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Posted: 17 June 2012 03:26 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Glasnost, Botox, McJobs, and studmuffins.

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Posted: 17 June 2012 04:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty of selling U. S. military secretes to Israel

That sounds odd to a British ear. He would certainly be guilty of the selling of secrets, but he would plead guilty to the charge.

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Posted: 17 June 2012 07:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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He had that Waldheimer’s disease, where you can’t remember what you were doing between ‘39 and ‘45.

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Posted: 17 June 2012 05:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Sounds odd to this USn ear, too.

Edit:  Selling secretes sounds a little odd, too.

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Posted: 17 June 2012 05:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I worked with a dink in 1970. FWIW, I remember calling him that at the time.  If I that’s a false memory, a distinct possibility, I also remember referring to him as such in the ‘70s.  Certainly not proof of anything but worth research by someone capable of such a task.

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Posted: 17 June 2012 06:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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October: ... Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner bobbles a routine ground ball in Game Six of the World Series against the New York Mets, allowing the Mets to survive and eventually win the championship.

A bobble is when a fielder tries repeatedly to securely grip the ball but Buckner never touched it.  It went right through the wickets.

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Posted: 17 June 2012 09:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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There’s a wicket in baseball? Or is this figurative?

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Posted: 17 June 2012 11:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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long-con artist L. Ron Hubbard

what’s a long-con artist?

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Posted: 18 June 2012 12:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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A long-con is a con that is, well, long: one that takes months or even years to pay off.

A long-con artist is someone who practices such cons.

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Posted: 18 June 2012 02:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Thanks for the corrections, all.

There’s a wicket in baseball? Or is this figurative?

It’s figurative; the ball went between Buckner’s legs.

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Posted: 18 June 2012 05:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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the ball went between Buckner’s legs.

The high point of my twenty-three-year career as a New Yorker.  What a night that was!

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Posted: 18 June 2012 09:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Yes, I was the brigade duty officer, stationed in Germany, watching it when the ball went through Buckner’s legs at around 4 am. Had I not been on duty, I most certainly would not have been watching it. Probably the only time I was happy to have been on duty.

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Posted: 18 June 2012 12:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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The ball in question sold for a tidy $418,250 at an auction last month.. (It’s passed through many hands since a far-thinking umpire picked it up after the game, two of those hands attached to ol’ Tiger Blood himself, Charlie Sheen).

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