Wednesday 1980’s Open Comments

The 1980’s. The (thankfully) lost decade. Big poofy hair. Big poofy hair bands. Strange attire – sort of a prelude to the New Jersey douchebags.

Everybody was a poseur. Even the ones who vehemently claimed they weren’t.

I’d bet several people here rocked the mullet. Even Especially our host.

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108 thoughts on “Wednesday 1980’s Open Comments

  1. So very fortunate to live in this era of technology and medical miracles. I have rheumatoid arthritis with which the symtoms just go away with new medicine avaiable, in the past I would have had to deal with it and wait for my joints to wither away.

    I guess the payback for that is to have gone thru the 70’s and 80’s. 😀

    Oh, and First!

  2. Speaking of technology, last nite I mentioned an app for keeping track of expenses and mileage Sweetie found. It is called Expense Tracker, not Report. You simply take a photo of a reciept, it reads it, axes for the category and sends it to your computer -on a spreadsheet! Tracks your vehicle mileage through your phone’s GPS as well, she loves it.

  3. Heh.

    Here is the AFL-CIO’s statement:

    In 2010, Standard & Poor’s 500 Index company CEOs received, on average, $11.4 million in total compensation. Based on 299 companies’ most recent pay data for 2010, their combined total CEO pay of $3.4 billion could support 102,325 median workers’ jobs.

    Using a simple calculator, it is easy to determine that the “workers’ jobs” would pay $33,227 per year (about $16 per hour), not counting union dues, of course.

    Given the AFL-CIO’s penchant for pushing an eat the rich ideology, it seemed worthwhile to use the unions’ own logic to run our own set of numbers to determine how many workers’ median jobs one years’ worth of union dues could support.


    If we were to use a conservative figure of $50 per month for union dues, in 2010, unions collected $735,000,000 per month in union dues from America’s unionized workers. Multiply $735,000,000 by 12 months and you get a whopping $8,820,000,000 that was collected in union dues in 2010.

    Divide $8,820,000,000 by $33,227 and you’ll find that if unions did not take union dues from workers in 2010, 265,447 workers’ jobs could have been supported.

  4. Update on #2

    Well, apparently it’s not called Expense Tracker either ’cause I can’t find it, Sweetie is still asleep so I can’t ax her. It’ll have to wait ’til tonight if anyone’s interested.

  5. Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for a word. One single word. I’m no fan of the NBA or Bryant but this shows just how far the militant homosexual lobby has been able to push their “protected class” status. Ted Nugent had something to say about it:

    Like other professional athletes, numerous NBA players have done all kinds of things on and off the court that do not cast a positive light on themselves or the NBA, but they have not been fined $100,000 by the league.

    Homosexuals are a protected class in America. If you think what happened to Mr. Bryant was a travesty, just wait until you see what homosexuals in the military do when they claim they have been mistreated because of their sexual orientation.

    Speech can be ugly and demeaning, but no ugly name-calling is worth a $100,000 fine.

    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if Mr. Bryant threatened to resign from the NBA over this? The amount of money the NBA would lose without Kobe Bryant helping to pack the stands would be staggering compared with the politically correct $100,000 fine levied on him.

    Mr. Bryant threatening to quit wouldn’t make the NBA very gay. I got 20 bucks that says the NBA would toss homosexuals under the bus and fold like a cheap suit to keep Mr. Bryant in the NBA.

  6. Go Ted Nugent! I guess you have to go to the innernet back alleys to find out what the slur was. I bet I have a good idea idea what it was tho.

  7. One thought though, to get slurred is to be offended by language of some sort. It would be impossible for Ted Nugent or myself to get slurred, wonder if the same can be said for Kobe?

  8. The 1980′s. The (thankfully) lost decade. Big poofy hair. Big poofy hair bands. Strange attire – sort of a prelude to the New Jersey douchebags.

    A documentary was done of the type.

  9. The flight of the bumble bee on a 7string bass.

    Now that sounds intriguing! Will have to watch at home though – the old work / YouTube thing ya know.

  10. At least back then you could tell the outliers just by looking. Today it’s a little more difficult, unless they have their tattoos exposed.

