Open Thread

Heading to a Christmas party at the parents house, so I figured I better put up a thread to occupy you deviants.

Heartbreaking Army loss. Again.






135 replies
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    Wag says:

    Here’s a link to a photo I took in Joshua Tree NP last year. I hope you like it http://instagr.am/p/Sk5VVxiEc0/

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    Yutsano says:

    Ahem.

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    Yutsano says:

    Ahem.

    GO NAVY!!

    That is all.

    (and FYWP.)

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    taylormattd says:

    So hung over.

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    Kevin says:

    Hope your Dad is recovering well from the recent mishap. I’m sure the gathering of the Coles will be splendiferous.

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    Downpuppy says:

    All the white people stories I’ve heard this year got me wondering. Is there a way to raise conciousness of people who live in bubbles?

    Short of blowing up their bubbles & landing them on the street with $3 & a case of TB, anyhow.

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    Another responsible gun owner kills his own kid by accident:

    MERCER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old boy was shot to death when a gun accidentally went off as his father was getting into his truck outside a western Pennsylvania gun store.
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    The boy was shot Saturday morning at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Store owner Leonard Mohney says it happened in the parking lot.
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    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the boy was shot when his father’s handgun went off as the man got into the truck while holding the gun.
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    Police say 44-year-old Joseph V. Loughrey told them he had emptied the magazine but didn’t realize a bullet was still in the chamber. Seven-year-old Craig Allen Loughrey was shot in the chest and died at the scene.

    Our idiot Lt. Gov. is bound and determined to get a “guns in parking lots” bill through the legislature, even though business owners don’t want it. But the NRA says not allowing guns in parking lots “prevents people from diving to work armed.” And I’m thinking, unless you’re commuting from a war zone, why the fuck do you need to commute to work armed?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Southern Beale:

    why the fuck do you need to commute to work armed?

    Becuz FREEDUMB!!

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Wag:
    Nice shot! JT’s Jumbo Rocks campground has been my other home for three decades.

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    JS says:

    That was a really comfortable 15 minutes the CBS director showed the poor Army QB crying as the clock ran out.. and the handshakes after the game.. and the postgame on-field interviews.. and while both alma maters were played.

    I fully expect Dan Marino to be following the poor kid to breakfast in the morning.

    Also, too: Go Navy!

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    Raven says:

    @Southern Beale: And two more lives ruined by drunk driving, let’s have one of those threads yukking it up about booze.

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    Raven says:

    @JS: And well after it ran out.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Business owners want one thing and the NRA wants the opposite? Goodness, whatever will the Republicans do?

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Are you bringing pictures of Tunch doing his version of this?

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    RobertDSC-PowerMac 466 says:

    Staying home, eating Red Vines, and reading Alex Berenson’s The Secret Soldier. I have to do laundry in the morning.

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    JS says:

    @Raven: (Sorry, had myself a FYWP moment there.)

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    David Koch says:

    What? No War on Xmas party at Chez Cole?

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    Deviants? Here I thought we were deviated preverts.

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    JPL says:

    Finally I got my xmas card from bo and family. I’m happy now.

    also, too… navy won

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    May the King Of Battle visit his grace to all you Swabbies, WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR!!!! GO ARMY!!!

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    celticdragonchick says:

    Heartbreaking Army loss. Again.

    yeah, I just found out. Damn. :(

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    handsmile says:

    That’s sure some gallows-humor unintended irony in the juxtaposition of comments #7, #8, and #9.

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    Egypt Steve says:

    Just occurred to me to wonder if Timothy Geitner wears a rug. Anybody know?

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    raven says:

    I never gave a shit about any fucking West Point dickheads, the one I had over me in Korea was a goddam idiot that tried to get us killed running down a riverbed at night chasing “infiltrators”. My old man was a Navy mustang, enlisted in WWII and commissioned for the Korean war. He hated the Academy shit heads as well. The idea that the troops give a shit who wins that game is not my experience. FTA!

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    Publius39 says:

    @raven:

    The idea that the troops give a shit who wins that game is not my experience.

    Marine vet checking in to co-sign this statement. I’m surprised that anyone still watches those boring games.

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    raven says:

    @Publius39: Fuckin A Devil Dog!

