Watching the slow-motion train wreck of an economic system collapse unfold

Watching the slow-motion train wreck of an economic system collapse unfold
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I just want to understand this, sir. Every time a corpse is micturated upon in this fair city, I have to compensate the survivors?  

Posted by howard in nyc

So, it is utterly despicable to piss on dead bodies in war.

how about despicable to be there in the first place.  despicable to kill these strangers, with no rhyme or reason as to what we are fighting for. 

the wars, the borrowing and spending, the suppression of legal speech and protest, the lies and constant bullshit in which our nation chooses to wallow astonishes me more every single day.

i just can't take it seriously any longer.  so i won't.

no more reasoned responses to the unreasonable from me.  disdain, ridicule, snark, satire, sarcasm, insult and invective.  that is all the current discourse in this country is worthy. 

maybe the occasional Big Lebowski quote.

gonna sit back and enjoy the show.  george carlin described americans as having a front row seat at the insane carnival that is our world.  and described himself as a note taker. that's what i do to.  watch, laugh, jot down the unfuckingbelievable thing i just saw or heard. 

there is an old bedouin saying:  a few dogs bark. and the caravan moves on.

January 2012 Final Jeopardy! Challenge  

Posted by howard in nyc

Monday 1/30
Category:  1960S TV CHARACTERS
Clue:  One of her first spoken lines is translated as "you have the face of a wise and fearless Caliph"

Answer:  Who is 'Jeannie' ?


Tuesday 1/31
Category:  1870s PEOPLE
Clue:  Preserved in the West Point library, his last message reads, "Benteen.  Come on.  Big Village. Be Quick. Bring Packs.


Answer:  Who was George Armstrong Custer ? those packs wouldn't have helped unless they were shoulder-launched rockets.





Monday 1/23
Category: AMERICAN HISTORY
Clue:  This volunteer group was born in May 1898 near the bar in San Antonio's Menger Hotel; it existed for just 133 days

Answer:  Who were the Rough Riders ?


Tuesday 1/24
Category:  ISLANDS
Clue:  The Carabelli & Durazzo families are considered the Hatfields & McCoys of this island

Answer:  Where is Corsica ?


Wednesday 1/25
Category:  INTERNATIONAL SPORTS STARS
Clue:  In 2002, his No. 10 jersey from the 1970 World Cup finals sold at auction for a record $220,850

Answer:  Who is Edson Arantes do Naciemento ?  give us a break, alex. everyone knows PelĂ©


Thursday 1/26
Category:  HEALTH MATTERS
Clue:  This term for sudden severe head pain that typically lasts only a few minutes was trademarked by 7-Eleven in 1994

Answer:  What is 'brain freeze' ?


Friday 1/27
Category:  WORD & PHRASE ORIGINS
Clue:  After living in Honduras, O. Henry coined this term for a small country dependent on a single export

Answer:  What is a 'banana republic' ?





Monday 1/16
Category:  ENGLISH MONARCHS
Clue:  Since 1066, the longest the monarch had the same name was 116 years with this given name

Answer:  What is 'George' ?


Tuesday 1/17
Category:  U.S. POPULATION
Clue:  Between 2000 and 2010 these 2 states that border each other led the nation in highest percentage of population increase, 35% and 25%

Answer:  Where are Nevada and Arizona ?

Wednesday 1/18
Category:  FATHERS & SONS
Clue:  The island where this man's son washed ashore was later named Ikaria

Answer:  Who was Daedalus ? flew too high.

Thursday 1/19
Category:  SPORTS AND THE MOVIES
Clue:  When asked for a home address in "The Blues Brothers", Elwood gives 1060 Addison St., the home of this facility

Answer:  What is Wiggly Field ?


Friday 1/20
Category: ENGLISH LITERATURE
Clue:  This title character of an 18th century novel was the son of a man named Kreutznaer, but his name gets anglicized

Answer:  Who is Robinson Crusoe ?



Monday 1/9
Category:  RECENT FILMS
Clue:  An early scene in this 2011 film is set in Tonsberg, Norway in the year 965 A.D.

Answer:  What is Thor ?

Tuesday 1/10
Category: RULERS IN HISTORY
Clue:  Born in 1672 & named for a saint, in 1703 he founded a city whose name represents both of them

Answer:  Who was Peter the Great ? (of russia; St. Petersburg is the city, but we used to call it Leningrad)


Wednesday 1/11
Category:  FOOD ETYMOLOGY
Clue:  Keith Downey developed rapeseed into this cooking product, now a huge cash crop for farmers in Saskatchewan

Answer:  What is canola oil ?  (CANola CANada)

Thursday 1/12
Category:  WOMEN AUTHORS
Clue:  1 of the 2 American women authors nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938

Answer:  Who was Margaret Mitchell or Pearl Buck ?

Friday 1/13
Category:  PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATES
Clue:  The traditional Inaugural Lunch for this President and V.P. featured boiled stuffed lobster & prime ribs of beef au jus

Answer:  Who were Kennedy and Johnson ?



Monday 1/2
Category:  '70s OSCARS
Clue: This film whose title refers to an establishment holds the record for most wins, 8, without winning best picture

Answer:  What is Cabaret ?  i thought surely it was Network.

Tuesday 1/3
Category:  ASTRONOMY
Clue:  In July 2011 it completed its first orbit around the sun since its discovery in 1846

Answer:  What is Neptune ?

Wednesday 1/4
Category:  1930s NOVELS
Clue:  An audio version by this anti-war novel by a once blacklisted authro has introductions from
Cindy Sheehan and Ron Kovic

Answer:  What is Johnny Got his Gun ? (by Dalton Trumbull)  at least i knew erich maria remarque, a german national, was not blacklisted by american authorities.


Thursday 1/5
Category:  CALIFORNIA HISTORY
Clue:  Surname of the employer of James W. Marshall, who found gold in a stream near the Sacramento River in 1848

Answer:  Who was Sutter ?

Friday 1/6
Category:   ANCIENT WEIGHTS & MEASURES
Clue: The Hebrew word for this Biblical unit of measurement is Ammah, aptly meaning "elbow" or "forearm"

Answer:  as bill cosby once queried, What's a cubit ?