Overnight Open Thread (1-3-2016)

Quote of the Day I

When I arrived in Leningrad, Mikhail Gorbachev had just become general secretary, and the Cold War was still very much alive. But almost as soon as I left, things began to change. Any American who made her first trip across the Iron Curtain even three years later, in 1988, would encounter a completely different world and a different vocabulary - glasnost, perestroika, reform - from the one I had found. Which also means that anyone of any nationality who is more than a decade younger than I can't possibly have any adult recollection of either the USSR, or the Cold War, or what we used to call "real existing socialism" at all.

Recently, this has begun to seem significant to me. Not because my own experience was significant, but because it means that the living memory of the USSR is now truly fading and the nature of the USSR - its peculiar awfulness, its criminality, its stupidity - is becoming harder and harder to explain. The sense of being surrounded by lies; the underlying anxiety that someone might be listening or reporting on you; the constant, screaming, inescapable propaganda; the sullenness of the crowds on the Metro; the memories of mass terror just below the surface; the useful idiots and the cynical sycophants who supported the whole thing, both in Russia and abroad; all of that is now absolutely impossible to convey.

-- Anne Applebaum in Russia and the Great Forgetting

Quote of the Day II

It's all about power. And they don't care about the Constitution, or social norms of free speech and academic freedom, or campus talk about civility. Because it's all about power. There is nothing admirable about this, it is not simply overzealous well-meaning people. It is mob violence. Because it's all about power.

-- Glenn Reynolds on the campus SJWs

Quote of the Day III

"But we now live in the age of the fake nerd and I think that's where Star Wars fits best. The people that 'f***ing love science!' and watch Big Bang Theory can't shut up about Star Wars. It's another method to signal their membership in the cult of pseudo-scientism. They may never have made it past geometry in school, but they swear they grew up on comic books and were always a nerd."

-- Thezman on fake nerdery

On the other hand if there's one thing I hate, it's nerdier-than-thou nerd hipsterism.

Swiss General: Europe "On The Verge Of Civil War," Citizens Must Arm Themselves

Lieutenant-General André Blattmann has issued a warning to the Swiss people that society is dangerously close to collapse and advised those not already armed as part of the Swiss Army reserve to take steps to arm themselves. Blattmann has been head of the Armed Forces since, 1 March 2009 and his words carry very significant weight in a country in which several Citizens' Initiative referenda against burqas and mosques have proven enormously popular as concerns grow about immigration and Islamisation.

Related: Gun sales up in 12 Swiss cantons

swissgeneralarmyour

This is not 'Nam, Achmed - there are rules for raping

And man does Daesh have a lot of rules about when you can and can not rape your sex slaves.

Among the fatwa's injunctions are bans on a father and son having sex with the same female slave; and the owner of a mother and daughter having sex with both. Joint owners of a female captive are similarly enjoined from intercourse because she is viewed as "part of a joint ownership."
If the owner of a female captive, who has a daughter suitable for intercourse, has sexual relations with the latter, he is not permitted to have intercourse with her mother and she is permanently off limits to him. Should he have intercourse with her mother then he is not permitted to have intercourse with her daughter and she is to be off limits to him.

And they also seem to be anti-abortion as well at least when it comes to rape-pregnancies:

It is not permissible to cause her to abort if she is pregnant

What If The World Is Not a Coca Cola Ad From the 70s: Family that housed 100+ foreign refugees on farm attacked and threatened with murder by their 'guests'

Unsustainable

collegetuitionaei

Gavin McInnes on How to Replace a Transmission

Here he focuses on using a heavy-duty utility transmission which is an update to the clutch replacement from the last video.

2016 West Point Cadets Will Wear Class Rings Containing WTC Steel

One tradition I was not aware is that since 2002 families of a deceased West Point graduate can send in their rings to be re-smelted with the gold used in the rings for new classes. So every new graduate carries a bit of gold on his hand that was worn by previous generations of graduates. 

Each class designs its own rings. The ingots of the class of 2016's rings were poured earlier in the year at the Pease & Curren refinery in Rhode Island. That ceremony, known as the "ring melt," is a tradition begun for the rings of West Point's bicentennial class in 2002.

Since then, it's not just any gold that goes into these rings. They're made from gold from class rings that were worn by earlier graduates and that have been donated, melted and mixed with new gold to make rings for the following year's first-class cadets.

A small amount of gold is preserved after each melt so that every graduating class will have traces of gold from all the rings that have been donated since the program began.

This has enabled every class since 2002 to "grip hands" with graduates from the past.

This year, 34 class rings were donated from classes between 1924 and 1985. Some families donating rings sent family members to the ring melt, where they placed the rings in a crucible. A film of the event shows a number of them, including Tom O'Neil, who donated the ring worn by his grandfather.

The grandfather, Colonel Thomas O'Neil, had been in the class of 1934. His grandson had carried his ring through two combat tours in Iraq and two years in Afghanistan. At the ring melt, he spoke of what the moment would have meant to his grandfather.

westpointring

New CA Law: Students Will No Longer Have to Pass High School or Even an Exit Exam to Receive a Diploma

Diplomas of Thinkology for everyone retroactive to 2004!

Top Men: IRS Employee Whose Job Was Assisting Victims Of Identity Theft Charged In $1 Million Identity Theft Tax Fraud.

You had one job.

Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories: I'm Rick James Bitch!

Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories: Fuck Yo Couch, Eddie Murphy!

Patrick Duffy Finally Publishes His Novel Based on Man From Atlantis

About 30 years after it would been topical.

manfromatnove

How to Build a Road Roman Style

roman-roadbuilding

Weekly Commenter Standings

Top 10 commenters:
1 [581 comments] 'eman' [81.58 posts/day]
2 [403 comments] 'Insomniac - Pale Horse/Death 2016'
3 [394 comments] 'Harry Paratestes'
4 [316 comments] 'Anna Puma'
5 [313 comments] 'Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee?'
6 [291 comments] 'Bertram Cabot Jr.'
7 [285 comments] 'Lea'
8 [272 comments] 'Mike Hammer, etc., etc.'
9 [269 comments] 'BurtTC'
10 [259 comments] 'rickb223'

Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
1 [98 names] 'Jason Garrett, ginger imbecile, what needs to be fired... out of a cannon... into a volcano' [13.76 unique names/day]
2 [81 names] 'The Political Hat'
3 [72 names] 'mindful webworker - and corn bread!'
4 [69 names] 'Caitlyn Jenner'
5 [47 names] 'Bertram Cabot Jr.'
6 [45 names] 'Barack Obama'
7 [44 names] 'Prince Ludwig the #Problematic'
8 [42 names] 'Turd Ferguson'
9 [41 names] 'Cicero (@cicero)'
10 [28 names] 'wth'

The group. Banned on 12 universities.

Where it's at - the Twitter

Tonight's post brought to you by New Years Eve in Manchester:

manchesternewyearseve

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Posted by: Maetenloch at 11:03 PM




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1 First?

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 03, 2016 11:03 PM (xVgrA)

2 Wow! I didn't see the beheading of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, coming up in the season premiere of DA's final series. And they're leading him up to the square where the execution is to take place and you say to yourself, "Do the loyal guards jump in now to save him?" and it doesn't happen. And then he's in the square walking up to the chopping block and you say to yourself, "Do the loyal guards jump in now to save him?" and it doesn't happen. And then he's got his neck on the block and the axeman raisese the axe to strike and you say to yourself, "Do the loyal guards jump in now to save him?" and it doesn't happen. And then the cut off his frigging head and you go, "Oh WOW! They just cut off Robert's head!! Holy F#CK!!!"

Posted by: andycanuck at January 03, 2016 11:04 PM (DLIIY)

3 We needed the USSR to be the "bad example."
Don't be like that guy, dear.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at January 03, 2016 11:05 PM (FkBIv)

4 Fake Nerds Nerd Wars begun has - Yoda

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:06 PM (hmbKk)

5 Willowed!

Posted by: Country Singer at January 03, 2016 11:06 PM (GUBah)

6 If you find the USSR difficult to grasp, enroll in college.

It will all become clear very quickly.

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:08 PM (MQEz6)

7 Hello all.

Posted by: AshevilleRobert at January 03, 2016 11:08 PM (9ltS8)

8 Thanks for the content Maet!!

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 03, 2016 11:08 PM (xVgrA)

9 Well if Green Bay wins tonight I know who should get the game ball, and also which player is going to get the most pussy in GB. The Place Kicker.

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 03, 2016 11:10 PM (zt+N6)

10 Hey, what happened to Kwanzaa last year? Did I sleep through it?

Posted by: CAPT_Ron at January 03, 2016 11:10 PM (MzElI)

11 I guess everyone is gearing up to go back to work/ school tomorrow. My kids don't go back until Tuesday.

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 03, 2016 11:10 PM (xVgrA)

12 What?

Number one?

Bloody hell.

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:11 PM (MQEz6)

13 helllloooo up there..!

Posted by: Satan back on the job at January 03, 2016 11:11 PM (MaaAj)

14 Nyah nyah

http://www.ufunk.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/selection-du-weekend-173-14.jpg

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:11 PM (hmbKk)

15 Good evening Gentlefappers.

I rang in the new year in Ripon once, but sadly we all kept our trousers on.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at January 03, 2016 11:12 PM (jR7Wy)

16 I think 2015 is the year we finally stopped pretending that Kwanzaa was a real thing.

Posted by: Lauren at January 03, 2016 11:13 PM (GZ6Pf)

17 Happy-ish Sunday Evening, all y'all ...

Posted by: Adriane the Food Critic ... at January 03, 2016 11:14 PM (AoK0a)

18 Gavin McInnes can get to some of the Horde when he does a video of dropping a transmission from a vintage vehicle like this.

http://www.ufunk.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/selection-du-weekend-173-54.jpg

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:14 PM (hmbKk)

19 Hey Lauren! How's Rose?

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 03, 2016 11:15 PM (xVgrA)

20 Fake Nerd vs. Real Nerd.

Fake Nerd loves Star Wars.

Real Nerd loves spending 3 hours arguing about Star Wars.

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 03, 2016 11:15 PM (zt+N6)

21 Guess she likes cats...

Posted by: Last at January 03, 2016 11:15 PM (8HiDF)

22 Poor Pack.

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:16 PM (MQEz6)

23 I read it all.

Posted by: Mister Mxyzptlk at January 03, 2016 11:16 PM (rwI+c)

24 They may never have made it past geometry in school, but they swear they grew up on comic books and were always a nerd."



Nothing more scientific than comic books, I say.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 03, 2016 11:16 PM (oKE6c)

25 I guess everyone is gearing up to go back to work/ school tomorrow. My kids don't go back until Tuesday.




One more day off. Foundation repair tomorrow.

Posted by: rickb223 at January 03, 2016 11:16 PM (DKgtk)

26 How is your cat doing Adriane?

Meanwhile, counteract the soul shattering mind rending horror of last thread.

Death by Cuteness.
http://www.ufunk.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/selection-du-weekend-173-59.jpg

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:16 PM (hmbKk)

27 Am I the only only one here that doesn't care for that McGinnis character?
I have tried to tolerate him, but He's the epitome of hipster.

And thanks, lindafell. When I woke up from my nap, I saw your awesome chilli recipe! That sounds so good...
(And no, I will NOT go into that nasty barrel if needed - not even for someone as nice as you)

Posted by: Chi at January 03, 2016 11:16 PM (gQfxF)

28 Discount double choke?

Posted by: the "Hey Rogers!" guy at January 03, 2016 11:16 PM (H9MG5)

29 Woot woot ONT

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 03, 2016 11:17 PM (voOPb)

30 Thought you could sneak the ONT by me, eh? Well, no way ho-say! I saw it.

And I deny emphatically that the mindful webworker on the top sock list of shame is me. Must've been two other mindful webworkers. That's the ticket, yeah.

Posted by: mindful webworker - 2 quick 4 u at January 03, 2016 11:17 PM (ACs58)

31 Chi,
You're just lucky that it pasted ok!!

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 03, 2016 11:18 PM (xVgrA)

32 Seriously?

A fumble?

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:18 PM (MQEz6)

33 All Hail Eris, where is one place you haven't rung in New Years yet?

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:19 PM (hmbKk)

34 nope

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:19 PM (MQEz6)

35 All the sane people in California really need to pop smoke.

Posted by: Mister Mxyzptlk at January 03, 2016 11:19 PM (rwI+c)

36 Instapundit has a couple of links of interest. One from something called the 20 committee from March of last year about Yugoslavia as a warning to the US, and another about the mess Saudi Arabia is in by Spengler in the Asia Times.

Posted by: A.Smythers, A Celt at January 03, 2016 11:20 PM (XURvj)

37 All the sane people in California really need to pop smoke.




All two did. You missed it?

Posted by: rickb223 at January 03, 2016 11:20 PM (DKgtk)

38 "How's Rose?"

Huuuge! She's a giant baby who's already sitting up and being big and I can't take it. Haha. She's a sweetheart.

We got your Christmas card, btw. Loved it Seems like we get fewer and fewer each year so it was definitely appreciated.

Posted by: Lauren at January 03, 2016 11:20 PM (GZ6Pf)

39 Real Nerd loves spending 3 hours arguing about Star Wars.


Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016!

Back in the 1980's, I used to go to SF-Cons on occasion with a couple of friends (that were married, and their wives went too). I was single and part of the mission was to find a hot single chick that was interesting.

Bad idea, really. Most of the girls were fat and weird, but some of the really hot ones were obviously the center of attention. I stopped doing that about 1988 or 1989.
I met Lois McMaster Bujold, and talked to her for a while at one of the Cons, and also talked to her husband (now long divorced). She was kinda cute, nerdy hot, if you know what I mean. A few years older than me
I googled up a picture of her recently, and ....she hasn't aged well.

This, among many other things, cured me of being any kind of SF Nerd. It's a mug's game, fellah.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative...now older and senile at January 03, 2016 11:20 PM (+1T7c)

40 As if they can make rings out of steel.
Fire can't melt steel!

Posted by: andycanuck at January 03, 2016 11:21 PM (DLIIY)

41 Oh yeah Johnny Football is done in Cleveland and what team would want him? The Browns have a rule about players undergoing concussion protocol being required to be at the team facilities at 9 am on Sundays. Guess you skipped it. Now that right there is the kind of guy you want as a leader in your locker room.

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 03, 2016 11:21 PM (zt+N6)

42 In the last few days, there was a link to an article which cite a number of REAL climate exerts taking issue with AGW. This was not the Al Gore prediction thing, but a couple of days before.

Does anyone recall the thread?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 03, 2016 11:21 PM (oFSUK)

43 "The age of the fake nerd." Hoo boy, hasn't someone just climbed on their SciFi high horse! I hate to break it to that guy, but in 1977 EVERYBODY-not just nerds and members of Science Fiction Book Club-went and saw the movie. Twice, on the statistical average. It was a great space opera film for everyone, and a lot of people (myself included) are SF fans with an imagination because of it.

Now, real Star Wars nerds, those are the guys and gals who give a damn about midichlorians and where the First Order comes from. Everyone else went and saw the movie, and though it was pretty damn good.


Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:22 PM (ry4ab)

44 I think 2015 is the year we finally stopped pretending that Kwanzaa was a real thing.

That might almost make up for TFG's latest trip to Hawaii on the taxpayers dime ...

Posted by: Adriane the Holiday Critic ... at January 03, 2016 11:22 PM (AoK0a)

45 I guess everyone is gearing up to go back to work/ school tomorrow. My kids don't go back until Tuesday.

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 03, 2016 11:10 PM (xVgrA)


Pfft. I'm at work now.