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    Downpuppy says:

    @Egypt Steve: A little research on Sec. Geithner & you’ll be asking the toupee why it sticks with him.

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    Publius39 says:

    @raven: Semper fi.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Was watching Coriolanus on Netflix, A Shakespeare play set to modern times, about an A-hole Roman general who switches sides in a war, Ralph Finnes and Gerald Butler star in it. My favorite Shakespeare movie is Titus with Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange.

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    sylvan says:

    I remember this one time when citing Dan Froomkin got me kicked off of RedState.

    That was late in the Bush era.

    Whatever, Scott Walker has a new album.

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    raven says:

    @Publius39: Army vet here but my birthday is Nov 10 and I went in that day in 66 on my 17th. They were going down the line of draftees “Army, Marines, Army, Marines. . ‘ I’m sure you know the Marines did NOT like draftees!

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    Mike G says:

    Study: Fox News viewers have average IQ of 80

    http://underthemountainbunker......l-average/

    Lead researcher, P. Nichols, explains, “Less intelligent animals rely on instinct when confronted by something which they do not understand. This is an ancient survival reaction all animals, including humans, exhibit. It’s a very simple phenomenon, really; think about a dog being afraid of a vacuum cleaner. He doesn’t know what a vacuum is or if it may harm him, so he becomes agitated and barks at it. Less intelligent humans do the same thing. Concepts that are too complex for them to understand, may frighten or anger them.” He continues, “Fox News’ content is presented at an elementary school level and plays directly into the fears of the less educated and less intelligent.”

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    Alison says:

    So, help me out, BJ hive mind. Am I – as a REAL PROGRESSIVE – supposed to be all pearl-clutchy and pissed off that Obama is taking corporate donations for the inauguration? And if I’m not, does that make me an Obot?

    I mean…I’m having a devil of a time dredging up any fucks to give about it…

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    Baud says:

    @Mike G:

    I don’t like Fox News at all, but that kind of stuff really rubs me the wrong way.

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    cathyx says:

    @Alison: What if they started calling it the ‘Coors Light, American Express, Inauguration’? Would you have a problem then?

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    JPL says:

    @Alison: Since there are stipulations to the donations, I think not. Personally I like it since us common folk don’t have to pay for it.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: I love that place. Some of the most fun I’ve had with clothes on scrambling around the rocks, camping, etc.

    It’s one of my happy places when the world closes in.

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    Alison says:

    @cathyx: Well, yeah, that would be ridiculous. But even then, I’d have a problem with the naming, not the money itself, necessarily.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @David Koch:

    I’m sure there will be feats of strength and airing of grievances, so a good time will be had by all.

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    sylvan says:

    @Alison:

    A true Scotsman would call that a strawman.

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    Publius39 says:

    @raven: That’s ironic that your share the same birthday with the Corps. Just wanted to say as an Iraq vet, my hat goes off to you. I’m going to have a drink in your honor. You Vietnam vets are tough as nails.

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    Alison says:

    @JPL: Right? And as the administration said, they don’t want to go back to their donor bases so soon after asking us for money a zillion times during the campaign. And if they did? I have this sneaking suspicion people would be up in arms about *that*, too…

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: And rightfully so: no doubt the most underrated Shax on film. And also a really terrific play. It’s first play I teach in my tragedies class and it kills. Second week of January if you all want to enroll.

    Branagh’s HV is great too though.

    Have you seen Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet? Even though Ethan Hawke is in it it’s very good. Keep an open mind.

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    Baud says:

    @JPL:

    What stipulations?

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Mike G: I think you’re a decimal point off.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Alison: You can be outraged when he fucks over working people for corporate interests.

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    Baud says:

    @BGinCHI:

    Are you suggesting he hasn’t done that yet? You must be an Obot.

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    David Koch says:

    Can’t believe supposed atheist John Cole is attending a Xmas party instead of a Free Bradley Manning vigil.

    What a phony.

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    JPL says:

    @Baud: I had read that the donations could not come from companies with pending bills but i’m googling to find out more info. I’ll get back to you.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Publius39:

    Someone at AFN looked at the demographics of who was interested in what as far as football was concerned, and officers tended to be more interested in college ball, while the enlisted were more into professional.

    The theory being that as officers are mostly college graduates, they’ve got alma maters to follow.

