Wednesday Solar Flare Open Comments

Well, the solar flare has erupted, and we are both cursed and blessed by the event:

Airlines have rerouted flights, NASA had some safety calculations to do, and satellite owners/operators chewed a few nails. But it’s scenes like this that make me wish I had a ticket to the northern climes.

Here’s a video of a similar event, from space.

I tried to include video from the International Space Station, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me embed the code or even copy the link. So you’ll have to search for it on your own. The astronaut narrating their feed had some interesting information regarding the colors and structure of the aurora, but that’s life, I suppose.

Enjoy the video.

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165 Responses to Wednesday Solar Flare Open Comments

  1. 1 El Gordo says:

    Who are they trying to fool. Everybody knows that the aurora is really nothing more than our magnificent and beloved dear leader expressing his generosity by sharing his halo with the rest of the planet.

  2. 2 Sarge says:

    One of the reasons I like belonging to that hammock camping group is the fact that many of the members are talented amatuer videographers. This morning, I took a nice little trip to Mt. Rogers in Grayson Highlands State Park in Marion, Va.

    Enjoy.

    Its amazing that these days, for a couple hundred dollars, people with talent have access to tools that allow them to do what only professionals working for motion picture companies could do just a decade or so ago.

  3. 3 Bonecrusher says:

    #1 EG: Careful there fatman, I almost lost my breakfast.

  4. 4 Bonecrusher says:

    FOX did a pretty good montage of JugEars contradicting himself in the same speech. I think it would make a great commercial.

  5. 5 Southern Tragedy says:

    I would like to wish Ms. Harper a very Happy Birfday. I hope that your day is extra special, shuuuug. My gift to you is to not sing. Trust me. It’s a great gift! (((HUGS)))

    Have a wonderful day to all! I lubs and miss y’all. BTW: Cowboy and I *Facebook* each other, not hang out a Shakey’s place. I haven’t been over there since I told EPJ to…….to….WISS. :twisted:

  6. 6 Sarge says:

    For those who are interested, Byron York gives a thorough and fair report on the Gingrich Ethics case here. Keep in mind that York has previously written pieces critical of Gingrich and cannot be considered a supporter in any sense of the word.

    The Gingrich case was driven in significant part by a man named Ben Jones. An actor and recovered alcoholic who became famous for playing the dim-witted Cooter in the popular 1980s TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, Jones ran for Congress as a Democrat from Georgia in 1988. He won and served two terms. He lost his bid for re-election after re-districting in 1992, and tried again with a run against Gingrich in 1994. Jones lost decisively, and after that, it is fair to say he became obsessed with bringing Gingrich down.

    Two days before Election Day 1994, with defeat in sight, Jones hand-delivered a complaint to the House ethics committee (the complaint was printed on “Ben Jones for Congress” stationery). Jones asked the committee to investigate the college course, alleging that Gingrich “fabricated a ‘college course’ intended, in fact, to meet certain political, not educational, objectives.” Three weeks later, Jones sent the committee 450 pages of supporting documents obtained through the Georgia Open Records Act.

    York later interviewed Jones.

    There’s no doubt the complaint was rooted in the intense personal animus Jones felt toward Gingrich. In 1995, I sat down with Jones for a talk about Gingrich, and without provocation, Jones simply went off on the Speaker. “He’s just full of s–t,” Jones told me. “He is. I mean, the guy’s never done a damn thing, he’s never worked a day in his life, he’s never hit a lick at a snake. He’s just a bulls–t artist. I mean, think about it. What has this guy ever done in his life?…Gingrich has never worked. He’s never had any life experience. He’s very gifted in his way at a sort of rhetorical terrorism, and he’s gifted in his way at being a career politician, someone who understands how that system works and how to get ahead in it, which is everything that he has derided for all these years. So I think he’s a hypocrite, and I think he’s a wuss, and I don’t mind saying that to him or whoever. To his mother — I don’t care.”

    Lets keep in mind here that this trenchant evaluation of Gingrich’s achievements was being made by a guyy who is most famous for playing “Cooter” on the Dukes of Hazard.

  7. 7 Bonecrusher says:

    HAPPY B-DAY M42 AND MAY YOU HAVE AT LEAST 100 MORE :>)

  8. 8 Bonecrusher says:

    Howdy ST: Glad to see you a little more here on the couch.

  9. 9 Bonecrusher says:

    I think I have discovered why actors are usually so wissin liberal. The fact of the matter is that they have no moorings, no foundations and they spend their entire careers pretending to be something which they are not. Because they work so diligently at deception (acting is deception by definition) they usually fall for the deception of socialism/collectivism. A liar gets a spirit of lying on them and therefore they are prone to believe lies and reject the truth.

  10. 10 Shannon says:

    Happy Birthday mharp.

  11. 11 Bonecrusher says:

    (cue ditzy valley girl voice) We can, like sooooo trust what Nanzi says, I mean, like, yaknow?

    HEADLINE: Pelosi On A Gingrich Presidency: “That Will Never Happen”

    OK, so please tell us why.

    Pelosi: “He’s not going to be President of the United States. That’s not going to happen. Let me just make my prediction and stand by it, it isn’t going to happen.”

    King: “Why are you so sure?”

    Pelosi: “There is something I know. The Republicans, if they choose to nominate him that’s their prerogative. I don’t even think that’s going to happen.”

    Isn’t she so gracious, she is going to allow the Rs to pick whomever they wish. What is it that she “knows”, how to apply cosmetics, how to conduct insider trading based on congressional info not available to the public, how to lie about being spit upon during one of her victory marches, how to lie in the general sense, how she and the Ds fabricated an ethics complaint against Newt?? Please tell us Nanzi, what exactly do you know?

  12. 12 texanadian says:

    Not a solar flare but so neat pics anyway.

    http://americandigest.org/

  13. 13 texanadian says:

    15 questions you will never hear Obamaniation asked.

