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1 Cap'n Magic  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:11:31pm

Wicked. But not too far from the truth.

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2 Bubblehead II  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:13:58pm

Beware the Feline Overlords.

I have 3 of them on my front porch eating dinner and preventing me from making a beer run.

3 wrenchwench  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:15:27pm

re: #2 Bubblehead II

Beware the Feline Overlords.

I have 3 of them on my front porch eating dinner and preventing me from making a beer run.

Tell 'em it's a tuna run!

4 PhillyPretzel  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:17:06pm

re: #3 wrenchwench

Or chicken?

5 b_sharp  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:19:09pm

re: #4 PhillyPretzel

Or chicken?

SOunds like the chicken is already there.

6 Kdizzle  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:24:02pm

So who wants to make the first pussy joke?

7 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:29:04pm

re: #6 Kdizzle

So who wants to make the first pussy joke?

Pussy shot: After the Bath

8 Kdizzle  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:31:43pm

re: #7 Shiplord Kirel

That image will haunt my dreams from now until the rapture and then on into eternity.

9 wrenchwench  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:38:26pm

I'll watch this at home, where the modern equipment is.

In the meantime:

Bike Rack, ur doin it---different.

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10 Bubblehead II  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:41:57pm

re: #5 b_sharp

SOunds like the chicken is already there.

Ouch!

11 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:42:31pm

Oliver Stone's show on Reagan, Gorbachev, and the Rise of the Right is on. The old footage is really bringing back memories. Reminds me very much of why I was never a Reagan admirer even when I was supposed to be a wingnut.

12 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:47:33pm

Iran/Contra. A truly horrible episode in the history of the presidency.

13 Kdizzle  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:54:52pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

Watergate nor a blowjob from Monica Lewinsky ever got a nun or non-fascist political dissident shot and buried in a mass grave, but those are the scandals we choose to embed in our national zeitgeist.

14 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 5:58:05pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

Iran/Contra. A truly horrible episode in the history of the presidency.

The last republican held responsible for unethical behavior was Nixon. All GOPer presidents since have been given carte blanche.

15 Kdizzle  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:03:11pm

re: #13 Kdizzle

Excuse me for the narcissism, but that's the most depressing fucking thought I've ever had.

Drinking whiskey on the rocks and listening to OK Computer over headphones doesn't help.

Thank god I'm going to a New Years party in a couple of hours.

Maybe several failed attempts then a triumphant pity fueled attempt to get laid will help me forget about it.

16 HoosierHoops  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:12:55pm

I'd like to wish all of you a happy new year. May you be prosperous in the coming year. May your children come home safe from schools, and the movies.
May God protect all our Senators, Representatives and of course POTUS and his family and friends. Thank you for sparing Gabby. May we as a nation start protecting Mother Earth and be good stewards of our resources. Please reform the GOP and make them sane again. Protect our service men and Women and bring them back home safely. Comfort the Families who have lost children and parents from the 2 wars we have engaged in the last 10 years.
As Timmy said, ' God bless us all '

17 dragonfire1981  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:13:16pm

Just caught this great Google year in review commercial:

18 jamesfirecat  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:14:04pm

re: #14 Interesting Times

The last republican held responsible for unethical behavior was Nixon. All GOPer presidents since have been given carte blanche.

I'd argue that being truly held responsible for Nixon would have involved him not getting pardoned by Ford.

19 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:16:27pm

re: #14 Interesting Times

The last republican held responsible for unethical behavior was Nixon. All GOPer presidents since have been given carte blanche.

There have been some Congressmen who have been forced to leave office.

20 Stanghazi  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:20:51pm

re: #16 A Man for all Seasons

I'd like to wish all of you a happy new year. May you be prosperous in the coming year. May your children come home safe from schools, and the movies.
May God protect all our Senators, Representatives and of course POTUS and his family and friends. Thank you for sparing Gabby. May we as a nation start protecting Mother Earth and be good stewards of our resources. Please reform the GOP and make them sane again. Protect our service men and Women and bring them back home safely. Comfort the Families who have lost children and parents from the 2 wars we have engaged in the last 10 years.
As Timmy said, ' God bless us all '

Happy New Year to you Hoops!

21 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:22:00pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

A mistake, to be sure, but far from horrible.

22 William Barnett-Lewis  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:40:46pm

re: #21 Dark_Falcon

A mistake, to be sure, but far from horrible.

Illegally selling weapons to our enemies in Iran in order to fund the violent overthrow of a democratically elected government by right wing terrorists isn't horrible? Just a mistake? Sorry DF, but Reagan should have been impeached and that disgraces to the Corps should still be making big rocks into little rocks in Leavenworth.

23 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:41:56pm

One thing strikes me about tonight - no Dick Clark.

24 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:45:13pm

re: #23 freetoken

One thing strikes me about tonight - no Dick Clark.

What, hologram Dick Clark isn't ready for prime-time?

25 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:46:19pm

re: #22 William Barnett-Lewis

re: #21 Dark_Falcon

Illegally selling weapons to our enemies in Iran in order to fund the violent overthrow of a democratically elected government by right wing terrorists isn't horrible? Just a mistake? Sorry DF, but Reagan should have been impeached and that disgraces to the Corps should still be making big rocks into little rocks in Leavenworth.

The Sandanistas weren't democratically elected. The only election they held prior to 1990 was a sham. They were an aggressive and predatory satellite of the Soviet Union and Latin America was better once they were out of power.

26 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:48:01pm

re: #23 freetoken

One thing strikes me about tonight - no Dick Clark.

One door closes, another door opens. Happy New Year, FT.

27 William Barnett-Lewis  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:51:48pm

The Sandinistas were angels - at least when compared to the Samosa regime or the fascist governments of El Salvadore or Guatemala or Honduras. Had Reagan gotten his way he would have put something as evil and depraved as Pinochet or the Argentine Junta into Managua.

28 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:52:53pm

re: #27 William Barnett-Lewis

The Sandinistas were angels - at least when compared to the Samosa regime or the fascist governments of El Salvadore or Guatemala or Honduras. Had Reagan gotten his way he would have put something as evil and depraved as Pinochet or the Argentine Junta into Managua.

I don't know where you got that from, but its incredibly wrong.

29 bratwurst  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:54:04pm

re: #25 Dark_Falcon

The Sandanistas weren't democratically elected. The only election they held prior to 1990 was a sham. They were an aggressive and predatory satellite of the Soviet Union and Latin America was better once they were out of power.

I think you should go visit Central America and see what a paradise the Reagan era bequeathed to the people of that region.

30 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:54:54pm

re: #29 bratwurst

I think you should go visit Central America and see what a paradise the Reagan era bequeathed to the people of that region.

I haven't the money for foreign travel.

31 bratwurst  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:56:29pm

re: #30 Dark_Falcon

I haven't the money for foreign travel.

Sorry you don't have the money, but to be brutally frank the fact that you haven't spent any time outside of the United States shows...often.

32 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 6:58:31pm

Loaves are out of the oven.

I don't know, I am feeling kind of anxious. Maybe I should drink some more red wine or something.

33 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:00:30pm

re: #32 Vicious Babushka

Loaves are out of the oven.

I don't know, I am feeling kind of anxious. Maybe I should drink some more red wine or something.

Have I said you're a great chef lately? Because you clearly are.

34 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:02:08pm

The loaves didn't rise as high as I would like and I left them out for hours.

35 Bubblehead II  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:02:21pm

re: #32 Vicious Babushka

Loaves are out of the oven.

I don't know, I am feeling kind of anxious. Maybe I should drink some more red wine or something.

Don't know about the wine, but I will take a couple of those, some sweet butter and honey. Yummmm.

36 Bubblehead II  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:05:19pm

BTW, anybody got a good feed for the Times Square ball drop tonight?

37 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:07:33pm

I want to throw up now.

38 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:07:47pm

Happy New Year, everybody.

39 Pawn of the Oppressor  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:08:09pm

I'm sick as hell and so is the girlfriend, so no festivities tonight. There's some kind of Sneeze-bola rampaging around DFW these last two weeks that's taking people out left and right, yours truly included. My "champagne" will be Nyquil at about ten o'clock and then bed, or at least that's the plan.

In the meantime, I'm skiving off on the internet and drinking hot cocoa. I'll follow the fun on twitter, maybe watch some downloaded TV... Dunno yet. I would say the night is young, but it's already 9. :(

40 Renaissance_Man  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:08:47pm
I want to throw up now.

I think one of your new year resolutions should be to unfollow his Twitter feed. Feeding yourself anger and hate isn't good for anyone. In fact, it's exactly what makes FOX viewers what they are.

41 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:11:23pm

re: #40 Renaissance_Man

I think one of your new year resolutions should be to unfollow his Twitter feed. Feeding yourself anger and hate isn't good for anyone. In fact, it's exactly what makes FOX viewers what they are.

you're probably right.

42 Stanghazi  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:13:48pm

re: #34 Vicious Babushka

The loaves didn't rise as high as I would like and I left them out for hours.

they look excellent

43 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:13:53pm

The AP is running a series of stories on famous obits for 2012, with each month having its own story - which makes it difficult to find all 12 in one spot, but I have found 11 of the months (missing only Feb.)

The following resonate me for one reason or another:

Jan. 2
- Gordon Hirabayashi, 93, a sociologist who refused to be sent to internment camps that kept more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans captive during World War II and was vindicated four decades later when a U.S. court overturned his conviction and concluded that the U.S. government's interment polices had been based on political expedience, not any threat to national security. In Edmonton, Alberta. No cause of death was given.

Jan. 20
— Etta James, 73, a singer whose performance of the enduring classic "At Last" was the embodiment of refined soul but who had tempestuous relationships with her family, her men and the music industry, in Los Angeles, of complications from leukemia.

March 28
— Earl Scruggs, 88, a bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer, who helped profoundly change 20th century country music whose string-bending, mind-blowing way of picking produced an instantly recognizable sound, in Nashville, Tennessee of natural causes.

April 7
— Mike Wallace, 93, the dogged, merciless CBS television reporter and interviewer who took on politicians, celebrities and other public figures in a 60-year career highlighted by the on-air confrontations that helped make "60 Minutes" the most successful U.S. prime-time television news program ever, in New Canann, Connecticut.

April 21
— Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, 80, described as the "evil genius" of the Nixon administration who served seven months in prison for a Watergate-related conviction who then spent the next 35 years ministering to prison inmates, in northern Virginia, of complications from brain surgery.

May 9
— Vidal Sassoon, 84, who used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care, in Los Angeles of natural causes.

May 10
— Carroll Shelby, 89, the legendary car designer whose fabled Shelby Cobra sports car became an automotive and cultural icon, whose last Mustang Shelby GT500, set records for horsepower and top speed of more than 200 mph (320 kph) in Dallas, apparently of natural causes.

May 17
— Donna Summer, 63, who was bestowed a title fitting of musical royalty — the Queen of Disco — as she became the voice and face of the genre with pulsating hits like " I Feel Love" in Naples, Florida of cancer.

May 18
— Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, 86, the renowned German baritone who performed for more than five decades on stages in Berlin, Vienna, London and New York, in the southern German city of Starnberg. No cause of death was given.

June 2
— Richard Dawson, 79, a British-born entertainer who made his mark in the unlikely 1960s television sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," which mined laughs from a Nazi POW camp whose prisoners hoodwink their captors and run the place themselves and who later became a popular TV game show host, in Los Angeles of complications related to esophageal cancer.

June 4
— Herb Reed, 83, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like "Only You" and "The Great Pretender," in the Boston area after a period of declining health that included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

June 5
— Ray Bradbury, 91, a science fiction-fantasy master whose work could be by turns dark and depressing or joyful, whimsical and nostalgic, in literary classics such as "Fahrenheit 451," in Los Angeles.

June 17
— Rodney King, 47, whose videotaped beating by police sparked one of the worst U.S. race riots and who struggled with addiction and repeated arrests, in Rialto, California, in an apparent drowning.

(cont)

44 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:14:56pm

re: #37 Vicious Babushka

I want to throw up now.

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Nobody is letting "proponents of Sharia and jihad" in now, Bryan, you worthless choad. Not all Muslims believe in violent Jihad, only a relatively small minority do, and it is only that minority that needs to be and largely is being excluded.

/spits

45 jamesfirecat  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:15:18pm

re: #21 Dark_Falcon

A mistake, to be sure, but far from horrible.

What part of selling weapons to Iran a country that hated out guts and would quite possibly use those weapons against us, so that we could illegally fund a group of cut throat paramilitary thugs whose sole "virtue" was that they hated communism was not horrible?

46 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:15:54pm

This person does her job:

Her vain, cowardly, blubbering successor? Not so much.

47 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:18:16pm

I also made some apple-carrot muffins.

I don't like to whistle a happy tune (whistling annoys the shit out of me) so I bake up a storm.

48 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:19:13pm

Ha, looks like Charles isn't the only one fed up with useless beltway bloviators:

49 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:19:49pm

re: #43 freetoken

The AP is running a series of stories on famous obits for 2012, with each month having its own story - which makes it difficult to find all 12 in one spot, but I have found 11 of the months (missing only Feb.)

The following resonate me for one reason or another:


June 4
— Herb Reed, 83, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like "Only You" and "The Great Pretender," in the Boston area after a period of declining health that included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

(cont)

Upon hearing "The Great Pretender" played at a restaurant where we were having lunch, my father remarked that the band sing it was The Platters, to which I replied "I know". My father then told me they had sung at a dance at his high school back in the 50's. Foolishly though, my response to that was to say "You do realize how old that makes you look, don't you?", an asshole line I wish I'd never said.

50 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:21:59pm

(cont)

July 3
— Andy Griffith, 86, who made homespun American Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and whose career spanned more than a half century on stage, film and television, in coastal North Carolina. No cause of death was given but he had suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000.

