January 31, 2021 10:30 AM (j5/wh)

297 So called Robinhood sold shares at quote unquote average cost behind users backs without their permission.

Not that it matters any more but how can that possibly be legal?

Posted by: Oddbob at January 31, 2021 10:30 AM (xQ9Ht)

298 Bow to the Queen, salute the Marines, Bow to the Queen, Salute the Marines
Bend over backwardsAnd Soil your jeans....

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 10:31 AM (v16oJ)

299 "The problem with doing nothing is that you never know when you're finished."
Groucho Marx - slacker

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at January 31, 2021 10:31 AM (HaL55)

300
I wish they'd update their portrayal of the
treatment. But it's more exciting to make it look violent and forced.
They lie about a lot in psychiatry. John Nash, for example, never had a
visual hallucination, not one. He found the movie "disturbing".

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 10:24 AM (ONvIw)

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Big Pharma doesn't like things they don't sell getting good press.

Hollywood keeps them happy. It's why the only time in the last 40 years a pharma company was held accountable was under Trump.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 10:31 AM (llXky)

301 Bow to the Queen

Posted by: Jo-Jo's Earpiece at January 31, 2021 10:33 AM (S7VTO)

302
You may find this astonishing, but I will agree.
It is a gasoline-powered car that simply uses the battery and electric
motor as a form of infinitely-variable transmission. Taxi companies love
them.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 10:30 AM (mzC7

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Their vaunted mileage advantage vanishes on long-haul highway driving, though. The battery just becomes dead weight. I recall Tim Blair noting that a V-8 Holden got better highway mileage a few years back.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 10:33 AM (llXky)

303 The Greatest Moronocentric Comedy in the Universe, "The League" (now on HULU),

has a hilarious episode built around ECT.

But...uh...don't go looking to it for medical advice.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 31, 2021 10:33 AM (dWwl8)

304 Hollywood keeps them happy. It's why the only time in the last 40 years a pharma company was held accountable was under Trump.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 10:31 AM (llXky)

Pharm companies are probably the most sued business out there.

Posted by: Mr.Meeseeks, Look at me at January 31, 2021 10:33 AM (2DOZq)

305 @297
I'm not someone who really understands these things, but apparently the gamestop thing is bigger than we think.

The hedge fund people act in collusion, and leverage each other so it really is a house of cards. The most obvious sign is that these "naked shorts" happen and none of the other players take advantage of it to make a fortune, instead they each take turns doing it to siphon money off regular investors.. (con't)

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 10:33 AM (AwPyG)

306 The original Prius looked pretty cool. The latest generation looks hideous like many Toyotas.
Posted by: Joe XiDen at January 31, 2021 10:25 AM (OvHLS)

My wife's current ride is a 2015 Prius (which she traded-in her 2005 w/195k trouble-free miles to obtain). Absolutely agree - the 2017 and newer models are just awful, like they're trying to make them ugly.

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 10:34 AM (zWl33)

307
"The problem with doing nothing is that you never know when you're finished."
Groucho Marx - slacker

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at January 31, 2021 10:31 AM


"They say I'm lazy, but it takes all my time"
Joe Walsh

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 31, 2021 10:34 AM (11zVD)

308 Just wondering about the unknown female hero(in)es and whether anybody talks about Edith Clavell any more. Or Clara Barton, for that matter.

Posted by: mustbequantum at January 31, 2021 10:34 AM (MIKMs)

309 TheAltonJackson on the proton thingie.

Thanks
Posted by: AltonJackson at January 31, 2021 10:20 AM (11zVD)

Done.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 10:35 AM (mzC78)

310 135 Got signed Brian Kilmeade's Andrew Jackson for birthday couple years ago, liked it alot
137 read 2 accounts from different inmates that were hard to tell apart, have one that is original from 1870s that is in bad shape but readable.
164 That both sides knew nothing of it makes it still a great battle
167 Accidentally saw the pants once years ago
Grammie it ends in throwing the sink through the window, wouldn't advise it

Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 10:35 AM (Cxk7w)

311 So called Robinhood sold shares at quote unquote average cost behind users backs without their permission.

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Not that it matters any more but how can that possibly be legal?
Posted by: Oddbob at January 31, 2021 10:30 AM (xQ9Ht)

Let the serial arbitration suits begin!

Posted by: Doctor.Boom at January 31, 2021 10:35 AM (zWl33)

312 Not that it matters any more but how can that possibly be legal?

Posted by: Oddbob at January 31, 2021 10:30 AM (xQ9Ht)


Behold the wonders of a two-tier justice system!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 10:36 AM (87oRe)

313 Big Pharma doesn't like things they don't sell getting good press.

Hollywood keeps them happy. It's why the only time in the last 40 years a pharma company was held accountable was under Trump.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 10:31 AM (llXky)

In the case of ECT, it has evolved significantly and is highly regulated. If a patient who was committed after a severe suicide attempt wants the treatment, you need to involve attorneys.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 10:36 AM (ONvIw)

314 So called Robinhood sold shares at quote unquote average cost behind users backs without their permission.

Not that it matters any more but how can that possibly be legal?
Posted by: Oddbob

Terms of service signed when someone opens an account. Same crap that allows ScrewUtube and Twitter to get away with their crap.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * pax Dei at January 31, 2021 10:36 AM (5GzXG)

315 Just wondering about the unknown female hero(in)es and whether anybody talks about Edith Clavell any more. Or Clara Barton, for that matter.
Posted by: mustbequantum at January 31, 2021 10:34 AM (MIKMs)

I attended an Edith Clavell Public School for a few years.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:36 AM (lgiXo)

316 Well, I suppose I'm going to put a lid on things. Would like to write, but I'll probably just sit on the couch and stare off into the distance. Maybe a little Bach will help.

Hope you all have a lovely day.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 31, 2021 10:36 AM (2JVJo)

317 So apparently there's a lot of smoke and mirrors, and the fact that someone is gumming up their system is bad bad news for them (Soros, for example)

I read that we were about 30 seconds away from a complete crash of the financial system--don't know if it's true, but it would explain the panic.

I also read this isn't really just reddit guys, but white hats.
Grain of salt, of course.

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 10:36 AM (AwPyG)

318 125 OM, would Reverend Warfield recognize the Presbyterian Church today?

Well, he could always point at the follies of the Episcopalians and say "well, at least we're not those guys."

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 31, 2021 10:36 AM (cNTlh)

319 Up to the "F"s in Cultural Amnesia and just started a reread of Dune. Based on the first few pages, it's going to be a slog. Nothing reminds me of why I loved in 1974. I'm hoping it gets better.

Posted by: Who knew at January 31, 2021 10:37 AM (SfO/T)

320 The congregation I was raised in, became such a SJW-focused church, it
lost all its parishioners and the 100 yo church became a restaurant.
Heartbreaking how a minister w an agenda, which doesn't focus on his
flock, can destroy a church community.
Posted by: EveR at January 31, 2021 09:43 AM (R0z7P)


Progressivism sneaks in on little cat feet and nobody recognizes the danger until it is too late, and your church is an art gallery.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 31, 2021 10:38 AM (cNTlh)

321
Pharm companies are probably the most sued business out there.

Posted by: Mr.Meeseeks, Look at me at January 31, 2021 10:33 AM (2DOZq)

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Those are payoffs to the lawyers. The feds make up the loss.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 10:38 AM (llXky)

322 Bow to the Queen

Posted by: Jo-Jo's Earpiece at January 31, 2021 10:33 AM (S7VTO)

Salute the Queen
Bow to the Marines

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 10:38 AM (87oRe)

323 Up to the "F"s in Cultural Amnesia and just started a reread of Dune.
Based on the first few pages, it's going to be a slog. Nothing reminds
me of why I loved in 1974. I'm hoping it gets better.

Posted by: Who knew at January 31, 2021 10:37 AM (SfO/T)

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Dune is wonderfully creative and terribly written. Herbert's writing got better over time, but his story got weaker.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 10:39 AM (llXky)

324 Time to go to Mass. later!

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 10:39 AM (llXky)

325 Lin-duh: Brave New World was published in 1932, not the 1950s. The only reason I bring it up is because I was surprised that a futurist like Huxley didn't emphasize the use of atomic energy in his fictional world, then I realized it was written more than a decade before the first A-bomb detonation.
Posted by: PabloD, booking agent for Aero Pinochet at January 31, 2021 10:30 AM (j5/wh)

The potential for atomic energy was well-recognized by physicists by then, and possibly by some of the science fiction writers of the day.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 10:40 AM (mzC78)

326 And once again, dave portnoy (@ stool presidente on twitter, no spaces) is right in the thick of it.

He's the brash NY guy who interviewed Trump, and who set up a fund to help out small businesses when the relief package stalled.

He's a day trader, and is leading the charge. Watch his twitter feed for real-time developments. Example: we are told if AMC closes over $9 on Friday, the short squeeze is on, and everyone should buy stock and hold, because this will kill the hedge fund people. Again, grain of salt

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 10:40 AM (AwPyG)

327 Salute the Queen
Bow to the Marines
Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 10:38 AM (87oRe)

*hacking into Joe's earpiece*

"Smell the Queen's hair."

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 10:40 AM (PiwSw)

328 THE QUEEN SHIT MY PANTS WHEN I BOWED!!

Posted by: Slow Joe at January 31, 2021 10:40 AM (jvt6t)

329 Not that it matters any more but how can that possibly be legal?
Posted by: Oddbob at January 31, 2021 10:30 AM (xQ9Ht)

Something something we know better than you.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 10:41 AM (5QBw6)

330 Definitely would rather live in a Brave New World rather than a 1984 world.

Posted by: Mr.Meeseeks, Look at me at January 31, 2021 10:41 AM (2DOZq)

331 "Dropping Amazon and thus Kindle, has been painful. Truly the most difficult of my boycotts."

Other booksellers offer e-books, and in a variety of formats, including ".mobi" (Kindle). And there are software packages, such as "Calibre", which let you read ebooks on a laptop. (Calibre also has a service that downloads popular newspapers from around the world, for free. It's a terrific aid if you're learning a foreign language.)

Posted by: Nemo (aka at January 31, 2021 10:41 AM (S6ArX)

332 Their vaunted mileage advantage vanishes on long-haul highway driving, though. The battery just becomes dead weight. I recall Tim Blair noting that a V-8 Holden got better highway mileage a few years back.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 31, 2021 10:33 AM (llXky)

Hence the love for them by taxi companies, who don't, as a rule, do long-haul road trips.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 10:42 AM (mzC78)

333 French Toast sounds good this morning. I'm breaking out the maple syrup.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at January 31, 2021 10:42 AM (jvt6t)

334 Bow to the Queen, salute the Marines, Bow to the Queen, Salute the Marines
=====

Scoop, there it is, scoop, there it is . . . chocolatta . . .

I am charmed by that old rap commercial for car insurance with the middle-aged folk dancing around to the disgust of the teen.

Posted by: mustbequantum at January 31, 2021 10:42 AM (MIKMs)

335 Well, I'm preaching today *, so I best start thinking about getting ready.
* Do I need to specify that I'm preaching in church?

