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by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 14:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 1051

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

Chappelle had a much better Epstein joke at the Mark Twain Awards ceremony televised last night. Having previously mentioned Hugh Hefner in a different context, he then did a callback, describing Hefner as "you know, like Epstein but with a grotto." :? He said it was a better joke, he didn't say it...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 12:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I wanna see that!!!!
Replies: 1754
Views: 118578

Re: I wanna see that!!!!

Time to put bond to bed. Doesn’t make sense decontextualized from the Cold War. The Craig bond in CR was a good attempt, but the rest of those movies were just poorly written. There was always a tongue-in-cheek / wink-wink quality to the Bond films (not so much in the books, Fleming took himself to...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 12:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?
Replies: 184
Views: 12711

Re: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?

At this point, even the least aware American voter knows we have always been at war with eastasia.
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 12:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The F Word
Replies: 788
Views: 37926

Re: The F Word

The point I don't think anyone else has mentioned is that raising the box springs and mattress off the ground on a frame opens up additional storage space. It's been a running joke in our marriage for decades now that we still don't have a headboard for our bed because we could never agree on one, b...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 12:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread
Replies: 538
Views: 40803

Re: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread

Hugh Akston wrote:
08 Jan 2020, 12:18
Is Harvey Weinstein's walker a real deal or a very transparent attempt to garner jury sympathy?
Life has been very hard for poor Harvey ever since his steady supply of quid pro quo back-rubs has disappeared.
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 12:27
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 1051

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

Chappelle had a much better Epstein joke at the Mark Twain Awards ceremony televised last night. Having previously mentioned Hugh Hefner in a different context, he then did a callback, describing Hefner as "you know, like Epstein but with a grotto."
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2020, 12:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41188

Re: Iran (so far away)

I don't think he's a good guy. I think he's on par with a lot of senior American officials. If you think of that as some sort of excuse or apology then that says more about you than me. Kissinger was instrumental in prolonging the Vietnam War long enough for Nixon to be reelected only to get terms ...
by D.A. Ridgely
07 Jan 2020, 15:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41188

Re: Iran (so far away)

I'm happy saying that any Cambodian seeking retribution for Kissinger's war crimes would be morally justified in killing him. I'd prefer, mind you, a kidnapping followed by a show trial followed by a public execution, but you take what you can get in life.
by D.A. Ridgely
07 Jan 2020, 15:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 424
Views: 33371

Re: The Abortion Thread

If you're seeking reassurance that abortion will never be illegal anywhere in the U.S. in the future, I can't provide it. I don't see the Court waffling back and forth on the topic (as it has, for example, over capital punishment) and I very seriously doubt state laws prohibiting abortions during th...
by D.A. Ridgely
06 Jan 2020, 21:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4389
Views: 222018

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

thoreau wrote:
06 Jan 2020, 12:55
Warren, are you repressing memories of a liberal arts student touching you? Or not touching you?
I think we all know the liberal arts never laid a glove on Warren.
by D.A. Ridgely
06 Jan 2020, 15:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12390
Views: 813420

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Disney's success is built entirely on exploiting the public domain and preventing others from doing the same. All of its classic animated features and contemporary blockbusters are fanfictions based on earlier works. If you're at all interested in the existence of a dynamic, creative market not dom...
by D.A. Ridgely
06 Jan 2020, 15:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 424
Views: 33371

Re: The Abortion Thread

It's a good question and I don't know. Arguably, if there were no federal law whatever specifically regarding abortion, the decision of a state to criminalize abortion and then to begin "investigating miscarriages," whatever that might in practice entail, would still be limited by general constituti...
by D.A. Ridgely
06 Jan 2020, 15:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41188

Re: Iran (so far away)

I'd be entirely in favor of Trump sending in a drone to destroy Iran's culturally significant Revolutionary Guard training facility and anti-American Museum of the Revolution, a.k.a. the former Embassy of the United States of America.

Just sayin'
by D.A. Ridgely
06 Jan 2020, 15:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 1051

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

Given that the Golden Globes is the silliest, most fraudulent Hollywood awards show of them all, which is already saying something, and that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the entire membership of which runs to the high two figures, discovered a few years ago that its only chance for decen...
by D.A. Ridgely
05 Jan 2020, 16:22
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Antonio Brown's Used Helmet Emporium -- NFL 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1552

Re: Antonio Brown's Used Helmet Emporium -- NFL 2019

dead_elvis wrote:
05 Jan 2020, 16:15
I'm just amazed at how hard MN is trying to lose.
Apparently not hard enough.
by D.A. Ridgely
05 Jan 2020, 12:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4389
Views: 222018

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

The biggest man-made disaster of 20th century America was Donald Trump.
by D.A. Ridgely
05 Jan 2020, 12:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4389
Views: 222018

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

March 12, 1928, at 11:57pm the St. Francis Dam gave way. Over 400 people died in the ensuing flood waters. It was the biggest man made disaster of the 20th century. It tarnished the reputation and haunted project manager and chief engineer William Mulholland. The subsequent investigation produced c...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 22:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 424
Views: 33371

Re: The Abortion Thread

So you're saying that the Court will never write "Roe was wrongly decided and is hereby overturned" but could write "This law stating that [something a layman might see as being in conflict with Roe] is upheld, but we still recognize Roe as being in effect because [reasons]"? I can see that. Yeah, ...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 21:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 424
Views: 33371

Re: The Abortion Thread

I've never argued that Roe is a well-reasoned decision. What I probably should have said in 2016 was that a full-throated reversal of Roe was highly unlikely, which I continue to believe; however, I do also now think as I did not four years ago that a more conservative Court is more likely to find w...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 16:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12390
Views: 813420

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Warren wrote:
04 Jan 2020, 16:54
You don't care because you aren't thinking about the great works that are being stifled by the jackboot of oppression. Copyright is anathema to freedom of speech and press.
Yeah, what a shame: all that fan-fiction that will never get written or produced.
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 16:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12390
Views: 813420

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Yeah, I'm not per se bothered by endless intellectual property rights under appropriate circumstances. Coca-Cola has spent a huge fortune both promulgating its logo and protecting it. It's corporate property, the corporation is still doing business, so fine. Same with Disney. That said, I'd like a b...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 16:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1229
Views: 75344

Re: Putin on the Writs

Warren wrote:
03 Jan 2020, 18:41
What's that got to do with Putin?
He didn't know, either.
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 16:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Our Friends, The House of Saud
Replies: 251
Views: 20624

Re: Our Friends, The House of Saud

Or, they could be some 'inconvenient' people that the House of Saud wanted to off anyways and they figured they'd make it a twofer. Or they could be fictitious. Yeah, but would MBS order a Saudi living in America working for an American newspaper to be brutally murdered in Turkey and not use the tr...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 16:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41188

Re: Iran (so far away)

One doesn’t even have to act - it’s terms of existence are the crime. Yes a murderer can help an old lady across the street. Still a murderer. Certainly a legitimate government can do immoral things. It’s just that slapping a murderous regime is never in itself one of those immoral things. It may b...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 15:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9875
Views: 472351

Re: Petty annoyances

So, I finally saw Rise of Skywalker last night. I have nothing to add about the movie that hasn't been said on the Powerful Mice in Space thread, but the friend who got the tickets bought 'D-Box' seats. Maybe I'm being a fogey, but I found the seat lurching and bouncing through the movie very distr...