Bombs Away!

I like blowing shit up. Sadly, the Federal Government takes a dim view on civilians blowing shit up these days. Thus, I must live vicariously through the efforts of others.

Few folks can bring as much pain in a short period of time as the heavy bomber boys of the Air Force. The Air Force currently has three main types of bombers- The venerable B-52, the B-1B, and of course, the B-2.

The B-52:

The B-1B:

And, the B-2A:

527 Comments

  1. I’ve gotten bombed in more than a few bars, also.

  2. Back in high school, I blew up this one dickhead’s mailbox.

  3. What are those glowing things that trailbehind the B-52 and the B-1 just before they released their payloads?

  4. Those are flares, designed to confuse infra-red guided missiles, by generating more heat than the jet. Most tactical planes carry them, but few carry as many as a B-52.

  5. The B-52s were dropping conventional M117 750lb bombs (leftovers from the Vietnam war- and the B-52 is the only platform to still use them), but the B-1 and the B-2 both dropped BSU-49 500lb bombs.

    The BSU-49 is a conventional 500lb bomb with a special tail attachment that opens as a sort of combination balloon/parachute (or “ballute”) to slow the bomb down faster. That lets a low level airplane escape the fragments blasting out from the bomb.

  6. The flare thing makes sense.

    Oh, and “ballute” is a terrible word.

  7. BTW, you would NEVER!!!! use a B-2 like that. At a billion dollars a pop, you don’t go cruising at low level, in range of every jackass with a machine gun, in broad daylight to drop a stick of dumb bombs.

    That’s what cheap planes like F-16s are for.

  8. Oh, and “ballute” is a terrible word.

    The Air Force came up with it. The older, Vietnam version, designed by the Navy was called “Snakeye” which you have to admit, is somewhat cooler.

  9. “Snakeye” is much cooler than “ballute,” which sounds like some kind of injury to the crotch.

  10. Morning. Wakey wakey my dear hostages!!!

    We’ve got Christmas shopping to do!

  11. Shit, I still haven’t gone to bed. And no Chrimmas shopping done yet.

  12. *finally goes to sleep*

    *dreams about ‘splosions*

    *also dreams about world in which big toe isn’t conspiring to make life miserable*

  13. Sean, what happened to your big toe?

  14. I just sent an email to Carl Levin and Debby Stabenow. It’s so nice of Organizing for America to send me those forms.

    Of course, I need to change their recommended message, but that’s ok.

  15. That is a shitload of ordnance.

  16. Comment by Car in on December 11, 2009 10:46 pm

    I guess Xbrad is a bigger geek than me.

    Do you want a prize?

    BBBZZZTTT!!! BBBZZZTTT!!!

    That would be Categorically, Factually, Historically, In The Future Tense, and any other Pigeon-Holing-System where anything is Numerically Alphabetized by Color, INCORRECT

    *** Takes Ms. C arin’s Wine Glass ***

  17. Mare,
    Did you see (or hear) What Tebow did?
    Here is a link

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/2009/12/12/2009-12-12_tebow_knows_heisman_up_for_grabs.html

  18. *** Dodges Kick from DinT ***

    *** Puts Coffee on Counter ***

  19. V-Max, you still being stalked?

  20. Morning!

    Mare–I think I remember that Sean has teh goot in his toe that’s making him cranky.

  21. SeaNm is cranky withoot teh goot…

  22. HA!

    Good coffee this morn, Sox.

  23. Good Morning Pretty Lady! Off to go play in the FishBowl…..

  24. Oh, and if BrewFan shows up today, and I’m gone, please kick him in the shin for me. Especially if you have Stompy Boots. Thank you.

  25. “Snakeye” is much cooler than “ballute,” which sounds like some kind of injury to the crotch.

    I thought “ballute” was some sick and perverted Scandi Fertility Rite involving Fish. What the heck do I know. I’m a stupid House Cat……

  26. Watch out for those fish with teeth–they are ouchie!

    I don’t think I can get Brew for you cuz we have that whole Sun Devils bond thing going, but “I know somebody” that could take care of your troubles. ;-)

  27. L to R: BrewFan, Sox

    http://tinyurl.com/2hjfp

  28. Thanks for having my back, Cyn :)

  29. I have to begin plotting the demise of Compost for telling me to make my hat pointy and putting me in the corner all day yesterday.

    Brew, I was looking for the Pitchfork and came across this at Wiki…HA!!!!!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shocker_(hand_gesture)

  30. I just love how thoughtly fully Wikidiots point out the spacing between the index and middle finger.

    I hate that site; I wish I would not have linked it. Hell; I even refuse to allow my oldest to use any research from there for his reports.

  31. Vmax, Tebow is the guy of my dreams for my daughters.

    Thanks for the link, what a great story.

  32. Yes, the ‘horns’ is too close to the Shocker for comfort (pun intended) :)

  33. Gout is awful, my dad has it and he says it can be excruciating.

  34. Sox, I’m vacuuming today so you might want to go outside.

  35. You’re up awfully early Mare!

  36. Huh; Tebow does seem to be a nice kid.

    Will you do my house too Mare?

  37. Yes, the ‘horns’ is too close to the Shocker for comfort (pun intended)

    HAHAHA! I may have to try that at a game once to see if the hubby catches me.

  38. Yes I will Cyn, because you are so nice. I got up wide awake at 3:00am today. Don’t know why, but I don’t feel tired.

  39. You will deserve a nap today, Mare.

    I love afternoon naps! They are such a treat.

  40. I may have to try that at a game once to see if the hubby catches me.

    I think the giveaway will be the pinkie in his anoos, Cyn. And at the game? Frisky.

  41. Hey-O!

    (Good morning!)

  42. HAHAHAHAHA! Cuffy…you turkey! It wouldn’t be for real, just the hand gesture!! HAHA!

  43. Budda really was a pretty smart dude.

    http://tinyurl.com/ybkgbpe

    (his moobs kinda freak me out though)

  44. Foodie gift suggestion, for my hostage buds. Hymalayan salt plates.

  45. Today, I’m going to (1) get a haircut; (2) finish cleaning my house; (3) mail some of the results of my Christmas shopping; (4) study for my final; (5) meet a friend for dinner; and (6) go over to B&N with said friend to check out the Nook.

    I asked my parents for an ereader for my graduation present (I am on track to finish my master’s next summer). I was originally thinking the Kindle, but the Nook is better for my purposes. But I just read a review saying that the Nook is much slower than the Kindle in terms of “turning pages,” and that’s my major concern – I read really quickly (Deathly Hallows in under three hours), and if it takes longer to “turn” the page than it does for me to read the page…So, I’m going to go check it out in person tonight. I may end up waiting for the next generation.

    I am really excited about having an ereader…I’ll be able to carry thousands of books around with me, all the time! I can read Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire right on a small device that weighs a few ounces, rather than lugging around a bunch of giant heavy volumes. Same for History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    Oh, and ereaders have a note-taking function, so I’ll be able to highlight all the dirty bits for, uh, “research”!

    Eleanor of Aquitaine eyed Henry II suspiciously. When the king got that particular smile on his face…well, that was how she had gotten Richard. William and Henry had been earlier, before their marriage had become estranged by her husband’s roving eye and her own needle-sharp tongue.

    She had to admit, though, that no one could satisfy her like this red-headed, hot-tempered, bow-legged, Latin-speaking horseman and warrior and linguist. So, as he approached, she deliberately softened her expression. His smile widened and became knowing, and…

    (waiting to turn the page)

  46. Those are cool (or hot as the case may be), Car in!

    I’d never even heard of these. Food Network idea?

  47. …linguist. So, as he approached, she deliberately softened her expression. His smile widened and became knowing, and…

    and…and…and… Dammit hurry up!

  48. …after page turn, the dialogue continues:

    Eleanor: I adored you. I still do.
    Henry II: Of all the lies you’ve told, that is the most terrible.
    Eleanor: I know. Thats why I’ve saved it up until now.

    Eleanor: What would you have me do? Give out? Give up? Give in?
    Henry II: Give me a little peace.
    Eleanor: A little? Why so modest? How about eternal peace? Now
    theres a thought.

  49. I wonder what Rosetta’s been doing with his time lately…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErMWX–UJZ4

  50. I read about ‘em somewhere I while back. There are other places on the web to buy them, I just wanted a link to show you.

    I’m gonna get my sister one. And my mom is getting some gourmet salt.

    Boy, Christmas shopping is rough.

