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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 10:35 AM

All this tangential bloviation does not one whit lesson the charm of the barbed interchange between Frost and Wallace; more importantly it does not less the subtlety of their reciprocal charges in respect to the writing of poetry.

I do admire Rapaires talent at excerpting, but aside from being related to poets and poetry, the continuity seems minimal.

Mom likes that kind of thing,though. She has brought us all up to be helter-skelter tangentialists.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 10:25 AM

There is no such word as kerfustian, little Hawk. You may be confusing fustian, a fabric also known as bombast, with bombast, an oral style to which you naturally gravitate; the two are very different, please note.

And to be painty-waisted has no meaning I can divine, unless it be water-colored at the midriff, which makes no sense.

Now, a tort feaser might, I imagine, be a medieval maker of cakes, but I see no calumny in it, except perhaps that of being inordinately aged.

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 01:41 AM

You painty-waiste! You tort feaser! You bowlegged, kerfustian son of a slack-jawed twitchblender!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:44 PM

You called?

I actually prefer Carl Sandburg to Robert Frost, although both are good. Used to be I also enjoyed TS Eliot, but now I'm not so sure he's as good as I once thought. Oh, he has his moments, sure. But I dunno.

Now, Yeats had a mind for image, story, and meter:



            The host is riding from Knocknarea
            And over the grave of Clooth-na-Bare;
            Caoilte tossing his burning hair,
            And Niamh calling Away, come away:
            Empty your heart of its mortal dream.
            The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round,
            Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound,
            Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are agleam,
            Our arms are waving, our lips are apart;
            And if any gaze on our rushing band,
            We come between him and the deed of his hand,
            We come between him and the hope of his heart.
            The host is rushing 'twixt night and day,
            And where is there hope or deed as fair?
            Caoilte tossing his burning hair,
            And Niamh calling Away, come away.


or

I think it better that in times like these
A poet's mouth be silent, for in truth
We have no gift to set a statesman right;
He has had enough of meddling who can please
A young girl in the indolence of her youth,
Or an old man upon a winter's night.


This is not to say that one IS better than another, but simply expresses my preferences now. But Frost is still good, as in

...Two roads diverged into a wood, and I,
I plowed straight ahead through the bush
And that has made all the difference.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:13 PM

You dullard!! You witless Philistine!! You mousy drab of a ne'er-do-well!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 06:26 PM

Are you talking to yourself again?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 04:27 PM

"Frost's is a poetic world large and difficult enough to get lost in," he writes. He finds in Frost's poems an expression at once appealingly plain (sometimes deceptively so) and canny. By ­contrast, the poems of Wallace Stevens (championed by Ms. Vendler) are frequently "elusive to the point of ­incomprehension, their gorgeous structures of sound not put to the service of illuminating 'subjects'?human beings."

This quarrel mirrors one taking place in ­the classroom in recent decades, where Stevens has been largely on the rise as an academic fashion and Frost on the decline. It also recalls a famous exchange between the two poets, recounted by Frost's biographer ­Lawrence Thompson:

"The trouble with you, Robert, is that you write about?subjects."

"The trouble with you, Wallace, is that you write about?bric-a-brac."

(From a book review about poetry)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 04:12 PM

Nine days, seven hours, seven minutes. I remember a post where I described paddling into the dark after a pre-dawn kayak launch, just pushing ahead into the blackness on faith. This is a similar adventure in biochemistry. Ya gotta ride the waves of despond knowing there is sunlight just down the road a piece.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 03:53 PM

SOtomayor just got approved.

Wow. Maybe there is hope for this country after all.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 03:34 PM

Nice to see the local economy circulating so energetically!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 03:26 PM

I was just told they have sold 80k tickets. Good for the hotels.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 12:48 PM

Well... I am boxed in for a few hours. My house is in the "cradle" of the "Y" of the two main arterials leading from Moncton to the Magnetic Hill concert site in the north end. At least 60,000 are expected at the concert which begins in about 90 minutes. They will undoutedly sell a bunch more tickets today.

Sirens have been ongoing. The RCMP chopper is overhead routinely. But, amazingly, the weather has cooperated wonderfully. It's been over 30C, humid and little wind for quite a while, with searing UV indexes and nasty thunderstorms thrown in to wake you up if you can sleep. Now... 28C, sunny, RH 56%, a bit of a breeze.

I did not think ACDC could draw over 60k peeps. I think the opening acts are far better. Perhaps it's the combo.

I just take solace knowing that Sir Paul's concert in Halifax drew far less. And, more importantly, that ACDC won't be on the radio 60k times a day.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:45 AM

If Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, and Google were all brought down by DoS attacks, would Civilization as we know it survive?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:42 AM

Well, pop in and tell your tweets to Mom, Still. She'll understand.



