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by D.A. Ridgely
25 Apr 2019, 10:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To Infinity War and Beyond: the MCU Thread with Spoilers
Replies: 466
Views: 27869

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

An advance copy of Endgame came my way late last night. NO SPOILERS. I'll just say it's good but it also made me glad when it was all over in more ways than one.
by D.A. Ridgely
24 Apr 2019, 23:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Idiocracy is here
Replies: 111
Views: 4703

Re: Idiocracy is here

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by D.A. Ridgely
24 Apr 2019, 14:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Idiocracy is here
Replies: 111
Views: 4703

Re: Idiocracy is here

If my FB feed is any indication, more people were celebrating 420 than anything else.
by D.A. Ridgely
24 Apr 2019, 14:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 760
Views: 34142

Re: Putin on the Writs

Take any issue. Ask “how does Putin benefit” make up a story, assign causality. Rinse, repeat. There is no conspiracy theory, no matter how wild, that you cannot find some sort of 'evidence' to support. This is especially true in the internet age. This whole "internet age" business is evidence of a...
by D.A. Ridgely
24 Apr 2019, 12:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Idiocracy is here
Replies: 111
Views: 4703

Re: Idiocracy is here

Oh look, those godless heathens at the Christian Science Monitor used it too. Authorities said suicide bombers targeted Easter worshippers and foreign tourists, killing 321 people and wounding hundreds more – making it Asia’s deadliest terrorist attack in decades. Do they even believe you can die f...
by D.A. Ridgely
23 Apr 2019, 18:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 47369

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

That (completely unexpected) sex scene with Arya was probably the only one in the entire series that actually felt like it served a plot-or-characterization purpose, rather than just be gratuitous. Really. After all the horrible and outrageous things that happen to people throughout this show you w...
by D.A. Ridgely
22 Apr 2019, 16:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Idiocracy is here
Replies: 111
Views: 4703

Re: Idiocracy is here

The phrase "Easter Worshippers" itself doesn't sound super familiar, but "Christmas-and-Easter Worshippers' does! Yeah, C&E Christians is the usual, mildly derogotory term. We've already flaggelatted this deceased equine far beyond reason, but for the same reasons "Christian" might be objectionable...
by D.A. Ridgely
22 Apr 2019, 14:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Idiocracy is here
Replies: 111
Views: 4703

Re: Idiocracy is here

Some pollster suggesting to those particular Democratic politicians "You should minimize use of the word "Christian," otoh, wouldn't surprise me. Not saying one did; saying it wouldn't surprise me if one did. Inside Democratic political identity-politics circles -- not saying there aren't Republica...
by D.A. Ridgely
22 Apr 2019, 13:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Idiocracy is here
Replies: 111
Views: 4703

Re: Idiocracy is here

I dunno. It frankly wouldn't surprise me if there was some talking points memo recommending that phrase in lieu of "Christians" lurking somewhere in the Democrats' "inclusivity" focus-group research. Yes, absolutely, "Easter worshipers" most obviously parses as "Christians going to Easter worship s...
by D.A. Ridgely
22 Apr 2019, 12:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Idiocracy is here
Replies: 111
Views: 4703

Re: Idiocracy is here

I dunno. It frankly wouldn't surprise me if there was some talking points memo recommending that phrase in lieu of "Christians" lurking somewhere in the Democrats' "inclusivity" focus-group research. Yes, absolutely, "Easter worshipers" most obviously parses as "Christians going to Easter worship se...
by D.A. Ridgely
21 Apr 2019, 20:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 26709

Re: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread

Not trying to make excuses for the treatment she received in jail, just trying to make excuses for the system that railroaded her there in the first place. If you say so. Courts require some means of enforcing their orders. As I said, I didn't rtfa and still haven't, but if a court says do X or you...
by D.A. Ridgely
21 Apr 2019, 18:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 26709

Re: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread

St Louis County held a pregnant woman in jail for 39 days for refusing to submit her children to a court-ordered paternity test: Thurman was being held in contempt of the St. Louis County Family Court, after not submitting her two young children to a court-ordered paternity test requested by her ex...
by D.A. Ridgely
21 Apr 2019, 17:27
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 47369

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

More table setting. More touching reunions. More conversations in which more characters learn what viewers already knew. Even less violence and sex. A handful of good lines. Biggest reveal: Lady Brienne is capable of grinning.
by D.A. Ridgely
20 Apr 2019, 15:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 47369

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

I have no more of a problem with so-called torture porn than with sexually explicit material. If anything, the near-obligatory rutting scenes in contemporary films are every bit as gratuitous as the gore and wince-inducing torture scenes in GoT and similar "envelope pushing" fiction, adding nothing ...
by D.A. Ridgely
19 Apr 2019, 19:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 47369

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

If only the Seven Kingdoms had a corrupt, mostly failed businessman and reality show host who could come out of nowhere to capture the Iron Throne!

Never mind. Too absurd for anyone to take seriously.
by D.A. Ridgely
19 Apr 2019, 17:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 490
Views: 23935

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

"Biden 2020: A Fondler, not a Groper"
by D.A. Ridgely
18 Apr 2019, 20:27
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 47369

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

All commercial fiction is about its audience at least in the sense that it's more important that they be able to relate to characters than to get the history right or craft genuinely alien aliens as the protagonists or describe how romantic relationships actually work or crimes actually get solved, ...
by D.A. Ridgely
18 Apr 2019, 11:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6774
Views: 240278

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Enclose playgrounds with surplus government refugee cages. Problem solved.
by D.A. Ridgely
18 Apr 2019, 00:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6506
Views: 205950

Re: Orange is the new President

There are probably still some good reasons to keep some threads behind the veil, but I'm thinking keeping prying government eyes away ain't one of them and hasn't been for a long time now.
by D.A. Ridgely
18 Apr 2019, 00:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 47369

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

Yeah, I'm going out on a limb here and say that Petyr Baelish is a sucker-bet at this point.
by D.A. Ridgely
16 Apr 2019, 18:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 441
Views: 27572

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

I heard she just wanted to spend more time separating her family.
by D.A. Ridgely
16 Apr 2019, 17:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 47369

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

I also hope they don't try too hard with Sir Bronn's possible assassination mission. Yeah he's a sellsword but he's had too much water under the bridge with the Brothers Lannister and he knows Cersei better than to hitch his horse to her wagon. It strikes me as another Sansa/Arya conflict from seas...
by D.A. Ridgely
16 Apr 2019, 16:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 47369

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

I'm actually more afraid there will be some sort of "happy ending" than Warren's predictably misspelled cheering on of the Night King. All of the credible final claimants to the Iron Throne are deeply damaged people, e.g., Sansa, almost beyond description. Jon Snow may be the closest to a genuinely ...
by D.A. Ridgely
16 Apr 2019, 13:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 490
Views: 23935

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

thoreau wrote:
16 Apr 2019, 11:54
Does he actually want to win, or does he just want to come in a little behind?

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I'm stealing that.
by D.A. Ridgely
16 Apr 2019, 13:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 47369

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

The Dany-Sam conflict is completely unnecessary. It leads directly to Jon learning his true parentage. Plus, all scenes with Sam are worth watching. It also demonstrated, as the show runners discussed in the after-episode segment, Sam's significantly different emotional reaction to news of his brot...