June 26, 2018

At the Silhouette Duck Café...

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... don't just stand there. Make a comment.

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98 comments:

David Begley said...

Just saw Penn Law prof Amy Wax on CSPAN. She said that of a faculty of 50 only 3 or 4 were right of center.

Jack Wayne said...

Stick a fork in Merkel. Italy just did and it’s wonderful. Now we need a cleanup on aisles May, Macron and Trudeau.

Tommy Duncan said...

Teal? Woodie? I can't make it out. My vision took a hit a year ago.

FullMoon said...

Many examples of Lefist Nazi Behavior

"Newsflash, for many of you who still aren't realizing what is happening...the left is operating right out of Hitler's play book. The hate the left has for Trump's supporters is right up there with the hate the Nazis had for Jews. They aren't just hating on Trump, they hate YOU specifically. The left IS coming for you, your family and your children, at this point, its only a matter of time. The extermination of jews didn't start right away, before they got to that, the nazis spent quite a bit of time indoctrinating everyone to despise the other side, just like what the left has been doing for the past few years. It always starts light, first a few jokes on late night shows and a few cartoons, then a few assaults because someone dared to be X, and before you know it you are getting hauled off in the middle of the night to get exterminated. "

Michael K said...

I recommend listening to the Scott Adams blog on the present hysteria.

Mike Sylwester said...

My Mom grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and my father (from Portland) married her there.

To tell a long story short, I grew up in Eugene from age 15 to 25. I attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, and so I am a "UO Duck".

I left the UO with almost an MA in Slavic Languages and Literature.

To make a long story short, I grew up around Oregon ducks.

When I returned to Eugene in 1997 to stay with my parents for three years, one of my first memories was to take my 17-year-old step-daughter to the Willamette River, where we all saw a male duck rape a female duck. The duck-duck rape was very graphic. Too bad for my step-daughher.

Virgil Hilts said...

The first blogger I followed regularly was Andrew Sullivan, about 18 years ago (Ann’s blog later became my favorite – I like brilliant people who remain moderate). He later went thru weird period where he seemed to lose his senses, but I've started reading him again. His latest at nymag.com (build the f-ing wall, re Trans piece in the Atlantic, and remembering Charles K) is good. Too many people on right dismiss him; there are second acts in America and AS is worth reading again.
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/to-end-the-border-crisis-for-good-give-trump-his-wall.html

buwaya said...

Scott Adams today.
Same re Nazi ideation, and propaganda memes.
Also, "They're coming for Trump supporters next"

Steve King (R Iowa) on twitter - "America is heading in the direction of another Harpers Ferry. And after that comes Ft. Sumter"

The perception of existential threat is more and more prevalent. I said this could happen; threats lead to the acceptance of danger, the normalization of it. Wars start in large part because the idea of a war becomes thinkable, at least among the leadership caste, but it usually also requires a public buy-in, even in a despotism.
In this case the media is pushing a large fraction of the public into what amounts to war-hysteria, and the other side is starting to react.

I don't know what anyone on the right can do about this, it is all media manufactured. They, on that side, simply have to stop.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

... don't just stand there. Make a comment.

Quack!

Michael K said...

I don't know what anyone on the right can do about this, it is all media manufactured. They, on that side, simply have to stop.

They are losing. That is very dangerous. Germany in 1914 was very worried about Russia. They had no intention of invading France. They worried about Russia.

In 1860, the South was very confident the North would not fight. Sherman tried to warn them.

The left is very sure they are right and "history is on their side."

Nothing could be more dangerous.

Henry said...

@buwaya, from my PoV, the hysteria is a mirror-image, but that's just me being reflective.

rhhardin said...

What does it mean if morse ham contests today have everybody sending fast. Not superfast but clipping along over 20wpm.

It means everybody who knows morse code has known it a long time. Old guys. No youth.

mockturtle said...

The left is very sure they are right and "history is on their side."

Nothing could be more dangerous.


Maxine Waters apparently says even GOD is on their side! Even more dangerous.

buwaya said...

Hysteria creates its mirror-image indeed, and this reflects back and forth, usually, in cases of an escalating propaganda war. But the right has a very dull mirror, or better said perhaps is that the other side seldom looks at it. The hysterical flow is largely one-way.

