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Fwiw, I thought Brod's meaning perfectly clear, that Fec has chosen to settle. I don't see any "but maybe he hasn't chosen to do that after all" objections being brought up in answer to the entry where Ed expressed regret that Fec had settled, so it seems odd to make that objection now. Having said that, Fec has made some contradictory statements and clarification of his intent would be nice, although I'm sure we'll all know soon enough.
Toggle Commented May 21, 2014 on Nickname owned, lawsuit pwned at EdCone.com
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But not the Kaddish Yasom, at least not yet. Bone marrow biopsy came back with no leukemia cells. No more chemo or weekly labs. Still need a job, though.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2014 on Hagan comes out swinging at EdCone.com
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Good to see George is still posting unreadable blank verse.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2014 on Hagan comes out swinging at EdCone.com
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I won't quite say the AFA has saved my life; Wake Baptist Cancer would have had to treat me even without insurance, although some of my meds, which retail for more than $5,000, would have been an issue. But it's sure made things easier. Was diagnosed with leukemia last Summer. FMLA only protects your job for 12 weeks, and I'd already been out on leave from January to April of 2013, after my kidneys temporarily failed in December of 2012 due to a bad reaction to Zithromax (probably, although I was unable to interest a lawyer in going after my doc's PA for prescribing it, even though it seems to have a history of causing kidney problems). My employer actually put me on FMLA leave again although they didn't legally have to, but it expired on December 31st of last year and so did my job and my insurance. So this year, without the AFA, I would have been faced with either getting insurance with a pre-existing condition or going through chemo without insurance. At the Exchange, I got a premium of $19 a month, although if I had it to do over again, I'd have gone for the $55 a month Blue Cross plan instead. When the Hell did this blog come back?
Toggle Commented May 13, 2014 on Hagan comes out swinging at EdCone.com
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My father voted for Obama, albeit reluctantly. He was a McCain supporter until McCain chose Palin (whom Dad considered "more batshit crazy than your first stepmother"), and even though he held his nose and voted for the Democratic candidate, he was leery of the hype surrounding him. Had he lived a few years longer than he, he might well have been considering voting for Romney, up until the past few months. He was also one of the 47% in the last years of his life. The VA paid for his amputation and for physical therapy and then for the removal of a cancerous kidney. It paid for his hospice and for his headstone. Had the cancer not come back, the VA would have paid for the prosthesis on which he'd been waiting before other health issues loomed. During this time, he paid no income tax. He and his wife (my second stepmother) had their social security checks and she got disability following her retirement from the VA. If sittinginthemiddle were a man, and were to suggest in my earshot that my father was a "parasite," I'd break her nose.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2012 on Those people at EdCone.com
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Coming late to this, it seems to me that Ed's original point wasn't so much to somehow accuse conservatives of being racists (Geraldo is a conservative now?) as to ridicule the absurd claim that wearing a hoodie makes you a criminal, or at least easy to mistake for one. Yes, some criminals wear hoodies. The guy who attempted to mug me on Edgar Street last month did. It was dark, he pretended to have a gun (there was a towel or another hoodie wrapped around his hand) and told me to give him my wallet. Gambling that he didn't really have a gun, I stold him to go fuck himself and stepped quickly past him, onto a better lighted street, and he ran in the other direction while I was calling the cops. A local habitual felon with a pretty nasty record has been arrested for that after I picked him out of a photo lineup, but as I told the detective, I can't be absolutely sure it's the same guy, due the fact that my would-be mugger was wearing a hoodie, it was dark, and I only saw him briefly. That should make the trial interesting, if he doesn't cop a plea (seriously, the guy they've pegged for it is a truly dangerous character -- if by chance he DIDN'T do it and I have misidentified him, I can easily imagine him coming after me). But in the past, criminals wore fedoras or caps pulled down over their faces for much the same reason. Is everyone wearing a fedora asking to be shot? As much as I hate hipsters, I'm going to have to answer "no" on that one (now, if you ask me if they all deserve a punch in the face, I might answer you differently). Furthermore, I have a hoodie, as do quite a few men and women I know. Tom Cruise wore a hoodie on the poster for MI3. There's the Jessie Eisenberg photo posted above. It's a ridiculous claim from a ridiculous man, something his own son has mocked him for saying.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2012 on The Capone's vault of criminology at EdCone.com
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I really like Yoshitoshi's ghost prints (sadly, I don't think the Weatherspoon has any). "Beware of Painted Ghosts" may have inspired THE RING.
