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Title: Nationwide Dementiafest: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
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URL Source: https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2021/0 ... -edge-of-the-narrative-matrix/
Published: Jan 23, 2021
Author: Caitlin Johnstone
Post Date: 2021-01-23 09:43:29 by Ada
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Views: 354
Comments: 55

Joe Biden. Joe Biden. Joe fucking fucking motherfucking Biden. In a country of 328 million people the guy that gets elevated to the top is literally one of the very worst human beings in the entire population. That’s the “democracy” you’re being told is under attack.

And this isn’t even prime Joe Biden. This is coming out of retirement for a half-assed exhibition match Joe Biden. This is way past sell-by date Joe Biden. This is Joe Biden with missing pieces. That’s the sort of animal that rises to the highest elected office in US “democracy”.

The inauguration was a whole internet of liberals performing amazing mental contortions to forget that Joe Biden is a disgusting piece of shit. Now everyone has forgotten who Joe Biden is, including Joe Biden. A nationwide dementiafest.

Obama campaigned on Hope and Change and delivered nothing but neoliberal oppression and imperialist mass murder. Biden campaigned on “Fuck you, no” and people think he’s somehow going to deliver something positive.

People are so cute.

You can do it Democrats! Just two years of stalling progressive change before you lose the House and Senate and can start claiming the lack of progress is due to an obstructionist congress!

I still can’t get over the fact that Dems consciously chose not to give Americans the amount of money they said they would. They discussed it, then said “Nah. Too much. Subtract that $600 from before.”

Leftist: There’s been a bombing!

Liberal: Oh no! Where??

Leftist: The Middle East and Africa mostly. Our government drops bombs there every day.

Liberal: Ohh thank God. I thought you meant a bombing of real people.

Ask people if they believe all lives are of equal value regardless of where in the world they live and how much money they have, and most will tell you yes. But if you look at their worldviews and the lives those worldviews tend to snuff out, for most the real answer would be no.

The majority of the people who rightly say Black lives matter give zero fucks about the people of color who are being butchered by the US empire in the Global South right now. Mass media punditry trains people to only values the lives in their own part of the world.

Being an anti-imperialist in this society is like being the black sheep of the family who never gets invited to holiday dinners because she always brings up the fact that Uncle Larry is a child molester.

Every day Biden chooses not to move on ending the war in Yemen translates directly into many more dead children. This is not an exaggeration, it is a fact. It requires much, much more urgency than it’s getting.

Trump’s actions in Yemen alone make him a monster whose name should only be spoken with disgust. If you abhor Obama for his warmongering there’s no legitimate reason not to abhor Trump as well.

Trump was none of the things Democrats said he was and none of the things Republicans said he was and all of the things they both are.

There are already at least three likely 2024 presidential candidates against whom the Democratic candidate would be the lesser evil: Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, and Tom Cotton. This system is designed to feed you an endless river of evil so that you are floating in evil all the time no matter how you vote.

The way to stop the rise of right wing extremism and conspiracy theories is to end government corruption and government secrecy, not to implement authoritarian measures under the banner of fighting terrorism. This is obvious to everyone who isn’t an idiot.

To stop fascism they’ll roll out Patriot Act 2, secretly implement more FBI programs, surveil, censor, militarize, anything except change the conditions which feed into the rise of fascism.

Because their rule depends upon those conditions.

And because they’re fine with fascism.

Socialists who promote socialism using esoteric leftist jargon that ordinary people don’t understand aren’t really interested in promoting socialism. It’s just a nerdy hobby for them. They’re the same as Star Trek nerds speaking Klingon.

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One advantage the far right has over us is that the mainstream consent-manufacturing shitlib culture that is churned out 24/7 by Hollywood is so plainly artificial and cringey. The left needs to fight back by creating culture, real culture, authentic art and media that moves something deep in people, and by rejecting the establishment’s conveyor belt culture instead of just its politics.

This is why something as simple as Bernie Sanders turning up in mittens captured everyone’s hearts and imaginations. It was such a glitch in the whole phony performance and such a nice break from being lied to all the fucking time. We need to give people that experience way more.

Trust in the plutocratic media is at an all-time low and our ability to network and share information is at an all-time high. We absolutely do have a window to wake each other up from the propaganda and create a healthy world. But internet censorship is creeping forward, so means it must be soon.

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#1. To: Ada (#0) (Edited)

feed into the rise of fascism.

Hitler's failed "Beer Hall Putsch" got him a few years in Landsberg Prison where he dictated Mein Kampf to his cell mate, Rudolf Hess.

When Hitler was installed as Chancellor in 1933.

