November 28, 2018

At the Odnecserc Café...

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... make some noise.

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80 comments:

Original Mike said...

"Obama told the audience gathered at Rice University’s Baker Institute on Tuesday night. “You wouldn’t always know it but [gas and oil production] went up every year I was president. That whole, suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer and the biggest gas — that was me, people.”"

Chutzpah or delusion?

Jupiter said...

I may actually subscribe to a newspaper;

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html

James K said...

“Chutzpah or delusion?”

I’ll take both.

tcrosse said...

You didn't build that, Sweetie.

chuckR said...

Strange, that's not how I envisioned a Latvian Cafe. When did you go, Althouse?

Two-eyed Jack said...

As our hostess has not commented on the Netflix streaming movie, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, let me suggest that people take the opportunity to view it. It is an anthology movie with six chapters, each a bitter little vignette set in the cinematic world of the American West. It is both bravura cinema and sad.
I found the episode “The Meal Ticket” the most haunting and, in thinking about why, I think that I have better understood the underlying theme of the movie, which I view as the failure to connect with and build upon our cultural inheritance, in this instance the American Western. In “The Meal Ticket” a skilled, but grievously handicapped, orator declaims poetry to a rapt but tiny frontier audience. Each of these pieces is immediately recognizable to me, and performed with extraordinary impact, to the extent that the editing allows the spirit of the oration to come through. Yet, the orator’s connection to centuries of tradition avail him nothing when the public prefers to see a chicken pecking out supposed arithmetic sums. I wonder how much of the Netflix audiences will know whence his words came.
All of the episodes present bits of the past as envisioned in Gene Autry, or John Wayne, or Clint Eastwood versions of the past, but no one finds happiness, or success, or redemption, only death.

Bill Crawford said...

Hey Jupiter, Looks fascinating. Maybe share your thoughts in this and future cafes as you read the articles.

narciso said...

you're too crazy even in this coffee clatche

https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/28/congresswoman-sexism-ageism-blame/

rehajm said...

So’d spending and the deficit and the debt. Own those, too.

rehajm said...

I’ll second Buster Scruggs. Pan shot. Meal Ticket. Whaterver the last one was. Brilliant. I thought Buster was the most interesting original character I’ve experienced in a long time.

narciso said...

and across the pond:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/11/28/brexit-deal-latest-news-norway-style-deal-will-considered-theresa/

Humperdink said...

RE: Obama led the charge on increasing oil and gas production. You've gotta love this guy.

Tomorrow he will call himself King Coal.

narciso said...

I thought this was an urban legend,

https://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/981019/Weird-Philadelphia-experiment-USS-Eldridge-teleport-stealth-invisibility-US-Navy

BUMBLE BEE said...

Quite sad.... http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2018/11/first-they-came-for-confederate.html
Renaming of schools named after republican Blacks. Inevitable I guess. Good to be old.

stevew said...

“Chutzpah or delusion?”

Both, with a side order of Dunning-Kruger.

Note: there is something inviting and appealing about a cafe on a cold fall day. For me anyway.

Big Mike said...

Chutzpah or delusion?

I'll take the category "Both" for $200, Alex.

bagoh20 said...

I was just pondering: Would the media be more or less anti-Trump if we were experiencing a bad economy?, entering another war?, losing thousands in a current one? In other words, if Trump was in the middle of an obviously failed term, would they kick him more while he's down or just report the news honestly becuase it was bad enough? I think they would still pile on the fake news on top of the real stuff.

MountainMan said...

Wife and I enjoyed “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” We had the same impression as Two-eyed Jack, very dark, but well-done. I was most impressed by “The Girl Who Got Rattled,” which led us later to watch the movie “Meek’s Cutoff,” in which the same young actress also appears in another grim depiction of life on the Oregon Trail.

Jupiter said...

Bill Crawford said...
"Hey Jupiter, Looks fascinating. Maybe share your thoughts in this and future cafes as you read the articles."

My over-riding thought is that Epstein is a monster who makes Weinstein look like Dudley DoRight, and he was sheltered and served by Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz, Alexander Acosta and a host of other supposedly distinguished and prinipled legal luminaries. Perhaps its time for Big Law to have its MeToo moment. Or maybe a MeToo hour.

bagoh20 said...

