Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-30-2021 [All Hail Eris]

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The Wellcome Collection has possibly the most unsettling and disgusting collection of unerotic art since the Tate Modern.

There is the medically grotesque


And the fantastical

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Good morning to you all from the stately Dungeon of Discord. Welcome once again to the classy and luxurious Sunday Morning Book Thread, the plushly appointed mosh pit of opinion, snark, choler, jest and japery, and our continuing conversation on books, reading, writing, and propping up the Literary-Industrial Complex by buying even more books. Unlike that uptight square OregonMuse, I don't impose harsh moral strictures or expect my readers to obey outmoded notions of decency. If you want to read "Priest Kings of Gor" pants-free, or bone up on Barbarella lounging in a silk shorty robe, who am I to judge? Your natural right to cavort pantsless shall not be infringed. Nor will I judge you for wearing pants. Even if it's these pants, which are Scooby-Don'ts. So join us in Ace's Grotto for some light refreshment and convivial conversation, and mayhap a few well-placed spa jets.

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C'mon in, the water's warm! Heh heh...

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Relevant to the Horde's interests, and educational!


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Who dis:

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It Pays To Increase Your Word Power

VOMITORY n. - In an ancient Roman amphitheater, the circumferential passage through which spectator reached the doors leading to the seating. The foyer to the dress circle, so to speak. As you display your home to a visitor, you could validly refer to the corridor between the children's bedrooms and the rec room as the vomitory.

WEASINESS n. - The quality or state of being given to gluttony. Succeeds quesiness lexicographically, but precedes it temporally.

WAMBLE n. - A rumbling or similar disturbance of the stomach. A comforting word, which deserves to be more used. "Was that my wamble or yours?"

(From "The Superior Person's Second Book of Weird and Wondrous Words" by Peter Bowler, also an essential volume in every Horde library)

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"Pseudoscience in Naziland" by Willy Ley (from Astounding Science Fiction, May 1947)

The [Democrat] tends to resort to magic, to some nonsensical belief which he tries to validate by way of hysterics and physical force. Not every [Democrat], of course. Not even a majority, but it seems to me that the percentage of people so inclined is higher in [Blue States] than in other countries. It was the willingness of a noticeable proportion of the [Democrats] to rate rhetoric above research. and intuition above knowledge, that brought to power a political party which was frankly and loudly anti-intellectual. The [Far Left] not only burned books they disliked, they also classified theoretical physicists with "[Racists and Fascists]."

(I replaced "German/s" with "Democrat/s" and "Jews and Marxists" with "Racists and Fascists".)
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Mad Science really is the best Science.


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And speaking of mad science, here's Hans Schantz with sizzling summer book deals!

"A bunch of Moron Authors and like-minded, right-thinking scribblers are offering their works at $0.99 or free for the Memorial Day Weekend. Kindly let the Horde know this would be a great opportunity for some great deals on summer reading."

I see some Weird West stories that I think I need.

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To maintain his effulgent manliness and glistening tumescent vigour, OregonMuse is having his blood transfused with that of virgin cabana boys. In the meantime, send input, output, cockalorum, fanfaronade, bombast, braggadocio, huzzahs, and raspberries to me at ErisEnthroned@protonmail.com

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1 I am currently reading, "Dick and Jane dismantle a Republic" in the daily news...

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 07:46 AM (Lzpvj)

2 Who Dis, PKD Phillip K. Dick.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 30, 2021 07:47 AM (PiwSw)

3 Phil dick and child

Posted by: CN at May 30, 2021 07:48 AM (ONvIw)

4 I liked early (pre-Pearl) MST3K.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 30, 2021 07:48 AM (PiwSw)

5 The pseudoscience in Deutschland is even more disquieting when you accept that prior to the 1930s Germany was considered a scientific haven.

The United States' academic class is a blend of the worst hubris of WunderKrieg coupled with the judgement of Lysenko.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 07:50 AM (Lzpvj)

6 Anyway was planning to read the recommended Szabo book, but the seller never shipped. Got a refund at least.
Cold and rainy day is perfect for a quiet reading day. I'll fi d something else.

Posted by: CN at May 30, 2021 07:52 AM (ONvIw)

7 Wonderful opening, Eris! I like the picture of the Wellcome Collection- my very first thought was those pillows look comfy. I'd be sitting on one of the pillows on the stairs, reading my book. Good morning, fellow book-lovers!

Posted by: CarolinaGirl at May 30, 2021 07:52 AM (Kh9rg)

8 4 Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 30, 2021 07:48 AM (PiwSw)

It definitely had its moments, of course it is not that Hollywood is any less a target rich environment now it is just they do not want "to punch down."

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 07:52 AM (Lzpvj)

9 Thank you Eris for another scintillating and invariably sweet-smelling Book Thread!

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 30, 2021 07:54 AM (PiwSw)

10 Have restarted a re-read of the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.

Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 07:55 AM (mpXpK)

11 Ted Nugent shares his thoughts on the Chinese Virus

If you believe the virus was created by some poor Chinaman eating a bat in a wet market, you would be wickedly stupid, painfully naive, pathetically woke, and rock-solid in the liability column of humankind.
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Alright, the Nuge!

Posted by: andycanuck at May 30, 2021 07:56 AM (UHVv4)

12 Those pants are fine. We would wear them in our back yard to barbeque so the foxes can see our bulges

Posted by: Two wild and crazy guys at May 30, 2021 07:57 AM (Tnijr)

13 Another Eris Book Thread !

Kewl !

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 07:57 AM (arJlL)

14 I wonder if they have some kind of remote for resetting that clock for DST changes.

Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 07:57 AM (mpXpK)

15 In the meantime, send input, output, cockalorum, fanfaronade, bombast, braggadocio, huzzahs, and raspberries to me at ErisEnthroned@protonmail.com

I did that !

But didja reply ?

NoooooOOOOOOO !

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 07:58 AM (arJlL)

16 Currently reading Herman Wouk "A Hole In Texas".

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at May 30, 2021 07:59 AM (u/yzF)

17 14 Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 07:57 AM (mpXpK)

More likely a hole in the bottom to wind the time forward and back with a twist on a stick.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 07:59 AM (Lzpvj)

18 The pillows are for the hobos after they're tired of watching free pr0n.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at May 30, 2021 08:00 AM (vuisn)

19 WEASINESS

I thought that was George Jefferson's wife's moods !

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 08:00 AM (arJlL)

20 A while back a commenter led me to Mark Schweizer's St. Germaine mysteries. I decided, what the heck, I'll buy all 15. (I had a question and the publisher's office was delighted to hear about the AOS Book thread.) I've been saving them for a long holiday/vacation - this week! Now I'm diving into the first one, The Alto Wore Tweed. I know from other commenters here I will enjoy these.

Posted by: CarolinaGirl at May 30, 2021 08:00 AM (Kh9rg)

21 Anyway was planning to read the recommended Szabo book, but the seller never shipped. Got a refund at least.

That's odd. The only time something like that happened to me was when Amazon put an uncommonly low price on a CD set and couldn't find a seller to honor it. It should be available elsewhere.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:01 AM (y7DUB)

22 I love that top pic. I could live there.

Posted by: grammie winger at May 30, 2021 08:02 AM (45fpk)

23 Next on my list is Dave Reaboi's book "Qatar's Shadow War". I'm going to learn some stuff.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at May 30, 2021 08:02 AM (u/yzF)

24 Good morning morons and thanks eris.

"Glistening tumescent vigour?"

Posted by: San Franpsycho at May 30, 2021 08:03 AM (EZebt)

25 And the fantastical

I like that the skeleton is playing the Cotton Eye Joe for the fat guy.

I'm just at a loss to explain why we don't get any wandering minstrel skeletons like they did in the past.

Stupid historical progress!

Posted by: naturalfake at May 30, 2021 08:03 AM (dWwl8)

26 Good Sunday morning bookworms! Beautiful sunny day in store today. Those pants! OMG..

Posted by: Jewells45 at May 30, 2021 08:03 AM (nxdel)

27 Morning, Horde!

Well, my glorious library can now be viewed in all of its gloriousness at the following URL:

https://kugelblitz.libib.com

It's a pretty decent library cataloging app. What apps do the rest of the Morons use?

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at May 30, 2021 08:03 AM (hQrcu)

28 "Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light."

Groucho Marx, looking for leaks

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at May 30, 2021 08:03 AM (HaL55)

29 I love that top pic. I could live there.
Posted by: grammie winger

Clothed ?

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 08:03 AM (arJlL)

30
I read (actually listened to an audiobook of) Raymond Chandler's "The High Window", a Philip Marlowe mystery. I enjoyed it very much.

Chandler's writing was very colorful and evocative and brought the story to life. Mrs. Krebs overheard part of it and asked to what I was listening and then commented, admiringly, "They do not write stories in that manner anymore." Indeed they don't.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:04 AM (NVmJr)

31 Currently reading Herman Wouk "A Hole In Texas".

******

Get Wouk, go baroque!

Posted by: Muldoon at May 30, 2021 08:04 AM (m45I2)

32 Go to veitnam101.0rg to get a free copy today of a good book about 12 soldiers who serve then. Usually 24.99. Free today

Posted by: It alfredo at May 30, 2021 08:04 AM (qcFy1)

33 Clothed ?

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 08:03 AM (arJlL)


Hiya JT! You are so bad.

Posted by: grammie winger at May 30, 2021 08:05 AM (45fpk)

34 On the literary front I am currently reading "The Real German War Plan" by Terence Zuber.

Zuber dives into the available archival data to argue that Schlieffen's "Perfect Plan" not only never existed but that Von Moltke the younger's eventual plan was not even related to it.

Something I did not know was no Schlieffen war game ran to even 50 days let alone 90. Also the hypothesis behind the 1905 plan was a single front French war whereas conventional wisdom largely generated initially to sell German "war guilt" was largely fabricated independent of any investigation. The book is not particularly well crafted, but it was well thought out.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:05 AM (Lzpvj)

35 ew those library cushions ...I can feel cooties from the sixties trying to jump thru the screen to get to me


great find, Eris!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:05 AM (IMQiW)

36 Going through the 6 books in the Old Man's War universe by John Scalzi. Next week there will be a report.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at May 30, 2021 08:05 AM (u82oZ)

37 Choose entertainment over intellectual stimulation last week. Read Schlichter's 5th book Crisis. Enjoyed it enough that I started the series over. Started book 3, Wildfire, last night. Going to head across the road to the timber company property this afternoon and have a little range time in the 100 yard to 300 yard range. Wondering if there is a correlation between what I've read and my current attitude?

Posted by: Sock Monkey * I'm no here tae mess aboot at May 30, 2021 08:06 AM (3g4/r)

38 Tolle Lege
My summer of reading might be over before summer gets here.
Will be finishing book 2 of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's trilogy Gulag Archipelago, can hardly put it down as just started them 3 weeks ago.
And 400 pages into William Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, finishing the despicable giveaway by the allies of Czechoslovakia

Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 08:06 AM (Cxk7w)

39 Any word on OM's return? I could email him but don't want to bug him...

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:07 AM (y7DUB)

40 I stopped reading a bit to focus on cataloging my library. However, I am currently midway through R.A. Salvatore's Night of the Hunter series. It's OK, but not great.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at May 30, 2021 08:07 AM (hQrcu)

41
It's a pretty decent library cataloging app. What apps do the rest of the Morons use?
Posted by: Lord Squirrel


I do not use one, but rely on memory to keep track of them, but I only have around two hundred books, tops. Those of greatest interest (and mostly read) are shelved.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:07 AM (NVmJr)

42 Hiya Grammie !

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 08:07 AM (arJlL)

43 Good morning everyone. Received as a gift this week David McCullough's The Great Bridge. It is at the top of the pile to be read.

Posted by: Tonypete at May 30, 2021 08:07 AM (Rvt88)

44 I love that top pic. I could live there.

Love the color scheme but the chairs look terribly uncomfortable. I'd be hanging around the steps where the pillows are.

Posted by: Jewells45 at May 30, 2021 08:07 AM (nxdel)

45 I don't much care for today's pic. Too much art and furniture and not enough books!

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at May 30, 2021 08:08 AM (hQrcu)

46 Did anyone remember to being the Lutefisk pierogies?

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 30, 2021 08:08 AM (PiwSw)

47 ew those library cushions ...I can feel cooties from the sixties trying to jump thru the screen to get to me


great find, Eris!
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion

Awww...they didn't have cooties in the sixties !

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 08:08 AM (arJlL)

48 Looks like IKEA

Posted by: San Franpsycho at May 30, 2021 08:09 AM (EZebt)

49 https://tinyurl.com/xtycyca2

The Real German War Plan

I am also reading Thomas Henry Horans' Zodiac Book.

https://tinyurl.com/avd8nmxh

The Myth of the Zodiac Killer is his hypothesis that the San Francisco Media took several unrelated cases and crafted a serial killer from them.

He is half-rattled if you listen to "The Stones Unturned Podcast" but he presents a catalogued analysis of the FBI files on the issue. The Bureau itself says there is no Modus Operandi, and no matching physical evidence. It is if nothing else an intriguing counter-theory.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:10 AM (Lzpvj)

50 Did anyone remember to being the Lutefisk pierogies?
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes

Damn it! I left them on the countertop. Shoot!

Posted by: Tonypete at May 30, 2021 08:10 AM (Rvt88)

51 Nice Lieberry!

Those pants.....I remember those pants.

The Who Dis needs to put on some clothes.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at May 30, 2021 08:11 AM (R/m4+)

52 26 Good Sunday morning bookworms! Beautiful sunny day in store today. Those pants! OMG..
Posted by: Jewells45 at May 30, 2021 08:03 AM (nxdel)


What about those socks?

Posted by: Iron Mike Golf at May 30, 2021 08:12 AM (8C7+r)

53 Any word on OM's return?

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:07 AM (y7DUB)

One more are round of laser depilation and he should be good to go...

Probably Wednesday.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 30, 2021 08:12 AM (c3jbK)

54 To whichever Moron recommended News of the World by Paulette Jiles, thank you. Can't recall a book in recent memory I enjoyed as much as this one. I checked out her other books by reviews on Amazon. This appears to be her best work so far. Anyone read any of her other books? I don't always trust the Amazon reviews.

Posted by: tecumsehtea at May 30, 2021 08:12 AM (skoMC)

55 I would like to thank whoever it was here that, a few months ago, recommended "The British are Coming" by Rick Atkinson. I began reading it this week. What a great historic read! Here's a timeless quote:

"Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful, but we have many friends, determining to be free... On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves."
- Dr. Joseph Warren, 1775

Posted by: Biden's Dog at May 30, 2021 08:13 AM (ESNix)

56 Morning, 'rons and 'ronettes. Got smashed yesterday (as usual) and missed the movie thread.

Went to Avenu Victor Hugo Books in Lee NH yesterday. Got a book on DaVinci's inventions (translated from the French), one called Why the Holocaust? and Rebecca West's 1900. That last is the one I am going to be reading today, since it is cold and dreary outside and I need to rest my queasy self.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:13 AM (2JVJo)

57 Did anyone remember to being the Lutefisk pierogies?

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 30, 2021 08:08 AM (PiwSw)


Now you're just being mean.

Posted by: grammie winger at May 30, 2021 08:13 AM (45fpk)

58 David McCullough's The Great Bridge. It is at the top of the pile to be read.
Posted by: Tonypete

McCullough is always a good read. Enjoyed yhat one in particular.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * I'm no here tae mess aboot at May 30, 2021 08:13 AM (3g4/r)

59 Those pants are just fine. I'd wear them to strangle any man who wore a scarf like that or heaven forbid a turtleneck dickie.

Posted by: Muldoon at May 30, 2021 08:14 AM (m45I2)

60 I have minor news about my book blog - I havent updated it since Oct ...combo of electoral depression and health challenges
anyway yesterday Amazon terminated my assocoates accpunt - I thought maybe from inactivity but the reason they gave is terms violation:

The violations include the following:
Purchases resulting from Special Links on your Site have been for personal use or have been made by your friends, relatives, employees, contractors, or business relations.


which seems kinda bogus... so I'm wondering if it's just kicking out low-traffic associiates or maybe a conservative purge
or both

anyway, I take it as a good thing - God telling me to quit supporting the Bezos demon and find another way to engage readers with conservative books

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:14 AM (IMQiW)

61 Good morning!

Currently 48 degrees here in the DMV. Weird but I guess in every life some rain must fall. I think I heard that somewhere.
Terrific content, Eris. Thank you for jumping in and saving Sunday morning.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at May 30, 2021 08:14 AM (sd8p8)

62 Atl Title: Arthur wakes with Sore Ass After Dental Surgery

https://tinyurl.com/xc8dv3rf

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 08:15 AM (yrol0)

63 I am also reading Thomas Henry Horans' Zodiac Book.

I read that, sven. I've never heard Horan speak, but IMO he makes a very convincing case for there being no "Zodiac" and that Robert Graysmith is a lifelong, unrepentant liar who railroaded the police into thinking Arthur Leigh Allen was the killer. I'll be interested in your opinion.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:15 AM (2JVJo)

64 in the painting of the man reading -what's hanging from the top of the window? a helmet?

