Morning Thread (5-13-15)

Let's be careful out there.

Posted by: Andy at 06:35 AM




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Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 06:36 AM (St6BJ)

2
Prayers for the victims of the Amtrak derailment.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 06:36 AM (St6BJ)

3

Sefton's corollary: Your bed is always at its most comfortable, or you are at your sleepiest, at precisely the moment you have to get out of it.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 06:37 AM (St6BJ)

4 G'morning, all

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 13, 2015 06:39 AM (VPLuQ)

5 Politico (Blake Hounshell) is already out using the Amtrak derailment to push for more Amtrak money. Scum of the earth.


http://bit.ly/1H2YtLT

And here's Blake himself

http://bit.ly/19iA7S2

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 06:40 AM (mn0Jm)

6 Very windy last night, but no rain.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 13, 2015 06:40 AM (VPLuQ)

7 I never get tired of that scene. Intolerable Cruelty is hilarious.

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 06:43 AM (mn0Jm)

8 Good morning! Gotta feed the tiny pups and make some bacon and eggs and where is the damn coffee!?

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at May 13, 2015 06:43 AM (60Vyp)

9 Well, it's the final morning with a wifi connection and a cup o' joe overlooking the back yard.
Moving truck shows up in about an hour (before 8. Go figure), and the guy last night estimated 5 hours to load, as the house is completely packed and crated. Not the cheapest way to go, but damn - the folks yesterday did a fantastic job of building custom sized crates and boxes for all of the furniture.
The lead guy yesterday asked "where overseas" we were going - laughed when I replied " a foreign land known as Texas".

So today is the last time tooling around Fairfax County and a couple of other parts of NoVa. To those morons here in the swampland on the Powtowmack, keep up the good work...

Oh, and JJ, the dogs are NOT getting out of bed this AM. This is gonna be fun.

Posted by: anon a mouse at May 13, 2015 06:46 AM (lZ0Jc)

10 push for more Amtrak money

And of course he blames infrastructure failing.
Somebody better tell the idiot that the rails are owned by the railroads not Uncle Sugar.
And lets just throw more money down the rabbit hole

Posted by: Cicero Skip at May 13, 2015 06:48 AM (FIrEF)

11 9 Oh, and JJ, the dogs are NOT getting out of bed this AM. This is gonna be fun.
Posted by: anon a mouse at May 13, 2015 06:46 AM (lZ0Jc)


This Tramp got out. Barely. Now to roust the Lady!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 06:48 AM (St6BJ)

12 I got woken up by the cat under my bed clawing the crap out of my carpet. Her super spy name is "Shredder"

Posted by: FCF at May 13, 2015 06:48 AM (kejii)

13 Morning, 'rons and 'ronettes.

If you're a fan of Broadway musicals, you know the lyrical team of (Betty) Comden and (Adolph) Green, whose credits include On the Town, Singin' in the Rain, Bells Are Ringing, The Will Rogers Follies and On the Twentieth Century.

It so happened that, one evening, Betty Comden was attending a Broadwy show when, during intermission, she was approached by a man who greeted her like an old friend.

Comden couldn't quite place him. "But don't you remember?" the man asked. "I was in the chorus of Bonanza Bound." That was the one Comden and Green show that never made it to New York, opening and closing in Philadelphia some twenty-five years before.

"Oh, of course," Comden smiled. "How are you?"

"I'm fine,"
the man replied. "Do you remember that night in Philly after the final performance? We were all feeling so down and you and Adolph got us all together onstage and told us how you were going to rewrite the show, bring us all back into rehearsal, go out of town again and then bring it to Broadway."

"Yes,"
Comden answered, "of course I do."

"Well, I was wondering if it would be all right if I went out now and got another job!"

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at May 13, 2015 06:49 AM (zF6Iw)

14 Hill Street Blues was awesome

Posted by: tmitsss at May 13, 2015 06:49 AM (Pa9vP)

15 60 year old rickety train roaring though Philly, with a stoned texting government employee in charge, upon a low-tech terrorist target. What could go wrong?

Posted by: redenzo at May 13, 2015 06:49 AM (WCnJW)

16 Train derailments are frightening. I think I'll just stay in my room today.

Posted by: Capt. Yosarrian at May 13, 2015 06:49 AM (mn0Jm)

17 "Sefton's corollary: Your bed is always at its most comfortable, or you are at your sleepiest, at precisely the moment you have to get out of it. "

So true. And even if you've tossed and turned all night, you somehow manage to fall asleep before you have to get up.

Posted by: Donna &&&&&& V. (brandishing ampersands) at May 13, 2015 06:52 AM (+XMAD)

18 17 So true. And even if you've tossed and turned all night, you somehow manage to fall asleep before you have to get up.
Posted by: Donna &&&&&& V. (brandishing ampersands) at May 13, 2015 06:52 AM (+XMAD)


Second Corollary: At precisely the moment you drift off, the cat(s) yowl and smack you on the nose to wake up.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 06:53 AM (St6BJ)

19 So wait- was this aged equipment, smug uncaring federal ticket punchers or terrorists? I can't keep up!

Posted by: Uncle Joe, train schmo at May 13, 2015 06:53 AM (mn0Jm)

20 Right now, I am trapped in my bed by two sleeping pups. And it is very comfortable. As soon as someone makes some coffee I'll get up.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at May 13, 2015 06:55 AM (60Vyp)

21 We obviously need to control trains more tightly so that they are run solely by the government. If even one life can be saved we have to try ....

And let's not forget the role of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party in this tragedy.

Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 06:55 AM (bS6uW)

22 19 So wait- was this aged equipment, smug uncaring federal ticket punchers or terrorists? I can't keep up!
Posted by: Uncle Joe, train schmo at May 13, 2015 06:53 AM (mn0Jm)


Amtrak's budget, like virtually every single department in the government, has had more money added to it every year since its inception.

So, dear LIV, figure it out for yourself.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 06:56 AM (St6BJ)

23 21 We obviously need to control trains more tightly so that they are run solely by the government. If even one life can be saved we have to try ....

And let's not forget the role of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party in this tragedy.
Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 06:55 AM (bS6uW)


Gomez. Fester. Detonator. Some assembly required.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 06:57 AM (St6BJ)

24 Islamic militants learned how to derail trains from Lawrence, who learned by reading about Andrews Raiders, who were largely from northwest Ohio. They actually turned out to be not very good at it. It was a sultry day.

It is trivially simple to derail a train, if you can get to the tracks and there is no one to stop you. A couple of ruddy schoolboys did it with a small rock, once.

Book thread: a terrific chronicle of horrific train wrecks, "Scalded to Death by the Steam," by Katie Letcher Lyle. Yes, that is the penultimate line from the first country song, Wreck of the 97. Gives you chills.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at May 13, 2015 06:57 AM (xq1UY)

25 Politico prints Democrat talking points before they are talking points!

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 06:57 AM (mn0Jm)

26 The Washinton Metro, Amtrak, I'm beginning to see a pattern.
Do we need to raise fares?

Posted by: tmitsss at May 13, 2015 06:57 AM (Pa9vP)

27 25 Politico prints Democrat talking points before they are talking points!
Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 06:57 AM (mn0Jm)

Politico CREATES Democrat talking points because -surprise - they are Democrats.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 06:58 AM (St6BJ)

28 I like laying with my dog too. He gets hot after a few minutes and bails but it's good socializing time for both of us. He's gotten pretty big now though (nearly 90 lbs.) so you kind of have to work around him when he's there. He usually crashes on his mat on the side of the bed.

Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 06:58 AM (bS6uW)

29 5: Never let a bunch of corpse's,,,,,er,,,,,crisis go to waste.

Posted by: Politico jernalist at May 13, 2015 06:59 AM (1ugUQ)

30 The lead guy yesterday asked "where overseas" we were going - laughed when I replied " a foreign land known as Texas".



C'mon down! It's a whole 'nother country. A big Howdy and a Whoop for you when you cross the border.

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 13, 2015 07:00 AM (JO9+V)

31 Obviously the solution is to add three more rails, plus handrails, to restrict train movement to daylight hours and no more than 7 mph, and to have train crews undergo 3000 hours of diversity training.

Posted by: OSHA at May 13, 2015 07:01 AM (oVJmc)

32 Intolerable Cruelty is one of my favorites too.


Posted by: Gentlemen, this is democracy manifest at May 13, 2015 07:02 AM (LWu6U)

33 Politico: "Republicans Derail Amtrak Budget"

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 07:02 AM (mn0Jm)

34 Why let the blood dry when you can use it to write political diatribe?

Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 07:03 AM (bS6uW)

35 Morning, kiddos. Where's the coffee?

Posted by: DangerGirl at May 13, 2015 07:04 AM (cHQtB)

36 Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 06:58 AM (bS6uW)

Yeah, mine have to be tummy scratched for a minimum of 5-10 minutes before they'll allow anyone to get up. But at least they'll let me make coffee before they get breakfast.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at May 13, 2015 07:04 AM (60Vyp)

37 CRASH CAUSED BY OLD PEOPLE TIED TO TRACKS BY GOP

Posted by: Politico at May 13, 2015 07:04 AM (oVJmc)

38 Do we need to raise fares?"

Obviously not. You rethuglicans do need to get on board (heh) with tax increases, however...

Oh, and CdM, planning on having a cup o' first thing Friday AM in the new joint. Can't wait!

Posted by: anon a mouse at May 13, 2015 07:04 AM (lZ0Jc)

39 @9 NonnaMoose, that's not a military move, is it? My kid has lived seven different places in the last year. Only the major moves have been by the contract craters, and they've been great. Yes, a "major move" is to a posting where you're likely to get a promotion.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at May 13, 2015 07:04 AM (xq1UY)

40 37 CRASH CAUSED BY OLD PEOPLE TIED TO TRACKS BY GOP
Posted by: Politico at May 13, 2015 07:04 AM (oVJmc)


Snidely Whiplash, aka Seymour Weinstein, aka evil greedy JOO!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 07:05 AM (St6BJ)

41 I heard about the Amtrak crash - when I was riding an Amtrak train back from Chicago last night. Another rider was talking about it.

You do not want to hear about train derailments when you are on a train.

Posted by: Donna &&&&&& V. (brandishing ampersands) at May 13, 2015 07:05 AM (+XMAD)

42 Gaylord lambasting Fox for their portrayal of the poor.

What idiot believes he's monitoring Fox? This is a manufactured, planned, focus grouped issue featuring the favorite Emmanuel Goldstein of community organizers everywhere.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 13, 2015 07:06 AM (oVJmc)

43 A.
Rail system is perfectly safe for the transportation of flammable petroleum based liquids.

B. Rail system is antiquated , and represents immediate threat to passengers.


Pick one of the above

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 13, 2015 07:06 AM (VPLuQ)

44 Breitbart California : LA has a problem with homeless people. Which is unusual given we have a democrat president. Homeless problems are caused by GOP presidents.

Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 07:07 AM (aspIq)

45 Sarah Palin, The Koch Brothers, and Dick Cheney were seen near crash site before the accident, sources say.

Posted by: Politico jernalist at May 13, 2015 07:07 AM (1ugUQ)

46 My wife wants another pup, having lost an old dog recently. It'll keep the others company, she says. Fine by me, except who is going to be the person to get up in the middle if the night and take it outside?

Crucial question. And I think we all know the answer.

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 07:08 AM (mn0Jm)

47 Amtrak like everything the government runs is a huge boondoggle not quite on par with the USPS but close.

Fun Fact: Amtrak loses money on its bar cars.

Sort of like OTB being in the red year after year.

Only the government could lose money on a monopoly.

Posted by: Kreplach at May 13, 2015 07:09 AM (HXTHf)

48 The thing that surprised me about 50 reported injuries was that Amtrak has that many customers.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 13, 2015 07:09 AM (oVJmc)

49 "Fun Fact: Amtrak loses money on its bar cars. "
I hear that they even lose money on the $12.00 hamburger that they sell.

I guess they must make up for it in volume.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 13, 2015 07:10 AM (VPLuQ)

50 45 Sarah Palin, The Koch Brothers, and Dick Cheney were seen near crash site before the accident, sources say.
Posted by: Politico jernalist at May 13, 2015 07:07 AM (1ugUQ)


Stealing the jewelry, wallets and pulling out the gold teeth and livers of the victims, no doubt.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 07:10 AM (St6BJ)

51 "Only the government could lose money on a monopoly."

Only the government could lose money running a brothel. Which they did, in Nevada.

Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 07:11 AM (aspIq)

52 Faux News readers last night were shocked at the bi-partisan blow back to Jebba Bush's Informercial on FNC the night before.

Jeebus people, buy a clue!

Posted by: Anti-socialist at May 13, 2015 07:11 AM (+kznc)

53 Politico: GOP wrecks the train budget!

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 07:11 AM (mn0Jm)

54 Trains are perfectly safe. Why I tale Ole Smokey into work all the time. (Ole Smokey is my nickname for these guys; www.wmata.com)

Posted by: Puddleglum at May 13, 2015 07:11 AM (1ugUQ)

55 51 "Only the government could lose money on a monopoly."

Only the government could lose money running a brothel. Which they did, in Nevada.
Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 07:11 AM (aspIq)


The government IS a whore house.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 07:12 AM (St6BJ)

56 The Federal government could lose money selling alcohol and hookers to to Sailors.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 13, 2015 07:13 AM (VPLuQ)

57 Throw more money at it! The solution to every problem.

Posted by: DangerGirl at May 13, 2015 07:14 AM (cHQtB)

58 Even Megyn Kelly was taken aback at the blowback she got for interviewing Jebby. Fox is trying to promote the guy but it's a losing battle.

Since he just announced he's not running in the Iowa caucuses I think it's starting to dawn on the Booshes that he's not got a prayer.

