Overnight Open Thread (7-24-2016)
Ticino is one of Europe's loveliest places, combining a very Italian dolce vita with trademark Swiss efficiency. Things work here in a timely fashion as they don't always in neighboring Italy. It's a minor miracle that Switzerland has made Italians work like Germans - while losing none of their fine food, wine and culture. Locals aren't excessively fond of Swiss Germans - they find them stodgy - but they look down a bit on Italians across the border too, who never can quite seem to make their trains run on time. As they do in Ticino.
That said, not much exciting happens in Ticino. The canton seldom makes Swiss headlines - much less beyond this small country. About the only noteworthy thing that happens in Locarno, the canton's second city, situated on lovely Lago Maggiore under the Alps, is the annual international film festival every August. Since 1946, that draws movie stars and therefore press. Not much else gets the international media to Locarno.
Suddenly, that's changed. And the issue is one of the most hot-button ones in all of Europe, indeed across the West right now: the role of Islam in public life.-- from Swiss Italians Say No to the Burqa
And yet one thinks of the aphorism of the Roman poet Horace: Naturam expelles furca, tamen usque recurret - "You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, but she keeps on coming back." The issue of transgender bathroom integration in public schools may well come to resemble the debacle of forced bussing 40 years ago, where compulsory liberalism was forced into headlong retreat by a ferocious public backlash.
It is ironic that liberals who otherwise champion the sanctity of nature when it comes to global warming or endangered species or pristine forests draw the line when it comes to human nature.-- Steven Hayward in The Genderfication of U.S. Politics
Because her husband was intestate, she sought to dilate her fungible assets; despite cunctation for titivating, she managed to masticate and lucubrate far into the night.
Dealing with the VRWC.
A contingent of about 20 British special forces pulled out of the facility less than 24 hours before the U.S. tracked Russian aircraft on June 16 flying across Syria to the garrison, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials briefed on the strike. The aircraft dropped cluster munitions on the target, according to U.S. officials and rebel commanders.
After that first Russian strike, officers with the U.S. military's Central Command air operations center in Qatar called their counterparts in Russia's air campaign headquarters in Latakia, Syria, U.S. officials said. The American officers told the Russians that the garrison was part of the U.S. campaign against Islamic State and shouldn't be attacked.
Roughly 90 minutes after the U.S. warning was delivered, U.S. aircraft circling nearby watched as the Russians launched a second wave of strikes against the garrison.
A U.S. military surveillance aircraft overhead tried to hail the Russian pilots directly using the frequencies which the U.S. and Russian governments had agreed to use in emergencies.The Russian pilots didn't respond.
I've never understood why people (especially those on the left) give so much weight to anything kids say. Kids don't know much and don't have any particular insight - because kids - yet we're supposed to swoon over their innate wisdom whenever they spout back what are clearly propaganda points that they were indoctrinated with by adults in charge of them.
Not really shocking at since the cheating let the commission feel good about passing ever more strict emissions requirements while letting the car companies still sell cars with the performance that consumers wanted. Win-win for everyone until they got caught.
It's not like the Czechs were really using that land anyway.
The two weeks to fully recover after traveling 9 time zones or more east matches my experience coming back from Asia.
Weekly Commenter Standings
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The group. Banned on 12 universities.
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Stung by Wikileaks Revelation, Resigns as Chair of DNC
The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee resigned Sunday after a trove of emails were disclosed showing DNC officials had worked to undermine the underdog presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said in a statement that she would leave her post at the DNC at the end of this week’s convention. She said she would still open and close the gathering and would address the delegates. ..
Given antipathy to her from hundreds of Sanders delegates who will be in the hall, it is likely that she will be booed each time she takes the stage.
Mr. Sanders has long accused Ms. Wasserman Schultz of favoring presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and had wanted her fired. But the Clinton campaign stuck by her and it was thought that she would survive until her term expires after the November election.
Then Friday, the WikiLeaks website released a database of more than 19,000 emails allegedly sent from DNC officials between early 2015 and mid-2016. Some of the emails show DNC staffers discussing ways to weaken Mr. Sanders’s campaign.
In one email to colleagues, a top DNC official suggested ways to undermine an unnamed person who appears to be Mr. Sanders: “Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.”
She's resigning to prove her objectivity, and to further prove her objectivity, she's taking a job with the Hillary Clinton campaign.
That's right: She has an entirely new job now -- doing anything necessary to get her corrupt bud elected.
Totally different from her last job.
The good news is, she's incompetent as f*ck.
Food Thread: Packaged Food: Is Any Of It Good? [CBD]
Our intrepid Navy dentist is slumming with the United States Army for awhile, but at least he is eating well! Any Morons actually enjoy these meals?
And....what are the best packaged foods? Obviously potato chips and other snack foods are pretty damned good most of the time, but how about other stuff? I remember as a kid getting immense enjoyment out of Swanson frozen dinners, but that's because it was a treat, and we had to behave really well to get them (yes, my parents were smarter than their children).
A Moron who shall remain nameless (because I simply cannot remember who) suggested this site, and it's sort of fun. The blogger is suspiciously SJWish, but I did get a chuckle out of the first part of her biography....
I am the crazy neighbor with paint under her nails, glitter everywhere, a cat in every window, & the Christmas tree up all year.
Anyway, the link goes to a post about great Depression era recipes and cookbooks. interesting stuff, and indicative of how incredibly well off even the poorest among us are....
I asked a fellow
glutton gourmet if there was an upper limit to the amount of bacon one should add to Mac & Cheese. He responded...
No. God no. I prefer "bacon with Mac and cheese topping" actually. That's the ratio you are looking for.
Some of you may watch cooking shows, and while most of them are silly vehicles for mediocre chefs who happen to have some on-screen ability, some are fun to watch. This lunatic is obviously not an accomplished chef, but seems to get immense pleasure from eating and cooking, and that is, after all, the point. His recipe for Grilled Pork Tenderloin al Pastor with Avocado Crema actually looks pretty good.
Anyone a fan of the Singapore Sling? I saw it mentioned recently and while many of the recipes I found seem overly sweet, it does cry out for a deft hand to make it an interesting concoction. Unfortunately my go-to bartender is moving on to greener pastures, and I don't think I will be able to convince him to make one for me before he quits.
It is times like this that the idea of indentured servitude makes a lot of sense.
Y-not here. Our host, who is indisposed right now, asked me to add a recipe and "hit the button" on the Food Thread this week.
Alton Brown's Gazpacho
1 1/2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
Tomato juice (I use V8 )
1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced (I use poblano peppers)
1 medium garlic clove, minced (More)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 lime, juiced
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon toasted, ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt (I've been using a bourbon-smoked sea salt)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (I've been using piri piri seasoning)
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chiffonade (I use purple basil for color and a anise-y kick.)
Fill a 6-quart pot halfway full of water, set over high heat and bring to a boil.
Make an X with a paring knife on the bottom of the tomatoes. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water for 15 seconds, remove and transfer to an ice bath and allow to cool until able to handle, approximately 1 minute. Remove and pat dry. Peel, core and seed the tomatoes. When seeding the tomatoes, place the seeds and pulp into a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl in order to catch the juice. Press as much of the juice through as possible and then add enough bottled tomato juice to bring the total to 1 cup.
Place the tomatoes and juice into a large mixing bowl. Add the cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, garlic clove, olive oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire, cumin, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the mixture to a blender and puree for 15 to 20 seconds on high speed. Return the pureed mixture to the bowl and stir to combine.
Cover and chill for 2 hours and up to overnight. Serve with chiffonade of basil.
You can see a video of this recipe being made at the Food Network.
Often gazpacho recipes include stale bread to add body. I've been skipping that and pureeing all of the ingredients, rather than reserving some of them as Alton Brown does. Then I add diced vegetables as a garnish when I serve the soup.
To make this more of a meal, substitute the basil with fresh cilantro and add cold boiled shrimp (unseasoned or seasoned with Mexican spices) when you serve it. Or ceviche.
Speaking of tomatoes, if you are inundated with tons from your garden (or if you went a little too wild at the farmer's market, as I did this week), you can freeze them. Obviously their texture is affected by this process, but they are supposedly still fine for sauces and stews.
I'm making up buckets of gazpacho which I plan to freeze, but I will also try this whole tomato method and let you know how it turns out.
What's cooking in your kitchens this week?
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What Makes You Happy? [Y-not]
The news cycle has been unrelenting this year. I know it's taken its toll on me and those around me. I need a break, so this thread will be politics- and news-free.
Several months ago, I attended a funeral for someone I had never met. She was a long-time and much-beloved employee at my husband's new workplace. I knew very few people at the funeral (really more of a memorial service) and virtually none of the people or places or events in the stories that they shared about her.
It was one of the most moving services I've ever attended. The siblings and coworkers of the woman being honored were very eloquent, managing to express their love and admiration of this woman through their grief. (This greatly impressed me because when I attended my own mother's funeral, I could not even manage to muddle through a scripture reading without breaking down.)
I don't recall many specifics about what her loved ones said, except for one thing: in this woman's last months of life, after battling cancer for several years, she experienced a period of relative health. During that time she made sure she spoke frequently with her family, especially her sons, as well as with clergy, lawyers, and financial planners (one of her sons is disabled so much planning was needed). And she did one more thing: she threw herself into pursuing an exercise regime that featured pilates.