Two-Eyed Jack,

I too enjoyed "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs". I was laughing at times and disturbed at others, but thoroughly entertained. It included the Jack London short story "All Gold Canyon". I didn't know that when I was watching the movie, but the film immediately reminded me of the short story which I read many years ago. As it went on, it seemed to show the scene and action exactly as I remember seeing it in my head when I read it. About halfway though, I started realizing that was not a coincidence, then I Googled the movie and found out it was the same story. It was beautiful cinematography that rivaled my own imagination drawn by London's great writing. Netflix truely has some great original content you don't see anywhere else.

I got pissed off at my cable company last week and fired them on the spot when they gave me some terrible customer service. Just told them to shut it down, and cancel me. Until I found a replacement I only had streaming TV. I was missing nothing, but commercials.

narciso said...

Epstein, is like a real life Patrick bateman, well except for the carving of bodies, he's a high functioning sociopath, a rich venture capitalist for biotech firms,

BUMBLE BEE said...

Bagoh... I believe you're correct here. Trump was their/Hillary's chosen candidate, and he won. We've been exposed to 8 years of 24/7 deification of obama, and not only did he defeat Hilldebeast, but has outdone obama's reign in two years' time. He's mopping the floor with the "journos" and all can see it. Resentment runs high among "the press".
Bald lies about Trump are all they got, and what is worst of all, is the internet remembers.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/11/sorry-lib-media-bill-clinton-took-26-junkets-with-deviant-epstein-trump-banned-the-perv-from-mar-a-lago/

narciso said...

they would dial up to 14, you saw the rage they had against w, with the Iraq war, which most were complicit with, before the economy went into the tank in 08, Reagan lost some seats but that was in the short sharp recession of 02,

bagoh20 said...

Hey, remember a few weeks back when Obama told us we were crazy for worrying about the caravan since it was just families and they were thousands of miles away. Then more recently, CNN's unruly toddler Acosta was lecturing the President about how they were hundreds of miles away and were certainly no "invasion". Ahh, good times.

Jupiter said...

It's one thing for guys like Starr and Dershowitz to babble about how even a guilty man deserves to have his day in court with the best defense he can afford. It's something else entirely for them to use their reputations and connections to help a man who systematically molested hundreds of underage girls to avoid legal action altogether. When Dershowitz worked for OJ Simpson, he could at least be forgiven for seeking to demonstrate his legal prowess in a difficult and high-profile case. But here they did everything they could to prevent Epstein's case from becoming high-profile. If they helped him to avoid the scrutiny he richly deserved because he is a very wealthy man and they can always use some money, then they are merely craven vermin who are unworthy to lick the dirt off my shoes. But I can't help but think that some of them must be motivated by something a lot less defensible than greed.

FullMoon said...

WaPo places story on Kavanaugh returning to coach girls basketball in 'public safety' section

Jupiter said...

Then there are the "prosecutors", who did their level best to ensure that the truth would never see the inside of a courtroom, and that his hundreds of victims would never have justice nor even closure. It is difficult to believe that greed was not their motivation as well. It seems somewhat unethical for them to continue to accept their State and Federal paychecks if they were employed by Epstein. Of course, it is also possible that they were simply acting to shield the many prominent men who had accepted "favors" from Epstein, on his "Lolita Express".

Jupiter said...

"The secretive deal allowed Epstein to quietly plead guilty to two felony prostitution charges. He admitted to committing only one offense against one underage girl, who was labeled a prostitute, even though she was just 14."

https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2018/11/28/bombshell-from-the-miami-herald-absolutely-destroys-jeffrey-epstein-and-prosecutors-over-old-underage-sexual-assault-allegations/

So that's what they teach in those law schools. No wonder our society holds them in such high esteem.

wildswan said...

Continuing to read The History of the Dark Ages. Sort of Game of Thrones in real life e.g., King marries daughter of another King. King kills father-in-law, beheads him and makes a drinking cup with gold ornamentation out of his skull. Later, at a banquet, forces wife to drink from said skull cup. Wife bides her time, collects a lover, stabs king. Wife and lover hunted down, killed. Kingdom descends into anarchy. It would have anyhow from some cause as all the kingdoms move from anarchy to brief order and back to anarchy. The Popes were ineffective until Gregory the Great and then immediately after his reforms came the Moslems. Why am I doing this to myself by reading this history right after Scott Walker lost in Wisconsin? I will not read this book again, no matter what.

Lucid-Ideas said...

PETA asked that the town of Wool, UK change its name to Vegan Wool...

In other words change its name from something useful, satisfying, and comfortable into something useless, unsatisfying, and as comfortable as a hair-shirt sans hair. Yep, that's vegan.