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 07:15 AM (mn0Jm)

59 I have no NEED to be careful! I have SPACE TO DESTROY SPACE TO DESTROY MUST DESTROY

Posted by: Mayor Rawlings-Blake at May 13, 2015 07:15 AM (cIoI4)

60 Politico: "Republicans Derail Amtrak Budget"

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 07:02 AM (mn0Jm)


Because of their racism, sexism, homophobia and white male privilege.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at May 13, 2015 07:16 AM (DiZBp)

61 DESTROY!!! AAAAAGGH!!! FREEEDOM!!!!!

Posted by: Mayor Rawlings-Blake at May 13, 2015 07:17 AM (3F6F8)

62 Where have all the Vic links gone?

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 07:17 AM (mn0Jm)

63 Born That Way?

It has been well declared by the Left that if one is "trans" then they are "born that way" while at the same time they declare that "gender is a social construct." Just as with whether one is straight or a non-oppressor has a double standard where gay considered normal, while straight is considered an aberration to be abandoned, a child whose parents declare that their special little snowflake is "trans" means that that child was "born that way," a child who grows up normally is considered an aberration to be forced to choose a more politically correct "gender identity"...

More: http://politicalhat.com/?p=8963

Posted by: The Political Hat at May 13, 2015 07:17 AM (7YlUk)

64 Where have all the Vic links gone?

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 07:17 AM (mn0Jm)


Two days in a row?

Is Vic OK?

Posted by: Hat #006 at May 13, 2015 07:18 AM (7YlUk)

65 Because of their racism, sexism, homophobia and white male privilege.
Posted by: TheQuietMan at May 13, 2015 07:16 AM (DiZBp)
==============================

Yeah! Tell it brother!

Posted by: Father Phleger at May 13, 2015 07:19 AM (mn0Jm)

66 When the federal government loses money it is known as a 'subsidy'.

When milk producers produce too much milk for the market to absorb, at too high a cost, due to government regulations, the government buys up the surplus milk to support the price paid to the producers. The government then pays another vendor to turn the surplus milk into cheese, which gets stored in government warehouses because the market for cheap government cheese doesn't exist. Eventually the cheap government cheese, which the government has paid for three times over, is given to poor people who can't afford the high retail price of milk caused by government milk price supports.

Thus, we need more government.

Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 07:19 AM (aspIq)

67 Well, got to get going... Enjoy your day, Gentle Fappers, and try to keep the racism, homophobia and misogyny within tolerable limits.

Posted by: MTF at May 13, 2015 07:21 AM (mn0Jm)

68 There's even an episode of The Big Bang Theory that bashes on passenger rail:




Penny:
Have a good flight.

Leonard Hofstadter:
Yean, I wish.

Sheldon Cooper:
We're not flying; we're taking the train.

Penny:
Oh, cool.

Howard Wolowitz:
Yeah, cool. Seven times as long as flying and costs almost twice as much.

Penny:
Well then, why are you doing it?

Leonard Hofstadter:
Well, we had a vote. Three of us voted for airplane; Sheldon voted for train; so, we're taking the train.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 13, 2015 07:22 AM (oVJmc)

69 TPH you ever going to bed?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:22 AM (V8fhv)

70 44 Breitbart California : LA has a problem with homeless people. Which is unusual given we have a democrat president. Homeless problems are caused by GOP presidents.
Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 07:07 AM (aspIq)

It's a carryover from the Bush days duh

Posted by: the real ch3 at May 13, 2015 07:23 AM (IG5KL)

71 TPH you ever going to bed?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:22 AM (V8fhv)


Good question. Aside from a 1 hr. nap, I've been awake for 48 hours straight...

Posted by: Hat #007 at May 13, 2015 07:24 AM (7YlUk)

72 [i\]TPH you ever going to bed?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:22 AM (V8fhv)

A little mood music:

http://bit.ly/1H37Nzl

Posted by: Nasty Prisms Good Sir at May 13, 2015 07:25 AM (7YlUk)

73 39,
No, this is a personal move...

Posted by: anon a mouse at May 13, 2015 07:26 AM (lZ0Jc)

74 In fact, looking at the 2014 budget authorization for Amtrak which contains a yearly deficit chart going back to 1975, Amtrak has operated at deficits every year that have averaged 500 million with debts of 1.5 billion.

This country is operating on fumes.

Posted by: Kreplach at May 13, 2015 07:26 AM (HXTHf)

75 Perhaps this music might perchance help

https://youtu.be/j5neENdAKRU

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:27 AM (V8fhv)

76 The solution to Amtrack? Monorail!

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 13, 2015 07:27 AM (JO9+V)

77 Well, I'm going to bed. I just got home from work and I have to go back again tonight. G'night Daywalkers.

Posted by: Puddleglum at May 13, 2015 07:28 AM (1ugUQ)

78 76 The solution to Amtrack? Monorail!
Posted by: Count de Monet at May 13, 2015 07:27 AM (JO9+V)

MONORAIL!

Posted by: the real ch3 at May 13, 2015 07:28 AM (IG5KL)

79 More: http://politicalhat.com/?p=8963
Posted by: The Political Hat at May 13, 2015 07:17 AM (7YlUk)
******
Is that Angelina Jolie who wrote that? I believe she's trying to pressure her daughter Shiloh to become a boy, to keep up with the Beattys. At least I never pulled anything like that with Kylie or Kendall.

Posted by: Bruce Jenner at May 13, 2015 07:28 AM (XrHO0)

80 "Monorail!"

Less rail means less to go wrong.


Winning!!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 13, 2015 07:28 AM (VPLuQ)

81 "Monorail!"

Less rail means less to go wrong.


Winning!!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 13, 2015 07:28 AM (VPLuQ)

82 In fact, looking at the 2014 budget authorization for Amtrak which
contains a yearly deficit chart going back to 1975, Amtrak has operated
at deficits every year that have averaged 500 million with debts of 1.5
billion.


Not OUR money! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: Amtrak at May 13, 2015 07:29 AM (oVJmc)

83 It's a carryover from the Bush days duh

Posted by: the real ch3 at May 13, 2015 07:23 AM (IG5KL)


........................

They feel comfortable now coming out of the shadows.

Posted by: Molly k. at May 13, 2015 07:29 AM (zS+qK)

84 Oohh...a double tap!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 13, 2015 07:29 AM (VPLuQ)

85 What DAY is it?????

Mornin' 'rons.

Posted by: Citizen X at May 13, 2015 07:30 AM (7ObY1)

86 The solution to Amtrack? Monorail!

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 13, 2015 07:27 AM (JO9+V)


That's more of a Shelbyville idea...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhpO_WcR_jE

Posted by: The MonoHat at May 13, 2015 07:30 AM (7YlUk)

87 The solution to Amtrack? Monorail!

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 13, 2015 07:27 AM (JO9+V)


That's more of a Shelbyville idea...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhpO_WcR_jE

Posted by: The MonoHat at May 13, 2015 07:30 AM (7YlUk)

88 Certified bonafide electrified Monorail!

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 13, 2015 07:30 AM (JO9+V)

89 64 Two days in a row?



Is Vic OK?

Posted by: Hat #006 at May 13, 2015 07:18 AM (7YlUk)



I'm here today but just woke up.. Had to get cat out of lap first. But no links today.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at May 13, 2015 07:30 AM (wlDny)

90 I've been living on biscuits and sausage gravy for #TwoWeeks and it's getting tiresome. And I was hungry, so . . I found a package of instant 'yogurt' pudding, but it takes fresh whole milk to make. . . and I'm out of milk, been out of milk for #TwoWeeks 'cuz I hate to shop, but I have powdered milk 'cuz I buy a lot of it 'cuz it has a long shelf life.

