Sunday Morning Book Thread 10-23-2016: [OregonMuse]
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, hurricanes, IRS audits, and getting caught in the path between Hillary! and giant bags of cash, and special snowflakes can't stand the heat. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these, WTH, accordion pants? These have got to be the worst pants I've ever posted. In fact, if you can find pants you think are uglier, send me the pic, or a link to the pic, and I'll post it.
Note on Today's Library Pic
This was a submission from longtime moron 'Skip' and what you're seeing is the finished product of a restoration project that he worked on himself. Skip writes:
I worked on about 1/2 the ceiling along with large crew. But the ground area is where I did most of the work, the window sills, baseboard and mid point crown moulding just another guy and me did. The handrail woodwork and underneath woodwork of the railings as well as doors with exception of the single door leading into the library stacks I did myself.
And that painting on the upper left is a 17th-century work by Pietro Berretini (Pietro da Cortona) titled The Triumph of David that measures 12-by-19 feet. It shows David bringing back the sword of Goliath, whom he has just killed, to King Saul. This painting itself has been restored, and I found an article about the restoration efforts here.
OK all you 'rons and 'ettes, what do these words have in common?
In alphabetical order, they are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.
(Answer below the fold)
There's a brouhaha over the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded to Bob Dylan, "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Meh. I can't get too worked up over it. Poets have won it before, so awarding the prize to a musician who's been writing song lyrics for over 50 years isn't that big of a stretch. I mean, at least they didn't give it to Barak Obama.
You know who's got their panties all in a wad about it, though? Why, the commies at The Guardian, of course:
Giving the award to any white male writer, no matter what form he writes in, is in no way innovative or inspired. It is simply a return to the status quo – albeit in a different genre.
Dylan wins his Nobel in the same year that the prize is not awarded to any women across any of its fields, which seems hardly believable. But what is particularly frustrating about Dylan’s win is that it is being packaged as revolutionary, as a means of breaking from tradition, when it is anything but.
Giving the award to yet another white, distinguished male over more qualified women is exactly the status quo. It proves, once again, how the times just aren’t a-changin’...
Actually, I'm old enough to remember when Dylan was considered to be a big-time revolutionary, you know, bringing an electric guitar to the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, that sort of thing. He was at the front of the vanguard of the 1960s social revolution. But now we're being told he's just a status quo guy, like your boring old, suit-and-tie wearing, working 9-to-5 all week and mow the lawn on Saturday dad. How times have changed.
The Illustrated FAB
What, you say you want an illustrated children's book extolling all the many glorious virtues of Hillary Clinton? OK, then, here you go: Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead. No, no, please. You can thank me later.
In the 1950s, it was a man's world. Girls weren't supposed to act smart, tough, or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they may have felt that way. And then along came Hillary. Brave, brilliant, and unstoppable, she was out to change the world. They said a woman couldn't be a mother and a lawyer. Hillary was both. They said a woman shouldn't be too strong or too smart. Hillary was fearlessly. It didn't matter what people said, she was born to lead.
That's right, kids, Hillary is Born. To. Lead.
It's funny to see that out of the 100+ reviews on Amazon, they're either 5-star or 1-star. There's hardly anything in between. And if you click over there, you'll probably see some other books devoted to Hillary hagiography, so if you have high BP or a delicate stomach, I suggest you stay here.
Of course, those sourpusses over at NRO didn't like it very much:
It would be hard to write a fair and compelling children’s storybook about Hillary Clinton. Most of her many scandals are unfit for children. Her struggles are largely symbolic, against abstract obstacles such as expectations or criticism, and her actual accomplishments are few. We keep hearing that this woman is the most qualified presidential candidate of our lifetimes, and yet, try as it might, Some Girls Are Born to Lead can’t quite hide the fact that her life story isn’t much of a story at all.
Geraghty's piece is actually a serious, snark-free (almost) analysis of this children's book. I'm not sure it deserved it. Can't we just throw up and move on?
Thanks to moron 'josephistan' for linking, in a thread earlier this week, to these restaurant menus replete with hilariously fractured attempts at English, or Engrish as it's sometimes called) and some of them are so loony, I suspect photoshop. I mean, come on, "Steamed Red Crap With Ginger"? That has to be fake. And "Cowboy Leg Beautiful Pole"? I don't even want to know what that is, let alone put it in my mouth.
Actually, there's not much on these menus I'd want to put it my mouth.
Books By Morons
Moron lurker Gunnar Grey tells me that his little publishing company, Dingbat Publishing, has released a right-wing military science fiction novel back in in August. You know it must be doing something right because it's getting one- and two-star reviews from lefty whiners.
The title is Standing the Final Watch, by William Alan Webb, and it's the first of a series.
Lt. General Nick Angriff has spent his adult life protecting family and country from a world of terrorism spinning out of control...But when a terror attack on Lake Tahoe kills his family, he’s left with only the corrosive acid of revenge… that is, until a hated superior officer reveals the deepest of all secret operations. Against the day of national collapse, a heavily-armed military unit rests in cryogenic storage, to be awakened when needed, and Angriff is named its commander.Kindle price is $2.99.
Fifty years later he wakes to find the USA destroyed and predatory warlords roaming the ruins. Stalked by assassins bent on seizing his command for their own purposes, Angriff has to prepare for war while avoiding murder.
Thanks to moron Sutton Hoo for alerting me in last week's thread that moronette lurker artemis has a new novel out, Murder in Containment, the fourth in her 'Doyle and Acton' murder mystery series. In this installment,
Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle realizes that several apparently unrelated murders are actually "containment" murders--murders to contain an ominous scandal that could reach into the highest levels of Scotland Yard's CID. In the process of tracking down the killers, however, she comes to the unsettling realization that Chief Inspector Acton has committed a containment murder or two of his own.
Start with Murder in Thrall if you haven't read this series.
Adam Piggott is a longtime moron lurker from Down Under who, for the past 20 years, has lived and worked all over the world as a rafting guide. Some of his many adventures are recounted in his book Pushing Rubber Downhill: A journey to Manhood Via Whitewater Adventures:
Always order a witchdoctor from the eastern part of Uganda if you want to get the best results, a predicament that Adam Piggott was not expecting to find himself in when he accepted a job as a rafting guide in deepest darkest Africa. But the unexpected is the new normal when he chucks away his life to ride across Australia on a motorbike chasing a girl, and in the process winds up in situations that he never imagined.
Mr. Piggott also brags of his vast book collection going back many years, and a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf a friend once designed and built for him. I say, pics, or it didn't happen. And I can probably display one of the pics on the book thread.
The Kindle version of longtime moron author Chris Taylor's latest novel, Life Unworthy, is currently selling at the reduced price of $1.99.
Moron 'cool breeze' reminded me to remind you that this is the November selection for the Horde group read and that there is a discussion thread for it on the goodreads group for those who are interested. Which I can't link to, because you need to be a member to participate.
It's also available in paperback.
Pop Quiz Answer
These words, and only these words, appear in the Dr. Suess book Green Eggs and Ham. The position of the words "green" and "ham" appearing right next to each other in the list was a serendipitous hint.
And according to this article, the book was the result of a bet:
“In the right hands, the most ordinary things can take on extraordinary meanings. “The Cat in the Hat” came about when Dr Seuss was asked by William Ellsworth Spaulding, Houghton Mifflin’s education director, to compose a text for six-year-olds using a lexicon of only the 348 words they should developmentally know.“The Cat in the Hat” uses 223 words that are on the list and 13 that are not.It had sold more than 10.5 million copies by 2007.Random House publisher Bennett Cerf then bet Seuss $50 he couldn’t do a book in just 50 words. The result was “Green Eggs and Ham,” one of the weirdest, most delightful books around.”
The more you know...
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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EMT 10/23/16 [krakatoa]
Last travel week of the year coming up.
The client just may pay for a celebratory lobster dinner.
Overnight Open Thread (22 Oct 2016)
Hackers wrecked the internet using DVRs and webcams. Election Day is going to be fun.
Breaking The Seal
Heh. 'Breaking the seal' after drinking is a real thing. Means something totally different on the P-3C. Breaking the seal on the P-3C meant you were the first to have to go during a flight and would therefore have to take the urine collection device, a large cylindrical device with an opening at the top, after the flight and dump the urine in an appropriate EPA certified dump area. OK, I maybe lied about the EPA part.
People who can't find sex partners should be classified as 'disabled,' says World Health Organization. The people who make this shit up should be classified as 'disabled.'
I suppose this rapist will claim disability. Iraqi refugee who raped a 10-year old boy at a swimming pool in a 'sexual emergency' has his conviction overturned because the Austrian court 'didn't prove he realized the boy was saying no'.
