Thursday Ides Of March Open Comments


Ha! who calls?

Bid every noise be still: peace yet again!

Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Beware the ides of March.

What man is that?

A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene II

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87 Responses to “Thursday Ides Of March Open Comments”

  1. 1
    gtotracker says:


  2. 2
    Bonecrusher says:

    SD your link of the F4U Corsair was very cool, that is definitely my favorite plane of WWII. It strikes me in the same way that this car does, sex on wheels, that plane is sex on wings.

  3. 3
    Bonecrusher says:

    Sarge, thanks for your detailed response last night. I still can not believe that it was a simple coincidence, I believe that the guy probably did not know who the vip was but knew something was up and tried to make an impact.

  4. 4
    Bonecrusher says:

    Drudge has these links lined up at the top and it speaks volumes:

    Afghan president wants U.S. troops out of villages…
    U.S. moves massacre soldier to Kuwait; Afghans furious…
    Thousands protest, chant anti-American slogans…
    Taliban suspends peace talks with U.S….
    Obama Fills Out NCAA Basketball Bracket…

    It indicates what the priorities are doesn’t it.

  5. 5
    Bonecrusher says:

    I think I just found shammy’s source of information.

  6. 6
    Tedtam says:

    Occuliars at it again, just being their annoying selves.

    I think the reporter had it right – if you want to be respected and heard, then you respect others.

    And costing others money. How much was the camera guy and reporter being paid for the ruined shot?

  7. 7
    shamaal says:

    So this Roman centurion goes into a bar and orders a martinus.
    The bartender asks, “Do you mean a martini?”
    The centurion says, “Look, if I wanted a double I’d tell you!”

  8. 8
    Hamous says:

    I’m still cracking up over Darren’s assertion that Mormons voting for Romney at 95% is not because he’s Mormon.

  9. 9
    shamaal says:

    I gotta question the wisdom of sending

    Eli Stokols is a well-known politics reporter for the local Fox affiliate, KDVR-TV, in Denver.

    to a protest and expecting anything other than a confrontation.
    And then releasing it

    I suspect the folks concerned will make their their nut back.

  10. 10
    OletimerLin says:

    G’Morning All

    NAACP grandstanding

    UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws

    By Eric Shawn
    Published March 14, 2012

    The controversy over requiring voters to provide photo IDs has reached the world stage.

    The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva, Switzerland.. This, despite the fact that some members of the council have only in the past several years allowed women to vote, and one member, Saudi Arabia, still bars women from the voting booth completely.

    Officials from the NAACP are presenting their case against U.S. voter ID laws, arguing to the international diplomats that the requirements disenfranchise voters and suppress the minority vote.

    and their disenfranchisement proof?

    A second American, Austin Alex, is a Texas Christian University student. The NAACP says he is worried that he will be barred from voting because he only holds an out-of-state driver’s license and a non-government student ID, not a Texas issued photo ID.

    First, the Texas law is:

    Moving to Texas?

    New residents moving into Texas, who are at least 16 years or older and have a valid driver license from another state, have 90 days after entry into the state to secure a Texas Driver License. All out-of-state applicants must visit a Texas Driver License office to present and complete the following:

    Complete the requirements for an original applicant.
    If you have a valid out-of-state U.S. driver license or a valid driver license from Canada, France, or Germany, please bring it to the driver license office to surrender. The written and driving examinations will be waived, but you must still pass a vision exam.

    If he does not have a Texas license because he is an out of state student, then he is not qualified to vote in Texas and must vote absentee in his home state. Case closed.

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    shamaal says:


    GOP candidate gives pitch at wrong convention
    “My staffer runs up and says, ‘Hey, Dan Dolan is here. Can he speak?’ So they stopped everything, and I get up there and give my speech,” Dolan said. “I get done, a guy raises his hand and says, ‘I think you want to talk to the Republicans.’”

  13. 13
    Shannon says:

    Thomas Sowell has come out with a revised edition of Intellectuals and Society and I was pleased to have an opportunity to interview him about the book. Here’s a slightly edited transcript of our conversation on Tuesday.

  14. 14
    Hamous says:

    I just love it when “progressives” start flipping out at any phrase containing the letters F O X in sequence. Vulpophobia.

  15. 15
    shamaal says:

    If he does not have a Texas license because he is an out of state student, then he is not qualified to vote in Texas and must vote absentee in his home state.

    I guess that’s where we differ. I would have said

    If he does not have a Texas license because he is an out of state student, then he is not qualified to vote drive in Texas …

    I’ve never been big on this government registration and identity card business.