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:42 AM (lgiXo)

336 Am still enjoying The Shipping News, especially the portrayal of a huge drunkfest of a party where some previously unidentified random character leads a mob to destroy the sailboat of the host who'd planned on heading out south for warmer climes (although truthfully I thought there was NFW that would've worked when he planned on doing it).

Btw, the next book club read is my choice of The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien after the excellent past book thread recommendation of At Swim Two Birds, still one of the most unique books I've ever read.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 10:42 AM (y7DUB)

337 The hedge fund people act in collusion, and leverage each other so it really is a house of cards. The most obvious sign is that these "naked shorts" happen and none of the other players take advantage of it to make a fortune, instead they each take turns doing it to siphon money off regular investors.. (con't)
Posted by: artemis at January 31,

Just another moment of unwanted scrutiny. Same thing happened in 08 with Collateralized Debt Obligations and Credit Default Swaps. Nothing has changed, everything will remain the same. As of Thursday, I have no funds in the market. Wife still has a decent amount but those are her call. She is a bit restricted by the SPD but there are options. Screw wall st. Nothing but arrogant pricks fueled by cocaine and scotch.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * pax Dei at January 31, 2021 10:42 AM (5GzXG)

338 I just finished reading a series of five books by a moron friend named John Hundley. They give an interesting twist on werewolves vs. vampires. Not my usual genre, but good character development and a good allegory for deplorables vs. commofascists. The final book, Cargo, has werewolf in space theme. Right now the first book in the series, The Draculata Nest is only 1.99 on Amazon(spit).

Posted by: Buck Fiden (nee O'Fama) at January 31, 2021 10:43 AM (t7PTZ)

339 Definitely would rather live in a Brave New World rather than a 1984 world.
Posted by: Mr.Meeseeks, Look at me at January 31, 2021 10:41 AM (2DOZq)


You're assuming you would be an Alpha or Beta.

Otherwise, not so great.

In 1984, you'd want to be a high ranking party member.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 31, 2021 10:43 AM (dWwl8)

340 What are you preaching on, NorthernLurker?

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 10:43 AM (45fpk)

341
Done.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 10:35 AM


thank you very much; will reply soon

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 31, 2021 10:43 AM (11zVD)

342 I'm sure most know there is a muscle relaxant drug that is no longer favored called , Soma. I guess the drug company had a sense a humor.

Posted by: Mr.Meeseeks, Look at me at January 31, 2021 10:43 AM (2DOZq)

343 @321
Interestingly enough, the pharm people don't get sued very much.

Because medicine is inherently unsafe for a small percentage of the population, they have special protections. As long as the public has "informed consent" of the possibility of side effects, they can't be successfully sued.

That's why you see those drug commercials that list all the things that go wrong. That's not advertisement; it's CYA

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 10:44 AM (AwPyG)

344 Posted by: naturalfake at January 31, 2021 10:43 AM (dWwl

You would rather live in 1984 ?

Posted by: Mr.Meeseeks, Look at me at January 31, 2021 10:45 AM (2DOZq)

345 Other booksellers offer e-books, and in a variety of formats, including ".mobi" (Kindle). And there are software packages, such as "Calibre", which let you read ebooks on a laptop. (Calibre also has a service that downloads popular newspapers from around the world, for free. It's a terrific aid if you're learning a foreign language.)
Posted by: Nemo (aka at January 31, 2021 10:41 AM (S6ArX)


Some free PDF readers, like SumatraPDF, also can render .mobi.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 10:45 AM (PiwSw)

346 What are you preaching on, NorthernLurker?
Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 10:43 AM (45fpk)

The connection between obedience and grace.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:45 AM (lgiXo)

347 Right now the first book in the series, The Draculata Nest is only 1.99 on Amazon(spit).
Posted by: Buck Fiden (nee O'Fama) at January 31, 2021 10:43 AM (t7PTZ)


I had a skinny, half-soy, half-goat's milk Draculata at Starbucks the other day.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 31, 2021 10:45 AM (dWwl8)

348 Good morning, horde! I'm snowed in here.

I have a slightly different take on the books about WWII female heroes than OM does. While I agree that focusing exclusively on the women distorts historical perspective, I also think it might do young females a world of good to read about women who faced very real terrors bravely. If the Nazis caught them spying or helping the Resistance, the price they paid was not a Twitter storm, being unfriended on FB, or being addressed by the wrong pronoun. It was torture and death. I recently saw a documentary about an amazing New Zealand woman, Nancy Wake, who had more guts and balls than every single sniveling leftist put together. Nancy Wake's story should be known to everyone. Telling it doesn't take anything away from the brave men who also fought the Nazis. She was a privileged expat who could have chosen not to put herself at risk - and yet she did, repeatedly.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 10:45 AM (HabA/)

349 That's why you see those drug commercials that list all the things that go wrong. That's not advertisement; it's CYA

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 10:44 AM (AwPyG)

Shakespeare had it right about lawyers!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 10:46 AM (87oRe)

350 Picking nits maybe, but Treaty of Ghent had already been signed

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Past tense is Ghont.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 31, 2021 10:47 AM (VVEnO)

351 The connection between obedience and grace.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:45 AM (lgiXo)


Nice. I listened to a sermon similar to that last night.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 31, 2021 10:47 AM (45fpk)

352 Posted by: naturalfake at January 31, 2021 10:43 AM (dWwl

You would rather live in 1984 ?
Posted by: Mr.Meeseeks, Look at me at January 31, 2021 10:45 AM (2DOZq)


If an Alpha, sure, BNW.

If a high ranking party member or Big Brother hisself, 1984.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 31, 2021 10:47 AM (dWwl8)

353 Since dystopian futures are in the mix... as of tomorrow, possession of "user" amounts of drugs such as meth and heroin are de-criminalized here in Oregon. I know that some Morons who lean libertarian will not object, and there are even more who recognize the basic failure of the "war on drugs." Having said that, I think it's going to make an increasingly crappy state even worse. We already have tent cities and shanty towns full of addicts; I can guarantee we will have a second wave of drug immigrants like the first one we had when marijuana was legalized.

Posted by: PabloD, booking agent for Aero Pinochet at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (j5/wh)

354 I've started listening to a book on the history of bourbon. Apparently distilled alcohol was first thought to be effective in extending human life.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (lgiXo)

355 Re: electroshock therapy: You could also look into TMS--transcranial magnetic stimulation. This is essentially and mri directed at a certain part of your brain.

The VA did this treatment for Mr. April a few years ago, and it helped for a long time. I think he's due for a new round of it, but it was effective.

I think it was called Neurostar.

Posted by: April, Freedom Now! at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (OX9vb)

356 So in the hast to delete all thing Trump when Biden disbanded the Operation Warp Speed they lost the record of who, what, when, and where 20,000,000 doses of the vaccine were shipped.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (5QBw6)

357 Virginia Hall was a legendary WW II spy.

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (AwPyG)

358 335 Well, I'm preaching today *, so I best start thinking about getting ready.
* Do I need to specify that I'm preaching in church?
Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:42 AM (lgiXo)

----------------------

Well, I suppose you could have been preaching from a milk crate on some street corner.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (CAJOC)

359 323
Dune is wonderfully creative and terribly written. Herbert's writing got better over time, but his story got weaker.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed
____________________________

Like 'Atlas Shrugged'. Great story, poorly written, in dire need of editing.

Posted by: Puddleglum at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (eBp70)

360 Ahoy bookfagz!

Posted by: Insomniac - Zhou Bai-Den Is Not My Chairman at January 31, 2021 10:49 AM (nakwk)

361 That's why you see those drug commercials that list all the things that go wrong. That's not advertisement; it's CYA
Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 10:44 AM (AwPyG

That's why, in NJ anyway, you have to sign a statement refusing counseling by a pharmacist or accepting it. Most people sign and leave, I found few people read the literature given when they pick up a prescription or buy an over the counter medication, for that matter. In a hospital setting you get signed forms and heavily document that you discussed possible side effects of medication. You involve the family whenever possible.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 10:49 AM (ONvIw)

362 I would much rather be living in 1984. Not the world envisioned by the book. But the actual year, sign me up.

Posted by: Quint at January 31, 2021 10:49 AM (3BHQi)

363 @356

It's endearing that you think that was an accident

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 10:49 AM (AwPyG)

364 Last week my therapist suggested shock treatments.

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If there's one thing we're not short of it's shocks.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 31, 2021 10:49 AM (VVEnO)

365 186 Philadelphia is the same way, so guess most Blue cities are
245 agree wholeheartedly, but Leftists wouldn't make that any quicker than a modern movie with China the villains
253 Oh that train wreck will be not to missed

Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 10:51 AM (Cxk7w)

366 I've started listening to a book on the history of
bourbon. Apparently distilled alcohol was first thought to be effective
in extending human life.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (lgiXo)

there is still evidence that shows that today. Of course in moderation, as they always say. Not sure about the distilled part but for sure distillation has lead to many advancements.

Posted by: Quint at January 31, 2021 10:52 AM (3BHQi)

367 I've started listening to a book on the history of
bourbon. Apparently distilled alcohol was first thought to be effective
in extending human life.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (lgiXo)

there is still evidence that shows that today. Of course in moderation, as they always say. Not sure about the distilled part but for sure distillation has lead to many advancements.
Posted by: Quint at January 31, 2021 10:52 AM (3BHQi)

That's where the whole aqua vitae or water of life thing came from.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:53 AM (lgiXo)

368 287 Dropping Amazon and thus Kindle, has been painful. Truly the most difficult of my boycotts.
Posted by: G'rump928(c) at January 31, 2021 10:28 AM (yQpMk)

Yeah, that's my last one, and I haven't dropped it yet. But what they did to Bongino is so beyond acceptable. I just need to print off my book list and then let it go.

Posted by: April, Freedom Now! at January 31, 2021 10:53 AM (OX9vb)

369 There are a string of Grosse Pointes along Lake St. Clair; Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, and Grosse Pointe Park. There also used to be a string of big mansions along the lake, my great grandfather worked as a gardener at one called Rose Terrace. Nearly all of them are gone now, surprised to see this one is still there. Edsel Ford's house is still there too, but it can't be seen from the road.

Posted by: Lirio100 at January 31, 2021 10:53 AM (uFOGo)

370 Nothing but arrogant pricks fueled by cocaine and scotch.
You say that like it's a bad thing.

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 10:54 AM (v16oJ)

371 That's where the whole aqua vitae or water of life thing came from.
Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:53 AM (lgiXo)

Much more palatable than sandworm vomit.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 10:54 AM (PiwSw)

372 Crap! Standing at the kitchen window getting coffee, and see two jailbait-type chickies, 14 or so, walking by on the sidewalk, both wearing black masks over their mouth/nose. On a bright, sunny Arizona morning.