    [drags self to kitchen for another cup of coffee]

  51. The bowls, chilled, with a chilled fork would be fantastic for salads. Fancy-schmancy too.

  52. Those would be cool. Too late, though. I already ordered them the other stuff.

  53. Probably inspired by Xbrad, this has man-hostage written all over it!! HAHAHAHA!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5iIA0yfoNM

  54. I just found a box from Zazzle on my porch. Hmmm…!!

    It’s under the tree now.

  55. of course, by “under the tree” I mean “on the same end table as the 18-inch ceramic tree that is my sole Christmas decoration on account of I am lazy and cheap.”

  56. Well crap.

    My secret santa used Zazzle as well, and I thought I knew who it was.

    Mornin’ Mrs. Peel.

    Mornin’ Sox…what’s for breakfast?

    http://tinyurl.com/y8nn46y

  57. Hello all. Vine Jammin Tarzan also makes a fine gift for those who are bored out of their melon. Leave him in the package though. He will definitely become a “collectors” item…

  58. Weekends are made for vine jammin.

  59. Time to go Christmas shopping. Hopefully there are still a few left…

    Everyone have a great weekend!

  60. My secret santa used Zazzle as well

    Ruh-roh.

  61. I get to play with ballute materials at work.

  62. There a no Dunkin Donuts here!!!

  63. I just got hit on in the grocery store. Dogsat at mom’s last night, wearing my jammies, haven’t showered in 24 hrs and he’s hitting on me?

    Where’s the raised eyebrow smiley?

    And UPS tells me that my secret santa’s gift made it here, now if only I can find the package in all the snow and get it “repackaged” and sent on its way.

  64. Day-um, Tat. You killed it dead.

  65. Hahaha

    The sad thing PA. It was a drive by comment anyway.

    How’s life?

  66. Worst public restroom ever:

    http://bacn.me/fi2

  67. Doing what little Christmas shopping I’m doing this year. Almost all of it Amazon online free shipping–and all of it for grandkids.

    Other than that, I will be enjoying a flannel jammies mid afternoon nap later.

  68. Jewstin, I wouldn’t want to stand close to stainless steel cones with any junk hanging out.

  69. I found a good sale, Patty Ann you should go here:

    http://bacn.me/fi3

  70. Morning, foakes.

    Moving slow this am. I got my gift, just haven’t transhipped it to my victim yet.

  71. Pupster? You making breakfast today?

    http://tinyurl.com/yedxyra

  72. Haha, Jewstin–that looks like an Obama sale. You can’t fool me.

    mesa, that’s the fluffiest Jack Russell I’ve ever seen.

  73. Nice ‘splodey videos last night, Xbrad. Thanks.

  74. I like it when Jack Russell’s go quack.

  75. Which ones? Rockets, or the vids in this poat? You do know you inspired this poat, right? I just forgot to write a dedication page.

  76. I liked them all, but I especially liked the missile failure where it was spinning. Russians just did something similar, got all the UFO believers freaked out.

    And thank you.

  77. Yeah, the Russian Baluva SLBM is shooting about 4 for 11, or something. That’s bad, even by Russian standards.

  78. I have a book on Soviet space disasters. I think it was the Kosmos rockets that blew up on the pad several times.

  79. Woo-hoo! Just got a new toy! Unfortunately it’s a backpack leaf blower…

  80. Crappy film, but yeah, they had some QA issues:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZbwI94xmkE

  81. Crappy film, but yeah, they had some QA issues:

    Heh. How do you say ‘oops’ in Russian?

  82. По-русски

  83. Old, Old joke:

    Santa and the FAA

    Santa Claus, like all pilots, gets regular visits from the Federal Aviation Administration, and the FAA examiner arrived last week for the pre-Christmas flight check. In preparation, Santa had the elves wash the sled and bathe all the reindeer. Santa got his log book out and made sure all his paperwork was in order. He knew they would examine all his equipment and truly put Santa’s flying skills to the test. The examiner walked slowly around the sled. He checked the reindeer harnesses, the landing gear, and even Rudolph’s nose. He painstakingly reviewed Santa’s weight and balance calculations for sled’s enormous payload. Finally, they were ready for the check ride. Santa got in and fastened his seat belt and shoulder harness and checked the compass. Then the examiner hopped in carrying, to Santa’s surprise, a shotgun. “What’s that for?!?” asked Santa incredulously. The examiner winked and said, “I’m not supposed to tell you this ahead of time,” as he leaned over to whisper in Santa’s ear, “but you’re gonna lose an engine on takeoff.”

  84. Mesa your comment says no popcorn but I think there is some in the cabinet

  85. XBrad, it might be old, but I hadn’t heard it before.

  86. I hadn’t seen this — http://watching-tv.ew.com/2009/12/11/sarah-palin-the-tonight-show/

  87. Mesa, I went to Babelfish, expecting that to translate to “aw shit”. Ya got me.

  88. Really, Mesa? Cuz Eddie and I both linked it in the last thread.

  89. Palin likes the ink:

    http://tinyurl.com/y8rf942

  90. You ain’t lying, Cuffy.

    http://tinyurl.com/ya7yy59

  91. Cool website about abandoned artifacts.

    http://www.artificialowl.net/

  92. This haircut is terrible. It looks like a spiritless copy of Farrah Fawcett’s ’80s hair.

  93. thankfully, though, my hair grows super fast

    ok, I’m off to the pack ‘n’ ship store

  94. Don’t worry about it Mrs. Peel. The only difference between a good haircut and a bad one is three days.

  95. Jewstin, for short hair, maybe. It took me a year and a half to recover from one really bad haircut. She did some kind of razor cut that sounded horrible and looked worse. When the stylist talks about what you can do with it when you get home, you know it’s a world-class botch.

  96. Cool website about abandoned artifacts.

    http://www.artificialowl.net/

    That’s an awesome site. Reminds me of some sites about Pripyat (Chernobyl ghost town).

  97. Pripyat is in there.

  98. The Catalina seaplane wreck is so cool. Be sure to read the story about how it got there. Also click the Google map link. Wow.

  99. I actually found the site via a link to the seaplane found at Lex’s place.

  100. So, at the pack ‘n’ ship store, I was sending my hiking boots off to Will (he wants to go hiking while I’m there, and I don’t want to lug those giant boots around in my carry-on). The lady entered in the zip code, and an address that the store has shipped to previously popped up. It was right on his street! So, someone from my little area has shipped a package to someone on the very same street in his little area! Small world, huh?

    I wonder who those folks are and how they know each other…

  101. Where you headed, Mrs. P?

  102. AZ, to see Will. Not for a couple weeks, though. I am refraining heroically from packing everything up right this second…I’m having to satisfy myself with merely planning everything I will take, down to the last Q-tip.

    ok, gotta go study. the jpeg standard waits for no man

  103. I’m here in Phoenix too, Mrs. Peel. Let me know iffin the two of you want to meet while you’re here for coffee or something.

  104. good luck with studying!

  105. Anybody still in here?

  106. Where?

  107. Hi Romy

  108. Hi, Cyn.

  109. Hi, Chief.

    Hi, Romy!

    Hi, Forrestor!

    Been ballgaming and napping today. Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

  110. Hey Guys.

    What’s shakin?

  111. Dinner with spouse and friend here tonight:

    http://www.thebluemoosebarandgrill.com/

    then: Christmas at Resurrection

    after that … huge, Broadway quality Christmas music production at our church.

  112. Cyn, I’m peeking in every now and then. So far today, four loads of laundry, 40 Christmas cards, one batch of cookies, and entirely too much Treasure Madness on Facechimp.

  113. Hi forrester, clintbird, Chief.

  114. Blue Moose sounds like fun and has a great menu!

    Sounds like a busy time and fun too, Clintbird!!

  115. OK. Back from lunch. I see I didn’t miss much, except Mrs. Peel’s anal retentive guide to load planning.

  116. Hi Romy!

    My boys were at gram and papa’s today so I rushed to get packages wrapped. Soon, I’ll start sprucing up to go to a niece’s birffday party.

  117. Mr. RFH does all the wrapping, in gratitude for me doing the shopping.

  118. I received my wrapped Secret Santa gift a few days ago. I had Mr. Cyn open the box to make sure I could open it.

    I’ve got my gift to send out for SS, but there’s no way I’m going to the post office today; I imagine it’s a zoo.

  119. Our post office actually has a ATM like postage thingy for the flat-rate boxes. Works pretty easily, and better than standing in line behind all the retards who can’t figure out the high level math required to buy stamps.

  120. Correct, Cyn. Blue Moose is a fun place for dinner – winter or summer. Drop in sometime … only 2 miles from my house … I’ll come join you!