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:34 AM

MOM, Twitter's down! Has been all morning! It's a Denial of Service attack!

I'm an addict. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:25 AM

In LH's case it was not much of an option, anyway, and would just complicate the population problem. But sucking out my friend's DNA is the act of my enemy, nevertheless, unless he volunteers.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:23 AM

I'm not sure they eat them. I get the impression they just want to suck out the DNA. I'm not sure what happens if someone's DNA is sucked out -- perhaps they turn into some kind of living dead. At the very least they couldn't pass on their genetic material!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:11 AM

I have been advised by the freds that they have decided to locate the being known as Little Hawk, based on a rumour that his flesh tastes like Canadian Ham. However, I stoutly declined to help them find him. There are limits after all, and I consider him my friend.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 10:10 PM

Some kindly Clonette removed the pesky spam from Russia, so my remark appeared unfounded. Little enough price to pay--thanks Oh Ye of Powers!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 08:12 PM

Back before Gluon was a gleam in spacetime, here's how it all started.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 06:24 PM

Hmmmm. At the risk of bringing up a musical note in a BS thread, I think Ed McCurdy has a good song about evil tobacco in his Sin Songs: Pro/Con album.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 05:21 PM

Ah, Stilly, how kind, thoughtful, attentive and sweetly-mannered art thou!!~ I was wondering when somoene would ask.

It is my count -up, not down--of days back on the wagon with regard to inhaling tobacco fumes. I am doing fairly well, thanks to replacement tablets (yclept Commit).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 03:30 PM

I've lost track (or did I ever know?) what is this countdown for? Beginning Rap's physical therapy, or something else?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 02:05 PM

Amos is off his meds again, Mom.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 01:38 PM

Sure thing, sure thing--buy meds from an email address in Russia and waterfront property in Arizona from a librarian in Idaho. How very worldly!!



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 11:16 AM

Eight days, two hours and fourteen minutes. WHoof!



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 10:09 AM

Yes, it did happen. She used a one shot from a Colt Woodsman .22 pistol, defending her child (if my memory serves). The bear was about 9 feet top to bottom.

This was not then and is not now a recommended cartridge for hunting any bear, much less one of those big Alaskan brownies. Should you try it I suggest that you leave word with your next of kin and have your life insurance not only paid up, but checked to be certain that the "suicide clause" won't leave your beneficiaries penniless. Collecting your parts for the funeral could be difficult, however....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 01:52 AM

I also heard a story about a woman who killed an attacking grizzly at short range with a .22. The bullet went through the bear's eye and into its brain. That's about the only way you possibly could kill a large bear with a .22, I'd figure, and I sure wouldn't want to try it.

If it did happen, she was just very, very lucky. And the bear was very unlucky.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 11:41 PM

That guy you know, though, is part of a long joke--he gets confused, too, resulting in his mish-mashed to-do list...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 10:36 PM

Nah, I'm not dyslexic. I'm just confused.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 10:27 PM

Being dyslexic is a god's life, innit?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 10:20 PM

I know a guy who got bear claws up the ass. Doctors fixed him up, though, and then he had to go rassle an Eskimo.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 08:13 PM

Are they X-rated threads?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 08:05 PM

I got bear stories up the ass, but you can read most of them on past threads.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 06:50 PM

The sad thing is that you lived to tell lies about him, rather than him about you. Sigh. Gnu, I am sorry not to hear the details. it being a granny makes it even more wesome in prospect. We do love a good story!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 06:45 PM

We got bears, if you want bears. Griz and black, both.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 06:37 PM

Sorry, A... busy day... fact is, twas not I what slayed the carnivore. Twas a wee gramma alone in her teepee while the rest of the families were away. And it was years ago that I read the story in a newspaper. No support for it.

We don't get big bears down here. Biggest I ever saw was 740 pounds, 11 inch brow. Seen em bigger in pics, but nowt like a Kodiak. THEY are scarey.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 06:27 PM

Sam Clemens taught me. He and I used to swill beer and chase girls in towns from Louisiana to Keokuk. Sammy boy could outlie me, but I could drink more beer and hold it better than he could. Deponent sayeth not about the young ladies.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 06:27 PM

Oh, well bragged, sir!!

I STILL want to know what happened when Gnu shot a Kodiak with a .22.

Ya can't leave me hanging on this, now, bro!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 06:12 PM

No, I wasn't being lazy. Absolutely not. I genuinely wanted to give you the pleasure of explaining the expression "mon vieux" to me, as I knew you would. ;-) That's the kind of guy I am, genial and compassionate to a fault and always looking to bring a little more light and happiness into the lives of others. My geniality and compassion, in fact, are exceeded only by my modesty!

