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Friday Pleistoscene Plant Open Comments

30,000 years ago, a ground squirrel buried a piece of fruit for later. And must have forgotten where he left it.

On the frozen edge of the Kolyma River in northeastern Siberia, in an ancient pantry harboring seeds and other stores, an Arctic ground squirrel burrowed into the dirt and buried a small, dark fruit from a flowering plant. The squirrel’s prize quickly froze in the cold ground and was preserved in permafrost, waiting to grow into a fully fledged flowering plant until it was unearthed again. After 30,000 years, it finally was. Scientists in Russia have now regenerated this Pleistocene plant, transplanting it into a pot in the lab. A year later, it grew forth and bore fruit.

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138 Responses to “Friday Pleistoscene Plant Open Comments”

  1. Super Dave says:

    TGIF!!!
    I saw the article about the flower yesterday, pretty cool.
    Mornin’ Gang

  2. gtotracker says:

    Eee gads, does this mean the triffads may get us before the zombies? Zombie triffads?

    “And I really got hot
    When I saw Janette Scott
    Fight a triffad that spits poison and kills”

  3. GJT says:

    30,000 yrs, 0.07 kGy of gamma radiation ….phfffftt.

    Check the wire connections on the radiocarbon dating computers.

  4. GJT says:

    Ha ha! One of the comments;

    Wow! Little tiny cave squirrels, wearing little furs and carrying small clubs. Dragging their knuckles from one Pleistocene plant to another.

  5. Hamous says:

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker declared March as National Nutrition Month in the city. Local dieticians will raise awareness about how a balanced diet can be beneficial to a person’s overall health.

    This year’s theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape.” It focuses on eating the recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy each day.

    Um…yeah. Okay.

  6. Sarge says:

    I’m outraged.

    We should pass a law that forces her not to discriminate against people.

  7. Sarge says:

    It sure looks like the Massachusetts Mafia is bringing Wally Paulnuts into the family.

  8. Shannon says:

    A great piece in Forbes

    Today, rather fantastic benefits are being enjoyed by those who have provided nothing to society, whose works have been, especially in recent years, destructive by any reasonable measure. Primarily this has been in the financial system, which is enjoying hundreds of billions in taxpayer funds (euphemistically known as “bailouts” but really just plunder), even after they, in large part, caused the economic difficulties today. In the savings and loan crisis of the early 1990s, over two thousand bank executives did jail time. Societally destructive behavior was punished. In today’s much larger, much more widespread crisis, nobody gets punished; they just get more and more money!

    …Today, following the long-established principles of capitalism seems like it is a game for suckers. Capitalism is a tough game. Competition is fierce. The risk of failure is high. The profits, as noted, are often low. No wonder the successful are so highly regarded. American Airlines, General Motors, and Kodak provided useful goods and services for decades, on a grand scale, and provided prosperous employment for hundreds of thousands of employees. Nevertheless, they didn’t quite meet capitalism’s difficult standards.

    Theft is a much easier game. The risk is low. The profits are high. There is no competition. You don’t even need employees. You just pay off the Congressman, and stick the money in your pocket.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanlewis/2012/02/23/the-crisis-of-capitalism-is-a-lack-of-capitalism/

  9. Texpat says:

    Florida International University law professor, Elizabeth Price Foley, has written a new book, The Tea Party: Three Principles, and sat for an interview with Instapundit’s Dr. Glenn Reynolds.

    Foley, a self-described “recovering liberal”, is also the executive director of the Florida chapter of the outstanding Institute for Justice, the only libertarian, public interest law firm advocating for economic civil liberties in America.

  10. mharper42 says:

    #5 Hammy
    That pic of the startlingly rotund Mayor Parker explains why almost all photos of her are head-and-shoulders. I just checked on google and saw that most shots that show her below the waist — and there aren’t many — are group shots where other people are crowded in next to her, or her big hips are hidden behind the podium. This can’t be accidental. I think the LSM is helping her out by not using unflattering photos of her. Reminds me of how there were only about 2 pix ever taken of Hillary that showed her cankles.

  11. wagonburner says:

    She looks like a Weeble.

  12. Bonecrusher says:

    After seeing the picture of The Mayor of Houston, Michael Berry’s moniker for her is quite accurate; Mayor Porker.

