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  1. I was looking for a thread that I could adopt for a general question. Didn't see one right away, so let's go with a new thread. Very simple. Answer the question correctly, then pose a question of your own. First Question: Name a movie that is associated with my screen name?
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    Classical Music

    Don't everyone post at once, now. This thread of course will get lots and lots and lots and lots of hits, but we don't want to glut the bandwidth, now, do we? (please, no responses saying 'no, we don't'.) As we all know, unless one is hopelessly averse, that folks generally like CM to varying degrees. Those who are not necessarily ebullient about it may still have a perennial favorite they would like to share. Others who would rather attend a rock concert still may like CM to a degree and may have more selections at their beck. And then there those who are maniacal about it but I don't know who they are. Any closet maniacs out there? If you of the averse (see above) and who regard CM with unbridled HATE I would respectfully request that you refrain from coming over here for the purpose of duck shooting. And that means those (who know who they are :-p who like to use cryptic little messages that consist of single letters separated by forward slashes, which I like to call The Attack of the Millennials, though they can be used by later generations as well, ahem!) Now that the preamble is over I think it only fitting to debut this thread with a sprightly overture. Here is one of the most sprightliest:
  3. Your first paragraph is rather complacent, don't you think ... under our present circumstance? The old we'll-get-by-because-we-always-have idea for once does not ring true, or cannot be relied upon with any degree of comfort. We have never had an non-politcal rogue like Trump gain the presidency and that is dangerous. The animosity towards traditional politics is always there, but you don't replace that with a novice. At least a politician knows how to play the game, so to speak, and there's an element of stability there, regardless of Party. There is a safeguard against sheer stupidity. We don't have that stability now. The idea that a successful business man will make a good president doesn't make any sense. With regard with the more traditional (not with it's faults) giving way to what is essentially a bulldog is not a good thing and yet Trump is buttressed by practically the entire Republican Party out of the desire for raw power. And so unabashedly so that the very pretense of honoring the Constitution is openly rejected. The cat is out of the bag. The sense of this-to-will-to-pass does not necessarily apply. Your second paragraph sounds like Civics I. They are a great number of people (I hope) realize this but it's, above all, the Reps in Gov that need to honor the Constitution. Address your paragraph to Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and Donald Trump (to name a few) and they will laugh in your face. ...
  4. We have. Just curious, why would you address Bogie56 with "Sirrah' ? In the context of the thread, it would be more aptly used for our OP.
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    A story about a Story. In the first game of the Brewers=Rockies series, the Rockies trailed 2-0 with three outs left. Up to then they had just one hit. But they rallied! They tied the score and had runners on first and third. Up comes the Story. He strikes out on three pitches, all swinging. The last two were bounced to the plate, the second of them way outside, so far so that Story almost fell over trying to hit it. The Rockies never scored another run and were swept. Story had a good year but he is terrible under pressure. He might have swung at a pitch rolled to him on the ground like a bowling ball. Some may say that this was merely a turning point in the series. But I say ... Story is a Goat.
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    I would find someone else to take the dog to the vet. Does that mean I love the dog less? To lose opportunities like that over a pet is ridiculous when there is a ready solution.
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    Why a second thread for photo captioning? There are some photo threads that do not allow captioning so instead of letting these picture go un-captioned (we can't allow that ) I decided to purge my frustration and start this thread. Now, photos from these threads can be captured and posted here...or photos from other sources can be posted here as well. I urge all photo captioning enthusiasts to PLEASE continuing supporting *Dimitrious'* fine photo captioning thread, in fact, when the uncontrollable urge to caption hits you, _please go there first_. This thread is by no means an attempt to disrupt or upstage the *Dimitrious* thread, in fact, is should be secondary to it. *Dimitrious* has been diligent in supply us with photos for captioning and I fully consider his thread to be the definitive. *Dimitrious*: I sincerely hope you don't mind that I started this thread. Like I said, _yours is the TOPS_, this one will be fill-in. For the time being, I will post the images. I want this thread to be used only for those "un-captionable" photos on those threads here on the board where captioning is discourged. Let's use it for this purpose for now, anyway. Thanks. And there may be periods of time when the thread will fall dormant. Anyone with questions, comments, please fire away. ///
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    From around the galaxy

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    kavanaugh for the scotus

    Or not to confirm. Yeah, let's get this over with.
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    Centennial of Holst's "The Planets"

    Saturn is a fave. Old Age is equated with Wisdom, assuredly. The opening is wonderfully contemplative, I nearly see an old being who knows everything, not from studying anything but by sheer absorption. The ending veers toward the Spiritual plane, a sort of apotheosis of the embodiment of Higher Consciousness. I can hardly listen to Jupiter without wanting to run around the block a few times. So exhilarating! (Well, now that I am approaching old age [without the wisdom, alas] I may curtail to a half a block but mentally no drop in feeling). I hope this isn't sacrilegious (since we are in the ethereal vein) to say that had Holtz written a Pluto, the music of Neptune would have fit. This latter as is conveys such a feeling a deep space. And who is more spacey deep-wise that good old Pluto. I could have been a planet immortalized by great music, instead I'm just a dog. Mercury consists of musical fragments of great zest and verve. I would to if I were that close to the Sun. My favorite recording is Stokowsky/L.A. Philharmonic) in a 1956 recording. It's on the Tube but is not just done justice, fedality (sp?) wise. I have a restored version on CD. This was recorded with the term "Living Presence" on the LP which sounds like a catchword. But it meant something. The recording was a relatively simple process with few microphones. The recordings do in fact with this designation attached sound much less as having piped through the electronic process and comes off as if you were in the hall, relatively speaking that is. Stokowsky in perfection IMO in his rendition. This was hands down Holtz most famous work. He is very nearly a one-hit wonder. The distant second place finisher would be the St Paul's suite, written for a Girls' School in England. Quite a different thing altogether.
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    Schindler's List (1993)

