Weekend Miracle On Toast Open Comments

We’ve seen many “miracles” that present themselves in various foods. This very week, Elvis appeared in a rasher of bacon.

Jesus has appeared in many forms in/on many media. On a grilled cheese (I can’t imagine Jesus appearing on one of those microwave-toaster blasphemes).

On a pancake.

On a tortilla.

On a chip.

There have been many other visages that have appeared on various foodstuffs over the years. The most recent example of someone’s countenance appearing on a foodstuff of which I am aware is this one.

It’s a miracle!

PS – thanks you-know-who!

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166 thoughts on “Weekend Miracle On Toast Open Comments

  1. G’Morning All

    It’s Bush’s fault

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said this week “Oil and gas production in the United States has risen every year since the president’s been in office. Oil production is now higher than it’s been in eight years.”
    Industry analysts say production is rising — not because of President Obama, but in spite of him.

    “Today on federal land, the area where the president has control, production in the Gulf of Mexico is down 30 percent. Lease sales in Rocky Mountains on federal lands are down 70 percent,” Jack Gerard, head of the American Petroleum Institute said.

    He says the president has put 85 percent of the outer continental shelf off limits and overall, is only making 3 percent of the areas under his control available for development.

    “You know there are no quick fixes to this problem, and you know we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices,” he said at a speech in Florida this week.

    Exploration and development do take years. But analysts argue the administration can’t now take credit for decisions about drilling made years ago by President Bush and his predecessors.

    “That production is a direct result of leases issued before this administration and as result of development on private and state lands,” Gerard said.

    On private lands, oil production is booming. In North Dakota, the oil and gas are on private or state land and beyond the president’s control.

    The state has gone from producing a small amount of oil to some 450,000 barrels a day.

    Unemployment is 3.3 percent, the lowest in the country. And the state has a budget surplus in the billions.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/24/obama-administration-seeks-credit-for-increase-domestic-oil-production/?test=latestnews

  2. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise / Not

    Brits discover raising tax rates lowers revenue
    Published: 12 hours ago

    (THE NEW AMERICAN) — The British government has tried to raise tax revenues by raising tax rates on the highest income Britons. The January 2012 self-assessed tax returns were anticipated to provide more revenue because it was the first reporting period of the new, highest 50% tax rate for the highest earners. The Treasury, however, has reported that instead of tax revenues rising during that reporting period, revenues actually dropped from £10.86 billion in January 2011 to £10.35 billion in January 2012.

  3. Who’s on first?

    COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

    ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 9%.

    COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

    ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.

    COSTELLO: You just said 9%.

    ABBOTT: 9% Unemployed.

    COSTELLO: Right 9% out of work.

    ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.

    COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 16% unemployed.

    ABBOTT: No, that’s 9%…

    COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 9% or 16%?

    ABBOTT: 9% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.

    COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.

    ABBOTT: No, you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed.
    You have to look for work to be unemployed.

    COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!

    ABBOTT: No, you miss my point.

    COSTELLO: What point?

    ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work, can’t be counted with those who look for work.
    It wouldn’t be fair.

    COSTELLO: To who?

    ABBOTT: The unemployed.

    COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.

    ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work.
    Those who are out of work stopped looking.
    They gave up. And, if you give up, you are no longer
    in the ranks of the unemployed.

    COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment rolls, that would count as
    less unemployment?

    ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

    COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?

    ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That’s how you get to 9%. Otherwise it would be 16%.
    You don’t want to read about 16% unemployment do ya?

    COSTELLO: That would be frightening.

    ABBOTT: Absolutely.

    COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you.
    That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

    ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

    COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

    ABBOTT: Correct.

    COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

    ABBOTT: Bingo.

    COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down,
    and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.

    ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like an economist.

    COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!

  4. Hambone, how’s the remodeling going? Also does your house have a single detached garage? I lot of houses built in the 40′s, 50′s did.

  5. OTL

    We will never see official unemployment numbers over 9.99% again, no matter how many people are out of work, or who’s in Washington.

  6. My favorite Abbott & Costello;

    ABBOTT: Ultimate SuperDuper Computer Store. Can I help you?
    COSTELLO: Thanks. I’m setting up a home office in the den, and I’m thinking of buying a computer.

    ABBOTT: Mac?

    COSTELLO: No, the name is Bud.

    ABBOTT: Your computer?

    COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.

    ABBOTT: Mac?

    COSTELLO: I told you, my name is Bud.

    ABBOTT: What about Windows?

    COSTELLO: Why? Does it get stuffy?

    ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

    COSTELLO: I don’t know. What do I see when I look out the windows?

    ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

    COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

    ABBOTT: Software that runs on Windows?

    COSTELLO: No, on the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses. You know, run a business. What have you got?

    ABBOTT: Office.

    COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

    ABBOTT: I just did.

    COSTELLO: You just did what?

    ABBOTT: Recommended something.

    COSTELLO: You recommended something?

    ABBOTT: Yes.

    COSTELLO: For my office?

    ABBOTT: Yes.

    COSTELLO: Okay, what did you recommend for my office?

    ABBOTT: Office.

    COSTELLO: Yes, for my office.

    ABBOTT: Office for Windows.

    COSTELLO: I already have an office and it already has windows! Let’s say I’m sitting at my computer, and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?

    ABBOTT: Word.

    COSTELLO: If I’m writing a proposal, I’m going to need lots of words. But what program do I load?

    ABBOTT: Word.

    COSTELLO: What word?

    ABBOTT: The Word in Office.

    COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

    ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

    COSTELLO: Which word in “office for windows?”

    ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue W.

    COSTELLO: I’m going to click your big W if you don’t give me a straight answer. Let’s forget about words for a minute. What do I need if I want to watch a movie over the Internet?

    ABBOTT: RealOne.

    COSTELLO: Maybe a real movie, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of your business. But what do I need to watch it?