    5) When you took office, gas was $1.79 per gallon. Since then, you’ve demonized the oil industry, dramatically slowed offshore drilling, blocked ANWR, and killed the Keystone Pipeline. Now, gas is $3.34 per gallon. How much higher do you anticipate driving gas prices?

    http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2012/01/24/15_questions_the_mainstream_media_would_ask_barack_obama_if_he_were_a_republican/page/full/

  14. 14 OletimerLin says:

    G’Morning All

    And especially to you Ms. Harper. Two tips on your birthday:
    1) Forget the past, you can’t change it.
    2) Forget the present, I didn’t get you one.

  15. 17 Tedtam says:

    Happy Birfday to yoooo,
    Happy Birfday to yoooo,
    Happy birfday, Mharperrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr,
    Happy Birfday to yoooooo-OOOOOOOO!

  16. 18 Tedtam says:

    #16 Oletimer

    Linked to it yesterday. “A lighter moment”.
    Still cute.

  17. 19 Tedtam says:

    #12 Texanadian

    From your link:

    Someone asked me on Twitter, “why don’t they just report the truth” and I thought, “because they have given themselves wholly over to a lie, and they fear the truth.

  18. 20 Tedtam says:

    Newt responds to Nanzi’s not-so-veiled threat:

    “I have a simple challenge for Speaker Pelosi…you know, put up or shut up. I mean, I have no idea what she’s talking about. I don’t think she has any idea what she’s talking about, but bring it on,” he said.

    “My life has been looked at by lots of people and I’ve been around a long time. And I just think that when you are a left-wing Democrat, the prospect of a Gingrich presidency is really sort of like a nightmare,” Mr. Gingrich added.

  19. 21 Tedtam says:

    Well, this is a barometer of our government: Citizens becoming non-citizens in growing numbers.

    According to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, approximately 4,000 people gave up their citizenship from fiscal year 2005 to FY 2010. Renunciations increased sharply within the past three years, from 146 in FY 2008 to 1,534 in FY 2010. And during the first two quarters of FY 2011 alone, 1,024 Americans ditched their citizenship.

    First the corporations leave, and now the citizenry.

    That whirring sound you hear? It’s the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.

  20. 22 Bonecrusher says:

    From the British paper The Telegraph we have this story:

    HEADLINE:Fried food heart risk ‘a myth’
    It is a “myth” that regularly eating fried foods causes heart attacks, researchers have found, as long as you use olive oil or sunflower oil.

    The studies really do not support the fried food/heart disease connection. Down in the comments section it get kind of interesting as cholesterol and statins are discussed.
    One of the things that is known but ignored is that our own bodies produce 90-95% of our systemic cholesterol while only 5% or so comes from heavily cholesterol laden foods. the natural question should be “why is the body producing the cholesterol?” and what is the purpose of the cholesterol in a “normal” body?
    The answer is that the body produces cholesterol as a response to systemic inflammation. The cholesterol represents firemen at the scene of a fire; removing the firemen is not going to treat the cause of their arrival and is risky at best. The issue is diet; our diet contains too much sugar, highly processes grains (white flour and polished white rice) and we tend to consume too much alcohol while at the same time consuming too little wild sourced foods, like wild fish or venison or grass fed beef. This diet issue causes a rise in a substance called arachidonic acid in the body. A diet high in wild fish (farm raised fish are fed grain and the omega 3 fatty acids are not present in the same quantity and quality as wild) and wild meat and fresh fruits and veggies will make the body have lower arachidonic acid levels which will lower the systemic inflammation which will lower the systemic cholesterol levels without the damaging effects of the statins.
    When the arachidonic acid to omega 3 ratio is closer to 1:1 systemically your health will soar, many people whose ratio is more like 40:1 have cancer and alzheimers and heart disease; I think the average American is closer to 12:1. Buy a fish oil supplement and take a bunch preferably morning and evening, fish oil omega 3 is the only one that can cross the blood/brain barrier and actually nourish your brain. This articlespeaks about systemic inflammation but it trashes fatty red meat, if the beef is grass fed (that means no feed lot fattening) or wild game it is really good for you.

  21. 23 mharper42 says:

    #5 ST
    Hey, thanks! Just don’t let anyone know how old I really am. Only my FB friends can know the awful truth! (And better be sworn to secrecy)

  22. 24 Tedtam says:

    I guess someone got tired of the problem. I know that I’d like to walk in my neighborhood more, but we seem to get a large number of “dump dogs” here, and more than one of them is a pit, which I absolutely do not trust. Animal control won’t come out unless you have them trapped. Our backyard neighbor has a stray pit that likes to sleep on their porch, and can get aggressive if they come out while it’s there. They’ve been trying to get animal control out for a coupla years now.

    He used to be a bailiff, I’m pretty sure he has a gun. If a stray was aggressively coming at me, I think I’d have the gun with me for protection. Maybe he’s a big animal lover, or maybe they’re making friends with it.

  23. 25 Tedtam says:

    ST – come ’round more often. I can even put a “reserved” sign on a Comfy Couch Cushion, if you wish, so you’ll always have a place to sit.

    We miss you!

  24. 26 mharper42 says:

    #7 Bones

    MAY YOU HAVE AT LEAST 100 MORE

    Well, at least you didn’t say, ANOTHER 100!

  25. 27 Tedtam says:

    #22 bone

    What about flaxseed oil? I’ve changed my diet to more veggies, but I take some B, D3, and some other supplements as well as flaxseed oil.

  26. 28 mharper42 says:

    #10 Shannon

    Happy Birthday mharp.

    Thanks, Shannon. At least you aren’t calling me mharpy any more. :)

  27. 29 mharper42 says:

    #14 OTL
    Thanks for the tips. Sage advice is the best present!

