Friday “Another Late Night” Open Comments

I worked late again last night. I have to run and get a permit this morning. The door is open – just wipe your feet, please – and tea is in the fridge. Come on in, play nice, and take a seat on Hammy’s Comfy Couch.

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124 thoughts on “Friday “Another Late Night” Open Comments

  1. G’Morning All

    Dang TT, if I kept your hours I’d have to use Red Bull in the coffee maker instead of water.

  2. #2 Goat

    Texas declares independence from Mexico

    On this day in 1836, Texas became a republic. On March 1 delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for independence, and the chairman of the convention appointed Childress to head a committee of five to draft a declaration of independence. In the early morning hours of March 2, the convention voted unanimously to accept the resolution. After fifty-eight members signed the document, Texas became the Republic of Texas. The change remained to be demonstrated to Mexico.

  3. Breitbart’s last hour

    Andrew Breitbart Talked Politics in L.A. Bar an Hour Before Dying (Exclusive)
    2:33 PM PST 3/1/2012 by Matthew Belloni

    Marketing executive Arthur Sando tells THR about his lengthy debate with the conservative activist at The Brentwood; they said goodbye around 11:30 p.m., 50 minutes before Breitbart was pronounced dead.

    Andrew Breitbart spent his final hours much like he lived most of his life: passionately talking politics.

    Breibart, the 43-year-old conservative pundit and provocateur who died suddenly early Thursday while walking near his Los Angeles home, had stopped into The Brentwood, a nearby bar and restaurant. There, he struck up a conversation with Arthur Sando, a marketing executive who didn’t know Breitbart but likely was the last person to talk extensively with him before he died.

  4. What to do when caught consorting with the enemy

    Debbie’s Date with Radicalism
    DNC chair to attend fundraiser hosted by man on terror watch list

    BY: Adam Kredo – March 1, 2012 9:47 am

    Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is facing criticism for her upcoming appearance at a fundraiser hosted by an American Muslim leader who was placed on the Federal Terrorist Watch List.

    Wasserman Schultz is set to keynote an annual fundraising dinner for EMERGE USA, a Muslim community group led by Khurrum Wahid, a controversial attorney with a track record of defending accused terrorists and associating with Muslim Brotherhood-backed groups.
    Wasserman Schultz’s office did not respond to requests for comment.


    UPDATE: Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz may be backing out of a scheduled appearance at a fundraiser hosted by an American Muslim leader who has been on the Federal Terrorist Watch List, according to a press release from her Republican opponent Joe Kaufman.

    Jonathan Beeton, a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz, tells the Free Beacon “there was a miscommunication, she is not speaking to the organization,” clarifying that “we never agreed to do a fundraiser, nor this event.”

    In a statement to the Free Beacon, Kaufman said “I’m happy that, based on my information, Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz will no longer be speaking at EMERGE USA’s fundraiser. Even though the group has an innocuous sounding name, no doubt, its leadership consists of persons who spread anti-Jewish and anti-Christian bigotry and who actively support terror-related individuals and organizations who target America and Israel. Debbie should never have agreed to help raise money and be the keynote speaker for such a radical group, and it is unfortunate that it took criticism from myself and others for her to finally decide not to do it.”

  5. TAX time phishing scam


    Online Security Center Home > Security alerts

    Fake Email: Intuit order confirmations

    People are receiving an email entitled “Your order confirmation.” There are a number of variations to the fake email, including, but not limited to the following subject lines: “Your QuickBooks software order,” “Your order,” “Your order status,” “Your order confirmation,” “Your invoice,” “Please confirm your invoice.”

    Below is a copy of the fake email.

    Dear Customer:

    Thank you for submitting an order with Intuit Market. We are working on and will message you when your order is shipped to you. If you ordered several items, we may process them in more than one shipment (at no extra cost to you) to ensure quicker delivery. If you have questions about your order, please call 1-800-955-8890.


    Please download your full invoice id #533729592359 information at Intuit small business website.

    Email us at
    Call us at 1-800-955-8890.
    Reorder Intuit Checks Quickly and Easily starting with the information from your previous order.