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:16 AM (IMQiW)

65 Anyone read The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity by Amir D. Aczel? I picked if up on a whim because I like books about math concepts although Gödel, Escher, Bach mostly irritated me with the way it was narrated particularly dwelling at excessive length on Zeno's paradoxes which are demonstrably not true. This is narrated much more straightforwardly plus I recently completed a Hilldsale course on Euclid and mathematics so hopefully this will be more fulfilling.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:17 AM (y7DUB)

66 I sorry grammie....

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 30, 2021 08:17 AM (PiwSw)

67 my first attempt at recommending Bringing Nature Home got deleted so I'm testing if it's just me

Posted by: Laura Montgomery at May 30, 2021 08:17 AM (KFIdK)

68 25 And the fantastical

I like that the skeleton is playing the Cotton Eye Joe for the fat guy.

==

I like the Ghost Train, Monsters painting
its cute

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:19 AM (IMQiW)

69 Kinda sorta O/T - I'm doing research into producing audio books here at stately Casa Backwardio. Amazon has an entire division that does nothing but manage the people who do that. Lots of good advice from long-time pros who've been doing that for years. I'll start with technical books since that's the area I'm most familiar with. Have everything I need here: mic, recording software and what will become the isolation booth (the closet, DON'T GO THERE!).

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at May 30, 2021 08:19 AM (HaL55)

70
Something I did not know was no Schlieffen war game ran to even 50 days let alone 90.


Any plan that depended on advancing in a wheeling maneuver was going to put great strain on troops and supply for those on the outer end of the wheel. It brings to mind the scene in Slap Shot where the Charlestown Chiefs watch an ice show and are greatly amused by the efforts of a young lady at one end of the wheel trying to get back into the end position as the wheel turned.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:19 AM (NVmJr)

71 Probably Wednesday.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 30, 2021 08:12 AM (c3jbK)


Excellent. Thanks.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:19 AM (y7DUB)

72 I noticed something about those pants. Those guys seemed very proud to be wearing those pants.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at May 30, 2021 08:20 AM (sd8p8)

73 63 Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:15 AM (2JVJo)

I read Graysmith in 86 and was convinced. I followed the internet partial release of the FBI casework on it by Voigt. I started off wanting to believe Horan was a nut and in some ways he is, BUT that does not mean his deconstruction is flawed. https://youtu.be/Q5wrc7-4dHc -There is a gathering of his early youtubes on the book.

I think Arthur Leigh Allen was an easy target and deserved to be prosecuted for the things he did, but I also think he was not the Zodiac.

It was kind of a letdown that in the end I agreed with Horan, Zodiac was an intriguing case for a multitude of reasons: 1) he was never caught 2) he had a wicked sense of humor 3) he was a highly skilled individual

Horan hypothesizes that Hal Snook started the hoax from a place of good intentions because there was a lot of crystal meth corruption going on in the area and Snook was trying to point out that some pretty bad people were being allowed to walk.

It is not an easy read, but if you are a true crime aficionado or raconteur it is worthy.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:22 AM (Lzpvj)

74 Terrific content, Eris. Thank you for jumping in and saving Sunday morning.
Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice)

Were we drilling holes in the lifeboat earlier?

Posted by: The EMT at May 30, 2021 08:22 AM (3g4/r)

75 64 in the painting of the man reading -what's hanging from the top of the window? a helmet?
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:16 AM (IMQiW)
-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Gillis

Posted by: Biden's Dog at May 30, 2021 08:22 AM (ESNix)

76 Re lutefisk pierogies

The Mongolian bakery on the corner makes a delicious Siberian fish pie with salmon and potato noodles

Posted by: San Franpsycho at May 30, 2021 08:22 AM (EZebt)

77 Put cowboy hats on the Those Pants guys and you could be at a filming of "Flamboyant Bonanza"

Posted by: Muldoon at May 30, 2021 08:23 AM (m45I2)

78 Lord Squirrel: I love the chair in your library pic.... looks very easy to sit in for a couple of hours. I need to get a better chair for my home library. And did you find a library cataloging app? I need to do that for my books....

Posted by: CarolinaGirl at May 30, 2021 08:23 AM (Kh9rg)

79 Those guys seemed very proud to be wearing those pants.

I think they were drugged first beforehand.

Posted by: Jewells45 at May 30, 2021 08:23 AM (nxdel)

80 Those pants! The only way they could be worse would be to add a Nehru jacket.

What the hell was wrong with us in the 70's?

Oh yeah, I remember now - the drugs.

Posted by: Tonypete at May 30, 2021 08:23 AM (Rvt88)

81 70 Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:19 AM (NVmJr)

I was also unaware that Schlieffen never used less than 6 imaginary divisions.

It looks to me like his wargames were a lobbying tool to keep increasing German military expenditures.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:24 AM (Lzpvj)

82 (the closet, DON'T GO THERE!).
Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now

Its quieter in the barrel.

(That's what I heard)

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 08:24 AM (arJlL)

83 77 Put cowboy hats on the Those Pants guys and you could be at a filming of "Flamboyant Bonanza"
Posted by: Muldoon at May 30, 2021 08:23 AM (m45I2)

None of the men on the Ponderosa were gay but luckily Hop Sing was.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 08:24 AM (yrol0)

84 Something always bothered me about Leftists argument Adolf was Christian so bla bla bla, well. Shirer cleared that bull shit up.
807 pastors of the Confessional church were arrested in 1937
1938 Bishop Marahon ordered all pastors of the diocese to swear a oath to the fuehrer.
1941 Borman - National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable
To be cont.

Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 08:24 AM (Cxk7w)

85 My reading this past week has been a bit sporadic. Still grinding my way through _The Magic Mountain_ by Thomas Mann. It's a slog, no question. It is a "novel of ideas" which apparently means it's a book about people talking about stuff. Kind of like some of Heinlein's most self-indulgent novels. In obeisance to the Sunk Cost Fallacy I'm going to finish this sonofabitch, but then it's going into the discard box.

For lighter fare I've been looking at the Collected Letters of EB White, which also sort of functions as a biography of him.

E.B. White seems like a fairly nice guy, a bit shy. A classic New Deal liberal unaware of the bubble he lived in. Kind of a hypochondriac, continually bitching about his health when he wasn't camping, sailing, doing manual farm work, and traveling. (He lived to be 85.) Loved animals the way people who actually live in the country do, so points to him there. Good writer who cared about standards. His childrens' books are his best work because he wasn't straining to be clever (as he was in the New Yorker) or profound (as he was in Harpers).

Posted by: Trimegistus at May 30, 2021 08:25 AM (QZxDR)

86 While the pants are a point of interest I am wondering how he kept a straight face anywhere with those socks.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:25 AM (Lzpvj)

87
The violations include the following:
Purchases resulting from Special Links on your Site have been for personal use or have been made by your friends, relatives, employees, contractors, or business relations.


If you had bought books by the paletteful of Ibram X. Kindi or some other race-baiting hack and donated them to public school libraries no doubt you would have been praised to the skies.

I consciously seek out suppliers selling goods who are not Amazon these days.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:25 AM (NVmJr)

88 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Gillis
Posted by: Biden's Dog

thank you, interesting

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:26 AM (IMQiW)

89 85 My reading this past week has been a bit sporadic. Still grinding my way through _The Magic Mountain_ by Thomas Mann. It's a slog, no question."

but it's probably quite a roller coaster ride.

Posted by: Tom Servo at May 30, 2021 08:26 AM (bxPTJ)

90 84 Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 08:24 AM (Cxk7w)

He loathed Christianity and felt it had weakened the German world.

Hitler has became "anything we do not like" to the left, by the end of this decade we will discover that Hitler was a tool of the cattle industry and big oil.

"Seriously"

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:26 AM (Lzpvj)

91 I recommend Douglas Tallamy's Bringing Nature Home for any other gardeners out there. Not only did the book provide a theory of terraforming for my own personal (albeit imaginary) alien invasion plans, he made me rethink my gardening philosophy. Tallamy is a professor of entomology and makes the point that 90 percent of insects are specialists, thus agreeing with Robert Heinlein, which makes him immediately credible. Ninety percent of insects, including caterpillars and butterflies, eat only one plant, what they evolved with. With all the alien plants we put in our gardens, not to mention what gets bequeathed to us by bird poop, we deprive insects of food. This in turn deprives birds of the insects they eat, squirrels of nuts, breaking all sorts of links int he food chain.

What I like is how the second half of the book talks about what individual homeowners can do to help restore things simply by planting natives. I've already put in three oak seedlings a friend gave me, but I'm going to do more in the fall after Brood X retires from the scene.

Posted by: Laura Montgomery at May 30, 2021 08:26 AM (KFIdK)

92 I read A Writer's Life, a biography of Janice Holt Giles. She's primarily known for her historical fiction about Kentucky. And also did some non-fiction about her husband's WWII experiences and their life together in Appalachia. She's been one of my favorite authors for a long time. Her book on the Shakers, The Believers, is a good way to understand how that religion came into being and what their daily lives were like.

She said an interesting thing about Willa Cather, in an interview. She said that Cather would have been a stronger writer if she'd been married. Said the interactions with men and women didn't ring true because she'd never really experienced it herself. Anyway, good biography.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at May 30, 2021 08:27 AM (YynYJ)

93 Dear EMT

As I am never awake in time to peruse the emt comments , I was referring to Eris filling in for OM.
I appreciate everyone who participates in the difficult task of keeping us all relatively sane.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at May 30, 2021 08:27 AM (sd8p8)

94 Wondering how much it would cost to build a grotto?

Posted by: Sock Monkey * I'm not here tae mess aboot at May 30, 2021 08:27 AM (3g4/r)

95 Lord Squirrel: I love the chair in your library pic.... looks very easy to sit in for a couple of hours. I need to get a better chair for my home library. And did you find a library cataloging app? I need to do that for my books....
Posted by: CarolinaGirl at May 30, 2021 08:23 AM (Kh9rg)
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Yes, I use libib.com (it's free! no ads!)

It's very easy to set up a basic library. The free version supports 100 libraries and 5000 items total plus you get your own custom URL.

I found a university using it as a checkout system and was intrigued by it (that's the paid version).

libib.com - easy and free, for realsies!

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at May 30, 2021 08:28 AM (hQrcu)

96 I consciously seek out suppliers selling goods who are not Amazon these days.
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot

yeah, I need to rassle up some energy and revamp the blog
I feel it's important to push back against the prog brainwashing with good non-prog books

just been so tired lately

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:29 AM (IMQiW)

97 Still grinding my way through _The Magic Mountain_ by Thomas Mann. It's a slog, no question. It is a "novel of ideas" which apparently means it's a book about people talking about stuff. Kind of like some of Heinlein's most self-indulgent novels. In obeisance to the Sunk Cost Fallacy I'm going to finish this sonofabitch, but then it's going into the discard box.

I hated that exercise in tedium and just stopped reading it contra the book group. Maybe it was poorly translated to give it a surely undeserved benefit of the doubt.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:29 AM (y7DUB)

98 I honor of summer - a limerick

There once was a beagle named Lance
Who didn't like heat, not a chance
It was so hot last July
That his tongue hung out, oh my!
And his breathing showed up in short pants!

Posted by: Muldoon at May 30, 2021 08:31 AM (m45I2)

99 Good Sunday morning, horde!

Eris, thank you for continuing the book thread while OregonMuse is recovering. I hope he's doing well.

Posted by: April at May 30, 2021 08:31 AM (OX9vb)

100 Hi Bibliophiliacs! It's been fun, and you've all been very supportive, but OM is the master, and I'm so happy he will be back soon.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:31 AM (Dc2NZ)

101 I hated that exercise in tedium and just stopped reading it contra the book group. Maybe it was poorly translated to give it a surely undeserved benefit of the doubt.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:29 AM (y7DUB)
-
Folks, have you heard of...
https://www.blinkist.com/

Posted by: Biden's Dog at May 30, 2021 08:32 AM (ESNix)

102 Its quieter in the barrel.



(That's what I heard)


I'm here to tell you, the cooties inside that thing make an awful racket. Moreso during mating season. And standing on tip-toes all the time is uncomfortable because who wants to touch anything in there? Ewwww...

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at May 30, 2021 08:32 AM (HaL55)

103 84 cont
30 point program for National Reich Church
#1 NRC category claims exclusive right to confiscate all churches
#7NRC has no scribes, pastors or priests but orators to speak for them
#13 immediately cessation publishing the Bible
#14 Mein Kampf is the greatest of all documents
#18 NRC will clear all alters of crucifixes, Bibles, pictures of Saints
#19and will only have Mein Kampf
#30 Removal of all crosses on churches, chaples and cathedrals

Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 08:33 AM (Cxk7w)

104 I was going to go to the Cemetery today but it keeps raining here in NJ

Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 30, 2021 08:33 AM (85Gof)

105 I've been wending my way through C.J. Box's Joe Pickett mysteries, which are uniformly excellent. "Cold Wind" (2011) pulls no punches in slamming an administration that funnels billions to alternative energy (in this case, wind farms) that cost more than they produce and are built mainly to suck up subsidies and provide tax credits. And the land on which they sit is filled with oil and minerals that can't be tapped.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:33 AM (Dc2NZ)

106 I've started rereading "Facial Justice" by L P Hartley, a dystopian novel considered one of the 99 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century by Anthony Burgess.

Its premise is a low key, English gentlemanly sort of oppression where people must wear masks(!), so that everyone is equally beautiful the same and there are no hurt feelings. It is grey land where there are no highs nor lows.

If that sounds like today's America, welp, here's another novel which should be considered a warning and not a blueprint.

Low key with crisp clean prose, it saunters into your brain and winds up being a powerful read.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 30, 2021 08:34 AM (dWwl8)

107 Can't tell you how much fun it was to mail something to CBD called "DickPic".

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:35 AM (Dc2NZ)

108 I LOVE the C.J. Box books !

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 08:35 AM (arJlL)

109 in the painting of the man reading -what's hanging from the top of the window? a helmet?
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:16 AM (IMQiW)


Probably. It's the last of Rockwell's Willie Gillis series, which has the fellow off fighting WWII, then coming home and going to college.

Here's Willie's family:

https://tinyurl.com/ss2sbt34

Here's Willie at war:

https://tinyurl.com/wkvmxf94

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:36 AM (2JVJo)

110 I'm reading a biography of James Clerk Maxwell. His friends and teachers recognized his genius early on. When he first went to the University, one of his professors said "He brought with him a mass of knowledge which was really immense for so young a man, but in a state of disorder appalling."

Not long after that that though the same professor said

"It is not possible for that man to think incorrectly on physical subjects"

Posted by: Two wild and crazy guys at May 30, 2021 08:36 AM (Tnijr)

111 107 Can't tell you how much fun it was to mail something to CBD called "DickPic".
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:35 AM (Dc2NZ)


You should have created a throwaway email address called "CarlosDanger"

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 30, 2021 08:37 AM (PiwSw)

112 Oh dang it off wild and crazy sock

Posted by: f'd at May 30, 2021 08:37 AM (Tnijr)

113 I'm listening to Titan, a biography of John D. Rockefeller by Ron Chernow. It's interesting but it's a 35 hour listen and I, frankly, don't have 35 hours of interest in Rockefeller.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at May 30, 2021 08:38 AM (cSyAR)

114 104 Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 30, 2021 08:33 AM (85Gof)

The gesture is more meaningful in the rain in my opinion friend, but then again I am weird and like the rain and storms.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:38 AM (Lzpvj)

115 Still reading LT CDR Hohmeier's "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest and the Unmaking of the American Military". It's a pithy introduction to the fundamentals of the American Experiment, and I hope it becomes part of the underground curriculum for junior enlisted (or heck, anybody). Swearing to uphold and defend the Constitution isn't about fealty to a piece of parchment, but recognizing it is protecting the natural rights of the citizenry (which are God-given, not government-granted).

