Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-15-2021

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Chatsworth House Library, Derbyshire, England

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, look, this is a soyboy trying to look like a hardass alpha male, but has no idea what he's doing. A hardass alpha male does not need a continuous butt pocket to carry his stuff in. And that last pic with the laptop? It looks like it's going to fall out any second.



Pic Note:

Chatsworth House is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family:

Said to include around 30,000 volumes the library at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has been built up by successive generations of the Cavendish family. It covers topics from natural history, to poetry, from numismatics (coins) to history, and from Latin-language editions of ancient classics to scientific and mathematical texts. It’s said to be best thought of as a number of small libraries collected together, rather than one body as a whole.

Having been curated over centuries many of the books in the collection date back to the earliest days of printing with many being more than 400 years old, some dating before 1501 (known as Incunabula). Collecting books began in the 16th and 17th centuries when the Cavendish’s had their family seat at nearby Hardwick Hall with tutor Thomas Hobbes overseeing the growing library for sometime. The 6th Duke of Devonshire collated the family collections into the current library at Chatsworth in the 19th century and it has continued to grow since.

White privilege built Western Civilization.



It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

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Belch!



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Accidental Diversity

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) often sends out promotional material to its members, book lists (and review copies) of select new titles for retailers to consider stocking. And everything was fine until they accidentally included a promo for Candace Owens' best-selling book, Blackout.

Whoopsie!

In July, the organization mistook a social-justice-themed teen romance titled “Blackout,” for Candace Owens’ best-selling book, “Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation,” sending out a cover image of Owens’ book to approximately 750 stores. The group also included publicity copies of Abigail Shrier’s “Irreversible Damage,” a work critical of the gender transition trend among teen girls.

And then hilarity ensued:

When leftwing shop-owners and activists erupted in outrage, ABA CEO Allison Hill immediately apologized for the “horrific harm” the mailing caused, calling it a “serious, violent incident.” She also described Owens’ book as “racist.”

But I thought it was unpossible for blacks to be racist...? Well, never mind, I guess my mind has been too enfeebled by whiteness to understand this.

But, never fear, steps will be taken:

Hill then assured retailers that the ABA was putting new procedures in place to prevent future similar mistakes.

On August 5, the ABA released the findings of its internal audit and updated members on how plans for their new “diversity, equity, and inclusion” process are progressing.

We're sorry! (oh so sorry!)
We're sorry! (oh so sorry!)
We're sorry! (oh so sorry!)
We're sorry! (oh so sorry!)

Please don't eat us! (Please eat us last!)
Please don't eat us! (Please eat us last!)
Please don't eat us! (Please eat us last!)
Please don't eat us! (Please eat us last!)

Seriously, read the entire article for the details of all of the professional-level groveling and apologizing they had to do to atone for their sins, including paying money to grievance groups. Only things missing are the struggle sessions and show trials. It's truly pathetic. All because they accidentally mentioned a book written by a black woman who says and writes things they don't agree with.

Keep in mind that the ABA is publicly committed to "free expression", so much so that it schedules a "Banned Book Week" every year that "celebrates freedom to read."

But, apparently, "freedom to read" actually means "freedom to read only the stuff we agree with."



Who Dis:

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Last week's who dis was a lovely drawing of the always-lovely Audrey Hepburn.



Moron Recommendations

177 Guess I will have a new hash since the internet was out yesterday.

On MP4's recommendation I am reading Titanic Survivor about Violet Jessop. I requested it from the library and they shipped it in from Rifle.

It's fascinating.

Posted by: Infidel at August 01, 2021 08:47 AM (VDqwV)

I missed MP4's original recommendation of Titanic Survivor by Violett Jessop, and holy moley, what a life! Not only did she survive the Titanic, but

...four years later Violet, now a nurse with the British Red Cross, was on board the World War I hospital ship BRITANNIC when it struck a mine and sank to the bottom of the Aegean.

See? MP4 always reads the best books.

The Kindle edition is $10.35. I found a used hardcover edition on Abebooks for < $5 (free shipping!) and I'm giving it to Mrs. Muse. She needs a new book to read since she just finished Nation by Terry Pratchett, which she loved (it made her cry at one point). It's one of his non-Diskworld novels.


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Got this e-mail from Jeff, a long-time lurker (for more than 15 years) this week:

The narrative non-fiction book “Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America” was recently published by HarperCollins, and was written by my beautiful wife, Gigi. It is the result of five full years of reporting an hour north of our home, in the most rural county of the most rural state in the nation – Washington County, Maine.

The Amazon blurb is too long to quote, but Jeff explains it like this:

The dominant narrative about rural America is one of hopelessness and despair, of a population clambering to escape – but that downbeat view is very much at odds with the tenacious and happy people that you meet when you actually live in rural America. Gigi’s book is a counter-narrative to those negative stereotypes – it’s a celebration of the social capital, support systems, and resilient and innovative spirit of small communities, borne of years of research and living in rural places. It’s also a rip-roaring story, as the girls in the community that Gigi meets as teenagers and follows through the years go through significant challenges – but also great victories – as they come of age. Representing a microcosm of the place, the girls for the most part wind up staying and building in their communities, not “escaping” to succeed. “Success”, for them, is not a Hollywood story like beating Apollo Creed for the heavyweight championship of the world or making a million dollars, but simply, the building of a happy and settled life in a beautiful and supportive community. It’s a way of life from which many could learn a lot...I hope readers who love the American countryside and want to see it depicted with admiration (for a change!) will have a look at this positive, optimistic, real-life story that takes place there.

Jeff tells me that when he first met Gigi, she was working for Hillary Clinton. But the words he used to describe her in his e-mail were "religious" and "happy", which means she wasn't going to remain a Democrat for very long.

Published by HarperCollins, the Kindle edition is $14.99.



Yes, Parents Pay Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars To Colleges So They Can Teach This Nonsense To Their Kids:

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Books By Morons

Moron author Jerry Jay Carroll has just published Jack Be Nimble, a thriller about how getting into the movie business in Hollywood can be dangerous:

Ex-Marine Alan Ford thought he left danger behind by putting the Middle East in the rear view mirror and saying hello to the movie business as the protégé of a Hollywood potentate. The problem is his big-shot sponsor is a liar and cheat, fairly standard for the industry. But a South American drug lord doesn’t know this and expects the money he invests in a film to be laundered, not embezzled. As the innocent fall guy, Ford needs all his survival skills just to keep breathing. And the drug lord isn’t even the half of it
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The Kindle edition is $3.99.

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

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


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Posted by: OregonMuse at 09:00 AM




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1 Currently on a re-read of the sword of truth series. I will probably only read the first 2 or 3 and then the last one. They stretched that series out entirely too long.

Posted by: Vic at August 15, 2021 08:01 AM (mpXpK)

2 Toll lege

Posted by: Skip's Phone at August 15, 2021 08:02 AM (znIQ9)

3 Hello

Gloria reading? Cool

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:02 AM (ONvIw)

4 Miss Swanson in flapper gear

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:02 AM (ONvIw)

5 Morning, Horde...How goes it? Nice to see OM experimenting with the formatting this morning...

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:02 AM (K5n5d)

6 Centered!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 08:03 AM (Dc2NZ)

7 Gloria actually had a great library IIRC and had Arts and Crafts style book plates for her acquisitions.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:03 AM (ONvIw)

8 Tolle stupid phone
anyway no books but moving along on my little free library I'mean making

Posted by: Skip's Phone at August 15, 2021 08:04 AM (znIQ9)

9 Borborygmus sounds like a low-level demon. Like the one who plagues people with gas when they are trying to deliver a speech or presentation.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 08:04 AM (Dc2NZ)

10 Very balanced thread.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at August 15, 2021 08:04 AM (PiwSw)

11 Gloria's plates were a play on her name; a swan like S floating on water with a setting sun .

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:05 AM (ONvIw)

12 And I seem to be the third to point out "who dis" is Gloria Swanson.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 08:05 AM (2JVJo)

13 I'm currently working my way through Asimov's Robot series of novels. I read The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun and I'm halfway through The Robots of Dawn. They all seem to be one part murder mystery, one part social commentary, and one part philosophical treatise. But they are all quite good and interesting reads. This is all part of goal of reading the Robot series followed by the Empire series of novels, culminating in the Foundation series from start to finish (not including the Foundation novels written by other authors).

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:05 AM (K5n5d)

14 I read the thirteenth volume of the WOT series, Towers of Midnight, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Lot and lots of action as forces gather for the final battle with the Dark One. I'm looking forward to reading the conclusion of the series, A Memory of Light.

Posted by: Zoltan at August 15, 2021 08:05 AM (kiyX4)

15 Dieci?

Posted by: Ziba at August 15, 2021 08:05 AM (S1hrL)

16 Oddly, I use the word borborygmi all the time.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:06 AM (ONvIw)

17 Good morning readers

Posted by: San Franpsycho at August 15, 2021 08:06 AM (EZebt)

18 Incunabula ? She used to be of my house !

Posted by: Marcus Lycus at August 15, 2021 08:07 AM (V13WU)

19 Stilll reading same book from last week -- Teachings of Don Juan. Interesting!

Posted by: Ziba at August 15, 2021 08:08 AM (S1hrL)

20 @Zoltan "I read the thirteenth volume of the WOT series."

I thought Sanderson did a really good job on the final books. I don't think Jordan could have done the battles nearly as well. He tended to avoid them. Sanderson had it whipped up into a frenzy.

Posted by: squid_hunt at August 15, 2021 08:08 AM (7MBHe)

21 Groveling should be an Olympic sport.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 08:09 AM (d9FiS)

22 Librarians were the first social justice warriors. The strong, silent type.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 08:10 AM (gpKIi)

23 Anyway, I finished Windswept House and felt hopeful, but seems they just bided their time to get the odious red frankie.

Now I'm reading some Owen Barfield and eagerly awaiting my new Huxley books. I did receive the Crows of Pearblossom and read it to the grandsons who loved it. I was stunned to read the goodreads reviews saying it was horrible and sexist. What nonsense.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:10 AM (ONvIw)

24 Thank you for the gorgeous picture of the Chatsworth House library.

Posted by: Huck Follywood at August 15, 2021 08:10 AM (zw3Q0)

25 Borborygmi -- onomatopoiea much? A great password btw.

Posted by: Ziba at August 15, 2021 08:10 AM (S1hrL)

26 Former Marine, not Ex-Marine

Posted by: Hoyt's Paid Turkish Provocateur at August 15, 2021 08:10 AM (49Exr)

27 My main book right now is Heaven on Earth by Muravchik, a book on the history of socialism, which I think was suggested on here.

Posted by: squid_hunt at August 15, 2021 08:10 AM (7MBHe)

28 Good morning fellow Book Threadists. I hope everyone had a great week of treading.

Posted by: JTB at August 15, 2021 08:10 AM (7EjX1)

29 I read the thirteenth volume of the WOT series, Towers of Midnight, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Lot and lots of action as forces gather for the final battle with the Dark One. I'm looking forward to reading the conclusion of the series, A Memory of Light.
Posted by: Zoltan at August 15, 2021 08:05 AM (kiyX4)
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I remember with A Memory of Light came out. I had pre-ordered it, naturally. It took me two days to read it, though I could probably have ready all 900+ pages in one day. However, I need to take a break before the Last Battle just so I could process everything that set it up. You will NOT be disappointed!

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:11 AM (K5n5d)

30 OM - On your way out to church, could you do a paragraph-left? Thanks so much.

Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:11 AM (45fpk)

31 Emailing a picture of a book cover is violent?

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 08:11 AM (gpKIi)

32 All I know about Afghanistan I learned from the Flashman novels. Like Bismarck said of the Balkans, "Not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier."

Unless you're into heroin.

Posted by: Hunter's two headed love child at August 15, 2021 08:11 AM (ZHVt1)

33 Here's Gloria in 1923s Zaza. I've never been over the moon about her looks, as I am with Pola Negri, but how I would like to start at those shoes and work my way up her stockings. . .

https://tinyurl.com/29939zw6

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 08:11 AM (2JVJo)

34 Still picking away at "Foundation". It's been half a century since Hari Seldon's warning of inevitable collapse is starting to become apparent even to the doubters: the intellectual sclerosis, the slow disintegration of the Empire's authority on the periphery, the galaxy-spanning supply lines beginning to unravel.

Some folks refuse to see it, but others are canny enough to wonder how they can ride the tide and glom onto power in the new age. Fascinating stuff!

It's a very talky-talky novel, and I wonder how it can be translated to the screen successfully.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 08:12 AM (Dc2NZ)

35 Well now my comment just looks stupid.

Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:12 AM (45fpk)

36 Local library here is a nest of lesbians running it.

Posted by: Ziba at August 15, 2021 08:12 AM (S1hrL)

37 You spell it like it sounds! Wojohoicz!

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 08:12 AM (gpKIi)

38 "Local library here is a nest of lesbians running it."

I thought that was in the job description.

Posted by: squid_hunt at August 15, 2021 08:12 AM (7MBHe)

39 Wasn't one of the Duchesses of Devonshire one of the infamous Mitford sisters?

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:13 AM (ONvIw)

40 Local library here is a nest of lesbians running it.

That's how you fight Asymptomatic Christian Theocracy.

Posted by: t-bird at August 15, 2021 08:13 AM (ELgVT)

41 Gloria Swanson indeed!

Slogging my way through William Golding's The Inheritors. It's technically an SF novel, though the literati would be aghast at the suggestion. But what else would you call a novel about the lives of a band of Neanderthals and their encounter with Cro-Magnons, the race that will supersede them? But it's dull. His descriptions are well done, though I have trouble picturing the landscape the Ns are moving through. But the main conflict, the encounter with the CMs, does not happen until the midpoint of the book. The way the Ns react to the sight of the CMs is fascinating. But it should have happened in Chapter 2, or the end of 1. Maybe this improves in the last 100 pages?

Literary fiction, and having to read millions of words of it, was the no. 1 reason I did not want to be an English major.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 08:14 AM (+nNqu)

42 It's a very talky-talky novel, and I wonder how it can be translated to the screen successfully.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 08:12 AM (Dc2NZ)
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I'm noticing the same thing about his Robot novels. Lots of talking, but very little action. I'm guessing Foundation is that way simply because the ideas are so vast that the only way to handle them is to engage in discussion, rather than action. Those novels seem to be more of a thought experiment than an action-packed space opera, like the Lensman saga.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:14 AM (K5n5d)

43 Borborygmus: a rumbly in the tumbly.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 08:14 AM (d9FiS)

44 My the comments are looking very left justified today.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 08:14 AM (gpKIi)

45 I still remember clearly my school librarian when I was in third grade many many decades ago. Her name was Miss Orcutt and she wore frilly chiffon blouses.
She let me help with putting on the clear book covers and I still use those now on my own books.

Posted by: Ziba at August 15, 2021 08:15 AM (S1hrL)

46 I'm brushing up on my Spanish, I have book called First Spanish Reader, it's a bunch of short stories.

The first Story is Buridan's Donkey, the story goes...

"One Day the donkey belonging to a philosopher named John Buridan, is perishing from hunger and thirst.

Having on one side of him a great quantity of oats and on the other a bucket of water, the donkey is never able to figure out whether he is thirsty or hungry.

The donkey can't make up his mind whether to eat or drink.

In this horrible predicament, death surprises him."

If this story does not fully capture the clusterfuck unfolding before our very eyes, I don't know what does.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at August 15, 2021 08:15 AM (gV9NJ)

47 Re: Michael Bronski...Thomas Jackson's nic was really "Stonewall Riot" Jackson.

Posted by: BignJames at August 15, 2021 08:16 AM (AwYPR)

48 Hello everyone,
This past week I've been re-reading easy stuff as a break from work stress. I've re-read Vince Flynn's first two books in his Mitch Rapp series. Vince - a good man gone too soon. Can't believe it's been 7 years since I heard Rush announce the news on his show.

Posted by: CarolinaGirl at August 15, 2021 08:16 AM (Kh9rg)

49 Rural counties in Maine are very scenic although Washington county, being on the coast, is surely less impoverished than some of them bordering Quebec.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 08:16 AM (y7DUB)

50 Next on my to-be-read list is Len Deighton's Funeral in Berlin, the basis for the Michael Caine spy movie of the '60s. I've never read any of Deighton -- I tried with one book and lost interest. Maybe this one will work out.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 08:16 AM (+nNqu)

51 Anyway, here it is Sunday, and while I am not hung over, I am in my usual depressed mood.

What have I been reading this week? Three books from the library. First, Roger Moore's The 007 Diaries which were notes he was asked to keep during the filming of Live And Let Die and which were published as a promotional book when the movie premiered. Nothing profound, but candid and witty. Moore also wrote an autobiography, My Word Is My Bond, which I shall have to pick up; Moore is an enjoyable raconteur.

Also, I read Mr S: My Life With Frank Sinatra by George Jacobs, his valet for 15 years. It's a popcorn book, and if you're familiar with the Rat Pack and Frank, there's not much in the book that's new, other than descriptions of Sinatra's tempers and foul moods. Jacobs does tell a truncated story of watching Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo getting intimate one poolside night, though they stopped before anything truly bunk-worthy happened.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 08:17 AM (2JVJo)

52 @ squid_hunt

I agree. I'm enjoying Sanderson's writing more than Jordan's.

Posted by: Zoltan at August 15, 2021 08:17 AM (kiyX4)

53 Love that library at the top of the post. You could spend several lifetimes going through those volumes.

Posted by: JTB at August 15, 2021 08:17 AM (7EjX1)

54 I finally threw in the towel on Gen. Sherman's autobiography. I just couldn't fight my way through it anymore. I know it is a fool's errand to discern a man's character and personality by means of his writings but wow.

I'll pick up General US Grant next.

Posted by: Tonypete at August 15, 2021 08:19 AM (mD/uy)

55 I'm noticing the same thing about his Robot novels. Lots of talking, but very little action. I'm guessing Foundation is that way simply because the ideas are so vast that the only way to handle them is to engage in discussion, rather than action. Those novels seem to be more of a thought experiment than an action-packed space opera, like the Lensman saga.
Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021


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I'm not sure about the robot *novels*, but his original short stories in I, Robot are dynamite -- compact little puzzles for the heroes to work through to save their lives or careers. And the 2 Lije Bailey mysteries I've read set in the same universe are good, fairly-clued mysteries.

And the novelette "The Bicentennial Man" is an affecting story for sure.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 08:19 AM (+nNqu)

56 Love that library at the top of the post. You could spend several lifetimes going through those volumes.
Posted by: JTB at August 15, 2021 08:17 AM (7EjX1)
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Considering that it took several lifetimes to *collect* those volumes, you are no doubt correct...

