66 thoughts on “Monday Open Comments

  1. What a great picture, Fisherman by a huge Capstan, probably for pulling in a net.
    It’s Monday!
    Mornin’ Gang

  2. Did y’all get any rain overnight? I woke up about 1 and the bottom was falling out, lots of thunder boomers also. Coming into the building, it was overcast but felt dry?

  3. Delusions of Grandeur?
    Wolff Touts Book ‘Will Finally Bring Down…This Presidency’

    According to Wolff, his book was lifting the veil from people’s eyes and exposing the President for being a mentally unstable person unfit for office:

    You know, I think one of the interesting effects of the book so far is a very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect. That, the story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can’t do his job. The emperor has no clothes. Suddenly everywhere people are going: ‘Oh my God, it’s true, he has no clothes.’ That’s the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end this – that will end this presidency.

    Towards the end of the interview, Robinson wanted to know what Wolff’s conclusion was and if he thought that Trump was “dangerous in the White House.” “Yeah, it’s not ideal that he’s in the White House,” Wolff responded.

    Oh, and if you didn’t get the memo, your talking points, the latest BS from the left is that Trump is deranged, a complete mental case. All the Sunday morning Talking Heads were beating that dead horse.

  4. Tapper cuts off Miller after heated interview.

    CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday cut off a contentious interview with White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, as the two sparred about President Trump and the news network.

    “I get it. There’s one viewer that you care about right now and you’re being obsequious and you’re being a factotum in order to please him, OK,” Tapper said on “State of the Union,” appearing to reference the president.

    “And I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time. Thank you, Stephen,” Tapper added as he ended the interview.

    Miller earlier had defended Trump during the appearance, which quickly degenerated as Miller criticized CNN for its coverage of the Trump White House.

    “Not only do I think they help it, but I think in the toxic environment that you’ve created here and CNN and cable news, which is a real crisis of legitimacy for your network,” Miller said when asked about the president’s tweet claiming to be “a very stable genius.”

    Miller slammed the network over a mistake it made last year in a report about the Russia investigation and accused CNN of not covering issues he said are important to Americans.

    “You have 24 hours a day of anti-Trump material and you’re not going to give three minutes for the American people to hear the real experience of Donald Trump?” Miller asked.

    After returning from a commercial break, Tapper appeared to chide Miller, telling viewers, “welcome back to ‘State of the Union’ and to planet Earth.”

    In a tweet following the exchange, Trump said Tapper was “destroyed” in the interview.

    “Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration,” he said. “Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!”

  5. The Wolffe-terd book will go down as just that: a stinking pile of garbage not worthy of consideration. What nonsense is the loony left going to concoct next: Trump is not human, he’s an alien from outer space? The harder they try the more absurd they appear.

  6. Morning gang. I’m reminded that I must pay my ad valorem taxes before the end of the month, and I’m wondering if I go ahead and pay them will I forget just how PO’ed I am about local government’s mis-management of my limited resources. They say it’s primarily for the school. The school here has fewer students enrolled than it did back in my day, yet the physical plant has more than doubled – a complete city block taken up by an Administration building alone. The old gymnasium did not have a regulation size basketball court (I think it was 6″ short), so they built a brand new gymnasium to host sporting events and attract crowds. The contractor installing the floor did not know the dimensions for the court, so he just went to the old gym and measured it then striped the new one the same way. So much for that excuse to build a multi-megadollar new gym. So guess what, we need more taxes to fix the problem again. Absolutely no penalty for incompetence. And they claim to be teaching Common Core. GRRRrrrrrr. Anyway, have a nice day, and don’t forget to do something, even if it’s wrong.

  7. You mean there may be corruption in labor unions?

    HEADLINE: Embezzlement plagues union offices around U.S., records show
    As the UAW, Fiat Chrysler and federal investigators unravel a scandal over the misappropriation of millions of dollars meant for worker training, federal records show that embezzling from union offices is endemic around the country.

    U.S. Department of Labor documents obtained by the Free Press show embezzlement from hundreds of union offices nationwide over the past decade. In just the past two years, more than 300 union locations have discovered theft, often resulting in more than one person charged in each instance, the records show.

    Two UAW incidents uncovered in 2017, one in Michigan and the other in New Jersey, exceed the $1-million mark, among the biggest labor theft cases in a decade.

    It would take me at least a million years nanosecond to believe this is true.

  8. Morning, early risers! Get those worms! Yes, there was sudden thunder twice last night, when I don’t believe there was anything other than a 10% chance in yesterday’s forecast. The first rain, about 8 pm, was fast and furious. The 2nd popup storm was sometime after midnight and it woke me up. I could hear rain but I’ll have to check the gauge to see what we caught. I was glad for it because my yard was dry. I had tried to use some bamboo stakes for my freeze covers, but the ground was dry and hard.

  9. 9 Bonecrusher

    Those millions of dollars came straight out of the taxpayers’ pockets and were handed over as bribery during the 2008-9 meltdown and bailout of the domestic auto industry.

