There Is No Hope for America

Not if this is possible.

I think she has issues about her father. I could be wrong.

I rest my case.

I’m going to vote for sharia law if this is the alternative.

Anybody else noticing that a lot of young people these days seem kind of desperate and aimless?

Jeebers.  I’m starting to feel like some cranky old fart.  Maybe me and MCPO should get together and bitch about young people.

152 Comments

  1. She is complaining of a headache also Carin. I am not sure it is caffeine related.

  2. Michael can post this crap here too?

  3. Batmunch, every generation looks listless and worthless to the one prior, all the way back to at least Roman times.

    You wait, some day this one will be complaining to their kids about how bad they had it in the Obama Depression.

  4. We need a Michael czar.

  5. Michael can post this crap here too?

    I blame PJM. And possibly Mare.

    *shakes fist at sky*

    MAAAAAAARE!!!

  6. Did she tell her docs?

  7. Best wishes to your mom, Vmax.

  8. Batmunch, every generation looks listless and worthless to the one prior, all the way back to at least Roman times.

    I know. I actually heard a fascinating presentation about a year ago, that outlined how every generation is sort of a reaction to their parents — they don’t want to be like them.

    It started with the WWII generation and went to the kids of today. Interesting stuff.

  9. As of 7pm Carin,
    No.

  10. Thanks Sean.

  11. I know. I actually heard a fascinating presentation about a year ago, that outlined how every generation is sort of a reaction to their parents — they don’t want to be like them.

    Without having ever really met him (he died when I was 6 months old), I have become my maternal grandfather in most of the ways that matter, so that gives me some hope for the Xer’s and Yer’s.

  12. Prayers for your mom, Vmax, if you missed it at the end of the last thread.

  13. Calling it a night all.

    I need to drink another quart of something, still cramping up.

    Supposed to be 96 (actual) with a 107 feels like tomorrow.

    Lets do roofing!

  14. I blame PJM. And possibly Mare.

    Don’t blame anybody. I hacked my way in.

    I just needed a place to dump stuff that was not worthy for IB.

  15. I’ve basically been a grumpy old man since I was a teenager.

    GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

  16. Michael, I’m not as ancient as you or MCPO but I’m betting I’m just as cranky. Though I think with the right adult guidance, young* folks aren’t too bad. I like them better than people my own age or my parent’s age…’.they’ make me real crabby.

    * talking 25 and younger

  17. thanks Leon

  18. Maybe I’m an anomaly? I worshiped my old man and always did my best to uphold the virtues of courage, honor and forthrightness he exemplified.

  19. Vmax, if your mom isn’t communicating like she should to the doctors, someone else should.

    Keep pushing those liquids. Take care and have a good night.

  20. I’ve basically been a grumpy old man since I was a teenager.

    I didn’t really get good and grumpy until my early 20s. I had been largely shielded from hippies and the like until college. It was until I personally witness their flippant, belligerent ignorance that I started to think seriously about my lawn and who ought not be on it.

  21. Oh, and while I am glad that I wasn’t, I should have been born in a different time. I am more conservative than my parents. Happier too. With grumpy on the side for the shadows.

    *hmmm…an aside…Mr. beasn is baking blueberry muffins…odd that*

  22. Oh, and while I am glad that I wasn’t, I should have been born in a different time.

    I know exactly what you measn.

  23. Maybe I’m an anomaly? I worshiped my old man and always did my best to uphold the virtues of courage, honor and forthrightness he exemplified.

    Nah…..maybe your father was a good man as you answered yourself.

  24. I should have been born in a different time.

    We live in sad times, fighting against a tide of ignorance that is befouling this once great nation.

  25. I was born in the right time, I think, but I often feel trapped in the past. I see all the tech that’s 10, 15, or 25 years out, and I think of all the frustration I’m going to have to endure until it gets here. The best I can do is hope that my perspective — having lived through it all — will be worth something in the decades ahead. It’s weird to think that my generation is the last one that will remember a time before the internet, at least in America.

  26. beasn, meeting a hippy.

  27. I’ve basically been a grumpy old man since I was a teenager.

    Sean, this site is a hoot:

    The Problem With Young People Today Is . . .

    Don Mills is like a god.

  28. Well darn, I was upgrading a system this evening and I missed the kick ass speechifyin, but I see the buzzards at MSNBC aren’t too happy.

    Their tears, they are like sweet nectar to me.

  29. I have become my maternal grandfather in most of the ways that matter . . .

    You’re a horse thief?