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:19 AM (K5n5d)

57 Those pants are fine. I would wear them to a barbeque in my back yard so the foxes can see my enormous wallet.

Posted by: A Wild and Crazy Guy at August 15, 2021 08:20 AM (Tnijr)

58 Wasn't one of the Duchesses of Devonshire one of the infamous Mitford sisters?
Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:13 AM (ONvIw)


Yes. Deborah, the youngest of the sisters, was married to Andrew, the eleventh Duke.

*oh**

Classical station is playing The Blue Danube. That piece makes me cry like a damned baby.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 08:20 AM (2JVJo)

59 I'm close to finishing up "A False Mirror" by Charles Todd. It is one in a series of detective stories set in post-WW1, the detective suffers from shell shock and tries to keep it together while he finds out whodunnit.


I'm eager to start my next book, called "Judas in Jerusalem", by Joseph Heil, a historical fiction revolving around the events of Holy Week. It doesn't appear as if Gnosticism pokes its heretical head into the story, but you never know.

Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:21 AM (45fpk)

60 And the 2 Lije Bailey mysteries I've read set in the same universe are good, fairly-clued mysteries.

And the novelette "The Bicentennial Man" is an affecting story for sure.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 08:19 AM (+nNqu)
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The Robots of Dawn is significantly longer than the earlier Lije Baley novels, delving much more into philosophy and social norms. It even refers back the "The Bicentennial Man" as all of Asimov's robot stories are part of the same shared universe, extending all the way through the Foundation series.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:22 AM (K5n5d)

61 35 Well now my comment just looks stupid.

Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:12 AM (45fpk)


CBD fixed it before I got here. Problem is, now I have no idea where my mistake was. The mistake did not show up in the preview, which is very strange.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 08:22 AM (EyTIE)

62 I'm reading book 2 in the "Last Brigade" series by William Webb. Good, light, end of world as we know it type book. Easy to read and fast paced.

Posted by: lin-duh at August 15, 2021 08:23 AM (UUBmN)

63 Reading the book Educated. Apparently radical Mormonism in the ass end of Idaho is a evil not to be taken lightly. Best part is the fact that the author thought it was a good idea to list SCOAMF as a fan of her writing. That ass was too lazy to read. NCAA brackets do not fill themselves out, duh!

Posted by: Jmel at August 15, 2021 08:24 AM (bVhJi)

64 CBD fixed it before I got here. Problem is, now I have no idea where my mistake was. The mistake did not show up in the preview, which is very strange.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 08:22 AM (EyTIE)


Trump. He's omnimalevolent.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at August 15, 2021 08:25 AM (PiwSw)

65 Before 100!!

Posted by: The Man from Athens at August 15, 2021 08:25 AM (k6d2F)

66 "Borborygmus" is a Jon Swifty kind of word.

Posted by: A Wild and Crazy Guy at August 15, 2021 08:25 AM (Tnijr)

67 Anyway, third book is Elijah Wald's How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll. It's a very interesting history of popular music, arguing that the transition from a culture that performed music to a culture which predominantly consumes music leads us into a blinkered vew of the past in that we can now only hear ragtime or early jazz or swing through the "ears" of what we are currently familiar with.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 08:26 AM (2JVJo)

68 Sometime recently here at the HQ, someone happened to mention that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had written a series of novels about Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock's older and probably smarter brother). It seems that KAJ is a huge Sherlockian besides being a famous basketball player.

I read Mycroft Holmes by KAJ and Anna Waterhouse. Published in 2015, the novel is set in 1870 and Mycroft is secretary for the Secretary of State for War. Mycroft learns of the disappearances of 50 black adults and the murder of 3 children in Trinidad. He goes to investigate and learns a dark secret about his fiance' -- I don't want to give too much away so as to avoid spoilers.

Overall, a fairly decent read although I thought that there some anachronisms and rather large plot holes. Although, brief, I enjoyed the picture of Sherlock as a precocious teenager; we also see Mycroft as an active 20-something (since we only meet him as an over-weight shut-in Doyle's stories). Rating = 4.0/5.0

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at August 15, 2021 08:27 AM (pJWtt)

69 And that last pic with the laptop? It looks like it's going to fall out any second.

Ha, that's exactly what I thought. He takes one step and that Mac is toast.

Currently reading Snowbound by Blake Crouch. It's about women being kidnapped near the southern border and taken to a remote Alaska lodge to be used as sex slaves; the husband of one and sister of another team up to find them. I'm about halfway through and it's pretty good.

Posted by: Jordan61 at August 15, 2021 08:28 AM (K0bra)

70 It's a very interesting history of popular music, arguing that the transition from a culture that performed music to a culture which predominantly consumes music leads us into a blinkered view of the past


I'm not quite following. Is he suggesting that everyone should take up the trombone?

Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:28 AM (45fpk)

71 Stilll reading same book from last week -- Teachings of Don Juan. Interesting!

Posted by: Ziba at August 15, 2021 08:08 AM (S1hrL)

I read the series...weird...made me want some datura. Castenada has been described as "an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a tortilla"....sounds about right.

Posted by: BignJames at August 15, 2021 08:29 AM (AwYPR)

72 booken morgen horden!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 08:29 AM (oEn12)

73 That Clifford is the best red dog ever! And so big!

Posted by: Joe Biden at August 15, 2021 08:30 AM (k6d2F)

74 On one of his early comedy records, Bill Cosby had a different name for "borborygmus", he called it the "erryairbs".

Reading newest John Sanford, "Ocean Prey". A bit of a slog, not as well paced as most. Features Lucas Davenport andVirgil Flowers, however Virgil Flowers has somehow transformed into a Sammy Hagar lookalike, whereas in previous appearances he comes across as more of a Kris Kristofferson type.

On deck is Daniel Silva, "The Cellist".




Posted by: peacelovewoodstock at August 15, 2021 08:30 AM (S6805)

75 I read Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton, the first Matt Helm novel, based upon comments here concerning the discrepancy between the source novels and the Dean Martin movies. It is remarkable. The movies were James Bond lite and the book is a hard boiled cold war spy novel.

The only book/movie discrepancy that I know of that rivals Matt Helm is The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton and the 1935 movie. That movie features a disclaimer at the beginning that the story is not that of the book and, even there, the basic theme, a Roman city destroyed by a volcano, are very similar.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 08:30 AM (d9FiS)

76 Swansons. it has to be good

Posted by: REDACTED at August 15, 2021 08:30 AM (uCLWI)

77 Those novels seem to be more of a thought experiment than an action-packed space opera, like the Lensman saga.
Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:14 AM (K5n5d)
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Exactly! My guess: they inject space battles and sex.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 08:31 AM (Dc2NZ)

78 Heavy work week precluded most reading. I even had to skim some of Ace's essays and skip Sefton's links.

But I did read the thread about "Y: The Last Man," the latest comic to come to the screen. I want to challenge some misconceptions.

Y is not a feminist screed, nor is it a sex comedy.

The story: Something causes the death of every male human and animal on Earth -- with two exceptions: Yorick, a professional escape artist, and his pet Caupachin, Ampersand. He starts from the District of Columbia, where he lives (and where his mother has suddenly moved from the Cabinet to the presidency) on a quest to find his estranged girlfriend, who is a Peace Corps worker in southeast Asia. The book relates his adventures.

Yorick is assisted by Agent 355 of the Culper Ring, the spy network that George Washington set up. (Bureaucracies never die.)

Phone and Pixy are fighting me. Second post to come.

Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 08:32 AM (Om/di)

79 On deck is Daniel Silva, "The Cellist".



Is that his latest? I don't think I've read that one.

Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:32 AM (45fpk)

80 Yes. Deborah, the youngest of the sisters, was married to Andrew, the eleventh Duke.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 08:20 AM (2JVJo)

I guess being the youngest allowed you to see your fascist/communist siblings through the light of their personal disasters.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:32 AM (ONvIw)

81 New Latin? Is it merely in a coma or is it dead too?

Posted by: Sock Monkey * Fortis et liber at August 15, 2021 08:33 AM (3C1R+)

82 Nice Lieberry!

Those pants...What you gon' do with all that ass?
All that ass inside them jeans?
I'm a make, make, make, make you scream...

The Who Dis is our ambassador in Kabul waiting for the knock on the door.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 15, 2021 08:33 AM (R/m4+)

83 All Hail Eris, based on your recommendation I started reading the Kindle version of "Foundation" and now I am hooked! I have to get this one too.... This book thread is dangerous to my wallet.

Posted by: CarolinaGirl at August 15, 2021 08:33 AM (Kh9rg)

84 Dem pants!!

"Honey, where's the remote?"

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 08:34 AM (Dc2NZ)

85 Jill! I did some solid borborygmus in my diaper! Can I have some applesauce?

Posted by: Joe Biden at August 15, 2021 08:34 AM (k6d2F)

86 How about "Marine not on Active Duty?"

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 08:34 AM (xopIz)

87 That Clifford is the best red dog ever! And so big!
Posted by: Joe Biden at August 15, 2021 08:30 AM (k6d2

The real life Clifford was actually Joe's dog when he was a boy. Everyone knows about Joe's big red dog. It was in the Guinness book of world records!

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 08:34 AM (gpKIi)

88 the LGBT thing is like any number of comedy skits where a comedian travels through time and unwittingly causes major historical events
except with sodomy

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 08:34 AM (oEn12)

89 Because, "once a Marine, always a Marine."

It's actually in the contract.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 08:34 AM (xopIz)

90 89 Because, "once a Marine, always a Marine."

It's actually in the contract.
Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 08:34 AM (xopIz)


With certain exceptions.

Posted by: John Murtha at August 15, 2021 08:35 AM (PiwSw)

91 I'm not quite following. Is he suggesting that everyone should take up the trombone?
Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:28 AM (45fpk)


This is probably a better explanation than I can give:

https://tinyurl.com/5h6kmrzc

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 08:35 AM (2JVJo)

92 RE: Word of the Day "Borborygmos"

There's even a Magic: The Gathering card around this word: Borborygmos Enraged. Not a particularly great card, though: https://tinyurl.com/4r646kwk

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:36 AM (K5n5d)

93 I started a re-read of Josephine Tey's "The Daughter of Time". It's been a while and I had forgotten how good the book is. The lady had a droll, wicked sense of humor. And aside from the intriguing concept of the story she fleshes out the characters simply but well.

I haven't read her other books but maybe I should start.

Posted by: JTB at August 15, 2021 08:36 AM (7EjX1)

94 a borborygmus is not to be confused with a bruit, which is anither noise a doctor might hear from your body

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 08:36 AM (oEn12)

95 Got through the works of fiction in Borges' Labyrinths and now it's on to Essays and Parables which is an odd demarcation considering a lot of his fiction is written about people who really existed and commentary about them. There seemed to be a drop off on the quality of the later works of fiction and I can't tell if he was running out of original thoughts or his translators, of whom he used scads, weren't very good and he was too fucking blind to know that. As usual, in his essays about other authors he goes through odd minutia that makes the reader wonder if he's making things up, like that Cervantes copied Don Quixote from an Arab text (maybe that's true and I just didn't know it). Anyway that's part of what makes his work so fascinating and keeps the reader continually off balance.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 08:36 AM (y7DUB)

96 That library must go through alot of lemon pledge.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 08:36 AM (gpKIi)

97 "From the day of our arrival, we led an active life. The first morning saw us up at 6, breakfasted and back in bed at 7. This was our routine for the first three months."

Groucho Marx, blissfully ignoring the borborygmus.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at August 15, 2021 08:36 AM (HaL55)

98 "On deck is Daniel Silva, "The Cellist".

Several of us last week, myself included, had commented that Silva has gone off the rails as an anti-trumpet.

I know I quit reading his stuff about a year ago.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at August 15, 2021 08:37 AM (3D/fK)

99 Not as lean, not as mean, still a marine. I have heard that somewhere....

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 08:37 AM (gpKIi)

100 the Cellist, hit a sour note, I thought after the Order, which libeled Christianity as inherently antisemitic, which promoted a Pope Che Silva had hit rock bottom, but no he dug deeper, making of all people, marjorie greene, a murderous antisemite, who attempts to kill the protagonist,

Grossman's Life and Fate, is not enjoyable, seeing as it's about the Battle of Stalingrad and concentration camps, but it is iilluminating as a bookend to Gulag Archipelago,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at August 15, 2021 08:38 AM (hMlTh)

101 94 a borborygmus is not to be confused with a bruit, which is anither noise a doctor might hear from your body
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 08:36 AM (oEn12)

Bruit are circulatory sounds, and the french word for noise.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:38 AM (ONvIw)

102 All good Siglo de Oro scholars know that Ron Quixote was also known by his surname, Quesadilla.

"Some people desire freedom, and some just want a tasty snack. Dulcinea, bring me a napkin!"

Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 08:38 AM (BbDPD)

103 "You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God's judgement seat.
It is written: "As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God."
- Romans 14:10-11

Posted by: Marcus T at August 15, 2021 08:39 AM (sOXXq)

104 Nobody can pronounce that word. That's why we call them farts.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at August 15, 2021 08:39 AM (JTpIQ)

105 Eris, Borborygmus is one of the incunabulae

Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 08:39 AM (BbDPD)

106 "He starts from the District of Columbia, where he lives on a quest to find his estranged girlfriend, who is a Peace Corps worker in southeast Asia. The book relates his adventures. "

Does any one of us believe that if he found himself to be the last remaining man on earth our first thought would be "I have to travel across the world to find my girlfriend"? Our responsibility at that point would be clear, I need to save the species.

Posted by: squid_hunt at August 15, 2021 08:40 AM (7MBHe)

107 "Bruit are circulatory sounds, and the french word for noise."

*Looks in pants"

Do bruits have chunks?

Posted by: Joe Biden, Supergenious at August 15, 2021 08:40 AM (3D/fK)

108 American Physicians are not allowed to use common vernacular to describe medical terms like "gut gurgling". We have to learn latin, greek, french, and german terms, which is just the common vernacular, but in a foreign language.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 08:40 AM (gpKIi)

109 Finished Six Frigates by Ian Toll.... execellent book...thanks to the few morons that recommended it... read like a novel... interesting history all the way through... even if a person wasn't that "into" military history- this book should be more widely read. IMHO

Great read.

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at August 15, 2021 08:40 AM (uEfDs)

110 "We have to learn latin, greek, french, and german terms, which is just the common vernacular, but in a foreign language."

It does sound smarter.

Posted by: squid_hunt at August 15, 2021 08:41 AM (7MBHe)

111 Thanks to those who recommended Windswept House, it makes me look at all the failures among organized religion and realize that this was intentional at one point. Some "spiritual leaders" are merely manipulated by the cagier, malignant, ones.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:41 AM (ONvIw)

112 I love my collection of John Bellairs stories. I'm still in the tales of Prospero the Wizard (by his own estimation, not a magician of consequence). Bellairs is such a deft writer.

"And now the moon began to rise into a starless sky. We who are used to the empty or rusty night skies of modern cities would not understand the fear that the people of Prospero's world felt when they saw this. They saw a haggard moon, with pinched brows and grieving mouth, rising into a blackness distant and calling. Like children lying on grass and looking into a cloud-vaulted daytime sky, they felt that they were going to fall upwards. Hollow ocean depths hung overhead, so that looking up was like standing on the edge of a cliff."

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 08:42 AM (Dc2NZ)

113 Does any one of us believe that if he found himself to be the last remaining man on earth our first thought would be "I have to travel across the world to find my girlfriend"? Our responsibility at that point would be clear, I need to save the species.
Posted by: squid_hunt at August 15, 2021 08:40 AM (7MBHe)
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Well, it's a long journey from DC to southeast Asia. I suppose he could become a modern day "Johnny Appleseed" if you know what I mean...

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:42 AM (K5n5d)

114 Bruit are circulatory sounds, and the french word for noise.
Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:38 AM (ONvIw)

you gotta wonder how that started:
doctor listening with rudimentary stethescope "I hear a swishing noise"
oh if it swishes, it must be French!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 08:42 AM (oEn12)

115 Silva is married to a CNN reporter so it figures that he has to spin things in a way that meets her approval.

He is still masterful at weaving plots and intrigues and locations, and at painting back stories, so I forgive the "yes, dear" rote and mostly indirect Trump bashing.

He's no Jake Tapper, that is for sure.

Posted by: peacelovewoodstock at August 15, 2021 08:43 AM (S6805)

116 "The South Kingdom, where Prospero lived, was an insane melange of tiny princedoms, dukedoms, free cities, fiefs, independent farms, and toll-free bishoprics. The only extant map of the whole domain was done by Abraham Ortelius, cartographer to King Gorm the Wonderworker, the ruler of one of these miniature principalities. The "Measles Map", as it was called in the rather small intellectual community of the South, looked like a picture of something in the last stages of a malignant and disfiguring disease. Blotches of purple rot crept across streams and fields. Pimples and boils popped up everywhere in realistic colors, for when Ortelius had to depict, say, a kingdom within a dukedom within a princedom, he always used pink for the outer ring, red for the next, and bright pustular yellow for the pimple's head."

--- "The Dolphin Cross" by John Bellairs

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 08:43 AM (Dc2NZ)

117 I read Daniel Silva's "The Order" last August.

Not worth the time spent.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 08:43 AM (xopIz)

118 I love my collection of John Bellairs stories. I'm still in the tales of Prospero the Wizard (by his own estimation, not a magician of consequence). Bellairs is such a deft writer.
---
The Face in the Frost is still one of the most terrifying stories I've ever read!

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:43 AM (K5n5d)

119 If you use Kindle, get "Windswept House" as soon as you can. It has a caution warning that says "Item Under Review" with a little yellow sign.

Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:44 AM (45fpk)

120 (Continuing with Y)

Thanks, Pixy. You won't let me cite certain instances, so to hell with it.

A lot of thought went into this book. I don't know how the screen treatment will differ from the book, but I'll give it a try.

Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 08:44 AM (Om/di)

121 Of course, they could always disappear it. Better get dead-tree edition.

Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:45 AM (45fpk)

122 you gotta wonder how that started:
doctor listening with rudimentary stethescope "I hear a swishing noise"
oh if it swishes, it must be French!
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 08:42 AM (oEn12)

Nothing would shock me. Borborygmi are more commonly called "bowel sounds".

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:45 AM (ONvIw)

123 It has a caution warning that says "Item Under Review" with a little yellow sign.
Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:44 AM (45fpk)

definitely a paper copy kinda book

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 08:45 AM (oEn12)

124 I am about 2/3rds of the way through "Windswept House." So please don't ruin the ending for me.

Written in 1995. Sure predicted McCarrick and all those fag bishops we (I am RC) have nowadays.



Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 08:45 AM (xopIz)

125 Poetry for today.

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.

- Rudyard Kipling

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 08:46 AM (d9FiS)

126 I've mentioned that librarians seem to come in two types; people Who Know Best, and therefore must assert their will over the patrons, and librarians who just love books and love to talk to people about them.