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    sylvan says:

    @Alison:

    I was just wondering what all the firebaggers had gotten up to.

    If it’s any consolation, I will fully support Hillary when the time comes.

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    Baud says:

    @JPL:

    Wow. Thanks. I’ll be sure to come to you for all my research needs.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Police say 44-year-old Joseph V. Loughrey told them he had emptied the magazine but didn’t realize a bullet was still in the chamber.

    Yup, responsible gun ownership at its best.
    Christ. I hate guns, I’d never have one in the house. But even I know every fucking gun is loaded, all the fucking time, no matter how many times you think you checked. Some fat DI at Fort Polk taught me that 45 or so years ago.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Baud: Such fuckings over are relative.

    I am Obot curious though.

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    David Koch says:

    @BGinCHI:

    You can be outraged when he fucks over working people for corporate interests.

    But working class whites (“Archie Bunker”) voted for Mittens while educated professionals (“Meathead”) voted for Black Metrosexual Abe Lincoln.

    If working class whites won’t vote for their economic interests, then why should anyone else care about their self defeating plight?

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    JPL says:

    @Baud: When the decision was first announced the inaugural committee wanted to make sure that companies weren’t buying access. I remember that article being on nbc.com but now all I can find is dozen of articles saying Obama bad even though Bush did similar funding

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    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    Mine is Much Ado About Nothing, Branaugh and Emma Thompson are just absolutely stellar in it, (although I have to admit that I could quite happily listen to either of them read the phone book). Emma’s “I would eat his heart in the marketplace” speech is one for the ages. I have to admit that I was very disappointed in “As You Like It”.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @BGinCHI:
    There are some places that just have a reach to them.

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    Maude says:

    @JPL:
    It’s good to have companies donate money for the inauguration. It takes the burden off the taxpayers. If there’s an inauguration website, they will prolly list the donors.
    It wouldn’t matter what Obama does. People who call him a corporatist and all that should be paying attention to see if he’s going to get rid of SS and Medicare, because they just know he will.

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    eemom says:

    In an increasingly rare but nonetheless impressive instance of the WaPo not sucking, this very well written and interesting piece by Gene Weingarten in the Sunday mag about the Jeffrey MacDonald case, recently reopened yet again.

    Amongst its other virtues, it includes a hilarious cameo appearance by fellow Joe McGinniss biographee Sarah Palin.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @David Koch: So the country doesn’t end up like Honduras?

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    eemom says:

    @BGinCHI:

    I love that place.

    Same here. Sadly only been there once, living as I do on the wrong coast — but omg, the place is magical.

    My visit was in October 1999 and on the same trip I experienced my one and only earthquake. The next day I went back to JT, climbed to the top of a pile of rocks and suddenly recalled there were these things called “aftershocks”….

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    Yutsano says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    Emma’s “I would eat his heart in the marketplace” speech is one for the ages.

    I wonder if that was before or after she found out Kenneth was schtupping on her.

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    Svensker says:

    @Wag:

    That’s beautiful.

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    Thor Heyerdahl says:

    Got a slow cooker of New Orleans Red Beans cooking.
    Just finished cooking up a pot of Chestnut Risotto with Butternut Squash.
    Gonna put on a pot roast in the next half-hour.

    Why yes I am cooking up meals for the next 10 days…how did you guess :)

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    Felonius Monk says:

    Cole says:

    Heading to a Christmas party at the parents house, so I figured I better put up a thread to occupy you deviants.

    What the hell is this? He opens up a thread and then takes off for Mom & Dad’s to eat, drink and be merry, but did he leave any refreshments here for us. Of course not.

    Come on, Cole. Where’s the cheese balls and the chips? Where’s the beer and the good stuff? Some host. And where’s the entertainment? A movie perhaps?

    Maybe we should call you “Scrooge” Cole.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Thor Heyerdahl: Dude…I just tasted chestnut arancini in my mouth…and I have arborio rice in my house right now. I’m of a mind to drive up north just to kick you. :)

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    Yutsano says:

    FIX THE GODDAMN MODERATION FILTER DAMMIT!!

    Please and thank you.

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    Baud says:

    @JPL:

    Donating to an inaugural celebration seems like a pretty weak way to buy access. Maybe a good way to advertise, but that’s about it.

