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Pah! You guys and your weak, punk-ass trolls! Behold, the mother tincture. From the Dionne Quints thread, the bacony stench of Canada:

they were born outside Callendar Ont,
you useless piece of shit ..

No, no. Our boy is only cracking his knuckles. Wait for it…

who was it that said nothing like this happens in the U.S.?
thats a laugh .
americans are brain washed into thinking they’re the shit ,
that they were the “main part” of every world war, and that they just own.
guess what bud some STUPID FUCKING AMERICANS posted Hitler as time magazines MAN OF THE YEAR IN 1939 , which btw was the start of WW2, you know the one where 55 million people died ?
oh yeah and also the one were the U.S. sat on there ass for the first half, and then jumped in at the end to get some credit .
oh wait that was also WW1,
and everything else you fat fucks do.
i dont have anything against the U.S., but i dont like naive people.
since your one of the most illiterate first world nations why dont you guys stop listening to media bullshit thats let out by the government of Bush(haha), learn how to read, pick up a history book, and learn how your COUNTRY IS NOT BETTER THAN ANY OTHER and if anything its corrupted, brainwashed, and obese.

Bee-yootiful. That’s what the real thing looks like, ladies and gentlemen.

My blog is complete.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2008, 2:29 pm

Points to anyone who recognizes were the line “the bacony stench of Canada” comes from.

Comment from doubleplusundead
Time: May 22, 2008, 2:39 pm

I’d say it, but I cheated and Googled it.

Good troll you got, but nothing beats Cuffy’s troll. http://perfunction.typepad.com/perfunction/2008/01/crisis-manageme.html

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2008, 2:45 pm

Good lord! Did he really get trolled by David Duke?! That’s killer.

I just had to flip through nine years over at DAPdigest to find out which episode it was, myself. It was The Final Sacrifice.

Rowsdower, Rowsdower, bippidy-boppidy Bowsdower…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2008, 2:47 pm

HOLY SHIT! This post is in Google already. I wanted to see what a search of “bacony stench of Canada” turned up. It turns up me. Numero uno.

First a pharmaceutical-grade troll, now this. Yeah, fuck you Magic Rocks!

Comment from doubleplusundead
Time: May 22, 2008, 2:53 pm

Heh, I linked the Magic Rocks, a little bit o’ nostalgia.

Comment from porknbean
Time: May 22, 2008, 2:58 pm

who was it that said nothing like this happens in the U.S.?

Er..I don’t know. Did someone say it? I do recall someone saying that government is evil. I’m guessing this dude don’t like his benevolent gubmint insulted.
Speaking of which, the seizure of those sect children has been declared WRONG by the courts. So yeah, it does happen under the guise of suspected ‘abuse’ but money making circus for gummint, not so much.

Comment from Allen
Time: May 22, 2008, 3:18 pm

I searched the term and found it in several places. One of them though led me to the 3800 HP jet powered motorcycle. I’m not sure quite how it related, but I want to watch the guy when he lights up his motorcycle. That would probably be pretty memorable.

There’s an idea I’ll think I’ll do a search of bacony stench by province might be interesting.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: May 22, 2008, 3:29 pm

Holy shit, you got the Angry Molson Guy to drop by! Well done!

“Where the hell does Canada get off sharing a border,
With countries far superior to it?
You filthy stinking Francophonic bacon loving bastards.
You stupid country’s just a piece of-” “WHOA!!!!”

Comment from cranky
Time: May 22, 2008, 3:38 pm

I like the way he worked in ‘your’ within five words of ‘illiterate’. That’s teh awesomeness.

Comment from Dave in Texas
Time: May 22, 2008, 3:48 pm

Heh. Canada. Plucky country. I hear they have their own currency and system of government.

That’s so fuckin cute!

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: May 22, 2008, 4:25 pm

What’s up with the random acts of trolling on old posts today? I got one too.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 22, 2008, 4:32 pm

Excellent troll, Weaz! I think it was the magic rocks – just not working in the usual way.