  121. Romy, you would laugh (and shake your head) if you ever saw the sorry job I do trying to wrap presents … not a sight for the faint of heart!

  122. Arrgh! Unexpected company kept me occupied for 3 hours!

  123. Clint, I think there was a discussion earlier this week, that if you don’t like the job I do, do it yourself. That’s also what gift bags are for.

  124. Gift bags are da bomb!

  125. I’m sure everyone has seen the “Martha Stewart doesn’t live at this house” e-mail.

  126. Gift bags rock, of course, but they look like shit after you stuff them into the shipping box.

  127. I suck at wrapping. I’m that person who always has just a little bit too little wrapping paper, and I can’t stand to waste stuff (especially if it’s only a centimeter too short), so I end up kludging, and it doesn’t look pretty. Sigh.

    My mom, of course, wraps everything absolutely gorgeously.

    xbrad, it’s even worse than I posted. I have a notepad file with a list of everything I’m taking and precisely how I will pack it in the Air Boss (greatest piece of luggage EVAH!). It’s all planned out.

  128. Hi Hotsages!

    * waves *

    Just checking in to make sure everyone has a drink.

    Taking the Mrs. out for a date. BBL

  129. Peel, I kid because I love. My sister is the same way. Her trips to England result in packing starting about 2 months prior to departure, with multiple computerized packing lists.

    Me? As long as I’ve got underwear and socks (and remember to not pack Sox), I figure I can pick up whatever I need when I get where I’m going.

  130. Hey, Andy!

  131. Emma Peel – It’s a good thing I was a load master. You should she how much my Missus packs for our yearly sojourn to Florida!

  132. Comment by Cyn on December 12, 2009 4:22 pm

    Hey Guys.

    What’s shakin?

    *** Looks at “Boss” ***

    From here, all three chins, and four cheeks…..

  133. Sox, glad to see you could find a few minutes to say hi.

    Enjoy it. Because you’ll have a hell of a time getting a wifi connection from inside the dryer.

  134. I enjoy wrapping and I tend to do a bunch at one time. If it gets down to the wire, Mr. Cyn and I do the assembly line thing. I can wrap a package in the time it takes him to pick out a bow, do a name tag, and put it under the tree.

  135. Easy now, you know them StayPuff Sheets flare up my RingWorm….

    *** THUMP!!! Bump!!! YOWLLL!!! WHUMP!!!

    (CLICK!)

  136. Sox’s reply to Xbrad:

    http://tinyurl.com/5jbbyh

  137. Sohos?????

    http://tinyurl.com/ybqoptu

  138. Sox?

    http://tinyurl.com/kr8rqp

  139. You can wrap anything in a tortilla.

    It’s science.

  140. Xbrad??

    http://tinyurl.com/ydpll9o

  141. Dave??

    http://tinyurl.com/y9cafv4

  142. Chief??

    http://tinyurl.com/ydmylz6

  143. Dave? What did you do to Pupster?

    http://tinyurl.com/yedxyra

  144. Hey, Cyn!

    http://tinyurl.com/yzjwde7

  145. A treat for Roamy: http://tinyurl.com/y99az5u

  146. Clintbird??

    http://tinyurl.com/ycpcbto

  147. You been window shopping again, xbrad?

    http://tinyurl.com/y9gjbrv

  148. see?

  149. The Call of the Wild

    Alternate title: Hear the Children of the Night

  150. MCPO?

    http://tinyurl.com/ydqoeaq

  151. You been window shopping again, xbrad?

    Yeah. Lemme know which one you like…

  152. “Yeah. Lemme know which one you like…”

    they all look terribly uncomfortable IMHO

  153. I try to pack as light as possible. I went to Orlando for three days with nothing but a backpack last year. (Granted, it was one of the big backpacks that a laptop fits into, but still, pretty impressive, amirite?) But this is a week’s worth of travel, I’ll have to look cute for most of it, and I don’t want to carry my laptop bag as well, so the Air Boss is going to be pretty full.

    *refrains from making suggestions as to what Dave might wrap in his tortilla, IYKWIMAITYD (NTTAWWT)*

  154. Yeah. Lemme know which one you like…

    Feathers, but you have to find a matching parasol or it won’t work.

  155. *drops nacho*

    *runs to shower*

  156. Why are they singing My Old Kentucky Home at the Army Navy game?

  157. I’ll have to look cute for most of it,

    from what little I’ve seen of Mrs. P , she could pack nothing and still look her best. ifkwimaityd

  158. >> refrains from making suggestions as to what Dave might wrap in his tortilla,

    Hey now, you and me have an agreement. They’ll be none of that missy.

    Also have an awesome trip (in a couple weeks).

  159. Look, Cyn, finding the parasol is your problem.

  160. there’ll ?

    yes. mybad

  161. Poor Pup.

    http://tinyurl.com/ybwzy9a

  162. There were a lot of people at the mall today.

  163. Attempted Robbery in Biglerville!!!

  164. Off to niece’s party.

    Have a good night everyone!

  165. Why not ship it all Mrs Peel? It’s so luxurious traveling with nothing to carry.

  166. Tortillas are a miricle from God

  167. I don’t know about dog burritos, but I think I had a dog taco in TJ once…

  168. My toe still hurts like a sumbitch and I’m almost out of booze and smokes. I’m dreading putting shoes on, but I’m gonna have to.

  169. I’m paranoid, Scott. That’s why I’m not checking a bag. I don’t mind checking a bag on the way back so much, but not on the way there.

    Now I have to figure out whether Will’s friends will be impressed or appalled if his girl is wearing a Lego Star Wars T-shirt…

  170. Impressed.

  171. So, MSNBC has an article stating that the AP and some scientists have gone over the leaked emails of the climate frauds and have come to the conclusion that while they were petty and mean to skeptics, they found no evidence that the data that proves man-made global warming had been messed with in a fraudulent way.

    M-kay, guess I should take the AP’s word for it, eh?

    I can see them being able to prove an increase in temperatures. But how do they prove it was man-made? And during what time period?

  172. I think they send you to a secondary search if you travel with no bags

  173. Volcanos naturally cause more CO2 than we could ever hope too… Now cow flatulance, there is a real probldem there… Damn steak is good! Hell, even ole Al Gore won’t give up steak for the environment…

  174. I spent 2 weeks in Hawaii and only packed a gym bag. As a carry on. I travel light.

  175. CO2 as a component of earth’s atmosphere: .0373 percent. Probable human contribution to that .0373%?? About 3%.

    Tell me again how this is gonna make us all DIE!

  176. 14 pairs of shorts and 1 Hawaiian shirt. Flip flops

  177. It’s not. Just a scare tactic to milk more taxes and control from the American people

  178. We give ourselves WAY too much credit. The Earth has been playing this game for so many millions of years longer than we have beem here.

  179. Been! man my spelling is whorible toodey

  180. Tell me again how this is gonna make us all DIE!

    According to the IPCC model, small increases in CO2 are leveraged by a water vapor feedback loop in the tropics. Water vapor is the ultimate greenhouse gas.

    Problem is, they have thermometers all over the frickin’ tropical oceans, and they just can’t find those dang warm spots that the model requires.

  181. MIchael – Just wait. They’ll need to homogenize that data at some point, no doubt!! /sarc

  182. I am amazed at how well they have done it so far! I guess the biased media has lent a hand in that dept.

  183. According to the IPCC model, small increases in CO2 are leveraged by a water vapor feedback loop in the tropics.

    And the proof that we did it, is where? How? Compared to what? Is there a human fingerprint on it? How?

  184. If that hockey stick keeps going up we will all catch on fire in 10 years!
    Just Sayin

  185. Right now, that doesn’t sound so bad, Forrester.

    **conveniently forgets that I was sweating my balls off three months ago**

  186. Been listening to this global warming/climate change bullshit for over 23 years. It is non-scientific, nonsensical balderdash!

  187. MCPO, it’s just a bunch of religious hoo-hah for people that look down their noses at religious people.

  188. These guys would make the worst investors ever. In the 70s, they were bleating about the coming ice age at a “market low” for temperatures. They’d have shorted the market with everything they had just as it was beginning to take off.

    The reverse is true now. Al Gore looks at the Hockey Stick and says it’s time to go long. I look at it and (apart from the fraud) see a reversal coming.

    This puts it in good perspective: http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/noaa_gisp2_icecore_anim_hi-def3.gif

    * taps foot on floor *

    * continues waiting on wife to get ready to leave for the event we were supposed to be at 20 minutes ago *

  189. The high priests, also called, “scientists”, therefore re-wrote the sacred scrolls. . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvR2mCx-Jnc

  190. “If that hockey stick keeps going up we will all catch on fire in 10 years!”

