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Recommended Reading 0

Edmund Crispin’s Gervase Fen mysteries.

They are extraordinarily fanciful and so extraordinarily well-written that suspension of disbelief comes easily.

In an interesting contrast, the novels are long and rambling and full of side trips and digressions and peopled with quirky characters, whereas the short stories, with a few exceptions, are short and quite bare-boned.

A warning, though: The author takes no prisoners. The stories are replete with classical and literary allusions, so have a dictionary and encyclopedia, real or electronic, at hand. Not looking them up does not interfere with the story itself, but looking them makes it richer.


“The Object of Their Affection . . . .” 0

Image:  Two old cowboys, one holding a rifel  Text:  People are so angry over gun regulations you'd think they were being denied the right to marry the person they love.

Via PoliticalProf.


Decorated 0

I’m trying to get into the Christmas spirit, but, I must confess, this year it is a struggle



I Guess It’s Official . . . . 0

Wait for it . . . .

. . . We have reached full pariah.

Via Juanita Jean.


All the News that Flits 0

Goat:  This city's newspaper laid off a bunch of reporters.  How are we supposed to stay informed?  Rat:  The people on Twiter keep me informed.  Goat:  But these (newspaper) people give us local news.  Rat:  The people on Twitter give me local news.  Goat:  But these (newspaper) people do research and report facts.  Rat:  The people on Twitter . . . Did I mention my people are fast.  Goat:  Oh, good.  Pig:  The speedier the truthier!

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Crime Scene Invalidation 0

Donald Trump holding bone saw over remnants of the

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Pauline Kael:

Kicked in the ribs, the press says “art” when “ouch” would be more appropriate.


Foxy 0

Drawing of a red fox.

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Recommended Listening 0

Robin Hood.


Break Time 0

Off to drink liberally.


Sticker Schtick 0

Donald Trump says to woman wearing an

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Light Bloggery 0

I am somewhat relieved at the results of the election. I have been more stressed than I have let on in these electrons.

At the least, the Trumpling has been interrupted.

And I need a break.


Perhaps “impeded” would have been a much better term than “interrupted.” I gather that today was a cavalcade of crazy in Trumplandia.

I’ll catch up with the news tomorrow.

As I said, I needed a break. Watching one’s country go crazy is rather stressful.


What a Difference an “i” Makes 0

Look up these two words:

  • venal
  • venial

Compare the definitions.


False Flagging Interests 0

Title:  False Flag.  Image:  Donald Trump aboard a fearsome warship named

Via Juanita Jean.


Throwing (Away) an Election 0

The Rude One points out, rudely, that not voting is not taking a stand or some how making a statement by not (ahem) making a statement. It’s abdication. A snippet (warning: language):

Not voting when you are ready and able to vote is privilege taken to the hilt. The non-voters on the left have decided that their beliefs trump (goddamn him for taking that word from us) whatever good can be done through elections as the parties stand now. If you don’t vote and that causes Republicans to keep both houses of Congress, you have condemned yourself and all the people you think you’re taking a stand for to at least two more years and the lingering effects of gutted social programs, of a war on women and non-whites, of an openly racist immigration policy, of inaction on climate change, and so very much more. You will be deciding that you would rather that happen, you would rather fuck up real lives of real people, than you compromised.


I Needed a Break 0

‘Nuf said.


VB City Council Candidate Forum 0

My friend Andrew Jackson tells me that there will a Virginia Beach City Council candidate forum–likely the last one of this election season–on Thursday, October 25, at 6:30 p. m. at the Morning Star Baptist Church, 4780 First Court Road, Virginia Beach.

There is no URL that I can point you to, but I plan to be there (heck, for all practical purposes, it’s just around the corner for me). You can be there too.


After that, I should be able to finish my PVF Endorsements, over there (——>) on the sidebar.

I don’t expect to have an endorsement for every contest, but I’ll do the best I can.


Tucker for Tucker 0


All the News that Fits 0

Saudi Prince bin Salman holding paper labeled

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Have Cake, Eat It Too 0

Headline of the week: Collins blasted ‘dark money’ groups in Kavanaugh fight. One just paid to thank her for her vote