And maybe the Horde could help me? My blood pressure meds have run out, and I will stuck here for a few weeks yet. Any suggestion on a cheap way (free is fine, too) to get a doctor's scrip for amlodopine, which I have been on for six months or so?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 10:54 AM (mzC78)

373 Donna -- Documentary title?

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 31, 2021 10:55 AM (nWioW)

374 So in the hast to delete all thing Trump when Biden disbanded the Operation Warp Speed they lost the record of who, what, when, and where 20,000,000 doses of the vaccine were shipped.
Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (5QBw6)


These people are the absolute fucking best.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at January 31, 2021 10:55 AM (dgqfk)

375 I've started listening to a book on the history of
bourbon. Apparently distilled alcohol was first thought to be effective
in extending human life.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM (lgiXo)

there is still evidence that shows that today. Of course in moderation, as they always say. Not sure about the distilled part but for sure distillation has lead to many advancements.
Posted by: Quint at January 31, 2021 10:52 AM (3BHQi)


IIRC, the latest is that 1-2 oz of booze per day or the equivalent in wine or beer is supposed to be beneficial for men.

Interestingly, enough that's not the case for women. Their mortality rates go up.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 31, 2021 10:55 AM (dWwl8)

376 That's where the whole aqua vitae or water of life thing came from.
NOT to be confused with aqua regia.

Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021 10:55 AM (v16oJ)

377 Nothing but arrogant pricks fueled by cocaine and scotch.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
Posted by: pep at January 31, 2021

Been there done that. Not a version of Sock Monkey I liked.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * pax Dei at January 31, 2021 10:56 AM (5GzXG)

378 These people are the absolute fucking best.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at January 31, 2021 10:55 AM (dgqfk)


The TOP.MEN are still in charge!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 10:57 AM (87oRe)

379 Before I forget, I read two Dan Brown books after the initial hype calmed down and I liked Angels and Demons as a better thriller and DaVinci was okay.

Just watched both movies and Angels is much better than DaVinci imho for the same reason.

So there. pbbpppppt!

Posted by: mustbequantum at January 31, 2021 10:59 AM (MIKMs)

380 I am not sure there is collusion as far as trades among hedgefunds - they compete. However they have access to data that is not in public domain. I read that Citadel [Securities] (the fund that bailed out Melvin for 2b) is Robinhood's biggest client - buys its trading data. You do the math.

Posted by: runner at January 31, 2021 10:59 AM (zr5Kq)

381 >>> Find out what the future could look like if we stopped putting people into boxes and instead empowered each other to reach for the stars.


I didn't put you in a box, you put yourself in a box, a weird grotesque box. I have no power for you, you must "empower" your self, I am not your slave.

Posted by: banana Dream at January 31, 2021 11:00 AM (J53DX)

382 Posted by: Who knew at January 31, 2021 10:37 AM (SfO/T)

So what do you think of "Cultural Amnesia?" It's certainly difficult to try to describe it. Sometimes, the meanderings of James irritated me ("I thought this was supposed to be about Sophie Scholl. Why are you going on about Natalie Portman?") sometimes, they give you a perspective you didn't have before. And that book certainly introduced me to a lot of artists and thinkers I had never heard of before - like the largely Jewish crowd who made up Viennese literary cafe society destroyed by the Nazis. James makes you understand what a huge cultural loss those people were.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:01 AM (HabA/)

383 So in the hast to delete all thing Trump when Biden
disbanded the Operation Warp Speed they lost the record of who, what,
when, and where 20,000,000 doses of the vaccine were shipped.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM

Yep, disband the second most successful team the Federal Government ever assembled*. That shows tip top management skills right there.


*The most successful Federal government team ever assembled was the Manhattan Project. They took what was literally a theory and turned it into a functioning atomic weapon in less than 24 months.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at January 31, 2021 11:01 AM (JUOKG)

384 I read that Citadel [Securities] (the fund that bailed out Melvin for 2b) is Robinhood's biggest client - buys its trading data. You do the math.
Posted by: runner at January 31, 2021 10:59 AM (zr5Kq)

Funny, that. I see the potential for an extremely destructive positive feedback mechanism. Like taking the governor off a steam engine, and tying down the safety valve.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:02 AM (mzC78)

385 The most successful Federal government team ever assembled was the Manhattan Project. They took what was literally a theory and turned it into a functioning atomic weapon in less than 24 months.
Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at January 31, 2021 11:01 AM (JUOKG)


That's still a staggering achievement.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 11:03 AM (y7DUB)

386 Dang. I actually had a pair of pants like These Pants.
Looked good too!

Posted by: Diogenes at January 31, 2021 11:03 AM (axyOa)

387 *The most successful Federal government team ever assembled was the Manhattan Project. They took what was literally a theory and turned it into a functioning atomic weapon in less than 24 months.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at January 31, 2021 11:01 AM (JUOKG)


And they did it without desktop computers or smart phones!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:03 AM (87oRe)

388
Take a ride with us as we explore a future where trans and nonbinary people are the heroes


There's a sentence that screams, "This is pure fantasy!"

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:04 AM (pNxlR)

389 373 Donna -- Documentary title?
Posted by: Weak Geek at January 31, 2021 10:55 AM (nWioW)

I believe it was "Nancy Wake, the Gestapo's Most Wanted." It's a New Zealand production.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:04 AM (HabA/)

390 I didn't put you in a box, you put yourself in a box, a weird grotesque box. I have no power for you, you must "empower" your self, I am not your slave.
Posted by: banana Dream at January 31, 2021 11:00 AM (J53DX)

Trannies don't put themselves into boxes; they put boxes into themselves.

(ritual self-denunciation)

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:04 AM (mzC78)

391 *The most successful Federal government team ever assembled was the Manhattan Project. They took what was literally a theory and turned it into a functioning atomic weapon in less than 24 months.
=====

And they had to do it in Chicago! (gigglesnorts)

Posted by: mustbequantum at January 31, 2021 11:05 AM (MIKMs)

392 And they had to do it in Chicago! (gigglesnorts)

Posted by: mustbequantum at January 31, 2021 11:05 AM (MIKMs)


That might explain sooo much!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:06 AM (87oRe)

393 The most successful Federal government team ever assembled was the
Manhattan Project. They took what was literally a theory and turned it
into a functioning atomic weapon in less than 24 months.



Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at January 31, 2021 11:01 AM (JUOKG)

Americans used to do that type of stuff. Other examples are putting a man on the moon, the Panama Canal, and NYC skyscrapers. Today we would likely spend as much time deciding on the most woke names for the projects and then later for the achievements.

Posted by: Quint at January 31, 2021 11:06 AM (3BHQi)

394 Good morning y'all!

Posted by: tbodie at January 31, 2021 11:06 AM (OG7NC)

395 Funny, that. I see the potential for an extremely destructive positive feedback mechanism. Like taking the governor off a steam engine, and tying down the safety valve.

But look how fast we're going! Ain't it awesome? And we'll jump off at the last second and leave our passengers to deal with the wreckage.

-- Every hedge fund manager everywhere

Posted by: Oddbob at January 31, 2021 11:07 AM (5hngA)

396 Re: Gross Pointe Park:

Yeah, if you drive Jefferson Ave. from, say, Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit northeastward toward the wealthy suburbs, as soon as you hit Alter Rd., the distinction between urban and suburban is instantaneous and quite remarkable.

Posted by: (fly) at January 31, 2021 11:07 AM (wQX0G)

397 Real estate taxes on that mansion are over $4k/mo. or $32.9/yr.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 31, 2021 11:07 AM (ju2Fy)

398 @383

The Saturn V Rocket is up there, too

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 11:07 AM (AwPyG)

399 "Apparently distilled alcohol was first thought to be effective in extending human life."

"Whiskey" in Gaelic, and "aqua vitae" in Latin means "water of life."

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 31, 2021 11:08 AM (9TdxA)

400 Not $4k/mo. 2.8k/mo. Math how do you do it?

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 31, 2021 11:08 AM (ju2Fy)

401 Americans used to do that type of stuff. Other examples are putting a man on the moon, the Panama Canal, and NYC skyscrapers.

Today, our biggest achievement is the kid who gets the fast food drive-thru order right.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:09 AM (W4eKo)

402 I have never heard of Michael Lister. I will have to check his books out. Thanks for the tip, OM!

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:10 AM (HabA/)

403 *The most successful Federal government team ever assembled was the Manhattan Project. They took what was literally a theory and turned it into a functioning atomic weapon in less than 24 months.


Psssht, the IRS

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 11:10 AM (Xih1H)

404 "Dune is wonderfully creative and terribly written. Herbert's writing got better over time, but his story got weaker."
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed

I run across that a lot. It would be nice if they ran together more often. I think that as I get older my tolerance for bad writing is weakening and it takes a really really great plot to override. My memories of Dune leave me hoping that will happen.

Posted by: Who knew at January 31, 2021 11:10 AM (SfO/T)

405
Today, our biggest achievement is the kid who gets the fast food drive-thru order right.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:09 AM (W4eKo)



Fuck that, the biggest achievement is have a kid who actually speaks english taking your Order and no it will never be correct

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 11:10 AM (85Gof)

406 Today, our biggest achievement is the kid who gets the fast food drive-thru order right.

Working on it. Turns out that it's harder than dancing.

Posted by: Boston Dynamics at January 31, 2021 11:10 AM (5hngA)

407 "Today, our biggest achievement is the kid who gets the fast food drive-thru order right invents a new gender.

*Suggested edit

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 11:11 AM (S7VTO)

408 Gynocentric, well that's a word not heard often. Much like Pris is a gynoid.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 31, 2021 11:11 AM (Nylw5)

409 I am hearing thru the grapevine already 2-3 inches of snow in the dc area?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 11:12 AM (85Gof)

410 @403...first 15 years of NASA a close second.

Posted by: occam's brassiere at January 31, 2021 11:12 AM (evxBY)

411 Today we would likely spend as much time deciding on the most woke names for the projects and then later for the achievements.

Posted by: Quint at January 31, 2021 11:06 AM (3BHQi)


Don't overlook the critical task of calculating the correct diversity components for every level of the work force while monitoring every public statement ever made by any white nationalist employees still remaining in the company.

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:12 AM (87oRe)

412 409 I am hearing thru the grapevine already 2-3 inches of snow in the dc area?
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 11:12 AM (85Gof)

Yep. I already got a video of the granddog frolicking in the DC snow.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 11:13 AM (ONvIw)

413 I am hearing thru the grapevine already 2-3 inches of snow in the dc area?
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 11:12 AM (85Gof)

Not for long!

Posted by: Marion Berry at January 31, 2021 11:13 AM (mzC78)

414 Jared Bernstein, a member of President Bidens Council of Economic Advisers, claimed that passing the next round of coronavirus relief legislation is so important that Americans are not concerned with how it happens.

arrogant asshoes.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 11:13 AM (85Gof)

415
400 Not $4k/mo. 2.8k/mo. Math how do you do it?
Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 31, 2021 11:08 AM (ju2Fy)
-------
No worries. You just rounded to the nearest $4k!

Posted by: Weasel at January 31, 2021 11:13 AM (MVjcR)

416 I was sorta joking...kinda. SpaceX is pretty cool and we still produce some other cutting-edge technology but it sure feels like creativity and innovation on the whole is dying.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:13 AM (W4eKo)

417 As for the woke fiction...

The Left Hand of Darkness

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 31, 2021 11:14 AM (Nylw5)

418 Americans are not concerned with how it happens.
...
Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 11:13 AM (85Gof)


So long as the graft flows, it is all good, comrade!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:15 AM (87oRe)

419 Don't overlook the critical task of calculating the correct diversity components for every level of the work force while monitoring every public statement ever made by any white nationalist employees still remaining in the company.