And it gave her joy.
This was a woman of considerable intellect and emotional depth who invested much of her final time on Earth in something purely physical. And she did it not because she wanted to look better in a bathing suit next summer, but because it made her happy.
What makes you happy?
Below are a few links related to this topic that might help get the discussion going:
Better living through chemistry. (If chemjeff is lurking, you should comment here, my friend.)
I would love to be fit enough for this to be true.
Steak. Dark chocolate. Arak.
This may explain some of the reactions to CBD's morning art thread pictures.
Recommend "happy" accounts to follow on social media (or in more traditional media) here.
Here's one I like:
This is Oliver. He's an English Creamschnitzel. The rarest of schnitzels. 11/10 would pet quite firmly pic.twitter.com/qbO5X6dYuj— WeRateDogs™ (@dog_rates) July 23, 2016
I've put an open thread below this one for politics, news, and misery.
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Open Thread for Politics, News, and Misery [Y-not]
Here's an open thread for those of you who don't want to hang out on the Happiness thread which is posted above.
(Picture from here.)
Speaking of which, Deez Nuts is disappointed:
"I don't know what happened, because they are probably the two most disliked people they could have picked. Yet, the only two people that were favorable, John Kasich and Bernie Sanders," said Brady Olson, 16, trailing off as he shook his head slowly in disbelief.
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Alcohol Is Your Friend...In More Ways than One. [CBD]
A few months ago I was in need of the model number of a toilet. Of course the number was printed inside the tank -- how convenient! -- but they had put it behind the valve assembly, where no human could read it. So I took out my trusty cell phone, not realizing that for whatever reason, unknown to sentient humans, the plumber who had installed the toilet had adjusted the water level to within 1/2 inch of the top. I took a quick photo of the number as I realized that I had just plunged my phone a few inches deep into a tank of water.
I shook the excess water out, warmed it in front of a blow dryer (yeah, they say not to. Why?). And low and behold all of the buttons, except one, worked, and the screen wasn't cloudy.
But the lone holdout was the back button, and my phone is crap without it. So when I got home later that night I checked replacement cost, threw up a little, and then started thinking.
Water and alcohol are fast friends. In fact, alcohol would rather be around water molecules than other alcohol molecules (If Jay Guevara is reading this, please to check my work). So I pulled out my trusty bottle of 91% propyl alcohol, poured a few inches into a glass, and immersed my phone. After about 10 minutes I pulled it out, let it dry overnight, and presto! The back button worked perfectly.
I think a few things were going on. First, there was residual water in the phone that was shorting one button, and the alcohol slurped that up. Second, I got to it quickly and displaced the water, so little or no corrosion took place. Third, The water only rose a few inches into the phone, and I kept it upright, so it didn't flood the entire thing.
I was lucky, but if this were to happen again I would certainly try 91% alcohol over rice or some other desiccant.
Sunday Morning Book Thread 07-24-2016: It's Commies All The Way Down [OregonMuse]
University of Michigan Law Library
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 lovely, safe spaces are for losers, and nobody cares about what kind of snowflake you are, so suck it up, buttercup. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. And these don't count.
Geez people, go home and read a book.
There's no hope.
Posted by: Country Boy at July 17, 2016 08:31 PM (zzzTG)
(The AoSHQ Sunday Morning Book Thread approves of moron Country Boy's take on the Pokemon Go
fad craze national obsession)
A couple of weeks back, I was complaining of Howard Zinn and other rat bastard commies rewriting of history to make the American founders out to be nothing but greedy, slaving rich guys. I got an interesting response:
Posted by: Country Singer at July 03, 2016 11:39 AM (GUBah)
The page links to a list of "Current Communist Goals", #30 of which is
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
Sounds about right. So, the question that occurred to me was, where did this list come from? It looks pretty much like the things the rat bastard commies have been up to for the past several decades, but I want to know where it came from. Did the commies just sit down one day and draw it up as a list of action items (perhaps inspired by Lenin's essay What Is To Be Done?) or was it put together by anti-communists who wanted to explain their own observations of what they saw the rat bastards doing?
As it turns out, it's more the latter: the list appeared, unsourced, in the book The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen, who compiled it from a variety of material:
If the student will read the reports of Congressional hearings together with available books by ex-Communists, he will find all of these Communist objectives described in detail. Furthermore, he will come to understand how many well-meaning citizens have become involved in pushing forward the Communist program without realizing it. They became converted to Communist objectives because they accepted superficial Communist slogans. Soon they were thinking precisely the way the Communists wanted them to think.
TNC is an interesting book. In its day, it sold over 2 million copies, according to the Amazon description.
The Naked Communist contains a distillation of more than one hundred books and treatises on communism, many written by Marxist authors. This text that reviewers have called "the most powerful book on communism since J. Edgar Hoover's Masters of Deceit" sees the communist as he sees himself - stripped of propaganda and pretense. Readers are offered an explanation of the appeal of communism, its history, its basic and unchanging concepts - even its secret timetable of conquest.
It starts out with a biography of Karl Marx and his friendship with Engels. I did not know that he came from a long line of rabbis, but even so, one day when he was about 5 or 6 years old his father came home and announced "Hey, guess what, we're all Lutherans now." So young Karl was baptized into the Lutheran Church. This switcheroo was so sudden I think it must had quite an effect on how he came to view religion, i.e. all there is to the universe is a bunch of atoms banging around. Marx's materialistic philosophy is discussed in the next chapter, followed by bios of Lenin and Stalin and the history of communism in Russia
Skousen has also written many other books, such as The 5000 Year Leap (which apparently Glenn Beck used to hype back when he was on Fox), The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution, as well as a couple of other nood books, The Naked Capitalist and The Naked Socialist.
Also books on Mormon theology and history too numerous to list.
You can actually download The Naked Communist in a variety of formats for free here.
And on a biographical note:
Mr. Skousen and his wife, Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, are the parents of eight children, 50 grandchildren, and more than 120 great-grandchildren.
And this is why Mormons will soon be taking over the world. They're the only one having lots of children.
Free (but Competitive) Calliope Workshop, NYC
Taliesin Nexus, in partnership with Liberty Island, is holding Calliope Author's Workshop, which is "a workshop specifically dedicated to authors working in fiction and narrative nonfiction who share an interest in liberty."
The Calliope workshop is from Sept 9-11 in New York City, and the amazing part of it for writers just starting out - it is completely free! If you are selected to participate, they will provide your airfare and hotel accommodations.
This year's faculty includes Sarah Hoyt and other authors and publishers.
This is one of those things I wished I had announced sooner. The deadline for entries is July 31st. Find out how to apply to participate in this workshop at the Taliesin Nexus site.
(H/T NaCly Dog for the cartoon)
Worst President Ever
We don't need to wait until Jan. 2017 to know this. Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan get it in early with their new book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama:
The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama compiles 200 inconvenient truths about Obama’s presidency—the facts that will shape his legacy: His real record on the economy; the disaster that is Obamacare; his shocking abuses of taxpayer dollars; his bitterly divisive style of governing; his shameless usurping of the Constitution; his scandals and cover ups; his policy failures at home and abroad; the unprecedented expansion of government power... and more.
All of these facts are now at your fingertips in a single source. The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama is your ultimate guide to Obama's real record - the record he’d like history to forget.
Not a bad Kindle deal for $3.99
Moronette Votermom has an interview with Matt Margolis. In her review of the book, she points out this is not some sort of rage anthology, but rather:
[T]he authors use a calm and reasoned tone, there does not seem to be any emotionalism. From the title I was a bit worried that it would have a lot of angry rants but it's not that type of book.
But if it's a rage anthology you're looking for, check out the one-star reviews of this book on Amazon. Not only are they hilarious, but as of this date, there is not one "verified purchase" in the bunch. I know everybody is surprised by this.
It's more a chronicling of current history. Given how quickly we, the public, forget, and how the media loves to whitewash Democrat actions, I think this is an important book; I'm glad the authors have published it.
Emphasis mine. This is a good point. Someone needs to be standing there at the memory hole, keeping track of what's getting flushed. Hopefully, this book will help serve that purpose.
Request For Beta Readers
Moronette 'right wing whippersnapper' is finishing up her YA novel and needs some fresh eyes to take a look at it:
I'm in search of someone to beta read/edit my first novel, a YA low fantasy (lots of swords, pretty dresses, and poisonous royal courts, but no magic, dragons, or end of the world) with a large helping of romance, a few little mysteries, and a twenty-year feud between two kings to keep everybody engaged. Because of the subject matter, it's probably of more interest to the 'ettes than the 'rons, but I'll take help from anyone who offers. If you're interested, shoot me an email at countrywoman539 at gee mail dot com.
Again dipping into ace's book rec thread (which I've been dining out on for weeks now), a moron who is socking L. Ron Hubbard recommended Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright, which, the Amazon blurb describes as
...a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—both famous and less well known—and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.
This rec caught my eye because I am currently reading the other book by Mr. Wright mentioned in the blurb, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.
The book starts out with the FBI agent who first notices this WWE heel named Osama bin Laden shouting from a cave in Afghanistan, and his efforts to impress upon his colleagues the necessity of hey, you know, maybe we should keep an eye on this guy.