Posted by: GGE of the Working Horde, NC Chapter at January 03, 2016 11:23 PM (30qi/)

46 Well, tried to propose over the phone tonight.

She's like, oh no, gotta drive up to Colorado and do it.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 03, 2016 11:23 PM (YRM5Y)

47 Ren pouted first!

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:23 PM (MQEz6)

48 MisHum,
Any fish today?

Posted by: Chi at January 03, 2016 11:24 PM (gQfxF)

49 >>lindafell de spair

Your chili recipe had black diamond disease. How many lbs of tomatillos?

Posted by: Aviator at January 03, 2016 11:24 PM (c7vUv)

50 14
Nyah nyah

----------------
Hello Kitty.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:25 PM (ry4ab)

51 Aw, c'mon, Chi. There's nothing wrong with teh Barrel that a good thermobaric grenade wouldn't fix.

And just to be clear, I mean tossing said grenade into teh Barrel, and not as a pre-emptive self-mercification.


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at January 03, 2016 11:25 PM (McRlu)

52 What? RK?

No more bachelor?.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 03, 2016 11:26 PM (voOPb)

53 Now, real Star Wars nerds, those are the guys and gals who give a damn about midichlorians and where the First Order comes from. Everyone else went and saw the movie, and though it was pretty damn good.
Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:22 PM (ry4ab)

And how the First Order got the resources to build Starkiller base when its at least 5x as big as the Death Star...

What is it with Sith-led empires and their mad quest for impractical super-weapons?

Posted by: Thrawn at January 03, 2016 11:26 PM (+ik1L)

54 41
Oh yeah Johnny Football is done in Cleveland and what team would want
him? The Browns have a rule about players undergoing concussion
protocol being required to be at the team facilities at 9 am on Sundays.
Guess you skipped it. Now that right there is the kind of guy you
want as a leader in your locker room.
---------------
This is one of the reasons why the Browns owner sacked the head coach AND the GM today.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:26 PM (ry4ab)

55 33 All Hail Eris, where is one place you haven't rung in New Years yet?
Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:19 PM (hmbKk)
---
Mecca.
Machu Pichu.
Moscow.

Lots of places!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at January 03, 2016 11:26 PM (jR7Wy)

56 Well exdem13, signed up for the trial at Crunchyroll. Just for the chance to win 1 of 5 trips for 2 for a week with $1000, hotel, and plane fare to Japan.

Now do I watch some anime or go back to writing?

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:26 PM (hmbKk)

57 Quote of the Day I

Nixon and Reagan were proudly, profoundly anti-communist and the democrats and the media and hollywood hated them for it.

Now that Arne Duncan and Bill Ayers have control of the education system, we are being spoon fed John Lennon's "Imagine" with no opposition from anyone.

We are on the highway to hell, and the ride won't be musical.

Posted by: A.Smythers, A Celt at January 03, 2016 11:27 PM (XURvj)

58 29: MH Time for a regime change in Green Bay. Worst team in the playoffs.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at January 03, 2016 11:27 PM (ucDmr)

59 Anne Applebaum in Russia and the Great Forgetting

Something about those who don't know history, doomed to reruns...

Speaking of reruns...

Patrick Duffy Finally Publishes His Novel Based on Man From Atlantis

So, decades after not watching the show, I can finally not read the novel. That's great.

Speaking of great...

How to Build a Road Roman Style

Just as my driveway needs repaving! Finally, news I can really use from the ONT!

Besides how to wear a suit, I mean.

Posted by: mindful webworker - what, me sock? at January 03, 2016 11:27 PM (ACs58)

60 No fishing today Chi

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 03, 2016 11:28 PM (voOPb)

61 53
Now, real Star Wars nerds, those are the guys and gals who give a damn
about midichlorians and where the First Order comes from. Everyone else
went and saw the movie, and though it was pretty damn good.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:22 PM (ry4ab)



And how the First Order got the resources to build Starkiller base when its at least 5x as big as the Death Star...



What is it with Sith-led empires and their mad quest for impractical super-weapons?
-----------
Why fight to conquer an enemy-held planet when one can just push a button and blow said planet to itsy-bitsy pieces?

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:28 PM (ry4ab)

62 What is it with Sith-led empires and their mad quest for impractical super-weapons?



Posted by: Thrawn at January 03, 2016 11:26 PM (+ik1L)


Military effectiveness is a secondary consideration. Think of what powers the dark side. Fear and anger. You blow up a planet. The whole galaxy gets angry, and everyone on the same side is afraid they're next.

From a Sith Lord's perspective, it's a giant win button even if you only use it once, then melt it down to make commemorative medallions after.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 03, 2016 11:28 PM (HalrA)

63 "She's like, oh no, gotta drive up to Colorado and do it."

That you do. I mean, my husband didn't...but you should.

Posted by: Lauren at January 03, 2016 11:28 PM (GZ6Pf)

64 "No more bachelor?."

Probably the way it sounds.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 03, 2016 11:28 PM (YRM5Y)

65

What is it with Sith-led empires and their mad quest for impractical super-weapons?
Posted by: Thrawn at January 03, 2016 11:26 PM (+ik1L)

When you do dumb do it big, really big.

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:29 PM (MQEz6)

66 I coulda been 6th, if I hadn't stopped to read the thread.

And by read the thread I mean watched the videos.

Posted by: GnuBreed at January 03, 2016 11:29 PM (gyKtp)

67 46 Well, tried to propose over the phone tonight.

She's like, oh no, gotta drive up to Colorado and do it.
Posted by: Ricardo Kill
---------------
You, too?
Well, congrats, man.

Posted by: Chi at January 03, 2016 11:29 PM (gQfxF)

68 56
Well exdem13, signed up for the trial at Crunchyroll. Just for the
chance to win 1 of 5 trips for 2 for a week with $1000, hotel, and plane
fare to Japan.

Now do I watch some anime or go back to writing?
---------
Write 1 page of story while watching 3 hours of anime?

Thousands of otaku in Japan are now praying that AnnaPuma wins the contest.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:29 PM (ry4ab)

69 wow

Posted by: muttering vikings fan at January 03, 2016 11:30 PM (8aOqE)

70 Military effectiveness is a secondary consideration. Think of what powers the dark side. Fear and anger. You blow up a planet. The whole galaxy gets angry, and everyone on the same side is afraid they're next.

From a Sith Lord's perspective, it's a giant win button even if you only use it once, then melt it down to make commemorative medallions after.


Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 03, 2016 11:28 PM (HalrA)



"Fear will keep the local systems in line."

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 03, 2016 11:30 PM (zt+N6)

71 Thrawn, they are arguing that the First Order's Super-Duper Star Destroyers have lasers powered by the crystals used in light-sabers.

That shuttle craft sailed long ago....

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:30 PM (hmbKk)

72 CAPT_Ron: Hey, what happened to Kwanzaa last year? Did I sleep through it?

It's lying in a puddle of vomit in the background of that New Years Eve in Manchester pic. Next to Waldo.

Posted by: mindful webworker - not as socky as the Hat, anyway at January 03, 2016 11:31 PM (ACs58)

73 Aviator,
1 pound of tomatillo's. The recipe didn't say to roast them first but I do since I think it make the chili more flavorful.

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 03, 2016 11:31 PM (xVgrA)

74 Slow week for sock puppeting if I still made the to ten.

Good evening, Horde!

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:31 PM (/ciMI)

75 exdem13, there is no mention of getting to ride in a JGSDF MBT. Haz sadz now

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:32 PM (hmbKk)

76 Why fight to conquer an enemy-held planet when one can just push a button and blow said planet to itsy-bitsy pieces?


Posted by: exdem13


It was there, but it's gone now!!


Wait, wut?

Posted by: Commodore Decker, all alone at January 03, 2016 11:32 PM (+1T7c)

77 Fake Nerd: Likes the X-wing fighter
Real Nerd: Can tell you all the changes from the T-65 to the T-70 and why they are good.
Annoying Nerd: Waxes on about the awesomeness of a 2-seater TIE fighter.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:32 PM (ry4ab)

78 Don't see how the Vikes win against Seattle.

Our offense is terrible.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 03, 2016 11:33 PM (R5HRU)

79 What is it with Sith-led empires and their mad quest for impractical super-weapons?

Wait, what?

Posted by: Ferdinand Porsche sketching out the PzKpfw VIII "Maus" c. 1942 at January 03, 2016 11:33 PM (dbDB8)

80 Back to you, Bob.

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:33 PM (MQEz6)

81 Watching "Five Million Years to Earth" a/k/a "Quatermas And the Pit." One of the greatest science fiction movies ever made. SERIOUSLY. If you haven't seen this you are a loser.

Back home now. Cat is still alive. Cat is still...cat.

"Then you can't see this world any longer."

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at January 03, 2016 11:33 PM (B8JRQ)

82 The sense of being surrounded by lies; the underlying anxiety that someone might be listening or reporting on you; the constant, screaming, inescapable propaganda; the sullenness of the crowds on the Metro; the memories of mass terror just below the surface; the useful idiots and the cynical sycophants who supported the whole thing, both in Russia and abroad; all of that is now absolutely impossible to convey.

-- Anne Applebaum in Russia and the Great Forgetting


Impossible? That just sounds like last week from Washington, D.C. ... or any week in Washington, for that matter.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 03, 2016 11:33 PM (zc3Db)

83 Real Nerd: Wishes Heir to the Empire was adapted to film or tv series.

Fake Nerd: Stares blankly at mention of Thrawn.

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 03, 2016 11:34 PM (zt+N6)

84 Take note of Quote 1.

I do not want that memory to fade, so my life's work is to perpetuate it. He who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it. I am a crypto conservative and someday you will thank me.

Posted by: Barack Obama at January 03, 2016 11:34 PM (7EHW6)

85 Jim,
I hear that the barrel was scrubbed with bleach, baking soda , and vinegar for then power washed for the new year, but I'm still not going in there. Not even for linda.
Hell, i don't even like looking down into the darned thing.

(Yes, I am aware that I just jinxed myself, thank you very much!)

Posted by: Chi at January 03, 2016 11:34 PM (gQfxF)

86 Heh. The guy in Manchester manages to go down with without even spilling his bottle of beer.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 03, 2016 11:34 PM (oFSUK)

87 Aloha!!!

Posted by: cthulhu at January 03, 2016 11:34 PM (EzgxV)

88 No Ewoks.

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:35 PM (MQEz6)

89 75
exdem13, there is no mention of getting to ride in a JGSDF MBT. Haz sadz now
--------------
See if Kawamori-sensei has a VF-31 or SV-222 to check out. Also have yourself photographed pointing an Airmaster bazooka at the 1:1 Gundam in Odaiba.


Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:35 PM (ry4ab)

90 78
Don't see how the Vikes win against Seattle.



Our offense is terrible.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 03, 2016 11:33 PM (R5HRU)


watched the seahawks today, they're way too strong for the vikings

Posted by: muttering vikings fan at January 03, 2016 11:35 PM (8aOqE)

91 The new Incom T-70 sacrifices plenty of internal space just to have a way to pick off the ground Haro inspired BB-8 type droids.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:35 PM (hmbKk)

92 How is your cat doing Adriane?

She can almost run faster on 3 legs than I can on 2.

She slept in my lap a bit & purrs occasionally. So I am hoping it is awkward but not painful.

She can jump! She made it up to the bed last night. I worry about her jumping down and landing wrong so I might try to get her a walk up board of some kind.

How is The Muse treating you?

Posted by: Adriane the Holiday Critic ... at January 03, 2016 11:35 PM (AoK0a)

93 Congrats Ricardo!

Chi,
Who else is getting married.

Lauren, I'm glad Rose is doing well. Give her a kiss for me.

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 03, 2016 11:36 PM (xVgrA)

94 It's all about power. And they don't care about the Constitution, or social norms of free speech and academic freedom, or campus talk about civility. Because it's all about power. There is nothing admirable about this, it is not simply overzealous well-meaning people. It is mob violence. Because it's all about power.

-- Glenn Reynolds on the campus SJWs


Well ... a lot of it is about self-hating nihilism ... and a lot of it is about revenge.

The fact is that none of it is about decency or humanity, but it isn't all about power. A good deal of it is just about the suicidal insanity of the millenial twerps and their mentors, the hippie dinosaurs.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 03, 2016 11:36 PM (zc3Db)

95 The sullenness of the crowds, the underlying anxiety, the inescapable propaganda?

Applebaum may think she is writing about the Soviet Union, but take a good look at what is going on around you in the US now.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at January 03, 2016 11:36 PM (Vv/Pc)

96 I really liked the EU story arc of Jason Solo becoming a Sith Lord--it was logical, plausible, and heartbreaking. He did terrible things, knowingly turning to what he knew was evil, in order to create a universe where his daughter would be safe.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:36 PM (/ciMI)

97 46 Well, tried to propose over the phone tonight.
She's like, oh no, gotta drive up to Colorado and do it.
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 03, 2016 11:23 PM

Propose on the phone????? WTF???!!!!!!

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at January 03, 2016 11:37 PM (Vm8WO)

98 >> lindafell de spair

Thanks!

Posted by: Aviator at January 03, 2016 11:37 PM (c7vUv)

99 Glad your kitteh is getting better Adriane.

Muse moved me yesterday to the tune of just over 3,000 words written.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:38 PM (hmbKk)

100 Swiss General: Europe "On The Verge Of Civil War," Citizens Must Arm Themselves

Europeans fighting each other isn't a "civil war". It's just your reguiar, run-of-the-mill war. It's what europe does whenever it has the opportunity.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 03, 2016 11:38 PM (zc3Db)

101 83
Real Nerd: Wishes Heir to the Empire was adapted to film or tv series.



Fake Nerd: Stares blankly at mention of Thrawn.
-------------

Fake Nerd: Does not recognize Thrawn.
Real Nerd: Wants Heir to Empire TV series on Netflix.
Annoying Nerd: Complains about similarities to Kylo Ren and Jaycen Solo.
Very Annoying Nerd: Wants Boba Fett movie.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:38 PM (ry4ab)

102 So, CA is giving participation diplomas now?

How many days do you have to show up to get one? Just wondering.

Seems like if it's more than 1 per year, that's discriminating against those who school averse.

Posted by: shibumi who is awaiting SMOD at January 03, 2016 11:40 PM (9JJgN)

103 Posted by: muttering vikings fan at January 03, 2016 11:35 PM (8aOqE)

Norv Turner - Coordinating like it's 1995!

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 03, 2016 11:40 PM (R5HRU)

104 Well ... a lot of it is about self-hating nihilism ... and a lot of it is about revenge.



The fact is that none of it is about decency or humanity, but it
isn't all about power. A good deal of it is just about the suicidal
insanity of the millenial twerps and their mentors, the hippie
dinosaurs.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 03, 2016 11:36 PM (zc3Db)


Suicidal insanity nailed it. There's a certain element of self-hate that underlies a lot of modern Leftist thought. They remind me of how there were flagellants during the Plague era that thought that beating themselves with whips and chains would spare them because they'd be purged of their sins.

All of their insanity rests on a sort of notion of original sin, that Western Civilization is somehow inherently unfair just because it's been on a winning streak since the Trojan War. Their anti-philosophy is perched on the idea of moral relativism, so the idea that one civilization can get things right (which requires objective truth) is anathema to them. In what passes for their thought, we have to be cheating, and cheaters have to be punished.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 03, 2016 11:41 PM (HalrA)

105 Just don't mention Spathi chambers to the fake nerds.

*ponders on Crunchyroll* Terraformars. Earth drops various stuff including cockroaches on Mars to terraform it. 500 years later, guess what... the roaches have gotten big.

