Overnight Open Thread (3-29-2016)

Quote of the Day I

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

-- Viktor Frankl

Quote of the Day II

In a class I attended earlier this semester, a large portion of the first meeting was devoted to compiling a list of rules for class discussion. A student contended that as a woman, she would be unable to sit across from a student who declared that he was strongly against abortion, and the other students in the seminar vigorously defended this declaration.

Also on campus: identitarian hair policing.

Heavy Social Media Users 'Trapped In Endless Cycle of Depression'

The more time young adults spend on social media, the more likely they are to become depressed, a study has found.

Of the 19 to 32-year-olds who took part in the research, those who checked social media most frequently throughout the week were 2.7 times more likely to develop depression than those who checked least often.

The 1,787 US participants used social media for an average 61 minutes every day, visiting accounts 30 times per week. Of them a quarter were found to have high indicators of depression. "One strong possibility is that people who are already having depressive symptoms start to use social media more, perhaps because they do not feel the energy to drive to engage in as many direct social relationships," said Dr. Brian Primack, director of Pitt's Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health. "People who engage in a lot of social media use may feel they are not living up to the idealized portraits of life that other people tend to present in their profiles.

...This would be concerning, because it would imply that there is a potential vicious circle: people who become depressed may turn to social media for support, but their excessive engagement with it might only serve to exacerbate their depression

Related: Prager University - The Unhappiness Equation, U = I - R

Note that social media is a large component of I these days.

Good News: Millennials Bolt From Socialism Once They Become Employed and Start Making Money

As they reach the threshold of earning $40,000 to $60,000 a year, the majority of millennials come to oppose income redistribution, including raising taxes to increase financial assistance to the poor.

...When tax rates are not explicit, millennials say they'd prefer larger government offering more services (54 percent) to smaller government offering fewer services (43 percent). However when larger government offering more services is described as requiring high taxes, support flips and 57 percent of millennials opt for smaller government with fewer services and low taxes, while 41 percent prefer large government.

Stephen Green: Welcome to Post-Modern Warfare Europe

We still call it terrorism but the truth is that Europe is now entering the guerrilla warfare stage of an insurgency.

The worst case -- and least likely -- is Continent-wide guerrilla war, "with all the devastation, mass graves, and ethnic cleansing that implies," as I wrote ten years ago. But today the worst case in more likely than it was just a week ago, before Brussels.

And Europe's best case is a generation or longer of low-grade intifada.

Taiwan's Cold War legacy

Relations are frozen in 1979, the year that the United States abrogated the U.S.-ROC alliance and broke diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the ostensible price of normalizing relations with the People's Republic of China. Historians still argue over whether this drastic change in policy was necessary to attain what we wanted with Beijing. Doubtless, their final verdict will take account of the fact that a strategic partnership with Beijing was needed to end the war in Vietnam and help arrest Soviet aggression. Decades later, we need all of our Asian friends to help resist Chinese aggression. Yet our Taiwan policy remains largely unchanged.

To be sure, the 1979 congressional revolt against our shift in Taiwan policy led to the ratification of the Taiwan Relations Act, which provided the framework for continued support for the democratic island. But despite profound geopolitical changes since the breaking of relations with the Republic of China, and despite Taiwan's great achievements in building a democratic society and a robust economy, Washington still treats Taipei as a second class global citizen.

There is no reason, legislative or otherwise, to have such abnormal relations with the island. Instead, it is our own stubborn refusal to reinterpret rules we authored unilaterally back when Jimmy Carter was president.

Related: The Chinese Government Tries to Tame Christianity

The Chinese Communist Party once tried to destroy religion. It failed. And today, according to some estimates, there are more Christians in China than Communist Party members. Up to 100 million will be celebrating across China this Easter weekend. But what it failed to destroy, the Party still wants to control. So, an officially atheist government effectively runs its own churches and controls the appointment of its own priests.

California Considering a State-Wide $15/Hour Minimum Wage

A death-knell for rural California. Eventually you'll either be waiting in line or working behind the counter at the local Department of Social Services office.

The same cannot be said of places like Fresno, Merced, Tulare, and other depressed counties that have yet to recover from the devastation of the Great Recession. These are regions with sky-high unemployment and underemployment rates, very little new business investment, and some of the highest poverty rates in the country. As the UC Irvine economist David Neumark has pointed out, wages in some of these areas are so low that a $15 minimum would force employers to raise wages for a majority of their workers, likely accelerating the small business exodus to more prosperous parts of the Golden State, and the manufacturing exodus to more business-friendly states like Texas and Arizona, or to countries overseas. Meanwhile, the cost of living in rural California is so low that it's not even clear why such a radical increase to the hourly wage floor is a priority.

Did Yale Expel a Student to Appease a Lynch Mob?

Max Stern, the lawyer for the expelled Yale basketball captain Jack Montague, has spoken out, announcing that he will sue Yale on behalf of Montague in April, and clarifying some details in the case, including a very surprising one: that the aggrieved female did not file the sexual misconduct complaint. In his telling, Montague had sex with the woman four times and the woman says only the fourth time was non-consensual.

The Stern statement said, "On the fourth occasion, she joined him in bed, voluntarily removed all of her clothes, and they had sexual intercourse. Then they got up, left the room and went separate ways. Later that same night, she reached out to him to meet up, then returned to his room voluntarily, and spent the rest of the night in his bed with him"

The accuser waited around a year to speak to someone from Yale's Title IX office, but decided not to file a complaint with Yale. But the Title IX officer filed a complaint. A disciplinary hearing occurred, amidst a campus frenzy following a survey suggesting that the New Haven campus was a hotbed of violent crime.

College GPAs Now At Record Levels

Everyone's a winner.

The waters of Lake Wobegon have flooded U.S. college campuses. A's - once reserved for recognizing excellence and distinction - are today the most commonly awarded grades in America.

That's true at both Ivy League institutions and community colleges, at huge flagship publics and tiny liberal arts schools, and in English, ethnic studies and engineering departments alike. Across the country, wherever and whatever they study, mediocre students are increasingly likely to receive supposedly superlative grades.

gradeinflation3500

Court Strikes Down Last Handgun Ban in the United States

Michael Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Group Worried That Your Concealed Carry Gun May Not Be Powerful Enough to Stop an Attacker

At least that's how I read their anti-.380 article.

New Canadian Stamp Released

Judge Spares Scottish Drug Dealer From Jail Because He Was Forced to Live in Perth, Australia For Three Years Which Was Punishment Enough

NJ Bill Would Jail People for Texting While Walking

Teen Who Toured and Spoke at a High School While Posing as a State Senator Pleads Guilty

Marathon goes terribly wrong as runners mistake free soap for energy bars

Who hands out bars of soap in the middle of a marathon?

Mystery Meat Found on Several New Hampshire Roads

Chicken, drumsticks, sausage, Angus steaks, pork chops and wild game meats were found alongside several roads in Epping last weekend, according to the Union Leader.

...No arrests have been made at this time, and the motive remains unknown.

The Yahoo group is for closers only.

Tonight's post brought to you by the art of J.R.R. Tolkien:

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Notice: Posted under the supreme authority of AceCorp LLC. Any reproduction, retransmission or rebroadcast of this ONT without the expressed, written consent of Major League Baseball is strictly prohibited. Don't ask me why.

Posted by: Maetenloch at 11:04 PM




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1 [no primary stuff]

Posted by: The Political Hat at March 29, 2016 11:05 PM (vBeA5)

2 And a fine ONT we have here. Thank you, Mr. Maetenloch

Posted by: Tobaco Road at March 29, 2016 11:06 PM (on01m)

3 Are the margins wide? They need to be narrow so the left side doesn't crowd out the porn.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at March 29, 2016 11:06 PM (VdICR)

4 And I can't even spell my own nic.

Here's to BEER!

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:07 PM (on01m)

5 Woot double woot ONT baby

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:07 PM (voOPb)

6 Viktor Frankl is amazing. I can't recommend his books highly enough.

Posted by: shibumi who is awaiting SMOD at March 29, 2016 11:07 PM (MrV8Y)

7 Holy Batman, Meaty, thas a lot of content.

Posted by: GnuBreed at March 29, 2016 11:08 PM (gyKtp)

8 Howdy....

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:08 PM (jNJ7R)

9 Awesome dump

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:10 PM (voOPb)

10 Hey Bloomberg I loved my .380 before the tragic canoe accident

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:11 PM (voOPb)

11 Wow - that's a lot of info in the ONT!

Posted by: Lizzy at March 29, 2016 11:12 PM (NOIQH)

12
Do you still remember
December's foggy freeze
When the ice that
Clings on to your beard is
Screaming agony.
And you snatch your rattling last breaths
With deep-sea diver sounds,
And the flowers bloom like
Madness in the spring.

Posted by: Grump928(C) says Free Soothie! at March 29, 2016 11:13 PM (rwI+c)

13 Tobacco Road Sighting!!

Woot woot that's exciting how the hell are you Road?.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:14 PM (voOPb)

14 What a fantastic ONT and with JRRT artwork!!!

Got to sleep now but thanks Maet

Posted by: @votermom at March 29, 2016 11:14 PM (nbrY/)

15 Good News: Millennials Bolt From Socialism Once They Become Employed and Start Making Money

We know a lot of good ways to stop that awful first step from happening!

Posted by: The Hillary and Bernie Show at March 29, 2016 11:14 PM (4RmVC)

16 That .380 argument is seriously lame.

It's like if you can't hit them with .380, then 50 BMG might not work either.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:15 PM (on01m)

17 Of the 19 to 32-year-olds who took part in the research, those who checked social media most frequently throughout the week were 2.7 times more likely to develop depression than those who checked least often.

I can easily see this as a reverse cause-and-effect. Social media is passive, and depressed people tend to be passive.

Posted by: Grump928(C) says Free Soothie! at March 29, 2016 11:15 PM (rwI+c)

18 I still hear the Daddy Elf saying, "Mr. Anderson"

Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:16 PM (MQEz6)

19 15 Good News: Millennials Bolt From Socialism Once They Become Employed and Start Making Money

We know a lot of good ways to stop that awful first step from happening!


Posted by: The Hillary and Bernie Show at March 29, 2016 11:14 PM (4RmVC)


Wait... they told us it was a FREE LUNCH... what do you mean "I" have to pay????

F that...

Posted by: Millenial grows up at March 29, 2016 11:16 PM (qf6WZ)

20 Random Road Meat is a great band name.

Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:16 PM (MQEz6)

21 Vagcraft! It's what's for dinner for the next few years America.

arf arf arf

Posted by: Hillarity -> at March 29, 2016 11:17 PM (dBmVV)

22 ...how the hell are you Road?.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian
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I am good, sir. The question is, how are you? The old bod healing up okay?

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:17 PM (on01m)

23 I'm compotent with my .380 up to 30'. My goal is to be kick ass up to 50' Anything more than there is a .357 mag or long guns

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:17 PM (voOPb)

24 We are truly fooked.. welcome to your new Clinton overlords..

It's like a really bad dream.. Hillary running the country and Bubba rugot ah.. and 4 or 5 new libtard Supreme Court Justices.. wunnerful..

I got a ways to go on this big bottle of Black Velvet,, bbl..

Posted by: Chitown-Jerry at March 29, 2016 11:18 PM (UpGcq)

25 Wow, so much content. many thanks Maet.

Posted by: Darth Randall at March 29, 2016 11:18 PM (6n332)

26 Do kinky Hobbits shave their feet?

Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:18 PM (MQEz6)

27 Gimme an O!
Gimme an N!
Gimme a T!

What've you got?
Three letters!

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:18 PM (rJUlF)

28 Perth, Australia?

God no. Anything but that.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:19 PM (jNJ7R)

29 Who hands out bars of soap in the middle of a marathon?

Mr. Awesome!, that's who.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 29, 2016 11:19 PM (R+30W)

30 Maet - Thanks.

More Frankl:

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Posted by: Harumph at March 29, 2016 11:19 PM (oFSUK)

31 whitebread in the house. huzza!

