Tuesday English Open Comments

The English language has many sounds. The original in the Queen’s English. Other variants have sprung up over the years as Explorers and Conquerors from Mother England have traveled the globe, exploring and conquering the local savages. Variants include that spoken in the Raj, Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, South Africa, and various & sundry other locales throughout the world. In America, there are many dialects and accents – New England, New York, Midwestern, Canadian Maritimes, Southern Canadian, Western Canadian, US Down East, Central Atlantic, Southeastern, Southern, Texan, Okie, Tejano, Californian, Northwestern, Upper Great Plains and many other hybrids of these.

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129 thoughts on “Tuesday English Open Comments

  1. And the signs never get old;

    A funny sign in a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
    “Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.”

    In a Zurich hotel:
    “Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex
    in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.”

    In a Bangkok dry cleaner’s:
    “Drop your trousers here for best results.”

    In an Acapulco hotel:
    “The manager has personally passed all the water served here.”

    Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop:
    “Ladies may have a fit upstairs.”

    In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency:
    “Take one of our horse-driven city tours – we guarantee no miscarriages.”

  2. Despite the persistent lies of the President and his fellow extortionists on Capitol Hill, Commisar Sebelius of Health & Human Services has issued final rules for tax-payer funded abortions for all who want it under Obamacare.

    The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule regarding establishment of the state health care exchanges required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    As a knowledgeable pro-life source on Capitol Hill informed LifeNews, as authorized by Obamacare, “the final rule provides for taxpayer funding of insurance coverage that includes elective abortion” and the change to longstanding law prohibiting virtually all direct taxpayer funding of abortions (the Hyde Amendment) is accomplished through an accounting arrangement described in the Affordable Care Act and reiterated in the final rule issued today.

  3. Since last Friday, Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza have fired more than 130 rockets into civilian areas of Israel. The IDF has retaliated in self-defense, but this is how it is characterized in the American mainstream media.

    •CBS News: 3 killed as Israel continues strikes on Gaza
    •CNN: Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza for a 4th day
    •Fox News: Toll from Israel Gaza strikes now 15 militants
    •LA Times: Death toll increases in Gaza-southern Israel clashesq
    •MSNBC: Worst Gaza flare-up in months kills 14, Palestinians say
    •NY Times: Gaza Fighting Continues, Despite Truce Efforts
    •Washington Post: Fighting between Israel, Gaza continues without signs of letting up

    Jeff Dunetz at Yid With Lid notes the following:

    And for those of you thinking “et tu Foxte?” The days of Fox news being fair to Israel ended when Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal purchased a 7 percent stake in News Corp making him the largest shareholder outside Rupert Murdoch’s family. For those who may not remember bin Talal is the guy who offered to give New York City ten million dollars right after 9/11. His offer was refused by Mayor Giuliani because the Prince made a public declaration, blaming 9/11 on Israel.

    Since Israel began retaliating for this week’s rocket attacks, 16 terrorists were killed and sadly, two civilians. Fellow blogger Challah Hu Akbar details who was killed and the (mostly Palestinian) sources naming them as members of terrorist groups.

  4. 6 texpat
    From your link……

    As described in the rule, the [abortion] surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment.  Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to pay directly subsidize abortions.”

  5. I am reminded how the Israelites had God’s favor, then lost it through their iniquities until they were sufficiently humbled and repented of their evil ways. At that point, they regained God’s favor and grew strong once again. This cycle repeats itself several times in the Old Testament.

    Are we seeing something similar here?

  6. Justice Department rejects Texas’ voter ID law
    By Gary Scharrer
    Updated 09:40 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2012
    Houston and Texas

    Texas’ ID law requires one of the following types of ID: 1 Texas driver’s license 1 Department of Public Safety-issued personal ID card 1 U.S. military ID card with photograph 1 U.S. citizenship certificate with photograph 1 U.S. passport 1 DPS-issued concealed handgun permit

    AUSTIN – A federal court in Washington will now decide whether Texas can enforce its new voter ID law after the U.S. Justice Department on Monday rejected the measure, saying state leaders failed to prove it would not discriminate against minority voters.

    “According to the state’s own data, a Hispanic registered voter is at least 46.5 percent, and potentially 120 percent, more likely than a non-Hispanic registered voter to lack this identification,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said in a letter to Texas Elections Director Keith Ingram. “Even using the data most favorable to the state, Hispanics disproportionately lack either a driver’s license or a personal identification card issued by DPS, and that disparity is statistically significant.”