    ABBOTT: RealOne.

    COSTELLO: If it’s a long movie I’ll also want to watch reels two, three and four. Can I watch reel four?

    ABBOTT: Of course.

    COSTELLO: Great! With what?

    ABBOTT: RealOne.

    COSTELLO: Okay, so I’m sitting at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do I do?

    ABBOTT: You click the blue 1.

    COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?

    ABBOTT: The blue 1.

    COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue W?

    ABBOTT: Of course it is. The blue 1 is RealOne. The blue W is Word.

    COSTELLO: What word?

    ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

    COSTELLO: But there’s three words in “office for windows!”

    ABBOTT: No, just one. But it’s the most popular Word in the world.

    COSTELLO: It is?

    ABBOTT: Yes, although to be fair there aren’t many other Words left. It pretty much wiped out all the other Words.

    COSTELLO: And that word is the real one?

    ABBOTT: No. RealOne has nothing to do with Word. RealOne isn’t even part of Office.

    COSTELLO: Never mind; I don’t want to get started with that again. But I also need something for bank accounts, loans, and so on. What do you have to help me track my money?

    ABBOTT: Money.

    COSTELLO: That’s right. What do you have?

    ABBOTT: Money.

    COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

    ABBOTT: No, not really. It comes bundled with your computer.

    COSTELLO: What comes bundled with my computer?

    ABBOTT: Money.

    COSTELLO: Money comes bundled with my computer?

    ABBOTT: Exactly. No extra charge.

    COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer at no extra charge? How much money do I get?

    ABBOTT: Just one copy.

    COSTELLO: I get a copy of money. Isn’t that illegal?

    ABBOTT: No. We have a license from Microsoft to make copies of Money.

    COSTELLO: Microsoft can license you to make money?

    ABBOTT: Why not? They own it.

    COSTELLO: Well, it’s great that I’m going to get free money, but I’ll still need to track it. Do you have anything for managing your money?

    ABBOTT: Managing Your Money? That program disappeared years ago.

    COSTELLO: Well, what do you sell in its place?

    ABBOTT: Money.

    COSTELLO: You sell money?

    ABBOTT: Of course. But if you buy a computer from us, you get it for free.

    COSTELLO: That’s all very wonderful, but I’ll be running a business. Do you have any software for, you know, accounting?

    ABBOTT: Simply Accounting.

    COSTELLO: Probably, but it might get a little complicated.

    ABBOTT: If you don’t want Simply Accounting, you might try M.Y.O.B.

    COSTELLO: M.Y.O.B.? What does that stand for?

    ABBOTT: Mind Your Own Business.

    COSTELLO: I beg your pardon?

    ABBOTT: No, that would be I.B.Y.P. I said M.Y.O.B.

    COSTELLO: Look, I just need to do some accounting for my home business. You know–accounting? You do it with money.

    ABBOTT: Of course you can do accounting with Money. But you may need more.

    COSTELLO: More money?

    ABBOTT: More than Money. Money can’t do everything.

    COSTELLO: I don’t need a sermon! Okay, let’s forget about money for the moment. I’m worried that my computer might…what’s the word? Crash. And if my computer crashes, what can I use to restore my data?

    ABBOTT: GoBack.

    COSTELLO: Okay. I’m worried about my computer smashing and I need something to restore my data. What do you recommend?

    ABBOTT: GoBack.

    COSTELLO: How many times do I have to repeat myself?

    ABBOTT: I’ve never asked you to repeat yourself. All I said was GoBack.

    COSTELLO: How can I go back if I haven’t even been anywhere? Okay, I’ll go back. What do I need to write a proposal?

    ABBOTT: Word.

    COSTELLO: But I’ll need lots of words to write a proposal.

    ABBOTT: No, you only need one Word-the Word in Office for Windows.

    COSTELLO: But there’s three words in…Oh, never mind.

    ABBOTT: Hello? Hello? Customers! Why do they always hang up on me? Oh, well.

    Calls back after buying a computer;

    COSTELLO: How do I turn this thing off?

    ABBOTT: Press start,…………

  7. #9 SD
    Lots of them just had carports beside the house, too. I lived in several tract houses like that, growing up in Midland.

  8. I probly live in the land of pixie dust, but wouldn’t just simply announcing an aggressive oil and gas exploration plan and major reductions in government regulations fix many of these problems overnight? Love to see it done.

  9. I probly live in the land of pixie dust, but wouldn’t just simply announcing an aggressive oil and gas exploration plan and major reductions in government regulations fix many of these problems overnight?

    I’m not sure what “problem” is intended to be fixed.
    Increased drilling and production?
    The US now exports more gasoline than it imports?
    Natural gas wells being shut in because supply far exceeds demand?

  10. Hambone, how’s the remodeling going? Also does your house have a single detached garage? I lot of houses built in the 40′s, 50′s did.

    Slow. I’m ready for it to be over. Yup, single detached garage. My ’68 Firebird fits in it but I’ve never had a truck that would fit, even a single cab. The slab has sunk quite a bit since ’39 so when it rains more than a couple of inches the garage becomes a wading pool. Phase II of the remodel is demo and rebuild the garage to make it a two car with a shop in the back. It’ll still be detached but will be connected to the back porch with a covered dog walk.

  11. #14

    So you’re saying if the White House announced on Monday an aggressive pro- oil and gas production (read- more drilling) program, gas and diesel prices at the pump would not go down on Tuesday?

  12. The Dem politicians’ favorite response to drilling more for the last 25 years has been “But it will take 10 years before we see a single drop of oil!” Now, our glorious 3M president is actually campaigning on oil production being up under his watch.

    As White House spokesman Jay Carney said this week “Oil and gas production in the United States has risen every year since the president’s been in office. Oil production is now higher than it’s been in eight years.”

    He must have to use a wheelbarrow to haul those stones of his around.

