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Posts in 4/04: Overton Window
I'm in camo, bro... (1.20)

Terry: We're gonna be here all fucking night. If we don't get caught.

Johnny: We're not gonna get caught.

Terry: Well, you sound pretty sure for someone wearing bright fucking yellow like you're in Kill Bill.

Johnny: I'm in camo, bro. In this lot, I'm fucking invisible.

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Uma Thurman as the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of assassins (Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, and Vivica A. Fox) and their leader Bill (David Carradine) after they try to kill her and her unborn child. Her journey takes her to Japan, where she battles the Tokyo yakuza.

Tarantino conceived Kill Bill as an homage to grindhouse cinema including martial arts films, samurai cinema, blaxploitation films, and spaghetti westerns. It features an anime sequence animated by Production I.G. It is the first of two Kill Bill films made in a single production; the films were originally set for a single release, but the film, with a runtime of over four hours, was divided in two. Volume 1 became Tarantino's highest-grossing film up to that point, earning over $180 million at the box office. Kill Bill: Volume 2 was released on April 16, 2004.

But you won't... (5.20)

Chuck: I may have to lay down to him, get out of the race.

Bobby: Always outnumbered. Always outgunned. As Mosley said it best. That's the state of play for guys like us. That's what we need to get us up with the sun. You can't quit.

Chuck: All I have to do is say the words.

Bobby: But you won't.

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned is a 1997 crime novel by Walter Mosley. The book follows the trials and travails of an ex-convict Socrates Fortlow who lives in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood and struggles to stay on the path of righteousness. Always Outnumbered – 1998 television movie directed by Michael Apted, starring Laurence Fishburne as Socrates.

Walter Ellis Mosley (born January 12, 1952) is an American novelist, most widely recognized for his crime fiction. He has written a series of best-selling historical mysteries featuring the hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins, a black private investigator and World War II veteran living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California; they are perhaps his most popular works.

It's leaking, Axe... (9.55)

Carter Calloway: It's leaking, Axe. It's leaking and it's gonna blow and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Bobby: Who the fuck is this?

Carter Calloway: Carter Calloway, from Baton Rouge Okay.

Bobby: Slow down, breathe, and tell me what's going on.

Carter Calloway: An LNG terminal at the port has a perforation. It wasn't detected until it was too late and when those vapors build up - Boom. Ka-boom. The tank's gonna explode. Then the shrapnel from that will set off other tanks.

Bobby: Are you sure about this?

Carter Calloway: It's science. It's inevitable. Gonna go up like a bullfrog with an M-80 in its ass.

M-80s are an American class of large powerful firecrackers, sometimes called salutes. M-80s were originally made in the early 20th century by the U.S. military to simulate explosives or artillery fire; later, M-80s were manufactured as fireworks. Traditionally, M-80s were made from a small cardboard tube, often red, approximately 1 1⁄2 inches (3.8 cm) long and 9⁄16 inch (1.4 cm) inside diameter, with a fuse or wick coming out of the side; this type of fuse is commonly known as cannon fuse or Visco fuse, after a company responsible for standardizing the product. The tubes often hold approximately 2½–3 grams of pyrotechnic flash powder; many sources state that an M-80 carries 3 grams of powder.

Now we ride you like Justify... (14.34)

Ben Kim: I've got a hotspot. I'm up.

Wags: Attaway. Now we ride you like Justify.

Justify (foaled March 28, 2015) is a retired American Thoroughbred racehorse who is the thirteenth and most recent winner of the American Triple Crown, accomplishing the feat by winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes in 2018. He first attracted attention with a win in his first start on February 18, 2018, followed by two more victories, including the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, to qualify for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Justify then won that race, the 2018 Preakness Stakes, and the 2018 Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown. He was retired undefeated several weeks after the Belmont. Justify is only the second horse to win the American Triple Crown with an undefeated record, following Seattle Slew. Justify is descended from Seattle Slew, Secretariat, Count Fleet, War Admiral, Omaha, and Gallant Fox, all of whom also won the American Triple Crown. He is also a descendant of English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky. Of the 13 American Triple Crown winners, Justify is the first who did not race as a two-year-old.

