60 thoughts on “Friday Open Thread

  1. Good morning Hamsters. Chilly and dampish 52 at 6 but apparently no rain here during the night. Today and tomorrow are a different matter it seems. Sorry that Mardi Gras weekend in Galveston will be wet.

  2. So George Peebo Boooooooooooosh wants us to “reimagine” THE ALAMO?!? Perhaps he should “reimagine” how to walk with the collective boot of Texas in his Azz.
    A pox on the house of Booooooooooooosh.

  3. Morning gang. Somehow I survived yet again another government action (or inaction), or maybe I woke up in an alternate universe and just haven’t realized it yet. One never knows these days. Coffee tastes the same though. Cloudy, and I have a weather alert for freezing rain coming tomorrow, although none of the other rain alerts have panned out this winter. OK, I’m gonna start stirring around this morning and see what I can get in to. Have a great day.

  4. Meanwhile from the San Antonio Express-News, we have further empirical evidence a large, significant cohort of the female of the species are exhibitionists and ecdysiasts. They will devise any vague excuse to take their clothes off in front of other people.

    When: Fri., Feb. 9, 8 p.m.
    Price: $15 per person, $25 per couple

    As the story goes, the concept for the naughty literary series Naked Girls Reading came about when Chicago-based Frankie Vivid returned home to find his wife, burlesque performer Michelle L’Amour, reading a book in the buff. Delivering precisely what its title suggests — “a small cast of beautiful ladies removes their clothing (yes, all of it) and reads personal selections to an adoring audience” — the playful series has spread to more than 20 cities (from Warsaw to Washington D.C.), with the Chicago flagship often stripping down for readings themed around topics ranging from banned books to bad romance. Active since the summer of 2017, the San Antonio chapter (the cast of which features members of the Pastie Pops, Stars and Garters Burlesque and other familiar performers) upholds the groups mantra (“You can’t spell literature without T and A”) this month with a Valentine’s-themed reading of “favorite pieces about love and lust.”

    Sexology Institute and Boutique
    707 S St Mary’s Southtown
    phone (210) 487-0371

  5. Yes, it does sound like something out of a corny mobster B-movie. Look for this plot theme in a future Law & Order episode.

    Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino greeted a juror at his racketeering trial by name outside a Manhattan courtroom — while surrounded by members of his “crew,” the woman revealed Thursday.


    Asked to describe Merlino’s approach, the juror said, “Not close, but, like, he was on that side, on the opposite side over there, before you get to the exit, and he just said, ‘Hi, Sylvia,’ and I just turned my head, like, ‘Some nerve.’ ”

    The juror, whose last name is being withheld by The Post, said she didn’t respond to Merlino — who beat three murder raps in 2001 — but noted he wasn’t alone.

  6. I think that I’m going to return to a Bible study for Lent. I had started it some time ago and got short on time in my schedule as some things changed. I was enjoying it, so for Lent, I’m going back to it.

    Haven’t decided what to sacrifice, though. Still working on that.

  7. #9 granny
    Lent doesn’t have to involve a sacrifice, per se. You can begin any devotional type activity, e. g., your bible study, attending daily Mass a couple times a week, Stations, daily rosary, etc. Basically anything that helps you prepare yourself for Easter.

  8. San Francisco Bay Area Experiences Mass Exodus Of Residents.

    “You can’t even contemplate getting into the housing market here,” Hancock said. “And I don’t mean just service workers, but highly skilled professionals. The tech elite are having a hard time affording reasonable housing in Silicon Valley. That makes it difficult for employers to recruit.”

    Operators of a San Jose U-Haul business say one of their biggest problems is getting its rental moving vans back because so many are on a one-way ticket out of town.
    Dabak cites crowding, crime and politics as the reasons for her own exodus.

    “We don’t like it here anymore. You know, we don’t like this sanctuary state status and just the politics,” she said.

    She plans to sell her home for about $1 million, buy a much larger place near Nashville for less than half that and retire closer to family and friends.

