Friday Smokin’ Open Comments

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Canadians will be able to freely heat up some gun barrels, now that the long gun registry is coming to an end. And a smidgen of common sense breaks out north of the border:

“It does nothing to help put an end to gun crimes, nor has it saved one Canadian life,” he said.

An electric cigarette blows up in a man’s mouth. The things that happen when you try to do the right thing…and here’s what can happen when you don’t.

Nothing like greasy sausage to make the best-smelling fire needing extinguishing. Pass the sauce! I just hope that smoke didn’t get in their eyes. As long as they weren’t near any lightning, and kept away from the the smokestack.

Maybe the firemen trained here. Or, if they’re really smart, they’ll train here. GIG ‘EM!

But these young men are getting a head start on their training.

Of course, if you do catch yourself near a fire and need to get help, you could always do this.

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77 thoughts on “Friday Smokin’ Open Comments

  1. Let’s all call in a few fire alarms in Looooooooooooosiana so SD can make ‘birthday good travel time’ on I-10


    Mannnnnnnnnny HAPPY Returns SD!

  2. Happy Birfday, Super Dave! My gift to you is to not sing. Trust me, it’s a great gift. I hope your day is extra-special! (((HUGS)))

  3. Happy Birfday, Davey me Lad! Aaaaarrrgghhhhhh!

    How come it be that others did know t’were your birfday?

    — Iron Mary

  4. Happy BarfDay SD: Catch a lot of fish whilst yer at the old place.. . . . . . .and no certificates of appreciation from the guys in cars with flashy lights.

  5. There are several angles I could take on this story:
    1) The good news is that those who see the lies in the gov’t position are fighting back
    2) The hard slant by AP against those who think the whole MMGW is the crap that it is.
    3) This is prima facie evidence that the Dept of Energy needs to be scrapped:

    Energy Department spokeswoman Jen Stutsman said Wojick’s federal work has nothing to do with climate change and that the agency maintains that global warming is real and manmade.

    4) The fingerprints of the lefty, nanny statist, moonbat, T-Ns are all over the whole MMGW idea. Follow the money and find the real culprits.

  6. Good morning Hamsters. Missed the rain yesterday so some of the squish has gone out of the ground, but that won’t last long if today’s forecast is accurate. Light mist and 57 at 6 but nothing more so far. Wait and see.

    Happy Birthday Super Dave and many more. Safe trip to the homestead and back. You’re not getting older, just better and wiser. 🙂

  7. G’Morning All

    Happy B’Day, Super Dave.

    Haven’t been here for a few days. I’ve kinda been down in the dumps. We’ve lost two old farts in the last week. One from cancer a few days ago and going to the funeral of the other one today at 2:00. I’m not depressed, just doing the normal grieving and relieving process. Got a big boost yesterday, tho. Grandson Robert had his 10th B’Day. His requests were to have his party at our house and Grandpa cook the supper and Grandma do the cake. A god time was had by all.

  8. Word for the day:

       [hi-pok-ruh-see] noun, plural -sies.
    Def.: 1. Armed men guarded Media Matters boss as he took $400,000 gun control donation

    The recent revelation that the head of Media Matters walked the streets of Washington with a Glock-toting personal assistant acting as a bodyguard may make it a little awkward for the group the next time it seeks a donation from a gun control advocacy group.

    Media Matters reportedly took more than $400,000 from the Joyce Foundation specifically earmarked to promote a $600,000 initiative on “gun and public safety issues.” At the same time, Media Matters’ gun-guarded boss David Brock reportedly obsessed over his own security.


    Brock reportedly told confidantes that he feared for his safety and needed hired guns to keep him safe. The District’s gun laws are among the strictest in the nation, which raises the question of whether Brock’s assistant at times was in violation of its ban on carrying a concealed weapon.

  9. #7 Bones

    Howdy ST: Long time no read from.

    ST somehow knows when everyone’s birthday is — I think she has high-level access to all our dossiers.

  10. Next Wednesday is George Washington’s birthday .

    He’s the only president who didn’t blame the problems of the country on the previous administration.

  11. #12 Texpat

    It’s an unavoidable slippery slope.

    Seems easily avoidable to me, but then I ain’t Russian and I ain’t into tats.

  12. #15 OTL: I think I posted that link last week. Still, they are so cute it makes me want to bite them.

  13. Banner pic on Drudge is really scary, on lots of levels. In the left column is this story

    HEADLINE:Obama losing financial backing of big S.F. donor
    San Francisco philanthropist Susie Tompkins Buell, one of the Democratic Party’s most generous benefactors, is keeping her checkbook closed when President Obama holds high-priced California fundraisers this week.

    “I want to look him in the eye and say, ‘Thank you so much’ ” for his work, said Buell, who expresses deep disappointment in the president’s leadership on environmental issues, especially climate change.

