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Thursday Open Thread


This brief history of how Greek civilization flourished and was saved at the intersection of Arabs, Slavs and Renaissance Italians is fascinating.


The full title says it all… The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France… the last recorded, sanctioned trial by combat in France was a doozy.

72 comments to Thursday Open Thread

  • Daniel

    Good morning, y’all.

    And for a your morning video how about Jeff Gordon taking a Camaro for test drive.

  • Daniel

    “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”
    — G.K. Chesterton

  • JS Lawalin

    Google Reader is dying – boo! On the other hand, anything that weans me off using Google is probably a good thing.

  • Texacalirose

    So many books, so little time. I need for someone to step up and record his oral reading of each … Floyd? INJF? Eric? (Your good voice is already on the record). Then send the cassette tapes CD’s to me. I know, I know: most are already available as audio books, but those are usually abridged and “so many books, so little money.” I want them in my head – ZAP! – I don’t have the time or money to read them all darnit.

  • Texacalirose

    And when I hear about the new Pope, I wonder if the Church’s decision is truly divinely inspired beyond what a P girl such as I might assume. That he is especially humble and conservative on marriage and other issues and that he is from South America make me think the Church is pushing back on the insanity associated with Hugo Chavez, intent upon reclaiming the hearts and minds of South America; that the Church is doubling down on the moral imperatives that have made and kept the world out of darkness and kept America great. We are still the last great hope for Europe and the rest of the planet.

    May God bless Pope Francis and gird him for the fight we are in.

    • Daniel

      T, I’m afraid I need to disabuse you of what might be a misconception – the Catholic Church does not need to “reclaim the hearts and minds of South America.” They are probably much more deeply Catholic than even the most Catholic communities in the United States. If anything The Church’s biggest job with the New Evangelization in the U.S. and Europe.

      I wonder if by “We” you mean the Catholic Church when you speak about hope for the future (though I kind of doubt it). Forgive me for dissenting, but the more I grow in my faith and devotion in the Catholic Church, the more I come to believe that the United States is not “the last great hope for Europe and the rest of the planet.” Only Christ represents that hope. No worldly nation or political organization can possibly sit in such a privileged place.

      • Texacalirose

        Points taken, Crandall. I’ll clarify: I was raised a few blocks from the Mexican border and am well aware of the Catholicity of Latin America; I was referring to the hearts and minds of the governments that rule the people, eg., Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and his heirs and Argentina’s Kirchners (who banished Pope Francis I to their equivalent Siberia because of his adherence to his beliefs). The masses are deeply Catholic, but their politicians are not. My point is that the new Pope might have an influence upon the people so as to give them the confidence in their church, their religion, their human rights, to overcome the oppressive governments that they’ve allowed to rule them.

        I mean we the United States of America are still the last great hope for Europe and the rest of the planet in the same way as we’ve always been. Jesus Christ retains the same position he’s always had as well. I know what lies ahead for me on the other side. In the mean time, I’m here to fight and suffer and love and win and lose just as my fores have done. Ubama’s America is piss poor, but it’s not as bad as other places have been, are, or will be before we’re all risen. God bless America.

  • -fritz-

    Coffee, krullers and conundrum!

    http://news.yahoo.com/michelle-obama-gets-second-vogue-cover-140008469–abc-news-politics.html

    The link begs an answer: Is she a vision of loveliness, a poster girl for those against Twinkies, a nightmare, the wife of the world’s most inept communist, or any combo or others you might add? :-)

  • Tink in Cali

    10th, Holla!

    • Texacalirose

      I see your appearance as 5th. There needs to be a standard. Shall we attempt a plebiscite or ask Floyd to issue an edict or EO?? C’mon! If -fritz- shows up first and runs the table with his infamous ten-peats, the next person who gets a comment in edgewise shouldn’t be relegated to 11th. I see it ranked by the person’s appearance, not by the ordinal comments. It’s simple math: 1 + 1 = me.

      • -fritz-

        Seriously, since when have I been a table runner? The only 10-peat I’ve had recently was weeks ago. And since when did appearance have anything to do with it? You, my dear are a “Krautist!” Your math and fuzzy-logic leave a lot to be desired! Everybody knows that “first” is first and all others are losers! :P

        • goozer

          TastyCupcake and her fuzzy jammies went to the same school as this gentleman. ;-)

        • Texacalirose

          So, your ten-peats don’t count unless a quota is attained? Who’s making the rules around here? And “appearance” has more than one definition. So many words do, ya know. And how can a Kraut such as I be a “Krautist”? … unless you are using “Krautist” as in “chauvinist,” not as in “racist.” But who knows with you? And “first” can most definitely mean “loser.” For example: the first black president (and I don’t mean Bill Clinton). And stop challenging me! I’m still sick! [coughsneezecough] :)

