166 thoughts on “Weekend Open Comments

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    Tedtam says:

    Bridal shower today.

    That bride, we gotta get her clean.

    Later – lots to do!

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    GJT says:

    Yesterday I breathed in one of those little flying bugs. Shannon don’t have FB no more, thought he’d wanna know about it. It’s still in there too.

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    GJT says:

    Hey, a jimb and dooood sighting! Sup guys?

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    shamaal says:

    As a public service on tax day weekend, the White House is providing a calculator that lets you see how many people with incomes in excess of $1M that are paying a lower tax rate than you.

    A full 22,000 households that made more than $1 million in 2009 paid less than 15 percent of their income in income taxes — and 1,470 managed to pay no federal income taxes on their million-plus-dollar incomes, according to the IRS.
    And, the very wealthiest American households are paying nearly the lowest tax rate in 50 years— some are paying just half of the federal income tax that top income earners paid in 1960. But the average tax rate for middle class families has barely budged. The middle 20 percent of households paid 14 percent of their incomes in 1960, and 16 percent in 2010.

    My tax rate this year was 10.4%, I strive to make enough money so that I don’t have to pay any taxes.
    I love this country!

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    shamaal says:

    This ain’t good.

    U.S. Secret Service officials were sent home from President Obama’s trip to Colombia because of allegations of misconduct, apparently involving prostitution.

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    OletimerLin says:

    G’Morning All

    Yea Shammy, and it was prolly our tax dollars that paid for it.

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    shamaal says:

    Those nice Boy Scouts came by today and dropped off fliers offering to put a flag on your lawn for 5 holidays for $35. Although we post our own flag, we’ll probably participate as a way to support this wonderful organization. Cookies in the spring for the girl scouts and flags in the summer for the boy scouts.
    Life is good.

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    OletimerLin says:

    Coahuila governor discovers and names Guadalupe River
    April 14, 1689

    On this day in 1689, Alonso De León, Spanish governor of Coahuila, discovered and named the Guadalupe River at the approximate future site of Victoria, while leading his fourth and final expedition to find and destroy the French settlement at Fort St. Louis.

    They immediately stripped and floated down the river with an ice chest full of beer.

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    OletimerLin says:

    I feel that a good, experienced community organizer could fix this, especially one with experience in the Chicago neighborhoods. Any idea where we could find such a person?

    Chicago homicides soar in first quarter of 2012
    By Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune reporter

    Homicides in Chicago soared by 60 percent in the first three months of 2012, continuing a troublesome trend that began late last year. Nonfatal shootings also rose sharply in the first quarter, Police Department statistics show.

    The worsening violence comes as the Emanuel administration touts its efforts to combat gang crime and add officers and resources to some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods.
    From Jan. 1 through April 1 this year, 120 homicides were recorded in Chicago, up sharply from 75 in the same period in both 2011 and 2010, according to department statistics. Nonfatal shootings totaled almost 490 in the first three months of 2012, up 37 percent from a year earlier.

    Through April 1, homicides fell to six in the Harrison District on the West Side, down from nine a year earlier. But killings almost doubled in the Englewood District on the South Side, jumping to 15 from eight. Nonfatal shootings rose sharply in both districts, however.

    Homicides were also up sharply in the Ogden and Chicago Lawn police districts, the statistics show.

    In mid-January, McCarthy trumpeted that Chicago had gone 24 hours without a single homicide or shooting. But by near the end of the month, killings had risen 54 percent. At the time, McCarthy expressed confidence that homicides would go down when shootings fell. At that point, the number of shootings was the same as in 2011. But since the beginning of 2012, nonfatal shootings have risen by more than a third.

    During one particularly violent weekend last month, 49 people were shot — 10 of them fatally, including a 6-year-old girl as she sat between her mom’s legs on the family’s Little Village front porch. The violence was largely concentrated on the South and Southwest sides.

    In the last two weeks of March, the violence continued unabated. The department’s statistics show that 26 people were killed and more than 80 nonfatal shootings occurred from March 19 through April 1.

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    OletimerLin says:

    Is there anything Holder has not twisted or ignored? If I were Gibson Lawyers, I would be filing 6th Amendment charges against Holder, et al.

    Sixth Amendment – Rights of Accused in Criminal Prosecutions

    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence

    .

    Obama’s War On Gibson Guitars Continues Without Charges

    It was seven months ago that federal agents with guns drawn raided the Gibson guitar factories in Nashville and Memphis. A half million dollars worth of Indian rosewood and ebony was seized under the premise that it had been imported illegally. The feds also took a number of guitars and computer hard drives. The factory was shut down for the day and employees told to go home.

    Yet after all this time, the Department of Justice has shown no sign that it will file criminal charges against Gibson. What’s more – it has been almost 3 years since federal agents first raided Gibson (November 2009), seizing a quantity of wood from Madagascar. No decision on criminal charges in that case either.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04/13/Obamas-War-On-Gibson-Guitars-Continues-Without-Charges

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    shamaal says:

    This is neat, glow in the dark quarter dollar coin from Canada. On one side is a dinosaur and on the other side is a Pachyrhinosaurus.
    Ba Dum Bum …………….

    The Pachy-whatever glows in the dark. It’s worth one quarter of a Canadian dollar, which means that at today’s exchange rates that ’bout 8 cents, and costs US $30.
    Boy they have our number, first it’s sulfur mixed with oil that the Chinese won’t buy, now it’s novelty coinage. What next, cheese curds and gravy poured on french fries as a health food?

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    Texpat says:

    “Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”–Cliff Clavin

    via James Taranto at WSJ

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #11 OTL: I would think that what the Dept of INJustice has done to Gibson would also qualify as an illegal search and seizure. They have not brought charges on the merchandise seized 3 years ago, yet Gibson still can not use it even though they have paid for it. I wonder if the wood seized is being stored properly to allow it to eventually be used for its intended purposes? If no, that would also constitute a separate crime, as it would be wanton negligence and destruction of private property.

    I think we all may be aware that Martin Guitars also obtains wood from the same sources as Gibson, yet they have not been harassed in like fashion. Gibson contributes to Rs while Martin contributes to Ds, this is a blatant violation of the equal protections clause of the 14th amendment and reeks of political retribution.

    THE CURRENT OCCUPATION IN THE WHITE HOUSE HAVE REDUCED THE PRESIDENCY TO AN ONGOING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE.

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    shamaal says:

    #10 OTL

    FWIW, Chicago comes in at around number 18 in Murder and non-negligent manslaughter with a rate less than half of Newark and 1/3 of New Orleans. Perhaps you can think of something that occurred in 2010 specific to Chicago that might cause homicides to increase in 2011 and 2012.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #15: The incredibly corrupt ballet dancer Rahmbo becoming mayor.

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    shamaal says:

    Boy. it is windy here in Friendswood. Time to take Gypsy on her Saturday constitutional.