    The federal panel will take up the law later this year. It will not be enforced for the May 29 primary.


    If Perez is correct, that lack of state-issued photo ID is 20% more likely to disenfranchise minorities from their right to vote, why would we not also believe it would have a similar effect on their right to purchase a firearm, as specified on ATF’s Form 4473 requiring a driver’s license or “valid government issued photo identification,” and similar forms as proof of eligibility?

    They can’t have it both ways. By their own admission and actions, they consider a requirement to produce official photo identification as discriminatory, with a significant statistical impact on the enfranchisement of minority rights.

  7. I couldn’t repeat the Ebonics translation I requested. Hammy’s Grammy wouldn’t have allowed it. I would’ve been banned for life.

  8. #15 OTL

    They can’t have it both ways. By their own admission and actions, they consider a requirement to produce official photo identification as discriminatory, with a significant statistical impact on the enfranchisement of minority rights.

    Excellent point. It should also be pointed out the original gun control laws were conceived as a way to keep black Americans from being able to defend themselves.

    The National Black Republican Association reports on the 2010 McDonald vs City of Chicago ruling:

    Cited by the Court in the McDonald case, as an example of such a discriminatory code, is the Mississippi law that stated: “no freedman, free negro or mulatto, not in the military service of the United States government, and not licensed so to do by the board of police of his or her county, shall keep or carry fire-arms of any kind, or any ammunition, dirk or bowie knife.” In one Southern town, according to the Supreme Court, the marshal confiscated the weapons of the returning black Union soldiers and, at every opportunity, promptly shot black people.

    The Court’s McDonald decision records that: “Throughout the South, armed parties, often consisting of ex-Confederate soldiers serving in the state militias, forcibly took firearms from newly freed slaves”. In his book about Reconstruction, Dr. Foner revealed that in 1866, the Ku Klux Klan was started as a Tennessee social club. The Klan then became a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party and spread into other Southern States, launching a “reign of terror” against Republican leaders, black and white. The Klan would “order the colored men to give up their arms; saying that everybody would be Kukluxed in whose house fire-arms were found”.

  9. #19 from your linkie:

    Republican Senator Samuel Pomeroy described three “indispensable” “safeguards of liberty under our form of Government”, one of which was the right to keep and bear arms. Pomeroy said: “Every man . . . should have the right to bear arms for the defense of himself and family and his homestead. And if the cabin door of the freedman is broken open and the intruder enters for purposes as vile as were known to slavery, then should a well-loaded musket be in the hand of the occupant to send the polluted wretch to another world, where his wretchedness will forever remain complete”.

    Live and let live, or to phrase it a little differently don’t start no stuff and there won’t be any. The libs would have us call the police and wait for help (hoping that they will get there while we are still alive) instead of dispatching the evildoers forthwith.

  10. I ordered Lovely’s bridal shower invitations yesterday. Got quite a deal from Cardstore.com. I input 32 names and addresses for her customized invitations. Ordered about 16 extra for hand delivery, lost/forgotten, etc. I got a volume discount for ordering more than 20 cards, which brought the cost down to 99 cents each. I chose to let the company print and mail the 32 for me for which I had addresses. The others will be delivered to my home. I went to RetailMeNot.com and found a promotional code that gave me an additional 30% off.

    All told, including the postage, I paid around $33 for all of the invitations, including the addressing and postage to deliver them. Not too bad.

    Now I have to clean the house. That will be considerably more difficult! 🙂

  11. People everywhere will reach the breaking point in their struggle for freedom.

    These brave Chinese citizens expelled their local Party leaders and their henchmen, the police, and then held off the People’s Liberation Army from entering their city for over two months. A few days ago, they held their own free elections for new leadership.

    Sixty-six years ago, the people of Athens and Etowah in McMinn County, Tennessee staged an armed revolt, laid seige to the county courthouse to retrieve the ballot boxes in an election from a hugely corrupt local government.

    Hallmark made a movie in 1995, An American Story, set in Texas, but based entirely on the events in the Battle of Athens.

    From Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership:

    These Americans’ absolute refusal to knuckle under had been hardened by service in World War II. Having fought to free other countries from murderous regimes, they rejected vicious abuse by their county government.

    These Americans had a choice. Their state’s Constitution — Article 1, Section 26 — recorded their right to keep and bear arms for the common defense. Few “gun control” laws had been enacted.