  28. 30 mharper42 says:

    #17 TT
    Thanks for the soulful birfday song! (I think…)

  29. 31 Tedtam says:

    She ought to be a Texan (another link from Drudge):

    Moments later, she said she saw Willis run into her backyard and try to scale her fence. Granville grabbed her .38 Special revolver and followed him.

    “My adrenaline was just flowing at 100 mph,” she said. “I just said, ‘Stop right there (expletive), or you’re going to be dead where you stand.”

    Granville held the man at gunpoint until police arrived.

    … she had to drink a glass of wine after the incident to calm her nerves.

    Yeah, I’ll bet.

  30. 32 Bonecrusher says:

    #27 TT: Flaxseed oil is fine, olive oil is better. Start taking the fish oil capsules and preferably twice a day. You will get more benefit taking one in the morning and one at night than you will 2 in the morning. I take 3 grams of fish oil, plus C complex, B complex, 10000 units of D3, mornings and evenings.

  31. 33 Sarge says:

    Pelosi: “There is something I know. The Republicans, if they choose to nominate him that’s their prerogative. I don’t even think that’s going to happen.”

    Well, we remember how successful the last vindictive witch was with her promise to bring him down was.

  32. 34 Bonecrusher says:

    I feel so slighted that my superscripts and subscripts won’t work.

  33. 35 Bonecrusher says:

    #33 Sarge: the Nootskie responds beautifully here. The response is short and oh so sweet . . . .

    “There’s almost a level of hysteria about the prospect of somebody who really wants to change Washington,” said Mr. Gingrich to host John McCaslin.

    “I have a simple challenge for Speaker Pelosi…you know, put up or shut up. I mean, I have no idea what she’s talking about. I don’t think she has any idea what she’s talking about, but bring it on,” he said.

    “My life has been looked at by lots of people and I’ve been around a long time. And I just think that when you are a left-wing Democrat, the prospect of a Gingrich presidency is really sort of like a nightmare,” Mr. Gingrich added.

    Oh yeah, like a Freddie Kreuger kind of nightmare :>)

  34. 36 Tedtam says:

    #34 Boney

    I feel so slighted that my superscripts and subscripts won’t work.

    And I feel slighted that my posts are noticed.

    No time to sulk…back to work.

  35. 37 GJT says:

    Happy Birfday mharper!

    ST ain’t gettin my seat.

  36. 38 Bonecrusher says:

    TT: Did you finally get some rest last night; you know like in bed before 9pm and not out before 6am?

  37. 40 Adee says:

    Good morning Hamsters. Monsoon Deux has just arrived here at 10:10, dropping out of a purple/gray sky. The weather folks tell us to expect heavy rain in the next hour(s) as more is pulled up from the Gulf by that very strong low pressure in SE Texas. Thunder rumbles in the not too far distance and slightly shakes the ground. The strong wind gusts of last night are gone. Static on the radio is continuous. Horses are tucked in the barn, hatches battened down, spouse is telecommuting today, and I guess that about takes care of things here.

    Happy Birthday mharper42 and many more. Stay safe and then go out for dinner once this mess passes.

  38. 41 Katfish says:

    Mharper MANY Happy returns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. 42 Tedtam says:

    Just got a stiff gust of wind. The radar looks ominous. Normally, orange and red are such cheerful colors.

  40. 43 Tedtam says:

    #38

    TT: Did you finally get some rest last night; you know like in bed before 9pm and not out before 6am?

    Nope. To be about 1:00 am, up at 7:50 am. Didn’t sleep well. I was still awake to hear thunder between 1:30 and 2:00 am. Must have drifted off fitfully sometime after 2:00 am. I remember waking up several times. Hubby’s alarm went off at 5:30 am. I hit the snooze button the first time, managed to turn off the alarm the second time. After that, I was too awake to sleep well. I think I got about a half hour around 7:00 am.

    I’m surprised at how perky I am. Must have slept very fast.

    I see a nap in my future.

  41. 44 Tedtam says:

    On a brighter note, I’m close to rewarding myself with a massage for reaching a personal goal. There’s a massage college who’s students need some practice. At this point, I don’t need a professional massage therapist; I’ll take a bumbling student and I’ll still feel better.

  42. 45 Bonecrusher says:

    I just checked the radar and Glorious Copperfield is getting drenched; not raining yet here at the global HQ at Kirby and Richmond.

  43. 46 Bonecrusher says:

    #44 TT: I remember those days when I had to go and scrounge for clients to fill my quota in order to finish school. Before I was even at that stage someone came in the school and wanted a massage and I was the only one available, I had him asleep within 30 minutes.

  44. 47 gtotracker says:

    WE’RE ALL GONNA DIIEEEEeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. 48 Bonecrusher says:

    #31 TT: from your linkie:

    Willis was charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement, driving with a suspended license, use of a vehicle to commit a felony, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. He was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on Tuesday and released after posting $7,500 bail.

    Does anyone other than me see a real problem with the bold sections? Why was this slime-ball let out of jail at all, let alone on a measly $7500?? They should have added at least a zero to the bail amount.

  46. 49 Bonecrusher says:

    #47 GTO: Why?

  47. 50 Tedtam says:

    #48 Boney

    ….and they didn’t charge him with stealing the rental car, either.

  48. 51 Shannon says:

    I need a masseuse/therapist.
    :)

  49. 52 Bonecrusher says:

    #50 TT: Maybe they are holding that one in reserve in case they blow the prosecution on the other stuff.

  50. 53 Bonecrusher says:

    #51 Shannon: I make house/office calls for $100/hour. No disrobing, no oils – real therapy for what ails you.

  51. 54 gtotracker says:

    #49, I guess you are not listening to the radio. Floods, tornadoes, blizzard, meteor showers, they are going nuts.