There seems to be more and more of the first type, and I imagine it has everything to do with the fairly recent requirement to have a higher degree to run a library.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 08:46 AM (AwPyG)

127 Violet sounds like a real Jonah to me just like getting onto an airplane carrying a famous musician.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at August 15, 2021 08:47 AM (UHVv4)

128 119 If you use Kindle, get "Windswept House" as soon as you can. It has a caution warning that says "Item Under Review" with a little yellow sign.
Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 08:44 AM (45fpk)

This is exactly why I bought a hard copy of Windswept House. One person who bought a different Malachi work on kindle noted that there were "missing sections". I suspect more of this will happen.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:47 AM (ONvIw)

129 Finished Book 1 of Huxley's After Many a Summer Dies the Swan and will probably finish it this week. I'm surprised this book isn't better known as the story of a filthy rich vulgarian trying to pay for research which will give him eternal life. It was written in 1939 but the humor isn't dated at all. Popular tastes, go figure...

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 08:47 AM (y7DUB)

130
I guess the main lesson of this thread is that White Wolves pee a lot!

Posted by: naturalfake at August 15, 2021 08:47 AM (5NkmN)

131 Started "The Great Game" by Peter Hopkirk last night...90 or so pages in... about British and Russia battle over Afganistan among other things... wow... another fantastic recommendation from moron readers....and timely subject...don't remember who mentioned it but, thanks!!

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at August 15, 2021 08:48 AM (uEfDs)

132 I never heard of that twist, it seems apocryphal, he did spent time in a Algerian dungeon so, I gave up on Swann's adventures about half way through,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at August 15, 2021 08:49 AM (hMlTh)

133 This week I tried to listen to an Audible booked called Moneyland-which is about corruption in the world of big money.
The book may make great points but the writer and narrator gave a strong impression of douchebagginess so I stopped.
Life is too short to waste on annoying books.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, the Phillips screwdriver of the gods at August 15, 2021 08:50 AM (cSyAR)

134 Apparently the first section of Windswept House is being censored as well, a buyer reports that the first section is not being printed and the introductory "ritual" section is removed.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:50 AM (ONvIw)

135 And then there are the book shop owners; there's a struggling book store that's local, in a strip mall that also has a small gun shop.

Often there is a line, waiting outside the gun shop, and we suggested she put out a table with books that might appeal to the gun patrons, to look over whilst they were waiting.

She explained she'd rather go out of business, than sell to 'people like that.'

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 08:50 AM (AwPyG)

136 I've mentioned that librarians seem to come in two types; people Who Know Best, and therefore must assert their will over the patrons, and librarians who just love books and love to talk to people about them.

There seems to be more and more of the first type, and I imagine it has everything to do with the fairly recent requirement to have a higher degree to run a library.
----
I wonder if the latter type are more inclined to start up a used bookstore....

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:50 AM (K5n5d)

137 read Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton, the first Matt Helm novel, based upon comments here concerning the discrepancy between the source novels and the Dean Martin movies. It is remarkable. The movies were James Bond lite and the book is a hard boiled cold war spy novel. . . .
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021


***
The same is true for the Hamilton Helms that were adapted and mangled for movies, Murderer's Row and The Wrecking Crew. I'm especially fond of The Ravagers, The Menacers, and The Interlopers.

Helm is a fascinating character. I'm not sure I'd want to know him in real life, but if my life depended on him, I'd want him there.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 08:51 AM (+nNqu)

138 I've never denied being a Tolkien or CS Lewis nerd so I freely admit I enjoy reading their respective collections of letters. Lewis' can show a real sense of humor as well as his development as a scholar and Christian. The selection of Tolkien's letters were edited, from a huge number, for how they reveal his ongoing efforts with his writing and his devotion as a family man and friend.

These aren't explosive collections but they are pleasant reading as you pick up aspects of their work and personality.

Posted by: JTB at August 15, 2021 08:51 AM (7EjX1)

139 Good morning!

Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at August 15, 2021 08:51 AM (+leAG)

140 She explained she'd rather go out of business, than sell to 'people like that.'
Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 08:50 AM (AwPyG)

when her bookstore goes out of biz she'll go work for a library

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 08:51 AM (oEn12)

141 129 Finished Book 1 of Huxley's After Many a Summer Dies the Swan and will probably finish it this week. I'm surprised this book isn't better known as the story of a filthy rich vulgarian trying to pay for research which will give him eternal life. It was written in 1939 but the humor isn't dated at all. Popular tastes, go figure...
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 08:47 AM (y7DUB)

Was it you who recommended Huxley's The Crows of Pearblossom for kids? If so, thanks. It was excoriated on goodreads, but I thought those reviews were stupid.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:52 AM (ONvIw)

142 Thank you OregonMuse for this World Class book thread every week. It's one of the best things in life!


And thanks to moron commenters for all the good recommendations through the years...

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at August 15, 2021 08:52 AM (uEfDs)

143 @133

If you want to get a good handle on the corruption in the world of big money, take a look at what the Panama Papers revealed; if nothing else, you owe it to the female journalist who exposed it, and who was subsequently car bombed.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 08:52 AM (AwPyG)

144 The Face in the Frost is still one of the most terrifying stories I've ever read!
Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:43 AM (K5n5d)
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And it starts out a kind of wacky comedy, with its description of Prospero's abode:

"He lived in a huge, ridiculous, doodad-covered, trash-filled two-story horror of a house that stumbled, staggered, and dribbled right up to the edge of a great shadowy forest . It was a house whose gutter spouts were worked in the shape of whistling sphinxes and screaming bearded faces; a house whose white wooden porch was decorated with carved bears, monkeys, toads, and fat women in togas holding sheaves of grain." Not to mention his sarcastic magic mirror who sings off key and listens to Chicago Cubs-NY Giants games from the future.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 08:53 AM (Dc2NZ)

145 Still picking away at "Foundation". It's been half a century since Hari Seldon's warning of inevitable collapse is starting to become apparent even to the doubters: the intellectual sclerosis, the slow disintegration of the Empire's authority on the periphery, the galaxy-spanning supply lines beginning to unravel. {/i]

Just add in:

1)Looting the Treasury

2) Crippling inflation

and you have Biden's America.

Yay! We're living in an Asimov novel.

Posted by: naturalfake at August 15, 2021 08:53 AM (5NkmN)

146 She explained she'd rather go out of business, than sell to 'people like that.'
Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 08:50 AM (AwPyG)

I hope she does, 2A hating fascist!

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:53 AM (ONvIw)

147 Poetry for today.

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.

- Rudyard Kipling


After using his last name as a play on words like a bunch of gibbering monkeys you've also spoken highly about his work. I'm embarrassed to say that for whatever dumbass reason I haven't read anything by him. Any particular faves I would like?

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 08:54 AM (y7DUB)

148 When I read the Jim Bakker blurb on the ONT last night, I thought that normally I'd be outraged but today it seems a return to a simpler, more righteous time.

"If I was as smart as Jim Bakker's audience, I would join them in buying a $1,000 "Miracle Blanket" that magically pays bills.
Bakker, the convicted fraudster televangelist who was recently fined for selling a phony Covid-19 cure, seems destined to spend the rest of his life running grifts on wide-eyed suckers. At this point, anyone giving this guy a nickel deserves what they receive in return."

https://bit.ly/3AHEHJk

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 08:54 AM (d9FiS)

149 And then there are the book shop owners; there's a struggling book store that's local, in a strip mall that also has a small gun shop.
Often there is a line, waiting outside the gun shop, and we suggested she put out a table with books that might appeal to the gun patrons, to look over whilst they were waiting.
She explained she'd rather go out of business, than sell to 'people like that.'
Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 08:50 AM (AwPyG)

She seems nice...

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 15, 2021 08:54 AM (R/m4+)

150 I started a re-read of Josephine Tey's "The Daughter of Time". It's been a while and I had forgotten how good the book is. The lady had a droll, wicked sense of humor. And aside from the intriguing concept of the story she fleshes out the characters simply but well.

I haven't read her other books but maybe I should start.
Posted by: JTB at August 15, 2021


***
Daughter is amazing in that we always know who the various historical characters are, and who they are related to, without a family tree in the back of the book.

Her The Singing Sands, her final novel, is superb too, as is Brat Farrar.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 08:55 AM (+nNqu)

151 @117

"Not worth the time spent."

That's a good question--how long to you give it, before you ditch a book?

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 08:56 AM (AwPyG)

152 She explained she'd rather go out of business, than sell to 'people like that.'

She seems nice...

And super business savvy, too.

Posted by: squid_hunt at August 15, 2021 08:56 AM (7MBHe)

153 And it starts out a kind of wacky comedy, with its description of Prospero's abode.
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Bellairs was very good at that. The House with a Clock in its Walls was pretty similar. Johnathan's home is pretty light-hearted and strange, but then things get very dark towards the latter part of the story. The Face in the Frost is even better. Bellairs really knows how to escalate the unnerving threat in the story.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 08:56 AM (K5n5d)

154 Was it you who recommended Huxley's The Crows of Pearblossom for kids? If so, thanks. It was excoriated on goodreads, but I thought those reviews were stupid.
Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:52 AM (ONvIw)


Not I but now I'm interested as well. Dumbass reviews on Goodreads; what are the chances?

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 08:56 AM (y7DUB)

155 When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.

- Rudyard Kipling

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 08:46 AM (d9FiS)



Terry Hayes quotes that in his great thriller, "I Am Pilgrim," in which a disillusioned former US spy is recruited to track down what a lone jihadi may be planning for a terrorist attack.

Posted by: Shy lurker Wethal at August 15, 2021 08:56 AM (ZzVCK)

156 I hate that I every time I go to the main branch of my library the Big Display of new books/staff reco's/etc. is plastered with every hard-Left book they can get their slimy hands on: BLM/Gheigh/Climate Scientology/Gender Insanity/onandon. Been that way for decades.

Posted by: ghost of hallelujah, carrying ZOMG variant at August 15, 2021 08:57 AM (sJHOI)

157 @75 --

It's no spoiler that Beth divorces Matt. Donald Hamilton did that rather than kill Beth, which his editor had suggested.

Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 08:58 AM (Om/di)

158 The Cavendish family should build another place, secret and secure, to house these books. Once the Muslims take over the UK, by hook or by crook, one of their first orders of business will be to destroy all the libraries. This is what they do. This is what they are.

Posted by: KillGoogleandFacebook at August 15, 2021 08:59 AM (cibh6)

159 @157

I'm still traumatized from when the other Beth died.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 08:59 AM (AwPyG)

160
Not I but now I'm interested as well. Dumbass reviews on Goodreads; what are the chances?
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 08:56 AM (y7DUB)

Feminist crap mostly. I was saddened to learn that the niece for whom the book was written is a hard core leftist.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:00 AM (ONvIw)

161 M'lord Squirrel, I liked how Bellairs didn't talk down to children in his YA stories. There is real terror in those tales too.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 09:00 AM (Dc2NZ)

162 "the war for gay rights"


Leftists are insane.

Posted by: Earl Fromipanema at August 15, 2021 09:01 AM (fBtlL)

163 #Wokeness is Calvinball played by morons.

Posted by: aelfheld at August 15, 2021 09:02 AM (Zy9Yy)

164 M'lord Squirrel, I liked how Bellairs didn't talk down to children in his YA stories. There is real terror in those tales too.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 09:00 AM (Dc2NZ)
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Oh, yeah. They terrified me when I was younger! Some of my favorite books...

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 09:02 AM (K5n5d)

165 "that downbeat view is very much at odds with the tenacious and happy people that you meet when you actually live in rural America."

in my rural area, most of the kids of the old farmers moved out to the larger cities, as fewer (tenacious and happy) farmers acquire more farms. That may be different in places where there are not 5000 acres farms operated by one family, idk. I'll have to read that book to see what the economy is like in a Maine rural community. Do they depend on rich New Yorkers that have second homes in rural Maine?

Posted by: illiniwek at August 15, 2021 09:02 AM (Cus5s)

166 Thanks to those who recommended Windswept House, it makes me look at all the failures among organized religion and realize that this was intentional at one point. Some "spiritual leaders" are merely manipulated by the cagier, malignant, ones.
Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:41 AM (ONvIw)


I wouldn't doubt that Satan has a hand in this too. While some of the laity is misled, this anti-religion is ultimately self-defeating. Oppression of religion always leads to a core of believers prepared to sustain anything for their faith in God.

Speaking as a Catholic, the Church is bigger than Pope Francis and his like-minded creatures in the Vatican. His limitation on the Latin Mass is not a display of power, but of weakness, because much of the younger clergy want to go back exclusively to the Latin Mass. The old hippies, commies and homosexuals are dying-out and their replacement by younger, more traditionally-minded priests and laity can't be stopped.

There might be a schism, but the brand of Catholicism sold by Pope Francis will die-out one way or another.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at August 15, 2021 09:02 AM (pJWtt)

167 Got Kurt Schlicter's new entry "The Split" this week, but haven't started it yet.

Still working on Honor Harrington.

The series. I mean I'm reading the series about Honor Harrington.

I'll let you know about Kurt's book next week.

Posted by: Earl Fromipanema at August 15, 2021 09:02 AM (fBtlL)

168 @Captain Hate, one of my favorites (or in this case, I should say "favourites"). Kipling was the Poet Laureate and wrote this for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

https://tinyurl.com/4v5h729u

Another one you may have seen before, "If":

https://tinyurl.com/746a3vkf

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 15, 2021 09:03 AM (BMmaB)

169 I was the one who suggested The Crows of Pearblossom.

Another book I loved when I was a child was Alexander and the Magic Mouse by Martha Sanders. I wanted (and still do) the house the animals live in.

https://tinyurl.com/3ura4eh5

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 09:03 AM (2JVJo)

170 I'm thinking if you modified those continuous butt pocket pants into Daisy dukes, you could transform another Kardashian into a billionaire.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at August 15, 2021 09:03 AM (JTpIQ)

171 When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.

- Rudyard Kipling

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks

Hey Mr Taliban, tally me khalifas
Kabul falls and I wanna go home

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 09:03 AM (oEn12)

172 I hate that I every time I go to the main branch of my library the Big Display of new books/staff reco's/etc. is plastered with every hard-Left book they can get their slimy hands on: BLM/Gheigh/Climate Scientology/Gender Insanity/onandon. Been that way for decades.
Posted by: ghost of hallelujah, carrying ZOMG variant at August 15, 2021 08:57 AM (sJHOI)

Scratch a lieberrian, find a fascist.

Next time your there, place a copy of Mein Kampf on their precious Big Display.

The horror, the horror.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 15, 2021 09:04 AM (R/m4+)

173 After using his last name as a play on words like a bunch of gibbering monkeys you've also spoken highly about his work. I'm embarrassed to say that for whatever dumbass reason I haven't read anything by him. Any particular faves I would like?
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 08:54 AM (y7DUB)


Kim is a good book, it is about an orphaned Irish soldier's son in India and how he flourished and found purpose in the "great game".
His poetry and ballads are good, but they do need a bit of understanding of what they are talking about. When I first read them I had to do a lot of catching up to do.

Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 09:04 AM (BbDPD)

174 Speaking of Prospero, Remember the Tom Stoppard play, "Rozencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead"?

He took two minor characters from Hamlet, and told the story from their point of view.

It was so well done.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:05 AM (AwPyG)

175 71 Stilll reading same book from last week -- Teachings of Don Juan. Interesting!

Posted by: Ziba at August 15, 2021 08:08 AM (S1hrL)

I read the series...weird...made me want some datura. Castenada has been described as "an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a tortilla"....sounds about right.
Posted by: BignJames at August 15, 2021 08:29 AM (AwYPR)


If it was the 70s and you got stoned, that was the book you read.

Years later I read an article "debunking" Castenada, claimed he just made it all up. Brought in all sorts of details of Mexican/native American culture that Castenada got wrong. Also the geographic features he describes where he supposedly was don't match up either. Thought it was interesting, don't know enough about the subject to know if he's right, but I'm prepared to believe it because I'm a contrarian dick about such matters.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 09:05 AM (EyTIE)

176 Good morning, OM, good morning, Horde

Posted by: callsign claymore at August 15, 2021 09:05 AM (ceEqg)

177 The old hippies, commies and homosexuals are dying-out and their replacement by younger, more traditionally-minded priests and laity can't be stopped.

There might be a schism, but the brand of Catholicism sold by Pope Francis will die-out one way or another.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at August 15, 2021 09:02 AM (pJWtt)

Not being Catholic, I hope you are right. Many young rabbis are hopelessly woke and are very self-righteous and pompous about it. It's a dreadful path they are walking, IMO.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:05 AM (ONvIw)

178 I'm taking a break from murder mysteries right now, and have started reading Ashok Banker's multi-volume 'Krishna Coriolis' series. This is the novelized story of the life of Krishna, and I think I must have read at least the beginning of this many years ago. I've already read his novelized adaptation of the Ramayana. His stuff is very accessible to non-Indian readers, and reading the myths as fantasy/adventure stories really works. If you're interested in learning about hindu mythology, this is a very good way to do it. I'm going to go on and read his Mahabharata series after this one.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at August 15, 2021 09:05 AM (DWDek)

179 Speaking of Prospero, Remember the Tom Stoppard play, "Rozencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead"?

He took two minor characters from Hamlet, and told the story from their point of view.

It was so well done.

Posted by: artemis

And funny.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 09:06 AM (d9FiS)

180 That Bellairs collection, "Magic Mirrors", is available at NESFA:

https://www.nesfa.org/press/available-books/

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 09:08 AM (Dc2NZ)

181 Speaking of Prospero, Remember the Tom Stoppard play, "Rozencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead"?
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I thought the movie with Gary Oldman and Tim Roth was really well done.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at August 15, 2021 09:08 AM (K5n5d)

182 When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.

- Rudyard Kipling
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 08:46 AM (d9FiS


Wait, the British army abandoned their wounded in Afghanistan? Wow. They must've gotten their asses kicked very, very badly.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 09:09 AM (EyTIE)

183 Currently on a re-read of the sword of truth series. I will probably only read the first 2 or 3 and then the last one.
Posted by: Vic at August 15, 2021 08:01 AM (mpXpK)

I've been reading them for the first time here lately. If you have the stomach for it, the 5th and 6th books (Soul of the Fire and Faith of the Fallen) have surprisingly relevant themes. Almost prescient I'd say, since they were written 20 years ago.

Posted by: She Hobbit at August 15, 2021 09:09 AM (ftFVW)

184 Borborygmus?

Somebody pull my finger.

Morning hordemates!

Posted by: Diogenes at August 15, 2021 09:09 AM (axyOa)

185 Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 09:03 AM (2JVJo)

Thanks for the Huxley, and thanks again. Delightfully, I found a cheap copy of this on ebay!