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    Sarge says:

    How sincere was the president when he complained that the current system is so unfair that he, a rich guy, gets to “keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income” while other parents struggle to send their kids to college? Suffice it to say that he wasn’t sufficiently bothered to resist helping himself to a loophole in the tax code that decreased his taxable income in 2011 by nearly $50,000. The Washington Free Beacon reports:

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    Hamous says:

    Has Barry blamed Bush for the extracurricular activities of the secret service yet?

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    Bonecrusher says:

    I think that the Buffet Rule should be that Buffet has to pay the taxes he owes.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #19 Couchmaster: I don’t know how many agents were involved, but the story said their whole unit was replaced; I doubt that the whole unit was indelicato. Suffice to say, those that were will prolly be looking for counterfeit currency in Moose Snot, Alaska.

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    Katfish says:

    #16 – There ya go using logic and common sense again! (which is of course unacceptable to Lefties)

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #22 Katfish: Didja notice that suddenly he had to take the dog for walkies?

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    Katfish says:

    #23 – I won’t comment if that aspect is relative or not…………………I did expect a comment regarding “handgun laws” or other such NONSENSE

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #24 I think the empirical evidence is clear: In the USA, those cities/states with the most restrictive handgun laws tend to have the most handgun crime.

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    wagonburner says:

    #13 Texpat
    That’s the theory I go with.

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    wagonburner says:

    A reenactment of squack’s original engagement picture.

    Complete with pasty white farmer tan.

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    shamaal says:

    #27 wagonburner

    Premature kickoff
    National Pickle Week isn’t until May 17 through the 28th.
    The cutie kicking the cucurbit is Ruth Brand.

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    shamaal says:

    I saw Abby do this on NCIS.
    Galveston hacker, hacks websites and leaves picture of girlfriend’s bust with a snarky message. FBI uses embedded camera information in picture to track girlfriend to Australia. Using their trained boobologists they track her to facebook and back to him.
    Genius!

    The evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigations gathered against an alleged Galveston hacker didn’t come from a techno-chase through the expansive Internet. Instead, the FBI used the information embedded in a photograph of his girlfriend’s breasts.

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    GJT says:

    Finally my calling has called me- Boob Searcher!

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    Texpat says:

    So the cable network TNT is launching in Belgium and wanted to come up with a novel idea to promote their shows.

    Here is what they did. I can promise you these people are having fun when they go to work.

    HT: American Digest

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #32 TP: Magnificent creativity.

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    mharper42 says:

    I’m not watching The Simpsons much lately — who is the poster boy for the weekend OC ?

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    Hamous says:

    Who does it look like?

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    mharper42 says:

    #32 Texpat
    That’s a hoot and a half!

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    shamaal says:

    #35 Hummus

    Who does it look like?

    I know! I know!

    I love quiz shows!

    For 50 keys ……………………………

    “What is your name?”

  38. 38
    Bonecrusher says:

    #34: Toadally Greene Peas?

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    Adee says:

    #32 Texpat. Now that’s hysterical. What a way to do product placement.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    Regarding “SS Hooker-gate:” Drudge has this:

    The dozen Secret Service agents sent home after a prostitution scandal in Colombia were busted after at least one of them refused to pay a hooker, sources said.

    The scandal — a black eye for the United States’ reputation abroad — was revealed Friday before President Obama arrived in Cartagena for the Summit of the Americas.

    The 12 agents were part of an advance team meant to secure a local hotel before the summit began — yet their attention apparently turned to taking advantage of Colombia’s policy of legal prostitution.

    “They had arranged to have a bunch of prostitutes come by and one of the agents refused to pay a prostitute,” said author Ronald Kessler, one of the leading experts on the Secret Service. “Yes, doubly good judgement there.”
    /snip
    Prostitution is legal in Colombia, as long as it is conducted in so-called “tolerance zones.”

    Though the exact boundaries of the zones frequently change and are rarely enforced by police, the coastal city of Cartagena is a popular destination for prostitution and sex tourism, according to the U.S. State Department website.

    So let me get this straight (no pun intended), there is going to be “Summit of the Americas” meeting in a coastal city that our own state department labels as a popular destination for prostitution and sex tourism, right? Did our own state run media say anything about this choice of location (which could have easily been vetoed by the USA)? Do you think the state run media would have made a big fuss over it ifn it were the Bush #43 admin?? I smell the stench of a double standard. Why do you think that particular city was chosen if it weren’t for the hookers?

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    mharper42 says:

    #35 Hammy
    I would’na asked if I had any clue. All the characters have yellow skin and overslung mandlibles (way beyond simple overbite). Hmm, does Bart grow up to be a rebellious teenager with green hair?

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    shamaal says:

    5 seconds Bob ……………..

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    shamaal says:

    Our Israeli friends have noticed that the American Nazis have gotten themselves a lobbyist. They must feel that Congress is more receptive to their philosophy. These guys have more of a following than the New and Improved Black Panthers.

    “I always tell my fellow Americans that they need to practice their constitutional rights or their rights will one day be eroded,” ABC quoted Bowles as saying.
    “Lobbying is one way to do that, to try to get your point across to the elected officials in Congress.”

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    shamaal says:

    I understand that Jimi Hendrix is unavailable also.

    The band’s manager, Bill Curbishley, told the Sunday Times he had been approached to see if Moon “would be available” to play with the surviving members this summer.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #44 Pyro: What’s the fastest way to make sure Shamwow burns his ear?

    Call him on the phone when he is ironing.

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    GJT says:

    The Secret Service guys need to hook up with the GSA Gang, they’d be a hoot.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #48 That is a pretty funny site.

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    Sarge says:

    44 wagonburner says:

    April 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Johnny Depp & sarge have a lot in common.

    Look again, dude.

    No microwave or toaster s in evidence.

    I did have hair like that once, though.

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    Darren says:

    That bride, we gotta get her clean

    Scrub those armpits well.

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    Darren says:

    Utah’s Senator Otrin Hatch respondes to Freedomwork’s campaign to get him replaced this election:

    Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch is “doggone offended” by the activists and voters standing between him and re-election, describing them as “radical libertarians.”

    “These people are not conservatives. They’re not Republicans.”

    “They’re radical libertarians and I’m doggone offended by it,” he said.

    “I despise these people,” Hatch added, “and I’m not the guy you come in and dump on without getting punched in the mouth.”

    Oh dear.

    Orrin Hatch may just punch you in the mouth

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    squawkbox says:

    Bunsonburner
    #28 +-

    A reenactment of squack’s original engagement picture.
    Complete with pasty white farmer tan.

    They certainly did not do their homework…………….. no beard, no fine cuban cigar, in the original I wore a speedo, oh and no Schlitz. AND blonde? Even in my worst days I have never been a blonde.

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    squawkbox says:

    Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch is “doggone offended” by the activists and voters standing between him and re-election, describing them as “radical libertarians.”

    DAWGGONE THOSE PESKY VOTERS. If it were not for them voters why he would be a shoo in.

    Note to Orin……. outlaw voters…….. problem solved.

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    squawkbox says:

    Shamaal

    I heard unsubstantiated rumores that John Bonham is not available as a replacement either.