  10. Edward Luttwak on the mullahs:

    Ronald Reagan, who outraged the Washington elite and frightened European leaders by flatly refusing coexistence with the Soviet Union, lived to see its sudden decline and fall. There is a fair chance that Donald Trump, who contradicts Barack Obama and Europe’s leaders by refusing coexistence with Iran’s ayatollah empire, will also have the satisfaction of seeing the dissolution of a regime that Obama among many others preferred to accommodate.

    Whether or not this past weekend’s mass demonstrations in Iran will spread, whether a second revolution is imminent or not, the numbers for the ayatollah empire just don’t add up. A breakdown is materially inevitable.

    With some 80 million people, and with oil accounting for 80 percent of its exports, Iran would need to export some 25 million barrels a day to make a go of it, but it can barely export 2.5 million. That would be luxuriously ample for the likes of Abu Dhabi with fewer than 800,000 citizens, but it is a miserable pittance for Iran, with a population more than 100 times as large.

    Iran cannot even match the $6,000 income per capita of Botswana. That most fashionable of safari destinations is a fine and well-governed country to be sure, and far from poor by African standards—but then its citizens are not required to pay for extensive nuclear installations, which are very costly to maintain even in their current semi-frozen state, or for the manufacture of a very broad range of weapons—from small arms to ballistic missiles—for which much expensive tooling is imported daily from the likes of our own dear ally South Korea.

  11. RE: Edward Luttwak

    This is a profile and interview of Luttwak from The Guardian two years ago. It’s well done and probably fair to someone as unusual and mysterious as Edward Luttwak.

    He is a frequent guest on the local, late night WABC John Batchelor Show that focuses on foreign affairs most of the time. Fascinating guy.

    Military strategist, classical scholar, cattle rancher – and an adviser to presidents, prime ministers, and the Dalai Lama. Just who is Edward Luttwak? And why do very powerful people pay vast sums for his advice?

    The Machiavelli of Maryland

  12. Vermont Bag Balm has been a lifesaver for me this winter. It’s the only thing working on my hands.

    Highly recommended.

  13. Did anyone ever hear anything else about the Clinton house fire?

    Was it an amber from the fireplace that ignited the fire while they were in the midst of burning all the implicating evidence?

    Was Slick in bed with an intern, smoking a cigar and getting jiggy wid it?

    Did the Russians start the fire by hacking the thermostat?

  14. I thought John Young’s primary claim to fame was when he sneaked aboard the spacecraft with a corn beef sandwich in his pocket. It took that kind of non-conformist in those days to really get the gist of operating in the space environment. RIP John Young.

  15. <strong>HEADLINE: NBC receives blowback following Oprah tweet

    NBC is facing backlash on social media for a tweet calling Oprah Winfrey the future president.

    In response to a Seth Meyers joke at the Golden Globes, the network tweeted “Nothing but respect for OUR future president” to its 1.77 million followers along with a photo of Oprah from the Hollywood event Sunday night.

    Nothing but respect for OUR future president. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/h4hkjewu0K

    — NBC (@nbc) January 8, 2018

    The tweet seems to reference a well-known meme that went viral in 2017, when people posted various situations along with the caption “Nothing but respect for MY president.”

    The network said on Monday morning that the tweet was sent by a “third party agency” for its entertainment division and had been “removed.”

    There are lots of left wing news agencies who are boldly proclaiming that Orca Windbag is going to be the next potus. She has a twofer going: black and woman so there is that. The LSM is still convinced that Trump became POTUS because of and only because of his celebrity. Orca will get lots of votes from the clueless, however, I doubt that she could hold a candle to Trump in number of campaign appearances, on the debate stage, understanding the rule book to which most of Asia and the rest of the world adhere, Sun Tzu The art of War, or basic grasp of The Constitution.

  16. Film, music, and other crappola so called artistic awards season is now open, so naturally, President Trump has heard the call and come up with his own awards ceremony – the Fake News Awards or the Fakies. It was supposed to be opened with presentations tonight, but apparently the demand has been strong and the competition stiff, so the ceremony has been postponed until Wednesday. Apparently the ceremonial details are still being worked out as to exactly just how elaborate the production is to be, but the last second delay would indicate somewhat more pomp and circumstance that initially proposed. Anyway, with President Trump, expect the unexpected. Whatever it is, I am pretty confident that the award recipients, as well as their affiliated companies, will be howling like a pack of hyenas in search of a sick hippo. This ought to be great, particularly since the President refused to show at the press roast a few months ago. Tonight’s college football game should be a good one, and with the President in attendance, there might be some shenanigans. The halftime show is supposed to be one of those rappers who wants to kill police, rape ho’s, and praise drug dealers, so that should be entertaining as well.

  17. And yet another good reason not to fly with a female pilot.

    With all that slapping and boo-hooing going one, guess it could also be a gay co-pilot.

