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February 08, 2016



I am an old crank who doesn't like this type of time-wasting when they should be reading literature and learning grammar and proper composition skills.

Miss M,

My brain was tired after finishing 1944 on the long, uncomfortable deadhead from Taiwan to Seattle, so for the leg up yesterday morning I switched to something I thought would be unchallenging and fun, a free paperback copy I picked up in the Library giveaway stacks recently, Heinlein's 1963 tale, "Glory Road."

What fun, but also how interesting in that he covers so many things that seem to have been almost standard knowledge of that day, that I think now would sail over the heads of the average young reader in the popular culture.

Explains fighting in 1963 in undeclared skirmishes in Southeast Asia as a young conscript, then heads to Wiesbaden to leave the service, stops in Heidelberg for beer and discusses the old Heidelberg College sword fighting there nobody would know about nowadays, and considers getting routed to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. In between he winds up mentioning or reciting Coleridge, Poe's "Bells", Casey At the Bat, Vachel Lindsay's "Congo", Perry Mason novels, describes technical features of the 45 pistol and various rifles and swords, explains the Irish Sweepstakes, describes bars in Singapore I'm familiar with even today, damns America's outrageous Incom Tax rates, tells us he has to have something to read before falling asleep so he gets a copy of Albertus Magnus writings to ponder ion bed, and pings off so many names and situations from Greek Mythology and Roman and late European and American History, that it'd even have Narciso scratching his head a bit to catch up.

What an unexpected delight just to be reintroduced to such stuff. To my daughters I only read them his juvenile stories (Orphans of the Sky, The Star Beast, etc) so I'd forgotten how much his regular stuff pinged off of so much of human history.

With all those Cultural allusions and references, it makes me wonder if kids like my daughters or your Granddaughter would be able to "Grok" it.


General Keane on Lou Dobbs channels Iggy's comments from earlier today: Re North Korea's launch.

Keane: ...That's why, as a Military person, I'm talking to our audience and saying Look-it, we've got to look at Military capabilities and be realistic at what they are achieving here, and let's stop this nonsense of a conciliatory role towards North Korea and start getting tough so we're protecting the American people and our own security here.

Another sobering segment, more in depth than the brief bit above.

Off with some frisky good friends.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

In case anyone wonders why the ditz Beyonce would not be a cop supporter let us not forget her dear hubby was arrested for stabbing a record exec and pled down.
Nuttin makes one more anti copper than bein pinched for something ya really did, except maybe marrying somebody who got pinched.

Miss Marple

Oh, gosh, daddy, I read "Glory Road" when I was living in West Berline. (The base had a huge library so I got a lot of interesting books.) I need to re-read it; it's been over 40 years!

You're right. A lot of the stuff you listed just isn't known anymore. The particular things I hate losing are the Medieval and Renaissance history and art.

New students have an imperfect understanding ot these things (if they even know about them).

The many Crusades, the monasteries, Prester John, the opening of tradewith the East, Marco Polo, the three stages of knighthood, courtly love, Chaucer, the Morte d'Arthur, etc. etc.

All vanished from modern understanding, except for a few outposts in universities and oldsters like me.

Very sad.

Beasts of England

Reason isn't always pro-classified data, but they've taken a fine stance against Hillary's homebrew server and the severity of the alleged data compromise.



This whole "child-answering-phone" parental protocol reminiscing has me smiling. It was the exact same in my Army dad's household. Mom was even stricter. She would have made a real DI blanch. I'm only slightly exaggerating...


Grotesque negligence on Hilligula's part. Three words play largely in criminal law, knowingly, intentionally and recklessly. Her activities with her server show clear criminal intent in my mind. Prison is too good for her. I doubt we will ever know the full number of lives she put at risk with her idiocy. I suppose we can honestly say that she put the lives of every American and the lives of those sympathetic to America at risk.

Beasts of England

Absolutely, Gentlejim. What makes it even worse is how hard it is to recruit human assets in the Middle East. When the Soviet Union was our most pressing adversary, we could at least sway a few with dreams of warm beaches, blondes, and Corvettes (seriously). Those aren't necessarily enticements in the ME, as even some moderates still view those as proof of decadence and indictments of our culture.