  13. Bonecrusher says:

    I chose to comment on the O/C pic website.

  14. squawkbox says:

    OOOOOOOOOOO Mayor Parker + Daisy Dukes = AWESOME
    /Tube top optional

  15. Bonecrusher says:

    #15 Thanks a lot Squawk, just the thought of Mayor Porker in Daisy Dukes makes me want to first puke, then look for a harpoon.

  16. OletimerLin says:

    G’Morning All

    15 squawkbox says:
    February 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

    OOOOOOOOOOO Mayor Parker + Daisy Dukes = AWESOME
    /Tube top optional

    I can’t get the image out of my head

  17. OletimerLin says:

    Interactive sky chart

    Immerse yourself in our galaxy as never before

    A colleague of mine, Bill Gould, sent me a link yesterday and said, “You owe it to yourself to check this out, if you haven’t already.”

    Did I ever.

    The background information on the site is interesting as well. Nick Risinger said he stitched together the 5,000 megapixel image from 37,440 exposures and some 60,000 miles of travel.

    What I really like about the site is how it places the galaxy and universe into perspective. In the photo, tens of millions of stars appear, but as Nick notes, that is but a hundredth of one percent of stars thought to exist in our galaxy, alone.

    Anyway, this is a wonderful new tool to help visualize the scope and beauty of the heavens around us. Be sure and share it with someone today.

    http://media.skysurvey.org/interactive360/index.html

  18. Bonecrusher says:

    This is an interesting interactive graphic. According to the stats, 80+% of the USA believes in the Elohim of The Bible. If this is the case, why are the secular humanist jackwads dictating policy as the minority for the majority? Why are we, the majority, allowing it?

  19. OletimerLin says:

    A worldwide survey was carried out with the following question:

    “PLEASE, GIVE US YOUR OPINION ON THE LACK OF FOOD IN THE REST OF THE WORLD”

    The Results?

    1. In Western Europe no one knew what “lack” is.
    2. In Africa no one knew what “food” is.
    3. In Eastern Europe no one knew what “opinion” is.
    4. In South America no one knew what “please” is.
    5. In the USA no one knew what “the rest of the world” is.

  20. squawkbox says:

    “PLEASE, GIVE US YOUR OPINION ON THE LACK OF FOOD IN THE REST OF THE WORLD”

    Let them eat cake.

  21. Katfish says:

    #15 – EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  22. Shannon says:

    10
    Texpat
    Good interview.
    Her comments about the maturing Tea Party ring true and I agree that Tea Partiers are not a bunch a whining, immature bed-wetters and will indeed not miss an opportunity to cast an anti-Obama vote in the Fall – regardless of their differences with the nominee. Box-skipping is anathema to dedicated, America-loving participants of this Republic.

  23. Simple Simon says:

    20 Boney

    Ever notice how much that 80% can’t agree on a wide variety of topics?

    Simple

  24. Sarge says:

    Box-skipping is anathema to dedicated, America-loving participants of this Republic.

    But if the goal is to get the wrong people to do the right thing, the threat should be omnipresent, and it should be used on occasion to show you’re serious.

    In states like Texas, where the outcome of the Presidential election is assured, no harm will come from skipping that particular box.

  25. Shannon says:

    27
    Perhaps.
    But in Texas the demographic train of change is barreling towards you at 500 MPH which will affect Texas politics forever.
    How would you feel if there was a anomalous, surprisingly quick turnaround in a particular race and your single non-vote lost an election to a Marxist?

  26. Sarge says:

    28 Shannon says:
    February 24, 2012 at 10:49 am
    27
    Perhaps.
    But in Texas the demographic train of change is barreling towards you at 500 MPH which will affect Texas politics forever.
    How would you feel if there was a anomalous, surprisingly quick turnaround in a particular race and your single non-vote lost an election to a Marxist?

    Since that’s not likely to happen this year, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

  27. Shannon says:

    Alas, there are other reasons, too. Sigh.

    Approximately 25 million adults live with their parents because of unemployment or underemployment. “Roughly 25 million adults live at home with their parents for a variety of reasons but mostly economic.  For many the debilitating cost of student debt is hindering their progression into the independent marketplace.  For others it is the lack of solid wages that actually provide enough to support a person living on their own.  And for many others the inability to find a job is still a very common experience.”

