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by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2019, 14:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 2543

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

I distinguish ideology from theory in that the first is normative and the second descriptive, albeit usually only in a hypothetical sense. And, yes, this is an idiosyncratic distinction that I freely admit is, itself, only a heuristic distinction. It's the difference between "this is what a libertar...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Jan 2019, 13:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Counter-factual: Spanish Civil War
Replies: 7
Views: 267

Re: Counter-factual: Spanish Civil War

Sounds like someone needs to do a Netflix pitch for "El Hombre En El Castillo."
by D.A. Ridgely
06 Jan 2019, 21:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Trump-like is the new Congresswoman
Replies: 60
Views: 1464

Re: Trump-like is the new Congresswoman

Pham Nuwen wrote:
06 Jan 2019, 20:53
Warren wrote:
06 Jan 2019, 19:59
Pham Nuwen wrote:
06 Jan 2019, 19:47
Is she really that young? *googles* huh. I did not realize that.
That's like saying "I never realized Kim Kardahsian had a big round butt".
I don't know what Kim Kardashian looks like.
Nor do I.
by D.A. Ridgely
06 Jan 2019, 19:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Trump-like is the new Congresswoman
Replies: 60
Views: 1464

Re: Trump-like is the new Congresswoman

Not because she dances no. Because of every word coming out of her mouth. I'm just waiting for AOC aka trump version 2.0 to take the White House in 2020. Because the team red peeps won't shut up about her. She can't: Born: October 13, 1989 No person ....shall be eligible to the office of President;...
by D.A. Ridgely
05 Jan 2019, 21:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Road to Damascus
Replies: 693
Views: 40684

Re: The Road to Damascus

Where there's a Kurd there's a way.
by D.A. Ridgely
02 Jan 2019, 17:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?
Replies: 175
Views: 3961

Re: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?

If I had to bet, I'd bet Trump's approval ratings are soft. There's an underlying core for whom he can do no wrong or, more to the point, they don't care if he does, but the rest are lukewarm in their support and would care about his removal about as much as they would care if their favorite TV show...
by D.A. Ridgely
02 Jan 2019, 15:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 268
Views: 11658

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Warren will be perceived as an intellectual which should suffice to ensure her losing if nominated. I don't see that. Obama was perceived to be an intellectual and Bill Clinton actually was one. Ordinarily, lawyers get a sort of pass on that charge, but Warren was in academia for decades, albeit in...
by D.A. Ridgely
02 Jan 2019, 15:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2309
Views: 113887

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

R.I.P., Bob Einstein, aka Super Dave Osborne and brother of Albert Brooks, 76.
by D.A. Ridgely
02 Jan 2019, 13:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 268
Views: 11658

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Warren will be perceived as an intellectual which should suffice to ensure her losing if nominated.
by D.A. Ridgely
02 Jan 2019, 03:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?
Replies: 175
Views: 3961

Re: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?

The thing about Pence is that he was going to lose reelection in Indiana. What makes one think he could win a national election? You mean aside from the technical fact that he already has? I don't know anything about Indiana politics, so I'll just take your word for that, but I think he's managed t...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Jan 2019, 23:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?
Replies: 175
Views: 3961

Re: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?

I don't think that's why the Emoluments Clause would fail as a cause of action; I think it's a can of worms Congress has no more desire to see opened than Trump does. But I otherwise agree and I don't think the public gives a rat's ass. Pay to play isn't exactly a new idea in D.C., either.
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Jan 2019, 22:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?
Replies: 175
Views: 3961

Re: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?

I’m not taking removal off the table I’m taking it off the table unless there’s good evidence of a fairly bright line consensus crime or violation. I'm not quite sure how to parse that. Are you saying that no matter how strong a consensus may build up to be that Trump is mentally and emotionally un...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Jan 2019, 20:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?
Replies: 175
Views: 3961

Re: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?

Would you have impeached Carter if he had put peanut farm in family trust. To be clear, my concern has nothing to do with fairness to the person seeking office. It has to do with the significance to voters of that party having won an election. If Trump is removed from office, the president will sti...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Jan 2019, 17:56
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7837
Views: 274492

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

The Post is an eyerolly turd with an extreme amount of talent all sniffing own farts. It was possibly the first movie where Meryl Streep annoyed me. From what I understand, Katherine Graham had already long established that she was 'in charge' and not a debutante dilletante who had the big boss job...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Jan 2019, 15:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?
Replies: 175
Views: 3961

Re: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?

