Sunday Evening Open Thread: That Is Not Dead Which Can Eternal Lie…


 
Even the Very Serious…


Purely by coincidence (one of Murphy the Trickster God’s favorite weapons), the following tweets showed up adjacent to each other…






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    randy khan says:

    I’m thinking it really would have been great if some Democratic Senator had asked Brett Kavanugh to explain the rules for Devil’s Triangle.

    Not that I think it would have affected the final result at all; I just think it would have been funny to see him trying to make up some kind of plausible set of rules.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    We are all Melania’s pith helmet now.

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    SFAW says:

    @randy khan:

    I just think it would have been funny to see him trying to make up some kind of plausible set of rules.

    I hear it’s the same rules as for Fizzbin.

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    SFAW says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    We are all Melania’s pith helmet now.

    No need to type with a lithp, thweetie.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    I don’t know much about rappers, but apparently T.I. talked a guy off a ledge with weed and small talk.

    To put this in the no good deed goes unpunished realm, the guy he saved was Scott Stapp of Creed.

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    Mathguy says:

    @SFAW: Star Trek and Cthulhu all in one post and the comments.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    1)

    2)

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SFAW: Mike Cernovich? Is that you?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Oh look, they’ve already done the new Supreme Court picture now that Kavanaugh’s been sworn in.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Adam L Silverman: ROFL!!

    Thanks.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    SFAW says:

    @Mathguy:

    Star Trek and Cthulhu all in one post and the comments.

    If I fold in a Tardis reference, is that the Trifecta? Or would a Hitchhiker’s Guide ref be more appropriate?

    How about the 42nd Doctor?

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    SFAW says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Mike Cernovich? Is that you?

    Sorry, what? I had to step away for a minute, went to the basement of the pizza parlor.

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    lamh36 says:

    I’ve been avoiding all talk of SCOTUS since Friday, esp after seeing the writing on the wall. Second the weekend offline a much as possible and muted as much as I could any mentions of it in my twitter TL (using muted words setting doe the first time)…i’m gonna keep it that way until after the midterms (which just happens to be the day after my birthday)…i decide to take back my sanity…time to focus on local and state stuff and GOTV and just bacuslly worrying bout me and mine…after two days of filtering, my mood (and my aura…i had some really black thoughts of late) is already better and I’d like for it to stay that way.

    So if i don’t comment as much on political stuff as much anymore it’s to keep myself sane, calm and happy.

    I need a fuqn break and since I’m not finna be able to travel again til after the New Year…gonna have to find another way to settle my mind…no more non-stop politics.

    Anyhoo…

    Good night BJ!

    A pic for you guys!

    me and #GodbabyMaddie at the wedding!!! She’s not a baby anymore!

    https://twitter.com/psddluva4evah/status/1049133488341966849?s=21

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SFAW: Exactly.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Ugh. Power outage. Apparently the transformer that blew up a couple of hours ago is now affecting our power.

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    Keith P. says:

    @Adam L Silverman: RBG is about to play the game of “Hide the Tabasco Bottle”

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Stuff like this makes me suspect these old geazers minds have gone to the point they are reliving their teens.

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    Another Scott says:

    @lamh36: Cuties. Both of you. :-)

    I hope I didn’t contribute to your needing to be away. :-(

    Take care of yourself. We’ll see you.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques: Cornyn’s alway been a tool.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I was on a Southwest flight from Austin back to DC with him once during the Obama years. (Cornyn was naturally in an exit row – gotta have that extra leg room you know.) When the plane landed, some idiot made some loud comment about how Great it was that the Good Senator was Fighting for America in the Senate (or something) and broke out into applause. It was nauseating. I almost said something like “What the Hell is Wrong with You?!?” but resisted.

    That guy was a tool.

    Cornyn didn’t say anything (that I heard, anyway) maybe beyond a “thank you”.

    Yeah, Cornyn is a monster.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @randy khan:

    Whitehouse did ask him. His answer was something like, “It’s like ‘quarters.’ You ever play ‘quarters,’ Senator?”

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    The Dangerman says:

    @randy khan:

    I’m thinking it really would have been great if some Democratic Senator had asked Brett Kavanugh to explain the rules for Devil’s Triangle.