  11. Heh. Outliers. Back in the 80s and 90s there was a meter reader for the City of Houston that had a mohawk like in the first pic. He scared the heck out of many of my elderly neighbors. Can’t remember his name but he was a nice guy. Used to run into him at Party on the Plaza all the time. I think he was a member of the skate trash known as The Urban Animals.

  12. #11 gtotracker

    Dancing was a lot more fun back then.

    When I was in college, I used to dance for hours. Literally. I had a good friend who happened to be a gay guy (I still wonder about that), and he’d pick me up at 6:00 on Friday night, take me to a local dance club, and we’d close the place down at 2:00 am. We didn’t drink anything but water. We only left the floor for potty breaks, water breaks, or crappy music breaks. Our body rhythms were so compatible that we were repeatedly asked how long we’d been a couple. It surprised people that I was actually engaged to someone else, but the someone else couldn’t find a beat if you slapped him in the face with it. I’d come home, rest up, and do it again on Saturday nights. When I went dancing with my girlfriends, I would have three guys that I’d rotate on the dance floor. Wear one out, call up his replacement, wear him out, call up a replacement, lather, rinse, repeat.

    You gotta give it to Hubby. He didn’t complain or argue or get mad. He knew how much I loved to dance. He was incredibly patient.

    I still work out doing aerobics to the 70’s and 80’s dance music.

    BTW – I found my old dance partner, finally. I often wondered what happened to him. His family was from Yugoslavia and had lived in Columbia for a while. He spoke Serbo-Croatian, some Russian, some Spanish, a little Portuguese, and English. His family kinda adopted me when to-be-Hubby was out of town, and I’d visit his home. His father worked for Texas A&M and there was usually a contingent of foreign students there. I felt like I was watching a tennis match, swiveling my head from side to side to the various speakers, while snatches of different languages went flying over my head. Anyway, this friend had helped with the Russian summit while on internship in Washington DC., and after graduation he kinda disappeared. I thought maybe CIA, State Dept., or something similar because of his language background and great grades. I found him last year; he’s working for refugees in some eastern European country, and he now works in Afghanistan for the UN. I’m trying to make contact with him. I’d love to go dancing the next time he’s in town…

  13. G’Morning all

    Charley Reese penned an editorial about 545 people being “responsible for the domestic problems that plague” the U.S.

    Journalist Charley Reese (now retired) was part of the Orlando Sentinel’s staff for three decades between 1971-2001, during which time he (among other duties) penned a thrice-weekly column. During the 1980s Reese wrote the first version of an editorial opining that 545 people (i.e., the President of the United States, plus all the members of Congress and the Supreme Court) “are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country,” and he has amended, updated, and
    republished that piece several times since then. This version is taken from the 7 March 1995 edition of the /Orlando Sentinel/, where it ran under the title “Looking for Someone to Blame? Congress Is a Good Place to Start.”

    545 People
    /[Reese, 1995]/

    Politicians, as I have often said, are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Everything on the Republican contract is a problem created by Congress. Too much bureaucracy? Blame Congress. Too many rules?

    Blame Congress. Unjust tax laws? Congress wrote them. Out-of-control bureaucracy? Congress authorizes everything bureaucracies do. Americans dying in Third World rat holes on stupid U.N. missions? Congress allows it. The annual deficits? Congress votes for them. The $4 trillion plus debt? Congress created it. To put it into perspective just remember that 100 percent of the power of the federal government comes from the U.S. Constitution. If it’s not in the Constitution, it’s not authorized.

    Then read your Constitution. All 100 percent of the power of the federal government is invested solely in 545 individual human beings. That’s all. Of 260 million Americans, only 545 of them wield 100 percent of the power of the federal government.

    That’s 435 members of the U.S. House, 100 senators, one president and nine Supreme Court justices. Anything involving government that is wrong is 100 percent their fault.

    I exclude the vice president because constitutionally he has no power except to preside over the Senate and to vote only in the case of a tie. I exclude the Federal Reserve because Congress created it and all its power is power Congress delegated to it and could withdraw anytime it chooses to do so. In fact, all the power exercised by the 3 million or so other federal employees is power delegated from the 545.

