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Thomas Jefferson

"I hope we shall...crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to trial and bid defiance to the laws of our country."

Stephanie

Speaking of bazinga... China has banned The Big Bang Theory.

DrJ

China has banned The Big Bang Theory.

Would the Chinese be missing anything? I've never seen the show, but the trailers sure look stupid.

henry

DrJ, just actors pretending to be nerds. Kind of like confusing a nerd gun for the real thing.

sbw

I can rewatch many Big Bang Theory episodes.

Tightly written.

henry

Nerf gun.... Autocorrect prefers nerd for some reason

Captain Hate

Yeah I like Big Bang Theory. Not even close to a guilty pleasure. Like most sitcoms, after a point it becomes much more about the quirks of the characters than pursuing a real story line but it generally stays funny.

DrJ

Like most sitcoms,

it is not worth watching. Those who enjoy them, please do. Sitcoms simply are not my thing.

cathyf

DrJ, you should watch. DrF can only watch in short spurts, as it cuts very close to home.

Porchlight

Not even I Love Lucy, DrJ? Bob Newhart?

I admit contemporary sitcoms are not my thing. My friends spend endless hours watching them. Everybody Loves Raymond was pretty good IMO.

Jane on Ipad

I like bing bang, although I never really watch anything. It's more like background noise.

sbw

Bob Newhart won an Emmy for his performance at 83 in the Big Bang episode "The Proton Transmogrification.

Simply wonderful.

Dave (in MA)

bing bang is not as good as google bang.

Stephanie

Favorite sitcom of all time for me. Really well written, nice character development, and excellent cast. I generally avoid sitcoms like the plague, but this one is excellent. Particularly if you are kinda nerdy.

sbw

Oops. That was the third Newhart show. It was the first one that was so well done. What a deadpan.

Frau Klatschmaschine

I would watch except for the carpy laugh track.

Danube on iPad

At about age 15 I developed such an aversion to canned laughter that I have not watched a program that features it in nearly sixty years. I was not a viewer of I Love Lucy but over the years I have seen some re-runs that I really enjoyed. Other than that it was strictly The Honeymooners, which I still think of as some of the finest material in TV history.

I have never watched a single episode of any soap opera.

I would not watch a single minute of any current sitcom if you paid me to do so.

Eric in Boise2

My favorite Bob Newhart routine of all time. Audio only, but this has cracked me up ever since I was a kid, and still does:

Introducing Tobacco to Civilization

boatbuilder

Most of what gets written as straight news these days reguires very careful attention to distinguish from "The Onion". Anything involving John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, climate change or Michelle Obama is generally suspect but often, alas, genuine if not strictly factual.

boatbuilder

A masterpiece by your man Yu tonight, Sue.

hit and run

Eirc:
My favorite Bob Newhart routine of all time.

FTSAH: I played "Hi Bob" on finals day, fall semester my sophomore year in high school. It was the only day the high school was "open campus" so we went and grabbed some beers at Jake's Drive Thru and proceeded to try and derail my budding baseball career.

We nearly succeeded.

Just another example from those years of me not "applying myself".

Danube on iPad

Who is Sue's man who crafted the masterpiece?

Dave (in MA)

Yu Darvish had a no hitter going until Ortiz managed a single with 2 out in the 9th.

daddy

I posted this link to a newly discovered video of the 1919 World Series on the previous thread.

I forgot to mention that if you watch the segment from between 20 seconds to 30 seconds, it is amazing how much cigar and cigarette smoke is being puffed out by the fans. That surprised me.

daddy

Can you say Lysistrata in Japanese?

Japanese Women’s group launches bid to deny sex to men who are pro-war

A women’s group has started a campaign vowing to swear off sex with any man who is pro-war, to protest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution.

Uh Oh!

The group, Senso Rabu na Otoko towa Ecchi Shinai Onna no Kai, which roughly means "Group of Women Who Don’t Have Sex With Men Who Love War", says it’s against any attempts to clear the path for Japan to engage in war-related activities.

Double Uh Oh!

However there's still a sliver of hope that Japanese men may not have to pull out their Hari Kari knives just yet:

The founder, when contacted by The Japan Times, said she is practically the only member of the group.

Whew!

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

a good line from a George Will column on Wisconsin -
"...their aim is mayhem, not law enforcement. Their activity is entirely about suffocating conservative activity."

It's true of the IRS corruption & of Reid's rants about the Kochs.

