“Dear FSM! Make It Stop!” Silly Pix Respite Thread

So, our criminal president is (by Turkish proxy) bringing death down upon innocents who thought they could trust US friendship. His party, most of them so far, is just fine with that.  He is actively working with every bad actor available to enrich himself and steal the next election.  He is publicly admitting new impeachable offenses more or less on the hour.  And there’s a non-zero chance that as the walls close in on his criminal enterprise he’ll find new ways to kill lots of the rest of us.

So I don’t know about you, but I could use a break.  So here’s a couple of silly pictures that managed to make me laugh through the madness.

1: From a professor’s office at an undisclosed west coast institution of higher learning (the pic. was smuggled to me):


2: An oldie — a picture I took at the ASU bookstore a few years ago. Puts a whole new dimension of meaning into the imperative “Publish or Perish”:


3: And finally, inspired by Pat Robertson asserting that Trump has lost the “Mandate of Heaven” — my absolutely true story, no lie, factual to the bone image of the new yacht the Shitgibbon just picked up from the Dowager Empress Cixi*

*Back story here.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    At age 89, Pat Robertson proves, yet again, that only the good die young.

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    scav says:

    And he’s buying a mandate of heaven . . .

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    lamh36 says:

    Smh…remember when Kamala Harris called Chump the Wizard of Oz in the last debate…uh huh…

    Once again, she was right…


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    LesGS says:

    Trump might oughta take note of the associated quote: “The waters that float the boat can also swallow it.”

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    NotMax says:

    Pat Robertson, the poster child for atheism.

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    patrick II says:

    I am glad this is an open thread, because I just read this:
    Woman who filmed Dallas police officer Amber Guyger shoot Botham Jean fired (video)
    She was fired from her job at a pharmaceutical company and her credentials revoked after the company received threatening phone calls. She took a video which was not released to the public and which she is not allowed to discuss.
    Another witness, Joshua Brown, was shot in the back and killed this past Friday.
    Texas racist justice.

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    Mary G says:


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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @patrick II: Who knew that she made that video since it wasn’t released? Looks like the police made the death threats and made sure she lost her job. I hope she’s suing her former employer

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    piratedan says:

    @delk: for me it was mostly The Cars, Blondie, ELO and The Knack, but ymmv….

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    Leto says:

    OT: because we have so many people here who loooove them some grammar: Dropped Hyphens, Split Infinitives, and Other Thrilling Developments from the 2019 American Copy Editors Society Conference

    Also pic #1 wins it all.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Watching baseball and still not comfortable with Archer’s voice being used in the Arby’s commercials.

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    mrmoshpotato says:


    Watching baseball and still not comfortable with Archer’s voice being used in the Arby’s commercials.

    Then just pretend it’s Bob Belcher’s voice.

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    Mary G says:

    Here is a short video of a rescue cow, M_Crouton, so named because he was small, brown, and square when he arrived, and a rescue pig, Rhubarb AKA Ruby Roo, sharing a banana.

    Nightly Crouton pic.twitter.com/U6G7E3A8m0— M_Crouton (@m_crouton) September 25, 2019

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    I’ll be spending most of November out of the country with sporadic internet connections. I’m find I’m looking forward to having my news supply cut off. Maybe Trump will be gone when I get home.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: But I am not finding I like having my DAW access cut off

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    Leto says:

    @Steeplejack: @mrmoshpotato: Or “The Master” from The Venture Bros.

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    @Immanentize: That’s very nice of you! I’m not leaving until Nov 12, though I also have to do a school visit in Iowa the first week of Nov. Everything comes at once.

    How’s Immp?

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    Mary G says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Where are you going?

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    If you’re looking for a distraction,this research report looked interesting to me: orgasms in college women in hook-ups vs relationships. This is so not what my grad school research was like.

    I'm transfixed by this graph of orgasm and hookups versus relationship sex for heterosexual college aged women. No previous hook up and the percentage of women having an orgasm is 11%. https://t.co/DWCZ5cLHq7 pic.twitter.com/YOEuV6D3oV— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) October 7, 2019

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    @Mary G: We’re flying to Barcelona, then taking a cruise on a ship that’s repositioning from the Mediterranean to the South Atlantic. There are stops in Casablanca, Dakar, and then along the South American coast–lots of places I’ve never been before. In a very un-American way, I’m in the process of trying to gain back some weight I lost because my doctor told me I had to. So besides the interesting stops, I’m hoping to eat my way across the Atlantic.

