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Empires the gods will destroy they first make absurd:

OAKLAND (KRON) — What appears to be a noose was found Friday morning at a batting cage near Chabot Elementary School in Oakland, according to OUSD spokesperson John Sasaki.

Less than three weeks ago, a rope in the form of a noose was reported at the same school.

Officials say the FBI is now involved, but determine neither case rises to the level of a hate-crime.

Apparently the first case was an accident, but the school is taking this very seriously due to the context of the image.

While the sleuths at the FBI work tirelessly to fabricate a dossier implicating Trump for this troublesome twine, some dad who watches his son and his friends climb to the top of the batting cage the rope was hanging from explained to shocked reporters that ropes are often used for climbing:

“They know young people who actually climb on top of that batting cage,” a little league coach said. “So they think possibly it was used as something to climb up and down from that point.”

“They could be climbing over the fence to get into the field and using that as a way to put their foot in and get down,” one parent said.

There are cameras on campus but none of them were pointing in the direction of where the ropes were found.

The news report refers to this innocuous stirrup as “a shocking image”.

This is not from The Babylon Bee. This is passed off as a real story in late stage imperial America. She is unserious and unrecoverable.

“Even the image of a possible noose is something that brings up all kinds of very hard emotions for a lot of people because it is such a symbol of the ugly history of the United States.”

Some of the hardest emotions I experienced as a child were spent in front of a cathode ray tube television set. No, not watching the Rodney King riots. It was much harder than that:

Police continue to investigate.

According to the most recent report I can find from the Oakland PD, the city’s homicide clearance rate is 56%.

 
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  1. One more example of the idiotic and nigh-criminal waste of resources catering to African delusion instead of actually doing police work.

    These evolutionary left-behinds need to be shamed, physically chastised if they fail to respond with appropriate deference, and the incident report closed.

  2. The news report refers to this innocuous stirrup as “a shocking image”.

    It is shocking to me … that some of these little high-fructose-corn-syrup eating fat fucks can even climb a fence. In my day, we didn’t need the noose, errr, rope to climb it, either. I can climb a chain-link fence to this day, and you just have to climb near a post to have the stability to not catch yourself on the wire twists at the top.

    • Replies: @anon
    I climbed a fence at a baseball field just last week with my son to gain access to the batting cage.
    As a boy scout I tied many a knot, and the Noose was the coolest knot of all for a boy to tie, since it had the added excitement of being for hanging.
    Any red-blooded American male should have rope around his house and a pocket knife in his pants pocket. We should flaunt our ropes, knots and pocket knives and wave them in the face of every screaming lesbian harpie we can find. We should terrorize them with our sheep-shanks and clove hitches and taunt them with our laughter.
  3. Arlo Guthrie had the best story about creating a public nuisance which had absolutely nothing to do with “getting anything you want in Alice’s Restaurant”, the name of the song:

    And I, I walked over to the, to the bench there, and there is, Group W’s where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the army after committing your special crime, and there was all kinds of mean nasty ugly looking people on the bench there. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father rapers! Father rapers sitting right there on the bench next to me! And they was mean and nasty and ugly and horrible crime-type guys sitting on the bench next to me. And the meanest, ugliest, nastiest one, the meanest father raper of them all, was coming over to me and he was mean ‘n’ ugly ‘n’ nasty ‘n’ horrible and all kind of things and he sat down next to me and said, “Kid, whad’ya get?” I said, “I didn’t get nothing, I had to pay $50 and pick up the garbage.” He said, “What were you arrested for, kid?” And I said, “Littering.” And they all moved away from me on the bench there, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I said, “And creating a nuisance.” And they all came back, shook my hand, and we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing, father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the bench. And everything was fine, we was smoking cigarettes and all kinds of things, until the Sargeant came over, had some paper in his hand, held it up and said….

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
    Arlo the hippie was actually mocking the idea that littering should be an offense, and was mocking the cops for arresting him.
  4. Many kinds of knots have adjustable loops and thus resemble a noose — much more so than the knot that was investigated here. We can’t elevate such knot-tying to possible hate crime status. Next thing you know, a Trump supreme court nominee will be challenged because he was a Boy Scout or a sailor, and tied knots. Rope & Ring puzzles will be banned. The Rope-A-Dope in boxing. Rope candy. The Hitchcock movie of that name. Idioms containing the word rope, e.g., “I got roped into going.”

