May 29, 2017

Open Thread
— Ace

Thanks to the cobloggers again for keeping the lights on. And thanks to all readers for keeping the blog interesting.

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Memorial Day
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Colonel Stanley Litowitz flew B-17s with the 8th Army Air Force, 96th Bomb Group, completing 27 missions in "Stingy" (pronounced sting-y) before moving on to other planes.

He crashed twice, once at Honington Repair Base...

I couldn't get my gear down and I crash-landed. It was smooth like baby's breath. I think it was 1944 and the Col. was with me. It was [B]F109s and F[w]190s. Fortunately no one was hurt

And once at his home base...
I got two engines out and I limped home and I landed at Snetterton Heath, my base.

Quite the braggart.

Colonel Litowitz loved to fly low-level training missions, and had a reputation as a "buzzer," mostly of the British, which got him an "Article 109" and docked $100 once. He also had a big heart, and after the war was a great friend and mentor to his first cousin, a young private stationed in Germany and then France. He would take this army private to the officers club to drink, and such was Litowitz's reputation that nobody would complain. Of course that may have been because his wife Marion (Mickey) was a rare beauty!

Colonel Litowitz had a massive stroke in 1978, but fought back to the point that he was driving again and visiting his cousin!

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Left 1st Lt Richard F. Lemanski Pilot 42-31576
Right 2nd Lt. Stanley Litowitz Pilot 42-38193
Photo courtesy of American Air Museum In Britain

Colonel Litty (he shortened his name after the war) was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, next to his wife, on May 24th 2017.

That army private was my father.

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Memorial Day Thread
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Mid-Morning Open Thread
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He Lay Where He Had Been Jerked, Still As A Log
Frederick Remington

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The Morning Report, 5/29/17
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Good morning, all. Today is Memorial Day. I thought it proper to refrain from the usual headlines and posts today so that we may reflect on and remember those who gave their lives for us and our country. And with that, let us proceed . . .

On Memorial Day in 1945, Lt. General Lucian Truscott was sent to the American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy to represent President Truman and America as part of the commemoration ceremonies. Barely a year had passed since the ill-planned and executed invasion of Anzio, which cost the lives of nearly 3,000 GIs. Truscott, who commanded the 3rd Infantry Division at Anzio felt an incredible sense of guilt over the casualties, and would be haunted by it for the rest of his life.

Bill Mauldin, the famed cartoonist who created the immortal dogfaces "Willie and Joe" for Stars and Stripes, was present as the General took to the podium. But instead of addressing the assembled dignitaries, he turned his back on them and faced the graves of the men buried behind him.

"He apologized to the dead men for their presence here. He said everybody tells leaders it is not their fault that men get killed in war, but that every leader knows in his heart this is not altogether true. He said he hoped anybody here through any mistake of his would forgive him, but he realized that was asking a hell of a lot under the circumstances . . . he would not speak about the glorious dead because he didn't see much glory in getting killed if you were in your late teens or early twenties. He promised that if in the future he ran into anybody, especially old men, who thought death in battle was glorious, he would straighten them out. He said he thought that was the least he could do."

One of the soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Division who fought his way out of Anzio was Cpl. Corrado Ciarlo from Waterbury, CT. Everyone knew him as "Babe . . ." more...

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May 28, 2017

Overnight Open Thread 5/28/17 (tmi3rd)
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Good evening, Morons and Moronettes, and welcome to tonight's ONT. I'm tmi3rd, and I'm enjoying my last summer break ever after my first year of medical school.

Veteran Morons and Moronettes will remember me from prior ONTs and weather threads. If you're unfamiliar with me, I've been around quite a while, but real life has moved me out of the blogging business for the most part.

Anyway, thank you for the opportunity to entertain you, and let's begin! More below the fold... more...

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The Magnificient Butthurt of #NeverTrump D*bag Bret Stephens
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So, just before the ONT, how's about we start out this week with a nice, tall glass of schadenfreude?


( *catches breath* )


Kind of burned your bridges there, didn't you, Bret, you miserable little shit? How do you like your new friends now? You know, it would've been one thing if you had just said, look, I just can't support DJT so I'm sitting this one out. Or even voted for brain-damaged pot-head Gary Johnson. I don't agree with those two options, but I can see that they're at least defensible. But voting for the most corrupt politician in modern history in the name of "conservative" principles? Really? Did ever, even just *once*, stop to consider how *stupid* your words sounded as they came out of your mouth?

