Friday Mushroom Open Comments

Ever heard that phrase “I feel like a mushroom – I’m kept in the dark and people keep throwing (Word I Shouldn’t Say) on me?”

Let’s see what the Main Stream News is doing to shed sunlight on certain topics:

Obama’s “Transparency”:  Let’s see…the visitor logs to the White House have been made public, but the real important visitors sneak in back doors and back alleys and meet with officials at local eateries.

Inequality of income means lopsided ignorance of basic facts. Apparently Newsweek writers think that if your color TV is smaller than the national average that one is excused from knowing the name of our vice president.  Way to point out that there is a public education – of sorts – to which every citizen and non-citizen has access.  Failure to apply oneself to the completion of a general course of study, at the C or D level even, is not a valid excuse for generationally or geographically based ignorance.  Of course, not knowing the name of the VP may be a purely voluntary reaction to the reality of the situation.  IMHO, of course.

I saw part of this interview, and I remember being supremely irritated at Safer’s attitude.  What is it about the Catholic Church that non-Catholics think they know more than 2000 years of Scripture scholars?  And that the Church should change to their way of thinking?  I mean, if you want women priests and abortion, there are other places you can go.  Don’t tear down the Catholic house to rebuild your idea of the perfect religious home.  Go build your own place of worship if you can’t find one ready made to fit your personal belief system, or lack thereof.

And did you know that Israel has disappeared?  At least, according to Egypt Air it has. Did you hear about this on ABC?  CBS?  NBC?  I hate to tell Egypt Air, but Israel ain’t that easy to get rid of.  Especially if they are still flying there several times a week.

Well, it’s time for me to brush off the — hmmm — “compost material” and get one with my day.  When I find the light switch I’ll turn it on for you.

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102 thoughts on “Friday Mushroom Open Comments

  1. I’ll say this about the Dear Leader’s administration – they manage to stir up more and keep on moving to the next item faster than the opposition can respond. It’s almost like a drunk driver going down a narrow street at 80 mph and crashing into everything in sight on both sides of the road. Someone has to stop him.

    As to media bias, I think that territory has been hashed over a few times before.

    You may recall that a few days back I speculated that what’s happening in the Middle East is not really a democracy movement – it’s a Sharia law, Muslim Brotherhood movement. I just don’t think it’s coincidental that this is happening all at once all over the area while we have a weak, Muslim sympathizer (at best) in the oval orifice. No, it’s a part of the master plan and it will take decades to straighten out if it’s not too late already.

  2. Talk about getting the double whammy. First, your wife is having an affair with a United States Senator which you don’t approve of, and you serve him as his chief of staff. You decide to resign your position and go to work, only to be indited by a federal grand jury – while the co-conspiring Senator continues to bonk your wife. Who said life is fair.

  3. G’Morning all

    Sad day in the Oletimers household
    Lanford is a family friend and was daughter Reesa’s mentor. He’s the primary reason she went to New York. Marshall, who now lives in Mexico, has been Lanford’s associate for years and years. Lanford has been in the Presbeteryan Hospital in Manhattan for about 2 months and was sent to hospice in New Jersy 2 days ago. Reesa has been by his bedside every day since he was admitted to Presbyteryan and was listed as his “daughter” and was the “contact” person for Marshall.

    Lanford Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright, Dies at 73
    Published: March 24, 2011

    Lanford Wilson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose work — earthy, realist, greatly admired, widely performed — centered on the sheer ordinariness of marginality, died on Thursday in Wayne, N.J. He was 73 and lived in Sag Harbor, on Long Island.
    The cause was complications of pneumonia, said Marshall W. Mason, a director and longtime collaborator who is widely considered the foremost interpreter of Mr. Wilson’s work.

  4. But, on a positive note, these are the doctors that cut the tumor out of my head last year. God bless them all.

    Houston scientists continue to lead cancer research
    State awards local researchers $64 million
    March 24, 2011, 9:54PM

    Continuing to dominate the state cancer program, Houston-area scientists received more than half the nearly $116 million in grant money approved in Austin Thursday.

