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March 13, 2017

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Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Shouldn't the LA Times be lobbying for a National Endowment for Newspapers?
A lot more chance some popular schlock like Hamilton would get made anyway than these dying dinosaur dailies will survive.

DebinNC

After the long line of celebrities lining up to announce they wouldn't perform for Trump's inauguration if asked, I hope the time-honored, PBS aired In Performance at the White House evenings the BOzos so loved are on hiatus. I remember BOzo expressing such surprise that Bob Dillon didn't stick around for the honor of shaking his hand, as, according to him, "the talent" usually did.

DebinNC

I guess Noonan slept through BOzo's description of Rs as "slurpee sippers" who "drove the bus into the ditch" but who might have a slight chance of being allowed to "ride in the back of the bus" at some future point.

maryrose

Happy St Patrick's Day to everyone!
Off to have some fun and catch a few more March Madness games.
For 38 years the same group of friends and family celebrate and toast another good year and our thanks for our Irish roots.
We also discuss a trip to Ireland.
My last one was in 2010.
Hopefully next year.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Ms. Noonan apparently isn't watching the dems obstruct every nomination, call Trump names, etc.

He did invite Elijah Cummings to the White House to discuss prescription drug costs. He's had meetings with Joe Manchin. Schumer isn't going to cooperate on anything - he's trying to outdo Harry Reid. Pelosi is a lost cause.

Where were those calls for Obama to reach across the aisle, Peggy?

jimmyk

Deb @10:58, one hopes that PBS itself is on (permanent) hiatus.

Davod

Remember the UK schoolteacher who was threatened by Muslim kids and families. It is not just the UK:

"DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Teacher quits after primary school students threaten to behead her. “She said she was abused by students when she stopped them from hanging a Syrian flag in the classroom. The woman also said she was pushed into a corner by several students who then began marching around her chanting the Koran. . . . Recently, the principal of that school Chris Griffiths was fired for refusing to allow the department of education to run a counter-extremism program there to target students at risk of radicalisation.”

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/260063/#respond

Beasts of England

Just got a text from the older Beastette's boyfriend. He wants to meet me for a beer and to 'talk' one afternoon next week. My ex told me a few weeks ago that I may be getting such a request. According to the daughter in question, he really likes me, but is a bit scared of, and intimidated by me. :)

Old Lurker

Perfectly played, Beasts: "he really likes me, but is a bit scared of, and intimidated by me."

Buckeye

Beasts

Sounds like a perfect future SIL.

You need to figure out if he knows how to swab a boat deck.

Truthbetold5

Jack

This video is for you and Clarice.

I Was a Sex Slave to Europe's Elite at Age 6

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zQFOrwyFopA&ebc=ANyPxKrwJToErWwvTu9b7WHCyLJTPCss_p2jlj0soKAOa2ejIGaj0dO47AzWGSiMaEzRczAmv_VaJuas3_aGx0eUq5RyOoexog

JimNorCal

Agree, nice catch RG.

Very concerned about daddy's twitter being hacked and now MissM's daily schedule as well! :) :) :)

""Hamilton" was hugely profitable. Perhaps those who made the profits should repay the taxpayers."
Yeah, I always wondered--did taxpayers ever get a cut from Sesame Street toothpaste and other branded merch?

Beasts of England

He's such a nice kid that sometimes I forget my first allegiance, OL. ;)

Miss Marple the Deplorable

replies Media

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 54s55 seconds ago

Great meeting with the @RepublicanStudy Committee this morning at the @WhiteHouse!

Beasts of England

He's already taken her duck hunting, Buckeye, so he's got that going for him...

Miss Marple the Deplorable

JimNorCal,

No they didn't. Children's Television Workshop (the Sesame Street Vehicle) structured their agreement with PBS so that they didn't have to pay royalties to them on merchandise or books.

As Trump often says, what idiots make these deals?

Captain Hate

Beasts, when my son in law beat me at arm wrestling, it was a severe disruption in the natural order of things.