    • Agree: 95Theses
  5. I, for one, want a job in the FBI White Privilege and Nooses division.

  6. Whatever happened to proving intent? – which is the main element missing from every one of these noose hoax stories. And that law enforcement is even taking these accusations seriously may be the most depressing aspect of this latest “scandal”. It is downright Orwellian.

    Innocent people are going to be punished for crimes they have not committed, all to placate the hyper-sensitized imaginings of Black people. It has already happened with once perfectly legitimate words – niggardly, Negro, colored people, boy, you people, guerilla – whose usage has come to be a near-certain calamity, both career-ending and a threat to one’s social standing.

    But in the present climate of eggshell fragility, the tiniest misstep of even an unspoken action (here, a looping of rope that hardly approximates a noose) may lead to a hefty fine and incarceration – no need to prove that you intended nothing of the sort of racism which of you will surely be accused.

    I was taught that “Meaning must always – or very nearly always – precede interpretation in importance”. Or as William F. Buckley once illustrated on the matter of pushing little old ladies: The point is not the push, the point is the why of the push.

    And apparently no one in Oakland is interested in the why or function of the loopy rope that was intended by its fabricator.

  7. What game is that? Looks like 1994.

    • Replies: @nobodyofnowhere
    The game is Earthbound (aka Mother 2). A game in which you can also fight new age retro hippies and cultists that dress like a blue-obsessed KKK, but whose behavior is based on Aum Shinrikyo.
    , @Audacious Epigone
    Earthbound (or "Mother 2" from direct Japanese translation), SNES.
  8. That loop is not a hangman’s noose. It is hard to tell by the photo but it resembles a bowline on a bight (the lower two loops). The upper part is an incompetent mess.

  9. Speaking of good noose, federal executions are about to restart in January. Since 1964, there have only been 3. Trump will take that to 8, then who knows.

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-government-resume-capital-punishment-after-nearly-two-decade-lapse

    Read the link for the grisley details of the crimes.

  10. Police, FBI look into possible noose found near Oakland elementary school

    So it’s no longer just nooses that are a threat, but possible nooses. A real step forward for progressives. But rope still exists so there’s a lot more work to do.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    Ha, instead of calling in bomb threats are pranksters going to start calling in noose sightings?
  11. Some of my middle children and I are going over knot-making right now, so my house is currently full of nooses.

    I will now commit Seppuku for theses dastardly crimes.

  12. Today a climbing aid, tomorrow the day of the rope!

    …tomorrow should hurry up.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    The problem with real, functional nooses is you can find yourself and all those you care about hanging in them.

    No thanks. I'm eager for the day of dissolution, though. Time for a national divorce, one that is as amicable and equitable as possible.
  13. anon[372] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The news report refers to this innocuous stirrup as “a shocking image”.
     
    It is shocking to me ... that some of these little high-fructose-corn-syrup eating fat fucks can even climb a fence. In my day, we didn't need the noose, errr, rope to climb it, either. I can climb a chain-link fence to this day, and you just have to climb near a post to have the stability to not catch yourself on the wire twists at the top.

    I climbed a fence at a baseball field just last week with my son to gain access to the batting cage.
    As a boy scout I tied many a knot, and the Noose was the coolest knot of all for a boy to tie, since it had the added excitement of being for hanging.
    Any red-blooded American male should have rope around his house and a pocket knife in his pants pocket. We should flaunt our ropes, knots and pocket knives and wave them in the face of every screaming lesbian harpie we can find. We should terrorize them with our sheep-shanks and clove hitches and taunt them with our laughter.

  14. Not a noose at all. Loops that won’t constrict. Perfect for scaling a fence.

    A noose is an interesting knot to learn. Fun to tie. As is a bowline.

    The raycisst boogieman must be kept alive in the Media stream.

    More non-black people probably died from judicial hangings than black people.
    Lynching over seven decades killed fewer black males than any single decade of black on black illegal homicides post Jim Crow.

