April 29, 2018

Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-29-2018
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Library of Cicero


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Oh, and we've got a new category of readers, escaped oafs and oafettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, and publishing by people who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants which are ugly no matter what color they are.


Pic Note

I like this library. It's got a nice "homey" feel to it. Long-time moron Cicero writes:

Look Upon the Ciceronian Library, East Wing, Ye Moron, and Despair. Yeah, it's no Library at Alexandria, but then again, my books aren't all big piles of ashes.

The Cicero collection is mostly history and science, focused on Plantagenet and Tudor England, the Roman Republic (cicero, right? duh!) and Empire, Nazi Germany and WWII, Europe from Charlemagne forward, a dab of Shakespeare, a little Chinese history, a crapload of travel books and guides, some private piloting books, cosmology and physics for the lay idiot, the War of Northern Aggression and sailing & seamanship. There may even be a fiction book or two in there somewhere. CD's too -- remember them? The rest is just a hodgepodge that would cause the Decimals to frag poor Dewey if he ever tried to organize them.

You can click on it for an embiggened view.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

NIGNAY is a 17th century word for a pointless or trivial object.

Usage: Last week, the left has started the process of writing off Kanye West as a nignay.

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Pants Note

So today's pants pic came from one of those vapid women's magazines and it is unironically titled Why Hillary Is My Fashion Icon:

Hillary Clinton is my fashion icon. She is my Chanel, my New York Fashion Week, my WWD, my Dolly Parton in a coat of many colors. I love her pantsuits. I love all of them, especially the black Oscar de la Renta ones with their sharp jacket lines. But more importantly than the pantsuits themselves, I love what they mean. Hillary has divined Buddha-level truths that are revealed in how she dresses, and I want everyone to worship at the altar of her glorious pantsuit world order.

The article is actually an excerpt from the book Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox by Joanne Bamberger, a collection of essays about Her Thighness, specifically from the first essay, Worshipping the Semiotic Brilliance of Hillary's Pantsuits. I guess this is also meant unironically, but these days, it's hard to tell. Ten years ago, or even five, I would've said the author was putting us on. But not now. I blame Trump.

This book was published when the 2016 election season was just getting started. There is an air of optimism about it, like little kids on the evening of Christmas Eve jumping up and down with excitement, hardly able to sleep. We're about to get our first woman president! Oh boy! Oops, I mean, oh, girl! I just can't wait! All our dreams are about to come true!

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


Waco

Mrs. Muse and I finished watching Paramount TV's 6-part miniseries, Waco, which we very much recommend. It is taut, well-acted, and intense. We give it extra style points for spending time going over the debacle at Ruby Ridge, suggesting it was a precursor for Waco.

Waco's credits say it is based on two books, the first, Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesner:

In Stalling for Time, the FBI’s chief hostage negotiator takes readers on a harrowing tour through many of the most famous hostage crises in the history of the modern FBI, including the siege at Waco, the Montana Freemen standoff, and the D.C. sniper attacks. Having helped develop the FBI’s nonviolent communication techniques for achieving peaceful outcomes in tense situations, Gary Noesner offers a candid, fascinating look back at his years as an innovator in the ranks of the Bureau and a pioneer on the front lines.

Noesner was one of the miniseries' main characters.

The other book that was used as a basis for the miniseries is Waco: A Survivor's Story by David Thibodeau:

In this compelling account--now with an updated epilogue that revisits remaining survivors--Thibodeau explores why so many people came to believe that Koresh was divinely inspired. We meet the men, women, and children of Mt. Carmel. We get inside the day-to-day life of the community. We also understand Thibodeau's brutally honest assessment of the United States government's actions. The result is a memoir that reads like a thriller, with each page taking us closer to the eventual inferno.

This one is available for $2.99. Don't know if this is a special sale or if it's the normal price.


Moron Recommendations

From last week:

62 Encountered a fantastic children's book, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. Extremely silly and suitable for Morons of all ages--but let's face it, for all our birth certificates say we are 29 our mental age is around three. Featuring "a Father Dinosaur, a Mother Dinosaur, and a third dinosaur visiting from Norway." So already it has triggered half a faculty's worth of SJWs right there. Also, the moral is "if you find yourself in the wrong story, LEAVE." Useful wisdom for life, I say.

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at April 22, 2018 09:29 AM (L59/U)

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willem is available for $12 hardcover. Age range: 4-8 years. Looks like it might make a good gift for your grandkids.

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190 A while back someone recommended "The White Nile" and "The Blue Nile" by Alan Moorehead. Just started them recently and I'm enjoying them. They cover that period of discovery, wonder and hardship of the 1800s that inspired stories by H. Rider Haggard, Jules Verne and others.

Posted by: JTB at April 22, 2018 10:57 AM (V+03K)

The Blue Nile and The White Nile are available in paperback for about $10. No e-book versions available.

From the blurb for The White Nile:

Relive all the thrills and adventure of Alan Moorehead's classic bestseller The White Nile -- the daring exploration of the Nile River in the second half of the nineteenth century, which was at that time the most mysterious and impenetrable region on earth. Capturing in breathtaking prose the larger-than-life personalities of such notable figures as Stanley, Livingstone, Burton and many others, The White Nile remains a seminal work in tales of discovery and escapade, filled with incredible historical detail and compelling stories of heroism and drama.

I thought these books might be old enough to be available on Gutenberg for free, but alas no, they're not. So you'll have to pay for them.

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Books By Morons

I found out recently that movie thread moron TheJamesMadison is an author, and tells me he has been "scribbling away writing novels with the hope of publishing them for over a decade." Unable to secure a literary agent, he has decided to go the independent publishing route.

TJM has got a number of books lined up and read to go. He will be releasing one collection of short stories once a month for the next few months. Please visit his website or his Amazon author page to see them all.

The first is called A Light in the Darkness. There are five stories that center around the idea of finding some ray of hope or bit of knowledge in a dark world:

From Ancient Britain to the Amazon jungle to pre-history, follow five extraordinary tales as men and women find those little glimmers of light that comfort them in worlds that seem too large and too terrifying to truly comprehend. In this collection of short stories from David Vining, experience the adventure, wonder, and freedom that comes with discovering the keys to one's own freedom.


The next four deal with science fiction, mutiny, the American Civil War, and historical fantasy.

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'Ette Sgt. Mom has just published the sixth Luna City Chronicle. One Half Dozen of Luna City is available for pre-order on Kindle now. The print version should be up on her Amazon author page in a day or so.

The blurb on the back cover says:

Welcome to Luna City, Karnes County, Texas … Population 2,456, give or take … Business at the Luna Café & Coffee is looking up for fugitive former celebrity chef Richard Astor-Hall. The owners – elderly schoolteacher Miss Letty, and the irascible Doc Wyler have approved hiring another cook and expanding hours at the Café. Joe Vaughn, chief of the tiny Luna City Police Department, is coping with the demands of parenthood … and both he and local ace reporter Kate Heisel are deep into untangling the mystery of a very old skeleton unearthed in construction of a brand-new facility at Mills Farm, the upscale resort just down the road.

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Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.

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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.

What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.


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1 Tolle Lege

Posted by: Skip at April 29, 2018 03:52 AM (aC6Sd)

2 “ Then, in the ashy sand by the wayside, they drew a threefold circle; and standing together in its center, they performed the abominable rites that compel the dead to arise from tranquil nothingness and obey, henceforth, the dark will of the necromancer. Afterwards, they sprinkled a pinch of magic powder on the nostril-holes of the man and the horse; and the white bones, creaking mournfully, rose up from where they had lain and stood in readiness to serve their masters. So, as had been agreed between them, Sodosma mounted the skeleton steed and took up the jeweled reins, and rode in an evil mockery of Death on his pale horse; while Mmatmuor trudged on beside him, leaning lightly on an ebon staff; and the skeleton of the man, with its rich raiment flapping loosely, followed behind the two like a servitor.” From The Empire of the Necromancers by (of course) Clark Ashton Smith

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 03:53 AM (qJtVm)

3 Good morning fellow Book Threadists!

Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 03:54 AM (V+03K)

4 How you all find time to read I don't know. Well past halfway but still working on The Ionian Mission by Patrick O'Brien

Posted by: Skip at April 29, 2018 03:55 AM (aC6Sd)

5 The Hillary pants pic looks like a basket of deplorable Easter eggs.

Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 03:56 AM (UdKB7)

6 *flops on couch* Voco Suur Kitty. "The rest is just a hodgepodge that would cause the Decimals to frag poor Dewey if he ever tried to organize them." LoC4lyfe

Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 03:56 AM (y87Qq)

7 Cicero, yours is the epitome of a gentleman's library. And are those Nat Geos on the bottom shelf?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 03:56 AM (qJtVm)

8 Now reading Book Two of the Estleman Valentino series recommended here previously (Book one was a hoot). This guy cranks out books like he's a machine and I've enjoyed almost everyone I've read so far.

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar [/i][/b][/u][/s] at April 29, 2018 03:56 AM (n9EOP)

9 The article is actually an excerpt from the book" So looked at Amazon... hey, it's a buck and change for a "used" version. Snort.

Posted by: Anon a mouse at April 29, 2018 03:56 AM (7LY+6)

10 Currently working on a re-read of the Doona series.  I had to download thwe e-version as I can no longer read the paper back version.  It's nice to be able to control the text size.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 29, 2018 03:58 AM (mpXpK)

11 I hope that thing about Pantsuit Hillary was a joke. It's not as if there aren't enough crazy people in the world.

Posted by: Northernlurker-Teem at April 29, 2018 03:58 AM (nBr1j)

12 The White Nile and The Blue Nile are on my bookshelves. They are best read accompanied by a good map of the area.

Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 03:58 AM (UdKB7)

13 At work we were discussing potential names for William and Kate’s new loinfruit, and I thought they ought to go old school – like, ølde Anglo Saxon Sküll. Check out these names straight outta Middle Earth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_monarchs_of_ Wessex#Monarchs_of_the_West_Saxons_(Wessex) My favorite is Æthelwulf (Noble Wolf). For a future princess, a case could be made for Ælfwynn (wife off Æthelstan Half-King, no doubt played by Peter Dinklage). Anyway, this got me to thinking that I needed to acquaint myself with early British history, when it was a donnybrook betwixt Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and all that. So I checked out Richard Fletcher’s Bloodfeud: Murder and Revenge in Anglo-Saxon England. “Earl Uhtred’s son, by name Ealdred, avenged his father’s murder by slaying the killer, Thurbrand. Thurbrand’s son Carl in turn avenged his father’s death by killing Ealdred. In due course Ealdred’s grandson Waltheof contrived to avenge that murder by cornering all of Carl’s sons and grandsons when they were feasting together at a family estate not far from York and killing nearly all of them. It’s like George R.R. Tolkien! Of Eric Blood-Axe, the contemporary poet Egil Skalla-grimsson wrote: Where the king kept his people cowed Under the helmet of his terror From his seat at York he ruled unflinchingly Over a dank land

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 03:58 AM (qJtVm)

14 Good Sunday morning, horde! Nice library, Cicero. I could sit in that chair for an eternity.

Posted by: April at April 29, 2018 03:59 AM (e8PP1)

15 I like buying used books, reading them, then I give them away to a friend here or there in my travels. Kinda like a one man traveling book mobile. Books do no good mildewing away on the shelves and it leaves me more room for important things like ammo and Ballistol.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 29, 2018 03:59 AM (EoRCO)

16 Looks like Cicero cleaned up just for us. Thanks Cicero.

Posted by: French Jeton at April 29, 2018 04:00 AM (Fjvqd)

17 Thanks, OM! I'm still taken up with bathroom renovation this last week - so not much chance to read. I am working my way through Dean Snow's 1777, with an eye on a future historical adventure, so the week wasn't entirely wasted.

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at April 29, 2018 04:01 AM (xnmPy)

18 I find that image of Library of Cicero to be very triggering. I am now all consumed with shelf envy. Coupled with sloth and wrath, I am nearly halfway through the seven deadly sins. What do I win if I collect all seven?

Posted by: Skandia Recluse - at April 29, 2018 04:01 AM (roQNm)

19 Nice library. Looks like a great place to relax with a good book

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 29, 2018 04:01 AM (SiINZ)

20 Love the book thread. Nice library pic Cicero. Looks like a clean, comfortable & practical area. With your interests I'm sure no fear of running out of things to read.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at April 29, 2018 04:01 AM (vFHFh)

21 Also reading the second of "David Wong's" paranormal investigation series, "This Book is Full of Spiders", and as someone said, it is the funniest in a very funny series.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 04:02 AM (qJtVm)

22 Another adjective to describe Hillary and expand upon one's vocabulary - 'plunderous'

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton was plunderous with other people's money.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 04:03 AM (95+cE)

23 So here is a question for you smarty-pants readers. Who started their reading careers with comic books as a kid? It's something that just never appealed to me personally, but seems to be portrayed as an important part of the culture for young boys in America.

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 04:04 AM (MVjcR)

24 At work we were discussing potential names for William and Kate's new loinfruit" Aabadin? Abadumassad? Zarif? Or just go with the basic "Mo'hammed"?

Posted by: Anon a mouse at April 29, 2018 04:04 AM (7LY+6)

25 Skeleton steed = bony pony Yeah....I got nuthin'...

Posted by: naturalfake at April 29, 2018 04:06 AM (9q7Dl)

26 They overlook some of The Beast's most infamous fashion disasters. http://www.wnd.com/files/2016/08/Clinton-fashion3.jpg

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 29, 2018 04:06 AM (oVJmc)

27 Both "The Blue Nile" and "The White Nile" are available at the Internet Archive. Multiple formats. Just DLed them both. Thanks for the recommendation.

Posted by: Lurker Extraordinaire at April 29, 2018 04:07 AM (GzSVe)

28 All Hail Eris, can you imagine trying to give any kind of advice to Blood-Axe?

"Now Blood-Axe, dank simply won't ..."

*slash*

- thump thump thump rolls a severed head down the steps -

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 04:07 AM (95+cE)

29 I'm glad OM mentioned the Moorehead books about the Blue and White Nile. I enjoyed them enough to return the library copies and order good condition used versions. Part of their appeal is they were written over 50 yeas ago and are not PC.

Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 04:07 AM (V+03K)

30 Sigh. Someday I will have a library again. And a cat and dog. I miss them all so much.

Posted by: In Vino Veritits at April 29, 2018 04:08 AM (qul7b)

31 Skeleton steed = bony pony Vegetarian mare(ian) ?

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:08 AM (4OUPU)

32 Vegetarian mare?

So an ocean full of veggies?

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 04:09 AM (95+cE)

33 I suspect that Ace didn't have a hand in building those shelves.

Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 04:09 AM (sdi6R)

34 I could sit in that chair for an eternity. Posted by: April What if ya hafta go to the bathroom ?

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:10 AM (4OUPU)

35 I suspect that Ace didn't have a hand in building those shelves. Posted by: rickl ISWYDT

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:10 AM (4OUPU)

36 'Even if it's these pants which are ugly no matter what color they are.' Zoot suits, leisure suits, tie-dyed tees and bell bottoms, those silly shoulder pads gals wore in the 80s, last weeks crimson tide pants, and now the wildebeest collection. Bad fashion will always be in fashion.

Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 29, 2018 04:11 AM (VOHCG)

37 *slash* - thump thump thump rolls a severed head down the steps - --- *Blood-Axe pauses, reconsiders* "You know, you're right! It doesn't quite flow."

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 04:11 AM (qJtVm)

38 Nice library Cicero

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:11 AM (4OUPU)

39 Good Morning! Having read enough Waugh for a while, I'm moving on to Gulag Archipelago. 24: I went through a brief comic book phase as a kid, but the stuff for girls was pretty weak so I quickly abandoned it.

Posted by: CN at April 29, 2018 04:11 AM (5gaNQ)

40 Having helped develop the FBI's nonviolent communication techniques for achieving peaceful outcomes in tense situations, Gary Noesner... I remember so clearly. When I turned on the TV, the Waco compound was in full furious flame. I was horrified and disgusted, but not surprised. Gary must've been on vacation that week. Although, I guess, it was a "peaceful outcome" for the FBI and ATF agents who got to sleep at home that night, and those Koresh followers certainly were much less trouble after that....

Posted by: mindful webworker and the unexpected consequences at April 29, 2018 04:11 AM (gJBE5)

41 What if ya hafta go to the bathroom ? Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 09:10 AM (4OUPU) Well, ok...I'd have to get out of it for that, and another cup of coffee and some bacon, and to choose another book, but, you know...

Posted by: April at April 29, 2018 04:12 AM (e8PP1)

42 The mailman's son is on right now talking about the rational middle. When has he mollified his position without sacrificing his principles.

Posted by: Concerned People's Front at April 29, 2018 04:12 AM (rdl6o)

43 Thanks, OM!

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 29, 2018 04:13 AM (pPcWH)

44 I was reading up on the history of "The Ant and the Grasshopper". Did you know that some have twisted that little fable in such a way that the ant is a greedy heartless bastard and the grasshopper is a poor homeless starving artist deserving of charity?

Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 04:13 AM (UdKB7)

45 Well, ok...I'd have to get out of it for that, and another cup of coffee and some bacon, and to choose another book, but, you know... Posted by: April Maybe a motorized version ?

