comments by Philistine

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Sat, 30 Apr 2016, 5:29am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

bob2356 says

I'm assuming you are talking about town square

It's possible that's a reference to Downtown Summerlin, which is on N Town Center Drive.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Sat, 30 Apr 2016, 5:23am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 2

Town Square is a joke. Nice, but still many empty shop spaces 4 years later and and nobody with shopping bags. Also its concept is very last decade. Actually, all the shopping malls in Las Vegas are mediocre.

It used to be Fashion Show was the big noise, but that mall hasn't been great in 10 years, either. They just added two more "casual dining" restaurants (blech). The North Premium Outlets, oddly, have more shopping bags walking around than any place in Las Vegas. They bus the touristas in from the Strip and you can find every major brand plus a lot of outlier specialty brands.

The Downtown Summerlin development is trying to be that more contemporary spin (think Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica); but again, if you look around at these places, people are spending money on restaurants: eating. People have to eat; they don't have to spend $100 on another sweater.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Fri, 22 Apr 2016, 1:00pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (3)   Dislike     Comment 3

Tenpoundbass says

Trump will fix the seats.

I thought Trump was a capitalist? Or are you proposing nanny state regulations from on high? If you want more comfortable seats, quit paying for plane tickets until the airlines capitulate. Or pay *more* and get a business class/first class seat. In capitalism, you vote with your dollars. As always, it's the populace that can't get their shit together. We truly do have the government AND the plane seats we deserve.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Mon, 4 Apr 2016, 1:14pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 4

Strategist says

There is a gay gene.

That article lacks substance and a conclusion. Try this article--it's much more thoughtful and suggests "epigenetics", a case of *variation* in DNA. This suggests one is born gay, but from genetic variance, not from genetic inheritance:
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/10/homosexuality-may-be-caused-chemical-modifications-dna

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Thu, 17 Mar 2016, 4:29pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 5

NuttBoxer says

Russian Imperial Stout, usually 11-14% alcohol.

Love me some Old Rasputin

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Fri, 11 Mar 2016, 3:25pm PST   Share   Quote   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 6

After a long night of depressed bourbon guzzling in my dark living room, the last thing I want to do is take my tired, hungover ass back to the office to sit at a desk all day and play on PatNet.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Thu, 10 Mar 2016, 5:11pm PST   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 7

Camille Paglia came out of the woodwork to write another of her Salon prattlings *in support of* Trump. I don't know what to make of that. Maybe she needs to pay the rent. She certainly owns the brand on inane contrarianism.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Thu, 10 Mar 2016, 1:47pm PST   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 8

If you've not lived there, renting the first year makes the most sense even if you eventually buy. You don't really know the local culture or the neighborhoods or where the bodies are buried until you live somewhere a bit. Visiting/vacationing are often misleading ways to understand a place.

You could wind up hating it and wanting to move, in which case you are out all the transaction costs. Where I would buy in my city today is completely different from where I thought I would buy 8 years ago when I first moved here, based on what I learned as I became more of a "local".

That said, buying in a non-trendy market like KC is probably the better overall option. Patrick's rent vs. buy analysis is reasonable.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Tue, 8 Mar 2016, 5:34pm PST   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 9

Ironman says

A list of everything Donald Trump runs that has his name on it:

Dude, come on. Trump is *licensing* his name to most of these. Just do some research on "Trump Marks", for example. He doesn't run those businesses . . . just getting paid for his name. Which is fine--if you are such a brand that you can do that, of course you should, but don't pretend he's operating every single one of those.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Thu, 18 Feb 2016, 11:40am PST   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 10

Quigley says

At my work we have vendors coming in all the time to pitch

Me too. It gets tiring after a while. My boss must sit in meetings and on the phone with these ding dongs most of every day. For every dozen vendors we talk to, we might submit RFPs or what have you. For every dozen of *those*, we might actually sign on. My old boss would go to conferences and conventions and splooge business cards all over the place. Then I would have to field the deluge of sales people on my phone and email--you know, the asshole cretin types that don't go away until you unplug your phone or set up an appointment you won't keep. So much time wasted on both sides.

Then there's the vendors you are actually signed on with and some of the crazy crap *they* do. Dropping by the reception desk all hours of the day with cards, candy, and fucking edible fruit arrangements. Sending me ugly T-shirts I'll never wear in size XXXL. Insisting on dinners, amusement park outtings, and conferences that are glorified work vacations, as if I don't have a personal life and a family. I had one that tried to get me to do business with one of my competitors so he could get us both a better rate (and himself a kickback probably)--like forced blind dating from a pimp, or something. I had to finally be a dick and tell him to stop or I was shutting down our contract. Ugh.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Wed, 17 Feb 2016, 4:36pm PST   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 11

As always, if the consumer wouldn't vote for (buy) inferior quality, it wouldn't make it in the market place. Does anybody really think Target powdered Parmesan is actual cheese? First off it has to be "Parmigiano" in most cases to be the real deal. Worse, do most consumers even care?