    With Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in full swing, “I would just love to write my big check … or have a high-dollar dinner here” on his behalf, she said. “I can’t.”

    Buell, a co-founder of the Esprit clothing company, has donated millions of dollars to Democratic causes and presidential candidates, including Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore and her good friend, Hillary Rodham Clinton. In the past 10 years, she has given $25 million to progressive political and charitable causes and has raised $10 million for candidates and committees, her office said.

    This nutbag is wissed-off because O has not been radical enough, he hasn’t been leading enough on environmental issues.
    /note to self: do not allow self or spouse to buy anything from the Esprit clothing company

  14. #21 Bone

    I almost made TBO’s losing backing today’s story, but I decided for something lighter. It’s a Friday, and I’m tired.

    PS: I didn’t sleep much last night. I’m waiting to see how long I can function today.

  15. #22 Homer: From the comments section of your linkie:

    You can bet we tax payers are paying the bill for Obama’s trip to California to raise funds for his re-election. People have no idea how expensive it is to maintain and fly TWO (yes TWO) B-747′s. There are two Air Force One planes. The second one always goes with the first one in case it breaks down. These ‘boon doggle’ trips have always been paid for by the tax payers BUT should not be. The President’s party should be paying the cost for these trips but they are so expensive, most of the money raised would go to pay for the trip and not leave much left for his poor re-election. So better that we tax payers foot the bill they reason. This is how out of touch our representatives are with us including the President.

    He left out the C130 cargo plane that also goes with POTUS. That plane carries at least 2 “beasts” aka the presidential limo plus several communications and defensive vehicles that always accompany the presidential motorcade. One could sit with a big bag of $100 bills in his lap and throw them out the window one at a time and not be able to keep up with just the fuel consumption of the POTUS when he is in the air.

  16. #24 TT: The dingbat that is withholding funding is wissed because he is not radical enough?!? Ifn he goes all the way, just who is gonna buy her crappy clothing?

  17. #28 Shannon
    Thought-provoking post. You & your brother point me toward such interesting discussions. Thank you both.

  18. 28 Shannon says:
    February 17, 2012 at 11:14 am
    Interesting take.

    Is is about liberty, and not culture??


    I think it does, but not in the way that the pundits traditionally think about it. The 2012 culture war isn’t really about culture. It’s about liberty. Culture just happens to be the way that it’s expressed. This is only way of reconciling the paradox that while Americans broadly disagree with the Catholic Church’s position on contraception (which polls suggest that they do by large amounts) they also disagree with Obama’s reforms.

    Which is the main thing E Types have never understood about SoCons, and the reason they can never figure out a way to defend them against the attacks of the Left. They see the issues the same way the left does, never as Liberty issues. Liberty wins every time. I recommend they try it sometime—it might actually help them win elections.

    That distinction seems to be concomitant with the Tea Party’s ethos. A lot has been written about how the Tea Party is an incubator for religious conservatives – and I am sure this is true. But the movement’s overwhelming opposition to the mandate doesn’t contradict its overall message of liberty, or its earlier insistence that it is uninterested in social issues. That’s because the mandate is a big government issue, yet another example of the federal government going beyond its remit and trying to regulate the very most intimate parts of our lives.


  19. It’s not uncommon for pet cats to want to whiff your breath when you’ve used mouthwash or had a mint. My brown tabby goes nutzoid over the scent of a wintergreen mint. I just had one after my lunch and here’s Tyler whiffing me, rolling on the keyboard, nipping at my sleeve cuff, and in general acting like he’s on catnip. He’s a good companion. He’s the one that might not have had such a good outcome, since no one else spoke for him, and we had planned to take only 2 kittens. But we didn’t want to leave one behind to an uncertain future, so took all three of the little brothers.

    /I know, I know. %$#8*@#$ cat bloggin’…

  20. David Steinberg is the New York editor of PJMedia. His column today is a rather fresh take on the Republican presidential primaries.

    Simply, Romney has not worn down the conservative voter, well into the primary season, and this is because a large enough number of conservatives — for the first time in my life as a dedicated political observer — are living and acting publicly as conservatives. They detest representing Romney’s half-socialism more than they detest being stuck with a weak candidate.

    Why should any observer feel down about conservatism’s prospects following this historic display of moral clarity?

    The second message: the several conservatives bearing varying fulfillments of conservatism — both in service and in private (‘ello, Messrs. Cain and Gingrich) — have been rising and failing according to their bona fides, which is also historically astonishing. Conservatives are not at all representing the following message (though the GOP, of course, assumes they are):

    No thanks, feel safer with this properly groom’d moppet Romney. Note the break of his pant!

