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  • California girls high school basketball coach suspended after 161-2 victory

    01/17/2015 6:41:46 AM PST · 18 of 42
    CaptainMorgantown to ImJustAnotherOkie

    The article says that the score was 104-1 at halftime. The winning team played all reserves and did not press in the second half, but still outscored the losing team by 57-1. I suppose that the winning coach probably could have recognized that this was a blowout and made the halftime adjustments after the first quarter, but given the difference in the teams’ ability, eit still would have would have been a very gaudy score.

    This is a high school game, so it is expected that competition will be pressed harder than with younger kids. The coach did put in reserves and stop full court pressure. It is reasonable to make adjustments like that, but it is wrong and insulting to ask your players in the game to give less than their best effort. The article does not say that there was any taunting or acts of disrespect by the winning team. Given the way the losing coached whined, I think any unsportsmanlike conduct would have been noted, had it taken place.

    I think the real answer is that these to teams should not schedule each other in the future, as they are at levels that are too different for meaningful competition to take place. But unless there are facts that have not been presented in the article, count me among those who think it is ridiculous that the winning coach was suspended.

  • ‘We vomit’ on Charlie Hebdo’s sudden friends, staff cartoonist says

    01/10/2015 8:39:57 AM PST · 14 of 51
    CaptainMorgantown to rktman

    I’m not Charlie Hebdoo.

    I’m Charlie Martel.

  • Bizarre sex story involving Prince Andrew, Alan Derschowitz and Bill Clinton may be true

    01/04/2015 9:14:35 AM PST · 63 of 104
    CaptainMorgantown to Jess Kitting

    I’m not an expert, but I don’t think that the death of Charles would make any difference. The rule seems to be that the eldest branch of descendents take precedence. So the grandson via the eldest brother, comes before a second brother. And I think they changed the law so that male or female line of descent doesn’t matter anymore.

  • Bizarre sex story involving Prince Andrew, Alan Derschowitz and Bill Clinton may be true

    01/04/2015 7:49:15 AM PST · 15 of 104
    CaptainMorgantown to Dr. Sivana

    Oops, I forgot the young Henry. So you are correct. Andrew is 5th and soon to be 6th.

  • Bizarre sex story involving Prince Andrew, Alan Derschowitz and Bill Clinton may be true

    01/04/2015 7:45:30 AM PST · 11 of 104
    CaptainMorgantown to maggief

    How is Prince Andrew second in the line of succession? I count Charles, William and Harry ahead of him, which places him fourth?

  • Protester Who Chanted For “Dead Cops” Says They Didn’t Mean It

    01/03/2015 6:56:20 PM PST · 11 of 26
    CaptainMorgantown to RushIsMyTeddyBear
    "It started organically. It wasn't a conspiratorial group who planned to start a 'dead cops' chant."

    In other words, it wasn't a small group of people who planned the chant. It was a broad consensus of the 'peaceful' protestors who DeBlasio emoathized with and met with after the march. Sometimes these people end up telling the truth in the midst of their lies.

  • In Rose Bowl loss, Florida State's Jameis Winston gives Internet his greatest gift since crab legs..

    01/03/2015 10:05:22 AM PST · 26 of 40
    CaptainMorgantown to PROCON

    I’m not at all a Winston or FSU fan and was rooting against him. I also think that any NFL team that drafts him given his baggage is absolutely crazy.

    That said, I don’t think this play will linger for more than a few days. The difference between this play and the Garo Yepremian pass that people are comparing it to, is that Winston was doing what he was supposed to be doing under the circumstances. Yepremian had no reason to do anything other than fall onto the ball. On the other hand, there was a reason that Florida State was going for it on 4th and 5. At that point in time, what little hope FSU had left rested on continuing the drive and scoring a touchdown. Taking a sack or throwing the ball away would have been the worst things he could have done at that point. Instead, he extended the play for as long as possible and when there was still no open receiver, he tried a desperation throw. It didn’t have the desired outcome, but he absolutely made the right football decision.

  • Jeb resigns from all corporate boards; prepping for 2016 run

    01/01/2015 11:32:18 AM PST · 35 of 48
    CaptainMorgantown to freedumb2003

    Consider the reverse. If Jeb’s last name was not “Bush”, is there anything in his record or abilities, that would separate him from a long list of governors with successful records (including Walker, Jindal, Perry, Pence). Indeed, his name would come after all those contenders because he has been out if public life for more than a decade.

