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  1. illrede

    Appropriate Punishment for Catelyn

    Karstark murdered two peers that were under his king's control and hospitality, killing his king's men in order to do it, as a way to communicate his dissatisfaction with his king, then said that his king wouldn't dare do anything to him about it, because his king was at war and needed his soldiers- sprinkling his words with some sophistry to pad them. To have the perspective you just presented you're either being willfully blind (possible, people come to conclusions they like and then back-fill, and sometimes the conclusions they like to have not much material available to fill much in at all) or politically inept (again possible, it isn't necessarily conventional to believe that political authority has no overwhelmingly significant external wellspring. You're going to have to take it on faith that if Rob lets Karstark act and then affirm that act by verbal proclamation when challenged on that action that as a King Rob can be freely ignored, Rob can be ignored.).
  2. illrede

    Appropriate Punishment for Catelyn

    Rob was a proclaimed king, and it was being taken serious. Kartark's was a Les Mageste that was murder, and murder of loyal subjects was also done to do it. Everyone (specifically his kin, who later to third parties characterized it as Rikkard getting killing mad) knew what Karstark had done. The stumbling block was the loss of the Karstark men for doing the subsequent fairly obvious, conventional, and just thing. The shock is that Rob went through with it. Karstark was betting his life that it was politically inconvenient enough for him to be over-mighty and perform a significant enormity to his sovereign at will (and it was damned inconvenient). It was damned inconvenient not to as well. Nobody cared (very much, aside from the Freys, a little) that noble Lannister prisoners got killed; it was that kind of war. Karstark was being a murderous insubordinate rebellious shite that equated his obligations to his king as the same- he meant to freely get away with it and voiced that. Putting the two in the same context rises to sophistry requiring the further help of disingenuousness.
  3. illrede

    Look On My Works Ye Mighty and Despair: the Literary Future

    If he's the "With Clive in India" ("With X in Y", really) guy, that's a strange lapse on your part. Working backwards from context I assume he was "that guy (reporter?) who wrote boys adventure fiction during the Victorian/Edwardian era of places he'd never been where the hero succeeds by pluck".
  4. Leaving aside an observance (and paraphrase) of Falkenhayn's observation "Schlieffen's notes no longer obtain; and so von Moltke has lost his brain", I suspect the one critical fault is a lack of humility. That may get knocked into them.
  5. It peaked with The Grass Crown. Which isn't an indictment- The Grass Crown amazes among the amazing.
  6. I would say The Battle for Spain.
  7. illrede

    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    A young Timzinae mercenary was introduced as "Roach". Cithrin accepted it, later in the series the young man blew up on her over it being a racial pejorative. I had taken it for a nom de geurre/squad nickname (which it probably was, for that matter).
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    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    As nom de guerres go, it wasn't a bad one. That'd kill curiosity, or prevent associations from being made. Personally I never thought it was his given name, but I did think it was the name he went by.
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    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    I would disagree and say that Dawson is heroic; providing a very stripped-down view of heroism. He is a profoundly classist military aristocrat with no displayed inclination to or capacity for change and utterly conventional to his context. He possesses integrity and does not lie to himself about himself, nor does he wish to lie to himself about others if he can help it. This lets him get Geder right, when very few of his countrymen did. His wife is a more appealing version, what Dawson does is clear the minimum requirement as well as provide a clear focus on what the minimum requirement is. What does a preference or antipathy for a specific kind of political organization have to do with heroism, really?
  10. The Heroes is my personal favorite for the series.
  11. It becomes a lot different when they're gentry. Ardee had a reputation as social embarrassment, but she meets the minimum standard for an issue of her body to core a rebellion, or rather for Terez or her father taking steps to ensure that it can't, ever.
  12. illrede

    U.S. politics. thread

    Gorsuch and Sotomayor seem to be forming a predictable 6th Amendment axis. That's interesting.
  13. illrede

    US Politics: Four Days and Counting

    Flipping the House, by whatever margin, is indistinguishable from a landslide in most respects.
  14. *Shrug* Events. It was as good a plan as there was, he needed a plenipotentiary the point of contact and the new arrangement would have to be accepted by his son to be workable anyway. Going back, Doran was unwilling to disinherit Arianne and that is on him. His judgement that she could not be brought into the family plot was empirically vindicated. Arianne's coup attempt against her father would have, in her assessment of the situation, been met with lethal consequences if it failed, and it failed for the reasons Doran gave for not bringing her into the family plot (she couldn't keep her mouth shut with friends that couldn't keep their own mouths shut around casual acquaintances). That said, post-Crows Arianne seems to not have this fault and there doesn't appear to be a reason not to benefit from the silver lining of a painful education.
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    Remember the 1940 congressional elections. Things can turn around fast, even late, if you can identify a problem and move on it.
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