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:38 AM (Dc2NZ)

116 100 Hi Bibliophiliacs! It's been fun, and you've all been very supportive, but OM is the master, and I'm so happy he will be back soon.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes

thank you for for the great ONTs you habe given us, Mistress!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:39 AM (IMQiW)

117 I might be finished all books by tomorrow, my back went out.
Friday was doingstuff at work shouldn't have been doing alone, knew it was going to, one wrong move today did it in.

Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 08:40 AM (Cxk7w)

118 113 Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at May 30, 2021 08:38 AM (cSyAR)

Drive across the country and you will make it.

Shelby Foote's "Civil War a Narrative" is 160 hours long across 3 volumes...

if I ever become an OTR truck driver it will be playing a lot.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:40 AM (Lzpvj)

119 99 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century by Anthony Burgess.

I like Burgess. Being lazy, was that from a book by him or an essay somewhere?

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:40 AM (y7DUB)

120 or bone up on Barbarella lounging in a silk shorty robe

ISWYDT.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at May 30, 2021 08:40 AM (DMUuz)

121 But didja reply ?

NoooooOOOOOOO !
Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 07:58 AM (arJlL)
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I forgot to reply! I almost linked it in today's Book Thread, but there were so many videos, because I'm lazy.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:40 AM (Dc2NZ)

122 115 Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:38 AM (Dc2NZ)

Too many American soldiers think the oath means "listen to the boss."

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:41 AM (Lzpvj)

123
It looks to me like his wargames were a lobbying tool to keep increasing German military expenditures.
Posted by: sven


Do you recall the dozens upon dozens of nuclear war gaming scenarios in the 1983 movie WarGames? Their names and origin points became increasingly bizarre the further into the stack Joshua / W.O.P.R. proceeded and there were a metric shit-ton of them.

https://classicmovierev.com/
nuclear-attack-scenarios-from-wargames-1983/

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:41 AM (NVmJr)

124 You know, I never thought I would say this, but the bubble, primary color look of the 60s are better than the cold, sterile metal and glass of modern styles. Maybe they both suck, but given the choice I might take the 60s.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 08:42 AM (GKlaO)

125 Hi Bibliophiliacs! It's been fun, and you've all been very supportive, but OM is the master, and I'm so happy he will be back soon.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes

Just one of the many reasons that this is the best place on the innerwebs is the numerous pinch hitters we have. Way to step up snd hit it on the screws Lord Emperess.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * I'm not here tae mess aboot at May 30, 2021 08:42 AM (3g4/r)

126 Thanks for the recommendation, Lord Squirrel! Ok, now have to get ready for church....

Posted by: CarolinaGirl at May 30, 2021 08:42 AM (Kh9rg)

127 Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 08:33 AM (Cxk7w)

IIRC, it was Rosenberg who was really pushing for the eradication of Christianity in Nazi Germany, but there was too much pushback from ordinary Germans and Hitler realized he needed to win the war and bring up a generation of "Hitler Youth" before he could really eradicate the churches.

There's an excellent book out, Hitler's Compromises, which shows how often der Fuhrer had to hold back on full implementation of Nazi programs and sometimes reverse them entirely, getting out in front of popular opinion to make the reversal look like his idea and that he was correcting an over-zealous subordinate.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:43 AM (2JVJo)

128
Shelby Foote's "Civil War a Narrative" is 160 hours long across 3 volumes...

if I ever become an OTR truck driver it will be playing a lot.
Posted by: sven


I have listened to it twice, the first time being when I was commuting between Virginia and Delaware while courting Mrs. Krebs.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:43 AM (NVmJr)

129 "It is not possible for that man to think incorrectly on physical subjects"
Posted by: Two wild and crazy guys at May 30, 2021 08:36 AM (Tnijr)

Huh. That's not what support people usually say about physicists and other brilliant theoretical researchers. Then again, the physical subjects I dealt with 'em on included "Have you eaten today? Yes, you'll be less shaky if you get food. It works that way." and "Okay, you can't find your car. Do you know what car you drove in today? No? Okay, let me look at the log and see what cars you and your wife own, and we'll find it." I mean, the more brilliant they are, the more you can trust 'em to design circuits and do equations in their head and on the back of a cocktail napkin, and the less you can trust 'em to remember to wear pants.

Posted by: Dorothy Grant at May 30, 2021 08:44 AM (wrzAm)

130 I finally got a copy of Sanderson's The Way of Kings. I was 56th on the wait list for the book so it took a while. They sent me a paperback trade edition. The book is a daunting 1000 pages long. This may take awhile.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at May 30, 2021 08:44 AM (sd8p8)

131 Shelby Foote's "Civil War a Narrative" is 160 hours long across 3 volumes...

I've been re-reading volume 1 and am pretty near the end. I'll probably be through the whole thing by the end of the year. I like Foote's writing, but I can only take so much of the War.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:45 AM (2JVJo)

132 Hanging flower pot, I think.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 08:45 AM (GKlaO)

133 No Maxwell, possibly no Einstein.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * I'm not here tae mess aboot at May 30, 2021 08:46 AM (3g4/r)

134 I love that top pic. I could live there.
Posted by: grammie winger

I like the red rugs, and all the light. Beyond that, too modern for me. Needs moar wood, leather, iron, and stone.

Posted by: April at May 30, 2021 08:46 AM (OX9vb)

135 I saw the trailer for M. Night Shamwow's new movie, "Old", and got curious, so I got the graphic novel comic book it is based upon.

"Sandcastle"

The gimmick here is that a family and others are trapped on a beach where they are growing old very fast and most will be dead by the next morning unless a solution or escape is found.
The duo who made it are European, so-o-o-o-o you can guess the sort of non-ending which this is headed for.
Another problem is that a large part of it is taken up with Racist White Priovilege Euro-style ie. read Frenchies and Algerians for White and Blacks).

And mostly all they can think of is that everyone wants to have sex with everyone else as they grow older (as in 3 year old to adult.

MNS has his work cut out for him ignoring the crap and sticking with the interesting parts.

Good luck.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 30, 2021 08:46 AM (dWwl8)

136 123 Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:41 AM (NVmJr)

I'm not against wargaming scenarios, quite the contrary I think the performance of US arms since the cold war shows that we allowed the one thing we excelled at versus everyone else to atrophy to a degree.

That said, Schlieffen's largest after action analysis of one of the big games ran 48 pages.

He died the year before the war, and had been retired at that point 8 years. I would be very curious to know what was floating in his mind about the probability of war. He knew from his wargames victory was a longshot.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:46 AM (Lzpvj)

137 I forgot to reply! I almost linked it in today's Book Thread, but there were so many videos, because I'm lazy.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes

Awwww, that's okay.

(I'm like putty in her hands !)

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 08:46 AM (arJlL)

138 All Hail Eris, I'd like to thank you as well for keeping this place going whilst OM recovers from the injuries he sustained from rescuing all those disabled schoolchildren from that burning building singlehandedly a few weeks back.
Cross-cobbing FTW!

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at May 30, 2021 08:47 AM (HaL55)

139
You know, I never thought I would say this, but the bubble, primary color look of the 60s are better than the cold, sterile metal and glass of modern styles. Maybe they both suck, but given the choice I might take the 60s.
Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone


I miss the cheesy color glass window panes randomly placed in the windowwall of our elementary school library, constructed in the late 50s. The building is still there and owned by the regional school district, but that windowwall is long gone now.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:47 AM (NVmJr)

140 128 Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:43 AM (NVmJr)

I first listened to it on a drive from El Paso to Ohio and back....

there were still 120 hours left.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:48 AM (Lzpvj)

141
What's with all the stories of OM's heroism? I heard he was out to recover from getting buttocks injections to make his rump more shapely.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:49 AM (NVmJr)

142 Eeep. Morning art thread worthy:

https://tinyurl.com/c9emnrmf

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy DHS informant at May 30, 2021 08:49 AM (JiM/8)

143 I'm listening to Titan, a biography of John D. Rockefeller by Ron Chernow. It's interesting but it's a 35 hour listen and I, frankly, don't have 35 hours of interest in Rockefeller.
Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at May 30, 2021 08:38 AM (cSyAR)


Here's all Cliff Claven needs to know about Rockefeller: a few years ago I got a letter from the 'burb's housing department. After rolling my eyes and thinking "what now" it informed me that someone, surely not Chernow, was doing research on JDR and discovered that his minister was a prior owner of my house and the Titan had surely been in my house more than once.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:49 AM (y7DUB)

144 I read the first Raylan Givens book by Elmore Leonard "Pronto" this week. Its not really his book, its about a bookie named Harry who runs from the mob and the feds to Italy and Raylan is a sort of side character, but is important.

This Raylan is a bit different from the one in Justified; he's in his 40s, has two kids, and speaks with a country accent. Otherwise he's basically the same guy and its fun to read about him.

But the book is called Pronto, and its anything but. Its meandering and takes a long time to get a small amount done, and even the dialog doesn't have much sparkle. Plus the Harry character is really unlikable and uninteresting. Not Leonard's finest work even if there is enough there to make it interesting.

I've started the next Raylan book "Ride the Rap" but it looks to be mostly about Harry again :/

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 08:49 AM (KZzsI)

145 120 or bone up on Barbarella lounging in a silk shorty robe

ISWYDT.
Posted by: Duncanthrax at May 30, 2021 08:40 AM (DMUuz)

This will be easier soon! Dynamite comics is releasing a reboot of the comic series this summer. They picked Sarah Hoyt to write it, which means it's going to be non- to anti-Woke. I look forward to seeing just how delightfully silly it's going to be.

Posted by: Dorothy Grant at May 30, 2021 08:49 AM (wrzAm)

146 This past week, I finished reading Personal, a Reacher novel, now I'm on an Elmore Leonard kick, I read Pronto, and am reading Be Cool.

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 08:50 AM (arJlL)

147 127 Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:43 AM (2JVJo)

Yup, now look at democrats and their "make a wish" kid politics....

I'd say we are less stable than Weimar.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:50 AM (Lzpvj)

148 Cross-cobbing FTW!
---

OM fell off the stage because somebody stuffed his lucite stripper heels with krugerrands and he tipped over.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:50 AM (Dc2NZ)

149 Or was I not supposed to disclose that?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:51 AM (Dc2NZ)

150 Getting sent to the breezy state of Michigan for two to three weeks. Going to have to get a new kindle. I am guessing no fire tablets without Alexa are available.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 08:51 AM (GKlaO)

151 144 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 08:49 AM (KZzsI)

The first "Raylan is inarguably the focus" story is "Fire in the Hole."

I prefer the literary Raylan to the cinematic one, the cinematic one while good has life too easy.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:52 AM (Lzpvj)

152 Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 08:40 AM (Cxk7w)

ugh, sorry to hear that Skip
feel better soon

here's a book that might help: "Treat Your Own Back" by Robin Mckenzie

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:52 AM (IMQiW)

153 Or was I not supposed to disclose that?
I won't say anything if you won't. It'll be our little secret.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at May 30, 2021 08:52 AM (HaL55)

154 Wondering how much it would cost to build a grotto?

Ten thousand crunchy figs.

Posted by: Maya Jackieblue at May 30, 2021 08:53 AM (W4eKo)

155 vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion
Lyme Disease?

Posted by: tecumsehtea at May 30, 2021 08:53 AM (skoMC)

156 Sanderson is good except some of his characters can be annoying. Wax and Wayne series is quite good.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 08:53 AM (GKlaO)

157 https://youtu.be/4HbPq5QNJK4

The Chinese have perfected disposable skyscrapers...

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:53 AM (Lzpvj)

158 was doing research on JDR and discovered that his minister was a prior owner of my house and the Titan had surely been in my house more than once.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:49 AM (y7DUB)


Good to know you finally identified the source of the smell.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy DHS informant at May 30, 2021 08:54 AM (JiM/8)

159 131 Shelby Foote's "Civil War a Narrative" is 160 hours long across 3 volumes...



I've been re-reading volume 1 and am pretty near the end. I'll
probably be through the whole thing by the end of the year. I like
Foote's writing, but I can only take so much of the War.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:45 AM (2JVJo)
I checked out the first volume from the library a few years go. I got through the first two chapters and it bored me to death. I took it back.

Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 08:54 AM (mpXpK)

160 I listened to the Foote audio books when I was doing the hour and a half commute to work. I'd like to actually read them, as I don't learn as well from audio. I have the Rockefeller book, i found the early part interesting. But like the Grant book, it got misplaced. I'll tackle them again, when I have more time to read.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at May 30, 2021 08:55 AM (YynYJ)

161 94 Wondering how much it would cost to build a grotto?
Posted by: Sock Monkey * I'm not here tae mess aboot at May 30, 2021 08:27 AM (3g4/r)

Not as much as to build a ghetto.

Honest, that's how I first read it. And it does make one think.

Posted by: RI Red at May 30, 2021 08:55 AM (KhHIu)

162 So I was reading ( I am not a lawyer but paid for 2 law degress) why the judge in Fulton Cty GA allowed the full mail in ballot audit. His court clerk pulled 3 batches and hand counter the physical ballots.

There were 21% MORE ballots than mail in ballots mailed to voter.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 08:55 AM (yrol0)

163 What's with all the stories of OM's heroism? I heard he was out to recover from getting buttocks injections to make his rump more shapely.
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM)

He was re-hanging Ace's shelves and fell off the ladder, landing next to Ace's pet leopard.

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 08:55 AM (arJlL)

164 159 Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 08:54 AM (mpXpK)

It starts off slow Vic, but the end is pretty strong....

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:56 AM (Lzpvj)

165 Foote is great for anecdotes, but as a narrator for his books he is.... dry.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 08:56 AM (GKlaO)

166 Lyme Disease?
Posted by: tecumsehtea

no, I think its a combo of an arterial condition and side effects of the bp meds to manage it
I think I'm adjusting though

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:56 AM (IMQiW)

167 141
What's with all the stories of OM's heroism? I heard he was out to recover from getting buttocks injections to make his rump more shapely.
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:49 AM (NVmJr)
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Talk about gilding the lily! He was already callipygorgeous!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:56 AM (Dc2NZ)

168 162 Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 08:55 AM (yrol0)

I think democrats routinely cheat 5-7%...

I think the fraud in this election was 7-15% minimum.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:56 AM (Lzpvj)

169 One of the things I find intriguing about Rockefeller is his combination of ruthless capitalist and pious Baptist who gave a lot of money to charity.
When his son, John Jr. went to college he took up dancing, which caused a crisis of conscience. And that reminded me an old joke about why Mennonites don't have sex standing up. They're afraid it might lead to dancing.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at May 30, 2021 08:57 AM (cSyAR)

170 I'd say you are low balling there, Sven.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 08:57 AM (GKlaO)

171 162 So I was reading ( I am not a lawyer but paid for 2 law degress) why the
judge in Fulton Cty GA allowed the full mail in ballot audit. His
court clerk pulled 3 batches and hand counter the physical ballots.



There were 21% MORE ballots than mail in ballots mailed to voter.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 08:55 AM (yrol0)

My little brother said there was massive cheating going on in Atlanta. They7 were finding warehouses full of already completed mail in ballots, all for Biden.

Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 08:58 AM (mpXpK)

172 Eeep. Morning art thread worthy:

https://tinyurl.com/c9emnrmf
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy DHS informant at May 30, 2021 08:49 AM (JiM/


Rowlandson. Why am I not surprised?

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:58 AM (2JVJo)

173 There were 21% MORE ballots than mail in ballots mailed to voter.
Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 08:55 AM (yrol0)

Oh, so what you are saying is that a vast majority of voters did not commit fraud. And there weren't 12,000 fraudulent votes in that town, so it would not change the outcome anyway. Further, one one of the extra ballots was a Trump vote, so "both sides".

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy DHS informant at May 30, 2021 08:59 AM (JiM/8)

174 170 Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 08:57 AM (GKlaO)

There's a reason Joe Scardouche et al fear the audit like a vampire fears the sun.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:59 AM (Lzpvj)

175 This week I read Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine. This is a dystopian novel set in the US in the near future, like 2040. The US government has stripped away most of Americans' freedoms and relocated everyone into the cities. A small group of young people starts a rebellion that grows over the next decade or so. It's a tightly written story that follows several main characters. Fontaine's setting is, unlike most dystopian novels, not only plausible but likely.