H/T to moron commenter "Randy Weaver's Revenge" for this rec, who also says
I won't even go into the myriad of conflicts between the CIA and FBI that resulted in no one having the whole picture, thus allowing the attack to proceed.
9/11: the perfect storm of incompetence and suck.
Books By Morons
Part Two of naturalfake's 'Wearing The Cat' series has just been published. The Fox's Den continues the saga of naval dentist Lt. Nick McGill, who
...arrives at MCAS Katsuobushi Japan as the Lieutenant Deluxe, the finest lieutenant, professionally, militarily, dentally, socially, spiritually, that the Old Man has ever had the privilege of serving with in the whole of his Naval career.
McGill has the papers to prove it.
And all it took was a little blackmail.
McGill's idiotic yet brilliant solutions to his dilemmas lead to an exquisite series of surprises, twists, and laughs as just about everything that could possibly go wrong does for McGill. And changes his life forever.
I read the first in the series. It's pretty dang funny. But the humor is for adults.
The Kindle edition is currently priced at 99 cents, so what are you waiting for?
Moronette 'votermom' is putting together a list of moron authors over on the Goodreads site which is intended to be accessible to non-members. Here is the list she has compiled so far. Let her know if there's an author she's missing.
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 7/24/16 [krakatoa]
Today, I feel like sleeping in for 4 to 8 more years.
Emergency ONT - Niedermeyer's Dead Horse
I have no idea if an ONT is on the way, but here's a fresh thread to tide you over.
I watched an ABC 'In An Instant' episode tonight about the Aggie bonfire collapse in 1999. I had forgotten about it but boy, oh boy, were there some heart-wrenching stories told.
In case you've forgotten about it, you can read the story here, from April 2000.
When it was over, 12 young lives had been lost and 27 people had been injured. At a school for engineering, a flawed design was employed, over and over, despite warnings.
It's all so senseless.
BTW, I've never been a fan of ABC's '20/20' program but this new 'In An Instant' series is one of the best shows on tv. It's endlessly gripping and fascinating, and not in that sense that you feel you're being deliberately manipulated. They basically just let those who were part of the story tell the tale.
You should check it out some night.
So, that's it. Here's hoping for better content before the night is through.
Have a great night.
Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 07-23-2016 [OregonMuse]
(thank you to an anonymous moron for the cartoon)
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 stalemates and perpetual checks. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a pie fight on a Saturday afternoon.
“Chess is 99% tactics”
White Mates In 1
FEN: [3rr3/pp1q1p1p/2p1b1pk/3p4/3Q2PP/1P3B2/P1P1RPK1/4R3 w - - 0 1]
Nothing too fancy.
White Mates In 2
FEN: [4kb1r/p2n1ppp/4q3/4p1B1/4P3/1Q6/PPP2PPP/2KR4 w k - 0 16]
This is the ending of a very famous game which you more experienced morons will no doubt recognize.
Religion and Chess
At one time or another, chess was forbidden by Muslims, Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Jews, the Puritans, and most recently by the Taliban. Chess (shatranj) was a legal issue after Mohammad died in 642 and in 655 his son-in-law disapproved of the game for his sect of Muslims because he believed the carved figures of the chess pieces were graven images. In 780, the caliph al-Mahdi wrote to Mecca religious leaders to give up chess played with dice. In 1005, chess was banned in Egypt and all the chess sets and pieces were ordered to be burned.
The relationship between the two has certainly been spotty; on again, off again.
In the 16th century, St. Teresa of Avila was proclaimed patroness of chessplayers by church authorities in Spain.
In 1981, chess was forbidden in Iran by Ayatollah Khomeini but he had a change of heart in 1988 and decided to allow it. Chess was forbidden by the Taliban in Afghanistan for 15 years.
White To Play And Win
This is a fun one. White mates in either 2 or 3, depending on your path through the decision tree.
FEN: [6nk/1R6/4NnP1/8/8/1p6/r5r1/4KR2 w - - 0 1]
Extra style points if you fill out all the nodes on the decision tree. Or, perhaps I should say, all of the nodes I have found.
Fischer's Last Days In Iceland
I thought this 2008 article about his death -- and the subsequent legal scuffling over his estate -- was worth reading. I never knew he was actually, formally, married, with a certificate and all, at the time of his death. The article refers to Miyoko Watai as "a chess grandmaster", but that's not quite correct, she's actually a Woman International Master, not a GM. This sort of thing bothers me. If you're a journalist doing a story on chess, you should familiarize yourself with the subject matter enough to learn that the word "grandmaster" is not a synonym for "really good chessplayer".
In 2011, the Icelandic courts ruled that Watai was Fischer's widow and legal heir. This was against competing claims by some of Fischer's stateside relatives as well as a Filipino woman who claimed Fischer was the father of her daughter. To validate this claim, they actually exhumed Fischer's body to do the DNA tests, which came back negative.
And all of this because Fischer couldn't be bothered to leave a will. Actually, I think I would have been surprised if he had.
Endgame of the Week
FEN: [8/8/8/8/8/3pk3/8/3RK3 w - - 0 1]
The best Black can hope for here is a draw. He wants to trade his advanced pawn for White's rook. White, of course, wants to capture the pawn without having to trade his rook for it. Can he do it? Yes, he can. It's White to play and win.
Because the original EotW sucked.
FEN: [R2K4/8/3k4/2R5/8/8/8/7r w - - 0 1]
It's White to play and win
White mates in 1
It's always fun to deliver a checkmate with a lowly pawn, especially in the middlegame.
White mates in 2
This is the conclusion of the consultation game played by Paul Morphy against the tag team of Charles, Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard, at the Paris Opera House during an intermission, 1858.
Not too long afterwards, Morphy went nuts. Getting constantly stiffed by a cowardly Englishman will do that to you.
White To Play and Win
So the key move here is
There are two possible Black responses, Rh2 and Nh7.
If 1...Nh7 then 2.Rhxh7# (or 2.Rbxh7#)
If 1...Rh2 then 2.Rh7+ Nxh7 3.g7# (or 2...Rxh7 3.g7#)
Endgame of the Week
White basically has to wait for Black to do something.
Black has nothing better.
Black can also try 2...Kf3 but then 3.Ra3+ Kg4 4.Rd3 wins
3.Kf2 (not 3.Ra3+? Kc2 and it's a draw)
Black's only move.
5.Rd1 and White succeeds in grabbing the pawn and the win.
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.
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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The Sunni-Shia Schism Ain't What It Used To Be [CBD]
The news that we have taken official action (writing their names on a list!) against some al-Qaeda thugs isn't news. Where they are operating shouldn't be news either, if any of us were actually paying attention to that mysterious motivating factor common in essentially all terrorist activity on earth.
Three senior al-Qaeda operatives landed on the Treasury Department's Specially Designated Global Terrorists list on July 20, joining the U.S. government's international who's-who of terrorist operatives. What's perplexing is that two of the three al-Qaeda figures aren't based in the stereotypical al-Qaeda hangouts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Yemen. Instead, they're hiding out in a country that's seen its relations with the U.S. and the broader international warm considerably in recent years: Iran.
Many people (including me) have understood the schism between Shia and Sunni Islam to be permanent. Oh, they hate us, but they spend a lot of energy killing each other because of differences of opinion as to who should have succeeded Mohammed when he died in 632. Yup...that's the big difference. The Sunnis wanted succession to be decided by selection, and the Shia faction wanted it to remain in Mohammed's family.
That fracture in Islam has prevented concerted action for much of the last 1,400 years, and that is a very good thing. But no less an authority on the fight against the West than some guy name Bin laden (a Wahhabi Sunni from Saudi Arabia) said not to attack Iran, in spite of it being the center of Shia Islam, because so much of his funding and support flowed through there. As he wrote:
I have some notes about your threats against Iran. I hope you and your brothers take this well. You did not consult with us in this dangerous matter that harms everyone's interests. We expect you would consult with us for these important matters, for as you are aware, Iran is our main artery for funds, personnel and communication, as well as for the matter of hostages. There is no need to open a front with Iran.
The point? Islam has huge internal issues, but the external enemy, The West, can unify them. Not all of the time, and with luck they will continue to kill each other. But Iran, which truly is the nexus of terrorism in the world, is willing to work with anyone who hates America and who will attack us. They have sublimated a 1,400 year old religious-cultural fight in furtherance of their goal to humble, and perhaps destroy America and the West.
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]
Welcome to the AoS Pet Thread, where hairballs and slobber are a way of life.
The anguished decision no pet parent ever wants to make. However, it must be done on occasion. An eloquent piece from Angry Staff Officer on the dreaded subject.
I am a selfish person; I had hoped he would die in his sleep while we were at work, or during the night. Instead, we had to make the decision of whether or not to put him down. It is rare that you have to make that kind of decision for something you love. And no matter how many times it happens, no matter how many times the vet tells you that it is for the best – that it will prevent suffering, that it is in fact the kind thing to do – it still tears away a piece of something inside you.h/t CBD
Regular Moron contributor Jim Sunk New Dawn, Galveston, TX is a cat guy. In his spare time he's built quite the elaborate bathroom system for his cats. Lord knows we hope he is around to explain all of this.
"View into hall from living room. YOu will see bookcase is important in later photos."
