Thursday Pommies Are Haters Open Comments

Can I get an opinion from you people? We all seem to think that the least worst option for these posts is leveraging the limited wit (such as it is) of the front-page posters here 24/7. We then wait on these posts to appear so we can all touch base and get over the issues we all have.

Oftentimes, we give each other a heads up on the news of the day. I do feel that it’s my bad sometimes if we can’t maintain a sense of normalcy, or can’t keep moving forward.

I just felt a need to reach out to you people for a clue to help make this the winningest blog. Although I could care less if you know where it’s at. I suspect that this will be a case of me finding out something that’ll learn me.

You do the math.

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186 thoughts on “Thursday Pommies Are Haters Open Comments

  1. Well I’m confused (which is really a pretty normal state for me anyway). After who knows how many posts on this site over how many days, weeks, and years, you are now soliciting our “opinion” on something? At least you didn’t ask how we “feel” about something.

    After I deplane this blog can I get a two or three-time loser to wait on me hand and foot and ask me how I feel?

  2. I was going to give the advantage on beer to the UK over the US, but in this day and age even that isn’t true. So advantage in everything goes to the US; especially dental care.

  3. G’Morning all

    I just felt a need to reach out to you people for a clue to help make this the winningest blog.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it………………

  4. Little family history. On this day in 1936 my father was issued the Patent for the Lufkin Pumping Unit. (“Pump Jack”, “Grasshopper”). I don’t have a clue as to how many millions of them there are in the world. I am very proud of his accomplishment.

    BTW, The Lufkin Foundry gave him $100.00 and lunch with the president, so, no, I’m not rolling around in royalty payments.

    Title:
    Straight line pumping jack
    United States Patent 2048119
    Inventors:
    Fred, Graham
    Filing Date:
    03/28/1935
    Publication Date:
    07/21/1936
    Assignee:
    LUFKIN FOUNDRY & MACHINE COMPANY

    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/2048119.pdf

  5. I had an uncle that was an inventor, but he lacked stick-to-it-ivness. He’d try something and if he didn’t succeed right away he just gave up. Some of the ideas he had that could have worked if he had just stayed with them:

    6 Up

    Motel 5

    Super 7 Motels

    7-10 stores

  6. Patent for the Lufkin Pumping Unit

    I obviously have not had enough caffeine yet. When I first scanned that I thought it said “Pumpkin Luffing Unit”. I was wondering why in the heck someone would want to luff a pumpkin. But OK. Your way is better, and very cool history.

  7. I was wondering why in the heck someone would want to luff a pumpkin

    Some of us old country boys will try anything.

  8. “Pommie” is a somewhat derogatory word used to refer to the British. Most often, the object of their hatred is towards people they labeld as “Wogs” or “Woggies”, referring to persons of another race, usually Oriental or Indian. The most public display of this hatred was done in the British Tabloid Press of the time wherein roughly drawn cartoons that resembled doodles more than professional work would portray these people in a negative light and emphasizing racially stereotyped physical features.

    So, you can understand my apprehension that this subject might lead to Pommie Woggy doodles all the day.

  9. Doooooooooooooood: I remember, way back in the early 80′s working with and sometimes operating “cherry pickers” and they had no luffing function – it took a little concentration and 3 or 4 hands to keep the load constant relative to the fixed block while you were telescoping the boom in or out.

  10. #9, 10: ON occasion, I think on the Discovery channel, they will have an entire show on different kinds of “pumpkin chunkers”. Redneck engineering is a thing of beauty.

  11. 13 Dooood says:
    July 21, 2011 at 8:02 am
    I was beginning to get worried there for a while. But have no fear. Things are getting back to normal.

    Interesting choice of words there, too.

    Jobless claims rise above expectations

    I mean, they almost make it sound like good news.

  12. #13

    Initial claims have now been above the 400,000 mark for 15 straight weeks.

    How many bad economic news events in a row before they’re no longer “unexpected”?

  13. This You tube piece will make you want to pull your hair out. I do not for one moment put it past the elitist, nannystater, we-have too-many-people-on-the-planet, global warming, scaremongers to do the things spoken of in the video. This is not the first time I have seen something like this. One very brief bit which was taken from a news cast stated, “2 studies now show that the mercury in vaccines may “enhance” brain function”. I thought everybody knew that mercury degrades brain function and causes insanity hence the phrase: mad as a hatter.

  14. Dang, I like the thought of that EcoBoost. I need to milk at least another year out of the ole Hemi though. For a while there I was considering downsizing to a VW diesel Jetta, but I really like having a pickup in the family. I think that Ford will fit the bill nicely when the time comes.

  15. #20 Hamous:

    2011 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat EcoBoost
    Base Price: $39,615
    As Tested: $46,620

    That is about twice what I am willing to pay. That squeaking sound you may hear is me walking. And yes, I do have fish hooks in my pocket to prevent me from reaching my wallet.

  16. Morning, Hamsters. I never heard the term “pommies” before. From context, it seemed like it means Brit, but now I’m not so sure. From Merriam-Webster online:

    Definition of POMMY
    Australian & New Zealand usually disparaging
    : briton; especially : an English immigrant
    Variants of POMMY
    Pom·my or Pom·mie \ˈpä-mē\
    Origin of POMMY
    by shortening & alteration from pomegranate, alteration of Jimmy Grant, rhyming slang for immigrant
    First Known Use: 1912

    Pyro, what did you intend for “pommies” to mean?

    Who cares what those snobby Brits think anyway? Thay talk funny. :)

    I’m not into pumpkin luff sports, so I’ll check y’all later.

  17. My favorite phrase to hate: I could care less.

    I mean, if you COULD care less, you obviously have some interest in whatever you are trying to claim you do not care about. If you COULDN’T care less, then you have no level of interest whatsoever in the topic. You have reached the lowest possible level of apathy about the subject. I believe the phrase “I could care less” is because people are too lazy to use the extra syllable “n’t”.