    “Today on federal land, the area where the president has control, production in the Gulf of Mexico is down 30 percent. Lease sales in Rocky Mountains on federal lands are down 70 percent,” Jack Gerard, head of the American Petroleum Institute said.

    He says the president has put 85 percent of the outer continental shelf off limits and overall, is only making 3 percent of the areas under his control available for development.

    Numbers from think tanks and the federal Energy Information Administration confirm those numbers.

    Nevertheless, steadily rising gas prices are a political liability. That’s why the president now takes credit for the results of policies he ran against in 2008. One ad lambasted McCain by tying him to the Bush energy policies, saying “McCain and Bush support a drilling plan that won’t produce a drop of oil for seven years.”

    This bozo is going to go down as the president that made Jimmy Carter look like Harry Truman.

  13. A few maxims:
    Oil production is not gas production.
    Drilling on the surface is not the same as drilling subsea.
    Production of oil is not the same as distribution of oil.
    And finally, oil is not the same as gasoline.

  14. A few other maxims that should be obvious to anyone with a brain bigger than a mustard seed:

    Oil & gas production is oil & gas production.
    The product from drilling on the surface is the same as the product from drilling subsea-oil & gas.
    You can’t distribute oil if it isn’t produced.
    And finally, gasoline is produced from oil.

  15. #21 Hamous

    Now you’re getting it Hamous. So what’s the difference between theses maxims?

    Come on, you can do it ………………. 5 seconds Bob …………..

    Cost and Price!

    Ding, Ding, we have a winner ;)

  16. #22 Sarge,

    Ah so the price of supplying Europe with oil to overcome the Iranian embargo is too steep.

    I guess to some there is a price on liberty and freedom.

    But you are right, the government can interfere in the markets and restrict the distribution of petroleum products to the United States, perhaps even release oil from the Strategic Reserve. I’m always glad to see another Government is the answer convert.

  17. #17 Hammy

    our glorious 3M president

    OMG, you used to frown on this, or part of it! What ever happened to Larry666 anyway?

  18. I had an interesting discussion at the Project Management Institute meeting the other day with the folks at my table. We traded the usual bromides and myths about energy production and consumption, when one asked what aspect of the business I was in, currently subsea development and production. One of the aerospace guys brought up the silliness about the Keystone pipeline, and I asked my opinion of its cancellation. He was somewhat taken aback when I expressed no interest in its cancellation. Being subsea, a surface pipeline is competition, and as the oil is dirty and destined for foreign consumption, again no interest.

    And I think that may be germane to this discussion in that the companies in the petroleum industry arrange themselves in niches. By use of government subsidies and regulations they make their niches profitable. Governor Palin first came to my attention, when as governor of Alaska, she came down hard on oil companies for purchasing leases to restrict competition and keep them away from other drillers.

    It’s a business.

    This administration, isn’t playing by the old rules and protecting the favored few. look around, how many different gas stations do you see? In my day there were mom and pops all over the place, there were corners with a gas station on each. Competition in drilling was down, and now it’s going up, subsidies are falling. Refineries and gasoline distribution is next.

  19. #14 shamwow

    The US now exports more gasoline than it imports?
    Natural gas wells being shut in because supply far exceeds demand?

    It exports gasoline because other countries don’t have adequate or in some cases, no gasoline refining capabilities.

    Natural gas is used as a primary fuel and feedstock for chemical plants. It has very little to do with gasoline other than firing the boilers and generators, etc. It is blocked in to be used as a private reserve with no government strings attached.

    Velly sly, those capitalists, they plan their business on supply and demand. Problems arise when either the exporting countries or, gasp, our own government screws around with the system. If we drilled more domestically, we would minimize the foreign exporters problems. To minimize our government problem, be sure to go vote for anyone but liberal D’s this November.

  20. I hit Hambone first in the a.m. and then cruise Drudge. Now I see what has folks suddenly take an interest in energy, the President in his weekly address questions why the taxpayer subsidizes $4B to the oil companies to charge the consumer higher prices.

    Now, some politicians always see this as a political opportunity. And since it’s an election year, they’re already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas. I’ll save you the suspense: Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keep drilling. We hear the same thing every year.
    Well the American people aren’t stupid. You know that’s not a plan – especially since we’re already drilling. It’s a bumper sticker. It’s not a strategy to solve our energy challenge. It’s a strategy to get politicians through an election.

    this is an election year, perhaps the President should be more politically correct and lower gas prices through regulation, as some have suggested.

  21. #29 wagonburner

    This administration, isn’t playing by the old rules and protecting the favored few.

    Yeah, I chuckled when I wrote that. It would be more correct to say that this administration has scrambled the favored few and has selected new ones. At any rate, there is more competition.

  22. OMG, you used to frown on this, or part of it!

    No ma’am. I agreed that 3M met my rules. I frowned upon the gratuitous use of the long form.

    What ever happened to Larry666 anyway?

    Lowrents is still around. I think he’s self-moderating. There are no hard feelings.

  23. It would be more correct to say that this administration has scrambled the favored few and has selected new ones. At any rate, there is more competition. makes the Nixon administration look as innocent as a newborn baby.

  24. #33 brother phil wrote:

    It would be more correct to say that this administration has scrambled the favored few and has selected new ones. At any rate, there is more competition. makes the Nixon administration look as innocent as a newborn baby.

    [True, Nixon had Bebe Rebozo], but I think, and I could be wrong, that pound for pound the Reagan administration had more indictments that the Nixon administration. If you’re looking for administrative bench marks for malfeasance, try:

    makes the Nixon Reagan administration look as innocent as a newborn baby.

    Personally, I’ve always felt that the Grant administration was the most corrupt although Harding gave him a run for his money.

  25. #22 Sarge,

    Ah so the price of supplying Europe with oil to overcome the Iranian embargo is too steep.

    Golly, you’re right.