The Old Guard
Moron Meet Up
OK, which one of you Texas morons had a meet up and didn't tell the rest of us? $90K home filled with beer cans collected by its party-loving residents becomes the most viewed in the country.
Experts claim they might have 'solved' the Bermuda Triangle mystery. No, no, no it's aliens.
Lindsey Sterling Meets Metal
I'm sure this same newspaper hasn't said a thing about the Clinton Foundation and Hillary State Department pay to play. Companies led by stadium developer continued political donations before stadium special session. I'm not a proponent of using taxpayer money for stadiums but if you're gonna whine about donations on one thing and not say a peep about others, you can just STFU.
Russian Aircraft Carrier
So has Al Gore commented yet on the Russian aircraft carrier as it smokes through the English Channel?
The Big Rake
This is the way the managerial class works the rake. In less sophisticated countries, like say France, the politicians just raid the pension funds. It's legal plunder. In the managerial state, the plunder is more nuanced, tarted up with soft feminine language like "inclusion" and "coming together for a common cause." You can be sure that this plan will be sold as a way to bring the country together to solve our retirement problems for those who "play by the rules and just want a fair deal."
What will happen, of course, is the same thing we saw with health care and pretty much every other part of the economy these days. It will be a bust out. The billions that pour into these new funds will be "invested" in things that benefit the rulers. Politicians will get advance notice on some new move so they can cash in their privileged status. The fund managers will kick back a piece of their rake to the politicians for the right to manage these funds. It will be systematic robbery of the middle class.
So the team that couldn't handle classified material now brings you this episode of dumbassery. Clinton's Brooklyn campaign HQ evacuated after suspicious substance discovered in letter. Evidently two interns opened a package and saw a suspicious substance and instead of leaving it right there and calling authorities, they decided to carry it with them up to the 11th floor, potentially exposing far more people. Idiots.
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Bad Joke Open Thread [CBD]
A vulture boards an airplane carrying two dead raccoons.
The stewardess looks at him and says:
"I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion is allowed per passenger."
Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 10-22-2016
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into pie fight on a Saturday afternoon. Except if you're hungry.
Problem 1 - White To Play (304)
Hint: White to play and mate in 2
rnb2rk1/pp2q1bR/2p3Q1/3p2N1/5B2/2N1P3/PPP2P2/R3K3 w Q - 0 1
Problem 2 - White To Play (304)
Hint: White mates in 2
1qkr4/1p2Rp1b/p4Ppp/2p5/2P3P1/1Q1P2bP/PP4B1/6K1 w - - 0 1
Here's Magnus Carlsen paying a visit to Washington Square Park, and he's keeping it on the down low to see if he can outhustle the chess hustlers. Fortunately, the hustlers in Washington Square Park do not pay much attention to who they're playing. I guess they figure one patzer is the same as another. Except, heh, not this time.
And bonus Liv Tyler. Didn't know she was hanging out with Carlsen. I suspect all famous people know each other.
Problem 3 - White To Play (280)
Black is threatening Qg2#. How does White best deal with this threat?
Hint: White mates in 4
6RQ/1p6/3p3p/3qrp1k/8/6PK/1r5P/8 w - - 0 1
The Worst Kind of Chess Mistake
Here is something I was painfully reminded of earlier this week:
Chess mistakes always hurt, no doubt about it. But some mistakes are more painful than others. Even worse than blundering away a piece or missing a mate in 1, here is the worst: you're studying a position that's gotten real hairy, full of traps and pitfalls, and you see one particular line that is very bad for you, e.g. it leaves one of your pieces hanging. So you say to yourself "Self, that particular line is very bad for me, because, behold, it leaves one of my pieces hanging. I'm certainly glad I noticed this line. Now I know I have to avoid playing it." And then you go on to analyze other complicated possibilities. And when you've finally figured out the move to make, you check it one last time, and then you make it, and as soon as you remove your hand away from the piece, you suddenly realize OH SHIT, YOU COMPLETELY FORGOT YOUR ANALYSIS OF THE ORIGINAL BAD LINE. And whatever disaster you had told yourself you absolutely had to avoid at all costs is now sitting right there out in the open on the board for your opponent and everyone else in the world to look at. You break out into a clammy sweat and you swear you can hear the cackling laughter of a thousand clowns all around you, ringing in your ears. You feel like you've been walking around with a big "KICK ME" sign taped to your butt the whole time.
Shorter version: My chess sucks. It just sucks.
Couple three weeks back on the chess thread, some moron started the "Stupid F*king Idiots" chess club, after which a few of you claimed to be charter members. Well, so am I and I think my member number is something like #0000002. One guy wanted to join, but he didn't know his own address because, well, you know... But it occurred to me we need a club logo for signs and letterhead stationery. Perhaps something like a drawing of a dumb guy with a chess piece stuck up his nose. Or a chessboard surrounded by scattered pieces, overlaid by a dunce cap. I'd be right at home in a club like that.
Problem 4 - Black To Play (38)
Hint: Black will mate in 7 moves at the most
1r1q1k1r/Q4ppp/2B2n2/8/Pbbp4/1P4P1/2PP1P1P/R1B1K2R b KQ - 0 1
Endgame of the Week (307)
White to move. He realizes that he can use the threat of the discovered check to his advantage. How does he do this?
8/P7/R7/8/2q5/5K2/7k/8 w - - 0 1
About the Pic I'll Be Using Next Week
I've been collecting pics from various places around the internet to use on the chess thread, and I've got a good backlog. A couple of months ago, I found one that I thought would be perfect for the Halloween weekend, i.e. it froze my blood. So I've got it in the slot for next week's chess thread. I know that some of you perhaps have more gentle tastes and preferences than I, and since this pic is pretty creepy (not gory, but disturbing), I'll have an alternate ready to go should I get enough negative feedback. This happened to me once on the book thread several years ago. I put up a pic *I* thought was pretty funny, but no-one else did: I saw 3 complaints about it within the first 10 comments, so I thought it best to swap it out with a more congenial photo. Which I did. I felt very bad that I had made Sunday morning unpleasant for some of my audience.
So because of that incident, this is a warning that next week's pic, while IMHO very well done, will perhaps not be so easy to look at.
Problem 1 - White To Play (304)
rnb2rk1/pp2q1bR/2p3Q1/3p2N1/5B2/2N1P3/PPP2P2/R3K3 w Q - 0 1
Perhaps you were thinking "hey look, I can skewer that rook through the queen by 1.Bd6, but that doesn't work, because after 1...Qf7 2.Rxg7+ Qxg7 3.Qxg7+ Kxg7 4.Bxf8+ Kxf8, you've got nothing to show for all your trouble. Same with if you decide to go with 2.Qxf7+ Rxf7 3.Rxg7+ Kxg7 4.Nxf7 Kxf7.
Fortunately, there's a simpler, better solution, namely, a mate in two:
Problem 2 - White To Play (304)
1qkr4/1p2Rp1b/p4Ppp/2p5/2P3P1/1Q1P2bP/PP4B1/6K1 w - - 0 1
I hope everyone can see that Black's pawn on b7 is incredibly weak. The only question is, how best do you hit it? I first thought I could maybe win the exchange with 1.Rxb7, but:
So it's debateable whether that actually wins anything at all. And besides, Black can always respond to 1.Rxb7 with
And that kind of puts a stop to any of White plans. Also no good is 1.Qxb7+ Qxb7 2.Bxb7+ Kb8 3.Bxa6 Ka8. So, what is White to do? That leaves only
Black's only reply. And then the end:
Problem 3 - White To Play (280)
6RQ/1p6/3p3p/3qrp1k/8/6PK/1r5P/8 w - - 0 1
Not much of a decision tree here, all the moves are forced:
The pawn on h6 is pinned by White's queen, so the pawn cannot capture it. However, Black's king is not so bound:
But it won't help.
Problem 4 - Black To Play (38 )
1r1q1k1r/Q4ppp/2B2n2/8/Pbbp4/1P4P1/2PP1P1P/R1B1K2R b KQ - 0 1
Not 2.Kd1? Qe2#
Desperation! If 5.Kf1 then 5...Bh3+ 6.Kg1 Re1#.
The end is near.
Some of you morons probably didn't see the move 5.Qe7+ and so thought you had a mate in 6. That's OK, it's pretty trivial. It's one of those "spite" checks that a chess app comes up with when it's losing, and it makes no difference whatsoever in the final outcome.
Endgame of the Week (307)
8/P7/R7/8/2q5/5K2/7k/8 w - - 0 1
One of the important aspects of the endgame, especially those involving queens and pawns that are threatening to queen, is the concept of "the initiative". The player who is taking active steps to implement a plan has the initiative and the other player, who is trying to defend against that plan from being executed, does not. The intiative can pass back and forth between players several times during a game, and sometimes it's not clear who has it.