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:10 AM (ONvIw)

186 Oh, my! George Takei wants the unvaxxed to get second-class treatment in hospitalization etc.

https://twitter.com/ezralevant/status/
1426688866321326082

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at August 15, 2021 09:10 AM (UHVv4)

187 ZOD.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:10 AM (xK9An)

188 @182

There's a famous painting about a true incident when the Mughals were overrunning the British camp, and the British officer's wife begged her husband to stab her in the heart, rather than allow her to be captured.

Which he did.

The Victorians were not sissies.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:11 AM (AwPyG)

189 peaking as a Catholic, the Church is bigger than Pope Francis and his like-minded creatures in the Vatican. His limitation on the Latin Mass is not a display of power, but of weakness, because much of the younger clergy want to go back exclusively to the Latin Mass. The old hippies, commies and homosexuals are dying-out and their replacement by younger, more traditionally-minded priests and laity can't be stopped.

Just read this morning that Cardinal Burke has Covid and is in hospital on a ventilator. First thought was that he's done for, probably. When doing a Bing search for "Cardinal Burke Covid" I got several pages on this story; almost every single one had the words "Vaccine skeptic Cardinal Burke". A sort of cock-a-doodle-doo of victory over the contemptible enemy. But if you READ the stories, you'll find they ALL admit that they don't know if Burke was vaccinated - at his age, I wouldn't be surprised if he was. And the quotes they proffer are from last year, BEFORE there was any vaccine, and when he was complaining about how opportunistic governments were using the disease as a way of oppressing the people.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at August 15, 2021 09:11 AM (DWDek)

190 Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at August 15, 2021 09:10 AM (UHVv4)

He's such a pig of a man

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:11 AM (ONvIw)

191 But, apparently, "freedom to read" actually means "freedom to read only the stuff we agree with."
-
Great minds!

https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1426868329327771649

Posted by: Biden's Dog at August 15, 2021 09:11 AM (UaJ/W)

192 Years later I read an article "debunking" Castenada, claimed he just made it all up.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 09:05 AM (EyTIE)

Makes me wonder if it wasn't just his long running joke at the expense of anthropologists.

Posted by: BignJames at August 15, 2021 09:12 AM (AwYPR)

193 I'm as hard-core Helm as they come, but I'm baffled by the reference to "the other Beth."

Do you mean Libby, from "The Interlopers"?

By the way, that was my first Helm book.

Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 09:12 AM (Om/di)

194 artemis, I read the whole thing. I was on vacation with a lot of spare time on my hands.

Silva is a skilled writer, but he knows nothing about Catholicism.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 09:12 AM (xopIz)

195 Speaking of timely books, Hayek's Road to Serfdom

We've now put in an express lane. We're on the highway to Hell

Posted by: Hunter's two headed love child at August 15, 2021 09:12 AM (ZHVt1)

196 Thanks for the Kipling recs. They won't be ignored if maybe not immediately acted on. Any love for Captains Courageous?

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 09:13 AM (y7DUB)

197 191: That is why they censor Windswept House. I wonder how they've mutilated Gulag Archipelago?

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:13 AM (ONvIw)

198 Silva is a skilled writer, but he knows nothing about Catholicism.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 09:12 AM (xopIz)


He's Jewish, IIRC.

Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 09:13 AM (45fpk)

199 @194

Beth from Little Women.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:13 AM (AwPyG)

200 >>Wait, the British army...must've gotten their asses kicked very, very badly.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 09:09 AM (EyTIE)

Too right, chap.

Posted by: William Brydon, sole survivor of Elphinstone's 1842 massacre at August 15, 2021 09:13 AM (xK9An)

201 Not being Catholic, I hope you are right. Many young rabbis are hopelessly woke and are very self-righteous and pompous about it. It's a dreadful path they are walking, IMO.
Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:05 AM (ONvIw)


Aren't there several branches of Judaism? Orthodox and Reformed (if I have my terminology correct)? As an outsider looking in, I get the impression that the Reformed synagogues are where the "woke" (how I loathe that term!) are found. Essentially, Judaism has already had a schism. My reading of the Old Testament doesn't seem to leave much room for Communism.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at August 15, 2021 09:14 AM (pJWtt)

202 I love Kipling.

You just have to remember that the Victorians tend to be flowery, and over-wrought.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:14 AM (AwPyG)

203 Wait, the British army abandoned their wounded in Afghanistan? Wow. They must've gotten their asses kicked very, very badly.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 09:09 AM (EyTIE)


Oh, they did! If you look up the 1842 retreat from Kabul, they say that the British started with 16,000 people (3/4 were civilians) and only 1 Englishman and a few sepoys reached safety in India.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at August 15, 2021 09:15 AM (DWDek)

204 Years later I read an article "debunking" Castenada, claimed he just made it all up.

This came up in last week's book thread. I know I have a full article on it somewhere, but for the nonce, here's Cecil Adams' take on Castaneda:

https://tinyurl.com/hn33vs2b

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 09:15 AM (2JVJo)

205 The parishes that offer "The Mass of the Ages", the TLM are growing like crazy.

Big families. Communion on the tongue. Traditional baptisms that have the three exorcisms included.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 09:16 AM (xopIz)

206 Reading Jan Morris' "The World: Life and Travel, 1950-2000."

His Pax Brittanica trilogy is great history writing.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:16 AM (xK9An)

207 From my very cursory reading of the New Testament (Paul, or maybe Timothy), it seems there were heretical teachings floating around almost immediately.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 09:16 AM (Dc2NZ)

208 She explained she'd rather go out of business, than sell to 'people like that.'


Stick a Nagant revolver in her hand while she's standing behind a kneeling Kulak beside a ditch and she pulls the trigger, guaranteed.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at August 15, 2021 09:16 AM (gbfHZ)

209 "and only 1 Englishman and a few sepoys reached safety in India."

Flashman got out too. IIRC in disguise

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 15, 2021 09:16 AM (ZHVt1)

210 Well....just let them watch people getting executed or child rapes and it is so common.

Their bubbles are insulated really well. Watch only safe media.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at August 15, 2021 09:16 AM (oy1++)

211 I hate that I every time I go to the main branch of my library the Big Display of new books/staff reco's/etc. is plastered with every hard-Left book they can get their slimy hands on: BLM/Gheigh/Climate Scientology/Gender Insanity/onandon. Been that way for decades.
Posted by: ghost of hallelujah, carrying ZOMG variant at August 15, 2021 08:57 AM (sJHOI)

Scratch a lieberrian, find a fascist.

Next time your there, place a copy of Mein Kampf on their precious Big Display.

The horror, the horror.
Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 15, 2021 09:04 AM (R/m4+)


I've pulled a bunch of them, acted like I was going to check them out and replaced them with something by Thos. Sowell, VDH, Adam Smith, Rush Limbaugh, Christianity, etc. and tucked the others back on a shelf somewhere.

Seemed like a waste of time and somewhat juvenile. It was the mood I was in at the time.

Posted by: ghost of hallelujah, carrying ZOMG variant at August 15, 2021 09:17 AM (sJHOI)

212 Anyway, I suppose I should try to get some writing done before I just collapse completely from depression.

Haven't got the energy to edit my novel, so am sketching out ideas for a new story. We'll see how it goes.

Hope you all have a better day than I will.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 09:17 AM (2JVJo)

213 Maybe should reread Hell in a Very Small Place about Dien Bien Phu would be fitting.

Posted by: Skip at August 15, 2021 09:17 AM (znIQ9)

214 75 ... "I read Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton, the first Matt Helm novel"

AW, I hope you continue with the Matt Helm books. I think they got even better as the series went on. Also, there is a non-Hamilton book "Matt Helm: The War Years" by keith Wease. It takes comments about WW II mentioned in the early books and expands on them. Kind of a fun read for Helm fans. It's on Kindle for 5 bucks.

Posted by: JTB at August 15, 2021 09:18 AM (7EjX1)

215 I'm glad for public libraries. No way could I afford the Marvel Masterworks collections.

As for their displays -- I skip them. I couldn't even tell you if Central Library has any. I haven't been to Central in years.

I request all my library books online.

Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 09:19 AM (Om/di)

216 President Biden has done an outstanding job of leading the Taliban to victory!

Posted by: Tyler Mason at August 15, 2021 09:19 AM (L8A29)

217 @205

There seems to be a big interest in the Russian Orthodox church, among the younger generation here.

I guess the pendulum is swinging back with a vengeance.


Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:20 AM (AwPyG)

218 I wasn't planning to comment this morning, but I have to acknowledge the sheer awesomeness of one of my favorite words of all time: borborygmus! (Plural form borborygmi).

To me it evokes images of ancient Greek gods bowling ten pins in the sky, with the echoes rumbling down the valleys with the threat of a coming storm. Along with eructations, flatus, and singultus (burps, farts, and hiccups) the elaborate yet subtle gastrointestinal symphony facilitated my love of the language of medicine.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Posted by: Muldoon at August 15, 2021 09:20 AM (Xwt96)

219 Speaking of timely books, Hayek's Road to Serfdom

We've now put in an express lane. We're on the highway to Hell
Posted by: Hunter's two headed love child at August 15, 2021 09:12 AM (ZHVt1)


I particularly recommend the "definitive" version published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007. It is Volume #2 in "The Collected Works of F.A.Hayek" edited by Bruce Caldwell. This version gives all the sources and additional discussion of what led to Hayek writing The Road to Serfdom in 1944. It is a prescient book.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at August 15, 2021 09:21 AM (pJWtt)

220 Beth from Little Women.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:13 AM (AwPyG)

I still chuckle over the scene in Friends when Rachel puts Litle Women in the freezer for Joey at that point

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 09:21 AM (oEn12)

221 Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at August 15, 2021 09:14 AM (pJWtt)

You can find wokeness in every "branch" of Judaism, but Reform are the most severely affected and loudest about it. My SIL is a member of a very woke Conservative synagogue and I know very lib nominally Orthodox as well. Of course I live in a blue city in a blue state. Kid2's wedding will be officiated by an old not woke Conservative rabbi.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:21 AM (ONvIw)

222 I don't think you can blame the Beatles for that. Here's a quote I use for my email signature. It's from Tennessee 1930:

Throw out the radio and take the fiddle down from the wall.

Also, I heard Michelle Shocked say "Music is too important to be left to professionals". I like that but confess I have not been doing my part.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 09:22 AM (YynYJ)

223 >>212 Anyway, I suppose I should try to get some writing done before I just collapse completely from depression. Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 09:17 AM (2JVJo)

You should consider taking up cigarette smoking so that you can use quitting them as a distraction.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:22 AM (xK9An)

224 Tonight at 8pm EDT, theliturgy.org will debut the first in a trilogy of documentaries about the Traditional Latin Mass.

It's free. It will be on youtube.

youtube.com/c/massoftheages

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 09:23 AM (xopIz)

225 I'm most of the way through binge reading the Flashman novels. Currently, Flashy is in the Punjab and just met an American sectet agent working for the Limeys who is even more scoundrelly than he is.

Flashy seems miffed that he's been outdone.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at August 15, 2021 09:23 AM (gbfHZ)

226 218 I wasn't planning to comment this morning, but I have to acknowledge the sheer awesomeness of one of my favorite words of all time: borborygmus! (Plural form borborygmi).

Muldoon, do you have a limerick for it?

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 09:23 AM (oEn12)

227 @220

"I don't think she's gonna make it!"

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:25 AM (AwPyG)

228 His Pax Brittanica trilogy is great history writing.
Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:16 AM (xK9An)
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It's one of best. I read a copy borrowed from a friend. Surprised it's not on Kindle.

Morris later transitioned to female. From his biography, I think he simply did all the cool things one can do as a male.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 09:25 AM (Dc2NZ)

229 That's a good question--how long to you give it, before you ditch a book?
Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 08:56 AM (AwPyG)


It varies. Some books are so poorly written you know almost immediately it won't work. The most recent book I bounced off the wall started out great but the narrator was so full of herself it clearly would be unendurable.

Classics are worth cutting some slack. Unlike most of the reading Horde I hated Gibbon's writing style but the closer he got to contemporary time the less likely he was to make howler mistakes of an autodidact.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 09:25 AM (y7DUB)

230 CW tweet is the dumbest shit I've seen in some time.

So dumb, that I may actually read that book, just for grins.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at August 15, 2021 09:25 AM (GdOWZ)

231 I'm re-reading Shaara's The Rising Tide.
It's not as fascinating as the first time. Historically accurate but I'm thinking he's spending too much time in the minds of the central characters. It makes them come across as slightly two dimensional.

Posted by: Diogenes at August 15, 2021 09:29 AM (axyOa)

232 The Civil War was fabulous.

Posted by: Jeff Davis in a Dress at August 15, 2021 09:29 AM (QU5/8)

233 >>Next time your there, place a copy of Mein Kampf on their precious Big Display.

In this way has Zod corrupted the Little Free Library in his arch-liberal neighborhood, one donation at a time:

"Buying Your First Handgun," "Black No More," "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell," others.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:29 AM (xK9An)

234 This came up in last week's book thread. I know I have a full article on it somewhere, but for the nonce, here's Cecil Adams' take on Castaneda:

https://tinyurl.com/hn33vs2b

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at August 15, 2021 09:15 AM (2JVJo)

Hadn't read that one...Tales of Power was the last I read and he had me fooled at the time.

Posted by: BignJames at August 15, 2021 09:30 AM (AwYPR)

235 Kipling's poem "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" should be on the required reading list every year from 6th grade through college.

And bests to all.

Posted by: Just Some Guy at August 15, 2021 09:30 AM (JzDjf)

236 213 Maybe should reread Hell in a Very Small Place about Dien Bien Phu would be fitting.

Posted by: Skip at August 15, 2021 09:17 AM (znIQ9)


"The Last Valley" is another good book about Dien Bien Phu.

Posted by: Gref at August 15, 2021 09:31 AM (AMIL/)

237 The Civil War was fabulous.
---

Hello -- Zouaves?!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 09:31 AM (Dc2NZ)

238 who dis?

who knows, kinky shoes tho

Posted by: will choose a nic later at August 15, 2021 09:31 AM (bTQ72)

239 >>Morris later transitioned to female. From his biography, I think he simply did all the cool things one can do as a male. Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 09:25 AM (Dc2NZ)

Went under the knife, and in the, ahem, 'exploratory' age of the process, which at least shows commitment (and mental disorder, but that's been explored here ad nauseam).

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:32 AM (xK9An)

240 105 Eris, Borborygmus is one of the incunabulae

borborygmus is the result of the flatonic ether impinging living matter.

Posted by: Anachronda, gallivanting about the intermountain west at August 15, 2021 09:32 AM (O/Kpe)

241 Lord Squirrell

I haven't read Caves of Steel in decades and had kind of forgotten about that Asimov series. Off to see if local library has it....

Posted by: Charlotte at August 15, 2021 09:33 AM (qScIa)

242 In this way has Zod corrupted the Little Free Library in his arch-liberal neighborhood, one donation at a time:

"Buying Your First Handgun," "Black No More," "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell," others.
Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:29 AM (xK9An)

I put in Patton's "War As I Knew It" and Guderian's "Panzer Leader".

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 09:33 AM (Dc2NZ)

243 201....

Yes there are actual Jewish Synagogues that actually believe in the Torah. That said, the ideological leanings of American Jews lie firmly in the Marxist camp. Donald Trump was without a doubt the most pro-Jew, pro-Israeli POTUS in the modern era, and arguably of all time. And he didn't make a dent into the Donk Jewish voting bloc. Worse still, those idiots enthusiastically supported overt anti-Semites across the country, most notably Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. American Jews (and Western Jews in general) prioritize their Marxism above faith, and that will eventually come back and bite them hard...again.

Posted by: PacosMojo at August 15, 2021 09:33 AM (5BndC)

244 "George Takei wants the unvaxxed to get second-class treatment in hospitalization etc."

The Church Of Woke wants to torture people into submission, or into dhimmitude. (but it is really a globalist plan, a move toward total "choke collar obedience training", via tracking and "social credit scores")

Posted by: illiniwek at August 15, 2021 09:33 AM (Cus5s)

245 Ok, Bronski's argument boils down to this: Walt Whitman made some pretty gay sounding quotes about the war. So the war was about gay rights. Or something.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at August 15, 2021 09:34 AM (GdOWZ)

246 To me it evokes images of ancient Greek gods bowling ten pins in the sky, with the echoes rumbling down the valleys with the threat of a coming storm. Along with eructations, flatus, and singultus (burps, farts, and hiccups) the elaborate yet subtle gastrointestinal symphony facilitated my love of the language of medicine.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
Posted by: Muldoon at August 15, 2021 09:20 AM (Xwt96)
***

Muldoon must of had a lonely childhood.

Posted by: Diogenes at August 15, 2021 09:34 AM (axyOa)

247 "Flatonic Aethers" is a good excuse for taking sick leave.

Also, band name.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 09:35 AM (Dc2NZ)

248 ...Guderian's "Panzer Leader".
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 09:33 AM (Dc2NZ)

In the original German, for the disaffected, intelligent, haughty high school German aficionado who really wants to spice up Thanksgiving dinner.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:35 AM (xK9An)

249 we should have some hot librarians' pics too!?

Posted by: will choose a nic later at August 15, 2021 09:36 AM (bTQ72)

250 We read all of Carlos Castaneda's books in an anthropology class in college. The professor thought of himself as something of a shaman because he went to Mexico and ate a lot of peyote. Interesting course.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at August 15, 2021 09:37 AM (JTpIQ)

251 @214 --

JTB, I've heard of the "War Years" book. I have all the others, so I probably should get that.

I'd love to read Mac's exploits when he was young.

I hope that my kids flip through at least one Helm book after I'm gone. I don't like to think of my collections being broken up or destroyed, even if they would be way out of date.

Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 09:37 AM (Om/di)

252 183 I've been reading them for the first time here lately. If you have the stomach for it, the 5th and 6th books (Soul of the Fire and Faith of the Fallen) have surprisingly relevant themes. Almost prescient I'd say, since they were written 20 years ago.

Posted by: She Hobbit at August 15, 2021 09:09 AM (ftFVW)


Oh I have read the whole series, originally in dead tree version, but I still thought it was drug out to long.

Posted by: Vic at August 15, 2021 09:37 AM (mpXpK)

253 Amazing thread about a madlad Lord Miles of Arabia who travelled to Afghanistan because he wanted to. He is in Kabul now documenting via 4chan and Twitch.
White Boy Summer. LFG!

https://mobile.twitter.com/Rimmy_Downunder/
status/1426838276703330310

@Rimmy_Downunder
there's currently a british guy called Lord Miles in Kabul having a wonderful time. (1 cont.)