July 8
— Ernest Borgnine, 95, who won a woman's love and an Academy Award in one of the great lonely hearts roles in "Marty," a highlight in a workhorse career that spanned nearly seven decades and more than 200 film and television parts, in Los Angeles of renal failure.

July 10
— Maria Hawkins Cole, 89, widow of jazz crooner Nat "King" Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole, in Boca Raton, Florida of cancer.

July 16
— Masaharu Matsushita, 99, who helped lead the Japanese electronics company Panasonicfor half a century as it grew into a global brand, in Osaka. No other details were available.

July 23
— Sally Ride, 61, a physicist who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, in La Jolla, California of pancreatic cancer.

July 27
— Tony Martin, 98, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs that spanned 80 years, in Los Angeles of natural causes.

July 31
— Gore Vidal, 86, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia.

Aug. 6
— Marvin Hamlisch, 68, who composed or arranged the scores for dozens of movies including "The Sting" and the Broadway smash "A Chorus Line," in Los Angeles after a brief illness.
— Bernard Lovell, 98, a pioneering British physicist and astronomer, who developed one of the world's largest radio telescopes exploring particles in the universe, in Manchester. No cause of death was given.

Aug. 13
— Helen Gurley Brown, 90, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine whose million selling grab-bag book of advice, opinion and anecdote "Sex and the Single Girl" declared the sexual revolution was no longer just for men and made her a celebrity and a foil for feminists, in New York. No cause of death was given.

Aug. 20
— Phyllis Diller, 95, an American housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, punctuating her jokes with her trademark cackle, and was a staple of night clubs and television for decades, in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released.

Aug. 25
— Neil Armstrong, 82, who commanded the historic landing of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the moon, July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions and becoming the first man to take "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon, in Cincinnati, Ohio, of complications from heart procedures.

Sept. 3
— Sun Myung Moon, 92, a self-proclaimed messiah who founded the Unification Church and turned his religions vision into a worldwide movement and a multibillion dollar corporation stretch from the Korean Peninsula to the United States, in Gapeyeong Country, Korea after being hospitalized for pneumonia His followers around the world cherished him, while his detractors accused him of brainwashing recruits and extracting money from worshippers.

Sept. 25
Andy Williams, 84, a crooner who was part of the soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s, with easy-listening hits like "Moon River," the "Love Story" theme and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" from his beloved Christmas TV specials, in Branston, Missouri. He had bladder cancer.

(cont)

51 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:23:36pm

re: #46 Interesting Times

This person does her job:

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Her vain, cowardly, blubbering successor? Not so much.

She's paddling them in. :D

52 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:23:43pm

re: #45 jamesfirecat

What part of selling weapons to Iran a country that hated out guts and would quite possibly use those weapons against us, so that we could illegally fund a group of cut throat paramilitary thugs whose sole "virtue" was that they hated communism was not horrible?

In both cases the weapons sent were used to bleed Soviet allies (Iraq and Nicaragua). That had considerable value, but it should not have been done.

Iran-Contra was a serious mistake, but not a horror. And even the independent counsel assigned to investigate later told Bob Woodward he didn't thing Reagan himself was "dirty".

53 Pawn of the Oppressor  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:25:08pm

re: #43 freetoken

June 2
— Richard Dawson, 79, a British-born entertainer who made his mark in the unlikely 1960s television sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," which mined laughs from a Nazi POW camp whose prisoners hoodwink their captors and run the place themselves and who later became a popular TV game show host, in Los Angeles of complications related to esophageal cancer.

Oh holy crap - Newkirk! It just clicked in my head! I don't think I heard anything about Hogan's Heroes when he died, so I didn't know who he was...

54 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:25:28pm

re: #50 freetoken

Interesting that all three of the Asians on that list lived to be older than 90. That likely says something about the lifestyles they led.

55 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:26:09pm

I wonder if Hitchens will be on that list.

56 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:26:11pm


57 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:26:25pm
58 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:27:07pm

re: #53 Pawn of the Oppressor

Oh holy crap - Newkirk! It just clicked in my head! I don't think I heard anything about Hogan's Heroes when he died, so I didn't know who he was...

He also memorably played evil game show host Damon Killian opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Running Man.

59 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:28:13pm

(cont)

Oct. 3
— Robert F. Christy, 96, a former California Institute of Technology professor who helped design the trigger mechanism for the atomic bombs used in World War II, in Pasadena, California of natural causes.

Oct. 21
— George McGovern, 90, a proud liberal who argued fervently against the Vietnam war as a Democratic senator and lost the 1972 presidential election to Richard Nixon in a landslide just as the Watergate burglary scandal that brought his downfall began, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. No cause of death was given.

Nov. 9
— Valerie Eliot, 86, widow of T.S. Eliot and zealous guardian of the poet's literary legacy for almost half a century, in London after a short illness.

Nov. 13
— Bryce Bayer, 83, a retired Kodak scientist and the inventor of a widely used color filter array that bears his name, in Brunswick, Maine. The cause of death was not released.

Nov. 23
— Larry Hagman, 81, an American actor who masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron J.R. Ewing on television's long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap opera, "Dallas," in Dallas of complications from cancer.

Dec. 5
— Dave Brubeck, 91, a pianist and composer of "Take Five," a deceptively complex jazz composition that introduced a new, adventurous sound to millions of listeners, in Norwalk, Connecticut of heart failure.
— Oscar Niemeyer, 104, an architect who recreated Brazil's sensuous curves in reinforced concrete and built the capital of Brasilia on the empty central plains as a symbol of the nation's future, in Rio de Janeiro of a respiratory infection.
— Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 103, a prominent Australian philanthropist and mother of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, near Melbourne. No cause of death was given but she had been hospitalized in September after a bad fall.

Dec. 9
— Patrick Moore, 89, a British astronomer and broadcaster well known for his long-running BBC television show "The Sky at Night," which was credited with popularizing astronomy for generations of Britons, in Selsey, England. No specific cause of death was given but he had heart problems.

Dec. 17
Daniel K. Inouye, 88, who broke racial barriers as the first Japanese-American elected to Congress and was a World War II hero who served decades representing Hawaii in the Senate, playing key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals, in Washington of respiratory complications.

Dec. 24
— Jack Klugman, 90, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV's "The Odd Couple" and the crime-fighting coroner in "Quincy, M.E.," in Los Angeles. No cause of death was given.

Dec. 26
— Gerry Anderson, 83, puppetry pioneer and British creator of the sci-fi hit "Thunderbirds" TV show, near Oxfordshire, England. He had mixed dementia.

60 Pawn of the Oppressor  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:29:02pm

re: #55 Kronocide

I wonder if Hitchens will be on that list.

Hitchens was late 2011, I think Dec. 15th? 1st anniversary of his death was recently. Lately every time I go on Youtube I get sidetracked into watching one of his lectures or TV appearances. He is sorely, sorely missed.

61 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:30:30pm

re: #60 Pawn of the Oppressor

Hitchens was late 2011, I think Dec. 15th? 1st anniversary of his death was recently. Lately every time I go on Youtube I get sidetracked into watching one of his lectures or TV appearances. He is sorely, sorely missed.

Wow, it has been a while. Time is flying.

62 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:30:41pm

It's funny what resonates with a person, to make them feel like time has indeed passed.

From:

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[Link: www.wpxi.com...]
[Link: www.ajc.com...]
[Link: www.scmp.com...]
[Link: www.khou.com...]
[Link: www.wsbtv.com...]
[Link: news.yahoo.com...]
[Link: www.necn.com...]
[Link: www.wftv.com...]

63 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:31:37pm
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 103, a prominent Australian philanthropist and mother of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, near Melbourne. No cause of death was given

How about being 103 freaking years old?

64 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:33:14pm

re: #32 Vicious Babushka

re: #47 Vicious Babushka

We wantz to come to ur place 4 party.

65 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:34:12pm
66 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:34:19pm

re: #63 Vicious Babushka

How about being 103 freaking years old?

Pretty incredible. I'm not fan of Rupert Murdoch, but I pray God comforts him in dealing with her passing.

67 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:34:24pm

re: #63 Vicious Babushka

How about being 103 freaking years old?

Ha, you have a point.

68 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:35:45pm

A ha, finally found February:

[Link: www.wftv.com...]

Feb. 11
— Whitney Houston, 48, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was tarnished by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, California. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Feb. 29
— Davy Jones, 66, the diminutive heartthrob who rocketed to the top of the 1960s music charts by beckoning millions of adoring fans with the catchy refrains of The Monkees,in Indiantown, Florida, of a heart attack.

69 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:36:09pm

Happy 4,540,002,013!

70 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:36:42pm

re: #69 Gus

Happy 4,540,002,013!

+2,000. Now fixed.

71 Bubblehead II  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:36:51pm

re: #63 Vicious Babushka

How about being 103 freaking years old?

A contributing factor for sure. But the final cause? I think not.

72 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:39:01pm

re: #71 Bubblehead II

A contributing factor for sure. But the final cause? I think not.

re: #71 Bubblehead II

A contributing factor for sure. But the final cause? I think not.

OK, now I'm embarrassed. I read Alouette's post wrong.

73 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:41:37pm

re: #65 jaunte

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That's not a trap. This is a trap.

//

74 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:45:17pm

re: #73 Targetpractice

That's not a trap. This is a trap.

//

I don't want to know.

75 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:47:51pm

Judge: Rape victim ‘didn’t put up a fight’

Akin, Mourdock, some judge in CA. Nothing to see here, just move along.

In explaining why he was sentencing the defendant to six years in prison instead of the 16 years sought by the prosecutor, Johnson said this, according to a transcript quoted by the commission:

“I spent my last year and a half in the D.A.’s office in the sexual assault unit. I know something about sexual assault. …I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something. If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case. That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn’t necessarily willing, she didn’t put up a fight. And to treat this case like the rape cases that we all hear about is an insult to victims of rape. …I think it trivializes a rape.”

76 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:48:03pm

Something's coming.

77 allegro  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:51:03pm

re: #49 Dark_Falcon

Upon hearing "The Great Pretender" played at a restaurant where we were having lunch, my father remarked that the band sing it was The Platters, to which I replied "I know". My father then told me they had sung at a dance at his high school back in the 50's. Foolishly though, my response to that was to say "You do realize how old that makes you look, don't you?", an asshole line I wish I'd never said.

LOL Only a "kid" would think of that as an asshole line. Here's a hint: those of us who are older know that we are - it isn't a surprise or an insult. I don't know about your dad but I wouldn't trade my age or experience for anything. He's enjoying that memory of the Platters, one that you missed, too bad for you cuz that would have been awesome. I wouldn't trade my experiences, having seen Janis Jopin and Jimi Hendrix live in concert among many others and having my young life shaped by the incredible changes in the 50s and 60s, coming to adulthood in the 70s. If anything, I pity y'all who will never understand that social force of changing attitudes that we were fortunate to experience.

Frankly, I'm happy to be where I am now, essentially at retirement and the last lap of my life. Again, I don't know your dad but I would be surprised if he felt any differently. Thinking that was an asshole line is thinking that youth is superior to age so calling attention to that age is an insult. It isn't. I hope you make it to that age that you will be as amused as I am that you think it is.

78 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:51:49pm

Going to the floor.

79 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:51:51pm

re: #75 Kronocide

Needs retirement, soonest. (Parody account).

80 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:54:03pm

re: #79 jaunte

Ha! We're about to run out the door but I was gonna search for Facebook/Twitter etc just to see if he was a MuslimoCommieSocialist. I'm shocked, just shocked he's not.

81 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:54:34pm

Old school phone ring. Ha!

82 Killgore Trout  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:55:08pm

Pro tip: toast brown rice in a pan over medium heat for 15 minutes. It's worth the effort.

83 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:56:14pm

re: #76 Gus

Something's coming.

I'm ready. [loads SR-25 with 80-round drum, chambers a round, and prepares for battle.]

84 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:56:38pm
85 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:57:22pm

re: #64 freetoken

re: #47 Vicious Babushka

We wantz to come to ur place 4 party.

You just trying to cheer me up.

I didn't even get around to making the Chocolate Duplex Oreo Trifle.

86 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 7:59:15pm

re: #82 Killgore Trout

Pro tip: toast brown rice in a pan over medium heat for 15 minutes. It's worth the effort.

Before or after you cook it?

87 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:01:11pm

re: #77 allegro

LOL Only a "kid" would think of that as an asshole line. Here's a hint: those of us who are older know that we are - it isn't a surprise or an insult. I don't know about your dad but I wouldn't trade my age or experience for anything. He's enjoying that memory of the Platters, one that you missed, too bad for you cuz that would have been awesome. I wouldn't trade my experiences, having seen Janis Jopin and Jimi Hendrix live in concert among many others and having my young life shaped by the incredible changes in the 50s and 60s, coming to adulthood in the 70s. If anything, I pity y'all who will never understand that social force of changing attitudes that we were fortunate to experience.

Frankly, I'm happy to be where I am now, essentially at retirement and the last lap of my life. Again, I don't know your dad but I would be surprised if he felt any differently. Thinking that was an asshole line is thinking that youth is superior to age so calling attention to that age is an insult. It isn't. I hope you make it to that age that you will be as amused as I am that you think it is.

I know getting to see them live like that was an honor, it's just that I feel i was being flippant and dismissive. I try not to be an asshole, and I try to hold myself to account when I fail.

88 Bubblehead II  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:01:39pm

Night Lizards. May The Deity Of Your CHoice Smile Down Upon You and yours.

Sleep well and may we al look forward to a Happier New Year.

