Dave P

Dave P

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Re: other names for citizens of the USA - there are many, but most are not to be used in polite company. Greg @652: Don't give up on us quite yet; the events of Jan 6, 2021 are still reverberating...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Nojay @585 and Charlie @593: Thanks for the clarification. I wasn't aware the SFWA Grand Master was only awarded to living recipients. Whitroth @620: I think the Monroe Doctrine was more a reaction to the War of 1812 than a...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    And another thing, since I couldn't think of his name for the previous post - why is that master of the absurd, Ted Sturgeon, not yet acknowledged as a Grand Master?...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Boy, diving into a string like this is its own black hole. Yeah, I've been gone for a while; hibernating through a pandemic, surviving a heart attack, the usual stuff. Paying attention to OGH's wishes, I will NOT be commenting...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Me @574: Sorry, that should be “Beeb”, not “Beer”. Stupid iPad autocorrect...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    New quote via the Beer: Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Brexit is happening against Scotland's will - and there is no deal that will ever make up for what Brexit takes away from us. "It's time to chart our...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Heteromeles @469: My guess is that Biden and the dems want to rebuild the justice department as an independently functioning entity, then turn Trump over to their tender mercies. President-Elect Biden has made a very vocal point of restoring the...
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    mdive @282: I'd argue the USSR trigger was the refusal to use force against the East Germans, and then a continued refusal to use force as it spread. I've been reading Fiona Hill's (remember her) fascinating book Mr. Putin: Operative...
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    whitroth @186: A number of the Secret Service agents protecting ex-Presidents have become quite close to their charges, and vice versa. George H. W. Bush was noted for his rapport with his detail. Just imagine what a shit detail guarding...
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    whitroth @187: Only if the microchips run Windows....
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    Heteromeles @171: But don't help him flood the zone. That's just a distraction. As always. Fully agree. I've seen a number of editorials to that point recently, aimed both at the public and within the press. Just. Stop. Paying. Attention....
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    @45: I was just assuming that America seems roughly evenly split between Republican and Democrat (to a first approximation). That's about right from what I remember of obsessively reading election news reports. More to the point, and from what I...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    David L @555: For an interesting alternate view on regional alignments beyond Northeast, East and West Coast, West, and South, I'd recommend the book American Nations by historian Colin Woodard. While I think his analysis is a little superficial, it...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Charlie @197: how to retrofit GPS guidance onto stockpiled WW2-era dumb bombs Just a nitpick, but we used up almost all the WWII bombs in Vietnam; what we're using now are Vietnam-era bombs, the Mark 80 series. JBS @222: I...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Me @1934: Here's a non-paywalled article with a less detailed description of Rudy's day in court....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @1904: As you noted, G-Man may be suffering from advancing K-syndrome, perilethal Peter Principle, Mad Cow, self-medicating with dexamethasone, or may otherwise be prone to lapses in prudence and judgement. I really doubt Giuliani has the math skills to induce...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I was seriously depressed Tuesday night, to the point where I was wondering whether I should have the moderator excise my comments from all Charlie's blog entries, how quickly I could move my 401k to Ireland, and if I could...
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    Greg @706: Nice article, thanks. Seems applicable beyond the USA, as well....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    For those of you with an interest in how professional historians view current events in the USA, I can recommend two who post on Facebook with cogent and timely commentary: Heather Cox Richardson is an American historian and Professor of...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @530: Again, there's NO military utility to sticking nukes in the Shuttle when you have Minuteman III, Peacekeeper, B-52s with ALCM, and Trident III, all capable of hard target kills - and this was in the age of counterforce theory....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @462: Is that article accurate? I don't have direct knowledge of that, but it seems accurate. @463: you have your informant, I have mine I don't have an informant; I have experience and the ability to analyze. Consider, for example,...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @37: The Army, for all its reluctance, will be forced to take sides. Have you been paying attention to the growing number of senior retired generals and admirals that are calling out El Cheeto's administration? This is breaking a norm...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Sheila, Welcome to Charlie's little corner of the blogosphere. We're a diverse and fairly entertaining lot. Let me start by saying I appreciate the fine work you and your predecessors George Scithers, Kathleen Moloney, Shawna McCarthy, and especially Gardner Dozois...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Charlie @96: Now imagine talking to a communicating bee hive. What's that going to be like? It's been done in webcomic form: Skin Horse is a webcomic about a secret government agency to provide social services to non-human sentients; it's...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Re: USA 2020 Election For my fellow USAians who are also concerned about the election: The best bet to avoid or minimize El Cheeto Grande's plans to subvert the election is to vote early. According to this article by Reuters,...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    CJ Cherryh posted an interesting article today on FB regarding a sail-powered auto carrier in prototype from Sweden. [[ link fix - ahb ]]...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Charlie @309: Some people are expressing the idea that El Cheeto Grande should face legal consequences for his acts while in office....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Greg @308: Judges at the Federal level in the USA are supposed to be led by the law, not politics (stop snickering!). Part of the rationale for lifetime appointments is to divorce them from the process of seeking reelection. Many...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    @304: Then, it takes time to wind down an administration, and crank up a new one, the larger, the longer. Even in corporations there's a transition period. Absolutely agree. Although not part of the Framers' intent, a key part of...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    JBS @180: I wonder if there even is an actual bonafide middle-eastern terrorist supporter in the U.S. who is not an under-cover FBI agent or informant? Three thoughts: - Even wanna-be terrorists need food and shelter; they may be busy...
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