    The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas awarded more than $64 million to researchers in the Texas Medical Center, including $29.1 million to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

  5. #3 EG

    The only good news in that sordid story is the jerk Ensign (R!!!!) is not running again for his Senate seat.

  6. Speaking of political power and sneaky sex, New Hampshire Union-Leader Kevin Provencher was charged with running a prostitution ring. He advertised women online and rented out hotel rooms all over New England to his customers.

    Every tenth trick was free with your Marriott Rewards Points.

  7. I nominate Tedtam for the Hugo award 2011 for her invention of the magnificent word “inscifignificant”.

    I second the motion, all approved, vote “YAY”, there will be no nay votes.

  8. TT;s main competition:

    “In the beginning the world was without form, and void. And God said
    ‘Let there be light’. And God separated the light from the dark.”

    Then she did two loads of laundry.

  9. Pick a name, any name………..

    If not War, then….Kinetic, Limited-Scope, Military, Combat Something
    by Kimberly Schwandt | March 24, 2011

    The question wages on in Washington whether the U.S. is at “war,” at “combat mission” or at “kinetic-military action.”

    Call it what you want, but the United States is doing something in Libya. In the most simple of terms, (which is still a mouthful) we are using military force with other allies to enforce a no-fly zone. Oh, and we would like leader Muammar Qaddafi out of power, but that’s not necessarily the goal of this particular mission.

    Since we’re not at war, what are we in? Here’s a sampling of what phrases some officials have said:

    -“Operation Odyssey Dawn” – the official military term for the action taken

    -“It is a time-limited, scope-limited military action” – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

    -“Kinetic military action” – Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhode

    -“This is a war – when you’re dropping bombs and they’re shooting back, it’s a war.” – Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.

    -“Limited and well-defined mission in support of international efforts to protect civilians and prevent a humanitarian disaster.” – Obama told lawmakers in a letter

    -“Prevent Kadhafi’s ability to harm his own people and enforce a no-fly zone.” – Admiral Mike Mullen on mission via Twitter.

    -“Implementing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973. It is clearly a combat operation or a combat mission.” – State Department Spokesman Mark Toner

    -“To use america’s unique capabilities to create the conditions for the no-fly zone and assist meeting urgent humanitarian needs.” -Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    -“Preventing an imminent humanitarian crisis in Libya.”- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

    -“Carrying out the mission of the United Nations Security (sic) resolution 1973” – Rear Admiral Ferard Hueber

    -“U.S.-led international intervention in Libya” Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, in a letter to President Obama

    -“Order to United States Armed Forces to attack the nation of Libya.” Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif.,in a letter to President Obama

    -“U.S. military resources were committed to war” – House Speaker John Boehner asking President Obama to define the mission in a letter

    -“A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates describing a no-fly zone weeks before it was implemented

  10. Speaking of Libya.

    The World Clown Association is holding its annual convention in New York. Strict protocol must be observed.

    One clown must stay outside the convention hall during meetings so in case of a catastrophe there’ll be one left to maintain the Libya policy.

  11. And also.

    While Obama was in Chile last week he paid a surprise visit to a grade-school history class.

    The children explained to the president the dangers of going into war with no clear goal and no clear exit strategy.

  12. #8 –

    really feel inscifignificant

    I nominate Tedtam for the Hugo award 2011 for her invention of the magnificent word “inscifignificant”. 🙂

    *Making entry in Junior Sample’s Redneckese Dickshunnerry (right after “ignint”)


  13. Speaking of political power and sneaky sex, New Hampshire Union-Leader Kevin Provencher was charged with running a prostitution ring. He advertised women online and rented out hotel rooms all over New England to his customers.

    I went to High School with a guy named Kevin Provencher, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they were the same guy. Did some checking and its a different guy. The guy I knew had one eyebrow.

    To be fair, this guy is not a “Union leader”. He was a sports writer for the local newspaper the Manchester Union-Leader.
    I am not shocked at all.

  14. To be fair, this guy is not a “Union leader”. He was a sports writer for the local newspaper

    Some more of that accuracy in the media…………..

  15. Dee and I were shopping at the mall yesterday and I watched a shapely young
    woman in a short, form-fitting dress stroll by.