  28. Katfish says:

    #23 – linky no worky

  29. Shannon says:

    Let’s not forget that “You Know Who” is away from the blog in West Texas today.

    /heaving Nolan Ryan fastball tomato at Sarge’s head

  30. Katfish says:

    Fox News? *NOPE* – oh this MUST be from Rush Limbaugh right? *NOPE*

    from one of the Left’s very own…………………..

    In other words, buckle your seatbelts, because it’s going to be a very bumpy ride.

  31. Sarge says:

    /heaving Nolan Ryan fastball tomato at Sarge’s head

    Go to a concert instead.

  32. GJT says:

    I must jump in here before the mantra begins that Republicans are engaged in a whisper campaign that the good Houston mayor is fat. I have it on good authority the mayor has been fat since the ’80s, has been seen at fat meetings and once publicly stated she was on a diet.

    Republicans like fat people, some of our best friends are fat.

  33. mharper42 says:

    Tim, my only point is that it was a big surprise to realize Annise is so bottom-heavy, because the LSM does not let those images get through.

  34. Shannon says:

    35
    Concert? Nah. Check out the video.
    This is more fun.
    Next targets, GJT and GTO.

    Thwack. Thwack.

  35. squawkbox says:

    I see Serge’ has not mastered the art of suggesting that skipping the box is a good idea.

    Trust me Serge’ it is all in the presentation and years of preperation. You ain’t there. But keep trying, imperfect practice makes imperfection perfect.

  36. Sarge says:

    Concert? Nah. Check out the video.

    Listen to the ad.

    Trust me.

  37. Bonecrusher says:

    A caller just presented an idea to Limbaugh that I had several days ago, why not let Limbaugh moderate a debate? I would suggest adding Michael Savage and let the 2 of them grill the candidates. I think we would get much better discussion about more significant topics. Ann Coulter, along with Beck is already in the the tank for Romney so they are out, perhaps Hannity to have 3 on the panel. I really want the intellect of Savage on the panel with Limbaugh.

  38. wagonburner says:

    Savage is a nutter.

  39. mharper42 says:

    #42
    Only 10% nutter. That’s not as nutty as Luap Nor.

  40. GJT says:

    #38

    Here I am sitting here mindin my own bizness…… Looks like we’re aiming a little high though, tomatoes goin over heads. :D

  41. Hamous says:

    Approximately 25 million adults live with their parents because of unemployment or underemployment. “Roughly 25 million adults live at home with their parents for a variety of reasons but mostly economic. For many the debilitating cost of student debt is hindering their progression into the independent marketplace. For others it is the lack of solid wages that actually provide enough to support a person living on their own. And for many others the inability to find a job is still a very common experience.”

    Sounds like a whole lot of live-at-home adult children, their parents, the media, and social “scientists” don’t have a clear grasp of root cause analysis. Let’s do the Five Whys:

    Problem – My progression into the independent marketplace is being hindered.

    Why? I can’t pay off my student loans and rent an apartment on my own.
    Why? I don’t make enough money.
    Why? I can’t find a good paying job.
    Why? No one is hiring in my field of study.
    Why? My degree is in Chinese Egg Painting.

  42. Texpat says:

    Michael Savage is not a nutter.

    He’s a bonafide lunatic.

  43. Shannon says:

    Savage is a fun nutter.
    PaulBOTS and anonymous newsltters have ruined the rep of that sweet little ol’ racist, anti-Semite Ron Paul. He ain’t no fun no mo’.

  44. Bonecrusher says:

    Savage may twist off on occasion, but a nutter/lunatic??? No freaking way, that guy is brilliant.

  45. Texpat says:

    #45 Hamous

    What you say is undoubtedly true, but I run across stories frequently around here of people with kids who have advanced degrees in serious fields – sciences, engineering, law, finance/economics – who have been unable to find any sort of real employment. Many work part-time or at wages so low they can’t afford the rents up here or they’re so deep in debt for college loans, they can’t make the notes and live on their own.

    The aggregate total for student loan debt in the USA exceeded one trillion dollars in 2011.