    All bureaucracies are created by Congress or by executive order of the president. All are financed and staffed by Congress. All enforce laws passed by Congress. All operate under procedures authorized by Congress. That’s why all complaints and protests should be properly directed at Congress, not at the individual agencies.

    You don’t like the IRS? Go see Congress. You think the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agency is running amok? Go see Congress.

    Congress is the originator of all government problems and is also the only remedy available. That’s why, of course, politicians go to such extraordinary lengths and employ world-class sophistry to make you think they are not responsible. Anytime a congressman pretends to be outraged by something a federal bureaucrat does, he is in fact engaging in one big massive con job. No federal employee can act at all except to enforce laws passed by Congress and to employ procedures authorized by Congress either explicitly or implicitly.

    Partisans on both sides like to blame presidents for deficits, but all deficits are congressional deficits. The president may, by custom, recommend a budget, but it carries no legal weight. Only Congress is authorized by the Constitution to authorize and appropriate and to levy taxes. That’s what the federal budget consists of: expenditures authorized, funds appropriated and taxes levied.

    Both Democrats and Republicans mislead the public. For 40 years Democrats had majorities and could have at any time balanced the budget if they had chosen to do so. Republicans now have majorities and could, if they choose, pass a balanced budget this year. Every president, Democrat or Republican, could have vetoed appropriations bills that did not make up a balanced budget. Every president could have recommended a balanced budget. None has done either.

    We have annual deficits and a huge federal debt because that’s what majorities in Congress and presidents in the White House wanted. We have troops in various Third World rat holes because Congress and the president want them there.

    Don’t be conned. Don’t let them escape responsibility. We simply have to sort through 260 million people until we find 545 who will act responsibly.

  14. USA predicted that the pending free trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia will help lower coffee prices. A recent survey says ninety percent of Americans drink caffeinated beverages.

    The other ten percent are air traffic controllers.

  15. S & P lowered its outlook on the U.S. credit rating from stable to risky, setting off a stock market dive.

    The country’s credit is so bad that all the White House appliances are now rent-to-own.

  16. #17 Southern Belle: I wonder how many of those death threats will result in prosecution by the Dept of (IN)Justice? Ole Eric Holder has certainly established himself as an a-political, non-controversial, equal opportunity prosecutor now hasn’t he??
    /sarc off

  17. Michelle Obama appeared on “The View” where she was quizzed about her constant traveling. She said she loves to travel so she can embrace the country she loves.

    She didn’t say if she meant Spain or Brazil.

  18. I would have three guys that I’d rotate

    She was the “little engine that would could”

    /ducks and runs for cover

  19. Party on the Plaza

    Another hang out of mine. I’m beginning to think that you were stalking me in the ’80’s.

    OT, I’m calling you buttah ’cause you’re on roll. 🙂

  20. #33 Pyro:

    but is swindled out of his life’s savings by his opponent, who claimed to be a dethroned prince who needed help getting his money out of the country.


  21. After a visit to the whore house, a man notices green lumps on his willy,
    so he goes to the doctors. “That’s serious” says the doctor.
    “You know how wrestlers get cauliflower ears?”

    “Yes” says the man seriously.

    “Well” says the doctor “You’ve got brothel sprouts.”

  22. #35 Boney

    but is swindled out of his life’s savings by his opponent, who claimed to be a dethroned prince who needed help getting his money out of the country.


    I so totally agree!

  23. It appears our “Proven Conservative Leader” Speaker of the Texas House is really a Proven Republican Liar.

    One of the biggest issues to come up in this legislative session is redistricting because the redistricting maps will determine who gets elected in Texas for the next ten years.

    Rep. Burt Solomons is one of Straus’ lieutenants and was appointed as the chair of the House Redistricting Committee. His redistricting map for the House (Plan H153) at most would help to elect 82 or 83Republicans. Today Rep. Joe Nixon and the conservative Republicans submitted a much better plan that would help to elect 99 Republicans.

    Solomons’ plan would pair conservative Republicans against each other — Rep. Perry vs. Rep. Landtroop. Both voted against Straus as Speaker. Because of the way Solomons’ map is drawn, West Texas could lose three seats. Rep. Frullo of Amarillo, who voted for Straus, is protected on Solomons’ redistricting map.

