104 thoughts on “Tuesday 500 Open Comments

  1. I wonder if I still have DOOM Simpsons anywhere. That was funny. The other I’d like to find someday is the After Dark version where Opus is blasting the toasters with a shotgun.

  2. And the definition of insanity is…Greece. Seems like this happens every 2-3 months now. Probably by May we will hear ‘and the DOW is down over worries about Greek debt’ again. Hands will be wrung, hair will be pulled, teeth will be gnashed, and Germans who saved their money will have more of it converted to worthless Greek paper again.

  3. While I rarely look at tv, I do wonder if the Simpson’s don’t parody our way of life so much as mirror it.
    Currentlty up in the Great White North enjoying the snow /sarc

    Check with y’all later, enjoy your short week.

  4. Everybody’s gotta be a victim (from comments)

    From: Marc Albert Cormier 😀

    I quit watching when the series clearly became a vehicle for anti-French hatred.

    Groundskeeper Willie: Bun-jerrr, you cheese-eatin’ surrender monkeys! – ‘Round Springfield [6.22]

    Scorpio: By the way, Homer, what’s your least favorite country,
    Italy or France? Homer: France.Scorpio: [laughs] Nobody ever says Italy.
    – You Only Move Twice [8.02]

    Lenny: “I’m shaking like a French soldier!” – The Blunder Years

    Sorry dude, nobody thinks enough about you to hate you, just easy pickins’.

  5. One episode that always sticks in my mind was a Halloween show. Homer was being chased by zombies. He yells “Out of my way, you chalk-faced zombies!” and hits two of them in his car. Then he drives by a Johnny and Edgar Winter tour bus.

  6. 109 Hamous says:

    February 20, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    And what does HCI have to do with any of those things? They’re a bunch of Hollywood elite that have tried unsuccessfully for decades to take away our 2nd amendment rights. Thanks to a few Establishment-appointed SC justices your always frothing at the mouth about, any meager gains they’ve made have been reversed in recent years. It takes eternal vigilance but thinking you see woolyboogers under every rock is what gives us four more years of Barry.

    But whatever you say, Sarge.

    Well, by golly you’ve convinced me. There’s no threat to our Gun Rights, we’re safe from Liberalism, and Conservatism is in no danger whatsoever. Calling attention to small denials of our Liberites or those of others will just scare Independents away, and that will get Barry elected. Everything is so peachy keen, we should nominate a nice, safe, moderate who won’t scare anybody, and our policies should reflect that attitude.

    Great way to keep folks in the fold too. Just call them nutcases and they’ll be eager to help you out with your little elections.

    Yah, that’s the way to get Barry out of the White House.

    And if he wins, its THEIR fault.

  7. There’s too many of us Hamous. I could go away, but there’s at least 3 others here who would be saying the same things.

    And that doesn’t count the thousands of others on Facebook and other blogs. People are seeing that we’re making more sense than E Types, and a lot of them are getting really pizztoff that folks don’t listen to us and call us names.

  8. Don’t you see, Sarge? It’s not the others here. It’s you. Only you. You’re the only one with OCD. You’re the only one who can take a comment like “It takes eternal vigilance…” and twist it into “There’s no threat to our Gun Rights, we’re safe from Liberalism, and Conservatism is in no danger whatsoever.” Sure, there will always be some goonier’n a road lizard self-proclaimed Über Patriot who knows all the answers, is smarter than everyone else, and thinks he’s here to save us from ourselves. It’s the First Law of the Blogosphere: Ban one chucklehead and there will be an equally goony chucklehead in the queue to take his place. It’s like Newton’s Third Law for the innernet. But that chucklehead doesn’t have to be you.

    So here we are. Bottom of the ninth, tie game, two outs, bases loaded, full count, and Sarge is at the plate. The pitch is on its way and it’s a screwball…

  9. Ari Fliescher weighs in on Santorum’s chances.

    “If you look deeper at this, I think for the first time today in this race, that Rick Santorum has a very decent chance of beating Mitt Romney for the nomination,” former President George W. Bush’s press secretary told CNN.

