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    • AvatarAaron David in reply to Oscar Gordon on Speaking of TerrorTerrance?
    • AvatarAaron David on Weekend Plans Post: The State FairAs for fairs, state or county or worlds, I generally avoid them. You see, as a child, my father was a fair judge. Master of Stone fruit. So, I got my fill of the experience as a pup. This weekend, no real plans except more work in painting the trim on the old pile.
    • AvatarOscar Gordon on Speaking of TerrorIf terrorism is violence committed for political purposes, what do we call violence where the political purpose is pretty much a secondary or tertiary motivation, and the more relevant motivations are emotional/egotistical?
    • AvatarJoeSal on Weekend Plans Post: The State FairProbably be listening to Born Down by johnny strong and sipping some rum. Apply some walnut stain to a sacred totem. I don't know what's in the minwax stain that makes it smell good, maybe linseed oil, but thats good stuff. The round death ray in the sky has baked the moisture out of the ground for a solid month and trees are looking a bit thirsty, prolly give them a drink.
    • AvatarJoeSal in reply to Michael Cain on Weekend Plans Post: The State FairGood lord in wool trousers, that's cruel and unusual torture. I went to several fairs north of where fillyjonk is and even for a son of the badlands i remember it being sweltering, fry an egg on the pavement.
    • AvatarDamon on Speaking of TerrorI've spent my life around guns in less and more heavily regulated areas of the country. Blue states and Red states. I've lived in small towns and big east coast cities. I've lived where "trespassers will be shot" signs really meant that. That small town? No one locked their doors...but we did. Habit from living in a more urban area. My garage door was always closed, my car always locked. I am always was aware of where Ii was and who was around me and what they were doing. It's not fear...it's prudence. When two dudes start smack talking each other at the bar, I back away. I don't live in fear....but I'm aware of what's going on....i'm not on my phone ignoring my situation. That's enough probability wise to do.
    • AvatarJaybird in reply to Michael Cain on Weekend Plans Post: The State FairI can't imagine its changed much. There are more gadgets and electronics but, between those, it still has high schoolers in wool playing "Louie Louie" as they march down the promenade.
    • AvatarJaybird in reply to Tod Kelly on Weekend Plans Post: The State FairIt's, like, a Ren Faire for normal people. Maribou and I don't go to the events proper (monster trucks, tractor pulls, Rock and/or Roll from 38 Special), just the various pavilions and see the various 4H kids doing 4H stuff and hearing a rooster crow from 10 feet away is an experience in itself. If you've got a free afternoon, you would benefit from wandering through it with some roasted corn or a turkey leg or a beer smoothie in hand.
    • AvatarJaybird on Epstein DeadAnd Mother Jones... What the hell did I just read? https://t.co/entaQfSOsH— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) August 23, 2019
    • Avatarpillsy in reply to KenB on The Hedgehog Who WonDon't care. The situation's not reversed. Sometimes your ideological beliefs and partisan interests align. Seems silly to pull your punches when they do.
    • AvatarKenB in reply to pillsy on The Hedgehog Who WonThere's an implicit suggestion there that this is specifically a GOP failing - do you really think that if the situation were reversed and the Dems benefited from the EC, mainstream Dems wouldn't be defending it?
    • AvatarMichael Cain on Weekend Plans Post: The State FairI haven't been to a State Fair since I was in high school. My high school's marching band was invited to be an "honor band" each year that I was there. Which meant riding a school bus for 50 miles to the fair grounds, and marching/playing around the periphery for an hour. Twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The weather was much as you would expect for August in eastern Nebraska: hot, humid, and the sun beating down. The uniform was wool trousers and jacket, white shirt, a waterproof plastic overlay that covered you front and back above the waist, and a tall fur shako. You could sweat off a quart or more of water during that hour in the afternoon. (It wasn't the least pleasant of the summer appearances for the band. The annual "La Vista Death March" late in July each year was worse.)
    • AvatarAndrew Donaldson in reply to Fish on To Lift This Great Social Incubus of Bad CookingAlton is great. His pitch for Good Eats was "Julia Child meets Mr Wizard.' Love that show.
    • AvatarJaybird in reply to pillsy on The Hedgehog Who WonOh, I don't have the where-to-stand to say whether she's right or not. I'm only fascinated that she's back and a firebrand again.
    • Avatarpillsy in reply to Jaybird on The Hedgehog Who WonYes and she's actually saying something correct.
    • AvatarFish on To Lift This Great Social Incubus of Bad Cooking"Recipes in 19th-century cookbooks relied on measurements like a “handful” of rice or a “goodly amount” of molasses..." This is why nobody in my wife's family can completely and accurately replicate her grandmother's biscuits--she didn't follow a recipe, she just knew how to make them. Her aunt comes the closest--and her biscuits are damn good--but they aren't quite grandmothers. I also finally caught an episode of the new "Good Eats" and Alton Brown is excellent, as ever. Good post!
    • Avatarblake on Gillette: The Best a Meme Can GetAnd now Gillette has flipped back. I presume this changes no one's mind about anything.
    • AvatarJaybird in reply to Jaybird on The Hedgehog Who WonI learned that AOC wasn't tweeting because they're not in session and she was on vacay. And, apparently, she's back. I see Fox News is big mad about abolishing the electoral college.So let’s talk about it.1) If the GOP were the “silent majority” they claim, they wouldn’t be so scared of a popular vote.They *know* they aren’t the majority. They rely on establishing minority rule for power.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 23, 2019
    • AvatarJaybird in reply to Oscar Gordon on Speaking of TerrorWord. (Also check to see whether there are attempts to hammer out who is David and who is Goliath.)