    These Americans were residents of McMinn County, which is located between Chattanooga and Knoxville in Eastern Tennessee. The two main towns were Athens and Etowah. McMinn County residents had long been independent political thinkers. For a long time they also had: accepted bribe-taking by politicians and/or the sheriff to overlook illicit whiskey-making and gambling; financed the sheriff’s department from fines-usually for speeding or public drunkenness which promoted false arrests; and put up with voting fraud by both Democrats and Republicans.

    The wealthy Cantrell family, of Etowah, backed Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1932 election, hoping New Deal programs would revive the local economy and help Democrats to replace Republicans in the county government. So it proved.

    Paul Cantrell was elected sheriff in the 1936,1938 and 1940 elections, but by slim margins. The sheriff was the key county official. Cantrell was elected to the state senate in 1942 and 1944; his chief deputy, Pat Mansfield, was elected sheriff. In 1946 Paul Cantrell again sought the sheriff’s office.

    At the end of 1945, some 3,000 battle-hardened veterans returned to McMinn County; the GIs held Cantrell politically responsible for Mansfield’s doings. Early in 1946, some newly returned ex-GIs decided to challenge Cantrell politically by offering an all-ex-GI, non-partisan ticket. They promised a fraud-free election, stating in ads and speeches that there would be an honest ballot count and reform of county government.

    A number of contemporary news articles are also reprinted at the JFPO site including an op-ed from Eleanor Roosevelt, an armed woman herself, who endorsed the actions taken by citizens in McMinn County.

  12. Our current administration tried this but the trial balloon was quickly shot down.

    HEADLINE: EDITORIAL: Germany proposes a Drudge Tax
    Government seeks to impose fees on news aggregators

    European politicians are on the hunt for new sources of revenue as the continent’s fiscal situation worsens. The level of desperation is clear in the latest move from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government to tap into the cash reserves of Internet search engine giant Google to bolster that country’s ailing publishing industry.

    The problem in Germany and in Government in general is that they spend too much money. Stop wasting money on social engineering and mindless bailouts – picking winners and losers- simply stick to what you are constitutionally required to do and nothing more, then watch the country prosper.

  13. #16 TT
    You mean the translator from Tim’s #2 link?

    Ebonics Pimp Translator. Have a sense of humor and Laugh!
    (it’s a joke! this is not real Ebonics!)

    Ebonics translator
    My input: “muss i die? muss my child die? ”
    Their output: “Yo muss ah die? “muss muh motha f***in child die? what the f*** sup now?

  14. If you are an Oil and Gas Journal subscriber, the article starting on page 32, of the 05Mar2012 issue is interesting, particularly the “Jekyll and Hyde” section on p. 34.
    From that article:

    “unfortunately the president’s skewed idea of an all-of-the-above energy plan ensures that un-elected Washington bureaucrats can determine, through massive tax hikes and taxpayer handouts, which forms of American energy should win and which should lose”

    The quote was from Barry Russell, President of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.
    One could substitute the phrase private business for energy and the concept would still hold true. This has already happened in the financial sector as well as automotive.

  15. Comments to my #31 link:

    It must be hard to drag their mammoth balls of steel all the way to the top

    I successfully shat my trousers mates!!

    The judicial system should fill the climbing positions. Just add it to the list of sentencing penalties.

    Stole a car and found guilty eh??? You won’t believe what we have in store for you!!

    “He checks on weather conditions” hears Thunder, Hey Bob I think I crapped my pants.

    Could you imagine forgetting something, going all the way down, then realizing you had it all along?

    “If a storms blowing through, there’s no quick way down.”

    Oh yes there is.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    My thoughts exactly

    that’s what I was wondering… How much these guys gettin paid?? gettin paid???
    October 4, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    They only get paid if they do the really hard part… climbing down.

    I’m just glad there are people willing to do this. Me? Never, never, never….

  16. On a windy day it would really be a nightmare. On the other side of that phobia coin is climbing on hands and knees several hundred feet up a 3′ sanitary sewer pipe, been there and done that – no fun at all.

  17. #35 This pipe was in use for over 30 years with 0 maintenance, one of the upstream entities was a slaughterhouse or some sort of meat processing facility. There was hard cake about 8″ thick on the bottom and tapering to 3″ on the top that had to be chipped out with an air chisel, the chips were removed via vacuum line. The cake formed a time capsule of sorts, there were virtually intact Wilkinson stainless steel safety razor blades, hypodermic needles, silverware, toys, all sorts of stuff encased in the cake. Even though the flow was shut off and diverted, it was always wet and had to be force ventilated to keep the H2S down to a minimum, and yes it stunk.