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:19 PM (on01m)

32 Howdy, y'all!!!

Posted by: cthulhu at March 29, 2016 11:19 PM (EzgxV)

33 WTF? Pixy is now garbling comments.. "Bubbah running the WH interns"

Posted by: Chitown-Jerry at March 29, 2016 11:19 PM (UpGcq)

34 Love those Prager University videos!

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:20 PM (/E+t2)

35 Thanks for asking Road. My back & legs feel great, I'm feeling like a $100 at the moment. Knee seems to be holding up.i got more walking this week than I have in the past 3-4 months. Damn I feel good

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:20 PM (voOPb)

36 "I'm compotent..."

They have pills for that now, MH.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:21 PM (jNJ7R)

37 So the New Hampshire police suspect fowl play.

Posted by: andycanuck at March 29, 2016 11:21 PM (ioqGj)

38 When my daughter worked at McDs, they used a lot of H1B visa workers from China, so she invited 3 of them over for dinner. They spoke understandable English, and were quite friendly

until I brought up Taiwan. The guy got angry pretty quickly and wanted to know why we were interfering in China's affairs. He was most adamant that Taiwan belonged to China.

Other than that little slip, it was an interesting and pleasant evening.

Posted by: GnuBreed at March 29, 2016 11:21 PM (gyKtp)

39 You probably shouldn't eat any meat you find at the side of the road.Probably.

Posted by: steevy at March 29, 2016 11:21 PM (B48dK)

40 Hooooorde!!!!

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 29, 2016 11:21 PM (GEICT)

41 Posted by: GnuBreed at March 29, 2016 11:21 PM (gyKtp)


Awkward, I'm sure.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:22 PM (/E+t2)

42 The book Jesus in Beijing spends a bit of time talking about the schism between the Beijing approved 'church' and the Church that is approved in Rome.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0895261286

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 29, 2016 11:23 PM (4fsKV)

43 I worked with some Chinese IBMers once. I kept trying to get them to defect and one finally told me 'Hey man, we got it good. We're like kings back home.'

Posted by: Grump928(C) says Free Soothie! at March 29, 2016 11:23 PM (rwI+c)

44
39 You probably shouldn't eat any meat you find at the side of the road.Probably.
Posted by: steevy at March 29, 2016 11:21 PM (B48dK)

Test it on a hobo first?

Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:23 PM (MQEz6)

45 Nice ONT Maet. You take wooden nickels?

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:23 PM (/E+t2)

46 He was most adamant that Taiwan belonged to China.

Other than that little slip, it was an interesting and pleasant evening.


Posted by: GnuBreed
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I have kids this age also. Depending on how many beers or scotches, I may have said...

So this is your island? You acquired it how?

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:23 PM (on01m)

47 "You probably shouldn't eat any meat you find at the side of the road.Probably."


Oh, no, I'd say that's pretty sound policy.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:24 PM (jNJ7R)

48 Dennis Prager is the absolute best.

Posted by: thathalfrican - be water my friend at March 29, 2016 11:24 PM (R5HRU)

49 also, thanks Maet

Posted by: thathalfrican - be water my friend at March 29, 2016 11:25 PM (R5HRU)

50 36 "I'm compotent..."

They have pills for that now, MH.
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:21 PM (jNJ7R)


One of the reasons I love you like a cousin. I need to get some of those piss pills

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:25 PM (voOPb)

51 MH, The Road! How's it going?

Posted by: chavez the hugo at March 29, 2016 11:25 PM (ucDmr)

52 And speaking of the Republic of China, this administration nixed the chance by Taipei to drop about $1.6 billion on Lockheed to buy new F-16s. All to keep Beijing happy, how is that working out Gaylord?

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 29, 2016 11:25 PM (4fsKV)

53 Is there, by any chance, hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut?

Posted by: Stringer Davis at March 29, 2016 11:25 PM (xq1UY)

54 "Also on campus: identitarian hair policing."

Ah. Yes. At the campus of San Francisco State University.

Those of you not from Commiefornia may be familiar with the longstanding reputation of UC Berkeley for wild-eyed leftist radicalism.

SFSU is UCB, except without the sense of decorum and restraint.

Posted by: The Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party at March 29, 2016 11:26 PM (noWW6)

55 Honorably Marginal Chairman!!!!!

I regret to admit I have pissed no one off today. But I got my tickets to see the Temptations today, so I don't give a damn.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:26 PM (rJUlF)

56 39 You probably shouldn't eat any meat you find at the side of the road.Probably.

Posted by: steevy at March 29, 2016 11:21 PM (B48dK)

++++

The article said most of the meat was still partially frozen. But still. Maybe try it out on the nephew first.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 29, 2016 11:26 PM (R+30W)

57 TR

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 29, 2016 11:27 PM (ZxmMG)

58 "My Girl"

What a great song.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:27 PM (on01m)

59 If the Chicoms took Taiwan, what would they do with it?

Turn it into Cuba?

Introduce free market reforms?

Build some empty cities?

Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:27 PM (MQEz6)

60 55 Honorably Marginal Chairman!!!!!

I regret to admit I have pissed no one off today. But I got my tickets to see the Temptations today, so I don't give a damn.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:26 PM (rJUlF)



No worries, I got enough for the both of us! Lol.

How goes it?

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 29, 2016 11:27 PM (GEICT)

61 Hammer.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:27 PM (on01m)

62 "He who eat road kill may soon be visited by Sal Minella."

-- Confucius' not-so-wise brother

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:27 PM (rJUlF)

63 College admission should be conditioned on successfully completing either BUDS, Ranger School or SERE School, all men and women.

These fucking mewling pussies are going to graduate completely unable to handle life.

Posted by: Sharkman at March 29, 2016 11:28 PM (gCzlp)

64 Sup, horde?

I should be in bed. I shouldn't be drinking. I'm really terrible at being an adult.

Posted by: DC in River City at March 29, 2016 11:28 PM (e+1S5)

65 My back is almost pain free. My dr. Is a brilliant MFER awesome Guy has written several books about Braine &'spine issues I would recommend to see him, no question anytime

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:28 PM (voOPb)

66 It goes well. Got those tickets for a date I've been looking forward to for the last month. Still amazed someone finds me interesting enough to date.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:29 PM (rJUlF)

67 []

Posted by: biancaneve at March 29, 2016 11:29 PM (e98eb)

68 Who in the hell would eat a purple energy bar?

Serves 'em right.

Imagine the poor sap who thought the runners would enjoy a nice free bar of soap to shower with after the race.

Glad the Guy That Likes To Hand Out Free Chocolate Ex-Lax Bars didn't show up that day.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:29 PM (/E+t2)

69 Glad to hear some good news, MH!

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:29 PM (rJUlF)

70 I'm really terrible at being an adult.

Posted by: DC in River City
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To be fair, it's the first time for all of us.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:29 PM (on01m)

71 Closing documents are signed and on their way to th e title company. Hopefully I'll get a check sometime next week.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at March 29, 2016 11:29 PM (sTkJe)

72 I should be in bed. I shouldn't be drinking. I'm really terrible at being an adult.

Posted by: DC in River City at March 29, 2016 11:28 PM (e+1S5)



Sounds familiar.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 29, 2016 11:30 PM (GEICT)

73 "Good News: Millennials Bolt From Socialism Once They Become Employed and Start Making Money"

P.J. O'Rourke said that he became a campus world-saving socialist in the 1960s because it was the best way to meet easy hippie girls. He said that he was rapidly cured upon graduating, and getting a job, and looking at his first pay stub, and realizing how little of his pay would actually be take-home cash.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 29, 2016 11:30 PM (noWW6)

74 Posted by: biancaneve at March 29, 2016 11:29 PM (e98eb)

Fear not, the ONT's are Primary free.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:30 PM (/E+t2)

75 71 Closing documents are signed and on their way to th e title company. Hopefully I'll get a check sometime next week.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at March 29, 2016 11:29 PM (sTkJe)



Nice! Congrats, CA.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 29, 2016 11:30 PM (GEICT)

76 TR - How's the kid who had the rods removed?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 29, 2016 11:31 PM (ZxmMG)

77 "If the Chicoms took Taiwan, what would they do with it? "

Hong Kong #2. Install a Party-based hierarchy to officially control the island but run things pretty much the same and reap the financial results in Beijing.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:31 PM (jNJ7R)

78 When tax rates are not explicit, millennials say they'd prefer larger government

Which is why Dishonest Socialism beats Honest Socialism every time! Feel the Bern, Bern? It's the taste of my ass on fire!

Posted by: Hillzebub! at March 29, 2016 11:31 PM (w/iDp)

79 I was thinking about a sig sauer .380 P238. Anyone familiar with it?

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 29, 2016 11:31 PM (egOGm)

80 24 We are truly fooked.. welcome to your new Clinton overlords..

It's like a really bad dream.. Hillary running the country and Bubba rugot ah.. and 4 or 5 new libtard Supreme Court Justices.. wunnerful..

I got a ways to go on this big bottle of Black Velvet,, bbl..
Posted by: Chitown-Jerry at March 29, 2016 11:18 PM (UpGcq)


Funny how socialist countries tend to have enormous rates of alcoholism, isn't it?

Posted by: rickl at March 29, 2016 11:31 PM (sdi6R)

81
70 I'm really terrible at being an adult.

Posted by: DC in River City
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To be fair, it's the first time for all of us.
Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:29 PM (on01m)

It isn't even cool to be a kid these days.

You have to wear a fucking helmet all the damn time.

Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:32 PM (MQEz6)

82 Posted by: Colorado Alex at March 29, 2016 11:29 PM


Curious, what title company do you use?

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:32 PM (/E+t2)

83 []

Posted by: biancaneve at March 29, 2016 11:32 PM (e98eb)

84 58 "My Girl"

What a great song.
Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:27 PM (on01m)

Indeed. Been a fan of the group since I was a teen.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:32 PM (rJUlF)

85 MH: Kloppenberg Halloween masks should be a big hit this year right?

Posted by: chavez the hugo at March 29, 2016 11:32 PM (ucDmr)

86 Funny how socialist countries tend to have enormous rates of alcoholism, isn't it?
Posted by: rickl
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Go long on Val-U-Rite

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 29, 2016 11:33 PM (ZxmMG)

87 European's fecklessness and blindness about the vipers in their midst would be hilarious if the consequences weren't so dire.

I heard a funny thing today. A German was told by a Pole about the ruling Law and Justice's plan to allow more logging in some forest reserve in Poland. The German, being "progressive" and environmentalist just lamented how "crazy" the current Polish government is.

Legit concerns about the Law and Justice party aside, I found this comment hilarious. AFAIK, Poland hasn't caused the utter disintegration of the Schengen regime, allowed millions of "migrants" into Europe, bullied Greece, and hasn't precipitated a Continent-wide crisis that might eventually lead to the utter destruction of the EU set-up (which is probably a good thing now).

No, that was Mutti Merkel and it only took her about 2 years to cause all this havoc.

Posted by: Thrawn at March 29, 2016 11:33 PM (s87AC)

88 If the Chicoms took Taiwan, what would they do with it?

Turn it into Cuba?

Introduce free market reforms?

Build some empty cities?

Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:27 PM (MQEz6)


Probably the same thing they are doing Hong Kong and Macau...

Posted by: 政治的帽子 at March 29, 2016 11:33 PM (vBeA5)

89 "My back is almost pain free. "



Good to hear, MH. Those back ops are touch and go even with today's tech and knowledge.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:33 PM (jNJ7R)

90 Posted by: torquewrench at March 29, 2016 11:30 PM (noWW6)
My fantasy policy is still to get rid of withholding, also the employer pays the employee the employers portion of taxes and make the employee hand over that money once a year. Say in November.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (egOGm)

91 Well if America votes in the criminal or the Bern, all the horde will be well ahead of the "alcoholism" curve. They say alcoholism as it's a bad thing!

Posted by: thathalfrican - be water my friend at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (R5HRU)

92 "And speaking of the Republic of China, this administration nixed the
chance by Taipei to drop about $1.6 billion on Lockheed to buy new
F-16s."

If only the Taiwanese had expressed an interest in buying the F-35 Faceplant.

