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Word for the Day, Monday, July 1, 2013-- simulacrum
7/1/13 | xs

Posted on 07/01/2013 5:22:10 AM PDT by xsmommy

Word For The Day, Monday, 7/1/13

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In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

simulacrum; noun

. a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance. 2. an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite.

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Good Morning Class. Welcome to School!

Here is my example with WFTD.

The simulacrum of selfgovernment and the Obama simulacrum, are two excellent articles by Mark Steyn, and the genesis of this particular WFTD.

Review Threads:

Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate

No pushing at the door please!

1 posted on 07/01/2013 5:22:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: secret garden; VRWCmember; Slip18; SoothingDave; Texan5; NicknamedBob; TruthShallSetYouFree; ...

Mark Steyn is a treasure.


2 posted on 07/01/2013 5:23:12 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Good thing you fessed up, I was about to bust you for using a Steyn word. ;-)


3 posted on 07/01/2013 5:28:51 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/

Look who has the best record in all of baseball!


4 posted on 07/01/2013 5:30:06 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

good thing. RME. We have probs used it in here before as well, but because i just read it yesterday i knew i was going to haul it in here today.
I am back from Houston. it was fun visiting my brother, but hot. He has a very nice house in an area called Porter. I felt like we did a ton of driving while there. My niece, the engineer who just graduated from u Akron and who will be starting at Dow in a few weeks, has an apt in Pearland, which she just moved some of her stuff into. As they were on their way to pick us up at the airport on Thursday, she got a call that her apt had been broken into. Very unsettling. It’s in a gated community, and they thought it was safe enough. They ain’t in Warren, Ohio anymore! They took her jewelry, while she didn’t have a ton, she had some very nice pieces. We had gotten her a tiffany bracelet for her HS graduation, and they got that and the rest.


5 posted on 07/01/2013 5:38:01 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: TheGrimReaper; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; RikaStrom

Hey guys, does Pearland have a rep for being a crime-ridden area? I guess because the plant is in Freeport and there is nowhere there to live, they thought as between Pearland and Lake Jackson, there was a little more to do as far as shopping etc. in Pearland, so that’s why she picked that over LJ.


6 posted on 07/01/2013 5:45:56 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

That’s an unfortunate type of visit from the welcome wagon.

I had a loss of my own yesterday. I took Sarah up to Keystone to go swimming and my wedding ring came off somewhere in the lake.


7 posted on 07/01/2013 5:53:35 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy

I know that it is time to go grocery shopping when I’m reduced to scaping up the simulacrums from the bottom of the cookie jar, mixing chocolate chip remnants with snickerdoodles.


8 posted on 07/01/2013 5:54:17 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xsmommy
A president or a simulacrum?
His critics say um, liar, scum
He and muscular Michelle
Tell us all: Go to hell
He's Alinsky's most famous alum
9 posted on 07/01/2013 5:54:51 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: xsmommy

Obama is a mere cypher, a simulacrum of a president; Allen West would serve as the quintessence of one.


10 posted on 07/01/2013 5:55:01 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SoothingDave
I took Sarah up to Keystone to go swimming and my wedding ring came off somewhere in the lake.

Sorry about your ring. Maybe it's stuck in the moribund Keystone Pipeline.

11 posted on 07/01/2013 5:56:31 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Well, I managed to go 16 years without losing it, so that’s pretty good.


12 posted on 07/01/2013 6:02:55 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave
Well, I managed to go 16 years without losing it, so that’s pretty good.

Me, too. But, when I was 17, it was a very good year.

13 posted on 07/01/2013 6:07:34 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: xsmommy

Sorry to hear about your daughter. She’s lucky that it was only her “goods” and not her person.

I know from my 10 years living in Southwest Suburban Houston and working as a local reporter and newspaper editor that crime is so rampant that it barely gets reported. My little paper covered 3 small communities and our most popular feature was our crime column. In fact, it made the owner of the paper a wealthy woman.

I had to go each week and copy down everything on the police blotter from 3 communities. I insisted on publishing everything because to be selective could produce charges of bias and discrimination. Most of the PDs were cooperative, except for Sugarland. They didn’t want anything published.

In Houston, however, even dead bodies found in dumpsters didn’t make the news. Pearland, as I remember, was a mixed community. Lots of blue collar workers from the refineries there. Your neice should get a burglar alarm installed and keep it armed at all times. It is doubtful that she will ever see her belongings again.

Collecting the crime news every week (even in our small, relatively safe community) made my husband’s transfer to the Seattle are really easy to accept.

Of course, we were never burglarized when we lived in TX, and we were in both Washington State and Wisconsin — go figure.


14 posted on 07/01/2013 6:08:37 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xsmommy
Mark Steyn is a treasure.

Indeed he is.

15 posted on 07/01/2013 6:13:30 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: SoothingDave
I took Sarah up to Keystone to go swimming and my wedding ring came off somewhere in the lake.

Obviously the water was too cold!