Posted by: DIY Daddio at May 30, 2021 08:59 AM (RJscS)

176 Lord Squirrel, thanks for the libib info ...cool!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:59 AM (IMQiW)

177 157 https://youtu.be/4HbPq5QNJK4

The Chinese have perfected disposable skyscrapers...
Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:53 AM (Lzpvj)

I was in Berlin in 1998 and 99. there are 3 types of building. Older than WWII and good enough to modernize. New built since the wall fell. Built by commies and destined to be destroyed.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 08:59 AM (yrol0)

178 I know its very hard to come up with great, interesting book covers but the "a couple of attractive people" or "one really pretty girl" in front of a vague background is my least favorite. Not only are the people usually not really like the characters in the book, but it doesn't tell me anything about the story.

I mean, its better than the abstract shapes covers in the 60s and 70s but only marginally.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 09:00 AM (KZzsI)

179 130 I finally got a copy of Sanderson's The Way of Kings. I was 56th on the wait list for the book so it took a while. They sent me a paperback trade edition. The book is a daunting 1000 pages long. This may take awhile.
Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at May 30, 2021 08:44 AM (sd8p
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Stick with it. Trust me, you will NOT regret the last 100 pages or so! It's pure AWESOME!

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at May 30, 2021 09:01 AM (hQrcu)

180 anyway, I take it as a good thing - God telling me to quit supporting the Bezos demon and find another way to engage readers with conservative books
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 08:14 AM (IMQiW)

Agreed, vmom. Just keep plugging your site here. I like to visit it.

Posted by: April at May 30, 2021 09:01 AM (OX9vb)

181 177 Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 08:59 AM (yrol0)

When you strive for mediocrity that is what you get.

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 09:01 AM (Lzpvj)

182 Finished P.G. Wodehouse's "Cocktail Time" on audiobook. This stars Uncle Fred, whom I like a shade better than Wooster and Jeeves.

A Wodehouse novel is like a strangely arranged conveyer belt; it twists this way and that but delivers you to where you wanted to go, and afterward you realize that you thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

*********

Started another Perry Mason mystery, "The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde'" and again am forcing myself to downshift. The point of traveling is to see the sights, not just zip through the area.

**********

For something different, I'm reading (courtesy of Bing) a comic strip of the early 1900s, "Abie the Agent." Abie is a tightwad car salesman who gives "semple rides." The strip uses a lot of ethnic dialog. It's fun to see what was current then; for example, Abie refers to a garrulous barber as "Jennings Bryan." In another, he's arrested for speeding -- 6 mph.

Pixy and my phone are being mean again. The phone is cutting off after I type a word that starts with "wh". As for Pixy, well.

Posted by: Weak Geek at May 30, 2021 09:02 AM (OhJi+)

183 When you strive for mediocrity that is what you get.
Posted by: sven

Can one excel at mediocrity?

Posted by: Tonypete at May 30, 2021 09:02 AM (Rvt88)

184 I've been re-reading volume 1 and am pretty near the end. I'll probably be through the whole thing by the end of the year. I like Foote's writing, but I can only take so much of the War.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:45 AM (2JVJo)

I'm doing the same....I'm only to winter of '63....Abe's trying to get McClellan to move.

Posted by: BignJames at May 30, 2021 09:02 AM (AwYPR)

185 About Elmore Leonard...I think I read his stuff before he started writing Raylan books. I did not recognize the titles mentioned so went and looked it up. I think I read the Carlos books that the Raylan character was based on.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at May 30, 2021 09:02 AM (sd8p8)

186 This will be easier soon! Dynamite comics is releasing a reboot of the comic series this summer.

They have had some okay stuff, but I was really disappointed in their golden age reboots, because they went super gritty and iron age, kind of spoiling the characters in my opinion

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 09:03 AM (KZzsI)

187 Skip....I'm tellin' ya.....Chiropracter !

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 09:03 AM (arJlL)

188 "Can one excel at mediocrity?"

If one does, do they then get a free plate of jumbo shrimp?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at May 30, 2021 09:03 AM (snOKo)

189 OM fell off the stage because somebody stuffed his lucite stripper heels with krugerrands and he tipped over.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 08:50 AM


Oh, thank goodness! Had you said tippled over, I would have had to revise my mental picture of OM.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at May 30, 2021 09:03 AM (DMUuz)

190 My little brother said there was massive cheating going on in Atlanta. They7 were finding warehouses full of already completed mail in ballots, all for Biden.
Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 08:58 AM (mpXpK)


At the cigar shop yesterday, we were talking about the sudden Kung Flu revelations and Fauci being set up as a fall guy. I predicted that within two years one or several high-ranking Dems will come out and openly admit they stole the election from Trump. A couple of the guys said that would be the final straw to break the camel's back, but I said no. I also predicted that nobody - from the gutless GOP to the mythical "70 million piised off Trump voters" - will do anything more than mutter and shrug their shoulders.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 09:03 AM (2JVJo)

191 Can one excel at mediocrity?


A conundrum.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at May 30, 2021 09:04 AM (sd8p8)

192 Excellence through Mediocrity would probably sound impressive in Latin.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 09:05 AM (GKlaO)

193
I should add that I also started listening to Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon" but I abandoned the effort about halfway into the story (and it had become an effort, believe me). It may have been my dissatisfaction with the reader, but I grew more and more interested in having Sam Spade simply pop a few slugs into Brigid O'Shaughnessy and then drop her corpse onto the rocks near the Presidio.

The funny thing is, I have "watched" the film several times and, because I was doung something else, heard only its dialogue and enjoyed that immensely. No such luck with the audiobook and the actual source story, however.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 09:05 AM (XNkEi)

194 I'm doing the same....I'm only to winter of '63....Abe's trying to get McClellan to move.

Posted by: BignJames at May 30, 2021 09:02 AM (AwYPR)

winter of '62

Posted by: BignJames at May 30, 2021 09:05 AM (AwYPR)

195 I'm so glad I learned that there's a genre of fiction called "cozy yakuza" In "The Way of the Househusband" by Kousuke Oono, retired yakuza The Immortal Dragon is as relentless on curry stains and dust as he is on rival gangs. Now it's Instagram wars with ex-gangster foodies and settling volleyball beefs with housewives at the gym. And he knows from practical experience how many bodies can fit in that new SUV the car salesman are pushing.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 09:06 AM (Dc2NZ)

196 vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillionsorry to hear that. I thought you had been reading some Lyme related thing, thought perhaps you were dealing with it.

Posted by: tecumsehtea at May 30, 2021 09:06 AM (skoMC)

197 Is Chernow the guy who wrote the biography of Ulysses S. Grant?

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at May 30, 2021 09:06 AM (cSyAR)

198 Reading '1776' by David McCullough and currently at the Christmas raid on Trenton, their first hail-mary successful attack on the Brits. Amazing what those guys went through. We'll not see their like again soon. Except...
What struck me was the similarity to the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in the beginning of WW2. Before each of them, the US was very close to being beaten. Each of those raids was audacious, against all odds, and a well-needed morale boost that helped turn the tides in each of the wars.
Be Bold or go home.

Posted by: Last at May 30, 2021 09:07 AM (BdIMF)

199 About Elmore Leonard...I think I read his stuff before he started writing Raylan books. I did not recognize the titles mentioned so went and looked it up. I think I read the Carlos books that the Raylan character was based on.
Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice

Many moons ago Elmore was recommended by a Creative writing instructor, so I went to the bookstore and asked for his books and a guy said "Oh, he's GOOOOOD !"

And you shoulda seen the pants THAT guy was wearing.

I don't think he owned a weedwhacker (if you catch my drift)

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 09:08 AM (arJlL)

200

My wife is sound asleep with the blanket over her head, one foot stuck out from under and the cat sleeping on her belly area.

Looks like the cover art from some chick mystery...

Posted by: Generic Nic at May 30, 2021 09:09 AM (o6NKx)

201 119 99 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century by Anthony Burgess.

I like Burgess. Being lazy, was that from a book by him or an essay somewhere?
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:40 AM (y7DUB)


I bought this right when it came out, in a bona fide brick and mortar bookstore. It is obvious this is a fellow novelist and booklover writing these reviews, and not a book critic who just wants to show everyone how smart and critical he is.

https://is.gd/8uEPei

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 30, 2021 09:10 AM (PiwSw)

202 I think that there was a branch of the tate gallery (or was it the whitney?) in Stamford Connecticut.

Anyway. You're that person that dives into the water and pops back up in waist high water and tells you the water is warm.

And is lying thru their teeth.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:10 AM (BFQeJ)

203 More on Abie:

The judge throws out the speeding ticket because the car that Abie sells "cannot travel that fast." With reporters in the courtroom, that kind of publicity Abie doesn't need.

In retrospect, poor Abie! Within two years, the entire world will be at war. And then the Depression, and then another war ...

We'll never know how he made out.

I don't know how long the strip ran, but it's a different way to study history.

Posted by: Weak Geek at May 30, 2021 09:10 AM (rYZAP)

204 I finally put down "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" out of sheer boredom. Am I missing something? I like Heinlein's earlier stuff.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at May 30, 2021 09:11 AM (vuisn)

205 I have had Dominion by Tom Holland checked out of the library for several weeks, but cannot get interested. I'll have to return it and get it again later when I'm in a better mood for thoughtful reading.

So, instead, I've been reading the first Nero Wolfe novel, Fer-De-Lance.

And I listened to the latest Longmire, Next to Last Stand. I get the feeling Craig Johnson is about to wrap this series up. Which is fine, but I hope he keeps writing, because I really enjoy his books.

Posted by: April at May 30, 2021 09:12 AM (OX9vb)

206 To whichever Moron recommended News of the World by Paulette Jiles, thank you. Can't recall a book in recent memory I enjoyed as much as this one. I checked out her other books by reviews on Amazon. This appears to be her best work so far. Anyone read any of her other books? I don't always trust the Amazon reviews.
===========================
I posted about this a couple of weeks ago. her book "Enemy Women" is fantastic. It follows one of the most interesting female characters, Adair Colley, from small Ozark Farm, to prison in St. Louis, and back. It relies on "Inside War" about the insane Civil War (1) inside of Missouri. Also, there are some fascinating comments from the author, about character development. She started and stopped writing this book several times. She said her initial heroine bored her; so she moved her into a side part and created Adair. Highly recommend this to your daughters and female friends.

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at May 30, 2021 09:12 AM (7Fj9P)

207 "(I replaced "German/s" with "Democrat/s" and "Jews and Marxists" with "Racists and Fascists".)"

Why not. That's what the Left has done.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:12 AM (BFQeJ)

208 JT not possible, would be like Christian going to a priest for confession.

Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 09:12 AM (Cxk7w)

209 Good morning, AHE, good morning, Horde,

A beautiful weekend here in the hill country. It's heartening to see people having a good time and that mask free.

Posted by: callsign claymore at May 30, 2021 09:12 AM (jwbyl)

210 We do NOT want CBD exploring the Wellcome Collection.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at May 30, 2021 09:15 AM (DMUuz)

211 OK, folks, going to make some tea, curl up on the couch and read. Hope you all have a lovely day.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 09:15 AM (2JVJo)

212 Thanks Shadout Mapes! I'm on it.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 09:16 AM (y7DUB)

213 Have a good day, MPPPP

Posted by: callsign claymore at May 30, 2021 09:16 AM (jwbyl)

214 the mythical "70 million piised off Trump voters" - will do anything more than mutter and shrug their shoulders.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing

So the lists I've been making are a waste of time?

Posted by: Nemesis at May 30, 2021 09:16 AM (3g4/r)

215
I have a great granduncle of some degree who was enlisted in the Union Army bear the close of the Civil War. His unit was stationed in western Missouri and was there, basically, to guard work crews laying tracks for a railroad bound for the west (it wasn't the Union Pacific). All he came away with was a more or less permanent gastric / digestive ailment that lasted him for the remainder of his life (another three dozen or so years).

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 09:18 AM (XNkEi)

216 Some people are too stupid to breath. Here we have a stupid women
closely approaching a grizzly bear with a cub to take her picture.https://tinyurl.com/brk3wtm6

Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 09:20 AM (mpXpK)

217 JT not possible, would be like Christian going to a priest for confession.
Posted by: Skip

Shakes head......

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 09:24 AM (arJlL)

218 In other reading I'm still enjoying The Alienist and am 180 pages into volume 3 of my first rereading of Proust. Nothing to really say about either of them, particularly the latter, but they're both good books to get lost in.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 09:26 AM (y7DUB)

219 All he came away with was a more or less permanent gastric / digestive
ailment that lasted him for the remainder of his life (another three
dozen or so years).


Cooties will do that.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at May 30, 2021 09:27 AM (HaL55)

220 First Heinlein I ever read was THE PUPPET MASTERS. I was 13 years old and ran across it in a pharmacy paperback rack.
A Signet reprint in 1963, a nice new copy that I read into the ground and later replaced. I read almost nothing but sf for pleasure for a decade after that (which probably made it harder for me to read the classroom stuff -- I wanted stuff that grabbed me by the throat on the first page). And that 2 paragraph narrative hook that begins THE PUPPET MASTERS is still one of the best I've ever seen anywhere ever.

Posted by: Just Some Guy at May 30, 2021 09:27 AM (JzDjf)

221 Aces sidebar piece on Demi rose under ion is on point.

Also over the counter adderall?

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 09:28 AM (GKlaO)

222 Hmmm under ion from under boob. Interesting autocucumber.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 09:29 AM (GKlaO)

223 Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at May 30, 2021 08:44 AM (sd8p

Sanderson did quite well with finishing Jordan's Wheel of Time series so I'm getting a copy from Amazon. (used from a Book seller not the Amazon special)

If you're interested in Fantasy that's not overfilled with sword fights and troop movements and keeps your interest about what the heck will happen next try; Glen Cook's The Black Company.

He did a couple other sets that were fewer books and similar but not the same world such as The Dread Empire and The Instrumentalities of the Night are two series worth reading.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:32 AM (BFQeJ)

224 JT not possible, would be like Christian going to a priest for confession.
Posted by: Skip

Okay, so put on a fake stache and use an assumed name !

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 09:32 AM (arJlL)

225 Dammit. Somebody drank all my bourbon last night.

*reaches for ibuprofen*

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 09:33 AM (jvt6t)

226 Dammit. Somebody drank all my bourbon last night.

*reaches for ibuprofen*
Posted by: Jak Sucio

Hi Jak !

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 09:33 AM (arJlL)

227 224 JT not possible, would be like Christian going to a priest for confession.
Posted by: Skip

Okay, so put on a fake stache and use an assumed name !
Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 09:32 AM (arJlL)

So, kinda like a Baptist going to the liquor store then?

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 09:33 AM (jvt6t)

228 I mentioned on the ONT I just learned a new word that describes social media perfectly.

Ultracrepidarian - expressing opinions outside of one's knowledge or expertise.

Posted by: Just a side note at May 30, 2021 09:34 AM (2DOZq)

229 204 I finally put down "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" out of sheer boredom. Am I missing something? I like Heinlein's earlier stuff.
Posted by: Dr. Varno at May 30, 2021 09:11 AM (vuisn)

Maybe.
K, so it's an anarchist's vision of how a society could work without government.
And it's a primer on how to have a revolution.
And also, in that society women rule everything.
I didn't say ruin.

Posted by: Stonn at May 30, 2021 09:34 AM (xP36F)

230 Hiya JT!

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 09:34 AM (jvt6t)

231 Some people are too stupid to breath. Here we have a stupid women
closely approaching a grizzly bear with a cub to take her picture.

https://tinyurl.com/brk3wtm6

Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 09:20 AM (mpXpK)

I blame Hollywood. They lie so much about reality on film, it's no wonder that they lie about everything else.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:34 AM (BFQeJ)

232 There were 21% MORE ballots than mail in ballots mailed to voter.

-
Glitch in the space/time continuum.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks at May 30, 2021 09:34 AM (VVEnO)

233 Jak Sucio - I'm worse, someone forgot to buy scotch Friday

Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 09:35 AM (Cxk7w)

234 Black Company is not bad. Aside from the rapes and the casual death of main characters. I mean casual as it is not the pornagraphic delight of Martin but rather just 'so and so died.'

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 09:35 AM (GKlaO)

235 I finally put down "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" out of sheer boredom. Am I missing something? I like Heinlein's earlier stuff.
Posted by: Dr. Varno at May 30, 2021 09:11 AM (vuisn)

Nope.....as a ute I read it until I also gave up out of boredom.