    Black Lives Matter Not to other Blacks.
    But non-blacks should care more than they themselves do.

    When the USA stopped executing murderers, rapists, and kidnappers, the End began.
    It’s more humane for the whole to remove those elements from society than to house them in perpetuity with the possibility of parole and release back into society. Conjugal visits to spread their genes and create feral fatherless young men.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    Black Lives Matter Not to other Blacks.
    But non-blacks should care more than they themselves do.


    Tangentially, good white liberals everywhere are deploring Joe Biden's putative racism against blacks, while blacks are overwhelmingly supporting... Biden.
  15. An early outbreak of noose panic in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat”

    With my aversion to this cat, however, its partiality for myself seemed to increase. It followed my footsteps with a pertinacity which it would be difficult to make the reader comprehend. Whenever I sat, it would crouch beneath my chair, or spring upon my knees, covering me with its loathsome caresses. If I arose to walk it would get between my feet and thus nearly throw me down, or, fastening its long and sharp claws in my dress, clamber, in this manner, to my breast. At such times, although I longed to destroy it with a blow, I was yet withheld from so doing, partly by a memory of my former crime, but chiefly—let me confess it at once—by absolute dread of the beast.

    This dread was not exactly a dread of physical evil—and yet I should be at a loss how otherwise to define it. I am almost ashamed to own—yes, even in this felon’s cell, I am almost ashamed to own—that the terror and horror with which the animal inspired me, had been heightened by one of the merest chimaeras it would be possible to conceive. My wife had called my attention, more than once, to the character of the mark of white hair, of which I have spoken, and which constituted the sole visible difference between the strange beast and the one I had destroyed. The reader will remember that this mark, although large, had been originally very indefinite; but, by slow degrees—degrees nearly imperceptible, and which for a long time my Reason struggled to reject as fanciful—it had, at length, assumed a rigorous distinctness of outline. It was now the representation of an object that I shudder to name—and for this, above all, I loathed, and dreaded, and would have rid myself of the monster had I dared—it was now, I say, the image of a hideous—of a ghastly thing—of the GALLOWS!—oh, mournful and terrible engine of Horror and of Crime—of Agony and of Death!

    Anyway:

    “Even the image of a possible noose is something that brings up all kinds of very hard emotions for a lot of people because it is such a symbol of the ugly history of the United States.”

    This should be followed by dousing with ice-cold water and a punch to the face.

    It’s 2019. These are the times when people watch & enjoy movies showing gore, murder and torture. In their living room.

    I posit that nooses (and even more so “the image of a possible noose”) bring up *zero* hard emotions in anyone.

    Except in people who have been trained to believe, or have trained themselves to believe, that nooses are supposed bring up “very hard emotions”. Because not having those “very hard emotions” would be bad and disrespectful. To someone. Who might decide to take revenge later. So better conform, and even do a bit more of the dance than is strictly necessary.

    “Responsibility to Protect and Participate in Emotional Labor” – it not only covers Libya and Rohingya, but fictional nooses, too.

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
  16. “The news report refers to this innocuous stirrup as “a shocking image”.”

    Good observation. That is indeed a stirrup, not a noose. A noose is constructed so that it can close tightly by allowing the knot to slide so as to contract the diameter of the open eye, tightening around whatever is in it.

    These people are at least nine different kinds of weird.

  17. Sailer’s been reporting about how the word “lynch” is now being removed from polite discussion. Not good for all the people sporting that last name, to be sure.

  18. @Lot
    What game is that? Looks like 1994.

    The game is Earthbound (aka Mother 2). A game in which you can also fight new age retro hippies and cultists that dress like a blue-obsessed KKK, but whose behavior is based on Aum Shinrikyo.

  19. No noose is good noose, and that’s no noose.

  20. @Lot
    What game is that? Looks like 1994.

    Earthbound (or “Mother 2” from direct Japanese translation), SNES.

    • Replies: @Lot
    Looks like fun. Do you emulate? Snes emulators have graphics plugins that enlarge without being pixelated. They end up looking like high resolution cartoons. Between that, saving anywhere, and fast forward to skip boring plots, games are better than before. USB controllers are cheap on Amazon so I have a pair of every controller between NES and N64.