  30. Bacon-wrapped schadenfreude, my friend.

  31. Don Mills is like a god.

    Thanks for linking that, Bruce. I’d seen it before but hadn’t bookmarked it.

  32. Man, LA is thumping Boston so far.

    This is one where I root for Boston because I hate the Lakers more.

  33. Oh, and while I am glad that I wasn’t, I should have been born in a different time.

    I know exactly what you measn.

    ditto, ditto, ditto

  34. Anybody seen MCPO around?

    heh heh heh

  35. You’re a horse thief?

    Tech job, republican politics, hatred of hippies. I kinda wish I had his hairline, but since he died at 44, I’ll take baldness if I get to see 70. I’m also only obese by BMI, he was the real thing, so I’ve got a decent chance of it anyhow.

    I don’t think there are any horse thieves in the ancestry I’ve been able to trace. More’s the pity.

  36. Did someone say Obama was on TV tonight?

    And I missed it??!?

    Damn.

  37. It’s weird to think that my generation is the last one that will remember a time before the internet, at least in America.

    I remember a time before PCs and fax machines. The IBM Selectric typewriter and Liquid Paper were the hot new items in the office.

  38. We shooted horsey thieves in Texas.

    That’s what we did, we did that.

  39. We shooted horsey thieves in Texas.

    Darwin would call that “selective pressure”.

  40. Oh, yeah, and the Dictaphones advanced from belts to cassette tapes.

    Jeez, does anyone else remember dictating stuff? To be typed by women who were still called “secretaries”?

    Now I feel like a dinosaur.

  41. I remember going to my future wife’s house and seeing her brother playing a game on his PC-AT.

    I was amazed.

  42. I remember secretaries, but I never met one. To me, now, ‘secretary’ means someone with a cabinet level position, or a porn star in glasses and a pencil skirt when the scene starts.

  43. We shooted horsey thieves in Texas.

    I’ve read about that, actually. Back in the day, lots of folks were totally dependent on a horse for survival. Stealing a horse was thus considered a cowardly crime akin to backshooting. You didn’t bother bringing such people to trial, you just strung them up.

  44. If I met Mr. Beasn during his ancestor’s time, I’d have been a farmer’s wife. Actually, up until the Nazi’s, his parents were doing what their famillies have been doing for centuries. Farmers and fishermens.

  45. Wisercrud!!!

    How is the “funemployment tan” developing?

  46. Uh oh…. Olbermann’s dream date has not lived up to his expectations:

    Olbermann: “It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days.”

    Olbermann: “I don’t think he aimed low, I don’t think he aimed at all. It’s startling.”

  47. I don’t think there are any horse thieves in the ancestry I’ve been able to trace. More’s the pity.

    I don’t really have any interest in my genealogy. It’s a stupid pastime. Let’s face it, if you do the research, we’re all going to find three sheep-fuckers, six drunks, and two lunatics in the last three generations.

  48. >> Jeez, does anyone else remember dictating stuff?

    No.

  49. My great-great-grandparents who came over from Bohemia were a mortician and a seamstress, IIRC. They were required to have trades in order to enter America…fancy that! They originally intended to get off the boat in NYC, but she was sick, so they had to stay on the boat until she got better (fancy THAT), by which time the boat was in Texas. They bought a wagon and some cattle with the last of their savings and struck out until they reached an area that looked like home, which happened to be Shiner, Texas.

    And yes, I know about steno pools. My grandmother was that type of secretary. She knew shorthand and everything. In fact, I think I have an old book of hers somewhere that has notes in it written in shorthand.

    FYI, the bachelorette lifestyle sucks.

  50. Actually, near as I can find, all my ancestors were fine folk. Even had a great-something uncle that fought for the Union in the Civil War, after enlisting at the age of 45. Like so many, though, he died of dysentery during the conflict. He’s the last relative I can find that served in active combat, though. It seems the other generations were born just out of sync with every war since, including my father, who was just a bit too young for the Vietnam draft. His father served during Korea… in Newfoundland.

  51. Shiner, Texas.

    Mmmmmm … beer.

  52. Royal Manual typewriters
    Party Telephone lines
    Mimeograph machines
    Punch data cards
    Nickel Coca- Colas in glass bottles
    Black & White TV shows
    No air conditioning

  53. FYI, the bachelorette lifestyle sucks.

    You should try finding a fella and getting married then, duhhhhhhh.

  54. Gregg. 120/wpm

  55. Chief, I remember all of that.

    No.

    Dave, this is for you:

    Animated Gifs

  56. First 8 years of my life, we had no air conditioning. Had black and white teevee. Every Saturday, we would take the empty soda bottles to the Tomboy for a refund and bought penny candy.