    Uh-Uh. Someone should have realized why Graham jumped in for Ms. Mitchell (IIRC) when he did. That leads to two questions:

    (1) Do you remember you are under oath, SIr?

    (2) Do you not see any calendar date that fits the story of Ms. Ford?

    Extra credit would be if it had been a woman Senator because clearly (with Klobuchar) he has a problem with women questioning him.

    Would it have made any difference? Probably not. They could have had a video and a signed confession from Judge and they were still voting Kavanaugh through.

    Was Murkowski a no on Final Saturday? Did she flip from cloture?

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    Mary G says:

    Well, Taylor Swift, whose music I have managed to never hear except for five seconds on Twitter of black women listening to her version of “September,” is famous for not talking about her politics. Until now.

    She announced to her 122 millions Instagram followers that Marsha Blackburn is terrible and why and that she’ll be voting for Breseden for Senate in Tennessee. Good for her.

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    Mary G says:

    @The Dangerman: She voted present so Daines wouldn’t have to fly back from Montana where he was at his daughter’s wedding. One of those stupid comity things.

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    JAM says:

    Does anyone else have problems with tweet threads not displaying correctly? I just see commentary on a tweet and a link to twitter and I wonder if that’s a common problem. Sorry to ask about it here but I can’t find a link for website questions. (I tried the menu button up top but that doesn’t work for me either.)

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    jl says:

    @Mary G: Swift’s music is nice like a lot of pop is nice. i guess the recent BK abomination, along with alt-right spreading rumors she’s a a secret white supremacist (who’s big pals with Beyonce? I guess….?) was too much.

    In authoritarian and totalitarian regimes of all political stripes, power needs to make everything political. Everyone has to jump on one side or the other sooner or later, just a matter of when. Trump’GOP wants to push us there.

    The vile Grassley jumped, in front of the whole country on the antisemitic alt-right bandwagon last week, with his BS about Soros funding the horrid persecution of poor little Brett, or Bart, or whatever. Soon we’ll all have to say ‘I like beer’, and make sure the inflection is just right.

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    @Mary G: Let the burning of Taylor Swift LP’s begin…

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    B.B.A. says:

    @Mary G: We have our presumptive 2024 nominee to run against Kanye. /s

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    jl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Much grief among the white genocide set tonight. QAnon will explain Swift has really been recruited for undercover work for White Hat Mueller. Maybe Swift will be surprise witness against Hillary!?

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    The Dangerman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    I was shooting a timelapse of the sunset with the Colorado Street Bridge as a foreground and got this shot…

    Is that a Vandyland launch in your shot? I heard a launch was upcoming and, of course, I was out of the area. They don’t often announce and often when they do it’s like 3am or some sick time.

    Sigh. I’ve only caught one launch (from Buellton) and that was by accident. It’s a helluva show (if short).

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    Bill Arnold says:

    Someday I’ll visit Japan.
    25 Weird Ice-Cream Flavours in Japan You Have to Taste to Believe!

    Morning commute, with tsunami: https://twitter.com/Akashtv1Soni/status/1048053133048332290?s=19

    Re Cthulhu,
    Has anyone else read the bleak teaser for C. Stross’s newest Laundry Series novel? The first chapter of The Labyrinth Index (Note: C Stross is Jewish, and the PM is a good guy, relative to the leadership in America)

    “—All Jews!” the Prime Minister snaps. “They’re just the same from where I’m standing.” His expression is one of tight-lipped disapproval—then I blink, and in the time it takes before my eyelids open again, I forget his face. He sips delicately from his teacup, pinkie crooked, then explains His thinking. “Christians, Muslims, Jews—they say they’re different religions, but you mark my words, they all worship the same god, and you know what that leads to if you let it fester. Monotheism is nothing but trouble—unless the one true god is me, of course.” He puts his teacup down and beams at us.

    The PM holds up a hand: “Maybe we do, but they don’t, and if they get out of control again we’ll end up with another Akhenaten. That’s where they get it from, you know—once you allow one god to take over a pantheon and suppress the worship of rivals, it never ends well unless you’re the first mover.