Comment from kishnevi
Time: May 22, 2008, 4:43 pm

You know, this guy makes me glad we didn’t actually win the War of 1812 (instead of just fighting to a draw) because if we had won, Canada would part of the US and he would be one of us. And, no doubt, voting for Obama.

Comment from iamfelix
Time: May 22, 2008, 4:46 pm

mmmmm … bacon.

Comment from Allen
Time: May 22, 2008, 5:20 pm

You know this site tends to lead me into the oddest places on the internet. I think it might be some sort of subliminal hallucinogenic drug somehow.

At any rate I found something fun. The Bakelite Museum in Williton, Somerset. Weasel, when you move to England I think you should give it a visit.

Also, in the strange name category: Batman bin Suparman of Java.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: May 22, 2008, 5:26 pm

Actually, that sounds like about half of the freaks on engforum.pravda.ru…… We Cornfielders have been in an ongoing war with those morons for a couple of years now….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2008, 5:36 pm

Bakelite! I love Bakelite! Is it British?

Comment from iamfelix
Time: May 22, 2008, 5:56 pm

I love Bakelite, too — I googled & found this. The whole site looks like it might have good info for you, Stoaty.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2008, 6:02 pm

Ohmigosh! That looks great.

It’s near Taunton and Bridgwater. Hee hee! We have a Taunton and Bridgwater!

(Cue Uncle B in 5…4…3…)

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 22, 2008, 6:19 pm

Bakelite is neat. Isn’t it the “first” plastic so-to-speak?

I have a CZ52 Makarov pistol with (no shit) Bakelite grips.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2008, 6:24 pm

I have a Makarov with Bakelite grips! You show me yours and I’ll show you mine!

Comment from Allen
Time: May 22, 2008, 6:25 pm

Yes the wonders of bakelite. I think it was a British invention. I’ll bet you they have a Linoleum Museum in England as well. I believe someone even went so far as to determine it’s shock properties. After all one never knows when you might want to shock load your bakelite.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2008, 6:30 pm

Well, I’m watching “Final Sacrifice” right now, and it’s “bacony STINK of Canada.” So, really, I’m #1 among people who totally misremember the line.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 22, 2008, 6:56 pm

I’d love to show you mine Weaz – but I have to call my TX buddy, get him to go out to the safe and get it, and then pose in front of his monitor like I did for the 357 mag a while back.

(I can show you my S&W 5906 9mm and my Sig Sauer P226 40cal cause I have ’em here, though)

But the safe won’t be in Tx much longer! We close on the property in about 2 weeks, allegedly. Then I get established in the new place, and then I go get my gun safe and contents, and the ton of other stuff I have stored down there.

But never mind that crap – did you know the CZ52 Makarov is the only rolling-block receiver pistol ever designed? So I’ve been told, anyway.

But never mind that too – linoleum? Is linoleum that old?

And…I always wondered about Canadian bacon. Why is it that shape, and so lean? It might be people…

Comment from Allen
Time: May 22, 2008, 7:01 pm

Linoleum’s 150th birthday is next year I think. I heard one time that it’s inventor discovered it by accident. He spilled a bunch of linseed oil and it cured in the sun. It’s amazing what passes for knowledge in my head.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2008, 7:02 pm

Because it’s not bacon. That’s a horrible, Canuckian lie. It’s round ham.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 22, 2008, 7:06 pm

Allen – you fit perfectly here – if I may presume to say so, and with Weasel’s indulgence. All those little factoids infesting your bwain are good for you.

I suspected exactly that, Weasel! Round ham, huh! I figured it was Cannuckian children or sumpin.

…And they put it on mcmuffins!

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: May 22, 2008, 7:07 pm

And probably DANISH ham at that!

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: May 22, 2008, 7:09 pm

And, I have to admit. Nobody, and I mean nobody! gets worse trolls than Weasel.

