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1 Decatur Deb  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 5:33:45pm

HOW MUCH DID THAT WALL COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS???

2 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 5:37:30pm
3 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 5:38:46pm
4 Stanley Sea  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 5:40:56pm

re: #1 Decatur Deb

HOW MUCH DID THAT WALL COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS???

Stole it, tweeted it, credited you er, DD. Not enough space for Decatur Deb.

Thanks in retrospect!

5 Charles Johnson  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 5:42:42pm

re: #2 Gus

Awesome shot.

6 b.d.  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 5:43:03pm

Some people don’t like seeing the air they breath, damn tree huggers.

7 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 5:46:42pm

re: #3 Gus

Ah, those wonderful BDS folks.

Disturbing on so many different levels

8 Charles Johnson  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 5:48:59pm

re: #3 Gus

Ah, those wonderful BDS folks.

This is why divestment movements will never succeed, because the organizers can’t help revealing their virulent hatred.

Please proceed.

9 Ryan King  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 5:51:37pm

re: #2 Gus

Wow, that’s hecka cool.

10 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:00:35pm

re: #8 Charles Johnson

This is why divestment movements will never succeed, because the organizers can’t help revealing their virulent hatred.

Please proceed.

Quoted for truth. That picture is sick in and of itself, but its even worse when you add in the sheer ignorance and moral blindness it represents.

11 SteveMcGazi  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:00:53pm

I have a techy type question, or more precisely I have a techy type problemn bon’t I don’t know the question. I have an old XP machine that I wanted to put on my wifi network just to do some basic stuff. (I don’t enable file sharing, just internet access). Any, short story long, the wireless adapter works, it seems to be connected to the internet, as evidenced by the fact that it has downloaded a bunch of updates in the last few times I had it on.
My problem is that when I try to open any browser window, (IE, Chrome, FIrefox) the browser cannot connect to the internet. I figure there are plenty of procedures available online, but I don’t know which question to ask. Am I trying to create a new internet connection, or something else?

12 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:03:55pm

And for those who need some additional illustration into the real situation in Gaza, allow me to present the following:

PIJ reveals new multiple rocket launcher

he Palestine Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ’s) Al-Quds Brigades’ armed wing has revealed that it has a new multiple rocket launcher that is hidden underground somewhere in the north of the Gaza Strip.

The launcher is protected by metal doors that open to allow it to rise up out of its bunker so it can launch its rockets. It has 12 tubes for short-range 107 mm rockets.

Al-Quds Brigades spokesperson Abu Ahmed claimed the group fired 130 rockets into Israel within 120 minutes following the targeted killing of three of its activists in the Gaza Strip on 11 March. He said the bombardment has shown the weaknesses of Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interception system, which he said brought down just three of the 130 projectiles. This he credited to the Al-Quds Brigades ability to fire an intense rocket barrage with little warning.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) reported that 70 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel between 12 and 14 March, when an Egyptian-brokered truce came into effect.

The building of fortified artillery positions and those positions firing on civilian targets without warning is not consistent with a desire for peace.

13 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:06:54pm

I started watching “Captain Phillips” and it’s exciting and all but then I remembered reading that the actual Captain Phillips was really a total douche and asshole (according to members of his crew, who talked to media when the movie came out)

14 Charles Johnson  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:08:28pm
15 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:08:57pm
16 b_sharp  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:11:46pm

Important question:

Why does The Great Race cut into The Good Wife’s time?

18 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:12:36pm

How is life now?

19 Charles Johnson  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:12:59pm

Cool - just noticed that Twitter is now getting more flexible with the sizing of embedded tweets. Images used to be limited to a maximum width of 500 pixels.

20 sattv4u2  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:13:38pm

re: #18 FemNaziBitch

How is life now?

Same as 11 1/2 hours ago. Still at work, just like then!!

21 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:14:55pm

re: #20 sattv4u2

Same as 11 1/2 hours ago. Still at work, just like then!!

Ah well, it could be worse.

23 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:17:59pm

re: #22 Charles Johnson

In case you haven’t seen it yet:

Revealed: Visitor Logs Show Full Extent of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar’s Cozy White House Ties | PandoDaily

“Obamabots!” Oops, wait.

24 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:20:03pm
25 Kid A  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:20:43pm
26 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:22:10pm

re: #25 Kid A

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And it’s Government Regulation and Taxes that prevents Conservatives from creating jobs!!!

27 DKoch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:22:39pm

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State dinner for China.

28 Floral Giraffe  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:24:08pm

re: #14 Charles Johnson

Upding for Donald Fagen!!!!

29 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:24:13pm

I love the fabric of her dress!

30 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:26:59pm

re: #26 FemNaziBitch

And it’s Government Regulation and Taxes that prevents Conservatives from creating jobs!!!

She’s a liberal describing Republican policy.

31 missliberties  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:28:20pm

Family values. !!!

32 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:29:05pm
33 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:30:11pm

re: #30 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi

She’s a liberal describing Republican policy.

and I’m describing the song of their choir.

34 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:31:08pm

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James Robert Rebhorn (September 1, 1948 - March 21, 2014)

35 RealityBasedSteve  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:31:17pm

re: #11 SteveMcGazi

I have a techy type question, or more precisely I have a techy type problemn bon’t I don’t know the question. I have an old XP machine that I wanted to put on my wifi network just to do some basic stuff. (I don’t enable file sharing, just internet access). Any, short story long, the wireless adapter works, it seems to be connected to the internet, as evidenced by the fact that it has downloaded a bunch of updates in the last few times I had it on.
My problem is that when I try to open any browser window, (IE, Chrome, FIrefox) the browser cannot connect to the internet. I figure there are plenty of procedures available online, but I don’t know which question to ask. Am I trying to create a new internet connection, or something else?

Has this computer been on something like a corporate network, where it was configured to use a proxy server, or VPN connection. That could be causing the problem, if you go to the Internet Options in IE, the Connections Tab, and just clear everything in there, see if that does it.

Second possibility, something in the wireless adapter settings. You can make a quick check to see if it’s finding the outside world. Pull up a command window {Windows Key + “R”} and type in “Ping littlegreenfootballs.com” It should bring back an IP address of 50.22.29.15 If it is, then you’re getting out to the outside world. If not, you can try releasing and renewing the adapter.

In the command window, type
ipconfig /release

and when it comes back to the prompt type
ipconfig /renew

If that doesn’t help, might need more info.

RBS

36 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:31:35pm

Can’t watch any more “Captain Phillips” now that I know what a douchewad he really was.

37 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:33:09pm

Rebhorn lived in South Orange, New Jersey. He died at his home on March 21, 2014, after a long battle with melanoma, diagnosed in 1992.He was 65 years old.He is survived by his wife Rebecca Linn Rebhorn and their two daughter Emma and Hannah Rebhorn

38 Bear  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:34:09pm

re: #32 Gus

Something-6-Something engine. Does not look as if it will have “cow catcher” so perhaps not a US engine.

Wish there was a picture title.

39 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:35:34pm

re: #38 Bear

Something-6-Something engine. Does not look as if it will have “cow catcher” so perhaps not a US engine.

Wish there was a picture title.

If you click on the pic it takes you to the summary page. It’s from London. More here.

40 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:36:17pm

re: #22 Charles Johnson

In case you haven’t seen it yet:

Revealed: Visitor Logs Show Full Extent of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar’s Cozy White House Ties | PandoDaily

OMG!

Hell, even compared to famous investors, Omidyar holds his own: positioned, as he is, squarely between Warren Buffett (5) and George Soros (7).

41 SteveMcGazi  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:37:15pm

re:35 Reality Based Steve

Thanks, I’ll try it tomorrow. FWIW I’ve had it for years and it had never been conected to the internet before. I’m on a low budget and if I even get a cheap new model I would have to buy a bunch of new software to do the stuff I used to do on the old one. I appreciate the advice.

42 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:37:22pm

re: #38 Bear

Something-6-Something engine. Does not look as if it will have “cow catcher” so perhaps not a US engine.

Wish there was a picture title.

Click on the picture and the linked page will tell you more.

43 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:37:26pm

re: #33 FemNaziBitch

and I’m describing the song of their choir.

I mistook your “And”.

44 Decatur Deb  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:39:37pm

re: #38 Bear

Something-6-Something engine. Does not look as if it will have “cow catcher” so perhaps not a US engine.

Wish there was a picture title.

If you hit the image it takes you in one or two steps to captioning. You’re right about the engine—it’s at a British train show.

45 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:39:47pm

re: #43 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi

I mistook your “And”.

I understand.

46 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:39:54pm
47 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:40:10pm

‘Britannia’ 4-6-2
igg.org.uk

48 freetoken  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:40:40pm

re: #46 Gus

It’s a choo-choo.

49 b.d.  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:41:01pm

re: #22 Charles Johnson

In case you haven’t seen it yet:

Revealed: Visitor Logs Show Full Extent of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar’s Cozy White House Ties | PandoDaily

hehehehehe
[Obama] Hey Pierre, why don’t you hire up all of the DudeBros and put them on some obscure free WordPress platform website, that way they can slowly fade away? [/Obama]

[pierre] you got if chief! [/pierre]

50 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:41:04pm

re: #48 freetoken

It’s a choo-choo.

a cute widdle choo-choo

51 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:41:13pm

re: #47 jaunte

‘Britannia’ 4-6-2

Getty Image

52 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:41:57pm

re: #51 Gus

It’s Larry the cable guy!

53 Feline Fearless Leader  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:42:06pm

re: #51 Gus

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Now THAT is a narrow gauge railroad.

54 Kid A  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:42:26pm
55 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:42:31pm

?????!

56 sattv4u2  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:42:32pm

re: #51 Gus

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We either need bigger trains, or smaller passengers!!

57 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:43:27pm

re: #48 freetoken

It’s a choo-choo.

“Das Choo-choo”

58 freetoken  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:43:44pm

re: #55 FemNaziBitch

Did Paul Ryan really quote Murray?

59 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:44:50pm

Das Choochentrakken.

60 RealityBasedSteve  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:44:52pm

re: #32 Gus

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That’s what I imagine Krager looking like painting his miniatures.

RBS

61 sattv4u2  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:45:02pm

And on that note

The long quiet drive home beckons!!

62 Decatur Deb  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:46:43pm

re: #59 Killgore Trout

Das Choochentrakken.

Too few syllables. Needs more ‘eisens’ and ‘farbs’.

63 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:47:57pm

re: #62 Decatur Deb

Too few syllables. Needs more ‘isens’ and ‘farbs’.

Coulda used some of those double dots thingies too

64 Decatur Deb  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:48:29pm

re: #63 Killgore Trout

Coulda used some of those double dots thingies too

omlets

65 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:49:06pm

There is a “Muslim ritual murder” meme going around the usual hate sites (Spencer, Geller, BNI, etc.) I just can’t even.

66 RealityBasedSteve  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:49:10pm

re: #63 Killgore Trout

Coulda used some of those double dots thingies too

That’s how you can tell a metal band is really really metal, double dot thingies in the name is a mark of quality… like a metal proofmark or something.

RBS

67 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:49:12pm

68 Floral Giraffe  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:49:15pm

re: #64 Decatur Deb

umlats!

69 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:49:54pm

re: #62 Decatur Deb

HobbyfürkleineelektrischeBahnmodelle

70 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:50:27pm

Rod Stewart

71 Decatur Deb  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:50:45pm

re: #68 Floral Giraffe

umlats!

You do eggs your way…

72 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:51:36pm

re: #64 Decatur Deb

omlets

Denver, and hashbrowns.

73 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:52:03pm

re: #69 jaunte

HobbyfürkleineelektrischeBahnmodelle

That’s it.

74 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:52:39pm

Is this racist against Germans or blonde people or something? I can’t tell anymore

75 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:52:53pm

re: #73 Killgore Trout

I don’t think I’m gonna pass my German test.

76 RealityBasedSteve  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:53:23pm

I’ve been pigging out on Top Gear this weekend.. and all I can say is

Little Green Footballs… Best. Website. Ever. /JeremyClarkson

RBS

77 freetoken  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:55:23pm
78 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:56:19pm

re: #51 Gus

[Embedded content]

79 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:58:00pm

re: #76 RealityBasedSteve

I’ve been pigging out on Top Gear this weekend.. and all I can say is

Little Green Footballs… Best. Website. Ever. /JeremyClarkson

RBS

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80 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:58:39pm
81 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:58:51pm

re: #58 freetoken

Did Paul Ryan really quote Murray?

Paul Ryan, Culture and Poverty

But instead of cushioning his comments, Ryan shot back, “There was nothing whatsoever about race in my comments at all — it had nothing to do with race.”

That would have been more believable if Ryan hadn’t prefaced his original comments by citing Charles Murray, who has essentially argued that blacks are genetically inferior to whites and whom the Southern Poverty Law Center labels a “white nationalist.” (The center’s definition: “White nationalist groups espouse white supremacist or white separatist ideologies, often focusing on the alleged inferiority of nonwhites.”)

82 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:59:23pm

re: #75 jaunte

I don’t think I’m gonna pass my German test.

Flünkenouttaskoolen

83 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 6:59:44pm

re: #78 FemNaziBitch

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84 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:00:25pm

Paul Ryan’s conservative agenda on poverty (Clarence Page-Chicago Tribune)

Critics of Ryan’s remarks also cited his favorable reference to Charles Murray, co-author of “The Bell Curve,” a controversial 1994 book about, among other matters, racial differences in intelligence. Like Ryan’s remarks, Murray’s book also says things that sound more sinister about black capabilities than what Murray claims he meant.

Yet Murray has since redeemed himself in my view with his more recent book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.” By focusing only on the socioeconomic changes that white Americans have experienced since the 1950s, the book actually provides support for a long-running liberal argument: The “tailspin of culture” to which Ryan referred — including out-of-wedlock births and “generations of men not even thinking about working” — is crippling poor and blue-collar Americans of all races.

85 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:00:43pm
86 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:01:20pm

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Hollande there.

87 freetoken  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:01:34pm

re: #81 FemNaziBitch

I wonder if Ryan knew he was quoting Charles Murray; my suspicions are that Ryan was making a play for the Rush Limbaugh crowd, and Ryan just repeated what is often repeated in those circles.

88 freetoken  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:03:23pm

re: #85 Gus

[Embedded content]

Das boot.

Das booty.

89 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:04:22pm

re: #86 Gus

[Embedded content]

Hollande there.

Captain Tommy Smothers

90 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:05:04pm

What Rape Culture?

91 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:05:05pm

re: #88 freetoken

Das boot.

Das booty.

I work really hard at resisting the urge man. //

92 freetoken  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:06:19pm

re: #84 FemNaziBitch

From that link:

As one who has known Murray for years and who has debated him onstage, I believe Ryan was referring to “Coming Apart” as well as similar work by Harvard’s Robert Putnam on class divisions and social isolation, not “The Bell Curve.”

That author, Clarence Page, goes too lightly on both Ryan and Murray, I think.

93 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:06:46pm

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This is perfect. Exactly as I remembered it.

94 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:07:13pm

10th December 1965: The Allied Chemical building in New York’s Times Square. (Photo by F. Roy Kemp/BIPs/Getty Images)

95 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:07:58pm
96 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:09:09pm

re: #92 freetoken

From that link:

That author, Clarence Page, goes too lightly on both Ryan and Murray, I think.