  46. GJT says:

    Meanwhile my wife is looking for work and the online applications won’t even let you proceed without completing where you attended college. She doesn’t have any college but 20 years admin experience.

    Don’t these companies realize all those occu-toddlers are the college educated?

  47. Katfish says:

    #41 – I like it “sans Savage”……………….El Rush-Bo does NOT need no help trust me!

  48. Bonecrusher says:

    #51 Katfish: I can appreciate how Savage can generate strong negative feelings, that is not the point. Savage has a rather unique perspective and his questions would add a whole other dimension to the discussion. Could Rush do it by himself, of course – I would like to see the two work together on a project because they are so different. I wanna see what comes out of that collaboration.

  49. Hamous says:

    Texpat – I have no doubt what you say is true. But, if our schools weren’t hell-bent on inventing then supporting degree plans for every conceivable (and many inconceivable) sexual, cultural, racial, etc. group that has at one time been offended, tuition rates wouldn’t be increasing double that of the inflation rate. Just take a look at the list of undergraduate degree plans from the College of Liberal Arts at what is arguably Texas’ premier state school:

    Bachelor of Arts with majors in:

    African & African Diaspora Studies
    American Studies
    Ancient History & Classical Civilization
    Anthropology
    Arabic Language & Literature
    Asian Cultures & Languages, with specializations in
    Chinese
    Japanese
    Hindi/Urdu
    Malayalam
    Sanskrit
    Tamil
    Asian Studies
    Classical Archaeology
    Classics
    Czech Language & Culture
    Economics
    English
    Ethnic Studies, with concentrations in
    Asian American Studies
    Mexican American Studies
    European Studies
    French
    Geography
    German
    Government
    Greek
    Hebrew Language & Literature
    History
    Humanities
    International Relations & Global Studies
    Islamic Studies
    Italian
    Jewish Studies
    Latin
    Latin American Studies
    Linguistics
    Middle Eastern Studies
    Persian Language & Literature
    Philosophy
    Plan II Honors Program
    Portuguese
    Psychology
    Religious Studies
    Rhetoric & Writing
    Russian Language & Culture
    Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies
    Scandinavian Studies
    Sociology
    Spanish
    Turkish Language & Literature
    Urban Studies
    Women’s & Gender Studies

    Each of these also has a corresponding graduate degree program. Now think about the professors and associated support staff required to maintain all those plans. What a colossal waste of taxpayer money.

  50. Katfish says:

    #52 – Hey we can agree to disagree – I’m of the “too many cooks” point of view – ostensibly the proposed debate is to better evaluate Repub candidates – NOT determine how well (or not) Rush & Savage interact

    “too may moderators” = any more than ONE = less overall response time for the actual candidates IMHO

    I could envision TWO separate debates – 1 with Rush as Mod then 1 with Savage

  51. Hamous says:

    Urban Studies??? C’mon man, gimme a break.

    /hey hey hey, one break coming up

  52. wagonburner says:

    #53 hamous
    Anything in the list ending with “Studies” with the possible exception of the international studies one should be discontinued. Languages as areas of study have been around for ages, ditto philosophy, etc.

  53. Katfish says:

    #57 – for WHUT country?? (not MINE!!! :) )

  54. Texpat says:

    #53 Hamous

    I agree. I wonder, though, if the costs of higher funding had not been allowed to skyrocket several hundred percent over the last 25 years, would universities have been able to turn the schools into these gourment buffets of endless choices.

    Also, the proportion of non-teaching adminstrative employees has reached 54% of the total higher ed payrolls and is responsible for the much, if not most, of the huge increase in overhead. All those bureacrats have to justify their existence so they expand the work to meet the number of employees.

    It’s mind-boggling.

  55. Katfish says:

    “Urban Studies course syllabus” (for any Arab country)

    101: watch where you WALK (unless you like to scrape poop off yer shoes)

    course time: 1 hour
    no books
    scrapers available at Sears Hardware or EBAY

    :)

  56. Hamous says:

    If you want a degree in Russian Language & Culture, here’s a plan: move to freaking Russia and go to school.

  57. Texpat says:

    Hamous

    This is just, well, I’m speechless.

