March 20, 2019

At the Rattatz Café...

rat 1

... go ahead and talk about whatever you like.

I hope you get a glimpse of the Super Worm Moon. It's too overcast for us here at Meadhouse, but we did get a good look at this morning's moonset, so that almost counts.

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113 comments:

Andrew said...

I once tried to comment at Althouse
On a post headed up by a white mouse.
But the content was boring.
Meade must have been snoring.
And the Professor deferred to her cold spouse.

Guildofcannonballs said...

If the new comments policy were in place years ago, I might have cajoled my way into adSs's home and wealth, showing him that his wealth and success and admiration from others was unacknowledged desperation to his insecurely cavalier mindsets, only leaving him wanting, indeed green ugly, and therefore left to swarthy commenting with regular ol' proles here at the Althouse blog.

He never would saw me coming.

And I would have been eaten alive.

God bless Althouse.

MikeR said...

I have discovered that what I usually like about comments is seeing my own, glistening in its wisdom, when I post it. You've taken that away. I have not yet found any interest in seeing whether it shows up later.

Meade said...

LOL! Damn good doggerel, Andrew!

Ralph L said...

Are you keeping track of how many comments you toss? We're expecting statistics weekly at least.

narciso said...

here's an interesting twist:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/20/scottish-prosecutors-interview-former-east-german-stasi-agents/

Guildofcannonballs said...

From The Lexicon: A cornucopia of wonderful words for the inquisitive word lover by William F. Buckley Jr.

candor (noun) Directness of expression.

It appears that Mayor Koch's ingratiating quality, an unquenchable thirst for candor, was what finally did him in.

canon (noun) A basic general principle or rule commonly accepted as true, valid, and fundamental.

The canon of academic freedom is very clear: no idea is to find corporate favor in educational institutions over another.

cant (adjective) The expression or repetition of conventional, trite, or unconsidered ideas or sentiments.

Boris old boy, although I am entirely committed to our cause, I find the repetition of the cant phrases of Communism altogether depressing.



Deanna said...

Have any Left Coast Althousians seen the KOMO special Seattle is Dying? Watched it with my husband the other day; it was amazing - not in a good way. Interested in comments from residents or recent visitors. We have a relative who lives near the airport. I have visited a few times but not really ventured out of her neighborhood.

https://komonews.com/news/local/komo-news-special-seattle-is-dying

narciso said...

well that's ironic,


https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/20/wapo-erdogan-op-ed-scolding-west/

Big Mike said...

In honor of March Madness, here is rats playing basketball. The two-toned one is clearly the Zion Williamson of rat college hoops.

stephen cooper said...

for the record - if I, S.C., ever "hijacked" a thread - it was only on a cafe, I hope, and only because I had been told to "discuss what I want" ..... so if I really hijacked a thread it was because of a failure to communicate (not Lee Ermey but the actor from Cool Hand Luke said that, I got it wrong on some long ago cafe last November if I remember right, which I probably don't)

off topic if you have had a really bad few weeks (let us say, as a hypothetical: unexpected news of the death of a childhood friend, even more unexpected news that a lifelong friend is no longer really "happy" in his or her marriage, and from your own specific medical concerns, a blast of some awful allergy or virus that makes your nervous system feel, from day to day, like you are living not on Earth but on some planet where humans are not welcome, and on top of all that you have to prepare and deliver one of those tasks that we, when we are speaking generally, call one of "the corporal works of mercy" when we are talking about then in general - (the list includes, but is not limited to, instructing the ignorant, healing the sick, burying the dead, praying for the wellbeing of the poor, and giving alms and your time) - but when we have to do the specific very difficult and unpleasant task it is no longer a "general corporal work of mercy" but is some really really difficult thing to do, not because we are human and weak - it would be just as difficult if we were human and almost as powerful as an angel ---- but because we know that nobody will appreciate it.
Ever.
And you do not want to know how alone that can make someone feel (although most people - and almost all decent parents - feel that way sometimes).

Well, nobody will ever appreciate it in this world, like I said, except God and His angels, and God and his angels can't do it the way we do it, because for God or his angels it would be easy, and without the same difficult meaning, and so without the same level of love and concern.

It is no small thing to be a friend to a creature who never had a friend on this earth.

Molly said...