The left-hegemonic caste does not require the amplification from the right, they don't receive these signals.

Which is why the right has no leverage on this situation, nothing can be done.

Bay Area Guy said...

According wealth data from the Federal Reserve, it takes about $10 Million in net assets to be in the top 1% and about $2.4 Million to be in the Top 5%.

Top 1%: $10.4 Mill
Top 5%: $2.4 Mill
Top 10%: $1.2 Mill
Top 50%: $97K

Federal Reserve Data Source-

Henry said...

Almost all of my reading these days is Ecclesiastes: there is nothing new under the sun. I prefer the biblical axiom over the 20th-century alarmism.

...the modern consciousness deals more and more with signs rather than with things, let alone persons. The reason for this is that signs are necessary to simplify the overcrowding of the consciousness with objects.

That's from Thomas Merton, published 50 years ago.

The media manufactures a lot of signs, but it is possible to avoid responding in kind and instead see things and persons.

Gahrie said...

Too many people on right dismiss him; there are second acts in America and AS is worth reading again.


After he apologizes to Sarah Palin. maybe.

langford peel said...

There is a lot that can be done buwaya.

The level of danger is extremely high. The recent attacks on Sarah Sanders, Secretary Neilsen and Attorney General Bondi are just the latest escalation. I fear for the children and grandchildren of the President. Just posting a photo of a mother with child led to horrible attacks on Ivanka and her son. The liberals have called for the kidnapping and rape of the Presidents eleven year old son without suffering one whit. Something has to give. When you hear someone like Maxine Waters talk you know we are going to a very bad place.

Harpers Ferry is a good analysis. Do you know who led the Federal troops to capture John Brown? It was Robert E Lee.

Who is going to be the John Brown of this civil war?

mockturtle said...

It always starts light, first a few jokes on late night shows and a few cartoons, then a few assaults because someone dared to be X, and before you know it you are getting hauled off in the middle of the night to get exterminated.

Not even sent to gulags or re-education camps. Nope. Straight to the guillotine. Wait! We don't have a guillotine! What method of extermination will they use? Nerve gas? No guns, maybe knives? Old Barry Manilow albums?

Gahrie said...
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Sebastian said...

"Many examples of Leftist Nazi Behavior"

How long before the hounding of righties out of restaurants, and protests on their lawns, will turn to breaking their windows?

To my knowledge, no prog has protested the lefty attacks; Maxine Waters explicitly called for more.

Beyond the attacks themselves, this sets us up for worse: if prog leaders truly have ceased to care about the other side, and about common rules that protect all of us, then we are on the verge of a deeper conflict.

Which side are you on?

Gahrie said...

then a few assaults because someone dared to be X, and before you know it you are getting hauled off in the middle of the night to get exterminated.

By who? And how? I know they tried to arm every agency of the government to use them...but I think the army would step in if that happened. If the general Left ever tried...well just bring it on...we're the ones with the guns.

buwaya said...

The problem with assuming a personal response is that you need to anticipate what other people will do, re "signs" and whatnot.

History is a database of information, from which to make empirical predictions.

Henry said...

Things and persons.

Not "the" liberals. A liberal.

Be specific.

langford peel said...

What has to happen is that the media and Hollywood and the leftist opinion makers have to pay a price.

If we don't make them pay a price it will only get worse and worse.

Only our side pays a price. Like Roseanne. Or any other person who is identified as a supporter of the President.

Something has to give. Soon.

langford peel said...

Just know that you can not count on the police. They have been demoralized and beaten down to the point of ineffectiveness. They will not protect you. Their political masters are almost always liberals and politically correct drone office holders. They won't even go into a school to stop one pimple faced kid with a gun. They will cower outside like they did in Florida under a typical Democratic liberal sheriff.

There will be a bad incident soon.

Then there will be hell to pay.

mockturtle said...

Henry, I agree with you [and with Solomon] but the fact that nothing is new under the sun doesn't make a present crisis less of a crisis. As there is 'a time for war and a time for peace', we may want to turn our plowshares into swords, at least metaphorically speaking, in readiness.

Gahrie said...

If we don't make them pay a price it will only get worse and worse.