    Learned shorthand in high school and still remember a lot of it.

  57. *hands Michael two rocks to bang together because I perceive he is trying to communicate*

  58. Dedicated to Precedent Tarbarry Oilbama:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BruEmB7_1ok

  59. Tarbarry Oilbama

    hahahahaha

  60. Government is the greatest of blessings, without which many other blessings are not possible, such as freedom from fraud and extortion and violence. The problem, and irony, is that government, in clearing the field of other fraudsters and extortionists, is ever tempted by those roles itself.

  61. From Dave’s link:

    The altercation took place on Martin Luther King Junior Way South in Seattle.

    I believe it was Chris Rock who said that if you ever find yourself on Martin Luther King Drive, anywhere in the United States…… RUN!

  62. I’m pretty sure I would have liked your Dad, Chief.

  63. He should have maced her after her punched her!

  64. And it would’ve been greater if the officer had then gone over to the idiot saying, “Are you serious?” and punched him in the nose too.

    True story.

  65. There was a Fark bit a while back where they did fake Monopoly cards, and the one for MLK Drive had a joke about crime. I burst out laughing and said, “That guy must be from Houston.” Then I read the comments – they were, “HAHAHA you must be from Dallas,” “HA! You must be from Philadelphia!” “You’re from Detroit, aren’t you?” et cetera.

    It was kind of sad.

    Anyway, I am currently, through the magic of Skype, watching my shirtless husband-to-be study a set of mechanical drawings, and…Ok, now he’s eating tacos. Sexiness quotient: greatly reduced.

  66. Skype kicks butt ………. and it’s FREE!!!

  67. Ok, now he’s eating tacos.

    .
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    really?

  68. The NRA sells out to Democrats on the First Amendment

    Sonofabitch! I thought they had learned their lesson, but I guess I have a phone call to make tomorrow.

  69. Honestly, Andy, I’d probably be as pissed as you are if I could actually read the entire article….

  70. Never eat tacos shirtless. Capsicum burns if it drips on your nips.

    Trust me.

  71. Never eat tacos shirtless. Capsicum burns if it drips on your nips.

    ..or

    don’t date Mexican chicks.

  72. Wisercrud – Why didn’t you answer my question earlier?

  73. >> Capsicum burns if it drips on your nips.

    And this is bad, why?

  74. Wisercrud – Why didn’t you answer my question earlier?

    earlier, like in the last thread?

    Because I didn’t read the last thread.

  75. Behind the paywall? I thought all the op-ed stuff was free.

    Anyhoo, here’s the same story … http://www.redstate.com/rs_insider/2010/06/15/national-rifle-associations-first-amendment-sellout/

  76. Because I didn’t read the last thread.

    Too busy?

  77. How is the “funemployment tan” developing?

    Oh… sorry. Missed that. Had to drive wiserdaughter’s boyfriend home.

    Spent a few hours outside today, doing some yard work, but so far, not enough to get a tan. Still dealing with issues due to my recent status.

  78. Time to go sleep the sleep of the righteous.

    I’m not, but I learned a trick to sleep like I am.

  79. Too busy?

    Kinda. spent a few hours re-doing my 2008 taxes today. So that was fun.

  80. You know, I actually specified “mechanical” drawings to avoid jokes about what sort of drawings he might be studying intently and/or showing me on Skype. Totally missed the taco thing. *sigh*

  81. I actually specified “mechanical” drawings

    Steely Dan?

  82. Anyhoo, here’s the same story

    This is why I fucking hate all of these fucking groups. They may start out with a righteous goal (regardless of what it may be), but they always, always, ALWAYS end up spending more of their members’ money protecting their own fucking jobs.

    AARP. NRA. Both have become exactly the same. Nothing more than self-sustaining organizations who have forgotten their original purpose.

  83. Totally missed the taco thing. *sigh*

    Forget it, Jake. It’s The Hostages.

  84. Peelio – Ever read, “The Naked Lunch”?

  85. >> Totally missed the taco thing. *sigh*

    Coffee is for closers.

  86. I believe it was Chris Rock who said that if you ever find yourself on Martin Luther King Drive, anywhere in the United States…… RUN!

    So true.

    I remember getting lost in D.C. I was trying to get from National Airport to my apartment in Montgomery County, and I just made the wrong turn out of a roundabout.

    I ended up in a section of D.C. that looked like a third world war zone. Eventually, a cop car pulled up behind me and pulled me over. There were two black cops in the car. One came up to talk to me, because I was white and did not belong there.