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    Marcopolo says:

    Am hoping Cole is off doing a happy dance somewhere because for the second time this campaign cycle the Dem candidate for WV Governor broke the state’s campaign finance portal trying to report a record number of campaign contributions:


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    Marcopolo says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Nice work if you can get it!

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    Immanentize says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:. Busy, busy. The Immp is feeling a bit better. He says his hunger is completely binary. Can’t stand even discussion of food; then famished. He is trying cbd oil to even that out…. I hate watching him get sick.

    I have a speaking gig in Miami about the death penalty with EU hootie hoos this Thursday. I am dragging the Immp along for a short Beach vacation. I am looking forward to my old haunts and friends. I hope Iowa will be like that for you.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Somehow worse.

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    Marcopolo says:

    @Steeplejack: That was quite the game. Onwards to Atlanta!

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    Gin & Tonic says:


    Watching baseball

    And cheering for Les Expos, I suppose.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: If there is one thing a well-appointed cruise offers, it is Non-stop eating opportunities.

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    @Immanentize: Poor Immp. Puking is no fun. I know his recovery is a long term thing, but it probably feels like it’s just crawling sometimes.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    In a very un-American way, I’m in the process of trying to gain back some weight I lost because my doctor told me I had to. So besides the interesting stops, I’m hoping to eat my way across the Atlantic.

    Dream job! Good luck with that.

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    @Steeplejack: I’ll let you all know how it goes. :-)

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    But of course. And Atlanta, because I lived there for 25 years and went to a lot of games. If the NLCS is Nats-Braves—which seems highly unlikely—I have no preference, but I’ll root for either of them over the American League team.

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    NotMax says:

    Purportedly made for €100 (that is not a typo) and while going in – strictly out of curiosity – wasn’t expecting much, the result turned out to be a creditable, if minor, product. Leon Must Die, on Prime.

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    NotMax says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor

    Cruise muu-muus are most forgiving.


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    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    We’re flying to Barcelona

    Keep an eye out for the Blonde Korean, I was informed that she’ll be there sometime in November.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Steeplejack: I pied marcopolo again

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    NotMax says:


    Arm/shoulder improved?

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    Steve in the ATL says:


    I am dragging the Immp along for a South Beach vacation

    You’re never too young for strippers and blow!

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    Steeplejack says:

    Has Tony Jay given us a Brexit update in the last few days? I am dreadfully behind on the threads, and though I usually try to at least search through them for certain nyms I still miss a lot of stuff.

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    @Steve in the ATL: Figured the pie removal would be short lived.

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    NotMax says:


    Painful for the both of you to endure the pendulum swinging in both directions before settling on the new normal.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    As well you should!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Marcopolo: it’s been quite the series–even the failed Braves comeback in the 7-6 game! Does either team have a starting pitcher who’s ready to go?

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    @Steve in the ATL:

    You’re never too young for strippers and blow!

    I thought that was for the insurance types, oh wait, that’s hookers and blow. I sit corrected.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I have you ready to go as well, in case the Braves beat the Cardinals then lose to the Dodgers

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    Immanentize says:

    @Steve in the ATL: him or me?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: he’s just a kid, for heaven’s sake!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Immanentize: he’s not too young. You may or may not be too old, but I don’t think there is such a thing as too old in south Florida

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    @Steve in the ATL: Of course, the pie will be enjoyable. Speaking of the Dodgers, the Blonde Korean used to be an Angles fan(she lived in the OC for quite a while), but now is sporting a Dodgers’ cap.

    @Steve in the ATL: Gotta start em’ early down the right path.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Pretty much, thanks. The shoulder was never much of a problem—nice, clean 7" slit, very thin. The forearm scars (area about 6" by 3"), more complicated and messy, have taken longer to heal. They’re no longer red and angry—more like “still slightly concerned about something.” Haven’t quite faded to “old scars” status. And, somewhat to my surprise (two months out from the operation), the area is still a little tender to the touch. I’m still occasionally lubing it with Aquaphor when it feels tight, but that is less and less often.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Mary G:
    A kweeble: since when is a cow a “he”?