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 15, 2021 09:38 AM (UahF5)

254 Uh, the best thing you can do as a male is nice enough that you want to keep doing it.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 09:38 AM (xopIz)

255
is the embassy in A-stan more like Vietnam in 75 or Iran in 79??

Posted by: will choose a nic later at August 15, 2021 09:39 AM (bTQ72)

256 After using his last name as a play on words like a bunch of gibbering monkeys you've also spoken highly about his work. I'm embarrassed to say that for whatever dumbass reason I haven't read anything by him. Any particular faves I would like?
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 08:54 AM (y7DUB)

I would suggest "If" and "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" - both short-ish poems that can be found online, which speak to the Hordian soul.

Posted by: Cato, Collectivism Delenda Est, Post-Apocalyptic Scourge of the Seas at August 15, 2021 09:39 AM (xNrL5)

257
George Takei wants the unvaxxed to get second-class treatment in hospitalization etc.


Did he say that it was part of the teachings at Starfleet?

Which he attended?

And graduated at the top of his class?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at August 15, 2021 09:40 AM (+2sc/)

258 202 I love Kipling.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:14 AM (AwPyG)


I've never tried it.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 09:40 AM (EyTIE)

259 Ace of Spades Memorial Trust Library Institut For Generational Appreciation Of Guns, Art, And Hate Foundation Consortium.

Bibliophiles: Consider it in your end-of-life plans.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:40 AM (xK9An)

260 IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE BY THE 25TH CENTURY, THERE WON'T BE ANY JAPANESE LEFT. NOBODY WANTS TO MAKE BABIES THERE.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 09:42 AM (xopIz)

261 George Takei got his Relevance Card in a box of caramel corn.

Posted by: klaftern at August 15, 2021 09:42 AM (r4sI4)

262 249 we should have some hot librarians' pics too!?

Posted by: will choose a nic later at August 15, 2021 09:36 AM (bTQ72)


You mean of the "naughty" kind, I take it. Heh, no...

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 09:42 AM (EyTIE)

263 >>261 George Takei got his Relevance Card in a box of caramel corn.
Posted by: klaftern at August 15, 2021 09:42 AM (r4sI4)

Gaysian-American.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:43 AM (xK9An)

264 260: Shouldn't this be done with your Ben nic?

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:43 AM (ONvIw)

265 198 Silva is a skilled writer, but he knows nothing about Catholicism.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 09:12 AM (xopIz)


He's Jewish, IIRC.
Posted by: grammie winger at August 15, 2021 09:13 AM (45fpk)



He was raised Catholic but converted to Judaism when he married CNN reporter Jamie Gangell.

Posted by: Shy lurker Wethal at August 15, 2021 09:43 AM (ZzVCK)

266 I love Kipling.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:14 AM (AwPyG)

I've never tried it.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 0

Goes best with a nice chilled gewertztmeiner... gevertsaminer... gewsrtsmi... a Chardonnay.

Posted by: Diogenes at August 15, 2021 09:43 AM (axyOa)

267 The revolutionary war was a war for gay rights!

The Puritans fled Europe because they were looking for a land more accepting of the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 09:43 AM (gpKIi)

268 I hope that my kids flip through at least one Helm book after I'm gone. I don't like to think of my collections being broken up or destroyed, even if they would be way out of date. Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 09:37 AM (Om/di)


Len Deighton for me.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 15, 2021 09:43 AM (BMmaB)

269 Greetings:

Borborymus = Onomatopaeia ???

Posted by: 11B40 at August 15, 2021 09:44 AM (uuklp)

270 Whenever George Takei is recruited to message, you know they are getting a little desperate. Next it will be Jimmy Carter.

On the other hand, Takei voiced a villain in a Bubble Guppies episode called "Space Guppies." He was Major Bummer, and it was great.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:44 AM (AwPyG)

271 When you really look at the history, the War of the Roses was a war over gay lovers.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 09:44 AM (gpKIi)

272
I currently am listening to Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter" about the Man-Son Family's rabid exploits in '69. I'm about halfway through it and have yet to encounter an example where the police were not bumbling fuckups.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at August 15, 2021 09:44 AM (+2sc/)

273 IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE I FORGOT TO CHANGE MY SOCK!

Posted by: Ben Roethlisberger at August 15, 2021 09:45 AM (UHVv4)

274 >>266 I love Kipling.
Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:14 AM (AwPyG)

I've never tried it.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021

I love it, too, but you gotta stretch first. Nothing ruins a good intimate kipling like a pulled hamstring.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:45 AM (xK9An)

275 Has there ever been another pandemic where the unvaccinated were treated like lepers?

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 09:45 AM (YynYJ)

276 Didn't that gross bastard Takei once give some random a handjob on the Howard Stern show?

I'm sure he leads the kind of super healthy life we should all be lectured about.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at August 15, 2021 09:45 AM (GdOWZ)

277 "He was raised Catholic but converted to Judaism when he married CNN reporter Jamie Gangell."

This tells you everything about Silva you need to know.
And most authors who get a lot of "push" from the literary establishment.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:46 AM (AwPyG)

278 >>272 I currently am listening to Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter" about the Man-Son Family's rabid exploits in '69. I'm about halfway through it and have yet to encounter an example where the police were not bumbling fuckups. Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at August 15, 2021 09:44 AM (+2sc/)

Mrs. reports that reading it led her dad to purchase his first handgun.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:46 AM (xK9An)

279 Why are gay historians trying to make all of history centered on gay rights?

"You leave my private sex life out of this! Why are you obsessing over me?"
-gay historian

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 09:46 AM (gpKIi)

280 Perhaps George Takei could author a book about the benefits of creating a lesser class of people, based upon their beliefs and life choices.

Posted by: Joe Biden, Supergenious at August 15, 2021 09:46 AM (3D/fK)

281
The revolutionary war was a war for gay rights!

The Puritans fled Europe because they were looking for a land more accepting of the LGBTQ lifestyle.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done!


Neanderthals had to be eliminated because they would not honor the Cro-Magnons' pronouns!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at August 15, 2021 09:46 AM (+2sc/)

282 here's a cute ginger librarian: https://tinyurl.com/f82wxbay

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:47 AM (ONvIw)

283 is the embassy in A-stan more like Vietnam in 75 or Iran in 79?? Posted by: will choose a nic later at August 15, 2021 09:39 AM (bTQ72)

I think the current operating assumption is that the noncombatant evacuation operation will be permissive (i.e., not opposed by the Taliban), so more like Saigon in 1975. The airport can easily be shut down if the Taliban want to; it's not necessary to occupy it. There is a hill in the way of the landing approach, so landing means you have to do an "S" with the airplane. Sitting at the hill with a MANPAD, or even threatening to, shuts down air traffic in and out.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at August 15, 2021 09:47 AM (BMmaB)

284 Would those pants be mocked in rural Kansa?

Oh my Yes!

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at August 15, 2021 09:47 AM (u82oZ)

285 So, in reality, Abraham Lincoln wrote the "LGBTQ+ Sexual Practices and Civil Rights Freedom Decree," and immediately after his death, anti-LGBTQ+ Republican prudes destroyed all copies and substituted the Emancipation Proclamation? Makes sense.

This gives Juneteenth quite a different meaning!

Posted by: Gref at August 15, 2021 09:47 AM (AMIL/)

286 The vaccinated are Delta suprespreaders.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 09:47 AM (gpKIi)

287 @272

Have you got to the part where the reporters find the bloody clothes, by using an obvious theory?

It does make the cops look bad. See: OJ

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:47 AM (AwPyG)

288 Be off me, you Applesauce brained sock

Posted by: V at August 15, 2021 09:47 AM (3D/fK)

289 Gonna be one of those days, I see....

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at August 15, 2021 09:48 AM (3D/fK)

290
This tells you everything about Silva you need to know.
And most authors who get a lot of "push" from the literary establishment.
Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:46 AM (AwPyG)

So writing is as incestuous as acting and politics? That sux

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:49 AM (ONvIw)

291 Kipling's _Kim_ is not a good book.

It is the greatest book ever written.

Posted by: Trimegistus at August 15, 2021 09:49 AM (QZxDR)

292 I've re-read Vince Flynn's first two books in his Mitch Rapp series. Vince - a good man gone too soon. Can't believe it's been 7 years since I heard Rush announce the news on his show.
Posted by: CarolinaGirl
Mitch and Rush, RIP. Really enjoyed them both. Rush was an addiction. I am reading through Tom Clancys novels. Currently on Debt of Honor.

You might enjoy the authors Dalton Fury and Brad Thor.

Posted by: MikeM at August 15, 2021 09:49 AM (jbRB1)

293 Pre-historic fiction is Sci-Fi? No.

Golding doesn't have a wide appeal outside "The Lord of the Flies." I liked "The Inheritors." It superseded all that Jean Auel nonsense 25 years before the fact.
I recommend his "The Spire," concerning the obsession of religious aspiration, as an unstable spire is added to an existing cathedral.

Posted by: Brett at August 15, 2021 09:49 AM (TzznH)

294 Read short stories out of Jerry Pournelle's There Will be War, Volumes VII, VIII, and IX. Nothing special about the ones I had not seen before in other compendium.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at August 15, 2021 09:50 AM (u82oZ)

295 God damn Trump and his incompetency in Afghanistan!!!

What's that? Uh-huh. Oh. Well fuck it, we'll blame him anyway.

- GOPe

Posted by: Joe XiDen - Delta Delta Delta Can I help ya help ya help ya Variant at August 15, 2021 09:50 AM (l5FxP)

296 @286

I'm actually going to have some fun with this. When I'm invited somewhere, I will ask if they are vaccinated, and then say I'm being cautious since there are now credible reports that the vaccinated are the ones spreading the disease.

If I was being mean, I'd throw in something about how sad it is, that an experimental, unapproved vaccine could be so dangerous. But I'm not that mean.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:51 AM (AwPyG)

297 RE Foundation:

“The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity…”

The thing is, Seldon himself and his organization is a symptom of this. They are the deep state. Asimov takes what most authors (and most people) would regard as a nightmare, even a horror premise, of a benevolent dictatorship that can rewrite your memories and motivations for your own good, can manipulate you into false insights, dangerous conspiracy, and even a deadly galactic war, for their own view of how the tide of history should flow.

Asimov criticized Orwell’s 1984 for exaggerating real-world events. But most of his critiques are as easily levied against Foundation. The main difference is that Orwell presented his elite as ultimately victorious villains; Asimov presents his as heroes.

Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at August 15, 2021 09:51 AM (olroh)

298 >>The Puritans fled Europe because they were looking for a land more accepting of the LGBTQ lifestyle. Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done!

15th-century Age of Exploration "Three G's" taught in high school history old and busted: Gold, God, Glory.

New "Four G's" hotness: Gold, God, Glory, Ghey.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:51 AM (xK9An)

299
If I was being mean, I'd throw in something about how sad it is, that an experimental, unapproved vaccine could be so dangerous. But I'm not that mean.
Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 09:51 AM (AwPyG)

I am.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 09:52 AM (ONvIw)

300 Village Idiot's Apprentice

Top o ta mornin to ya, gov'nor.


Taking a short break from feeding the local chiggers. They seem to worship me as a providing God. Silly chiggers.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at August 15, 2021 09:52 AM (u82oZ)

301 So glad to see another bit of filth about how every single action taken to degrade the cultural heritage of Southerners is somehow linked to this post-modern view of abject sexual deviancy. But at least we can confidently assert that the cross-dressing transgender advocate William T. Sherman's brigayde's (ha) locust-like war crimes were motivated by that same deep-seated sexual deviancy that is at the heart of these leftist movements. And I always thought that Phil Sheridan was a bit, well, ghey in a brutal, apocalyptic way. Look what he learned in the Shenandoah Valley that he later applied to the Plains Indians. Normal, just people do not behave the way those men did. Must have had some anti-civilizational impulse to them, just like current post-moderns.

Posted by: ErikInTexas at August 15, 2021 09:52 AM (UdmP5)

302 I'm about halfway through it and have yet to encounter an example where the police were not bumbling fuckups.
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at August 15, 2021 09:44 AM (+2sc/)


_

I can personally vouch for every cop in Los Angeles in 1969. Great guys!

Posted by: Andy McCarthy at August 15, 2021 09:52 AM (l5FxP)

303
If I was being mean, I'd throw in something about how sad it is, that an experimental, unapproved vaccine could be so dangerous. But I'm not that mean.
Posted by: artemis


No, by all means be that mean!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at August 15, 2021 09:53 AM (+2sc/)

304 is the embassy in A-stan more like Vietnam in 75 or Iran in 79?? Posted by: will choose a nic later at August 15, 2021 09:39 AM (bTQ72)


I'm thinking it depends on who is controlling the tallies and their frame of mind. If like Mogadishu, I predict a big fight between clans for control of the airport. Who ever holds the airport controls the city. Those trying to leave may just get caught up in the crossfire.
On the other hand, since we've been bombing them for 20 years, the Little Big Horn comes to mind. But then Custer didn't have the Air Force.

Posted by: Diogenes at August 15, 2021 09:53 AM (axyOa)

305 You guys seen the border guard dances between Pakistan and India?

Like on of those at my wake. Haha...kills me. Also a coffin dance too...only women. .

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at August 15, 2021 09:53 AM (oy1++)

306 >>Golding doesn't have a wide appeal outside "The Lord of the Flies." I liked "The Inheritors."
Posted by: Brett at August 15, 2021 09:49 AM (TzznH)

"Pincher Martin" was kind of a chore.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:54 AM (xK9An)

307 Was anyone not Gay in the Civil War?

Posted by: Joe XiDen - Delta Delta Delta Can I help ya help ya help ya Variant at August 15, 2021 09:54 AM (l5FxP)

308 >>Kim...is the greatest book ever written.
Posted by: Trimegistus at August 15, 2021 09:49 AM (QZxDR)

This is a bold statement.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:55 AM (xK9An)

309 Diogenes

A couple of A-10s and tanker support would help. A JSTARS in range would be a force enhancer.

My worry is the last battalion on the ground. Can we get then out safely?

A good OPS planner and operator could do it.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at August 15, 2021 09:55 AM (u82oZ)

310 George Takei wants the unvaxxed to get second-class treatment in hospitalization etc."

I was hospitalized for almost a month and nobody bugged me about getting vaxxed. Why exactly should I listen to this ignorant homo?

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at August 15, 2021 09:56 AM (y7DUB)

311 A few weeks ago I made a joke somewhere on line about how since the Northern press printed mocking cartoons about Jefferson Davis sneaking out of Richmond dressed as a woman, the LGBTK movement should adopt Davis as a heroic Trans icon and put all his statues back up.

I see I was just premature.

Posted by: Trimegistus at August 15, 2021 09:57 AM (QZxDR)

312 >>307 Was anyone not Gay in the Civil War?
Posted by: Joe XiDen - Delta Delta Delta Can I help ya help ya help ya Variant at August 15, 2021 09:54 AM (l5FxP)

"...the Virginian's long, oiled, curly locks..." (Gen'l Pickett)

No. All more gay.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:57 AM (xK9An)

313 I would suggest "If" and "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" - both short-ish poems that can be found online, which speak to the Hordian soul.
Posted by: Cato, Collectivism Delenda Est, Post-Apocalyptic Scourge of the Seas at August 15, 2021


***
Kipling's "The Thousandth Man" is also grand reading.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 09:57 AM (+nNqu)

314
But at least we can confidently assert that the cross-dressing transgender advocate William T. Sherman's brigayde's (ha) locust-like war crimes were motivated by that same deep-seated sexual deviancy that is at the heart of these leftist movements.


By "make Georgia howl", Billy Sherman referred to his army's ravenous desire to make off with every woman's petticoat and hoop skirt between Atlanta and Savannah. True story!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at August 15, 2021 09:58 AM (+2sc/)

315 I finished Tucker Carlson’s Ship of Fools last week, and have now started Michael Anton’s The Stakes.

Carlson’s book is basically about how the ruling class fosters division in the United States to obscure that the true divide is between the beltway and the rest of us. He aims his arguments as much to traditional Democratic voters as to conservatives.

Anton’s book so far seems to be a more in-depth version of the same thing. The stakes of his title are the consent of the governed, versus the predations of a vindictive ruling class; put into context of how it happened and where it might go.

Both books worth reading. Anton’s, so far, is amazing.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at August 15, 2021 09:58 AM (olroh)

316 There is a an actual piece of scientific research in pre publication which shows that the antibodies crated by the jab actually facilitate infection by delta. They help bind the virus to the cell, so that it takes much less viral exposure to result in an infection.

When you are exposed to an infectious agent, very few, if any of the bacteria land in the right spot to infect. It might take, for example, exposure to 1 million COVID viruses to get enough cells infected to cause illness. The antibodies created by the jab latch onto the virus and help connect it to a cell. You might only need 100,000 virus exposure to result in infection.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 09:58 AM (gpKIi)

317 Sensing that the fall of Kabul under Joe Biden also marks a tipping point of US standing on the international arena, China has pushed the propaganda engine into overdrive with the editor in chief of the state-owned nationalist tabloid Global Times writing that "the Afghan government does not have the ability to resist and was completely defeated so quickly. This is the failure of the US and the West. A big, direct slap on the face of the Biden administration."

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at August 15, 2021 09:59 AM (UHVv4)

318 G'morning, Salty.


Chiggers are no fun.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at August 15, 2021 09:59 AM (3D/fK)

319 >>And I always thought that Phil Sheridan was a bit, well, ghey in a brutal, apocalyptic way.
Posted by: ErikInTexas at August 15, 2021 09:52 AM (UdmP5)

Now it can be said: The primping, fey George "The Little Napoleon" McClellan was a fag.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 09:59 AM (xK9An)

320 I meant to say "few of the bacteria or viruses land in the right place". Makes the point clearer.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 09:59 AM (gpKIi)

321 My worry is the last battalion on the ground. Can we get then out safely?

A good OPS planner and operator could do it.
Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at August 15, 2021 09:55 AM (u82oZ)

Concur.
When they get down to the last two plane loads of folks that is when the A-10s are crucial. My biggest concern is the last plane gets shot up before takeoff and now a hostage situation.
The Biden regime could not handle it.

Posted by: Diogenes at August 15, 2021 10:00 AM (axyOa)

322 Slowly working my way through Malice's Anarchist Handbook. I'm stuck in the section by Mikhail Bakunin. And I say stuck, because he keeps writing things that are absolutely brilliantly 100% dead on correct.

A contemporary of Marx, and a leftist to boot, there are statements he makes about the fallacy of the state that would resonate with everyone here. Maybe I'll send OM some quotes from it so he can post them here.