    Without looking up from the item she was examining, Dee asked,
    “Was it worth the trouble you’re in?”

  16. Speaking of political chicanery, we don’t need this kind of trash in our own ranks.

    Indiana Prosecutor Suggested Fake Attack on Wisconsin Governor
    Published March 25, 2011
    Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana prosecutor said one of his deputies resigned Thursday after admitting he sent an email to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker suggesting the Republican fake an attack on himself to discredit the public employee unions protesting his plan to strip them of nearly all collective bargaining rights.

  17. Translation: He’s finally doing something right, but we’ll never admit it.

    Voters Approve President’s Decision to Resume Gitmo Tribunals
    Published March 24, 2011

    American voters approve of President Obama’s recent decision to resume U.S. military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees. Still, views are split on whether Obama owes former President George W. Bush an apology for first harshly criticizing Bush’s policy on Guantanamo, and then later essentially adopting it.

  18. #11 otl
    I’ve come to the conclusion that we are at war, whether the Obama Administration wants to call it one or not. Engaging in direct military action against a sovereign nation-state is an act of war. If the Libyan air force (such as it was) were to even attempt to bomb the US directly, a US facility (there are actually a few within range of Libya), a US naval vessel, or even a US-flagged merchant ship or aircraft, it would be rightly considered an act of war.

    That the President ordered an unprovoked attack where there was no imminent direct threat to the US (incl. the above) or one of our allies is very disturbing. I’m almost ready to use the “I” word.

  19. Can you hear me now? Apparently not.

    Tea Party Movement Growing Weary of GOP Budget Plan
    By Stephen Clark
    Published March 24, 2011

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. (AP)

    As U.S. lawmakers seek a compromise on how much federal spending to cut in order to avoid a government shutdown, Tea Party activists who helped propel Republicans back into power are growing impatient with the debate.

    When Republicans captured the House in November, vowing to slash $100 billion in federal spending from the budget year ending in September, 76 percent of Tea Party activists supported their deficit-reduction plan, according to a new Pew Research poll released last week. But after House Republicans approved a plan last month to cut federal spending by $61 billion, that Tea Party support fell to 52 percent.

  20. #20 wagonburner

    I read somewhere this morning that there is genuine concern now that if Kadifi is pushed into a corner with no escape route that he is capable of unleashing all of his nerve gas, etc. on the general population as an act of defiance and F you salute as he goes under.

  21. I’ve come to the conclusion that we are at warTime-Limited, Scope-Limited Kinetic Military Action , whether the Obama Administration wants to call it one or not


  22. #22 otl
    Wouldn’t surprise me if he were to give that order. The question would then become, “Would his army carry it out?”

  23. Good morning Hamsters. Morning ground fog and 63 at 6, fog vanished by 8:30. Can’t wait for the ever-promised rain just a few days off since it’s been just a few days off for a couple of weeks now. Hauled out the sprinklers to keep flowerbeds and the redbuds alive until that mythical time when rain actually falls again. Pollen attacks again, and outdoors everything is covered in chartreuse dust. The mares have runny noses along with the unfeathered bipeds.

    The latest round of house updating is over except for resurfacing the front porch and covered patio floors with a patterned epoxy finish. That will have to be done one by one, as we have to be able to get in and out of the house while the stuff dries or cures or whatever it does.
    Meanwhile plants and decorative items are packed out of the way until all is finished. And starting that has been delayed a week already. Maybe next week?

  24. Free Willie!

    SIERRA BLANCA – The Hudspeth County Attorney is ready to make a plea deal with the Red Headed Stranger.

    “I’m gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and he’s gotta sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” with his guitar right there in the courtroom,” County Attorney Kit Bramblett said this week. “You bet your ass I ain’t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson.”

    Nelson was arrested November 26 after a Border Patrol agent smelled pot wafting from Nelson’s tour bus at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint. A little more than six ounces was found on the bus. Shotgun Willie was arraigned and on the road again after paying a $2,500 bond.
    – – –
    The 6.24 ounces that was found when Willie was arrested is above the amount Bramblett can handle in his jurisdiction. Well, no problem.