"Looking down hall with enterance to hall-guest bath."
"Looking into bath. Tub elevated on 7" step."
"View of bathroom bookcase & Cabinet, as seen from commode."
"Unlatch catch to bath cabinet, open door & there is cat's litter box. Note phosphorescent night light on left interior. Because not even cats can see in total darkness."
"Cats access their business via framed & Finished doorway between bookcases. That ends box series."
Meet The Pet Morons
Here are the cats that use that fancy kitty bathroom. Jim's cats Bonnie & Scamp.
Say hello to Remy. Remy belongs to TexasJew. This dog was found wandering outside El Paso and only knew Spanish. Looks like a comfy dog now.
Lurker Tina submitted this photo. Simon is on the left. Lilly is on the left. Simon is 8 months and Lilly is 1 year old. They look like mischief to me. Word on the street is that Shelties are cute.
Julie would like to introduce Dexter to the horde. This cat has his "human parents" under his thumb, errrr I mean paw. Looks like a terrible life. Wonder where the umbrella drink is.
Last but not least is this cute guy Oreo. He's an Italian Greyhound. This little guy just turned 14. He looks good for hanging out. Thanks B1bbet for sharing.
Well, that wraps it up for another week. Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with us today. If you have a pet photo, story, tip or something related to pets please send it to us at petmorons at gee mail dot com.
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Summer Foraging [KT]
Good afternoon gardeners. And a special welcome today to foragers, preppers, campers, and hobos. And those with an interest in genetics, developmental biology or related fields. Are you out there this afternoon, Y-not?
For today's thread, I went foraging through the comments on some recent AoSHQ threads. A couple of weeks ago, in the Food Thread, WhatWhatWhat? took us foraging for common daylilies, "one of the very best and easiest to harvest of the wild foods." Sounds fun. Here's a sample, but read the whole thing:
The common Day Lily stands about chest-high and grows in clonal groves. You rarely see just one. The buds and flowers (including opening and withered flowers) are edible. So are the roots and young shoots, but July is the time for the buds and flowers. The buds sort of resemble green beans and taste, to me, like a combination of green beans and mushrooms all in one (but it's very difficult to describe the taste of wild foods.)
The common daylily,Hemerocallis fulva is also known as the orange day-lily, tawny daylily, tiger daylily, fulvous daylily or ditch lily. Other common names include railroad daylily, roadside daylily, outhouse lily, tiger lily, and wash-house lily.
It grows in clonal groves because the most commonly distributed kinds are sterile triploid plants. Seems pretty unusual to me for a sterile plant to become an invasive noxious weed. But this one has aggressive roots. You should not plant it near your clumping hybrid daylilies, or most other plants you want to keep in the garden. It is good fo erosion control or in confined areas where gardening is difficult.
Both diploid and triploid forms are known in the wild, but most cultivated plants are sterile triploids which only reproduce vegetatively by stolons or division. At least four botanical varieties are recognized, including the typical triploid var. fulva, the diploid, long-flowered var. angustifolia (syn.: var. longituba), the triploid var. kwanzo, where the stamens are modified into additional petals, and the evergreen var. aurantiaca.
Europa is a sterile triploid single-flowered cultivar that is available commercially. Not mentioned in the Wiki:
Single vs. Double Flowers
A couple of weeks ago, Youkali posted a nice rant about the superiority of single flowers over double flowers. I tend to agree with regard to close-up views of flowers. Daylilies got special mention:
Doubled day lilies? Fine if you like your flowers twisted and deformed and think that such is worth the sacrifice of the beauty of singles.
Double Dream. Some are more twisted.
Some sources say that 'Kwanso' and 'Flore Pleno' are the same cultivar, and they probably have been labeled interchangeably. But Dr. Arlow Burdette Stout, The Father of Modern Daylily Breeding, used both of them in his breeding program. He said, "The flowers of the Flora Pleno Daylily ... in comparison with those of Kwanso ... have a greater number of well-formed petals, the number of stamens and aborted stamens per flower is less, and the pistil is more frequently fully aborted or not in evidence. The central column of the flower is shorter and the flower is more compact."
It sounds like Youkali gets some backing from the Father of Modern Daylily Breeding, particularly with regard to Kwanso, which likely passed down its deformities to some double hybrids. Dr. Stout's most famous hybrid, the heavy-blooming little Stella de Oro, has single flowers. But enough about the modern hybrids for today. I don't know if they are edible.
Old Kwanso persists. There is also a Kwanso variegata. It is a sport of Kwanso. Bet it is not as invasive as the other H. fulva cultivars.
A Botanical Mystery
For you scientists, Oxford presents a lengthy online paper advocating the use of daylilies as model organisms for research and as "nutraceutical foods". A discussion of the world of hybrid daylilies will have to wait for another day, but I thought this bit about the "common daylily" was interesting:
Outside of the Far East, Hemerocallis is primarily cultivated as a garden ornamental, with currently very little interest in culinary and medicinal usage. This is despite horticultural material—including presumed Far East cultigens, the virtually sterile triploid forms of H. fulva—having been cultivated for centuries. . . By repeating artificial crosses many hundreds of times, Stout was able to incorporate the genetics of almost sterile triploid clones of H. fulva (Chandler 1940) into hybrid lines. The origin of these old triploid clones is fascinating and mysterious in itself. No tetraploid individuals have ever been found in nature . . .
Let's Eat! Without making ourselves sick or burning ourselves
In Just Cloning Around, the Eat the Weeds Guy reminds us that not all daylilies are edible. There are hybrids out there resembling H. fulva that may not be as edible as H. fulva. Plants from old naturalized stands are likely to be H. fulva, though. If the daylilies are in a well-tended garden, you might want to check on what kind they are.
People can also develop sudden allergies to daylilies, and there is a sex-linked reaction in a minority of women. The roots are the plant part most likely to produce a toxic effect. Daylilies are toxic to cats. If you have cats and daylilies, also plant something more enticing, like cat grass.
At the link below are photos of other edible daylily species, like the fragrant "Lemon Daylily", Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus, AKA H. flava or H. citrina. And some subspecies. In Asia, it is dried into "golden needles" which are used in soups and other dishes. In Taiwan, the orange Common Daylily is prepared in the same way. Little H. minor is also used in traditional Asian foods. It is hardy enough to live in the interior of Alaska. Like the Common Daylily, the Lemon Daylily is naturalized in parts of the USA, usually around old buildings. But be sure that you identify it correctly. It probably has more look-alikes than the Common Daylily.
PBS featured a campfire recipe for daylily bud fritters. Sounds ambitious to me. I would probably catch myself on fire. Has anyone in The Horde ever deep-fried food over a campfire?
Stuffing daylily flowers is O.K., but be careful about using hybrids. The ones pictured at the link look like hybrids Daylilies stuffed with lemon balm/chicken salad.
Reminder: Raw bean toxicity
O.K., so now I am going from foraging to garden grazing. Late in the Feed Thread (Sorry, Food Thread) a couple of weeks ago, the subject turned to the toxicity of raw green beans. We have addressed raw bean toxicity previously in the Garden Thread. Bottom line seems to be that a few young string beans from the garden probably won't hurt you. But if the beans inside have started to get big, be careful. The aftermath of eating raw Scarlet Runner Beans did not sound pretty. Eating Shelly Beans raw is a no-no. Kidney beans are especially toxic when raw, apparently. Keep this in mind when foraging from the neighbors' garden, or your own.
Lima beans and soy beans are also toxic when raw, but contain different toxins.
That was a cheery topic. Anything going on in your garden?
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Thread below the Gardening Thread 23Jul16 [KT]
General Mills is trying to tap into the kid demographic that wants turmeric in its Trix.
They haven't found a good natural blue or green color yet. The red color is iffy, too. They like the purple.
Actually, this content is only an excuse to re-post Ace's famous Kaboom thread.
Note to those new to Ace of Spades HQ: Do not try to comment on old threads. Ask me how I know. There is still time today to comment on Y-not's topical thread below this one.
Open thread. Have a great weekend.
Our Common Ground [Y-not]
Now that the GOP convention is over, it may seem as if the divisions within the Republican party (and on the Right more generally) are sharper than ever. To some extent they are, but I'd like to encourage the horde to find something - ANYthing - constructive to do in the public arena to stop the Left's continued attacks on freedom. Despite all that has happened, I believe there IS common ground on which we can fight together.
In my case, I plan to focus on identifying Senate and Congressional races where a conservative candidate needs my help.
Several weeks ago I pointed to Darryl Glenn, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Colorado, who at the time was facing a primary battle against more Establishment-favored candidates. Recall that Glenn was endorsed by (and campaigned with) Senator Cruz. He went on to win in Colorado, which at the time was considered to be a toss up state. Since that time, Colorado's prospects for switching from the blue to the red column have dwindled, however November is still months away and based on how their primary played out, there must be a solid core of conservative activists there who might pull off an upset.
Glenn's candidacy brings up a broader issue I want to discuss -- namely, the challenge many of us face of getting past the hurt feelings of the Presidential primary and finding common ground. Although Mr. Glenn happily accepted Cruz's endorsement and campaigned with him, he has also made peace with Mr. Trump's nomination and spoke at the convention.