    Black Cop: What are you doing here?

    Me: I’m lost. I’m trying to get to Rockville.

    Black Cop: Go to the next light, turn left, and get out of here.

    Me: Is that in the direction of Rockville?

    Black Cop: No. Just do it. Get out of here. Don’t stop for anything.

    Me: OK.

    They actually followed me until I was out of the hood.

    True story.

  87. This is why I fucking hate all of these fucking groups. They may start out with a righteous goal (regardless of what it may be), but they always, always, ALWAYS end up spending more of their members’ money protecting their own fucking jobs.

    *cough* GOP *cough*

  88. HHD is ready for 9 AM tomorrow. PJM, I’m warning you, it’ll make you ovulate.

  89. *cough* GOP *cough*

    *cough NRCC … NRSC *cough

    I did say all, right?

  90. Had to drive wiserdaughter’s boyfriend home.

    What?

    WHAT?

    She’s cheating on me>?!?

  91. I’m warning you, it’ll make you ovulate.

    Big deal. This post made her ovulate too.

  92. She’s cheating on me>?!?

    heh heh heh.

    I was waiting for that.

  93. Off to bed – 9 hours of driving tomorrow!

  94. Incredible. They just showed a news story about two teens in Detroit who stole an SUV and drove it into a lake trying to avoid the cops.

    They said “the two teens are 13 and 14 and they already have extensive criminal records.”

    WTF??!?!?!?!

    13 and 14 and they ALREADY HAVE EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL RECORDS??!?!? Why are they not behind bars then?

    We are fucked.

  95. “Extensive” is such a subjective word.

  96. Michael, I already posted that picture of Rosetta brushing his new puppies hair.

    O el dee

  97. I was waiting for that.

    I don’t know what to think. I’m all confused.

    Animated Gifs

  98. If Michael doesn’t quit posting bullshit, I’m gonna ban him.

  99. Safe travels, Chief.

  100. Yeah, I can’t say I’m a big fan of the embedded gif file.

  101. Aw, c’mon Brad. That frog is cute as hell and you know it.

  102. Yeah, I kinda agree with Michael here.

    *waits for it…..

  103. The right kind of maverick.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M81ph3BslqQ

  104. I hate frogs.

  105. Me too, xbrad.

    Although I actually did say “aww” over one of the snakes-doing-it pics from the ONT.

  106. Someone kick soccer in the balls, will ya?

  107. I kinda liked Kermit when I was little.

  108. I dorked Ms. Piggy in the squealhole.

  109. Well, my mom’s laptop and dial-up are barely letting me read this; I’m not even sure if this comment will submit. I had to come up to Payson around noon today as my mom drove herself to the ER. She was very dehydrated, some kind of gastro-enteritis that’s been going around. She’s back home and doing much better. So I’ll say goodnight and check in tomorrow when I’m hopefully back home.

  110. WILL YOU PEOPLE AND YOUR FAMILIES QUIT GETTING ILL?

  111. Amen to that Xbrad!!

    Nighty Night.

  112. Yeah, I kinda agree with Michael here.

    You’re just saying that because you think I might pick up your tab in Connecticut.

    You are wrong.

    We should both be focusing on Dave in Chesapeake. He’s our best bet for free drinks.

  113. Someone kick soccer in the balls, will ya?

    Done. See the Onion video posted at IB.

  114. you think I might pick up your tab in Connecticut.

    somebody better…..

  115. Do you ever listen to a song and just focus on the bass line?

    I do that. Don’t know why. Maybe because I have a bass voice.

    One Headlight (in the post) is one of those songs where, if you focus on the bass line, you realize that the bass is really the heart of the song.

  116. It’s not even a really great bass line. It’s just the heart of the song.

  117. Seriously, beasnette is pissing me off. Before she went to the ball game earlier this evening, I told her that she needs to take an ID. She got all pissy saying that she didn’t need one because her friend’s parents were driving, she didn’t have a place to put it, and how come I didn’t demand she carry one when she went somewhere with her friends when she was ten?

    Uh….so if her friend’s parents got in a wreck and everyone was dead or in a coma, how were the emergency personnel going to notify me of her carcass?

    She argued with me until she left and is arguing with me now. She is upset that she left said ID in said friend’s car and it is my fault that she left it there.

    me – ‘beasnette, is it or is it not a good idea to carry identification on your person in the event of something happening’

    her – ‘yes mother, it is a good idea but how come you didn’t make me carry one when I was ten’

    me – ‘It is time you started carrying a purse or small backpack. You are pissing me off and you need to drop it’

  118. I dorked Ms. Piggy in the squealhole.

    So what? Jim Henson and Frank Oz had their entire arms up there.