89 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:02:04pm

re: #77 allegro

I wouldn't trade my experiences, having seen Janis Jopin and Jimi Hendrix live in concert among many others and having my young life shaped by the incredible changes in the 50s and 60s, coming to adulthood in the 70s. If anything, I pity y'all who will never understand that social force of changing attitudes that we were fortunate to experience.

I'm a Gen-X'er. I find myself envying people your age because you won't be around to witness the dystopian hell we'll eventually get stuck with :/

90 Killgore Trout  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:02:47pm

re: #86 Vicious Babushka

Before or after you cook it?

Before. Just a dry pan over medium heat then boil as usual. It adds a lot of nutty flavor to brown rice and also softens the texture quite a bit.

91 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:03:15pm

I finally got Zedushka to LIKE RICE!

He never liked to eat rice, something to do with his dad always liking rice with gravy and rice in chicken soup instead of noodles.

I made Whole Foods 365 Wild Rice & Brown Rice mix and he loved it! He said it didn't taste "ricey"

Thing is, WF 365 Wild Rice & Brown Rice is really expensive, not something that you make to pour leftovers on.

But it is really good with roast beef (or turkey) and sweet potatoes.

92 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:03:37pm

re: #89 Interesting Times

I'm a Gen-X'er. I find myself envying people your age because you won't be around to witness the dystopian hell we'll eventually get stuck with :/

Are we talking the Blade Runner dystopian hell or the Mad Max dystopian hell?

93 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:04:54pm

re: #92 Targetpractice

Are we talking the Blade Runner dystopian hell or the Mad Max dystopian hell?

With our luck, both.

94 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:05:09pm

re: #81 Gus

Old school phone ring. Ha!

My cell does the old school phone ring, that's my ringtone.

95 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:05:49pm

re: #92 Targetpractice

Are we talking the Blade Runner dystopian hell or the Mad Max dystopian hell?

The former for the wealthy, the latter for everyone else. #HappyNewYear!

96 Romantic Heretic  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:06:00pm

re: #92 Targetpractice

Are we talking the Blade Runner dystopian hell or the Mad Max dystopian hell?

William Gibson's.

97 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:07:08pm

re: #96 Romantic Heretic

William Gibson's.

So a little of column A and a little of column B, eh?

98 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:10:00pm
99 allegro  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:10:12pm

re: #89 Interesting Times

I'm a Gen-X'er. I find myself envying people your age because you won't be around to witness the dystopian hell we'll eventually get stuck with :/

I left that out on purpose. My heart does break for those you who will never understand the meaning of the American Dream. It really was real once. (Now, I'm sounding like King Arthur dying at the end of the Once and Future King). I got a piece of it, especially as a young woman with so many more opportunities than my mother and those women before had, but it started to crater with Reagan. It had a last gasp in the 90s under Clinton, though even then was being terminally strangled.

100 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:11:16pm

What a hoot.

[Link: www.ustream.tv...]

101 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:12:49pm

re: #100 Gus

A giant just walked through.

102 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:13:19pm

Heard that Biden's in the process of trying to build up support amongst Senate Dems for this last-minute deal. Irony of ironies would be for them to tell him where to stick it.

103 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:14:53pm
104 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:15:08pm

Wow. Some dude came on wanting the CBS feed to shut down.

[Link: www.ustream.tv...]

105 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:16:25pm

re: #99 allegro

I left that out on purpose. My heart does break for those you who will never understand the meaning of the American Dream. It really was real once. (Now, I'm sounding like King Arthur dying at the end of the Once and Future King). I got a piece of it, especially as a young woman with so many more opportunities than my mother and those women before had, but it started to crater with Reagan. It had a last gasp in the 90s under Clinton, though even then was being terminally strangled.

It wasn't really Reagan, it was a whole bunch of factors that had been building since the 60's and now have to be dealt with. My own generation is going to have to mostly work at getting by instead of getting ahead, and dealing with such problems as we can fix. America plateauing was inevitable at some point. the question now is do we go up or down from the plateau, and that question's answer is years away.

106 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:16:36pm

Someone notify Louie Gohmert that another terrorist baby is on its way!

Daughter of top doctor goes into labor after she and her Occupy Wall Street organizer boyfriend are arrested when police 'find explosives and TERRORIST ENCYCLOPEDIA' in their apartment.

The daughter of a prominent New York doctor went into labor and had to rushed to the hospital when she was arrested on charges of having explosives, illegal weapons and a stack of papers labeled 'The Terrorist Encyclopedia' in her New York City apartment.

Morgan Gliedman, 27, and her boyfriend Aaron Greene, 31, an Occupy Wall Street organizer, were taken away from their home in Manhattan's pricey Greenwich Village on Saturday.

Gliedman, who was nine months pregnant, has had her arraignment postponed because she went into labor as she was being hauled away, the New York Daily News reports.

MailOnline is really getting into this random capitalization of headlines thing, plus adding the unconfirmed OWS connection to the story without attribution. I guess all the real editors are off for the holidays already?

107 engineer cat  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:17:29pm

reporting increased randomness in local human population no apparent cause

108 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:19:49pm

re: #102 Targetpractice

Heard that Biden's in the process of trying to build up support amongst Senate Dems for this last-minute deal. Irony of ironies would be for them to tell him where to stick it.

That would be ironic, but it would also be a FAIL akin to the House's rejection of Boehner's plan. If that happens, we'll be over the cliff, up the creek, and around the bend.

109 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:21:24pm

re: #108 Dark_Falcon

That would be ironic, but it would also be a FAIL akin to the House's rejection of Boehner's plan. If that happens, we'll be over the cliff, up the creek, and around the bend.

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We're already going over the cliff, there's no chance of a House vote tonight. Even if Boehner could get his balls out of the tupperware long enough to call for one, the Tea Partiers would tell him where to stick it. They wouldn't pass Plan B two weeks ago when the taxes were set at $1mil, no way they'll go for $400K.

110 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:22:19pm

re: #106 watching you tiny alien kittens are

Someone notify Louie Gohmert that another terrorist baby is on its way!

Daughter of top doctor goes into labor after she and her Occupy Wall Street organizer boyfriend are arrested when police 'find explosives and TERRORIST ENCYCLOPEDIA' in their apartment.

MailOnline is really getting into this random capitalization of headlines thing, plus adding the unconfirmed OWS connection to the story without attribution. I guess all the real editors are off for the holidays already?

I just hope that being around explosives like that didn't harm the baby.

111 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:23:35pm

My daughter graduated from Columbia last week, with a Master's in Pediatric Nursing. Top of the class.

Let's hope she finds a good job!

112 allegro  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:26:05pm

re: #105 Dark_Falcon

It wasn't really Reagan, it was a whole bunch of factors that had been building since the 60's and now have to be dealt with. My own generation is going to have to mostly work at getting by instead of getting ahead, and dealing with such problems as we can fix. America plateauing was inevitable at some point. the question now is do we go up or down from the plateau, and that question's answer is years away.

Sorry, you're wrong there. The destruction of the American Dream began with Reagan taking apart the unions. Since then the middle class has been disintegrating. Check out income levels from that period since.

113 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:26:22pm

re: #111 Vicious Babushka

My daughter graduated from Columbia last week, with a Master's in Pediatric Nursing. Top of the class.

Let's hope she finds a good job!

Congratulations to her and to you.

114 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:33:00pm

Is there any question as to why, really, campaign financing is now a free for all?


Tough decisions await new Tribune Co. board

When the new seven-member Tribune Co. board officially convenes for the first time in the next few weeks, the group of media and entertainment executives will name the company's executive officers. Then comes the bigger job of assessing a diverse portfolio of broadcasting and publishing assets, with an eye toward maximizing the value of the Chicago-based media company.

[...]

Tribune Co. plunged into bankruptcy in December 2008, saddled with $13 billion in debt from real estate investor Sam Zell's heavily leveraged buyout one year earlier. It emerged from bankruptcy Monday, relatively debt-free and generating cash.

[...]

Tribune Co.'s biggest challenge has been declining revenue and cash flow as the advertisers that sustained it through the years defected to digital media alternatives. But 2012 was a slight improvement, likely boosted in part by election year ad spending in the company's broadcasting unit.

[...]

I guess we should be happy that the Tribune Co. didn't fall to Murdoch, or to San Diego based wingnut Manchester (as was feared.)

Yet this is a classic story of contemporary capitalism: an unwise overly leveraged buy out left an old company highly vulnerable, only to be picked over by vultures.

115 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:33:49pm
116 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:34:11pm

re: #112 allegro

Sorry, you're wrong there. The destruction of the American Dream began with Reagan taking apart the unions. Since then the middle class has been disintegrating. Check out income levels from that period since.

Reagan didn't destroy unionism, it fell more due to the changes in the economy. Reagan certainly didn't set out to attack unions; PATCO (the air traffic controller's union) had actually endorsed him in 1980) and the plan the Reagan administration used against PATCO had actually been created by the Carter administration. Had Carter won the election of 1980, PATCO would have stricken for certain, as the union loathed Carter. There was a recent book dealing with the 1981 strike that's worth a read. It had a good bit a cross-spectrum appeal, winning favorable reviews from both the New York Times and National Review.

117 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:36:29pm

re: #114 freetoken

Is there any question as to why, really, campaign financing is now a free for all?

Tough decisions await new Tribune Co. board

I guess we should be happy that the Tribune Co. didn't fall to Murdoch, or to San Diego based wingnut Manchester (as was feared.)

Yet this is a classic story of contemporary capitalism: an unwise overly leveraged buy out left an old company highly vulnerable, only to be picked over by vultures.

Still, the newspaper Col. McCormick called the "world's greatest" is still intact and still sane, while WGN is still around to broadcast Cubs, Sox, Bulls, and (maybe) Blackhawks games. That counts for a good bit.

118 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:39:18pm

re: #110 Dark_Falcon

I just hope that being around explosives like that didn't harm the baby.

They are saying that they only recovered seven grams of HMTD, not much to worry about there. No reports on whether or not the boyfriend was making the stuff himself or if it was being made there or not. It would be pretty stupid to be chemically making explosives in your own apartment with your very pregnant girlfriend present. Let us hope he had enough sense to not endanger her and the baby like that.

119 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:42:20pm

The now obscure Cara Stewart:

120 bratwurst  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:47:00pm
121 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:47:22pm

Ms. Stewart sang for Lee Hudson's band out of Southern California:

[Link: www.songpoemmusic.com...]

You can hear a couple more of her songs here:

[Link: bobpurse.blogspot.com...]

Why one artist becomes famous and another never quite "makes it" is nebulous to me. Luck of the draw I guess.

122 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:48:05pm

Maybe it is just rather the luck of the casting couch?

123 prairiefire  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:49:58pm

re: #111 Vicious Babushka

My daughter graduated from Columbia last week, with a Master's in Pediatric Nursing. Top of the class.

Let's hope she finds a good job!

Congratulations!
We've got a great children's hospital ~[Link: www.childrensmercy.org...]

Also, the St. Louis one is excellent ~ [Link: health.usnews.com...]

124 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:53:16pm

re: #91 Vicious Babushka

I finally got Zedushka to LIKE RICE!

He never liked to eat rice, something to do with his dad always liking rice with gravy and rice in chicken soup instead of noodles.

I made Whole Foods 365 Wild Rice & Brown Rice mix and he loved it! He said it didn't taste "ricey"

Thing is, WF 365 Wild Rice & Brown Rice is really expensive, not something that you make to pour leftovers on.

But it is really good with roast beef (or turkey) and sweet potatoes.

Which is why we call it Whole Paycheck. The HQ 1/2 mile from my house, at Sixth and Lamar, just across the river/lake.

We had fireworks at ten, tonight! SWMBO and I watched them from the back porch. Quite the noisemaker, but the cloud ceiling was so low some of the larger effects could only be seen as they cascaded down out of the clouds/fog/scud.

125 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 8:58:17pm

re: #111 Vicious Babushka

My daughter graduated from Columbia last week, with a Master's in Pediatric Nursing. Top of the class.

Let's hope she finds a good job!

Peeds nursing? That won't be a problem. She can pick her hospital. Like peeds cardiology, it's one of the most desired specialties. Now, as to her workload....

126 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:01:00pm

re: #125 austin_blue

Peeds nursing? That won't be a problem. She can pick her hospital. Like peeds cardiology, it's one of the most desired specialties. Now, as to her workload....

I have told her to move to Michigan. There is Henry Ford Hospital, Children's Hospital, University of Michigan, Beaumont. But she thinks Detroit is lame.

127 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:01:11pm

Well, that's another year gone by here on the East Coast.

128 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:01:18pm

Happy New Year from the East Coast.

129 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:01:56pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

130 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:02:20pm

Now I can go to bed!

131 Romantic Heretic  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:02:25pm

Happy New Year from Toronto to all the lizards. May the coming year be a great one for us all.

132 alpuz  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:03:03pm

re: #120 bratwurst

I'm feeling that. Really, really feeling that.

133 CuriousLurker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:03:57pm

Happy New Year from the East Coast! *officially falls off fiscal cliff*

134 CuriousLurker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:04:24pm

That's the 2nd fricking time tonight I posted in the wrong thread. Grr.

135 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:04:39pm

re: #133 CuriousLurker

Happy New Year from the East Coast! *officially falls off fiscal cliff*

You drank all that coffee! Now you are going to stay awake and pee!

136 CuriousLurker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:05:12pm

re: #135 Vicious Babushka

You drank all that coffee! Now you are going to stay awake and pee!

Ain't that the truth, LOL.

137 Randall Gross  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:05:21pm

Happy New Year East Coasters, we are still waiting in the Midwest.