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    mharper42 says:

    Maybe Orin & Snarlin’ Arlen can open a hot dog stand together in D.C. Since they don’t get along with their constituents, just stay in D.C. Good riddance out here in normal America.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    #56 M42: I think that Snarlin Arlin has wissed off so many of his former congress critters, he would not be successful as lobbyist.

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    shamaal says:

    #55 Squawkbox

    I recommend that they hold the opening ceremony in 1978 ;)

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    shamaal says:

    Deathwatch on Robin Gibb of the BeeGees.

    I was never much of a BeeGees fan although it’s not difficult to recognize that they were talented.

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    shamaal says:

    Morgan Freedman denies that he’s marrying his stepdaughter.

    “The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media design[ed] to sell papers,” the twice-married “Million Dollar Baby” star told CNN in a statement.”What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being [picked up] by the legitimate press as well.”

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    shamaal says:

    Maybe there’s more to this voter fraud stuff.
    Seven more conservatives caught voting illegally. I bet this will be plastered all over the news. I think that brings the total nationwide to 34 out of millions cast and definitely a pattern in the miscreants. :)

    Former Montgomery County Judge candidate Adrian Heath heads the list of people charged with the third-degree felony. Heath declined comment, saying he was looking into hiring an attorney.

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    shamaal says:

    Yeah I know I’m supposed to be showing restraint while the 3 ring circus is performing, but this one is to good to pass up. Most have heard about the incident where Romney took a trip with his dog in a cage on the top of the car. Embarassing but no big deal.

    Guess who hosting Anne Romney’s birthday party?

    While to most people, Malek is just another rich guy who respects Romney’s Reaganesque hair, to dogs, Malek is a living terror — when he was a youth, he was arrested for animal cruelty after police discovered that he and some friends had killed and barbecued a dog.

    I’m sure he’s a nice guy now, but after the Republicans went after a low level Democrat flunky for saying something dumb, guess what’s going to happen next. This guy’s going to be made out to be campaigning for the Michael Vick vote.

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    Bonecrusher says:

    Acoustic guitar brilliance squared (cuz there’s 2 of em)! For you blues lovers, that is the 3rd of the three songs and starts around 7:50

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    Darren says:

    when he was a youth, he was arrested for animal cruelty after police discovered that he and some friends had killed and barbecued a dog.

    What’s wrong with eating hot dogs?

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    Darren says:

    Squawk #54;

    Note to Orin……. outlaw voters…….. problem solved.

    Orin doesn’t need the law. He only needs his iron fists.

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    Darren says:

    #6;

    Looks like everyone wants to rent a whore in Cartegena.

    CARTAGENA, Colombia — Five U.S. military members have been ordered confined to quarters over possible involvement in inappropriate conduct at the same hotel here as the 11 Secret Service personnel sent home in an unfolding scandal involving local prostitutes.

    Military ensnared in Colombia Secret Service scandal

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    TexMo says:

    I am about ready to head out to our Paschal Liturgy. Ya’ll keep the couch warm. I know my focus should be on the Resurrection of our Lord and the Eucharist, but this fasting has got me thinking of the pot-luck after the service :-)

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    Darren says:

    Although it’s been a while since I’ve been able to listen or watch Glenn Beck, I perceive this assesment of him accurate:

    Glenn Beck’s analyses of the history of authoritarian movements has many people concerned, and justifiably so. Most recently Beck has been laying out the ways in which the progressive movement in the U.S. has been following a three phase strategy to undermine the free-market constitutional order traditional to America.

    He has also uncovered ways in which progressivist propaganda on behalf of President Obama taps surreptitiously into language of earlier extremist thought, most notably Stuart Chase’s book,” The Road We Are Traveling,” and his invocation of Political System X. Chase was a Fabian socialist who was influential in the left wing of the New Deal, and may have coined the phrase ‘New Deal’.

    Beck argues that phase 1 of the program, which focused largely on the institutionalization of the socialist movement and the de-legitimatization of traditional free institutions, has been completed over roughly the past 100 years. Phase 2 of the agenda, largely a matter of creating an escalating series of crises, Beck argues can happen ‘at lightning speed’. Phase 3 refers to a time in which the people, tired of chaos and crisis, permit the Left to grab power and perhaps even to liquidate inconvenient groups of people.

    There is a lot to appreciate in Beck’s work, and I do not share the tendency among some in the conservative institutional elite to deride him. When someone like a Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal describes Beck as ‘insane’, she may well be responding more to the social pressures of the Manhattan cocktail party circuit than to anything Beck has actually said. Frankly, I’m tired of conservatives, such as David Frum and others, who have made a career out of appearing in liberal media venues to ritually denounce Beck or Palin or whoever is the liberal hate icon of the month, as beyond the pale.

    (snip)

    What I think Beck is missing is a sense of depth perception.

    He sees a danger ahead, but, can’t seem to focus his eyes in order to see how far ahead it is. Taking what he no doubt believes is the safest approach, and one that accords with the emotional intensity of broadcasting, he pronounces the danger to be imminent. Beck’s shows are anxiety-inducing; they’re meant to be. In fact, a colleague of mine was advised by his psychiatrist to stop watching the shows because they were triggering unhealthy anxiety episodes in him. The psychiatrist is an evangelical Christian who is not by nature inclined to be unsympathetic to Beck’s worldview.

    I am not the only one who notices Beck’s lack of depth perception and tendency to telescope disastrous events…

    “The one thing I always get wrong is timing. I told you three years ago that they were going to print money, that inflation was coming, that trouble was coming, three years ago. Before Bear Stearns collapsed. And I said the stock market was going to crash. I didn’t know when. I used to tell you when things were happening, but I noticed, I see everything as a flat wall. Everything I see in the future is just right here, right now. And it used to give me real high anxiety. ”

    Two Cheers For Glenn Beck, With Some Reservations

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    Darren says:

    TexMo;

    but this fasting has got me thinking of the pot-luck after the service

    I can relate. :)

    But this should help you focus:

    11 ¶But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

    12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

    13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

    14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

    15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

    16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

    (John 20)

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    Darren says:

    Amid Democrat attempts to use the Trayvon Martin shooting as a means to push for the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, it’s been interesting to note how many Democrats have a past that includes support for them.

    For example, on April 2nd, I had a post on Big Government that highlighted how former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, used her Current TV show to lambaste Stand Your Ground laws, and to blame Republicans for the existence of such laws in the first place. However, as I showed, the dirty little secret is that Granholm signed Michigan’s Stand Your Ground bill into law in 2006.

    Now it’s been discovered that an even more prominent Democrat, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, signed Arizona’s Stand Your Ground bill into law while governor of that state in 2006. And it’s important to note that Napolitano didn’t sign the bill half-halfheartedly, rather, she even countered anti-gunners’ opposition in the signing. According to the Arizona Daily Star:

    [Gubernatorial spokeswoman Jeanine L’Ecuyer] said Napolitano, a former state and federal prosecutor, concluded the measure would not cause the harm that foes contend it would. “She believes in the fundamental right of self-defense,” L’Ecuyer said. “And the law still requires the defendant to be in imminent peril of death or serious physical injury.”

