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1 Gus  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:00:14pm

The Waltons Theme

Youtube Video

2 Shvaughn  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:00:44pm

I’ve been out most of the day. Have the right-wing blogs started bashing on Facebook yet for their multitude of gender identities implemented today?

3 Charles Johnson  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:01:23pm

The Milk Carton Kids: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Youtube Video

4 Pie-onist Overlord  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:03:17pm

No you stupid fuck. The auto bailout was a life saver. I was unemployed for 6 years while Bush was President.

5 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:06:35pm

re: #1 Gus

It is sending me to you tube. I remember it well.

6 Gus  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:07:04pm

re: #5 PhillyPretzel

It is sending me to you tube. I remember it well.

Ayep.

7 Charles Johnson  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:08:13pm

re: #1 Gus

The Waltons Theme

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By Jerry Goldsmith, a truly great composer of film music.

8 Gus  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:08:13pm

Cripes.

9 gwangung  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:09:11pm

re: #4 Pie-onist Overlord

We forget the non-existent, don’t we?

WHAT displaced jobs? At the time, ain’t NOBODY was starting any businesses…

10 Charles Johnson  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:09:48pm

re: #8 Gus

Never text while walking.

Youtube Video

11 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:09:59pm

re: #8 Gus

Another reason not to text. This is why I have a Kindle and read my favorite sci- fi books. :)

12 Single-handed sailor  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:10:56pm

re: #8 Gus

Darwin swings and misses.

13 Gus  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:11:27pm

re: #10 Charles Johnson

Never text while walking.

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Yikes. These people texting every single minute. It’s nuts.

14 Chrysicat  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:17:32pm

Gus, regarding your post in the last thread about the UKIP nut…

15 darthstar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:21:53pm

Cool. My new (to me) Motorola XOOM Android tablet came with a bluetooth keyboard…and LGF shortcuts work! (I installed Opera for Android)

16 Gus  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:22:02pm

re: #14 Chrysicat

Gus, regarding your post in the last thread about the UKIP nut…

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Nah. UKIP is pretty insane.

17 Targetpractice  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:22:59pm

re: #7 Charles Johnson

By Jerry Goldsmith, a truly great composer of film music.

Any time I think Jerry Goldsmith, I immediately think Star Trek.

Youtube Video

18 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:24:26pm
19 Chrysicat  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:26:16pm

re: #16 Gus

Nah. UKIP is pretty insane.

If that’s true, what’s someone to do who genuinely thinks a United States of Europe is a bad idea? The UK’s survived without being controlled by anyone in France for 800 years, and independent of any German control for 180…now they’re supposed to become just a state (in the US sense of the term) of Europe because all three mainstream parties favor it?

20 bratwurst  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:26:19pm

Thankfully Senator Al Franken is already on top of the Comcast/Time Warner thing.


Watch the video (even though it is from Jake Tapper’s show). He articulates the problem with a major content producer absolutely dominating distribution extremely well.

21 Targetpractice  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:27:44pm

re: #20 bratwurst

Thankfully Senator Al Franken is already on top of the Comcast/Time Warner thing.

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Watch the video (even though it is from Jake Tapper’s show). He articulates the problem with a major content producer absolutely dominating distribution extremely well.

Yet isn’t that the exact opposite of what they said would happen with deregulation? That it would lead to increased competition, more choices, and more innovation?

It’s almost like they lied to us.///

22 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:29:09pm

re: #19 Chrysicat

If that’s true, what’s someone to do who genuinely thinks a United States of Europe is a bad idea? The UK’s survived without being controlled by anyone in France for 800 years, and independent of any German control for 180…now they’re supposed to become just a state (in the US sense of the term) of Europe because all three mainstream parties favor it?

If I were in the UK, I’d be most disappointed at the apparent lack of Euroskepticism in the mainstream UK parties. Thinking the Euro is going to fall (and may take the EU with it) is hardly a nutty position.

23 bratwurst  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:31:07pm

re: #21 Targetpractice

Yet isn’t that the exact opposite of what they said would happen with deregulation? That it would lead to increased competition, more choices, and more innovation?

It’s almost like they lied to us.///

Take the “triple-play” packages—cable, phone, and high-speed Internet access—that tens of millions of Americans buy from companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In France, a country often portrayed as an economic and technological laggard, the monthly cost of these packages is roughly forty dollars a month—about a quarter of what we Americans pay.

I’m guessing having a giant cable/internet monopoly here isn’t going to result in lower prices.

26 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:35:01pm
27 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:35:35pm

In evolution news today:

A tender hug goodbye between Jane Goodall and a chimp she helped save

Wounda was found when she was near death in the Congo. She was taken to the institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center. Goodall and her team worked with Wounda for years, getting the chimp back to full health. And then, finally, Wounda was released onto Tchindzoulou Island, one of three islands that are part of the chimpanzee sanctuary.

28 Killgore Trout  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:39:10pm

I’m curious to hear how or if MSNBC’s pundits are covering the Comcast story. Anything yet?

29 TedStriker  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:40:36pm

re: #1 Gus

The Waltons Theme

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re: #7 Charles Johnson

By Jerry Goldsmith, a truly great composer of film music.

A couple of my Goldsmith faves:

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30 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:42:27pm
31 Killgore Trout  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:42:59pm

re: #19 Chrysicat

If that’s true, what’s someone to do who genuinely thinks a United States of Europe is a bad idea? The UK’s survived without being controlled by anyone in France for 800 years, and independent of any German control for 180…now they’re supposed to become just a state (in the US sense of the term) of Europe because all three mainstream parties favor it?

I think the UK was wise to stay out of the EU. The problem is that opposition to EU attracts nationalists who can often bring with them some pretty ugly baggage. There’s nothing wrong with opposition to joining the EU but be wary of goose stepping nationalists.

32 Single-handed sailor  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:43:44pm

re: #22 EPR-radar

If I were in the UK, I’d be most disappointed at the apparent lack of Euroskepticism in the mainstream UK parties. Thinking the Euro is going to fall (and may take the EU with it) is hardly a nutty position.

The EU is a good example of the problems with a Confederation of States, no standardization of laws and monetary policies.

33 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:44:37pm

re: #14 Chrysicat

Gus, regarding your post in the last thread about the UKIP nut…

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UKIP has tried to be sane but in sucking up most of the BNP’s oxygen it also ended up with a good bit of the BNP’s membership. And much of the BNP’s membership was and still is anti-Semitic.

34 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:49:25pm
35 Killgore Trout  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:49:44pm

Russia tells West it’s time for common ground on Ukraine - or else

US and EU officials have shuttled through Kiev to exert the kind of behind-the-scenes stage management of which Russia is often accused, and without ponying up financial aid. And, alarmingly for Moscow, this diplomacy appears to be working.

“Lavrov’s article underscores Russia’s growing unease about Ukraine,” says Sergei Strokan, a foreign affairs columnist who covers Ukraine for Kommersant.

Mr. Strokan argues that Russia’s overt political meddling in Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution backfired, which is why Russian President Vladimir Putin has instead opted to use his checkbook this time. But it has not paid off, he says.

“The Europeans and Americans, who haven’t put up a penny yet, have the diplomatic advantage in Kiev…. And we’re standing there looking like idiots,” Mr. Strokan says.

36 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:50:30pm

Perkins is speaking tonight:
twitter.com

37 Charles Johnson  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:52:31pm

On Golden Pond - Opening Title Music and Video

Youtube Video

38 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:55:04pm

re: #36 jaunte

Perkins is speaking tonight:
twitter.com

Oh, wow.

39 dog philosopher  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:55:09pm

oh jiminy cricket

* Convert a 64-bit value representing the number of 100-nanosecond intervals since January 1, 1601 (UTC),
* sometimes known as System Time, to Windows “File Time” representing nanoseconds since Jan 1, 1970

40 Chrysicat  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:56:14pm

re: #35 Killgore Trout

Honestly, do you think this can even end with a puppet Ukraine, or is there a good chance that Russia just reabsorbs it entirely?

And it sure seems like to Pooty-Poot, those are the only options, and ‘a Ukraine on good terms with Western Europe and the US’ isn’t on the table at all…

41 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:58:00pm

Good to see Perkins enjoying all the fruits of his hard work.

42 lawhawk  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:59:51pm
43 Killgore Trout  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:05:55pm

re: #40 Chrysicat

Honestly, do you think this can even end with a puppet Ukraine, or is there a good chance that Russia just reabsorbs it entirely?

And it sure seems like to Pooty-Poot, those are the only options, and ‘a Ukraine on good terms with Western Europe and the US’ isn’t on the table at all…

Russia is trying to put together some kind of “free trade zone” (I forget the term they are using) of former soviet properties. Of course all the taxes and duties will go to Russia. So I don’t think they’re interested in annexing countries entirely. There was a curious line at the end of the CSM article I didn’t really understand….

“Lavrov’s article can be seen as a last appeal to the West, to convince them to come to their senses and stop moving these dividing lines eastward across the face of Europe,” says Vladimir Zharikhin, deputy director of the Kremlin-funded Institute of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Moscow.

Eventually, he argues, Moscow may feel it has no alternative but to ally politically and military with China. “It’s not where we want to be, not part of our thinking right now, but we could be made to feel like there’s no other choice,” he says.

I don’t really know what that’s supposed to mean but I suspect the Chinese aren’t going to be very interested. China wants to manufacture and sell to the West, Russia just wants to run a protection racket or small weak countries. China doesn’t need them.

44 TedStriker  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:07:06pm

re: #29 TedStriker

en.wikipedia.org

Jerry Goldsmith, like John Williams (and to a lesser extent, Michael Kamen), is one of those TV and film composers whose work is in almost everything.

45 Targetpractice  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:07:32pm

re: #42 lawhawk

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If you listen closely, you can get Cuccinelli weeping bitter tears.

46 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:07:58pm

re: #43 Killgore Trout

Eventually, he argues, Moscow may feel it has no alternative but to ally politically and military with China.

That would be a monumentally, historically stupid move on their part.

47 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:08:02pm

Tom Perkins is proof that being a billionaire is 1% hard work and 99% blind stinking luck.

48 chadu  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:10:57pm

re: #4 Pie-onist Overlord

No you stupid fuck. The auto bailout was a life saver. I was unemployed for 6 years while Bush was President.

Unpossible! #GOPjrrbkraters

49 Belafon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:22:06pm

Can someone translate mathematica? Here’s the code (source at link):

f[n_Integer] := Flatten[ Table[ #1] & @@@ FactorInteger[n]]; NextPrim[n_] := Block[ {k = n + 1}, While[ !PrimeQ[k], k++ ]; k]; m = 2; Do[ While[p = f[m]; l = Length[p]; t = Table[m + i, {i, 0, n - 1}]; k = 1; While[k < l + 1 && Union[ Mod[t, NestList[ NextPrim, p[[k]], n - 1]]] != {0}, k++ ]; k == l + 1, m++ ]; Print[m], {n, 2, 50}]

I know what it’s supposed to do, but I’m trying to figure out the details. Each loop finds the first number in a sequence of n numbers such that the first is divisible by 2, the second by 3, the third by 5, … the nth number by the nth prime (for example 158 is divisible by 2, 159 by 3, 160 by 5, and 161 by 7). The particular detail I am looking for is that if its on a number, m, say 241028, and m does not start a valid sequence, does the inner loop try 241029 next or 271058?

Thanks.

50 Pie-onist Overlord  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:22:35pm

re: #36 jaunte

Perkins is speaking tonight:
twitter.com

Tom Perkins: the Ted Nugent of Silicon Valley

51 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:24:15pm

re: #50 Pie-onist Overlord

52 Pie-onist Overlord  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:24:33pm

DERP DERP
Hey remember how the Confederacy totally won the Civil War when time travelers from the future gave them AK-47’s?

53 Pie-onist Overlord  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:25:19pm

I cried when Yevgeny Plushenko withdrew himself from the figure skating.

54 Charles Johnson  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:26:48pm

re: #49 Belafon

Can someone translate mathematica? Here’s the code (source at link):

f[n_Integer] := Flatten[ Table[ #1] & @@@ FactorInteger[n]]; NextPrim[n_] := Block[ {k = n + 1}, While[ !PrimeQ[k], k++ ]; k]; m = 2; Do[ While[p = f[m]; l = Length[p]; t = Table[m + i, {i, 0, n - 1}]; k = 1; While[k < l + 1 && Union[ Mod[t, NestList[ NextPrim, p[[k]], n - 1]]] != {0}, k++ ]; k == l + 1, m++ ]; Print[m], {n, 2, 50}]

I know what it’s supposed to do, but I’m trying to figure out the details. Each loop finds the first number in a sequence of n numbers such that the first is divisible by 2, the second by 3, the third by 5, … the nth number by the nth prime (for example 158 is divisible by 2, 159 by 3, 160 by 5, and 161 by 7). The particular detail I am looking for is that if its on a number, m, say 241028, and m does not start a valid sequence, does the inner loop try 241029 next or 271058?

Thanks.

Dude.

55 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:27:53pm

re: #52 Pie-onist Overlord

Napolitano must have failed history.

56 chadu  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:28:54pm

re: #52 Pie-onist Overlord

DERP DERP
Hey remember how the Confederacy totally won the Civil War when time travelers from the future gave them AK-47’s?

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I guess France didn’t really help out at all, eh?

57 Belafon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:32:10pm

re: #54 Charles Johnson

If I can’t do that here, I’ll remove it. I’m just stumped.

58 Belafon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:33:09pm

re: #52 Pie-onist Overlord

I was always under the impression that we won because we didn’t have to travel hundreds of miles to fight and played by gorilla tactics.

59 Charles Johnson  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:35:21pm

re: #57 Belafon

If I can’t do that here, I’ll remove it. I’m just stumped.

No need to remove it! You never know. I’m just sayin’ “dude” because you entered a realm of esoteric coding knowledge.

60 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:37:19pm

re: #49 Belafon

Ouch. I’ve dabbled in Mathematica, but that is severe stuff that I’m too rusty for.

61 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:38:02pm



62 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:38:13pm

It’s been 10 minutes and nobody made a ‘42’ joke?

Jeez man, you guys are slow tonight.

63 freetoken  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:39:18pm

Long ago I used to delight in the arcane symbolism of languages and opaque grammars.

Then I grew old.

Now I concern myself with my daily fiber intake.

64 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:39:52pm

re: #61 jaunte

Perkins is unfreaking believable. And he’s utterly destroyed the notion that being ultra wealthy is all hard work and smarts.

65 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:39:58pm

re: #61 jaunte

So Perkins wants to return to a Feudal aristocracy. Surprise, surprise.

Lets just fast forward on that to France, circa 1789.

66 Belafon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:40:01pm

re: #59 Charles Johnson

I wrote some python code for this sequence a couple of weeks ago on a whim. My first iteration was slow because it went up one digit at a time to check. I then realized that I could go up by a larger amount, and i went from finding 10 numbers in the sequence in four days to finding 2200 in about four hours. I was trying to find how the presented code jumped to the next value.

67 freetoken  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:40:40pm

re: #62 Ryan King

42 is not a prime number.

68 TedStriker  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:41:00pm

re: #59 Charles Johnson

No need to remove it! You never know. I’m just sayin’ “dude” because you entered a realm of esoteric coding knowledge.

Sort of like that trippy sequence at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey?

69 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:41:06pm

re: #64 Ryan King

Perkins is unfreaking believable. And he’s utterly destroyed the notion that being ultra wealthy is all hard work and smarts.