I think I returned it to the lieberry but I may have tossed it in the trash can.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at May 30, 2021 09:36 AM (R/m4+)

236 I tried getting into godel beck escher, on captains recommendation, based on in search of klingsor, that must be where they based the pain box in dune on, the reich political officer for scientific matters was conrad stark, who was a decent particle physicists, I wouldn't have known if not for klingsor, there is surprisingly little references I think I saw one in le carre's brothers tome, knowing him he probably got it wrong, hes the one that forced einstein fermi et al from the academy,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at May 30, 2021 09:36 AM (hMlTh)

237 My county seems to have people who voted than can be found now.
Wish a recount would happen here.

Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 09:37 AM (Cxk7w)

238 Jak Sucio - I'm worse, someone forgot to buy scotch Friday
Posted by: Skip

If I buy you a bottle of scotch, will ya go ?

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 09:37 AM (arJlL)

239 Thank you, Erin, for filling in for OM.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 09:37 AM (y7DUB)

240 The numbers indicate a 90% turn out of registered voters.

No F'ing Way.

Posted by: Just a side note at May 30, 2021 09:38 AM (2DOZq)

241 Thanks for filling in Eris
All I have managed to read this week is the latest issue of Garden and Gun magazine...

Posted by: Charlotte at May 30, 2021 09:39 AM (/cO/2)

242 233 Jak Sucio - I'm worse, someone forgot to buy scotch Friday
Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 09:35 AM (Cxk7w)

That is a tragedy. However, I think the wise choice for me today is iced tea, water and iced tea.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 09:39 AM (jvt6t)

243 Any good read recommendations that cover ninjas and bacon?

Posted by: Sock Monkey * I'm not here tae mess aboot at May 30, 2021 09:39 AM (3g4/r)

244 Thank you, Erin, for filling in for OM.

Uh-oh

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 09:39 AM (arJlL)

245 Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 08:54 AM (mpXpK)

Spoiler: The Yankees win.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:39 AM (BFQeJ)

246 My county seems to have people who voted than can be found now.

Wish a recount would happen here.

Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 09:37 AM

That happens in Detroit every election and no one bats an eye. It's not only tolerated, it's become expected now.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 09:40 AM (JUOKG)

247 Lovely day out, so I'm gonna skedaddle. Thank you all for another lovely book thread!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 30, 2021 09:40 AM (Dc2NZ)

248 244 Thank you, Erin, for filling in for OM.

Uh-oh
Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 09:39 AM (arJlL)

Shit just got real.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 09:40 AM (jvt6t)

249 "Uh-oh"


Hee heee heee....

Posted by: Ac's AutoCucumber at May 30, 2021 09:40 AM (snOKo)

250 Crap

Posted by: Ace's AutoCucumber at May 30, 2021 09:41 AM (snOKo)

251 188 "Can one excel at mediocrity?"

If one does, do they then get a free plate of jumbo shrimp?
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at May 30, 2021 09:03 AM (snOKo)

With a dosing of military intelligence.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 09:41 AM (yrol0)

252 I should go do stuff.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at May 30, 2021 09:42 AM (snOKo)

253 Some people are too stupid to breath. Here we have a stupid women
closely approaching a grizzly bear with a cub to take her picture.
https://tinyurl.com/brk3wtm6
Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 09:20 AM (mpXpK)
I blame Hollywood. They lie so much about reality on film, it's no wonder that they lie about everything else.
Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:34 AM (BFQeJ)

Yup....I was hoping the bear would have got ahold of her fat ass.

Bear 1 Fat Bint 0

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at May 30, 2021 09:42 AM (R/m4+)

254 I blame Hollywood. They lie so much about reality on film, it's no wonder that they lie about everything else.
Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:34 AM (BFQeJ)


You mean how Disney conned everyone into thinking lemmings periodically went insane and committed mass suicide? My willingness to cut any of those cocksuckers any slack, including Walt, ended when I found that out. Lying bastards.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 09:42 AM (y7DUB)

255 The numbers indicate a 90% turn out of registered voters.

No F'ing Way.
Posted by: Just a side note at May 30, 2021 09:38 AM (2DOZq)

Am not saying it was aliens but, it was aliens.

Posted by: Count de Monet, unvaccinated american at May 30, 2021 09:42 AM (4I/2K)

256 Posted by: Ac's AutoCucumber at May 30, 2021 09:40 AM (snOKo)

Don't you hate that??

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 09:42 AM (jvt6t)

257 Agreed, vmom. Just keep plugging your site here. I like to visit it.
Posted by: April at May 30, 2021 09:01 AM (OX9vb)

Thanks April!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 09:42 AM (IMQiW)

258 Sidney Powell says the unthinkable
"this is the first case of abject fraud and obtaining a coup of the United States of America. So, it's going to have to be dealt with. It should be that he can simply be reinstated, that a new inauguration day is set."

Posted by: f'd at May 30, 2021 09:43 AM (Tnijr)

259 Fuck, I meant Eris.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 09:43 AM (y7DUB)

260 243 Any good read recommendations that cover ninjas and bacon?
Posted by: Sock Monkey * I'm not here tae mess aboot at May 30, 2021 09:39 AM (3g4/r)

Ronin Bacon and 2 Over Easy.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 09:43 AM (yrol0)

261 Don't usually but this does explain in well
https://amgreatness.com/ignoring the albino dhimmi-elephant in the room
https://tinyurl.com/3y3p6w5a

Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 09:43 AM (Cxk7w)

262 Love the color scheme but the chairs look terribly uncomfortable. I'd be hanging around the steps where the pillows are.
Posted by: Jewells45 at May 30, 2021 08:07 AM (nxdel)

The room is very sterile-looking. Looks like the magnum opus of some interior designer who was dying of AIDS.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 30, 2021 09:44 AM (f4OOz)

263 183 Posted by: Tonypete at May 30, 2021 09:02 AM (Rvt8

Challenge accepted!

//Your Educrat class

Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 09:44 AM (Lzpvj)

264 255 The numbers indicate a 90% turn out of registered voters.

No F'ing Way.
Posted by: Just a side note at May 30, 2021 09:38 AM (2DOZq)

Am not saying it was aliens but, it was aliens.
Posted by: Count de Monet, unvaccinated american at May 30, 2021 09:42 AM (4I/2K)

That like the 6.6 MILIION on S.S. >112 YO. There are many people with births dates BEFORE 1869.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 30, 2021 09:44 AM (yrol0)

265 Ah, Mystery Science Theater 3000. To this day, I still enjoy watching that show...

Still reading Airlords of the Han while at the park. While indoors back at home, I am reading some Uncanny X-men. The 250's and 260's, deep into the Chris Claremont run. The stories are wild and random, of course. The transitions between stories are brief, the consequences of stories are almost glossed over. Plot lines are left dangling for seemingly years. (Oh, you want to know what's going on with Storm or Wolverine? Too bad! Here's three issues of Forge! Yeah, he wasn't even mentioned in the previous twelves issues, but he's still around!) And yet, somehow, its still a compelling read. I can understand how the book dominated the comics world back in the day.

Posted by: Castle Guy at May 30, 2021 09:45 AM (Lhaco)

266 Back from a constitutional with the lively and athletic Mrs naturalfake.

Lessee what I missed.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 30, 2021 09:45 AM (dWwl8)

267 The room is very sterile-looking. Looks like the magnum opus of some interior designer working for IKEA who was dying of AIDS.

*Suggested edit

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at May 30, 2021 09:45 AM (snOKo)

268 That's a Nazi helmet (the coal scuttle) and an SS short sword. Did the regular Army give short swords to the officers?

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:45 AM (BFQeJ)

269 259 Fuck, I meant Eris.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 09:43 AM (y7DUB)

I don't know, this Erin wasn't bad.....

tinyurl.com/4x3k4pr5

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 09:45 AM (jvt6t)

270 Some people are too stupid to breath. Here we have a stupid women
closely approaching a grizzly bear with a cub to take her picture.
https://tinyurl.com/brk3wtm6
Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 09:20 AM (mpXpK)
I blame Hollywood. They lie so much about reality on film, it's no wonder that they lie about everything else.
Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:34 AM (BFQeJ)

Yup....I was hoping the bear would have got ahold of her fat ass.

Bear 1 Fat Bint 0
Posted by: Hairyback Guy

The meadow!!

Posted by: Bambi at May 30, 2021 09:46 AM (3g4/r)

271 270 Some people are too stupid to breath. Here we have a stupid women
closely approaching a grizzly bear with a cub to take her picture.
https://tinyurl.com/brk3wtm6
Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 09:20 AM (mpXpK)

After all, they think polar bears want a coke and a smile. Then are shocked when they eat your face off instead.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 09:48 AM (jvt6t)

272 Yup....I was hoping the bear would have got ahold of her fat ass.

Bear 1 Fat Bint 0
Posted by: Hairyback Guy

The meadow!!
Posted by: Bambi at May 30, 2021 09:46 AM (3g4/r)

The meadow? What is it?

Posted by: Thumper at May 30, 2021 09:50 AM (4I/2K)

273 Stealing people's imaginations.

What are we? A Den Of Thieves under the Dreadful Lemon Sky.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at May 30, 2021 09:50 AM (VgIeo)

274 99 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century by Anthony Burgess.
I like Burgess. Being lazy, was that from a book by him or an essay somewhere?
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 08:40 AM (y7DUB)


CH,

It's a book with short essays about his choices listed by year.
An excellent resource that has been the gateway into some great authors and novels, which I'd never been aware of or hadn't read.
You can get it at a used book store for diddley squat

Or, I have seen the titles as a simple list on the internet. Not as useful though.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 30, 2021 09:50 AM (dWwl8)

275 What is a book?

Posted by: Junta Spokesidiot Biden at May 30, 2021 09:50 AM (buTO7)

276 Sidney Powell says the unthinkable

"this is the first case of abject fraud and obtaining a coup of the
United States of America. So, it's going to have to be dealt with. It
should be that he can simply be reinstated, that a new inauguration day
is set."


Yeah, but where will the tens of thousands of militia be seated? They'll be needed should he assume his rightful station once more.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at May 30, 2021 09:51 AM (HaL55)

277 Fontaine's setting is, unlike most dystopian novels, not only plausible but likely.
Posted by: DIY Daddio at May 30, 2021 08:59 AM (RJscS)

that's a good book
I reviewed it back in 2016, sadly it seems more plausible than ever

https://tinyurl.com/9vhhs5m4

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 09:51 AM (IMQiW)

278 271 Jak, the shock doesn't last long.

Posted by: callsign claymore at May 30, 2021 09:52 AM (jwbyl)

279 The meadow? What is it?
Posted by: Thumper at May 30, 2021 09:50 AM (4I/2K)

It's a large open area between stands of trees in the forest. But that's not important right now.

Posted by: Dr. Rumack at May 30, 2021 09:52 AM (jvt6t)

280 regular Army give short swords to the officers?
Posted by: jakee308

thanks!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 09:53 AM (IMQiW)

281 278 271 Jak, the shock doesn't last long.
Posted by: callsign claymore at May 30, 2021 09:52 AM (jwbyl)

I like to show videos of polar bears eating seals to those people. It solves a lot of issues.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 09:53 AM (jvt6t)

282 Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 08:04 AM (NVmJr)

I've been listening to Old Time Radio noir shows from YouTube lately, including ones with Marlowe. Some of the shows are from the original authors and some are "based on characters by...". I like a lot of them, including the Philip Marlowe series.

The ads are interesting too. Like Camel advertising how mild they are and working a reference to their cigarettes into each Nick(?) Diamond episode. Or seeing how, as WWII started and progressed, the ads for Blue Coal changed, even became contradictory, as the government got more control.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 30, 2021 09:56 AM (1lKRm)

283 That's a Nazi helmet (the coal scuttle) and an SS short sword. Did the regular Army give short swords to the officers?

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:45 AM

They gave those swords out like candy. I had one years ago. It was a hilter youth officer one. Gave it to some war display place.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 09:56 AM (JUOKG)

284 Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 08:36 AM (2JVJo)

Along the left hand side is a Diploma, a Regimental or Division patch, a First Sergeant insignia and a graduation tassle.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:56 AM (BFQeJ)

285 Thanks, naturalfake. Shadout Mapes responded promptly and an order was sent. Writers recommending books with a description of why they liked them is right in my wheelhouse, like a published weekly book thread!

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 09:57 AM (y7DUB)

286 Population of US - 331 million
18 and over - 252 million
70% registered to vote - 176 million
Total votes - 160 million
160 / 176 = 91%




Posted by: Just a side note at May 30, 2021 09:57 AM (2DOZq)

287 I like to show videos of polar bears eating seals to those people. It solves a lot of issues.
Posted by: Jak Sucio

These are the same people you tell to pet the moose out front.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * Irascible insurrectionist at May 30, 2021 09:58 AM (3g4/r)

288 Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 09:56 AM (JUOKG)

Yeah but the different corps had different shapes to the scabbard.

And a lot of those short swords that are sold these days are not genuine German but mass produced in the 50s and 60s.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:59 AM (BFQeJ)

289
g'mornin', book-ish 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at May 30, 2021 09:59 AM (DUIap)

290 The ads are interesting too. Like Camel advertising how mild they are and working a reference to their cigarettes into each Nick(?) Diamond episode. Or seeing how, as WWII started and progressed, the ads for Blue Coal changed, even became contradictory, as the government got more control.

I agree, Old Time Radio ads are as interesting as the shows. There is SO MUCH out there to listen to as well, years of listening. And some of it is truly fantastic, just great stuff like Gunsmoke and Dragnet. They're way better than the TV shows.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:00 AM (KZzsI)

291 I thought Germans gave out daggers.

Posted by: Just a side note at May 30, 2021 10:00 AM (2DOZq)

292 Population of US - 331 million

18 and over - 252 million

70% registered to vote - 176 million

Total votes - 160 million

160 / 176 = 91%

No way on this planet did 160 million registered voters cast a ballot. In 2008 obama only managed to get 64% participation from registered voters.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 10:00 AM (JUOKG)

293 Hey J.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at May 30, 2021 10:00 AM (HaL55)

294 They gave those swords out like candy. I had one years ago. It was a hilter youth officer one. Gave it to some war display place.
Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 09:56 AM (JUOKG)

Now I want one

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 30, 2021 10:01 AM (IMQiW)

295 Fontaine's setting is, unlike most dystopian novels, not only plausible but likely.
Posted by: DIY Daddio at May 30, 2021 08:59 AM (RJscS)

that's a good book
I reviewed it back in 2016, sadly it seems more plausible than ever

https://tinyurl.com/9vhhs5m4
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion

Couldn't find a dead tree version.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * Irascible insurrectionist at May 30, 2021 10:01 AM (3g4/r)

296 A couple of the guys said that would be the final straw to break the camel's back, but I said no. I also predicted that nobody - from the gutless GOP to the mythical "70 million piised off Trump voters" - will do anything more than mutter and shrug their shoulders.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 09:03 AM (2JVJo)


As I've said. Freedom will be whimpering in a dark corner, curled up holding a loaded M16 pleading for mercy from the tyrants.

Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:02 AM (Fs5vw)

297 And a lot of those short swords that are sold these days are not genuine German but mass produced in the 50s and 60s.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 09:59 AM

Yep, a lot of fakes out there and people bought them up. You had to watch out for that stuff if you are a collector.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 10:02 AM (JUOKG)

298 One of my favorite OTR shows is "Information Please" which is like a quiz show, but for an extremely learned and intelligent as well as talented regular cast of experts. Its kind of like those Brit shows but not goofy and idiotic. Its amazing and fun and grown up and I learn stuff every episode.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:02 AM (KZzsI)

299 That "sword" may also be a Mauser bayonet in it's sheath.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at May 30, 2021 10:02 AM (R/m4+)

300 Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 10:00 AM (JUOKG)

Just back of the napkin calculations show the election to be a huge fraud.

Posted by: Just a side note at May 30, 2021 10:02 AM (2DOZq)

301 I wish Sydney Powell would shut the hell up.

She's shown herself to be a grand stander with little in reality to offer. Just likes to make shocking statements.

Her yapping makes any subject she's on suspect and rightfully so.

That's probably why the media love to quote her.

Just like that retard with the red, white and blue face paint and the fake buffalo headress makes the June 5 protest look ridiculous and it wasn't. It was very serious and that guy makes those that showed up look like fools. But then that's why the media keeps pushing him out there in pictures and stuff.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:03 AM (BFQeJ)

302 296 A couple of the guys said that would be the final straw to break the camel's back, but I said no. I also predicted that nobody - from the gutless GOP to the mythical "70 million piised off Trump voters" - will do anything more than mutter and shrug their shoulders.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 30, 2021 09:03 AM (2JVJo)


As I've said. Freedom will be whimpering in a dark corner, curled up holding a loaded M16 pleading for mercy from the tyrants.
Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:02 AM (Fs5vw)

Not so sure about that. A leader will emerge and coalesce the scattered individuals. It may not be on our timeline, but it will happen. This is known.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 10:04 AM (jvt6t)

303 Grampa, I want a short sword. And a pony.

Posted by: Arkansas Biden Baby at May 30, 2021 10:04 AM (W4eKo)

304 Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 10:04 AM (jvt6t)

How dare you contradict the morale officers? How dare you?