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    @Yutsano:

    Was that the case? I was always under the impression that they just “grew apart” as they say. I am not a hollywood follower, and for the most part could give a shit when hollywood couples split up but I have to say that when Ken and Em split I was absolutely devastated, second only to when Dawn French and Lenny Henry split up, although I do hear that they might have got back together.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: @BGinCHI: I think Hamlet is still on the OnDemand channel I will check that out. I liked Much Ado, Emma Thompson is a great actress, I like her work. I wonder why hasn’t anyone done Julius Caesar yet? I liked that play. Oh one warning about Titus(which is based on the play,Titus Andronicus) this film is not you high school version of Shakespeare, and it is wickedly fun, other good actors in it includes Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Harry Lennox, and Alan Cumming.

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    LeftCoastTom says:

    @Southern Beale:

    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the boy was shot when his father’s handgun went off as the man got into the truck while holding the gun.

    And how is this statement of facts distinguished from a crime?

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    guachi says:

    Lol @ Army.

    Go Navy!!!

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    BGinCHI says:

    @eemom: I’m always expecting to feel something out there but it never happens.

    Why is CA so selfish?

    Seriously, one of the best things is sitting around a fire late into the night there. Kangaroo mice…coyotes…night sounds…stars. If you live in a big city you have to do that kind of thing once in a while to keep things real.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Wag: Nice shot, I love Joshua Tree. Best national park in the USA?

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    Heliopause says:

    Heartbreaking Army loss.

    They can take consolation in past glorious victories.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Yutsano: And you thought this was a full service blog…..

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: And a very sexy Jessica Lange as Tamora.

    Hubba.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @SatanicPanic: I’ve only been to Yellowstone/Tetons once but it really blew me away.

    Really lovely.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @efgoldman: I owned a Ruger .22 rifle for target shooting. And I checked the damned thing for a chambered round, even when I hadn’t fired the rifle in months. I regularly took it out and checked it. (It had a tubular magazine on the underside of the barrel.)

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Southern Beale:

    I want to hear this guy explain to his wife why he didn’t check to see if there was a round in the chamber.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @BGinCHI: That’s a great one too. I’ve only spent a little amount of time in Colorado, and never been east of there, so I’m sure there’s a ton I’m missing out on. I’d probably recommend Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion above Joshua Tree, but something about that place is really special.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Since this is an open thread, just wanted to say that I watched “Marathon Man” the other night (Netflix, streaming), and holy shit has that film held up well.

    Anyone else seen it lately?

    I was really impressed by it. It’s still really suspenseful and chilling. Olivier is fabulous. And there is a scene with Roy Scheider getting attacked in a hotel that ought to be more of a classic.

    If you haven’t seen it, do so.

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    Maude says:

    @BGinCHI:
    Some roads in the western national parks are closed due to snow. They had a storm at Yellowstone.
    Glad Bush’s buddies didn’t get their grubby hands on the public lands.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    I remember seeing a film of Julius Caesar with Brando in it when I was in high school.

    For me, the best film of a Shakespeare tragedy is Richard III with Sir Ian McKellen.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @SatanicPanic: I’ve never been to the Badlands but want to do that. Maybe a drive some summer soon as the lad gets old enough for longer car trips.

    Zion is really nice. And I love the Sierras generally. And the OR coast. And the underrated Sonoma coast. And Paso Robles and those golden hills.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @burnspbesq: The opening scene of that RIII is terrific. McKellan in the loo: perfect.

    What do you think of the Chelsea fans blaming Rafa for the changes there? Classy?

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    Yutsano says:

    @BGinCHI: I have to admit one of the greatest thrills in my life was hugging a joshua tree. Which you can actually do if you’re careful. I loved getting out in that place, though it was at daytime.

    Fun fact: if you ever see a desert tortoise, have a strawberry handy. They LOVE strawberries!

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    LeftCoastTom says:

    @Yutsano: Here’s a Joshua Tree with Mt. Whitney in the background: Joshua Tree and Mt Whitney From Coso Range

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    We’re watching “Prometheus” on DVD. I’m not enjoying it. It’s like a mashup of every Sci Fi movie I’ve ever seen.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Yutsano:

    Fun fact: if you ever see a desert tortoise, have a strawberry handy. They LOVE strawberries!

    Is this a parable?

    Wait I know this one! Don’t shit where you eat.