In this position, Black is threating to get in some sort of counterattack where his queen forks Black's king and rook, so White needs to get things going before Black can do this
Black's response is forced.
White needs time to queen his pawn. Usually, doing this gives the other play the chance to start attacking, and many endgames are lost with a queened pawn sitting helplessly on the queening square, never having got the chance to get into the game. But the purpose of this sacrifice is to pull the Black king into the corner where it will be subjected to the threat of a discovered check. This will give White time to queen his pawn.
No other choice.
This is the position White was aiming for. Look at it. He has nothing to fear from checks by the Black queen. For example, if 3...Qd3+ then 4.Kf2+ Kh2 5.Qg2#. Or 3...Qf7+ 4.Kg3+ Kg1 5.Qg2#
So the only moves for Black are either Kg1 or Kh2.
If 3...Kh2 there follows
5.Qg7+ Kf1 (not 5...Kh1? 6.Qg2#)
If 3...Kg1 then
Not 4.Qa1+? Qf1+! and Black draws
4...Kh1 (4...Kf1 5.Qa1+ with mate to follow)
Hope to see you all next week!
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board. Or, Windows users can just "triple click" on it and the entire line will be highlighted so you can copy and past it into your chess app.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]
Why it's that time again. Welcome to the Ace of Spades Pet Thread. The experts say a calendar year is 7 years long to a dog. Wonder what this last week has been? Anyway, down and stay. We didn't tell you that you could leave. Enjoy!
A Little of This. A Little of That.
Half dog-half snake h/t a regular Moron who didn't leave his nic.
Not your typical episode of Cops. h/t Beckoning Chasm
The normal crafting of the AoS Pet Thread consists of going through the emails with photos you folks have sent in. Then your humble COB writes a couple of lines about the pets. However today will be a little different. There are quite a few nice stories that we here at AoS cannot do justice to. So you will have PetMoron photos and stories from their "owner".
Meet The PetMorons
Regular Moron Tlikum has a pair of cats. This one is Miss Piggy. Per Tikum Piggy is the most unusual cat I have ever known. She WILL steal food off your plate as you are eating, especially if it is chicken. She is also ok with gentle tummy rubs. Her tail is always straight up when she walks. Lastly, she frequently rolls over on her back to relax.
His other cat is Ki-Ki and here is the Photobucket link Cute kitty-kat.
The following is an excerpt from an email sent in by Lurker Stacey.
"My name is Stacey, these are my two dogs Patton (blue heeler) and Ruby (Min
Pin). My husband had a massive heart attack and died while walking them in
June. I was told he gripped the leashes so the two wouldn't run away. I was
out of town at the time.
I would love for them to be on the Pet thing if it all possible. If not, I
understand. I love looking at Moron pets and reading all the comments."
Stacey we are sorry to hear of your loss. And we are glad we can post your photo.
Another Lurker, DMH, submitted this story about Mochalicous.
"Mochalicious started finding items of mine to keep him "calm" when we were out. Coats, tops, and his favorite, my tennis shoes. He was a rescue pet who had a bad prior life. His time with us was special and spoiled, and we enjoyed his company. He unfortunately got cancer and did not make it through doggie chemo. He was a good boy, rip.
It must be Lurker Saturday. Lucy/Miss Conduct submitted her thoughts about here dogs.
Hi, Open Blogger. I donít even read the comments at Ace but I do visit regularly. You can call me Miss Conduct. Iím a crazy dog AND cat lady. Frankly, though, the dogs are way more photogenic, so thatís what Iím sending you. This is Otis the Anatolian Shepherd Dog and Lupe the Great Pyrenees. Otis is perfect, if a total hambone, while Lupe is a very sweet stinker. This is a rare photo in which she appears to be playing the straight man. Do not be fooled."
Lurker Frosto was kind enough to send in this photos.
"This is my Serbian cat, Freedom. He also has 2 brothers, Revolution and General George Washington, both not pictured. I'm a lurker, love the blog and appreciate everything you guys do."
Palerider was on a trip in ND and took this photo. Here is her description of it.
"The paint horse in front is my sisters mare Babe. The Arabian gelding on alert is mygelding Tanzaknight. For geologists the name is a play on the gem. The grey horse with only part of his head showing is my dad's gelding RazzMo."
So another Lurker wanted to share a photo of his dog with us. Joe, the Lurker sent in this photo of Deacon.
"Another lurker who hardly ever comments - but I read them, and usually get a good chuckle.
This is Deacon - equal parts mongrel, cur, and mutt. We got him as a 15 pound puppy from a rescue and couldn't be happier how he turned out. Never thought he would end up being 100 pounds!
In the picture he's on a rabbit safari at our weekend place in the Sierra foothills. That's right, I'm living behind enemy lines in California."
'Ette Lindafell is a cool mom. Check out these pets she let her kids have. She also owns an adorable Bedlington Terrier.
Linda tells us, "These are my 3 kid's leopard geckos. Named Stampy, Toothless, & Bob (l to r)."
Last but not least are Max & Murphy wearing Chippendale outfits. GML submitted this photo. The only information given was in the subject line. We wish the story of this photo had been shared. Getting dogs dressed, sitting and staying still for photos is never an easy project.
Thank you all for the photo submissions. Let us know what you think about today's Pet Thread. Where? Why petmorons at gmail dot com of course. You can also send
news tips animal news, photos or spare treats to this address. You folks and your pets be well this upcoming week.
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Saturday Gardening Thread: It's a Dilly [KT]
Dilly of a fall we've been having, don't you think? I am a little disorganized this week, having helped my sister-in-law move. Moving is a trial. This post will be sorta random and disorganized, too. But maybe you'll find some content you like. It's Saturday. Time for some casual browsing. At least that is my excuse.
Some members of The Horde are likely planting some things for winter, but many others are wrapping things up. For most of us, it's probably kind of late for home-grown cucumbers for dill pickles, but some of us may still have dill in the garden. One of the perpetual problems in my parents' garden was that dill seed heads never seemed to be ready when the cucumbers were ready for pickling. As you may recall, I am a big proponent of not-quite-ripe dill seed head for pickles.
If you're in the Frozen North, remember that you can grow dill weed microgreens indoors any time. "Dill is a curiously easy crop to grow as a Micro-Green, as long as you don't fuss with it too much."
Incidentally, there is a Florist's Dill.
There is a dill cultivar marketed to florists, though it is also good in the garden and kitchen. It is compact, so it should be suitable for containers.
There are tall dills, short dills, dills bred for seed and dills bred for weed. When the seed catalogs come out, do a little research to get the kind that will work best for you.
Target to add vertical farming at some locations. They have taken out their garden center at our nearest Target. Wonder if this is the replacement?
Maybe we should discuss doing something similar at home sometime.
We have been talking some about what to do with green tomatoes. I've tasted some good canned green tomato mincemeat. Here's a recipe with more than the usual amount of butter that you can freeze, too. For pies.
There's also green tomato chow. I think one of our regulars has a recipe for this, too.
And here are some tips for ripening tomatoes indoors. Do you have a favorite method? Green tomato relish recipe included.
Planting bulbs? Grape hyacinths may help you remember where you planted other stuff.
Gardens of The Horde
A lot of clean-up to do here in our yard and in our sister-in-law's yard. No planting this week.
What's going on in your garden? Working on something for next year?
Have a great week.
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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Halloween in Academia [KT]
Think Disney villains are the scariest things in the Magic Kingdom? Not according to a scholarly report from last year. Is it possible that the kind of stereotypical language in the paper quoted below had anything to do with this familiar Halloween costume debacle?
We posit that Disney's pedagogies of pleasure, which operate from the notion that escape is attainable via the pleasurable experiences offered at Disney parks, teach us how to be particular kinds of Disney subjects who escape into safe and controlled forms of pleasure - these escape fantasies offer a way for consumers to disavow the racism and white supremacy that characterize Western humanist and colonialist projects.
Looks like Halloween parties will be either (1) somber and reflective or (2) psychologically dangerous affairs on many campuses again this year. Have you ever met anyone who needed counseling after seeing a Halloween costume that perpetuates a stereotype?
Zoos are also centers of hegemonic pedagogies: Here is a horrifying example in which a boy learns that alligators have very sharp teeth. I am confident that a mother would NEVER teach her daughter that both humans and alligators have teeth, but that alligators have sharper teeth. And only male humans go "snap, snap". It's a hegemonic norm. Heh.
O.K., Twitter has some definite drawbacks. Do you consider the New Real Peer Review Twitter feed to be a good way to bring absurd peer-reviewed papers into public consciousness?
Are there any effective ways to counter the forecast that there is no end in sight for academia's leftward drift?
