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LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
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  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    edited October 2016
    This one made me laugh:

    "And next year...

    Céline!

    Louis Ferdinand? But he's...

    No! Céline! "

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  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,600
    Well, just got done getting a car for S_ _ _. We ended up with a 2014 Prius hatchback. So everybody be sure to send a mazel tov out into the universe for S_ _ _.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,600
    I've nothing against the Nobel committee awarding their prize to Dylan, but it is kind of a big F.U. to American writers of books and poetry.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    I think the Nobel committee is trolling us.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    edited October 2016
    I wrote this a few years ago:
    Funny thing is, I can think of plenty or reasons to complain about the Obama administration. But far-right cretins rarely criticize him for what he's actually doing. Instead, they tend to fabricate all kinds of bullshit and exaggerations, therefore unwittingly putting a lot of people who normally wouldn't care about Obama in Obama's pocket. I am no lover of Obama, but I found myself, to my annoyance, stuck defending him repeatedly agains bullshit accusations (you know, he's a muslim, a socialist, he wasn't born in the US, death panels, etc.). This crap created quite a lot of polarization which, to be fair, the democrats had no quibbles exploiting to their own benefit. I imagine that, in this kind of atmosphere, people who are less stubborn and less careful than I could easily become quite partisan about Obama.
    Now replace Obummer with La Clinton, muslim socialist with BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI, and that email crap, and bingo, same old shit.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    edited October 2016
    I feel like that astronaut in training in the first episode of the Twilight Zone.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,403
    Amy Schumer did a gig in Florida this weekend and 200 people walked out when she criticized Trump.

    How did 200 people who like Trump end up at a show by a feminist comedian known for calling bullshit on sexists and sex abusers?

    I mean, I wouldn't go see Kirk Cameron and be shocked just shocked if he talked shit about atheists. That's his whole fucking thing.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    edited October 2016
    Most people have very creative ways of dealing with cognitive dissonance!
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    edited October 2016
    I saw a documentary the other day: a jew descended from holocaust survivors interviewed two old gents, an Austrian and a German, whose fathers were high-up in the nazi hierarchy. The german hated his father and had spent most of his life facing and then battling his father's legacy. The Austrian, however, spent the entire doc finding more and more elaborate ways to excuse his father. Even when faced with the most solid evidence, he found ways of avoiding the obvious. It was simultaneously funny and sad to see the lengths the old guy was ready to go to deny, refute and excuse.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    edited October 2016
    Now back to everyone's favourite subject (i.e. Trump):

    I don't think he's smart enough to grasp what he's doing. Unfortunately, he has the attention of a group of people that may react pretty badly after he loses.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,403
    Tilda did one of the 23andme DNA tests. She's 13.7% Ashkenazi Jewish. This is interesting because there was always a rumor her great-grandmother had a thing on the side with the local Jewish doctor.

    She's mostly Balkan (duh), 8.8% Middle Eastern, and a couple of percent East Asian, specifically Yakut (Siberian/Mongolian).
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    edited October 2016
    I don't know how accurate those tests are. But, coming from a fairly homogeneous country, I have a fairly good idea what my genetic heritage is: mostly southern european (iberian, specifically), with a bit of north african and maybe sephardic jew (my family name is common amongst marranos, that is, portuguese jews forced to convert to catholicism 400 years ago).
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,403
    CRAP. So it turns out that moving to the MacArthur school district is not actually a guarantee of getting to attend MacArthur. Simon has to take an oral Spanish assessment to prove he can keep up, as they have a dual language program.

    But Simon really *wants* to go to this school. It was part of our pitch for convincing him to be okay with moving: he knows kids at MacArthur. He has friends there.

    So now our entire family is going to work hard to become a Spanish immersion camp. He's been dinking around with Spanish for a long time, and knows a lot of words, but now we have to get him to some vague, unspecified level of conversational or he'll end up having to attend a school where he knows no one that isn't in our neighborhood.