    The only reason Jeb Bush is a frontrunner is because of his name. The blame for that falls on our media culture, which regards the celebrity status of the Bush, Clinton, or Kennedy names as qualifications for public office. It is this culture of celebrity that precludes any meaningful debate of policies that many posters are deriding when they say ‘not another Bush’

  • Wendy Davis Regrets Campaign Stance On Open Carry

    01/01/2015 5:29:49 AM PST · 5 of 38
    CaptainMorgantown to Libloather

    In other words, she lied during her campaign.

  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    12/22/2014 10:08:29 AM PST · 26 of 61
    CaptainMorgantown to PROCON

    Remember that this was a poll of news reporters and editors of what they classify as important.

  • Here's The Most Educated Town In Every State

    12/20/2014 6:37:51 PM PST · 7 of 28
    CaptainMorgantown to SeekAndFind

    Interesting that almost none of the “most educated” towns by this criteria are college towns. Looks like most are upscale suburbs.

  • Cruz refuses to stand down

    12/15/2014 5:33:11 PM PST · 12 of 102
    CaptainMorgantown to Jim Robinson

    How could other Republicans continue to suggest that Cruz’s actions allowed Reid to push through the remaining nominations? The Cromnibus is has passed, and the Senate could adjourn but Reid continues to hold the Senate in session. He had that power before Cruz’s point of order, and he never intended to relinquish it.

  • The Best Endorsement: Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Like It

    12/13/2014 3:03:52 PM PST · 6 of 12
    CaptainMorgantown to grania

    I agree that the “rollback” of Dodd-Frank is one of the few provisions in Dodd-Frank that made sense. Federally insured financial institutions should not be allowed to engage in derivatives trading on ridiculously low margins, putting the taxpayer at risk of bailing out those institutions when they get in trouble. This is one issue on which conservatives and liberal populists can perhaps agree, in a stopped clock being right once a day sort of way.

    The rest of Dodd-Frank, with its ridiculously complex reporting requirements, remains intact.

  • Hagel First Obama Domino to Fall After Midterms

    11/24/2014 4:16:23 PM PST · 17 of 19
    CaptainMorgantown to CaptainMorgantown

    For the record, the title of Secretary of Defense only goes back to 1949 (before that it was the Secretary of War or individual Sectaries of the Army and Navy), and its a lot rarer than I expected for the position holder to be a military veteran than a business management type, but at least one and maybe two previous Secretaries of Defense would qualify as “combat veterans”: (1) Elliot Richardson served as Secretary of Defense under Nixon (before serving as Attorney General). He was a decorated combat veteran in WWII and served in the Normandy invasion. (2) Casper Weinberger served in the Pacific in WWII, although he served in intelligence so it is not clear whether he was ever in front line combat.

  • Hagel First Obama Domino to Fall After Midterms

    11/24/2014 3:36:59 PM PST · 16 of 19
    CaptainMorgantown to Sean_Anthony

    I cannot believe that Hagel is the first combat veteran to hold the office of Secretary of Defense.

  • Michael Phelps sex scandal: Troubled Olympians girlfriend was born a man!

    11/20/2014 3:58:43 AM PST · 6 of 49
    CaptainMorgantown to SoFloFreeper

    A small percentage of babies are born with both sets of organs (or some hyrbid). It don’t see any moral issue or scandal with allowing those individuals to pick one of the two genders and live our their life that way.

  • The CBO Effectively Used Gruber’s Model to Score Obamacare

    11/16/2014 10:22:46 AM PST · 11 of 38
    CaptainMorgantown to Thank You Rush

    Republicans now control the CBO. They need to clean house and hold the partisan hacks who have occupied that office and provided phony “research” to support ever expanding government accountable for their actions.

    Part of the reason that national debates are always on the terms of the left is that all of our “non-partisan” institutions, such as the CBO, are packed full of careerist lefties who will also side that the “fair” way to score a bill is the way that the Democrats desire it.

    Right now, Republicans have the authority to systematically fire everyone who was involved in generating the false numbers that were used to foist ObamaCare on us. The would be howls of partisanship from the Democrats and their media allies of course, but these are the same people who laughed and said “We won” 6 years ago. Republicans need to aggressively use the power they have at this moment to begin to clean up the institutions of our government.