I think I'll pass.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:41 PM (hmbKk)

106 Very Annoying Nerd: Wants Boba Fett movie.

Posted by: exdem13

And we get our wish in 2019 or whatever.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:41 PM (/ciMI)

107 No Ewoks.
--------
That's not what Princess Leia said! (scroll down)
http://preview.tinyurl.com/qyz52mr

Posted by: andycanuck at January 03, 2016 11:41 PM (DLIIY)

108 "Propose on the phone????? WTF???!!!!!!:




Well, not propose?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 03, 2016 11:41 PM (YRM5Y)

109 I'm off the lists!!! *does little happy dance*

Posted by: cthulhu at January 03, 2016 11:41 PM (EzgxV)

110 53 What is it with Sith-led empires and their mad quest for impractical super-weapons?
Posted by: Thrawn at January 03, 2016 11:26 PM (+

The usual: tiny wangs

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at January 03, 2016 11:42 PM (Vm8WO)

111 @64 RK

Now I'm confused
Doesn't take much

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 03, 2016 11:42 PM (voOPb)

112 And so to bed.

Until the morrow, Riot Nrrrds!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at January 03, 2016 11:42 PM (jR7Wy)

113 Ring knockers.

I was thinking about what it takes to start a rebellion, and why the colonials rebelled against King George and why we haven't.

In the time of King George, if you were unhappy with the King and wanted a new one, you had to rebel. There weren't any other choices unless you wanted to wait until the King died of old age and then you would have all the pretenders to the throne fight it out; you would be on one side or the other, no innocent bystanders.

Now days, in modern times, if you don't like the King we have, just wait four years and vote for another one. But, you see, nothing changes, except for the guy standing in front of the camera. All those people in the ruling class standing behind the new King are still there. Those people still rule. The 'deep state' it was called, the bureaucracy of life time appointment. That's where the real power is, and those people we can't seem to vote out of office.

So we are being played by the experts, the consultants, the pundits, the media, especially the media, the insiders who leak official secrets, and the journolisters who have secret, off the record, meetings with the King where they are told what to say and how to say it. But only if a democrat is the current King du jour.

Posted by: A.Smythers, A Celt at January 03, 2016 11:42 PM (XURvj)

114 I'm off the lists!!!

Not all of them.

Posted by: Bob at the NSA at January 03, 2016 11:42 PM (dbDB8)

115 83 Real Nerd: Wishes Heir to the Empire was adapted to film or tv series.

Fake Nerd: Stares blankly at mention of Thrawn.
Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 03, 2016 11:34 PM (zt+N6)

Heh, indeed!

Information was Thrawn's super-weapon.

Posted by: Thrawn at January 03, 2016 11:43 PM (+ik1L)

116 105 Just don't mention Spathi chambers to the fake nerds.



Do you mean Spaarti Clone Cylinders?

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 03, 2016 11:43 PM (zt+N6)

117 Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:11 PM

Kinda negates the whole "my eyes are up here...." thing... wait a minute, I'm deja vuing all over again...

What I meant to say is...

Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:14 PM

I'd gladly trade my little red truck for that one! (Annnd some Rustoleum.) Gitcha through the EMP times.

Posted by: mindful webworker - day jah WOO! at January 03, 2016 11:43 PM (ACs58)

118 Hopefully Disney will be able to kickstart that Star Wars series about the underlevels of Coruscant.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:44 PM (/ciMI)

119 Congrats vike fans
Your team came on
And my team collapsed

And the Bears still suck

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 03, 2016 11:44 PM (voOPb)

120 RK, well I don't know about proposing on the phone but a friends daughter was proposed to via text...apparent ly most of their communication is non verbal.

Posted by: IC at January 03, 2016 11:44 PM (+3RH+)

121 Chi,

Who else is getting married.




Yes, please do tell...

Posted by: GGE of the Working Horde, NC Chapter at January 03, 2016 11:44 PM (30qi/)

122 So, CA is giving participation diplomas now?

Which means the next step is everyone gets into college and gets a diploma.

Note: Don't hire anyone who went to high school and soon college in California.

WTF??? Do they think this is going to help these kids in life??? Lowering standards is not doing any favors for anyone. It's outright racism.

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 03, 2016 11:45 PM (xVgrA)

123 Bad Fake Nerd: Wants more Ewoks, because cute.
Good Fake Nerd: Wants more Wookies, because kick ass.
SJW Fake Nerd: Wants Lena Dunham in a slave bikini. (Meesa blind now!!)
Real Nerd: Wants catgirls in the next movie.
Scary Real Nerd: Wants catgirls in slave bikinis in the next movie.



Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:45 PM (ry4ab)

124 I'm off the lists!!! *does little happy dance*
Posted by: cthulhu
------------

Yeah. Whoopee.
But, I am back on. Because of the Holiday, and the fact that others *cough* aren't pulling their weight, but mostly because others aren't pulling their weight.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 03, 2016 11:45 PM (oFSUK)

125 Do you mean Spaarti Clone Cylinders?

Posted by: buzzion

Don't grow 'em too fast--they crazy!

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:45 PM (/ciMI)

126 92 How is your cat doing Adriane?
--------
She can almost run faster on 3 legs than I can on 2.
--------------------------
I must've missed this.
Your cat is now a triped? Sad.
But it'll adapt quickly.
There is a little Yorkie next door that is missing a leg, but you wouldnt know it to watch her. From what I can tell watching her run, she doesn't know it either.
In fact, I once picked her up, took her back home, and never realized she was missing a back leg!

When she got loose a couple weeks ago, I took my pup out searching for her (how far could she go? She is about 7 pounds and only has 3 legs!). 3 hours later...
She was a least a mile away, happy as could be. Walked right in to a local business, looking for a bellyrub.

Posted by: Chi at January 03, 2016 11:45 PM (gQfxF)

127 buzzion has an unfair advantage, he's dead and now has full access to perfect recall.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:45 PM (hmbKk)

128 And the Bears still suck

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 03, 2016 11:44 PM (voOPb)

Please don't rub it in.

Posted by: Tim in Illinois. Old and Unimproved. at January 03, 2016 11:45 PM (WVsWD)

129 I saw a program on TV of that West Point ring tradition. Gosh, I wish I could remember where I saw it. The part where the relatives of deceased former grads placed the rings in the crucible was very moving.

Posted by: Tuna at January 03, 2016 11:46 PM (JSovD)

130 "Now I'm confused
Doesn't take much"



She and I been a thing for 20 years.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 03, 2016 11:46 PM (YRM5Y)

131 Lowering standards is not doing any favors for anyone.

Posted by: lindafell de spair

Oh, screw you!

Posted by: Pres'nt Obama at January 03, 2016 11:46 PM (/ciMI)

132 Do they think this is going to help these kids in life??? Lowering standards is not doing any favors for anyone.
------------

Employer: "Oh, I see you have a California High School Diploma. How nice."

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 03, 2016 11:46 PM (oFSUK)

133 125 Do you mean Spaarti Clone Cylinders?

Posted by: buzzion

Don't grow 'em too fast--they crazy!

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:45 PM (/ciMI)


*Plans detour to Myrkr*

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 03, 2016 11:47 PM (zt+N6)

134 106
Very Annoying Nerd: Wants Boba Fett movie.



Posted by: exdem13



And we get our wish in 2019 or whatever.

*facepalm* Dammit Beavis...

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:47 PM (ry4ab)

135 exdem13, I was like totally seriously disappointed in Force Awakens because - no cat-girls. Heck don't recall a single Twi-lek in the new movie.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:47 PM (hmbKk)

136 "Give her a kiss for me."

Will do. She's snuggling next to me right now.

Posted by: Lauren at January 03, 2016 11:47 PM (LzzEz)

137 * stares at bottle *

* stares in the freezer *

Actually, a Brandy Alexander made with blackberry-walnut ice cream doesn't sound that bad... does it?...

* ponders *

Posted by: mindful webworker - out of egg nog at January 03, 2016 11:47 PM (ACs58)

138
132 Do they think this is going to help these kids in life??? Lowering standards is not doing any favors for anyone.
------------

Employer: "Oh, I see you have a California High School Diploma. How nice."
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 03, 2016 11:46 PM (oFSUK)

One of these days a piston will seize.

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:48 PM (MQEz6)

139 132
Do they think this is going to help these kids in life??? Lowering standards is not doing any favors for anyone.

------------



Employer: "Oh, I see you have a California High School Diploma. How nice."

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 03, 2016 11:46 PM (oFSUK)


They're going to do the same thing with college degrees eventually. At which point employers will just go "fuck it" and start caring only about certifications that are relevant to the job at hand.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 03, 2016 11:48 PM (HalrA)

140 After this year I'm almost ready to trade Rodgers for cutler

Aaron has sucked

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 03, 2016 11:48 PM (voOPb)

141 121 Chi,

Who else is getting married.
--------
Yes, please do tell...
Posted by: GGE of the Working Horde, NC Chapter
------------------
Oh.
No, as much as I might like that, no.

Halfrican got engaged - I think on Christmas Eve?

Posted by: Chi at January 03, 2016 11:48 PM (gQfxF)

142 Information was Thrawn's super-weapon.

Posted by: Thrawn

Oh, go look at some queer alien art, blue-skin!

*breaks computer*
*listens to Morrissey*

Posted by: Kylo Ren at January 03, 2016 11:48 PM (/ciMI)

143 I came within a cut hair yesterday of picking up a VP9 at the gun show. Barely managed to stop myself.

What is the inverse of buyer's remorse?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 03, 2016 11:50 PM (oFSUK)

144 I know I''m really confusing everybody, so. I'll take thy leave.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 03, 2016 11:50 PM (YRM5Y)

145 108 Well, not propose?
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 03, 2016 11:41 PM

NO! Show up & do it right!

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at January 03, 2016 11:50 PM (Vm8WO)

146 122
So, CA is giving participation diplomas now?



WTF??? Do they think this is going to help these kids in life???
Lowering standards is not doing any favors for anyone. It's outright
racism.

-----------
Yeppers, ultimate participation reward, isn't it great?!? /sarc

Gotta remind you though, this is NOT about education or employment results or rewards to the students. This is about rewards to the people giving out the useless diplomas to the students. They get to feel good about themselves being good to students who are doomed to be welfare recipients for life.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:50 PM (ry4ab)

147 *Plans detour to Myrkr*

Posted by: buzzion

Can Vornskrs hurt ghosts?

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:50 PM (/ciMI)

148 Everyday we make it easier and easier for the robots to takeover.

We build them smarter and make ourselfes dumber.

When the curves meet...

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:50 PM (MQEz6)

149 GGE - See 143. I resisted. The price (for an HK) was decent. $569.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 03, 2016 11:51 PM (oFSUK)

150 Almost 100% right Chi. Christmas Day however.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 03, 2016 11:51 PM (R5HRU)

151 147 *Plans detour to Myrkr*

Posted by: buzzion

Can Vornskrs hurt ghosts?

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:50 PM (/ciMI)



Well they should be able to see me.

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 03, 2016 11:51 PM (zt+N6)

152 Flite Test builds and flies an RC star destroyer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWp9cGqHKiA

Posted by: Kindltot at January 03, 2016 11:51 PM (q2o38)

153 Everyday we make it easier and easier for the robots to takeover.



We build them smarter and make ourselfes dumber.



When the curves meet...


I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:52 PM (hmbKk)

154 Has anybody read Lonely Luke Skywalker's Twitter feed? Funny stuff.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:52 PM (/ciMI)

155 Hey everybody.

andycanuck, in your comment #2, you're describing the end of "A Man For All Seasons." It couldn't have been any more powerful if Kubrick had filmed it.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 03, 2016 11:52 PM (ntObR)

156 135
exdem13, I was like totally seriously disappointed in Force Awakens
because - no cat-girls. Heck don't recall a single Twi-lek in the new
movie.

-----------
I liked Ray and the slinky First Order femme fatale. And Shirow tokenism concerning X-Wings. But yeah, after a year of playing SWTOR it was light on eye candy.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:52 PM (ry4ab)

157 Go to CO RK and propose

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 03, 2016 11:52 PM (voOPb)

158
145 108 Well, not propose?
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 03, 2016 11:41 PM

NO! Show up & do it right!
Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at January 03, 2016 11:50 PM (Vm8WO)

Stay home and get a dog.

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:52 PM (MQEz6)

159 Incessant propaganda...like global warming, the war on women and blacks, how great the economy is, why we need to ban guns, how concerns of terrorism are overblown...

Posted by: Tilikum Moderately Nefarious Killer Whale at January 03, 2016 11:52 PM (hVdx9)

160 Anyone watch Marco Polo on Netflix? Badass show.

Watching the origin story to 100 Eyes.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 03, 2016 11:53 PM (R5HRU)

161 The First Order Goth chick where Han goes to find a new ride for his passengers?

Or the chrome toaster trooper?

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:53 PM (hmbKk)

162 Personally, I think every man should get married.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 03, 2016 11:54 PM (oFSUK)

163 thathalfrican,
Congrats!!

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 03, 2016 11:54 PM (xVgrA)

164 Oh, go look at some queer alien art, blue-skin!

*breaks computer*
*listens to Morrissey*
Posted by: Kylo Ren at January 03, 2016 11:48 PM (/ciMI)

Just like most everything else in your pathetic life, you even destroy Star Destroyer equipment in a half-ass manner, .

*To be fair enough, I did like Kylo Ren's character, the spoiled-brat type who wants desperately wants to be a bad-ass, yet it's quite clear that he'll never quite hack it.*

Posted by: Thrawn at January 03, 2016 11:54 PM (+ik1L)

165 One thing interesting about the USSR: granted it existed for far less time... but it seemed to take just one not completely fucked-in-the-head individual, Gorbachev, to make things a lot better (relatively speaking, of course) there.

I'd like to think that could apply here as well, but then everyone knows I'm a complete Pollyanna. :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 03, 2016 11:54 PM (ntObR)

166 thank you linda

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 03, 2016 11:54 PM (R5HRU)

167 Am hearing that "Making A Murderer" is the most engrossing, enraging piece of work ever to appear anywhere.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 03, 2016 11:55 PM (ntObR)

168 142
Information was Thrawn's super-weapon.



Posted by: Thrawn
---------------
Exactly why George Lucas never acknowledged any of the post-Return EU stuff as official.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:55 PM (ry4ab)

169 Everyday we make it easier and easier for the robots to takeover.



We build them smarter and make ourselfes dumber.



When the curves meet...

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream


Posted by: Anna Puma
****

Looks like your sphincter will have to handle it then.

On that highbrow note, goodnight morons.
Tomorrow starts our busy season where we get our brains beat out all day and have lots of lovely mandatory overtime on the weekends.

Posted by: Tilikum Moderately Nefarious Killer Whale at January 03, 2016 11:56 PM (hVdx9)

170 Another ONT commented on how slanted it was.

Not sure of how true it was.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 03, 2016 11:56 PM (R5HRU)

171 Here is the "News of the Week" compilation of the news.

More: http://politicalhat.com/?p=10832

Posted by: The Political Hat at January 03, 2016 11:56 PM (vBeA5)

172 Evenin' everyone.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at January 03, 2016 11:57 PM (YJmuy)

173 167
Am hearing that "Making A Murderer" is the most engrossing, enraging piece of work ever to appear anywhere.
---

I had someone tell me all about it the other day. Sounds.. intriguing.

Posted by: shibumi who is awaiting SMOD at January 03, 2016 11:57 PM (9JJgN)

174 161
The First Order Goth chick where Han goes to find a new ride for his passengers?

Or the chrome toaster trooper?
-------------
The goth chick, not the over-rated EEO trooper shoved down a garbage chute after assisting an old man and a traitorous sanitation trooper weaken a major military installation.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:57 PM (ry4ab)

175 And PC prevents people from expressing their concerns about refugees coming here.

In Lancaster PA the other day two rallies were held.

One by those concerned about Muslim refugees being brought into the town, both the possibility that they might be terrorists and also the money and services they will receive all the while we are not assured that they deserve one dime.

And the other claiming the usual we're all descended from refugees and how can we refuse to help these people with apparently no concern that they might have lied to get here and what else they might get up to after being settled here.


The one had 20 people show up and the other had 200 people show up.