    RE: Peter Gleick – the climate alarmist/activist who forged documents and stole others from the conservative Heartland Institute

    From the JunkScience.com website:

    Gleick’s grants from EPA get Stalinized from the EPA Grants Database.

    Here’s the timeline:

    ■Yesterday at 11:41 am we reported that EPA has awarded Peter Glieck’s Pacific Institute $468,000 in grants.
    ■Later in the afternoon, the National Center for Public Policy Research issued a media release calling for Congressional hearings into the EPA grants to Gleick.
    ■Today, a JunkScience.com commenter Brian Carter reported that the links in our original post didn’t work.
    ■We confirmed Carter’s observation around 12:30pm today.

    Fortunately, we saved a PDF file of one of the EPA grants to Gleick. So unless JunkScience.com gets Stalinized…

  58. Hamous says:

    Texpat – by any means necessary, just like good Marxists always do. I see Charles Johnson is sticking his slimy little hands into the fray as well. Heartland has sent him a cease and desist letter.

  59. Texpat says:

    If you travel and need to take a suit or sports coat and dress shirt with you, save this video. There’s nothing worse than unpacking your clothes for an important meeting (or wedding, funeral, etc) and have them look like you just pulled them out of a dumpster.

    They’re selling the jumbo size Zip-Loc bags in the grocery stores now.

    This shows you how to fold a suit to put into a suitcase without wrinkling. The incredible person in the video is Jacky Tam from British Tailors, 8-B Carnavarn Road, T.S.T., Kowloon, Hong Kong

  60. Shannon says:

    Whew!
    At least he left out of his diatribe the College of Fine Arts .

  61. Katfish says:

    #64 – Very SLICK technique & talent there – looks like even with the extreme careful folding / bagging one would likely have to “limit” what goes in “that” suitcase (or just carry an extra for suit only eh?)

  62. Hamous says:

    #65 – Heh. I had it ctrl-c’d, then thought of you and held back on the ctrl-v.

  63. Bonecrusher says:

    #62 TP: This link was in your link and is the discussion of the weakness of the MMGW case. Well worth the read. Nice find.

  64. Shannon says:

    Quote from news report:
    While the President’s aides say he has yet to focus on the campaign, he attended three fundraisers today.
    These people lie when they don’t need to. It’s automatic.

  65. squawkbox says:

    #64 Hell Texpat that might be okay till you go through TSA and they insist on opening everything.

    Oh wait, I don’t fly

    or do weddings

    or funerals

    or important business meetings

    Never mind I do need that thing anyway.

  66. gtotracker says:

    What if the only choices are a Marxist or a Socialist … ouch! I just got beaned by a tomato, where did that come from?

  67. shamaal says:

    I really want the intellect of Savage on the panel with Limbaugh.

    There’s a couple of words rarely seen in the same sentence. ;)

  68. gtotracker says:

    Any recommendations for a downloadable malware remover? My old XP machine I use for estimating picked up something.

  69. shamaal says:

    malwarebytes has always worked for me. The page should open up to a picture of a large lock. If not, you may have to download on a stick from another computer.

  70. Hamous says:

    Yup, I’ve cleaned many an unusable computer with malwarebytes.

  71. shamaal says:

    Care to open an on-line business in Greece?

    Antonopoulos and his partners spent hours collecting papers from tax offices, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the municipal service where the company is based, the health inspector’s office, the fire department and banks. At the health department, they were told that all the shareholders of the company would have to provide chest X-rays, and, in the most surreal demand of all, stool samples.

  72. mharper42 says:

    #60
    Katfishy, tell us what ya really think, man!
    :)

  73. mharper42 says:

    #64 Texpat
    Hmm, wouldn’t TSA be suspicious if they saw clothing in a ziplock bag and rip it out for inspection?

  74. mharper42 says:

    #65, 67
    So I assume the cat is now out of the bag on Shannon’s degree?

    How ya get from Fine Arts to Water Utility Mgmt?

  75. shamaal says:

    To a generation raised on threats to our “precious bodily fluids,” Rick Santorum’s turning into a parody.

    “I think this country would be fundamentally different at that point,” Santorum said on Glenn Beck’s subscriber-based online show. “I think we will have lost the very essence of what America is about.”