    “Between me and the sheriff, we threw out enough of it or smoked enough so that there’s only three ounces, which is within my jurisdiction,” Bramblett said.

  25. With all these school districts having to make budget cuts, how come nobody talks about cutting the cost for educating the illegal aliens. Wouldn’t that cut class sizes, eliminate bilingual teachers and improve the graduation rates? If the illegal aliens want an education while can’t they be forced to pay “out of state” tuition!! And how come they don’t make major cuts in administration which contributes nothing to actually educating our students? We don’t hear the superintendents talk about taking any pay cuts from those bloated salaries. We don’t hear them refuse those bonuses for not doing a not so great job. They keep complaining about what MIGHT happen if those budget cuts are made. Well, how about we try it and see what happens. Let those superintendents actually earn their salary for running the school districts. Maybe in the future, the school boards will quit wasting the taxpayer dollars on all those fancy schools and fancy stadiums and get back to teaching the basics. Things will not get any better anytime soon because the foundation of their budget is based on property taxes which won’t being going up anytime soon. The economy must first absorb those foreclosed homes, people have to go back to work to be able to buy those homes and their demand will cause property values to go up and result in increased property taxes. So forget tapping the “rainy day” fund because there is not enough there to avoid the inevitable. Maybe this extended recession will force us to reformulate our extravagant lifestyle where we lived for the future instead of save for it.

  26. “Between me and the sheriff, we threw out enough of it or smoked enough so that there’s only three ounces, which is within my jurisdiction,” Bramblett said.

    Sounds like the Sheriff and the DA are guilty of a felony.

  27. #31 katfish
    Any person who serves in the US military and is honorably discharged should be offered US citizenship. Period.

  28. Friday snikker…………..

    A trucker who has been out on the road for three weeks stops into a brothel outside Vegas. He walks straight up to the Madam, drops down $500 and says, “I want your ugliest woman and a bologna sandwich!!” The Madam is astonished. “But sir, for that kind of money you could have one of my finest ladies and a three-course meal.” The trucker replies, “Listen sweetheart, I ain’t horny, I’m homesick”

  29. #32 WB, the story’s writer was having a little fun. Read the whole piece. The judge seems like a pretty cool dude.

    Wille Nelson’s Tea Pot Party, in conjunction with Texas NORML is planning a rally on the capitol steps in Austin. Set for May 7, there’ll be live music, and the speaking line up includes probable presidential candidate Gary Johnson (a real fiscal conservative.) I have a feeling the capitol grounds are gonna smell a little funny.

    I think I’ll pop up there for the weekend. The rally ends just in time to head down to 6th street for some live music and munchies.

    See y’all there!

  30. Dude walks into a bar, sits down, and has a drink. After a time, a good-looking professional woman walks up to him and sits down. They engage in conversation, begin flirting a bit, one thing leads to another and she says, “For $200 I’ll do anything you want.”

    Taken somewhat aback, he replies, “Anything?”

    “Absolutely anything.”

    He can’t believe what’s happening, so he repeats, “Anything? You’re sure?”

    “Absolutely anything. But you have to use three words or less to tell me.”

    He gets quiet, pondering what to do, then he gets out his wallet, counts out $200, and says, “Paint my house.”

  31. Here’s how enlightened the Egyptians are: 80% of THE MARRIED WOMEN in Egypt have had FGM done on them. That’s Female Genital Mutilation for anyone who doesn’t recognize the acronym.

  32. I was at a blackjack table when I saw a sign in the casino “If you have a gambling problem call 1-800-GAMBLER.”

    So I called them. “Gamblers’ Anonymous, how can I help you” I said “I have a gambling problem.” “Well, you’ve taken a step in the right direction. Now let’s get specific about your problem.” I said “Okay. I have an Ace and a 6. The dealer is showing a 7. What do I do?”

  33. I just got back in from a meeting at the bank. I see I’ve been nominated for a Hugo.

    I am touched. Usually by my husband, but in this case I’ll make an exception. 😉

  34. ROFL – ya jes gotta love ole IowaHawk!!!!

    In trying to explain himself when bombing foreign lands,
    It behooves a modern president to keep his prose in hand.
    One little slip in lexicon accounting for the rubble
    Will end up in congressional investigative trouble.



