You Asked For It

Well, the first line of the Wikipedia entry for Miley Cyrus is a bit of a shocker. Did you know she was born, Destiny Hope Cyrus? I had no idea she had a legacy cracker name to live up to. I love when people name their kids Charity, Patience, Neveah, or some other pseudo Christian thing. You know their dad smokes a lot of pot, says ‘welp’ a lot, and mom has ass antlers.

Anyway, she’s a ho but she’s my ho. You guys made me claim her so I’m going to defend her to the death because that’s what we do as conservatives – we defend bad things until better ones come along. Looking at you GWB.

My ho was born in 1992 in Franklin Tennessee (of course) and is 28 years old. By my reckoning, she’s the same age as everyone on the big blog and most of the people here. In two years she’ll be older than all of us. Mind blown.

Early life: Her parents called her Smiley because she smiled a lot but then shortened it to Miley. Cute! And stupid!

2006-2009: She was Hannah Montana which I think is a show about a teen singer. Not sure, need to check with xBrad.

2010 – Present: Following her early career she decided to try to be a ho. Things went well for her and she punctuated each of the past 10 years by letting people take pictures of her snootch, wearing large gentlemen’s sausages onstage, doing a lot of drugs, and getting weird tattoos that look like a toddler drew them on her with a pencil.

Currently she is resting on her massive fucking pile of cash estimated at $160M and now I want to kill myself.

The end

Please update this post with messages telling me to fuck off or your favorite pictures of Miley.


  1. Hollywood. Not even once.

  2. The last picture is the “take me seriously again because now I’m tough and edgy, not just a ditzy burn-out” stage. Honestly, it would be a lot edgier if she would announce she was just going to clean up and be a good example to the young girls who used to admire her.

  3. I went to bed last night thinking “at least tomorrow there will be memes.”

  4. Not really. I went to sleep last night reading an Agatha Christie novel. That was after finding an old Kindle, getting it to work, and downloading the complete works of Shakespeare for free.

  5. What happened to Miley happened to Britney first.

    And probably every other girl who worked for Disney in the last 30 years.

  6. This is the Agnus Dei from the Pope Marcellus Mass, by Palestrina:

    Palestine is credited with saving Catholic music after the Council of Trent. Before, sacred music had been getting less and less comprehensible as Renaissance composed discover Greek ideals (or so they thought) about harmony, and wrote increasingly complex polyphonies. With the coming of the Reformation, the Catholics decided they needed to reform basically everything, and the decrees from the Council of Trent are incredibly wide-ranging, including setting down rules about sacred music. They figured (not unreasonably) that if people were coming to church for mass, they should have some idea what is actually being sung up there, and if you have eight competing vocal lines, that isn’t possible, thus dooming Catholic music to suckitude for the next nine hundred years. Except not really- Palestrina came along and figured out how to do beautiful polyphony that was still comprehensible (if you spoke the language, anyway). He stretched out the long Latin vowels and brought in each new voice while the others were their previous notes, thus creating “gaps” in the voices and allowing for clarity.

    The Pope Marcellus mass is possibly his most famous work.

  7. Every time in my last comment where it says Palestine, that’s because autocorrect doesn’t know about Renaissance and reformation era sacred works.

  8. Glooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo





    In Excelsus


  9. it’s all marketing

  10. I didn’t actually listen yet, I’m in a Teams meeting.

  11. The effect of stretching out those vowels (in music this is called melisma) is that Latin and Italian works take like twenty minutes to get through the phrase “all righty then.” Here’s the complete text for the Agnus Dei:

    Agnus dei
    Qui tollis peccata mundi
    Miserere nobis
    Miserere nobis

    Agnus dei
    Qui tollis peccata mundi
    Agnus dei, agnus dei
    Qui dona nobis pacem

    Agnus dei
    Qui tollis peccata mundi
    (Peccata mundi)
    Agnus dei, agnus dei
    Qui dona nobis pacem

    Palestrina manages to squeeze all of that into just under four minutes.