  • Ex-US officials criticise Obama ‘micromanagement’

    11/16/2014 8:16:09 AM PST · 11 of 42
    CaptainMorgantown to SunkenCiv

    And yet, neither of these officials had the integrity to resign and air their critcisms before the American people in a timely fashion.

  • Vos: There will be reforms to John Doe, GAB (WI)

    11/08/2014 10:45:13 AM PST · 4 of 15
    CaptainMorgantown to bigbob

    Texas should take note and quash the special privileges accorded to the Austin district attorney office. There is no power that is available to them that the present day Democrat party will not abuse to crush their political enemies.

  • If Words Mean Anything, Obamacare Is In Real Trouble

    11/08/2014 10:14:28 AM PST · 12 of 22
    CaptainMorgantown to rootin tootin

    “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
    - John Roberts, 2010

    “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their grammatical choices.”
    - John Roberts, 2015?

  • Is This How Obamacare Compromise Happens in GOP?

    11/08/2014 8:28:32 AM PST · 5 of 7
    CaptainMorgantown to kitkat

    I think there is some room for legitimate debate within the conservative movement about the best way to roll back ObamaCare.

    Certainly within the first few weeks of the next Congress, the House should pass a bill to overturn the entire Affordable Healthcare Act, and the Senate should take that up. By then the Republicans should have a 54-46 majority, and they may be able to find 6 vulnerable Democrats to get to cloture (Manchin of WV comes to mind as one). If not, they should zot the old rules the way Reid did and make a special rule for this instance to close debate and pass with 51 votes. At that point, every Senator is on the record and the bill goes to Obama’s desk. He will veto it and there are not 67 votes in the Senate to overide a veto - then what?

    Among the options:
    (1) Wait until 2016 and hope we have Republican President and Republican Senate to repeal it completely, while letting the chaos continue and the law become entrenched for another 2 years?

    (2) Hope the Supreme Court gets it right this time with the lawsuit about the Federal Exchange subsidies?

    (3) Try to de-fund parts of ObamaCare through zeroing out items in appropriation bills (again this will draw vetos which cannot be overriden) and threats of government shutdowns. Republicans should try to de-fang the government shutdown boogey man by going to back to the old, lawful method of passing individual appropriation bills and passing them early, so it is clear which end of Pennsylvania Avenue is obstructing and forcing the shutdown, and its clear that the shutdown is limited to the Health & Human Services appropriation.

    (4) Since none of these first three options will fully kill the ObamaCare monster immediately, the place where there is room for debate is whether to make chnges to the existing law, in an effort to make it less burdensome to the American people. For example, there are probably the votes to eliminate the tx on gross revenue for medical equipment providers. There might be votes for provisions that would force the administration to grandfather/restore all policies that were in effect in 2010 (so people could keep their policies and doctors). There might be votes to force administrators to accept much lower cost insurance plans. All of those might provide relief to the American people. But at the same time they would lessen the pressure for a total repeal. I think that is where the hard choices lie.

  • Rob Portman Looks At Presidential Run

    11/08/2014 7:38:38 AM PST · 32 of 41
    CaptainMorgantown to Pinkbell

    I would encouage Mr. Portman and a dozen or so of his best friends in the moderate wing of the party to toss their hats in the ring for the Presidential primaries. But one bit of campaign advice: in order to give the voters a chance to have all of your voices of moderation heard, you really need to stay in the race until May or June of 2016. Even if you are only drawing 10%, 5% or even 1% of the primary vote, remember that you represent a special group of moderate voters whose voice needs to heard, and a special group of moderate donors whose money needs to be spent. So don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed early on, or if others call on you to drop out because you are drawing votes away from other moderate contenders. Hang in there and make your voice heard. Moderates will thank you someday, just like us conservatives are grateful for Huckabee in 2008 and Santorum in 2012.


  • Wall of light: 8,000 glowing balloons recreate the route of the Berlin Wall, 25 years after it fell

    11/08/2014 3:51:10 AM PST · 4 of 16
    CaptainMorgantown to Berlin_Freeper

    99 red balloons go by ...

  • Senate Democrats pulling ads in Louisiana

    11/06/2014 3:39:56 PM PST · 26 of 51
    CaptainMorgantown to justiceseeker93

    Thanks for the insight on Alaska.