  35. Senator Frank Lautenberg has decided to be generous with us:

    … The Republicans in Congress claim they’re concerned about the budget balance, but it’s a disguise! It’s not true! It’s a lie! That’s not what they want. They want — they want other people not to be able to have their own opinions. They don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution! But we’ll give it to them anyway.

  36. #48 Sarge

    /deer in headlights look

    How they think is totally foreign to me. What’s scary is they actually believe what comes spouting out of their mouths. Sad.

  37. How they think is totally foreign to me. What’s scary is they actually believe what comes spouting out of their mouths. Sad.

    Lautenberg is so old his farts are dusty. He’s been peddling this brand of nasty politics for a long time. Its just that now he, and a lot of other dinosaurs, is not hip enough to understand that we can record damn near everything he says in public and get it onto the eyes of a couple million people in a matter of hours.

  38. Ole Frank from Jurassic Park speaks and creaks. The good folk of New Jersey who voted in Chris Christie surely will retire Frank whenever his term is up, won’t they?

  39. Ole Frank from Jurassic Park speaks and creaks. The good folk of New Jersey who voted in Chris Christie surely will retire Frank whenever his term is up, won’t they?

    We can hope he keeps saying stuff like that where we can catch him at it.

    Stuff like that takes a lot less explaining than “macaca” does.

  40. Some light reading regarding the current expeditionary activity in Libya from our friends at The National Review Online. A short sample:

    President Obama’s war in Libya is unconstitutional without congressional authorization. But that is so only because the president has not yet given us a reason to fight that is constitutionally sound. As Andy McCarthy has explained so well, the president’s constitutional power to go to war without congressional authorization is limited to circumstances in which we have been attacked or face an imminent risk of attack, or our vital national interests are otherwise at stake. President Obama has not come close to articulating any such basis for the military intervention in Libya. It appears that his strategy is to hit Qaddafi hard and fast and then get out (meaning the French and the British take over combat operations) before Congress can really take the administration to task for doing an end run around the Constitution.
    This is not to say that President Obama has done the wrong thing, morally speaking, by intervening to prevent the mass slaughter of civilians in Libya. But that does not make it legal. And that’s the administration’s fault.

    There are several short articles that delve into the constitutionality of Barack’s excellent expeditionary intervention.

  41. Charles Krauthammer administers a thorough beatdown of Barack’s excellent expeditionary intervention in Libya with great vigor.

    • Russia’s Vladimir Putin is already calling the Libya operation a medieval crusade.
    • China is calling for a cease-fire in place — which would completely undermine the allied effort by leaving Gaddafi in power, his people at his mercy and the country partitioned and condemned to ongoing civil war.
    • Brazil joined China in that call for a cease-fire. This just hours after Obama ended his fawning two-day Brazil visit. Another triumph of presidential personal diplomacy.
  42. #43 TT

    I see I’ve been nominated for a Hugo.

    Suggestion: print the picture of the Hugo award, suitable for framing, or tape it over your mantle or on your trophy case. Wherever you keep your marching band trophies, Wang proficiency certificates, and other honorifics. 😀

  43. #51 Adee

    I walked out of an office one day here about 5 years ago and saw a guy I was doing business with standing on the sidewalk talking to a man I can only describe as looking like a walking cadaver. I stepped over to say hello to the guy I knew and he turned and introduced me to the cadaver. “Hey, Texpat, I want you to meet Frank Lautenberg.”

    Crap. Then I had to shake the guy’s hand.

    He looks about 112 years old.

  44. #60 Texpat, Eeek, and I’ll bet you haven’t been the same since. Too bad ole Boris Karloff isn’t still with us and reprising some of his better roles. He could use Frank on the set. 🙂

  45. I have been seeing rumblings of sanity at CBS, perhaps looking at the success of FOX and the status of NBC are providing some object examples.

    Here’s the latest sign.

    The search is on for Katie Couric’s successor.