Clarence is a Conservative Economist. A contemporary of Thomas Sowell.

97 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:13:19pm

HURR HURR!!!!!!

98 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:13:44pm

Do the Koch’s get to visit the white house? Quick google only turned up this
kochwatch.org

99 Kid A  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:14:17pm
100 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:14:50pm

re: #90 FemNaziBitch

What Rape Culture?

[Embedded content]

blocked and reported.

101 PhillyPretzel  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:17:17pm

re: #100 FemNaziBitch

The kittens are cute. :) But the other one was not.

102 Eclectic Cyborg  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:17:48pm

You know I’ve known some guys who are real douches to women but I doubt even one of them would ever refer to a woman as “rapeable”. That’s seriously, seriously messed up.

103 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:17:50pm

re: #87 freetoken

I wonder if Ryan knew he was quoting Charles Murray; my suspicions are that Ryan was making a play for the Rush Limbaugh crowd, and Ryan just repeated what is often repeated in those circles.

Ryan SHOULD BE aware of the insanity of Murray. I remember when that book came out. If I am aware, I’d think he is.

104 Stanley Sea  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:18:32pm

Need captions on Getty Images posts. por favor.

105 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:20:10pm

re: #102 Eclectic Cyborg

You know I’ve known some guys who are real douches to women but I doubt even one of them would ever refer to a woman as “rapeable”. That’s seriously, seriously messed up.

I’m amazed at the ability of Predators to be chameleons. They seem to know who they can show their true colors with and who they can’t.

106 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:21:29pm

re: #102 Eclectic Cyborg

You know I’ve known some guys who are real douches to women but I doubt even one of them would ever refer to a woman as “rapeable”. That’s seriously, seriously messed up.

It also goes to show that people don’t know what RAPE is.

There is a legal definition and it does apply.

107 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:22:10pm
108 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:22:47pm

SUCKS.

109 Decatur Deb  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:23:01pm

re: #104 Stanley Sea

Need captions on Getty Images posts. por favor.

Many have them on a screen you reach by clicking the image.

110 Stanley Sea  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:23:33pm

re: #97 Pie-onist Overlord

ooh. I responded. wild night!!!

111 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:24:11pm
112 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:25:33pm

re: #110 Stanley Sea

ooh. I responded. wild night!!!

I already blocked that douche.

113 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:25:53pm
114 freetoken  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:26:18pm

For some time now I’ve been wrestling with how to fight for web hits, why news and contemporary event blogs are losing eyes, etc.

It’s a tough crowd, out there.

The following is the type of website story that can get a quite a few hits:

The Most Fab Or Drab Celebrity Outfits Of The Week

There are three components here:
Buzzfeed
Fashion
Celebrities

Combine those and you get more than 50,000 hits.

Yet important topics on any current event website will get but a tiny fraction of that attention. HuffPo has done well in the past because they got all sorts of people on the train early, so it’s now sort of the go-to site for many. But I wonder if HuffPo is growing anymore or just getting by on momentum.

Concept-centric is quite different than Image-centric, as far as creating a product for people to consume.

“Fashion” is very much about visual appeal, without words. It’s a a form of communication, without an alphabet.

“Celebrity” is a form of philosophy, a statement about being, and ethics, and society. It’s status without politics.

I don’t know what the next big thing is, as far as the web, blogging, etc. I do suspect that writing tomes on social ills will appeal only, ever, to a small crowd. Pictures are good, but unless one is the creator then whatever is seen on one IP can be copied to another IP.

The parallel in music is apparent - create something and it will be copied quickly, and the originator may never get the credit. On occasion I walk by a music classroom where there are always a crowd of young, talented musicians. No matter how good they are, I ask myself if they can ever make a go of it, as far as their music returning to them a living, even if only to make up for all the costs involved.

Finding, and keeping, a market in this age of 24/7 instant access to everything is quite the challenge.

115 wheat-dogghazi  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:26:30pm

If you look carefully at that WH photo of the Obama girls on the Great Wall, you’ll notice something else never before seen on one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions — ordinary tourists. The Wall is completely empty in that section, except for the First Lady’s entourage.

When the two First Ladies toured the Forbidden City, it was also devoid of any other visitors — a similarly unheard of situation.

I’m not pointing this out as a criticism, because clearing everyone out of these tourist sites makes security that much easier, so don’t dump on me here. I just want to highlight the unusual circumstance of two always-busy tourist attractions (in a nation of 1.3 billion people) being empty. It makes me wonder whether the Chinese government made these arrangements. I’m not sure the WH security detail would even consider making such a request.

116 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:27:26pm
117 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:30:37pm
118 Decatur Deb  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:35:25pm

re: #114 freetoken

For some time now I’ve been wrestling with how to fight for web hits, why news and contemporary event blogs are losing eyes, etc.

It’s a tough crowd, out there.

The following is the type of website story that can get a quite a few hits:

The Most Fab Or Drab Celebrity Outfits Of The Week

There are three components here:
Buzzfeed
Fashion
Celebrities

Combine those and you get more than 50,000 hits.

Yet important topics on any current event website will get but a tiny fraction of that attention. HuffPo has done well in the past because they got all sorts of people on the train early, so it’s now sort of the go-to site for many. But I wonder if HuffPo is growing anymore or just getting by on momentum.

Concept-centric is quite different than Image-centric, as far as creating a product for people to consume.

“Fashion” is very much about visual appeal, without words. It’s a a form of communication, without an alphabet.

“Celebrity” is a form of philosophy, a statement about being, and ethics, and society. It’s status without politics.

I don’t know what the next big thing is, as far as the web, blogging, etc. I do suspect that writing tomes on social ills will appeal only, ever, to a small crowd. Pictures are good, but unless one is the creator then whatever is seen on one IP can be copied to another IP.

The parallel in music is apparent - create something and it will be copied quickly, and the originator may never get the credit. On occasion I walk by a music classroom where there are always a crowd of young, talented musicians. No matter how good they are, I ask myself if they can ever make a go of it, as far as their music returning to them a living, even if only to make up for all the costs involved.

Finding, and keeping, a market in this age of 24/7 instant access to everything is quite the challenge.

Serious music is going to be subsidized—by the Thomaskirke, the Sun King, or the Koch brothers. Our small province in Italy turned out more great young musicians than the world can support. All but the best and luckiest find work at their uncle’s jewelry store.

119 PhillyPretzel  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:35:35pm

re: #117 FemNaziBitch

What? No slide rules. /just kidding.

120 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:35:50pm
121 Lidane  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:36:33pm

OK. This is pretty damn cool:

122 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:36:45pm
123 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:36:57pm
124 GlutenFreeJesus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:37:26pm

re: #13 Pie-onist Overlord

I started watching “Captain Phillips” and it’s exciting and all but then I remembered reading that the actual Captain Phillips was really a total douche and asshole (according to members of his crew, who talked to media when the movie came out)

Yup. He was told to avoid the waters they got hijacked in but he went in anyway just to make himself an extra buck. To hell with the safety of his crew. I refuse to ever watch that movie.

125 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:40:17pm

ALL HAIL, our Feline Overlords!

126 Lidane  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:40:30pm
127 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:41:57pm

re: #119 PhillyPretzel

What? No slide rules. /just kidding.

I have one of my Dear Ole’ Dad’s slide-rules. No idea how to use it. It was manufactured before plastics became commonplace and is in a leather sheath.

I have no idea how to use it.

128 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:42:00pm

re: #90 FemNaziBitch

What Rape Culture?

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Not so much anti-woman as anti-“anything but white heterosexual male”. That one is quite the racist.

129 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:42:47pm

re: #128 Dark_Falcon

Not so much anti-woman as anti-“anything but white heterosexual male”. That one is quite the racist.

Did you see the picture?

130 PhillyPretzel  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:42:58pm

re: #127 FemNaziBitch

I too have no idea how to use one.

131 freetoken  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:45:31pm

Continuing on in my curmudgeonly way…

I try to observe people when I’m out and about.

My perception is that there is a non-trivial portion of our population that are still afraid to try our new-fangled gadgets.

I watch at the grocery story, those who select the self-checkout and those who don’t. While often those with really full baskets will pick the full service lines, there are plenty of people with tiny baskets who do likewise.

Now, I realize that some people expect that having someone else pack your bags is normal. But that brings me back to my Japan experience, where I always had to pack my own bags in grocery stores.

Watching people struggle with the self-checkout touch screens reminds me that skills are taught at a young age and unless we make it a point in our adult years to keep learning we will, simply, go the easy route and not challenge ourselves to learn new things.

But we have to learn new things.

Adaptability is a tricky thing, and as I get older I realize that I am not being as pliable as I once was. It takes me longer to learn things. I move less. I meet fewer people. And so on.

Our politicians make much noise about the future, STEM, and the like. Yet I wonder if we’re not already changing faster than we can really handle. That’s why we see the virulent atavism today - a blowback to the ever pressing change.

I wonder if our society ought to introduce a kind of adult training program, say a 12 month program, for anyone who has been out of school for more than 2 decades. Sort of like an expected mid-life return to community college. The idea would be to be trained in something totally new, exposed to concepts and tools that are emerging. Consider it a “13th grade”. I.e., 12th grade is for 18 y.o. folk, 13th grade is for 45 y.o. We need to be able to retool our society continually.

132 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:47:02pm
133 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:48:08pm

re: #129 FemNaziBitch

Did you see the picture?

The picture is little more than standard female-oogling. Its originator didn’t give it that “rapeable” caption.

134 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:49:09pm

re: #131 freetoken

… if our society ought to introduce a kind of adult training program, say a 12 month program, for anyone who has been out of school for more than 2 decades. Sort of like an expected mid-life return to community college. The idea would be to be trained in something totally new, exposed to concepts and tools that are emerging.

It’s a good idea. My father (turning 91 in a few months) has been pretty good about continuing to learn after retirement. He’s enjoyed the Apple program that charges $99 for a year of weekly hour-long sessions with a young person to teach him how to use the computer.

135 Bear  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:49:28pm

re: #127 FemNaziBitch
In the days of slide-rules at college it was easy to tell who was taking engineering. Slide-rule somewhere on them.

136 calochortus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:55:33pm

re: #127 FemNaziBitch

I have one of my Dear Ole’ Dad’s slide-rules. No idea how to use it. It was manufactured before plastics became commonplace and is in a leather sheath.

I have no idea how to use it.

I went to college at the tail end of the slide rule era. By graduate school it was all calculators.
My chemistry prof used to joke he was so fast on his slide rule he had to have one that was water cooled.

137 Single-handed sailor  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:55:57pm

re: #130 PhillyPretzel

I too have no idea how to use one.

I’m old enough to know how to use one.

138 b_sharp  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:56:30pm

re: #127 FemNaziBitch

I have one of my Dear Ole’ Dad’s slide-rules. No idea how to use it. It was manufactured before plastics became commonplace and is in a leather sheath.

I have no idea how to use it.

Using slide rules is an art.

I used to know the basics.

139 calochortus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 7:57:51pm

re: #137 Single-handed sailor

I’m old enough to know how to use one.

Remember the giant slide rules at the front of the classroom in high school to teach how to use them?

140 Single-handed sailor  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:00:07pm

re: #139 calochortus

Remember the giant slide rules at the front of the classroom in high school to teach how to use them?

I passed my slide rule on to my daughter when she was 10 and taught her how to use it.

141 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:00:11pm

This Town Paid Ted Nugent $16,000 To NOT Appear At A Local Event

Rocker Ted Nugent just made big bucks to not show up somewhere.

The town of Longview, Texas paid Nugent $16,000 to not appear at the town’s Fourth of July Festival. According to KLTV, a city spokesman said Nugent was “not the right feel for this kind of community event.”

The city had reached a verbal agreement with Nugent, scheduling the rocker as the headliner who would play inside the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center during the town’s Independence Day celebration. To break that agreement, the town paid Nugent half of his guaranteed performance fee of $32,000 from Maude Cobb’s annual budget.

The move comes amid criticism of comments Nugent made about President Barack Obama in January 2014, calling him a “subhuman mongrel.” Nugent, who campaigned with Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott amid the controversy, apologized for those comments in February.

Abbott said he was moving on from the controversy over Nugent in late February, but his ties to the rocker remain a prominent talking point of both sides of the governor’s race. Abbott’s rival, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), called the Attorney General’s embrace of Nugent an “insult,” while former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R) cited the rocker in her endorsement of Abbott.

“If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!” Palin wrote on her Facebook page.

I know I shouldn’t be too annoyed, but the fact that Ted Nugent makes more money from two or three concerts than most people will make in a year kind of rankles. Nice work if you can get it, I guess.

142 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:03:14pm

re: #141 Dark_Falcon

Abbott’s ties with Nugent are a pretty clear indicator of his poor judgement.

143 Bear  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:03:35pm

One good thing about slide rules, trig tables and so forth - they did not stop working when the battery ran out of power!

144 Decatur Deb  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:04:11pm

re: #134 jaunte

It’s a good idea. My father (turning 91 in a few months) has been pretty good about continuing to learn after retirement. He’s enjoyed the Apple program that charges $99 for a year of weekly hour-long sessions with a young person to teach him how to use the computer.

In Italy oldsters can return to university for free, essentially. They are thought to be a resource.

univia.it

145 RealityBasedSteve  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:06:40pm

well, I’m outta here. I’ll leave you with a picture of statue of a gorilla holding a cod fish.

No, I don’t know why this was on the cruise ship…

RBS

146 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:06:57pm

re: #144 Decatur Deb

As I recall, the SOTA (students older than average) when I was in college were the few with the confidence and information to argue with professors.

147 Interesting Times  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:07:46pm

re: #142 jaunte

Abbott’s ties with Nugent are a pretty clear indicator of his poor judgement.

Pity so many TX voters who’ll send him to the governor’s mansion possess the exact same quality.

148 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:07:51pm
149 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:12:49pm
150 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:13:25pm
151 Single-handed sailor  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:14:43pm

re: #148 Gus

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That’s a very interesting slide rule. Multiple slides.

152 Decatur Deb  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:15:14pm

Some slide rules were dedicated to specialized functions. From a museum collection:

orau.org

153 Mike Lamb  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:21:07pm

re: #97 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!!!!

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Fuckety fuck fuck…they are TRYING to but their own birth control. Hobby Lobby is preventing their employees from doing that. The “rights” being discussed are the employees’ rights to spend THEIR money how THEY see fit. God dammit I hate when these assholes act like the employer is doing the employees a solid instead of providing health insurance as a form of compensation.

154 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:30:14pm

re: #131 freetoken

I think that just keep-on keeping on is the way to go. WE just have to struggle thru, ask for help and try to keep up.

I was a cashier at a drug store for 5 years. I stopped working 2.5 years ago. WE were a national corporate totally modern company, yet when I went to another store and used the self-checkout, I had trouble.

It wasn’t what I was used to.

Just trying to swipe my card at each store is a totally novel experience each time, it seems. The different card readers, software and reward programs are too much for me to memorize. I just stumble thru each time.

Age makes the connections a bit slower.

AND, I finally figured out how to turn on my TV and access netflix.

20+ years ago I worked 2 different jobs with 4 keyboards a 10-key calculator and a regular a typewriter. My pinky NEVER knew if it was hitting a return, a carriage return or enter.