(eaglebeak)

Actually, I didn't dread the back and forth all that much (of course, I didn't read it all); i got a kick out of it sometimes, which just shows that I have the sensibilities of a 10-year-old boy.

That's probably why I like Trump so much.

However, it does seem calmer around here now.

Be said...

Does the Doggerel Rock like a Crocodile Rocks, though?

Back across the Atlantic, we had a cheap shellfish called 'co(c)que,' which translated to 'Dog Cockerel' in British English; don't think that they exist on my side of the Atlantic. It looked like a clam in a mini scallop shell, was relatively inexpensive, and made a good chowder.

I miss France sometimes, though I always knew that I couldn't live there permanently; too American. I love Boston, where I've lived the majority of my adult life, aside from overseas. Boston never felt like anything more than a rest stop to other places.

Apologies for the stream of consciousness business.

narciso said...

like the comfy chair,

https://www.caracaschronicles.com/2019/03/20/michelle-bachelet-offers-strongly-worded-update-on-venezuela/

DanTheMan said...

Am I the only one who saw "Rattzazz" cafe, and assumed I wasn't supposed to care much about it?

iowan2 said...

The comment moderation is is the testing phase for me. It has made the threads more informative, no crap to seine out. The immediacy is lacking, I miss that. I'm not as apt to jump in on a thread now. I'll leave that up to our hosts if that's a feature, or a bug.

bagoh20 said...

The Seattle situation is very sad and very common in most big cities. Homeless drug-addicted people are not born. They are made, and I believe they are made by a society that fails to expect and and respect individual responsibility. You create a wasted person like that by first creating a safety net in all things where making mistakes has as little consequence as possible, becuase we don't want to feel bad. That allows people to make mistakes for too long until they are too deep in errors to climb back out. If they were forced to avoid the mistakes early on they would never get to the point where there are no answers for them. That's where our selfish compassion carries them. It simply does not work to solve people's problems for them as a anonymous entity that demands nothing in return.

Guildofcannonballs said...

If you don't like what I advocated in numerous ways (Dr and In and Ri and I matter more than anyone else including proprietors and we will dominate this blog!) that is understandable yet understand you and I will with hope adapt to the new policies as deriving from my wisdom perfected; join us on the winning team so as to maximize utility for all.

Fritz said...

Back across the Atlantic, we had a cheap shellfish called 'co(c)que,' which translated to 'Dog Cockerel' in British English; don't think that they exist on my side of the Atlantic. It looked like a clam in a mini scallop shell, was relatively inexpensive, and made a good chowder.

Cockle, as in "cockles and mussels alive, alive, o."

I dug them up once in Oregon. I'm not aware of them being common anywhere near the mid bay of the Chesapeake, but the cliffs are full of their shells from the Miocene.

Be said...

Narciso: "Hans Brix, You're Busting My Balls!"

https://youtu.be/cYnu8TzEl9Y

Michael K said...

We have a relative who lives near the airport. I have visited a few times but not really ventured out of her neighborhood.

That is not the greatest neighborhood. Maybe some parts are OK.

For ten years or more I had 10 acres on Vashon Island to retire to. I finally sold the two 5 acre parcels. That is an ideal place or once was. There used to be a walk-on ferry from the north end that went right downtown so you could go to dinner and catch the ferry home,. The terminal had a parking lot. It was gone the last time I visited.

The car ferries are all that are left. The north end one goes to west Seattle which leaves you in traffic,.

When I still owned the property, there was a proposal to build a bridge, a bit like the one to Mercer Island,. There was a community public meeting at the high school. The vote on the bridge had 10,000 people at the meeting. The vote was 90% or more no.

rcocean said...

McCain supporters still whining that Trump has spoken ill of the "Greatest Man who ever Lived". LOL! Trump correctly trashed McCain for his betrayal on Obamacare and his passing around the discredited "Dossier" before the election in an attempt to Sabotage Trump. He also noted that he endorsed McCain in 2016 - at McCain's request. And gave the McCain's the use of Air Force 2 for the funeral - despite being snubbed.

The McCainiacs and their pals will NEVER stop whining or covering up for Senator McCrazy.

rcocean said...

Of course, bitchy backstabbing Mitt is out there attacking Trump too. A total FAKE!

Guildofcannonballs said...