    “Rick Santorum has energized the social wing of the Republican party, which is a very powerful and vociferous part of the party, a little bit different from The tea Party part Rick Santorum has to get back to. In the process of the conservative collapse of Romney with the social movement toward Rick Santorum, he really has propelled himself forward into this primary contest,” he added.

    How many folks here think that Romney and the E Types have a better chance of uniting with the Tea Party to beat those scary Socons?

  10. I know we all have different opinions on the abortion issue, and I respect and understand that. But I would think, no matter our politics, that we can all agree that government mandated, non-medically necessary procedures, performed only on a certain subset of the population, and performed in order to regulate their behavior is an extremely dangerous thing. It violates our rights. It is unconstitutional. And it is a slippery slippery slope.

    H/T Daughter Reesa

    Even though she is a show business left-leaner, she still shows her conservative upbringings.

  11. The Simpsons has long been one of my favorite cartoons. It is not intended for children! Bart’s Blackboard is always one of the highlights of the show.

  12. BTW, it’s Fat Tuesday. New Orleans will have about a million revelers at Mardi Gras tonight. If your a young man, be sure to remember the most important rule in the French Quarter:

    Never pick up a lady wearing a Super Bowl ring.

  13. Well, I spent most of yesterday totin’ tools to Hubby’s worksite – seems he had a bit of a “situation” that needed fixing. So now, I have to put yesterday’s (and last week’s) work into today. This is a short week for me, as Lovely has a bridal shower in her fiance’s hometown up near the Oklahoma border. Handsome and I will be leaving Friday morning and coming back on Sunday. It’s about a 10 hour drive (although I made Lubbock in 8, which surprised my Hubby, and the town isn’t far from Lubbock).

    So I have a short week and a pile of work. I should have been working on my stuff on Sunday, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spit in the eye of the unions and enter Scott Walker recall petition signatures. I need to go and see what the status is on that project…

  14. #16 WB

    Lutherans in Afghanistan have a group schvitz over burned garbage.

    How do the “appropriate religious authorities” dispose of old, used Korans?

    I bet they burn ’em. But they burn ’em with RESPECT.

  15. If a majority of the American People vote “NONE OF THE ABOVE”, do we get to get two new candidates to choose from?

  16. I can’t help with data entry today for Verify the Vote, but you can. They are close to being finished, and every little bit counts. If all you enter is a hundred names – that’s a hundred names closer to being finished. It only takes a few minutes to register and get your logon id.

    Your mission, should you decide to accept it….

  17. #20 TT: Rocky and Bullwinkle were chirrenzez cartoons but had humor injected that only the adults would catch. The Simpsons, pretend to be a chirrenz cartoon but all the humor is adult (not pornographic) in nature. The humor is usually based on current events/culture/people which is why, IMHO, it has stayed fresh and people continue to watch.

  18. This is not the first time I have seen this threat.

    HEADLINE: Iran threatens pre-emptive action amid nuclear tensions
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran would take pre-emptive action against its enemies if it felt its national interests were endangered, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic’s armed forces was quoted by a semi-official news agency as saying Tuesday.

    “Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran’s national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions,” Mohammad Hejazi told the Fars news agency, NBC News reported.

    Iran announced air defense war games to practice protecting nuclear and other sensitive sites, the latest in a series of military maneuvers viewed as a message to the West that Iran is prepared both to defend itself against an armed strike and to retaliate.

    So here we have the major instigator and financier of terrorism against Israel, and the major supplier of soldiers, bombs, IEDs, etc, against the USA against our efforts in Iraq and Afcrappystan. Now they are threatening a preemptive strike? If that is not picking a fight, then what is? Do we have to wait for a huge bomb to kill thousands of Israelis all at once before we believe that Ahmadinnerjacket is gonna do what he says? What do we and/or Israel have to see before the goat-rapers in Iran are deemed to be the clear and present danger that they are? Israel could make a real good case right now that the current Iranian regime represents an imminent existential danger to the State of Israel and are therefore within their rights to self defense.

