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Forum: Rantidote 17 January 2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 273
Views: 19,694
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Ponder Do we know for certain that the publisher isn't...

Do we know for certain that the publisher isn't also a slum lord trying to condition potential future tenants to expect to arrange (and pay for) their own repairs so he can save on maintenance?
Forum: Social Studies 16 January 2019, 02:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,498
Posted By ASL
(Some) academics came to that conclusion based on...

(Some) academics came to that conclusion based on well-considered observations, yes. Others "knew it" because they bought into some mumbo-jumbo about how the sphere was the perfect shape and so the...
Forum: Social Studies 16 January 2019, 02:19 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,498
Posted By ASL
I think some of it comes down to a bonafide...

I think some of it comes down to a bonafide philosophical question of how we come to "know" things and what constitutes a "justified true belief" in a world where absolute metaphysical certainty is...
Forum: Social Studies 16 January 2019, 02:03 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,498
Posted By ASL
Vanishing A fool hath said in his heart, "I am no fool." ...

A fool hath said in his heart, "I am no fool."

- Itinerant male shrew, circa 21st century
Forum: Social Studies 15 January 2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,498
Posted By ASL
Does he have a choice? *boom* mic drop

Does he have a choice?

*boom* mic drop
Forum: Rantidote 14 January 2019, 12:40 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 32,075
Posted By ASL
Unfortunately, the State Department is currently...

Unfortunately, the State Department is currently unfunded. :(
Forum: Rantidote 13 January 2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 510
Views: 33,602
Posted By ASL
Flame I was thinking of Horatio Hornblower, Midshipman...

I was thinking of Horatio Hornblower, Midshipman Hornblower, episode The Fire Ships.

"I shall have recompense, in a duel, at first light!"

And of course, "You have insulted me, sir. I demand...
Forum: Rantidote 13 January 2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 32,075
Posted By ASL
It’s unfortunate that the current administration...

It’s unfortunate that the current administration has chosen to conflate the issues of asylum-seekers, refugees, and general immigration. Regardless, I’m not a fan of having an unchecked, fully open...
Forum: Rantidote 13 January 2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 32,075
Posted By ASL
Icon07 Countries are sovereign, households are not,...

Countries are sovereign, households are not, unless youíre one of those sovereign citizen nut jobs. And yet you still get to be secure in your property, with the force of the government to back you....
Forum: Rantidote 13 January 2019, 01:20 AM
Replies: 510
Views: 33,602
Posted By ASL
Icon402 Thatís dueling language. Are you suggesting she...

Thatís dueling language. Are you suggesting she challenge the President of the HOA to a duel?
Forum: Amusement Bark 12 January 2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 613
Posted By ASL
I'd like to put a plug in for youtuber Lindsay...

I'd like to put a plug in for youtuber Lindsay Ellis. A preponderance of her videos at least touch on Disney films, but she has a lot of pretty good video essays on film industry... stuff. Apropos:
...
Forum: Amusement Bark 12 January 2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 613
Posted By ASL
I wasn’t going to go there, but, yeah, that too....

I wasn’t going to go there, but, yeah, that too. But I do believe there have been some interesting results in the effort to make the Academy appear less white male. Get Out comes to mind. I would...
Forum: Amusement Bark 12 January 2019, 03:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 613
Posted By ASL
Bang Head Why not just tweet the winners? If it’s good...

Why not just tweet the winners? If it’s good enough for national security policy...

Seriously, though, I have a hard time watching these awards shows because the banter tends towards corny and...
Forum: Social Studies 12 January 2019, 01:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,091
Posted By ASL
Witch The ASL screen name has a long and storied past....

The ASL screen name has a long and storied past. It rivals the origins for the Mr. Sparkle logo in terms of convolutedness, which famously resembles Homer Simpson's head, but only coincidentally.
Forum: Social Studies 11 January 2019, 10:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,091
Posted By ASL
“It’s traditional” is perfectly correct as a...

“It’s traditional” is perfectly correct as a stand alone, much like saying “it’s ugly.” But, with added time to consider, I can see how tradition, the noun, works better in context given the...
Forum: Social Studies 11 January 2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,091
Posted By ASL
Ponder The Nolan brothers—who are proper British folk,...

The Nolan brothers—who are proper British folk, mind you—disagree:

Eureka! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8Cn1mI0L-c&t=27)

I could swear Mister Banks, of Mary Poppins says the same, but I...
Forum: Social Studies 11 January 2019, 01:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,091
Posted By ASL
Military PC run amok if you ask me. Next thing you know,...

PC run amok if you ask me. Next thing you know, someone is going to tell me I can’t go around randomly grabbing women—and men (I’m not a total dinosaur)—kissing them, and then chucking them aside.
...
Forum: SLC 10 January 2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 661
Views: 50,529
Posted By ASL
Sure, I bet youíve recycled that line a gajillion...

Sure, I bet youíve recycled that line a gajillion Times before.;)
Forum: Police Blotter 09 January 2019, 10:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 292
Posted By ASL
Goldfish Iím not sure of the cladistics of it all, but he...

Iím not sure of the cladistics of it all, but he was definitely a fish. Cladistically speaking, I mean.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 09 January 2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 447
Posted By ASL
Read This! ACTUAL ALT-RIGHT: You mean Mexico. I mean, with...

ACTUAL ALT-RIGHT: You mean Mexico. I mean, with a name like Ocasio-Cortez and being so damn uppity, where else could she be from? Guatemala I suppose...

Is anyone calling for her birth...
Forum: Rantidote 09 January 2019, 12:56 AM
Replies: 510
Views: 33,602
Posted By ASL
Vanishing It took me a while to parse that first sentence....

It took me a while to parse that first sentence. Heh. I gotta say, the best jokes are often the ones that start out as head scratchers and then just sort of sneak up on you out of nowhere. A real...
Forum: Techno-Babble 08 January 2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 912
Posted By ASL
Reading Which is fine, no judgments here, but part of her...

Which is fine, no judgments here, but part of her "solution" includes using an auto-reply to advise people that she doesn't care to read or respond to all e-mails, even e-mails that may warrant a...
Forum: Techno-Babble 08 January 2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 912
Posted By ASL
Bang Head Surely most of the author's 400 e-mails a day are...

Surely most of the author's 400 e-mails a day are spam, or at least recurs with certain patterns that would make it easier to sort out the chaff? Does she not have a spam filter? Has she not heard of...
Forum: SLC 07 January 2019, 09:27 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,210
Posted By ASL
I do, yes. I’ve finally finished navigating the...

I do, yes. I’ve finally finished navigating the Navy's disability evaluation system, at least up to the point of finally getting orders to separate/retire. Not sure how the whole follow-on care thing...
Forum: SLC 07 January 2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,210
Posted By ASL
Iíve been in that sort of relationship with the...

Iíve been in that sort of relationship with the Navy for a while now and I havenít been able to do anything really useful in over a year. The up side is, I will be getting at least temporary medical...
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