It's not necessarily that you use the ! but more considerate of the fact the recognition you aren't aware of the possibility of using the ! twice when you only thought one ! might be sufficient that arises concern, worthy.

Just using . precedes all those issues with the using of the !.

Tommy Duncan said...

Blogger iowan2 said...

"The comment moderation... has made the threads more informative, no crap to seine out. The immediacy is lacking, I miss that."

I also miss the immediacy. But I tend toward a meta-view of the threads and enjoy the ebb and flow and the real time direction changes. The moderated posts have a more sterile and academic tone.

On the other hand, I don't miss the cheap shots, inflammatory comments, pointless bickering, and name calling. There is no perfect solution. This format at least makes it worthwhile to read all the comments.

Lawrence Person said...

Why renewable energy can't save the planet.

Assuming you believe the planet needs saving from climate change...

Guildofcannonballs said...

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/2pac/hitemup.html

I ain't got no motherfucking friends
That's why I fucked your bitch, you fat motherfucker
Take Money
West Side, Bad Boy killers
Take Money
You know who the realest is
We bring it too
Take money, take money

[2Pac:]
First off, fuck your bitch and the clique you claim
Westside when we ride, come equipped with game
You claim to be a player, but I fucked your wife
We bust on Bad Boys, niggas fucked for life
Plus Puffy trying to see me, weak hearts I rip
Biggie Smalls and Junior M.A.F.I.A. some mark-ass bitches
We keep on coming while we running for your jewels
Steady gunning, keep on busting at them fools
You know the rules
Lil' Caesar go ask your homie how I'll leave you
Cut your young ass up, leave you in pieces, now be deceased
Little Kim, don't fuck around with real G's
Quick to snatch your ugly ass off the streets
So fuck peace! I'll let them niggas know it's on for life
Don't let the Westside ride the night haha
Bad Boy murdered on wax and killed
Fuck with me and get your caps peeled
You know

[2Pac:]
See, grab your Glocks when you see 2Pac
Call the cops when you see 2Pac, oh
Who shot me, but your punks didn't finish
Now you about to feel the wrath of a menace
Nigga, I hit 'em up

[2Pac:]
Check this out, you motherfuckers know what time it is
I don't know why I'm even on this track
Y'all niggas ain't even on my level
I'm going to let my little homies ride on you bitch-made ass Bad Boy bitches
Take money

stephen cooper said...

following on from my previous comment,


if you have had as bad a few weeks as I have had recently, I meant to say ....
and take this advice or leave it ----
watch a good Hollywood war movie, I know Hollywood is a place that, like Moab of old, is in many ways just a washout --- washpot, that is
but lots of the war movies are pretty good.
So if you feel sorry for yourself, watch The Sands of Iwo Jima or the miniseries The Pacific with that guy who also played the lead in 13 Hours - and maybe your life has been tough but hopefully not as tough as those guys who lived in hell on earth, many of them only to be killed in hell on earth, and lots of them to barely survive and have families or become professors or to be old-style discreet gay dudes on the West Coast but to always be haunted by what they saw and experienced - who knows? there were hundreds of thousands of them - and when you have watched The Sands of Iwo Jima or The Pacific of 13 Hours, or some similar movie from the Frozen Chosin or Johnson's ROE impeded imbroglio in Vietnam, or somewhere similar, say a prayer of blessing and appreciation for everyone of those guys who lived though hell-
maybe that will put your problems in perspective
well Hollywood is a cesspit sometimes but at least they did something I have never done they filmed appreciations, again and again, of the people who put their life on the line so you and me would have a chance to live in a peaceful country.
and if like me you knew lots of bad people who are now old and wishing they had been better when they were young, say a prayer for them, and instruct your guardian angel to go cheer them up, you won't regret it

Sally327 said...

Today is the 16th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War (aka Operation Iraqi Freedom). i only know this because I just read a post about it over at NR. But having been reminded, I remember being glued to the cable channels, CNN, Fox, etc. Shock and Awe, all of it. Now I hardly ever watch those channels, I can't bear them.

DougWeber said...

Today I get to use my favoring Ogden Nash trifle:

Giddiyap Napoleon, Giddiyap Gideon
The Sun has crossed the right meridian
And though the winds of winter sting
At least officially it spring.

FullMoon said...
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steve uhr said...

