Thursday Open Thread

Laurence Olivier in The Marathon Man (1976)

47 comments to Thursday Open Thread

  • Scott M.

    What,is this National Dental Health Week?

  • Scott M.

    Tennessee’s beloved US Senator,Little Corky

    https://amgreatness.com/2017/10/10/bob-corker-scion-of-the-ruling-class/

    All true…that little fraud lackey chickened out of a reelection bid because he knew we conservatives here were going to chuck him out.Good riddance!

  • Scott M.

    Cook County repeals the Soda Tax

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/11/chicagos-soda-tax-repealed-in-blow-to-nanny-state-crusade.html

    A win for Joe and Jane 2 Liter against the effete snob nannies of the left(who left their sparkling water exempt while taxing poor minorities who loved their tasty colas).How about Seattle,Jimmy?

  • Scott M.

    Dere’s gold in dem dar…sewers?!?

    http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/theres-gold-in-switzerlands-sewage

    Have to ask Rufus…he’s the only person I know who’s been to Switzerland!

  • Scott M.

    Great piece in The American Spectator on the sudden heroes in Hollywood… “The Courage of Cowards”

    https://spectator.org/the-courage-of-cowards/

    Nothing but cheap grace.No way the libtard hypocrites can explain away this swill,and they know it.How that paint must look from that tiny corner!

  • Scott M.

    The horrors of promoting derangement as normality,courtesy of the mental Khmer Rouge known as Transgenderism

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/11/what-two-former-trans-men-want-you-to-know-about-all-the-lies/

  • Scott M.

    Was Pinteresting last night(my hobby),and I came across this beautiful and haunting airline poster ad

    http://www.grayflannelsuit.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/vintage-airline-travel-poster_continental-new-york.jpg

    • Rufus

      Well, those are 6 words I never expected to read in a comment from ScottM: “Was Pinteresting last night(my hobby)!”

      Good on ya’, Scott! Art is an important part of being a well balanced person. I am woefully lacking in that area.

  • Rufus

    Wow! This letter written by Robert M. Heffington, LTC, U.S. Army (Retired), West Point Class of 1997 is nearly unbelievable, but if even 1/3 of it is true it is extremely disturbing. http://americanmilitarynews.com/2017/10/exclusive-former-west-point-professors-letter-exposes-corruption-cheating-and-failing-standards-full-letter/

    Below is a brief excerpt, but it really is a “read the whole thing” type of post.

    Academic standards are also nonexistent. I believe this trend started approximately ten years ago, and it has continued to get worse… Cadets routinely fail multiple classes and they are not separated at the end-of-semester Academic Boards. Their professors recommend “Definitely Separate,” but those recommendations are totally disregarded. I recently taught a cadet who failed four classes in one semester (including mine), in addition to several she had failed in previous semesters, and she was retained at the Academy… Instead, when they fail (and they do to a staggering extent), the Dean simply throws them back into the mix and expects the faculty to somehow drag them through the academic program until they manage to earn a passing grade… cadets are actually incentivized to fail…

    Even the curriculum itself has suffered. The plebe American History course has been revamped to focus completely on race and on the narrative that America is founded solely on a history of racial oppression. Cadets derisively call it the “I Hate America Course.” Simultaneously, the plebe International History course now focuses on gender to the exclusion of many other important themes. On the other hand, an entire semester of military history was recently deleted from the curriculum (at West Point!). In all courses, the bar has been lowered to the point where it is irrelevant. If a cadet fails a course, the instructor is blamed, so instructors are incentivized to pass everyone.

    • Scott M.

      The service acadamies are a complete waste of money.

      • I don’t know about that.

      • Rufus

        I can’t vouch for their current worthiness, although I know a few great young men who got in and some great young men who did not. But I’m happy to pay taxes to develop and educate future generations of military leaders and I think it’s a great tradition in this country. If Westpoint has diminished I hope it improves soon. There are worthy young women and men who can handle the rigor necessary to develop into what our military needs if appropriately challenged.