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:12 AM (87oRe)


'Diversity' is just a jobs program for wokesters with useless ' something-something studies' degrees.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 31, 2021 11:15 AM (cNTlh)

420 First off, that library seems like a snooker-table, not pool table, kinda joint. Secondly, whichever type they've got, they've got the cash to repair the top. It's a mess.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 31, 2021 11:15 AM (Bvn1K)

421 " As for the woke fiction...

The Left Hand of Darkness"

Anna

When you get a chance, can you dig through your e-mail.

Sent you one about a military book a bit ago.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 11:15 AM (S7VTO)

422 but it sure feels like creativity and innovation on the whole is dying.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:13 AM (W4eKo)


Not really dying, it is being KILLED!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:15 AM (87oRe)

423
You just know there's a secret compartment equipped with shackles in that bookmobile.

The safe words are DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:16 AM (pNxlR)

424 That Detroit suburb home is listed for $4.75 million.

That wouldn't buy a pied-a-terre in Tribeca, especially if previously owned by a Page Six regular.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 31, 2021 11:17 AM (9TdxA)

425 'Diversity' is just a jobs program for wokesters with useless ' something-something studies' degrees.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 31, 2021 11:15 AM (cNTlh)


To be fair, it is science...

"Political" science

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:17 AM (87oRe)

426 417 As for the woke fiction...

The Left Hand of Darkness
Posted by: Anna Puma at January 31, 2021 11:14 AM (Nylw5)

Also John Varley, "The Persistence of Vision" collection of short stories.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 11:17 AM (PiwSw)

427 First off, that library seems like a snooker-table, not pool table, kinda joint.

(* raises eyebrows *)

Posted by: Andy Capp at January 31, 2021 11:17 AM (5hngA)

428 Not really dying, it is being KILLED!

Must be that new "science" we keep hearing about.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:17 AM (W4eKo)

429 I heard an interesting conversation between Jordan Peterson and Douglas Murray, two men who speak like they write. Clear and full of meaning.

Intellectuals.

Both in different ways, have struggled with their words matching their deeds, and this is a common problem for intellectuals. What's even more difficult for them, apparently, is interpreting current events, and trying to apply their principles with anything like coherence.

The subject of Trump came up. Two right leaning foreigners, missing some rather big forests among their trees, seem to have concluded that it's better to have a world without Trump, because people need to calm down and get back to trusting the institutions of "democracy."

Yeesh. Have some more tea and crumpets, boys.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:18 AM (oQ94s)

430 First off, that library seems like a snooker-table, not pool table, kinda joint. Secondly, whichever type they've got, they've got the cash to repair the top. It's a mess.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 31, 2021 11:15 AM (Bvn1K)

That library looks like it was stocked by an interior decorator, and not a reader. Pool table looks OK to me. Worn, but not ripped.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:19 AM (mzC78)

431 Because nothing messes with your peaceful reading of a book like the crack of billiards.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 31, 2021 11:19 AM (2BZBZ)

432
So in the hast to delete all thing Trump when Biden disbanded the Operation Warp Speed they lost the record of who, what, when, and where 20,000,000 doses of the vaccine were shipped.
Posted by: rhennigantx

These people are the absolute fucking best.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory


Screw "best" -- didja see how "diverse" they are?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:19 AM (pNxlR)

433 "About bumper stickers --
I've never had one. (Mom had one for Wallace.) Seems to me that they would hurt a car's resale value.
Could any Morons confirm or reject my theory?
Posted by: Weak Geek"

I had one on my truck that said "Stand up and say "That's Stupid!" ".
A Boy Scout saw it and said "That's stupid".

Posted by: A Horny Hypnotist at January 31, 2021 11:20 AM (b8vLb)

434 If I put the bumper stickers I want to on my car, I'd probably be thrown out of the navy

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 11:21 AM (85Gof)

435 As for the woke fiction...



The Left Hand of Darkness

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 31, 2021 11:14 AM (Nylw5)

Where the Red Menace Grows.
The Joy Behar Luck Club

Posted by: Quint at January 31, 2021 11:21 AM (3BHQi)

436 It makes for an interesting question. I'm in the camp with the commenter upthread who said he wouldn't move into a mansion in Detroit even if it was free.

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 11:22 AM (AwPyG)

437 The subject of Trump came up. Two right leaning foreigners, missing some rather big forests among their trees, seem to have concluded that it's better to have a world without Trump, because people need to calm down and get back to trusting the institutions of "democracy."

Another oft-encountered trait found amongst intellectuals is extreme naivete.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:23 AM (W4eKo)

438 Well, you can peel off the bumper stickers, and wash off the traces of glue, but there is apt to be a "shadow sticker" defined by subtle lack of paint fade.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:23 AM (mzC78)

439 "So what do you think of "Cultural Amnesia?" - Donna&&&&&

I'm enjoying it tremendously. I agree about the wandering off on in unexpected directions, but I like that kind of thing. The section about Sir Thomas Browne has essentially nothing about Browne but is a discussion of the ins & outs & pitfalls of choosing titles. I loved it, but I still know nothing about Sir Thomas Browne. The depth of his analysis of this stuff makes me realize that I am just a dilenttante. Especially in regard to music where the most I can say is that I know what I like, unlike James who knows what he likes, and why.

Posted by: Who knew at January 31, 2021 11:23 AM (SfO/T)

440 @434

Before facebook, that used to be a useful question to ask potential jurors: "What bumper stickers are on your car?"

Nowadays with social media it's a lot easier

Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 11:24 AM (AwPyG)

441 first house I looked at in the NE was in Bedford NY

the sheet said the real estate taxes where 2500

when I found out that was monthly, got in my car and drove farther north

Posted by: REDACTED at January 31, 2021 11:24 AM (zZxh0)

442 It makes for an interesting question. I'm in the camp with the commenter upthread who said he wouldn't move into a mansion in Detroit even if it was free.
Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 11:22 AM (AwPyG)

Does it have a boathouse on the lake with a nice Chris Craft, in case the mob breaches the walls, and one has to bug out?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:24 AM (mzC78)

443 And they did it without desktop computers or smart phones!
Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at Januar


Which is probably why they got it done.

Posted by: Diogenes at January 31, 2021 11:24 AM (axyOa)

444 "Another oft-encountered trait found amongst intellectuals is extreme naivete."

You misspelled 'stupidity'.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 11:24 AM (S7VTO)

445 I am getting 6 -8 inches, but NJ and Delaware are getting less and should turn to rain as of this morning on radio.

Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 11:25 AM (Cxk7w)

446 Pool table looks OK to me. Worn, but not ripped.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:19 AM (mzC7

------

Look at that bumper furthest from the camera, it's totally collapsed. The slate's still good, but it definitely needs some love before it's really properly playable. Maybe it's kept that way for historical/sentimental value.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 31, 2021 11:25 AM (Bvn1K)

447 If I put the bumper stickers I want to on my car, I'd probably be thrown out of the navy

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 11:21 AM (85Gof)

The last bumper sticker I purchased was for Rand Paul in 2016. I purchased it long before he got in the race and long before I heard Trump was going to run. Looking back, that sticker aged well as many at the time were not so into him.
The one before that showed a likeness of Ronaldus Magnus and simply said "Avenge Me!" I never put that one on my truck as I decided the libs might be triggered and miss the point. Oh yeah, one I happily had on my truck for years, "Retire Jim Moran"

Posted by: Quint at January 31, 2021 11:25 AM (3BHQi)

448 Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:18 AM (oQ94s)

They don't get Trump, but I think both Murray and Peterson get a (tiny) bit of credit for recognizing that Trump voters are not racists or demons, but people who responded to Trump because he was the first pol in decades who paid attention to their needs.

That's not much, but it's something. What baffles me about Murray and Peterson (and Christina Hoff Sommers) is that they don't seem to get that a world without Trump will not make the problems they rail about, SJWs, PC, speech codes and leftist censorship, go away. Trump's defeat empowers the left. These intellectuals keep hoping that a "reasonable" left will emerge who will debate honestly with them. Yeah, sure. You just keep on waiting for that.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:25 AM (HabA/)

449 You misspelled 'stupidity'.

Must have been auto cucumber.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:25 AM (W4eKo)

450 FIRST!!!!!

Posted by: Sponge - Saying Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 11:26 AM (Zz0t1)

451 Another oft-encountered trait found amongst intellectuals is extreme naivete.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:23 AM (W4eKo)


Inside almost every "intellectual" is a thinly disguised conviction that they really are better than you are!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:26 AM (87oRe)

452 I am getting 6 -8 inches, but NJ and Delaware are getting less and should turn to rain as of this morning on radio.
Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 11:25 AM (Cxk7w)

??
Bergen county nj predicted 6-18 inches depending on the route the storm takes and how fast or slow it moves?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 11:26 AM (85Gof)

453
Another oft-encountered trait found amongst intellectuals is extreme naivete.
Posted by: Notorious BFD


I say, what are these "snipe" about which I've heard you chaps speak so much?"

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:26 AM (pNxlR)

454 I am getting 6 -8 inches,
Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 11:25 AM (Cxk7w)


Braggart.

Posted by: Sponge - Saying Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 11:27 AM (Zz0t1)

455 That pool table looks like it sat somewhere else by a window for some time.

Posted by: f'd at January 31, 2021 11:27 AM (b8vLb)

456 Look at that bumper furthest from the camera, it's totally collapsed. The slate's still good, but it definitely needs some love before it's really properly playable. Maybe it's kept that way for historical/sentimental value.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 31, 2021 11:25 AM (Bvn1K)

That's so it can properly loft the cue ball into the Ming vase!

Yeah, you are right.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:27 AM (mzC78)

457 Any suggestion on a cheap way (free is fine, too) to get a doctor's scrip for amlodopine, which I have been on for six months or so?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon


Most providers are doing telemed virtual visits now. Message your provider, set up a call and explain your border situation. Have your meds transferred to a local pharmacy. Use GoodRx coupon and your meds will be super cheap, especially for the generics.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 31, 2021 11:27 AM (U2p+3)

458 The subject of Trump came up. Two right leaning foreigners, missing some rather big forests among their trees, seem to have concluded that it's better to have a world without Trump, because people need to calm down and get back to trusting the institutions of "democracy."
-----------------
Another oft-encountered trait found amongst intellectuals is extreme naivete.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:23 AM (W4eKo)

I think Peterson in particular, is terrified. I don't really know the extent of the horrors he's experienced recently, but both these guys have to make a living on the high road, so to speak. They've both had a taste of what it's like being vilified by the riff raff, and so I think they need to believe the "sensible" people can get all this put back in its proper place.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:27 AM (oQ94s)

459 That's so it can properly loft the cue ball into the Ming vase!

Yeah, you are right.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:27 AM (mzC7


I told you guys!

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 31, 2021 11:28 AM (PiwSw)

460 Link to the listing for the mansion above. Lots of pictures.

https://tinyurl.com/y2lswuor

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 31, 2021 11:28 AM (ju2Fy)

461 11b40, I enjoyed Ian Toll's Pacific War trilogy. I thought it was well written. Hornfisher is really good, I have his Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. Parshall's Shattered Sword is a good one on Midway.
Mustbequantum - Sprinkles! That commercial cracks me up.

