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1 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:36:36pm

2 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:37:05pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

Engage hyperspeed!

3 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:38:48pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

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The giant LP record has arrived.

4 Flounder  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:44:15pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

Now I can find the North Star!

5 sagehen  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:44:17pm

Sherlock minisode, prequel to the upcoming season 3. Watch. I’ll be back later to discuss.


Youtube Video

6 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:47:09pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder…what the hell is THAT?!

7 makeitstop  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:48:18pm

Gorgeous. I wonder exactly how he does the ‘stacking’ part.

8 jaunte  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:49:17pm

re: #7 makeitstop

He provides a good guide to his process here:
dpmag.com

9 makeitstop  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:50:31pm

re: #8 jaunte

He provides a good guide to his process here:
dpmag.com

Oh, cool, thanks! Maybe I’ll be able to try it at home!

EDIT: I kind of had an idea that it involved Photoshop and layers. I think I can do this. Thanks again.

10 wrenchwench  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:53:33pm
11 jaunte  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 1:56:44pm

re: #9 makeitstop

Here’s the Stacker Photoshop action he’s using. $40 is not bad:
starcircleacademy.com

12 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:00:04pm

Good article to keep handy if somebody on Twitter or FB tells you that the Robertsons could just flip A&E the bird and take the show to another network:

‘Duck Dynasty’ family members contractually bound to A&E, source says

“It’s not as easy as just not returning to the show, since they all have binding agreements. It’s the network’s option, not theirs,” an insider connected to the production told FOX411. “Plus the family makes far too much money selling merchandise because of the show. It would be a bad business decision to leave it.

According to Beverly Hills-based entertainment attorney Julian Chan, each show participant is generally under a separate deal when it comes to these types of contracts. So each family member could be subject to a breach of contract claim regardless of what happens to anyone else on the show, no matter what his or her role.

We’re also told that the contracts have morality clauses that give the network the right to get rid of cast members — but the others still have to keep the show running.

13 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:04:18pm

re: #12 Targetpractice

I imagine even if they tried to just quit the show outright they could still be sued for breach, right?

14 sagehen  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:05:01pm

The Earthrise photo — 45 years ago today. How they got the shot. How they almost didn’t.

Youtube Video

15 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:07:46pm

re: #13 Eclectic Cyborg

I imagine even if they tried to just quit the show outright they could still be sued for breach, right?

Yep. And with a separate contract for each family member, the costs of a contract breach would quickly add up. And would go even higher if they tried to fight A&E in court. Buying out their contracts, as some have suggested, assumes that A&E would be willing to let them go from the show. And there’s no way in hell that A&E would sell the intellectual property rights to another network or waive the non-compete clause.

16 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:13:22pm

re: #14 sagehen

The Earthrise photo — 45 years ago today. How they got the shot. How they almost didn’t.

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17 Dr Lizardo  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:17:51pm

So, Merry Christmas to one and all on LGF.

For your delectation, first, “A Patrick Swayze Christmas”

Youtube Video

Then, Klaus Kinski, monkeys and Popol Vuh - “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” ( German with English subtitles)

Youtube Video

Because Christmas without Klaus Kinski just doesn’t feel right.

18 wrenchwench  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:18:54pm

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace

Even the credits are great.

Vimeo

19 bratwurst  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:19:41pm
20 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:19:55pm

Saturn V was freaking awesome.

21 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:24:12pm

Saturn V’s first stage S IC) in its testbed with Dolby 5 1 sound

Youtube Video

22 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:24:23pm

Even if the DD cast left, wouldn’t A&E still retain a share of the merchandising rights?

23 Pie-onist Overlord  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:26:53pm

HURR HURR

24 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:28:44pm

25 sagehen  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:29:32pm

re: #16 Gus

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And it’s still beautiful.

26 Pie-onist Overlord  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:29:44pm

Hello Bryan has it never occurred to you that not all “wounded warriors” are Christian? Of course never.

From a rabbi who visited soldiers during the Civil War:

The number of Jews in the army is very large, I found some even among Berdan’s Sharpshooters. As a general rule, they are not known as Jews, but hundreds with whom I have conversed express their anxiety and hope that some provision may be made for them, so that in case of sickness or death, they be not left to the mercy of strangers. This was more forcibly impressed upon my mind by the numerous Jewish patients I visited in the Hospitals, nearly all of whom complained that they had not seen a “Yehudee” since they entered the Hospitals, that they have in addition to the sufferings of disease, to submit to the torture of religious controversy, forced upon them by Christian clergymen, who are anxious “to save their souls” (!)

27 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:31:41pm

re: #26 Pie-onist Overlord

Hello Bryan has it never occurred to you that not all “wounded warriors” are Christian? Of course never.

From a rabbi who visited soldiers during the Civil War:

Remind me again who God’s chosen people are.

That’s RIGHT.

This kind of treatment of Jews turns my stomach.

28 austin_blue  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:35:39pm

This photo is the work of Matt Molloy, using a self-invented technique he calls “timestacking” to combine hundreds of time-lapse photos into one image.

There are many more of Molloy’s mind-blowing pictures at the links above. Incredible stuff.


Read more at littlegreenfootballs.com

“Paging Mr. Monet, Mr. Claude Monet…”

29 dog philosopher  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:36:33pm

re: #26 Pie-onist Overlord

Hello Bryan has it never occurred to you that not all “wounded warriors” are Christian? Of course never.

From a rabbi who visited soldiers during the Civil War:

researching my 4 bears, all of them ‘yehudees’, i found one of them registered as eligible to serve in the civil war, altho there is no evidence of what happened after that. his occupation is listed as ‘cigar roller’

i wonder what percentage of new yorkers who were registered as eligible for the civil war actually served…

30 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:36:35pm

re: #22 Eclectic Cyborg

Even if the DD cast left, wouldn’t A&E still retain a share of the merchandising rights?

I would think that A&E owns the DD name. Robertson’s company was known as “Duck Commander” (which fits right in with his authoritarian image).

31 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:36:49pm

re: #20 Gus

Saturn V was freaking awesome.

One of my favorite films growing up was Apollo 13. Watching the launch, even if it’s all CGI or models, is still amazing.

32 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:37:48pm

I just looked out my window and Philly has snow flurries.

33 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:37:55pm

re: #30 Justanotherhuman

I would think that A&E owns the DD name. Robertson’s company was known as “Duck Commander” (which fits right in with his authoritarian image).

Yeah, A&E owns the copyright as well as all the intellectual property. So even if the family would bear the cost of breaching every one of their contracts, there would be no way to make another “Duck Dynasty” on another network. A&E would be quick to sue anybody who tried to make a copycat show, even if under a different name.