I remember when when my son brought his bride here for Thanksgiving when they'd just been married about 6 months. I was still cleaning up dishes when I heard a commotion in the driveway and noticed my 2 sons and husband out in the snow. I went to check and was ushered insside without figuring out what was happening.

About 20 minutes later, they came inside and my son whispered that they were shooting hoops and his wedding ring flew oww and landed in a snow bank. They found it and I was sworn to secrecy so that his new bride wouldn't find out.

16 posted on 07/01/2013 6:14:31 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Me, too. But, when I was 17, it was a very good year.

one time, at band camp....

lol

17 posted on 07/01/2013 6:14:49 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; SoothingDave
Obviously the water was too cold!

Shrinkage!

18 posted on 07/01/2013 6:16:29 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: SoothingDave

holy crap! that’s awful! was it loose? I mean i know it gets looser when you’re in the water etc. but mine have never been in danger of coming off. you must feel terrible. and that means you will now be on the dang PROWL ; )


19 posted on 07/01/2013 6:22:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m sure sifting through the sandy bottom looking for good flat rocks to skip was the main problem.


20 posted on 07/01/2013 6:22:16 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: afraidfortherepublic

oooh no! that’s bad! A+++


21 posted on 07/01/2013 6:22:40 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

excellent!! A++++


22 posted on 07/01/2013 6:23:08 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: ConorMacNessa

great juxtapositioning of opposites! A++++


23 posted on 07/01/2013 6:24:08 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

xshub had his cut off in the ER when he broke his hand punching the glass when xsboy was checked from behind and concussed and no penalty called. they had joint visits to the ER, it was the day before mothers day that year and i was picking xsbaby up from a bday party and had the delightful news that both of my menfolk were in the ER. We just recently took his ring to the jeweler to be re-soldered. They had cut it into three pieces getting it off. His knuckle had pretty much grown too big to ever get it off, even if his hand had not swelled.


24 posted on 07/01/2013 6:26:37 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This was my niece not my daughter. Were it my daughter, i would insist that she move to a safer area!


25 posted on 07/01/2013 6:27:28 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

It’s loose enough that I could take it off. My dad’s was so tight he eventually had to get his cut off. I didn’t want that, so made sure I could remove mine.

I’m wearing a ring that was my dad’s now.


26 posted on 07/01/2013 6:31:24 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy

I knew that. Sorry, it was a slip of the keyboard. I was thinking niece and typing daughter. My fingers do that sometimes. LOL.

I guess I was thinking of my own daughter when she lived in an apartment in Houston (alone)and teaching in the Houston schools in a bad area. She had about 3 locks on her door, plus a burglar alarm. We’d moved to WA State by that time, and I was plenty worried. They did find a body in a dumpster at the adjacent apartment complex, and it never made the papers.


27 posted on 07/01/2013 6:34:37 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xsmommy

One of the myths about “gated communities” is that they are always safer.

I remember a case in Houston where a couple was mugged in their own garage. The thief had snuck in earlier (evading detection by the guards at the gate) and had hidden in the dark near their garage. They opened their garage door with the remote, and the mugger/thief slipped in at the same time as they drove in. They shut the garage door and were at the mercy of the mugger/thief who surprised them and robbed them after pistol whipping them.

Another case that I remember happened to a couple who lived in a very nice area of Houston (Memorial, as I remember) and had a valuable gun collection and a complete burglar alarm system with every window and door protected. Thieves actually made a hole in the brick wall of their bedroom. Brick used in TX is often from Mexico and is softer than northestern kiln fired brick. The thieves just tunneled through the wall, evading the burglar alarms, and stole the whole collection. These folks were friends of my best friend, so I know the story was true.


28 posted on 07/01/2013 6:46:04 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Well done RE the “multitasking” ++


29 posted on 07/01/2013 6:55:25 AM PDT by mikrofon (Anagrammers can turn genitals into taglines.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Then again, I had friends in Memorial who were never robbed and there was very little crime in The Woodlands, north of town where my father lived. It is unsettling when it happens nearby, that’s for sure.


30 posted on 07/01/2013 6:58:55 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

She might need a small yappy dog.


31 posted on 07/01/2013 6:59:40 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Although Obama may be a simulacrum of Socialist strongmen of the past, his “vision” offers a similar crummy future for America...,


32 posted on 07/01/2013 7:00:28 AM PDT by mikrofon (Crumbs for the Masses)
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To: secret garden

she’s more likely to get a gun, she had been thinking of it anyway. i am not sure the apt permits pets.


33 posted on 07/01/2013 7:15:18 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

And we had no problems in Quail Valley, although others did. When I was doing the crime report, I was shocked at what was going on that the average person did not know. That is what put our little paper on the map.

I remember being shocked to discover that we had a serial rapist going from house to house along the golf course. He was spotted, jogging away from one encounter in “green” running clothes. My son who was a member of his high school cross country team had lots of green jogging clothes because his school colors were green and white. I warned him to NEVER wear his team running clothes or team shoes when jogging within QV because he might be stopped by the police.