Momto2

Good luck, BOE! My son has developed a great friendship with his girlfriend's dad. I think since he doesn't have a son (daughter is an only child) he enjoys a bit of male company. I consider this is a good thing regardless of what happens in the future.

Captain Hate

Maybe Trump can tear down some of Bill Moyers shell corporations which fleece the taxpayers.

Buckeye

He's already taken her duck hunting, Buckeye, so he's got that going for him...

Sounds like a "regular guy". I like him already.

Question is, when is he taking YOU duck hunting??

Old Lurker

"Question is, when is he taking YOU duck hunting??"

Things you do not want to hear from Dick Cheney.

narciso

So the same ic that got the attribution wring re russia, that deigned to give that silly dossier a hearing, they are the final authority?

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Trump's answer to Pegster seems pretty simple;

"I won."

DebinNC

Things you do not want to hear from Dick Cheney.

lol and iirc the friend Cheney shot was named Whittington. The culturally illiterate newsies missed a great headline - "Dick, Whittington, and his Gat".

rse

Momto2-

I have cooked from scratch most days as my kids were growing up and find baking boring. I guess I am not much of a rule follower.

The funny thing is the kids take the cooking for granted and will tell frineds that's why they like to come home. They also complain that I do not bake.

I used to read my kids that Dick Whittington story.

Old Lurker

Speaking of grammar...some like me will enjoy the heck out of this story:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/oxford-comma-lawsuit.html?_r=0

Momto2

Robin - isn't that funny? I don't see myself as a rule follower except in the kitchen. It gives me great comfort to bake and especially to bake things I've made before with good results. It is predictable and I guess that appeals to me.

My daughter is on this gluten-free kick (not for medical reasons) and attempting to bake without my traditional wheat flour is stressful. Even today, I'm figuring out if I can make some type of Irish soda bread (which we always have for St . Patrick's Day) with her gf baking mix. I think I'll have to make 2 loaves (one with my old recipe) just in case.

narciso

Spice basically proved what we already knew on a given day Carlos slims, bezos and the BBC can not be relied upon for a historical record.

jimmyk

A short, sweet, funny video of Ronaldus Maximus speaking among a crowd of admirers on St Patrick's day.

https://twitter.com/mrctv/status/842771776711151616

I miss that man.

narciso

We already knew that about Rupert pumpkin.

PD

Noonan in WSJ: "Reach Across the Aisle, Mr. President"

Guess she didn't watch Trump's speech before the joint session, where he did just that.

And what response did he get?

Maybe Noonan should take what she's selling to the Democrats to see whether they're interested.

lyle

I've cooked from scratch almost all my life. Recipes are tyranny! ;)

That said, I still peruse cookbooks all the time for inspiration. A few years ago a friend gave me Thomas Keller's French Laundry cookbook for my birthday--the book itself is so gorgeous it looks more like a coffee table book than a cookbook--and I've been delving into it lately. Spoiler: he uses LOTS of butter...

PD

According to the daughter in question, he really likes me, but is a bit scared of, and intimidated by me. :)

There's a line at the end of Battleship (the film) that applies here when Taylor Kitsch (Lt.) wants to ask Liam Neeson (Adm.) about marrying his daughter:

[After the awards ceremony]
LCDR Alex Hopper: Sir.
ADM Shane: What is it?
LCDR Alex Hopper: I want you to know...that I am in love with Sam. And I am asking your permission to marry your daughter.
[Admiral Shane thinks for a moment.]
ADM Shane: No.
LCDR Alex Hopper: Thank you sir, I mean it's...what?
ADM Shane: No.
LCDR Alex Hopper: Sir...I saved the world!
ADM Shane: Saving the world is one thing, Hopper. My daughter is quite another.
LCDR Alex Hopper: Ye- but-
ADM Shane: No means no, Hopper. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm late for lunch. I think I'll have a chicken burrito. [Gives Hopper a look and walks away]
LCDR Alex Hopper: Sir! I...
[Admiral Shane stops and turns back, smiling a little.]
ADM Shane: Come along, Hopper. We'll discuss the terms of your surrender over a meal.
LCDR Alex Hopper: [Smiling in relief] Yes, sir. [As the two walk off]
She told you about that, huh?

reference: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Battleship_(film)

Captain Hate

Noonan should be ignored. She's just some dotty old lush whose expiration date was before 2008. She probably uses the same sentences from the past and plugs in new names with no regard for whether they make sense or not.