  52. 56 mharper42 says:

    #37 Tim
    Thanks, Buddy!
    Play yer cards right, and ST & I will keep a seat warm fer ya. :wink:

  53. 57 Bonecrusher says:

    #55 Texanadian: from your linkie:

    Perhaps one day, pretty much no one will work and we can just force a few selfish, workaholic rich people to pay for everything.
    A good analogy for the rich is a pinata. You just keep whacking them and they drop treats for all of us forever and ever. Like a pinata. Yet this could all be ruined by the crazy people out there who want to shrink government, and thus reduce its ability to care for us.

    This is a pretty good example of satire.

  54. 58 Bonecrusher says:

    #37 GJT: Careful there bro, you might wind up as fertilizer on ST’s farm.

  55. 59 mharper42 says:

    #39 Sarge
    Hey, the Beatles when they were young mop-tops!

  56. 60 Adee says:

    Puddles forming everywhere, but at least no wind to blow water under covered areas. Lightning flashes and thunder punctuates every so often and shakes things closer now. Rain pounds stratight down in Texas-sized drops, gutters overflow and become waterfalls, the digital rain gauge just flipped over to 1.04″, but that has to be less than what’s in the plastic one on the paddock fence. Sooo glad we got the culverts cleaned out on Sunday on the road behind our pastures, ’cause if this keeps up very long we shall be a lake again with house and barn islands. The weather folks said there would be training of the storms coming up from the Gulf. The train is here….

    Gauge reads 1.29 now.

  57. 61 Bonecrusher says:

    It is dark here at Kirby and Richmond but very little rain is falling, more like a mist.

  58. 62 Sarge says:

    59 mharper42 says:
    January 25, 2012 at 11:04 am
    #39 Sarge
    Hey, the Beatles when they were young mop-tops!

    The Beatles when WE were young mop-tops.

  59. 63 Shannon says:

    Making my rounds in Northeast Washington County there is heavy tree damage, many blocking roads.
    Northwest Washington County apparently had the worst of it – roofs lost, out buildings blown away, severe tree damage.
    A co-worker from the Lomg Point area had a stack of steel for a soon to be erected barn held down with ten railroad ties. That steel is now strewn for several miles across highways and neighbors’ pastures.
    70 mph winds were measured at Brenham Airport in South Washington County.

  60. 64 Tedtam says:

    I’m going to step outside and enjoy the weather. I enjoy a good storm front. I remember how my sister and I used to go outside and spin ourselves crazy when a strong front came through.

    Yes, we were nuts, but we had fun.

  61. 65 Shannon says:

    53 bones
    I am too decrepit to work a second job to afford your rates.

  62. 66 wagonburner says:

    I’m hoping that the clouds clear so I can see this. It was clear the other night and I saw a bit of the aurora, but I wanna see the big one.

  63. 67 wagonburner says:

    #51 Shannon: I make house/office calls for $100/hour. No disrobing, no oils – real therapy for what ails you.

    What he’s really saying is that you’re not:
    1. Hot
    2. A masseuse

  64. 68 mharper42 says:

    #40 Adee
    We’re getting heavy rain here in NW Houston. I was at an Arbor Day ceremony earlier this week and the timing is perfect for a good soaking rain on those newly planted trees. They’re well mulched so their fill dirt shouldn’t wash out. Shame I didn’t have my own plantings ready in time. I am still prepping the spots to put in 2 new trees. Still, this rain will be good for my mature trees. I’ve started watering them once a week when it doesn’t rain at all.

    Thanks for the birthday wishes — I would not get out in this weather for anything short of needing open heart surgery!

  65. 69 Bonecrusher says:

    #67 Homer: You are correct, most guy don’t find me “hot” and those that do don’t get worked on and 2) a masseuse is a wimmin and I aint one of those although I do like them, Mrs. Bonecrusher in particular.

  66. 70 Tedtam says:

    So much for the tolerance of the left. I mean picking on a poor, defenseless statue.

    I don’t care if it’s a Hindu shrine, a Catholic church, or a Buddhist temple. It’s not hurting anyone else just by existing. Or maybe….
    … it was a threat to their mental well-being.

  67. 71 mharper42 says:

    #41
    And there’s Katfishy! It is so nice for all of you to notice my birthday.

  68. 72 Bonecrusher says:

    It finally started to rain here, I think the sky may be falling.

  69. 73 mharper42 says:

    #62 Sarge

    The Beatles when WE were young mop-tops.

    Hmmm… I stand corrected. :)

  70. 74 Sarge says:

    Hmmm… I stand corrected.

    Sit down. Relax.

  71. 75 Katfish says:

    MsTT – heads UP – potential “rotation” detected near Pearland………………..

  72. 76 GJT says:

    I appreciate the radio weather alerts, but can’t we just spit it out and skip the promos with every single one?

  73. 77 Tedtam says:

    Thanks Katfish, but by now I think the only “rotation” is my head spinning when I hear about the SOTU last night.

  74. 78 Shannon says:

    76
    “This wind gust brought to you by I.W. Marks.”

  75. 79 Tedtam says:

    Kitty is being pitiful again. At least she knows the meaning of the word “no”.

    Unlike some public figures.

  76. 80 Shannon says:

    Gingrich drawing thousands. Mitt and Rick only hundreds.
    BTW, Florida is a winner-takes-all delegates state.

    http://m.pbpost.com/pbpost/pm_11247/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=GTPLnnDl

  77. 81 Adee says:

    The last of the nasty stuff passed through an hour ago, Sun came out briefly, and clouds moved in again. The plastic gauge says 1.8″, and the digital insists 1.66″. We believe the plastic one. It’s more in the open. Anyway, hope Hamsters everywhere are ok and undamaged.

  78. 82 Tedtam says:

    Tonight’s class is on “Sin & Virtue”. This is always interesting, as the students always ask questions like “If I hold my right arm over my head before I make an incomplete confession because I forgot something I did when I was three, and hopscotch out the door after my penance, then run into the street and get hit by a car, will I go to Heaven or Hell?”