138 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:06:07pm

re: #118 watching you tiny alien kittens are

They are saying that they only recovered seven grams of HMTD, not much to worry about there. No reports on whether or not the boyfriend was making the stuff himself or if it was being made there or not. It would be pretty stupid to be chemically making explosives in your own apartment with your very pregnant girlfriend present. Let us hope he had enough sense to not endanger her and the baby like that.

A quarter of an ounce? Ooh, big dangerous terrorist! That's enough for a couple of initiators, but, really, pfft.

139 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:07:50pm

Yegods, with all the fireworks going off outsides, you'd swear the Second Civil War had started.

140 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:08:12pm

re: #138 austin_blue

A quarter of an ounce? Ooh, big dangerous terrorist! That's enough for a couple of initiators, but, really, pfft.

The main charges might have been stored at someplace else. Those planning terror attacks sometimes do that, building separate components to reduce the chance of losing the whole bomb to a police raid and reducing the risk of a "work accident".

141 Randall Gross  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:08:42pm
142 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:12:16pm

re: #126 Vicious Babushka

I have told her to move to Michigan. There is Henry Ford Hospital, Children's Hospital, University of Michigan, Beaumont. But she thinks Detroit is lame.

Have her take a look at the Dell Children's Hospital here in Austin. Nice town, strong Jewish presence, and a ridiculously accepting community. Summers suck, but it was 55 degrees at ten o'clock tonight. Also, there's a strong drive to fund a Medical School and teaching hospital here in the next two years. Taxing authority has been passed and it looks like a done deal through the oversight of the University of Texas.

143 sagehen  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:13:12pm

re: #126 Vicious Babushka

I have told her to move to Michigan. There is Henry Ford Hospital, Children's Hospital, University of Michigan, Beaumont. But she thinks Detroit is lame.

How does she feel about Minnesota? There are some truly excellent children's hospitals there (truly excellent as in... my brother the Oregon doctor, when his own son needed specialty services, sent him there.)

144 Killgore Trout  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:13:35pm
145 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:16:05pm

re: #144 Killgore Trout

Image: BYepj.gif

Stupid Flanders...

146 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:16:32pm

re: #142 austin_blue

Have her take a look at the Dell Children's Hospital here in Austin.

re: #143 sagehen

How does she feel about Minnesota?

She doesn't want to leave NYC but if she did it would be someplace where there's family.

147 NJDhockeyfan  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:19:06pm

Happy New Year!

Now I can send the kids to bed.

148 Killgore Trout  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:19:41pm

Wow. The reality of this song is a lot different than I imagined it was.....
Bread and Butter

149 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:20:13pm
150 prairiefire  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:21:26pm

re: #99 allegro

Oh, no, it's changing! I feel hopeful for the future. The lines have been drawn so clearly, the right is going to get away with less. Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, Hilary. I'm feeling very optimistic for our country's future.
Allegro, soo many young women woke up this year to what we we've been trying to tell them not to take for granted.
Four more years of Democratic Presidential policies...judges...

151 CuriousLurker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:21:44pm

Charles, thanks for everything this past year. I hope all of you have a better year in 2013 than you did in 2012. May the next New Year find you all safe, healthy, happy, and well loved. Thank you for your companionship, and for helping me learn (even when you piss me off).

Despite all our differences and despite all the haters & crappy stuff that happens, as long as we're still breathing there's always hope, cynics be damned.

152 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:24:04pm

re: #148 Killgore Trout

[Link: www.larryhenley.com...]

153 Amory Blaine  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:24:19pm

Happy New Year everyone! Congratulations Alouette on your great news you must be very proud.
I can see the guitar coming out here at the house tonight. Just got off work and we have little umbrellas in our drinks!

154 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:24:52pm

re: #144 Killgore Trout

Image: BYepj.gif

Only a fool attempts to use a Cat Overlord as a prop.

155 Randall Gross  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:27:27pm

re: #151 CuriousLurker

I'll second that, even though I get sucked into alt universes and black holes for gaps of time, this place is the home I return to, the touchstone I carry, and a fine place of reference in a world turned mad.

156 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:29:03pm

Good step by step recreation of what went wrong in the Gulf of Mexico drilling rig blowout. The fact that they had a VIP presentation in the conference area to pat themselves on the back for their "excellent safety record" just hours before the blowout was news to me.


Seconds from Disaster: The Deepwater Horizon

157 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:29:08pm

Well, the Senate deal just got a key vote of support from The Pledgemaster:

Grover Norquist said Monday that he would vote in favor of the Senate’s plan to raise taxes on those earning $450,000 or more annually and said it does not violate his anti-tax pledge.

“Is this a violation of the pledge?” CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked him on air.

“No, it is not,” Norquist said on CNN.

(Also on POLITICO: Dems win key tax fights)

“So if Republican Senator ‘X’ votes in favor of the agreement tonight, he or she is not violating the pledge?” Blitzer pressed.

“No. The Republicans have voted in the past to make the tax cuts permanent, all the Republicans, all the pledge takers—” Norquist said.

“So you’re giving your blessing to the Republicans, to Harry Reid, not only the Democrats, to Mitch McConnell and all the Republicans, go ahead and support the deal?” Blitzer said.

“Not having read it all, I’m not endorsing it. But right now, as explained, it doesn’t violate the pledge,” Norquist said. “We need to go back and at the end of the day make sure that the tax cuts are made permanent for everybody, but that’s a fight for the weeks and months to come. This is progress, making 84 percent of the Bush tax cuts permanent.”

“If you were a Senator, you’d vote for it?” Blitzer asked.

“Yes,” Norquist said.

158 Amory Blaine  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:30:16pm

Did Blitzer kiss his ring?

159 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:31:21pm

re: #90 Killgore Trout

Before. Just a dry pan over medium heat then boil as usual. It adds a lot of nutty flavor to brown rice and also softens the texture quite a bit.

Seems to be a secret with a lot of recipes using nuts and certain grains. Toasting in advance for a few minutes in order to get the oils more flavorful. I have seen that for cooking quinoa and buckwheat as well to make it more flavorful.

160 Killgore Trout  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:32:17pm

re: #152 freetoken

[Link: www.larryhenley.com...]

It's really an amazing talent. He sounds like a 5ft tall fat black chick. I never would have guessed.

161 bratwurst  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:33:06pm

re: #157 Dark_Falcon

If you were a Senator

Image: thescream.jpg

162 Killgore Trout  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:33:58pm

re: #159 Feline Fearless Leader

Seems to be a secret with a lot of recipes using nuts and certain grains. Toasting in advance for a few minutes in order to get the oils more flavorful. I have seen that for cooking quinoa and buckwheat as well to make it more flavorful.

Wild rice was mentioned upthread which is essentially a seed/grain. Toasting really makes quite an impressive transformation.

163 boredtechindenver  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:35:42pm

One of the HBO HD channels is running "The Newsroom" episodes back to back tonight, and rather than wait for "5/1" to come on, I have decided to go to OnDemand and watch the episodes from that one on. Happy New Year everyone on the East Coast, and everywhere else.

164 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:36:21pm

re: #157 Dark_Falcon

Well, the Senate deal just got a key vote of support from The Pledgemaster:

You may remember that he initially gave his blessing to Plan B as well, but that wasn't enough to keep the House Tea caucus from scuttling it.

165 CuriousLurker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:36:37pm

re: #162 Killgore Trout

Wild rice was mentioned upthread which is essentially a seed/grain. Toasting really makes quite an impressive transformation.

I was glad you told me to toast the quinoa. I don't think I'd have liked it as much as I did if I hadn't.

166 Killgore Trout  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:39:03pm

re: #165 CuriousLurker

I was glad you told me to toast the quinoa. I don't think I'd have liked it as much as I did if I hadn't.

It really helps. Just be careful to not over do it, burnt quinoa will kill a dish as fast a burnt garlic. Past some points there's no turning back.

167 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:41:02pm

re: #156 watching you tiny alien kittens are

This gets to one of my soapboxes - Americans and "oil".

The Macondo project was important because it was a major find that would have slowed down the net loss of petroleum production in the GoM. It turns out that the deep-water GoM plays deplete quite quickly and new wells (and thus platforms) have to turn around more quickly than one might have thought even 10 years ago.

Thus not only was/is it an environmental disaster, the blowout also effectively reduced US GoM production.

While the sustained high prices for petroleum has allowed for the high cost production in North Dakota to make up for the loss of GoM so far, the production from the Bakken is expected to peak in a couple of years as depletion overtakes new exploration.

Thus we will be right back to where we were in 2006, after the 2005 hurricanes sidelined so much US production, by the end of this decade.

But don't tell that to the wingnuts, who believe that it's only those damn libruls who are keeping America from having all the "oil" it deserves.

168 Killgore Trout  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:41:05pm

THANK YOU FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGIN

169 CuriousLurker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:42:38pm

re: #167 freetoken

Woohoo, the first soapbox rant of 2013! ;)

170 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:43:16pm

BTW, that brings up the whole "Keystone Pipeline" brouhaha. I wonder how many people really know what that is about?

171 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:43:35pm

re: #169 CuriousLurker

It's still 2012 here!

172 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:45:30pm

re: #170 freetoken

BTW, that brings up the whole "Keystone Pipeline" brouhaha. I wonder how many people really know what that is about?

Oil for China, $$$ for Stephen Harper, catastrophic climate change and tar-filled aquifers for everyone else.

173 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:48:20pm

re: #170 freetoken

BTW, that brings up the whole "Keystone Pipeline" brouhaha. I wonder how many people really know what that is about?

Judging by the wingnuts comments on it not many of them realize that it is a Canadian foreign export project that won't benefit the US at all other than a few short-term construction jobs while it is being built. They seem to think that the oil is for the U.S. market and don't realize that it will drive up prices in the midwest where Canada now dumps what it can't export to market overseas.

174 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:48:53pm

re: #172 Interesting Times

Yes, it's the Keystone phase where Cushing, OK is connected to Port Arthur and Houston where the goal truly is, I believe. The whole thing about tar sands is true, but not as important as giving Kochs and others a route to sell relatively inexpensive North American products to a world that is willing to pay more per barrel than Americans.

175 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:50:07pm
176 Cinnabar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:57:31pm

It's still 2012 here in CA, but 2013 will not be avoided, so an early Happy New Year to all!

177 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:58:06pm

re: #164 Targetpractice

You may remember that he initially gave his blessing to Plan B as well, but that wasn't enough to keep the House Tea caucus from scuttling it.

Grover Norquist actually knows something about DC, even though he's a fanatic. He wants a deal on his terms, but he'll actually negotiate if its not about a tax increase. Too many in the House GOP are just plain pissed off by the way 2012 has gone, and I don't know if they'll be able to calm down enough to do their jobs.

178 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:02:38pm

And a happy New Year from Chicagoland!

179 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:05:44pm

Happy New Year from Texas, where the pistoleros have begun shooting in the air.

180 aagcobb  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:06:05pm

re: #177 Dark_Falcon

Grover Norquist actually knows something about DC, even though he's a fanatic. He wants a deal on his terms, but he'll actually negotiate if its not about a tax increase. Too many in the House GOP are just plain pissed off by the way 2012 has gone, and I don't know if they'll be able to calm down enough to do their jobs.

John of Orange may be able to pass it with democratic votes, but if I was a Democrat in the House I'm not sure I'd vote for it. About the only thing good about it is that it extends longterm unemployment benefits, but it only delays sequester for a couple of months, around the time debt limit negotiations are on. I don't know why the Dems are letting the GOP off the hook so easily.

181 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:06:10pm

re: #167 freetoken

This gets to one of my soapboxes - Americans and "oil".

The Macondo project was important because it was a major find that would have slowed down the net loss of petroleum production in the GoM. It turns out that the deep-water GoM plays deplete quite quickly and new wells (and thus platforms) have to turn around more quickly than one might have thought even 10 years ago.

Thus not only was/is it an environmental disaster, the blowout also effectively reduced US GoM production.

While the sustained high prices for petroleum has allowed for the high cost production in North Dakota to make up for the loss of GoM so far, the production from the Bakken is expected to peak in a couple of years as depletion overtakes new exploration.

Thus we will be right back to where we were in 2006, after the 2005 hurricanes sidelined so much US production, by the end of this decade.

But don't tell that to the wingnuts, who believe that it's only those damn libruls who are keeping America from having all the "oil" it deserves.

Well, this is the problem with high porosity, low permeability plays. They produce like motherfuckers in the short term, but the long term production is, at best, iffy.

Although the SW Texas play in the Eagle Ford shale is showing some legs. Lots of gas, lots of condensate at 68 API (!!!) and a fair amount of light crude. Much better long term potential than the Williston in NoDak.

But again, protecting shallow fresh water is a problem. A petroleum well is only as secure as its weakest cement job. And as we saw in the Macando well, even big players like BP can seriously fuck the dog.

Austin_Blue, licensed Professional Geoscientist, former international wellhead geologist. Now I just keep shit from blowing up.

And happy new year to you all from the central time zone! Many happy returns of the day! Thanks to all of you for making this the best board ever!

And, obviously, thanks to Charles for keeping the monkey house sane.

182 dragonath  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:07:33pm

Happy Fiscal Cliff, everybody!

183 dragonfire1981  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:09:16pm

Happy New Year from the Gulf Coast!

I predict the wingnuts will have blamed Obama for the country going over the cliff within about the next 10 or so minutes.

184 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:10:23pm

re: #181 austin_blue

Well, this is the problem with high porosity, low permeability plays. They produce like motherfuckers in the short term, but the long term production is, at best, iffy.

Although the SW Texas play in the Eagle Ford shale is showing some legs. Lots of gas, lots of condensate at 68 API (!!!) and a fair amount of light crude. Much better long term potential than the Williston in NoDak.