Posted by: Old Blue - Round Headed Bald Kid at January 31, 2021 11:28 AM (VNmG1)

462 >>> 417 As for the woke fiction...

The Left Hand of Darkness
Posted by: Anna Puma at January 31, 2021 11:14 AM (Nylw5)


That's most things from Ursula K. Le Guin and she gives me a Marion Zimmer Bradley vibe.

Posted by: banana Dream at January 31, 2021 11:29 AM (J53DX)

463 444
...
You misspelled 'stupidity'.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 11:24 AM (S7VTO)


A corollary to 451

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:29 AM (87oRe)

464 "seem to have concluded that it's better to have a world without Trump,
because people need to calm down and get back to trusting the
institutions of "democracy."
Yeesh. Have some more tea and crumpets, boys." Burt

yeah, not sure which version I heard yesterday, of Peterson. But it was like you said, he seems to think "well some of my more liberal ideas are wrong, and some of your conservative ideals are wrong ... we just have to be able to work it out (without all the hate)"


He misses the part about the DeepState mafia being criminals wanting power, and their "liberal" talk just being a facade. AND the GOPe lying to the conservative base in similar fashion. --- The Massive Attacks on our liberty seem to be hand waved away, or the two tiered justice system, or the election fraud destroying the basis of our Republic. ... The only "intellectual" issue in this battle is who can apply the Art of War best, in the war against We the People being run by evil men. (but reducing it to liberal dreams versus conservative stubbornness is convenient)

Posted by: illiniwek at January 31, 2021 11:29 AM (Cus5s)

465 "and so I think they need to believe the "sensible" people can get all this put back in its proper place."

The same sensible folk who got us into this mess?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 11:29 AM (S7VTO)

466 You're not actually playing any pool on that pool table.

Posted by: Sponge - Saying Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 11:29 AM (Zz0t1)

467 442 It makes for an interesting question. I'm in the camp with the commenter upthread who said he wouldn't move into a mansion in Detroit even if it was free.
Posted by: artemis at January 31, 2021 11:22 AM (AwPyG)

Does it have a boathouse on the lake with a nice Chris Craft, in case the mob breaches the walls, and one has to bug out?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:24 AM (mzC7

The house on Wind Pointe DR is a spectacular home and yeah, it's on the water. At 4.75M nobody will give it to you for free. LOL

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 11:30 AM (ONvIw)

468
Bergen county nj predicted 6-18 inches depending on the route the storm takes and how fast or slow it moves?
Posted by: Nevergiveup


Unlike lake effect snows around the Great Lakes, which tend to be reliable and quite predictable, the far larger heat sink offered by the Atlantic Ocean, in my experience, too often turns ZOMG - SNOWMAGEDDON! forecasts into rain.

But your weather peeps will "stay up all night watching this one for you"!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:30 AM (pNxlR)

469 What were they thinking with pink felt anyway?

Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 11:31 AM (Cxk7w)

470 I used to love the bookmobile.
I never saw Nancy though.
Damn.

Posted by: Diogenes at January 31, 2021 11:31 AM (axyOa)

471 But your weather peeps will "stay up all night watching this one for you"!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:30 AM (pNxlR)


Does this Snomageddon have a name yet?

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:31 AM (87oRe)

472 Pool table looks OK to me. Worn, but not ripped.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:19
---------------------

The bumper behind the cue ball looks like someone liked to put their fat a$$ on it. Regularly.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 31, 2021 11:31 AM (ju2Fy)

473 Most providers are doing telemed virtual visits now. Message your provider, set up a call and explain your border situation. Have your meds transferred to a local pharmacy. Use GoodRx coupon and your meds will be super cheap, especially for the generics.
Posted by: nurse ratched at January 31, 2021 11:27 AM (U2p+3)

Thanks. I will call my home MD tomorrow. I know pharmacies here in AZ won't accept a scrip from an out-of-area physician, but surely there is some way for a physician here to act as a proxy.

The sad irony is, I could drive to Yuma, and walk over the border to Algodones, Mexico, and buy the stuff OTC, but with current border controls, U.S. CBP won't let me come back!

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:31 AM (mzC78)

474 Any suggestion on a cheap way (free is fine, too) to get a doctor's scrip for amlodopine, which I have been on for six months or so?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon

Are you in Canada or Az

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 11:32 AM (Xih1H)

475
You're not actually playing any pool on that pool table.
Posted by: Sponge - Saying Ashli Babbitt


'S okay -- it was mostly used as a handy locale for diddling the hired help anyway.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:32 AM (pNxlR)

476 We're still awaiting our "snow event" here and so far, it's a non-event. There was much meteorological hand-wringing and many pleas for "an abundance of caution" yesterday. So tired of the adult babies that have been forced upon us.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:32 AM (W4eKo)

477 "Does this Snomageddon have a name yet?"

Chad...
Or Bruce

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 11:33 AM (S7VTO)

478 Ok, if we're on this subject... "Intellectuals," by Paul Johnson is a good one. It's a quick, light read by Johnson's standards and it really tears the bark off a lot of modern intellectuals, from Rousseau to Chomsky.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 31, 2021 11:33 AM (Bvn1K)

479 "What were they thinking with pink felt anyway?"

I'm thinking it started out red.

Posted by: f'd at January 31, 2021 11:33 AM (b8vLb)

480 318 OM

My understanding of the demise of my old congregation was that the pastor became a BLM fanatic around 2005 or so and it took him 10 years to destroy the congregation. My Dad was still around for those first few years and warned my Mom, whose great-grandmother had helped start the church, that Angela Davis was the pastor's role model. She developed dementia shortly after he died and I'm glad she never saw her church become a breakfast joint.

Posted by: EveR at January 31, 2021 11:33 AM (R0z7P)

481 Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:18 AM (oQ94s)

They don't get Trump, but I think both Murray and Peterson get a (tiny) bit of credit for recognizing that Trump voters are not racists or demons, but people who responded to Trump because he was the first pol in decades who paid attention to their needs.

That's not much, but it's something. What baffles me about Murray and Peterson (and Christina Hoff Sommers) is that they don't seem to get that a world without Trump will not make the problems they rail about, SJWs, PC, speech codes and leftist censorship, go away. Trump's defeat empowers the left. These intellectuals keep hoping that a "reasonable" left will emerge who will debate honestly with them. Yeah, sure. You just keep on waiting for that.
Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:25 AM (HabA/)

Agreed. What galls me about their discussion though, they seemed to be saying they are fine with Trump, until he contested the election. Until guys wearing horns showed up at the Kapital building.

In other words, when things got messy. When words were demonstrated to be worthless, especially inside the court buildings.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:34 AM (oQ94s)

482 So tired of the adult babies that have been forced upon us.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:32 AM (W4eKo)


We'll be lucky to live through this snow event in the waning days of January!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:34 AM (87oRe)

483 I mostly read non fiction. It is probably a 90-10 ratio. But I read very little written after the 1970s unless I know the historian or author. It pretty much keeps the woke crap out of the picture.

Posted by: Quint at January 31, 2021 11:34 AM (3BHQi)

484 What were they thinking with pink felt anyway?
Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 11:31 AM (Cxk7w)

Shoulda used mark felt.

Posted by: zombie Richard Nixon at January 31, 2021 11:35 AM (mzC78)

485
I like to light the six, turn out all the lights and play baroque music. The quality of light is very restful. I am starting to think that bright lights are one of the things causing stress in our lives.
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 31, 2021 10:12 AM (YynYJ)


Flouescent lights kill the soul.

Posted by: Justsayin' at January 31, 2021 11:35 AM (Fs5vw)

486 I know pharmacies here in AZ won't accept a scrip from an out-of-area physician

CVS transfers scripts around without an issue unless its a narcotic. Usually a problem when you get home to get it back to normal. I've had the US Embassy recommend a local doc who will transfer a script when abroad - surely the Canucks have a large consulate in Az.

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 11:35 AM (Xih1H)

487 The house nobody (here) wants, is in Grosse Pointe, not Detroit, you can even use the schools.

Posted by: CN loves Biden, Biden is the greatest at January 31, 2021 11:35 AM (ONvIw)

488 In other words, when things got messy. When words were demonstrated to be worthless, especially inside the court buildings.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:34 AM (oQ94s)

\
Taking a real stand in the face of opposition is just an idea!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:36 AM (87oRe)

489 Are you in Canada or Az
Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 11:32 AM (Xih1H)

AZ. If I were home in Canada, I would just go see the doc, and get a new scrip. Stuff is very cheap.

Posted by: zombie Richard Nixon at January 31, 2021 11:36 AM (mzC78)

490 >>> 460 Link to the listing for the mansion above. Lots of pictures.

https://tinyurl.com/y2lswuor
Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at January 31, 2021 11:28 AM (ju2Fy)


Their art screams nouveau riche. The african room is a bit problematic.

Posted by: banana Dream at January 31, 2021 11:37 AM (J53DX)

491 I spotted Celeste Holm, but didn't join in on the thread until just now. Good work, CN!

I'm reading a novel a co-worker gifted me some years ago called Dissolution. It's a historical mystery set in Tudor England during the reign of King Henry and his creation of the new church and dissolution of the monasteries. On a commission from Lord Cromwell, Matthew Shardlake investigates the murder of the previous commissioner sent to check out a monastery in the south of England. The commissioner was beheaded, and a rooster was sacrificed on the altar of the church. And when a novice at the monasteries dies, Shardlake has a second murder to investigate.

I'd thought it would be dull, but it isn't. The people don't talk like 20th-century people, but they also don't orate in faux-Shakespeare.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 31, 2021 11:37 AM (lSpWa)

492 oops! Off Tricky Dick sock

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:37 AM (mzC78)

493 Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:27 AM (oQ94s)

Yeah. Peterson has had a very rough couple of years now. (Quite honestly, I don't think that diet of his, basically meat and greens, is helping He looks like death warmed over. I know a lot of 'rons and 'ettes swear by the keto diet, but I dunno, every time I see Peterson, I feel like someone should give him a bowl of mashed potatoes and a big slice of chocolate cake.)

Also, I hesitate to criticize too much because both men already shown courage in standing up to the mob and paid a price for it.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:37 AM (HabA/)

494 The bumper behind the cue ball looks like someone liked to put their fat a$$ on it. Regularly.
Posted by: olddog in mo

Thats were the upstairs maid liked getting it

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 11:37 AM (Xih1H)

495 "Taking a real stand in the face of opposition is just an idea!"

Like Antifa?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 11:37 AM (S7VTO)

496 In a time of universal deceit, the largest cohort of deceivers and deceived are the so-called Intellectuals.

I do like Peterson and Murray, they are both quite witty.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at January 31, 2021 11:38 AM (7086t)

497 Finished a couple horde recommendations here last week:

The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Reinhart Roberts

Pitching In The Pinch by Christie Matthewson

Man in Lower Ten was very fun to read, its fun and witty and the mystery is not particularly challenging but was interesting with a lot of twists. This particular book did something I don't really like (foreshadowing "I was to come to regret that but more on that later...") but was a nice read anyway. I don't get any comparisons with Agatha Christie whatsoever, despite Mary Richards being called the American Christie. I guess just because she was a female mystery author, but she's a much more enjoyable, fun read but has much less dense and confusing mystery plots.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 11:38 AM (KZzsI)

498 Does this Snomageddon have a name yet?

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar

Here in the Swamp Upon Potomac? Definitely a 1.