The sufficient wealthy can surround themselves with a chorus of sycophants and yes-men to the point where their brains rot out completely. Perkins would seem to be a case in point.

70 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:41:21pm

re: #65 EPR-radar

So Perkins wants to return to a Feudal aristocracy.

Doesn’t he already have that in Silicon Valley?

71 Belafon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:41:32pm

re: #65 EPR-radar

I bet I could get up to a million a year in taxes if I started a guillotine business

72 TedStriker  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:43:18pm

re: #64 Ryan King

Perkins is unfreaking believable. And he’s utterly destroyed the notion that being ultra wealthy is all hard work and smarts.

Well, sometimes. being ultra wealthy depends on whose loins one issued from.

73 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:43:29pm
74 TedStriker  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:43:58pm

re: #71 Belafon

I bet I could get up to a million a year in taxes if I started a guillotine business

Maybe you can get some of them sweet FEMA contracts.

///

75 freetoken  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:45:37pm

There once was a time, back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, when it was thought that arcane programming languages were bad, and comp sci classes required well documented Pascal, and the US government engineered Ada to be the end of all programming languages.

We were all supposed to be able to read everybody else’s code.

Then something happened.

Not sure what, but for lack of anything else to blame it on, I’ll blame it on internet porn.

76 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:48:10pm

re: #75 freetoken

There once was a time, back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, when it was thought that arcane programming languages were bad, and comp sci classes required well documented Pascal, and the US government engineered Ada to be the end of all programming languages.

We were all supposed to be able to read everybody else’s code.

Then something happened.

Not sure what, but for lack of anything else to blame it on, I’ll blame it on internet porn.

I think its that programming covers enough different fields that separate languages have developed for various applications and programmer preferences.

I’m actually fond of Mathematica, for problems it is suited for.

77 Belafon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:48:42pm

re: #75 freetoken

I joke about myself that I am a Computer Scientist trapped in a Software Engineer’s body, but true Computer Scientists write the crappiest code.

78 freetoken  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:51:23pm

I swear I heard a piano in this thread…

Phantom Melodies Yield Real Clues to Brain’s Workings

In 2011, a 66-year-old retired math teacher walked into a London neurological clinic hoping to get some answers. A few years earlier, she explained to the doctors, she had heard someone playing a piano outside her house. But then she realized there was no piano.

The phantom piano played longer and longer melodies, like passages from Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto number 2 in C minor, her doctors recount in a recent study in the journal Cortex. By the time the woman — to whom the doctors refer only by her first name, Sylvia — came to the clinic, the music had become her nearly constant companion. Sylvia hoped the doctors could explain to her what was going on.

[…]

79 freetoken  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:54:06pm

… continuing:

It turned out that Sylvia found that music by Bach sometimes eased her hallucinations. When Dr. Kumar and his colleagues measured the effect in their lab, they found a consistent pattern: once the Bach stopped, Sylvia had several seconds of total relief from the hallucinations. Then the hallucinatory piano gradually returned, reaching full strength about a minute and a half after the Bach ended.

[…]

If the theory holds up in further research, it could explain why real music provides temporary relief for musical hallucinations: the incoming sounds reveal the brain’s prediction errors. And it may also explain why people are prone to hallucinate music, and not other familiar sounds.

[…]

Rx for the hallucinating wingnuts: Bach.

80 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:58:34pm

re: #79 freetoken

… continuing:

Rx for the hallucinating wingnuts: Bach.

No way. Listening to classical music probably makes one gay. Besides, Bach was probably French, and is therefore an unwholesome influence.

81 Chrysicat  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:59:52pm

re: #53 Pie-onist Overlord

I cried when Yevgeny Plushenko withdrew himself from the figure skating.

I was saddened too. Terrible way to go out even if he is willingly representing a nation that’s even worse for my people than the USSR was.

82 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:01:03pm

Perkins is sorta backing off his ‘$1m = million votes’ idiocy. Sorta ‘Thatcher was right’ but also, like, ‘just funning with ya, ha ha, YUSOANGRY?’

83 William Barnett-Lewis  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:01:56pm

re: #79 freetoken

… continuing:

Rx for the hallucinating wingnuts: Bach.

Now I know why Alaska Kim would run away whenever I mentioned Bach… ;)

84 Chrysicat  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:07:31pm
85 BongCrodny  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:17:26pm
86 Belafon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:18:32pm

re: #85 BongCrodny

It’s the adult joke that hidden in the cartoons.

87 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:18:37pm

Didn’t someone mention crows the other day?

88 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:19:55pm

re: #85 BongCrodny

Buzz Lightyear Funtime Tumbler
amazon.com

Do not rotate tumbler!

amazon.com

89 RadicalModerate  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:21:18pm

re: #29 TedStriker

A couple of my Goldsmith faves:

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I still consider this my favorite Jerry Goldsmith composition.

Youtube Video

90 BongCrodny  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:22:33pm

re: #88 jaunte

Buzz Lightyear Funtime Tumbler
amazon.com

Do not rotate tumbler!

I bought this item and waited for it anxiously in the mail. As avant-garde office decor, nothing beats buzz staring suggestively, posed in an unmistakably “amorous” mood, his power rod extending to true infinity and beyond. Before receiving the product, I was most perturbed by reports that the “design flaw” that indeed made this cup interesting in the first place had been “fixed.”

Fear not, though! If you’re looking to buy this cup and have the same worry that I did, your worries are unfounded: Twisting Buzz’s strong hips past their breaking point will put the straw right back into the desired position, achieving a posture in full compliance with the Feng Shui I had envisioned for my office.

Damn, but I love Amazon product reviews.

91 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:29:00pm

re: #52 Pie-onist Overlord

DERP DERP
Hey remember how the Confederacy totally won the Civil War when time travelers from the future gave them AK-47’s?

[Embedded content]

The inability to understand the differences between wars fought with 18th century weapons and wars fought with 20th and 21 century weapons is just staggering in its stupidity.

92 Belafon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:32:13pm

re: #90 BongCrodny

I also love that Amazon knows their reviews can be funny.

93 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:36:43pm

re: #84 Chrysicat

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Be careful. That wingnut gets really nasty when you call him out. He tends to throw insults non-stop for several tweets in a row followed by yet more of what might be called “stroking his gun”. Alouette has a more colorful name for it, but I was raised to not use one of the words in it when speaking to a lady.

94 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:40:15pm
95 Jayleia  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:41:37pm

re: #93 Dark_Falcon

And Atomik is stunningly dim…maybe a deca-Gohmert or worse

96 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:42:10pm

re: #94 Ryan King

Galtebola really should enter the language. It’s perfect for how destructive these ultra-rich pinheads are.

97 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:46:14pm

re: #96 EPR-radar

The Walking Dead is true. Except it’s not a brain eating virus that creates flesh eating zombies: it’s a thought eating ideology that creates intellectual zombies.

98 Chrysicat  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:48:05pm
99 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:49:58pm

re: #95 Jayleia

And Atomik is stunningly dim…maybe a deca-Gohmert or worse

There’s no such thing as a ‘deca-Gohmert’. Nothing can be ten times dumber than Louis Gohmert. The absolute most is 6 times dumber. Anything dumber than that collapses into a wingularity so dense that not even light can escape it.

/Sorta.

100 Chrysicat  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:50:29pm

re: #93 Dark_Falcon

I think I can handle him. I’m trans, furry and other things that I won’t bring up here. I think if I had a thin skin for insults, I’d have offed myself long ago.
Now if I thought there were any way for him to get my RL name through a dox, then I’d be careful because he’d have enough info with just that to send a mailbomb right to my door…

101 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:54:35pm

re: #100 Chrysicat

I think I can handle him. I’m trans, furry and other things that I won’t bring up here. I think if I had a thin skin for insults, I’d have offed myself long ago.
Now if I thought there were any way for him to get my RL name through a dox, then I’d be careful because he’d have enough info with just that to send a mailbomb right to my door…

This guy’s not smart enough to build a bomb, he’d blow himself up trying.

102 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:56:20pm
103 freetoken  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:01:46pm

Bach, because:

MP3 Audio

104 Ryan King  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:09:08pm
105 allegro  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:13:18pm

re: #79 freetoken

… continuing:

Rx for the hallucinating wingnuts: Bach.

Oh wow, that totally describes a friend of mine who experiences the same thing though he’s come to befriend the condition. He has had tinnitus for years and now more advanced hearing loss requiring hearing aids. He’s also my opera guru, a walking encyclopedia. Gotta send him this article. Thanks!

106 sagehen  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:13:53pm

re: #58 Belafon

I was always under the impression that we won because we didn’t have to travel hundreds of miles to fight and played by gorilla tactics.

Freudian slip? Pun? or Error?

(guerilla tactics)

107 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:21:43pm
108 Targetpractice  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:23:17pm

re: #107 jaunte

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My eyes, they bleed!

109 Snarknado!  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:23:51pm

re: #92 Belafon

I also love that Amazon knows their reviews can be funny.

So now I know that George Takei also does Amazon reviews.

And that you can get a remote control flying shark on Amazon. Not to mention the strap-on unicorn horn for cats.

Another five brain cells gone. But thanks.

110 allegro  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:25:23pm

re: #107 jaunte

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The 60s return! I swear I had those same pants in 1964 - wore them with an Indian tunic thing. And sandals. And braids.

111 Targetpractice  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:26:55pm

re: #110 allegro

The 60s return! I swear I had those same pants in 1964 - wore them with an Indian tunic thing. And sandals. And braids.

Drugs were involved?

112 allegro  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:31:02pm

re: #111 Targetpractice

Drugs were involved?

Heh, not for another 3 or 4 years. Smoked my first joint on the way to the opening night of The Yellow Submarine in the back seat of a 1959 Tempest that tended to rudely backfire upon acceleration.

113 jaunte  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:31:05pm

re: #110 allegro

They remind me of the interior of this former ice cream shop (Austin, 1974):
flickr.com

114 allegro  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:34:40pm

re: #113 jaunte

They remind me of the interior of this former ice cream shop (Austin, 1974):
flickr.com

The logo is so Lennon.

115 The War TARDIS  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:35:21pm

re: #43 Killgore Trout

Not to mention, when things go south for Russia, I can almost guarantee that Dagestan, Ingushetia, and Chechnya will break off, perhaps to form one Northern Caucasian Republic.

116 freetoken  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 10:11:04pm
117 The War TARDIS  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 10:14:20pm

I liked Ralph Waite. I saw him on NCIS as Gibbs’ father. He was cool. I has a sad.

118 Lidane  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 10:24:28pm

If you haven’t checked the Google doodle for today, do it. They’ve basically embedded an episode of This American Life into candy hearts. There’s an intro from Ira Glass and each heart has a different love story.

119 wheat-dogghazi  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 10:40:00pm

re: #117 The War TARDIS

I liked Ralph Waite. I saw him on NCIS as Gibbs’ father. He was cool. I has a sad.

As Gibbs’ dad, he was the anti-Pa Walton — grumpy, stubborn, uncommunicative. In either role, he was convincing.

120 freetoken  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 10:42:23pm
121 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 11:34:48pm

Phew! It’s done.

The Team Oscar Facebook Page is also up and running.

Got the flyers ready to take to the printer tomorrow. But didn’t save them in the proper format to upload to LGF —maybe tomrrow.

Next I have to figure out how I want the t-shirts and dog tags to look and get them formatted ready to order from cafepress closer to the walk date when I have the final counts.

Chicago Lizards, you are most welcome to join us. and bring your canine friends.

122 Lidane  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 11:54:47pm

OK. This film might actually have potential:


I agree with this guy:

I will not get excited about this movie because it has a high chance of being terrible.

I will not get excited about this movie because it has a high chance of being terrible.

I will not get excited about this movie because it has a high chance of being terrible.

I will not get excited about this movie because it has a high chance of being terrible.

*watches*

I will not get excited about this movie because it has a high chance of being oh fuckit it’s got Rocket Racoon firing a laser from Groot’s head i’m going to see it at least twice.

123 Jayleia  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 12:37:07am

re: #122 Lidane

Even if it IS terrible (in comparison to recent Marvel-based movies), it’ll still be awesome in comparison to almost anything else.

124 goddamnedfrank  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 3:37:02am

Virginia goes down:

A federal judge on Thursday evening declared that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, in the strongest legal reversal yet of restrictive marriage amendments that exist throughout the South.

“Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal,” wrote Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Norfolk. “Surely this means all of us.”

The ruling, which overturned a constitutional amendment adopted by Virginia voters in 2006 as well as previous laws, also said that Virginia must respect same-sex marriages that were carried out legally in other states.

125 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 4:09:45am

re: #124 goddamnedfrank

Virginia goes down:

Wait for the onslaught of outrage and pulpit-thumping. Too bad Bryan Fischer is in Cuba. He’d probably be the first to say something.

Why is Fischer in Cuba, anyway?

126 Dr Lizardo  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 4:12:39am

re: #125 wheat-dogghazi

Wait for the onslaught of outrage and pulpit-thumping. Too bad Bryan Fischer is in Cuba. He’d probably be the first to say something.

Why is Fischer in Cuba, anyway?

Because what happens in Vegas Cuba stays in Vegas Cuba.

127 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 4:16:24am

re: #126 Dr Lizardo

Because what happens in Vegas Cuba stays in Vegas Cuba.

I’ve heard stories about Cuba, though … Not all aspects of society have been completely suppressed, if you catch my drift.

128 Justanotherhuman  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 4:28:10am

Oh yay! 32 deg right now and as soon as the sun comes up, it will melt the rest of this stuff laying around while it goes up to 44.

The snow, like a lot of things, was fun while it lasted.

Libertarian dickishness imitating something else truly isn’t, though. : )

129 Shiplord Kirel  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 4:38:17am

If you get enough monkeys to peck at enough keyboards long enough, they will eventually create a Microsoft automatic update. Since updates kill my internet connection, and I have no way of determining which update is responsible or of fixing the problem, I will no longer be able to update my system. It is frozen at February 10th, the date of the restore point I had to use to get my connection working again. How could the largest company in the field be this damn stupid? As they have millions of times in the past, the Monopolosoft keyboard monkeys have succeeded only in creating a new Mac customer.

130 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 4:57:13am
131 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:03:03am

re: #130 Pie-onist Overlord

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Let’s see…Detroit is only a little over 3 hours away. I could be there for lunch…and dessert!

Oh yeah…good morning.

Fiddling with my new anti-virus. It does not like LGF. Gotta get that fixed.

Weather forecast…a bit cold this weekend and 40s and 50s next week. Snow…you have met your enemy.

132 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:14:45am
133 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:17:44am

Good morning Lizards from always sunny Philadelphia! (We have bridges for sale as well.)

Overnight weather was heavy rain, to ice, to snow. And now temps in the mid-30s. 1” of ice and 3-4” of fresh snow after the rain reduced the piles a bit.

Roads are passable, but only down to pavement on the main roads. Secondary streets are still slushy, and many are one-lane due to plowing snow piles. Lots of small ice ponds about due to snow blocking drainage.

Forecast is calling for more snow tomorrow.

134 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:23:08am

Wingnuts are spamming this stupid Fake Meme:
1. Obama DID NOT order flags lowered for Whitney Houston, that was Chris Christie’s idea.