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    Jay says:

    This from @juliaioffe is a really good read https://t.co/YPoNU7Gc1b— Betsy Woodruff Swan (@woodruffbets) October 7, 2019

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    They’re just trying to steer us wrong.


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    MomSense says:


    Acupressure helped me sometimes (not every time)when I was pregnant.
    Sloan Kettering acupressure

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: that;s sounds great, how long is the cruise?

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    Marcopolo says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Thought I was pied. But I think Flaherty (who outing was wasted in game 2) for the Cards in game 5.

    And whoever you are rooting for it’s been a very good competitive and entertaining playoff.

    PS I worked on an organic farm once with a woman who often remarked she wanted to bear Yadi Molina’s babies. It was annoying at the time but looking back it is true one could aspire to much worse in life.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    One of the commentators said the fifth game was going to be a “pitchers’ duel,” but I don’t know if he meant it ironically. At that point I wasn’t paying much attention. Those guy yak constantly during the games. Give me the good old days of Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren, Joe Simpson and Don Sutton tag-teaming on TV and radio.

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    MomSense says:


    She’s like Hillary. They’ve had his number the whole damned time.

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    Jay says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Cow or cows is often used in place of cattle.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I’d like to know what Tony Jay thinks about all the football pundits on TV saying that Liverpool — eight games played (out of 38), eight games won, eight points ahead of second-placed Manchester City — have pretty much won the English Premier League already .I think it’s a bit premature.

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    Jay says:

    BTW, todays news makes it pretty clear that Dolt 45 is not a Russian Usefull Idiot, a Fellow Traveller, but instead,

    either a wholly owned Asset, or an actual Agent.

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    Marcopolo says:


    Speaking of the Dodgers, the Blonde Korean used to be an Angles fan

    I dunno, I’m more of a Saxon or Jutes kind of person myself. :P

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Which is obviously wrong.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Hoisted up from downstairs, where there was a brief discussion of Ken Burns’s Country Music.

    Jazz, also excellent, is available to stream for free on Amazon Prime (if you have a membership). Lots of information and some video clips at the PBS page, but no full episodes.

    Country Music is available to stream at the PBS site (temporarily, I presume).

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    Martin says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: This is why sexual harassment workshops at universities can be a blast to attend.

    “So what are some examples of sexual harassment? Looking at pornography in a shared office.”
    [hand shoots up]
    “Uh, I study pornography. My research team analyzes and discusses forms of pornography ”

    “Uh, how about exposing yourself to a coworker?”
    [hand shoots up]
    “We’re doing a performance of Hair right now and a number of our students expose themselves during the production”

    It legit turns into a challenge the sexual harassment trainers exercise.

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    prostratedragon says:

    Cixi was succeeded by an actual toddler. And that was that.

    Main title theme, The Last Emperor, by David Byrne</a<

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    They’re no longer red and angry—more like “still slightly concerned about something.”

    The Susan Collinses of scars.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Definitely premature. It’s a long season, and one serious injury could make a world of difference. And they looked far from invincible against Leicester City on Saturday.

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    Steeplejack says:


    No respect for the Picts?!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Marcopolo: would the baby come out with tattoos?

    @Steeplejack: those guys were great. I turned off the sound when Chip Caray came along.

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    Marcopolo says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I figured as much. Just having a little pun.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    What’s with the initial caps on nouns? Ae we supposed to read that in a German accent?

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    Steeplejack says:


    Ha! Funny, but ugh.

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    Jay says:

    Here's the first in a special series of @NewYorker excerpts from Catch and Kill—about how a pair of private detectives became embroiled in an international plot involving former Mossad agents, Harvey Weinstein, and an operation to shut down my reporting: https://t.co/Rjcc0rNZvs— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) October 7, 2019

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    I turned off the sound when Chip Caray came along.

    Again, as well you should!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Since the days when the iron hand of The Imperial Lord Ferg ruled The Prem from Manchester United, they’ve been saying that the mark of a champion is to play below their best and still win.