    I’m investing in an asbestos suit.

  191. Just got back the market with the best 2″ thick NY strip the butcher counter had and a tater for baking.

    As I was picking up some bacon, I ran across this and snapped a pic with my phone:

    http://tinyurl.com/yb45log

    BOING!

  192. Is that your thumb, Cuffy?

    What the hell is wrong with it? Do you ever trim your nails? Clean them, even?

  193. Dude, I told you: I just got a new leaf blower today. I’ve been out busting my ass in the yard all day & haven’t cleaned up. I was starving.

  194. MOM!!! CUFFY’S SHOWING US HIS CHUBBY AGAIN!!!

  195. I think the little Frosty Morn fellow’s terrified backward glance is the best part.

  196. ust got back the market with the best…

    Cuffy, did youse happen to pick up some English at the Market as well?

  197. I gotta find a new avatard photo for you, Sox.

  198. Dude, I told you: I just got a new leaf blower today.

    MOM!!!! Cuffy is slandering the Homosexual Illegal Immigrants AGAIN!!!!111!!!

  199. STFU SOX! Cats don’t speaka da english!

    http://tinyurl.com/ygrv6qn

  200. I gotta find a new avatard photo for you, Sox.

    Rut Roh…

    *** Puts on DogSuit, Heads to IB….***

  201. *** Sticks Head back in ***

    Cuffy, Cat got your Keyboard?

  202. Heh, Sox, I just meant I don’t really like that pic of you. I wanna find one of you lounging on the rug.

  203. re: fingernails; if Dave in Texas was on that alternate universe Star Trek, he’d have my fangers.

  204. As I was picking up some bacon, I ran across this and snapped a pic with my phone:

    It’s made with ALL 3 food groups: Chicken pork and beef

  205. mechanically separated chicken, jerryjiz. Only the best.

  206. stop it! yer makin me hungry

  207. Oh, well in that case, better make it two slices!

  208. It’s made with ALL 4 food groups: Chicken pork beef & chub

  209. So in tecnical terms, does that mean that the machine does not know the difference between the lips and the assholes??

  210. PPA likes the chub.

  211. It’s made with ALL 4 food groups: Chicken pork beef & chub

    No. That’s the one we feed to the ladies.

    Its also the same reason they don’t make good engineers. Once you have no concept of how long 12 inches really is, it kind of messes you up for the rest of the process.

  212. I nearly shot the pic with Big Chub down at johnson level, but the butcher was eyeing me.

  213. My wife enjoyed the “chub” group this morning… TMI??

    Aww come on!! That wuz a setup none of you cuda resisted…

  214. Hola

  215. It’s made with ALL 4 food groups: Chicken pork beef & chub

    Plus the Elf on the package looks VERY AFRAID…..

  216. I nearly shot the pic with Big Chub down at johnson level, but the butcher was eyeing me.

    Cuffy, when I worked at the grocery store in high school, we used to take do that with the ‘Family Pack” stickers from the meat department.

  217. Compared to what?

    Take a look at the video I just posted at IB, putting the hockey stick in context with ice core data.

  218. I was waiting to hear the intercom squawk “Creepy, unwashed drifter handling BIG CHUB! Code Red!”

  219. Also, there is a poll up so you can vote for the cutest video posted at IB today.

    Don’t vote for Dave!!!

  220. I nearly shot the pic with Big Chub down at johnson level, but the butcher was eyeing me.

    Got it now. The Elf looked afraid ’cause of where Cuffy JUST had him…..

  221. Michael, didn’t you see the story on MSN about how five reporters from the AP went through the email data and they conclusively concluded that they show no fraud on the scientists’ part? The Debate Is Over!™ The AP Said so!

  222. I was waiting to hear the intercom squawk “Creepy, unwashed drifter handling BIG CHUB! Code Red!”

    You’re a HOBO????

    *sharpens knives*

  223. The Associated Press are so super, super smart… Like Jeopardy smart!

  224. Is “Big Chub” like the modern day Spam??

  225. Just got back from the mall. Marinating a porterhouse now.

    I rock.

  226. Is “Big Chub” like the modern day Spam??

    No. More like what Algore wishes he could give to the globull warmening “deniers”.

    Unfortunately, its only the MSN that wants it, and they keep trying to put the ‘NotsoBigChub’ in their mouths.

  227. I rock hang out in the bathrooms at interstate rest stops and give BJs to truckers.

    FTFY.

  228. Marinating a porterhouse now.

    Is that the new name for it? I didn’t get the memo.

  229. BBL. I’m going to “marinate my porterhouse.”

    *wink wink*

  230. I marinated my porter…. Oh yeah, I already said that…
    Going to watch UFC at the neighbors. Nothing like mindless neanderthals beating each other into a pulp while i”m sippin’ an ice cold beer. Life is O.K.

  231. We have NY strip and porterhouse, all are very good steaks, however I prefer a delmonaco or a full prime rib

  232. Have a good evening.

  233. BBL. I’m going to “marinate my porterhouse.”

    *wink wink*

    Couldn’t get any takers for your Tri-Tip, huh? Well, Pure Luthern Dogma™ will do that to ya.

  234. Hi everyone. I actually did some real Christmas shopping today. Not the kind that coincides with me chatting with you guys.

  235. Any thoughts by you Navy guys?

    http://bubbleheads.blogspot.com/2009/12/remember-buddy-is-only-half-word.html

    Sounds bad for the XO to me. And the rest of the Navy.

  236. I might have to go see this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JRS1-JLfwY

  237. Forrester – It has happened before. However, this is the first time it’s been reported like this.

  238. I’m gonna be my nephew’s favorite aunt. I got them all sweaters! I rock!

  239. I got the Mrs.’ primary gift for her today…damn sales made it too hard NOT to spend the dough.

  240. I’m gonna have dinner with TEH HOSTAGES!

    http://tinyurl.com/y9krude

  241. Forrester, if the CO was fucking the help, and the XO knew it, he damned well had a responsibility to tell someone. Now, his first dime should have gone to the CO. You never go behind your bosses back. You can stab him in the chest, just never stab him in the back.

    But if that didn’t work, he had a duty to go higher in the chain of command.

  242. Cuffy – Wash your hands first!

  243. I’m gonna have dinner with TEH HOSTAGES!

    http://tinyurl.com/y9krude

    What? You didn’t bring enough for everybody?

  244. I paid off my last years Christmas present to me wednesday. Thank goodness for 12 months interest free financing.

    Time to start shopping!

  245. Forrester/xBrad – I saw one where the CO, XO, and the CMC all went down.

  246. Cuffy, I have the exact same tray.

    It’s like we’re family!!!

    **barfs uncontrollably all over the place**

  247. While we were out, we found my gift on sale. so. We bought it.

    It’s a heart monitor/watch. Tried it out. It’s awesome. Must have for everyone who works out. I swears.

  248. Whatchu drinking Cuffy?

    According to the comments X they just came back from tour, should the XO have reported it while at sea?

    Curious, I have never been in the navy and really do not know.

  249. Didn’t they just fire the entire command team (and half the goat locker) on a DDG?

  250. No one asked me, but I was drinking gin and tonics, but I’ve advanced (regressed?) to Baileys.

  251. I had one of those heart monitors when I was riding my bike Car in, Keep the heart in the zone for a hour and I lost #40

  252. Whatchu drinking Cuffy??i>

    My own bottle of Louis Jadot Beaujolais. Costco, $5.99. All mine. Glug glug.

  253. G&T sounds good Car in.
    I am doing vodka shots. To be followed by Bloody Marys tomorrow morning.

  254. According to the comments X they just came back from tour, should the XO have reported it while at sea?

    Why not? That’s where you need quality leadership the most. It’s not like they weren’t right there with the ARG commander.

  255. Yea. They’re awesome. Some workouts you don’t need ‘em. But, honestly, most folks I see working out are (obviously) slacking. They feel like they’re doing something, but if they wore a monitor they’d realize the truth.

    I see a lot of folks we put a lot of hours at the gym w/o … much to show for it. I’d like to give all those folks heart monitors.

  256. ooops.

    xbrad and I are tray homos!

  257. I have a date tomorrow night. I have been instructed to bring a Merlot.
    I marinated my thanksgiving turkey in a yellowtail merlot. I have a Gossemer Bay merlot that is 8 years old? Should I bring that or buy a new one?

  258. What’s a “workout?”

  259. I think that any effort in the gym is better than Oprah and bon-bons!

  260. I have no idea, forrester. I don’t know shit about wine.

  261. what if I don’t have a heart?