  16. 16
    shamaal says:

    I only use extra-virgin olive oil because I’ve been told that the other kinds are sluts. ;)

  17. 17
    Tedtam says:

    Re: the reporter

    If I got the story straight (and I worked late again last night, and feeling not quite “with it” yet), the reporter wasn’t there to film about the protest. It was some other story. The Occuliars just made themselves into an annoyance by assuming their very presence with their vulgar signs was “making change”.

    They were so weak, as they walked away, trying to whoop it up, like they had accomplished something. As if.

    If I’m wrong about the premise of the story, I stand corrected.

  18. 18
    Tedtam says:

    BTW – If you are not aware, there is a second thread today, dealing with a rather serious topic, should you decide to take a peek.

  19. 19
    Sarge says:

    It is absolutley gorgeous.

    But why?

  20. 20
    shamaal says:

    I’m sure you got the story straight, using the capitol dome as a backdrop is a popular prop. there are always folks looking for free publicity.

  21. 21
    Bonecrusher says:

    #13 Shannon: Great interview, I think I like this the best:

    Last question; why do you think so many intellectuals are so hostile to Capitalism, Christianity and Conservatism when over time all of those things have proven to work so well in building societies?

    They may work well in building societies, but they don’t work well at making intellectuals important. What makes intellectuals important are finding things to complain about and they love to see themselves on the side of the angels against the forces of evil. So they look at all kinds of issues within that context.

    I rarely get to read such a brilliant description in so few words.

  22. 22
    Bonecrusher says:

    #19 Sarge: Why, you ask? To eliminate the need for double taps of course. I’ll bet it kicks like a Montanna mule.

  23. 23
    Sarge says:

    One wonders how you get the barrel lug off.

  24. 24
    Hamous says:

    These evil ghouls are becoming bolder:

    I love abortion. I don’t accept it. I don’t view it as a necessary evil. I embrace it. I donate to abortion funds. I write about how important it is to make sure that every woman has access to safe, legal abortion services. I have bumper stickers and buttons and t-shirts proclaiming my support for reproductive freedom. I love abortion.

    And kill your baby rather than giving him up for adoption.

    If anyone is encouraging you to surrender your baby to adoption, please contact us by phone or email us. Our volunteers have experienced adoption in their own lives, and they can tell you what it feels like to be adopted or surrender your own child. We’ll also help you find the support you need to keep your baby – the best thing for both of you!

    Don’t let anyone tell you that adoption is the “right choice” or the “loving option” for your baby. YOU are the only mother or father your baby has, and no one will be able to take your place in his or her life. People who try to convince you to surrender your baby are probably in a position to get something out of the adoption for themselves – either money or your child himself.

    Other people may tell you that you’ll be “giving a wonderful gift” to an infertile couple – this is NOT your responsibility. Your only job is to be the best mom or dad you can be for your baby. Your child isn’t going to want or accept any substitute for the real thing!

    What a selfish collection of human cells. Their 40 year reign of terror is coming to an end and, like a cornered animal, they’re frantic and willing to do anything.

  25. 25
    Shannon says:

    The Cult of Death is a religion.

  26. 26
    Hamous says:

    I know a lot of adoptees, at least one a regular here, that would love to give this idiot a lesson on adoption.

  27. 27
    Tedtam says:

    #24 Hamous


    Somewhere in that flesh is supposed to be a human being. They have lost their soul. To relish the idea of tearing a baby apart, of thinking it is nothing more than taking a pap smear, of extinguishing a part of yourself — this is despicable.

    I’m sure her boyfriend likes having a girlfriend like her. He has all the sex he wants and there’s never a consequence for him, except for the occasional small outlay of cash to ensure his carefree lifestyle.

    /retching again

  28. 28
    Bonecrusher says:

    Hamous can you see how the passage 2Tim chapter 2 accurately describes the people you referenced?

  29. 29
    Shannon says:

    Progressives always lie.

    But then you knew that, didn’t you?

  30. 30
    Bonecrusher says:

    So Karzai wants the US out of Afcrappystan; so do I. ONe of the commenters raised an interesting question: How long will Karzai’s head stay on his shoulders once the US leaves? The even started a pool of sorts, some suggesting he will be done in as little as 6 weeks post US.

  31. 31
    Shannon says:

    Yeah. The Democrats’ “good war” isn’t working out very well with Barry at the helm.

  32. 32
    Sarge says:


    We can do it with drones and Black Ops exclusively—-

  33. 33
    Katfish says:

    tap tap – this thing on?

    dangit the format in here went nutso on me again – anyone recall how I fixed it before?