Call me decadent as I am a sucker for all three.


It is exceedingly rare, nassiri the Belgian moroccanwho work for various European services, morten storm, the dane, the Saudi with the brit passport that Brennan burned.


Emwazi and the Cypriot ghanian? Beattle recently uncovered.


Remember my childhood home and phone as my parents still live there and have the same land line.

Also remember my friend's phone numbers from back then.


Who were all part of the London boys, who in turn were tied to cage.


daddy, those old addresses from childhood taking up space in your frontal lobes---
they make it easy to remember passwords when you need ones with numbers and uppercase letters.


No not the London boys that the ewoks punks the horde with.



He asked audience members to raise their hands if they were far from receiving Social Security, asked them if they knew yet what their initial benefit would be and then asked them if they would be bothered if it were a little lower for the good of the country.

One person said it would be a problem.

"Well, you'd get over it, and you're going to have to get over it," Kasich joked.


Oh good gravy the medici has dialed to eleven, re citizen's united, among other things.

Rick Ballard

I hope the rumors about her having her organ grinders shot day after tomorrow are true. It would be a very stupid move on her part and therefore well within her ability. She was surprised by the strength of the ABH vote among millenial women in Iowa, I think she will be surprised by the ABH vote among Independents in New Hampshire and I have my fingers crossed about her being flabbergasted by the ABH voting by male blacks in South Carolina next week.

Shoot those organ grinders Red Witch, it's all their fault.


PuhRINO is going for the RoboCop mask off look.

Captain Hate

"Sacrifice for the good of the country"; where have I heard that before?

Captain Hate

Rick, those organ grinders knew what happened to the White House travel people, the Benghazi four and even dear sweet Huma got a frostbite blast when she mentioned having dysfunctional marriages in common. Those grinders had the hubris to think it couldn't happen to them. Oh well, at least they're alive and not being prosecuted; at least not so far.

Miss Marple

Hillary is just as bad as Obama for throwing people under the bus; in fact, she is probably worse. (I haven't forgotten the Clinton Body Count.)

After their initial entry into public life, I have never understood why people stick with them, particularly her. I look at those who have been long-time acolytes like Sidney Blumenthal and I cannot escape the idea that they are nothing but a criminal gang.


Hugh Hewitt on CNN.

"When I see Trump vs Bush I think of Rock'em Sock'em Robots. And I conclude that this helps Kasich."

I really thought he was going to say that Romney was the beneficiary.


He picks Trump, Kasich, Rubio as the 1,2,3 in NH.


Thanks for that 7:58 link.

from BreakPoint today -
""And in words that ring so true today, Chuck said, “Everybody looks to the elections and thinks the elections will settle this problem or settle that problem. Elections are important. Whoever serves in office, it makes a difference what kind of person that is and what that person believes.

“But elections can’t solve the problem we’ve got. The real problem that we’ve got is that our culture has been decaying from the inside for 30 or 40 years. And politics is nothing but an expression of culture. So . . . how do you fix the culture?”

And to do that, Chuck told the audience to look in the mirror."


Miss Marple

Kasich will probably have a strong showing in New Hampshire. He's been camped in New Hampshire for 2 months, at least. He's done over 100 town halls.

The fighting alienates the "nice" voters, who were going to Rubio but now may migrate to Kasich. These are GOP voters who are NOT angry (a dwindling subset, I think).

Don't know how many of those types of voters there are in new Hampshire. Guess we will find out tomorrow.


"So...how do fix the culture?"

Bern it down.


So the blurred lines chick is for doc brown, for whom the bell tolls, red queen, it tolls for their.

Captain Hate

Every time I hear Levin say "my good friend Hugh Hewitt", I throw up a bit in my mouth.

Beasts of England

I think that Kasich and Bush will do well tomorrow, but will save my predictions (now that I know they'll be tabulated and ranked) until then.


Probably daddy, I must have read glory road in the 80s, along with harrison, asimov, Clarke etc

Captain Hate

Levin is spending most of his first hour unloading on Fat RINO,Bastard, including multiple times of being caught repeating the same lines.