    To help us better serve your needs, please take a few minutes to let us know how we are doing. Submit your feedback here.

    Thanks again for your order,

    Intuit Market Customer Service

    This is the end of the fake email.

    Steps to Take Now
    Do not click on the link in the email.
    Send a copy of the email to
    Do not forward the email to anyone else.
    Delete the email.

    If you suspect you have received a phishing email from Intuit, please forward it immediately to We will look into each reported instance.

  6. Byron York explains a point in his post about Andrew Breitbart.

    Breitbart knew instinctively, as people in Washington and most other places did not, that movies, television programs, and popular music send out deeply political messages every hour of every day. They shape the culture, and then the culture shapes politics. Influence those films and TV shows and songs, and you’ll eventually influence politics.

    The Left had known that for generations, but on the Right, so many people in politics thought only about politics. To Breitbart, that was folly. “The people who have money, every four years at the last possible second, are told, ‘You need to give millions of dollars, because these four counties in Ohio are going to determine the election,’” Breitbart told the National Policy Council in October 2009. “I am saying, why didn’t we invest 20 years ago in a movie studio in Hollywood, why didn’t we invest in creating television shows, why didn’t we create institutions that would reflect and affirm that which is good about America?”

  7. Let me set the stage here

    Danica Patrick is celebrating her 40 years in NASCAR
    All the old school drivers have moved on
    GJT has retired and still enjoys his quiet Saturdays with his lovely wife as he roots for his favorite driver.. 😉

    A shout out to GJT

  8. Awwwwwwwww…..

    “We don’t know for sure what’s going to happen, so I’m not taking any chances. I want to be with Allan for the rest of my life,” she said.

    “I want to be with Lillian for the rest of my life,” Marks echoed.

    Statistically speaking, “rest of my life” can likely be measured in weeks or months for both of those happy lovebirds.

  9. Well, I can see the uses and abuses of this gun.

    Kurihara and Tsukada suggested the speech-jamming gun could be used to hush noisy speakers in public libraries or to silence people in group discussions who interrupt other people’s speeches.

    Or to cause awkward pauses in political speeches, demolishing a candidate’s chances of election.

    Shutting up protestors at public events.

    Calming an escalating event.

    Limiting free speech.

    Pros & Cons.

  10. I tried that at LST. guess what. It got very few hits and the open comments continued to bring the vidiots.

    /Just saying
    /Realizing this ain’t my baby

  11. Greetings and Salutations (TGIF) from the ever lovely Texas Hill Country
    (beautimus downtown Kerrville in this case)

    Remember Goliad!!!

    Remember the ALAMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I just saw Dana Loesch’s interview with Piers Morgan. The Big sites are going to roll out something new – a big project that Breitbart was working on – on Monday. She said Andrew called it “Drudge 2.0”.

    This should be interesting.

  13. #24 Hammy
    Well, I never owned a Datsun but I was a big fan of the small Datsun pickup truck. By the time I was ready to give up my MG Midget convertible — mostly because after I moved to Houston, I found that the engine cooling system wan’t robust enough for these summers — the truck had become a Nissan, and that did not have the same name appeal for me. I ended up getting a Toyota pickup instead and that is all I have driven ever since.

    This would allow the company to tap into the cache of the recognizable name without tarnishing the image of Nissan with “cheap” cars.

    I had no idea that Datsuns were ever considered as cheap vehicles.

  14. I”m so frustrated. Every time I think I’m going to get my schedule going, I get a phone call and/or a request that prevents it.

    I’m going to try for my workout now. Again. Then I’ll shower. Hopefully. (No smart aleck comments. Oh, crap, look who I’m talking to.) THEN maybe I can get downtown to get that permit I need to get.

    /crossing fingers

  15. Dave Barry writes about his colonoscopy. He is his usual funny self, but at the end makes a very serious, cogent point:

    Which brings us to you, Mr. or Mrs. or Miss or Ms. Over-50-And-Hasn’t-Had-a-Colonoscopy. Here’s the deal: You either have colo-rectal cancer, or you don’t. If you do, a colonoscopy will enable doctors to find it and do something about it. And if you don’t have cancer, believe me, it’s very reassuring to know you don’t. There is no sane reason for you not to have it done.