    Lets find out who’s in charge of Foreign Policy and blame him. Its not Congress, I know that much.

    I just put $79.00 worth of excess production in my truck.

    By summer time, you can brag that your guy is producing twice as much oil that costs three times as much as when he took office.

  26. Woodward and Bernstein could have a field day with the current administration but we have no investigative journalists in the Not so MainStreamed Media anymore.–Only perpetual B.O. boot lickers and butt kissers.

  27. I just put $79.00 worth of excess production in my truck.

    Thanks for contributing to the cause of freedom, our European and Israeli brothers commend you.

    Phil mentioned the Nixon administration before, some of us remember the arab oil embargo. The price of gas didn’t rise that much, there just wasn’t any of it.

    Eventually this mess will get straightened out, the price of gas will drop to where it was before the hard line with Iran, and I’m sure folks will sing high the praises of this administration. ;)

  28. Maybe Jeb’s still in the running

    He said that the race thus far has been a circus of partisan bluster and saber-rattling that’s left him to do some soul searching: “I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates, and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective, and that’s kind of where we are,” Bush said, according to Fox News.

  29. Well Gypsy’s run and I’m off to enable American oil to be sold to China and Europe.
    Remember, Mom’s out for the weekend and asked folks not to soil the couch.

  30. Good morning Hamsters. Back to winter here with 49 and overcast at 6, creeping up to 56 and slightly less overcast at noon. Definitely too soon to put away what passes for winter clothes here. Winter and spring alternately tease us, but winter is not done yet by a long shot.

    Monsoon Monday’s rains in January deposited a huge amount of grass/twigs/leaves debris (and one orange Lego) against the double culverts under the road behind our pastures and spread it a long way on either side of them in our pastures. It clogged the culverts enough to send water over that road, and that understandably alarmed our new neighbors directly behind us. We had to see to the removal since the road is private, and the various county entites that could have done it were it a country road could not. So our lawn/barn maintenace folks spent most of a day raking and digging the mess out and hauling it to the burn pile spot in the side pasture. It is still soggy where covered, but spouse decided today would be suitable to burn it since there is virtually no wind and there were enough branches and dry leaves to get it going. It will be a smudge off and on for quite some time, but fortunately the smoke is going mostly straight up and should not annoy the neighborhood very much. And numerous neighbors have been doing the same thing all week. :)

  31. I saw a similar story on Nat Geo Wild just the other day about Berlin, Germany. We all know what a problem they are here in the USA. We are starting to see a global problem of feral hogs interbreeding with wild boar with the disastrous results of:
    incredibly high reproductivity,
    voracious appetite,
    deadly tusks,
    dangerously large size (average 2 year old in excess of 200 lbs)
    losing the fear of man

    Could the infestation of the Scripturally unclean swine be a form of judgement foretold in Jer 15:1-4 and Rev 6:7-8? To my knowledge, there has never before in recorded history been such an infestation on a global basis of such a dangerous animal.
    I am not trying to start a fight, simply recognizing a unique phenomenon in recorded history and trying to make some sense out of it.

  32. We should airdrop a bunch of domestic pigs into Pakistan so they can contribute their reproductive talents to the genetic mix there. Then the native humans there might be forced to deal with them by converting them to bacon and ham, which will have a civilizing effect on them.

  33. Someone just needs to start trapping these boars, feed them on nothing but acorns (something else we have in abundance), then make a fortune selling an American version of jamón ibérico. That’s some tasty stuff!

  34. Could the infestation of the Scripturally unclean swine be a form of judgement foretold in Jer 15:1-4 and Rev 6:7-8? To my knowledge, there has never before in recorded history been such an infestation on a global basis of such a dangerous animal.

    /Rethinking that night time trip into the Wayback

  35. I have a friend who lives in Islamabad. He says the place is over run with pigs and I can shoot all I want if ever I visit. The locals do not eat or hunt them. He also has a house in a park in South Africa, but says I can’t shoot warthogs or anything else there. killjoy.

  36. Last Thursday evening Greater Fort Bend County TP had the Fort Bend County elections administrator bring us up to date on the redistricting debacle as far as he could as of closing time that afternoon. Possibly subject to change come Friday morning…. The maze of federal and state regularions/laws is mind boggling, much of it thanks to the Voting Rights Act the Bush Administration so stupidly supported renewing, though state law does its share as well. The lawsuits over redistricting as the TX Lege drew the lines are the creation of private interest groups (mostly democrat and Hispanic), and the federal judge panel in San Antonio seems skittish about doing anything further until another federal court in DC rules on the suit before it, which likely is not until late March. The way the Supremes slapped them down once seems likely to be the cause for their inaction–just me reading between the lines here. So when the primary will be, who knows? Mayhap early June? IMHO does this not infringe upon our right to vote on presidential candidates?

    Voter registration cards can’t be printed until precinct lines are determined, which can’t be done until the redistricting is established, so nobody gets new cards until that is accomplished. The possibility of running the state senate primary over which the argument is settled is a nonstarter because precinct lines drawn for that will likely not be legal when the other state and the federal districts are finally settled on. And that arrangement would result in creating two different registration cards, which would confuse just about everybody as well as eat up lots of county $$$$ in the duplication.

    An audience question regarding the number of voting machines the countty owns or can borrow if necessary opened another aspect that surprised many regarding how polling places are selected and the machines distributed. Turns out the political parties in the county can agree to share polling places–as has been done for years previously–or to insist on separate locations. This year the Dems insist on separate locations in case Democrat voters in a majority Republican precinct be intimidated into not voting or voting with the majority of other voters should they be confronted with registration tables for each party in the same room. (You may resume breathing again after reading the preceding sentence. Apparently the Dems have no recollection of the New Black Panthers thugs intimidating voters in Philly in 2010 and forget they were Dems doing it.) The Republicans in Fort Bend County have no such qualms if the situation were reversed and want to share space and thus save county $$$$$. Also, should the elections folks determine that the space planned for polling becomes inadequate for some reason, merely moving it from one end of a building to another spot in that same building requires going through all the red tape again to get approval. I think that this is a provision of the Voting Rights Act, so we can thank the liberal feds for this. Is it any wonder that the audience reaction to the loud comment of “Screw the feds” by a completely disgusted listener got an ovation?