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    Marcopolo says:

    On a more serious note:

    1) I don’t see a majority of threads here over the course of a given day;

    2) We are living in fucknutsville in regards to our domestic political situation which potentially provides the fodder for all the cannons;

    But have there been any posts/discussions of this insanity:

    Could a tweet sink the NBA’s business relationships in China? It’s complicated

    Since the 1992 Olympics, when the NBA’s best players ran all over the rest of the world, the league has sought to take basketball — its product in particular — globally. Its partnerships in China, where the game is wildly popular, have been a pivotal part of that expansion strategy.

    But a single tweet from a general manager supporting protesters in Hong Kong could threaten that relationship and affect the way the public here and abroad views the league’s intentions on social issues.

    Apparently James Hardin gave a personal apology to China/Chinese fans from the floor of the Toyota Center (yes, of course the basketball arena in Houston is called the Toyota Center why not?).

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    Jay says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Around here, we call them Cows.

    You have to check tackle to be more specific like Bull, Steer or their breeding history to use Heifer, and that’s a good way to get badly injured, and hard to do from a passing car.

    @Amir Khalid:

    They are each a specific defined role in Soviet/Russian tradecraft.

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    patrick II says:

    I just saw Boris Johnson on TV and understand his unusual haircut better. It’s a forward comb-over. Like Chuck Todd, but longer.

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    Tell it to the cattleboys practicing their ridn’ and ropin’.


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    Jay says:

    Russia has significantly increased their attacks on Ukraine over the past week. Withdrawal of forces were set to begin as part of the steinmeier formula (capitulation to Putin) and has now been postponed. For the time being Ukraine will not be withdrawing forces in Donbas. pic.twitter.com/vUBmerxY7N— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) October 7, 2019

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    Marcopolo says:

    @Steeplejack: Ah laddie, the Celts are another people altogether.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Because Ukraine is in the news, here is an odd number I came across recently, although it’s from last year: two American political figures performing the duet “A lypy tsvitut’ ” (“The Lindens are Blooming.”)

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Heh, easy to say after the fact. Tell me you weren’t sweating at times during that match.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    As it happens, Toyota is a Japanese company. Selling stadium naming rights to corporations s not merely an American practice these days: Bayern Munich play at Allianz Arena, Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, Manchester City at the Etihad (the latter two are named after middle Eastern airlines). Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium is named after the neighbourhood it is in.

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    Marcopolo says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    would the baby come out with tattoos?

    Yes, and you’d immediately agree if you’d ever met her, but just music notation related ones.

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    NotMax says:


    Gotta love a people whose territory included the Kingdom of Fib.

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    NotMax says:

    Partially Paul Muni day on TCM now going on, including later on a couple of much lesser shown titles.

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    Marcopolo says:

    @Amir Khalid: Am aware Toyota is a Japanese company. Just found it ironic that a Japanese company would own the name to an American sports venue. But then I just glanced through this list and apparently Honda (Anaheim Ducks) and Mercedes-Benz (Both the Falcons & the Saints ?!?) also own names. I am sure there are others & I guess on further reflection at least Honda & Toyota have manufacturing facilities in the US.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Actually, I was. It’s kind of humid in this room. But I wasn’t too worried about the match. Our guys always score in the last minute, even if the son of a Man United goalkeeper is trying to psych us out before the penalty kick.

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    @David Merry Christmas Koch: 22 days plus a travel day at each end. I’ll be ready to get home by the end, but right now, it sounds good.

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    Aleta says:

    @Gin & Tonic: This gives me hope. Like linden petals gently lifted by a spring breeze, before blowing off to be crushed underfoot.

    Can’t believe you found this artwork. (I do like it.)

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    Steeplejack says:


    I am incredibly bummed that I did not notice until very late last night that TCM ran two excellent Maggie Cheung movies, Irma Vep and In the Mood for Love. Definitely would have been worth a DVR alert.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Riiight. I’ll just bookmark this comment for the inevitable day of hubris brought low.

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    sm*t cl*de says:


    @Steeplejack: Ah laddie, the Celts are another people altogether.

    Also red and angry.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @sm*t cl*de:

    Well played.

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