It is what it is.

155 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:30:49pm

re: #133 Dark_Falcon

The picture is little more than standard female-oogling. Its originator didn’t give it that “rapeable” caption.

You don’t see it as sexist?

156 Charles Johnson  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:31:26pm
157 blueraven  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:32:32pm

re: #96 FemNaziBitch

Clarence is a Conservative Economist. A contemporary of Thomas Sowell.

huh? This Clarence Page?

He is a fairly left leaning journalist at the Chicago Tribune

chicagotribune.com

en.wikipedia.org

158 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:36:44pm

re: #157 blueraven

huh? This Clarence Page

He is a fairly left leaning journalist at the Chicago Tribune

chicagotribune.com

en.wikipedia.org

I’m having a major brain fart here. Did I switch to a different Universe? My dear old dad used to send me copies of Clarence Page articles because he was black man who agreed with my Dad’s ultra conservative views.

Wait, maybe there is another Clarence, I’ll have to research.

My BAd, really bad, I’m thinking of Walter Williams.

I am tired.

159 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:40:34pm

Please, help prevent this.

160 blueraven  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:41:26pm

re: #158 FemNaziBitch

I’m having a major brain fart here. Did I switch to a different Universe? My dear old dad used to send me copies of Clarence Page articles because he was black man who agreed with my Dad’s ultra conservative views.

Wait, maybe there is another Clarence, I’ll have to research.

My BAd, really bad, I’m thinking of Walter Williams.

I am tired.

That’s what I was thinking…maybe there is another Clarence.
I am a bit surprised that he is going so easy on Murray.

161 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:41:26pm

Evening lizards…Monty says hello.

Why did you stop petting me?

162 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:49:50pm

Fuck! Girl dog just had another seizure.

I can’t stand this.

We are switching vets.

bbl

163 SteveMcGazi  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:52:33pm

re: 146 Juante

I’m one of those SOTA’s. I’m 49 and there is another lady who’s 44 and the kids call us mom and dad. And yes, I am the go to guy when students have a beef they need to straighten out with a teacher. When somebody is afraid to interrupt to get the teacher to clarify something I’ll do it for them. Another odd thing is that I seem to have gotten the reputation as some sort of wise elder (I guess for a bunch on 20 year olds, older is relative), and students have confided in me some of the most incredible things.

164 Eventual Carrion  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 8:55:24pm

re: #64 Decatur Deb

omlets

I like 3 egg Denver omlets

165 sagehen  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:01:23pm

walking dead spoilers

Maggie and Glenn’s reunion was very touching.

But now I’m worried about

a) when Daryl’s group recognizes Rick…
and
b) what’s wrong/creepy/dangerous about Terminus

166 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:09:41pm

re: #155 FemNaziBitch

You don’t see it as sexist?

Honestly, no. Heck, from what I can see she sent her photo to that original Twitter account, knowing it’d be posted. She decided to show off, so that original post isn’t sexist. The repost you found is both racist and sexist.

167 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:10:05pm

Derp.

Getty Image

168 Lidane  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:12:42pm

re: #165 sagehen

walking dead spoilers

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My guess is

That woman’s last line of “Let’s make you a plate” is significant IMO. There’s a group of cannibals in the comics that haven’t shown up yet on the show. I could totally see that being a part of next season.

169 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:13:02pm

re: #167 Gus

Qassam Brigades: We downed an Israeli warplane west of central Gaza
mideastnews-danmike.blogspot.com

170 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:14:33pm

re: #169 jaunte

Qassam Brigades: We downed an Israeli warplane west of central Gaza
mideastnews-danmike.blogspot.com

I know. Saw it in a billion places. OK, not a billion. Maybe about half a dozen different events. Libya, Syria, Israel…

171 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:15:52pm

You can even see the Falcons color scheme. That’s an Su-27. Not a Mig-23 which as an old piece of junk. It’s also not even a Mig-29.

172 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:16:53pm

173 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:17:44pm

174 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:20:35pm

Looks more. Not the first time this has happened. Even with this very same pic. News outlets should be embarrassed.

175 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:22:23pm
176 Mentis Fugit  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:22:45pm

re: #151 Single-handed sailor

That’s a very interesting slide rule. Multiple slides.

Single slide, multiple cursors, isn’t it? Nifty.

I have a circular slide rule that once belonged to my father-in-law, and a cheap straight rule that I used in high school. Calculators only appeared on the scene towards the end of that phase of my education.

Not sure where either is, but I have seen them since we last moved house, so they’re not lost.

177 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:27:59pm

They picked that pic up from Turkish television. Now I’m wondering what the heck they really did shoot down if anything.

178 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:28:22pm
179 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:29:58pm
180 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:31:13pm

Doesn’t anyone use an atlas, or even Google maps?

181 teleskiguy  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:32:27pm

Man, Getty Images letting us internet folk find and post their pictures willy nilly on the internet (it’s beginning to sink in thanks primarily to LGF) is a really really REALLY cool thing. I’ve seen pictures on this website (from Getty) that really put things into perspective. Charles posting all those pictures of beaches in Crimea in an earlier thread was magnificent, and utterly revealing of what life is like there. And the pictures (worth a thousand words) keep coming.

Thank you Getty Images! A valuable internet resource, indeed.

182 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:32:29pm

re: #177 Gus

They picked that pic up from Turkish television. Now I’m wondering what the heck they really did shoot down if anything.

They may just be BSing. If the Turks had gun camera footage of an enemy aircraft being shot down they’d have showed that. Showing an Su-27 is pathetically sloppy. Bashir Assad and his brothers are likely laughing their asses off at this one.

183 Kilroy01  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:34:18pm

re: #175 Gus

/CNN is now covering the shoot down with it own exclusive photos

184 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:35:10pm

re: #177 Gus

They picked that pic up from Turkish television. Now I’m wondering what the heck they really did shoot down if anything.

CNN has some poor resolution video of the jet hitting the ground
Youtube Video

185 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:36:39pm

186 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:39:40pm

187 jaunte  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:41:02pm

re: #186 Gus

188 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:43:09pm

re: #187 jaunte

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189 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:46:42pm

re: #188 Gus

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Did CNN find out what accent they have in Perth yet?

190 Targetpractice  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:49:06pm

Apparently the cargo aboard MH370 included CNN’s last shred of dignity.

191 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:49:42pm

Don’t Bogart That Joint!

Youtube Video

CNN

192 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:50:15pm

re: #184 Killgore Trout

CNN has some poor resolution video of the jet hitting the ground
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We’ll learn more in time if it was an actual shoot-down. General Dynamics (the defense giant that manufactures the F-16) will examine the incident in great detail to learn how well the F-16 performed, as will Raytheon, which produced the AMRAAM used to destroy the MiG. AMRAAM hasn’t seen a combat use since 1999, so this action is going to be closely studied. If it was a hoax, that fact will come out quickly.

And on that note good night.

193 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:52:20pm

re: #192 Dark_Falcon

We’ll learn more in time if it was an actual shoot-down. General Dynamics (the defense giant that manufactures the F-16) will examine the incident in great detail to learn how well the F-16 performed, as will Raytheon, which produced the AMRAAM used to destroy the MiG. AMRAAM hasn’t seen a combat use since 1999, so this action is going to be closely studied. If it was a hoax, that fact will come out quickly.

And on that note good night.

Was likely a rust bucket Mig-23.

194 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:56:59pm

NY Times says Mig-23.

195 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:57:52pm
196 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 9:59:54pm

re: #192 Dark_Falcon

We’ll learn more in time if it was an actual shoot-down. General Dynamics (the defense giant that manufactures the F-16) will examine the incident in great detail to learn how well the F-16 performed, as will Raytheon, which produced the AMRAAM used to destroy the MiG. AMRAAM hasn’t seen a combat use since 1999, so this action is going to be closely studied. If it was a hoax, that fact will come out quickly.

And on that note good night.

I don’t think it’s a hoax. This looks like a Sweedish/Finish news crew was on the scene
Youtube Video

Something got shot down

197 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:01:58pm
198 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:03:03pm

re: #196 Killgore Trout

I don’t think it’s a hoax. This looks like a Sweedish/Finish news crew was on the scene
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Something got shot down

Yeah, a Mig-23.

199 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:03:41pm
200 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:04:35pm

re: #198 Gus

Yeah, a Mig-23.

Checked back quick. Not a surprise an F-16 was able to nail a MiG-23. The F-16 is a much-better aircraft.

Back tomorrow night.

201 Lidane  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:04:44pm

re: #190 Targetpractice

Apparently the cargo aboard MH370 included CNN’s last shred of dignity.

CNN had dignity?

202 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:05:01pm
203 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:07:10pm

Trying to figure out the point of looking at a plume of smoke coming from a shot down Mig-23. I can see if you were there. But imagining sitting glued in front of a TV watching that and those talking heads babbling away.

204 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:10:10pm

Oh brother.

BuzzFeed Unites With an Alumnus of Gawker

Neetzan Zimmerman, an editor who rose to prominence at Gawker with an uncanny knack for posting popular news articles and videos, is teaming up with another highflying player in the “viral” content wars.

On Monday, the fast-growing media website BuzzFeed will announce that it has joined forces with Mr. Zimmerman, who left Gawker in January to become editor in chief of Whisper, a new app that allows people to share secrets and make confessions anonymously. The partnership will give BuzzFeed access to Whisper and to its content for possible articles.

The alliance, in which no money will change hands, is expected to send ripples through digital media. Mr. Zimmerman said that in his last months at Gawker, he was its primary driver of traffic, bringing in roughly three-quarters of monthly unique visitors. gawker.com had 24 million unique visitors last month, according to Quantcast, a internet traffic monitoring site. Gawker’s founder, Nick Denton, recently picked a fight with BuzzFeed, calling the site “pointless” but describing it as “the perfect competitor — highly motivating.”

205 Kragar  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:13:06pm

re: #204 Gus

Oh brother.

BuzzFeed Unites With an Alumnus of Gawker

Yeah, no way anything could go wrong with that set up.

206 Kilroy01  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:14:09pm

re: #203 Gus

No one had a Mig-23 model or expert handy.
But they found the crash site, just like Noah’s Ark.
Wait, that was Fox. The Blond in the studio confused me.

207 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:23:58pm

Here we are revealing and sharing our lives openly on Twitter and blogs and we’re supposed to freak out about the NSA which MIGHT BE doing THIS or THAT.

208 freetoken  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:30:16pm

re: #204 Gus

[…] Whisper, a new app that allows people to share secrets and make confessions anonymously

Ah, the Church of the Electronic Congregation, at last.

209 Lidane  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:31:28pm

re: #207 Gus

Here we are revealing and sharing our lives openly on Twitter and blogs and we’re supposed to freak out about the NSA which MIGHT BE doing THIS or THAT.

Never mind the fact that the Cold War was a thing for 40+ years. Or the 12 years of the Patriot Act. Suddenly the NSA is an issue because dudebros.

210 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:35:09pm

re: #209 Lidane

Never mind the fact that the Cold War was a thing for 40+ years. Or the 12 years of the Patriot Act. Suddenly the NSA is an issue because dudebros.

Not only that but now they’re going well outside the bounds of 4th Amendment issues and issues specific to American citizens. They’re trying to blow the lid on all NSA OPS.

211 Killgore Trout  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:36:28pm

Syrian pilot interview: My aircraft was shot down by Turkish aircraft while within Syrian airspace
Liveleak Video

Syrians got their pilot back

212 Lidane  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:36:53pm

re: #210 Gus

Not only that but now they’re going well outside the bounds of 4th Amendment issues and issues specific to American citizens. They’re trying to blow the lid on all NSA OPS.

Information just wants to be free, man! Governments shouldn’t have secrets.

//////

213 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:37:11pm

re: #211 Killgore Trout

Syrian pilot interview: My aircraft was shot down by Turkish aircraft while within Syrian airspace
[Embedded content]

Syrians got their pilot back

See, there you go.

214 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:56:17pm

Liveleak has some of the strangest and dumbest commentators on the internet.

215 Gus  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:58:07pm

216 Kragar  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 10:58:54pm

re: #210 Gus

Not only that but now they’re going well outside the bounds of 4th Amendment issues and issues specific to American citizens. They’re trying to blow the lid on all NSA OPS.

And Remo Williams never around when you need him.

217 darthstar  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 11:02:58pm

While we’re all interested in China (and by extension Mongolia), how about helping my friend Anton out in his last 25 hours of his indiegogo campaign. He’s a great guy, and he’s doing a great thing.

indiegogo.com

And he’s every bit as goofy as I am. Watch the clip.

Youtube Video

218 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Mar 23, 2014 11:13:35pm

Of course he does…

219 freetoken  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 12:24:23am
220 freetoken  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 12:38:26am

I notice that American (including perhaps Canadian) TV is really over-dosing on magic, superstition, and religious programs these days.

The latest are Resurrection, Believe, and of course the “History” channel’s The Bible Rules.

The History channel clearly has targeted the remnant theistic/magickal thinking demographic, but all the other networks have their own magickal kick of one sort or another.

What does that say about our society, that we already didn’t know?

I don’t know.

221 freetoken  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 12:39:50am
222 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 12:53:27am

Can’t sleep. Watching “Inequality for All” on Netflix. Robert Reich explains in his own inimitable way the wealth gap in the country and how it affects the “middle class” in the US and it’s damned depressing.

As workers, we are just totally fucked. As one working woman put it, talking about this gap and having to give up $1/hr in wage cuts at the time, Why do people who make $10 Million, or $1 Billion, have to have more of my wages? It’s not even about what we pay, as ordinary people, in taxes—it’s more about what the rich don’t pay, and what they don’t pay us as well. Many occupations have had their wages cut in half in the last 30, 35 years, wages that could support a family adequately. Today, those same wages must be earned by 2 people to maintain an even lower standard of living without being totally engulfed in debt.

As consumers, we benefit from what’s happening in products being cheaper. But as workers, those same products, on the whole, take more of our lowered paychecks to buy. And that goes for education and other socially necessary functions as well. Globalization and technological advances are giving us more as consumers, but lowered wages are robbing us of the ability to purchase. We are no longer the winners—those days are long gone.

I think it’s gone beyond our own ability to do anything about it, other than overthrowing the current system and that isn’t going to happen because we’re too sick with money in the wrong places. Poor people don’t make revolutions—smart people do, and the smart people are being bought off with money. I no longer think that electoral politics are going to help the average person, no matter who puts himself or herself up for election with the best intentions. I just don’t think they run the country any more. The plutocrats and kleptocrats run it, and that means we no longer live in a real democracy where our voices count. A sick economy such as ours, and increasingly being spread across the globe, makes democracy a meaningless word.

I have a great admiration for Reich, but I think he’s far too optimistic. It’s all very feel-goodish, but reality sucks worse.

223 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 1:31:32am

Some short, but insightful, pieces about what affects us here.

robertreich.org

224 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 1:41:19am

Billionaire Sought by U.S. Holds Key to Putin Gas Cash

bloomberg.com

“A detained billionaire who made a fortune as a middleman in Russia’s murky gas trade with Ukraine may hold the key for U.S. lawmakers seeking harsher sanctions against President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

“Ukrainian Dmitry Firtash, arrested in Vienna this month on an American warrant for bribery and other charges, may hand over a treasure trove of information about deals involving Russian state gas exporter OAO Gazprom that the U.S. would consider corrupt, said Mikhail Korchemkin, a former analyst for the Soviet Union’s Gas Ministry in Moscow and founder of Malvern, Pennsylvania-based East European Gas Analysis.