    The patience of Job, I have.

    Although my web search on the concept of Purgatory has turned up a few interesting tidbits. I went from there to a page on demonic visitation, which brought back a real scary night for me. I don’t think I can share much of that information with the students.

  79. 83 Shannon says:

    and undamaged.

    Way too late for this crowd.
    :)

  80. 84 Tedtam says:

    #83 Shannon

    and undamaged.

    Way too late for this crowd.

    She meant from the storm, you silly! :D

  81. 85 wagonburner says:

    The patience of Job, I have.

    Again channeling Yoda are you?

  82. 86 Tedtam says:

    #85 WB

    At least Yoda could handle a bunch of teenagers, if he had to. Pin ‘em up on the wall with The Force, if necessary. Influence their minds with a wave of his hand. And, if all else failed, leave them to the storm troopers.

  83. 87 mharper42 says:

    2.6″ in my rain gauge, and hardly any standing water left in sight, so most of it is on its way back to the Gulf already. I’m with Adee, I’d rather have it more spread out, but I’ll happily take what we got today.

  84. 88 CbR says:

    Happy Birfday Mz mharper42!!

    Well the storm finished rolling thru this neck of the woods round about 10:30 or so and left us with almost 4 inches in the gauge. WHOOP.!! WHOOP !! the tanks are near full. When I left to go to town my lower pastures looked like a lake had set in for a long stayover. Upon my return, alas, most of it had run the creeks to the San Bernard and off to the Colorado and points south headed for the Gulf. And yes, the tanks are successfully holding back their wonderful abundance of the wet stuff. Kritters, including the fishes, are doing the “happy dance”

    UPDATE: It’s official … the front gauge reads 4.1 inches and it’s starting to mist again. Bring it on!!

  85. 89 Shannon says:

    84 TT
    The Damage Control guy resigned and checked himself into The Menninger Clinic years ago.

  86. 90 Shannon says:

    88 Cbr
    A blessing indeed.

  87. 91 Bonecrusher says:

    CBR: congrats on full tanks that are holding water and not leaking.

  88. 92 Tedtam says:

    Yeah, at a certain age, not leaking is a good thing when the tank is full.

  89. 93 Shannon says:

    92
    Ba dump bump

  90. 94 wagonburner says:

    :roll:

  91. 96 Bonecrusher says:

    Prediction: When the convention comes around there will not be a current contender with 50%+1 delegates. The first ballot will not produce 50%+1 votes for anyone, at that point all delegates are released from their pledge and the process is blown wide open. There is no telling who our nominee will be and he/she may not be among those currently running.

  92. 97 Bonecrusher says:

    #95 Homer: Dya think he is gonna claim insanity?

  93. 98 Bonecrusher says:

    #95 Homer: After eating brains and eye, how could anyone contest an insanity plea?

  94. 99 Tedtam says:

    #93 Shannon

    Ba dump bump

    I’m here all week, be sure to tip your waitress.

  95. 100 Bonecrusher says:

    hunnert! Thanks for the set-up TT.

  96. 101 mharper42 says:

    #95 PyroMan
    Geez, from that mug shot, I’d say the zombie apocalypse is here, now. Well, in Florida, anyway.

  97. 102 mharper42 says:

    #88 CbR
    Cowboy gots water for his critters, hooray! Thanks again for the birthday wishes.

  98. 103 Tedtam says:

    Oh – my – word.

    In a police car? Handcuffed? How is that even possible?

  99. 104 Bonecrusher says:

    He looks a little frustrated in the pic and she looks kind of like the cat that ate the canary, er, ah whatever.

  100. 105 Tedtam says:

    And on that note, I’m off to teach minds full of mush about Sin & Virtue.

  101. 106 Shannon says:

    Geez, from that mug shot, I’d say the zombie apocalypse is here, now.

    It was the first published photo of Squawk that convinced me.

  102. 107 Shannon says:

    And then there’s always Cbr.

  103. 108 mharper42 says:

    Calling Robert M — Caption Contest — up for grabs

    I was puzzled over an unexplained pic up on Drudge this evening, showing Angela Merkel and a golden goose, apparent Olympics winners? — so I went looking for it in context. Turned out it has morphed into a caption contest. So here ya go, RM.

  104. 109 Darren says:

    Sarge #6;

    I read that piece earlier today. It is a really good piece and it should be shared with others.

  105. 110 Darren says:

    mharper;

    Happy birthday to you!

  106. 111 Darren says:

    Bonecrusher #11;

    what exactly do you know?

    We’ll have to vote for Newt in order to find out what she knows about him. ;)

  107. 112 GJT says:

    #111
    Darren

    Pretty good line. :D

  108. 113 GJT says:

    In a police car? Handcuffed? How is that even possible?

    Animals get on just fine without hands, nor thumbs. :D

  109. 115 Darren says:

    Sorry if this was posted already but I read this earlier and just heard it referenced on Hewitt. I went to Drudge and it’s the top headline so I thought I’d post it now before it dies down. Yesterday Shannon posted a great article whic hshowed Gingrich as Reagan’s lieutenant. This article makes me wonder if there’s another side to Newt being Reagan’s commanding soldier.

    Gingrich and Reagan: In the 1980s, the candidate repeatedly insulted the president. By elliot Abrams.

    In the increasingly rough Republican campaign, no candidate has wrapped himself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan more often than Newt Gingrich. “I worked with President Reagan to change things in Washington,” “we helped defeat the Soviet empire,” and “I helped lead the effort to defeat Communism in the Congress” are typical claims by the former speaker of the House.