But again, protecting shallow fresh water is a problem. A petroleum well is only as secure as its weakest cement job. And as we saw in the Macando well, even big players like BP can seriously fuck the dog.

Austin_Blue, licensed Professional Geoscientist, former international wellhead geologist. Now I just keep shit from blowing up.

And happy new year to you all from the central time zone! Many happy returns of the day! Thanks to all of you for making this the best board ever!

And, obviously, thanks to Charles for keeping the monkey house sane.

We're sane?

185 dragonfire1981  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:11:13pm

re: #182 dragonath

Happy Fiscal Cliff, everybody!

Image: cliffhanger_poster1.jpg

186 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:12:18pm

re: #176 Cinnabar

It's still 2012 here in CA, but 2013 will not be avoided, ...

Unless I can get my long-worked-on time machine up and running in the next 108 minutes.

187 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:13:42pm

re: #180 aagcobb

John of Orange may be able to pass it with democratic votes, but if I was a Democrat in the House I'm not sure I'd vote for it. About the only thing good about it is that it extends long-term unemployment benefits, but it only delays sequester for a couple of months, around the time debt limit negotiations are on. I don't know why the Dems are letting the GOP off the hook so easily.

If it passes the Senate and Obama says he'll sign it, then Pelosi will have to support it. She'd be seen as stabbing Harry Reid in the back if she refused and it would look like Obama, too, could not keep his troops in line. A case of 'base rejection' by both parties would be calamitous, as it would mean that no deal would be possible for months. No one wants that sort of economic damage, and so McConnell and Reid have decided concede things to each other to get something done.

188 dragonath  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:15:06pm

re: #185 dragonfire1981

Image: cliffhanger_poster1.jpg

Black helicopters!

189 dragonfire1981  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:16:05pm

All the fiscal cliff talk reminds me of the Cliff hanger cartoons from "Between the Lions"

190 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:17:37pm

re: #185 dragonfire1981

Image: cliffhanger_poster1.jpg

After playing small roles and an over-the-top villain toymaker in Santa Claus: The Movie, John Lithgow returned to the 'iceman' type of villain he had previously portrayed in Blowout in this Stallone flick. It was a type of villain that Lithgow later raised to perfection as the Trinity Killer on Showtime's Dexter.

191 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:24:07pm

Think I'm gonna save the link on this, just so I can refer back to it in a couple months:

Dems To GOP: No Debt Limit Negotiations — Any Default Is On You

To sell Senate Democrats on a controversial plan the White House negotiated with Senate Republicans to avoid the fiscal cliff, Vice President Joe Biden had to repeatedly reassure frustrated members of his own party Monday night that President Obama and Democratic leaders will not negotiate with the GOP to raise the debt ceiling in February or March.

“We also talked about something I feel strongly about is that we should tell the Republicans on debt ceiling we are not negotiating any political agenda in return for raising the debt ceiling,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters in the Capitol after a long Democratic caucus meeting during which Biden pitched his deal. “That if they start doing that, we’re saying, ‘We’re not discussing it. … If you want to let the debt ceiling lapse, and we don’t pay our bills, that’s on your shoulders. We’re not negotiating cuts, revenues or anything else for the debt ceiling. That should just be done automatically. Don’t come and tie the two together because we’re not going to talk to you about that.’”

192 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:24:45pm

re: #190 Dark_Falcon

After playing small roles and an over-the-top villain toymaker in Santa Claus: The Movie, John Lithgow returned to the 'iceman' type of villain he had previously portrayed in Blowout in this Stallone flick. It was a type of villain that Lithgow later raised to perfection as the Trinity Killer on Showtime's Dexter.

Your failure to mention Dr. Emilio Lizardo has been noted.

193 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:27:00pm

re: #192 Kragar

Your failure to mention Dr. Emilio Lizardo has been noted.

Sorry, but I know essentially nothing about "Buckaroo Banzai".

194 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:27:48pm

re: #193 Dark_Falcon

Sorry, but I know essentially nothing about "Buckaroo Banzai".

Those words don't make sense when you put them together like that.

195 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:29:35pm

re: #194 Kragar

Those words don't make sense when you put them together like that.

It is what it is.

196 TedStriker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:32:01pm

re: #193 Dark_Falcon

Sorry, but I know essentially nothing about "Buckaroo Banzai".

Don't know, just watch...great 80s sci-fi cheese with Lithgow, Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, and Ellen Barkin in her prime.

197 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:34:21pm

re: #196 TedStriker

Don't know, just watch...great 80s sci-fi cheese, with Lithgow, Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum, and Ellen Barkin in her prime.

Christopher Lloyd as well.

"BigbooTAY!"

198 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:34:44pm

re: #197 Kragar

Christopher Lloyd as well.

"BigbooTAY!"

And Clancy Brown.

199 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:35:22pm

re: #197 Kragar

Christopher Lloyd as well.

"BigbooTAY!"

200 TedStriker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:36:07pm

re: #198 Kragar

And Clancy Brown.

Can't believe I forgot about Clancy Brown.

201 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:36:43pm

re: #197 Kragar

Christopher Lloyd as well.

"BigbooTAY!"

"It's not my goddamn planet, understand monkey boy?!"

202 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:37:10pm

re: #184 Targetpractice

We're sane?

Well, sanish.

203 TedStriker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:37:56pm

re: #199 Interesting Times

[Embedded content]

If I were to hear Reid sing "I like big butts and I cannot lie!", I'd have to slit my wrists right there.

/

204 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:38:38pm

re: #201 Targetpractice

"It's not my goddamn planet, understand monkey boy?!"

John O'Connor, break the window!
Why me, John Bigboote?
It might be booby-trapped!
Oh.

205 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:39:37pm

I looked up

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

and the main detail I came away with is that Charles must be a Red Lectroid.

///

206 CuriousLurker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:40:05pm

Okay, I'm out. Here's one for all the working poor who are going to be hurt the most if Congress doesn't get its shit together--they have dreams too, you assholes, so stop screwing around and start thinking of something besides yourselves.

G'nite everyone.

207 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:41:19pm

re: #192 Kragar

Your failure to mention Dr. Emilio Lizardo has been noted.

We must act now, John Bigbootee!

It's Bigbootay!

208 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:41:27pm
209 TedStriker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:42:26pm

re: #205 Dark_Falcon

I looked up

and the main detail I came away with is that Charles must be a Red Lectroid.

///

Charles would be a Black Lectroid; Pamz, Robert, and their ilk would be Red Lectroids.

///

210 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:42:31pm

re: #204 Kragar

John O'Connor, break the window!
Why me, John Bigboote?
It might be booby-trapped!
Oh.

"Damn John Whorfin and the horse he rode in on!"

211 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:43:57pm

re: #209 TedStriker

Charles would be a Black Lectroid; Pamz, Robert, and their ilk would be Red Lectroids.

///

Indeed.

212 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:50:31pm

The Milwaukee-area Battletech group have an echo of Buckaroo Banzai in their name, playing as a Rim Worlds Republic unit nicknamed "The Singapore Longshoremen".

213 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:52:41pm

One of my favorite lines:

"You can check your anatomy all you want, and even though there may be normal variation, when it comes right down to it, this far inside the head it all looks the same. No, no, no, don't tug on that. You never know what it might be attached to."

It's kind of like dealing with House Republicans...

Synchronicity!

214 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:53:59pm

Fun way to mess with kids:

Show them the Kurgen from Highlander, then show them he is the voice behind Eugene Krabs.

215 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:58:32pm

Well, this will get the wingnuts spinning up to around 10,000 rpm:

[Link: www.cnn.com...]

All part of the plot to hide Benghazi, dontcha know...

216 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:58:37pm

Speaking of movies, saw "John Dies at the End" finally. Not bad for how complex the story line was, but anyone who read the book will be disappointed because they cut out a good 70% of the story to fit a film format.

217 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:59:10pm

re: #215 austin_blue

Well, this will get the wingnuts spinning up to around 10,000 rpm:

[Link: www.cnn.com...]

All part of the plot to hide Benghazi, dontcha know...

Obvious proof that Obama has a blood clot gun.
///

218 wrenchwench  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:00:45pm

Happy New Year from New Mexico!

219 wrenchwench  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:01:34pm

I hope that's just fireworks that I hear....

220 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:02:39pm

re: #218 wrenchwench

Happy New Year from New Mexico!

And back atcha!

Many happy returns of the day!

The Mountain Time Zone rings in.

221 TedStriker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:04:42pm

re: #214 Kragar

Fun way to mess with kids:

Show them the Kurgen from Highlander, then show them he is the voice behind Eugene Krabs.

And when they get older, they get to see him as Captain Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption.

Mind blown...

222 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:08:16pm

re: #221 TedStriker

And when they get older, they get to see him as Captain Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption.

Mind blown...

Next up, David Cross from Alvin and the Chipmunks, followed by some of his standup act.

223 Kaessa  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:08:46pm

Happy New Year from the Rocky Mountains!

224 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:09:26pm

re: #205 Dark_Falcon

I looked up

and the main detail I came away with is that Charles must be a Red Lectroid.

///

No no no no no. The Red Lectroids included John Smallberries.

Given the shit he has taken over the last two years, Charles could never be a member of that group!

225 TedStriker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:09:57pm

re: #221 TedStriker

Another factoid about Clancy Brown: he's apparently portrayed Lex Luther (by voicing him in in a bunch of DC's animated series) longer than anyone else.

226 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:10:08pm

re: #221 TedStriker

And when they get older, they get to see him as Captain Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption.

Mind blown...

A versatile actor can play very different roles. Chris Melloni was at one point acting in two series at once playing a Catholic police detective with a large family on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and playing a murderous homosexual prison inmate on Oz. He played both roles well, even though they were worlds apart.

227 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:14:15pm

re: #225 TedStriker

Another factoid about Clancy Brown: he's apparently portrayed Lex Luther (by voicing him in in a bunch of DC's animated series) longer than anyone else.

As for Peter Weller, he semi-retired from acting and is working on a PHD in Roman and Renaissance art and sometimes teaches the subject.

228 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:21:11pm

re: #226 Dark_Falcon

A versatile actor can play very different roles. Chris Melloni was at one point acting in two series at once playing a Catholic police detective with a large family on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and playing a murderous homosexual prison inmate on Oz. He played both roles well, even though they were worlds apart.

He also played a Klansmen in the Harold and Kumar movies. Gifted guy Merloni is. Hear he's a hoot on the set.

229 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:22:12pm

Happy New Years by the way guys. Fun night for me. Dancing and all that jazz.

230 prairiefire  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:25:23pm

Happy New Years, lizards!

231 TedStriker  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:25:25pm

re: #227 Kragar

As for Peter Weller, he semi-retired from acting and is working on a PHD in Roman and Renaissance art and sometimes teaches the subject.

A real-life Renaissance Man, just like Buckaroo Banzai.

232 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:30:51pm

re: #231 TedStriker

A real-life Renaissance Man, just like Buckaroo Banzai.

Fitting, given that America's Declaration of Independence was written by our first great Renaissance Man, Thomas Jefferson. In important ways he was wrong, but he was incredibly inventive and never stopped trying to create new and useful things. From wine-making, to plant hybridization, to architecture, and even cryptography: Jefferson did it all.

233 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:41:48pm
234 BongCrodny  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:47:11pm

re: #193 Dark_Falcon

Sorry, but I know essentially nothing about "Buckaroo Banzai".

Watch it, and then wait for the watermelon joke.

235 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:58:07pm

Here's a somewhat different New Year's song:

236 freetoken  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:58:28pm

Oh, and Happy New Year from the left coast.

237 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 12:24:09am

Good Night, All.

238 Amory Blaine  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 12:29:14am
The only difference between you and me is a couple of drinks.

~Jim Lahey

239 Amory Blaine  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 12:39:41am

Esteemed Senator from Wisconsin:

Why Must We Still Hear About Kwanzaa

Of course, almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa - just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people's throats in an effort to divide Americans. Irresponsible public school districts such as Green Bay and Madison (and who knows how many others, see links below) try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians. Waring Fincke, left-wing West Bend lawyer and vice chair of the Washington County Democratic Party, encouraged people to learn more about Kwanzaa in a column in July. Fortunately, almost all black people ignore Waring Fincke and his ilk and their efforts to divide Americans.
But why do they do it? They don't like America and seek to destroy it by pretending that its values as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, don't apply to everyone. Mainstream Americans must be more outspoken on this issue. It's time it's slapped down once and for all.

240 freetoken  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 12:58:10am

re: #239 Amory Blaine

Assistant Majority leader of the WI Senate.

There's a site dedicated to tracking his idiocy:
[Link: glenn-grothman-watch.blogspot.com...]

According to Wikipedia, he has history with these kind of issues:

Grothman has argued that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day should not be a work holiday, calling the day off "an insult to all the other taxpayers around the state". He has expressed doubts that "state workers would be 'checking out DVDs or reading books' about King and would probably just be out shopping or watching television instead."[6] He released a statement opposing a Kwanzaa holiday, stating that we should "treat Kwanzaa with the contempt it deserves before it becomes a permanent part of our culture."[7]

Oh, and :

In February 2012, Grothman introduced Senate Bill 507, which would amend Wisconsin statutes to emphasize single parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.[14] He also sponsored State Bill 202, which would have repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, saying that the "Left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government."[15]

Anyone who wins an Eagle Forum leadership award ought to be immediately suspect.

241 freetoken  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 12:59:13am
242 austin_blue  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 1:51:50am

Good night, all! Sweet scaly dreams,

243 freetoken  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 2:01:43am
244 freetoken  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 3:53:31am

Villa-Lobos for the new year:

245 BongCrodny  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 7:07:10am

Happy 2013, everybody!

Last post was three hours ago?

Jeez, you'd think everybody has a hangover or something.