  18. #23 – You will note that the article does not say where the slap landed. I’m betting it was just a friendly asslap, intended as a gesture of friendship and support that was misinterpreted. Of course, it could have been across the face too as he was trying to get her attention going over the checklist rather than putting on her lipstick as the plane raced down the runway. Guess we’ll never know.

  19. The female, minority, Obama appointed judge in the Clive Bundy case has dismissed the charges following her declaration of a mistrial earlier; as a result of DOJ prosecutorial misconduct. It must have really been bad as this judge was hand picked from the beginning to assure a conviction – or, for whatever reason, she decided that she might not want her every ruling from here on out to be ridiculed and overturned by a higher court. In any event, happy ending to a DOJ run riot over the rule of law.
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-bundy-mistrial-2018-story.html

  20. Speaking of Kangaroo Kourts, the DA in Waco offered the second defendant to near trial a deal to plead to a misdemeanor rather than face life in prison if convicted. The Defendant declined the deal and is apparently headed for trial citing his innocence. Remember that the first to go to trial in that hoked up mess ended with a hung jury and a great embarrassment to the drug addled DA in McLennon County. Hopefully all 175 of the defendants will stand firm and demand trials until the prosecutor finally breaks the county and runs out of money, or until he is run out of town on a rail and the cases are dismissed, whichever comes first.
    http://www.wacotrib.com/news/courts_and_trials/twin-peaks-shootout-defendant-headed-to-trial-after-rejecting-misdemeanor/article_31fda35a-dd55-5c2e-842e-e65c4547f5a0.html

  21. Vermont Bag Balm has been a lifesaver for me this winter. It’s the only thing working on my hands.

    Highly recommended.

    Been using it for many years. That’s the only thing I’ve found that keeps my fingers from looking like split sausages during cold, dry winters.

  22. A funny fact I remember about Oprah is her mother intended to name her after a character from the bible, name of Orpah. But they couldn’t pronounce the name.

    Winfrey was named “Orpah” on her birth certificate after the biblical figure in the Book of Ruth, but people mispronounced it regularly and “Oprah” stuck. Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to an unmarried teenage mother.

  23. Henry Hub Spot Price Natural Gas in Louisiana is about $3 per 1000 cu ft.

    Because Andrew Cuomo and Chuck Schumer and friends have blocked the construction of pipelines in the Northeastern Corridor, the delivery price of natgas up there is almost $34 per 1000 cu ft.

    I just wish I was a pipeline broker right now sitting in the catbird seat.

  24. Hamous

    The secret of Bag Balm is in the beeswax. You can smell it when you open the can. It seals up the pores to hold in the moisture and repels the dry air. Magic Bus stuff.

  25. Actually pretty good game. Ga is wearing Ala down and dominating the game so far. Over the course of the game, the team that’s getting pounded will finally break and start giving up some big plays. Georgia is definitely winning the battle the first half.

  26. Sorry, Super Dave, but I would rather have a seen a playoff between Oklahoma and Clemson.

    I think both of them were more explosive and exciting teams than Alabama and Georgia.

  27. At least they had sense enough not to let this half time entertainer inside the stadium. I’d love to be there tonight just to add my boos to the rest of the crowd if they are allowed to see it. This is awful. Really screwing up a good game with this crap.

  28. So far, Georgia has opened a can of whoop azz on Bama. Don’t see that happen to Bama very often. Game’s not over yet, but Bama players appear to be losing their cool and are also physically getting beat down. I’m still watching because this is one of the best old time, physical football games that I’ve seen in quite a while.

  29. Going to overtime. Alabama kicker missed a chip shot to win the game – hope that he’s a senior. Missed two FG attempts tonight. Bama has rebounded in the 4th quarter, but I predict (remembering that I’m 100% wrong every time) Georgia will finish them off on OT. Bama is just too tired and beat up to keep up the pace. But we’ll all have to stay tuned to fined out.

  30. I’m trying to follow updates on the net.

    Did Alabama actually miss a field goal from the 17 with 3 seconds left?

  31. Man, Alabama 12 gotta feel like a real toad missing 2FGs like that.

    The commentators really threw lotsa bad juju his way though.

  32. What a finish. Bama finds a way to win. QB loses 15 years on first play then throws 41 yard strike to win the game. Wow. And as usual, my predictions were wrong. BTW, the line was Bama -4; score was 26-23, but they didn’t kick the extra point after the last TD. OK, bedtime.

  33. ROLL TIDE!!! DAYAAM, Alabama did their level best to lose that game! But somehow, the ghost of Bear Bryant let them win……SIGH!!

  34. Texpat

    Sorry, Super Dave, but I would rather have a seen a playoff between Oklahoma and Clemson.

    I think both of them were more explosive and exciting teams than Alabama and Georgia.

    Watching the game, I beg to differ.
    Shannon

    Did Alabama actually miss a field goal from the 17 with 3 seconds left?

    Don’t even get me started!

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