  262. MERLOT?!!! gasp. sputter. gak.

    Honestly, I used to drink Merlot all the time, but a few years back I switched to Cabernet and Pinot Noir. The other day my husband brought home a merlot and I could barely drink it.

    yes. I am now officially a wine snob.

  263. There are a lot of fair priced, excellent Merlots out there nowadays. Fucking Sideways.

  264. Chief, yes. True. But, if you are going to go 4 or 5 times a week. I get a feeling some of these folks really want to lose weight or get in better shape. They’re already doing the time. A bit more tweaking … and they’d get the results they want.

  265. I have a date tomorrow night. I have been instructed to bring a Merlot.

    Forrestererer, you don’t have a JOB!!! Stick with the Cuffy “Saturday Night Special” of a quart of Anne Green Spring, Roofies, and a Rose stolen from an Elderly Librarian…

  266. and a Rose stolen from an Elderly Librarian…

    is that a metaphor?

    bown-chicka-bowownnnn

  267. is that a metaphor?

    bown-chicka-bowownnnn

    I think DinT is more qualified to answer that…

  268. Back from picking up booze and smokes. That was agony.

  269. HAHAHA!
    I will take my 8 year old merlot and a Pinot Noir, maybe I will get lucky!

  270. Forrester, which part of the zone were you in?

    80% max?

    60% max?

    Do you remember what % of your heart rate zone your were in?

    You can get a decent merlot for $15-20.

    I don’t drink it, but Jacob’s Creek (around $10) used to have a good one and it’s inexpensive. Don’t take my word for it though. No worries, just be your charming self.

  271. . . . just be your charming self.

    Translation: Show up sober and with pants on.

  272. Two Buck Chuck.

    If she doesn’t like it, to hell with her.

  273. Back from picking up booze and smokes. That was agony.

    Was “Booze” and “Smokes” 16 and 17 respectively, and actually Undercover Police Officers?

  274. Hey forrester,

    Do you think this is funny?

    http://tinyurl.com/ydd52gw

  275. Hope that gout subsides.

  276. When I was riding my bike to loose weight I went a hour at 200 minus my age or 80% but I would sprint to 100% 5x in 20 min. The rest of the ride was 80% With rubber knees. On Saturday I would ride 50 miles at 80% no sprints. Sunday was off. I could drink a milkshake a day and still loose weight! (Ok maybe 3 milkshakes a week)

  277. That is freaking hilarious pupster!
    I have never!

  278. SeaNm, one of the family members had gout. They used to take and mix about two fingers apple cider vinegar, two tablespoons honey into a glass of Welches Grape Juice. The vinegar will dissolve the uric acid crystals. Please give it a try. It can’t hurt any worse!

  279. Was “Booze” and “Smokes” 16 and 17 respectively, and actually Undercover Police Officers?

    *starts dryer*

    Here, kitty kitty…

  280. Pups, even the Stupid Cat thinks its funny….

  281. SeaNm, one of the family members had gout. They used to take and mix about two fingers apple cider vinegar, two tablespoons honey into a glass of Welches Grape Juice. The vinegar will dissolve the uric acid crystals. battery acid. Please give it a try. It can’t hurt any worse!

  282. Steak? Done. Tater? Done. Wine? Refill.

    http://tinyurl.com/y92ypeu

    And now, Scout & Boo’s favorite part … tater skins! (dangling above their snouts):

    http://tinyurl.com/yaaggef

  283. *starts dryer*

    TWICE IN ONE DAY!!!11!!!!

    Um…I’m allergic to “Bounce”….

  284. Oh, thanks for the tip, cat.

    *turns off dryer*

    I’m gonna try to get some cherries tomorrow. I’ve heard that eating cherries helps.

  285. battery acid. Please give it a try. It can’t hurt any worse!

    Oh, thats right. Darn CatNip FlashBacks….

  286. Same principal as I understand it Sean. You would know in about 10 minutes on the dose of vinegar.

  287. Jeremiah Johnson…I’m watching it right now.

    For about the 29th time. Best Redford movie?

    I say yes.

  288. Good puppies, Cuffster.

  289. The Day the Earth Stood Still. So far, Jennifer Connolly remains Teh Hawt.

  290. Boo is such a good dog. He looks wise with his gray whiskers.

  291. Anyone else watch Bones?

    They blew up Santa.

  292. Brad – Excellent episode. Enjoy the ending.

  293. They blew up Santa.

    Based on what I got for Christmas last year, bastard had it coming….

  294. I gave you a NICE gift last year, you ungrateful, fur shedding, couch scratching, rug barfing little bastard.

  295. **scritches favorite kitteh behind the ears**

  296. Well, o.k. I did enjoy getting the fifty cents off the yearly subscription rate for IB…..

    Just don’t tell everybody….

  297. Hey Chief, and “Boss” did y’all see this? Wonder if something might be up?

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/military-mutiny-in-iran/

  298. Good stuff Sox
    Calling it a night.

  299. Sox, Iran has long had a great deal of internal dissent. In fact, in many ways, the regime is less stable than the Iraqi regime was. Ironically, Iran has had a great deal more trade and interaction with the West the last 20 years than Iraq.

    How will this play out? While the regime may not be popular with the majority of the people, don’t forget, there’s an awful lot of people who would lose status and power if the regime is overthrown. They also remember the consequences of being on the losing side of a revolution, and are likely to be VERY bloodyminded if that’s what it takes to maintain the regime.

  300. Sox- The Iranian military is the fulcrum. Who knows which way things will go?

  301. Thank you, guys. See y;all tomorrow. Hope you get to feelin’ better SeaNm….

  302. No way. He and Newman were way better.

  303. don’t forget that the Iranians have a two-tier military. The regular military, then the Revolutionary Guards, whose main task is internal security (that is, they are a counterbalance to the regular military).

    It’s very similar to the Werhmacht/SS arrangement in Nazi Germany. Indeed, it is modeled on it.

  304. Thanks, cat.

  305. Heh, just dropped some autoharp on the IBers…

  306. it IS intrigueinging.

  307. A: STFU

    Q: Who is “redclay?”

  308. My new favorite time waster

    http://www.flashbynight.com/drench/

    You guys were boring me so I had to find something else.

  309. **scratches “bore Tat” off of to-do list**

    **moves on to “set MCPO on fire”**

  310. Bring your extra matchbook, beeoytch.

  311. MOM!!! TAT”S BEING A MULLAH AGAIN!!! ULULULULUULU!!!

  312. make clay is taking a shit

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=making%20clay&defid=4142763

  313. Bring your extra matchbook, beeoytch.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZYh5IFUqmw

  314. heheh look up dog in the bathtub

  315. “redclay”? southern for “the man”, John Galt”, or “the reason all you can get is fat chicks.”

  316. Skyhawks, Intruders, Phantoms and some random USAF shit. What’s your point?

  317. “redclay”? southern for “the man”, John Galt”, or “the reason all you can get is fat chicks.”

    I’m just not seeing what ties those three things together.

  318. ok, xbrad, more elle and i’ll shut up. but fiberglass? fiberglass where? Balloon ever goes up , and they will be dealing with mines and ieds up the yin yang. that and artillery is bout all the the north koreans can afford. where do they put the fiberglass?

  319. “redclay”? southern for “the man”, John Galt”, or “the reason all you can get is fat chicks.”

    I’m just not seeing what ties those three things together.”

    genetics, pride, and charm.

  320. ‘sup homies!? BrewFan is in the houuuuusssseeee!

  321. redclay, most of the hull of the K21 is fiberglass. Or, more specifically, GRP, glass reinforced plastic. Pound for pound, it’s as good as aluminum (and pound for pound, aluminum is better than steel). That’s covered with composite ceramic/metallic armor.

    As for mines and IEDs, there’s a school of thought that GRP is more resistant to spalling and burning than aluminum.

  322. Napalm sticks to Rascals.

  323. There is no way I’m reading through 325 comments. Was anyone funneh today?

  324. Was anyone funneh today?

    Are you sure you’re in the right place?

  325. Was anyone funneh today?

    Just me. Here’s a sample: “Jesus and his disciples were walking around one day, when Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like 3x squared plus 8x minus 9.” The disciples looked very puzzled, and finally asked Peter, “What on earth does Jesus mean – the Kingdom of Heaven is like 3x squared plus 8x minus 9? Peter
    said, “Don’t worry. It’s just another one of his parabolas.””

  326. Sky’s new here.

  327. Tat, I figure that it has to happen at least once a year. Someone’s got to contribute something amusing at least once in a 12-month period.