    Nowhere in all the legal wrangling are the citizens of Texas represented as being injured by the delays. All the suits are brought by private entities. The Texas Secretary of State is the correct person to bring suit for the voting rights of the people of Texas, but so far that office is mute. Maybe we need to poke some rear ends there…..

    The way I see it is that thus far no one speaks to our 14th Amendment right to equal protection of the law when our right to vote is being blocked by the tyrrany of a small minority for their political gain.

  37. I have an idea for a Constitutional amendment which would have speedy trial requirements for redistricting lawsuits (up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court).
    It would include federal prison time for delay-causing lawyers and judges.

  38. #48 Sarge

    /Rethinking that night time trip into the Wayback

    Yeh, between feral hogs and man-eating bunny rabs, how’s a swanger and his wonder dog to enjoy — hey wait a minute, it didn’t rain yesterday, so why aren’t you camping this weekend?

  39. Or perhaps more simply, an Amendment making district line drawing disputes the exclusive purview of state judiciaries.

  40. Yeh, between feral hogs and man-eating bunny rabs, how’s a swanger and his wonder dog to enjoy — hey wait a minute, it didn’t rain yesterday, so why aren’t you camping this weekend?

    Have been blessed with some work that requires working on the weekend.

    But I might try to slip out there to nite if’n I can do it in the daylight.

  41. The Floating Hamous Head. The gift that just keeps on giving.

    Oh yeah, it is a hamous floating head. I thought it was Dr. King at first.

  42. You can read shamaal’s partisan, politically-loaded blather about taxes and the oil and gas markets or you can educate yourself with the truth from this engineer who served as a
    research intern at Obama’s White House Council on Environmental Quality.

    From the Scientific American by Scott McNally:

    First of all, the $4 billion in subsidies are not subsidies, they are tax deductions. And, the majority of the deductions do not even go to big oil companies; they go to independent oil producers – small businesses, the majority of which have less than 20 employees, not the big oil companies that we often associate with oil drilling. Repealing the tax breaks would likely hurt these small American businesses, increase the amount of oil we have to import, and actually reduce the tax revenues from oil.

    But why do we have these tax deductions in the first place? They exist to incentivize small companies to produce oil from marginal wells – wells that are unprofitable in the normal tax configuration, but marginally profitable with the tax breaks. These are old or very small wells that do not produce very much individually, but combined, produce a lot of oil for U.S. markets. To understand the impacts of repealing these tax breaks, let’s look at two of the biggest deductions: The Domestic Manufacturing tax deduction and the Percentage Depletions deduction.

    and this,

    If we were to end all oil industry tax deductions, it would be harder for small producers to do business, and many wells would become unprofitable. American production would likely decrease significantly, and instead of producing that oil from our own country, we would have to import that oil from somewhere else. One of the safer options is importing from Canada through pipelines, and we have seen how much resistance that causes. Alternatively, we could import from Middle East, Venezuela or Russia. Either way, importing an incremental 0.7 million barrels per day would increase our trade deficit by about $60 million per day or $22 billion per year. In other words, what the government is currently doing is making a $4 billion investment with a $22 billion payout.

  43. #54 Shannon, Seems to me that would be an excellent move that would make the 10th Amendment smile and reiterate that the United States is a Federation of States. The federation thingy is obviously news to many contemporary public-school educated Americans at all levels of government, however.

  44. Hammering home the point that his administration’s actions are not the cause of rising oil costs, the president boasted that “America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years” and notes that dependence on foreign oil was under 50 percent in 2010, the first time in more than a decade.

    Is that because the demand for gas is down because the prce for gas is way up?

    Obama Argues Rising Gas Costs Are Not His Fault

    That’s right, O says, “It’s not my fault“.

  45. Beware, they are out there. Hordes of evil minions waiting in ambush. Your chances of escape are slim. One lax moment and BOOM, they have you. The cost of your release and freedom? There is only one hope. Buy their Girl Scout cookies.

  46. 67 Darren

    They got lies so big
    They don’t make a noise
    They tell ‘em so well
    Like a secret disease
    That makes you go numb
    – Frank Zappa

  47. #70, Or do what I did. I shoved the wife into their clutches and fled, screaming, with the groceries. Hope she makes it home….

  48. Just a quick refresher…

    “The phrase [The Big Lie] was also used in a report prepared during the war by the United States Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler’s psychological profile:[3][4]

    His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.” — Wiki

  49. Grilled bacon wrapped pechuca breasts stuffed with cream cheese, swiss cheese, ham, jalepeno and Lord knows what else, sweet potatoe home fries, okra/tomatoes, cold/crisp ensalda courtesy of the Grillmaster herself.

    Now a magnum of Savignon Blanc, nestling under covers and Part One of the recently purchased Spielberg/Hanks produced HBO series Band Of Brothers.

    Y’all have a nice evening, Hamsters.

  50. #65 Texpat

    Don’t you just dig that “progressive” mindset, where the money you’ve earned already belongs to the federal government and out of the goodness of their hearts they might give a little bit back to you?

  51. All that lead up and ya’ll are watching Band Of Brothers? I reckon reproduction is not the evening’s goal.

  52. Steak, grilled. Petite filet – medium well (hers). Huge-4$$ed ribeye – rare side of medium rare (mine). Artichokes, also grilled. Thinking about some sauteed greens/spinach…

  53. #76 Hamous

    Life is easy when everybody else’s property is yours to dispose of and dispense with according to whatever whim strikes you as politically correct on any given day.