  12. Free Palestine! uhhh Palestrina!

  13. Leon knows how Latin vowels work. Just like your mom (I’m not sure I’m doing this right).

  14. Beautiful piece, Sobek. Makes me miss singing in the local Chorale. They’ve been shut tight since the lock down started, especially with the reports of group singing being a major Covid-spreading event.

  15. Pieces like these are best sung in a tall cathedral where the echos don’t die down for 8-10 seconds after the singing stops.

  16. Takes less than a minute to speak the whole thing. But hey, when you gotta pad the time, go all out.

    Still better than “contemporary” Mass.

  17. Jay, somewhere out there is a great monograph I read called “In Defense of Beauty”. Yes, beautiful sacred music and spaces are marketing, but there’s nothing wrong with that on the face of it. The promises of Christ are beautiful, and you don’t advertise that with shitty music in dark, Brutalist structures. The person in the pew needs to know that the composers, the architects, even the janitor cared enough about God to try with all their loaned talent to make something pleasing to Him. The very attempt at beauty is an embedded moral lesson that is understood by many even if they couldn’t quite elucidate it when asked. Beauty attracts, that’s both the nature of beauty and the nature of Man. The Devil abuses this, of course, but that’s all he ever does.

    Eliminating beauty from the Mass was another form of the Iconoclasm heresy that rears up so often in history. The impulse is a good one: you shouldn’t love X more than God, but the answer isn’t to eliminate X if X properly used isn’t evil, it’s the teaching of proper use.

  18. Glad you liked it, Tom.

    My kids don’t understand why I love this kind of music so much, but also love Dragula by Rob Zombie (honestly I think Dragula needs a little more bass). It’s because music is life, and life doesn’t look or sound like just one thing.

    My kids are total music snobs and hate anything written after about 1850. They aren’t really big on Renaissance music, either. But they disagree strongly on Bach. Kid #2 thinks he’s too mechanical and boring, and only likes Classical and Romantic era.

  19. I’m not talking about music being marketing. Miley’s “career” has been scripted by a PR firm.

  20. (That said I do love this music. What passes for “contemporary” worship music is largely garbage to my ear, though clearly not to others. Best to allow each to find the beauty they seek, I think, so long as it leads them where it should.)

  21. Whoops.


  22. Sitting in a Catholic cathedral in Denver many years ago. I loved the architecture and sculpture all around me. I get why some churches (including my own) prefer bare walls and simple structures, but I had the thought that if you’re in church and the mind starts to wander as it sometimes does, why not have it wander over to that stained glass window that reminds you of a story from the Bible?

  23. Architecture as act of worship. All that really changed is what’s being worshiped.

  24. My problem with contemporary Christian pop/rock (and I don’t know anything about it other than what I hear on the radio) is that it’s just stealing forms from secular music without improving them and slapping Christian lyrics on top. You can literally find Christian “death metal,” which is possibly the worst thing ever.

    That’s actually something else that came up at the Council of Trent. Composers had their text, and they showed off their talent with how they chose the music to heighten that text. But some of them chose popular (i.e. not sacred) music as the basis for their tunes. Imagine setting the Agnus Dei to the tune of the Jeopardy theme, or Popcorn. The Council of Trent said no more of that silliness. We’re here to worship God, not crack up the congregation.

  25. I get that, Tim. You can have two guys sculpt the same thing, and one does it to the glory of God while the other does it to show off. Same object, different motives.

  26. I’m under the impression that Michelangelo always thought he was showing off. God had other plans.

  27. Sometimes the artist’s motives are quite plain. Here’s Thomas of Celano’s Dies Irae (early 13th century):

    Five hundred years later, Hector Berlioz used that same tune in the fifth movement of his Symphonie Fantastique:

    But this time the tune was very different. The Simphonie is a program work in five movements, telling the story of “The Artist,” who is madly in love with a woman who does not return his affection. In movement four, he takes opium and hallucinates committing a murder and being executed for it. Movement five continues the hallucination, with the artist in a haunted, rat-infested graveyard. Celano’s tune appears in the mouths of hideous witches, making a mockery of everything Celano was doing. It’s brutally effective, and the French crowd loved it when it was premiered.