Heck..it's true of the EPA leaking farmer & rancher info to advocacy groups - 'Their activity is entirely about suffocating conservative activity Americans that stand it their way.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-wisconsin-prosecutors-abuse-the-law-for-partisan-ends/2014/05/09/1d8ed3d6-d6cf-11e3-8a78-8fe50322a72c_story.html

*sorry about the WaPo link. I hate the WaPo.

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

2 stories at Drudge -

*NBC Greenlights Ellen-Produced Lesbian Comedy...
*Brothers Yanked By HGTV: 'If Our Faith Costs Us Show Then So Be It'...

Our nation has gotten so odd. One show expressly about a lifestyle is good...while the other show can't go forward because of the personal beliefs of the guys. Their show wasn't even ABOUT their faith.

Jack is Back

Janet,

The media is a sewer. Everything gets corrupted that goes there. Best to read a good book and check into JOM from time to time.

anonamom

JiB, I don't disagree, but those of us with children need to know what brainwashing/trash they and their peers are being exposed to in order to counter it. Plus, Parks and Rec was really funny, and the Libertarian (Ron Swanson) was portrayed as the sanest guy in the building.

Having spent the week here on the Cambridge side of Boston, I must note that most of these guys are pretty wimpy looking.
(Not that there's anything wrong with looking like a gust of wind would blow you into a building.)

Has anybody ever come across a study of relative testosterone levels and political leanings?

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

I just want equal treatment. Maybe all shows can just have warnings -
This show contains actors that are Christian & heterosexual.
This show contains actors that are atheists.
This show contains some actors that are Christian & some that are Buddhists & some that don't adhere to any faith.
This show is hosted by a heterosexual.
This show is hosted by a person that refuses to disclose anything about their sex life.
...

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

Warning:
This show is written by one heterosexual and three gays.
This show isn't about Islam, but one of the actors is Muslim.
This show advocates for homosexuality, but two of the actors are heterosexual and only one is homosexual.

Extraneus

two of the actors are heterosexual and only one is homosexual.

Well, I just found out that Frazier's dad Martin was gay in real life. I knew about Niles, of course, but I wish I had known that about Martin. Same with Perry Mason.

pagar

Investigate!

http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/01/19/fifteen-libyans-supporting-investigation-killed-benghazi/

Same as Vietnam when we left our supporters undefended, IMO.

Miss Marple

Extraneus, I actually wish I didn't know about ANY of them.

I grew up in the time when this stuff wasn't discussed in public, and a good thing, I say!

Martin's character was perfectly doe, as was Miles. I really wish I did NOT know about their secual orientation, just like I do not want to know about their faith or lack thereof, nor their political leanings.

When I don't know this background information, it allows me to enjoy their work based purely on their acting.

I also do not like intimate details of life shared on Facebook nor in the breakroom. We live in a TMI culture, and it is not at all an improvement.

Extraneus

Just kidding, Janet. They're all gay to me.

Jane

Look west anonamom, I'm waving at you.

Extraneus

I mean MM.

I actually do care about their politics, though, since I like to know who my friends are, and vice versa.

Miss Marple

Sorry for the typos in my last post.

I am heading out to an estate auction at an old farmstead. I want to get there early enough that I can park close.

Have a great day everyone!

Jane

I think the entire phenomenon is really instructive. I have no doubt that Obama's endless pushing of race has created millions of people who now think unfavorably about race issues.

Same with gays. If they would all just STFU we'd all be fine.

The left lives on wedges. (Or wedgies)

Sue

Dave,

They ruled the hit to right field an error. But with 2 outs in the top of the 9th, Ortiz did it again. Single to RF. Yu also walked a batter after the error in RF ruined his perfect game. He was still smokin' though.

Sue

I lost part of my post. The first part. Yu had a perfect game going when a pop up to shallow left field in the top of the 7th fell between Odor, 2nd base, and Rios, RF.

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

When I don't know this background information, it allows me to enjoy their work based purely on their acting.

Exactly. Now there's an idea!

Either shut up about race, sex, political and religious beliefs....or let the public know about all those things for every person associated with a show, or business, or whatever.

narciso

So MoveOn was one of those groups, preventing BH, from being listed as a terrorist group, this was after 2011, when they were up there with Zarquawi;s Tawshid, 'Unity of the the Faith' or some such, of course, Amnesty International is now trying to throw up smoke
blaming the Nigerian govt, who have been the only ones dealing with the 'mischief'

sbw

Janet, I wove your observation into an editorial:

Pope Francis on sharing

The lens for Pope Francis is the tragedy of Argentinian history of abusive government, military, and elite family cartels. They were not about, as the Associated Press alluded to in its report, injustices of capitalism and the global economic system.