  19. So the military is burning all sorts of stuff in preparation for their departure from Afcrappystan, some things which I am sure have value.
    Solyndra has been destroying glass solar panels, which have value, at an alarming rate. Why can’t those panels be sold to a willing buyer and have the proceeds go towards repaying their loan from the taxpayer? Why are the panels being destroyed?
    Where is the LSM on this blatant waste of taxpayer money?

  20. I got an email yesterday with VTR stats:

    Progress Report For Monday, February 20

    You rolled up your sleeves, sat down at your computer, and got busy!

    Here Are the Latest Project Stats:

    2.7 MILLION records entered
    136,000 Records Entered in Past 24 Hours
    78% of the way through the 152,000 pages

    Over 151 Gigs of data have been served
    Over 18 MILLION people have viewed the website

    – Fraud of the Day –
    Scott Walker has signed his own petition 4 TIMES so far!
    His wife Karen only signed it twice!
    You will hear more about this in the coming days.
    – Call to Action –
    Please keep going! Even if you can only enter a few records here and there, please do so! With thousands of us working together, single pages add up quickly.
    And please FORWARD THIS TO A FRIEND AND ASK THEM TO GET INVOLVED. They can click here to sign up.

    The link is here – it didn’t copy over.

  21. Shortage of Skilled Workers

    But as the 2012 presidential candidates roam the state offering ways to “bring the jobs back,” many manufacturers say that, in fact, the jobs are already here. What’s missing are the skilled workers needed to fill them. A metal-parts factory here has been searching since the fall for a machinist, an assembly team leader and a die-setter. Another plant is offering referral bonuses for a welder. And a company that makes molds for automakers has been trying for seven months to fill four spots on the second shift. “Our guys have been working 60 to 70 hours a week, and they’re dead. They’re gone,” said Corey Carolla, vice president of operations at Mach Mold, a 40-man shop in Benton Harbor, Mich. “We need more people. The trouble is finding them.” As noted yesterday, Michigan’s economy is mounting a major comeback – but if there aren’t people with the skills to do those jobs, they will naturally migrate elsewhere.

  22. #22 Shannon

    I remember having this argument with my kids’ charter school. I was a strong proponent of having a track for the non-college bound kids where they could learn a trade. Create internships. Work co-ops. Something. But I was shot down time and again; they wanted to focus on creating a “college bound” culture and would not consider doing anything regarding trades training.

    My husband just finished his annual recertification class. The plumbers aren’t getting any younger. In 10-15 years, any plumber can name his price, as the supply will be far below the demand. I told my son that people who work with their hands will always be in demand. In times of trouble, those who can fix things and are willing to get dirty will always get by. If our whole electronic society breaks down, it’ll be the ones who can create shelter, raise crops, and fix things that’ll survive. (Them and the ones with guns.) The basics of plumbing, digging, hammering, etc., don’t change much. Technology may make fancier gadgets, but the basics of the plumbing business will never change. “Payday’s on Friday and wiss runs downhill.”

  23. Shannon,

    I can tell you that they are not here either. My company must actively recruit Field Service Technicians. Our new hires usually have 2-4 years of college in Engineering or Technical School and we have an attractive pay scale.

    All of the post WW-II Baby Boomers that were the backbone of our workforce are retiring. These are folks that grew up with a wrench in their hands and a pretty good understanding of mechanical practices. Try to find that today! Most of the kids can play video games, but selecting the racecar in some PlayStation game is as close to mechanical skills as they get.

    It isn’t just Michigan.


  24. #33 TT:

    “Payday’s on Friday and wiss runs downhill.”

