Weekend Closeout Open Thread: Proud to Be A Snotty Cosmopolitan

When this is the alternative:

[Mildly NSFW note: All the obvious ‘Hung in Times Square‘ porno joke responses at the link.]

68 replies
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    Damien says:

    These guys wish they could be hung anywhere…

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    Thor Heyerdahl says:

    This response was good
    “Giuliani forced all the hung people out of Times Square”

    Watched this time lapse accelerated video of the Hong Kong protests. The sheer size…wow!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Thor Heyerdahl: Wow on that time lapse of Hong Kong protest. When the sun sets and the marchers keep coming, you realize how many hours, how many people. Proof that there are more of us than them, everywhere in the world.

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    Raoul Paste says:

    That Humphrey Bogart clip couldn’t be more perfect. I’m impressed.

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    GregMulka says:

    I am a firm believer in not using pesticides, herbicides or other ‘cides but my spouse found where the poison ivy is growing on the new property. War be declared.

    In better news the kittehs are leaving the basement now and I am still Fiona’s favorite.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Does that moron in the first pic not know that Fascist salutes are made with the right hand?

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    moonbat says:

    Love the Bogart meme but the couch comment was the most cogent. These jokers don’t realize wars aren’t won by yelling at the TV and hanging the stars and bars off the porch.

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    JanieM says:

    This picture says it all. You’ve got a trump banner in the background, a Confederate flag, a “Straight Pride” sign and a Nazi salute

    Except that the stupid shithead doesn’t even know which arm to do it with.

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    NotMax says:

    Screw Olive Garden when there’s Pastrami Queen withing spitting distance.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Ohio Mom:
    “They’ve got the guns, we’ve got the numbers …”

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    Steeplejack says:

    Pastrami! I may have to motor out to the deli this week. I was there last week, too, but I don’t see how that is relevant.

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    I had a pastrami sammich for lunch today. Coincidence? I think not.

    @NotMax: Shush, don’t tell them. It will be our little secret.

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    delk says:

    Stonewall Oklahoma is just south of Ada. LOL

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    Mary G says:

    @NotMax: @Steeplejack: @Comrade Colette Collaboratrice: Fie on all of youz, now I want pastrami so bad and there’s none within miles and miles.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mary G: My dad and I both had reubens today. I hope that helps.

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    I mean………………just look at these jerks. These are grown men, it’s Sunday afternoon…………….THIS is what they’re doing with themselves? “Straight Pride”. Christ on a crouton. And it ain’t just ONE asshole, it’s a whole BUNCH of ’em.
    You mean to tell me somebody came up with this idea and not one of these guys said, “What, are you outta your fuckin’ mind with this shit”?

    Nuke ’em from orbit.

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    Aleta says:

    Demented king strangles messenger to improve image

    President Trump’s campaign has decided to purge some of its pollsters after a leak of dismal internal polls for the president that he denied existed.
    Just two days before the president is set to kick off his bid for re-election, a top adviser said on Sunday that the campaign was cutting ties with three of its five pollsters to prevent further disclosure of survey data.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Mary G:

    C’mon, there’s got to be some somewhere in the vicinity.

    A couple of years ago I realized that I was whining internally about not being able to find good places for certain favorite foods but I—the Google king—had not bothered to search for same. D’oh! That started a process that has led to good pastrami (Celebrity Delly—stupid name), good barbecue (several places, one less than two miles away) and some good additions to my list of Mexican restaurants.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    a handful of guys in lemon green shirts are the new Confederates?

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    Duane says:

    Seems like a good time to ask this question. Where can I find the TCM channel on the streaming services. Apparently Sling TV doesn’t have it. Any one know?

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    NotMax says:


    Cannot quite decide whether this is

    Very Wrong
    Astonishingly wrong
    Torch your toque, melt down your knives, and skulk out of town in the dead of night wrong.

    YMMV. :)

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    Steeplejack says:


    The Google says TCM is in Sling’s “Hollywood Extra” package. Some amount of extra money per month.

    I don’t think you can stream TCM free anywhere. If you try to stream from TCM’s own site, you get a page asking for your cable provider.

    Possibly useful article here: “How to Watch TCM Without Cable 2019.”

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    NotMax says:


    AFAIK Sling includes it (although maybe in one of their add-on packages). I seem to remember someone saying YouTube TV also carries it.

    Ah, here we go. From How to Watch TCM Without Cable 2019 – Your Top 7 Options

    To get TCM, you’ll need to purchase the “Hollywood Extra” package, which costs $5/month. In addition to TCM, this package will get you other movie channels like Reelz, CineMoi, Film Detective, and SundanceTV.

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    Mike in NC says:

    I hope that long shitty interview tonight with George Stephanopolus was a huge ratings loss for the network. May the Fat Bastard blow a gasket over nobody giving a shit.