    My 1994 guess was right on.


    " first released in Japan in August 1994, and in North America in June 1995. "
  21. @J1234

    Police, FBI look into possible noose found near Oakland elementary school
     
    So it's no longer just nooses that are a threat, but possible nooses. A real step forward for progressives. But rope still exists so there's a lot more work to do.

    Ha, instead of calling in bomb threats are pranksters going to start calling in noose sightings?

    • Replies: @iffen
    Ha, instead of calling in bomb threats are pranksters going to start calling in noose sightings?

    And in Yellowstone NP, moose sightings will get garbled into noose sightings and we will have a week's worth of media propaganda about how National Parks are really based on racism and white supremacy.

    , @Oleaginous Outrager
    Why not both?

    "Not only can this be a noose, it can be a FUSE!"
  22. @WHAT
    Today a climbing aid, tomorrow the day of the rope!

    ...tomorrow should hurry up.

    The problem with real, functional nooses is you can find yourself and all those you care about hanging in them.

    No thanks. I’m eager for the day of dissolution, though. Time for a national divorce, one that is as amicable and equitable as possible.

    • Agree: 95Theses
  23. Google will not auto-fill “how to tie a noose,” and if you type in the whole phrase and hit enter, the first hit is for the suicide prevention hotline.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    Fortunately, Bing will cheerfully fill you in about what Goolag doesn't want you to know.
  24. Just as the perfect anti-social act, tying and leaving a noose in a thoughtfully chosen location has to rank pretty high.

    The risk and time, money, and energy expenditure for you are minimal, and the time, money, and energy you can cause others to expend in consequence could be enormous.

    Let’s all do more of it!

    • Replies: @iffen
    Can't we just spray paint swastikas and KKK and spare the lives of innocent ropes?
    , @SunBakedSuburb
    I love your plan. However, if I got caught the three loved ones who depend on what I earn will suffer. But we are the counterculture now. And I revel in it. Clandestinely.
  25. Don’t lots and lots of black women walk around all day long with dozens of twisted ropes dangling from their heads? Maybe we should start arresting hairdressers for racism.

    btw, if that thing is supposed to be a stirrup, it’s a train wreck. That disaster of a knot at the top won’t support anyone’s weight, nor will the thin gauge of the twine, I mean um, rope, itself. And that loop has no realistic function: imagine climbing down, unable to really see that well, and trying to maneuver your shoe into that skinny, unmanageable little slit. You’d have to be Mowgli to pull it off.

    Oops, I just referenced The ‘Jungle’ Book, must be raciss. Somebody alert the DOJ!

    • Replies: @95Theses
    Ha! Now that made me laugh!
    , @Audacious Epigone
    Well it was probably constructed by boys in elementary school so I'd cut them a little slack!
  26. @Audacious Epigone
    Ha, instead of calling in bomb threats are pranksters going to start calling in noose sightings?

    Ha, instead of calling in bomb threats are pranksters going to start calling in noose sightings?

    And in Yellowstone NP, moose sightings will get garbled into noose sightings and we will have a week’s worth of media propaganda about how National Parks are really based on racism and white supremacy.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    '...how National Parks are really based on racism and white supremacy.'

    Aren't they? National Parks certainly aren't for the black man. Can you imagine it if they were?
    , @Audacious Epigone
    We've discovered why black people don't visit national parks--they fear what they've misinterpreted to be a noose menace when it has in fact been a moose menace.
  27. @Colin Wright
    Just as the perfect anti-social act, tying and leaving a noose in a thoughtfully chosen location has to rank pretty high.

    The risk and time, money, and energy expenditure for you are minimal, and the time, money, and energy you can cause others to expend in consequence could be enormous.

    Let's all do more of it!

    Can’t we just spray paint swastikas and KKK and spare the lives of innocent ropes?

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    Nobody ever thinks about how the ropes feel, being so often incorrectly characterized. This one identifies as a stirrup, not a noose, but not a solitary soul gives a damn about the gender identities of ropes. It's a disgrace.
  28. “This is not from The Babylon Bee.”

