Winner, best military nickname
Marine Lt. General Holland W. "Howlin' Mad" Smith
"We’re not accustomed to occupying defensive positions. It’s destructive to morale."
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
Marine Lt. General Holland W. "Howlin' Mad" Smith
A Bush presidency would almost certainly produce huge deficits and greater inequality, just as his brother's did. He is sworn to uphold the party doctrine of magic tax cuts. But like John Kasich, who has even less chance of winning the nomination, Bush is a bridge to a time when the Republican Party wasn't a danger to itself and others.
Oh boy, here we go. Closing statements. #GOPDebate— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 29, 2015
The U.S. military has two giant, unmanned surveillance blimps it uses to watch the East Coast from a base in Maryland. And one of them escaped its tethers Wednesday and floated aimlessly over Pennsylvania, downing power lines and cutting off electricity for tens of thousands of residents.
I'm speechless after the Zombies show in LA Saturday night. I went in thinking "Moody Blues Cruise" and came out having watched the Beatles, aged 70, play the Abbey Road Medley live, better than on the album. And there was Susanna Hoffs at the sound check, and an encore that went to 11 (think Allman Brothers with a good vocalist and two Mellotrons).
I realize the regular world is currently engaged in the pressing matter of deciding how to feel about the new Adele single, “Hello.” (For the record, it’s already my second favorite song by that title, and maybe my third favorite that uses the line “Hello, it’s me”... And that’s in less than a week! Who can imagine how I’ll feel about it in three years when I’m still hearing it in line to buy groceries or on hold with the robot bank?)
Anyway. I’ve spent the past week listening to an album that’s nearly 50 years old…
I always imagine the excitement of them working in Abbey Road studio, dialing in the tremolo setting to make the lead guitar on "Beechwood Park" warble just so, nailing those vocal sections on "Changes," knowing they had absolutely, utterly nailed their masterpiece, hungry for it to join the swelling ranks of modern classics in the newly serious LP format. And then... disappointment, despair, dissolution...
"It should not have been this good, it shouldn’t have been this meaningful."
"Police are investigating the theft of material related to a recent lawsuit filed against the CIA. It is missing after a suspicious break-in at the UW’s Center for Human Rights."
There are many new names at the quarterback position in the NFL, but the names at the top are familiar. So, alas, are the names at the bottom. Many of the mighty have fallen.
...chances are Alan Ladd Jr. was the guy who got it made.
Saw it again last night. Its place in the canon is well-earned, from the shout-out to Ben Hur...
|"This is the first time I've been out in a canoe since I saw The American Tragedy"|
|Oh football's TOTALLY not gay|
Wagstaff: Are you Miss Bailey? Come, come! One of us is Miss Bailey, and I'm not!
Connie: I'm Miss Bailey, and who are you?
Wagstaff: [He pulls out an invisible calling card] I'm Professor Wagstaff. Who are you?
Connie: Miss Bailey!
Wagstaff: Ah, then you are Miss Bailey! Thought you could slip one over on me, didn't you? Listen, Madam, you've got to give my son up.
Connie: Give him up?
Wagstaff: You can't take him from me! He's all I've got in the world, except a picture of George Washington crossing the Delaware.
Connie: But, Professor, I...
Wagstaff: Whatever you say is a lie! He's only a shell of his former self which nobody can deny. Whoopee! I tell you, you're ruining that boy, you're ruining him. [sitting in her lap] Did my son tell you you have beautiful eyes?
Connie: Why, yes.
Wagstaff: Told me that, too! Tells that to everyone he meets! Oh, I love sitting on your lap. I could sit here all day if you didn't stand up.
99 bottles of beer on the wall 99 bottles of beer Life is suffering and hope prolongs the torments of man 98 bottles of beer on the wall— Scary VanderWerf (@shariv67) October 16, 2015
Of course in an ancient and storied game like baseball, players are expected to comport themselves with restraint, and conform to a gentlemanly set of "unwritten rules". So diligently is this secretive "code" enforced that every player has internalized its tenets. Except, of course, for Bautista, who laughs at your bullshit code. Here, he hits the ball off the facade, then flips his bat toward the Rangers' dugout, and not in a nice way:
The Magnum PI place was up for sale recently.
Robin's Nest is the fictional beach front estate on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, which serves as the residence of the main characters. In the series, it is portrayed as being owned by renowned novelist Robin Masters, who is seldom present at the estate and entrusts Jonathan Higgins as the estate's caretaker and Thomas Magnum as its security expert. Higgins resides in the estate's main house while Magnum occupies the guest house.
In reality, located in Waimānalo, the 3 acres (1.2 ha) beach front property is located on the east shore of Oahu at 41-505 Kalanianaole Highway (Route 72) near Waimanalo Beach (21°19′30″N 157°40′48″W). Called "Pahonu" ("turtle enclosure" in Hawaiian), it is also known locally as "The Anderson Estate". The property was originally used for hundreds of years for raising green turtles for the Hawaiian royal family, and includes a 500 by 50 foot stone wall that encircles the former turtle-raising pond, which since 1978 has been on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Hawaii.Developed as a residential estate in the early 1930s, the estate comprises a 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2) main house, a boathouse (which in the series appears as the guest house that Magnum occupies), a gatehouse, a private tennis court, a beach front and the registered tidal pool.
Owned for a long time by Cox Communications heiress Barbara Cox Anthony, after her death it passed to her stepdaughter, Hawaiian politician Eve Glover Anderson...
Placed on the market with Sotheby's International Realty for $15.750M in January 2014...
it was sold for $8.7M in March 2015...
This is awfully good.
When I first heard Adele it was almost like a physical blow, a shock to the system I can only compare to my first experience of Aretha. In a pop milieu in which stars are generally picked for physical attributes or a particular stylistic pose, Adele broke through with sheer, even brutal emotional power. No autotune required:
Only two things matter: Force in as great a concentration as you can manage, and style. And in a pinch, style can slide. In any battle, there's always a level of force against which no tactics can succeed ... yes, I am a sorcerer — and this magic is in my bones, not cribbed-off "Magic for Dummies". And I can keep casting the same friggin' spell at you until you roll over and die. You can have your finely-tuned watch -- give me the sledgehammer to the face any day.
The major labels have realised it’s essential they get out any big releases [early] because from November 20, it’s very likely to be about one woman only. She will dominate pre-Christmas sales.
That’s why Justin Bieber, Kylie Minogue and One Direction are going head-to-head the week before - usually the record companies would want a No1 album with artists that big but in this case they simply want to get the album out there before Adele.
I have a co-worker who lives and dies by the fortunes of the Texas Longhorns. Watching her suffering through this worst of all possible years for the team
Ok, this one impressed me.
[E]ven by California's standards, this has been an eventful time. In the past three days, Governor Brown has signed bills mandating gender pay equity, legalizing assisted suicide, and setting up an ambitious data collection program to combat racial profiling in law enforcement. Go back 14 months, and the state has enacted minimum wage legislation and added important strokes to what one expert calls an immigration reform revolution.
Well, I am finally getting started on Baldur's Gate, re-skinned and with all the extra character types of the Enhanced Edition. I know nothing of the campaign ahead, but I have always wanted to play a sorcerer, so I took one of those - and fortuitously chose 'Sleep' as one of the known spells right before two solid chapters of kobolds and gibberlings.
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Well, it's National Cyber Security Awareness Month. No, really. Stop laughing. (link)