Sadly at this point I do think it's going to take serious pain handed out to the Left to bring them to their senses. MAD only works if the other side believes you'll really press the button if they do. The Left has pushed the button, and so far the only response from the Right is to elect Trump.

buwaya said...

Crowds go mad collectively, not individually. It is a group dynamic. History is not encouraging on this.

If you could pull one out of the crowd, entirely, you may perhaps reason with him, achieve human contact, but that is rarely possible.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

WooHoo! I'm in the top 10%. Probably top 7-8%. Not to bad for a ditch digger.

Yay me!

langford peel said...

Electing Trump was just the racking of the slide. A warning if you will. One that the left is ignoring.

The real response will come in what happens after Trump.

Most especially if he is removed in a bogus coup by the Deep State and the Media.

Then all bets are off.

mockturtle said...

Langford, when you're not being ridiculous you make good sense. I certainly agree about the police. And, as I've been harping on all week, mass communication. It's all in the hands of the Progs. The most important thing we could do right now is to devise an alternate system of communication and information.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Ok.
How about: "I'm offended!"

Henry said...

It's interesting to follow the career of Charles Sumner. An ardent abolitionist he was famously attacked in the Senate by South Carolina Senator Preston Brooks who nearly ended his life. Sumner did not die and lived through the Civil War and beyond; he lived long enough to become a virulent antagonist of President Grant, to the point of siding with anti-reconstruction candidate Horace Greeley (Pictured here by Thomas Nast, eating his own words).

Michael K said...

The solution, if there is one, is for Trump to continue on course, taking care for the security of his family and that of his administration, Those violating the law need severe punishment. We have been far too tolerant.

If the Mexicans start something, we should declare a national emergency,

Just remember, Washington is the city that is most psychopathic in the country,

Act accordingly.

buwaya said...

Since this is all inflated asset values, which blow away like dead leaves in a crisis-wind, have backups and hedges.

Henry said...

buwaya said... Crowds go mad collectively, not individually. It is a group dynamic. History is not encouraging on this.

Yes, but as an individual you have a choice about how to go mad.

langford peel said...

I always make good sense. I always tell the truth.

But you can't handle the truth. Most people who still buy into the politically correct media spin.

Just know in the coming conflict the uniforms will not be blue and grey.

An uncomfortable and inconvenient truth.

buwaya said...

Do we really have a choice?
Or is it prudent to assume most others do?
We are communal animals. We are designed to respond collectively. It is easy to assert free will, unconstrained, but that is only the case, possibly, through exceptional force of personality and great effort. And then we do, of course, have the ability to fool ourselves and rationalize our desires into virtues.

It is fair to say that we are capable of free will, but its a stretch to say that we are very good at exercising it.

wild chicken said...

Cultivate your garden.

And buy ammo.

langford peel said...

The candidate leading in the election for President of Mexico has been saying that immigrants should "storm" the border. That we can not stop them.

That might be your Harpers Ferry moment.

Or it might come in another attempted assassination like they did with the Republican members of Congress.

I wonder how the media will feel when they become the targets in turn. What goes around comes around.

langford peel said...

Doxxing works both ways. They can publish the home addresses of ICE officers.

We can publish the addresses of reporters at CNN and the New York Times. Or celebrities like DeNiro and Griffin and Streep and Peter Fonda.

Everything is available on the Internet.

Information works both ways these days.

buwaya said...

We are watching episodes of HBO's "Rome", which is brilliant of course.
But its not doing much for my mood.

Bay Area Guy said...

I loved Rome. John Milius - the one right wing director in Hollywood.

Bad Lieutenant said...


Which is why the right has no leverage on this situation, nothing can be done.

6/24/18, 9:13 PM


Bullet costs a quarter.

I wish that assassinations could be gamed out openly in civil society, instead of being muttered about, so that we could see what we are looking at.

One "crimes" merely by discussing political killing - though lese-majeste only goes so far - but the top 20 media owners, AFAIK, are just people. Aside from the obvious security response, it would seem easy and fun, but in fact the consequences can only be seen in a mirror darkly.

rcommal said...

My son arrived at Maxwell Air force Base early today. His luggage did not arrive with him, but, since then, it has arrived.

rcommal said...

He's there for two weeks of CAP Cadet Officer Training.

traditionalguy said...

