45 thoughts on “Tuesday Open Comments

  1. What do they say about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?……..YUP Insanity!
    The future has begun, says leftist Alexis Tsipras as he scents power in Greece.

    Within minutes of the Athens parliament failing to elect a president, Alexis Tsipras, the man most likely to become Greece’s next prime minister, said the country had experienced “a historic day”.
    For the first time since the foundation of the modern Greek state nearly 200 years ago, radical leftists – marginalised, tortured and tormented for the best part of the 20th century – were on course to assume power. “Greeks,” he said, “should rejoice.” The government that had put the country through an assault course of austerity would soon be over.
    The onerous terms of the deeply unpopular “memoranda”, agreed with foreign lenders to keep insolvent Greece afloat, would be overturned.
    “The future has already begun,” he told reporters as the nation braced for early elections, a constitutional diktat when presidential polls fail. “You should be optimistic and happy.”

  2. Correction: The guy throwing punches and elbows on the Aggie sideline is now being described as a “student assistant”.

  3. Kleenex alert; ‘Awesome’ day for Pa. boy in S.C. to hunt with Chester Co. sheriff.

    Alex and his mom, a single parent, dropped off hand-written letters to the Chester County, Pa. sheriff three weeks ago after seeing a Facebook post talking about the sheriff hosting kids for hunting and fishing. Even a teacher wrote in saying how great a kid Alex is.

    “I wrote in there I didn’t have anybody to teach me, or take me, “ Little A said Monday.

    He begged that he be picked to go. He beat the deadline by five minutes on a Friday afternoon.

    But the hunt site was for South Carolina’s Chester County Sheriff, in a rural county Alex Collins had never heard of before, not the sheriff in his home suburban county west of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Alex was devastated, but Sheriff Carolyn Welsh and her deputies in Chester County, Pa., who received the letters, who saw little Alex’s face that fell and heard his tiny heart break, contacted Underwood and organized getting Alex to South Carolina. Welsh and Underwood are friends.

  4. If you want to be able to buy Christmas lights next year, today is your last day to tell the US Government to go to hell.

    It’s not uncommon to find strings of mini-lights priced at $1 for a hundred lights, sometimes even less. To cure this excessive affordability, the feds are rushing to save Americans from mass holiday displays. They seem to believe we all are like Clark Griswold, the bumbling father figure in National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” (played by Chevy Chase), who nearly electrocutes himself, starts fires, falls off the roof and short-circuits power in his whole neighborhood as he tries to create a home display that would outdo Rockefeller Center.

  5. Yes. Everything they say is a lie.

    From the Austin paper:

    Wendy Davis has said she regrets expressing support for the open carry of handguns in her failed gubernatorial bid.

    According to the San Antonio Express-News, Davis says the position “wasn’t really in keeping” with her actual views.

  6. I have not put up my Christmas tree since 2007. It takes 2 days just to wind the light strings around the branches, and it is backbreaking work especially on the lower section. But I hope to put it up in 2015. Will this new reg just affect sales of mini-lights, or will it be an attempt to ban their use?

  7. SuperDaverinoDude: Many thanks for your a/c guys info. I will call them shortly and let them know how I came to find them.
    You da man.

  8. Sitting in the cardiologist waiting room, two informative posters inform of two seemingly contradictory facts.

    Your system of blood vessels – veins, arteries, capillaries – is over 60,000 miles long. Yet, it only takes about 20 seconds for blood to circulate throughout your entire circulatory system.

    No wonder I get hot flashes.

  9. Via my man, Daniel Peterson, here’s an article I found by the ever insightful Jewish commentator, Dennis Prager on the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy. Two particular insights jumped out at me.


    Third, more than any other commandment, the Fourth Commandment reminds people that they are meant to be free. As the second version of the Commandment, the one summarized by Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy, states, “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt.” In other words, remember that slaves cannot have a Sabbath; only free men and women can.

    In light of this, in the Biblical view, unless it is necessary for survival, people who choose to work seven days a week are essentially slaves – slaves to work or perhaps to money, but slaves nonetheless. The millionaire who works seven days a week is simply a rich slave.


    Fifth, the Sabbath almost singlehandedly creates and strengthens family ties and friendships. When a person takes off from work one day every week, that day almost inevitably becomes a day spent with other people — namely, family and/or friends. It has similar positive effects on marriages. Ask anyone married to a workaholic how good it would be for his or her marriage if the workaholic would not work for a day each week, and you can appreciate the power of the Sabbath Day.

    There are those who argue that without God commanding a Sabbath, people could surely decide on their own to stop working a day each week and spend the day with their spouse, family, and friends. But the truth is that almost no one does. There will almost always be some reason not to take that day off — an important work project, housework, shopping, etc.


  10. So that’s why he stands out in the cold wearing only his underwear yelling incoherent stuff.

    60,000 miles in 20 seconds? I don’t think an artery could ever clog with that kind of flushing.

