Open Thread, Monday 5 August 2013

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A tempting page from a Soviet-era foodstuff catalog. From englishrussia.com.

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About GruntOfMonteCristo

Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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32 Responses to Open Thread, Monday 5 August 2013

  1. What A Hoot says:

    First one to post as up early keeping new granddaughter quiet while her wonderful mother gets some much needed sleep. Dad’s first day back at work. This is one beautiful baby.

  2. barnslayer says:

    Regarding the picture… these people were standing on line for toilette paper. What are the chances any of them could actually buy this bakery stuff?

    • No kidding! I think this catalog was illustrated by Soviet agitprop artists as a way to boast about the “worker’s paradise” dream rather than the reality. On the other hand, I remember hearing that even in the worst times, Russians made some pretty fancy bread and pastries. Maybe that’s why people were willing to stand in the lines so long when they heard there was a bakery truck coming in.

      • I remember reading, back in the bad old days of the USSR, that the average Soviet woman spent several hours every day just standing in line for stuff that the average American woman could just grab off the shelf of the corner grocery store. As one who detests standing in line for anything, I remember feeling very sorry for those poor Soviet ladies.

  3. Whoa! This Egyptian hatred of Obama and his whole State Dept is getting really serious!
    http://angrywhitedude.com/2013/08/video-of-the-day-a-message-to-obama-via-egypt/

    • Pistol Pete says:

      Highly doubtful,IMHO.Journalists are so narcissistic and self-absorbed I doubt a few innocents being slaughtered and then covered up would make them turn on Chicago jesus.

  4. Serious and IMPORTANT:

    Maricopa County Cold Case Posse Lead Investigator Mike Zullo,
    re: Congressman Yoho’s comments about Stockman’s bill:



    • What A Hoot says:

      Thanks for the link, Grunt! I posted on fb (have a group of teen girls as “friends”) with this, “Don’t believe it, Girls. There is a whole world out there of drop-dead gorgeous women who are engineers and scientists and power-brains and successful. Nothing wrong being feminine while using your brains! ”

      My pet peeve is women in the workplace dressing like men.

      • What A Hoot says:

        Hint to women: Men can appreciate BOTH your femininity and your brains.

        • I’m with you on that. In my experience, women are generally respected and well-treated in most of the scientific or tech fields, so there’s no reason to overly suppress their femininity. I used to do a lot of business travel, often with a female engineer who tended to dress like a guy and had short hair. She was constantly being called “sir” by secretaries and hotel lobby clerks, and it made her so mad, but she didn’t change anything, so it continued. She got sooooo pissed.

          I’ve heard women say that they’re afraid to wear their hair long past a certain age, or wear feminine stuff, like skirts (even long ones) if they don’t feel skinny enough. But nobody’s ever skinny enough, right? And skirts and dresses are the greatest invention ever for making any woman look good – and feminine – regardless of age or how big or thin they are. Why not just wear the damn skirt? And it doesn’t have to be some insanely uncomfortable pencil skirt nonsense. I’ve seen female VPs who wore long, billowy pleated skirts that looked plenty professional enough. Besides, as long as you’re wearing a skirt or dress, you can never look like Hillary “Pantsuits” Clinton, and that’s a good thing. 😯 Now, I gotta change the subject fast before Coyote tells me to turn in my man-card or Zurich Mike starts criticizing my fashion terminology. πŸ™‚

          • Haha! As a recovered feminist who spent years of her misspent youth repressing and suppressing her femininity, I agree with you. Going butch solves nothing, anything Hillary Clinton might tell you to the contrary notwithstanding.

            Also, nothing hides a pair of thunder thighs better than a well-designed full skirt.

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