    This is California, ground zero for Woke. Governor Gavin Getty and his “first partner,” Lillith, demon goddess of the night, carry out the plan for their Babylonian masters in the once Golden State. California was never paradise, but it was close.

  29. @Colin Wright
    Just as the perfect anti-social act, tying and leaving a noose in a thoughtfully chosen location has to rank pretty high.

    The risk and time, money, and energy expenditure for you are minimal, and the time, money, and energy you can cause others to expend in consequence could be enormous.

    Let's all do more of it!

    I love your plan. However, if I got caught the three loved ones who depend on what I earn will suffer. But we are the counterculture now. And I revel in it. Clandestinely.

  30. @Audacious Epigone
    Earthbound (or "Mother 2" from direct Japanese translation), SNES.

    Looks like fun. Do you emulate? Snes emulators have graphics plugins that enlarge without being pixelated. They end up looking like high resolution cartoons. Between that, saving anywhere, and fast forward to skip boring plots, games are better than before. USB controllers are cheap on Amazon so I have a pair of every controller between NES and N64.

    My 1994 guess was right on.

    ” first released in Japan in August 1994, and in North America in June 1995. “

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    It is fun. It's a traditional turn-based JRPG with a charmingly zany story. I have used emulators in the past. I bought it recently on the WiiU for under $10. My plan is to introduce it to my oldest son soon, before he gets corrupted by the new stuff. We'll see.
  31. @iffen
    Ha, instead of calling in bomb threats are pranksters going to start calling in noose sightings?

    And in Yellowstone NP, moose sightings will get garbled into noose sightings and we will have a week's worth of media propaganda about how National Parks are really based on racism and white supremacy.

    ‘…how National Parks are really based on racism and white supremacy.’

    Aren’t they? National Parks certainly aren’t for the black man. Can you imagine it if they were?

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational

    National Parks certainly aren’t for the black man. Can you imagine it if they were?
     
    Forties and cigars for blunts for sale in vending machines at every trail intersection.  Trails with private cabana rentals for trysts every 100 yards, coin-operated.  Thickets for free.
  32. They call that a noose? These younsters don’t know how to do nuttin’ anymore, dagnabit.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    I have been told that the classic noose has 13 turns of rope in its knot, as it's intended to denote lack of luck.  A mere 7 turns don't cut it.
  33. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    Don't lots and lots of black women walk around all day long with dozens of twisted ropes dangling from their heads? Maybe we should start arresting hairdressers for racism.

    btw, if that thing is supposed to be a stirrup, it's a train wreck. That disaster of a knot at the top won't support anyone's weight, nor will the thin gauge of the twine, I mean um, rope, itself. And that loop has no realistic function: imagine climbing down, unable to really see that well, and trying to maneuver your shoe into that skinny, unmanageable little slit. You'd have to be Mowgli to pull it off.

    Oops, I just referenced The 'Jungle' Book, must be raciss. Somebody alert the DOJ!

    Ha! Now that made me laugh!

  34. @Achmed E. Newman
    Arlo Guthrie had the best story about creating a public nuisance which had absolutely nothing to do with "getting anything you want in Alice's Restaurant", the name of the song:

    And I, I walked over to the, to the bench there, and there is, Group W's where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the army after committing your special crime, and there was all kinds of mean nasty ugly looking people on the bench there. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father rapers! Father rapers sitting right there on the bench next to me! And they was mean and nasty and ugly and horrible crime-type guys sitting on the bench next to me. And the meanest, ugliest, nastiest one, the meanest father raper of them all, was coming over to me and he was mean 'n' ugly 'n' nasty 'n' horrible and all kind of things and he sat down next to me and said, "Kid, whad'ya get?" I said, "I didn't get nothing, I had to pay $50 and pick up the garbage." He said, "What were you arrested for, kid?" And I said, "Littering." And they all moved away from me on the bench there, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I said, "And creating a nuisance." And they all came back, shook my hand, and we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing, father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the bench. And everything was fine, we was smoking cigarettes and all kinds of things, until the Sargeant came over, had some paper in his hand, held it up and said....
     