    My next pet peeve: Using adjectives for adverbs. For example:
    I went quick to pick up the mail.
    Drive slow if you want to be safe at that corner.

    I’ve seen pictures of street signs where someone has added “ly” after the word “slow” when the sign said to “Drive Slow”. Those people are my heroes.

  18. #20 Eco-booster: I would like to read a report from an owner with at least 3 months and 5000 miles under his belt. I wanna know what kind of real world mileage it gets and how it responds in the normal grind of commuting to work, which is how the bulk of the miles are accumulated. What kind of mileage does it get at a steady 75-80mph for a road trip, what does city driving do to it, assuming one can keep his foot off the firewall, how hot does it tend to run, does the A/C get the cabin cold enough to hang meat, how quiet is it while running down the highway? Those are the kinds of questions I have and the answers to same dictate how easy the rig will be to live with.

  19. Kevin Williamson is one of my favorite contributors to NRO, and this is an example of why that is the case. He links to the Egan-Jones downgrade I mentioned a few days ago. Didn’t catch that bit of reality in the news, did you? Hmmmm…

  20. #25 TT: It is kind of funny when you hear the announcer on a golf match say “oh, he hit that one fat and is short of the green” . I believe the proper grammar would be “oh, he hit that one fatly and did not reach the green.” I don’t think I have ever heard a golfer, other than me, say that he/she has hit it fatly.

  21. #28 Bone

    Well, if I were to ever take up golf, I would always hit the ball fatly. I have no choice. /sigh

    /off to check the diet

  22. One of Hubby’s most/least endearing traits is his inability to correctly pronounce the word “frustrating”. He cannot pronounce the “FR” sound for some reason, so he pronounces it “flustrating”. I guess he does get flustered when he’s frustrated, and it’s now part of his vocabulary, so I have learned to stop gritting my teeth when he says it. Now, if I can only get him to quit saying “we was”.

  23. it took a little concentration and 3 or 4 hands to keep the load constant relative to the fixed block while you were telescoping the boom in or out.

    Nothing like moving through multiple axes simultaneously, eh? The controls for these beasts are interesting. I hadn’t gotten into that until a couple / three years ago. It’s especially interesting in the arena of oilfield stuff, where they’re operating in hazardous areas.

  24. Now, if I can only get him to quit saying “we was”.

    .

    I say “I’m is” a lot, but it’s just to aggravate certain people.

    Who’s hungry?
    I’m is!

  25. #27 doooooooooooooood: from your linkie thingie comments:

    Even if we got the full-monty of supply-side tax reform (whatever version) is it worth taking at the expense of locking in the current spending baseline? Or even coming close to legitimizing post-2008 spending levels?

    Do not be complicit in the looting. Stand athwart. Yell stop.

    We must insist that all Fed spending be cut back to FY2007 levels immediately. After that is accomplished, we start serious cutting from there. Then we move to a national retail sales tax and chunk the current tax code in the dung heap where it belongs.

  26. #31 doooooooooooood: The skill at which I have seen some heavy equipment operators function caused me to stare in awe. I once watched a guy with a D9 cat bulldozer rake wissin grass and not tear up the turf underneath. Watching the crane operators load pipe on the deck of a work boat while it is pitching and rolling 6 or 7 feet, and not having it slap the deck is nothing short of mind-boggling. I was the monkey on the deck that had to unhook the load and dodge the pipe as it was rolling port to starboard – not exactly what you would call un-hazardous.

  27. #26 Many of those questions are essentially answered by looking at the horsepower and torque numbers. Those are very impressive. And 2000 rpm at 75 mph? Impressive as well.

    Real world mileage

    During a 300-mile stretch of highway — where we refueled just outside Vail, Colo., and headed east across the Rockies to Dillon, Colo., and then traveled back west to the Utah border — there were moments when the truck’s trip computer told us we were averaging over 25 mpg. We finished that segment averaging a manually calculated 23.2 mpg – the best fuel economy we can recall over such a long distance in a full-size gas pickup truck.

    It’s important to point out that we didn’t “hypermile” either truck to boost efficiency. We drove them like we normally would, and for long stretches we kept the trucks at one speed using cruise control. We also filled up only with regular octane gasoline, which ranged from 85 RON to 87 RON.

  28. #34 TT: That was impressive and so was the next video. Poor girl, she musta had a real serious birth defect, as she now has her butt on her chest.

  29. I was the monkey on the deck that had to unhook the load and dodge the pipe as it was rolling port to starboard – not exactly what you would call un-hazardous.

    Oh yeah, that’s definitely hazardous. My use of “hazardous” was in terms of the presence of flammable / explosive gas in the area in which the equipment operates. There are myriad regulations, ratings, certifications that electronics must adhere to in order to be used in certain areas. It’s not enough to just understand electronics any longer. It’s a whole heap of liability that you must design your controls around when the stuff is in the vicinity of the well.

  30. #37 Boney
    I think you were watching a different video. Mine was a Rube Goldberg machine, and there were no butts or boobs anywhere.

  31. Yess! 63% of Americans believe We can’t guarantee Social Security checks won’t go out is a scare tactic.

    As might be expected, voters doubt some of the current talking points being used in the debt ceiling debate. For example, over half of voters think those who predict a financial catastrophe if the limit isn’t raised are exaggerating (55 percent), and most think those who suggest Social Security checks might not be sent are just trying to scare people (63 percent).

    It’s about time, from Rush yesterday:

    This is the New York Times News Service, January 30, 1967:

    LBJ’s “Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler told Congress today that the government would be unable to pay all its bill if the ceiling on the national debt was not lifted within 30 days. Fowler ran into Republican hostility in day-long testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee… Fowler asked that the ceiling be raised by $7 billion to $337 billion to cover the period until June 30. Further legislation covering the period after June 30 will be needed later he said. Fowler said that payments for such things as old age benefits, veterans pensions, public assistance benefits, tax refunds, and the salaries of government workers would be threatened if the ceiling were not raised.”