    Ha!!!

    Janet Napolitano Signed ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law for Arizona in 2006

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    Tedtam says:

    The bridal shower is over, and Lovely raked in the goods. My grand-nieces, who are her flower girls, showed up in matching and lovely dresses. One of them asked if she could go play in the dirt. /facepalm

    Lovely’s bridesmaids showed up to help prepare for the event, and we ended up with a lot of leftover cookies, chocolates, crackers, and sandwiches. I could take some of them to my class on Wednesday and share them with my class, but since they left a lot of candy wrappers in the room last week, they probably won’t be getting any extras for the rest of the year.

    I shall find someone else to offload the sweets.

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    Shannon says:

    Orrin might find there are quite a few that wouldn’t mind going a round or two with him.

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    shamaal says:

    #69 Darren

    Although it’s been a while since I’ve been able to listen or watch Glenn Beck, I perceive this assesment of him accurate:

    From the article, I would agree that this assessment is accurate:

    When someone like a Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal describes Beck as ‘insane’, ….

    If Mr Bowyer is as skilled at his investments as he is at judging character, I highly recommend you liquidate any investments with him and purchase lottery tickets.

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    mharper42 says:

    #57 Bones
    I wasn’t suggesting these turkeys become lobbyists. Running a hot dog stand is an honest job. I just said they wouldn’t be missed by most citizens in the states they came from, it would be better for all concerned if they just keep away.

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    phil says:

    When someone like a Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal describes Beck as ‘insane’, she may well be responding more to the social pressures of the Manhattan cocktail party circuit than to anything Beck has actually said.

    Didn’t they mean to say when someone like RINO in conservative clothing Peggy Noonan?

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    mharper42 says:

    Hammy, my final guess: Moe as a rebellious teenager?

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    Darren says:

    Orrin might find there are quite a few that wouldn’t mind going a round or two with him.

    LOL!

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    Darren says:

    Shamaal #75;

    You must have missed Peggy Noonan’s very positive write up of Obama just before the 2008 elections.

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    Darren says:

    phil;

    “RINO” would describe Noonan at times.

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    wagonburner says:

    #78 mh42
    Click on the picture for a clue.

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    Darren says:

    Click on the picture for a clue

    Or just leave your mouse over it.

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    Sarge says:

    “They were just buried there in transport crates,” Mr Cundall said. “They were waxed, wrapped in greased paper and their joints tarred. They will be in near perfect condition.”

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    OletimerLin says:

    G’Sunday Morning All

    Let;s play “Let’s Make A Deal”. I’ll give you all of my tax returns and you give me your original handwritten birth certificate, Harvard transcript, Social Security card from Hawaii and passport that you went to Pakistan on, and all supporting records.

    Obama urges Romney to release past tax returns
    By KEN THOMAS
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has called on Republican Mitt Romney to release his past tax returns, saying that candidates for office need to be “as transparent as possible.”

    “I think that it’s important for any candidate in public office to be as transparent as possible, to let people know who we are, what we stand for, and you know, I think that this is just carrying on a tradition that has existed throughout the modern presidency,” Obama said in an interview scheduled to air Sunday on Univision’s “Al Punto” program.

  87. 87
    OletimerLin says:

    An Arab got in a cab at IAH.
    After he was in, he asked the cab driver to turn off the radio because he must not hear music as decreed by his religion and; in the time of the prophet, there was no music, especially Western music, which is music of the infidel’s and certainly no radio ……..
    So the cab driver politely switches off the radio, pulls over to the side, stops the cab and opens the back door.
    The Arab asks him: “What are you doing man?”
    The Texan answers: “In the time of the prophet there were no taxis.
    So get your ass out and wait for a camel.”

  88. 88
    shamaal says:

    #80 Darren

    Actually I’m not familiar with who Peggy Noonan actually is. However I have seen Beck and insane captures it nicely. Not criminally insane, just in a Art Bell/few tenors short of a full MoTab kind of way.

  89. 89
    shamaal says:

    Interesting survey conducted by Britain’s National Army Museum to identify Britain’s most outstanding military opponent. In first place was George Washington, followed by Michael Collins, Napoleon, Rommel and Ataturk.

    To qualify, each commander had to come from the 17th century onwards – the period covered by the museum’s collection – and had to have led an army in the field against the British, thus excluding political enemies, like Adolf Hitler.

  90. 90
    shamaal says:

    Interesting lawsuit under way in porno land regarding hosting or embedding videos. At stake is whether it is copyright infringement to embed a video as opposed to providing a link. Pretty severe implications for many folks if upheld. The defendant’s poor defense didn’t help either it looks like he defended himself in court.

    The case arose from a dispute over Internet pornography. MyVidster is a video bookmarking site that allows users to save links to their favorite videos and share them with others. The site supports embedding, so bookmarked videos can be viewed on a myVidster page surrounded by myVidster ads.
    A porn company called Flava Works discovered numerous myVidster pages with embedded Flava videos. MyVidster did not host the videos—they were streamed by third-party hosting sites such as RedTube—but Flava sent myVidster DMCA takedown notices anyway. MyVidster claims it complied with these takedown notices, but evidently its response didn’t satisfy Flava, which eventually sued for copyright infringement.

  91. 91
    Hamous says:

    Happy Easter to TexMo!

  92. 92
    Adee says:

    Indeed, Happy Easter, TexMo.

  93. 93
    bob42 says:

    From last night, Dooood:

    Anyway, one last shout out to Bob42 with this one we played together not long ago – him on keys, me on bass. Would like to do it again sometime, maybe even with BigJ in the mix.

    It was cool jamming with you, and I’m up for another, hopefully with others, in a few weeks. Let’s pick some tunes in advance. I suggest trading youtube or similar links to keep them in the same key.

    I’ve learned how to operate the Tascam better since then, and increased its storage to be able to run free for hours of recording. Hopefully I’ll be getting a pair of SM27s this week. They’re better suited to capturing live groups and string piano than the SM85s I’ve been using for vocals.

    Hopefully we can trade WAVs and using our various equipment, add tracks post-recording, remotely.

  94. 94
    shamaal says:

    A Happy and joyous Easter to my Julian calendar observant friends.

    And all the Chocolate Bunnies are half off!

  95. 95
    Bonecrusher says:

    #93 GEEK, NERD!

    /can I come and listen; I’ll help haul stuff in and out.

  96. 96
    Hamous says:

    Barry in 2008:

    If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

    Okalie dokalie! Let’s look at the record:

    January 2009 unemployment – 7.8%
    January 2012 unemployment – 8.3%

    January 2009 gasoline prices – $1.84
    April 2012 gasoline prices – $3.94

    January 2009 National debt – $10,699,804,864,612.13
    April 2012 National debt – $15,614,994,767,843.32

    Stale scare tactics employed by our Half Nubian Prince:

    Republicans declare war on women!
    Paul Ryan wants to push granny off a cliff!
    One percenters don’t pay their fair share!
    If I had a son, Republican crackers would want to shoot him!