  76. shamaal says:

    While I can understand the threat to a Presidential candidate and I like to see these pusillanimous knuckleheads get their comeuppance; I still believe there is a case to be made for the First Amendment.

    A federal district court judge ruled this week that a federal grand jury is allowed to subpoena the identity of a Twitter user who threatened Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

  77. Texpat says:

    Haniyeh returned to the Gaza Strip this week with a suitcase full of promises from Iran, Qatar, Sudan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to help the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip.

    Some of the Arab countries promised to provide cement and construction material, whiles others pledged to fund various economic and housing projects there.

    But the Palestinians have become used to empty promises from the Arab and Islamic countries.

    In the past, the Arab League promised $4 billion in aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip. However, Palestinians say that so far they have seen almost nothing from the Arab and Islamic countries.

    Earlier this year, Hamas accused the Palestinian Authority of laying its hands on a few million dollars that were donated by some Arab and Islamic countries for helping the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority has denied the charge.

    Of course it is easy to blame Israel for the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip; that is exactly what Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and the rest of the Arab and Islamic countries have been doing.

    I thought all these Islamic nations were so worried and concerned for their Palestinian brethren. If they’re so concerned about the Palis, why don’t the oil producing nations just send fuel directly to Gaza ?

    They are all a bunch of lying, hypocritical jackasses using the Palestinians as props for their petty, little power games.

  78. phil says:

    Mbytes and ComboFix=the great 1-2 punch for malware.

  79. shamaal says:

    While I would have thought that the embargo had something to do with it, your article provides a more realistic answer:

    That is the main reason the Arabs and Muslims are not eager to transfer billions of dollars to the Gaza Strip. They know that money will go to purchasing missiles and ammunition there instead of building new schools and hospitals.

    But I guess that doesn’t fit the meme.

  80. Texpat says:

    #81 shamaal

    I don’t know about the Twitter/Bachmann case, but this is good news:

    Two rulings this week helped to clarify the circumstances under which a defendant can be compelled to reveal the contents of an encrypted hard drive. On Wednesday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a judge’s ruling in a Colorado case that the defendant in a mortgage fraud case could be compelled to produce the contents of her encrypted laptop. But on Thursday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Florida contempt of court charge against a suspect in a child pornography case who refused to decrypt the encrypted contents of several hard drives.

    While the two rulings reach opposite results, they don’t necessarily contradict each other. The results turned on how much the government knew about the contents of the encrypted drives. In previous cases, the courts have held that when the government already knows of the existence of specific incriminating files, compelling a suspect to produce them does not violate the Fifth Amendment’s rule against self-incrimination. On the other hand, if the government merely suspects that an encrypted hard drive contains some incriminating documents, but lacks independent evidence for the existence of specific documents, then the owner of the hard drive is entitled to invoke the Fifth Amendment.

  81. shamaal says:

    #85 texpat

    I have never liked fishing expeditions, regardless of the nature of the crime. It’s good to see the Courts beginning to rein this cyber stuff in.

  82. shamaal says:

    It appears the Governor is running for Vice-President.

    The rule, signed by Commissioner Tom Suehs on Thursday, takes effect March 14. Unless some last-minute agreement is brokered, the program, which receives $9 in federal funds for every $1 in state funds, will be either phased out or cut off by the end of March. At least 130,000 poor Texas women will lose access to cancer screenings, well-woman exams and contraception.

  83. Texpat says:

    #84 shamaal

    The Israelis have allowed continuing and huge amounts of material, food and medicine into Gaza as long as it comes through Israeli ports of entry and is inspected by them. There is no reason fuel could not be delivered to the Gaza Strip.

    However, as you point out, members of the Ummah have no desire to fund idiots who would spend donated funds on warfare and terrorism. Some people are so stupid they would starve their families to kill the kin of others.

    I don’t blame the prosperous of Islam for not sharing with Hamas and Fatah and all their crazed comrades.

  84. Bonecrusher says:

    #82 TP:

    When Israel left the Gaza Strip back in 2005, the Palestinians had the opportunity to turn the coastal area into the Arab world’s Singapore.

    The residents of the Gush Katif subdivision in Gaza (Jews) were forcibly removed from their homes and businesses, they had green houses and a thriving community. When they left and the vermin running Gaza took over, the first thing that happened, within a matter of days, was that the once thriving community was destroyed. Giving money and opportunity to the pals is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenagers.