  34. 34
    Shannon says:

    Working okay for me.

  35. 35
    Shannon says:

    Log out. Kill the power and water to your house. Go to a bar. Come back in three hours.

  36. 36
    Tedtam says:

    I don’t drink.

    Today, that might change.

  37. 37
    Katfish says:

    #35 – extremely tempting Brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  38. 38
    Darren says:

    I’m still cracking up over Darren’s assertion that Mormons voting for Romney at 95% is not because he’s Mormon.

    Laugh away then. My main opposition to your post isn’t so much that mormons didn’t vote for Romney because he’s Mormon so much as to your assertion that Catholics are more soffisticated voters than blacks and Mormons and that blacks and Mormons, you hope, would one day be as open-minded voters as Catholics are. Sure being Mormon influences the Mormon vote and in fact I do notr believe I ever said anything to the contrary. But one’s Mormonism does not guarantee any voting victory among Mormon voters (though one should keep in mind that THIS doesn’t help a non incumbent to get their vote). To sum up both these links, just click HERE:

    When Sharron Angle’s pastor went on a hate-filled rant about Mormonism, calling the religion “kooky” and a “cult,” it was tempting to assume the Republican U.S. Senate candidate would pay the consequences. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among Nevada’s most politically engaged and conservative constituencies.

    But it is Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, himself a Mormon, who is facing the tough questions from members of the faith.

    That was apparent the moment he walked into a meeting of the Mormon Business Associates networking group in August. Members, angry with his liberal policies, peppered Reid with questions about immigration and gay marriage. They booed him, according to people who were there, and shouted catcalls.

    “It was an absolute blood bath,” said a woman who attended.

    Wednesday, it was Angle’s turn to appear before the group — and she was welcomed with cheers and a standing ovation. The woman who described Reid’s “blood bath” called the Angle event a “love fest.” The candidate was even signing autographs.

    I agree that Romney would not have received such a high percentage of the Mormon vote were he not Mormon but I think he’d still received the majority vote, at least as much as he has received the majority vote of Catholics over his two Catholic rivals and that if only John Huntsman were in the race replacing Romney than the Mormon vote would have shifted towards Santorum.

  39. 39
    Darren says:

    Shannon #13;

    Without blockquotes I thought you may have been the one who interviewed Sowell. I was almost impressed. ;)

  40. 40
    Darren says:


    I know a lot of adoptees, at least one a regular here, that would love to give this idiot a lesson on adoption.

    My sister-in-law was an adoptee and I already shared my cousin adopting a girl from China which made her their second adoption. In both cases a world of blessings opened up to those adopting as well to those getting adopted.

  41. 41
    Darren says:

    Bonecrusher #4;

    Those headlines are still up there.

  42. 42
    Bonecrusher says:

    DICK Lugar ruled to be ineligible to vote.

    Sen. Dick Lugar has been ruled ineligible to vote in Indiana by a county election board.

    The partisan vote by the Marion County Election Board was 2-1.

    The Indianapolis Star has the alert.

    The commission ruled that the six-term senator was guilty of a non-criminal election violation and that he has abandoned his residency in Indianapolis.

    In order to register to vote in the primary, Lugar will need to establish a new residency by April 9, according to a Republican operative tracking the case.

    NO, no political shenanigans going on around here.

  43. 43
    Katfish says:

    Hmmmmmmmmm – I’m adopted but my gastrointestinal abilities are not for discussion! (“regularity” that is)


  44. 44
    Bonecrusher says:

    #41 Darren, isn’t it funny where 0 places his priorities? 0 and company have been in full campaign mode for a year now and things keep getting worse. Limbaugh on his show today, played a clip of a flaming lib-TN news anchor lamenting at how stooopid the people were who responded to a poll that was unfavorable to 0. The funny thing now is that the polling is so bad that the slavish LSM can no longer cover it up and 0 is being exposed for the disaster he is.

  45. 45
    Bonecrusher says:

    Michael Reagan is an adoptee and is much more like Ronaldus Magnus than Ronaldus’ own natural son Non Reagan.

  46. 46
    Texpat says:

    State Controller John Chaing continues to uphold the California Great Seal Motto of “Eureka”, i.e., ‘I have found it’. But what Chaing is finding as Controller is that California’s economy as measured by tax revenues is still tanking. Compared to last year, State tax collections for February shriveled by $1.2 billion or 22%. The deterioration is more than double the shocking $535 million reported decline for last month. The cumulative fiscal year decline is $6.1 billion or down 11% versus this period in 2011.