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:13 AM (4OUPU)

46 Testing...

Posted by: Grey Fox at April 29, 2018 04:13 AM (bZ7mE)

47 I also put Alan Moorehead's Nile books into my future list based on previous moron recommendations. Related to this I've listened to 'How I Found Livingstone' by Stanley. Going into it I only knew them from cartoon references. The book was very entertaining and informative, even though it seems Henry M. Stanley was probably far from the most honest person. (Free on kindle & free read & listen with kindle unlimited)

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at April 29, 2018 04:14 AM (vFHFh)

48 OK. I guess the error was in the comment I was trying to respond to.... Eris, I have a copy of Fletcher's Bloodfeud and used it while writing my master's thesis, which was all about that kind of thing.

Posted by: Grey Fox at April 29, 2018 04:15 AM (bZ7mE)

49 Weasel, I read regular books too, but Snoopy collections, comic books, and MAD Magazine were a yuge contributor to my literacy as a kid.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 04:15 AM (qJtVm)

50 All Hail Eris 

*looks at hash*

If I ever finish with some short stories, might bundle Pinch and Yuriko in for a collection to be printed on dead trees. And title it 95+CE just to see if Amazon will take it.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 04:16 AM (95+cE)

51 I have several bookshelves that need to be assembled. Piles of books on the floor and stairs. I think I'll get right on it. Tomorrow.

Posted by: Tim in Illinois Tyant's Tyrant. My tryanny knows no bounds. I have references. at April 29, 2018 04:16 AM (RW1Sg)

52 I love the bookcases Cicero, and that you seem to have coordinated the books with the other parts of "entertainment" (CDs and DVDs). When my husband built our cases, it was in a separate room, allegedly to discourage our kids from tossing aside their books and turning on a movie. It seemed like a sensible strategy at the time, but I wish we'd have blended the areas

Posted by: CN at April 29, 2018 04:16 AM (5gaNQ)

53 Seabiscuitless ?

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:16 AM (4OUPU)

54 As opposed to Hardtackless?

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 04:17 AM (95+cE)

55 Testing... Posted by: Grey Fox Studying....

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:18 AM (4OUPU)

56 Wow, Cicero bookin' the old timey porn with the collection of NatGeo's.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 29, 2018 04:18 AM (oVJmc)

57 I still have a bunch of Peanuts collection books from when I was a kid. Both our boys read them over and over again when they were little, just as I did.

Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 04:19 AM (UdKB7)

58 Cicero dusts more than I do. Also: National Geographics; yay!

Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 04:19 AM (0bRDi)

59 Last night's movie thread contained a long list of gritty WWII movies and as I researched the titles I discovered that I just wasn't in the mood for that material. Near future politics seems to be leading us down that path and I don't want to go there. I might add the Waco Survivor story to my kindle library, but I'm not going to read it, at least, not until my mood improves. The Light in the Darkness collection sounds much more inspiring. Something I need right now and thanks for the recommendation.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse - at April 29, 2018 04:20 AM (roQNm)

60 Weasel, I read regular books too, but Snoopy collections, comic books, and MAD Magazine were a yuge contributor to my literacy as a kid. Posted by: All Hail Eris Same here. Also, both of my parents were readers, and I picked it up from them at a young age.

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:21 AM (4OUPU)

61 I knew the 2 Red Bulls were going to get into eachother

Posted by: Skip at April 29, 2018 04:21 AM (aC6Sd)

62 Whoever recommended the The Liturgical Mysteries Book many thanks on book 13!

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 29, 2018 04:22 AM (JFO2v)

63 All my NatGeos went in the trash, including the ones with the plastic covers still on them. I canceled the subscription my sister gives me for Christmas every year too. It's all sjw garbage now.

Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 04:22 AM (UdKB7)

64 I was reading up on the history of "The Ant and the Grasshopper". Did you know that some have twisted that little fable in such a way that the ant is a greedy heartless bastard and the grasshopper is a poor homeless starving artist deserving of charity? Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 09:13 AM (UdKB7) Not surprising. The ant is a sucker for working hard and playing by the rules.

Posted by: BignJames at April 29, 2018 04:23 AM (0+nbW)

65 After like 40 years of Nat Geo's I gave up that Leftist rag.

Posted by: Skip at April 29, 2018 04:23 AM (aC6Sd)

66 I could only take so many images of The Beast but I didn't see the Oven Mitt included in those ED causing nightmares.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 29, 2018 04:23 AM (y7DUB)

67 I've mentioned previously the possibility of writing a book about the loss of my wife, grief, healing and faith. The first step was to journal, which I've been doing for a while. I've decided the next step is to take my thoughts somewhat public with a blog. I started that yesterday. Those posts will be converted into a book. I'm undecided as to the format. A devotional style book is a possibility but I may take another approach.

Posted by: Northernlurker-Teem at April 29, 2018 04:23 AM (nBr1j)

68 As opposed to Hardtackless? Posted by: Anna Puma Ya know, once somebody asked me what Dale Evans' horse was named and I said "fuckface".

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:24 AM (4OUPU)

69 Newspaper comic strips was the real gateway to literacy. Along with learning about Coelocanths and finding in a book store an omnibus of the first two Little Fuzzy stories by Piper.

Nyah.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 04:24 AM (95+cE)

70 50 Weasel, I read regular books too, but Snoopy collections, comic books, and MAD Magazine were a yuge contributor to my literacy as a kid. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 09:15 AM (qJtVm) ------- I think I had about 3 comic books and really have no idea how I came to have those. I do recall a series of kid/young adult books called the Happy Hollisters or something like that about a family and all the adventures the kids had. At the time I remember thinking how boring my life was by comparison and wondering if I was was doing something wrong. I never solved any crimes or had other big adventures which the Hollisters seemed to have with distressing frequency. I suppose a book on playing in the yard with a Tonka truck and some matchbox cars wouldn't capture the imagination.

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 04:24 AM (MVjcR)

71 No Groo?

Posted by: Boss Moss at April 29, 2018 04:25 AM (QmqSS)

72 24... Weasel, I didn't start reading with comic books but read a lot of them, mostly Marvel, in grade school. Mowing lawns and redeeming soda bottles supported my habit. When the price jumped to 15 cents I stopped due to cost and being old enough to enjoy more adult reading like LotR. But the collection paid for a year of college including room and board.

Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 04:25 AM (V+03K)

73 Long time lurker considering coming out of the closet.

Posted by: Jay Leeward at April 29, 2018 04:26 AM (7F2I/)

74 Long time lurker considering coming out of the closet. Posted by: Jay Leeward at April 29, 2018 09:26 AM (7F2I/) Tom Cruise lurks here?

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 29, 2018 04:26 AM (oVJmc)

75 Beautiful shelves, full of books, comfortable chair, reading lamp... Do you ever leave home?

Posted by: Rosasharn at April 29, 2018 04:26 AM (PzBTm)

76 Who started their reading careers with comic books as a kid? I can't say I started with comics. As far back as I can remember, there were picture books, comic strips, comic books. Made sure our kids got a good grounding in all that, too, especially the classics like the original Ditko Spider-Man, and Carl Barks and Don Rosa Uncle $crooge comics.

Posted by: mindful webworker - click here for a tragicomic at April 29, 2018 04:27 AM (gJBE5)

77 65: In reality, some ants would have mobbed and eaten a weakened grasshopper. Should be rewritten in a way that the STEM ants toiled hard and rejected the gender studies grasshopper whose barista salary couldn't keep it warm in the winter.

Posted by: CN at April 29, 2018 04:27 AM (5gaNQ)

78 I remember so clearly. When I turned on the TV, the Waco compound was in full furious flame. I was horrified and disgusted, but not surprised. Gary must've been on vacation that week. Although, I guess, it was a "peaceful outcome" for the FBI and ATF agents who got to sleep at home that night, and those Koresh followers certainly were much less trouble after that.... Posted by: mindful webworker and the unexpected consequences at April 29, 2018 09:11 AM (gJBE5) At the very least Reno should've resigned for that fucking disaster if not prosecuted. It was one of my early eye openers about what gutless eunuchs our Repuke betters were.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 29, 2018 04:28 AM (y7DUB)

79 Who started their reading careers with comic books as a kid? I never found comics interesting; not enough words.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse - at April 29, 2018 04:28 AM (roQNm)

80 I don't usually post on the book thread because I am not that well read.   A few weeks back I asked the morons here to recommend a bunch of books for me.  I have purchased two Wodehouse, Lonesome Dove, Tom Jones.  I am currently reading Leave it to Psmith.



Just the sort of book I was looking for. Truly enjoyable.  The language is a real hoot to read and the turns of phrase always  bring a smile to my face.  I haven't finished the book.  I am a notoriously slow reader, mostly because I am always doing something in the yard or for other reasons.  But I am greatly anticipating for the plot to completely unfold.  The development of all the characters and their knowledge of the scheme at hand will certainly make for an interesting conclusion.


Anyway just wanted to let you all know I have some of the books you recommended and so far am enjoying them


Thanks.

Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at April 29, 2018 04:28 AM (7+qdf)

81 74 long time lurker considering coming out of closet 75 Tom Cruise lurks here? 76 long time lurker crawls back into closet thinking What the F was I thinking?

Posted by: Skip at April 29, 2018 04:29 AM (aC6Sd)

82 Who started their reading careers with comic books as a kid? My oldest started reading playing GameCube Mario games that featured a lot of text. He wanted to know what Mario was saying, and wound up going to kindergarten reading at a second or third grade level...

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 29, 2018 04:29 AM (oVJmc)

83 Northerlurker, looks like you're trying to put an email URL in your nic link. Should start with "mailto:" followed by (no space) your email.

Posted by: mindful webworker - technically squeaking at April 29, 2018 04:30 AM (gJBE5)

84 Cuthbert- did you get Big Trouble by Dave Barry ?

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:32 AM (4OUPU)

85 75 Tom Cruise lurks here? Mr Cruise please come out of the closet!

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 29, 2018 04:32 AM (JFO2v)

86 I really don't recall being encouraged to read much as a kid, but rather simply being told to go outside and play. My parents weren't neglectful, but reading wasn't emphasized. Oddly, I remember hearing as a kid that I was reading many grade levels above my age group.

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 04:33 AM (MVjcR)

87 Stan Lee taught me the word "tintinnabulation."

Posted by: mindful webworker - ingleingleingle at April 29, 2018 04:34 AM (gJBE5)

88 Wasn't a comic book fan as a kid, the first magazines I bought myself were the History of the Second World War series.

Posted by: Skip at April 29, 2018 04:34 AM (aC6Sd)

89 Northerlurker, looks like you're trying to put an email URL in your nic link. Should start with "mailto:" followed by (no space) your email. Posted by: mindful webworker - technically squeaking at April 29, 2018 09:30 AM (gJBE5) Thanks. I'll try to correct that.

Posted by: Northernlurker-Teem at April 29, 2018 04:35 AM (nBr1j)

90 >>>74 Long time lurker considering coming out of the closet. Posted by: Jay Leeward at April 29, 2018 09:26 AM (7F2I/) Hello, Jay Leeward!

Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 04:35 AM (0bRDi)

91 One of Mollie Heminway's best, and some great comments too: http://thefederalist.com/2016/08/24/who-wore-it-better-hillary-clinton-or-this-sofa/

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 04:35 AM (qJtVm)

92 My oldest started reading playing GameCube Mario games that featured a lot of text. He wanted to know what Mario was saying, and wound up going to kindergarten reading at a second or third grade level...
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Youngest did that with Pokemon Game Boy Color.  I'd buy her one if she showed me she could read.  She got it.  Intimidated her preschool teacher, but she earned it.

Posted by: mustbequantum at April 29, 2018 04:36 AM (MIKMs)

93 Long time lurker considering coming out of the closet. Posted by: Jay Leeward at April 29, 2018 09:26 AM (7F2I/) It is my pleasure to welcome all quality folks to visiting of Book Thread. Whether seriously in business or on a fun-loving hijink, make yourself totally homely in this meager environment.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 04:37 AM (y87Qq)

94 >>>81 I have purchased two Wodehouse, Lonesome Dove, Tom Jones. I am currently reading Leave it to Psmith. Just the sort of book I was looking for. Truly enjoyable. The language is a real hoot to read and the turns of phrase always bring a smile to my face. I haven't finished the book. I am a notoriously slow reader, mostly because I am always doing something in the yard or for other reasons. But I am greatly anticipating for the plot to completely unfold. The development of all the characters and their knowledge of the scheme at hand will certainly make for an interesting conclusion. Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at April 29, 2018 09:28 AM (7+qdf Hard to go wrong with Wodehouse!

Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 04:39 AM (0bRDi)

95 Mollie is gifted with a face that looks very good-humored.  Kinda dangerous because then unwary people treat her as a lightweight.  Her takedowns are very well done.

Posted by: mustbequantum at April 29, 2018 04:39 AM (MIKMs)

96 85 Cuthbert- did you get Big Trouble by Dave Barry ?

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 09:32 AM (4OUPU)


Not yet.  It's on the list.  I figured I'd buy five books and that was enough to get me started, then I saw Tom Jones and thought, that ought to hold me for a year.


HAHA.  I need to read faster.

Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at April 29, 2018 04:39 AM (7+qdf)

97 I love the bookcases Cicero, and that you seem to have coordinated the books with the other parts of "entertainment" (CDs and DVDs). When my husband built our cases, it was in a separate room, allegedly to discourage our kids from tossing aside their books and turning on a movie. It seemed like a sensible strategy at the time, but I wish we'd have blended the areas

Posted by: CN at April 29, 2018 09:16 AM (5gaNQ)


Probably was a good choice of you have kids. I did what Cicero did. The center unit is all the electronics, TV, surround amp, DVD player, video game consoles, etc and its flanked by 2 book cases on each side where I also "blended" the entertainment.


End result. I don't read like I used to. lol

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 29, 2018 04:40 AM (9Om/r)

98 Good morning, smashing bookthreadists! Got some Chesterton, thanks to you Morons. I can see what somebody meant about him being Chestertonian. I got "All Things Considered", which means I can take him a few bits at a time and not have to plow through it. Funny how issues are fundamentally the same now as then. I am re-reading "My Name is Red" by Orhan Pamuk. It's a heretical take on the nature of Islam based on their medieval approach to art. It's also a murder mystery and a love story told from a different narrator in each chapter. That sounds gimmicky, but it works.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 04:40 AM (fuK7c)

99 94 Long time lurker considering coming out of the closet. Posted by: Jay Leeward at April 29, 2018 09:26 AM (7F2I/) As long as you are wearing pants. Other threads not quite as strict.

Posted by: Rosasharn at April 29, 2018 04:40 AM (PzBTm)

100 91 >>>74 Long time lurker considering coming out of the closet. Posted by: Jay Leeward at April 29, 2018 09:26 AM (7F2I/) -------- Welcome! How long have you been lurking? Read any good books? Any bad ones? What's your position on pickled beets?

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 04:41 AM (MVjcR)

101 97 85 Cuthbert- did you get Big Trouble by Dave Barry ? I watch that movie every time it comes on. My daughter had a few of her lawyer friends come over and I had them watch it. We made must be a gator fan a drinking game.

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 29, 2018 04:42 AM (JFO2v)

102 Hello, Jay Leeward! Posted by: m Gesundheit. (sorry, I couldn't resist)

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:42 AM (4OUPU)

103 Comic books weren't my catalyst, but they were easily 80% of my reading material for a few years in my early teens or so.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I choose to live my life as a black woman at April 29, 2018 04:43 AM (VgKNm)

104 They made a movie of Big Trouble? Did not know that!

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 04:43 AM (MVjcR)

105 Speaking of comics, I just remembered, I did manage to read a book in the past month. A comic book aka graphic novel, though, not a "real" book. Digger by Ursula Vernon. I need to read it again to give it a proper review, but it's a fantasy adventure in black-and-white comic form. Reminiscent in some ways of Bone in its broad otherworldly landscape and mix of characters.

Posted by: mindful webworker - click for comic at April 29, 2018 04:44 AM (gJBE5)

106 What's your position on pickled beets? What's your position on beaten pickles ?

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:44 AM (4OUPU)

107 That's a mighty fine lookin' library there, Cicero.

Posted by: josephistan at April 29, 2018 04:44 AM (ANIFC)

108 That article on Hillary's pantsuits was sad.


Everything Hilary did was imbued with some sort of cosmic relevance that proved she was the smahtest most deserving of the presidency of all time.


The  old most traveled SoS at 950,000 miles....Presidential material...or just skipping out of the office on rolling frat party.....you decide.


Lefty feminist can't understand that there is not one straight man in the world who even gave a though to her pantsuits unil they all started mentioning them as a qualification for the presidency.   Ughhh.



Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at April 29, 2018 04:45 AM (7+qdf)

109 We made must be a gator fan a drinking game. LOL

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:45 AM (4OUPU)

110 Digger?

Remember Tunnel Seventeen.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 04:46 AM (95+cE)

111 Remember Tunnel Seventeen. Was that Dale Evans horse ?

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:47 AM (4OUPU)

112 I had a very small comic book collection. Looking back I spent much more on baseball cards. Newspaper comic section however was very well read. Both my parents enjoyed reading newspapers. If not for massive leftward tilt I'd possibly still subscribe to one today.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at April 29, 2018 04:47 AM (vFHFh)

113 Nothernlurker A blog is a very good idea, especially used in conjunction with journals. It helps, me at least, to write down my thoughts and emotions. Even if no one else ever sees the work, it helps healing. Comics, started out with Sgt Rock. MAD Magazine and the Louisville Courier Journal and Times. The CJ still sort of exists but as a Gannett rag it's USA Today lite. Unreadable. Art Buchwald taught me politics in those pages. Tom Leher helped but a nun in high school taught me how to think critically and it saved me from being a Democrat stooge.

Posted by: Winston at April 29, 2018 04:47 AM (wgCUV)

114 105 They made a movie of Big Trouble? Did not know that! Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 09:43 AM (MVjcR) Tim Allen Rene Russo damn hot Tom Siezmore Dennis Farino Too many good quotes to list.