34 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:40:17pm

re: #33 Targetpractice

Since it has “Dynasty” in its name maybe Aaron Spelling should sue them for using said name. He had a fairly popular show by that name.

35 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:41:25pm

re: #12 Targetpractice

Good article to keep handy if somebody on Twitter or FB tells you that the Robertsons could just flip A&E the bird and take the show to another network:

‘Duck Dynasty’ family members contractually bound to A&E, source says

Thanks for that. I figured this was the case:

“Even if another network is willing to take the show with its original cast—a high possibility —we’re told that A&E owns the “Duck Dynasty” intellectual property, so it is in the position to pull all the strings.”

36 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:43:51pm

re: #33 Targetpractice

Yeah, A&E owns the copyright as well as all the intellectual property. So even if the family would bear the cost of breaching every one of their contracts, there would be no way to make another “Duck Dynasty” on another network. A&E would be quick to sue anybody who tried to make a copycat show, even if under a different name.

The Robertsons are so screwed.

Hey Phil, keep talking.

37 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:46:25pm

re: #35 Justanotherhuman

Thanks for that. I figured this was the case:

“Even if another network is willing to take the show with its original cast—a high possibility —we’re told that A&E owns the “Duck Dynasty” intellectual property, so it is in the position to pull all the strings.”

Yep, contrary to the assumptions by the fans, A&E is the one with all the leverage. The show goes on, Phil or no Phil, for at least another year. All the threats to boycott the network only weaken the family’s position, not A&E’s.

38 Backwoods_Sleuth  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:49:50pm
39 dog philosopher  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:49:58pm

“Duck Dynasty” intellectual property

matter and anti matter

40 wrenchwench  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:50:34pm

Later, lizards.

41 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:52:25pm

re: #31 Targetpractice

One of my favorite films growing up was Apollo 13. Watching the launch, even if it’s all CGI or models, is still amazing.

Those heady days of NASA. Made it to the moon and back. Manually.

42 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:55:25pm

re: #41 Gus

Those heady days of NASA. Made it to the moon and back. Manually.

With all the computer processing power of a desktop calculator.

43 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:55:25pm
44 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:55:49pm

45 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:56:58pm

46 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:57:09pm

Teehee. I went over to Channel 4 to see what all the hype was about on Snowden, and when I clicked on the front page to “watch”, this page came up: channel4.com

They want you to register—otherwise, no Christmas message for you! Heh.

47 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:57:13pm

48 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:00:42pm

re: #47 Charles Johnson

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“Kids these days.”

49 dog philosopher  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:00:54pm

re: #43 Gus

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Info.

looks like it is taking place at the black rock desert in nevada perhaps, sometimes known as the location for other activities

50 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:03:05pm

Good for you, Rebecca! Have a great holiday, too.

‘What an amazing present’: Boston Marathon survivor makes bid to walk

usnews.nbcnews.com

“Eight months after twin bombings at the Boston Marathon nearly took one survivor’s left leg, she can finally put two feet on the ground.

“Rebekah Gregory, 26, has had 14 surgeries in a bid to save the leg, though she has faced constant pain and the prospect of amputation many times. She started physical therapy in the summer but had to stop when her doctors determined she would need to wear a device to get her foot into the right position if she hoped to ever walk on it again. That came off at Thanksgiving, when they replaced it with a cast. And on Monday, Gregory graduated to a walking boot.

“To put two feet on the ground again was the most amazing feeling,” Gregory told NBC News from her parents’ home in Richmond, Texas. “And just right before Christmas, too. It’s like, what an amazing present this year.”

51 dog philosopher  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:04:22pm
52 Backwoods_Sleuth  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:05:15pm

re: #42 Targetpractice

With all the computer processing power of a desktop calculator.

and slide rules and duct tape…

53 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:05:15pm

“Responsible gun owner”

54 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:09:00pm

re: #53 Targetpractice

“Responsible gun owner”

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WTH did he do, just close his eyes and shoot?

Couldn’t tell a 14 yr old girl from a burglar?

Trembling little coward couldn’t stop and try to identify who it was first?

55 makeitstop  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:14:43pm

We’re about to head out for the evening’s festivities. Everyone have a wonderful night.

Oh, and thank you, Charles, for running this place. I don’t think I’ve said that enough this year.

56 William of Orange  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:14:52pm

When is McDonald’s shuffling up their PR department?

No shit, Sherlock!!
I’m beginning to think McDonald’s is making a parody of themselves.

57 William of Orange  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:18:38pm

You need to see this.

Scientifically accurate Santa.

58 Stanley Sea  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:20:15pm

re: #44 Charles Johnson

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I’m vaguely remembering a rolling the rubber pig game….

59 Pie-onist Overlord  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:21:39pm

re: #29 dog philosopher

researching my 4 bears, all of them ‘yehudees’, i found one of them registered as eligible to serve in the civil war, altho there is no evidence of what happened after that. his occupation is listed as ‘cigar roller’

i wonder what percentage of new yorkers who were registered as eligible for the civil war actually served…

Well here is a site that has researched Teh Juice in the Civil War.

60 William of Orange  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:23:16pm
61 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:26:25pm

re: #60 William of Orange

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I’d love to find out who is behind that account.

62 Stanley Sea  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:28:13pm

re: #61 Eclectic Cyborg

I’d love to find out who is behind that account.

just thinking the same.

63 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:29:38pm

re: #62 Stanley Sea

just thinking the same.

David Javerbaum

64 Backwoods_Sleuth  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:29:40pm

re: #61 Eclectic Cyborg

I’d love to find out who is behind that account.

This was my favorite tweet from God today:

65 Pie-onist Overlord  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:29:56pm

re: #56 William of Orange

When is McDonald’s shuffling up their PR department?

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>No shit, Sherlock!!
I’m beginning to think McDonald’s is making a parody of themselves.

Mickey D’s is using a 3rd party PR for their “McResource” probably the same 3rd party that advised workers to get 2 jrrbs and tip the pool boy & the nanny.

66 Pie-onist Overlord  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:33:00pm

The traditional Chinese foods of Teh Juice Christmas Eve has been made. And I was thinking, is it really “Teh Chinese Foods” if it has been all made by Teh Babushka?

Maybe there is a Genghis Kahn DNA somewhere? Or a Genghis Kohen DNA?

67 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:35:30pm

re: #66 Pie-onist Overlord

The traditional Chinese foods of Teh Juice Christmas Eve has been made. And I was thinking, is it really “Teh Chinese Foods” if it has been all made by Teh Babushka?