Duck Dynasty North. But will Meade grow a long beard?

sane_voter said...

I echo the many comments here that what has been perpetrated by the left will have to be returned by the right, sooner rather than later.

There are so many examples of bad behavior from the left since the start of the 2016 primary season.

One recent event that really struck me that we may be beyond hope for any reconciliation was when Seth Rogen (on Stephen Colbert) bragged about being rude to Paul Ryan and his kids, and the lefty loons in the audience showed their approval. He also made a point of saying "how white" Ryan's sons were.

Despicable.

rcommal said...

A competitive thing.

mockturtle said...

We are watching episodes of HBO's "Rome", which is brilliant of course.

I don't have HBO but maybe I can rent it on Netflix.

mockturtle said...

Sane_voter observes: I echo the many comments here that what has been perpetrated by the left will have to be returned by the right, sooner rather than later.

My older daughter is always telling me we need to 'take the high road'. Well, where has that gotten us? I don't think we should respond in kind [they are so puerile in their outrage tantrums] but we should consider, at least, how to respond. How do we get our own MSM, our own social media, our own late night comics? Since I'm into samurai history these days I'd like to wear a katana into one of their coffee shops and make myself right at home.

rcommal said...

He earned it, and he was educated for it.

narciso said...

Well what do we have here:
https://mobile.twitter.com/MatthewKeysLive

mockturtle said...

Erdogan wins another election. At first I was disappointed but on reflection I think it's good to have strong leadership in these countries. More mayhem happens with weak leadership.

narciso said...


Ruh Ruh more stormy up ahead

https://t.co/ULUkvkQOP0"
https://mobile.twitter.com/RyanGirdusky/status/1010923282395254785

rcommal said...

@narciso: The guy to whom you linked states for his own self that he is offline on weekends. Full stop, that makes me skeptical. People who care about facts, let alone actual journalism, so-called journalism or otherwise any sort of category of journalism (to repeat, so-called or otherwise), ought consider how effin' weird that is.

narciso said...

No, turtle erdogan provided sanctuary to Islamic state, when the salafist principality was being developed, to topple alawite assad

sane_voter said...

Here is the you tube link to Scott Adams discussing how the left is coming for the right, and that folks on the right need to vote Republican in the mid-terms as a response. He also says he never votes, but might this year due to the danger of leftist Dems getting power.

Scott Adams

sane_voter said...

I wrote danger, but specifically he is talking about personal danger to all people on the right in general and himself in particular.

narciso said...

Who the Reuters editor or the analyst of the CBS poll

rcommal said...

Blogger mockturtle said...

Erdogan wins another election. At first I was disappointed but on reflection I think it's good to have strong leadership in these countries. More mayhem happens with weak leadership.


Complete crap. If, in fact, mockturtle, this was an example of your being so-called sarcastic? It didn't work. You come off as a true believer of enabling authoritarian strong-men.

Try again to make your own self crystal-clear plain;--that is to say, state plainly what you believe and think, bluntly, and then stand by it.

narciso said...

Now other parts are more problematic 're health care, but they don't see the conundrum there.

Quaestor said...

Teal? Woodie?

Too lanky. Beak too prominent. Mallard or Canvasback.

narciso said...

But there was no bias:


https://youtu.be/3xyPFfozPDE

Freeman Hunt said...

Do you want to be depressed at the state of children's entertainment? Watch the first episode of "The Who Was Show" on Netflix. It's "Ow, My Balls!" for kids.

Worse, it has taken the name of a series of children's books that are actually good.

Worse still, the cast has a bunch of talented young people in it who could have performed an excellent show given excellent scripts instead of this garbage.

Freeman Hunt said...

Great performances of wretches material.

Unknown said...

Teal? Woodie?

Little black duck.

Ralph L said...

My cousin inherited 2 silhouettes allegedly by David. One is of Lafayette, the other is our ggg uncle, a Washington 5th cousin from New Bern who went to Paris and introduced himself. Our grandfather had to buy them and other heirlooms at auction after his father died in debt in 1935. It was taboo to bid against the family back then.

n.n said...

It does appear to be a Duck Dynasty. At least three viable fetuses, offspring, babies evolving in their eggs with mommy? standing guard. Good luck.