Based on my Twitter feed, for some conservatives this may seem like a sign that Glenn is not worthy of our support. I would argue against that view. For most of us, there is no perfect candidate. All politicians are taxis for hire, taking us where we want to go. When they fail to do so, we should stop the cab and get out... then start looking for another taxi.
I don't know much about Mr. Glenn, but I'm certain he's preferable to his Democrat opponent. I accept that he's trying to win an election, so I'm inclined to cut him some slack on the political calculations he's had to make. Whether or not he is an enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump, I trust Cruz's judgment that Glenn is worth supporting, so I'm inclined to do so as well. Should he win, that would represent a GOP pick up in the Senate and that should matter to each of us, Trump supporters or not.
Colorado represents common ground for those of us on the Right. Should Donald Trump win the presidency, he'll need a friendly Senate to get his SCOTUS nominees confirmed and his wall built. Or, if you are concerned about a Trump administration (as I am), focus on the importance of giving Senators Lee, Cruz, and others a bigger voice with which to state conservative principles. Finally, should Hillary Clinton win the White House, it's important that she not have a Democrat-controlled Senate to push her Leftist agenda.
In addition to Mr. Glenn, I've identified another candidate who appears to be worthy of your support.
Mike Crane is a Congressional candidate in Georgia's 3rd district, whose primary is being held next week. He has been endorsed by Ted Cruz, who traveled to Georgia to campaign with him yesterday. Mr. Crane is another example of a candidate who has earned an endorsement from Cruz, while expressing his own support for the GOP nominee, Donald Trump. Like Glenn, Crane represents common ground on which all conservatives can take a stand. Please consider supporting him with your time, your money, and your vote.
To my fellow Cruz-conservatives, I'll leave you with this:
Today, as Republicans, we agree on a lot. And sure, areas of lesser agreement exist as well. But on the fundamental question: are we satisfied with the current direction of our country; we speak with one voice.
I call on you, as JFK did in the 60's.
And as Reagan did in the 80's.
To chart a new American journey forward.
One that isn't led by me or anyone in Washington, but by you.
And millions of others just like you.
One where we still have differences, yet we choose to concentrate on what we have in common.
One that lifts others up and believes in the rights, responsibilities, goodness, and strength of all mankind.
We have so much that binds us together: our families, our work ethic, our ability to dream and build unlike any people in history. But most of all our charity, our love for our fellow men and women and our willingness to sacrifice for those in need.
Let us unite... on the things that have always made us great.
We are great because we are good.
Please don't give up. Find something or someone you can support this Fall and do what you can to stop the Left's destructive policies.
Tell us about the conservative candidates you support for Senate and House seats below.
**Update: "iforgot" asked about the Louisiana U.S. Senate primary. Here's a recent article about the status of that race:
Two sitting congressmen, the state treasurer and a public service commissioner were among 15 candidates who qualified for Louisiana's open U.S. Senate seat Wednesday with virtually all of them claiming "outsider status," including those already in office.
All are seeking to replace Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who isn't running for re-election. Qualifying for the Nov. 8 election continues here Thursday and Friday.
I'll try to cover this race in more detail in a subsequent post. The Daily Caller had a recent article about one of the "outsiders," Abhay Patel.
**Update 2: NaCly Dog reminds us about Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp, who's in a very tight primary battle. Huelskamp had endorsed Cruz back in February. He's Chairman of the House Tea Party Caucus and a member of the House Freedom Caucus.
Looks like a winner.
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Open Thread [Y-not]
Open thread for those of you who don't want to talk about Senate or House races.
Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]
Good morning Morons, it's Saturday.
Here are a few things that didn't make The News Dump this past week.
- Dammit, I told you to bring donuts home
- Creative crooks
- Bacon, what can't it do?
- Karma will be looking for her
- After the craze I suspect it's back to Mommy's basement for this dude
- After all, who wants to spread suntan lotion on Lena Dunham? Yick!
- So K-C is to blame for the a$$wipe shortage in Venezuela. Go figure.
- You're lucky he didn't go all "Hey Joe" on you
Have a great weekend Morons!!! Let's play nice in the Open Thread.
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EMT 7/23/16 Windy City Edition [krakatoa]
Halfway through my Chicago trip. Not as bullety as I'd feared, so that's good.
The nice thing about my schedule here is I'm eating just one meal a day, so the intermittent fast thing is in play. Taking an extended meal from 6ish to 8ish every night. Plus I'm walking around 3 miles per day.
Although tomorrow morning I may need to have some pancakes. More than likely I'll just sleep though.
Will be interesting to see what the weight is when I get back home.
Overnight Open Thread-The Friday Edition [Mis. Hum.]
You wanted CDR-M, after last night's Yokopalooza you might take Maetenloch, however tonight you will have to settle for me.
Run, run like the wind for moar content..........................................
We can't have a Friday night pass by without a doggeh picture. Amirite?
Funai, the last remaining manufacturer of the VCR, will cease production of the players by the end of the month, according to Japanese newspaper The Nikkei (via Anime News Network). The company is citing a declining market and increasing difficulty in sourcing parts as the reasons behind the decision.
The videocassette recorder (VCR) first came to prominence in the 1970s when pricing was lowered. Average consumers could purchase or rent the machines to watch the video home system (VHS) tapes developed by JVC. We won't even get into the Sony Beta product.
Damn, and here I just figured out how to stop that clock from blinking 12:00.
Want to be more productive? Do you need a moral compass? Are you lacking creativity? Coffee could be the answer. Or is it love?
Another City Off My Relocation List
"Nobody gonna take my car, I'm gonna race it to the ground. Nobody gonna beat my car. it's gonna break the speed of sound." It looks like Deep Purple will not be moving to Helsinki, Finland.
How Was Work Today?
And finally, YOU DID WHAT?
Does This Sound Like B.S. To You?
The journal Addiction has a study which links alcohol to 7 forms of cancer. Stock prices in Valu-Rite hardest hit.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by a misanthrope
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Hillary Picks Tim Kaine as Her Running Mate, for Some Reason
I guess because he speaks Spanish, poorly, as most Democrats do.
(FoxNews is now claiming he speaks it well.)
Batman V. Superman: Ruminations on Deicide With Occasional CGI Sparkles
I finally saw Batman V. Superman.
I did not see it, however, with the 30 minutes of footage they'd cut out, but then offered earlier on PPV. I saw the theatrical cut.
How was it?
Well, before I say, let me say I heard a lot of bad things about this movie before hand. Therefore, my expectations were pretty low.
How was it? It was... not bad. Pretty good. Flawed. I can barely remember it, to be honest with you. But I thought it was okay.
First things first: Ben Affleck made a good Bruce Wayne and Batman. Oddly -- I don't know why he made this choice -- he sort of has a light southern drawl in his guise as Bruce Wayne.
Why? Bruce Wayne's a damn yankee. Gotham is obviously a New York City analogue. Is Ben Affleck's idea of "rich" the same as his idea as "Georgian"?
But that little odd choice aside, he was good. He looked like Wayne. He had -- for once -- the almost glowing playboy handsomeness I imagined Wayne would have. (See him portrayed in the WB animated "World's Finest" where he suavely picks up Lois Lane, stealing her right from Clark Kent, using nothing but his looks, charm, and billion-dollar trust fund.)
He was physically large and carried himself with the weight of age -- a bit like the Frank Miller Dark Knight, except around early 40s instead of middle 50s. (Alfred in the movie says he's been fighting crime "for twenty years.")
Also, Batman finally wore something that looks like the actual Batman costume: Dark cowl and cape, gray body.
Let's move on to Lex Luthor. I thought I would hate this performance. Luthor was portrayed perfectly in the WB animated series: A large imposing genius who had made himself physically strong not due to any need to be physically strong, but because he was a megalomaniac who could not live with himself if he were not strong enough to kill a man with his bare hands.
This film offers the waifish Jesse Eisenberg, as far from the new cartoon Luthor as you can get.
I was able to accept his performance for a while because it was stated he was Alexander Luthor, and he got his company from his dad; therefore, I reasoned, this is just the "Real" Luthor's son.
Later on, though, they say that the orginal Lex Luthor is dead. (They couldn't stop themselves from making Bruce, Clark, and Lex all be the sons of dead fathers.)
However, by the time they confirmed this was the real Luthor, I had begun to appreciate Eisenberg's take. No, this is not my favorite sort of Luthor, but this was a good Luthor, even if not the choice I would have made.
This Luthor is waifish, vain, callow, needy, and obviously psychopathic. I think the Red Letter Media guys noted this Luthor has a great deal of The Joker's DNA in him. Indeed, he does -- this Luthor reminded me a lot of the Joker maniac minion who Harvey Dent tries to torture in the Dark Knight, the one Batman stops him from hurting, saying "He doesn't have any information. Look at him -- he's psychotic."
Would I have gone this way? No, I would not have stepped into The Joker's Character Space to make a character that was kind of like The Joker. But what is on screen is still pretty good.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman: One of the toughest characters in the world to cast. Think about it: Wonder Woman must be physically hot, and therefore ripely, voluptuously feminine. But, simultaneously, she must be heroically athletic, because she's a superhero.
How do you find a woman who is both Lynda Carter and Rhonda Roussey at the same time?