But, as been observed on this blog before, this election was a great clarifying moment in which many masks came off and many hidden truths were revealed. Like we now know that #NeverTrump scum Bret Stephens is a despicable traitor. And that when push comes to shove, he's pretty much OK with the ever-expanding, ever more intrusive state.

So piss off, rodent. How could you ever believe that we would *not* think of you as anything but a sell-out, a fraud, and a coward? Because the last thing we need is another fake conservative apologist for the Deep State. God knows we have enough of those already.

And the funny part is, your new friends will never accept you. No matter how long you rant and rave against DJT, it will never be good enough. They, too, can smell a rat.

So enjoy your stay out in the howling wilderness. Your butthurt is glorious, magnificent, and utterly deserved. I drink it like fine wine and laugh at your misfortune.

May the winds always blow bitter against you. Your new friends hate you and from those you abandoned, you've earned nothing but contempt. I have more respect for the gunk down at the bottom of my dishwasher.

And remember, you did this to yourself.

My only regret is that I didn't post this on Friday. We could've been laughing about it all weekend.

And speaking of lame tweets, you can trust the NY Times to ask pertinent, hard-hitting questions: more...

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Food Thread: Memorial Day Edition
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There's not much going on in the kitchens at Chez Dildo, so some links and complaints and general whining is going to be the dish of the day.


So....don't judge me, but I bought cookies. In a store. In fact, I bought two bags, because they were "two bags for the price of one," and I am nothing if not frugal. And stupid. Because they were...okay. I could have made a much better cookie for about the same cost and 20 minutes more time.

Admit it, you buy cookies sometimes. Maybe not often, but it happens.

Ignoring Oreos, because those are a fine cookie and nothing to be mocked for...what's your go-to store-bought cookie? more...

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-28-2017
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Sting's Personal Library, London

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes do not last. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, and would you care to know that the guy in the yellow cap who's wearing those ugly pants is Justin Bieber? Yeah, me, neither.

"Buying books would be a good thing, if one could also buy the time to read them"
--Arthur Schopenhauer

The Universal Library

but according to this very lengthy Atlantic article, Google once planned a project to scan every book in the world:

Google’s secret effort to scan every book in the world, codenamed “Project Ocean,” began in earnest in 2002 when Larry Page and Marissa Mayer sat down in the office together with a 300-page book and a metronome. Page wanted to know how long it would take to scan more than a hundred-million books, so he started with one that was lying around. Using the metronome to keep a steady pace, he and Mayer paged through the book cover-to-cover. It took them 40 minutes.

OK, so the scanning process needed to be improved. And Page managed it, so Google was able to move forward with the project:

By 2004, Google had started scanning. In just over a decade, after making deals with Michigan, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, the New York Public Library, and dozens of other library systems, the company, outpacing Page’s prediction, had scanned about 25 million books. It cost them an estimated $400 million. It was a feat not just of technology but of logistics.

$400 million is serious coin. So what happened? Legal problems. A bunch of authors filed suit, claiming massive copyright violations:

Instead of asking for anyone’s permission, Google had plundered libraries. This seemed obviously wrong: If you wanted to copy a book, you had to have the right to copy it—you had to have the damn copyright. Letting Google get away with the wholesale copying of every book in America struck them as setting a dangerous precedent, one that might well render their copyrights worthless. An advocacy group called the Authors Guild, and several book authors, filed a class action lawsuit against Google on behalf of everyone with a U.S. copyright interest in a book. (A group of publishers filed their own lawsuit but joined the Authors Guild class action shortly thereafter.)

I suppose it's hard to claim "fair use" when you're copying the entire book.

This piece has lots more about the Google case, and an interesting discussion about the history of the impact of technology on copyright protection - starting with the rolls of music used by player pianos.

It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

A SLABBERMENT is a sloppy mess.


The Republican Party is a SLABBERMENT.
Maxine Waters' hair is a SLABBERMENT.
Ace's knees after a martial arts bout are a SLABBERMENT.