Jim Eagle

OL,

That is why I have installed Grammarly, the App. In fact, it is being used now on this post. It Oxford compliant and will redline any grammar errors. You then click on the red line and up comes a window with the proper spelling, usage, and grammatical correction.

Notice the comma after usage:)?

lyle

It Oxford compliant and will redline any grammar errors

Hmmm.... ;)

Momto2

But JIB - it didn't alert you to add an "is" between It and Oxford?

:) (Or was that an intentional /s?)

narciso

Noonan was good during the campaign when she was actually reporting the trump surge.

Captain Hate

The Oxford comma flies in the face of how I was taught, both in public and mackerel snapper schools.

deplorable

Well, JIB, didn't seem to help with an apostrophe after I.

Davod

The comma is especially important in legal documents:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

JimNorCal

My state AssemblyDolt will hold a town hall "Responding to a Divisive National Climate"

He invites only the haters:

SPEAKERS:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Planned Parenthood
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)

Buckeye

The Oxford comma flies in the face of how I was taught, both in public and mackerel snapper schools.

Same here CH, except I never attended any mackerel snapper schools.

Kids in the neighborhood that did attend those schools did their best to convince me I was going to Hell, so they must be pretty smart.

Was that comma Oxford compliant??

henry

Missouri public schools insisted on the Oxford comma. It's lack is dsiturbing.

lyle

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/16/judge-considers-ordering-50000-refugees/

The plaintiffs’ request for 100,000 refugees each year was made by lawyers for the International Refugee Assistance Protect, HIAS Inc., a so-called “VOLAG” which is paid by federal agencies to import refugees, and by members of the Middle East Studies Association.

“Judge Chuang’s ruling … leaves the door open for further discussion of our challenges to the refugee ban, an opening we intend to pursue,” said a March 15 statement from HIAS. “So stay tuned for more news as our lawsuit continues.” HIAS received at least $19.5 million in government grants in 2014, according to its federal 990 form.

This shit has got to stop.

Old Lurker

Lyle, the textbook solution is for Congress to regularly and routinely impeach Federal judges who overstep...simply having them overruled is not sufficient, seems to me.

jimmyk

I have no idea what I was taught, but I always use the Oxford comma unless there is some reason not to. 95% of the time it doesn't matter, but when it does matter, 95% of the time the comma clarifies. If that's not clear, try replacing "Oxford comma" with "spirits."

lyle

I'll go along with any defense or indictment of the Oxford comma...if someone could explain the narciso comma. ;)

Miss Marple the Deplorable

I had to run a sandwich down to my granddaughter because she missed her lunch due to last-minute stuff for the yearbook.

Rush was on the radio and had 2 interesting points:

1. Few in DC seem to understand Trump, including almost all of the press.

2. Peggy Noonan's column is totally wrong.

Also, he said if you are watching TV it looks like Trump isn't getting anything done and everything is stalled. If you look at his campaign promises, he's already accomplished or well on his way to accomplishing 75% of them.

DrJ

FWIW, I agree with jimmyk.

Jim Eagle

No, it caught "it" instead of It's. I just forgot to correct it before I posted.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

I had to unlearn the Oxford comma when I wrote for my high school newspaper. The comma was dropped in news because it was deemed a waste of space when setting type (before the digital age and word processing and such).

My mother, an English teacher, was fond of illustrating the perils of misplaced or absent commas.

narciso

I follow e.e. cummings rule book, that's how I roll,

The hias brief relies among others, on two decisions of the 9th circuit.

