March 7, 2018

At the Monstrosities Café...

... you can write about whatever you like.

The illustration is by George Cruikshank, noted in the previous post.

And may I prod you to use the Althouse Portal to Amazon?


Tim in Vermont said...

Does anybody else think it’s a little sad that we have a former CIA chief who is obsessed with partisan politics?

Ann Althouse said...

I just counted the number of posts today: 17!

I counted them because I suspected that I had, without trying, achieved what could have been set as a goal: not writing anything about Donald Trump. But Donald Trump came in the post about George P. Bush and the neologism "preports."

bolivar di griz said...

A casualty of the dossier:

Tank said...


We remember when you weren't going to write about Trump because he wasn't serious.

bolivar di griz said...

The one who voted for the communist candidate in 1976. That guy?

tcrosse said...

It has just occurred to me that Bill Burr and Jordan Peterson are covering a lot of the same ground. I'll try to substantiate this outrageous assertion.

Tim in Vermont said...

A casualty of the dossier:

They were careless people, Bill and Hillary – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made

The Great Gatsby, almost.

Ralph L said...

Period pieces rarely put people in chapeaux.

bolivar di griz said...

And over in the other thread, a leading Venezuelan dissident, alek Boyd points out that buzzfeed used fusions south American partner, derwick partner to try to verify the dossier.

Quaestor said...

One wonder who despised the English more, Cruikshank or Hogarth?

Oh, well, his Monstrosities are certainly monstrous, particularly the Life Guardsman in the goofy helmet. The date is interesting, 1818, just three years after Waterloo. In 1815 and before British uniform was not nearly so extravagant, and understandably so when one's mortal existence hands in the balance. Could any right-thinking man wear a helmet that might put him at a disadvantage against one of Napoleon's cuirassiers? Even the dandiest dandy could foresee his fate — struggling to maintain his equilibrium against a horsehair crest fully twice as heavy as his own empty pate with the cavalry of the Imperial Guard closing in — ha! As the postwar Regency plodded ever downward into decadence and more when idiot regent was crowned George IV, idiot-monarch, military uniform devolved from romance to farce.

A curious point — the purse clutched by the female goon with the parasol near the center is exactly the same shape as the sabretache worn by the martial goon on the right. Coincidence?

Quaestor said...

"hands in the balance" NO!

hangs, dammit.

bolivar di griz said...

Linda sarsour hold my beer:

Tim in Vermont said...

The City of Plattsburgh is moving toward installing a moratorium on energy-sucking commercial cryptocurrency mining operations.

Such a moratorium may be the first of its kind in the nation, Mayor Colin Read said.
“This would give us some time and allow us to explore this more,” he said.

“This has increased our power usage and put us over our threshold, and it is affecting our ratepayers.”

The problem is that mining for cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, absorbs a tremendous amount of energy in generating the virtual currency, explained Municipal Lighting Department Manager Bill Treacy.

The miners identify cryptocurrency using computer banks that run complex algorythims [sic] for hours on end.
- Watertown Daily Times.

Plattsburgh goes from making toilet paper to Bitcoin.

buwaya said...

"British uniform was not nearly so extravagant"

The regiment wore very similar helmets at Waterloo.
They got a bit wilder since, but this is a caricature after all.

Does not seem like a heavier helmet overall, and the bearskin part is light.

Life Guards at Waterloo

The pattern changed shortly after -

Life Guards Helmet 1817

buwaya said...

It is rather odd to find someone else who knows the word "sabretache".

buwaya said...

Napoleons French could be just as extravagant, if not more so.

Two regiments of these fellows at Waterloo.

French Carabiniers 1815

Jon Ericson said...

The monstrous will always be with us.

CWJ said...

"It is rather odd to find someone else who knows the word 'sabretache'."

Nah, it's par for the course for both of you. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Jon Ericson said...

So that's a thing that measures the speed of swords, right?

buwaya said...

Originally in its Hungarian days it was pretty much a purse, like the Scottish sporran. Then it was for carrying dispatches, and later just a fashion accessory.

narciso said...

Nothing to see here:

Tim in Vermont said...

So that's a thing that measures the speed of swords, right?

You are thinking of Sabremetrics. <<- Joke.

Beloved Commenter AReasonableMan said...


Tim in Vermont said...

Nothing makes Beloved’s day like when a squirrel climbs onto his feeder.

Tim in Vermont said...

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has reportedly sold his luxurious seafront estate in Connecticut for $16 million.He bought the two properties in Westport with his first wife, Eve Chilton, in 1994 and 2000 for a total of $8.24 million. President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton attended fundraisers at the exclusive estate.

I sure miss the dignity of the Democrats.

Tim in Vermont said...

In Burlington they just voted to send the Green Mountain Boys, famous since the revolutionary war, and actually before, as the original Rangers, packing. Well, it’s not binding, but the city voted to ask the Air National Guard to leave. Maybe they could move across the lake to Plattsburgh, NY where they would likely be wanted.

The Germans Have A Word For That. said...


"Special counsel Robert Mueller has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in the Seychelles just before the inauguration of Donald Trump was an effort to establish a back channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin - apparently contradicting statements made to lawmakers by one of its participants, according to people familiar with the matter."

So, after the election, Trump wanted to set up communications with Russia.

Through a "back channel."

Sounds nefarious.

Like maybe the 'front' channels weren't trustworthy.

But I am sure those 'front' channels are protected by fine Government Men, who would never work at cross-purposes with the new President, disregard sensitive concerns, or leak damaging or misleading stories to the press to undermine his policies.

It is like he was saying that he had to use other lines of communication because there are Government Men who can't be trusted.

And THAT is insulting the fine people of the State Department with such thinking.

And the FBI and CIA, too.

All fine Government Men who stay above petty partisan concerns.

Occam's Razor, people: if these fine Government Men were so untrustworthy surely we would have seen by now evidence of their underhandedness, like maybe in private emails that would have come to light by now.

But you can tell just by reading the major newspapers that nothing like this has happened.

Like the old Sherlock Holmes story: the dog did not make any noise because the dog knew the people were trustworthy, and everyone knows dogs can sense these things, that is something they do, as dogs.

A tree falling in the forest and all that.

The Germans have a name for this.

narciso said...

That's funny Laszlo, it was these same officials who leaked the bombing missions the uae conducted to target Ansar sharia in eastern libya.

rhhardin said...

I watched the original Death Wish 1, 2, 3 and 4. Don't be the wife, daughter or girlfriend of this guy. You'll be a plot point in no time.

Bad Lieutenant said...

buwaya said...
It is rather odd to find someone else who knows the word "sabretache".

3/7/18, 8:26 PM

Do you really think so?

rhhardin said...

Why no Death Wish 5 is the question.

Robin Eatmon said...

What is with Milwaukee?

Gahrie said...

University of Wisconsin-Madison funds Leftwing organizations 20 times more than they do Rightwing organizations.

walter said...

"No women has an orgasm polishing the kitchen floor," a banner read in a protest in Barcelona,"
Some women are determined to be disappointed.

walter said...

Maybe she heard about guys "polishing the banister" and feels cheated.

walter said...

Though terms like "epidemic" are used in the article, very little comparative info/data or demographics.
But there is this:
"A cluster is an aggregation of disease closely grouped in time and place. This cluster was identified as such because the people in it could all be connected, and were in contact with each other during a 12-month, identifiable period, Ugland said."
i.e. a cluster fuck.

walter said...

Gov Moonbeam: You're not the boss of me!