    • Before you believe everything you read, I asked a friend of mind who is a West Point grad, a fine officer and served as a TAC. Officer what he thought of this whole thing.

      First he said that once a cadet reaches his junior year, they sign a contract after that point it takes the Under Secretary of The Army to kick them out.

      He also said that the LTCs encounter with the Lieutenant in question while he was still at West Point was a joke and should have been handled another way.

      I trust this person with my life, and I would ask that when you read the LTCs account please do so with a grain of salt. There is probably a lot of truth there but you are never going to get the entire picture looking through a lens of a single person.

      • Rufus

        Thanks for bursting that bubble.
        Now I have to go back to reading posts from people accusing Hollywood stars of complicity in the Weinstein affair for my daily dose of unearned superiority.

  • JimmyC

    44 year-old celebrity with a net worth of $200 million tries to show how hip and rebellious he is, by saying that he hates Trump just like the entire media and culture establishments do. So edgy.
    https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2017/10/11/ben-shapiro-and-kassy-dillon-point-out-why-the-liberal-embrace-of-eminem-this-morning-is-problematic/

    I guess all of his lyrics about beating up women and gays are no longer problematic now that he’s anti-Trump, huh lefties?

    • Scott M.

      Vanilla Ice Redux…

      • Yeah, but at least Vanilla Ice respected his audience enough not to get political with them, and he knew when it was time to get out of the business and move on. (He’s since become a family man and a property investor, and is now much richer than he was as a rapper.)

      • >>Vanilla Ice Redux>>

        That’s so ignorant. Eminem obviously has devolved into just another anti-Trumpkin, but the man’s verbal skills damn near unparalleled in the rap world, something Robbie Van Winkle can never claim.

        • Scott M.

          Never really wasted much time listening to potty mouthed “rap artists”.

          • Rufus

            It’s not the cursing so much as the narcissism that keeps me away. Gil Scott-Heron’s album, “Reflections” is indistinguishable from rap, and his politics are so far from mine we’re not even on the same planet, but I think it’s wonderful music. Well crafted poetry, well structured melodies. Real art.

            That’s my other problem with rap, the melodies are overly simple and annoyingly repetitive.

            • Raoul Ortega

              “Rhythmic taunts and rhyming boasts” is a good description of much “hip-hop”/”rap music”.

        • The golden age of hip-hop, late 80s/early 90s before West Coast/gangsta gave way to the bitches, blunts & bass which sadly dominate today, actually had a decent amount of positivity co-existing with the likes of Public Enemy’s “black CNN.”

          Re. Eminem, it ain’t what he says I dig, it’s the way that he says it. Off the charts verbal dexterity.

  • JimmyC

    So the Boy Scouts are going to start admitting girls. Awesome. Gender doesn’t exist and nothing matters anymore. This is a great culture we’re raising our kids in. Hey, if only there was a group like the Boy Scouts that they could join, only for girls, that would solve this conundrum. We could call it the Girl Scouts or something.

  • A fun and interesting read, about a regular guy who ate and worked out like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for a month. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-rock-dwayne-johnson-diet/

    Not surprisingly, it was incredibly expensive and time-consuming, but the results were great.

  • There’s a liberal meme going around social media listing how much Trump’s administration members “will save” if the Estate Tax is repealed, with the implication that they want to repeal it because they will personally be enriched by it. Really, they’re going to save that money? Somebody tell these people that the Estate Tax doesn’t actually kick in until you’re DEAD, hence the name.

    Man, liberal memes are stupid. Just mind-numbingly stupid.

    • Raoul Ortega

      Based on other things they say, that’s because the Progressive Leftists think all these people are going to die soon. And be helped along if they won’t go voluntarily.

  • Rufus

    The Nationals wanted to give that game away just a little more than the Cubs did.