The request would have breezed through. Lockheed Martin have the political gears very well greased when it comes to their cash cow program.

The jet wouldn't actually *work*, mind you, but they would have gotten it approved promptly. They probably would have had Uncle Sugar offering to subsidize the purchase for them.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (noWW6)

93 Content for days!!

I really like that unhappiness equation. So. Spot. On.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (pUDQf)

94 My daughter looks at her pay stub and swears up a storm about taxes.

Takers get free shit and Makers get the bill.

Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (MQEz6)

95 >>>You have to wear a fucking helmet all the damn time.


What's wrong with that? My "caretaker" says it is for my own protection.

Posted by: DC in River City at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (e+1S5)

96 TR - How's the kid who had the rods removed?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc.
---------------------
Thanks for asking, Mike. He is now working for the most interesting man in our county. The guy is a former VP of a telecom company who cashed out and bought a farm with specialty lumber mill. Road Jr. is using his welding skills there.

A side benefit of employment is shooting fully automatic NFA weapons at the 200 yard range on employment appreciation days.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (on01m)

97 17 Of the 19 to 32-year-olds who took part in the research, those who checked social media most frequently throughout the week were 2.7 times more likely to develop depression than those who checked least often.
I can easily see this as a reverse cause-and-effect. Social media is passive, and depressed people tend to be passive.
Posted by: Grump928(C) says Free Soothie! at March 29, 2016 11:15 PM (rwI+c)


Also does social media encourage people to focus on their personal issues, rather than take their minds off them?

Posted by: nerdygirl at March 29, 2016 11:35 PM (SXU3d)

98 64 I should be in bed. I shouldn't be drinking. I'm really terrible at being an adult.
Posted by: DC in River City at March 29, 2016 11:28 PM (e+1S5)


If you're not eating soap, and you're not eating discarded roadside pork chops, you're way ahead of the game.

Posted by: Splunge at March 29, 2016 11:35 PM (iMxBJ)

99 "Kloppenberg Halloween masks should be a big hit this year right?"

That face. Nightmare fuel.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 29, 2016 11:36 PM (noWW6)

100 Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (MQEz6)


I'm convinced pay stubs have done more to change the hearts and minds to the conservative side than any internet argument has.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:36 PM (/E+t2)

101 Thanks Maet! We don't deserve you.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 29, 2016 11:36 PM (pUDQf)

102 "If only the Taiwanese had expressed an interest in buying the F-35 Faceplant."


Oh, not even. The best the Taiwanese could get was a Lockheed upgrade for the old A/Bs.

No way in heck they're getting F-35s from this Admin.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:37 PM (jNJ7R)

103 A side benefit of employment is shooting fully automatic NFA weapons at the 200 yard range on employment appreciation days.
Posted by: Tobacco Road
---------------

I worked for the wrong kind of company. We just got cake and ice cream.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 29, 2016 11:37 PM (ZxmMG)

104 What's wrong with that? My "caretaker" says it is for my own protection.

Posted by: DC in River City at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (e+1S5)


Oh...dammit....Uh, buddy? You're drooling again. Here, here's your towel.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 29, 2016 11:37 PM (GEICT)

105 Not gonna be around much this time. Will pop in a few times.

Rural CA isn't *that* cheap, for various reasons. A lot of the penalties of being in CA (inflation, property inflation, joblessness) affect everyone to a greater or lesser extent. Rural places tend to pay a little more for goods and services. If you've lived in small and big towns you get me here.

Old property families / retirees can kind of live cheap, but that doesn't last forever.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at March 29, 2016 11:37 PM (wB8Tg)

106 100 I'm convinced pay stubs have done more to change the hearts and minds to the conservative side than any internet argument has.
Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:36 PM (/E+t2)


One of the many wonderful moments in Raising Arizona is when H.I. walks up to the counter to get his paycheck. He's dirty and tired. He looks at the check in disbelief, and the gum-chewing, overly-made-up woman behind the counter says, cheerfully, "Government do take a bite, don't she?"

Posted by: Splunge at March 29, 2016 11:38 PM (iMxBJ)

107 41 >> Awkward, I'm sure.

Posted by: Arson Wells

Not really. I was curious as to how he would react; boy, did I find out. The H1Bers from China have to be top students, with solid grades, before they can apply for these 6 month sojourns. The guy was an engineering student in his junior year.

Taiwan has long been a sore spot between China and us. Always before TFG, we have had their back. For the last 7 years, I suspect they've been doing a lot of sweating there. btw, this encounter was prior to the reign of Teh ShitMidas, during the Bushitler years.

Posted by: GnuBreed at March 29, 2016 11:39 PM (gyKtp)

108 Wouldn't the Chi-Coms taking Taiwan be more for national pride than anything else?

And also the final nail in the coffin to American guarantees of security.

The question is would the invasion of Taiwan kick-off the 9-Dash-Line War, or would it be the inevitable consequence should China win that outright?

Posted by: Thrawn at March 29, 2016 11:39 PM (s87AC)

109 Is there, by any chance, hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut?
Posted by: Stringer Davis at March 29, 2016 11:25 PM (xq1UY)


"And now for the rumors behind the news"

Posted by: Kindltot at March 29, 2016 11:39 PM (XQHkt)

110 Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 29, 2016 11

They hiring?,

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:39 PM (voOPb)

111 99: I can't sleep at night after seeing that. Makes Hitler look like a choirboy.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at March 29, 2016 11:39 PM (ucDmr)

112 I worked for the wrong kind of company. We just got cake and ice cream.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 29, 2016 11:37 PM (ZxmMG)

****

My employees all get monthly range days. There are only one of us though, so there is that.

Posted by: Tim in GA at March 29, 2016 11:39 PM (a/h6D)

113 If you're not eating soap, and you're not eating discarded roadside pork chops, you're way ahead of the game.
Posted by: Splunge
-------------

Really. The next step down after a 'found' roadside hotdog is roadkill possum.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 29, 2016 11:39 PM (ZxmMG)

114 >>>I worked for the wrong kind of company. We just got cake and ice cream.


Yeah, but last time I didn't receive a piece. And I was told...

Posted by: Milton at March 29, 2016 11:39 PM (/E+t2)

115 >>>If you're not eating soap, and you're not eating discarded roadside pork chops, you're way ahead of the game.

Hey, zero for two ain't bad.

Posted by: DC in River City at March 29, 2016 11:39 PM (e+1S5)

116 My millennial son filed his first tax return a couple of days ago. He's 19 and already pissed at the government, mainly at the fact that the Feds essentially stole money he didn't owe them (his "refund"), and then "graciously" gave it back. (His scare quotes.) He was telling me, "I could have used that myself last year! I doesn't make sense that they get to take what they don't even need!"

Morons...The Next Generation.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:40 PM (rJUlF)

117 make the employee hand over that money once a year. Say in November.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (egOGm)


Biweekly checks. Mind you that would cause increased employment at government agencies, but how many weeks would it take for people to get madly sick of *that*?

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at March 29, 2016 11:40 PM (wB8Tg)

118 Ricardo, yeah this admin proposed a radar upgrade to the ROC F-16 fleet instead of the new build late model F-16Cs Taipei wanted. certainly an excellent way to keep allies... not.

Wait a minute, http://www.f-16.net/ seems to have died.


Posted by: Anna Puma at March 29, 2016 11:40 PM (4fsKV)

119 I worked for the wrong kind of company. We just got cake and ice cream.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 29, 2016 11:37 PM (ZxmMG)


We got champagne and ice cream last week. Because some big orders finally came through.

This was right before lunch so by the time I got back to my desk I had a slight buzz going for a few minutes. And for just a moment I got a glimpse of the the old school three martini lunch lifestyle.

Posted by: Maetenloch at March 29, 2016 11:41 PM (pAlYe)

120
106 100 I'm convinced pay stubs have done more to change the hearts and minds to the conservative side than any internet argument has.
Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:36 PM (/E+t2)

One of the many wonderful moments in Raising Arizona is when H.I. walks up to the counter to get his paycheck. He's dirty and tired. He looks at the check in disbelief, and the gum-chewing, overly-made-up woman behind the counter says, cheerfully, "Government do take a bite, don't she?"
Posted by: Splunge at March 29, 2016 11:38 PM (iMxBJ)

Much progress could be made by giving every dimwit SJW a job and letting them see reality.

Sadly, many would just demand a government program to help people pay the taxes they owe.

Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:41 PM (MQEz6)

121 My fantasy policy is still to get rid of
withholding, also the employer pays the employee the employers portion
of taxes and make the employee hand over that money once a year. Say in
November.
Posted by: CaliGirl at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (egOGm)


You do realize that a majority of the taxpayers would not do this and would wind up . . . Garnished?

Oh, well, 25% bracket + Penalty and Interest

Posted by: Kindltot at March 29, 2016 11:43 PM (XQHkt)

122 Re: the social media story...I can only speak for myself, but when I've been at my most depressed is when sites like Facebook made me feel even more like a loser. People tend to, shall we say, embellish the good things that happen to them. Everyone else seemed to have a great life, while mine, I felt, was getting suckier by the minute.

I suspect people with a tendency toward depression aren't helped by social media very much. Then again, I only have my own experience to fall back on.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:44 PM (rJUlF)

123 hear, MH. Those back ops are touch and go even with today's tech and knowledge.
-----

RK I Proabably had the least invasive surgery. My doc is world known, believe it or not. He told me immediately after surgery I would feel better. 85% have no syptoms a year later I'm missing all of my symptoms except 1. The lord has blessed me greatly

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:44 PM (voOPb)

124 "Wait a minute, http://www.f-16.net/ seems to have died."



Holy crap. You're right.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:44 PM (jNJ7R)

125 Funny how socialist countries tend to have enormous rates of alcoholism, isn't it?

Posted by: rickl at March 29, 2016 11:31 PM (sdi6R)


More potatoes are required for 5 year plan! The motherland needs wodka! Nobody wants to go through Communism sober.

Posted by: Commissar Cato, Communism Coping Coordinator at March 29, 2016 11:44 PM (HalrA)

126 Evening horde.

*reads up thread.

Has the genius that combined Tannerite and a riding mower been posted yet?

40 foot distance shooting at 3+ pounds.


Here, hold my beer...

Oh, and hold my leg now.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:45 PM (hlMPp)

127 The title company was Rio Bravo. I just realized that with the house sold, I no longer have a mortgage tying me to adulthood.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at March 29, 2016 11:45 PM (sTkJe)

128 Much progress could be made by giving every dimwit SJW a job and letting them see reality.

Sadly, many would just demand a government program to help people pay the taxes they owe.
Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:41 PM (MQEz6)

****

Even more progress could be made by going back to the pay annually in a lump sum system. No withholding. That would shake the shit out of people.

There is a reason tax day is about as far away from Election day as they could make it in any given year.

Posted by: Tim in GA at March 29, 2016 11:45 PM (a/h6D)

129 Sadly, many would just demand a government program to help people pay the taxes they owe.
Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:41 PM (MQEz6)

Don't know if you saw the story about the upstanding young burglar who was shot to death by the home owner. Anyway, the family is being interviewed and one of them says and I'm paraphrasing here "Why did she have to kill him? It's not right. How was he supposed to get money to buy clothes and stuff?".

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:45 PM (/E+t2)

130 Sorry, 25 yards.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:46 PM (hlMPp)

131 Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:45 PM (hlMPp)

Evening.

Yeah, I saw that making the rounds a day or so again.

Dude is lucky he only lost a leg.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 29, 2016 11:46 PM (GEICT)

132 The title company was Rio Bravo. I just realized that with the house sold, I no longer have a mortgage tying me to adulthood.
Posted by: Colorado Alex at March 29, 2016 11:45 PM (sTkJe)

Well congrats! I'm sure it feels great.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:47 PM (/E+t2)

133 Posted by: Kindltot at March 29, 2016 11:43 PM (XQHkt)
Kind of a reverse cloward piven fantasy. A lot of people wouldn't pay. Even if they had to submit their withholding, fica, etc once a month.
They wouldn't stand for how much government costs.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 29, 2016 11:48 PM (egOGm)

134 Well night all. Got some reading to do on Dig Two Graves which has started out interesting.

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 29, 2016 11:48 PM (4fsKV)

135 There is a reason tax day is about as far away from Election day as they could make it in any given year.

Posted by: Tim in GA at March 29, 2016 11:45 PM (a/h6D)


In my ideal system, tax day would be exactly 3 days before election day. That's enough for them to get good and pissed, then simmer down to a rational rage.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at March 29, 2016 11:48 PM (HalrA)

136 28 Perth, Australia?