  18. You can’t write this stuff:

    Vice President Joe Biden addressed 87 wealthy Democrats last night attending a fundraiser at the home of Sen. John Kerry in Georgetown. As they dined on grass-fed New York strip steaks and white truffle mashed potatos (sic) underneath a outdoor tent, Biden criticized Republicans for being out of touch.

    “These guys don’t have a sense of the average folks out there,” Biden said according to the pool report, “They don’t know what it means to be middle class.”

  19. #37 Have you noticed there really hasn’t been much seen of Biden since the fall or so. That kind of coincides with the R primary season really kicking off.
    I wonder if there is any connection to that?
    /sarc off

  20. #37 – makes one (well THIS one) wonder if they’ve fallen on ‘hard times’?

    Eatin low rent NY Strips?

    no rib-eyes or T-bones? whattabunchawannaBES!! 🙂

  21. Good afternoon Hamsters. No fog this morning, just humidity and 68 at 6, semi-mugly with condensation on the concrete surfaces and dew all over the rest of the outside world. The weekend generous rainfall has soaked in but left enough mud now to require a few warm days to dry. No gardening until late in the week, and before that a few more bushels of live oak leaves will need to be swept off patio, porch, and walkways. The rain of leaves might be winding down–I hope.

    Spouse’s brother and wife arrive Thursday afternoon from Madison, and it looks as though they will enjoy some warm weather while here. The weather in Wisconsin in March is typically not marvelous, and there is always the likelihood of the St. Patrick’s Day week blizzard showing up. This usually coincides with the state high-school basketball tournament in Madison. So their choice of travel dates has method. 🙂

    Must get back to organizing the guest room.

  22. Awww, bless his heart. Arlen laments that Barry let him down. What did he expect from a man that threw his own granny under the bus?

    Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) writes in a new book that President Obama ditched him in the 2010 election after he helped Obama win the biggest legislative victory of his term by passing healthcare reform.

    Specter also claims that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not uphold his promise to grant him seniority accrued over 28 years of service in the Senate as a Republican. …

  23. did not uphold his promise to grant him seniority accrued over 28 years of service

    So his seniority is only a mere spector of it’s former self?

  24. Hammy — post here what you tried to post there, so we can see what a bad boy you were/tried to be.

  25. I said something like this: Since Democrats are always prattling on about separation of church and state we could eliminate federal funding of Planned Parenthood based on that, since PP is their church where they offer up a bloody sacrifice on the altar of abortion.

    Here’s the story I was commenting on.

  26. I have a question that I hope someone here can answer for me:

    We have a mixup in two meters on one of our properties. The B unit meter runs to our B unit, but it has the C unit address.

    The C unit meter runs to C unit, but it has the B unit address.

    I’ve called the power distributor and verified the meter numbers and ESI ID numbers. The addresses for the meters are backwards: the B meter has the C unit address, and vice versa.

    Question: Does the ESI ID number go with the meter, or with the junction? If we flip the meters and relabel the panels to match, which our electrician can do, are we screwing up the relationship between ESI ID, meter, and street address? The electrician thinks that flipping the meters and relabeling will solve our problem. I just don’t want to make the problem worse.

    Inquiring minds NEED to know. My research so far has not turned up the answer I need. All I can find is “call your provider to get your ESIID” or “it can be found on your bill”.

  27. #50 Hams
    There were many blocked comments. Did you try again and again and again, or are there a bunch of people who would comment on an abortion story in such a way as to get blocked?

    I am a bit surprised the HouChron would block something not profane on its web site.

  28. #54 Marper

    I am a bit surprised the HouChron would block something not profane on its web site.

    Profanity is in the eye of the beholder. Making statements against abortion might be considered profanity in some circles.

  29. I called Centerpoint – the ESI ID is assigned at the offices of the provider, not in the panel box. We should be able to flip the meters, relabel the panel boxes, and get things straightened out.


  30. There were many blocked comments. Did you try again and again and again, or are there a bunch of people who would comment on an abortion story in such a way as to get blocked?

    I was only one. My comment was up and had several responses for most of the day. It just got removed recently. I’m guessing that those with blood on their hands went crazy on the “Report abuse” button. I have other comments still up.

    It really is a religion for progressives. They even have “rites”. 1st Communion is getting your first birth control prescription (or condoms). Confirmation is when you get (or pay for your girlfriend’s) first abortion.

  31. Random thoughts from the inimitable Frank J. Fleming, author of Obama: The Greatest President in the History of Everything and founder of the website, IMAO.us.