Posted by: Somewhere South of I-80 at May 30, 2021 10:05 AM (uxUoN)

305 I want a sword, but I'd like to make it myself. Sure, I haven't got the strength or endurance to try, let alone the equipment but it looks so manly and good and artistic watching those guys forge weapons on Forged in Fire.

It still shocks me that such a raw, masculine, strong show is allowed on TV.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:05 AM (KZzsI)

306 As I've said. Freedom will be whimpering in a dark corner, curled up holding a loaded M16 pleading for mercy from the tyrants.
Posted by: Justsayin'

I'll say the same thing I said the last time you said that. Speak for yourself asshat.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * Irascible insurrectionist at May 30, 2021 10:05 AM (3g4/r)

307 303 Grampa, I want a short sword. And a pony.
Posted by: Arkansas Biden Baby at May 30, 2021 10:04 AM (W4eKo)

Only if you put those berets in your hair again......

Posted by: Joey Paste Eater at May 30, 2021 10:06 AM (jvt6t)

308 Have restarted a re-read of the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.
Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 07:55 AM (mpXpK)

I like David Weber but was never attracted to the Honor Harrington books. I may start to as I'm running out of stuff to read. Because my town has a small library i'm having to buy books since I've read all the ones I want to long since gone.

If you liked that you should read the Vorkosigan series by Louise Bujold. Great story line. Some action some comedy some drama and some things to think about.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:06 AM (BFQeJ)

309 @282 --

The more radio shows I hear, the more I regret how thoroughly radio was wiped out by television.

And I like TV.

Posted by: Weak Geek at May 30, 2021 10:06 AM (wC980)

310 Look, its prefectly normal for a president to stop in the middle of a speech and start macking on a 5 year old girl about her hair and how having little girl stuff in her hair makes her look "nineteen".

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:07 AM (KZzsI)

311 How dare you contradict the morale officers? How dare you?
Posted by: Somewhere South of I-80 at May 30, 2021 10:05 AM (uxUoN)

I'm a natural contrarian.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 10:07 AM (jvt6t)

312 A lot of effort has been made to try to claim Hitler was a Catholic. He was in the sense that Austria was a Catholic country so most everyone got baptized by default (excepting the Jews, of course).
Upon the Hitler's assumption of power, the Catholic Church signed a concordat with the regime, and the Nazis immediately violated it. I downloaded (and partially read) a lengthy post-war US Army report on the Nazi persecution of churches, and it largely focused on Catholics because much of the Evangelical Church (aka Lutheran) was willing to go along to get along.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 10:08 AM (llXky)

313 Not a book, but kind of book-adjacent: this past week I did watch the Netflix movie _Mank_, about Herman Mankiewicz (or however the hell you spell his name), and him writing Citizen Kane. Now all movies about writers suffer from the same problem: you can't make someone sitting and typing, or sitting and dictating, visually interesting and dramatic.

So they padded it out with dramatic flashbacks of what turned Mank against his prior friendship with Hearst and Marion Davies. You'll never guess: it seems that Hearst didn't want Upton Sinclair to be governor of California. Shocking, right? And he actually made some campaign ads supporting Sinclair's opponent. And -- sit down for this -- those campaign ads may not have been rigorously factual in all their statements!

Has anyone ever tried to describe what Upton Sinclair would have been like as governor? His admin would have been, at the best case, an ineffectual trainwreck. At worst he could have destroyed California's economy completely, slowing recovery from the Depression by a few years and possibly extending World War II.

Posted by: Trimegistus at May 30, 2021 10:09 AM (QZxDR)

314 I wonder if they have some kind of remote for resetting that clock for DST changes.
Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 07:57 AM (mpXpK)

Some clocks (I have one that automatic and one that there's a button for) provide for an automatic setting. Sometimes a switch or button so you don't have to go thru the whole rigamarole to reset it.

I don't bother changing them anymore cause being retired the only times I have to be somewhere is a doctors appointment.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:09 AM (BFQeJ)

315 You can bet that is the kind of stuff he was whispering to the desperately uncomfortable and unhappy looking little girls he grabbed in those photo events. "Your hair smells so good, sweety"

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:09 AM (KZzsI)

316 In Trier, the main historic Evangelical Church ("Constantine's Basilica"
in the tour guide) is a hollow shell, with very sparse decoration and a
museum-style exhibit showing how the building was used over the
centuries. Before the war, the church was lavishly decorated with
intricate woodwork and lots of ornate plaster. It's congregation was
pro-Nazi. It was also heavily hit by Allied bombs. After the war, it was agreed by the church leadership to leave it barren as a memorial to their sinful behavior.

The Dom (Trier
Cathedral), which is close by, was unscathed. The Archbishop of Trier
was a fierce and public opponent of the Nazis and they hesitated going
after him because it was one of the most prestigious offices in Germany,
serving as an Elector of the Holy Roman Empire. Put simply, the Nazis knew that while the monarchy had failed, a lot of Germans had tremendous historical respect for the Archbishop and if they arrested him, problems would result.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 10:10 AM (llXky)

317 Just back of the napkin calculations show the election to be a huge fraud.

Posted by: Just a side note at May 30, 2021 10:02 AM


Well the census people are saying that 67% or registered voters voted in 2020. A record sure, but my math says the US population over 18 is 328 million and 70% of them are registered to vote which leaves us with 229 million of which 67% actually voted which gives us a total of 153 million votes cast.


Problem is they claim that almost 156 million votes were cast in November 2020.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 10:11 AM (JUOKG)

318 Some will die pissing their pants in a corner. justsayin

Posted by: f'd at May 30, 2021 10:12 AM (Tnijr)

319 was willing to go along to get along.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 10:08 AM (llXky)

Not sure that adds anything at this late date.

Posted by: Stonn at May 30, 2021 10:13 AM (xP36F)

320 Like that Rockwell painting. I think it was the last of the Gillis series showing he had survived the war and had earned some peace. I imagine a lot of Saturday Evening Post readers looked at it and were relieved and enjoyed the autumn academic setting.

Posted by: JTB at May 30, 2021 10:13 AM (7EjX1)

321 I love how we're told by the left to not judge a people by one or two bad examples.

But that's all they do when it's something they can pin on White people or conservatives.

Funny that.

Another one is their total belief in Darwin yet they spend money and lives to make sure the human race doesn't evolve by killing baby's and refusing to teach the facts.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:13 AM (BFQeJ)

322 Not just the radio ads.

The CDs I get sometimes include news snippets. As a former newsroom denizen, those are catnip to me.

Posted by: Weak Geek at May 30, 2021 10:14 AM (wC980)

323 I've never understood the appeal of Upton Sinclair.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 10:14 AM (y7DUB)

324 My reading of Chinese military history has reached 200 B.C. I'm one book away from finishing the Osprey series, at which point I'll have to read it all again, this time in chronological order.

I may also get into something more detailed, if the mania persists.

No writing progress for a while, what with lots of distractions around the house. I'm fine with that, btw.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 10:15 AM (llXky)

325 Rockwell is a beloved but underrated painter, the man had immense talent. He just turned his talent into modern earnings. I mean he was doing no different than DaVinci and Rembrandt and Cezanne, he just did it with the modern market rather than the renaissance one. Back then, all the money was with rich donors and royalty, so that's who you painted for. In the 20th century, all the money was with businesses, so you painted for them, if you were smart.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:15 AM (KZzsI)

326 Now all movies about writers suffer from the same problem: you can't make someone sitting and typing, or sitting and dictating, visually interesting and dramatic.
Posted by: Trimegistus at May 30, 2021 10:09 AM (QZxDR)

Unless it's Naked Lunch.
Don't let the typewriter eat your hands.

Posted by: Stonn at May 30, 2021 10:15 AM (xP36F)

327 20 ... "A while back a commenter led me to Mark Schweizer's St. Germaine mysteries. I decided, what the heck, I'll buy all 15. (I had a question and the publisher's office was delighted to hear about the AOS Book thread.) I've been saving them for a long holiday/vacation - this week! Now I'm diving into the first one, The Alto Wore Tweed. I know from other commenters here I will enjoy these."

Carolina Girl,

I'm so glad you got the series. You are in for some hilarious and enjoyable reading. In tribute to the late Mark Scwheizer, I'm re-reading the series. Currently on the 4th book.

Posted by: JTB at May 30, 2021 10:16 AM (7EjX1)

328 Rewrite!

As a former newsroom denizen, I find those appealing.

(Fixing misplaced modifier and deleting cliche.)

And he calls himself a copy editor!

Posted by: Weak Geek at May 30, 2021 10:16 AM (wC980)

329 I've never understood the appeal of Upton Sinclair.

He's one of a host of early 20th century people who is vastly overrated because they were popular with the hard left academics and elites. Objectively viewed, most of them were hacks but were promoting the "correct" position on things, so were beloved far beyond their ability and quality. Like Hemingway and Picasso

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:17 AM (KZzsI)

330 I'll say the same thing I said the last time you said that. Speak for yourself asshat.
Posted by: Sock Monkey * Irascible insurrectionist at May 30, 2021 10:05 AM (3g4/r)


If you show me any evidence that contradicts my statement, please share it. I would love to change my mind. I've been praying for it.

Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:18 AM (Fs5vw)

331 Now all movies about writers suffer from the same problem: you can't
make someone sitting and typing, or sitting and dictating, visually
interesting and dramatic.
Posted by: Trimegistus at May 30, 2021 10:09 AM (QZxDR)
---
The movies are interesting if the writers had an interesting life experience. I read Stephen King's On Writing and while I found his advice worthless, was very interested in the things in his past that shaped his personality.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 10:19 AM (llXky)

332 BeJebus! I don't think I want to see a link to the Tate Modern.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at May 30, 2021 10:19 AM (tVOev)

333 If you show me any evidence that contradicts my statement, please share it.

You can start with any evidence that supports your statement. There's a huge difference between "people haven't been pushed so far that they believe violence is justified" and "everyone will die cringing in a corner"

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:19 AM (KZzsI)

334 I mean he was doing no different than DaVinci and Rembrandt and Cezanne

I understand the point you're making but this is wrong.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 10:20 AM (y7DUB)

335 The election of '20 reminds me when I ran for the treasurer of a communal house I lived in in New Haven. Chock full of Yalies and UNH and others.

I had told people that we'd have to crack down on dues cause the house needed the money for infrastructure/repairs.

The day of the ballot count there were 24 more votes than the total of people who could vote. The President of the House figures that at least 3 people stuffed the ballot box (a jar with a screw on lid) because of the differences in penmanship.

I told them all to F*** themselves cause I wasn't going to pay for the stuff that needed to be done if they weren't going to. (the current treasurer was a druggy and drug seller who let everyone slide on their dues payment and let some others that weren't members stay.

Sort of an economy vision of the future. (not equating myself with Trump just the abhorrence of the voters for not wanting to face the truth. That there were a lot of ivy leaguers and future leaders or at least middle management I should've taken a hint back then and started looking for a place in the woods to live.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:20 AM (BFQeJ)

336 Dang. I used to have pants like those. I looked good too!!

Posted by: Diogenes at May 30, 2021 10:21 AM (axyOa)

337 If you show me any evidence that contradicts my
statement, please share it. I would love to change my mind. I've been
praying for it.

Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:18 AM (Fs5vw)

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East Germany 1953, Hungary 1956, Czechoslovakia 1968, Poland 1979, Romania 1989.

Courage is just as contagious as fear. Which are you spreading?

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 10:21 AM (llXky)

338 If you show me any evidence that contradicts my statement, please share it. I would love to change my mind. I've been praying for it.
Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:18 AM (Fs5vw)

Go buy some ammo today. Or try to.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 10:22 AM (jvt6t)

339 I understand the point you're making but this is wrong.

Art history is fascinating, people get the feeling that somehow these ancient artists were sitting around a studio painting what the muses moved them to. Almost all of their work was on commission: "I want a painting of x, here are some florins" They made the work their own, but it was work for hire, making what they were hired to do.

The Mona Lisa wasn't a side project of inspiration, it was a portrait.

Rockwell did the same thing: he painted for hire from people who had money and wanted a specific image. But he made it his own and showed tremendous talent and inspiration in the process.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:23 AM (KZzsI)

340 Well, now...

Eris has talents I never knew.

Funniest thing...I missed the top and read all the way through the post thinking it was one of the cobs. What a pleasant surprise to get to the bottom and find an 'ette responsible.

Good morning, all. Especially you, Eris.

Posted by: creeper at May 30, 2021 10:24 AM (XxJt1)

341 Is that the grotto from the Playboy Mansion? Imagine the poor bastidge who had to clean that up.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 10:25 AM (jvt6t)

342 Jak, there are no vegan polar bears.

I wonder how many people Disney has helped put in the ground?

"Look, honey! It's a friendly bear, just like in The Jungle Book!"

Posted by: callsign claymore at May 30, 2021 10:25 AM (jwbyl)

343 Its like classical music, almost all of it was done on commission: "I want a symphony, here are some Ducats." This was a job, its not like they were given money to just survive and create whatever they wanted except in some extremely rare (and short-term) examples. The concept of welfare paying artists to just do art is extremely modern and new and stupid. All art requires pressure because otherwise artists will just screw around doing nothing for as long as possible.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:25 AM (KZzsI)

344 Rockwell did the same thing: he painted for hire from people who had money and wanted a specific image. But he made it his own and showed tremendous talent and inspiration in the process.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:23 AM (KZzsI)

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So did I, but my paintings had LEDs.

Posted by: Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light at May 30, 2021 10:25 AM (fLVm1)

345 Is that the grotto from the Playboy Mansion? Imagine the poor bastidge who had to clean that up.
Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 10:25 AM (jvt6t)

They just stock it with Tilapia. Those critters will eat anything.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 30, 2021 10:26 AM (f4OOz)

346 Dang. I used to have pants like those. I looked good too!!

Same here, brah.

Posted by: Jerry "Comedy Gold" Nadless at May 30, 2021 10:26 AM (W4eKo)

347 325 ... "Rockwell is a beloved but underrated painter, the man had immense talent."

THIS!!

Look at any collection of Rockwell's magazine covers and paintings. They can be cute and silly, pious, poignant, patriotic, or some combination.

The only magazines that still use wonderful paintings on their covers seem to be historical (Muzzleloader) and outdoors periodicals (Fur-Fish-Game and a few others). Too bad but it shows how the magazine industry has changed and not for the better.

Posted by: JTB at May 30, 2021 10:26 AM (7EjX1)

348 Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:03 AM (BFQeJ)

Oops a little future seeing there.

I meant the January 6th protest at Congress.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:27 AM (BFQeJ)

349 AH Lloyd, King's "Danse Macabre" did a much better job of analyzing writing.

Posted by: callsign claymore at May 30, 2021 10:27 AM (jwbyl)

350 I like Norman much better, Tom. But I have simple tastes.

Posted by: Infidel at May 30, 2021 10:27 AM (E0OEG)

351 Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at May 30, 2021 09:05 AM (XNkEi)

The Sam Spade in the old radio programs I've been listening to *loves* alliteration and his secretary Effie is always using malapropisms. Is it the same in the book? I don't know if the radio stories are by the original author or others.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 30, 2021 10:27 AM (1lKRm)

352 Who dis? is a ringer for NaCly Dog.

Posted by: creeper at May 30, 2021 10:28 AM (XxJt1)

353 I think Waugh would be a great subject for a biopic, but of course such a thing is impossible in the present age.

Conrad would also be good.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 10:28 AM (llXky)

354 Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:18 AM (Fs5vw)

When will you or one of the other morale officers step up and volunteer to lead the revolution?

Ever?

My guess is that someone needs to something excludes you, correct?

Posted by: Somewhere South of I-80 at May 30, 2021 10:28 AM (uxUoN)

355 Most writing advice is terrible because it either assumes something that they stumbled on to (like CJ Box) or never analyzed enough to understand or pass on. Being able to write does not mean you have a shred of skill in teaching people HOW to write.

Loren D Estleman has some good advice on it, but the problem is that with even the good advice, its almost all is contingent on being like that author.