  32. The libs usually respond in the same way when faced with budget problems: The first things they suggest would have to be cut are always police, fire, and teachers on a local level and on the nat’l level, it is SS, Mediscare, Medicaides, military pay.
    I have stated many times what I think we should cut and where we should start.

  33. If you want my comments on the blog, I would recommend separate articles on current events or topics that are important to us all so that we can find all the comments that pertain to that in one place and be able to discuss only that topic and not have to read thru the whole “open comments” column to find the opinions of others and a separate “open comments” for everybody else to vent from. And I’ve always liked pictures that we can make funny captions to as a release mechanism to make humor out of that situation.

  34. We all seem to think that the least worst option for these posts is leveraging the limited wit (such as it is) of the front-page posters here 24/7.

    Yeah, well, it is what it is….yo.

    :)

  35. #24 mh42
    I intended it in the derogatory sense that the Ozzies & Kiwis use.

    If you look at the article in the link, I think I managed to weave about 2/3 – 3/4 of their annoying phrases into the OP above.

    n.b. – I had heard two other origins for “Pommie”:
    1. Their uniform coats were the same color as the inside of a pomegranate.
    2. The Brits immigrating into Australia & New Zealand oftentimes ( :) ) had a difficult time giving up the habit that had served them well in the homeland, but were distinctly out of place in their new home. They were then labeled Prisoners Of Mother England – P.O.M.E., which then became pommie.

  36. #35 –

    I once watched a guy with a D9 cat bulldozer rake wissin grass and not tear up the turf underneath

    I be (crappy grammar notwithstanding) proudly one of those! With all sizes of Dozer, Loader, Scraper (aka earth mover), or Blade (aka maintainer) I might add………..

  37. #34 TT
    I thought it was going to start a pot of coffee after the wave reached the kitchen…

  38. My next pet peeve: Using adjectives for adverbs. For example:
    I went quick to pick up the mail.
    Drive slow if you want to be safe at that corner.

    Mine:

    Saying “I could of” instead of “I could have.”

    Using the word “Orientated.” There is no such word. The proper word is “Oriented.”

    There’s a guy on one of the radio stations I listen to that says “also too” which is a redundantly repetitive phrase—-

  39. Saying “I could of” instead of “I could have.”

    Everyone knows it should be “coulda”.

  40. ………………still waiting for WB to re-pose his initial interrogatory in one short, sweet, succinct sentence (3 syllables or less per word preferred)

  41. People using “then” when they should be using “than” aggravates me. And there’s a certain someone that frequently violates the “i before e except after c” rule and its many exceptions ;-)

  42. #48 SD: from your linkie:

    But the facts don’t matter for a federal agency whose primary function is to manufacture fear to keep Americans under control and submissive to the fact that their economic futures and their constitutional rights are being torn to shreds by their own government while it points to a contrived outside threat as a convenient distraction.
    “At its core, the video is filled with scenes of ordinary citizens spying on each other and alerting the authorities to their compatriots’ suspicious deeds,” writes Simon Black. In my favorite scene, a woman calls the police after snooping over the shoulder of a young man typing away on his smartphone.”

    He could “of” stopped at the bolded section and covered the entire fed beauro-crazy govt. Look at my hand waving over here, don’t mid that hand reaching into your pocket or stabbing you in the gut.

  43. I am reminded of my mother’s second husband, a gentleman of French Canadian heritage, of which there are many in NH. Those folks have an English usage pattern similar to Cajuns (as they have a common ancestry) that is based on French sentence construction. This was illustrated to me succinctly one day. He was in the cellar and shouted up to my mother:

    “Janet, throw me down the stairs my shoes.”

  44. #49 Pyro

    The Brits immigrating into Australia & New Zealand

    Yanno, I always thought those were mostly prisoners being exiled far from Mother England.

    I guess what still has me confused is most of the hated Americanisms are offered up by Brits who still live in the UK, so how are they Pommies?

    And yes, I enjoyed your use of the phrases they hated in your introduction. :)

  45. I’ll chime in with “accept” vs. “except” & “effect” vs. “affect”………….my business partner is BAD about these 2 pairs!

  46. I’m like, you know, like just sooo, like you know, really just, you know, like soooo irritated by like, you know, some, you know, people who, like, you know, can’t seem to, like, you know, say anything, like, like, you know, like, really repeating, like, you know, certain, you know, like, words. Oh my god! You know? LOL.

  47. #59 Sarge
    I think of that sentence structure as Germanic, and descended from it, Yiddish. As in the lyrics

    “Throw Momma From The Train A Knish, A Knish. Don’t Leave Her Hungry Behind”

  48. Then there are all the new age business school words and phrases I use on my Bull$h!t Bingo cards:

    synergy
    at the end of the day
    proactive
    empower
    bottom line
    heads-up
    no-brainer

  49. English spelling was hard even back in the days before the gubmint schools started caring more about “self-esteem” than the 3 R’s. If I got uptight over every ignorant language error I encounter, I’d be dead from a brain aneurysm a long time ago.

  50. One that bugs me is excessive and / or incorrect usage of “literally”.

    Overheard a coworker on the phone: “A picture is literally worth a thousand words”.

    I’d be interested to see the metrics for how he arrived at that conclusion.

  51. #69 I don’t see Florida in that story — ?? Just saying there are turkeys in every state?

  52. #69 I don’t see Florida in that story — ?? Just saying there are turkeys in every state?

    Floridaphobia is incurable. There is only treatment. The treatment is to provide examples of Florida-like behaviors in other regions or states. The treatment seems to be more effective the further north those examples originate from. However, Canadian examples seem to have no effect at all.

  53. #67 – I cannot believe a Floriduh Dude as yaself would have left out:

    “when you get through talkin” (aka ‘at the end of the day’ or ‘bottom line’)

    or as it is spelled in the Redneckese Dickshunnerry:

    “when yall git thru tawkin”

  54. who saw THIS coming?