Maybe there is a Genghis Kahn DNA somewhere? Or a Genghis Kohen DNA?

Jenjis Khan.

/No, I’m never gonna let Kerry live that one down.

68 RealityBasedSteve  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:41:53pm

re: #66 Pie-onist Overlord

The traditional Chinese foods of Teh Juice Christmas Eve has been made. And I was thinking, is it really “Teh Chinese Foods” if it has been all made by Teh Babushka?

Maybe there is a Genghis Kahn DNA somewhere? Or a Genghis Kohen DNA?

and what is the traditional Chinese foods of The Juice? Beef with oh Vey sauce? Chosen Chicken? Sweet and Sour Pastrami? Inquiring minds want to know?

RBS
Who is doing a very slow bake on some back ribs for dinner tonight… beef roast tomorrow.

69 Backwoods_Sleuth  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:45:09pm

uh oh…

Retired pastor blames ‘high sex drive’ after bust in Wyoming gay sex sting

A retired pastor told police in Wyoming that his high sex drive was to blame after he was arrested when he asked an undercover officer to perform oral sex on him.

The Casper Police Department on Sunday charged 75-year-old Rev. Bryant Badger with public indecency, obscene literature and incitement to a crime.

According to an affidavit obtained by the Casper Star-Tribune, Badger had left his phone number and graphic propositions scrawled in a portable restroom at Morad Park, which was discovered by a Natrona County High School coach.

70 William of Orange  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:45:23pm

re: #61 Eclectic Cyborg

I’d love to find out who is behind that account.

In any case, he (or she) deserves a spot on the Dailyshow writers list. Always witty. He follows only one earth resident. Guess which one before checking!

;-)

But sometimes God does have some trouble with His flock. Mostly about spelling.


HAHAHAA!!

71 Flounder  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:50:17pm

re: #69 Backwoods_Sleuth

The pastor didn’t do anything wrong it’s the Police busting someone because of his sexuality. He is retired, geez.

72 dog philosopher  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:54:28pm

re: #68 RealityBasedSteve

and what is the traditional Chinese foods of The Juice? Beef with oh Vey sauce? Chosen Chicken? Sweet and Sour Pastrami? Inquiring minds want to know?

RBS
Who is doing a very slow bake on some back ribs for dinner tonight… beef roast tomorrow.

kvetching duck?
my cute little dumplings let me give a chupka in the zisse punim?
chachka fried rice with a farbissener sauce?

73 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 3:56:24pm

re: #71 Flounder

The pastor didn’t do anything wrong it’s the Police busting someone because of his sexuality. He is retired, geez.

I think it’s more the act of solicitation than simply his sexuality.

74 William of Orange  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:02:06pm

re: #43 Gus

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Info.

That’s a pic overloaded with awesome!

75 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:08:56pm

re: #74 William of Orange

That’s a pic overloaded with awesome!

Bill Dana is 83 years old. :D

76 RealityBasedSteve  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:11:53pm

I think I’m going to spend the evening mastering Sketch-up. Shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours at the very most should it?

RBS

77 William of Orange  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:12:09pm
78 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:13:17pm

79 RealityBasedSteve  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:15:03pm

re: #75 Gus

Bill Dana is 83 years old. :D

I thought you were talking about Bill Dana the comedian (‘My name es Jose Jiménez). He’s 89. (thanks wikipedia) He did a skit with Jose as an astronaut. That was the first thing I thought of.

RBS

80 Backwoods_Sleuth  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:15:49pm
81 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:18:22pm

The Syrian Electronic Army Is at It Again

bits.blogs.nytimes.com

“It’s a happy hacker holiday once again.

“This Christmas it’s not Anonymous or Iranian hackers you need to worry about — it’s the Syrian Electronic Army.

“On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation dispatched warning notices that the S.E.A. was at it again, according to two people who received the notices, which included various digital clues to help companies block attempted cyberattacks.”

82 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:21:24pm
83 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:24:13pm

Pro tip: If a close family member tells you, “please don’t buy a Christmas gift for me,” they probably really mean it and are not being humble. With that in mind, please do not go ahead and buy for them a gigantic, bulky wrist watch that was probably expensive, but which they will never, ever wear.

84 dog philosopher  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:27:39pm

re: #83 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Pro tip: If a close family member tells you, “please don’t buy a Christmas gift for me,” they probably really mean it and are not being humble. With that in mind, please do not go ahead and buy for them a gigantic, bulky wrist watch that was probably expensive, but which they will never, ever wear.

put it in the same drawer as the other gigantic, bulky wrist watches, next to the ugly ties

85 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:27:41pm

re: #83 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Pro tip: If a close family member tells you, “please don’t buy a Christmas gift for me,” they probably really mean it and are not being humble. With that in mind, please do not go ahead and buy for them a gigantic, bulky wrist watch that was probably expensive, but which they will never, ever wear.

Wow, what a mess up.

86 HoosierHoops  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:32:50pm

Merry Christmas
Be Naughty
Save Santa the trip…

87 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:34:00pm

And again…

88 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:35:10pm

re: #82 Charles Johnson

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No doubt Snowden, had he actually lived during WWII, would have had the infamous “loose lips sink ships” syndrome and would already have been tried for treason.

89 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:36:17pm

re: #83 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Pro tip: If a close family member tells you, “please don’t buy a Christmas gift for me,” they probably really mean it and are not being humble. With that in mind, please do not go ahead and buy for them a gigantic, bulky wrist watch that was probably expensive, but which they will never, ever wear.

Can you take it back to the store and exchange it for something else?

90 Pie-onist Overlord  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:36:21pm

This night many years ago, the neighbor from down the street came raging over to our house and she was FUCKING PISSED!

WHICH ONE OF YOUR KIDS TOLD TIMMY THERE IS NO SANTA CLAUS!!!!

I said “What, it wasn’t any of my kids, they don’t even know of such a thing as Santa Claus! It must have been the Ronees (Chaldeans) down the street!”

Then my daughter (7 years old ) says “Santa is so lame! It’s the Grandparents who buy the presents!”

91 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:36:41pm

re: #86 HoosierHoops

>Merry Christmas
Be Naughty
Save Santa the trip…

This message paid for by Ron Jeremy.

92 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:37:09pm

re: #90 Pie-onist Overlord

This night many years ago, the neighbor from down the street came raging over to our house and she was FUCKING PISSED!

WHICH ONE OF YOUR KIDS TOLD TIMMY THERE IS NO SANTA CLAUS!!!!

I said “What, it wasn’t any of my kids, they don’t even know of such a thing as Santa Claus! It must have been the Ronees (Chaldeans) down the street!”)