    The claims are misleading at best. As a new member of Congress in the Reagan years — and I was an assistant secretary of state — Mr. Gingrich voted with the president regularly, but equally often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides, and his policies to defeat Communism. Gingrich was voluble and certain in predicting that Reagan’s policies would fail, and in all of this he was dead wrong.

    On attacking Reagan poignantly:

    The best examples come from a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986. This was right in the middle of the fight over funding for the Nicaraguan contras; the money had been cut off by Congress in 1985, though Reagan got $100 million for this cause in 1986. Here is Gingrich: “Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire’s challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing, and without a dramatic change in strategy will continue to fail. . . . President Reagan is clearly failing.” Why? This was due partly to “his administration’s weak policies, which are inadequate and will ultimately fail”; partly to CIA, State, and Defense, which “have no strategies to defeat the empire.” But of course “the burden of this failure frankly must be placed first on President Reagan.” Our efforts against the Communists in the Third World were “pathetically incompetent,” so those anti-Communist members of Congress who questioned the $100 million Reagan sought for the Nicaraguan “contra” rebels “are fundamentally right.” Such was Gingrich’s faith in President Reagan that in 1985, he called Reagan’s meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in Munich.”

    Yikes. I sure hope Newt meant that meeting with Gorbachev was *potentionally* dangerous “since Adolf Hitler met with Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in Munich”. Chamberlain sought appeasement; Reagan sought absolute victory through strength.

    The second point to make is that Gingrich made these assaults on the Reagan administration just as Democratic attacks were heating up unmercifully. Far from becoming a reliable voice for Reagan policy and the struggle against the Soviets, Gingrich took on Reagan and his administration. It appears to be a habit: He did the same to George W. Bush when Bush was making the toughest and most controversial decision of his presidency — the surge in Iraq. Bush was opposed by many of the top generals, by some Republican leaders who feared the surge would hurt in the 2008 elections, and of course by a slew of Democrats and media commentators. Here again Gingrich provided no support for his party’s embattled president, testifying as a private citizen in 2007 that the strategy was “inadequate,” contained “breathtaking” gaps, lacked “synergism” (whatever that means), and was “very disappointing.” What did Gingrich propose? Among other things, a 50 percent increase in the budget of the State Department.

    To be fair, I do believe I heard Hewitt say that Elliot Abrams is on Team Romney and his criticisms against Romney are focused on foreign policy whereas Shannon’s post was focused on Gingrich’s domestic successes. But one other point here is that Abrams “was an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan Administration and deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush Administration”. This goes to Hewitt’s question as to why do so many people who knew Gingrich intimately not like him and so few come out an defend him? Romney has over 70 congressional endorsements and Gingrich 11.

  110. 116 Sarge says:

    If anyone ever asks you to define the word schadenfreud, and you’re having a hard time doing it, just show them this article.

  111. 117 Sarge says:

    To be fair, I do believe I heard Hewitt say that Elliot Abrams is on Team Romney and his criticisms against Romney are focused on foreign policy whereas Shannon’s post was focused on Gingrich’s domestic successes. But one other point here is that Abrams “was an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan Administration and deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush Administration”. This goes to Hewitt’s question as to why do so many people who knew Gingrich intimately not like him and so few come out an defend him? Romney has over 70 congressional endorsements and Gingrich 11.

    Another Bush crony who is also working for the Romney campaign is crticizing Gingrich?

    Well, I guess we have no reason to doubt him—–

    Tom Delay came in to Micheal Berry’s show tonight and criticized Gingrich as well. Yep, this Tom Delay.

    Perhaps Hewitt is not listening to everybody who knew and worked with Newt.

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – Former Rep. J.C. Watts, who was one of the top leaders in the Congress in the 1990s and is one of the most famous black Republicans in the country, repeatedly praised former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a speech here on Thursday.

    “I’m going to do everything within my power to see to it that it’s Newt Gingrich,” Watts said of the GOP nomination process at the conference for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

    J.C. Watts is a true Conservative hero and served on the ethics committee that investigated Newt. If anyone knows all the skeletons that Granny Rictus McBotox claims to know, its J.C. Watts.

    Then there’s this guy

    Atlanta, GA – Former Iowa Congressman Fred Grandy today announced his endorsement of Newt Gingrich for President of the United States.

    “I am proud to support Newt’s campaign for president,” Grandy said today. “I believe that his optimistic, solutions-oriented message is resonating well with the people of Iowa and with all Americans.

    “As someone who worked with Newt while in Congress, I also am saddened to see some of his former colleagues attack his leadership style. Newt’s leadership is the major reason Republicans won control of Congress in 1994 and enjoy a majority today. I believe that Newt is the best candidate to unite our party as we seek to unseat Barack Obama next year.”

    There are others if Hewitt would just do a simple Google search.

  112. 118 GJT says:

    #115
    Darren

    Hindsight being 20/20 and all, it looks pretty silly for Newt to have been critical of Reagon’s policies fighting communism. Take note, Newt was to the right of Reagon if these accusations are true. Not a good thing for the Romney camp to bring out if we are trying to find out who is the most conservative of our nominee choices.

  113. 119 mharper42 says:

    #110 Thanks, Darren!
    #111 Tim – Darren is an awesome blogger too.

  114. 120 mharper42 says:

    #114 Tim
    From what I read, Obammy started it. Good on Guv Brewer to not kowtow to that thin-skinned pr!ck.

  115. 121 Sarge says:

    Elliot Abrams. Tom Delay. John McCain.

    A murders row for what went wrong with the Republican Party starting in 1996.

  116. 123 Sarge says:

    Dang.

    John Tyler was born in 1790. He became the 10th president of the United States in 1841 after William Henry Harrison died in office. Tyler fathered Lyon Gardiner Tyler in 1853, at age 63. Then, at the age of 71, Lyon Gardiner Tyler fathered Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. in 1924 and four years later at age 75, Harrison Ruffin Tyler. Both men are still alive today.