246 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 7:56:33am
247 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 7:59:18am

re: #245 BongCrodny

Happy 2013, everybody!

Last post was three hours ago?

Jeez, you'd think everybody has a hangover or something.

I think a lot of them are still asleep.

248 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:04:24am
249 Stanghazi  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:12:10am

Happy New Year!!

250 Stanghazi  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:14:47am

Making Hopping John today- I've had it every new year I've ever known.

251 Lidane  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:15:39am

Morning, Lizards! Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a great night and that any hangovers will pass quickly. ;)

Last night was a quiet one for me. Rang in the new year at home with a bottle of champagne that I split with the boyfriend and a couple of rentals from Redbox. It's a far cry from the noisy bars I used to spend NYE in, but I'm not complaining. There were enough parties in my neighborhood last night that I didn't miss anything.

252 Killgore Trout  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:18:39am

An update from the Daily Beast...
NY Couple Not Terrorists, Say Cops, Just Rich Kids With Drug Habits

But further investigation produced no indication that this was a case of Gossip Girl gone terrorist.

“So far, no plot,” the senior police official said.

The official did not offer an explanation as to why the couple had allegedly amassed all the requirements of a terror cell but apparently not the intent. The absence of drugs in the apartment has apparently not dissuaded them from taking the view that the two are junkies with advantages.
.....
People with extensive knowledge of the Occupy Wall Street movement were saying that they had never heard of Greene. They discounted a news report that he was an OWS activist.

By midday Sunday, police had reached the tentative conclusion that the explosives and weapons were part of some drug-fueled fantasy life. To cops, Greene appears to be living proof that going to Harvard does not necessarily make you any less a knucklehead.

As I recall the explosives charges included something like "intent to use" which seems to me like there was some sort of plan to use the explosives for something. Maybe they were going to try to kill some of their rich parents for inheritance money or something. Making the explosives is a lot of effort, i think they had something in mind.

253 Lidane  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:24:03am

re: #252 Killgore Trout

An update from the Daily Beast...
NY Couple Not Terrorists, Say Cops, Just Rich Kids With Drug Habits

So all the earlier hysteria about them being OWS people ended up being bullshit.

My surprise, let me show you it.

254 Killgore Trout  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:35:58am

re: #253 Lidane

So all the earlier hysteria about them being OWS people ended up being bullshit.

My surprise, let me show you it.

Police are still looking into it. It's possible but even if it's true it may or may not be relevant to any sort of plan they had for the explosives. It wouldn't surprise me either way. The only thing I have serious doubts about in that article are the statements saying the couple had no plan to use the explosives. There has to be some sort of reason to go to all the effort. Maybe they thought they could sell them for drug money or something.

255 lawhawk  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:42:50am

I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

256 sattv4u2  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:50:33am

re: #255 lawhawk

I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Back atchy, Law

257 Mich-again  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:52:09am

Happy New Year and may 2013 bring many good things your way.

Watching the awesome Rose Bowl Parade. Crazy story about co-host Hannah Storm who is also an ESPN sportscaster, a few weeks ago her propane grill blew up while she was trying to light it and a wall of flames shot out and set her hair and clothes on fire and left her face, neck and hand burned.

Be careful lighting those grills people!

258 Obdicut  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:55:53am

I celebrated New Year's Eve in the air. Never done that before. Also the fastest SF-> NYC flight I've ever had. Under five hours.

259 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:58:01am

re: #258 Obdicut

I celebrated New Year's Eve in the air. Never done that before. Also the fastest SF-> NYC flight I've ever had. Under five hours.

Hey! I missed you! Don't they have Teh Internetz in San Francisco?

260 Kid A  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 8:58:59am

I bought a 1T Seagate Backup Plus yesterday. I plugged it in (MacBook Pro) and it says "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." Anybody out there than can help out a fellow Lizard get this thing operational?

261 Achilles Tang  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:00:57am

re: #258 Obdicut

I celebrated New Year's Eve in the air. Never done that before. Also the fastest SF-> NYC flight I've ever had. Under five hours.

I flew Boston to FL once years ago on New Years Eve after dark. It was a perfectly clear night all the way and looking down from 30k feet all I saw was fireworks going off everywhere. Almost surreal.

Happy New Year (or Holidays)!

262 dragonath  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:01:18am

re: #260 Kid A

I bought a 1T Seagate Backup Plus yesterday. I plugged it in (MacBook Pro) and it says "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." Anybody out there than can help out a fellow Lizard get this thing operational?

Go to Disk Utility, Did you format it yet in "Mac OS Extended"?

263 Obdicut  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:03:07am

re: #259 Vicious Babushka

Hey! I missed you! Don't they have Teh Internetz in San Francisco?

Yeah, but I was wicked busy. I have too many real live people rolling around San Francisco, like my friend Michel, the French-Canadian from Paraguay and his awesome goofy wife Annie.

Visible here rocking out:

My friend Grafton had just gotten back from Singapore after a year of living there-- and just gotten over goddamn Dengue fever.

And my wife and I went up to Tahoe to visit her cousin who's a chef there.

And it was my dad's 70th birthday party, so we had a big shindig for him.

So lots of running around like a madman, but a lot of fun.

264 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:04:22am

Wishing all of my fellow Lizards a very happy New Year.

265 Kid A  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:05:09am

re: #262 dragonath

Go to Disk Utility, Did you format it yet in "Mac OS Extended"?

Thanks for your reply. Yep, and now everything is working properly. I had to "erase" it and restart. Backing files up as we speak, thanks!

266 Obdicut  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:08:13am

Also, even after eating my mom's goddamn delicious food-- and really, she knocked the ball out of the park this year with the roast beef and yorkshire pudding on Christmas night, as well as, on other days, lamb, mac and cheese, pancakes, deviled eggs, lasagna, bundt cakes, etc. etc.-- I only gained a pound.

267 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:09:03am

I know, I know, people have told me to stop looking at this troll's Twitter feed, but I can't stop, it's such a train wreck, TEH DERP TEH DERP.

268 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:09:31am

re: #266 Obdicut

I only gained a pound.

I hate you.

269 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:12:04am

re: #267 Vicious Babushka

This person should learn the saying, "Think before you speak but do not speak about everything you think." and apply it to his so-called life.

270 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:13:46am

re: #254 Killgore Trout

Police are still looking into it. It's possible but even if it's true it may or may not be relevant to any sort of plan they had for the explosives. It wouldn't surprise me either way. The only thing I have serious doubts about in that article are the statements saying the couple had no plan to use the explosives. There has to be some sort of reason to go to all the effort. Maybe they thought they could sell them for drug money or something.

Just so. You don't go through the trouble to create stuff that goes boom unless you think you might need it.

271 ReamWorks SKG  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:14:43am

I don't make my neighbors pay to recycle my לולב and my סכך. Why am I paying to recycle their Christmas Trees? There's "Free" tree recycling in my community; they pick it up from your curb.

(The official answer from the Mayor of Sunnyvale is that if we all didn't, they'd have a problem with Christmas Trees being dumped illegally.)

272 sattv4u2  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:16:34am

re: #271 ReamWorks SKG

I don't make my neighbors pay to recycle my לולב and my סככ. Why am I paying to recycle their Christmas Trees? There's "Free" tree recycling in my community; they pick it up from your curb.

(The official answer from the Mayor of Sunnyvale is that if we all didn't, they'd have a problem with Christmas Trees being dumped illegally.)

Home Depots in our area have a section cordoned off in their parking lots to drop off your tree and they'll take care of them free of charge

273 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:16:38am

re: #267 Vicious Babushka

I hear that the Romney campaign had to scrap a plan to have Fischer meet Paul Ryan because the couldn't get Ryan to stop facepalming whenever he heard Fischer's economic stupidity.

274 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:17:16am

re: #271 ReamWorks SKG

I think tree recycling starts next week in Philly. Since I do not have a Christmas tree, I am not following the news on it.

275 ReamWorks SKG  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:17:46am

I'm stunned that people are calling the end of the temporary payroll tax cut a "tax increase."

And the news is very biased about reporting.

Middle class taxes will "lose" when it expires, for example

[Link: www.cbsnews.com...]

But wealthier families will "owe":

For example:

[Link: www.nytimes.com...]

276 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:18:25am

re: #271 ReamWorks SKG

I don't make my neighbors pay to recycle my לולב and my סככ. Why am I paying to recycle their Christmas Trees? There's "Free" tree recycling in my community; they pick it up from your curb.

(The official answer from the Mayor of Sunnyvale is that if we all didn't, they'd have a problem with Christmas Trees being dumped illegally.)

I don't know where you live, but I'm going to assume that in your neighborhood the disposal of סכך and לולבים after סוכות does not present a significant problem for the trash removal service. In some neighborhoods it could be a problem.

277 ReamWorks SKG  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:18:51am

re: #272 sattv4u2

Well, that's fine if a private business wants to lure customers with a recycling deal. What I'm talking about is the City using my taxes and fees for it.

278 sattv4u2  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:20:33am

re: #276 Vicious Babushka

I don't know where you live, but I'm going to assume that in your neighborhood the disposal of סכך and לולבים after סוכות does not present a significant problem for the trash removal service. In some neighborhoods it could be a problem.

We pay "x" amount per year for trash removal. For another $45 a year they'll take yard waste/ trees branches (including whole Christmas trees) / leaves anytime we put them out

279 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:21:07am

re: #277 ReamWorks SKG

Well, that's fine if a private business wants to lure customers with a recycling deal. What I'm talking about is the City using my taxes and fees for it.

This year I bought a reusable bamboo mat for סכך. Also you're supposed to save your לולב and use it as kindling when you burn the חמץ before פסח.

280 sattv4u2  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:21:43am

re: #277 ReamWorks SKG

Well, that's fine if a private business wants to lure customers with a recycling deal. What I'm talking about is the City using my taxes and fees for it.

You don't have to buy anything to drop the tree off. Hell, you don't even have to get out of your car/van/truck. Home Depot personnel are there to do that for you

281 sattv4u2  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:22:43am

re: #277 ReamWorks SKG

Well, that's fine if a private business wants to lure customers with a recycling deal. What I'm talking about is the City using my taxes and fees for it.

And I'm sure there are city services that you use that others don't yet still "pay" for it, no?

282 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:22:53am

Last year I paid the snow removal service for the entire season, and we only had 2 snowfalls (one of which melted away within hours).

This year I decided to pay per snowfall. I may or may not regret this decision.

283 ReamWorks SKG  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:23:51am

Ok! I'll stop complaining about Christmas Trees!

284 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:25:04am

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 2nd Session
Measure Title: An act entitled the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012"

Vote Counts:
YEAs 89
NAYs 8
Not Voting 3

Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs ---89
Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs ---8
Bennet (D-CO)
Carper (D-DE)
Grassley (R-IA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Rubio (R-FL)
Shelby (R-AL)

Not Voting - 3
DeMint (R-SC)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)

285 ReamWorks SKG  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:27:49am

I wish they'd be prohibited from naming laws. "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012?" They're ending temporary tax cuts for some people, while extending others. That's hardly "relief" for anyone.

286 Killgore Trout  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:32:36am

re: #285 ReamWorks SKG

I wish they'd be prohibited from naming laws. "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012?" They're ending temporary tax cuts for some people, while extending others. That's hardly "relief" for anyone.

Fat chance. The "think tanks" that actually write these bills also double as marketing firms. These "clever" names are part of the game.

287 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:32:59am

re: #284 Gus

note that three of the 'no' votes were from Democrats and all but five of the Republicans present voted 'yes'.

288 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:35:01am

re: #287 Dark_Falcon

note that three of the 'no' votes were from Democrats and all but five of the Republicans present voted 'yes'.

Boxer and Sanders voted yes. Guess they're "not liberals." //

289 dragonath  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:36:21am

re: #287 Dark_Falcon

note that three of the 'no' votes were from Democrats and all but five of the Republicans present voted 'yes'.

That's the same kind of logic Republicans use when they try to point out that more Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act of '64 by percentage.

290 Political Atheist  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:36:35am

Happy New Year to all of you from us here at RWC HQ! Watching the parade, saw a beautiful surprise-A young family got a surprise greeting from Dad, just home from the war. Now the family rides the "Canines Of Courage" float the whole parade, dedicated to our military working dogs.

How cool is that? The wife and 3 year old get to see Dad right in the middle of Colorado blvd then ride the float?

291 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:37:38am

Lame.

292 ReamWorks SKG  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:37:56am

Ok! It's time to clear out my QuickBooks 2012 files and start a new fiscal year for my little consulting company.

Have a great day off everyone!

293 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:40:13am

Outrage!

294 stabby  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:42:04am

re: #96 Romantic Heretic

William Gibson's.

That's what I was going to say.

295 stabby  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:43:06am

re: #273 Dark_Falcon

I hear that the Romney campaign had to scrap a plan to have Fischer meet Paul Ryan because the couldn't get Ryan to stop facepalming whenever he heard Fischer's economic stupidity.

There's a difference?

296 sattv4u2  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:44:40am

re: #286 Killgore Trout

Fat chance. The "think tanks" that actually write these bills also double as marketing firms. These "clever" names are part of the game.

Yeah

Kinda hard to pass a bill called the "We're Really Just Fuckin' With Ya, Because We're Gonna Do What We Want Anyway" Act

297 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:45:46am

I swear WND has more of the stupidest people on the planet posting comments than any other site I am aware of...

Shorty Stuff • 3 days ago

Once I got away from the brainwashing indoctrination of our educational system and looked into this myself, I came to the same conclusion that oil reserves are not "fossil fuels" as we are told to believe. The evidence is too overwhelming to believe such nonsense. For example, why would the desert regions of the middle east have more "fossil fuels" than other rich-with-life regions, which would have had more fossils? Why would the arctic region in far north Alaska have more "fossil fuels"? Makes no sense, does it? Why do abandoned oil wells start producing again after several years of being dry? Because oil is continually being produced by mother nature, and is a renewable resource, unlike what the dunderhead educated idiots try to drill into our brains.