Daniel Jackson said...

Meanwhile, over at the New York Post, a lead story on the internet site says: "Cops ID one of five men arrested for brutal mistaken identity slaying." https://nypost.com/2018/06/25/cops-id-one-of-five-men-arrested-for-brutal-mistaken-identity-slaying/

Pictured is a real life Kojac leading the kid to the car to go downtown. The kid is wearing a black hoodie with a Nike Swoosh across his chest.

Just Do It.

Etienne said...
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mockturtle said...

rcommal demands: Try again to make your own self crystal-clear plain;--that is to say, state plainly what you believe and think, bluntly, and then stand by it.

I was not being sarcastic and do believe in authoritarian strong-man governments in nations that are volatile. And I do stand by it. In fact, there was nothing whatever ambiguous about my statement.

Etienne said...
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walter said...

Blogger narciso said...But there was no bias: https://youtu.be/3xyPFfozPDE
--
Dunno if Gadfly and Chuck can stand that one

Stephen Cooper said...

that is not a duck, that is a duck silhouette. Unless there is something really wrong with the perspective.

can't feed that big duck body with that comically small bill

duck silhouete, on the other hand, does not need to eat, it is just a work of art

Guildofcannonballs said...

Well, I've the Gandolphed again.

do I need to thresten thw weekest neediest youuuths 'gin?

Kevin said...

Too many people on right dismiss him; there are second acts in America and AS is worth reading again.

He lost me with his endorsement of John Fricking Kerry, and I wrote to tell him as much. You can not vote for Bush, fine. But to then vote for Kerry, who's demonstrably worse in any way you can conceive, undermines all your criticisms.

The Sarah Palin stuff was just ridiculous.

Perhaps he's able to have a second act because he lost it so much under Bush that he can step back and see the anti-Trump stuff for what it is -- less principled than people think and much more mass hysteria.

I hope he does get it back together and apologize for his past transgressions.

Tommy Duncan said...

A civil conversation. The usual suspects didn't show up on this thread.

Tommy Duncan said...
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Bill, Republic of Texas said...

From Narsico's link:

The @NYTimes says its reporter @AliWatkins had not just one relationship, but multiple relationships, with political sources she covered

I guess women now have more choices on how to sleep your way to the top.

daskol said...

In silhouette, they resemble a shadow or a cave painting. You can forget that if they were big enough, they'd eat you for a snack. Or even if you just happened upon their way and they weren't hungry. Birds: more vicious than cats. But pretty in silhouette. Like other wild animals, terrific in representation, but not so nice in real life. That's why I prefer dogs.

daskol said...

I always felt bad for the little rabbits and moles and even the rats my cats would leave at our porch door. Never the birds. Never.

Paco Wové said...

"He later went thru weird period where he seemed to lose his senses,"

His little head took over from his big head. Or maybe it was the pot.

Hagar said...

The next move in the Middle East is going to be Turkey and Iran resolving their Kurdish problem, I think.
Being Kurdish will then be an example of who is worthy of being granted asylum.

Jersey Fled said...

The owner of the Red Hen restaurant justified her refusal to serve Sarah Sanders in an interview yesterday by saying that some of her employees are gay.

Can anyone please explain to me exactly what policies of the Trump administration are anti-gay? Or any anti-gay statements that he made?

I'm serious. I consider myself reasonably informed, but I can't honestly think of any.

Gahrie said...

Can anyone please explain to me exactly what policies of the Trump administration are anti-gay? Or any anti-gay statements that he made?


President Trump is the most gay friendly president we have ever had, and yet the Left still savages him and calls him homophobic. What matters is party Id, not words and deeds.

walter said...

Well..they would probably point more at Pence...who, despite Bob Menendez' moral outrage(!), swore in Rich Grenell.

Would they give Rich Grenell the boot for being a sort of Uncle Tom?
I bet Titus would do him. Pretty fab.

Michael K said...

Our media ethics in the immigration hysteria.

CNN uses the same child in three pictures with different men.

The Palestinians have nothing on our CNN for fakery.

walter said...

Hey Michael,
Why not?
Once you've reduced that kid to a Photoshop layer, seems wasteful to not extract maximum exploitation.

langford peel said...