Miss Marple

Megyn Kelly also showed multiple instance of Christie saying the same thing. (Difference between governors and senators, all talk no responsibility, etc.).

My concern wasn't the repetition. It was that Rubio should have been prepared about that since Christie had been gripping about it for a couple of weeks.

And he looked weak when confronted, to my way of thinking.


Ralph Grande was basically drubbing from the medici's talking points.


Weren't fatso's repeated lines from multiple stops along the trail?

Sippy was skipping a track at the same venue.

Captain Hate

Yes, Little Marco did seem caught unaware and didn't resort to pointing out nine credit downgrades and other things a governor "can get done" in New Jersey. After previous attacks from Yeb you'd think his staff would give him a laundry list of counterattacks to use against any specific candidate taking shots at him.

Miss Marple

Agree, Captain Hate.

It worries me about the general if he's the nominee.

I don't like Christie at all, but he was very effective with that attack, and now it's got reporters counting how many times Rubio says it in other appearances.

No one is interested in counting "That's not who we are" or "Punches above their weight", however.


I think he did mention the downgrades. But he could brought up Ralph's sad over zaphod's post election predicament.


What is being counted is not how many times Sippy uses the same statement. What is being counted is how many times he uses it instead of a direct answer.


Miss Marple

Rubio should say, "As I said before Obama is intentionally destroying the country" Or, "Once again, I want to emphasize.." or I know you're tired of me saying this, but.."


"...credit downgrades and other things a governor "can get done" in New Jersey"

Yep, five years or so ago, when Christie was presumed to be headed to favorite status as the 2016 nominee, it wasn't just that his self-serving 2012 keynote speech and animated Obama-hugging hadn't yet happened - he also was popular with voters of both parties in his home state and offered the possibility that a Republican might actually carry New Jersey. Now he's toast at home.

Miss Marple


I will bow to you as I didn't watch the debate. However, the reporters on Twitter are just reporting repetitions.

So what was a justifiable (perhaps - didn't see it) criticism has morphed into counting repeats.

Captain Hate

Fat boy has been a fraud on judicial appointments, replacing one lib with another and fawningly endorsing the dumbass Latina.

Miss Marple

Well, time for me to head to bed.

Good night, everyone!


Reporters suck.

That isn't the right comparison.

Fatso was clear in his accusation. He trashed Rubio for not answering specific questions well, and always going to a canned response.




No he wasnt, he was co wrong his splunge on robertscare, his cozy embrace of salafis


The laughable portion is when Chris Christie points out to Kelly (@01:00) that he knows she is using canned Christie footage provided by the Marco Rubio campaign.  Kelly tries to claim the footage did not come from Rubio, but the pearl clutching is just too much. The transparency of the Fox/Kelly agenda is ridiculous.


Captain Hate

In all of Fat Boy's attacks on Little Marco, he gave no specific reasons to vote for him other than boilerplate discussions of what governors do versus senators. In the general election the GOP should have a marked advantage in discussing the large issues over what has occurred over the last seven, or even fifteen, years but these rah rah reality shows, including on Fox, with limited time to state a position are a terrible setting for that.

We've talked about this in previous elections and the GOP has just acquiesced to the networks like a bunch of damn fools as if they have no say in the matter. If they blow this election the GOP has to be burned to the ground. It will probably be game over for the country anyway but such a worthless gaggle of clowns with no credibility should just go away.


Well you look across the pond at McKinney man Cameron threatening his countrymen with a greater deluge, if they 'choose poorly' on the brexit.


Doesn't Dixville Notch, NH vote in 20 minutes or something like that?


Christie ought to pick on someone his own size.
Unfortunately Rodham is a woman, and Michael Moore is in the hospital.

As for old phone numbers. I remember mine from my childhood in Hagerstown Maryland.


Dixville??? Notch??? I bet Billy J. Clinton "campaigned" there quite a bit back in the day.


Yes mailman's son and doc brown won it.