/I am sooooo jealous!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 22, 2008, 7:21 pm

Weaz has it made! Trolls. Notes from Michelle Malkin. Google pays special attention to her and her special phrases.

And she’s moving to Jolly Olde very soon, which would suck mightily except that they have the Innertubes there too. And Spotted Dick, also.

Weaz – I’m reading “Pictures Of An Exhibitionist”, and in it Kieth Emerson mentions they ate some of the ol’ Spotted Dick “as a pudding” or something? Wha-fuk?

Oh! never mind. I forgot it IS pudding. I keep imagining something really gross like Vienna Sausage.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2008, 7:36 pm

I’m not entirely clear on the concept, but I think “pudding” is generic Britspeak for “dessert.” Because not all puddings are moist and pudding-y. The last course of the meal is a “pudding course.”

Spotted dick is like a little cake with raisins in that you traditionaly pour evaporated milk over.

I mean, it doesn’t totally suck. But I think you have to grow up with it to ask for it by name.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 22, 2008, 7:46 pm

It’s the name, Weaz – as you well know. There just is no way it can pass ‘Merican muster without comment.

Like Bangers and Mash – which is polish sausages and mashed potatoes. Now I can only think of one way those sausages could get the nickname “bangers” and that’s because they look like what is usually used for “banging”.

But never mind that! I just re-read your troll. It’s a really fine one, Weasel! A classic example. It includes all the standard ‘Merica sucks” points of information too.

Comment from kishnevi
Time: May 22, 2008, 7:53 pm

There’s always black pudding.
Of course, you could be real daring and try haggis.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2008, 7:54 pm

My parents and their best friends came over to meet Uncle B a couple of years back. We went to dinner. My dad’s childhood best friend ordered spotted dick for a laugh and said, “I don’t know what I’ll tell the people back home.”

And I said, “tell them it’s the best thing you’ve ever put in your mouth.”

My elderly father. So proud.

Comment from Allen
Time: May 22, 2008, 8:03 pm

Some British food is quite odd, and is an acquired taste. I lived in England for several years as a kid. It was quite the experience, with the nib pens, ink wells, and blotter paper in school. The school uniforms were wonderful too. Short pants, white shirt, school tie, blazer, and cap. The emotional scars have mostly healed.

To this day Brussles Sprouts are food non grata, I think they served them in school every day for lunch. I so remember the headmaster, “Two Canes Felix” that cane could catch you across the backside and you never saw it coming.

Comment from Gregory the First
Time: May 22, 2008, 8:58 pm

Well. No way I can compete with that. Especially since while I’m naturally obnoxious, I don’t hate the US of A.

Bacon doesn’t get much better than Aussie bacon, though. They slap that stuff on everything, including their pizzas. Mmm…pizza…

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 22, 2008, 9:39 pm

Where to start? Where to start!? OK… puddings. It’s a word of two halves… In one sense it means ‘dessert’. As in: ‘I say, old bean, what’s for jolly old pudding?’ said Bertie Wooster, tossing a paper dart across the dining room. ‘Why, I do believe it’s stewed prunes and custard again!’ said Gussie, with a snort.

Alternatively, ‘pudding’ refers to a suet or flour based dish with something absolutely lovely inside. Umm.. like steak and kidney (this badger’s favourite food), though it could alternatively be sweet, rather than savoury, just to confuse everyone… like Christmas pudding, which contains… umm.. dried fruit, candied peel, brandy, nuts, suet, flour, spices, nuclear waste, more brandy, nuts, beer, flour, a bit more nuclear waste, boiled baby, sugar, treacle…

Happy now?

The spotted dick thing’s a joke here, too. One of our prissy supermarkets tried to change its name a year or so back, but we rebelled and they caved-in. It harks back to the happy days when ‘Dick’ was what you called a Richard.

Even if he wasn’t one.