Along with the dreaded back and forth there goes the stimulating, invigorating back and forth

Hagar said...

"Never speak ill of the dead," so this was a major mistake by Trump.

As for McCain and the dossier, well, that was McCain all right, including being an utterly futile move since he only had a copy of which the FBI already had several. Trump should just have shrugged and moved on, especially now that McCain is dead.

wildswan said...

The Seattle situation. I've heard that you can vape with THC and it's like going from beer to vodka, the buzz is so much stronger. And this kind of vaping is sweeping through the high schools. So, just as it was (sort of) established that a joint wasn't that addictive along comes the vape pen which will be addictive and the fad runs through the high schools and addicts kids before anyone realizes the danger. And then they move up to heroin and fentanyl as they get tolerant to THC. And so the Seattle situation suddenly explodes across the country in terms of homeless addicts everywhere. Only kids, not beat-up sixties people.

But not in Milwaukee where Old Man Winter sweeps the streets every year.

Ralph L said...

his passing around the discredited "Dossier" before the election

Trump tweeted that this week, but the MSM and his chubby daughter claimed it wasn't true. Do we know who's right?

narciso said...

Otto premingers in harm's way is a particularly gritty war firm Wayne meredith Douglas do not come unscathed from their experience from pearl to the solomons.

BlackjohnX said...

Does anyone understand anything that cannon balls says?

Guildofcannonballs said...

"Apologies for the stream of consciousness business."

Apology accepted, now do my bidding apologizer. Cf. Dwight Shrutte of/from The Office.

Figure.

Define democracy and Constitutional Republic. Figure out why your apologies hurt not help altruistic freedom and liberty.

Stream of consciousness is life as natch as natch can be, define life otherwise please in terms for the living, which we all agree we all are.

narciso said...

Hacksaw ridge about Desmond doss was a powerful film about the Pacific war.

Big Mike said...

McCain supporters still whining that Trump has spoken ill of the "Greatest Man who ever Lived". LOL!

I never loved McCain, but once upon a time I respected him. Then in 2016 Harry Reid rolled him like a bowling ball during the financial crisis and the degree of leadership he exhibited at that time was somewhat underwhelming. I voted for him anyway, on the grounds that a Chicago pol was apt to be as crooked as Brownian motion, and I was not proved wrong by subsequent events. Then he ran in 2016 on his strong opposition to Obamacare, only to vote to maintain the status quo as regards Obamacare. There was a brave man in the Hanoi Hilton; I have no idea where he went but the man who died in August of last year was not brave, not a leader, not worth a dime.

donald said...

It was sitting right over the right field fence today.

I had the plate and was looking at it the whole time. Which was nice.

stephen cooper said...

two last thoughts -

First .... I have gone out of my way to antagonize people on this website, I did it, every single time, out of respect, as God is my witness.

Second .... I have contributed (if that is the right word) somewhere near a million words to various websites, and I have some friends who are very current with AI and similar forms of research ----

this is 2019, not 2021, and it would be difficult to guess from those million words, here in 2019, even for my most gifted friends, based only on what I have said online, which specific corporal act of mercy (you can read the list on lots of websites) is, because I have no choice but to perform it, out of friendship, making me miserable right now (as Dido said, through suffering I have learned to understand others - miserable in that sense).

God loves us all and has a special place in his heart for people who care, in their heart, for a creature who never had a friend in this world (that would not be me, I have had many friends - but I remember so many encounters with people and other creatures who felt abandoned) - you probably have many similar memories

and if you don't

you probably will

God loves us all

narciso said...

No hes like fenster from usual suspects.

JackWayne said...

Now that the witch-hunt is collapsing, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what the Democrats were up to.

narciso said...

Wayne is the captain of a destroyer which breaks away from the main force, and is reprimanded for doing so.

wildswan said...

Stephen
I'm sorry about whatever it is that happened. I just want to say that some things become thinking points but others are best forgotten as much as possible for as long as possible. There's no explanation and no use for them. It is true that hundreds of people you know are probably covering up and not mentioning terrible experiences - there's people who die of cancer and children lost in awful ways and people dying slowly of drugs and suicides - and all around them there are people who have to watch and know about it and who never discuss it ever. Just try to get past it as many do. When you are safe onshore again someday ... time to think or change. Another suggestion: If a believer speaks to you. just ask them to pray - nothing else.