    We keep trying to tell the folks at MacArthur "Don't worry: he's GOT THIS." But I'm just now realizing that the tricky part of having a kid who is no fooling, the smartest kid in school, is that now that we're moving, the new school/principal/teachers do not know that about him. So they "Well, this would be very difficult for a kid to accomplish" and we say, "Not for the literal smartest kid in school" and they just think, "OK, sure, your kid is special. Everybody thinks that."

    Everyone probably DOES think their kid is the smartest kid in school. The difference in Simon's case is that his teacher, art teacher, music teacher, reading coordinator, and principal think that, too.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,403
    I mean, it's not like I'm saying he's a prodigy or he's perfect. He still can't swim or ride a bike, it takes him six to eight minutes to put on a pair of socks, and yesterday, he moaned like he'd been shot after trying to eat a raw garlic sandwich (his idea).

    But this schoolwork thing? he has that on lockdown.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    I know what you mean, Jeff. Take my daughter: like her mom and dad, she's a very good student. But, unfortunately, she seems to have inherited my poor social skills.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,403
    Simon's teacher said something that really stuck with me during the parent-teacher conference week before last. She said that Simon is running into a problem that a lot of very intelligent kids run into... He could probably read at a junior high level if he wanted to... but he doesn't, because he's still seven years old. His heart, his interests, his level of maturity, his ability to withstand scary/upsetting stuff... they're all normal for his age.

    So I guess what I need to find are dense, sharply written, challenging books about magic cats and farts and annoying baby brothers.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,400
    Shit. sorry guys. WHATS EVERYBODY DOING LAST WEEEKEND?!?!?
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    Oh, you know, same old, same old. You?
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,403
    I'm just killing time until the new Black Mirror season debuts on Netflix this Friday.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    Oh, it's this friday? I thought it was last friday.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,403
    The 21st.
  • TrippTripp Posts: 383
    edited October 2016
    Did I give you a report on Stan's wedding? Bobby came to town last Friday night and hung out at our house while S___ and I went to the rehearsal dinner at Coletta's ( the one in the hood). After that we went to the Lair for a Jams/Dragoon Reunion. it was me, Bobby, Stan, Stan's sons Noyel and Navin, Stivers, S___ and Stan's brother Glenn. We had a blast. Dragoon songs sounded better than ever. Everyone got to jam though (except S____). Got home about 3:30am.
    Next day hung out with Bobby then we all went to the wedding which was thankfully walking distance from our house. Lovely wedding. Stan's boys were the best men (though I don't think they were too happy about it, understandably). Stan's dad presided. Afterwards The McStays & James performed. I was suppose to be in the band but I didn't have anything to do so I bowed out. Stivers sat in but man he was drunk and fucked everything up. Bobby even got up and helped out with backing vocals. After all that Dragoon got up and performed Golden Hips then Scott replaced Bobby and we did Banjo and I'm Drunk (apropos since another member of Impala was face down on the ground drunk).
    Later a bunch of people came to our house. Noyel and Navin showed up with the aforementioned drunk-ass Impalan. He face-planted in my front yard. I carried him to our back porch and gave him some tough love. Everybody has been wanting to but I guess are too scared to. I wasn't. I was a little pissed. I basically told him to switch to lite beer for a few years. He tends to pound bourbon til complete oblivion. Sad really.
    Other than that a pretty fun weekend.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,600
    Maybe Bob Dylan doesn't want a Nobel Prize. That would be so...Dylanesque?
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    Tripp, ILTS!
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    edited October 2016
    Maybe Bob Dylan doesn't want a Nobel Prize. That would be so...Dylanesque?
    There is a precedent:

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    Sartre on the Nobel Prize
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,600
    I'm actually kinda hoping Dylan sartes the Nobel Prize.



    sarte (v) - to refuse to accept any kind of prestigious award, especially the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,400
    Who sarted?
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 3,403
    Who sarted?
    =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 4,878
    Mrs. Premise and Mrs. Conclusion Visit Jean-Paul Sartre

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