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    @The Dangerman: Yup, Space-X launch. This one was announced since the payload wasn’t classified and they were testing landing the first stage on the launchpad.

    ETA: I’ve seen quite a few launches, the first one I remember was about 45 years ago.

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    jl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Nice shot.
    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: and thanks for explanation.

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    @jl: Thanks, and you’re welcome.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @jl:

    In authoritarian and totalitarian regimes of all political stripes, power needs to make everything political. Everyone has to jump on one side or the other sooner or later, just a matter of when. Trump’GOP wants to push us there.

    Actually this all seems to be more like fandom. Go watch the Star Wars Fan Bois ranting about about Last Jedi. It really amazing how these SW fans use the same language and get so impassioned about a bad movie. I think it’s closer to say it’s the cart leading the horse and these twits are living vicariously threw Trump and Rapey Bret like they do with Luke Skywalker.

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    LongHairedWeirdo says:

    @randy khan: As someone familiar with mathematics, I found it hilarious that he said that it was “three beer mugs, in a triangle.”

    If you have three points, they are either collinear (“on the same line”) or form a triangle. I mean, think about it for about ten seconds – if you can’t put a line through them, then there’s an angle from beer1-beer2, and now you see that beer1-beer2-beer3 is a triangle.

    That he lied should be damning but that he lied so *poorly* should be extra damning, you know? “Dude, you not only perjured yourself, you were *sloppy* in perjuring yourself! You basically *dared* me to point out your perjury. What do you want me to do, ignore that?”

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    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: First one I saw was in the mid to late ’70s; I had no idea what it was, other than an unidentified cloud of oddly-colored gas in the sky, & it made me a bit nervous.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    A friend of mine on Facebook found this from the BBC, and I co-sign it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JfJhJWxB9Q

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    @Major Major Major Major: Thanks, I’m working on the timelapse now.

    @M. Bouffant: Fortunately, when I first saw a launch, I was with my dad who worked with missiles. He explained it to me.

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    mattH says:

    So the cop who shot and killed Tamir Rice is now a town away from JC. Employed as a cop again.

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    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I was in my mid-20s, & by myself, but since no one was fleeing in panic I figured it wasn’t War of The Worlds.

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    sgrAstar says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I was gonna ask you if you caught that! Swoon!

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    Taylorcrats 2020

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    Platonailedit says:

    The deplorable party of thugs is dancing on the graves. We need to make sure it is their graves, come nov.

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    Fair Economist says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: My son called me in a panic to ask if it was a nuclear missile launch. I explained to him the various reasons it wouldn’t be and why it was probably just a rocket launch but he kept insisting it didn’t look like one so I had to go to the internet where of course I immediately found multiple news report announcing the launch.

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    @sgrAstar: I was on a shoot with the local photography meetup, we were already at a great location to shoot it.

    @Fair Economist: I saw it on Friday night’s news, I knew I’d be shooting to the west so…

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    Bruce K says:

    The thing that everyone celebrating Kavanaugh’s ascension doesn’t get is that America lost, humanity lost, and quite possibly they’ve lost too, but they just don’t realize it yet.

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    JGabriel says:

    @lamh36:

    i’m gonna keep it that way until after the midterms (which just happens to be the day after my birthday) …

    May you get a fantastic, Democratic, one-day-belated, birthday present.

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    Matt says:

    @The Dangerman: The question they should’ve asked, given his red-faced shouty performance, is “are you drunk right now, sir?”

    Breathalyze the fucker right in the middle of the Senate. He’d probably blow a higher BAC than some of his victim’s ages…

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    Ken says:

    @Bill Arnold:

    [Laundry Series] the PM is a good guy, relative to the leadership in America

    Which, considering who/what the PM is, is saying a lot. ROT13 for the spoiler: Alneyngubgrc, or near enough as makes no difference.

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    tam1MI says:

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques: Which is why I was completely unsurprised when it came out that most of the Last Jedi haters were Russian bots.

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    SFAW says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    A friend of mine on Facebook found this from the BBC, and I co-sign it:

    I found it shrill.
    And they weren’t doing it right.
    And they seemed angry.
    Etc.

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