Then my daughter (7 years old ) says “Santa is so lame! It’s the Grandparents who buy the presents!”

Awkward.

93 Dr Lizardo  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:38:14pm

I was right….it was unusually warm today in the Czech Republic.

ceskenoviny.cz

94 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:38:25pm

re: #87 Gus

And again…

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The 10th basically blowing them a raspberry, while speeding up the timeline of this ruling coming before the bench. Last resort for the state is to ask SCOTUS to issue a hold, but the odds of that happening are long.

95 Dr Lizardo  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:44:02pm

re: #87 Gus

re: #94 Targetpractice

Yep. More here:

hosted.ap.org

96 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:44:52pm

This will be my first Christmas away from Lubbock in quite a few years. I don’t miss it at all. Every day I am away I become more and more aware of what a hellhole it really is. My current digs, in the wilderness west of Fort Worth, are a virtual paradise of social and cultural progress by comparison. Yes, it is that bad.
It occurred to me that with a population that is 37% Hispanic and 9% black, Lubbock should already have reached the “demographic tipping point” so dreaded by the Tea Party. It clearly has not though, and I am not sure why it hasn’t.
I can speculate though. Religion is very powerful in Lubbock. Along with alcohol abuse and methamphetamine it is the primary driver of social action there. It may be that the minority religious communities can pump out enough anti-gay and anti-abortion propaganda to keep enough minorities from voting their own interest and tipping the balance for good. This could well change with Pope Francis laying down the law to haters in the RC Church, but it may take a while.
It doesn’t help that the local Democratic party is controlled by clueless 60s throwback moonbats and other white elitists. These loons, for instance, attended a rabidly anti-Obama “stop the drones” rally just two weeks before the presidential election last year. They will start a sermon against Ronald Reagan at the drop of a buzzword and they are one of the strongest bastions of liberal/left conspiracy-think left anywhere. The solution is for minorities, union members, and the few feminists and other liberal whites to combine forces, throw the trustafarian navel gazers out of the Dem leadership, get rid of the Vietcong flags and Kumbaya karaoke, and join Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the 21st century.

97 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:50:53pm

re: #96 Shiplord Kirel

Demographics only matter to a degree. What really matters is the groups that actually get out and vote. Tea Partiers are one of the most likely groups to do so. Blacks and Hispanics, not so much. It will change of course, but it will take a bit longer than the racial makeup of the area might suggest.

98 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:53:00pm

re: #43 Gus

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Info.

What Bill Dana was thinking: “I’m glad that thing’s on our side.”

You have to love the B-52, though, if only for surviving in service so long.

99 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:55:54pm

Well I’ll be departing now. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my fellow Lizards. I hope you have plenty of good times tonight and tomorrow (and eat and drink plenty of good things!).

Blessings to you all.

100 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 4:59:49pm

re: #97 Eclectic Cyborg

Demographics only matter to a degree. What really matters is the groups that actually get out and vote. Tea Partiers are one of the most likely groups to do so. Blacks and Hispanics, not so much. It will change of course, but it will take a bit longer than the racial makeup of the area might suggest.

But Kirel also has a point that what local party leaders talk about makes a difference. Raging against drones is preaching to the choir; It has no appeal beyond the further left half of the Democratic party base. Holding a rally on the topic simply allows local Republicans to plausibly lambast local Democrats as anti-military.

The kind of dudebro ‘leadership’ seen in Lubbock Democrats does not resonate with Latinos at all. Black folks will still vote Democratic, but they won’t be energized. If you want people to vote for you, you’ve got to engage them, and right now that area’s Democratic leadership is so used to protest politics that they don’t know how to fight to win.

101 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:06:18pm

re: #97 Eclectic Cyborg

Demographics only matter to a degree. What really matters is the groups that actually get out and vote. Tea Partiers are one of the most likely groups to do so. Blacks and Hispanics, not so much. It will change of course, but it will take a bit longer than the racial makeup of the area might suggest.

QFT. That’s why get out the vote is so important.

102 calochortus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:09:55pm

Time to get in gear for the Xmas Eve dinner tonight. Sear-roasted rib eyes, purple potatoes with shallots, broccoli, cranberry-walnut bread, that buche de Noel I’ve been working on, on and off, all day (came out great!) and of course good wine, good friends, and beloved family.

Good night all-Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, and a lovely day for all of you who don’t.

103 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:13:46pm

re: #100 Dark_Falcon

Really excellent insights there. With your permission, I would like to steal “dudebro leadership.” It perfectly reflects what is really happening.

104 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:16:27pm

re: #103 Shiplord Kirel

Really excellent insights there. With your permission, I would like to steal “dudebro leadership.” It perfectly reflects what is really happening.

Feel free to use it. I’m glad you liked it.

105 austin_blue  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:25:03pm

Ah, the magic century mark!

OT, Eliot Spitzer’s wife is divorcing him, which begs the question:

What did he have to do to send her past the breaking point?

106 Decatur Deb  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:26:09pm

re: #105 austin_blue

Ah, the magic century mark!

OT, Eliot Spitzer’s wife is divorcing him, which begs the question:

What did he have to do to send her past the breaking point?

Something to do with toilet paper rolls.

107 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:26:28pm
108 austin_blue  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:30:21pm

re: #106 Decatur Deb

Something to do with toilet paper rolls.

How banal! Unless gerbils are involved. Then it’s just anal

109 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:33:21pm

re: #96 Shiplord Kirel

You’re probably well aware of (or appropriately dismissive of) all the following disjonted nonsense, but:

Fort Worth tries to present itself as ‘Where the West begins’, which subtly implies that it’s therefore ‘Where the South ends.’ I’ve lived there for ~15 years and find it more or less accurate. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

The concept I most closely associate with Lubbock is the concept of the 40-something Baptist “Youth minister”, who invariably has a goatee, and invariably feels comfortable telling pre-teens what they should think, feel, and do about sex. He does this with not just impunity, but with the encouragement of the parents of the aforementioned pre-teens. I don’t have kids, but I’m pretty sure that if I did, approximately the last thing I would want would be them hearing about sex from some low-rent Guy Fiery clone who claimed the bible told him so.

110 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:33:36pm

re: #43 Gus

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Info.

Dan Roam re-worked this image for the X-20 DynaSoar section of his fascinating website Deep Cold: Secrets of the Cold War in Space

This is an old site, little changed in 10 years, but it includes some fascinating history and wonderful illustrations related to cancelled US and Soviet military space projects of the 50s and 60s.

111 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:36:08pm

re: #108 austin_blue

Did you see this photo from Gus:


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Info.