I don't think you can. So instead they hired a very skinny model. However, even though she doesn't really fit the busty raven-haired pin-up model take, nor the muscular athlete take, she has a kind of strong, confident presence that makes you say, "Okay, sure, this is Wonder Woman. Close enough."
She's Israeli. I mention that because Wonder Woman herself is Greek -- she shouldn't be Anglo. She should be Mediterranean-looking. Gal Gadot is that, so it works for me.
She isn't given much to do. But the little she's given, she does pretty well. She's meant to come across as pretty, mysterious, and maybe dangerous. She does.
I really loved Henry Cavil as Napoleon Solo, and I do like his corny, wholesome take as Clark Kent. But I have to say, this is really much more of a Batman movie than a Superman movie. I always feel bad that Superman gets short shrift. I like Supes. I don't love him like Batman, but the fact that I like him makes me feel bad when they don't really do much with him.
Cavil was fine, Clark was fine, Superman was fine. But... Wanted more.
Amy Adams is not at all my idea of Lois Lane. Just... no. I'm going to have to insist on the fast-talking spitfire Lois Lane, not this quiet, vulnerable mousey version.
The plot operates on two levels: the emotional, meta-level, where details don't matter so much, and the actual specific mechanisms of the plot.
The emotional, overarching plot is good: Bruce Wayne hates Superman because he personally witnessed the carnage Superman (accidentally) caused in Metropolis, and lost a lot of his own employees in the fight in Man of Steel. (He seems to have an office in Metropolis.) He has made it his last major goal to defeat the most dangerous threat to humanity on the planet: Superman, a much bigger threat -- potentially -- than even Joker.
Meanwhile, Lex Luthor is, somewhat cleverly, the Nietzchean Uberman, the man who must make himself greater than God by killing God. Or, God's closest physical analogue, Superman.
Luthor entertains himself by noting various myths of deicide, and thinks of himself as Prometheus, the Titan who wanted to save humanity from the gods.
All this chatter about Man Versus God and the need for man to bow to god -- or to make god bow to man -- is actually pretty decent. It's clever without being overclever, I think. It's literate without being show-offy and pretentious.
So it works.
Then we have the actual plot, the things that actually happen in the movie.
I'll make this short: very little of the actual plot makes sense. Luthor's specific plans don't make sense, Batman's specific desire to kill Superman -- based only the possiblity that Superman could go rogue -- doesn't make sense.
In the comics, Bruce always had a plan to kill Superman, if it became necessary to do so. He plotted it; he prepared for it.
Just in case.
In this movie, Bruce doesn't just plan; he executes. And I do mean executes. (Or tries to, at least.)
Again, just based on his hunch that this Kryptonian could be a problem down the road.
Does this make sense? Is this Batman, or is this Luthor? Luthor would just kill Superman because he wants to kill Superman.
But would Batman?
No. No, he would not.
Superman's desire to oppose (not kill-- just warn off) Batman makes sense, but it's also not really that dramatic. Superman actually behaves rationally. He doesn't act like a God-Murdering Zealot like Batman. So I have to say, while Superman makes sense, he's just not as interesting as the lunatic Batman, who makes no sense, but is compelling, as lunatics often are.
The only reason Superman even fights Batman is because... Luthor has some kind of idiotic plan to force him to.
It doesn't really make sense.
The action is not particularly good. There's too much CGI -- a favorite effect is to have Superman speed into a blur; but the blur looks like a fast, blurry cartoon -- and there's too much obvious computer cartooning and nothing really feels visceral and real when they start flying around.
Can Batman really survive some of the concussion hits he takes just because he's wearing armor? If I wear plate armor, can I survive being hit by a truck?
That said, I have to tell you, the non-action parts, the parts where Batman is investigating Luthor and Superman, or when Superman is looking into Batman's increasingly-violent crime control in Gotham, or Bruce Wayne following around the mysterious Dianna Prince -- is all pretty good.
It all looks pretty good (the actual physically photographed stuff, rather than the computer generated crap). It's "dark," tonally, but not so dark you can't see. It conveys darkness, while actually having enough light and color in it to please the eye.
It's just the plot is kind of stupid, and there's a bunch of set-up for the next one, whose plot is now completely spelled out. See, Bruce Wayne keeps getting some kind of psychic images -- not his own psychic power, I came to believe, but rather, he is being sent signals from a psionic on another planet -- of a coming apocalypse.
What's obviously going to happen is that "Darkseid" from the planet Apokalypse is going to come to earth and enslave Superman and make him Champion of Apokalypse and have Superman pummel the earth into submission, and Batman and Wonder Woman will have to recruit the rest of the Justice League to fight Superman.
Um... didn't they just sort of fight Superman? They're going to do that again?
Lot of stuff in the movie taken from videogame interpretations; you'll see bits of the Arkham games design aesthetic, as well as some stuff from Injustice.
Overall, I liked it. Not a disaster.
But also not a triumph, alas. It's a shame; they had almost all the ingredients of a real winner here. All they managed, though, was a single.
Oh Wait: I forgot the dumbest thing in the movie.
For some bizarrely stupid reason, Luthor conspires to make it look as if Superman... killed a bunch of terrorists. Because, he thinks, this will turn American opinion against him.
Killing terrorists. The American public will say, "How COULD you, Superman?!!?"
But even worse, how are these terrorists killed?
Remember, Luthor's trying frame Superman for their deaths.
So the terrorists are killed.. with bullets. Because, you know, Superman carries a gun.
Why not kill them with ruby red lasers to simulate a projectile weapon Superman actually carries -- you know, his eyes?
And not just bullets-- but super special hypermetal bullets that are made by exactly one company: LexCorp.
Gee, that'll really throw people off the scent, huh?
"General, these men were killed with bullets."
"I see. Sounds like Superman."
"Indeed. And there's more -- the bullets were made by Superman's archenemy, Lex Luthor."
"Well, I've heard enough-- arrest Superman!!!"
Later on, Luthor tries to frame Superman again.
But this time, he's smart enough not to use bullets.
This time, he uses a bomb.
You know -- he blows them up with a bomb, Superman-Style.
American Satisfaction in Country Drops from Horrific 29% to Abysmal 17%; Right-Leaning #SmartSet Complains Trump's Tone Was Too "Dark"
Fingers on the pulse of the national mood, these guys have.
Last night I observed of the #SmartSet's (and CNN's) finding that the speech was "too dark:" "I congratulate those of you living in comfortable circumstances that many Americans do not."
Various geniuses -- geniuses because they had the acumen to open a Twitter account -- pronounced that a good convention speech should have "uplift" in it. Many -- including the dummies at CNN -- contrasted Trump's speech unfavorably with Reagan's "Morning in America" theme.
Here's the problem with that: It's fucking stupid. "Morning in America" was Reagan's 1984 election theme. That was the happy, uplifting campaign, because the country was doing well and Reagan already had the job as presidency.
OF course he's going to paint an uplifting picture! If he painted a "dark" picture, he'd be criticizing himself.
But what was his 1980 theme, when he was the insurgent, trying to kick Jimmy Carter out of office?
Well: It was a searing indictment of America under Carter. It was, in fact, dark.
And how could it not be? You can't convince a country to make an abrupt change in direction until you have convince them that the present circumstances are no longer tolerable.
This is obvious.
But our genius #SmartSet doesn't get it.
One of the reasons they're plugging for this ridiculous theory is that it serves to push their Water-Fueled Robot Boy favorite, Marco Rubio, a famous happy-talker.
As I said many times: One of the problems I had with Rubio was his sunshiney-everything's-happy tone. If everything is sunny, shiny, and happy, Marco, why would I bother changing the current political team in charge of the country?
If they have America in this swell of a shape, why shouldn't I keep them in charge?
Anyway, if you don't believe me about Reagan, here's his 1980 convention speech. Not his sunny "Keep me office" 1984 speech; this is his dark, angry "this other guy sucks and is destroying everything" 1980 speech.
By the way, the #SmartSet is angry because Trump, by "running down" America, seems to be saying America isn't great right now. And it is, darn it!!!
Reagan's 1980 campaign theme? "Let's Make America Great."
As if it wasn't so great under Carter. As if it needed to be made great.
And just remember this the next time you get your information from CNN or the slightly more liberal GOP #SmartSet.
So here you go: Here's that sunny, uplifting, Gee Isn't America Doing Swell Under Jimmy Carter speech Reagan gave in 1980. Feel the Rubibot Happytalk.
Munich: Three Suspects on Run; Police Suspect "A Terrorist Attack;" Attack Took Place Near Stadium
Here's a French account. The American media lies.
LIVE: A hail of gunfire burst out in mall near the Olympic stadium of Munich, causing at least six deaths. The police suspect "a terrorist act." Three alleged shooters are still on the run.
All the trains coming into Munich are cancelled.
Remember, terrorist act doesn't mean Islamist terrorist attack -- terrorists come in different flavors.
BREAKING: Reports Munich gunman shouted 'you f***ing Turks!'— The Int'l Spectator (@intlspectator) July 22, 2016
Other reports claimed he was "ranting about immigrants."
That's not quite dispositive, though, as there are conflicting accounts. For example:
Witness broadcast on CNN says Munich gunman shouted "allahu Akbar" and targeted children.— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) July 22, 2016
We only know two things:
1. Barack Obama will continue being confused about the motive long after the rest of the world knows the motive.
Unless the motive is anti-immigrant xenophobia -- then he'll be Johnny on the Spot.