135 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:23:28am

re: #129 Shiplord Kirel

If you get enough monkeys to peck at enough keyboards long enough, they will eventually create a Microsoft automatic update. Since updates kill my internet connection, and I have no way of determining which update is responsible or of fixing the problem, I will no longer be able to update my system. It is frozen at February 10th, the date of the restore point I had to use to get my connection working again. How could the largest company in the field be this damn stupid? As they have millions of times in the past, the Monopolosoft keyboard monkeys have succeeded only in creating a new Mac customer.

I feel your pain. Now that I have Win7 working after upgrading from Vista Home, I’ve disabled auto-update. While I appreciate M$’s concern that my system always be up-to-date, I’d rather do the job myself.

136 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:26:20am

re: #132 Pie-onist Overlord

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Ah, nice to see Laup Nor is as idiotic as ever.

137 NJDhockeyfan  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:28:41am

Good morning lizards! I hope all you guys who live in the path of that big snow storm are ok. I would say that I miss living in an area of Virginia that got over 2 feet of snow yesterday but I would be lying if I did. It was sunny and in the 50 s yesterday.

138 Justanotherhuman  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:44:40am

re: #130 Pie-onist Overlord

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Oh gawd, I’m dying here…looks so delicious!

139 RealityBasedSteve  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:47:16am

Morning All.

Teaching from the comfort of my living room today… We are moving our center to a new location, and since all of my students are remote (Virginia, Indy, Great Lakes area, etc) I can stay home and be comfy and teach from here. Gotta love technology. :)

Tommy E. was great last night, as was the guy he had touring with him, Martin Taylor. War Memorial Auditorium is a small facility, I was in the lower balcony, maybe 120 feet from the stage. Don’t hate.

RBS

140 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:49:57am

Tom Perkins, the Waltons & the Kochs are in Gulag?

141 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:53:37am

re: #140 Pie-onist Overlord

Tom Perkins, the Waltons & the Kochs are in Gulag?

The Mirror Universe Obama snuck in and took over. He just so happens to have Stalin’s mustache.
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142 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:53:57am

re: #140 Pie-onist Overlord

Can you hear the sound of the tiny violin I am playing now? Probably not. It’s a nano-violin.

143 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:55:36am

brd999 is just pissed that Teh Communist Snow Plow hasn’t come down his street yet.

144 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:56:40am

re: #140 Pie-onist Overlord

Tom Perkins, the Waltons & the Kochs are in Gulag?

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No, they were all shot in a basement and their bodies dropped down a mine shaft in West Virginia. One of the Walton girls is rumored to have survived.

145 Justanotherhuman  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:56:42am

re: #137 NJDhockeyfan

Good morning lizards! I hope all you guys who live in the path of that big snow storm are ok. I would say that I miss living in an area of Virginia that got over 2 feet of snow yesterday but I would be lying if I did. It was sunny and in the 50 s yesterday.

‘sallright. We have sun today and it will be around 44, so a lot more will melt. Meanwhile, saw the guys from another apt and they said no one was going anywhere because the roads were still iced over. I’ll try later, maybe, but I think we’re still well supplied. : )

146 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:59:18am

re: #144 Decatur Deb

No, they were all shot in a basement and their bodies dropped down a mine shaft in West Virginia. One of the Walton girls is rumored to have survived.

There will be a Disney Princess movie about her.

147 Justanotherhuman  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:59:33am

Guess I’ll have to shape today’s supper meatloaf into a heart and cover the top with tomato sauce.

Yeah, that’ll work.

148 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:00:03am

Oh how nice! Somebody just came by and gave everyone a bag of chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day!

149 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:04:35am

re: #147 Justanotherhuman

Guess I’ll have to shape today’s supper meatloaf into a heart and cover the top with tomato sauce.

Yeah, that’ll work.

Had my sculpted datenut bread already. Now suppose I have to find a way to put a cardiac twist on the planked tilapia at lunch.

150 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:04:46am
151 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:05:24am

re: #148 Pie-onist Overlord

Oh how nice! Somebody just came by and gave everyone a bag of chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day!

We got a small bag of chocolates the other day. From the company “wellness team” since February is heart health month or something like that. Given their goal I would have thought distributing carrot sticks would have been more appropriate.*

* - Says the person who maintains the departmental M&M jar.

152 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:06:21am

re: #149 Decatur Deb

Had my sculpted datenut bread already. Now suppose I have to find a way to put a cardiac twist on the planked tilapia at lunch.

Get a jar of roasted red peppers and cut heart shapes out of the bigger pieces, then heat them up with the tilapia?

153 Targetpractice  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:07:32am

re: #150 Pie-onist Overlord

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Bush got 19 clean debt ceiling increases, but you know, “war” and “terror” and all that business. Running the country into the ground was a small sacrifice to make to ensure the terrorists didn’t win.

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154 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:10:55am

GO BUILD YOUR OWN INTERSTATE.

155 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:12:09am

Hughes Borehole Site - 6 acres of iron precipiate

Something for the “clean coal” crowd. How about a location that has been pushing out acidic mine water since the 70s. Estimated at a flow rate of 800 to 3,500 gallons per minute. And about 8,000 lbs of dissolved metals per day.

156 Ian G.  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:15:52am

re: #10 Charles Johnson

Never text while walking.

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Also improper bear encounter tactics by that texting guy. You’re supposed to back away slowly. Turning and running activates the bear’s chase instincts. :-P

157 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:20:46am

WTFITS

158 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:20:56am

Greets and saluts from the snow encrusted NYC metro area. Makes for some real pretty sights, but it’s a [deleted] pain to clear away the heavy dense snow that fell in round two last night.


Nothing like clearing out the snow just to make room for the snow coming tomorrow (2-4 inches?).

While we got some lightning and rumbles of thunder, it didn’t qualify as thundersnow for us since it happened while it was raining quite hard. Other parts of the area did see thundersnow. It’s very uncommon, and we almost had it twice this season.

159 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:22:49am

re: #157 Pie-onist Overlord

Yeah, the NSA is quartering soldiers in your homes, forcing you to pay taxes without representation, and otherwise treating you like second class citizens.

These people are ahistorical.

160 Ian G.  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:24:32am

re: #158 lawhawk

Had a crazy encounter with thundersnow about 3 years ago. The fiancee (then new girlfriend) and I had gone to the movies and were walking along 34th St. during snow when the lightning just started lighting up repeatedly, like a severe thunderstorm. It really freaked me out. We were near the Empire State Building, and while I couldn’t see through the heavy snow obscuring everything in the sky, I imagine the tower was struck multiple times.

161 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:25:00am

re: #159 lawhawk

Yeah, the NSA is quartering soldiers in your homes, forcing you to pay taxes without representation, and otherwise treating you like second class citizens.

These people are ahistorical.

HURR HURRRR!!!! BUT WE CAN HAS ARE GUNZ!!!!!!!

162 Ian G.  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:25:30am

re: #159 lawhawk

Yeah, the NSA is quartering soldiers in your homes, forcing you to pay taxes without representation, and otherwise treating you like second class citizens.

These people are ahistorical.

To be fair, it’s less idiotic than Tom Perkins’ assertion that he will have his business ransacked by Brownshirt mobs, and then be thrown in Buchenwald.

163 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:25:36am
164 chadu  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:26:09am

re: #80 EPR-radar

No way. Listening to classical music probably makes one gay. Besides, Bach was probably French, and is therefore an unwholesome influence.

All the updings.

165 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:26:35am

re: #162 Ian G.

To be fair, it’s less idiotic than Tom Perkins’ assertion that he will have his business ransacked by Brownshirt mobs, and then thrown in Buchenwald.

But Tom Perkins also says Teh Poors should not vote, but Teh Richs should have All Teh Votes.

166 chadu  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:31:06am

re: #122 Lidane

I will not get excited about this movie because it has a high chance of being oh fuckit it’s got Rocket Racoon firing a laser from Groot’s head i’m going to see it at least twice.

hahahahahah!

167 chadu  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:33:52am

re: #123 Jayleia

Even if it IS terrible (in comparison to recent Marvel-based movies), it’ll still be awesome in comparison to almost anything else.

I wish to God they’d just go and release a DCUA theatrical “Trinity” movie.

Reminds me I’ve never seen the DCUA Wonder WOman movie. SHould get on that now.

168 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:37:03am
169 Targetpractice  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:37:56am

re: #168 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Good God.

170 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:39:15am

Apparently near the Route 1 exit.

171 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:41:18am

Political shenanigans in Kentucky this morning…

172 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:42:54am

More from the PA Turnpike:

173 Political Atheist  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:44:09am

Been looking further into that wildly unexpected 9th circuit court panel ruling on Californias CCW law being overturned… I just do not expect it to stick. William had Paged it where we had a nice discussion on the legalities and implications. It’s ironic that Los Angeles has violated that very California law routinely for decades by essentially imposing “Shall Not Issue” despite an applicant in full compliance of the “good cause & good character” language. When a case works its way up from Los Angeles it could present a severe test of the policy.

174 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:45:58am

re: #152 Feline Fearless Leader

Get a jar of roasted red peppers and cut heart shapes out of the bigger pieces, then heat them up with the tilapia?

Failed Arts& Crafts. They caught me running with the sharp scissors in kindergarten.

175 chadu  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:47:24am

re: #140 Pie-onist Overlord

Tom Perkins, the Waltons & the Kochs are in Gulag?

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I hear you, Ivan Denisovich brd999, I hear you.

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176 chadu  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:48:07am

re: #141 Feline Fearless Leader

The Mirror Universe Obama snuck in and took over.
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I want to see full-Spock Mirror Obama.

177 chadu  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:51:01am

re: #170 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Apparently near the Route 1 exit.

Holy Steve McJebus.

I hope people are okay.

178 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:51:47am

re: #168 Backwoods_Sleuth

Not surprised one bit that there’s that kind of crash on the PA Turnpike. Drivers there think that they are in Nascar, driving and weaving in and out of traffic, and giving other drivers the business even if they’re in the right lane driving 10-15 miles above the speed limit.

And it’s on a highway that doesn’t quite have proper shoulders and gets narrow in places.

PA drivers: worst I have encountered. The roads are almost as bad.

179 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:52:58am

Meanwhile, even the Israeli consulates in NY and Boston can’t help but talk smack about baseball:


I think that’s hilarious.

And a good reminder that baseball season is just a few weeks away… can’t come soon enough IMO.

180 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:54:33am

re: #174 Decatur Deb

Failed Arts& Crafts. They caught me running with the sharp scissors in kindergarten.

I’m bettin’ you also ate the glue. The two behaviors usually go together.

: )

181 chadu  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:55:25am

re: #178 lawhawk

Not surprised one bit that there’s that kind of crash on the PA Turnpike. Drivers there think that they are in Nascar, driving and weaving in and out of traffic, and giving other drivers the business even if they’re in the right lane driving 10-15 miles above the speed limit.

And it’s on a highway that doesn’t quite have proper shoulders and gets narrow in places.

PA drivers: worst I have encountered. The roads are almost as bad.

DC/VA/MD drivers are the worst. Some insurance carrier does a survey each year, and the DC Metro area always hits near the top 3 spots.

NYC and LA drivers are the scariest that I have encountered; they have better driving skills, but I question their judgement and choices while driving strongly.

You got PA on the roads, though. “Pennsylvania: where the shortest distance between two points is under construction.”

182 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:57:32am

re: #178 lawhawk

Not surprised one bit that there’s that kind of crash on the PA Turnpike. Drivers there think that they are in Nascar, driving and weaving in and out of traffic, and giving other drivers the business even if they’re in the right lane driving 10-15 miles above the speed limit.

And it’s on a highway that doesn’t quite have proper shoulders and gets narrow in places.

PA drivers: worst I have encountered. The roads are almost as bad.

I’ve haven’t been on it in a long time, but for a good part of my lifetime the ongoing joke was always “I wonder when they are going to finish the Pennsylvania Turnpike?”

Maybe they need to start over so they can cover this century too!

/

183 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:58:21am

re: #180 ObserverArt

I’m bettin’ you also ate the glue. The two behaviors usually go together.

: )

Ate the paste, sniffed the glue (and it was the old good stuff with toluene).

184 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:59:01am
185 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:59:36am

re: #181 chadu

DC/VA/MD drivers are the worst. Some insurance carrier does a survey each year, and the DC Metro area always hits near the top 3 spots.

NYC and LA drivers are the scariest that I have encountered; they have better driving skills, but I question their judgement and choices while driving strongly.

You got PA on the roads, though. “Pennsylvania: where the shortest distance between two points is under construction.”

NY and LA drivers act like they are in a combat situation.

186 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:04:20am

re: #185 Pie-onist Overlord

NY and LA drivers act like they are in a combat situation.

They are. Parking spaces

187 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:05:31am

re: #181 chadu

DC/VA/MD drivers are the worst. Some insurance carrier does a survey each year, and the DC Metro area always hits near the top 3 spots.

NYC and LA drivers are the scariest that I have encountered; they have better driving skills, but I question their judgement and choices while driving strongly.

You got PA on the roads, though. “Pennsylvania: where the shortest distance between two points is under construction.”

I remember driving on I-90 in New York one night about this time of the year and the tandem-trailer Roadway trucks were passing me at 85MPH!!! Scared the crap outta me. And I love to drive and am not scared of speed. But, damn…tandem trailers??? Get one of those swinging a bit and no telling what could happen. So, I hit 90 to get out of the way. Unlike Ohio, I don’t think I saw a state trooper all the way from Erie PA to Rochester, my destination.

188 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:07:46am

re: #182 ObserverArt

I’ve haven’t been on it in a long time, but for a good part of my lifetime the ongoing joke was always “I wonder when they are going to finish the Pennsylvania Turnpike?”

Maybe they need to start over so they can cover this century too!

/

They’re widening the pike to 3-lanes each way now in a lot of places - along with the necessary overpass replacement. My pet prediction is that they finish this - and the I-99 N/S corridor roughly about the time that fuel issues start hurting the trucking industry badly enough for the transportation models based on it to start going out of style.

PA for the most part just does not have highway friendly terrain and weather. The drivers are pretty bad, but simply not as aggressive as the NJ ones are. And I concur with the VA/DC/MD thing - I saw 65mph bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 there while there was 4” of snow on the ground and more falling heavily at the time. Terrifyingly stupid.

189 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:08:12am

re: #187 ObserverArt

Ohio troopers are everywhere, I swear. Even though I hold to the speed limit while driving through OH, I still get nervous whenever I pass a state cop.

190 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:11:47am


Cantor writes a fluff piece, gets skewered in the comments.

191 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:12:19am

re: #182 ObserverArt

That’s almost as bad as the never-ending I-86 project in NYS. They’re converting Route 17 to I-86, and they’ve done it in a bunch of spots, but there’s a few areas where they’ve got to still eliminate grade level crossing traffic. Actual traffic lights and intersections. Figure another decade to finish. Maybe.

It’s nuts.

192 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:14:35am

Oh, I see Pensacola is lifting the “no blankets for the homeless” ordinance. pnj.com

But the city council doesn’t seem too sympathetic toward the homeless.

193 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:15:18am

re: #191 lawhawk

That’s almost as bad as the never-ending I-86 project in NYS. They’re converting Route 17 to I-86, and they’ve done it in a bunch of spots, but there’s a few areas where they’ve got to still eliminate grade level crossing traffic. Actual traffic lights and intersections. Figure another decade to finish. Maybe.

It’s nuts.

They’re almost done west of Binghamton. I think there is a single 3-4 mile stretch near Elmira still under conversion. I have been following that progress year-to-year since that is one of my potential driving routes between here and my brother’s place.