News reports were totally slanted towards dissing and dismissing those concerned about the money and services being given away to those who we have no guarantee that they deserve them and praising and drooling over those that were giddy over allowing them in regardless. Oh and the ones expressing concern were showing hate and evil (they actually said similar to the reporter).

And so the only thing anyone is left with is to arm oneself and hope that anything that happens will happen to someone else. Of course that still means that these folks will be getting tax free assistance; housing, training, food stamps and other assistance all on the taxpayers dime for who knows how long.

I don't mind that others have a contrary opinion it's that they always claim the moral high ground and that their opponents are evil and hateful just for having a contrary opinion.

Luckily, I don't live in Lancaster.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger 1.0 and All That at January 03, 2016 11:57 PM (Xo1Rt)

176 "
Watching the origin story to 100 Eyes."

I literally just told my husband that right before I read your comment.

Posted by: Lauren at January 03, 2016 11:57 PM (GZ6Pf)

177 Have a little bit more hope for the future tonight.

Top Twitter Conservatives were doing an absolutely epic job of bitchslapping, skinning and filleting bloodthirsty Stalinists about the Oregon sitch all day today.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 03, 2016 11:57 PM (ntObR)

178 NFL Week 17 Elbows ONT Compliance Pics

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/683699548796121088

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/683699683445850113

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/683699822369599488

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/683699960714530816

Posted by: kbdabear at January 03, 2016 11:58 PM (GrXXa)

179 Hey, half!
I never seem to make it here while you're still around.
Happy for you, proud of you. (and damned glad to count you as a friend)

Posted by: Chi at January 03, 2016 11:58 PM (gQfxF)

180 152
Flite Test builds and flies an RC star destroyer.

Real nerds with skills.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 03, 2016 11:59 PM (ry4ab)

181 *To be fair enough, I did like Kylo Ren's character, the spoiled-brat type who wants desperately wants to be a bad-ass, yet it's quite clear that he'll never quite hack it.*

Posted by: Thrawn

I think that's the key to enjoying the film--realizing the "villain" is still in embryonic form, a confused, brainwashed teenager who desperately wants to prove himself, instead of a full-on evil cybernetic badass who has nothing to prove, merely his Master's will to project.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:59 PM (/ciMI)

182 171 !!

Posted by: Jake at January 03, 2016 11:59 PM (HLUeE)

183 I just read the new laws in CA. We get the government we deserve. We already have a 2 track system here. The super rich aren't affected by this craziness. The poor have no choice. The people in the middle are fewer and fewer. They are leaving.
We are going to have nothing left but super rich people and government workers and the poor.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 03, 2016 11:59 PM (egOGm)

184 Lauren - between the new episodes of Marco Polo and Daredevil I cannot wait.

Chi - my man, I appreciate the kind words. And ditto on the friendship

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:00 AM (R5HRU)

185 "Am hearing that "Making A Murderer" is the most engrossing, enraging piece of work ever to appear anywhere."

Yeah, I keep seeing that too. We haven't watched it yet and I'm trying to avoid reading anything at all about it so that I can form my own opinion.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:00 AM (GZ6Pf)

186 NFL Week 17 Elbows ONT Compliance Pics - 2

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/683700106600812544

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/683700259172782081

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/683700409995804673

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/683700547589914624



Posted by: kbdabear at January 04, 2016 12:00 AM (GrXXa)

187 Umm... not everyone here is descended from a "refugee."

Most people CHOSE to come her LEGALLY. They were not all fleeing war. Many came for things like "opportunities" and such.


Posted by: shibumi who is awaiting SMOD at January 04, 2016 12:00 AM (9JJgN)

188 183
I just read the new laws in CA. We get the government we deserve. We
already have a 2 track system here. The super rich aren't affected by
this craziness. The poor have no choice. The people in the middle are
fewer and fewer. They are leaving.

We are going to have nothing left but super rich people and government workers and the poor.
---------------
At that point CaliGirl you will be living in a true Latin American state. Congratulations!

Posted by: exdem13 at January 04, 2016 12:01 AM (ry4ab)

189 Listening to MikeMcCarthy. Mumbleing idiot. Everything is fine. What a tool.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at January 04, 2016 12:01 AM (ucDmr)

190 the problem with California is all the people who voted for the sh*t in CA now move to ID and vote the same way not realizing the correlation.

but stoopid does stoopid.

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:02 AM (HLUeE)

191 Yeah Kylo is being played like a cheap fiddle by his mysterious master who's projected image makes me think Gollum the Zentradi.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 12:02 AM (hmbKk)

192 Exactly why George Lucas never acknowledged any of the post-Return EU stuff as official.


Posted by: exdem13

Lucas had to personally sign off on any major plot point, and insisted on some of the (more ridiculous) stories in the EU.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 04, 2016 12:02 AM (/ciMI)

193 Yeah Kylo is being played like a cheap fiddle by his mysterious master who's projected image makes me think Gollum the Zentradi.

You know it's Jar Jar, right?

Posted by: Blanco Basura at January 04, 2016 12:03 AM (YJmuy)

194 Sorry to bust any bubbles, but Gorbachev did not mean for his reforms to go as far as they did and certainly not for them to dissolve the USSR.

It was a hilarious mistake. An example of a preference cascade.

Gorbachev has/had no right in claiming any part of responsibility for the reforms in the USSR as they turned out.

He was as shocked and angry and scared as anyone else.

Which is why us Reaganites get so made when he gets credit for the disarmament talks also. But that's the communist leaning media for you. They go way back further than you think.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger 1.0 and All That at January 04, 2016 12:03 AM (Xo1Rt)

195 100 Eyes is such a badass.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:03 AM (R5HRU)

196 You don't
HAVE to live like a refugee...

Posted by: Tom Petty at January 04, 2016 12:04 AM (gQfxF)

197 I think that's the key to enjoying the
film--realizing the "villain" is still in embryonic form, a confused,
brainwashed teenager who desperately wants to prove himself, instead of a
full-on evil cybernetic badass who has nothing to prove, merely his
Master's will to project.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:59 PM (/ciMI)


The film was building him up to be an even bigger menace in the future. It'll be interesting to see where it goes from here.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 04, 2016 12:04 AM (HalrA)

198 I only watch ABC, NBC, and CBS when a football game is on.

I have noticed there are now two new shows on network tv with the devil as the main character.

yep, the end is nigh

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:04 AM (HLUeE)

199 They are leaving.

We are going to have nothing left but super rich people and government workers and the poor.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 03, 2016 11:59 PM (egOGm)


Why stay? Texas is still mostly sane. Come on down.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 04, 2016 12:05 AM (HalrA)

200 Yeah, I'm super excited for new Marco Polo.

Of course, I got my husband Witcher 3 for Christmas so that's taken up all of our entertainment time lately. Supposedly it's 200 hours or something so I guess we'll just be hanging out with Geralt til the end of time.

Funny story though. I wanted to know what the feminists had to say about it, because you just know that they'd hate it. Well, I found a review by some beta male extraordinaire who was bitching that Geralt doesn't have emotion other than being a rage machine.

Clearly the guy had never picked up the game. Oh, and of course Sorkesian bitching that people called the women sluts. You know, the same townspeople who regularly hiss and spit at all the magical characters.

Oh, SJWs.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:05 AM (LzzEz)

201 Checked the local obituaries and I'm not in them, so I guess I'll go to bed.

Good night, Gracies!

Posted by: mindful webworker - tired & retired were in a boat... at January 04, 2016 12:05 AM (ACs58)

202 187 Umm... not everyone here is descended from a "refugee."
Most people CHOSE to come her LEGALLY. They were not all fleeing war. Many came for things like "opportunities" and such.

Posted by: shibumi who is awaiting SMOD

True, most descendants are from immigrants not refugees. And those immigrants chose to come legally.

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 04, 2016 12:05 AM (xVgrA)

203 "And how the First Order got the resources to build Starkiller base when its at least 5x as big as the Death Star...



Posted by: Thrawn"

Well, technically it's a planet that they repurposed for it.

Plus it's an example of the "Big Boss" phenomenon, often seen in anime series, where the protagonist fights increasingly tougher opponents, each one more big/tough/powerful than the one previous. After awhile, it gets to be ridiculous.

Posted by: AshevilleRobert at January 04, 2016 12:06 AM (9ltS8)

204 I was looking at an infographic about Keynesian v. Austrian economics....when I realized something -- I've seen the face of malinvestment....I've seen the face of pouring money into something that not only doesn't benefit society but degrades it -- first by burdening productive behaviors unnecessarily, and then by having no good to redistribute when the debt that financed it comes due.....and it looks like bureaucracy.


Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:06 AM (EzgxV)

205 "post-EU"?

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 12:06 AM (uZNvH)

206 167 >> Am hearing that "Making A Murderer" is the most engrossing, enraging piece of work ever to appear anywhere.

Let's just say that if you already have a jaundiced view of the justice system in the US, this series won't improve your opinion one whit.

Posted by: GnuBreed at January 04, 2016 12:06 AM (gyKtp)

207
Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:05 AM (LzzEz)

Witcher 3 is incredible. Don't let him play Gwent, like, ever.

I haven't beaten the game but it's super engrossing. One of the best games I've ever played.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:06 AM (R5HRU)

208 Looking at the list of wonderful, new Calif laws, including the automatic-diploma one..... I notice that crisis pregnancy centers will be required to post signs referring visitors to the nearest abortion mill.

This grotesque imposition I'm sure is made in the interest of making sure that visitors know there are many options for someone with an unwanted pregnancy. Choice!
So I'm sure that abortion parlors will also be required to post signs referring visitors to the nearest center offering alternatives to abortion. Right? Right?

What an ugly and oppressive world our rulers are making for us.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at January 04, 2016 12:07 AM (T/5A0)

209 I think most people in the US are descendants from colonists.

anyone have the specifics?

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:07 AM (HLUeE)

210 And I'm going to go write. Just tried to watch the first two minutes of Linebarrels of Iron and the main character, geez the dude is a bigger wimp than Shinji.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 12:07 AM (hmbKk)

211 I think that's the key to enjoying the film--realizing the "villain" is still in embryonic form, a confused, brainwashed teenager who desperately wants to prove himself, instead of a full-on evil cybernetic badass who has nothing to prove, merely his Master's will to project.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 03, 2016 11:59 PM (/ciMI


He is basically an inverse of Anakin. Anakin is a good man fighting the darkness inside him. Kylo is evil fighting against the light.

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 04, 2016 12:07 AM (zt+N6)

212 I read in Anne Applebaum's litany of Putinite "disinformation" is that Europe is degenerate.

It's hard to oppose Putin's KGB lies when they are, in fact, not lies.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 04, 2016 12:08 AM (6FqZa)

213 In Star Wars EU means Expanded Universe.

So post-EU...

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 12:08 AM (hmbKk)

214 "Don't let him play Gwent, like, ever. "

Oh, he's already the king of Gwent. He hasn't done that side quest yet, but he's put together a pretty good deck.

It cracks me up though. Imagining a world when everyone is just casually nerding out with the game.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:09 AM (LzzEz)

215 183
I just read the new laws in CA. We get the government we deserve. We
already have a 2 track system here. The super rich aren't affected by
this craziness. The poor have no choice. The people in the middle are
fewer and fewer. They are leaving.

We are going to have nothing left but super rich people and government workers and the poor.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 03, 2016 11:59 PM (egOGm)


It costs twice as much to rent a U-haul from here (Silicon Valley) to Texas as it does from Texas to here. And, yet, the population here is growing rapidly and everywhere you go you see apartment construction....

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:09 AM (EzgxV)

216 @167 qdpsteve

It's slanted

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 04, 2016 12:10 AM (voOPb)

217 I think most people in the US are descendants from colonists.


Posted by: Jake

One side of my family traces back to John and Priscilla Alden from the Mayflower.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 04, 2016 12:10 AM (/ciMI)

218 Anyone watch Marco Polo on Netflix? Badass show.



Posted by: thathalfrican at January 03, 2016 11:53 PM (R5HRU)


Odd, I was reading an economic analysis of the Mongol empire based on Marco Polo's Travels. ('cause I know how to party)

Posted by: Kindltot at January 04, 2016 12:10 AM (q2o38)

219 Watched No Escape with Owen Wilson.

it definitely does not help anyone want to go to a 3rd world country , like ever.

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:10 AM (HLUeE)

220 *looks at previous comment about Real Nerds arguing Star Wars for 3 hours*

One hour down.

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 04, 2016 12:11 AM (zt+N6)

221
2016 West Point Cadets Will Wear Class Rings Containing WTC Steel

Not sure the ring knockers becoming ever more involuted and ritualistic is that great a thing. To many, the military leadership is supposed to be like Cincinnatus, the common man at arms for a season, not some Masonic lodge.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at January 04, 2016 12:11 AM (kdS6q)

222 MH, what do you know about the case that the filmmakers left out?

(Honest question, not an attack.)
:-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 04, 2016 12:11 AM (ntObR)

223 Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:09 AM (LzzEz)

Shit, Gwent is addicting. Buy the DLCs, worth every dime.

I'd pay for a DLC that adds Gwent tournaments and highstake games and expanded decks.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:11 AM (R5HRU)

224 Oh, and I'm definitely on team Yennefer.

Maybe slightly because my husband looks sort of like the witcher and I look a bit like her. And god I am a nerrrrrd.

Sorry, Thezman.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:11 AM (LzzEz)

225 One side of my family traces back to John and Priscilla Alden from the Mayflower.
Posted by: Turd Ferguson
------------------

If you are kin to *one* of the Mayflower families or individuals, it is highly likely that you are kin to two.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 04, 2016 12:12 AM (RrDm2)

226 208 >> So I'm sure that abortion parlors will also be required to post signs
referring visitors to the nearest center offering alternatives to
abortion. Right? Right?

It sure would be fair, wouldn't it? And that just won't do.

Posted by: GnuBreed at January 04, 2016 12:12 AM (gyKtp)

227 Posted by: Kindltot at January 04, 2016 12:10 AM (q2o3

I'll drink to that.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:12 AM (R5HRU)

228 Holy poop, how did I end up in the top 10? Didn't I have anything better to do??

Posted by: BurtTC at January 04, 2016 12:13 AM (Dj0WE)

229 @208
What an ugly and oppressive world our rulers are making for us.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille
-------------------
*types, deletes*

And people wonder why I hate the average human being...
Best to log off for a minute or two, and come back with a better buzz & a smile...

Posted by: Tom Petty at January 04, 2016 12:13 AM (gQfxF)

230 If you are kin to *one* of the Mayflower families or individuals, it is highly likely that you are kin to two.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 04, 2016 12:12 AM


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


I thought there was no math on the ONT?


??

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:13 AM (HLUeE)

231 Mike, are you saying that for lonely male Mayflower arrivals, the pick'ins were slim? ;-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 04, 2016 12:13 AM (ntObR)

232 Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:11 AM (LzzEz)

I'll take whomever you don't want.

Although I went with Yen in the long run.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:13 AM (R5HRU)

233 I'm now part of the super elite that has their own server in the bathroom closet!! Woot!!

Posted by: lindafell de spair at January 04, 2016 12:14 AM (xVgrA)

234 Anyone know exactly what the signs in front of the crisis pregnancy centers will say?

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 04, 2016 12:14 AM (ntObR)

235 Chi at January 03, 2016 11:45 PM (gQfxF)

Not yet!

Hop-a-long Kitty has a cast all the way from toe to hip! She'll be laying on her side for a while as there is no way to pull the leg under her body.

Last night she was flopping like a jelly fish & I was starting to freak out, but she has gotten more coordinated as today has gone by. And can sprint for the doors ...

Posted by: Adriane the Holiday Critic ... at January 04, 2016 12:14 AM (AoK0a)

236 Get the hell out of here, Heartbreaker sock!

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 12:14 AM (gQfxF)

237 Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 04, 2016 12:05 AM (HalrA)
We just may when we retire.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:14 AM (egOGm)

238 "There is nothing admirable about this, it is not simply overzealous
well-meaning people. It is mob violence. Because it's all about power."