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Fri, 29 Jan 2016, 3:48pm PST   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 12

Ha ha!, and don't forget the Trump Foundation donated more to the Clintons than to vets:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/28/does-trump-like-hillary-more-than-vets.html

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Wed, 27 Jan 2016, 10:32am PST   Share   Quote   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 13

marcus says

If I was caucus voter on the fence, or barely leaning toward Trump, and looking forward to the last debate before the vote to make up my mind or to confirm my Trump decision, I might think, "who does this asshole think he is ?

Anybody who thinks that *already* thinks that and doesn't need his debate-dump theatrics to confirm it. Please: who actually votes based on the debates? I have to hand it to T-Rump on this one; for a candidate that almost never talks about actual policy, he knows enough to know that debates don't mean shit and policy is the last thing most voters are interested in discussing (or debating).

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Mon, 25 Jan 2016, 11:38am PST   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 14

indigenous says

I had to look up "Pubah":

pubah

a word that can be used in any context, oftenly exclaimned in times of rage or frustration

Whoops, except you are wrong. I can see how AF's spelling threw you off. The official spelling is "Poobah": a humorous reference to a high-ranking person. I always remembered this from The Flintstones (order of the Water Buffalo):

"Grand Poobah is a term derived from the name of the haughty character Pooh-Bah in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado (1885).[1] In this comic opera, Pooh-Bah holds numerous exalted offices, including "First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral ... Archbishop ... Lord Mayor" and "Lord High Everything Else".

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Fri, 22 Jan 2016, 9:18am PST   Share   Quote   Like (3)   Dislike     Comment 15

lostand confused says

in a room with Rose, Roseanne, Michael Moore and jane Fonda!!!

It's missing that certain I-don't-know-what . . . Kathy Bates? Oprah? Susan Sarandon? Oh, wait, what about Whoopi! the Pistol-Packing Fart Bomber? Any other Harpies for Hillary that are missing? Janine Garofalo with a testicle stretcher! Lots of musty mons pubis in the room, for sure.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Thu, 21 Jan 2016, 12:11pm PST   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 16

iwog says

OMG it hasn't hit $1000 yet!!!!!! What a fuckup.

Philistine says

A good prediction might miss the petty details, but will illustrate a trend

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Thu, 21 Jan 2016, 12:11pm PST   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 17

iwog says

This is what you call screwing up a prediction?

I don't think the value of a prediction is in its being 100% accurate. Or even 90% accurate. A good prediction might miss the petty details, but will illustrate a trend that you can bank on. DOW Sept 2014 was 17.1k, today is 15.8k. Similar story across most other indices. All the stock-related funds in my 401k did dreadfully last year, but treasuries and all but two bond funds in my 401k were flat or slightly up. That is something I banked on and at least for my experience, Iwog's prediction was not half-bad and out-performed a lot of the garbage financial journalism from the same time period.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Thu, 14 Jan 2016, 4:20pm PST   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 18

Rin says

General Washington and his cause but if it involves enforcing religious beliefs, like no boinking hoes, then forget about it!

I don't get why some socialist libbie country like France or the Netherlands has more freedom to f*ck than we do. It's them damn Puritans--they screwed it all up for America 400 years ago, and we're still obsessed with who is bonking whom.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Tue, 12 Jan 2016, 2:43pm PST   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 19

Kenneth Burke, a national treasure of American thought in the 20th century (agree with him or not), probably wrote the best explication of Hitler's nonsense. On the other side of the coin, even Mussolini thought 'Mein Kampf' was dull and full of trite, pandering platitudes--although he may have been personally envious of Hitler's talent for propaganda and manipulating the idiot masses.

The timing of this release is of course more than a little opportunistic with what is currently going on in Europe.

Philistine   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Mon, 11 Jan 2016, 4:33pm PST   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 20

Ironman says

The people who vote primaries are very set in their choice

The difference is that the people who vote primaries can only be a potential 56% of the electorate--provided 100% of that 56% turn out. We have 43% non-party affiliation, possibly the highest it's ever been:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/180440/new-record-political-independents.aspx

Both parties are losing registration to NPA, but Democrats more so than Republicans. The massive swing vote of 43%, should they turn out this election, means more than primary voters in this cycle.

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