The Pope directly referenced Saint Luke (19:1-10), “the encounter between Jesus Christ and the rich tax collector Zacchaeus, as a result of which Zacchaeus made a radical decision of sharing and justice, because his conscience had been awakened by the gaze of Jesus.”

Zacchaeus gave half his wealth to the poor. He didn't tell any one else to give their wealth to the poor. He didn’t expect the state to mandate giving to the poor.

That’s the difference between beneficence and oppression.

When exemplary advice directed at individuals becomes government–directed social gospel, grace becomes chillingly statist, laced with authoritarian overtones. Good people like Francis advise; misguided political do-gooders impose.

Social gospel is like social justice. Neither gospel nor justice. A state thumb on the scale of justice subverts rather than develops character.

Francis has become a strong voice in the discussion of character, but not when warped by mainstream media fitting his message into their narrative, and not by political opportunists who warp his message to gain power for themselves.

That said, we have poor among us, and the personal sharing by Francis and Zacchaeus teach by example.


narciso

the problem, sbw, is that half of that solution has been followed by the Kirschner's for a decade, of course it ends up in their coffers, but practically any neoliberal voice, is aggressively suppressed, Massa part of a splinter party, may have some success

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

Not trying to be pedantic about the poor Pope, but Zacchaeus seems a peculiar example of state compelled social justice for the poor.

Wee little Zach was a corrupt official employed by....wait for it, the Roman state.
He stole from those poor citizens who were subject to his compulsory tax collecting powers of the state.
Upon his personal revelation that Jesus was who He said He was he gave half his ill gotten gains to the poor and promised to reimburse those he cheated four times over.

If the Pope is advocating the rich thugs at the UN and Nan Pelosi and the Kennedys give half their wealth to the poor and the Lois Lerhners of the world reimburse Tea Partiers four time over, then I'd say he's on to something.

The story of Zacchaeus is one of a corrupt individual voluntarily repenting of the sins of representing a corrupt and autocratic state and abusing his authority. Isn't that kind of the opposite of the Pope's call to use corrupt and autocratic states to compel society as a whole to help the poor, especially when he knows full well the UN and every government in the world is positively brimming with unrepentant Zacchaeaus's?

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

Social gospel is like social justice. Neither gospel nor justice.

Wonderful, sbw!

sbw

Ig, I appreciate your interpretation and it undoubtedly weaves in historical practice, but can you give me a biblical reference that says that.

No where in the passage did it say that Zach gave back the state's portion.

Too be sure he got wealthy taking a big cut of what the state told him to take. That said. He decided to return half of what could be considered "his" wealth.

He did not redistribute taxes from one part of the community to another.

jimmyk

Janet, the story about those two brothers is outrageous, and continues the Chick-Fil-A, "Duck Dynasty," Brendan Eich, etc. into a real downward spiral. I wish the Koch Brothers or some other wealthy conservatives would start buying up media corporations, that seems to be the only hope, though the pushback on Chick-Fil-A and "Duck" was refreshing.

jimmyk

Tomorrow's Sunday Times Magazine has a cover story "What Timothy Geithner Really Thinks." I sent it to Taranto as a suggestion for his "Answers to Questions No One is Asking" category.

jimmyk

And some wag started a hashtag #BringBackOurBalls

Danube on iPad

Good to see you, Ig.

jimmyk

Burge has a hashtag #HarryReidAllegedPederast. Wasn't that originally a JOM idea?

matt

daddy, most of those Japanese men really don't care about the zenno no wa nooki crew because they're off whoring in Thailand and other locales. The sexual dynamic in Japan is very weird.

As to nerds, China is probably nerd central going back as far Doonesbury's "Honey" when the cartoon was mildly amusing. When I used to give presentations they were the ones with all of the questions, and a lot of good ones.

Unfortunately, it is in the application of those principles that the Chinese generally don't measure up. They will substitute a two cent part for a 3 cent part either to save money or baksheesh and the whole thing falls apart. Of course this fits perfectly with the throwaway culture in the West. Except when it's a train or car or something where someone gets hurt. Think lawn chair collapses.

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

I wish the Koch Brothers or some other wealthy conservatives would start buying up media corporations,

Maybe we should just do it ourselves. The 'Army of Davids' buys a TV channel using crowdsource funding.