He also dispatches with Marx rather quickly, as a power hungry authoritarian who would impose all the clampdowns of the current state, if he was ever given power. Seeing how the Soviet Union turned out, Bakunin seems to have been 100% right about that too, even if it was Marx's acolytes who proved it.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:00 AM (5ieoM)

323 Sherman probably had deep seated insecurities, to go all scorched earth the way he did.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 10:00 AM (AwPyG)

324 295 God damn Trump and his incompetency in Afghanistan!!!

What's that? Uh-huh. Oh. Well fuck it, we'll blame him anyway.

- GOPe

Posted by: Joe XiDen - Delta Delta Delta Can I help ya help ya help ya Variant at August 15, 2021 09:50 AM (l5FxP)


Hey, Joe! If Evil Trump left such a bad deal for you, why didn't you and smarmy, always-apologizing Tony Blinken, try to re-negotiate the deal instead of simply abiding by it?

Gosh, didn't you and Baracky use the same lame excuse for the pull-out from Iraq that led to the rise of ISIS? That you HAD to abide by the Withdrawal of Forces Agreement done by George W Bush at the end of 2008, to withdraw all US troop from Iraq by the end of 2011? You and Baracky said your hands were tied by the 2008 deal, and it did not matter what the Pentagon recommended to you guys in early 2011. Right?

Posted by: Gref at August 15, 2021 10:00 AM (AMIL/)

325 Come on man! Jill, where are my peas? What is this crap painting of Hunters doing in the bathroom?

Posted by: Joe Biden at August 15, 2021 10:00 AM (k6d2F)

326 >>When you are exposed to an infectious agent,
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 09:58 AM (gpKIi)

William S. Burroughs: "Infectious Agent."

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 10:00 AM (xK9An)

327 Yay! Finally have a contribution to the book thread instead of just snark. Reading a book by Carl P. Russell, PhD. He was superintendent of Yosemite National Park from 1947 - 1952.

"Firearms, Traps, And Tools Of The Mountain Men"
"A Guide To The Equipment Of The Trappers And Fur Traders Who Opened The Old West"

Very detailed history of how the various companies started including Hudson's Bay Company and all of the US companies. Along with drawings of the knives, guns and traps used. I'm only 50 pages into 480. Got it in paperback from Amazon for $14.99. Hardback was $901.00.He also wrote Guns on the Early Frontiers and One Hundred Years in Yosemite.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:01 AM (OCTRt)

328 Back at em. Armoring up. Too bad semi-auto cordless hole punchers are useless against chiggers.

Have a blessed day. And the boots on the ground will be motivated to return to safety. So no worries.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at August 15, 2021 10:01 AM (u82oZ)

329 >>>My worry is the last battalion on the ground. Can we get then out safely?


I understand the administration has a pallet of cash and James Taylor on standby.

Posted by: Citizen Cake at August 15, 2021 10:01 AM (HmZuC)

330 >>The Biden regime could not handle it.
Posted by: Diogenes at August 15, 2021 10:00 AM (axyOa)

Are the Taliban at least wearing masks, because delta variant?

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 10:02 AM (xK9An)

331 Infectious agent!!! Stay safe.

Posted by: A Scold of Karens at August 15, 2021 10:02 AM (Xrfse)

332 Silva is young enough that his religious education was probably post Vatican II and he, therefore, was never taught either the Baltimore Catechism or the vastly superior Catechism of the Council of Trent.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 10:02 AM (xopIz)

333
ghengis Khan only fooked women and made 9,000+ women pregnant because his army kept killing all the men and boys which prevented him from letting out his ghey

Posted by: will choose a nic later at August 15, 2021 10:02 AM (bTQ72)

334 I lived in Washington County, Maine my senior year of high school. The schooling part was a disaster--had to take college classes on my own time to learn much of anything--but the people were quite interesting. If they accepted you they accepted you with all your quirks.

It is a very poor area. Lots of clamdiggers, lobster fishermen, etc. and people live day to day. They practice stealth assistance if one of their own is in need. (Not *charity*, heavens no!) A cord of split wood will mysteriously show up in their driveway, their kids get lots of invites for sleepovers where they are well fed, casseroles get left on porches. It is considered rude to track down the givers to thank them

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at August 15, 2021 10:03 AM (7IHuq)

335 Biden is always correcting the optics that he is not human.

He spends lives haphazardly.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at August 15, 2021 10:03 AM (oy1++)

336 I currently am listening to Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter" about the Man-Son Family's rabid exploits in '69. I'm about halfway through it and have yet to encounter an example where the police were not bumbling fuckups.
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM)

The prosecution theorized that Manson's motive was to start a race war which would allow him to take over and rule the world. I saw a theory that his motive was actually to free Family member Bobby Beausoleil who was under arrest for the murder of Gary Hinman. The following murders had a similar MO to the Hinman murder, butchery, writing on the walls in blood etc. The idea was that the cops would think Hinman's murderer was still at large committing more murders and that therefore Beausoleil, who was in custody, could not have done it. Unfortunately for Charlie, the cops never put together the similarities of the murders.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 10:03 AM (d9FiS)

337 george seeks to be popular. Just like the people who said in 1942 that his parents belonged in a concentration camp

Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 10:03 AM (BbDPD)

338 >>>Was anyone not Gay in the Civil War?

>It was the Battle of Harpers Fairy that cemented the south's proclivities.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at August 15, 2021 10:04 AM (JTpIQ)

339 Off to seize the day by the scruff.

Thanks for another great Book Thread, OM! I'll check back in later.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at August 15, 2021 10:04 AM (Dc2NZ)

340 Are the Taliban at least wearing masks, because delta variant?
Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 10:02 AM (xK9An)


Heh
While the pentagon sorts out their pronouns, the Tallies are sharpening their bayonets.

Posted by: Diogenes at August 15, 2021 10:05 AM (axyOa)

341 Dr. Funny Bone. LOL

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 10:05 AM (xopIz)

342 Pre-historic fiction is Sci-Fi? No.

Golding doesn't have a wide appeal outside "The Lord of the Flies." I liked "The Inheritors." It superseded all that Jean Auel nonsense 25 years before the fact. . . .

Posted by: Brett at August 15, 2021


***
Then perhaps think of it as "speculative fiction." There is no way we can look at actual written records of that time, because there were none. So any fiction written about pre-history is speculative by definition.

Jean Auel's stuff was considered fantasy or speculative fiction when it came out, I think -- at least among SF/fantasy fans. Among the literati in the NY Slimes, that's another matter. I found it kind of dull reading, but then I like harder-boiled stuff like Saberhagen's Empire of the East, which is pretty grim stuff for fantasy.

I'm not saying Inheritors is poor, or poor writing, but it's not grabbing me. There's the Golden Age SF story by Lester Del Rey about the last Neanderthal being kept as a kind of pet/mascot by a band of Cro-Magnons. It was written 15 years before Golding's, and is much sadder and more affecting.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 10:06 AM (+nNqu)

343 When you really look at the history, the War of the Roses was a war over gay lovers.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 09:44 AM (gpKIi)


The English Civil war was merely a sideshow to the true struggle between Charles I and Oliver Cromwell over the affections of the stable boy.

Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 10:06 AM (BbDPD)

344 "Kiss me, Hardy."

Horatio Nelson, Hero of the Nile, Champion at Trafalgar, Gay Male

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 10:06 AM (xK9An)

345 "This is the failure of the US and the West. A big, direct slap on the face of the Biden administration."
Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at August 15, 2021 09:59 AM (UHVv4)

Well, they're not wrong, of course.

However, the "US and the West" could easily recover from this, if they just adopt a policy of leaving the rest of the world alone. Solve your own damn problems, and stay out of ours. And if you get uppity, we will retaliate in ways you won't like, then walk away. No more nation building, no more making the world safe for democracy, no more world police.

You stay over there. We'll stay over here. There. Done.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:06 AM (5ieoM)

346
Have you got to the part where the reporters find the bloody clothes, by using an obvious theory?

It does make the cops look bad. See: OJ
Posted by: artemis


Yes. What really floored me was when the teenager who found the revolver used in the murders, and who was savvy enough to handle it only by the end of the barrel, turned it over to a cop who then proceeded to manhandle the whole thing with both hands and thereby destroy any latent prints that there may have been on it.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at August 15, 2021 10:07 AM (+2sc/)

347 >>337 george seeks to be popular. Just like the people who said in 1942 that his parents belonged in a concentration camp Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 10:03 AM (BbDPD)

He'd like to be remembered as an actor, not a mouth.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 10:07 AM (xK9An)

348 God damn Trump and his incompetency in Afghanistan!!!

-
Lizard Cheney weighs in.

Liz Cheney@Liz_Cheney
The Trump/Biden calamity unfolding in Afghanistan began with the Trump administration negotiating with terrorists and pretending they were partners for peace, and is ending with American surrender as Biden abandons the country to our terrorist enemies.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 10:08 AM (d9FiS)

349 Where the fuck is Afghanistan and who are the Tallyban? A rock group? Jill where are the mashed potatoes? Crap! I think I wet my diaper again! Kamala!

Posted by: Joe Biden at August 15, 2021 10:09 AM (k6d2F)

350 It's teh gheys and teh trannies all the way down.

Posted by: That guy who always says... at August 15, 2021 10:09 AM (Xrfse)

351 @315

Something truly amazing is going on with respect to the financial markets.

If anyone's following the Gamestop saga, it's historic. A bunch of "ordinary" people saw that the hedge funds were pulling an illegal stock manipulation, and so they bought up all the Gamestop stock. Millions of people, worldwide.

As the hedge funds thrash around in agony, the past 6 months has revealed deep seated corruption in the Fed, the SEC, the financial media programs, and law enforcement as they frantically try to get the share holders to sell, so as to avoid paying everyone out. They were all caught red-handed.

The theory is the hedge funds have been acting as shadow players to benefit the bad guys, sort of like Blackrock's role--an private enforcer for govt corruption.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 10:09 AM (AwPyG)

352 BurtTC sounds very interesting

Posted by: Skip at August 15, 2021 10:09 AM (znIQ9)

353 >>348 God damn Trump and his incompetency in Afghanistan!!!

When the last ding-dong of Doom clangs, there'll be two final humans, and you can bet the bank that one of them will blame Trump for the end of the planet.

Posted by: ZOD at August 15, 2021 10:10 AM (xK9An)

354 "This is the failure of the US and the West. A big, direct slap on the face of the Biden administration."
Posted by: andycanuck

Well, they're not wrong, of course.

However, the "US and the West" could easily recover from this, if they just adopt a policy of leaving the rest of the world alone. Solve your own damn problems, and stay out of ours. And if you get uppity, we will retaliate in ways you won't like, then walk away. No more nation building, no more making the world safe for democracy, no more world police.

You stay over there. We'll stay over here. There. Done.
Posted by: BurtTC


We could solve it if we'd just develop a policy of glassification.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:11 AM (OCTRt)

355 Lord Nelson, Lord Kitchener, Bernard Montgomery, Shaka Zulu. All assumed to be homosexuals by competent historians. Kitchener, btw, pretty much invented concentration camps.

Posted by: ErikInTexas at August 15, 2021 10:11 AM (UdmP5)

356 Grampa, I want a new pronoun.

Posted by: Arkansas Biden Baby at August 15, 2021 10:11 AM (Xrfse)

357 Gloria Swanson.

Posted by: RobertM at August 15, 2021 10:11 AM (IZxia)

358 @344

Mrs. Hamilton begs to differ

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 10:11 AM (AwPyG)

359 We could solve it if we'd just develop a policy of glassification.
Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:11 AM (OCTRt)

Frankly, I'd rather be a country that does NOT engage in indiscriminate killing.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:11 AM (5ieoM)

360 Fuck you Cheney! Trump had nothing to do with it! Afghanistan is all mine! Come on man! Hunter can sell them some paintings. Need more applesauce.

Posted by: Joe Biden at August 15, 2021 10:12 AM (k6d2F)

361 Takei is pathetic. Actors are all about the same. They are, as a rule, functionally retarded unskilled labor. In a less advanced country they'd be kept in kennels at night. But America's cultural pattern of celebrity worship means they get paid a lot of money while everyone kisses their asses, convincing them they are smart and need to be heard.

If I ran a studio, these meat puppets *would* be kept in kennels. It's not as if they can read the contracts they sign. The big money would go to the skilled labor on set.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at August 15, 2021 10:12 AM (GdOWZ)

362 I'll buy that "The Inheritors" is speculative fiction.

Posted by: Brett at August 15, 2021 10:12 AM (TzznH)

363 Lord Nelson, Lord Kitchener, Bernard Montgomery, Shaka Zulu. All assumed to be homosexuals by competent historians. Kitchener, btw, pretty much invented concentration camps.
Posted by: ErikInTexas at August 15, 2021 10:11 AM (UdmP5)

Everyone who went to British public schools was at least a part-time sodomite.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:13 AM (5ieoM)

364 If I ran a studio, these meat puppets *would* be kept in kennels. It's not as if they can read the contracts they sign. The big money would go to the skilled labor on set.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at August 15, 2021 10:12 AM (GdOWZ)

Sadly, nobody goes to a movie because they adore the work of a named cameraman or lighting specialist.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 10:13 AM (ONvIw)

365 Taliban are reportedly now entering Kabul. They had said they'd remain out of the city until tonight, but now say they 're moving in to "restore order" because Afghan police have run away.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at August 15, 2021 10:13 AM (sWM8x)

366 Something truly amazing is going on with respect to the financial markets.

It’s both amazing and just more of the same. Everyone in the ruling class seems to no longer care that there are obviously two sets of Calvinball-style rules for the connected and the unconnected. The treatment of the Gamestop investors vs. the treatment of the hedge funds seems to be an example of that.

I do not understand how they expect this to end.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at August 15, 2021 10:13 AM (olroh)

367 Afghanistan is believed to be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world. The value of these resources has been roughly estimated between $1-3 trillion. Afghanistan has vast reserves of gold, platinum, silver, copper, iron, chromite, lithium, uranium, and aluminium. So, now the Taliban has minerals plus Opium to fund all the terrorism they can muster. And, I suppose Iran and China will be making deals within the month.

Posted by: Stellastwocents at August 15, 2021 10:14 AM (cRbt7)

368 I do not understand how they expect this to end.

Chaos.

Posted by: Arkansas Biden Baby at August 15, 2021 10:14 AM (Xrfse)

369 Sadly, nobody goes to a movie because they adore the work of a named cameraman or lighting specialist.
Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 10:13 AM (ONvIw)

They probably should. That's generally where the real art happens.

That, and editing.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:15 AM (5ieoM)

370 Any war where all combatants are English is by definition a gay war.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at August 15, 2021 10:15 AM (GdOWZ)

371 And when I said “no longer care that there are obviously two sets of Calvinball-style rules” I meant they no longer care about the obviousness of it. This is something Anton touches on, too.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at August 15, 2021 10:15 AM (olroh)

372 @366

What's interesting is that the wild animals on reddit (super stonk, is one of the threads) think that this will crash the market, and they are looking forward to it.

They seem to think a crash is going re set everything, and wipe out the corrupt system.



Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 10:16 AM (AwPyG)

373 Lord Nelson, Lord Kitchener, Bernard Montgomery, Shaka Zulu. All assumed to be homosexuals by competent historians. Kitchener, btw, pretty much invented concentration camps.
Posted by: ErikInTexas at August 15, 2021 10:11 AM (UdmP5)
Everyone who went to British public schools was at least a part-time sodomite.
Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:13 AM (5ieoM)

Concur.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 15, 2021 10:16 AM (R/m4+)

374 I honestly did not expect the Dems' ongoing 1970s historical reenactment LARP to include a Mideast rogue state hostage crisis. They really are amazing.

Posted by: Trimegistus at August 15, 2021 10:16 AM (QZxDR)

375 And when I said "no longer care that there are obviously two sets of Calvinball-style rules" I meant they no longer care about the obviousness of it. This is something Anton touches on, too.
Posted by: Stephen Price Blair


What changed? Why?

Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:17 AM (OCTRt)

376 Greetings:

Generals Sherman and Sheridan is it ???

What about Ranald Slidell MacKenzie ??? He wasn't called "Bad Hand" because of his bad hand, you know.

He fought a lot.

Posted by: 11B40 at August 15, 2021 10:17 AM (uuklp)

377 Chaos.

These are not people who are going to benefit from chaos. Their hired security might benefit. But they’re going to become the Eloi class very quickly once chaos begins.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at August 15, 2021 10:17 AM (olroh)

378 I'll buy that "The Inheritors" is speculative fiction.
Posted by: Brett at August 15, 2021


***
Yes. The term "science" fiction is a catch-all. It doesn't have to mean there is actual science, hard or soft, involved in the story. Still, for a "lit'ry" author like Golding to be caught messing around the ghetto of spec fiction -- it just isn't done, old man.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 10:17 AM (+nNqu)

379 Jean Auel's stuff was considered fantasy or speculative fiction when it came out, I think

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 10:06 AM (+nNqu)


I considered it a miserable excuse for pr0n.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 10:17 AM (EyTIE)

380 I finally decided to purchase a copy of Windswept House and found that the top listing at ABEBooks has about a dozen copies in "new" condition for $22.60 each. Free shipping.

That's the cheapest I've seen it lately.

If it makes a difference, ABE Books is owned by Amazon, but the bookseller isn't.

Posted by: Peter (My friends call me Pete) Zah at August 15, 2021 10:18 AM (a4vvV)

381 Sadly, nobody goes to a movie because they adore the work of a named cameraman or lighting specialist.
Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 10:13 AM (ONvIw)

They can show up and buy tickets because they like some actor. That's fine. That actor will still sleep in a cramped box and be paid in the food detritus that other workers pelt him with for amusement.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at August 15, 2021 10:18 AM (GdOWZ)

382 Jean Auel's stuff was considered fantasy or speculative fiction when it came out, I think

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius

I considered it a miserable excuse for pr0n.
Posted by: OregonMuse,

No pictures = miserable pron

Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:18 AM (OCTRt)

383
They probably should. That's generally where the real art happens.

That, and editing.
Posted by: BurtTC


This is about my former wife, Marcia, isn't it?

-- George Lucas, still smarting that she got an Oscar for editing "Stars Wars" while he got bupkis

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at August 15, 2021 10:19 AM (+2sc/)

384 Jean Auel's stuff was considered fantasy or speculative fiction when it came out, I think

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 10:06 AM (+nNqu)

I considered it a miserable excuse for pr0n.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021


***
Could be. I don't know if I ever finished the first book; it was running too long for the story she had to tell.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 10:19 AM (+nNqu)

385 "fghanistan is believed to be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world. The value of these resources has been roughly estimated between $1-3 trillion."

Why hasn't this been exploited before?

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 15, 2021 10:19 AM (ZHVt1)

386 What changed? Why?

A lack of any sense of history, perhaps?