  9. Yeah, it was a rayciss coin toss.You may be only 10% of the population (give or take), but if you don’t win, every time apparently, then it’s rayciss. Innumeracy, much?

  10. Wonder what the Halliburton brass think of this mess. Perhaps it is relief their merger did not go through?

  11. Immel and Obama were in a race to see who could take their organization to the bottom first. I think Immel may have won as Trump seems to be able to salvage parts of Obama’s organization.

  12. RE Lent: Orthodox priests only talk about following the draconian Lenten Fast which boils down to eating like a vegan for almost 50 days. It’s really hard with a wife who is borderline diabetic. We both try to limit our carbs so there goes the filler material in the form of rice, pasta, and bread. I do try to limit my meat intake and increase my veggie intake during Lent along with more exercise. Spiritually I volunteer to read a section of the Psalter every night. The goal at our parish is to have enough people reading the Psalter to where the entire contents are read daily.

    RE Opening Ceremonies: It’s a dang cylinder. Not all cylinders are phallic!

    RE Baker Hughs: Wagonburner sorry you got whacked. I was out of work for almost two weeks. Thankfully I started on a new project this week.

  13. I “picked” a good time to get whacked.

    Wotta financial mess over there.

    That’s a hot mess. I worked for BJ Services back before BH bought in. Left voluntarily for greener pastures shortly before the mess in 2008 and like you, glad I did it when I did.

  14. #26 texmo
    I was able to find something in about 6 weeks, but wasn’t able to actually start for another 6 or so (long story).

    Now work for a large multinational that’s very profitable and intending to rapidly grow the division I’m in (specialty plastics).

  15. Here’s another of my off the wall ideas that just might be true. Why doesn’t Trump just fire Mueller and be done with it? Because, it would create a political firestorm and put him on the defensive against Dem attacks? Probably. But more importantly, the longer this fruitless, meaningless witch hunt goes on, the more the Swamp displays the breadth and depth of the absolute corruption that exists in the Agencies, and particularly the DOJ and its sub Agency the FBI. Some of the lesser rising stars are beginning to bail out; the higher ups are lawyering up. They are no longer concerned so much about their jobs as they are about losing their freedom – as it should be. So, Trump wants to keep these investigations going for as long as he can, and the muck at the bottom of the Swamp will continue to turn over and expose itself. The Dems may rue the day they decided to start this before it’s all said and done. Dems are trying to run out the clock in anticipation of taking the House this fall and impeaching Trump as their first official act (also known as overturning and election and disenfranchising the voters of this country). Keep it alive Mr. President – don’t let them bait you into firing Mueller. It’s working.

  16. GE was once the classic widow’s stock, safe and good, solid dividends for income, with appreciating value as an inflation hedge.

    Now, not so much.

  17. Well if that ain’t pure corn pone and chitlins unca Shanny.

    That scooted right off my horse radish hush puppies and fried okra tenders.

    Pretty good stuff.

    And speaking of hush puppies that Debbie has a nice pair her own self.


    That song made me long for the days of wine coolers and past girlfriends.

  18. #38

    She’s tryin to be sexy silly. She needs a few burritos to be be sexy to me. And live in a mobile home.

  19. And Monica would need to be sporting a bandana red cut off sleeves flannel shirt and daisy dukes to get me innerested. Cowboy boots optional but bare foot preferred.

  20. You don’t like Joe Perry unca Shanny?

    It’s a psych problem.

    I have this thing about people named Perry.

    I’ll be fine.

  21. Good rainy morning Hamsters. Rained off and on most of the night, hard enough at times to leave small lakes in the pastures and yards, and it’s 63 at 7. Waiting until it stops in a bit to go feed the mares and then see if the paper has arrived. Forecast indicates more rain today, pretty much all day. It can stop any time now.

    Waiting for the yowling to start from the Dem side about their memo on The Memo being withheld because of security tidbits they threw in, likely to deliberately cause it to be withheld so they have something else to howl about to try distracting from the punch The Memo delivered. Of course the LSM will take their side.

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