Afterward there was the Reichstag fire. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2021-01-23   9:54:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Ada (#0)

I like Caitlin, and some of her writing is brilliant, but she is a principled leftist. Thus irrelevant.

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men." -- Samuel Adams (1722-1803)‡

"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." -- Thomas Jefferson

ghostdogtxn  posted on  2021-01-23   10:39:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: ghostdogtxn (#2)

she is a principled leftist. Thus irrelevant.

Au contraire. Principled leftists like her and Glenn Greenwald contribute much.

Ada  posted on  2021-01-23   10:58:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Ada (#3) (Edited)

leftists ... contribute much ...

Au contraire, mon ami. Fundamental to the leftist view is the notion that there is some kind of ‘good’ form of government, and that if we could but find it, a better and more decent world would emerge. The reality is that government is inherently evil and corrupt, and should be minimized as much as possible, and strictly confined to its core functions . This is anathema to the left. The left view is fundamentally at odds with “contributing much”. Quite the opposite.

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men." -- Samuel Adams (1722-1803)‡

"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." -- Thomas Jefferson

ghostdogtxn  posted on  2021-01-23   11:29:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: ghostdogtxn (#2)

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!

There's something refreshing about that, eventho Caitlin comes up with some good material ;)

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-23   14:10:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: NeoconsNailed (#5)

Tough time coming for free thinkers.

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men." -- Samuel Adams (1722-1803)‡

"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." -- Thomas Jefferson

ghostdogtxn  posted on  2021-01-23   14:11:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: ghostdogtxn, 4um (#6)

I miss the bad-old-days of being able to talk to smart people (face-to- face).

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-23   14:28:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Esso (#7)

www.gocomi cs.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2021/01/17

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-23   15:39:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: NeoconsNailed (#8) (Edited)

BE THIS GUY: PREMIUM MEMBER 7 days ago

My octogenarian parents got their vaccine last week, so I’m slightly optimistic.

Holy crap. This dude's a stone killer.

And I thought I was bad.

(Edit) Yeah, I know that you're not supposed to start a sentence with "and." I got my [ego] dragged through the dirt about that in second or third grade a lifetime ago. I did it for emphasis.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-23   15:47:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Lod, 4um (#9) (Edited)

Holy crap. This dude's a stone killer.

And I thought I was bad.

Holy crap. This dude's a stone killer, and I thought I was bad. (Rev. 1)

Loddy, can you diagram this for me? As I recall, you're 4um's resident English genius.

I'm a multi-lingual illiterate. There's a whole lot of languages that I can't speak, read or write.

All I know is, that I'll never run the movie "Солярис" (с тифлокомментариями) (фантастика, реж. Андрей Тарковский, 1972 г.) (Solaris 1972) on the ChromeBook on my nightstand to go to sleep by.

Man, did that ever give me some wicked nightmares. I'm glad that I didn't have to go to the jobsite today.

(Edit) There's a really pretty Slav girl at ~7:22 that may be Melania Trump. Just sayin'.

I'll bet that gal's a stunner today, but then again, a lot of Russian gals didn't age very well.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEZlReSDRl4

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-23   16:23:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Esso (#10)

A USSR movie with English-named characters and one wild-sounding plot!

en.wikipedia.o rg/wiki/Solaris_(1972_film)

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-23   16:33:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: NeoconsNailed, 4um (#11)

I think it was done in 1968, 1972 and there was an American iteration of with George Clooney, never saw that one.

I sleep with stuff running on EweToob at night to try to mitigate my tinnitus. I haven't heard quiet for a little over seven years now. The MDs told me to run a fan or something, but that just puts noise-on- noise. The TeeVee I used to use got hit by lightning several years ago.

Thank you, Honda engineers. I'd probably think I was dead if my hearing ever went quiet.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-23   16:46:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: ghostdogtxn (#4)

Au contraire, mon ami. Fundamental to the leftist view is the notion that there is some kind of ‘good’ form of government, and that if we could but find it, a better and more decent world would emerge.

She describes herself as a Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho- psychonaut. Guerilla poet. Utopia prepper.

Apparently "Bogan" is the Australian equivalent of redneck.

"Anarcho-psychonaut" is not about government but rather a belief that humans are capable of evolving into something better. Might involve drugs but I'm not sure.

Regarding anarchists, she wrote:

It's crazy how many so-called anarchists wind up advocating the same regime change agendas as the CIA and the US State Department. Like "Yeah I'm so anti-authoritarian I want the single most powerful authoritarian force on the planet to shore up even more control over the world."

Ada  posted on  2021-01-23   16:57:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Ada, 4um (#13)

Apparently "Bogan" is the Australian equivalent of redneck.