At the top especially. But guys like Trayvon and Brown get drug along for the ride, feeling power in fighting or looting, but just being used. College kids don't fight, they whine and try to get good people fired for non PC acts. That's probably worse, and while they may feel powerful, it is the leftists at the top that are gaining control. BLM and the campus ninnies are tools for the left, keeping the conservatives at bay by their trash talk, barking up the wrong tree.

Posted by: Illiniwek at January 04, 2016 12:15 AM (5Gpe2)

239 *looks at previous comment about Real Nerds arguing Star Wars for 3 hours*

One hour down.

Posted by: buzzion

I also found intriguing the EU story arc that Palpatine was motivated to unite the galaxy to protect it from the coming extra-galactic threat, and Luke Skywalker, in freeing the galaxy, opened it wide up to invasion.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 04, 2016 12:15 AM (/ciMI)

240 Most people are not descended from colonists. Used to be the largest ethnic group were Germans. The Irish came to escape the potato famine. My Norwegian relatives came because the Dakotas were being settled and they could get cheap farm land, unlike Norway. My Bohemian relatives came because of the many many small wars that kept changing the German, Polish and bohemian borders. My Scots relatives fought for the British during the revolution and then moved to Canada. The largest waves of immigration came during periods of upheaval in Europe.

Nonetheless they had to show they were healthy, could work, would be sponsored by a relative who would assume care for them, and they all assimilated. They wanted to be Americans. Not hyphenates

Posted by: ThunderB at January 04, 2016 12:15 AM (zOTsN)

241
Plus it's an example of the "Big Boss" phenomenon, often seen in anime series, where the protagonist fights increasingly tougher opponents, each one more big/tough/powerful than the one previous. After awhile, it gets to be ridiculous.
Posted by: AshevilleRobert at January 04, 2016 12:06 AM (9ltS


Yeah, most action shows on tv run into this problem.

I like Supernatural, but they're getting ridiculous about it. Same with Arrow.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at January 04, 2016 12:15 AM (fC9RO)

242 We just ordered the DLC pack that has the cards.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to be sucked into it. Of course, I used to play l5r with him so it's not like I'm a stranger to these things.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:15 AM (LzzEz)

243 Chi, you're not the only one. I don't like McInnis either. Too much of a douchebag vibe.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at January 04, 2016 12:16 AM (fC9RO)

244 It costs twice as much to rent a U-haul from here
(Silicon Valley) to Texas as it does from Texas to here. And, yet, the
population here is growing rapidly and everywhere you go you see
apartment construction....
Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:09 AM (EzgxV)


Mal-investment: "
Will 2016 Be the End of the Current Skyscraper Boom?"
http://preview.tinyurl.com/hx7a5yt


Posted by: Kindltot at January 04, 2016 12:16 AM (q2o38)

245 Mike, are you saying that for lonely male Mayflower arrivals, the pick'ins were slim? ;-)
Posted by: qdpsteve
----------------

Yeah, it pretty much boiled down the the girl next door.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 04, 2016 12:17 AM (RrDm2)

246 qdpsteve Just my opinion that the film makers view criminal is a good guy and the law is bad.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 04, 2016 12:17 AM (voOPb)

247 199
They are leaving.


We are going to have nothing left but super rich people and government workers and the poor.



Posted by: CaliGirl at January 03, 2016 11:59 PM (egOGm)


Why stay? Texas is still mostly sane. Come on down.


Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 04, 2016 12:05 AM (HalrA)


Here's the big problem -- who are you going to tax to pay for government workers, government retirees, and the poor? The middle class has been leaving, and the rich can leave within 10 seconds. They've been importing illegal aliens of all stripes, but can that work?

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:17 AM (EzgxV)

248 "I like Supernatural, but they're getting ridiculous about it"

Yeah, I mean there was only so many places they could go once they got through Season 5. I think this season has been stronger than the last few, but really I would be ok with monster of the week stories.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:18 AM (LzzEz)

249 so has anyone seen the first Trump ad?

I read about it but have seen now link

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:18 AM (HLUeE)

250 MH, could be.

Probably wouldn't hurt to check the backgrounds of the filmmakers, especially if they're members of "The Innocence Project" (who never met a mass-murdering maniac they didn't love to death).

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 04, 2016 12:18 AM (ntObR)

251 cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:09 AM (EzgxV)
Good time to own rentals. No one can afford to buy.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:19 AM (egOGm)

252 Do you still get to have sex with just about every female character you meet in Witcher 3 like you did in Witcher 2 completely with topless scenes?

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 04, 2016 12:19 AM (zt+N6)

253 Quote one is there, not because it's eloquent or insightful, but because it's uncannily familiar.

Posted by: Barack Obama at January 04, 2016 12:19 AM (7EHW6)

254 "Anyone know exactly what the signs in front of the crisis pregnancy centers will say?"

They won't say anything because the CPC will very likely shut down to avoid participating in evil.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:19 AM (LzzEz)

255
Most people are not descended from colonists.
Posted by: ThunderB



Back on the boat, Bjorn:

Sixty percent of Americans (183 million) have ancestors who lived in America during the Revolutionary War, according to Ancestry.com, the worlds largest online family history resource.

http://tinyurl.com/hcrafvl

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at January 04, 2016 12:20 AM (kdS6q)

256 "Do you still get to have sex with just about every female character you meet in Witcher 3 "

You *can* have sex with every female character. There are repercussions though, apparently.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:20 AM (LzzEz)

257 Applebaum was in Leningrad after me, so her (correct) point about it being hard to convey what the USSR was like is actually greatly under-stated.

Yet there were actually very few hard edgesin our experience. I still recall one group member, whose Russian was marginal, and who was quite a character, snarking "we're afraid of THESE guys?" after we'd walked from the plane to the terminal - everything looking shoddy - in a painted lane flanked by young, disheveled, hapless looking uniformed KGB troops.

But the evil, and danger, that was the USSR is indeed a complete bafflement or unknown to so many today. And the historical illiteracy and moral imbecility are not just academic points. It's a key component, if that concept works, of the overall ignorance of today's "educated" people. The sort whose first instinct in a discussion of the unspeakable enormities of the Nazis, or the Soviets, or the Chicoms, or Ba'athist Iraq - is to bring up slavery. You know - the timeless human institution finally ended (mostly) by western moral development (esp. Christianity), British naval power and empire, and American blood.

Their idiotic moral inversion is impenetrable, and beyond repair. As are most of their intellectual failure and lack of American sensibilities.

Crushingly discouraging - and alienating - and no fix in sight.


Posted by: rhomboid at January 04, 2016 12:20 AM (QDnY+)

258 Used to be the largest wave of immigration came from 1870 to 1900 when 12 million immigrants came. Mostly from Ireland England and Germany.

Posted by: ThunderB at January 04, 2016 12:20 AM (zOTsN)

259 cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:17 AM (EzgxV)
I fear we are at the end. That which cannot go on, won't.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:21 AM (egOGm)

260 I like McInnes on principal.

Coupla things - Lauren you've got great taste in games.

buzzion - no, only a few banging scenes.

I liked Supernatural, but once I read about God being basically a creator without a care I stopped watching.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:21 AM (R5HRU)

261 @228 BurtTC

Nope

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 04, 2016 12:21 AM (voOPb)

262 You *can* have sex with every female character. There are repercussions though, apparently.
Posted by: Lauren
-----------------

Bwahahaha.
Not really.

Posted by: Bill Clinton at January 04, 2016 12:21 AM (RrDm2)

263 "Sixty percent of Americans (183 million) have ancestors who lived in America during the Revolutionary War, according to Ancestry.com, the worlds largest online family history resource. "

Raises hand. Lt. In the Continental Army.

Posted by: Tuna at January 04, 2016 12:21 AM (JSovD)

264 In 1870 total US population was about 38 million

Posted by: ThunderB at January 04, 2016 12:22 AM (zOTsN)

265 Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:20 AM (LzzEz)

YOu are correct. The consequences are for real.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:22 AM (R5HRU)

266 259 cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:17 AM (EzgxV)
I fear we are at the end. That which cannot go on, won't.
Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:21 AM (egOGm)
***
Vote Lord Humungus.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at January 04, 2016 12:22 AM (/33sy)

267 I found the Soviet Union to be a sort of paradise.

Posted by: Bernie at January 04, 2016 12:23 AM (RrDm2)

268 You *can* have sex with every female character. There are repercussions though, apparently.

Posted by: Lauren

Repercussions? Like, consequences? I object! Everyone knows we can act any way we want without dealing with any fallout!

Posted by: Lefties at January 04, 2016 12:23 AM (/ciMI)

269 It costs twice as much to rent a U-haul from here (Silicon Valley) to Texas as it does from Texas to here. And, yet, the population here is growing rapidly and everywhere you go you see apartment construction....
Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:09 AM (EzgxV)

Ah, the over-heated Cali building bubble that's due to for a major popping.

One of my lab-mates is from Cali and he actually advised one of the post-docs that's looking to leave to move to Cali and basically play the housing-market there. I tried to warn him about advising people to do that, given the inherent risks. I hope I got through to them...

Posted by: Thrawn at January 04, 2016 12:23 AM (+ik1L)

270 Cthulhu, is it raining up there yet? It is windy here but hasn't started raining. I'm afraid we may lose some trees this storm.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:23 AM (egOGm)

271 I didn't get the feeling that God in Supernatural is a creator without a care.

Posted by: buzzion - Pinochet 2016! at January 04, 2016 12:23 AM (zt+N6)

272 Stay home and get a dog.

Posted by: eman at January 03, 2016 11:52 PM (MQEz6)


You'll get more sloppy wet kisses from a dog than a wife.

Posted by: RickZ at January 04, 2016 12:24 AM (A5RGQ)

273 In case anyone has not mentioned it ; the Breitbart article linked regarding CA requirements for graduation is misleading/wrong.

The law is ONLY in relation to the Exit Exam (my daughter took it 3 years ago, my son, currently a Sophomore will no longer be required to take it)

The H.S graduation requirements are still in place -- i.e you actually have to pass your classes/take the require courses/attain the proper amount of credits

The law only means that a student does not need to pass or even take the CA "Exit Exam" (a standardized test which has not even been given since last year -- it's offering was suspended) in order to graduate.

Can AoS clarify the link possibly ?

Living in CA blows, but they have not stopped to 100% moronic level just yet


Posted by: Big Star at January 04, 2016 12:24 AM (/wt4l)

274 You *can* have sex with every female character. There are repercussions though, apparently.

Fire shoots out of your dick.

On the upside, you do good ranged damage.

Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 12:24 AM (ZbV+0)

275 I liked Supernatural, but once I read about God being basically a creator without a care I stopped watching.

That didn't bother me, but the fact that they can have all this crap happen and no one except for hunters and a few other groups know about it strikes me as silly.

I'm giving it this season, and if it doesn't improve I'm done.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at January 04, 2016 12:24 AM (fC9RO)

276 Raises hand. Lt. In the Continental Army.


Posted by: Tuna

YOU were in the Revolutionary War? Wait...is this really Vic?

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 04, 2016 12:24 AM (/ciMI)

277 251
cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:09 AM (EzgxV)

Good time to own rentals. No one can afford to buy.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:19 AM (egOGm)


Yeah, if you already owned 'em. I can't put together a bunch of rentals here to invest in -- and I'm a native-born Californian.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:25 AM (EzgxV)

278 Tuna at January 04, 2016 12:21 AM (JSovD)
My ancestors were in Virginia before the revolution.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:25 AM (egOGm)

279 Speaking of bubbles, I wonder if this is the first step of our own stock bubble about to break?


BREAKING: Shanghai stock-market plunges more than 5%, leading to trade halt.

Posted by: Thrawn at January 04, 2016 12:25 AM (+ik1L)

280 Heya cooth.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:25 AM (ahx2/)

281 Posted by: Colorado Alex at January 04, 2016 12:24 AM (fC9RO)

Maybe I'll give it another shot.

The first 5 seasons were excellent.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:26 AM (R5HRU)

282 It hasn't been released yet that's why the ad isn't online yet.

Posted by: andycanuck at January 04, 2016 12:26 AM (DLIIY)

283 You'll get more sloppy wet kisses from a dog than a wife.

Posted by: RickZ

A dog and some peanut butter is the best thing ever!

Posted by: Ms. Dunham at January 04, 2016 12:26 AM (/ciMI)

284 >>>You'll get more sloppy wet kisses from a dog than a wife.

Posted by: RickZ at January 04, 2016 12:24 AM (A5RGQ)<<<

And if you get peanut butter... sure, I have my pride, but...



Posted by: Toby the Beagle at January 04, 2016 12:26 AM (H9MG5)

285 cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:25 AM (EzgxV)
Your area is a lot more expensive. We picked a couple up at the bottom of the market.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:27 AM (egOGm)

286 283 You'll get more sloppy wet kisses from a dog than a wife.

Posted by: RickZ

A dog and some peanut butter is the best thing ever!

Posted by: Ms. Dunham at January 04, 2016 12:26 AM (/ciMI)



The horror. The horror.

Posted by: Toby the Beagle at January 04, 2016 12:27 AM (zt+N6)

287 278
Mine in were CT in the mid 1600s.

Posted by: Tuna at January 04, 2016 12:27 AM (JSovD)

288 I didn't get the feeling that God in Supernatural is a creator without a care.

Through Season 5 it seemed to imply that God was stepping back in order to test humanity. After that he kind of just... disappeared. Well, except for that one episode.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at January 04, 2016 12:27 AM (fC9RO)

289 270
Cthulhu, is it raining up there yet? It is windy here but hasn't
started raining. I'm afraid we may lose some trees this storm.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:23 AM (egOGm)


The official Casa de Cthulhu weather report: the patio is wet.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:28 AM (EzgxV)

290 Tuna at January 04, 2016 12:27 AM (JSovD)
That is really cool.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:28 AM (egOGm)

291 "Everyone knows we can act any way we want without dealing with any fallout!"

Yeah...about that.

With supernatural, I'm hoping that now that they've brought back the biggest of the big bads, they'll bring God back as well. We'll see.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:29 AM (GZ6Pf)

292 Posted by: Colorado Alex at January 04, 2016 12:27 AM (fC9RO)

The one episode where it was God revealed? As the show creator right?

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:29 AM (R5HRU)

293 That be my guess QDp

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 04, 2016 12:29 AM (voOPb)

294 The first 5 seasons were excellent.
Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:26 AM (R5HRU)


Season 6 was weak, but interesting. Season 7 was better. The later seasons have had trouble. There were some good possibilities that they squandered.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at January 04, 2016 12:30 AM (fC9RO)

295 qdp,
Any interest in ragtime/low country blues?
Check out Bradley Litwin

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fnQNkG8dSxI

If so, search the rest of that page, find "Ain't nobody's business" - and that whole album.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 12:30 AM (gQfxF)

296 The one episode where it was God revealed? As the show creator right?
Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:29 AM (R5HRU)


The musical theater episode.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at January 04, 2016 12:31 AM (fC9RO)

297 273
In case anyone has not mentioned it ; the Breitbart article linked regarding CA requirements for graduation is misleading/wrong.

The
law is ONLY in relation to the Exit Exam (my daughter took it 3 years
ago, my son, currently a Sophomore will no longer be required to take
it)

The H.S graduation requirements are still in place -- i.e you
actually have to pass your classes/take the require courses/attain the
proper amount of credits

The law only means that a student does
not need to pass or even take the CA "Exit Exam" (a standardized test
which has not even been given since last year -- it's offering was
suspended) in order to graduate.

Can AoS clarify the link possibly ?