Also, does anyone else feel that it's cognitive dissonance for vegans to constantly manufacture substitutes for the very same animal products that give them hesitation? It strikes me very much as alcoholics drinking non-alcoholic beer...just unable to completely break away.

That's it vegans. You can no longer tack on vegan to pre-existing products. We demand you make up your own words. Vegan wool is now Vuul and tofu-sausage is now Vurst and such and such. Those are probably bad examples, but you do have all day at the co-op coffee shop in front of your computer to look up early indo-altaic root words for tuberfungus that causes diarrhea as a basis for these future brands. Get crackin'!!!

Robert said...
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narciso said...

Who was the author, the world has often been nasty British and short on the whole, a world where civil authority had collapsed for the better part of a century in western Europe even more so.

narciso said...

I would say more like Robert e Howard's conantales, William Manchester gives some background to the larger period.

Paddy O said...

Robert, I've lived within a number of fire areas (I've been in mandatory evacuation zones about 5-6 times in my life, though I've only evacuated about twice).

Trees are fairly resilient and a number of California forest species are fire resistant (to a point), they'll burn the lower parts, but still survive. And forest fires can be very patchy, especially in areas where there were crews fighting them (or retardant dropped) and even in wilderness area the fire can be like the wind, going this way and that, but leaving patches untouched.

Trees that are completely burned will likely be cut down. The closer they are to rebuilding areas, the faster. But it can take years to get to them. There are forestry companies that do this, and come in with a large crew and get the trees down fast. If, that is, the trees are near where power lines will go in again and where there's rebuilding.

Forests are made to recover from burns. There's some trees that actually need fire to burst the seeds open, if I remember right. It clears the undergrowth and it's actually amazing to see. There's seeds in the ground all throughout the forest that will start giving life again before too long.

Robert said...

I find smart people live at this blog. Have a question, maybe somebody can answer or send me someplace that may have the answer. I saw this picture today of a house completely wiped out in Paradise, CA ( Robert said...
I find smart people live at this blog. Have a question, maybe somebody can answer or send me someplace that may have the answer. I saw this picture today of a house completely wiped out in Paradise, CA (http://americandigest.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/a-Postedamyh%10ome.jpg) Terrible. However, I have this bad habit of looking at and examining the background of photos. Did the trees survive? What condition are they in? Does somebody have to go in and harvest them? I expected to see the trees look like the trees after Mount St. Helens erupted. How does the forest recover? Thank you in advance for the help. Take Care.) Terrible. However, I have this bad habit of looking at and examining the background of photos. Did the trees survive? What condition are they in? Does somebody have to go in and harvest them? I expected to see the trees look like the trees after Mount St. Helens erupted. How does the forest recover? Thank you in advance for the help. Take Care.

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gilbar said...

Here's the latest complaint about THAT BASTARD TRUMP!
After Powell's Wednesday remarks, the market soared to a more-than 600 point gain on the day... because President Trump "got in" Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's head.

That little Shitfuck Trump!!! does he have ANY IDEA how much that cost me in capital gains taxes? Does he Even CARE that my capital gains tax burden has Skyrocketed????

rehajm said...

So Amazon has gigged out deliveries to the doorstep. I’m getting random people in their personal vehicles driving up to to house to drop off packages. Some of them could easily be mistaken for miscreants and malefactors. It probably won’t end well.

richard mcenroe said...

bagoh20 Arch Fox conservative Shemp Smith said the same thing, in dramatic tight closeup...

Big Mike said...

@Robert, another article I read indicated that a handful of houses survived and many trees in and around Paradise were undamaged. Here is drone footage of Paradise taken after the fire. In the earliest part of the video you can clearly see trees that show no signs of damage, and around the 1:10 mark you can see a house with yellow siding that appears to be unburnt. A different drone video that I can't seem to locate now showed houses burned to the foundations, but trees, including deciduous trees, between the houses still having plenty of greenery.

JaimeRoberto said...

In California congressional races the GOP got a combined 33% of the vote but only 15% of the seats. That's a 10 seat difference. Do they get to complain about gerrymandering now? What are the odds this will even be discussed in the media?

stevew said...

Live trees are wet, as compared to dead and down trees, so it is quite possible that some didn't burn at all and others simply lost their foliage to the fire. Gerard at AmericanDigest has an entry about an apple farmer in Paradise. They lost all their buildings but none of their orchards. The trees are healthy and alive so they didn't burn. He says that the roads/paths in and around the orchard acted as a fire break.

Remember though, we need to mock and make fun of Trump for suggesting that the deadwood, aka: fuel, be cleaned and removed (he said raked) from the forest.

