July 19, 2019

At the Succulent Café...

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... luxuriate in all-night conversation.

58 comments:

Achilles said...

So have the democrat media realized that endorsing terrorism is a misstep yet?

They keep thinking Trump is making missteps like saying Leila Emli who goes by the fake name Ilhan Omar should go home.

These people don't see the train coming down the tracks.

Big Mike said...

Sign on the door of the local Dunkin‘ Donuts claims they’ll pay $10 an hour for people make and pour coffee, work the cash register, and know the difference between chocolate frosted and sour cream donuts. Compare and contrast with $9 an hour for the software developers who wrote Boeing’s MCAS software.

Clark said...

I am almost done reading Gates of FIre, a historical novel about the battle of Thermopylae. It is compelling reading. it is also incredibly gruesome. Gruesome but true. The commitment and bravery of these Spartans is amazing and inspiring.

Bay Area Guy said...

Going to Santa Barbara for weekend. Ever been there?

Really beautiful city. Beach, mountains, Mission, UCSB - quite lovely.

buwaya said...

“Gates of Fire” is a fine book. That and “Killer Angels” are what I think of as proper young adult literature.
I don’t find it incredibly gruesome. Oh well.
I have given a couple of dozen copies of each to young men.

narciso said...

I read herodotus which was the source material, after 300, I had been meaning to pick it up after English patient which was the first time I had come across is,

narciso said...

Why I find their sincerity lacking:

https://babalublog.com/2019/07/18/send-them-back-when-the-new-york-times-cracked-the-whip-against-uppity-law-breaking-refugees/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork&fbclid=IwAR1lCZ3qs1oRi7WTRK20TVikcH9mcBp-2edcAdfYv6a8V4RGXocLAfkp01o

h said...

Every month the treasury department issues a "monthly treasury report" on federal gov't receipts and expenditures. The top line report for the June report (issued in early July) is that "Trump deficits are close to $1 trillion". That is true. The 12 month total for July 2017 to June 18 is 985 billion (just short of 1 trillion). The facile explanation is that "Trump tax cuts caused the deficits." But actually gov't receipts are higher than ever: (for 12 month totals July to June ending in year...

2015 3.53 b
2016 3.61 b
2017 3.64 b
2018 3.69 b
2019 3.72 b.

The growing deficit is caused by the increases in spending

2015 3,89 b
2016 4.09 b
2017 4.34 b
2018 4.53 b
2019 4,71 b,

So as we get into a discussion of the debt limit and the size of the fed deficit, it would be reasonable to blame Trump administration as "big spenders" not as "tax cutters". I don't think there is anyone willing to blame the Trump administration for spending too much.

traditionalguy said...

Let's not talk falsely now. The hour is getting late.

Yes. Santa Barbara is the best the California coast has to offer. It's southerly facing coastline and the mountains 8 miles inland makes it seem like it's an Hawaiian island. And it's better shopping than Rodeo drive. And the local Farmers bring in the best home grown Fruits and Vegetables on earth.

Fritz said...

I like Pismo Beach better.

Howard said...

Santa Barbara's great. The beaches have tar, so have a rag and baby oil. Painted Caves is interesting. Cold Springs Tavern on Stagecoach road just past Camino Cielo off the 154 is a nice historic spot. Check out the Arlington Theater downtown, it's interior is like an Old Mexico Plaza at night, including stars. Lots of great hiking if you are into that. Devereux Lagoon and Coal Oil Point have lots of nice views and lots of interesting birds. Joes Cafe on State Street is famous for French Dip sandwiches and the stiffest cocktails in town.

Bay Area Guy said...

TradGuy offers a nuch more eloquent description of picturesque Santa Barbara than my terse pedestrian comment.

I bow to him. Surf's up, Dude.

Howard said...

Los Osos is better than Pismo, Fritz. But in any case, the fishing is better off Cambria if you don't mind the man in the gray suit.

FullMoon said...

Bernie's campaign workers whining they want fifteen bucks an hour.


Get him elected, then every minimum wager in the country will get it. And a bunch of other free stuff too! Ingrates.


Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

looks like a sea anemone,

w/ some pastels even Reagan would approve of

Rory said...

Hooterville farmers wear Betsy Ross Flag brand overalls.

Big Mike said...

@Bay Area Guy, damned fine whale watching down there. If you have the physical fitness for it, also consider kayaking to one of the channel islands.

And consider eating dinner at Stearn's Wharf.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Bake the damn Cake !!! And you'll wear THIS while doing it!!!

Miss World America strips title from pro-Trump Miss Michigan after she refused to wear a hijab

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2019/07/19/miss-world-america-strips-title-from-pro-trump-miss-michigan-after-she-refused-to-wear-a-hijab-776389

Unknown said...

I like Pismo Beach better.

You and Bugs Bunny both.

(Just watch out for that left turn in Albuquerque..)

Ann Althouse said...

Is anyone else reading “The Weil Conjectures: On Math and the Pursuit of the Unknown“?

Just reviewed in the NYT.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

was Kirsten Gillibrand's name Tina Rutnik?

by now we know Warren Wilhem and Barry Soetoro

"When I was 18, people called me Donald Trump."

Michael K said...

I am almost done reading Gates of FIre

He is an excellent writer, not just. He also wrote "Legend of Bagger Vance, " and other golf books.

Michael K said...

Not just history. History got edited.

Gahrie said...

Isn't it sort of amazing that the Left and the MSM spent the last couple of months before the 2016 election whining and complaining that Trump wouldn't accept the results of the election, and then have spent every second since the election not accepting the fact that Trump won?

Michael K said...

I have gotten hooked on novels by Andrew Wareham , who is a sort of English WEB Griffin. Great detail about 17th and 18th century England. Military and naval. Better than CS Forester and I have not read the Maturin series.

He also has two series about WWI and WWII RAF.

Big Mike said...

Is anyone else reading “The Weil Conjectures: On Math and the Pursuit of the Unknown“?

@Althouse, thanks for the pointer. Amazon lets one look inside at selected pages, and the book seems delightful. I also looked up Simone Weil in Wikipedia, and now I'm going to have to read something of hers, too.

Tommy Duncan said...

"Was Kirsten Gillibrand's name Tina Rutnik?"

I'll confess I don't know anyone that changed their name. Who does that?

Big Mike said...

What I had been planning on doing was commenting on the latest foolishness from Ocasio-Cortez, where she claims that "no one would be heatbroken" to lose private insurance. Since I'm already on Medicare, and I know what it doesn't cover, I would be at a serious loss (or my doctors would have to quit the business) without Medigap coverage.

Big Mike said...

I'll confess I don't know anyone that changed their name. Who does that?

Well, Marion Morrison, for one. He's better known under his screen name of John Wayne. Also Samuel Clemens, who used the pen name Mark Twain.

narciso said...

A little bacmground:.
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/parallels-and-perpendiculars-in-the-lives-of-two-extraordinary-siblings/

narciso said...

I knew of simone but I didnt know about her brother, thankfully it's not a deep mathematical text because Godel back escher gave me a headache

pacwest said...

"I don't think there is anyone willing to blame the Trump administration for spending too much."

Me, me. Pick me! And infastructure spending yet to come. And Trumpcare. This is the biggest failure of the Trump admin. He did give it some lip service early on, but nobody really gives a shit it seems. Obama deserved criticism, and Trump does too. But anyone truly fiscally responsible has 0% chance of being elected to the Presidency.

Phase out Medi and raise the age for SS. Anything else is just playing with the margins.

h said...


"I'll confess I don't know anyone that changed their name. Who does that?" (Not sure if this is sarcasm, but I'll bite.) Hillary Rodham changed her name to Hillary Clinton. Michelle Robinson changed her name to Michelle Obama.

mockturtle said...

"Was Kirsten Gillibrand's name Tina Rutnik?"

I think Gillibrand is her married name and Tina may have been a nickname.

h said...

pacwest: Thanks for replying to my comment. But what are your options: Blame Trump for spending too much, and vote for Bernie Sanders for President? Blame Trump for spending too much and vote for Kamala Harris? What's weird is that Trump is the "small government conservative" in the race.

mockturtle said...