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    Doug R says:

    @Steeplejack: We get TCM in glorious Standard Definition on cable, even though it’s been available in High Definition since at least 2015. We’re on Shaw Cable, if they’re listening.
    Ironically the older movies in Academy (4×3) frame don’t look too bad, the TV fills out top to bottom with the side bars.
    The newer ‘scope movies look like you’re watching through the end of a cereal box. :(

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    My dad and I both had reubens today. I hope that helps.

    It does not help, and I want a Reuben now.

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    Duane says:

    @Steeplejack: You’re knowledge and helpfulness is much appreciated. Sling’s “Hollywood Extra” has TCM, Sundance, Reelz and two more. Five dollars a month. So far the streaming TV services are a good value. Thanks again!

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Doug R:

    Yeah, TCM-HD is definitely good for wide-screen movies. I think I discovered it by accident while flipping through the channels shortly after Cox introduced it. Whoa.

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    NotMax says:

    What’s playing in the background right now: Found on Prime, The Entertainers, a documentary about the World Championship Old-time Piano Contest.

    Nice enough non-taxing diversion.

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    Duane says:

    @NotMax: TCM quickly became a favorite when we got ATT a year ago, but they’re just too costly. Thanks for helping me. A full-service joint this place.

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    plato says:

    Why is it’s all dudes in a ‘straight’ parade?

    Also, too, does it mean rest of OK is gay?

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    Peale says:

    I kind of feel bad for straight people with the emergence of straight pride events. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of women present at them. Which is kind of odd since my understanding of these things is that to be fully expressed, both sexes ought to be involved. Likewise, it appears that heterosexuality is being defined in such a way that only white men are allowed to show up and be proud of it. As a gay man, I feel like I have very little say in how straight people organize their parades, but The way you’re promoting yourselves is very confusing to the general public who might otherwise be sympathetic to the idea that love and sex between men and women is natural, beautiful, and worth affirming publicly, if only for one day a year. But people show up, see the freaks, and walk away less enlightened about heterosexuality than if they had just stayed home and watched the ID network. Maybe straight people would find more acceptance if they’d try to tone it down a little.

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    plato says:

    Guess sanity is back?

    Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has failed to win its first mayoral seat, after it lost a key election in the country’s east.

    Octavian Ursu of the centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU), Germany’s main governing party, won more than 55% of the vote in the city of Görlitz.

    AfD candidate Sebastian Wippel, 36, was deemed the frontrunner after he won the first round of voting.

    The vote had been viewed as a litmus test for his anti-immigration party.

    The AfD registered high levels of support in Görlitz, which has seen a huge exodus of younger people due to a lack of employment opportunities.

    The area around the town has served as the backdrop to major Hollywood films, such as Inglourious Basterds and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Ahead of the vote, a number of actors and filmmakers linked with the city wrote an open letter urging residents not to support the AfD.

    The party’s initial success led to speculation that it could make an electoral breakthrough ahead of regional elections in September.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mike in NC: I don’t know if this means anything (granted I hadn’t been watching it all night) but it hasn’t been trending on Twitter.

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    burnspbesq says:


    Kung Pao Pastrami? Seriously?

    It’s impossible to quantify how wrong that is.

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    burnspbesq says:

    That was one big-ass thunderstorm that just blew through here. Forty minutes of non-stop lightning.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I think the Guy in Straight (Guy) Pride is supposed to be taken as understood.

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    Peale says:

    @burnspbesq: tandoori pastrami and pastrami tempura make sense, though. Pad Pastrami and pastrami Bao, too.

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    Plus the straight pride flag in the background as well. Yes, there is such a thing.

    @Peale: As a trans lesbian, I also feel like I have very little say in how cisgender straight people organize their parades, but…. that flag…. 😱😬😢 If they want more acceptance, they really need to work on their messaging — associating heterosexual relationships with prison stripes isn’t exactly inspiring.

    I too am sympathetic to the idea that love and sex between men and women is natural, beautiful, but I confess that I still find it extremely confusing. I mean, who’s the woman and who’s the woman?!

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    Ninedragonspot says:

    @Thor Heyerdahl: I’ve been attentively following the news out of Hong Kong from last weekend until today. Things were looming very grim last Wednesday – and then suddenly the tide turned and government lackeys started breaking ranks. It’s been tremendously heartening to watch.

    An added bonus: the events in Hong Kong have had a markedly beneficial effect on the presidential campaign in Taiwan. For the moment, it’s taking the wind out of the sails of the appalling KMT. Tsai Ing-Wen and the DPP may yet pull this one out.

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    SectionH says:

    @GregMulka: Take no prisoners? That stuff makes “evil” look pleasant. Good luck.

    Goats maybe? I think I’ve read goats even eat poison ivy.

    edited for comprehensibility…

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    Amir Khalid says:

    A somewhat more serious response:
    The general idea, I think is to plant in people’s minds the idea that the real embattled minority is straight (male) people. To you and me this idea is self-evidently absurd; but here in Malaysia, Malay supremacists have successfully promoted similar nonsense to the Malay ethnic majority for generations. A similar mindset was and is part of the white resistance to racial equality in America.