  • Senate Democrats pulling ads in Louisiana

    11/06/2014 2:31:12 PM PST · 6 of 51
    CaptainMorgantown to Din Maker

    Cassidy seems to be a heavy favorite now in LA, barring some game changing development between now and early December.

    Gillespie doesn’t seem to have much hope left in Virginia. He is down 20,000 votes which seems insurmountable with the kind of minor corrections that happen at this point. The only thing that might still be a factor is if there are a large number of uncounted military absentee ballots. Does anyone know what they are waiting for in this race?

    I’ve read that the Alaska race may not be decided for two weeks yet. The Republican has an 8000 vote lead over the Democrat incumbent, but there are as many as 40,000 uncounted absentee ballots out, which could be enough to overcome that lead. The absentee ballots are heavily drawn from remote parts of Alaska, including Inuit villages. I could see the absentee ballots in Alaska breaking 25,000 to 15,000 in favor of the Democrat, which would change the outcome. Does anyone who knows Alaska have any better information on this race?

  • The GOP Just Won Control of the Senate. Here's Why It Won’t Last Long

    11/05/2014 4:38:11 PM PST · 32 of 75
    CaptainMorgantown to Maceman

    I’m not sure I agree with the notion that the demographics of Presidential and midterm elections are always going to be different. Yes, presidential electons get bigger turnouts, but if the Democrats had a magical microtargeting machine that could turn out their base with great precision, they could surely call on those voters once every two years instead of once every four.

    I think an equally plausible hypothesis for the results of the last four election cycles is that the last two presidential elections featured something unique that the Democrats can never call on again. They featured the first ever “minority” Presidential candidate. Based on that, they could employ code words like “hope and change” to turn out some racial groups in unprecented numbers and with virtual unanimity in support of their candidate. They could avoid any meaningful discussion of issues or polices, and instead rely on raw racial solidarity.

    I think it is quite possible that it is Democrats who will suffer from the changing demographic makeup of the nation’s electorate in coming years. There will never be another “first black president” and a Democrat party that depended on getting 95% of the African American vote and turning that vote out in record numbers may find that was a magic trick that works only once. Just as Irish Americans and Italian Americans were once solid Democrat voting blocks, groups like Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians will become more diverse in voting their interests rather than racial solidarity and it will happen far faster than anyone on the left thinks.

  • MSNBC: 'Old white people who vote Republican will die someday'

    11/05/2014 10:08:15 AM PST · 17 of 81
    CaptainMorgantown to SeekAndFind

    Young people who foolishly vote for liberals will grow wiser someday

  • Boko Haram Claims Kidnapped Schoolgirls 'Married Off'

    11/01/2014 3:31:07 PM PDT · 6 of 14
    CaptainMorgantown to CaptainMorgantown

    Not Kenyan ... I meant Nigerian.

  • Boko Haram Claims Kidnapped Schoolgirls 'Married Off'

    11/01/2014 3:28:51 PM PDT · 5 of 14
    CaptainMorgantown to PGalt

    I am watching CNN international (the only English language channel available in my hotel room), and the reporter is absolutely beside herself that Boko Haram has not lived up to the terms of their agreement with the Kenyan government. Who could possibly have guessed that murderers and rapists might be liars also?

  • Joyful noise: U2's Songs of Innocence

    11/01/2014 2:15:13 AM PDT · 40 of 72
    CaptainMorgantown to This Just In

    Gene Simmons (whose artistry consisted of makeup, platform shoes, a freakishky long tongue, and one actual hit song) sounds like a cranky old man who doesn’t like the music his kids listen to. My own father would point out that 1958-1983 featured almost no music from the supremely talented big band acts that he preferred.

    On Gene Simmons challenge to name musical anythings from the last 25 years: my son would say Green Day, My Chemical Romance, No Doubt, and Smashing Pumpkins as some rock bands ... if you’re going to count Diana Ross from the earlier era then you have to count Beyonce from today (as a female diva who ditched the her original group when they were no longer of any use to her) ... if you’re going to count Madonna, then you have to count Lady Gaga (as ex-Catholic provocateur, with daddy issues and ever changing wardrobe) ... if you’re going to count MTV-created Michael Jackson, then you need to count Katy Perry (whose videos are have similar production quality, with self-deprecating humor instead of misplaced grandiosity) ... and then there a couple dozen hip-hop artists (most of whom I don’t care for although it’s hard to deny that someone like Dr. Dre is very talented, no matter what you think of the hip-hop lifestyle).

