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by D.A. Ridgely
05 Jul 2018, 22:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6055
Views: 158174

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: 343
Views: 15955

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: 6055
Views: 158174

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: 98
Views: 4943

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: 98
Views: 4943

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: 98
Views: 4943

Re: Legal Eagle Question

Yes,... and?
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jul 2018, 18:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Legal Eagle Question
Replies: 98
Views: 4943

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: 5646
Views: 235696

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: 986
Views: 41466

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: 6055
Views: 158174

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: 2889
Views: 96714

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: 986
Views: 41466

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: 2634
Views: 139272

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: 2634
Views: 139272

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: 986
Views: 41466

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: 2634
Views: 139272

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: 986
Views: 41466

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: 7757
Views: 264763

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: 2634
Views: 139272

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 ...
by D.A. Ridgely
02 Jun 2018, 00:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Music for the Masses
Replies: 1152
Views: 79659

Re: Music for the Masses

Paul Simon started out a bit wobbly, but he found his voice, which would of course still be much improved by joining Garfunkel, and his backing musicians were excellent. The final encore "American Tune" and "Sounds of Silence" almost brought a tear to my eye.
by D.A. Ridgely
31 May 2018, 12:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2634
Views: 139272

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

Mo wrote:
29 May 2018, 19:37
She does not own the rights.
Source?
by D.A. Ridgely
29 May 2018, 16:00
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2634
Views: 139272

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

The new Roseanne show has been cancelled, after its start made one racist tweet too many. http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/29/media/roseanne-twitter-chelsea-clinton/index.html I'll be curious to see whether she owns the production rights versus ABC and manages to place the show elsewhere. Racist tweet ...
by D.A. Ridgely
29 May 2018, 12:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The Rock Hopper Complaint Dept (Expanse spoilers)
Replies: 15
Views: 753

Re: The Rock Hopper Complaint Dept (Expanse spoilers)

Miller was the only character I found sufficiently interesting to carry the first season and a half. I welcome his return. The poor man's Firefly / Dark Matter has always struck me as The Young and The Restless in Space. There hasn't been enough coverage of the Belt since Mars and Earth went at it, ...
by D.A. Ridgely
27 May 2018, 12:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Alternate histories
Replies: 84
Views: 2659

Re: Alternate histories

The case requested was "a time when the security of the US got worse because we failed to intervene," not "a time when we could have intervened, but we didn't." Politics being what they were, there was no way it was going to happen. But, if politics hadn't been a concern, I don't think the conditio...
by D.A. Ridgely
27 May 2018, 11:56
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Alternate histories
Replies: 84
Views: 2659

Re: Alternate histories

What happens if the US doesn't impose an oil embargo on Japan, Japan doesn't attack Pearl Harbor, and the US support for the war against Hitler doesn't go past Lend Lease? England negotiates a deal with Hitler, who essentially rules Continental Europe at least until he attacks Russia. Japan becomes...