For example, Louis L'Amour was famously unfazed by anything, he could write during an earthquake in a house that's on fire. Very few writers can do that. Teaching people who to write depends a lot on their style and personality.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:30 AM (KZzsI)

356 AH Lloyd, King's "Danse Macabre" did a much better job of analyzing writing.

Posted by: callsign claymore at May 30, 2021 10:27 AM (jwbyl)

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I should clarify that I do not like King's writing at all. Can't stand his style, so the bit where he explains how to write like him was basically a list of stuff for me to avoid. My wife is a big fan of his, though. Then again, she also read Twilight and the 30 Shades of Wine Mom.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 10:30 AM (llXky)

357 I've never understood the appeal of Upton Sinclair.

We had to read "The Jungle" in high school.

Very boring. Boring Socialist Sensationalism for your reading pleasure.

Given that almost everything the left stands for/against is either a gross exaggeration or a lie,

I wonder how much of Sinclair's book is pure 100% BS floating straight out from his fevered imagination.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 30, 2021 10:30 AM (dWwl8)

358 Great book thread, Eris! I'm laughing my ass off!

Posted by: Ladyl at May 30, 2021 10:31 AM (TdMsT)

359 I think I'll watch the Indy 500 today. Plus, I need to get my smoker rolling.

Y'all have a great day and be well.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 30, 2021 10:31 AM (jvt6t)

360 The Sam Spade in the old radio programs I've been listening to *loves* alliteration and his secretary Effie is always using malapropisms. Is it the same in the book?

No. There's virtually no similarities whatsoever between the radio show and Dashiell Hammett's writing. They substituted cute wordplay for his brilliant dialog, and the plots are pretty weak. Dash had almost nothing to do with the radio show beyond collecting checks so he could drink more.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:32 AM (KZzsI)

361 Have a good day, Jak.

Posted by: callsign claymore at May 30, 2021 10:32 AM (jwbyl)

362 You can start with any evidence that supports your statement. There's a huge difference between "people haven't been pushed so far that they believe violence is justified" and "everyone will die cringing in a corner"
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:19 AM (KZzsI)


The Revolution started over taxes and a march of soldiers to confiscate artillery. What's been happening, especially in the last decade, makes that look trivial in comparison.

And that's not even mentioning the "march through the institutions" and now the blatant destruction of the only non-violent way to fight back: Free and fair elections.

Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:33 AM (Fs5vw)

363 It's a bright sunshiny day here, so I am going to get outside and make the most of it.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 30, 2021 10:33 AM (f4OOz)

364 Well, it's in the low 50s, cloudy and sometimes raining. Darn cool for this time of year. But it is great reading weather by my standards so I'm going to indulge. (Puts on flannel shirt, has books at hand, and deciding which tea to brew. Ahhh! Life is good.)

Posted by: JTB at May 30, 2021 10:33 AM (7EjX1)

365 All Hail Eris, "The Way of the House-Husband" is indeed hilarious. The yakuza filter on discount sales, cleaning methods, etc. is great. I think at one point he develops an apprentice to the Way too.

There's also "Oju to Banken-kun" (A girl and her guard dog) which isn't as over-the-top but also funny, with the granddaughter of a yakuza desperate for a normal high-school life and her bodyguard disguising himself as a high school student and getting caught up in the usual Japanese school tropes (and not being able to shoot anybody, which chafes him mightily). Could be considered cozy yakuza

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at May 30, 2021 10:34 AM (7IHuq)

366 The Marlowe show is a bit better in terms of tone and writing, but still not really like the books. Again, Chandler had almost nothing to do with the show other than picking up a check to drink himself to death.

There's a pretty fun audioplay of Chandler working with Billy Wilder trying to rewrite Double Indemnity into a better story for the screenplay. Wilder is both amazed at Chandler's stunning ability with words and plotting and infuriated at his attitude and pretending he wasn't drinking constantly.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:34 AM (KZzsI)

367 Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 09:35 AM (GKlaO)

Hmm. Don't remember any rapes in any of the Black Company books.

I think you misunderstood me or meant a different series. George "fat lazy ass" Martins series? Yeah the first books weren't too bad but later they got disgusting so maybe it was good he p***ed me off for not getting with it and writing another book for 10 years and I threw all his out and won't read another.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:35 AM (BFQeJ)

368 The Revolution started over taxes and a march of soldiers to confiscate artillery.

It was significantly more complex and a lot more was happening for a lot longer which led to the revolution. That's like saying WW2 started because Pearl Harbor was bombed. Technically, but there was like a decade of stuff leading up to that and a lot more going on around the world.

And none of that is evidence for your claim even if it was the simple truth.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:36 AM (KZzsI)

369 Yahoo News has an almost negative article about the Biden budget. But within it that article there is the obligatory Republicans pounce paragraph. Lol.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at May 30, 2021 10:36 AM (qMZm2)

370 355 Most writing advice is terrible because it either assumes something that they stumbled on to (like CJ Box) or never analyzed enough to understand or pass on. Being able to write does not mean you have a shred of skill in teaching people HOW to write.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:30 AM (KZzsI)

I remember reading something from King on how to write.
He suggested it's normal to copy other authors's styles when you're just starting out, until you find your own voice.
Which I thought was good advice.
And his talking about horror writing was funny:
He said, I'll try for horror, but if I can't make it work I'll go for terror. And if I can't do that I'll go for the gross out. I'm not ashamed.

Posted by: Stonn at May 30, 2021 10:37 AM (xP36F)

371
And that's not even mentioning the "march
through the institutions" and now the blatant destruction of the only
non-violent way to fight back: Free and fair elections.

Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:33 AM (Fs5vw)

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A common error is assuming that since nothing has happened yet, nothing will ever happen.

And again, I ask you: are you spreading hope or despair?

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 10:38 AM (llXky)

372 I don't think we can compare the Revolution with what is happening nowadays. The situation is very different. We can compare human nature though, that hasn't changed.

Posted by: f'd at May 30, 2021 10:38 AM (Tnijr)

373 Comparing what initiated the original revolution to a required trigger today is sophomoric. The start will be something you can't imagine and will laugh at (assuming you aren't self volunteering for a camp) in retrospect.

Posted by: Too Bad Costa Rica Sucks at May 30, 2021 10:38 AM (xEIoY)

374 I think I'll watch the Indy 500 today.

Watch out for nooses!

Posted by: Bubba Karen-Wallace at May 30, 2021 10:39 AM (W4eKo)

375 I understand that artists had patrons who dictated what they did. DaVinci travelled throughout Europe (I think all the chateaus in the Loire valley have examples of what he did on site) and was a lot more than just an artist.

Not to sound like an arrogant snob but I've never understood the appeal of Rockwell as anything more than the Charles Schultz of magazine illustrators. What he portrays is so glaringly sentimentally obvious that five seconds looking at it is sufficient. Well staged photographs could give you the same thing or better.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 10:39 AM (y7DUB)

376 He suggested it's normal to copy other authors's styles when you're just starting out, until you find your own voice.

I actually did that very deliberately my first book: I tried to write a fantasy as Louis L'Amour would have done it. But after a few chapters it was really just me. I still think its an interesting exercise, though.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:40 AM (KZzsI)

377 Comparing what initiated the original revolution to a
required trigger today is sophomoric. The start will be something you
can't imagine and will laugh at (assuming you aren't self volunteering
for a camp) in retrospect.

Posted by: Too Bad Costa Rica Sucks at May 30, 2021 10:38 AM (xEIoY)

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Yep. It's a like a forest fire - the conditions are what matters. How the spark is generated is irrelevant.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 10:40 AM (llXky)

378 Comparing what initiated the original revolution to a required trigger today is sophomoric. The start will be something you can't imagine and will laugh at (assuming you aren't self volunteering for a camp) in retrospect.
Posted by: Too Bad Costa Rica Sucks at May 30, 2021 10:38 AM (xEIoY)

Concur. A leader will emerge, people will be organized and then the SHTF.

Slowly, then all at once.

Once it starts, there will be no going back.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at May 30, 2021 10:40 AM (R/m4+)

379 Not to sound like an arrogant snob but I've never understood the appeal of Rockwell as anything more than the Charles Schultz of magazine illustrators.

Putting aside the fact that he did it with a brush rather than a camera, I think if you saw his work in person your mind would change significantly. Quite a few artists are like that (especially impressionists). Seeing their work for real rather than a print changes everything.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:41 AM (KZzsI)

380 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:30 AM (KZzsI)

I believe that to be a writer you must have a need to write. The rest; style, pacing, background etc. can all come later after you've got that need out. Sometimes folks only have one book in them. Most have none but think they do.

Very few have a infinite string of writings to put on paper.

It also helps that what you have to say resonates with a lot of people or entertains them.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:41 AM (BFQeJ)

381 And they called it, The Great History Book War or The Grand Wazoo.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at May 30, 2021 10:42 AM (VgIeo)

382 Kate Upton >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Upton Sinclair

Could not find the infinite symbol.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 10:42 AM (s8v1a)

383 Not to sound like an arrogant snob but I've never understood the appeal of Rockwell as anything more than the Charles Schultz of magazine illustrators. What he portrays is so glaringly sentimentally obvious that five seconds looking at it is sufficient. Well staged photographs could give you the same thing or better.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt

I think it's the emotion that he inspires in each one of us. We have similar memories from our youth. But I'm old.

Posted by: Infidel at May 30, 2021 10:43 AM (E0OEG)

384 the war totally started when Germany bombed Pearl Harbor.

Posted by: Bluto at May 30, 2021 10:43 AM (qMZm2)

385 Rockwell is good for a few reasons. Representational and pretty good at that. Subject matter.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 10:43 AM (s8v1a)

386 I suspect Kate Upton is also about as good an economic/political theorist as Upton Sinclair. Certainly no worse.

Posted by: Trimegistus at May 30, 2021 10:44 AM (QZxDR)

387
When will you or one of the other morale officers step up and volunteer to lead the revolution?

Ever?

My guess is that someone needs to something excludes you, correct?
Posted by: Somewhere South of I-80 at May 30, 2021 10:28 AM (uxUoN)

Nope. I've already made it known to my loved ones that if the government comes to confiscate my property without reason or hinder me in my freedom of mobility, or taking away my right to live by my own decisions, then they'll be hearing about me on the news.

Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:45 AM (Fs5vw)

388 And they called it, The Great History Book War or The Grand Wazoo.
Posted by: Humphreyrobot at May 30, 2021 10:42 AM (VgIeo)

Demi Rose? Kim K.?

Posted by: Count de Monet, unvaccinated american at May 30, 2021 10:45 AM (4I/2K)

389 Also, what's wrong with sentimentality?

One might say that the sentiment of the Pieta is also glaringly obvious in less than 5 seconds. Still makes it an astonishing work of art.

Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 10:45 AM (s8v1a)

390 I think it's the emotion that he inspires in each one of us. We have similar memories from our youth. But I'm old.
Posted by: Infidel at May 30, 2021 10:43 AM (E0OEG)


I remember the Saturday Evening Post. The covers were touching and well done.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 10:46 AM (y7DUB)

391 I think everyone has a limited number of books in them, but some keep going anyway because it pays. CS Lewis just reached a point where he couldn't write any more, there was nothing left in the tank. Which was tragic, but understandable. Better to stop when you're out than keep going like some.

I mean, for some that tank is freaking huge: Mary Faulkner, Louis L'Amour, Barbara Cartland, Isaac Asimov, Agatha Christie, Alexandre Dumas, etc. But even they kinda ran out of gas and kept going.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:46 AM (KZzsI)

392 If you show me any evidence that contradicts my statement, please share it. I would love to change my mind. I've been praying for it.
Posted by: Justsayin'

First, I pray for the opposite. I've spent part of my life on the fringes of those subcultures where violence is a legitimate currency. If this blows up, that will be prevalent. Evidence? How many instances in history do you want? Don't make the mistaken correlation of failing to defeat a tyrant means no resistance was given.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * Irascible insurrectionist at May 30, 2021 10:46 AM (3g4/r)

393 What he portrays is so glaringly sentimentally obvious that five seconds looking at it is sufficient.

For someone who doesn't understand his appeal, you've sure explained his appeal well.

Posted by: t-bird at May 30, 2021 10:47 AM (BvZkh)

394 Rockwell is good for a few reasons. Representational and pretty good at that. Subject matter.
Posted by: Aetius451AD personal phone at May 30, 2021 10:43 AM (s8v1a)

And humor. But then I am but a simple peasant in my tastes.

Posted by: Count de Monet, unvaccinated american at May 30, 2021 10:47 AM (4I/2K)

395 The odd thing is that some of L'Amour's best books came out at the end of his life, when he shifted gears and started really bearing down on a story. Most of his cowboy stuff, while fun, is pretty much a template. He'll start with a really interesting concept and then many of them end up bumping into the same ruts and rolling into the sunset just like 10 other books.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:48 AM (KZzsI)

396 Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:45 AM (Fs5vw)

So, instead of leading the rebellion, yer gonna commit suicide by cop?

piker.

Posted by: Somewhere South of I-80 at May 30, 2021 10:48 AM (uxUoN)

397 Nothing wrong with sentimentality. Hearkens us back to when the world was only half-nuts.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at May 30, 2021 10:49 AM (W4eKo)

398 I think everyone has a limited number of books in
them, but some keep going anyway because it pays. CS Lewis just reached
a point where he couldn't write any more, there was nothing left in the
tank. Which was tragic, but understandable. Better to stop when
you're out than keep going like some.



I mean, for some that tank is freaking huge: Mary Faulkner, Louis
L'Amour, Barbara Cartland, Isaac Asimov, Agatha Christie, Alexandre
Dumas, etc. But even they kinda ran out of gas and kept going.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:46 AM

Piers Anthony seems to have an unlimited number of books inside of him.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 10:49 AM (JUOKG)

399 I concur with Rockwell. I never got it either. Maybe it is one of those you had to be there to understand things. To me it seems way over the top schmaltziness.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at May 30, 2021 10:49 AM (qMZm2)

400 Mr Monet , my comment was a syfi war that is just starting.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at May 30, 2021 10:49 AM (VgIeo)

401 362 The Revolution started over taxes and a march of
soldiers to confiscate artillery. What's been happening, especially in
the last decade, makes that look trivial in comparison.



And that's not even mentioning the "march through the institutions"
and now the blatant destruction of the only non-violent way to fight
back: Free and fair elections.

Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:33 AM (Fs5vw)

It wasn't just taxes. It was the fact that the taxes had to be paid in gold and when the farmers goods were shipped to England they were not paid in gold so there was no gold in the colonies except for the rich merchants which resulted in the colonists lands being confiscated and sold to those rich merchants.

Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 10:49 AM (mpXpK)

402 Piers Anthony seems to have an unlimited number of books inside of him.

He doesn't write most of the stuff coming out under his name, he has a shop that writes things he comes up with. His best work is quite good, though.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:50 AM (KZzsI)

403 357- Ditto Sinclair Lewis. And Ambrose Bierce. and, despite his quote up top, H.L.Mencken.

Posted by: vivi at May 30, 2021 10:50 AM (USW1s)

404 It wasn't just taxes. It was the fact that the taxes had to be paid in gold and when the farmers goods were shipped to England they were not paid in gold so there was no gold in the colonies except for the rich merchants which resulted in the colonists lands being confiscated and sold to those rich merchants.

Let me get a pen- this is great stuff!

Posted by: Joe Biden at May 30, 2021 10:51 AM (BvZkh)

405 Hitler has became "anything we do not like" to the left, by the end of this decade we will discover that Hitler was a tool of the cattle industry and big oil.

"Seriously"
Posted by: sven at May 30, 2021 08:26 AM (Lzpvj)

I am disgusted by all the nazi comparisons. I didn't hear about the nazis in the 60s and 70s the way I do today and there were plenty of non-demented, not histrionic survivors who could speak to this subject with authority. Now nazi is stretched to include anyone who disagrees. If you mean "totalitarian", say that. No, it doesn't bring about the same hatred and revulsion, but our society has become absurd. The antifa people knowingly chose "fascist" and "hitler" to conjure up an enemy to which anything could be done with impunity. This total villainization of political opponents is evil.

Posted by: CN at May 30, 2021 10:51 AM (ONvIw)

406 I think the only L'Amour book I read was Haunted Mesa.

Posted by: Infidel at May 30, 2021 10:52 AM (E0OEG)

407 and, despite his quote up top, H.L.Mencken.

Well you can get good quotes from awful sources. I think Toni Morrison is an awful hack but I do like her quote "If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." It actually is a great deal of why I started writing.

