Open Thread — Russians and Trump

It’s 5:00, and this is the first chance that I’ve had to geek out on the blog and CNN. I had to make a full dinner in the middle of the afternoon, so Jonah could get some calories in him before work. He’s about the only person to subsist on soda, leftover bread and french fries, and half eaten steak sandwich, who loses weight. He’s dipping below 130. Anymore weight loss, and my Italian mother is going to berate me in hourly phone calls.

Because I’m catching up on the news, I’m going to hold off on blogging.

Any opinions?

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21 thoughts on “Open Thread — Russians and Trump

  1. This is not my opinion, it is lifted from an old professor of mine: “Putin has always wanted a Trojan horse. It is Putin’s misfortune that the one he got suffers from glanders and bloat, and thinks he is Pegasus”.

  2. The whole administration is clearly shitheads from top to bottom. That’s pretty clear, but I wish just once a newspaper could come out and say it plainly. It would cheer me to no end.

    1. That Aussie guy practically did. Doesn’t that count?

      Never mind the White House freak out; I like to think Republican Congresspeople are pooping themselves, too.

    1. FDLFRDB!
      I ran across this via Twitter trending topics today. This paragraph drives me crazy, but not for the usual reasons:
      ““Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named ‘Padrino’ and ‘Pomodoro’ and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette.”

      What is up with three sentences in a row starting with a one-word adverb with an -ly ending?

      Oh, ok, I’m also annoyed by the content. And I have no idea what soppressata or capicollo are, so obviously my Ivy League education taught me NOTHING.

      “I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.”

      That was the obvious first choice. Mexican is always better than all other foods other than an egg sandwich on a poppy seed roll.

      1. Tulip said:

        “Yeah, ok. Who thinks that little vignette in the sandwich shop actually happened?”

        I do. I think he was interviewing his cleaning lady for an article and hit paydirt immediately.

      2. You give Brooks much more credit than I do. I also don’t believe Friedman’s taxi drivers tell him half the things he claims.

      3. Tulip said:

        “You give Brooks much more credit than I do. I also don’t believe Friedman’s taxi drivers tell him half the things he claims.”

        Funny!

    2. Wendy has the right of it. I hope the phrase continues to spread!

      I’m also working on propagating the notion of 45’s term as the Project for a Post-American Century.

  3. Yes, my twitterfeed was having a ball with that one yesterday.

    Actually, I might be the only one who knows what those foods are, but not because of my college education. It’s because my grandmother, who didn’t even have a high school degree, used to feed it to me as a kid. It’s Italian. Ham capicolla is fantastic.

    1. I don’t think you are. I never heard of them until I came to PA and I learned of them from my in-laws, who never went to college. It’s standard food here. Nobody would serve them in a high end restaurant. Those meets are in every grocery case even in the small towns.

    2. Here’s my favorite parody, via a former student who was a Philosophy major:

      “Recently, I took a friend who has only studied analytic philosophy with me to class. Insensitively, I led her into a seminar on Deleuze. Suddenly, I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted by concepts with names like ‘chaosmos’ and ‘repetition for itself,’ and analyses of psychoanalysis, the virtual, and intensive qualities. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else, and she anxiously nodded yes and we slipped into a talk by Sam Harris on what neuroscience can tell us about effective altruism.”

      I could have figured out pomodoro, but don’t know the other terms. But sheesh, couldn’t you say something like “They have a great sandwich with this special kind of ham”?

      Who knows what will happen with this latest development. It’s all crazy.

      1. af said:

        “I could have figured out pomodoro, but don’t know the other terms.”

        Yeah, pomidor is Russian for tomato, so that’s a gimme for me.

        Anybody want to take David Brooks for menudo?

  4. Since my only real goal in life is to laugh at people, what I like best is how the same people who used to uphold the “no controlling legal authority” test are now espousing aggressive interpretation of criminal statutes, and the people who used to talk about a sleazy atmosphere are now insisting that unless it’s clearly illegal, there’s no more to be said. You know who you are, and I’m not laughing with you.

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