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 29, 2018 04:47 AM (JFO2v)

115 I gotta go;I got shitadoo. I just wanna tell you all that this is my fave thread; thanks to OM and all of you. Have a great week everyone.

Posted by: JT at April 29, 2018 04:48 AM (4OUPU)

116 Dr. Seuss taught me to read. Also lots of Peanuts and Mad Magazine, like Ms. Blood-Axe up there.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 04:50 AM (fuK7c)

117 I saw Waco. It's well done. It's shows that Karesh was a kook but downplays that he was a kind of sexual predator, and builds justified righteous indignation over the actions of the Feds. Surprised that it got made, and made this way, by any branch of our establishment media.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 04:51 AM (pV/54)

118 By an odd coincidence I've also been re-reading _The White Nile_. Samuel Baker is my new hero among British explorers after I came across the line "he suffered terribly from malaria until he was able to devise a way to distill alcohol from yams." Pioneering the Moron Lifestyle in Darkest Africa!

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 04:51 AM (1ZEu3)

119 Was that Dale Evans horse ? -- Now that is just mean. Throw that out there like that. Now I'm looking up the names of famous movie horses. I'm already hooked on horse training video on youtube.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse - at April 29, 2018 04:51 AM (roQNm)

120 Fantastic shelving but not kittah friendly That was most drama filled race in long time

Posted by: Skip at April 29, 2018 04:52 AM (aC6Sd)

121 Hard to go wrong with Wodehouse! Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 09:39 AM (0bRDi) --------- Impossible to go wrong with Wodehouse.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 04:52 AM (oMtOd)

122 I'm currently writing a novel about my cruise adventures and how a man's anus really does look and behave like a vagina.

Posted by: Bill Kristol at April 29, 2018 04:53 AM (FTPVM)

123 I read "The Doorbell Rang" by Rex Stout for the Horde Goodreads group. Although Stout's stories move right along I took my time, savoring the writing. That's when I learned that Stout and PG Wodehouse were huge fans of each other. Shouldn't have been surprised as I take the same approach to both authors and their delightful styles. Just a hint for those who have discovered one author but not the other. Very different genres but similar delight.

Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 04:53 AM (V+03K)

124 I am re-reading "My Name is Red" by Orhan Pamuk. It's a heretical take on the nature of Islam based on their medieval approach to art. It's also a murder mystery and a love story told from a different narrator in each chapter. That sounds gimmicky, but it works. Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 09:40 AM (fuK7c) My book group read it not long after it was published and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Hadn't considered a reread of it but the more I think of it the better it sounds. Just finished Forster's "A Room With a View" and enjoyed it fine but Cecil's reaction when Lucy broke off their engagement just didn't ring true to me. I guess there are manipulative people who, when called out on it, might react with "Gadzooks, you're right; I've been a complete turd and need to change my ways" but I'd rather they act like a Patterico and tell people they need to apologize and thus confirm what fuckfaces they are. I'd bet Henry James would agree.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 29, 2018 04:53 AM (y7DUB)

125 Too many good quotes to list. Posted by: rhennigantx at April 29, 2018 09:47 AM (JFO2v) Got that right.

Posted by: BignJames at April 29, 2018 04:53 AM (0+nbW)

126 Watching Progressivism turn on itself is too much fun. So METOO counts except for Madcow defending Brokow. J Reid is homophobic but just has not admitted it. We love and support womyn except the Sanders gal, or Conway, or Nikki, or Sarah. Black people have the right to vote for any Democrat on the ticket.

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 29, 2018 04:53 AM (JFO2v)

127 morning horde, I need to take a walk and calm down before I send an outraged letter to the White House Correspondents Association. A more blatant display of contempt and hypocrisy can't be imagined. then I"ll check in. cheers v

Posted by: vivi at April 29, 2018 04:55 AM (11H2y)

128 123 Bills Mangina Finds a Clue.

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 29, 2018 04:55 AM (JFO2v)

129 Followed by a Mk 48 ADCAP enema...

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 04:56 AM (95+cE)

130 I'm already hooked on horse training video on youtube.
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Last summer I was obsessed with equestrian drill teams.  The most impressive as far as I was concerned were the Mexican female groups who also did it sidesaddle.  Amazing.  I kept thinking about Ginger Rogers and 'backwards and in high heels'.

Posted by: mustbequantum at April 29, 2018 04:56 AM (MIKMs)

131 128 morning horde, I need to take a walk and calm down before I send an outraged letter to the White House Correspondents Association. That is what they want. Better yet, pull out a few of their jokes about womyns weight, or makeup, or vaginas and post them for you lib friends in FB.

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 29, 2018 04:57 AM (JFO2v)

132 P.J.: "Nearly everything about It Takes a Village is objectionable, from the title -- an ancient African proverb that seems to have its origins in the ancient African kingdom of Hallmarkcardia -- to the acknowledgments page, where Mrs. Clinton fails to acknowledge that some poor journalism professor named Barbara Feinman did a lot of the work. Mrs. Clinton thereby unwisely violates the first rule of literary collaboration: Blame the co-author. And let us avert our eyes from the Kim I1-Sung-type dust- jacket photograph showing Mrs. Clinton surrounded by joyous-youth-of-many- nations."

Posted by: The Gipper Lives at April 29, 2018 04:57 AM (Ndje9)

133 117 Dr. Seuss taught me to read.

Also lots of Peanuts and Mad Magazine, like Ms. Blood-Axe up there.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 09:50 AM (fuK7c)


The Green Pants with No One Inside Them mesmerized me.  I could read it over and over.



The Berenstein Bears and Go Dog Go

Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at April 29, 2018 04:58 AM (7+qdf)

134 I recently picked up a collection of Chesterton stories called _The Man Who Knew Too Much_ and was disappointed. No connection to the Hitchcock movie, by the way. The stories are in the Father Brown vein but a bit more explicitly political -- the detective is an upper-class young man who figures out the crimes but can never expose the wrongdoers because he's from a political family himself and the scandal would rebound on them. As I said, I was disappointed. This is post-WWI, cranky Chesterton, full of animus toward Jewish bankers and cynicism about democracy. Is it possible to be a Catholic nihilist? At times he almost approaches it in this book.

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 04:58 AM (1ZEu3)

135 From 2 posts ago.... .... clouds floating over Uranus.... Indeed Thank you, Internet.

Posted by: franksalterego at April 29, 2018 04:59 AM (3cq8T)

136 What did I miss with the corresponding correspondents?

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I choose to live my life as a black woman at April 29, 2018 04:59 AM (VgKNm)

137 That is an awesome library Cicero. I am not sure why, i was under the impression you took that name from the other Cicero, my home town, the place Al Capone retreated to when 1930's Chicago got too law-abiding, where the 'boys' still owned the Chief of Police into the 1990s, where you were considered quite the success if you'd only done county time. Anyway, that's an awesome and beautiful space.

Posted by: motionview at April 29, 2018 05:00 AM (pYQR/)

138 Hard to go wrong with Wodehouse! Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 09:39 AM (0bRDi) --------- Impossible to go wrong with Wodehouse. Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 09:52 AM (oMtOd) Even Wodehouse has a couple of dogs. But, you have to dig pretty deep in his oeuvre to find them. Even he had to become PG Wodehouse.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 29, 2018 05:01 AM (E3rQ4)

139 Jay Leeward - make or break question: Do you pronounce it "Lee Ward" or "Loo Ward". Lives are at stake here.

Posted by: RI Red - Bandana Republican at April 29, 2018 05:01 AM (EEbX2)

140 When I read Amazing Fantasy #15, which had an unusual superhero story about a guy who gets spider powers and then makes bad decisions, my idea of what comics could be was changed. I asked my cousin if I could keep it, and he said, no, he hadn't read it yet. Decades later, he told me he probably threw it out the next day. Heh. That was on a visit to California. Eventually, Marvel comics did get distributed, sporadically, to smallville, Oklahoma, where I discovered all the rest of 'em. As years went by, I began trying to build a complete Marvel collection. Never got there. Did get a ratty, ratty copy of Fantastic Four #1. I had pretty much every Marvel from 1965-1970, though. Then a "friend" absconded with my collection, including a complete set of Sgt Fury I was holding for a friend, and all the many little extras like the Stan Lee-signed "Merry Marvel No-Prize" envelopes I'd collected. Took me many years before I could look a funny book in the face again.

Posted by: mindful webworker - so much loss at April 29, 2018 05:01 AM (gJBE5)

141 Main comic books I remember reading was Wonder Woman and a Classics history of the French Revolution that my cousin was happy to get rid of. That was quite a decent introduction, and I've loved history ever since. This week I'm about midway through The Mathematician's Shiva. Love it!! The narrator is the son of a famous Russian emigre mathematician (his mother), who is believed to have solved a major math problem. At her shiva, other famous mathematicians show up trying to discover her notes. Radically funny in parts, but also a memoir of life between a Russian labor camp and American freedom. Wonderful characters, wonderful writing. Opens a whole new world for me.

Posted by: Alifa at April 29, 2018 05:02 AM (HtJUC)

142 Since my move I had the chance to unbox my few books and take a look at them. Here are some: The Boston Massacre by Robert Allison. A fantasticly concise accounting of the before, during, and after events of March 5, 1770. All of Allison's historical short-books are great. The Moral of the Story, a collection of Christian-centered stories by various authors including CS Lewis to Chuck Colson to O Henry. A Layman Looks at the Lord's Prayer by W. Phillip Keller. The author breaks down and analyzes the prayer line by line making real-world sense of its meaning. I haven't looked at this little book in decades.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 29, 2018 05:02 AM (OmYAr)

143 Even he had to become PG Wodehouse. Posted by: naturalfake at April 29, 2018 10:01 AM (E3rQ4) -------- Well, I've read all I could get my hands on, and some are certainly better than others, but there weren't any I didn't bother to finish. Which I can't say about all authors.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 05:02 AM (oMtOd)

144 Before it goes down the memory hole. Michelle Wolf last night as the comedian at the WHCD: "[Pence] thinks abortion is murder, which, first of all, don't knock it til you try it -- and when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you've got to get that baby out of there. And yeah, sure, you can groan all you want. I know a lot of you are very anti-abortion. You know, unless it's the one you got for your secret mistress." A little truth in every jest.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 05:03 AM (pV/54)

145 The Green Pants with No One Inside Them mesmerized me. I could read it over and over. --- That one had eerie illustrations. Being chased through a nightmare world by a pair of disembodied pants! But it turns out they just needed somebody to love and wear them. Daaaaawww!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 05:04 AM (qJtVm)

146 s and Go Dog Go Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at April 29, 2018 09:58 AM (7+qdf) Go Dog Go! A favorite of Kidsharn! I think she had it memorized by age 4.

Posted by: Rosasharn at April 29, 2018 05:04 AM (PzBTm)

147 Thank god Hillary was not the Emperor with New Clothes. That would be worse than if she was the actual emperor.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 29, 2018 05:04 AM (2DOZq)

148 "[Pence] thinks abortion is murder, which, first of all, don't knock it til you try it -- and when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you've got to get that baby out of there. And yeah, sure, you can groan all you want. I know a lot of you are very anti-abortion. You know, unless it's the one you got for your secret mistress." A little truth in every jest. Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 10:03 AM (pV/54) ---------- That's just flat-out horrible. Absolutely tasteless.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 05:04 AM (oMtOd)

149 28 Both "The Blue Nile" and "The White Nile" are available at the Internet Archive. Multiple formats. Just DLed them both. Thanks for the recommendation.

Posted by: Lurker Extraordinaire at April 29, 2018 09:07 AM (GzSVe)


Do you have links? I couldn't find them anywhere.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 05:05 AM (DXfIG)

150 I see Lonesome Dove here. There are actually about 3 or 4 books going back and 1 or 2 after the Lonesome Dove. I love the Texas Bull and grizzly part. And making biscuits in the dutch oven. If you like that there is also a 3 books series on a rich british family that comes to america to see the west. I think it is the Wondering Hills stories.

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 29, 2018 05:05 AM (JFO2v)

151 The Berenstein Bears and Go Dog Go

Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at April 29, 2018 09:58 AM (7+qdf)



Go Do Go was my all time favorite as a kid. I think its still in print. That book is most responsible for me reading by the time I got to kindergarten, and why I got pushed into 1st grade ahead of schedule. My birthday was past the cutoff date for school registration, but when I finally got to kindergarten and they saw I could read they let my start in first grade.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 29, 2018 05:05 AM (9Om/r)

152 I am new to Wodehouse, but as with Chesterton I'm finding it useful to take him in bite-sized servings. It's quite good, but it gets to be a bit much. Now, since I've got both of them via my new mania for free books on Kindle, does anyone have any good free books on Kindle recommendations?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 05:06 AM (fuK7c)

153 Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 10:03 AM (pV/54) Are you f****** kidding me? That was actually part of her set? Appalling. And that's coming from ME.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 05:06 AM (qJtVm)

154 68 I've mentioned previously the possibility of writing a book about the loss of my wife, grief, healing and faith. The first step was to journal, which I've been doing for a while. I've decided the next step is to take my thoughts somewhat public with a blog. I started that yesterday. Those posts will be converted into a book. I'm undecided as to the format. A devotional style book is a possibility but I may take another approach. Posted by: Northernlurker-Teem at April 29, 2018 09:23 AM (nBr1j) -------------------- Keep up the good work. Hard enough to be an author and put a piece of yourself out there for everyone to see. I would image putting out something that is so personal has to be even harder.

Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 05:06 AM (WEBkv)

155 The Green Pants?

Wasn't that the time Porky Pig ran across some Leprechauns?

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 05:06 AM (95+cE)

156 That's just flat-out horrible. Absolutely tasteless. Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 10:04 AM (oMtOd) ------------------- This, in many ways, is the story of the society in which we currently reside.

Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 05:07 AM (WEBkv)

157 I also really enjoyed the "Waco" mini-series and was fascinated by the overlap between the Ruby Ridge and Waco players. Also interesting was the extreme lack of accountability for ATF/FBI misbehavior in both cases. Given what we have since learned about the Bundy standoffs, it seems nothing has changed. The movie also brought up lingering questions about whether or not Reno discussed the attack with Ol' Slick Willy.

Posted by: motionview at April 29, 2018 05:07 AM (pYQR/)

158 Wife has some radio show on, a bunch of Leftist cracking jokes on the President and administration members including Adm Jackson, just figured it out it was from correspondence dinner. I hate Leftists.

Posted by: Skip at April 29, 2018 05:08 AM (aC6Sd)

159 I finally got an order of books from the UK military bookseller Naval & Military Press the other day. I got "British Campaigns in the South Atlantic 1805-1807" by John Grainger, about the mostly forgotten Napoleonic wars fought in Argentina and South Africa, and two books on modern African wars by Al J. Venter, one on the Biafra War, and one on the Angola War. Even with the shipping from Britain, they were still a good buy.

Posted by: josephistan at April 29, 2018 05:09 AM (ANIFC)

160 saw Waco. It's well done. It's shows that Karesh was a kook but downplays that he was a kind of sexual predator, and builds justified righteous indignation over the actions of the Feds. Surprised that it got made, and made this way, by any branch of our establishment media. Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 09:51 AM (pV/54 Do a thought experiment and keep all the facts the same except that Koresh and his followers were a Muslim sect. Would the outrage be the same?

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 29, 2018 05:09 AM (2DOZq)

161 Looks like twenty-five years of National Geographics in the bottom shelf.

Hay, Horde.

Posted by: creeper at April 29, 2018 05:10 AM (f4vam)

162 Duke, Duchess Of Cambridge Announce Name Of Third Child Is Louis Arthur Al-Baghdadi http://bit.ly/2HAJ5yB

Posted by: Grump928(C) Snoozing Jeff Sessions is my Sarah Palin's uterus at April 29, 2018 05:10 AM (yQpMk)

163 Are you f****** kidding me? That was actually part of her set? Appalling. And that's coming from ME. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 10:06 AM (qJtVm) I'd say "wait 'til you read the rest of it", but really, don't bother. It has all the wit and shock value of a middle schooler who just discovered that saying nasty words wins attention.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 05:10 AM (y87Qq)

164 Wife has some radio show on, a bunch of Leftist cracking jokes on the President and administration members including Adm Jackson... In other words, CNN is on.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 29, 2018 05:10 AM (OmYAr)

165 It get harder and harder for "comedians" to be outrageous but they will keep working on it to make a name for themselves. Same with Kanye. He's an ass trying to stand out at the moment by being outrageous to the left.

Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 05:11 AM (UdKB7)

166 "That 'comic' ...  too bad there wasn't a trap door under them leading to about 100 15ft rusty skinny spikes just so they can slowly slide down while still alive.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 05:12 AM (95+cE)

167 Like I said, that dinner last night was essentially no different from any cnn or msnbc daily broadcast presented as "news." They Did Not Step Out Of Character At All. Indeed, the Narrative was the Exact Same...Verbatim from all their fake "news" casts!

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 29, 2018 05:13 AM (OmYAr)

168 45 I was reading up on the history of "The Ant and the Grasshopper". Did you know that some have twisted that little fable in such a way that the ant is a greedy heartless bastard and the grasshopper is a poor homeless starving artist deserving of charity?

Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 09:13 AM (UdKB7)


Do you have links to "f'd" up versions (SWIDT)? Might make a good book thread topic.

