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by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 21:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2840
Views: 90562

Re: I just don't get it

Rick Mercer is a Canadian leftist comedian whose primary schtick was "Talking to Americans" where he would ambush ordinary Americans to show how ignorant they were (usually of Canada). I hated the schtick both because it played into a popular Canadian Leftist prejudice and you absolutely know that ...
by D.A. Ridgely
14 Aug 2018, 13:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?
Replies: 37
Views: 493

Re: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?

I've never made baklava. I actually prefer the Egyptian version in Astoria to the Greek. A little less overwhelming on the sweetness. Have you had feteer with honey? I love that stuff whenever I go to Egypt. It's basically Egyptian crepe, you can have sweet or savory versions. The ones with Egyptia...
by D.A. Ridgely
09 Aug 2018, 17:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Questions for the Grylliade Non-Hive Mind
Replies: 673
Views: 28150

Re: Questions for the Grylliade Non-Hive Mind

What Highway said.
by D.A. Ridgely
27 Jul 2018, 17:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133430

Re: Orange is the new President

No one ever went broke overestimating the stupidity of Donald Trump.
by D.A. Ridgely
19 Jul 2018, 15:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If You're So Smart, How Come You're a Phone?
Replies: 4
Views: 109

If You're So Smart, How Come You're a Phone?

Time to upgrade from my increasingly erratic Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge. So, any thoughts on Galaxy 9 versus iPhone X? My preliminary thoughts are that my previous iPhone was much more intuitive and especially better at storing and playing music. The new iPhone comes with an option for more memory, which...
by D.A. Ridgely
07 Jul 2018, 23:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2223
Views: 100770

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

I agree that they don't want to be confronted with it, which is why they use euphemisms like execution or capital punishment. I'm skeptical that the optics are the lynchpin holding up that and other abominable institutions. I fear that if they were broadcast live you would see a society with more n...
by D.A. Ridgely
05 Jul 2018, 22:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133430

Re: Orange is the new President

It apparently was indeed random blabbering that his aides were able to prevent from turning into action. The problem with Trump is that he has no real understanding of anything, and no serious ideas, so all he ever produces is random blabbering .... He has single-handedly created the Brownian Motio...
by D.A. Ridgely
05 Jul 2018, 22:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To Infinity War and Beyond: the MCU Thread with Spoilers
Replies: 297
Views: 12739

Re: To Infinity War and Beyond: the MCU Thread with Spoilers

No spoilers for now, but definitely go see "Ant-Man and the Wasp." I think it's one of their very best movies.
by D.A. Ridgely
05 Jul 2018, 18:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133430

Re: Orange is the new President

If Trump's election proves nothing else, it proves that the arguments against nations assassinating each other's leaders is far weaker than was previously believed.
by D.A. Ridgely
05 Jul 2018, 17:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Legal Eagle Question
Replies: 94
Views: 3920

Re: Legal Eagle Question

You can't avoid liability in a defamation action by prefacing "John is a syphilitic child molester" by adding "In my opinion...." If Jones did, as Jennifer wrote, "claim that the Sandy Hook shooting never happened--according to him, all those mourning parents are lying, because their kids either nev...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jul 2018, 21:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Legal Eagle Question
Replies: 94
Views: 3920

Re: Legal Eagle Question

I assume Alex Jones has the wherewithal to pay legal fees. Yes, lawyers who take on this sort of work at all generally like free publicity. Is a further explanation required for why Randazza would take the case? While it's true that defamation must as a rule be against specific individuals and not a...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jul 2018, 19:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Legal Eagle Question
Replies: 94
Views: 3920

Re: Legal Eagle Question

Yes,... and?
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jul 2018, 18:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Legal Eagle Question
Replies: 94
Views: 3920

Re: Legal Eagle Question

You are surprised that an attorney might raise a defense or suggest in public that he will raise a defense which may not prevail? I will assume without bothering to investigate that Jones is contending he's a journalist and that his statements are protected as freedom of the press under NY Times v. ...
by D.A. Ridgely
29 Jun 2018, 14:38
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5583
Views: 224321

Re: Light laffs

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by D.A. Ridgely
14 Jun 2018, 17:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 884
Views: 34681

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Right but he can't vote for it, either. Do they have to get 50/51 votes to pass? Or is 49/48 a win? Actually, if I recall correctly, if no Democratic Senators are on the floor and McCain is absent, there isn't a quorum. I forget the circumstances under which Senators can be required to be on the Se...
by D.A. Ridgely
14 Jun 2018, 02:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 5698
Views: 133430

Re: Orange is the new President

It reminds me of that scene in a Few Good Men, when Nicholson says "Hey corporal, get me the President on the phone. We're abandoning our position in Cuba." "Yes, Sir." This. What bothers me is that the same guy who wrote that line wrote The West Wing , too, and that I'd actually be happy if Aaron ...
by D.A. Ridgely
13 Jun 2018, 18:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2840
Views: 90562

Re: I just don't get it

by D.A. Ridgely
13 Jun 2018, 15:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 884
Views: 34681

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Sufficient grounds for impeachment and removal are whatever has enough votes in Congress. Teapot Dome certainly ruined whatever was left of the Harding Administration and his Sec. of Army did get convicted of bribery and sent to prison. The law isn't troubled by the "correlation isn't causation" adm...
by D.A. Ridgely
12 Jun 2018, 13:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2582
Views: 131348

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

*one google later* An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May was also 1960. The Smothers Brothers at the Purple Onion was 1961. From a 2008 PBS article about the history of comedy LPs. ... The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart was released early in 1960; it zoomed to the top of the charts—not the “...
by D.A. Ridgely
12 Jun 2018, 12:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2582
Views: 131348

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Redd Foxx was the best known, but there had been "party albums" at least as far back as the early to mid 50s and they were, of course, arguably illegal in most states on obscenity grounds. Lehrer self-recorded and promoted his first "album," though it was subsequently picked up and released commerci...
by D.A. Ridgely
12 Jun 2018, 10:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 884
Views: 34681

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Does the EU have protectionism in some sectors? Yes, but so do we. It would be better if both sides eliminated them. Exactly. Trump has fixated on Canada's 'Supply Management System' for agricultural products and ramped the rhetoric on it up to 11. I hate the system, which caters to and enriches a ...
by D.A. Ridgely
12 Jun 2018, 10:50
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2582
Views: 131348

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

It's not all that bad in its depiction of the early days of contemporary stand-up, either. I eagerly await the next season. There is a nit I feel the need to pick. In the last episode, Lenny brings Midge on stage and she's like "I'm sorry. You came to see him and you have to listen to me first. I p...
by D.A. Ridgely
12 Jun 2018, 00:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 884
Views: 34681

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Honestly, the fact that so many people think Trump's corruption is normal is probably more threatening than his actual corruption. The damage his corruption is doing is in making that look normal. It's not; it hasn't been in decades; and it's both important to make it abnormal, and to make people b...
by D.A. Ridgely
12 Jun 2018, 00:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7722
Views: 254114

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

dbcooper wrote:
07 Jun 2018, 08:19
dhex wrote:
07 Jun 2018, 07:48
i know someone who taught basic instinct for a feminism and film class.
I think it's a popular "text" for that. She exploits the male gaze and ego, and leads them around by their dicks.
See, also, Body Heat.
by D.A. Ridgely
12 Jun 2018, 00:39
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2582
Views: 131348

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

I signed up for a 30 day trial of Amazon Prime so I wouldn't have to pay for shipping. I'm trying to make the most of my thirty days by watching prime shows and movies. I binged the existing 8 episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . Anyone watching this? I'm a bit torn on it. On the one hand I'm a ...