  11. Excerpt from the book that I got for Christmas;

    SAVAGE,DESPICABLE EVIL, THAT’S WHAT WE WERE FIGHTING in Iraq. That’s why a lot of people, myself included, called the enemy “savages.” There really was no other way to describe what we encountered there.~ Chris Kyle, American Sniper.

  12. Just got back from visiting Mom. She shared some stories, one of which you might find kinda cool.

    It seems that some distant cousin/ancestor of hers was a scientist in England, who never married. His last name was Smithson (there’s a Smithson Valley here in Texas that’s named after that family). He saved up his money and, since he had no children, gave it to his relative in New York to be used for educational purposes. Mom thinks that’s how Grandpa got through Texas A&M. The leftover money?

    It was used to start the Smithsonian Museum.

  13. Good afternoon Hamsters. Bleak, cold, now windy, and feeble sunlight tries to peek through. Started at 47 at 6 and barely makes 52 now. We apparently are in for several straight days of overcast, gloom, intermittent rain, and cold. It’s winter so that ought not to be a great surprise, but it is not fun. At least it isn’t snow or freezing rain.
    Merely wet we can handle.

    #26 Tedtam
    Great story.

  14. This woman is an Episcopal bishop and she ran over and killed a man Saturday in Baltimore.

    This is from a previous arrest:

    Cook was placed on supervised probation and fined $800 — with $500 of it suspended — in 2010 after her 2 a.m. arrest for DWI in Preston, Maryland. A breath test showed she was more than three times over the limit.

    According to the Baltimore Sun she told police she had been driving home from Canada and had stopped off in Pennsylvania ‘for a few drinks.’

    District Court records show that she was stopped because she was driving slowly on the shoulder on a shredded tire. The police officer who stopped her said there was a smell of alcohol and burning rubber in the car and Cook had vomit on her shirt.

    A ‘metal smoking device,’ two marijuana baggies, a bottle of wine and a fifth of Irish whiskey were in plain view on the passenger seat, records show. Cook was charged with marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession but those charges were dropped.

  15. #28 TP: She barely got a slap on the wrist for the first offence. HOw did she clear the hurdle to become a bishop for crying out loud?
    I guess that is why they are sometimes called whiskeypalians.

  16. I stopped reading when I got to the lie that unemployment is only 5.6%. We have a record number of working age adults not in the workforce, yet the number is only 5.6%!?! BULLSCHIZZLE!
    I would love to see the real numbers, using the same metric as was used during the Reagan Administration. That so many people will accept that absurd 5.6% number is disturbing at best.

    we are so screwed. . . . .

  17. was driving slowly on the shoulder on a shredded tire

    A “sure tell” that it’s an Episcopalian every time.

  18. I went there to look for an M65 field jacket. The newer ones look “too new” and the old ones I find on EBay are priced as antques

  19. Odd. I listen to a radio show called “The World and Everything In It”, and yet I had never heard of Colonel Bubbies.

  20. If you are male and lived in this area for any time at all and have never been to Colonel Bubbles….
    You’re gay.

  21. The despicable Detroit Lions thug N. Suh won the appeal of his suspension for the Cowboys wildcard game this weekend and only got a $70k fine, which is likely pocket change to him. Apparently on further review the NFL honchos thought merely deliberately standing on Aaron Rodgers’ leg twice while he lay on the ground and pushing off on it to walk forward wasn’t sufficient to keep Suh out of the game Sunday. Anybody think audience draw for good TV ratings had any part in this decision?

    Cowboys, y’all be careful this Sunday. You will likely have legions of Packers fans pulling for you to win and come out in once piece.

  22. Something Shannon can relate to. We re-started a well today and the well motor went up in smoke. They needed the water to re-sanitize the tank, pumps, HPTs, etc. All I did was wire a new booster pump. Can’t wait to see how I get to pay for this. The motor did not fry, seems like a lower bearing toasted a packing. My misfortune to be the one to flip the switch.

  23. Another chapter closed. Colonel Bubbies finally went out of bidness.

    Well being the old romantic that I am, I really hate to see these old institutions go out of business, but, having visited the place a few times over about 32 years, it has really went downhill! When I first started going, he had all sorts of REAL surplus stuff but over the years all he had was a little real stuff, priced way too high and a bunch of cheap knock-offs. Geared to the tourists, I guess. That said, the last time I was there was about 10 years ago………SIGH 🙁

  24. I was down there a long time ago with my lovely spousal unit and my then two small chirrenzes Heart and Head Crusher. I bought 2 full length duster style rain jackets and I still have them, but rarely wear them. I think I paid ten bux a piece for them.

  25. We frequently declare dollar$$ out for pro athletes pocket change. I often wonder if their wives feel the same. 😀

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