    Poll: Weakened Obama would lose vote today.

    A Democratic polling firm said President Obama’s already weak job-approval numbers are “worse than they appear” and he likely would lose the election if it were held today.
    For the first time in a year, Mr. Obama does not lead former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Public Policy Polling’s monthly national poll on the 2012 presidential race. They are tied at 45 percent, and Mr. Obama is losing among independent voters by a margin of 49 percent to 44 percent.
    Worse for Mr. Obama, PPP said, the “vast majority” of undecideds disapprove of the president’s performance. The survey of registered voters was conducted July 15-17.
    “There’s a very good chance Barack Obama would lose if he had to stand for re-election today,” said Dean Debnam, president of PPP. “This is his worst poll standing in a long time, and he really needs the economy to start turning around.”

  55. Do as we SAY, not as we DO.

    In fact Emanuel’s temper can get the best of him. I found out yesterday when I asked him a question about where his children would go to school, and he let his famous temper emerge.

    For some background, I had the chance to ask Barack Obama a similar question in 2008, just after he had won election and was transitioning to the White House.

    Since the president had sent his own children – Malia and Sasha — to private schools in Chicago we wondered how he might relate to the nation’s public education struggles.

  56. My first reaction to the headline was “Duh, ya think?” and “What took you so long?”

    Then I read the article, and I realized that it was “blame the Republicans again” (emphasis mine):

    Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign trumpeted hope for the future, but his legacy may include presiding over the withering of the American Dream. Belief that the American Dream is possible has dropped by nearly 20 points since his election, falling just below one-half of U.S. adults.

    /snip

    This should be an enormous problem for a President seeking re-election, especially since Republican opposition makes it nearly impossible to stimulate employment in ways Obama would prefer…

    And this:

    Democrats hoped he would use government as FDR did to ignite the economy. Instead, his first term now more closely resembles that of Harry Truman – recession, foreign threats galore, and challenges to whether this President is up to the job. Truman’s party split on the left and right, but he ultimately ran against a “do-nothing” Congress controlled by Republicans. Obama is expecting liberals to forgive his compromises and vote to throw out Republicans who have opposed him at nearly every turn.

    No, it has nothing to do with the ramrodding of spending legislation through a Democrat controlled crisis Congress.

  57. The next person to write or say the word, iconic, will be shot by a firing squad tomorrow at dawn.

  58. 78 mharper,

    I have a daughter who is a teacher in Klein with 10 years of service. Regrettably, her husband is not a business magnate, but rather a teacher ;himself.

    They cannot afford private school for their two boys.

    Simple

  59. #84 Texpat

    Yes, that would be nice. Speaking for myself, however, I am usually putting a post together either in the waning hours of the evening or the wee hours of the morning. This is one reason why I may sound punch-drunk at times. Other times, I am trying to throw something together before my work day begins in earnest. (Boy, that must hurt Earnest!) Anyway, I’m lucky to have enough time or snap to put together one post.

  60. #83 Simple
    I have lots of neighbors that are not magnates by any means, who send their children to schools associated with churches. Sometimes I think every church in northwest Houston has a school. I’ve been to quite a few church properties to attend public meetings, civic events, mobile medical screenings, etc. and am often surprised to find the room we are directed to is a school auditorium. So I wasn’t actually thinking about any hoity toity private schools in the Museum District with my earlier comment.

  61. #89 WB

    Use of the adjectival form is expressly forbidden.

    Usage of the noun form is restricted to Russian religious artifacts only.

  62. #86 Tedtam

    The last 8 or 9 months in the life of Lone Star Times, I put up from five to nine articles per day, at least five days a week. Writing, besides being time-consuming, is very hard work and as I became busier, my time to create original content diminished to a point where I was exasperated. If my children were still young and I didn’t have my office in my home, there is no way I could have done it.

    I do understand. Even a group blog is difficult when most everyone is consumed with responsibilities. I used to do most of my writing, research and editing between 10 PM and 2 AM each night. It wears on you when you are up at 6 the next morning.

  63. It seems to me that this refuge for wandering LST commenters was never intended to be the type of blog Robert envisions.
    A well done, full blown, multi-topical, current/responsive blog requires an enourmous amount of man hours and dedication.
    You can take it to the bank that any blog Texpat is ever involved in producing will not have an Open Comments section.

  64. Man, the weather babe on CBC right now needs to fix herself up a little if she expects to get any dates.

  65. … will not have an Open Comments section.

    Unless of course I win the Lotto, retire and in a moment of sheer insanity decide to take on the moderator position. Which is highly unlikely. After all, before LST, Squawk was a vibrant, tall Brad Pitt lookalike. Sheesh, just look at the poor old broke down sucker now.

  66. I would love to move away from the “open comments” form.

    Well git off your happy ass and start writing

    ;)

  67. #99 Wagonburner, et al

    Well git off your happy ass and start writing

    I use my arms, hands, fingers, and (parts of) my brain to write. I don’t know how the rest of you do it. I really don’t think I want to know.

    Really. I don’t.

  68. Are you a trendy hipster looking for a faith community but are turned off by all that Jesus stuff? Well look no further:

    Campus Crusade for Christ International announced this week that it will change the name of its U.S. Operations to “Cru” in early 2012.

    “We felt like our name was getting in the way of accomplishing our mission,” said Steve Sellers, the vice president for Campus Crusade, noting that the ministry will still be committed to “proclaiming Christ around the world.”

    Sellers said researchers found that 9 percent of Christians and 20 percent of non-Christians were alienated by the name Campus Crusade for Christ.

    Personally I think Crüe would be much hipper than Cru. I wonder if they’ll have motocross on stage. Or maybe a Cirque du Soleil-style ministry. They could make Jason Mraz hats standard issue for all men.