Oh, and another thing – the idiot weasel has it wrong. It’s custard
you pour on spotted dick (and other deserts) not evaporated milk!

Actually custard is a really interesting substance. The real thing, made with egg yolks, milk, sugar, vanilla and cornflour is a great delicacy both here and in France… Sadly, most people use packet stuff these days, but making a real egg custard is a culinary skill and it’s a delight to eat.

Oh, and it’s true. She really did say that. I nearly choked on my err… spotted dick. I tell you, dinner with a weasel when polite people are around is a fraught affair.

OK… now ‘bangers and mash’. Not Polish sausage, but good old fashioned British sausages in real skins (that’s real intestine skins, not bloody plastic ones!) served with mashed potato. Probably called ‘bangers’ after the sausage-shaped firework.

And, before I waddle off back down the sett, McGoo? You are a gentleman with a finely honed taste in firearms. That Sig Sauer is a very fine piece indeed. I’m deeply jealous.

Ooh, look! King Of The Hill is on TV…. I’ll have to switch ‘translator mode’ back on, in reverse mode!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 22, 2008, 9:51 pm

Damn – I was zero for two. Typical.

Thanks for correcting me, Badger!

The Sig? Yes! A neighbor owns an off-brand 40 cal and had been bitching about his groupings. I went out shooting with him and he tried mine. He was stunned over the trigger, action, and accuracy. His group diameters didn’t quite halve – but nearly so. Sig makes a fine piece of machinery.

I like the 40 cal because it has a heavier punch than a 9mm but doesn’t wear out my wrist and nerve endings like the big magnums (which I dearly love anyway).

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: May 23, 2008, 7:43 am

I think bangers got their name because of how they used to explode during WW2 because they had a high proportion of water due to a scarcity of pork.

‘Bill! Sue! Dawn! Come and get your supper!’
*Boom* *Bang* *Ka-Boom*
‘M-Mum, is there another air-raid? I didn’t hear the siren. Should we go into the Anderson shelter?’
‘No loves, it’s just your sausages – which from this moment on will be referred to as…Bangers – exploding.’

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: May 23, 2008, 7:55 am

I LOVE King of the Hill. Do you guys think it’s funny? A lot of the humor is based on stereotypes of Texas and Texans…

This conversation reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to ask. I know that rather than saying, “I am reviewing my notes in preparation for an exam,” a Brit would say, “I am revising my notes.” (I occasionally adopt this usage myself.) My question is, does “revise” also have the meaning of “to change”? Where an American would say, “Thanks for proofreading my essay. I’m revising it now,” what would a Brit say?

Comment from Stashiu3
Time: May 23, 2008, 8:10 am

According to Babelfish the translation would be, “Sod off you wanker.” But I may have mis-typed something, so Uncle B will probably have to confirm that.


(That’s not directed at you personally Mrs. P, I wuz making a funny… honest… see the winking weasel?)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 23, 2008, 8:21 am

Uncle B really likes King of the Hill, I’m glad to say, Mrs P. That surprised me. That he ‘got’ and enjoyed MST3K surprised me even more — so many of the references in that are obscure even for Americans. (Bet you anything, the moment he reads this, he will hum the theme from Pumaman).

Still, think how many Americans love Monty Python, without really understanding some of the jokes and stereotypes therein (like the Gumby brothers — the dudes with the bricks and the handkerchiefs on their heads — being Welsh stereotypes. Ummm…I think).

And, of course, I think the Brits like the Simpsons more than we do. I think they think we don’t understand that Homer Simpson is a slam on stupid fat Americans.

But the joke’s on them, of course. They don’t realize we get exactly who Homer is and we admire him for it. Not because he loves his family, really, or because he always comes through in the end. We admire Homer because he’s bald and fat and he sits around the couch in his underpants drinking beer and watching television and doesn’t give a flying fuck about global warming or world opinion or anything but sitting around in his underpants drinking beer and watching television.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: May 23, 2008, 8:25 am

King of the Hill is awesome. Apart from maybe The Simpsons, it’s my favourite animated TV show.