  85. mharper42 says:

    There are good Palistinians in the U.S. Note: immigrants! Got the hell out of their ancestral sinkhole and came here to work, save, and start businesses. There are several who run a car repair/inspection station near my home that I’ve been patronizing for years. To a man, their birth names are all Ali, but they’ve all taken English names like Allen and Alex. Very Americanized and assimilated. Good neighbors.

  86. Bonecrusher says:

    #90 M42: I will state categorically that all mooslims are not terrorists, however, 99+% of terrorists are mooslimes and they carry out their terroristic acts in the name of their god. I would not have such a problem with them if they would simply live and let live; they will not let that happen.

  87. gtotracker says:

    Sgt Johnson singing her own tune, before she was a sarge it seems.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=POaTtjbrnrc

    Thanks for the malware link. It did not directly solve the problem but led to the source.

  88. Sarge says:

    The rule, signed by Commissioner Tom Suehs on Thursday, takes effect March 14. Unless some last-minute agreement is brokered, the program, which receives $9 in federal funds for every $1 in state funds, will be either phased out or cut off by the end of March. At least 130,000 poor Texas women will lose access to cancer screenings, well-woman exams and contraception.

    The ball is back in the administration’s court now: Does Obama want to actually cut funding and potentially jeopardize the Texas Women’s Health program, which might not be able to survive without federal funding? That sends the message that Obama cares less that women have access to health care than that they receive health care from certain providers — namely, providers that also offer abortions.

  89. GJT says:

    You musical types get meaning out of the weirdest stuff. I was a sheltered child.

  90. gtotracker says:

    One way or another, the Rooskies are gonna get us. By dominating space or resurrecting ice age terror….

  91. phil says:

    It’s a bird….it’s an Airplane….no it’s …………..

  92. gtotracker says:

    ST?

  93. gtotracker says:

    I’m shocked to see she is a weeble.

  94. shamaal says:

    In post #82 it was

    They are all a bunch of lying, hypocritical jackasses using the Palestinians as props for their petty, little power games.

    Which became in #88

    I don’t blame the prosperous of Islam for not sharing with Hamas and Fatah and all their crazed comrades.

    I guess that’s some progress.

  95. Texpat says:

    #104

    Not mutually exclusive. In fact, perfectly harmonious statements.

  96. mharper42 says:

    Looks like goats is on-his-own tonight. I’m just sayin’.

  97. shamaal says:

    #108
    Bruce Campbell has a fan club?

  98. Darren says:

    Bonecrusher #13;

    After seeing the picture of The Mayor of Houston, Michael Berry’s moniker for her is quite accurate; Mayor Porker.

    Or invite her out for a cold beer at the bar of his choice. ;)

  99. Darren says:

    OOOOOOOOOOO Mayor Parker + Daisy Dukes = AWESOME

    Won’t the Daisy Dukes tear to shreds long before she gets them on?

  100. shamaal says:

    #111
    Who knows where this may lead …………
    Mayoral Candidate Claims Rival Sent Him Topless Dancer, Taped Lap Dance

  101. TexMo says:

    RE The high price of higher education:
    Why do so many people feel compelled to obtain advanced degrees and dig themselves further into debt? I think one reason is that people want to stand out from the crowd. In tough economic times employers are not necessarily going to give a bump in pay to someone with a masters degree. So now an employer can get someone with more knowledge, for the same price, and the learning curve will not be as steep.

    In the engineering contracting world, I am seeing more and more young people come in with advanced degrees. IMHO I do not think a Masters in Chemical Engineering is really a necessity for 90% – 95% of the tasks required of me on a daily basis. I have looked at the courses offered through U of H and I can see that they would be beneficial and make me a better engineer, however, the return on investment would span years if not decades.

    I wonder if it is industry or academia that is pushing for the advanced degrees. Something tells me that the ol’ professors are trying to ensure job security.

    Hamous, you listed all the ridiculous courses offered in the arts. Have you seen some of the weird offerings from A&M in the sciences. An old middle school friend of mine took 8 years to get a degree in Bio something or another Engineering/Science something from Texas A&M. He had to work his way through school by taking semesters off. He had to change his degree program no fewer than four times because the university simply stopped offering his degree. He was left hanging with 9 – 15 hours to go on all four occasions.