2. It's Germany's easy-breezy gun culture which is to blame for this. America must give up its childish fetish for guns posthaste.
Check out Obama in the upper left:
Ooofff... pic.twitter.com/NRAEhEYwKh— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) July 22, 2016
New Regular Feature: The Monday Moron Medical Monitoring Thread
I'm going to do this Monday because -- you may have noticed -- it really takes me a while to get going on Mondays. Might as well do a post on Sunday that I can hold over for Monday.
Anyway, if you're now doing some kind of health regime, get your data ready to post on Monday. If you're on the "Take weekends off" type regime, maybe take your data today or tomorrow a.m.
I'll also post those stupid health tips I see. Like I'll mention cinnamon in the next one. I know most of this is crap, and I know some will say, "Ace, boy you're dumb. All that supplement crap is for the dummies. It's a sales gimmick."
Yeah, I kind of know that, Ill-Tempered Hypothetical Critic, but I have to tell you, there's often a good psychological benefit to this bullshit. If I accept -- wrongly -- that St. John's Wort will give me an extra boost in muscle growth when I lift, buying St. John's Wort will probably give me bigger gains.
Not because If-I-Believe-It-It-Must-Be-True or the placebo effect.
No, I'll probably have better gains because, now armed with a (fake) magic potion, I'll probably hit the gym more often than I otherwise would have. After all, gotta get the full benefits of this Magical St John's Wort Muscle Stimulator.
And of course, there is real stuff mixed in with the bullshit or "bro-science" as weightlifters call it; cinnamon is a stimulant, and, like any stimulant, it will help reduce weight a bit simply by boosting resting metabolism.
But, you know, there's like five things that actually have proven effects (beet juice powder will knock about 5 mm Hg off your blood pressure, for example; not a lot, but it's something), so expect mostly bullshit.
I might just make shit up like Chocolate Gives You Longer, More Spiritually Fulfilling Orgasms. Seems to be what "nutrition scientists" and the media do, anyway.
Also, there was continuing chatter in the last thread. Check it out if you like. For eample, if you like pizza, buy those low-carb tortillas they have at every supermarket. It makes for a low (6g) carb "pizza crust" for oven-baked pizza. 8-9 minutes at 450 or 500 degrees. Watch it, because when it's ready at this temperature it turns and burns fast.
That's actually my own recipe, by the way. I think. I think I just noticed those in the market and realized I could use them for pizza.
Hmmm... Solution to bunless burgers: Toast a portobello mushroom and use it as the bottom bun for a burger.
It will retain some of that sweet sweet fat that has most of the burger flavor.
From Tami and Bosk.
Multiple Dead Feared in Shooting in Munich Mall Fast Food Court
Note this has not been related to terrorism yet, and also keep in mind there are plenty of mass shootings having nothing to do with Islamism.
Still, given the recent up-tempoing of ISIS attacks on soft targets where civilians gather in Europe, one certainly has suspicions in that direction.
Police: Up to 15 Dead. More horror.
Corrected: It happened in Munich, not Berlin.
Twitter's Stock Downgraded from "Hold" to "Sell"
That's because it's essentially a petri dish for stupidity, cowardice, cruelty, and impotent hatred, and we already have plenty of that without it.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
TGIF Morning News Dump (7/22/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Trump had a long speech. Believe me.
- No need to be kind, forget the rewind
- Brazillian police arrest suspected terrorists
- Russian cheaters out
- Eric Holder has landed a part-time gig. Don't you feel better?
- Another potential Clinton V.P. pick who didn't INTEND to do anything hinky
- Governnemt work means never having to take responsibility
- Democrats only want your union dues
- Oh sure, now we are good enough
- U.S. unemployment claims hit a 3 month low
- It isn't politics as usual with Donald Trump
- Politics as usual, Chris Matthews
- Hillary delegate should use Hillary defense, I didn't intend to shoot him in the neck
- It's just not the U.S.A. the entire world is going f*#&!@% nuts
- Please hold your "I told you so". Giggling is allowed.
- So the science wasn't settled after all
- North Miami cop shoots unarmed man in broad daylight
- When you're a Brown Shirt A.G. you can do anything you want to in the People's Republic of MA
- No, just HELL NO
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (7-21-2016)
Know Your Enemy Part XXVI: The Ginger
Moar below the fold.
Just fucking kidding - it's Yokopalooza time assholes.
Yahoo group. That is all.
Come on be a smartie and join the yahoo group party! For the children. Why do you hate children?
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The problem is, this speech seems believable and convincing, especially in a vacuum.— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) July 22, 2016
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And below the fold, the RNC live feed so you don't have to listen to a bunch of yammering lefty blowhards lying about what you're seeing and hearing
Final Convention Night: Peter Thiel, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump
So here we go.
I'm still in the health thread, by the way. I only want to here three speeches.
How About a Health Thread?
So several of us have a Moron Health Club going, where we're following one or more aspects of the strategies in this post.
Here's my own update: Continue losing weight. Some muscles now kinda-sorta visible in stomach. At least... if you know what you're looking for. Feel pretty good. Started weightlifting. Immediately hurt shoulder with jackass benchpress form (and no spotter). Now off weightlifting for two weeks.
Here's a thing. I realized a while back that I'm relatively good at losing weight and getting into something that resembles normal shape. What I'm horrible at is keeping it off.
I'm sure many have this same problem -- yes, at first, it's easy, because you're full of enthusiasm and curiosity. it's fun to experiment with your body, like a scientist.
Then you get bored. You get down to those last stubborn 20 pounds and give up. And start... gaining weight again.
So: I did something I thought I'd never do. I joined a weight maitainence program. It starts in a couple of weeks, which is pretty good timing, because that's when I tend to get bored and say "You know what are good? Apple fritters, that's what."
I joined the program not because I think they have anything to teach me -- I think I now have a good strategy. Low carb high fat combined with Intermittent Fasting 16-20 hours a day with occasional (4 times a week) 22-24 hour fast days.
No, my reason for gong is not to learn how to do this.
It's to keep myself accountable to others for it.
Whenever I have to see the doctor, I lose weight that month. I just don't want to embarrass myself.
When I'm done with the doctor, well. No sense staying lean now, huh?
In the 4-Hour Body, a decent book by Tim Ferris, he repeats the truism "What gets measured, gets improved." And, conversely, what doesn't get measured -- when you don't check your weight; when you don't check your look in the mirror -- devolves.
he notes a study, by the way, in which people were asked to write down what they ate in a diary. They were given no dietary advice or restrictions. They could eat anything they wanted. They could do what they had always done.
Yet, they lost weight.
The simple act of being mindful of what they were eating -- journaling their food intake -- was enough to cause them to put themselves on a regime the researchers hadn't asked for.
So, what gets measured gets improved; what is not measured, devolves.
So I joined this health maintenance program to finally avoid the Aw Fuck It Let's Get Fribbles thing.
I need a nurse taking my weight every two weeks. Yes, I'm already checking it every day.
But I need someone else to tell me, "You've lost 6 pounds." Even though I already know I lost six pounds, it doesn't count unless someone acknowledges it.
That's my plan to stick on this.
But I also thought: Why not open a weekly Moron Health Club thread where other people can post their goals and gains, their strategies and the outcomes from them?
Again: What gets measured, gets improved.
So here are my stats.
Last year I got way overweight (after quitting smoking) then lost about 32 pounds. But then, of course, I gained about 27 back.
From that recent high point, I've lost 20 pounds, and am getting kind of sort of back to my best recent weight. The I can fight through my real resistance point: My problem comes at 180 pounds. I want to be 170, or even 165. But when I hit 180 my body resists further weight loss. I can get to 178 but then I stop losing.*
Then come the Pop Tarts.
I'm on a fat fast right now, to help me get some momentum to break through my 180 pound wall.
Anyway, if you're already in the Moron Health Club, or would like to start, please enroll below.
By the way: Um, I'm not a doctor. You shouldn't listen to me. Everything I say about health is poison and will kill you. That's my disclosure. Listen to any of the stupid things that come plopping out of my mouth about any topic at all at your own risk.
* I'm kind of hitting a new resistance point at 187 but then, I'm also taking creatine -- a muscle volumizer that just stuffs water into your muscles, giving you a purely cosmetic "muscley" look -- so that's adding some water weight.
Yes, #NeverTrumpers, You Are In Fact Morally Responsible for the Hillary Clinton Presidency You're Agitating For
Sorry, I was on Twitter. I felt it was necessary to dispel the widely-held myth, adored by #NeverTrumpers, that somehow attacking Trump relentlessly does not aid Hillary Clinton, and that they are not choosing Hillary Clinton by choosing to be NeverTrump.
All choices have consequences. By supporting Trump, I am responsible for the consequences of a Trump victory -- and those consequences could indeed be dire.
But a childish morally-unserious fantasy has infected the #NeverTrump not-so-intellgentsia, that they can agitate for Hillary Clinton -- by relentlessly disparaging Trump -- and somehow, they are not responsible for the consequences of the Hillary presidency they are bucking for.