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    Yutsano says:

    @BGinCHI: I thought parables were illegal during Hanukkah. I’ll have to consult a rabbi on that one.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Southern Beale: First 45 minutes is the best part.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Yutsano: Great, now I’m going to hell again.

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    Baud says:

    @BGinCHI:

    Hell and Back Again.

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    Mike G says:

    @Southern Beale:

    why the fuck do you need to commute to work armed?

    Believe it or not, there’s a “home carry” movement — that having a gun in your residence is not sufficient because you can’t depend on having a few seconds to retrieve it when the ShariaMooslimTerrists do a home invasion. So the only possible solution is you must carry a loaded sidearm at all times inside your own house.

    I can’t imagine exactly how gun-fetishism can get more stupid, but I’m sure someone will soon enough.

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    scav says:

    @BGinCHI: well, put some strawberries in your basket and enjoy the ride.

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    David Koch says:

    @burnspbesq: Claudine Longet says “mistakes happen”.

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    mai naem says:

    @SatanicPanic: Joshua Tree is a very nice park but not the best national park in the USA. Yosemite’s pretty spectacular. Grand Canyon is awesome. And while I haven’t been there the Smoky Mtn Park pictures look spectacular. Same goes for Denali and, Zion in Utah. Los Padres and Redwood National Park and I think there’s another one on Hgy 1 right below Monterey in the Big Sur area.

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    @Spaghetti Lee:

    Goodness, whatever will the Republicans do?

    What the NRA wants, of course! Silleeeez.

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    I kind of want everyone in this movie to die because they’re all that fucking stupid.

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    suzanne says:

    The kid’s ninth birthday party is in the bag. Both my husband’s and my company’s respective parties are over. And yet there are just more December obligations ahead of me. I am exhausted and I hate this time of year.

    My birthday is in January and all I want to do is sleep through it.

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    Mike G says:

    @mai naem:

    Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Zion, Yellowstone and Grand Teton are great. Bryce Canyon in Utah is also on my Best list.
    And try to see Glacier National Park while it still has some glaciers.

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    👽 Martin says:

    We’re deviants? You’re the one who can’t stop spooning the dog.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @BGinCHI:

    Oh, I love that Hamlet. I was shocked one day to find out that my students don’t know who Ethan Hawke is. I tried to jog their memories by citing that film, but was met by blank stares.

    It still wasn’t as bad as the day I realized my class had never heard of Greta Garbo.

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    suzanne says:

    @gogol’s wife: dude. This week, I realized that my kid had never herd of Princess Diana. I felt about five hundred years old.

    On the Shakespeare movies topic, I adored the Fischburne/Branagh version of “Othello”.

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    raven says:

    @Publius39: I’m old and in the way.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    The Almereyda Hamlet is wittily updated (I usually hate that kind of thing), with Ophelia as a mopey Columbia student (or is it NYU? haven’t seen it in a while). Liev Schreiber and Sam Shepard are great in it.

    As said above, Julius Caesar was done with Marlon Brando and I think James Mason.

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    eemom says:

    @BGinCHI:

    Is it safe?

    Quite right, an excellent film. Olivier and Hoffman both outstanding.

    The scene of Olivier the Nazi walking down Diamond District is up there in the bestest movie scenes evah, imho.

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    Wag says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    Maybe. Although Yellowstone is pretty cool
    http://instagr.am/p/Nlqjt2iEZ8/

    I also really like Canyonlands
    http://instagr.am/p/RRJvf_iESH/

    And Grand Tetons is really nice too
    http://instagr.am/p/NB8k9CCEWS/

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    redshirt says:

    @SatanicPanic: Joshua Tree is awesome, but not nearly the best NP. There’s so many incredible ones. Grand Canyon, hi-yo!

    And for the East Coasters, Acadia will always be number 1 in my heart.

    Also – does it take everyone else 4 hours to cook a big dinner? I’ve tried analyzing my performance and can’t see any obvious areas where I could make up any big time. But damn, so much work for a great meal, but still a meal that’s over in 30 minutes.

    Then the dishes! Yay!

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    eemom says:

    @suzanne:

    My kids’ birthdays are November 29 and December 3. For years and years, it was two kids’ parties right after each other and then Christmas 3 weeks later.