The never-ending construction project on one of the other routes is I-80. Especially the Susquehanna River bridges.

194 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:15:54am

re: #192 wheat-dogghazi

Oh, I see Pensacola is lifting the “no blankets for the homeless” ordinance. pnj.com

But the city council doesn’t seem too sympathetic toward the homeless.

Makes me want to start a 501(c) to provide cheap firearms to the homeless. Should be able to get backing from the NRA.

195 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:16:40am

re: #190 darthstar

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Cantor writes a fluff piece, gets skewered in the comments
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A couple of comments:

Cantor is an amnesty RINO creep like Ryan, Rubio, Flake, Graham, McCain, Graham and a few others. Do all of their wives work at JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street bansk? Is this where the insider trading tips come from? Correction - Lindsey Graham has no wife at an investment bank. They all sicken me.

(Ted Cruz’s wife works for Goldman Sachs)

Cantor sets forth the program for the “conservative department” of Goldman-Sachs. Hillary sets forth the program for the “liberal department.” Ted Cruz and his wife are heading up the “tea party department.” All power to Goldman-Sachs.

And, of course, what Republican racism?

Cantor wants to displace the historical American nation with mass non-White immigration, make it into another Latin American Banana Republic. At the same time, he wants Americans to shed blood in order to preserve a Jewish majority in the Jewish ethnostate of Israel, nationalism for the Jews in Israel, while Whites are disenfranchised at home. There is only one word for this type of politician: traitor.

196 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:16:48am

re: #183 Decatur Deb

Ate the paste, sniffed the glue (and it was the old good stuff with toluene).

Your right, I should have said paste.

And talking about glues…my brothers and I built all kinds of models. I remember a glue that we used on wooden airplane models…Ambroid. That stuff would hold balsa wood better than anything. But whew…acetone, banana oil and other vapors on a hot day in the basement and you’d be really loopy.

Fun times! It’s a damn wonder I have any brain cells left. Oh, wait…

: )

197 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:17:32am

re: #193 Feline Fearless Leader

They’re almost done west of Binghamton. I think there is a single 3-4 mile stretch near Elmira still under conversion. I have been following that progress year-to-year since that is one of my potential driving routes between here and my brother’s place.

The never-ending construction project on one of the other routes is I-80. Especially the Susquehanna River bridges.

At some scale roads, railroads and river navigation all become organic—the need to replace dead tissues is part of the life process.

198 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:18:28am

re: #190 darthstar

Yeah, and the comments are pretty much indicating that they want even more conservative outcomes - more tax cuts and incentives for the rich to solve the problems caused by stagnant wages, high education costs, and to say nothing of health care costs.

The conclusion reached in the AJC piece bears repeating, because the GOP really has a huge problem on its hands. It’s a problem of their own making.

Cantor’s problem is obvious. When your party’s fundamental political policy is that government cannot and should not help, you can’t cobble together a credible “policy agenda” on how government can help. You just wave your hands, mumble phrases and hope nobody notices.

After spending the past 20 years complaining that government is the problem and that it shouldn’t be involved in various sectors of the economy (except those that inure benefits to certain entrenched privileged folks), you can’t come back and say that the GOP has a policy that will address X, Y, or Z.

It simply isn’t credible to think that the GOP has a solution, especially on health care, when their only position is that government shouldn’t be involved and that every action has been to dismantle what government policies have been in place, or are recently enacted over their objections (except for those who still hold the GOP and conservatives accountable for their prior support for the individual mandate, but which they turned around to claim was unconstitutional once President Obama opted to make that a feature of his health care reform to get GOPers on board - and which resulted in no support at all).

199 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:19:46am

re: #191 lawhawk

That’s almost as bad as the never-ending I-86 project in NYS. They’re converting Route 17 to I-86, and they’ve done it in a bunch of spots, but there’s a few areas where they’ve got to still eliminate grade level crossing traffic. Actual traffic lights and intersections. Figure another decade to finish. Maybe.

It’s nuts.

Ha. They’re going to untangle Spaghetti Junction in Louisville, build a new downtown I-65 bridge, and finally build the bridge east of the city that’s been in the works for 30 years. A related project is to make most of the surface streets two-way again, after having one-way traffic for at least four decades.

Driving in downtown Louisville will be a nightmare for the next several years.

200 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:20:55am

So to recap. UKIP is a bunch of weirdos.

201 Dr Lizardo  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:21:10am

re: #195 darthstar

A couple of comments:

(Ted Cruz’s wife works for Goldman Sachs)

And, of course, what Republican racism?

That last comment could have come straight off Stormfront. Wouldn’t be surprised if the commenter is also a poster there.

202 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:21:42am

re: #199 wheat-dogghazi

Ha. They’re going to untangle Spaghetti Junction in Louisville, build a new downtown I-65 bridge, and finally build the bridge east of the city that’s been in the works for 30 years. A related project is to make most of the surface streets two-way again, after having one-way traffic for at least four decades.

Driving in downtown Louisville will be a nightmare for the several years.

Hated the Watterson Expressway—it included entrance ramps to the high-speed lanes.

203 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:21:47am

re: #189 wheat-dogghazi

Ohio troopers are everywhere, I swear. Even though I hold to the speed limit while driving through OH, I still get nervous whenever I pass a state cop.

Yep. Been that way for just about ever. They do have a reputation, and they keep it.

Good rule for driving in Ohio…7+mph over is pretty safe. I’ve never been pulled over for that, as have most the people I know. Go 10 mph over and above look out. 15mph and the game is on. And believe me, it will be a game. They have small offices about 30-40 miles apart all over the state. Usually just off the freeways on another state road and a bit out of site. But they make a call, and they look for you coming.

204 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:23:23am

re: #203 ObserverArt

Yep. Been that way for just about ever. They do have a reputation, and they keep it.

Good rule for driving in Ohio…7+mph over is pretty safe. I’ve never been pulled over for that, as have most the people I know. Go 10 mph over and above look out. !5mph and the game is on. And believe me, it will be a game. They have small offices about 30-40 miles apart all over the state. Usually just off the freeways on another state road and a bit out of site. But they make a call, and they look for you coming.

When I had a car with cruise control, I didn’t worry so much. Without cruise control, I had to remember I wasn’t in Kentucky anymore.

205 Targetpractice  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:24:49am

re: #198 lawhawk

Yeah, and the comments are pretty much indicating that they want even more conservative outcomes - more tax cuts and incentives for the rich to solve the problems caused by stagnant wages, high education costs, and to say nothing of health care costs.

The conclusion reached in the AJC piece bears repeating, because the GOP really has a huge problem on its hands. It’s a problem of their own making.

After spending the past 20 years complaining that government is the problem and that it shouldn’t be involved in various sectors of the economy (except those that inure benefits to certain entrenched privileged folks), you can’t come back and say that the GOP has a policy that will address X, Y, or Z.

It simply isn’t credible to think that the GOP has a solution, especially on health care, when their only position is that government shouldn’t be involved and that every action has been to dismantle what government policies have been in place, or are recently enacted over their objections (except for those who still hold the GOP and conservatives accountable for their prior support for the individual mandate, but which they turned around to claim was unconstitutional once President Obama opted to make that a feature of his health care reform to get GOPers on board - and which resulted in no support at all).

The party of “Government Is The Problem!” wants people to elect them now because they feel that, if put in charge of the government, then government can suddenly be the solution. Is it any wonder that the rubes that have been strung along for decades now are beginning to wonder aloud if all they were sold is really fool’s gold?

206 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:24:50am

[Checks to see if I’m on LGF. Yep.]

207 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:25:40am
208 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:25:50am

re: #197 Decatur Deb

At some scale roads, railroads and river navigation all become organic—the need to replace dead tissues is part of the life process.

These projects are a bit above repair to same state. Most are widening from 4- to 6- lanes or conversion from state highway with at-grade crossings to limited access freeway and thus eligibility to be declared interstate highway. The I-99 work has also included new highway construction and bypasses since the old roads were not in good locations for widening.

209 Stanley Sea  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:26:00am

Happy V-Day you lovers, you.

210 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:26:38am

re: #206 Gus

[Checks to see if I’m on LGF. Yep.]

What? Should we be talking about guns?!

/ ; )

211 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:26:46am

re: #206 Gus

[Checks to see if I’m on LGF. Yep.]

Hi Dr Nick!

:)

212 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:27:40am

BEST highways I have ever driven:

401 from Windsor, ON to Toronto
Ohio Turnpike I-80/90
I-65 through Kentucky

WORST highways I have ever driven:

I-80 through Pennsylvania
I-65 through Tennessee
Mulholland Drive at night (why oh why did Garmin send me there?)

213 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:28:19am

re: #198 lawhawk

One guy mocks the tax cuts approach as well. I just hope these people show up at GOP town halls this year and give them such a verbal beating that they realize they need to change or stop having town halls.

214 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:29:05am

re: #210 ObserverArt

What? Should we be talking about guns?!

/ ; )

Guns, muscle cars, and go piss up a rope! //

Although, I still like muscle cars.

215 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:29:20am

re: #198 lawhawk

Thus the inherent, and enormously hilarious, problem with the GOP:

“Down with the government! Vote me for government!”

Nobody who runs on a platform of “get rid of government power” should be voted into government power. You think we should reduce the size of government? Good, we’ll start with you.

216 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:30:14am

re: #214 Gus

Mandy really classed up the joint.

217 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:30:18am

And there are places that are crying out for highways to be demolished and built as street-level boulevards.

usa.streetsblog.org

It’s amazing to think that NYC dodged a bullet with Westway; the West Side is now far more valuable and accessible than it was when the elevated roadway was there.

218 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:31:06am

re: #208 Feline Fearless Leader

These projects are a bit above repair to same state. Most are widening from 4- to 6- lanes or conversion from state highway with at-grade crossings to limited access freeway and thus eligibility to be declared interstate highway. The I-99 work has also included new highway construction and bypasses since the old roads were not in good locations for widening.

Yup. that’s the ‘growing up’ part of organic. Our systems are being asked to carry an ever-increasing volume of traffic. Ask people to fund rail or bus mass transit and you might as well be Stalin, or even French.

219 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:31:18am

UKIP

Energy, environment and climate change

UKIP are sceptical of man-made climate change and oppose the creation of wind farms and investment in other renewable energy sources.[3] In 2010, UKIP stated that they would seek to have a Royal Commission investigate whether or not climate change is man-made, to scrap wind farm subsidies, ban the showing of the global warming film An Inconvenient Truth in schools, and ban use of public money by local authorities on climate change-related efforts.[108] UKIP’s 2013 energy policy document states that global warming is part of a natural cycle: “the slight warming in the last hundred years is entirely consistent with well-established, long-term natural climate cycles”.

On Any Questions, Nigel Farage described plans to increase the use of wind energy as “loopy” and said it would lead to Britain being covered “in ugly disgusting ghastly windmills” that would not satisfactorily provide for Britain’s energy needs.

UKIP politician Christopher Monckton said that the intention of a proposed United Nations climate treaty was to “impose a communist world government”,[109] and stated that UKIP was the only option for those who disbelieve in climate change as “all the major parties have decided to sign up to the eco-fascist agenda”.

220 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:32:27am

re: #216 darthstar

Mandy really classed up the joint.

Oh, go piss up a…

//

221 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:33:02am

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! //

222 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:33:38am

re: #216 darthstar

Mandy really classed up the joint.

There were still things I wanted to ask Mandy, and a bunch of The Lost.

223 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:33:43am

Happy Valentine’s Day!

[Burps. Puts on dirty socks.]

224 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:33:55am

re: #218 Decatur Deb

Yup. that’s the ‘growing up’ part of organic. Our systems are being asked to carry an ever-increasing volume of traffic. Ask people to fund rail or bus mass transit and you might as well be Stalin, or even French.

Except that the ever-increasing volume of traffic isn’t exactly happening. Traffic agencies have been horrible at estimating traffic volumes for years. We’re seeing a change in habits and people aren’t driving nearly as much.

225 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:34:34am

re: #209 Stanley Sea

Happy V-Day you lovers, you.

Bah, humbug. It’s just this month’s designated ‘buy our shit’ day.

January: New Year’s
February: Valentine’s
March: St. Patrick’s
April: Easter
May: Cinco de Mayo / Mother’s Day (two for one special!)
June: Father’s Day
July: 4th of July
August:
September: Labor Day / 9-11 (New and Improved Prove Your Patriotism Day!)
October: Halloween
November: Thanksgiving
December: Christmas

I’m sure we’ll come up with one for August before the century is out.

226 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:35:44am

re: #224 lawhawk

Except that the ever-increasing volume of traffic isn’t exactly happening. Traffic agencies have been horrible at estimating traffic volumes for years. We’re seeing a change in habits and people aren’t driving nearly as much.

Need mohr traffic studies in Jersey!!11!!

//

227 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:35:45am

re: #217 lawhawk

And there are places that are crying out for highways to be demolished and built as street-level boulevards.

usa.streetsblog.org

It’s amazing to think that NYC dodged a bullet with Westway; the West Side is now far more valuable and accessible than it was when the elevated roadway was there.

There was a group in Louisville trying to “86” I-64 along the downtown riverfront, saying that E-W traffic could be diverted onto the Watterson Expressway I-264 and Snyder Freeway I-265. They wanted to reclaim the right-of-way for non-transport use.

The idea didn’t catch on.

228 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:35:48am

I did a fork drop at dinner last night. Was out with a friend and the man at the next table blurts, “Edward Snowden is a hero!” Surprised my friend with the sound of my fork hitting my plate, then I remembered I wasn’t online and speaking in ALL CAPS probably wasn’t a good idea, so I sipped my beer, smiled, and continued our conversation.

Snowden fan was a cute little old hippy with a bald topped grey mullet of hair and a beard like ZZ Top and he was wearing Birkenstocks. I didn’t mind most of his other political talk - he was actually quite progressive. But seriously misinformed on Snowden - but that comes out of the ‘don’t trust government’ school of thought I suppose.

229 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:36:05am

re: #224 lawhawk

Except that the ever-increasing volume of traffic isn’t exactly happening. Traffic agencies have been horrible at estimating traffic volumes for years. We’re seeing a change in habits and people aren’t driving nearly as much.

Part of the economic hit. (OTOH our last tank was ‘only’$3.029.)

230 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:36:39am

re: #225 GunstarGreen

Bah, humbug. It’s just this month’s designated ‘buy our shit’ day.

January: New Year’s
February: Valentine’s
March: St. Patrick’s
April: Easter
May: Cinco de Mayo / Mother’s Day (two for one special!)
June: Father’s Day
July: 4th of July
August:
September: Labor Day / 9-11 (New and Improved Prove Your Patriotism Day!)
October: Halloween
November: Thanksgiving
December: Christmas

I’m sure we’ll come up with one for August before the century is out.

There is also a thing called “Sweetest Day” which is just “Valentine’s Day” but during a slow month when the card/florists aren’t doing well.

231 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:36:51am
232 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:36:57am

re: #226 Backwoods_Sleuth

Need mohr traffic studies in Jersey!!11!!

//

I gotcher cone right here, Vinny.

233 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:38:52am

re: #226 Backwoods_Sleuth

There’s only two seasons in NJ. Construction season and winter. You know it’s construction season when the little orange cones start showing up. You know you’re into the heart of construction season when the big orange pylons are permanently attached to the ground (along with the Jersey barriers), and then the change of the seasons to winter as they all get buried by 4 feet of snow.

