August 9, 2017

At the Mendota Café...

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49 comments:

Original Mike said...

Drowning man's view.

JohnAnnArbor said...

Wow. That is blue.

Nonapod said...

Jordan Peterson posted an interview with James Damore (the ousted Google memo guy)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agU-mHFcXdw&ytbChannel=null

FullMoon said...

Drudge links to story that one in eight Americans are alcoholics. Ratio of leftists commenting here to normal people bears bears witness to this supposition.

Scott said...

Looking at the previous post, I was wondering if there were any funny jokes about Donald Trump or Barack Obama.

The Telegraph published a clickbait something called "The 21 funniest jokes about Donald Trump." They're not very funny and more than a little bitter.

I also found a list of Barack Obama jokes, and they're more funny. I guess if you want to do funny humor (imagine that, humor that's funny,) you have to actually like the object of your japes.

Big Mike said...

Now that's a Van Gogh if ever I saw one.

😀

Bay Area Guy said...

@Scott,

"I also found a list of Barack Obama jokes, and they're more funny."

Q: How many Community Organizers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: 17

hahhahahahahahahah

(sorry, that's the best I could do on short notice).

MountainMan said...

I don't follow the NBA at all and don't know much about Ray Allen except that he played at UConn back in the 90's. Powerline pointed me to this essay he wrote recently and I thought it was one of the best things I had read on the internet in quite some time. It's worth your time to read it.

Quayle said...

Meade:

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Too nice to make wisecrack
Only the gals are allowed
Guys have to be nice
And smile
Wisecracks for guys might = rape

Althouse:

I remember when guys were able to be funny.
ow, “it’s not funny” has become an article of faith


Wasn't the sexual revolution and progressivism supposed to bring joy and more joy and even more, more joy as all vestiges of oppresive moral constraint were thown off?

How come everyone is so damn touchy and grumpy?

Sydney said...

I had never heard of Jordan Peterson until this morning when my son sent me a video of one of his lectures on religion. Now I encounter him a second time here. I did like his lecture - the first in a series on the Bible.

AJ Lynch said...
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wild chicken said...

Listened to Rush today and he talked abt how McConnell promised ACA repeal on day 1. Did the GOP congressmen not know that repealing Obamacare would also roll back the Medicaid expansion part?

Did they really not see that coming?

buwaya said...

Plea bargain for Clinton?

https://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ed-klein-hillary-plea-bargain/2017/08/08/id/806488/

"The Justice Department has reopened the investigation of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified material on her private email system while she was secretary of state, and is considering offering her a plea bargain if she will agree to plead guilty to charges of breaking the law, according to a Clinton attorney."

Unnamed source.

AJ Lynch said...

Damn I hope the plea bargain lets the govt de-pantsuit her on national TV.

tcrosse said...

Maybe Mendota Cafe refers not to the Lake but to the Mental Hospital which bears that name.

Howard said...

Mendota is the cantaloupe capitol of the world and home to a new federal prison.

Angel-Dyne said...

Missed this from yesterday's NYT: "The Culture Wars Have Come to Silicon Valley. (Sorry if I'm retarded and this has already been posted and discussed.)

Tidbit:

"Steven Pinker, a Harvard University cognitive scientist, said on Twitter that Google’s actions could increase support for Mr. Trump in the tech industry.

“Google drives a big sector of tech into the arms of Trump: fires employee who wrote memo about women in tech jobs,” Dr. Pinker wrote."


Tidbit 2 - creepy first "NYT pick" comment (from one "Kim Murphy"):

"Google isn't the government and the First Amendment has no applicability here. Mr. Damore insulted his employer and his coworkers on company time with company resources.

Of course his first thought is legal action rather than accepting the stupidity of his act of sophomoric rebellion.

As a lawyer, I hope he gets a female judge and jury."