    AS you know, CG, Kurosawa had a more sophisticated audience because that was his target. He was an auteur. Speilberg targets bourgeois audiences who he knows are prone to weepy sentimentality. He's very good at it, though. Comparing the two are apples and oranges and perhaps an insult to Kurosawa. Kevin Costner tried to imitate S but failed IMO. Costner's movies actually induce nausea. That baseball movie and the one before that, about that ridiculous outpost during the Civil War, cases in point. I can't even remember the names of those two films right now, and that's a happy thing.
  12. I didn't know to what you were referring at first (see Edit in my post). I had scrapped the idea of making my joke and and accidentally put two periods instead of the customary one only. I didn't get the joke and so I puzzled over what "third period" meant that it was an expression of which was unknown to me. The "No, I'm against that" was a barb that didn't mean anything at all, just an impulse. Everything's good.
  13. I was going to make a bad joke about mule could mean. What is worth a third mean? Edit: you mean a third period. No, I'm against that.
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    kavanaugh for the scotus

    Of course something is up. I said it before. The investigation will yield nothing more and K will be confirmed and when the democrats start to **** and moan Trump will say, "We gave you yer stinkin' investigation, now shut up." Is the president supposed to order the FBI an investigation to be "limited" and "within a week."? What about checks and balances? Does not the FBI know how to conduct an investigation? Congress is in charge of this, why is the president horning in? He nominated the guy so shouldn't he recuse himself from an involvement whatsoever? [EDIT--just saw the post above after writing this.] The Judiciary became convinced that an early full Senate vote would be dangerous, especially since Flakey-boy got caught in an elevator. Republican fear that more victims will forward is real but unless it's an onslaught, it will not be investigated. Tut tut, you only have a week. Sorry, FBI people, time's up so wrap it up please. If these women are so hopped up about this, where was was the outrage when this person got elected president. They "forgot" about The Grabbing just as they will soon forget about K. People forget.
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    kavanaugh for the scotus

    "This is what you get from the unexamined life, a product of white male privilege so unadulterated that, until a couple of weeks ago, Kavanaugh never had to ask himself what might have lurked, and may still linger, behind the football, the basketball, the lifting weights, the workouts with a great high-school quarterback, the pro-golf tournaments with Dad, the rah-rah Renate-ribbing yearbook, the Yale fraternity, and the professed sexual abstinence until 'many years' after high school"®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront The Fairness Doctrine Revited, an opposing view: "What happened Thursday should not prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Senators are within their rights to vote against the nomination out of philosophical differences. But to vote on the basis of a belief in things unseen and unproved is a road to national ruin."®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront ]]]]
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    kavanaugh for the scotus

    I hope so.
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    SCOTUS battles

    If we can have a pathetic, swaggering, wannabe dictator pigs, like our presidents, I guess we can have belligerent, alcoholic, fratboy women molesters as Supreme Court Judges. There is a consistency there, though one that is leading us down the road of degradation (with a capital D).
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    SCOTUS battles

    Perhaps, perhaps ... or he and his family have been threatened.
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    SCOTUS battles

    But 9 out of 10 are not being considered for the Supreme Court? There is obviously a different standard. Haven't you ever heard the expression, "...sober as a judge." ?
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    SCOTUS battles

    Once this sham investigation is done and we are no further than we are now, except that the Gop will have something to brag about, these two points will be easily forgotten.
  21. Big Deal. How can he deviate from the letter. The GOP will win now. They will get their man on the Court and will now have rebuttal power to counteract all the outrage, that is, if there is any left. The GOP Bomb Squad is doing their job.
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    kavanaugh for the scotus

    This is terrible news. A one-week investigation is not investigation. Any investigation must be open-ended, otherwise it will be expedient. The GOP wants to brag that an investigation was held, that's all. They hope that naysayers will call off the dogs. It will minimize the outrage against them. I would wish that would just ram it through and see what happens. The investigation will result in nothing good for the democrats. You can't do anything in a week. The Democrats should not agree with a "limited" investigation.
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    SCOTUS battles

    His face is getting hard to look at. The hurt face so full of entitlement being threatened. Some said on TV yesterday that K received a call from T, ordering him to be angry with his rebuttal questioning. I don't think K knows himself well enough to know what to do. He has never had to fight his own battles. To the other point, the confrontation on the elevator is going viral and that can be more blowback for the Cabal if they vote quickly. I believe they have noted that well. It seems obvious that Flake voted against conscience due to pressure from other members. Let's call it what it is, bullying.
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    SCOTUS battles

    I fear the new Flake thing is being orchestrated by the Mafia Judiciary Committee. The GOP are afraid that they have overplayed their hand and the blowback might be too severe, even in the light of the importance of seating K. They have decided it's worth to have an FBI investigation so they can say later, "Well, we did it, what are you complaining about now." By insisting that it be a "limited" investigation they know it will be compromised and still have time to get the vote done in time. Graham agreeing with Flakes "reversal" is a dead giveaway.

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