“After Putin seized Ukraine’s southern Crimea region, a U.S. Senate panel approved a bill on emergency funding for the country that would widen the scope of sanctions to include any Russian involved in “significant” corruption.” More

225 freetoken  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 2:53:46am

re: #223 Justanotherhuman

I find Reich to be, somehow at the same time, a bit hyperbolic and shallow.

At least in some of his generalizations.

Let’s look at this contextually: Until the Emancipation Proclamation a sizable chunk of the population were not even considered equal as people, and it took another 100 years until 1965 for the Constitution and laws to enforce the real meaning of the proclamation.

Women didn’t vote nationally until 1920.

I think it is too easy to paint the past as some kind of utopia. And, I think Reich is falling into that trap.

226 freetoken  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 3:07:01am

There is, perhaps, a bit of a movement in current art that is leaning revolutionary, as a backlash to global corporatism.

I’m thinking of the movie Snowpiercer, a fatalistic if head-on attack about societal structure.

While American TV is the “circuses” part of bread-and-circuses, all the fantasy/escapism won’t last long. I notice that many series are expected to be cancelled. Certainly the desire for escapism will remain and so will so much of our entertainment seek to fulfill that need, but I do believe that the worship of wealth and the drive to be higher in the corporate ladder, as so purely demonstrated by Donald Trump and his Apprentice product, is becoming more and more a bitter pill for Americans.

The question is, what will come next. Without an established religious system to turn to will Americans just dig into despair?

I think that is a ways off. Times are not really bad now. As a society we can, I guess, go through a few more boom and bust cycles, like the 2008 Great Recession. More debt can be had, more bailouts, bigger national deficits and a bigger national debt (the US is nowhere in as bad a shape in this regards as many other nations.)

I’m not really expecting anything too dramatic before about 2040 or 2050 or so.

227 freetoken  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 3:08:15am
228 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 3:13:27am

re: #225 freetoken

I find Reich to be, somehow at the same time, a bit hyperbolic and shallow.

At least in some of his generalizations.

Let’s look at this contextually: Until the Emancipation Proclamation a sizable chunk of the population were not even considered equal as people, and it took another 100 years until 1965 for the Constitution and laws to enforce the real meaning of the proclamation.

Women didn’t vote nationally until 1920.

I think it is too easy to paint the past as some kind of utopia. And, I think Reich is falling into that trap.

But now we have the numbers from Utopia, and we’re measurably sliding away from emancipation from poverty. Every indication, like Bill Gates’ recent statement, is that paid work is going to become a rare valuable. We can either share the work equitably throughout the population or jack up the hours of the ‘lucky’ few and call the others parasites. Our stats are good enough that we can see that the invisible hand is choking us.

229 Lidane  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 3:24:30am
230 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 3:57:50am

re: #229 Lidane

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Oh my God. I’ve been in that station many times, so I can tell you with certainty that train must have been going far too fast to have crashed like that. The damage is going to take months to repair. I hope no one was killed. Edit: 32 injured, but none in critical condition and no one dead. Thank God.

The only not-bad point is that the crash won’t cripple the Blue Line, since the major maintenance building for the O’Hare branch is one stop up the line at Rosemont. So the CTA can simply cut out the O’Hare stop and have Rosemont be the end of the line for now.

231 Aqua Obama  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 4:11:32am
232 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 4:13:15am

re: #230 Dark_Falcon

Oh my God. I’ve been in that station many times, so I can tell you with certainty that train must have been going far too fast to have crashed like that. The damage is going to take months to repair. I hope no one was killed. >Edit: 32 injured, but none in critical condition and no one dead. Thank God.

The only not-bad point is that the crash won’t cripple the Blue Line, since the major maintenance building for the O’Hare branch is one stop up the line at Rosemont. So the CTA can simply cut out the O’Hare stop and have Rosemont be the end of the line for now.

That was the same problem with the Metro North accident in NYC, I believe. The train had exceeded the maximum speed for the curve.

233 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 4:29:56am

re: #124 GlutenFreeJesus

Yup. He was told to avoid the waters they got hijacked in but he went in anyway just to make himself an extra buck. To hell with the safety of his crew. I refuse to ever watch that movie.

His crew sued him and the Maersk shipping company for reckless endangerment, claiming that he WANTED pirates to come aboard to that he could defeat them and become the hero. That nobody liked him and he had a reputation like Captain Queeg.

234 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 4:32:46am

I agree that we are economically in a strange place.

I don’t think models from the past or, really, anyone’s imagination are going to apply.

In this Brave New World, chaos seems to rule. What we need, IMHO, is the ability to check those trying to seize unlimited power out of the chaos.

Perhaps, also, we need to move away from the classical definitinon of Chaos:

Chaos, especially in biblical usage, a chasm or abyss

235 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 4:37:04am
More than 200 District of Columbia residents are more than 100 years old, and Mayor Vincent Gray is honoring some of those centenarians at a luncheon.
236 Jayleia  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 4:43:38am

re: #220 freetoken

I will actually defend “History” on Bible Rules, it does a decent job of explaining why the bible has certain rules in it, and why it made sense to the people living in that time and place to have G-d weigh in on a certain subject.

Which consequently shows, indirectly that the bible was written by a bunch of shepherds living in a frickin desert, rather than written by The Man Upstairs.

EDIT: Now, “Hangar 1” on the other hand…its like Ancient Aliens, but without the rigorous scientific approach…but its still better than Unsealed: The Alien Files.

237 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 4:44:57am

re: #225 freetoken

I find Reich to be, somehow at the same time, a bit hyperbolic and shallow.

At least in some of his generalizations.

Let’s look at this contextually: Until the Emancipation Proclamation a sizable chunk of the population were not even considered equal as people, and it took another 100 years until 1965 for the Constitution and laws to enforce the real meaning of the proclamation.

Women didn’t vote nationally until 1920.

I think it is too easy to paint the past as some kind of utopia. And, I think Reich is falling into that trap.

I don’t think so. He was comparing today’s wealth accumulation with that just before the Great Depression, and talking about those intervening years, where the greatest prosperity and opportunities for the middle class, along with shared wealth and responsibilities, were the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

In fact, the labor rate of participation of the population is the same today as it was in 1978. Even though the unemployment rate is down to around to a little over 7%, there are 90 million people no longer working for various reasons—lack of job opportunities mostly, but also including early retirement, etc. We simply don’t have jobs, or job creation, and his point is that in this new economy, with technological innovation and globalization, those jobs aren’t coming back, and there is nothing to replace them. Just as he pointed out that Amazon, for instance, changed shopping for millions—from brick and mortar to online, thus eliminating many other jobs, other industries are acting similarly. It’s not just industry moving overseas for cheaper labor in mfg, because even in those locations, technology is making it even cheaper, using robotics, for instance, rather than humans. His premise is that both globalization and technology are eliminating jobs which will never see the light of day again. And we’re neither retraining workers or educating them fast enough and the chances for employment are lessening every day. We simply aren’t making enough public policy to care for those folks who can’t find work or can’t afford an education. It’s becoming an employment Catch-22.

If you watch the movie, you can easily see that this is someone who has studied his subject and knows it quite well.

238 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 4:55:16am

This is absolutely hilarious. Now Russia wants intl interference in Ukraine’s decisions.

Russian PM Medvedev says international negotiations needed to solve Crimea’s energy and water provision - @Reuters
end of alert

239 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:00:55am
240 NJDhockeyfan  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:03:41am
241 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:04:40am

re: #239 FemNaziBitch

Map of State Felony Disfranchisement Laws

Wow, never thought I’d see NC, SC & GA more progressive on this than NY and CA. : )

242 NJDhockeyfan  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:07:13am
243 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:09:59am
244 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:18:30am

WHAT AN ASSHAT.

245 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:19:44am
246 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:20:48am

re: #239 FemNaziBitch

Map of State Felony Disfranchisement Laws

Map is either out of date or simple overstatement. Florida felons can have their rights restored, and (strangely) Gov Voldemort has been involved in simplifying the procedure.

247 NJDhockeyfan  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:25:34am
248 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:26:04am

Didn’t see yours, Hockey!

249 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:31:59am
Banemanie Traore is convinced that the Ministry has stepped in to stop the project for religious reasons. She says powerful Catholics in the country have put pressure on the government. “They don’t want women to have pleasure,” she says.

READ THE WHOLE THING

also paged

250 NJDhockeyfan  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:34:13am
251 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:34:57am
252 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:36:01am

Sista Sarah, milkin’ it for all it’s worth.

253 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:37:03am

What Right-Wing Anti-Semitism?
(Not embedding, click on link at your own risk)

254 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:39:09am
255 Lidane  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:45:14am

re: #252 FemNaziBitch

Sista Sarah, milkin’ it for all it’s worth.

Grifters gotta grift. She doesn’t have anything else.

256 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:49:23am

#6

257 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:49:33am

re: #255 Lidane

Grifters gotta grift. She doesn’t have anything else.

True

258 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:54:56am

OBAMA’S FATHER WAS IN AFRICA, BEING A BLACK MAN.
Oh and MLK did not take part in that march George Romney is in.
BTW WHAT WAS MITT DOING?

259 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:56:07am

re: #258 Pie-onist Overlord

HOBAMA’S FATHER WAS IN AFRICA, BEING A BLACK MAN.
Oh and MLK did not take part in that march George Romney is in.
BTW WHAT WAS MITT DOING?

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He was absent. Barrack’s mother, however was not.

Which man was elected POTUS—twice?

260 Lidane  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:57:25am

re: #258 Pie-onist Overlord

So are we pretending that the RWNJs like the Romney family now?

261 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:57:31am

re: #259 FemNaziBitch

He was absent. Barrack’s mother, however was not.

Which man was elected POTUS—twice?

George Romney actually was a champion of Civil Rights. Mitt, not so much. WHAT WENT WRONG?

262 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:00:03am
263 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:00:24am

re: #249 FemNaziBitch

READ THE WHOLE THING

also paged

Cultists.

“The Raelians believe that planet Earth was created and is still governed by extra-terrestrials who will one day return to judge humanity. They believe in UFOs and that our purpose on Earth is the pursuit of pleasure.”

And evidently, Banemanie Traore is a convert.

264 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:00:35am

re: #261 Pie-onist Overlord

George Romney actually was a champion of Civil Rights. Mitt, not so much. WHAT WENT WRONG?

money, power … .

265 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:01:04am

re: #256 FemNaziBitch

Why so unhappy?

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

266 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:01:50am

They are not taking care of a newborn, so they don’t need time off work

267 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:01:57am

re: #258 Pie-onist Overlord

OBAMA’S FATHER WAS IN AFRICA, BEING A BLACK MAN.
Oh and MLK did not take part in that march George Romney is in.
BTW WHAT WAS MITT DOING?

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Demonstrating to get other kids sent to ‘Nam.

268 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:02:15am

re: #265 Decatur Deb

Why so unhappy?

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

Morning and I have a bad relationship.

269 ericblair  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:03:20am

re: #258 Pie-onist Overlord

OBAMA’S FATHER WAS IN AFRICA, BEING A BLACK MAN.
Oh and MLK did not take part in that march George Romney is in.
BTW WHAT WAS MITT DOING?

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Uh, and so, George Romney for President?

270 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:03:34am

re: #267 Decatur Deb

Demonstrating to get other kids sent to ‘Nam.

Bullying gay kids.

271 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:04:02am

re: #269 ericblair

Uh, so, George Romney for President?

George Romney was born in Mexico, in a Mormon polygamist compound.

272 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:04:33am

memories of of Lizards Passed:

273 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:06:03am

bbl

274 NJDhockeyfan  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:14:58am
275 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:18:29am

re: #266 FemNaziBitch

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They are not taking care of a newborn, so they don’t need time off work

Well, they should get it, but I also wish we had some type of real maternity leave for mothers in the US.

After all, not everyone can fake a pregnancy like someone we know and show up for work 2 days later, keeping whoever’s baby with her.

When I had my first son, I had to quit my job when they found out I was pregnant, and then couldn’t have returned quickly anyway, since it took me 2 weeks to be able to sit up for any length of time. Let me just say: Horrible Navy medical personnel who didn’t like enlisted men’s wives having kids, and showed it.

276 Mattand  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:18:49am

3re: #145 RealityBasedSteve

well, I’m outta here. I’ll leave you with a picture of statue of a gorilla holding a cod fish.

No, I don’t know why this was on the cruise ship…

RBS

277 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:20:23am

re: #275 Justanotherhuman

Well, they should get it, but I also wish we had some type of real maternity leave for mothers in the US.

After all, not everyone can fake a pregnancy like someone we know and show up for work 2 days later, keeping whoever’s baby with her.

When I had my first son, I had to quit my job when they found out I was pregnant, and then couldn’t have returned quickly anyway, since it took me 2 weeks to be able to sit up for any length of time. Let me just say: Horrible Navy medical personnel who didn’t like enlisted men’s wives having kids, and showed it.

I got fired from my first job when I became pregnant with my youngest daughter. (this was in 1987)

278 Lidane  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:25:10am

re: #276 Mattand

279 Mattand  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:26:02am

So, in addition to learning about science, we got a pleasant surprise while getting caught up on Cosmos last night:

I’m guessing the animators rotoscoped him or something.

I haven’t confirmed any of this; but if it looks like my boxer and wiggles his tail at 120 MPH when getting a treat like my boxer, chances are it’s probably him.

My dog is indirectly helping Neil Degrasse Tyson teach science. I can live with that.

280 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:27:29am
281 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:28:03am

re: #277 Pie-onist Overlord

I got fired from my first job when I became pregnant with my youngest daughter. (this was in 1987)

Incredible, wasn’t it? We were “allowed” to work 3 mos, but I hid it for a while and lied because being enlisted personnel family, we needed the extra dough. My dependent’s allowance was about $80/mo at the time, in 1959. It was about $50 for each child, per mo. In fact, we had very little stuff for our first, but did manage to buy a crib and a few diapers and bottles ahead of time since I had been working. The Navy nurse came around to “check on us” and gave us the generous sum of $50 to buy some other things, including a plastic baby bath (we were bathing him in the sink and she was appalled by that).

282 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:30:10am

re: #251 FemNaziBitch

Sarah is getting back to what she does best: being a projection surface where people can see whatever they think makes up a “true conservative”, “true patriot” “true American”, etc.

283 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:31:07am

re: #279 Mattand

So, in addition to learning about science, we got a pleasant surprise while getting caught up on Cosmos last night:

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I’m guessing the animators rotoscoped him or something.

I haven’t confirmed any of this; but if it looks like my boxer and wiggles his tail at 120 MPH when getting a treat like my boxer, chances are it’s probably him.

My dog is indirectly helping Neil Degrasse Tyson teach science. I can live with that.

If dogs are evolved from wolves, why are there still wolves???

284 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:33:34am

The dealer just called, they have my new vehicle ready for delivery this afternoon.
Youtube Video

285 NJDhockeyfan  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:33:41am
286 Mattand  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:35:07am

re: #283 Decatur Deb

If dogs are evolved from wolves, why are there still wolves???