I think that ICE should examine the immigration status of every waiter, dish washer and busboy in every Red Hen restaurant. If they are found to be illegal they should be arrested along with the owners who must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

If they want to be on the front lines of the immigration battle they should not be able to dodge the bullet.

I am absolutely sure they have hired illegals and are subject to massive fines. Give them a taste of "Obama" justice.

They grabbed the tit. Now they get the tat.

The Peasants are Revolting! said...

Can anyone please explain to me exactly what policies of the Trump administration are anti-gay?

He doesn't want transgenders in the military. He doesn't think that the military needs this new social responsibility. That's their problem with him. Of course they hated him way before he announced that policy for no actual reason.

The Peasants are Revolting! said...

He later went thru weird period where he seemed to lose his senses,

Yeah. He was worse than stupid. But it's true that the thinking liberals that I know think we ought to build the wall now. That's not AS coming up with some grand heterodox insight.

Bruce Hayden said...

"He doesn't want transgenders in the military. He doesn't think that the military needs this new social responsibility. That's their problem with him. Of course they hated him way before he announced that policy for no actual reason."

This makes no real sense to me. Why should gays support transgenderism? Esp here, where national defense is involved? Esp egregious for me are feminists supporting the transgendered. Why? Because it means people with penises, and not vaginas in their bathrooms. It means the destruction of female athletics, as it is taken over by genetic males. But then we have black politicians backing open borders. And Jews supporting antisemitic politicians and the antisemitic party. Heck, most of them still belong to the party whose co-chair is a Jew hating Muslim.

Bruce Hayden said...

"They are losing. That is very dangerous. Germany in 1914 was very worried about Russia. They had no intention of invading France. They worried about Russia.

In 1860, the South was very confident the North would not fight. Sherman tried to warn them.

The left is very sure they are right and "history is on their side."

Nothing could be more dangerous."

There is an adage to the effect that those who don't understand history, are doomed to repeat it.

I find it interesting that so many Trump supporters, those on the right, etc, are now reconciling themselves to essentially another civil war. I do think that it is possible. One thing that has changed are the demographics. Working class whites have long been one of the most dangerous demographics. Esp the Scotts-Irish descendants of Andrew Jackson. I think that the next thing that we will see, in terms of violence, is some masked fascist antifas shot while appearing to attack people with their bats and other weapons. The antifa domestic terrorists don't seem to realize that bats and the like are legally considered lethal weapons, which means that you can often legally shoot someone in self defense if they come after you with such. Some will, of course, be prosecuted by left wing prosecutors, to send a message. Won't work. And this time around, the DoJ isn't going to jump in to tilt the scales in favor of the left wing terrorists, as they did with BLM under Obama.

Oh, and a couple more bodily attacks on Republicans is going to give us nationwide concealed carry reciprocity. The right hasn't been arming up for the last decade or so because they fear a massive wave of four legged predators. They fear the state, because they know what the left does when it takes control, whether it be the Communists in Russia, or the Nazis in Germany. First thing that they do is forcibly disarm the population. Second thing they do is start killing those who engage in wrongthink. And we are seeing the Blue States working hard to disarm their law abiding citizens, but typically doing little to nothing to disarm their violent criminals. Reciprocity will come because the sane part of the country will refuse to allow these fascist supporting left wing politicians to control their right to travel by making much of their states no-go to those who don't trust corrupt politicians with their own safety. And, maybe after nationwide concealed carry reciprocity, we can get federal preemption of state and local gun laws that restrict citizens of those states from buying they want for personal protection, even if they don't have reduced capacity magazines, or are constructed of modern materials, and are scary black in color. Blue, gun grabbing states are going to squeal like stuck pigs. But state restrictions, esp by CA are already affecting what people can buy in other states (as is the case of automobiles). The sale of firearms involves interstate commerce, and state attempts to affect the national firearms market are more than sufficient to justify de dermal involvement to regulate interstate commerce.

Bruce Hayden said...

Seems to be a loss of momentum here. Need to go see what else Ann has posted this morning for the commentariot.

Ralph L said...

The duck snuck in another day. Weird.

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, is there a reason why you bumped this?

I did use the Althouse Amazon portal yesterday. Bigly.