He also put up the info, i just had to leave it out blockquotes to get it post right. Here’s the pose so you can upding it if you wish.


re: #43 Gus

112 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:39:21pm

re: #110 Shiplord Kirel

Dan Roam re-worked this image for the X-20 DynaSoar section of his fascinating website Deep Cold: Secrets of the Cold War in Space
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This is an old site, little changed in 10 years, but it includes some fascinating history and wonderful illustrations related to cancelled US and Soviet military space projects of the 50s and 60s.

Nice site.

113 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:39:46pm

re: #110 Shiplord Kirel

More from Deep Cold:

X-20 Dyna Soar under the wing of the famous B-52 0008 just prior to launch:

X-20 in orbit with solar panel deployed:

114 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:40:18pm

OK. Experimenting with something. Program crashed for the second time tonight. Hint to stop. Oh well.

115 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:43:44pm

Why didn’t we just ask the Soviets what they were up to?

//

116 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:45:51pm

117 RealityBasedSteve  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:46:06pm

re: #105 austin_blue

Ah, the magic century mark!

OT, Eliot Spitzer’s wife is divorcing him, which begs the question:

What did he have to do to send her past the breaking point?

No doubt left seat up one too many times.


RBS

118 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:48:05pm

More alternate history from Deep Cold
May Day! May 1, 1969—- Soviet Union wins the Moon race with the LK lander:

119 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:49:14pm

re: #115 Gus

Why didn’t we just ask the Soviets what they were up to?

//

Because when we did they lied. So we tested airframe forms like Dyna Soar to be able to spy on them. As an added bonus, the B-52 that released them still could have been converted on fairly short notice to carry nuclear bombs and unload them on the Soviet Union, and the Soviets did not forget that fact. Using a B-52 was part ‘it was the best airframe’ and part ‘Look how how big a load our bombers can carry’.

120 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:51:42pm

re: #116 Charles Johnson

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America’s Funniest Home Biopsies

121 b_sharp  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:51:53pm

Has no one shot that jolly old elf down yet?

122 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:52:14pm

re: #118 Shiplord Kirel

More alternate history from Deep Cold
May Day! May 1, 1969—- Soviet Union wins the Moon race with the LK lander:
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Truly a flight of fantasy. The Soviet answer to the Saturn V was a contraption that would win a Rube Goldberg competition if ever entered.

123 austin_blue  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:53:03pm

re: #111 Dark_Falcon

Did you see this photo from Gus:

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Info.

He also put up the info, i just had to leave it out blockquotes to get it post right. Here’s the pose so you can upding it if you wish.

Sure. Saw it, dinged it. That old B-52B was the workhorse of all of those old NASA projects- lifting bodies, X-15s, &c. Pretty classic bird.

124 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:56:01pm

The most amazing papayas in the world are the ones you get straight from the tree in Hawaii.

125 CuriousLurker  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 5:57:09pm

Just swinging by to drop this off for you guys:

Youtube Video

I hope all of you enjoy the holiday. Stay safe and try not to fight with your wingnut relatives. ;)

126 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:00:04pm

re: #123 austin_blue

Sure. Saw it, dinged it. That old B-52B was the workhorse of all of those old NASA projects- lifting bodies, X-15s, &c. Pretty classic bird.

127 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:01:19pm

re: #125 CuriousLurker

Just swinging by to drop this off for you guys:

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I hope all of you enjoy the holiday. Stay safe and try not to fight with your wingnut relatives. ;)

My relatives used to fight with wingnut me. I’ve looked at life from both sides now.

128 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:06:46pm
129 Political Atheist  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:06:49pm

re: #24 Gus

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Not a fake quote
Walter Cronkite
“Go Baby Go” & then at the moon landing wiped tears from his eyes.

Yeah as a kid I was watching, completely enraptured. X-15 geek. Listened to those Saturn 5 stage 1 rockets roar on the test bed back behind the SF Valley. Drove by Rocketdyne on Canoga avenue every time on the way to pick up Dragon_Lady for a date before we were married. Went to air shows at Edwards AFB. Heh some of us are truly children of the early spage age.

Merry Christmas everyone!

130 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:08:11pm

The B-52H, USAF serial number 61-0025.

Think that would mean it was delivered in 1961 to SAC.

131 Bear  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:13:05pm

May I wish all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy Holiday.

132 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:14:57pm
133 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:16:30pm

B-52H. $9,280,000.00 in 1962 or $71,618,553.64 calculated for inflation. Quite a deal.

134 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:17:26pm

re: #133 Gus

B-52H. $9,280,000.00 in 1962 or $71,618,553.64 calculated for inflation. Quite a deal.

Can I get one on lay-away?

//

135 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:18:43pm
136 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:21:32pm

re: #122 Targetpractice

Truly a flight of fantasy. The Soviet answer to the Saturn V was a contraption that would win a Rube Goldberg competition if ever entered.

Indeed. N-1 booster at Encyclopedia Astronautica (this is another fantastic site, with thousands of entries on every aspect of space flight).

N-1 night launch, 26 June 1971. This was its third and most successful fligth, lasting all of 51 seconds before it went out of control and range safety destroyed the monster.

137 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:22:54pm

Ugh. Looking for 61-0025. Ran into 9/11 truther moron crap.

138 BongCrodny  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:28:35pm

re: #134 Targetpractice

Can I get one on lay-away?

//

Sure. Ten bucks a week for 138,112 years.

139 philosophus invidius  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:30:58pm

In case anyone wants to hear the “now playing” album:

music.sufjan.com

Steven’s other work can be found there too.

140 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:37:00pm

How the other half live! Lisa Vanderpump reveals her very ‘high class problem’ of losing a swan from her Beverly Hills home

It seems Christmas could be cancelled in the Vanderpump household this year - after reality star Lisa revealed some very troubling news.

Taking to Twitter on Christmas Eve, the 53-year-old millionairess explained that one of her swans had gone missing from the grounds of her Beverly Hills home.

Perhaps expecting a lack of sympathy from some of her less fortunate followers, Lisa was the first to refer to the situation as a ‘high class problem’.

I know it’s what some people may call ‘a high class problem,’ she wrote.

‘However, 1 of my baby swans took off yesterday.’

Lisa then posted a picture of her two swans, floating in her audacious exterior water feature in her garden.

Image: article-2529009-1A47BCC800000578-118_634x538.jpg


Note that in the LA area keeping swans is more for appearances. In the Chicago area, by contrast, a family or business that keeps swans on their pond or lake most likely does so to keep Canadian Geese away.