So I made yogurt with the powdered milk, and ya, it turned into something like a watery pudding with artificial strawberry flavor which is ok because it isn't biscuits and sausage gravy, ok? So now I don't have to go to Walmart for at least 'nother coupla days. See?

Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 07:31 AM (aspIq)

91 68 Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 13, 2015 07:22 AM (oVJmc)

Yup "rail" in a nutshell...

some SJW asshammer was on me on Twatter about my wanting Amtrak to have profit motive and suffer civil liability like a non-GSE saying "call the Chinese this guy and Congress want to ruin high speed rail!"

Well "no"...

He blocked me after I reminded him that Amtrk is under ZOgabe's Bailiwick not John Boehner's...

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 13, 2015 07:32 AM (/4AZU)

92 I'm here today but just woke up.. Had to get cat out of lap first. But no links today.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at May 13, 2015 07:30 AM (wlDny)


If you and the kittehs are good, than it's all good...

Posted by: The Morning Hat at May 13, 2015 07:32 AM (7YlUk)

93 So how many of the flying-wing jet-packs could be bought for the annual AMTRAK budget?

Problem solved.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:35 AM (V8fhv)

94 Libs are strange people, it's like they're not happy unless they're miserable.

Feeling angst over the fact that your kid is straight, confronting your in-laws at Thanksgiving over Obamacare, defending the Muslim terrorists but attacking the peaceful Christians they murder and so on, wtf? Why would anyone choose to live their life like that?

Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 07:36 AM (bS6uW)

95 "Let's be careful out there."

Waaayyy too late for that, but thanks!

Posted by: Janir at May 13, 2015 07:36 AM (vzyrh)

96 Part of my morning commute runs right alongside an Amtrak route. Often have them speeding by on my way to work.

Always does make me a bit nervous. The track is directly next to the road.

Posted by: Citizen X at May 13, 2015 07:36 AM (7ObY1)

97 Libs are strange people, it's like they're not happy unless they're miserable.

Feeling angst over the fact that your kid is straight, confronting your in-laws at Thanksgiving over Obamacare, defending the Muslim terrorists but attacking the peaceful Christians they murder and so on, wtf? Why would anyone choose to live their life like that?

Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 07:36 AM (bS6uW)


Moral purity is gained by raging against one's own straightness, Whiteness, maleness, &c.

It is proven by raging against others straightness, Whiteness, maleness, &c.

H8 becomes the purifying sanctimont of the Left.

The less "Kyriarch" you are, the purer you are... unless you deny the pre-declared truch, in which case you, as a heretic, are lower than a heathen...

Posted by: The Grand Kyriarch at May 13, 2015 07:39 AM (7YlUk)

98 Libs are strange people, it's like they're not happy unless they're miserable.

Feeling angst over the fact that your kid is straight, confronting your in-laws at Thanksgiving over Obamacare, defending the Muslim terrorists but attacking the peaceful Christians they murder and so on, wtf? Why would anyone choose to live their life like that?

Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 07:36 AM (bS6uW)


Moral purity is gained by raging against one's own straightness, Whiteness, maleness, &c.

It is proven by raging against others straightness, Whiteness, maleness, &c.

H8 becomes the purifying sanctimont of the Left.

The less "Kyriarch" you are, the purer you are... unless you deny the pre-declared truch, in which case you, as a heretic, are lower than a heathen...

Posted by: The Grand Kyriarch at May 13, 2015 07:39 AM (7YlUk)

99 You know, millions and millions of Americans are collecting social security disability, mostly because they are lamebrained, and have the types of ailments that result from all those things they tell you not to do when you are younger.

Instead of just handing them cash, couldn't we put them to work on amtrack? How hard is it to drive a vehicle that sits on rails? Obviously the people doing it now aren't very good at it. Or you could sit these folks on the fronts of the trains, looking out for debris that might derail them.

Better than just sitting at home, waiting for their checks every month.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 13, 2015 07:40 AM (Dj0WE)

100 Amtrak was formed on the British Leyland model, by snatching up the remnants of a dying industry that didn't have the customer base to support it. They rake it in on The Corridor, and blow it all plus subsidy trying to teach the rest of us what real travel is all about.

On-board service used to be good, when it was staffed by the people who had originally worked for real railroads. The dining car food was great. Those days are long gone, though.

TFG was bitching about two things, principally, yesterday: BamaFo, which if you will recall was a woman explaining why it was important to vote for him, and, of all things, people who read Ayn Rand, because they think everyone is a moocher. Does he not know his own wife's nickname?

Woody Allen said he took the Evelyn Wood course, and War and Peace is about Russia. Well, Atlas Shrugged is about railroads. Taggart Transcontinental had a maintenance-of-way employee named Galt.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at May 13, 2015 07:40 AM (xq1UY)

101 Monorail!!

What about us?

Posted by: Some Brain Dead Slobs at May 13, 2015 07:40 AM (6yehy)

102 78 76 The solution to Amtrack? Monorail!
Posted by: Count de Monet at May 13, 2015 07:27 AM (JO9+V)

MONORAIL!
Posted by: the real ch3 at May 13, 2015 07:28 AM (IG5KL)


I'm working on one to try a swindle, er, fleece, er, rip off, er get funding from the government!

For real.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 07:42 AM (St6BJ)

103 AMTRAK - The Commodore 64 of transport modes.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:43 AM (V8fhv)

104 Is there a chance the track could bend?

Posted by: Citizen X at May 13, 2015 07:44 AM (7ObY1)

105 Looks like George Zimmerman pulled his Glock on the wrong guy
Any GoFundMe for his medical expenses ?

Posted by: Saddam at May 13, 2015 07:44 AM (Kj2zW)

106 Anything good out there to get ourselves worked up over?

Posted by: Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet validates insecurities, hang-ups, neuroses, and parking! at May 13, 2015 07:45 AM (hLRSq)

107 Monorail, old and busted, an engineering kludge.

Magnetic Levitation, is the true new concept in controlling mobile populations. Frictionless, employs engineers and technicians, requires 'lectricity which is another whole industry of engineers, technicians, and union labor. Just think of the solar panels needed to power a MagLev train!

Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 07:45 AM (aspIq)

108 The Washinton Metro, Amtrak, I'm beginning to see a pattern.
Do we need to raise fares?
___________________________

Absolutely, because as we've learned from Dear Leader Barry, there is no problem that can't be solved by putting more money into government coffers.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at May 13, 2015 07:46 AM (lmdHn)

109 TFG called out Fox News for calling him out, or something.

Posted by: Citizen X at May 13, 2015 07:46 AM (7ObY1)

110 I swear I saw Magnetic Levitation open for somebody...

Posted by: Citizen X at May 13, 2015 07:46 AM (7ObY1)

111
So L'il Kim had his security director executed in public by, get this, anti-aircraft cannons.

Sheesh.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 07:47 AM (St6BJ)

112 UVa is attacking Rolling Stone magazine with 300 pages of tightly spaced complaint seeking millions of dollars in damages.

Hopefully all of Rolling Stone's staff will be reduced to poverty and forced to work the news bureau in Algiers. In burkas.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:47 AM (V8fhv)

113 109 TFG called out Fox News for calling him out, or something.

Posted by: Citizen X at May 13, 2015 07:46 AM (7ObY1)
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh snap

Posted by: the real ch3 at May 13, 2015 07:47 AM (IG5KL)

114 So L'il Kim had his security director executed in public by, get this, anti-aircraft cannons.

Sheesh.



Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 07:47 AM (St6BJ)


How soon until he has someone strapped to the side of a rocket?

Posted by: Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet validates insecurities, hang-ups, neuroses, and parking! at May 13, 2015 07:48 AM (hLRSq)

115 Moral purity is gained by raging against one's own straightness, Whiteness, maleness, &c.

It is proven by raging against others straightness, Whiteness, maleness, &c.

H8 becomes the purifying sanctimont of the Left.


You're probably right. That's a lot of tilting at windmills, though. Sounds exhausting.

Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 07:48 AM (bS6uW)

116 So L'il Kim had his security director executed in public by, get this, anti-aircraft cannons.

************

I think that would be preferable to being savaged by 100+ starving dogs, which is supposedly how he had his uncle killed.

At least the anti-aircraft guns kill you quickly.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at May 13, 2015 07:48 AM (lmdHn)

117 Sefton, don't forget L'ill Kimmie had his aunt poisoned.

I still say some of the generals are going to start thinking that Little Boots needs to go. Before they are swinging from lampposts or worse.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:49 AM (V8fhv)

118 So today is the last time tooling around Fairfax County and a couple of other parts of NoVa. To those morons here in the swampland on the Powtowmack, keep up the good work...

Almost a month ago, we ditched the People's Republic of Maryland for the somewhat-less-communist state of Ohio. It's good to be back in America.

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 13, 2015 07:49 AM (O7MnT)

119
Moral purity is gained by raging against one's own straightness, Whiteness, maleness, c.



It is proven by raging against others straightness, Whiteness, maleness, c.


Like every fascist revolution through History.

Marches, Mantras, Orthodoxies, Pieties.

Then comes the purges.

Utter loons.

Posted by: Amtrak at May 13, 2015 07:50 AM (oVJmc)

120
Well, I guess you take the most flak when you're directly over the target.

Or strapped to a telephone pole 10 yards away.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 07:50 AM (St6BJ)

121 AMTRAK - The Commodore 64 of transport modes.

That's unfair to the C64.

Posted by: Amtrak at May 13, 2015 07:50 AM (oVJmc)

122 Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:47 AM (V8fhv)


If that is true, then I have a feeling the 'Rape Culture' panic is about done running its course. There is nothing like looking at millions of dollars in potential damages to concentrate the mind and let reality and reason back in.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet validates insecurities, hang-ups, neuroses, and parking! at May 13, 2015 07:51 AM (hLRSq)

123 117 Sefton, don't forget L'ill Kimmie had his aunt poisoned.

I still say some of the generals are going to start thinking that Little Boots needs to go. Before they are swinging from lampposts or worse.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:49 AM (V8fhv)



Which general is going to be brave or stupid enough to actually whisper in another general's ear, not knowing what the latter thinks?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 07:51 AM (St6BJ)

124 We want cushy Jobs!!

We Want Cushy JOBS!!!!

Posted by: Some Brain Dead Slobs at May 13, 2015 07:52 AM (6yehy)

125 124 We want cushy Jobs!!

We Want Cushy JOBS!!!!
Posted by: Some Brain Dead Slobs at May 13, 2015 07:52 AM (6yehy)


You can be a cushion for Michael S'Moores.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 07:53 AM (St6BJ)

126 At least Obamacare is plugging along swimmingly.


Coughhawaiicough205millionhack
Coughdownthedraincough.

Posted by: Muldoon, a solid man at May 13, 2015 07:54 AM (NeFrd)

127
At least the anti-aircraft guns kill you quickly.


Well, theoretically.

The problem is that Nork Ack Ack uses salt loads.

Posted by: @JohnTant at May 13, 2015 07:55 AM (eytER)

128 We want cushy Jobs!!

We Want Cushy JOBS!!!!

Posted by: Some Brain Dead Slobs at May 13, 2015 07:52 AM (6yehy)


Cushy jobs at the nearest... FUN CAMP!!1!

Posted by: Comrade Hillary! at May 13, 2015 07:56 AM (7YlUk)

129 "Which general is going to be brave or stupid enough to actually whisper
in another general's ear, not knowing what the latter thinks?
"

That will not happen. Any General in command of a Division or so of Troops could give the order. He will not tell anyone.

He will just say "counter revolutionists" are trying to take over and shoot all on sight!!

March Champions of the People!! On to Pyongyang!!

Posted by: Gen Chuk it All at May 13, 2015 07:56 AM (6yehy)

130 Phil Hartman was taken from us too early. Rot in prison, you scrunt.

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 13, 2015 07:56 AM (JO9+V)

131 Ace had a post yesterday on it. UVa is seeking almost $8 million in damages. Erdley strangely manages to name one real person who works for UVa in her hit piece and defame them. So UVa is going after them with both barrels.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 07:57 AM (V8fhv)

132 Another whisper campaign of vague innuendo smearing the Clintons with kickbacks from Boeing.

On Fox, hated by Obama, but oh so convenient for attacking the Clintons, so who leaked the story to fox?

http://tinyurl.com/p2d36o5

Who hates the Clintons enough for a whisper campaign?

Stay tuned for another episode 'As the World Turns'.

Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 07:57 AM (aspIq)

133 Phil Hartman was taken from us too early. Rot in prison, you scrunt.

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 13, 2015 07:56 AM (JO9+V)


"Talk Radio" just wasn't the same without him.

Posted by: The Great Hat Controversy at May 13, 2015 07:58 AM (7YlUk)

134 Had a tactical (shoot/don't shoot) class yesterday. Accounted for 6 bad guys. Would not want to give testimony concerning 2 of my other rounds in courtroom. That's all I have to say about that.

Posted by: Eromero at May 13, 2015 07:59 AM (go5uR)

135 Phil Hartman's untimely demise makes Kiki's Delivery Service a bit hard to watch if you select the English dub.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 08:00 AM (V8fhv)

136 BRB, will be back with different hash due to multiple proxies...

Posted by: The Political Hat at May 13, 2015 08:00 AM (7YlUk)

137 I still say some of the generals are going to start thinking that Little Boots needs to go. Before they are swinging from lampposts or worse.
______________________

It is kind of astonishing how so many people are willing to let that nasty, fat little punk terrorize their entire nation. At least the Germans had a few decent men willing to risk death to stop Hitler's insanity. Where are the NoKo versions of von Stauffenberg, Fromm, Rommel, etc.?

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at May 13, 2015 08:00 AM (lmdHn)

138 The USA used to dominate the fighter aircraft market, now the Scandis and the Frogs are winning all the business.

http://tinyurl.com/ofhfje6

Is it because the F-35 is a POS, or because Obama foreign policy?

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 13, 2015 08:00 AM (O7MnT)

139 112 UVa is attacking Rolling Stone magazine with 300 pages of tightly spaced complaint seeking millions of dollars in damages.