    Brewfan – no. Just no.

  328. outside my realm, x brad, i’ll look it up.

  329. redclay, it’s a pretty unique approach to building armor. Our army took a very long hard look at making IFVs out of ceramics, but AFAIK, never tried GRP in anything but the most esoteric applications (for instance, they make a combination flakjacket/ life preserver).

  330. Sky, DIT put up a very important video link at 5:36, other than that you didn’t miss much.

  331. Checking in on you reprobates from my Autism Speaks benefit at the Hard Rock Cafe in Beantown. Looks like the place is mostly in order, and xbrad still hasn’t spilled any funneh.

    In honor of Navy’s win over Army today, and for other obvious reasons, there are some crewmen from the USS Dallas here tonight with a very low … nigh on nonexistent … bar tab.

  332. how’r yall?

  333. L to R: skylia, BrewFan 10 seconds after BrewFan tells his joke

    http://tinyurl.com/knjzf4

  334. funny thing, i try to keep up with the iranian dissidents,and sonuvagun.
    north korea is bubbling around the edges. how loose does that s*&^n have to be for them to be comfortable with protest?

  335. Hi sohos! *waves*

  336. That video of the puppy is teh cute.

  337. Now the mist across the window hides the lines
    But nothing hides the color of the lights that shine

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inrEPapTtMM

  338. damn. i hate homework. i’m on it.

  339. So, anyone have any suggestions on what I should do with my last day off before Christmas? (And if the suggestion is Christmas shopping, shut yer whore mouth in advance.)

  340. Oddly, Michael thinks videos of Miley what’s her name and crappy 80s videos are cuter than that puppy.

    You cannot be cuter than a puppy. Especially one howling at a whistle.

    Vote here.

    http://michaelscomments.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/vote-for-cutest-video-today/

    I’ll give him this, that kid on the ukelele was pretty stinkin cute. Just gets trumped by a puppy.

    It’s science.

  341. So, anyone have any suggestions on what I should do with my last day off before Christmas?

    Bake a pie.

  342. Hey, redclay, sorry we mistook you for a troll at DPUD the other day.

  343. nothing, skyliaember. mimosas, bloody marys, good food, and somebody you don’t mind underfoot. relaxation, relaxing, and nothing.

  344. Puppies are pretty awesome. I’m more of a cat person, myself, though. I have this weird phobia that dogs are going to give me strep throat. Someone told me that once when I was a little girl, and no amount of rational thinking can get the fear out of me.

  345. There is no way I’m reading through 325 comments.

    Well, you missed the pictures of my steak, my dogs and my Big Chub.

  346. ‘Sup, ‘Tards?
    For the last ten years, or so, the RG has been getting all the goodies and funds while the Iranian Army and Air Force have been shut out. The regime places much more trust in the RG, than the regular forces. It was the RG that was killing protesters after the last election. The RG is the collection of the mullahs thugs who are in it for the privileges and power. They don’t give a shit about rights or justice. They are just thugs. Much like the SEIU.
    On a brighter note, I went to the bike-show in Seattle today. Many pretty toys! Spent a bunch of time at the Ducati display. Ohh, Shiny! All it takes is money, I guess. There sure are a lot of motorbike companies making wonderful toys now.
    On the other paw, it was so damned crowded that you couldn’t take a full step. Way too many people in too little space. They wanted $8.50 for a draft-beer! WTF,O? I only wanted ONE!

    It’s going to be a long winter…

    ChrisP

  347. So, anyone have any suggestions on what I should do with my last day off before Christmas?

    You can come up and finish helping me clean the apt for company.

  348. “Bake a pie.”

    I know I’m new here, but shit, you should know by now that I can’t even make sammiches, much less a pie.

    Redclay’s got the right idea.

    And, Cuffy, I could go for pictures of steak. And dogs. If they’re cute.

  349. Fair warning, ChrisP is being read as crispy.

  350. cuffy you got a big chub?

  351. “You can come up and finish helping me clean the apt for company.”

    Is there booze involved?

  352. Cuffy?

    http://tinyurl.com/yema3ma

  353. TI,
    That is as it should be.

    ChrisP

  354. Never heard of Blackberry Smoke. I liked the song.

  355. Is there booze involved?

    There’s a bottle of grey goose around here somewhere.

  356. “There’s a bottle of grey goose around here somewhere.”

    Done and done.

  357. good lord sean you should warn a gal before exposes us to that jeez!!!!!!

  358. i may be a troll, sean m., i just don’t like being called one.

    i was bored and trying to cause trouble. deserved what i got.
    i’m trying to stay home and out of trouble. my house has no girls
    and lotsa whiskey. the opposite of normal.

  359. For sky (a repeat for others)…

    My Steak: http://tinyurl.com/yb5otby

    My Pups: http://tinyurl.com/yajuxvn

    My Big Chub: http://tinyurl.com/ycsp4ok

  360. Dogs cure strep throat.

  361. “good lord sean you should warn a gal before exposes us to that jeez!!!!!!”

    I’m with sohos. Some things can’t be unseen.

  362. Cuffy – I want steak now. And a baked potato. And a corgi.

    I do not want a big chub.

  363. Everybody knows that smooching a puppy will cure strep throat. And migraines.

    Common knowledge.

  364. I’m gonna try to get some cherries tomorrow. I’ve heard that eating cherries helps.

    It does help, Sean. Black Cherrie juice is better. Also add some dandilion tea. My mom has done both through her chemo and has not had to take alopurinol at all. Good Luck.

  365. “Everybody knows that smooching a puppy will cure strep throat. And migraines.

    Common knowledge.”

    Ew, puppy spit! (Again – I know it’s completely irational. But I can’t get the image of little, evil strep throat germs crawling around in puppy spit, all evil and conspiring to get me sick. Bastard germs.)

  366. He wear no shoeshine, he got toe-jam football
    He got monkey finger, he shoot coca-cola
    He say “I know you, you know me”
    One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
    Come together right now over me

  367. roaminfirehydrant, you like them, you will flat love the drive bys.

    drinkin music, all of it.
    it’s raining like hell, and the lightning is covering the whole sky.
    i’m gonna drag this bottle out to the bacony.
    booze, pyrotechnics and watching a cold shower should let me think
    about something othern a sweet girl.

  368. >>My Big Chub: http://tinyurl.com/ycsp4ok

    How YOU do-in’!

  369. They can disinfect anything.

  370. Big Chub — it’s everywhere: http://tinyurl.com/yb25qmf

  371. “Ew, puppy spit!”

    Funny coming from a person that has a box of cat shit in her house.

  372. Dogs cure strep throat.

    I believe that.

    I once severed my right arm in a freak knife throwing trampoline accident. I put my dog on the case and my arm was fully restored in less than a week.

    True story.

  373. “Funny coming from a person that has a box of cat shit in her house.”

    My cat is toilet trained. Really.

  374. I just noticed in your linky Cuffy that there’s also a pic to the right of “Hot Nuts”. HAHA!

  375. My cat is toilet trained. Really.

    How long did that training take? Does he/she flush too??

  376. Puppy spit is used to make 4 of the 7 major classes of antibiotics.

    Kind of a pain to hold em over the drool cup though. They all wiggly.

  377. “How long did that training take? Does he/she flush too??”

    If you start them really young, it only takes about a week or two. I’ve had cats that would flush the handle (which takes a lot more time-intensive training – a month or so with a lot of treats), but this cat was a street rescue. Found the poor thing next to one of her brothers, who was very dead. We saved her. But she’s super skittish, still; she was just a tiny kitten when we took her home six months ago. So the flush training didn’t work with her because the noise just freaks her the hell out.

  378. Redclay, you can call me romy or RFH.

    Listen to this one before Youtube takes it down.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq1w60mAtkw

  379. It took my wife about 3 months to train me. I flush about 6 out of 10 times.

  380. What kind of treats did she use, Chief?

  381. My cat is toilet trained. Really.

    ♫Jinxie Cat, Jinxie Cat, I love you ♫

  382. Chex mix and Irish whiskey.

  383. Hah… we played that tune at a wedding reception 2 years ago, it was new to me. Had no idea it was CCR, I was playing from a lead sheet.

  384. Cuffy, your dogs are adorable!!

    Any pics of kittycat, Sky?

  385. I love these bacon rise krispies. Seriously. I wish they could last forever.

  386. Hahahaha, Chief. Mr. RFH always puts the seat and the lid down, so the dogs wouldn’t drink out of the toilet. I told him, just keep pretending the dogs are around.