    The new CBS News chairman, Jeff Fager, is looking at candidates both within and outside the network, insiders say.


    My retreat is tomorrow and my facilitators are wimping out on me! I need four, and I was down one, but I had a backup. Then a second facilitator hurt her back and won’t be able to come. My first missing one finally checked in and she was going to come. The backup said she would come. Back to four. Whew! Then the first one called (and her daughter was going to be a runner/helper for me, too) and said they had ten relatives coming in from out of state, so I may be down an adult AND a helper, possibly two.

    I’m counting on the Lord and my cell phone to get this fixed!

  47. Now this is down right scary; Gomer is leading the pack!?
    A lot of folks think that ANY Republican can defeat Obama, but I’m not so sure, and in any case, we need a CONSERVATIVE….PERIOD, end of story!
    One more thing, if the Witch runs she may very well win. Just my 2 centavos. 🙁

  48. #68 SD

    Gomer is leading the pack!?

    A depressing list. The first 6 are has-beens or wont-be’s, as are many of the others farther down.

  49. Southern Tragedy

    You said you have a crush on C.Thomas Howell.

    One of my claims of being nearly famous and almost rich is back in the mid-80s I was in a movie with Howell, Kelly Preston and Ann-Margaret. It was called a Tiger’s Tale and was filmed quite a bit in Sealy where I had my one shot at movie stardom.

    I spent a day on the set as an extra and the opening scene of the movie is an aerial shot of a pickup driving down Fowlkes Street in Sealy. I got it right on the second take after driving too fast in the first. You can see my left elbow hanging out of the window.

    My second appearance in the film is later in a saloon/pool hall scene shot in the famous old 19th century My Place Saloon on Fowlkes Street. I’m sitting at a table pretending to eat lunch with a dark-haired girl.

    Hollywood trivia: The director was Peter Douglas, Kirk’s son. When we finished shooting the scene in the saloon, I was standing about 10 feet in front of Peter Douglas and as I looked up, I saw a guy tiptoeing up to the back of the director. When he realized I recognized him, he looked conspiratorially at me and put his finger to his lips so I wouldn’t say anything. It was Kirk Douglas. He was a friend of Astros’ owner John McMullen and slipped into Houston to visit him at the Astrodome. Kirk came out to the movie location to surprise his son.

    Anyway, there is a scene ad-libbed into the script where Kirk Douglas has a quick cameo shooting pool against a local elderly, black pool shark. He is not in the movie credits and, hey, neither am I. Hollywood is a cruel mistress.

    So I got to meet Kirk Douglas and his wife, was in a scene with C.Thomas Howell and Kelly Preston and learned many reasons why I could never stand to work in a business as terminally boring as movie-making.

    The movie was so bad it went straight to video. When I finally got around to watching it a few years later, the one saving grace of the film was the scene where Kelly Preston was completely topless. Very impressive.

  50. #67,Our Liege,

    Being the simple minded three chord rock and roll Beat Farmer fan that I am, this really got my attention. Even though being rather hard of hearing. This gal can sing. Apparently she had an album with Grammy awards prior to this one.

  51. The two women tussle to the ground … where Jenelle continues to pummel Britany … even AFTER it’s clear she can no longer defend herself.

    With Britany bleeding from her face, one of Jenelle’s scumbag friends pulls the reality star off the other woman … while Janelle continues to drop verbal insults.

    It’s unclear why Jenelle wanted to fight Britany … but sources connected to the incident claim it had something to do with Jenelle’s boyfriend.

    1) Respecting authority and obeying your parents can easily curtail events like this one.
    2) No surprise if this was boyfriend related. The younger kids date, the more problems they will almost definitely have in life. Period.


  52. “There are two different types of when stars end. When the little stars die, it’s just like a small poof. They just turn into a planetary nebula. But the big ones, above 1.4 solar masses, blow up in one giant explosion, a supernova,” Jake said. “What it does, is, in larger stars there is a larger mass, and it can fuse higher elements because it’s more dense.”

    OK . . . trying to follow you.

    “So you get all the elements, all the different materials, from those bigger stars. The little stars, they just make hydrogen and helium, and when they blow up, all the carbon that remains in them is just in the white dwarf; it never really comes off.