"[H]is act of sophomoric rebellion." [Face palm]

Geez, the totalitarian 'tude on these people. (I sure hope Ms.(Mr.?) Murphy, Esq. is better informed on the particulars of her clients' cases than she is on the cases she comments on on news sites.)

Lucien said...

Over at Slate there's an article whining that the Koch Brothers invested in a company that invested in Warner's slate of movies produced recently, and that one of those movies was Wonder Woman. You can't make this stuff up.

You'd hope that Google would hire someone to be a "Corporate Fool" or "Advocatus Diaboli" or just "Gadfly" whose job would be to barbecue sacred cows, burst bubbles and generally act heteronormatively . . . but what am I thinking -- this is corporate America.

heyboom said...

Played golf this morning and a good size coyote sauntered by about 50 feet from the tee box right out in the open. Completely oblivious of our group.

rehajm said...

Blogger heyboom said...
Played golf this morning and a good size coyote sauntered by about 50 feet from the tee box right out in the open. Completely oblivious of our group.


Glad he didn't steal your drive. The coyote at our course has moved on we think. Lots of deer and turkeys and half a dozencroes making a racket.

FullMoon said...

Anti-Trump Fanatic Executes GOP Committeeman with Two Bullets to the Head — While His Wife Was Watching

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/08/anti-trump-fanatic-shoots-neighbor-twice-head-argument-history-unhinged-behavior/

heyboom said...

@rehajm

Where do you play? I'm in SoCal. Long Beach area.

Rusty said...

New AC.
Yay!

heyboom said...

Side note, my daughter's Malti/Lhasa Apso mix (Zoey) got into it with a coyote that got into the back yard and tried to take her Yorkie. Zoey jumped in to fight the coyote off and both dogs almost got killed. Some serious surgery, but both are just fine now. This was at my ex-wife's house.

Freeman Hunt said...

Facebook is showing me an ad for a paint-by-numbers canvas. Also, a notebook that does the same thing as a regular notebook except that it is digital, so it is $479 instead of one dollar. I think big data is calling me, a woman, an idiot. Hostile browsing environment I say.

David said...

Mr. Stupid has struck (himself.)

He (meaning me) decided to download and install the beta version of Mac OS High Sierra.

DO NOT DO THIS!

That is all.

mockturtle said...

David: A question for you. Is there a good photo editing app for Mac Pro? I have already wasted money on several that suck.

Fernandinande said...

I'd like to thank "exiledonmainstreet", who I haven't seen posting here for a little bit, for, I guess, challenging me to to read "an atheist screed", namely Dawkin's "The God Delusion", which turned out to be far more interesting than I expected.

A few of tidbits -

"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of the Mussellmen; ..." -- George Washington, signed by John Adams. (Treaty of Tripoli)

"To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say that they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angles, no soul; I cannot reason otherwise...without plunging into the fathomless abyss of dreams and phantasms." -- Thomas Jefferson.

About 7% of NAS scientists believe in god. About 3.3% of the Fellows of the Royal Society believe in a "personal god" - one who cares what you do or judges your morality.

Meanwhile a primitive third-world moron says -
"Atheists in Malaysia should be hunted down, minister says" ... but not burned at the stake, as per Christian custom, but either converted or returned to Islam.

Fernandinande said...

who whom

Fernandinande said...

tcrosse said...
Maybe Mendota Cafe refers not to the Lake but to the Mental Hospital which bears that name.


About 35 or 40 years ago I had sexual intercourse with a lovely young woman who had just been released from the latter institution. She was extremely enthusiastic.

David Baker said...

High Noon: The Art Of War meets The Art Of The Deal.

tcrosse said...

About 35 or 40 years ago I had sexual intercourse with a lovely young woman who had just been released from the latter institution. She was extremely enthusiastic.

I think I did too. The woods were full of them.

tcrosse said...