Rick B

There's just nothing like a discussion of Augustan tax policy to start the day. Was Zacchaeus a more contemptible or corrupt Roman IRS agent than Matthew? Does the Pharisees attempt at guilt by association due to Jesus' dining with Matthew's tax collector buddies reflect the feelings of the entire Jewish community or was it just a propaganda trigger?

Danube on iPad

Attention, Browns fans: somebody leaked the Patriots' scouting report on Johnny Football. The Pats were unimptessed.

http://t.brobible.com/brobible/#!/entry/weve-obtained-johnny-manziels-scouting-report-from-the-new-england,536d10f9e56d0bb8535daab7

MarkO

Steyn:

http://www.steynonline.com/6326/bringbackourballs

Is that the same Patriots' scouting crew that took Brady at 199? Throw in literal blood libel just for fun.

"The report goes on to question the family he comes from, noting that it’s a family with “outlaw bloodlines,” whatever the hell that means."

Captain Hate on the iPad

The Harry Reid pederast meme was an AoS creation iirc.

Belichick still making sex tapes with wives of assistant coaches, DoT?

Danube on iPad

"Is that the same Patriots' scouting crew that took Brady at 199? "

Probably not, but every other scouting crew in the league had five or six cracks at him before the Pats took him.

pagar

Janet, I believe that would work.
IMO, the contributions should be capped at some amount to keep the left from saying that the rich bought it.

Danube on iPad

"Belichick still making sex tapes with wives of assistant coaches, DoT?"

You're asking the wrong guy.

MarkO

Cleveland sold an additional 2,000 season tickets in one day.

He'll be fun to watch. "Outlaw bloodlines?" Good thing he's not black.

Captain Hate on the iPad

Josh Gordon violating Goodell's reefer madness guidelines (and make no doubt about it, Gordon is an effing idiot) will probably negatively impact Johnny Football more than outlaw bloodlines.

MarkO

Isn't "outlaw bloodlines" a bit like "not having the necessities?"

The sooner concussion litigation turns it in to touch, the happier I will be.

matt

Matthew and Zaccheus were simply redistributing the wealth to the Imperial Global Warming of Octavian's tootsies fund.

Albertus Gorius Maximus was the emperor's adviser on banning the use of flax seed oil in the lamps of Rome because Gaia was offended.

hit and run

Outlaw Bloodlines would make a great name for a band.

Speaking of which, Willie Nelson is town tonight. Wish I had known earlier.

I'll just be sitting around here in my underwear, biting on a bullet and pulling out all of my hair.

Danube on iPad

I think I would name my band Event Staff.

rse

Janet-two weeks before going after Common Core critics as conspiracy theorists against public ed, splc did the same involving Agenda 21 and people complaining about town planning.

http://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/downloads/publication/agenda_21_final_web_0.pdf

Accurate facts are such an obstacle these days. Anyone with the documentation then gets tainted as a conspiracist in what is clearly an organized effort.

MarkO

Band name? Dead Trash.

Danube on iPad

"Cleveland sold an additional 2,000 season tickets in one day."

Think how many they coulda sold with Tim Tebow.

hit and run

You can't hang a man for killing a woman who's trying to steal your horse.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

--Ig, I appreciate your interpretation and it undoubtedly weaves in historical practice, but can you give me a biblical reference that says that.

No where in the passage did it say that Zach gave back the state's portion.--

SBW,
Nowhere did I say he gave back the state's portion either.
My point was, using a corrupt tax collector who, upon his encounter with the Living God repented of his corruption and voluntarily returned half of his ill gotten gains to the poor and agreed to make restitution four times over to those he cheated, is hardly apt reasoning for deploying vast armies of corrupt new Imperial tax collectors to forcibly give a mite to the widows while the vast majority goes down the maw of the armies of unrepentant modern day Zacchaeuses.

Luke 19:1-10

New International Version (NIV)
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

The point of the story of Zacchaeaus is, upon his acceptance of the Messiah as the real Messiah he was compelled to and was eager to mend his corrupt ways and make amends to his fellow man.

There is no salvation nor even any particular morality in state confiscated wealth redistribution. It is the polar opposite of what Jesus was teaching us and is absurd for the Pope to use it as he did.

Threadkiller

Who Knew? Husbands Can Be Nagged to Death

http://time.com/89987/husbands-wives-nagging-study/

MarkO

Isn't calling out Tebow now the new Hitler?

jimmyk

Husbands Can Be Nagged to Death

I thought that was the lesson of "MacBeth."