We're going back in time... (16.05)

Wags: Like Huey Lewis crooned we're going back in time. Who's ready to do some smilin' and dialin'?! Heads up.

Bobby: Pump up your Reebok Blacktops, we've gotta do this old school…

Hugh Anthony Cregg III (born July 5, 1950, known professionally as Huey Lewis, is a Grammy-winning American singer, songwriter, and actor. Lewis sings lead and plays harmonica for his band, Huey Lewis and the News, in addition to writing or co-writing many of the band's songs. The band is known for their third, and best-selling, album Sports, and their contribution to the soundtrack of the 1985 feature film Back to the Future. Lewis previously played with the band Clover from 1972 to 1979.

Reebok Blacktops are old school trainers from the 90’s.

Ice, ice, baby... (24.59)

Dollar Bill: Eighty thousand shares offloaded through my Canuck on the TSX.

Spyros: Ice, ice, baby.

"Ice Ice Baby" is a hip hop song written by American rapper Vanilla Ice, K. Kennedy and DJ Earthquake. It was based on the bassline of "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie, who did not initially receive songwriting credit or royalties until after it had become a hit. Originally released on Vanilla Ice's 1989 debut album Hooked and later on his 1990 national debut To the Extreme, it is his best known song. It has appeared in remixed form on Platinum Underground and Vanilla Ice Is Back! A live version appears on the album Extremely Live, while a nu metal version appears on the album Hard to Swallow, under the title "Too Cold".

Are you fucking insane?... (26.11)

Chuck: Well, what if I fight? What if I take the humiliation. Lean into it. Proceed despite it.

Wendy: Then you will lose and we will be a laughing stock.

Chuck: Are you sure?

Wendy: Are you fucking insane?

Chuck: Tell me why I am.

Wendy: I'm sure of a few things, first, the Overton Window. That which is an acceptable part of the public discourse. This behavior our behavior is so far outside that window it might as well be on fucking Mars.

The Overton window is a term for the range of ideas tolerated in public discourse, also known as the window of discourse. The term is named after Joseph P. Overton, who claimed that an idea's political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within this range, rather than on politicians' individual preferences. According to Overton, the window contains the range of policies that a politician can recommend without appearing too extreme to gain or keep public office in the current climate of public opinion.

Just the farewell... (35.10)

Ira: Fraunces. Fitting.

Chuck: Washington bid farewell to his troops here. Even at my best Even though I never got my troops again.

Ira: Just the farewell. I don't see any other way either.

Fraunces Tavern is a landmark museum and restaurant in New York City, situated at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street. The location played a prominent role in history before, during and after the American Revolution, serving as a headquarters for George Washington, a venue for peace negotiations with the British, and housing federal offices in the Early Republic. It has been owned since 1904 by Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York Inc., which carried out a major conjectural reconstruction, and claim it is Manhattan's oldest surviving building. The museum interprets the building and its history, along with varied exhibitions of art and artifacts. The tavern is a tourist site and a part of the American Whiskey Trail and the New York Freedom Trail.

It's high time for truth... (37.09)

Chuck: "A lie," the wise man, Winston Churchill, purportedly said, "gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." But, uh, I have a feeling that this truth will find its way quick enough. And it's high time for truth, too. For openness. For unburdening. I am not here, as most politicians might be, to ask you to trust me. No. Instead, I am asking if I may trust you, with my deepest fear, which is that you might know me, who I really am.

This quote is often attributed to Winston Churchill, but there is apparently no evidence that he said it. It may have been President Franklin Roosevelt’s secretary of state, Cordell Hull, or Jefferson, or Mark Twain. More here.

Ce n'est pas notre destin... (51.30)

Grigor: We would come back refreshed and with a whole new outlook on how we could work together.