But, most of the crimes in QV were by disaffected teenagers who were trying to support a drug habit. They would enter houses from the golf course side when the owners were out shopping. A lot of people did not lock their houses in those days, and the kids knew it. On Mondays, when the course was closed, the kids could pretty much move from house to house without being detected.

Memorial was not immune. When the Hunt brothers were trying to capture the silver market 1970s, thieves were operating in Memorial, Tanglewood, and other wealthy enclaves. I remember one account where they would enter a house and grab all of the sterling, leaving the plate behind. These thieves actually had a smelter in their car/truck and the silver would be melted down before they left the block. That case WAS covered by the newspaper because it was so exotic. Priceless antique silver piecces were lost in that caper.


34 posted on 07/01/2013 7:17:51 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xsmommy

simulacrum

After several breakfast bourbons the fellas at the garage decided this simulacrum was just a late night t.v. commercial for some kind of stimulating cream. The what and the how of the stimulating they weren’t certain.

Myself, I think it means similar to crud but that’s pretty much what the guys were saying.


35 posted on 07/01/2013 7:19:15 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: xsmommy
In Egypt, the simulacrum of democracy is breaking quickly.

Boy did Kristol/Obama/McCain get this one wrong. Heck, they get them all wrong.

36 posted on 07/01/2013 7:24:14 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: mikrofon

yeah strongman and obama in his mom jeans don’t go together A +++


37 posted on 07/01/2013 7:51:21 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: secret garden
I almost adopted a new Golden Retriever this weekend, even though I'm not really ready and my husband said no. But somebody else stepped forward, and Red Shiloh went to another family.

Wasn't he pretty? He lost his home because of a foreclosure, one of the little mentioned results of this crummy economy.

38 posted on 07/01/2013 7:54:57 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: count-your-change

A+++ simulated crud?


39 posted on 07/01/2013 7:55:29 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: NeoCaveman

yeah just got my morning Jolt, Geraghty was on about it. A+++


40 posted on 07/01/2013 7:56:23 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

oh he’s very pretty!


41 posted on 07/01/2013 7:56:56 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Well as I told you before, my husbands vehicle was broken into in the Home Depot parking lot in Pearland. He wasn’t inside more than thirty minutes... so we aren’t great fans of that area but I really can’t tell you if that area is bad because there are so many REALLY bad areas of Houston that the suburbs aren’t usually even close in the running for “bad area”. I’m really sorry she got hit though - did she have renters insurance?


42 posted on 07/01/2013 8:04:02 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Liberals chant that ID for voting is racist, so isn't ID for purchasing a gun racist?)
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To: xsmommy
Well, I hope he went to a good family.

I was notified about him by Adopt A Pet late Sat. afternoon. Even though my husband said he wasn't ready for another dog, I wrote to the agency and they responded to a list of my questions about him. But, they said that another family would have a "Meet and Greet" with the agency on Sunday. Of course they took him.

He was just so appealing that I couldn't resist. I would have gone to the mat about him with my husband, if he had been available.

Red Shiloh is purebred, 2 years old, friendly, loving, and lost his previous family because their home was foreclosed. I just loved his look and his name. I think that he would have made my recovery go faster (enforced walks on leash). He looks like a combination of my last 2 Goldens -- fluffy like my female, Terra, and red like my male, Max.

My next dog is out there somewhere.

43 posted on 07/01/2013 8:06:26 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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He was in Mundelein, IL. I would have driven there in a NY minute, had he been available. My dog trainer used to say that a “pretty face” would get a dog all kinds of undeserved privileges. (She was being sarcastic about my “wild child” Max who turned into the most perfect dog ever. But she mever liked Goldens. She was an English Bulldog afficianado. You can see the jealousy about “pretty faces”.)


44 posted on 07/01/2013 8:12:07 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

yes, she did have it. She didn’t have much stuff moved in there yet. her prized possession was a fuschia Kitchenaid stand mixer and it was still there, but i doubt thieves would have much truck with something like that. she was relieved!


45 posted on 07/01/2013 8:12:22 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

you will find your next one, i have no doubt.


46 posted on 07/01/2013 8:13:39 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Isn’t Pearland near the area where that cheer leader mom put a hit out on her neighbor thinking that if the neighbor died that her daughter would be so distraught that she’d drop out of the cheer leading tryouts, leaving the field open for her own daughter?


47 posted on 07/01/2013 8:15:26 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xsmommy

A fuschia Kitchenaid stand mixer is pretty heavy to tote for a thief on the move! LOL.


48 posted on 07/01/2013 8:17:04 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xsmommy
Oh that sounds like a great mixer! I've never seen one that color -

Back from my vacation and have a mound of laundry to do. Still adjusting to being home but I'm glad, I have chores to do but am taking a few hours to see a movie with my son today.

49 posted on 07/01/2013 8:17:45 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Liberals chant that ID for voting is racist, so isn't ID for purchasing a gun racist?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

true, and somehow i doubt that thieves know they are desirable items, to people who cook/bake. i’ve toyed with buying one for forever, and as cool as i think they are and look, i just can’t justify the $300 or it would be.


50 posted on 07/01/2013 8:19:36 AM PDT by xsmommy
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