. . . a professoriate that shares many of the same moral and political assumptions will be less likely to scrutinize agreeable findings, less likely to pursue potentially disconfirming lines of inquiry, and ultimately produce a body of scholarship that is both less accurate and less relevant to the public it serves.
BTW, The mob with their pitchforks and torches is converging on Johns Hopkins. The current catechism of "sacred truths about gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation" must be repeated by the university's administration! Gender reassignment surgery MUST be promoted as the best way to treat transgender individuals! Who cares about the suicides?
(H/T Maggie's Farm)
I tried to think of a good analogy to the mob scene from Young Frankenstein, but it made the bolts in my neck hurt. Happy Halloween.
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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]
Little Boys and Girls 'Rons & 'Ettes.
Saturday morning, do you need a caffeine IV drip? Drink your beverages and check out some of the weird stuff that has been going on.
- Life saving measures? Sometimes they are a waste.
- I call Bull Sh!t. Make up? Probably the burka's fault.
- Interesting discussion. BB gun a fire arm or not? MN Supreme Court weighs in.
- One question. Are you f*cking nuts?
- The Great Pumpkin. Or at least a flaming one.
- Genius award winner.
- No mention of alcohol involved. My hunch? Yes!
- 23 day hospitalization? Not my idea of a good sammich.
- Here's a weird thing from 1993. The world continues to be weird.
- Do you think Father's Day will be awkward next year?
Did you Morons have a normal week? Or did you have any weird events? Share if you would like. Comment on these stories or behave yourself in this open thread. Be nice to others and please don't run with sharp objects in your hands.
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EMT 10/22/16 [krakatoa]
College football is pretty much the last sport I watch.
So it's that or take little Miss Krak/t to a fall festival with hay rides, bouncy houses, a 5 acre corn maze, and tasty treats.
You know what? College ball will survive just fine without me.
Overnight Open Thread (21 Oct 2016)
Perhaps threatening a cyber attack last Friday wasn't too smart. Cyber attacks disrupt Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, and more.
I'd say the Pacific Pivot has failed. U.S. has few good options for Philippines' Duterte.
Signs of Quitting
Gary Sinise Foundation
Gary Sinise is awesome. Actor's charity set to build 'smart home' for injured Ballwin officer.
I don't understand this decision. Standards are either required or they are not. If your "elective" transformation prevents you from maintaining standards, you shouldn't continue on. Period. Or just get rid of the standards for all. Transgender U.S. Air Force airmen (can you say that still?) can now skip physical fitness tests.
Yes, everything is racist today. British Army accused of racism after offical tweet shows soldier wearing 'blackface' camouflage in jungle. Love this response.
"If you think camouflage is racist, please wear a hi-vis jacket next time you're being shot at," one message read.
College offers young people money to have sex on camera. Do you really need to film people having sex to convince people that having sex with a condom is OK? I would think actual news headlines would be more effective. Like this one. STD cases hit an all-time high in the US.
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We need Peanut-Butter Control...At Least In Wisconsin [CBD]
There too many fantastic quotations in this article, and I can't excerpt it all, but here are a few....
Witnesses claimed the 32-year-old entered the meeting at 9:30pm holding a "family-size jar of low-sodium, creamy natural Jif" peanut butter, shouting about how much she hated the Republican candidate.The detail is fantastic! Not just peanut butter, but low-sodium, creamy natural Jif!
When officers from Portage Co. Sheriff Department questioned Ms Ferguson, she claimed she hadn't left her apartment that night, while allegedly licking her fingers repeatedly, according to the complaint.Pro-tip....eat the evidence BEFORE the cops show up.
"Fortunately it wasn't chunky peanut butter, so vehicles didn't get scratched," said Chief Deputy Dan Kontos.THAT is good police work. He knew the evidence cold.
But what about a photo? Well, the article claims she is 32-years-old. If that is what passes for 32 in Wisconsin, then my most fervent recommendation for all of our Wisconsinites is to get the hell out!
This should make it better though, and much closer to what I think of when I think of young Wisconsinites (Wisconsonians? Wisconsiners? Cheese-heads?)
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Hillary Clinton Secretly Enlisted Feminist Writer Jessica Valenti to Carry Her Water in Branding Bernie Sanders as "Anti-Woman"
Call me old-fashioned, but my idea here is that if it's ethically sound to do something, it should not be a problem to confess it openly.
When you have to keep something secret, that's a pretty good sign it's unethical.
By the way, this is the same presidential candidate whose supporters are claiming she had nothing to do with her Political Renfield Sydney Blumenthal pushing the Birther story against Obama to the press.
As someone commented during that (briefly lived, media embargoed) controversy, this is how attacks are done within the party. Stealthily. With plausible deniability. You don't want to risk alienating voters you'll need later, so you secretly enlist toadies and throne-sniffers to carry your water.
But whatever, Blumenthal wasn't acting at Hillary's behest, just as Jessica Valenti wasn't.
Buzzfeed: The Home of Listicles About Hot Men
Mollie Hemingway asked friends for theories on BuzzFeed's near-100%-fixation on the hotness of men, to the exclusion of women.
Theories ranged from the idea that BuzzFeed is a hostile work environment for straight men, or simply lacks the diversity of talent that would include sufficient numbers of straight men to shape their content, to the idea that BuzzFeed actually seeks to alter human nature itself by the pattern of their articles. One BuzzFeed fan admitted this view, saying that since everything's always been so awesome for straight men sexually, objectifying them is "cathartic hypercorrection" that empowers women's and gay men's sexuality.
There's also this factor: Some Social Justice Warrior women have decided they are so "triggered" by the site of a woman more attractive than they that they will embargo and hate-mail any site showing such women.
Why, they might even create a crusading #Hashtag!!!
And given the average looks of a Social Justice Warrior, that sort of means that any Hottest Women List will have to be made up exclusively of train accident victims and cuttlefish.
Russian Navy Deploys Carrier to Med [Weirddave]
Oct 21, 2016 (ANN) In a move sure to be seen as provocation by many western observers, the Russian have redeployed their only carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, to the eastern Mediterranean.
Ordered by the Soviet Union in 1981, the vessel was launched in 1985 and commissioned in 1990 as Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza N.G. Kuznetsov after Soviet Admiral Nikolai Kuznetsov, a legendary sailor who was promoted in 1955 to his post as the first Fleet Admiral of the Soviet Navy. He was demoted less than a year later for political unreliability. His rank was posthumously restored in 1988 when the Soviets realized two things: That naming their carrier Leonid Brezhnev as planned was less than popular and that naming a ship after a discredited admiral was probably not the best idea. In true Soviet fashion they un-discredited the Admiral. 1988 was a turbulent year in the USSR.
Although classified by western navies as an aircraft carrier, her official designation in the Russian Navy is "heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser", so three years after her commissioning it was decided to put some planes on board. Her first operational deployment (to the Mediterranean, in order to “acclimate” Russian sailors to the harsh climate there) in the mid 90s was cut short, reportedly by mechanical problems with her evaporators, leading to a severe shortage of water aboard. Russian spokesman Alexov Andrelki vehemently denied the rumors in the press. “Reports of a water situation aboard Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza N.G. Kuznetsov are completely false. As you can see from these photos, Kuznatov is comfortably deployed on top of the water. Look at the photos, there is plenty of water all around the magnificent ship.” After a brief liberty stop in Tartus, Syria (which subsequently suffered a mysterious but unrelated shortage of bottled water), Kuz returned to Russia where she served with distinction in a variety of Russian dry docks.
This month's deployment of the vessel to Syria is her first following an extensive 2010 refit. Photos taken by the Royal Navy (see below) of the vessel transiting the English Channel have led to speculation among American military experts as to the exact nature of these upgrades. “Judging from the stack gas, her power plant appears to have been converted to one burning firewood, or possibly peat.”, said one expert on condition of anonymity, “Either of these would be an excellent choice for them as Russia enjoys vast reserves of both in Siberia. It remains to be seen, however, if they will be able to master the technical aspects of this new-to-them technology”.
Ace News Network will keep on top of this story for any breaking developments.
Military Upset With Brain-Damaged, Absent-Minded Old Woman's Disclosure of US Nuclear Response Times
CNN's Barbara Starr reported Thursday that the U.S. military is unhappy with Hillary Clinton discussing nuclear weapon launch times during Wednesday nightís presidential debate, calling such information "extremely classified."
When the president gives the order to launch a nuclear weapon, thatís it. The officer has to launch. It can take as little as four minutes.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2016
Starr reported that the Pentagon would not officially comment on Clinton's remarks since they occurred during a political campaign. However, many officials who spoke to Starr off-camera said they were not happy with Clinton's comments due to the secure nature of what she was discussing.
"We went to the military this morning and asked them. A military spokesman told us that they do not discuss operational timelines for launching nuclear weapons," Starr said. "This is some of the most classified information. I asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter at a press conference earlier today. He declined to answer the question because it involved politics."