This has already been addressed:

Also see #278.

287 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:35:15am

re: #285 NJDhockeyfan

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Nothing “nuanced” about Hitler. Shame, Stone.

288 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:35:22am

re: #285 NJDhockeyfan

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Gottcher nuance right here, Olly.

289 Mattand  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:39:15am

re: #285 NJDhockeyfan

I remember walking out of the theater at the end of JFK 22 years ago and thinking two things:

1) It was one of the more visually interesting films I had seen in terms of art direction and cinematography. He literally used the medium of film like a collage artist.

2) LBK and the military overthrew JFK in a secret coupe? Yeah, that’s some grade A batshit crazy right there.

I don’t think I’ve watched any of his film since, except for snippets of The Doors here and there on TV.

290 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:41:09am
291 b.d.  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:41:57am

re: #286 Mattand

This has already been addressed:

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Also see #278.

That could very easily be a small gorilla holding a regular sized fish.

292 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:42:44am

re: #291 b.d.

That could very easily be a small gorilla holding a regular sized fish.

Or King Kong holding a whale…

293 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:43:30am

HURR HURR!!!!!! THEIR DESECRATIN ARE FLAG!!!!!!

294 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:44:00am

re: #289 Mattand

I remember walking out of the theater at the end of JFK 22 years ago and thinking two things:

1) It was one of the more visually interesting films I had seen in terms of art direction and cinematography. He literally used the medium of film like a collage artist.

2) LBK and the military overthrew JFK in a secret coupe? Yeah, that’s some grade A batshit crazy right there.

I don’t think I’ve watched any of his film since, except for snippets of The Doors here and there on TV.

The LBJ assassination meme took hold quite early in the left. It even produced an off-Broadway parody of Macbeth.

en.wikipedia.org!

295 Political Atheist  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:44:57am

Good Morning from 3 Lizard lair. Got my own little reminder of practical physics yesterday. I was recording a little “casting shop physics” thing I have been working on. Our biz uses various fuel gases and we like to promote hydrogen as a clean and relatively safe gas to mix with oxygen for torch melt.

So I decided the safest way to demo hydrogen as a light gas that will float up and away was to fill a plastic bag with H, tape it floating and ignite is. So after a couple tries we set up the GoPro on 4k mode at 15 frames per second. The bag was losing gas and I moved to refill it with gas from a still warm (not hot) torch. Er, oops.

I got these two spectacular stills.

Poof!

Ouch

So, my left hand no longer has any hair on it. But no burns.

296 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:46:12am

re: #295 Political Atheist

Hindenhand.

297 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:47:08am

re: #294 Decatur Deb

The LBJ assassination meme took hold quite early in the left. It even produced an off-Broadway parody of Macbeth.

en.wikipedia.org!

There are a whole shitload of insane conspiracy theories out there. I think the craziest one I ever heard was that Jackie ordered the hit because she was fed up with Jack cheating.

298 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:47:13am

re: #293 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!!!! THEIR DESECRATIN ARE FLAG!!!!!!

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The spin is awesome. They are not discussing the merits or flaws of ACA, but rather getting upset over a historical symbol which they have claimed dibs on: How dare he desecrate OUR flags?!?

299 GunstarGreen  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:48:32am

re: #293 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!!!! THEIR DESECRATIN ARE FLAG!!!!!!

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I wasn’t aware that The Blaze held the copyright on the Gadsden Flag.

I mean, it would just be embarrassing if the flag wasn’t actually theirs, now wouldn’t it?

300 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:49:01am

re: #298 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

The spin is awesome. They are not discussing the merits or flaws of ACA, but rather getting upset over a historical symbol which they have claimed dibs on: How dare he desecrate OUR flags?!?

They do love their exclusivity and authoritarianism. Isn’t that part of why they admire and want to be like the 1%? Then they get to be the Masters.

The idiots in the TP have learned their parts well from the ones who wrote the script.

301 GunstarGreen  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:50:01am

re: #298 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

The spin is awesome. They are not discussing the merits or flaws of ACA, but rather getting upset over a historical symbol which they have claimed dibs on: How dare he desecrate OUR flags?!?

That would be because, historically speaking, discussing the merits of the ACA brings people on-board with the idea. They only hate it once you bring meaningless tribal symbols into the mix (OBAMA BAAAAAAD!!1!!11!!1! DUN TRED ON MEH!!1!!1!!!1)

302 darthstar  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:51:35am

re: #283 Decatur Deb

If dogs are evolved from wolves, why are there still wolves???

Riding the chairlift on Saturday there was a beautiful large coyote running across the face run below us. Hopping from mogul to mogul, with his tail straight out and all fluffed up. Couldn’t get my phone out in time to take his picture, but he cut across the mountain gracefully as aduts and children were skiing around him.

303 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:51:37am

re: #297 Pie-onist Overlord

There are a whole shitload of insane conspiracy theories out there. I think the craziest one I ever heard was that Jackie ordered the hit because she was fed up with Jack cheating.

Pffftt. She would just have bumped him over the rail of the Honey Fitz to see if he was still good at open ocean swimming.

304 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 6:56:20am

The Telegraph is reporting Malaysian authorities have told families that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean. No survivors.
telegraph.co.uk

305 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:00:25am

FREAKING MORON

306 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:03:23am

Via The Telegraph:

13.56 The families of passengers have received a text message from Malaysia Airlines with the following statement:
“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”

307 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:03:43am

WTF?

308 Internet Tough Guy  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:04:21am

re: #305 Pie-onist Overlord

At least you’re not an antisocial Communist. They’re the worst.

309 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:05:27am

Because obvs only a COMMUNIST!!!!!! would know the difference between the Constitution and Washington’s SOTU address.

310 NJDhockeyfan  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:06:19am

re: #306 wheat-dogghazi

Via The Telegraph:

13.56 The families of passengers have received a text message from Malaysia Airlines with the following statement:
“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”

They notified the families with this important information by text?

311 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:06:47am

re: #308 Internet Tough Guy

At least you’re not an antisocial Communist. They’re the worst.

Almost as bad as Phrolicking Phalangists.

312 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:06:57am

re: #306 wheat-dogghazi

Via The Telegraph:

13.56 The families of passengers have received a text message from Malaysia Airlines with the following statement:
“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”

That doesn’t mean we’ve heard the last of CNN’s “theories”, though. Or anyone else’s. They’ll just proliferate like kudzu now.

313 GunstarGreen  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:07:05am

re: #305 Pie-onist Overlord

FREAKING MORON

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The meaningless “socialist” and “communist” epithets have now devolved so far in the psyche of the American Right that they’ve merged into a single uber-epithet: the dreaded SOCIAL-COMMUNIST!!!1!!11.

20 years ago when we were learning about the Red Scare and McCarthyism in gradeschool, I never imagined that I would see actual adults non-ironically embracing them, wholesale.

314 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:07:57am

re: #310 NJDhockeyfan

No. They called the families to a specially called news conference to give them the news. I guess the text is a proforma method to be sure everyone gets the news accurately.

315 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:08:00am

re: #310 NJDhockeyfan

They notified the families with this important information by text?

This is the alert on Breaking News.

Malaysian authorities are briefing families of passengers before Malaysian PM makes announcement - @Reuters

end of alert

316 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:09:57am

re: #313 GunstarGreen

The meaningless “socialist” and “communist” epithets have now devolved so far in the psyche of the American Right that they’ve merged into a single uber-epithet: the dreaded SOCIAL-COMMUNIST!!!1!!11.

20 years ago when we were learning about the Red Scare and McCarthyism in gradeschool, I never imagined that I would see actual adults non-ironically embracing them, wholesale.

The relatively low density of 1950s communications media masked the proportion of buffoons among us.

317 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:10:40am
318 Ian G.  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:11:58am

re: #293 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!!!! THEIR DESECRATIN ARE FLAG!!!!!!

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Fantastic. Nothing will annoy these self-important twits more than the co-opting of “their” symbols.

Do we have a rainbow Gadsden flag yet?

319 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:12:19am

Relatives staying in Beijing are also being briefed there. Not everyone is in Kuala Lumpur. The Telegraph reported there are rumors that relatives are already being booked on flights to Australia.

320 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:13:35am

re: #318 Ian G.

Fantastic. Nothing will annoy these self-important twits more than the co-opting of “their” symbols.

Do we have a rainbow Gadsden flag yet?

Yep. There are photos of it on parade.

321 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:14:03am

re: #318 Ian G.

Fantastic. Nothing will annoy these self-important twits more than the co-opting of “their” symbols.

Do we have a rainbow Gadsden flag yet?

322 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:17:50am

OUTRAGE!!!!!

If true (which I doubt) it would be a very inefficient fuel source.

323 palomino  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:18:12am

re: #321 Pie-onist Overlord

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It’s not their Gadsden flag, it’s the Gadsden flag. Anybody gets to use it for whatever statement, political or otherwise, they want to make. Even a foreigner could use it, as terrifying as that may sound to the TP.

324 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:18:41am

14.09 Here is the full statement from Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on investigators’ conclusion that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean and that no one on board survived:
PM NAJIB RAZAK’S PRESS STATEMENT ON MH370

This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data.

Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path.

Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.

14.07 Relatives at the Lido Hotel in Beijing are currently being briefed by authorities. A team of police has just entered the building and an ambulance is parked outside the doors, our correspondent Malcolm Moore in Beijing reports.
telegraph.co.uk

325 NJDhockeyfan  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:19:18am
326 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:21:27am

Of course the question now is, how did the plane end up so far in the opposite direction of where it was actually supposed to go?

327 Internet Tough Guy  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:22:33am

re: #322 Pie-onist Overlord

It isn’t like the good ol’ days when fetus blood was used to make matzah.

/obvs

328 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:23:05am

re: #326 Pie-onist Overlord

Of course the question now is, how did the plane end up so far in the opposite direction of where it was actually supposed to go?

Finding and retrieving the flight recorder will not be easy. That may be the only way we’d know for sure.

329 Killgore Trout  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:30:03am

re: #285 NJDhockeyfan

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Wow, really? That’s nutty even for him.

330 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:30:09am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area. It’s a whole lot colder here in NYC than it was in Utah this past week, and that’s even counting the altitude differences. There’s snow in the forecast, but not apparently the snow bomb that the forecasters were warning of for NYC metro.

The real news of the morning is that Malaysian Airlines and the Malaysian Government is officially calling the plane and its 239 passengers/crew to have died in the Indian Ocean.

Prime Minister Najib Razak said that was “with sadness and deep regret” that he announced that the Boeing 777’s “last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth, [Australia].”

He added: “This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sightings. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that according to this data the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

The prime minister said that his announcement was based on data analyzed by the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch and satellite firm Inmarsat.

He said they had been “performing further calculations on the data, using a type of analysis, never before used in an investigation of this sort.”

Earlier, the families of passengers aboard the aircraft were sent text messages by the airline telling them that the plane been “lost.”

The cause of the crash still isn’t known, but it looks like the recent satellite intel and plane searches have borne results. Ships are on route to the vicinity, but until they recover the black boxes, CNN will speculate like no other media entity. Ever. At least one ship is expected to be in the vicinity of some of the objects spotted from the air by tomorrow. A US device that searches for black boxes is also on the way. The window to finding the black boxes using their built in locators is closing as the battery is supposed to last 30 days.

CNN has to be the most irresponsible media outlet on this incident. No amount of speculation, no potential conspiracy theory or nonsensical raving was out of bounds. Other outlets were not far behind, but CNN takes the cake for half-baked nonsense filling the airwaves.

In other news, the Egyptian courts sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death for the murder of a policeman during riots. That makes the Mubarak crackdown against Islamists following the Sadat assassination look like child’s play. It looks like the military isn’t going to let the Brotherhood anywhere near the halls of power again, even if it was lawfully elected to power. That’s not a good sign for democracy in Egypt, and it should be a warning sign for Egyptians that the military remains as it has been, the real power broker in Egyptian politics since the 1950s.

331 missliberties  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:30:25am

re: #326 Pie-onist Overlord

Of course the question now is, how did the plane end up so far in the opposite direction of where it was actually supposed to go?

We don’t know that it went in the opposite direction. That’s just a guess based on seeing some junk, which could be (fallen container off a cargo ship) anything.

332 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:31:29am

re: #317 Justanotherhuman

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Why the downding, wheat-dogghazi? Are you understanding that the EU excluded a clause on gay rights in visa discussions with Ukraine?

This isn’t a good thing; it’s abhorrent.

333 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:34:46am

re: #332 Justanotherhuman

Sorry. I didn’t downding anyone. My pages are loading veerrryy slowly for some reason and I may have been trying to preview my own posts.

I haz negated my accidental downding with an upding.

334 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:37:04am

OFFS:

Anti Semitism is alive and well. Next up, they’ll blame Jews for the pogroms, and refer to the Protocols as proof and reason for the animus against Jews.

The more things change [in Russia], the more they stay the same.

335 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:37:05am

send not for whom the dog dings…

336 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:38:53am

re: #334 lawhawk

OFFS:

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Anti Semitism is alive and well. Next up, they’ll blame Jews for the pogroms, and refer to the Protocols as proof and reason for the animus against Jews.

The more things change [in Russia], the more they stay the same.

Wonder when they will revive the “Doctors’ Plot”…

337 Dr Lizardo  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:40:13am

re: #336 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Wonder when they will revive the “Doctors’ Plot”…

The next time Putin comes down a cold.

338 Internet Tough Guy  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:43:57am

re: #334 lawhawk

Putin is quickly becoming Tsar Nicky II on crank (and with nukes).

339 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:44:43am

re: #337 Dr Lizardo

The next time Putin comes down a cold.

Bearers of Death in white robes: the Jewish Doctors!!!

I read that people in Russia stopped going to see doctors when news of the “Jewish-led Doctors’ Plot” against Stalin came out…after all, if the Great Leader was not safe from them, then who was?

340 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:45:58am

Malaysia Airlines releases statement, says multinational search operation for Flight MH370 will continue - @MAS
read more on malaysiaairlines.com

341 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:50:20am

STUPIDEST. MEME. EVER.

342 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:50:27am

CNN sends out billboard twitter, so you know they’re nowhere near finished with their bullshit.

343 Internet Tough Guy  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:51:42am

re: #342 Justanotherhuman

Could aliens have sent the text? It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

344 Political Atheist  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:53:54am

re: #325 NJDhockeyfan

Now will CNN please STFU pending actual new information or discovery? Naaah.

345 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:58:03am

re: #344 Political Atheist

Now will CNN please STFU pending actual new information or discovery? Naaah.

There won’t be any substantive news until the morning news conference, in about 8 or 9 more hours. It’s 11 pm now in Beijing and KL, and the ships steaming toward the suspected debris area won’t be able to see much till daybreak anyway.

346 jaunte  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:58:17am
347 Killgore Trout  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:03:08am

Everybody wants to join Putinia
Residents in Alaska, Gaza Strip Want to Join Russia

Russia’s annexation of Crimea following a referendum has prompted calls from such distant places as Alaska and the Gaza Strip to hold votes on their own absorption by Russia.

A petition calling for Alaska to secede from the U.S. and join Russia gathered more than 12,000 signatures on the White House website by early Monday morning, just a few days after it was posted by an unidentified local resident.