Hagar said...

Rattatz or Raddatz?

Kathryn51 said...

Deanna said (actually, asked)

Have any Left Coast Althousians seen the KOMO special Seattle is Dying?

Suburban Seattlite here. I happened to catch the first showing on Saturday night while packing for a trip. I was astonished that a "mainstream" local channel would dare question the "Gods" of Seattle Socialism.

Returned from the trip and was astonished at my FB feed because conservative And Liberal friends were posting and sharing about it.

My husband and I grew up near the airport - that locale isn't' really the problem.

It is SEATTLE - with all of their leftist "compassion" that allows this rot to take over the city's sidewalks and parks. Amazon's hiring frenzy has brought in plenty of "college educated" know-nothings who voted in the numbskulls who run the city. Lots of LGBTQ virtue-signaling (let's paint rainbows on the sidewalks!), determination to make small occupancy vehicles a thing of the past ("Climate Change!), Trump is the Evil Cause of All That is Bad in Our City. They all feel really, really good about themselves.

To repeat - I was shocked that so many of my lib friends shared the links to the show.

Bravo KOMO-TV!

daskol said...

cannon balls is balls. evocative, if not entirely clear.

On the NZ massacre: that Australian fuck who murdered innocent Muslims referenced Radovan Karadzic as a hero. Apparently, there was some UN appeal of his 40 year sentence under debate at the time of the assault. The UN court not only denied the appeal, but upgraded Karadzic to a life sentence:

-was this trial a factor in the massacre or at least it's timing?
-did the massacre contribute to the harshness of the outcome?

If you're in the States you probably don't even know about this trial, but it's a big story today on the BBC tv shows, FWIW,

steve uhr said...

Stephen Cooper — thanks for showing us your humanity. I see why you have had so many friends.

steve uhr said...

Maybe every so often you could revert to “Althouse Classic” for old times sake.

stephen cooper said...

wildswan --- good advice! thanks you almost perfectly get it and you know how to explain the truth

Jupiter said...

Not generally mentioned in all the sententious bullshit about the "homeless" is the fact that being a junkie costs several hundred dollars a day. That money is not generally obtained by honest labor. I was talking to a guy at the local HW store about tool prices. He mentioned that several thousand dollars a week walks out of his department.

FullMoon said...

Does anyone understand anything that cannon balls says?

I do. Should I be worried?

Guildofcannonballs said...

Look all I want is $400,000 and the title to be "Laslo's Guide to Drink Writing" with me as producer.

WTF?

stephen cooper said...

steve uhr ---- thanks.

i have bad dreams and i have good dreams and in my good dreams people like you are there

Jim Gust said...

Stephen Cooper, if you want to see a *really* good war movie, don't go to Hollywood, go see Peter Jackson's magnificent "They Shall Not Grow Old." It's a brilliant restoration of actual WWI footage, with narration culled solely from oral histories from actual WWI British veteran. The Imperial War Museum gave Jackson 100 hours of film footage and 600 hours of audio from which he reconstructed the British soldiers experience of trench warfare, beginning with their eagerness to join the fight.

The authenticity is heartbreaking.

Drago said...

Hagar: "Rattatz or Raddatz?"

Quick question - who cried more on election night 2016, Martha Raddatz or LLR's who define republican victories as literal "disasters"?

I am just going to guess the LLR's cried more....
.....except for George Conway, who celebrated that night and continued to celebrate right up until he was denied a position in the Trump administration...

...at which point he suddenly remembered he was totally against Trump.

LOL

Guildofcannonballs said...

I see myself as the apostrophe, mostly.

Guildofcannonballs said...

Vince Lombardi once said "This is a football" in disgust.

I see for reference The Lexicon by William F. Buckley Jr.

Birches said...

I finished The Bonfire of the Vanities this evening. I quite enjoyed it. Now I'll have to go back and read all your posts on the subject. Wolfe captures people so well. Social x-rays? Something I noticed but could not verbalize.

Jupiter said...

steve uhr said...
"Maybe every so often you could revert to “Althouse Classic” for old times sake."