    The actual message, each time a challenger to Romney fails, has been:

    Wake me with a true champ. Otherwise, I’m busy.

    And the subtext, which has me thrilled, and should you as well:

    We are never scared.

  21. On Drudge:

    Greek leaders express frustration and anger at the rapid erosion of their country’s sovereignty by German and eurozone leaders, but see no alternative but to accept quasi-colonial control in return for the €130bn (£110bn) rescue package.

    What part of “beggers can’t be choosers” don’t these PIGS countries get? Your bailouts are paid for by people who work longer and harder than you do.

  22. You know, guys, I DID put up a music thread. (< —– Pssst, it’s over there!)

    Those were SD birthday songs specifically put here because he doesn’t go to the music threads.

  23. 39 Hamous says:
    February 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    Sarge – send me your company info and I’ll forward it to my contractor.

    What is the goal?

  24. 41 Hamous says:
    February 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    Putting roofs on houses?

    What, exactly, does he need?

    To be clear:

    My offer of the other day is limited only to my personal services to folks on the couch.

    The folks I work for might be interested in branching out if that’s what he’s interested in, but I should talk to the boss first. I need to know what to tell him.

  25. Have him contact Chris cox at 281-550-3933 Ext 1#. The company name is Stor-Con. Have him say its about Residential Roof Detailing.

  26. Residential Roof Detailing

    Sounds like you’re involved in carefully washing, then waxing house roofs.

  27. 48 Hamous says:
    February 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    Sorry. Guess I misunderstood. I thought your company installed residential standing seam metal roofs.

    We detail structural steel and pre-engineered metal buildings of all sizes and descriptions. Part of that (my part) is detailing the sheeting and trim. We are the preferred outside detailing service for NCI Inc, one of the largest metal building companies in the world. We work exclusively on thier most complicated and time sensitive projects. We also have a couple of other clients that are in the traditional structural steel industry, mostly low rise office and institutional buildings. I talked to the boss and he tells me that we have done some Residential Roofing in the past. They are generally considered here as small scale projects compared to what we normally do and would represent an additional revenue stream, so he’d at least welcom the call. We are an AISC Certified detailing company with an average experience level exceeding 15 years per detailer. We also have an engineer whom we will use on occasion, but we are not an engineering company.

    NCI owns Midwest Steel, Metallic Steel Buildings, Garco Steel Buildings Robertson Metal, and Mesco Building Solutions and several others which are all pre-engineered building companies. NCI also owns MBCI and Metal Depot which markets metal building components—which is where your GC would be buying the parts. NCI is a vertically integrated company that owns the production facitilities for metal coil stock of all widths, thicknesses and colors used by other metal building manufacturers such as Berridge, Whirlwind Buildings, and United Structures. They also own the patents on most of the standing seam roof products used by those companies and charge license fees for thier use, and they produce the machinery that forms those panel profiles.

  28. #44 Pyro

    As long as we don’t spook her, it works.

    That’s an incredible story. I’m used to getting “targeted” coupons from Kroger, but they’re coupons for stuff I buy all the time. So far, I haven’t seen any sign that they’re going to predict what I will be buying next. But if they start sending me coupons for Geritol and Depends, I’ll know they are data mining me.

  29. Knob and tube, the insulators are porcelain but I doubt many people would know what they are to bank any. Katy, Tomball, or maybe Humble kept knob and tube code questions on their electrical license tests well into the 80’s. Just to be a horse’s patoot and limit competition for the locals. The center gas element from a metal halide lamp makes a good knife sharpener as well. But again, who would know what it is.

  30. #56 goats

    Knob and tube, the insulators are porcelain but I doubt many people would know what they are to bank any.

    I still don’t know what the word bank has to do with these things from Hammy’s remodelling. To me, “a little bank” suggests a Piggy Bank.

  31. Its a ‘hipster’ phrase as I understand it. I think that means you are over fifty and really have a pair of ’em.

  32. I still don’t know what the word bank has to do with these things from Hammy’s remodelling. To me, “a little bank” suggests a Piggy Bank.

    Katfish answered the question pretty well yesterday. I didn’t think I needed to elaborate further.

    “a little bank” = some pocket money


    but I doubt many people would know what they are to bank any.

    That would be up to me to explain what a knife sharpener is, I guess. I could see them selling at some place like the Armadillo Bazaar in Austin. Crunchy types love “repurposed” things.

  33. #58 texpat

    The bill the house sent to the Senate (HR3630) was 370 pages.
    I suspect your source was referring to the House conferees’ instruction, not anywhere near the same thing, but good for baiting the gullible uninformed.

    Bill stuff is here:
    These Thomas links are usually temporary, you can also use the HR3630 link on the Senate page.