234 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:38:56am

HURR HURRR!!!!!DERP!! DERP!!!!
He didn’t give his information to the “American Public” you dumbfucks!
He gave it to Glenn Greenwald, Wikileaks & Putin.

235 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:40:22am

re: #231 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s kind of like Christmas: So oppressed, there’s an entire multi-billion dollar industry built around it!

236 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:41:05am

Stacy McCain being a sexist, homophobic asshole again, it must be a day ending in “y”

237 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:41:18am

This isn’t good…

238 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:41:23am

re: #231 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Yep. Like the “silent” war on Islam in the heartland. Oops, wait.

239 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:41:35am

re: #227 wheat-dogghazi

There was a group in Louisville trying to “86” I-64 along the downtown riverfront, saying that E-W traffic could be diverted onto the Watterson Expressway I-264 and Snyder Freeway I-265. They wanted to reclaim the right-of-way for non-transport use.

The idea didn’t catch on.

I-95 goes N/S up the west side of the Delaware in Philadelphia pretty close to the waterfront. There seems to be a periodic push to either bury it (tunnel) or do some sort of monster by-pass in order to reclaim that property for other use, especially along the Old Town section. I don’t expect there to be much progress on those fronts due to the expense.

240 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:44:22am

re: #188 Feline Fearless Leader

They’re widening the pike to 3-lanes each way now in a lot of places - along with the necessary overpass replacement. My pet prediction is that they finish this - and the I-99 N/S corridor roughly about the time that fuel issues start hurting the trucking industry badly enough for the transportation models based on it to start going out of style.

You’re going to see a whole lot more (and there is already a lot) of what is called “Intermodial” where truck vans go long distance on train and then short distance to delivery/warehouse by truck. Much more fuel efficent than long haul trucking. We’ll end up needing more/better/faster rail from cargo which will then make it more desirable for passenger service again.

I’d rather spend a couple of days of my vacation travelling comfortably by rail than in sardine class in Cheapo Airlines after having been molested by the TSA. I imagine I’m not alone in that feeling.

241 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:44:59am

Morning John Boy,

Why did he never get that friggin’ mole take off his face anyway?

Yes, it’s still cold in my part of the world.

you?

242 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:45:04am

re: #239 Feline Fearless Leader

I-95 goes N/S up the west side of the Delaware in Philadelphia pretty close to the waterfront. There seems to be a periodic push to either bury it (tunnel) or do some sort of monster by-pass in order to reclaim that property for other use, especially along the Old Town section. I don’t expect there to be much progress on those fronts due to the expense.

Americans abandon canals and railways. We don’t abandon highways. It would be like tearing down churches and plowing up football fields. The car is king!

243 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:45:19am

Or my favorite from the heartland. The war on “unperfected Jews.”

244 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:46:16am

Or the latest new front opened up by the Presbyterian church. (cough)

245 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:46:25am

re: #242 wheat-dogghazi

Americans abandon canals and railways. We don’t abandon highways. It would be like tearing down churches and plowing up football fields. The car is king!

Canals are important!

246 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:46:53am

re: #236 Pie-onist Overlord

Stacy McCain being a sexist, homophobic asshole again, it must be a day ending in “y”

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Stacy McCain is a scumbag in general, but in this particular case I think not. It appears to be him quoting from an early version of the script for The Vagina Monologues.

247 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:47:11am

re: #244 Gus

Or the latest new front opened up by the Presbyterian church. (cough)

This is part of an article I posted a few minutes ago.

from the article

248 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:48:02am

re: #224 lawhawk

Except that the ever-increasing volume of traffic isn’t exactly happening. Traffic agencies have been horrible at estimating traffic volumes for years. We’re seeing a change in habits and people aren’t driving nearly as much.

We’re making more and more expanses in need of repavement. While we are still running behind on repairing and replacing the existing bridges we already have. And don’t get me started on the areas with rail and railroad bridges that also need replaced and/or upgraded to handle heavier railcars.

(Yes, I worked transportation apps for 17 years. Still have too much stuff related to railcars, trucks, packaging, and freight rates stuck in my brain.)

249 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:48:47am

re: #240 William Barnett-Lewis

You’re going to see a whole lot more (and there is already a lot) of what is called “Intermodial” where truck vans go long distance on train and then short distance to delivery/warehouse by truck. Much more fuel efficent than long haul trucking. We’ll end up needing more/better/faster rail from cargo which will then make it more desirable for passenger service again.

I’d rather spend a couple of days of my vacation travelling comfortably by rail than in sardine class in Cheapo Airlines after having been molested by the TSA. I imagine I’m not alone in that feeling.

America’s trackage sucks and passenger rail service is pitiful. China’s high speed rail system is efficient and comfortable, and usualy cheaper than flying.

250 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:49:04am

re: #247 FemNaziBitch

This is part of an article I posted a few minutes ago.

from the article

And some people wonder why I have such a large problem with organized religion.

251 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:49:11am

re: #247 FemNaziBitch

This is part of an article I posted a few minutes ago.

from the article

The Presbyterian church is making David Duke happy.

252 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:49:27am

re: #246 GunstarGreen

Stacy McCain is a scumbag in general, but in this particular case I think not. It appears to be him quoting from an early version of the script for The Vagina Monologues.

HURR HURRRR!!! U CANTS CALL ME A SEXIST CAUSE I WAS QUOTIN FROM TEH VAGINA MAMALOGS!!!!!

253 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:52:01am

re: #249 wheat-dogghazi

America’s trackage sucks and passenger rail service is pitiful. China’s high speed rail system is efficient and comfortable, and usualy cheaper than flying.

Passenger rail service beyond the obvious service corridors is expensive to maintain; cleaning cars, staffing them, amenities, etc. And, at this point, freight trains get priority over passenger on a lot of the routes.*

* - This related to me by co-workers who have opted to take the train between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia rather than flying or driving the 300 miles.

254 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:52:20am

re: #252 Pie-onist Overlord

I am as quick as anybody to point out that “hurr durr out of context” is bullshit, but in this case that pullquote legitimately is out of context. The twit presents it as something McCain was saying that is sexist. The context is that he’s saying “This is a line that appeared in TVM in reference to a 13-year-old girl, and isn’t that reprehensible? They later removed that line and changed her to 16 years old”.

Dishonesty is dishonesty, no matter who does it. That article is vile for other reasons, but not that one.

255 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:52:22am
On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation—under the guise of “religious liberty”—to the already deep-red state. The bill, written out of fear that the state may soon face an Oklahoma-style gay marriage ruling, will now easily pass the Republican Senate and be signed into law by the Republican governor. The result will mark Kansas as the first state, though certainly not the last, to legalize segregation of gay and straight people in virtually every arena of life
256 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:53:22am


And speaking of Incognito - he did himself (or his career) no favors on Wednesday with a twitter rant aimed at Martin. I’m guessing he’s the person the NFL talks about when they say they aren’t ready for Michael Sam.

twitter.com

257 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:53:22am

re: #251 Gus

The Presbyterian church is making David Duke happy.

Iike I care if he is happy …

258 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:53:41am

re: #234 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURRR!!!!!DERP!! DERP!!!!
He didn’t give his information to the “American Public” you dumbfucks!
He gave it to Glenn Greenwald, Wikileaks & Putin.

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He isn’t a traitor. He is, however, probably a foreign agent in the employ of the FSB and should be in a prison cell for espionage.

259 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:57:02am
260 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:57:18am

re: #253 Feline Fearless Leader

Passenger rail service beyond the obvious service corridors is expensive to maintain; cleaning cars, staffing them, amenities, etc. And, at this point, freight trains get priority over passenger on a lot of the routes.*

* - This related to me by co-workers who have opted to take the train between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia rather than flying or driving the 300 miles.

For reasons unknowable, Amtrak has a daily northbound service from the tiny town of Chipley, FL. Wife tried to catch an overnight to DC, and was told it was running late.

“How late?”
“24 hours late.”
“How does a daily train run 24 hours late?”

261 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:57:49am

re: #225 GunstarGreen

Bah, humbug. It’s just this month’s designated ‘buy our shit’ day.

January: New Year’s
February: Valentine’s
March: St. Patrick’s
April: Easter
May: Cinco de Mayo / Mother’s Day (two for one special!)
June: Father’s Day
July: 4th of July
August:
September: Labor Day / 9-11 (New and Improved Prove Your Patriotism Day!)
October: Halloween
November: Thanksgiving
December: Christmas

I’m sure we’ll come up with one for August before the century is out.

Hallmark Holidays.

262 Flounder  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:57:54am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Adirondack Winter Challenge was planned to begin today, but it was postponed to a later date due to a snowstorm.

I got a foot, but Albany got a little less than two. About time we had a real winter.

263 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:59:53am
264 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:00:50am

re: #260 Decatur Deb

For reasons unknowable, Amtrak has a >daily northbound service from the tiny town of Chipley, FL. Wife tried to catch an overnight to DC, and was told it was running late.

“How late?”
“24 hours late.”
“How does a daily train run 24 hours late?”

Does it source there, or just happens to come through there daily as part of a longer route?

Also curious if somehow this man has something to do with it:
en.wikipedia.org

265 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:03:21am
266 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:04:34am

re: #263 darthstar

The Van Dalsem Quilt
Image: 6e13902b-b460-4e3e-a04d-c6cdfd8f3966.jpg

“Barefoot and pregnant” is a figure of speech most commonly associated with the controversial idea that women should not work outside the home and should have many children during their reproductive years. It has several other meanings as well.

The phrase “barefoot and pregnant” was probably first used sometime before 1950. An article from 1949 states, “By early 1949, TWA was—in the words of its new president, Ralph S. Damon—both ‘barefoot and pregnant.’”[1] Its usage may date as early as the 1910s. An article published in 1958 states the phrase was first used by a “Dr. Hertzler” 40 years earlier. “Some forty years ago, Dr. Hertzler advanced a hypothesis which young women of today seem bent on proving correct. ‘The only way to keep a woman happy,’ he said, ‘is to keep her barefoot and pregnant.’”[2]
The variation “barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen” has been associated with the phrase “Kinder, Küche, Kirche” (translated “children, kitchen, church”), used under the German Empire to describe a woman’s role in society. In Asian society, the equivalent phrase is, “Good Wife, Wise Mother” (originally popularized in Meiji Japan).[citation needed]

267 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:04:53am
268 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:05:07am
269 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:06:31am

re: #266 FemNaziBitch

Yep. I saw the original of that quilt at Planned Parenthood. Have had that little speech memorized for over 20 years now.

270 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:06:50am

re: #264 Feline Fearless Leader

Does it source there, or just happens to come through there daily as part of a longer route?

Also curious if somehow this man has something to do with it:
en.wikipedia.org

IIRC it originates in NOLA or points west. Good bet that guy’s old right-of-way had something to do with the routing.

Favorite local rail is now a rails-to-trails running from Tallahassee to Saint Mark’s FL. It started as a mule-drawn wooden rail route. Delightful day’s
round-trip bike ride through the coastal scrub to a Spanish mission archaeological site and a “Topless Oyster Bar”. (The oysters are topless.)

271 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:07:19am

Ah. Chipley was part of the Sunset Limited Route. Suspended east of New Orleans after Katrinia came through in 2005.

trainweb.org

272 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:07:38am

Former Phillies manager Jim Fregosi passed away after suffering a stroke while on a MLB alumni cruise in the Cayman Islands.

273 Targetpractice  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:07:39am

re: #268 Pie-onist Overlord

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Rather surprised Virginia is amongst the 10 lowest, considering our entire Eastern shoreline seems to be wall to wall military installations.

274 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:08:58am


Some x-ray mechanic.

275 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:09:25am

re: #253 Feline Fearless Leader

Passenger rail service beyond the obvious service corridors is expensive to maintain; cleaning cars, staffing them, amenities, etc. And, at this point, freight trains get priority over passenger on a lot of the routes.*

* - This related to me by co-workers who have opted to take the train between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia rather than flying or driving the 300 miles.

Quite true. Amtrak often shares ROW with freight traffic, and freight has priority. So, delays in freight translate into big delays for passenger service. here in China, there are different classes of trains. The slowest ones stop at every wide spot along the way, and have to yield to freight and express trains. There are express trains (which oddly cost the same) that move marginally faster, because they have ROW over the freight and local passenger traffic. Aside from the new high speed rail service, there is also direct service between major cities — no stops along the way at all.

Here’s an example. The direct express from Changsha to Beijing takes 13 hours overnight. The “local” takes more like 23 hours.

276 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:09:29am

re: #233 lawhawk

There’s only two seasons in NJ. Construction season and winter. You know it’s construction season when the little orange cones start showing up. You know you’re into the heart of construction season when the big orange pylons are permanently attached to the ground (along with the Jersey barriers), and then the change of the seasons to winter as they all get buried by 4 feet of snow.

That happens around Columbus all the time now too. Damn metro area is grow so fast the highways can’t keep up. There has been talk of building an outer-outer belt. Heck 1-270 already is 60+ miles all the way around. AN outer-outer belt would be 200! The metro area is now 5 counties.

We are swamping Cleveland and Cincinnati. Not complaining though, a great city with lots of tech, insurance, state government, military, shipping and warehousing, etc, etc. Lots of start up companies all the time popping up due to all the research in the area due to Federal Government, Ohio State University, OCLC (Online Computer Learning Center) Battelle Memorial Research and other think-tanks all tied together coming up with stuff and spinning off companies. Columbus really started to grow about 1970 and it doesn’t seem to be letting up.

I hope to tap into some of that for my design work, as I’ve always enjoyed having my strengths in technology and mechanical areas.

277 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:10:00am

re: #271 Feline Fearless Leader

Ah. Chipley was part of the Sunset Limited Route. Suspended east of New Orleans after Katrinia came through in 2005.

trainweb.org

It’s not suspended, it’s just a couple years late.

278 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:11:28am
Republicans introduce a bill that looks a lot like DOMA

Fresh off his failure to successfully filibuster a yearlong increase in the country’s debt limit this week, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz launched the beginning of another precarious battle - an attempt to reverse the Supreme Court’s landmark decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Cruz and Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee introduced a bill on Wednesday “to amend chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, with regard to the definition of ‘marriage’ and ‘spouse’ for Federal purposes.”

Though its text is not yet available, the measure is widely considered to be the Senate companion of the State Marriage Defense Act, introduced last month in the House by Republican Rep. Randy Weber of Texas

279 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:11:32am

re: #274 Gus

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Some x-ray mechanic.

The question is if he’s dumb enough to believe that or simply knows there’s money to be made by saying he believes that?

280 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:11:42am
281 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:11:53am

re: #277 Decatur Deb

It’s not suspended, it’s just a couple years late.

Ah, so those aren’t squatters living in the depot, just very patient potential passengers?
O_o

282 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:14:38am

re: #278 FemNaziBitch

So they intend to change the definition of those terms so that the Federal definition and those used by states and other localities are different? That’s insanely stupid, but not unexpected given this kneejerk opposition to progress regarding individual rights.

I wonder how many people are out there saying, “Crap. We should have pushed that civil union thing while we had the chance!”

283 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:14:50am

re: #256 darthstar

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And speaking of Incognito - he did himself (or his career) no favors on Wednesday with a twitter rant aimed at Martin. I’m guessing he’s the person the NFL talks about when they say they aren’t ready for Michael Sam.

twitter.com

I have a feeling we are not going to be hearing a lot about Richie “The Big Jerk” Incognito after today. Well, there will be talk radio and discussions, but in a month or so when it dies down…Richie goes bye-bye!