Hillary's team claimed there are "open source" news articles "discussing" this, though those would of course be speculation in the press, not confirmation from someone in a position to know the actual fact of the matter.
But definitely, let's trust this woman's judgment.
Obama's Cash-O-Rama Bonanza May Have Whetted Iran's Appetite for Ransoming More Hostages
Iran Seeking ĎMany Billions of Dollarsí in Ransom to Free U.S. Hostages
Source close to IRGC puts bounty on remaining U.S. hostages (Updated)
BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0
October 19, 2016 4:18 pm
Iran is seeking "many billions of dollars" in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several U.S. hostages still being detained in Iran, according to reports by Iranís state-controlled press that are reigniting debate over the Obama administrationís decision earlier this year to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash.
Senior Iranian officials, including the country's president, have been floating the possibility of further payments from the United States for months. Since the White House agreed to pay Tehran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year as part of a deal bound up in the release of American hostages, Iran has captured several more U.S. citizens.
Future payments to Iran could reach as much as $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter, who said that Iran is detaining U.S. citizens in Iran's notorious Evin prison where inmates are routinely tortured and abused.
Iranian news sources close to the countryís Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which has been handling prisoner swaps with the United States, reported on Tuesday that Iran expects "many billions of dollars to release" those U.S. citizens still being detained.
"We should wait and see, the U.S. will offer Ö many billions of dollars to release"
NOTE: My computer is failing again. This time, I can't connect to the internet. Posting may be spotty.
Wow: Leaked Email Shows Huma Abedin Admitting That Hillary Clinton's Morocco Trip was a Pay-for-Play for a $12 Million Donation, and that Hillary "Created This Mess and She Knows It"
Quick, let's elect her. She's corrupt and evil, but she's not "ours," so we don't "own" her mistakes -- just her justices, laws, failed wars, and political persecutions.
But we'll get to tell our Department Heads that we don't "own" her otherwise.
The email from Huma Abedin, Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff at the State Department, was addressed to Podesta and campaign manager Robby Mook. Hillary Clinton was a director of the foundation at the time.
Singapore and Hong Kong officials reportedly were also vying to convene the CGI meeting in their countries, but the North African nation ultimately hosted it in a five-star hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2015. Abedin told Podesta and Mook that Morocco was not CGI's "first choice." [CGI = Clinton Global Initiative -- ace]
The actual meeting was paid for by OCP, the Moroccan-government-owned mining company that has been accused of serious human rights violations. Clinton vigorously supported the Moroccan King when she was Secretary of State and the U.S.-financed Export-Import Bank gave OCP a $92 million loan guarantee during her tenure as Secretary of State.
The mining company also contributed between $5 million to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to the charityís web site.
Abedin described the arrangement in the email as having been organized by her boss. Hillary Clinton "created this mess and she knows it," she told Podesta and Mook.
She said the Moroccan deal was entirely dreamed up by her boss. "This was HRC's idea, our office approached the Moroccans and they 100 percent believe they are doing this at her request. The King has personally committed approx. $12 million both for the endowment and to support the meeting." HRC stands for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice charged OCP with "serious human rights violations," including exploitation of workers by not "adequately compensating the impoverished people who live there."
Hillary wound up not going to the event, even after cadging so much money out of the King of Morcco and this shading mining company; but she did send her ex-president rapist husband and charmless daughter.
October 21st, 1805 [CBD]
No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
Trafalgar was the first battle I learned about in depth. I had a few of those hard-bound "young adult" histories that I would buy at E.J. Korvette. Not much more than a flowery recitation of the plan of battle followed by lots and lots of action. I was eight...it was great, especially when I began to realize exactly what a British victory did for the world.
HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship, is a 104 gun first rater, and is the flagship of the First Sea Lord of the British navy. Notice the present tense? She is still commissioned, 257 years after her keel was laid.
For those of you who dislike recognizing one of the great naval victories in history, here is a link to a performance that might be more your speed.
The Morning Report 10/21/16 [J.J. Sefton]
Good morning, kids. Noted at press time: the lead for the day is not an O'Keefe or Wikileak but right out in the open. Of course, it's from a foreign paper so I fully expect a total US media embargo and/or smears about the individual in question. Also, the IBD-TPP Poll which does have a track record of picking the winner at least as far back as Bush 41 shows a dead heat. Yet if the official propaganda line is Trump is going to get wiped out in a landslide, why is the media going into overdrive with the attacks and smears? That's a rhetorical question. Anyway, have a better one.
- **CIA Contractor Claims He Was Muzzled by the Agency to Shield Hillary from Another Potentially Devastating Benghazi-like Incident**
- The Al Smith Dinner Turns Into Inquisition II
- Local Ohio Newsie Tangles With Trump, Who Tells Her to Kindly Get F*cked
- IBD/TPP Poll: Trump Maintains 1 Point Lead Over Nurse Nasty
- Chutzpah Meter Alert: 8 Times the Left Claimed Elections Rigged/Stolen
- Free Speech Aborted In Kamala-Fornia
- Holy Shit; These Psychos Really Do Want a War with Russia!
- Donald Trump's Most Unlikely Ally May Turn Out to Be His Strongest
- Security Detail's Reaction to Hillary Breaking Her Elbow: "ROFLMAO!!!"
Protests Cited Most Frequently For Reason People Are Watching Less Football
29% say they're watching less football; 27% of pajama-clad social justice warriors who have never so much as touched a ball in their life claim that they're watching more. Yeah, I doubt that. There are only so many hours of free time in the week, and the ratings say viewership is down, not even.
Of those 29% who say they're watching less football, Kaeperneck's follies are cited as the most important reason by 40%.
Other reasons include lack of opportunity to watch football (really? it's on constantly, dudes), lack of interest (a lot of people are complaining about how many crappy games are on), and competition from the Presidential debates.
Roger Goodell says the league hasn't lost viewers at the same time he's trying to figure out why ratings are down.
Hm, here's a possible reason ratings are down: Because you've lost viewers, Chump.
Skip Bayless, working for a network that broadcasts football games and pays a lot of money to do so, dares to say on air that maybe this might have to do with the Anthem protests.
Though of course he first praises the protests as being super-important and raising consciousness and stuff.
Weird News ONT: Not Sure What Day This Is
This Will Not Be A Good ONT
But There Will Be Clowns and There Will Be Cake
Clown craze takes another life, best reaction is comment #1.
Tats for Kids! j/k!
I know tattoos are incredibly popular with people of all ages. Waaaaay back before the turn of the century (heh), they were still a pretty reliable indicator for lowlife tendencies. Excepting military tattoos, of course.
Now, however, 1)you really can't judge a book by its cover, and 2)almost everybody really *is* a lowlife these days (at least by prior, outmoded cultural standards). Sad but true.
Anyway, I'm torn between thinking this is charming and thinking this is hideous. Tats are always somewhat disfiguring, in my eyes, no matter how nice the drawing. Just a matter of what my environment was when I was brought up. But some people I really respect have them, so I'm trying to be better.
Here is the first cake of the evening.
The chocolate curls are for snorting crumbs.
BAM. Cake. As promised. Your trust in me is surging.
Okay, that pic is extra appealing right now because like many of you I am low-carbing again to lose a few pounds. Works really well, too, and quickly.
Incidentally, to you Moronettes out there that have been successful in losing a lot of weight: how long did it take for your tits to snap back? Asking for a friend.
Save Money While Traveling
Ah, hotels. A chocolate on your pillow, a tiny bottle of luxury shampoo, mouthwash. With all these complementary amenities, it's easy to understand how someone might have made an honest mistake.
Here's a related article written by a rotten little sumbitch chiseler who punishes hospitality every chance he gets. This is the kind of swine who dumps the whole candy dish in his coat pocket. What a tool.
Here is a 100% gratis, free-of-charge, and also complementary purple vomit cake for Mr. Sphincter O'Toole chiseler, there.
With extra nuts. Or maybe, ground beef. Not sure /don't care.
Back to the clowns. We are witnessing a livelihood being done in by hoaxes and social media. It's kind of sad:
"They aren't clowns. They are clown impersonators," said Wendy Pincus, who has performed in New York City for the last 20 years. "We're here to make people happy. We don't threaten people. We bring joy."
Emphasis me, because despite my sympathy for genuine entertainers affected by these hoaxes, I find the concept of 'clown impersonator' to be kinda funny.
Here is an item from Cam Winston on Ace's earlier Hobbies/Life Changes Thread: Dr. Rhonda Patrick on Joe Rogan's podcast. Superb. Get your Vitamin D! There are several other interviews with her on youtube but I haven't watched them yet so I don't know which is best.