    I love many of the same bands that Gene Simmons did because I grew up in that era. But it was an era with a limited number of media outlets and expensive recording technology, so the same hundred or so guitar-oriented rock bands would be on everyone’s list.

    Today my son and his friends can record and mix an album in our basement and share it with a few hundred of their friends over youtube. I’m pretty sure they’re not as good as The Beatles, but I’m not at all sure he and his friends aren’t making better music than Gene Simmons did.

  • A rabbi, an imam and pastor will conduct Sunday service at Coral Gables church

    10/21/2014 5:19:13 PM PDT · 16 of 56
    CaptainMorgantown to Gamecock

    I’m sure that the local mosque will quickly reciprocate by inviting the pastor and the rabbi to jointly preside over their friday services.

  • Alcoholic drinks makers lead way on climate change adaptation

    10/17/2014 5:25:55 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    CaptainMorgantown to Oldeconomybuyer

    Alcoholic beverages are luxury goods and the makers will go to any expense, no matter how frivolous, to make their product more attractive in the eyes of their target market. If the it will help a whiskey maker to sell more whiskey in Aspen, they will dye their product green and put it in panda shaped bottles “because we care about the planet, don’t we Angus?”

  • Today In History - Battle of Hastings - 14 October 1066

    10/14/2014 7:05:48 PM PDT · 30 of 43
    CaptainMorgantown to SES1066

    As you point out, all the contenders for the crown of England were descendants of the leaders of an earlier generation of Viking conquests. In the short run, if you were an average resident of England, not much changed other than names of the rulers.

    However, in the long run ...

    If William the Conqueror and his descendents were not viewed to some extent as “outsiders”, would the Noblemen have risen up and forced the king to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, a document that distinquished British monarchy (ever so slightly at first) from the absolute monarchy that was prevalent on the continent?

    If the England wasn’t ruled by the Plantagenet family who had ties to both England and continental France, would the set of conflicts alliances have played out that resulted in the Hundred Years War and the creation of France as a great nation?

    Would the blowback from the loss of the Hundred Years War have caused the War of the Roses, which ended with Tudors on the throne of England, including the unique personalities of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I?

    Would we here in America be speaking English and governing ourselves the way that we do, if Harold had taken his brothers advice and waited for reinforcements on October 14, 1066?

    Perhaps history would have played similarly with just the names and faces changed, but perhaps we would be living in quite a different world.

  • Is the ISIS threat going to blow up the Democratic coalition?

    09/11/2014 4:49:02 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    CaptainMorgantown to 2ndDivisionVet

    There is a real war on women being waged around the globe, and Obama and the democrats are consciousness objectors. The same leftists that scream that conservatives hate women because we’re not handing out 31 flavors of free birth control won’t lift a finger to prevent rape, slavery and a host of other barbarisms.

  • Democrat Wendy Davis admits to abortions (Abortion Barbie)

    09/06/2014 2:05:47 PM PDT · 36 of 80
    CaptainMorgantown to SkyPilot

    Maybe some with better medical knowledge than I will correct me, but I’m not sure that I would consider an ectopic pregnancy an abortion, any more than I would consider a miscarriage to be an abortion. Except in very rare circumstances, the baby cannot survive.

    The left want to talk about every special circumstance, except the 95+ percent of cases that the baby simply isn’t convenient. In the 1990s, leftists always said they wanted abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare”, but it has been years since I have heard them include “rare”.

  • Mite-O-Rama: Whole Colonies of Tiny Creatures Live on Your Face

    09/01/2014 6:25:41 PM PDT · 17 of 29
    CaptainMorgantown to Ken H

    I shared this factoid with both my wife and my daughter. Both told me they didn’t really need to know.

  • Do Good for Your Own Self’: Osteen Says Obedience, Worship ‘Not for God’

    08/30/2014 4:34:25 AM PDT · 49 of 91
    CaptainMorgantown to JohnKinAK

    I’m not at all a fan of the Olsteens. But I guess I have trouble finding too much fault in this quote. After all, Jesus said:

    “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” -Mark 2:27

    By one interpretation, what she is saying here is that by going to church and worshiping, you are not just obeying arbitrary rules, you are doing what you are made for - that is what will ultimately give you joy and fulfillment in this life and the life to come.