God no. Anything but that.
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:19 PM (jNJ7R)

Worse than
Detroit
Oakland
NO
St. Louis
Chicago

All fucking rotted USA city crotches

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:48 PM (voOPb)

137 "The lord has blessed me greatly"


Glad to hear it, MH. You gonna be in shape for cabin-season?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:48 PM (jNJ7R)

138 "No way in heck they're getting F-35s from this Admin."

no one is getting F-35's...

they're vapor ware, plain and simple.

Posted by: redc1c4 at March 29, 2016 11:48 PM (mEDP6)

139 Interesting about the prevalence of A's in American colleges. Out of the 79 ninth graders that I teach, I believe five have A's for this nine weeks. When looking at the entire year, I believe only one student has made the cut.

Entitlement has a lot to do with it. A student argued with me for giving him an 85 on an assignment the other day. He kept insisting that he followed the directions and turned his work in. I said, "Yes, and it's good, so it's an 85." He couldn't fathom the idea that 100s, and even 90s, are reserved for students who apply obvious effort and demonstrate impeccable understandings of the subject matter. I finally had to just walk away.

Posted by: Randy Weaver 's Revenge at March 29, 2016 11:48 PM (hxUdS)

140 In my ideal system, tax day would be exactly 3 days before election day. That's enough for them to get good and pissed, then simmer down to a rational rage.
Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at March 29, 2016 11:48 PM (HalrA)

****

Yep. I'm currently good with November 1st.

Posted by: Tim in GA at March 29, 2016 11:49 PM (a/h6D)

141 My daughter looks at her pay stub and swears up a storm about taxes.

Takers get free shit and Makers get the bill.

Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (MQEz6)


Hence why some people are pushing direct diposit. You have no idea how much the government is taking from you each month/payday.

Frankly, we should abolish withholding and require taxpayers to pay directly to the government.

Posted by: The Tax-Deductable hat at March 29, 2016 11:50 PM (vBeA5)

142 There is no reason, legislative or otherwise, to have such abnormal
relations with the island. Instead, it is our own stubborn refusal to
reinterpret rules we authored unilaterally back when Jimmy Carter was
president.



Remind me again why that cracker cocksucker wasn't executed for treason long ago.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at March 29, 2016 11:50 PM (oKE6c)

143 . How was he supposed to get money to buy clothes and stuff?".

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:45 PM (/E+t2)

You just improved her statement by 4 grade levels.

"How he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school"


His. His money. That pisses me off.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:50 PM (hlMPp)

144 Yum. Road pizza.

Posted by: Suds 46 at March 29, 2016 11:50 PM (xtUYy)

145 >>>Yep. I'm currently good with November 1st.


That is similar to one of the Amendments Mark Levin proposes in his book The Liberty Amendments. Great idea.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:50 PM (/E+t2)

146 I suspect people with a tendency toward depression aren't helped by social media very much. Then again, I only have my own experience to fall back on.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:44 PM (rJUlF)


I think that's part of it. It exposes you to a lot of things from other people's lives you wouldn't otherwise know/suspect/believe.

I pretty much do messaging through these services. Get a laugh from ebaumsworld every now and then, don't look at the comments.

Never look at the comments!

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at March 29, 2016 11:52 PM (wB8Tg)

147 What the hell happened to Perth?


Granted, I haven't been there in 20 years, but back then it was one of the cleanest and friendliest large cities I've ever seen.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 29, 2016 11:52 PM (Wckf4)

148 131 Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:45 PM (hlMPp)

Evening.

Yeah, I saw that making the rounds a day or so again.

Dude is lucky he only lost a leg.
Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 29, 2016 11:46 PM (GEICT)

Yep. I'm surprised the clip I saw the newsies didn't frame Tannerite as a legal WMD.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:52 PM (hlMPp)

149
Hence why some people are pushing direct deposit.

Direct deposit was mandatory where I used to work.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at March 29, 2016 11:52 PM (FkBIv)

150
His. His money. That pisses me off.
Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:50 PM (hlMPp)


Ouch, it's worse than I remembered. Those fuckers must have that entitlement mentality pounded into them at birth.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:52 PM (/E+t2)

151 CaliGirl, I actually like the idea. It also makes the employee pay for the collecting. I like quarterly payments like employers have to make.

And a flat rate. One rate for employees, one rate for businesses. Period.

Posted by: Kindltot at March 29, 2016 11:53 PM (XQHkt)

152 "no one is getting F-35's... "


Well, currently in operational squadron strength in the USMC and also I believe the USAF, so.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:53 PM (jNJ7R)

153 MH: Glad everything worked out for you. You are one of the lucky one's I know. Good for you. Walleyes are warming up my friend.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at March 29, 2016 11:54 PM (ucDmr)

154 106 100 I'm convinced pay stubs have done more to change the hearts and minds to the conservative side than any internet argument has.
Posted by: Arson Wells at March 29, 2016 11:36 PM (/E+t2)

One of the many wonderful moments in Raising Arizona is when H.I. walks up to the counter to get his paycheck. He's dirty and tired. He looks at the check in disbelief, and the gum-chewing, overly-made-up woman behind the counter says, cheerfully, "Government do take a bite, don't she?"

Posted by: Splunge at March 29, 2016 11:38 PM (iMxBJ)



Thus, the current push from our totalitarian "betters" for instant deposit and you look up the paystub online....

Posted by: cthulhu at March 29, 2016 11:54 PM (EzgxV)

155 The Victor Frankyl quote is one to live by. At least in my little world. Razor.

Posted by: Shaveswithaoccamsrazor at March 29, 2016 11:54 PM (6I0RI)

156 Yep. I'm surprised the clip I saw the newsies didn't frame Tannerite as a legal WMD.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:52 PM (hlMPp)



Damn guns. They got another victim. If he didn't have a gun, he'd still have his leg.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 29, 2016 11:55 PM (GEICT)

157 RK no lifting over 10# unti May 2, also no lifting, bending , twisting. We want to try opener on 4/15 and see what happens

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:55 PM (voOPb)

158 Making people save their money to make quarterly tax payments might make enough people realize how much we're all being screwed.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:55 PM (rJUlF)

159 38 When my daughter worked at McDs, they used a lot of H1B visa workers from China, so she invited 3 of them over for dinner. They spoke understandable English, and were quite friendly

until I brought up Taiwan. The guy got angry pretty quickly and wanted to know why we were interfering in China's affairs. He was most adamant that Taiwan belonged to China.

Other than that little slip, it was an interesting and pleasant evening.
Posted by: GnuBreed at March 29, 2016 11:21 PM (gyKtp)


TAIWAN NUMBER 1!!!!!!!

Posted by: Videogame Guy at March 29, 2016 11:56 PM (1JnAL)

160 "What the hell happened to Perth? "


Nothing. I was joking about the Scottish Judge in the content who took pity on a drug dealer who spent 3 years in Perth as "time served." Very nice place by most accounts however W.A. politics is another matter. They are the California of Australia.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:56 PM (jNJ7R)

161 Making people save their money to make quarterly tax payments might make enough people realize how much we're all being screwed.
Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:55 PM (rJUlF)

****

Hell, I do that now. Let's make it an annual payment.

Posted by: Tim in GA at March 29, 2016 11:57 PM (a/h6D)

162 >>>Yep. I'm surprised the clip I saw the newsies didn't frame Tannerite as a legal WMD.

I liked the sheriff. "Hey, you got 20 or 30 acres, you wanna blow something up, that's fine. But be smart about it. Or you'll end up like Stumpy here."

Posted by: DC in River City at March 29, 2016 11:58 PM (e+1S5)

163 I'm all for making the tax-filing deadline day a few days before Election Day. Maybe it would wake up enough people. And maybe I can flap my arms very hard and fly to the moon.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:58 PM (rJUlF)

164 "We want to try opener on 4/15 and see what happens"

Good luck. Take it easy. No 4-wheeler races.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:59 PM (jNJ7R)

165 MH: You mad bra?

Posted by: chavez the hugo at March 29, 2016 11:59 PM (ucDmr)

166 143 >> His. His money. That pisses me off.

Still not as bad as the friend of a cop shooter, who said

When King was later confronted by a WISN news station reporter about why she chose to harbor a fugitive, she said, "To me, he didn't do no wrong; he just shot a cop."

Posted by: GnuBreed at March 29, 2016 11:59 PM (gyKtp)

167 Socialism correlates with debt, poverty, alcoholism, bureaucracy ... what did I miss?

Posted by: BourbonChicken at March 30, 2016 12:00 AM (VdICR)

168
Damn guns. They got another victim. If he didn't have a gun, he'd still have his leg.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 29, 2016 11:55 PM (GEICT)

I'm waiting for Binder & Binder or the ReLion Group to start a class action suit for all the obviously defective firearms that I once owned...now at the bottom of the lake. But still, the trauma is real!

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:01 AM (hlMPp)

169 >>>what did I miss?


Just a hundred million deaths give or take.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 30, 2016 12:01 AM (/E+t2)

170 Chavez was invited out to the Bay of Green, had to turn it down because of restrictions. But as long as I'm getting better I'm ok


Should get you, me & farmer to fish on the wolf

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:02 AM (voOPb)

171 "Yep. I'm surprised the clip I saw the newsies didn't frame Tannerite as a legal WMD. "

Hell, it may the next thing the come after as soon as they see it on YouBoob.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:02 AM (jNJ7R)

172 I liked the sheriff. "Hey, you got 20 or 30 acres, you wanna blow something up, that's fine. But be smart about it. Or you'll end up like Stumpy here."

Posted by: DC in River City at March 29, 2016 11:58 PM (e+1S5)

Seriously?

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:02 AM (hlMPp)

173
all the obviously defective firearms that I once owned...now at the bottom of the lake.

Poisoning the fishies.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at March 30, 2016 12:02 AM (FkBIv)

174 167 Socialism correlates with debt, poverty, alcoholism, bureaucracy ... what did I miss?
Posted by: BourbonChicken at March 30, 2016 12:00 AM (VdICR)



Perversion.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at March 30, 2016 12:02 AM (oKE6c)

175 I prefer no taxes of any kind anywhere.

Government gets funded by donation only.

I would gladly donate plenty for the military. That's it.

Posted by: eman at March 30, 2016 12:03 AM (MQEz6)

176
174 167 Socialism correlates with debt, poverty, alcoholism, bureaucracy ... what did I miss?
Posted by: BourbonChicken at March 30, 2016 12:00 AM (VdICR)


Perversion.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at March 30, 2016 12:02 AM (oKE6c)

Lots of chicken fucking.

Posted by: eman at March 30, 2016 12:04 AM (MQEz6)

177 Hell, it may the next thing the come after as soon as they see it on YouBoob.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:02 AM (jNJ7R)

I keep,expecting it but it never materializes. Maybe this one will go viral and catch their eye.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:04 AM (hlMPp)

178 They are the California of Australia.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:56 PM (jNJ7R)


A formerly sensible paradise latterly infested by Communist shitheads?

Posted by: Jay Guevara at March 30, 2016 12:04 AM (oKE6c)

179 "...what it failed to destroy, the Party still wants to control. So, an officially atheist government effectively runs its own churches and controls the appointment of its own priests."
----------
Same as Nazi Germany and Stalinist USSR (once WW2 started,) in that you have officially approved churches and underground orthodox ones.

This is the set-up the Left is slowly building in the USSA too. You will be allowed to be a "Christian" and to run churches and religious institutions, as long as you put Mein Kampf on the altars (metaphorically speaking,) as long as the faith you preach does not deviate from the state religion of Leftism.