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2011 on Yoshitsune's Military Exploits at EdCone.com
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In the early 00s, I was dating a writer who lived in LA. She identified herself as Jewish, but her parents had joined the Baba Meher cult (you know, the Who's "Baba O'Reilly")and dragged her off to India when she was a little girl. This left her with a life-long hatred of American Hippie Cultists, but an abiding love of India (she later turned this experience into the funny/horrific memoir ALL THE FISHES COME HOME TO ROOST, which threatened to make her persona non grata to Baba Lovers, as they call themselves, although fortunately they're not as dangerous to antagonize as Scientologists). She kept telling me about how much she loved the "Roast Pork Pump" that a handwritten sign advertized om a restaurant near where she loved in LA, at the intersection of Thai Town and Little Armenia. She was, she put it "one Jew who digs the swine," so when she came to visit, I took her to Lexington Barbecue #2. She loved it, but found it very similar to the "Roast Pork Pump" she knew from that one little place in LA (I don't recall if it was Thai or Armenian, but probably the latter).
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2011 on Wanna shake your tree at EdCone.com
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I ate at the Firehouse in Johnson City when my dad was still alive. Three words: barbecued country ham. No, it wasn't weird, it was great. And speaking of my late father, all my life, he talked about how much he missed the barbecued mutton that you can only get, or so it seemed, in Owensboro, KY, where he grew up, particularly that served by the Moonlite Barb-B-Q Inn. After he'd had his leg amputated and was back from the VA hospital, I found that the Moonlite is not only still in business, but has a website, so I sent him a pound of the chopped stuff and a pound of the sliced stuff. He was delighted, but somewhat disappointed when my stepmother refused to eat it with him, sniffing "I just can't eat sheep!" (despite her American faux-Scottishness that led her knit clan tartans and attend the Highland Games). Fortunately, he still had some in the fridge when I visited him, the last time I saw him before he died, and we got to eat it together, but there's a part of me that still hasn't forgiven my stepmother for that.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2011 on Wanna shake your tree at EdCone.com
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And why is GR talking about Captain D's when Mayflower exists?
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2011 on Local legends at EdCone.com
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He finds Beef Burger's location scary? Really? I've been going there for twenty years, often on foot from College Hill, and never had a problem. Anybody who is afraid of that location isn't manly enough to be eating hamburgers.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2011 on Local legends at EdCone.com
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"How could a drawing of a gentleman with a crew cut be mistaken for an african-american?" Stereotypical goombahs are known more for pompadours than crewcuts, and that 'do looks pretty darn Wesley Snipes-ian to me. It also more resembles the hairstyle that African-American actor Richard Brooks sported on vintage LAW AND ORDER episodes before he was replaced by a steady stream of Assistant DA Babes than the hairstyles of any mobsters who were prosecuted on that show. I just bought Otto Penzler's massive Vintage Press paperback THE BIG BOOK OF ADVENTURE STORIES, which collects he-man pulp stories from the 20s to the 50s (it includes tales of Conan, Tarzan, the original and much grittier prose version of Hopalong Cassidy, Zorro and the Cisco Kid, who in the O'Henry story that introduced him was a psychotic villain). Great reading, despite the expected racism and gung-ho colonialism. I do note that every time a black character is introduced, he or she does indeed say "dey," "dem" and even "dose," regardless of whether the character is from the South, Harlem or the Islands (before reading this book, I would have said that dialect was only used by pulp writers creating black characters in stories set in Jamaica and Barbados).