Paddy O said...

"So Amazon has gigged out deliveries to the doorstep."

That's the amazon delivery service for you. We've had success with that for a while. Usually used for their same or next day service.

tim in vermont said...

Obama led the charge on increasing oil and gas production. You've gotta love this guy.

I think that we can thank Dick Cheney’s oil industry summit at the White House that liberals decried almost as much as they wailed about “Dick Cheney’s Assassination Squads!” I mean Seal Team Six.

Humperdink said...

Think Obama likes fossil fuels?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlTxGHn4sH4

stephen cooper said...

I just googled "Solanus Casey quotes"

Not going to transcribe any of them at the moment, although the first five I read were outstanding

God is good, and loves us, and is just as happy to find out we love Him as we are happy to find out He loves us (and more importantly, He loves those we love )

I used to live in the midwest, too, Michigan, to be exact

Nice place - great ponds, long empty roads, friendly people, all the seasons were nice

stephen cooper said...

"Many are the rainbows, the sunsets, the gentle breezes - and the hailstorms"

"we are liable to meet before, by the Grace of God"

(Grace is a good name to give to someone, as is Faith, Hope and Charity, but above all Charity)

before the day we die, the day when we, as God wanted, tumble into the future the way a tired person tumbles onto a couch or a bed, with confidence, the confidence of knowing God loves us and God is happy, delighted, even, to know that, grateful and happy, we love God too

FIDO said...

I can believe that during Obama's reign, oil and gas increased...IN SPITE OF HIS EFFORTS.

Recall, America gave him power in 2008, and pulled it away from him just as quickly in 2010 and 2012.

He wasn't able to gang rape oil and gas like he did coal because he lost the legislature.

FIDO said...

Fun fact: like Obama claiming fake credit, Bill Clinton, EVERY YEAR, put in a budget with deficit spending to the time of $200 BILLION per year.

If you want to thank anyone for Bill Clinton's 'frugalness' thank Newt Gingrich.

William said...

Buster Scoggs is more a meditation on westerns than a western. The grandeur of the scenery mocks the ambitions of the wayfarers..... That piece about the armless thespian was a total downer. The hanging scenes were entertaining though and one had an excellent punch line.....I guess the scenes were meant to excite ambivalent feelings. In that it succeeded. I'm not sure if I like it.

Amexpat said...

then there are the "prosecutors", who did their level best to ensure that the truth would never see the inside of a courtroom, and that his hundreds of victims would never have justice nor even closure. It is difficult to believe that greed was not their motivation as well.

Epstein's lawyers were hired guns who prostituted their ethics for a fat pay check. That's worthy of contempt, but pales in contrast to the dereliction of duty by Alexander Acosta, Trump's Labor Secretary. He was the top Federal Prosecutor in Miami at the time and is the one that deserves the most outrage for not doing the job he was paid to do on behalf of the public.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

"Backwards-Talking Man" choked to death at the Odnecserc Cafe,

patrons there ignored him as he gasped "Pleh! Pleh!!" as they increased in volume and intensity

Narayanan said...

Will Trump be garnished (garner) any credit if he fires Acosta.?!

narciso said...

E pleb Nista, sometimes I really do think we slipped through a warp in time, there's another world where sanity orevails.

Narayanan said...

Re Obama ... Conman need reassuring himself he still got it with his marks.

narciso said...

The time to notice was 15 years earlier.

JackWayne said...

FIDO, the unbugeted expenses required that every Clinton year required borrowing. He and Newt claimed credit for “balancing” the budget because the budgeted expenses were balanced. It’s a fact that the debt increased every year. Newt and Clinton are both liars and completely dishonest people.

Sprezzatura said...

They say that big pee pees are better than wee pee pees.




P.S. Could you tight wad cons please buy some more portal stuff!? This picture was taken w/ a 6 phone? I can't remember what those looks like. Couldn't have been A's phone. She must be better than that. Was that Meade's? If so, please, boss lady, upgrade him for Jesusmas. My F-ing gardeners (at least the folks that own the companies) all have the newest Apples or Sams. And they just work on actual bushes.

1) Send dough to Madtown Amazon portal, STAT. 2) Hope it trickles down to the wee man.

Sprezzatura said...

P.P.S.

Too bad Chip isn't around. Seems like someone better at editing coulda done somtin w/ that face blur thing-y.


IMHO.

Sprezzatura said...

Nobody could clean up the lameness that is typing a word backwards cause your on the backside of glass.



