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Recently retired from piddlin' around. Now mostly just phartin' around.

Updated on July 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

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Re: “Tuesday: The open line and daily news video

I don't think we should discourage any trolls or quasi-trolls from commenting. Steven E and Rex bring up some legitimate subjects worthy* of discussion. I speak for myself when I say that some days you have a lot on your mind and others...not so much. I doubt that anybody truly sees themselves as having a quota to meet.

Even Razor is not 100% predictable like baker and golf pro were**.

* Who decides what is worthy? I nominate myself for that honor. What's that, Max? And you are what? you say?

** I think that something may have happened to one or both of them. I don't wish anything bad in the way of illness or accidents on anybody. Even Trump.

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Posted by Olphart on 11/13/2018 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Tuesday: The open line and daily news video

"But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell."

Those who are fooled are, by definition, "fools". It's subjective the way I see it. According to my Christian Fundamentalist friends, I'm taking all the risk when I say it -- it's no skin off your back. You might just be a 'Raca' for all I know.

I apologize because you're offended in the Biblical sense. I've been called much worse that that. Yet, towards the end of the day: here I am and there you are. Still standing!

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Posted by Olphart on 11/13/2018 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Tuesday: The open line and daily news video

Surely you jest, Rex. Where have you been? Trump has done nothing but vilify a free press ever since he started running for President. Any news accounts not openly favorable to him are "fake news" and, unbelievably to me at least, it has worked. I hear it all the time from friends and family. They use the term in the same context that Trump has taught them. The press doesn't like Trump therefore they make up lies about him. He must be praised or nothing. It's unlike any situation with any previous President that I know of.

At your political rallies, the press is put into a cage and openly ridiculed. Trump tweets constantly about the press being "The Enemy of the People". We've had over two years worth of this constant drum beating against the press and you say that, all of a sudden, we say that it's a crisis because the press pass of one reporter has been revoked?

I know you're smarter than that. You know that you're lying when you say the Acosta incident was the first and only affront to a free press by Trump and his minions.

Did the Russians recognize the Germans of holding ill intent towards them before the Nazi army presented themselves at the gates of Stalingrad? Had they not noticed them marching across the steppes in their direction?

I would say that you were on to something and knew something if your comment wasn't so blantantly ridiculous. The enemy is at the gates and it's not the press. It's Donald Trump and his 40% made up of fools like you.

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Posted by Olphart on 11/13/2018 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Jon Woods to Donald Trump: Let's make a deal!

I'm sure it's occurred to these guys that escape to Mexico would be just a few steps away.

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Posted by Olphart on 11/13/2018 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Sunday's open line. With Trump's French connection

Thanks for those book recommendations guys. I'll check into them. I think we've proven that there's some differences of opinion here. And food shows too, apparently. What I know about food shows is ............. I do like food in general though.

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Posted by Olphart on 11/12/2018 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Sunday's open line. With Trump's French connection

I'm a reader too, Rex. I try to read a variety of books since I'm retired and finally have the time. I alternate between fiction and nonfiction, the latter usually science or history.

Many fiction writers I'd often considered off limits previously because I had preconcieved notions of unknown origin that I wouldn't like them. Prolific fiction writers like Joyce Carol Oates couldn't be worth a damn writing mainstream fiction, horror, science fiction, crime, even a memoir or two - one right after the other. How could she be worth reading? The thing is that she grabs you by the throat and drags you in and never lets you go until she's finished with you. Some are melodrama; but, like all good writers, she makes you feel like you're a little smarter after you're finished than you were before you started. I may not actually be but I FEEL like I'm wiser to some degree when I'm done.

Ten years ago, I would have sworn that I'd never read Charles Dickens because his novels had a musty smell of High School and old ladies about them. I started "David Copperfield" as a lark, finished it, and am now in the middle of "Little Dorrit", the fourth Dickens novel that I've recently now read. Great literature, if you can overlook the antiquated style and, probably, too many characters for modern readers to keep up with easily. You won't find a more fascinating character, IMO, than the eerily gothic, but yet, somehow human character of Miss Havisham in "Great Expectations".

Southern writers like Faulkner -- who admittedly I find difficult at times -- are also a special treat. I've read all of Walker Percy's output -- a more patrician southern outlook than many but still recognizable as southern. Of course there's Charles Portis, the greatest of them all, IMO. There's Larry Brown and there's a new one to me, Tom Franklin who wrote a great Southern "Western", "Hell At The Breech" and the more contemporary, "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter". Richard Ford is a great writer from the south but doesn't necessarily write southern literature. Of course there's the great John Grisham as well, who writes those fascinating legal thrillers.

No, I haven't forgotten Barry Hannah. I've read two of his short story collections, "Airships" and, ahem, "Geronimo Rex". If anybody (Rex?) here could point me towards his best long fiction, I would appreciate it. That invitation goes to everybody for any favorite writer. Even all the time in the world isn't enough to find everything you might like.

Please forgive me for this personal indulgence. It's much longer than intended. I only meant to say at first that celebrity ghost-written memoirs aren't my cup of tea either but somebody must read them and "inspiration" cannot not be all bad. If the publishers sell enough of them, they might make enough money to publish stuff that me and Rex like.

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Posted by Olphart on 11/11/2018 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Sunday's open line. With Trump's French connection

It appears that Rex has already purchased and read Michelle Obama's new memoir since he knows so much about it. I hope he feels free to give us a full review when he has the time.

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Posted by Olphart on 11/11/2018 at 8:16 PM

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