    Perhaps that is an overly generous interpretation. One can get into a lot of trouble when one confuses the temporary state of ‘happy’ with the more permanent state of ‘joy’, which is the natural condition of Christians.

  • Let Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame already

    08/23/2014 11:59:34 AM PDT · 33 of 138
    CaptainMorgantown to Zenjitsuman

    It is a huge conflict of interest that he bet on his own team. The very best teams in baseball win only about 60% of their games. The very worst teams stil win about 40% of their games. Most teams are fairly close to 50%.

    On any given day, the chances of winning are very dependent on the matchup of pitchers. A starting pitcher can only pitch about once every five days. Most teams #1 pitcher is much better than their #4 or #5 pitchers.

    A bit baseball manager’s job is to time their pitching rotations to gain an edge in the most possible games. If a manager can give up one probable loss, where their #5 pitcher goes against another teams #1 pitcher, it may be worth it to get 2 or 3 games where they will have an edge (your #1 pitcher goes against their #2, your #2 pitcher goes against their #3). Everyone in the organization is counting on the manager making those kind of day-to-day decisions with the single-minded goal of maximizing the total number of wins for the team.

    Pete Rose was a manager for the Reds. Pete Rose controlled the starting lineups and pitching rotation for the Reds. If he is betting money on the Reds winning in a given day, he has a strong incentive to use his best pitchers on days when they are really not needed to improve the chances of winning on that single day, rather than helping the team win the most games over the course of season.

    Pete Rose denied for years what he did, despite the weight of the evidence. Even though he has now admitted it, he has never really come clean about the extent, or apologized completely for it. I’m not ready to say he should be in the Hall of Fame.

  • Hollywood Actor Reveals What He Thinks Is ‘Weird’ About Atheists

    08/16/2014 9:07:04 AM PDT · 19 of 39
    CaptainMorgantown to Grampa Dave

    Wonderfully succinct post.

    I fall in that category with respect to guns. The house I grew up in never had a gun. I have never owned a gun. If I did, it would be a worry to me to keep it both accessible and secure. But I am glad that my kids have learned how to handle and shoot guns through scouts. And I am glad I live in a neighborhood where probably half of my neighbors own guns -we have few if any break ins.

  • Happy Birthday, ‘Lord Of The Rings’

    07/29/2014 12:00:27 PM PDT · 48 of 60
    CaptainMorgantown to FourtySeven

    Wow I never knew he spent so much time creating back stories for his characters.

    I’m sorry it’s not clear to me from what you posted here: are these back stories published?

    A huge amount of his additional materials have been published, largely thanks to his son Christopher. The first of these is The Silmarillion, which was edited by Christopher Tolkien and published posthumously. Another collection of mostly new background material is called Unfinished Tales. There is also a collection of his letters (including a lot of correspondence with readers in which he answers the readers questions about the story and history) that has been published. And then, if you are really interested, there is a multivolume series (I think currently at about 13 volumes) called The History of Middle Earth. A lot of the material in this is carefully footnoted early drafts of Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion, but there are bits of new material sprinkled throughout. The one with the most new material is one of the last volumes of this series called Morgoth's Ring.

  • Happy Birthday, ‘Lord Of The Rings’

    07/29/2014 5:04:10 AM PDT · 8 of 60
    CaptainMorgantown to Perdogg

    Actually, the remarkable thing that separates Tolkien from the great majority of science fiction and fantasy literature is that “Tolkien did write it.”

    Most fantasy books and movies simply toss in throwaway lines like “Ah, that is no ordinary sword, that is the great Sword of Polywoggle!” when it becomes a convenient plot device for the hero to find a powerful sword.

    Tolkien did not put anything into LOTR that he did not think through and write out for himself the private backstory. He carefully constructed thousands of years of history for the characters and their ancestors, of which often only a few brief lines make it into the text. He constructed the grammar and vocabulary for entire languages (language was his profession and a lifelong love of his), and characters speak different dialects of those languages.

    The reason that his literary world seems to have remarkable depth is that the depth really existed, even if the reader did not see it all. Thus, we can be moved to tears by Elrond’s separation from his daughter Arwen through her marriage to the hero Aragorn, even though we know only a little bit of his tragic family history. Or the temptation of the wise Galadriel to seize Ring for her own, and the rejection of that temptation seems real, even though we have only the smallest glimpse of her as a fiery leader of the Elven exiles in her youth.