  102. GJT says:

    Academia is more of a racket than the left claims the corporate world is. So very many things we should be focusing on, but by golly we got birth control covered!

  103. Darren says:

    Hamous #63;

    I see Charles Johnson is sticking his slimy little hands into the fray as well. Heartland has sent him a cease and desist letter.

    I binged heartland sending ceased and desist letter to Charles Johnson (cuz anything that hurts him and his website makes me happy) and found the following site. On it there’s a post of that well known Hitler parody with the cover of the Heartland Institute and Charles Johnsno is Hitler. (Classic). The post is bt Emperor and dated February 20, 2012 @ 12:56 am.

    http://diaryofdaedalus.com/2012/02/20/charles-johnson-publishes-the-heartland-institutes-email/

    The posters make excellent points but a WARNING to all, there is vulgarity in their posts. Even the mother of vulgarity is used by the posters but I tell you I was giggling near to tears reading the subtitles on the Hitler parody video.

  104. gtotracker says:

    oops, see next post

  105. gtotracker says:

    Oh the Snark bites..

  106. squawkbox says:

    Here is a little brain wash for those that have visions of Mayor Parker in Daisy dukes bouncing around in the old.cabesa.

    And I am so glad I am bi-lingual.

  107. shamaal says:

    For those who don’t recognize her in the Dr. Hook video, That’s Randi Brooks, also seen as the hooker in Man With Two Brains

  108. squawkbox says:

    Shammy
    That just brought a tear to my eye. Sniff not many folks pay that close attention. I’m proud of ya.

  109. Shannon says:

    Nope, no fine arts degree. I’m just a dumb old country boy with an A.A.S. in Horticulture.
    The rest is all by osmosis.

  110. Darren says:

    This is currently filed under “Dude” at Hot Air. Here’s what it takes to start and online store in Greece:

    “Most stores begin operating after receiving only the approval regarding their brand name, as the bureaucracy involved takes such a long time to complete that it is simply impossible to keep up with the operational costs, such as paying rent on obligatory headquarters, without making any sales,” said Antonopoulos.

    Antonopoulos and his partners spent hours collecting papers from tax offices, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the municipal service where the company is based, the health inspector’s office, the fire department and banks. At the health department, they were told that all the shareholders of the company would have to provide chest X-rays, and, in the most surreal demand of all, stool samples.

    Makes me not want ot ask what hamous had to do to get this website started.

    To Start An Online Store In Greece, You Have To Do Something Pretty Gross

  111. Darren says:

    And I am so glad I am bi-lingual.

    Not entirely with “old cabesa” but close enough.

  112. squawkbox says:

    Bro Phil you wonderin around out there? I figured you might drag this moldy goldly out.

  113. squawkbox says:

    Nope Darren

    I speak English and Blue Jeans.

  114. squawkbox says:

    Wulp folks time for me to Rock On.

    Nighty night

  115. gtotracker says:

    Howza about a gal who looks great in anything.

  116. phil says:

    Yo Bro Squawk you beat me to it, but I have another moldy Bowie goldy right here.

  117. Darren says:

    Good grief Squawk. Could your blue jeans videos get a little more suggestive?

    Let’s have an LST reunion and I’ll wear my blue jeans just for you. :)

  118. Darren says:

    David Essex eh? I haven’t heard “Rock On” in ages and never knew who sang that song.

  119. Darren says:

    A couple of videos to watch:

    OK, back to the video clips. First up, drill baby, drill! I believe the ad below is from early August of 2008, based on how it dovetails with this news report. Which would mean that nearly a month before then-Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin was chosen to be John McCain’s running mate, Obama sounds positively Palinesque as he panders to Alasksan voters, promising them a natural gas pipeline:

    Quaaiiiiiinnnnt

    And then, in perhaps the most ironic ad, here’s another clip of Obama in early August of 2008 promising Canadians a pipeline of their own:

    Also, “quaaiiiiiinnnnt”.

    For The Last Time, Anything You put on that ‘Prompter, President Burgundy Will Read