    Weekends and holidays are extra
    Don’t bite your fingernails

  25. Good morning Hamsters. Party cloudy and getting warmer going toward noontime, and we might make it to the lower 70s.

    Tedtam and I must be the only two around here who never got interested the The Simpsons.
    I started watching one program, never finished it, and did not return for another sample.
    Much preferred Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle. Would be interesting to see current pictures of The Simpson’s cartoonists, however. 🙂

    I stopped on p. 29 of Clancy’s Against All Enemies last night, and already there have been mass deaths in the wake of a bungled exchange of a Taliban asset to the CIA deep undercover protragonist, Maxwell Moore. Agent Moore has barely escaped death twice while just about everybody around him reached amibent temperature one way or another, none of them pretty. When the movie is made, as it likely will be, there will need to be a cast of thousands in the opening minutes. And none of it seems at all farfetched given today’s intrigues.

  26. This just hit my inbox:

    Did you know that the military victims of Islamic jihad terrorism at Ft. Hood and the Little Rock Recruitment Center are not eligible for the Purple Heart?

    The reason is that our Defense Department is defining these acts as “criminal” acts rather than as acts of “war.” In fact, the Ft. Hood massacre was classified as “workplace violence!”

    This is in keeping with the Obama administration position that terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, are not “enemy combatants” but “alleged criminals.”

    IIRC, the Clinton admin declared the first World Trade Center bombing a criminal act and not an act of terrorism/war. The 0 admin refers to acts of terrorism as ‘man caused disasters’ so they don’t have to treat the act of war as an act of war with the appropriate response.

    In the letter, we urge them to pass H.R. 1142, introduced by Rep. Allen West. Here’s an excerpt from this letter:

    H.R. 1142, the Global Combat Zone Recognition Act, was introduced by Congressman Allen West and would assure that a member of the Armed Forces killed or wounded in a terrorist attack is afforded the same protections and treatments as one killed or wounded in a traditional active “combat zone.”

    IF we can only get the islimist loving Ds to properly classify things as they really are, we may actually make progress.

    Rapidly progressing towards socialism is not progress.

  27. Adee

    I keep the whole set of Clancy’s Ryanverse novels around, and every few years or so I’ll start re-reading them from beginning to end. The Splinter Cell books aren’t too bad, either. Some of the books with Clancy’s name on them aren’t really Clancy, and it shows. I saw that he had a new one out, but I’m going to wait until I can get a cheap copy.

    I always wondered if he’d come up with a follow-up book to “Teeth of the Tiger’. I was hoping he would.

  28. And we won’t even get into the whole moustache/beard thing.

    I haven’t heard that one, please elaborate.

  29. #43 Bone

    And we won’t even get into the whole moustache/beard thing.

    I haven’t heard that one, please elaborate.

    It involves cabling sewers, and no, I’m not going to elaborate.

  30. #41 TT. The book reviews page just inside the cover lists Dead Or Alive as the immediate predecessor in the Clancy line. Have not seen that, but the review is good, sooo.
    I purchased the latest book at Randalls, $9.99 US paperback price, beats ordering from Amazon.


  31. The New Madrid fault in Missouri yawned and stretched this moring to the tune of 4.0. It was a great reminder to all that it is there.

  32. On the subject of books, Broadside Books is the new conservative non-fiction imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. They have Gov. Jan Brewer, Frank J. Fleming, Aaron Klein, Michael Patrick Leahy and a number of other good writers on board.

    They also have this which I believe is unique:

    Voices of the Tea Party

    Voices of the Tea Party is an innovative e-book series that delivers in-depth information on tactics, strategy, and policy from on-the-ground activists and organizers around the country. Tea Party members and supporters will now be able, instantly and cheaply, to access “best practices” that have succeeded elsewhere, hear the stories of others in the movement, and learn from Tea Partiers with specific policy ideas and expertise. They can also join our blog, suggest ideas for topics and writers, and engage with Broadside’s editors by submitting their own e-book proposals. Readers and writers alike can thereby join the national discussion within this ever-expanding network of citizen activists who have dedicated themselves to advancing the movement’s core values of constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets.