  69. Personally I think Crüe would be much hipper than Cru. I wonder if they’ll have motocross on stage. Or maybe a Cirque du Soleil-style ministry. They could make Jason Mraz hats standard issue for all men.

    Too European.

    They should go old school with sackcloth & sandals.

  70. #104 / RE: #100 – Wow no kidding and spot ON!

    (do we truly believe it would take an entire generation to clearly display the historical, repetitive, and inevitable failure of Communism ?)

  71. 102 Hamous,

    I think you should conduct a 6-Sigma project to find a new name for Campus Crusade for Christ and a new theme.

    Simple

  72. #104 Shannon

    Yeah, it is sadly, tragically ironic the people who gave to mankind the gift of democratic ideals is now a desolate pit of all the failed anti-democratic fallacies of the last 150 years.

  73. 100 WB

    Sometimes you have to let stupid people do stupid things; else they remain stupid and have
    the potential to do stupider (sic) things.

    Simple

  74. #107 corrected.

    Yeah, it is sadly, tragically ironic the nation of people who gave to mankind the gift of democratic ideals is now a desolate pit of all the failed anti-democratic fallacies of the last 150 years.

  75. 103
    Dont forget the banal 21st century praise music.
    That stuff really sticks to your ribs.

  76. #83 Simple:

    There were a number of years while our daughter was growing up that I was doing freelance work and barely keeping our heads above water. There were a lot of weeks where we lived on beans and rice; no cable; no vacations; no new cars….. but we managed to keep our daughter in a private school where she actually learned something and was not indoctrinated with all of the crap that public schools are overrun with.

    It was just a matter of setting priorities. . . . . .

  77. Oh, and another word peeve – which you have all heard before but I’m listening to the radio and this is driving me wissin’ nuts!

    It is the DEMOCRAT party, not the democratic party! The proper noun is not the adjective, sorry! The DEMOCRAT PARTY is not a very democratic party, and DEMOCRAT ideas are not democratic ideals, either. Don’t give them the credit.

  78. Time to hunt me down a certain Mormon.

    Governor Boggs? 8O

    Oh, no, just Shannon. (Phew). Yeah, we’ve heard that before. We’ll just come back stronger. :)

  79. At 5 PM, we registered 100 degrees and about 64% humidity.

    After cooling down the last few days it looks like Houston is now about the same as New York/Jersey.

  80. Well I took Dude and Lowrents’ advice and visited my local Prosperity Bank today during lunch. What a nice bunch of people! I think I met everyone in the whole bank including the president. Ended up moving from BOA (at least starting the process). They asked how I heard about them so I dropped Lowrents name since I know he banks at that location. They asked “Which Lawrence?” It was then I realized I didn’t know how to pronounce his last name (dang weird Czech spelling), but they knew exactly who I was talking about. The president asked how I knew him and I explained through political circles. He said “Well, we’re gonna get along just fine!” As I was leaving the new accounts lady (Connie) said “Come here hun and give me a hug!” Heh.

    So if you’re thinking about changing banks you’ve got at least two locations of Prosperity Bank with satisfied customers.

  81. 122 Kat
    I have this recurring nightmare of getting weather-diverted to some hole-in-the-wall airport in, say………HORRORS!!!!!!!!…..florida.
    Or West Virginia.
    Or Pittsburgh.
    Or Cincinnatti.

    Savannah would be nice in the Fall.
    :)

  82. Well I took Dude and Lowrents’ advice and visited my local Prosperity Bank today during lunch. What a nice bunch of people!

    Gotta give props to Mrs. Dude (at least for me) for her suggesting that bank to me. We now have 5 accounts set up with them and they have been nothing short of wonderful to work with. Outstanding customer service is what makes the difference.

  83. #107 Texpat
    I feel the same way about Italy. I look at today’s Greece and Italy and wonder how on earth they had ancestors who invented western civilization.

  84. Figures. Lowrents is highly regarded in banking circles.

    I love the guy. But he shows up in Bellville once a year to show off his $75,000 classic car at the car show, tries to pay for burger lunch for everyone with a $1000 bill. Tips with twenties.

    It’s just so damned embarrassing.

  85. Video: Police officer threatens concealed-carry driver with execution, beating; Update: Officer relieved of duty, under investigation

    Copper’s got a big potty mouth as well. He f-bombs all the time in the video. (Oh, I guess that should be warning to viewers). My advice, if the law requires informing a cop of carrying a concealed weapon, then just tell them when they arrive. Don’t be quiet if this is a legal requirement to do. Also, as soon as an officer learns of a concealed weapon and sees the permit, just take the weapon if it is deemed necessary. As soon as the situation is over, return it.

  86. 129
    But we do enjoy making fun of Lowrentz’ snap-brim cap, driving gloves and hand-me-down, corduroy jacket with the elbow patches that that elitist Texpat sends him.

  87. Those who know Dick Retta describe him as a peaceful, prayerful man, who regards his sidewalk counseling outside the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington as a ministry. Retta even conducts weekend training sessions to encourage other pro-life advocates to stand outside the facility to offer words of hope, encouragement and possibility to the young women who come and go from the abortion center. At these training sessions, one attendee says, he specifically emphasizes that the point of sidewalk counseling is not to block access, but, instead, to remind pregnant women that they do, in fact, have a choice other than abortion — and to offer post-abortion healing, as well, as few abortion centers prepare women for all of the possible emotional consequences of their decision.

    But perhaps nothing attests to Retta’s warm and compassionate nature so much as the influence he has been able to have on the women he counsels as he walks side-by-side with them. Some estimate that, over the past 14 years or so, Retta’s words have resulted in more than 1,000 “saves,” what members of the pro-life movement call the change of heart that leads a pregnant mother to choose to have her child.

    Retta also patiently endures the antipathy of those who aren’t receptive to his message. Just last week, by one account, a woman entering the clinic pepper-sprayed Retta. Yet, Retta persists in his work because he’s seen what a positive difference it makes.