Old Lurker

In that lawsuit I linked to start the comma discussion, that one was worth a lot of money!

Old Lurker

Oh that Secret Service...

Old Lurker

SS:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/laptop-trump-tower-floor-plans-stolen-secret-service-article-1.3001078

lyle

https://spectator.org/trumps-terrible-swift-sword/

Just when it looked as though the raison d’être of the postwar conservative movement, limited government, became something conservatives forgot to conserve, Trump, who focused on immigration, foreign policy, and trade during the campaign but not the size of government, surprises with a budget blueprint that looks like it used The Conscience of a Conservative as its blueprint.

Alas, the president can propose anything. Spending bills, the Constitution informs, must start in the House of Representatives, which, although heavily Republican, also remains tethered to special interests. Both Houses of Congress figure to influence the 2018 budget more than the president. Senator Lindsey Graham calls Trump’s plan “dead on arrival” — and he’s a Republican.

But Graham and others regarded Trump as “dead on arrival” as a candidate. An unconventional politician resides in the White House because we live during unconventional days. Whether the budget passed resembles the budget proposed remains for time to tell. Whatever gets passed, business as usual looks like it’s dead on arrival.

Will no one rid me us of this meddlesome priest pantywaist?

rse

I have never heard it called the Oxford comma rule. We called it the Serial Comma Rule and I can still remember the Editor in chief of the law review informing all us new 2nd year members that they "followed the serial comma rule."

Buckeye

Also, he said if you are watching TV it looks like Trump isn't getting anything done and everything is stalled. If you look at his campaign promises, he's already accomplished or well on his way to accomplishing 75% of them.

Let the Libtards continue to tell each other what a failure Trump is.

Take your eyes off the ball:)

DebinNC

"Just when it looked as though the raison d’être of the postwar conservative movement, limited government, became something conservatives forgot to conserve, Trump, who focused on immigration, foreign policy, and trade during the campaign but not the size of government, surprises with a budget blueprint that looks like it used The Conscience of a Conservative as its blueprint."

Were all y'all taught to diagram sentences? That one would be a doozey. Eight commas is the least of its problems.

lyle

he's already accomplished or well on his way to accomplishing 75% of them.

It's that last 25% that will test him. Hercules had an easier task at the Augean Stables than Trump will have draining the swamp.

And there's my blindingly obvious insight for the day...

Buckeye

Were all y'all taught to diagram sentences? That one would be a doozey. Eight commas is the least of its problems.

I think so DebinNC.

BTW, is "y'all" a noun or a pronoun??

Curious Yankees want to know:)

Jim Eagle

rse,

The Oxford comma is the same as a serial or series comma. Also, called a Harvard comma in some usage manuals.

Another reason the Modern Language Association has become more and more fascist.

narciso

Well cook the goose, Lindsay is not an arbiter of anything.

Re personnel and policy going back to the Reagan administration, it was hard to staff officials that went along with administration budget priorities the first Latin American division chief for state wee Thomas enders almost a parody of a wasp, whose hay day was Cambodia a decade before. Re disarmament Richard Burt a for times reporter headed it,but he was clashing with the fellow that sets off our resident troll. General rowney was another member of that team. Who gave no end of agitate tonthe likes if strobe talbott and Robert scheer not to mention Jonathan Schell of the new worker.

lyle

I didn't have any problem with that sentence, Debin NC. But I would have probably written it thusly:

Just when it looked as though the raison d’être of the postwar conservative movement--limited government--became something conservatives forgot to conserve, Trump, who focused on immigration, foreign policy, and trade during the campaign (but not necessarily the size of government), surprises with a budget blueprint that looks like it used The Conscience of a Conservative as its blueprint.
DebinNC

Buckeye, "y'all" is "you all". So I'd say it's a pronoun with an added adverb qualifier. But I'm no expert.

jimmyk

Senator Lindsey Graham calls Trump’s plan “dead on arrival”

McConnell needs to take Miss Lindsey to the woodshed. Two problems: First, Miss Lindsey might enjoy that; and second, who will take McConnell to the woodshed?