141 Pie-onist Overlord  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:38:03pm

Best. Christmas. Song. Ever.
South Park Video

142 austin_blue  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:42:21pm

re: #126 Gus

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That was one of my birds! The -H model had it all over the previous B-52s. Bypass fans instead of turbojets with water injection systems, longer range, spectacularly better climb capabilities, &c. Those turrets under the nose were added in the mid-70s. One was infra-red, the other low light TV.

You could fly that thing (and we did) with one pilot flying just off those cameras and the right seater sweating bullets with his hands right next to the yoke, at night, through the Absarokas. Tremendous fun.

143 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:42:29pm

re: #137 Gus

Ugh. Looking for 61-0025. Ran into 9/11 truther moron crap.

Tail number for the NASA B-52H? What, do the maroons think NASA did it?

144 Stanley Sea  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:43:23pm

Happy Holiday time to all you Lizards!

145 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:44:50pm

Megaroc was a 1946 British proposal to modify a captured V-2 rocket and use it to send an insane intrepid volunteer into suborbital space. The astronaut would have been weightless for several minutes. In retrospect, the idea was workable though exceedingly dangerous, and could have put a man into space, albeit briefly, by 1950.

146 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:46:22pm

re: #143 William Barnett-Lewis

Tail number for the NASA B-52H? What, do the maroons think NASA did it?

I didn’t look further. I know some of those geniuses think it was a Skywarrior.

147 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:46:37pm

re: #145 Shiplord Kirel

Megaroc was a 1946 British proposal to modify a captured V-2 rocket and use it to send an insane intrepid volunteer into suborbital space. The astronaut would have been weightless for several minutes. In retrospect, the idea was workable though exceedingly dangerous, and could have put a man into space, albeit briefly, by 1950.
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Yeah, there’s no way in hell you could have even paid me to sit atop a V-2.

148 RealityBasedSteve  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:48:00pm

For all the coder out there… Jonathan Coulton’s Code Monkey.

Everybody sing along…

“Code Monkey likes Fritos,
Code Monkey likes Tab and Mt. Dew”

Youtube Video

RBS

149 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:48:41pm

re: #146 Gus

I didn’t look further. I know some of those geniuses think it was a Skywarrior.

Oy. That’s beyond stupid.

150 Decatur Deb  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:49:30pm

Sicut Locutus Est

Youtube Video

Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros:
Abraham et semini eius in sæcula.

As was promised to our fathers:
to Abraham and to his seed for ever.

‘Nite, All

151 austin_blue  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:50:12pm

re: #137 Gus

Ugh. Looking for 61-0025. Ran into 9/11 truther moron crap.

The last buff ever made was 61-0040 (aka 1040 or ten forty). The H models were produced in 1960 and 61 and were “balls” or “tens” (i.e. 0015- balls fifteen, or ten forty).

152 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:52:46pm

re: #150 Decatur Deb

Sicut Locutus Est

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Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros:
Abraham et semini eius in sæcula.

As was promised to our fathers:
to Abraham and to his seed for ever.

‘Nite, All

Love that piece of music. I’ll have to play it tonight while I’m wrapping Santa’s presents.

153 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:55:06pm

re: #149 William Barnett-Lewis

Oy. That’s beyond stupid.

Yep. Skywarrior into the Pentagon. Look it up! Kidding.

154 Stanley Sea  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 6:57:59pm
155 Political Atheist  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:02:15pm

re: #154 Stanley Sea

Well first landing anyway… Tiny wings!

156 RealityBasedSteve  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:04:11pm

re: #155 Political Atheist

Well first landing anyway… Tiny wings!

Yea, they will never get effective transitional lift with those. :) Damn if they don’t look determined however.

RBS

157 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:05:09pm

158 Ryan King  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:07:23pm

re: #157 Charles Johnson

Merry OogaBooga!

159 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:07:33pm

re: #157 Charles Johnson

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My my my MY SHARIA!

//

160 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:08:02pm

re: #153 Gus

Yep. Skywarrior into the Pentagon. Look it up! Kidding.

Why anyone would think a conspiracy smart enough to plan out 9/11 would use a military aircraft once operated by the US for one of the attacks is something I cannot fathom. The idea that ‘hyper-competent’ people are going to make a rookie mistake is one of the dumbest aspects of conspiracism.

161 Ryan King  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:09:12pm

Tis the Season for OogaBooga
Ooga booga booga, bah-ooga boogah boogah

162 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:09:53pm

re: #157 Charles Johnson

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IT’S THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS SHARIA FUTURE!!1 ZOMG!!!11

[runs around screaming]

163 lawhawk  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:10:04pm

The photos are simply amazing, and would be something that Van Gogh or Renoir would certainly contemplate.

164 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:10:15pm

re: #146 Gus

I didn’t look further. I know some of those geniuses think it was a Skywarrior.

Yeah, easy to understand the mistake./////
Btw, this is a Vietnam era photo of a camouflaged RA-3B Skywarrior of VAP-61. These flew cartographic and night recce missions with Det. Tango out of Danang.

165 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:10:28pm

re: #160 Dark_Falcon

Why anyone would think a conspiracy smart enough to plan out 9/11 would use a military aircraft once operated by the US for one of the attacks is something I cannot fathom. The idea that ‘hyper-competent’ people are going to make a rookie mistake is one of the dumbest aspects of conspiracism.

They’re just nuts. Plain and simple. Nuts. :D

166 Pie-onist Overlord  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:10:37pm
167 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:12:00pm

re: #164 Shiplord Kirel

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Yeah, easy to understand the mistake./////
Btw, this is a Vietnam era photo of a camouflaged RA-3B Skywarrior of VAP-61. These flew cartographic and night recce missions with Det. Tango out of Danang.

They have multiple “theories” on this. One includes a “napalm laden” Skywarrior. Another that “dropped a missile.” The possibilities are endless!

168 freetoken  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:12:02pm

re: #166 Pie-onist Overlord

Is Father Frost also a white man?

169 Pie-onist Overlord  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:12:52pm

Shit that wingnuts are Tweeting on Christmas:

170 Backwoods_Sleuth  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:14:36pm
171 nines09  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:15:04pm

Merry Christmas to all of you from all of mine. Now I have to sign out AND RUN FOR MY LIFE because Obamas Sekreet Puleece are about to kick my door in because I said MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!11111TY

172 Backwoods_Sleuth  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:15:37pm

re: #171 nines09

Merry Christmas to all of you from all of mine. Now I have to sign out AND RUN FOR MY LIFE because Obamas Sekreet Puleece are about to kick my door in because I said MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!11111TY

Throw out that sensor in your pocket…

173 nines09  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:16:24pm

re: #172 Backwoods_Sleuth

Throw out that sensor in your pocket…

SHIT!!!!!!!111111!!!!