If you do deviate, you will pay professional, financial, and social penalties that will grow increasingly severe.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at March 30, 2016 12:04 AM (T/5A0)

180 I'm waiting for Binder & Binder or the ReLion Group to start a class action suit for all the obviously defective firearms that I once owned...now at the bottom of the lake. But still, the trauma is real!

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:01 AM (hlMPp)



I got a few firearms. None of them have every shot anyone. Hell, none of them have shot anything unless I made their lazy asses do it. Must all be defective or something.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 30, 2016 12:05 AM (GEICT)

181 >>>Seriously?

Not exactly, but close enough. He was professional about it, but asserted both your right to shoot splodey shit without being hassled and also your responsibility to not be a total fucking dumbass.

Bearing arms has the news clip. Maybe two days back.

Posted by: DC in River City at March 30, 2016 12:06 AM (e+1S5)

182 170: MH: That would be epic, my friend.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at March 30, 2016 12:06 AM (ucDmr)

183 Posted by: eman at March 30, 2016 12:03 AM (MQEz6)

Would never work IMO. A national sales tax would do the trick. Tax spending, not production.

Posted by: thathalfrican - be water my friend at March 30, 2016 12:06 AM (R5HRU)

184 175 I prefer no taxes of any kind anywhere.

Government gets funded by donation only.

I would gladly donate plenty for the military. That's it.

Posted by: eman at March 30, 2016 12:03 AM (MQEz6)

It would never work. Not enough opportunities for graft.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 30, 2016 12:07 AM (rJUlF)

185 Mad?,oh fuck no Chavez, what did I say now?,and I will apologize if I messed up

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:07 AM (voOPb)

186
Poisoning the fishies.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at March 30, 2016 12:02 AM (FkBIv)

So, delayed killing. Guess I'll settle for that

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:07 AM (hlMPp)

187 Posted by: Kindltot at March 29, 2016 11:53 PM (XQHkt)
Most people don't realize their employer is paying part of their taxes. The employee should have to write that whole check once a year, quarterly, what have you. It would be anarchy.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:07 AM (egOGm)

188 Much progress could be made by giving every dimwit SJW a job and letting them see reality.

Sadly, many would just demand a government program to help people pay the taxes they owe.
Posted by: eman at March 29, 2016 11:41 PM (MQEz6)

An old Classic, shows how free shit advocates think.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOZ-Etb0k0Q

Posted by: nerdygirl at March 30, 2016 12:08 AM (SXU3d)

189
183 Posted by: eman at March 30, 2016 12:03 AM (MQEz6)

Would never work IMO. A national sales tax would do the trick. Tax spending, not production.
Posted by: thathalfrican - be water my friend at March 30, 2016 12:06 AM (R5HRU)

Try it for a year just to see the masks fall off.

Posted by: eman at March 30, 2016 12:08 AM (MQEz6)

190 "A formerly sensible paradise latterly infested by Communist shitheads?"

Essentially. Down Aus' way you have more classic "liberal" states in the east. Queensland, NSW, etc. You get out to W.A. and it's nut-bar city.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:08 AM (jNJ7R)

191 Nothing. I was joking about the Scottish Judge in the content who took pity on a drug dealer who spent 3 years in Perth as "time served." Very nice place by most accounts however W.A. politics is another matter. They are the California of Australia.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:56 PM

Perception, maybe. Perth does have a Timbuktu thing going on, even in australia. It's very remote for a major city with a sort of backwater rep. I think some people in the UK think it's still a horsedrawn cart town filled with venomous snakes and shit. Like it's still a convict colony and whatnot. Dunno.

Posted by: otho at March 30, 2016 12:09 AM (EWg9n)

192 chavez we would also need dArtist. He has a record there of fishing

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:09 AM (voOPb)

193 Trigger Warning ONT Compliance Pics

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/714840865018089472

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/714841043347312642

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https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/714841531224612864

Posted by: kbdabear at March 30, 2016 12:09 AM (djIvm)

194 >>>I got a few firearms. None of them have every shot anyone

If you've had them for more than one year, you can write to the manufacturer for a full refund. It's in the Good and Plenty clause of the constitution.

Posted by: DC in River City at March 30, 2016 12:09 AM (e+1S5)

195 I'm all for making the tax-filing deadline day a few days before Election Day. Maybe it would wake up enough people...I can flap my arms very hard and fly to the moon.
Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:58 PM

Totally agree. I've got to do my stuff in the next few days. I will prolly get something back, but it's always a convoluted POS. Always done my own taxes, they taught that us in HS.

Posted by: Farmer at March 30, 2016 12:10 AM (o/90i)

196 Most people don't realize their employer is paying part of their taxes. The employee should have to write that whole check once a year, quarterly, what have you. It would be anarchy.
Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:07 AM (egOGm)

****

Ima gonna guess that not everyone reads the whole thread on their way down to the comment box. Cuz a lot of us are repeating the same things.

Posted by: Tim in GA at March 30, 2016 12:10 AM (a/h6D)

197 185; No mess up my friend, we good. Stay in touch if you want to fish the Wolf later.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at March 30, 2016 12:10 AM (ucDmr)

198 Just a side thought and speaking of Oz.....where have our posters from there gone?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:10 AM (jNJ7R)

199 More Trigger Warning ONT Compliance Pics

https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/714841715035750401

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Posted by: kbdabear at March 30, 2016 12:11 AM (djIvm)

200 Holy shit. otho I was just writing about you and you show, you wanker!

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM (jNJ7R)

201 192: Works for me.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM (ucDmr)

202 Farmer,

I haven't done mine yet. I used to finish them early as possible to get my refund. These days, I put it off as long as possible. It's a futile gesture, but if I can keep them waiting, I will, as long as possible.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM (rJUlF)

203 From the Daily Mail, we have this headline --

Woman, 86, is mauled to death by her daughter's two pit bulls after she fell over and the dogs bit her head and neck

North Carolina this time. She died from excessive doggy exuberance and from having her throat ripped out, but mostly...

Posted by: GnuBreed at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM (gyKtp)

204 Holy shit. otho I was just writing about you and you show, you wanker!

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM

LOL

Posted by: otho at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM (EWg9n)

205 163 I'm all for making the tax-filing deadline day a few days before Election Day. Maybe it would wake up enough people. And maybe I can flap my arms very hard and fly to the moon.
Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 29, 2016 11:58 PM (rJUlF)



Don't forget, the 47% that don't pay taxes and actually get their "refunds" from the government at this time of year. While we bitch about taxes, they love the tax system because they make out like fucking bandits.

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, aka MrCaniac at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM (1JnAL)

206 Tim,
Did I repeat something from up thread?

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM (egOGm)

207 If you've had them for more than one year, you can write to the manufacturer for a full refund. It's in the Good and Plenty clause of the constitution.

Posted by: DC in River City at March 30, 2016 12:09 AM (e+1S5)


I thought that was the clause that granted the POTUS unlimited power over the plebes.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM (GEICT)

208 121 My fantasy policy is still to get rid of
withholding, also the employer pays the employee the employers portion of taxes and make the employee hand over that money once a year. Say in
November.
Posted by: CaliGirl at March 29, 2016 11:34 PM (egOGm)

You do realize that a majority of the taxpayers would not do this and would wind up . . . Garnished?


Heh. Michigan changed the law, so that union teachers had to actively pay their dues, rather than having the school districts take it out of their checks. Shockingly many of the teachers aren't paying their dues.

Posted by: nerdygirl at March 30, 2016 12:13 AM (SXU3d)

209 Chavez was invited out to the Bay of Green, had to turn it down because of restrictions. But as long as I'm getting better I'm ok
Should get you, me & farmer to fish on the wolf
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:02 AM

Where is the wolf?
T

Posted by: Farmer at March 30, 2016 12:13 AM (o/90i)

210 187 Posted by: Kindltot at March 29, 2016 11:53 PM (XQHkt)
Most people don't realize their employer is paying part of their taxes. The employee should have to write that whole check once a year, quarterly, what have you. It would be anarchy.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:07 AM (egOGm)



If you shake hands to employ someone at $10/hour, he's getting $7 and you're paying $13 -- and the government is forcing you both to claim it's the same.

Posted by: cthulhu at March 30, 2016 12:13 AM (EzgxV)

211 "W.A. politics is another matter. They are the California of Australia."

Yep. A bunch of rural homeowners and ranchers in W.A. were told by the government to stop cutting back encroaching brush around their properties, for "green" reasons, or else face massive legal and financial jeopardy.

Guess what? Australia has traditionally had absolutely enormous wildfires. Huge, hot, wind-driven, and fast-moving. Those didn't stop even though safety clearances did stop.

The lack of firebreaks meant that many W.A. residents then had their homes, barns, and outbuildings burned to the ground.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 30, 2016 12:13 AM (noWW6)

212 Posted by: eman at March 30, 2016 12:03 AM (MQEz6)

Would never work IMO. A national sales tax would do the trick. Tax spending, not production.

Posted by: thathalfrican - be water my friend at March 30, 2016 12:06 AM (R5HRU)


Better yet, tax foreigners living abroad.

Posted by: The Taxing Hat at March 30, 2016 12:14 AM (vBeA5)

213
I got a few firearms. None of them have every shot anyone. Hell, none of them have shot anything unless I made their lazy asses do it. Must all be defective or something.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 30, 2016 12:05 AM (GEICT)


That's what I'm saying. Big Firearms are screwing us all.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:15 AM (hlMPp)

214 "LOL"



How you doing, you son of a gun?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:15 AM (jNJ7R)

215 Don't forget, the 47% that don't pay taxes and actually get their "refunds" from the government at this time of year. While we bitch about taxes, they love the tax system because they make out like fucking bandits.
Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, aka MrCaniac at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM (1JnAL)



No. They're too fucking stupid to grasp that the money they get back is: a) theirs, originally, and b) diminished by the time value of money.

Upshot: they get back ca. 95% of the money they put in, and high-five about it.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at March 30, 2016 12:16 AM (oKE6c)

216 Nerdygirl,
I'm going to take that as a confirmation that my policy would work.
withholding is a terrible policy.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:16 AM (egOGm)

217 209: My backyard.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at March 30, 2016 12:17 AM (ucDmr)

218 Force payroll taxes to disappear and have average joe pay all of his payrolls dir ctlynto sam the thief. That won't go well

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:17 AM (voOPb)

219 "W.A. politics is another matter. They are the California of Australia."

Yep. A bunch of rural homeowners and ranchers in W.A. were told by the government to stop cutting back encroaching brush around their properties, for "green" reasons, or else face massive legal and financial jeopardy.

Guess what? Australia has traditionally had absolutely enormous wildfires. Huge, hot, wind-driven, and fast-moving. Those didn't stop even though safety clearances did stop.

The lack of firebreaks meant that many W.A. residents then had their homes, barns, and outbuildings burned to the ground.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 30, 2016 12:13 AM (noWW6)


There are ways around that...

Posted by: Principality of Hutt River at March 30, 2016 12:17 AM (vBeA5)

220 The "Social Media = depression" thing is not surprising. The internet has never been a solution for emotional problems.

Talking to a real-life friend about your depression is more likely to get positive results, even if only sympathy, because of the direct connection.

On the other hand, posting in a forum, "I'm really depressed" would probably get a number of sympathetic replies, but the real-world situation doesn't change at all. It's like saying it out loud in a room by yourself; your not going to get any satisfactory responses except from ghosts, and I'm told they don't exist.

Except for the Ghost of Kari, I mean.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at March 30, 2016 12:18 AM (AroJD)

221 181 >>>Seriously?

Not exactly, but close enough. He was professional about it, but asserted both your right to shoot splodey shit without being hassled and also your responsibility to not be a total fucking dumbass.

Bearing arms has the news clip. Maybe two days back.
Posted by: DC in River City at March 30, 2016 12:06 AM (e+1S5)

Thanks. I'll look for it tomorrow.

