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K. William Huitt
Churches In the Hands of an Angry God
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The Answer, My Friend, is Blowin’ in the Wind? Perhaps.
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Weekend Plans Post: The State Fair
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Thursday Throughput for 8/22/19
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Starla Jackson
Speaking of Terror
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Epstein Dead
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The Hedgehog Who Won
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To Lift This Great Social Incubus of Bad Cooking
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Gillette: The Best a Meme Can Get
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The comments...

AvatarDark Matter in reply to Pinky
+ It definitely existed in a situation where an unscrupulous leader could manipulate the populace, but pre-railroad, this was unavoidable. Just like finding an animal with [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Chip Daniels

This is not…reasonable. This isn’t amenable to the normal push and pull of politics and democracy. It becomes religious zealotry.

Pot. Meet Kettle.

+ Yep. I'm sure they've changed things in the intervening decades (yeah, I'm old). Our band director was a retired Army master sergeant, who [. . .]
+ See, I could see myself enjoying a Ren Faire, especially if I had someone to go with me. (A big thing with me and crowds [. . .]
AvatarAaron David in reply to Aaron David

Well, now I have been told that we decided to go visit friends on the coast. So, got that going for me, which is nice.

AvatarOscar Gordon

Clearly all we need to do is ship all our excess CO2 to Mars!

Two birds, one big ass flotilla of tanker space ships.

AvatarBrent F in reply to Jaybird
+ As a child of video games, the direction of the supposed miss match between David and Goliath is confusing to me. The guy with the [. . .]
Avatardragonfrog
+ The state-fair-equivalent fairs here have pretty good bands every evening, and the gate price is way cheaper than concert tickets for those same bands at [. . .]
AvatarPD Shaw
+ My wife and I volunteered to work a gate at the State Fair again this year, but for the first time for a long time, [. . .]
AvatarAaron David
+ As for fairs, state or county or worlds, I generally avoid them. You see, as a child, my father was a fair judge. Master of [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon
+ If terrorism is violence committed for political purposes, what do we call violence where the political purpose is pretty much a secondary or tertiary motivation, [. . .]
AvatarJoeSal
+ Probably 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 [. . .]
AvatarJoeSal in reply to Michael Cain
+ Good 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 [. . .]
AvatarDamon
+ I've spent my life around guns in less and more heavily regulated areas of the country. Blue states and Red states. I've lived [. . .]
+ I 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" [. . .]
+ It'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 [. . .]

And Mother Jones...

Avatarpillsy in reply to KenB

Don'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
+ There's an implicit suggestion there that this is specifically a GOP failing - do you really think that if the situation were reversed and the [. . .]
+ I 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 [. . .]

Alton is great. His pitch for Good Eats was "Julia Child meets Mr Wizard.' Love that show.

Oh, 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

Yes and she's actually saying something correct.

AvatarFish
+ "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 [. . .]

And now Gillette has flipped back.

I presume this changes no one's mind about anything.

+ I 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 [. . .]

Word.

(Also check to see whether there are attempts to hammer out who is David and who is Goliath.)

AvatarOscar Gordon
+ Whenever definitions skitter around, someone is angling to gain or exercise power over someone or something. It should be making your BS detector sound [. . .]
AvatarJoeSal in reply to pillsy
+ Yeah, 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 [. . .]
AvatarJoeSal in reply to Stillwater

Oh good, I'm starting the BDS of population centers. Where's my T-shirt?

Avatarpillsy in reply to JoeSal
+ If 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 [. . .]
+ Like 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 [. . .]
AvatarJoeSal in reply to Chip Daniels

I'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

You could tell me how cute and cuddly that rabbit is, still ain't buying it.

AvatarStillwater in reply to JoeSal
+ Don’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 [. . .]
+ It'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 [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Stillwater
+ What'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 [. . .]
AvatarStillwater in reply to JoeSal

Ooops. Ya got me. That Monty Python skit was people bitching about Rome, not China, wasn't it.

AvatarJoeSal in reply to pillsy
+ Don'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 [. . .]
AvatarJoeSal in reply to Stillwater

Communist China=Rome,
hahaha
Nope.

AvatarJoeSal in reply to Saul Degraw

I didn't actually say charity, so try again.

AvatarJoeSal in reply to Chip Daniels

Yeah 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
+ FTR 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 [. . .]
+ Yup, 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 [. . .]
AvatarSaul Degraw in reply to JoeSal
+ Overbroad, vague. Trade is not charity. We have been trading with China since Nixon. They are an incredibly large market and a huge consumer of [. . .]
AvatarJoeSal in reply to Mike Dwyer
+ 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 [. . .]