    * Have you noticed how about 95% of modern feminism is about contraception and abortion? i.e., most of feminism is about being able to have consequence free sex — so it’s feminism as designed by horny teenage boys.

    Also, have you noticed how most of the women shrieking about how the Republicans want to control their bodies are people who no one wants to touch their bodies with ten foot poles?

    Just observations.

    * Eric Holder is opposing the Texas voter ID law because he says it’s harmful to Hispanics. Being a racist, you may think minorities are like anyone else and that getting a photo id would be an extremely simple thing for them as it is for everyone, but progressives want you to know that minorities find things that are simple to white people to be extremely confusing and complicated. An Hispanic getting a photo ID? That’s like teaching a dog to walk on its hind legs, apparently.

    Photo IDs are used for tons of things in every day life; instead of these voting laws, shouldn’t we be focused on helping the people who somehow have trouble getting a photo ID get one?

    * Also, have you noticed how Democrats try to claim Republicans are the stupid ones, yet the Democrats’ reelection strategies all seem to be about getting as many uninformed people to the polls as possible?

    * Wisdom of the Day from La Shawn Barber:

    Next time pharmacy person at CVS asks to see my photo ID when I buy pseudoephedrine, I’m gonna shout, “Jim Crow has returned!”

  32. #43 texanadian

    Great video.

    Proving once again dogs are superior to cats and a significant number of human beings.

  33. The sex was — quite literally — killer.

    Bob Caldwell, 63, editor of The Oregonian’s editorial pages for over 20 years, succumbed to cardiac arrest following a “sex act” with a 23-year-old woman in her Tigard, Ore. apartment Saturday.


    The Oregonian was compelled to run a correction after originally reporting that Caldwell had died alone in a parked car. The obligatory follow-up conducted by Caldwell’s former paper revealed that he was having an affair with the young woman.

    More of that hard-nosed investigative journalism.

    Oh, it seems this was one of those special arrangements. She needed tuition money and he needed…uh, well, let’s just hope he paid for her contraception.

  34. succumbed to cardiac arrest following a “sex act” with a 23-year-old woman

    I can think of worse ways of going. 😉

  35. #64 Tedtam

    You can rest assured this all came as a shock to The Oregonian editor’s wife and kids.

  36. #57 Hammy

    I have other comments still up.

    Are you posting as “HorseWithAHam”? And how’s about “FullgutBucket”? Izzat anyone we know?

    Just funnin’ ya. I saw some comments from “hamous”.

  37. #60 Texpat
    From your #58 link:

    An Hispanic getting a photo ID? That’s like teaching a dog to walk on its hind legs, apparently.

    But in TexCan’s #43 video, those seemed to be Hispanics, and they taught that dog not only to walk on its hind legs, it was wearing a skirt and doing the Cha-Cha.

  38. Interpol busts the internet file-sharing mogul, Kim Dotcom, in New Zealand on US federal criminal warrants and now it seems a bunch of federal officials and Department of Justice employees have, you guessed it, MegaUpload accounts !

    “Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from U.S. Government officials including the Department of Justice and the U.S. Senate,” Dotcom told TorrentFreak. “I hope we will soon have permission to give them and the rest of our users access to their files.” A big part of MegaUpload’s defense has been the site’s perfectly legal uses, like sending files across the globe, for example. A big part of the DoJ’s case against MegaUpload has been their allegations that the site was little more than a harbor for pirates and that MegaUpload specifically catered to these infringers. The existence of DoJ MegaUpload accounts definitely complicates the black and white nature of that argument.

    Now, how do they know these accounts belong to government officials? Neither Dotcom or MegaUpload lawyers have explained, but it’s pretty reasonably to assume that the government officials in question used their .gov email addresses to register their accounts. After all, that’s how hackers found out that plenty of government official have accounts at the porn site DigitalPlayground. This isn’t damning or anything, after all, MegaUpload did have perfectly valid file-sharing uses. The extent to which it is damning is that it sort of makes it tough for the DoJ to make the argument that MegaUpload was nothing but a pure infringement engine without admitting that they were part of it. Granted, this could be overcome with a little hypocrisy and refusal to address the existence of those accounts and what that means, a tactic which is far from out of the question.

  39. Mystery solved.

    Tide has become a form of currency on the streets. The retail price is steadily high — roughly $10 to $20 a bottle — and it’s a staple in households across socioeconomic classes.