Can you relate to any of this, Rapaire? ;-D

Say (Rapaire), that story you told about the two guys swearing a blue streak, and the resulting detonation creating the hole that made the Great Lakes...THAT was the best tall tale I've heard yet from you. You must be the King of Liars! Didn't Mark Twain write about someone like that?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 04:09 PM

You're being lazy, aren't you? Too busy dancing with your voices to do a little research? It means "my old man" literally; colloquially, you could translate it as "old chum" or "old boy".


But it cheers me to know you are laughing heartily, rather than dismally or satanically, as you type.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 03:39 PM

Well, I don't know...I've been laughing heartily here at this end as I type my posts. Perhaps you are also laughing heartily at the other end as you type yours. I don't know. Perhaps neither one of us is getting defensive? Maybe you actually DO find my imaginative characters all deeply interesting and are waiting with bated breath for their every future post. It's really hard to tell when one is staring at a faceless computer screen.

What does "mon vieux" mean? Is it some form of affectionate address? I could just look it up, but it's more fun to give you a chance to tell me.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 03:24 PM

Are we getting a bit defensive, here, mon vieux? Such scurrilous innuendo from you is unlike your usually enlightened, implacable, serene and tranquil self.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 02:36 PM

Speaking of vibrators, Amos, have you tried out the large one yet with the little cone-shaped protrusions all over it that also plays "The Star Spangled Banner" (the Jimmy Hendrix version) in time with your wrist motions? I think you should. It might cheer you up some and help defuse these smouldering resentments you seem to harbour toward me and my imaginative companions and their intrusions here upon these sacred pages.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 02:05 PM

This is so interesting! Little Hawk's imaginary companion having a conversation with Rapaire on the imagined use of imaginary weapons, on Chongo's part, in contrast with Rapaire's real but perfectly rationalized ones.

Chongo, if you really want to stay alive and preserve your physical safety I recommend two pieces of equipment both of which I am sure Little Hawk will be more than happy to dream up for you. One is a long-blade light saber, the kind that can take a head off at thirty yards or punch a hole in a gorilla's carotid from the next block. The other is a ray gun which can be set on "stun", "blast" or "needle" depending on the requirements of the confrontation. If you get one disguised in the form of a lady's vibrator, the cops will never take it away from you--just tell them you got it as a present for your sister.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 01:54 PM

I'd be inclined to say, "Well, I'll be in tomorrow, or you can go over and get it yourself--your choice".


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 01:23 PM

"nobody has been in a gunfight for oh, weeks and weeks and weeks"

Geez. It was soundin' almost perfect there till ya said that.

No gorillas around there?

- Chongo


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 01:08 PM

It appears I must drive to the office to find a single piece of paper for an auditor who is visiting the office today. The accounts clerk doesn't have time to look in the one place where it could possibly be, she says. Evokes the names of her superiors who say I must drive over.

Makes one want to dig their heels in a bit, doesn't it?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 11:18 AM

So, what was questioned was not that you have objets d'art, but that a crew-served machine gun would qualify to fulfill a requirement to own some in order to live in Idaho. Not that this was not my notion, but one you raised; now you are circling it like a cat preparing to bury a turd. But I am proud of your colelction, I would love to live in your library and drool over your rare books, especially the Twain.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 11:12 AM

Except for Boise Angeles and the State of Ada, Idaho is rural. Because of this it attracts whackos who think they can live as they like, no matter what the law says. Usually, if they mind there own business and don't harm anyone else, they can -- but that's true 'most anywhere. I have two statues on the Library grounds -- I'll send photos next week if I am PM'ed email addresses -- and permanent exhibits of paintings and photographs in the Library. The paintings include a 350 year old Japanese Ema painting and the magnum opus of the pretty damned unknown American painter Albert H. Ulrich. The photos include some of Jerry Garcia, Janis, Peter Townsend, and Peter York. We has a 1629 history (in Latin) of the Council of Trent and a collection of autographed books Amos would drool over: Where the Wild Things Are and Heretics of Dune among them. There is a first edition of Mark Twain's The American Claimant. These books cover an entire wall.

There are more local music groups, ranging from Cowboy to Chamber, than you can imagine. Folk thrives. Come September, the Library is hosting Spook Handy and Bob Nelson. I'm working with the U on a special musical project, the details of which I am NOT at liberty to disclose.

We have our own Symphonoy AND City Band.

What other Arts, Amos? Textiles? -- we have two or three active quilt groups, weavers, spinners. And nobody has been in a gunfight for oh, weeks and weeks and weeks.


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