More like uncouth, but I suppose redneck is on target also.

Bogan is, I think the first purely Aussie word. First one I know anyway.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-23   17:20:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: Esso (#12)

Sorry you have to deal with that. I'll take a fave movie and put it on auto repeat for half a day to drive away the lonelies -- sob, sniff!

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-23   18:39:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Esso (#9)

Nothing wrong with that in casual use.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-23   18:41:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: NeoconsNailed, 4um (#15)

Sorry you have to deal with that.

It is what it is. I'd probably be a little happier about it if was for some "noble cause."

I'll take a fave movie and put it on auto repeat for half a day to drive away the lonelies -- sob, sniff!

Don't shed too many tears over my lost youth and innocence. Set me up with AOC, I wanna ride...

I'll get to Valhalla, she'll be dinner.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-23   18:46:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Esso (#9)

I did it for emphasis.

That would seem to be the proper use of the word in that sense. But don't ask me. I am an old Chicago boy and Chicago English was a bit different than most areas. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2021-01-23   19:03:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: Esso (#17)

I'd certainly like to bake her at 350 degrees for a few hours-- literally.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-23   19:45:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: BTP Holdings, ghostdogtxn, 4um (#18)

I am an old Chicago boy

I'm just a Hoosier Hick. I don't know nothin'.

Want a refrigerator that heats your house in the winter and keeps it cool in the summer? It takes about the same pipes as a normal 90%+ furnace.

Ooooo, we've never never done it that way.

Want a house that generates its own electricity and water?

Ooooo, we've never never done it that way.

Want to have efficient cars?

Ooooo, we've never never done it that way. Elon Musk isn't even close.

There's a lot more, but I only give stupid shit away for free. The real deal comes with a cost. Come see the testbed that I'm stuck living in. Open invitation to anybody that thinks that they've got the technical ability to understand it.

Ooooo, we've never never done it that way.

Yeah, I know. Have AOC spend a week with me and I'll give the c*nt a green new deal that works, and a little something else if you know what I mean.

Ooooo, we've never never done it that way.

And this fucked up country never will. Anymore that you'll have a fair election ever again. I figure I won't see 2021, I just don't really give a fuck anymore. You can lead a horse to water...

Sorry, I'm close to the end and BS isn't cutting it anymore. When I was busy taking care of my dying family, I wasn't wasting any downtime, I was working.

I guess I'm just a kook.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-23   19:48:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: BTP Holdings (#18)

Including the pronunciation of 'Chicago' :-s

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-23   20:42:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: Esso, NeoconsNailed (#9)

There's nothing wrong with starting a sentence with and. And anybody who tells you there is is misinformed. I start sentences with And and But all the time. Sometimes that's the best word to start a sentence with. And sometimes a preposition is the best word to end a sentence with.

But misplacing modifiers and misusing personal pronouns (here I mean objective vs. subjective, not that tranny zhe poppycock) are grievous grammatical malefactions. (Could have said gaffes, but must resist my appetition for alliteration.)

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-23   22:41:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#23. To: StraitGate, Lod, 4um (#22)

The only thing I've ever been bad at is the English language. I'm maybe at a 3rd grade level, at best (in the 60s).

I delegate authority, that's why I keep Lod on speed-dial.

Oh crap, speed-dial isn't a thing anymore, is it?

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-23   22:50:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#24. To: Esso (#23)

Keep the stories and remembrances flowing, they're fascinating reading.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-01-23   23:51:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#25. To: Esso (#23)

The only thing I've ever been bad at is the English language.

Bad at just one thing? Congratulations.

I'm bad at a whole mess of things: flying a helicopter, brain surgery, bagpipes, underwater welding, Swahili, understanding women...

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-23   23:54:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#26. To: Lod, 4um (#24)

Keep the stories and remembrances flowing, they're fascinating reading.

You guys are the only family that I have extant. I wish I could write a book, but would go to prison.

I decided to dribble it out one vignette at a time. Hell, nobody would believe it anyway.

I wish you could've met my buddy Ray, the convict. Man, he made me look like an illiterate dirtbag. He certainly was a classy fella for working at McD's.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-24   0:03:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#27. To: StraitGate, 4um (#25) (Edited)

I'm bad at a whole mess of things: flying a helicopter, brain surgery, bagpipes, underwater welding, Swahili, understanding women...

I told you I wasn't good at English, I didn't make myself clear. I was talking about language.

I can fly about anything you let me be pilot-in-command of. (Edit) I was always a better weatherman than fright service was. You don't "fly a helicopter" you just kind of think about it. /Edit

I'm not an MD, but I play one for myself.

I've never been musical or artistic.