  97. 97
    Bonecrusher says:

    #96 Couchmaster Cracker type dude:

    January 2009 unemployment – 7.8%
    January 2012 unemployment – 8.3%

    Are those 2 unemployment numbers using all the same measurements and techniques?

  98. 98
  99. 99
    shamaal says:

    I guess there is a reason they are called stale

    Unemployment
    01/01 4.0% Republican admin
    01/05 5.3% Republican admin
    01/09 7.8% Democrat admin
    03/12 8.2%

    Increase Republican admin 1.3% and 2.5%
    Increase Democrat admin 0.4% with 8 mos left.

    I’m to lazy to do increase to national debt under Republicans and Democrats, but it isn’t pretty for Republicans.

    Scare tactics:
    Obama’s going to take away your guns
    Obama’s going to shut down right wing radio
    Obama’s going to declare martial law
    Obama’s going to produce hyper-inflation
    Obama’s going to
    And if he hasn’t done it by now, he’s going to do it if he gets re-elected

    yawn

  100. 100
    bob42 says:

    #95 Bonecrusher, I’ll any keep interested hamsters informed of the date of the next session. It will be awhile. I’ve been a little busy making other kinds of music of late. :)

    #93 GEEK, NERD!

    Thanks to my lysdexia, my geek credentials are shot. My vocal mics are the ubiquitous SM58s, not SM85s.

  101. 101
    shamaal says:

    #13 texpat

    Cliff Clavin was right!

    However, a recent study published by the University of Illinois in Chicago claims that drinking only a few beers may, in fact, make men more intelligent.
    The study participants who drank beer also solved 40% more of the problems posed to them compared to non-drinkers. “Sometimes the really creative stuff comes out when you’re having a glass of wine over dinner, or when you’re taking a shower,” Wiley added.

  102. 102
    bob42 says:

    #102 Shamaal, I’m not much of a drinker, but while under the influence of other substances I’ve been known to come up with some innovative brainstorms. I’ve also come up with clear cases of cerebral flatulence. The trick is knowing the difference.

  103. 103
    shamaal says:

    Our yard has become a home to owls at night. Starting @ 2300 they hoot all night culminating when the 3 participants get into some sort of fight or mating ritual at 3 a.m. On several occasions they’ve woken up Shamaal junior who goes outside with a flashlight and tells them to shut up. On the other hand, we don’t have the toads going on all night anymore.
    I think we have a Mulberry tree in our yard also that seems to attract no end of songbirds to the purple fruit. A mating pair of hawks has also taken up residence, they are good for keeping the mourning doves under control.
    Things seem to have gotten better avian-wise the last two years.

  104. 104
    phil says:

    I’m doggone offended that that doggone RINO Orrin Hatched is doggone offended that those doggone libertarians/tea party folks are trying to get that doggone dinosaur out of doggone office cause the doggone RINO ain’t done a doggone thing for conservatism and he’s been in doggone office since doggone 1976/77.

    Doggone-it!!

  105. 105
    shamaal says:

    And if he makes it through the primary as the Republican candidate, conservatives will vote for him in lockstep. Perhaps if his TEA Party opponents had run in the Democrat primary there would be a choice.

    You guys crack me up.

  106. 106
    mharper42 says:

    #83 Pyromaniac
    OMG, a tooltip appeared. How would I know if that person had green hair as a rebellious teenager?

  107. 107
    shamaal says:

    If you’re looking to make a quick couple million and don’t mind being able to divorce her at the drop of a hat, here’s your chance

    If you are looking for a rich wife, then read this story. A Saudi woman is offering SR5 million (Dh4.9 million) to get married — even if it is a Misyar marriage. …
    It quoted the woman as saying:”It does not matter whether the new husband is attracted to my money as the most important thing is that he must appreciate marriage life and marital duties…I am even ready to accept a Misyar marriage and pay him SRfive million at once…he will live with me in my villa and must accept all my conditions which I will reveal to him later.

  108. 108
    gtotracker says:

    Hunting season for domestic cats.

    Scroll down to the second article and try to get through it without laughing. If only it were true.

  109. 109
    Hamous says:

    Ha! That’s sure to get the crazy cat lady contingent in an uproar. And look, there’s even something for Squawk to show his … um … support.

  110. 110
    mharper42 says:

    #108 Repulsive post, I’m not about to open that file.

  111. 111
    Bonecrusher says:

    #108 GTO: As I sit here with my cat in my lap, I found this article on your linkie far more appealing:

    HEADLINE: Gun Suppressors Legalized
    The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has voted unanimously to legalize gun suppressors while hunting. Benefits
    associated with suppressor use include increased accuracy
    due to reduced recoil and muzzle blast, protection from hearing damage and reduced noise pollution.
    This will really help in the hunting of nuisance animals i.e.
    wild feral hogs and coyotes. This enables you to shoot more
    than once without scaring the herd or pack. If you miss a
    deer, pig, or coyote, it may not run giving you a chance to
    take another shot.

  112. 112
    Darren says:

    gto #108;

    To confirm each kill you must provide ears and tail from each dead cat. Cats may also be skinned and the pelts turned in to the judges.

    That is funny. :)

  113. 113
    Darren says:

    Hamous #109;

    LOL! That’s how he got the leopard skinned brand.

  114. 114
    Darren says:

    Oletimer #86;

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has called on Republican Mitt Romney to release his past tax returns, saying that candidates for office need to be “as transparent as possible.”

    Hypocracy anyone?

  115. 115
    mharper42 says:

    #114 Darren

    Now if only Mitt can “go scrappy” like Donald Trump would, and counter by demanding to see all the documents that Obammy has covered up all these years.

  116. 116
    Adee says:

    #108 GTOetcetera.
    Hater

  117. 117
    phil says:

    President Barack Obama has called on Republican Mitt Romney to release his past tax returns, saying that candidates for office need to be “as transparent as possible.”

    What he meant was…

    President Barack Obama has called on Republican Mitt Romney to release his past tax returns, saying that candidates for office need to be “as transparent as possible mud.”

  118. 118
    gtotracker says:

    If approved, these calibers can only be used to shoot cats with the noise suppressors. Apparently this provision will insure that while killing your neighbor’s cat you won’t disturb your neighbors at the same time with loud gunshots.

    Very considerate. No reason to be rude.

  119. 119
    shamaal says:

    Oh yeah, there’s some hypocrisy here all right.

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney indicated Monday that he will release his income tax returns if he keeps his lead in the Republican presidential race and becomes the party’s nominee.

    Maybe even prevarication

    “When my taxes are complete for this year, and I know that if I’m the nominee, the president is going to want to insist that I show what my income was this last year, so when they’re completed this year in April, I will release my returns in April for this year, and probably for other years as well,” Romney said during the debate in Charleston, S.C., sponsored by CNN.

  120. 120
    shamaal says:

    Let’s check in with what his Republican primary opponent thinks

    Newt Gingrich on Tuesday questioned why Mitt Romney has not released his tax returns, arguing that if the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination has nothing to hide, he ought to make the documents public before South Carolina holds its first-in-the-South primary on Saturday.