    Arlo the hippie was actually mocking the idea that littering should be an offense, and was mocking the cops for arresting him.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    He and his friends in the song had mistakenly dumped their garbage in the wrong place. It got blown out of proportion by a small-town police force with not much to do (wish I could go back to that time!), putting an arrest on his record. Later on, upon being drafted, he found it ridiculous that the army found him unfit because of that. LTTWT, please!

    OK, here you go:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m57gzA2JCcM
  35. @SaneClownPosse
    Not a noose at all. Loops that won't constrict. Perfect for scaling a fence.

    A noose is an interesting knot to learn. Fun to tie. As is a bowline.

    The raycisst boogieman must be kept alive in the Media stream.

    More non-black people probably died from judicial hangings than black people.
    Lynching over seven decades killed fewer black males than any single decade of black on black illegal homicides post Jim Crow.

    Black Lives Matter Not to other Blacks.
    But non-blacks should care more than they themselves do.

    When the USA stopped executing murderers, rapists, and kidnappers, the End began.
    It's more humane for the whole to remove those elements from society than to house them in perpetuity with the possibility of parole and release back into society. Conjugal visits to spread their genes and create feral fatherless young men.

    Black Lives Matter Not to other Blacks.
    But non-blacks should care more than they themselves do.

    Tangentially, good white liberals everywhere are deploring Joe Biden’s putative racism against blacks, while blacks are overwhelmingly supporting… Biden.

    • Replies: @iffen
    Tangentially, good white liberals everywhere are deploring Joe Biden’s putative racism against blacks, while blacks are overwhelmingly supporting… Biden.

    It will be interesting to see if the MSM can turn his record player comment into something that moves black support away from him.

    I listened to the opening statements at the last debate (that's as much as I can stand). I had no idea how wooden and shallow Harris seems. I thought maybe some opponent had drugged her water.

  36. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    Don't lots and lots of black women walk around all day long with dozens of twisted ropes dangling from their heads? Maybe we should start arresting hairdressers for racism.

    btw, if that thing is supposed to be a stirrup, it's a train wreck. That disaster of a knot at the top won't support anyone's weight, nor will the thin gauge of the twine, I mean um, rope, itself. And that loop has no realistic function: imagine climbing down, unable to really see that well, and trying to maneuver your shoe into that skinny, unmanageable little slit. You'd have to be Mowgli to pull it off.

    Oops, I just referenced The 'Jungle' Book, must be raciss. Somebody alert the DOJ!

    Well it was probably constructed by boys in elementary school so I’d cut them a little slack!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    ... cut them a little slack!
     
    Ron, where'd you hide the [GROAN] button?
  37. @iffen
    Ha, instead of calling in bomb threats are pranksters going to start calling in noose sightings?

    And in Yellowstone NP, moose sightings will get garbled into noose sightings and we will have a week's worth of media propaganda about how National Parks are really based on racism and white supremacy.

    We’ve discovered why black people don’t visit national parks–they fear what they’ve misinterpreted to be a noose menace when it has in fact been a moose menace.

  38. @Audacious Epigone
    Well it was probably constructed by boys in elementary school so I'd cut them a little slack!

    … cut them a little slack!

    Ron, where’d you hide the [GROAN] button?

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    This is where the Radio Derb "boo/hiss" sound clip comes in.
  39. If a prankster tied little genuine nooses to a bunch of helium balloons and let them go, I wonder if it would cause a panic, real or media generated.

  40. @iffen
    Can't we just spray paint swastikas and KKK and spare the lives of innocent ropes?

    Nobody ever thinks about how the ropes feel, being so often incorrectly characterized. This one identifies as a stirrup, not a noose, but not a solitary soul gives a damn about the gender identities of ropes. It’s a disgrace.

  41. @Lot
    Looks like fun. Do you emulate? Snes emulators have graphics plugins that enlarge without being pixelated. They end up looking like high resolution cartoons. Between that, saving anywhere, and fast forward to skip boring plots, games are better than before. USB controllers are cheap on Amazon so I have a pair of every controller between NES and N64.

    My 1994 guess was right on.