174 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:17:45pm

re: #169 Pie-onist Overlord

Obviously a nest of Kremlin fellow-travelers. Write to your senator and demand a full investigation. Include a list of 204, or perhaps 119, card carrying tea partiers known to be working at the State Department. A present in the form of a bottle of Jim Beam might help get things moving.
/This method endorsed by Anne Coulter.

175 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:22:10pm
176 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:26:22pm

re: #169 Pie-onist Overlord

Shit that wingnuts are Tweeting on Christmas:

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Anytime someone uses the term ‘libtard’, they’s a sane person’s cue to leave. Someone like that just wants to rant and rave.

177 freetoken  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:26:47pm

re: #169 Pie-onist Overlord

This one goes out to kcSnowWhite7:

MP3 Audio

178 lawhawk  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:29:30pm

Merry Christmas everyone. May you find peace, joy, and happiness in this, and every season.

I went ahead and did the traditional thing. Ate Chinese food and saw a movie. American Hustle. It was a great period piece. They totally nailed the Abscam era, and the acting was top notch. The movie could have improved the pacing a bit, but there was a deliberateness to the movie that made the extra time worthwhile.

Let’s just say that any accolades sent Amy Adams’ way is so totally deserving, and Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, and Bradley Cooper gave tremendous performances. But Christian Bale definitely showed a different side from what we’ve seen in the Dark Knight trilogy.

179 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:29:56pm

180 Ryan King  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:30:07pm

“thumb drive In My Pocket”
By Alanis Snowden

I’m broke but I’m expatriated
I’m poor but I’m re-educated
I’m short but I’m healthy, yeah
I’m high but I’m a dudebro
I’m sane though a little narcismo
I’m lost but I’m hopeful baby
What it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be fine fine fine
‘cause I’ve got one thumb drive in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five
I feel drunk but I’m jacked on Red Bull
I’m young and I’m on the internet
I’m tired but I’m oppressed, yeah
I care but I’m restless
I’m here but I’m really Neo Fawkes
I’m wrong and I’m sorry baby

What it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be tracked and oppressed
‘cause I’ve got one thumb drive in my pocket
And the other one is pointing towards Brazil
And what it all comes down to
Is that I haven’t got it all figured out just yet
‘cause I’ve got one thumb drive in my pocket
And the other one is giving the V sign
I’m free but I’m in an oppressive country
That puts gays in jail
I’m hard but I’m hipster yeah
I’m sad but I’m sardonic
I’m brave but I’m chickenshit
I’m sick but I’m pretty baby

And what it all boils down to
Is that no one’s really got it figured out just yet
‘cause I’ve got one thumb drive in my pocket
And the other one is playing the Guardian
And what it all comes down to my friends
Is that everything’s just fine fine fine
‘cause I’ve got one thumb drive in my pocket
And the other one is taking a selfie from Moscow

181 RealityBasedSteve  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:31:16pm

re: #179 Gus

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Which of the bulbs is the hidden camera / wifi tap / voice recorder?

RBS

182 Gus  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:32:32pm

re: #181 RealityBasedSteve

Which of the bulbs is the hidden camera / wifi tap / voice recorder?

RBS

183 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:35:06pm

re: #180 Tim TeaBro

“thumb drive In My Pocket”
By Alanis Snowden

I’m broke but I’m expatriated
I’m poor but I’m re-educated
I’m short but I’m healthy, yeah
I’m high but I’m a dudebro
I’m sane but though a little narcismo
I’m lost but I’m hopeful baby
What it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be fine fine fine
‘cause I’ve got one thumb drive in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five
I feel drunk but I’m jacked on Red Bull
I’m young and I’m on the internet
I’m tired but I’m oppressed, yeah
I care but I’m restless
I’m here but I’m really Neo Fawkes
I’m wrong and I’m sorry baby

What it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be tracked and oppressed
‘cause I’ve got one thumb drive in my pocket
And the other one is pointing towards Brazil
And what it all comes down to
Is that I haven’t got it all figured out just yet
‘cause I’ve got one thumb drive in my pocket
And the other one is giving the V sign
I’m free but I’m in an oppressive country
That puts gays in jail
I’m hard but I’m hipster yeah
I’m sad but I’m sardonic
I’m brave but I’m chickenshit
I’m sick but I’m pretty baby

And what it all boils down to
Is that no one’s really got it figured out just yet
‘cause I’ve got one thumb drive in my pocket
And the other one is playing the Guardian
And what it all comes down to my friends
Is that everything’s just fine fine fine
‘cause I’ve got one thumb drive in my pocket
And the other one is taking a selfie from Moscow

We haven’t had a parody song that good in years! A+ work, BP, truly great.

184 Charles Johnson  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:40:02pm
185 sagehen  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:45:12pm

re: #56 William of Orange

When is McDonald’s shuffling up their PR department?

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>No shit, Sherlock!!
I’m beginning to think McDonald’s is making a parody of themselves.

I hear Justine Sacco is looking for work, she’s an experienced PR hand…

186 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:45:33pm

It’s funny, I spent the better part of the last 5 years not watching any new Doctor Who, now I’ve spent the last two weeks catching up so I can sit and wait for the latest holiday special.

And the wait is killing me.

187 Ryan King  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:46:51pm

re: #184 Charles Johnson

That’s one of the better ice bicycles I’ve seen recently.

188 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:46:59pm

And here we have a rare Bushmaster AR-15 variant, with a 26” barrel for the man who needs extra penis compensation:

Image: tumblr_my7exiw9Jg1r9khx4o1_1280.jpg

Source.

189 teleskiguy  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:49:28pm
190 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:49:53pm

re: #188 Dark_Falcon

And here we have a rare Bushmaster AR-15 variant, with a 26” barrel for the man who needs extra penis compensation:

Image: tumblr_my7exiw9Jg1r9khx4o1_1280.jpg

Source.

Whatever happened to guys making up for small dicks by just buying a bigger or more expensive car?

191 sagehen  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:50:11pm

re: #107 Gus

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LIAR!!

I have it on good authority Santa’s sleigh is a TARDIS, he’s got as much time as he needs. And plenty of storage space.

192 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:51:55pm

re: #190 Targetpractice

Whatever happened to guys making up for small dicks by just buying a bigger or more expensive car?

Rifles are cheaper than sports cars, and they retain value better if you take care of them.

193 freetoken  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:54:08pm

Since we all know that Santa is White, meaning northern European, it might be interesting to delve into Santa’s evolutionary background.