    The State Controller’s office did acknowledge that higher than normal tax refunds for February might have reduced the collection of some personal income taxes. Given that 2012 has an extra day in February for leap year, there might have been one day more of tax refunds sent out. But the Controller’s report shows personal income tax collections fell by $325 million, or 16% versus last year. Furthermore, leap year would have added another day for retail sales and use tax collection, but those revenues also fell during February-by an even larger $813 million, 25% decline from 2011.

    Governor Moonbeam has got a plan though.

  47. 47
    Shannon says:

    Well I’ll be.
    Another county with residency requirements to vote.

    A disturbing trend, I must say.

  48. 48
    El Gordo says:

    I always preferred Brother Dave Gardner’s version of Julius Caesar to Shakespeare’s.

  49. 49
    Hamous says:

    One of my favorite Bro Dave Gardner’s skits was the one about the motorcycle ride:

    “Mr. Charles were kilt outright, but Miss Baby was okay ’til me and Junior turned her head around”

  50. 50
    Texpat says:

    I remember being about 10 years old and going to a friend’s house. His parents weren’t home and he knew where his father hid all his party records. Dave Gardner, Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley…

    We heard words and phrases and had no idea what they meant, but it sounded real bad and like a lot of fun.

  51. 51
    Sarge says:

    47 Shannon says:
    March 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    Well I’ll be.
    Another county with residency requirements to vote.

    A disturbing trend, I must say.


    I’ll shed a real tear over Dick Lugar.

  52. 52
    Shannon says:

    Dr. Seuss authored an adult book.

    “I attempted to draw the sexiest babes I could, but they came out looking absurd.”

    H/T: Ben Domenech

  53. 53
    Bonecrusher says:

    #51 Sarge: Ifn Dick Lugar can no longer vote in Indiana as he is no longer considered a resident, how can he serve as a senator, does this effectively remove him from the ballot?? I would like to see him face a primary challenger.

  54. 54
    Sarge says:

    I would like to see him face a primary challenger.

    I would like to see him standing in an unemployment line and don’t much care how he gets there.

  55. 55
    Shannon says:

    “Lugar is facing serious primary opposition”

  56. 56
    Bonecrusher says:

    Dick Lugar is a 6 term senator, that’s 36 freaking years in DC with a major liplock on the public teat, he needs to be retired.

  57. 57
    Sarge says:

    There’s a second Revoluton going on in Greece during my lifetime.

    As incomes fall and retail prices rise, Greeks have found an ingenious way to pay three times less than they usually would for potatoes.

    The craze, which some are already starting to call the “Potato Revolution,” began in the northern town of Katerini two weeks ago. A group of local activists set up a website to allow people to order potatoes directly from local farmers, and then pick them up in a parking lot on the weekends. Their project was an instant hit. In the past two weeks, they’ve already sold 100 tons of potatoes, and inspired agricultural students in Thessaloniki to launch a similar program. Dozens more cities across Greece are planning to follow suit.

    Since the farmers sell the potatoes for a higher price than they would be able to sell them to distributors – but for less than what supermarkets charge customers – both the farmers and their customers win.

    Capitalism. Its what gets you your food when your government becomes a bloated, corrupt, social democracy.

    H/T to rdbrewer at AoSHQ, who got it in an email from a gal who sez:

    I’m sure there is some Greek bureaucrat searching furiously to discover what law they’re breaking. . . . [A]ctually, it’s a no-brainer that they are breaking some law or other. In a euro-socialist economy, if two parties to a transaction are both happy with the deal, and no one is getting bribed to allow it, it’s illegal.

  58. 58
    Texpat says:

    Richard Mourdock, candidate for US Senate in Indiana:

    Mourdock and his followers have been highlighting the fact that although Lugar votes in Indiana, he hasn’t actually lived there since 1977, when he sold his home in Indianapolis, where he’d served two terms as mayor, and bought one in the posh Washington suburb of McLean, Va. Tea Partiers are appealing a recent ruling by Indiana’s election commission, supported by the attorney general, that Lugar’s residency is legitimate. Lugar, for his part, calls the controversy “a weak and lame issue” and argues that looking after the interests of his Indiana constituents requires him to live near the Senate. “When I went off to serve my country in the Navy,” he says, “it was exactly the same situation.”

    Mourdock, mining his conservative-populist base, also cites Lugar’s support for Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, the pro-immigrant DREAM Act, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with the Russians, the government bailouts for Wall Street and the auto industry, and his vote against a ban on congressional earmarks.