ICTA brings to our attention: Miss World America strips title from pro-Trump Miss Michigan after she refused to wear a hijab

And also because she had the temerity to say that most black victims of gun violence are from black on black violence. So ye shall speak the truth and the truth will land you in jail, or at least stripped of your job, your reputation and your access to social media.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

hopefully not fake news

US Honors Muslim Cleric Who Showed ‘True Selflessness’ as He Hid Hundreds of Christians from Attacks

https://ijr.com/us-honors-muslim-cleric-hid-christians-attacks/

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Louisiana Civil Rights Activist Is Found Murdered in Trunk of Her Car

https://people.com/crime/sadie-roberts-joseph-louisiana-civil-rights-activist-murdered-trunk-car/

the suspect turns out to be a black tenant of hers who was behind in rent. Allegedly strangled her & stuffed her in the trunk of her car.

Hmmmm-- not a Trump-supporting white supremacist? How is this possible??

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

oh wait-- we forgot--

Bake the damn Cake, wear the damn Burka, AND WAX MY BALLS!!

Trans Activist Sues Brazilian Wax Business after Owner Refused to Shave Her Balls

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/07/trans-activist-sues-brazilian-wax-business-after-owner-refused-to-shave-her-balls/

how far are the lefties going to keep pushing this shit?
What's going to be the tipping point? Or, All We Are Is Just...Frogs In The Pot

eddie willers said...

I have not read the Maturin series.

You have to struggle just a little bit at the beginning. Amazon sends me emails about books on sale every morning, and one time it was Master and Commander, the first book of the series and I thought, pretty good, but left it at that.

A year or two later, they offer the 2nd book Post Captain at a buck ninety nine as well, but that one almost stopped my journey! (Fans read the twenty books over and over again and call them "circumnavigations")

It is set during the Treaty of Amiens, a one year peace between England and France and so our heroes are land bound without "work" and the first 3/5ths of the book are them wooing some posh sisters and one of their cousins with balls and fox hunts etc.. (The series has been said to be "if Jane Austin had been a sea captain). I almost gave up but when hostilities resume, we get one of the most exciting sea chase/battles I have ever read and the author introduces the wrinkle that really set me going. Not only is the good Dr. Maturin a top shelf, erudite physician but also a secret agent who hates Napoleon for being a tyrant!

So I thought, OK, the ending saved the book, but when I read a review of the third book, I learned that all that wooing and "icky" stuff in Post Captain was just introducing us to characters who will become very important and impacts throughout the rest of the series.

So I read that 3rd book, HMS Surprise and THAT is where it all clicked in and I then raced through my first circumnavigation.

How can you not love a series that has what maybe the greatest sentence in English literature: "Jack...you have debauched my sloth!"

PS. Get the Kindle versions. The antiquated sea terms are so much easier when you can just "press" word and find out what a 'barky' is, for instance.

BUMBLE BEE said...

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM ... I truly miss the MSM coverage of the San Fran "Pride" parades. Precurser to the homeless debacle? The Golden Calf of liberalism.

Yancey Ward said...

Biden gets a do-over against Harris in the next debate cycle. Harris was given a big gift with the matchups- this is her chance to dominate- is she up to it?

rehajm said...

A barky is when you make par after hitting a tree.

stevew said...

Rand Paul has made an issue of increasing Federal spending through the extension of the 9-11 victims compensation fund by stalling a vote on the bill. He wants to find some other Federal spending to eliminate as an offset for this bill's cost. Consistent of him and in general he's right to make such a demand, but by using this issue he's wrong. And when you consider the likelihood that he will be successful, which is very low, he can fairly be accused of grandstanding.

Kevin said...

And also because she had the temerity to say that most black victims of gun violence are from black on black violence.

Party of science!

Kevin said...

I'll confess I don't know anyone that changed their name. Who does that?

That’s so 1950.

Today people are changing their race and lopping off their penises.

Ralph L said...

I would not let anyone shave my balls who expressed a desire not to.