Dave (in MA)

No coin flips being involved, Comrade Bernie has trounced the Pantsuit in the all-important Dixville Notch contest.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--What is being counted is not how many times Sippy uses the same statement. What is being counted is how many times he uses it instead of a direct answer.--

It was really kind of funny looking back.
He kinda blinked a couple of times and then said what Christie just accused him of saying, even though it was an almost complete non sequitur.
OTOH, it is only indicative of a mind that whiffs under debate conditions in a signal from brain to mouth. It is not indicative of how someone decides issues under pressure. Glibness does not equal wisdom and a tied tongue doesn't equal foolishness.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--In the general election the GOP should have a marked advantage in discussing the large issues over what has occurred over the last seven, or even fifteen, years...--

You mean like getting the snow plows out and making sure everyone has their sand bags when the surfs up?
Christie would be a disaster unless he sat on Harry Reid.


Watching a Duke Basketball player, Grayson Allen, intentionally trip a Louisville player, and the officials wondering if they ought to toss the bum or not.

Grayson Allen or Alan Grayson?

Tough to tell which one I hate worse.


Tough to tell Daddy? One is a kid who plays basketball for a college.

The other is a complete and utter waste of his 2 Daddy's jizz.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I thought one of you would note how much like Ted Cruz young Greyson looks.


Young Grayson looks way to young for that Trump-esque comb over. Older Grayson is a despicable sociopathic uber-libtard. Alan Grayson couldn't get in to Duke today. He's a Harvard weasel. Alan Grayson is scum. Read up on his life and career. He is a TYPICAL DEM POL.


""It wasn't nothing special that they did""

I wonder if Professor Outhouse will opine????


Well I screwed the pooch(es) today:(

Locked my keys in my car during the dog walk and didn't know I had until I got back to the car in the cold and the dark with my 2 weary mutts at my feet, eager to climb in and get warm. Called Momma for help, and she showed up about 25 mins later, flipped me the spare keys, electronically popped her tailgate open, and the 2 stinkers immediately jumped in, abandoning me for Momma's plusher and warmer SUV. Weasles@#$.

Oh well. Being in the Dog House every once in a while builds character.

BTW, Duke beat Louisville. Good. Heels alone on top of the ACC again.

On the Alan Grayson---Grayson Alan thing: Are there any other pairs of folks we can think of that have the same sounding first and last names, only in reverse order? Hmmmm...


Sirhan Sirhan comes to mind. Smirk!!!
Michael Fitzpatrick
Patrick Fitzmichael.

Gay Irishmen!!! Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Hillary Rodham
Rotten Hillary


Daddy, Ig, Narciso et al and JOM friends.
This is the shit we are up against.
We have LOST the culture war.
And the GOPeePee has surrendered to it.


Hillary Rodham---Rotten Hillary


You always get me laughing!


Thank you Daddy. You know I love your stuff a whole lot friend. I tell Mrs Gus about you.


looks like some cold weather is headed NYC's way, climate change and all that. Wondering if any politician has suggested we either capture the North Korean satellite, or at the very least alter its orbit so it is useless.


As falls Dixville, so falls Dixville Notch!

Bernie takes all 4 Dem votes, while

Kasich gets 3 Repub votes, Trump gets 2.

Jeff Dobbs

Well, we won our match last night. We only needed one out of the five matchups to get into second place (first place was out of reach). I went up first, played the other team's best player (he's also the league operator) and wiped the felt with him, 4-0. Kablam!

Payout comes next week.



Just think of the payout as a slightly late birthday present from the guys at the bar.


Probably not available through the paywall, but this is a pretty good refutation of all the NIRP nonsense:


Of course I should add that it makes similar points to those I had made already in my CNBC piece a month ago.

pagar a bacon,  country ham and sausage supporter

Off Topic
Just saw a uplifting story away from the political stuff. Sorry but it is a little long.

"A story about a vivid memory of a P-51 and its pilot, by a fellow who was 12 years old in Canada in 1967. It was to take to the air. They said it had flown in during the night from some U.S. Airport, the pilot had been tired.

I marveled at the size of the plane dwarfing the Pipers and Canucks tied down by her. It was much larger than in the movies. She glistened in the sun like a bulwark of security from days gone by.