    Broadside Books website.

  33. After reading this article my BS-O-Meter is officially pegged out.

    HEADLINE: Carney: Obama Didn’t Turn Down The Keystone Pipeline

    White House press secretary Jay Carney first says Republicans “forced” President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Later in his press briefing, Carney says Obama didn’t turn down the pipeline.

    “In terms of Keystone, as you all know, the history here is pretty clear. And the fact is because Republicans decided to play political with Keystone, their action essentially forced the administration to deny the permit process because they insisted on a time frame in which it was impossible to completely approve the pipeline,” Carney said when asked about the pipeline by ABC News’ Jake Tapper.

    3 FREAKING YEARS is not long enough?? The Rs forced him to deny the permit but he did not turn down the pipeline??
    Yes, the meter is pegged.

  34. “My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate…”

    What hubris. It’s the Warmmongers who have done everything they can to prevent scientific debate, declaring it “settled science” and refusing to listen to any evidence to the contrary, not to mention practicing downright fraud.

  35. #53, 54: I think the term “lying sack of crap” gets close to describing this Gliek character. He is whining because the public is starting to realize that the whole MMGW is a farce, and the proponents of same are frauds. When the people realize they have been played for a fool it really wisses them off.

  36. 54 Hamous
    It truly is a sickness.
    Respected professionals willing to do anything for the cause.
    They might as well be smoking crack.

  37. The more we learn about the 0 admin the worse it gets. This comes from the chairman of the JCS

    McCain’s comments came just two days after Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a CNN interview it would not be prudent for Israel to attack Iran at this point. He also said that Iran was a “rational” actor.

    McCain took strong issue with Dempsey’s appraisal of Iran as rational, saying that by pursuing nuclear weapons despite mounting international isolation, growing sanctions, and the “very real threat of conflict, it is hard to see this as rational behavior.”

    I am in agreement with McCain on this one, Dempsey is a dipstick.
    h/t: jpost.com

  38. #57 Shannon

    Instapundit reader Kevin Coenen said it precisely:

    The most laughable line in Gleick’s confession is that he did it as a result of his “frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, . . .” Revkin’s commentary follows on with his lament that this will “greatly set back any prospects of the country having the “rational public debate” that he wrote — correctly — is so desperately needed.” Debate? Huh? They now are talking about a needed debate on climate change. Al Gore, the UN climate panel and all “rational” scientists have been telling us for what now seems like a decade that the science is settled, there is a scientific consensus, that there can be no debate. Now they write as if all they ever wanted was a debate on the merits.

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” They cannot stop themselves. Good grief.

  39. I recall the Kyoto protocol during the Clinton admin. They tried to call it the Kyoto Accords because there were 1700 scientists that signed onto the document; what they failed to disclose was that there were 17000 scientists at the meeting, so to call it an accord would be a blatant falsehood. Very few chemists, physicists, meteorologists or the like signed the document but lots of anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists did, so what does that tell you. Now, over a decade later when the fraudulent behavior is being exposed, they start to change the debate from “global warming” to “global climate change”, they conveniently lose all the raw data and source documents, and engage in a full scale assault against all who would dare to disagree with them. I would say that a full scale house cleaning of the academic institutions and the government agencies is in order; purge the liars as they can not be trusted and they defile the title scientist by their very existence.

  40. 55 fat albert says:
    February 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm
    #46 Texpat:

    Now there’s a Sarge that I can totally endorse!

    Oh, aren’t we cute?

  41. Drudge has a funny picture of OOOgo Chavez with Sean Penn with the headline, Hugo has another tumor. Sean Penn a tumor, heh.