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EMT 05/28/2017
— Open Blogger

Criminy it's almost June already.

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May 27, 2017

Overnight Open Thread (27 May 2017)

Do enjoy this weekend but do take time to remember why we have this long holiday weekend to begin with.


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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 05-27-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]
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Coming Attractions


What's the point of a movie trailer? I think that it's to convince the audience to spend money to see the advertised movie. Not to entertain on its own, although that can be a happy accident of well created trailers, but to promise an experience that will be worth a few dollars and a couple of hours of your time.

How to actually go about that, though, has changed dramatically over time. I'm no expert in movie trailers, but the changes are easy to see if you ever lose yourself in Youtube looking for a decent trailer to Moby Dick. You can find the original trailer below, but, at least for me, it doesn't convince me to see the movie itself.


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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 05-27-2017
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Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry playing chess in Fry's rooms at Cambridge, 1980

Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. Also, dress pr0n. Each week, for the 'ettes, I try to pick out a few lovely, conservative dresses to ooh and ooh over. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a pie fight on a Saturday afternoon.

Problem 1 - White To Play (209)

Hint: White mates in 3

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread
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Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Grab a beverage and take a peek at the world of animals.

Usually our opening is a silly photo. How about a moving photo today?


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Saturday Gardening Thread: The Horde before summer [KT]
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Welcome to this week's AoSHQ Gardening Thread! Some great photos from The Horde are featured today, without much information on plants unless it comes from the photographers.

In a recent comment thread, Don included a link to a close-up of a Desert Bluebell, Phacelia campanularia, that he grew last year. "It did fairly well here in Kansas, blooming until midsummer, and it was very, very blue." Check out some of his flower photos in their original size. Inspiring. Go ahead. You won't regret it.


My thinker is moving at about sloth speed after faraway anonymous committees of experts deigned that my previously acceptable migraine medication regimen is no longer acceptable. Time will tell how well my brain adjusts to the change in meds. I will just say that I have not been at my best this week. So I have turned to The Horde for help. more...

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Cows and the Alamo [KT]
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Serving your mid-day open thread needs


Here's a little history for a Saturday: Many Americans today may not know that Elsie the Cow was both the face of the Borden Company and one of the most popular celebrities in America during her heyday. She's no Hedy Lamarr, but she has had quite a list of accomplishments for a cow who started out with the name "You'll do, Lobelia".

Back a little further in time, there were quite a few nameless cows at the Alamo, presumably lost to the Mexicans. Now this is some history I really didn't know anything about: The Borden Brothers whom Elsie eventually came to represent were running one of two Texas newspapers when the Texas revolution started. After his brother joined the army, Gail Borden, a former schoolteacher, carried on as editor with another brother and a partner.

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump
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Good morning Morons. Where the hell has this past week gone? I'm not sure either. Glad you stopped by. more...

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EMT 05/27/2017
— Open Blogger

I'd give you content, but I pulled a Hillary last night.

Fat, drunk and old is working pretty good for her, so I figured I'd give it a try too.

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May 26, 2017

Overnight Open Thread (26 May 2017)

You'd think this would be a ginormous story but sadly it isn't. Explosive revelation of Obama Administration illegal surveillance of Americans. Given the tsunami of leaks not just related to Trump but also other areas, it wouldn't surprise me that information illegally obtained on political opponents has been used for quite some time and would partially explain some behavior of certain judges and politicians that have left their supporters scratching their heads. We have a huge problem with the quality of employees at these agencies and their oversight. Folks need to be held accountable for these leaks. more...

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Hillary Clinton: Still Drinking, Still Coughing, Still Raging About the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
— Ace

"A little chardonay," which in some languages translates to a shitload of vodka, helped get her through her massive, humiliating failure.

She also had prolonged coughing fits, which are probably just the after-effects of the walking, non-transmittable pneumonia that makes you have seizures that she had last year, a thing which totally exists.

Then she began ranting like a lunatic about the Vast Right Conspiracy her political Gollum Sidney Blumenthal invented for her to fantasize about, in order to spare her the humiliation of her husband getting a rimjob on the job.

In other words, just another day in this sad bitter Harridan Nixon's drunk and unfulfilling life.

Night. Have a great weekend.

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