    Solomons also paired two other conservative Republicans (East Texas) who voted against Straus as Speaker — Rep. Flynn and Rep. Cain.

    Rep. Driver and Rep. Burkett have also been paired against each other by Solomons; Rep. Burkett is a conservative who voted against Straus as Speaker.

    The Democrats have one pairing with Rep. Hochberg vs. Rep. Vo. And Nueces County has a pairing that reflects its drop in population — Rep. Torres vs. Rep. Scott.

    Rep. Solomons’ own district has been drawn to be safe for a Republican.

    Straus promised that he would not resdistrict in a retaliatory manner, yet he and his cronies are pulling the same kind of politics that resulted in the Shuttle going to NYC, except this time, the targets are Tea Party Republicans.

    In an additional move of retaliation, Redistricting Committee Chair. Burt Solomon’s — a Straus Lieutenant called for an immediate convening of the Redistricting Committee. The first meeting was held on Friday and another on Sunday April 17, at 2:00 PM. The Committee hearing time frame is by design. Lucky for us, a delegation of Tea Party Texans descended on the Public Hearing and voiced a resounding, ” We don’t want this plan!”

    They did not want us to mobilize and attend the hearing.

    The truth of the matter is: Joe Straus has directed Committeeman Burt Solomon’s to proceed with the retaliation plan to punishing anyone who opposes his agenda.

    Its pretty clear that what needs to be done is primary the He!! out of the Republican Party and elect more Tea Party candidates. The Republican Party of Texas is no freind to Conservatives.

  24. I’d bet several people here rocked the mullet. Even our host.

    Hmmmm lemme see here

    Photo of our host √
    Stock photos of guys with mullets √
    Photoshop √

    heh heh heh

  25. who.are. these.people?

    Splained in the text:

    State labor officials asked their inspector general Monday to investigate why a Central Florida agency wants to spend public money to furnish the unemployed with capes.
    Dubbed the “Cape-A-Bility Challenge,” a $73,000 public-relations campaign by Workforce Central Florida features a cartoon character named “Dr. Evil Unemployment” and includes handing out about 6,000 red superhero capes to jobless Central Floridians.

  26. #37 Texakanukian: That article precisely defines absurdity. That the person(s) who advocated such stupidity is still employed by the govt in any capacity is an abomination. That such a person was able to get hired by the govt in any capacity demonstrates cronyism and stoooopidity to the extreme.
    Suffice to say the circumstances “off me with urine”. See Sarges highlighted text above for more info.

  27. This song put a smile on the face of a real grumpy 5th grader (me) who had to get up too early after staying up way past bedtime. It still makes me smile every time I hear it.

  28. #47 Texakanukian: I will definitely buy that book. Can you just imagine the caterwalling emanating from the lefty-moonbat-schizzle-crazy-libterd-nozzles after this book comes out? I may have to pre-order on Amazon so I can be sure to get one.

  29. 47 texanadian says:
    April 20, 2011 at 10:55 am
    Let the fun begin


    I’m starting to understand the whole cape thing now.

  30. I pre-ordered the book, where’s the birth certificate, and it should be in my grubby hands before the end of may.

  31. 52: Yes, it was a state agency that called them on it, but the article said they wanted to spend public, our, money on the capes.

  32. Like all NGOs they suck off the government teat. I was just surprised the State of Florida caught the absurdity. I would have expected them to increase their funding.

  33. I thought most Floridians wore superhero capes.

    Just the ones in Miami that like to prance around.

  34. Wrong coast, the cape wearers are in CA.

    You obviously have never been to Key West, the San Francisco of the Southeast. Or some of the more “colorful” areas of Miami.

  35. #60 Pyro: There’s flamers everywhere; I try to avoid places where they concentrate. You just can’t be too careful about disease carrying insects.

  36. re: the foul “O” true identity: If, as I suspect, this book proves that he is ineligible, will the House of Reps immediately begin impeachment proceedings, will the SCOTUS declare him to be an usurper and call for his immediate removal? Will each and every official action he made while in usurpation of the office of POTUS, be summarily ruled null and void due to the illegality of his presence? What happens to the 2 appointments made to the SCOTUS, will they be required to recuse themselves from any deliberations regarding this/these matters, will they be immediately sent back from whence they came? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.