    • AvatarOscar Gordon on Speaking of TerrorWhenever definitions skitter around, someone is angling to gain or exercise power over someone or something. It should be making your BS detector sound loudly.
    • AvatarJoeSal in reply to pillsy on The Hedgehog Who WonYeah, and honestly I'm not that good with arguments framed within the context of 'obligations to each other'(spit, spit), but it was like a piece of puzzle that might fit in this scenario.
    • AvatarJoeSal in reply to Stillwater on The Hedgehog Who WonOh good, I'm starting the BDS of population centers. Where's my T-shirt?
    • Avatarpillsy in reply to JoeSal on The Hedgehog Who WonIf so this is the first I've heard about it, and it's not the stated rationale, nor is it remotely plausibly the real reason, for what's happening now.
    • AvatarTod Kelly on Weekend Plans Post: The State FairLike fillyjonk I've never been to a state fair. My first blush reaction to the idea is that there isn't anything there I would find interesting, though once I think that it hits me that I actually have no idea what one does at state fair. And now I'm googling the upcoming Oregon State Fair. The Special Events include Belt Buckle Battle, Monster Truck Championship, tractor pull, and a seemingly misplaced thing called the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs. So probably not my cup of tea in 2019, but I bet when the kids were actually kids it might have been a blast. I'm mostly relaxing this weekend. The only things I have on my calendar is taking the oldest boy out to dinner tonight to celebrate his birthday, and meeting up with Burt tomorrow to do a distillery-tasting run with knitting niki. Main goal: engage in absolutely positively zero work-related activities. We'll see how well I can actually do with that.
    • AvatarJoeSal in reply to Chip Daniels on The Hedgehog Who WonI'm sure there will be a plaque to the patron saint of idiots somewhere in Pripyat over the last grave of democricide.
    • AvatarJoeSal in reply to Stillwater on The Hedgehog Who WonYou could tell me how cute and cuddly that rabbit is, still ain't buying it.
    • AvatarStillwater in reply to JoeSal on The Hedgehog Who WonDon’t we have an obligation to each other to at least not support (if only by denying trade) this kind of regime? Welcome to the BDS movement Joe.
    • AvatarJaybird on Epstein DeadIt's weird what comes to light. Obviously the NYT reporter soliciting money from Epstein is the biggest take away here but ABC News producing a major story w/his victims then killing the piece is just as egregious. The stories reporters know and don't tell is the best way to measure bias https://t.co/DpNioOsExP— Lee Fang (@lhfang) August 23, 2019
    • AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Stillwater on The Hedgehog Who WonWhat's actually striking to me is how fair the comparison is. Rome was of course every bit as murderous and dictatorial and unjust as any 20th century regime yet somehow, escapes the opprobrium that we assign to latter day regimes. I'm imagining some 23rd century historian documenting about the Great Empires of the past, which are of course, Imperial America*, the Soviet Union, and Maoist China. The ruins of Soviet tractor factories and hydroelectic dams and the Interstate Highway system and the massive Foxxcon works will be painted by legions of artists the way we fondly paint the Colosseum and Parthenon. *after the fall of the Republic, but before the unfortunate Twitter Incident by the Mad President
    • AvatarStillwater in reply to JoeSal on The Hedgehog Who WonOoops. Ya got me. That Monty Python skit was people bitching about Rome, not China, wasn't it.
    • AvatarJoeSal in reply to pillsy on The Hedgehog Who WonDon't we have an obligation to each other to at least not support (if only by denying trade) this kind of regime? And of course we might need to unpack their currency manipulations that have went on for the last X number of years.
    • AvatarJoeSal in reply to Stillwater on The Hedgehog Who WonCommunist China=Rome, hahaha Nope.
    • AvatarJoeSal in reply to Saul Degraw on The Hedgehog Who WonI didn't actually say charity, so try again.
    • AvatarJoeSal in reply to Chip Daniels on The Hedgehog Who WonYeah I should have just merged the meanings of the two words and went with Democratic Socialists(oh hell, Clintons again).
    • AvatarStillwater in reply to JoeSal on The Hedgehog Who WonFTR what was the upside in supporting a murderous communist regime "Apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"
    • Avatarjason on Weekend Plans Post: The State FairYup, it's going to be hot in the 'Blo; my weather channel app says 95 and 99 on Saturday and Sunday. Stay cool. We're actually going to the fair this year because the wife wanted to attend a concert on the 31st. We'll probably get there early to have some fair food.
    • AvatarSaul Degraw in reply to JoeSal on The Hedgehog Who WonOverbroad, vague. Trade is not charity. We have been trading with China since Nixon. They are an incredibly large market and a huge consumer of American agricultural products.
    • AvatarJoeSal in reply to Mike Dwyer on The Answer, My Friend, is Blowin’ in the Wind? Perhaps.The not-friendly-to-guns crowd has shown complete ignorance repeatedly in legislation. Not only that, it's not that they are 'not friendly to guns' to the point that the state is disarmed, its just people they disargee with that have to be disarmed. The fact that they hire other people to point guns at people is a pretty hard indicator that they shouldn't be trusted at all. When pressed they always say how such and such social construct will take away your property(which you actually said up above in the vein of fish and wildlife), they NEVER say that they will come. Which means this is just a faction hiding behind hired guns. Its just one dishonest power play wrapped up in a specific flavor of social objectivity.
    • Avatarpillsy in reply to Jaybird on The Hedgehog Who WonOf course what has actually happened is the opposite: the WH backed off on criticizing what the PRC is doing in Hong Kong in order to avoid upsetting the trade negotiations.
    • AvatarJaybird in reply to pillsy on The Hedgehog Who WonPersonally, I think that if Trump wanted concessions from China, he should have just given them Hong Kong. Carrots work so much better than sticks.