The replies to this comment are enough to make you despair for humanity. Evil teachers unions, declining education, and an oil industry plot with evolutionists are of course to blame for corrupting our minds away from the truth that oil just creates itself endlessly underground...

298 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:47:06am

re: #289 dragonath

That's the same kind of logic Republicans use when they try to point out that more Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act of '64 by percentage.

Not really. When 40 out the 45 GOP senators who voted supported the bill the GOP in the Senate can say it voted for the bill and that, as the Democrats voted in favor in slightly higher numbers, the vote was bipartisan.

299 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:47:07am

re: #297 watching you tiny alien kittens are

I swear WND has more of the stupidest people on the planet posting comments than any other site I am aware of...

Shorty Stuff • 3 days ago

The replies to this comment are enough to make you despair for humanity. Evil teachers unions, declining education, and an oil industry plot with evolutionists are of course to blame for corrupting our minds away from the truth that oil just creates itself endlessly underground...

Woohoo! Derp.

300 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:47:15am

re: #293 Gus

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Outrage!

Actually I believe those may be used to beat some sense into the GOP.

301 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:49:51am

re: #297 watching you tiny alien kittens are

I swear WND has more of the stupidest people on the planet posting comments than any other site I am aware of...

Shorty Stuff • 3 days ago

The replies to this comment are enough to make you despair for humanity. Evil teachers unions, declining education, and an oil industry plot with evolutionists are of course to blame for corrupting our minds away from the truth that oil just creates itself endlessly underground...

Forget it, Ausador, it's a Jerome Corsi column. Those idiots will believe anything that is not the 'official version'.

302 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:51:44am

re: #300 dragonfire1981

Actually I believe those may be used to beat some sense into the GOP.

Wouldn't work. We got some great golfers in our 'Country Club' wing; Obama would get a club wrapped around his neck if he tried anything funny.


/Entirely in jest, not a threat to anybody.

303 stabby  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:51:52am

re: #301 Dark_Falcon

hmm I remember lefties like that too during the Republican administrations.

We need a solution to paranoia

304 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:51:54am

re: #297 watching you tiny alien kittens are

I swear WND has more of the stupidest people on the planet posting comments than any other site I am aware of...

Shorty Stuff • 3 days ago

The replies to this comment are enough to make you despair for humanity. Evil teachers unions, declining education, and an oil industry plot with evolutionists are of course to blame for corrupting our minds away from the truth that oil just creates itself endlessly underground...

[Link: www.fark.com...]

305 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:53:27am

On the subject of Feline Overlords. Cute and some excellent photography.

306 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 9:57:06am

re: #297 watching you tiny alien kittens are

I swear WND has more of the stupidest people on the planet posting comments articles than any other site I am aware of...

FTFY

307 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:00:11am

OT: I have a couple of questions for the Apple users in the room. When operating on battery power is it best to fully discharge the battery? Also, What is the lowest percentage you can run the computer and not have it shut down on you?

308 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:01:49am

re: #305 Holidays are Family Fun Time

On the subject of Feline Overlords. Cute and some excellent photography.

Lion prides tend to keep their cubs together for safety. In the wild, the need for females to go hunting means that by the time cubs reach these cub's age they are sometimes cared for by their fathers while the lionesses bring home dinner. Male lions are often used as symbols of strength and manliness, but in real life the male lion is often a stay-at-home dad.

309 sattv4u2  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:04:20am

re: #308 Dark_Falcon

Lion prides tend to keep their cubs together for safety. In the wild, the need for females to go hunting means that by the time cubs reach these cub's age they are sometimes cared for by their fathers while the lionesses bring home dinner. Male lions are often used as symbols of strength and manliness, but in real life the male lion is often a stay-at-home dad.

Thank you, Marlin Perkins!

310 Lidane  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:05:03am

re: #266 Obdicut

Also, even after eating my mom's goddamn delicious food-- and really, she knocked the ball out of the park this year with the roast beef and yorkshire pudding on Christmas night, as well as, on other days, lamb, mac and cheese, pancakes, deviled eggs, lasagna, bundt cakes, etc. etc.-- I only gained a pound.

And I gained a pound just reading your post. Thanks a lot. =P

311 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:05:28am

re: #308 Dark_Falcon

Lion prides tend to keep their cubs together for safety. In the wild, the need for females to go hunting means that by the time cubs reach these cub's age they are sometimes cared for by their fathers while the lionesses bring home dinner. Male lions are often used as symbols of strength and manliness, but in real life the male lion is often a stay-at-home dad.

It's true. and the Head Male Lion will ALWAYS defer to his mother.

312 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:06:29am

re: #307 PhillyPretzel

OT: I have a couple of questions for the Apple users in the room. When operating on battery power is it best to fully discharge the battery? Also, What is the lowest percentage you can run the computer and not have it shut down on you?

No clue. Apple is pretty much idiot proof regarding things like that. I wouldn't worry about it too much.

313 Cinnabar  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:07:44am

re: #307 PhillyPretzel

You should run the battery "dry" every month or so to keep it calibrated, or it will start shutting off without warning when it runs out of power. (Complete instructions are available, search for "calibrate battery.") Aside from that, I don't think it matters. (Does anyone else know better?)

(edit)
And to your second question, it will start giving you warnings around (I think) 10%, and will give a one-minute warning before it dies.

314 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:08:25am

re: #312 Holidays are Family Fun Time

I am not worried about it. Right now I am down to 5% and the MacBook Pro is working fine.

315 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:11:13am

re: #284 Gus

What about the House?

I'm so ambivalent about this whole thing, I've been devoting 1/2 a brain cell to paying attention to it. I apologize if the question has already been addressed.

316 makeitstop  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:11:25am

Happy New Year, Lizards!

I was hoping for a sunny day here on LI so I could run out and try out my new camera (I finally broke down and bought an entry-level DSLR), but it's about as gray as it could possibly get here.

Maybe I'll try taking some shots of guitars today. The cats are all sick of my lurking with a camera already.

317 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:12:39am

I don't often run my macbook without the power cord because I like the screen to be as bright as possible So, it eats battery power.

318 JAFO  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:13:25am

re: #315 Holidays are Family Fun Time

What about the House?

I'm so ambivalent about this whole thing, I've been devoting 1/2 a brain cell to paying attention to it. I apologize if the question has already been addressed.

They're busy limiting Federal worker pay right now.

319 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:14:20am

re: #316 makeitstop

Happy New Year, Lizards!

I was hoping for a sunny day here on LI so I could run out and try out my new camera (I finally broke down and bought an entry-level DSLR), but it's about as gray as it could possibly get here.

Maybe I'll try taking some shots of guitars today. The cats are all sick of my lurking with a camera already.

Congrats! I"m still playing with my Mickey Mouse Point n' Shoot (Sony Cybershot). I can't bring myself to justify the added expense of a real camera at this point. I have this capitalist brain that says "if you can't make money to at least defray the cost of your hobby, you can't have the best stuff".

320 Political Atheist  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:14:29am

re: #316 makeitstop

Congrats! That's a camera capable of really excellent crisp shots. Now you have the perfect excuse to get out to find the beauty to capture.

321 Interesting Times  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:14:44am

What disgusting, irredeemable scum the GOP are. Hope Chris Christie takes yet another hint and switches parties like another governor with a similar name to boot (i.e. Charlie Crist)

322 JAFO  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:15:02am

...and now they're naming a Post Office.

323 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:15:14am

Was not paying attention in 5th grade science class...

I have ALWAYS known that that "fossil" thing was bogus science. There is no such thing as a liquid fossil. All fossils are petrified as hard as it gets. Also, when those dinosaurs died, their bodies dried up and blew away like any other dust. So which part of that dead dinosaur sank a mile under the earth to turn into anything at all, much less liquid oil? It is all another myth of evolution. We are smart enough to have been to the moon and back. so we should stop believing our fossil fairtytales. Global warming, global freezing, oil from dinosaurs, that we're supposed to run out of,-- all voodoo scare tactics for political tyranny. The TRUTH makes free. The Bible says that some people tell lies by calling them science , but that no true science will oppose the God who invented science

324 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:15:15am

re: #308 Dark_Falcon

Lion prides tend to keep their cubs together for safety. In the wild, the need for females to go hunting means that by the time cubs reach these cub's age they are sometimes cared for by their fathers while the lionesses bring home dinner. Male lions are often used as symbols of strength and manliness, but in real life the male lion is often a stay-at-home dad.

Liberal Pansy Lions, hmph.

325 bratwurst  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:16:00am

Nothing more patriotic than taking your butthurt about this deal out on charities!

326 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:16:12am

re: #315 Holidays are Family Fun Time

What about the House?

I'm so ambivalent about this whole thing, I've been devoting 1/2 a brain cell to paying attention to it. I apologize if the question has already been addressed.

They're currently naming a post office. Seriously.

327 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:16:32am

re: #322 JAFO

...and now they're naming a Post Office.

Order of events in Congress:

1-Chaplain says prayer
2-Name a Post Office
3-Designate a Day to Honor someone
4-spend the rest of the day arguing over nothing.

328 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:16:42am

re: #322 JAFO

...and now they're naming a Post Office.

Pathetic.

329 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:16:52am

re: #325 bratwurst

Nothing more patriotic than taking your butthurt about this deal out on charities!

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I'm sure most of his donations went to the Ari Fleischer Foundation.

330 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:17:04am

House fun here: [Link: www.c-span.org...]

331 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:17:21am

Okay. I got a running battery warning at 3%. I just plugged it in to charge it.

332 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:17:46am

re: #330 Gus

House fun here: [Link: www.c-span.org...]

It's also available in radio format as an iPhone app. Much better than drive-time radio in the car!

333 Interesting Times  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:17:59am

re: #325 bratwurst

Nothing more patriotic than taking your butthurt about this deal out on charities!

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334 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:18:18am

It's like they're trying to cobble together the most messed up deal possible just so they can start blaming the other side for it.

It's not about a reasonable, workable solution. It's about trying to make the other side look worse than you do.

335 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:18:44am

re: #326 Gus

They're currently naming a post office. Seriously.

I've decided that they must be re-naming existing post offices because we can't possibly have enough new post offices to name one every time The House meets in session.

336 makeitstop  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:18:54am

re: #319 Holidays are Family Fun Time

re: #320 Political Atheist

Thanks! I've wanted one for so long, and I've got a few web sites slotted in for work this month where I'll actually get to use it. Very exciting.

After seeing the work of some friends up against the stuff I was taking with a cheaper camera, I got discouraged at the lower quality of my shots. This will at least remedy part of that problem. The other part will be my learning how to use it properly.

337 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:18:55am

And another post office.

338 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:19:14am

re: #309 sattv4u2

Thank you, Marlin Perkins!

SMACK!

339 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:19:20am

In Congress, the goal is votes, not results.

340 jaunte  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:20:47am

Next trench, dead ahead.

341 Interesting Times  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:21:30am

re: #339 Holidays are Family Fun Time

In Congress, the goal is votes lobbyist $$$, not results.

Fixed. The GOP actually want as few Americans voting as possible.

342 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:21:52am

re: #337 Gus

And another post office.

Wasn't the post office just talking about closing something like 1200 branches to save money, where are these new branches coming from?

343 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:22:28am

re: #342 watching you tiny alien kittens are

Wasn't the post office just talking about closing something like 1200 branches to save money, where are these new branches coming from?

Perhaps they are the post offices in military outposts?

344 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:24:43am

re: #342 watching you tiny alien kittens are

Wasn't the post office just talking about closing something like 1200 branches to save money, where are these new branches coming from?

Got me. Issa was mentioning the naming despite a "no post office rule" something or another.

345 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:25:07am

Uh oh. C-Span caller time. Time for UFOs and The Juice!

//

346 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:26:20am

re: #342 watching you tiny alien kittens are

Wasn't the post office just talking about closing something like 1200 branches to save money, where are these new branches coming from?

Some post offices are not named after anyone. The post offices in Des Plaines and Rosemont, IL aren't named after anyone. Rosemont being a bit surprising, but Congress would a bit miffed naming the post office after Donald E. Stevens (Rosemont's founder and longtime mayor. The Stevens family runs Rosemont so thoroughly that I call the place "The Barony of Rosemont".

347 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:28:08am

re: #340 jaunte

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Next trench, dead ahead.

It will be interesting to see if Obama follows through on his promise to "not play that game." Nothing says that Obama has to offer them anything, just sit back and wait until either they cause the government to shut down or raise the ceiling on their own. If they want to destroy our credit rating and the overseas trust in our debt (bonds) then let it be on their own head, Obama should not get involved.

Otherwise we are going to be playing this "give us another trillion in cuts" game again every time the ceiling approaches. Let the GOP propose their own damn cuts if that is what they want, then they can deal with the fall-out.

348 jaunte  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:28:12am

Naming post offices when no one uses their official names is singularly pointless.
It's intended to honor the person named, but I wouldn't call it an honor to be part of government waste.

349 Political Atheist  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:28:34am

re: #336 makeitstop

re: #320 Political Atheist

Thanks! I've wanted one for so long, and I've got a few web sites slotted in for work this month where I'll actually get to use it. Very exciting.

After seeing the work of some friends up against the stuff I was taking with a cheaper camera, I got discouraged at the lower quality of my shots. This will at least remedy part of that problem. The other part will be my learning how to use it properly.

I think you will like this site, full of beginners/intermediate/pro tips.
[Link: improvephotography.com...]