    In a short video, Peter Shinn of Pro-Life Unity documented one of Retta’s days, in which six women decided not to abort because of the information and assistance he was able to provide.

    “They go in and they’re kind of sullen in what they’re doing, and I’m sure there’s a lot of sorrow there,” Retta says in the video. “But when they change their mind, they’re smiling, they’re happy about it and they’re willing to talk to us.”

    I provide that large blockquote to set the scene. Retta seems to be a great person and very personable. Now, Obama said more than once that he would like to see abortion reduced. What’s Retta doing? Reducing abortions. Six in one day in fact. So, what does the Department of Justice do to Retta?

    Yet, this man, the Department of Justice describes as “among the most vocal and aggressive anti-abortion protesters outside the Clinic.” In fact, the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ has brought a lawsuit against Retta, alleging that he has repeatedly violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Act, obstructing entrance to the clinic on at least one occasion. The complaint objects to Retta “walk[ing] very closely beside patients” and says he yells at them.

    I’m sure any sitting president who wants to see the number of abortions reduced would take some concern about the DOJ’s accusations against Retta.

    Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, describes the DOJ’s justification for the suit this way: “Individuals who seek to obtain or provide reproductive health services have the right to do so without encountering hazardous physical obstructions. We will continue to aggressively enforce FACE against those who seek to violate the rights of their fellow Americans to safely provide or obtain such services.”

    Retta is a “hazardous” physical obstruction? The best the complaint could offer is that, once, he accidentally stepped on a patient’s shoe and broke a shoe strap.

    Perez just happens to be the same Perez who testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about the DOJ’s decision to completely drop charges against the New Black Panthers who engaged in voter intimidation a couple years ago. Perhaps not prosecuting important cases like that one is what frees the DOJ up to pursue cases like this one.

    Amazing.

  88. Shannon,

    In 2010, the first snow fell here the day after Christmas, again 4 days later and then a huge snowstorm on New Year’s Eve. It continued to snow every few days until the beginning of March.

    Last winter broke all records for total snowfall. It seems we were well over 100 inches for the winter.

  89. 127 mharper,

    Read The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, but be warned it is not reading for the faint of heart.

    It took the Romans just slightly over 500 years to wreck the Roman Republic and it was a slow demise. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall is no less a slow read, but worth it to anyone seriously interested in History.

    It you want a shorter and more light hearted read, then I suggest The Golden Asse by Lucius Apulieus. It is a second century (AD) satire of a man who is transformed into a donkey and then his “Perils of Pauline” adventures illustrate the many problems in the empire, which was already in serious decline. This book is over 1800 years old and I still laugh when I read parts of it.

    I see us making many of the same mistakes that the Greeks and Romans did with their early Democracies and Republics. A smart man (woman) would learn by looking at the mistakes of others, but over and over we try to change the outcome of same bad actions.

    I wonder if the Chinese will become the next great Democracy and “Leader of the Free World”.

    Simple

  90. “Americans understand that we didn’t get into this problem overnight,” he told an interviewer from KMBC-TV in Kansas City, one of three interviews the White House granted to local television stations Wednesday. “If next November they feel like I’ve … been working as hard as I can and have been getting some things done to move us in the right direction then I’ll win. If they don’t then I’ll lose.”

    That’s not to say that the identity of his GOP opponent “is irrelevant,” Obama continued. “But it does mean that I’m probably going to win or lose depending on [the voters'] assessment of my stewardship.”

    That’s probably true but…uh…um…did he just give his concession speech 15 months in advance?

  91. You guys are too funny!

    Boy, if I had as much money as you think I have, I’d really have some!

    The folks at Prosperity Bank still believe in personal relationships, which is what banking is still really all about.

  92. #117 texpat
    It was gorgeous the past couple of days in central Alberta. Highs In the low 60′s.

  93. #135 Simple

    I wonder if the Chinese will become the next great Democracy and “Leader of the Free World”.

    If you, or anyone else, wants to bet that will happen, I will take the wager and because I am a generous person, even offer odds in your favor. The amount of the bet can be as much as you can afford or borrow. Put all the zeros you want to on it.

  94. #139 WB

    I have a friend down in Rockport whose wife has MS. He bought some property on a lake and built a nice cabin in Alberta so his wife could spend the summers up there away from the Texas heat and humidity. In fact, another friend of mine who moved to Calgary says the woods are full of those damned Texans in the summer.

  95. #130 Darren: I have had encounters with cops like that, though not as bad and fortunately no weapons were involved.That cop has no biz in law enforcement in any capacity. How did he ever pass the psych evaluation?? He defines bad cop, I hope he goes to jail. One of the commenters mentioned his partner, who did absolutely nothing to restrain an obviously out of control partner. Had the driver not stayed unbelievably cool and calm he would likely be dead now, murdered by an out of control, drunk with power cop.

  96. There is a convenience store that has all the features I look for in such an establishment. Every surface in the place could be used as a plate for your food, it is so clean. They charge 99 cents for a 10lb bag of ice – not 2 dollars for an 8lb bag like the competitor
    around the block. The clean store offers my required decaffeinated coffee; a special blend. The other store only has regular coffee and a location that requires an extra turn.

    It isn’t unusual to find me making an extra turn to go into the dirty store and coming out with regular coffee and a two dollar, puny bag of ice.

    But only because there’s a woman at the clean store that runs the register who graduated from the Shepard Smith School of Communication and
    YELLS EVERY WORD SHE SPEAKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. I work with several Canadians who made the trip in the opposite direction from the Calgary area (Red Deer). They seem to enjoy the low cost of living and the relatively greater degree of freedoms they have here. Really good folks, most of ‘em.

  98. I was going so good on a bubbleshooter game a minute ago whenthe power flickered off. But at least he power flicker was due to rain. For us this is the second day in a row with decent rain.

    That’s good.

  99. The amount of the bet can be as much as you can afford or borrow. Put all the zeros you want to on it.

    Sounds like how government works.