  42. #46 Texpat. Wow. I’d never heard of that show. Young singer despairs of getting her big break and joins the USAF. While singing for some troops last August somewhere in the Mideast, somebody recorded her and posted it on youtube. Here is Sgt. Johnson singing the Star Spangled banner. The actual song starts at about 2:20.


  43. #65 gto

    I share a home with someone who is addicted to American Idol, X-Factor and The Voice. I have to watch whether I want to or not.

    The wages of peace and tranquility.

  44. Sarge, this is a personal choice item, if you don’t want to spend the money you don’t have to. It’s the thin edge of the wedge – a gateway freebee – to get you onto the government teat. Once you take a bite of that forbidden fruit you will be hooked for life.

    Save yourself before it’s to late.

  45. Save yourself before it’s to late.

    Too late. I started the ‘stache when I was in the Army. The gummint already subsidized it once.

  46. That was a trade, your life for your stash. You kicked the habit once, don’t let them own you again.


  47. I predict 50 years from now, colleges will conduct courses in Simpson 101 as a reflection of American society.
    More power to them.

  48. WOOT!

    Some folks may remember my carping last year about my former employer’s pension plan being $500M in the hole. It was due to mismanagement downturn in the 2006 Obama economy. They sent out notices regarding how to apply when the government’s Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation picked up the tab.

    Well due to the ceaseless efforts of our Congressional delegations and Senators, $470M was inserted into the NASA budget just for us! Of course after putting it in, many of the Republican contingent voted against it, but their hearts were in the right place. At any rate, I will receive enough to pay off the house and trade up to that SLK380 I’ve had my eye on. And I thought Republicans only bailed out car companies.

  49. #7

    Well, by golly you’ve convinced me. There’s no threat to our Gun Rights, we’re safe from Liberalism, and Conservatism is in no danger whatsoever.

    Hmmm ……….. that was easy.

  50. From Alexis de Tocqueville’s observations on American character to the Simpsons. That the latter will be taught as equal to the former may well happen. Maybe one day in the future we will require comic book coloring tests for welfare. That may be all the liberal indoctrinated chillrens can comprehend by then. Gotta draw a line on the freebies somewhere.

  51. Ok I just dropped in and have NO IDEA of what is going on, but last night Sarge said; “As I said, I remember my Dad buyin guns from Herters and having them mailed to the house.”
    Man that brought back memories, when I was small my Dad got these little catalogs in the mail that had guns and all kind of accessories, gunsmithing tools, hunting/ shooting attire, ear muffs/safety glasses, reloading equipment including bullet molds, etc the list goes on and on. I loved looking at them and after my Mom passed away in April of 2010, I found one of these old books; Gil Hebard Guns, Knoxville, Illinois, catalog # 15, copyright 1962. It’s now one of my most prized Possessions.
    FWIW; The Pix that I linked is the only old one I could find, I wish that I could show you # 19 because it has a “Hi-Standard Trophy” target pistol, in color on the cover and it has a Hammerli Olympic Gold Medalist inside the cover.

  52. #80 gto

    Maybe one day in the future we will require comic book coloring tests for welfare.

    Maybe they will include drawings of a Mercedes SLK380 in the coloring book.

  53. Going through my “Gil Hebard” catalog, S&W 44 mag 6 1/2″-11 7/8″ $140.00 in 1962! Oh, and for you folks in Rio Linda, that’d be about $1000 in today’s $$, Ruger Super Blackhawk (my favorite) $116, $825 in todays $$. Gold Cup National Match $125.00, $890, today. 😀

  54. Speaking of Alexis de Tocqueville, writing in 1830:

    “Thus, taking each individual by turns in its powerful hands and kneading him as it likes, the sovereign extends its arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them and directs them; it rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrial animals of which the government is the shepherd.”

    and augmented by the esteemed Daniel Greenfield:

    Teaching everyone to make do with less of everything is just step one. Step two is to break down the structures of attachment. Break down the family, religion and the nation. Teach people to stop being possessive of the old structures. Wipe out the tribal and national bonds so that there is no longer any war or jealousy. Eliminate marriage and stable parenthood to end possessiveness. Leave people as isolates, individual units, citizens of the state.