350 Cinnabar  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:36:31am

re: #331 PhillyPretzel

Okay. I got a running battery warning at 3%. I just plugged it in to charge it.

Speaking of batteries, Apple recommends that you not leave it plugged in all the time (looks like that's not a problem with you), but unplug it and let it drop to 50% or so periodically. Advice for different models seems to be different, so you should check out Apple's website for the care and feeding of your own model.

351 Interesting Times  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:38:10am

Lulz:

352 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:38:56am

re: #350 Cinnabar

I read the information and it said to let it discharge then charge it up. I usually let it go down to single digits then charge it up.

353 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:41:46am

re: #351 Interesting Times

Lulz:

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354 kirkspencer  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:43:25am

re: #325 bratwurst

Nothing more patriotic than taking your butthurt about this deal out on charities!

[Embedded content]

Nah, it's a display of true colors. "I don't donate to charities because they're good charities. I donate for the tax breaks."

355 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:43:50am

I just keep shaking my head at this group of politicians who are perfectly willing to throw the ENTIRE COUNTRY to the wolves AND make us an international LAUGHINGSTOCK just because they really, REALLY don't like the black President.

This is supposed to be American exceptionalism?

I'm sorry but things NEVER got this ridiculous in Canada. You want to accuse me of unfairly insulting U.S. politics? Go ahead but I've seen far more nonsense on this side of the border than on the other. I wish it was more obvious to some these people how poorly America is seen by other countries because of BS like this.

356 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:44:16am
357 Cinnabar  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:44:18am

re: #352 PhillyPretzel

I read the information and it said to let it discharge then charge it up. I usually let it go down to single digits then charge it up.

I understand that newer models don't need the full "calibrate" treatment, which involves letting it completely discharge (to automatic shutdown), "resting" it for a few hours and then recharging it, but if you're advised to do it for yours, don't omit it. It's only every month or so.

358 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:44:30am

re: #353 Dark_Falcon

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Gosh DF, do you think you're maybe overreacting a bit?

359 Interesting Times  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:44:36am
360 bratwurst  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:46:11am

re: #359 Interesting Times

Context, how does it work?

This way MY response:

361 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:46:17am

re: #355 dragonfire1981

I just keep shaking my head at this group of politicians who are perfectly willing to throw the ENTIRE COUNTRY to the wolves AND make an international LAUGHINGSTOCK just because they really, REALLY don't like the black President.

This is supposed to be American exceptionalism?

I'm sorry but things NEVER got this ridiculous in Canada. You want to accuse me of unfairly insulting U.S. politics? Go ahead but I've seen far more nonsense on this side of the border than on the other. I wish it was more obvious to some these people how poorly America is seen by other countries because of BS like this.

They are taking a stand against collectivism. In their minds anyway.

362 Kronocide  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:46:35am

Ari Fleischer doing what many conservatives do: see, your stupid rule brings out the worst in people, so your stupid rule is at fault for making people act like douches.

Pretty fucking childish and petty. Spare me the outrage when people go sarcasmo on him.

363 Kronocide  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:48:41am

As if people only give to charity due to some tax write off.... remove the tax write off, remove the charity.

That's really intellectually dishonest to buy into that rationale.

364 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:55:30am

re: #358 dragonfire1981

Gosh DF, do you think you're maybe overreacting a bit?

I pulled the downding off of PS's, that downding was overreacting. I'd appreciate it if PS would follow suit.

365 Political Atheist  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:56:15am

New Year, new attitudes, new opportunities

Do some good, profit a bit, reinvest, make some money to continue.

High tech guy takes a hard look at payday/micro loans.
Paged

Anti recession entrepreneurs.

366 jaunte  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:57:57am
367 lawhawk  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:59:33am

re: #321 Interesting Times

Don't see Christie jumping, but he might as well get pushed if NJ gets screwed by the GOP over the reconstruction package and Christie's sensible position on gun control and armed police/guards in schools.

As for the latter, Marlboro NJ is going ahead with a plan to put cops in all of its schools - from elementary to high school. The mayor and police department agreed upon this without any municipal ordinance, no debate, and no input from the public and pissed off the locals in the process. They've gone and subjected the town's taxpayers to a permanent tax hike with no say - because that's the only way that gets paid for is out of local taxation. So, even those who might have supported putting cops into the classrooms are up in arms because they had no say on how any of this would be paid for.

That's what the police in every school means. Never mind that getting guns out of the hands of criminals before they could make it to a school makes more sense - and would be less costly. Better to get the criminal when they attempt to purchase the firearms than to try and apprehend them while attacking a school.

It's a serious misallocation of limited resources. Just as with much of the counterterrorism theater at airports, the security at schools is going to be subject to the same kind of visual cues, even as the underlying problem persists.

368 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:59:45am

re: #359 Interesting Times

Thank you.

369 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:59:48am

re: #366 jaunte

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Oops. Someone got a little too hammered last night.

370 Lidane  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:59:51am

re: #366 jaunte

Looks like someone enjoyed New Year's Eve a bit too much. =P

371 Decatur Deb  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:00:00am

re: #363 Kronocide

As if people only give to charity due to some tax write off.... remove the tax write off, remove the charity.

That's really intellectually dishonest to buy into that rationale.

Federal employees can give to the Combined Federal Campaign, a clearing-house for charities much like the United Way. Each year they can select from a couple hundred qualified charities that get their targeted or untargeted payroll deduction. The list of organizations includes all the major charities and a large number of 'educational' campaigns that do strange sorts of good.

There are tax-deductible organizations out there that make charity a shabby umbrella.

372 rwdflynavy  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:01:37am

re: #366 jaunte

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I was FRAMED!! Also, Good Morning and Happy New Year Honcos!!

373 Renaissance_Man  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:01:58am

re: #367 lawhawk

That's what the police in every school means. Never mind that getting guns out of the hands of criminals before they could make it to a school makes more sense - and would be less costly. Better to get the criminal when they attempt to purchase the firearms than to try and apprehend them while attacking a school.

But if you don't let the bad guys get the guns, how are we ever going to have the totally awesome gun battles in the streets that real Americans want?

374 Interesting Times  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:02:09am

re: #363 Kronocide

As if people only give to charity due to some tax write off.... remove the tax write off, remove the charity.

That's really intellectually dishonest to buy into that rationale.

375 jaunte  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:02:46am
376 stabby  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:02:53am

re: #323 watching you tiny alien kittens are

Was not paying attention in 5th grade science class...

I think I got brain damage from reading that.

377 rwdflynavy  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:04:25am

re: #372 rwdflynavy

I was FRAMED!! Also, Good Morning and Happy New Year Honcos!!

Also, It was a scimitar, not a sword. Damn MSM!!!11

378 makeitstop  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:05:34am

re: #349 Political Atheist

I think you will like this site, full of beginners/intermediate/pro tips.
[Link: improvephotography.com...]

That's great! Thanks so much, RWC. I appreciate the link.

379 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:05:53am

One thing I will say in defense of tax deductions for charitable giving. I give a little, a lot. Meaning that at the grocery check-out I always do the dollar or $5 for the food bank. I buy extra for the local women's shelter and when I have a box full, I drop it off.

Hubby got on me one year for not saving receipts. I thought "for A DOLLAR?"

Well one year I did a good job of saving receipts. It added-up to a few hundred dollars. Really, I shouldn't have to pay taxes on those dollars. Did it make a big difference in our overall tax burden, probably not. I reason, the more I save in Taxes, the more I can give to charity.

380 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:07:01am

re: #378 makeitstop

That's great! Thanks so much, RWC. I appreciate the link.

Cambridge in Color.com is another great group. I joined a few months ago and everyone there is wonderful. Very much like LGF, even the newest newbie is treated with respect. All that is required is a sincere desire to improve one's skills and an willingness to learn.

They even appreciate a bit of sarcasm now and again.

381 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:07:19am
382 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:07:54am

re: #377 rwdflynavy

Also, It was a scimitar, not a sword. Damn MSM!!!11

NO machete?

383 Gus  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:08:46am


384 Targetpractice  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:09:19am

re: #382 Holidays are Family Fun Time

NO machete?

Hey, leave Danny Trejo out of this.

//

385 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:10:33am

The mental giants (Andy Schlafly) over at Conservapedia are trying to decide who to name Conservative of the Year for 2012. Currently in "Tentative 1st Place" are the athletes of the 2012 summer Olympics because...

The inspiring athletes are overwhelmingly conservative and outspoken in their Christian faith; displayed conservative lifestyles, charity, and patriotism.

With the added comment from Andy:

Moved to number 1 because their values and work ethic were so exemplary. Why can't underachieving atheists learn from this?

On the talk page a user asked Andy:

Mr. Schlafly, specifically which of the 2012 Summer Olympiads are you referring to? From which country? I'm sure you're not implying that ''every'' athlete that competed in the Summer Games is a conservative. --[[User:DonnyC|DonnyC]] 19:59, 29 December 2012 (EST)

To which Andy replies:

The Olympians were predominantly Christian and conservative, and it is difficult to identify any liberal counterexamples of any significance.--[[User:Aschlafly|Andy Schlafly]] 21:14, 29 December 2012 (EST)

Andy just loves making stuff up and then claiming they are true because he says they are. After all, isn't that how all encyclopedias are written?

///

386 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:10:53am

re: #381 Gus

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Not sure if I'd tell him "No, it's greed." or "No. Go read Rambam. Even some of us gentiles know better".

387 jaunte  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:11:55am

Irony-challenged Louie Gohmert has announced that he is "embarrassed for this generation."

388 lawhawk  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:12:21am

re: #382 Holidays are Family Fun Time

Danny Trejo was not involved.

389 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:12:37am

re: #387 jaunte

Irony-challenged Louie Gohmert has announced that he is "embarrassed for this generation."

Heck I'm embarrassed for the NEXT generation.

390 Stanghazi  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:14:00am

Eric Bolling shoots self with confetti gun on Fox.

[Link: mobile.rawstory.com...]

391 lawhawk  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:14:35am

re: #385 watching you tiny alien kittens are

Right, because on the gymnastics team alone, you had Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman. Epitome of what they're talking about in that article. /idjits

392 wrenchwench  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:14:51am

re: #389 dragonfire1981

Heck I'm embarrassed for the NEXT generation.

I'm embarrassed for Voyager. And Deep Space Nine.

/

393 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:16:08am

re: #377 rwdflynavy

Also, It was a scimitar, not a sword. Damn MSM!!!11

A scimitar means the nutcase was MUSLIM!!1 This is an act of terrorism he planned to use the gun he also had to murder Americans!!1 Laws should be passed forbidding any MUSLIM from owning a gun!!!11 Since they're all devoted to sharia, they are not protected by the constitution!!!111

/Pam "Shrieky" Geller

394 Kronocide  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:16:21am

re: #381 Gus

Oh, I see. We are having the fit, not him. Gotcha.

395 Stanghazi  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:16:37am

hahahaha

396 makeitstop  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:16:54am

re: #380 Holidays are Family Fun Time

Cambridge in Color.com is another great group. I joined a few months ago and everyone there is wonderful. Very much like LGF, even the newest newbie is treated with respect. All that is required is a sincere desire to improve one's skills and an willingness to learn.

They even appreciate a bit of sarcasm now and again.

And thanks to you too, ggt! Bookmarked!

397 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:17:26am

re: #394 Kronocide

Oh, I see. We are having the fit, not him. Gotcha.

What exactly does "having a fit" mean?

Is it a temper tantrum or a full blow psychotic episode?

398 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:18:40am

re: #385 watching you tiny alien kittens are

The mental giants (Andy Schlafly) over at Conservapedia are trying to decide who to name Conservative of the Year for 2012. Currently in "Tentative 1st Place" are the athletes of the 2012 summer Olympics because...

With the added comment from Andy:

On the talk page a user asked Andy:

To which Andy replies:

Andy just loves making stuff up and then claiming they are true because he says they are. After all, isn't that how all encyclopedias are written?

///

Bad parenting is a high hurdle to overcome. And Phylis Schlafly's children were raised with some very bad ideas put into their heads.

399 Kronocide  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:21:19am

re: #397 Holidays are Family Fun Time

What exactly does "having a fit" mean?

Is it a temper tantrum or a full blow psychotic episode?

In this typical case of being thin skinned to criticism, having a fit means any reply not in concurrence. It's a petty antagonism to put the focus on the responders and their emotional state and not the original subject: less deductions, therefore I give less to charity, so reducing deductions steals from the mouths of the poor.

400 kirkspencer  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:31:44am

re: #385 watching you tiny alien kittens are

The mental giants (Andy Schlafly) over at Conservapedia are trying to decide who to name Conservative of the Year for 2012. Currently in "Tentative 1st Place" are the athletes of the 2012 summer Olympics because...

With the added comment from Andy:

On the talk page a user asked Andy:

To which Andy replies:

Andy just loves making stuff up and then claiming they are true because he says they are. After all, isn't that how all encyclopedias are written?

///

sigh. Dear Andy, you have made a claim. It is not up to others to find proof you are wrong, but for you to provide proof to substantiate your claim.

401 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:39:37am

re: #399 Kronocide

In this typical case of being thin skinned to criticism, having a fit means any reply not in concurrence. It's a petty antagonism to put the focus on the responders and their emotional state and not the original subject: less deductions, therefore I give less to charity, so reducing deductions steals from the mouths of the poor.

ah!

several logical fallacies in one statement.

I can see where that would lead to a fit.

402 Stentor  Sun, Jan 6, 2013 6:47:26pm

Looks like it would be a pretty cool video game, playable as either a soldier or as Catzilla, or maybe the opponent. I like the sound effects, especially when the energy beams shoot out of Catzilla's eyes.
Nice touch with the red panties on the girl.


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