  100. Bonecrusher;

    One of the commenters mentioned his partner, who did absolutely nothing to restrain an obviously out of control partner.

    I think about that in situations like in the video. I felt terribly bad for the foul mothed officer and wondered if it would be better to restrain his partner on the spot or just work with it (and make sure he doesn’t **do** illegal hamr on the person in custody) and “have a chat” with him somewhere else.

  101. #135 Simple
    I’m already familiar with the broad outlines of the decline in Europe, through required history classes at UT some decades ago, but don’t recognise The Golden Asse by Lucius Apulieus. Thanks for the recommendation and I’ll look into it after I retire. (I have put a memo in my notes file.)

    I’ve lived through the decline in the US. I’m hoping it’s not too late for us and that we can recover some of our standing before I die.

  102. Tips with twenties.
    I’ll be glad to serve Lawrence a grilled 1/2 Lb hamburger. With sharp chedder cheese, even butter fried onions, fresh tomatoes,Jalapeño’s on a buttered grilled bun. FIFY :wink:

  103. #141 Texpat
    I don’t know betting lingo so I can’t tell if you think the Chinese will run the world or not! Or are you just saying it won’t be a “Free World” ?

  104. #148 Darren: I marvel at the restraint of the driver. He never raised his voice, even though his rights were being serially violated. I was getting bent out of shape just watching that bully cop go off. That cop desperately needs a severe azz whippin.

  105. My #150 “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” WHAT?!?! No bad words at all? Am I on Hal’s $#17 list!?!?

  106. 151
    Just in case Texpat’s gone off to cook some exotic fare…
    Let’s just say that he’s less than enthusiastic about jumping on the Chinese bandwagon.
    A lot less than some others.

  107. Just in case some didn’t get the joke, everything i said about Lawrence was a joke. The cheap mofo.
    BwhahahhahahahaahaaAaAaa!

  108. Regardless of how you feel about Jimmy Dick I got a chuckle out of this. I don’t think Begala got the memo:

    “Being seen as the protégé of the worst president in history cannot be advantageous for Perry,” said Democratic consultant Paul Begala, a native Texan. “The problem is more about Bush than about Texas per se.”

    ¡Pobrecito! Or as Granny would say, “That poor little feller, bless his heart.”

  109. Tex – Harper – Shannon,

    No bets and no bandwagons. I think the US still has some gas in the old gal, but of late I have become more skeptical about we the American people turning things around.

    I don’t know if it will be the Chinese, Brazilians, or the Indians who will be the next major players on the world stage. The Chinese are no longer Communists; they are Capitalists, but they are a long way from being a Democracy.

    My brother travels to China quite a bit these days. He is about as staunch and right wing a Republican as one could meet and my brother is very positive on China’s future. We shall see.

    Simple

  110. Hambone “Super Dave – you used the forbidden acronym.”
    Sorry, I didn’t get the memo, I’ve been real busy of late and only check in once in a while…..Sigh,….Is there anything else that I need to know? :sad:

  111. I don’t see any concept of rectitude in Chinese culture. They’ll steal anything they can — Patent or Copyright, too bad; pollute anything they can — plastic resin in toothpaste and pet food, tough luck; just no golden rule there. I saw that when I read Pearl Buck’s “The Good Earth” 50 years ago. A Chinese man gets his start in life when he stole something during a civil insurrection, and used the stolen treasure to buy a piece of land. His life and legacy after that were based on theft.

    As with muslims, I think those who have left their culture and immigrated to the west are the better individuals.

  112. 162, Was our manufacturing so different in the 19th century? The FDA came about because of such practices here, which regrettably still happen from time to time.

    Simple

  113. FWIW; ……Oops, do hope that I’m NOT using another “FORBIDDEN ACRONYM.”
    Nobody can dampen my spirits today, Daughter has a wedding in Clear Lake on Saturday and is spending the night here @ my house, on Sunday morning, Daughter, Her Hubby, The Boy and his Bride and my Wife and I are taking the new Sea Ray out to Taylor Lake early Sunday morning. YES Lord, life is good! :grin:
    P.S. I’ve not been on the old “Obrien 7 Slalom Ski” in at least 8 years, BUTT, it’s just like riding a bike, and other than getting tired quicker than I used to, I’ll still be able to drag my elbow in the water in the sharp turns. :wink:

  114. My suggestion for different topics doesn’t require the same person come up with all the topics. It should be like a group of reporters, either each handles different aspects like world, state or local news or a rotation of reporters who pick a topic that is dear to their heart and let that be the opening for the discussions. I just wasn’t keen on having to read all the “open comments” to find all the discussion on any one particular topic of discussion. You want to be able to read all the comments in one place and then comment on the comments.

  115. China has huge social, cultural, financial, educational and economic problems. Huge, I said. Oh, and I forgot to mention political problems that will only expand with whatever commercial successes they bring to themselves.

    We have spent the last decade arguing, fighting and debating whether we can export some semblance of American democratic and republican principles to Iraq, Afghanistan and other Islamic, Middle Eastern countries. Nations who have no memorable history of democratic or cultural institutions and traditions devoted to Enlightenment principles which are mandatory for the cultivation, much less the survival, of those principles and the governing rules derived from them.

    And now I am faced with daily encomiums of the Chinese momentum, frightened xenophobic whackjobs, ignorant pundits like Tom Friedman of the NYT pronouncing China as the next great world power.

    So the entire Ummah, the Islamic Caliphate, requires all these tools, but the 1.3 billion Chinese are just going to pull them out of their derriere and dance happily through Tiannemen Square like nothing ever happened there ?

    My opinion of this crap cannot be printed on this page.

    Just how stupid can people be ?

    Some days I am convinced America has been reduced to a nation of spittling, drooling idiots….until, that is, I start reading the international press and realize we are just the least dumb among the dumber and dumbest of the world.

    …and thank G-d for that.

  116. #163

    162, Was our manufacturing so different in the 19th century? The FDA came about because of such practices here, which regrettably still happen from time to time ?