    I love this transparency stuff; maybe the President will release his returns?
    No wait, he already has.

  121. 121
    gtotracker says:

    Has Obama, whose mother is white, ever released anything significant other than this tax return?

  122. 122
    shamaal says:

    I’m not sure why his mother being white has anything to do with it, but he’s released his birth certificate. Releasing tax returns is an American political tradition. There is no law you have to do it. Of course on the other hand if you said you were going to do it and reneged, well ……………………….. he knows his constituency.
    Just shake and re-sketch. ;)

  123. 123
    Darren says:

    Shamaal #119;

    So while Mitt seems transparent, what about Obama? Is he “as transparent as possible”?

  124. 124
    Darren says:

    There is no law you have to do it. Of course on the other hand if you said you were going to do it and reneged, well ……………………….. he knows his constituency.

    Who reneged on what?

  125. 125
    shamaal says:

    So while Mitt seems transparent, what about Obama? Is he “as transparent as possible”?

    Heck if I know, or even care for that matter.

    Neither the President’s or Mr. Romney’s tax returns, kindergarden transcripts, or dental records interest me in the least.

  126. 126
    phil says:

    I could give a flip about tax returns?

    I care more about getting the great dividing Tyrant out of office.

    And speaking of the Tyrant, why doesn’t write a big check to the IRS since he was taxed so little? Golf clubs aren’t that expensive.

  127. 127
    gtotracker says:

    Okay. Obama, whose mother is white, released a birth certificate. Anything else? You guys are amusing at the straws you so desperately grasp.

  128. 128
    Darren says:

    Phil #126;

    I could give a frig about tax returns?

    Me neither.

    I care more about getting the great dividing Tyrant out of office.

    Me too.

    Golf clubs aren’t that expensive.

    And neither are taxpaid vacations. Well, for him at least.

    Obama in Colombia: ‘Part of My Job Is to Scout Out Where I May Want to Bring Michelle Back Later for Vacation’

  129. 129
    Darren says:

    kindergarden transcripts

    I learned to cut and to glue in kindergarten.

  130. 130
    shamaal says:

    I learned how to tie my shoes, take naps and memorize my phone number.
    The Shamaalina had to read from a book before she got in.
    Things have changed. ;)

  131. 131
    Darren says:

    In some ways, you can’t top a Black Lab:

    Los Angeles animal control officials are praising the loyalty of a black Labrador retriever after heart-wrenching footage emerged Saturday showing it refusing to leave the side of another dog killed by a car.

    According to KABC-TV, a driver in La Puente, Calif. saw the two dogs in the street and put down traffic cones to alert other motorists. Video the driver shot shows a yellow dog lying motionless on the ground with the black lab sitting close by as cars whiz past.

    Touching Video of Black Lab Braving Traffic to Sit Beside Pal Fatally Struck by Car

    Me and mine really love our Black Lab. The Black Lab mentioned is currently up for adoption.

  132. 132
    Darren says:

    The Black Lab mentioned is currently up for adoption.

    Well, that would be before the broadcast. I’ve no doubt she’s been adopted by now. As the male reporter asked, “who wouldn’t adopt her?”

  133. 133
    Sarge says:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has called on Republican Mitt Romney to release his past tax returns, saying that candidates for office need to be “as transparent as possible.”

    Mitt should submit his tax records, along with his college transcripts and any papers he wrote when in college, and ask Mr Transparency to do the same.

  134. 134
    Sarge says:

    Might want to release his medical rcords to, and ask for the same from Mr Transparency—and John F’n Kerry, wh hasn’t released his yet, either.

  135. 135
    wagonburner says:

    I learned how to tie my shoes, take naps and memorize my phone number.

    What happened to “seen and not heard” or “be sweet”?

    I suppose they all just started using “bless his heart”?

  136. 136
    GJT says:

    Obama released his Kenyan kindergarten transcripts? I gotta follow the news better.

  137. 137
    shamaal says:

    #135 wb
    LOL ;)

  138. 138
    Super Dave says:

    I’m not sure why his mother being white has anything to do with it, but he’s released his a fake photo-shopped birth certificate.
    FWIW; I think he was born here.

  139. 139
    GJT says:

    John F’n Kerry

    Would that be the same John F’n Kerry who served in Vietnam?

  140. 140
    Super Dave says:

    Would that be the same John F’n Kerry who served in Vietnam?

    That’s the one,….oh and he won 3 PURPLE HEARTS!!! 3,….?!?! OK

  141. 141
    Darren says:

    Mitt should submit his tax records, along with his college transcripts and any papers he wrote when in college, and ask Mr Transparency to do the same.

    That would level the playing field.

  142. 142
    shamaal says:

    This just gets better and better.

    You’re preparing a November excuse that Romney lost the election because President Obama didn’t release his English Lit paper on what he did during his summer vacation?!?!

    YGCMU

  143. 143
    Darren says:

    We ended our scripture and prayer routine and I started to wrestle with three ofthe kids. It went well and we were going at it until Youngest Son’s forehead remmed into my left temple. Now it hurts to clench my jaw. That boy’s head’s made of rocks of something.

  144. 144
    shamaal says:

    That would explain some of the logic ;)

    Seriously though, any dizziness or numbness (out of the ordinary) consider the potential for concussion. It wouldn’t be the first time from playing with kids.

  145. 145
    wagonburner says:

    That boy’s head’s made of rocks of something.

    Nerves of steel,
    Body of iron,
    Heart of gold,
    Head of stone.

  146. 146
    Sarge says:

    Had a neat weekend. I had the pleasure of writing this letter to the Appalachian Trail Museum:

    Hello;

    My Dad used to live on Lincoln Hill Road in Shrewsbury, VT, just up the road from Clarendon Gorge. He used to hike up to Clarendon Shelter on quite a regular basis. He’d carry a six pack of beer with him, and share it with whomever might be at the shelter or, if nobody was there, he’d hide them in the stream and leave a note in the Register telling where to find them. His trail name was Kestrel and I understand he became quite well known up and down the trail for doing this. He started taking care of the Registers, bringing clean notebooks when one filled up and taking the filled ones home to read. This was in the late ’80s . I remember visiting him (I now live in Texas) and reading some of them. He still had them the last time I visited him in VT in 2000. He moved to Florida in 2003.

    Recently, I finished reading Blind Courage by Bill Irwin and called to ask if he’d possibly met him or read an entry in the register done by him. We got to talking about his trips to Clarendon Shelter. He told me he last visited there in 1992 and stopped going shortly after due to some knee surgery. I asked him if he stll had the Registers and he told me he thought he’d sold them at auction before moving to Florida.

    This morning, I received an e-mail from my step-mother (Dad doesn’t do computer). She told me that she had come home from some shopping and Dad wasn’t in his usual place in front of the TV. After three hours, she was on the brink of calling the police when he stumbled in from the garage. He’d gone through some old boxes and found the registers. They will be maling them to me “in a couple of weeks” (they are on “retired time” now). I noted that you have put some registers on your web site, and would like to offer to scan or transcribe them for you. What format would be best for you, and do you have any advice on how best to do this? I work in the Structural Streel Drafting field and we have scanners at the office which can certainly handle the chore. What other kinds of things should I be doing prior to getting them to prepare for the task? What other advice can you give for storage and preservation of these registers?