  387. Double cute-whammy, Cyn. Kittycat AND toddler.

  388. There’s only one CCR.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BmEGm-mraE

  389. Thanks, Cyn.

    Queen Elizabeth drinks a tankard of Corgi slobber every day for good health.

  390. Bet you have played this one, too, Dave.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSLFtsxZUC8

  391. AWWWWWWW!

    The cuteness is stealing my soul!!11!!

  392. Ahh, there’s a bathroom on the right.

  393. Dave? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esjec0JWEXU&NR=1&feature=fvwp

  394. Romy – They have seats??

  395. Sky, blond curls AND blue eyes. Wow, you’re in trouble.

  396. Double cute-whammy, Cyn. Kittycat AND toddler.

    Too. Freakin’. Cute.

    Douglas writes to say that the kitteh is unprofessional.

  397. “AWWWWWWW!

    The cuteness is stealing my soul!!11!!”

    They’r’e both little devils. Don’t let the cute fool you.

  398. Oh my Lord, the blonde curls on that little darling.

  399. HA! I had forgotten about about those ‘revised lyrics’ Tat.

  400. They’r’e both little devils. Don’t let the cute fool you.

    Spoken like a true Mom!

  401. “Sky, blond curls AND blue eyes. Wow, you’re in trouble.”

    I know. Her daddy all ready agonizes about when she turns into a teenager and wants to date boys.

  402. >>Douglas writes to say that the kitteh is unprofessional.

    Wha? Where? When?

  403. HAHAHA… Scott, I played that video and Moses went apeshit.

  404. Chief, Herself doesn’t do this?

    http://tinyurl.com/ycvjcep

  405. calling it an early night ladies and gents. peace and love.

  406. My youngest son is blond and blue eyes. He would be five years older, but let me know if you’d like to see them hooked up.

  407. Sky, buy a shotgun now. I did.

    Also, Ingram becomes Alabama’s first Heisman winner.

  408. Romy – No. She was nice enough to give me my own toilet. . . outside.

  409. Wha? Where? When?

    He was a total fucking dick yesterday re: sky’s pics at DPUD.

  410. Chief, I seriously contemplating installing a urinal in the downstairs bathroom, closest to Mr. RFH’s shop / man cave. If we hadn’t gone over budget…

  411. Thanks Cuffy. I’m sure that somewhere in there a nice person resides. That’s all I have to say about that.

  412. “My youngest son is blond and blue eyes. He would be five years older, but let me know if you’d like to see them hooked up.”

    We’ll have to discuss the details further. I think she’s worth at least a herd of cattle.

    And, Romy, we did. A week after she was born. Hubby wrapped it in shiny pink wrapping paper as a present for me.

  413. “He was a total fucking dick yesterday re: sky’s pics at DPUD.”

    My kitty does not have neck wrinkles, damnit!

  414. I’m sure that somewhere in there a nice person resides.

    Yeah, I used to think that. He’s an ass.

  415. >>We’ll have to discuss the details further. I think she’s worth at least a herd of cattle.

    Done. I’ll throw a Llama to sweeten the pot.

    *spits in palm of hand and extends toward Sky for the sealing of the deal*

  416. Ooh! Llama! *palm-spit and hand shaking commences.*

  417. Romy – Joe Willie Namath didn’t win the Heisman?! Unbelievable!

  418. Sky – Hold out for 3 Alpacas!! Friggin’ Llamas are nasty, spitting second cousins to camels!

  419. Sky, here’s mine.

    http://tinyurl.com/nvadne

  420. Chief, I got a whole herd of cattle. AND a Llama. I don’t care if it’s nasty. I’m going to eat steak forever!

  421. alpacas are awesome

  422. Chief, nope. I was surprised, too.

  423. Wha? Where? When?

    He was a total fucking dick yesterday re: sky’s pics at DPUD.

    That Douglas?

  424. I remember Weeb Eubank on the sidelines in the 4th quarter of the the Sugar Bowl (IIRC) signing Namath up to the Jets.

  425. “Sky, here’s mine.
    http://tinyurl.com/nvadne

    She’s so cute!

  426. roamy, how could i not like cross canadian ragweed?

    how bout kelly hogan?

  427. Looked it up. Joe Namath played 1962-64. Heisman Trophy winners were Terry Baker, Roger Staubach, and John Huarte.

  428. Huarte was also signed by the Jets, but Namath beat him for the starting position.

  429. tats:

    yup. He’s kept his winning streak going on getting tossed from sites after degrading and sexist comments aimed at a wimmins

  430. She’s darling, Romy!!!

    Here’s Kye at about 18 months old–great pic to show his eye color. Our children will make beautiful babies.

  431. Now I like Kelly Hogan, too. Thanks, redclay.

    Redclay, where are you?

  432. This poat is stinky

  433. tats:

    yup. He’s kept his winning streak going on getting tossed from sites after degrading and sexist comments aimed at a wimmins

    I guess there’s something to be said for consistency.

  434. Staubach was a stud. Huarte was, I think, a product of Notre Dame hype. But Joe Willie, leading the Crimson Tide, was a thing of beauty.

  435. and old

  436. You sure you’re not needing some Nair, Vmax?

  437. “Our children will make beautiful babies.”

    Yes. More little blonde haired, blue-eyed, racist conservatives. Mwahahahaha.

  438. and so long as we are talking southern music. how bout a local boy?

    sweat is a virtue.

  439. tats: yup. I just wonder where he’ll wind up next. Oh well.

  440. augusta,georgia. the birthplace of golf and soul. the fried chickens not bad, either.

  441. ember: my daughter & I are both blonde/blue. She’ll be 5 in March.

  442. Sky and Cyn, thank you. Mr. RFH and I have joked about forming a “Friends of Ruth” group on Facechimp. She made another friend at church tonight.

  443. Some BO maybe Cyn
    Nair?
    not so much

  444. I keed wiff you V!

  445. Hi Sky, Cyn, and Romy1!

  446. Redclay, really? I’m from across the river in North Augusta. Still have family there and in Hepzibah, Martinez, and Appling.

  447. Hi Vmax!

  448. Calling it a night, fellow racist conservatives.

    Sweet Dreams All

  449. could throw a rock at you from here.

  450. I lived in Marietta GA for a while after my divorce.

  451. Hi, Vmax!

    Eddie, I was hoping that Ember Jr. would inherit my gingerness. But, alas, she’s a Barbie.

  452. Well, I’m in Alabama now, but you’re in my old stomping grounds. Send me some Wife Saver chicken with the macaroni and cheese?

  453. night all,and roamy.

  454. Night, redclay!

  455. and nanna puddin?

  456. I bought this in Hotlanta

    http://kawasaki.com/Products/Product-Specifications.aspx?scid=6&id=432

    it was not a 2010 more like a 19885 Zx10

  457. how much skin/paint you leave on the road, vmaximus?

    night, ember.

  458. Then I switched to Yamadogs
    like this one

    http://www.starmotorcycles.com/star/products/model360/23/0/360.aspx

  459. Romy! I didn’t know you were from North Augusta. I used to go down for The Masters and also stayed/played several times at Sage Valley in Graniteville, SC.

  460. I have put my right elbow behind my left ear Redclay
    and a few other things

  461. Redclay, oh, hell, yes, nanna puddin.

    When I was pregnant with my first, I craved Wife Saver fried chicken. I went to every place that had fried chicken in Huntsville, nowhere close. I seriously contemplated driving the 325 miles.

  462. ember:

    well, being a blonde is not all bad. She also is tall for her age and smart.

    I’m going to have my hands full

  463. Ok, I’m back. Who’s the new guy?

    Redclay, I’m from Macon (but I live in effing Taxachussetts now … don’t ask). What’s your story?

    And … yeah … what Sean M. said about kicking you in the dick at DPUD.

  464. that’s a pretty bike. i’m used to old harleys. you can’t get lost. they breadcrumb oil everywhere you go.

  465. Clint, we would get Thursday and Friday of Masters week off from school. Most of my high school friends worked in the concession stands.

  466. My very firstus street bike was this one.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_GPZ750_Turbo

    Blinding quick

  467. “She also is tall for her age and smart.

    I’m going to have my hands full”

    Ah, little girls. The bane of every parent’s existance.

  468. And I don’t know anything about Sage Valley. Graniteville was all cotton mills when I was there.

  469. $1.25 egg salad sammiches, Romy!

  470. A very rich man built a course called Sage Valley Golf Club just north of Graniteville about 1 mile or so south of the interstate. It’s pretty much the equal to, and in some ways better than, Augusta National.