They say darkness is bad for democracy. Turns out that the dark times re a blog ain't so great either.


IMHO.

Amexpat said...

Will Trump be garnished (garner) any credit if he fires Acosta.?!
At some point elected officials should do what they believe is right and not worry about whether they get credit or blame for their actions.

The argument you seem to be implying is that since the MSM will not give Trump any credit for doing the right thing here, he should refrain from doing it.

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walter said...

An industry out-engineered from under his wet blanket and he wants to crow about it.

tim in vermont said...

I watched Buster Scruggs in 4K on my OLED TV and that is a beautiful movie visually.

walter said...

Poor 'Sitter.
Spaced out

wholelottasplainin said...

narciso said...
I thought this was an urban legend,

https://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/981019/Weird-Philadelphia-experiment-USS-Eldridge-teleport-stealth-invisibility-US-Navy
*******************

It is. did you ever consider who those sailors could have been "fused" to all that metal without damaging their dress whites?

And, when you lie in an MRI and receive enormous doses of electromagnetic radiation, why don't YOU wind up fused to the machine?

And, can you explain why this practice was continued by the Brits numerous times, once they understood that "degaussing" was impermanent?

Finally, THE REASON degaussing was done was NOT to make the ships "invisible", but only to make them less susceptible to being hit by Germna mines which sought out magnetic objects in the water?

sheesh

narciso said...

Well the implication is they phased out of normal space, and phased back in the deck.

tim in vermont said...

The Energy Task Force, officially the National Energy Policy Development Group (NEPDG), was a task force created by then-U.S. President George W. Bush in 2001 during his second week in office. Vice President Dick Cheney was named chairman. This group's stated objective was to “develop a national energy policy designed to help the private sector, and, as necessary and appropriate, State and local governments, promote dependable, affordable, and environmentally sound production and distribution of energy for the future."[1] The final report was released on May 16, 2001.[2] - Wikipedia

From the New York Times at about that time:

“It has not been difficult for Democrats to paint the president as the enemy of the little guy at the pump.”

I bought gas for a little over $2 today in Florida. Just wanted the thank Bush and Cheney and the Democrats claiming credit count on people not remembering the past. That’s why they like young people so much.

Yancey Ward said...

FullMoon wrote...

"WaPo places story on Kavanaugh returning to coach girls basketball in 'public safety' section"

I admire Kavanaugh's courage in doing so, but he will probably come to regret this very quickly.

Churchy LaFemme: said...

$1.99 in Surfside Beach SC.

And two miles down the road $0.37 more expensive. Go figure.

David Begley said...

Robert:

Blog the newneocon,com has the Paradise fire story.

All:

Much of Buster Scruggs was shot in Nebraska.

David Begley said...

Correction. Website is thenewneo.com

Anita Villegas said...
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Jon Ericson said...

Inga's in a cartoon!

jaydub said...

News Flash! All navy ships are degaussed after commissioning and after modifications that change their magnetic signature, all have internal magnetic coils around the hull whose purpose is to minimize the ship's magnetic signature, every major naval port has a degaussing range to verify the coils are working properly, and all steel hulled ships transit that range every time they go in or out of port. This system is a countermeasure against magnetic field influenced mines and is always on when the ship is underway. Second Flash! The probability of a ship's crew experiencing anything approaching a Philadelphia Experiment type of incident and it not becoming general knowledge shortly thereafter is zero, regardless it's classification, because there are too many people involved and many of them are civilians who aren't subject to secrecy mandates regardless who classifies it.

Humperdink said...

The city of Tijuana, Mexico is now front runner for the location of the 2020 Democrat (Inter)national Convention. It was announced today by Tom Perez, DIC chair, that a late bid was submitted by the leader of the migrant group.

Perez said the bid will be carefully reviewed as the location has several distinct advantages over the previously submitted bids. Temporary housing is already established, climate will be appealing, delegates will not have to press one for Spanish, and most importantly, a huge pool of (dem) registered voters will be minted on the spot.

Francisco D said...

Inga's in a cartoon!

LOL!

I suspect she will be flattered by the likeness.

AllenS said...

Chutzpah or delusion?

Neither. Liar is the correct answer.

The Vault Dweller said...

I think I developed Dyslexia from reading the title.

Char Char Binks, Esq. said...

UNC professor Dwayne Dixon admitted he murdered Heather Heyer. https://youtu.be/Hz9mKPiDrv4

FREE JAMES FIELDS JR.!

Tom Grey said...

Obama, or is it Amabo?

Rial.

LOL