“If people really admitted what they think about famous stuff...
Statue of David: Ewww!
Mona Lisa: Hunh?
The Old Man and the Sea: Caught a fish, lost a fish...so?
Jackson Pollock: My sister did that in that garage once, with spray paint.
I guess Pollock was better...neater, anyway.”
trinity on May 15, 2014 at 21:42:14
“I agree with you...though I never got Pollack's fame, I have always though Pollack's work did look like something a overzealous kid could do with a lot of paint and a lot of fun...Pollack didn't even understand his materials...mixing paints that should have never been mixed, now museums are trying to keep his $20 million masterpieces from falling apart. I think his wife was actually the brains of the operation...”
“Electric-bike conversion kits start around $150, replacing the front wheel with a motorized one. There is a separate battery and a thumb-throttle which clamps on the handlebar. 20-mile range at 20 mph, with 8 hrs. recharging time (commuter special). Doesn't need fancy (expensive) electronics.
Tiny 100 m.p.g. 2-stroke engine kits are priced similarly.
This variant is a refinement, and welcome, but hardly unique nor new.”
DoctorGreeves on Nov 11, 2013 at 17:20:24
“Why not just ride a Greeves?”
jrd000000001 on Nov 11, 2013 at 17:02:40
“Those two stroke engines on a bike would make it a moped and many states require you to register them. Not to mention they are ridiculously loud.”
“Intellectually dishonest. Whistleblowers get the shaft, and everybody knows it.
While I personally would never break classification, I have years of military indoctrination and training; a young, relatively inexperienced man in Snowden's position faced an agonizing choice and made what he felt was the right one.
I disagree with him, but wonder what I would have done in his place.”
“Please be more explanatory for the benefit of others.
Weren't the 'Black and Tans' the British North Ireland Regiment?
Doesn't that have something to do with generations of conquest and civil war?
Still appreciate you bringing this up!”
“"The pot calling the kettle black" references cooking over wood fires. Pots & kettles were blackened by soot.
No racial reference.
If you want to get fired-up (heh, heh) about "black" references, look at "denigrate", literally "to blacken" but meaning to demean, belittle. VERY shaky.
Also look at "tarred with the same brush", which originally referred to people being "tarred & feathered" but also suggests "a touch of the tarbrush" meaning having one or more black ancestor.
Too many other examples, but pot + kettle = black is just plain home-cooking.
Mitchell Horton on Oct 24, 2013 at 14:36:53
“I think "tarred with the same brush" is pretty much only referring to tarring and feathering”
“Works like a charm. Stationed in Germany, my language skills yet undeveloped, I learned that asking, "Do you speak English?" would get a head-shake. Asking, "Entshuldigen-sie, verstehen sie Englisch?" [sp? "Excuse me, do you understand English?] would invariably get the reply, "A leetle bit."
Make a fool of yourself in THEIR language, and they're willing to make a fool of themselves in yours.
That "small" effort has worked for me on five continents. Try it, and you'll actually make friends with people as curious about us as we are about them!”
dayzee10 on Oct 22, 2013 at 12:47:20
“The first couple of times in a foreign land I was self conscious, but then you wake up to the fact you'll never see these people again so you can then relax and enjoy where you are”
We've paid into it all our working lives.
Keif26 on Oct 20, 2013 at 17:41:10
“you bet we have, and not just for us. I am on the youngest end of the Boomers which means I am not collecting yet although, being married to a much older man, I am benefitting from his social security that he paid the maximum into. I'm less worried about mine down the road than I am for my son and my granddaughter whom seem to be sacrificial lambs to the political powers that be. That just won't do.”
“That's a hoot, coming from a self-aggrandizing grifting half-governor.
If Republicans (or anyone) wants to fix what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act, I'm ready to strap on my snowshoes and trek into the fray.
There's plenty to fix, since Chief Injustice Roberts hobbled the Act by removing the Medicaid mandate, and cancelled applicability of the Commerce Clause for reasons that make no sense.
The ACA was the best that could be got with the power structure we have.
Social Security needed tweeking after initial passage.
The essence of it all is this: Are we better off as a Nation with healthy citizens, or not?
Republican answer: only if our big donors make megabucks off your healthcare.”
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
This is what the Constitution says our government "owes" us.”
cynthia allen schenk on Oct 18, 2013 at 17:43:46
“We the people make it happen for ourselves because we are free. I owe you and slackers like you nothing..absolutly nothing. We the people are the Government
You owe the rest of society to provide for yourself and your family and if you cannot or will not you need to get your sorry butt outta here.”
More progressive support is needed in Texas, where a business elite holds the noose.
This state is more purple/blue than red - but the big bucks go to Republicans who promptly deliver more in return.
Could progressive Huffpost readers please follow and contribute to our Board of Education races?
The Koch brothers and their ilk are not above such tactics.
Why couldn't we crowdsource these elections, which literally affect the entire nation's education system?
A little help, please!”