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at August 15, 2021 10:19 AM (olroh)

387 @379

"Clan of the Cave Bear" was really innovative, for its time, and you have to remember it was a woman-power theme, which made it very popular with the college crowd.

See: The Mists of Avalon

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 10:20 AM (AwPyG)

388 >>>Afghanistan is believed to be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world. The value of these resources has been roughly estimated between $1-3 trillion. Afghanistan has vast reserves of gold, platinum, silver, copper, iron, chromite, lithium, uranium, and aluminium.

>We had twenty years to mine these resources but we were more concerned about "hearts and minds." Just like Iraqi oil.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at August 15, 2021 10:20 AM (JTpIQ)

389 So it could be Xi-den is vacating Afghanistan for the purpose of Chinese interests

Posted by: Skip at August 15, 2021 10:20 AM (znIQ9)

390 Slowly working my way through Malice's Anarchist Handbook. I'm stuck in the section by Mikhail Bakunin. And I say stuck, because he keeps writing things that are absolutely brilliantly 100% dead on correct.[ . . .]
Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:00 AM (5ieoM)

Thank you, I was wondering if it was worth reading. All the other reviews were by 110% Malice fanbois without much context. The one author I would be interested in (Spooner) i already have.

Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (BbDPD)

391 However, fellow Morons, we need to be more serious about our own fate than the stupidity of the past. We as a civilization are on the way to oblivion at the hands of Islamists, China and their sycophants, and left over Euro-Marxist scum. Rethink your position, encourage normal people to have more babies and to hell with the Brot und Speilen kultur of zombie-like obsession and obedience to celebrity. I predict a difficult road ahead. It's simply our time.

Posted by: ErikInTexas at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (UdmP5)

392 Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 10:20 AM (AwPyG)

I do my best to avoid feminist lit.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (ONvIw)

393 385 "fghanistan is believed to be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world. The value of these resources has been roughly estimated between $1-3 trillion."

Why hasn't this been exploited before?
Posted by: Ignoramus at August 15, 2021 10:19 AM (ZHVt1)


I can't imagine the Taliban would be good at mining.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (EyTIE)

394 frass!

Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (BbDPD)

395 They can show up and buy tickets because they like some actor. That's fine. That actor will still sleep in a cramped box and be paid in the food detritus that other workers pelt him with for amusement.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at August 15, 2021 10:18 AM (GdOWZ)

I would also assume, as soon as Hollowood producers decide actors are interchangeable, and don't need to be paid much, nor need to be allowed to speak "their minds," they won't.

Those shiny human baubles are only allowed to be the face of the film industry because of their faces. Once the film industry doesn't need them, which is going to be sooner rather than later, shiny human baubles will be a thing of the past.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (5ieoM)

396 He wasn't called "Bad Hand" because of his bad hand, you know.
-------------------------
That's NOT funny!

Posted by: michelle fields at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (UHVv4)

397 Cthere is a non-Hamilton book "Matt Helm: The War Years" by keith Wease. It takes comments about WW II mentioned in the early books and expands on them. Kind of a fun read for Helm fans. It's on Kindle for 5 bucks.
Posted by: JTB

Thanks. I'll read it. And it's free on Kindle Unlimited.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (d9FiS)

398
What's interesting is that the wild animals on reddit (super stonk, is one of the threads) think that this will crash the market, and they are looking forward to it.
They seem to think a crash is going re set everything, and wipe out the corrupt system.
Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 10:16 AM (AwPyG)


That's brilliant!
Becuz, every time a corrupt system falls, it's replaced by a hugely honest, uncorrupt, perfect system where everyone works toward the common good.
And that's why we live in Heaven on Earth!

Oh, wait....that's not what happens at all. That never happens.

So, the reverse of brilliant.

Posted by: naturalfake at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (5NkmN)

399 We should just cancel our debt to china.

Posted by: Infidel at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (VDqwV)

400 "fghanistan is believed to be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world. The value of these resources has been roughly estimated between $1-3 trillion."

Why hasn't this been exploited before?
Posted by: Ignoramus


Because they're stuck in the 8th century and have no need for uranium, lithium, aluminum and other stuff.

They just need opium, goats and a left hand to wipe with.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:22 AM (OCTRt)

401 Stonewall Jackson, stonewall riots. coincidence?

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 10:22 AM (AwPyG)

402 Babbling over OC Fair's pig cam with baby pigs, newsies begin to name them cutsiepoo style, "oreo" etc, till one suggests "Spam". Another genius sincerely asked

"IS SPAM PORK?"

so totally believe us on everything.

Posted by: Getting the banned back together at August 15, 2021 10:22 AM (fakk3)

403 Not a book, but the Epoch Times is publishing a monthly magazine, American Essences. There are a variety of articles in it. This month "Twelve Old Dogs and Hugs For Life", "The Marvelous Tradition of Fishing", "William Bechnell and the Santa Fe Trail", among many others. It's very well done.

Posted by: Lirio100 at August 15, 2021 10:22 AM (uFOGo)

404 I expect Afghanistan probably has some mineral resources, but I'm suspicious of the idea it's some kind of untapped treasure-house of resources. If it was, why hasn't anyone bothered to extract them?

I'm actually kind of looking forward to seeing the Chinese waltz in and expect their contracts to be honored, their puppets to stay in power, and no RPGs to come through anybody's window at night.

Posted by: Trimegistus at August 15, 2021 10:22 AM (QZxDR)

405 251 ...
Good morning, Weak Geek.

I'm passing along my old Matt Helm paperbacks to a nephew. He's a great guy, wounded in Afghanistan as a paratrooper. I think he and our niece (she is still active duty Army) will enjoy them. I have the series on Kindle and I've memorized them pretty much anyway.

Hamilton wrote some non-Helm books such as "The Mona Intercept" and several westerns. The westerns are kind of hard to find but worth the search. They are very well done.

Posted by: JTB at August 15, 2021 10:23 AM (7EjX1)

406 389 Absolutely. The Chinese will mine away while exporting Islamist failure and violence to their enemies. Nice arrangement, and Zhou Bai Den owns it. Suck it, Liz

Posted by: ErikInTexas at August 15, 2021 10:23 AM (UdmP5)

407
Because they're stuck in the 8th century and have no need for uranium, lithium, aluminum and other stuff.

They just need opium, goats and a left hand to wipe with.
Posted by: rickb223


Opium pays better

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at August 15, 2021 10:23 AM (+2sc/)

408 helicopters, US Embassy, Kabul/Saigon

IntelWalrus
@IntelWalrus
6h
Live video of US Military Chinook helicopters evacuating the US Embassy in #Kabul as the #Taliban surrounds the besieged capital of #Afghanistan. Absolutely stunning footage.

Posted by: m at August 15, 2021 10:24 AM (ya129)

409 406: I hope they try to force afghanis to mine. Should be interesting

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 10:24 AM (ONvIw)

410 In the down time that is AoSHq Saturday afternoon was flipping TV channels and just missed a how to show on how to make Book Nooks which is another arts project I want to do.

Posted by: Skip at August 15, 2021 10:25 AM (znIQ9)

411 Why hasn't this been exploited before?
Posted by: Ignoramus at August 15, 2021 10:19 AM (ZHVt1)

Hard to or can't get to?

Then you got to get it out of the country.

The horror, the horror.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 15, 2021 10:25 AM (R/m4+)

412 Slowly working my way through Malice's Anarchist Handbook. I'm stuck in the section by Mikhail Bakunin. And I say stuck, because he keeps writing things that are absolutely brilliantly 100% dead on correct.[ . . .]
Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:00 AM (5ieoM)

Thank you, I was wondering if it was worth reading. All the other reviews were by 110% Malice fanbois without much context. The one author I would be interested in (Spooner) i already have.
Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (BbDPD)

It takes a while to get used to the 18/19th century writings, but it's interesting to see the ideas germinate. Then you get to Josiah Warren, who is just a nutjob. Who can't write.

After that is the Bakunin chapter, which is brilliant and eye-opening.

This book is NOT going to turn me into an anarchist, but the concepts... many of them are dead on.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:26 AM (5ieoM)

413 @395

This circles back to what we were saying about Silva. Hollywood, like the NY literary scene, has decided to "push" certain stars on us, who are more likely to toe the political line, than have talent.

Apparently, they think who's playing the roles (or writing the books) is a fungible construct, but I think they are finding out how wrong they are.

Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 10:26 AM (AwPyG)

414 Everyone who went to British public schools was at least a part-time sodomite.
Posted by: BurtTC

Consensual or otherwise.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 10:28 AM (d9FiS)

415 Epoch Times is publishing a monthly magazine
Posted by: Lirio100
Thank you. I subscribe to their news online. And it is available as a newspaper at my grocery store. I wonder if the magazine is there too. I could check it out.

Posted by: MikeM at August 15, 2021 10:28 AM (jbRB1)

416 We should just cancel our debt to china.
Posted by: Infidel at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (VDqwV)

The American oligarchs need the nation to be indebted to China. If they didn't, we wouldn't be.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:28 AM (5ieoM)

417 46 m ago: The Taliban ordered its troops to enter Kabul City.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at August 15, 2021 10:29 AM (UHVv4)

418 And nice to see we're already pulling for the Taliban vs CCO. Didn't take ling, did it? Well, as long as they keep it there, I do not care.

Posted by: ErikInTexas at August 15, 2021 10:29 AM (UdmP5)

419 286 The Delta variant is less deadly than the Southwest, United, or Spirit variants.

The only reasonable solution is to kill all our freedoms.

s/

Posted by: callsign claymore at August 15, 2021 10:29 AM (ceEqg)

420 I'm actually kind of looking forward to seeing the Chinese waltz in and expect their contracts to be honored, their puppets to stay in power, and no RPGs to come through anybody's window at night.

Having inherently merciless ROEs will most likely help in their conquest.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at August 15, 2021 10:29 AM (Xrfse)

421
I saw Part-Time Sodomite open for Frankie Goes to Hollywood at the Cow Palace in '82.

Posted by: naturalfake at August 15, 2021 10:29 AM (5NkmN)

422 >>>I hope they try to force afghanis to mine. Should be interesting

>If somebody broke into my house, they would fuck me up and take my shit. But the Middle East is about "hearts and minds."

Posted by: Dr. Bone at August 15, 2021 10:30 AM (JTpIQ)

423 Everyone who went to British public schools was at least a part-time sodomite.
Posted by: BurtTC

Consensual or otherwise.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 10:28 AM (d9FiS)

Given that most of these boys start out at single digits, by definition it's not consensual when they start doing it.

Then the great circle of life turns, and the younger boys become older boys, and they start to initiate the youngsters in the British Way.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:30 AM (5ieoM)

424 I thought 'book nooks' were those guys that snapped their fingers instead of applauding??

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at August 15, 2021 10:30 AM (UHVv4)

425 Not 'ling'! Ring! Ring!

Posted by: chairman xi at August 15, 2021 10:32 AM (UHVv4)

426 I believe Biden left the weapons there as part of a deal with the Chinese.

And I've seen that attitude before from the Left, where they welcome the idea of a crash. I think it is because they hate their lives but can't change it. They want events to do it for them. And they've never been through hard times.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 10:32 AM (YynYJ)

427 422 >>>I hope they try to force afghanis to mine. Should be interesting

>If somebody broke into my house, they would fuck me up and take my shit. But the Middle East is about "hearts and minds."

Posted by: Dr. Bone at August 15, 2021 10:30 AM (JTpIQ)


Drilling for Oil and Mining are Not Who We Are(TM) !!

Posted by: Joe Biden, AOC, and the rest of the gang at August 15, 2021 10:33 AM (AMIL/)

428 I hope they try to force afghanis to mine. Should be interesting
Posted by: CN


China doesn't play. They start executing entire villages at a time if need be.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:33 AM (OCTRt)

429 BurtTC so is it hard, paper, E-book?
Guess could start looking

Posted by: Skip at August 15, 2021 10:33 AM (znIQ9)

430 Hamilton wrote some non-Helm books such as "The Mona Intercept" and several westerns. The westerns are kind of hard to find but worth the search. They are very well done.
Posted by: JTB at August 15, 2021


***
A lot of hard-boiled, or at least crime, authors have also dabbled in the Western, or started their careers that way. See Elmore Leonard, for example; among others, Hombre and Valdez Is Coming are his. And modern author Loren D. Estleman still writes both crime and Westerns, and does a fine job with both of them.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at August 15, 2021 10:33 AM (+nNqu)

431 And they've never been through hard times.
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 10:32 AM (YynYJ)

They think the US deserves hard times.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 10:34 AM (ONvIw)

432 The ingredients of Spam vary according to variety and market; those of variety "Spam Classic" are: pork, ham, salt, water, potato starch, sugar, and sodium nitrite.

Posted by: Vic at August 15, 2021 10:35 AM (mpXpK)

433 I'm actually kind of looking forward to seeing the Chinese waltz in and expect their contracts to be honored, their puppets to stay in power, and no RPGs to come through anybody's window at night.

Having inherently merciless ROEs will most likely help in their conquest.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at August 15, 2021 10:29 AM (Xrfse)


This^^^^.
Except for the initial invasion, we spent the rest of the "war" with a both hands tied behind your back ROE.

Cuz we were going to turn Afgakalaka into a sparking modern democratic republic without getting rid of the centuries old islamic tribal culture of pedophilia. and pederasty.
Strangely, that didn't work out.

Ahwell, only American deplorables were expended. La di da, la di da.

Posted by: naturalfake at August 15, 2021 10:35 AM (5NkmN)

434 For years we've opined that this dem failure is there doom. I'm betting old pudding head comes out of this smelling like a rose. He has a very compliant media and good portion of the US population too dumb to care and another goodly portion of them cowed by a virus. The last two might intersect a lot.
This will not be his doom, he will survive. The Afghani's and many Americans in that shit hole will not.

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at August 15, 2021 10:35 AM (2NHgQ)

435 Then they are fools, unless they plan to live elsewhere

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 10:35 AM (YynYJ)

436 China doesn't play. They start executing entire villages at a time if need be.
Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:33 AM (OCTRt)

So they learned from their WWII experiences.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 10:36 AM (ONvIw)

437 Afghan variant!!! Stay safe.

Posted by: A Scold of Karens at August 15, 2021 10:37 AM (Xrfse)

438 It may be a compliant media but even CNN is asking questions.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 10:37 AM (YynYJ)

439 435 Then they are fools, unless they plan to live elsewhere
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 10:35 AM (YynYJ)

I don't think it will work out the way they want.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 10:38 AM (ONvIw)

440 I'm actually kind of looking forward to seeing the Chinese waltz in and expect their contracts to be honored, their puppets to stay in power, and no RPGs to come through anybody's window at night.

Having inherently merciless ROEs will most likely help in their conquest.
Posted by: Notorious BFD

This^^^^.
Except for the initial invasion, we spent the rest of the "war" with a both hands tied behind your back ROE.
Posted by: naturalfake


I'm waiting for China to erase a village and when the West objects, China replies "F you lound eye".

Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:38 AM (OCTRt)

441 If I were to use a fine toothed comb and microscope to find a silver lining in all this cloud, it would be that not only Biden has, is, and will suffer public humiliation and lost credibility because of this debacle, but also the media.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at August 15, 2021 10:38 AM (d9FiS)

442
g'late mornin', book-ish 'rons

George Carlin did a "bit" about borborygmi, back in '75

Posted by: AltonJackson at August 15, 2021 10:39 AM (DUIap)

443 "Comply or good bye" is brutal, but effective.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:39 AM (OCTRt)

444 We don't need no stinkin' interpreters.

Posted by: Chyna at August 15, 2021 10:41 AM (Xrfse)

445 BurtTC so is it hard, paper, E-book?
Guess could start looking
Posted by: Skip at August 15, 2021 10:33 AM (znIQ9)

Paper and Kindle. And he's currently working on the audio book, getting a lot of well-known (to internet types) to read certain chapters.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:41 AM (5ieoM)

446 399 We should just cancel our debt to china.

Posted by: Infidel at August 15, 2021 10:21 AM (VDqwV)


If Trump had been re-elected, I think that right now he'd be telling the CCP: "Thanks a lot for the WuFlu, you commie bastards. By the way, you can write off $6 trillion of our debt as uncollectable, because that's how much your shenanigans have cost us in lives and productivity lost. And if you complain, we'll tack on another trillion just because we feel like it. Releasing that virus wasn't such a good idea, was it?"

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 10:41 AM (EyTIE)

447 The only thing I know about Carlos Castaneda is that when I was in nursing school his books were making the rounds and a couple of idiots decided it would be a good idea to make Jimson weed tea for the visions. It was not a good idea. They were hauled into the ER in such bad condition we turfed them off to a bigger hospital in a bigger town. Don't know what happened to them. They might have recovered but it did not look promising.

Posted by: huerfano at August 15, 2021 10:42 AM (MzKgG)

448 436 China doesn't play. They start executing entire villages at a time if need be.
Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:33 AM (OCTRt)

So they learned from their WWII experiences.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 10:36 AM (ONvIw)


When the People's Liberation Army begins nerve-gassing villages for not mining hard enough, and as a motivational example for other villages, Joe will draw some Red Lines! And later on, new Red Lines. And later still, new, "I really mean it this time!" Red Lines.

Posted by: Gref at August 15, 2021 10:43 AM (AMIL/)

449 @363 --

"Oh, it doesn't count if it's in school! Everybody knows that!"

Capt. D'Arby, "Adventures in the Rifle Brigade"

(yes, it's a comic book)

Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 10:43 AM (Om/di)

450 Live video of US Military Chinook helicopters evacuating the US Embassy in #Kabul as the #Taliban surrounds the besieged capital of #Afghanistan. Absolutely stunning footage.
Posted by: m at August 15, 2021 10:24 AM (ya129)


Yet my morning Epoch Times headline reads that Biden is *sending in* 5,000 troops to help with the escape! What the hell is happening? Are they coming or are they going?

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at August 15, 2021 10:44 AM (DWDek)

451 Yes, OM. I miss the Trumpenator.

Somehow I can't see a photo shop of a bidet Peshwa Warrior Dance.

Posted by: Infidel at August 15, 2021 10:44 AM (VDqwV)

452 If Trump had been re-elected, I think that right now he'd be telling the CCP: "Thanks a lot for the WuFlu, you commie bastards. By the way, you can write off $6 trillion of our debt as uncollectable, because that's how much your shenanigans have cost us in lives and productivity lost. And if you complain, we'll tack on another trillion just because we feel like it. Releasing that virus wasn't such a good idea, was it?"
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 10:41 AM (EyTIE)

Among the various speculative "we'll never know" things, I kinda figured had Trump been re-elected, he would have been assassinated fairly quickly.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:45 AM (5ieoM)

453 China doesn't play. They start executing entire villages at a time if need be.

Russia was perfectly capable of doing that too, but it didn't help them in the end. It's not as if China doesn't have enemies willing to help the Afghans eff them up just like the Americans did back in the 80s.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at August 15, 2021 10:46 AM (DWDek)

454 Why don't Bush land on a Carrier and tell me some more shit?

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at August 15, 2021 10:46 AM (oy1++)

455 I'm actually kind of looking forward to seeing the Chinese waltz in and expect their contracts to be honored, their puppets to stay in power, and no RPGs to come through anybody's window at night.