    Tide can go for $5 to $10 a bottle on the black market, authorities say, and some thieves even resell it to stores.

    “There’s no serial numbers and it’s impossible to track,” said Detective Larry Patterson of the Somerset, Ky., Police Department, where authorities have seen a huge spike in Tide theft. “It’s the item to steal.”

    Police say thieves target the Procter & Gamble detergent because it is the most popular and, with its Day-Glo orange logo, the most recognizable.

    George Cohen, spokesman for Philadelphia-based Checkpoint Systems, which produces alarms being tested on Tide in CVS stores, said, “Name brands are easier to resell.

    and this,

    “They’ll do it right in front of a cop car — buying heroin or methamphetamine with Tide,” said Detective Rick Blake of the Gresham Police Department. “We would see people walking down the road with six, seven bottles of Tide. They were so blatant about it.”

  40. Tedtam, sounds like you unplugged the meters and plugged them back in the wrong meter cans. That usually means cutting off their tags which annoys them rather a lot.

  41. #71 GTO

    We had to rewire some of the units when we had to install new poles on the property. Along with the new poles came some new meter boxes and such. Somewhere along the line, when TNMP came out to install the meters, they got switched or sumpin’. Our electrician says he can switch the meters back without a problem.

  42. Shamaal – message from bobo

    Would you let Shamaal know that there is a discount appliance store on the west side of hwy 3, between El Dorado and Pineloch? They have limited inventory, and some have cosmetic defects. But their prices are very attractive.

  43. Tedtam, the power company meter crews install the meters. They mixed them up. If your electrician knows the area service rep, I can see that happening with a phone call.

  44. After surfing the internet for days to locate the perfect Valentine’s Day oven for for Mrs. Shamaal, I sent her up to the GE repair place to pick up a brand new $40 element to replace the burnt out one. The minimum wait for a new oven is 2 – 3 weeks and Mrs. Shamaal can’t go go that long without her DiGiorno.

    Prices for the same oven model ranged from $1200 for the cheapest one on the internet to $1600 to special order at the local stores. The cheap one on the internet wanted money now and 4 weeks to reply if it was available. One observation – Texas stores and coffers are taking a beating from out of state sellers.

    Tell BoBo thanks for the info and I’ll check it out this week. Also, he can ignore Ms Harper, ever since that house fell on her sister, she has been insufferable. 😉

  45. Amy Walker is also very cute and has smile to light up any room.

    The Fowler brother’s 1906 ‘The King’s English’ is worth the read. Belongs on the shelf next to Strunk & White’s. Forgot who wrote ‘Transitive Vampire’ and ‘The Well Tempered Sentence’ but those should be required as well.

  46. This item: The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon Hardcover $16.47

    The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon Paperback $7.25

    Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose by Constance Hale Paperback $9.36

    All three here. Operators standing by !

  47. It’s rare we get multiple trolls misleading posts from texpat, so let’s respond one at a time.

    #6 texpat

    Apparently these folks believe the common conservative is unable to read legislation by themselves and requires the services of “a knowledgeable pro-life source on Capitol Hill” to translate for them Incidently note that the final rule referenced contains comments and response, hence the large file.
    Feel free to do a search on the word abortion to support or refute my comments.

    This codification includes the non-discrimination clause for providers and facilities, a voluntary choice clause for issuers with respect to abortion services, the standards for the segregation of funds for QHP issuers that elect to cover abortion services for which public funding is prohibited, and the associated communication standards related to such services.
    A QHP (qualified Health Plan) issuer must comply with a State law that prohibits abortion coverage in QHPs.
    (e) Prohibition on the use of Federal funds. (1) If a QHP provides coverage of services described in paragraph (d)(1) of this section, the QHP issuer must not use any amount attributable to any of the following for the purposes of paying for such services:
    (d) Abortion services. (1) Abortions for which public funding is prohibited. The services described in this paragraph are abortion services for which the expenditure of Federal funds appropriated for HHS is not permitted, based on the law in effect 6 months before the beginning of the plan year involved.
    No discrimination on basis of provision of abortion. No QHP offered through an
    Exchange may discriminate against any individual health care provider or health care facility
    because of its unwillingness to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.
    (h) Application of State and Federal laws regarding abortions. (1) No preemption of
    State laws regarding abortion. Nothing in the Affordable Care Act shall be construed to preempt or otherwise have any effect on State laws regarding the prohibition of (or requirement of) coverage, funding, or procedural requirements on abortions, including parental notification or consent for the performance of an abortion on a minor.