Buckeye

Buckeye, "y'all" is "you all". So I'd say it's a pronoun with an added adverb qualifier. But I'm no expert.

Sounds expert to me:)

jimmyk

I'd say it's a pronoun with an added adverb qualifier

What about "youse" as in "youse guys"? That was an eye-opener to me when I first emigrated to the NE from flyover country.

narciso

Just another job Americans won't do Jimmy.

Look at the ouvno that Dr. Gorka has to put up with from the Backward. From the likes of Eli 'tony' Clifton and beinart.

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Re draining the swamp---


A moment of clarity came my way about the task at hand yesterday while walking beastie pup Anya on a very muddy, swampy trail near Tilden Park.


Anya is a muscular chihuah-daschund-rotweiler mix. She's low to the ground and loves mud trekking.


We're knoodling along and she comes to a very large puddle that is about six feet across the trail. Having a lot of fun she bounds out of the puddle and turns around to look from her new vantage point from outside the "swamp."


Something caught her eye to her immediate right, just a few feet from the trail's edge above a sloping 30 foot decline into the brush.


Anya is a powerful digger. It was like she was diggin crawdads. Woodchips and gravel were flying. Anya was in hot pursuit of a grub or something. Don't know. Before long she had a foot long trench going, just a couple inches deep by the time she hit the edge of the trail.


Her starting point was right next to the big puddle. With the toe of my boot I mushed the small dam that separated the puddle from the trench.


The water drained from the puddle like magic. The bog disappeared.


Maybe there is a trenching action POTUS can use to set up a massive "bleedoff".


A bucket strategy won't work. But I think POTUS' team is smart enough to figure out the physics of this mess and smash the opposition in the process----> the Deep State is dependent on *GOVERNMENT PAYROLLS*....


Just dig, Baby.


MAGA!

Captain Hate

Missouri public schools insisted on the Oxford comma.

Maybe the "show me state" referred to unnecessary commas.

narciso

Mcvulney seems to have planted sapping charges at the foundation of many of these programs.

Buckeye

What about "youse" as in "youse guys"? That was an eye-opener to me when I first emigrated to the NE from flyover country.

Jimmyk, I'm sure you would hear that kind of talk in Pittsburgh or Cleveland, but we are cultured down here C'lumbus.

Buckeye

Looks like Michigan will beat Okie State

lyle

Anya for Congress '18!!

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Some random and ever-scattered musings on a stunningly beautiful and madly profitable market day by the San Francisco Bay. (Stay tuned for a picture with my new telephoto lense!)


Constitutionally prescribed powers of the Presidency/Executive Branch supercede any judicial interference on foreign travelers to the USA no matter who they may be or how they are documented or undocumented.


Methinks given this recent rash of judicial overreach by minor league judges who *know better* that this is a ploy to mold further public opinion against the Trump Administration.


Is POTUS playing into the hands of the DEEP KIMCHEE STATE? My money is on "NOPE."


The enforcement burden is on the courts, not the Executive Branch which is charged to execute laws and regulations as passed by the Congress. So be it. POTUS does his job and shuts off any further invasion activities of JIHAD, Inc. from these Islamist hotspots.


Longer-term, POTUS is likely building a case for dissolving the 9th Circuit Court and bitch slapping the other malcontent federal court players around the country who are in queue waiting to whizz in any wells the DEEP KIMCHEE STATE instructs them to.


There is a conspiracy at work here with the intent of waging coup. It will take precision timing to defeat it and dismantle the command and control aspects of it. A big tranq dart into the rump of the conspiring judiciaries will do a lot.


Then there is the bulldogging of "mavericks" like McStain and Pinche Goober JAG-off.... making an example of their Russian caperings and smear campaigns will be another aspect of cutting the heads off this Seven Headed Hydra.


lyle

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trumps-brutally-honest-budget-puts-gop-lawmakers-on-the-spot/

Republican lawmakers endlessly talk about shrinking the size of government. But the last time they controlled Congress and had a Republican in the White House, they vastly increased it. In fact, spending on domestic discretionary programs — the ones Trump wants to cut — shot up 22% in real terms from 2001 to 2006.