Are you a Texan, Mrs. Peel? I’ve never been there, but some of my favourite celebrities are Texans: Wes Anderson, the Wilson brothers, Steve Martin, Rip Torn, Jimmy Carl Black, Steven Drozd…Gibby Haynes.

Not sure about the ‘revise’ thing. In the past, when I’ve taken exams, I revised for them. But I also use ‘revise’ meaning to alter or change something too, so ‘Thanks for proofreading my essay. I’m revising it now’ would probably be the same. For me, anyway.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 23, 2008, 9:05 am

Sorry about the trip to the filter, Enas. I should clean the trap more often.

I don’t think this was random. I think this guy was looking up the Dionne Quints and took exception to my handling of the matter.

Does anybody else get this comment spam nearly every day:

’)/* | ekibastos | IP:



There’re no links out or anything. It’s just “’)/*” and “ekibastos.”

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 23, 2008, 9:34 am

Yes, indeed. King Of The Hill is certainly my favourite, followed by the Simpsons, though with moments of near-apoplexy when they get heavy-handed with the political stuff.

The Texan stereotype is interesting. I’m sure you’re right, but I recognise them well enough from closer to home. Some types must be universal.

The ‘review’ ‘revise’ thing is difficult, Mrs Peel. The OED gives both uses but says that revise when used to mean studying a text efore an examination is a British usage. So, yes, I’d be with Gibby on that, too.

Good explanation for the derivation of ‘banger’, by the way. I’d never heard that one.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 23, 2008, 9:39 am

Oh yes, and MST3K – priceless!

Thanks for the Pumaman theme, Weasel (sigh)….

Have you seen the dog’s meat?

Comment from Farmer Joe
Time: May 23, 2008, 9:55 am

p-YOO-ma man!

Comment from LemurKing
Time: May 23, 2008, 9:57 am

Wonderful post! I’m just catching up – I’m so off-kilter this week.

And such an amazing troll, too. I’m gobsmacked. My tongue done dried out as my jaw rested on my chest in utter shock and admiration.

Sorry, but to my American ears I hear “bangers and mash” and I think “bump -n- grind”. I’m a guy, and all men are pigs (which will be my mantra to my daugher in about 9 years).

Not so much a King of the Hill fan, sorry. I’m more of a Futurama/Simpson type myself. Groening was an Oregon boy so I have to support the brand name. Every so often he will zing Eugene and I just die laughing.

Do have a question for Uncle Badger – I’m a HUGE fan of Doctor Who – is the series doing well there with the last two Doctor’s?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 23, 2008, 10:04 am

Dunno, LemurKing – or, at least, I’m trying (hard) not to find out. They gave the revival to a Leftoid and, according to the blogs over here, it’s become a Leftie love-in 🙁

I think it’s had good viewing figures, though.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 23, 2008, 10:16 am

Farmer Joe: pyoo-MAY-man!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 23, 2008, 10:30 am

I swear, when they pronounced it that way I thought I was going to laugh myself to death.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 23, 2008, 10:58 am

You have to hand it to Donald Pleasance: the man had just the right attitude about the acting profession. A job? Don’t mind if I do!

Comment from Farmer Joe
Time: May 23, 2008, 11:03 am

You have to hand it to Donald Pleasance: the man had just the right attitude about the acting profession. A job? Don’t mind if I do!

Yup. Just like Michael Caine. “I’m an actor for hire. If you can afford my fee, you can hire me.”

Comment from Allen
Time: May 23, 2008, 11:22 am

Not Doctor Who, I can hear it now. What were the robotic types called? They were always running around saying “exterminate” in that creepy little robot voice. It looked like they had a toilet plunger for an arm.

Does anyone remember?

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: May 23, 2008, 11:50 am

They were called Daleks Allen.