  28. (the Celano stuff comes in at 3:20)

  29. Sobek, thanks for interesting comments and video links. I like a little classical music every once in a while. I have a pretty narrow furrow in the wide open field though. I like Bach, Vivaldi, Correli, Handel, and maybe a few others. I’m told they’re all baroque but I don’t really know what that means. I just know I like a dose of it every once in a while after too much Ozzy.

  30. I’m being racist at work. I have to provide documentation of testing results.

    No one else has to do this, because that would require management to actual tell an employee that they are not fulfilling a policy. that would be too hard.

  31. I like classical, too. i would like to go to concerts at the university for the orchestra, but I don’t know which ones to go to. Maybe I’ll just have to go sometime.

  32. If it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it!

  33. Holy shit you guys are killing me. Where is mare and Car in to talk about pop culture?


  34. Glad you like it, Pendejo.

    The easiest thing to say about Baroque (and as I was reading your list my first thought was hey, this guy really likes Baroque music) is that it was the prevailing style from 1600 (when the first opera was performed) to 1750 (when Bach died).

    Beyond that date range there’s a lot to say about Baroque music. If you listen to a fugue, like Bach’s C Minor from book I of the well tempered Klavier:

    Baroque composers loved extreme ornamentation but tight-fisted control. It’s relentlessly driving, complicated music. There is no room in there to slow down or speed up a thought. It’s not something to turn on as background music while you’re doing homework. It sought to illustrate complexity and harmony in one.

  35. Now to talk about pop culture a bit.

    Everything is about context. It’s extremely difficult to appreciate any kind of music if you don’t know where it came from. You can hear a Handel fugue and think it sounds cool but if you don’t “get it,” you won’t come back for more.

    When Car in posts something by Gojira:

    …if you don’t have any context for it, you’ll hate it. Guaranteed. If you do have context, you still might not like it, but at least you’ll know why. If Gojira had recorded that song in 1972, everyone in the world would have hated it. But music lives and changes, and by 2021 there is a musical context in which Gojira makes sense to some people. The more you study music history, the better you can enjoy the music.

  36. Not a fan.

  37. The other day I heard some lady talking about how much she hates disco. I freaking love it:

    This is party music. It’s booty wiggling music. It’s good time music. If you demand something from the music that it can’t give, if course you’ll be disappointed, but sometimes in life you want to be happy and dance around, and that’s why God gave us the Bee Gees.

    And now, in a worldwide first, I’m going to tell you what the Trammps have in common with Metallica. Here’s Hit the Lights, from their first album, Kill ‘Em All:

    And here’s a sample of the lyrics:

    No life ‘til leather
    We’re gonna kick some ass tonight
    We got the metal madness
    When our fans start screaming it’s right
    Well alright, yeah
    When we start to rock
    We never wanna stop again
    Hit the lights!

    Well that’s party music lyrics. It’s exactly what the Bee Gees were singing about: let’s go out and have fun tonight. The music is different because the context is very different, but the point is the same. If you get that, if you know why the band is doing what they are doing, you’re more likely to appreciate it.

  38. That said, there’s a difference between getting the music and liking it. I’m not asking anyone to like anything, just explaining what I like about it. I find the best way to appreciate something new is to listen to someone who loves it talk about why they love it.

    I’m a bass player, so I’m mandated by law to respect Gaddy Lee. And I do – the man is inhuman.

    But I’ve never really liked Rush. That’s okay, not everyone has to. They’re not my thing. Incredible technique is neat, but I think music is about a lot more than just technique.

  39. About technique: here’s a live version of Bleed by Meshuggah. F-bomb warning in the first couple seconds:

    You don’t have to watch all seven and a half minutes of that, but watch the first thirty seconds or so. Watch that drummer. Holy crap. Someone commented that the song is called Bleed because the drummer’s legs must be bloody stumps after all that. And then he’s playing polyrythms with his arms at the same time. That’s amazing.