Chuck: Yeah, sounds tempting. You and me, traveling the continents, the real world Lestat and Louis. Alas, uh Ce n'est pas notre destin.

Grigor: No?

Chuck: No.

Grigor: Depressing.

Chuck: Mm. A bit. Yes.

Lestat de Lioncourt is a fictional character appearing in several novels by Anne Rice, including The Vampire Lestat. He is a vampire who was the narrator and an antihero in the majority of The Vampire Chronicles. Louis de Pointe du Lac is a fictional character in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series. He begins his life as a mortal man and later becomes a vampire. He is the  protagonist who tells his story in Interview with the Vampire (the first book of The Vampire Chronicles). He also features in The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, The Vampire Armand, Merrick, Prince Lestat and Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.

Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac

Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac

More Chuck Wepner than Michael Spinks... (53.20)

Grigor: I, of course, picked up the scent of the Axelrod behind this.

As I did your recent attack on my systems. But you shouldn't consider this as an attack. Rhoades gave you a warning. He's letting you leave. That's a favor to me. And a favor to you. I hope you understand that.

Grigor: What I don't understand fits on a fucking Bazooka comic.

Bobby: Then here's one more thing for you to get your mind around. I can be scared. But I cannot be scared off.

Grigor: Sure. More, uh, Chuck Wepner than Michael Spinks. But they both lost in the end.

Bobby:Because they were underprepared and overmatched. I'm neither.

Grigor: That is what Mr. Spinks thought right up to 91st second of round one.

Bobby:Probably did. But he couldn't do what I can.

Grigor: And what is that? Move like Jagger?


Bazooka Joe is a comic strip character featured on small comics included inside individually wrapped pieces of Bazooka bubble gum. He wears a black eyepatch, lending him a distinctive appearance. He is one of the more recognizable American advertising characters of the 20th century, due to worldwide distribution, and one of the few identifiable ones associated with a candy. With sales of Bazooka bubble gum down, Bazooka Candy Brands announced in November 2012 that they will no longer include the comic strip in their packaging. The new wrapper will include brain teasers, instructions, and codes that can be used to unlock videos and video games. The company stated that Bazooka Joe and other characters will occasionally appear on the new packaging.

Charles Wepner (born February 26, 1939) is an American former professional boxer who fought as a heavyweight. As a world ranked contender he fell just seconds short of a full fifteen rounds with world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in a 1975 title fight. Wepner also scored notable wins over Randy Neumann and former World Heavyweight Champion Ernie Terrell. Wepner's boxing career, his connection to the 1976 film Rocky, and other life events were chronicled in the 2016 film, Chuck.

Michael Spinks (born July 13, 1956) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1988. He held world championships in two weight classes, including the undisputed light heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985, and the lineal heavyweight title from 1985 to 1988. As an amateur he won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Nicknamed "Jinx", which spawned the nickname of his straight right hand, "The Spinks Jinx", Spinks is the brother of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, and uncle of Cory Spinks, a former welterweight and light middleweight champion. After a successful amateur career, which culminated in his Olympic gold medal win, Spinks went undefeated in his first 31 professional fights, beating Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Marvin Johnson and Eddie Davis en route to becoming the undisputed light heavyweight champion. After 10 successful title defenses, Spinks moved up to heavyweight, and as an underdog defeated long-reigning IBFheavyweight champion Larry Holmes; in doing so, Spinks became the first reigning light heavyweight world champion to win the heavyweight title. In his final fight, Spinks was knocked out by Mike Tyson in 91 seconds, the only defeat of his professional career.

Sir Michael Philip Jagger or Mick Jagger (born 26 July 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, actor and film producer who gained worldwide fame as the lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones. Jagger's career has spanned over five decades, and he has been described as "one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll". His distinctive voice and energetic live performances, along with Keith Richards' guitar style have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the band's career. Jagger gained press notoriety for his admitted drug use and romantic involvements, and was often portrayed as a countercultural figure.