Also, in the Disney cartoon version, the ants invited the shivering grasshopper in so he could entertain them with his fiddle-playing.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 05:13 AM (DXfIG)

169 For now, I'm ignoring the wonderfully arranged bookshelves and tasteful decorating of Cicero's library and convince myself there's nothing wrong with my random piles of books distributed in haphazard fashion throughout the house.

Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 05:13 AM (WEBkv)

170 That one had eerie illustrations. Being chased through a nightmare world by a pair of disembodied pants!
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So, of course, I thought of Wallace and Gromit and 'The Wrong Trousers'.

Posted by: mustbequantum at April 29, 2018 05:15 AM (MIKMs)

171 I started not on comic books, but on Reader's Digest hardbacks. Specifically the first book I attempted to read was "Flight of the Phoenix". I asked for a book about airplanes, my father was compliant and gave me a giant hardbound book with no pictures. I finished the book with help by the time I was in first grade. I started comic books shortly afterwards because they were easier to carry.

Posted by: Joy Motherfucking Reid at April 29, 2018 05:16 AM (c1VpD)

172 150 28 Both "The Blue Nile" and "The White Nile" are available at the Internet Archive. Multiple formats. Just DLed them both. Thanks for the recommendation.

Posted by: Lurker Extraordinaire at April 29, 2018 09:07 AM (GzSVe)


Do you have links? I couldn't find them anywhere.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 10:05 AM (DXfIG)

Don't know to do links but here's the urls. First I go to the Text section:

https://archive.org/details/texts

Then searched for The White Nile and got:

https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.536588

The Blue Nile

https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.463607

Hope those work. While I'm more a physical book fan than an ebook fan, I use the Archive a lot to find older stuff like this.

Love the book thread. Hope to have some views of my library in the near future. Converted garage to house the accumulation.

Posted by: Lurker Extraordinaire at April 29, 2018 05:16 AM (GzSVe)

173 Thank you all, O Horde, for the nice comments about my book crib. It is fully pants-optional but if one drinks tea in it, one must extend one's pinkie correctly. On the comic book question, I became a huge consumer of them when I was around eight or so. I started with the Archie's and Richie Rich one's but they were just a gateway drug to the superhero genre, to which I eventually became seriously, flashlight-under-the-covers addicted. From that I somehow segued to sci-fi where I was introduced to Clarke, Heinlein, Asimov, Dean Koontz, Larry Niven, and dozens of others.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 29, 2018 05:18 AM (IEVqH)

174 Ye writerly types, didja ever find that characters you create in fiction were saying and doing things you really didn't plan? As if they had a life of their own? Even though they can only be wholly our own creations. The Deity dilemma. Can free will really exist? And all that. That's how I felt doing "Turing Circuits" webcomic (linked in nic). The character kept arguing with me. (The PayPal buttons at the top of the pages probably work, I dunno, nobody's ever tried them that I know of.)

Posted by: mindful webworker - From pure potentiality to self-realization at April 29, 2018 05:18 AM (gJBE5)

175 "Do you have links to "f'd" up versions (SWIDT)? Might make a good book thread topic." The wiki entry is a good place to start. I was reading some Aesop and somehow ended up there. They mention the Disney version along with a bunch of others. The counter-theme seems to be that the arts should be supported or the poor are worthy of some compassion or some crap like that.

Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 05:19 AM (UdKB7)

176 Galloping into the thread on my trusty steed, I recommend watching " The Worlds Greatest Horseman" event, for those of you watching horse videos. Gallops back out.

Posted by: Ben Had at April 29, 2018 05:19 AM (IqtJZ)

177 "...writing off Kanye West as a nignay."
That's racist. Just like denigrate. Or so we've been told by educated idiots.

Posted by: harleycowboy at April 29, 2018 05:19 AM (+9AX9)

178 Morning all

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 29, 2018 05:19 AM (SjImc)

179 saw Waco. It's well done. ISWYDT

Posted by: fluffy at April 29, 2018 05:19 AM (cHbmY)

180 If that fucking bastard wins, we're all going to hang from nooses! You better fix this shit! Hillary to Donna Brazile -- Oct 16 2017 Heh

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 05:20 AM (pV/54)

181 Reading about African explorers I'm always struck by how they kind of ignored the Africans. Morehouse's book will describe (say) Burton and Speke struggling inland through terrible conditions . . . and then a couple of weeks later the supply convoy shows up led by Sidi Bombay or whoever, fresh as a daisy after a leisurely stroll from the coast, no hardship at all. It's as if the Englishmen are aliens requiring special life-support.

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 05:21 AM (1ZEu3)

182 175 Ye writerly types, didja ever find that characters you create in fiction were saying and doing things you really didn't plan? As if they had a life of their own? Even though they can only be wholly our own creations. The Deity dilemma. Can free will really exist? And all that. That's how I felt doing "Turing Circuits" webcomic (linked in nic). The character kept arguing with me. (The PayPal buttons at the top of the pages probably work, I dunno, nobody's ever tried them that I know of.) Posted by: mindful webworker - From pure potentiality to self-realization at April 29, 2018 10:18 AM (gJBE5) ----------------- Yes and no. When things are going well, things just sort of flow. Other times, one sits back, scratches the old head and wonders just, exactly where things are going. Been more than a few times I've just sighed and trashed what was just written because I was trying to pound a round sentence into a square story.

Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 05:22 AM (WEBkv)

183 "the poor are worthy of some compassion or some crap like that." See how I was being edgy like dat? Funny huh?

Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 05:23 AM (UdKB7)

184 Love the organization of the library Cicero.  It gives me hope that some of the books on my floor with jump up on the shelves and organize themselves one day.

Headed to Hong Kong in a month or so and I thought I would read The Secret Life of Chairman Mao in honor of the crackdowns on the Hong Kong booksellers.  So glad I checked that out of the library- I have read about a hundred pages and that is all I can stand.

So, off to read something more fun and exciting- one of the Fodor's guides to Hong Kong..

Posted by: Charlotte at April 29, 2018 05:24 AM (vDuQz)

185 The author, David Foster Wallace, was recommended to me, and I started with a collection of essays, "Consider the Lobster." I'm curious what others think of Wallace. I like his writing, I'm in the middle of a long essay, which is sort of a review of a (then) recently published dictionary of English usage. Wallace wrote the novel, "infinite Jest," which I don't know if I'll ever try. It's supposedly a mixed up style, like the story jumps around, or something. Wallace is also famous for a rather well-thought-out suicide, about 10 years ago.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 05:24 AM (Pz4pT)

186 118 I saw Waco. It's well done. It's shows that Karesh was a kook but downplays that he was a kind of sexual predator, and builds justified righteous indignation over the actions of the Feds.
Surprised that it got made, and made this way, by any branch of our establishment media.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 09:51 AM (pV/54)


I watched Waco just after watching Wild, Wild Country, a documentary about the Rajneesh cult that tried to take over a county in Oregon in the 1980s.

The Rajneeshies were every bit as armed as the Branch Davidians, so the FBI wisely did not try to provoke a shoot-out, so they used other means. The Rajneeshies, in my view, were a far more dangerous cult, but the FBI and the Oregon Attorney General managed to shut it down peacefully.

That's how Waco should have been handled.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 05:25 AM (DXfIG)

187 162 Looks like twenty-five years of National Geographics in the bottom shelf. Posted by: creeper at April 29, 2018 10:10 AM (f4vam) No way. I counted 145, give or take. Hi, creeper. Are you unbanned now?

Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 05:25 AM (sdi6R)

188 It's as if the Englishmen are aliens requiring special life-support. Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 10:21 AM (1ZEu3) With a lime wedge.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 05:25 AM (y87Qq)

189 one of the Fodor's guides to Hong Kong.. I liked that flashback in Game of Thrones where we find out how Fodor got his name.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 05:26 AM (fuK7c)

190 "Headed to Hong Kong in a month or so and I thought I would...." If anything comes up medically, I wholeheartedly recommend the 7th Day Adventist hospital there. Or, you could go to one of the State run ones.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice [/i] at April 29, 2018 05:26 AM (EyPfd)

191 What's scary when writing is when one of your characters 'talks' to you about a plot issue involving another character. My brain is so weird.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 05:26 AM (95+cE)

192 So today's pants pic came from... Do I feel ripped off that I got here too late to see Her Pantsness? I do not.

Posted by: t-bird at April 29, 2018 05:26 AM (5OO3x)

193 >>>my Dolly Parton in a coat of many colors. I had a dream in which America bowed down and worshipped me, but instead they threw me down a well! Heretics!

Posted by: Hillary at April 29, 2018 05:27 AM (2835Q)

194 Jake Holenhead Thanks for the 'head music.' Lost track of the Killard House video. Absolutely beautiful. It is now saved on laptop.

Posted by: French Jeton at April 29, 2018 05:27 AM (Fjvqd)

195 Michelle Wolf Set For Netflix Talk Show After Hosting Donald Trump-less Correspondents Dinner Well Netflix has decided to go all out lefty. I hope they drive people away in droves

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 29, 2018 05:30 AM (SiINZ)

196 It get harder and harder for "comedians" to be outrageous but they will keep working on it to make a name for themselves. Same with Kanye. He's an ass trying to stand out at the moment by being outrageous to the left. Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 10:11 AM (UdKB7) Maybe. It's also possible, given his rather well known incidents of outrage, that he's been welcomed into the political circles, and saw what he saw there. The thing is, the comment he made about Bush, at that stupid fundraiser thing, he was sincere! Probably high and silly stupidly naive to say it, but he meant what he said, and lots of people felt the same as him. It took some degree of courage to say it. I suppose one can dismiss him as a goof, and that's fine. I like the idea of somebody in his position actually letting his personal freak flag fly.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 05:31 AM (Pz4pT)

197 27 Watching Progressivism turn on itself is too much fun. So METOO counts except for Madcow defending Brokow. J Reid is homophobic but just has not admitted it.
Posted by: rhennigantx at April 29, 2018 09:53 AM (JFO2v)


Point of order: Reid didn't write anything that was *actually* homophobic. She just observed that most straight people think gay sex is icky, particularly male homosexuality.

Of course, under the *new* rules, this qualifies as h8.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 05:32 AM (DXfIG)

198 Well, I guess the honeysuckle roots aren't going to dig up themselves, so I better get to it. Later, horde, everyone have a wonderful day!

Posted by: April at April 29, 2018 05:32 AM (e8PP1)

199 Nothing warms up a crowd like a good joke about killing babies. *spit*

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 29, 2018 05:32 AM (IEVqH)

200 Lurker Extraordinaire - Thanks for the info on archive.org. Somehow they were not on my radar. looks like i'm going down a rabbit hole with this.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at April 29, 2018 05:33 AM (vFHFh)

201 189 It's as if the Englishmen are aliens requiring special life-support. Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 10:21 AM (1ZEu3) With a lime wedge. Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 10:25 AM (y87Qq) -- Ha! In "The Terror", the British ships are trapped in the Arctic ice and have to overwinter during months of no sun. Stores are low and the alcoholic Captain Crozier is running dangerously close to his last bottle of whiskey. His steward says they have cases of gin left. I'll die before I drink gin! says the Irish Crozier.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 05:33 AM (qJtVm)

202 Comey on with Chuck Todd. Trying to mop up. They're spinning Comey's first meeting with Trump. Comey had a pure heart, you see, and wanted to warn Trump that because of the dossier he could be levered by the Russians. Not a word that the dossier came from Hillary, which means no Russian leverage at all.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 05:34 AM (pV/54)

203 Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 10:33 AM (qJtVm) Speaking of Stiff Upper Lip, have you had a chance to check out The Jungle is Neutral yet? Not nagging, mind, just... nudging.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 05:36 AM (y87Qq)

204 >>>141 a "friend" absconded with my collection, including a complete set of Sgt Fury I was holding for a friend, and all the many little extras like the Stan Lee-signed "Merry Marvel No-Prize" envelopes I'd collected. Posted by: mindful webworker - so much loss at April 29, 2018 10:01 AM (gJBE5) Sorry about that. People can be awful.

Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 05:38 AM (0bRDi)

205 comey should be hung for treason

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 29, 2018 05:38 AM (SjImc)

206 comey should be hung for treason Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 29, 2018 10:38 AM (SjImc) I'll get the rope

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 29, 2018 05:39 AM (SiINZ)

207 I no longer read political current events books, although I've read plenty in the past. I usually learn as much as I need (or can stomach) from news reports or, better still, here. With rare exceptions their half life is about 5 minutes. Better to devote reading time to entertaining or informative matters. In the same vein, I won't watch the Waco series. Bad enough to have watched it as it happened. In my opinion it was televised murder by Reno and every government body involved. Reliving it, even if well made and accurate, will do me no good. Better to start a new Nero Wolfe story.

Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 05:40 AM (V+03K)

208 >>>"a Father Dinosaur, a Mother Dinosaur, and a third dinosaur visiting from Norway." In the tv adaptation it'll be two mommy dinosaurs and their adopted refugee dinosaur.

Posted by: Louisa May Alcott at April 29, 2018 05:40 AM (2835Q)

209 That's how Waco should have been handled. Posted by: OregonMuse Yes, and that's what I kept expecting in Waco, but could see more, day by day, that it wasn't going to end well. So frustrating, so infuriating!

Posted by: mindful webworker at April 29, 2018 05:41 AM (gJBE5)

210 comey should be hung for treason Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 29, 2018 10:38 AM (SjImc) I'll get the rope Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 29, 2018 10:39 AM (SiINZ) Fine Fne Fine but how come I always get stuck getting the beer and popcorn?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 29, 2018 05:41 AM (SjImc)

211 >>> 145 Before it goes down the memory hole. Michelle Wolf last night as the comedian at the WHCD: "[Pence] thinks abortion is murder, which, first of all, don't knock it til you try it -- and when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you've got to get that baby out of there. And yeah, sure, you can groan all you want. I know a lot of you are very anti-abortion. You know, unless it's the one you got for your secret mistress." Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 10:03 AM (pV/54) Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.

Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 05:41 AM (0bRDi)

212 Keep up the good work. Hard enough to be an author and put a piece of yourself out there for everyone to see. I would image putting out something that is so personal has to be even harder. Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 10:06 AM (WEBkv) I'm not expecting the blog to draw a lot of traffic..It's a semi public spot to organize my thoughts and practice my craft while working through grief. If it touches someone else it would be great. The blog title is Making This Mountain Mine.

Posted by: Northernlurker-Teem at April 29, 2018 05:41 AM (nBr1j)

213 >>>Appalling. And that's coming from ME. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 10:06 AM (qJtVm) heh

Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 05:42 AM (0bRDi)

214 The arrangement of pictures. It bothers me. Fix it.

Posted by: mao tse tongue at April 29, 2018 05:43 AM (E1i/y)

215 I think the worse curse that could be laid upon the likes of Michelle Wolf is - "may everything you mock befall you."

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 05:44 AM (95+cE)

216 Comey telling Chuck Todd a whopper about the Weiner laptop. His story is that even though he and McCabe talked about the laptop in early October it didn't register with Comey that it was relevant to the Hillary investigation, until Oct 27, when McCabe and Comey had a very early face-to-face meeting to discuss it. If there's anything "good" on the laptop -- not just Weiner's mini-me pictures -- you can make a huge case based on it alone.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 05:44 AM (pV/54)

217 comey should be hung for treason Posted by: Nevergiveup at April 29, 2018 10:38 AM (SjImc) I'll get the rope Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 29, 2018 10:39 AM (SiINZ) Given that he's like nine feet tall you'll need to find a really tall lamppost.

Posted by: Northernlurker-Teem at April 29, 2018 05:45 AM (nBr1j)

218 okay, I wrote a letter, but also spoke to someone at Bloomberg 1800-882-8627. They took my message, and asked if I wanted to leave my name and number for follow up. I said, "Are you kidding? So you guys can go after me, and make up stuff about me, too?" Imagine, Margaret Talev of Bloomberg (and WHCA president) said Wolf 'had a 'truth to power style that makes her a great friend to the WHCA." 'And she praised her 'feminist edge" that made her "the right voice now." the right voice now. hm.

Posted by: vivi at April 29, 2018 05:47 AM (11H2y)

219 >>>159 Wife has some radio show on, a bunch of Leftist cracking jokes on the President and administration members including Adm Jackson, just figured it out it was from correspondence dinner. I hate Leftists. Posted by: Skip at April 29, 2018 10:08 AM (aC6Sd) gack

Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 05:47 AM (0bRDi)

220 Blake: Been more than a few times I've just sighed and trashed what was just written because I was trying to pound a round sentence into a square story. I'm more of a four-panel cartoonist than a real writer, but one winter a while back when housebound with no internet, I did manage to churn out a longer form story, Invulnerable, linked in nic. It was a story I'd had in mind for years, but never could get it to work. Then, in those few days, it seemed to write itself. Not long after, I found the file folder with notes and early ideas for the story, from years previously. The same basic idea, but I was surprised how the plot was completely different and never could have worked. Anna Puma: What's scary when writing is when one of your characters 'talks' to you about a plot issue involving another character. My brain is so weird. Heh. Weird, perhaps, but we're all grateful for it anyway.