    Presently, I don’t know exactly how many registers there are, or exactly what period(s) they cover. If I recall correctly, there were at least half a dozen, perhaps more, and were standard notebooks common to most shelters.

    Can’t wait to get them in my hands. On Monday, I should have some pictures in my mailbox, some of them when Dad and I hiked the AT/Long Trail in VT in about 1987, and some others of his camping in 1946. He and a buddy stayed for a week on an island in the middle of Patuckaway Lake and took ictures the whole time.

  147. 147
    Sarge says:

    You’re preparing a November excuse that Romney lost the election because President Obama didn’t release his English Lit paper on what he did during his summer vacation?!?!

    Actually, we’d like to see the papers he wrote while heading the Harvard Law Review and some other work. His transcripts from Columbia would be nice. Nobody seems to remember him going there, No pictures. No girlfreinds, former lassmates, or professors have come forward.

    In this day and age, it’s just plain wierd that nobody has come forward to say anything positive or negative about such a famous man.

  148. 148
    gtotracker says:

    #142, nice spin bozo. What has he released that we even know he was in an English Lit. Class. What talking point model do you parrot, something on the turning Colorado blue manual I suspect. Matt Angle an email chum? Nah, you would probably google and find the baseball player.

  149. 149
    shamaal says:

    #146 sarge

    What a nice thing to do.

  150. 150
    shamaal says:

    #147 serge/148 goat racker

    Nobody seems to remember him going there, No pictures. No girlfriends, former classmates, or professors have come forward.

    Take off the tinfoil hat and learn that Google’s your friend.

    Friend and roommate Sohale Siddiqi, whom the Associated Press located and interviewed in May 2008.
    Roommate Phil Boerner, who provided his recollections of sharing a New York City apartment with classmate Barack Obama to the Columbia College Today alumni publication and the New York Times in early 2009.
    Michael L. Baron, who taught the year-long honors seminar in American Foreign Policy that Barack Obama took during his senior year at Columbia and recalled in an NBC interview Obama’s “easily acing” the class and receiving an A for his senior paper on the topic of nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union.
    Likewise, other external evidence documents Barack Obama’s presence at Columbia from 1981-83, including:
    An article by Barack Obama published in the 10 March 1983 edition of Columbia’s Sundial school magazine.
    A January 2005 Columbia College Today profile of Barack Obama as a Columbia alumnus.
    A Columbia College press release from November 2008 identifying him as “the first College alumnus to be elected President of the United States.”

  151. 151
    gtotracker says:

    And I suppose you are going to follow up that impressive scholarly research with wikipedia links. You could not have done that in the time frame between the two posts unless you;

    1; Hit every google and posted as fact.

    2; Had it canned and waiting by …who?

  152. 152
    Darren says:

    Nerves of steel,
    Body of iron,
    Heart of gold,
    Head of stone.

    Runs in the family. ;)

  153. 153
    gtotracker says:

    Nevermind, I apologize to the couch dwellers for taking the bait.

  154. 154
    Darren says:

    It wouldn’t be the first time from playing with kids.

    Not even then thousandth. ;)

    No signs of cucussion.

    Obama 2012!!!

    (See, I’m fine.) ;)

  155. 155
    shamaal says:

    2; Had it canned and waiting by …who?

    You got me goat racker.
    Don’t tell anyone, not only is Google your friend but also snopes when it comes to dealing with the tinfoil chapeau’ed crowd.

    YGCMU ;)

  156. 156
    Darren says:

    Actually, we’d like to see the papers he wrote while heading the Harvard Law Review and some other work.

    I think we’ve already seen everything he’s written.

  157. 157
    Darren says:

    Gadfly Sean Hannity wouldn’t leave well enough alone in ‘07 and decided to investigate not only Obama’s pals but Barack and Michelle’s pastor/mentor and religion that they had enjoyed for the last two decades. Boy howdy, did Hannity and others stumble onto some interesting revelations about Obama’s church. Stuff like …

    · Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

    · The advocacy of bizarre, pseudo-scientific racial ideas

    · Opposition to interracial marriage

    · Praising Communist dictatorships

    · The denunciation of black “assimilation”

    · The belief that the American government created AIDS to kill black people

    · Preaching that America deserved 9/11 terrorists attacks

    · The fact that Reverend Wright was, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, a “close confidant” of Obama

    When common folks discovered Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s religious views were racist, Marxist and nuttier than a squirrel’s turd, some rightly wondered if BHO also believed this bogus smack, and if not, why he would sit for twenty years listening to those race-baiting beliefs if he fundamentally and radically disagreed. Why, they wondered, did he not vehemently condemn this cuckoo stuff?

    The media, however, decided for us cattle that Reverend Wright’s racially-charged sermons, his black liberation theology and the fact that Obama sat for two decades under this slow drip of heresy wasn’t newsworthy and bypassed those tasty morsels. Instead, they crucified anyone who dared question Obama’s affiliation with his class warfare junkie Jeremiah (who was swiftly tossed under BHO’s campaign bus).

    Fast-forward to 2012 and Mitt Romney and his religion.

    The same media that ignored information about Obama’s racist religious roots steeped in Marxism is already queuing up with queries about Romney’s Mormonism as somehow being weird and a tad white. MSNBC led the charge this past week wondering aloud if and when Mitt would rebuke Mormonism’s disallowance of blacks into the Mormon priesthood until 1978. The duplicitous journalists who saw no story in the well-documented anti-honky rhetoric of Wright’s/Obama’s “religion” now want to paint Romney with the racist brush? How convenient.

    As an evangelical I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get Mormonism, but I do get Marxism, and we’re now seeing the political fruit coming from Obama’s ignored and divisive theological roots. Which leads me to this conclusion as an evangelical: I don’t care if Mitt is crazy rich and wears magic Mormon underroos. In 2012 I will take a quasi-conservative Mormon who has been ridiculously successful over an uncompromised Marxist any ol’ day.

    And lastly, a word of advice for the MSM: I would leave Mitt’s Mormonism well enough alone unless, of course, you want Obama’s religious roots to be exposed, as well. I believe Americans will find in Mormonism more pro-traditional American sentiments than they will in Reverend Wright’s greatest sermon collections.

    Good write up.

    The Media That Ignored Obama’s Beliefs Goes After Mitt’s Mormonism

  158. 158
    shamaal says:

    All this because Mitt Romney filed for a tax extension. ;)

  159. 159
    shamaal says:

    Darren,
    Do you honestly believe that there is anything that the MSM will dig up and report on Romney’s religious beliefs that is worse than what the evangelicals in the SBC and fringe groups have already said? We got the innernets now; the mugwumps will return.

    Heck, I would have voted for Romney over Obama in 2008 based on his performance as governor and the Olympics.