    They’ve outgrown the parties, but I’m old enough now so that even Christmas on its own is too fucking exhausting.

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    Wag says:

    Please release
    My photos from moderation!

    Edit
    Thank you!

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    Maude says:

    @gogol’s wife:
    If you can find old black and white photos of Greta Garbo and show them, they won’t forget her.
    When she got off the boat, she didn’t look anything like she did later in the movies. She did age well.

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    So, Prometheus was awful. Glad I didn’t pay to see it in the theater.

    I never watch Law & Order SVU, ever. But I just found out that tonight’s episode has been banned in Nashville. The local affiliate is showing a “Juice & Lose” infomercial instead.

    So I’m assuming there’s some sexytime that’s just too much for our delicate fee-fees to handle, yes?

    I hate it when the local TV stations decide what is appropriate for me to watch. Fuckers.

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    mainmati says:

    @Yutsano: Yep, whole family WWII and Korea gen was Navy so…um there’s big whoop for Navy.

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    danielx says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    “As You Like It”.

    But not as we like it.

    Branagh is fantastic in the movie version of Henry V, also directed by him.

    Once more into the breach…

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    Wag says:

    Don’t forget the smaller jewels of our Park system. The National Monuments have a lot to offer as well.

    White Sands NM
    http://instagr.am/p/TAC1mZiEWm/

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    Maude says:

    @Wag:
    There are a lot of NPs. Too many to list. Every one of them is wonderful. There are also the state parks. We’re fortunate that Teddy Roosevelt set this is motion. Just in time too. Those lands would have been ruined for their natural resources.
    He helped get rid of the feathers on hats because birds were killed for this.

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    Thor Heyerdahl says:

    @Yutsano: I’ll have to try that arancini…sounds fantastic.

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    suzanne says:

    @eemom: My kids’ birthdays are December 16 and 21. My wedding anniversary is the 12th. I get exhausted just thinking about December.

    So this year, I also decided that the holiday season would be even better if I took one of my licensing exams on the 22nd and got a root canal before the New Year.

    I am a moron.

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    redshirt says:

    @Maude: Is TR America’s best President? Top 3?

    Throw in Franklin and man. What an incredibly positive impact the Roosevelt family had on America and the world.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @mai naem: That’s Pfeiffer Big Sur state park. Beautiful area. I wasn’t serious about JT being the best, though I admit it’s my personal favorite, just wanted to see what other people had to say.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Wag: being particular to desert parks, that one’s high on my list. (ETA- of places I’d like to go) Also, Goblin Valley state park in Utah

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    Yutsano says:

    @mainmati: I got Dawgs to consider too. With a hat tip to Plubius as well. :)

    @Thor Heyerdahl: Arancini is a great use for leftover risotto. Which totally makes sense for a traditionally* poor country like Italy.

    *After the Renaissance anyway. They were some hella wealthy buggers back in those days.

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    redshirt says:

    @SatanicPanic: JT looks like there should be dinosaurs walking about, then Fred and Wilma and the family come rolling along in their stone car. Stone age place.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Mike G:

    …you must carry a loaded sidearm at all times inside your own house.

    Ummm… Whatever happened to “keep your powder dry”? D’you put the fucking thing in a baggie? And how do you wear it on your person?

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    efgoldman says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    It still wasn’t as bad as the day I realized my class had never heard of Greta Garbo

    Better get used to it. I’m old enough to be a parent, and in some cases a grandparent, for most of my co-workers. If it weren’t for the guy over in the corner who’s an old movie and Broadway buff (loves Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Judy Garland, if you know what I mean) I’d have to be sending Wiki links all day.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Southern Beale:

    So I’m assuming there’s some sexytime that’s just too much for our delicate fee-fees to handle, yes?

    I just watched it. Everyone in every scene was fully dressed; there was no on-camera anything. BUT! The episode was about exposing a tony prep school where abusive sexytime between male teachers and boys was endemic.

    I hate it when the local TV stations decide what is appropriate for me to watch. Fuckers.

    Its free on Hulu.

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    Hobbes says:

    @Southern Beale: I was surprised that the Rotten Tomatoes critics rating of Prometheus is 74%. I would have guessed 31%.

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    Publius39 says:

    @raven: Please don’t say that. You guys paved the way for us young pups to fuck shit up.

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