Also, Joe Rogan is beefy and delicious and improving with age. Although he still says dumb things occasionally. Like, why was it so important to get off into the weeds about mormonism during a talk on hormones and vitamins?
Ah, that's okay, Joe. I'm pretty dumb too most of the time.
One more good hobbies info link: 100 sites to get free literature downloads. Legal.
The third and last cake of the evening. This is a kind of apple-buttery-streusel thing, appropriate for the season.
Here's some random interesting linkage from CBD:
Have a good evening, darling hearts. Please play nice or I will send my monkeys.
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Marriage: Life Advice For Morons By Morons [Warden]
Last week's post on dating advice yielded somewhere near 1,000 comments. I'd call that a success, so let's keep this series going.
Tonight's topic is marriage. Again, I'm not a guy who has all the answers--this is a jumping off point for the commenters. But I do have more than a decade of what I consider to be a very strong and healthy marriage under my belt, so I feel qualified to throw some advice out there for younger, unmarried Ace of Spades morons.
I'll start with choosing a spouse and work forward.
* My dad once told me that nothing will affect your long term happiness and well-being more than who you choose to marry. He's right. This is the person who you'll spend more time with than anyone on Earth. They can help make your life wonderful or turn it into a living hell. Chose wisely.
* Don't get too hung up on looks. Beauty fades at an astonishing pace. All you need, really, is someone you'd be happy to have sex with long term on a somewhat consistent basis.
* That rush of adrenaline and excitement that you feel when dating is going to fade over time. It's okay. It gets replaces with something less thrilling, but far deeper and more meaningful. A good spouse will become your rock--the person you trust and rely upon more than anyone else in the world.
*They say opposites attract. I say be careful on this matter. Some opposite personality traits complement each other. Others will cause never-ending strife.
*Compatible values matter. My advice to morons is to find a conservative and a traditionalist. Remember, you'll probably raise kids together and you definitely want to be on the same page as one another in their upbringing.
*Never marry anyone who can't control his or her spending. It will ruin you. And, unlike addicts who sometimes sober up, these kinds of people never seem to change.
*Before you get married, talk about EVERYTHING--money, religion, sex, where you want to live, how many kids you want, and the kind of life you imagine. There should be no surprises about where each person stands on these things and the time to hash out disagreements is before the vows are spoken.
As an example, I was not a Christian before I got married. My wife and I agreed that we'd raise our kids in the church, but she wouldn't nag me about my beliefs. It was a good compromise. I eventually converted. If she'd pushed me, I would not have and she recognized this about me.
*When planning your wedding, only invite people who you expect to be a part of your lives for the long haul. Expect at least one thing to go wrong--it will. And keep perspective about what this day is really about because you're not going to really remember much about the catering or floral arrangements and neither will anyone else.
After You're Married
*My father only gave me one piece of advice, but it was a good one: "Nothing is more important than your wife." My father-in-law said it in a different way: "Take good care of each other." This is what a healthy marriage ultimately boils down to.
* My wife has a saying of her own: "Be the person your spouse looks forward to coming home to." A happy marriage starts with you, not the other person. If you're ever struggling or having a rough spot in your marriage, review your own behavior. Are YOU the kind of person someone can't wait to see at the end of a hard day?
* Here's my own rule on arguments within relationships--the person who cares the most gets the win when the other person only cares a little. I stick to this even when I know the other person is wrong. If it isn't going to affect me much, then who cares? I'm not in the business of "winning" every conflict. It's bad practice.
*Speaking of which, never keep score in your relationships. It's poison. You're on the same team, not playing against each other.
*Home is where you build each other up. There's a whole world of people out there trying to tear you down. Make home a safe, positive environment for everyone in your family.
*Never speak disrespectfully of your spouse in public. It is a betrayal whether or not they're around to hear it. And besides, what does your laundry list of gripes about your spouse say about YOU? You married this person.
*Marriage can survive many things--addiction, money problems, poor health, even infidelity. What it cannot survive is contempt. Watch your thoughts and watch your tongue. Remember that you're full of your own flaws and faults before dwelling on those of your spouse.
*Women need to feel safe and loved. Men need to feel respected. Don't forget these things when dealing with your spouse.
*Some disagreements and personality clashes will never be reconciled. Learn to live with them and not think less of your spouse because of it.
*If you really want to understand what makes your spouse tick, have him/her take a Meyers Briggs personality test online. Take one yourself. When I did this, I was able to see that some things that drove me nuts about my wife were hard-wired into how she expresses her love.
*Politeness in everyday life is undervalued. Make your spouse feel appreciated for the everyday things they do for you and your family like the laundry or mowing the lawn.
*Apologize promptly when you mistreat your spouse. Speak plainly and calmly when they are mistreating you and be quick to forgive when they apologize.
*Many small, loving gestures add up to much more than grandiose gifts once or twice a year. Don't wait until Valentine's Day or anniversaries to show your love. Do it daily by bringing your spouse hot coffee, rubbing his or her feet, mentioning when he/she looks nice, etc...
Just last weekend, I was driving the family home from a weekend getaway when my wife looked at my dry hands, got our some lotion and started moisturizing them one at a time as I steered. She takes care of me in this way all of the time. I wouldn't have noticed or cared that my hands were dry, but I can tell you that it made me feel loved.
*Finally, I'll throw one out that I think I read in Laura Schlessinger's, The Proper Care and Feeding of a Marriage. One day a married couple were bickering with each other in a therapy session with her when she got fed up and said, "Stop! Just one question for each of you. When was the last time you made your wife feel like a woman? And you, when was the last time you made your husband feel like a man? Do that before you come in here pointing fingers at each other."
Personally, I think that's great advice.
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University of Toronto Professor Refuses to Use "Genderless Pronouns;" Chaos Ensues
"Gendereless pronouns" fall into two main categories:
1. using plural pronouns such as "they" or "them" or "their" when only one person is being discussed, in which case the "genderless pronoun" is a grammatical error
2. using genderless pronouns like "xir" and "xe," which are, get this, not real words
So the University of Toronto apparently has laid down an edict that educated professors are now required to only speak in grammatical errors or made-up nonsense words.
University of Toronto faculty signed a letter criticizing hate speech against their transgender and black students in light of a fellow professor's refusal to use "genderless pronouns."
Psychology professor Jordan Peterson posted a two-part lecture on YouTube in which he lambasted current political correctness on campuses and criticized Bill C-16, a bill that would outlaw discrimination and harassment based on gender identity and expression.
Peterson also refused to use gender neutral pronouns if asked by students.
250 members of the faculty then wrote a letter condemning this lone defender of common sense, and forbidding him from commenting on a proposed law due to his having an Unapproved Opinion about it.
The letter told Peterson that he must start using genderless pronouns if asked and that he needs to stop commenting publicly on the topic.
The letter also claimed that Petersonís refusal to use gender neutral pronouns could be considered discrimination.
"Your statements that you will refuse to refer to transgendered persons using gender neutral pronouns if they ask you to do so are contrary to the rights of those persons to equal treatment without discrimination based on their 'gender identity' and gender expression," the letter claims.
Here's this Heretic's Forbidden YouTube video.
MeAgain Kelly Turns the Blue Glare of Her Aryan Fury Towards a Democrat for a Change
Maybe MeAgain didn't feel the need to be protective towards this particular woman because she's black or something. Who knows.
Two Odious Pretend Conservatives Bitterly Shout At Each Other About Politics
I know, you can't get enough of that, and it never happens on cable TV.
I did enjoy watching Bill Kristol's skin turn an unhealthy shade of purple as if he was choking on a plum-pit or maybe just on bile.
"I'm not bitter," he said bitterly.
A moment later he said "I am upset."
Hobbies/Life Changes Thread
Texas Zombie posted somethng I liked. Except for one thing. You'll know it when you see it.
Make a little game for yourself -- what sentence made Ace mad here?
But the rest of it is good.
Alright guys, help me out with something. I am so weary of this election, the SJWization of America, and our national politics in general. But I can't help myself, I consume a ridiculous amount of political news every day. And of course it is mostly depressing. And then I feel compelled to try and combat some of the ignorance by posting stuff on Facebook which let's face it mostly just pisses people off - including those in agreement - because they too are weary of all of this.
After the election I need to find some things to completely replace the time, effort, and mental energy I spend on politics. I need to just wash my hands and be done with it. At least for a while. I don't think my constant and compulsive refreshing of my browser tabs in hopes that there is some new news item available to be digested is healthy at all. Really need to quit this cold turkey. After the election of course. So help me think up some stuff to divert myself into - something to binge on rather than politics. (I don't want to ditch the HQ but maybe just come for the non political stuff like the medical monitoring and book thread.)
One thing that will make this hard is that a ton of my political consumption happens during the work day because I have a job that is compatible with that.