Posted by: Drink Like Vikings at January 31, 2021 11:38 AM (MhLHf)

499 What were they thinking with pink felt anyway?

Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 11:31 AM (Cxk7w)

It's "rose"....buncha' heathens.

Posted by: BignJames at January 31, 2021 11:38 AM (AwYPR)

500
Flouescent lights kill the soul.
Posted by: Justsayin


Fred Upton was responsible for the legislation that banned incandescent bulbs in favor of those POS compact fluorescent bulbs that were a walking environmental problem (a more blatant payoff to General Electric is hard to imagine).

And then he voted this month to impeach Trump. So, yes.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:38 AM (pNxlR)

501 Also, I hesitate to criticize too much because both men already shown courage in standing up to the mob and paid a price for it.

Agreed.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 31, 2021 11:38 AM (W4eKo)

502 I'll take my Gold Crown IV over any of these old dinosaurs

they are just ugly paper weights

Posted by: REDACTED at January 31, 2021 11:38 AM (zZxh0)

503 He misses the part about the DeepState mafia being criminals wanting power, and their "liberal" talk just being a facade. AND the GOPe lying to the conservative base in similar fashion. --- The Massive Attacks on our liberty seem to be hand waved away, or the two tiered justice system, or the election fraud destroying the basis of our Republic. ... The only "intellectual" issue in this battle is who can apply the Art of War best, in the war against We the People being run by evil men. (but reducing it to liberal dreams versus conservative stubbornness is convenient)
Posted by: illiniwek at January 31, 2021 11:29 AM (Cus5s)

This must be a weird time for him. He's trying to get back into the public eyeball, and I'm not sure he has the strength to face reality.

He'll have to decide for himself, but this "don't eat me, I'm one of the good guys" act never works for anybody.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:40 AM (oQ94s)

504
Thats were the upstairs maid liked getting it
Posted by: Jean


Exactly my point at 475!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:40 AM (pNxlR)

505 The bumper behind the cue ball looks like someone liked to put their fat a$$ on it. Regularly.
Posted by: olddog in mo
Thats were the upstairs maid liked getting it
Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 11:37 AM (Xih1H)

Hey 14 dollars the hard way is still 14 dollars....

Posted by: The Upstairs Maid at January 31, 2021 11:40 AM (R/m4+)

506 I remember james hogan's proteus operation, which was a alt history time travel tale,, about a nazi victory, and an end game like mission to reverse things, shed some details on some matters like the assasination of inukai the last obstacle to the control juntas control over japan,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at January 31, 2021 11:41 AM (hMlTh)

507 In other words, when things got messy. When words were demonstrated to be worthless, especially inside the court buildings.
Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:34 AM (oQ94s)

Agreed. I don't think intellectuals - of any stripe - can bear the thought that words are, in the end, worthless.

And yet they must know that words didn't stop Hitler. Tanks and planes and allied troops did.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:41 AM (HabA/)

508 >>> Fred Upton was responsible for the legislation that banned incandescent bulbs in favor of those POS compact fluorescent bulbs that were a walking environmental problem (a more blatant payoff to General Electric is hard to imagine).

And then he voted this month to impeach Trump. So, yes.
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:38 AM (pNxlR)



There's only been two good things from the Upton clan.

Posted by: banana Dream at January 31, 2021 11:41 AM (J53DX)

509 Good morning, Hordelings. My morning began with a search for my cell phone, which took awhile because I wasn't looking in the right places (funny that), but it took a positive turn when I saw Panther (the black kitteh of the 4-some who have been showing up lately). He was trotting off when I tapped the window. He stopped, turned, sat down, and stared at me for a few moments before resuming his trot (although in a different direction). The woman who is fostering "Pretty Girl", the little Maine coon mix I'm adopting next Friday said that a lot of people got cats during House Arrest but then let them go when they realized maybe getting a bong would've been a better idea than a living creature. I may christen/declare Dark Acre (my estate) as a kitteh sanctuary. Yeah, that's the ticket! I'll identify as a kitteh sanctuary.

Posted by: SFGoth at January 31, 2021 11:41 AM (KAi1n)

510 when I was young, I had brown felt on my pool table

hash marks do show as much

Posted by: REDACTED at January 31, 2021 11:42 AM (zZxh0)

511
Hey 14 dollars the hard way is still 14 dollars....
Posted by: The Upstairs Maid


Fourteen dollars, same as upstairs.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:42 AM (pNxlR)

512 - surely the Canucks have a large consulate in Az.
Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 11:35 AM (Xih1H)

This is scarcely a thing that requires consular intervention.

Really, there ought to be a class of drugs subject to automatic renewal, even for travelers. Insulin, BP meds, many others. Anything with a street market to be excepted, of course.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:42 AM (mzC78)

513 "Hey 14 dollars the hard way is still 14 dollars...."

$20.00

Same as on the kitchen table

Posted by: The Downstairs Maid at January 31, 2021 11:42 AM (S7VTO)

514 It is a good thing to remember every day the FBI has a long history of taking out Republican Presidents, and any future Republican President should take heed.

Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 11:43 AM (Cxk7w)

515 anyone seen Biden today?


he still breathing on his own?

Posted by: will choose a nic later at January 31, 2021 11:43 AM (r4bSV)

516 AOP, in a worse case, Im sure I can talk a doc into giving me a script and Ill have 90 days delivered to you - assuming you wont use them to get the ladies loopy for naked pool adventures.

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 11:43 AM (Xih1H)

517 "Another oft-encountered trait found amongst intellectuals is extreme naivete."

they rub elbows with these evil men, maybe go to the cocktail parties, and don't realize how ruthless and vile men in tuxes can be when they take their covert grand actions. e.g. Strzok undermining Trump from within, TeamMueller running coup on lies, imprisoning innocent men in Enron-- ... Murder is in their repertoire poor Seth, Whitey had it coming, but still, these are treacherous men intent on ? -- global domination apparently.

Posted by: illiniwek at January 31, 2021 11:43 AM (Cus5s)

518 MiL reports snow in B'more.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 11:44 AM (S7VTO)

519 Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:27 AM (oQ94s)

Yeah. Peterson has had a very rough couple of years now. (Quite honestly, I don't think that diet of his, basically meat and greens, is helping He looks like death warmed over. I know a lot of 'rons and 'ettes swear by the keto diet, but I dunno, every time I see Peterson, I feel like someone should give him a bowl of mashed potatoes and a big slice of chocolate cake.)

Also, I hesitate to criticize too much because both men already shown courage in standing up to the mob and paid a price for it.
Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:37 AM (HabA/)

Agree completely, again. His daughter is also something. I've heard her talk at length about all her physical ailments, and... I don't know. There's just something... off about her.

I do think we owe a debt to both these men, and that means we don't fault them for not being "front lines" fellows anymore. They seem to want to operate on that other level, what I call the "high road," and that's fine. They have much to say.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:44 AM (oQ94s)

520
Good morning, Hordelings. My morning began with a search for my cell phone


If my battery zeros out on my smart phone and I have no idea where I left it, my vocabulary gets vigorously exercised.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:44 AM (pNxlR)

521 Pitching In The Pinch (or, Baseball From The Inside) was a blast, great fun to read. Matthewson loves to understate things in a humorous way (if you read between the lines you can hear the less polite version of events) and loves the sport. Written in 1911 its a glimpse into a distant past, when baseball greats like Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Cy Young, Mordecai Brown, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tinker, Evans, Chance, and many others were playing.

Matthewson gives a glimpse inside the game and how its played on the field, so much so that I wondered at times how much he was giving away of signs, strategy, and theory of baseball that then-manager McGraw was using.

There are some wonderful old stories but the most interesting are the ones that reveal how different the game was back then. For example he tells of a player on the Giants who was so aggressive on the base paths that the 3rd base coach would literally tackle him and put him back on 3rd so he wouldn't run himself into an out.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 11:44 AM (KZzsI)

522 the vase is not Ming

Ching maybe

Posted by: REDACTED at January 31, 2021 11:44 AM (zZxh0)

523 Really, there ought to be a class of drugs subject to automatic renewal, even for travelers. Insulin, BP meds, many others. Anything with a street market to be excepted, of course.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon

Most pharmacies will sell you a week or so of those without questions if your stuck while traveling

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 11:45 AM (Xih1H)

524 I'm reading a novel a co-worker gifted me some years ago called Dissolution. It's a historical mystery set in Tudor England during the reign of King Henry /i]

I have read a few of those, and I like them. I like medieval mysteries when they are done well.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 11:45 AM (KZzsI)

525 Read the first hundred or so comments and I'm just not feeling the love for These Pants.
Back in 1970, that was a groovy look. With the shoes and turtleneck.
Dang. A guy could get lucky!

Doesn't work so well these days though.

Posted by: Diogenes at January 31, 2021 11:46 AM (axyOa)

526 Damn, that mansion is off the charts. Holy shit, the money it would cost just to duplicate the woodwork in that library would be a king's ransom. Me want. lol

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at January 31, 2021 11:46 AM (9Om/r)

527 Really, there ought to be a class of drugs subject to automatic renewal, even for travelers. Insulin, BP meds, many others. Anything with a street market to be excepted, of course.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:42 AM (mzC7


Just like a foreigner, trying to cheat the intersectional diversity crew at FDA out of some legislative enforcement bonuses!

Posted by: Commissar Chairman Hrothgar ~ (@Hrothgar on GAB) at January 31, 2021 11:46 AM (87oRe)

528 >>I'm in the camp with the commenter upthread who said he wouldn't move into a mansion in Detroit even if it was free.


Again, it's not Detroit. The dividing line between Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park is Alter Rd. Go to Google maps and type in Gross Pointe Park, MI. Drag and drop the little person onto the intersection of Alter Rd. and Jefferson Ave.

Start by moving down Jefferson toward downtown Detroit and note the conditions. Then go back up Jefferson Ave., past Alder Rd., and note the immediate change in environment.

Posted by: (fly) at January 31, 2021 11:46 AM (wQX0G)

529
Well, gonna head out and piddle around with driving errands before our frozen doom arrives.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 31, 2021 11:46 AM (pNxlR)

530 - assuming you wont use them to get the ladies loopy for naked pool adventures.
Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 11:43 AM (Xih1H)

It works for that? Why was I not told this before?

Thanks! Worse case, I go to a walk-in clinic, get a doctor to take my BP, pay my $140, and walk out with a scrip. Being cheap frugal, I want to avoid the $140.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:47 AM (mzC78)

531 The woman who is fostering "Pretty Girl", the little Maine coon mix I'm adopting next Friday said that a lot of people got cats during House Arrest but then let them go when they realized maybe getting a bong would've been a better idea than a living creature. . . .
Posted by: SFGoth at January 31, 2021


***

I'm waiting to see pics and hear stories about PG!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 31, 2021 11:47 AM (lSpWa)

532 Flouescent lights kill the soul.

Posted by: Justsayin'

Word.