I wanted fantasy stories that were not gigantic doorstops in 18 parts. Stories about people rather than vast events, small stories about life instead of gigantic epics over centuries of time. A little of that is okay, but all fantasy now seems to be that kind of thing.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:52 AM (KZzsI)

408 What he portrays is so glaringly sentimentally obvious that five seconds looking at it is sufficient.

Maybe, but hitting every sad note is not better or above hitting every happy note.
It's not super-sophistimicated because people cry.

Posted by: Stonn at May 30, 2021 10:53 AM (xP36F)

409 Well don't go off 1/2 nuted she said in a swooning voice as the Old Spice Sandalwood after shave waffled her nostrils.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at May 30, 2021 10:54 AM (VgIeo)

410 It wasn't just taxes. It was the fact that the taxes had to be paid in gold and when the farmers goods were shipped to England they were not paid in gold so there was no gold in the colonies except for the rich merchants which resulted in the colonists lands being confiscated and sold to those rich merchants.
Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 10:49 AM (mpXpK)

Sort of like creating a cryptocurrency and limiting access.

Posted by: CN at May 30, 2021 10:54 AM (ONvIw)

411 Now nazi is stretched to include anyone who disagrees. If you mean "totalitarian", say that.

This is a tooth-gritting pet peeve, to the point of being more like source of burning fury. Misusing a term dilutes its power and significance. People say "never forget" then call the guy at the door of Wal*Mart with a thermometer gun a Nazi. Guess what, chum, you're forgetting by doing that. You're turning the horrible evil into something trivial.

Overstatement for humor (Like the "Soup Nazi" in Seinfeld) can be effective and fun, but it must be underdone and stand out, not default.

People throw Nazi and Fascist around to describe any tyrant or tyrannical behavior so routinely its demolishing any distinction that these guys had. Its wrong and infuriating.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:55 AM (KZzsI)

412 Well don't go off 1/2 nuted she said in a swooning voice as the Old Spice Sandalwood after shave waffled her nostrils.

That's deep, man.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at May 30, 2021 10:56 AM (W4eKo)

413 I have to say that we have yet to reach the limits of oppression to react with violence. We're close but not quite there.

One needs to look closely at the conditions and perceptions that were relevant and predominant at the time of any of these uprisings.
Most of those that stood up felt that they had no choice. That they knew they were next on the list for arrest, imprisonment and/or death.

We also live at a time of plenty and lots of entertainment to distract and release ones emotions.
That allows one to decide that they're not ready to throw it all away for only the possibility of oppressive actions to them personally.
And defensive actions don't work because that's one on one; you against the oppressor. No one knows about it so they can't join you.

A grouping must be the target of imminent threat and action for members of that group to decide to take action. For one thing they need to know when and where so they can be there prepared. I doubt the government will give us fair warning. One of the downsides to relying on socializing on social media. No one knows their further neighbors just the closer ones.

Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:56 AM (BFQeJ)

414 I've also noted that back in the old unenlightened Twentieth Century people could distinguish between the Nazi Party and the nation of Germany. Now it seems like every pop historian talks about "Nazi planes" in the Battle of Britain or "Nazi soldiers" in the Normandy campaign. The sophisticated moderns are much more simplistic than the people actually writing wartime propaganda.

Posted by: Trimegistus at May 30, 2021 10:56 AM (QZxDR)

415 It wasn't just taxes. It was the fact that the taxes had to be paid in
gold and when the farmers goods were shipped to England they were not
paid in gold so there was no gold in the colonies except for the rich
merchants which resulted in the colonists lands being confiscated and
sold to those rich merchants.

Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 10:49 AM

You can blame that on the Spanish. They looted enough gold from Central and South America that everyone in Europe thought there was an endless supply of it in the New World and they wanted their share.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 10:57 AM (JUOKG)

416
It wasn't just taxes. It was the fact that the taxes had to be paid in gold and when the farmers goods were shipped to England they were not paid in gold so there was no gold in the colonies except for the rich merchants which resulted in the colonists lands being confiscated and sold to those rich merchants.
Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 10:49 AM

But it was still all under the rubric of "it's a tax". That sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 10:58 AM (Fs5vw)

417 I think the only L'Amour book I read was Haunted Mesa.
Posted by: Infidel

I inherited my father's L'Amour collection. Don't know that is his complete works, but it takes up some hefty shelf space. Always a good go to when I can't decide on what to read.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * Irascible insurrectionist at May 30, 2021 10:58 AM (3g4/r)

418 I've also noted that back in the old unenlightened Twentieth Century people could distinguish between the Nazi Party and the nation of Germany.

That is a very important distinction to make. Band of Brothers kind of touched on that when they met that guy from Oregon who was fighting with the Germans. He wasn't a Nazi, he was just a guy who loved Germany and wanted to fight for his ancestor's nation.

Almost no Germans were Nazis, although the state schools and propaganda were doing a bang up job creating a new generation of them. But they remembered the misery and humiliation after WWI and had huge pride in their country. So they fought for Germany, as mistaken and wrong as that was, for more or less noble reasons, not to support the lunatic monsters in charge.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:59 AM (KZzsI)

419 Welp this probably wasn't the best weekend to take potshots at Rockwell since his subject matter is unfailingly patriotic but it's almost a guaranteed response whenever his name is brought up. Plus Vic taking shots at Shelby Foote had me on high alert seeking a target for my invective.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at May 30, 2021 11:00 AM (y7DUB)

420 Apropos of the trigger conversation, does anyone else wonder why they let Kamala make the "long weekend" tweet? Unforced error to stir up the masses? Cover for the budget monstrosity? Is she really that obtuse?

Posted by: Too Bad Costa Rica Sucks at May 30, 2021 11:00 AM (xEIoY)

421 Nood

Posted by: Duke Lowell at May 30, 2021 11:01 AM (kTF2Z)

422 415 You can blame that on the Spanish. They looted
enough gold from Central and South America that everyone in Europe
thought there was an endless supply of it in the New World and they
wanted their share.


Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at May 30, 2021 10:57 AM (JUOKG)

Actually again that was the fault of the English. The colonists were only legally allowed to trade with the English. The English would not pay with gold. The colonists who were willing to brave the English Navy to trade with other countries were taking a big chance.

Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 11:01 AM (mpXpK)

423 The problem is that its easy and lazy to simply paint everyone with the same brush: all Russians are dirty Commies! All French are cowardly sophisticates who can't fight! All Texans are crazy gun slinging yahoos! All Christophers are excessively wordy and pompous!

However much truth there might be to that in general, it does not apply universally to every single person. Its part of the creeping leftist ideology in our culture we swim in and barely notice: treating everyone as a group rather than as individuals.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 11:02 AM (KZzsI)

424 407- Thanks,Mr.T. I grant you that point. Maya Angelou said "When people show you who they are, believe them" but she should still DIAF for not including Italians in her inaugural poem for Jugears."

But I have no patience for any progressive, even the old-timey ones, like Sinclair Lewis. the only good progressive was Theodore Roosevelt, because he knew when to quit progressin'

Posted by: vivi at May 30, 2021 11:02 AM (USW1s)

425 People throw Nazi and Fascist around to describe any tyrant or tyrannical behavior so routinely its demolishing any distinction that these guys had. Its wrong and infuriating.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:55 AM (KZzsI)

Precisely. And the press trots out people who were 5 years old in 1945, and accepts their "first had accounts" of how the today's conservatives in the US are identical to the rise of Hitler in the 30s. It's shameless and manipulative. Now suggestions of fraud in 2020 are being turned into Hitler's "big lie" by the oligarchs and their handmaids. The hysterical hyperbole has done more to polarize the nation than any policy.

Posted by: CN at May 30, 2021 11:02 AM (ONvIw)

426 I will note that everyone in Spain was surprised *when* the Rising happened, but no one was surprised *that* it happened.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at May 30, 2021 11:03 AM (llXky)

427 And the press trots out people who were 5 years old in 1945, and accepts their "first had accounts" of how the today's conservatives in the US are identical to the rise of Hitler in the 30s.

Meanwhile ignoring the voices of the people who grew up and lived under that regime aware of it because they say all the wrong things. Like Kitty Wertham

https://tinyurl.com/4d8n6e72

She was 12 in 1938 and she tells all about what was really done and what people really believed, but nobody wants to hear her.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 11:06 AM (KZzsI)

428
A grouping must be the target of imminent threat and action for members of that group to decide to take action. For one thing they need to know when and where so they can be there prepared. I doubt the government will give us fair warning. One of the downsides to relying on socializing on social media. No one knows their further neighbors just the closer ones.
Posted by: jakee308 at May 30, 2021 10:56 AM (BFQeJ)


I'm a big believer in the premise the individual freedom will be defended by individual action. Only after that becomes prevalent will groups form.

Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 11:07 AM (Fs5vw)

429 Pooky got me "The Testament" by John Grisham at a library book sale. ($0.25!) It started off with Grisham's usual interesting premise and legal quandary, but then it veered off into the Pantanal swamp and... Christian mission work. I found myself fascinated by how Grisham demonstrated the need for the main character to be redeemed and how he eventually filled his God-shaped hole. Highly recommended for a weekend read.

Posted by: pookysgirl, thankfully not living in a swamp at May 30, 2021 11:09 AM (XKZwp)

430 She was 12 in 1938 and she tells all about what was really done and what people really believed, but nobody wants to hear her.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 11:06 AM (KZzsI)

Doesn't fit the narrative. The BLMers want to burn the Constitution and the donks will help them.

Posted by: CN at May 30, 2021 11:10 AM (ONvIw)

431 When I was a kid, growing up in Canada, the CBC used to play a lot of old-time radio shows from the BBC. I loved the comedy shows: The Goon Show, Hancock's Half Hour, and Lines From My Grandfather's forehead. But there were also some really fun quiz shows, specifically My Music, and My Word. They're available on YouTube, and they are so urbane, so effortlessly erudite yet entertaining, I recommend you check them out.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at May 30, 2021 11:10 AM (OHBkE)

432 Arkansas Biden Baby at May 30, 2021 10:04 AM (W4eKo)

Only if you put those berets in your hair again......
Posted by: Joey Paste Eater


You are going to be so friggin' hot when you turn nine... And with Hunter not admitting paternity, it won't be incest!

Posted by: Joe Biden at May 30, 2021 11:11 AM (BvZkh)

433 Sock Monkey, someone on the job site recommended it. I really enjoyed it.


in the WTF dept. looking at my excel bill (gas) only. Furnace and water heater. Price per therm last year, .86. This year? 1.13. Yeah, no fkn inflation. It was colder this year than last.

Posted by: Infidel at May 30, 2021 11:12 AM (E0OEG)

434 People throw Nazi and Fascist around to describe any tyrant or tyrannical behavior so routinely its demolishing any distinction that these guys had. Its wrong and infuriating.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 10:55 AM (KZzsI)


I swear, the only qualification required for Leftists to equate Trump with Hitler was that Trump had a loud voice. That's all it takes: "He talks loudly! To CROWDS!"

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at May 30, 2021 11:13 AM (OHBkE)

435
Is she really that obtuse?
Posted by: Too Bad Costa Rica Sucks at May 30, 2021 11:00 AM (xEIoY)

Many people see it at he start of summer and a nice barbecue weekend. That is what is sold on the retail level, and wars and war dead are only brought up when politically useful, like all the non-existent, murdered cops of 1/6.

Posted by: CN at May 30, 2021 11:13 AM (ONvIw)

436 I'm a big believer in the premise the individual freedom will be defended by individual action. Only after that becomes prevalent will groups form.
Posted by: Justsayin' at May 30, 2021 11:07 AM (Fs5vw)

In the Federalist Papers, one reason for believing an armed American citizenry could overthrow a tyrannical federal government was that individual militias would have state governments to which they were attached to rally around and lead them.

Posted by: Stonn at May 30, 2021 11:15 AM (xP36F)

437 Art of the Deal is not Mein Kampf, but it just doesn't matter.

Thanks CRT for the link. I think a lot of people are increasingly afraid of our government and its tendencies. And they are afraid to talk about it

Posted by: CN at May 30, 2021 11:15 AM (ONvIw)

438 150 ... "Getting sent to the breezy state of Michigan for two to three weeks. Going to have to get a new kindle. I am guessing no fire tablets without Alexa are available."

I just got a 10" Fire HD, the version that came out last week. It comes with Alexa WHICH I DO NOT WANT but it can be turned off. That's what I did. And I check now and then to be sure it is still turned off.

Posted by: JTB at May 30, 2021 11:17 AM (7EjX1)

439 Thread is about over, but I bought 3 Uris books even if I'm not convinced that he wasn't a killer. The book on Palis was too enticing to pass up.

Posted by: CN at May 30, 2021 11:20 AM (ONvIw)

440 135 The gimmick here is that a family and others are trapped on a beach
where they are growing old very fast and most will be dead by the next
morning unless a solution or escape is found.

pretty sure that's an episode of stargate sg-1

Posted by: Comrade Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at May 30, 2021 11:21 AM (5br8a)

441 I think the only L'Amour book I read was Haunted Mesa.
Posted by: Infidel

I inherited my father's L'Amour collection. Don't know that is his complete works, but it takes up some hefty shelf space. Always a good go to when I can't decide on what to read.
Posted by: Sock Monkey * Irascible insurrectionist

Last of the Breed was excellent !

Posted by: JT at May 30, 2021 11:24 AM (arJlL)

442 436 In the Federalist Papers, one reason for believing
an armed American citizenry could overthrow a tyrannical federal
government was that individual militias would have state governments to
which they were attached to rally around and lead them.

Posted by: Stonn at May 30, 2021 11:15 AM (xP36F)
Lincoln and FDR took care of that.

Posted by: Vic at May 30, 2021 11:26 AM (mpXpK)

443 I've been very happy with the Kindle I got years ago. I would love to have one of those tablets with the stylus to draw on Pixie mentioned in the tech thread, but those suckers are expensive.

Eventually the thing will die and I have noticed in the last couple years that its slowwww. Like "We patched your device so it sucks trying to pressure you into getting a new one" slow.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at May 30, 2021 11:28 AM (KZzsI)

444 I may get some reading done today. It's a good day to not go outside. I've got a fire burning in the fireplace on Memorial Day weekend!

Posted by: Trimegistus at May 30, 2021 11:33 AM (QZxDR)

445 video about the invention of pants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl7siWwzibs

Posted by: Comrade Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at May 30, 2021 12:01 PM (5br8a)

446 My wife and I read aloud to each other every day. It beats watching TV. I'll read to her while she knits, she reads to me while I do the dishes.

We've been working our way through biographies: "First Man", the biography of Neil Armstrong; "Last Man", the as-told-to biography of Gene Cernan; "Lost Moon", Jim Lovell's as-told-to story of his career, centering on Apollo 13; followed by a lengthy biography of Lise Meitner, the co-discoverer of atomic fission, and the memoir of Otto Frisch, her nephew and a world-class physicist in his own right. Now, we're reading Ronald Clark's biography of Einstein. The book is 50 years old, but Clark had the advantage of being able to interview many people who knew Einstein, and who since have passed on. Also, he writes very, very well: the book is very well organized, and his prose is a model of elegance and clarity. Well worth reading.

Posted by: Nemo at May 30, 2021 12:14 PM (S6ArX)

447 @420 "Apropos of the trigger conversation, does anyone else wonder why they let Kamala make the "long weekend" tweet? Unforced error to stir up the masses? Cover for the budget monstrosity? Is she really that obtuse?"

The word is "un-American." She was raised in Canada by two immigrants who happened not to give a fig about the US and then educated there, and later in California as a nearly-formed adult. So culturally, intellectually, spiritually non-American. Gee who does that remind me of?

This was the wisdom of the Constitutional requirement that the President be a natural born American. She may qualify in letter, but not in spirit.

Posted by: Zek at May 30, 2021 12:15 PM (5RTdG)

448 Read a lot of Louis L'Amour as a kid, would advise them for any teenager.

As said finished book 2 of Gulag Archipelago, it's book 3 next.

Posted by: Skip at May 30, 2021 01:41 PM (Cxk7w)

449 My eyes!!!!! That is one of the most thoughtfully ugly libraries I've ever seen.

Posted by: Draki, Bro of the Seidons at May 30, 2021 04:43 PM (bPUO8)

450 C'mon in, the water's warm! Heh heh

If that's the "Woo Grotto", it's as big a reactor of unknowable STDs as the storage tanks at Hanford.

Posted by: Fox2! at May 30, 2021 05:28 PM (CV0nS)

451 This Memorial Day I recommend "General Fox Conner " by Steven Rabalais, published by Casemate Publishers

Posted by: Mel Eiden at May 31, 2021 06:26 AM (0GiRc)

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