    I had one last year and the worst part was the stuff you drink the night before. I can’t tell you what the actual “procedure” was like because I was given a small dose of something that knocked me out in about 3 seconds and I don’t remember a thing about it.

  16. You guys must be a real hoot when you’re all physically AT the same place — not at safe remote distances.

    ‘Course you can’t flash up those outrageous pix in person. Or can you…?

  17. I was sitting at a stoplight yesterday,
    minding my own business,
    waiting on it to turn green.
    A carload of bearded, young, loud Muslims,
    shouting anti-American slogans,
    with a half- burned American Flag duct taped on the trunk of their car
    and a “Remember 9-11” slogan spray painted on the side,
    stopped next to me.
    The light changed, the Muslims praised Allah,
    shook their fists, hit the gas & darted off ahead of me.
    Suddenly an 18-wheeler came speeding
    thru the intersection
    & ran directly over their car,
    crushing it completely,
    killing everyone in the car.
    For several minutes
    I sat in my car thinking to myself,
    “Man… that could have been me!”
    So today;
    bright and early,
    I went out and got a job
    as a truck driver.

  18. 44 Sarge,

    Ms Simple and I had a Datsun B210 back in the seventies. It wasn’t a bad car and ours
    had an air conditioner. The Ford Maverick it replaced did not. Those long traffic jams in
    Pasadena between Shaver and the tunnel weren’t so bad with the B210.


  19. Simple

    Those long traffic jams in Pasadena between Shaver and the tunnel weren’t so bad with the B210.

    I feel your pain.

    I am eternally grateful to the genius who put AC in cars. For the longest living in Abilene, TX we drove around in a black 2 door Dodge 330. You could not roll down enough windows at any speed to get cool.

    Great times and memories associated with just the same.

  20. From TT’s cat thread:

    I was looking at my cat’s anus and he had a white “string” hanging out. It was moving around. I think it’s a worm but not sure. What else could it be? He is an indoor cat and eats regular cat food. Occasionally he will tear at the houseplants.

    ’nuff said.

  21. You guys must be a real hoot when you’re all physically AT the same place

    I’m pretty sure the government has outlawed that.

  22. 77 Shannon says:
    March 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    I am so cool that I actually bought and drove a Plymouth Reliant K.

    That the one they named a stadium after?

  23. #83,86,87 She is a WISSIN LIAR and Nanzi Pelousi, et al, is an active participant to that lie. Nanzi lied about the N word being used during some stoopid march she was on. We and the R leadership needs to simply call her on her blatant public lies and ask the question: “Why should anybody trust or even listen to a known liar?” Liar, Liberal, Loony, Moonbat, are all apparently synonyms for Democrat.

  24. #77 Shannon

    It’s not the “drove” part that worries me.

    It’s the “bought” part that freaks me out.

  25. All these stereotypical wagon-burning types are going to have to forfeit their claim to being Native Americans.

    It seems they were late to the party.

    But the mastodon relic found near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay turned out to be 22,000 years old, suggesting that the blade was just as ancient.

    Whoever fashioned that blade was not supposed to be here.

    Its makers probably paddled from Europe and arrived in America thousands of years ahead of the western migration, making them the first Americans, argues Smithsonian Institution anthropologist Dennis Stanford.

  26. #92 Texpat: Izzit possible that the yerpeeans that came over descended to be the savages that typified some of the native American tribes, like the Comanches?

  27. “We’ve had some isolated incidents where our troops have been shot at [by Afghan troops]” says Leon Panetta. Over 20% of the deaths of coalition soldiers this year have been at the hands of our so-called allies.

  28. #94 BC

    Yes, I can envision certain short, fat Italians sailing over here, trapped in an unforgiving wilderness, deprived of pasta, limoncello and sun-dried tomatoes, making the short leap in one generation to the savagery and brutality of the Comanche tribe.