          • -fritz-

            My apologies! I do hope you get better soon. I want to lay into this with both barrels, but I refuse to hit someone who’s down! Aren’t I wonderful? “Speak softly and carry a big stick”, “Strike while the iron is hot”, “Sneak up behind ‘em while they aren’t looking.” I may be nothing else, but I am a gentleman, so none of those are my way! :D

            P.S.: Your math still stinks! :-)

  • Texacalirose

    So will the new Pope’s nationality help the Appalachian Trail hiking whore-hopping ex-governor of SC in his bid for the Senate? The ole guv was twisting the story on FNC this morn. Sez his experience was “humbling” & “humble’ is what is needed in today’s politics. I have to stand on my head to even listen to this guy. He and his Argentine squeeze need to get a real job like the rest of us. They both need to take another hike. Watch out for slippery rocks.

    • Texacalirose

      Well, durn-burn-it. It’s rant time for Texa!

      I bought two tablets last Christmas, one for my daughter-in-law and one for me. They both crapped out within the one year warranty period, so I sent mine back. As soon (it took weeks) as I received the replacement, I gave it to my daughter-in-law and took hers to send back for replacement. Well, after I mailed it back, the company went bankrupt and told me I was SOL. The company was Pandigital and I purchased from QVC. QVC only backs products for 30 days. Fair enough except QVC is still selling the remaining Pandigital stock without disclosing the bankruptcy to its customers. That’s bunk!

      So, until I get another tablet, I pass on e-books. Maybe Santa will be kind this year. I wish you tremendous sales!!

      • Thanks. Did you hear they dropped the price on Kindle Fire by $100? Me, I use a plain old monochrome Kindle similar to one you can get for about $40. There are also free apps that will let you read e-books, if you can stand reading them on your computer.

    • Matt Helm

      I like the illustration on the “cover.” Did Kriskey pose with the axe for it?

    • -fritz-

      Really a great job maker, isn’t he? I’m still perplexed as to whatever stretch of the imagination it took, for those who saw what a moroon he was and returned four years later and voted him back in again! That takes a special kind of stoopid!

    • Texacalirose

      Good stats, JC. And yours are only a sampling. I hear often about others who are affected. Today I heard on Rush that there is talk of Hillary/Moochelle 2016 ticket. God help us.

      • Rufus

        Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

        • Rufus

          ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

          • Rufus

            oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            • -fritz-

              I totally agreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

              • Rufus

                The saddest thing is; it’s very likely they’d win! Jesse Ventura, Governor Scwarzenegger… Style over substance.

                • -fritz-

                  The trouble is, with those two females, there is neither style nor substance. Think Kim Jong None! Not even the jammies are stylish!

                • JimmyC

                  That’s about right. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Obama’s re-election, it’s that people will vote for someone they like over someone who will actually improve things. That’s why I think if we’ve got a shot at winning 2016, it’s with Marco Rubio, not Rand Paul. Rubio knows how to manage his public image and keep the media from sinking it (thus far, anyway).

                  Of course, knowing the GOP establishment, they’ll probably give the nomination to another dull RINO like Lindsey Graham or something.

                  • Texacalirose

                    … Lindsey Graham or something.

                    See Ru’s and -fritz-’s comments above. I’m screaming here.

                    (Can’t McCain run again!) KERPLOW!!!!!

      • -fritz-

        Well…there goes the new Hostess Company in 3.5 years!

  • Daniel

    49th!!! … oh, wait, that was my birthday last week… never mind…

  • Matt Helm

    Netflix has been pissing me off lately with their Asian films. It’s like Rangoon Roullette when every once in a while, they have an Asian flick without subtitles. Last night my hopes were up when I saw a 2012 Chow Yun Fat movie, The Assassins, just added but dashed to bits when there were no subtitles. Ditto for Battle Royale, though I saw that one already. Anyone else having that problem or are they just out to get me?

  • Matt Helm

    Did anyone see this cloud angel sighted in West Palm Beach? It’s not photoshopped because several different people sent in photos of it from different angles.

    http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/west_palm_beach/a-message-from-above?llll

  • Remember, you f—kers had your chance and passed on it.

  • (gratuitous plug alert!)

    I know it’s late but a few folks asked when Andrew and I would tackle Bond songs.

    Here ya go: http://commentaramafilms.blogspot.com/2013/03/questionable-bond-no-2.html

    :-)

    • Texacalirose

      I did! Bassey’s “Goldfinger” is the quintessential Bond theme. Thereafter, my favorite is Sheena Easton’s “For Your Eyes Only.”

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