Trump has just given these Republicans a clear opportunity to back their promises with action. They'd be wise to take it.

I'm taking bets.

Captain Hate

Pittsburgh and southwest Pennsyltucky is where the yinzers reside, which is a weird contraction of you-uns. At the third rate utility I was tasked with proofreading the memos of a mountain William from Sandusky State who littered memos going to Top Men with y'ins.

Captain Hate

Republican lawmakers endlessly talk about shrinking the size of government. But the last time they controlled Congress and had a Republican in the White House, they vastly increased it. In fact, spending on domestic discretionary programs — the ones Trump wants to cut — shot up 22% in real terms from 2001 to 2006.

I argued this with Jim Miller in the past and he insisted it wasn't true, linking to some gubmint site which measured something else. But yes, this is accurate and fighting this was the ideological goal of the Tea Party.

jimmyk

Here you go:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/12916/yall-youse-8-english-ways-make-you-plural

daddy

2017: Noonan in WSJ: "Reach Across the Aisle, Mr. President"

"The president should confound expectations, pivot, and turn to the Democrats for a bipartisan deal. Here is the tradition. If you are Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 and you want to create Social Security—an act that affects Americans very personally—you get the other party in on it. You need them co-owning it, invested in it. You want the American people saying, “Congress did this,” not “the Democrats did this,” because if they say the latter the reform will always divide. FDR got 81 Republicans to vote for it in the House, and 284 Democrats. The same with Medicare in 1965: Lyndon Johnson did all he could to get the GOP on board. A majority of House Republicans supported it."

2008: Noonan in WSJ: "The case for Barack Obama"

He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make. We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice.
-----------------------------

So when Obama is President, Peggy applauds him for rebuking his predecessors, and the more he rebukes them the better. Because Peggy knows he's got really good judgment and he has top consultants like Valerie Jarrett and Reverend Wright and Bill Ayres.

But now that Trump is President, Peggy urges him to reach across the aisle all Kumbaya and partisan-like to those same "rebukers" she cheered on 8 years ago.

I can't get more than a bit of Peggy's latest column to open so I haven't read it all, but before Trump starts reaching across the aisle I'd sure like to know what was it about the past 8 years of the Obama Administration that Peggy Noonan thinks doesn't need rebuking, and how come she's so quick to see good judgement and intelligence in guys like Obama whereas I've never seen her make that case for Trump.

daddy

New Thread!!!

lyle

The fact that Peggy cites John Kasich approvingly is all you need to know about that column.

Captain Hate

Listening to Clark Kellogg brutalize the English language has gone from mildly entertaining when he did it with Verne Lundquist and it seemed spontaneous, to annoying when he started forcing it and now makes him absolutely unwatchable in the studio as he still does it.

Frau  O'Steingehirn

The Oxford or serial comma rule is what I learned back in Fred Flintstone High School where I diagrammed sentences and later feared the dreaded impromptu (surprise!) essays in senior English class. The teacher also taught at the local city college and demanded we master the same skills she taught there.

I remember when the rule was changed and could see the potential for confusion--as if there is not already enough of that in spoken and written communication.

I really appreciated the teachers who taught me because I passed the CA university test for English by throwing in everything I had learned about punctuation. Some of my classmates did not pass and were required to take "bonehead English." To this day, I prefer to use "however" the way I learned; however, thank Gaia for the internet. Rules? hah!

Janet S.

My state AssemblyDolt will hold a town hall "Responding to a Divisive National Climate"

He invites only the haters:

SPEAKERS:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Planned Parenthood
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)

They are all afraid of the gravy train ending.

sbw

It's lack is disturbing.

Had a good laugh over this elevated “Oxford, MS” comma.

Davod

daddy your March 17, 2017 at 02:42 PM:

I assume "Top consultants" is the PC update to Top Men.

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