    But I don’t actually like that song. I admire the technique but music isn’t about showing off how fast you can go. It’s about some emotion. When Gojira screams “don’t lock the door on me/ you kill me face down dead!” and you know the writer was facing his mother’s death when he wrote it, you get the emotion behind it and understand the intensity.

  40. I like intensity built through dynamic range. Here’s Soma by the Smashing Pumpkins:

    The emotion varies because the volume varies, the intensity varies. At the end of the song, you don’t feel like you’re where you started. You’ve been through something. That’s what speaks to me.

  41. That Meshuggah song has the emotional dynamics of a dial tone.


    Little late to the party.

  43. Dude, this chick is a talentless slut, and I lost brain cells reading your post.

  44. Amazing, Pupster.

  45. I just got an email from Nikki Fucking Haley.

    My response: I’d vote for a democrat before I would vote for you. (And I’ve never voted for a democrat.)

    Do you think we don’t remember?

  46. My daughter is also 28. Her and her friends loved Hannah Montana. When Miley went skank, they moved on.

  47. Sobek, you mentioned Rush and I have similar thoughts. I kinda liked them as a kid but not enough to put my money down on buying their albums. But I liked it when I heard it on the radio. Now I can’t hardly stand it. And I think the reason is that the singer does most of his work about an octave above what I’m comfortable with. I prefer listening to non-penised singers that work that range. Like Ann Wilson maybe.

  48. BTW:

    It’s two verses of have mercy on us and only one of grant us peace.

  49. Miley makes trailer park street meat look like a preferable choice. 0/10 would not acknowledge presence.

  50. Wife found a copy of the compilation album Monster Booty on ebay and ordered for me as a gift to replace my long-lost original.

    I’m eagerly awaiting delivery.

  51. Pieces like these are best sung in a tall cathedral where the echos don’t die down for 8-10 seconds after the singing stops.

    That is called reverberation time. It’s how the music was written because in those days it could only be played in cathedrals because that’s where the organs were (*cough*) and that’s about the only place the music would be performed.

    In church design there is always a big disagreement between the choir director and the pastor. The choir directors want no carpet or upholstery so that the acoustics are lively due to the long reverberation times written into the music. The priests want acoustics to be flat.

    Long reverberation times make voice unintelligible. The priest wants the congregation to hear his words (so he can bore the shit out of them), not hear a bunch of garbled syllables (which actually might be an improvement).

  52. And I thought I was cynical…….

  53. What passes for “contemporary” worship music is largely garbage to my ear,

    Same can be said of almost all “contemporary” liturgical design. I spend most of the time when I am in church looking at the building, light fixtures, candelabra, ambo, altar, chair, tabernacle, stained glass, etc., and think, “Jesus weeps. Jesus fucking weeps.”

  54. because that’s where the organs were

    Now most of them are in your mom.

  55. And I thought I was cynical…….

    Are we in disagreement?

  56. Now most of them are in your mom.

    xBrad lives!

  57. One of my “for fun” courses was Physics of Music, counted toward the degree in departmental credits. We visited the organ on North Campus and the room that was built for the organ was part of the discussion. Everything was built on making the organ sound right within the space for it.

    It also had a manual bellows as a backup. As long as you had someone behind the organ that could walk up the steps to depress the lever (you stepped on to pump it by descending under gravity, it was HUGE) you could play the thing with no electricity whatsoever.

  58. I’m a bass player, so I’m mandated by law to respect Gaddy Lee.

    And never get a date with a hot chick.

  59. French horn practice makes for strong embouchure and adept fingers.

    Given that, you’d think I was basically a chick magnet.

    You’d be wrong.

  60. Hmm, Rick Perry signed the TX law that mandated 25% of TX power must be generated by wind energy, in 2005.

    From the Federalist, not NBC

  61. *tries to find gatewaypundit link, just to piss everyone off

  62. First, fuck you MJ, I was at crossfit then went to breakfast with my friends.

    Wakey wakey

    First two albums by Smashing Pumpkins rank up there among my favorites ever. Which may be a sorta long list, but man – they are so good.

    by the third album they became less about guitars and that increased/decreased with every album and their last album appears to barely have any.