    You get the idea, no where is there a mention of a $1 surcharge.

  48. #79 Texpat

    Operators standing by !

    I think Texpat may be on commission with Amazon. 🙂 He queued me up a book that I bought last year, but I haven’t had time to start reading it yet. Prolly have to wait till I am 100% retired. I can barely handle what all I am doing now. I am content to note in amazement how Tedtam darts around, leaving contrails.

  49. #7 texpat

    •CBS News: 3 killed as Israel continues strikes on Gaza
    •CNN: Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza for a 4th day
    •Fox News: Toll from Israel Gaza strikes now 15 militants
    •LA Times: Death toll increases in Gaza-southern Israel clashes
    •MSNBC: Worst Gaza flare-up in months kills 14, Palestinians say
    •NY Times: Gaza Fighting Continues, Despite Truce Efforts
    •Washington Post: Fighting between Israel, Gaza continues without signs of letting up

    Even the ossified one accidently snagged a story as the reporting commenced on Friday . Some of these stories even mention why the hostilities started, the Israeli assassination or incoming missiles depending on the source. I confess to not reading the FFFFFFFox or MSNBC articles, it’s like getting your news from doonesbury without the well written satire.
    However, when the narrative is biased reporting, I guess headlines serve as the first casualty of the truth.

  50. It really is a religion for progressives. They even have “rites”. 1st Communion is getting your first birth control prescription (or condoms). Confirmation is when you get (or pay for your girlfriend’s) first abortion.

    I guess I’m a really p-poor progressive, I never had a birth control prescription nor bought condoms and never bought any girlfriends or wives an abortion. Actually I only dated good Roman Catholic girls. I guess things really are different in Wisconsin, the home of Fighting Bob LaFollette.

    Like all progressives I strive to eliminate the need for abortions instead of merely settling to make them illegal.

  51. Careful examination of the fact concerning Israel and the pals will reveal that Israel only fires when fired upon; they respond to hostilities they do not instigate them. If the pals wanted peace they could have it today, just stop trying to kill Israelis and viola, peace.

  52. I know it’s the equivalent of cutting off a foot from the bottom off a blanket, sewing it on the top, and thinking your blanket is a foot longer, but I sure do like when we “spring forward”.

  53. I think we ought to “fall back” 30 minutes this fall and just quit with the semiannual time change crap once and for all.

  54. If the pals wanted peace they could have it today, just stop trying to kill Israelis and viola, peace.

    I’m a fiddle man myself. 😉

  55. I was in a little country store somewhere in Arkansas near the Louisiana border the summer of 1980. I asked the proprietor what time it was and he snarled back “You want God’s time or LBJ’s time?”

    He also had two large paintings hanging on his wall – one of Jesus and the other was Lou Holtz. The smart-ass hippie dog I was working with asked him “Which one do you worship the most?” We got threw out of the store. Heh heh. Good times. Every time I see this scene in OBWAT I think of that day.

  56. #93 Who pays for the cost of the re-election ifn non of the targets get recalled? Do the tax-payers simply have to take it in the shorts so the union-orifices can get their jollies off?

  57. #37 tt

    You can’t write this stuff:

    I agree:

    “I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.”
    But I’ve got a lot of good friends, the owner Miami Dolphins, and the New York Jets — both owners are friends of mine.

    Real salt of the Earth, that man is.

  58. #92 Hambone, that reminds me of when I was in high school and worked at the TV Shop in south Alabamy. In the years that I did that I went inside of dang near everyone’s home, from the rich store owners to the country folks and of course the blacks. So I have a question, name for me what the blacks displayed in their living rooms, sometimes tacked to their walls? There were ALWAYS 2-4 items in EVERY house and they were always the same. 😉
    P.S. I may have mentioned this on LST.

  59. Every black person’s house I went into back then had, besides the obligatory picture of MLK, a giant wooden fork and spoon.

  60. OK have Y’all seen the Mayflower commercial with the 40′ tall puppet? WTF is that all about, I have no idea what that means. Just stupid! Oh and they moved me from Savannah Ga Wichita and they SUX!! But, United moved me down here and they were even worse. At least United had a tractor not a 427 Chebby with a 5 speed and a split rear end! Musta’ been a hell of a trip from Savannah to St Louis, (first drop off) then to Kansas City and on to Wichita.

  61. I remember those, it weren’t just black folk. It was part of some Tiki fashion fad in the 60’s.

  62. Don’t remember the wooden hardware but they did have some wierd crap in the BOQ’s @ Fort Rucker,…those dudes had some gawd awful stereo systems also! Oh and this was mostly white guys.