Another old clip (from Nov 2105) but I just saw it yesterday is the Milawaukee COP being asked about some death that #BLM cares about. Basically told them they don't give a F about the # of other killed by black on black violence....that they don't even know their names.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:18 AM (hlMPp)

222 Just a side thought and speaking of Oz.....where have our posters from there gone?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:10 AM

Have had a tough year that just got shittier by the month. I tend not to say much during the suck cycles. Have had comp hassles fora few weeksand only just figured out a way to post. Been reading though.

Posted by: otho at March 30, 2016 12:18 AM (EWg9n)

223 Except for the Ghost of Kari, I mean.
Posted by: BeckoningChasm at March 30, 2016 12:18 AM (AroJD)

Isn't buzzion still dead? Or just MOSTLY dead?

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 30, 2016 12:19 AM (rJUlF)

224 220 Chasm

And Buzzion. Mustn't forget poor, deported Buzzion.

Posted by: speedster1 at March 30, 2016 12:19 AM (vUcdz)

225 "How he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school"


His. His money. That pisses me off.
Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:50 PM (hlMPp)


My parents expected us to get part time jobs when we were in high school. And we did babysitting when we were as young as 13 or 14. It felt good having your own money.

Posted by: nerdygirl at March 30, 2016 12:20 AM (SXU3d)

226 223 CW

GMTA

Posted by: speedster1 at March 30, 2016 12:20 AM (vUcdz)

227 215 Don't forget, the 47% that don't pay taxes and actually get their "refunds" from the government at this time of year. While we bitch about taxes, they love the tax system because they make out like fucking bandits.
Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, aka MrCaniac at March 30, 2016 12:12 AM (1JnAL)


No. They're too fucking stupid to grasp that the money they get back is: a) theirs, originally, and b) diminished by the time value of money.

Upshot: they get back ca. 95% of the money they put in, and high-five about it.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at March 30, 2016 12:16 AM (oKE6c)



There are a few "refundable credits". Few people with any sort of a real job get them. Biggest is the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Posted by: cthulhu at March 30, 2016 12:20 AM (EzgxV)

228 The "Social Media = depression" thing is not surprising. The internet has never been a solution for emotional problems.


It's almost as if social media select for those with emotional (e.g.,, social) problems.)

Posted by: Jay Guevara at March 30, 2016 12:21 AM (oKE6c)

229 "Have had comp hassles fora few weeksand only just figured out a way to post. Been reading though."


Hell, otho, hate to hear. Things getting straightened out?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:21 AM (jNJ7R)

230 220 The "Social Media = depression" thing is not surprising. The internet has never been a solution for emotional problems.

Talking to a real-life friend about your depression is more likely to get positive results, even if only sympathy, because of the direct connection.

On the other hand, posting in a forum, "I'm really depressed" would probably get a number of sympathetic replies, but the real-world situation doesn't change at all. It's like saying it out loud in a room by yourself; your not going to get any satisfactory responses except from ghosts, and I'm told they don't exist.

Except for the Ghost of Kari, I mean.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at March 30, 2016 12:18 AM (AroJD)



Howdy, howdy!!! Did you see the story of my dadster's chest pains on the thread where you worried everybody?

Posted by: cthulhu at March 30, 2016 12:22 AM (EzgxV)

231 "And Buzzion. Mustn't forget poor, deported Buzzion."


*Takes off hat, puts over heart*

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:22 AM (jNJ7R)

232 210 187 Posted by: Kindltot at March 29, 2016 11:53 PM (XQHkt)
Most people don't realize their employer is paying part of their taxes. The employee should have to write that whole check once a year, quarterly, what have you. It would be anarchy.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:07 AM (egOGm)

Cynical side coming out.

Yes, great idea for them to see/feel the pain.

"Hello, I'm generic liberal and I am running for office. Therefore I am running to instate the Underachieving Tax Credit/Disadvantaged Tax Credit/Overlooked Individual Tax Credit.

No, in the end. Those with ethics will pay.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:23 AM (hlMPp)

233 I'm compotent with my .380 up to 30'. My goal is to be kick ass up to 50' Anything more than there is a .357 mag or long guns
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 29, 2016 11:17 PM (voOPb)

The shortest pistol range at my club is 15yds, measured from the front barrier to the target stand. So after several boxes of 380 being all over a typical 6" round target, I decided I was a lousy shot.
Notwithstanding putting the used target over your chest when finished and wondering if you'd like to be that guy, I was suprised when I went to an indoor range and shot at 7yds, the accepted limit of SD shooting.

Much better groupings.
At any rate, in the real world, you'll probably be using one arm to fend off attack while trying to bring your gun into a fight, so forget about a good sight picture and get a laser sight.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at March 30, 2016 12:23 AM (kKHcp)

234 220 Chasm
And Buzzion. Mustn't forget poor, deported Buzzion.
Posted by: speedster1 at March 30, 2016 12:19 AM

Cept he really never stays departed. Bless his heart

Posted by: Farmer at March 30, 2016 12:23 AM (o/90i)

235 Posted by: BeckoningChasm at March 30, 2016 12:18 AM (AroJD)
Feeling better I hope? I've been thinking about you since Friday night.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:24 AM (egOGm)

236
No. They're too fucking stupid to grasp that the money they get back is: a) theirs, originally, and b) diminished by the time value of money.

Upshot: they get back ca. 95% of the money they put in, and high-five about it.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at March 30, 2016 12:16 AM (oKE6c)


After all the "credits" that they take, they get "refunded" more than what they paid in.

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, aka MrCaniac at March 30, 2016 12:24 AM (1JnAL)

237 "Cept he really never stays departed. Bless his heart "


Poor spirit. Trapped somewhere between here and "there."

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:26 AM (jNJ7R)

238 Biggest is the Earned Income Tax Credit.
-------
Which the IRS admits to billions of dollars per year being paid out to fraud, and a huge number of illegal aliens taking advantage of.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 30, 2016 12:27 AM (9iR5/)

239 Anyone got a better lead on 5.56 than this?

http://preview.tinyurl.com/jk8tlko

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 30, 2016 12:27 AM (9mTYi)

240 [no primary stuff]

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at March 30, 2016 12:27 AM (GEICT)

241 How you doing, you son of a gun?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:15 AM

Eh. Holding on. You never know what the tide will bring in.

Posted by: otho at March 30, 2016 12:28 AM (EWg9n)

242 Juan Williams called Obama the deporter in chief.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at March 30, 2016 12:28 AM (FkBIv)

243 Wolf is hop, skip jump from Point Farmer

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:28 AM (voOPb)

244 Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:23 AM (hlMPp)
The generic liberal will run on the ending the tax burden of the 99 percent act.
If my policy were to be enacted.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:28 AM (egOGm)

245 otho, hope things get better and you won't be a stranger. I try to be up early in the CONUS to talk with ya'll. We do worry.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:28 AM (jNJ7R)

246 That Hobbit image takes me back. On my twelth or thirteenth birthday I received a double sided jigsaw puzzle with that image on one side and Tolkien's map of Middle Earth on the other. I must have assembled that puzzle over a 100 times while listening to the radio or some other accompaniment in those days before audio books were widely available.

Posted by: Epobirs at March 30, 2016 12:29 AM (IdCqF)

247 Off to bed. Goodnight, y'all.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread On The All-Night Request Line at March 30, 2016 12:29 AM (rJUlF)

248


His. His money. That pisses me off.
Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:50 PM (hlMPp)

My parents expected us to get part time jobs when we were in high school. And we did babysitting when we were as young as 13 or 14. It felt good having your own money.

Posted by: nerdygirl at March 30, 2016 12:20 AM (SXU3d)

I tried to do babysitting but they noticed the crayon pictures I drew.

So, paper route in the 3rd grade it was.

Got mauled by a German Shepherd...was out the next day.

With no lawsuit.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:30 AM (hlMPp)

249 Maet, Thanks for including the link to Tolkien's art. I have both books mentioned and they are great. If you are a Tolkien fan, they are worth having. The man was an effective, varied, and evocative artist.

Posted by: JTB at March 30, 2016 12:30 AM (V+03K)

250 >>>At any rate, in the real world, you'll probably be using one arm to fend off attack while trying to bring your gun into a fight, so forget about a good sight picture and get a laser sight.

This. Not necessarily the laser sight, but the fact that combat pistol shooting has nothing to do with a perfect Weaver stance, sight alignment and trigger squeeze.

You need to drill those fundamentals, but that's like hitting the heavy bag as opposed to stepping in the ring.

Posted by: DC in River City at March 30, 2016 12:30 AM (e+1S5)

251 237 "Cept he really never stays departed. Bless his heart "


Poor spirit. Trapped somewhere between here and "there."

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:26 AM (jNJ7R)



They say that the souls of those departed, who were intensely committed to a cause, may get "stuck" to a location identified with such cause -- until some significant and meaningful milestone is reached.....which means we might lose Buzzion for good if he hits the Top Ten list.

Posted by: cthulhu at March 30, 2016 12:30 AM (EzgxV)

252 Juan Williams called Obama the deporter in chief.

That's because Juan Williams is a fucking idiot.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at March 30, 2016 12:31 AM (YJmuy)

253 [no primary stuff]

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:31 AM (voOPb)

254 "You never know what the tide will bring in."


No, you never do. It's the human condition. I recently got a bug-ear. Complete change of pace but I'm told by someone in the biz that it's a winner.


Go-getter vs play-it-safer devils are sitting on my shoulders.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:33 AM (jNJ7R)

255 Speaking of ranges, and I have yet to check it out. Supposedly the new one in Manassas is front countered by 10s.

Good marketing if you fall for it.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:33 AM (hlMPp)

256 That's because Juan Williams is a fucking idiot.
-------
I was about to say something about that, but then I thought about it. I have nothing to add, although his son is a repub.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 30, 2016 12:35 AM (9iR5/)

257 Hell, otho, hate to hear. Things getting straightened out?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:21 AM

Sort of. After years of ongoing startup problems and being told to replace HD, motherboard and whatnot, it looks like it was just a new memory card that did the trick. Might be sorted now, dunno. But I fried my regular hard drive that had everything on it while fucking around with it. Using the original, somewhat clunky HD thatis usable, but has issues... some things work on mozilla and some don't. Have to use explorer to post here. Can't view videos and no sound device detected for some reason. Don't have all my old programs either. But, I have the internet, in a limited way.

Posted by: otho at March 30, 2016 12:35 AM (EWg9n)

258 Time for bed here. Really forked up my back last Sat, well after a week of pain leading up to it.

Went to Urgent Care on Sun instead of seeing Dad in WI. Prednisone is helping, also beer and wine seems to work.

Be well all.

T



Posted by: Farmer at March 30, 2016 12:36 AM (o/90i)

259 "which means we might lose Buzzion for good if he hits the Top Ten list."


Well, sounds like we all need to post like shit to keep that good boy outta Purgatory.

WHO's WITH ME!

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:36 AM (jNJ7R)

260 G'night horde. Have a great day tomorrow. He blessed you with it.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 30, 2016 12:37 AM (hlMPp)

261 WHO's WITH ME!

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:36 AM (jNJ7R)
-------Save the Buzz! I stand with RK! Feel the Buzz!

Posted by: Old Blue at March 30, 2016 12:38 AM (9iR5/)

262 Wolf is hop, skip jump from Point Farmer
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:28 AM

Cool. I'm in if the timing works.
T

Posted by: Farmer at March 30, 2016 12:38 AM (o/90i)

263 No, you never do. It's the human condition. I recently got a bug-ear. Complete change of pace but I'm told by someone in the biz that it's a winner. Go-getter vs play-it-safer devils are sitting on my shoulders.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:33 AM

What's a "bug ear"? New job?

Posted by: otho at March 30, 2016 12:38 AM (EWg9n)

264 >>>Anyone got a better lead on 5.56 than this?

Gun-deals dot com shows some cheaper. I didn't spend enough time browsing to get a good feel for quality, but I've had good luck with that site.