UVA should be defending lawsuits, not filing them. They are every bit as responsible for damage to reputation as is Rolling Stone

Posted by: Some dope at May 13, 2015 08:00 AM (TTgpD)

140 Phil Hartman was taken from us too early. Rot in prison, you scrunt.
_____________

Hartman's wife, who shot him to death as he slept, killed herself a few hours later.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at May 13, 2015 08:01 AM (lmdHn)

141 In the WSJ, a lovely article on what Obama plans to do after his years of Service To America.

http://tinyurl.com/lk4ft7e

Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 08:01 AM (aspIq)

142 Phil Hartman was originally supposed to be the voice of Zapp Brannigan. That's even sadder than the ending of "Jurassic Bark."

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 13, 2015 08:02 AM (O7MnT)

143 141 In the WSJ, a lovely article on what Obama plans to do after his years of Service To America.

http://tinyurl.com/lk4ft7e
Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 08:01 AM (aspIq)


May G-d turn him into a chandelier so he can swing by day and burn by night.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 08:02 AM (St6BJ)

144 Just finishing up Sharyl Attkisson's "Stonewalled.". It's taken me about six months to get through it, because I'd read about 20 pages and get so pissed off, I had to put it down for a couple of days.


A fucking criminal organization is in charge of this country.

Posted by: DangerGirl at May 13, 2015 08:03 AM (cHQtB)

145 Seriously, think about that for a minute: "raging against others straightness, Whiteness, maleness."

One may as well protest the presence of nitrogen in the atmosphere. It's so fucking stupid it's hard to believe you could even get your mind into that space.

I sometimes wonder if the lefty corruptocrats actually believe their own nonsense or if it's just pablum for the masses to gain money and power. Because as weak as I think that is I can at least understand it -- ironically, it's really just another type of capitalist scheme, selling fake cures to miseries you created.

But if you are out of the power loop and you believe that shit you are literally wasting your life being angry all the time, win or lose they keep on a-ragin' because that's what they're taught to do. They're like prisoners standing in cells with the key to the lock hanging around their own necks. What a miserable lot.

Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 08:03 AM (bS6uW)

146 Morning

Posted by: Bigby's Brass Knuckles at May 13, 2015 08:05 AM (3ZtZW)

147 May G-d turn him into a chandelier so he can swing by day and burn by night.

R-a-a-a-a-a-a-y-cis!

Treasonous threat against the president!!

Bill O'Reilly will hear of this...

Traitors!!!

Posted by: Some Troll at May 13, 2015 08:05 AM (O7MnT)

148 So L'il Kim had his security director executed in public by, get this, anti-aircraft cannons.

************

I think that would be preferable to being savaged by 100+ starving dogs, which is supposedly how he had his uncle killed.

At least the anti-aircraft guns kill you quickly.


--

He acts like a movie villain.
Maybe someobe should send him better dvds for inspiration.

Posted by: @votermom at May 13, 2015 08:05 AM (cbfNE)

149 Is it because the F-35 is a POS, or because Obama foreign policy?

Yes

Posted by: GMan at May 13, 2015 08:07 AM (sxq57)

150 Early indications of train derailment have nothing to do with shortage of money, unless traveling too fast during hairpin curve saves dollars.

Posted by: SE Pa Moron at May 13, 2015 08:08 AM (xQX/f)

151 One may as well protest the presence of nitrogen in the atmosphere. It's so fucking stupid it's hard to believe you could even get your mind into that space.

Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 08:03 AM (bS6uW)


This is the core of the Left.

They come up with some idjit idea ex nihilo and develop it en vacuo and declare it to be true. Everything is filtered through this "revealed truth."

It is a perverted version of Thomas Aquinas' view of faith vs. science: The revealed truth is true, and if evidence is counter to that, than the evidence is corrupt.

I recommend reading Yuval Levin's "The Tyranny of Reason" to more fully explore this.

Posted by: The Political Hat at May 13, 2015 08:08 AM (2l+KS)

152 Eurofighter GmnH Taifun is the model on which the JSF program is built. A jobs program disguised as a procurement program.

The Typhoon idea dates all the way back to the 1970s. The Dassault Rafale actually exists because France got mad at the other Eurofighter consortium partners not selecting the French design. So France huffed and puffed, then stormed off and built the Rafale. Leaving Britain, Germany, and Italy to muddle along until they roped in Spain and after the German reunification talked Germany to rejoin the consortium.

And the price tag per Typhoon airframe is bit hard to nail down. But you can be safe to say $120 million might be a conservative estimate.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 08:09 AM (V8fhv)

153 The picket fence I'm supposed to tear down and replace blew over last night so I had to clear that out. What a b!tch. Because it had been falling apart since oh, 25 years ago? maybe longer, people kept piling crap on either side like large rocks, pieces of concrete, boards, lawn debris, rebar, stakes, etc. I've gotta do an archeological dig just to get to level ground...

Posted by: Bigby's Brass Knuckles at May 13, 2015 08:09 AM (3ZtZW)

154 I was actually called in to the hospital in an all-hands-on-deck alert, my first, so apparently I've progressed from probably dangerous to possibly useful when there's blood on the floor.

Except we moved our trauma center off the main campus to an affiliated hospital this year. And both are miles and miles away from the disaster site. So it was mainly a fire drill for us.

Posted by: Little Miss Spellcheck at May 13, 2015 08:10 AM (iKhVZ)

155 Phil Hartman was taken from us too early. Rot in prison, you scrunt.

She's dead.

Poor kids.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 13, 2015 08:10 AM (oVJmc)

156 Gregory, I'd like to blame it on dastardly French bribery - but its all on cost. Strong dollar, etc.

I really don't get the thought process on being a second or third tier air force. If your not going to project power and train hard; buy decent SAMs, a few SRBM to keep your neighbors honest, and some older, easy to maintain stuff so the kids of politicians get to be fighter jocks. Spend your cash on helos, CAS, drones and local transport to deal with disasters and insurrections.

Would have thought the Falklands lesson was learned.

Posted by: Jean at May 13, 2015 08:11 AM (ztOda)

157 Which general is going to be brave or stupid enough to actually whisper in another general's ear, not knowing what the latter thinks?
__________________

It's definitely a risk, but look at how many Germans were involved in the plots to assassinate Hitler. They took the same risks, and many of them lost their lives as a result. After the July 20 attempt, the Gestapo executed nearly 5,000 suspected conspirators.

And considering how batshit crazy Kim is, those generals are at risk either way. He has already brutally executed his girlfriend, his uncle, his mentor, etc., all for real or imagined offenses. He could just as easily kill his "loyal" lieutenants whenever the whim strikes him. Playing along with this lunatic does not guarantee those guys that Kim won't be deciding to toss them into a pit of starving dogs, or use them for target practice with his anti-aircraft guns, next.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at May 13, 2015 08:11 AM (lmdHn)

158 Oh well, existential musings aside we must still tend our gardens. I'm off to defend corporate evildoers and double bill my liberal clients.

I bid you all a great day.

Posted by: Blacksheep at May 13, 2015 08:11 AM (bS6uW)

159 150 Early indications of train derailment have nothing to do with shortage of money, unless traveling too fast during hairpin curve saves dollars.

--

If it turns out to be human error by human who happens to be union member with previous poor performance who could not be fired because union, well, I expect the media to be so not reporting that.

Posted by: @votermom at May 13, 2015 08:11 AM (cbfNE)

160 What we need are some of Hillary's Fun Camps here in The PRK.

Fun! Fun!! Fun!!!