Posted by: Joe Banks at January 31, 2021 11:48 AM (v16oJ)

533 the vase is not Ming
Ching maybe
Posted by: REDACTED at January 31, 2021 11:44 AM (zZxh0)

Chang. Definitely a Chang.

Grant's used to carry the whole line.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 31, 2021 11:48 AM (R/m4+)

534
And maybe the Horde could help me? My blood pressure meds have run out, and I will stuck here for a few weeks yet. Any suggestion on a cheap way (free is fine, too) to get a doctor's scrip for amlodopine, which I have been on for six months or so?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 10:54 AM


Low dose sildenafil citrate (aka Viagra) in about a 20 mg dose spread across the day is effective blood pressuring medicine. If you happen to have any around. Check it out yourself to be sure.

Posted by: Winston Smith at January 31, 2021 11:48 AM (N/gDA)

535 That is a truly hideous library though, clashing colors and designs from various time periods. The Hearst Mansion is the same way, like someone colorblind randomly picked elements from European castles and mansions to just throw into rooms haphazardly and without design.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 11:49 AM (KZzsI)

536 'm reading a novel a co-worker gifted me some years ago called Dissolution. It's a historical mystery set in Tudor England during the reign of King Henry /i]

I have read a few of those, and I like them. I like medieval mysteries when they are done well.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021


***

And I forgot to give the author's name. Dissolution is by C. J. Sansom.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at January 31, 2021 11:49 AM (lSpWa)

537 A mansion in Detroit would be exactly like Omega Man

Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 11:49 AM (Cxk7w)

538 Posted by: illiniwek at January 31, 2021 11:43 AM (Cus5s)

The late Jacques Barzun once said that one of the worst things to happen to the universities was that during WWII, they climbed in bed with the government and specialists and experts started spending a lot of time in DC. Although that might have been unavoidable at the time, it gave academics a taste of power and the concern of the universities became extending their influence in DC, not educating the young. He said that's when the habit of leaving undergrads to be taught by TAs began, because the distinguished profs were scrounging for research money and grants and couldn't be bothered with teaching.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:49 AM (HabA/)

539 the vase is not Ming
Ching maybe


Its a Bing vase, spun off by Crosby when he was home and not beating the kids with his golf clubs

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 11:50 AM (KZzsI)

540 I had the opportunity finally to finish 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project, by Peter Wood. Wood is president of the National Association fo Scholars (member since 199 and has marshaled a forceful, complete, and devastating academic takedown of the 1619 Project.

Which will, of course, make no difference to the agitation-prop wing, who are busy installing this curriculum nation-wide.

Wood gathers works from distinguished American History scholars which devastate the NY Times argument that slavery is the defining characteristic of America, pointing out specific errors, mis-leading innuendo, and drastically incorrect over-generalizations.

It's a great work which will be ignored by the Leftists running the government schools.

Posted by: motionview at January 31, 2021 11:50 AM (pYQR/)

541 Posted by: Joe Banks at January 31, 2021 11:48 AM (v16oJ)

I have no response to that.

Posted by: Quint at January 31, 2021 11:50 AM (3BHQi)

542 Low dose sildenafil citrate (aka Viagra) in about a 20 mg dose spread across the day is effective blood pressuring medicine. If you happen to have any around. Check it out yourself to be sure.
Posted by: Winston Smith at January 31, 2021 11:48 AM (N/gDA)

Have none of that.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:50 AM (mzC78)

543 In terms of cost, quality, and longevity, all replacements to incandescents have proven inferior. CFLs are obviously stupid, LEDs that are supposed to last 10 years have failing regulator circuits after 5 mos, halogens burn out far short of their rated life, and even the remaining candlebra incandescent bulbs in the main are a bitch to replace because the cement between base and bulb dries out and the whole thing pulls apart. Gotta go all Marcellus, with a pair of pliers and a bad attitude. And all of these are several dollars per bulb. In the good old early W days, regular incandescent edisons were less than 50 cents each, lasted longer, and didn't crumble in your hands on removal.

Posted by: Drink Like Vikings at January 31, 2021 11:50 AM (MhLHf)

544 In other words, when things got messy. When words were demonstrated to be worthless, especially inside the court buildings.
Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:34 AM (oQ94s)

Agreed. I don't think intellectuals - of any stripe - can bear the thought that words are, in the end, worthless.

And yet they must know that words didn't stop Hitler. Tanks and planes and allied troops did.
Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:41 AM (HabA/)

I listened recently to the conversation between Lex Fridman and Michael Malice. Two very smart guys, and both in their own ways with their feet on the ground, more than the intellectuals.

There was an fascinating discussion on the thought process that must have been in place, when Chamberlain sat down with Hitler, and made "peace in our time." It's certainly possible to condemn Chamberlain, and obviously he was dead wrong... but at the time? What must that have been like? To be in that room, with that guy who was OBVIOUSLY very persuasive. And I hate to make these comparisons, but it seems we must. We HAVE to be able to look in the eyes of evil, and at the very least recognize it when we see it.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:51 AM (oQ94s)

545 I have no response to that.

High five for Joe vs The Volcano reference, a fun movie with three times the cutie Meg Ryan

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 11:51 AM (KZzsI)

546 Its a Bing vase, spun off by Crosby when he was home and not beating the kids with his golf clubs
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 11:50 AM (KZzsI)

Bing Crosby > Gary Crosby

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 31, 2021 11:51 AM (R/m4+)

547 Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:49 AM (HabA/)

The lure of easy money,
it has a very strong appeal!

Posted by: Glenn Frey at January 31, 2021 11:52 AM (87oRe)

548 The Hearst Castle in fact contains collections from European castles, bought, disassembled and reassembled in place at Hearst castle. Entire walls, tapestries, floors, columns, ceilings, pools, lighting.

Posted by: navybrat, curiously enlightened at January 31, 2021 11:52 AM (w7KSn)

549 One addendum to that 1620 review - the Lead author, Hannah Nikole-Jones, is a blatant racist who leaves no doubt that her primary goal for this project is reparations. Not journalism. Not history. Reparations.

Posted by: motionview at January 31, 2021 11:52 AM (pYQR/)

550 After the 60s riots, white Detroit effectively moved to its suburbs. And bought guns -- very high NRA membership.

Berry Gordy moved Motown to LA.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 31, 2021 11:53 AM (9TdxA)

551 I had one more CLE (continuing legal education) unit to listen to and it was on handling COVID for law firms (it was free and I've already spent $800 on CLE). Starts out with a panelist saying "these unprecedented times". What bullsh!t. Just in my lifetime we had the 70's gas crises, one potential nuclear meltdown and one actual, stagflation, AIDS, disco, polyester, the near-death of manufacturing, Y2K, and Global Cooling.

Posted by: SFGoth at January 31, 2021 11:54 AM (KAi1n)

552 MLK Jr. and Alter Rd. Detroit/Grosse Pointe -- "The Other America."

https://the-other-america.com/

Posted by: (fly) at January 31, 2021 11:54 AM (wQX0G)

553 Have none of that.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 31, 2021 11:50 AM


Shame. Here's the info on the drug:
https://www.drugs.com/revatio.html

I have occasional BP issues and just grind up a small portion of the blue pill, mix with water, and issue goes away quickly.

Posted by: Winston Smith at January 31, 2021 11:54 AM (N/gDA)

554 The only "republicans" the sunday morning talk shows have are all vehement nevertrumpters and asshoes. Cunts

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 31, 2021 11:55 AM (85Gof)

555 544 In other words, when things got messy. When words were demonstrated to be worthless, especially inside the court buildings.
Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:34 AM (oQ94s)

My opinion is that people who think words have the most power are those who (to generalize) intellectually see the world as a place where Ideas are more important than Physicality.

of course, Reality is the place where ideas only count insofar as they are useful to get Physicality to bring them into being. In any direct contest, physical actions always win.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 31, 2021 11:55 AM (V2Yro)

556

what comes next after trannys?

Posted by: will choose a nic later at January 31, 2021 11:56 AM (r4bSV)

557 'the vase is not Ming "

The chair is not against the wall

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 11:57 AM (S7VTO)

558 Further on that 1620 book, Wood mentions that VDH and other scholars were working on a parallel project, later promoted by PDJT, call the 1776 Commission. Biden personally denounced this even-handed discussion of American history as 'racist' and had the report stripped from the White House the very first day in office.

You will embrace Critical Race Theory with joy, Citizens.

Posted by: motionview at January 31, 2021 11:57 AM (pYQR/)

559 So in the hast to delete all thing Trump when Biden
disbanded the Operation Warp Speed they lost the record of who, what,
when, and where 20,000,000 doses of the vaccine were shipped.

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 31, 2021 10:48 AM

Yep, disband the second most successful team the Federal Government ever assembled*. That shows tip top management skills right there.

I find it amazing that the Biden team even fired the WH usher, who is a non political position. Of course, the Biden's are saying that the Trump's fired him as they were leaving. Which I find absurd considering that Melania Trump hired Timothy Harleth who was working as room manager at the Trump Hotel in DC after they had asked the previous usher from Obama's staff to come back as usher. That usher declined due to family reasons and then they hired Harleth from the hotel. Unless he was selling stories to the tabloids, then I'm sure he has a return job available at the DC hotel.

Posted by: Jen the original at January 31, 2021 11:57 AM (g7x/A)

560 How long until reparations comes up? They have two years to get it done and my Congress Critter Dean Is all in for it.

Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 11:57 AM (Cxk7w)

561 "what comes next after trannys?
"

Usually the drive shaft.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at January 31, 2021 11:57 AM (S7VTO)

562 One addendum to that 1620 review - the Lead author, Hannah Nikole-Jones, is a blatant racist who leaves no doubt that her primary goal for this project is reparations. Not journalism. Not history. Reparations.
Posted by: motionview at January 31, 2021 11:52 AM (pYQR/)


The Shitberger family's, or whoever's running the rag, newest Duranty.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 11:57 AM (y7DUB)

563 they rub elbows with these evil men, maybe go to the cocktail parties, and don't realize how ruthless and vile men in tuxes can be when they take their covert grand actions. e.g. Strzok undermining Trump from within, TeamMueller running coup on lies, imprisoning innocent men in Enron-- ... Murder is in their repertoire poor Seth, Whitey had it coming, but still, these are treacherous men intent on ? -- global domination apparently.
Posted by: illiniwek at January 31, 2021 11:43 AM (Cus5s)

Hate to say it, but so many of these people, the ones in academia, are socially awkward, and therefore quite susceptible to the honey pot.

One way or another. I think that explains a lot about how many of them are corrupted beyond redemption. Mueller in particular, he was gotten to many years before he became the Deep State's "Gun For Hire."

Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:57 AM (oQ94s)

564 Sansom isn't my favorite medieval mystery author. I like the Hugh Corbett series by Paul Doherty better, and Michael Jecks much better.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 11:58 AM (KZzsI)

565 "There was an fascinating discussion on the thought process that must have been in place, when Chamberlain sat down with Hitler, and made "peace in our time."

My thesis is that Neville was aware of Hitler's thinking in Mein Kampf and was content so long as Hitler was pointed East. Prove me wrong.