Posted by: DC in River City at March 30, 2016 12:38 AM (e+1S5)

265 You need to drill those fundamentals, but that's like hitting the heavy bag as opposed to stepping in the ring.
Posted by: DC in River City at March 30, 2016 12:30 AM (e+1S5)

Like Tyson says
Everybody got a plan til they get punthed in the mouf.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at March 30, 2016 12:39 AM (kKHcp)

266 #220

Without question, an hour of good human interaction is better than a whole day online. I have online friends that I do regard as genuine friend rather than the Facebook label given to mere nodding acquaintances but somebody who finds that a suitable substitute for actual interaction in the same physical space probably has something very wrong with them. Now, I do have any number of things wrong with me but not that particular aspect.

Posted by: Epobirs at March 30, 2016 12:40 AM (IdCqF)

267 Did you know? On this date in 1945, Soviet units captured the Komorn oil fields in Hungary? Did you know that?

Posted by: Old Blue at March 30, 2016 12:42 AM (9iR5/)

268 252 Juan Williams called Obama the deporter in chief.

That's because Juan Williams is a fucking idiot.
Posted by: Blanco Basura at March 30, 2016 12:31 AM (YJmuy)

I'm offended. My younger brother is a fucking idiot. This Williams fellow is worse.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:42 AM (voOPb)

269 Goodnight farmer,
Feel better!

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:43 AM (egOGm)

270 That painting by Tolkien is all wrong, where are the elves leaping around on top of barrels fighting orcs? Gayyyyy

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 30, 2016 12:43 AM (39g3+)

271 "What's a "bug ear"? New job?"

Yes. New line of work but takes some investment on my part. $40k to start but money and independence after that. By someone who is not rooking me or making any money off of me.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:43 AM (jNJ7R)

272 Yes. New line of work but takes some investment on my part. $40k to start but money and independence after that. By someone who is not rooking me or making any money off of me.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:43 AM

Cool. Good luck!

Posted by: otho at March 30, 2016 12:45 AM (EWg9n)

273 Same for you, otho.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:47 AM (jNJ7R)

274 Without question, an hour of good human interaction is better than a whole day online
Posted by: Epobirs at March 30, 2016 12:40 AM (IdCqF)

True for all of us, but I think the young are especially susceptible to depression from being online because you are still in actuality isolated. There's no human interaction, no inflection of voice, no facial expressions. Those things are needed to make a real connection.

Plus it is easy to lie about how great your life is online, so if anyone doesn't have the life experience to know just how much is bullshit, one could end up feeling like quite a loser for no good reason.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at March 30, 2016 12:47 AM (kKHcp)

275 Well goodnight everyone. Have a good day tomorrow.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:47 AM (egOGm)

276 Listened to Larry Elder talk about how most mass shootings are outside the US. A mass shooting is 4 or more. France has had more than us. 19 out of the top 20 mass shootings are outside the US. Mostly in muslim countries. I fact, they probably have more but they go unreported.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 30, 2016 12:49 AM (iQIUe)

277 That's because Juan Williams is a fucking idiot.
Posted by: Blanco Basura at March 30, 2016 12:31 AM (YJmuy)

I'm offended. My younger brother is a fucking idiot. This Williams fellow is worse.
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:42 AM

Almost every day I want to post that Juan Williams is reaffirming he is stupid. TY MH.

And BTW, my younger brother isn't the brightest bulb either, but he does rate above Juan.

Posted by: Farmer at March 30, 2016 12:50 AM (o/90i)

278 BC you still around?.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:50 AM (voOPb)

279 I'm offended. My younger brother is a fucking idiot. This Williams fellow is worse.

My apologies as no offense was intended, good sir. I do not, however, have the vocabulary to properly express the depths of Mr. Williams' idiocy, as IQ's are only given in absolute values, rather than as signed numbers.

So I go with what I know.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at March 30, 2016 12:52 AM (YJmuy)

280 Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 30, 2016 12:49 AM (iQIUe)

Bruce, what do you think the average American gets an image of when they hear the phrase "mass shooting?"

Posted by: OneEyedJack at March 30, 2016 12:52 AM (kKHcp)

281 did comments lock up?

Posted by: OneEyedJack at March 30, 2016 12:56 AM (kKHcp)

282 G'night all.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at March 30, 2016 12:57 AM (kKHcp)

283 Goodnight farmer,
Feel better!
Posted by: CaliGirl at March 30, 2016 12:43 AM

Be well. I went into work for an hour to catch up on things. Got that done and went home to get better.

If anyone has done this "prednisone burst" I'd like to hear how it worked for them.

Email is in my nic.

Posted by: Farmer at March 30, 2016 12:58 AM (o/90i)

284 Nite Caligirl

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 12:59 AM (voOPb)

285 Posted by: Blanco Basura at March 30, 2

I was having fun about Williams .& little fuckinthropic

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 01:01 AM (voOPb)

286 286, I don't know whether to laugh at that, or to wonder if MMUR broke out of his cell and started posting again.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 30, 2016 01:03 AM (9iR5/)

287 I was having fun about Williams . little fuckinthropic

That's good to know. As The Horde is an armed society, I thought it best to be polite.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at March 30, 2016 01:03 AM (YJmuy)

288 OK, so broke out of his cell it is!

Posted by: Old Blue at March 30, 2016 01:04 AM (9iR5/)

289 I heard a funny thing today. A German was told by a Pole about the ruling Law and Justice's plan to allow more logging in some forest reserve in Poland. The German, being "progressive" and environmentalist just lamented how "crazy" the current Polish government is.

Posted by: Thrawn at March 29, 2016 11:33 PM (s87AC)
===========
Not crazy at all. Poland has no shortage of forests. Though a smaller percentage after the war, the country is still almost 30% forest.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 30, 2016 01:11 AM (iQIUe)

290 Blanco I have no use for my one and only younger brother. I get along with you morons better than I do him. You folks at least believe in many of the same things

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 01:12 AM (voOPb)

291 >>>Well, currently in operational squadron strength in the USMC and also I believe the USAF, so.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 29, 2016 11:53 PM (jNJ7R)

***

You understand, I hope, that the hierarchy will do what needs doing to protect its chances of promotion.

And to hell with, oh, the country, and the men who'll die flying this POS.

I had formed a positive opinion of you. Gone. Like tears in rain.

Posted by: An Poc ar Buile at March 30, 2016 01:15 AM (1zS3A)

292 Posted by: otho at March 30, 2016 12:35 AM (EWg9n)

Sorry so many computer problems, otho. Wish I could help, but it sounds like advice isn't what you need, it's probably craigslist.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at March 30, 2016 01:20 AM (wB8Tg)

293 Blanco I have no use for my one and only younger brother. I get along
with you morons better than I do him. You folks at least believe in many
of the same things


No worries. I have some of the same issues with my older brothers, Solo and Loco Basura.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at March 30, 2016 01:20 AM (YJmuy)

294 RK,is good people

On that note time to say adios, or something like that

Be well horde

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 30, 2016 01:21 AM (voOPb)

295 Christianity is growing like topsy in China.
Here in the USA? I don't know, but it seems to me like things are waning a bit. I could be wrong.

I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: navybrat at March 30, 2016 01:25 AM (8QGte)

296 G'night MH.

While I'm at it, g'night everyone. Yes, you too.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at March 30, 2016 01:26 AM (YJmuy)

297 Yes. New line of work but takes some investment on my part. $40k to start but money and independence after that. By someone who is not rooking me or making any money off of me.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 30, 2016 12:43 AM


I are very please you and me come to this opportunity of fantastic that make benefit both us very greatly.

Posted by: Nigerian Finance Minister at March 30, 2016 01:27 AM (KRwzj)

298 Hi, y'all.

Before I read the post or try to peruse the comments, I bring Commenter Content you might have missed.

The tablecloth trick
And why you should never attempt it with your brother standing behind you. [Serious OW! Hope he's okay! warning]
c/o Bluebird of Bitterness (a fine, fun blog)
http://bit.ly/1SvOKpE

Strangely Compelling
by BFH at IOTWreport
http://iotwreport.com/strangely-compelling/

Okay, now to see what that HUGE post by Maet has to say (did like the Tolkien pic) and peruse the commentariat. Or maybe just take a walk and meditate upon the complexities of the universe.

Posted by: mindful webworker - bacon! at March 30, 2016 01:37 AM (5a8XA)

299 #292

This is why I cannot take a remote support job. All too often I know I could fix it if I could see it for myself but there is some important detail the client isn't telling me or, by no fault of their own, doesn't know how to convey.


Posted by: Epobirs at March 30, 2016 01:39 AM (IdCqF)

300 And to hell with, oh, the country, and the men who'll die flying this POS.

I had formed a positive opinion of you. Gone. Like tears in rain.
Posted by: An Poc ar Buile at March 30, 2016 01:15 AM (1zS3A)

******

I'm sure that stings to da bone.

Posted by: Tim in GA at March 30, 2016 01:41 AM (YLidQ)

301 [no primary stuff]

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 30, 2016 01:42 AM (1D4Ef)

302 identitarian hair policing

I got your cultural appropriation rightcheer!

Float like a butterfly!
Sting like a bee!

* punch! punch! punch! punch! punch! *

IMHO

Posted by: mindful webworker - moo ha medly at March 30, 2016 01:42 AM (5a8XA)

303 Taiwan's Cold War legacy

On Vulcan we have a saying, "Only Nixon could sell out China."

We also have a saying, "Only the limp-wristed appeaser SCOAMF could kiss up to Cuba."

And, "The needs of the media outweigh the needs of the readers."

We laugh at these sayings. Stupid earthers.

Posted by: Dr Mr Spock - Pon Far Out, Man! at March 30, 2016 01:48 AM (5a8XA)

304 302 Boxing gloves are white culture

Posted by: MAx at March 30, 2016 01:52 AM (LAliD)

305 Mystery Meat Found on Several New Hampshire Roads

Oh noooes! Not Angus steaks!

Posted by: mindful webworker - vegan meat is the tastiest at March 30, 2016 01:53 AM (5a8XA)

306 We laugh at these sayings. Stupid earthers.

Posted by: Dr Mr Spock - Pon Far Out, Man! at March 30, 2016 01:48 AM (5a8XA)


Passes Enterprise crew Romulan Ale...

Posted by: To Boldly Go Where No Hat Has Gone Before! at March 30, 2016 01:53 AM (vBeA5)

307 Going through the paperwork for the fiancee's layoff.....OMG, these guys have no clue what they're doing......I predict 4 rounds of W-2s, because they're doing all sorts of things today without thinking about how they'll report it in January.

Posted by: cthulhu at March 30, 2016 01:57 AM (EzgxV)

308 307 Going through the paperwork for the fiancee's layoff.....OMG, these guys have no clue what they're doing......I predict 4 rounds of W-2s, because they're doing all sorts of things today without thinking about how they'll report it in January.

Posted by: cthulhu at March 30, 2016 01:57 AM (EzgxV)


If they were smart, they'd do all the work they could NOW to make "busy season" easier.

Posted by: cthulhu at March 30, 2016 02:00 AM (EzgxV)

309 Hi all, sorry to worry everyone, things are better chest-wise. I'll do better in future.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at March 30, 2016 02:06 AM (AroJD)

310 []

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at March 30, 2016 02:09 AM (WTSFk)

311 []

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at March 30, 2016 02:10 AM (WTSFk)

312 309 Hi all, sorry to worry everyone, things are better chest-wise. I'll do better in future.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at March 30, 2016 02:06 AM (AroJD)


Did you see my dad's story?



And, BTW, I knew you couldn't die on me -- you still owe me a lunch!

Posted by: cthulhu at March 30, 2016 02:11 AM (EzgxV)

313 [no primary stuff]

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at March 30, 2016 02:14 AM (WTSFk)

314 oh, sorry.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at March 30, 2016 02:16 AM (WTSFk)

315 I didn't read the article on happiness, but it's creepy how obsessed we've become with being HAPPY.

Just my 2 cents, seek satisfaction in life, happiness is like farts, it comes and goes in life and usually smells unpleasant to other people.