Here are some things I am thinking of doing to help shift my time and mental energy away from politics. Some big things and some little, symbolic things.
- Read more books. I have a ton of books that I have bought and not read because I spend too much time reading political stuff online. This is probably the single biggest/easiest way for me to shift brain power away from politics.
- Delete all political sites from my favorites. Symbolic but helpful.
- Throw myself into developing a love for a new sport. Maybe baseball. I have never been able to get into it but have been watching this years playoffs. For most of my life the only sport I have followed closely has been the NFL. Not sure I can develop a true passion for a new sport at this time in my life but maybe I can.
- Only carry my cell phone with me when I really need to have it. That way I can't just be constantly browsing on it. That's probably a good life change regardless.
- Ditch the smart phone and go back to a dumb cell phone. That seems like a radical change but maybe it's time.
- Take my kids on evening outings outside of the neighborhood. Find some local fishing holes and do some soul therapy with a rod and a reel.
- Sign up for a class of some kind. Learn a new language or take a cooking class or something.
- Take up a hobby. I just don't know what it would be though. Politics has been my hobby. I am worried that I won't be able to find something of equal interest to replace it with.
- Delete all my social media accounts. (Not a bad idea anyway.)
- Set up a couple of dedicated but inexpensive weekly gatherings with friends who aren't really political. Thursday night football at the local wing joint and whatnot.
What are some other things I can do to fill the void if I cut politics out of my life? Needs to be things that don't involve spending a crap ton of money like go to the gun range every day. Yeah, would love to do that, but I have kids and kids are pretty spendy so I don't have a lot of loose cash burning a hole in my pocket.
Also, anyone else feeling the same way about this? Anyone else ready to just say the hell with it - time to cut politics out of my life to the greatest extent possible?
This is what I'm trying, and what I've been advocating. I fail a lot -- I'm watching The New Season of Lame TV Shows again, despite my vow to stop.
And I'm not reading as much as I vowed. I'm reading, but not every night. It really needs to be an every-night thing.
I have picked up a new sport and am working on my GAINZZZ, as I might have mentioned once or twice in passing.
On the cellphone thing, I've never had a problem with this. I'm not one of those people who's always checking his cellphone, and I feel bad for people who do.
I think life is meant to be lived. I think human beings are meant to live in the three-dimensional world of air and light and breath and blood and not just reduce themselves to machines in the service of lesser machines. The cellphone is supposed to be aid to make living life easier, not a shackle that keeps your head bowed to it as life occurs in the background, while you're checking your newsfeeds and to see if you got Retweeted on twitter.
I think the right word is presence. You're supposed to be present in your own life, not someone who occasionally checks in on it while multitasking on Twitter.
I have a pretty unshakable habit that the phone is reserved for talking to people, making plans via IMs where I will see actual people, summoning Uber, and tracking my GAINZZZ.
When I'm out with people, the phone is not involved.
In fact, when i'm alone, the phone is also not involved. Apart from the uses I mention above, the only time I do social media or email on the phone is when I've turned off my computer to let it cool down and am looking for the next story to post.
Anyway, presence, not just physical presence, but actual mental, cognitive, perceptive presence in the real world, is, I think, a major key to using the human body and mind as they were intended to be used.
And I think absence from that world is what causes so much depression and stress in the current age.
I think the body and mind send subtle signals through emotions, and one of the signals they're sending is an aversion to self-imposed absence from the real world of challenge and miracles.
I think there's an internet-onset form of depression that is the body's and mind's (and spirit's) way of telling their owners: This is not the purpose for which we were made.
People think they're "connected" by their phones and social media accounts. Yes, they're "connected" to those things.
Do they ever pause to wonder what they've disconnected from in order to make those connections?
The other thing Texas Zombie mentions -- learning. A new language, a new sport, a new hobby. Chess, gardening, banzai grooming, fencing -- whatever.
I personally used to hate learning. I learned to hate learning as a child, because adults were bossing me around and forcing me to learn things I thought were boring.
But once you're an adult, if you can get over that early aversion to the process of learning, you get to learn the things you're really interested in, and kind of turns you on. (Mentally, I mean.)
And I have to say that learning is actually fun. Now that I'm learning again, I feel pretty lame for letting so many years lapse without learning.
It's actually a deeply satisfying thing. It feels right. It feels like there's some actual forward progress in your life. It feels something like illumination.
It's like GAINZZZ for your BRAINZZZ.
Anyway, while I don't like Texas Zombie's claim to delete all political sites from favorites, I do think everything else on his list is pretty good advice.
Now, I really have to stop watching the stupid zombie-habit shows I'm wasting my time with. Like I said I would do, but then, get this, did not do.
Once Again, Media Ignores All Parts of Debate That Favored Trump to Zero In On the Two Parts That Favored Hillary
The "two storylines" that emerged from this debate, as MeAgain Kelly beamed joyously last night, are 1, Trump's aside "Such a nasty woman" and 2, Trump's refusal to say he'd "accept" the results of the election.
As to the first: Trump said this in direct response to a cheap-shot insult -- one that Hillary laughed as she delivered, turning it from a common political attack into an attempt to humiliate through mocking laughter.
Defending her sham Social Security scheme, she said she'd raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for it, then added in a chuckling quip, "I'm sure you'll find ways to avoid paying it, Donald," or something like that.
Apparently there are a lot of women, including lots of women who don't call themselves liberal feminists -- MeAgain Kelly and half of the online female "conservative" commentariat, for starters -- who actually think that a woman is allowed to insult a man to the accompaniment of a witch's mocking cackle and the man is not allowed to say anything more than "I agree with you, Thee of the Superior Sex."
Go fuck yourselves, women (and some men) who think this way. You're not superior and you have no special rights and privileges, and men do not have a special requirement to defer to you in all things.
People who claim these things seem to be trying to vindicate some personal, at-home domestic issue -- "My husband is such a useless cad!" -- through their political agitation.
You have two choices, ladies: You can either compete in the hard world, or you can keep to the soft world. You cannot go out into the hard world, and in fact employ the tactics of the hard world like insult and mockery, and then demand to be treated by the rules of the soft world.
That's not feminism -- that's infantilism. Learn the difference. The only man in the world obligated to treat you like Daddy's Little Girl is your actual Daddy.
As to the claim that Trump is destroying the Republic by refusing to say in advance that he'd "accept" the results of the election -- Hillary Clinton said in 2002 that George W. Bush had been "selected, not elected" and just this week Hillary nodded and clapped and smiled along with a crowd shouting to Al Gore YOU WON! YOU WON! YOU WON!
As Larry O'Connor points out in that piece, much of Gore's subsequent speech on Hillary's behalf strongly implied he'd actually won the election, but not by enough votes that the Supreme Court was chastened from stealing it from him. And Hillary clapped merrily along.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Usually the blurb from the Metropolitan Museum of Art website is redolent of artistic pomposity, but this one isn't bad....
This work, featuring meticulously rendered beech and basswood trees, was painted for the New York collector Abraham M. Cozzens, then a member of the executive committee of the American Art-Union. The painting illustrates a new trend in the work of the Hudson River School, with its diminished emphasis on sublime drama and increased interest in naturalism and in the creation of a tranquil mood. Durand was influenced by the work of the English landscape painter John Constable, whose vertical formats and truth to nature he absorbed while visiting England in 1840. "The Beeches" resembles Constable's "The Cornfield" (National Gallery, London). This work is also the first one Durand based on a plein-air oil sketch, a technique the artist increasingly relied upon to reproduce accurately conditions of light and shade.
The Morning Report 10/19/16 [J.J. Sefton]
Ugh. Been up since 3:30AM. Wifey had an early flight. So just as I was putting the final touches on the post, she calls me from LaGuardia Airport to tell me she left the presentation she was giving on the dining table. Roundtrip in a cab. I deserve a donut. And some danish.
And as I was saying before the rude interruption . . .
Good morning, kids. Doubtless you all will want to talk about last night's debate. The question is not necessarily your perceptions as a well-informed, rational Moron (you have to be to hang around here, trolls and other "vantz'n" not withstanding). Try to put yourself in a LIV's mind and see who sealed the deal and who came off as an asshole, and that might be the key. Point of personal privilege; I've linked to my own piece at Cut Jib Newsletter at the bottom of the list and invite you to read, ponder, pontificate and kvetch. Other than that, have a better one.
- Chris Wallace Pulls a Lauer
- Creamer'd His Mom Jeans: Seditious Thug Visited White House 340 Times Since '09
- White House Targeting Violent Homegrown Ideologies. Hint: Radical Islam Is Not On the List
- Dark Side of the Loon: Shrill, Joo-Hating Waters Also Not Fond of Trump, And. . .