Living in CA blows, but they have not stopped to 100% moronic level just yet




Posted by: Big Star at January 04, 2016 12:24 AM (/wt4l)


It passed 100% moronic halfway through Das Arnold's Governorship. With Jerry Brown and Kamela Harris, we're looking at testing the 200% moronic level.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:31 AM (EzgxV)

298 The official Casa de Cthulhu weather report: the patio is wet.
Posted by: cthulhu
--------------------
Sorry about that!

Posted by: Tucker at January 04, 2016 12:32 AM (gQfxF)

299 280
Heya cooth.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:25 AM (ahx2/)


Hello, Sweetie!!!

Happy New Year!

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:32 AM (EzgxV)

300 Whenever I see the pictures of drunken Brits, I'm reminded of how we're told that Euros are so much more enlightened when it comes to drinking.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at January 04, 2016 12:32 AM (fC9RO)

301 Good night, everyone.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at January 04, 2016 12:33 AM (/ciMI)

302 My ancestors were in Virginia before the revolution.
---
Mom has a DAR membership which means at some point someone had some proof we go back that far. All she remembers is a Methodist circuit rider before the war and the indian princess that married into the family that seems to be in every family history that goes back that far.

Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 12:34 AM (ZbV+0)

303 290
It is. However, immigration being what is was, the family is now a nice mix of English, Scot, German and God knows what else. Think there is Jewish great, great grandma in there somewhere also. Americans are so unique in their ancestries.

Posted by: Tuna at January 04, 2016 12:34 AM (JSovD)

304 285
cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:25 AM (EzgxV)

Your area is a lot more expensive. We picked a couple up at the bottom of the market.



Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:27 AM (egOGm)


I can't help but notice how many I might have in more civilized states.....

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:34 AM (EzgxV)

305 Happy New Year to you, cooth.

Hello Chi, Happy New Year to you too.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:35 AM (ahx2/)

306 SMFH wassup

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 12:36 AM (R5HRU)

307
Speaking of bubbles, I wonder if this is the first step of our own stock bubble about to break?
---
I went to check aerohedge, and their top story is that 'protesters' burnt down the Saudi embassy in Tehran leading to SA severing diplomatic ties with them and telling princess precious to go hang.

Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 12:37 AM (ZbV+0)

308 cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:34 AM (EzgxV)
My cop BIL is going to retire at 50 next year, sell his normal house and move to MO. He's looking at a mansion on a lake.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:37 AM (egOGm)

309 Hey thathalfrican,

Nothing much. SSDD.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:37 AM (ahx2/)

310 So, SMFH -- settled in to your new digs, yet?

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:37 AM (EzgxV)

311 For the time being, cooth, yes.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:38 AM (ahx2/)

312 Chi, will check those out, thanks.

I do enjoy classic ragtime as well.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 04, 2016 12:38 AM (ntObR)

313 Hey Cthulhu thanks for the suggestion. Writing SF bar scene right now.

The place is jam packed. And all the toy electric cars are plugged in. As Kara observes - while the cars get charged the people get juiced.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 12:39 AM (hmbKk)

314 308
cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:34 AM (EzgxV)

My cop BIL is going to retire at 50 next year, sell his normal house and move to MO. He's looking at a mansion on a lake.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:37 AM (egOGm)


Smart man. Cash it while it's still inflated, and put it down on something that will hold value. Wish I could get the fiancee to go along with it.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:39 AM (EzgxV)

315 Watched some vids at the counter-jihad sites.

KSA executing that shiite cleric seems to have got the shia all ready to fight.

KSA kicking out the Iranian diplomats seems like a start of something

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:40 AM (HLUeE)

316 cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:39 AM (EzgxV)
I wish we could move our business. I hope we become sane in our state so we all don't have to move. I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:42 AM (egOGm)

317 "I went to check aerohedge, and their top story is that 'protesters' burnt down the Saudi embassy in Tehran leading to SA severing diplomatic ties with them and telling princess precious to go hang."

Don't worry, our esteemed Sec'y of State will get right on that little problem.

Posted by: Tuna at January 04, 2016 12:42 AM (JSovD)

318 "KSA kicking out the Iranian diplomats seems like a start of something"

Yeah, I'm not really liking these interesting times.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:42 AM (LzzEz)

319 Watching Gran Torino, what a great flick.

My wife made the comment..well I need to see this to know how to deal w/ the new neighbor. LOL

Guy just moved in next door, looks like he might be Hmong.

Posted by: Farmer at January 04, 2016 12:42 AM (o/90i)

320
312
Chi, will check those out, thanks.



I do enjoy classic ragtime as well.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 04, 2016 12:38 AM (ntObR)


I've set it aside for 20 years -- but if you want to discuss classic ragtime, let me know where you want to start.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:43 AM (EzgxV)

321 Mom has a DAR membership which means at some point someone had some proof we go back that far. All she remembers is a Methodist circuit rider before the war and the indian princess that married into the family that seems to be in every family history that goes back that far.
Posted by: Methos
-----------------

You need to get yourself on the list also.

Just be thankful that she is not a Daughter of the Confederacy, because Hate Group, per SPLC. Actually, I'm thinking that it won't be long before the DAR is added to the list.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 04, 2016 12:44 AM (mxCgt)

322 311
For the time being, cooth, yes.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:38 AM (ahx2/)


So I should flag old address as "dead"?

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:44 AM (EzgxV)

323 Yes cooth.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:45 AM (ahx2/)

324 Hi SMFH! How are you doing?

And how is everyone else doing tonite?

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 12:45 AM (uZNvH)

325 CaliGirl, what do you do that you can't move out of state?

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 04, 2016 12:46 AM (ntObR)

326 My son starts the police academy tomorrow. He is as excited about a new career as I was once in my youth.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at January 04, 2016 12:46 AM (l3vZN)

327 Good nite morons
Be well

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian, wanna get a cup of coffee? at January 04, 2016 12:46 AM (voOPb)

328 316
cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:39 AM (EzgxV)

I wish we could move our business. I hope we become sane in our state so we all don't have to move. I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:42 AM (egOGm)


What is your business that you can't move it?....'cause you don't want to get stuck in the doorway when everyone else decides to bail.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:46 AM (EzgxV)

329 Hello chemjeff.

I'm doing ok. How about yourself?

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:46 AM (ahx2/)

330 Niters MisHum.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:47 AM (ahx2/)

331 qdpsteve, we are farmers. We grow broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, berries.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:47 AM (egOGm)

332 *wavies to SMFH*

Over 26,000 words of story written. How goes your writing efforts?

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 12:47 AM (hmbKk)

333 Left CA in the 70s and the U Haul rates to leave were high then too. I see exactly the same thing in WA state. Soon we will also have one party rule and that two tier income level.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at January 04, 2016 12:47 AM (Lqy/e)

334 SMFH ok i guess

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 12:48 AM (uZNvH)

335 Cauliflower, eh?

Have you guys seen a huge uptick in demand since people started using it as a carb replacement?

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:48 AM (LzzEz)

336 Anna Puma that is amazing

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 12:49 AM (uZNvH)

337 When the 'refugees' riot, jaywalk or even spit on the sidewalk...anything less than law-abiding...they and the nearest 10 'refugees' in the vicinity get immediately sent to a third world hellhole of our choice. Problem solved.

Posted by: model_1066 at January 04, 2016 12:49 AM (bqLcy)

338 331
qdpsteve, we are farmers. We grow broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, berries.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:47 AM (egOGm)


*winces* That's tough to move. Sorry to hear.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:49 AM (EzgxV)

339 CaliGirl, sure it wouldn't be worthwhile to sell?

Or, perhaps you could move, keep the farm, and outsource its management.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 04, 2016 12:49 AM (ntObR)

340 Hey Anna : )

Cool beans! I didn't do much writing over the holidays, but I did read your book, which was a very fun read.

Classes start back up in a matter of hours...joy.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:49 AM (ahx2/)

341 Cauliflower is a carb replacement? Ugh, not a big fan of cauliflower

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 12:50 AM (uZNvH)

342 Lauren, yes. We also grow kale, spinach and celery. The market on Cauliflower has been $45 a box since before thanksgiving. There are 12 heads in a box. I think it may have fallen to $35.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:50 AM (egOGm)

343 53 What is it with Sith-led empires and their mad quest for impractical super-weapons?
Posted by: Thrawn at January 03, 2016 11:26 PM

No-bid Government Contracts!

You must have missed it. When Han walks into the Thermal Oscillator, there is an engineering schematic beside the door. It lists the main contractor....HALLIBURTON!

Posted by: JB1000 at January 04, 2016 12:50 AM (DYdhz)

344 331
Yum. Cauliflower.

Posted by: Tuna at January 04, 2016 12:51 AM (JSovD)

345 "Cauliflower is a carb replacement"

Oh yeah. You can rice it, mash it, turn it into pizza crust.

I can never seem to get the bitter taste to go away enough, but I think that i taste bitter more than most people.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:51 AM (bYGAR)

346 Have you guys seen a huge uptick in demand since people started using it as a carb replacement?

.........

Cauliflower is still a carb, it is just not a grain based carb.

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:52 AM (HLUeE)

347 qdpsteve at January 04, 2016 12:49 AM (ntObR)
This is part of our retirement plan. We will see.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:52 AM (egOGm)

348 Music to argue Star Wars ...

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

Posted by: Adriane the Movie Critic ... at January 04, 2016 12:52 AM (AoK0a)

349 ChemJeff what has helped the word count was the 3,020 words written yesterday. I was amazed so much I slept most of today...

Good luck SMFH with your classes and I'm glad you enjoyed reading the story.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 12:52 AM (hmbKk)

350 T,
I've heard people complain about how slow Gran Torino is - personally, I think it's some of Eastwood's best work. Great flick.

Posted by: Tucker at January 04, 2016 12:52 AM (gQfxF)

351 Fourth of January! Where are the fireworks?

Posted by: Joe Biden at January 04, 2016 12:52 AM (7EHW6)

352 Anna Puma, are you a professional author?

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 12:53 AM (uZNvH)

353 You need to get yourself on the list also.
---
How do I go about that?

Mom has Alzheimer's and was the only child of an only child (her mother) and I'm not sure which side of her family was the one that goes way back.

Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 12:53 AM (ZbV+0)

354 That would be hard to leave, CaliGirl. Sounds like a bit of paradise.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:53 AM (bYGAR)

355 <-- looks left
looks right -->

Who me? Professional? Uh don't think so. Why?

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 12:54 AM (hmbKk)

356 Shit!
Next time I try to sock, somebody slap me!
Please.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 12:54 AM (gQfxF)

357 Lauren, it would be. I love where we live. I just can't stand the government here.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:54 AM (egOGm)

358 356,

Ok.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:54 AM (ahx2/)

359 " it is just not a grain based carb"

Well, yeah but it's a less carb heavy than a potato.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:54 AM (bYGAR)

360 350
T,

I've heard people complain about how slow Gran Torino is - personally, I think it's some of Eastwood's best work. Great flick.

Posted by: Tucker at January 04, 2016 12:52 AM (gQfxF)


I've envisioned Tucker as a lot of things, but not as a movie critic.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:55 AM (EzgxV)

361 Chi, can we slap you anyway?

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 12:55 AM (uZNvH)

362 Chi, "Sock it to me!"

SMFH, "Okay!"

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 12:55 AM (hmbKk)

363 Heh cooth.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:55 AM (ahx2/)

364 Methos i would like to know how to get on that list as well.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:55 AM (egOGm)

365 " I just can't stand the government here."

Outlast 'em.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:55 AM (bYGAR)

366 Anna Puma, just wondering, you seem so dedicated to your writing

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 12:55 AM (uZNvH)

367 353
From speaking to members of my family who have joined the DAR, I know you need a copy of the family tree to prove the relationship.

Posted by: Tuna at January 04, 2016 12:56 AM (JSovD)

368 Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 12:30 AM

Speaking of the blues, we were recently thru Clarksdale, MS. They have a big sign touting the "Crossroads".

These days we crossed a highway on an overpass, far cry from the Crossroads wher Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul.

And Happy New Year to ya'll here.

Posted by: Farmer at January 04, 2016 12:56 AM (o/90i)

369 What is it with Sith-led empires and their mad quest for impractical super-weapons?
---
Space Nazis.

I think the death stars were metaphors for those big rail(road) guns the Germans meant to use on Russia (I don't recall if they were ever actually used)

Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 12:57 AM (ZbV+0)

370 358
356,



Ok.

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:54 AM (ahx2/)


*snickers* I din't do nuffin; I wasn't involved....

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:57 AM (EzgxV)

371 ChemJeff if I was as dedicated as Sabrina Chase, would only see me on the book thread and not at #4. She hit 80k words on latest novel during the holidays.



Oh well back to the scribbles. Or book does not get written. Sweet dreams.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 12:57 AM (hmbKk)

372 I think you just have to prove that you had a direct ancestor who either served in the military during the Revolution or provided goods for the war effort.

I was looking into it a little while ago, but didn't go through the application process because I am easily distracted.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:57 AM (bYGAR)

373 341 Cauliflower is a carb replacement? Ugh, not a big fan of cauliflower
Posted by: chemjeff
----------------
Learn to make hollandaise. This will stand you in good stead, young padawan.
Then again, maybe learn to cook a steak first...

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 12:58 AM (gQfxF)

374 Got the powder ready even, Anna!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK8PEHur0q0

Posted by: SMFH at January 04, 2016 12:58 AM (ahx2/)

375 "far cry from the Crossroads wher Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul. "

...and we're back to Supernatural.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 12:58 AM (bYGAR)

376 Now, to get into Fed crap based on stock market tanking wonders. I was wondering just how the hell QuEeen Janet was going to suck enough monetary base out of the system to raise the Fed Funds rate that 1/4 point she claimed.

Well, lo and behold, they've done reverse repos pulling $400B+ out of the system. Half a trillion in short order, which sort of blew my mind.

Then I realized. It's all smoke and mirrors. All that "printed" money was doing nothing but sitting in the bank's reserve accounts as digits in the Fed's computers. It was all a game that had no effect on the real economy at all, other than let a bunch of high speed computers ramp up the stock market.

And it can be vaporized as easily as it was created. There is no free market in the bankster game at all. It's just the Fed and their cronies. It's all an illusion.

Posted by: publius (not Breitbart publius) at January 04, 2016 12:59 AM (dvuhZ)

377 I don't understand the hate on grains, wheat, oats, barley and sometimes corn.


there are only 3 macro nutrients
proteins
carbs
fats


that is it

the wife swaps out spaghetti squash and cauliflower for pasta but whatever......

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:59 AM (HLUeE)

378 368
Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 12:30 AM



Speaking of the blues, we were recently thru Clarksdale, MS. They have a big sign touting the "Crossroads".



These days we crossed a highway on an overpass, far cry from the Crossroads wher Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul.



And Happy New Year to ya'll here.

Posted by: Farmer at January 04, 2016 12:56 AM (o/90i)


Happy New Year to you, J, and the doggehs!!!!

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 12:59 AM (EzgxV)

379 Sixty percent of Americans (183 million) have ancestors who lived in America during the Revolutionary War

Yo!

Posted by: Lieutenant Dan Taylor at January 04, 2016 01:00 AM (RcpcZ)

380 I've envisioned Tucker as a lot of things, but not as a movie critic.
Posted by: cthulhu
------------------
He just hasn't pissed on your DVD collection.
Yet.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 01:01 AM (gQfxF)

381 I'm getting some very strange ads in the side bar. I'm really not interested in purchasing a "Naughty and Romantic Ne klace". Not now, not ever.

Posted by: Tuna at January 04, 2016 01:02 AM (JSovD)

382 The horror. The horror.

Posted by: Toby the Beagle at January 04, 2016 12:27 AM (zt+N6)


Yeah, Toby, I agree. Better to lick your own balls than lick anything on or attached to Lena Dunham.