Posted by: Max Power at March 30, 2016 02:17 AM (QCc6B)

316 in any case, leonard nimoy does sing the ballad of bilbo baggins. on youtube. with dancing girls.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at March 30, 2016 02:17 AM (WTSFk)

317 goodnight.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at March 30, 2016 02:18 AM (WTSFk)

318 313 [no primary stuff]

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at March 30, 2016 02:14 AM (WTSFk)



*Hugs Maet fiercely*



*pretends to be cool, nothing ever happend, nothing to see....*

Posted by: cthulhu at March 30, 2016 02:19 AM (EzgxV)

319 *peeks in*

Seeing all the [********] in this thread reminds me of reading the Noriega trial transcripts.

Night all.

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 30, 2016 02:31 AM (4fsKV)

320 [no blueberry pancakes]

Posted by: Hollowpoint at March 30, 2016 02:39 AM (KRwzj)

321 Que?

Posted by: Hat de Que? at March 30, 2016 02:42 AM (vBeA5)

322 It should be [redacted] or [i have no recollection]

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at March 30, 2016 02:53 AM (wB8Tg)

323 295 Christianity is growing like topsy in China.
Here in the USA? I don't know, but it seems to me like things are waning a bit. I could be wrong.

I hope I'm wrong.
Posted by: navybrat at March 30, 2016 01:25 AM (8QGte)

Africa, too. There's a difference between a religion that celebrates the victories of Satan and the one that celebrates the eventual winner, Our Lord and Savior. One grows, the other dies in a flurry of violence and repression.

Posted by: tcn in AK at March 30, 2016 02:53 AM (+YMhA)

324 Home at last! Home at last! Great God Almighty I'm home at last! Be it ever so humble!

BeckoningChasm: ...things are better chest-wise. I'll do better in future.

Some times it's good to get things off your chest. Have a heart-to-heart with friends. Keeps the blood flowing.

Posted by: mindful webworker - the beat goes on at March 30, 2016 02:56 AM (GOucM)

325 225 "How he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school"


His. His money. That pisses me off.
Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 29, 2016 11:50 PM (hlMPp)

My parents expected us to get part time jobs when we were in high school. And we did babysitting when we were as young as 13 or 14. It felt good having your own money.
Posted by: nerdygirl at March 30, 2016 12:20 AM (SXU3d)

How 'bout he speak English properly and get a damned job? Burgers aren't gonna flip themselves, now, are they? And the world still needs ditch diggers.

Parasites worse than tapeworms.

Posted by: tcn in AK at March 30, 2016 02:58 AM (+YMhA)

326 BTW, was there anything in the first 300 messages worth going back for? I mean, worth plowing through all of that tonight?

Posted by: mindful webworker - you'll never get rich at March 30, 2016 02:58 AM (GOucM)

327 The more time young adults spend on social media, the more likely they are to become depressed, a study has found.

Aside from how laughable the cause/effect claim here is ... I smell mega lawsuits in the near future.

Posted by: ThePrimoridalOrderedPair at March 30, 2016 03:13 AM (zc3Db)

328 This is why I cannot take a remote support job. All too often I know I could fix it if I could see it for myself but there is some important detail the client isn't telling me or, by no fault of their own, doesn't know how to convey.


Posted by: Epobirs at March 30, 2016 01:39 AM (IdCqF)


That's why you charge by the hour

Posted by: ThePrimoridalOrderedPair at March 30, 2016 03:14 AM (zc3Db)

329 Reading upthread, found YouTube of Temptations My Girl, listening to that now. Man, my youth was full of good music. Come to think of it, so is my old age.

Posted by: mindful webworker - month of May at March 30, 2016 03:15 AM (GOucM)

330 If my last comment is still the last... time for me to check out.

Czeching out.



One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

Posted by: mindful webworker - yaaawwwnnn at March 30, 2016 03:27 AM (GOucM)

331 I find it strikingly humorous that 'Brazil' predicted so much of what is happening now in Europe, all self inflicted with the able assistance of Field Marshal Rodham meddling in affairs of which she had no clue.

Posted by: Gmac-"All politics in this country now is dress rehearsal for civil war." at March 30, 2016 03:32 AM (4pjhs)

332 Happy-ish Tuesday Night / Wed Morning, all y'all ...

Posted by: Adriane the Critic ... at March 30, 2016 03:39 AM (AoK0a)

333 Right off the bat, not that I come to check the feud wars anyway.
Good morning horde

Posted by: Skip at March 30, 2016 04:07 AM (fizMZ)

334 #328

Doesn't work that way. Those are wage slave gigs. I already do on-site work and it isn't anything close to a living. Within a ten mile radius there are at least two dozen guys whose cars are covered with ads for such service, while I don't even have a car of my own at the moment. So aside from the 800 pound gorilla Best Buy. there are far too many freelancers chasing far too little paying work. I've got a listing on Thumbtack but after a year I've gotten a grand total of four jobs out of it. Far too many of the submissions are people who did stuff like drop their laptop and broke the screen. Can't do much about that. First, I have no source for such parts, and second, changing out a laptop screen is a major undertaking as far as potential for things to go badly wrong and end up with a completely ruined machine.

I quit one job in the first week when it became apparent they wanted me to immediately perform the most difficult repairs with no means to do some non-customer test runs to get the hang of it. Maybe if I had all day and no pressure but this was the second call of the day and I was supposed to be in and out in a couple of hours. Sure, I had access to all of Dell and Lenovo's documentation on how to take apart and reassemble each model but when it comes to something highly integrated as a modern laptop you really need to get some practice to get the skill needed to do it quickly. At least I do. I have no idea how the other techs managed it if they didn't have comparable experience.

A desktop system? No problem. But the laptops are extremely unforgiving. Everything has to be exactly right and they'll include insane stuff like having many tiny screws that are indistinguishable but subtly different sizes, so if you didn't deposit them in a properly labeled receptacle so you'd have the right one in the right place when came time to reassemble, you are utterly screwed.

If there were something like a real training program with lots of hands on, I think I had a good hot at acquiring the skills. As it was, no way. Learning that the hard way was pretty traumatic.

Trying to figure out what I can qualify to do that pays anything like a living wage and won't make into a serial killer remains a big problem.

Posted by: Epobirs at March 30, 2016 04:08 AM (IdCqF)

335 Read the second hour of the last thread, there is some good stuff I missed. Oh well can't stay up 24 hrs so what can you do.

Posted by: Skip at March 30, 2016 04:31 AM (fizMZ)

336 []

Posted by: MachiasPrivateer at March 30, 2016 04:37 AM (EMi53)

337 Ok, now I'm depressed.


Posted by: Welcher Cleaveland at March 30, 2016 04:59 AM (clvMJ)

338 I stay out of the daywalker threads Skip, might skim the front end story but I never wander into the wasteland comments.

Hamsters killed my ability to post from home so I don't see the use of getting exercised over someone's opinion that anything I do or say will change.

Posted by: Gmac- "All politics in this country now is dress rehearsal for civil war." at March 30, 2016 05:23 AM (4pjhs)

339 Mornin'.

Speaking of teh jobz, my company has been trying to hire 2 peeps since January. Barely a handful of interviewees in 3 months, none hired.

In this economy, and I live in one of the most economically downtrodden areas in the US (western NY), we can't find workers. Everybody just wants to sit on their asses and collect their free shit.

FFS, we offer work from home, solid pay and bennies, laid-back atmosphere. Unbelievable. Meanwhile I have to keep pulling OT to cover the empty shifts. The OT is nice, but money isn't everything. With nice weather ahead, I'd like my life back.

It's gotten so bad, our President and our VP have us employees trying to recruit on social media for them.

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at March 30, 2016 05:45 AM (HMt16)

340 I'm glad the cats woke me at the crack of dawn. I'd hate to have missed this post. Good one, Maet.

Posted by: creeper at March 30, 2016 05:48 AM (NheJK)

341 Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at March 30, 2016 05:45 AM (HMt16)


Unless the interviewees are all felons, take one and do on-the-job training. Having someone that wants to be there and is willing to learn (and work towards getting whatever certifications are necessary) is better than having nobody at all, even if they're just an office gofer or shop weevil for the first few months.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at March 30, 2016 05:53 AM (J+mig)

342 #339

What sort of jobs? I'm in CA but can't help being curious.

Posted by: Epobirs at March 30, 2016 05:55 AM (IdCqF)

343 {heaves a sigh on relief upon seeing Beckoning Chasm}

Posted by: creeper at March 30, 2016 05:57 AM (NheJK)

344 Posted by: Epobirs at March 30, 2016 04:08 AM (IdCqF)


You sound like you've got tech skills. Some questions:


A. Are you in Texas or would you be able to relocate?


B. What kind of tech qualifications do you have?


C. Would you be willing to start off part-time?


We might be hiring someone where I work. Right now our part-timers have been happy to take the extra hours, but our bosses always get tired of the lack of coverage and hire someone whenever this happens. That someone could be you.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at March 30, 2016 05:57 AM (J+mig)

345 {}

Fancy.

Posted by: Valiant at March 30, 2016 06:07 AM (3MiF8)

346 I'm in Los Angeles County, CA. Moving at this point isn't really an option at this point unless the whole family (mother, sister) were going.

Posted by: Epobirs at March 30, 2016 06:11 AM (IdCqF)

347 I hated to part with 200 schmeckles for a Ninja coffee maker, but that thing puts out a good cup o'joe, better and cheaper than a Keurig.

Posted by: Empty Nester at March 30, 2016 06:12 AM (9eYoy)

348 That is an absolutely terrific video by Dennis Prager on the unhappiness equation. Thanks for posting it, Matenloch and thanks for all your good and hard work on the ONT.

I am also agree that too much time on social media can be a big problem. It can lead to too much comparison as well as too much time around people who are chronically unhappy.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 30, 2016 06:17 AM (w4NZ8)

349 Wish I could help with that, Epo. There's a lot of work for a tech in my area (College Station/Bryan, TX), though. If you've ever wanted to work in a datacenter? That's what I do, and we're not the only game in town - one of the others is hiring a lot of people at the moment.

Not knowing anything else about your situation, if the rest of your family is having trouble finding work, you could probably do pretty well here.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at March 30, 2016 06:23 AM (J+mig)

350 Tolkien's shadow is angled wrong.

Posted by: angela urkel at March 30, 2016 06:24 AM (1HQO4)

351 My sister has a job, at least until the other sister and BIL decide to retire and shut down or sell the business, under which circumstances my sister doesn't feel she'd last long.

My mother is 87 and making her relocate at this point would be pretty rough.

I have an IT background but I don't know if it would be sufficient for a data center gig. I've never been able to sustain my education long enough to get into the stuff that makes for a real career these days. I had a great opportunity to do so in the early 90s but completely failed to appreciate the potential at the time.

Posted by: Epobirs at March 30, 2016 06:30 AM (IdCqF)

352 >>>Teen Who Toured and Spoke at a High School While Posing as a State Senator Pleads Guilty


I'm a teen, and I've often posed as Senator McConnell. Don't judge.

Posted by: Donatello at March 30, 2016 06:31 AM (1HQO4)

353 @Epobirs: Work experience counts for a lot here. I kinda got in based on that, rather than formal qualifications. I've been doing some studying to try to earn a few... but they're not strictly necessary to get your foot in the door. Getting promotions is a whole other ballgame, though.

Posted by: Cato the Rebel Without a Party at March 30, 2016 06:32 AM (J+mig)

354 My son is a junior at Texas State (Comp Science). Willing to slave him out for the summer. Dude need a J.O.B. or internship. The freak loves writing code. And, sleeping. I'd prefer the former over the latter.

Posted by: Beefy Meatball at March 30, 2016 06:32 AM (9eYoy)

355 Pikachu, Care Bears, My Little Pony, Sailor Moon...so many colorful characters on such a small fragrant hand-sized rainbow colored package can only mean one thing!

Until you bite into your free purple bar of soap.

Posted by: Corona at March 30, 2016 08:07 AM (ragzU)

356 As to the Viktor Frankl reference , i believe it comes from his book Man's Fate , the first third of which is his account of surviving the death camps . It is , IMHO ,the best account of that experience : a kick in the teeth on every other page . It used to be taught in The Schools but now not so much , gets in the way of the antisemitism curriculum .

Posted by: jay hoenemeyer at March 30, 2016 08:36 AM (uvj0z)

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Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
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