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by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 16:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41273

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: 472505

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...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 15:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?
Replies: 184
Views: 12755

Re: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?

I was one of the four people that were right! I never get these prognostication things right. You, me, Dangerman, and one other. I mean, technically there are seven other people who are equally right because the only thing that can be absolutely evaluated is 'impeached' but this batch of Republican...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 15:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 424
Views: 33424

Re: The Abortion Thread

207 Congressmen and Senators signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade AND Casey (which IIRC shot down a state law attempting to give husbands veto power over their wives' bodies). If Roe is overturned, it follows analytically that any subsequent cases predicated on it...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 15:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41273

Re: Iran (so far away)

So long as a government has any legitimacy it has the possibility of being right or wrong based on its actions. Illegitimate states and those seeking to spread oppression can never be in the right. People can justifiably slap them all day. It may just not be practical to do so. I suppose it's worth...
by D.A. Ridgely
04 Jan 2020, 13:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41273

Re: Iran (so far away)

We have a policy, never mind international law, against overt assassination of foreign officials, largely predicated on the dubious notion that the world and our own, um, elected leaders are safer as a result. Personally, I think it's a silly policy, a remnant of a time when sovereignty and monarchy...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Jan 2020, 00:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I may want to see that?
Replies: 1653
Views: 112523

Re: I may want to see that?

Kolohe wrote:
31 Dec 2019, 18:42
The ads make it seem like the main conflict is between him and 'the establishment' but it's not at all clear what the show's take on 'the establishment' is.
I'm guessing some combination of racist conservatives and pansy-ass liberals who care about rights and stuff.
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Dec 2019, 12:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3182
Views: 186842

Re: Twitter!

Shooting your wife with a firearm is probably more effective than shooting her with Alzheimer's. Just sayin'
by D.A. Ridgely
30 Dec 2019, 17:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1229
Views: 75420

Re: Putin on the Writs

I love it when foreign governments or potentates start buying up U.S. real estate. They always end up having paid too much, in the case of both Russia and China it makes us some fraction of 1% that much less likely to be bombed by them and it isn't as though they can take the land back with them. (A...
by D.A. Ridgely
29 Dec 2019, 16:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2512
Views: 156946

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

Imus's fans in the mourning.
by D.A. Ridgely
29 Dec 2019, 10:27
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Portable Techno-Capitalism
Replies: 585
Views: 38428

Re: Portable Techno-Capitalism

Made the switch yesterday from AT&T, which we've all come to hate with a red, hot passion, to Verizon, which we fully expect to feel the same way about, but ten years of AT&T was more than enough to jump out of the frying pan into the fire. Bought a few new phones (we have six lines for the entire f...
by D.A. Ridgely
25 Dec 2019, 15:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: JOYOUS SOLSTICE
Replies: 257
Views: 22124

Re: JOYOUS SOLSTICE

Major loot included the Anthony Bourdain Les Halles Cookbook and a new stereo for the Miata. Entirely satisfactory!
by D.A. Ridgely
25 Dec 2019, 08:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: JOYOUS SOLSTICE
Replies: 257
Views: 22124

Re: JOYOUS SOLSTICE

MERRY CHRISTMAS (or whatever else you want to celebrate), TO ALL!
by D.A. Ridgely
25 Dec 2019, 01:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3480
Views: 191758

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

It was 70 yesterday, will be in the low 70s for the rest of the week. I'll take it.
by D.A. Ridgely
25 Dec 2019, 01:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 591
Views: 25887

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Warren wrote:
25 Dec 2019, 00:39
That's actually a ways down the list of things he deserves to get fucked for.
Didn't RTFA but, hey, he's grooming them for careers in politics! What a guy!
by D.A. Ridgely
24 Dec 2019, 20:31
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's New at the Bijou?
Replies: 1149
Views: 86414

Re: What's New at the Bijou?

That's all well and good, but who's going to pay for the translator?
by D.A. Ridgely
24 Dec 2019, 16:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Favorite and/or most hated Christmas movie and song
Replies: 68
Views: 3233

Re: Favorite and/or most hated Christmas movie and song

As I've done for a couple of years now, I've been posting various holiday songs on Facebook and I'm going to repost one here. My final Christmas 2019 song selection is "Stille Nacht" from the superb Proprius 1976 recording "Cantate Domino," which I own both on vinyl and on CD. It is available in SAC...
by D.A. Ridgely
24 Dec 2019, 15:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before
Replies: 31
Views: 603

Re: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before

Apropos of our forsaken (though never really serious) promise not to "militarize" space, I've been enjoying the alternative-history "To Serve All Mankind" so far. As for actually militarizing space, let's face it, the GPS wasn't built so I could find the best route across town to a new restaurant. I...
by D.A. Ridgely
24 Dec 2019, 14:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before
Replies: 31
Views: 603

To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before

Obviously, we need a special thread to make fun of the new U.S. Space Force. The Army has "The Caisson Song," the Navy has "Anchors Aweigh," the Air Force has, I'm not sure, "Free Bird"? Anyway, in honor of the Federation, er, Administration's creation of Star Fleet, um, I mean, the Space Force, I p...
by D.A. Ridgely
20 Dec 2019, 17:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4948
Views: 276893

Re: Food

I don't know what the competition is, but the ThermoWorks products are definitely the market. The damned things both work and last, neither of which I could ever say about any cooking thermometer we ever owned before. Worth every penny.
by D.A. Ridgely
20 Dec 2019, 16:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Winnie the Pooh and Silk Road 2: The China Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 675

Re: Winnie the Pooh and Silk Road 2: The China Thread

As the old saying (slightly updated) goes, borrow a thousand dollars and you have a lender, borrow $1.18 trillion and you have a partner. Whether or not it's true that nations that buy from each other rarely start shooting at each other, the extent of Chinese held U.S. debt is a limit on both sides ...
by D.A. Ridgely
20 Dec 2019, 14:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 219
Views: 13758

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

I understand, insofar as I care, about the distinctions currently being made between sex and gender and that there are a number, though I suspect not all that large a number, of people who describe and identify their gender in a manner likely if not actually calculated to cause confusion to others a...
by D.A. Ridgely
19 Dec 2019, 12:34
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's New at the Bijou?
Replies: 1149
Views: 86414

Re: What's New at the Bijou?

That would be the same Rotten Tomatoes that at first scored the Chappelle special 0 while the audience reaction was 98%?
by D.A. Ridgely
18 Dec 2019, 00:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 301
Views: 11718

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

Ellie wrote:
18 Dec 2019, 00:27
The letter. Oof. I was not aware I could still feel secondhand embarrassment for Trump.
Feel it for the poor editor.
by D.A. Ridgely
17 Dec 2019, 19:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 591
Views: 25887

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Most Republican politicians, even those who rose under the first Tea Party successes and certainly those who were once foot-soldiers in the Moral Majority, are part of "the swamp" and, Trump aside, would like to remain so. As for Republican and Democratic populism, the demographics may differ but I'...