JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2006/08/words-to-live-by.html (11 comments)

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jsid-1155738697-521903  DFWMTX at Wed, 16 Aug 2006 14:31:37 +0000

So if you hoard and have a gun, this means you can dominate the people whom know how to use breadmakers.

jsid-1155746885-521921  Will Coffman at Wed, 16 Aug 2006 16:48:05 +0000

I'm sorry, but I struggled to get through sentence after sentence to comprehend how that post made any sense.

jsid-1155747168-521927  Kevin Baker at Wed, 16 Aug 2006 16:52:48 +0000

Will, The Bleat is quite often where Lileks just... rambles.

Today he wasn't trying to make any kind of particular point. More stream-of-consciousness than anything.

jsid-1155747807-521933  Will Coffman at Wed, 16 Aug 2006 17:03:27 +0000

Okay, okay, I think I get it now, but why would anyone spend the time? I would need to consume a half a bottle of vodka to want to follow that "stream" of semi-consciousness. Sorry, but that's just my opinion. Carry on. Nothing more to see here.

jsid-1155752016-521946  Kevin Baker at Wed, 16 Aug 2006 18:13:36 +0000

"why would anyone spend the time?"

To get quotes like the ones I posted?

jsid-1155757834-521957  Les Jones at Wed, 16 Aug 2006 19:50:34 +0000

James, like lots of good writers, is ever so slightly neurotic, and part of the fun of reading him is getting to watch him suffer from his little neuroses. The tradeoff is that you have to read some of the minutiae of his daily routine, which can be a little dull, but then he rewards you again with some astonishing insights and turns of phrase.

jsid-1155759611-521960  Kevin Baker at Wed, 16 Aug 2006 20:20:11 +0000

"ever so slightly neurotic"???

The man is positively anal-retentive and obsessive-compulsive!

And a damned fine writer, wit, and observer of the human condition, as well.

jsid-1155767846-521970  DJ at Wed, 16 Aug 2006 22:37:26 +0000

Kevin, you're being polite. He's squirrely as hell, but goddamn he can write!

jsid-1155790256-521989  Cindi at Thu, 17 Aug 2006 04:50:56 +0000

So, what? no one else rotates their juice glasses? Youse are sloppy, sloppy people.

jsid-1155793711-521996  Cliff S. at Thu, 17 Aug 2006 05:48:31 +0000

I like how Lileks is so picky about almost everything in his life - IIRC he's ranted about how grinding the flavored coffees in the supermarket machine utterly contaminates it and he can't use it for his beans - yet he's perfectly willing to shove the supermarket's flavorless slices of industrial sponge into his maw every day versus eating real honest-to-goodness bread (or something close to it, depending on the machine). Hmph. Priorities, man!

But what can you expect from someone who openly admits buying (and consuming!) "Uncrustables" frozen white bread PB&J sandwiches? Gag.

More seriously, I hope that the funny Giant Swede bit doesn't mean that Lileks actually doesn't own a firearm. Now granted, I don't think people have to own one, but given his political and social views I'd have a real hard time understanding it if he didn't.

jsid-1155861655-522078  Mastiff at Fri, 18 Aug 2006 00:40:55 +0000

It's not so hard to support gun ownership, while never having got around to buying one yourself.

I have every intention of building an arsenal that would put David Koresh to shame... eventually.

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