Posted by: RickZ at January 04, 2016 01:02 AM (A5RGQ)

383 Chi, oh just so you know, I bought a cookbook, "How To Cook Everything: The Basics", it has a lot of pictures, which I appreciate

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 01:03 AM (uZNvH)

384 383 CJ

Have you looked at cookbooks from Alton Brown, Shirley Corriher and/or Harold McGee?

They all take cooking as excercises in chemistry and/or physics, all very interesting and doable recipes, starting with basics and then gradually moving up.

Might be good resources for you.

Posted by: speedster1 at January 04, 2016 01:06 AM (vUcdz)

385 376
Now, to get into Fed crap based on stock market tanking wonders. I was
wondering just how the hell QuEeen Janet was going to suck enough
monetary base out of the system to raise the Fed Funds rate that 1/4
point she claimed.

Well, lo and behold, they've done reverse
repos pulling $400B+ out of the system. Half a trillion in short order,
which sort of blew my mind.

Then I realized. It's all smoke and
mirrors. All that "printed" money was doing nothing but sitting in the
bank's reserve accounts as digits in the Fed's computers. It was all a
game that had no effect on the real economy at all, other than let a
bunch of high speed computers ramp up the stock market.

And it
can be vaporized as easily as it was created. There is no free market in
the bankster game at all. It's just the Fed and their cronies. It's all
an illusion.


Posted by: publius (not Breitbart publius) at January 04, 2016 12:59 AM (dvuhZ)


We are in a discovery phase. It used to be that you had a $1 Federal Reserve Note, that meant you had a 1/10,000 claim on a $10,000 T-bill "backed by the full faith and credit of the United States", which meant that the Federal Leviathan would tax the shit out of people before they'd miss an interest payment or fail to redeem at full value.

After "Maiden Lane", the $1 bill in your pocket had a whole bunch of speculative shit in it -- besides the "full faith and credit" that the Feds were backing away from.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 01:07 AM (EzgxV)

386 Carb replacement? I guess it's mostly fiber? Not much to a vegetable except fiber, sugar, carbs.

Posted by: Lassie, flower of collies at January 04, 2016 01:10 AM (7EHW6)

387 CaliGirl can speak for herself, but she lives in one of the nicest areas you will find in the US. I can't imagine leaving it if I were established there.

Everyone has their own situation, needs, and tastes. So it's hard to compare. Paradoxically, having such a farcical, disastrous, lawless national govt. (all three branches) and such ridiculous people constituting the "elites" right nowmakes CA's absurdities less grating.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 04, 2016 01:12 AM (QDnY+)

388 thanks speedster

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 01:12 AM (uZNvH)

389 Speedster beat me to the Alton Brown recommendation - the coolest nerd on TV by far. I think you'd like him, chem. Look him up.
Like pretty much everyone here, WAY smarter than me, and very entertaining.
He makes cooking look easy, but with very scientific techniques and reasoning for what he does and why.

And it's nice to see Rick here so early. Norfolk still sucks, in case you were wondering.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 01:14 AM (gQfxF)

390 388 cj

My pleasure! Shirley C was also a frequent guest in AB's Good Eats series, which would also be a great place to start.

Best of luck to you, and Happy New Year!!

Posted by: speedster1 at January 04, 2016 01:14 AM (vUcdz)

391 383
Chi, oh just so you know, I bought a cookbook, "How To Cook Everything:
The Basics", it has a lot of pictures, which I appreciate


Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 01:03 AM (uZNvH)


CJ -- don't take shit from nobody. Cook something, over and over and over and over, until you like it. Eat your mistakes and realize that they come out of your body the same way as your triumphs. Realize that there are weirdisms -- like, if you want the center of your steak to come out more pink, you have to cook at a higher temp. Use the right tools. Learn from every experience. Play with it; enjoy it.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 01:15 AM (EzgxV)

392 ok,

well shite apparently there are 5 macro's
protein
carbs
fat

and...

and fiber
and water

but fiber is contained in carbs and don't drink water because fish fuck in it

drink carbs, like booze

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 01:15 AM (HLUeE)

393 Oh, one more thing, cj:

Find AB's steak video (likely on YT). Foolproof.

Posted by: speedster1 at January 04, 2016 01:16 AM (vUcdz)

394 I second AB's steak technique.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 01:19 AM (GZ6Pf)

395 Speaking of Norfolk, has logprof been around?
I know I haven't been here much (until the last couple days), but I haven't seen him lately...

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 01:19 AM (gQfxF)

396 More Comiket 89 cosplay:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/j78dfgn

http://preview.tinyurl.com/zhanexj

NSFW

Posted by: 政治的な帽子 at January 04, 2016 01:19 AM (vBeA5)

397 pro tip.

try placing a dab of butter on your steaks right after you take them from the heat source and let it melt before your guests get served.

a pat of butter males them way, way yummy

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 01:19 AM (HLUeE)

398 males?

?/

makes

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 01:20 AM (HLUeE)

399
387
CaliGirl can speak for herself, but she lives in one of the nicest areas
you will find in the US. I can't imagine leaving it if I were
established there.



Everyone has their own situation, needs, and tastes. So it's hard to
compare. Paradoxically, having such a farcical, disastrous, lawless
national govt. (all three branches) and such ridiculous people
constituting the "elites" right nowmakes CA's absurdities less grating.





Posted by: rhomboid at January 04, 2016 01:12 AM (QDnY+)


I'm ready to leave CA, and I was born here. I'm ready to leave SV, and it's been where I've been most successful. I'm ready to leave the place we purchased a home almost 19 years ago.....because it's all about to go foom and I want to be well clear of the implosion.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 01:20 AM (EzgxV)

400 How do I go about that?
Mom has Alzheimer's and was the only child of an only child (her mother) and I'm not sure which side of her family was the one that goes way back.
Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 12:53 AM

If your mom was in the DAR all you should have to prove is that you are her daughter.

Tho that might depend upon when your lineage was accepted. They used to have less stringent evidence accepted for a line, might require more today.

If it gets hinky give me a shout at the email below. I've been doing my family history since I was 15, 45 years ago, could possibly help.

Yeah, I was a history nerd. *shrugs*

Posted by: Farmer at January 04, 2016 01:21 AM (o/90i)

401 Speaking of Norfolk, has logprof been around?
I know I haven't been here much (until the last couple days), but I haven't seen him lately...
Posted by: Chi
-------------

Earlier today.

Posted by: Bernie at January 04, 2016 01:25 AM (RrDm2)

402 Oops. Sheds Socialist sock

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 04, 2016 01:26 AM (RrDm2)

403 Farmer - I may get in touch re the DAR thing. My grandmother was a member, and I'd like to get my niece signed on.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 04, 2016 01:27 AM (RrDm2)

404 Insightful article by Spengler(linked from Insty) as to the mess the Saudis have gotten themselves into with the slew of recent executions.

http://tinyurl.com/hbeaa43

Posted by: Tuna at January 04, 2016 01:28 AM (JSovD)

405 I'm ready to leave CA, and I was born here. I'm ready to leave SV, and it's been where I've been most successful. I'm ready to leave the place we purchased a home almost 19 years ago.....because it's all about to go foom and I want to be well clear of the implosion.
Posted by: cthulhu
-----------------
If I thought I could get even close to what I think this place was worth, I sell tomorrow.
We'd be on the first thing smokin' - for a tour of the country, then probably end up with an RV to live out my final days.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 01:28 AM (gQfxF)

406 I think the death stars were metaphors for those big
rail(road) guns the Germans meant to use on Russia (I don't recall if
they were ever actually used)




Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 12:57 AM



Used on Sevastopol.

Posted by: otho at January 04, 2016 01:29 AM (EWg9n)

407 " then probably end up with an RV to live out my final days."

Just come to Texas. Under 200K will get you a 5 bedroom house pretty much anywhere except Austin.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 01:29 AM (GZ6Pf)

408 I thpught alcohol =/= carbs. The body metabolizes alcohol first, since it cannot be stored (ie converted to fat like carbs).

Many alcoholic drinks are sugary. and so interfere with low card diets, but hard liquor+diet soda should be low carb, though you still have to watch the calories.

And if you need to give Lena an excuse to decline, just say that peanut butter is too high in carbs. That way you won't hurt her feelings,

Posted by: Lassie at January 04, 2016 01:30 AM (7EHW6)

409 Now, to get into Fed crap based on stock market tanking wonders. I was wondering just how the hell QuEeen Janet was going to suck enough monetary base out of the system to raise the Fed Funds rate that 1/4 point she claimed.

Well, lo and behold, they've done reverse repos pulling $400B+ out of the system. Half a trillion in short order, which sort of blew my mind.

Then I realized. It's all smoke and mirrors. All that "printed" money was doing nothing but sitting in the bank's reserve accounts as digits in the Fed's computers. It was all a game that had no effect on the real economy at all, other than let a bunch of high speed computers ramp up the stock market.

And it can be vaporized as easily as it was created. There is no free market in the bankster game at all. It's just the Fed and their cronies. It's all an illusion.

Posted by: publius (not Breitbart publius) at January 04, 2016 12:59 AM

May I subscribe to your newsletter?

I'd like to discuss in some intelligent fashion, but I'm still celebrating NYE.

Posted by: Farmer at January 04, 2016 01:31 AM (o/90i)

410 Just come to Texas. Under 200K will get you a 5 bedroom house pretty much anywhere except Austin. Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 01:29 AM (GZ6Pf)


Not true in College Station anymore. Prices here have really shot up over the past year and a half or so. Been watching the market because I finally got a decent job that might have let me afford one, but as usual, whenever you get close to making ends meet, the ends start moving again.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 04, 2016 01:31 AM (J+mig)

411 410
Do you watch the HGTV show, Fixer Upper. That couple operates out of Waco and I'm always surprised at low the housing prices are.

Posted by: Tuna at January 04, 2016 01:34 AM (JSovD)

412 "I think 2015 is the year we finally stopped pretending that Kwanzaa was a real thing."

Except of course for the Obamas, who were busily posting photos of the fake appurtenances of this fake holiday on their official White House Twitter accounts.

Posted by: torquewrench at January 04, 2016 01:36 AM (noWW6)

413 "Insightful article by Spengler"

Aren't you just super glad that our genius president is at the helm?

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 01:36 AM (GZ6Pf)

414 If your mom was in the DAR all you should have to prove is that you are her daughter.
---
Er, I would be looking for the male version, I would assume they share records

Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 01:36 AM (ZbV+0)

415 Heck I think $200k in about 90% of the country will get you at least a 3 bedroom house

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 01:36 AM (uZNvH)

416 "Hopefully there will be a political solution to this mess and the Muslim refugees can be peacefully repatriated, but I don't their going to give up the generous social welfare provided by their hosts without a fight." - from the Bob Owens link above.


Good luck with that. They aren't refugees, save for a vanishingly small number. They are opportunistic parasites at best, invaders, for the most part.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 04, 2016 01:37 AM (cKwwS)

417 "whenever you get close to making ends meet, the ends start moving again."

Ugh, sorry to hear that. It took us years to finally catch the housing market at the right time. Hang in there.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 01:38 AM (GZ6Pf)

418 405
I'm ready to leave CA, and I was born here. I'm ready to leave SV, and
it's been where I've been most successful. I'm ready to leave the place
we purchased a home almost 19 years ago.....because it's all about to go
foom and I want to be well clear of the implosion.

Posted by: cthulhu

-----------------

If I thought I could get even close to what I think this place was worth, I sell tomorrow.

We'd be on the first thing smokin' - for a tour of the country, then probably end up with an RV to live out my final days.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 01:28 AM (gQfxF)


The difference being, we bought this place at less than 1/3 of what comparable places are selling for today. Bricks and mortar, trim and fixtures mean nothing towards value.

It would be really nice to sleep through the night without wondering if thing go foom on the morrow....

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 01:40 AM (EzgxV)

419 We actually contacted the Fixer Upper couple to talk about using them. They couldn't come as far south as we needed at the time, so we passed.

It's an interesting process. You have to be picked by the producers to actually work with them, of course, but if you're not they have a whole crew who does the same thing they do and styles the house with her line.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 01:41 AM (LzzEz)

420 Gavin McInnes can get to some of the Horde when he does a video of dropping a transmission from a vintage vehicle like this.

http://www.ufunk.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/selection-du-weekend-173-54.jpg

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 03, 2016 11:14 PM (hmbKk)


That's a Model A Ford fitted with balloon tires for use as a sand buggy. Dropping the tranny would be easy, once you get the closed driveline out of there.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 04, 2016 01:42 AM (cKwwS)

421 "It would be really nice to sleep through the night without wondering if thing go foom on the morrow...."

'Course these days you feel that way anywhere in the world with our Dear Leaders in charge of driving the whole thing off the cliff.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 01:42 AM (LzzEz)

422 Just come to Texas. Under 200K will get you a 5 bedroom house pretty much anywhere except Austin.
Posted by: Lauren
-------------------
Are you channelling George Carlin now?
I've been in the same little 3BR house I bought when I was 20. I have enough stuff here (and in the 2 garages) to take 10 years to throw away, thank you very much.

I want I one room shack and 400 acres.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 01:42 AM (gQfxF)

423 "
I want I one room shack and 400 acres."

Haha, well we've got that too.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 01:43 AM (LzzEz)

424 413
Oh my yes. Feeling very secure right now. I just know he has the best interests of the country next to his heart. Especially since I read on Drudge that he's returned from vacation all fired up. God help us all.

Posted by: Tuna at January 04, 2016 01:45 AM (JSovD)

425 Farmer - I may get in touch re the DAR thing. My grandmother was a member, and I'd like to get my niece signed on.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 04, 2016 01:27 AM

NP MH. It's very cool if the younger generation is interested in our heritage.

Considering it's being destroyed every day under the Obama administration. How long will true American values last?

*press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish*

Posted by: Farmer at January 04, 2016 01:46 AM (o/90i)

426 Yeah, deep into Texas. Maybe Montana?
I just want a place to stretch out, maybe have half of AOP's car collection, a little still on the back forty...

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 01:47 AM (gQfxF)

427 Watching "Five Million Years to Earth" a/k/a "Quatermas And the Pit." One of the greatest science fiction movies ever made. SERIOUSLY. If you haven't seen this you are a loser.

Back home now. Cat is still alive. Cat is still...cat.

"Then you can't see this world any longer."

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at January 03, 2016 11:33 PM (B8JRQ)


Those Quatermass movies were fun. Some fine writing in them.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 04, 2016 01:49 AM (cKwwS)

428 My newsletter? Oh yeah, it's called "How to become a Millionaire!". The answer is of course, sell 10,000 subscriptions to your newsletter at $100 a pop.

Seriously, it just sort of hit me, really hit me, how it's all smoke and mirrors. It's all cronies at the top, in the BBC (Billionaire Boys Club), all illusion, a rigged game.

All these economic models of money and financial flows and how this responds to that, and so forth. It's meaningless. A free market might work something like they claim, but what we have now is nothing but a crony command finance system.

Posted by: publius (not Breitbart publius) at January 04, 2016 01:51 AM (dvuhZ)

429 Er, I would be looking for the male version, I would assume they share records
Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 01:36 AM

Then you be looking for the SAR, Sons of...

No idea if they share records. If you find out let me know.

Posted by: Farmer at January 04, 2016 01:52 AM (o/90i)

430 Hey, crazy. Yahoo is down.

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 01:54 AM (LzzEz)

431 I came within a cut hair yesterday of picking up a VP9 at the gun show. Barely managed to stop myself.

What is the inverse of buyer's remorse?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 03, 2016 11:50 PM (oFSUK)


Any Mark I Webleys on offer? And how much, if one happened to catch your eye?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 04, 2016 01:55 AM (cKwwS)

432 Hey, crazy. Yahoo is down.
---
My email and nfl picks are both loading fine

Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 01:58 AM (ZbV+0)

433 Good night all. Didn't hit the modest goal of 1,000 words written but did crawl past 27K, about a third of the way through the bar scene. Thought it was going to be a quick little thing of a scene but it's grown.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 01:59 AM (hmbKk)

434 Goodnight all, fun chat tonight. :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 04, 2016 02:02 AM (ntObR)

435 All these economic models of money and financial flows and how this responds to that, and so forth. It's meaningless. A free market might work something like they claim, but what we have now is nothing but a crony command finance system.
Posted by: publius (not Breitbart publius) at January 04, 2016 01:51 AM

Bingo, all smoke and mirrors.