    Lugar is scrambling, staying in Indiana hotels and campaigning hard when not attending to Senate business. He’s suddenly trying to position himself as a severe critic of Obama and an enemy of deficit spending. “Of course I’m energized,” he says. “I don’t know many members of the Senate who have more physical vigor. I don’t mean to be boastful, but I finished, once again, the three-mile Capital Challenge race last year”—his 30th—“and I had the temerity to raise my hands happily as I crossed the finish line.”

    Here is his campaign website – send him a few bucks if you can.

  59. 59
    Shannon says:

    I couldn’t find any recent, reputable polling on the Lugar race.
    This one shows Lugar slaughtering Mourdock.

  60. 60
    Sarge says:

    59 Shannon says:
    March 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm
    I couldn’t find any recent, serious polling on the Lugar race.
    This one shows Lugar slaughtering Mourdock.

    It would be nice to have some kind of organization that would help us get rid of guys like him. Folks who would contribute money to his challenger instead of him based on principals instead of what the can get from it.

    We could have a party if there was some kind of organization that would do stuff like that.

  61. 61
    Texpat says:

    #59 Shannon

    I’ve looked at RCP, Rasmussen, Nate Silver at 538, Politico, etc.

    So far nothing on polling for the 2012 Indiana Senate Republican Primary.

  62. 62
    shamaal says:

    #60 Sarge


  63. 63
    shamaal says:

    There’s no business like show business ……..

    An earless baby bunny that was a rising star on Germany’s celebrity animal scene had his 15 minutes of fame brought to an abrupt end when he was accidentally stepped on by a television cameraman.

    Apparently the hare restorer didn’t work either

  64. 64
    shamaal says:

    I reckon this one will get settled quickly

    “He intends to depose all of the female legislative staff employees who participated in intimate relationships, as well as the legislators who were party to those intimate relationships, in support of his claims of gender discrimination,” his attorney said in the document setting up Brodkorb’s reason for a possible wrongful dismissal lawsuit.

  65. 65
    squawkbox says:

    A little musical eruption since I am watching the sun set.

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  67. 67
    squawkbox says:

    Ides of March? Forget that I am more worried about the Ides of April.

    Teeth brushed √
    Deodorant √
    Pits and other places clean √
    No boogers hangin out √
    socks and speedo washed clean √
    Ignored Sarge √
    Ignored Bo_Nez √
    Dang did I expel flatus or something? Where’d everyone go?????

  68. 68
    phil says:

    Now this was a darn good western.

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  70. 70
    squawkbox says:

    Whaddup Brother Phil?

  71. 71
    squawkbox says:

    I missed my calling. I shoulda been a miner. Cause of songs like this. There are two groups of people I liked to hang with back in the day, truckers and miners.

  72. 72
    phil says:

    Same ole same ole Bro Squawk. I’m glad tomorrow is Friday.

  73. 73
    shamaal says:

    not many fish in the pond tonight.
    Someone will be along shortly to claim you’ve poisoned the well.

    There’s fire in our hearts and fire in our soul
    but there ain’t gonna be no fire in the hole

  74. 74
    squawkbox says:

    Brother Phil

    Yup i know what ya mean, Ahhhh yes FRIDAY. Awww crap two more work days till Monday. Sigh,

    BTW did I tell ya bout my next door neighbor?

  75. 75
    squawkbox says:

    Yanno Sham you keep up with them old lyrics like ya do I am gonna have to assign the Brother moniker to ya. Now it will be honorary for a while, but there ain’t no dues.

  76. 76
    mharper42 says:

    Yeh, that’s it. The well has been poisoned.

  77. 77
  78. 78
    squawkbox says:

    Well maybe just a little dirty,
    /BTW this video is runner up for the worst lip syncing I have ever seen.

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  80. 80
    shamaal says:

    Can’t accept the moniker, folks’ll think I work for a living and blow my street cred.
    Did someone say something about muddy water?

  81. 81
    shamaal says:

    My candidate for worst drum synch, Ginger’s more animated on the second set. Clapton and Bruce are just phoning it in.

  82. 82
    shamaal says:

    BTW Mr. Squawk, thanks for the save the other day.
    I’d gotten us both boxed in and it wasn’t looking good for yours truly.

  83. 83
    squawkbox says:

    Can’t accept the moniker, folks’ll think I work for a living and blow my street cred.

    Oh nooooo not at all. In fact it becomes a resume enhancement after awhile. ;)

  84. 84
  85. 85
    shamaal says:

    I’m outta here ………………. until tomorrow.

  86. 86
    squawkbox says:

    Yeah I gotta go to. Back to the tower for me. the hour is getting late.

  87. 87
    Shannon says:

    Great version.
    Leon looks fifteen years old.

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