Entitled “Alaska back to Russia,” the petition cites the travels of 18th-century Russian explorers to Alaska, which was a Russian colony until the U.S. bought it in 1867 for a mere $7.2 million, or $120 million adjusted for inflation. The petition must attract 100,000 signatures by April 20 to be reviewed by President Barack Obama’s administration.

In the Middle East, the Russian-language version of a Palestinian website run by Hamas said that Russian speakers in the Gaza Strip planned to hold a referendum on their territory join Russia, though no confirmation by Hamas leaders of any such plans were reported.

348 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:06:50am

Which will be directed by …

349 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:09:31am
350 b.d.  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:12:52am

Welcome to the NSA. You’re first assignment is to read all of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s emails.

351 jaunte  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:15:36am
352 Bulworth  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:16:07am

re: #322 Pie-onist Overlord

Yes but there are millions of full grown, late term babies murdered by abortion every day!!! Confirmed. FACT. /

353 Killgore Trout  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:16:09am

re: #350 b.d.

Welcome to the NSA. You’re first assignment is to read all of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s emails.

Dear Chavez,
U R so sexy. I miss u.
luv,
Jimmy

354 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:16:27am

re: #262 FemNaziBitch

Hairy, Curly, and Moe?

355 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:16:46am

Malaysia Airlines finally gave up and decided that MH370 is lost with all souls lost… so… they sent a text message to the families.

356 jaunte  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:17:11am

re: #355 Gus

Pretty cold.

357 GunstarGreen  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:17:52am

re: #341 Pie-onist Overlord

STUPIDEST. MEME. EVER.

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Presidenting While Black continues to be an offense worthy of a prison sentence in REMARKABLY NOT RACIST!!!11!1!!!1 America, I see.

358 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:18:37am

re: #356 jaunte

Pretty cold.

359 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:20:52am
360 Lidane  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:20:59am

So I interviewed with a company last Wednesday. The manager I spoke with told me they had other screens that still had to be done so it would be a few days before I heard anything. With luck, there will be good news. SRV knows I need it since my UI benefits are gone, the greedy assholes in the GOP refuse to pass an extension, and money is getting ridiculously tight. I’m trying my best to stay positive.

While I wait, I’ve kept looking at and applying to other companies just so I know that I’m doing everything possible. I have truly come to loathe the automated application process. Give me a direct line in to talk to someone any day. It’s absolutely ludicrous that you can apply to a company on a Saturday afternoon and receive a rejection from that same company at 9am on Monday, as if anyone there even bothered to read anything they were sent. Bitch plz.

361 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:21:28am
362 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:22:14am
363 GunstarGreen  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:23:25am

re: #360 Lidane

So I interviewed with a company last Wednesday. The manager I spoke with told me they had other screens that still had to be done so it would be a few days before I heard anything. With luck, there will be good news. SRV knows I need it since my UI benefits are gone, the greedy assholes in the GOP refuse to pass an extension, and money is getting ridiculously tight. I’m trying my best to stay positive.

While I wait, I’ve kept looking at and applying to other companies just so I know that I’m doing everything possible. I have truly come to loathe the automated application process. Give me a direct line in to talk to someone any day. It’s absolutely ludicrous that you can apply to a company on a Saturday afternoon and receive a rejection from that same company at 9am on Monday, as if anyone there even bothered to read anything they were sent. Bitch plz.

On the upside, you probably didn’t want to work for the kind of scum that would handle their hiring process via bots in the first place.

364 Snarknado!  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:24:49am

re: #297 Pie-onist Overlord

There are a whole shitload of insane conspiracy theories out there. I think the craziest one I ever heard was that Jackie ordered the hit because she was fed up with Jack cheating.

Getting into this a little late… and I never heard this one, but I wanted to recommend MacBird, one of the best sendups I’ve ever run across. It was actually about lunatic conspiracy theories, not an illustration of someone’s theory.

365 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:25:53am

re: #352 Bulworth

Yes but there are millions of full grown, late term babies murdered by abortion every day!!! Confirmed. FACT. /

Because every feminist becomes pregnant and carries the fetus almost to term and then get an abortion RUSH SAID THAT’S WHAT THEY DO!!!!!

366 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:26:26am

A belated good morning to the Lizards from sunny (but cold) Philadelphia.

Had a week off since relatives came to town to visit. Back to work today and catching up on email, on-hold requests, etc.

Highlight of the morning so far was watching a peregrine falcon cruise by at office window level (~30 stories up).

367 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:27:34am

The Vlad-gasms Continue.

368 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:28:46am

re: #355 Gus

Malaysia Airlines finally gave up and decided that MH370 is lost with all souls lost… so… they sent a text message to the families.

re: #356 jaunte

Please get your facts straight, gentlemen.

The text message was in addition to emergency news conferences in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, to which the families were summoned.

369 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:28:55am

re: #361 Gus

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370 jaunte  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:29:02am

re: #367 Pie-onist Overlord

Conservative Twitter: still deciding global politics through single combat.

371 Killgore Trout  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:29:22am

re: #362 Gus

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Robots have rights too!

372 Dr. Matt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:31:04am

re: #371 Killgore Trout

Robots have rights too!

And this is exactly how the Matrix started

373 Lidane  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:31:11am

re: #367 Pie-onist Overlord

I love how the same RWNJ dipshits who call POTUS a Communist are so consumed by their love for an actual KGB operative turned autocrat. It really puts their hypocrisy on full display.

374 GunstarGreen  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:31:32am

re: #370 jaunte

Conservative Twitter: still deciding global politics through single combat.

Not even. More like deciding global politics through facebook updates.

A bunch of overweight, out of shape people waxing moronic about how ‘manly’ Putin is makes for a pretty (sad/hilarious/embarrassing) sight. Circle one.

375 Killgore Trout  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:32:09am

re: #367 Pie-onist Overlord

The Vlad-gasms Continue.

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I think Putin might just sink Rand Paul’s chances at the GOP nomination. If Russian aggression is still an issue the GOP is going to have a hard time with Rand’s weak isolationist foreign policy.

376 calochortus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:32:40am

re: #367 Pie-onist Overlord

The Vlad-gasms Continue.

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I’ll take the guy on the right, thank you.

377 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:33:23am

re: #373 Lidane

I love how the same RWNJ dipshits who call POTUS a Communist are so consumed by their love for an actual KGB operative turned autocrat. It really puts their hypocrisy on full display.

They ever ADMIRE Putin for being a KGB officer.

378 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:34:06am

re: #373 Lidane

I love how the same RWNJ dipshits who call POTUS a Communist are so consumed by their love for an actual KGB operative turned autocrat. It really puts their hypocrisy on full display.

And I would bet that if you asked them to properly define what a “communist” was they’d flail around since they do not have a clue. It’s a label they toss around without knowing what it means beyond it being derogatory.

Sort of like growing up in a lily-white semi-rural northern NY state town and hearing children using the n-word in a similar way without understanding the context.

379 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:35:09am

re: #366 Feline Fearless Leader

Just got back from our own vacation to Moab and Southern Utah/West Colorado, but while we had our share of landscapes, we didn’t spot much in the way of wildlife shots. However, we did get to see a couple of golden eagles (first time for that). Pretty regal looking IMO. And surprisingly big too.

380 gwangung  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:35:20am

re: #369 Gus

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Anybody who thinks Russia couldn’t have figured out how to evade US intelligence efforts from Snowden’s documents is a first class moron. Seriously. It insults our intelligence that they do so.

381 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:35:31am

re: #372 Dr. Matt

And this is exactly how the Matrix started

Skynet’s just gone sentient. We’re doomed. /

382 Lidane  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:36:24am

re: #377 Pie-onist Overlord

They ever ADMIRE Putin for being a KGB officer.

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It’s because they’re desperate for the Cold War to come back. They can’t function without it. The American right wing cannot handle nuance or shades of grey. They need Putin to rebuild the USSR so that all will be right in the world again.

383 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:37:00am

re: #380 gwangung

Anybody who thinks Russia couldn’t have figured out how to evade US intelligence efforts from Snowden’s documents is a first class moron. Seriously. It insults our intelligence that they do so.

Who would be the moron in this case?

384 Decatur Deb  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:37:22am

re: #381 lawhawk

Skynet’s just gone sentient. We’re doomed. /

“There is another system.”

385 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:37:46am

re: #373 Lidane

I love how the same RWNJ dipshits who call POTUS a Communist are so consumed by their love for an actual KGB operative turned autocrat. It really puts their hypocrisy on full display.

Hypocrisy and hate. They can’t stand that he’s in the White House. So, they’ll latch on to anything and anyone that can knock our President (he is the President of the United States after all) down a notch, even if it hurts the US in the long run.

So much for being part of the loyal opposition or putting aside differences at the border for dealing on foreign affairs to unify against threats or crises. These folks are agitating and supporting the other side.

386 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:38:39am

Wingnuts have another meme in which Snowden is the patriotic hero but Obama is the “Anti-American hero”

Yes, they are that fucked up.

387 Bulworth  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:39:01am

re: #379 lawhawk

That area is on my short list of desired vacation spots. Hope to get out there soon.

388 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:40:02am

re: #360 Lidane

So I interviewed with a company last Wednesday. The manager I spoke with told me they had other screens that still had to be done so it would be a few days before I heard anything. With luck, there will be good news. SRV knows I need it since my UI benefits are gone, the greedy assholes in the GOP refuse to pass an extension, and money is getting ridiculously tight. I’m trying my best to stay positive.

While I wait, I’ve kept looking at and applying to other companies just so I know that I’m doing everything possible. I have truly come to loathe the automated application process. Give me a direct line in to talk to someone any day. It’s absolutely ludicrous that you can apply to a company on a Saturday afternoon and receive a rejection from that same company at 9am on Monday, as if anyone there even bothered to read anything they were sent. Bitch plz.

Not only do I hate that process, I hate computer generated “guides” when you call for service or assistance.

My internet disconnected this morning (in the middle of a Netflix movie). Charter hung up on me when I wanted to talk with a tech specialist. It came back on shortly after, though, or they would have been getting an earful. I don’t hold back, but I let the phone people know it’s not them, it’s the company I despise. They’re paid little enough to listen to bullshit all day.

389 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:40:23am

re: #379 lawhawk

Just got back from our own vacation to Moab and Southern Utah/West Colorado, but while we had our share of landscapes, we didn’t spot much in the way of wildlife shots. However, we did get to see a couple of golden eagles (first time for that). Pretty regal looking IMO. And surprisingly big too.

Good change-up from NYC. :)

Only seen a Golden Eagle once, and they’re big. Sort of like the first time you see a raven or great horned owl at close range.

This was my first non-travel vacation in quite a time. So I didn’t end up doing a lot of driving at the start and end. Lots of walking around and back-ache causing museum time - but it was nice to visit the Art Museum again and I need to see if my no-flash pictures came out. Plus some good cooking since we made a Moroccan-style stew the one night that was real good and spicy. In addition to eating out as well on two nights.

390 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:42:19am

Need. Moar. Coffee.

391 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:42:49am

re: #383 Gus

Who would be the moron in this case?

Never mind.

[Rubs eyes.]

392 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:43:46am
393 iossarian  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:45:10am

re: #392 Gus

Now *that’s* a manly-looking leader. If only we had “Gwar frontman Dave Brockie” as our President. Putin would never mess.

394 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:45:46am

Nate Silver’s analysis of the upcoming 2014 Senate races gives the GOP a slight edge, and potentially picking up enough seats to retake the Senate. Only just at that.

And let’s note what’s going on here. Nearly all the incumbents are going to win reelection in Silver’s analysis. It’s the open seats that were formerly in D hands that look like they may go over to the GOP. In other words, it’s the typical kind of election, not a sea change, but it increases pressure on the Democrats to hold what they have, and for the GOP to continue their anti-ACA nonsense, only to have to pivot to something else if they return to power (because they’ve spent the last 5 years talking nothing but deny, delay, destroy Obamacare).

395 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:47:11am

Leaks everywhere…

Maxim Eristavi ‏@MaximEristavi 39m

.@YuliaTymoshenko confirms leaked phone call in her twitter, says some parts are edited to mislead thought


396 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:47:33am

Hmm, company I work for made the list for best companies in the Philadelphia area to work for.

philly.com

Not as high as working for the Eagles, but we’re working on it. ;)

397 Dr Lizardo  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:48:24am

re: #392 Gus

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398 Bulworth  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:50:41am

re: #394 lawhawk

Without the Teabag Party, the GOP would probably already control the Senate. They could probably have had seats from Delaware, Colorado, Missouri and Indiana, among others.

399 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:51:18am

Heh.

400 BongCrodny  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:52:10am

re: #365 Pie-onist Overlord

Because every feminist becomes pregnant and carries the fetus almost to term and then get an abortion RUSH SAID THAT’S WHAT THEY DO!!!!!

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It will come as a surprise to no one here that these idiots have no fucking idea what they’re talking about.

From the Guttmacher Institute*:

Notice how small that pie slice for post-21 week abortions is.

* Of course, since it’s the Guttmacher Institute, which seeks to “advance reproductive health including abortion rights,” it follows that everything they publish must be a LIE.

401 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:54:43am

re: #400 BongCrodny

I’d be curious as to how many of that 1.2% is due to medical issues arising after 20 weeks that require an abortion to save the mother’s life or to end the pregnancy of a nonviable fetus. Abortions aren’t something that any woman is going to do for the fun of it. It’s an extremely emotional issue that isn’t taken lightly by anyone involved. Except the right wing and so-cons think that this is something done spur of the moment and can be joked about.

402 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:54:55am

re: #400 BongCrodny

It will come as a surprise to no one here that these idiots have no fucking idea what they’re talking about.

From the Guttmacher Institute*:

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Notice how small that pie slice for post-21 week abortions is.

* Of course, since it’s the Guttmacher Institute, which seeks to “advance reproductive health including abortion rights,” it follows that everything they publish must be a LIE.

The >21 weeks is NEVER done just for TEH LULZ. There has to be something seriously wrong with the mother and/or the fetus.

403 Skip Intro  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:57:48am

re: #293 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!!!! THEIR DESECRATIN ARE FLAG!!!!!!

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Heh. Too late.

404 Eventual Carrion  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 8:59:23am

re: #367 Pie-onist Overlord

The Vlad-gasms Continue.

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Need pictures of bloodied Anti-Russian protesters over there, against pictures of the old, TP dipshit protesters wandering around eating hotdogs without a care in the world in Washington DC for a true juxtaposition of Putin and Obama. If Putins’ gang saw one of the Anti-Russian protesters carrying an AR-15, you wouldn’t see that person after they drag his dead, cold body away (of course after taking his rifle out of his cold, dead hands).

405 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:00:08am

HURR HURR!!!!! WER’RE NOTS TEH RACIST!!! WE IS TEH VICTIMS OF DEMOCRAT RACISM!!!! TEH BLAHS IS ALL TEH RACISTS NOW!!!!!!!

406 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:01:05am
407 BongCrodny  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:02:04am

re: #401 lawhawk

I’d be curious as to how many of that 1.2% is due to medical issues arising after 20 weeks that require an abortion to save the mother’s life or to end the pregnancy of a nonviable fetus. Abortions aren’t something that any woman is going to do for the fun of it. It’s an extremely emotional issue that isn’t taken lightly by anyone involved. Except the right wing and so-cons think that this is something done spur of the moment and can be joked about.