Posted by: mindful webworker and the robust ripostes at April 29, 2018 05:48 AM (gJBE5)

221 157 That's just flat-out horrible. Absolutely tasteless.
Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 10:04 AM (oMtOd)

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Kind of like AoSHQ, then?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 05:48 AM (DXfIG)

222 Late to the book thread! Thanks to Oregon Muse for always mentioning the list of horde writers. I gave a bunch of new ones on it; please check it put in my nic

Posted by: Votermom's phone now on Team Gloom Sub Duty at April 29, 2018 05:48 AM (yG8t/)

223 Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 10:21 AM (1ZEu3) I have John Spekes' Journal of the Discovery of the Nile and he talks at length of the various African tribes he encounters, and the ubiquitous Musselman slavers. I think he started his trip in Zanzibar, which had a huge slave market. His porters were usually freed slaves. Fun fact, with the money they earned as porters they often turned to the slave trade and ivory as businesses. One has to remember it was written in 1863 when he snipes that freedmen are the worst, they have the superstitious lazy indolence of the African with the self-sure cockiness of the Yank.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 05:49 AM (qJtVm)

224 Kind of like AoSHQ, then? Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 10:48 AM (DXfIG) ---------- Of course not. We have excellent taste. It just takes a bit of acquiring, that's all.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 05:50 AM (oMtOd)

225 Instead of 'library pic', we ought to call them 'shelfies'.

Posted by: [/i][/b][/s][/u]Muldoon at April 29, 2018 05:50 AM (mvenn)

226 Mindful Webworker -- Characters taking over a story? Absolutely, and practically every time, to the point I quit trying to outline plots, because the characters insist on reacting to events instead of going where I want them to. So writing a story (for me, anyway) becomes a matter of finding a starting point, then following along to find out what happens. I generally end up at about the right place, but not by the route I originally intended. Thinking about it, that's kind of like the current sign on the church down the road: Want to make God laugh? Tell Him your plan!

Posted by: empire1 at April 29, 2018 05:52 AM (Itn2n)

227 Love the book thread. Hope to have some views of my library in the near future. Converted garage to house the accumulation.
Posted by: Lurker Extraordinaire at April 29, 2018 10:16 AM (GzSVe


Thanks for the links and I am looking forward to seeing your library.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 05:52 AM (DXfIG)

228 Speaking of Stiff Upper Lip, have you had a chance to check out The Jungle is Neutral yet? ---- I don't even remember the recommendation, but the Book Thread comes at you fast. I shall put it on Ze List.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 05:52 AM (qJtVm)

229 4 ... "How you all find time to read I don't know." Skip, It helps to be retired. It helps a lot.

Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 05:53 AM (V+03K)

230 The only thing I really miss about the old National Geographic is the maps.  Planets, stars, local neighborhoods, countries in Africa, countries in Europe, and on.  Remember pinning up one of their star maps on the ceiling over my bed.

Posted by: mustbequantum at April 29, 2018 05:53 AM (MIKMs)

231 FWIW I had a huge collection of comics, which I got rid of. Then I had an equally large record collection, which I foolishly got rid of. Now I have a very large book collection, which I'm keeping unless I ultimately decide to downsize. Maybe I should buy a library with an attached bedroom.

Posted by: Northernlurker-Teem at April 29, 2018 05:53 AM (nBr1j)

232 18 I find that image of Library of Cicero to be very triggering. I am now all consumed with shelf envy. Coupled with sloth and wrath, I am nearly halfway through the seven deadly sins. What do I win if I collect all seven? Posted by: Skandia Recluse - at April 29, 2018 09:01 AM (roQNm) An all-expenses-paid permanent vacation in hell.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 29, 2018 05:53 AM (NWiLs)

233 >>Of course not. We have excellent taste. It just takes a bit of acquiring, that's all. I taste like rum and aloe. Mostly rum.

Posted by: JackStraw at April 29, 2018 05:53 AM (/tuJf)

234 I taste like rum and aloe. Mostly rum. Posted by: JackStraw at April 29, 2018 10:53 AM (/tuJf) ---------- Well, look who's back! Welcome home!

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 05:55 AM (oMtOd)

235 The world will someday get crushed under the weight of old back issues of National Geographics. That was some heavy stock paper.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 05:55 AM (pV/54)

236 226 Instead of 'library pic', we ought to call them 'shelfies'. Posted by: Muldoon at April 29, 2018 10:50 AM (mvenn) ------ Ha!

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 05:56 AM (MVjcR)

237 Cool it people. bluebell is here!

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 05:57 AM (MVjcR)

238 Thank you bluebell. What did I miss?

Posted by: JackStraw at April 29, 2018 05:57 AM (/tuJf)

239 I shall put it on Ze List. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 10:52 AM (qJtVm) I have no latitude to complain about other people not getting around to book recs, tell you what. I'll extend the recommendation to the thread at large again - F. Spencer Chapman volunteers to stay back in Malaya after the Japanese invasion in order to blow up trains, train people to blow things up, contract malaria, put up with feckless guerillas, tolerate rabid communists for the good of the Empire, get captured by Japanese and escape, that sort of thing, and of course it's a true story. Like Lawrence of Malaya. On a scale from one to ten, he was a bit British.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 05:57 AM (y87Qq)

240 226 Instead of 'library pic', we ought to call them 'shelfies'.
Posted by: Muldoon at April 29, 2018 10:50 AM (mvenn)


A capital idea. Might bring back bad memories for ace, though.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 05:57 AM (DXfIG)

241 Hi Weasel! Yep, I'm here, but I'm supposed to be folding laundry. I figure this is close enough for government work.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 05:58 AM (oMtOd)

242 Rereading White Nile reminded me of something I have come to despise in contemporary pop history: the conflating of the east and west African slave trade and the downplaying of the Muslim slave-trading industry which persisted well after the end of slavery in the New World. Nowadays one could be forgiven for thinking that Americans were the only country which ever practiced slavery.

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 05:59 AM (1ZEu3)

243 The world will someday get crushed under the weight of old back issues of National Geographics. That was some heavy stock paper. I have four boxes of NatGeos going back to 1928. They're in my ex-wife's basement because (i) I don't have room for them, and (B) I'm not as young as I was when I carried them down. I get a hernia just thinking about carrying them up.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 06:00 AM (fuK7c)

244 What did I miss? Posted by: JackStraw at April 29, 2018 10:57 AM (/tuJf) ---------- Oh, nothing much. Some weird art, a few news stories, you know. The usual.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 06:00 AM (oMtOd)

245 242 Hi Weasel! Yep, I'm here, but I'm supposed to be folding laundry. I figure this is close enough for government work. Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 10:58 AM (oMtOd) -------- I'm supposed to be at the farm, but I decided sitting on the couch with WeaselDog was a better idea this morning. I'm considering a little yard work here today, to keep in touch with my farming roots. Most excellent MicroMoMee last night. We had a great time!

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 06:00 AM (MVjcR)

246 The complete National Geographic on DVD is available on Amazon. The newer version is not available, and future availability is unknown. With my luck, archive DVDs become unreadable after about ten-twenty years as hardware evolves and standards change with the hardware. This makes me sad.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse - at April 29, 2018 06:02 AM (roQNm)

247 >>>170 For now, I'm ignoring the wonderfully arranged bookshelves and tasteful decorating of Cicero's library and convince myself there's nothing wrong with my random piles of books distributed in haphazard fashion throughout the house. Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 10:13 AM (WEBkv) Work-in-progress. Nothing wrong with that!

Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 06:04 AM (0bRDi)

248 >>>Posted by: Joy Motherfucking Reid at April 29, 2018 10:16 AM (c1VpD) hahahaha nick

Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 06:05 AM (0bRDi)

249 Posted by: mindful webworker and the robust ripostes at April 29, 2018 10:48 AM (gJBE5) ------------- Thank you for the link. it is now on my reading list.

Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 06:06 AM (WEBkv)

250 What did I miss?

Posted by: JackStraw at April 29, 2018 10:57 AM (/tuJf)

Aside from a Mets and Red Sox tailspin?

Not much....

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at April 29, 2018 06:06 AM (wYseH)

251 Thanks for the hospital recs (hopefully will not need them) in Hong Kong.  I have an old paperback copy of Noble House by James Clavell to read on the plane ride (16 hours!!) and one of the highly recommended mysteries set in Hong Kong (The Borrowed by Simon Chan).

Posted by: Charlotte at April 29, 2018 06:07 AM (vDuQz)

252 The world will someday get crushed under the weight of old back issues of National Geographics. That was some heavy stock paper. Tell me about it. I started subscribing in 1970 and finally stopped in 2015. There was a time when I was haunting flea markets and such looking for earlier issues. Then a whole bunch of 50s issues fell in my lap. Long story short, I have every issue from 1949-2015, and plenty before that.

Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 06:09 AM (sdi6R)

253 Thanks, Weasel! Us too.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 06:09 AM (oMtOd)

254 I have four boxes of NatGeos going back to 1928. When I was a kid, Mom stored the Natl Geogs on the bottom shelf of the big closet in her sewing room. Bunches of 'em, going back before I was born. I sometimes wonder how much that collection might be worth today. Answer: maybe not much. We kids regularly abused them, cutting out pictures for school reports and stuff. Also, as 4th of 5 kids, I found that much of the good stuff was gone by the time I got to them. There were still bare black boobies, though. Lasted me until I discovered where my oldest brother hid his Playboys.

Posted by: mindful webworker - we're all looking for someone at April 29, 2018 06:09 AM (gJBE5)

255 Are folks here cutting back on magazine subscriptions? I used to get a lot more but have pared down the number. This is partly due to lack of space, partly due to cost, and partly because too many of them became repetitive or lost their focus. (coughNational Geographiccough). On the other hand, I find reading magazines in digital format is unsatisfying.

Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 06:09 AM (V+03K)

256 In the same vein, I won't watch the Waco series. Bad enough to have watched it as it happened. In my opinion it was televised murder by Reno and every government body involved. Reliving it, even if well made and accurate, will do me no good.

Better to start a new Nero Wolfe story.
Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 10:40 AM (V+03K)


Yeah, I hear you.

And actually, I don't think Reno is one of the major bad actors here. I think she is one of the most evil people who was ever in public life, but this time, all she did was sign off on plans presented to her by subordinates she trusted. I don't believe she actively planned to kill those culties.

Having said that, she should have resigned. I've heard that the reason she didn't is that she offered, but Bill Clinton refused. If she had an ounce of integrity, she should have told Clinton to blow it out his ass and resigned anyway. But she was instrumental in derailing ongoing investigations of the Clintons' financial dealings, so Bill really wanted an AG who would cover his back and run interference for him.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 06:10 AM (DXfIG)

257 I get a hernia just thinking about carrying them up. Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 11:00 AM (fuK7c) -------- This is why God gave you two strapping sons, Bander.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 06:10 AM (oMtOd)

258 Anybody else hear that annoying noise?

Posted by: JackStraw at April 29, 2018 06:12 AM (/tuJf)

259 239 Thank you bluebell.
What did I miss?

Posted by: JackStraw at April 29, 2018 10:57 AM (/tuJf)


A lot of really crappy baseball, particularly if you're a Mets fan.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 06:12 AM (DXfIG)

260 Try the british history podcast, if you are interested in early British history. It's entertaining and well researched.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 29, 2018 06:12 AM (Lqy/e)

261 I once knew a guy who for years was getting Playboy delivered monthly, for free, and he swore he never subscribed.

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 06:13 AM (MVjcR)

262 Oh my!  Hillary is like Marlo Thomas in That Girl if Marlo Thomas was a fat, drunk, whore with the personality of a whiny, bitter velociraptor.

Posted by: Fritz at April 29, 2018 06:13 AM (J7XgW)

263 Reno got the AG job because she was half man and childless. Zoe Baird -- Hillary's BFF -- went down over illegal nanny issues, as did Kimba Make Wood after her.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 06:13 AM (pV/54)

264 Horde meditation for a Sunday:


https://tinyurl.com/pexzuqg

Posted by: Muad'dib at April 29, 2018 06:13 AM (AIXgy)

265 Anybody else hear that annoying noise? Posted by: JackStraw at April 29, 2018 11:12 AM (/tuJf) ----------- You mean that screech owl? Nope, didn't hear it.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 06:14 AM (oMtOd)

266 But she was instrumental in derailing ongoing investigations of the Clintons' financial dealings, so Bill really wanted an AG who would cover his back and run interference for him. Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 11:10 AM (DXfIG) ---------- A "wingman," so to speak. Why is it that Dem presidents can rely on their supposedly apolitical Attorneys General to cover their backs and bury their shit, while Republican ones aren't even allowed to voice occasional mild displeasure at their AGs' activities? Wait. I think I know.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 29, 2018 06:15 AM (IEVqH)

267 >>> Anybody else hear that annoying noise? We all heard it. You shouldn't have had that third helping of pork and beans.

Posted by: fluffy at April 29, 2018 06:15 AM (cHbmY)

268 National Geographic opened up a whole wide world of indigenous mammaries to 12-year-old boys across the U.S.

Posted by: [/i][/b][/s][/u]Muldoon at April 29, 2018 06:15 AM (mvenn)

269 Anybody else hear that annoying noise? Posted by: JackStraw Oh, I'm sorry. I'll shut up now. Got offline things to do anyway.

Posted by: mindful webworker - noisome at April 29, 2018 06:15 AM (gJBE5)

270 Same here, JTB; really, we started cutting them back somewhere around the turn of the century - they were all becoming politicized fluff even then. Only ones that come here anymore are ones from organization memberships, QST and American Rifleman.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, they are gaslighting us 24/365[/i][/b][/u][/s] at April 29, 2018 06:15 AM (Mbmmf)

271 Are folks here cutting back on magazine subscriptions? I used to get a lot more but have pared down the number. This is partly due to lack of space, partly due to cost, and partly because too many of them became repetitive or lost their focus. (coughNational Geographiccough). On the other hand, I find reading magazines in digital format is unsatisfying. Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 11:09 AM (V+03K) I've had scripts for Pop Sci and Pop Mechanics for a few years now. The newest issue of PS is a change in format. The editor announced that they've decided to go with fewer issues per year, better paper eleventy!!!!, more pages and a theme for each issue. The result? I went from reading 90% of previous issues to about 50% of this one that I literally threw in the trash about 15 minutes ago. I won't be renewing this all new and improved pos.

Posted by: weirdflunky at April 29, 2018 06:16 AM (Q21N2)

272 Are folks here cutting back on magazine subscriptions? I used to get a lot more but have pared down the number. This is partly due to lack of space, partly due to cost, and partly because too many of them became repetitive or lost their focus. (coughNational Geographiccough). On the other hand, I find reading magazines in digital format is unsatisfying. Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 11:09 AM (V+03K) Largely a matter of "what's the point" for me. My take is simple: If you are a professional writer, and you are being published, I'm going to VERY selectively decide what of yours I will read. In book form. So I'm making a commitment to what you have to say. If you write for magazines, I am largely at the mercy of some editor, who decides what is going in and what is not. Screw that. You haven't earned the right to tell me what to read. And generally, there is nothing published in magazine form, on any topic, that I can't find information on, right here on the ol' internets. And frankly, most staff writers on magazines, if they're political, are egomaniac douchebags, so what on God's green earth would make me choose their perspective on things over, say, Ace and his merry band of posters and commenters here?

Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 06:16 AM (Pz4pT)

273 270 Anybody else hear that annoying noise? Posted by: JackStraw Oh, I'm sorry. I'll shut up now. Got offline things to do anyway. Posted by: mindful webworker - noisome at April 29, 2018 11:15 AM (gJBE5) ----- Thought they were talking about me.

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 06:16 AM (MVjcR)

274 I have far too many books. I need a bigger house.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at April 29, 2018 06:17 AM (OmX1k)

275 And frankly, most staff writers on magazines, if they're political, are egomaniac douchebags, so what on God's green earth would make me choose their perspective on things over, say, Ace and his merry band of posters and commenters here? Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 11:16 AM (Pz4pT) ---------- Plus, we're free.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 06:17 AM (oMtOd)

276 Very nice liberry, Cicero. But I thought us knuckledraggers could not and did not read!

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at April 29, 2018 06:18 AM (OmX1k)

277 Are folks here cutting back on magazine subscriptions? Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 11:09 AM (V+03K) Most of the content I'd get from magazines is available online (not necessarily the same article, but relevant posts and discussions). A lot of magazines are just generally full of stuff that doesn't interest me with maybe one or two articles I care about (lookin' at you, CQ). I have an awful tendency to keep magazines around in case I want to read something later (which absolutely never happens) instead of just throwing them away. Finally... I'll just come out and say it: there's a spare iPad in the downstairs bathroom. So all of these factors means that the only paper magazine I still get is American Rifleman, because it comes free with a life membership, and I have to make sure I throw it away as soon as I'm done with it.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 06:19 AM (y87Qq)

278 >>A lot of really crappy baseball, particularly if you're a Mets fan. Now it's in stereo.

Posted by: JackStraw at April 29, 2018 06:19 AM (/tuJf)

279 I have four boxes of NatGeos going back to 1928. They're in my ex-wife's basement because (i) I don't have room for them, and (B) I'm not as young as I was when I carried them down. I get a hernia just thinking about carrying them up. Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 11:00 AM (fuK7c) --- Hire a Sherpa porter. Make a special bookcase for them with other assorted exotic oddities.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 06:19 AM (qJtVm)

280 Hey votermom, must I sacrifice a small animal to Crom to get added to the moron authors list? I'll do it, I swear.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 29, 2018 06:19 AM (Jj43a)

281 In other news, I have decided that 60 degrees is the minimum temperature for me to get up and do some yard work. It's 55 degrees now.

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 06:19 AM (MVjcR)

282 And frankly, most staff writers on magazines, if they're political, are egomaniac douchebags, so what on God's green earth would make me choose their perspective on things over, say, Ace and his merry band of posters and commenters here? Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 11:16 AM (Pz4pT) ---------- Plus, we're free. Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 11:17 AM (oMtOd) Hey, I'm not free! But I am easy.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 06:20 AM (Pz4pT)

283 Plus, we're free. Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 11:17 AM (oMtOd) -------- Yep. It's a textbook example of the law of supply and demand.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 29, 2018 06:20 AM (IEVqH)

284 I used to subscribe to Playboy but half of my issues would disappear. I figured the ass holes at the post office was stealing them.  So I sent Playboy a letter and told them I was cancelling my subscription. 