Yeah, I'd welcome an opportunity put the boots to that wet smack Stephen Cooper. He sounds like the kind of person who tells you they spent $10K on their dog's cancer, and the mutt died anyway. Like, you're supposed to think what a caring person he is. "I hope you really like your vet, 'cause you bought her a great vacation", is what I'm thinking. But I guess Althouse must go for that crap, it oozed through her exacting standards.

David Begley said...

We DEMAND a rat bracket!

Last year’s rats against this year’s rats.

Ralph L said...

Does anyone understand anything that cannon balls says?

Ask narciso for a translation.

narciso said...

Probably not among other places, the shooter visited was Kosovo, practically every politicam leader in the Balkans were either a war criminal or enabler of same.

Guildofcannonballs said...

I am sorry, and I hate that phrase and castigated those who've pasted used it, but I am sorry that I feel the need to say that the proprietors could very well be adding spaces to my comments to make me look like more of a complete asshole.

Rory said...

In anticipation of the centennial of the 1919 World Series, the Society for American Baseball Research examined a few of the more common misunderstandings about what happened:

Eight Myths Out

stephen cooper said...
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Karen of Texas said...

An implant to help you smell...

Will Cate said...

In South Carolina skies are clear and the moon is as bright as a theater spotlight.

mockturtle said...

https://www.caracaschronicles.com/2019/03/20/michelle-bachelet-offers-strongly-worded-update-on-venezuela/

Wow, narciso! Where do you find this stuff? I didn't even know there was a UN 'High Commissioner of Human Rights'. Glad she's not totally blaming the US for all of Venezuela's woes.

Amadeus 48 said...

A new topic.

William Voegeli in the Winter issue of the Claremont Review of books cites Althouse in his essay, "Conservatism after Trump".

In discussing the erosion of the Democratic Party's commitment to the political rights of its opponents, Voegeli says,


'In short, a commitment to norms and rules protecting the rights of those not allied with the Democrats appears to be weakening steadily within the party, the continuation of a trend that predated Donald Trump’s political career. If conservatism must adapt to meet the changing threats to liberal democracy, then it has no choice but to be preoccupied with American liberalism’s menacing evolution. Waugh’s claim that liberals are gullible and feeble, complacently unaware of the threats to liberty, needs to be modified to account for the ways that liberalism has itself become such a threat.


'A 2018 New York Times article, for example, lamented that conservatives have “weaponized” the First Amendment, whose defense was once the raison d’etre of liberal activists in general, and the American Civil Liberties Union in particular. Though he used to have “the standard liberal view of civil liberties,” one law professor explained, he has now come to realize “that it’s a mistake to think of free speech as an effective means to accomplish a more just society.” The Occam’s Razor explanation for this shift is that free speech “was only ever a means to an end” for liberals, in the words of law professor and blogger Ann Althouse. “When they got their free speech, made their arguments, and failed to win over the American people, and when in fact the speech from their opponents seemed too successful, they switched to the repression of speech, because the end was never freedom.'

I don't remember this quote, but Voegeli was paying attention.

mockturtle said...

Deanna links: https://komonews.com/news/local/komo-news-special-seattle-is-dying

I don't think Seattle-ites are aware of this. ;-) My kids live up there and the biggest problem is the influx of people, both homeless and not. California may be sending their homeless north...

mockturtle said...

Per DantheMan:Am I the only one who saw "Rattzazz" cafe, and assumed I wasn't supposed to care much about it?

Now, Dan, you know Althouse doesn't give a fat rattzazz. ;-)

Sebastian said...

"the dreaded "back and forth.""

Dreaded by . . .?

Anyway, I also miss the immediacy of some of the "back and forth" and Drago's fine art of ridicule.

We don't know what doesn't get through, but Meadehouse seems to be sticking to no viewpoint discrimination, which is good.

Maillard Reactionary said...

Love the cafe posts. It's the old A-blog, with all the crazies in their fine array showin' what they got. Such as it is. Like that pathetic rat, whose nose appears to be disconnected (unlike, alas, my own) and who barely seems to have a left eye at all. Sad! But maybe not, rats have a very high reproduction rate. The next generation may be more promising.

I agree that the spontaneity of the former unmoderated style is lacking. But also the tiresome tit for tat, what we used to call "flame wars" back in the Usenet days.
Net-net, I'm still undecided.

MikeR @6:04 said "I have discovered that what I usually like about comments is seeing my own, glistening in its wisdom."