    It’s an old program. The Nazis made some slight progress on it. Various leftist movements and regimes have flirted with communal arrangements, but no one has made an entire society work that way. Yet.

    To people who think that way subsidized birth control is very important. So is tolerance, international travel, centralized schooling, learning to appreciate nature, disruptive immigration, extended adolescence, higher education, state subsidies, free love, multilingual training, world citizenship, social safety nets and a thousand other things. None of which involve creating jobs.

    The left believes strongly in social solutions. It believes that all our ills are social in nature and that social justice can only be practiced by a healthy society. Their idea of a healthy society is totalitarian but they have that in common with most ideologues who want a perfect state, rather than a free state.

  55. After scrolling up, I’ll have to Agree with Tedtam, Ms Adee and ole Katfish, I’m NOT a Simpsons fan, I’ve watched a little of it and it just seemed to mock/degrade the family unit, kinda’ like ALL Sitcoms today. Just my dos centavos.

  56. ……when I was small my Dad got these little catalogs in the mail that had guns and all kind of accessories, gunsmithing tools, hunting/ shooting attire, ear muffs/safety glasses, reloading equipment including bullet molds, etc the list goes on and on.

    Herter’s is the one I remember best. Not only did Dad’s rifle come from there, but all the duck and pheasant hunting gear did too. I still remember buying my own Herter’s cleaning kit out of that catalog for the single shot 20 gauge I got for my 14th birthday.

    That .243 was a purpose built varmint gun. Dad ordered it with a Weaver V12 variable scope and a Harris Bi-pod back when they were a new thing.It was a Remington bolt action that was as smooth as buttah. We’d go out to the north country and he’d shoot woodchucks from one hillside across the valley to another. 200-300 yards was the norm. The scope was variable up to 12x and could be adjusted for up to 1000 yards.

    When I was 16 I had a job with a carpenter and we were doing a kitchen remodel in an old farm house. We spotted a woodchuck about 150 yards down the pasture from the back door of that kitchen. Since the owners hadn’t occupied the house yet, we figured it would be OK to shoot him. I took that .243 to work with me the next day and we kept an eye out for that chuck. When he made his appearance, I setup in the prone position right on that kitchen floor and shot him from the kitchen door. I was so dam proud of myself, I picked it up and took it home to show my Dad. I’d put that round right under his ear.

  57. Teaching everyone to make do with less of everything is just step one.

    “If you’re willing to put in the work, the idea is that you should be able to raise a family and own a home; not go bankrupt because you got sick, because you’ve got some health insurance that helps you deal with those difficult times; that you can send your kids to college; that you can put some money away for retirement,” Obama said recently in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    “That’s all most people want,” he said. “Folks don’t have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that if they work hard they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American Dream.”

    Thats all. We just don’t want to go bankrupt. To dream for anything beyond that is unrealistic.

  58. Mrs. Shannon refuses to watch anything animated….or singing competitions.
    I figure I’ll survive without them.

  59. An interesting report on the Carriers that are still hanging around. I’ve been aboard all the West Coast carriers and a few of the East. I did not know that Brownsville was big in dismantling.

    At least two scrap companies have acknowledged bidding on the Saratoga job. Both are based in Brownsville, Texas, where about half the ship-breaking operations in the U.S. are concentrated.

    Last year the yard scrapped Vincennes, the cruiser that shot down a civilian Iranian Airliner based on self induced case of mistaken identity, one of the darker blots on the US Navy.

  60. Tocqueville and all those older philosophers understood that human nature doesn’t change.

    The have nots will always blame the haves for not having

    Their will always be someone wanting to “help” someone to make themselves feel better. Even if “helping” makes that person unable to function and care for themselves.