  117. 124 mharper42 says:

    #116 Sarge
    If I take yer drift, you are glad the woman’s car is apparently being damaged by reflected sunlight? If so, that’s not very compassionate. Sure, there is some irony with dueling greenie-weenie crapola, but bottom line is, the car was being damaged.

  118. 125 GJT says:

    Sarge, you sure it wasn’t this Tom Delay?

    I heard pieces of that interview, Delay is supportive of Gingrich regarding the ethic charges bull.

  119. 126 GJT says:

    mharper, I think the joke was a greenie-weenie Prius damaged by a greenie-weenie energy window.

    *Nevermind, I see you caught that part.*

  120. 127 mharper42 says:

    #125 Tim
    Uh oh, red pants! How did they ever talk him into wearing red pants to dance in?

  121. 128 GJT says:

    I don’t know how he let himself be drawn into any of it, I was embarrassed for him.

  122. 129 mharper42 says:

    Schadenfreude is not the same as irony. It means taking joy at the pain of others. I really don’t care what kind of car people want to drive, but there is a liability issue if someone else is damaging it.

  123. 130 Sarge says:

    124 mharper42 says:

    January 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    #116 Sarge
    If I take yer drift, you are glad the woman’s car is apparently being damaged by reflected sunlight? If so, that’s not very compassionate. Sure, there is some irony with dueling greenie-weenie crapola, but bottom line is, the car was being damaged.

    That’s what schadenfreud is all about. An ironic occurence that makes you feel a little bit guilty about being a little bit happy it happened.

  124. 131 GJT says:

    I don’t know, I do feel bad for folk’s Volts catching fire. In a smirky kinda way.

  125. 132 Sarge says:

    Its kinda like watching a boat sink knowing that Barney Frank is on it along with your microwave, toaster, three loaves of bread, a pound of butter, and 100 slices of Kraft singles.

  126. 133 Sarge says:

    125 GJT says:

    January 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Sarge, you sure it wasn’t this Tom Delay?

    I heard pieces of that interview, Delay is supportive of Gingrich regarding the ethic charges bull.

    He’d kinda have to, wouldn’t he?

    But they are starting to come out of the woodwork, aren’t they?

    Next thing you know, Trent Lott will be saying stuff and folks who worled for Charlie Crist will be working to elect Mittens.

  127. 134 mharper42 says:

    #132 Sarge
    Yabbut I don’t think that is schadenfreude either. :D
    It’s sort of a win some, lose some situation, ain’t it?

  128. 135 Sarge says:

    134 mharper42 says:

    January 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    #132 Sarge
    Yabbut I don’t think that is schadenfreude either.
    It’s sort of a win some, lose some situation, ain’t it?

    Yep

  129. 136 Sarge says:

    God forgive me, I’m listening to Micheal Savage (waiting for Dennis Miller to come on).

    HE thinks Newt is working for the Democrats—–

  130. 137 Sarge says:

    OK–

    So when did KPRC take Dennis Miller off the radio at night?

  131. 138 GJT says:

    Think Miller is on in the day now, not sure.

  132. 139 Sarge says:

    I would have sworn that I was listening to him on the way home after dinner just a few days ago

  133. 140 Katfish says:

    137 & 139 – I had no idea DM was ever on KPRC……………here’s what a qwik search yielded though…………

    http://tunein.com/radio/The-Dennis-Miller-Show-p123379/

  134. 141 Tedtam says:

    I always find it amusing to discuss sin with my class. We discussed the nature of sin, why it’s bad, how individual sin contributes to social sin, the differences between mortal and venial sin, the consequences/punishment for sin…and then it began.
    “Is birth control a sin?” When I said yes, in the eyes of the Catholic Church, about half the class emitted a synchronized gasp. Looks went in all directions and a few heads started bobbing. I dipped briefly into the Catholic view on sexuality and moved on.
    “Is xxxx a sin?” I said yes, and a few more gasps. This happened a few more times. I prevented it from getting into a detailed nitpicking session, but I didn’t hold back any answers, either.

    They are so transparent.

    And a little frightening.

  135. 142 Sarge says:

    140 Katfish says:

    January 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    137 & 139 – I had no idea DM was ever on KPRC……………here’s what a qwik search yielded though…………

    Yah. I found the same thing on Miller’s website. I think there’s something wrong with the I Heart Radio feed. It re-directs to Savage. I generally listen to him live direct on his website, but I missed some of it this morning. He had Major Garrett on for an hour and I always enjoy his take on things.

  136. 143 Sarge says:

    Is making grilled cheese sammiches in the microwave a sin?

  137. 144 mharper42 says:

    740 and 950 jumbled their schedules in the last couple of weeks. Miller is on later now. What bit me was losing Michael Berry from 2-5, that was a time I could listen to him. Shoot, I’m still PO’ed over losing Neal Boortz from KNTH late evening, and that was a year or more ago.

  138. 145 mharper42 says:

    Somebody mentioned Charlie Crist. That ad that was all over the internet today had the awfulest pic of Crist that I ever saw. It actually denigrated Romney just by being in the same picture with the weaselly-looking Crist.
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/01/antimitt-ads-top-drudge-112131.html

  139. 146 Sarge says:

    I actually kinda like the new sched.

    Keeps me from having to listen to Sam Malone.

  140. 147 Shannon says:

    What time/station is Berry on now?

  141. 148 GJT says:

    Yeah but there’s nobody but Chris Baker in the afternoon now. That guy says more stuff without saying anything than anyone. And that’s a talk show host’s resume requirement.

  142. 149 GJT says:

    Berry is morning drive and after 5 on 740.

  143. 150 mharper42 says:

    I don’t have but about 15 mins of radio time in the morning, so Joe Pags is fine for that. I would listen to Rush but I’m rarely able to from 11-2. I care who’s on 2-5 because I can usually start listening during that shift. Then 10pm till ZZZZZ is important to me. Hugh Hewitt is the best I can find right now. I think Dennis Miller is on then too, but he’s telling show biz jokes while the bow of the Titanic is lifting up out of the water.