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 29, 2018 06:21 AM (mpXpK)

285 Hey votermom, must I sacrifice a small animal to Crom to get added to the moron authors list? Crom does not care!

Posted by: Crom at April 29, 2018 06:21 AM (fuK7c)

286 Bout time for a nood isn't it?

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 29, 2018 06:22 AM (mpXpK)

287 285 I used to subscribe to Playboy but half of my issues would disappear. I figured the ass holes at the post office was stealing them. So I sent Playboy a letter and told them I was cancelling my subscription. Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 29, 2018 11:21 AM (mpXpK) -------- I just realized that calling someone an ass hole is twice as funny as calling them an asshole. *makes note for future reference*

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 29, 2018 06:23 AM (IEVqH)

288 286 Hey votermom, must I sacrifice a small animal to Crom to get added to the moron authors list? Crom does not care! Posted by: Crom at April 29, 2018 11:21 AM (fuK7c) ===== To hell with you!

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 29, 2018 06:23 AM (Jj43a)

289 In other news, I have decided that 60 degrees is the minimum temperature for me to get up and do some yard work. It's 55 degrees now. Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 11:19 AM (MVjcR) I think it's closer to 65. Anything just below that, it's too warm for a jacket, but cool enough, especially with a breeze, where the sweating will cause one to freeze one's arse off.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 06:23 AM (Pz4pT)

290 I doubt if I owned more than 5 comic books all of my childhood. Parents taught me to read long before I ever hit school and never restricted my reading matter, so I was reading at YA / adult levels by about 3rd grade, and had a world of books available at home, so I just never caught the bug, I guess. Read some that belonged to friends. MAD magazine, now ... I dunno if that counts, but I bought that regularly.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, they are gaslighting us 24/365[/i][/b][/u][/s] at April 29, 2018 06:23 AM (Mbmmf)

291 Magazines received at Schloss Hadrian: Dog News Canine Chronicle Sighthound Review Showsight Sabre Tails Sight and Scent Hounds in Review Southern Living That's it.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at April 29, 2018 06:23 AM (OmX1k)

292 The only thing I really miss about the old National Geographic is the maps. For a youngster who didn't yet realize that borders are racist, those old maps were great. They started getting a little sillier towards the end of my collection (early 90's), but I still think that nothing beats a good map- and they did good ones for a very long time.

Posted by: t-bird at April 29, 2018 06:23 AM (QxXRY)

293 I used to subscribe to Playboy but half of my issues would disappear. I figured the ass holes at the post office was stealing them. If you were on my newspaper route you'd have got them a day late, but unsoiled. It's a federal crime to tamper with someone's mail, but I'm sure there's an exemption for thirteen year old boys and things delivered in brown paper wrappers.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 06:24 AM (fuK7c)

294 Are folks here cutting back on magazine subscriptions? As a teen I used to love Scientific American, I would go straight to 'Metamagical Themas' and work through it, then spend a week on the rest of the magazine. By my mid-twenties I had to give it up due to all the political hectoring. This is how conservatives "became" #ANTISCIENCE.

Posted by: motionview at April 29, 2018 06:24 AM (pYQR/)

295 I think it's closer to 65. Anything just below that, it's too warm for a jacket, but cool enough, especially with a breeze, where the sweating will cause one to freeze one's arse off. Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 11:23 AM (Pz4pT) ------- Agreed, but WeaselWoman is making such a damn racket with her vacuuming and floor scrubbing and bathroom cleaning that I can't relax here on the couch.

Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 06:25 AM (MVjcR)

296 When you go to a children's writing conference, and somebody mentions "Mo Willem," everyone drops to one knee. The man is a picture-book genius.

Posted by: MW at April 29, 2018 06:25 AM (wNx6K)

297 Working today but finally remembered the name of a lesser PG Wodehouse- "The Swoop and other stories" It's a collection of very early Wodehouse short stories that came out during the minor PGW revival in the early 80's. "The Swoop" is a light-hearted romp in which the Boy Scouts save England from an invasion by various European and 3rd World Countries. Being Wodehouse it's not awful, but it really isn't all that good either. I think these stories were from writing for a boy's magazine or boy's stories for a newspaper. A-a--a--a-anyway, Wodehouse like all of us had to learn how to become the writer he wished to be. Check it out though it's fascinating in a cultural anthropological kind of way... like reading a pre-WWI Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 29, 2018 06:26 AM (E3rQ4)

298 I did buy the Jordan Peterson book for my stepson. I'm reading through it a bit and I think he'll like it. I picked up "How to Make and Play the Dulcimore" by Chet Hines. It's a nice history of the mountain dulcimer and still has the plans with it to make your own. I have that recommended book on the Unibomber headed my way. Should be an interesting read.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 29, 2018 06:26 AM (Lqy/e)

299 MAD magazine, now ... I dunno if that counts, but I bought that regularly. Posted by: sock_rat_eez, they are gaslighting us 24/365 at April 29, 2018 11:23 AM (Mbmmf) I never read it regularly, but dad used to buy me a copy whenever I was out sick for more than a day or so when I was little.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 06:26 AM (y87Qq)

300 Oops. That's "Willems."

Posted by: MW at April 29, 2018 06:26 AM (wNx6K)

301 Agreed, but WeaselWoman is making such a damn racket with her vacuuming and floor scrubbing and bathroom cleaning that I can't relax here on the couch. Posted by: Weasel at April 29, 2018 11:25 AM ( -------- How inconsiderate. And I'll bet if you asked for a sammich, you'd have to wait.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at April 29, 2018 06:27 AM (IEVqH)

302 I quit subscribing to any magazines.  They are all far left liberals.  Even Discover Magazine went left and subscribed to the AGW scam.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 29, 2018 06:27 AM (mpXpK)

303 Are folks here cutting back on magazine subscriptions? No, I've increased mine exponentially- from zero to one- by adding The American Rifleman recently. I had cut all the other ones by 1995 or so.

Posted by: t-bird at April 29, 2018 06:28 AM (ZpfqO)

304 I've definitely cut back on my magazine subscriptions. The last ones I loved were Armchair General and MAKE. I had stacks of them in precarious piles. I gave away most or put them in waiting rooms as a kind of guerrilla warfare. As many have noted, Nat Geo and Smithsonian have become politicized and it's all social justice and climate change. Any mindless pleasure I once got from fashion magazines has been denied me since at least the W administration.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 06:28 AM (qJtVm)

305 The only magazines I get any more are QST, CQ, and American Rifleman.

Posted by: Muad'dib at April 29, 2018 06:28 AM (AIXgy)

306 Yes, I used to subscribe to a number of magazines. I even used to get TV Guide, for crying out loud. One by one, they fell away. I finally quit renewing National Geographic in 2015, although I should have stopped several years earlier when they went full retard on global warming. I'm magazine-free now. There was a time when National Geographic celebrated human achievement. The December 1953 issue was a special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of powered flight. If that was published today it would be all hand-wringing about pollution from airplane engines, and the effects of airports on bird populations.

Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 06:29 AM (sdi6R)

307 My brothers used to get MAD magazine now and again. My son has the Don Martin Beatles poster from one of them. He framed it and hung it on the wall of the music room. I see someone is selling one on ebay for $150. Crazy.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 06:29 AM (oMtOd)

308 I am reading American Guerilla in the Philippines, which is the account of Ilif David Richardson, USN, who was shipped to the Philippines on a mine sweeper, transferred to the PT squadron under Bullard, and lost his PT boat in a Japanese air raid, and then filled a number of positions in the attempted defense of the Philippines.
I am only at the beginning, but it is quite a view from the ground how the American forces lost cohesion and collapsed and surrendered under the Japanese advance, and how the stragglers who wouldn't or couldn't surrender passed around from village to village until they either got fed up, or created roving "revolutionary" bands that mostly preyed on the villagers, until a real guerrilla movement started.

I have read No Surrender by Hiroo Onoda and I have been doing some reading on the Siege of Baler, which was the last Spanish garrison to surrender in the Philippines in the Spanish American War, about 9 months after the end of hostilities.
I am beginning to suspect that there is something about the Philippines that makes people who goes there decide to never give up.

Posted by: Kindltot at April 29, 2018 06:29 AM (2K6fY)

309 I quit subscribing to any magazines. They are all far left liberals.

We ruin everything good we come in contact with. 

Posted by: Liberals at April 29, 2018 06:30 AM (Tyii7)

310 297 When you go to a children's writing conference, and somebody mentions "Mo Willem," everyone drops to one knee. The man is a picture-book genius. Posted by: MW at April 29, 2018 11:25 AM (wNx6K) --- Says Mo Willems! (MW)

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 06:30 AM (qJtVm)

311 Just about finished "Freedom's Forge" by Arthur Herman, which is a broad review (given the subject) of American industrial miracles in WWII.  Built mostly around the stories of Bill Knudsen, the mass production genius and Danish immigrant who made GM a giant, and Henry Kaiser of Hoover Dam, Liberty Ship, steel, and several other kinds of fame. 


Nice readable overview.  He sort of just drops in broader analytical quasi-ideological points without rigorous argument, but he's correct, and he avoided making the book more academic that way.  Good overview and possible gateway drug/book for more reading on the subject.  As I increasingly do now, I plan to raid his bibliography and sources for a deeper look.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 29, 2018 06:32 AM (QDnY+)

312 As many have noted, Nat Geo and Smithsonian have become politicized and it's all social justice and climate change. Any mindless pleasure I once got from fashion magazines has been denied me since at least the W administration. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 11:28 AM (qJtVm) -------- Agreed. But this will make you happy: last weekend we were downtown and went into the American History museum, and took in the First Ladies' Hall. I wondered whether they would have Melania's inaugural gown on view (I knew she donated it to them last spring, but you know). Not only do they have it displayed, but it is displayed very prominently in its own case and it looks lovely. They also have a life-sized picture of President and Mrs. Trump from the inaugural ball on the wall of the exhibit. I was pleasantly surprised.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 06:32 AM (oMtOd)

313 Earlier in the week I drove quite a way across the state and bought a bunch of used bookshelves. One proved to have too much wet-basement mustiness and got discarded, but the books are starting to come out of the boxes at last, and pix of the Chateau D'Eez Libary will be coming Real Soon Now.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, they are gaslighting us 24/365[/i][/b][/u][/s] at April 29, 2018 06:35 AM (Mbmmf)

314 I was given Nat Geos going back to 1933. Subscribed till 2014. Last dozen issues were infested with global warming.

Posted by: PhilDirt at April 29, 2018 06:35 AM (ABQ7B)

315 Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 11:32 AM (oMtOd) That does make me happy, Bluebell! I love the FLOTUS gown exhibit. And yes, they always feature the current First Lady's dress prominently. (FWIW, I liked Michelle's red dress too). Martha Washington was tiny.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 06:36 AM (qJtVm)

316 Dogs Illustrated Dog's Life

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 29, 2018 06:36 AM (OmYAr)

317 I used to subscribe to Playboy but half of my issues would disappear. I figured the ass holes at the post office was stealing them. So I sent Playboy a letter and told them I was cancelling my subscription. Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 29, 2018 11:21 AM (mpXpK) Reminds me for some reason of an oldy but goody: Miner would come into town about once a month, bring with him his meager scratchings from his claim. Not much of a town, with a surveyors office, a run down saloon, and a supply store. Not much else. The miner would stop at the surveyors office, then head to the bar, order a whiskey. He'd ask the bartender, "say bartender, you got any women in this town yet?" Bartender says "No, but we got old Joe." "Old Joe," the miner says, "I don't go for that!" And with that, he would swallow his drink, go over to the supply store, then back up into the hills. This went on month after month, "you got any women in this town yet?" "No, but we still got old Joe." "I told you, I DON'T GO FOR THAT!" Month after month, the same thing. Finally, one month, our poor miner is really really lonely. He stops at the surveyor, heads to the bar, orders his whiskey, and says to the bartender... "Now, I know you ain't got any women in this town yet. So I gotta ask, hypathetical and all, if I was to git with old Joe, who would know?" Bartender thinks for a moment, and says "Well, there's you. And me, and of course old Joe. Then there's the other two fellers." "Other two fellers?" Our miner asks, "What other two fellers???" "Well," says the bartender, "The two fellers it takes to hold down old Joe... old Joe doesn't go for that neither!"

Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 06:37 AM (Pz4pT)

318 Martha Washington was tiny. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 11:36 AM (qJtVm) ----------- A bunch of them were. And not just the old-timey ones, either. I don't think I could Nancy Reagan's dress over my fat head, let alone the rest of me.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 06:38 AM (oMtOd)

319 Dogs Illustrated Dog's Life Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at April 29, 2018 11:36 AM (OmYAr) I once put issues of Cat Fancy and Crotchet on a gunny's office magazine shelf.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 06:38 AM (qJtVm)

320 Have Strzok and Priestap been singing? Much depends on this. If they are, big cases can be made with momentous consequences. You need a live witness to tie together complicated evidence.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 06:38 AM (pV/54)

321 >>>the conflating of the east and west African slave trade and the downplaying of the Muslim slave-trading industry which persisted well after the end of slavery in the New World. If there were a sizable number of descendants of slaves in the Middle East today, it makes me wonder if they'd have their own Al Sharptons and BLMs causing internal strife. Pity it's not the case, as it would weaken those countries further. Perhaps the slavers were dimly aware of that possibility, which is why they castrated the males and killed the offspring of their concubines. They successfully did what Pharaoh failed to do.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 29, 2018 06:39 AM (/qEW2)

322 Plus, we're free. But we ain't easy. Oh, wait...

Posted by: Bob the Bilderberg at April 29, 2018 06:41 AM (7oUUT)

323 On the library pick - I love the big Akhenaton on the wall, and I think I see a picture of Petra beneath it. Always wanted to go there, I very much doubt I ever will.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 29, 2018 06:41 AM (V2Yro)

324 "306 The only magazines I get any more are QST, CQ, and American Rifleman. Posted by: Muad'dib" We appear to be a statistically significant minority group here at the HQ.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, they are gaslighting us 24/365[/i][/b][/u][/s] at April 29, 2018 06:42 AM (Mbmmf)

325 Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 29, 2018 11:39 AM (/qEW2) Well according to Speke, they merely circumcised them so that they would be "clean" enough to perform household tasks like butchering and meal preparation, etc. They were taught a few lines of the Koran so they were nominally Muslim.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 06:42 AM (qJtVm)

326 ... and the effects of airports on bird populations. ****** I'm reminded of the story about how Fairbanks, AK got its town motto. The airport in Fairbanks was built, quite by accident, right along the preferred nesting grounds of a large flock of arctic seabirds. The birds obviously posed a major threat to airliners taking off and landing. The city council tried many proposals, including spraying noxious smelling fumes, playing loud rock-n-roll music, and deploying shiny spinners around the perimeter, all to no avail. Finally they resorted to hiring a pest management consultant, at a rather exorbitant fee. The consultant in a rather high-handed and imperious manner, imposed a bounty system that rewarded locals $5 apiece for any of the birds that they could bring down. To avoid the noise of gunfire, the locals were restricted to hunting with a sling and a rock. After several weeks, the bird population was utterly exterminated. The consultant accepted his princely fee and boarded his plane to return home. As the small private plane lifted off and began to climb, a single surviving seabird flew into the starboard engine. The plane plummeted to the ground, killing the consultant on impact. To this day, at the city limits of Fairbanks sits a stone obelisk. Engraved on the obelisk is the town motto: "Leave no tern unstoned"

Posted by: [/i][/b][/s][/u]Muldoon at April 29, 2018 06:43 AM (mvenn)

327 Glad it's not just me cutting back on magazine subscriptions. I recently stopped "Guns" and "American Handgunner" magazines. The writing was okay, sometimes excellent, but I'm seldom interested in *The Latest Thing* and am sick to death of anything 'tactical'. Frankly, The NRA magazines that come with membership rarely have much of interest to me. The magazines that I look forward to are historical (Muzzleloader and Early American Life), hobbies (Fly Tyer, Woodcarving Illustrated, Birds and Blooms), and just fun (Backwoodsman). I've dropped at least a dozen others over the years. Sometimes my interests changed but more often the quality of the writing devolved, the editorial policy got in the way of the articles (National Geographic), or they dropped information for ever more advertising. This last is fine if necessary but don't charge more for less content and expect good circulation numbers.

Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 06:43 AM (V+03K)

328 OT -  jeebus, just tried to force myself through McCarthy's latest column on the mega-scandals.  Even now, he can't get over his TDS, or his regard for Comey.  It's reached the point where it's awkward reading McCarthy now - one feels embarrassed for him.  As many noted starting with the absurd Fitzgerald/Libby situation, his substantive expertise is matched by his silly and unserious assessment of people he's worked with.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 29, 2018 06:43 AM (QDnY+)

329 Alternatively, they could have killed all the birds and made sausage, but nobody wanted to take a tern for the wurst.

Posted by: [/i][/b][/s][/u]Muldoon at April 29, 2018 06:44 AM (mvenn)

330 We appear to be a statistically significant minority group here at the HQ. Posted by: sock_rat_eez, they are gaslighting us 24/365 at April 29, 2018 11:42 AM (Mbmmf) Little bit, yeah.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 06:45 AM (y87Qq)

331 278 Are folks here cutting back on magazine subscriptions?
Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 11:09 AM (V+03K)


My United States Chess Federation membership includes a subscription to Chess Life, their monthly magazine, which, as God is my witness, I only read for the articles.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 06:45 AM (DXfIG)

332 *golf clap* Muldoon, I tried Q-tips and it helped a lot, thanks !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, they are gaslighting us 24/365[/i][/b][/u][/s] at April 29, 2018 06:47 AM (Mbmmf)

333 I have far too many books. I need a bigger house. Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at April 29, 2018 11:17 AM (OmX1k) ----------------- The first sentence does not compute. However, I completely agree that buying a bigger house in order to have space for all the books is perfectly justified.

Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 06:47 AM (WEBkv)

334 What I like about Cicero's library is that it is a roadmap. THIS is what bookshelves should look like- not my ratty old, pre-IKEA, college-era bookcases.

Posted by: t-bird at April 29, 2018 06:47 AM (Zdm89)

335 Both my parents enjoyed reading newspapers. If not for massive leftward tilt I'd possibly still subscribe to one today This. I used to enjoy the local paper. I finally got tired of being lectured.

Posted by: Infidel at April 29, 2018 06:47 AM (a3OL0)

336 325 "306 The only magazines I get any more are QST, CQ, and American Rifleman.
Posted by: Muad'dib"


CQ is still being published? I thought it had gone the way of 73.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 06:48 AM (DXfIG)

337 Probably the main reason I stopped subscribing to magazines is that I'm incapable of throwing anything out, and thus they steadily accumulate. I still have some Chess Life issues from the 70s.

Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 06:49 AM (sdi6R)

338
I have a couple of tubs of old nat geos.  Been meaning to dump them, but I do want to go take all the maps out first.  Of course that meaning to has been for a decade so I guess a few more years won't matter.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at April 29, 2018 06:50 AM (r+sAi)

339 I think the fact that they're killing off print media is what makes the lefties so desperate to worm their way into control of the new media, especially video games and social media. The sad truth is, they're good at enforcing ideological uniformity, but crappy at everything else.

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 06:50 AM (1ZEu3)

340 Muldoon, I tried Q-tips and it helped a lot, thanks ! Posted by: sock_rat_eez, ****** Heh. Mellifluous!

Posted by: [/i][/b][/s][/u]Muldoon at April 29, 2018 06:50 AM (mvenn)

341 My United States Chess Federation membership includes a subscription to Chess Life, their monthly magazine, which, as God is my witness, I only read for the articles. Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 11:45 AM (DXfIG) ======== Does it have a dress pr0n centerfold?

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 29, 2018 06:51 AM (/qEW2)

342 325 "306 The only magazines I get any more are QST, CQ, and American Rifleman. Posted by: Muad'dib" We appear to be a statistically significant minority group here at the HQ. Posted by: sock_rat_eez, they are gaslighting us 24/365 at April 29, 2018 11:42 AM (Mbmmf) I assume you mean hams since gunnies are probably an outright majority. We definitely need a radio thread. I'm a n00b, having passed the test to get my license but haven't done a damn thing with it except to bring coffee and donuts to Field Day last year. Some good info about gear, antennas, and things to do besides logging contacts for the sake of logging contacts would be useful.

Posted by: Bob the Bilderberg at April 29, 2018 06:51 AM (7oUUT)

343 Somebody left stacks of QST mags in our reading lounge at work. Was it one of you ham nerds?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 06:52 AM (qJtVm)

344 Posted by: Muldoon at April 29, 2018 11:44 AM (mvenn)

To everything
Tern, tern, tern
There is a season
Tern, tern, tern
And a time to every purpose under Heaven

Posted by: The Byrds at April 29, 2018 06:52 AM (wYseH)

345 What I like about Cicero's library is that it is a roadmap. THIS is what bookshelves should look like- not my ratty old, pre-IKEA, college-era bookcases.
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But the good thing about the bricks was that you could rearrange them to support any sagging sections.

Posted by: mustbequantum at April 29, 2018 06:52 AM (MIKMs)

346 CQ is still being published? I thought it had gone the way of 73. Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 11:48 AM (DXfIG) *scratches head* Where else would you keep up on the thrilling saga of the West Pork Holler USA-CA contest?

Posted by: hogmartin at April 29, 2018 06:52 AM (y87Qq)

347 I assume you mean hams since gunnies are probably an outright majority. We definitely need a radio thread. There was a ham thread once. CQ is mostly contesting stuff now.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 29, 2018 06:53 AM (IqV8l)

348 I was a lifelong subscriber to Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, one of the three remaining digest-size science fiction magazines. I had a complete run from the first issue to about 2000 or so. That's when I realized I'd quit reading the new issues as they arrived. They just piled up. I wasn't reading them because they were all the same: there'd be a story about a dystopian future created by Global Warming, there'd be a dystopian future story about No Government Healthcare, and there'd be a story about a woman being oppressed by Christian fundamentalists.

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 06:53 AM (1ZEu3)

349 We definitely need a radio thread.

Posted by: Bob the Bilderberg at April 29, 2018 11:51 AM (7oUUT)

Commenter "Hogmartin" wrote one last year...in March I think.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at April 29, 2018 06:54 AM (wYseH)

350 Speaking of/too radio nerds- Does "ham" stand for something? an abbreviation? just a made up term? This is an itch I've never been able to scratch.

Posted by: weirdflunky at April 29, 2018 06:54 AM (Q21N2)

351 I think this thread is becoming an argument in favor of tern limits.

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 06:55 AM (1ZEu3)

352 Does it have a dress pr0n centerfold?
Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 29, 2018 11:51 AM (/qEW2)


How would I know? I'm telling you, I always skip over that part.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 06:55 AM (DXfIG)

353 To everything Tern, tern, tern There is a season ****** Rabbit season!

Posted by: [/i][/b][/s][/u]Muldoon at April 29, 2018 06:55 AM (mvenn)

354 332 My United States Chess Federation membership includes a subscription to Chess Life, their monthly magazine, which, as God is my witness, I only read for the articles. Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 11:45 AM (DXfIG) Not if it has that cutie from last week's chess thread.

Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 06:56 AM (sdi6R)

355 I mentioned last week that I was reading The Air Raid Killer by Frank Goldammer about a Dresden detective's search for a serial killer who uses air raid alerts as cover for his murders and I speculated that the climax would come during the great Valentine's Day raid. I was wrong about that. The raid comes roughly halfway through with the second half of the book set during May 1945 while Dresden is occupied by the Soviets. Our hero, Max Heller, strives to be a non-political good detective but must deal with increasingly fanatic Nazi superiors in the first half and vengance-bent commie superiors in the second. Trying to just do his job, he has been made to care about ideology and whatever he does, many will want him dead. Although the Kraut author could not have intended to represent our current society in which however much we just want to just do our jobs, we are made to care about increasingly insane ideological theory, there may be a certain similarity. I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It is nightmare journey through a man-made Dante's Inferno in which Heller tries to find the vicious killer of a half dozen unfortunate women in a sea of murderers of millions. It is in the form of a murder mystery and I didn't guess the killer.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 29, 2018 06:56 AM (+y/Ru)

356 Being 'Ham Curious' I would like such a thread. I listen to a lot of shortwave, have since I was a kid, but never crossed over into the light of transmission...

Posted by: In Vino Veritits at April 29, 2018 06:56 AM (AyGZp)

357 I read John Dies At The End by David Wong last week. It was recommended here. Very weird, funny, strange and pretty scary. The day after I finished the book I was sitting at my desk minding my own business when I looked at my phone. A. call was coming in from my own number! If you have read JDatE, then you will understand why I did NOT answer that call. *shudders*

Posted by: Sharkman at April 29, 2018 06:57 AM (K2hsm)

358 332 278 Are folks here cutting back on magazine subscriptions? Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 11:09 AM" I can't imagine many people under the age of 40 having a single magazine subscription. There's still some professional journals and the like, and I get Texas Monthly because it's entertaining and does some local interest stories, even though it is done by libs.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 29, 2018 06:58 AM (V2Yro)

359 349 I was a lifelong subscriber to Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, one of the three remaining digest-size science fiction magazines. I had a complete run from the first issue to about 2000 or so. That's when I realized I'd quit reading the new issues as they arrived. They just piled up. I wasn't reading them because they were all the same: there'd be a story about a dystopian future created by Global Warming, there'd be a dystopian future story about No Government Healthcare, and there'd be a story about a woman being oppressed by Christian fundamentalists. Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 11:53 AM (1ZEu3) ------------------------ Sounds like Newsweek and Asimov's SF mag became interchangeable.

Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 06:58 AM (WEBkv)

360 there'd be a story about a dystopian future created by Global Warming, there'd be a dystopian future story about No Government Healthcare, and there'd be a story about a woman being oppressed by Christian fundamentalists. Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 11:53 AM (1ZEu3) ======== Why subscribe to a science fiction magazine to read such stories? The stories the MSM puts out on these subjects are mostly fiction anyway.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 29, 2018 06:58 AM (/qEW2)

361 How would I know? I'm telling you, I always skip over that part.
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So whatever happened with the controversy over female players having to wear a hijab?  Did that mean that contest wasn't accepted for points, or what?

Posted by: mustbequantum at April 29, 2018 06:58 AM (MIKMs)

362 351 Speaking of/too radio nerds-

Does "ham" stand for something? an abbreviation? just a made up term?
This is an itch I've never been able to scratch.

Posted by: weirdflunky at April 29, 2018 11:54 AM (Q21N2)


No, it started out as a pejorative term used by commercial radio operators (ship-to-shore, etc.) against amateur hobbyists who, in the early days of radio, were competing for the same bandwidth.

Some of the more high-watt amateur stations could give the 'professional' stations a run for their money.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 06:58 AM (DXfIG)

363 I'm reading through the Bible, as well as Keynes' General Theory. After that I'll start on The Worm Ouroboros.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at April 29, 2018 06:59 AM (Tnhbr)

364 The Goldilocks book looks like good goofy, silly fun in the vein of the James Marshall books I read my son when he was little. Probably pick it up for the grandkids.

Posted by: Tuna at April 29, 2018 06:59 AM (jm1YL)

365 "[Pence] thinks abortion is murder, which, first of all, don't knock it til you try it -- and when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you've got to get that baby out of there. And yeah, sure, you can groan all you want. I know a lot of you are very anti-abortion. You know, unless it's the one you got for your secret mistress."

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 10:03 AM (pV/54)


I will be the contrarian here. I think, in pretending to mock Pence, she is really validating him. We all know the real reason so many Leftist men support abortion is that it relieves them of the necessity of paying child support for the little bastards they spawn with their mistresses.


I mean, she is addressing the White House Correspondents Dinner, not a crowd of conservatives, right? She is really mocking her audience.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 29, 2018 07:00 AM (WFV7d)

366 Being 'Ham Curious'

Be careful.

Posted by: Zombie Mama Cass at April 29, 2018 07:01 AM (Tyii7)

367 Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 11:58 AM (DXfIG) Thanks OM. A made up slur/shot. It never made since to me as an acronym. This is one of those things that nags you when you see or hear the term but not enough to do the required searching for the answer because you forget about it until the next time. Thanks for the answer.

Posted by: weirdflunky at April 29, 2018 07:03 AM (Q21N2)

368 Wallace wrote the novel, "infinite Jest," which I don't know if I'll ever try. It's supposedly a mixed up style, like the story jumps around, or something.

Wallace is also famous for a rather well-thought-out suicide, about 10 years ago.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 10:24 AM (Pz4pT)


Infinite Jest is a boat anchor of a book, 1100 pages with extensive footnotes and endnotes.  Even the endnotes have footnotes.  It took me six times my normal reading time to finish it.  I only persisted because the setting (Boston in the 1980s, although slightly disguised) was one I lived through and Wallace captured it very well.  I thought it was just OK, 3 out of 5 stars, recommended only for gluttons for punishment.

Posted by: cool breeze at April 29, 2018 07:03 AM (UGKMd)

369 Being 'Ham Curious' Be careful. Posted by: Zombie Mama Cass ***** I second this warning.

Posted by: [/i][/b][/s][/u]Kermit at April 29, 2018 07:03 AM (mvenn)

370
I think my last mag subscription was about around 98 when the interwebz really started getting better.  Info without space is a good thing.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at April 29, 2018 07:03 AM (r+sAi)

371 358 I read John Dies At The End by David Wong last week. It was recommended here. By coincidence I just watched the movie a couple of days ago. It's like Supernatural meets Evil Dead meets Naked Lunch. Bizarre as hell but oddly enjoyable.

Posted by: Insomniac at April 29, 2018 07:04 AM (NWiLs)

372 I will be the contrarian here. I think, in pretending to mock Pence, she is really validating him. We all know the real reason so many Leftist men support abortion is that it relieves them of the necessity of paying child support for the little bastards they spawn with their mistresses.
I mean, she is addressing the White House Correspondents Dinner, not a crowd of conservatives, right? She is really mocking her audience.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 29, 2018 12:00 PM (WFV7d)


I agree with you. I thought the same thing when I first heard it.

That's the thing about doing 'edgy' comedy. The edge can cut both ways.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 07:04 AM (DXfIG)

373 I sometimes wonder how much that collection might be worth today.

Answer: maybe not much. We kids regularly abused them, cutting out pictures for school reports and stuff. Also, as 4th of 5 kids, I found that much of the good stuff was gone by the time I got to them.

There were still bare black boobies, though. Lasted me until I discovered where my oldest brother hid his Playboys.

Posted by: mindful webworker - we're all looking for someone at April 29, 2018 11:09 AM (gJBE5)


Value of old Nat Geos? Practically nothing, since everybody saved every one. Value of old comic books? Priceless, in some cases, since everybody threw them away.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 29, 2018 07:05 AM (WFV7d)

374 366 I mean, she is addressing the White House Correspondents Dinner, not a crowd of conservatives, right? She is really mocking her audience. Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 29, 2018 12:00 PM (WFV7d) "I know a lot of you are very anti-abortion. You know, unless it's the one you got for your secret mistress." No, I think that was clearly aimed at pro-life Republicans. And not without justification. There was a recent incident in PA where a pro-life Republican was found to have gotten his girlfriend an abortion. I don't remember whether he was a member of Congress or a state legislator.

Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 07:06 AM (sdi6R)

375 that "comedian" at the dinner was a good imitation of that little monkey with the cymbals. Wind the monkey up, BANG BANG BANG!!!

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 29, 2018 07:07 AM (V2Yro)

376 "She is really mocking her audience." A Meta Too Far? I don't think she's that smart. YMMV. In her regular shtick she's a snarky FemiNazi, is what I heard.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 07:07 AM (pV/54)

377 "Old Joe," the miner says, "I don't go for that!" - I was futilely searching for a half way good movie on Netflix last night but picking were slim. I finally came across some Brit movie called Spy something blurbed to be about an affair just turning into a romance just as unforeseen circumstances turn one of the lovers down a dark path. I thought I'd give it a shot but it turned out both the lovers were guys so I turned it off because I don't go for that.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 29, 2018 07:08 AM (+y/Ru)

378 I used to get three ham radio magazines but dropped them all. My interest in ham radio is pretty basic and the latest gear and modes don't apply, nor contesting. A simple wire antenna, a QRP rig, decent paddles or a good straight key, and a deep cycle battery is more fun by my rudimentary standards. Microphones are for HTs. :-)

Posted by: JTB at April 29, 2018 07:09 AM (V+03K)

379 AOP and OMuse, I agree with rickl. This was aimed squarely at pro-life Republicans. All of the articles I have glanced (quickly) at, say that she was brutal to Trump, his family, and his staff. I wouldn't be surprised if that alleged "joke" was directed at Trump, without any justification.

Posted by: bluebell at April 29, 2018 07:09 AM (oMtOd)

380 375 366 I mean, she is addressing the White House Correspondents Dinner, not a crowd of conservatives, right? She is really mocking her audience. Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 29, 2018 12:00 PM (WFV7d) "I know a lot of you are very anti-abortion. You know, unless it's the one you got for your secret mistress." No, I think that was clearly aimed at pro-life Republicans. And not without justification. There was a recent incident in PA where a pro-life Republican was found to have gotten his girlfriend an abortion. I don't remember whether he was a member of Congress or a state legislator. Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 12:06 PM (sdi6R) I agree. She was talking in the context of Pence and people like him. How many pro-lifers are realistically present at a White House correspondents' dinner?

Posted by: Insomniac at April 29, 2018 07:09 AM (NWiLs)

381 I used to be big into DX shortwave and AM bands.but I have pretty much retired my Icom receiver now.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 29, 2018 07:09 AM (mpXpK)

382 378 "Old Joe," the miner says, "I don't go for that!" - I was futilely searching for a half way good movie on Netflix last night but picking were slim. I finally came across some Brit movie called Spy something blurbed to be about an affair just turning into a romance just as unforeseen circumstances turn one of the lovers down a dark path. I thought I'd give it a shot but it turned out both the lovers were guys so I turned it off because I don't go for that. Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 29, 2018 12:08 PM (+y/Ru) A couple of SJWs will be along shortly to hold you down and make you watch it

Posted by: Insomniac at April 29, 2018 07:10 AM (NWiLs)

383 The only magazines we receive are associated with memberships -- some lifetime -- in organizations: Sigma Xi, AAII, AMAC, Scouter and the like.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) [/b][/i][/s][/u] at April 29, 2018 07:10 AM (pNxlR)

384 Thanks OM. A made up slur/shot. It never made since to me as an acronym. Yes, the pros considered the amateurs to be "ham-handed" key operators. You don't need to know code even for the most advanced license class now but it's on my list of Stuff I Need To Learn.