    As The Hill pointed out, the Republicans opted not to filibuster and the Senate adopted rules permitting a simple majority of 51 votes to pass, but it managed to collect 60, a large majority for these types of bills. Your source did manage to correctly identify that the bill wasn’t posted for 3 days in the House so people could read it, but what the heck.

    All the more curious why Drudge didn’t report it; although there probably wasn’t any room after the Woman grabs Obama’s Butt, FLOTUS shakes hand of Ron Paul visitor at Whitehouse and the Whitney Houston coverage stories.

  34. In other news of the outside world, the Senate confirmed Jesse Furman for the Southern District bench.

    Jesse M. Furman, 39, the deputy chief of appeals for the Southern District U.S. Attorney’s Office, was confirmed by a 62-34 vote by the U.S. Senate for a slot on the Southern District bench. Mr. Furman, a graduate of Yale Law School, has been a federal prosecutor since 2004. He was a member of the team that successfully litigated a critical pretrial issue in the case of al-Qaida operative Ahmed Ghailani, who was convicted in 2010 in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa. Mr. Furman also was part of the appellate team that successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to uphold the heroin trafficking conviction of Afghan drug lord and tribal leader Bashir Noorzai.

    His delay was 5 months, the average delay for an Obama nomination is 91 days, vice 23 days for President Bush at this time in his Presidency. IIRC, Texas has 5 judges that Cornyn’s trying to push that are tied up by the minority filibustering.

  35. The atheists are organizing

    “There are 40 to 50 million atheists [in the United States]. About 40 to 50 thousand are involved in the movement,” Silverman said. “That’s one-tenth of 1 percent [of the movement actively participating].”

    and are having a rally
    I’m guessing that the mythbuster guy draws more people than the bands and Richard Dawkins. Maybe 3,000 will show up depending on whether there is free food or not.

  36. #61 Hammy
    Ok, now dare I ask, what exactly are “crunchy types”? Austin is full of hippies and yuppies, and neither group seems crunchy to me.

  37. #68 Homer: Yes, there is at least one too may zeros in the estimate of the universe of US atheists. Hmmmm, someone on the left overstating numbers, where else do they do that? Oh, yeah, at least 10% of the population is homosexual, or that is the claim, yet whenever there is a reasonably unbiased study the number usually comes out at less than 3%.

  38. Insert here the numerous stories and the widely known snail’s pace of judicial appointments by our community organizer in chief.

    Considering his staggering bad judgement in making appointments – see Eric Holder – lets hope he continues to drag his ass.

  39. Mharp,

    Google crunchy cons.
    Think granola. Think hippie.

    Crunchy Conservatism

    Origins of the Movement
    In 2006, commentator Rod Dreher published a book called Crunchy Cons, with the subtitle being, “How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right wing nature lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Republican Party).”

    Thus began the crunchy conservative movement.

    The book grew from a 3,000-word essay Dreher wrote in 2002 for the National Review, which was founded in 1955 by William F. Buckley Jr. and remains one of the most widely-read right-leaning publications in America. While most of the conservative community disliked the whole notion of crunchy conservatives, Dreher said he received more responses to that piece than for anything else he had ever written.

  40. Hi Gang! Well I made it in spite of all the traffic problems in Lake Charles, lost 20 minutes of my life there. To all that wished me Happy Birthday, I say “Thanks!” I consider that real special.

    Happy Birfday SD! No bloggin and drivin’- you might drop your beer.

    Yup, fired up the lap-top about half way and couldn’t get the DAYAAM Zerizon stick to work and, you guessed it, ….dropped my beer. 😉

    Let’s all call in a few fire alarms in Looooooooooooosiana so SD can make ‘birthday good travel time’ on I-10

    Dang, it worked!! I know you will NOT believe this, but I did not see a single LA Trooper, that has NEVER happened before, did se a Sheriff or two.
    ST, Where the HE!! have you been? You need to pop in every now and again.
    Iron Mary, I think that I may have let the cat out o’ the bag on Thursday,….’bout my Birfday. 😉

  41. #72 Shannon
    I don’t know anyone who fits that bizarre description. I’ve never known anyone who fits in all of those categories. Do they have to fit in all the categories, or can you qualify if you match just some of them? For example, can you be a gun-loving organic gardener who is a hip homeschooling mama but hate Birkenstocks and prefer cowboy boots ? — cuz that kinda sounds like ST.

    If there really are any crunchy conservatives, who on earth would they vote for?

    Yet another example of how The J Brothers open my eyes here every day.

  42. 74
    If you take time to read Dreher’s original piece and some of the reaction to it, it will help.
    Don’t ask me to guess how many crunchy cons are out there. I’m sure it’s more than we think.
    There just aren’t any on this blog.
    Or on talk radio.
    Or at Bones’ house.

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