Exactly. There are any number of complicating circumstances.

According to the research conducted by Guttmacher, 42% of the women obtaining abortions had incomes under 100% of the poverty level.

I imagine it must be one hell of a decision to make, trying to decide whether you can take care of a kid when you’re making under $11,000 a year.

It wouldn’t surprise me if some of these women carried the fetus longer than the 21 week mark hoping their financial situation might turn around…and then terminating the pregnancy only when realizing there was no light at the end of the tunnel.

And yet, these same type of idiots argue vehemently against increasing the minimum wage.

408 Gus  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:02:21am

Hmm.

409 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:06:41am
410 wrenchwench  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:08:36am
411 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:10:27am

Tell me again how Snowden’s concern about US civil rights and NSA violations of American civil rights compelled him and Greenwald to release documents showing how the US spies on Russia or China? What does the former have to do with the latter unless that was never their concern in the first place.

And as I’ve repeatedly stated, Snowden didn’t care about civil rights, or else he wouldn’t be in Russia right now. His primary concern has always been undermining US national security, which happens to be the same thing Greenwald has been focused on. Ignore all the civil and human rights violations of the countries they are currently residing in, and taking pot shots at the US all while US national security means are undermined by Snowden documents, or forcing changes on US national security oversight by exaggerating claims or supposition that violations could occur.

Snowden engaged in espionage, and the damage done to US national security mounts by the day as more and more revelations about US spycraft and means/measures come to light courtesy of those documents he took that had nothing to do with civil rights violations and were wholly legal under US law and mandated by Congress and the President to provide them with data needed to deal with foreign and national affairs.

412 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:12:11am

re: #407 BongCrodny

Exactly. There are any number of complicating circumstances.

According to the research conducted by Guttmacher, 42% of the women obtaining abortions had incomes under 100% of the poverty level.

I imagine it must be one hell of a decision to make, trying to decide whether you can take care of a kid when you’re making under $11,000 a year.

It wouldn’t surprise me if some of these women carried the fetus longer than the 21 week mark hoping their financial situation might turn around…and then terminating the pregnancy only when realizing there was no light at the end of the tunnel.

And yet, these same type of idiots argue vehemently against increasing the minimum wage.

No, I think women know their situations aren’t going to change dramatically in 9 mos, so they don’t get abortions that late. They tend to keep their babies, but unfortunately, in areas like this those religious pseudo “pregnancy” centers who want white babies esp spring up all the time. It’s a kind of “surrogate” industry you don’t hear much about because the mother doesn’t get paid for her living expenses or anything else. They’re usually receiving State aid, going it alone at a crappy job, and having their babies through the county clinic.

413 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:12:31am

re: #405 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!!! WER’RE NOTS TEH RACIST!!! WE IS TEH VICTIMS OF DEMOCRAT RACISM!!!! TEH BLAHS IS ALL TEH RACISTS NOW!!!!!!!

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College is not free if your parents are paying for it!

414 Skip Intro  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:13:36am

re: #409 Pie-onist Overlord

Birthers got a beat down in Alabama.

Except they think they won.

Attorney Klayman Responds: Alabama Case
Will Likely Be Taken To U.S. Supreme Court

Attorney Larry Klayman writes @ WND:

Excerpt: Last Friday, one of the few great judges in this land, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court - the jurist who was first impeached for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom and then overwhelmingly elected by the people of the state to be their chief justice - had the courage to write a compelling dissenting opinion validating our challenge to Obama’s eligibility to be president. :^o While seven of his nine fellow justices took the easy way out perhaps to show that Alabama is no longer the state once governed by George Wallace and rejected my ballot challenge, Chief Justice Moore without political correctness and without the disingenuous and cowardly sensitivity to Obama’s race, told it like it is. Heruled that Alabama did have a legal duty to verify that candidates for the presidency are eligible to serve as natural born citizens if elected (see decision at FreedomWatch), Moore concluded

[…]

This well-written and thoughtful opinion by Chief Justice Moore will hopefully give courage to other judges to tell it like it is. Indeed, I have appeals pending in Florida, and the majority decision of the Alabama justices will likely be taken to the U.S. Supreme Court under a petition for writ of certiorari. ](*,)

We cannot quit. The imposter in the White House must be held accountable, andhe should indeed be told to get up off his knees and come out with his hands up.

Few other judges in this nation have the courage of Chief Justice Moore. The Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, who held the Clintons to account in the late ’90s and early 2000s and ruled that Bill Clinton had committed a crime, and Richard J. Leon, who just ruled against the National Security Agency’s “almost Orwellian” surveillance on all Americans, are among the most endangered of species. But if they and more judges like them come forward to represent the interests of the American people, rather than the corrupt legal and government establishment, then there is hope. […] - Continued @ WND.

415 Varek Raith  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:14:08am

re: #414 Skip Intro

Except they think they won.

Lol.

416 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:17:33am

Dear Wingnuts: You keep using that term “Value of Human Life.” I do not think it means what you think it means.

417 Stanley Sea  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:18:12am

re: #410 wrenchwench

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Incredible. Looks like a sculpture.

418 Killgore Trout  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:19:19am

Democrats slam Nate Silver. Why the pushback against polling whiz?

… as our colleague Mark Sappenfield wrote over the weekend, it’s possible they’re also using Silver’s prediction for fundraising efforts. Democrats have discovered that Silver’s name in an e-mail subject line gets a good response, in terms of opening the e-mail and subsequent donations. So in that context, the more the Democratic Party talks about him, the better its bottom line gets.

Our feeling is that the party’s also using Silver’s name to ramp up the commitment of its rank and file. It’s a way to personalize the assertion that things are in flux and it is time to open wallets and get ready for get-out-the-vote efforts.

The constant Democratic talk about the wealthy Koch brothers and their GOP donations fits right into this. The Kochs are useful bogeymen with which to scare Democratic voters. And Democrats need to be motivated, in a way: It’s turnout that wins elections, and Republicans traditionally have better turnout in midterms.

419 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:19:49am
420 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:20:15am

re: #414 Skip Intro

They’re going to appeal that to the S.Ct.?

Good luck with that. I’m guessing it’ll get a cert denied without opinion, though I’d love to see a proper legal smackdown.

421 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:21:33am

Those people in Crimea had no idea of how Russia would be treating (or not treating) them after it took over.

Russian annexation of Crimea threatens drug therapy for people suffering from addictions, illnesses

kyivpost.com

422 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:25:36am

MOAR VLAD-GASMS

423 Eclectic Cyborg  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:27:02am

re: #416 Pie-onist Overlord

Please allow me to tear this one apart.

- Gun instruction huh? So where’s the instructor and why is that one kid holding the gun in such a funny way.

- Secondly, wouldn’t it be better to teach such a class outside? (Note: I’m not dumb, I know you can go over basic safety concepts without need to fire a shot in a classroom setting)

- Things that ALSO didn’t exist in 1956: Violent first person shooter video games, hip hop music videos, Iphones, youtube, 24 hours news networks, conservative talk radio (at least not in its present form), Google, Facebook, Twitter and the AR-15 (Barely, it wasn’t designed until a year later and first sold in large quantities a few years after that).

- Guns were of course legal but not as widely available as today.

424 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:27:10am

re: #406 Pie-onist Overlord

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Oh dear!

425 Eclectic Cyborg  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:28:16am

re: #422 Pie-onist Overlord

MOAR VLAD-GASMS

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Ok, wait stop.

You’re telling me that “Family values” people are all about guy who traded up to a younger wife while hating on a guy who has only been married once and by all accounts has a strong stable marriage?

Hmmm….

426 Killgore Trout  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:28:21am

Vladimir Putin says he doesn’t “need” eastern Ukraine, but it just might make sense for him to take it anyway.

If anything, the prospect of long-term economic decline may prompt him to seize eastern Ukraine’s economic assets right now — while he has an opening. He might hesitate if the cost were crippling Gazprom, the most formidable weapon he has. But Putin knows that Europe can’t afford to stop buying Russian gas for the next several years. If the cost for eastern Ukraine is burning his bridges to the West and having his own and all his cronies’ assets frozen, Putin just may consider that a price worth paying.

I could not find an energy expert who believes that Europe could do without Russian gas in the short term.

In short, the only force that can keep Russian troops from drinking vodka in Donetsk is Vladimir Putin himself. Putin has so many lower-cost options available to him that a large-scale invasion — even one limited to border areas — still seems unlikely. Putin may calculate that he can destabilize Ukraine, and thus turn its dalliance with the West into a failure, by using Russia’s immense economic power to squeeze Ukraine, by blanketing the east with propaganda from Russian media and by sending agents provocateurs to whip up popular discontent. Putin doesn’t “need,” as he put it, to divide Ukraine by force; he just needs to keep it out of the Western orbit.

427 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:28:59am

re: #423 Eclectic Cyborg

Things that ALSO didn’t exist in 1956: Violent first person shooter video games

Three countries that sell more “violent first-person shooter video games” Japan, South Korea and Netherlands, have ZERO gun crime.

YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN THAT!!

428 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:32:09am

re: #419 Pie-onist Overlord

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That’s still offensive to me. It’s like saying there are no gays on the rightwing when we know better, just like we know the far left can discriminate against LGBT folks, too. For instance, Cuba would not allow known “homosexuals” to visit the island under the new Castro regime. The revolutionaries saw it as decadence of the wealthy, just as they did the gambling casinos, sex shows and other activities generated by mobsters who were getting rich from it, and who Batista allowed to operate with impunity.

429 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:32:35am

re: #425 Eclectic Cyborg

[record scratch sound effect]

Ok, wait stop.

You’re telling me that “Family values” people are all about guy who traded up to a younger wife while hating on a guy who has only been married once and by all accounts has a strong stable marriage?

Hmmm….

And Putin has perplexed not only Obama, but Bush (who looked into his eyes, and didn’t have any better answers when Putin’s Russia invaded Georgia and South Ossetia), and Clinton. Putin’s autocratic nature perplexes also the Europeans, who have to be even more circumspect on their actions since they’re more closely bound to the Russians due to economics and proximity.

But yeah, family values GOPers denigrating a solid family man with a stable family situation in favor of a womanizer who divorced his first wife to get a trophy second wife.

430 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:32:53am

re: #422 Pie-onist Overlord

MOAR VLAD-GASMS

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I’ve been trying to think of a term for Vlad’s many American admirers, one that would acknowledge both his KGB background and the former Cold War attitudes of many of his current supporters on the right.
Vlad-Cong?
Putinistas?
Red-state Guard?

431 Dr. Matt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:34:11am

re: #423 Eclectic Cyborg

1956 vs. today. Back in 1956, firearms were largely seen as tools. Today, RWNJs look at firearms as a political statement while simultaneously festishizing about them.

432 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:35:30am

re: #416 Pie-onist Overlord

Source of the photo.

The rest of the story:

In 1954 more than 550 U.S. children under 15 were killed in accidents involving the careless handling of firearms, five of them in lake County, Indiana. [In 2010, 606 people were killed by “accidental discharge of firearms,” according to the CDC. — Ed.] This situation shocked Indiana Conservation Officer Rod Rankin, who decided to offer a course in gun safety to any interested child in the county. In the past year 2,500 children from 6 years on, with the approval of their parents, have taken him up on it.

Rankin stresses two things: never point as gun at anybody, even in play, and always check immediately to see if the gun is loaded … Rankin is glad to answer routine questions such as “How fast and far does a bullet go?” but tries to discourage ones like “Have you ever shot anyone?” and “If you shoot a man in the head how long does it take him to die?”

Some people think Rankin is starting the kids on firearms too young. But the National Rifle Association points out that four states now permit gun safety courses in grade school and says, “The earlier a kid learns to respect a gun and what not to do with it the better chance natural curiosity won’t get him in trouble.”

In other words, the school instruction was because a police officer at the time thought that would improve gun safety and reduce accidental deaths among kids under 15 due to firearms, which at that time were comparable to current death tolls.

433 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:39:57am
434 Skip Intro  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:42:48am

So, what does CA A.G. candidate have to say about Flight MH 370 today?

Glad you asked.

Additional new evidence pointing to hijacking: shortly before take off the pilot received a call from a person, who purchased the SIM card shortly before using a fabricated identity. NSA needs to start talking and needs to provide us the information in their posession. Did the same entity that created her identity, created all of Obama’s bogus IDs?

orlytaitzesq.com

435 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:43:38am

re: #432 lawhawk

Source of the photo.
But the National Rifle Association points out that four states now permit gun safety courses in grade school and says, “The earlier a kid learns to respect a gun and what not to do with it the better chance natural curiosity won’t get him in trouble.”
Read more at littlegreenfootballs.com

A good snapshot of the “old” NRA, before the political coup of 1977. It was primarily concerned with marksmanship and safety training, sponsoring and supervising competitive events, and encouraging the development of products and methods that enhanced these. Today’s NRA would not even acknowledge that a kid could get into trouble with a gun.

436 Skip Intro  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:44:46am

re: #431 Dr. Matt

1956 vs. today. Back in 1956, firearms were largely seen as tools. Today, RWNJs look at firearms as a political statement while simultaneously festishizing about them.

Hell, let’s just cut to the chase. They’re today’s equivalent of the penis pump.

437 palomino  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:45:08am

re: #431 Dr. Matt

1956 vs. today. Back in 1956, firearms were largely seen as tools. Today, RWNJs look at firearms as a political statement while simultaneously festishizing about them.

The fetishizing of guns can’t be a healthy sign for a society. Those obsessed with guns seem to think that the 2nd Amendment is more important than the 1st. Indeed, one of their written-in-stone talking points is that First Amendment freedoms would be impossible without the Second Amendment. Funny how that doesn’t really hold true in western Europe, Japan, Australia, and quite a few other places. But I don’t think you can expect people who salivate over firearms as their American birthright to know (or care) much about the rest of the world.

438 Eclectic Cyborg  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:53:06am

re: #437 palomino

And therein lies the problem. There is nothing inherently wrong with the 2nd Amendment, it’s the way guns are treated and perceived that’s the issue.

439 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:53:23am

I know I’m getting old, but who are these people and why are they getting publicity just because they’re doing what billions of others on the planet do all the time?

Are these virgin births or something extraordinary? Why should I care if they don’t really add anything valuable to society, like curing cancer or something?

Stacy Keibler expecting 1st baby this summer with new husband Jared Pobre - @peoplemag
read more on people.com

440 Dr. Matt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:53:45am

re: #437 palomino

The fetishizing of guns can’t be a healthy sign for a society. Those obsessed with guns seem to think that the 2nd Amendment is more important than the 1st. Indeed, one of their written-in-stone talking points is that First Amendment freedoms would be impossible without the Second Amendment. Funny how that doesn’t really hold true in western Europe, Japan, Australia, and quite a few other places. But I don’t think you can expect people who salivate over firearms as their American birthright to know (or care) much about the rest of the world.

Moreover, the gun fetishists believe the sole purpose of the 2A is to keep the government fearful of the citizenry and that the 2A exists so citizens can overthrow the government when they see fit. These are not fringe views. These views are prevalent among the right including elected officials. Scary shit.