    And you can pick your favorites, tax your enemies, and even your friends, to throw billions away on fantastical unicorn flatulence like solar panel and eagle-murdering windmill manufacturing cronies.

    The NYT’s review of Ron Suskind’s book on BO:

    The most withering assessments of Mr. Obama in this volume come from bickering former members of his economic team, a team that Richard Wolffe, the author of two books about Mr. Obama, has described as “the most dysfunctional group of the president’s advisers.” Mr. Suskind quotes a former chairman of the National Economic Council under Mr. Obama, Lawrence H. Summers — who is himself characterized by colleagues in these pages as a bullying know-it-all who acted as a kind of gatekeeper to the Oval Office on things economic — as saying to the budget director, Peter Orszag: “We’re home alone. There’s no adult in charge. Clinton would never have made these mistakes.”

  54. Texpat #65;

    In other words, what the government is currently doing is making a $4 billion investment with a $22 billion payout.

    Hey, that’s only an $18 billion defecit. Not bad for Obama. Of course, we could go Geroge W. in his latter years as president and tel americans they are “addicted to oil” and that’ll result in booming green energy production I’m sure.

    Anyhow, that was a good piece you posted. From it we (also) read:

    …in the first quarter of 2011, Exxon made $18.9 billion in profits, and paid $8 billion of that to the U.S. government in the form of corporate income tax. That is 42% tax rate.

    This translates to we the gas addicts consumers will pay that much more for gas in order for Exxon to remain in business.

    With such high tax rates in the U.S., many companies find economic arguments for moving overseas, and the Domestic Manufacturing tax deduction it is a way to encourage business to stay in America.

    Precisely what I’d do if I were Exxon. But what do I know, I don’t work in the oil industry, nor do I have a dog named Gypsy. :(

    However, this deduction is available to many industries and businesses – not just oil companies – including software developers, video game developers, and companies that sell, lease, and license motion pictures that were made in American – that’s right, Hollywood movies. Except, all these other industries get a 9% deduction, whereas the oil industry gets a 6% deduction.

    No wonder why America makes the most and some of the best movies around!

  55. Grilled bacon wrapped pechuca breasts stuffed with cream cheese, swiss cheese, ham, jalepeno and Lord knows what else, sweet potatoe home fries, okra/tomatoes, cold/crisp ensalda courtesy of the Grillmaster herself.

    But was there a visage of some saint burned in there?

  56. …in the first quarter of 2011, Exxon made $18.9 billion in profits, and paid $8 billion of that to the U.S. government in the form of corporate income tax. That is 42% tax rate.

    This translates to we the gas addicts consumers will pay that much more for gas in order for Exxon to remain in business.

    That is such a bogus argument making Exxon out to look like some bad guy.

    1. That profit number is based on world wide sales which not only include gasoline, but other oil based products as well.

    2. Oil is priced on the spot market not by the companies themselves.

    3. INFLATION Our federal government is as much to be guilty for the rise in price as most any other influence. Since our government cannot seem to stop the presses printing money it takes more dollars in the exchange rates of currencies to pay the oil bill. Ya see oil is purchased primarily with the dollar. That is, if Canada buys 1 barrel of oil they have to exchange Canadian dollars for US to buy the barrel.

    4. Then ya got yer instability in the mideast that drives the price of a barrel up. Probably the biggest culprit in why the price of oil has soared.

    5. And did I mention that there IS NOT a lack of inventory in gaseroleum? Ain’t seen nor heard of rationing like in the days of Jimmah Carter where the spigot was turned off. If their was a shortage in inventories we would have already seen $8.00 a gallon prices.

    6. Did I mention that DEMAND world wide is up? China is smart. They are purchasing oil contracts and fields now to bypass the dollar exchange dilemma.

    Exxon is in the bidness of making money off their labors. Look back at all the years they did not make money and ceased exploring for oil because the profit margin was not there.

    I am all for self supporting through our own contributions and I support DRILL HERE DRILL NOW, but it will not drop the price of oil one cent. See #3. What DRILL HERE DRILL NOW will do is provide jobs that we need in this country. If there was a deal made that what was drilled here stays here then maybe the price at the pump would go down, but there is no incentive for any company to buck that system so i do not hold out much hope.

  57. Now about them tax deductions to business.

    REPUBLICANS put those deductions in place to offset the corporate taxes that are currently driving businesses overseas. The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. THAT is why many of these companies move their official business address to a single office and post office box in Switzerland

  58. That is such a bogus argument making Exxon out to look like some bad guy.

    Squawk;

    What argument would that be?

  59. Darren
    I know you did not mean it as Exxon = Evil

    This translates to we the gas addicts consumers will pay that much more for gas in order for Exxon to remain in business.

    But that statement is more than vaguely similar to the anti-Exxon people.

  60. But that statement is more than vaguely similar to the anti-Exxon people.

    Yup. Which is why I was a bit stunned when George W. used it.

    Bush Oil Leak

    I didn’t have nothin’ to do with the [oil] nose bleed but my own nose wanted to bleed when he spoke those words.

    And I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t seen as anti-Exxon. Today I drove to WalMart, made some food purchases, brought them home in plastic bags, unwrapped a couple of generic Hostess competitor’s cup cakes, and I think I’m going to have a generic Twinkie soon. That too will be unwrapped from plastic. I’m quite thankful to Exxon and all other oil producers big and small.

  61. Whew, I’m not sure if the prevarication is intentional or misinformed.

    Exxon filed their 2011 (10K) statement a couple days ago.

    The short story:
    On US earnings of $9.57B they paid $1.55B a tax rate of about 16%, less than what I pay.

    You want page 41 for US earnings and page 89 for taxes. For a fun exercise note the $1.577B the government “lent” them last year and the $838M we owed them in 2009.

    Doesn’t make them evil, just a business.