    There will always be people wanting power over others.

    The ones seeking power will use the other groups of people to pursue their own selfish desires, whether they realize what they are doing or not.

    People can easily delude themselves.

    Some people are sheep. Some people are shepherds. Some people are wolves in shepherd’s clothing.

  61. A few more de Toqueville quotes:

    As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?
    I know of no country, indeed, where the love of money has taken stronger hold on the affections of men, and where the profounder contempt is expressed for the theory of the permanent equality of property.
    Not only does democracy make every man forget his ancestors, but also clouds their view of their descendants and isolates them from their contemporaries. Each man is for ever thrown back on himself alone, and there is danger that he may be shut up in the solitude of his own heart.
    I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.
    Useful undertakings which require sustained attention and vigorous precision in order to succeed often end up by being abandoned, for, in America, as elsewhere, the people move forward by sudden impulses and short-lived efforts.
    In order to enjoy the inestimable benefits that the liberty of the press ensures, it is necessary to submit to the inevitable evils it creates
    A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
    I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
    In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
    They all attributed the peaceful dominion of religion in their country mainly to the separation of church and state. I do not hesitate to affirm that during my stay in America I did not meet a single individual, of the clergy or the laity, who was not of the same opinion on this point.
    In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.

  62. This is interesting, I just saw this happened to a Deer Park couple on the news.
    K-Beech is a company that make pornographic movies. Apparently one of the movies made its way into a download site called BitTorrent where it was viewed by many folks.
    K-Beech is suing Internet Service Providers to obtain the records of folks who allegedly downloaded the products, then sends a letter threatening to sue for copyright infringement. Rather than have their names become a matter of public record for downloading pornography, folks pay up.

    There’s so much wrong here, I am unable to begin. But one of the enablers of this extortion racket are those who passed those laws requiring ISPs to keep track of their clientele in order to catch kiddie abusers or governments that demand records of internet transactions in order to catch foreign terrorists.
    It will be interesting to see how this develops.

  63. I’d like to think I’ve been low-key about not getting involved in the traveling political Circus keeping the nation entertained, but man, Santorum takes the center ring. Now he’s taking on Drudge for reporting his previous speeches about Satan taking over

    Santorum dismissed the Drudge article as “absurd.”

    There’s a reason the Democrats are not running anything against him; his [recorded] pronouncements on the corruption of the Protestant Churches are enough to ensure Obama’s re-election, Hillary Clinton becoming Vice-President and Bill Clinton being appointed to the Supreme Court.

  64. are enough to ensure Obama’s re-election, Hillary Clinton becoming Vice-President and Bill Clinton being appointed to the Supreme Court.

    And that trifecta would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Satan has indeed taken over.

  65. How does Bill fit into the progressive identity politics narrative for court appointees?
    Oh, I know!!! The long-oppressed narcissistic rapers.

  66. Once upon a time not to long ago I would have had no idea what “tea bagging” meant. This all changed when the liberal media openly mocked Tea Partiers as “tea baggers”. I particularly remember two news hosts giggling at the repeated mentioning of “tea bagger” referring to the grass-root movement. Well, just otnight my oldest sone and a neighbor boy payed ith Youngest Son by hopping over his head and shout, “tea bag!”. I aksed what that was all about and Oldest Son said, innocently enough, that when you jup over a person’s head, and get this, “with your legs opened”, you say “tea bag”. I immediately told the boys to say “leap frog” instead in my house and made an immediate correction when the neighbor boy slipped and said, “tea bag”. Latter tonight when i was one-on-one with Oldest son I explained as basically as I could what “tea bag” meant and that it involved two men. He said he didn’t know and I figued he didn’t but I told him that he now has the opportunity to set a good example to others by not participating in these “tea bag” call outs.

    He’s a good boy and I’m very confident he’ll make the right choice.

    I tell you, liberals sure do know how to steal away childhood innocence.

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