A bit of context. There isn't much readily accessible case law or commentary on elected officials or separation of powers issues, and though I think it's clear Congress could not but the Supreme Court could impose blind trust type restrictions on the President and Vice President, a Constitutional a...
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Dec 2018, 19:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?
Replies: 175
Views: 3961

Re: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?

To be honest, if I could build my time machine to the 1990's I would vote GOP in 1998. In a strange way, that would be the woke course of action, and on this matter I have become more woke. I regret standing by the powerful man who slept with an intern. It's true that she said "yes" rather than "no...
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Dec 2018, 15:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?
Replies: 175
Views: 3961

Re: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?

To be honest, if I could build my time machine to the 1990's I would vote GOP in 1998. In a strange way, that would be the woke course of action, and on this matter I have become more woke. I regret standing by the powerful man who slept with an intern. It's true that she said "yes" rather than "no...
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Dec 2018, 03:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Trump-like is the new Congresswoman
Replies: 60
Views: 1464

Re: Trump-like is the new Congresswoman

As the shutdown drags on, she'll refuse her salary, be kicked out of her apartment and starve to death on principle. Problem solved.
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Dec 2018, 03:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?
Replies: 175
Views: 3961

Re: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?

I think the worst-case scenario is if the economy has a major recession, especially one brought on by a currency crisis. That could strongly radicalize both sides. We'd get 'Hang the Rich' vs 'Hang the Immigrants'. The US would muddle through, but it would be a long time before we'd see anything li...
by D.A. Ridgely
11 Dec 2018, 15:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime
Replies: 27
Views: 745

Re: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime

Oh, I forgot. Many comics spend part of their time, especially if they're going short because they didn't get the time-consuming laughter they were hoping for, will "do crowd work," start talking to audience members, sometimes making them the targets of jokes, sometimes just trying to make contact w...
by D.A. Ridgely
11 Dec 2018, 14:41
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime
Replies: 27
Views: 745

Re: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime

I think you can view Midge's stand-up vignettes in general as an attempt to show how a comic with a good bit of material already in her back pocket will get in the groove and be able to improvise over pre-existing material similar to a jazz musician or, yes, an improv group, of which the latter real...
by D.A. Ridgely
09 Dec 2018, 15:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime
Replies: 27
Views: 745

Re: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime

OTOH, the "To Kill A Mockingbird" opening was brilliant. Brilliant how? I see that it's a spot on recreation. But I can't make a connection between the hot summer of Maycomb Alabama and the mountain air of the Catskills. I didn't read any significance into it; it just caught me off guard as a anoth...
by D.A. Ridgely
09 Dec 2018, 14:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime
Replies: 27
Views: 745

Re: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime

OTOH, the "To Kill A Mockingbird" opening was brilliant. Brilliant how? I see that it's a spot on recreation. But I can't make a connection between the hot summer of Maycomb Alabama and the mountain air of the Catskills. I didn't read any significance into it; it just caught me off guard as a anoth...
by D.A. Ridgely
09 Dec 2018, 13:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime
Replies: 27
Views: 745

Re: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime

Yes, Bruce's voice was slightly higher pitched. Not as much as you suggest, though, imo. But he *was* a hipster in the original sense, so there's that whole "cool, daddy-o!" quality to his speech patterns and delivery. If you're interested, you should listen to some of his pre-legal troubles recordi...
by D.A. Ridgely
08 Dec 2018, 20:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime
Replies: 27
Views: 745

Re: Stand-Up Comedy as depicted on Amazon Prime

Warren wrote:
08 Dec 2018, 19:56
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
08 Dec 2018, 19:29
Oh, and the wedding reception, though well done, made me cringe.
SO cringy.
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
08 Dec 2018, 19:29
OTOH, the "To Kill A Mockingbird" opening was brilliant.
I didn't pick up on that. What was the TKAM opening?
Opening scene for the first Catskills episode.