    The Democrats will mine his actions in the past versus what he has said lately. The meme will develop into, why get a Mormon who acts like Obama when you already have a non-Mormon Obama?

  160. 160
    Sarge says:

    David Axelrod.

    Genius.

  161. 161
    Darren says:

    Heh, I remember when this happened. I was happening to read LGFs and read exactly what Patterico posted:

    Indeed, one of Johnson’s buddies (with whom he is still friendly) actually admitted planting racist comments at Hot Air in 2009. Specifically, in September 2009, trusted LGF Lieutenant Killgore Trout went over to Hot Air in the middle of the night to plant some racist comments. Ace described what happened:

    Apparently CJ’s moderator Kilgore Trout went over there last night and started posting racist stuff. To see, he said, if it would be cleaned up.

    It wasn’t. Because both Allah and Ed were asleep. It being the middle of the night.

    Actually, it’s only arguably racist if you yourself believe that wookies = black people, which Kilgore Trout does.

    So he spammed the threads with this, and it wasn’t cleaned up to until the AM.

    Obergruppenkommander Charles’ conclusion? They’re racists.

    Chuckles furiously denounced Killgore Trout for his actions said “I can’t really applaud” Killgore Trout’s actions . . . but claimed that Killgore Trout’s middle-of-the-night actions showed that “his point is absolutely valid. They’re accepting a disgusting amount of racism and extremism at Hot Air.” This despite the fact that within an hour of Johnson’s comment, the comments at Hot Air were starting to disappear, as Killgore Trout (who is apparently still a welcome and valued member of LGF) reported at the time.

    In essence, Chuckles’s lieutenant said: look, the conservatives tolerate people pissing on their houses. To demonstrate, I will go piss on their house in the middle of the night, and if they don’t clean it up until morning, I have made my point! Bwa-ha! To which Charles responded: I can’t really applaud him pissing on their house . . . but they sure do seem to tolerate it.

    Heh. Good analogy.

    I always defended Charles on this point, because the volume of comments he had was such that it would be unfair to attribute to him the viewpoints of his commenters. Indeed, Charles made the very same point in response to complaints by CAIR that his site was a hate site:

    If either of you had bothered to do your jobs, you would have learned that:

    * There are more than 25,000 registered users at LGF.

    * There are often more than 5,000 comments posted every single day.

    * It is run by *one* person, and comments such as those quoted by CAIR are policed and deleted as soon as possible. But this is an open discussion forum, and comments do not represent the opinion of LGF — as the disclaimer states on every single page of comments.

    But Hot Air easily has 25,000 registered users and probably has well over 3 million comments since its founding. I bet I am underestimating this. Yet Charles supported his lieutenant’s argument that comments planted there in the middle of the night demonstrated racism because they were not cleaned up until the next morning.

    (snip)

    Hm. Does Charles Johnson know that the guy on Twitter famous for using the #winning tag was actually a huge loser whom everyone was laughing at?

    Anyone misguided enough to see Johnson as a serious pundit who engages in rational debate needs to stop sniffing glue and read the above exchange. Note the facts I cite, and the sneers, strawmen, and insults I get in response.

    It really makes you wonder how this guy has any credibility with anyone these days.

    UPDATE: Thanks to Instapundit for the link. I hope new readers will bookmark the main page and return often. Also, I can be found on Twitter as @Patterico. Make sure to follow me there!

    Charles Johnson: An Unlikely Crusader Against Racist Comments

  162. 162
    Darren says:

    Shamaal #159;

    Do you honestly believe that there is anything that the MSM will dig up and report on Romney’s religious beliefs that is worse than what the evangelicals in the SBC and fringe groups have already said?

    No and yes. No because they never mentioned “the maid” and yes because the argument is essentially the same. I’m known to deride Evangelical’s annti-Mormon comments on this site, why should I not do the same for liberals?

    Heck, I would have voted for Romney over Obama in 2008 based on his performance as governor and the Olympics.

    Good to know. 2012 is here. (Ad that’s the truth, he ain’t dead)

    The meme will develop into, why get a Mormon who acts like Obama when you already have a non-Mormon Obama?

    Nope. It’ll be why elect a Mormon with wierd beliefs while ignoring Obama’s pastor’s extremely radical belifs alone. Of curse the liberal media will be selective as to who to use Mormonism against.

    Here’s a recap of part of my blockquote

    I believe Americans will find in Mormonism more pro-traditional American sentiments than they will in Reverend Wright’s greatest sermon collections.

    Amen to that!!!

  163. 163
    shamaal says:

    I think NBC and the speaker apologized for that, his side was that Romney had said something about Obama making up a new religion; I would have used Scientology as an example. I am not aware of Romney backtracking on his comments, but he can stand by what he said. Some people take this religion stuff more seriously than others.
    Yes, it’s 2012 and Romney ain’t dead and he has backtracked and renounced his admirable actions and convictions, once to many times.
    I think his religion will only be a sideshow to the MSM.
    Everytime someone on the fringe denounces Obama, the response will be an attack on their credibility, “Here’s what you said about Romney.” And it will be a lot worse than what Romney is saying about the President.
    As to wright and Obama, as with most people the President’s actions speak louder than what he heard in church. Besides many Republicans think he’s muslim, and he sure didn’t learn that in a church, even after 20 years. ;)

  164. 164
    shamaal says:

    You’ll have to forgive me for not responding to the specifics of #161. These are pundits I know nothing about nor do I understand the feud. Posting comments in support of any argument is specious at best, unless they are really, really clever; then I just steal them and pass them off as my own. ;)

    Just as comments on this log do not reflect Hamous’ or the moderator’s views, comments posted on other blogs with a more liberal (sic) posting policy are in the same boat and I cut the proprietor some slack in deleting them.

    Kilgore Trout, heh

  165. 165
    shamaal says:

    Thunder and lightning in Friendswood. Luckily I got the roses pruned and fed this afternoon. Only two months late.

  166. 166
    Darren says:

    I think NBC and the speaker apologized for that

    Good, but the liberal media will not stop at that.

    his side was that Romney had said something about Obama making up a new religion

    Romney was accurate in talking about Obama’s religion. O’Donnell was highly unfactual and just a little bit of research would have revealed as much to him. just remember, the liberal media ignored Obama’s religion whil they pile on Romney’s. Not Harry Reid’s; but Romney’s

    Yes, it’s 2012 and Romney ain’t dead and he has backtracked and renounced his admirable actions and convictions, once to many times.

    AKA, he’s too conservative for you now, correct?

    I think his religion will only be a sideshow to the MSM.

    I think so too but again the point of my post was that the liberal media has used Mormonism against Romney after completely ignoring Obama’s religion.

    As to wright and Obama, as with most people the President’s actions speak louder than what he heard in church.

    Yes, they do: Holder’s Black Panther Stonewall: Why did the Justice Department dismiss such a clear case of voter intimidation?. I know we’re talkng about Obama and not Holder but ultimately this decision falls upon Obama. Holder holds to the same ideologue as black liberation theology.

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