- . . . BDS Movement Infiltrating a Community Board Near You
- Water Is Wet Dept.: Another Anti-Muslim "Hate Crime" Exposed As Faked
- Come What May November 8th, We Need a New Party
- It's the 1,460 Days Between Elections Where the Real Battle Lies
Post Debate ONT - Buy Stock in Liquor Companies. On Second Thought, Just Buy Liquor. By the Case [Weirddave]
Well, that's over. Now we can all contemplate the glorious future that awaits us. Our American flock is indeed fortunate to have one of two such fine shepherds to lead us.
Quote of the Week 1
Basically, Trump is everything wrong with America’s culture, and Hillary is everything wrong with our government. -Allahpundit
Quote of the Week 2
It must be boring to be so predictable.
Feel Good News
The footage isn't that dramatic, but it does show ordinary Americans doing what ordinary Americans do best: Answering the call when needed. The fire department arrives at the end of the video, but by that time bystanders and a couple of cops had already wrestled the guy up the embankment and his car was pretty well involved with fire below. They might not have been able to save him-just as a time sensitive matter. This is characteristic of a high-trust society. In a low-trust society, one characterized by amongst other things a population inculcated into dependence on government to solve all problems, people would be more likely to stand around wringing their hands wondering where the firemen were to help that poor man. John Ringo has a lot of interesting thoughts on this in his excellent book The Last Centurion. It's one of the reasons the U.S. survives the global plague, despite having an incompetent Hillary analogue as president. It's a good book, I recommend it.
On the other hand, I'm very glad we have trained firemen and rescue personal on call in our society. I have no qualms about local governments furnishing them, I think it's a proper function. I'm a limited government guy, not a no-government guy, a distinction that many on the left deliberately refuse to make.
Other Proper Government Functions
Another reason to plan your next vacation in Italy.
How Do We Get it Back?
I dunno. Ted Cruz got a raft of shit from all of the usual suspects when he tweeted a link to this story:
It's a good question. The GOP isn't especially conservative now, even if Hillary were to lose, a Trumpified one would be even less so. The answer is taking it over from the bottom up. There's a lot of that going on, but I'm no longer sure we have enough time left for that to produce results before the center can not hold anymore. Kurt Schlichter has written two books; in Conservative Insurgency, that tactic succeeds. In People's Republic, it doesn't. Guess which one he wrote more recently?
Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Drugs, Part II
Warning: There is a hard video to watch at the link. I'll describe it, avoid clicking if you don't want to watch.
The title pretty much describes the video. The question is, of course, one of exploiting grief for clicks. The father of the 8 year old boy in the video, himself a recovering heroin addict, posted it to his Face Book page. He said:
This wasn’t staged. This was real. I had someone record this so addicts with children can see the seriousness of our epidemic. Don’t let this disease have to make someone tell your child that your [sic] dead because of drugs. This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, please get help so our children don’t have to suffer.
I tend to believe the father about his motives, trying desperately to rescue some small good from a tragic situation.
Time Magazine's motives I'm not so sure about.
A Rolling Cheese Gathers Mo' Lawyers
I'm sympathetic to the parent, nobody wants their child injured, but she voluntarily attended an event where she knew big cheese wheels would be hurtling down hills. She chose where to stand to watch. Maybe a modicum of personal responsibility here? Just a tincture?
The Costume's an Unlicensed Knockoff, but the Marketing Guy's a Genius
The full story. The commentary is pure gold.
Fascinating theory. It would explain a long standing mystery. Explanation at link.
Remember This When You Read About How Donald Trump is "Degrading"
Disney couples sexting. Cosmo, of course.
Happy Birthday U.S. Navy
This was supposed to go on last Wednesday's ONT, since last Thursday was the actual, you know, birthday, but I somehow left it out.
On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established the U.S. Navy:
Resolved, that a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months, and that the commander be instructed to cruize eastward, for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies, and for such other purposes as the Congress shall direct
I don't care if you were an Airdale or a Pecker Checker, a Bubblehead or a Deck Ape, a Rope Dope or a Turd Chaser, much gratitude for your defense of our country. I know Village Idiot's Apprentice, NACL Salt and Navycopjoe all served in the Navy, any other Squids in residence?
Tonight's ONT brought to you by post debate blues:
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Close it up
Final Topic: The Debt & Entitlements
Also: Post-Debate Spin, And Your Take
In Other Words, This Is The Last Post Before the ONT
Final Debate Thread: The Mishegas In Las Ve-gas
While you wait, you can chew on this post by John Sexton on the parties' use of the "system is rigged" meme:
itís fair to say that between Occupy Wall Street, the Piketty boom, the attacks on Mitt Romney and ďvampire capitalismĒ weíve had five solid years of progressives insisting the system is rigged. And it has an impact. Itís talk like this that results in 43% of Democratic primary voters saying they are fans of socialism and 56% saying the government is in the best position to run the economy (52% would support nationalizing major industries).
Where has the media been all this time? Why havenít they scolded Democrats for language that is intended to destroy peopleís belief in the reliability of our economic system?
The fact that so few journalists seem to have noticed the parallel tells you more about journalists than it does about whether or not endless attacks on capitalism are a good idea.
Pre-Debate Thread: The Rubber Match
2nd most popular reason to solicit casual sex? To get off. At least that's my guess.
College: Where Young Adults Go To Have Their Minds Taught to Think Like Children
Hundreds of students marched through a 20-foot-tall inflatable vulva at The Arch on Friday afternoon following the unveiling of PUSSYGATE.
Student organizers hung the purple vulva from The Arch for students and community members to interact with. Spectators watched, took photos with and walked through the open vulva, which hung on display for more than two hours.
Organizers said they wanted students to form their own interpretations of the piece and declined further comment on PUSSYGATE.
For many students, PUSSYGATE served as a statement about the perception of vulvas in society.
"Vulvas carry a lot of shame in our society," Weinberg senior Ary Hansen said. "It's a statement about equality and about pussy pride."
Economically comfortable upper middle class women-toddlers who have never known much in the way of competition, conflict, or challenge sure seem very creative at imagining new, trivial ways in which they're being oppressed. It gives their cush lives some kind of drama, which in turn invests trivial, soft, vapid lives with something that could be mistaken at a distance for meaning.
When you've defined "achievement" as learning to name and "accept" your body parts -- well, Sister, you've set yourself up for a long string of easy wins. Because this shit? Is easy as fuck.
Little stupid babies would laugh at the "challenges" you've set your precious minds to "overcome."
Gettysburg College freshman James Goodman began his first moments of higher education by being lectured by campus leaders about "toxic masculinity," he tells The College Fix in an interview.
Students who "identify as male" were shown a docudrama film about masculinity. The film, titled "The Mask You Live In," was part of the lessons warning students that the notion of masculinity comes with harmful side effects, he said.
According to the trailer of the film, it teaches that the "three most destructive words" a boy can hear growing up is "be a man." Experts quoted therein also suggest that violent outbursts are prompted by masculinity pressures because "respect is linked to violence."
"They really buy into a culture that doesn't value what we feminize," says scholar Dr. Niobe Way in the trailer, continuing that people of both genders will "go crazy" under that construct.
It's wrong not to value feminine qualities, say all the people who do not value masculine qualities.
Gee, seems to be a bit of disparate treatment.
Well, don't worry about it. In fifty years we'll all be chicks, as Adam Carolla says. The human race will be extinct, and will only be Problematic as a historical, intellectual matter for some advanced star-faring race of xenoanthropologists.
You know, there's a part in Brave New World where the ruling class of the future -- simultaneously sexualized down to the level of dogs, and infantilized to the level of, well, infants -- engage in a game called Orgy-Porgy, which is what it sounds like. It's a silly social excuse, masquerading as a "game," to just have an orgy.
I would say Brave New World is here.
Cleveland Really Can't Catch A Break [CBD]
So...is Canada actually America's ass-hat?
Of course Cleveland is retaliating in the most magnificent way: kicking the snot out of the Blue Jays.
Note from Ace: I think CBD posted this yesterday, briefly, and then I stomped on it, and he tucked it back into draft. Seems like a good post, so I wanted to put it up for real.
Three GOP Offices Have Now Been Variously Vandalized, Firebombed, or Burglarized
It's important that we monitor Donald Trump for provocative and dangerous rhetoric. It's obvious that only Republican-leaning voters are capable of violence.
An Indiana Republican Party office was vandalized last week after someone tossed two bricks through the window, officials said Monday. That news comes just a day after a Republican headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed. The Sunday blaze injured none, however, a perpetrator also spray painted the message "Nazi Republicans get out of town or else" on a nearby building.
An office in San Antonio used by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign was burglarized on Wednesday, FOX29 reported. Police detained a suspect around 5:30 a.m. and authorities believe that person targeted other buildings in the area, too.