Bar bouncer material here-on-out. And that will be up until he does something really stupid and gets shot either by some tough-guy, criminal or the police.

284 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:14:54am

It’s 40F here at the moment here in eastern Kentucky and the NWS just issued a Winter Storm Warning until 2 a.m., calling for 3-5 inches of snow with wind gusts up to 25 mph.

My road is a complete disaster. It hasn’t seen a plow at all, so all of the snow and sleet that’s been collecting since January is now solid ice several inches thick.
Good thing a friend came to my rescue and drove me into the village yesterday to stock up on supplies, then he went to the city in the next county to pick up an adequate supply of adult beverages.
He also replenished my stack of firewood on the front porch and hauled over a bale of hay.
By Tuesday temp should be near 50 and by Wednesday it’s supposed to be above 60F.
I am so tired of this…

285 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:16:10am

re: #283 ObserverArt

I have a feeling we are not going to be hearing a lot about Richie “The Big Jerk” Incognito after today. Well, there will be talk radio and discussions, but in a month or so when it dies down…Richie goes bye-bye!

Bar bouncer material here-on-out. And that will be up until he does something really stupid and gets shot either by some tough-guy, criminal or the police.

Odds are that if a thinking person wants to set him off they only have to throw a yellow bandanna in front of him and blow a whistle.
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286 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:16:29am

Hey, RWC, you around? I’d like to get a contact email for you - I know some folks looking for an instructor in the wake of the 9th’s decision… I’ve clicked my show email box so if you’d like to try that.

287 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:16:31am

re: #284 Backwoods_Sleuth

I take it y’all live in a dry county.

288 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:17:26am
289 chadu  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:19:32am

re: #225 GunstarGreen

Bah, humbug. It’s just this month’s designated ‘buy our shit’ day.
[…]
I’m sure we’ll come up with one for August before the century is out.

Chadtoberfest!

(Actually, my b-day is National Aviation Day. w00t!)

290 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:19:56am

re: #288 darthstar

Mixing him in with the “loud music SYG” case I presume?

291 wrenchwench  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:19:57am

re: #253 Feline Fearless Leader

Passenger rail service beyond the obvious service corridors is expensive to maintain; cleaning cars, staffing them, amenities, etc. And, at this point, freight trains get priority over passenger on a lot of the routes.*

* - This related to me by co-workers who have opted to take the train between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia rather than flying or driving the 300 miles.

I once had occasion to take the train from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. But something had happened on the tracks in between, so they divided the ticket holders into those who would go by bus and those who would take another train. Turns out I should have gone by bus, but I took a train to DC and then to Pittsburgh. Went through states I otherwise haven’t seen. And you know the view from the train is always the most flattering. /

292 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:20:45am

re: #287 wheat-dogghazi

I take it y’all live in a dry county.

yep

293 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:21:01am

re: #283 ObserverArt

I have a feeling we are not going to be hearing a lot about Richie “The Big Jerk” Incognito after today. Well, there will be talk radio and discussions, but in a month or so when it dies down…Richie goes bye-bye!

Bar bouncer material here-on-out. And that will be up until he does something really stupid and gets shot either by some tough-guy, criminal or the police.

Someone will take him under their wing and teach him how to sell a car.

294 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:21:38am

re: #279 William Barnett-Lewis

The question is if he’s dumb enough to believe that or simply knows there’s money to be made by saying he believes that?

There is no economic defense for being an asshole. Especially if one is an overpaid x-ray technician.

295 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:22:03am

re: #282 Feline Fearless Leader

So they intend to change the definition of those terms so that the Federal definition and those used by states and other localities are different? That’s insanely stupid, but not unexpected given this kneejerk opposition to progress regarding individual rights.

I wonder how many people are out there saying, “Crap. We should have pushed that civil union thing while we had the chance!”

I guess it has to be their idea …

296 chadu  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:23:00am

re: #252 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURRRR!!! U CANTS CALL ME A SEXIST CAUSE I WAS QUOTIN FROM TEH VAGINA MAMALOGS!!!!!

All the updings for that.

MAMALOG! (doot doot, doo doo doo )

297 Targetpractice  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:24:52am

re: #278 FemNaziBitch

Ted, you might as well save yourself the time and just take a match to that bill. Because unless Scalia can think up some way to argue that the 14th Amendment doesn’t apply to the states, then gay marriage bans are on the way out.

298 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:25:02am
299 chadu  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:25:42am

re: #263 darthstar

The Van Dalsem Quilt
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Read that as the Van Dhalsim Quilt.

(C’mon, Gus, you know you wanna…) ;)

300 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:25:47am

re: #289 chadu

See and raise.

My anniversary is St. Patrick’s Day, and my birthday regularly falls on Memorial day weekend.

301 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:26:41am

re: #299 chadu

Read that as the Van >Dhalsim Quilt.

(C’mon, Gus, you know you wanna…) ;)

Don’t know what you mean but I updinged you anyway because that’s how I ride. //

302 Political Atheist  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:27:48am

re: #286 William Barnett-Lewis

Hey, RWC, you around? I’d like to get a contact email for you - I know some folks looking for an instructor in the wake of the 9th’s decision… I’ve clicked my show email box so if you’d like to try that.

Got to your G+ page but not email.

tell ya what get my email addy here. The only one listed.

303 calochortus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:27:58am

re: #300 lawhawk

Ha. I was born on the 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Turks.

(edit: Not a commonly celebrated holiday, but what the heck.)

304 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:30:08am

There Gus, we talked about obscure railroad stations over the breath of 100 comments. Convinced you’re on LGF now?

:)

305 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:30:20am
306 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:30:32am

re: #140 Pie-onist Overlord

Tom Perkins, the Waltons & the Kochs are in Gulag?

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307 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:36:22am

My wife’s been buying raw milk for about a month now (this happens every year or so). I can’t stand the shit - hated it when I was a kid and milked the cow by hand, and hate it still - plus it turns super fast.

Anyway, in addition to bringing her tea in bed and giving her a valentine gift, I told her, “I can’t stand that millk…so I’m pasteurizing your ass.”

308 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:36:25am

re: #297 Targetpractice

Ted, you might as well save yourself the time and just take a match to that bill. Because unless Scalia can think up some way to argue that the 14th Amendment doesn’t apply to the states, then gay marriage bans are on the way out.

Which Scalia won’t do because, unlike the more radical members of the Tea Party, Antonin Scalia respects the actual text of the Constitution. He won’t trash it because of “fear of Teh Ghey”.

309 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:37:38am

re: #308 Dark_Falcon

Which Scalia won’t do because, unlike the more radical members of the Tea Party, Antonin Scalia respects the actual text of the Constitution. He won’t trash it because of “fear of Teh Ghey”.

You think Scalia respects the constitution? That’s so sweet.

310 Dr. Matt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:37:42am

re: #306 Dark_Falcon

@brd999 Unlike Stalin, Obama has ordered no purges and has caused no one to starve to death. Live in reality please. #tcot #UniteBlue

— Kurt Akemann (@Dark_Falcon7) February 14, 2014

If anything, quite the opposite (of the USSR) is occurring considering this administration is doing everything in it’s power to provide healthcare, extend unemployment benefits, increase SNAP, etc.

311 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:38:12am

Chicken fried fried chicken and white gravy.

[Banjos] //

312 Dr. Matt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:39:07am

re: #311 Gus

Chicken fried fried chicken and white gravy.

[Banjos] //

That just made me hungry

313 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:39:08am
314 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:39:53am

And speaking about the Tea Party, some of them have now taken stamping dollar bills with their slogan:

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315 nines09  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:39:58am

Yeah. Hey do they use fire to clear snow off the roads up there?

316 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:40:48am

Dogs want out, Dogs want in … .

317 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:41:36am

re: #311 Gus

Chicken fried fried chicken and white gravy.

[Banjos] //

Play that banjo all you want but my mother enjoys that dish and so does my sister and I.

318 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:41:51am

re: #315 nines09

Yeah, I love that pic. “Honey, got into a bit of a fender bender on the way home. Nope, not hurt. The other driver? Oh, I took care of her.”

319 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:41:56am

Cover Oregon collapse: The mystery of the missing audit
It’s starting to look less like incompetence and more like fraud and embezzlement. There’s going to be some jail time served over this. Hopefully they’ll get this straightened out soon. I’d love to sign up but I’m not hopeful.

320 Targetpractice  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:42:08am

re: #315 nines09

Yeah. Hey do they use fire to clear snow off the roads up there?

“I’m gonna be a little late to work.”

321 Eclectic Cyborg  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:43:40am

re: #255 FemNaziBitch

On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-negro segregationunder the guise of “ethnic liberty“—to the already deep-red state. The bill, written out of fear that the state may soon face an Oklahoma-style desegregation ruling, will now easily pass the Republican Senate and be signed into law by the Republican governor. The result will mark Kansas as the first state, though certainly not the last, to legalize segregation of black and white people in virtually every arena of life.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. It’s the same kind of hate just with different trappings. Think about that a moment. This is 2014 and we are STILL dealing with this kind of prejudice.

322 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:43:53am
323 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:44:37am

Chicken fried yoga mat. //

324 Targetpractice  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:44:46am

re: #322 darthstar

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325 Dr. Matt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:45:08am

re: #314 Dark_Falcon

And speaking about the Tea Party, some of them have now taken stamping dollar bills with their slogan:

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Just weeks after Obama was first elected, I got a dollar that was riddled with stamped blurbs about Obama and Pelosi being “socialist communists, etc., etc”. I saved it. I’ll have to snap a photo and upload.

326 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:46:42am

mmmmmm

bisqits and gravy

327 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:47:11am

re: #317 Dark_Falcon

Play that banjo all you want but my mother enjoys that dish and so does my sister and I.

Are your people from near the Ohio River? //

328 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:47:42am

HURR HURR!!!!!! JUST LIKE HILTER!!!!!!!

329 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:49:14am

re: #326 FemNaziBitch

mmmmmm

bisqits and gravy

The Cheesecake Factory is a good place to find that. If you’re ever in Evanston, the Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop is also good.

330 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:49:20am

re: #302 Political Atheist

Got to your G+ page but not email.

tell ya what get my email addy here. The only one listed.

OK, passed it on to a couple of the Cali people at LGC for them to ponder.

331 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:49:38am

re: #319 Killgore Trout

Cover Oregon collapse: The mystery of the missing audit
It’s starting to look less like incompetence and more like fraud and embezzlement. There’s going to be some jail time served over this. Hopefully they’ll get this straightened out soon. I’d love to sign up but I’m not hopeful.

Can you use healthcare.gov from Oregon? It’s running like a charm at the moment. I helped a guy through it in 1hr 3 min yesterday. He was unusually well prepared, with simple requirements.

Note to all: Routine maintenance on part of the ‘hub’ will put healthcare.gov in a mode that doesn’t permit full service from 1500 hrs Sat to early Tuesday. There is a provision to lock in your intent to choose an insurance provider and still meet the 15 Feb turnaround to have March insurance. Check locally on this.

332 Eclectic Cyborg  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:49:44am

re: #299 chadu

Read that as the Van >Dhalsim Quilt.

(C’mon, Gus, you know you wanna…) ;)

I did too…

Yoga fire!

333 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:50:03am

re: #327 Gus

Are your people from near the Ohio River? //

No. My mother is from North Carolina.

334 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:50:12am

Couple more turnpike pictures:

I see at least three power company bucket trucks in this one:

335 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:50:49am

re: #293 darthstar

Someone will take him under their wing and teach him how to sell a car.

Chivy Trucks…built Incognito tough!!!

336 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:50:54am

re: #329 Dark_Falcon

The Cheesecake Factory is a good place to find that. If you’re ever in Evanston, the Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop is also good.

I tend not to eat at bait shops.

337 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:51:31am
338 gwangung  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:51:35am

re: #328 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!!!! JUST LIKE HILTER!!!!!!!

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GIven that I know the family of a victim, I wonder if the derper can dress herself.

339 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:51:39am

Time to run the boys to the vet.

BBL

340 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:51:40am

re: #321 Eclectic Cyborg

On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring >anti-negro segregation>under the guise of “ethnic liberty“—to the already deep-red state. The bill, written out of fear that the state may soon face an >Oklahoma-style desegregation ruling, will now easily pass the Republican Senate and be signed into law by the Republican governor. The result will mark Kansas as the first state, though certainly not the last, to >legalize segregation of black and white people in virtually every arena of life.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. It’s the same kind of hate just with different trappings. Think about that a moment. This is 2014 and we are STILL dealing with this kind of prejudice.

This is what happens when you tolerate intolerance, and make exceptions for people based on religious or other considerations. You create a situation where it is okay to discriminate in this manner.

341 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:51:54am

re: #336 darthstar

I tend not to eat at bait shops.

You’re missing some good fried chicken livers.

342 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:52:11am

re: #329 Dark_Falcon

The Cheesecake Factory is a good place to find that. If you’re ever in Evanston, the Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop is also good.

eh, I make my own.

343 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:53:07am

re: #341 Decatur Deb

You’re missing some good fried chicken livers.

Don’t you mean chicken fried chicken livers?

344 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:53:24am

re: #334 Backwoods_Sleuth

Local CBS affilate has a “live” video. I will post the link here but it has not downloaded for me. philadelphia.cbslocal.com

I am including the article from CBS local. philadelphia.cbslocal.com

345 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:53:24am

Vegetarian liverwurst.

346 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:53:32am

re: #340 GunstarGreen

This is what happens when you tolerate intolerance, and make exceptions for people based on religious or other considerations. You create a situation where it is okay to discriminate in this manner.

What happens when you begin to accept that some people just plain suck, have always sucked and will always suck?

Me, I become disgusted with humanity and take a nap.

347 Targetpractice  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:53:33am

re: #326 FemNaziBitch

mmmmmm

bisqits and gravy

Stop making me hungry!

348 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:54:01am

BUT WEIGHT!!! THEIR IS MOAR DERP!!!!! AND HIP COOL SWEAR WORDS!!!!1!!!!

349 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:54:17am

re: #328 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!!!! JUST LIKE HILTER!!!!!!!

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350 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:54:33am
351 Eclectic Cyborg  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:54:42am

re: #328 Pie-onist Overlord

Looks to me like three different women with vague resemblances to one another. In particular the eyes on #1 and #2 look markedly different.

352 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:54:55am

re: #331 Decatur Deb

Can you use healthcare.gov from Oregon? It’s running like a charm at the moment. I helped a guy through it in 1hr 3 min yesterday. He was unusually well prepared, with simple requirements.

Note to all: Routine maintenance on part of the ‘hub’ will put healthcare.gov in a mode that doesn’t permit full service from 1500 hrs Sat to early Tuesday. There is a provision to lock in your intent to choose an insurance provider and still meet the 15 Feb turnaround to have March insurance. Check locally on this.

Since Oregon decided to use their own exchange, which isn’t functional, we can’t use the federal one.

353 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:56:05am

re: #348 Pie-onist Overlord

BUT WEIGHT!!! THEIR IS MOAR DERP!!!!! AND HIP COOL SWEAR WORDS!!!!1!!!!

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Sometimes I wake up ecstatic that someone that stupid is finally unemployed.

354 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:56:26am

re: #351 Eclectic Cyborg

Looks to me like three different women with vague resemblances to one another. In particular the eyes on #1 and #2 look markedly different.

