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December 28, 2019

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That's no moon.

Well, I got one of them.

It appears the zeitgeist has left me in the dust.

The only one I got was "Open Thread" :-(

Well, no, unless round is funny.

202020
Four hours ago,
"I want a bee"
Said eight Eds.

Ferris Bueller
The Goonies
Tombstone

Since it's an Open Thread.

As ever, it's the incompetence which strikes one.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/us/navy-seals-edward-gallagher-video.html

No surprise that Trump picks a murderous psychopath to pardon, and forces the Navy to pretend he deserves to keep his honors. He was displaying the kind of behavior that Trump fantasizes displaying as courage. Of which he has none.

But failing to clamp down, if not destroy, the videos of this testimony about exactly what happened (apparently repeatedly)? In an administration which is leaking like a sieve. The only unknown is, was he just too stupid to realize that the evidence still existed? Or just to incompetent to bury it successfully?

Or did he just not care ?
Isn’t getting away with blatant criminal behaviour thanks to Presidential power exactly the point ?
Along with accustom it his supporters to back such gangsterism.

The man displays the instincts of a Fascist.

A Few Good Men

“Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don't. Why should we?“

“Listen to all the noises in the air.”

Fletch. [re-lurking]

Ok an easy one since it's Christmas:

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

for wj

I bet wj (and russell) will get this one:

"Who are those guys?"

You do a lot of acid, Miller, back in the hippie days?

Dyin ain't much of a living, boy.

As Good As It Gets/You make me want to be a better man.

You're gonna need a bigger boat/Jaws.

Seasons Greetings to All.

"Who are those guys?"

The zeitgeist has passed me by also, but I can handle that - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

I can eat fifty eggs.

(Showing my age again)

You should have a plate of shrimp for dinner, russell.

I can eat fifty eggs

Fond of I am of eggs, that only works with caviar.

If I told you, I'd have to find someone to pay me to kill you.

I can eat fifty eggs.

Cool Hand Luke.

Ranch Owner: your eyes look like hell.

Hired gunfighter: you should see'um from my side.

“If we don't know what we are doing, the enemy certainly can't anticipate our future actions.”

I never knew fear until I kissed Becky.

He's saying that life is bullshit, and it is, so what are you screaming about?

No thanks, I've gotta go home and see what the wife's doing.

Whenever feasible, one should always try to eat the rude.

I heard Commentary and Dissent had merged and formed Dysentery.

I heard Commentary and Dissent had merged and formed Dysentery.

Annie Hall?

No, no, no, a psychopath kills for no reason. I kill for money. It's a job.

Your average Nazi would grow impatient.

How can you take the last penny out of a poor man's pocket?
I have to. I'm a landlord.

Somebody's gotta go back and get a whole shitload of dimes.

Pardon me boy, is this the Transylvania station?

"It's a mess, ain't it Sheriff?""Well, if it ain't, it'll do til the mess gets here."

(the second part of which has become a fitting refrain for much of the last couple of years)

I'm for a free press, for free enterprise... and for whatever the hell the other freedoms are!

President ? My big toe would make a better President.

Had to get routine car maintenance today and spent time reading music critics in preparation for my upcoming writing class for which the students have to write album reviews and do some personal music ethnography. One of Ann Powers' most recent pieces reflecting on her Lana Del Rey kerfuffle linked to this cogent take on identity politics in the Networked Age:

https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/interviews/rhetoric-escalates-talking-lilliana-mason/

So within studies of American political behavior, social psychology, and sociology, people have been writing about the concept of social identities for years. I didn’t invent the concept of “mega-identities,” otherwise known as identity alignment or complexity (or as the absence of cross-cutting identities). But essentially, the concept is that people have a huge number of different group identities, any of which might seem the most salient at any given time. I mean, you have an alma mater. You have a hometown. You might follow sports teams. All of those designations involve you (and a bunch of other people) identifying with a certain group label and considering yourselves connected to one another. And in general, we know from social-identity theory that the identity at the top of your mind at any given moment most likely will be the identity facing the most pressing threat. And partisan identity plays its own unique role, since we have regularly scheduled threats to the status of our party, right? Every two years we sense a potential threat to this particular group identity. Every time you go through one of these status contests, also known as elections, your party might lose, though you still also have these other parts of your identity, which may or may not connect to your party’s victory or loss.

But over the past few decades, the parties have become increasingly aligned with other social identities including race, religion, rural or urban location. And when these links start connecting our parties and other parts of our social identities, then all of this gets drawn into that one particular political competition. The outcome of an election then feels so much more consequential for our own broader sense of who we are. We can’t just say: “Well one part of me lost, but the rest of me is still doing great” (or vice versa). Instead, we feel devastated when we lose and really really great when we win.

Lilliana Mason puts it together as well as anyone I have seen.

No thanks, I've gotta go home and see what the wife's doing.

It's A Wonderful Life.

"I'm Batman."

Thanks, nous.
That is an extremely interesting piece.

Batman agrees. I may attempt to become a cross-cutter in the new year.

Yes, nous, it's taken me ages to have the time to read that piece, but I completely agree, it's very interesting indeed.

The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.

I would just like to note, Ugh, my appreciation for you including a line from Fletch, even if it's not the line I would chosen. :)

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