Mr. Forward said...

I’m trying to throw away a book from 1968 by “free” aka Abbie Hoffman titled “Steal This Book”.
(Don’t ask.)

Of course I had to scan the damn thing and was horrified to discover the script for the second Democratic debate.

Tank said...

rehajm said...

A barky is when you make par after hitting a tree.


Tank had a housey last week.

Narr said...

Aye to the O'Brien series--the movie was good too--and thanks for the pointers to Wareham etc.
The Aubrey-Maturin tales range far into Brit society and politics, which interest me but may put off others.

Anyone read the NapWars fiction of Goldsworthy? What was the series (TV'd w/Sean Bean)--I did not care for them. Never cared much for the Shaara dynasty either--"Angels" the best of the bunch but at the cost of mythologizing Stuart's supposed dereliction and Lee's reaction--as if we needed fresh WABAWTS mythology.

I grew up reading Biggles! Now there's some young adult lit!

Narr
So where the hell was Biggles when you needed him last Saturday?

wildswan said...

Reading up on Somalia and looking for the definition of "ilkoyar", I came across this exchange on SomaliNet which is of a type I think we all can recognise from this very blog. I post it hoping to show that the Somalis are truly our brothers and sisters - or at least more kin than kind.

"Ilkoyar?
Is this term description for all of the Marax-aans or some sub-clans like Horarsame!
I.L.K.O.Y.A.R Laughing Rolling Eyes
....

speaking of wax marax ah?..
......

you want some baasto hawiye? Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
.....

No, Can I have that tedious reer Bari cousine of dried fish& rise cooked in milk!
.....

nayaa waa naagta, i'm the only one allowed to use that term, fahamtu?
drop it hadaba
....

unfortunately i can only offer you baasto hawiye since fish is for reer bari only.
.....

Maxaa ku baarey rer bari...please we dont deal with haawiye caambulo eaters. Laughing Laughing Laughing
.....

Waxaad la gaagaabantihiin oo la madoowdihiin oo la arag xuntihiin waa nafaqa darrada. You can recognise Majartan from miles away Laughing Razz
.....

you must be mistaking us for your haawiye cousins.
majerten gaaban oo maadow wiiligey ma arag.
....

hoogayoo ba ay, ma hawiyaa gaagaabni iyo madoobaan qofku sheegi kale... Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

adoonow xaalkaa ba... Shocked Shocked
...

THIS PLACE IS FU1CKED Arrow
....

Islaan Ugaar Saleemaan ah ayaa adeeradeey booyaaso u ah. Maalin ayee damacde inee malaay la qalajiye iyo bariis caano lagu kariye siiso. Ayeydeey aa fargeeto ku tuurte mar dambe mee reer Bari cuisine u karinee hee reerka Ayaanle waayee. Laughing
....
lkoyar is a derogatory term for all Marexaan just like Iidoor for Isaaq, Dhabayaco for MJ, Afar Qooble for Maroorsade, Cagdheer for OG etc etc etc, but, Marexaan has produced and brought two unique individuals to this world.

1) Major General Mohamed Siad Barre, Aabihii Ummadda Somaliyeed

2) Nabeela, a beauty queen in her own right, the best forumer who has graced this landfill so far

Fernandistein said...

So where the hell was Biggles when you needed him last Saturday?

Down in Cornwall, writing up his memoirs for a paper-back edition of the Boy Scout Manual.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

did they ever find the missing Non-Rabbit?

Narr said...

Props, Tullians!

Narr
Still looking

Big Mike said...

Over at Legal Insurection (Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion) I see that Oberlin has been hit with a touch over $6.5M in attorney fees. So the total they owe the bakery is now a touch under $32M. Not that Oberlin is in any way, shape, or form repentant or remorseful even now.

Big Mike said...

Powerline found a cartoon that explains it all. "Twitter is Trump's laser pointer and Democrats are all cats."

Fernandistein said...

"I think this is something that most non-rabbit owners underestimate."

Crazy World said...

Traditional Guy, that is a great description of that beautiful place. Also love Pismo, enjoy Bay Area guy.