People who have eyes, nose, mouth & hair. And the same facial expression! HURR HURR THEY MUST ALL BE TEH SAME PERSON!!!!!! NO ONE ELSE HAS EYES, NOSE, MOUTH & HAIR!!!!!!!

355 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:56:40am

nbcnews.com

Fraternity hazing death declared a homicide. This links back to a case from December where a 19-year-old attending Baruch College died after taking part in a hazing event at a retreat up in the Poconos.

Rampantly stupid. And suspending the group after the fact will not bring the young man back. And expect a number of other young men to have their lives wrecked since they took part in the event and the ensuing attempted cover-up.

A very expensive combination of immaturity, group think, and abuse of power. Another black eye for the fraternity system, and self-inflicted like most of them are.

356 Targetpractice  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:57:00am

re: #348 Pie-onist Overlord

BUT WEIGHT!!! THEIR IS MOAR DERP!!!!! AND HIP COOL SWEAR WORDS!!!!1!!!!

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Funny, I could have sworn there was another guy between those two who’d signed the Patriot Act into law. You know who I’m talking ‘bout, right? White guy, silver hair, sort of a simple-minded look. Can’t seem to remember what his name was…

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357 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:57:17am

re: #306 Dark_Falcon

Unlike Stalin, Obama has ordered no purges and has caused no one to starve to death. Live in reality please.

Can we enter references about Stalin, Lennon, Marx, Communism, Marxism and that whole lot into some new type of “Godwin” declaration…PLEASE?!

And that is not aimed at you Dark…just all the RWNJs. It’s getting boring and it has always been stupid.

358 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:58:11am

re: #335 ObserverArt

Chivy Trucks…built Incognito tough!!!

And their inherent problem with starting without the key in the ignition, followed by the truck going into reverse and backing up 15 feet.

359 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:58:19am
360 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:58:22am

re: #356 Targetpractice

Funny, I could have sworn there was another guy between those two who’d signed the Patriot Act into law. You know who I’m talking ‘bout, right? White guy, silver hair, sort of a simple-minded look. Can’t seem to remember what his name was…

///

Not to mention the only senator who voted against said Patriot Act - you know, the kind of congressional person who actually _did_ his job?

361 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:59:12am

Watch wingnut heads explode, again.

362 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:59:13am

re: #341 Decatur Deb

You’re missing some good fried chicken livers.

That’s what the president said. He was right, too.


Not kidding. As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama gave a restaurant review of the Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop’s since closed Hyde Park location. The Evanston location does faithfully follow the same recipes, though, as does the location in Lansing, IL.

363 Justanotherhuman  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:59:13am

Stop the bullying—at all levels.

Wells report: Richie Incognito, John Jerry, Pouncey harassed Martin

cbssports.com

“When Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin left the team in November because he said he was being bullied by guard Richie Incognito, the NFL appointed big-name attorney Ted Wells to run an independent investigation into the team.

“On Friday, that report was released, and it concluded that Incognito, guard John Jerry and center Mike Pouncey “engaged in a pattern of harassment directed” at Martin and another young offensive lineman who wasn’t named and an assistant trainer.

“Writes Wells’ team: “We find that the Assistant Trainer repeatedly was targeted with racial slurs and other racially derogatory language. Player A frequently was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching. Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments.”

And this wasn’t simply “bullying”, either. It was racism, sexism and homophobia at the worst levels.

364 Backwoods_Sleuth  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:59:31am

re: #344 PhillyPretzel

Local CBS affilate has a “live” video. I will post the link here but it has not downloaded for me. philadelphia.cbslocal.com

I’m getting “not available”.

365 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:59:44am

re: #352 Killgore Trout

Since Oregon decided to use their own exchange, which isn’t functional, we can’t use the federal one.

If they catch someone dirty in Oregon, they should go under the jail for a very long time. Same with anyone who ripped off the healthcare.gov development and rollout.

Check to see if the Oregon state operation also cuts out your mail-in dead tree option and the 1-800 phone session option which actually worked here in AL while the website was jacked up.

366 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:59:50am

re: #357 ObserverArt

Can we enter references about Stalin, Lennon, Marx, Communism, Marxism and that whole lot into some new type of “Godwin” declaration…PLEASE?!

And that is not aimed at you Dark…just all the RWNJs. It’s getting boring and it has always been stupid.

It’s called “Republican”.

As in, “Pulling a Republican”.

367 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:59:55am

re: #340 GunstarGreen

This is what happens when you tolerate intolerance, and make exceptions for people based on religious or other considerations. You create a situation where it is okay to discriminate in this manner.

This bill is basically going to empower assholes to arbitrarily deny service. They can always claimed the person “looked gay” and therefore offended their religious sensibilities.

368 Targetpractice  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:00:41am

re: #360 William Barnett-Lewis

Not to mention the only senator who voted against said Patriot Act - you know, the kind of congressional person who actually _did_ his job?

I’d like to see that man run for the presidency at least once. He’d certainly have my vote.

369 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:00:48am

re: #364 Backwoods_Sleuth

I updated entry with a printed story and pictures. The video is messed up. That is why I prefer articles over videos.

370 gwangung  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:01:04am

re: #367 Feline Fearless Leader

This bill is basically going to empower assholes to arbitrarily deny service. They can always claimed the person “looked gay” and therefore offended their religious sensibilities.

Can folks deny paying for services because the owners looked gay?

371 Justanotherhuman  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:01:45am

re: #333 Dark_Falcon

No. My mother is from North Carolina.

Sausage, gravy and biscuits are why the south is called the “stroke belt”.

Do not let this spread to your neck of the woods…

372 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:01:54am

re: #308 Dark_Falcon

Which Scalia won’t do because, unlike the more radical members of the Tea Party, Antonin Scalia respects the actual text of the Constitution. He won’t trash it because of “fear of Teh Ghey”.

I think history will say otherwise. That guy has been as much a ‘revisionists’ as anyone. He reads it the way he wants it…not all that strict.

Unless you are an arch conservative and fine with it.

Freedom, liberty and justice is for everyone.

373 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:02:09am

bbl

374 wrenchwench  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:02:25am

re: #329 Dark_Falcon

The Cheesecake Factory is a good place to find that. If you’re ever in Evanston, the Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop is also good.

Here’s how you do it. Ride 70 miles on your loaded touring bike, pitch camp, eat barely adequate dinner. Get up early, strike camp, eat a little peanut butter, ride 20 miles to the nearest town. Find restaurant, abandon bikes. Order eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast, coffee, orange juice, AND biscuits and gravy. Eat. Get pie for dessert.

375 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:02:33am

re: #362 Dark_Falcon

That’s what the president said. He was right, too.

…snip

DF SAID THE PRESIDENT WAS RIGHT !!1!.

Careful with that or you’ll lose your Calvin Coolidge lapel pin.

376 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:03:53am

re: #368 Targetpractice

I’d like to see that man run for the presidency at least once. He’d certainly have my vote.

He will always have my vote. For that and many other things, he was the best Senator from Wisconsin in my lifetime.

377 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:05:25am

Just got a corporate email saying that jeans are now appropriate to wear every day not just “Casual Friday.”

Formal business attire is still required for executive meetings, interviewing job applicants, and meetings with external suppliers and dealers.

378 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:05:40am

re: #374 wrenchwench

Here’s how you do it. Ride 70 miles on your loaded touring bike, pitch camp, eat barely adequate dinner. Get up early, strike camp, eat a little peanut butter, ride 20 miles to the nearest town. Find restaurant, abandon bikes. Order eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast, coffee, orange juice, AND biscuits and gravy. Eat. Get pie for dessert.

Sounds like my vegetarian brother after a week of field work. He says that about then the goal is a hot shower and a bacon cheeseburger.

He also said that the definition of hell is trying to find a diner/restaurant in rural central Kentucky that served food two 19-year-old vegan women would eat. (This was while doing field work as well.)

379 Dr. Matt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:05:46am

re: #371 Justanotherhuman

“Stoke belt”

*snicker*

380 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:06:19am

re: #336 darthstar

I tend not to eat at bait shops.

I hear the food is wormy and the fish rather small.

381 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:07:18am

OT PA Turnpike is shut down because of the accidents. It looks like it will be an all day thing. 16 people airlifted to Abington Memorial and one to Doylestown. The PA Turnpike is shut down from Willow Grove PA to Bensalem PA.

382 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:07:35am

re: #366 GunstarGreen

That’s funny, because Alouette posted a left-wing Godwin tweet here earlier thing week and I’ve seen others of that type. So I assure you that kind of gross hyperbole is not the exclusive province of the GOP. Downding.

383 Flounder  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:08:00am

Somehow Charles managed to get a LGF shortcut on my smartphone. What will he think of next? At least I don’t think I could have butt dialed it in, hmmmm.

384 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:08:46am
385 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:10:47am

re: #384 Gus

You might enjoy this DF.

American Crystal Sugar: Summary | OpenSecrets

Top individual funding recipient: Sen. Al Franken.

386 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:10:48am

re: #378 Feline Fearless Leader

Sounds like my vegetarian brother after a week of field work. He says that about then the goal is a hot shower and a bacon cheeseburger.

He also said that the definition of hell is trying to find a diner/restaurant in rural central Kentucky that served food two 19-year-old vegan women would eat. (This was while doing field work as well.)

Taught several soda jerks in small KY towns to make egg creams. I wanted to be the Johnny Appleseed of the 2-cent Plain. Leitchfield, LaRue County soda fountain was the most adept.

387 Flounder  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:11:37am

re: #386 Decatur Deb

You are speaking in tongues.

388 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:11:38am

re: #385 Dark_Falcon

Top individual funding recipient: Sen. Al Franken.

Ayep.

389 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:12:20am
390 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:12:37am

re: #382 Dark_Falcon

Pretty sure that left-wingers don’t regularly compare people to Stalin and Marx, but okay.

391 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:12:48am

re: #387 Flounder

You are speaking in tongues.

That’s what they said. Tongues with a Yankee accent.

392 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:12:48am

re: #366 GunstarGreen

It’s called “Republican”.

As in, “Pulling a Republican”.

Damn. So true! A big upding for that. Let’s all (well, some of us anyway) start to push that and see if we can get it into the ‘net meme dictionary.

I’ll have to work on a photoshop idea or two to help push it. Gus, you in? I won’t have time until this weekend. Maybe if we can get a few, some of the LGF tweeters can use ‘em as ammo.

393 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:14:00am

I posted my Cherry Cheesecake Pie recipe so you can all enjoy it. There is also a vegan version.

394 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:14:41am

re: #377 Pie-onist Overlord

Just got a corporate email saying that jeans are now appropriate to wear every day not just “Casual Friday.”

Formal business attire is still required for executive meetings, interviewing job applicants, and meetings with external suppliers and dealers.

As more and more of the corporate workforce becomes composed of the younger generation, I expect the dress codes to experience a gradual relaxing across the board. My workplace is already “business casual” for all non-customer-facing personnel. Jeans and polos, you can wear tees as long as they don’t have logos.

395 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:15:08am

Egg Cream, aka 2-Cent Plain:

en.wikipedia.org

396 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:15:09am

re: #385 Dark_Falcon

Top individual funding recipient: Sen. Al Franken.

Top 5.

Franken, Al (D-MN) $10,599
Peterson, Collin (D-MN) $10,250
Barrow, John (D-GA) $10,000
Bishop, Sanford (D-GA) $10,000
Brownley, Julia (D-CA) $10,000

opensecrets.org

397 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:15:14am

re: #390 GunstarGreen

Pretty sure that left-wingers don’t regularly compare people to Stalin and Marx, but okay.

I have seen some liberals tweet Godwins, also fake quotes. But they do tend to be apologetic when this is pointed out.

398 GunstarGreen  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:17:07am

re: #397 Pie-onist Overlord

Oh, they most certainly do pull Godwins. But the question at hand was a Godwin-esque category for comparisons to Stalin, Marx, Commies, etc. as distinct from a Godwin, but a similar phenomenon.

399 wrenchwench  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:17:31am

One of my favorite new follows. Check out the feed.

400 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:18:54am

They are starting to clear out the traffic. Several jack-knifed tractor trailers. The PA Turnpike remains closed. It was icy this morning.

401 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:20:15am

re: #386 Decatur Deb

Taught several soda jerks in small KY towns to make egg creams. I wanted to be the Johnny Appleseed of the 2-cent Plain. Leitchfield, LaRue County soda fountain was the most adept.

March 15th is National Egg Cream Day

:)

402 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:20:44am

re: #382 Dark_Falcon

That’s funny, because Alouette posted a left-wing Godwin tweet here earlier thing week and I’ve seen others of that type. So I assure you that kind of gross hyperbole is not the exclusive province of the GOP. Downding.

Sheesh. Godwins are based on truths that have become cliches and an intellectual crutch. If you can’t see that the Republican parroting is just as wrong and stupid, then you lack a sense of perspective and humor. You need to be able to disassociate yourself from some of that crap Dark. Really. You take some of this stuff as a personal attach, Perspective wins the day. ANd we laughed at the left-wing Godwin and many commented on it.

This would be a new form of Godwin…and you can be sure many Republicans are sick of the stupidity from some of the idiot RWNJ. You should be too. It an attack on lazy intellect. Not Republicans.

(I suppose I’ll be getting a downding for mentioning we should do photoshops too. Oh well. Sometimes they can be a badge of honor.)

403 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:21:59am

Here is an in-depth article from Newsworks regarding the PA Turnpike. newsworks.org

404 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:24:12am

re: #402 ObserverArt

Sheesh. Godwins are based on truths that have become cliches and an intellectual crutch. If you can’t see that the Republican parroting is just as wrong and stupid, then you lack a sense of perspective and humor. You need to be able to disassociate yourself from some of that crap Dark. Really. You take some of this stuff as a personal attach, Perspective wins the day. ANd we laughed at the left-wing Godwin and many commented on it.

This would be a new form of Godwin…and you can be sure many Republicans are sick of the stupidity from some of the idiot RWNJ. You should be too. It an attack on lazy intellect. Not Republicans.

(I suppose I’ll be getting a downding for mentioning we should do photoshops too. Oh well. Sometimes they can be a badge of honor.)

For a post featuring an intellectually defensible, well-delivered argument? I upding those, even if I disagree with parts of them.

405 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:26:48am

re: #401 Feline Fearless Leader

March 15th is National Egg Cream Day

:)

I’ve still got some Fox’s U-Bet chocolate syrup. it shows up at times in the kosher section of our small town supermarket.

406 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:27:28am

STOP THE PRESSES!!!! ANOTHER WINGNUT THANKS FOR CORRECTION!

407 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:27:58am

re: #389 Gus

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I checked again to see if Think Progress or any on the other Center for American Progress sites are speaking about the Comcast merger. Not a peep so far. Sure enough Comcast and Verizon are on their donator lists. John Podesta is now White house staff. Haven’t seen any reports of MSNBC covering it either. This is why we can’t have nice things.

408 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:29:55am

I just posted a page on the PA turnpike mess. I will be updating it during the day.

409 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:30:32am
410 Charles Johnson  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:30:47am

re: #407 Killgore Trout

I checked again to see if Think Progress or any on the other Center for American Progress sites are speaking about the Comcast merger. Not a peep so far. Sure enough Comcast and Verizon are on their donator lists. John Podesta is now White house staff. Haven’t seen any reports of MSNBC covering it either. This is why we can’t have nice things.

thinkprogress.org

411 gwangung  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:31:07am

re: #406 Pie-onist Overlord

STOP THE PRESSES!!!! ANOTHER WINGNUT THANKS FOR CORRECTION!