I suppose if I can weld above ground (arc, mig, tig, whatever) I could probably do it under water, I think Arc is the only one that works. Yes, I have a scuba permit (not active). Nor is my pilot license.

I understand everything that there is to know about women (or whatever their designation is now).

It all comes down to one simple theorem, and I'm quite frankly surprised that you're not aware of it as smart as you are.

"If it's got tits, tires or floats on the water, it's trouble."

(Edit) The thing is helicopters are different from airplanes

An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or incompetent piloting, it will fly.
A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other.
And if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying immediately and disastrously.
There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.
That's why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality airplane pilots are open, clear- eyed, buoyant, extroverts.
And helicopter pilots are brooders, introspective anticipators of trouble.
They know if something bad has not happened it is about to.

I didn't write that, Harry Reasoner did during the Vietnam War.

A lot (alot, allot) of fellas used to say that I've got a "machine gunners outlook."

I know why I got that reputation, now. I'll never drop my sights to worry about what's happening in my face, I look out further.

Sometimes part of the job is knowing when to bow out.

I'm not afraid to die, it would be a great relief.

I'm just sorry that my life's work is going to end up with folks that never knew me or cared about me.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-24   0:23:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#28. To: Esso (#26)

You guys are the only family that I have extant.

I'm glad to be in that number. Do you prefer "Grandpa" or "Pop"?

BTW, your using "extant" contravenes your professed 3rd grade English proficiency.

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   0:30:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#29. To: Esso (#27)

I understand everything that there is to know about women

Men have many faults;
Women only two:

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   0:36:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#30. To: Esso (#27)

"If it's got tits, tires or floats on the water, it's trouble."

And the corollary I heard years ago, "If it floats, flies, or fucks, rent it, don't own it."

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-01-24   0:38:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#31. To: StraitGate, 4um (#28)

I'm glad to be in that number. Do you prefer "Grandpa" or "Pop"?

Y'all are my family at 4um. I guess I'll just have to go with Jim, along with Chrissy's cabal of "Jims."

I've got no progeny, I'm the end of the line. I did manage to throw enough money at my neighbors across the street though when the goob was going to take their daughter away for child abuse when they wouldn't pay for root canal work on baby teeth.

I also paid for Lasik surgery when Papa wanted to volunteer for Desert Storm. I told him that you don't want to go into combat with glasses.

I messed up. How was I to know that you couldn't deploy if you've had surgery lately that you couldn't deploy? They made Chris a MP bounty hunter in the states (IN) rounding up the fellas that were not as brave as they thought.

I knew exactly what I was doing at the time. Chris could've been my son, he's probably about $200k in the hole, but he's still got the house and the garage that Mom helped me build for him. My last girly-friend had two great-grandkids.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-24   1:26:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#32. To: Lod, 4um (#30)

And the corollary I heard years ago, "If it floats, flies, or fucks, rent it, don't own it."

Loddy, If you get to (wherever) before me, Dad'll be the young fella hangin' out with Dale Earhardt.

I'm sure we'll part ways.

You left out cars, Dad.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-24   1:36:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#33. To: StraitGate, 4um (#28)

BTW, your using "extant" contravenes your professed 3rd grade English proficiency.

FU. I Doan no nuffin an i dindu it.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-24   1:42:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#34. To: Esso (#22)

English writers were beginning sentences with the word And 500 years ago (verses 23 and 30 below). This is a portion of John Chapter 10 from Tyndale's 1526 translation of the New Testament. The King James translators copied Tyndale almost word for word 85 years later. The second sermon I ever preached -- many years ago -- was from this passage.

22 It was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was the winter: 23 And Jesus walked in Solomon's hall. 24 Then came the jewes round about him, and said unto him: How long dost thou make us doubt? If thou be Christ, tell us plainly. 25 Jesus answered them: I told you and ye believe not: The works that I do in my father's name, bear witness of me: 26 but ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep. As I said unto you: 27 my sheep, hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, 28 and I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My father which gave them me, is greater then all men, and no man is able to take them out of my father's hand. 30 And I and my father are one.

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   2:12:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#35. To: Esso (#33)

There's also your "cabal" and "progeny". Third grade must have been pretty rigorous up in Northern Indiana.

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   2:16:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#36. To: StraitGate, 4um (#35)

Third grade must have been pretty rigorous up in Northern Indiana.

Kindergarten was a bitch. I could read a clock and read at a low level.

She put me into a new and innovative thing called reading Readyness after kindygarden (Grade (0.5).

Somewhere along the line, Nyla Armstrong's hatred for me melted away in future years.

I managed to do OK, but that homo/creep Fred something-or-other, was weird.