  119. Jeez, did everyone already bite the dust?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6Bv887-JlM

  120. Jeez, did everyone already bite the dust?

    No. I had an Obama speech to fisk.

  121. Do you ever listen to a song and just focus on the bass line?

    Yes:

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

    Sir Paul may be an ass, but that’s a damn fine bass line. “Paperback Writer” is great, too, and from the same era. He did some good work around that time.

  122. Oh, and this is simple but elegant…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wNknGIKkoA

    That was the only song my fledgling (and sucky) band in high school ever recorded together with my friend’s three-track mixer.

  123. No Cat? No Carin? I am here first?
    Is this Bizzaro Hostages?

  124. Wakey wakey

  125. Heh, always wanted to do that.

  126. Comment by daveintexas on June 15, 2010 11:07 pm

    >> Capsicum burns if it drips on your nips.

    And this is bad, why?

    Exhibit # 10,384, DinT is an AbbyNormal Doofus……

    I suggest more “HumpToxin” therapy…..

  127. Is this Bizzaro Hostages?

    It is now that BatDork has poating privileges….

  128. Comment by Hotspur on June 16, 2010 7:16 am

    Heh, always wanted to do that.

    HotSquirt’s life is now complete…

  129. Wakey wakey … wait. WTF is that up there?

  130. Good morning!

    You know Obama’s speech sucked when this is written at HuffPo:

    Here’s what we learned, instead: there was a huge oil spill, did you hear? And a team of “scientists and engineers” were assembled. Somehow, by dint of this assemblage (“As a result of these efforts,” said Obama), BP has been “directed… to mobilize additional equipment and technology.” And from there, somehow, “In the coming days and weeks, these efforts should capture up to 90% of the oil leaking out of the well.” I don’t know how any of that works, at all, but that’s the story: up to 90% of the oil will soon be captured, with “equipment and technology” because some dudes met in a room.

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Me = HuffPo … Holy. Shit.

    HuffPo link warning: http://is.gd/cRkas

  131. Bills day, time to sit down and write some checks.

  132. Comment by Car in on June 16, 2010 7:32 am

    Wakey wakey … wait. WTF is that up there?

    *** Points Accusing Claw directly at HotSquirt ***

    They is a FannyBeatin’ comin’ up, and I’m gonna enjoy it…..

  133. Mornin’ all.

    That’s hilarious Cuffy. Scales falling from eyes, realizing their emperor has no clothes, etc., etc.

  134. It had to be done. Slacker = Car in

  135. Dammit, my credit union’s web access is malfunctioning.

  136. *** Puts Coffee on Counter ***

    *** Tosses 96 SunBlock up for Vmax ***

    Leon, I hope you wiped the stale TacoSauce off the Table first….

    Off to stare at Birds. This one got away yesterday…..

    http://tinyurl.com/28dfdje

  137. It had to be done. Slacker = Car in

    Says the man who planned the friday meet-up NEXT TO HIS WORK.

  138. Based on the forecast, I might get to ride my Honda to that.

  139. Excellent point by Byron York:

    Obama says he was misinformed when told offshore drilling would be ‘absolutely safe.’ Well, who misinformed him? The same team that is now advising him on the Gulf mess.

    full: http://is.gd/cRlyJ

  140. What a douchebag comment that was anyway. Nothing in life worth doing is “absolutely safe.”

  141. Time to go to work. They’re expecting me.

  142. I’m sorry, can’t stop the schadenfreude of watching libs crushed by Obama’s terrible speech. Here’s Mother Jones:

    http://is.gd/cRnQs

  143. Comment by scottw on June 15, 2010 8:26 pm
    My bad, it will be Barack Petroleum.

    Check out Drudge’s headline………heh.

  144. Says the man who planned the friday meet-up NEXT TO HIS WORK.

    Carin, you’re going to love it there. It just an accident that it is right next door.

    BTW, there’s a good chance that Hotbride will be there, so you won’t be the only female. Well, besides jazz.

  145. Wow. Another incredible Gov. Christie video. He really knows how to connect:

    http://is.gd/cRoKj

  146. I don’t understand.

    Where’s his teleprompter?

  147. Dave, I was taught something when I was a young adult making presentations to planning commissions and city councils: public speaking is easy when you’ve EARNED the right to say what you have to say.

  148. LOL

    Here’s the government in action.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-06-14-army-velcro_N.htm

  149. […] H/T: Hotspur at the H2. […]


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