I'm for a free market but we don't have one.
Just watched a movie about Steve Jobs. That nasty f### got anyway w/ crimes.

Congress had him testify and he got off because of who he was. *spit*

Posted by: Farmer at January 04, 2016 02:02 AM (o/90i)

436 It's back up. Must have just caught a glitch. Time for me to head to bed. Night all!

Posted by: Lauren at January 04, 2016 02:03 AM (LzzEz)

437 G'night Anna. & Steve.
You two have a good night.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 02:04 AM (gQfxF)

438 KSA executing that shiite cleric seems to have got the shia all ready to fight.

KSA kicking out the Iranian diplomats seems like a start of something

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:40 AM (HLUeE)


So did they shoot him, or give him the chop?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 04, 2016 02:09 AM (cKwwS)

439 qdpsteve, we are farmers. We grow broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, berries.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 04, 2016 12:47 AM (egOGm)


Seem to be lots of truck farms in the Yuma area. But perhaps land prices are too high?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 04, 2016 02:11 AM (cKwwS)

440 busily posting photos of the fake appurtenances of this fake holiday

He really is King Kwanzaa, isn't he.

Posted by: t-bird at January 04, 2016 02:19 AM (Z58Xa)

441 well, time for bed I think
good night all
have to get to work before the boss

Posted by: chemjeff at January 04, 2016 02:20 AM (uZNvH)

442 It quit being a free market a long time ago. The politicians sell regulations to the cronies so they can stack the deck against their competition and have a virtual monopoly, and the cronies plow the money back into politics via "campaign contributions" and other favors.

Most industries are dominated by a handful of companies these days, and the barriers to market entry are prohibitive. This doesn't much resemble free market capitalism at all.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 04, 2016 02:20 AM (J+mig)

443 442
It quit being a free market a long time ago. The politicians sell
regulations to the cronies so they can stack the deck against their
competition and have a virtual monopoly, and the cronies plow the money
back into politics via "campaign contributions" and other favors.

Most
industries are dominated by a handful of companies these days, and the
barriers to market entry are prohibitive. This doesn't much resemble
free market capitalism at all.


Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 04, 2016 02:20 AM (J+mig)


Indeed, the primary goal of the average company has changed from delighting a consumer to suborning a regulator.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 02:31 AM (EzgxV)

444 Huh.
Pulled four old batteries out of the garage today.
So far, two are holding a good charge of over 13v. I thought they were just scrap.
What's a used battery worth these days? 20, 25 bucks?

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 02:34 AM (gQfxF)

445 Is bundy dead yet? He would be if he was black.

Posted by: nittoo at January 04, 2016 02:36 AM (u42FR)

446 He really is King Kwanzaa, isn't he.
Posted by: t-bird at January 04, 2016 02:19 AM (Z58Xa)

King Julien, of the lemurs of Madagascar.

I denounce myself....

And then head to bed. New job tomorrow. Gotta be sharp.

Posted by: tcn in AK at January 04, 2016 02:42 AM (+YMhA)

447 The fiancee whomped out a bunch of cookies and rice-krispie-treats for her guys at work, to get 'em revved-up for the new year.



Realistically, though, they're moving from the Christmas shipping season to the postal rate change and it's just going to be a horrific mess for the next two months. So, cookies.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 02:43 AM (EzgxV)

448 444
Huh.

Pulled four old batteries out of the garage today.

So far, two are holding a good charge of over 13v. I thought they were just scrap.

What's a used battery worth these days? 20, 25 bucks?

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 02:34 AM (gQfxF)


In California, they'd be worth a knock on your door at midnight. They're useful and not environmentally friendly, so you might be fined or imprisoned.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 02:46 AM (EzgxV)

449 Hence, reason # 4632 that I don't live in California.
But, the smaller one would probably be useful for swinging at the head of the first government official that knocked on my door at midnight...

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 02:55 AM (gQfxF)

450 449
Hence, reason # 4632 that I don't live in California.

But, the smaller one would probably be useful for swinging at the
head of the first government official that knocked on my door at
midnight...

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 02:55 AM (gQfxF)


You have no idea.... http://www.zerohedge.com/news /2016-01-03/why-silicon-valley-may-be-defcon-1-status

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 03:00 AM (EzgxV)

451 Cooth,
I think you would have loved to see your little buddy today.
He ran for hours at Miss Shirley's house, and next door, and next door...
Then, he chased rats/mice in Shirley's garage for another hour or two.

When I finally brought him home, he just fell out.
I swear, I could tie strings on his paws right now, do a marionette show, and he wouldn't complain!

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:09 AM (gQfxF)

452 Should sleep, can't sleep.

What'd I miss?

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 03:12 AM (R5HRU)

453 OK, got the garbage out.

Time to hit the hay here.

Thanks for an interesting convo here tonight.

Posted by: Farmer at January 04, 2016 03:13 AM (o/90i)

454 451
Cooth,

I think you would have loved to see your little buddy today.

He ran for hours at Miss Shirley's house, and next door, and next door...

Then, he chased rats/mice in Shirley's garage for another hour or two.



When I finally brought him home, he just fell out.

I swear, I could tie strings on his paws right now, do a marionette show, and he wouldn't complain!

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:09 AM (gQfxF)



He's such a good dog -- always looking out for you, especially when someone does a cartoon sneak [you let him watch too much television!]; and totally on the vermin control patrol.



Next time I visit, I won't be so tensed up around you and looking for distractions....and I'll have him wanting to go home with me, just you wait.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 03:21 AM (EzgxV)

455 What'd I miss?
Posted by: thathalfrican
----------------
Exciting stuff, man.
You might want to sit down for this - I'm charging old car batteries, and Farmer took the trash out.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:26 AM (gQfxF)

456 Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:26 AM (gQfxF)

Oh shit!

In other news - Im watching Inside The American Mob.

Eerie correlations to CAIR.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 04, 2016 03:30 AM (R5HRU)

457 451
Cooth,

I think you would have loved to see your little buddy today.

He ran for hours at Miss Shirley's house, and next door, and next door...

Then, he chased rats/mice in Shirley's garage for another hour or two.



When I finally brought him home, he just fell out.

I swear, I could tie strings on his paws right now, do a marionette show, and he wouldn't complain!

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:09 AM (gQfxF)


My family has been going to Disneyland since forever -- my grandfather did wiring in the Golden Horseshoe Saloon -- and a family tradition is observing "Dead Baby Syndrome" around closing time. You see dozens of people marching for the exits holding their youngsters hanging totally limp. Sometimes they're cradled in their arms, sometimes they're over the shoulder.....but it's like a war zone, and the kids are just inert.

I can see Tucker with DBS. Lay him on the couch, he's DBS sideways -- lay him in his sleeping place, he's DBS another way -- lay him on the counter, he's DBS with is head hanging over.

It means he's just had The Best Day Ever.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 03:32 AM (EzgxV)

458 Mornin'.

Still fighting off the flu, can't sleep.

From the linked American Thinker piece on ungrateful "refugees":

"But it's impossible to Skype without Wi-Fi, so they're demanding faster service."

I don't get it. I know I'm the least tech-savviest guy around, but I do know that I Skype (I am required to, as part of my work-from-home job) and I definitely do not have Wi-Fi.

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at January 04, 2016 03:36 AM (HMt16)

459 I just had a vision of me at about seven years old (?), Mom shopping for 18 hours straight at the Navy exchange, me hanging on by a thread.
Dangling like like a puppet from her hand - I can remember saying "waaaater. I needed waaaaaater..."
She didn't find it anywhere near as funny as everyone around us did. Yes, I was a ham even way back then.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:39 AM (gQfxF)

460 Good morning horde

Posted by: Skip at January 04, 2016 03:40 AM (C1Suc)

461 Well I was wrong. My Muse, as I lay there trying to sleep, sorted out the bar scene for me. So throwing off the covers I did scurry to the word processor to sling more words on to the screen. A total of 1,001 additional words on top of the previous written 852 thus flowed from my fingers to electronic slate. So I am now past 28,000 words also.

And Lauren, did use the Monty Python reference.

Posted by: Anna Puma at January 04, 2016 03:42 AM (/fW7M)

462 459
I just had a vision of me at about seven years old (?), Mom shopping for
18 hours straight at the Navy exchange, me hanging on by a thread.

Dangling like like a puppet from her hand - I can remember saying "waaaater. I needed waaaaaater..."

She didn't find it anywhere near as funny as everyone around us did. Yes, I was a ham even way back then.





Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:39 AM (gQfxF)


One of my earliest memories is reaching up to tug on my mom's skirt, and asking, "do you know what happens when you push the red button on the escalator?" -- and her dawning realization that I already knew the answer.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 03:44 AM (EzgxV)

463 As bad as that inflation chart is things are actually much worse. They are based on Obamanite submitted phony numbers. The real overall CPI is over 20%.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at January 04, 2016 03:45 AM (t2KH5)

464 Now, i kinda feel guilty for not reading Golden Isis yet.
And my Sis gave me a stack of 5 or 6 James Patterson books for Christmas - how did she know I like that crap for a mindless distraction?

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:47 AM (gQfxF)

465 Cauliflower

*jumps in truck. heads for the hills*

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Staring at the Lake in the Rain at January 04, 2016 03:48 AM (WWdgA)

466 463
As bad as that inflation chart is things are actually much worse. They
are based on Obamanite submitted phony numbers. The real overall CPI is
over 20%.


Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at January 04, 2016 03:45 AM (t2KH5)


Price discovery -- the backbone that ensures efficient distribution of resources across an economy -- has been totally blown up by mandates and steamrollered by QE. We've had nothing but malinvestment for seven years -- and it finally struck me in a vision -- I dreamed I saw the face of pure malinvestment....and realized it had the face of a bureaucrat.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 03:50 AM (EzgxV)

467 249 so has anyone seen the first Trump ad?

I read about it but have seen now link

Posted by: Jake at January 04, 2016 12:18 AM (HLUeE)
----
Probably embargo'd till the morning.

Posted by: ThisBeingMilt at January 04, 2016 03:53 AM (MbrzC)

468 @462
You know how much i love you, right?
Can we keep this up for a few hours?

Did I ever tell you about the time that Mom lost me on a family camping trip? Literally -a 5 year old, unaccounted for - for half the night.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:53 AM (gQfxF)

469 The way they've excluded food from all of the inflation and cost of living indexes really hides a lot of the pain, too.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at January 04, 2016 03:56 AM (J+mig)

470 I can't stop reading your comment at 462. I'm in tears laughing...

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:58 AM (gQfxF)

471 468
@462

You know how much i love you, right?

Can we keep this up for a few hours?



Did I ever tell you about the time that Mom lost me on a family
camping trip? Literally -a 5 year old, unaccounted for - for half the
night.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:53 AM (gQfxF)


I'm not going to keep much up for very long, I'm afraid.....but how did a five-year-old go missing for half the night without total panic?

Some camping anecdotes -- spent the night over at my uncle's place one night in sleeping bags on cots....his lab puppy chewed the bottom off my sleeping bag teething (good thing my feet weren't included!).

Then there was a Boy Scout sleepover in the local city park. I got up during the night to take a whizz and collected enough dew to shiver my way through the rest of the night.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 04:02 AM (EzgxV)

472 470
I can't stop reading your comment at 462. I'm in tears laughing...

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:58 AM (gQfxF)


Yeah, and then we went and found the floor manager with the key to turn it back on.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 04:05 AM (EzgxV)

473 When looking at the root of the Bundy/Oregon situation, one could look back to the Sagebrush Rebellion.

Heck, you could go back nearly 800 years to find a similar situation... and a solution.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter_of_the_Forest

Posted by: The Charter of the Hats at January 04, 2016 04:07 AM (vBeA5)

474 Dammit!
Dog farts stink worse than old rotten fish.
He ain't so cute any more...

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 04:08 AM (gQfxF)

475 Two Boys scouts save their scout leader from a potential bear rape,
#Teachbearsnottorape

Posted by: Skip at January 04, 2016 04:13 AM (C1Suc)

476 474
Dammit!

Dog farts stink worse than old rotten fish.

He ain't so cute any more...



Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 04:08 AM (gQfxF)


Limp, helpless, and trusting as he is, you're kvetching about the unintentional gaseous emissions of his digestive system....

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 04:16 AM (EzgxV)

477 472
470

I can't stop reading your comment at 462. I'm in tears laughing...



Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 03:58 AM (gQfxF)


Yeah, and then we went and found the floor manager with the key to turn it back on.


Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 04:05 AM (EzgxV)

Fortunately, I did not attempt to educate the floor manager as to how to build an escalator.

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 04:18 AM (EzgxV)

478 What time is it?

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 04:25 AM (gQfxF)

479 478
What time is it?



Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 04:25 AM (gQfxF)


Would you prefer a mechanical escapement, or an electronic one?

Posted by: cthulhu at January 04, 2016 04:29 AM (EzgxV)

480 What time is it?

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 04:25 AM (gQfxF)


Whatever time Pixy damn well says it is...

Posted by: The Temporal Hat at January 04, 2016 04:31 AM (vBeA5)

481 Date and time have no meaning or something
NDG

Posted by: Skip at January 04, 2016 04:38 AM (C1Suc)

482 Date and time have no meaning or something
NDG

Posted by: Skip at January 04, 2016 04:38 AM (C1Suc)


A little mood music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USQGrE8JtY0

Posted by: Journey to the Centre of the Hat at January 04, 2016 04:42 AM (vBeA5)

483 Two Boys scouts save their scout leader from a potential bear rape, 

#Teachbearsnottorape

Posted by: Skip


No good deed goes unpunished.

Posted by: Scoutmaster Reid at January 04, 2016 04:44 AM (7EHW6)

484 I swear to God, Hollywood does its damnedest to come up with the most outlandish BS they can at times but 'bear rape' is just so far out there I cannot for the life of me figure out who the syphilitic fairy was that imagined interspecies sex between a bear and a man, initiated by a bear.

Posted by: Gmac - Waiting on Columbus #twoweeks at January 04, 2016 05:10 AM (xcAaF)

485 Star Wars Easter Eggs explained. Infinite spoilers. But a lot of 'Why that was there' and cameo info I didn't know.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/zmwg2sf

Posted by: Methos at January 04, 2016 05:13 AM (ZbV+0)

486 And it's nice to see Rick here so early. Norfolk still sucks, in case you were wondering.

Posted by: Chi at January 04, 2016 01:14 AM (gQfxF)


Norfuk will always suck, but Porchmuth will always suck worse.

Posted by: RickZ at January 04, 2016 05:42 AM (A5RGQ)

487 @484 Not just Hollywood. Read the Sunday book thread.

Posted by: Leonardo DiCaprio at January 04, 2016 05:45 AM (7EHW6)

488 Nood

Posted by: Palmetto Primary (infrequently Vile) at January 04, 2016 06:26 AM (TjcWY)

489 What was wrong with the prequels were things that could have been helped enormously with reshoots (by a different director). And getting the small things wrong can rightly piss people off over and over. Being reminded that the wrong person is at the helm will happen maybe five times in ten minutes.

But 7 was executed without any kind of wild and entertaining vision. JJ has less vision than the people who made movies like John Carter, Hellboy, Mad Max, ect.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at January 04, 2016 07:06 AM (VdICR)

490 If you want to understand the USSR read The Dean's December (Bellow).
Then watch someone get shot in the back of the neck.

Posted by: Keep playing with your device at January 04, 2016 09:10 AM (k8tEg)

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