Posted by: Gen Duk Duk Gus Minister of Fun Camps at May 13, 2015 08:12 AM (6yehy)

161 This wobegone stretch of Frankford Avenue in North Philly hasn't seen this many white people in decades.

Posted by: Little Miss Spellcheck at May 13, 2015 08:12 AM (iKhVZ)

162 Morning, Glories!

Reading along, got up to #100, decided I'd check in before the next thread went up.

Vic, you're just unreliable nowadays. Gonna have to cut your salary in half. Which will not change the amount, of course.

anon a mouse: Congratulations on the move finally going down. Texas is no Oklahoma, but it's okay.

Kreplach: Amtrak loses money on bar cars:
Milady says, does this mean the government is actually paying for passengers to drink? Amazing.

Okay, back to #101...

Posted by: mindful webworker - sort-of at May 13, 2015 08:13 AM (gPTe0)

163 And Saab can market the JAS.39 Gripen as long as the US signs off on the export orders for the GE F-404 engine that powers it.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 08:14 AM (V8fhv)

164 154 I was actually called in to the hospital in an all-hands-on-deck alert, my first, so apparently I've progressed from probably dangerous to possibly useful when there's blood on the floor.

--

Congrats.

Tv news said Temple's ER got filled and had to temporarily divert patients last night. How many patients can it take, do you happen to know?

Posted by: @votermom at May 13, 2015 08:15 AM (cbfNE)

165 Sefton's corollary: Your bed is always at its most
comfortable, or you are at your sleepiest, at precisely the moment you
have to get out of it.





Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 06:37 AM (St6BJ)

Yes, this! Second corollary, just as you start to drift off neighbor will start banging her car doors and screaming at kids.
Third. Hung over you hope for an extra hour of sleep and then the yard man starts his leaf blower under your window.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 13, 2015 08:17 AM (0FSuD)

166 You'll are assuming the underlings in NorkLand aren't just as insane as the boss. Its a feral society. The planning documents for when it all comes crashing down are scary, Steven King could have written parts.

Posted by: Jean at May 13, 2015 08:17 AM (ztOda)

167 157 Posted by: TrivialPursuer at May 13, 2015 08:11 AM (lmdHn)

Nazi Germany lasted 12 years and the military for the most part were elite Prussians (the zealots notwithstanding). The DPRK has been with us since over 65 years and most everyone there has been brought up brainwashed. Even more of a closed totalitarian society than Hitlerite Germany, so who the hell knows who to trust, let alone feeling that opposing the regime is the moral/right thing to do?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 08:18 AM (St6BJ)

168 141
In the WSJ, a lovely article on what Obama plans to do after his years of Service To America.



http://tinyurl.com/lk4ft7e

Posted by: Barlow Dondabiter at May 13, 2015 08:01 AM (aspIq)

I was praying he was moving to Cuba.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 13, 2015 08:18 AM (0FSuD)

169 168 I was praying he was moving to Cuba.
Posted by: Nip Sip at May 13, 2015 08:18 AM (0FSuD)

So many Yiddish curses, so little time . . .

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 08:19 AM (St6BJ)

170 I really don't get the thought process on being a second or third tier air force.

There is no greater waste of money than building the world's second-best military.

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 13, 2015 08:19 AM (O7MnT)

171 Anon a Mouse, I want to welcome you to Texas. Which part of the state will be getting you? As long as it is not the people's republic of Austin you'll be alright. If it is Austin, you won't be able to tell you've moved from the DC area.

Posted by: An Observation at May 13, 2015 08:20 AM (DOdzH)

172 I actually wrote a post trying to sort out how convoluted and bumpy the whole Eurofighter mess has been.

http://annapuna.blogspot.com/2005/06/eurofighter-2000-in-2005.html

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 08:20 AM (V8fhv)

173 170 I really don't get the thought process on being a second or third tier air force.

There is no greater waste of money than building the world's second-best military.
Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 13, 2015 08:19 AM (O7MnT)


Overthrowing one's own government is easier when you let foreign powers do it for you.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 08:20 AM (St6BJ)

174 Posted by: Nip Sip at May 13, 2015 08:18 AM (0FSuD)

Nip. How's the head?

Posted by: Golfman at May 13, 2015 08:21 AM (iaeSR)

175 And Saab can market the JAS.39 Gripen as long as the US signs off on the export orders for the GE F-404 engine that powers it.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 08:14 AM (V8fhv)

The ITAR whining gets overwrought. Last time I looked there were no 3rd generation fighters available in the "West" without pass through ITAR (or Euro equivalent) concerns. I'm sure its worse with the 4th gen fighters.

Posted by: Jean at May 13, 2015 08:22 AM (ztOda)

176 The Iranians are still appreciative of all the low time MiG-29s they got from Iraq because of Desert Storm.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 08:22 AM (V8fhv)

177 "138
The USA used to dominate the fighter aircraft market, now the Scandis and the Frogs are winning all the business.



http://tinyurl.com/ofhfje6



Is it because the F-35 is a POS, or because Obama foreign policy?





Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 13, 2015 08:00 AM (O7MnT)"

A few years ago the Indians were considering buying F-18s. The deciding argument against doing so was that they US might decide to cut off spare parts for political reasons. You really can't argue against that one.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 13, 2015 08:22 AM (KDbAT)

178

Must-see viewing for all Morons, on Netflix Instant:

"Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story"

What a man, what a family, what a life.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 08:23 AM (St6BJ)

179 I'm sure Philadelphia will display its famous reputation for honesty and integrity as hundreds more 'injured in the crash' -- many multiple of trains capacity -- show up in emergency rooms. 'Gotta get paid' is the legal expression for this phenomenon.

Posted by: SE Pa Moron at May 13, 2015 08:24 AM (xQX/f)

180 @153 Bigby, been there, my brother. I don't envy you the task but at least parts should be "interesting work." You...do...have a tractor, don't you?

Last week I hand-excavated under a 1930's "Michigan basement" to replace a drain trap I'm pretty sure had Greek satyrs inscribed on it when it was new, and install a cleanout, which apparently hadn't been invented yet when it went in. I was surprised at the integrity of what we had taken to be crappy cellar-floor concrete, since I had to bash it with a well-driller's maul (not enough room to swing a real sledge). The sound a short-handle roundpoint makes, sucking mud, must be part of the Muzak in Hell. Take this hammer, carry it to the captain.

Beneath the floor was what they used to call "general fill," and a generous quantity of groundwater, clear, thank God. I could now write a thesis on what was in that fill, just like the real archeologists do. Did you know, there's glass in there? Vintage.

Anybody hear how Buffalo-roamin' Dave's door frame came out? That was an interesting project.

Posted by: Stringer Davis at May 13, 2015 08:24 AM (xq1UY)

181
So, Kim Jong Ugh is killing people using anti aircraft guns?

http://goo.gl/q1i4Oj

Posted by: Bruce J. at May 13, 2015 08:24 AM (iQIUe)

182 God Andy you're so bossy. Don't tell me what to do, it's my birthday.

Posted by: Gingy at May 13, 2015 08:25 AM (WvS3w)

183 HIGH SPEED INJURIES!!!

Posted by: Engineer Joe! at May 13, 2015 08:25 AM (oVJmc)

184 Hahahaha. I got first on the BenK thread! Yay me. I'm a utter geek.

Ben's up, btw.

