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  • In case you're still wondering, "Not Sport, Martial Art" comes from the sign of a long-running martial arts school on Western Avenue in Chicago.

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  • Trudeau, in a mirror image way, is equally as mockable as Trump.

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  • Presuming the offense is real--we have to take the offended person's word for it--free speech is stifled. And so we have weaponized being offended. Problem is, some of us will be told to get lost and others will be treated with sympathy. Depending. I wish I could recall the guy who told the snowflakes that being offended is not an achievement.

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  • I should very like to have known your grandmother.

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  • Am sure Arthur Chu agrees with you.

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  • "even Oliver Stone"—what are you, his publicist? his grandma? Oliver Stone mostly sucks, and yes, Platoon doesn't treat Vietnamese people as fully human, which means it follows imperialist logic.

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  • He's back!

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  • There are two aspects to the Rotherham case. One is what happened, which is easily researched on the web. The other is the authorities looking the other way. You can search for that; "rock the multicultural boat". Nauseating. There was a recent report that the city was paying the victims settlements but that the judge in charge has refused some--or many--on various grounds as if a twelve year old could have "resisted" grooming.

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  • I see, so even Oliver Stone makes imperialist movies.

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  • Beck, that's correct. I make the argument in the piece. Your sensitivity is noted though.

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  • In order for your headline to be correct, the following films must be considered "imperialist." Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket, Coming Home, Casualties of War, Platoon, Born on the Four of July, Heaven and Earth, Salvador, Apocalypse Now, The Thin Red Line, M*A*S*H, All Quiet on the Western Front, Catch-22, How I Won The War, Johnny Got His Gun, Slaughterhouse Five, The Americanization of Emily.

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  • Bannon is from Virginia and a family of modest means.

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  • Thing is, when college is the one-in-five thing, there should be oceans of perps being sanctioned. But, if the DoJ's figures are correct, rapes and their perps are going to be thin on the ground. And if you don't have enough perps to run through the marsupial mess, you risk losing fed money. So you have to try to make bricks without straw.

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  • If you're anti-GOP agenda as opposed to anti-Trump, then there would be room to praise him in this case. He's hurt the GOP with his three month debt ceiling deal. Maybe he just got rolled by Schumer and Pelosi, in which case you could just be happy about his inabilty to drive a bargain, which he's supposed to be good at but probably isn't. His obvious indifference towards the debt ceiling and the national debt is also something that hits the GOP at its core. So it all depends on how you choose to look at it. These developments are positive from a Dem party point of view, any way you cut it, and in December they'll be in better shape once again.

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  • it's of a piece with anchors & pundits & scum like Peter Baker falling over themselves trying to scrap together something to praise him for, like when he dropped the MOAB and Brian Williams quoted Leonard Cohen. They so desperately want to praise him because they have a pathological respect for the office of the President & its ceremonial duties. So when he doesn't fall over himself giving a speech or makes a deal with Democrats that's completely in line with what he's done before, they eat it up. that's where the "tonight is the night Donald Trump became President" meme came from. it's disgusting

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  • About 99% of what comes out about Trump in NYT and WaPo is negative, so I hadn't noticed that they were so eager to praise him. Also, that deal with the Dems is the least normal thing you'll ever see a GOP president do.

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  • Really the most abhorrent aspect of this "deal" is how AP, NYT, and WaPo all kowtowed to the White House and described Trump in glowing terms as an "independent." Fuck that shit. Cutting deals with the other side is cool, but these media whores are so desperate to praise our idiot President for behaving normally.

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  • I remember NYSC at 96th. That was one of the old Town Sports (formerly Town Squash) locations. This is the kind of thing I used to get arrested (or nearly arrested) for. I never acclimated myself to the post-9/11 nonsense because it was clearly fraudulent, but that's another story. Hello Mr Bryk.

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  • Hmmm... So after two of the most tumultuous years of American politics and popcult, a non-hard-right 'conservative' online periodical has had trouble finding its land-legs. Perhaps they need to tighten up their business model. Or their politics.

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  • Conservatives should give up on trying to influence culture like this. They don't have the knack for it, even if they went to Dartmouth and UVA.

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  • Completely agree with Mr. May, aka The Fifth Beatle. Brando had to be in for a paycheck, Hopper is silly and the end is flat. But most of it's great: Sheen terrific, as is the ride up the river. I prefer Full Metal Jacket, easily my favorite Vietnam film, and The Deer Hunter also terrific, but Apocalypse now is a solid third in this loose trilogy.

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  • Apocalypse Now is great, even if it has ending problems.

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  • I saw APOCALYPSE NOW for the first time in July in a very big theater, and boy was it booooooooring! before that, I had seen the opening 10 minutes probably a dozen times since i was 11 or 12, but besides the horrifying & gorgeous aerial shots of bombs going off, the movie is so shallow & insanely anticlimactic: it is amazing when we first see Kurtz/Brando in that chiaroscuro shot, and we expect him to give Sheen some spiel that'll serve as the movie's thesis. instead, he reads T.S. Eliot. wow, so insightful, so deep, so dark. boooooo. conflating the content & context of Conrad's story with the still very raw reality of Vietnam is maddening. THE DEER HUNTER is the definitive 70s anti-war movie: its central metaphor, Russian roulette, is also invented and ahistorical, but it is an incredible metaphor for the actual experience of war: endless, agonizing waiting punctuated by extremely brief and insane moments of brutality and death.

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  • Nice post, CT. I was listening to this tune on Sirius last week and thought it was solid. That line "all the world's a birthday cake...take a piece, but not too much" is great. In terms of the general dismissal of the song, probably a matter of timing...by 1969..it sounded dated with the Penny Lane trumpet flourish, etc. I wondered why they left this song off of the Magical Mystery Tour album. Much stronger track than "Blue Jay Way"...and would have fit nicely into that record's concept. My 2 cents.

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  • As usual, you hit the nail on the head. Like you, "I may use Equifax, or perhaps my accountant does, but I’ve never heard of the firm, " As a result, I can't believe that my info may have been hacked with ZERO participation or knowledge on my part. I getting pissed all over again,.

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  • Heard a report that Ms Heyer's mother said she died of a heart attack? Anything new on this?

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  • Russ's mother was born six years before mine, who just died. That is remarkable in itself. She seems to have been a good lady.

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  • Easy, Texan. My favorite was the 1960 red Valiant car she won. We never had "cool" cars, always Dodges, since my dad, through his car wash, got discounts. I don't remember a single jingle; too young I guess.

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  • Of all the contests your mom won, which was your favorite from a "prize" perspective and do you remember your favorite jingle/tag line/ etc. composed by your mom?

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  • They used to sell little packs of three as well. Good idea, because some of us would use that as a limit. The part of this story that gets me is the twenty disclaimers that come after those drug companies. If I were running a radio program, I wouldn't accept any ads that had disclaimers. As far as death goes, life causes death. Or, as my old man used to say while lighting up, "Something will eventually kill you."

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  • A former smoker (although i still sneak one every now and then...shh...) I sympathize, Russ. But it likely will kill you one way or another so consider a vape or something?

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  • That's one hip 5 y.o. to be singing Ringo at his age.

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  • God bless you Russ on the taxi part. SO TRUE!

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  • Since my girls and I started listening to the Beatles station, I must admit a rekindled passion for Glass Onion.

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  • Look at a map of Russian military bases abroad and compare it to a map of American military bases abroad. Who's the aggressor here?

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  • I know quite a bit about those machines. I revealed their vulnerabilities in an article for NY Press a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

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