[Embedded content]

Seriously, good for them. All of us need to be intellectually honest and accept the real world.

412 Flounder  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:33:53am

Have you seen the new airbag design???

nypost.com

413 Charles Johnson  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:35:06am

re: #407 Killgore Trout

I checked again to see if Think Progress or any on the other Center for American Progress sites are speaking about the Comcast merger. Not a peep so far. Sure enough Comcast and Verizon are on their donator lists. John Podesta is now White house staff. Haven’t seen any reports of MSNBC covering it either. This is why we can’t have nice things.

msnbc.com

414 Flounder  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:36:15am
415 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:36:34am

re: #413 Charles Johnson

msnbc.com

MSNBC. Now that’s ironic.

416 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:39:59am

re: #411 gwangung

Seriously, good for them. All of us need to be intellectually honest and accept the real world.

There are still more people who attack when told their quote is fake. But its good to see honesty at work. BBL

417 Charles Johnson  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:40:13am
418 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:42:17am

So how many wingnuts are going to send Valentines to their GUNZ?

419 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:44:50am

re: #417 Charles Johnson

420 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:45:48am

re: #410 Charles Johnson

thinkprogress.org

Ah, thanks. I guess that seems a fair article, maybe a little leaning towards favorable towards the merger though with all the stuff about Comcast promising to behave responsibly by not throttling Netflix, not expanding their regional markets and not trying to hard to squeeze out other companies. I still think the merger is a bad idea and I doubt the Feds are going to block it.

421 RadicalModerate  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:47:38am

re: #415 Gus

MSNBC. Now that’s ironic.

Good grief, that video has to be some of the most unabashed brown-nosing that I have ever seen. Scarborough isn’t even apologetic about it.

422 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:48:24am

re: #413 Charles Johnson

msnbc.com

Still watching but they’re plugging an upcoming segment with the Comcast CEO. That should be an interesting one to watch.

423 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:48:30am

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424 b.d.  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:49:44am

re: #417 Charles Johnson

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Glenn could dispute all of those claims with an approx. number.

His silence makes me believe that the NSA sources gave a pretty close number.

3 outcomes:
1.) Glenn says that the NSA reported number is too low which would start an internal frenzy to find more possible compromised files = Happy Glenn

2.) Glenn says the the NSA reported number is too high thus making his meal ticket look less like an indiscriminate hoover and giving Greenwald massive fodder for the NSA over hyping everything which fits with his descriptive MO of the organization = Happy Glenn

3.) NSA reported number is close to being right = Pissy current Glenn

425 Ian G.  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:49:57am

re: #409 Pie-onist Overlord

Maybe we should give them a cookie for getting Norway and Austria right.

426 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:50:42am

re: #425 Ian G.

Maybe we should give them a cookie for getting Norway and Austria right.

I’m thinking that’s a Photoshop, but it’s still funny.

427 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:51:17am
428 CuriousLurker  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:51:20am

Drive-by comment—BBL:

429 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:53:08am

re: #415 Gus

MSNBC. Now that’s ironic.

it’s interesting to watch. It does put the talking heads in a delicate position. So far they’re careful to use words like “stunning”, “remarkable” and marveling at the perfection of the business positioning (“They have not done anything wrong”)

430 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:53:39am
431 CuriousLurker  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:54:43am

re: #428 CuriousLurker

>Drive-by comment—BBL:

Oops, tweet got deleted.

432 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:55:01am

re: #429 Killgore Trout

it’s interesting to watch. It does put the talking heads in a delicate position. So far they’re careful to use words like “stunning”, “remarkable” and marveling at the perfection of the business positioning (“They have not done anything wrong”)

Count the uses of the word “stunning” in the 3 minute segment.
Great Success!
/Borat voice.

433 kirkspencer  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:55:54am

re: #430 lawhawk

If they voted for Obama they didn’t vote for someone who hates Christianity.

Or would the gentleman tweeter care to expound upon his delusion?

434 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:57:50am

I’ll give the MSNBC crew a partial pass for that segment. It does put them in a really delicate position and they are talking without a script so they’re being very careful. I can understand that and it doesn’t surprise me.

435 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:58:13am

re: #429 Killgore Trout

it’s interesting to watch. It does put the talking heads in a delicate position. So far they’re careful to use words like “stunning”, “remarkable” and marveling at the perfection of the business positioning (“They have not done anything wrong”)

Saw some outrage on Twitter about the FCC being stacked with “cable lobbyists” that Obama put in. It’s up to the FCC for the most part. DOJ might punt. SEC might be involved. I’ve got my own problems and they don’t include Comcast buying Time Warner.

436 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 9:58:40am

Rule #1 in life: Don’t fuck with the money

437 RadicalModerate  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:00:39am

re: #420 Killgore Trout

Ah, thanks. I guess that seems a fair article, maybe a little leaning towards favorable towards the merger though with all the stuff about Comcast promising to behave responsibly by not throttling Netflix, not expanding their regional markets and not trying to hard to squeeze out other companies. I still think the merger is a bad idea and I doubt the Feds are going to block it.

The thing is, that Comcast IS engaging in throttling and surcharge practices toward people who are paying premium amounts for higher bandwidth rates. In some areas, they have a 300GB monthly cap on users with 50mb/sec and 100mb/sec service, and any overage adds $10 per 50gb. Note this cap is for all data transfers, meaning total of upload and downloaded data.

To give you an idea of what this entails, a typical High Definition (1080p) streamed movie requires roughly 8gb of bandwidth, and nowadays, the vast majority of console and PC software is delivered via digital transfer, versus via CD/DVD, and cloud-based computing and backup services are rapidly expanding = as an example, Google Fiber service provides 1TB of cloud-based storage as part of their package.

438 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:04:02am

re: #435 Gus

Saw some outrage on Twitter about the FCC being stacked with “cable lobbyists” that Obama put in. It’s up to the FCC for the most part. DOJ might punt. SEC might be involved. I’ve got my own problems and they don’t include Comcast buying Time Warner.

I don’t like the merger but it’s not an end of the world thing. There’ll be plenty more mergers to come before we reach the end of the rope. I do find the journalism side interesting in how it effects editorial comments from journalists effected by the merger. I don’t know if Comcast would actually prohibit a show from criticizing the deal but I would guess the pundits would tread lightly. For a scripted show they might send the script to management for approval before airing. They certainly wouldn’t go totally nuts with criticism like they were talking about Rupert Murdoch or Koch bros.

439 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:05:34am

re: #437 RadicalModerate

The thing is, that Comcast IS engaging in throttling and surcharge practices toward people who are paying premium amounts for higher bandwidth rates. In some areas, they have a 300GB monthly cap on users with 50mb/sec and 100mb/sec service, and any overage adds $10 per 50gb. Note this cap is for all data transfers, meaning total of upload and downloaded data.

To give you an idea of what this entails, a typical High Definition (1080p) streamed movie requires roughly 8gb of bandwidth, and nowadays, the vast majority of console and PC software is delivered via digital transfer, versus via CD/DVD, and cloud-based computing and backup services are rapidly expanding = as an example, Google Fiber service provides 1TB of cloud-based storage as part of their package.

It’s not just generic bandwith use. Despite the Think Progress article I’m pretty sure I read last week that Comcast is indeed throttling Netflix despite the claims that they aren’t.

441 Killgore Trout  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:09:04am

Socialize mah internet!
Where’s my Guy Fawkes mask?

442 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:11:10am

BOOHOO…Wingnut got investigated by the IRS for her application for tax-exempt status of organization that is dedicated to preventing “certain” people from voting.

443 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:14:33am

re: #442 Pie-onist Overlord

You do not have a constitutional right to a tax exemption or nonprofit status. The IRS has administrative authority to enforce the tax code of the US. It can and does request information to make sure that entities are conforming to the IRC, including whether a given entity is qualified to be treated as a nonprofit or is entitled to a tax exemption.

444 Charles Johnson  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:16:01am
445 b.d.  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:16:05am

re: #442 Pie-onist Overlord

BOOHOO…Wingnut got investigated by the IRS for her application for tax-exempt status of organization that is dedicated to preventing “certain” people from voting.

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NOT-TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY!!!1!!

Should be:

Not taxed? Enough already!

446 RadicalModerate  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:16:06am

re: #439 Killgore Trout

It’s not just generic bandwith use. Despite the Think Progress article I’m pretty sure I read last week that Comcast is indeed throttling Netflix despite the claims that they aren’t.

There’s data supporting the contention that Comcast is engaging in throttling of Netflix.
Here’s Netflix’s latest bandwidth index results per ISP. Note that Comcast is near the bottom of the ratings, with only DSL providers being slower.

ispspeedindex.netflix.com

447 Ian G.  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:17:19am
Another sodomite who hate America and is ruining this country! I’m glad Kansas will soon allow its good patriotic Christian citizens to protect themselves from menaces like him!

gma.yahoo.com

448 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:22:04am

re: #445 b.d.


Heritage posts graphs without a sense of irony.

They’re busy complaining/warning that debt will exceed GDP by 2028 and then continue into the stratosphere.

What are they missing from that equation. Oh yeah, the fact that the tax policy they’ve championed has been a big part of it. Despite high tax rates after WWII, US economic growth was unparalleled, and it brought down the deficit. Who expanded the deficit by percentage terms in a non war scenario? That’d be Reagan, who octupled the deficit of Carter. Bush tripled the deficit on his watch, but somehow Heritage ignores all that to focus on the so-called death spiral that doesn’t take into account any changes to tax policy that might rationalize things and improve the economy at the same time.

449 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:22:31am

Yikes.

450 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:24:28am
451 RadicalModerate  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:24:57am

re: #442 Pie-onist Overlord

BOOHOO…Wingnut got investigated by the IRS for her application for tax-exempt status of organization that is dedicated to preventing “certain” people from voting.

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By “preventing”, you need to mention that this includes falsifying voter records and outright voter intimidation and suppression of minorities.

452 Pie-onist Overlord  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:25:21am

HURR HURR!!!! U CITED A LIBTARD SITE!!!! UR ARGUMENT IS IN VALID1!!!!!!1

453 Flounder  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:25:32am

Wasn’t there recently a court case allowing ISP’s more control of bandwidth and premium service? I’m gonna sound like more of an idiot, because I don’t really know all the correct terms for these things.

454 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:27:16am

re: #453 Flounder

Yes there was something like that in recent news.

455 Charles Johnson  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:28:17am

re: #450 Gus

Many of the people who worship Glenn Greenwald are seriously deranged.

456 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:29:35am

re: #455 Charles Johnson

Many of the people who worship Glenn Greenwald are seriously deranged.

I’ve blocked the ones that bug me. Some of them were there every single time I Tweeted something about Greenwald or Snowden. A couple still end up in my TL. No threats here however.

457 gwangung  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:31:49am

re: #452 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!! U CITED A LIBTARD SITE!!!! UR ARGUMENT IS IN VALID1!!!!!!1

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Wonder what’s so hard about changing the source of a quote instead of saying “Libtards lie!”

458 The Ghost of a Flea  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:32:49am

re: #457 gwangung

Wonder what’s so hard about changing the source of a quote instead of saying “Libtards lie!”

Diminished appeal to authority?

459 Charles Johnson  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:36:02am

It really sucks that this asshole has the same name as me.

460 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:37:14am

❤ ❥ ♥ ❣

461 Dr. Matt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:37:27am

re: #459 Charles Johnson

I clicked on the URL and got a malware warning.

462 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:37:40am

re: #460 Gus

Nice Wingdings.

463 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:38:13am

♥ ❤ ❥ ❣
❦ ❧ ♡ ۵

464 Gus  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:38:57am

re: #462 PhillyPretzel

Nice Wingdings.

text-symbols.com

465 Iwouldprefernotto  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:39:42am

re: #459 Charles Johnson

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It really sucks that this asshole has the same name as me.

I’ve never seen a photograph of both of you together.

466 Dr. Matt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:40:22am

467 The Ghost of a Flea  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:41:06am

re: #465 Please Proceed

I’ve never seen a photograph of both of you together.

It’s hard to transport a camera back and forth to the Mirror Universe.

468 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:41:10am

re: #466 Dr. Matt

That is sweet. :)

469 ObserverArt  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:42:14am

re: #407 Killgore Trout

I checked again to see if Think Progress or any on the other Center for American Progress sites are speaking about the Comcast merger. Not a peep so far. Sure enough Comcast and Verizon are on their donator lists. John Podesta is now White house staff. Haven’t seen any reports of MSNBC covering it either. This is why we can’t have nice things.

I have heard both Chris Hayes and Alex Wagner mention it in regards to the buyout of Time Warner.

470 Flounder  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:42:27am

re: #466 Dr. Matt

awww shucks, and I got you nothing!

471 RadicalModerate  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:43:47am

re: #448 lawhawk

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Heritage posts graphs without a sense of irony.

They’re busy complaining/warning that debt will exceed GDP by 2028 and then continue into the stratosphere.

What are they missing from that equation. Oh yeah, the fact that the tax policy they’ve championed has been a big part of it. Despite high tax rates after WWII, US economic growth was unparalleled, and it brought down the deficit. Who expanded the deficit by percentage terms in a non war scenario? That’d be Reagan, who octupled the deficit of Carter. Bush tripled the deficit on his watch, but somehow Heritage ignores all that to focus on the so-called death spiral that doesn’t take into account any changes to tax policy that might rationalize things and improve the economy at the same time.

If you look closely at that chart, you will notice that the two periods of sustained debt increase were during the Reagan & George HW Bush Presidencies (1981-1993) and George W Bush (2001-2009). Their biggest boogeyman, Jimmy Carter did a remarkable job of keeping debt in check during some rather tough economic times, and Clinton presided over the biggest economic expansion (while simultaneously lowering debt) in modern history. GWB left the economy in tatters, a situation that took Obama nearly four years to begin to reverse, even though he has to deal with an outlandish amount of obstructionism from Republicans.

472 wrenchwench  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:46:31am

re: #465 Please Proceed

I’ve never seen a photograph of both of you together.

That one would be better with your original nic.

iwouldprefernotto

473 Justanotherhuman  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:47:09am

If you were caught with all that heroin…some of which you sold to a “friend”…

A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act

thedailybeast.com

Today, Vineberg gets $200K bond.

bigstory.ap.org

One daughter managed to live with an addicted father. One lost hers.

474 Tigger2  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:49:37am

re: #430 lawhawk

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Buddy I hate to tell you but there’s a difference between a sane christian and a crazy christian.

475 Tigger2  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:54:12am

re: #452 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!! U CITED A LIBTARD SITE!!!! UR ARGUMENT IS IN VALID1!!!!!!1

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He should change his name to the “will of the tiny minority”

476 BeenHereAwhile  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:56:13am

re: #326 FemNaziBitch

mmmmmm

bisqits and gravy

Loveless Cafe
Nashville, TN

This is what is served while you wait for your lunch and dinner order.

This is what their catfish sandwich looks like.

Breakfast available any time.

477 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:58:07am

re: #455 Charles Johnson

478 darthstar  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 11:16:59am

re: #409 Pie-onist Overlord

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Why is USA “Team USA” while everyone else is just themselves? Are we the only country there that is also a team?

479 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 3:35:06pm

re: #442 Pie-onist Overlord

BOOHOO…Wingnut got investigated by the IRS for her application for tax-exempt status of organization that is dedicated to preventing “certain” people from voting.

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Her constitutional right not to pay taxes?


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