  62. Now let’s move on to texpat #65

    First of all, the $4 billion in subsidies are not subsidies, they are tax deductions.

    The industry refers to them as subsidies, argue with them.

    The purpose of the Domestic Manufacturing tax deduction is to get companies to do business in America.

    Let me make sure I understand this, we pay must pay companies to do business in America. I don’t want to hear no more whining about paying kids to go to school.

    It goes downhill from here, so I won’t bore you with the details. The petroleum energy business in the US isn’t evil, but it’s darned lucrative.

  63. And finally sarge #36

    Lets find out who’s in charge of Foreign Policy and blame him. Its not Congress, I know that much.

    and Squawk #84.4

    4. Then ya got yer instability in the mideast that drives the price of a barrel up. Probably the biggest culprit in why the price of oil has soared.

    That’s the price you pay for the Democrats electing a President that supports Israel.

  64. In our you can’t win them all category, Julia Trigg Crawford lost her restraining order against TransCanada seizing her property.

    A judge in Paris ruled Friday the Keystone XL Pipeline may proceed through the northernmost of 18 Texas counties on its route to the Texas Gulf Coast.

    There are 89 eminent domain legal actions in Texas landowners. Perhaps they should run it along the TransTexas corridor.

  65. That’s the price you pay for the Democrats electing a President that supports Israel.

    Sham’
    I consider us pretty good acquaintances. comrades as it were, so I will let that statement slide……………….. for now.

    Too late at night to jump into a predictably long debate.
    /Hark!! What is that I hear? My pillow!!!!! Fear not I will come hither and thither my fluffy friend.

  66. #103 shamaal

    Let me know when you have a serious response and not just gamey repartee.

    Also, if PR reps from trade groups for the O&G industry want to buy into the trap of describing tax deductions as subsidies, I can’t help them. They’re as dumb as they sound.

  67. Also, if PR reps from trade groups for the O&G industry want to buy into the trap of describing tax deductions as subsidies, I can’t help them. They’re as dumb as they sound.

    Actually the tax advantages as subsidy comes from an Exxon 10K. I guess they don’t understand the financial aspects of their business as well as you do.

  68. #113 Sham:

    I guess they don’t understand the financial aspects of their business as well as you do.

    The flicker of a light begins to dawn? A ray of hope breaks out in the darkness of ignorance and despair? Is it possible that you’re beginning to see just how clueless. . . . . . . .
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    Sadly, no probably not.
    But we continue to hope! :)

  69. Me, I continue to: skip, ignore, screen out, disregard… dare I say: shun.

    Goo’ morning’, Hamsters. Shore is cold.

    I went to sleep lithping, an’ I woke up speakin’ gibberish. Mebbe some coffee will help.

  70. A riddle

    In the beginning there were 4. Now the first is no more. A media was brought for us to see, out of that four there are now three. Who was the first.

  71. #119 Katfish: from your linkie in the comments section:

    I had forgotten that was when they got the dems who were in the majority to go along with abandoning the outer shelf moratorium that has since been reimposed.

    July 14, 2008:
    President Bush lifted an executive order banning offshore oil drilling, and urged Congress to follow suit.

    September 16, 2008:
    The U.S. House of Representatives approved on a 236-189 vote legislation that would open waters 50 miles off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to oil and natural gas development.

    September 27, 2008:
    The U.S. Senate by a 78-12 vote eliminated a 27 year ban on offshore drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States.

    And what effect did those three things have on gas prices?

    U.S. city average price of unleaded regular gasoline

    July 2008: $4.090 per gallon

    December 2008: $1.689 per gallon

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Data: U.S. city average: Gasoline, unleaded regular, per gallon

    Gas prices dropped more than 50% (almost 60%) in just five months!

    Then what has happened under the Obama administration?
    More restrictions on drilling, and higher prices.

    ITguy on February 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    So if the POS currently soiling the WhiteHouse would simply cooperate with the energy companies instead of demonizing them, we could see a reduction in our energy prices. Energy is the lifeblood of our economy, the higher the price of energy, the more we spend on everything we must have and the less we have available for things we want to have.

  72. #121 Kat
    Outstanding! Glancing at the comments, she was getting proposals of marriage based on her views in that video!

  73. #120 Bonecrusher

    So if the POS currently soiling the WhiteHouse would simply cooperate with the energy companies instead of demonizing them ………..

    Yeah, nothing convince folks of the validity of their arguments like demonizing them.

  74. Not only is today the Daytona 500, it’s also Oscar night.

    At one time I went out of my way to see every movie up for nomination, now it’s why bother. Perhaps it’s apathy, but I just don’t care anymore.

  75. Speaking of car races, ;)
    I recall one race where Dan Gurney entered a souped up Volkswagen in the race and used it to push A.J. Foyt’s slower vdub around the track. I suspect there are rules that keep that from happening now.

    A. J. Foyt, Dan Gurney, and 2 Volkswagens pulled off one of auto racing’s most outrageous and successful stunts. In 1964, during the Nassau Speed Week, a Grand Prix for VWs was held. The 2 drivers devised a strategy for winning the 100-mi. race. As the race began, Gurney came up behind Foyt and began pushing him with his own high-powered bug. After 7 laps, Gurney had pushed Foyt around at such high speeds that they had passed every other car in the race. The 2 drivers kept the tandem positioning until they were within 1/4 mi. of the finish line; then Gurney passed Foyt and came in for the winner’s checkered flag. Gurney was disqualified because his car was not a regulation production VW, and that gave the $1,000 prize to the 2nd-place finisher, Foyt. Actually Foyt’s car had been one of the slowest entries.

  76. Good morning Hamsters. Off to a bright and shiny day starting at 38 at 6 on the north bank of the brazos at Richmond. The landscape decor is gorgeous blue sky above, scattered puffy clouds, bounteous tree pollen everywhere, bright sun, emerald green pastures, and a light and variable wind wafting the regrettable smudgy white smoke from the burn pile hither and yon. No complaints on that so far, as the wind is an equal opportunity carrier. There are several other smoldering fires in the area, none of which appear disturbing to the neighborhood. Spouse pushed the fire pile more compactly with the tractor, and that stirred things up a bit. His clothes will have to be washed later today.