  144. 151 Sarge says:

    I actually like Chris Baker, but rarely have a chance to catch him. Berry is on 8-11 AM and I catch him on the way to work. Really don’t like Pags, but Matt Patrick isn’t bad. Can’t get reception in the office and they’ve got most radio stations blocked to speed up the Citrix conection.

  145. 152 Tedtam says:

    #143 Sarge

    Is making grilled cheese sammiches in the microwave a sin?

    If it isn’t, it should be.

  146. 153 Shannon says:

    Baker is the worst I have ever heard.
    Except for maybe Doug Johnson.

  147. 154 Shannon says:

    Malone does the same 15 minute show, twelve times, between 6 and 9am.

  148. 155 shamaal says:

    Apparently Jay Leno made a lame joke about Romney vacationing at a Sikh shrine and they are wissed. Now he’s being sued.

  149. 156 Sarge says:

    Malone seems to me to be forcing things a bit, as if he’s not really on-board. Seems to be pandering. Berry, at least, seems to beleive in what he’s saying. Matt Patrick is a bit of a bomb thrower sometimes, but preferable to Malone. I like Baker’s irreverent sense of humor, and he does seem to beleive what he’s saying, too.

  150. 157 shamaal says:

    News from Newtlandia, where money credit grows on trees

    “By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American,” he said. According to Newt, the base would be used for “science, tourism, and manufacturing” and create a “robust industry” modeled on the airline business in the 20th century.

  151. 158 shamaal says:

    Neat!

    American hostage in Somalia rescued by US Navy SEALs in overnight raid

    Of course, the knuckleheads cynics are claiming he had her kidnapped then did nothing until now so it would prop up his SOTU speech.

    In a statement sent to NBC News and other media, Obama says that he authorized the operation to rescue Buchanan.
    “Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our Special Operations Forces, yesterday Jessica Buchanan was rescued and she is on her way home,” he says. “As Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission, and the dedicated professionals who supported their efforts.”
    Obama, who spoke to Buchanan’s father Tuesday night, says she was “selflessly serving her fellow human beings when she was taken hostage by criminals and pirates who showed no regard for her health and well-being.”
    He says he told her father that “all Americans have Jessica in our thoughts and prayers, and give thanks that she will soon be reunited with her family.”
    “The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice,” Obama adds. “This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.”…

  152. 159 Shannon says:

    I have never heard of Matt Patrick. Must be on a station I dont get out here.

  153. 160 shamaal says:

    Starbuck’s supports marriage equality. It must be something in the coffee, I hope no one here has been infected.
    I guess the boycott starts tomorrow.

  154. 161 Shannon says:

    The Russians say there is life on Venus.
    Screw the moon.

  155. 162 shamaal says:

    Pretty good publicity if you want to attract thrill seekers.

    Following a test run of the of the UK’s newest rollercoaster, due to open in just 49 days, some of the test dummies were left ‘alarmingly’ damaged following collisions with some of the rides ‘extreme “near miss” spots’.
    The theme park, located in Surrey, have confirmed ‘drastic measures’ have been taken to amend the problems after an emergency response team were called out to fix the ride.
    Some of the mannequins were left without any arms or legs following the hell-raising ride which promises to leave thrill-seekers ‘exposed and vulnerable to the extreme near misses and gut-wrenching inversions as it rips through the sky on its mission of complete annihilation.’

  156. 163 Darren says:

    Sarge;

    Hewitt did not say “everybody” but clearly those who knew Gingrich personally are heavily slanted to not liking him.

    Norm Coleman: Read Romney campaign response citing Ramesh Ponnoruu. I didn’t want to take this to a “hey, look at all the conservatives supporting Romney” level but that seems to be where you want to take it. There’ strong concervatives supporting Romney and theyr’s strong conservatives supporting Newt. The best of luck to both of them. For future reference, please note I made the disclaimer of Abrams being on Team Romney. I’m all in for Romney but I want to be open about my sources. And if your do not like Delay or McCain I do not see how Newt will better them overall.

    Still, bakc to point, those who knew Newt do not seem to like him. There are exceptions of course but by and large they don’t seem to.

    I’m listening to Micheal Savage (waiting for Dennis Miller to come on).

    HE thinks Newt is working for the Democrats—–

    I was wondering myself a couple of weeks ago. ;)

    I agree with you on Baker. I like him though I do ger bored after a bit. He can talk about the same thing for a long time and, as you pointed out, really say nothing about it. He’s funny though and overall seems like a good man.

  157. 164 Darren says:

    Mitt Romney is rich; this much we know.

    But would he be the richest president ever?

    In terms of raw dollars, yes. If you adjust for inflation, though, the answer is no.

    In fact, the wealthiest president appears to have been one of the nation’s most beloved Commanders in Chief and the nation’s first president, George Washington.

    Multiple studies have estimated Washington’s net worth, in today’s dollars, at more than $500 million, due in large part to his Virginia plantation at Mount Vernon being so vast and so fertile.

    Gee, that’s not fair. ;)

    Would Mitt Romney be the richest president ever?

  158. 165 Darren says:

    GJT #118;

    Take note, Newt was to the right of Reagon if these accusations are true. Not a good thing for the Romney camp to bring out if we are trying to find out who is the most conservative of our nominee choices.

    He may have been to the right of Reagan but incorrect nonetheless. I will agree that focusing only on Newt’s view foreign policy does not present an accurate picture of Newt. I can make anyone look bad just by focusing on what they did bad. But I do think this is a justifiable point on Newt to bring out. I find Romney’s foreign policy much in line with Reagan’s. In the case of Lebanon, perhaps even better.

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