    “So, um, in the big-bang theory, what they do is, there is this big explosion and there is all this temperature going off and the temperature decreases really rapidly because it’s really big. The other day I calculated, they have this period where they suppose the hydrogen and helium were created, and, um, I don’t care about the hydrogen and helium, but I thought, wouldn’t there have to be some sort of carbon?”

    So if I follow this logic correctly, the absence of evidence that carbon was released eons ago makes it questionable to conclude that some big bang created life. After all, according to our understanding, without carbon, life cannot exist. Goo point.

    Link to the article and get surprised who’s working on disproving the Big Bang Theory. Even bob42 cannot question this person’s credentials.


  53. Darren, big bang, abiogenesis, and evolution are three completely different theories. I see no need to tie them all together.

    I have no loyalty or emotional attachment to any scientific theory. Science is about discovery and valid research, and is a continuing process. If someone puts forth a new theory that makes more sense and has evidence to support it, that’s fine by me. It’s also fine by me not to have all the answers.

  54. #76 Darren

    HOLY COW! What a brain! Astrophysics? Calculus? Genius teen tackling Einstein’s work?

    Talk about feeling inscifignificant!

    I’m glad he’s one of us and not working for some evil empire somewhere. I’ll bet the government has some kind of incognito protection on this kid.

  55. bob;

    I have no loyalty or emotional attachment to any scientific theory.

    Yet you’ve passionately defended a number of scientific theories here and on Lone Star Times. You’ve done so especially against those religious numbskulls who don’t accept mainstream science.

  56. Tedtam;

    I played the video in that article and while young Jacob Barnett’s math “seemd” correct, there was no way I could begin to follow it. It is interesting that young Jacob was diognosed with slight Aspergers Syndrome which is related to Autism. My understanding is that it is common for autistic people see numbers in their lives. While they miss the “soul’ of life, their numerical calculations are remarkable. From all I can gather, Jacob seems like a good and normal kid. And a genius to boot.

    Genius teen tackling Einstein’s work?


    Wouldn’t that be pre-teen?

  57. #74,
    howza bout that as a weekend thread?

    The Friday music threads are fun, but if not for Katfish I never would have heard of Katie Melua.

    Just a thought.

  58. Yes they were infatuated with Slick Willie, but tonight the Many Sycophantic NutJobs Broadcasting Company journ-O-lists would like to dedicate this song to the love of their life–Obumma.

  59. #71;

    You can see my left elbow hanging out of the window.

    That was YOU’RE elbow, Texpat? Who knew? 🙂

  60. #80 Darren

    I have no loyalty or emotional attachment to any scientific theory.

    Yet you’ve passionately defended a number of scientific theories here and on Lone Star Times. You’ve done so especially against those religious numbskulls who don’t accept mainstream science.

    Bob42’s scientific theory: “Because I just go with the flow, day by day, accepting whatever ‘facts’ present themselves, especially those I like, I am never wrong. I may never be right, but I am NEVER wrong.”

  61. Sarge #41;

    I figured it would be a short time someone would point out HuffPost’s hypocracy after their banning of Breitbart.

    Good link, man.

  62. Robert M;

    Wouldn’t that cut class sizes, eliminate bilingual teachers and improve the graduation rates?

    The vast majority of bilingual students are legal residents with their parents. You will find thoswe who are not in large part because they’ll openly mention it to the teacher. I think the problem with bilingual education is bilingual education. It hinders, not enhances, English proficiency. ESL and English First are far more efficient ways to go.

  63. Pony Boy is from that 50s gang movie with the Greasers against the Socs (“soshs”). A lot of moder-day stars came from that movie. It was a good flick, whatever it was called. ❓

  64. OK, I couldn’t hold out any longer. The movie was The Outsiders.

    Our 6th Grade teacher read us the bok. It was much better than the movie; but the movie was still enjoyable. And, um, let me modify in this post that it was many f the 80s stars that came from that movie; not necessarily “modern-day” stars. This includes Ralph Macchio before he learned karate from Mr. Miyagi.

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