    #121 Katfish, What a great video. Another Momma Grizzly. And America is full of them, have no doubt.

  77. another 30 minutes or so till Danica crashes something

    Yeah. She needs to learn how to keep people from running into her.

  78. I’m shickled titless to report Frosty looks pretty damned GOOD live and in person (especially for a Brother who ‘died’ 3 times last week)!

    …………………..Easy to tell BullzEye has had a rough few days but she is hangin tough too – smiles all around and Frosty is jonesin for some food with FLAVOR :)

    with a bit of luck Frosty may be going home in the next day or 2…………….

    THANKS to members of Gulf Coast & Houston for riding along with Maverick & I for the visit today

    Respectfully,

    Katfish
    Vice President
    Brazos Valley BACA
    “I won’t give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and showed up for all wounded children. I must go until I drop, ride until I give out, and work till He stops me.”

    RIP Jester
    http://texas.bacaworld.org/

  79. Katfish, I like your pledge, don’t recall seeing it before. And glad to hear your buddy Frosty has recovered.

  80. Went and saw Act of Valor for those of you who haven’t heard the buzz, the makers of the movie went to the Navy for the kind of assistance the Navy ficves to films and TV shows that feature sailors and ships. Long story short, they ended up tossing their script out the window because the SEALS said it was unrealistic, and basically got a lot of help from SEALS re-writing it to be more realistic, and they cast active duty SEALS as the stars of the movie. To give you an idea of how much realism they employed in filming, in most of the scenes where they are shooting weapons they are using live ammunition. They only used blanks in scenes where the gu and the target are in the same frame.

    Hollywood doesn’t like this movie, Liberals don’t like this movie. YOU are going to LOVE this movie. Its an old fashioned war movie, the kind of movie George Lucas tried to make with Red Tails. Seems that if you drop all the PC BS and focus on real badguys doing real bad things and the heroes are unambiguously the good guys you make a pretty dam good movie. Liberals will especially dislike a movie what the bad guys in this movie are plannig to do, and how they plan to do it—-but I won’t spoil it any further. There have been precious few good war movies mad in the past 20 years, and fewer still that rises to the level of realism that this movie displays. The only one that comes right to mind is Blackhawk Down, another movie where the director loved the characters more than politics.

    The movie is bloody without being gory, and has surprisingly little profanity given that its about career sailors. The action is realistic and non-stop. Do yourself a favor and go see this flick.

  81. I just got back from seeing the movie (as opposed to teh moobie) and it was real good, and struck me as being darned realistic. I get really tired of the hollywood schlock where the bad guys shoot cases of ammo at the good guys and the good guys never seem to get hit and on the other side of the coin, the good guys can hit a bad guy with his trusty .45 at 100yds with one shot. This one was far more realistic, as best as I can tell having never been in a firefight.

  82. That’s the price you pay for the Democrats electing a President that supports Israel.

    8O
    :?

    Amazingly stupid thing to say…oh wait, I just found out who said it. Nothing new here.

  83. While at the flicks I saw a trailer for a 70th Anniversary showing of Casablanca that TCM is doing in select theaters on 21 March. There are three theaters here in Houston that will be sowing, one in Katy, another at First Colony Mall, and I can’t recall where the third one is. Soon as I got home I bought tickets. S.O. has never seen the movie. I’ve seen it on the big screen once before, at the artsy fartsy theater with Elizabeth shortly after we were married. She’d never seen it either. She thought it was a war movie.

  84. I just got back from seeing the movie (as opposed to teh moobie) and it was real good, and struck me as being darned realistic. I get really tired of the hollywood schlock where the bad guys shoot cases of ammo at the good guys and the good guys never seem to get hit and on the other side of the coin, the good guys can hit a bad guy with his trusty .45 at 100yds with one shot. This one was far more realistic, as best as I can tell having never been in a firefight.

    Let’s hope this new trend in movie making continues. Conservative themed movies have been doing very well in theaters in the past couple of years, largely through word of mouth (or word of computer screen) between like minded folks on freindly blogs like this, and through the efforts of other better knowns like Hot Air and AoSHQ. The best way to get those folks to stop making those crappy movies with loathsome liberal messages is to patronize movies that are as close to the exact opposite as one can get.

  85. I gotta tell ya though, Blackhawk Down is probably the best war movie that’s been made in the past 20 years, moreso because its a true story.

    Harrison Ford had supposedly signed on to a flick a few years ago that was based on a book about the battles of Faluja. I have no idea what happened to the project.

  86. 142 Darren says:

    February 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    That’s the price you pay for the Democrats electing a President that supports Israel.

    Amazingly stupid thing to say…oh wait, I just found out who said it. Nothing new here.

    They’re not even trying to hide it anymore.

  87. 141 Bonecrusher says:

    I just got back from seeing the movie (as opposed to teh moobie) and it was real good, and struck me as being darned realistic.
    (CIRCUMCISED)
    This one was far more realistic, as best as I can tell having never been in a firefight.

    Hmmmm might have to go see it.

  88. #142 Darren: See #108 for clarity. Making stoopidnand outlandish statements just to get people going is the definition of a troll.

  89. The BP trial that was to start tomorrow has been delayed a week, I was looking forward to the testimony.

    A judge has delayed the federal trial over the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster by a week, saying Sunday that BP PLC was making some progress in settlement talks with a committee overseeing scores of lawsuits, according to people close to the case.

  90. nope. dang Sham I figured you would nail my riddle.

    Ahhh, but I did.

    The Great One used to headline the most popular show on television on a now defunct network.

    Now, there’s only 3.

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