  37. further to my #62 above:
    If the book proves beyond a reasonable doubt that he is an usurper, our country is thrust into a constitutional crisis of the highest order. Do the politi-terds of both parties have the intestinal fortitude to actually follow the law? Do the R’s have the juevos to demand his immediate removal and do the D’s have any trace of legitimacy left to not fight his removal? This issue could easily lead to a civil war if BOTH PARTIES refuse to do the right thing.

  38. A high value target was taken out in Afcrappystan:

    “ISAF today confirmed Mullah Abdul Fatah Haqqani was killed during an airstrike in Burkah district, Baghlan province, yesterday. Haqqani supported both the Taliban and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan networks by commanding and controlling foreign fighter facilitation and insurgent training for Baghlan province. He was responsible for overseeing the purchase of weapons and explosive devices for Taliban insurgents, supporting numerous attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the area.”
    – Official ISAF Release, 19 APRIL 2011

    Well done US armed forces!

  39. Man, that is a real world Florida-class mullet picture that sailed over the transom here. Look at the light behind it. It almost makes a real halo.

    And what’s the “Club” the entertainment establishment is encouraging people to join? Surely not the Hair Club for Men – not with a fine, fine ‘do like that!

  40. It looks like the Hamster got “The Popeye Syndrome” last night, ie: “I’ve had all I can stands and I can’t stands no more!”

    Regardless of the reason, I will grant that you are admirably steadfast in your defense of property. You are barred from mine.

    Remind me not to get on Hammie’s bad side.

  41. Tedtam,
    I only went to a few shows. What I remember about that ‘dancing’ was waking up the next day feeling like I’d been beat up.

  42. I hope I’m not jinxing things – but work is picking up. Now the stress is going to be handling all the different jobs.

    But I’m not counting on it being a permanent change. I’m leery about the coming year’s financial stability.

  43. Chilling. 🙁

    We agonize, and rightly so, over the cost in life of our wars – but the toll of abortion is equal to fighting the Battle of Antietam, or two Battles of Okinawa, every single week, or two entire Vietnam Wars every month. Our commentariat was racked with paroxysms of moral reproach over three prisoners being waterboarded, yet considers it gauche to even mention well over three thousand abortions daily, each of which destroys a biologically unique human being

  44. #74 Hamous: Yanno it would be real easy to refer to the TSA as “Jack-booted thugs” wouldn’t it? There is no rational thought processes going on there and they are strangled/hamstrung by pc bs. Kind of like the ATF under Clinton.

  45. #74 Hamous: Yanno it would be real easy to refer to the TSA as “Jack-booted thugs” wouldn’t it? There is no rational thought processes going on there and they are strangled/hamstrung by pc bs. Kind of like the ATF under Clinton Janet Sterno.
    FIFY 😉

  46. #79 T: I wonder how long he will live in jail? Will he ever be able to make parole? Why should he be treated as anything other than a “shoot on sight” target?

  47. #79 BigTex: I just read the 1st page of comments. Heh. BTW: Is the N s’pose to be backwards on his “mustache”?

  48. I hadn’t thought about this until now. Why am I not surprized.

    President Obama is opting not to visit the tornado-ravaged areas of the South, choosing instead to embark today on a three day tour out West where he will try to boost his political standing by talking up his approach to the deficit and raise millions for himself and fellow Democrats.

    The tornadoes, part of a storm that rampaged though six states Saturday, resulted in one of the worst disasters of any kind in the United States since the Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Scores were left injured or homeless while 45 people were killed – about four times as many as died in the Gulf oil rig explosion and the subsequent oil spill last year. In North Carolina alone, there were nearly two-dozen storm-related deaths Saturday, with 130 homes destroyed and an estimated 700 more damaged.

    He probably didn’t want to disrupt his golf game.

  49. #80: He’ll just join up with the rest of his gang in there, I’m betting it won’t be his first or last visit.

