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by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 14:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 322
Views: 12096

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

Congress wouldn't do that in this case, mostly because it didn't want to risk getting a different ruling. I disagree on the motive; I think it was much more a matter of wanting this done before the Presidential campaign got up and running, and knowing that letting the Supreme Court grind away at it...
by D.A. Ridgely
Yesterday, 12:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 322
Views: 12096

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

Obstruction of justice is a real charge; obstruction of Congress is something they must have agreed upon because it's just vague enough to hold the caucus votes together. Yes, Congress has subpoena powers to investigate including investigating a president and the White House can't simply respond "Ex...
by D.A. Ridgely
26 Jan 2020, 15:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2514
Views: 157169

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

Kobe Bryant, 41, in a helicopter crash.
by D.A. Ridgely
25 Jan 2020, 21:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 322
Views: 12096

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

Question for DAR: I don't get how attempting to involve a foreign power in our election isn't impeachment worthy. Isn't it in the constitution? I thought the Mueller report would basically say that Trump was a money launderer and such. I didn't think the idiot would actually try and then admit to i...
by D.A. Ridgely
25 Jan 2020, 13:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)
Replies: 322
Views: 12096

Re: And Then There Were Four (The Impeachment Thread)

I recall the Black Panthers and other radical 60s groups arguing that all crimes are political. What we have now is something roughly akin to the claim that no abuse of political power warrants impeachment unless it is also a crime. In fact (and, for that matter, in fairly sound and robust legal his...
by D.A. Ridgely
24 Jan 2020, 13:53
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Guns and Whatnot.
Replies: 484
Views: 37516

Re: Guns and Whatnot.

At least he didn't shoot himself in the foot. That's more commonly a result of pistol malpractice like the dreaded "reholster with finger on trigger" maneuver. Hard to get the muzzle of a rifle low enough - that's usually a shoot someone else kind of mistake, which is probably worse. I've accidenta...
by D.A. Ridgely
17 Jan 2020, 22:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1229
Views: 75740

Re: Putin on the Writs

Pham Nuwen wrote:
17 Jan 2020, 21:47
I mean there are a lot of people that think Russia is an alright place. Could be the people I interact with though.
Have any of them been there? Have any of them lived there?
by D.A. Ridgely
17 Jan 2020, 13:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?
Replies: 184
Views: 12819

Re: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?

thoreau wrote:
17 Jan 2020, 12:45
Ken Starr has joined Trump's defense team.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/us/p ... owitz.html
John Yoo must have been busy.
by D.A. Ridgely
17 Jan 2020, 13:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1229
Views: 75740

Re: Putin on the Writs

*shrug* I assume optics. They aren't a democracy but want to seem like one. Lawful Evil is more effective than Chaotic Evil. Well, Orderly Evil is more effective, lawful or not. Russia's age old inferiority complex vis a vis Western Europe (not entirely unjustified when you count the ways in which ...
by D.A. Ridgely
17 Jan 2020, 13:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1416
Views: 68401

Re: cars and how they get that way

As I look for a bus that I could convert into an RV and live that sweet sweet skoolie life, most of the ones I come across are diesel engines. I am scared of diesel engines! - unfamiliar to me - loud - don't start when it's cold - expensive to fix - everybody in Europe seems to drive diesel vehicle...
by D.A. Ridgely
11 Jan 2020, 21:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41425

Re: Iran (so far away)

I no longer have any idea what people are arguing about or who is on which side, but I'd like to go on record here and say I disagree.
by D.A. Ridgely
11 Jan 2020, 11:06
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2514
Views: 157169

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

Edd Byrnes, 87. Most famously known, if no longer remembered, from the late 50s/early 60s TV show 77 Sunset Strip as "Gerald Lloyd "Kookie" Kookson III, the rock and roll-loving, wisecracking, hair-combing hipster and aspiring PI who initially worked as the valet parking attendant at Dino's, the clu...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 22:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2903
Views: 196366

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

So we are finally to the point where we can quote The Expanse? Fuck yeah! Bout time this fucking timeline stepped up its game. Dumb question, bu Is it a very quotable show? I haven't heard anything I realized was a quote from it. (I'm still living under a rock WRT TV. I'm trying to actually get bac...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 17:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41425

Re: Iran (so far away)

And I'm arguing this point because it's the one you guys have taken up. There is no prior moral rule preventing a violent overthrowing of Kim Jong Un. No principle of justice or rights or fairness or sovereignty comes into play. None. After that we can talk about consequences, but if we don't agree...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 12:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?
Replies: 354
Views: 112968

Re: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?

I wrote an essay that I am happy with and think can do better than my no-traffic blog, but I don't think I can get it into a paying venue. So I'm trying out Medium. https://medium.com/@physicistatlarge/the-farewell-as-a-tale-of-similarity-in-an-era-of-diversity-8a90414d23eb?sk=b07cb7be5d1071566c59a...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 12:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41425

Re: Iran (so far away)

Trump and Pompeo basically acknowledge the U.S. has an army of occupation in Iraq.

Admittedly, the Iraqi parliament's vote was non-binding and blah, blah, blah, but the U.S. previously at least gave lip service to the notion that Iraq was still a sovereign state.
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 12:01
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 1073

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

All other considerations have been subjugated to "has appeal to the global market". I'm not sure that's business dumb for mega films. Except that niche or genre films about which the Asian market (which is the only global market if we are to take South Park as truth) is known from the get-go to hav...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 11:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3191
Views: 187585

Re: Twitter!

Oh, if only there was some sort of legal precedent to permit short term use of land or buildings! What a brilliant idea!
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 11:14
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 1073

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

Funny or meh, it's always good to go after hollywood sanctimony at one of their self congratulatory events. I find the piles of money and hot spouses thing a strange riposte. I mean, hollywood types get all preachy about billionaires, so ... One of the reasons that Hollywood studios fail so often i...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 10:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7104
Views: 291623

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I would say not really, because "cost" can be literally any number anyone wants to make up. I'm very cynical about "cost plus" sorts of budgeting. Costs are too fungible for there not to be room for shenanigans. I don't think "fungible" is the right term, but I agree with the point. Federal contrac...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 10:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 876
Views: 41425

Re: Iran (so far away)

There are reasonable prudent and political reasons why the U.S. shouldn't make a habit of assassinating foreign despots willy-nilly, not the least being that we propped many of them up in the first place, so it just seems unsporting. But as Jason notes, some cases are easy calls. No one would mourn ...
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 10:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 591
Views: 26069

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition, er, Trump to win.

Mind you, I think Sanders would get crushed and Biden has only a slightly better chance of winning than Trump, but nobody who didn't take Trump seriously in 2016 is going to make that mistake again.
by D.A. Ridgely
10 Jan 2020, 10:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 591
Views: 26069

Re: Dancing With the Dems

Sanders is going to win the NH and VT primaries. 538 is now handicapping the nomination with Biden a 2 in 5 chance of winning, Sanders a 1 in 5 chance and the rest of the field as longshots. Of course, turnout is key, but if Biden has a strong lead after Super Tuesday (March 3), I'd say it's all over.
by D.A. Ridgely
09 Jan 2020, 23:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?
Replies: 38
Views: 1073

Re: Icky Gervais or Sticky(it to 'em) Gervais?

Chappelle had a much better Epstein joke at the Mark Twain Awards ceremony televised last night. Having previously mentioned Hugh Hefner in a different context, he then did a callback, describing Hefner as "you know, like Epstein but with a grotto." :? Fort the record, this wasn't Chapelle's joke. ...