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Mike Pence says that both Trump and MLK inspired us to change. Which is a horrible comparison to make, although technically, he's correct. Trump has caused me to change the way I think about a lot of things. He singlehandedly ripped off the white privilege glasses I used to wear.

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Not that I'm about to give that despicable piece of garbage even a shred of credit, mind you.

 ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon 1
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He inspired me to change, in the sense that my previously low opinion of him keeps getting lower.

 ‎· John B.
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Agree with the white privilege glasses AND he inspired me to become politically active.

 ‎· Stephªn1e☀️CogSc1L1brªr1ªn☀️
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god help us

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I'm sure Keira Knightley is very talented but I always find her irksome. I'm watching Begin Again, which is pretty good... until she irks me out of the movie.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds her annoying (and overrated).

 ‎· LB back home 1
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Adam Levine is in the movie and he's the better actor.

 ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon 1
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#ouch

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Agreed!

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twitter=youtube - (required video in OP). T or F

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Someone gave me a cash gift at Christmas. I used it to purchase The Beatles (White Album) 50th anniversary smorgasbord. It comes with 6 CDs, a BluRay of the entire album in multiple formats, plus a book... a really long, coffee table book about the story behind, the making of and the aftermath of the White Album, which isn't even my favorite Beatles release. It's not my second favorite either. Even though it's a distant 3d, it has been a transcendent experience for me. Maybe it will be so for anyone who appreciates the music. There are still some that do.

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The first song I listened to was Dear Prudence... remastered stereo on the bluray disc. Nearly wept.

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i remember getting the White Album. On LP. In the 70s or so. I was impressed.

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Bought the BluRay of Field of Dreams. Costner has received a lot of mockery over the years though personally I've never understood that. I haven't seen it in years and even though I'm listening to the commentary track, I know the lines that are happening underneath it. I'm laughing and crying.

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Reposting (with light edits) part of a comment I posted some months ago. It's about the time (late 1980s?) when Harlan Ellison was in Ann Arbor to give a talk: "One of the things he read was his review of Field of Dreams. I hadn't watched that movie at that point because I thought it was a baseball movie and I wasn't interested. In his review, he wrote about being a teenage boy in northeastern Ohio when his father died. There were so few Jews in town, they had to send away to Cleveland to get enough men for a minyan. While people went into the house to talk to his mother, he spent the day outside, bouncing a baseball against the side of the house, over and over and over and over. It wasn't until he was grown that he realized what this must've been like for his mother inside the house. He imagines someone getting up to stop him making that noise and his mother stopping them, because she knew he needed to do that. -- Harlan had the auditorium in tears."

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Bentley, I've actually heard that story before, though I cannot for the life of me remember where or when. Field of Dreams is a baseball movie like Mary Poppins is a movie about using an umbrella to fly.

 ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
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@jvjannotti: all I knew about the movie before Harlan’s talk was the poster and I think there was baseball on the poster. I have seen the movie since then. I originally posted this comment seven months ago on someone’s locked post (that’s why I didn’t just link to it). You might’ve read it there. Or, since Harlan read the review/story in his talk, you might’ve heard it elsewhere.

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I've been laughed at by my own children for my Beatles fandom. It's okay.... because of chronology and biology and science in general, it was impossible for them to be there when my father called my four year old self into his bedroom, placed green Koss headphones on my head and let me hear "Hey Jude" for the first time. It is my earliest memory, which should tell you everything you need to know.

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Been watching Yellowstone. Not bad. It's no Hap and Leonard but it's not bad.

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There is no dark side in the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark.

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And why should I start caring now about anything Mitt says?

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In other news, here is one of my favorites from this season's Christmas Beer-a-thon, in which I tried a dozen and a half different brews. My number one is still Sierra Nevada Celebration, but I think this, along with St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, rounds out the top 3.

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Hard to tell from the picture but it's called Santa's Little Helper. At 9.9%, it sure does help.

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Guess they change the label picture year to year. The current one is now included above.

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Just saw a tweet that discussed "righting this ship." I respect the sentiment, really, I do. However, those who are piloting this ship, along with its captain, have it in exactly the shape they want it and have kept it on their charted course with precision. To them, it is right.

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It is long past time to realize this. It seems that we have not, and that is my biggest worry in this, another year of SSDD: Same Ship, Different Day.

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Happy New Year to those who have already started enduring it (e.g. Kuwait City, Dohar, Ankara and east).

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Minsk...

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Istanbul...

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Baghdad...

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Djibouti...

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even Moscow.

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Gangster Squad: Pretty good except for Sean Penn. I always thought he could act, but this performance is making me rethink everything else he's done. Fast Times was good tho.

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He always seems super uneven to me; some brilliant, some crap. Always feels like a bit of a crap person though :/

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Merry Christmas, mokez!

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Jim! <3

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and to you too, sir

 ‎· LibSkrat
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And to you, Vicar

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Why I love A Christmas Story:

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It's a pretty great story, first of all.

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I mean, Merry Christmas!

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Been thinking about typing this for days but didn't want to hold a pity party for myself. Decided that this is a place where I can safely say stuff I wouldn't say elsewhere (i. e. FB). I'm scroogin' it this year: not feeling the whole Christmas "joy" and "peace" bullshit. Then, of course, the innate theologian interrupts and says, "Well, you know, Joe and Mare from 0 BC (which was actually 3-4 BC, just sayin') weren't feelin' the peace and joy either." Although they probably understood bull shit. Or at least, donkey shit.

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So I guess I'm in good company.

 ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon 2
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I used to enjoy Christmas, but it's been tougher every year. Hope yours has meaning, JJ. (I still love JC, but I don't care about the trappings anymore.)

 ‎· LB back home 1
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Jim, Laura, and company, you’re all the more my people, then.

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@micah: *fistbump*

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it's not an easy time for a lot of folks. I hope all of y'all (all of us, honestly) can find a smidge of joy. ETA: i appreciate your honesty & struggle.

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Sorry, my peepz. Not really feeling the soche meeds much these days. Been a rough, rough year and change.

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All family members still alive, though, so we got that going for us. Which is nice.

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We love you, Jim. Hope things start to look up for you.

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A vodka martini is not a martini.

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Was the bottle of vermouth at least in the room?

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200 proof truth.

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yeah, but I'll still drink it.

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My lunch.

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Is that iced tea or something more spirited?

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*takes the bacon. all of it*

 ‎· Dani (aka ashuping)
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Wild Turkey with a bit of singed orange peel and a couple drops of bitters.

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I think I've aged 10 years in the last seven months.

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Watching Get Out. It is creeping me out. A lot.

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How 'bout sparklers, and BINGO!

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Is she in on it?

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Oh damn.

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Back to having two jobs tomorrow. So long summer, we hardly knew ye.

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Just noticed the special Mokum.eclipse title. Nicely done.

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Just yelled at the Kindle app on my tablet... out loud of course... that I never, ever want to see the popular highlights so why do you turn them on every time I get a new f***ing book!? ... Eldest daughter came down and said, "I thought I heard mom's voice. Is she home yet?"

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I simply said, "I don't think so."

 ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon 1
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She went back up to her room but I think she's onto me.

 ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon 2
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And when does my wife ever swear? Answer: she doesn't.

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The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. A singular accomplishment. https://goo.gl/uC8mZ8

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And his latest, Borne, is even better!

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