They've dreamed up this self-pleasing, responsibility-evading dreamscape in which those who plump for Trump are responsible for the outcomes of a Trump presidency, but, for no explanation thusfar discoverable, they are not responsible for the outcomes of the Hillary presidency they're agitating for.
I tried to explain to them that there is no such thing as a consequence-free choice -- all choices have consequences, both on the upside and the downside -- and both the upside and downswide consequences must be considered by any adult, intellectually-serious person in making his choice.
But they like this idea that, like little children, they are free to gambol and play in the fields and this does not even perturb the leading edge of a butterfly's wing, and so they just keep teling me "No you're wrong" without saying why I'm wrong.
Which, seriously, is a rather important part of any argument beginning with the words "You're wrong."
I ask people: When you knocked Obama in 2012, and wrote posts and comments noting his flaws, did you think you were doing nothing to improve Mitt Romney's chances of winning the presidency?
If so-- why the fuck did you bother?
Of course, this is silly; everyone knows that when one buys ads attacking a candidate, one is helping that candidate's opponent win.
The #NeverTrumpers are filling their blogs, magazines, and Twitter timelines with nonstop political advertising (free) against Trump, and maintain, just because they say so and because it pleases them to think so, this does exactly nothing to help Hillary, and they are therefore not responsibe for her election.
Or let me put it this way: I am not hoping for Trump to get into some serious international snafu by supporting him. Yet I know that is a very real possibility if he's president.
Should this happen, I can't just say "But I didn't want trump to screw up so badly."
People would say -- no, but you knew the risks in supporting him, and you supported him anyway; you are therefore morally responsible for this.
Yet the #NeverTrumpers claim that the obvious, inescapable outcome of their position -- that Hillary Clinton will be the president -- is not their responsibility, just because they didn't intend that as a pirmary matter.
No, but they were completely aware it was the natural and inevitable consequence of their position.
So why would a Trump supporter be responsible for a foreign policy catastrophe he didn't even know for a fact would happen, when a #NeverTrumper claims to be innocent of the Hillary Presidency they know beyond a shadow of any doubt is the direct and inescapable consequence of the NeverTrump posiition?
They're responsible for it. They don't want to be, but they are.
I don't particularly want to be on the hook for a Trump presidency, but, being a morally serious person who has not yet delegated my thinking to the Twitter Hivemind, I recognize that by taking the action of lending him my support, I am responsible for the conseqyences of that act.
Why do the childish #NeverTrumpers mewl that they, alone in the universe, are not responsiblee for the consequences of their own choices?
I understand the #NeverTrump impulse. I've expressed it myself. After Trump's boorish, vulgar, half-insane attack on Cruz's wife, I announced "I'm done" with Trump and vowed to never vote for him.
I understand #NeverTrump, emotionally. I think there's merit in the position.
However, we have difficult choices to make. And difficult choices should be treated as what they are -- difficult, hard choices requiring moral seriousness and rigorous cost-benefit analysis.
They should not be made --artificially and falsely -- into easy-breezy decisions where one just says "I will do everything I can to make sure Trump is defeated, and I shall never give a thought to the prospect of a Hillary presidency, and I should never allow my shoulders to feel the burden of the consequences of the choice I am making."
Real men -- and tough-minded women -- do not go fleeing tough choices by simply hallucinating an "Officer Dimes, please come and save me" miracle solution.
Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be president in November.
If you think Hillary would be a better president -- or if Trump is so repulsive to you you cannot support him even if you think Hillary would be worse -- fine. I respect your opinion.
We all have different brains. We all have different priorities.
But what I must insist you cannot do -- what i will not permit you to do -- is fantasize that while a Trump supporter is resonsible for the gaffes and disasters of a President Trump, you are somehow innocent of the purges and witchhunts of a President Hillary.
Trump supporters will own the consequences of a Trump presidency -- and Hillary supporters, both those who declare it proudly and those who wish it secretly -- own the consequences of a Hillary presidency.
Adults accept the consequences of their choices.
Only children run from them, or cross their fingers behind their backs and claim that's a charm insulating them from the consequences of their choices.
Some decisions are hard. They should be respected as being hard.
And no, Officer Dimes is not coming to save you from the dilemma you face.
Nice Truck Attacker Had Help, Planned Murders for Months
Barack Obama issued a statement declaring the murders "a stone-cold mystery."
Cruz Doubles Down at Texas Delegation Speech, Says He Can't Support a Guy Who Insulted His Wife
One of the most retarded aspects of GOP politics -- and there are many retarded aspects -- is the childish and embarrassing spectacle of idiots choosing their Pokemon Champion and brooking no insult to their cuddly avatar.
People freak out of if you say you didn't like Rush Limbaugh's last statement. Rush Limbaugh is our Hero. You cannot speak ill of him.
Now the Trumptards (not all people are Trumptards, but man, are there some Trumptards) are freaking out that Ted Cruz is slighting the dignity of Orange Julius Caesar by refusing to endorse him explicitly.
You know, after Trump called his wife ugly and said his dad might have plugged Kennedy.
The Trumptards think that Ted Cruz should submit to the Might of Trump and bend the knee.
People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all. I'll actually be on their side. When they show up, I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling.
It is amazing to me that while we debate who will be president, stupid motherfuckers continue focusing on the only thing their little minds can grasp: whether this Personality was deferential to my Hero Personality.
Listen up, morons: It's not just about your Personality Pokemon Battles.
Trump treated Cruz viciously enough that Cruz is completely disburdened of the obligation of supporting him. At some point, you've insulted your way out of an endorsement.
Trump picked the Rules of Engagement. He has to live with him.
Now I still favor Trump over Hillary Clinton.
But increasingly, I guess, I don't care who wins. This country is just fucking stupid. The entire GOP is fucking stupid. I cannot tolerate this unending stupidity from maniacs.
Here's how the hero-worshipping, Cult of Personality promoting brain trust at Breitbart reported it:
oh my— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) July 21, 2016
four anti-cruz stories
one PRO-RUBIO story
we have entered bizarro world pic.twitter.com/Km8aGZqBuQ
And this, via Hot Air, is Donald Trump himself repudiating this pledge, now claimed by Breitbart to be holy and inviolable:
I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.
It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.
I just can't take it much longer. And I won't.
Laugh: Of course. Speaking of brain dead battles of Television Personality Heroes, Saint Sarah of Wasilla had to do a cutesy-poo mean girl put-down.
It's about her speed.
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A Zero Content Open Thread [CBD]
You'll get no content and you'll be grateful.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
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Thursday Morning News Dump (7/21/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Of course Obama lied to us and kept us in the dark over Iran
- Iran threatens U.S.A.
- UN condemns Iran
- Naughty al Qaeda members are in Iran. Their permanent records have been noted.
- TX Voter ID law rejected by 5th Circuit
- Don't blame Islam, blame mental illness
- DoJ going after 'Wolf of Wall Street' and $1Billion
- Café where cop had glass in his sammich is closed
- Global Cooling 1 Global Warming 0
- Police chief fired for blasting BLM on his personal FB account
- Debt is good and is a boost to the economy. Yeah its the Obama administration's view
- TFG wants to make it easier to discharge student debt
- Hillary's hack is back
- Rep. Mark Takai (D-HI) RIP
- Big weekend coming up in Uruguay
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (7-20-2016)
ALL OTHER ONTS ARE LIES - ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES!
Ah, I remember my own days in the military fondly, but one of the biggest adjustments we had to make was learning that there was a set of instructions for doing everything from operating heavy machinery to washing your socks. Hey. that's just military life for you. There's always a manual to be referred to and if you get confused, there's a manual listing all of the manuals. Take for example the rules about getting a sex change operation. You'll want to make sure that you've checked in with the correct sources and.
Wait a minute. What was that again? A sex change manual for the military?
For 2016, the Navy has purchased just under 80 million gallons of the 10/90 biofuel blend, about 6 percent of the 1.3 billion gallons of fuel the Navy uses annually. The Navy paid $2.05 per gallon, which is roughly in line with the cost of regular marine diesel thanks to robust biofuel subsidies from the US government, though that hasn't satisfied the program's detractors.
"There's more important shit to spend money on in the military, period," says US Representative Duncan Hunter, a Marine Corps veteran and Republican congressman from San Diego, principal homeport of the Navy's Pacific Fleet.He describes the decision-makers behind the Great Green Fleet as "all the smartest guys that went to the John F. Kennedy School of Smart People," and calls their interest in biofuels "just stupid."
Which reminds me of this classic Reno 911! scene.
This whole no-intent loophole thing seems useful. I must look into it.
Democrats and the media lionized Kennedy even though they knew what he had done. They did so because his politics were good, and that washes away all sins on the left - because on the left, the only sin is for one's politics to be incorrect.
What's the deal with sports writers and unhinged hatred.
Two thoughts: 1) when Nigeria no longer takes $339 million dollars in aid every year from the just the US alone, they can have a space program and 2) the Financial Times apparently does not have a drug testing policy.
How bad off is Nigeria? This bad.
The receiving Radio Tokyo decades after the war story is a good one.
Sometimes the only difference between a bra and a bikini top is the label. And price.
But it's also cheaper than many placebos and gets good patient satisfaction ratings.
Why They Never Evolved Part IX: Booze-Loving African Chimps Make Special Tools So They Can Get Drunk
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