    It is disappointing.

  63. And I thought I was cynical…….
    Are we in disagreement?

    I don’t really know. The only time I’ve neen in a Catholic Church was for weddings or funerals. Other than the fact that their weddings seem to last twice as long and that some of their verbiage is Latin, I’ve not noticed much difference.

  64. I’m the same way about REM. Early stuff, really good. Later, whatever.

  65. Another point – Gojira isn’t for everyone, but for most people they are turned off by the singing.

    But … dude [hits bong] it’s not about the singing as vocalization. It’s about the voice as another instrument, and a harsh one. Listen to “Born in Winter”. Or “pray”.

    And the tempos /rhythms are bad ass.

  66. I’ve never really put in the time to get to know REM, even though I like most everything I’ve heard by them. I should get around to that.

  67. THIS is the Smashing Pumpkins I love. Right here:

  68. I kinda like the sound of this Southern Gospel piece.

  69. Early REM was really good, but I don’t think it’s aged well. Funny how some band/sounds it works like that.

  70. THIS is the Smashing Pumpkins I love. Right here:

    Despite THIS, we can still be friends.

  71. Life’s Rich Pageant, Murmer, Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction. Those were the albums. Document was probably the last album of theirs that really did it for me.

  72. Perhaps with REM it’s that I just don’t want to revisit the time. I was a HUGE fan, listened to them a lot. Late high school and college.

    It probably has more to do with the emotions the songs brings that the actual music.

  73. granted that, Car in, but Automatic for the People too. Although the message didn’t translate to me like they intended.

  74. FFS, Mr Potato head is going gender neutral.

  75. They just want to appeal to today’s children. Assholes.

  76. I was having a pleasant dream last night, when (in my dream) my cell phone rang, and it took me 5 rings to answer because I was busy with something else. When I picked up it was my boss screaming at me “…when I call you PICK UP THE PHONE GOD DAMMIT” and it kind of startled me awake. I couldn’t get back to sleep for a while, even though it was a dream I was mad about it.

    It is the only time I can remember my cell phone, ring tone and everything, in a dream.

  77. *calls pupster’s dreams

  78. Lauren is really pretty too. Palin level pretty. Kayleigh level.

  79. For Pups. Only 2 minutes. The pertinent part is 1:10 but the first part is funny too.

  80. The best part of the dem debate on the nuclear football is that it’s DoD policy to neither admit nor deny that the US has nuclear weapons.

    Still. To this day. After being the only country in history to deploy the fucking things. And the dems are just blowing that “secrecy” to shit.

  81. Oh and MJ is a little bitch!

  82. So apparently the “Nick Cage meets Five Nights at Freddies” movie (Willie’s Wonderland), is a zero-dialogue role for Nick.

    No words, only emoting.


  83. Here’s a great example of intensity in music:

    One of my favorite chevelle songs, and favorite songs in general. The tempo is pretty slow. The guitars are crunchy but not going overboard. There’s no screaming happening. But you start off with this cool verse that’s almost a whisper, and it builds up to a chorus that’s just powerful. You can tell the singer actually means it.

  84. Needs more mullets. Try this:

  85. 13-year-old me would have killed for that mullet/trenchcoat combination.

  86. Jimmy Chamberlain is a machine.

  87. Pendejo, I liked that song. I didn’t talk about country or gospel at all because I don’t know it. If I’m driving along and find something country on the radio I just don’t have any way of knowing what’s going on and I move along. Usually.

    Your song has some interesting things going on. The guitar solo sounds like standard blues rock, but maybe a wah pedal or some other effect. And at one point the background vocal is going through a bullhorn, which is something the song has in common with a lot of Stone Temple Pilots.