I have always seen my own comments here as more like a freshly lain turd glistening in the moonlight. But that may just reflect my own personal quirks, or personal habits, or both. I could be splitting hairs here. I will let MikeR decide about that. All I ask is that he stay out of my back yard; that is my own special place.

Be kind to those who care for you and carry on.

Guildofcannonballs said...

Make one of the most outrageous things you'll ever do be a sandwich.

gilbar said...

Some politician from Georgia claimed that John McCain was 'the most highly decorated senator', ever.

Ummm, hello?
NEBRASKA senator Bob Kerrey?
Medal of honor?

What did McCain have? A star?

narciso said...

Well it's an interest of mine, bachelet is charitably center left she lost the last election to one of pinochets fmr ads sebastian pinera.

StephenFearby said...

@ Amedeus 48

The reported AA quote originated from:

https://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/when-did-left-turn-against-free-speech.html

(Google search can be your useful friend even while obsessively tracking you on the internet.)

narciso said...

I'll grant mccains service but that isn't the be and and end all

wholelottasplainin' said...

Meanwhile, the latest Dem POTUS candidate, Andrew Yang, is seriously proposing to give every adult American citizen a $1,000 payment each month.

Let's do the math :

Rounding off, let's say there are 250 million adult Americans. At $12K a year, that's 3 TRILLION a year!!

WHERE THE FUCK DOES THE GUMMINT GET THE MONEY TO DO THIS????



wholelottasplainin' said...

Hagar said...
"Never speak ill of the dead," so this was a major mistake by Trump.
**********

Yeah, that's been the operative proglodyte view.

You can see it with the way they treat historic figures of the past whom they continue to revere.

Like Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, the Confederate generals....

Oh wait.....

Michael K said...

if you want to see a *really* good war movie, don't go to Hollywood, go see Peter Jackson's magnificent "They Shall Not Grow Old."

We've seen it twice. Only movie I can remember seeing in the past 6 months,

narciso said...

So judge Rudy Contreras decides to shut down fracking in Wyoming just because.

walter said...

Kellyanne Conway likely wants to avoid the "dreaded back and forth".

Guildy (GOC),
There once was a pair of rambunctious Senators who enjoyed making the "waitress sandwich". That was pretty outrageous.

Yang came out swinging with dick moves about circumcision.
More importantly, he suggested the electoral college arrangement is a good thing...based on his absolutely not a stereotype interest: MATH!
Get that guy security.

alanc709 said...

I've lived in the Seattle area since 1956. For years, people fleeing California have come here, and then voted in exactly what they fled. Small wonder Seattle is a cesspool.

Ice Nine said...

"Highly-decorated" refers to number of major medals not the highest order medal. McCain (Silver Star, Bronze Star w/'V' device x3, DFC, Purple Heart) was notably more highly-decorated than Kerrey (Medal of Honor, Purple Heart). McCain's fruit salad makes Kerrey's look like a couple grapes.

Big Mike said...

I hope you get a glimpse of the Super Worm Moon.

Thanks for the reminder. Night was cold but very clear. Saw it very well.

narciso said...

It looks like the big one popocatepl is leading toward eruption, two words (mt vesuvius)

walter said...

Maybe this new world should have an old school sign suggesting: "moderation will resume at _:_ AM/PM"

MadisonMan said...

I am in a different time zone, and out of sync with everything.

But I did see three bald eagles along the road today.

Ralph L said...

I also miss the immediacy of some of the "back and forth" and Drago's fine art of ridicule.

There's no accounting for taste. I wished Kilfile worked on the comments page.

etbass said...

The cafe posts are a mix of obscurity, insanity, disconnectedness, randomness, drunkenness, palaver.. and sometimes, lucidity.

Ann Althouse said...

"Are you keeping track of how many comments you toss? We're expecting statistics weekly at least."

No, but you should understand that the main effect is that the kind of comments we're excluding with this method are basically not even being submitted now. So the number of lost comments is much larger than the number of comments we receive but don't publish. That's the main benefit of the policy.

BUMBLE BEE said...