441 jaunte  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:55:07am

1. The Great Depression: Made Up to Spread Socialism

In a section titled “More Rumors,” America: Land I Love In Christian Perspective takes on the origins of the Great Depression. The book explains that,

“Some people wanted to create an imaginary crisis in order to move the country toward socialism. They spread rumors of bank mortgage foreclosures and mass evictions from farms, homes and apartments. But local banks did all in their power to keep their present tenants. The number of people out of work in the 1930s averaged about 15 percent of the work force; thus 85 percent continued to work. Most had to take a pay cut, but prices also declined during the Depression, enabling people to buy more for their money.”

See! The Great Depression was really a great hoax!

442 ObserverArt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:55:28am

re: #431 Dr. Matt

1956 vs. today. Back in 1956, firearms were largely seen as tools. Today, RWNJs look at firearms as a political statement while simultaneously festishizing about them.

Yep…good comment.

I was thinking about some of this the other day. You know how it is always said when you take something away more people want it. Commonly this is attached to things that bring about addictions. Ever since the NRA went to driving gun sales with rhetoric about the government is coming to take your guns both the sales of guns and the crazy crap about ‘the man’ taking your guns ramped up. At the same time it also brought out the crazy from the wingnut types who went all political. Opportunity was seen by the conservatives in the Republican party and all the games were on to make guns a political tool.

And with all that the gun games we on.

I don’t know when to date the change, but I am thinking it came sometime in the late 70s/early 80s with Carter as President and then it was used by Reagan. By the time Big Bill Clinton was in office, the games were well and truly on and the lessons the NRA was learning became standard politics.

443 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:56:44am
444 Dr. Matt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:57:23am

re: #438 Eclectic Cyborg

And therein lies the problem. There is nothing inherently wrong with the 2nd Amendment, it’s the way guns are treated and perceived that’s the issue.

Reality: No amendment is absolute.

RNWJ world: The 2A is absolute and there should unfettered, unwavering, complete access to any and all firearms and not a single law regulating their use.

445 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:58:06am

HURR HURR!!!! UR A COMMUNIST!!!!!

446 ObserverArt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:59:04am

re: #435 Shiplord Kirel

A good snapshot of the “old” NRA, before the political coup of 1977. It was primarily concerned with marksmanship and safety training, sponsoring and supervising competitive events, and encouraging the development of products and methods that enhanced these. Today’s NRA would not even acknowledge that a kid could get into trouble with a gun.

So…you use the date of 1977 and call it a political coup. Was that within the NRA? I made my recent comment based on thinking back over time. I have an older brother that was always a hunter and gun advocate. He started going gun nutty about that time. Now that I think about it, he was also an NRA member during that era.

Is there any info on what was going on in the NRA and what and who caused the shift?

447 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 9:59:43am

GaltsGirl didn’t read the article all the way to the end.

448 jaunte  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:00:07am

re: #445 Pie-onist Overlord

“GaltsGirl”

With that name, no standing to accuse anyone of economic illiteracy.

449 palomino  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:01:48am

re: #440 Dr. Matt

Moreover, the gun fetishists believe the sole purpose of the 2A is to keep the government fearful of the citizenry and that the 2A exists so citizens can overthrow the government when they see fit. These are not fringe views. These views are prevalent among the right including elected officials. Scary shit.

Many fancy themselves as revolutionaries (but the good kind because they aren’t commies.) They actually appear to believe that they can take down the federal govt. with their firearms, which are peashooters relative to weapons our military and law enforcement possess. It’s a delusional joke, but I guess everyone needs a fantasy.

450 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:03:27am
451 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:03:30am

re: #438 Eclectic Cyborg

And therein lies the problem. There is nothing inherently wrong with the 2nd Amendment, it’s how they blithely neglect to consider the first clause bout a “well-regulated militia”, it’s the way guns are treated and perceived that’s the issue.

452 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:04:24am

These wingnuts are going to pound on me for a while, mute now or play with the new chew toy?

453 ObserverArt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:04:42am

re: #449 palomino

Many fancy themselves as revolutionaries (but the good kind because they aren’t commies.) They actually appear to believe that they can take down the federal govt. with their firearms, which are peashooters relative to weapons our military and law enforcement possess. It’s a delusional joke, but I guess everyone needs a fantasy.

Fantasies sell stuff. Someone mentioned penis pumps. I bet there have been millions sold. Just like guns.

454 Killgore Trout  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:04:44am

El Putino!
Putin’s power play embraces Latin America

Russia is seeking to expand traditional ties with leftist Latin American states as part of renewed global-power ambitions, but reactions in Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela have been cautious.

I think a bailout from Russia is just about the only thing that can save Maduro, at least temporarily. The government has fucked up the economy beyond salvaging but Russia could prop them up for another decade or so.

455 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:05:08am

HURR HURR U LIVES IN DETROIT UR ARGUMENT IS INVALID!!!!!

456 ObserverArt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:08:35am

re: #450 Pie-onist Overlord

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I hate tweets…but I always enjoy clicking on the images and then clicking on their tweet page to get the larger view. Some very interesting people and it is always fun to check out how they want to portray themselves. GaltGirl sees herself as a hot little bad ass.

I find the whole twitter thing fascinating but not something I want to be a part of. I never like being a part of the end of civilization as we knew it!

: )

457 Killgore Trout  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:08:38am

I wonder if Putin’s vision of Russia will outlive his tenure in office. If the Russians decide on this direction as long term global policy the world is going to get very messy.

458 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:08:55am

I looked up that “Take Him To Detroit” meme. The white guy insulted the Asian warlord with a racist slur.

459 gwangung  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:09:36am

re: #455 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR U LIVES IN DETROIT UR ARGUMENT IS INVALID!!!!!

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Hm. I think she proved babushka’s point. #GreatRecession2008.

460 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:11:30am

I decided to mute GaltsGirl since she seemed about to spew the usual talking points HURR HURR!!!! I PULLED MYSELF ALL UP BY TEH BOOTSTRAPS AND SUPPORTED MY MOTHER & GRANDMOTHER WITH MY PAPER ROUTE & NEVER TOOK ANY WELFARES OR FOOD STAMPS!!!!!!! U MOOCHER!!!!!

461 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:12:30am
462 ObserverArt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:13:01am

re: #451 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I think that was right at one time. But when militias became a big thing in the late 80s and into the 90s, I think the wingnuts saw themselves as a militia and future saviors of ‘merica. Even if they were not in a militia, they liked the idea of them and probably figured if they were armed to the teeth, they could always throw in with a local group when needed. Therefore they were following the second amendment to the letter. Good little citizens you know, ready to protect the flag, apple pie and the girl that left them behind…once she figured out she was living with a nut with guns.

463 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:13:11am

Awful. More like anarchy than a revolution.

Pregnant woman killed amid protests near Caracas

hosted.ap.org

“The mayor of Guaicaipuro says Adriana Urquiola died Sunday night in that municipality after she left a bus that was stuck in traffic as the result of a barricade built by anti-government protesters. She doesn’t appear to have been participating. The 28 year-old began walking toward the barricade, and was shot in the head. She was five months pregnant.

“Officials are still investigating why the gunman was firing.”

464 palomino  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:16:13am

re: #445 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR!!!! UR A COMMUNIST!!!!!

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If the only goal is to create as many jobs (mostly low paying) as possible, then she’s right: we shouldn’t raise the minimum wage, we should cut it or get rid of it altogether. But if a concurrent goal is to raise full time workers out of poverty, then there simply has to be some increase in the minimum wage, which is something we’ve been doing for decades without destroying the American economy.

Does anyone with any economic credibility look back at the minimum wage increases of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and early 2000s and say, “THAT was the moment when we screwed up the US economy.”?

465 Bulworth  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:16:46am

re: #447 Pie-onist Overlord

I read Atlas Shrugged and Road to Serfdom and they explain it ALL

466 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:18:14am

re: #465 Bulworth

I read Atlas Shrugged and Road to Serfdom and they explain it ALL

I was getting the HURR HURR BOOTSTRAPS! SSDD so activated the Tweetdeck mute feature.

467 BongCrodny  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:21:29am

re: #447 Pie-onist Overlord

GaltsGirl didn’t read the article all the way to the end.

Or anything past the headline, apparently.

468 Dr. Matt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:22:59am

re: #449 palomino

Many fancy themselves as revolutionaries (but the good kind because they aren’t commies.) They actually appear to believe that they can take down the federal govt. with their firearms, which are peashooters relative to weapons our military and law enforcement possess. It’s a delusional joke, but I guess everyone needs a fantasy.

As they mass around the DC area and the White House armed with their ARs and semi-auto pistols, 6 well-armed drones will eliminate their threat.

469 simoom  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:26:30am

A couple of old stories:

cnn.com

The elder Snowden, who arrived October 10 in Moscow, said the two visited several times. “He is comfortable, he is independent, he is happy — which is important to me — and he is absolutely committed to the decision that he made.”

Lon Snowden said his son told him he had had no contact with Russian security or intelligence.

foxnews.com

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied speculation that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was interrogated by Russian authorities, telling Australian media they had “behaved well”.

Assange, who is standing for election in Australia’s upcoming national polls, said WikiLeaks personnel had been with Snowden since he left Hong Kong and arrived in Sheremetyevo airport’s transit zone on June 23.

“Since Hong Kong we have had someone physically by his side the entire time,” he said in an interview with Australia’s Fairfax Media published online on Friday.

“We have had someone with him for 54 days.”

Asked whether Snowden had been interviewed by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) or any other Russian intelligence agency, Assange said, “No, he has not.”

From Snowden’s recent EU parliament written testimony:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/…/20140307ATT80674EN.pdf

Did the Russian secret service approach you?

Of course. Even the secret service of Andorra would have approached me, if they had had the chance: that’s their job.

But I didn’t take any documents with me from Hong Kong, and while I’m sure they were disappointed, it doesn’t take long for an intelligence service to realize when they’re out of luck. I was also accompanied at all times by an utterly fearless journalist with one of the biggest megaphones in the world, which is the equivalent of Kryptonite for spies. As a consequence, we spent the next 40 days trapped in an airport instead of sleeping on piles of money while waiting for the next parade. But we walked out with heads held high.

I would also add, for the record, that the United States government has repeatedly acknowledged that there is no evidence at all of any relationship between myself and the Russian intelligence service.

470 Dr Lizardo  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:26:35am

re: #468 Dr. Matt

As they mass around the DC area and the White House armed with their ARs and semi-auto pistols, 6 well-armed drones will eliminate their threat.

Or two AC-130 gunships.

471 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:27:11am
472 Dr. Matt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:28:34am

re: #470 Dr Lizardo

Or two AC-130 gunships.

I’m quite the skilled AC-130 gunner……on Call of Duty.

473 jaunte  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:31:44am

Gohmert. Groaan.

474 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:32:21am
475 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:32:24am

Brooklyn NBA team to be renamed to the “Nyets”?

nbcnews.com

476 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:34:47am

Wait wait, I thought the Concorde doesn’t fly any more since their crash 10 years ago. So what passenger aircraft is it that flies at TWICE THE SPEED OF SOUND.

477 jaunte  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:36:50am

Russia’s New Ability To Evade NSA Surveillance Is Either A Crazy Coincidence Or Something Much Worse

In August, primary Snowden source Glenn Greenwald told The Associated Press that Snowden “is in possession of literally thousands of documents … that would allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it.”

478 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:37:20am

What is this source for this HURR HURR!!!! TEH ABORTED BABIES IS BEING USED AS FUEL SOURCE!!!! that I’m seeing all over Teh Twitters? Daily Fail?

479 blueraven  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:39:28am

re: #471 Pie-onist Overlord

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Wow, according to this (probably bogus) study, Obama has spent 3 more days abroad than George W. for the same time period.

smh

WTF is wrong with these people?

480 ObserverArt  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:42:00am

re: #478 Pie-onist Overlord

What is this source for this HURR HURR!!!! TEH ABORTED BABIES IS BEING USED AS FUEL SOURCE!!!! that I’m seeing all over Teh Twitters? Daily Fail?

Twitter…the telephone game gone wild. Really, is there a medium to spread falsehoods quicker? I don’t think a news story on a big cable news show has the legs to travel as quick as a tweet.

481 danarchy  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:42:15am

re: #476 Pie-onist Overlord

Wait wait, I thought the Concorde doesn’t fly any more since their crash 10 years ago. So what passenger aircraft is it that flies at TWICE THE SPEED OF SOUND.

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Yeah, if you are doing mach 2 in any current passenger aircraft you better put your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye because you are about to crash. (and even in a nose dive I don’t think any passenger planes could reach that speed.)

482 wrenchwench  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:44:39am

re: #469 simoom

A couple of old stories:

cnn.com

foxnews.com

From Snowden’s recent EU parliament written testimony:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/…/20140307ATT80674EN.pdf

When I read this part:

I would also add, for the record, that the United States government has repeatedly acknowledged that there is no evidence at all of any relationship between myself and the Russian intelligence service.

…I heard an echo of Lance Armstrong:

I have never tested positive.

483 Targetpractice  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:45:10am

re: #481 danarchy

Yeah, if you are doing mach 2 in any current passenger aircraft you better put your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye because you are about to crash. (and even in a nose dive I don’t think any passenger planes could reach that speed.)

Not without disintegrating in the process.

484 Kragar  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:49:30am
485 wrenchwench  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:51:25am

Click the ‘pic.twitter’ link at your own risk.

486 GunstarGreen  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:52:33am

re: #425 Eclectic Cyborg

[record scratch sound effect]

Ok, wait stop.

You’re telling me that “Family values” people are all about guy who traded up to a younger wife while hating on a guy who has only been married once and by all accounts has a strong stable marriage?

Hmmm….

“Family Values” types are a pretty rich goldmine of divorce, adultery, and domestic abuse.

487 lawhawk  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:54:18am

re: #476 Pie-onist Overlord

That’s not the interior of the Concorde in any event. Concorde’s seating was 2x2. That looks like a widebody, possibly a 747, which flies subsonic, before they crammed as many people into the airframe as possible.

488 Backwoods_Sleuth  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 11:17:29am

re: #455 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR U LIVES IN DETROIT UR ARGUMENT IS INVALID!!!!!

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You really should start tweeting photos of the nice neighborhoods in Detroit.

489 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Mar 24, 2014 12:42:37pm

re: #446 ObserverArt

So…you use the date of 1977 and call it a political coup. Was that within the NRA? I made my recent comment based on thinking back over time. I have an older brother that was always a hunter and gun advocate. He started going gun nutty about that time. Now that I think about it, he was also an NRA member during that era.

Is there any info on what was going on in the NRA and what and who caused the shift?

NRA-Lobbying at wikipedia

Until the middle 1970s, the NRA had mainly focused on sportsmen, hunters and target shooters, and had downplayed issues of gun control. The 1977 annual convention in Cincinnati would be a defining election for the organization and came to be known as “The Cincinnati Revolution.” At the convention, the leadership had planned an elaborate new headquarters in Colorado, designed to promote sportsmanship and conservation. Within the organization, now existed a group of members whose central concern was Second Amendment rights. Those activists defeated the incumbents in 1977 and elected Harlon Carter as executive director and Neal Knox as head of the ILA.

After 1977, the organization expanded its membership by focusing heavily on political issues and forming coalitions with conservative politicians, most of them Republicans. (emphasis added)

Perhaps not coincidentally, the notorious Wayne LaPierre (NRA executive vice-president since 1991) has worked for the organization since 1977.


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