I haven’t watched Doctor Who since Sylvester McCoy was the Doctor. The late eighties. I love Sci-Fi, but I can’t abide Doctor Who. Plus its produced and broadcast by the BBC. They extort money from us (via the TV license a.k.a tax), use it to make things like Doctor Who, sell it all around the world, keep all the revenue and go, ‘Huh, maybe this capitalism thing isn’t such a bad idea after all.’
Arseholes, the lot of them.

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: May 23, 2008, 12:13 pm


The Sig? Yes!

Love mine as well, although I have the P229 (compact frame) .40 for concealed carry.

Does the P226 have interchangeable barrels for .357/.40 like the 229?

/Love bangers and mash. And Christmas pudding. Willing to give steak & kidney a go, but I think it was outlawed here by the first Continental Congress.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 23, 2008, 12:23 pm

EW – yes, and I’ve been slobbering a bit over getting the 357 SIG barrel. I really want one – if only because the 357Sig cartridge is an oddball bottleneck round like the aforementioned CZ52 round (7.62×25 bottleneck), and I look forward to reloading it.

I’m waiting until a buddy of mine gets his barrel and fits it to his frame himself (he’s a fair amateur gunsmith). If he has success (and it passes MY personal workmanship and performance tests) I’ll order one and let him fit mine. Otherwise I’ll need to send my weapon to Sig to be fitted, or find a pro gunsmith I trust to do it.

I’m not gonna let him experiment with mine. He can do his first.

BTW: It’s my understanding that the “fit” is OK out of the box about half the time. The other half there is a rail (two?) on the barrel whose length/endpoints needs to be trimmed a few thousanths to fit an individual frame or slide. Naturally one does NOT mod the slide/frame because then the original .40cal barrel wouldn’t lock properly anymore.

Comment from LemurKing
Time: May 24, 2008, 12:26 am

Did I really just read back through and see Weas make a reference to “Puma Man”? That was one of our favorite MST-3000 flicks.

Uncle B. – yes, Dr. Who has a bit of a leftist tilt, but not so much that you want to gag on your appendix. Torchwood is definitely left of left, but in both cases the stories are… pretty good. But it really is a personal choice, I guess. They are outside of the usual drivel that passes for TV here in the US that is so formulaic as to actually drain IQ points.

A good one that a lot of folks missed in the US, however, is Burn Notice.

Another truly good (IMHO) British show was “Life on Mars”. I enjoy John Simm as an actor. I am truly dreading the US remake of it, however. I guess even if that bombs, then there is still a chance with Ashes to Ashes,

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: May 24, 2008, 8:27 am

Burn Notice is great! Very entertaining.

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: May 24, 2008, 9:05 am


BTW: It’s my understanding that the “fit” is OK out of the box about half the time. The other half there is a rail (two?) on the barrel whose length/endpoints needs to be trimmed a few thousanths to fit an individual frame or slide.

I wondered if that might be an issue: I knkow Ruger won’t sell replacement barrels for their P95 series without returning it to the factory for just that reason.

But I don’t know enough other Sig owners to have heard about it.

In that case, I may just order one and see.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 24, 2008, 12:28 pm

Somewhere on the Sig web site it explains about the “fit” requirement for the barrels and what needs doing sometimes. For a gunsmith its supposed to be a semi-no-brainer.


And I paid about a grand for my P226 and NO ONE is gonna file on ANYTHING without some professional qualifications. If it was a $100 Keltec piece-o-junk throwaway I’d do it myself. But not the Sig.

Comment from LemurKing
Time: May 24, 2008, 3:58 pm

Mrs. Peel – one thing both Cruel Wife and I loved about Burn Notice was that the main characters in it are yes, good looking, but none of them would fit into the “must be digitally generated” category of people. I get so tired of looks trumping acting ability. The Brits are so much better about that, which is why we’ve started watching a disproportionately larger share of their shows. (Note: I’m not saying “ugly Brits”, just that they are not so likely to value appearances to the exclusion of talent.)