I remember well the Time magazine coverage of the deadly fire on the aircraft carrier. Well Admiral Mccain and company cleaned that one up. Liberalism can be best described as a person's need to feel good about themselves. In practical definition, it is often enabling destructive behaviors. Legalizing pot will have/has had, a debilitating effect on society not yet fully realized. Vaping this pharmaceutical strength stuff is gonna leave a mark. Most of the "enlightened" smokers I know deny the existence of Gateway drugs. Jimi didn't drown in his own vomit because he was stupid!

Mr. Forward said...

Making the Moon Super Again!

BUMBLE BEE said...

narciso... Great post on Venezuela! As a teen my high school leftist teachers drilled us on how superior sanctions were, as a tool to compel behavior from governments. Several generations later we see that they're the root of evil as well. abandoning that "solution" drifting ever leftward toward accepting bad behavior as inevitable? Compare contrast w/spanking?

jaydub said...

I was very skeptical of the moderation format, but I have to admit it performed as advertised and made the comments so much easier to follow without all the side distractions. Thanks

Mid-Life Lawyer said...

Yesterday morning's moon set was fabulous in McKinney, TX. Big and orange sitting low on the western horizon as I started my run. I'm in Magnolia, AR this morning and have not been out yet. Cute little college town. I'm working in El Dorado at 8:30 and that's an interesting place to stay, as well, but Magnolia is nicer so I stay in a hotel on the Square here when I come around...I walked out and looked and it's still pretty high, maybe at 140 degrees, in the western sky, clear and white.

Amadeus 48 said...

StephenFearby--

Thanks. I had over-quoted during my one desultory search.

The Google page tried to steer me to Ben Spielberg, Jack Balkan, somebody at UBC in Canada, Reason magazine, and Prawfsblog ahead of Althouse even though I included "Althouse" as the first word in my search.

Google is evil. At least Althouse came up on the first page.

Meade said...

Thank you, jaydub. And thanks to all of you commenters who are helping to make this work. Very enjoyable.

stlcdr said...

On a solemn note, the psycho shooter in New Zealand flashed the ‘white power’ symbol: is it a ‘white power’ symbol because the media made it such, or was it always a white power symbol? I’d never heard of it being so, but then it’s not something one really follows. I suspect the former - the psycho has been driven to commit acts based on what is portrayed in the media.

BUMBLE BEE said...

Wonder if the eruption of a volcano near Mexico City might affect migration patterns.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

Along with the dreaded back and forth there goes the stimulating, invigorating back and forth

There's room for optimism, Steve. In my limited experience with the newly moderated blog, it appears that tangents are tolerated if they are, as you write, "stimulating [and] invigorating" and related/relevant to the topic Althouse introduces. I could sense her frustration at times when we got too far from where she started the conversation. Like you, I find many of those entertaining. The rote name-calling and denouncements, not so much.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

Trump tweeted that this week, but the MSM and his chubby daughter claimed it wasn't true. Do we know who's right?

Kramer's testimony under oath to Congress contradicts the MSM and Chubby. Kramer should know, he's McCain's top aide, and he is the one who actually shopped it to media and handed off to FBI at McCain's direction. It was released last week by an R congresscritter.

etbass said...

So it was the credible threat of moderation that was effective, not the moderation itself. That suggests that as the crap creeps back in, if it is not "moderated" the whole thing will fall back into the pre-moderation state, never to be threatened by the cry of wolf again.

narciso said...

And he used to work with klimnik at the iri, who they hired after a brief stint working for a Russian connected arms dealer.

Skippy Tisdale said...

Thanks to all who've gotten into the swing of the new comments policy, which puts everything through moderation and has worked really well from our end, cutting out trolls, thread hijacks, and the dreaded "back and forth."

Shorter Althouse:

Obey.

Meade said...

Skippy, it was a request, not an order. So, shorter Althouse: Thanks for collaborating.

Char Char Binks, Esq. said...

The OK hand sign is not, never was, and never will be a white power symbol.

Jim at said...

Have any Left Coast Althousians seen the KOMO special Seattle is Dying? Watched it with my husband the other day; it was amazing - not in a good way.

Yes. We've watched it. As bad as it looked in the piece? It's actually much, much worse.

Wild horses can't drag me up north to set a single foot inside the Seattle city limits. And downtown Olympia isn't much better.

DanTheMan said...

>>Now, Dan, you know Althouse doesn't give a fat rattzazz. ;-)

I guess I'll have to wait for the "Flying f*** at a rolling donut Cafe" to be certain...
:)