    To answer your question, yes, an emphatic yes. They were very different.

    Let me try to educate you here.

    When the Founders, in the period leading to and after the Revolution, were debating the rights of private property and individual human industry and ingenuity, they created the basic laws enumerated in our Constitution governing patents and copyrights and the limits to be applied. We had, and have today, an American concept and legal philosophy consigned to that area of citizen’s activity.

    After the Civil War, as the Industrial Revolution exploded across this nation and the energies and creativity of Americans was unleashed, there was no regulatory or statutory framework in place to enforce the principles conceived by the Founders. The nation and its courts and agencies had to catch up.

    The historical panorama of China, of brute force, of strong-man war lords is a far and distant cry, and not the least bit comparable, to the original philosophical foundations of the United States of America.

    I see these sorts of comparisons, analogies and justifications drawn constantly in the revisionist compulsions of the Left and it, frankly, drives me crazy for its ridiculous ignorance.

  117. 167 Tex,

    Hamous must pay you by the word.

    Perhaps the Chinese are in the process of catching up with their own industrial revolution. We are still in the process of perfecting ours.

    but the 1.3 billion Chinese are just going to pull them out of their derriere and dance happily through Tiannemen Square like nothing ever happened there ?

    I hope they don’t, but folks tend to forget the more painful and ugly things. You know like the Bonus Army, the Colorado Miner Wars of 1880 – 1900, New Orleans Anti-Italian Riots, Race Riots from 1955 to 1970, …………………………..

    It is more likely that a young person today could name the last three record releases of Lady Gaga as tell you any significant detail about these aforementioned painful events in our history.

    Simple

    FWIW I could not name one of Lady Gaga’s singles.

  118. But I do have a specific topic set up for tomorrow, just to please those who want a specific thread. I only hope it’s worthy of its own space.

  119. #165 RM
    We had that capability for a while, when Hammy was experimenting with WordPress. You could start a comment thread under each and every posting. While that was convenient in some respects, you didn’t have automatic chronology. Each time you came back during the day, you’d have to browse through everything again to see what was new. At least, that’s my recollection of how it worked.

    My own personal favorite experiment was the 10-most-recent-comments link at the top of the entry page. Could see who had posted and jump right to it.

  120. Frankly, I enjoy the OC more than specific topics. It’s a rollickin’ fun time in the OC!

    Some times are more fun than others.

  121. My suggestion for RM: just skim the comments, don’t read everything. You’ll soon develop a taste for some posters and read their stuff, so skip the rest.

  122. #170 Simple

    If I were paid for everything I write, I could buy out Rupert Murdoch and send him to live at your house.

    Regarding the rest of your response, I have absolutely no idea what it has to do with my commentary in #’s 167 and 166.

  123. #170 Simple

    Perhaps the Chinese are in the process of catching up with their own industrial revolution.

    But what philosophical underpinning do they have? What motivation to conduct business in a moral manner? Sure, many have strayed and still stray in The West, but there is an ideal here to “do the right thing”. I believe most Americans still adhere to that ideal.

  124. #170 Simple

    Hamous must pay you by the word.

    No, I try diligently to post only those opinions and observations that I can defend intellectually and honestly. I don’t just go around the internet making cryptic comments and obscurantist quips praying serious people do not take notice. I take this forum as earnestly as I would any other in the realm of ideas.

    Obviously, others do not.

  125. Ace seems to think this helps Rick Perry.

    While Nation Sputters on Jobs, Wisconsin Economy Begins to Hum[Madison, Wisc…] Earlier this month, analysts were dismayed by the nation’s anemic job creation numbers. On Thursday, state officials were pleased as they released data that showed more than half of the net new jobs added in the US in June came from Wisconsin.

    Sez he:

    The claim will be made that Texas’ job creation record is just some kind of fluke. Or that it’s just the oil and gas industries. (Perry was on Cavuto a while back refuting just that; he said job growth was spread out among all industries.)

    Perry, of course, would like to claim that Texas has fared well during this Great Recession due to the basic conservative economic policies he’s pushed.

    In this context, Wisconsin’s sudden “hum” of economic activity is confirmatory for Perry’s position. If something is magic or just plain luck, it can’t be replicated, and there’s not really any sense trying.

    On the other hand, if an economic strategy, like a scientific experiment, results in reproducible results, replicated in various other “laboratories” when attempted, that tends to prove that it wasn’t dumb luck or special circumstances at all, but instead a general principle of wide applicability.

    It may look like Walker’s success in leading Wisconsin out of the darkness is bad for Perry as it suggests Perry isn’t so special; Walker can manage that feat too. But then, we’re conservatives, and we never believed that any politician was actually Magic in the first place; this distinguishes us immediately from liberals.

  126. But didn’t Walker get changes to the union positions in his state? More conservative, like? And Texas is a very unionized state…oh, wait, crap —

    Yeah, Walker’s success is a fluke. Couldn’t have anything to do with conservative ideals. And that’s BOUND to hurt Perry, right?

    /gags

  127. #183 Tedtam

    No to your question.

    Read this again:

    On the other hand, if an economic strategy, like a scientific experiment, results in reproducible results, replicated in various other “laboratories” when attempted, that tends to prove that it wasn’t dumb luck or special circumstances at all, but instead a general principle of wide applicability.

    It may look like Walker’s success in leading Wisconsin out of the darkness is bad for Perry as it suggests Perry isn’t so special; Walker can manage that feat too. But then, we’re conservatives, and we never believed that any politician was actually Magic in the first place; this distinguishes us immediately from liberals.

  128. I was referring to the liberal slant on this. If Perry has such a following already, and his claim was job creation, then by pointing out Walker’s success they hope to diminish Perry’s record.

    It was on that interpretation that I was gagging.

  129. #185 TT

    All those distinctions will be lost on the general public anyway. Americans will be voting straight pocketbook in 2012.

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