    Much of the backstory was only published after Tolkien’s death, through the efforts of his son Christopher to organize and publish his father’s writings. In his letters, Tolkien made clear that he considered it cheating to refer to events or character’s when he didn’t have a clear idea of their story. In one letter to a reader he admits with regret that the one time he had cheated like this was in a reference to ‘Queen Berthea’s cats’, but then he goes on to provide that story.

    Tolkien was a conservative politically and a devout Catholic. His writings are remarkably relevant today, because even when the forces of darkness seem overwhelming, and our leaders seem to betray us (Saruman), to be mired in dispair (Denethor), to be taken away to soon (Gandalf), or to be ignored (Aragorn), Tolkien holds out the hope that inner strength can be revived and tapped (Theoden), and that the ultimate hope for our world lies not in our leaders but in the quiet courageous actions of simple folk.

  • Richard Cohen: Conservatives Will Buy Anything [Ed Klein's Book is one example]

    07/15/2014 7:14:41 PM PDT · 23 of 31
    CaptainMorgantown to SeekAndFind

    Actually, the purpose of Ed Klein’s book is not to delight conservatives with reports of backroom feud’s in the Obama administration.

    The purpose is to start the drumbeat that there is “separation” between Clinton and Obama. That even though she was his Secretary of State and co-author of his utterly disastrous foreign policy, and even though she has not uttered a word of public criticism of his failed economic policies or radical social policies or rampant corruption and incompetence, that somehow a Clinton administration would be completely different.

  • Pete Rose Awaits His Return, 25 Years Into Exile

    07/07/2014 6:02:07 PM PDT · 25 of 41
    CaptainMorgantown to nickcarraway

    The article says that he bet on his team to win, as if that is a mitigating factor. However, even betting to win the threatens the integrity of the game. Managers make decisions on what pitchers to use on a given day, knowing that they have to rest those pitchers other days. Managers are in a unique position to decide which days they will maximize their team’s chances for success. Fans and players trust that they will use that decision-making authority to maximize the number of games won over the course of a 162 game season. However, if Rose was betting on his team to win certain games, he had strong incentive to use his best players in those games, even if it would be better to save them for other games.

  • The Politics of the World Cup and Soccer Enthusiasm

    07/01/2014 7:41:43 PM PDT · 46 of 60
    CaptainMorgantown to dignitasnews

    10 Reasons why soccer is a liberal sport:

    (1) Defense has all the advantages. It is far easier succeed by preventing anything constructive from happening than by actually achieving something yourself. A 2-1 result is considered a high scoring affair, and ninety minutes of futility ending in a 0-0 tie is deemed beautiful by soccer purists.

    (2) Government, in the form of the referee, frequently determines the outcome. Because goals are so rare, a frighteningly high percentage of games are decided by a referee’s arbitrary decisions (e.g., the recent Netherlands/Mexico game in the round of 16). 89 minutes of ‘beautiful play’ resulting in a tie score can be flushed away by an erroneously granted penalty kick in the last minute.

    (3) No replay. No appeal. With a game so depending on officiating, one would think that every reasonable effort would be made to get calls right. One would be wrong. One official, no instant replays. And just to make sure we get the point of who is in charge, the referee runs continously for 90 minutes so he is at his best when the game is on the line at the end.

    (4) The offsides rule. It is obvious that in a sporting contest, it is terribly unfair for one team to conspire to get a player behind the last defender by means of superior speed or strategy. There out to be a rule to give defenders who are slow of foot or slow of wit an equal chance. Oh wait, in soccer there is.

    (5) Flopping and the law of unintended consequences. Because the government/referee so often controls the outcome (see #2), players spend great amounts of time and effort perfecting their acting skills to fake falls and various other grievances, in hopes of being declared a victim and awarded a penalty in compensation by the authority.

    (6) Penalty kicks. If it’s still tied after 120 minutes, the games is decided by penalty kicks which is another way of saying luck. With 24 foot wide goals and 80 mph kicks, the only way for a goalie to stop one or two out of 5 kicks is by guessing the right way to jump. I guess if the outcome is decided by chance rather than skill, no one needs to feel bad about losing a hard fought match.