  471. Clint, pimiento cheese sammiches, too.

    Oh, there was a tire plant in Graniteville, too. I don’t know if it’s still there or not. I missed my 25th class reunion this year.

  472. Also, one of my dad’s co-workers would caddy at the Masters, back when you had to hire an Augusta National caddy rather than bring your own. He got Fuzzy Zoeller’s autograph the year he won.

  473. clintbird, i’m at 18 every april.
    vmax, that sounds an asphalt movie.
    tell me, roamy, i’ll pack you up some.

    macon to soviet socialist republic of kerry?
    what are you, on work release? you have got to be running from the law.
    i’m as irish as the next drunk, but there is highways running every direction
    out of town. i’m sure there is an excuse for that, but i can’t think of what it is.
    and no dick-kickin. he just said to go eff myself. i’m sure somebody will get to the kickin at some point.

  474. Romy, the first time I ever actually walked onto Augusta National and then walked around … I simply could not believe it. TV doesn’t come close to doing it justice.

    I really like that area, and in fact have seriously considered it for a retirement option.

  475. being a blonde is not all bad. She also is tall for her age and smart.

    Eddie, we need to compare notes. I’m in the same boat.

    Here’s the 9-year old: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30418637&l=52915f0adb&id=1011144896

    BTW, that picture’s from a 400-foot lookout near our house. If you’ll look closely, and by closely I mean you almost have to imagine it, you can see the Boston skyline just over her left shoulder.

    My plan is to give any little suitor that has the balls to darken my doorstep a Sharpie and a 12-gauge shotgun shell. The little fucker can write his name on the instrument of his death if he so much as looks at her wrong.

  476. Andy, she’s darling. Good luck.

  477. Romy, I’ve been around Fuzzy quite a few times. In fact, once in Louisville, he and I got to tipping a few at the airport and had such a good time (I think) that we both changed our flights to later flights.

    He and his pal Hubert Green KNEW how to party. Hubert is a kick too.

    I usually waked all over the course, redclay, rather than sitting in one location, plus I normally had certain players I’d follow throughout the day.

  478. Golf or kids? Neither topic appeals.

  479. Romy, the first time I ever actually walked onto Augusta National and then walked around … I simply could not believe it. TV doesn’t come close to doing it justice.

    I was spoiled growing up where there were so many flowers and such a large effort for a city to look beautiful every April. The azaleas, camellias, forsythia, dogwood, and redbud. Sigh.

  480. roamy, i was old enough to drink before i realized masters was not a national holiday.
    the mills are dead, roamy. train wreck killed them. i’ll throw a minter cheese sammich in, too.
    food and booze are free during masters. fuzzy likes fried chicken, too, roamy.

    better than the national? somebody needs to wash your mouth out with grass-flavored soap. augusta is golf church.every building at the national has stained glass windows. except the press building. we hate the press.

  481. my 1st harley was a 250 2 stroke in 1976
    then went to bigger bikes but they were Jap bikes

  482. macon to soviet socialist republic of kerry?

    Been to Macon lately? Holy shit!

    FYI, not sure how many of you Hostages know this, but Erick Erickson at RedState is on the Macon City Council. If you want to see what a shithole my hometown has become, go and read his emails with Elaine Lucas, another city council member, that are on his RedState home page.

    BTW, if you read them, you’ll find it funneh that I bequeathed my Macon-native status to Erick afterwards.

  483. redclay, go play and stay at Sage Valley then decide. As they say down there, it’s high cotton – some of the highest.

  484. yeah. Redclay, umm..sorry about being rough on you. My bad.

  485. Redclay, did you go to Evans or Butler high school?

  486. For Tat, who doesn’t want to talk about golf or kids:

    Now that you live where you do, go here:

    http://www.iowabeefsteakhouse.com/

    Worth the trip, I promise!

  487. My 2nd bike was a xr750

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harley-Davidson_Sportster#X_series_Sportsters

    Then I went Japanese

  488. Andy, she’s darling. Good luck.

    Thanks, Sky. Remember that when I call looking for bail money.

  489. fuzzy can drink, now. him and lee trevino. and the fat sweaty guy that never makes the cut.
    depending on where you are coming from, clint,the houses here are almost free.

    augusta puts on the dog in april, roamy. the whole city explodes in bloom.

    we were talking about booze, too, tattooedin.

  490. “Thanks, Sky. Remember that when I call looking for bail money.”

    Yours has six years on mine. So, remember who gave you bail money when I come looking for bail money.

  491. Good nite all

  492. ember: btw, your little one is darling.

    Andy: I couldn’t get the photo to come up. But, yeah, I dread when she turns 13. I may send her to a convent to keep the boys away

  493. the fat sweaty guy that never makes the cut.

    Craig Stadler?

  494. For Tat, who doesn’t want to talk about golf or kids:

    Now that you live where you do, go here:

    http://www.iowabeefsteakhouse.com/

    Worth the trip, I promise!

    Umm, I’ve lived in NE since 2nd grade (off and on). I’d be more impressed if you could find me a really good sushi place. I’m not all that hung up on steaks. Altho, it’s as good an excuse as any for a road trip.

  495. Sleep calls. Goodnight all.

  496. night vmax

  497. andy, a buddy of mine used to run a bar in macon backwhen we were kids. i know all bout that place.

    clint, i’ve played badly everywhere. you need to try the ritz carlton in greensboro.

    eddie, my skin is so thick, i’m impervious to anything up to .40 cal. don’t worry about it.

    westside high, roamy.

  498. http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-091211-led-lights,0,3727265.story

    stupid fucking hippies

  499. **snoops around Andy’s other photos

    I had forgotten about the Palin meetup.

  500. I was spoiled growing up where there were so many flowers and such a large effort for a city to look beautiful every April. The azaleas, camellias, forsythia, dogwood, and redbud. Sigh.

    Oh, Ms. Roamy. Roamy, Roamy, Roamy. There is nothing worse than having grown up in GA, moved to the Frozen Effing North, and then watching The Masters on the t.v. … looking out your window at falling snow … and then looking back at The Masters.

  501. The also serve GREAT Iowa porkchops too, Tat. Side trip while you’re there = Taste of Thailand for the food and for the beer (scores and scores of international brands, including some that will kick your ass).

  502. john daly, roamy. so bad he drank himself out of a hooters sponsorship.

  503. HAHAHAHA! Stupid, tree hugging, National Geographic- wannabe hippie!!

    http://tinyurl.com/yar5dwq

    Nigh’tall!

  504. I know Daly’s agent quite well, redclay. Been around John too. The poor guy has issues – an understatement.

  505. night all

  506. There’s also s’posed to be a wicked awesome tea store somewhere around the south side of the city.

    I just got warned that the biker bar two blocks down the street is not a place I want to investigate. Which of course makes me curious.

  507. Don’t know about the tea story, Tat. As far as biker bars, Des Moines has several so I’m not sure which one you may be talking about.

  508. “I just got warned that the biker bar two blocks down the street is not a place I want to investigate. Which of course makes me curious.”

    I’d go for sure.

  509. i say he knows how to drink, clint. he has got the theory down flat. the application tends to find him out in the front yard passed out in his yonder wear.

  510. As far as biker bars, Des Moines has several so I’m not sure which one you may be talking about.

    Nah, the one that’s two blocks from my apt.

  511. He was on the veranda at Sage Valley one evening while I was there and had to be carried home (yes, it was a tournament night).

  512. Redclay, there was an NFL player that came from Westside. **dredges memory**

  513. redclay: good deal. Thanks.

  514. which mike, roamy? white or kelley?

  515. All I’m coming up with is Charley Britt, and he’s from North Augusta.

  516. New poat, hairball hackers.

  517. What do you think, Sohos:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/12/houston-voters-elect-openly-gay-mayor/

  518. Mike White. Thank you.

  519. been to a couple of his partys, clint. the homeowners always take a hefty deposit. it is fun watching him stumble around and sweat his liver out thursday. too bad. he is a nice guy.

  520. Charlie Waters is from North Augusta, too.

  521. I had forgotten about the Palin meetup.

    I haven’t. :-)

    She was teh awesome. I talked with her for a couple of minutes and spent a good bit of time talking to Todd. It’s a shame there’s only that one picture of us that was kind of staged right at the end. I was playing cameraman for AS, too, and couldn’t really take much of a self-photo.

    We (Amy and I) gave Todd a camo Autism Speaks cap and two signed copies of the book she and Jack are in (http://www.amazon.com/Autism-Me-Sibling-Ouisie-Shapiro/dp/0807504874/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260683430&sr=8-1) for Sarah and her sister, who has an autistic child.

    I’m definitely a fan.


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