  88. Here’s a country song I liked the first time I heard it:


    Said one of the “sisters”: “When I woke up, I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “It’s something that’s still sinking in. I no longer feel that discomfort when lying or sitting down. It’s a wonderful thing.”

    -shifts uncomfortably while sitting-

  90. A Dark Age is upon us, even now.

  91. At the moment, really just a Dim Age.

  92. I like Jeff Greason’s definition the best. Paraphrased:

    “A Dark Age doesn’t begin when you forget how, a Dark Age begins when you forget you ever could.”

    So we’re not there yet, but it’s coming.

  93. It’s not that we’re forgetting we can. It’s that we’re being told it is forbidden.

  94. Sobek, I was JUST listening to that song in the car. I love chevelle and that song is awesome.

  95. I’ve been thinking about that a lot, leon. My kids are in the generation that is there. You can’t say this or you can’t say that, being raised in a time and place where they know nothing about hardship or having to rely on your wits to get you through things. Some things I say, my kids are all *gasp* MOOOM! And it’s not even anything dirty.

    It dawned on me, after the raising of them, that I barely talked about how things were when I was growing up…how deseg and social engineering helped fuck up the road to my education…even Mr. B never gave that a thought of why my feelings and words are so strong against such things as affirmative action. It was triggered again, when I made him sit and listen to the PBS program about Thomas Sowell with me, last week. If only he’ll start reading his books.

  96. Are all Morons bass players? DiT? TMI3Rd

  97. they know nothing about hardship or having to rely on your wits to get you through things

    They will.

  98. An Evening with El Diablo is … a great song. It sneaks up on you. Starts out super simple.

    To scared to run.

    Live – it was honestly one of the most amazing songs. Thought I was on drugs it was so good. Hypnotized me or something. Maybe I got a contact buzz?

  99. Or how many times I or my friends were flashed or propositioned by older men as we walked home from school. And everyone knew not to go near the restrooms in the parks….especially boys. Glory hole deluxe. HOMOPHOBE!!
    If I wanted to go to the park with my drawing pads/pencils (it was a pretty park with a couple of lakes, lovely old trees, boathouse, pavilions, bike path… head had to be on a swivel, feet ready to retreat.

  100. It’s not that we’re forgetting we can. It’s that we’re being told it is forbidden.

    And that gives me a frisson of hope. They can burn all the digital books they like. The real ones are still on shelves out there, waiting.

  101. they know nothing about hardship or having to rely on your wits to get you through things

    They will.

    History says they’ll be slaughtered by the millions, at least the males will be, and replaced by a more hardy and more vigorous race of people.

  102. Imagine a world without soiboys or hipsters…

  103. Beasn, I remember having masturbating POS following us around for years. Cops didn’t do 💩. We truly believed it was our fault.

  104. Gonna be a lot of good people gone with ’em, too. No telling who rules this ground after.

  105. I really liked the parks around St. Louis Beasn. I don’t think I made it to that one though. Even my neighborhood had a little park which was just a big athletic field with a smaller area for grilling with picnic tables. Since I lived a 5 minute walk away I didn’t do any grilling there. Stupid leash law enforcer led me to buy a 50 foot long piece of nylon cord and tie a clip on the end so I could play frisbee with my border collie “legally”

  106. Gonna be a lot of good people gone with ’em, too. No telling who rules this ground after.

    True enough, but it’s out of my hands at this point. It’s going to burn down whether I “let it” or not. All I can do is try to protect what I can from the flames.

  107. I have started sliding down the rabbit hole of guinea pig videos. I blame and thank oso.

  108. Jimbro, you ever hear about Tower Grove Park? Lots of pretty little pavilions in that one. A well known place for gay hook ups. My dad later told me that a LOT of well known doctors, lawyers, politicians were quietly arrested and released when they were caught. When asked wtf, why can’t you rent a damn room, most responses were for the thrill around being in a public space and not getting caught.