Posted by: mindful webworker - i r th champion at May 13, 2015 08:25 AM (gPTe0)

185 Hahahaha. I got first on the BenK thread! Yay me. I'm a utter geek.

Ben's up, btw.

Posted by: mindful webworker - i r th champion at May 13, 2015 08:25 AM (gPTe0)

186
And why didnt Jane Fonda walk into North Korea as she planned to tell them to unite with the South?

Posted by: Bruce J. at May 13, 2015 08:26 AM (iQIUe)

187 Jean, yep. ITAR is another reason to be leery of American arms in the age of Gaylord.

"Oh we don't like you this week so we are revoking..."

South Vietnam all over again is the dreaded specter.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 08:26 AM (V8fhv)

188 Hill Street Blues was awesome

Posted by: tmitsss at May 13, 2015 06:49 AM (Pa9vP)
________

I met Ed Marinaro. To this day, he's the most famous person I've ever shaken hands with.

Posted by: FireHorse at May 13, 2015 08:27 AM (64tBw)

189 Nip. How's the head?

Posted by: Golfman at May 13, 2015 08:21 AM (iaeSR)

Thanks for axing, I actually feel great. Sorry for last night's rant. ha ha.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 13, 2015 08:28 AM (0FSuD)

190
So, Kim Jong Ugh is killing people using anti aircraft guns?


Bullets are scarce.

Posted by: Engineer Joe! at May 13, 2015 08:28 AM (oVJmc)

191 http://annapuna.blogspot.com/2005/06/eurofighter-2000-in-2005.html

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 13, 2015 08:20 AM (V8fhv)


Needs more blogposting

Posted by: Hat #007 at May 13, 2015 08:28 AM (2l+KS)

192 There are some who think that the only way to get the Norks out of their Kim cult-state would be to revert to an earlier form of Korean monarchy.
Would have to get the South Koreans aboard though.

Posted by: @votermom at May 13, 2015 08:28 AM (cbfNE)

193 Money quote from the Drudge linked Amtrak story: "It felt like we were going to fast around a curve..."


Posted by: An Observation at May 13, 2015 08:30 AM (DOdzH)

194 One can build a enough of a land component to discourage your neighbors adventures in empire building and a Navy to control your economic zone and maintain a local presence.

But buying 4th gen fighter jets? Without the tanker fleet, without space and airborne radar support, without tactical data links, without EW support, without recon, .... wtf Not to even go into the industrial base to support the things in peacetime - much less at war. The things are designed to work in our way of war, not your small country parade.

Posted by: Jean at May 13, 2015 08:30 AM (ztOda)

195 There are already fully automated trains running between coal mines and power plants. These are trains with no passengers riding on them. They seem to have a pretty good safety record.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 13, 2015 08:32 AM (KDbAT)

196 Phil Hartman was taken from us too early. Rot in prison, you scrunt.

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 13, 2015 07:56 AM (JO9+V)

"Talk News Radio" just wasn't the same without him.Posted by: The Great Hat Controversy at May 13, 2015 07:58 AM (7YlUk) -----Fixed

Posted by: Darth Randall at May 13, 2015 08:34 AM (6n332)

197 @votermom@164: Temple, Einstein, Torresdale and Hahnemann handled 50 severe cases. Probably 30-10-10-10. They're closest to Frankford.

Penn Presbyterian got a city bus full of ambulatories. Three other buses to scattered ERs around the city (Pennsylvania, Jefferson, St. Chris?).

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is quietly getting out of the trauma business.

Posted by: Little Miss Spellcheck at May 13, 2015 08:34 AM (iKhVZ)

198 George Clooney is an intolerable douche, but he was perfectly hilarious in Intolerable Cruelty. Shoulda won an Oscar.

"She's rich. And I love her. Don't need to kill her."

Posted by: Redolent at May 13, 2015 08:34 AM (4HYng)

199 Roads and bridges, people! Roads and bridges.

We need money to rebuild and update our decaying infrastructure. We need to pass legis------ ...

... oh, we did? How many times? For how much money?

(Never mind.)

Posted by: FireHorse at May 13, 2015 08:37 AM (64tBw)

200 So, Kim Jong Ugh is killing people using anti aircraft guns?


I read the news from DPRK and read that the most terrifying thing is if one bullet is missing for any military exercise. Heads will roll if that one bullet isn't found. Whole military units can be blacklisted, and officers demoted.
They are afraid that one bullet might end up in a gun that somehow is
near the great leader.


Posted by: colin at May 13, 2015 08:38 AM (BO1b9)

201 SePA Moron: Ticket stub or it didn't happen. There was no reason on Earth why neighborhood folk would be bystanding within 500 yards of the crash site.

Posted by: Little Miss Spellcheck at May 13, 2015 08:39 AM (iKhVZ)

202 201 SePA Moron: Ticket stub or it didn't happen. There was no reason on Earth why neighborhood folk would be bystanding within 500 yards of the crash site.
Posted by: Little Miss Spellcheck at May 13, 2015 08:39 AM (iKhVZ)


To steal the wallets and jewelry from the dead and injured.

See: 1918 Malbone Street disaster

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2015 08:40 AM (St6BJ)

203 "192
There are some who think that the only way to get the Norks out of their
Kim cult-state would be to revert to an earlier form of Korean
monarchy.

Would have to get the South Koreans aboard though.

Posted by: @votermom at May 13, 2015 08:28 AM (cbfNE)"

It was either the late 1970s or early 1980s when there was a coup d'etat in South Korea. Until then there had been the form of democracy but the government was actually run by a few people at the top. That changed when a general pulled out a gun and shot them before he was gunned down himself. At that point the form of democracy became reality. I suspect that keeping that memory in mind, Little Kim does not allow anybody to have loaded guns in his presence.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 13, 2015 08:40 AM (KDbAT)

204 A CCW holder in Michigan is on trial for murder. Apparently he traded road rage with another guy. At a red light the other guy got out and came up to the CCW holder's truck. The CCW holder shot him, he claims in self-defense. Said the other guy was punching him through the window and threatening to kill him.

The prosecutor made a big deal out of the CCW holder being a member of the NRA, a member of a CCW rights organization through which he had purchased CCW insurance, and the fact the CCW holder's second call after 911 was to a gun rights lawyer.

All that sounds appealable.

Posted by: Redolent at May 13, 2015 08:41 AM (4HYng)

205 I have a buddy I was in the service with who lives in MD. Fredrick it was. He drove a truck picking up the milk at the dairy farms. I was out there on business, had some extra time and went with him on his route. He took the milk to a plant, pumped it into this big gizmo that dried that milk and shot it out of the front like a big snow blower. People with shovels put it gunny sacks. Below the nozzle they were making butter. Helluva operation.

Posted by: Hank at May 13, 2015 08:47 AM (mb+j8)

206 Can you blame Kim Jung Nut? Remember the infamous Dinner Party of 1979?

http://goo.gl/2ahuI

Posted by: Bruce J. at May 13, 2015 09:22 AM (iQIUe)

207 You have to check out the Oberlin College Choir youtube response to the feminatzis Christina Sommers controversy. Priceless.

Posted by: luciana at May 13, 2015 03:28 PM (lD+4C)

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