    " first released in Japan in August 1994, and in North America in June 1995. "

    It is fun. It’s a traditional turn-based JRPG with a charmingly zany story. I have used emulators in the past. I bought it recently on the WiiU for under $10. My plan is to introduce it to my oldest son soon, before he gets corrupted by the new stuff. We’ll see.

  42. @Achmed E. Newman

    ... cut them a little slack!
     
    Ron, where'd you hide the [GROAN] button?

    This is where the Radio Derb “boo/hiss” sound clip comes in.

  43. OT, Also posted in in the isteve blog:

    Will County authorities find more than 2,200 ‘preserved fetal remains’
    Preserved fetal remains discovered in home of dead abortion doctor

    https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/09/14/will-county-authorities-find-more-than-2-200-preserved-fetal-remains/atpvnk6/

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    Don't assign too much significance to this.  We are not told WHAT the remains are, especially if they are the products of legally-required examinations of vacuum extractions.  The mundane is far more likely to be the truth.
  44. @Pat Kittle
    Arlo the hippie was actually mocking the idea that littering should be an offense, and was mocking the cops for arresting him.

    He and his friends in the song had mistakenly dumped their garbage in the wrong place. It got blown out of proportion by a small-town police force with not much to do (wish I could go back to that time!), putting an arrest on his record. Later on, upon being drafted, he found it ridiculous that the army found him unfit because of that. LTTWT, please!

    OK, here you go:

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
    No, Arlo the hippie did NOT "mistakenly" dump the garbage in the "wrong place" -- he deliberately dumped it over the side of a cliff, joking that someone else had already done the same thing so that made it OK.

    Hardy har har.

    He figured the cops would scold him and he would pretend he was sorry and that would be the end of it. Instead the cops busted him. We were of course supposed to side with Arlo the hippie because he was a hippie. And the cops were the cops.

    Did you even listen to the video you posted?

    (FWIW, I still listen to mostly '60's music.)
  45. @Intelligent Dasein
    Google will not auto-fill "how to tie a noose," and if you type in the whole phrase and hit enter, the first hit is for the suicide prevention hotline.

    Fortunately, Bing will cheerfully fill you in about what Goolag doesn’t want you to know.

  46. @Colin Wright
    '...how National Parks are really based on racism and white supremacy.'

    Aren't they? National Parks certainly aren't for the black man. Can you imagine it if they were?

    National Parks certainly aren’t for the black man. Can you imagine it if they were?

    Forties and cigars for blunts for sale in vending machines at every trail intersection.  Trails with private cabana rentals for trysts every 100 yards, coin-operated.  Thickets for free.

  47. @The Alarmist
    They call that a noose? These younsters don't know how to do nuttin' anymore, dagnabit.

    http://jablogz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Hangman-noose.jpg

    I have been told that the classic noose has 13 turns of rope in its knot, as it’s intended to denote lack of luck.  A mere 7 turns don’t cut it.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    Wow, tough crowd here, but at least it's not the bloody Spanish Inquisition.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAn7baRbhx4

  48. @MikeatMikedotMike
    OT, Also posted in in the isteve blog:

    Will County authorities find more than 2,200 'preserved fetal remains'
    Preserved fetal remains discovered in home of dead abortion doctor

    https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/09/14/will-county-authorities-find-more-than-2-200-preserved-fetal-remains/atpvnk6/

    Don’t assign too much significance to this.  We are not told WHAT the remains are, especially if they are the products of legally-required examinations of vacuum extractions.  The mundane is far more likely to be the truth.

  49. @Achmed E. Newman
    He and his friends in the song had mistakenly dumped their garbage in the wrong place. It got blown out of proportion by a small-town police force with not much to do (wish I could go back to that time!), putting an arrest on his record. Later on, upon being drafted, he found it ridiculous that the army found him unfit because of that. LTTWT, please!

    OK, here you go:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m57gzA2JCcM

    No, Arlo the hippie did NOT “mistakenly” dump the garbage in the “wrong place” — he deliberately dumped it over the side of a cliff, joking that someone else had already done the same thing so that made it OK.

    Hardy har har.

    He figured the cops would scold him and he would pretend he was sorry and that would be the end of it. Instead the cops busted him. We were of course supposed to side with Arlo the hippie because he was a hippie. And the cops were the cops.