  109. That one was closer to the universities and downtown.

  110. Medical professionals speak out at B.C. freedom rally. Not seeing alot of masks. They are like, don’t conform if you feel otherwise…anyone says something about you not masking up, be brave and tell them “I’m exempt.” via Rebel Media

  111. I heard of Tower Grove Park, never knew the reputation though! I just looked on the map and it’s right near the Botanical Garden. I visited that place at least a half dozen times during my year there. Probably my favorite things there were the colossal lily pads in the front. They were cartoonishly large.

  112. MIL grew up around Tower Grove Park. She was accosted at a movie theater. Her dad and other Tower Grove padres took care of the issue.

  113. “The promises of Christ are beautiful, and you don’t advertise that with shitty music in dark, Brutalist structures. The person in the pew needs to know that the composers, the architects, even the janitor cared enough about God to try with all their loaned talent to make something pleasing to Him. The very attempt at beauty is an embedded moral lesson that is understood by many even if they couldn’t quite elucidate it when asked. Beauty attracts, that’s both the nature of beauty and the nature of Man. ”

    Bears repeating. I like this so much, thank you leon.
    To sit in a church full of such devotion to God’s beauty, it does help the wandering mind to stay at least somewhat on topic. It puts you in the mood. You feel it all around you.

  114. Bro Tim, look for the guinea pig bridge and guinea pigs/pumpkin spice.

  115. I also like Leon’s comment about beauty, and I’ll bring that back to Pendejo’s comment about Baroque music – to composers in that era (at least to Bach and the more famous composers), all music was intended to worship God. That was its purpose. That changed with Beethoven, who decided that music was a mode of self-expression. A dramatic way of saying “this is who I am!” That’s why Tolstoy hated Beethoven’s Ninth – too self- indulgent.

  116. All due respect to Tolstoy, I get where he’s coming from, but the Ninth is one of the crown jewels of human creation.

  117. Those medical professionals speaking out are actually brave. Not the brave that people have watered down to mean nothing. I mean, actually brave.

  118. Sobek, I enjoy your passion for music and it sounds like you do somewhat share that with your kids. (Liking the Thomas of Celano’s Dies Irae, a lot. )

    I enjoyed your discussion with FBOL (fat brain of leon) and regret my lack of education. Not much learnin’ going on in city public schools, so you did what you could to slide by and get the hell out. Problem is, going off to university, it catches up to you and it’s a horrible feeling getting there and realizing how much you didn’t know and should have known. Books were my escape, growing up..but maths and science…hoo boy. Had to take remedial math for starters and 20 some odd math hours later, I was finally caught up to where I should have been before setting foot on campus. (I made damn sure my kids had a better path.)

    Was discussing this with Mr. B yesterday evening. About some of the courses at college that sucked donkey balls, they were so bad and it still annoys I had to pay good money I barely had for them. The remedial math course was taught by a guy who obviously didn’t want to be there with his scorn for the dummies who had to take it. I’m trying to take notes from what he was doing on the board and he’d sneeringly call on me, as if I weren’t paying attention. Half the class, including me, dropped it for another. Were I older and wiser, I would have had a direct discussion with him about piss poor school systems in democrat-run cities and how many of us were stuck through no fault of our own, so please get your head out of your ass and help us get the education we are paying you for.

  119. St Louis Botanical Park. We love the Shaw Arboretum

  120. Sobek, besides music, do you also discuss some of what your day job entails, with your kids? My dad was a city cop. He worked third shift and the times he did spend any time with us – rarely – even then he would rarely discuss work. Only when he retired did he mention, here and there, things that happened on the job.

    He should have talked more to us. Instead, even we were not to be trusted. Teachers, neighbors…no matter how wrong they might be, were believed over us. (except my younger brother, he was a shit disturber). Later, as adults, politicians were to be believed over his own kids, who actually had their best interests at heart. Pisses me off.

  121. Beasn, you’re in St. Louis? Go to the public library and look up a lecture series on CD called Great Courses: How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, by Robert Greenberg. They have it on the shelves there (I checked). It’s six volumes, eight disks per volume, one of the best uses of my time I’ve ever had. I drive a lot, and have a lot of time to listen, and I can’t say enough about that series. It’s all orchestral music, not like modern rock or anything. It’s how I know almost everything I know about concert music, and Prof Greenberg is highly entertaining.