Had France and England not ineffectually declared war on Germany over Poland -- when Stalin took half -- it would have played differently. Recall that even Hitler's generals didn't expect France to fall, let alone so quickly.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 31, 2021 11:58 AM (9TdxA)

566 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 11:44 AM (KZzsI)

Cobb got a reputation for being especially nasty on the basepads, but really, spiking the second baseman and players charging into the stands to fight with people in the crowd were pretty common. It was definitely a contact sport then and a rough game.

I recall one story about how visiting players were transported from their hotels via horse-drawn carts to the ballpark. There was no place to change at the ballpark so they wore their uniforms. That ride to the ballpark got rather nasty when the Cardinals were riding though the streets of Chicago on the way to Wrigley, or the Cubs were in St. Louis. They got rotten eggs and vegetables thrown at them. Imagine Rizzo on the back of a wagon, trying to dodge rotten eggs on the way to Busch stadium, lol.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:58 AM (HabA/)

567
AOP: you've got mail

thanks for your help

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 31, 2021 11:59 AM (11zVD)

568 I mentioned this Friday but bears repeating here - I have Federal jury duty starting March 1. You say guilty, I say Kevin Clinesmith.

Posted by: motionview at January 31, 2021 11:59 AM (pYQR/)

569 >>> In other words, when things got messy. When words were demonstrated to be worthless, especially inside the court buildings.
Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:34 AM (oQ94s)

Agreed. I don't think intellectuals - of any stripe - can bear the thought that words are, in the end, worthless.

And yet they must know that words didn't stop Hitler. Tanks and planes and allied troops did.
Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 11:41 AM (HabA/)


The left has cornered the market on words. They own most all of the means of production and transportation of words. They can now snap words into and out of existence at will.

"Intellectuals" of the right are always battling last century's foes. Breitbart was the first and greatest at trying to pull us into the present.

Posted by: banana Dream at January 31, 2021 12:00 PM (J53DX)

570 Yeah. Peterson has had a very rough couple of years now. (Quite honestly, I don't think that diet of his, basically meat and greens, is helping He looks like death warmed over. I know a lot of 'rons and 'ettes swear by the keto diet, but I dunno, every time I see Peterson, I feel like someone should give him a bowl of mashed potatoes and a big slice of chocolate cake.)

I've been trying to do the keto diet. But I think I cheat so much that I never suffer any of the ill effects of it. mmmm, sweet little baby potatoes with butter and sour cream -

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 31, 2021 12:00 PM (V2Yro)

571 How many of us who condemn Chamberlain (and rightly so) survived the horrors of WWI? Imagine what it was like at 11:11 on 11/11 1918. Imagine having survived trench warfare and gassing. Then add 20 years of technological improvements, especially airplanes which went from barely-moving forward biplanes to single-wing fighters and bombers that were sci-fi in 1918. There were a lot of people whose decision-making was governed by the horror of the Great War. They could not fathom what was to come.

Posted by: SFGoth at January 31, 2021 12:00 PM (KAi1n)

572 CBD NOOD

Posted by: Skip, the guy who says NOOD at January 31, 2021 12:01 PM (Cxk7w)

573 mmmm, sweet little baby potatoes with butter and sour cream -
Posted by: Tom Servo at January 31, 2021 12:00 PM (V2Yro)

How dare you! Murderer!

Posted by: People for the Ethical Treatment of Tubers at January 31, 2021 12:02 PM (PiwSw)

574 Cobb got a reputation for being especially nasty on the basepads, but really, spiking the second baseman and players charging into the stands to fight with people in the crowd were pretty common. It was definitely a contact sport then and a rough game.

Matthewson goes into considerable detail about sliding and spiking and in his opinion only a couple of players (he does not mention Cobb) ever were really aggressive with the spikes and he doesn't think any of them deliberately went into cause harm, only to intimidate.

There's been some rethinking of Ty Cobb in recent years, as it appears 99% of his reputation came from one disgruntled writer.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 12:02 PM (KZzsI)

575 Further on that 1620 book, Wood mentions that VDH and other scholars were working on a parallel project, later promoted by PDJT, call the 1776 Commission. Biden personally denounced this even-handed discussion of American history as 'racist' and had the report stripped from the White House the very first day in office.

You will embrace Critical Race Theory with joy, Citizens.
Posted by: motionview at January 31, 2021 11:57 AM (pYQR/)

I think we need to stop allowing the communists behind the Biden adminstration to continue using Biden as the fall guy for all the EO's. I don't believe he has any idea what he is signing. This stuff has been written up during the last four years in Obama's mansion in DC. Remember, he was guesting Jarrett and others in that place after he bought it ( or Soros bought it or whomever). As Biden famously said, Barack told him "Joe you don't have to do this". They were looking for the front for themselves, and Biden was risky, but the reward was an easy to use idiot. I think that is why they had to get rid of Bernie, Tulsi, and Klobuchar. They would not have been able to simply place order after order in front of them and have them sign it.

Posted by: Jen the original at January 31, 2021 12:04 PM (g7x/A)

576 There were a lot of people whose decision-making was governed by the horror of the Great War. They could not fathom what was to come.
Posted by: SFGoth at January 31, 2021 12:00 PM (KAi1n)

True. There was a very real fear in France in 1940 that if France went through another world war, the country would not survive. They would run out of young men. The demographics show that was not unfounded. France lost as many men as the Germans did in WWI but Germany had many more people.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at January 31, 2021 12:05 PM (HabA/)

577 Currently re-reading The Lord of the Rings, and I'm noticing some things I'd either forgotten or never seen. Also interesting to compare it to the movies.

The first part of Fellowship of the Ring is very much "the sequel to the Hobbit," about a bunch of hobbits off on a jolly adventure getting lost in the woods and whatnot. There's a big shift in tone when they meet Strider. Suddenly the hobbits -- and the reader -- find out that it's not just fun and games anymore. Experiment for the future: what if you start reading there?

Also: the movie actually handles King Theoden's affliction and cure much better than the book. Jackson actually puts in some tension there, whereas Tolkein just has Gandalf barge right in and solve everything in about a page.

On the other hand, the movie absolutely screws over Faramir. In the book he's the one who says that if he saw the Ring lying in the road he wouldn't even pick it up. Faramir knows what his brother learned too late. What would have happened if he'd been the one sent north instead of his brother? Presumably he shows up in Rivendell, says "let's dump the suck in Mount Doom -- who's with me?" and gets the job done by Christmas.

Posted by: Trimegistus at January 31, 2021 12:07 PM (QZxDR)

578 AoP,
Please don't become a home pharmacist.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 31, 2021 12:08 PM (U2p+3)

579 There are things that the films did better than the books, but Faramir is definitely not one of them. Why Jackson decided to utterly violate that section of the books I have no clue.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 12:10 PM (KZzsI)

580 The only "republicans" the sunday morning talk shows have are all vehement nevertrumpters and asshoes. Cunts
Posted by: Nevergiveup

Thats why they exist

Posted by: Jean at January 31, 2021 12:12 PM (Xih1H)

581 "Does it have a boathouse on the lake with a nice Chris Craft, in case the mob breaches the walls, and one has to bug out?"

a nice home for a group of AoS MoMe folks ... retirement home, might even make it a charity ... Preservation of American History ... whatever, get the break of the real estate taxes. Every moron investor gets two rooms, shares in the expenses. (that place needs a lot of heat). Get it at $4M, divided by 40 moron couples ... only $100K per couple. ... it could be an Ace of Spades Cult leadership home.

Posted by: illiniwek at January 31, 2021 12:16 PM (Cus5s)

582 Starts out with a panelist saying "these unprecedented times"....

Posted by: SFGoth at January 31, 2021 11:54 AM (KAi1n)

***

There's exactly nothing unusual in regards to people, death, or dying. The only unprecedented part was what the unelected bureaucrats did to move forward with their plans.

Posted by: Your Betters in Perpetual Government at January 31, 2021 12:17 PM (XSoJN)

583 "Intellectuals" of the right are always battling last century's foes. Breitbart was the first and greatest at trying to pull us into the present.
Posted by: banana Dream at January 31, 2021 12:00 PM (J53DX)


Thank you, this one is going into my 'proverbs' list.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at January 31, 2021 12:21 PM (cNTlh)

584 Jen you hit the nail on the head

Posted by: Skip at January 31, 2021 01:38 PM (Cxk7w)

585 Here's a video on the blandness of modern horror story covers that applies across genres, in my opinion:

https://tinyurl.com/y6qulwsl

Now that they've moved from painted covers illustrating the story to generic but pretty images with big lettering, they've lost the visceral thrill of picking up a genre book.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 31, 2021 02:14 PM (Dc2NZ)

586 I am a big fan of the Battle of New Orleans history, have visited the museum. That period of US history was a fascinating one due to the fact that the US was almost extinct, but for Gen. Jackson's victory there. The minor detail that truce had already been agreed to at The Hague some weeks earlier matters not. Thanks for the suggestion.
Posted by: navybrat, curiously enlightened at January 31, 2021 09:51 AM (w7KSn)

The fact that we absolutely butchered the troops that had beaten Nappy in Spain, coupled with the antics of our super-heavy frigates made England consider that a reduction in tensions in America might be a good idea for their interests.

Posted by: Oldcat at January 31, 2021 02:33 PM (EJbIh)

587 I think that is why they had to get rid of Bernie, Tulsi, and Klobuchar. They would not have been able to simply place order after order in front of them and have them sign it.
Posted by: Jen the original at January 31, 2021 12:04 PM (g7x/A)


Are you sure about Bernie? All that sputtering cocksucker seems to be about is getting paid by getting over on the disenchanted.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at January 31, 2021 02:37 PM (y7DUB)

588 There was an fascinating discussion on the thought process that must have been in place, when Chamberlain sat down with Hitler, and made "peace in our time." It's certainly possible to condemn Chamberlain, and obviously he was dead wrong... but at the time? What must that have been like? To be in that room, with that guy who was OBVIOUSLY very persuasive. And I hate to make these comparisons, but it seems we must. We HAVE to be able to look in the eyes of evil, and at the very least recognize it when we see it.
Posted by: BurtTC at January 31, 2021 11:51 AM (oQ94s)

I get a little tired of this excuse that Hitler had this unique ability to override the thinking of everyone around him - the German generals use it all the time in their excuse making while pretending they opposed him all the time. There were plenty of those around who saw through him at the time, Churchill for example, but Chamberlain was not close to him.

European statesmen had been merrily chopping up states for a long time for their purposes so there was nothing special about Munich - just that Adolf didn't play the game and keep still for a while after getting it.

Posted by: Oldcat at January 31, 2021 02:44 PM (EJbIh)

589 Warfield's great, but it's not light reading, for sure. He was a tremendous theologian, and for the most part, a clear thinker and writer, but, unlike a CS Lewis, he was largely writing for theologians, and sometimes it takes some time to tease out the exact context.

And it's always fun to mention the full name - B.B. is obviously much easier to remember and relate than Benjamin Breckenridge, but the latter is just fun...

Posted by: Lyford at January 31, 2021 07:49 PM (UFj/5)

590 I find Warfield best in small chunks, but always great.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at January 31, 2021 07:55 PM (KZzsI)

591 That top picture would be perfect if that was a snooker table.

Posted by: Random thought generator at January 31, 2021 09:58 PM (EIz7d)

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