    Did you even listen to the video you posted?

    (FWIW, I still listen to mostly ’60’s music.)

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Yeah, you're right on this one. I listened to it as I posted, but my editing window ran out. He should have kept it all in the van until the next day, but garbage attracts garbage, they say. He expected to have to clean it, but it not become a court case.

    I still don't think his main point was that he was arrested for littering (illegal dumping). It was that the Army was worried about an arrest for "littering". I had no idea until now, but from what I read, the gist of the story is true.

    I'm no hippy, and I see most of the stupidity of the 60's being on the left, but there was enough on all sides. Sorry about the error, Mr. Kittle.
  50. @Audacious Epigone
    Ha, instead of calling in bomb threats are pranksters going to start calling in noose sightings?

    Why not both?

    “Not only can this be a noose, it can be a FUSE!”

  51. @Audacious Epigone
    Black Lives Matter Not to other Blacks.
    But non-blacks should care more than they themselves do.


    Tangentially, good white liberals everywhere are deploring Joe Biden's putative racism against blacks, while blacks are overwhelmingly supporting... Biden.

    Tangentially, good white liberals everywhere are deploring Joe Biden’s putative racism against blacks, while blacks are overwhelmingly supporting… Biden.

    It will be interesting to see if the MSM can turn his record player comment into something that moves black support away from him.

    I listened to the opening statements at the last debate (that’s as much as I can stand). I had no idea how wooden and shallow Harris seems. I thought maybe some opponent had drugged her water.

  52. @Pat Kittle
    No, Arlo the hippie did NOT "mistakenly" dump the garbage in the "wrong place" -- he deliberately dumped it over the side of a cliff, joking that someone else had already done the same thing so that made it OK.

    Hardy har har.

    He figured the cops would scold him and he would pretend he was sorry and that would be the end of it. Instead the cops busted him. We were of course supposed to side with Arlo the hippie because he was a hippie. And the cops were the cops.

    Did you even listen to the video you posted?

    (FWIW, I still listen to mostly '60's music.)

    Yeah, you’re right on this one. I listened to it as I posted, but my editing window ran out. He should have kept it all in the van until the next day, but garbage attracts garbage, they say. He expected to have to clean it, but it not become a court case.

    I still don’t think his main point was that he was arrested for littering (illegal dumping). It was that the Army was worried about an arrest for “littering”. I had no idea until now, but from what I read, the gist of the story is true.

    I’m no hippy, and I see most of the stupidity of the 60’s being on the left, but there was enough on all sides. Sorry about the error, Mr. Kittle.

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
    Mr. Newman,

    I thought I replied directly to this comment of yours, but my intended reply doesn't appear as a reply.

    You can see it as Comment 55.

    (It begins: "Yes, the ’60’s spawned today’s SJW’s.")

  53. @Mr. Rational
    I have been told that the classic noose has 13 turns of rope in its knot, as it's intended to denote lack of luck.  A mere 7 turns don't cut it.

    Wow, tough crowd here, but at least it’s not the bloody Spanish Inquisition.

  54. Yes, the ’60’s spawned today’s SJW’s.

    Today’s pop music is dominated by rap, which epitomizes everything the ’60’s counterculture presumably rejected — violence, greed, misogyny, conspicuous consumption, racism, monotony, & relentless stupidity.

    BTW, littering is a vastly underrated crime.

  55. @Achmed E. Newman
    Yeah, you're right on this one. I listened to it as I posted, but my editing window ran out. He should have kept it all in the van until the next day, but garbage attracts garbage, they say. He expected to have to clean it, but it not become a court case.

    I still don't think his main point was that he was arrested for littering (illegal dumping). It was that the Army was worried about an arrest for "littering". I had no idea until now, but from what I read, the gist of the story is true.

    I'm no hippy, and I see most of the stupidity of the 60's being on the left, but there was enough on all sides. Sorry about the error, Mr. Kittle.

    Mr. Newman,

    I thought I replied directly to this comment of yours, but my intended reply doesn’t appear as a reply.

    You can see it as Comment 55.

    (It begins: “Yes, the ’60’s spawned today’s SJW’s.”)

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