    (7) Pretentious commentary. When my seven year old daughter emerged from the clump of players with the ball and went on to score a goal, it was a good play. When a grown man emerges from the clump of players to score a goal it is ‘inventive’ or ‘creative’ play. Similarly a bad play is ‘lack of attention to detail’ and boring scoreless play is ‘tactical’.

    (8) Injury time. Every other major sport with a time limit has precise methods for time keeping. Keeping with the spirit of arbitrary government power, the referee selects gets more or less absolute discretion to add minutes to the end of the match. Moreover, no one knows until after the deadline expires how much time will be added, a practice remarkably similar to ObamaCare.

    (9) More unintended consequences. Speaking of health care, most soccer players are remarkably skilled at faking injuries to stall or disrupt the flow of play. Injury time is supposed to partly compensate for that, but ironically, once the injury time has begun, a player can run 30 or 40 seconds off the clock by writhing on the ground with a fake injury, with no additional time added.

    (10) Fatalism. If there were ever a cure for the notion that, at least in athletics, skill and hard work will prevail, it would be a game where the outcome is determined by a referee, or a luck, or faked injuries. No wonder English soccer fans have adopted Monty Python’s “Always look on the bright side of life” as their unofficial anthem.

  • Obama to Seek Funds to Stem Border Crossings and Speed Deportations

    06/29/2014 5:04:08 AM PDT · 75 of 100
    CaptainMorgantown to kristinn

    Pass the $2 billion allocation. Include the following 2 provisions:
    (1) It shall be a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison for any federal official to knowingly fail to enforce any provision of immigration law.
    (2) the 5th district federal appeals shall appoint an independent special prosecutor with full authority and resources to prosecute violations of (1)

  • Hillary Mistakenly Calls Lincoln ‘A Senator From Illinois’

    06/12/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · 12 of 24
    CaptainMorgantown to sr4402

    Moreover, Lincoln never ran against Seward or any Senator from New York.

    He won the 1860 election against Stephen Douglas (the real Senator from Illinois in the race), and the incumbent President John Breckinridge from Kentucky, with a 4th candidate from Tennessee thrown in for good measure.

    So actually she was wrong in pretty much every detail.

  • School Backs Down, Won’t Punish Grads For Tossing Caps In The Air

    05/29/2014 7:09:27 PM PDT · 12 of 33
    CaptainMorgantown to lightman

    After reading the article, perhaps the retiring superintendent shouldn’t receive his pension until he apologizes for treating his newest alumni and voting constituents of his school district in a “disrespectful and insubordinate manner.”

  • Senate Dems to Obama: Reconsider coal rules

    05/21/2014 5:40:10 PM PDT · 9 of 16
    CaptainMorgantown to andyk

    If these 7 democrats really wanted to stop their parties relentless attack on the livelihoods of ordinary people in their states, they could switch parties tomorrow and reorganize the Senate. That might make the Obama administration take notice.

    A half-hearted letter, not so much.

  • Satanic Black Mass at Harvard University – Call in your protest

    05/10/2014 4:22:40 PM PDT · 6 of 58
    CaptainMorgantown to mgist

    Is Harvard’s President really named Faust? Oh the irony...

  • Sterling’s racism is ugly, but the loss of privacy will be even worse

    04/30/2014 4:10:20 AM PDT · 19 of 72
    CaptainMorgantown to SoFloFreeper

    I see this less as ‘disciplinary action’ than as the economic decision of the other owners. They are in the business of selling a non-essential good. Their entire business model is built on people having positive associations with their brand. They are dependent on people buying tickets, and on companies creating a myriad of cross-endorsement deals for everything from beer to shoes.

    There are many worse ‘crimes’ than what Stirling, but it’s hard to conceive of anything Stirling could have said or done that did more harm to their business model. The value of the San Diego Clippers, in Stirling’s hands, is now zero. He will get several hundred million dollars for selling the franchise because it is worth that much in the hands of another owner. But the other owners, through the commissioner are telling him he has to sell because he is damaging the value of their franchises as well.

    This isn’t a judicial proceeding. The NBA is a voluntary economic parternship among the franchise owners. He knew that when he decided to buy a franchise. And what he said, though said in private and not illegal, damaged the value of the other owner’s franchises and they acted accordingly.