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: May 24, 2008, 5:50 pm

I can’t decide if that guy is good-looking or not. He has a nice smile, but man, he can really look like a total asshole if he tries. (He played a dirtbag in Hitch. I was horrified because I like his Burn Notice character so much.) (Here he is at IMDB, in case you want to gauge* for yourself.)

*Yes, that is spelled with a U.

Comment from LemurKing
Time: May 25, 2008, 3:46 am

Mrs. Peel – Cruel Wife and I are agreed, that his smile when he wants to look anything but like a smiley guy is perfect. Coming from me, the smile is the one you never want to see, but to be able to turn it off and on like that for an audience – spooky.

Yeah he sure can play a creep! We both enjoy Bruce Campbell in just about anything because he can laugh at himself so well. Fi just plain scares me. Old girlfriend similarities – smile-psycho-smile-psycho. Hey, wait, that is Cruel Wife. Nevermind.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 25, 2008, 5:40 am

I loved Life On Mars too, Lemur King but, again, the heavy hand of British Leftism got to that in series two and by the time they did Ashes To Ashes well, I watched one episode and gave up on it.

I hardly watch any drama now on TV and the relentless preaching is one of the reasons why.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 25, 2008, 6:37 am

Is another reason because “there are no new scripts”, i.e. you’ve seen about every plot/script variation there is?

I haven’t seen anything new since – perhaps – “Sixth Sense”, and even that ending wasn’t really a new plot device. Couldn’t one categorize it as an “O’Henry” ending, or simply an example of Anagnorisis?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 25, 2008, 7:14 am

What an excellent word, McGoo!

Golly – the stuff you can learn here.

You may be right about the lack of plots, I’m really not sure. I do know that something happened to me during my 30s. After a lifetime of reading fiction, I just lost the ability to suspend my disbelief. I don’t think, in my case, it was lack of plot – it was more like a loss of interest. I found I simply no longer gave a damn about the doings of fictional characters.

I’ve known others who’ve said the same thing, so it could be a feature of ageing. I’d like to know as it was as unaccountable as suddenly losing one’s sense of smell.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: May 25, 2008, 8:23 am

I hope that doesn’t happen to me…I love reading fiction.

*learns new word* Ok, I gotta work that one into conversation now. Thanks, McGoo!

And yeah, there is nothing new under the sun – not even that sort of malaise. Just check out Ecclesiastes.

New Burn Notice comes in July, I think. yay!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 25, 2008, 9:39 am

Yep, Badger, same thing has happened to me regarding fiction, except – perhaps? – I still admire very good writing irrespective of the subject. But the last ten years or so I’ve found history and biography far more interesting.

I still like the short story simply because – IMHO – it is the definitive example of the writing craft. If you can write a GOOD short story – tight, neat, and compact – then you can write anything.

…And Mrs. Peel – I thought of the “nothing new under…” quote but decided to phrase it myself and see what happens.

The way I figure it, every part and perception of “writing” has been formally named in Latin and/or Greek, and analyzed, so – sho’ ’nuff – there truly is nothing new under the sun.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 25, 2008, 9:48 am

If it’s any consolation, Mrs Peel, from my experience, it does seem as if women are more likely to retain their love of fiction.

It’s a loss, that’s for sure.

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: May 25, 2008, 10:31 am


And I paid about a grand for my P226

OUCH! Sig frequently has reconditioned law enforcement buybacks~considerable price savings available there. And P226s are one of the models affected, so just in case you need to add another to your collectiong.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 25, 2008, 10:42 am

One is plenty. EW. I bought it new at Cabelo’s – because I wanted instant gratification. Don’t tell me how much I coulda saved: I don’t want to be depressed.

Rather than a second one, I want a Barrett 50. I have a friend with one. I could tell you stories about him, the noise, and the local sheriff.

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