I'm pretty durable, I guess.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-24   2:31:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#37. To: Esso (#36)

Kindergarten was a bitch.

Dad says I lasted 3 days. Well, that's how long the teacher lasted before she threw me out. When I started 1st grade I didn't even know the alphabet, and most of the other kids could already read. Teacher divided the students into three groups according to reading ability: Eagles, Doves, and Blackbirds (or something like that). I was a blackbird.

My mom, who died a few years ago, always told me the reason they didn't send me to kindergarten was because I was too smart. Only last year did I finally learn the truth -- from my dad: They did send me, but I got thrown out after 3 days.

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   2:49:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#38. To: StraitGate, Christine, 4um (#35) (Edited)

This is all way to serious. Hey, no red squigglies yet, let's roll...

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The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-24   3:11:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#39. To: StraitGate (#37)

Well, I guess Nyla's plan to punish me didn't go so well. I still ended up graduating HS a year late, but with enough college credits to get me a degree two years ahead of schedule.

Shit, that was a lifetime ago. I didn't get anything more done, blah, blah, blah...

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-24   3:25:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#40. To: PamPunk, 4um (#39)

Remember us being the semi-transparent guys in the background? I know you're you're gone, hon. I miss you the most. Skillethead and Danny are gone too.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-24   3:35:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#41. To: All (#40)

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-01-24   4:59:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#42. To: StraitGate (#37)

Why'd you get thrown out? I hated going, it's true.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-24   5:12:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#43. To: StraitGate (#22)

Do you find it at all grating when a pome or hymn text starts with 'and' as the very first word?

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-24   5:15:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#44. To: NeoconsNailed (#43)

The very first word? Well, yes -- gruesomely grating. And wouldn't work there, because there's nothing to and anything with yet.

I can think of only one such poem or hymn: Wesley's And Can It Be, That I Should Gain? Watts wouldn't have done that.

I'll tell you what grates me like Parmigiano-Reggiano: people's using and as the first word of a retort. E.g. the time I told a motel front desk clerk that the sofa on the balcony was dangerously posed, that a child could easily fall to his death if climbing or playing on it as children do. Her answer: "AND why would a child be unattended?"

While we're on the subject, have you noticed people starting conversations with "so" lately? "So, at work today we were all in this meeting, and..."

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   9:32:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#45. To: NeoconsNailed (#42)

Because I would not be ruled.

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   9:34:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#46. To: StraitGate (#44)

...have you noticed people starting conversations with "so" lately?

I have indeed and here's one of many explanations/theories of this fad ~

www.everythingzoomer.com/...y-people-start-sentences/

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-01-24   10:18:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#47. To: Esso (#27)

I understand everything that there is to know about women

Life as a man:

vimeo.com/160391837

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   12:39:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#48. To: StraitGate (#44)

'And have the bright immensities' is another. My, it's quite the subject in pop

forums.stevehoffman.tv/th...with- the-word-and.392226/

Haven't noticed that 'so' stuff, thank goodness -- it's really the start of the convo?

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-24   21:52:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#49. To: NeoconsNailed (#48)

Haven't noticed that 'so' stuff, thank goodness -- it's really the start of the convo?

Like, totally.

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   22:44:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#50. To: StraitGate (#45)

GOOD. What irked you in particular about it?

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-24   22:46:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#51. To: Lod (#46)

My late mother-in-law from Louisiana would start a conversation with "Like I say, ..." Sounded like a single word, like lock-a-SAY.

Sometimes it was "Now, lockaSAY, ...", with a pretty long pause after each of the two words.

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   22:53:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#52. To: NeoconsNailed (#50)

What irked you in particular about it?

Strangely, I don't remember anything about those three days. When we would drive by the little building (in a little country town a couple miles south of our old house), my parents would say There's where Jill and Jack (sibs 2 and 3 years older than I) went to kindergarten. I'd say What about me? They'd answer You didn't go. That was it. I didn't then and still don't remember ever stepping inside that building. They'd call that PTSD today, I guess.

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-24   23:06:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#53. To: StraitGate (#52)

That's really strange. Do you suppose something traumatic took place there? I don't know what to make of the repressed-memory idea -- apparently science is on the skeptical side at present.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-25   3:47:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#54. To: NeoconsNailed (#53)

Who knows? There's always the possibility that my dad might be misremembering the episode?

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-25   8:45:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#55. To: StraitGate (#54) (Edited)

There's never been any mention of this thing by your siblings or other relatives? If you have a parent surviving, please get the exact story from 'em.

I hated kindergarten so much I cried my mother into letting me stay home one day. She was so mad.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-25   9:42:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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