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Open Thread | Main | Morning Thread (1-21-2016)
January 20, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (1-20-2016)


You know why.

Thomas Sowell on What Elections Are For

Guess What - El Chapo Had a Fast-and-Furious Gun

As did one of the terrorists who tried to shoot up the "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest held in Texas this May.

A Bit of Sanity: Oberlin College President Rejects 14-Page Student Demand List

Which means that the students won't get to fire professors who displease them and will have to put up with appropriationist General Tso's chicken in the cafeteria.

How Much Firepower Does Your State Have?

In terms of small arms. I get the impression that at least 35 to 40 US states could probably take on Spain.


Steyn on How the Bowie-Crosby Duet Mashup Came to Be

I've recounted before the tale of how young Bowie wound up writing the first English lyric of "My Way" (with Anthony Newley in mind), and I often find myself, when the song pops up on the radio, singing along with the Bowie text. And this close to Christmas I could always dust off his duet with Bing, recorded at Elstree in September 1977 for that year's Crosby Christmas special. A month later Bing dropped dead on a Spanish golf course, and the show was aired posthumously. There had been some last-minute drama surrounding Bowie's appearance on the show. The producers informed him that he'd be singing his song "Heroes" and then doing "Little Drummer Boy" with Bing. "I hate that song!" he fumed. "I'm only doing the show because my mum loves Bing. But I refuse to sing 'Little Drummer Boy'." And he meant it.

This was the day before they were due to record, and they already had the arrangement of "Drummer Boy", and Bing liked it. So Buz Kohan, the show's producer and writer, and Ian Fraser, the British conductor, got together with Larry Grossman, an old hand at special material, and in half-an-hour wrote a contrapuntal theme that Bowie could sing over the existing chart of "Drummer Boy". That's the "Peace On Earth" part of the number - and Ian Fraser hastily arranged the middle-eight for the orchestra so that Bing could join in on part of the new song. He evidently enjoyed it, hailing young David as "a real fine asset to the show", as well as "a clean-cut kid", which no one had hitherto accused Bowie of. And so the man who introduced "White Christmas" wound up partially introducing one last Christmas song in the final weeks of his life. All because David Bowie threw a big hissy fit.


Why The iPhone Will Not Be Made in the USA Regardless of What Trump Says

It's not just workers or cost - China also has a complete supply chain from foundries to components to packagers that the US currently lacks.

Related: What's in a tool? A case for Made in USA.

Hellhole Watch: Afghan Man Cuts First Wife's Nose Off For Objecting to 6-Year-Old Second Wife

Moe Lane's Social Media Tips for Students, and *Other* Other People!

Moloch worshippers pay heed!

HBO Will Air the Seven-Hour Epic Cut Of 'The Godfather'

In 1977, NBC found some time in its busy schedule of Chico and the Man reruns to air The Godfather Saga, a massive seven-and-a-half-hour chronological edit of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. It follows Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone from his young immigrant days, where he's played by Robert De Niro, to when he's a crazy old man with oranges in his mouth.

The Godfather Saga had director Francis Ford Coppola's blessing (he reportedly said yes because he needed money to finish making Apocalypse Now). But with the Saga's toned-down violence and frequent commercial breaks, not to mention how it aired over four nights, it's not the way The Godfather and The Godfather Part II deserve to be seen. Enter HBO, which is airing the re-named Godfather Epic throughout January, complete with restored violence and footage that was cut from the theatrical releases.


Suck It Pluto - There's a New Ninth Planet in Town

Can You Spot the Anachronistic Mistake(s) in this Drawing?


Woo Hoo: The 2016 Swiss Farm Girl Calendar is Out!

And it's NSFW which means that it's awesome. And yes moronettes there's a Swiss farm boy calendar too.


News That May Be of Use To You: What It's Like to Be a Pimp

Remember though that pimpin' ain't easy.

I remember when I heard pimpin ain't easy for the first time, long before I ever turned my first bitch out I thought it was a joke. I thought pimpin ain't easy was like "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse". I thought it was an over exaggeration, like yeah, pimpin ain't easy cause you gotta count all that money boo-hooo right? Well after being a pimp for a while I can certainly attest to the fact that pimpin ain't easy and it's no joke.

Being a pimp is not hard, and I don't mean to over exaggerate in any way cause I sure as hell don't mean to make it sound like working a dead end 9-5 or even compare to being a CEO of a major company. The saying was never pimpin is hard, pimps just say pimpin ain't easy because the general conception is that pimping takes no work or effort at all. A true pimp will make it look easy, but it's far from being easy.

If you ain't a pimp and you're just reading this out of interest, then think about it like this. if you've ever had a wife or a girlfriend who needs to talk, feel wanted, feel comforted, feel safe, feel secure, feel like she knows you love her, feel like her future holds better things, feel like she's the center of the fucking universe and if not, she's bitchin and nagging at you. Then just imagine the same situation but your wife is a bitch who's fucking 5-10 tricks a day, she was sexually abused as a child, she's got a handfull of addictions going from caffeine and nicotine to prescription drugs to straight up cocaine and heroine problems. Now on top of your bitch being that fucked up you've also got 5-10 of them to deal with on a daily basis 24/7.


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