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2011 on Seems like old times at EdCone.com
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At the very least, it's further evidence that Brooks is a dreadful cartoonist.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2011 on Seems like old times at EdCone.com
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Hammer is claiming it was a coloring error: http://greensboro.rhinotimes.com/Articles-c-2011-06-23-208766.112113-Untitled.html Looking at it in black and white, I guess they could be white Jersey mobsters, and the dialogue could be a poor attempt at either "Darky" or Goombah.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2011 on Seems like old times at EdCone.com
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Maybe not the best ever, but a good post. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S is great, minus the racism (there's a good scene in DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY where Lee and his future wife Linda see it on a date). But Capote's novella is darker and richer, and Holly is a rather different character, who seems in some ways more like Marilyn Monroe than Audrey Hepburn, as she's a curvy Southern blonde from hillbilly stock. It's a shock when she calls other characters a "dyke" and a "Jap" (the novella is set during WW2), and it's even clearer than it is in the film that she's a prostitute. Most of the literary originals don't resemble the iconic film characters they spawned. Dracula was a white-haired, mustached old man who never wore a cape. Fu Manchu was clean-shaven. Sam Spade was a big guy who looked like a "blonde Satan." McMurphy in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST was a towering red-headed Irishman. TRUE GRIT's Rooster Cogburn is only 32 and is specifically described as looking like Grover Cleveland, with a walrus mustache. And so on.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2011 on Life in the ominous shadow of SuperJam at EdCone.com
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And thank you for being so kind as to call me "little fellow," Battlin' Bob! I've been longing to get rid of the weight I'd put on since my work schedule forced me to drop Pai Lum and judo (again, not bragging, I was a lousy martial artist, but as slow and inept as I was, it did get me in something approaching shape). I was afraid that the Alumni Membership at the UNCG gym wasn't cutting it.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2011 on Sangfroid at EdCone.com
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That said, I wouldn't be taken aback even if Battlin' Bob is as formidable as Billy claims. In the very unlikely event that we were ever to resort to fisticuffs, he's too much the S/o/u/t/h/e/r/n Boston gentleman to shoot me or shiv me or gouge my eyes or bite a chunk out of my face. Worst case scenario; he knocks me silly. I'm often silly, but I've never been knocked that way, and I'm kind of curious to see what it feels like. The closest I ever came was when holding a padded target for a young future Marine to punch at when a young woman built like Christina Hendricks walked into the room. Both my training partner and I foolishly turned to look at her just as he threw the punch, meaning he took his eyes off the striking pad and I took my eyes off his fist. I got a bloody nose and went wobbly, but don't think I was actually KO'd. Barring brain damage (unlikely to happen in a one-time encounter and which Battlin' Bob would say I've already suffered), I'm curious to know what it's like. (There was the kid who suckered me with a tire iron one night in front of Tate Street Coffee House, but although my head sprayed blood like a lawn sprinkler, I wasn't stunned and I beat his ass prior to his arrest; this isn't bragging, he was a wispy wimp whom anyone here could have beaten up, and who had the temerity to scream "get off me, I've got a bad back" after hitting me from behind with a weapon. I'm not some macho powderkeg like Fec).
Toggle Commented May 14, 2011 on Sangfroid at EdCone.com
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Checking my old Facebook email, I see I've made a mistake and owe Battlin' Bob Grenier an apology. I'll happily call him names, but I shouldn't accuse him of attending city council meetings if it's not true. My correspondent and I had been discussing the old thread here about Charles Davenport's notorious Facebook update. It was in that thread that Mr. Grenier's delightful thumbnail photo first appeared. Ed chided me not only for harping on Mr. Grenier's appearance but for my mockery of Mr. Davenport's facial hair and muscle shirt. My Facebook correspondent later said that Davenport's fashion eccentricities extended to wearing v-necked tops and man-jewelery to city meetings. My correspondent's point was not so much to mock Mr. Davenport as to say that this was one way in which one could distinguish Tea Partiers from the Republican Old Guard; the traditional dress code didn't apply. Our conversation turned to Robert "Bubba" Grenier (and how does a guy from Boston start calling himself that, anyway?). My correspondent claimed to have met Mr. Grenier and assured me that the Gorey-esque thumbnail was an accurate likeness, using a phrase that Ed objected to when I repeated it here. Because of the context -- or, if you'd prefer, a careless and stupid misreading on my part -- I assumed this person was including Mr. Grenier among the Tea Partiers who sat with Mr. Davenport at these readings, but I now see that this wasn't the case. Mea culpa.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2011 on Sangfroid at EdCone.com
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Jeff, I take back everything I've said. Clearly, these guys are grandmasters at WINNING!
