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Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

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Last week, the Browns showed incredible heart by battling back from a 24-13 deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game and put themselves in position to win outright, only for their brand-new kicker Cody Parkey to miss 46-yard field goal attempt (his third miss of the day) as time expired.  The Browns, of course, being the Browns, lost in overtime.  As has been reported several places, the Browns elected to sign Cody Parkey over recently cut Bears veteran kicker Robbie Gould because the latter was simply too expensive.  This from a team with the lowest payroll in the entire NFL.  Brown on, you crazy chocolate diamonds!

And now onto Pete Carroll’s conspiracy hour.  This week: Donald Trump’s microphone!  This one has been bugging me all day, and since I assume you’re all drunk by now and won’t remember this in the morning, I thought I’d share my thoughts.  Here’s the basic sequence of events:

  1. Trump gets slaughtered in the debate.
  2. The following morning (after learning that, freeped online polls notwithstanding, he lost the debate) he declares there were issues with his microphone.
  3. Five days later, the debate commission “agrees”, cryptically stating “there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.”

There’s nothing so much fun as replacing one conspiracy theory with another, so here’s my take on the subject.

  1. The signal from his microphone is going to be headed into a mixing board.  So if there was something wrong with the actual physical microphone, the issue would have shown up everywhere (auditorium feed, monitor feed, and most importantly, the television broadcast feed).
  2. If there were problems with the feed from the mixing board to the auditorium speakers, or a problem with the speakers themselves, it would have affected BOTH of the candidates.  But for argument’s sake, let’s say that it *did* affect only Trump.  Why didn’t anyone who was in attendance say anything during or immediately after the debate?  Why was Trump the only one who noticed the phenomenon – and more importantly, HOW would he have noticed this phenomenon if he wasn’t in the audience himself?
  3. If there were problems with the on-stage monitors (those speakers on stage directed at the performers so they can hear themselves), again it makes little sense that the issue wouldn’t have affected both candidates equally.  But again, for the sake of argument, let’s say that it only affected Trump.  Then he would have been the only one able to hear it.  And so how is it possible for the presidential debate commission to confirm there was an issue?

I think, using the expression “Trump’s Razor” as coined by Josh Marshall at talkingpointsmemo.com, that the stupidest explanation is probably the correct one.  In this case, I think Trump told the presidential debate commission that unless they admitted there was something wrong with his microphone, he would boycott the next debate.  And since it would look very, very bad for them if he did (regardless of his reasons), they agreed.

So what’s going on tonight?  College football?  Binge-watching Luke Cage?  Stay safe out there, and make sure you get a good night’s sleep – football starts early tomorrow!

 

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Lothar of the Hill People
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And nice to see the Illini could, like ISU, figure out how to blow a lead on a ranked opponent and snatch defeat from the claws of victory.

Lothar of the Hill People
Lothar of the Hill People

*sigh*

I thought I’d be able to watch the Jaguras-Clots while I got some early-morning work in on classes or maybe laundry.

Instead, my kids got up super-early and it’s Wild Kratts and ‘Daddy, I want French toast!’

Fatherhood is so goddamn fulfilling I could puke.

Don T

Only good thing about working Sundays: missing yer team being pathetic in real time.
Enjoy the binge!

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Marc Trestmans Windowless Van

My dog was sad tonight and he likes when I sing to him. I wrote him a 3 verse song with chorus interludes faking it the entire time just now. I normally cheat and use like a TV or movie theme as the music, tonight, just original music. He is happy so I was a good pet owner today. I should probably go to bed to be up for the London game. I am just lying when I worry that is an issue. I got like 3 hours of sleep. I am up for tomorrow

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In response to balls’s joke about the Bad News Bears, I thought of Bill Hicks and the edits made to Basic Instinct because the test audiences were assholes.

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WCS

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I’m rooting for the ape

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ballsofsteelandfury

I’ve never understood that concept. I mean, assuming she’s a willing participant, if a business contact offered me his wife, I’d think he had a tiny penos and couldn’t satisfy her. My opinion of him would drop and I would not do business with him.

ballsofsteelandfury

You know what? I’m not even going to change it. I propose we use my new spelling going forward.

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ballsofsteelandfury

Dora Dildo is an all time great name!

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Wait, Bells, the husband didn’t OFFER his wife. No. The OTHER GUY asked if he could borrow her. There’s a big difference there. Remember, this is literature, so you have to watch for subtle shit like this.

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I would definitely think less of the man who asked, but I would hope that’s the normal response.

Don T

I sympathize with the small-penosed. That’s nobody’s fault but the universe’s. Scorn would be a massive pile-on.
HOWEVAH, tiny dock or no, I would not be able to respect a man capable of pimping out his wife.
If it was an offer outta the blue by the other guy, that other guy deserves one of those busy street beatdowns that include broken teeth and ripped, bloody clothes.
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I guess that’s why the small minded don’t become successful novelists.

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A View To A Kill is so dated and stupid. Luckily the tv next to it here is playing Aeon Flux (the series).

ballsofsteelandfury

Dated, yes. Stupid? Maybe, but it did give us a nearly naked Grace Jones, Tantla Roberts in a steamy shower, and the Asian hot tub scene with the Russian spy.

Check.

ballsofsteelandfury

Tanya. I can’t even blame that one on autocorrect or booze. Fat fingers? Damn!

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ballsofsteelandfury

But how do you know which one is which? They will both try to kill each other….with pleasure!

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Let them fuck

ballsofsteelandfury

True story: This was the original chant for The Bad News Bears movie. It didn’t play well to focus groups, so they changed it.

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Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

Best guitar solo EVER begins at 1:47

A short clip from “Gates of Heaven” by Errol Morris (1978), one of the greatest motion pictures ever made.

https://youtu.be/L972JZM7xms

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ballsofsteelandfury

I just realized how much I miss Craig Ferguson. Kids that went to college shirting the show’s run are so lucky!

For me, it was Late Night with David Letterman on NBC.

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ballsofsteelandfury

During.

Fuck you autocorrect.

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JerBear50
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I haven’t been able to get into a talk show since Craig left the air. That show left a big hole in my dvr. Conan had a good run in his early years too but his show now is just so fucking repetitive. Now being a couple years ago when I last watched, that is.

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Brick Meathook
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I remember Letterman when he had his morning show on NBC.

I loved Craig Ferguson too. Only live taping of a show I’ve ever seen. The NEXT DAY Letterman announced his retirement.

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It was also fucked up how as soon as that was announced Craig was clear that no matter who they picked to replace Letterman, he knew it wasn’t going to be him.

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I actually hoped they wouldn’t move him to Letterman’s timeslot. He wouldn’t have gotten away with the same shit at 1130 and it would have gutted his show. I don’t think he would have turned into a tap-dancing smiley asshole like Colbert seems to have become, but it wouldn’t have been good.

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This is true

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How do I get a job teaching there?

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Senor Weaselo

Important question, did he get with that girl? (This one.)

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