    In fact, it’s my theory now on the western migrational aboriginal tribes.

    Hallelujah !

  29. #97 TP:

    But the mastodon relic found near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay turned out to be 22,000 years old, suggesting that the blade was just as ancient.

    22,000 years ago, prolly some pretty darned hearty stock to be able to make it across the Atlantic – I am guessing maybe Nordic descent.

    Yes, I can envision certain short, fat Italians sailing over here, trapped in an unforgiving wilderness, deprived of pasta, limoncello and sun-dried tomatoes, making the short leap in one generation to the savagery and brutality of the Comanche tribe

    That is one real long generation.

  30. Over 20% of the deaths of coalition soldiers this year have been at the hands of our so-called allies.

    So much fir winning the hearts and minds…. awwww never mind.

  31. Prior to the Italians showing up, my relatives wouldn’t eat clams on account of they didn’t have linguine.

  32. #46 Wagonburner, I love Dave Barry, from the article;

    I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous. Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn’t eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor. Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons.) Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes — and here I am being kind — like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.
    The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, ”a loose watery bowel movement may result.” This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.

    MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don’t want to be too graphic, here, but: Have you ever seen a space shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.


  33. #98 BC

    That is one real long generation.

    You ever look at those early photographs of Comanches ? Sheesh, some of them look like they’re 20,000 years old.

  34. I just came home from errands. I saw the article about the Europeans calling dibs on America. I actually was telling someone about it earlier. If I remember correctly, the article states that they were believed to have walked across the Atlantic during the Ice Age. It was believed that there were enough animals on the ice sheet to have supplied enough food for the trek.

    No boats. Interesting theory.

  35. I just observed an interesting phenomenon: I take vitamins morning and evening, and one of them D3, is in liquid form in an olive oil base. When I dropped it in the glass of water the oil droplets made perfect magnifying glasses and it was very clear as the drops were floating around. Kind of cool.

  36. Fro some reason sub and super script do not like to work with chrome.
    test to see if a different technique works

  37. #111 Tedtam, I’ve seen this before and the theory is that they skirted the ice sheet in small boats eating seals along the way. In any case it is Dayaamed interesting to me and the fact remains that they found a “Clovis Solutreans Point” on the east coast 9000 years eariler than they thought man was here.
    Please read the whole story, it’s worth it. 😉

  38. They wern’t savages. Just a different culture.
    And we all know one culture can’t be superior to another.

  39. #110 Shamaal:

    Sheila Jackson Lee uses the most big words.

    The problem is – she doesn’t know what they actually mean.

  40. Sheila should be made to wear a sandwich board that says, “Barbara Jordan Wannabe – FAIL!!!”

  41. #102 Daverino
    Yep, that description nails it perfectly.
    I am due for a return engagement with the gastroenterologist this spring.

  42. #117 Albert
    I caught Michael Berry ragging on Shirley Jackson Lee’s vocabulary this afternoon. He listed a bunch of special words he played her on tape saying, including

    “sustence” and nutrition
    “muss” I die? “muss” my child die?

    Clearly he is a terrible racist.

  43. Oh and BTW, Berry opines that these word counts are based on taped speeches that any member of Congress can make in any empty room in the Capitol building. They are not speeches made to the Congress in session.

  44. Fish and Game Commission president Daniel Richards shot a cougar during an Idaho hunting expedition and, like many hunters, was photographed with the animal’s body. The photo was sent to the Western Outdoor News blog with a caption reading: “I‘m glad it’s legal in Idaho.”

    Once that photograph started circulating the on the Internet, however, conservationists became outraged and Democratic lawmakers found a way to file an ethics complaint against the San Bernardino County Republican in addition to calling on him to resign from his post of four years.

    To Daniel richards, nice hunting, sir. You bagged a nice looking kitty.

    To the Democrats, [yaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn]

    CA Democrats Call on State Fish & Game Chief to Resign Over Legally Hunting Cougar in Idaho, Chief Refuses

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