    As for the rock. I heard one of Eric Clapton’s friends say they all were raised on the blues, but Eric raised himself on the blues. Same deal with me and metal. No one in my family likes metal but me. I didn’t learn this from them, or my friends. I don’t know where it came from. I just know I heard Rooster by Alice in chains, and Enter Sandman by Metallica, and that’s all it took. I’ve been hooked ever since.

  122. Yeah, I talk to my kids all the time about work. They love my stories. Great way to learn a lot of life lessons – be aware of your surroundings, the nature of risk, having compassion for victims, how to treat women (and how not to treat them), why gun control is a really stupid idea, why we don’t trust politicians who don’t know what they are talking about.

  123. I just want Fried Ravioli and Ted Drewe’s

  124. Okay.

    {IMGUR VIDEO with sound}

  125. Two of my cases have been turned into television shows, and I watched them with the kids so I could pause and tell them where the show got it wrong. It was a lot of pausing.

  126. Hilarious, Pupster.

  127. There’s also an important life lesson about compassion for criminals, but not letting that compassion get twisted around. I feel bad for X, he had a really bad upbringing, we can still recognize his humanity, but do you see why it would dangerous to let X keep walking around free? How we need to protect society from him so he doesn’t make more people like himself?

  128. Am I the only Moron having an issue with Sobek and Geoff raising the discourse on this paste eating window licking blog? If I wanted smart takes, I would lurk at the IB, I do lurk at the IB.

  129. What’s your favorite brand of paste, and what do you pair it with?

  130. Elmer’s. I’m not your Gorilla Glue girl

  131. I only eat homemade artisinal paste made from fermented conflict-free sprouted einkorn wheat berries.

  132. heh

  133. Fake wheat.

  134. Exercise is good for you!

  135. I recently got some einkorn flour and I’m making some small practice loaves with it. One interesting thing, as soon as water hit it, it smells wonderful. The color is pale yellow (they say it contains carotenes), and it smells like sweet rice. I baked a little mini sourdough loaf yesterday but it didn’t ferment long and I don’t think I measured the salt correctly so it doesn’t taste like much. But it’s a good texture for sandwich bread. Next mini trial is in bulk ferment right now.

  136. The stuff on grocery shelves is the fake wheat.

    Well, radioactivity-induced mutants, anyhow.

  137. I don’t eat paste, I already poop cement, what’s the point

  138. Masonry pays well.

  139. Beasn, you’re in St. Louis

    I’m about an hour from St. Louis. I grew up in South St Louis and still have friends down there.

    I’ll see if my library system carries those courses, thank you.
    We didn’t music while growing up because the hours my dad worked.

  140. Yeah, I talk to my kids all the time about work. They love my stories. Great way to learn a lot of life lessons

    I’m glad. ❤

    Re: city public schools…they had one school devoted for gifted/talented kids. I did get interviewed – not tested – for the place but didn't get in. FF, my sisnlaw actually got accepted. She got a very good classical ekementary education there. Science, math, Englush, literature, proper equipment and supplies, great field trips to interesting places. She said her teachers were old school ggood.

    I'm like wtf. That is the education all kids should have received, not just a few that one interviewer selected on who knows what basis. If I had a solid base like that, my brain could have been almost as fat as most of you smarties.


  142. PG
    Do you know anything about independence contract drilling? I have been investing in the energy sector, looking for good companies that are not at a 52 week high

  143. No sir. Sorry.

  144. Vmax,

    Did you get that house you put a bid on?

  145. If you’re talking 3.5 years ago then yes.

  146. Scary!

  147. Pepe, it’s a matter of time.


  149. Paul retires a week from today.

    37 years goes by fast.

  150. What? He just moved to Florida and I was pretty sure he said a week or two ago he put a bid in on a house. Despite what my wife may think, I don’t think I’m losing it yet.

  151. Dolores enjoys receiving pedicures.

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