Posted by: Bob the Bilderberg at April 29, 2018 07:10 AM (7oUUT)

385 I think my last mag subscription was about around 98 when the interwebz really started getting better. Info without space is a good thing.
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Subscribed to Bass Player and Metal Maniacs for #3 kidlet.  Bass Player was all right, but nothing special.  I adored Metal Maniacs for the absolutely over-the-top writing.  Hysterically funny.  I think we got some gaming magazine with our games usage.

Posted by: mustbequantum at April 29, 2018 07:11 AM (MIKMs)

386 374 Value of old Nat Geos? Practically nothing, since everybody saved every one. Value of old comic books? Priceless, in some cases, since everybody threw them away. Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 29, 2018 12:05 PM (WFV7d) Old TV Guides must be worth their weight in gold. What kind of sicko would have saved them? (Yes, I know, there was a character on Seinfeld who collected them.) Just goes to show what I always say: The things you save thinking they will be valuable someday won't be. The things you throw away without a second thought will be much sought-after collector's items.

Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 07:11 AM (sdi6R)

387 ''I think my last mag subscription was about around 98 when the interwebz really started getting better. Info without space is a good thing.'' We used to get a ton of magazines every month. I was a product of a magazine loving family. Now, not so much. You can't even pick up a fashion magazine without getting a lecture on how to live the progressive life. Gets very annoying.

Posted by: Tuna at April 29, 2018 07:12 AM (jm1YL)

388 >>>Before it goes down the memory hole. Michelle Wolf last night as the comedian at the WHCD:<<<

I'm guessing Amy Schumer wasn't available to yuk it up about her kidney infection.  And vagina.

Posted by: Fritz at April 29, 2018 07:14 AM (J7XgW)

389 I used to love magazines, they were clues to any number of big shiny outside worlds. Now between the internet and the leftification of all things, magazines are for waiting rooms.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 07:14 AM (fuK7c)

390 Yes, the pervasive politicizing is weird and unsettling. But people act like it's normal. I have a pair of liberal friends who got their tween daughter a subscription to Teen Vogue precisely so that she would have the correct opinions installed.

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 29, 2018 07:14 AM (1ZEu3)

391 I think most so-called magazines these days are specialty interest or fanboy type publications, with a very narrow focus and an overabundance of ads. They are definitely trying to separate you from your money. You know what they say, if you have a niche, you need some scratch!

Posted by: [/i][/b][/s][/u]Muldoon at April 29, 2018 07:14 AM (mvenn)

392 Michelle Wolf wasn't funny. Comedy Central roasts can be savage, but they're funny. Saying Ivanka is as useful to women as an empty box of tampons is not funny. The late great Greg Giraldo: Ice T you f*ckin fossil. You're so old, the first thing you bought with your record deal money was your freedom. On your first album, the 'n-word' was 'negro' That's crude but funny

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 29, 2018 07:15 AM (pV/54)

393 I was futilely searching for a half way good movie on Netflix last night but picking were slim. I finally came across some Brit movie called Spy something blurbed to be about an affair just turning into a romance just as unforeseen circumstances turn one of the lovers down a dark path. I thought I'd give it a shot but it turned out both the lovers were guys so I turned it off because I don't go for that.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 29, 2018 12:08 PM (+y/Ru)


Because what we want to see more than anything else is two guys kissing. Yeah, that'll pack 'em into the theater.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 07:15 AM (DXfIG)

394 there's a problem with that library. the vertical slats facing the dividers between the shelves are too wide. it will be difficult to remove books at the ends of the shelves. i know because i designed a bookcase that had exactly that flaw.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 29, 2018 07:15 AM (Pg+x7)

395 I think the only magazines I get are the Rifleman, AMAC, Guideposts and the Frat, Order of Eagles. Shit, didn't realize I was so boring till I saw it in print.

Posted by: Infidel at April 29, 2018 07:17 AM (a3OL0)

396 Now between the internet and the leftification of all things, magazines are for waiting rooms.
Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 29, 2018 12:14 PM (fuK7c)


Some of the waiting rooms of the clinic where the surgeon who replaced my shoulder works has back issues of the National Review. Discovering this was a nice surprise.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 07:18 AM (DXfIG)

397 off to church, bbl

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 29, 2018 07:18 AM (DXfIG)

398 When I were a wee lass, our family got TIME, the Saturday Evening Post (it was a sort of nostalgia publication by that time), the National Geographic, Smithsonian, Readers Digest, plus a daily newspaper (I of course got MAD Magazine). All provided hours of substantial reading. Can you point to one of those still on the stands that hasn't been dumbed down and turned into a husk of its former self?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 07:19 AM (qJtVm)

399 Nood. I'm holding my tongue on this one.

Posted by: Bob the Bilderberg at April 29, 2018 07:20 AM (7oUUT)

400 Being 'Ham Curious' Be careful. Posted by: Zombie Mama Cass ***** I second this warning. Posted by: Kermit at April 29, 2018 12:03 PM (mvenn) ======== Kermit really would have to wear a dildo. According to wikipedia, frogs have no phallus, only a cloaca.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 29, 2018 07:20 AM (/qEW2)

401 Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 29, 2018 11:19 AM (Jj43a) Sacrifice the still-beating heart of Samantha Bee? I will add you - also doing a post for your first anthology on May1

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at April 29, 2018 07:20 AM (hMwEB)

402 nood

Posted by: weirdflunky at April 29, 2018 07:20 AM (Q21N2)

403 The Blue Origin webcast is live: https://www.blueorigin.com/#youtubeZUV53Nn3PhA

Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 07:20 AM (sdi6R)

404 The best book I ever bought was, Up Front, by Bill Mauldin. I bought it was I was very young.

Posted by: Archer at April 29, 2018 07:20 AM (4uIgh)

405 Wife has some radio show on, a bunch of Leftist cracking jokes on the President and administration members including Adm Jackson, just figured it out it was from correspondence dinner. - How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb? Four, 'cause they're so damn stupid. (Big laughs!)

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 29, 2018 07:21 AM (+y/Ru)

406 There's another factor about magazines. I used to subscribe to knitting and spinning magazines. Early on, they featured a lot of work by the readers. Then they moved to having everything by "experts". And you were supposed to spend money going to festivals to listen to the experts. I lost interest.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 29, 2018 07:22 AM (Lqy/e)

407 No, I think that was clearly aimed at pro-life Republicans. And not without justification. There was a recent incident in PA where a pro-life Republican was found to have gotten his girlfriend an abortion. I don't remember whether he was a member of Congress or a state legislator.

Posted by: rickl at April 29, 2018 12:06 PM (sdi6R)


And just how many pro-life Republicans were in attendance at that event?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 29, 2018 07:22 AM (WFV7d)

408 378: anonymous wrecks: looking for a good movie? try "let it ride" with richard dreyfus, teri garr and jennifer tilly. i mentioned it on the movie thread yesterday which prompted me to view some clips on youtube. wonderful. a cabby overhears a tip on a horse, goes to the track and has a very good day. more runyonesque than "the lemon drop kid".

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 29, 2018 07:22 AM (Pg+x7)

409 NIGNAY on the PANTS 'eh....crotchless & stinkay!

Posted by: saf at April 29, 2018 07:23 AM (5IHGB)

410 And actually, I don't think Reno is one of the major bad actors here. I think she is one of the most evil people who was ever in public life, but this time, all she did was sign off on plans presented to her by subordinates she trusted. I don't believe she actively planned to kill those culties. Maybe I was misinformed or not remembering accurately but it seemed like at the time the people who were gung ho about storming the compound went to her with a story that children were being abused and they had to do something. Because nothing saves children as much as burning them to death. Whether or not that is correct, that androgynous goof was the person in charge and was fond of saying that she was taking responsibility even though that never manifested itself in anything negative happening to her. Because GOPe comity.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 29, 2018 07:24 AM (y7DUB)

411 A transcript of the WHCD monologue is at WaPo. It is all really vile.

Posted by: m at April 29, 2018 07:24 AM (0bRDi)

412 Though human beings differ in many ways, the one from another, before God and in the spiritual world all mortals stand on an equal footing. There are only two groups of mortals in the eyes of God: those who desire to do his will and those who do not.

Posted by: Midwayer Commission at April 29, 2018 07:28 AM (ql3m8)

413 I see Lonesome Dove here. - A week or two ago there was perfectly justified outrage that some lefty rag had included the Bible on its list of most overrated books. I was also annoyed that on the same list Lonesome Dove was included that rarest of birds, a Pulitzer Prize winner that actually deserved it.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 29, 2018 07:32 AM (+y/Ru)

414 Magazines: looking at a stack as I type. Books: shelves overflow - stacks of boxes. What to do? At least I don't have any more subscriptions, the new stuff is not as good. As for the books, now I fill up my Kindle, not floor space. I had forgotten about the Nile books. They were great reads. Read them before I went to Africa. Another good book is The Lunatic Express about the building of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Lake Victoria Railway.

Posted by: Raven One at April 29, 2018 07:36 AM (qSnW8)

415 I bought a German-English Engineering dictionary. Didn't understand half of it. Enjoyed it all.

Posted by: Burger Chef at April 29, 2018 07:39 AM (RuIsu)

416 All the talk about early comics reading seems to leave out the Harvey and Gold Key titles. That, coupled with newspaper strips, was my entry into comics. I didn't get into superhero comics until college, with at least one exception -- a Flash issue that was Part I of a two-part story. I read that book to pieces. Years later, I found the second part in my comics shop. The owners were kind enough to let me read it. Gawd, the conclusion stunk. I saved my money. As far as books, after "The Big Green Thing" at age 4, I read lots of fairy tales. Then came the Hardy Boys in grade school. I've been buying books since. We also had a collection of "The Book of Knowledge" volumes. They included fiction and how-to articles, mostly outdated by then (early '70s). A side benefit of those books: They were sturdy enough to be stacked sideways to form tunnels for my Matchbox cars. Man, I haven't thought of those books for decades. I love the memories this weekly thread evokes.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 29, 2018 07:42 AM (PWPy3)

417 American Rifleman, Sportscar mag, and Grassroots Motorsports are all I get anymore. The first two are free with membership.

Posted by: f'd at April 29, 2018 07:42 AM (UdKB7)

418 The best book I ever bought was, Up Front, by Bill Mauldin. I bought it was I was very young.
Posted by: Archer at April 29, 2018 12:20 PM (4uIgh)


He wrote an autobiography called The Brass Ring.  He illustrated it too, by the way.

Very enlightening about what he did and why.

Posted by: Kindltot at April 29, 2018 07:44 AM (2K6fY)

419 Wallace wrote the novel, "infinite Jest," which I don't know if I'll ever try. It's supposedly a mixed up style, like the story jumps around, or something. Wallace is also famous for a rather well-thought-out suicide, about 10 years ago. Posted by: BurtTC at April 29, 2018 10:24 AM (Pz4pT) Infinite Jest is a boat anchor of a book, 1100 pages with extensive footnotes and endnotes. Even the endnotes have footnotes. It took me six times my normal reading time to finish it. I only persisted because the setting (Boston in the 1980s, although slightly disguised) was one I lived through and Wallace captured it very well. I thought it was just OK, 3 out of 5 stars, recommended only for gluttons for punishment. Posted by: cool breeze at April 29, 2018 12:03 PM (UGKMd) If you'd like to read a big, fat, comic literary novel, give mine a shot. In comparison to "Infinite Jest", it's funnier in both a high and low sense. It's far better plotted (all is revealed in the end). The writing is cleaner and far more amusing. The themes are deeper and presented strictly by action and dialogue. At no point does the author clear his throat and enter the storyline. And the novel treats the reader as an intelligent mature adult who doesn't need to be spoon fed. It is raunchy but in a fun way and the raunch is used to move the plot and characterization along. But, you know, it is raunchy. Mostly in the first half of the novel which is an anti-romance. Less so in the second half, which is a romance. If you care to check it out, look at the "Posted by" section below. (Available from amazon on kindle and dead tree.)

Posted by: H D Woodard - "Wearing the Cat" Vols 1 & 2 at April 29, 2018 07:46 AM (E3rQ4)

420 Scrofulous. See "Democrat."

Posted by: Dan at April 29, 2018 08:19 AM (Nmvf6)

421 Nice. You people got my collection A Light in the Darkness to the top 50 of short stories on Amazon. Thanks!

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone at April 29, 2018 08:20 AM (Jj43a)

422 I used to have magazine subscriptions -- hooo, boy! Did I have subscriptions. I was overseas, or in a remote location, and how else was one to keep in touch? Newsweek, Brills' Content, American Heritage, Spy, Harpers, Atlantic, Smithsonian, Utne Reader, Gourmet, Mother Jones, British History Illustrated, Premiere, Entertainment Weekly, MS... yes, I was pretty mainstream liberal at the time. And then ... some of them went belly-up, and some of them turned hard-lefty, and after 9/11 - and definitively after the 2008 election, I dropped those that were left, as I turned to the internet more and more. Now the only one I have a subscription to, intermittently, is Cuisine at Home. For the recipes. I didn't so much leave mainstream magazines, as they left me.

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at April 29, 2018 08:27 AM (xnmPy)

423 For anybody who enjoyed The Nile Series, you might also try A Thousand Miles Up the Nile by Amelia Edwards.

A quick google search will turn up free downloads. I tried linking one but it wouldn't let me post it.



Posted by: William Alan Webb at April 29, 2018 08:45 AM (OhYcy)

424 Have ordered the last of the six volumes of Churchill's war memoirs. All very very interesting. Found, and have started, a used paperback of Hodges' 'Alan Turing: The Enigma'. It's quite a tome, foreword and preface alone are 45 pages. Also have started Thomas Sowell's 'Black Rednecks and White Liberals' So many books...

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 29, 2018 08:49 AM (c/EDo)

425 Any recs on a good book or two on Charlemagne? There are a lot out there, and I woudn't care to waste money on the duds. Thanks.

Posted by: RosalindJ at April 29, 2018 09:08 AM (GBOas)

426 well  finished that first Doona book.  I think I will go back for a re-read of the Honor Harringoon series instead of Doona-II

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 29, 2018 09:32 AM (mpXpK)

427 170 For now, I'm ignoring the wonderfully arranged bookshelves and tasteful decorating of Cicero's library and convince myself there's nothing wrong with my random piles of books distributed in haphazard fashion throughout the house. Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 10:13 AM (WEBkv) Piling is a valid form of organization and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. (Fistbump)

Posted by: joncelli on his New toy at April 29, 2018 10:01 AM (1FhAQ)

428 428 170 For now, I'm ignoring the wonderfully arranged bookshelves and tasteful decorating of Cicero's library and convince myself there's nothing wrong with my random piles of books distributed in haphazard fashion throughout the house. Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 10:13 AM (WEBkv) Piling is a valid form of organization and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. (Fistbump) Posted by: joncelli on his New toy at April 29, 2018 03:01 PM (1FhAQ) Building a book fort is my next step.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 10:14 AM (qJtVm)

429 Building a book fort is my next step. Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 29, 2018 03:14 PM (qJtVm) -------------------- Hah! I've gone through so many book collections over the years I could have built a house out of books!

Posted by: Blake at April 29, 2018 11:19 AM (WEBkv)

430 There is a Facebook group called the Military Books Marketplace, run by Jason Pipes, who owns Skirmish Line Books out of North Carolina. He does estate cleanouts, secondhand flips, you name it.

I recommend staying the actual fuck out of it since it just cost me another hundred including shipping. The way I do it is I just claim stuff out of Jason's sale threads, have him make me a pile, then I close it out at the end of the month. Nine to ten books a month on average.

Still, it's sort of like sharing the name of a really good drug dealer, so I figured I would warn you guys he has the good shit.

Posted by: Colonel Kurtz at April 29, 2018 12:29 PM (2kD+f)

431 The line above "One does not simply cease buying books because one has run out of bookshelf space." reminds me of a case described by my late friend, the author Avram Davidson, in one of his essays. A man he knew was such a dedicated book collector that he filled his small NYC apartment with books. He ran out of bookshelf space but that did not stop him. He stacked books everywhere. Including in his bath tub. Of course, this meant that he had to give up bathing. He washed his hands and face in the sink but Avram said that when his collar or shirt sleeve slipped one could see a sort of tide line where the grime began. By the way, for anyone not already familiar with Davidson's excellent work, a good introduction is "The Avram Davidson Treasury: A Tribute Collection" 1998. It was published five years after his death. Available for Kindle for only $7.99.

Posted by: John F. MacMichael at April 29, 2018 12:45 PM (EuVeg)

432 I'll put in a recommendation for "Librivox" once again. It's not a book. It's an app for audio books. If you're like me and haven't read a lot of the classics, it's a great resource. They have a pay side for new books but I use it for the free public domain books. Books are read by volunteers so some are better than others and multiple readers in the same book. I think it's great. YMMV.

Posted by: weirdflunky at April 29, 2018 12:48 PM (79aec)

433 I approve of using the word nignay. We mustn't be too niggardly with our words.

Posted by: Gork at April 29, 2018 01:51 PM (aKDSJ)

434 Gerald Thomas is going to bankrupt me.

There are 209 photos plus the story of Air Group Four from USS Ranger, USS Bunker Hill, and finally USS Essex covering the war from the heat of North Africa to the chill of Norway and finally flying over Japan itself is a pretty darn enticing story as recounted in Torpedo Squadron Four - A Cockpit View of World War II.

But not content to rest on his literary laurels, there is a supplementary Kindle only volume that he prepared because readers asked for it. 120 pages, 120 pictures of US Navy aviation at war. Torpedo Squadron Four - Photo Supplement.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at April 29, 2018 02:40 PM (95+cE)

435 Hi

Posted by: Mrs Ward at April 30, 2018 02:05 AM (EZM2c)

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