Here in the outskirts of Las Vegas the coyotes come down out of the hills and lunch on the little nuisance dogs that old ladies fancy. My next-door neighbor is a stately 87 year old widow with a very well behaved shih tsu with whom she goes for very long walks. She packs heat, although it is illegal to discharge a firearm within city limits. Many years ago she was an officer in the US Army, so probably knows how to use the sidearm correctly.

David said...

mockturtle said...
David: A question for you. Is there a good photo editing app for Mac Pro? I have already wasted money on several that suck.


I am the wrong person to ask.

D said...

Excellent, tcrosse. (8.26 post) You wouldnt last 12 minutes in Nazi Germany or Soviet Union before they laid down the indictment. Not sure if it would be hours or days at Google at present. Please take that as a compliment.

Cacimbo Cacimbo said...

NPR reports that Airbnb is canceling reservations for customers it determined are affiliated with a "Unite the Right" rally. They state the group are white nationalists and they do not meet their standards for customers. Creepy. Is this their norm, investigating what events their customers plan to attend.Wonder how their hosts feel about this. Are they as eager to lose a couple of nights rent as Airbnb.Would they refuse to 'share' with ex-Google employee Damore.

sane_voter said...

Accuweather's probability of clear skies on Aug 21 during the eclipse.

chickelit said...

tcrosse said...Maybe Mendota Cafe refers not to the Lake but to the Mental Hospital which bears that name.

A bit misoGeinist, but otherwise spot on!

mockturtle said...

Fernandinande: Anyone passionate about his beliefs, as you are, will always find material that supports those beliefs.

Marc Puckett said...

At the Guardian, they've decided that Damore didn't really gain a doctorate (I have no idea if he's claimed to have done so or hasn't) and have also dug up a former 'classmate' who says Damore was never the proper sort of Harvard man and that his descent into deplorability began long ago. Ten minutes of the Peterson video and I'd had enough but Damore certainly doesn't strike me as a fundamentalist alt-right white nationalist sort of fellow intent on handmaidening every woman into sackcloth and childbirth (sorry, but it all runs together).

Ken B said...

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11200

Big Mike said...

@sane_voter, the probability of overcast in the Shenandoah Valley is 100%. This is called "Big Mike's luck."

Ann Althouse said...

I watched the entire Peterson video. I should write something about it. Peterson had no idea how to draw Damore out and seemed only too willing to fill up all the available space on his own. Phallocracy in action??

Marc Puckett said...

I read Peterson when he's noticed by someone else who points me in his direction and generally do find myself nodding in agreement but he does seem very much the lecturer and not the interviewer.

Michael K said...

"he does seem very much the lecturer and not the interviewer."

Yes, but Damore seems rather non-verbal. Peterson kept saying things and allowing a moment for Damore to comment but he kept just nodding. I suspect a real interview might have been pretty slow. Several times Peterson asked a question and got very brief answers.

Peterson is not just some guy interviewing him. He has gotten huge publicity because of Google's retaliation for his comments on transgender psychology.

Marc Puckett said...

I agree that Damore seems 'non-verbal'-- what a dopey sort of fellow, was my first thought listening to him stutter out his responses about his background and so forth. But I reckon he is not much used to being at the center of a cause célèbre or being interviewed for that matter, so he gets slack cut.

Kevin said...

Peterson is not just some guy interviewing him. He has gotten huge publicity because of Google's retaliation for his comments on transgender psychology.

He is also suing Google, so it is wise for him to think before he speaks rather than say something which gives them post hoc justification to expand what he wrote into what they wanted him to say.

I think the point of the interview was to appear sane, not to fully answer every question. Besides, he was trying to start a dialogue, not win a debate. I'm sure that seemed odd in our current media environment.

madAsHell said...

Plea bargain for Clinton?

Trial balloons. They want to see how it polls.

I think she should be lined up against the wall, and given a choice; Cigarette or blind fold.

Bad Lieutenant said...

C'mon, Maddie, don't be petty. This is a rich country. She can have both.