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Re: “Walmart tests new dress code, will allow employees to wear blue jeans at some stores

the dislike was not mine. although i feel your pain, gfr, i confess a guilty pleasure of mine is scrolling through the numerous walmartian pictoemails over the years. i even ran across one this morning, but that one at times looked too posed. an unusual number of the scantily clad women were not overly obese, and many were wearing high heels. in my own trips to walmart, i don't recall seeing many women or men in high heels or platform shoes. personally, jeans are very practical, and i would rather get help when i need it than worry about unnecessary dress codes. a vest denoting an employee one can ask for help is more than enough in my book.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/20/2018 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Midweek headlines and an open line

Prediction: Nikki Haley is purposefully separating herself from donny45 and plans on using that separation to run for president in 10 years or so.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/18/2018 at 7:22 PM

Re: “The freeze comin' open line

allen, the connections between localized low temperature excursions and overall global warming have been explained. wisiati (what i see is all that is) is not a sufficient game plan for an enlightened life. the warmth that melts the artic ice shoves the jet stream further south, which is perhaps what you are seeing in this little corner of the world, and that may be all we see as long as we are alive, but our kids may have to deal with tulsa being a seaport, not just a riverport.

Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/16/2018 at 10:00 PM

Re: “The freeze comin' open line

no true redneck would be named vlad vlad. how about vladbob? i like vlad vlad leroy brown, but i can't see that as a name for a redneck, at least not an architypical one. going with the flow here, i guess not all rednecks have to be sunburned caucasian males.

Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/16/2018 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Early Saturday line

Jim, i do not know the game of golf on a pool table, but just guessing here, is the objective to sink a ball in each of the six holes, in succession? if i am close, does one play with the full complement of 15 object balls, or 9, or fewer? just one? are balls re-spotted after being sunk? is striking limited to the lowest ball on the table? i could envision quite a number of variants that could be structured and would require what you termed finesse, and the imaginative shot-making is something i like in pool, snooker, and billiards.

but i have no clue about how the game was played. guess i didn't waste enough of my youth. pls advise.

huh, googlewiki strikes again.…

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/15/2018 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Early Saturday line

mag, thanks for the link to the new yorker article, but the author forgot or was unaware that molly ivins had seen the issues that later became all too real. from paul krugman's column about molly, in the nyt, many years ago:

Missing Molly Ivins, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: Molly Ivins,
the Texas columnist, died of breast cancer on Wednesday. I first met her
more than three years ago, when our book tours crossed. She was, as she
wrote, "a card-carrying member of The Great Liberal Backlash of 2003,
one of the half-dozen or so writers now schlepping around the country
promoting books that do not speak kindly of Our Leader's record." ...

Molly never lost sight of two eternal truths: rulers lie, and the times
when people are most afraid to challenge authority are also the times
when it's most important to do just that. And the fact that she
remembered these truths explains ... her extraordinary prescience on the
central political issue of our time.

I've been going through Molly's columns from 2002 and 2003, the period
when most of ... the press cheered as Our Leader took us to war on false
pretenses, then dismissed as "Bush haters" anyone who complained... Here
are a few selections:

Nov. 19, 2002: "The greatest risk for us in invading Iraq is probably
not war itself, so much as: What happens after we win? ... There is a
batty degree of triumphalism loose in this country right now."

Jan. 16, 2003: "I assume we can defeat Hussein without great cost to our

side (God forgive me if that is hubris). The problem is what happens
after we win. The country is 20 percent Kurd, 20 percent Sunni and 60
percent Shiite. Can you say, 'Horrible three-way civil war?' "

July 14, 2003: "I opposed the war in Iraq because I thought it would
lead to the peace from hell, but I'd rather not see my prediction come
true and I don't think we have much time left to avert it. That the
occupation is not going well is apparent to everyone but Donald
Rumsfeld. ... We don't need people with credentials as right-wing
ideologues and corporate privatizers - we need people who know how to
fix water and power plants."

Oct. 7, 2003: "Good thing we won the war, because the peace sure looks
like a quagmire. ...

"I've got an even-money bet out that says more Americans will be killed
in the peace than in the war, and more Iraqis will be killed by
Americans in the peace than in the war. Not the first time I've had a
bet out that I hoped I'd lose."

So Molly Ivins - who didn't mingle with the great and famous, didn't
have sources high in the administration, and never claimed special
expertise on national security or the Middle East - got almost
everything right. ...

Was Molly smarter than all the experts? No, she was just braver. The
administration's exploitation of 9/11 created an environment in which it

took a lot of courage to see and say the obvious.

Molly had that courage; not enough others can say the same.

And it's not over. Many of those who failed the big test in 2002 and
are now making excuses for the "surge." Meanwhile, the same techniques
of allegation and innuendo that were used to promote war with Iraq are
being used to ratchet up tensions with Iran.

Now, more than ever, we need people who will stand up against the
follies and lies of the powerful. And Molly Ivins, who devoted her life
to questioning authority, will be sorely missed.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/15/2018 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Early Saturday line

sorry i missed the discussions, but i have had some dayjob issues. i had always called what is termed here 'pocketless billiards' simply billiards, with the game played on tables with pockets called snooker. pool, in all its many variants, was on the table with the more open pockets. my coworkers and i 'shot lunch' frequently in a place down on asher. as to the connection with sin, the boys' clubs in lr and nlr had pool tables, as did the youth building at pulaski heights methodist church. as i remember, the place had two tables, one being a pool table. the other might have been a snooker table, but i do not remember for sure. if my baptist relatives and the congregations i viewed when visiting with my relatives are representative, baptists might not view methodism as a proper religion, but near as i could tell, the baptists thought that they themselves were heading toward eternal damnation anyway. that never made any sense to me, but i digress.

a not-so-quick googlewiki of billiards, focusing on the pocketless variety, left me confused about a game i enjoyed playing many years ago. my memory of few balls and no pockets is clear, but the specific rules regarding scoring not so clear. one had to strike other balls and in our version drive one or more to a rail, not just touch or kiss the object ball. i liked the elegance of the complexity of the game. in college, we had pool tables, and 9 ball was the favored game. i liked 9 ball because the early need to strike the next ball in rotation first gave one the opportunity to snooker the next shooter, and the ability to win by sinking the 9 with an imaginative combination shot often was useful, particularly when larger numbers of players were in the game, which was common during finals.

Now, as to Betty Tucker, a very good friend of mine, who also was a good friend of Ms Tucker, once told me that Betty was the woman she most admired and if given time, she would have wanted to write Betty's biography.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/15/2018 at 8:29 AM

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