Toggle Commented May 13, 2011 on Sangfroid at EdCone.com
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Apologies to Battlin' Bob Grenier for missing his post upstream from two days ago, when he wrote the following: *************************************** "Mocking your physical appearance (and making others aware that you're not quite the macho figure so many had imagined you as being) touched a nerve, didn't it?" That's exactly the sort of thing I would expect to read from someone like you. But know this, son: You need to get your eyes checked. Perhaps you need to find out the truth personally. On the other hand, I doubt if you could ever abandon your big mouth cover for your coward's mentality to find out for yourself. Why don't you just send someone else to report back to you. ************{End quoted material]******************* Now, now, Battlin' Bob, I know that I wasn't the only one to be highly amused when it turned out that you look like this: http://media.linkedin.com/mpr/mpr/shrink_80_80/p/1/000/05d/359/22523d9.jpg Instead of this: http://blogs.courant.com/colin_mcenroe_to_wit/walter-sobchak.jpg When I asked someone who regularly attends city council meetings if you actually look like this, I was told "yes, but even more [description that earned Ed's rebuke]." So, in point of fact, I've already had someone else report back to me. But you're right, I should experience things first hand (especially since I'm curious to know if Mr. Davenport really favors the attire I'm told he regularly wears to these meetings). What's the next one you're going to be at?
Toggle Commented May 13, 2011 on Sangfroid at EdCone.com
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Good point, Steve, but SEAL Team Six seems to have been the actual shooters in the compound, or at least the ones who got the credit. So why them and not Delta? I've seen theories ranging from the allegation that the most influential top brass are Navy men who favor their own to the claim that Delta has been concentrated in Iran for most of the last decade, whereas the SEALs have remained in Afghanistan, making them the guys on the ground. Jeff, sorry, but it's been an editorial mandate at DC Comics for the last two decades that Batman will ultimately defeat every other character in their stable, no matter how outmatched he might seem. That's because he's the most popular and lucrative superhero in the world. When Supes wins the hearts and minds of fanboys and fangirls and rakes in comparable dollars, maybe the tables will turn, but not till then. My original statement that provoked American Maid's mock hissy fit was this: "In other words, I'm not convinced that the average SEAL is going to be any better in a casual bar fight than the average Grunt." Now American Maid pretends that I'm contradiciting this claim when I paraphrase the SEAL-turned-MMA-fighter who said that his SEAL training was pretty much irrelevant in a bar fight (someone trying to knife him in an alley is in no way comparable to a "casual bar brawl," despite AM's claims to the contrary). To repeat: anecdotal evidence, news reports and police records suggest that, in those real world cases where SEALs get into fistfights with brawlers from the other branches of the service, the SEALS acquit themselves well but don't destroy the opposition. Because, after all, getting into a punch-out with some Army guy or Marine or civilian bouncer at Mother's Tavern isn't what they've trained so hard to do. (If you want to claim that the Most Elite of the Elite, the guys on the most hardcore active duty, are too disciplined to be getting into drunken barfights with other representatives of the US military, that may well be the case, but that deprives us of any kind of real world arena to test these claims other than the boxing ring or the MMA mat, and you're not going to see anybody from SEAL Team Six there, either, so everybody on all sides of this issue is talking out of his ass.)
Toggle Commented May 13, 2011 on Sangfroid at EdCone.com
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