  63. #81 shamaal

    I emailed the author of the article asking for documentation. I’ll let you know.

    I don’t have time at the moment to wade through 644 pages of absurd authoritarian b***sh*t.

  64. I don’t have time at the moment to wade through 644 pages of absurd authoritarian b***sh*t.

    Hmmmmm …………… and yet you believe un-named people with an agenda who do. 😉
    It only took me 10 minutes using the search function and the term abortion. I’ll cruise on over to Wing Nut Daily and the FreeRepublic for the follow-up.

  65. #96 shamaal

    Real salt of the Earth, that man is.

    Oh, you must be talking about John Podesta, the man who runs your source, Center for American Progress.

    A few of his friends…

    George Soros, Hillary, Willie Jeff, John Kerry, Durbin, Morton Halperin, Patrick Leahy, Dukakis, Tom Daschle – a bunch of disgusting old gasbags. But they’re very rich and powerful off the backs of the American people.

  66. #105 Shamaal, I worked with a guy from Uvalde that was an avionics guy with a squadron out of NASJAX and his second tour was on the then new, Enterprise and he was deployed to Cuba for the missle crisis. His first tour was the Coral Sea, I think, don’t remember the third. Saddly he passed away a few years ago at only 66. 🙁

  67. #108 texpat
    From our friends at Wikipedia:

    The Center for American Progress is a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Its website states that the organization is “dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action.”

    I’ve published my sources before
    Drudge Links:
    Daily Kos
    Huffington Post
    Dave Barry

    And I read the Chronicle, apparently along with Hamous, and the New Yorker: I preferred Tina Brown.

  68. Speaking of Swift Boat Johnny, he and Bazooka Joe Biden held a fundraiser at Johnny and Cruella’s house. Joey had this to say:

    “These guys [Republicans] don’t have a sense of the average folks out there,” he said. “They don’t know what it means to be middle class.”

    Unlike Joe, I guess. A true man of the people.

    Biden made the remarks at the Georgetown home of Senator John Kerry, where some 87 guests paid a minimum of $10,000 per couple to dine on char-grilled grass-fed New York strip steaks and white truffle mashed potatoes beneath a tent basked in soft pink lighting.

    Dang. I thought maybe I was at least lower middle class. I must be in abject poverty.

  69. Great ship, I never regretted a moment. I kick myself that during two cruises I only shot one roll of film. It just didn’t dawn on me that their were folks someday who’d be interested in F4 catapult shots in afterburner. Nobody cares about Mk82s, Rockeyes and other pieces of ordnance that were a part of daily life.
    The most boring parts were the times spent stateside cold-iron. No flight deck or combat pay. boring carrier qualifications eating C-Rats. But once on the line on Yankee Station, we ruled.

  70. #112 Hamous
    I believe that was the topic of tedtam’s #37 and my snark in #96.

    Try and keep up 😉

  71. #112 Hambone, I saw this earlier today and you just can’t make this crap up. BUTT the folks that will vote for these clowns can’t won’t see the hypocrisy……Sigh

  72. I’ve had grass-fed beef in Calgary, much superior to grain fed. I’ve eaten something that had truffles, maybe potatoes, don’t recall what …….. maybe chocolate? 😉
    It could happen we enjoy the same meal

    But it is pretty much a lead pipe cinch I don’t know no owners of a NASCAR team or football teams. If so I’d brag about it too.

    And you guys keep trying to elect these clowns.

  73. I think it is now well-established that no one here reads every post every day.

    I do. 😉

    Airedale, ships company. V-2 division – Catapults, Arresting Gear, Pilot Landing Aids Television/Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (PLAT/Lens) – Green Shirts.

    Your friend was in service when the A5 Vigilantes were still around, probably VAH7 squadron. That was the Navy’s nuclear attack plane to replace the A3 Whales.
    By my day, 1971, the attack versions were converted to reconnaissance versions. RA5C Vigilantes were the prettiest planes on the flight deck and in the air. Maintenance nightmares relying on relay logic to operate.

  74. I think it is now well-established that no one here reads every post every day.


    I’m offended, I’m hurt! Not that I have anything against Germany.

  75. MsTT! your ‘muse’ musta found it’s way over to HotAir!

    to wit:

    There once was a lady named Fluke,
    Whose beliefs are enough to make you puke,
    To Congress she said
    about her antics in bed
    I want you to pay for my contraception too


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