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    @Amir Khalid: I don’t know that it’s propaganda — at least at the level of these rubes — as much as a combination of these schmucks genuinely feeling threatened* with a healthy dose of own the libs.

    *Obligatory “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” quote. I don’t think one can underestimate how much no longer having cultural hegemony, and having it taken for granted, plays a role in White America losing its shit.

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    Ruckus says:

    My first response to this iis to laugh just a little.
    My second response is to apologize for that.
    I see that you understand that these dipshits have a rather difficult time attracting attention from any partner because while they consider themselves to be incredible, those who might agree with them are few and far between. Not sure if they are pissed that their choices are limited or pissed that people that they don’t agree with or even like are able to find loving partners seemingly easily.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:
    Not sure if this is any part of this but a lot of conservative people like/demand that the world revolves in the manner that they think it should. Because if it doesn’t they have to question everything. Their world is basically black and white, and yes I mean that in the old fashion way of everything has to be right or nothing is, and if nothing is then everything they know is wrong. They are limited. They can’t imagine a world that has freedom to like who you actually like, no matter gender, race and yes religion. They like structure, of being told how the world works and having that be true, because it takes less energy for them to not have to actually think and belong.

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    prostratedragon says:

    Surely NotMax knows what havoc can be wreaked by the mere mention of a rice omelet at the wrong time. Tossing “pastrami” bombs around after hours is overkill.

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    @Ruckus: Oh, absolutely.

    Another factor* is that they’re usually not well-versed in why they believe in a particular belief. So faced with probing questions about that belief, they get extremely defensive because they can’t answer them — and that uncertainty scares them to their core.

    FWIW, it’s also why it’s so important to them for others to also believe. Essentially it’s reassure in numbers — they may not know why they believe in something, but if everyone else does, then they can’t be wrong.

    *From a great essay about the mindset of authoritarian followers that I can’t find at the moment.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:
    My observation is just from my experience with conservatives. Their world has to be all encompassing or it doesn’t have validity. They want answers, they just aren’t equipped to ask the questions or believe anything after their minds closed off. Which seems to be around 10-12 yrs old. I wanted to know all about the world from about age 6, why it might be different and how different and how cool was it that it was. I read extensively, all kinds of books. As I got older I started to see that the world broke into 2 major types of people, curious and closed minded. Curious people liked life, closed minded only liked order and smallness. And I learned that sometimes first impressions could be not what one expected. And I learned that biology has a lot of animals that are not cut and dried at all, that not every animal falls into one camp by birth, there are lots of surprises out there if only one has an open mind. Just a few things that I learned that made my life so much better.

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    sm*t cl*de says:


    It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to “Currizza” takeaway curry pizzas.

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    PST says:

    Returning for a moment to the pastrami theme, there is a deli opening this week less than a block from my front door. Life was good, but now it’s perfect, although I may end up losing a couple of years on the actuarial tables. I think I will sell my car — no need for one anymore.

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    debbie says:


    A pale shadow of the late, great Carnegie and Stage delis.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: My sense of that flag is that it is a celebration of the fine art of “Salad Tossing”.

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    Mayur says:

    @NotMax: that dish is fucking delicious. It also makes perfect sense: you’re just combining spiced, cured beef with chilies and peanuts. Additionally, it’s extremely appropriate to an NY Chinese food style. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it.

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    L85NJGT says:

    Isn’t the Hi-Viz safety workwear the uniform required by their low-T oppressors?

    Free your minds!

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    Jess says:

    I’m so impressed they managed to spell “straight” correctly. No morans here!

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    What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us? says:

    @Duane: DirecTV Now has it, at least at the tier I’m paying for.

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    David in NY says:

    i finally got fed up and left Twitter last week (they suspended @DavidNiewert for the ususal stupid kind of reason), so, though I hated threads like this, I now appreciate them. But in small doses, please.

    BTW, I recommend leaving Twitter.

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    Brachiator says:

    The food talk reminds me of a little food stand in downtown Los Angeles, named for its specialty, the Kosher Burrito.

    The Kosher burrito is exactly what you think it is: a flour tortilla filled with pastrami, California-style chili, cheddar cheese, pickles, onions and mustard.

    Absolutely delicious.

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    NotMax says:


    Kosher Burrito

    Pastrami (meat) + cheese (dairy) ain’t a kosher combo.


    Fond memories of the Carnegie Deli.

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    Shana says:

    @NotMax: A nice alternative to Ben’s Kosher Deli in the Garment District.

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    Shana says:

    @Steeplejack: That’s a good one. There’s also Chutzpah at Fairfax Town Center.

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    Melusine says:

    @Duane: Hulu has it.

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    Chris Johnson says:

    It’ll be a nice change from being hung right here at home :D

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