    #81: I don’t know, I didn’t do it. 😉

  50. Hambone; Normally I don’t even bother to read who I consider to be a masculine red-headed version of Paulie Krugman. 😀

  51. Hmmmmm, Let’s see:

    I would have three guys that I’d rotate

    Hey! Who wants to do this with me?

    Always wanted a friend to fi—

    Queen TT: D’ya spend much time in the confessional?

  52. Hey Hammie: We haven’t read anything really stupid all day, when are ya’ gonna scratch Bobo off of the poop list?

  53. Boney, I don’t think I’d go there. Bobo didn’t just step over a line, he leaped across it with a banshee yell and club in his hand.

  54. The 80s were a great decade for me. I wasn’t wearing mullets or mohawks, doing drugs or booze. I moved to Houston, found my true calling in software development, worked for several smallish companies, and then ended up in a career arc that has kept me focussed & fascinated for 30+ years.

  55. mharper 42;

    I wasn’t wearing mullets or mohawks, doing drugs or booze.

    Then what the heck did you like about that decade? 😉

    You know I’m kidding. I didn’t do drugs or drink neither and I only had a mullet-like hardo (mother never let me grow it out long enough to make a notible “statement”); and I enjoyed the 80s.

  56. Awww yes the 80’s. I forget them well. I was servicing and maintaining a multi-year hangover, wreaking havoc on the hi-ways and by-ways of this great land and making tons of OBSCENE PROFITS. The ego had landed and self was in control. If I told you anymore about my expiriences in the 80’s I would prolly have to well ummm never mind.

    Just for the record I have never owned a mullet. Always been long beard and hair. I had a swamper once that had a mullet. He quit after three days. Said i was too crazy for him. Said I was a nice guy and all that, just way to crazy.

  57. #96 Mr. Squawk,

    Welcome to my world.Been kicked outta the just plain crazy franchise to the absolute funky crazy maze franchise. Not many of us here so’s appreciate da company.

  58. Squawk and Cbr: I spent most of the 80’s in a weed fog and/or swimming in beer + the constant and sometimes successful pursuit of the wimmins. Not terribly productive but I did get most of that out of me; learned some stuff that is useful in the biz world.

  59. Never owned a mullet either; I always thought they were dorky; too much association with redneck meth heads.

  60. Heh
    I have been asked on more than one occasion why I grow my hair long and maintain a beard,,,,, a big beard. Most folks think it was because of rebellion from my time in service. Nothing could be further from the truth. It ain’t even because of style or some counter culture movement carry over.

    Frankly, I am too lazy to shave and go get a haircut. Yes it is that simple.

    When I honorably separated form the service I installed a hangover that I maintained through the 80’s. The 80’s for me was a blur of working hard, playing hard and drinking hard. I never much cared for the herb.

    On a side note I do not care if marijuana becomes legal or not. That argument is a non-starter for me. On the odd chance I have been given to vote for or against I abstained. Skipped the box.

  61. Squawkster, I got to echo the separation thangy. Being medically retired w/6 in and 14 out in ’71 and obtaining my degree in the Electronic sciences, I turned down his own H. Ross Perot and an executive position at EDS.

    I’d had all the structure I needed for a spell and needed to get loose and wild. In his orginization it was to be short hair, shaved, white shirt w/dark suit and tie. No nada way Jake and I went my way in blursville. Wouldn’t have changed a thang if’n I could. It’s a wonder I survived, but I did so now I get to be a hemorrhoid at will when the fancy strikes me in my ole age at four score and four.

  62. 80’s was 24/7 oil boom and then 24/7 oil bust, ’cause crews were down to skeleton, worked just as hard for less money. Bright side was all the yankees who came during the boom and did nothing but b!tch about the heat, work load, no quart sized Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull and Texas were poof! gone. 😀

    Finally got out of it in the early 90’s and saw there was life out there.

  63. Hamsters and fellow slugs:
    On Drudge:

    CBSNEWS Editors Refuse To Release Full Audio Of Obama Hot Mic Recording…

    People can speculate as to what their motive is, but we suspect that they do not want to jeopardize their White House access leading into campaign season by being the ones to release the audio of His Presidency referring to Americans as “slugs.”

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