Having inherently merciless ROEs will most likely help in their conquest.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at August 15, 2021 10:29 AM


Didn't work for the Russians.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at August 15, 2021 10:46 AM (JUOKG)

456 What the hell is happening? Are they coming or are they going?
----------------------
Hello, I must be going
I cannot stay
I came to say
I must be going
I'm glad I came
But just the same
I must be going, la-la!

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at August 15, 2021 10:47 AM (UHVv4)

457 "Oh, it doesn't count if it's in school! Everybody knows that!"

Capt. D'Arby, "Adventures in the Rifle Brigade"

(yes, it's a comic book)
Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 10:43 AM (Om/di)

It doesn't get talked about much, but the same rule is in play in prisons. Tough guys go in, and they're on all fours with the boys. They get out, and they're banging ladies all over the place.

Go back in, and it's back to the mascara and rouge and lube.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:47 AM (5ieoM)

458 448 Red China will use proven counterinsurgency tactics -- brutal violence, moving of people groups, etc.

Had this conversation with an Army buddy this week.

The U.S. model of COIN in Afghanistan was criminally, stupidly naive.

Posted by: callsign claymore at August 15, 2021 10:48 AM (ceEqg)

459 What changed? Why?
Posted by: rickb223 at August 15, 2021 10:17 AM (OCTRt)


I think three things: One, these are the children of oligarchs and bosses, and they don't have the drive to hide it, it is extra work that takes away from enjoying it all and they only understand the risk of being found out.
II) they are important elites dammit, and they need to be recognized for the superior beings they are, and
Two, if they can "norm" it, the conservatives will support their "right" to be corrupt forever

Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 10:49 AM (BbDPD)

460 Red China will use proven counterinsurgency tactics -- brutal violence, moving of people groups, etc.

So, the History of Afghanistan since Alexander?

Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 10:50 AM (BbDPD)

461 460 I wager the Chicoms lean more towards Tamerlane's playbook.

Posted by: callsign claymore at August 15, 2021 10:54 AM (ceEqg)

462 The Socialism you see is not the True Socialism.

Posted by: Marxist Koans at August 15, 2021 10:55 AM (XHhHI)

463 Congratulations, America. Your elected president was stupid and corrupt even before he was brain dead. The First Son is a whoring, drunken, drug abusing son of a bitch who indiscriminately fucks his female relatives. Your Heroes of The Movies, Television, Comic Books and Sports are idiots who could barely wait to release their inner Stalin. Our Allies are worthless grifters, our banks and employers part of the Great Oppression that will enrich the few and place the rest of us in ever deepening serfdom. Your children will never have it as good as you did, and their children will be paupers.

I am optimistic, because at least I have a clear picture of who they are. Clarity is a good thing.

Posted by: ErikInTexas at August 15, 2021 10:56 AM (UdmP5)

464 "Clan of the Cave Bear" was really innovative, for its time, and you have to remember it was a woman-power theme, which made it very popular with the college crowd.

See: The Mists of Avalon
Posted by: artemis at August 15, 2021 10:20 AM (AwPyG)


I was once stuck somewhere without anything other to read than Clan of the Cave Bear for two days. I remember launching that book at the wall, over and over, and then getting so bored I'd pick it up and read to see if it got any better.

Thank G-d for smartphones with the kindle app; I'll never have that problem again. Different ones, but not that one!

Posted by: Not From Around Here at August 15, 2021 10:57 AM (wrzAm)

465 For what it's worth, there are a few tweets from folks that regret voting for Biden.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 10:57 AM (YynYJ)

466 China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan all fighting for scraps in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 10:57 AM (gpKIi)

467 @405 --

Hiya, JTB.

I want a copy of "Assassins Have Starry Eyes." From what I've read, it's a proto-Helm.

I got the last Helm book last year but have yet to begin it.

Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 10:58 AM (3Y1Od)

468 And yet they still think General Flynn was a Russian asset.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 10:58 AM (YynYJ)

469 China will build Afghanistan infrastructure. We grew poppy and forced LGBTQ on them.
Wonder why the Afghans already have plans to sit down with China.
People still live in a fantasy land on just how evil our Ruling and Donor Classes are along with our Overlords and GloboHomo MegaCorp Culture. Nobody wants that shit, not even the majority of Americans.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 15, 2021 10:58 AM (uka36)

470 465. Sure now. Give it a week, after there's a threat that Kim and Kanye may divorce or someone comes out as gay in the NFL. All of this will be forgotten.

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at August 15, 2021 10:59 AM (2NHgQ)

471 All is well!

Posted by: Chip Diller in Kabul, CNN at August 15, 2021 10:59 AM (4I/2K)

472 Notsothoreau those dozen are why I want Ho to take over the Presidency, just so they see they were had

Posted by: Skip at August 15, 2021 10:59 AM (znIQ9)

473 Finally all of those Afghanistani girls will be able to cast off their western clothes and won't have to be burdened with an education.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy is a great start, but there is so much more to be done! at August 15, 2021 11:00 AM (gpKIi)

474 No need to occupy any ground in Afghanistan. Seed their poppy fields with radioactive by-products of our reactors. Let the muzzies die slowly.

Posted by: Justsayin' at August 15, 2021 11:00 AM (Fs5vw)

475 For what it's worth, there are a few tweets from folks that regret voting for Biden.
Posted by: Notsothoreau

A little fkn late now.

Posted by: Infidel at August 15, 2021 11:00 AM (VDqwV)

476 WE HAZ A NOOD

Posted by: Skip at August 15, 2021 11:01 AM (znIQ9)

477 Then they are fools, unless they plan to live elsewhere
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 10:35 AM (YynYJ)


Part of late theory Marxism is that it is required to break the society from the norms holding it to the dead past ways of working within markets and the old traditional rules and laws to allow the new order to emerge. Pol Pot believed this, and I suspect all the educated Socialists want this as well.
'
I think it is part of reverse engineering the "founders' effect" theory of culture formation (Australia is the way it is because of its initial settling demographics) and breaking the chains to the past allows a glorious future.
'
It is step one of the underpants gnomes' plan for world conquest.

Posted by: Kindltot at August 15, 2021 11:01 AM (BbDPD)

478 Yet my morning Epoch Times headline reads that Biden is *sending in* 5,000 troops to help with the escape! What the hell is happening? Are they coming or are they going?
Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at August 15, 2021 10:44 AM (DWDek)


Well. Either the troops were already there and the evac is going as planned, or it's a super fu*k up and the tallies moved a lot faster than our guv'mint figured.
You pick.

Posted by: Diogenes at August 15, 2021 11:02 AM (axyOa)

479 Hello, I must be going
I cannot stay
I came to say
I must be going
I'm glad I came
But just the same
I must be going, la-la!
Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at August 15, 2021 10:47 AM (UHVv4)
---
Hurray for Captain Spaulding!

Posted by: Axeman at August 15, 2021 11:03 AM (XHhHI)

480 Classic.

Progs: "This thing is massively important! You eveel right-wingers are totally screwing it up! We can do this so much better than you!"

Two Years Later: Well, you bloody well stepped in the dwang there, didn't you?

Progs: "That's not important, it's irrelevant and doesn't matter! And you're racist sexist homophobic for bringing it up!"

Posted by: Not From Around Here at August 15, 2021 11:04 AM (wrzAm)

481 Benghazi 2.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at August 15, 2021 11:05 AM (oy1++)

482 And yet they still think General Flynn was a Russian asset.
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 10:58 AM (YynYJ)
---
Only the people the IC conned think that.

Posted by: Axeman at August 15, 2021 11:05 AM (XHhHI)

483 Consensual or otherwise.
=====

One of my favorite books by Kipling is 'Stalky and Company' set in a Brit 'public' school.

Takeaway quote: The bleating of the kid excites the tiger.

Posted by: mustbequantum at August 15, 2021 11:05 AM (MIKMs)

484 Hmmm, I told the boss I couldn't work Sundays any more. Didn't get a response back and doesn't look like anyone logged in yet. Please remind me this is not my problem.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 11:05 AM (YynYJ)

485 Notsothoreau,

It's not your problem.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 11:07 AM (xopIz)

486 Thank you. I know someone in charge read my email because I also offered to let someone else handle scheduling. Resources magically opened up on that one.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 11:11 AM (YynYJ)

487 Re: ...there are a few tweets from folks that regret voting for Biden...

Ummm...how can dead people have regrets?

Posted by: FriscoYoda at August 15, 2021 11:13 AM (+56GQ)

488 387 @379

484 Hmmm, I told the boss I couldn't work Sundays any more. Didn't get a response back and doesn't look like anyone logged in yet. Please remind me this is not my problem.
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 11:05 AM (YynYJ)


Many's the job that depends on competent people papering over the minor cracks even as they grow to major faults, instead of fixing them. As I once said to my team, sometimes the only way to force corporate to fix a problem is to actively make it not your problem anymore and let it fall and fail.

Of course, a month after I said that, I was working elsewhere. And my team called me at Thanksgiving, letting me know they'd quit en masse and moved to another company, and were much happier there, having finally gotten the shifts they wanted, and the raise they wanted. Because they'd been hanging on for me and for each other, but after I told them why I was leaving and walked, they decided that they could all go together instead.

Posted by: Not From Around Here at August 15, 2021 11:13 AM (wrzAm)

489
Ummm...how can dead people have regrets?
Posted by: FriscoYoda at August 15, 2021 11:13 AM (+56GQ)

tweeting from hell

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 11:13 AM (ONvIw)

490 Among the various speculative "we'll never know" things, I kinda figured had Trump been re-elected, he would have been assassinated fairly quickly.

Posted by: BurtTC at August 15, 2021 10:45 AM (5ieoM)


Speculative, but disturbingly plausible. There were massive riots planned for every major city if Trump had been re-elected. We know this for a fact. Time magazine spilled the beans on this in their "how we beat Trump" piece written shortly after the election.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at August 15, 2021 11:20 AM (EyTIE)

491 I read a study some years ago which noted a correlation between in-breeding and higher rates of homosexuality. It was being presented as evidence of a genetic link, to support the "born this way" argument.

It could be total bullshit. But, given the history and geography and the various family bushes of Britain, it would explain a lot about why those people are so very gay.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at August 15, 2021 11:21 AM (GdOWZ)

492 Still, for a "lit'ry" author like Golding to be caught messing around the ghetto of spec fiction -- it just isn't done, old man.

In between swinging for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Graham Greene wrote deliberately light fictions that he dubbed "entertainments." Try "Our Man in Havana"

Posted by: Brett at August 15, 2021 11:23 AM (TzznH)

493 Oh, the job is becoming a nightmare. I do 2 hours a night on the phones by myself. The Sunday shift added another 6. I did three weeks of it and I'm just done. I've already started to tell a few co-workers I'm retiring this year. And no raises in two years.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at August 15, 2021 11:27 AM (YynYJ)

494 Tonight at 8pm EDT, theliturgy.org will debut the first in a trilogy of documentaries about the Traditional Latin Mass.

It's free. It will be on youtube.

youtube.com/c/massoftheages
Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at August 15, 2021 09:23 AM (xopIz)

excellent

Posted by: LASue at August 15, 2021 11:29 AM (Ed8Zd)

495 Hugs Notsothoreau
and prayers for a better job sitch

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at August 15, 2021 11:31 AM (oEn12)

496 Apparently the first section of Windswept House is being censored as well, a buyer reports that the first section is not being printed and the introductory "ritual" section is removed.
Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 08:50 AM (ONvIw)

Which raises the question: if buying that book, or any book that becomes controversial and subject to attempts at censorship, how do you know you are getting the real deal, and not an expurgated version?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at August 15, 2021 11:46 AM (YKlxT)

497 Finished Fifty Strong by John Maino, a solid oral history of (mostly) the Viet Nam War, although my Uncle who fought in the Battle of the Bulge is in the book. Haven't gotten much other reading done as the grandkids are in town. I looked for the Josephine Tey book on Amazon and it, too, is "under review". I find that disturbing and expected in our newly fascist country.

"You stay over there. We'll stay over here. There. Done.
Posted by: BurtTC"
I agree and that's what I said we should do after the first 6 months in Afghanistan. But, of course, the 'experts' new better.

Posted by: who knew at August 15, 2021 12:05 PM (4I7VG)

498 Which raises the question: if buying that book, or any book that becomes controversial and subject to attempts at censorship, how do you know you are getting the real deal, and not an expurgated version?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon

Good question. And if it's on Kindle, how do you know it hasn't been censored after you've purchased it?

Posted by: who knew at August 15, 2021 12:11 PM (4I7VG)

499 Afghanistan is believed to be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world. The value of these resources has been roughly estimated between $1-3 trillion. Afghanistan has vast reserves of gold, platinum, silver, copper, iron, chromite, lithium, uranium, and aluminium. So, now the Taliban has minerals plus Opium to fund all the terrorism they can muster. And, I suppose Iran and China will be making deals within the month.
Posted by: Stellastwocents at August 15, 2021 10:14 AM (cRbt7)

Well, the geologist in me says, in a word, "bullshit". "Reserves" has a very specific meaning, namely ore deposits that are sufficiently well studied and drilled off that they can be regarded as bankable assets.

"Resources" are ore deposits or mineral occurrences that are known to exist, but the value of which is as yet undetermined.

Afghanistan is truly under-explored from a resource extraction standpoint, and all one can truthfully say about it is that there is good reason to expect that it has potential resources. It's a large chunk of territory, very mountainous, plenty of geologic activity in its history.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at August 15, 2021 12:17 PM (vtiSH)

500 Trump was re-elected; he wasn't allowed to take office.

Maybe it was for the better that the rot was exposed now.

Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 12:29 PM (Om/di)

501 "Down East: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America" sounds like an interesting book but it's dreadfully overpriced. It's 258 pages long and costs $14.99 for the Kindle edition.

Posted by: Emily Nelson at August 15, 2021 12:33 PM (K9d/B)

502 Former Marine, not Ex-Marine
Posted by: Hoyt's Paid Turkish Provocateur at August 15, 2021 08:10 AM (49Exr)

Yes. If no one else would've wrote this, I would have.

Semper Fi.

Posted by: WinLinBSDAdmin at August 15, 2021 12:40 PM (Hh3y4)

503 It is not just gastroenterologists who pay attention to borboygmi. General surgeons pay attention to more; such as frequency and quality of the sounds. Large bowel obstruction will include borborygmi at intervals of 5 minutes or more. Small bowel obstructions have intervals of less, often 3 to 4 minutes and the sounds become high pitched and are called "rushes" as they peak in pitch and intensity.

Posted by: Mike K at August 15, 2021 01:07 PM (o3Ds4)

504 380 I finally decided to purchase a copy of Windswept House and found that the top listing at ABEBooks has about a dozen copies in "new" condition for $22.60 each. Free shipping.

That's the cheapest I've seen it lately.

If it makes a difference, ABE Books is owned by Amazon, but the bookseller isn't.
Posted by: Peter (My friends call me Pete) Zah at August 15, 2021 10:18 AM (a4vvV)

"Windswept House" is available for free on Archive.org:. https://archive.org/details/windswepthouse00mart

Posted by: March Hare at August 15, 2021 01:15 PM (lwrAe)

505 ...So, you're sitting in the dentist's office.

Everything's q-u-i-e-t.

You pick up a copy of Cuspid Annual

And then... yer stomach starts tawkin' to ya...

Posted by: zombie George Carlin at August 15, 2021 02:18 PM (dB4Iz)

506
Maybe it was for the better that the rot was exposed now.
Posted by: Weak Geek at August 15, 2021 12:29 PM (Om/di)

No. But if you listen to the QV people they will tell you that maybe the election was stolen, but that Biden probably did get close to 81M votes as hatred of Trump was the "galvanizing factor". Exposing the rot does no good if the rot is allowed to thrive unpunished and gain a firmer toehold on election fraud. There seems to be no election law they can't break, and SCOTUS is impotent by choice.

Posted by: CN at August 15, 2021 02:29 PM (ONvIw)

507 Your squib about the cowards at the American Booksellers Association reminded me of an encounter I had 30 years ago. In 1980, the ABA's convention was being held in Chicago, and as part of it, a special screening of "The Empire Strikes Back" was arranged for them. A friend was then working at the Krochs and Brentanos bookstore (long gone, alas) and got a pair of tickets for the screening. Well, while my friend and I were standing in line, waiting to be admitted, I overheard one of the ABA conventioneers talking to an acquaintance. "People ask me what I do," he said. "I tell them I'm an alchemist: I take shit and turn it into gold." Then as now, buddy, then as now.

Posted by: Nemo at August 15, 2021 02:42 PM (S6ArX)

508 Kipling-almost all of what he wrote is good, much is great. He loved India and its people, which shines through his poems and stories set there. He also had a great admiration and respect for the common working man which can be seen in many of his adult and children's stories-"The Day's Work" and "Puck of Books Hill" for one example of each. All of his stuff should be in the public domain, so free copies of most should be available. Various kindle "complete" works are available and some of the reprint houses (Wordsworth for one) should have cheap paperback and even discount hardback copies galore available.

"I want a copy of "Assassins Have Starry Eyes." From what I've read, it's a proto-Helm. "

Nice gritty story-my introduction to Donald Hamilton in the 1960s-my impression was that he wrote lots of stuff with similar protagonists and then refined them into Matt Helm-sort of like Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe.

Posted by: Carlos V at August 15, 2021 02:51 PM (Ap+cR)

509 Many of the early pulp and paperback writers wrote for different genres. It gave them a wider market and made it easier to recycle plots without being too obvious. Ron Hubbard wrote for almost any type-IIRC Science Fiction was a last resort for him, and Louis L'amour even wrote a sci-fi book "The Haunted Mesa." Gardner Fox wrote almost everything including DC comics, historical romances and James Bond and Tarzan spoofs and ripoffs. Too many more to mention-but as Bob Heinlein once put it, specialization is for insects.

Posted by: Carlos V at August 15, 2021 03:03 PM (Ap+cR)

510 Oops, D*** autocorrect. "Puck of Pooks Hill."

Posted by: Carlos V at August 15, 2021 03:11 PM (Ap+cR)

511 Nemo,

The wife and I worked Kroch's & Brentano's main store then and attended the same screening -- I don't remember overhearing that particular comment, but there were plenty of publishers' reps who took a, let's say, less than reverent attitude toward the merchandise.

Bests.

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