Today a new paper popped up on BioRxiv ” Ancient human genomes suggest three ancestral populations for present-day Europeans ” :

Analysis of ancient DNA can reveal historical events that are difficult to discern through study of present-day individuals. To investigate European population history around the time of the agricultural transition, we sequenced complete genomes from a ~7,500 year old early farmer from the Linearbandkeramik (LBK) culture from Stuttgart in Germany and an ~8,000 year old hunter-gatherer from the Loschbour rock shelter in Luxembourg. We also generated data from seven ~8,000 year old hunter-gatherers from Motala in Sweden. We compared these genomes and published ancient DNA to new data from 2,196 samples from 185 diverse populations to show that at least three ancestral groups contributed to present-day Europeans. The first are Ancient North Eurasians (ANE), who are more closely related to Upper Paleolithic Siberians than to any present-day population. The second are West European Hunter-Gatherers (WHG), related to the Loschbour individual, who contributed to all Europeans but not to Near Easterners. The third are Early European Farmers (EEF), related to the Stuttgart individual, who were mainly of Near Eastern origin but also harbored WHG-related ancestry. We model the deep relationships of these populations and show that about ~44% of the ancestry of EEF derived from a basal Eurasian lineage that split prior to the separation of other non-Africans.

Given they now have the DNA decoded of these 8000 y.o. Europeans, they looked at the obvious - hair, eye, and skin color; from the supplemental material:

For hair color, the integrated results of the genotype-based pigmentation models indicate that there is at least a 99% probability that both the Stuttgart and Loschbour individuals had dark (brown or black) hair. The Hirisplex model assigns the highest probability to black hair color for both individuals
(Table S7.4).

The results of the 8-plex skin pigmentation model were inconclusive for both the Loschbour and Stuttgart individuals. However, the Loschbour and Stuttgart genotypes at rs1426654 in SLC24A5 indicate that the Stuttgart individual may have had lighter skin than the Loschbour hunter and gatherer.

The Loschbour individual is homozygous for the rs1426654 ancestral allele, while Stuttgart is homozygous for the derived skin-lightening allele (22, 23).

For eye color, the single most significant determinant is the rs12913832 SNP in the HERC2 gene. The genotype at this site excludes the possibility that the Stuttgart farmer had blue eyes. Positive iris color determinations are less secure. The Loschbour forager is homozygous for the derived allele at rs12913832, indicating that this individual is likely to have had blue (52% probability) or intermediate iris color (27% probability). It has been suggested that this mutation arose within the last 6,000 to 10,000 years, and thus the Loschbour individual would have been a relatively early carrier (24).

So they hunter-gatherer guy might have had blue eyes but probably had the darker skin, while the lighter skin guy did not have blue eyes.

Also, none of them had the allele that allows for lactase production persistence - so no milk drinking for these Europeans.

So much for leaving Santa some milk with his cookies.

And about those blues eyes for Santa…

194 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:54:54pm

re: #189 teleskiguy

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A site that greets me with a pop-up about Phil Robertson being “fired” has its knickers in a twist over a Bad Religion CD? Hilarious. That the songs are sold as “satire,” that word that gets trotted out when Rush Limbaugh calls a woman a “slut” and Megyn Kelly swears Santa and Jesus are white, is just icing on the cake.

195 Ryan King  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:56:25pm

I’m not sure if Santa is white, but I’m sure he’s fat er, jolly.

196 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:57:04pm

re: #188 Dark_Falcon

And here we have a rare Bushmaster AR-15 variant, with a 26” barrel for the man who needs extra penis compensation:

Image: tumblr_my7exiw9Jg1r9khx4o1_1280.jpg

Source.

In actuality, a longer barrel normally means someone who less of a poser and more interested in target shooting. But goofily, the depicted rifle still has a bayonet lug, though the long barrel would make the use of a bayonet impossible.

197 teleskiguy  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:58:46pm

re: #194 Targetpractice

A site that greets me with a pop-up about Phil Robertson being “fired” has its knickers in a twist over a Bad Religion CD? Hilarious. That the songs are sold as “satire,” that word that gets trotted out when Rush Limbaugh calls a woman a “slut” and Megyn Kelly swears Santa and Jesus are white, is just icing on the cake.

It’s a very sweet irony, isn’t it? I actually found the article on Bad Religion’s Facebook page! They thought it was hilarious! And the comments provide great schadenfreude.

198 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 8:04:02pm

On American television, 25 year-old doctors routinely perform vascular surgery, organ transplants, neurosurgery, emergency field amputations, and other things that Sound Crazy But Just Might Work. They almost always work, and the patient almost always lives happily ever after.

This is just further proof that the American medical system is the best in the world, and American Exceptionalism, and America, and America.

To paraphase Sarah Palin: “If America isn’t true, why hasn’t a liberal ever taxidermied a unicorn?”

Checkmate, America haters.

199 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 8:05:02pm

re: #197 teleskiguy

It’s a very sweet irony, isn’t it? I actually found the article on Bad Religion’s Facebook page! They thought it was hilarious! And the comments provide great schadenfreude.

Nah, the hilarious part is that link on the FB page is to a Freeper page that links to Townhall. Apparently one of the members of the brain trust at FR declared that Bad Religion should be “dropped from their record company.” Apparently nobody’s taken the fellow aside and broken it to him that the label is owned by a member of the band.

200 teleskiguy  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 8:09:37pm

re: #199 Targetpractice

I liked the comments better at Townhall. There’s seems to be a good number of Bad Religion fans in the freeper circles.

And it was the author of the piece, that cretin Brent Bozell from Newsbusters that suggested that Bad Religion be dropped from their label. Don’t these fuckers know how to use Google? :)

201 Targetpractice  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 8:13:03pm

re: #200 teleskiguy

I liked the comments better at Townhall. There’s seems to be a good number of Bad Religion fans in the freeper circles.

And it was the author of the piece, that cretin Brent Bozell from Newsbusters that suggested that Bad Religion be dropped from their label. Don’t these fuckers know how to use Google? :)

Apparently not, since “American Jesus” has been around since the early 90s and it’s only now that this dipshit’s getting worked up about it. And apparently the idea of a punk rock band railing against religion and authority is something totally new to him.

202 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 8:21:53pm

I want wallpaper (actual wallpaper —for the walls) like the photo in the post.

203 philosophus invidius  Tue, Dec 24, 2013 8:23:56pm

re: #169 Pie-onist Overlord

Shit that wingnuts are Tweeting on Christmas:

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Any fourth grade student in Russia would know that the ACA is not socialism.

204 prairiefire  Wed, Dec 25, 2013 12:13:19am

re: #144 Stanley Sea

And those crazy daughters!


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