Skoot

My wife and I went to see, in my opinion, the best working band touring these days, Blackberry Smoke, at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park the other night. Great show. The tremolo they get going with like 400 tube watts will move your shirt. Charlie Starr might be the best guitarist I've seen live.


Hopefully we'll see a decision from the US Court of Appeals for District of Columbia in Halbig v Sebelius in the coming weeks? This is the subsidies case. Obama better be sitting down when this one comes out. If they decide against him and don't stay their ruling, Ocare is effectively over for now.

hit and run

TK:
Who Knew? Husbands Can Be Nagged to Death

Samson knew.

"With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it."
-Judges 16:15-17

(ok, he wasn't married)

Patriot4Freedom  v2.0

sbw - Thanks for sharing your editorial with us. "Neither gospel nor justice" sums it up nicely.

iggy - Thanks for your points re the unsuitability of using Zacchaeus as the poster boy for Pope Francis' "social gospel."

Rick B

I'm going to mark it down as an offset to the beatification of commie destroyer JPII pending further elaboration by Pope Francis. It's not as if he is ignorant of all the blessings brought to the rapidly growing poor segment of the population of Venezuela by the institution of Chavismo.

hit and run

Proverbs twice likens a wife's nagging to Chinese water torture and once offers the advice that it would be better to live on the corner of a roof (or in a desert depending on how you translate it from Hebrew) than to share a house with a nagging wife.

But anyway, let me be the first to say...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!

narciso

Happy mothers day, all.

Pope Francis has spoken against Tommy Boy as well as the Argentine version of Hillary, but
'e por se move' he doesn't seem to get that the free market is the only solution, however,
the rub is the privatization programs went poorly at the tail end of the 90s

Danube on iPad

I don't expect anything helpful from the Halbig case. It's just too good to be true. Wouldn't it be great, though?

narciso

btw, jimmy, I had the suggestion, re the Geithner piece, this weekend, and I referenced Taranto,

Beasts of England

@Skoot: Thanks for the Blackberry Smoke review! I've heard some of their music but have yet to catch them live, although they are tearing up the circuit. Look forward to seeing them...

Captain Hate

Who Knew? Husbands Can Be Nagged to Death

The better question is "who doesn't know?"

Captain Hate

Speaking of which, Willie Nelson is town tonight. Wish I had known earlier.

Even though he's pretty low on the list of "musicians I *have* to see", I've never not been impressed and entertained every time I've seen him perform on television, particularly the sounds he gets out of that old acoustic guitar held together with duct tape. Is he playing in a small setting? A fan of Lois Lerner I'm sure.

Danube on iPad

Willie was quite the athlete. Three-sporter in HS (halfback, guard and shortstop).

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

rse @ 11:33-

Really interesting. If there was any doubt that Agenda 21 was lousy...knowing that the SPLC supports it PROVES how lousy it is!

Miss Marple

Good afternoon all. Lucked out at the auction as they decided to sell the collectibles and antique smalls before the furniture, farm equipment, and household goods.

So I am home early and can get some work done here.

Here is how I, as a Catholic convert under Benedict respond to Pope Francis's opinions on wealth redistribution and economics:

Since they are his opinion and not given in his position as the final say (can't remember the Latin name but it is when he invokes infallibility) then they are simpoly his opinion.

Since his experience is as a chemical engineer and then a Jesuit theologian, I am free to say "That's nice" and then do what I think is most right.

I will therefore continue to earn as much money as I can, avoid as many taxes as I am legally able to do, and donate a healthy amount to the food pantry, which serves the people who are suffering economically under this evil administration.

Skoot

"Wouldn't it be great, though?" got that right.

Beasts, I think they're heading your way. That was my third time seeing them. They have a live album coming out soon (thx for the links Cap't). Charlie plays a lot of open tuning, slide guitar, crybaby. I really dig em.

MaryD

Miss Marple @2:38.

Beautiful!
You're right -- he wasn't speaking ex cathedra, so we are both free to follow the path you are suggesting. End of story. :-)

Miss Marple

MaryD,

Thank you! Ex Cathedra was the term I was looking for!

As a late-in-life convert, some of the Latin terms fall prey to my senior moments.

James D.

Someone from my high school just got picked in the draft. Caraun Reid (DT, Princeton) went to Detroit in the 5th round a couple of minutes ago.

He's a graduate of the Mount St. Michael class of 2009 - go Mountaineers!

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