The pilot arrived by cab, paid the driver, and then stepped into the pilot's lounge. He was an older man; his wavy hair was gray and tossed.
It looked like it might have been combed, say, around the turn of the century. His flight jacket was checked, creased and worn - it smelled old and genuine. Old Glory was prominently sewn to its shoulders. He projected a quiet air of proficiency and pride devoid of arrogance. He filed a quick flight plan to Montreal (Expo-67, Air Show) then walked across the tarmac.

After taking several minutes to perform his walk-around check the pilot returned to the flight lounge to ask if anyone would be available to stand by with fire extinguishers while he "flashed the old bird up, just to be safe."

Though only 12 at the time I was allowed to stand by with an extinguisher after brief instruction on its use -- "If you see a fire, point, then pull this lever!" I later became a firefighter, but that's another story. The air around the exhaust manifolds shimmered like a mirror from fuel fumes as the huge prop started to rotate. One manifold, then another, and yet another barked -- I stepped back with the others. In moments the Packard-built Merlin engine came to life with a thunderous roar, blue flames knifed from her manifolds. I looked at the others' faces, there was no concern. I lowered the bell of my extinguisher. One of the guys signaled to walk back to the lounge. We did.

Several minutes later we could hear the pilot doing his pre flight run-up. He'd taxied to the end of runway 19, out of sight. All went quiet for several seconds; we raced from the lounge to the second story deck to see if we could catch a glimpse of the P-51 as she started down the runway.
We could not. There we stood, eyes fixed to a spot half way down 19. Then a roar ripped across the field, much louder than before, like a furious hell spawn set loose---something mighty this way was coming. "Listen to that thing!" said the controller.
In seconds the Mustang burst into our line of sight.
Its tail was already off and it was moving faster than anything I'd ever seen by that point on 19. Two-thirds the way down 19 the Mustang was airborne with her gear going up. The prop tips were supersonic; we clasped our ears as the Mustang climbed hellish fast into the circuit to be eaten up by the dog-day haze.
We stood for a few moments in stunned silence trying to digest what we'd just seen. The radio controller rushed by me to the radio. " Kingston tower calling Mustang?" He looked back to us as he waited for an acknowledgment.

The radio crackled, "Go ahead Kingston ."

"Roger Mustang. Kingston tower would like to advise the circuit is clear for a low level pass."
I stood in shock because the controller had, more or less, just asked the pilot to return for an impromptu air show!

The controller looked at us. "What?" He asked. "I can't let that guy go without asking. I couldn't
forgive myself!"

The radio crackled once again, " Kingston , do I have permission for a low level pass, east to west, across the field?"

"Roger Mustang, the circuit is clear for an east to west pass."

"Roger, Kingston , I'm coming out of 3000 feet, stand by."

We rushed back onto the second-story deck, eyes fixed toward the eastern haze. The sound was subtle at first, a high-pitched whine, a muffled screech, a distant scream.


Moments later the P-51 burst through the haze. Her airframe straining against positive Gs and gravity, wing tips spilling contrails of condensed air, prop-tips again supersonic as the burnished bird blasted across the eastern margin of the field shredding and tearing the air.


At about 500 mph and 150 yards from where we stood she passed with the old American pilot saluting. imagine. A salute! I felt like laughing, I felt like crying, she glistened, she screamed, the building shook, my heart pounded.

Then the old pilot pulled her up and rolled, and rolled, and rolled out of sight into the broken clouds and indelibly into my memory. I've never wanted to be an American more than on that day.
It was a time when many nations in the world looked to America as their big brother, a steady and even-handed beacon of security who navigated difficult political water with grace and style; not unlike the pilot who'd just flown into my memory.
He was proud, not arrogant, humble, not a braggart, old and honest, projecting an aura of America at its best. That America will return one day, I know it will. Until that time, I'll just send off this story; call it a reciprocal salute, to the old American pilot who wove a memory for a young Canadian that's lasted a lifetime."


(Forward to your Patriotic Friends, if you want, who would enjoy a good story)
WE ARE: "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It"

"In God We Trust!"

Frau Veilchendienstag

If there are any actual Bernie Bros. I hope they catch Bent Willie and show him a ripping good time. They can depart with a rousing "Put some ice on it, pervert."

Thomas Collins


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